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  INTERVIEW WITH MARK JANSEN AND ISAAC DELAHAYE OF EPICA ABOUT NEW ALBUM 'THE QUANTUM ENIGMA'

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Dutch symphonic Metallers Epica are an international success story and have just released their sixth full length studio album 'The Quantum Enigma'. MetalTalk caught up with guitarists Mark Jansen and Isaac Delahaye backstage at the O13 in Tilburg, hours before their sold out album launch show.

MT: Thanks for taking the time to talk to us. Can we start by looking back a little at Retrospect, your tenth anniversary show released as a DVD. This has been a great success for you, do you feel that it was the end of an era and time to start a new chapter for Epica?

ID: As the title says it was a retrospective and was looking back at what we had done and achieved and now it's time to look forward and do something different.

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MT: I was just wondering if this was a conscious thing, a feeling of it was time for some changes?

MJ: It's like a summary of all the chapters we did before, an end of an era and now it is time to write some new chapters. With this album we did some different things, a new producer, a new mixer. We also wrote the songs in a different way, more as a group effort. This feels like a fresh, new beginning. It's not totally different as the new album is clearly still Epica but the fresh wind is needed to fully motivate everyone for the future. This was really good for us.

ID: For me it was just exciting to record the album and that was because things were just different. On one hand you think I hope that everything will go right but also we could just end up making a horrible album! You go for a different producer and it could just be total bullshit so you don't know! It was exciting and also the new people around us were so excited and ready to go for it and I think everything added up and made the whole thing refreshing for us as a band. You can go from touring to the studio to touring to the studio and we switched it around and it was just the best thing we could do right now.

MT: It sounds like you were really happy with new producer Joost van den Broek. Do you like the different sonic feel there is to this album compared to 'Requiem For The Indifferent'?

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MJ: The new producer, the main influence he had on the group was that he was there from the beginning, to get motivated himself and to get the best out of everybody. He was the kind of guy who kept the overview but was also there in the early stages when it was little groups of people writing the songs. He was there when we were working on the sounds. He was there when we were working on the details, he was there when we were recording and he was even there for a few days of the mix. He was everywhere! He can't have slept for many hours as he was everywhere at the same time(laughs).

He was sometimes working on other projects simultaneously and I still don't understand or get how he managed to do all these things at the same time. He must have a huge amount of energy but that was what we needed, a guy who got the last 10% out of us. We could have made another album the same way as the last one and would probably have had the feeling afterwards that it was lacking something and could have been better. That's what we wanted this time, that we would be totally happy with the end result and wouldn't listen to it and think it could have been better. Joost was the right guy for that job and made that happen for us.

MT: You've touched a little bit on the songwriting already. I was wondering how the songwriting process works for Epica? Every album is seventy minutes long, every song has lots of ideas within it so how the heck do you put it all together?

ID: That's a good question(laughs). The thing is that it's always different for who is recording. This album has songs from five band members, everyone but Simone has put song ideas on the table. From there we just like Mark already said sat with Joost the producer. I had written a couple of songs and he flew over to Germany where I used to live and we would work on my songs and he and Arien would work on his songs and so on. Mark writes differently than I do, I'm more a typical guitar writer starting mostly with the guitars whereas Mark goes more from a melody or more from the orchestration so that's really different. Obviously Coen with his piano is also doing something different, Arien as a drummer writes in grooves and more rhythmical ideas, Rob with has bass likes to write from a drum and bass groove.

MT: Is it that people come in with song ideas and you all work on those song ideas together?

ID: It's more like that you write the song and then we work on it. Things could switch around, it might be that my intro is cut off or something but the basic idea is that with these kind of songs we went to a rehearsal room or the studio and rehearsed through everything. That's also different from the past where we did the pre-production in our home studio and send it over to each other, kind of tweaking it as we went but it's different if the other band members are right there and you can say hey you should be playing this note or that note. You can go way more into detail and tell your drummer that I want the kick drum on that part of the beat or that should be the groove and that's what adds up to the whole thing. That was really refreshing to sit together with musicians and not sit in your home studio with your technology. It was a whole different way of writing.

MT: That sounds like it would be a lot quicker as well.

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MJ: It took longer actually! You can change things quicker and adapt more easily but there are more steps in the process. Usually when we wrote the songs we send each other stuff via the internet and put things here and there and we start recording. Also after the recording you find out which songs work well live and which songs don't and now all the songs have been played together as a band and we know which things work live and which don't. Actually we already know that all the new songs work well live so it will also be nice to select now which ones we will keep on playing live. It will be more or less the fans choice as many people say we want to hear this song or that song while we like them all! We could play the whole album so it's what they want.

MT: As we are at the album release show will you be playing the whole album tonight?

MJ: Yes, now it's our party!(laughs)

ID: Yes, just once in our life we get to choose what to play (laughs)

MJ: It's not all new songs as it's fun to play some old songs that people know so it will be a mix between old and new.

MT: The new album 'The Quantum Enigma' has a theme running through it. I, like I suspect many other people, had to go and look up what a quantum enigma was(all laugh). Is quantum physics a subject you guys think about a lot?

MJ: First of all if you have a title sometimes people don't remember it and don't know what it's about but for some reason the title 'The Quantum Enigma' has something about it, something mystical. It's easy to remember the first time you hear it so it has the advantage that it makes people interested in the topic. Like you did, you go and look it up and if it raises your interest then that's exactly the thing we want to achieve and once you get sucked into the topic I think it's very interesting to know more about it. That's something we wanted to achieve as it's so fascinating, all about quantum physics and what's going on in the universe and the microscopic world which has an influence on the world as you know it. If something is proven in quantum physics it will have a direct influence on the things around it. What does that mean? What does that imply for the world? The way we see the world, is that just because of how we view it? If nobody sees it would that mean it was different? Is it an illusion, is it real? You can really philosophise for a long time about it but I like it. I hope many fans will start doing that.

MT: You have touched on quantum physics before in your lyrics, in 'Kingdom Of Heaven' on the 'Design Your Universe' album. Has it been sitting in your mind for a while to come back to this subject?

MJ: That didn't happen consciously, it was like with the music. You sit down and get a sort of feeling with a song and you start writing and it has all to do with the things that already interest you. Over the last couple of years I've been reading books on the subject and they found their way into the lyrics. So it wasn't consciously that we decided we were going to write about this now, it just happened. It's hard to say how it happens. It naturally evolves.The song 'The Quantum Enigma' wasn't intended to be a sequel to 'Kingdom Of Heaven' but the way lyrics evolved meant that it naturally became one. There were even some music references which fitted. It happened naturally, it wasn't meant to be like that in the beginning.

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MT: Writing about quantum physics in your second language, you guys really like a challenge, don't you? (all laugh)

MJ: I have also done some email interviews and I have to choose my words carefully as if you write one word wrong it means the opposite of what you are trying to say sometimes! You really have to think carefully about what you write on such topics.

MT: The fan reaction to the album has been overwhelmingly positive, you must be really pleased.

ID: We are. There's a lot to process on the album, we've been working on it for months and when I heard the final mix I was like damn, there's constantly so much happening and so many layers to it, I was really happy with it and it's gratifying to see it has gone over so well.

MT: I feel myself that you guys are getting gradually a little heavier in style. You have always been a heavy band among all the other styles which you incorporate into your sound but are you going more in that direction?

MJ: The new songs advantages are that the things that are supposed to sound really heavy do sound really heavy. If we would have done this sound in the past then we would have have sounded this heavy on previous albums. Every sound has its' advantages and now when it's supposed to be brutal with almost Fear Factory style riffs it sounds really brutal and that's the effect we like with this new sound. Now when we want to sound really heavy, we sound really heavy. In the past that was not always the case.

MT: I wondered if Arien and his drumming style was having an influence. You get the impression he's sitting there saying faster, louder all the time!

MJ: Yes, it's exactly like that(laughs). If we would let Arien write all the songs we would be a lot heavier and faster!

ID: I was there in the studio when he was recording his drums and sometimes the producer and I would have to say please leave some room there for the vocals or whatever. The drums are the first thing to be recorded so he needs to leave the rest of us some room(laughs).

MT: He has an insanely busy style but is fantastic to listen to and watch.

ID: He is sitting there with a smile doing his stuff and I have to say sometimes can you do a little less?(laughs) Of course he's like no problem and does what we need him to but in other stuff we challenged him as he is just so incredibly good. We said can you take this idea further and go beyond insane and he would just figure it out in two minutes and play it! That feeds into what we talked about regarding Joost the producer, we were all kind of challenging each other. I could also walk into the bass recording and ask for this or that, it was a great experience.

MJ: If Arien was a construction worker he would make extra walls, more rooms, he would make the house completely full, he's just that kind of guy (laughs).

MT: You have one UK date on the tour dates announced so far with this album at the London Forum on December 6th. Will there be any more UK dates?

ID: So far we have no other options arranged, we might be doing a festival there but nothing is confirmed yet. We have divided the tour into two parts because Simone now has a kid and Coen has two kids so we don't want any legs of the tour to be too elaborate. We therefore have to choose where to go carefully and in the past we've done a separate UK run, doing a UK tour separate to any other plans.

MT: So you have no plans to play the UK outside the London date in December then? After the 2012 tour when you even played Scotland for the first time I was hopeful we would see more of you!

MJ: We would like to play everywhere but you have to make decisions because of the kids, we have to pick what shows to play. If we wanted to we could play a show every day of the year but it's not possible for us unfortunately. We get letters from everywhere saying why don't you come play here, don't just play Mexico City, there are other cities in Mexico and so on(laughs). We can't please everybody. Also I've personally been doing this for seventeen years now and sometimes you want to be at home and do things that normal people do (laughs).

ID: Like getting drunk on the couch (laughs).

MJ: The UK is a market on its' own and we would love to work it harder but we're pretty busy until summer 2015 already so that's something we'll have to look at down the road along with Scandinavia and Russia and other areas which are off route, harder to get to places. Until then I hope the one date makes everyone a little happy (laughs).

MT: How do you see the future of Epica going forward?

MJ: I never look too far ahead as things always go differently than you expect but personally I would like to see us keep this line up for a while to keep it consistent and see what we can do with this sound we have.

ID: The main thing I learned from this album is that while music is a business it has to be fun other wise you can't go on with it. I think this was really refreshing and that we have taken everything to the next level. We already wrote the songs, we already worked on them but if you motivate each other, have nice people around you and are a good team then that's what I hope for this. It's my job and I want that it's still exciting to me and that five years from now I can say yes, got a new album to record! The new songs are great, that's something I really enjoyed this time working with a new producer but so long as the spark is there I want to keep doing it.

MT: Well we at MetalTalk definitely want much more Epica in the future. Thanks for your time and good luck with the show tonight and the tour ahead.

Online:
http://www.epica.nl/
https://www.facebook.com/epica
https://www.youtube.com/user/epica

Line up:
Mark Jansen-guitar, grunts, screams
Coen Janssen-synthesizer, piano
Simone Simons-vocals
Arien van Weesenbeek-drums
Isaac Delahaye-guitars, vocals
Rob van der Loo-bass


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The recently formed London based rock/Metal band will undertake a set of UK dates in August 2014...

blitzkreig BLITZKRIEG ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR FOR SEPTEMBER 2014
The band will visit five countries on their only tour this year...

sonisphere LATE NIGHT ENTERTAINMENT AT SONISPHERE ANNOUNCED
Only two weeks away - get ready to continue the party after the headliners leave the stage...

finntroll FINNTROLL REVEAL LIVE FOOTAGE OF SEMINAL TRACK 'TROLLHAMMAREN', FILMED AT THEIR LIVE ALBUM RECORDING SHOW IN AMSTERDAM
"Lock up your daughters, kegs of rum and men of God, for The Trolls from Up North are coming for you...live!..."

dragonforce DRAGONFORCE REVEAL NEW VIDEO 'THE GAME' (FEAT. MATT HEAFY OF TRIVIUM)
The track is taken from the album 'Maximum Overload', which will be released in August...

motorhead aftershock MOTÖRHEAD RELEASE 'AFTERSHOCK - TOUR EDITION' ON 7TH JULY
The album is released with a live CD. It proves one major thing no-one should ever forget...they are Motörhead, and they play rock'n'roll!...

grave GRAVE REISSUE 'SOULLESS' ON VINYL ON JULY 14
The limited editions of the third album by the Swedish Death Metal act are issued in several colours...

wolf WOLF ANNOUNCE DETAILS FOR NEW ALBUM 'DEVIL SEED'
All the elements are aligned for this fierce slab of pure Heavy Metal mayhem...

darkest era DARKEST ERA RELEASE VIDEO FOR 'BEYOND THE GREY VEIL'
Watch the thematic centerpiece for the album 'Severance' right here...

hordes of belial DEF CON ONE ANNOUNCED AS HEADLINERS FOR HORDES OF BELIAL V: A 2014 SCOTTISH EXCLUSIVE
The Geordie quartet will play the Dundee event along with other high quality Metal bands...

sikth SIKTH ANNOUNCE HEADLINE TOUR OF THE UK
"We decided we had to do a full UK tour, just one show was never gonna be enough for us... Also we aim to add some 'never played before live songs' too"...

tankard TANKARD ANNOUNCE HILARIOUS NEW ANIMATED VIDEO FOR 'FOOLED BY YOUR GUTS'
The latest track from 'R.I.B.' (Rest In Beer) has been created by producers from The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology...

dead daisies THE DEAD DAISIES ANNOUNCE US SUMMER DATES WITH KISS & DEF LEPPARD
The band are ready to "bring some some kick ass, analog rock and roll music to all of you with the legendary KISS and Def Leppard and help make your summer as memorable as possible"...

suicide silence SUICIDE SILENCE ANNOUNCE ONE-OFF INTIMATE UK SHOW AT THE BORDERLINE, LONDON
The Borderline show is on 27th June. The Metal heavyweights will also headline Yorkshire's Ghostfest on 28th June...

Eluveitie ELUVEITIE RELEASE FIRST SINGLE 'KING' ONLINE, TAKEN FROM THEIR FORTHCOMING ALBUM 'ORIGINS'
The Swiss Folk-Metallers release a mighty tale of the historical figure Ambicatus...

sikth UK TECH-FEST WELCOMES THE GODFATHERS OF UK TECH-METAL SIKTH TO THE BILL
Djent monsters Monuments and acoustic guitar master Jon Gomm also join the line up...

escape the fate ESCAPE THE FATE ANNOUNCE UK TOUR FOR OCTOBER 2014
Now it is time for UK audiences to get their first look at the new look Escape The Fate...

anthrax ANTHRAX ANNOUNCE LIMITED EDITION COLOURED VINYLS AS PART OF THRASH BACK CAMPAIGN
Celebrate 30 years of Thrash with reissues from Anthrax and other classic bands...

gatecreeper GATECREEPER RELEASE VIDEO FOR THEIR SELF TITLED EP
'Force Fed' is available as one of the tracks on the pay what you want download...

jonny morelli JONNY MORELLI, DRAUGR DRUMMER DIES IN CAR ACCIDENT
Condolences start to pour in for the musician, tattoo artist and writer...

at the gates AT THE GATES ANNOUNCE FIRST EVER IRISH SHOW, BLOODSHOT DAWN TO SUPPORT
Swedish Melodic Death Metal pioneers to play Dublin in January 2015...

nita strauss ALICE COOPER ADDS NEW GUITARIST NITA STRAUSS TO LINEUP FOR 2014 SUMMER/FALL TOURS
The LA guitar wiz will join the tour in Michigan on June 26...

whitechapel WHITECHAPEL PREMIERE NEW VIDEO 'WORSHIP THE DIGITAL AGE'
The clip is the first full performance video from 'Our Endless War' and was directed by acclaimed director David Brodsky...

behemoth BEHEMOTH, DECAPITATED & GRAND MAGUS ANNOUNCED FOR DECEMBER TOUR
A chance for the UK to see 'The Satanist' performed in all its hellish glory...

steel panther STEEL PANTHER ANNOUNCE THEIR BIGGEST EVER UK TOUR
The dates include a night at the legendary Wembley arena in March 2015...

alestorm ALESTORM UNVEIL NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR 'DRINK'
If you need a new anthem of the summer then look no further...

rik mayall RIK MAYALL'S 'NOBLE ENGLAND' SONG HEADING FOR NUMBER ONE SPOT AS ENGLAND'S WORLD CUP ANTHEM
The beloved late comedian looks set to storm the UK Top 10 with his lost anthem...

red dragon cartel EXCLUSIVE: RED DRAGON CARTEL GIGS BACK ON - BAND TO PLAY MANCHESTER AND BUCKLEY THURSDAY AND FRIDAY
Tickets for both shows will be at the special price of £10 as a gesture to fans who were inconvenienced by last weekend's events...

brutal truth DAN LILKER OF BRUTAL TRUTH INVITES YOU TO OBSCENE EXTREME FESTIVAL
This will most likely be the very last chance fans will get to see Danny and Brutal Truth live in Europe...

belphegor BELPHEGOR PUT THE FIRST 'CONJURING THE DEAD' STUDIO TRAILER ONLINE
The Black Metal giants are gearing up to unleash their tenth album ...

ill nino ILL NIÑO RELEASE ALBUM TITLE AND NEW SINGLE
Every pre-order for Till Death, La Familia will receive an instant download of 'Live Like There's No Tomorrow' and will automatically be entered to win an ESP guitar autographed by Ill Niño. ...

kobra and the lotus KOBRA AND THE LOTUS WILL BE OPENING ACT FOR KISS AND DEF LEPPARD THIS SUMMER
The new album 'High Priestess' will be released in September...

triaxis becky TRIAXIS ANNOUNCE NEW BASSIST & NEW ALBUM PLANS
Outstanding bassist Becky Baldwin joins the Welsh Metallers for third studio album...

rival sons tour RIVAL SONS ANNOUNCE DECEMBER UK TOUR
Following their current run of sold-out dates, the Californians return this winter with their unmissable live show...

spike frankie miller SPIKE ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF '100% PURE FRANKIE MILLER' IN SEPTEMBER 2014
The celebratory album features Ronnie Wood, Andy Fraser, Simon Kirke, Ian Hunter and more...

arch enemy ARCH ENEMY REVEAL NEW VIDEO FOR 'NO MORE REGRETS'
The album 'War Eternal' is out now worldwide and the band hit the road from July to December...

sanctuary SANCTUARY FINISH RECORDING NEW ALBUM AND ANNOUNCE THE RELEASE DATE
'The Year The Sun Died' will be out on September 29th in Europe...

rock metal circus ROCK AND METAL CIRCUS ANNOUNCE NEW VENUE FOR 2015
Roll up to Northants for Voodoo Six, Tygers of Pan Tang, Wolf plus some of the hottest new acts around...

aor 3 NIGHT RANGER TO HEADLINE HRH AOR 3
Adrenaline-fuleed rock and roll is the latest addition to the bill...

alz grinder ALZ-GRINDERS PLAN GRINDING FOR A CURE VOL 4
Over 300 extreme bands have contributed to the fundraising albums so far...

cambridge rock festival LINE-UP FOR CAMBRIDGE ROCK FESTIVAL ALMOST COMPLETE
The main stage is booked and stages 2 and 3 are filling up fast...

headbangers open air ANVIL REPLACE DEATH ANGEL FOR HEADBANGERS OPEN AIR
After Death Angel cancelled their entire European tour, Anvil step in with a special "best of" set...

uli jon roth ULI JON ROTH CANCELS GUITAR GODS DATES IN NORTH AMERICA
It's official - this guitar god has been grounded by visa problems...

joe bonamassa JOE BONAMASSA ANNOUNCES NEW STUDIO ALBUM 'DIFFERENT SHADES OF BLUE'
The new album of all original material lands on 22nd September...

red dragon cartel BREAKING NEWS: RED DRAGON CARTEL ISSUE STATEMENT OVER WOLVERHAMPTON GIG CANCELLATION
The band made a barbed official statement denying the reasons for the cancellation made by the promoter without actually addressing the main issue...

red dragon cartel BREAKING NEWS: RED DRAGON CARTEL CANCEL WOLVERHAMPTON SHOW, REST OF UK TOUR IS OFF, DOWNLOAD IN JEOPARDY
An argument broke out between the band and promoter Denise Dale who was representing Metal Music Bookings and Management...

uli jon roth ULI JON ROTH FACES CANCELLATION OF HIS PARTICIPATION IN GUITAR GODS TOUR
"The tour is in jeopardy...this has never happened in over thirty years of visas"...

les fest wiston LES-FEST ANNOUNCES MAIN STAGE TIMES
Get the latest from Scotland's premier Metal festival right here...

beermageddon METAL FEST BEERMAGEDDON STRENGTHEN THE LINE UP YET AGAIN...WITH EVEN MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED
Jaldaboath, Monumentomb and Furyborn are among the latest additions...

blues pills DORIAN SORRIAUX FROM BLUES PILLS PERFORMS A GUITAR PLAY-THROUGH OF THE BAND'S NEW TRACK
Watch and learn as Dorian deconstructs 'High Class Woman'...

cj wildheart CJ WILDHEART RELEASES FIRST SOLO ALBUM IN SEVEN YEARS
'Mable' is available for pre-order now via Pledgemusic. CJ will also be releasing his own brand of hot sauces this year...

hrh aor3 HRH AOR ANNOUNCE FIRST 10 BANDS
FM, Dare, The Poodles and Starz lead the charge for March 2015...

asia ASIA ANNOUNCE A UK TOUR FOR AUTUMN 2014
"We've played to audiences globally, but playing at home in the UK is always a major event for us"...

wolf WOLF UNVEIL BRAND NEW VIDEO FOR 'MY DEMON'
The Swedish stalwarts offer a first taste of the new album...

devin townsend DEVIN TOWNSEND'S 'CASUALTIES OF COOL' PROJECT REVEALS NEW VIDEO
"The genesis of it was rooted was in the frustration of it all. Frustrated by the loud"...

biohazard BIOHAZARD RE-SIGN WITH NUCLEAR BLAST
Following their European summer tour, the band will enter the studio to record the follow-up album to 2012's Reborn In Defiance...

sonisphere gibson GIBSON AND SONISPHERE HAVE TEAMED UP TO OFFER AN EXCLUSIVE OPPORTUNITY TO BE THE OFFICIAL VIDEOGRAPHER OF SONISPHERE 2014
An amazing chance to document the inner workings of the festival...

king lot THE KING LOT RELEASE DEBUT SINGLE 'UNTIL MY DYING DAY'
There will be further tour dates following the album release in August 2014...

techfest UK TECH-FEST ANNOUNCES STAGE TIMES AND DAY TICKETS
The festival for the best in emerging music has also secured support from the Arts Council England...

morgoth MORGOTH ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR WITH BOLT THROWER
The Death Metallers are in the studio working on new material...

sonisphere HUNDRED REASONS TO PERFORM 'IDEAS ABOVE OUR STATION' IN FULL AT SONISPHERE
And still they come ... Yet more acts announced for the July weekender...

andrew o'neill ANDREW O'NEILL'S 'HISTORY OF HEAVY METAL' COMES TO EDINBURGH FESTIVAL FRINGE
"The funniest vegan transvestite comedian in the whole of time and space"...

joanne shaw taylor JOANNE SHAW TAYLOR ANNOUNCES UK TOUR DATES AND PRE-ORDER OF NEW ALBUM
Support on the 14 date run comes from special guest Bernie Marsden...

secret cinema SECRET CINEMA PRESENTS BACK TO THE FUTURE IN LONDON
This summer California's Hill Valley comes to London for an amazing live cinema experience...

dragonforce DRAGONFORCE REVEAL NEW DRUMMER
As Dave Mackintosh leaves the band for Prog Rock, Gee Anzalone takes the seat for the upcoming UK tour...

iced earth BREAKING NEWS: ICED EARTH CANCEL ALL 2014 DATES
Jon is naturally extremely disappointed about this and has made a statement which you can read in full here...

terraplane TERRAPLANE DEBUT ALBUM REISSUE CELEBRATED WITH RARE DOUBLE SINGLE RELEASE
Thunder's alter-ego release tracks featuring Jools Holland and Ruby Turner...

la bam prod CALL FOR BANDS TO BE PART OF FRENCH COMPILATION ALBUM
Independent label La Bam Prod is releasing 'HeadBamgers' in September and needs your contribution...

thrashback THRASHBACK CELEBRATES 30 YEARS OF THRASH METAL
Wear your Thrash T Shirt to work on June 6 and win some fantastic prizes including VIP Sonisphere tickets...

goatwhore GOATWHORE UNLEASH FIRST TASTE OF 'CONSTRICTING RAGE OF THE MERCILESS'
New Orleans Metal legion showcase their new album with the track 'FBS'...

chasing dragons CHASING DRAGONS KICK OFF UK TOUR WITH TWO EP LAUNCH SHOWS
Catch the official launch of 'Checkmate' in Leeds and London...

crowbar CROWBAR DEBUT NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR 'WALK WITH KNOWLEDGE WISELY'
The first of two videos from the album 'Symmetry In Black' is revealed...

bruce dickinson BRUCE DICKINSON REACHES FOR THE SONISPHERE SKY WITH A SPECTACULAR WW1 TRIBUTE AIR DISPLAY
Aces High at Sonisphere on 5th July with an unforgettable air show ...

black star riders BREAKING NEWS: MARCO MENDOZA LEAVES BLACK STAR RIDERS AND IS REPLACED BY ROBBIE CRANE
"Marco will always be part of the BSR family and a true friend of ours. We are very happy to introduce Robbie Crane to everyone as the new BSR bass player..."

hostile EXCLUSIVE: HOSTILE CONFIRMED AS SUPPORT TO MACHINE HEAD ON UK TOUR
"The band are excited to be playing with Machine Head as they grew up on their music..."

high on fire HIGH ON FIRE BEGIN WORK ON NEW ALBUM
"Chew on some mescaline and listen to side B of Sabbath's "Master of Reality" backwards at 78 RPM and it might give you an idea"...

the treatment THE TREATMENT REVEAL NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO 'RUNNING WITH THE DOGS'
A major run of dates for June has also been confirmed...

temperance movement THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT SUPPORT THE ROLLING STONES
A chance to see the UK's finest new blues band on tour with the veterans in Europe...

arch enemy ARCH ENEMY PRESENT 'YOU WILL KNOW MY NAME' VIDEO
Check out the next track from the upcoming album 'War Eternal'...

crucified barbara SWEDEN'S CRUCIFIED BARBARA RELEASE 'TO KILL A MAN' VIDEO
"From anger, we create music. A really heavy song in every sense"...

suicide silence SUICIDE SILENCE POST TRAILER OF BONUS 'YOU CAN'T STOP ME' DVD
The album marks the debut of new vocalist Eddie Hermida and is their first full-length recording since the tragic loss of singer Mitch Lucker...

attica rage ATTICA RAGE PART WAYS WITH BASSIST COLIN WILSON AND ANNOUNCE REPLACEMENT
A new chapter begins for the Glasgow heavy rockers...

enter shikari ENTER SHIKARI RELEASE STUDIO VIDEO
An advance look at the process of recording studio album number four is unveiled...

iron knights def con one IRON KNIGHTS + DEF CON ONE TEAM UP FOR THREE UK SHOWS
Catch a double bill of classic British Metal in July...

neal morse NEAL MORSE TO RELEASE 'SONGS FROM NOVEMBER' THIS AUGUST
The Prog composer takes a break from supergroup Transatlantic to fly solo...

hammerfall THE HAMMERFALL '(r)EVOLUTION' IS NEAR!
Swedish Heavy Metal pioneers Hammerfall are fully recharged and back with a vengeance...

slash SLASH ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM AND EUROPEAN TOUR
'World On Fire' is released on Sep 15 with a great fan pack pre-order on offer...

lemmy pancake LEMMY IN THE RUNNING FOR SAINTHOOD?
It's a miracle in carbohydrate form...

insomnium INSOMNIUM ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN HEADLINE TOUR
"We can hit the European autobahns and nightly motorways again, deliver the goods in concerts and spread the melancholic word of 'Shadows Of The Dying Sun' album for all of you!"...

arthur brown THE CRAZY WORLD OF ARTHUR BROWN DEBUT FIRST TRACK FROM NEW ALBUM
'Zim Zam Zim' is released on July 28th and is delightfully genre-spanning and heavy grooving...

leon hendrix LEON HENDRIX TO APPEAR AT THE CAMBRIDGE ROCK FESTIVAL 2014
The younger brother of Jimi will be promoting his new biography "A Brother's Story"...

bad for lazarus BAD FOR LAZARUS RELEASE SINGLE AND VIDEO 'CAUGHT IN THE TWIST'
"I said I wanted it to be like Buddy Holly meets Slayer. Well, here you go."...

screaming eagles SCREAMING EAGLES RELEASE NEW VIDEO FOR 'ALL THE WAY'
Their raw and riff-heavy live act was captured onto record in an intense 10-day recording session surrounded by Marshall stacks and fuelled by cheap wine...

darkest era DARKEST ERA ANNOUNCE UK TOUR FOR SEPTEMBER
Catch the Northern Irish band on seven dates this autumn...

megadeth MEGADETH CANCEL TOUR DATES FOLLOWING DEATH OF BASSIST DAVID ELLEFSON'S BROTHER
All immediate dates are cancelled to allow time for grieving...

asia ASIA TO DEBUT TRACKS FROM NEW ALBUM 'GRAVITAS' AT UK SHOWS
"Aware of the debt to our homeland, we look forward to playing these two special dates in June to introduce the latest, exciting chapter of this extraordinary band"...

belphegor BELPHEGOR REVEAL TRACK LISTING FOR CONJOURING THE DEAD
The tenth studio album will be unleashed on August 11th via Nuclear Blast...

camden rocks CAMDEN ROCKS FESTIVAL ANNOUNCE STAGE TIMES + NEW BANDS
See the full thrilling line-up for the rock n'roll street party of the year...

hellyeah HELLYEAH ANNOUNCE UK TOUR DATES
A series of UK dates will follow the release of 'Blood For Blood' and coincide with their appearance at Bloodstock Festival...

accept ACCEPT ANNOUNCE ONE-OFF UK SHOW IN LONDON AT THE FORUM ON NOVEMBER 27TH '14
This will be the band's first appearance in the capital for over 3 years...

lambesis TIM LAMBESIS BREAKS SILENCE OVER CHARGE OF ATTEMPTING TO HIRE A HITMAN TO MURDER ESTRANGED WIFE
As the As I Lay Dying frontman begins a 6 year sentence, an in-depth interview throws light on the circumstances...

manowar MANOWAR WILL RETURN TO CLEVELAND, OH ON NOVEMBER 21, 2014
"We are excited to return to the Agora! We have always been welcomed with the greatest passion and support!"...

jim root JIM ROOT PARTS WAYS WITH STONE SOUR
Corey Taylor confirms that the pair continue to work on new Slipknot album...

12 bar LONDON'S TIN PAN ALLEY UNDER THREAT
An online petition to preserve the iconic 12 Bar Club needs your signature...

ume UME TO SUPPORT BLACK SABBATH IN JULY
More UK dates to be announced soon...

hard rock rising THE ANSWER TO HEADLINE 'HARD ROCK RISING ON THE ROAD' ON A TRUCK IN MANCHESTER
Watch The Answer for free this coming weekend...

vader POLISH DEATH METAL LEGENDS VADER POST NEW TRACK 'TRIUMPH OF DEATH' ONLINE
The forthcoming album 'Tibi Et Igni' is released on June 2nd...

rival sons RIVAL SONS TO HOLD SIGNING SESSION AT HMV
To celebrate the release of the new album 'Great Western Valkyrie', Rival Sons will be performing and signing at the Oxford St and Manchester stores...

eluveitie ELUVEITIE REVEAL ALBUM TITLE, RELEASE DATE AND COVER ART
'Origins' deals in-depth with Celtic mythology, approached scientifically and in cooperation with several scientists and diverse universities...

dead daisies THE DEAD DAISIES ANNOUNCE THE IMMINENT RELEASE OF "THE FACE I LOVE" APP
The innovative interactive Facebook Application will allow fans to be a part of the album cover art and music video...

peter frampton PETER FRAMPTON TO RELEASE MINI ALBUM 'HUMMINGBIRD IN A BOX'
The new music features seven original guitar pieces in Frampton's virtuosic stylings...

accept ACCEPT ANNOUNCE MORE DETAILS ON THE ALBUM 'BLIND RAGE'
The release date is set for August 18th, and there will be a Limited Edition Digipak available...

legend of rock BLACK STAR RIDERS TO HEADLINE LEGENDS OF ROCK - THE ORIGINALS
The mouth-watering October line-up also features Snakecharmer, The Quireboys, Uli Jon Roth and many many more quality acts...

rhapsody of fire NEW RHAPSODY OF FIRE LIVE ALBUM WILL BE RELEASED ON MAY 16, 2014
This majestic Symphonic Power Metal album is a true gem...

deathstars DEATHSTARS REVEAL OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR 'ALL THE DEVIL'S TOYS'
Swedish Metallers prepare for the release of studio album 'The Perfect Cult'...

black sabbath EXCLUSIVE: HYDE PARK WILL NOT BE THE LAST EVER BLACK SABBATH GIG
MetalTalk understands that the legendary Godfathers Of Metal will play select dates late in 2014, probably a handful in Europe and a couple of the States...

carnifex CARNIFEX ANNOUNCE UK TOUR WITH PARKWAY DRIVE IN DECEMBER 14
This mighty intercontinental bill surely will be one of the biggest tours of 2014...

soil SOiL ANNOUNCE 2014 UK TOUR
Special guests will be American HeadCharge & (hed) p.e...

uriah heep URIAH HEEP'S DIGITAL RELEASE OF BRAND NEW SINGLE 'ONE MINUTE' IS OUT NOW
The first taste of the forthcoming album 'Outsider' is revealed...

metallica METALLICA CONFIRM SHOWS AT BOTH GLASTONBURY & SONISPHERE FESTIVALS
There will now be two chances to see the band in the UK this summer...

sonisphere SONISPHERE 2014 ANNOUNCE HIM, EXTRA SET FROM ANTHRAX, COMEBACK KID AND MORE
The acts just keep on coming...

sabaton vinyl SABATON STREAM THE NEW ALBUM 'HEROES' IN FULL
Get over to Spotify to hear it before the release date...

rob halford JUDAS PRIEST'S ROB HALFORD TO UNDERGO SURGERY FOR UMBILICAL HERNIA
"It looks like the alien just burst forth!"...

hostile EXCLUSIVE: HOSTILE TO PLAY MAGIC CIRCLE FESTIVAL IN FINLAND
Celebrating Manowar's worldwide Metal community, the festival is hosted by different countries and has previously taken place in Germany and Slovenia...

helloween EXCLUSIVE: KISKE RETURN GETS VETOED BY HELLOWEEN'S MANAGEMENT
So this looks like the end of the 'Kiske back in Helloween' saga but as Andi Deris said in his interview with us: "You never know..."

no sinner NO SINNER LAUNCH 'RUNNIN' VIDEO BEFORE UK TOUR
Vancouver's powerhouse blues rock band are ready to captivate UK audiences...

electric river ELECTRIC RIVER RELEASE STUNNING NEW ANIMATED MUSIC VIDEO
Watch the new video and get all the live dates right here...

whitesnake BREAKING NEWS: WHITESNAKE PART COMPANY WITH DOUG ALDRICH
Founding singer and mainman David Coverdale said that Doug is leaving the band "to pursue a solo career" but Doug has denied this...

manowar spain MANOWAR WILL HEADLINE ROCK FEST BCN IN BARCELONA, SPAIN ON JULY 5TH 2014
"We are excited to celebrate the 'Kings Of Metal MMXIV' World Tour with our Spanish Manowarriors, who love Metal as much as we do and who have always passionately stood with us!"...

richie sambora RICHIE SAMBORA ANNOUNCES UK AND EIRE DATES FOR JUNE/JULY 2014
The rock icon will perform a series of headline shows and festival appearances...

black star riders BLACK STAR RIDERS ANNOUNCE UK DATES FOR JULY 2014
Catch this run of shows before the band return to the studio to record their second album...

steel panther STEEL PANTHER RELEASE 3RD SINGLE FROM THEIR HIGHEST EVER CHART DEBUT ALBUM 'ALL YOU CAN EAT'
The release of 'You're Beautiful When You Don't Talk' coincides with the band's main stage performance at Download...

gravedigger GRAVE DIGGER UNVEIL SNIPPET TO UPCOMING TRACK 'SEASON OF THE WITCH'
New album 'The Return Of The Reaper' is released on July 14th...

answer THE ANSWER TO RELEASE 'SPECTACULAR' (SAMBA VERSION) SINGLE BUNDLE IN RUN UP TO WORLD CUP 2014
The new acoustic interpretation features an uplifting Brazilian samba beat...

trivium TRIVIUM PART WAYS WITH DRUMMER NICK AUGUSTO
Mat Madiro takes over the stool with immediate effect...

trooper IRON MAIDEN'S TROOPER ANNOUNCED AS THE OFFICIAL ALE OF SONISPHERE
There will also be a special, dated & limited Iron Maiden Sonisphere plastic bottle available at the festival ...

reverence REVERENCE FESTIVAL ANNOUNCE ADDITIONS TO THE LINE-UP
Hawkwind & Electric Wizard headline at this unique Portugese festival...

quireboys THE QUIREBOYS ANNOUNCE UK TOUR NOVEMBER 2014 TO SUPPORT 30TH ANNIVERSARY 'BLACK EYED SONS' ALBUM RELEASE
The Quireboys will embark on a 5 month world tour which will commence with a long awaited return to The US & Canada early August...

saxon SAXON ADD HELL & STORMZONE AS SUPPORT FOR UK LEG OF 'WARRIORS OF THE ROAD'
Make sure you catch the 35TH anniversary tour in November...

suarez LUIS SUAREZ PERFORMS BORN TO BE WILD FOR PEPSI WORLD CUP ADVERT
The Liverpool FC centre forward acts as a rock star in leather and shades...

repair to ruin REPAIR TO RUIN RELEASE VIDEO FOR NEW SONG 'APOLOGIES'
The self-titled debut album will be out later this year...

tank EXCLUSIVE: TANK ANNOUNCE FIRST EVER BRAZILIAN DATES FOR JUNE 2014
Joining long term Tank members Mick Tucker and Cliff Evans on the tour will be some very special guests...

DEATH THREAT EXCLUSIVE: POLICE FAIL TO ARREST MAN WHO MADE FACEBOOK DEATH THREATS TO LEADING HEAVY METAL BAND
The man was detained and subsequently released without charge, the only stipulation being that he write a letter of apology to the band...

doro DORO, THE ORIGINAL METAL QUEEN, RECORDS A MESSAGE ABOUT HER 30TH ANNIVERSARY RELEASE
Doro's '30 Years Strong & Proud' tour hits London on May 19th...

led zep remaster WIN TICKETS TO AN INVITATION-ONLY EVENT WITH SPECIAL GUEST JIMMY PAGE
Don't miss this opportunity to hear Jimmy Page provide insight into the selection of the companion audio to the re-issues ...

suicide silence SUICIDE SILENCE STREAM NEW TRACK 'CEASE TO EXIST' ONLINE
The first album since the tragic loss of Mitch Lucker is out in July 14...

killer be killed KILLER BE KILLED'S MAX CAVALERA TALKS ABOUT HOW THE BAND CAME UP WITH THEIR NAME
On the eve of the release of their self-titled album, find out more about the band and listen to a track...

celebr8 3 CELEBR8.3 AT THE ASSEMBLY ROOMS, ISLINGTON MAY 31ST-1ST JUNE
The Central London Prog festival will have several exclusive performances...

death angel DEATH ANGEL'S 'THE DREAM CALLS FOR BLOOD' OFFICIAL VIDEO NOW ONLINE
The album is out now, including a UK Exclusive Blood Red Vinyl...

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