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This week on Third Eye Cinema: the lovely Dianne Van Giersbergen joins us to talk a new renaissance in gothic metal!
Coming to the attention of metal fans as a founding member of experimental progressive act Ex Libris, she now brings her operatically dramatic lyric, nigh-bel canto soprano tones to bear in conjunction with a longstanding gothic metal act whose sound has taken a decided turn for the better!
With their recent Sacrificium building and improving upon 2012's already impressive Neverworld's End, they join a growing number of veteran acts such as Leaves Eyes and Delain whose latest releases spearhead what's looking to be a long awaited revitalization of the scene, hearkening back to it's early to mid millenial heyday!
Please do join us as we speak to a leading light in the restoration of the gothic symphonic metal scene to its former glories, the lovely and talented Dianne Van Giersbergen, only here on Third Eye Cinema!
Week 82 (Sun. May 25) - Dianne Van Giersbergen of Xandria
On Wednesday February 22nd at 2:00PM EST,1:00PM CST and 11:00AM PST,in conjunction with Napalm Records,we are very excited to be interviewing guitarist and a founding member,Marco Heubaum of the German Symphonic Metal Band XANDRIA!!!
Check them out and listen to some great music!!
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Heliosaga- “Towers In The Distance” is the anticipated album rooted deep in European tradition, combining the best elements of power, symphonic, and gothic metal. Drawing comparisons from such bands as Xandria, Delain, and Leaves Eyes.
The name Heliosaga is a metaphor derived from helios, the Greek word for sun, and saga meaning the story/ history; thus, Heliosaga represents the journey of life.
“Towers In The Distance” lyrics are deeply personal, and the primary themes revolve around the state of the world, mortality and the personal struggles that all encounter. Mixed by Michael Hansen (Phonomik, Chainfist) at Phon Studio and mastered by Jacob Hansen (Epica, Volbeat) at Hansen Studios. Bass guitar tracks were recorded by Chad Novell (Fibonacci Sequence) and a guest guitar solo was performed by Gilbert Pot (Elegy).
Heliosaga was founded in 2010 by Damien Villarreal (keys/guitar) in San Antonio, Texas, soon after joined by Jordan Ames (drums). By September of 2010, the line-up was complete and the first practices were held. The ensuing year would see a five song demo, the first shows and various line-up changes. In 2012, Chelsea Knaack joined as lead vocalist and the band recorded the single “The Light of Ardor”, which was released in January 2013. Shortly before the recorded single was release, the band relocated to Minnesota and continued the writing process.
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