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On May 5th, Dutch death metallers God Dethroned will release their new album, The World Ablaze, worldwide via Metal Blade Records! To hear the second single and title track of the record, a new video for “The World Ablaze” can be viewed inside! (more…)

Simone Simons on the physics of The Quantum Enigma

The name Epica says it all. This is truly epic music, combining the classical and metal genres, challenging the listener’s senses and mind. Led by vocalist Simone Simons and guitarist/vocalist Mark Jansen, Epica has been a leader in female-fronted metal since 2003. With genre-defining albums like 2007’s The Divine Conspiracy and 2009’s Design Your Universe (review), a Live Metal favorite, already in its discography, it would be easy for a band with a beautiful singer with amazing pipes to sell out and conform to the mainstream rather than the route Epica has chosen. Preconceived notions that this is just another symphonic-goth metal band led by a bombshell, writing cheesy pop-metal songs are way off base. In fact, this has never been the case. Epica is more Dimmu Borgir than it is Within Temptation. And it certainly doesn’t hurt that two former members of death metallers God Dethroned have joined the band’s ranks in recent years.

We’ve talked to Simone Simons a few times before, first after the band’s release of The Classical Conspiracy (a two-disc live performance with a full orchestra in Miskolc, Hungary) (review), and then after the release of Design Your Universe. Since that time, Simons has become a mother and married (to Oliver Palotai of Kamelot), yet still she found time to record Epica’s latest brilliant and maybe most complex album to date, The Quantum Enigma (May 6, 2014, Nuclear Blast). Now we finish tour Epica trilogy (hopefully we’ll start another soon) as Simons gives us the details of  the new album and a brief lesson in physics, and tells us how she has gained perspective as a new mother. (more…)

GD-crossWhen I described God Dethroned’s previous two albums, Passiondale (2009) and The Toxic Touch (2006), as containing melody, vocalist/guitarist Henri Sattler must have taken it personally. Maybe he was even offended. I just meant that the songs, although heavy as all hell, were actually that: songs. Geesh. I say all this because Under the Sign of the Iron Cross is about as raw and extreme as you can get. This isn’t even death metal; it’s black metal if I’ve ever heard it. (more…)

Epica's Simone Simons

Epica’s Simone Simons: “Metal has a New Design”

The Dutch symphonic metal band Epica is about to break through with its new album, Design Your Universe. This is the album they have been building to since the release of their 2003 debut, The Phantom Agony. From the orchestration to the vocals to the arrangements and the overall complexity and heaviness, it displays a complete evolution in every aspect of the band’s sound. At the heart of it all is their 24-year-oldsinger, Simone Simons. A mezzo-soprano by nature, she experiments with vocal styles on the new album. Classical, pop, rock—she nails down them all.

The album did extremely well in its initial release, selling more than 2,000 copies in the United States alone and appearing on the Billboard Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) at No. 12. In January 2010, Epica will launch its first U.S. tour supporting the album.

Not long after the release,’s Jeff Maki spoke to Simons in a lengthy chat (their second in six months). Simons talks in depth about the making of Design Your Universe, the lyrical themes behind it and much more. Will we soon see the red-haired beauty all over rock and metal publications as the new reigning queen of the hottest chicks in metal? See what she has to say about it. (more…)

God Dethroned: A Q&A with guitarist Susan Gerl.

God Dethroned: A Q&A with guitarist Susan Gerl.

The Battle of Passchendaele was one of the largest battles of World War I. It was fought for control of the village of Passchendaele near the town of Ypres in West Flanders, Belgium. Hundreds of thousands of Allied and German soldiers perished, many drowning in the thick, muddy landscape while bombarded by heavy artillery.

What does this have to do with anything? It’s the concept behind God Dethroned’s new album, Passiondale (the name that Passchendale was later changed to) and could very well be the band’s defining record. Set against a backdrop of melodic death metal, the history and story of Passiondale comes alive through God Dethroned’s violent, literal lyrics, painting vivid images of war in the listener’s mind.

Active since 1990, God Dethroned has long been a rising force in extreme metal, releasing strong albums such as Lair of the White Worm (2004) and The Toxic Touch (2006). Several lineup changes have occurred over the band’s career, but it hasn’t derailed this death metal force. Their latest addition is a girl, but she’s not to be underestimated–guitarist Susan Gerl.’s Jeff Maki had a Q&A with the new God Dethroned guitarist, in which she answers questions about females in metal, Passiondale and more. (more…)

GD-passiondaleDon’t be fooled by the tame album title. The casualties are mounting and the dead bodies are piling up on God Dethroned’s Passiondale. The album is faster and more violent than what I consider to be the band’s landmark album,The Toxic Touch (2006)Passiondale is not for the faint of heart. (more…)

GD-toxicMost diehard metal fans have heard the name God Dethroned, but the band, despite forming in 1992 and boasting an impressive discography, has never become a household name. The Toxic Touch should change things. This is also the first album to feature new band members, Isaac Delahaye (lead guitar) and Henk Zinger (bass). Arien Van Weesenbeek is phenomenal as always on drums while lead vocalist, Henri Sattler sounds as evil and determined as ever. (more…)