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Visions Of Atlantis - Biography




VISIONS OF ATLANTIS stands for Symphonic, Bombastic Metal, combining emotional lyrics with powerful metal engulfed in classical arrangements and melodies. Fast beats, heavy guitars and mixed vocal parts - the sweet female soprano alternating with robust male vocals - unite in achieving an outstanding, mystic, and symphonic experience.

Myths, tales, and love stories are the passion of VISIONS OF ATLANTIS. The veil of mystery fuels the band's fantasy and is the source of their inspiration.

Fascinated by the myth Atlantis, Werner Fiedler, Mike Koren, Christian Stani and Chris Kamper decided in August 2000 to work on a concept inspired by the enigmas surrounding Atlantis. Later that summer, Nicole Bogner joined the project and VISIONS OF ATLANTIS was born.

With the recording of their first three-song demo in December 2000 and their live premiere with Edenbridge, the young Austrians began their professional career. The reactions to their demo were tremendous and soon the offers began pouring in. In mid August 2001, the band signed a worldwide deal with the German label TTS Media Music/ Black Arrow Productions, subsequently releasing their debut, Eternal Endless Infinity, in the summer of 2002.

Once again, the reactions proved overwhelming and VISIONS OF ATLANTIS toured with Katatonia, Finntroll, Edenbridge, Nightwish, as well as performed at festivals throughout Europe, South Korea (International Rock Festival in Busan, in front of over 20,000 spectators), and Latin America.

In the summer of 2003, vocalist Mario Plank and keyboarder Miro Holly replaced Christian Stani (vocals) and Chris Kamper (keys) in time for the signing of a new recording contract with Napalm Records.

In July 2004 VoA played the Masters Of Rock Festivals in Slovakia and
Czech Republic, sharing the stages with metal legends Europe,
Stratovarius, Helloween, etc.

Visions Of Atlantis' highly anticipated second album "Cast Away" was released on the 29th of November 2004. Simultaneously, Napalm Records re-released a remastered version of the band's debut, "Eternal Endless Infinity", featuring new cover art.

2005 saw two new members join the band, Nicole Bogner left due to personal and professional reasons and was replaced by Melissa Ferlaak. Werner Fiedler left in early 2005 for similar reasons as Nicole and was replaced by Wolfgang.

Early 2006, Miro Holly left the band as he felt VoA didn't fit in with his new life anymore, which then enabled Martin Harb to substitute Miro on keys! Martin had already played with the band on their Mexican tour 2003!

[Source: Visions Of Atlantis official website]