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Dutch/Mexican symphonic/progressive metallers STREAM OF PASSION performed three new songs — “Earthquake”, “The Curse” and “Secrets” — during their September 27 concert at Gigant in Apeldoorn, The Netherlands. Fan-filmed video footage can be seen below.

STREAM OF PASSION recently raised more than 43,000 euros in a crowdfunding campaign for their forthcoming fourth studio album, tentatively due in 2014.

The band’s last CD, “Darker Days”, was released in North America in July 2011 via Napalm Records. The effort was recorded at Sandlane Recording Facilities in Rijen, Holland.

In an interview with Sea Of Tranquility, STREAM OF PASSION singer Marcela Bovio stated about “Darker Days”, “The drive behind this album has to expand our musical horizons and incorporate new influences and ideas into our writing. We also wanted to go for a more organic sound; instead of layering all instruments on top of each other we tried to give each instrument its own moment in the songs. So make the heavy, guitar riff parts entirely about the guitars; and on the soft parts let the piano, the strings and the vocals take over.”

She added, “I think we made a huge step from ‘Embrace The Storm’ to ‘The Flame Within’. On ‘Embrace The Storm’, Arjen Lucassen (who was still in the band back then) had the absolute lead on songwriting, with me doing the vocal lines and melodies. For ‘The Flame Within’, I had to face the challenge of writing songs from scratch, instead of writing on top of what someone else already had done; so in a lot of ways our second album was also our first. Now with ‘Darker Days’, we’ve taken our ‘real’ second step as a band. And I think it was clear from the start that our goal was to keep refining our sound, to keep incorporating unique qualities to the music.”

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Fan-filmed video footage of BATTLE BEAST‘s July 26 performance at Qstock at Kuusisaari in Oulu, Finland can be seen below.

The self-titled sophomore album from BATTLE BEAST entered the official chart in the band’s home country at position No. 5. Released in Europe on May 17 via Nuclear Blast Records, the CD was produced and mixed by the band at JKB Studios in Helsinki and mastered by Mika Jussila at Finnvox Studios. The cover artwork was created by Claudio Bergamin (HALFORD, ARJEN A. LUCASSEN, MAGICA).

BATTLE BEAST last fall parted ways with lead singer Nitte Vänskä and replaced her with Noora Louhimo.

In an interview with Metal Divas, Noora explained how she ended up fronting BATTLE BEAST: “Last September (2012), I got a call from Anton [Kabanen, guitar] that they want me to join BATTLE BEAST. I had heard their music and loved the sound and the vocals, so the next day I called Anton and said I’m in.

Anton found me by accident on YouTube when he was searching for the new vocalist. He had been looking for a vocalist — male or female; [it did not] matter. The only thing that mattered was can that [he or she could] sing his songs without compromises.

“I’ve been singing since I was 4 years old. While being a huge fan of heavy metal of ’80s and a teenager, I had some classical singing lessons when I was 16 years old. Then at the age of 19, I started studying music in pop/jazz line. At the same time, I started doing some jam sessions at bars. There I found my first band (ADMIRAL OCTOPUS) in the blues bar. We used to play rock and blues music from ’60s-’70s and Janis Joplin was the reason I got the rasp in my voice. After ADMIRAL OCTOPUS, in 2011, I took part in a singing competition (‘Wanna Be A Rock ‘N’ Roll Star’) at Henry’s Pub of Tampere and won it with Janis Joplin‘s ‘Piece Of My Heart’. That’s how my single ‘Relax’ was born.”

BATTLE BEAST‘s debut album, “Steel” — which was originally released in Finland in 2011 via Hype Records — was made available internationally on January 27, 2012 through Nuclear Blast Records.





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After announcing John Wetton as the a guest vocalist for Ayreon’s upcoming release “The Theory of Everything,” Arjen Anthony Lucassen has revealed the name of the latest “guess the female vocalist” video as Ancient Bards’ Sara Squadrani (see reveal video below). The new release is due out later this year.

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After revealing Mike Mills as the fourth guest vocalist for Ayreon’s upcoming release “The Theory of Everything,” Arjen Anthony Lucassen has revealed the name of the latest “guess the guitarist” video as Genesis’ Steve Hackett (see reveal video below). The new release is due out later this year

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After revealing Jordan Rudess as the third guest keyboardist for Ayreon’s upcoming release “The Theory of Everything,” Arjen Anthony Lucassen has revealed the name of the latest “guess the vocalist 4” video as Toehider’s Mike Mills (see reveal video below). The new release is due out later this year. Check out the reveal here: In addition, the first “guest the guitarist” video was posted, which can be viewed here: Put your guesses in the comments below or enter become the random winner by leaving comments on the video or at the band’s Facebook Page .

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After revealing Cristina Scabbia as the third guest vocalist for Ayreon’s upcoming release “The Theory of Everything,” Arjen Anthony Lucassen has revealed the name of the latest “guess the keyboardist 3” video as Dream Theater’s Jordan Rudess (see reveal video below).

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After revealing Michael Emerson (Emerson, Lake & Palmer) in the first “guess the keyboardist” video, master musician Arjen Anthony Lucassen revealed the name of the next guest vocalist, JB Christoffersson of Grand Magus, for the forthcoming new release “The Theory of Everything.” The album is due out later this year. A video revealing his appearance can be seen here: In addition, Lucassen also posted the second “guess the keyboardist” video, which can be seen here: Put your guesses in the comments below or enter become the random winner by leaving comments on the video or at the band’s Facebook Page .

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NIGHTWISH bassist/vocalist Marco Hietala will guest on Dutch guitarist/composer Arjen Lucassen‘s new AYREON album, “The Theory Of Everything”, due before the end of the year.

Behind-the-scenes footage from Hietala’s recording sessions for the CD can be seen below.

Lucassen previously stated about the new AYREON effort: “[‘The Theory Of Everything’ is] going to be a double album, so there is a lot to write! It’s extra challenging as well, because lyrically I’ve left the old AYREON universe behind and have to create a new one from scratch.

“I’m really excited about the lineup and how everything is PROGressing so far. There is physics involved, but mainly it’s about human relationships and the emotional costs that come with treading the fine line between genius and madness.”

AYREON‘s latest album, “01011001” (2008), sold 1,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 32 on the 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).

AYREON‘s 3CD + DVD compilation album entitled “Timeline” came out in November 2008. The set followed the thirteen-year evolution of the AYREON sound from the 1995 debut “The Final Experiment” to the release of “01011001”. In addition to selecting tracks from the existing AYREON discography, Arjen also wrote and recorded a new AYREON song exclusively for “Timeline”. Titled “Epilogue: The Memory Remains”, this previously unreleased nine-plus-minute track introduced AYREON fans to the clear, powerful voice of Jasper Steverlinck (ARID).

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It’s been quiet in the Ayreon camp for the past couple of months, but Arjen Lucassen recently broke his silence to reveal that the title of the forthcoming new album will be “The Theory Of Everything.” He has now also announced the pending release will be a double album.

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Dutch guitarist/composer Arjen Lucassen has set “The Theory Of Everything” as the title of the new AYREON album, tentatively due in the fall.

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