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NOCTURNA “Lucidity” – A Debut EP Of Symphonic / Prog Metal That Gleams

Posted in album reviews, Metal, Music, rock music, symphonic metal with tags , , , on January 20, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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Releasing on February 17th is the self-released and debut EP, Lucidity, from the UK’s Symphonic Metal Band: Nocturna. I have enjoyed this six song EP very much, to the point where I feel relieved to get this Nocturna review up on this blog for others to read about. Firstly, sonic quality is ever-present throughout this EP. Secondly, lead vocalist and guitarist James Davis reminds me of Rush legend Geddy Lee, with his harmonious, clean and pronounced vocals.

To say this band will go far is not a stretch by any means. Nocturna are a Metal treat to listen to, with their musicianship, songwriting and catchy melodies, all wrapped up into a delicious aural celebration of Symphonic Metal. With just the right touch of progressiveness in their music, Nocturna have a talent for the surprise with their songs. The epic closer on this EP, Cast Assured, showcases the diverse vocal and musical styles that Nocturna is all about.

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Tom Frost on guitar is bona fide impressive, with his abundant ability to shred. I love the atmosphere that Josh Vigus gives to the songs with his synthesizer, creating an air of emotions that swirl about so very pleasingly, even while a blazing guitar solo is being executed. Ryan Palmer on bass and Phil Barber on drums are an exciting listen alone, these cats master their craft. Fans of European Power Metal should have no problem digging what Nocturna is all about either. Yes, I highly recommend Nocturna and their debut EP Lucidity; I cannot be more honest than that. Metal be thy name. – Stone

Lucidity – Track List: Introduction, Lucidity, Revelations, Interlude, Gaining Solace, Cast Assured

 

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* For more info on NOCTURNA:

Facebook: Nocturna

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE NOCTURNA.

LONG LIVE THE UK.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

CORONATUS – “Cantus Lucidus” Available For Pre-Order On iTunes; Releasing On December 5th, Via Massacre Records

Posted in gothic metal, Metal, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on November 28, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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Pre-order Coronatus’ new album “Cantus Lucidus” on iTunes and download the instant grat track “Schnee & Rosen” right away! Click here: http://geni.us/CoronatusCLiTunes

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CORONATUS:

Carmen Lorch – Vocals,

Anny Maleyes – Vocals,

Olivér – Guitars,

Pinu’u Remus – Keys & Orchestra,

Mats Kurth – Drums

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Coronatus are an amazingly gifted band from Germany, featuring duo female vocalists and play Symphonic and Gothic Metal.

For more info on Coronatus: www.coronatus.de

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Website: http://www.massacre-records.com/

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LONG LIVE CORONATUS.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

BLOODBOUND “Stormborn” – Releases In USA On December 2nd; Album Tracks Streaming Now!

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, music news, Power Metal, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on November 25, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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The new album from Sweden’s BLOODBOUNDStormborn, is available all over Europe and the UK now! Stormborn releases in the USA on December 2nd, 2014, via AFM Records.

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BLOODBOUND:

Patrik Johansson – lead vocals

Tomas Olsson – lead and rhythm guitars

Fredrik Bergh – keyboards and backing vocals

Henrik Olsson – rhythm guitars

Pelle Åkerlind – drums and percussion

Anders Broman – bass

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Order Stormborn here: http://wck.me/64d

* For more info on BLOODBOUND:

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Website: http://www.afm-records.de/

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LONG LIVE BLOODBOUND.

LONG LIVE SWEDEN.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

VOICES OF DESTINY “Crisis Cult” – Releases On October 31st; iTunes Pre-Order Available Now

Posted in Metal, metal music, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news, symphonic metal with tags , , , , , on October 14, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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You can now pre-order the new Voices Of Destiny album Crisis Cult on iTunes! Click here: http://geni.us/VODCrisisiTunes

Voices Of Destiny – Crisis Cult – Track Listing:

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* For more info on VOICES OF DESTINY:

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Website: http://www.voices-of-destiny.com

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Website: http://www.massacre-records.com

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LONG LIVE VOICES OF DESTINY.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

STAR INSIGHT – Debut Album “Messera” Out August 1st And Music Video “Emanuela” Online

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

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Star Insight is a Finnish Melodic/Symphonic Metal band which was founded in Seinäjoki back in 2005, but is now located in Lapua. After four self-released records the band inked a deal with Finnish record label Inverse Records. Their debut album “Messera” will be released worldwide in August 1st 2014.

In their music they mixed a lot of different elements. In addition to symphonic parts, you can also hear industrial sounds, punk riffs, ambient and also some power metallic drum pedaling. Vocals are traditional roaring which are filled in with clean vocals. The lyrics are primarily fictional and the theme is everything between heaven and earth.

The songs for the album are carefully selected from broadest possible musical scale. This close half-hour package contains a lot of different songs and moods.

A brand new music video “Emanuela” can be enjoyed below: 

Messera – Track List:

01. Limbo

02. Emanuela

03. My Time Is Out

04. Night With Fever

05. Frozen Rose

06. Signs Of Victory

07. Oath

08. Raven And Hell

09. Poem Of Misery

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Line-up:

Mikael Nurmi – Guitars

Pekka Rajala – Vocals

Jesse Etelämäki – Guitars/Vocals

Aapo Timonen – Bass

Jussi-Pekka Salimäki – Keyboards

Teemu Sohlström – Drums

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(Source: Inverse Records)

Facebook: Star Insight

Website: www.star-insight.net

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Website: www.inverse.fi

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LONG LIVE STAR INSIGHT.

LONG LIVE FINLAND.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

NIGHTQUEEN “Revolution” – New Studio Album Releasing On April 25th; Album Trailer Streaming Here!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal bands, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, news, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , , , , , on March 11, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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NIGHTQUEEN – Belgium’s Symphonic Metal warriors, NIGHTQUEEN, will be releasing their second studio album, Revolution, on April 25th, 2014. This album is the follow-up to their critically acclaimed debut: 2012’s For Queen And Metal (Massacre Records). A new album trailer for Revolution is below! Get a Metal taste for what’s to come with NIGHTQUEEN’sRevolution! Metal be thy name.

Revolution was produced by Jan Nemec. Executive producers are Carolina Guilini & Wim Coryn.

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NIGHTQUEEN:

Keely Larreina – Lead vocals

Rex Zeco – Guitar

Neil Gray – Guitar

Steven Steele – Bass

Ed Scarlatti – Keyboards

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* For more info on NIGHTQUEEN:

Facebook: Nightqueen

Website: http://www.nightqueen.be

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LONG LIVE NIGHTQUEEN.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

EPICA “The Quantum Enigma” – New Studio Album Releasing This May, Via Nuclear Blast

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

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From Nuclear Blast:

Who’s ready for Epica’s new album The Quantum Enigma? It’s coming this spring!

Marking the beginning of a new era of modernity, heaviness, and no compromises, Dutch symphonic sextet EPICA are set to release their sixth studio album, THE QUANTUM ENIGMA, this spring in North America.

“More than any of our previous albums, this album is a group effort,” states the band. “The only goal we had in mind: creating the album that could lift EPICA up to the next level. Every detail finds its way into a perfectly balanced mix and makes EPICA sound raw and overwhelming.”

Teaming up with producer Joost van den Broek (REVAMP, AFTER FOREVER), The Quantum Enigma was recorded at the Sandlane Recording Facilities in The Netherlands and mixed by Jacob Hansen (VOLBEAT, HATESPHERE).

Creating stunning artwork to accompany the ideas behind THE QUANTUM ENIGMA’s lyrics is longtime collaborator Stephan Heilemann, whose cover art is part of a bigger picture.

The Quantum Enigma will release on May 2nd (Europe), May 5th (UK) and May 13th (USA) through Nuclear Blast.

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THE QUANTUM ENIGMA – Track Listing:

01 – Originem

02 – The Second Stone

03 – The Essence Of Silence

04 – Victims Of Contingency

05 – Sense Without Sanity [The Impervious Code]

06 – Unchain Utopia

07 – The Fifth Guardian [Interlude]

08 – Chemical Insomnia

09 – Reverence [Living In The Heart]

10 – Omen [The Ghoulish Malady]

11 – Canvas Of Life

12 – Natural Corruption

13 – The Quantum Enigma [Kingdom Of Heaven, Part II]

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* For more info on EPICA:

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Europe Website: http://www.nuclearblast.de

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LONG LIVE EPICA.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

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