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HELLOWEEN – FESTIVAL SUMMER 2014 COMPLETED, STUDIO SESSION BEGINS!

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

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After successfully concluding their world-tour in support of the 2013 output Straight Out Of Hell, the party has been concluded upon the festival summer.

Clearly no time to sit back and relax, as the pumpkin heads will be heading right for their very own MiSueno Studios, located on the isle of Tenerife to start working on the successor of Straight Out Of Hell in October. Joining the band to handle production duties will be long-term companion Charlie Bauerfeind. The new album which is set for a release in May 2015 will be the first since HELLOWEEN have inked a new deal with old label home Nuclear Blast, where they released two albums – The Dark Ride (2000) and Rabbit Don’t Come Easy (2003), both of which have been re-issued with extended bonus material in 2013.

Last but not least, HELLOWEEN would like to send out a big “Thank You” to all the Helloween Maniacs worldwide with some live impressions of the title track of the charting success Straight Out Of Hell turned out to be, landing on a sensational #4, their highest German chart entry to date, holding this position for five long weeks. Additionally they made another five Top ten entries in Europe and also cracked the US Billboard Charts.

Helloween - Classic Band Logo - #119 - 2013

Check out the clip produced by Randy Cold: https://www.facebook.com/randycold666 https://vimeo.com/103456531

You can order your copy of The Dark Ride – Special Edition at the following destination: http://smarturl.it/HELLOWEEN-Ride

Rabbit Don’t Come Easy – Special Edition is available here: http://smarturl.it/HELLOWEEN-Rabbit

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(Source: Nuclear Blast)

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USA: http://www.nuclearblastusa.com

Europe: http://www.nuclearblast.de

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LONG LIVE HELLOWEEN.

LONG LIVE METAL.

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JACK STARR’S BURNING STARR: First Ever Official Reissue Of The Same Titled Studio Album From 1989 Out In September!

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

Jack Starr's Burning Starr - promo cover - 1989

First official CD reissue of the same titled JACK STARR’S BURNING STARR studio album from 1989 (so-called “Orange Album”), will be released by Skol Records on September 12, 2014. The album has been remastered from the original studio tapes, and includes all 13 tracks from that recording session, for the first time ever. Package will include thick booklet, and brand new exclusive artwork painted by Alexander Von Wieding (MANILLA ROAD, CLOVEN HOOF, RAZOR etc.). First 500 copies will be available as Double Disc Edition (2CD), incl. complete live album recorded at the legendary KEEP IT TRUE FESTIVAL in Germany (mixed and mastered by Tarek Maghary of MAJESTY), with some of the best JACK STARR’S BURNING STARR songs in live versions, performed by the current BURNING STARR line up feat. musicians known from VIRGIN STEELE, MANOWAR, JOE LYNN TURNER BAND and CRYSTAL VIPER.

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Jack Starr’s BURNING STARR, is an American Power Metal band formed in 1985 by the ex VIRGIN STEELE member and guitar wizard Jack Starr. After doing 4 classic albums in the ’80s: “Rock The American Way” (1985) “No Turning Back!” (1986), “Blaze Of Glory” (1987) and “Jack Starr’s Burning Starr” (same titled, so-called “orange album” from 1989), the band returned with a new line up feat. Jack Starr (guitar), Ned Meloni (bass guitar, ex JOE LYNN TURNER band, ex DEVIL CHILDE and PHANTOM LORD), Kenny Rhino Earl (drums, ex MANOWAR) and Todd Michael Hall (vocals, also in RIOT V), and released the well received comeback album titled “Defiance” in 2009. Two years later the band established their position on the market as of one of the best US Power Metal acts with their next studio album, titled “Land Of The Dead”. BURNING STARR concert lineup is completed by rhythm guitarist Marta Gabriel, frontwoman of the Polish Heavy Metal act CRYSTAL VIPER.

Watch the “Sands Of Time” video clip: http://youtu.be/Lk0bpTmEJ7E

Jack Starr’s BURNING STARR is currently working on a brand new studio album titled “Stand Your Ground”, (scheduled for release in early 2015), and announced short European Tour:

12-09-2014 – Club Circolo Colony, Brescia, Italy

13-09-2014 – Swordbrothers Festival, Germany

14-09-2014 – An Club, Athens, Greece

15-09-2014 – Thesaloniki, Greece

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* For more info on Jack Starr’s Burning Starr:

Facebook: Jack Starr’s BURNING STARR (official)

Website: jackstarrsburningstarr.com

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LONG LIVE JACK STARR’S BURNING STARR.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

UNISONIC – New Video From Heavy Metal Supergroup Now Playing At Metal Insider; Band To Release “Light Of Dawn” Full-Length Via Armoury Records Next Month

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

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Exceptional, the new video from Heavy Metal supergroup, UNISONIC, is currently playing at Metal Insider. The song comes by way of the band’s forthcoming new full-length, Light Of Dawn, set for release in North America next month.

UNISONIC boasts a royal lineup of former Helloween vocalist Michael Kiske and guitarist Kai Hansen (Gamma Ray, also ex-Helloween) alongside guitarist Mandy Meyer (Asia, Gotthard, Krokus), bassist Dennis Ward and drummer Kosta Zafiriou (both of Germany’s Pink Cream 69).

Spring of 2014 saw UNISONIC produce the twelve new tunes that comprise sophomore offering, Light Of Dawn, all of them performed with surgical precision and punctuated by Kiske’s world-class vocals. “Our first world tour has really welded us together,” Kiske notes of the group’s unmistakable evolution. “The touring made us realize the importance of a congenial atmosphere for our creativity and how much I missed this team spirit over the past twenty years. Only musicians who feel really comfortable with each other can deliver their optimum performance.” Dennis Ward, a driving force within the unit, one of its main composers and as on 2012’s self-titled debut, its producer, agrees: “At the end of the day, you have to tour to get immediate fan reactions to your material. In this respect, the shows were very interesting and extremely encouraging. There’s no doubt that they gave UNISONIC enough energy to make working on Light Of Dawn child’s play for everybody involved.”

Metal Insider is currently offering up the first taste of the record with the fittingly named “Exceptional” video, viewable at THIS LOCATION.

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Light Of Dawn – Track Listing:

01. Venite 2.0
02. Your Time Has Come
03. Exceptional
04. For The Kingdom
05. Not Gonna Take Anymore
06. Night Of The Long Knives
07. Find Shelter
08. Blood
09. When The Deed Is Done
10. Throne Of The Dawn
11. Manhunter
12. You And I

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Light Of Dawn follows the band’s For The Kingdom EP released digitally in North America in May. The six track collection features album track “For The Kingdom,” exclusive EP number “You Come Undone” as well as four live recordings from their show at the Masters Of Rock Festival 2012 in the Czech Republic.

Light Of Dawn will see its Stateside release via Eagle Rock imprint Armoury Records on August 12th, 2014.

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(Source: Earsplit PR)

* For more info on UNISONIC:

http://www.unisonic.de

http://www.facebook.com/unisonicofficial

http://www.eaglerockent.com

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LONG LIVE UNISONIC.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

SABATON – ENTERS WORLD CHART TOP 10

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

Sabaton - World Charts - Top 10 - Heroes banner - 2014

As reported on the SABATON Facebook page:

We are amazed and to be honest a bit shocked to announce that our new album “Heroes” entered the World Chart at position nr 9. That means that Sabaton is currently one of the top 10 best-selling artists, in the world!

And this is ALL BECAUSE OF YOUR SUPPORT! – Which of the new songs do you want to hear live?

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* For more info on SABATON:

Facebook: Sabaton

Website: www.sabaton.net

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LONG LIVE SABATON.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

HAMMERFALL – ‘(r)Evolution’ Cover Art, Track Listing And Release Dates Revealed

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

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It’s time for (r)Evolution!

And that’s why Hammerfall’s new album will be released on August 29 (Sweden: 27.08., UK: 01.09., USA: 02.09.) via Nuclear Blast!

On July 18, 2014 the hymn-like ‘Bushido’ will be released as the first single track – digitally as well as on vinyl. The song sums up the band and its history perfectly, as in Japanese bushido means “the way of the warrior”.

Here’s the album’s track list:

1. Hector’s Hymn
2. (r)Evolution
3. Bushido
4. Live Life Loud
5. Ex Inferis
6. We Won’t Back Down
7. Winter Is Coming
8. Origins
9. Tainted Metal
10. Evil Incarnate
11. Wildfire

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HAMMERFALL

Joacim Cans – Vocals
Oscar Dronjak – Guitar & backing vocals
Pontus Norgren – Guitar & backing vocals
Fredrik Larsson – Bass guitar & backing vocals
Anders Johansson – Drums

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(Source: Nuclear Blast Europe)

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* For more info on HAMMERFALL:

Facebook: Hammerfall

Website: www.hammerfall.net

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LONG LIVE HAMMERFALL.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

SABATON – “HEROES” ENTERS CHARTS WORLDWIDE

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

Sabaton - Heroes - promo cover pic - 2014

The new SABATON long player, Heroes, just came out, and reached fantastic chart entries all around the world – including #1 in Sweden, #2 in Finland, #3 in Germany, #4 in Czech Republic, #6 in Poland, #7 in Switzerland, #11 in Austria, #13 in Norway – and many more!

“We are proud, happy and extremely thankful to all of you who supported us over the years. Heroes has reached higher positions in every country than anything we done before”, the band commented and is still overwhelmed by those amazing results.

It is also SABATON’s first #1 in their Swedish motherland – where the previous Carolus Rex is in the charts for 73 weeks (!!!) – ever since it was released – by now, currently on #43.

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Enjoy the new videoclip To Hell And Back here:

Enjoy the Resist And Bite (lyric video) here:

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Order your copy of Heroes at this address: http://smarturl.it/SABATON-Heroes-Order

Or digitally: NB MP3 - http://www.nuclearblast.de/label/music/band/downloads/71102.sabaton.html


iTunes - http://georiot.co/SABATONHeroesItunes

Google Play - http://smarturl.it/SABATON-HeroesGoogle

AmazonMP3 - http://georiot.co/SABATONHeroesAMZMP3

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Joakim Brodén – Lead Vocals

Pär Sundström – Bass

Thobbe Englund – Lead Guitar

Chris Rörland – Lead Guitar

Hannes Van Dahl – Drums

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(Source: Nuclear Blast America)

* For more info on SABATON:

Facebook: Sabaton

Website: http://www.sabaton.net

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/sabaton

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USA: http://www.nuclearblastusa.com

Europe: http://www.nuclearblast.de

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LONG LIVE SABATON.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

EDGUY – “SPACE POLICE – DEFENDERS OF THE CROWN” ENTERS GERMAN CHARTS AT #2 AND REACHES BEST INTERNATIONALLY

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

Edguy - Space Police - Defenders Of The Crown - promo cover pic

The new EDGUY album Space Police – Defenders Of The Crown enters the official German album charts at #2, bagging this week’s highest new entry in the album charts. This is the best chart position of an EDGUY album ever.

Tobias Sammet has sent us the following statement: “The fans have spoken! On behalf of my buddies Jens, Dirk, Eggi & Felix: Thank you all so much! We have been quite vocal about how much we love this album but it is an amazing feeling to learn that you agree. We wanna thank the whole world of Rock & Metal for the great reactions. It took us 22 years into our career to celebrate the biggest success of our band history? Seriously? That’s amazing! We will always be thankful and we will work our asses off to reward you with a big show on the world tour in autumn. See you there and cheerzz, the ‘Love Tyger’ ;)

Space Police – Defenders Of The Crown also entered the UK Rock Charts on #1. For the first time EDGUY have also entered the long play album charts in the UK as well, going in on #82.

EDGUY also reached their highest chart entries in Czech Republic (#8), Finland (#12), Switzerland (#13) and Austria (#27), and made another Top 30 entry in Sweden (#28).

More chart entries to come!

Order your copy of Space Police – Defenders Of The Crown here:

http://smarturl.it/EDGUY-Crown

Watch the ‘Love Tyger’ music video:

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(Source: Nuclear Blast)

* For more info on EDGUY:

http://www.edguy.net

http://www.edguy-shop.de

http://www.facebook.com/edguy

http://www.twitter.com/edguy

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USA: http://www.nuclearblastusa.com/

EUROPE: http://www.nuclearblast.de

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LONG LIVE EDGUY.

LONG LIVE GERMANY.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

HELLOWEEN – ANNOUNCES THEIR RETURN TO NUCLEAR BLAST

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HELLOWEEN Festival Summer 2014:

2014-05-24 S Metallsvenskan Metallsvenskan

2014-06-27 SLO Piešťany Topfest

2014-06-29 BG Kavarna Kavarna Rock 2014

2014-07-11 D Ballenstedt Rock Harz

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

2014-07-19 FIN Karjurock Karjurock

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(Source: Nuclear Blast Records)

* For more info on HELLOWEEN:

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

Helloween – Facebook

http://www.youtube.com/HELLOWEENORG

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

Website: http://www.nuclearblast.de

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LONG LIVE HELLOWEEN.

LONG LIVE METAL.

LONG LIVE GERMANY.

Stone.

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

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

Gamma Ray - Empire Of The Undead - promo cover pic - 2014

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

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

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

Bravewords HERE.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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(Source: Earsplit PR)

* For more info on GAMMA RAY:

http://www.gammaray.org

http://www.facebook.com/gammarayofficial

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

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

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LONG LIVE GAMMA RAY.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

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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Website: http://www.metalblade.com

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LONG LIVE FALCONER.

LONG LIVE SWEDEN.

LONG LIVE METAL.

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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

Gamma Ray - Empire Of The Undead - promo cover pic - 2014

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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Website: http://www.eagle-rock.com
 
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Website: http://www.ear-music.net

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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

Edguy - Space Police - Defenders Of The Crown - promo cover pic

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.

Edguy - promo band header - 2014 - #40090

(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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USA: http://www.nuclearblastusa.com/

Europe: http://www.nuclearblast.de

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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

Iron Savior - Rise Of The Hero - promo cover pic - 2014

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.

Iron Savior - Album Release Show - promo flyer - 2014 - Hamburg

* 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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Website: http://www.afm-records.de

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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

Brainstorm - Firesoul - promo cover pic! 2014

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:

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

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Website: http://www.afm-records.de

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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:

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Website: http://www.crystal-ball.ch

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LONG LIVE CRYSTAL BALL.

LONG LIVE MASSACRE RECORDS.

LONG LIVE METAL.

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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 METAL.

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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.

Stone.

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