Archive for Visions of Atlantis

Stream Of Passion premiere video for A War Of Our Own

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 15th April 2014 by Nico Davidson

Dutch-Mexican symphonic metallers, Stream Of Passion have recently premiered the video for their latest single A War Of Our Own, which can be viewed below. The song is taken from the band’s upcoming album of the same name, which will be released 18th April 2014.

Stream Of Passion will also be headlining the Dames of Darkness Festival on 10th May 2014 in Bilston at The Robin 2.

Stream Of Passion online:

http://www.facebook.com/StreamOfPassion

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Full line-up for Dames of Darkness Festival 4 announced

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 15th December 2013 by Nico Davidson

Dutch-Mexican symphonic metallers Stream Of Passion and German symphonic metallers Xandria, who are now fronted by Dianne Van Giersbergen, have been confirmed to headline the fourth edition of the Dames of Darkness Festival. They will be supported by hosting band Apparition, who will be fronted by American vocalist Grace Meridan, and Jaded Star, which is former Visions of Atlantis vocalist Maxi Nil’s new project. Filling the last slot for the European quota at the festival are electro-industrial metallers Skeptical Minds.

Joining Apparition to represent the UK female-fronted metal scene are Divided We Fall, Incarnadine Coven and Dyonisis. The festival will take place at The Robin 2 in Bilston near Wolverhampton on Saturday 10th May 2014. Tickets are available for £25 in advance or £30 on the door. Further information can be found here and tickets can be purchased from this location.

Clémentine Delauney replaces Maxi Nil as vocalist for Visions of Atlantis

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 7th December 2013 by Nico Davidson

Clémentine Delauney, who is best known as one of the vocalists for Serenity as well as the work she did with Whyzdom, has been announced as the new vocalist for Austrian symphonic metallers Visions of Atlantis. The announcement came about via former frontwoman Maxi Nil’s personal Facebook page. The full announcement is as follows:

I remember the first time I got on a plane to Austria almost 5 years ago, and as the plane was taking off, I was filled with happiness and excitement!…This flight was a beautiful journey, full of great times, and I got to meet beautiful people,make good friends and play around the world.

Now Visions of Atlantis Official and in particular Thomas Caser the only remaining founding member,wish to go back to the roots- reunite with some of the old members and play the music they used to play when they first started, something that fills them up with energy and makes them really happy. This is a decision I really respect and support. However, my motto in life is to be true to yourself and the ones around you, so I’ve decided to follow my heart and play the music that I have always loved, because to do otherwise would be unfair to VoA and to you, our friends and supporters.

This means that I’m no longer the singer of VOA, and my place will be given to my dear friend Ms Clémentine Delauney and I’m sure she will do a great job as the new front lady of the band.

I wish them all another great new beginning to their journey, and I thank them from the bottom of heart for everything. As for me…I’m embarking on the project I’ve always had in my soul, a band called Jaded Star Official, which will be a true reflection of ME as an artist. It is something different from what you’ve heard from me in the past, and I think you will enjoy it very much! Our debut album will be ready in early 2014.

My love goes to my partner in crime Mario Plank all my best to him and his band Austrian Hillbilly Hoedown and good luck to Cris Tían and Martin Harb with their future plans!

So this is not an end, only a different beginning, for me! We are all thankful for your support, and look forward to bringing you wonderful new music!

Here at Valkyrian Music, we wish Maxi, Clementine and Visions Of Atlantis the very best in their future endeavours.

Visions of Atlantis online:

https://www.facebook.com/visionsofatlantisofficial

Delain announce release date for new video for Are You Done With Me?

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 19th June 2013 by Nico Davidson

Dutch symphonic rockers Delain have announced the release date for the video for their latest single Are You Done With Me? The video will be release tomorrow (20th June).

Delain online:

http://www.delain.nl
http://www.facebook.com/delainmusic

 

Azylya confirmed for pre-Scarfest show with Apparition

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 3rd June 2013 by Nico Davidson

Belgian goth metallers Azylya, who recently supported Delain and Visions of Atlantis at The Dames of Darkness Festival last month, have been confirmed for a pre-Scarfest show in the UK on 23rd August where they will be supporting Apparition. The show will take place at Lucy’s Bar in Hednesford, Staffordshire.

Azylya will then play Scarfest in Stoke-On-Trent on 24th August, where they’ll be playing with acts such as Triaxis, Apparition, Evil Scarecrow and Yorkshire’s finest thrash unit Evile. Scarfest will take place over 24th – 26th August at Victoria Hall in Stoke-On-Trent. Further details can be found at this location.

In related news, Apparition will be joining Aonia for a couple of dates in the north of England in July. Dates are as follows:

12th July – SHEFFIELD – The Dove and Rainbow
13th July – BRIDLINGTON – Shades Nightclub

Apparition will also be joining Azylya in Belgium later this year at the Kraken Metal Festival on 2nd November. Further details can be found here.

Azylya online:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/AZYLYA/108712706476
https://twitter.com/AZYLYA

The Dames of Darkness Festival 2013 – Bilston, UK

Posted in Festival, Live with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 24th May 2013 by Nico Davidson

Delain, Visions of Atlantis and more
The Robin 2, Bilston, UK
Saturday 11th May 2013

For the first time in five years, The Dames of Darkness was set to return with one hell of a line-up. Featuring Delain as the headliners and Visions of Atlantis as main support, what more could be asked for? Well, how about six more bands from all around the UK and Europe, including Azylya, Ex Libris, Chemikill and more.

Beginning the day were melo-power metallers Incarna. Fronted by the innocent looking Emily, the four piece band stood out from other bands on the bill, dropping the use of keyboards (as is found with so many “female-fronted” bands on the scene) for a sound with more balls, more emotion and more crunchy riffs. Belting out enchanting melodies and a near operatic vocal sound, the 400 plus crowd were clearly mesmerized by Incarna; and who wouldn’t be after such a powerful and emotive performance? [5/5]

Chemikill brought a more thrashy, in-your-face sound with them – sort of what Megadeth would sound like if Mustaine was born a chick. The riffs were gritty and violent, contrasting with the ruthless drumming and the thundering bass and even during in the performance of the more calm track Wych, Chemikill were proving themselves to be a force to be reckoned with. The band’s frontwoman, Natalie, certainly knew how to work the crowd; whipping them into a near-bloody frenzy, with fist pumping and chanting. Natalie’s vocals were definitely one of the most impressive things about Chemikill’s set; incorporating growls and cleans vocals, as well as a more belting style as well. [4/5]

Following Chemikill were the Dutch powerhouse Ex Libris (Latin for “from the books”), fronted by the soprano Dianne, who took to the stage like a Gothic Aphrodite. The band sound was heavier and darker than could have been expected for anyone who wasn’t familiar with their music and it was made more mystifying by the overwhelming vocal range of Dianne, which was demonstrated to its full an extent during in their softer songs. The use of the ethereal keyboard passages and melodic guitar sections helped to emphasise the band’s dark sound that was beautifully portrayed throughout their performance. [4.5/5]

Playing the UK for the first time, Azylya brought with them a heavy Gothic sound mixed with in frontwoman Jamie-Lee’s performance art. Jamie-Lee’s vocals came out a like a siren’s call, luring the crowd into the rocks that was the band’s guitar-driven sound blended with the more death metal-based vocals of Yohann. Disappointingly though, the keyboards that make up the Gothic part of Azylya’s sound were played back, though it still helped to the eerie atmosphere of their performance. [4/5]

Apparition, the host band of The Dames of Darkness, belted out their own distinct brand of darkened rock and metal, with vocals that resembled the likes of Floor Jansen, Amy Lee and Anette Olzen. The cumbersome use of bass differed from the calmer yet aggressive use of guitars, though there were parts during in Apparition’s set that the guitars were barely audible due to technical issues. Barring the tech issues, Apparition still played a blistering set. [4.7/5]

With powerful and refined vocals and stage presence aplenty, Whyzdom went down a treat. The French “philharmonic metal” sextet blasted their way through an aphotic set with staunch symphonic elements and colossal riffs. The male vocals weren’t very inspiring and sounded flat compared to grandiose sound of Whyzdom. Lead vocalist Marie appeared to be in her element as she kept the crowd entranced with her soothing voice, one that added a certain Cimmerian touch to the performance. [4.5/5]

This was the second time that Visions of Atlantis had come to the UK, but the first time that they played a British festival and they were definitely one of the most anticipated bands of the night. Despite the fact that Maxi mistook Bilston for Birmingham, she worked to the crowd to her favour as did co-vocalist, Mario. The symphonic passages had a certain hypnotising and overwhelming effect to them, strengthening the band’s overall sound and making up for a lack of bass. Mario and Maxi proved to be a great duo, vocally; adding a new depth of emotion to VoA’s music though there were some issues with the microphones that Mario was using. The guitar sections were played with razor-sharp precision and energy, working well with the keyboards and drums. [5/5]

And then came Delain, who proved to have a strong live presence as well as a solid live sound, that made their studio work pale in comparison. Playing a set that featured songs from all four of their albums, everything seemed to meld together in perfect harmony. Charlotte sounded to be on top form as the keyboards, courtesy of Martijn, beautifully accompanied Charlotte’s vocals. The guitar and bass passages belted out harder than a leather belt being struck across the face. See Me In The Shadows was definitely one of the best parts of Delain’s performance at Dames of Darkness, though some of their newer material was extremely enjoyable as well. [4.5/5]

The Dames of Darkness Festival certainly had some of the UK’s and Europe’s best “female-fronted metal” bands with a great crowd from beginning to end. Hopefully we won’t have to wait another five years for the next one. And while it might be a bit adventurous to say at the moment, with festival season only around the corner, The Dames of Darkness might go down in the books as the best UK festival of 2013.

Nico Davidson

Interview with Mario Plank and Maxi Nil [Visions of Atlantis]

Posted in Interview with tags , , , , , , on 13th May 2013 by Nico Davidson

Nico gets a chance to sit down with Maxi Nil and Mario Plank, vocalists for Austrian symphonic metal titans, Visions of Atlantis for a short about the band’s new album, the Dames of Darkness Festival and more.

Visions of Atlantis online:

https://www.facebook.com/visionsofatlantisofficial
http://www.myspace.com/visionsofatlantisofficial
http://www.youtube.com/VoASymphonicmetal

Crossover rockers Kontrust announced for MFVF

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 22nd March 2013 by Nico Davidson

Following a constant flow of announcements, Kontrust are the latest band to be added to the Metal Female Voices Festival in Belgium, which will take place from 18th – 20th October, later this year. Tickets and further information are available from the festival’s official website that can be found here. The festival’s full line-up so far is: Tarja TurunenDelainReVampVisions Of AtlantisSerenityAnneke Van GiersbergenKobra & The LotusImperiaStream Of PassionVictoriansChaostarL‘EndeviDalriadaCrimfall CadaveriaKontrust.

 

Crimfall and Cadaveria announced as latest additions to MFVF

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 21st March 2013 by Nico Davidson

Finnish energetic folk metallers Crimfall and “horror metallers” Cadaveria are the two latest additions for Belgium’s Metal Female Voices Festival, which is considered by many to be one of Europe’s premier “female fronted metal” festivals.

The full line-up for this year’s MFVF is as follows:

Tarja TurunenDelainReVampVisions Of AtlantisSerenityAnneke Van GiersbergenKobra & The LotusImperiaStream Of PassionVictoriansChaostarLEndeviDalriadaCrimfallCadaveria.

Full information on the festival and how to buy tickets can be found at this location.

 

Visions of Atlantis – Ethera

Posted in Featured, Review with tags , , , , , on 8th March 2013 by Nico Davidson

Visions of Atlantis
Ethera
Symphonic Metal
Released 22nd March
Released via Napalm Records

I’ve been following Visions of Atlantis on and off for five or so years now, so when Ethera landed in my office, my interested was immediately piqued though I will admit, I’m not familiar with the vocal stylings of the current VOA vocalist, Maxi Nil.

The album kicks off with a powerful start through the first two tracks, demonstrating the band’s domineering symphonic-tinted sounds though the third track, Avatara, calls up more of a synth-orientated sonancy that plays along well enough with the vocals and guitar sections. Vicious Circle is one of the more emotive pieces on the album, featuring a heavy use of emotional piano medleys before the driving use of riffs domineer select parts of the song. The pianos and the soulful use of vocals are what help the track stand out prominently, above the other tracks on the album – both before and after.

Some of the tracks throughout the album display a truly dramatic and theatrical sound, conjuring up an electrifying atmosphere. Burden of Divinity is definitely one of the songs that achieves that, with its melodic guitar work and poignant keyboard passages. The vocals are on top form throughout the song as well, helping contribute to its status as one of the memorable parts of the album. One of my other favourite songs on the album would have to be the expressive and esoteric track Cave Behind The Waterfall due to the soothing acoustic introduction and gentle sailing of the vocals.

There are a few tracks on the album that are bland in comparison to the rest of the album but the sound that Visions of Atlantis are pursing with this album appears to be working just fine for them and is a reconstruction of the band’s sound but enjoyable none the less.

4/5

Nico Davidson

 

Five reasons to get your ass to Dames of Darkness

Posted in Misc. with tags , , , , , , , on 30th December 2012 by Nico Davidson

With The Dames of Darkness Festival return in less than six months time, we decided it would be a great reason to list a few reasons to as why you should get your asses to it.

5. VISIONS OF ATLANTIS PLAYING THEIR FIRST UK FESTIVAL

That’s right, folks. Austrian symphonic metallers are finally playing a UK festival.

4.  BOOBS

Yeah, I said boobs. But let’s get serious now. You can everyone you talk to on Facebook at the event. C’mon, don’t lie. We all know you talk to other fans of “female-fronted metal”.

3. NO DRUNKS DESTROYING YOUR TENTS

Because you won’t need tents for the fest, which means less time setting up and more time drinking!

2. TO MAKE THE EVENT A SUCCESS

So then we can start seeing bigger bands from the UK and Europe (i.e. Leaves’ Eyes, Epica, etc)

1. DELAIN ARE HEADLINING

And they’re playing for over an hour from what we’ve been told.

The Dames Of Darkness Festival will take place at The Robin 2 in Bilston, near Wolverhampton on Saturday 11th May. Advance tickets are available for £22 from this location. Hopefully, we’ll see you guys there.

Epica w/Stream of Passion @ Corporation, Sheffield

Posted in Gig, Live with tags , , , , , , , on 20th December 2012 by Nico Davidson

Epica & Stream of Passion
Corporation, Sheffield
12th December 2012

T’was a cold night as we waited outside Corporation in Sheffield, following our interview with Marcela Bovio of Stream of Passion [Interview can be read here], so by the time we had found ourselves in the venue we were more than excited for what was to come.

I find myself very fortunate to see every band that I do live, however I feel especially fortunate to of seen Stream of Passion not only this year but also last year while they toured with Leaves’ Eyes due to Visions of Atlantis cancelling to prepare for the festival they had a few weeks after. The band opened up with the song Lost which is the opening track to their latest album Darker Days – an energetic starting with mixes of both guitars and the violin bringing that distant Latino feeling until later in the song when they hit the first verses does that feeling come back. I was surprised that Marcela didn’t walk on and perform this song with band (like she does later) with the violin, though the energy was probably needed as not many of the audience members had heard of Stream of Passion, so with that it was probably the best song to start with and get them going.

Moving onto the next song, Passion, which belongs to the first album the band’s set takes a slower pace whilst displaying the vocals of leading lady Marcela Bovio. The performance picked up its pace with the performance of Collide. Later on in their performance, Marcela picks up the violin situated on the stage and plays the emotive introduction to Scarlet Mark while the guitars echo softly in the background. Stream of Passion continued on with songs such as My Leader and their rendition of Street Spirit (originally performed by Radiohead). I praise the vocals of Marcela on this a lot the women can really hold a tune. Over all I was little disappointed with the performance as that they had a very similar setlist to which they did with Leaves’ Eyes. On a more positive note I really enjoyed the song s that were performed and how they really were (the band connected to the music) which like I mentioned rubbed off on the audience.

[4/5 – Danielle Eley]

Having seen Epica on their last UK tour in March 2011, it’s safe to say I was overly excited to see them again which would explain the lack of sleep I had for several days before the show. The crowd were already more than warmed up from Stream of Passion’s performance which I sadly missed most of it as I was interviewing Isaac Delahaye from Epica [The interview can be found at this location]. While this was the second time I would see Epica, it was the first time I had seen them with their new bassist Rob van der Loo [ex-Delain] who did a brilliant job on bass duties throughout the night.

Opening up with the mystifying Monopoly On Truth, the band moved onto Sensorium which garnered a huge reaction from the crowd as it displayed the emotion in Simone’s voice. Symphonic medleys were blasted out aplenty by Coen throughout Epica’s set as the staunch combination of thundering bass and snarling guitars tore Sheffield a new one. Mark and Isaac certainly are a dynamic duo when it comes to guitar playing. The emotive performance of The Obsession Devotion went down well with the crowd as the beautiful mix of Simone’s and Mark’s vocals shined out while Epica’s performance of Cry For The Moon was very soulful. One thing that did catch me off guard was the disco rendition of The Phantom Agony – Which was performed after Ariën’s heavy but acutely played drum solo. It was an entertaining part of the set indeed as most of the band had their own little rave on stage. The encore was comprised of Sancta Terra, Storm The Sorrow (taken from Requiem for the Indifferent) and Consign to Oblivion. All three of which were powerfully performed and were a truly epic(a) end to the show.  Hopefully Epica will be back in the UK next year!

[5/5 – Nico Davidson]

Dames Of Darkness Festival set for 2013 after five years

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 27th October 2012 by Nico Davidson

Dutch symphonic metal outfit Delain have been confirmed as headliners of the 2013 edition of The Dames of Darkness Festival, which will take place at The Robin 2 in Bilston, near Birmingham. The event which returns by popular demand after five years is set to take place on Saturday 11th May and features 8 female fronted metal bands from the UK and Europe.

Delain who released their album in June on Roadrunner Records entitled We Are The Others are looking forward to playing to their UK fans again having last played in the UK before the album was released due to label politics. A much publicised campaign by their fans to get it released was successful and now they will get their chance to see the band perform songs now familiar to them.

Also on the bill are Visions of Atlantis, a band which formed in 2000 and are currently signed to Napalm records. Visions of Atlantis are well known in the genre and have toured the world supporting acts such as Nightwish and Epica. They have not however played in the UK before so the festival will be their UK debut, much to the pleasure of their UK fans.

Highly rated French ‘philharmonic metal’ band Whyzdom have just released their second album Blind and will be playing the UK for only their second time but first with new singer Elvyne Lorient. Festival creators and hosts Apparition are amongst the bands and they have also invited Azylya from Belgium and Ex-Libris from The Netherlands.

Kicking things off will be Incarna, followed by Chemikill both from the UK.

For information on tickets, etc visit the following links:

www.therobin.co.uk

www.facebook.com/thedamesofdarknessfestival

 

New Visions Of Atlantis Album To Be Recorded

Posted in News with tags , , on 20th January 2012 by Nico Davidson

Visions Of Atlantis had the following to say on Facebook recently:

Visions Of Atlantis is proud and excited to notify all of you: We will enter the Artesonika Studios in Pordenone/near Venice (Italy) tomorrow to start the recordings for our next album! The main producer for this most ambitious VoA-output so far will be a good friend and his name is Fabio D`Amore from our dear label-mates of SERENITY! For this reason we can also announce that two of the leading Austrian metal bands join their forces as Fabio will also be our guest bass player for this record! We can also announce that Austria’s leading metal-webzine Stormbringer.at will present the official studio diary which will be updated with reports, pictures and videos and we`re glad to have such a strong media partner once again with us! Spread the word and stay tuned! First pictures and more to come in Week one, starting now! Get ready to rumble!

More news to follow this later in the year, we imagine.

Also, in December, VoA keyboardist Martin Harb reviewed the new Nightwish album “Imaginaerum”, which can be read here.

VoA Founder Passes Away, Aged 27

Posted in News with tags , , , on 6th January 2012 by Nico Davidson

Founding member and former vocalist of Visions of Atlantis, Nicole Bogner has passed away, aged 27 after fighting what was described as a “severe disease” for a long time. Nicole sang on the first two VoA releases: “Eternal Endless Infinity” (2002) and “Cast Away” (2004).

The band [Visions of Atlantis] had the following to say via their official Facebook:

“In deep mourning and with highest respect we have to notify all Visions of Atlantis fans that our former female Singer Nicole Bogner has passed away at the age of 27 after fighting a severe disease over a long period of time. The band is shocked about the loss of an old VoA-family member but wants to express sincere gratitude to Nicole not only for 5 years of sharing a musical Vision but also for more than a decade of friendship inside and outside NICOLEof Visions of Atlantis. Without Nicole Visions Of Atlantis would have never been born and her unique voice and personality were a big part of VoA. With Nicole a great part of Visions Of Atlantis died as well. We will always treasure your warm hearted soul, you will never be forgotten Nici…

All fans and followers are invited to join the In Memoriam Nicole Bogner-Page here on Facebook to express their grief and respect to this great artist and person! Rest in Peace NICOLE and thank you! The VoA-family”.

Interview: Martin Harb [2011]

Posted in Interview with tags , , , , , , on 2nd November 2011 by Nico Davidson

Following the release of “Delta” and “Maria Magdalena”, Visions of Atlantis are set to soar to new heights. Nico sits down with keyboardist Martin Harb for a chat about the band and other things.

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Nico: Do you feel that with the introduction of Maxi in to the band that the style of the music has changed?

Martin: Well, for sure I would say as her voice is completely different from the other female vocalists we had in the past. Now there’s much more emotion and soul in our music, but this fact doesn’t actually change the style. So we’re still typical VoA Symphonic Metal, but with this Greek goddess singing just better than everything we had before.

N: Do you feel that “Delta” is different, in terms of its style, than previous releases?

M: No, actually I just think that Delta is more a mix-up of the previous releases with influences especially from the first Album Eternal Endless Infinity without its cheesy touch and Delta also offers completely new horizons of song-writing for Visions of Atlantis. But we just released our brand-new EP “Maria Magdalena” which also features completely new VoA material and these tracks show the direction how Visions of Atlantis maybe will sound in 2012 with the next full-length album. So you see, there`s evolution all the time, but I think we’ll always be faithful with our own sound and style and won’t change this a lot!

N: What’s the craziest thing that’s happened to you on tour?

M: This was back in 2003 in Mexico City when I was sitting in a small park next to our hotel and just had a cigarette – I quit smoking already for years now by the way – and the same moment many policemen with cars and dogs and whatever circled the complete park and I was stuck in the middle. And there was a guy sitting or standing (don`t remember) some benches next to me and I guess he was a very bad guy and all the police men where shouting at him, holding their weapons and then they crushed him down and I was still sitting there completely frozen. I will never forget that, I was only 17 this time, of course I was afraid.

N: What’s the best concert you’ve played so far?

M: Hard question, there where many very good ones, but I think Masters of Rock Festival this year, Barcelona this February on tour with Rhapsody of Fire and this year’s Wacken Open Air and a festival in China last year were my personal highlights so far I would say!

N: Hard questions are what we specialise in at Valkyrian Music. Has Mario’s departure from the band affected the song writing process?

M: No, not at all as he was not part of any song writing, and the bass guitar is something we always build after the drums. And I can tell you: The song writing for the next Visions of Atlantis Album is already finished by about ninety five percent. We’re already working on the details and we’ll enter the studio early next year, so expect another full-length in the middle of 2012!

N: Which song do you feel represents the band?
M: Puh, again a not that easy to answer-question. But I would say it’s Memento from Delta and Passing Dead End from Trinity. These are the tracks which cover our “Vision of Visions” very good!

N: Do you have any plans for any UK shows in the future?

M
: After the cancellation of our UK-shows some weeks ago we hope to have the chance to get there next year of course, would be great! Personally I would also love to play the Bloodstock Open Air, but we’ll see, no fixed plans or dates at the moment, but we`re working on it!

N: If you could replace the sound track of any movie with your music, which one would it be? And why?

M
: There are many I think and many with really really great soundtracks. But if I had to score one with Visions, it would be of my favourites of course, so Forrest Gump, Braveheart or Apocalypto maybe. I think Apocalypto would be great with Visions of Atlantis music during some scenes of the movie, what do you think?

N: Sounds like a brilliant idea to me. What would you say is your all-time favourite album?

M
: Well, as I’m an impassionate CD-collector this question is not that easy, but I will tell you five to make it easier for me, ok? And these are the CDs I would say are most important for my life as a musician – or the reason why I became musician at all – and for my private life as they just touch me most:
1: Lacrimosa- Elodia. Great lyrics, great classic arrangments, masterpiece.
2: Manowar- The Triumph Of Steel. My first metal album, the reason for becoming a metalhead.
3: Labyrinth- Return To Heaven Denied. Still my favourite Italian Power Metal album of all time
4: Tiamat- Skeleton Skeletron. Their best, one of my all time-favourites
5: Axel Rudi Pell- The Ballads II. One of the best singers in the world singing some of the best rock-ballads ever written in my opinion, great!

N: Are there any bands from your home country that you’d suggest our readers to check out?

M
: At the moment I would suggest Illuminata [Symphonic Metal] who will release their debut on November 25th via Twilight; Hellsaw I also suggest [Black Metal] as they`re very good friends of us and a great horde, they’ll release new material on February 25th 2012 I think via Napalm Records; And FORCE, they’re from Austria (Styria) as well and play Melodic Power Rock and are great musicians and cool guys as well! Thanks for the interview and keep on rocking! And people out there: Keep on buying original music, check our Official Pages at Facebook, Myspace or Youtube and see you soon on tour hopefully!