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Videos: Epica Live And Seven Kingdoms


Epica have released a new live video, this time for the song Dancing in the Hurricane. The video features a great performance (and live audio, unlike the band's "aftermovies") of the song live at The Zénith in Paris.

Check it out in the player below.


And you're in for a treat today, because there's another great new video to watch!


Seven Kingdoms, the Game of Thrones inspired power metal band, have released a new single from their upcoming 10th anniversary album Decennium. The single is called Kingslayer, and those who are familiar with the books/show will recognise it as the story of how Jaime Lannister earned his nickname.

Check this one out in the player below.

Eluveitie And Amaranthe To Co-Headline European Tour


Eluveitie and Amaranthe have both been through tough periods recently, with the former losing a large portion of their line-up and the latter losing vocalist Jake E. But the bands are keeping on, announcing a co-headline tour together across Europe with support from The Charm The Fury.

There are several countries on the list, including one UK date, with a big focus on Germany.

The dates are as follows:

25.10.2017 IT – Parma, Campus Industry
26.10.2017 HU – Budapest, Barba Negra
27.10.2017 PL – Warsaw, Progresja
28.10.2017 CZ – Zlin, Masters of Rock Cafe
29.10.2017 AT – Vienna, Simm City
30.10.2017 DE – Stuttgart, LKA Longhorn
31.10.2017 SI – Ljubljana, Kino Siska
02.11.2017 FR – Paris, Cabaret Sauvage
03.11.2017 UK – London, Assembly Rooms
04.11.2017 NL – Eindhoven, Effenaar
05.11.2017 BE – Antwerp, Trix
06.11.2017 DE – Frankfurt, Batschkapp
08.11.2017 DE – Berlin, Kesselhaus
09.11.2017 DE – München, Backstage
10.11.2017 DE – Leipzig, Hellraiser
12.11.2017 DE – Bochum, Zeche

Tickets go on sale Tuesday 2.5.2017 at 10.00am CET/9.00am UK time.

Epica And Lacuna Coil To Team Up For North American Tour


Fans in the US and Canada are in for a treat this September as Epica and Lacuna Coil have announced on Facebook that they are joining forces for a tour. The run will be part of Epica's The Ultimate Principle tour, and the line-up also features Insomnium and Elantris.

Dates are set to be announced soon - stay tuned for more details, and check out the teaser trailer in the player below.


Edit: Here are the tour dates (click to see the picture full size), and the pre-sale has already started for those who subscribe to Epica's newsletter.


VUUR Join Epica On New EU Tour, Lose Marcela Bovio


It's been a mixed week for Anneke Van Giersbergen's new band VUUR. It was announced yesterday that former Stream of Passion vocalist Marcela Bovio has left the group, citing creative differences over how to approach the vocal recordings. You can read her full statement here.

But in better news, the band has been announced as the support for a new EU tour alongside symphonic metal giants Epica and Tunisian progressive metallers Myrath. The tour is a second European outing for Epica in support of their latest album The Holographic Principle.

The dates are as follows:

09-11-17 PL Klub Studio - Krakow
12-11-17 GER Kesselhaus - Berlin
13-11-17 GER Markthalle - Hamburg
14-11-17 GER Essigfabrik - Cologne
15-11-17 FR La BAM - Metz
17-11-17 FR Stereolux - Nantes 
18-11-17 FR Krakatoa - Bordeaux
25-11-17 FR Le Moulin - Marseille
26-11-17 FR Le Transbordeur - Lyon 
29-11-17 GER Backstage Werk - Munich
03-12-17 FR L’Aeronef – Lille

More shows are yet to be announced, and tickets (and VIP upgrades) can be found from www.epica.nl/tour.

Serenity and Cellar Darling to Support Delain & Marco Hietala On Tour


Delain have announced that Serenity and Cellar Darling will be joining them on their upcoming tour Danse Macabre tour with Nightwish's Marco Hietala.

The former are the well-known Austrian symphonic metal band, who have collaborated with Charlotte Wessels in the past and are gearing up to release a new album this August. The latter are the new band of ex-Eluveitie members Anna Murphy, Merlin Sutter and Ivo Henzi.

See the previous post for more details about the tour.

Video: Lacuna Coil - Blood, Tears, Dust


Lacuna Coil have released a new video for the song Blood, Tears, Dust, taken from their latest album Delirium. The video sees the band involved with some dark dealings in an abandoned asylum.

The band commented:

"Right now we can't tell you everything about ‘Blood, Tears, Dust’, as this video is part of something bigger... This is the core of who we are as a band: the sweat, the dirt, the raw energy. It's our insanity and all of us feeling comfortable with it. We love how Cosimo Alemà filmed this, the photography, the colors and the hints in the story are perfectly placed and it's the first time we're really ‘acting’. This video is only a part of a much bigger plan... stay tuned. Hope you enjoy this video as much as we do!"

This could be part of the band's 20th anniversary plans, as they revealed to Brazilian metal channel Heavy Talk that they are planning something special that may involve a DVD and is "not a typical release".

Check out the video in the player below (and please note that this video contains some disturbing scenes.)

Xandria Announce North America Headline Tour


Xandria have announced their first ever headline tour of US and Canada in support of their new album Theater of Dimensions. Completing the line-up are Canadian heavy rockers Kobra and the Lotus and American melodic death metal band Once Human.

The dates are as follows:

May 9 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
May 11 - Québec City, QC - La Source De La Martinière
May - 12 Montreal, QC - Foufounes Electriques
May 13 - Toronto, ON - Garrison
May 14 - Cleveland, OH - Agora Ballroom
May 16 - Joliet, IL - The Forge Club
May 18 - Denver, CO - Moon Room
May 19 - Colorado Springs, CO - Black Sheep
May 20 - Salt Lake City, UT - Metro
May 22 - Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
May 24 - San Francisco, CA - DNA Lounge
May 26 - Las Vegas, NV - Adrenaline
May 27 - San Diego, CA - Brick By Brick
May 29 - Los Angeles, CA - The Regent Theater
May 30 - Phoenix, AZ - Club Red

Keep an eye on the band's website to get tickets.