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THUNDERWAR “The Birth OF Thunder” Is: Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

Posted in Death Metal, Heavy Metal, metal bands, metal music, music news, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , , on April 11, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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THUNDERWAR – Poland’s Thunderwar saw their debut (4 song) EP, The Birth Of Thunder, release back in 2013. I do declare, without any reasonable doubt, that Thunderwar will be a Death Metal band to reckon with for years to come. I hope, anyways. It’s always a thrill, when an astute underground Death Metal band such as Thunderwar crosses my Metal path. In my Metal opinion, these Polish Death Metal dudes are really good at what they do.

Thunderwar plays their brand of Death Metal on the melodic side as well; still, it’s Death Metal, in the European vein. In other Metal words, that means this band kicks unadulterated Death Metal ass. With their instrumental title track, The Birth Of Thunder, a mature musical aptitude abounds from Thunderwar; displaying their taste for the splendid and atmospheric listen. I believe I hear a touch of flamenco guitar in this title track too. I dunno, what do I know. Whoa.

I realize this sounds cliché, however, I do wish that this wasn’t an EP and instead a full-length album. Yes, I do dig Thunderwar. Any fan of Amon Amarth should become an instant fan of this band. I sincerely would love to see Thunderwar keep their Metal momentum going and become a household name among the proud world-community of Death Metal addicts. Metal be thy name. – Stone

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The Birth Of Thunder – Track Listing: Vimana (The Chariots In Heaven), Shadows Of Lindisfarne, The Birth Of Thunder, Eagle Of Glory

THE BIRTH OF THUNDER was mixed and produced by the Wieslawscy Bros from HERTZ STUDIO.

* Cover artwork of “The Birth of Thunder” EP was created by Mario Lopez.

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Kamil ‘Madness’ Mandes – vocals and bass

Witold Ustapiuk – lead guitar

Maciej ‘Olszak’ Olszewski- rhythm guitar

Vit Argasiński – drums

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* For more info on THUNDERWAR:

Bandcamp: https://thunderwar1.bandcamp.com

Facebook: Thunderwar

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LONG LIVE THUNDERWAR.

LONG LIVE POLAND.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

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MAMMOTH GRINDER “Underworlds” – A Metal Album To Pulverize Your Brain Cells To!

Posted in Heavy Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on April 10, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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MAMMOTH GRINDER – Back on July 23rd, 2013, Mammoth Grinder saw their third studio album, Underworlds, released via 20 Buck Spin. From Austin, Texas, Mammoth Grinder fuses Metal (From Death to Thrash), Grind and Punk into a steamroller of Earth crunching sound. Regardless of sub-genres, the all-encompassing sound from Mammoth Grinder, that floods my brain is Metal. For me, Underworlds is one of the best Metal albums to revisit from 2013. Underworlds has that staying power for me to talk about for a very, very long time. Whoa.

If I had to sum up Mammoth Grinder with only one phrase, I believe it would go like this: Mammoth Grinder are Motörhead, Corrosion Of Conformity and Down on potent steroids. I actually just chuckled out loud as I wrote that phrase. Aw hell, it’s true, to my spent and quasi-aging ears anyways. I’ll definitely state that your Metal CD or (gulp) mp3 collection is below average, if Mammoth Grinder is not represented in it. Metal be thy name and… UUAAGH! – Stone

Underworlds Track Listing: Underworlds, Wraparound Eyes, Revenge, Paragon Pusher, Barricades, Cogs In The Machine, Roperide, Breeding, Born In A Bag, Moral Crux

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* For more info on MAMMOTH GRINDER:

Facebook: Mammoth Grinder

http://www.mammothgrinder.com

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LONG LIVE MAMMOTH GRINDER.

LONG LIVE TEXAS.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

EMPIRE OF RATS – S/T Debut From Columbus Ohio’s Hardcore Band Is: Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

Posted in hardcore bands, metal bands, metal music, news, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , , , on April 10, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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EMPIRE OF RATS – The self-titled debut album from Columbus Ohio’s Empire Of Rats was released back on October 31st, 2013, via A389 Recordings. This Hardcore group has taken their inner disgust for society’s status quo, annoying antagonists and whatever else pisses them off, funneling it all into fuel for a freaking impressive debut for (what’s left of) my eardrums. Empire Of Rats don’t screw around with their sonic brutality. If its legit, underground Hardcore that you crave, Empire Of Rats serves it up with ferocity. It’s that easy to explain.

Everything about this debut is pummeling, with the exception of the 1:05 intro to Early Mourning, which boasts a calming acoustic guitar number before succumbing to a mid-tempo (all band) Metal instrumental; an instrumental that reminds me of Metallica’s Ride The Lightning days. Overall, the vocals, musicianship, energy and rage on this album are what diehard Hardcore fans yearn for and I highly endorse Empire Of Rats. Metal be thy name. – Stone

Track Listing: Leeches, Another Minute In Hell, Bottomless Pit, Untitled, Society’s Zero, Rats Reign, Sinking, Little From The World, We’re Dead, Exposed, Early Mourning

* Empire Of Rats cover art by Linas Garsys.

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* For more info on EMPIRE OF RATS:

https://www.facebook.com/empireofrats

http://empireofratsoh.bandcamp.com/

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LONG LIVE EMPIRE OF RATS.

LONG LIVE HARDCORE.

LONG LIVE OHIO.

Stone.

IZEGRIM “Congress Of The Insane” – An Insanely Grand Death/Thrash Album You MUST Know About!

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal bands, metal music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on April 5, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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IZEGRIM – This is a Dutch Death/Thrash Metal band that every member of our Metal community MUST know about! Fronted by vocalist/bassist Marloes, IZEGRIM’s sonic punishment can very well destroy our Earth’s geomagnetic field and we can all start kissing our asses goodbye now. Seriously. IZEGRIM is that freaking heavy and scalding of a Death/Thrash troupe and Congress Of The Insane (Listenable Records) is Metal proof positive! The album cover artwork is beyond incredible too.

As for the subject matter heard lyrically, on Congress Of The Insane, I’ll leave it to Marloes herself, as she has previously stated: “Congress of the Insane” features a concept based on the evil in the deceiving human nature. “Nowadays everyone seems normal until you get to know them. Some freaks are here, they’re real and they are alive!” The gathering of those disclosed society monsters can be depicted as a “Congress of the Insane.”

Crushing all that comes into its path, Congress Of The Insane is an extreme gem among Metal releases from 2013. The vocals of Marloes are potent enough to be considered a weapon of mass destruction. With a killer rhythm section and scathing duo guitars, IZEGRIM have proven to me, beyond a reasonable Metal doubt, that they are one of my favorite Metal bands within our Metal galaxy. Metal be thy name. – Stone

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Photo Credit: IZEGRIM Facebook

Izegrim’s Marloes – At Eindhoven Metal Meeting 2013

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Congress Of The Insane – Track Listing:

1) Relic of the Past

2) Decline and Fall

3) Celebratory Gunfire

4) Endless Strife

5) Deterioration from Perfection

6) Unchallenged Dominance

7) Modern Day Freak

8) The Legion

9) Carousel of Death

10) Manifest of a Megalomaniac

11) Carnival of Deception

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* Sabina Classen of Holy Moses appears on guest vocals.

* For more info on IZEGRIM:

Website: http://www.izegrim.nl/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/izegrim

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LONG LIVE IZEGRIM.

LONG LIVE THE NETHERLANDS.

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

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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.”

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

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LONG LIVE VIVIEN LALU.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

TÝR Honored At The Faroese Music Awards; Tour With Children Of Bodom Continues

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, news, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , , on March 20, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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TÝR has been honored in their homeland with three awards at this year’s Faroese Music Awards festivities. The band won in the categories of Band Of The Year 2013, Album Of The Year 2013, and Album Cover Of The Year 2013! Fans can learn more about the awards HERE and watch a national news broadcast where KVF TV mentions TÝR as one of the two big winners at these year’s awards. The video is at kfv.fo and the mention is around the 16:50 mark.

In other news, TÝR’s latest video, The Lay Of Our Love, is currently number five on the Chart Base Top 100 in Denmark! Voting for the video for the week continues through Sunday, so check out the chart and vote at chartbase.dk. The song features a vocal duet with Leaves’ Eyes vocalist Liv Kristine. The video was produced by Stanimir Lukic, directed by Ivan Colic, and can be seen now at THIS LOCATION.

TÝR are currently on tour with Children Of Bodom for their Halo Of Blood Over North America trek. The tour, which commenced on February 14th in Quebec City, wraps up on March 28th and 29th with back-to-back shows at Irving Plaza in New York City.

The band’s latest record, Valkyrja, debuted on charts worldwide upon release in September of 2013. In the US, the album reached #15 on the Billboard Heatseeker’s Chart, #22 on Current Hard Music, #39 on Overall Hard Music, and #70 on the Independent albums chart! Additionally, Valkyrja reached #4 on the iTunes Metal Chart on the day of its release. In Canada, the record reached #26 on the Metal Chart. On iTunes Canada, the record peaked at #2 on the Metal Chart, #9 on the Rock Chart, and #73 on the top 200 Albums Chart!

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TÝR w/ Children Of Bodom, Death Angel [remaining dates]:

3/21/2014 The Fillmore – Silver Spring, MC
3/22/2014 Theatre Of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
3/23/2014 House Of Blues – Cleveland, OH
3/24/2014 St. Andrews Hall – Detroit, MI
3/25/2014 House Of Blues – Chicago, IL
3/27/2014 Paradise Rock Club – Boston, MA
3/28/2014 Irving Plaza – New York, NY
3/29/2014 Irving Plaza – New York, NY

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(Source: Earsplit PR)

* For more info on TÝR:

Website: http://www.tyr.fo

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/tyrband

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LONG LIVE TÝR.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

ORBWEAVER – Exploratory Death Metal Behemoths Issue Winter Tour Update

Posted in Death Metal, experimental metal, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, news, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , , , , on March 3, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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Florida exploratory Death Metal behemoths, ORBWEAVER, recently waged audio Armageddon upon the US with a twenty-date run of live takeovers alongside fellow Sunshine State sludge slingers, Shroud Eater.

Relays guitar demoness, Sally Gates, from the van: “The ‘Wintour’ has been excellent so far. We’ve had a great response at all the shows and some very generous hospitality. A couple of highlights from the road including stopping in New Orleans in the lead up to Mardi Gras. We had a massive sci-fi-themed parade go right past the venue. There were even Dr. Who costumes and floats! We also had an archery challenge in Pensacola, New Zealand vs Colombia vs USA. Scores are still being debated…It’s great to be on the road with our good friends Shroud Eater, and the bonus of touring in the Winter is that the van still smells fresh! Thanks to everyone who’s come out to our shows so far, and hope to see the rest of you on the road!”

ORBWEAVER is currently touring in support of their cranium-crumbling Strange Transmissions From The Neuralnomicon EP, released last Summer. Recorded at Miami’s Pinecrust Studios with Jonathan Nunez of Torche and mixed/mastered with Brian Elliot at Mana Recording Studios (Hate Eternal, Cannibal Corpse, Goatwhore, Exhumed), on Strange Transmissions From The NeuralnomiconORBWEAVER travels far beyond conventional genre realms with a kaleidoscopic fusion of psychedelia, noise, and a distorted rendering of progressive death metal. Perpetually shape-shifting between these impulsive, trance-like elements, ORBWEAVER manifests interplanetary pandemonium reminiscent of a Zappa-esque brand of controlled and violently elegiac chaos.

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The unsung gem continues to win the approval of adventures fans and critics alike. In a perfect 5/5 review The New Noise boasts, “ORBWEAVER have definitely blended the right mix of atmosphere with the right mix of experimental technical death metal to make a listen that is superbly solid and second to none. Whatever you want to call this stuff, I definitely hope to hear more ‘alien metal’ in the future.” Adds Metal Roos, “From the giant aliens on the EP sleeve, to the freak show, drug crazed blends of musicianship, this EP is an absolute ball-tearer…”

Sea of Tranquility, in a 4/5 rating, calls the head-scratcher of a record “big and oozing and unusual.” Quizzical listeners are encouraged to check out Palm Beach New Times’ recent interview series with Gates, guitarist/vocalist Randy Piro and bassist Jason Ledgard about their rigs, influences and obscure sonic handiwork HERE.

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ORBWEAVER w/ Shroud Eater [remaining dates]:

3/03/2014 Taqueria Pedritos – Dallas, TX
3/04/2014 Vino’s Pizza And Pub – Little Rock, AR
3/05/2014 The End – Nashville, TN
3/06/2014 Chapel Hill Underground – Chapel Hill, NC
3/07/2014 The Maywood – Raleigh, NC
3/08/2014 529 – Atlanta, GA
3/09/2014 Burro Bar – Jacksonville, FL w/ Porter, Atma
3/10/2014 Fubar Downtown – St. Petersburg, FL w/ Landbridge, Ulcer, Cosm

Strange Transmissions From The Neuralnomicon was initially released in a limited run of 100 cassette tapes via Primitive Violence Records HERE and on CD direct through the band. The record is also available digitally via their official BandCamp page where you can bang out to Strange Transmissions From The Neuralnomicon in full at THIS LOCATION.

“Death metal weirdos like Gorguts and Obscura hook up with the unstable bent of Dysrhythmia and Psyopus for a sensory taxing good time.” – Decibel

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(Source: Earsplit PR)

* For more info on ORBWEAVER:

http://www.orbweaverband.com

http://www.facebook.com/Orbweaver.Official

http://www.orbweaver-official.bandcamp.com

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LONG LIVE ORBWEAVER.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

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