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Visions Of Atlantis & Elvellon @ Backstage, Munich, 29.8.2019
kolovoz 29 @ 19:00 - 23:0021€
Visions Of Atlantis is ready to set sails to start “A Journey To Remember” with their fellows Elvellon at Munich’s Backstage! So, don’t miss VOA’s premiere of their upcoming album “Wanderers” which will be released at midnight.
Visions Of Atlantis is an Austrian-French-Italian Symphonic Metal band that was formed in August 2000 in the beautiful town of Bruck an der Mur. The band uses harmonies of male and female vocals from the beginning of their career, which makes them extraordinary and distinctive from other bands of the genre. The band consists of Clémentine Delauney (vocals), Michele Guaitoli (vocals), Christian Douscha (guitar), Thomas Caser (drums) and Herbert Glos (bass).
Fascinated by the myth of Atlantis, Werner Fiedler, Thomas Caser, Christian Stani, and Chris Kamper decided in August 2000 to work out a concept inspired by the secret of Atlantis. Late in summer mezzo-soprano Nicole Bogner joined the project, and this was the birth of Visions of Atlantis. A first demo “Morning in Atlantis” was released in 2000. One year later, they signed with TTS Media Music/Black Arrow Productions, and in 2002 their first album “Eternal Endless Infinity” was released. In 2003, the band saw some changes in line-up, replacing Christian Stani with Mario Plank and Chris Kamper with Miro Holly.
Now with Napalm Records, which released the band’s second studio effort ”Cast Away“ worldwide in November 2004. To mark the release, Visions of Atlantis produced their first official music video to the track “Lost“, which received significant airplay on VIVA and MTV, and made it possible for the band to present the album. In early 2005, Visions of Atlantis did their tour across Europe, while being supported by labelmates Elis and Celtic rock based band Lyriel. In late 2005, Bogner left the band due to commitments elsewhere.
After Nicole left the band, she was replaced by American soprano singer Melissa Ferlaak (formerly with Aesma Daeva) and Wolfgang Koch replaced Werner Fiedler. In 2006, Martin Harb, who already played with VoA on their tour in Mexico in 2003, replaced Miro Holly. In May 2007, VoA released their 3rd album Trinity, mastered at Finnvox Studios and recorded at Bavarian Dreamscape Studio). The following autumn brought Visions of Atlantis to the United States, where the band toured together with Epica for 6 weeks and won numerous new fans.
Upon returning, the band went through changes in the line-up. On November 28, 2007, a message was posted on the official VoA website saying that Melissa Ferlaak and Wolfgang Koch had left the band, both citing personal reasons. Following this Visions of Atlantis announced a few days later that their ex guitarist, Werner Fiedler, had rejoined the band.
After Melissa’s departure, VOA not only looked for a replacement for a singer, but also wrote the song material for the fourth album. The band was advertising on their website the position for a female vocalist for several months, and on September 3, 2008, they finally announced that they had found a new female singer; however, her identity wasn’t revealed until February 1, 2009, as the 20-year-old Austrian soprano vocalist Joanna Nieniewska.
On July 29, 2009, VOA announced that because of health problems, Joanna Nieniewska is no longer in the band but will continue to support VOA behind the scenes. The band announced the replacement vocalist, Maxi Nil from Greece, and was also known for her work with On Thorns I Lay, guest with Moonspell and her former band Elysion.
On December 3, 2010, VOA announced the new title of their 4th studio album “Delta” which was released on February 25, 2011 worldwide.
In 2011, bass player Mario Lochert left the band due to crucial internal differences. In a recent interview Harb said that the band is not planning on replacing him. Instead, they will continue without a bassist as a fixed band member. Also, the band announced the title of their first EP “Maria Magdalena”, it was released on October 21, 2011.
On January 6, 2012, VOA announced on their Facebook and MySpace pages that former singer Nicole Bogner had died at the age of 27 after fighting a severe disease over a long period of time. The band was saddened to have lost their first vocalist and expressed sincere gratitude to Bogner, not only for five years of sharing a musical vision, but also for more than a decade of friendship inside and outside Visions of Atlantis. Without Bogner, the band wouldn’t have been born.
On January 27, 2012, the band announced the title “Ethera” for their upcoming album, which was scheduled to be released in 2012. “Ethera” was released on March 22, 2013. It was the first album with guitarist Christian Hermsdörfer and with no official bassist. Ethera was dedicated to the late Nicole Bogner.
On December 6, 2013, Visions of Atlantis announced on their Facebook page that most of the line-up was parting ways with Visions of Atlantis, leaving the only remaining and founding member Thomas Caser on drums. This decision was mostly because of a desire from the parting members to play their own style of music, whilst the band was orientating to go back to its classic style. Thus, it welcomed back some of its old members: Werner Fiedler (guitars), Chris Kamper (synths), and Michael Koren (bass). Maxi Nil was replaced by Clémentine Delauney, and Mario Plank by Siegfried Samer. Michael Koren was replaced by Herbert Glos on bass in late 2017, and Werner Fiedler by Christian Douscha at the same time. Chris Kamper left the band in 2015. Their new album “The Deep & The Dark” was released on February 16, 2018.
After extensive tours with Serenity and Kamelot as well as several festival shows in 2018, the band released their first live album “The Deep & The Dark Live @ Symphonic Metal Nights” on February 16, 2019, which featured new male lead singer Michele Guaitoli (from Italian symphonic metal band Temperance) sharing lead vocal duty with Siegfried Samer, the former having permanently replaced the latter at the end of the Symphonic Metal Nights IV tour in late 2018.
The band then announced on July 1, 2019 that their seventh album “Wanderers” will be released on August 30, 2019 via Napalm Records. The album will again feature Clémentine Delauney and Michele Guaitoli sharing lead vocal duties.
Elvellon is bombastic Symphonic Metal band from Germany: Elvellon are about to take the world by storm! From its inception in 2010 on the quintet has stirred up the scene and has enthralled both its growing fan base as well as the music press with a captivating blend of catching guitars, thunderous drums and magnificent orchestration. As a result, renowned national magazines such as Orkus and Sonic Seducer took notice of the highly promising youngsters early on, while German Metal Hammer magazine even dubbed them “heroes of tomorrow”. Through their first online singles “Oraculum” (2013) and “Born From Hope” (2015) – which was accompanied by a masterfully crafted video clip by Mirko Witzki (Any Given Day, Caliban, Deadlock) that almost reached one million views on YouTube within the first year – the band proved that all premature praise had been well-deserved. The 2015 release of their self-produced 5-track EP “Spellbound” marked the first milestone of their career that sent critics from all over Europe into rapture.
Live on stage, the synergy of Elvellon’s powerfully performed soundscapes and vocalist Nele’s angelic voice always strikes home, too, with the result of a variety of celebrated festival gigs over the recent past, including shows at prestigious German M’era Luna Festival and Wacken Winter Nights.
After the first deal with the aspiring label Reaper Entertainment was inked, the course for Elvellon’s conquest was set and things came thick and fast for them: Thanks to a hugely successful crowdfunding campaign, which reached almost double the funding goal, the band was able to finance their debut album “Until Dawn”.
Within weeks of its release, it was sold about 2000 times so that re-pressing of “Until Dawn” hat to commence only three months later. Uplifted by both the fans’ and the journalists’ outstandingly positive feedback Elvellon will carry on their conquest at this year’s Metal Hammer Paradise festival in November as well as at Rock Fest Barcelona 2019, Metalfest Plzeň in Czech Republic and many other concert venues all over Europe. As far as milestones are concerned, there’s no end in sight!