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GOD’S ARMY A.D. – Self-Titled Debut Album Is: Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

Posted in Heavy Metal, metal music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on June 4, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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GOD’S ARMY A.D. – On May 23rd, the self-titled debut album from God’s Army A.D. was released via Germany’s (great) Massacre Records. With no  religious ties to their music, God’s Army A.D. are a seasoned group of musicians that have let the world know they can play an incredible blend of Melodic, Power and Traditional Metal. That’s what my ears and Metal senses have told me, anyways. Whoa.

If you’re hankering for screaming duo guitars, articulate and soaring vocals, goose-bump inducing drumming with adrenaline fueled bass thumping, this debut from God’s Army A.D. is for you! God’s Army A.D. plays a sound that is bullseye perfect for the BIG venues, with their wide-open feel and vibes on this album. As an unexpected touch, which I really dig, God’s Army A.D. adds a whoa-o chorus, on Waiting For The Miracle. Very cool.

John A.B.C. Smith (Scanner, Gallow’s Pole, Hallowed, At Vance) on vocals is in the same class with Mark Boals, Doogie White, Göran Edman and Blaze Bayley; just a terrific singer he is. Drummer Mark Cross (Kingdom Come, Helloween, Firewind) has an envious resume as well and trust my Metal word: Mark Cross brings it on this album!

Watch and listen to the God’s Must Be Crazy music video, below! Whoa!

There is a (delicious) old school quality of Metal swirling about this album, with Coming Back To Life and Running Around In Circles igniting my Metal memories to easier Metal days. Yes, the Metal relevance is saturated within this album too, with more hooks, riffs and fired-up fret work to make any Heavy Metal loyalist dizzy with Metal glee!

Is this an album that should be  written on your Metal must list for 2014? Hell yes it is! With NO artificial sweeteners, NO ballads or fillers, God’s Army A.D. has made this middle-aged Metal knucklehead into an instant fan. This album simply makes me feel damn good. Metal be thy name. – Stone

Track Listing: The World That Never Was, City Lights, Gods Must Be Crazy, Waiting For The Miracle, Hear You Scream, Coming Back To Life, Running Around In Circles, God’s Army

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John A.B.C. Smith – Vocals, Lead/Rhythm Guitars, Bass, Keys

Don Amiro – Lead/Rhythm Guitars, Vocals

Ian O’Sullivan -Lead/Rhythm Guitars, Vocals

Mark Cross – Drums

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Album cover artwork by ERR KARR.

* For more info on GOD’S ARMY A.D.:

Facebook: God’s Army

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

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LONG LIVE GOD’S ARMY A.D.

LONG LIVE HEAVY METAL.

Stone.

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BLOODSHOT DAWN – Announce More New Album Guests

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal bands, metal music, music news, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , , on April 12, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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UK melodic extreme metallers Bloodshot Dawn have announced more guests that are set to appear on their as of yet unrecorded second album. The announcements are Andy James and Chris Amott, two very highly accomplished guitarists.

Andy James is a globally renowned metal and shred guitarist known for incredible playing and versatility with his instrument. He has featured on DVD’s released with leading companies such as Licklibrary and Jamtrax as well as having released several solo records and two successful albums with Sacred Mother Tongue. Andy is also known for having appeared on stages all across the world not just with Sacred Mother Tongue but with bands such as Cradle of Filth, The Fields of the Nephilim and as a solo artist at industry shows such as NAMM in Los Angeles and the Frankfurt MESSE.

Chris Amott needs little introduction, the Swedish shredder is most notably known as a founding member of melodic death metal titans Arch Enemy. Chris left Arch Enemy in 2012 to pursue his solo career and went on to release ‘Follow Your Heart’. He also founded Armageddon releasing three successful albums and after relocating to USA he has announced that a brand new Armageddon record is in the making.

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Last week Bloodshot Dawn revealed Sven De Caluwé (Aborted), Per Nilsson (Scar Symmetry) & Teemu Mäntysaari (Wintersun) as the first guests that would be appearing on the new album. This new announcement only adds even more excitement to an already highly anticipated release.

The new album will be a crowd-funded project that will launch on 16th April. Bloodshot Dawn have been releasing a series of videos on the build up to the launch offering sneak previews of the new album content including artwork, music, etc..

Video 1

Crowd-Funding Project Announced & First Glimpse Of New Drummer Janne Jalmona

Video 2

Artwork Sneak Preview & Guitar Ideas

Video 3

Album Guests Announced & Bass Ideas

Video 4

More Album Guests Announced, Guitars & Tour Plans

Bloodshot Dawn – Vision (Official Music Video)

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Catch Bloodshot Dawn this summer at Underwall Festival, Croatia and Bloodstock Festival, UK. The band are also touring throughout the UK in October/November before jetting to Japan November 2014 with Krisiun & Gorguts.

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(Source: Future PR)

* For more info on BLOODSHOT DAWN:

Bloodshot Dawn – Facebook

Bandcamp: http://bloodshotdawn.bandcamp.com/

Physical Merch: http://bloodshotdawn.bigcartel.com/

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LONG LIVE BLOODSHOT DAWN.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

WITHIN TEMPTATION – New Album “Hydra” Is In Stores Now; Here’s Where To Purchase It…

Posted in Hard Rock, melodic metal, melodic rock, Music, news, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , , , on February 10, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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WITHIN TEMPTATION – Need help finding HYDRA at your local music stores and online? Check out this list of retailers that are unleashing the beast! http://bit.ly/wt-hydra-usa-retailers

Order Hydra now, from Within Temptation’s website: www.within-temptation.com/orderhydra

Download Within Temptation’s new album ‘Hydra’ on iTunes: http://smarturl.it/wthydra

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Source: Within Temptation Facebook

Facebook: Within Temptation

Website: http://www.within-temptation.com

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USA: http://www.nuclearblastusa.com/

Europe: http://www.nuclearblast.de

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LONG LIVE WITHIN TEMPTATION.

Stone.

WITHIN TEMPTATION – “HYDRA” – New Studio Album Releases On February 4th, 2014, Via Nuclear Blast

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news, symphonic metal with tags , , , , , , on December 14, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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Within Temptation‘s sixth studio album, HYDRA, will be out on February 4, 2014 in the USA via Nuclear Blast!

AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER AT:

Within Temptation – Website: www.within-temptation.com

Nuclear Blast: http://smarturl.it/WT-Hydra-NB

Amazon: http://smarturl.it/WT-Hydra-AMZ

iTunes: http://smarturl.it/WT-Hydra-iTunes

HYDRA – Track Listing:

Disc: 1 – (Standard CD Edition)

1. Let Us Burn

2. Dangerous feat. Howard Jones

3. And We Run feat. Xzibit

4. Paradise (What About Us?) feat. Tarja

5. Edge Of The World

6. Silver Moonlight

7. Covered By Roses

8. Dog Days

9. Tell Me Why

10. Whole World Is Watching feat. Dave Pirner

Disc: 2 (Bonus Songs & Covers – Digipak Edition)

1. Radioactive (Originally By Imagine Dragons)

2. Summertime Sadness (Originally By Lana Del Rey)

3. Let Her Go (Originally By Passenger)

4. Dirty Dancer (Originally By Enrique Iglesias)

5. And We Run *Evolution Track

6. Silver Moonlight *Evolution Track

7. Covered By Roses *Evolution Track

8. Tell Me Why *Evolution Track

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(Source: Nuclear Blast USA)

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LONG LIVE WITHIN TEMPTATION.

Stone.

CRYSTAL BALL “Anyone Can Be A Hero” (Official Video) – Is Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

Posted in Hard Rock, hard rock bands, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on November 30, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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CRYSTAL BALL – Released on November 29th, via Massacre Records, is the new album, Dawnbreaker, from Lucerne, Switzerland’s Crystal Ball. One lead single from this comeback album is Anyone Can Be A Hero. I absolutely love this song and all of its melodic glory! A heightened grand vibe of absolute Heavy Metal power, uncontrollably runs through my veins, as I listen to this song, again and again!

Tremendous musicianship, from top-to-bottom, swirls around the super fabulous vocals of new frontman Steven Mageney. What a Metal ride is this song for me! Original members Scott Leach (lead guitar) and Marcel Sardella (drums) have obviously made it clear; their band Crystal Ball is back and ready to stun the Metal and Hard Rock world with their new album ablaze! Join me, in supporting Crystal Ball and their new-found triumph! Metal be thy name!

CRYSTAL BALL – Anyone Can Be A Hero (Official Video) Is Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

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Steven Mageney – vocals

Scott Leach – lead guitar

Marcel Sardella – drums

Markus Flury – guitar

Cris Stone – bass

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Purchase CRYSTAL BALL – DAWNBREAKER:

http://massacre.musiclogistics.net/artists/crystal_ball

* Album produced, mixed and mastered by Stefan Kaufmann at ROXX Studio in Solingen, Germany.

Album cover artwork by Thomas Ewerhard.

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* For more info on CRYSTAL BALL:

Facebook: Crystal Ball

Website: http://www.crystal-ball.ch

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MASSACRE RECORDS:

http://www.massacre-records.com

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LONG LIVE CRYSTAL BALL.

LONG LIVE MASSACRE RECORDS.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

Laid8 – Live At Dublin Castle, London, On July 19th!

Posted in melodic metal, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on July 8, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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Hailing originally from Israel, Laid8 had struck an emotional nerve in the hearts of Rock and Metal lovers wherever they played. Combing the land to seek out new ears, the band delivers an uncompromising alternative to female-fronted metal, where singing is melodic and dramatic, aggressive and emotional, music is grooving and clever; and when played on-stage it’s just plain awesome!

Following the release of the band’s critically acclaimed debut album ‘These Faded Lines’ the band reached a certain glass ceiling back home. After playing festivals and headlining sell-out shows throughout the country, the band members decided a change of scenery is needed in order to reach bigger audience. Now based in London, UK, Laid8 are playing venues across the country, gathering more listeners and followers to their already extended fan base. They also caught the media’s eye with reviews in Power Play Magazine, Music-news.com and local media. Working hard as always, Laid8 are now looking to expend the reach of their music.

You want hard, pounding, melodic music, filled with emotions and backed with a vibrant and fun show?

Laid8 got it.

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Tal Itay – Vocalist

The band are scheduled to play Friday 19th July at Dublin Castle, London and will share the stage with The Monday Project, Wolf Club Lunar Society, Death Koolaid & The Dogbones. Tickets are available in advance for only £5 from: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/226554

Check out the video for ‘Flush’ from the bands debut album ‘These Faded Lines’ here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3R7j26faFI

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(Source: Future PR)

* For more info on LAID8:

http://www.laid8.org

Facebook: Laid 8

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LONG LIVE LAID8.

Stone.

NOCTUM – Metal Blade Records Debut Album Releasing In Late 2013

Posted in classic rock, Heavy Metal, heavy metal bands, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on July 1, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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Uppsala, Sweden’s Noctum are preparing to release their Metal Blade Records debut in late 2013. In advance of the release, the band has unveiled a brand new track, Liberty in Death, on soundcloud.com/metalbladerecords and www.noctumofficial.com. The track is also one of 19 songs to appear on the Metal Blade Records Summer Sampler 2013, which is available FREE at the Metal Blade Records booth on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival and at The Black Dahlia Murder booth on Vans Warped Tour.

Listen to NOCTUM’s Liberty in Death by clicking the link below!

http://soundcloud.com/metalbladerecords/sets/summer-sampler-2013

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NOCTUM:

David Indelöf – Guitar/vox

Daniel Johansson – Guitar

Tobias Rosén – Bass

Fredrik Jansson – Drums

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Stone Says: I can’t wait to hear this NOCTUM debut with Metal Blade Records! NOCTUM blends Classic Hard Rock with True Metal, while being on target with Metal relevance! Listen to NOCTUM’s new single Liberty in Death and let the heavy grooves of NOCTUM serve you right! I absolutely, 100% dig NOCTUM’s sound and vibes! Metal be thy name.

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LONG LIVE NOCTUM.

LONG LIVE METAL BLADE RECORDS.

Stone.

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