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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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LONG LIVE MALPRACTICE.

LONG LIVE FINLAND.

LONG LIVE METAL.

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VIVIEN LALU – French Composer Announces Endorsement By Roland

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

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

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New Album In The Works For 2015 Release

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

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

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

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

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

Critical Praise:

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

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

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

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(Source: Earsplit PR)

For more info on VIVIEN LALU:

Facebook: Vivien Lalu

Website: http://www.vivienlalu.com

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

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LONG LIVE VIVIEN LALU.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

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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LONG LIVE STEEL PROPHET.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

STARSOUP – Russian Progressive Metal/Rock Band To Release “Bazaar of Wonders” On November 29th, Via Sublimity Records

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, progressive metal, progressive rock, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on November 25, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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Moscow’s STARSOUP will release Bazaar of Wonders, an opus of progressive metal/rock, November 29 on Sublimity Records. The album is now available as a digital release.

In keeping with the band’s moniker, the influences are varied, inclusive of Metallica and Dream Theater to name just a couple, while the music itself blends heavy guitars, atmospheric keys (accented with grand piano), a range of vocal styles and tempos, and even the appearance of flute and saxophone.

Stream Bazaar of Wonders in its entirety at: sublimity.bandcamp.com

The album is available for purchase at the links below:

https://itunes.apple.com/album/bazaar-of-wonders/id710484202

http://www.amazon.com/Bazaar-Wonders-Starsoup/dp/B00FA8HW1M/

Currently a studio-only project, STARSOUP is the creation of vocalist/guitarist/bassist Alexey Markov (SHADOW HOST, DISTANT SUN) who is joined on the album by keyboardist/sampler Andrew Gryaznov (TIMESQUARE) and several guest musicians. The compositional foundation of the album consisted of the four songs – “Angels,” “Cradle of War,” “Bazaar” and “Perfect Loser” – that were written and melodically composed during Markov’s participation in CRIME OF PASSION in which he served as vocalist and Gryaznov keyboardist. That rush of creativity ultimately resulted in eight more songs, including one composed by Lex Plotnikov (MECHANICAL POET). Visit, absorb, and revel in the Bazaar of Wonders!

Those who participated in the recording of Bazaar of Wonders, include: 

Alexander Vetkhov (all drums and percussion). Also to be thanked are Nicholas Angel, Kostya Naumenko, Darya Savchenko (W. Angel’s Conquest, Kiev), Ilya Mamontov (Epidemia), Oleg Mishin (Catharsis), Andrey Nova (Nova Art), Yevgeny Nesterov and Natalya Fedotova. The recording, re-amping, mixing and mastering by Evgeny Vinogradov and DAI Records.

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MORE ABOUT STARSOUP:

STARSOUP is the heavy metal/progressive rock project of vocalist Alexey Markov. The songs vary stylistically – you may find them somewhat partially resembling Metallica and Disturbed, as well as Dream Theater and Stone Sour. The project’s founding stages took place in Moscow towards the end of 2011, when the first single, “Angels”, was recorded. In essence, the music consists of heavy guitars, atmospheric keys with an accent on the grand piano, varying vocal techniques: encompassing a clear voice in the more melodic ballads, and letting the heavy medium-tempo compositions resound with harsh, even growling vocals sometimes.

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(Source: ClawHammer PR)

* For more info on STARSOUP:

Facebook: Starsoup

http://www.last.fm/music/starsoup/

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LONG LIVE STARSOUP.

Stone.

Mike Portnoy – Releases Personalized Invite Video For Progressive Nation At Sea

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Metal, metal music, Music, progressive rock, rock bands, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , on October 29, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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Los Angeles, CA – While on tour with his American power trio – supergroup, The Winery Dogs, Mike Portnoy filmed an epic and personalized invite video to his first ever Progressive Nation at Sea Cruise. Taking you band by band and leading you through the musical adventure that attendees have to look forward to at this one of a kind, floating Progressive Rock festival taking place February 2014.

The video can be seen below:

Mike Portnoy had this to say: “I could not be any prouder or any more excited than I am for Progressive Nation At Sea 2014. It is my ultimate dream lineup ranging from legends like Jon Anderson & Adrian Belew to Prog trailblazers like Spock’s Beard & the Flower Kings to today’s most extreme cutting edge artists like Devin Townsend and Periphery.

I am also excited to be playing with Bigelf, PSMS & Transatlantic…the final encore of which will see Transatlantic & Jon Anderson joining forces for a one-time only set of Yes classics! This is going to be a historic experience and the Prog event of the Millennium! You will not want to miss out on this!”

Progressive Nation at Sea, an infusion of music and technique that will heighten your senses in a way no other vacation ever could! Imagine a couple thousand prog enthusiasts surrounding you on the Norwegian Pearl as we set sail from Miami to Great Stirrup Cay and Grand Bahama Island February 18-22, 2014. The cruise is powered by leading Progressive Rock label InsideOut Music and features the genres most prolific artists.

This music festival at sea gives you an experience that one on land just can’t match. In addition to 5 days in the beautiful Caribbean, music will be happening from morning till late at night. Some of the best experimental music might be in the wee morning hours in an unscheduled jam by the artists! When you finally call it a night (or a morning) you can head back to your comfortable room and get some rest before getting into the action all over again. Did we mention you’d be walking around the same place as your musical heroes? Oh yeah, that means you might be having dinner and drinks right next to your favorite musician!

LINEUP:

Progressive Nation at Sea boasts the musical genius of Transatlantic, Portnoy, Sheehan, MacAlpine, Sherinian, Jon Anderson, Adrian Belew’s Power Trio, Devin Townsend Project, King’s X, Spock’s Beard, The Flower Kings, Pain Of Salvation, Anathema, Riverside, Periphery, Animals as Leaders, The Safety Fire, Tony Harnell & Bumblefoot, Bigelf, Beardfish, The Dear Hunter, Haken, Jolly, Anneke van Giersbergen, Mark Mikel and Next to None.

Check out the FREE PN14 Sampler presented by InsideOut Music & Guitar Center: www.insideoutgcsampler.com  and enter for your chance to win an all expense paid trip to PN14 and a signed guitar from all the artists!

For more information please visit:

Website: www.progressivenationatsea.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/progressivenationatsea

InsideOut Music: www.insideoutmusic.com

Sixthman: www.sixthman.net

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(Source: Glass Onyon, PR)

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LONG LIVE MIKE PORTNOY.

LONG LIVE PROG ROCK & PROG METAL.

Stone.

TRAGODIA – Italian Prog Quintet Releases Making-Of Video For Third Album

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, progressive metal, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on October 7, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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This week Brescia, Italy based progressive metal quintet, TRAGODIA, has released the first of two video diaries capturing the inception of their third full-length, Mythmaker. The intense album was recorded this Spring at Elfo Studio in Piacenza with producer Daniele Mandelli (Forgotten Tomb) and mastered at Sterling Sound in New York City by UE Nastasi (Lamb Of God, Gojira, Paradise Lost), and is set for release in North America on November 5th via Kolony Records.

Watch Mythmaker become a reality RIGHT HERE.

Also watch the band’s lyric video for “A Temple In Time” HERE.

On MythmakerTRAGODIA employs their skilled songwriting tactics and creates their most challenging album yet, the record unloading a wealth of brilliant musicianship with nearly fifty minutes of new material. Italian metal label Kolony Records will release Mythmaker in North America on November 5th. Watch for more music from the album as well as the second installment of the studio diary to be posted in the coming weeks preceding the album’s release.

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(Source: Earsplit PR)

* For More Info On TRAGODIA:

Facebook: Tragodia

http://www.twitter.com/tragodiaband

http://tragodia.bandcamp.com

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http://www.kolonyrecords.com

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LONG LIVE TRAGODIA.

LONG LIVE PROGRESSIVE METAL.

Stone.

THOUGHT CHAMBER Sophomore Album “Psykerion” via InsideOutMusic – Reveal Cover Artwork!

Posted in Metal, metal music, Music, progressive metal, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on August 10, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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Los Angeles, CA - Progressive Metallers THOUGHT CHAMBER are finally back with a new release, following up on their acclaimed debut album “Angular Perceptions” from 2007. The U.S. based group named their second album release “Psykerion” and it will be released on September 16th, 2013 in Europe and on October 1st, 2013 in North America via InsideOutMusic.

Next to guitarist and composer Michael Harris as well as vocalist Ted Leonard (also in Enchant, Spock’s Beard and Affector), THOUGHT CHAMBER’s ranks of skilled players now also feature Bill Jenkins (also in Enchant) on keyboards, Jeff Plant on bass and Mike Haid on drums.

THOUGHT CHAMBER’s mastermind Michael Harris checked in to comment about the new album as follows: We’re all very excited about finally releasing ‘Psykerion’! A lot of changes have occurred in the band since our first record. Beyond Ted & I, we now have Mike Haid on drums, Jeff Plant on bass and Bill Jenkins on keyboards, who all did a stellar job and are all great guys on top of that, so our chemistry is perfect. ‘Psykerion’ is a concept record - a sci-fi human drama - musically yielding everything from prog-metal to jazz-fusion to acoustic.

“Psykerion” contains 16 tracks / 64 minutes of superb true progressive metal with a technical sci-fi twist, likely to appeal to fans of Dream Theater, Yes, Rush or Planet X. The album’s cover artwork, which can be seen above, was designed by John E. Holland / MistyMountainGraphics.com. The album was recorded in various locations between 2012 and 2013 and finally mixed and mastered by Tom Size (Y&T, Aerosmith, Mr. Big, Enchant) at Tomland Studios, Pacheco, CA.

More details about “Psykerion” and some first music samples will follow in the coming weeks…

THOUGHT CHAMBER Line-Up:

Ted Leonard – Lead vocals

Michael Harris – Guitars, keyboards, harmony vocals

Jeff Plant – Bass

Bill Jenkins – Keyboards

Mike Haid – Drums

THOUGHT CHAMBER Online:

https://www.facebook.com/ThoughtChamber

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INSIDEOUTMUSIC Online:

www.insideoutmusic.com

www.youtube.com/InsideOutMusicTV

www.facebook.com/InsideOutMusic

www.insideoutshop.de

Free InsideOutMusic Digital Sampler:

www.insideoutmusic.com/specials/freesampler

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(Source: Glass Onyon PR)

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LONG LIVE THOUGHT CHAMBER.

Stone.

PROSPEKT – Sensory Records Confirms Pending Full-Length From British Quartet

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, Metal, metal music, Music, progressive metal, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , on August 8, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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Oxford, England-based quartet PROSPEKT has signed with progressive metal linchpin Sensory Records for the pending release of the band’s massive debut full-length.

Coalescing the fierce technicality of progressive metal with the symphonic elements of contemporary prog through brutal riffs, odd time-signatures, and majestic melodies, PROSPEKT’s sound is influenced by bands such as Dream Theater, Symphony X, Opeth and Circus Maximus, as well as film scores and fusion. The band’s intent is to create an intelligent and atmospheric mix of melodic, modern progressive metal, incorporating passionate high-range vocals, frenetic guitar work, haunting orchestration and solid grooves, every composition remaining interesting and original.

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Formed in 2008 by guitarist Lee Luland and drummer Blake RichardsonPROSPEKT began as an experimental project, with the focus on complex instrumentation. Through incessant amounts of writing and rehearsing, the duo forged a sound that would epitomize their technical, melodic and progressive methodology. With the addition of bassist Phil Wicker and vocalist Matt Winchester in 2009, the band released their self-titled debut EP in March 2011 which was met with critical acclaim. In the Fall of that year Richard Marshall joined the band on keyboards and lead vocals (replacing Matt), adding a new dimension to the music. With his smooth, powerful voice the compositions became more epic and charismatic. Soon after the lineup shift PROSPEKT hit the studio and recorded their debut full-length, The Colourless Sunrise, and hired world-renowned producer Jens Bogren and Adam ‘Nolly’ Getgood of Periphery to mix and master the epic, sixty-five minute album.

The Colourless Sunrise is scheduled for October 2013 release via Sensory Records, a division of The Laser’s Edge. Further details will be released in the coming weeks.

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(Source: Earsplit PR)

* For More Info On PROSPEKT:

Facebook: Prospekt

https://twitter.com/ProspektUK

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LONG LIVE PROSPEKT.

Stone.

DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT – Nominated For Progressive Rock Music Award From Prog Magazine

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, progressive metal, progressive rock, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on July 9, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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The multi-talented and legendary Devin Townsend and his Devin Townsend Project has been nominated under the “Anthem” category for the 2nd Progressive Rock Music Awards, showcased by Classic Rock Presents Prog Magazine, presented by Orange Amplification.

This fabulous Rock music event will take place at the Kew Gardens in London, on September 3rd, 2013. Other amazing artists nominated in various categories are: RUSH, Marillion, Spock’s Beard, District 97, Katatonia, Muse and more.

Nomination:

Devin Townsend Project: “True North” From “Epicloud”

As Devin Townsend stated on his Facebook page:

‘What an honor to be nominated for these Prog awards! It’s nice to be considered for this genre for the first time!’ Dev.

Click on the link below where you can register and VOTE for Devin Townsend! Metal be thy name!

Register & Vote Here: ProgRockMag.com

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* For more info on Devin Townsend:

Facebook: Devin Townsend

http://www.devintownsend.com

* For more info on Prog Magazine:

Facebook: Classic Rock Presents Prog

* For more info on Orange Amplification:

Facebook: Orange Amplifiers

http://www.orangeamps.com

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LONG LIVE DEVIN TOWNSEND.

LONG LIVE PROG MAGAZINE.

LONG LIVE ORANGE AMPLIFIERS.

Stone.

ISIS REISSUE “CELESTIAL” ON JULY 9th Via Ipecac Recordings

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, Metal, metal music, Music, progressive metal, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on June 13, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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RE-MASTERED RELEASE FEATURES NEW ARTWORK

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San Francisco - ISIS reissue their landmark full-length debut, Celestial, on July 9th via Ipecac Recordings.

The hard to find and long out-of-print release will be reissued with new artwork from Aaron Turner as well as the audio having been recently remastered by James Plotkin.

Celestial was originally released in 2000 and was cited as one of the decade’s top Metal albums by Decibel Magazine.

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Celestial - Track Listing:

1.     SGNL>01

2.     Celestial (The Tower)

3.     Glisten

4.     Swarm Reigns (Down)

5.     SGNL>02

6.     Deconstructing Towers

7.     SGNL>03

8.     Collapse and Crush

9.     C.F.T. (New Circuitry and Continued Evolution)

10.  Gentle Time

11.  SGNL>04 (End Transmission)

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(Source: Speakeasy PR & Marketing)

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

Facebook: ISIS

http://www.isistheband.com

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Ipecac Recordings: http://www.ipecac.com

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LONG LIVE ISIS.

Stone.

RUSTFIELD – Sign With Massacre Records

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, Metal, metal music, Music, progressive metal, progressive rock, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , on June 12, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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Photo Credit: Sara Miriam Photo – http://www.saramiriamphoto.com

From Massacre Records:

We’re happy to welcome the Progressive Rock/Metal five-piece RUSTFIELD from Italy to the Massacre Records family!

The band was formed in 2007 by guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Davide Ronfetto. He was immediately joined by his long-time friend and singer Andrea Rampa.

They soon started composing demo songs and were joined by other talented musicians to bring their music on stage. In early 2011 the line-up was completed and they played their first shows.

In the past years, they played at the Mö.-Wa. Rockt festival as well as the Italian Revenge Festival and shared the stage with famous Italian bands such as White Skull, Eldritch and Kappa. In 2012, they also played their first acoustic show.

RUSTFIELD have mastered the concept of Progressive Rock/Metal by composing melodies, which incorporate various nuances and musical atmospheres.

On the upcoming debut album you’ll find tracks, which entwine classic Heavy Metal with electronic and psychedelic ambiences; and acoustic and melodic pieces of work will merge with rhythmical joints pertaining to a more progressive style.

RUSTFIELD’s debut album Kingdom Of Rust will be released later this year via Massacre Records!

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RUSTFIELD:

Andrea Rampa – Vocals, Keyboards & Synths

Davide Ronfetto – Guitars, Vocals, Programming

Alessandro Spagnuolo – Bass & Double Bass

Luca Spagnuolo – Electric & Classic Guitar

Salvo Amato – Drums & Percussions

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

www.rustfield.net

www.facebook.com/rustfield

www.youtube.com/user/Rustfield

www.twitter.com/Rustfield

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LONG LIVE RUSTFIELD.

Stone.

IVANHOE – Sixth Album From German Prog Metal Veterans To See Release Via Massacre Records

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, Metal, metal music, Music, progressive metal, progressive rock, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on June 11, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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Massacre Records will release the new album from German Progressive Metal veterans IVANHOE this Summer, with a North American street date of July 2nd now locked down.

With a long line of releases including their early demos as well as five full-length studio recordings on their résumé, IVANHOE has toured and performed across Europe with the likes of Iced Earth, Nevermore, Queensryche the Scorpions and countless others, including sets at major festivals including  Bang Your Head, Building A Force and others, helping them become a widely known and respected act over the last two decades.

With nearly an hour of brand new material, the sixth IVANHOE album Systematrix brings out some of the most powerful and professional anthems in the band’s ongoing lineage. The hard-hitting tunes on Systematrix were produced, mixed and mastered by Andy Horn at Red Room (Edenbridge, Lanfear, Rob Rock, Liv Kristine, etc.), capturing the talented act with immaculate auditory quality, and showcases the South German Prog act boasting their strongest effort so far.

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The seventh track from Systematrix, “Walldancer,” has been posted to Youtube in advance of the album’s release. LISTEN HERE.

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Systematrix - Track Listing:

1. Systematrix

2. Human Letargo

3. Tin Cans Liberty

4. War Of The Centuries

5. Madhouse

6. Learning Path

7. Walldancer

8. The Symbiotic Predator – Seduction

9. The Symbiotic Predator – Resolution

10. The Symbiotic Predator – Late Recognition

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IVANHOE – Lineup:

Mischa Mang – vocals

Chuck Schuler – guitars

Giovanni Soulas – bass

Richie Seibel – keyboards

Mathias Biehl – drums

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(Source: Earsplit PR)

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

http://www.Ivanhoe.de

Facebook: IVANHOE

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LONG LIVE IVANHOE.

Stone.

KAMELOT – Silverthorn Tour 2013: Australia Tour Dates; Headlining Asia Metal Festival 2013

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, Metal, metal music, Music, progressive metal, rock music, rock music news, symphonic metal with tags , , , , , on March 29, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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As reported on the facebook of KAMELOT:

KAMELOT FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER IN AUSTRALIA!

Tickets are already going superfast, don’t wait to get yours. Limited VIP packages available too!

http://www.metropolistouring.com/current_tours_kamelot_australian_tour.html

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KAMELOT will Headline the Asia Metal Fest 2013 in Seoul, Korea, on Saturday June 1st! See you there!

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KAMELOT:

Thomas Youngblood – guitars

Casey Grillo – drums

Oliver Palotai – keyboards

Sean Tibbetts – bass

Tommy Karevik – vocals

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

http://www.kamelot.com

facebook: KAMELOT

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LONG LIVE KAMELOT.

Stone.

KAMELOT Silverthorn Over Europe 2013 – Dates, Cities & Venues Listed!

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, progressive metal, rock music, rock music news, symphonic metal with tags , , , , , , on March 11, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

Kamelot - Silverthorn Over Europe 2013 - poster promo

As reported on the KAMELOT Official facebook page:

Dear Kamelot Fans, our brethren! We are so pleased to announce these exclusive tour dates for Europe 2013. We cannot wait to bring Kamelot to some new cities and meet you all again on the road. See you all this Fall for the SilverStorm!!

Tommy, Casey, Sean, Oliver, and Thomas

KAMELOT

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SILVERTHORN OVER EUROPE 2013

03. Nov 13 GER-Cologne, Essigfabrik

06. Nov 13 FIN-Tampere, Pakkahuone

07. Nov 13 FIN-Helsinki, Nosturi

08. Nov 13 SWE-Stockholm, Klubben

09. Nov 13 NOR-Oslo, Rockefeller

11. Nov 13 GER-Hamburg, Knust

12. Nov 13 GER-Bochum, Matrix

13. Nov 13 BEL-Genk, Rondpunt

15. Nov 13 NED-Tilburg, O13

16. Nov 13 CHE-Lausanne, Les Docks

17. Nov 13 CHE-Pratteln, Z7

18. Nov 13 GER-Frankfurt, Batschkapp

19. Nov 13 GER-Munich, Backstage Halle

21. Nov 13 ITA-Trieste, Teatro Miela

22. Nov 13 SVK-Bratislava, Majestic

23. Nov 13 CZE-Zlin, Winter Masters of Rock

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Tickets will go on presale March 11th, 2013. Additional “Silverthorn World Tour” dates coming soon, stay tuned and check back often for ticket info!!

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KAMELOT - SILVERTHORN

Released in North America on October 30th, 2012.

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

www.kamelot.com

www.facebook.com/kamelotofficial

http://twitter.com/kamelotofficial

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LONG LIVE KAMELOT.

Stone.

SOEN – Debut From Progressive Supergroup To See Stateside Release This Summer

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, metal music, Music, news, progressive metal, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , on February 23, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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SOEN, the Progressive Metal supergroup featuring drummer Martin Lopez (ex-Opeth, Amon Amarth), bassist Steve DiGiorgio (Sadus, Testament, Death, Iced Earth), vocalist Joel Ekelöf (Willowtree), and guitarist Kim Platbarzdis, are pleased to bring their Cognitive debut stateside this Summer.

Initially released digitally via Spinefarm Records last Winter, Cognitive was mixed by David Bottrill (Tool, Coheed and Cambria, Silverchair, Smashing Pumpkins, Muse, etc.), mastered by João Carvalho and features ten tracks of what Lopez describes as “melodic, heavy, intricate and different.” View the band’s video for “Delenda,” at THIS LOCATION.

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Cognitive Track Listing:

01. Fraktal

02. Fraccions

03. Delenda

04. Last Light

05. Oscillation

06. Canvas

07. Ideate

08. Purpose

09. Slithering

10. Savia

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SOEN – Cognitive

When Lopez joined forces with DiGiorgio, Ekelöf, and Platbarzdis, it was obvious that this collaboration would not be another name-dropping, substance-deprived “super project.” The foursome paint their musical canvas with broad strokes that on first listen may appear gray and sullen, but the true power of the music lies clandestine, just a little below the monochrome surface. More than just a sum of its rather esteemed parts, SOEN weave an intricate network of melody and melancholy. While SOEN may sound Opethian at times, it features none of the guttural vocals and full-on death metal wall of sound of Lopez’ former group. Nothing more is needed however when Ekelöf’s somber voice, Platbarzdis’s transcendent guitar work, Lopez’s trademark drum beats and DiGiorgio’s exquisite bass lines collaborate to build a pensive tide waiting to wash over you.

Cognitive isn’t an instantaneously accessible album but with a bit of listening patience, can prove to be one of the most rewarding pieces of “thinking man’s metal” you will ever come across. In a world full of super-compressed albums waging the loudness war, Cognitive breathes with ease thanks to the warmth of Platbarzdis/Lopez production and the masterful mixing work of. Like rain on a windowpane, translucent and free of form, Cognitive breathes like a living entity. The colors are there, lingering within the grays. It’s just up to you to find them.

Further information on SOEN to be revealed in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.

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Critical Praise:

“The instrumental prowess of each of the members aside, the thing that ultimately makes Cognitive a success is the high-caliber of songwriting from beginning to end, a triumph in rhythmic and melodic interplay between all instrumentalists and vocalist Joel Ekelof… a brilliantly executed album.. sure to stand up to repeated listening for a long time to come.” – Ultimate-Guitar

“For a debut album, this is really something to behold. The production is even, the music thematic and smart, and the musicians eager to share every second with the other. Most remarkable is that SOEN simply appear to be on the exact same page.” – The Metal Observer

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(Source: Earsplit PR)

For more info on SOEN, click on the link below!

facebook: Soen

http://www.spinefarmrecords.com/usa

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LONG LIVE SOEN.

Stone.

DANTE – German Progressive Metal Band Looking For A New Bassist

Posted in Heavy Metal, metal music, Music, progressive metal, progressive metal bands, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on February 21, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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After the tragic loss of their bassist, Markus Berger, in early January, DANTE are now looking for a talented  bassist with studio/live experience, who is able to join the band as soon as possible.

DANTE have recently released their new album November Red on Massacre Records and offer an own recording studio, a huge rehearsal room, a creative work environment and much more.

They expect their bassist to be enthusiastic about the band, have knowledge about their music’s genre (progressive metal), be passionate and to be reliable.

If you think you’re the right man or woman, feel free to contact the band via info@danteband.de

You’ll find further information here: www.dante-sound-aid.de (German only)

Get DANTE’s new album “November Red” here: http://massacre.musiclogistics.net/releases/20424

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Source:

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

facebook: DANTE

http://www.danteband.de

For more info on MASSACRE RECORDS, click links below!

http://www.massacre-records.com

facebook: MASSACRE RECORDS

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LONG LIVE DANTE.

Rest In Peace, Markus Berger.

Stone.

REVELATION – “Inner Harbor” Releasing Via Shadow Kingdom Records On April 30th

Posted in doom metal, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, progressive metal, progressive rock, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on February 18, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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April 30th, 2013 will see the release of Inner Harbor, the newest album from long-running Prog Rock/Doom outfit REVELATION.

In existence since the mid-80′s REVELATION has earned the respect of many bands and fans from all around the world and are often credited with creating the Progressive Doom Metal genre. They’ve taken the very best sounds of Rush, Black Sabbath, and early Heavy Metal to  create yet another masterpiece amongst a catalog of many with Inner Harbor. This is quite possibly the band’s most fluid and laid-back release to date. While the sound is difficult to pinpoint, one can hear classic REVELATION mixed in with a dash of 70′s Italian Progressive Rock. The music flows through you so smoothly and freely, that you’re going to feel like you’re in a state of deep relaxed meditation.

The combined creative forces of drummer Steve Branagan, guitarist/vocalist John Brenner and bassist Bert Hall Jr. are responsible for over twenty full-length releases – split between REVELATION and their eclectic alter-ego AGAINST NATURE – and countless demos and EPs. Inner Harbor was made available as a digital release last year by the band’s own Bland Hand Records (www.againstnature.us/BH/) and will see worldwide distribution on CD format by Shadow Kingdom Records in April. Pre-orders are being taken at the newly revamped Shadow Kingdom Records Webstore at http://shadowkingdomrecords.com.

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CRITICAL PRAISE:

“Inner Harbor is a deft blend of the classic doom and progressive rock you expect from this trio…” – Terrible Certainty ‘Zine

“Inner Harbor finds Revelation as productive and relevant as ever. Long gone is the echo-y crunch of 20 years ago, and in its place is a record proudly recorded in a basement and challenging the very meaning of doom as many people claim to understand it.” -Stereokiller.com

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(Source: ClawHammer PR)

For more info on REVELATION & SHADOW KINGDOM RECORDS, click on the links below!

http://shadowkingdomrecords.com

facebook: Shadow Kingdom Records

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LONG LIVE REVELATION.

Stone.

Metal Blade Records Signs Rivers Of Nihil – Demo From Upcoming Album Streaming Now!

Posted in Death Metal, death metal bands, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, progressive death metal, progressive metal with tags , , , , , , on December 10, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

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A new demo of track from the Reading, PA Modern Progressive Metal outfit’s upcoming Metal Blade debut now live!

Metal Blade Records is pleased to announce the signing of RIVERS OF NIHIL! The Modern Progressive Death Metal quintet, who formed in 2009, was born from the ruins of their decaying hometown of Reading, Pennsylvania and are on a relentless path of taking their music to the next level. RIVERS OF NIHIL‘s music is as dark and heavy as the coal and iron their home city was built upon, taking influences from some of Death Metal’s heaviest, most abrasive hitters: Morbid Angel, Gojira, Spawn of Possession and Decapitated, to name a few.

“We’re super stoked to be a part of the Metal Blade family! Being on a such a strong label with some of our favorite bands is truly an honor and we look forward to the future with Metal Blade.”

Go HERE to listen to the demo version of the new song “Rain Eater” from RIVERS OF NIHIL‘s upcoming Metal Blade Records full-length debut, which will be recorded with Erik Rutan (Hate Eternal) at Mana Recording Studios in Tampa, FL in March of 2013. Stay tuned to the band’s official Facebook page for updates from the studio and release date info.

About the Band:
The members of RIVERS OF NIHIL honed their chops as high schoolers in various bands in the Reading scene, eventually coming together to form RIVERS OF NIHIL in 2009. They recorded their first EPHierarchy that year with Carson Slovak (Century), regularly toured the Northeast and Midwest, and scored local opening gigs for the likes of Decapitated, Decrepit Birth, Suffocation, Dying Fetus, and Misery Index. Two years later they regrouped with producer Len Carmichael to record their next EP Temporality Unbound, which saw the band earn recognition in the national metal scene as well as start to attract the attention of record labels and eventually saw the band signing with Metal Blade Records in late 2012.

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

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RIVERS OF NIHIL is:

Jake Dieffenbach – Vocals

Brody Uttley – Guitars

Jon Kunz – Guitars

Adam Biggs – Bass/Vocals

Ron Nelson – Drums

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(Source: Metal Blade Records)

For more info on METAL BLADE RECORDS, click on link below!

http://www.metalblade.com

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 LONG LIVE RIVERS OF NIHIL.

Stone.

BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME JOIN COHEED AND CAMBRIA FOR 2013 TOUR

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, progressive metal, progressive rock, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on November 5, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

Nov. 5, 2012, LOS ANGELES – Between The Buried And Me embark on their first North American tour since the release of The Parallax II: Future Sequence this February, joining Coheed and Cambria for a six-week tour that kicks off Feb. 4 in Washington, D.C.

The North Carolina band released the enveloping concept album on Oct. 9 via Metal Blade records with the 12-song release becoming the band’s highest-charting album (#22 on the Billboard Top 200) and also marking Between The Buried And Me’s biggest one week sales in their near decade-long history.

A slew of positive reviews heralded the arrival of the album with Alternative Press saying Between The Buried And Me expanded “on every already-top-notch aspect of its conceptual predecessor,” Decibel Magazine declaring the band “one of progressive metal’s most singular, unique and genuinely progressive bands” MetalSucks calling The Parallax II a “masterpiece” and Loudwire awarding the album a perfect score and saying it is “quintessentially brilliant” and “a contender for the best metal album of 2012.”

North American tour dates with Coheed and Cambria (Russian Circles open):

The band, who performed a set at this weekend’s Fun Fun Fun Fest, recently wrapped up an extensive European tour and head out this week for a trek across Japan, Australia and New Zealand.
All dates below w/Animal as Leaders opening:

Tickets for all North American dates are on-sale Friday, Nov. 9 at noon local time with the exception of the Mar. 16 date at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, which will go on-sale the following Friday, Nov. 16.

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(Source: Speakeasy PR)

For more info, click on the links below!

www.facebook.com/BTBAMofficial

www.metalblade.com/btbam

www.twitter.com/btbamofficial

www.facebook.com/metalbladerecords

http://www.coheedandcambria.com

LONG LIVE BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME.

LONG LIVE COHEED AND CAMBRIA.

Stone.

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