The whole story began in the year 2000. It was just another alcohol-fueled Friday night, and after a while the boys (Ville and Sakke) decided that the world needs another melodic metal band. There can never be enough those around. And since they had been playing in bands practically all their lives, they felt that this should be a piece of cake. After all,how hard can it be to form a band? A rehearsal was scheduled.
Blind Guardian is a german speed metal/power metal band from Krefeld, Germany. They are credited as being among the most influential artists of the genre. While early Blind Guardian belongs to speed metal style, in later releases the band has moved towards epic power metal. Blind Guardian was founded in 1984 by André Olbrich (guitar), Hansi Kürsch (vocals, bass), Marcus Siepen (guitar) and Thomen Stauch (drums), (left the band in 2005, replaced by Frederik Ehmke).
Nightwish is a symphonic metal band, formed in the town of Kitee, Finland in 1996. The band currently consists of Tuomas Holopainen (keyboards), Marco Hietala (bass, vocals), Emppu Vuorinen (guitars), Jukka Nevalainen (drums and percussion) and Anette Olzon (vocals). Anette Olzon was announced to be the replacement for former vocalist and frontwoman Tarja Turunen in 2007 after the latter was fired in 2005. She has appeared on Dark Passion Play, Made in Hong Kong (And in Various Other Places) and Imaginaerum, as well as the two-year Dark Passion Play tour.
There are at least two bands called Epica: 1. Epica is a symphonic metal band from The Netherlands, founded in 2003 by guitarist and vocalist <a href="http://www.last.fm/music/Mark+Jansen" class="bbcode_artist">Mark Jansen</a> after his departure from <a href="http://www.last.fm/music/After+Forever" class="bbcode_artist">After Forever</a>. The band currently consists of <a href="http://www.last.fm/music/Simone+Simons" class="bbcode_artist">Simone Simons</a> (vocals), <a href="http://www.last.fm/music/Mark+Jansen" class="bbcode_artist">Mark Jansen</a> (guitars, vocals), <a href="http://www.last.fm/music/Isaac+Delahaye" class="bbcode_artist">Isaac Delahaye</a> (guitar), <a href="http://www.last.fm/music/Rob+van+der+Loo" class="bbcode_artist">Rob van der Loo</a> (bass), <a href="http://www.last.fm/music/Coen+Janssen" class="bbcode_artist">Coen Janssen</a> (keyboards, synthesiser), and <a href="http://www.last.fm/music/Ari%C3%ABn+van+Weesenbeek" class="bbcode_artist">Ariën van Weesenbeek</a> (drums). They perform symphonic metal, with influences from death, progressive and gothic metal.
Jenarium is the new Sci-Fi Musical Experience created by composer and author, Robert Dominic. It will be broken into several books and musical album, “Rise Of The New Sun” being the histories of the heroic first epoch of the mythical world. The story follows a sequence of events that leads to the coming of the first born race, the Sinturians, centring a legendary world, with the newly created terrifying subterranean, ravenous hoard known as the “Rifer Nation”, along with mythical beasts both good and evil, and powerful warriors of high order; it is a battle for survival!
In February 2005, Auckland-based guitarists Antony Royle and Derek Wu teamed up with South African classical violinist Yvette Van Wyk to form an experimental symphonic metal project called Iraena’s Ashes. Joined in the studio by bassist Kris O’Brien and drummer Robert Bryson, the group recorded two tracks which would signal the beginnings of a new brand of Kiwi Metal.
Later that year, the 5 track ‘Severance’ EP was released by the band now known as ALPINE FAULT.