Heavy Metal News – February 18, 2014

EPICA: More ‘The Quantum Enigma’ Details Revealed

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

Dutch female-fronted symphonic metallers EPICA will release their sixth studio album, “The Quantum Enigma”, on May 2 in Europe and May 13 in North America through Nuclear Blast.

Where the 2013 “Retrospect” performance reflected on a decade as one of the leading bands in the symphonic metal scene, “The Quantum Enigma” marks the beginning of a new EPICA: modern, heavy, and without compromises.

Says the band: “More than any of our previous albums, this album is a group effort. The only goal we had in mind: creating the album that could lift EPICA up to the next level.”

“The Quantum Enigma” was produced by Joost van den Broek at the Sandlane recording facility in the Netherlands. The album was mixed by Jacob Hansen (VOLBEATHATESPHERE).

“The Quantum Enigma” will be released in five different configurations:

01 – Regular jewel case
02 – 2CD digipack
03 – 3CD earbook
04 – double vinyl
05 – Digital download

“The Quantum Enigma” track listing:

01. Originem
02. The Second Stone
03. The Essence of Silence
04. Victims of Contingency
05. Sense Without Sanity (The Impervious Code)
06. Unchain Utopia
07. 
The Fifth Guardian (Interlude)
08. 
Chemical Insomnia
09. 
Reverence (Living in the Heart)
10. 
Omen [The Ghoulish Malady]
11. 
Canvas of Life
12. 
Natural Corruption
13. 
The Quantum Enigma (Kingdom Of Heaven Part II)

Digipack additional track: “In All Conscience”
Earbook additional track: “Dreamscape”
Vinyl additional track: “Memento”
iTunes additional track: “Banish Your Illusion”

Disc 2 (digipack and earbook only):

01. Canvas Of Life [acoustic version]
02. In All Conscience [acoustic version]
03. Dreamscape [acoustic version]
04. Natural Corruption [acoustic version]

Disc 3 (earbook Only):

01. Originem [instrumental]
02. The Second Stone [instrumental]
03. The Essence of Silence [instrumental]
04. Victims Of Contingency [instrumental]
05. Sense Without Sanity [instrumental]
06. Unchain Utopia [instrumental]
07. The Fifth Guardian [instrumental]
08. Chemical Insomnia [instrumental]
09. Reverence [instrumental]
10. Omen [instrumental]
11. Canvas Of Life [instrumental]
12. Natural Corruption [instrumental]
13. The Quantum Enigma [instrumental]

Longtime EPICA collaborator Stephan Heilemann once again created the stunning artwork to accompany the ideas behind the lyrics. Once you lay your hands on the album artwork, you will see that the cover is part of a bigger picture.

EPICA will return to the stage on April 30 for a CD-release performance at 013 in Tilburg, The Netherlands.

After taking a break from the road due the pregnancy of lead singer Simone Simons, the release of a new concert DVD, “Retrospect”, as well as the writing and recording of the band’s upcoming album, the sextet will put on a memorable concert, with plans to perform both old and new songs.

EPICA celebrated its 10th anniversary with a one-night-only event, dubbed “Retrospect”, on March 23, 2013 in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. The band was accompanied by the seventy-piece Reményi Ede Chamber Orchestra and the Miskolc National Theatre Choir, playing an unforgettable three-hour best-of set.

On November 8, 2013, Nuclear Blast released “Retrospect” as a deluxe hardcover book with 48 pages, both as a 2DVD/3CD and 2Blu-ray/3CD version.

“Retrospect” features this massive performance in its entirety, as well as exclusive interviews with all band members and behind-the-scenes footage from the show.

Read more at http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/epica-more-the-quantum-enigma-details-revealed/#yhZrJC7PRDSXvY97.99

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SONATA ARCTICA: Fifth ‘Pariah’s Child’ Trailer

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

Finnish melodic metallers SONATA ARCTICA will release their eighth studio album, “Pariah’s Child”, on March 28 via Nuclear Blast. The cover artwork for the CD can be seen below.

“Pariah’s Child” track listing:

01. The Wolves Die Young
02. Running Lights
03. Take One Breath
04. Cloud Factory
05. Blood
06. What Did You Do In The War, Dad?
07. Half A Marathon Man
08. X Marks The Spot
09. Love
10. Larger Than Life

The track “The Wolves Die Young” was released as a single on February 7. It is available digitally and on CD.

The fifth trailer for the album is available at this location.

Comments SONATA ARCTICA vocalist Tony Kakko: “There are some instant SONATA ’greatest-hits’ songs there, which feels good.

“I think we reached the result we had in mind, each of us in our own field.

“We went on to create the next SONATA ARCTICA power metalesque album and I think we achieved it adequately.

“I have to say that I had drifted pretty far away from those ‘days of thunder,’ that speedy, happy-go-lucky attitude.

“I was happy to notice this style can still make me smile. It’s good. Music has to do that to me. It also shows the other older songs in a totally new light for me.

“I can now understand and appreciate why the fans enjoy what we did in the early days.”

Regarding the new CD title and cover artwork, Kakko said: “As always, it’s pretty hard coming up with a name for the new baby. I tried to approach it from many angles; how this is our eighth album and how easy it would be to abuse that fact. All the symbolism of figure eight, eternity and so on. But that just did not feel right, as it’s been done so many times. Then I started to think how we’d in ways abandoned our ‘totem animal,’ the wolf and all what comes with the territory.

“As the music on the album is bowing more towards the ‘old’ SONATA, meaning more power metal-style elements and wolves in many of the songs in one form or another, it was clear we need a wolf on the cover. An abandoned wolf. A pariah. Or pariah’s child, actually. The new generation to bring the old logo back.”

SONATA ARCTICA last August parted ways with bassist Marko Paasikoski and replaced him with Pasi Kauppinen (SILENT VOICES, ex-REQUIEMWINTERBORN).

The band will launch a European headlining tour in support of “Pariah’s Child” on April 10 in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

SONATA ARTICA‘s latest album, “Stones Grow Her Name”, was released in Europe on May 18, 2012 and in North America on May 22, 2012 via Nuclear Blast Records.

“Stones Grow Her Name” sold around 2,100 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 9 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.

Read more at http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/sonata-arctica-fifth-pariahs-child-trailer/#6cgHAsY5b2SxrtCh.99

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CHROME DIVISION: ‘Lady Of Perpetual Sorrow’ Video Released

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

The official video for the song “Lady Of Perpetual Sorrow” from CHROME DIVISION — the Norwegian five-piece featuring DIMMU BORGIR frontman Shagrath (a.k.a. Stian Thoresen) on guitar — can be seen at this location. The song is taken from CHROME DIVISION‘s fourth album, “Infernal Rock Eternal”, which was released on January 17 via Nuclear Blast. The follow-up to 2011’s “3rd Round Knockout” was recorded at Dub Studio in Oslo with Endre Kirkesola.

“Infernal Rock Eternal” track listing:

01. Good Morning Riot
02. Endless Nights
03. (She’s) Hot Tonight
04. The Absinthe Voyage
05. Lady Of Perpetual Sorrow
06. The Moonshine Years
07. No Bet For Free
08. On The Run Again
09. Mistress In Madness
10. Reaper On The Hunt
11. You’re Dead Now
12. Ol
13. Dirty Dog (bonus track)

Says Shagrath: “The doomsday rock legion are proud to announce that 2014 marks 10-year anniversary for CHROME DIVISION, celebrated with our brand new fourth album, ‘Infernal Rock Eternal’.

“It’s been one year of intense team effort, combined with band parties and studio sessions, resulting in our most varied and best album to date.

“I am very proud of this album, and we can’t wait to share it with you.”

Added CHROME DIVISION vocalist Shady Blue (a.k.a. Athera): “And we’re back, finally!

“After nailing down the new, permanent lineup some two years ago, we have worked intensely with the new songs and sound of CHROME DIVISION continuously.

‘The last year [was spent] in and out of studio tracking song after song of the new stuff.

“I have to say the band is complete now, and the new overall feel of the music that comes out of this gang of rockers these days is just awesome!

“I am stoked to be a part of this new album and extremely satisfied with the diversity in songs and the power of each and every track!

“Working with Endre Kirkesola in Dub Studio has been a great experience, and just what the band needed.

Damage Karlsen and Ogee‘s contributions to the new stuff is just beyond!

“We are super excited to hear what you guys think of the new album. And we’re looking forward to finally getting out on the road more and play the shit live for you as well.”

CHROME DIVISION in 2012 parted ways with bassist Björn “Burn” Luna and guitarist Ricky BlackLuna, who was a member of CHROME DIVISION since its inception in 2004, “will work with us from behind the curtains of doom, and contribute on the lyrical side of things in the future,” according to the band.

CHROME DIVISION current lineup:

Shagrath – Guitar
Ogee – Bass
Shady Blue (a.k.a. Athera) – Vocals
Damage Karlsen – Guitar
Tony White – Drums

CHROME DIVISION‘s third album, “3rd Round Knockout”, was released in Europe on May 6, 2011 via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD was recorded at Marius Strand Studio in Oslo.

CHROME DIVISION in August 2009 parted ways with longtime vocalist Eddie Guz ”due to lack of dedication and commitment to the band.” His replacement, Athera, originally filled in for Guz at the Winterfire Festival at Hessenhallen in Giessen, Germany on February 21, 2009 after Eddie Guz was unable to make the gig.

Read more at http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/chrome-division-lady-of-perpetual-sorrow-video-released/#1pv41KFRGpClzcAD.99

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