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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

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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
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l Bandcamp

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Source: Dewar PR

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LONG LIVE DECONSTRUCTING SEQUENCE.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

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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

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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

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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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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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https://www.facebook.com/TheLasersEdge

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LONG LIVE MALPRACTICE.

LONG LIVE FINLAND.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

VIVIEN LALU – French Composer Announces Endorsement By Roland

Posted in Metal, metal music, Music, news, progressive metal, progressive rock, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 23, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Lalu - %22MUSIC-KNIGHT-MAGE in the Magic of Sounds Frenzy%22 - artist Chezan Iosif

Above: Vivien Lalu as the “MUSIC-KNIGHT-MAGE in the Magic of Sounds Frenzy” – artist Chezan Iosif

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New Album In The Works For 2015 Release

French progressive metal keyboardist and composer, VIVIEN LALU, is ecstatic to announce his new official sponsorship by Roland Keyboards. Having relied heavily on the brand for his entire career thus far, this new endorsement is a major breakthrough for the artist.

Stated LALU on his union with the company: “After twenty years of using their keyboards I can now say that I’m proud to have joined the Roland family! I want to thank Roland Japan for the great welcome, and look forward to present you their amazing new products.”

Lalu - Atomic Ark - promo cover pic - 2013

In September 2013, Sensory Records released LALU’s newest solo album, Atomic Ark. Having raked in rave reviews from international media outlets, the expansive but direct delivery of this talented songwriter is at its finest yet on this cinematic masterpiece, boasting an array of expansive elements with a dark edge. The opus was fully conceived and composed by LALU, the musician having enlisted an all-star lineup of vocalist Martin LeMar (Mekong Delta), bassist Mike LePond (SymphonyX), guitarist Simone Mularoni (DGM) and drummer Virgil Donati (PlanetX), in addition to countless guest contributions, to complete the album. Alongside the release of his new masterwork,VIVIEN LALU also announced that half of his royalties for Atomic Ark were to be donated directly to Paris/NYC-based animal rescue organization ALERTE SOS!

LALU is currently immersed in the creation of new material for his full-length follow-up to Atomic Arkfor Sensory Records, having already confirmed its title as Orkeystra. Contrary to his Oniric Metaldebut and Atomic Ark, the impending Orkeystra will venture into new territory by featuring multiple singers in addition to Martin LeMar, who usually handles all vocals. New information on the next chapter in the LALU lineage will be released throughout the rest of the year in preparation for its release in 2015.

For now fans can order Atomic Ark now direct from Sensory/The Laser’s Edge HERE.

Critical Praise:

“The catchy bits will be stuck in your head for days on end, the heavy parts will never not make you bang your head, the beautiful parts will always be touching, the ethereal and dream-like parts will always evoke images in your head, and the musicianship will never not impress.” – Metal Injection

“The album is driven by Lalu’s sense of fine-tuned technicality and majestic flair.” – PopMatters

“…blistering guitar solos, soaring vocals and complex song arrangements… The musicianship is top-notch and there is a nice diversity to the songwriting…a progressive powerhouse.” – About.com

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(Source: Earsplit PR)

For more info on VIVIEN LALU:

Facebook: Vivien Lalu

Website: http://www.vivienlalu.com

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

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LONG LIVE VIVIEN LALU.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

BARISHI – Vermont Progressive Metallers Release Self-Titled Debut Album

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, progressive metal, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , on December 15, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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BARISHI – Vermont’s BARISHI have just released a self-titled Progressive Metal tour de force that belies conventional thought for a debut album. Heaviness, eclecticism, and inventive melody are just a few of the descriptors one could use to begin dissecting this dynamic package of passion and creativity. The saxophone heard on “Sky Burial” and “Holy Mountain” is but one of the pleasant surprises in an album full of them.

Barishi was recorded, mixed, and co-produced by the band and Brian Westbrook at PDP Recording, with mastering done by Nick Dragoni at M-Works Mastering Studio. This is one album you simply must experience.

Barishi is available for streaming and purchase at barishi.bandcamp.com.

BARISHI – Track Listing:

Sky Burial

Holy Mountain

The Rider

Exhibiche

Through Mountains, Through Plains

The Waves

A Place that Swallows All Rivers

Jaguar Scarification Ritual

BARISHI is making their mark in the New England Metal scene and beyond. Formed in 2010 as an instrumental three-piece know as Atlatl, they began writing songs influenced by fusion and progressive music. Their style quickly started getting heavier and darker while retaining some progressive influence, thus forging their own style of Heavy Psychedelic Metal. In 2012 they found a wayward vocalist wandering the streets of Keene New Hampshire. Bringing him into the fold they found that his sound melded excellently with theirs. Thus, Barishi was born!

Earth shattering grooves combined with savage vocals completed the sound that could only be born in the verdant mountains of Southern Vermont. With their debut self-titled album on the way, Barishi is truly a force to be reckoned with. Prepare yourself to be pummeled and thunderstruck with ecstatic Metal from the ancient hills of New England.

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BARISHI:

Sascha Simms – Vocals

Graham Brooks – Guitar

Jonathan Kelley – Bass

Dylan Blake – Drums

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(Source: CLAWHAMMER PR)

* For more info on BARISHI:

Facebook: Barishi

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LONG LIVE BARISHI.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

STEEL PROPHET – Cruz del Sur Music To Release “Omniscient” In June Of 2014

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal bands, Metal, metal music, Music, progressive metal, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on December 5, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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STEEL PROPHET’s long-awaited new album, entitled Omniscient, will be released by Cruz Del Sur Music in June on CD and vinyl formats.

A living reference for all fans of American Heavy Metal, STEEL PROPHET needs no introduction to the metal world. With a long history, the band is particularly known for the technical and versatile guitar work of founding member Steve Kachinsky Blakmoor. Let’s not forget the soaring vocals of Rick Mythiasin, who has returned to sing with the band for the first time since  2002’s Unseen.

Omniscient is a conceptual, sci-fi themed album, textured with a heavy dose of unusual philosophies and ideas that will appeal to fans of early STEEL PROPHET material, especially the Dark Hallucinations era. Omniscient will have a visually striking package that will read like a graphic novel to highlight the story that underlines the music.

STEEL PROPHET is currently planning a European tour to coincide with the album’s release. Stay tuned for more updates as the release of Omniscient nears!

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(Source: CLAWHAMMER PR)

* For more info on STEEL PROPHET:

Facebook: Steel Prophet

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Website: www.cruzdelsurmusic.com

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LONG LIVE STEEL PROPHET.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

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