Nicole Bogner, who was the vocalist for Austrian symphonic metallers VISIONS OF ATLANTIS from 2000 to 2005, has died after fighting a "severe disease over a long period of time." Bogner, 27, sang on the band's first two albums, "Eternal Endless Infinity" (2002) and "Cast Away" (2004).
Commented VISIONS OF ATLANTIS in a statement: "In deep mourning and with highest respect we have to notify all VISIONS OF ATLANTIS fans that our former female singer, Nicole Bogner, has passed away at the age of 27 after fighting a severe disease over a long period of time. The band is shocked about the loss of an old VISIONS OF ATLANTIS family member but wants to express sincere gratitude to Nicole not only for five years of sharing a musical vision but also for more than a decade of friendship inside and outside of VISIONS OF ATLANTIS. Without Nicole, VISIONS OF ATLANTIS would have never been born and her unique voice and personality were a big part of VISIONS OF ATLANTIS. With Nicole, a great part of VISIONS OF ATLANTIS died as well. We will always treasure your warm-hearted soul; you will never be forgotten, Nici."
An "In Memoriam Nicole Bogner" Facebook page has been launched at this location.
VISIONS OF ATLANTIS will enter the studio at the end of January to begin recording its fifth album.
VISIONS OF ATLANTIS' fourth album, "Delta", was released in North America on March 15, 2011 via Napalm Records. The CD was recorded Dreamscape Studios in Munich, Germany and marked the debut of the group's new singer, Maxi Nil, who joined the group in 2009.