Asking Alexandria’s Danny Worsnop Joins Cast Of Upcoming Video Game “Of Bird And Cage”

Asking Alexandria’s Danny Worsnop has joined the cast of the upcoming video game “Of Bird And Cage.” The singer will voice a character named Ari, while his partner, Gitta, will be voiced by Kobra Paige (Kobra And The Lotus). The game is expected to be released next year with Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Rob van der Loo (Epica), Ruud Jolie (Within Temptation), Mike LePond (Symphony X), and Rocky Gray (Living Sacrifice, ex-Evanescence) all set to be involved as well. Worsnop commented:

“We’ve had a lot of fun making this — it’s an entirely new approach, an entirely new concept, and a way to absorb the video game platform that I believe you guys are going to enjoy. There are a lot of incredible other musicians who’ve been involved in the casting, the creation, the scoring, and the performance within this video game and I would just want to say thank you to all of them who’ve been involved, and thank you to everyone who has created ‘Of Bird And Cage‘ for having me on board.”

Epica & Apocalyptica Announce Rescheduled Dates For “Epic Apocalypse” European Tour

Epica and Apocalyptica have postponed their “Epic Apocalypse” European tour due to the coronavirus pandemic. The trek is now scheduled to take place in spring 2021. Wheel will open.

Tour Dates:

03/01 Berlin, Germany – Columbiahalle
03/02 Leipzig, Germany – Haus Auensee
03/03 Hannover, Germany – Capitol0
03/05 Zurich, Switzerland – Komplex
03/06 Munich, Germany – Tonhalle
03/07 Milan, Italy – Fabrique
03/08 Lausanne, Switzerland – Metropole
03/10 Budapest, Hungary – Barba Negra
03/11 Vienna, Austria – Gasometer
03/12 Brno, Czech Republic – Hala Vodova
03/13 Warsaw, Poland – Progresja
03/14 Gdansk, Poland – B90
03/17 Hamburg, Germany – Docks
03/18 Copenhagen, Denmark – Amager Bio
03/20 Stockholm, Sweden – Berns
03/21 Oslo, Norway – Sentrum
04/01 Helsinki, Finland – Ice Hall
04/07 Lisbon, Portugal – Coliseum
04/08 Madrid, Spain – La Riviera
04/09 Murcia, Spain – Gamma
04/11 Barcelona, Spain – Razzmatazz
04/12 Toulouse, France – Bikini
04/13 Paris, France – Zenith
04/14 Brussel, Belgium – Ancienne Belgique
04/16 Nottingham, UK – Rock City
04/17 Glasgow, UK – O2 Academy
04/18 Bristol, UK – O2 Academy
04/20 Cologne, Germany – Carlswerk Victoria
04/21 Ludwigsburg, Germany – MHP arena
04/22 Wiesbaden, Germany – Schlachthof
04/24 Luxembourg – Den Atelier
04/25 Amsterdam, Netherlands – AFAS Live
04/27 London, UK – Roundhouse
04/28 Manchester, UK – Academy

Epica’s Simone Simons commented:

“As we were awaiting our tour with Apocalyptica with great anticipation, we are now forced to have a little bit more patience. This might not come as a surprise, as you have all seen our colleagues in the music business rescheduling their tours as well. We have decided that it is the best thing to do during these uncertain times.

We want to give you the best possible experience and value your health deeply. We will be back full force and can’t wait to see all your faces again when you hear our new music live for the first time. Everybody stay strong and be patient, your waiting will be worth while.”

Off The Cross Recruit Members Of Aborted, Epica, Eluveitie, Etc. For Cover Of Ghost’s “Dance Macabre”

Off The Cross have shared a cover of Ghost’s “Dance Macabre.” The track features a number of special guests including: Kris Martens (Tangled Horns, Diablo Blvd.), Jason Bernard (King Hiss), Coen Janssen (Epica), Casper De Decker (Hamelin, Rānn), Servaas Steurbaut (Bizkit Park, Bulls On Parade), Jonas Wolf (Eluveitie, Illumishade), Isaac Delahaye (Epica), Jan Coudron (King Hiss, Carneia), Alex Agnew (Diablo Blvd.), Dani Hart, Sven De Caluwé (Aborted), Jeroen Vranken (Arson), Jeroen Camerlynck (Fleddy Melculy), and Simon Duson (Carnation).

Simone Simons Finishes Tracking Vocals For New Epica Album

Simone Simons has finished tracking vocals for the new Epica album. She confirmed the news in the below tweet.

Watch Epica’s Simone Simons Sing Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Memory”

Simone Simons (Epica) has shared footage of herself singing Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Memory” from the musical “Cats.” You can check that out below:

Epica Share First Studio Vlog For New Album

Epica have shared the first in a series of studio vlogs from the sessions for their new album. The group commented:

“Here we go!! As you might know we are well underway to record our 8th full-length album at @Sandlane Recording Facilities with producer Joost van den Broek! Of course we would like to give you an exclusive look behind-the-scenes to be able to experience the making and producing of this new chapter together with us! We are happy to share the first episode of the official VLOG. Stay tuned for regular updates on the recording process.”

Epica & Apocalyptica Announce “Epic Apocalypse” European Tour

Epica and Apocalyptica will be joining forces for the “Epic Apocalypse” tour in Europe. Wheel will open.

Tour Dates:

10/21 Zurich, Switzerland – Komplex
10/22 Lausanne, Switzerland – Komplex
10/23 Milan, Italy – Fabrique
10/25 Budapest, Hungary – Barba Negra
10/26 Brno, Czech Republic – Hala vodova
10/27 Munich, Germany – Tonhalle
10/29 Stockholm, Sweden – Berns
10/30 Oslo, Norway – Sentrum
10/31 Copenhagen, Denmark – Amager bio
11/02 Hannover, Germany – Capitol
11/03 Hamburg, Germany – Docks
11/04 Berlin, Germany – Columbiahalle
11/06 Warsaw, Poland – Progresja
11/08 Leipzig, Germany – Haus Auensee
11/09 Vienna, Austria – Gasometer
11/26 Lisbon, Portugal – Coliseum
11/28 Murcia, Spain – Gamma
11/29 Madrid, Spain – La Riviera
11/30 Barcelona, Spain – Razzmatazz
12/03 Paris, France – Zenith
12/04 Brussels, Belgium – AB
12/05 London, England – Roundhouse
12/07 Bristol, England – O2 Academy
12/08 Glasgow, Scotland – O2 Academy
12/09 Manchester, England – Academy
12/11 Amsterdam, Netherlands – AFAS Live
12/12 Luxembourg, Luxembourg – Den atelier
12/15 Cologne, Germany – Carlswerk Victoria
12/16 Wiesbaden, Germany – Schlachthof
12/17 Ludwigsburg, Germany – MHP Arena

Epica’s Simone Simons commented:

“To celebrate the upcoming release of our long-awaited eighth album, we are going to bring the ‘Epic Apocalypse Tour’ to Europe together with our friends from the mighty Apocalyptica. It’s a great new step as we’ll be playing some bigger venues which allows us to add some new exciting production to the show as well. We couldn’t be more excited to present our new songs and to finally tour with Apocalyptica. See you there!”

Apocalyptica’s Eicca Toppinen added:

“This is all about adventure, exploration and bringing the dynamic excitement of symphonic metal to yet more fans both old and new. ‘Cell-0’ is, for us, a return to our roots while exploring new artistic universes within that realm, and this tour will help our horizons expand even further. So come one, come all, because we are going to present a great night of entertainment.”

Epica Finish Pre-Production For New Album

Epica have finished pre-production for their new album and are preparing to start the official recording sessions. Simone Simons confirmed the news in the below post:

Once Human, Possessed, Etc. Added To 2020 70000 Tons Of Metal Cruise

More bands have been added to the 2020 70000 Tons Of Metal Cruise. The cruise, which is set to take place on January 7-11, will sail from Florida to Cozumel, Mexico and back and it will now feature the following: Aborted, Aeternam, Aether Realm, The Agonist, Archon Angel, At The Gates, Atheist, Axxis, Bloodbound, Brujeria, Candlemass, Carach Angren, Cattle Decapitation, Cruachan, Dark Matter, Edenbridge, Einherjer, Emperor, Epica, Ereb Altor, Exodus, Finntroll, FirstBourne, Flotsam And Jetsam, Ghost Ship Octavius, Grave Digger, Haggard, Havok, Ihsahn, Incantation, Kampfar, Kissin’ Dynamite, Leaves’ Eyes, Michael Schenker Fest, Moonsorrow, No Raza, Novembers Doom, Omnium Gatherum, Once Human, Origin, Orphaned Land, Possessed, Ross The Boss, Seven Witches, Soen, Sortilège, Spoil Engine, Stam1na, Striker, Suffocation, The Faceless, Devin Townsend, Toxik, Trollfest, Venom, Vio-lence, Whiplash, Wilderun, Wintersun, Without Waves, and Zero Theorem.

Vio-lence, Brujeria, Etc. Added To 2020 70000 Tons Of Metal Cruise

More bands have been added to the 2020 70000 Tons Of Metal Cruise. The cruise, which is set to take place on January 7-11, will sail from Florida to Cozumel, Mexico and back and it will now feature the following: Aborted, Aeternam, Aether Realm, Archon Angel, At The Gates, Atheist, Axxis, Bloodbound, Brujeria, Candlemass, Carach Angren, Cattle Decapitation, Cruachan, Devin Townsend, Edenbridge, Einherjer, Emperor, Epica, Exodus, Finntroll, Flotsam And Jetsam, Ghost Ship Octavius, Grave Digger, Haggard, Havok, Ihsahn, Incantation, Kampfar, Kissin’ Dynamite, Leaves Eyes, Michael Schenker Fest, Moonsorrow, Novembers Doom, Omnium Gatherum, Origin, Orphaned Land, Ross The Boss, Seven Witches, Soen, Sortilège, Stam1na, Suffocation, The Agonist, The Faceless, Toxik, Trollfest, Venom, Vio-lence, Whiplash, and Wintersun.