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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

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LONG LIVE NOCTURNA.

LONG LIVE THE UK.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

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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:

Voices Of Destiny - Crisis Cult - Track Listing - October 31 - 2014

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* For more info on VOICES OF DESTINY:

Facebook: Voices of Destiny

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.

WITHIN TEMPTATION – Acoustic Show At HMV London, February 4th, Has Sold Out!

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, news, rock music, rock music news, symphonic metal, world news with tags , , , , , , on January 15, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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As reported on the Within Temptation Facebook page:

Great news for friends in the UK!

Within Temptation will be doing an intimate acoustic show at a HMV store in London on Tuesday the 4th of February.

The show is completely sold out!

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Within Temptation’s new studio album, Hydra, will be released on February 4th, 2014, in the USA, via Nuclear Blast.

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* For more info on WITHIN TEMPTATION:

Facebook: Within Temptation

Website: http://www.within-temptation.com

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LONG LIVE WITHIN TEMPTATION.

Stone.

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!

AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER AT:

Within Temptation – Website: www.within-temptation.com

Nuclear Blast: http://smarturl.it/WT-Hydra-NB

Amazon: http://smarturl.it/WT-Hydra-AMZ

iTunes: http://smarturl.it/WT-Hydra-iTunes

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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LONG LIVE WITHIN TEMPTATION.

Stone.

FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE – EXCLUSIVELY OFFER THEIR OWN WINE TO EUROPEAN FANS!

Posted in Death Metal, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news, symphonic metal with tags , , , , , , on October 18, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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What better way to enjoy a fine blend of Italian Metal than having a glass of wine to go along with it? Perugia & Roma-based Brutal/Symphonic five-piece FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE now have two different varieties of wine available. This exclusive offer is only disposable for European customers via the band’s homepage.

Both white wine and red wine lovers will enjoy this very unique kind of merchandise, as “Ariadne” and “Minotaur” cover the most popular kinds of Italian drinking culture.

Stated the band: “We have spent a lot of time thinking about the best way to thank all our fans for the outstanding support we received throughout these years, a truly unique gift which could fully represent our Italian heritage and our strong connection with the Mediterranean culture. That’s why we decided to choose two of the most typical blends of our area, grown in the most prestigious vineyards, to deliver you this two high quality wines, inspired by the myth of the labyrinth of Knossos. Here’s to you: “Minotaur” and “Ariadne”!”

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You can purchase the FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE wine here: http://www.fleshgodapocalypse.com

The latest masterpiece of Italian Brutal-Symphonic-Metal-Majors FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE, Labyrinth, was released on August 16 (EU), August 19 (UK) and August 20 (US) via Nuclear Blast and is available here: http://smarturl.it/FleshgodApocalypseCD

Get your copy, take a listen and enjoy your exclusive FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE brand wine!

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(Source: Nuclear Blast)

* For More Info On FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE:

http://www.facebook.com/fleshgodapocalypse

http://www.youtube.com/fleshgodapocalypse

http://www.twitter.com/FApocalypse

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LONG LIVE FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE.

METAL BE THY NAME.

Stone.

RHAPSODY OF FIRE “Dark Wings Of Steel” – Album Cover Art and Track Listing

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

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Rhapsody Of Fire unveil cover artwork & tracklisting of their upcoming album Dark Wings Of Steel (out on November 22nd as CD, ltd. Digipak & ltd. Vinyl) via AFM Records.

Track Listing:

01. Vis Divina

02. Rising From Tragic Flames

03. Angel Of Light

04. Tears Of Pain

05. Fly To Crystal Skies

06. My Sacrifice

07. Silver Lake Of Tears

08. Custode Di Pace

09. A Tale Of Magic

10. Dark Wings Of Steel

11. Sad Mystic Moon

Bonus track on Digipak & Vinyl:

12. A Candle To Light (extended version)

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Fabio Lione – Vocals

Alex Staropoli – Keyboards

Tom Hess – Guitars

Roberto De Micheli – Guitars

Oliver Holzwarth – Bass

Alex Holzwarth – Drums

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* For More Info On RHAPSODY OF FIRE:

Facebook: Rhapsody Of Fire

http://www.rhapsodyoffire.com

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AFM RECORDS:

http://www.afm-records.de

http://shop.afm-records.de

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LONG LIVE RHAPSODY OF FIRE.

METAL BE THY NAME.

Stone.

EPICA – REVEAL “RETROSPECT” RELEASE DATE, ARTWORK AND TRACKLISTING

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news, symphonic metal with tags , , , , , , on September 1, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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Dutch Symphonic Metal band EPICA celebrated their 10th anniversary with a one-night-only event, dubbed Retrospect. The band was accompanied by the seventy piece Extended Reményi Ede Chamber Orchestra and the Miskolc National Theatre Choir, playing an unforgettable 3-hours best-of set.

According to respected Dutch newspaper the Volkskrant: “The band wrote a chapter of Dutch metal History” this evening. Rock Tribune (Belgium) thought it was “an unforgettable show”.

Ten high-definition cameras captured this very special sold-out show while EPICA played in front of nearly five thousand ecstatic fans in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. In addition to a collection of the band’s biggest hits from across the spectrum of their entire catalog, this once-in-a-lifetime spectacular also features the live debut of ‘Twin Flames’ and the previously unreleased ‘Retrospect’, covers of classics by Vivaldi, Pergolesi, and Oscar-winning film composer John Williams, two guest collaborations with the venerable Floor Jansen (NIGHTWISH, REVAMP), and a very special performance of their breakthrough single, ‘Quietus’, with founding members Jeroen Simons, Ad Sluijter, and Yves Huts.

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On the 8th of November Nuclear Blast will release Retrospect as a deluxe hardcover book with 48 pages. Both as a 2DVD/3CD and 2Blu-ray/3CD version. Retrospect will contain the following fan favorites:

01 – Introspect

02 – Monopoly on Truth

03 – Sensorium

04 – Unleashed

05 – Martyr of the Free Word

06 – Chasing the Dragon

07 – Presto

08 – Never Enough

09 – Stabat Mater Dolorosa

10 – Twin Flames

11 – Serenade of Self-Destruction

12 – Orchestral Medley

13 – The Divine Conspiracy ~Anniversary Edition~

14 – Delirium

15 – Blank Infinity

16 – The Obsessive Devotion

17 – Retrospect

18 – Battle of the Heroes & Imperial March

19 – Quietus

20 – The Phantom Agony

21 – Cry for the Moon

22 – Sancta Terra

23 – Design Your Universe

24 – Storm The Sorrow

25 – Consign To Oblivion

26 – Outrospect

Retrospect features this massive performance in its entirety, as well as exclusive interviews with all band members and behind-the-scenes footage from the show.

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(Source: Nuclear Blast)

* For More Info On EPICA:

http://www.epica.nl

http://www.facebook.com/epica

http://www.twitter.com/epica

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NUCLEAR BLAST:

http://www.nuclearblastusa.com/

http://www.nuclearblast.de

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LONG LIVE EPICA.

Stone.

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