Windswept Streaming Entire Debut Album “The Great Cold Steppe”

Windswept, the Ukrainian black metal blizzard conceived by Drudkh mastermind Roman Sayenko with the aid of two fellow band members, just revealed the complete forthcoming debut album “The Great Cold Steppe.” Listen in below.

1. Black Horizon Is the Gates of a Blizzard
2. Shrouded in Pale Shining, So Sleeps Infinite Ancient Steppe
3. The Stars Are Cold and Indifferent, Sow Their Gleaming Ashes
4. The Great Shepherd Rides His Storms
5. Blinding and Bottomless Abyss Is Howling
6. A Spiteful Wind Buries All the Lonely Whispers

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Oracles Reveals “Miserycorde” Album Details

Members of Aborted, System Divide, and Abigail Williams have come together to release “Miserycorde” under the Oracles name, which also includes guest contributions from Per Nilsson (Scar Symmetry), Ryan Knight (The Black Dahlia Murder, Arsis), as well as Jeff Loomis (Arch Enemy, Nevermore).

“Miserycorde” is due out July 1st, 2016 via Deadlight Entertainment, with mixing and mastering by Jacob Hansen (Epica, Volbeat) and artwork done by Colin Marks from Rain Song Design (Nevermore, Exodus). Check out the song “Scorn” below. Oracles consists of:

Sven De Caluwé (Aborted) – vocals
Sanna Salou (ex-Dimlight) – vocals
Mendel Bij de Leij (Aborted) – guitar
Steve Miller (ex-System Divide, Loculus) – guitar
Andrei Aframov (ex-System Divide) – bass
Ken Bedene (Aborted, ex-Abigail Williams) – drums

The album’s track listing is:

1. An Adagio for the Callous
2. The Tribulation of Man (feat. Per Nilsson)
3. Catabolic (I Am)
4. Quandaries Obsolete (feat. Ryan Knight) [streaming here]
5. Scorn
6. Body of Ineptitude (feat. Jeff Loomis)
7. Remnants Echo
8. Canvas of Me
9. S(k)in [streaming here]
10. The Beautiful People
11. We, the Indifferent

Miserycorde by Oracles

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Guitarist/Keyboardist Simon Oberender Of Beyond The Bridge Passes Away

German progressive metal band Beyond the Bridge announced the devastating loss of keyboardist/guitarist Simon Oberender today. The cause of death was not announced. Less than two weeks ago, Oberender performed with the band at ProgPower USA in Atlanta in the bands first ever performance in the United States (a review of the performance can be found at this location). His contributions with the band’s debut LP “The Old Man and the Spirit” will be everlasting (see Metal Underground.com’s review at this location).

Oberender was also a member of Amanda Somerville’s project Trillium as keyboardist. His other contributions are: organist for Avantasia (“The Angel of Babylon” and “Wicked Symphony”), organist for Edguy (“Age of the Joker”), Gregorian vocals for Epica (“Requiem for the Indifferent”), choir vocals for Rhapsody of Fire (“The Frozen Tears of Angels” and “The Cold Embrace of Fear”) and he also took part in the “Silverthorn choir” as part of Kamelot’s forthcoming LP “Silverthorn.”

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Epica Announces 10th Anniversary "Retrospect" Show

On the 23rd of March, 2013 internationally renowned metal band Epica will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a special performance entitled “Retrospect,” which will take place in the Klokgebouw in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. “Retrospect” will be see Epica joined by a 70-piece symphonic orchestra and choir, international guests, and lots of special effects.

Tickets will go on sale on the 15th of September at 10 AM (GMT+1) and will be available through the websites of Epica and Klokgebouw. This week the band will embark on a Latin American tour to promote latest album “Requiem for the Indifferent” (reviewed here), followed by a North American tour in October/November, and ending the year with a tour of France and the UK.

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Epica Has Eleven New Tracks For An Unnamed New LP

Hot on the heels of its March 2012 release of “Requiem for the Indifferent” (see Metal Underground.com’s review here), Dutch symphonic metal band Epica is currently writing new material as the band prepares to invade North America this fall, including a headline performance at ProgPower USA on Friday, September 14, 2012.

In a post on its Facebook Page, the band added: “Already about 11 new tracks have been written for the next album. We don’t know yet when we’ll record it (somewhere in 2013) but this material sounds killer so far! Wouldn’t be surprised if many people gonna like those songs.”

The band will embark on the full North American tour on October 23, 2012 in Washington, D.C. with Alestorm, Insomnium and System Divide. Confirmed dates are as follows:

10/23/12 Howard Theater – Washington, D.C.
10/25/12 Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
10/26/12 Irving Plaza – New York, NY
10/27/12 Palladium – Worcester, MA
10/29/12 Imperial – Quebec City, QC – CANADA
10/30/12 Metropolis – Montreal, QC – CANADA
10/31/12 Opera House – Toronto, ON – CANADA
11/02/12 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
11/03/12 Altar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA
11/04/12 Mojoe’s – Joliet, IL
11/05/12 Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
11/07/12 Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO
11/08/12 Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
11/10/12 Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, B.C. – CANADA
11/11/12 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
11/12/12 Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
11/14/12 Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
11/15/12 House of Blues – San Diego, CA
11/16/12 House of Blues – Hollywood, CA
11/17/12 Marquee Theater – Tempe, AZ
11/19/12 Trees – Dallas, TX
11/20/12 Scout Bar – Houston, TX
11/21/12 Backstage Live – San Antonio, TX
11/23/12 Headliners – Louisville, KY
11/24/12 Soundstage – Baltimore, MD

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Epica Has Eleven New Tracks For An Unnamed New LP

Hot on the heels of its March 2012 release of “Requiem for the Indifferent” (see Metal Underground.com’s review here), Dutch symphonic metal band Epica is currently writing new material as the band prepares to invade North America this fall, including a headline performance at ProgPower USA on Friday, September 14, 2012.

In a post on its Facebook Page, the band added: “Already about 11 new tracks have been written for the next album. We don’t know yet when we’ll record it (somewhere in 2013) but this material sounds killer so far! Wouldn’t be surprised if many people gonna like those songs.”

The band will embark on the full North American tour on October 23, 2012 in Washington, D.C. with Alestorm, Insomnium and System Divide. Confirmed dates are as follows:

10/23/12 Howard Theater – Washington, D.C.
10/25/12 Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
10/26/12 Irving Plaza – New York, NY
10/27/12 Palladium – Worcester, MA
10/29/12 Imperial – Quebec City, QC – CANADA
10/30/12 Metropolis – Montreal, QC – CANADA
10/31/12 Opera House – Toronto, ON – CANADA
11/02/12 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
11/03/12 Altar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA
11/04/12 Mojoe’s – Joliet, IL
11/05/12 Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
11/07/12 Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO
11/08/12 Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
11/10/12 Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, B.C. – CANADA
11/11/12 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
11/12/12 Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
11/14/12 Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
11/15/12 House of Blues – San Diego, CA
11/16/12 House of Blues – Hollywood, CA
11/17/12 Marquee Theater – Tempe, AZ
11/19/12 Trees – Dallas, TX
11/20/12 Scout Bar – Houston, TX
11/21/12 Backstage Live – San Antonio, TX
11/23/12 Headliners – Louisville, KY
11/24/12 Soundstage – Baltimore, MD

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Bassist Yves Huts Splits With Epica, MaYaN’s Rob Van Der Loo To Replace

Dutch symphonic band Epica, who are in the midst of the world tour in support of “Requiem for the Indifferent” (reviewed here), has split with bassist Yves Huts. Huts was one of the founding members of the band and has decided to leave to pursue his own business. In an announcement on the band’s website, it was stated:

“It is with sadness that we announce that Yves Huts and Epica have decided to part ways. Yves has been with us from the start and has been of great value to the band. We want to thank Yves for his contribution to Epica’s success and wish him the very best in his future career, whether musically or in a different way. We will never forget the good times we shared together on the road!!”

Huts also made a farewell statement to the fans:

“Hi everybody,

013 is the venue where we did our first show with Epica and, almost a decade later, also my last. I’m leaving the band because I have another career opportunity that is not combinable with the schedule of a world touring band. I’ve tried to live these two different lives simultaniously for as long as I could but in the end I just had to make a choice, one of the most difficult ones in my life. I look back to these 10 years in Epica satisfied and enriched with life experience. As a founding member I’m proud of what we’ve achieved so far and I’m sure the future has a lot more great things in store for the band.

“I would like to thank the band, crew, fans and everybody else involved for the good times and I wish my successor good luck.

“Those of you that might be interested in any possible future musical plans of mine can visit my artist page on facebook.

Kind regards
Yves Huts”

The band has named Rob Van Der Loo (MaYaN) as Huts’ replacement:

“The silver lining to this cloud is that we can already announce an awesome successor. Fulfilling duties on bass from now on will be none other than Rob van der Loo. You might know Rob from his work with MaYaN or Delain. We are sure that Rob will fit perfectly as a musician and as a person, and we are looking forward to share the stage for the first time next week.”

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Epica Offers Free Download Of "Serenade Of Self-Destruction" Due To Technical Error

Dutch symphonic metal band Epica is offering the track “Serenade of Self-Destruction” as a free download at this location. Apparently, the instrumental version of the track found its way on the master of the first pressing of “Requiem for the Indifferent” (see Metal Underground’s review of the album at this location). Pre-ordered copies of the physical CD were affected and as a result have become unintended collector’s items.

The track can also be heard in its entirety here:

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Epica Posts Final Layer Of "Monopoly Of Truth" Video Series

Dutch symphonic metal band Epica has posted the final part of a series of promotional videos for the upcoming release “Requiem for the Indifferent,” which is due out on March 9, 2012 (EU) and March 13, 2012 (North America) through Nuclear Blast. Each week leading up to the album’s release, the band has posted videos with a “layer of music” of the opening track “Monopoly of Truth.” The seventh and final part features Isaac Delahaye’s guitar solo.

Check out Metal Underground’s review of the new Epica at this location.

Check out the video here:

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Epica Announces Support Acts For First Leg Of European Tour

Dutch symphonic metal band Epica announced that support for the first leg of the “Requiem for the Indifferent” European Tour will come from country mates Stream of Passion and Germany’s Xandria. Epica will release “Requiem for the Indifferent” on March 9, 2012 (EU) and March 13, 2012 (North America) through Nuclear Blast Records (see Metal Underground’s review at this location).

For dates and venues for Epica w/Stream of Passion and Xandria, head over to this location.

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