Archive for melodic death metal

MONSTRANCE – Releases Updated Demo Track Featuring New Vocalist

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, music news, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , on March 14, 2018 by Metal Odyssey

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MONSTRANCE, composed of current and former members of CARCASS, MY DYING BRIDE, MALEDICTION and BAL-SAGOTH, has released an updated demo track of “Cerebral Bore Machine,” featuring new vocalist Rik Simpson. The track comes off the band’s forthcoming debut EP Injustice For All.

Led by Swansong-era CARCASS guitarist Carlo Regadas, MONSTRANCE recently signed with Transcending Records for the fall 2018 release of Injustice for All on CD and digital formats. Cosmic Key Creations will release the EP on limited-edition black and gold 12″ vinyl.

The video stream of “Cerebral Bore Machine” also reveals the cover artwork for Injustice For All. Check it out at or below:

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Carlo Regadas – Lead and Rhythm Guitars

Steven Hargraves – Rhythm Guitar (Ballpein)

Rich Mumford – Bass Guitar (Godthrymm / ex Malediction)

Rik Simpson – Vocals (Austerymn)

Dan Mullins – Drums (Blasphemer / ex My Dying Bride / ex Bal-Sagoth)


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LIGHT THIS CITY – Bay Area Melodic Death Metal Warriors Issue Teaser For First New Record In Ten Years

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, music news, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , , on March 10, 2018 by Metal Odyssey

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Bay Area Melodic Death Metal outfit LIGHT THIS CITY issues a new teaser video for the band’s first new album in ten years. Having completed the new LP in recent days, the trailer shows the reactivated outfit in the studio, leaking the very first traces of the anxiously awaited record.

After a decade of silence between albums, LIGHT THIS CITY has returned with ten blazing tracks that capture the band’s tendency towards extreme melody and intensity, honoring the Swedish sound of the ’90s. Having spent the past decade performing and touring in numerous other bands, the five members of LIGHT THIS CITY have only honed and shaped their skills and musicianship since their 2008-released Stormchaser. The album was recorded from December 2017 through February 2018 with Zack Ohren, who handled the band’s previous four full length albums, at Castle Ultimate Studios in Oakland, California, and features artwork by Tony Midi.

See the new LIGHT THIS CITY teaser video RIGHT HERE or below:

The new record will be released in CD, LP, and digital formats on May 25th; watch for the title, artwork, track listing, preorder links, audio samples, and more to be issued in the days ahead.

LIGHT THIS CITY began in 2002, when best friends Laura Nichol and Ben Murray decided to start a melodic death metal project in the vein of At the Gates, Carcass, In Flames, and all the Scandinavian bands that inspired them to play fast, melodic, crushing music, largely untouched by the American population of metalcore, deathcore, and numerous other subgenres of heavy metal that were ignoring the monstrous influences of the ’90s. After the sparks were lit, Nichol and Murray soon wrote their debut 2003 full-length, The Hero Cycle, which quickly landed them a deal with Prosthetic Records, who would go on to release the band’s following three albums.

As Murray and Nichol neared the end of high-school, LIGHT THIS CITY released 2005’s Remains Of The Gods, which sparked the rest of the band’s trajectory on Prosthetic Records, and saw the band touring heavily in support of their Bay Area brand of melodic-death metal infused thrash. Remains Of The Gods gained favorable reviews and it seemed as if the metal press knew what was in store for LIGHT THIS CITY.

Next came the band’s undeniably most popular album, Facing The Thousand. By the time Nichol and Murray had arrived into 2006, they were out of high-school, on the road full-time, with Steve Hoffman on guitar, Ryan “Hollywood” Hansen on lead guitar, and Jon Frost on bass. Facing The Thousand saw the band supporting a multitude of metal acts such as Death Angel, Vader, Malevolent Creation, Edguy, Into Eternity, All That Remains, Chimaira, Soilent Green, Darkest Hour, Suicide Silence, Misery Signals, and many more, gaining the band a rapid exposure into the metal mainstream.

After a three-year touring cycle the band retreated to Oakland to record their fourth album, Stormchaser, which saw a guest vocal appearance by Chuck Billy of Testament. Before the official release of the album, LIGHT THIS CITY disbanded before even having the chance to tour on their fourth and final effort.

In 2010, LIGHT THIS CITY played five final shows, dubbed The Final Thrash Attack, in which the band was able to celebrate the songs of Stormchaser, and give the fans a bit of closure that they never received with the band’s sudden disappearance from the world of heavy metal. In September of 2015, Darkest Hour requested that LIGHT THIS CITY play the San Francisco date of their twentieth anniversary tour. LIGHT THIS CITY quickly reunited within a few months to rehearse one final set that would celebrate the band’s four-album career. The show was absolutely one for the books, sparking the flame which lead the band to reunite, ten years later.


Laura Nichol – vocals

Ben Murray – drums

Ryan Hansen – lead guitar

Steve Hoffman – rhythm guitar

Jon Frost – bass


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ARCH ENEMY – Will To Power European Tour – Dates Announced!

Posted in concerts, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Music, music news, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , on January 18, 2018 by Metal Odyssey

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From ARCH ENEMY facebook:

Due to demand, the show in Geiselwind has been moved to a bigger venue! ALL remaining shows are close to being sold out, so you better get your ticket asap! See you soon!




On This Day In METAL History – May 4th… AMON AMARTH Edition!

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, news, rock music with tags , , , , , on May 4, 2016 by Metal Odyssey

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On May 4th, 2016AMON AMARTH are to perform at The Pageant in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA. Hail AMON AMARTH!

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On May 4th, 2016AMON AMARTH have their tenth studio album, Jomsviking, ranked at #8 on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart.

Amon Amarth - Deceiver Of The Gods - promo cover pic!

On May 4th, 2016AMON AMARTH have their ninth studio album, Deceiver Of The Gods, ranked at #68 on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. Dig it. This album was released back in 2013.

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On May 4th, 2016AMON AMARTH have their eighth studio album, Surtur Rising, ranked at #71 on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. This album was released back in 2011.

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On May 4th, 2016AMON AMARTH have their seventh studio album, Twilight Of The Thundergod, ranked at #72 on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. This album was released back in 2008.


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Canada’s VALYRIA Release “Steel Inquisition” Single

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, news, rock music with tags , , , , on February 13, 2016 by Metal Odyssey

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Canadian Progressive/Melodic Death Metallers VALYRIA have released new single Steel Inquisition. The single follows 2014 debut album Collatus and can be purchased and/or streamed at or below:

Steel Inquisition is also streaming on YouTube at this location.

Hailing from the northern lands of Alberta, VALYRIA has crafted a unique brand of power-infused Progressive Death Metal. Influenced by bands like WINTERSUN, THE FACELESS, and DRAGONFORCE, VALYRIA seeks to explore new sonic terrain with technical drums, inspiring keyboards, and engaging guitar work. Coupled with memorable lyrics based on film, literature, and history, VALYRIA‘s music is a blistering and exhilarating listening experience whether live or in your headphones.

In other news, VALYRIA is proud to be competing in the Prairies stage of Wacken Metal Battle Canada. See them live in Edmonton on March 20!

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Source: ClawHammer PR

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Metal Odyssey’s METAL Pick Of The Day Is: DISARMONIA MUNDI “Stormghost”

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, news, rock music with tags , , , , on December 2, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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DISARMONIA MUNDI – Italy’s DISARMONIA MUNDI made a triumphant return in 2015, in my Metal opinion, with their new studio album: Cold Inferno. This has been an album that I’ve turned to more than I had anticipated this past year and will happily admit, Cold Inferno has become a mainstay in my Metal listening cycle.

I love the way DISARMONIA MUNDI unites the melodic and extreme together, rather flawlessly I’ll add. Multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Ettore Rigotti is a Metal mastermind, in my Metal opinion. Lyricist and extreme vocalist Claudio Ravinale can take a bow for this grand album as well. Metal Be Thy Name. – Stone

Cold Inferno was released back on June 9th, via Italy’s Coroner Records. Listen to Stormghost below and hopefully you’ll dig it as much as I do. Whoa!







COUNTLESS SKIES – S/T EP – A Metal Odyssey Album Review

Posted in album reviews, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on March 30, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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3.5 Out Of 5 METAL Fists!

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COUNTLESS SKIES – This debut and self-titled EP from Hertfordshire, England’s Countless Skies was released back on November 7th of 2014. A self-released EP, Countless Skies does not hold back on creating a crisp production of layered Melodic Death Metal.

The Death Metal vocals of guitarist Ross King and clean vocals of bassist Phil Romeo work well together on this EP and compliment the overall somber atmosphere and vibes that I hear and feel. Then again, there are a good many musical moments within these songs that metamorphosis to a more neutral mood, moments which I can interpret as jubilation trying to fend off a sonic wall of melancholy; if that makes any sense. Countless Skies plays out as a mellifluous dreamscape with a Melodic Death Metal backdrop.


Please give me some style points for trying to explain! I found this EP to be a quasi-challenge to review, regarding how I would describe it musically. Some may even interpret Countless Skies as progressive in its structure. I do recommend fans of Enslaved to Amorphis to give this band a listen and support them. I recommend Countless Skies to any Metal fan looking for a new and talented band to check out, for that matter.

Melodic Death Metal fans that are looking for the thunder of Amon Amarth be forewarned, Countless Skies are much more subtle about the power to devour. This is an EP I will definitely add to my playlist and I’m happy to spread the Metal word about. Metal be thy name – Stone

Below, listen to and support Countless Skies:

Track List: Ethereal, Penance, Everlast, Reverence


Countless Skies:

Ross King – vocals and guitars

James Pratt – guitars

Phil Romeo – vocals and bass

Nathan Robshaw – drums


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