Makes me smile when I see Magic announcing Epica news... Years ago we were chatting and I told her how popular this Dutch gothic band was and she wasn't interested...or at least that's what I recall...
Now she's a bigger fan of the gothic metal artists than I am, but I think it's a great genre and provides a platform for the various enormously talented women in metal to show their quality.
But I am not happy about all bands releasing live albums so often. I get that a CD has twice the space of the old vinyl, and they want to put quality songs on it and to keep fan interest they release these sort of CD's, but I would like to see 45 minutes of great new music every year and stuff the live records.
I was all excited a few days ago, saw something new from Blind Guardian then found out it is simply another compilation album, probably remastered the songs as per usual.