Suncrown

Suncrown is a truly international symphonic/epic metal band formed in 2011 by songwriter and keyboardist Oleg Biblyi (Ukraine) and vocalist Darren Crisp (USA). Then  guitarist Gustavo Bonfá (Brazil) and bassist Ederson Prado (Brazil) joined the group. In July 2011 Suncrown released their first video clip Follow Your Dream. In October Suncrown released a video clip in memory of Ronnie James Dio, Children of the Sea (Black Sabbath cover) with legendary drummer Vinny Appice (Dio, Black Sabbath and Heaven & Hell). Female singer Juliana Furlani (Brazil) and drummer Tim Zuidberg (Netherlands) then joined and in February 2012 another video clip, Believe, was recorded with 2 new members: guitarist Kevin Ellerby (USA) and flute player Uğur Kerem Cemiloğlu (Turkey). In June again a video was released: Eyes of the World, which showed the full group for the first time. In November 2012 the debut CD titled Follow Your Dream was released, and the second album You Are Not Alone is announced for a July release so stay tuned. Not only does this band master the difficulties of having members in four different continents, but also do they sound very skilled and very epic.
Members:
Darren Crisp – Vocals
Juliana Furlani – Vocals
Oleg Biblyi – Keyboards
Kevin Ellerby – Guitar
Ederson Prado – Bass guitar
Tim Zuidberg – Drums
Ugur Kerem Cemiloglu – Flute

Past Members:
Gustavo Bonfá – Guitar

Follow Your Dream 2012

1. Believe
2. Make This Life Worth Living
3. Eyes of the World
4. War Spirit
5. Destiny Call
6. Follow Your Dreams
7. Legend of the Forgotten Centuries
8. Beautiful Light
8. When Hearts Want to be Together
9. Lone Ship
10. Children of the Sea (Black Sabbath cover)

http://www.suncrownband.com

Harmony

Harmony is a Swedish Christian power metal band. It was founded back in 2002 by Markus Sigfridsson and Tobias Enbert. They contacted the other band members, most of who went on to play together as Darkwater later on. Harmony released their debut album Dreaming Awake in 2003. They became known for their highly melodic vocals, progressive guitar riffs, and neo-classical guitar solos. A few gigs followed, but all the band members were very busy doing other projects as well. I don’t think they are active anymore.

Releases
Dreaming Awake (2003)
End Of My Road (EP) (2008)
Chapter II: Aftermath (2008)cover art

Track listing

Prevail
Aftermath
Rain
Don’t Turn Away
Kingdom
Silently We Fade
Inner Peace
Weak
I Run
Hollow Faces
End of My Road

Line up:
Markus Sigfridsson – Guitars (Darkwater, 7 Days)
Tobias Enbert – Drums (Darkwater)
Henrik Båth – Vocals
Andreas Olsson – Bass (Narnia, Divinefire, Stormwind, Rob Rock)
Magnus Holmberg – Keyboard (Darkwater)

http://www.myspace.com/harmonyofficial

Edenbridge

Edenbridge is a symphonic metal band from Austria. Established in 1998, the band has so far published seven studio albums. One of the very few metal bands with female vocals I approve of.

Toured with Angra, Axxis, Pink Cream 69, Metalium, Trail of Tears, Sirenia

played the Summer Breeze and Bloodstock Festivals

Their last two releases were enhabced by the Czech Film Orchestra. At the moment they are again working on a new release
Studio albums
Sunrise in Eden (2000)
Arcana (2001)
Aphelion (2003)
Shine (2004)
The Grand Design (2006)
MyEarthDream (2008)
Solitaire (2010)solitaire cover art
1. “Entree Unique” 1:13
2. “Solitaire” 6:15
3. “Higher” 3:50
4. “Skyline’s End” 5:32
5. “Bon Voyage Vagabond” 5:52
6. “Inward Passage” (Special Edition bonus track) 1:20
7. “Come Undone” 4:11
8. “Out of This World” 5:10
9. “Further Afield” 5:54
10. “Eternity” (Special Edition bonus track) 3:04
11. “A Virtual Dream?” 5:08
12. “Brothers on Diamir” 6:52
13. “Exit Unique”

Live albums
A Livetime in Eden (2004)
LiveEarthDream (2009)

http://www.edenbridge.org/

Sabine Edelsbacher – vocals
Lanvall Lanvall – guitar, keyboards
Max Pointner – drums
Dominik Sebastian – guitar

Time Requiem

Time Requiem was a Swedish neo-classical metal band founded by Richard Anderssen in 2001; Andersson founded several bands in his career and also appeared as a guest keyboardist on Adagio’s debut ‘Sanctus Ignis’ and several Evil Masquerade albums.  Vocals on the first two releases featured Apollo Papathanasio (Firewind, Evil Masquerade )

Discography:

Time Requiem (2002)

Unleashed In Japan (2003, live)

The Inner Circle of Reality (2004)

Optical Illusion (2006)

Time Requiem’s music is strongly influenced by classical music and very meldoic and keyboard-heavy.

Anthriel

Anthriel is progressive metal from Finnland, the Scandinavian countries seem to serve the perfect breeding ground for this kind of music. They also cite neo-classical and old school heavy metal influences.

Started in 2004, released one album so far in 2010, very busy touring at the moment and they have started recording the follow up album this May (2012) so stay tuned.

Meanwhile check out

The Pathway

1. Devil’s Lullaby
2. Mirror Games
3. Guardian
4. Repression
5. Haven of Grace
6. Dark Divided Minds
7. The Deliverance
8. Controversial Euphoria.
9. Light Divine.
10. Scent of Dawn.
11. Promised Land.
12. Chains of the Past.

Simo Silvan – vocals
Timo Niemistö – guitars
Jari Kuokkanen – drums
Klaus Wirzenius – bass
Antti Hakulinen – keys
http://www.anthriel.com/

Holy Knights

Power metal from Italy
Released an album in 2002 and immediately dissolved
Reunited 2011 and released a second album. I think they have not dissolved again yet 🙂

Their first release, Gate Through the Past was very symphonic and epic power metal, well done indeed, not anything there you haven’t heard before somehow, but I enjoyed and still enjoy it much.
The new album, Between Dayligt and Pain ist still symphonic, but with a harder edge to it, more progressive and powerful and really good. You must definitely check it out.
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I didn’t find an official homepage, on their facebook page you can find masses of links to reviews, if you want to read what others say.
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Holy-Knights/140574412728877

To listen go straight there:

Angra

Angra was a powermetal band with progressive and neo-classical elements, from Brazil

They had their peak and were very successful in the 1990ies and released quite a number of discs. Though the sound may seem dated on some of the songs the music still has a lot to say for

It is a classic band you should check out, I have made a playlist for your exploration, my fav albums are Fireworks and Rebirth, the latest, Aqua (2010)  I do not like so much

Latest news: Singer Edu Falaschi declared he’s leaving Angra for good taking bass player Felipe Andreoli with him to pursue a former side project that has ripened into the band Almah full time

http://www.almah.com.br/

Guitar player Kiko Loureiro has already released some solo albums

Discography:

Angels Cry – 1993
Holy Land – 1996
Fireworks – 1998
Rebirth – 2001
Temple of Shadows – 2004
Aurora Consurgens – 2006
Aqua – 2010aqua cover art

Tracklist:
1. Viderunt Te Aquae
2. Arising Thunder
3. Awake from Darkness
4. Lease of Life
5. The Rage of the Waters
6. Spirit of the Air
7. Hollow
8. A Monster in Her Eyes
9. Weakness of a Man
10. Ashes

http://www.angra.net/