I’m back (you missed me, shut up), and I’m excited to announce some very juicy tidbits from the world of symphonic metal.
First and foremost, our friends from Delain are celebrating 10 years as a band! Their popularity is only growing, and we get to celebrate with them globally following the announcement of the title and track list for their 5th studio album: Moonbathers.
“2016 means ten years of DELAIN – and therefore ten years of larger-than-life symphonic metal! The band’s latest EP Lunar Prelude was a tasty treat earlier this year, but haven`t we all been waiting for the main course? Finally the wait is over, as DELAIN have now unveiled first and hotly anticipated details for their upcoming and fifth studio album titled Moonbathers, set to be released August 26th 2016 on Napalm Records! Moonbathers, mastered by Grammy award winning Ted Jensen, will satiate your hunger for the symphonic extravagance, catchy hooks and a solid dose of metal that the band is known for. It showcases DELAIN from both their most bombastic and sensitive sides as they explore all things nocturnal through an especially varied set of tracks including a surprising cover of classic rock legends Queen as well as a reappearance of Alissa White-Gluz as a special guest on opening track “Hands Of Gold”. The visual counterpart comes courtesy of longtime collaborator and neo-Victorian romantic Glenn Arthur.
The tracklist is available on their website. Fans of the band in their home country of The Netherlands have the golden opportunity to join them at the legendary Paradiso in Amsterdam! Fittingly, it will be held December 10th to celebrate their 10-year anniversary, and it is promising to be insane. They will record it and release it as a live DVD too. Happy Birthday, Delain!
In other news, Epica have announced their newest album, The Holographic Principle, and have announced a North American tour to support it.
“The Holographic Principle” deals with the near future, where virtual reality allows people to create their own worlds which can’t be distinguished from ‘reality as we know it’. This raises the question whether our current reality could be a virtual reality in itself – a hologram. The lyrics challenge you to reconsider everything you took for granted and to be open-minded towards recent revolutions in science. Nothing appears to be what it seems in our holographic universe.”
They have had to cancel prior tours due to circumstances outside of their control, so North American fans should be pleased to hear this. They will be accompanied by the majestic Fleshgod Apocalypse (new album King is out now), the Canadian melodic deathcore band The Agonist, and some alternating support from symphonic metal greats Xandria and the Russian pagan metallers Arkona. It will be a hell of a show, so grab your tickets as soon as you can!
Finally, I will remind you that Leaves’ Eyes, Sonata Arctica and Omnium Gatherum are touring and will stop right here in Columbus. Sonata and Leaves are famous for their interactive and bombastic shows, so come hang with ZTPmag at Park Street Saloon Thursday, November 17th. See you in the pit!
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