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Symphonic metal news with a sprinkle of fairy dust

Epica To Re-Release The Score


Epica's classic soundtrack The Score is being re-released as an updated version titled The Score 2.0. The original came out in 2005, and was composed for the Dutch movie Joyride. Although largely orchestral without the band's usual guitars or drums, it did include some alternate versions of songs from Consign to Oblivion with Simone Simons on vocals.

The album was something of a rarity, with many fans not owning the original CD. Now it will be readily available again, but with some adjustments. The product description states:

"More than a decade later producer Miro Rodenberg has written additional arrangements, added keyboard parts, remixed and expanded the material. Like the original version, The Score 2.0 is a stunning soundtrack that stirs the imagination whilst succeeding in being an epic trip, even without any accompanying pictures. It's the nuances that make the difference on The Score 2.0."

The album will be released on November 24th via Transmission Records, and can be found on Amazon UK.


News Round-Up: Tarja and Marco, Sharon Den Adel, The Dark Element, Amberian Dawn

There's been a bunch of new things to share over the weekend, so let's round some up here!

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TARJA AND MARCO REUNITED FOR 'RASKASTA JOULUA'


Fresh from the announcement of her Christmas album From Spirits And Ghosts, Tarja Turunen is going to be spreading more cheer by joining the Finnish Raskasta Joulua (Heavy Christmas) tour. The yearly metal tour already has a stellar line-up including Tony Kakko, Elize Ryd and Tarja's former Nightwish bandmate Marco Hietala.  Both have commented that they are happy to put the past behind them and share a stage once more.

There are 25 dates in total with Tarja joining for the last 4. All dates and ticket links can be found here. She has further solo Christmas concerts announced for the Czech Republic and Ukraine.

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VIDEO: MY INDIGO - MY INDIGO


Last week we learnt about Sharon Den Adel's new solo project, My Indigo. Written while dealing with personal struggles before working on the next Within Temptation album, the music is fairly pop but with a unique Sharon twist (particularly where her beautiful voice and lyrics are concerned). A lyric video has been released for the self-titled debut single - there isn't much in the way of visuals here, but it's a good way to learn the lyrics.

Check out the video in the player below.


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VIDEO: THE DARK ELEMENT - THE GHOST AND THE REAPER


Back to former Nightwish singers again, and a new video from Anette Olzon's The Dark Element  this time for the song The Ghost and the Reaper. The self-titled debut album is out now.

Check out the video in the player below.


The Dark Element - The Ghost and The Reaper (Official Music Video)

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VIDEO: AMBERIAN DAWN - DRAGONFLIES


Another video, and this time it's Finnish symphonic metallers Amberian Dawn, who are back with their new single Dragonflies, taken from their new album Darkness of Eternity. The video contains both live action and lyrics, and this album is also out now. Lots of new music to try this week!

Check out the video in the player below.


Amberian Dawn - Dragonflies (Official Lyric Video)

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And lastly, congrats to Floor Jansen (Nightwish) and Hannes Van Dahl (Sabaton), who according to Hannes' recent Instagram posts are now married! The couple recently had a daughter together.

Sharon Den Adel Launches Solo Project (And Stays With WT!)


Sharon Den Adel has launched a solo project called My Indigo, with a single of the same name. She clarified in her statement that she is NOT leaving Within Temptation! This is a relief for many friends who were afraid after the band's websites went dark this week, showing only a black screen with "Sharon Den Adel statement coming soon" - a move which Sharon apologises for in her video.

Instead, the project was born after Sharon suffered from writer's block and personal difficulties, and found herself writing songs in a different style to cope with what she was going through.

She explains that things are already going much better with her main band, and that they now have songs in the demo phase for the upcoming album. Check out her full statement in the video below.

You can listen to the debut single on Spotify now.


Sharon Den Adel Launches New Solo Project

Epica To Release Attack On Titan EP


While symphonic metal fans wait with bated breath to find out exactly what that Within Temptation announcement is all about, Epica have come out of left field with what is perhaps the most unexpected announcement of the year (so far). The band today revealed to their Japanese fans that they have been recording an EP of songs from the anime Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin). The EP is titled Epica Vs Attack On Titan Songs.

The tracklisting is as follows:

01. 紅蓮の弓矢 / Crimson Bow and Arrow
02. 自由の翼 / Wings of Freedom
03. もしこの壁の中が一軒の家だとしたら / If Inside These Walls Was a House
04. 心臓を捧げよ! / Dedicate Your Heart!
05. 紅蓮の弓矢 / Crimson Bow and Arrow (Instrumental)
06. 自由の翼 / Wings of Freedom (Instrumental)
07. もしこの壁の中が一軒の家だとしたら / If Inside These Walls Was a House (Instrumental)
08. 心臓を捧げよ! / Dedicate Your Heart! (Instrumental)

Check out Simone revealing the news in the player below.

Edenbridge Join Amberian Dawn For Co-Headline EU Tour


Two long established symphonic metal bands are teaming up in February 2018 for a co-headline European tour. Amberian Dawn and Edenbridge will appear alongside Manzana (a Finnish band, despite their name being Spanish for apple...). 

The tour dates are as follows:

09.02.18 DE – Regensburg / Eventhall Obertraubling
10.02.18 DE – Markneukirch / Framus & Warwick Musichall 
11.02.18 DE – Erfurt / From Hell 
12.02.18 AT – Vienna / Viper Room 
13.02.18 DE – Frankfurt / Nachtleben 
14.02.18 CH – Pratteln / Z7 
16.02.18 DE – Kaiserslautern / Kammgarn 
17.02.18 NL – Eindhoven / Dynamo
18.02.18 DE - Würzburg / Posthalle

Amberian Dawn's new record Darkness of Eternity is out this Friday, while Edenbridge released The Great Momentum back in February.

Leaves' Eyes Announce New Album


Leaves' Eyes have announced their first full album since the departure of founding member Liv Kristine. Titled Sign of the Dragonhead,  it features the voice of new singer Elina Siirala alongside the London Voices choir. The album art (above) is once again by artist Stefan Heilemann.

The tracklisting is as follows:

1. Sign of the Dragonhead
2. Across the Sea
3. Like a Mountain
4. Jomsborg
5. Völva
6. Riders on the Wind
7. Fairer than the Sun
8. Shadows in the Night
9. Rulers of Wind and Waves
10. Fires in the North
11. Waves of Euphoria

Sign of the Dragonhead will be released on January 12th 2018 via AFM Records.

Video: Serenity - Lionheart


Serenity have released the first music video from their upcoming album Lionheart. The album continues with the band's traditional historical themes whilst also borrowing some inspiration from Game of Thrones. The video is for the title track, which tells the story of King Richard I of England (known as Richard the Lionheart).

Check it out in the player below.