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IRON SAVIOR – Unveil Live DVD/CD Details!

Posted in Metal, metal bands, Music, Power Metal, rock music with tags , , , , on April 16, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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German power metallers IRON SAVIOR will release their first ever DVD/Live CD “Live At The Final Frontier” on May 29th. It includes the recordings of the band’s show in their hometown Hamburg (from January 2015) and comes as exclusive DVD/2CD Digipak.

Tracklisting:

DVD
1. Ascendence (Intro)
2. Last Hero
3. Starlight
4. The Savior
5. Revenge Of The Bride
6. Break The Curse
7. Burning Heart
8. Mind Over Matter
9. Hall Of The Heroes
10. R U Ready
11. Condition Red
12. I’ve Been To Hell
13. Heavy Metal Never Dies
14. Coming Home
15. Iron Watcher (Medley)
16. Atlantis Falling
17. Breaking The Law (Judas Priest Cover)
+ (additional Backstage/concert footage)

CD 1
1. Ascendence (Intro)
2. Last Hero
3. Starlight
4. The Savior
5. Revenge Of The Bride
6. Break The Curse
7. Burning Heart
8. Mind Over Matter

CD 2
1. Hall Of The Heroes
2. R U Ready
3. Condition Red
4. I’ve Been To Hell
6. Coming Home
7. Iron Watcher (Medley)
8. Atlantis Falling
9. Breaking The Law (Judas Priest Cover)

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Source:

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Website: http://www.afm-records.de/

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE IRON SAVIOR.

LONG LIVE GERMANY.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

ORDEN OGAN “Ravenhead” – A Metal Odyssey Album Review

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, Power Metal, rock music with tags , , , , on April 1, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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5 Out Of 5 METAL Fists!

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ORDEN OGAN – Arnsberg, Germany’s Power Metal warriors, ORDEN OGAN, released their new 11 song studio album, Ravenhead, this past February 3rd in North America, via AFM Records. Ravenhead is a tremendous follow-up to 2012’s To The End, in my Metal opinion.

With the fittingly titled Orden Ogan, a triumphant symphonic intro with haunting chants, this compelling Ravenhead album begins. The title track kicks in with all the aural power and atmospheric energy that Orden Ogan are so gifted at creating and playing; this experience does not subside throughout the album. I cannot help letting myself being carried away by the layered songs of Ravenhead, Orden Ogan have undoubtedly turned it up a few notches between albums.

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Orden Ogan is a band whose albums you must really listen to and absorb, in order to take in every sonic nuance. I swear I hear bagpipes on the song F.E.V.E.R. I believe I do. Plus, as a bonus, Ravenhead can be interpreted as a concept album, if one so chooses to do so. Evil Lies In Every Man has a creepy spoken word intro of what I perceive to be a female elder from the blackest of forests; in other words a witch to my ears? Creepy nonetheless and this song soars with its Power Metal intensity. Ravenhead flows along so very fine, with the last song, Too Soon, being of the rightly chosen, moderate tempo and mood to close the listening experience out with.

Orden Ogan - Ravenhead - back cover - promo pic - Andreas Marschall

Above: back cover artwork for Ravenhead

Vocalist Seeb is a wonderful listen with his clean vocals and he also plays guitar and keyboards as well. Tobi on lead guitar, Niels on bass and Dirk on drums round out this German Power Metal band that I feel so good writing about. I absolutely love the chorus throughout Ravenhead; this is what makes European Power Metal so incredibly moving!

Orden Ogan represent European Power Metal in such an abundant way; anyone unfamiliar with this genre can tag Orden Ogan as a bullseye for a starting point. There is not only the power behind Ordan Ogan’s impressive Metal on Ravenhead; fascinating bridges lead this listener to such a dynamic listen of vast Metal sounds. Speed, ambience, acoustical, flamenco and symphonic moments, with fist raising guitar solos, European Power Metal guitar tones, and a roof raising rhythm section are all in store for you within the songs on Ravenhead.

I highly recommend Orden Ogan’s Ravenhead to any fan of Power Metal and Metal for that matter; Orden Ogan has created so much to offer here on their new album. Metal be thy name. – Stone

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ORDEN OGAN:

SEEB – vocals, lead-guitar, keyboards

TOBI – lead-guitar

NIELS – bass

DIRK – drums

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* For more info on ORDEN OGAN:

Facebook: ORDEN OGAN

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE ORDEN OGAN.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

HAMMER KING ‘Kingdom Of The Hammer King’ Coming May 5th On Cruz Del Sur Music

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, Power Metal, rock music with tags , , , , on March 25, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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CRUZ DEL SUR MUSIC will release the debut album Kingdom of the Hammer King from new epic Power Metal sensation HAMMER KING on May 5th in North America!


 HAMMER KING represent the perfect, balanced heavy sound of the German Power Metal tradition, highlighted by  the right dose of epic tones. The music  moves around the figure of singer/guitarist/composer Titan Fox (ROSS THE BOSS’ singer). The line-up is completed by former SALTATIO MORTIS drummer Dolph A. Macallan, K.K. Basement on bass and Gino Wilde on guitar. All the musicians involved in this band have an aged and trained background in Metal music, as demonstrated through the masterful Kingdom of the Hammer King!

What surprises most on the album is the catchy immediacy of the compositions. Indeed, the melodies and glorious guitar solos embed and remain in the brain. “Aderlass;  blood of Sacrifice,” “Chancellor of Glory,” and the title track are a perfect examples of epic Power Metal anthems that’ll have you singing at the top of your lungs and fist-pumping for the duration. All killer, no filler; Kingdom of the Hammer King is the complete package!

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Kingdom Of The Hammer King was recorded and produced at the Greywolf Studios by POWERWOLF’s own Charles Greywolf. The cover artwork was created by German Artist Timo Würz who was able to capture with his art  the essence and power of the band. The LP version will include a bonus track “Leather Indians (of Steel).”

You can get a taste of HAMMER KING by listening to the album’s title track here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3a0Q7xKoj0

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“I like to think there is a little bit of Metal in everything Wishbone Ash does. If I were to recommend one Heavy Metal band to listen to, it would be HAMMER KING” – Andy Powell (Wishbone Ash)

“Hammer King is the real deal. Power Metal at its best!” – Ross the Boss

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Kingdom Of The Hammer King – Track List:

I) Kingdom of the Hammer King
I am the King
Aderlass; The Blood of Sacrifice
Chancellor of Glory
II) I am the Hammer King
Blood Angels
Visions of A Healed World
Figure in The Black
We Are The Hammer
III) Glory to the Hammer King

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Source:

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* For more info:

http://www.hammer-king.com/

https://www.facebook.com/thehammerking

www.cruzdelsurmusic.com

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE HAMMER KING.

LONG LIVE POWER METAL.

Stone.

BLOODBOUND “Stormborn” – Releases In USA On December 2nd; Album Tracks Streaming Now!

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, music news, Power Metal, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on November 25, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Bloodbound - Storm Born - promo album cover pic - 2014

The new album from Sweden’s BLOODBOUNDStormborn, is available all over Europe and the UK now! Stormborn releases in the USA on December 2nd, 2014, via AFM Records.

BLOODBOUNDStormborn (2014) – official clip – AFM Records

BLOODBOUNDIron Throne (2014) – official – AFM Records

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BLOODBOUND:

Patrik Johansson – lead vocals

Tomas Olsson – lead and rhythm guitars

Fredrik Bergh – keyboards and backing vocals

Henrik Olsson – rhythm guitars

Pelle Åkerlind – drums and percussion

Anders Broman – bass

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Order Stormborn here: http://wck.me/64d

* For more info on BLOODBOUND:

Facebook: Bloodbound

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Website: http://www.afm-records.de/

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE BLOODBOUND.

LONG LIVE SWEDEN.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

ORDEN OGAN “Ravenhead” – Releases On January 16th, 2015, Via AFM Records

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, music news, Power Metal, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , on November 23, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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The new studio album from Germany’s Orden Ogan, Ravenhead, will be released on January 16th, 2015, via AFM Records. Above album cover art for Ravenhead painted by Andreas Marschall.

Ravenhead will be available as:

* CD * ltd. Digipak (incl. 2 bonus tracks & bonus Live DVD @ Summer Breeze 2013)

* Ltd. Special Edition (Raven sculpture + Digipak)

* Ltd. green Vinyl.

Also, on January 16th, 2015, Orden Ogan begin their European tour with the powerful Hammerfall!

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Above: back cover art for Orden Ogan’s Ravenhead, painted by Andreas Marschall.

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SEEB – vocals, lead-guitar, keyboards

TOBI – lead-guitar

NIELS – bass

DIRK – drums

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* For more info on ORDEN OGAN:

Facebook: ORDEN OGAN

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Website: http://www.afm-records.de/

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE ORDEN OGAN.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

HELLOWEEN – ANNOUNCES THEIR RETURN TO NUCLEAR BLAST

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, news, Power Metal, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , , , , , on March 30, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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Founded in 1984 and hailed as one of the pioneering Power Metal bands from Germany, the Hamburg-based quintet HELLOWEEN is celebrating their 30th Anniversary in 2014 and have announced their return to Nuclear Blast’s worldwide artist family.

“As a label, Nuclear Blast is ‘Heavy Metal to the bone,’” shares HELLOWEEN vocalist Andi Deris, “and we are really looking forward to working together with a lot of familiar faces.”

Nuclear Blast’s founder & label owner Markus Staiger is overwhelmed at bringing the band back into the fold. “We are more than proud that HELLOWEEN is part of the Nuclear Blast family again,” he states. “All those years we had a friendship-like connection and our ways crossed on a regular basis at concerts and festivals. HELLOWEEN to us is a matter of the heart. There’s not only the two records we released [The Dark Ride in 2000 and Rabbit Don’t Come Easy in 2003], but they’re an act that has influenced me and many of our employees. Together there are big plans and we are looking forward to having another productive and successful cooperation.”

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Following HELLOWEEN’s appearances on the European summer festival circuit, the band will enter Mi Sueño Studio on the island of Tenerife off the coast of Morocco with producer Charlie Bauerfeind (BLIND GUARDIAN, HAMMERFALL, PRIMAL FEAR) to record a new studio album for an early 2015 release.

Last month, Nuclear Blast released special edition re-issues of The Dark Ride and Rabbit Don’t Come Easy, featuring 3 bonus tracks on each album, which can be ordered from the Nuclear Blast USA Webshop.

Straight Out Of Hell, HELLOWEEN’s latest studio album released in early 2013, debuted on the German album chart at #4 – the band’s highest chart entry in their home country to date – and held this position for five weeks. The album had five other “Top Ten” album entries in Europe and also cracked the American Billboard Top 100 chart with an entry at #97.

HELLOWEEN Festival Summer 2014:

2014-05-24 S Metallsvenskan Metallsvenskan

2014-06-27 SLO Piešťany Topfest

2014-06-29 BG Kavarna Kavarna Rock 2014

2014-07-11 D Ballenstedt Rock Harz

2014-07-12 CZ Masters Of Rock Masters Of Rock

2014-07-19 FIN Karjurock Karjurock

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(Source: Nuclear Blast Records)

* For more info on HELLOWEEN:

Website: http://www.helloween.org/

Helloween – Facebook

http://www.youtube.com/HELLOWEENORG

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Website: http://www.nuclearblastusa.com/

Website: http://www.nuclearblast.de

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LONG LIVE HELLOWEEN.

LONG LIVE METAL.

LONG LIVE GERMANY.

Stone.

GAMMA RAY – German Power Metal Masters Premiere New Tracks From “Empire Of The Undead”; Album To Drop Next Month

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal bands, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, news, Power Metal, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , , , , , on March 25, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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In celebration of its forthcoming release, Germany power metal masters, GAMMA RAY, offer up a whopping six tracks from their forthcoming new full-length, Empire Of The Undead, set for release next month.

In a mammoth, collaborative promotional effort, Bravewords, Decibel Magazine and Metal Insider, unite, each bringing fans two tracks from the record.

Sample “Avalon” and “Pale Rider,” currently streaming at

Bravewords HERE.

“Born To Fly” and “Master Of Confusion,” at Decibel HERE.

“Time For Deliverance” and “Demonseed,” at Metal Insider HERE.

A record that almost wasn’t, Empire Of The Undead was composed throughout 2013 with Eike Freese (Dark Age) at the mixing desk alongside bassist/co-writer, Dirk Schlächter, and was nearing completion before Hammer Studios, their home, rehearsal space, and meeting point for many Metal bands throughout Germany, had burned down leaving much of its contents in ruins. Fortunately, the Empire Of The Undead masters managed to make it through unscathed. “If this could not stop us, nothing ever will,” joked light-hearted GAMMA RAY vocalist Kai Hansen, adding that, “We got rid of a lot of shit that we gathered there. Unfortunately, a lot of good equipment as well. Anyhow, we look towards the future, we saved the production and we can continue now in this new place.”

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More than four years since the release of their critically acclaimed tenth full-length, To The Metal!, Empire Of The Undead is over an hour-long and showcases a band more ambitious and variable than ever before. From the symphonic bombast of album opener “Avalon,” to the high-speed, Judas Priestian drive of “Hellbent,” GAMMA RAY manages to tread through an entire spectrum of Heavy Metal. Elsewhere the band seamlessly explores the realms of driving Hard Rock (“Pale Rider”) – a stylistic element Hansen honed from his time with side project Unisonic; triumphant Power Metal anthems (“I Will Return”) and emotional Rock ballads (“Time For Deliverance”).

Adding to its sonic diversity is the notable variation in Hansen’s characteristically high-pitched, voice. On “Master Of Confusion” from 2013’s eponymous EP, Hansen’s timbre is reminiscent of Billy Idol while the anthemesque “Seven” is suddenly punctuated by a sinister recitative, cleverly decelerating the song’s speed before finally exploding in a great choir finale.

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“As far as variation is concerned, I think that’s something we always craved for, something we always needed. To just do the same thing on ten or eleven songs is boring in some way,” Hansen remarks. “I always liked albums that had a certain variety in style in some way, as long as everything fits together. We always took the freedom to do what we liked and since I like so many different things, this album has become quite manifold…There’s definitely more bite and heaviness on this album. Since I’ve been pretty busy with Unisonic, which is more on the hardrock /AOR side of things, there has definitely been a need to be as bad as can be with GAMMA RAY now….”

Empire Of The Undead will be released in North America on CD, LP and digitally via Armoury Records in conjunction with earMusic on April 15, 2014.

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(Source: Earsplit PR)

* For more info on GAMMA RAY:

http://www.gammaray.org

http://www.facebook.com/gammarayofficial

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Website: http://www.eagle-rock.com

Website: http://www.ear-music.net

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LONG LIVE GAMMA RAY.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

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