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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:

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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/

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LONG LIVE HELLOWEEN.

LONG LIVE METAL.

LONG LIVE GERMANY.

Stone.

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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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LONG LIVE GAMMA RAY.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

FALCONER – Recording For New Album “Black Moon Rising” Finished; Release Date Set For June 6th, Via Metal Blade Records

Posted in folk metal, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, news, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , , , , , on March 18, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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As reported by Metal Blade Records:

FALCONER have finished recording their new album, “Black Moon Rising.” The record will be released on June 6th! Music and more info coming soon.

The band offered the following comment: “So now the mix and mastering is done for BLACK MOON RISING. After having a break from the studio and then returning my first impression was: “Was it that much double bass drums?” I’m sure this album will compete with NORTHWIND as being my favourite album though they are not alike. The last album entirely in Swedish was really rewarding to do but I must admit it’s always great to be back where you feel you belong! Well, enough with the self admiration for this time.”

Producer Andy LaRocque had the following to say: “This is how Falconer should sound!”

FALCONER’s previous album, “Armod” was released in 2011. Check out the brutal video for “Vid Rosornas Grav” below:

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FALCONER:

Mathias Blad – Vocals

Stefan Weinerhall – Guitar

Jimmy Hedlund – Guitar

Magnus Linhardt – Bass

Karsten Larsson – Drums

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* For more info on FALCONER:

Facebook: Falconer

Website: http://www.falconermusic.com/

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LONG LIVE FALCONER.

LONG LIVE SWEDEN.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

GAMMA RAY – Power Metal Icons Unleash New Lyric Video Via Revolver; “Empire Of The Undead” To Drop This Spring

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, news, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , , , , on February 24, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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Today, the perpetrators at Revolver are pleased to premiere the lyric video for “Hellbent,” from German Power Metal icons, GAMMA RAY. The new tune comes by way of the band’s long-anticipated new full-length, Empire Of The Undead, set for release this Spring.

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.”

Sample triumphant new teaser track, “Hellbent,” now playing at Revolver at THIS LOCATION.

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:

Website: http://www.gammaray.org

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

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LONG LIVE GAMMA RAY.

LONG LIVE POWER METAL.

Stone.

EDGUY – Release Album Cover Artwork For “Space Police – Defenders Of The Crown”; Also Announce European Tour!

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

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On April 18th EDGUY’s 10th studio album SPACE POLICE – Defenders Of The Crown will hit the stores worldwide, followed by a world tour starting in September. The band have just released the cover artwork for this upcoming album.

Last Saturday several journalists had the chance to listen to an unmastered version of the new album and the reaction was overwhelming:

“Consistent and yet consistently different – Edguy defend the crown in German Metal with the greatest of ease… and as always: tongue in cheek” - METAL HAMMER

“Amazing, heavy album. Reminds of the first albums with an advanced touch. Very good!” - HARDLINE

The tour management has just confirmed the kick off date for the European “Space Police Tour“ on September 19th. In Hamburg, Germany EDGUY will headline the Hamburg Metal Dayz.

As said the show will mark the kick off to the band‘s first full-fledged headlining European tour after the successful Age Of The Joker Tour 2011.

The Metal Dayz will be the band‘s only festival show in Germany, further tour dates will be announced soon.

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(Source: Nuclear Blast)

* For more info on EDGUY:

Website: http://www.edguy.net

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

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/edguy

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LONG LIVE EDGUY.

LONG LIVE HEAVY METAL.

Stone.

IRON SAVIOR “Rise Of The Hero” – New Studio Album Releasing On March 4th, In USA, Via AFM Records; Live Release Show On February 26th, In Hamburg, Germany!

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 February 4, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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Two years after The Landing, Hamburg, Germany Power Metallers IRON SAVIOR return with their brand new studio album Rise Of The Hero, out on February 28th (Europe), March 4th (USA).

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IRON SAVIOR will celebrate the release of their new album with a special LIVE release show on February 26th, in their home town of Hamburg, Germany.

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Listen to Burning Heart, from Rise Of The Hero, below!

If you are in Hamburg, Germany, on the 26th, come over to the Rock Cafe, see the band perform and get the brand new CD “Rise Of The Hero” 2 days before its official release.

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* For more info on IRON SAVIOR and Rise Of The Hero, click on the link below! Whoa!

http://www.afm-records.de/artists/en/I/iron_savior.html

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LONG LIVE IRON SAVIOR.

LONG LIVE POWER METAL.

LONG LIVE GERMANY.

Stone.

BRAINSTORM “Firesoul” – Album Cover Artwork And Track Listing Revealed; Releasing April 4th, Via AFM Records

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 February 3, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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Germany’s Power Metal Heroes = BRAINSTORM! 

BRAINSTORMFiresoul cover artwork & track listing revealed! Release date is April 4th (CD, ltd. Digipak, ltd. Special Edition, ltd. Vinyl). Pre-order options will be announced soon.

Firesoul – Track Listing: 

01. Erased By The Dark

02. Firesoul

03. Descendants Of The Fire

04. Entering Solitude

05. Recall The Real

06. Shadowseeker

07. Feed Me Lies

08. What Grows Inside

09. The Chosen

10. … And I Wonder

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Andy B. Franck – Vocals

Torsten Ihlenfeld - Guitar

Milan Loncaric – Guitar

Antonio Ieva – Bass

Dieter Bernert – Drums

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(Source: AFM Records)

* For more info on BRAINSTORM:

Facebook: Brainstorm

Website: http://www.brainstorm-web.net

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LONG LIVE BRAINSTORM.

LONG LIVE METAL.

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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LONG LIVE CRYSTAL BALL.

LONG LIVE MASSACRE RECORDS.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

PRIMAL FEAR – To Start The Metallic New Year With A Bang! “Delivering The Black” – The New Album – Out On Frontiers Records In January!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal bands, Metal, metal music, Music, Power Metal, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on November 6, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of PRIMAL FEAR’s new album “Delivering the Black” on January 24th in Europe and January 28th in North America.

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PRIMAL FEAR – On the heels of the general consensus met by the previous studio album “Unbreakable” which was the band’s highest chart entry in Germany at Position #31, charting in 7 other countries, PRIMAL FEAR are only getting better with time and metal fans around the world are acknowledging this.

After some very intense songwriting sessions and pre-production schedule, the band started to record the new album, “Delivering The Black” in summer 2013 at the House of Music studios in Germany, with producer Mat Sinner and engineer Achim Koehler. The idea was to create the most powerful PRIMAL FEAR album ever! The band then moved to Denmark in September to finish the album with acclaimed producer/engineer Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Pretty Maids, Amaranthe) handling the mix.

“Delivering The Black” combines the strongest Primal Fear moments ever, with a well-balanced typical PRIMAL FEAR trademark riff-vibe, crushing songs and some very ambitious musical journeys. The centerpiece of the album is the two epic tracks “When Death Comes Knocking” and the 10 minute opus “One Night In December”, spiced with big orchestral arrangements and complex sound designs.

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Classic and ultra-fresh PRIMAL FEAR riff-rockers like the title track, the album opener “King For A Day” or the groove monsters “Alive And On Fire” and “Road To Asylum” hit the bulls-eye just like the untamed speed killer “Rebel Faction”. The outstanding ballad “Born With A Broken Heart” shows a new side of PRIMAL FEAR with an acoustic guitar vibe and the addition of Liv Kristine (Leaves’ Eyes) on backing vocals.

Singer Ralf Scheepers says: “We worked hard to create our best album ever. I already felt the vibe during the pre-production, that we were working on something very special this time! And now the result is just an amazing Metal album, I’m extremely proud of!”

Producer/bassist Mat Sinner adds: “The songs, the production, the sound – this album is a very special one for me and my career. In my view, everybody in the band just did a killer job and Jacob was fantastic choice to mix the album!”

The release of “Delivering the Black” will be anticipated by the release of the digital only single / video “When Death Comes Knocking” on December 2nd – a song which sets the pace for the outstanding quality of production and songwriting displayed on the full album. You can enjoy a sample of the track below:

“Delivering The Black” will be available in regular cd edition, deluxe edition with 2 bonus tracks and – in cooperation with Soulfood Music – vinyl edition and DVD and limited edition (666 copies only!) of a Super-de-luxe version including a metallic eagle!

“Delivering The Black” Track Listing Includes:

Track Listing: King For a Day; Rebel Faction; When Death Comes Knocking; Alive & On Fire; Delivering the Black; Road to Asylum; One Night In December; Never Pray for Justice; Born with a Broken Heart; Innocent Man (*); Inseminoid; Man Without Shadow (*);When Death Comes Knocking (Single Edit) (*)

(*) Only available on Deluxe edition

DVD (Only available with Deluxe edition) – When Death Comes Knocking (video), King For A Day (video), Making of the Album (video).

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PRIMAL FEAR:

Ralf Scheepers – Vocals

Magnus Karlsson – Guitars

Alex Beyrodt – Guitars

Randy Black – Drums

Mat Sinner – Bass & Vocals

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(Source: Frontiers Records)

* For More Info On PRIMAL FEAR:

Facebook: Primal Fear

http://www.primalfear.de

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LONG LIVE PRIMAL FEAR.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

PRIMAL FEAR – Artwork For New Single “When Death Comes Knocking” Revealed; Single Releases December 3rd!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal bands, Metal, metal music, Music, Power Metal, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , on November 3, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

Primal Fear - When Death Comes Knocking - promo single cover art - 2013

As reported on the PRIMAL FEAR Facebook page:

Here’s the artwork of the new Primal Fear single! “When Death Comes Knocking” will be released by Frontiers Records on Dec. 03 as the first single/video of the forthcoming Primal Fear album “Delivering The Black”!

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* For More Info On PRIMAL FEAR:

Website: www.primalfear.de

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LONG LIVE PRIMAL FEAR.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

HUMAN FORTRESS “RAIDED LAND” – Album Artwork And Track Listing Revealed; Release Dates Announced

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal bands, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, Power Metal, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on October 2, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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 The upcoming (and new) HUMAN FORTRESS album, Raided Land, will be released on November 29th in Europe and December 3rd in the USA, via AFM Records. Metal be thy name.

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RAIDED LAND – Track Listing:

1. Raided Land

2. Child Of War

3. Wasted Years

4. The Chosen One

5. Shelter

6. Gladiator Of Rome (Part 2)

7. Dark Knight

8. Prelude

9. Pray For Salvation

10. Evil Curse

11. Restless Souls

12. Under Siege

13. Guard the Blind

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Gus Monsanto – vocals

Torsten Wolf – guitar

Volker Trost – guitar

Dirk Liehm – keyboards

Andre Hort – bass

Apostolos Zaios – drums

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* HUMAN FORTRESS originate from Hanover, Germany.

* For More Info On HUMAN FORTRESS:

Facebook: HUMAN FORTRESS

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AFM RECORDS:

http://www.afm-records.de

http://shop.afm-records.de

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LONG LIVE HUMAN FORTRESS.

Stone.

Michael Kiske Returns To PLACE VENDOME

Posted in Heavy Metal, melodic metal, Metal, metal music, Music, Power Metal, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on September 2, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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Michael Kiske Returns To PLACE VENDOME With Another Melodic Rock Masterpiece: “Thunder In The Distance” - Due For Release In November, On Frontiers Records.

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Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of the much-anticipated third album from PLACE VENDOME entitled “Thunder in the Distance” on November 1st in Europe and November 5th in North America.

PLACE VENDOME is the Melodic Rock project featuring UNISONIC and former HELLOWEEN singer Michael Kiske on all lead vocals and production from Dennis Ward (PINK CREAM 69).

PLACE VENDOME started in 2004 when Kiske, following a self-imposed exile from the rock and metal scene which lasted a few years after his departure from HELLOWEEN and solo career, accepted in 2004 to be part of a Melodic Rock oriented concept put together by Frontiers Records’ President Serafino Perugino.

The resulting PLACE VENDOME debut album brought Kiske back to a more straight ahead and Rock sound, still very accessible and melodic and far from the Heavy Metal stereotypes of blood, violence and hate which Kiske never had anything to do with. He collaborated for the first time with PINK CREAM 69’s Dennis Ward, Kosta Zafiriou and Uwe Reitenauer with Gunther Werno (VANDEN PLAS) on keyboards. In a quite ironic twist of fate Michael found himself to work with members of PINK CREAM 69, when the band’s original singer Andy Deris took his place in HELLOWEEN when he left.

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The very favorable acceptance of the first PLACE VENDOME album planted the seeds for a second recording entitled “Streets of Fire”, which was produced during 2008. The concept was slightly changed, with some outside writers such as Robert Säll (Work of Art), Ronny Milianowicz (Saint Deamon) and Torsti Spoof (Leverage) handling the bulk of the songwriting, with Dennis Ward still handling the recording and production sessions.

Following his stint with the band UNISONIC, Kiske decided to go back once again to the PLACE VENDOME concept with more melodic rock oriented songs which – once again – have been selected by Frontiers Records President Serafino Perugino from outside writers including: Magnus Karlsson (Primal Fear), Timo Tolkki (ex-Stratovarius), Alessandro Del Vecchio (Hardline), Roberto Tiranti and Andrea Cantarelli (Labyrinth, A Perfect Day), Tommy Denander (Radioactive), Sören Kronqvist (Sunstorm, Issa), and Brett Jones.

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“I am having a very open mind in terms of music anyway, and the Place Vendome vibe is a pretty different approach than Unisonic” says Kiske. “I like many tracks off the Place Vendome albums, but especially Guardian Angel, Streets Of Fire, I Will Be Waiting, Set Me Free from the previous albums or now Maybe Tomorrow. For me the vocals are the most important part of a song of course”.

Dennis Ward once again produced and mixed the whole affair with such musicians as Dirk Bruineberg (Consortium Project), Gunter Werno (Vandenplas) and Uwe Reitenauer (Pink Cream 69) completing the lineup. Another total masterpiece from Kiske and Place Vendome is about to hit the market. A true must for all Melodic Rock fans !

Track Listing includes: Talk To Me; Power of Music; Broken Wings; Lost in Paradise; It Can’t Rain Forever; Fragile Ground; Hold Your Love; Never Too Late; Heaven Lost; My Heart is Dying; Breakout; Maybe Tomorrow; Thunder in the Distance.

Samples of some of the album songs can be listened to below:

PLACE VENDOME:

Michael Kiske – Lead Vocals

Dennis Ward – Bass, vocals, rhythm guitars

Dirk Bruineberg– Drums

Gunter Werno – Keyboards

Uwe Reitenauer – Lead guitars

Mixed and produced by Dennis Ward

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(Source: Frontiers Records)

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FRONTIERS RECORDS:

http://www.frontiers.it

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LONG LIVE PLACE VENDOME.

LONG LIVE MICHAEL KISKE.

Stone.

MESSENGER – New Album News; New Song “Salvation” Streaming Now!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal bands, Metal, metal music, Music, Power Metal, power metal bands, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , on August 21, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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MessengeR’s new album Starwolf – Pt. I: The Messengers will be out on September 6, 2013 via Massacre Records!

Produced by Rolf Munkes at Empire Studio, mastered by Andy Horn at Red Room Studios.

Artwork by Wiebke Scholz.

Listen to the new MessengeR song “Salvation” feat. Primal Fear’s Ralf Scheepers. From the new album “Starwolf Pt. I: The Messengers”

The album will also be available as limited edition digipak with exclusive bonus tracks!

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Siegfried Schüssler – Vocals

Patrik Deckarm – Rhythm Guitar

Frank Kettenhofen – Lead Guitar

Benny Strauß – Bass

Markus Merl – Drums

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MessengeR are from Neunkirchen; it’s a town and a municipality in Saarland, Germany.

* For More Info On MESSENGER:

Facebook: MessengeR

http://www.messengerband.de

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LONG LIVE MESSENGER.

LONG LIVE MASSACRE RECORDS.

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SABATON – BANNED FROM PLAYING RUSSIA?

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal bands, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, Power Metal, power metal bands, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , on August 17, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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SABATON were supposed to play a show in Russia next weekend. Now political people and organizations are trying to prevent the band from entering Russia due to some uneducated politician who tries to convince the Russian immigration and government that SABATON are nazis.

SABATON now released the following statement:

Did the Nazis win the battle of Stalingrad?

We have been reached by the news that some organizations and political representatives who claims to have studied us has come to the conclusion that Sabaton are a nazi band, and because of that our scheduled appearance at the 70th anniversary of the battle of Stalingrad should be cancelled. This show is to take place in a few weeks in Volgograd.

Further, these people believe that we will desecrate the Russian flag during our concert (which we have never done and of course have no intention of doing) and they are now trying their best to ban Sabaton from all of Russia!!!

We know that the people of Russia is far more intelligent than this and thus we hope that reason will allow us to play this concert in honor of this historical event and the Soviet soldiers who fought for their freedom.

Sabaton is and has always been a NON-POLITICAL and NON-RELIGIOUS band and holds a lot of respect to the veterans of war and the heroic and non-selfish acts that was performed in a time of need.

Ps. It should be noted that Sabaton has been awarded honorary membership of the “Scions of the 17th Airborne Division”, an organization that consists of veterans from the very same airborne division who fought against the nazis in “The battle of the Bulge” and “Operation Varsity”.

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Sabaton - Band Logo - Gold - 2013

Joakim Brodén – Vocals

Pär Sundström – Bass

Chris Rörland – Guitars

Thobbe Englund – Guitars

Robban Bäck – Drums

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* Source: Nuclear Blast News

* For More Info On SABATON:

Facebook: Sabaton

http://www.sabaton.net

http://www.twitter.com/sabaton

http://www.youtube.com/sabaton

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NUCLEAR BLAST:

http://www.nuclearblastusa.com/

http://www.nuclearblast.de

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LONG LIVE SABATON.

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HUMAN FORTRESS – Epic Power Metal Band Signs With AFM Records!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal bands, heavy metal news, Metal, metal music, Music, Power Metal, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on July 22, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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Hanover (Germany) based Epic Power Metal band HUMAN FORTRESS has signed with AFM Records.

After a 5-year hiatus the band returns with new vocalist Gus Monsanto (ex-Revolution Renaissance/Adagio) and a clear mission ahead:

“With our upcoming album we musically want to continue in the vein of our first two releases “Lord Of Earth And Heavens Heir” and “Defenders Of The Crown”. We are very happy to start this new endeavour with our fantastic new vocalist Gus Monsanto now”, guitarist Torsten Wolf comments.

Gus explains: “I always wanted to do this kind of music but couldn’t find a band like that in Brazil. These songs are epic, with huge hooklines and I was convinced straight away. I can’t wait to play our songs on stage“.

HUMAN FORTRESS have just finished recordings for their upcoming album which will be released by the end of the year.

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HUMAN FORTRESS 2013:

Gus Monsanto – vocals

Torsten Wolf – guitar

Volker Trost – guitar

Dirk Liehm – keyboard

Andre Hort – bass

Apostolos Zaios – drums

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* For more info on HUMAN FORTRESS:

Facebook: HUMAN FORTRESS

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AFM RECORDS:

http://www.afm-records.de

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LONG LIVE HUMAN FORTRESS.

Stone.

HIBRIA – New Album “Silent Revenge“ Releasing on July 26th, Via AFM Records

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, Metal, metal music, Music, Power Metal, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on July 2, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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Brazilian Heavy/Power metallers HIBRIA will release their fourth studio album Silent Revenge on July 26th via AFM Records.

The band achieved their biggest success so far in Japan, where they not only recorded a live album but were invited to play at the prestigious Loudpark Festival twice.

Silent Revenge – Track Listing:

1. Silent Revenge

2. Lonely Fight

3. Deadly Vengeance

4. Walking To Death

5. Silence Will Make You Suffer

6. Shall I Keep On Burning

7. The Place That You Belong

8. The Scream Of An Angel

9. The Way It Is

10. Shall I Keep On Burning (acoustic) *

* exclusive bonus track (on European edition only)

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HIBRIA:

Iuri Sanson – Vocals

Abel Camargo – Guitars

Renato Osorio – Guitars

Benhur Lima – Bass

Eduardo Baldo – Drums

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For more info on HIBRIA, click below! Whoa!

Facebook: HIBRIA

http://www.hibria.com

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AFM RECORDS:

Facebook: AFM-Records GmbH

http://www.afm-records.de

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LONG LIVE HIBRIA.

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CIRCLE OF SILENCE – German Power Metal Act’s Fourth Album Nears Release Via Massacre Records

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, Metal, metal music, Music, Power Metal, power metal bands, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , on June 10, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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Massacre Records is preparing to release The Rise Of Resistance, the blazing fourth studio full-length from German Metal warriors CIRCLE OF SILENCE, the label having just confirmed July 2nd as the North American street date.

Since 2005 central Germany-based CIRCLE OF SILENCE has perpetuated their brand of rugged, classic but fresh Traditional/Power Metal with a dark edge, comparable to Iced Earth, Savatage, Brainstorm and Sanctuary, their sound growing more potent and epic with each release. Following their 2006 debut album Your Own Story, followed by 2008’s The Supremacy Of Time and most recently The Blackened Halo released in 2011, The Rise Of Resistance boasts fifty minutes of the band’s most striking, solid Metal yet.

Once again the band sanctioned producer Vagelis Maranis (ex-Sanvoisen) in his Maranis Studios (Winter’s Verge, Saidian, Suicidal Angels) for the recording sessions, and brought in Vitaly Alexius/Scitart (Evile, Gainward) for the cover design. CIRCLE OF SILENCE’s uncompromising American style of power metal reigns supreme on The Rise Of Resistance.

Check out the official album trailer below, with nearly seven minutes of music from The Rise Of Resistance:

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The Rise Of Resistance - Track Listing:

01. Blood Of Enemies

02. Eyes Of Anarchy

03. Nothing Shall Remain

04. One Moment Of Hate

05. An Oncoming Storm

06. Mind Conspiracy

07. In The Absence Of Your God

08. We Rise

09. The Final Chapter

10. Slave To The Greed Machine

11. Reborn From Darkness

12. The Architect Of Immortality

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CIRCLE OF SILENCE:

Niklas Keim - vocals

Tobias Pfahl - guitars

Christian Sommerfeld - guitars

Björn Boehm - bass

Peter Suppinger - drums

Massacre Records - large logo! Red:black:white(Source: Earsplit PR)

For more info on CIRCLE OF SILENCE, click on the links below!

Facebook: Circle Of Silence

http://www.circle-of-silence.com

http://www.massacre-records.com

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LONG LIVE CIRCLE OF SILENCE.

Stone.

DEADLANDS – California Power Metal Band Debuts With Massacre Records Album

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, Metal, metal music, Music, Power Metal, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on April 30, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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Evilution, the debut from Sacramento, California-based power metal act DEADLANDS is out now on Massacre Records. Boasting killer hooks, dynamic vocals, aggressive riffing, epic solos, catchy lyrics, driving drums and intricate bass lines that combine heavy, thrash, power, groove, and speed metal with shredding hard rock overtones, this band of seasoned performers delivers a heavy and energetic yet commercial musical approach in its songwriting and execution.

Formed in the summer of 2010 by lead vocalist Brian O’Connor (Consfearacy, ex-Vicious Rumors), lead guitarist Michael J. Gardner (The Council), lead guitarist Kevin Rohr (Spectre), bassist Steve “Dedbass” Northam and drummer Danny Sablan (HateFX, The Council), these longtime friends and experienced musicians had a clear vision of creating a powerful and unique Heavy Metal group. DEADLANDS is quickly establishing a large fan base, being nominated for a 2012 Sacramento Area Music Award (SAMMIES), playing live, and sharing the stage with artists such as Exodus, Anvil, Y&T, Great White, Death Angel and more. They have received great reviews and high praise for their music and live performances from fans, concert promoters and media sources.

DEADLANDS’ debut full-length Evilution bears forty-three minutes of the band’s diehard power metal, and features guest solo appearances by legendary Metal guitarists Hank Shermann (Mercyful Fate), Michael Denner (Mercyful Fate, King Diamond), Andy LaRocque (King Diamond), Claudeous Creamer (Dragonlord), Mike Wead (Mercyful Fate, King Diamond), Glen Alvelais (Forbidden, Testament, HateFX), and Steve Smyth (Nevermore, Forbidden). Evilution was mixed and mastered by DEADLANDS and Juan Urteaga (Machine Head, Testament) at Trident Studios, and bears artwork by Erick Zombie.

Check out DEADLANDS’ killer high-action video for the album’s title track and more RIGHT HERE.

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Evilution - Track Listing:

1. Pandemic Genocide

2. Deadlands

3. Ground And Pound

4. Final Solution

5. She’s On Fire

6. Asphyxiate The Masses

7. Path We’ve Chosen

8. Gone Wrong

9. Legions Of The Damned

10. Shed My Skin

11. The Last In Line

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Europe: Purchase DEADLANDS Evilution here:

Amazon: www.amazon.de/dp/B00A8CUE4M

iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/de/album/evilution/id596493780

Massacre Records MP3 Store: http://massacre.musiclogistics.net/releases/23854

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DEADLANDS - Evilution - promo banner - 2012

(Source: Earsplit PR)

For more info on DEADLANDS, click on the links below!

http://www.DeadlandsMusic.com

facebook: Deadlands

http://www.massacre-records.com

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LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

DARK DESIGN – Signs With Heaven & Hell Records

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, Metal, metal music, Music, Power Metal, rock music, rock music news, Thrash Metal with tags , , , , , on April 17, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

Dark Design - band mural - logo - 2013

Technical Power/Thrash band Dark Design from Raleigh, North Carolina has recently signed with Heaven & Hell Records for the release of their debut, Prey for the Future.

Since early 2010, Dark Design, comprised of members Ray Lewis (guitar), Mike Joyner (guitar), Andrew Bertrand (vocals), and rhythm section Matt (bass) and Robbie Mercer (drums), have built a strong fan base in their local metal scene. Their technical prowess and progressive song structuring have often been compared to that of Death, Toxik, and Anacrusis. As buzz of the band began to grow they were requested to play the 2012 Warriors of Metal Festival in Ohio.

Meanwhile the band was working on their debut album. The band is currently finishing up the recording with John E Wooten (Widow U.S) and is now in final mix down. Mastering is set to be done by Jamie King at The Basement Studios. Release is set for late Summer / early Fall.

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(Source: ClawHammer PR)

For more info on DARK DESIGN, click on the links below!

facebook: Dark Design

http://www.reverbnation.com/darkdesignband

http://www.heavenandhellrecords.com

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LONG LIVE DARK DESIGN.

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GAMMA RAY “Master Of Confusion” – Releases March 15th, Via earMUSIC

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal bands, Metal, metal music, Music, Power Metal, power metal bands, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on March 12, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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GAMMA RAY – MASTER OF CONFUSION

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GAMMA RAY – The iconic Kai Hansen and his legendary Power Metal force from Germany, known and celebrated world-wide as GAMMA RAY, will be seeing their Master Of Confusion album release on March 15th, via earMUSIC.

GAMMA RAY are currently on tour with Power Metal pioneers/legends HELLOWEEN, on the Hellish Rock Part II Tour!

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Master Of Confusion - Track Listing:

A Side
1. Empire Of The Undead (new studio track)
2. Master Of Confusion (new studio track)

B Side
3. Death Or Glory (Holocaust studio cover version)
4. Lost Angels (Sweet studio cover version)

C Side*
5. The Spirit / 6. Wings Of Destiny / 7. Gamma Ray
8. Farewell / 9. Time To Break Free / 10. Insurrection

*Recorded live in Bochum.

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GAMMA RAY:

Kai Hansen - vocals & guitar

Henjo Richter - guitar & keyboards

Dirk Schlächter - bass

Michael Ehré - drums

Gamma Ray - Classic Logo - B&W!

For more info on GAMMA RAY, click on the links below!

http://www.gammaray.org

facebook: GAMMA RAY (Official)

http://www.ear-music.net

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LONG LIVE GAMMA RAY.

LONG LIVE HELLOWEEN.

HAIL TO THE METAL.

Stone.

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