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ISIS REISSUE “OCEANIC” ON NOV. 4th

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

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

RE-MASTERED RELEASE INCLUDES NEW PACKAGING

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oceanic – Track Listing:

The Beginning and the End

The Other

False Light

Carry

Maritime

Weight

From Sinking

Hym

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(Source: Speakeasy PR & Marketing)

* For more info on ISIS:

Facebook: Isis the band

http://www.isistheband.com/

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE THE MUSIC LEGACY OF ISIS.

LONG LIVE METAL. 

Stone.

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OHHMS – Crushing Debut LP To See Release Via Holy Roar Records In October

Posted in doom metal, Metal, metal music, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , on September 8, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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OHHMS will flower into life with their sprawling, crushing debut LP, Bloom, this October via London-based Holy Roar Records.

This in, directly from the heads of the label on the addition of OHHMS to their roster:

“Whilst it could potentially sound disheartening to some, only one previous band has ever eventually ended up working with Holy Roar simply by sending us music. That band was Throats. The second band to end up part of the family in this manner is what you have in front of you here, right now. OHHMS.”

With just two tracks clocking in at a massive thirty-two minutes, OHHMS fuses elements of doom, post-metal, prog and psychedelia in stunning clarity and power thanks to Ian Sadler at Emeline Studios and Brad Boatright at Audiosiege mastering. Breathtaking macro minimalistic artwork courtesy of Black Sails Design more than ably demonstrates the concept of both the record and intent of this band. This is nuanced, controlled anger that knows when to lurk in dark recesses, and when to viscerally bare its teeth. If this leaves you none the wiser, then settle in for this undulating auditory journey. In simple terms – this is a new form of mature heavy music that blends elements of doom, post-metal and progressive/post-rock, without ever losing an undercurrent that crackles with a distinct energy. From small seeds…..

Fans of Harvey Milk, Isis, Pallbearer, Slabdragger, Rolo Tomassi at their most serene, as well as progressive and expansive classic rock are advised to get hip to OHHMS‘ output. Holy Roar Records will release Bloom on digital, CD and LP formats on October 6th 2014. View a trailer for the album below and place preorders HERE.

Bloom Track Listing:

1. Bad Seed

2. Rise Of The Herbivore

OHHMS Live:

9/15/2014 TBA – Ramsgate, UK

10/02/2014 Lady Luck – Canterbury, UK

11/21/2014 Windmill – Brixton, UK

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(Source: Earsplit PR)

* For more info on OHHMS:

http://ohhms.bandcamp.com

https://www.facebook.com/OHHMStheband

http://www.holyroarrecords.com

https://holyroarrecords.bandcamp.com

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE OHHMS.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

THIRD ION – Announce Canadian Tour Dates

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

Third Ion - Canadian Tour - September 2014 - promo flyer

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

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

Dates are as follows:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Third Ion - promo band pic - 2014 - #99193

THIRD ION:

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

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

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

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

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(Source: CLAWHAMMER PR)

* For more info on THIRD ION:

Website: www.thirdion.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/thirdion

YouTube: www.youtube.com/3rdion

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE THIRD ION.

LONG LIVE PROG METAL.

Stone.

DECONSTRUCTING SEQUENCE – Release “Access Code”

Posted in Metal, metal music, Music, music news, progressive rock, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , on August 13, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Deconstructing Sequence - promo band pic - logo - 2014 - #9173

Deconstructing Sequence are proud to announce the release of their new EP, Access Code.

Consisting of two epic songs that blend black metal, progressive and post-rock,  Access Code can only be described as Extreme Progressive Art.

The EP is available direct from the band, and can be streamed and purchased here: http://dsprogart.bandcamp.com/

Deconstructing Sequence - Access Code - promo cover pic

 

Access Code recording line-up:



Tiberius – Guitars, bass, vocals 


Morph – Vocals, synth and programming 


J Nerexo (Shadows Land) – Drum arrangements and performance 



Deconstructing Sequence on-line:



Facebook
 l Twitter 
l Bandcamp

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Source: Dewar PR

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE DECONSTRUCTING SEQUENCE.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

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

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

Third Ion - Capitol Spill - promo cover pic - 2014

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

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

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

BIO:

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

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

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THIRD ION:

Justin Bender – Guitar

Aaron Edgar – Drums

Mike Young – Bass

Tyler Gilbert – Vocals

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Member Background:

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

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

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

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

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(Source: CLAWHAMMER PR)

* For more info on THIRD ION:

Website: thirdion.com

Facebook: facebook.com/thirdion

YouTube: youtube.com/3rdion

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LONG LIVE THIRD ION.

LONG LIVE CANADA.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

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

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

Redemption - live band promo pic - 2014 - #77077

Live From The Pit Due In September

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

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

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

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

Redemption - Live From The Pit - promo cover pic

Live From The Pit - Track Listing:

1. Intro/Threads

2. The Suffocating Silence

3. Dreams From The Pit

4. Parker’s Eyes

5. Fall On You

6. Noonday Devil

7. Nocturnal

8. Stronger Than Death

9. The Origins Of Ruin

10. Black And White World

11. The Death Of Faith And Reason

12. Walls

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

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

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

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

REDEMPTION:

Ray Alder – vocals

Nicolas van Dyk – guitars/keyboards

Bernie Versailles – guitars

Sean Andrews – bass


Chris Quirarte – drums

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(Source: Earsplit PR)

* For more info on REDEMPTION:

http://www.redemptionweb.com

https://www.facebook.com/RedemptionBand

https://twitter.com/redemptionmetal

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http://www.lasersedgegroup.com

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LONG LIVE REDEMPTION.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

MALPRACTICE – Finnish Progressive/Thrash Act Signs With Sensory Records

Posted in Heavy Metal, metal bands, metal music, music news, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , , , on April 15, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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As they continue to investigate the progressive realms of the Heavy Metal universe, New Jersey-based Sensory Records confirms that Finnish quintet, MALPRACTICE, has become the newest addition in the label’s roster.
Formed in 1994 in Kouvola, Finland by guitarist, Joonas Koto, MALPRACTICE started out as a thrash act. Following the release of self-financed debut MCD, Memorial, in 1996, the band cast aside their most aggressive influences and opted to explore a more progressive direction, which was apparent on their second MCD, Frozen, released later the same year. Without a deal in place, MALPRACTICE recorded an album’s worth of material in March 1998, which became their first full length album, Of Shape And Balance, released via Mastervox Records in September of that year.

Following a brief hiatus, and reactivation in 2004, MALPRACTICE signed with Spinefarm/Universal. This also began the band’s cooperation and friendship with producer/engineer, Anssi Kippo at Astia Studio (Children of Bodom, Sinergy, Norther, etc.), with the recording of their second full-length, Deviation From The Flow, and into the 2008 release of their third album, Triangular, which not only expanded their forward-thinking style, also reinvigorated some of their early thrash elements.

In 2010 the band self-produced their own outstanding demo, which eventually became their fourth album, Turning Tides. As their contract with Spinefarm was expired, the band sought new pastures, and given the more melodic and progressive nature of their style, found solace in Laser’s Edge offshoot, Sensory Records, who is now preparing Turning Tides for proper worldwide release this Summer.

Turning Tides represents MALPRACTICE at their absolute best, combing intricate Progressive Metal with catchy melodies topped with excellent musicianship and brilliant vocal harmonies, and a must-hear for fans of Queensryche, Fates Warning, Dream Theater and Megadeth.

Final release details on Turning Tides will be released in the near future.

MALPRACTICE:

Joonas Koto – guitars
Toni Paananen – drums
Aleksi Parviainen – vocals
Markus Vanhala – guitars
Jonas Mäki – bass

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(Source: Earsplit PR)

* For more info on MALPRACTICE:

http://www.malpracticeband.com

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Malpractice/124420308087

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http://www.lasersedgegroup.com

https://www.facebook.com/TheLasersEdge

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LONG LIVE MALPRACTICE.

LONG LIVE FINLAND.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

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