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WITHIN TEMPTATION – New Album “Hydra” Is In Stores Now; Here’s Where To Purchase It…

Posted in Hard Rock, melodic metal, melodic rock, Music, news, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , , , on February 10, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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WITHIN TEMPTATION – Need help finding HYDRA at your local music stores and online? Check out this list of retailers that are unleashing the beast!

Order Hydra now, from Within Temptation’s website:

Download Within Temptation’s new album ‘Hydra’ on iTunes:

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WITHIN TEMPTATION – “HYDRA” – New Studio Album Releases On February 4th, 2014, Via Nuclear Blast

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news, symphonic metal with tags , , , , , , on December 14, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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Within Temptation‘s sixth studio album, HYDRA, will be out on February 4, 2014 in the USA via Nuclear Blast!


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HYDRA – Track Listing:

Disc: 1 – (Standard CD Edition)

1. Let Us Burn

2. Dangerous feat. Howard Jones

3. And We Run feat. Xzibit

4. Paradise (What About Us?) feat. Tarja

5. Edge Of The World

6. Silver Moonlight

7. Covered By Roses

8. Dog Days

9. Tell Me Why

10. Whole World Is Watching feat. Dave Pirner

Disc: 2 (Bonus Songs & Covers – Digipak Edition)

1. Radioactive (Originally By Imagine Dragons)

2. Summertime Sadness (Originally By Lana Del Rey)

3. Let Her Go (Originally By Passenger)

4. Dirty Dancer (Originally By Enrique Iglesias)

5. And We Run *Evolution Track

6. Silver Moonlight *Evolution Track

7. Covered By Roses *Evolution Track

8. Tell Me Why *Evolution Track

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(Source: Nuclear Blast USA)

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ROYAL HUNT – ‘Show Me How To Live’ Is A Listen Into Melodic & Symphonic Hard Rock Grandeur

Posted in Hard Rock, hard rock albums, Heavy Metal, melodic hard rock, melodic metal, melodic rock, Music, progressive rock, rock music, rock music news, symphonic metal, symphonic rock music with tags , , , , , on December 29, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

ROYAL HUNT – The 11th studio album from Denmark’s ROYAL HUNT, Show Me How To Live, was released in North America on November 29th, 2011, via Frontiers Records. On Show Me How To Live, former lead singer D.C. Cooper reunited with this band’s founding member, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer: Andre’ Andersen. Along with Jonas Larsen (guitars), Andreas Passmark (bass) and Allan Sørensen on drums, ROYAL HUNT has justifiably reinstated their respected status as a player in the world of Melodic Hard Rock, with Show Me How To Live.

Progressively leaning, symphonic and very much melodic is Show Me How To Live. From the opening track of One More Day, I realized there would be many elements to listen for with this ROYAL HUNT band’s musicianship. In its simplistic comparison, listening to ROYAL HUNT is like listening to a Melodic Hard Rock orchestra. With a backing chorus to compliment the exquisite arrangements of One More Day, this song opens up Show Me How To Live with inspiring musical extravagance.

The melodic ride never subsides with ROYAL HUNT, as Another Man Down is highlighted by a memorable  guitar solo from Jonas Larsen and the spot-on drumming of Allan Sørensen. As pivotal components to the music of ROYAL HUNT, orchestration is the vertebrae of this album while the keyboards are its nerve center. The muscle comes through with the guitar and rhythm section. The songs Hard Rain’s Coming and An Empty Shell in and of themselves are my picks for anyone to listen to, in explaining the aforementioned music components.

Throughout all 7 songs, the vocals of D.C. Cooper keeps me engaged in the music. D.C. has excellent range and doesn’t overreach, all the while giving this album a vocal identity that is muscular and downright enjoyable to hear. A true catalyst is D.C. to this band. Andre’ Andersen on keyboards is a thrill a minute. Andre’ impresses me most by not over-saturating this album with his love for the keys. Yes, these synthetic sounds are plentiful, only I don’t hear the over-indulgence that could have been.

I hear a respect for balance within the songs on Show Me How To Live. No instrument is ever buried under the layers. Andre’ and his band give off a vibe of mutual appreciation for the strength of the song and quality certainly overrides quantity on this new ROYAL HUNT album. Fans of Symphonic/Melodic Hard Rock and Metal should dive right into Show Me How To Live and bask in all of its deliciously layered splendor.


Andre’ Andersen – keyboards

D.C. Cooper – vocals

Jonas Larsen – guitars

Andreas Passmark – bass

Allan Sørensen - drums

Show Me How To Live – Track Listing:

One More Day

Another Man Down

An Empty Shell

Hard Rain’s Coming

Half Past Loneliness

Show Me How To Live

Angel’s Gone

* For more info on ROYAL HUNT, click on the links below:

ROYAL HUNT – Official Website




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