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May 22, 2015

MERCY ISLE AND ARIA FLAME TOUR Official press release!

Mercy Isle and Aria Flame are more than thrilled to announce our upcoming fall mini-tour starting on November 4. 

Mercy Isle presents a soundscape that blends synth pop, smooth vocals, crunchy-punchy layers of melodic metal, with splashes of baroque and classical music.
Aria Flame is an American neo-classical symphonic metal band with European flair. They utilize operatic and rock style vocals, powerful guitar riffs and solos, symphonic keyboards and intricate bass and drums.
They’ll be kicking it off in Battle Creek, Michigan and ending it with a bang at Deland Rock and Metal Festival in Florida. Singer Kassandra Novell from Mercy Isle and Aziza Poggi from Aria Flame met through the worldwide professional community of female metal singers called “Eve’s Apple.” Eve’s Apple was founded by Lisa Middelhauve, formerly from Xandria, and featured many known singers such as Lindsay Schoolcraft from Cradle of Filth, Charlotte Wessels from Delain, Marcela Bovio from Stream of Passion and Elize Ryd from Amaranthe. 
Besides being a guest singer for Aria Flame, singer Kassandra Novell has been seen performing with Marcela Bovio from Stream of Passion as well as Ailyn Giménez from Sirenia with Eve’s Apple and Metal Female Voices United at Metal Female Voices Festival in Belgium. 
Aria Flame performed for the first time at the festival in 2014. They released their debut EP “A World of Silence” on October 11. The EP was mixed and mastered by Grammy award-winning producer Neil Kernon (Judas Priest, Nevermore, Queensrÿche, etc.) and produced by Aria Flame’s own bass player Greg Cloon at Underground Studios. 
Keyboardist Joop de Rooij was formerly in the Dutch band Magion. They opened for Epica, Delain, Trail of Tears & Jorn. Mercy Isle guitarist Cory Scheider was in the well known metal act Luna Mortis which had been signed to Century Media Records in 2009. Dendura was Aziza Poggi and Greg Cloon’s former band. Dendura was hired to remake Edvard Grieg’s “In The Hall of The Mountain King” for a cartoon mini series called “Monsters Balls” on the Comedy Central Network and been seen in Metal Hammer Magazine before disbanding in 2010. 
Kassandra and Aziza have performed multiple shows together with Kassandra as a guest vocalist also for Aria Flame. Mercy Isle and Aria Flame also share the same keyboardist, Joop de Rooij, so they are a tight-knit metal family. Joop will be flying in to the USA to play this tour! Mercy Isle’s bassist, Chad Novell, will also be filling in on bass for Aria Flame on the 5th and 6th due to Aria Flame’s bassist Greg Cloon being unavailable those two dates. 
Together, these two bands unite and are anxious to get on the road together!

November 4: The Music Factory, Battle Creek, MI (http://musicfactorybc.com/)
November 5: TBA
November 6: TBA
November 7: Valkyries Over Atlanta Festival, Atlanta, GA (http://www.valkyriesoveratlanta.com/)
November 8: Deland Rock & Metal Festival, Deland, FL (https://www.facebook.com/events/879326978827223/)

To help get Mercy Isle into these excellent festivals and also to support their debut EP release, Mercy Isle is running an Indiegogo campaign. Check it out here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/mercy-isle-s-debut-ep