Timo Tolkki, that was one of the driving forces of Stratovarius, the Finnish metal outfit that released a solid number of excellent metal albums in a time, when a lot of metal bands struggled. After having parted way with Stratovarius, the guitarist started with Timo Tolkki’s Avalon and own project/band that premiered in 2013. The... Continue Reading →
Italian metallers Rhapsody Of Fire released their latest album ‘The Eighth Mountain’ in 2019. To bridge the waiting time for the next full-length longplayer, the symphonic metal powerhouse decided to release an EP that is available since a few days. ‘I’ll Be Your Hero’ is the precursor of the new album and features a new... Continue Reading →
Dutch symphonic metal powerhouse Epica announce live streaming event, entitled 'Omega Alive'. It's the first show the band performs after having played at Webster Hall, NYC in January 2020, although this time in a totally different format. To support the latest record, the band perform songs from 'Ωmega' for the first time ever, along with the band’s... Continue Reading →
Female-fronted symphonic metal from The Netherlands, that brings a few names on the radar. Within Temptation, Epica and the disbanded Delain are bands that you think of right away. Blackbriar is a band that is passionate about the same genre and it was at the Delain concert in the early 2020 that I heard of... Continue Reading →
Firewing, not Gus G.’s Firewind, is a new metal band in town, hailing from the US. The quintet consists of Airton Araujo (v), Caio Kehyayan (g), Bruno Oliveira (g), Peter de Reyna (b) and Chris Dovas (d). With a passion for symphonic metal, the five guys penned 14 songs which found a spot on the... Continue Reading →
Arion was not only a was a kitharode in ancient Greece but is also a melodic metal band hailing from Finland. The quintet got some attention while having been part of the Finnish Eurovision qualification program. Next to this rather genre-different context the quintet added two albums and an EP to the books. With ‘Vultures... Continue Reading →
Dutch symphonic metal powerhouse Epica has a new album in the start blocks. 'Omega' is the title of their newest offer and Markus' Heavy Music Blog had a chance to talk to Mark Jansen (guitar/growls) about the new album, the impact of the pandemic, the beauty of vlogs and the Omega Point Theory. Markus’ Heavy... Continue Reading →
It was on January 12, 2020 that Epica, on their way back from the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise, stopped in New York City to play a show at the venerable Webster Hall. The author of these lines was fortunate enough to see the concert in person, and at the time no one thought it... Continue Reading →
The interactive 'An Evening with Nightwish In a Virtual World' concert experiences that will kick off the 'Human. :II: Nature.' World Tour have been rescheduled from March to May due to changes in the band’s touring schedule. The new dates are Friday, May 28 and Saturday, May 29, 2021. More information can be found HERE.
Therion, this name stands for symphonic metal since 1988. Initially devoted to death metal, Christofer Johnsson quickly developed a liking for epic metal, orchestrated with more bombast and drama. In 1996, at the heyday of grunge, Therion released 'Theli', a milestone album, and many years later the band is still at the top of the... Continue Reading →
Edenbridge, that stands more than 20 years of Symphonic Metal from Linz, Austria. The quintet from Upper Austria has established itself in the music scene with ten released albums to date, even if the big breakthrough has remained unachieved. Nevertheless, Edenbridge, with the two still active founding members Lanvall and Sabine Edelsbacher, have established a... Continue Reading →
Finland-based metal outfit Nightwish announce a 'An Evening With Nightwish in a Virtual World'. The band will perform two shows at The Islanders Arms, a tavern build in virtual reality. What's planned is a 90 minutes performance that includes songs from the latest studio album 'Human. :II: Nature.' for the first time. lso to mention... Continue Reading →
Tour dates are something very unpredictable these days. Please always check the digital channels of local venues for possible changes along the way.
Surma, that is Viktorie Surmová (Bohemian Metal Rhapsody) and Heri Joensen (Týr) who founded the band in 2018. Both artists have already a lot of stage experience and both bring all their experience to Sumra. 'The Light Within' is Sumra's debut and consists of 13 tracks. The title of the album already indicates it, Surma's... Continue Reading →
New dish, same recipe. That's how you can look at the new delivery from Leaves' Eyes. This doesn't mean that 'The Last Viking' is a less good album compared to others and f you are into records like 'King of Kings' you will also like Leaves' Eyes newest delivery. 'The Last Viking' is telling the... Continue Reading →