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MESSENGER – New Album News; New Song “Salvation” Streaming Now!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal bands, Metal, metal music, Music, Power Metal, power metal bands, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , on August 21, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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MessengeR’s new album Starwolf – Pt. I: The Messengers will be out on September 6, 2013 via Massacre Records!

Produced by Rolf Munkes at Empire Studio, mastered by Andy Horn at Red Room Studios.

Artwork by Wiebke Scholz.

Listen to the new MessengeR song “Salvation” feat. Primal Fear’s Ralf Scheepers. From the new album “Starwolf Pt. I: The Messengers”

The album will also be available as limited edition digipak with exclusive bonus tracks!

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Siegfried Schüssler – Vocals

Patrik Deckarm – Rhythm Guitar

Frank Kettenhofen – Lead Guitar

Benny Strauß – Bass

Markus Merl – Drums

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MessengeR are from Neunkirchen; it’s a town and a municipality in Saarland, Germany.

* For More Info On MESSENGER:

Facebook: MessengeR

http://www.messengerband.de

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http://www.massacre-records.com

Facebook: MASSACRE RECORDS

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LONG LIVE MESSENGER.

LONG LIVE MASSACRE RECORDS.

Stone.

SABATON – BANNED FROM PLAYING RUSSIA?

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal bands, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, Power Metal, power metal bands, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , on August 17, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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SABATON were supposed to play a show in Russia next weekend. Now political people and organizations are trying to prevent the band from entering Russia due to some uneducated politician who tries to convince the Russian immigration and government that SABATON are nazis.

SABATON now released the following statement:

Did the Nazis win the battle of Stalingrad?

We have been reached by the news that some organizations and political representatives who claims to have studied us has come to the conclusion that Sabaton are a nazi band, and because of that our scheduled appearance at the 70th anniversary of the battle of Stalingrad should be cancelled. This show is to take place in a few weeks in Volgograd.

Further, these people believe that we will desecrate the Russian flag during our concert (which we have never done and of course have no intention of doing) and they are now trying their best to ban Sabaton from all of Russia!!!

We know that the people of Russia is far more intelligent than this and thus we hope that reason will allow us to play this concert in honor of this historical event and the Soviet soldiers who fought for their freedom.

Sabaton is and has always been a NON-POLITICAL and NON-RELIGIOUS band and holds a lot of respect to the veterans of war and the heroic and non-selfish acts that was performed in a time of need.

Ps. It should be noted that Sabaton has been awarded honorary membership of the “Scions of the 17th Airborne Division”, an organization that consists of veterans from the very same airborne division who fought against the nazis in “The battle of the Bulge” and “Operation Varsity”.

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Joakim Brodén – Vocals

Pär Sundström – Bass

Chris Rörland – Guitars

Thobbe Englund – Guitars

Robban Bäck – Drums

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* Source: Nuclear Blast News

* For More Info On SABATON:

Facebook: Sabaton

http://www.sabaton.net

http://www.twitter.com/sabaton

http://www.youtube.com/sabaton

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NUCLEAR BLAST:

http://www.nuclearblastusa.com/

http://www.nuclearblast.de

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LONG LIVE SABATON.

Stone.

CIRCLE OF SILENCE – German Power Metal Act’s Fourth Album Nears Release Via Massacre Records

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, Metal, metal music, Music, Power Metal, power metal bands, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , on June 10, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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Massacre Records is preparing to release The Rise Of Resistance, the blazing fourth studio full-length from German Metal warriors CIRCLE OF SILENCE, the label having just confirmed July 2nd as the North American street date.

Since 2005 central Germany-based CIRCLE OF SILENCE has perpetuated their brand of rugged, classic but fresh Traditional/Power Metal with a dark edge, comparable to Iced Earth, Savatage, Brainstorm and Sanctuary, their sound growing more potent and epic with each release. Following their 2006 debut album Your Own Story, followed by 2008’s The Supremacy Of Time and most recently The Blackened Halo released in 2011, The Rise Of Resistance boasts fifty minutes of the band’s most striking, solid Metal yet.

Once again the band sanctioned producer Vagelis Maranis (ex-Sanvoisen) in his Maranis Studios (Winter’s Verge, Saidian, Suicidal Angels) for the recording sessions, and brought in Vitaly Alexius/Scitart (Evile, Gainward) for the cover design. CIRCLE OF SILENCE’s uncompromising American style of power metal reigns supreme on The Rise Of Resistance.

Check out the official album trailer below, with nearly seven minutes of music from The Rise Of Resistance:

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The Rise Of Resistance – Track Listing:

01. Blood Of Enemies

02. Eyes Of Anarchy

03. Nothing Shall Remain

04. One Moment Of Hate

05. An Oncoming Storm

06. Mind Conspiracy

07. In The Absence Of Your God

08. We Rise

09. The Final Chapter

10. Slave To The Greed Machine

11. Reborn From Darkness

12. The Architect Of Immortality

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CIRCLE OF SILENCE:

Niklas Keim – vocals

Tobias Pfahl – guitars

Christian Sommerfeld – guitars

Björn Boehm – bass

Peter Suppinger – drums

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For more info on CIRCLE OF SILENCE, click on the links below!

Facebook: Circle Of Silence

http://www.circle-of-silence.com

http://www.massacre-records.com

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LONG LIVE CIRCLE OF SILENCE.

Stone.

GAMMA RAY “Master Of Confusion” – Releases March 15th, Via earMUSIC

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal bands, Metal, metal music, Music, Power Metal, power metal bands, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on March 12, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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GAMMA RAY – MASTER OF CONFUSION

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GAMMA RAY – The iconic Kai Hansen and his legendary Power Metal force from Germany, known and celebrated world-wide as GAMMA RAY, will be seeing their Master Of Confusion album release on March 15th, via earMUSIC.

GAMMA RAY are currently on tour with Power Metal pioneers/legends HELLOWEEN, on the Hellish Rock Part II Tour!

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Master Of Confusion – Track Listing:

A Side
1. Empire Of The Undead (new studio track)
2. Master Of Confusion (new studio track)

B Side
3. Death Or Glory (Holocaust studio cover version)
4. Lost Angels (Sweet studio cover version)

C Side*
5. The Spirit / 6. Wings Of Destiny / 7. Gamma Ray
8. Farewell / 9. Time To Break Free / 10. Insurrection

*Recorded live in Bochum.

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GAMMA RAY:

Kai Hansen – vocals & guitar

Henjo Richter – guitar & keyboards

Dirk Schlächter – bass

Michael Ehré – drums

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For more info on GAMMA RAY, click on the links below!

http://www.gammaray.org

facebook: GAMMA RAY (Official)

http://www.ear-music.net

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LONG LIVE GAMMA RAY.

LONG LIVE HELLOWEEN.

HAIL TO THE METAL.

Stone.

PRIMAL FEAR “METAL IS FOREVER” Is: Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, Metal, metal music, Music, Power Metal, power metal bands, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on February 1, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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PRIMAL FEAR – METAL IS FOREVER

THE VERY BEST OF PRIMAL FEAR

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PRIMAL FEAR – Metal Is Forever / The Very Best Of Primal Fear is a 16 song compilation and 9 cover song (Bonus CD) of Metal Classics that exemplifies why Primal Fear can be looked upon as Metal titans.  Germany boasts many Metal legends; Primal Fear included. Yes, this is my Metal opinion and Metal Is Forever/The Very Best Of Primal Fear is: Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

The Metal Classics (Bonus CD) of cover songs is nothing short of sensational! Primal Fear took these Metal Classics and emblazoned them with their own Metal potency and earth-shaking glory! The Judas Priest classic Metal Gods and Iron Maiden’s iconic Two Minutes To Midnight are amazingly covered by Primal Fear! Covering top-tier Metal legends is often times unthinkable; still I have two words for what Primal Fear accomplished with their Metal Classics: Metal breathtaking.

Just this album title alone says it all. Metal Is Forever. If you are a Primal Fear fan, you know all about the absolute power that Primal Fear brings with their Metal. In the event you are not familiar with Primal Fear, this double CD is an incredible introduction to their world of true and spirited Power Metal. The time is now to get your ears and senses into the Metal of Primal Fear. Metal be thy name.

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METAL IS FOREVER – THE VERY BEST OF PRIMAL FEAR

CD 1 – Track Listing:

Metal Is Forever

Chainbreaker

Seven Seals

Nuclear Fire

Final Embrace

The Healer

Rollercoaster

Armageddon

Angel In Black

Under Your Spell

Evil Spell

Running In The Dust

Suicide And Mania

Iron Fist In A Velvet Glove

Fear

Tears Of Rage

CD 2 – Metal Classics Track Listing:

Out Of The Fields (bonus track)

Kill The King (bonus track)

Speedking (bonus track)

Die Young (bonus track)

Metal Gods (bonus track)

Breaker (bonus track)

Seek And Destroy (bonus track)

Two Minutes To Midnight (bonus track)

The Rover (bonus track)

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LONG LIVE PRIMAL FEAR.

METAL IS FOREVER.

Stone.

VISION DIVINE – Progressive Power Metallers Post New Track From Forthcoming Full-Length

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, metal music, Music, Power Metal, power metal bands, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on August 31, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

Progressive Power Metal troupe, VISION DIVINE, recently posted a new track, Mermaids From Their Moons, from their forthcoming new full-length. Titled Destination Set To Nowhere, the 11-track concept album is scheduled to drop in North America on September 18, 2012 via Eagle Rock imprint Armoury Records. Featuring founding guitarist/songwriter Olaf Thorsen (Labyrinth) and singer Fabio Lione (Rhapsody, Rhapsody Of Fire, Kamelot live), the band’s seventh studio offering delivers a melting pot of epic Metal anthems with a futuristic concept that follows a man’s journey through outer space in a quest to escape the social and political injustices of planet Earth.

In a 4.5/5 rating Metal Underground commended the band for their “beautiful classic progressive elements blended with driving riffs,” Metal Temple applauded VISION DIVINE  for offering “an accessible showcase of musical prowess and utter creativity to step into what could be in the not so far future,” and crowned the release a candidate for album of the year, while Axis Of Metal notes: “VISION DIVINE really perfect that floating, futuristic atmosphere that bands like Pagan’s Mind, Manticora and Alchemist also feature heavily in their Power Metal.”

VISION DIVINE:

Fabio Lione – Vocals

Olaf Thorsen – Guitars

Federico Puleri – Guitars

Alessio Lucatti – Keyboards, Piano

Andrea “Tower” Torricini – Bass

Alessandro Bissa – Drums

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(Source: Earsplit PR)

For more info on VISION DIVINE, click on the link below!

http://www.visiondivine.com

LONG LIVE VISION DIVINE.

Stone.

VISION DIVINE – To Release New Studio Album “Destination Set To Nowhere” This Fall

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, metal music, Music, Power Metal, power metal bands, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on August 2, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

Progressive Power Metal voyagers VISION DIVINE, the band founded by guitarist/songwriter Olaf Thorsen (Labyrinth) and singer Fabio Lione (known for his work in Rhapsody, Rhapsody Of Fire and most recently for having served as lead vocalist with Kamelot during their Poetry For The Poisoned tour) announce the release of their new studio album, Destination Set To Nowhere. Set to drop in North America on September 18, 2012 via Eagle Rock imprint Armoury Records, the band’s seventh full-length offers up a melting pot of Epic Metal anthems with a futuristic twist.

Featuring 11 tracks, the saga follows a man’s journey through outer space. He, along with other like-minded individuals, fled the earth out of social-political frustration. Together they eventually locate a new planet to inhabit where they could truly live out their visions of peace. Slowly though, they revert to the same ideologies they meant to leave behind. The only escape is to set out again, one man leaving alone: destination set to nowhere.

Comments Olaf Thorsen of the offering: “We are sure this album will finally give us the chance to show all of our potential; we worked hard on it in order to give the best possible album. In the end, we went even beyond our expectations thanks to the excitement and the good vibes we got from starting this adventure.”

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Destination Set To Nowhere Track Listing:

1. S´io fosse foco

2. The Dream Maker

3. Beyond The Sun And Far Away

4. The Ark

5. Mermaids From Their Moons

6. The Lighthouse

7. Message To Home

8. The House Of The Angels

9. The Sin Is You

10. Here We Die

11. Destination Set To Nowhere

VISION DIVINE:

Fabio Lione – Vocals

Olaf Thorsen – Guitars

Federico Puleri – Guitars

Alessio Lucatti – Keyboards, Piano

Andrea “Tower” Torricini – Bass

Alessandro Bissa – Drums

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(Source: Earsplit PR)

For more info on VISION DIVINE, click on the links below!

http://www.visiondivine.com

https://www.facebook.com/visiondivineofficial

http://www.eaglerockent.com

https://www.facebook.com/EagleRockEnt

LONG LIVE VISION DIVINE.

Stone.

POWER THEORY – Announces Addition Of Second Guitarist; Local Live Dates Announced

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, metal music, Music, Power Metal, power metal bands, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on July 31, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

Philadelphia-based Trad Metal band Power Theory would like to welcome renowned Metal guitarist Steve Stegg, into our family as our newest band member. Steve is a founding member and former guitarist for Blood Feast, Sleepy Hollow, and Tapping the Vein.

“Power Theory has been looking to add a second dual rhythm/lead guitarist since the end of the recording sessions for An Axe to Grind, but our commitments haven’t given us the time to do anything but start to compile a list of potential candidates,” guitarist Bob “BB” Ballinger explained.

“Steve is a great friend and supporter of the band, and has been a regular at our local shows; in fact he replaced me as the Colossus guitarist and played with Jay Pekala prior to his first Sleepy Hollow tenure. We would always jokingly added Steve as our top candidate when we discussed it, but knew he was very busy with Sleepy Hollow and there was no chance, so we moved on to other names” added BB. “Steve informed us he had become available  in mid July and was interested in jamming to see if there was chemistry and it was evident from the first few minutes it was a great fit for both Power Theory and Steve.”

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Immediate plans for the band are two area shows in August:

August 11th 

FalloutZine Presents: at O’Reilly’s Pub in Philadelphia, PA – October 31, Anvil Bitch, Sinister Realm, Power Theory, Hammer Fight, and Mistress

August 19th 

Magnetar Media and Biz R Entertainment Present at Jimmy’s Place in Allentown, PA: North American Assault – White Wizzard, Icarus Witch, Widow, Power Theory, and Infernal Opera

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“We will then take a short break from live shows to start demo tracking for a new full length CD we are planning to start recording in February  2013 and release in 2013 as well. We are currently negotiating with a legendary artist/producer for the project (more to come soon on that). Steve will be a very big part of the writing and recording process for the new album, and we will resume some live shows in October 2012. European dates are being planned for 2013 with Red Lion Music as well as Warriors of Metal Fest VI, and some US tour dates with Axxenstar and Taberah for summer 2013.”

Power Theory released An Axe to Grind on June 29th via Pure Steel Records. The album is available at http://www.powertheory.net

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(Source: ClawHammer PR)

For more info on POWER THEORY, click on the link below!

http://www.powertheory.net

LONG LIVE POWER THEORY.

Stone.

ICED EARTH – Confirmed To Play At the Kalaset Festival, Lulea, Sweden

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, metal music, Music, Power Metal, power metal bands, rock festivals, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on March 6, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

As reported on The Official Iced Earth Website:

Mark your calendars. Fans in Sweden…get ready! Iced Earth has just been confirmed to play the Kalaset Festival!

More information will be announced on our Tour page when it becomes available.

Date: August 4, 2012

Place: Sweden

City: Lulea

Festival: Kalaset Festival

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For more info on ICED EARTH, click on the links below:

www.IcedEarth.com

http://www.youtube.com/officialicedearth

For more info on the Kalaset Festival, click on link below:

 http://www.kalaset.se/

LONG LIVE ICED EARTH.

Stone.

CAGE – ‘Hell Destroyer vs. Metal Devil’ Video: Prodigious Power Metal Intensified!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, heavy metal videos, metal music, Music, Power Metal, power metal bands, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , on February 28, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

CAGE – Originating from San Diego, California, is one hell of an amazing Power Metal / Classic Heavy Metal band globally known as: CAGE. Led by frontman Sean “The Hell Destroyer” Peck and his Metal falsetto, both he and band are an American Metal paragon to hear!

Supremacy Of Steel, the sixth studio album from CAGE, was released back on December 13th, 2011, via music by mail distro on their own Heavy Metal media label imprint. The vinyl release for Supremacy Of Steel will be released on April 27th, 2012, via Pure Steel Records. Hell Destroyer vs Metal Devil is a blazing Power Metal song that never relents for a micro-second. The driving guitars and resounding rhythm section combine with Sean’s vocals, for a pure listen into Power Metal on high!

Listen to the Power Metal brilliance of CAGE and check out the stunning animated video below! “From the Supremacy of Steel album, the final battle between The Hell Destroyer and the Metal Devil”. This is what Power Metal is all about! Metal be thy name!

CAGE:

Sean “The Hell Destroyer” Peck – Vocals

Dave “Conan” Garcia – guitars

Pete “Hands of” Stone – Bass guitar

Steve “MetalBrog” Brogden – guitars

Norm “The Legend” Leggio – drums

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For more info on CAGE, click on the links below:

http://www.cageheavymetal.com

http://www.myspace.com/cageheavymetal

http://www.twitter.com/cageheavymetal

LONG LIVE CAGE.

Stone.

SONATA ARCTICA – ‘Stones Grow Her Name’ Releases In May, More Album Details

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, metal music, Music, Power Metal, power metal bands, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on February 25, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

Finland’s SONATA ARCTICA have named their seventh studio album Stones Grow Her Name. Recorded in several studios all over Finland, mixed at Sonic Pump Studios by Mikko Karmila and mastered at Chartmakers by Svante Forsbäck, the album will be released in Europe on May 18th and in North America on May 22nd.

SONATA ARCTICA vocalist Tony Kakko comments:

“Our newest adventure is only a final touch short of being ready. The recordings went extremely well and the mixing is in schedule. Have to say I am enjoying myself greatly. I’ve had a very hard and work- filled two-year period writing the songs while touring extensively with our previous album The Days Of Grays, but it has all been worth it! Yet again, we are introducing new things to keep the music alive and interesting. New elements, styles and new moods, talented guest artists and ideas for the enjoyment of the loyal friends of our music. Can’t wait for you to get your hands and ears on Stones Grow Her Name! Hope to see you all again on tour! Be well!“

The track listing for the standard jewel case version will be:

01. Only The Broken Hearts (Make You Beautiful)
02. Shitload Of Money
03. Losing My Insanity
04. Somewhere Close To You
05. I Have A Right
06. Alone In Heaven
07. The Day
08. Cinderblox
09. Don’t Be Mean
10. Wildfire II
11. Wildfire III

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(Source: Nuclear Blast News)

For more info on SONATA ARCTICA, click on the links below:

http://www.sonataarctica.info

http://www.youtube.com/user/SonataArctica

LONG LIVE SONATA ARCTICA.

Stone.

SABATON – Album Details, Cover Art and Track Listing Revealed for Carolus Rex

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, metal music, Music, Power Metal, power metal bands, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on February 18, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

Swedish epic Power Metallers SABATON have revealed a bunch of details for the bands upcoming album Carolus Rex which will be released May 25 via Nuclear Blast Records.

The lyrics for the CD deal with the Swedish Empire (referring to the Kingdom of Sweden between 1561 and 1721) and are sung entirely in Swedish.

Commented the band: “For the first time ever we have had an expert to help us out with the theme, the well-known Swedish historian Bengt Liljegren. We have also added some extra time in the studio to find the absolute right sound on ‘Carolus Rex’, and our producer, Peter Tägtgren, says that this album will mark a brand new standard for how a Heavy Metal album should sound like!”

Liljegren’s previously published works include acclaimed biographies of Karl XII among others. He also appeared in the popular Swedish TV series “Boston Tea Party”.

The album’s release will be followed by a two-year world tour.

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CAROLUS REX – Track Listing:

01. Dominium Maris Baltici
02. Lejonet Från Norden
03. Gott Mit Uns
04. En Livstid I Krig
05. 1 6 4 8
06. Karolinens Bön
07. Carolus Rex
08. Ett Slag Färgat Rött
09. Poltava
10. Konungens Likfärd
11. Ruina Imperii

(Source: Nuclear Blast News)

For more info on SABATON, click on the link below:

http://www.sabaton.net

http://www.youtube.com/sabaton

LONG LIVE SABATON.

Stone.

IRON MASK: New Album ‘Black As Death’ To See February North American Release Via AFM Records

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, melodic metal, metal music, Music, Power Metal, power metal bands, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 4, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

Black As Death, the new album from Belgian Neo-Classical Power Metal masters IRON MASK, will be released stateside this February 14th, following its European release in December.

What started as a side project for Magic Kingdom guitar master Dushan Petrossi a decade ago, has taken on a life of its own, IRON MASK eventually becoming the more popular of the two outfits.

Following the release of 2009’s Shadow of the Red Baron, the blistering Black As Death is IRON MASK‘s fourth LP in a decade. Boasting over an hour of the band’s renowned talent through a diverse array of lightning-fast Metal, glorious ballads, dizzying neo-classical arrangements and straightforward Hard Rock thunder. Dushan Petrossi and his band merge exceptional musical prowess with epic accessibility, making Black As Death a must-hear for fans of Firewind, Dio, Iron Maiden, Yngwie Malmsteen and Rainbow.

BLACK AS DEATH – Track Listing:

From Light Into The Dark

Black As Death

Broken Hero

Feel The Fire

Genghis Khan

God Punishes, I Kill

Rebel Kid

Blizzard Of Doom

The Absence

Magic Sky Requiem

Nosferatu

When All Braves Fall

(Source: Earsplit PR)

IRON MASK – Lineup:

vocals – Mark Boals (Holy Force, The Codex, ex-Royal Hunt, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen, etc.)

vocals – Roma Siadletski (Magic Kingdom)

guitars – Dushan Petrossi (Magic Kingdom)

bass – Vassili Moltchanov (Magic Kingdom)

drums – Ramy Ali (Evidence One, Justice)

keyboards – Mats Olausson (ex-Ark, ex-Yngwie J. Malmsteen, etc.)

* For more info on IRON MASK, click on the links below:

http://www.iron-mask.com

http://www.dushanpetrossi.com

http://www.afm-records.de

LONG LIVE IRON MASK.

Stone.

SABATON – New Album Details Revealed, Release Party Scheduled For Los Angeles!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, metal music, Music, Power Metal, power metal bands, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on January 5, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

Swedish Power Metal superstars SABATON just issued the following statement, revealing first details on the bands upcoming album:

“We can now confirm the rumors, the new SABATON album will be called Carolus Rex and in a few days we will start recording it. At the moment we cannot reveal any information about it, other than that it will be available at the end of May this year. We felt it was time for America to get something of a special show and this time the release party will be in Los Angeles, California. This show will be the only US West Coast show and it will be the world premiere of new songs.

-Happy new year, friends!“

(Source: Nuclear Blast News)

* For more info on SABATON, click on the links below:

http://www.sabaton.net

http://www.twitter.com/sabaton

http://www.youtube.com/sabaton

LONG LIVE SABATON.

Stone.

IRON SAVIOR ‘The Landing’ – German Power Metal Force Returns, In A Mammoth Way!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, Power Metal, power metal bands, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , on January 4, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

IRON SAVIOR – If there is one grand lesson learned after listening to Iron Savior’s new studio album The Landing, it is proclaimed quite clearly on track #5: Heavy Metal Never Dies. This juggernaut of a German Power Metal band have once again provided as potent a punch of exhilarating Heavy Metal as ever, with The Landing. This new Iron Savior palette of Power Metal bliss will be released in North America on January 17, 2012, on AFM Records. Trust me, this album is a gemstone to seek out. So damn fine is The Landing that it’s brought tears of Heavy Metal joy to my eyes.

My Metal advice for when you are ready to sink your ears and senses into The Landing, is best summed up from these lyrics of Heavy Metal Never Dies: “Turn on the music, let it purify your mind”. In a vast world of Power Metal bands, Iron Savior has reinstated they are to be reckoned with whether you like it or not and The Landing is their Heavy Metal arsenal of 2012… one that cannot be contained nor denied.

Iron Savior fans may have waited four years for this new powerful offering of Heavy Metal thunder, only it was well worth the wait. This is a band that sounds pumped-up and ready for Power Metal battle, from start to finish on The Landing. This album is a total package of Power Metal on high, which features more impressive guitar leads, riffs and solos than I can count. Piet Sielck without any doubt in my Metal mind, belongs with the very best of Power/Heavy Metal vocalists, at commanding a song and bringing it to greater heights.

If there ever was to be a song from 2012 that I will turn to consistently for immediate psyche-you-out Metal gratification, then that song is Hall Of The Heroes. Metal be thy name. Hall Of The Heroes can now enjoy its deserved place on my list of All-Time Favorite Metal Songs. Ring that Metal bell and declare all posers to hell, cause Iron Savior has cast one unbelievable Metal spell with Hall Of The Heroes. Oh, the vocals of Piet Sielck, oh, that guitar solo… oh, that riveting rhythm section, oh, that chorus… simply an amazing song. Simply an amazing album.

If you consider yourself a Metal martyr and Defender Of The Faith… buy The Landing and play IRON SAVIOR very, very, LOUD… while your uncontrollable Heavy Metal pride explodes from your Metal soul, spilling upon all those around you. Metal be thy name… forever.

“In crimson sand, the heroes still stand” – IRON SAVIOR

IRON SAVIOR:

Piet Sielck – lead vocals, guitar

Yenz Leonhardt – backing vocals, bass

Joachim “Piesel” Küstner – backing vocals, guitar

Thomas Nack – drums and miscellaneous percussion

THE LANDING – Track Listing:

Descending

The Savior

Starlight

March Of Doom

Heavy Metal Never Dies

Moment In Time

Hall Of The Heroes

R.U. Ready

Faster Than All

Before The Pain

No Guts No Glory

IRON SAVIOR – THE LANDING Receives 5 out of 5 METAL FISTS.

* For more info on IRON SAVIOR, click on the links below:

http://www.iron-savior.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Iron-Savior/32522033805

http://www.afm-records.de

LONG LIVE IRON SAVIOR.

Stone.

SABATON – “Bandit Rock Awards” And Tour Video Online!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, metal music, Music, Power Metal, power metal bands, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , on December 23, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

SABATON – Swedish epic Power Metallers SABATON have just finished the fantastic 1.5 year long “World War Tour” with a great show in Antwerp.

Watch the clip from this “final battle” right here:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Em5J7n3lVCk

After this great tour with epic shows, SABATON needs your support now:
The band is nominated at the “Bandit Rock Awards” for “Best Band” (Bästa grupp/artist) and for “Best Live-Act” (Bästa live-akt).

Support the guys, surf to http://www.bandit.se/rockawards/vote and make sure to vote for SABATON in both categories.

Thanks for your support!

(Source: Nuclear Blast News)

Stone.

IRON SAVIOR: First Album In Four Years Set For January North American Release On AFM Records

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, metal music, Music, Power Metal, power metal bands, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on December 14, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

IRON SAVIOR, currently one of the most popular German Heavy/Power Metal bands return with their new album this January. Following their acclaimed Megatropolis album over four years ago, the Hamburg-based are ready to douse fans with their scorching Classic Metal thunder once again with the release of their new opus, The Landing, with a confirmed North American street date of January 17, 2012 via AFM Records.

On The Landing, IRON SAVIOR´s classic Condition Red lineup has been reunited, resulting in the expected impressive blend of power riffs, haunting melodies and rough, expressive vocals of the band’s landmark sound together with full force, while also achieving their most versatile and varied album to date. Like the band’s previous albums, The Landing was recorded at founding vocalist/guitarist Piet Sielck´s Powerhouse Studio, and yields eleven powerful anthems, as always the songs loaded with the band’s intriguing science fiction concepts. Check out the cover artwork and more at this location.

The Landing Track Listing:

1. Descending

2. The Savior

3. Starlight

4. March Of Doom

5. Heavy Metal Never Dies

6. Moment In Time

7. Hall Of The Heroes

8. R. U. Ready

9. Faster Than All

10. Before The Pain

11. No Guts No Glory

* For more info on IRON SAVIOR, click on the links below:

http://www.iron-savior.com

http://www.afm-records.de

Stone.

BRAINSTORM “On The Spur Of The Moment” – Sophomore Album On AFM Records Releasing In North America On November 8th, 2011

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, Power Metal, power metal bands, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , on October 13, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

Following the band’s first album under the AFM banner with 2009’s lauded Memorial Roots, German Power Metal kings BRAINSTORM will set loose their sophomore full-length for the label with the North American release of On The Spur Of The Moment on November 8th. An AFM label priority, the newest product of this fine German export — the band’s ninth full-length release to date — On The Spur Of The Moment is an incredible Power Metal album, that more than ever emphasizes the exceptional status of BRAINSTORM within the diehard Power Metal communities of the world.

Showcasing the band’s musicianship on all levels, the record takes their majestic Power Metal energy to greater heights with an incredibly layered ten anthems, recorded by Axel Heckert in Ludwigsburg, Germany’s Studio 22. BRAINSTORM‘s tight-knit lineup of vocalist Andy B. Franck, guitarists Torsten Ihlenfeld and Milan Loncaric, bassist Antonio Ieva and drummer Dieter Bernert remains solid.

Stone Says: God as my Metal witness, BRAINSTORM has released an optimal dosage of potent Power Metal with On The Spur Of The Moment. I’ve given this new album a couple of listens already and I’m convinced BRAINSTORM shall be a Power Metal force to reckon with for a very, very long time. Buy On The Spur Of The Moment and don’t be left in the dark. Missing out on a premier Power Metal band such as BRAINSTORM is not an option you want to take. Metal be thy name.

On The Spur Of The Moment – Track Listing:

01. Below The Line

02. In The Blink Of An Eye

03. Temple Of Stone

04. In These Walls

05. Still Insane

06. Dark Life

07. No Saint – No Sinner

08. Where Your Actions Lead You To Live

09. A Life On Hold

10. My Own Hell

(Source: Earsplit PR)

* For more cool info, click on the links below:

http://www.brainstorm-web.net

AFM Records

LONG LIVE BRAINSTORM.

Stone.

GRAVE DIGGER – “The Clans Will Rise Again” Releases October 12th In U.S.!!

Posted in hard rock bands, hard rock music, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal bands, heavy metal music, heavy metal news, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, Power Metal, power metal bands, power metal music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 9, 2010 by Metal Odyssey

GRAVE  DIGGER – 2010 marks the 30th Anniversary of Grave Digger, further cementing their legendary Heavy, Speed and Power Metal status with the release of their 15th studio album – The Clans Will Rise Again. This new studio album from Grave Digger has a U.S. release date of October 12th, on Napalm Records. * The European release date was October 1st, 2010.

Germany is the birthplace for many important Heavy Metal Bands over the decades, (ACCEPT, Scorpions, HelloweenGamma Ray, Kreator and Edguy to name a many few), with Grave Digger bestowing their very own identity, brand and sound as well. You cannot discount Grave Digger, when the topic of German Heavy Metal Bands of influence comes up.

Axel Ritt has taken over all guitar duties as the newest member of Grave Digger on The Clans Will Rise Again. Guitarists Thilo Hermann and Manni Schmidt left Grave Digger, due to personal and musical differences, before entering the studio to record The Clans Will Rise Again.

There is no better time of the year than October, to have a brand new studio album released from Grave Digger! With the days growing shorter with sunlight and Halloween only a few weeks away, this new Grave Digger album will be a welcomed listen to my Metal scorched ears!

GRAVE DIGGER:

Chris Boltendahl – vocals

Axel Ritt – guitars

Jens Becker – bass

Stefan Arnold – drums

Hans Peter Katzenburg – piano & keys

* For more info on GRAVE DIGGER, just click on the cool links below:

GRAVE DIGGER CLAN.com

GRAVE DIGGER – myspace music

* Check out the music video for Highland Farewell below! This song is on The Clans Will Rise Again. A Potent and Power packed song that grabbed my Metal attention from the opening bagpipes!

Track Listing For The Clans Will Rise Again:

Days Of Revenge

Paid In Blood

Hammer Of The Scots

Highland Farewell

The Clans Will Rise Again

Rebels

Valley Of Tears

Execution

Whom The Gods Love

Spider

The Piper McLeod

Coming Home

When Rain Turns To Blood

Watch Me Die (Bonus Track)

LONG LIVE GRAVE DIGGER!

Stone.

HELLOWEEN “7 Sinners” Releases November 9, 2010 In U.S.! Some HELLOWEEN thoughts…

Posted in Hard Rock, hard rock albums, hard rock bands, hard rock music, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal bands, heavy metal music, heavy metal news, metal odyssey, Music, power metal albums, power metal bands, power metal music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 7, 2010 by Metal Odyssey

HELLOWEEN – Power Metal pioneers and ultra iconic, HELLOWEEN will be releasing their 13th full-length studio album, 7 Sinners, via The End Records, on November 9th, 2010. (This is the U.S. release date). Originating from Germany, Helloween is an influential and important band in the history of Metal. Since their 1985 album release – Walls Of Jericho, Helloween has been an undisputed leader in the Power Metal genre. I’ll never forget buying Walls Of Jericho on cassette years ago… I thought I was the coolest dude on the block for stumbling onto Helloween. Even though I have Walls Of Jericho on CD, I never let go of the cassette version.

Kai Hansen was terrific as the lead vocalist and guitarist for Helloween. (Gamma Ray obviously gets my Metal endorsement to the fullest). Michael Kiske was formidable as the lead vocalist for Helloween, his vocals on Keeper Of The Seven Keys Part I are legendary. I’d have to pick Keeper Of The Seven Keys Part I as my favorite Helloween album of all time… alright, tied with Walls Of Jericho! It’s not that easy, in choosing my favorite Helloween album of all time. (Chameleon from 1993… is not my favorite).

Yes, I even liked Unarmed – Best Of 25th Anniversary, which was released on March 30, 2010. No, it was not the Power Metal force we have all come to expect from Helloween, only this album I found to be a very cool listen. Some of the greatest Helloween songs ever, were re-structured with string arrangements and a choir. Dr. Stein really gets a Rock ‘N’ Roll makeover that I find to be a fun listen. At the end of the Metal day though, I’m sure relieved and psyched that Helloween is back, with their potent Power Metal that I’m expecting on 7 Sinners.

Andi Deris is an incredible vocalist as well, he can sing Metal lights out. Whoa… can Andi carry a note and sing the roof off. I can honestly say that Gambling With The Devil from 2007 is so powerful, that having a “three way tie” for my #1 Helloween album is Metal justified. Gambling With The Devil is simply put… riveting. Plus… I’ll throw in the Metal fact that founding member and guitarist MichaelWeiki” Weikath is a super nice guy to interview, one of the “good guys” of Metal… hands down. Kai Hansen is also a super nice guy to talk to… a genuine class act.

So, yeah, I get all pumped up anytime Helloween is about to release a new album. This is a band that I could easily write 500,000 words about and still want to write more. Seriously though, how many bands have their been in Metal, or any Rock genre for that matter, that can boast having “3” amazing lead vocalists in their bands history? Not too many I would imagine. I’m really looking forward to getting my copy of 7 Sinners… and on that day I’m going to be one psyched-out Metalhead. Those are my Metal thoughts for now about Helloween… I’m certain I’ll be reviewing 7 Sinners come November, you can bet your bottom Metal dollar on that one!

* For more info on HELLOWEEN, just click on the link below:

HELLOWEEN – Official Website

HELLOWEEN

Track Listing For HELLOWEEN – 7 Sinners:

Where The Sinners Go

Are You Metal?

Who Is Mr. Madman?

Raise The Noise

World Of Fantasy

Long Live The King

The Smile Of The Sun

You Stupid Mankind

If A Mountain Could Talk

The Sage, The Fool, The Sinner

My Sacrifice

Not Yet Today

Far In The Future

* The premium version of 7 Sinners will include a deluxe digpak, extended booklet and an exclusive bonus track. (Source: Helloween Official Website)

LONG LIVE HELLOWEEN!

Stone.


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