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ARCHON ANGEL – Releasing Debut Album “Fallen” On February 14, 2020

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, music news, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , , , , on January 17, 2020 by Metal Odyssey

From Frontiers Music srl:

Archon Angel was born from a meeting between producer/guitarist Aldo Lonobile (Secret Sphere) and former Savatage and Circle II Circle vocalist Zak Stevens during the making of Timo Tolkki’s Avalon’s ‘Return To Eden’ album, of which Aldo produced and played guitar and Zak did some guest lead vocals. The two soon started talking to Frontiers about the concept of working on new music together, which was met with great enthusiasm from the label.

Aldo submitted to Zak some song ideas which were reminiscent of the classic Savatage sound, the two felt the magic was there, and thus no time was wasted in getting together to craft an absolutely striking metal album. Aldo was also helped in the songwriting department by some of the most outstanding writers and musicians from the Italian Rock scene including Simone Mularoni (of DGM and Sweet Oblivion) and Alessandro Del Vecchio (Aldo’s bandmate in Edge of Forever and of course Jorn, Hardline, etc.).

The album itself deals with a central character, the “Archon”, who is a modern-day angel figure. The idea goes back to the religious system of Gnosticism. The only difference is that we are immersing the Archon’s story into modern-day times. The Archon is a medium that brings messages to God (Demiurge) from the people of Earth. The only real concept to the album is that they simply follow the story and life and times of the modern-day “Archon” and his life, as he is called upon to protect the people of the earth through frightening turbulent times.

On the first single, vocalist Zak Stevens says, “The title track accompanies the Archon on his journey in transitioning from a successful businessman, who leads a life of excess and egoism, to a superhero who will clean up the city and eventually, save the world from self-destruction. In the song, he is reminiscing about his past and the family he left behind, while summoning the power that called him to save the world to “hear him.”

About the filming of the video, Zak continues, “After an arduous search for the perfect city and videographer, we settled on Pittsburgh, PA for my scenes. The band was filmed in Genova, Italy, near the famous Porto Antico. In Pittsburgh, we shot atop Mt. Washington, overlooking downtown, much like the Archon would be doing as he pondered his future. The weather didn’t cooperate the first day as it was a rainy day. But one of the coolest moments occurred while filming the video….one of the locations was right across from Heinz Field during a Pittsburgh Steelers [football] game. At the apex of the song, the crowd erupted in cheering at the perfect time, and people who were watching us film were caught by surprise. It really contributed to my overall mindset during that portion of the song. I felt like they were cheering for the Archon and it mimicked a true live performance. I can’t wait to get out there and perform this song live with Archon Angel.”

Archon Angel are currently working on booking some live shows to present the band in the live environment, but their exclusive live premiere will happen at the 2020 edition of the 70000 Tons Of Metal Cruise.

If Savatage is a favorite of yours, then Archon Angel’s “Fallen” may well be your album of the year in 2020!

Lineup:
Vocals – Zak Stevens
Guitars – Aldo Lonobile
Bass – Yves Campion
Drums – Marco Lazzarini
Keyboards & Piano (Studio) – Antonio Agate

More info on Zak Stevens: Zak Stevens Circle II Circle

LONG LIVE ARCHON ANGEL.

STONE.

AMARANTHE – 2020 North American Tour Dates Posted

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, music news, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , , , on November 23, 2019 by Metal Odyssey

AMARANTHE will be returning to North America for a major headlining tour, spanning August to the beginning of October of 2020! Special guests will be Battle Beast and Seven Spires. Check the dates, cities, and venues below!

Aug 20 ’20 Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
Aug 21 ’20 Worcester, MA – The Palladium (MA)
Aug 22 ’20 New York, NY – The Gramercy Theatre
Aug 23 ’20 Philadelphia, PA – Theatre Of Living Arts
Aug 25 ’20 Montreal, QC – Club Soda
Aug 26 ’20 Quebec City, QC – Imperial de Quebec
Aug 27 ’20 Ottawa, ON – Mavericks
Aug 28 ’20 Toronto, ON – MOD Club
Aug 29 ’20 Angola, IN – The Eclectic Room
Aug 30 ’20 Westland, MI – Token Lounge
Sep 1 ’20 Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall
Sep 2 ’20 Belvidere, IL – Apollo Theater
Sep 3 ’20 Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s
Sep 4 ’20 Minneapolis, MN – The Cabooze
Sep 5 ’20 Winnipeg, MB – Park Theatre
Sep 6 ’20 Regina, SK – The Exchange

Sep 8 ’20 Edmonton, AB – The Starlite Room
Sep 9 ’20 Calgary, AB – Dickens
Sep 11 ’20 Vancouver, BC – The Venue
Sep 12 ’20 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
Sep 13 ’20 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
Sep 14 ’20 Sacramento, CA – Holy Diver
Sep 15 ’20 San Diego, CA – Brick by Brick
Sep 16 ’20 West Hollywood, CA – Whisky a Go Go
Sep 18 ’20 Tempe, AZ – Club Red
Sep 19 ’20 Las Vegas, NV – Backstage Bar and Billiards
Sep 20 ’20 Salt Lake City, UT – Liquid Joe’s
Sep 21 ’20 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
Sep 23 ’20 Dallas, TX – Trees
Sep 24 ’20 Austin, TX – Come and Take it Live
Sep 25 ’20 Houston, TX – Scout Bar
Sep 26 ’20 New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
Sep 27 ’20 Lake Buena Vista, FL – House of Blues
Sep 29 ’20 Racine, WI – Rt 20
Sep 30 ’20 Pittsburgh, PA – The Crafthouse
Oct 1 ’20 Charlotte, NC – The Underground
Oct 2 ’20 Cincinnati, OH – Riverfront Live

Tickets are on sale now! Check all ticket links at
amaranthe.se/tour

More info on this band here: Amaranthe

LONG LIVE AMARANTHE.

STONE.

Finnish Melodic Metal Band PHOENIX TITAN Released Their Debut Album ‘AVATAR OF FIRE’

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, music news, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , on September 30, 2019 by Metal Odyssey

PRESS RELEASE

September 30th 2019

Finnish melodic metal group PHOENIX TITAN have released their powerful debut album AVATAR OF FIRE. The album is available as CD and listenable on online streaming services.

Listen to the album:

Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2m8HmLo

Deezer: https://www.deezer.com/us/album/111607272

Apple Music: https://apple.co/2mh4YxE

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2mglOwA

Phoenix Titan is a five-piece group from Finland playing tight melodic metal. The history of the band began 2014 and all the band members have around 20 years experience of recording and playing live on several different bands.

The debut album ”Avatar of Fire” is released on September 27th 2019 via Inverse Records. The recording of the album began on summer 2017 and the final studio tracks were recorded early 2019. The album is recorded and produced by Aksu Hanttu (S-Tool, Tuoni, Entwine) and mastered by Svante Forsbäck at Chartmakers. Common denominator on all of the album tracks is catchy riffs and melodies combined to fierce energy.

Phoenix Titan – Avatar Of Fire – Track List:

  1. Torment Of Vanity
  2. Metal Shark
  3. Accused
  4. Ride For Vengeance
  5. Will I Ever Find My Peace?
  6. Napalm Phoenix
  7. (In)Sanity
  8. The Game
  9. Chosen One

Line-up:

Harri Ahola – vocals

Santtu Rautiainen – guitar

Topi Vuorela – guitar

Tatu Rautiainen – drums

Juhana ”Jusa” Ovaska – Bass

Band comments on the recording process:

“We wanted to put effort to the quality of the recording on every production phase. Even as it took a lot more time, nerves and bad humor than we expected. The professional work can be seen and heard on the record. We are really satisfied with the album and we are looking forward the live shows to come.”

More PHOENIX TITAN:

https://www.facebook.com/phoenixtitanband/

https://www.instagram.com/phoenixtitanband/

Source: Inverse Music Group

LONG LIVE PHOENIX TITAN.

STONE.

JADED HEART “Devil’s Gift” – A Metal Odyssey Album Review

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, music news, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , , on January 12, 2019 by Metal Odyssey

JADED HEART – Everytime I listen to this Jaded Heart album, Devil’s Gift, I am uplifted into the high, mystical, powerful and beautiful higher realms of Heavy Metal bliss. This album is so glorious it brings tears to my eyes as I write this line. Yes, it’s one of those albums for me and it happens; I cannot control it. All I can do is let its majestic Metal saturate my Metal soul for eternity.

If you dig Judas Priest, Helloween, Iron Maiden, Metal Inquisitor, DORO and/or Iron Savior, you will be doing yourself proper by buying or streaming this magnificent Jaded Heart album. I suggest BUYING this album on whatever medium you so desire.

Riffs! Riffs! Riffs! There’s so much guitar firepower on this album that it’s insane great! Peter and Masa have that magic going on with their guitars; their tones scream with emotion and I can feel it, man! The backing vocals are wonderful, giving this album and band their Power Metal muscle on top of Power Metal muscles.

Not one average song is on this album. In my Metal opinion, this album is a MUST for every Metal lovers collection of music. Vocalist Johan Fahlberg is top-tier and belongs there. Sonically melodic, powerful and exquisitely written and arranged songs.

Devil’s Gift was released back on March 30th, 2018, via the sensational Massacre Records. There’s no question that this album was one of the very best in Metal for 2018; it’s also one of the very best in Metal, period. My favorite songs: the entire album. Metal be thy name. – Stone

Devil’s Gift – Track List:

  1. Wasteland
  2. The Enemy
  3. Set Free
  4. Scream Of Anger
  5. Tears Of Our World
  6. Phoenix
  7. One World
  8. Story Of My Life
  9. 9. Coming Home
  10. Conspiracy Of Science
  11. Final Moment
  12. Black Days (digipak)
  13. Flying High (digipak)

JADED HEART:

Johan Fahlberg – lead vocals

Peter Östros – guitar

Masa Eto – guitar

Michael “Muelli” Müller – bass

Bodo Stricker – drums

Album cover artwork: Thomas Ewerhard

For more info on this remarkable band: Jaded Heart

LONG LIVE JADED HEART.

STONE.

HUMAN FORTRESS – To Play Headlining Gig And Start Rehearsing For New Album!

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , on July 4, 2017 by Metal Odyssey

HUMAN FORTRESS - tour banner - 2017 - #33MO9393

HUMAN FORTRESS vocalists Gus Monsanto has arrived in Germany last week to rehearse with the band for their upcoming gigs (supporting ORDEN OGAN on their “Gunmen” release shows). The band has now additionally booked a headline gig (the first since many years) for July 16th in their hometown Hannover, Germany. Supporting act will be King Leoric and the concert is about to take place at the “LUX” club. And more good news: the band is already working on material for their next album.

Source:

https://www.afm-records.de/en/

LONG LIVE HUMAN FORTRESS.

LONG LIVE METAL.

STONE.

SERIOUS BLACK – To Release Sophomore Album “Mirrorworld” On September 9th, via AFM Records!

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , on July 25, 2016 by Metal Odyssey

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The year 2015 started more than promising for fans of high-class Melodic Metal: SERIOUS BLACK, a so-called “all-star band” appeared on the scene and dropped their highly acclaimed debut album As Daylight Breaks. Much to the surprise of many, the band indeed proved to be a real band and they kept their promise of rocking the stages wherever possible.

So during only a year they not only successfully released a fantastic debut album, but also went on extensive European tours with HammerFall and later Gamma Ray. In addition, SERIOUS BLACK was chosen to be special guest on Kamelot’s German Summer shows and also played numerous festivals in Europe. Being that active in the past 18 months, it’s surprising to see the band announcing a brand new studio album already. You’ll be even more surprise when Mirrorworld sees its release: SERIOUS BLACK have managed to excel their excellent debut! Prepare for something special: the “Mirrorworld” opens on September 9th…

Mirrorworld will be available as CD, Digipak (7 bonus tracks), ltd. Vinyl, ltd. Vinyl bundle (“Mirrorworld” + “As Daylight Breaks”) & ltd. box set.

Pre-order here: http://shop.afm-records.de/en/serious-black-en

Serious Black - Mirrorworld - promo band pic - 2016 - #MO99ILMFNSO33366

Track Listing:

01 Breaking The Surface
02 As Long As I’m Alive
03 Castor Skies
04 Heartbroken Soul
05 Dying Hearts
06 You’re Not Alone
07 Mirrorworld
08 Emotional Blackmail (Digipak Bonus)
09 The Life That You Want (Digipak Bonus)
10 State of My Despair
11 The Unborn Never Die
12 This Machine Is Broken (Digipak Bonus)
13 Hello Moon (Digipak Bonus)
14 Goodbye My Angel (Digipak Bonus)
15 I Show You My Heart – Acoustic Version (Digipak Bonus)
16 Sealing My Fate – Acoustic Version (Digipak Bonus)

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Source:

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http://www.afm-records.de

For more info on SERIOUS BLACK:

Serious Black – Official

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE SERIOUS BLACK.

Stone.

AMBERIAN DAWN “INNUENDO” – New Studio Album Releases October 23rd, 2015, via Napalm Records

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on August 5, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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Finland’s Amberian Dawn have revealed the track list, cover artwork (above) and pre-order links (below) of their upcoming album Innuendo, which will be released worldwide on October 23rd, via Napalm Records.

Innuendo album cover art by: Jan “Örkki” Yrlund.

Innuendo – Track List:
1. Fame & Gloria
2. Ladyhawk
3. Innuendo
4. The Court Of Mirror Hall
5. Angelique
6. Rise Of The Evil
7. Chamber Of Dreadful Dreams
8. Knock Knock Who’s There
9. Symphony Nr 1, Part 1 – The Witchcraft
10. Your Time – My Time
11. Fame & Gloria (Instrumental Version) (Bonus Track)
12. Sunrise (Re-Recording) (Bonus Track)

Pre-order Innuendo here: http://shop.napalmrecords.com/amberiandawn 
US customers: www.napalmrecordsamerica.com/store/amberiandawn

Next live-stop before joining Delain and The Gentle Storm on tour: Made of Metal Festival in Czech Republic on August 14th!

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For more info on AMBERIAN DAWN:

Amberian Dawn

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LONG LIVE AMBERIAN DAWN.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

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