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MAELSTROM – Ignites The CMJ Loud Rock Charts With “It Was Predestined”; Follow Up Album In The Works

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, Metal, metal music, Music, news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on February 7, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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Long Island-based Heavy Metal powerhouse MAELSTROM has issued an update regarding the enormous reception received by the Halloween 2012 digital reissue of their critically acclaimed  EP, It Was Predestined. Widely-praised by critics across the globe in 2009, when the EP was originally self-released, and again last year when Itchy Metal Entertainment (IME) offered the release to Metal fans worldwide, It Was Predestined exploded onto the CMJ Loud Rock charts this month. MAELSTROM vocalist Gary Vosganian had this to say about the accomplishment:

“It is with great pride that I can say – MaelstroM has hit the US radio charts with our EP It Was Predestined – debuting at #20 on the Nationwide CMJ Loud Rock charts and as the 4th most added album in the country. Thank you to all that have helped and have been fans since the start and congrats to my partner in this effort the true guitar virtuoso Mr. Joey Lodes. Our label partners Itchy Metal Entertainment our PR group ClawHammer PR and of course our radio promoter Munsey Ricci and Skateboard Marketing Ltd. without whom this would have never happened, and of course all the fantastic Djs that are supporting us with their spins – it is sincerely appreciated. There is much work to be done as guitar tracking for the balance of the album has begun this week. But I will take a little time to really absorb the news about CMJ and celebrate this victory! Thanks again to all the fans who have stuck by MaelstroM, your unwavering support has been amazing. Keep it Heavy!”

As Vosganian stated, the band is currently at work on new material for the follow-up to It Was Predestined. Details on the next release will be announced as they come. Stay tuned!

It Was Predestined is available at http://www.itchymetal.com. Famed music journalist Martin Popoff called the release “A symphony of progressiveness the likes of which has pretty much never been articulated, invented, or heard, before now,” and world-renowned publications such as Terrorizer, Metal Hammer and MetalSucks.net all sang MAELSTROM’s praises upon the EP’s release.

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To read the Metal Odyssey review for It Was Predestined, just click on that cool link below! Whoa!

MAELSTROM “It Was Predestined” – 3 Song EP Makes It’s Epic Metal Presence Known

(It Was Predestined review was posted on Metal Odyssey, on November 18, 2011)

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(Source: ClawHammer PR)

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

facebook: MaelstroM

http://www.metalmaelstrom.com

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A METAL HAILS TO MAELSTROM!

LONG LIVE MAELSTROM.

Stone.

MAELSTROM “It Was Predestined” – Out Now On Itchy Metal Entertainment

Posted in epic metal, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , on October 31, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

Originally released to the underground in 2009, MAELSTROM’s It Was Predestined is now available in digital format via Los Angeles’ Itchy Metal Entertainment (IME).

Few self-released EPs have been met with the kind of critical acclaim and fan reception as It Was Predestined. Famed music journalist Martin Popoff called the release “A symphony of progressiveness the likes of which has pretty much never been articulated, invented, or heard, before now,” and world-renowned publications such as Terrorizer, Metal Hammer and MetalSucks.net all sang MAELSTROM’s praises upon the EP’s release.

When MAELSTROM signed with IME earlier this year, it seemed only natural for the EP to be offered once again to metal fans around the world. Visit http://www.itchymetal.com to order your copy today.

For more on MAELSTROM, visit facebook: MaelstroM

Check out the video below of MAELSTROM guitarist and Julliard guest lecturer Joey Lodes in the studio demoing solos for the EP.

International Critical Praise for It Was Predestined:

Named in the Top two Unsigned Bands Worldwide – Terrorizer

Demo of the Month, January 2009 – Rock Hard

“Fusing a dizzying array of styles – death, power, thrash and prog-metal – with cinematic elements, jaw-dropping musicality and Gary Vosganian’s eccentric, staccato vocals, cult New York band Maelstrom have ended a two-decade hiatus to present something thunderously unique.” – Metal Hammer

A symphony of progressiveness the likes of which has pretty much never been articulated, invented, or heard, before now.- Martin Popoff – Editor in Chief BWBK 

“This band is on their way to becoming the next big thing.” – Metal Asylum

“Pagan/folk/viking/whatever metal has fallen out of favor since it momentarily exploded onto the scene in 2008-2009, but every so often a band in that micro-genre comes along that piques our interest. Long Island crew MaelstroM have some of the trademarks of that genre – vocals that occasionally soar, fantasy-themed artwork, keyboards – but theirs is a brand that’s distinctly thrashier and a whole lot less cheesy than most of what we hear. Great guitar work, too.” – Metal Sucks

“These tracks will leave you breathless…their power is undeniable” – The Gauntlet

“It Was Predestined is a flattering combination of old school and new school power, and it works surprisingly well.” – Metal Review

“Maelstrom is not your typical power metal act and It Was Predestined is going to strike a nerve with classic fans.” – Teeth of the Divine

“MaelstroM are not only back, they’re stronger than ever and dedicated to bringing their wildly inventive brand of metal to a new generation of listeners.” – Ultimate Guitar

“Maelstrom are a mean and snarly power metal band, and they aren’t afraid to keep things raw instead of sparkly.” – Unrestrained!

“If you love huge, massively melodic metal with an off the wall touch, ‘It Was Predestined’ is worth a listen.” – Chronicles of Chaos

MAELSTROM:

Gary Vosganian – Vocals

Joey Lodes – Guitars, Bass, Keys

Daniel Kleffmann – Drums

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To read Stone’s review of It Was Predestined, just click on the link below! Whoa!

MAELSTROM “It Was Predestined” – 3 Song EP Makes It’s Epic Metal Presence Known

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(Source: ClawHammer PR)

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

http://www.metalmaelstrom.com

LONG LIVE MAELSTROM.

Stone.

Critically Acclaimed MAELSTROM EP “It Was Predestined” To Be Released On Itchy Metal Entertainment

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on October 3, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

Few self-released albums or demos get the kind of international industry-wide praise that MAELSTROM’s It Was Predestined enjoyed when it was circulated throughout the underground in 2008-2009. That’s why the news of MAELSTROM’s signing to Los Angeles’ Itchy Metal Entertainment (IME) and the announcement of the official digital release of It Was Predestined on Halloween, October 31, 2012, is a truly celebratory event.

IME President Ed Fassio had this to say about MAELSTROM’s crosscutting appeal:

“To create anything that appeals across the ages is challenging. Commercially, new styles take time to be accepted and caution must be taken to avoid becoming too trendy. Yet history has proven, nobody can argue with the wide appeal of great music.”

In particular, Fassio credits the ability of heavy metal to attract new fans decade after decade. As this audience continues to grow, so does their affinity to the genre and that synergy seems to hinge on particular songs and styles that fuel the appeal. Such is the case of IME’s latest addition from Long Beach, New York: Genre bending band MAELSTROM, a hybrid fusing of Thrash, Death, Power, and Prog – creating a cinematic styling which nearly forges its own sub-genre.

Formed in the tumultuous fire storm known as the eighties, MAELSTROM took note of the European underground, blending classical melodies, heavy rhythms, and theatrical vocal progressions into a formation that would hail as the top drawing local act of their time. Honing their signature sound, MAELSTROM’s reach expanded well beyond domestic borders, gaining popularity and promise around the world until the thrash scene gave way to the Grunge-influenced decade of the nineties.

While the industry changed with the times, Maelstrom’s resolve became even stronger. Re-constructed by founding vocalist/lyricist Gary Peter Vosganian and Guitarist and chief songwriter, (Julliard guest lecturer, and Guitar Player Magazine and UltimateGuitar.com guest columnist), Joey Lodes along with percussionist Daniel Kleffmann – MAELSTROM was born again. This time, the band set out to rekindle their international audience and introduce their tried-and-true formula of metal to an interconnected, cross-cultural marketplace. This ambition and seasoned ability appealed to the team at IME.

“When first introduced to MAELSTROM, we put particular focus on production quality, use of original melody and specific evidence that their art could transcend beyond a particular highlight in history,” explains Fassio.

What Itchy Metal Entertainment found was an extremely well-networked band commanding over 30,000 Facebook “Likes” with phenomenal musical structure, business acumen and multidimensional demographic potential. Recently named to Terrorizer Magazine’s List of Top Two “Best unsigned Bands” worldwide, it seems that the industry is equally convinced that the world is once again, ready for MAELSTROM.

Through their new relationship with Itchy Metal Entertainment and dedication to success, MAELSTROM is a group fired up and headed to the next level.

“We firmly believe that awesome music is timeless, but that’s often demonstrated in mainstream capacities,” says Fassio. “We feel the same principle can apply in the underground scene and this band is hell-bent on proving it. MAELSTROM allows new direction for the label and revives fresh possibilities for the genre.”

Stream It Was Predestined in its entirety at MAELSTROM – bandcamp

International Critical Praise for It Was Predestined:

Named in the Top two Unsigned Bands Worldwide – Terrorizer

Demo of the Month, January 2009 – Rock Hard

“Fusing a dizzying array of styles – death, power, thrash and prog-metal – with cinematic elements, jaw-dropping musicality and Gary Vosganian’s eccentric, staccato vocals, cult New York band Maelstrom have ended a two-decade hiatus to present something thunderously unique.” – Metal Hammer

A symphony of progressiveness the likes of which has pretty much never been articulated, invented, or heard, before now.- Martin Popoff – Editor in Chief BWBK

“This band is on their way to becoming the next big thing.” – Metal Asylum

“Pagan/folk/viking/whatever metal has fallen out of favor since it momentarily exploded onto the scene in 2008-2009, but every so often a band in that micro-genre comes along that piques our interest. Long Island crew MaelstroM have some of the trademarks of that genre – vocals that occasionally soar, fantasy-themed artwork, keyboards – but theirs is a brand that’s distinctly thrashier and a whole lot less cheesy than most of what we hear. Great guitar work, too.” – Metal Sucks

“These tracks will leave you breathless…their power is undeniable” – The Gauntlet

“It Was Predestined is a flattering combination of old school and new school power, and it works surprisingly well.” – Metal Review

“Maelstrom is not your typical power metal act and It Was Predestined is going to strike a nerve with classic fans.” – Teeth of the Divine

“MaelstroM are not only back, they’re stronger than ever and dedicated to bringing their wildly inventive brand of metal to a new generation of listeners.” – Ultimate Guitar

“Maelstrom are a mean and snarly power metal band, and they aren’t afraid to keep things raw instead of sparkly.” – Unrestrained!

“If you love huge, massively melodic metal with an off the wall touch, ‘It Was Predestined’ is worth a listen.” – Chronicles of Chaos

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* To read Stone’s review of It Was Predestined, click on the link below!

MAELSTROM “It Was Predestined” – 3 Song EP Makes It’s Epic Metal Presence Known

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(Source: ClawHammer PR & Maelstrom)

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

Official facebook: MaelstroM

http://www.reverbnation.com/c./poni/142528055

LONG LIVE MAELSTROM.

Stone.

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