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ISIS REISSUE “OCEANIC” ON NOV. 4th

Posted in Metal, metal music, Music, music news, progressive metal, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on October 20, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Isis - Oceanic - promo album cover pic - remastered - 2014

RE-MASTERED RELEASE INCLUDES NEW PACKAGING

San Francisco – ISIS reissue a remastered version of Oceanic, the band’s 2002 album, on Nov. 4th via Ipecac Recordings.

Oceanic was Terrorizer’s album of the year for 2002 and in a multi-page “Hall of Fame” article discussing the influence of the nine-song release, Decibel Magazine said “Unlike Celestial’s outright anger and brutality, Oceanic was expansive, inviting and in many respects, the opposite of its forebearer. Surely, it was still Isis, for Aaron Turner’s howl and the group’s undulating tumult still played a significant role in how they communicated, but the collective had aged, learned to open up and, as you will learn, smoked Boston out of its reefer reserves. With tracks like opener ‘The Beginning and the End,’ the body/mind-moving ‘False Light’ and the exceptional ‘Weight’ —with Maria Christopher’s fey voice leading the despondent charge— Oceanic was, for all intents and purposes, a sea change moment for Isis.”

“With the Oceanic remaster I feel we’ve saved the best for last,” explained drummer Aaron Harris.  “The clarity that’s been revealed in these songs was surprising even to me. I’ve heard these songs probably thousands of times. When I listened to the remastered version of “Weight” it was like I was back in the studio recording the song. I also noticed a lot of new detail in Jeff’s bass guitar, and energy in the guitars. I know Oceanic is a favorite among fans, and I think this remaster will bring a new appreciation even to those who have heard it many times.”

A Soundcloud stream of the remastered version of “The Beginning and the End” is available here:

The band, in partnership with Ipecac Recordings, has previously reissued re-mastered versions of Celestial, Panopticon and TemporalMika Jussila remastered Oceanic and artwork revisions were handled by Aaron Turner.

ISIS’ final studio album was Wavering Radiant, which was released in the spring of 2009. The group disbanded in 2010.

Oceanic – Track Listing:

The Beginning and the End

The Other

False Light

Carry

Maritime

Weight

From Sinking

Hym

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(Source: Speakeasy PR & Marketing)

* For more info on ISIS:

Facebook: Isis the band

http://www.isistheband.com/

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE THE MUSIC LEGACY OF ISIS.

LONG LIVE METAL. 

Stone.

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VANISH “Come To Wither” – Releases October 24th; Instant Track Download With iTunes Pre-Order

Posted in metal music, Music, music news, progressive metal, progressive rock, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on October 12, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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Pre-order Vanish‘s new album Come To Wither on iTunes and get the instant grat track Silence right away!

Pre-order here: http://geni.us/VanishCTWiTunes

Vanish - Come To Wither - promo album banner - cd release - 2014

VANISH:

Bastian Rose – Vocals, Keys

Philipp Schönle – Guitar

Thomas Rösch – Guitar

Daniele Dei Giudici – Bass

Ralf Nopper – Drums

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VANISH are from Stuttgart, Germany.

* For more info on VANISH:

Website: http://www.vanish-metal.com

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Website: http://www.massacre-records.com

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE VANISH.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

THIRD ION – Announce Canadian Tour Dates

Posted in metal music, Music, music news, progressive metal, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , on September 2, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Third Ion - Canadian Tour - September 2014 - promo flyer

Prog Metal outfit THIRD ION, featuring former members of THE DEVIN TOWNSEND BAND and INTO ETERNITY, have announced a string of dates that will see the band hitting six Canadian cities later this month.

Guitarist Justin Bender comments: “We are so stoked to bring our nerdy brand of prog metal to western Canada! It’s been a crazy year getting this band off the ground and with an album nearly finished, we need a break, so we decided to hit the road. Join us and all the exceptionally killer bands that are opening each show, for our debut shows in six cities!”

Dates are as follows:

09/11 Winnipeg, MB @ The Zoo (w/ Grand Master and Dissolution)

09/12 Regina, SK @ The Exchange (w/ Magnetic and Room 333)

09/13 Red Deer, AB @ The Vat (w/ Demise Without Reason, Valria, Plaguebringer, Wraith Risen)

09/14 Calgary, AB @ Lord Nelson’s (w/ Kyoktys and Illuminated Minerva)

09/15 Edmonton, AB @ Rendezvous (w/ The Noumenon and The Universe Machine)

09/17 Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret (w/ Omnisphere and Wolfbourne)

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THIRD ION:

Justin Bender – Guitar, Aaron Edgar – Drums, Mike Young – Bass, Tyler Gilbert – Vocals

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For a taste of what’s in store, THIRD ION has posted a full studio performance video of the song “Zero Mass.” Watch the video below:

THIRD ION is putting the finishing touches on their debut full-length, 13/8Bit. The band recently posted the lead single off the album, “Capitol Spill,” – check it out below!

THIRD ION is the product of a mutual love of prog, video games, and science. The debut album will contain eight to ten songs, including the title track which is written entirely in 13/8 time signature. 8-Bit musical renditions of every song will be released as well, to pay homage to their 1980s classic gaming inspirations.

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(Source: CLAWHAMMER PR)

* For more info on THIRD ION:

Website: www.thirdion.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/thirdion

YouTube: www.youtube.com/3rdion

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE THIRD ION.

LONG LIVE PROG METAL.

Stone.

Former Members Of Devin Townsend Band And Into Eternity Release Debut Single From THIRD ION; Kickstarter Campaign For Debut Album “13/8bit” Underway

Posted in Metal, metal music, Music, music news, progressive metal, progressive rock, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on August 1, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Third Ion - Capitol Spill - promo cover pic - 2014

THIRD ION, the new Canadian Prog Metal group featuring former members of THE DEVIN TOWNSEND BAND and INTO ETERNITY, have released its debut single “Capitol Spill.” The track is now streaming below:

The band has also launched Kickstarter campaign to assist in completion of its debut album, 13/8Bit. To support THIRD ION visit: kickstarter.com/projects/1748461047/third-ion

THIRD ION is the product of a mutual love of prog, video games, and science. The debut album is currently over half written, and will contain eight to ten songs, including the title track which is written entirely in 13/8 time signature. 8-Bit musical renditions of every song will be released as well, to pay homage to their 1980s classic gaming inspirations.

BIO:

A project talked about, envisioned, and anticipated by Justin and Aaron since the day they met, by chance, in mid-2010. A few of the songs have been in the works since shortly after they met, but meeting Mike and getting him on board was the jump-start needed to truly get this band off the ground.

Now with the addition of Tyler on vocals, and the first few songs demoed, everyone is extremely excited about the future of this project and where it could go. Planning is underway for an amazing live show, with an emphasis on minimalism and mood. Every single member of this band comes from a large base of touring and recording experience and plan to use their resources to get this new project on the road and heard by as many people as possible. Plans are already under way to tour Canada and seek label or grant funding to support the tours.

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THIRD ION:

Justin Bender – Guitar

Aaron Edgar – Drums

Mike Young – Bass

Tyler Gilbert – Vocals

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Member Background:

Justin is a guitar player, producer/engineer and song-writer, most known for playing with and producing the Canadian Heavy Metal veterans Into Eternity. Over a decade of live playing, live sound and studio experience, Justin has toured the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Southeast Asia. The main focus of his career has been studio production, which he has become well established in Regina, SK working out of both Touchwood Studios, and Blue Door Recording.

Aaron lives drums. He teaches, records, gigs, does clinics and is a published author (drum related – of course). On top of all that he is the editor in chief of Drums Etc. magazine and has a weekly broadcast show on Drumeo. His educational material (also drum related, of course) on Youtube has reached a million views, with almost 7000 subscribers to his channel. Coming up on March 30th, Aaron will be headlining the Vancouver Island “Day of Drum Festival.”

Mike has been a professional session bassist for the past 15 years. He is well versed in all styles of music and has played everything from Metal (Devin Townsend Band, Terror Syndrome) to rock (Jet Black Stare, Ten Ways, the Matinee), to Funk, Pop, Country and Jazz. He has toured North America and Europe with a variety of projects and currently resides in Vancouver, where he gigs, plays sessions and occasionally teaches. Mike also loves coffee, cartoons and all things nerdy.

Tyler was the last addition to the project and is also a full-time musician. Like the rest of the band, he has dedicated his entire life to his musical career. He has been involved in writing, playing and singing music since his childhood, he grew up surrounded by musical relatives in Regina, Saskatchewan. His primary training was of the guitar but he also dwells on piano, bass and harmonica, playing a mix of new-folk songs with soulful vocals. Tyler accepts influences of all sorts; his main influence taps are of Zakk Wylde, Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Michael Jackson. Since 2008, Tyler has recorded and released three solo records and has received radio airplay all across Canada.

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(Source: CLAWHAMMER PR)

* For more info on THIRD ION:

Website: thirdion.com

Facebook: facebook.com/thirdion

YouTube: youtube.com/3rdion

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LONG LIVE THIRD ION.

LONG LIVE CANADA.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

REDEMPTION – Sensory Records To Release Live CD/DVD From Los Angeles Progressive Metal Specialists

Posted in Heavy Metal, metal music, Music, music news, progressive metal, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on July 24, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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Live From The Pit Due In September

Laser’s Edge division, Sensory Records, has confirmed the late Summer release of the new live album from Los Angeles-based Progressive/Power Metal group, REDEMPTION.

In 2012, REDEMPTION co-headlined the world-famous ProgPower Festival in Atlanta, where the band recorded a unique show featuring nearly eighty minutes of material and staged with complementary visuals that drive home the compelling emotional impact of this band. That performance is now being constructed for official worldwide release as, Live From The Pit, to be delivered in a CD/DVD package including additional bonus material, including a 5.1 surround mix and more.

From fan favorites such as the never-before-performed “Parker’s Eyes” to the crushing emotional weight of “Stronger than Death,” the band’s performance captured the special ability of its music to deeply connect with fans. In the words of one concert goer, REDEMPTION‘s show “was definitely the most exhausting, personal and emotional musical experience I’ve ever had.”

Live From The Pit will see release via Sensory Records, REDEMPTION‘s original label, responsible for their seminal first two albums, on September 16th, 2014.

Redemption - Live From The Pit - promo cover pic

Live From The Pit - Track Listing:

1. Intro/Threads

2. The Suffocating Silence

3. Dreams From The Pit

4. Parker’s Eyes

5. Fall On You

6. Noonday Devil

7. Nocturnal

8. Stronger Than Death

9. The Origins Of Ruin

10. Black And White World

11. The Death Of Faith And Reason

12. Walls

[DVD bears same track listing plus 5.1 surround mix and bonus material]

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REDEMPTION is one of the leading Progressive Metal bands in the world today. Formed in 2000 by guitarist / keyboardist / songwriter Nicolas van Dyk, the band features legendary Progressive Metal vocalist Ray Alder of Fates Warning, as well as guitarist Bernie Versailles (Agent Steel), and the phenomenal rhythm section of Chris Quirarte (drums) and Sean Andrews (bass). REDEMPTION‘s combination of heaviness not usually found in Progressive Metal, irresistible melodies and emotional urgency has created a unique and resonant voice for this band that sets them apart from the many clones in the genre, and which has gained them the attention of fans, critics and musicians.

Through the band’s first three studios albums – 2002’s self-titled debut, 2005’s The Fullness of Time, and 2007’s The Origins of Ruin, REDEMPTION gained a loyal fan base and garnered rave reviews worldwide from critics, who describe Redemption’s music as, “one of the best Progressive Metal acts to emerge in the past decade” [DPRP], praised their “magical aura and incredible songwriting” [Blabbermouth], stating, “it’s powerful, catchy, enslaving, technical; it’s the whole bunch” [Lords Of Metal] and having been dubbed, “the new star on the US prog-metal sky” [Squealer Rocks].

REDEMPTION has captivated audiences around the world with their incredible live performances. This was proven on a massive scale in 2008, when the band supported Dream Theater on a five-week North American tour and documenting a headlining show at the tour’s end, entitled Frozen in the Moment, the band returned to the studio to release 2009’s Snowfall on Judgment Day and 2011’s This Mortal Coil.

REDEMPTION:

Ray Alder – vocals

Nicolas van Dyk – guitars/keyboards

Bernie Versailles – guitars

Sean Andrews – bass


Chris Quirarte – drums

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(Source: Earsplit PR)

* For more info on REDEMPTION:

http://www.redemptionweb.com

https://www.facebook.com/RedemptionBand

https://twitter.com/redemptionmetal

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LONG LIVE REDEMPTION.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

VIVIEN LALU – French Composer Announces Endorsement By Roland

Posted in Metal, metal music, Music, news, progressive metal, progressive rock, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 23, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Lalu - %22MUSIC-KNIGHT-MAGE in the Magic of Sounds Frenzy%22 - artist Chezan Iosif

Above: Vivien Lalu as the “MUSIC-KNIGHT-MAGE in the Magic of Sounds Frenzy” – artist Chezan Iosif

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New Album In The Works For 2015 Release

French progressive metal keyboardist and composer, VIVIEN LALU, is ecstatic to announce his new official sponsorship by Roland Keyboards. Having relied heavily on the brand for his entire career thus far, this new endorsement is a major breakthrough for the artist.

Stated LALU on his union with the company: “After twenty years of using their keyboards I can now say that I’m proud to have joined the Roland family! I want to thank Roland Japan for the great welcome, and look forward to present you their amazing new products.”

Lalu - Atomic Ark - promo cover pic - 2013

In September 2013, Sensory Records released LALU’s newest solo album, Atomic Ark. Having raked in rave reviews from international media outlets, the expansive but direct delivery of this talented songwriter is at its finest yet on this cinematic masterpiece, boasting an array of expansive elements with a dark edge. The opus was fully conceived and composed by LALU, the musician having enlisted an all-star lineup of vocalist Martin LeMar (Mekong Delta), bassist Mike LePond (SymphonyX), guitarist Simone Mularoni (DGM) and drummer Virgil Donati (PlanetX), in addition to countless guest contributions, to complete the album. Alongside the release of his new masterwork,VIVIEN LALU also announced that half of his royalties for Atomic Ark were to be donated directly to Paris/NYC-based animal rescue organization ALERTE SOS!

LALU is currently immersed in the creation of new material for his full-length follow-up to Atomic Arkfor Sensory Records, having already confirmed its title as Orkeystra. Contrary to his Oniric Metaldebut and Atomic Ark, the impending Orkeystra will venture into new territory by featuring multiple singers in addition to Martin LeMar, who usually handles all vocals. New information on the next chapter in the LALU lineage will be released throughout the rest of the year in preparation for its release in 2015.

For now fans can order Atomic Ark now direct from Sensory/The Laser’s Edge HERE.

Critical Praise:

“The catchy bits will be stuck in your head for days on end, the heavy parts will never not make you bang your head, the beautiful parts will always be touching, the ethereal and dream-like parts will always evoke images in your head, and the musicianship will never not impress.” – Metal Injection

“The album is driven by Lalu’s sense of fine-tuned technicality and majestic flair.” – PopMatters

“…blistering guitar solos, soaring vocals and complex song arrangements… The musicianship is top-notch and there is a nice diversity to the songwriting…a progressive powerhouse.” – About.com

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(Source: Earsplit PR)

For more info on VIVIEN LALU:

Facebook: Vivien Lalu

Website: http://www.vivienlalu.com

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Website: http://www.lasersedgegroup.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheLasersEdge

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LONG LIVE VIVIEN LALU.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

VALHALLA Confirmed For Warriors Of Metal Fest VII

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, news, progressive metal, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , , , on February 17, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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Cincinnati, Ohio – The Warriors of Metal, Inc. non-profit organization has announced the return of one of last year’s most well-received performers. Fort Wayne, Ind., progressive metal act VALHALLA has been added to the already stacked lineup of Warriors Of Metal Fest VII, set to take place June 27  – 28 at O’Shecky’s Live Bar & Grill in Columbus, Ohio.

Guitarist Justin Zych states: “We’re excited to return this year and bring an even more exciting show to Warriors Of Metal Fest VII! And especially looking forward to jamming with our brothers in metal!”

The video for VALHALLA’s “Self Imposed Hell” can be seen below:

For more on VALHALLA, visit: www.facebook.com/myvalhalla.

Bands confirmed for Pre-Fest Showcase on Thursday, June 26 at O’Sheckeys Live Bar & Grill include:  ETERNAL LEGACY (headliner) AUTOMATON, DEADIRON, LOWER 13, DETHRATS, GRAVE ROBBER, SPLIT THE ABYSS and WINTERHYMN.

Warriors Of Metal Fest VII confirmed bands thus far for the main Fest on Friday, June 27 & Saturday June 28 include: ARMORY, A SOUND OF THUNDER, A TORTURED SOUL, BENEDICTUM w/ special guest LEATHER LEONE, BEYOND FALLEN, BURNING SHADOWS, CELLADOR, CRUSADER, FLESH ENGINE, LORDS OF THE TRIDENT, MITHRIDIUM, RESISTANCE,  RESTLESS BREED, SHALLOW GROUND and VALHALLA.

Warriors Of Metal Festival VII - promo flyer - 2014

Keep up-to-date with all of the developments such as band announcements and ticket information for next year’s show through the Warrior’s of Metal Fest’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/warriorsofmetal

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(Source: CLAWHAMMER PR)

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LONG LIVE VALHALLA.

LONG LIVE WARRIORS OF METAL FEST.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

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