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AMARANTHE – 2013 Tour Dates Continue In Support Of “The Nexus”

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on May 10, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

Amaranthe - The Nexus - large promo cover pic

AMARANTHE – Swedish/Danish Modern Metal marvels, AMARANTHE, are taking to the road once again this year, in support of their chart toppingdynamic and mesmerizing new studio album: The Nexus. This second studio album from AMARANTHE was released worldwide this past March, via Spinefarm/Universal.

In very recent AMARANTHE news, the band has been confirmed for Radio Rock’s Cruise from Helsinki – Tallin on September 14-15! Check out AMARANTHE’s tour dates below and… Metal be thy name!



14.05.2013 – Club Quattro – Tokyo, Japan

15.05.2013 – Club Quattro – Tokyo, Japan

17.05.2013 – Club Quattro – Osaka, Japan

24.05.2013 – Bandit Boat 15 – Stockholm, Sweden

07.06.2013 – Sweden Rock Festival – Sölvesborg, Sweden

15.06.2013 – Nova Rock – Nickelsdorf, Austria

17.06.2013 – DreamHack Summer 2013 – Jönköping, Sweden

29.06.2013 – Graspop Metal Meeting – Dessel, Belgium

30.06.2013 – Tuska Open Air Metal Festival – Helsinki, Finland

06.07.2013 – Metaltown – Gothenburg, Sweden

11.07.2013 – SommarRock Svedala – Svedala, Sweden

13.07.2013 – Masters of Rock – Vizovice, Czech Republic

02.08.2013 – Kuopiorock – Kuopio, Finland

03.08.2013 – Satama Open Air – Kemi, Finland

09.08.2013 – ARTmania Rock Festival – Sibiu, Romania

10.08.2013 – Getaway Rock Festival – Gävle, Sweden

11.08.2013 – Jurassic Rock – Mikkeli, Finland

24.08.2013 – Falkenbergs Rockfest – Falkenberg, Sweden

22.11.2013 – Folkets Park – Huskvarna, Sverige

Amaranthe - The Nexus - promo banner pic - 2013


Jake E – vocals

Elize – vocals

Andy – screams

Olof – guitars & keys

Morten – drums

Johan – bass


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

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TARJA To Release New Material Via Armoury Records Later This Year

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on March 21, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

Tarja Turunen - promo pic - 2013 - B&W - #1

Following the sensational success of Act I, the first ever live solo offering from legendary Finnish songstress/former Nightwish soprano, TARJA TURUNEN, Armoury Records, in conjunction with earMUSIC, is delighted to announce the renewal of their collaboration for an exciting set of new releases spanning the next few years.

Set to commence with the long-awaited new studio rock album, the following months will entail many musical adventures for the versatile and talented artist, including the spectacular Beauty And The Beat 2013 tour, scheduled to be filmed later this year, and a first-ever all-classical studio offering which follows the success of her award-winning Harus – Live At Sibelius Hall release. 

In addition, TARJA fans will be pleased to know that the follow-up to 2010’s What Lies Beneathwill hit stores later this Summer. The as-yet-untitled album, mixed by Tim Palmer (Pearl Jam, U2), is set to be the iconic vocalist’s next milestone for symphonic heavy rock thanks to a stellar lineup and a state-of-the-art production. Further details including a new single, video and extensive worldwide tour will be announced in the coming weeks.

Act I topped charts throughout Europe, with a sensational no. 5 in Germany’s General Charts (an unusual result for a live album). The video version held steady for over two months at the peak of the Finnish music video charts. Fans can follow TARJA‘s work and musical journey to her new album via her website at:


(Source: Earsplit PR)

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

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STRATOVARIUS – “Nemesis” Album Samples Posted

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, melodic metal, Metal, metal music, Music, Power Metal, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on February 21, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

Stratovarius - Nemesis - promo cover pic!

Record to See North American Release Next Tuesday!


In celebration of the upcoming release of their new full-length, Nemesis, Melodic Metal legends STRATOVARIUS are offering up sound/video snippets of its eleven tracks. Produced and mixed by guitarist Matias Kupiainen and mastered by Mika Jussila (Finnvox Studios), Nemesis will be released in North America via earMUSIC in conjunction withArmoury Records next Tuesday, February 26, 2013.


From the signature power of “Abandon,” and the aggressively energetic “Stand My Ground,” to the folkish elements of “Out Of The Fog,” and the title track “Nemesis,” which boasts medieval melodies and double bass drumming, Nemesis delivers new elements fused with the traditional melodic power metal for which STRATOVARIUS is known.


In an early review of the record, Metal Underground dubs Nemesis, “one of the finest releases in the band’s history,” while Metal Reviews gushes, “… Nemesis is pure epic! It is grandiose, majestic, melodic yet heavy when it needs to be. It’s an unexpected return to form for STRATOVARIUS. It’s what power metal should sound like, period! It is without the shadow of a doubt STRATOVARIUS‘ best album in ages… Album of the year award? You betchya! If you are a fan of this band, you can’t afford to miss this incredible album.”


Metalholic, in a perfect 10/10 rating, notes, “Nemesis has a lot of the traditional STRATOVARIUS power metal edge, but they’ve managed to evolve and develop their sound to a much more rounded, matured, and polished heavy metal… This album hit the very depths of my core, my will, my heart, and my soul… This is more than music, it’s a masterpiece and should go down in the book of heavy metal as one of the best heavy metal albums of all time,” while adds, “Nemesis finds the band recapturing the magic of their glory days. Most importantly, the songwriting is excellent as the band seems determined to capture memorable songs that sit alongside the best of their catalog.”

Hear for yourself at THIS LOCATION.


(Source: Earsplit PR)

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

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MASTERPLAN – Announce New Vocalist And Bassist!

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal festivals, metal music, Music, Power Metal, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on November 10, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

Melodic Metal heroes MASTERPLAN are back with new line-up and big plans!

The new members are well-known:

Swedish vocalist Rick Altzi (At Vance, Thunderstone) is the one to replace Jorn Lande. Altzi enjoys a fabulous reputation throughout his works with numerous projects and bands.

MASTERPLAN’s new bass player  is another highly regarded musician: Jari Kainulainen (ex-Stratovarius/Evergrey).

“The last years have not been easy for Masterplan“, band leader Roland Grapow comments. “Because of several factors we have been unable to play festivals and tours – even though we had plenty of offers. But this will definitely change now. I’m very happy to welcome Rick and Jari on board now. Beside their undoubted musical qualities they both fit perfectly into our team. We feel a huge motivation to get things going now. 2013 will be see a new Masterplan album, several festivals and a tour! It’s time to return with full force.”


First confirmed MASTERPLAN gigs for 2013:

Wacken Cruise

Rocknacht Tennwilm (Switzerland)

Norfest (Portugal)

Masters Of Rock (Czech Republic)


(Source: AFM Records)

* For more info on MASTERPLAN, click on the links below!




THE NEOLOGIST – Release: The Promise Of Eternal Separation – FOR FREE

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, melodic metal, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on September 23, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

The two-man Melodic Metal machine known as THE NEOLOGIST has just released their sophomore album The Promise of Eternal Separation. Following in the melodic footsteps of their debut album The 26 Letters of Your Universe, these guys certainly don’t disappoint in their latest offering. As with all their releases, The Promise of Eternal Separation is jam-packed with extras including a cover version of “Red Clouds” by DISARMONIA MUNDI, a dub-step remix of “A Call To Harms” by JESTER STRIKES, as well as two additional bonus tracks to be released on the bands Kazakhstan release and Vatican City release (both due in October 2012).

THE NEOLOGIST is known for their unique and fan friendly approach to releasing their music for free and their latest is no exception. The band previously released The 26 Letters of Your Universe for free, as well as an entire IN FLAMES cover album titled In Flames We Trust: Volume I and tracks from their continuing work in progress of an entire SOILWORK cover album titled Working the Soil. When asked about why they give all their music away for free, bassist Devin Walsh comments, “Would you rather have to pay for it?”


The Promise of Eternal Separation – Track Listing:

01. Fall of An Empire

02. Innate Supremacy

03. Subterranean Creatures

04. Apollo’s Creed

05. In The Name Of…

06. Between the Fallen

07. A Call To Harms

08. My Angel Is A Demon

09. Lost Souls Of A Forgotten Science

10. Red Clouds (Disarmonia Mundi Cover)

11. A Call To Harms Remix – Jester Strikes (Bonus Track)

**12. With Blind Eyes – Vatican City Release Only (Bonus Track)

**13. The March of Sagittarius – Kazakhstan Release Only (Bonus Track)


(Source: Devin Walsh)

For more info on THE NEOLOGIST, click on the links below!



FOREVERS EDGE – Announce New Singer And Bassist, Reveal New Album Artwork

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, metal music, Music, Power Metal, progressive metal, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on August 27, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

After several years of hard work trapped in the dungeons of creating a Heavy Metal masterpiece, NJ/NY Progressive Metal band FOREVERS EDGE have announced the return of singer CLAY BARTON (SUSPYRE) for their sophomore album, Hereafter, as well as bassist NOAH MARTIN (ARSIS).

CLAY BARTON comments:

“When I was first approached about being a part of the second album I wasn’t sure if I was going to have the time or energy to put forward what was needed from a vocalist, but when I started hearing the rough mixes I knew that it had a chance to be something very special. Sal has always been nice enough to give me the freedom to be creative and that makes recording his albums a much more enjoyable experience. If you aren’t having fun with a project, it comes across in the music for everyone to hear. My hope is that when everyone hears the album they experience not only the music, but also experience a little bit of the fun that went into recording it.”

NOAH MARTIN comments:

“I’m glad to have done this recording session with friends, the majority of whom I’ve known for nearly ten years. It’s definitely an effective gelling of musicians, Their music seems to capture the riffs of say, Iced Earth, the length and complexity of Blind Guardian’s arrangements, and the grandeur of Symphony X. It’s been hectic finishing both this and the Arsis album. Much thanks to the guys for asking me to play on their album, being patient, and even giving me a bass solo.”





Sal Pisano: Guitars

Mike Pignataro: Keyboards & Pianos

Clay Barton: Vocals

Noah Martin: Bass

Samus Paulicelli: Drums

Rob DeSimone: Secondary Vocals (Growls)


(Source: Team All About The Music – Publicity, Management, A&R)

Album artwork designed by Chris D’Andrea

For more info on FOREVERS EDGE, click on the links below!


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LOVE.MIGHT.KILL “XTC” (Official Video) – Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, heavy metal videos, melodic metal, metal music, Music, music videos, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on August 16, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

LOVE.MIGHT.KILL2 Big 2 Fail, the sophomore album from LOVE.MIGHT.KILL, will be released this October 19th, via Massacre Records. The first music video for this album is XTC. Melodic Metal is played and celebrated in a very big way by LOVE.MIGHT.KILL, with big guitars, a big rhythm section, big keys and melodic vocals.

LOVE.MIGHT.KILL taps into a Melodic Metal atmosphere of sound; one that surrounds my senses and pumps up my Metal adrenaline! A power-packed song is XTC and it’s… Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day! Metal be thy name.

You can hear it all for yourself by listening to and watching XTC below!


Jan Manenti – Vocals

Stefan Ellerhorst – Guitar

Christian Stöver – Guitar

Jogi Sweers – Bass

Michael Ehré – Drums

Sascha Onnen – Keyboards


For more info on LOVE.MIGHT.KILL, click on the links below!



TARJA – “Into The Sun” Video Unveiled; “Act I” Releases In North America September 4th

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news, symphonic metal with tags , , , , , , on July 30, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

(Photo Credit: Paul Harries)

In celebration of Act I, the soon-to-be-released first ever live solo offering from legendary Finnish songstress/former Nightwish soprano, TARJA TURUNEN, Eagle Rock imprint Armoury Records, in conjunction with earMUSIC, are pleased to unleash the official video for Into The Sun. View the spectacular clip at THIS LOCATION.

Act I will be unleashed to North American fans on September 4, 2012 in 2-CD, 2-DVD and Blu-Ray format. A monumental undertaking recorded and filmed with 10 HD cameras at the breathtaking Teatro El Círculo in Rosario, Argentina earlier this Sprint, Act 1 offers up an elaborate track listing of solo tunes, Nightwish classics and various covers including a rendition of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom Of The Opera,” Gary Moore’s “Over The Hills and Far Away,” Whitesnake’s “Still Of The Night” and a variety of video extras. Check out the stunning cover art and official video trailer if you missed it the first time around HERE.


(Source: Earsplit PR)

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



REBELLION – German Heavy Metal Legends Announce Tour Dates; Offers Free Song Download!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, melodic metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on July 24, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

REBELLION are currently busy recording their upcoming album, which is going to be released later this year.

If you want to listen to new songs, you’ll get the chance on July 27th at Jackson’s Open-Air Metal-Night ( in Oranienbaum, Germany!

Here are the titles of the 4 new songs they’re going to play: “Breeding Hate”, Prince Of The Cheruscer”, “The Seeres Tower” and “Ala Germanica”.

The band also offers (Free) the brand new song “Aptrgangr” on their website ( as well as a “making of” video clip (

If you can’t attend the gig on July 27th, you can maybe attend one of REBELLION’s gigs in November:

01.11.2012 DE Köln – Blue Shell –

03.11.2012 DE Oberhausen – Helvete Metal Club –

10.11.2012 DE Hamburg – Ballroom –

16.11.2012 NL Kerkrade – The Rock Temple –

17.11.2012 DE Bremen – Meisenfrei –

24.11.2012 DE Primasens – Zur Schwemme –

Listen to and get your copy of REBELLION’s albums here:

Stone Says: Take the Metal time to check out German Heavy Metal Legends Rebellion! Big guitars, a muscular, booming rhythm section and hard as steel  vocals; all this wrapping together a melodic and heavy as all hell sound! Rebellion Rules! Metal be thy name.


(Source: Massacre Records)



SKY OF RAGE – Debut Album Releases In Europe On July 27th; Teaser Video For Album Online Now!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, melodic metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , on July 8, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

SKY OF RAGE – Astral Doors guitar player Joachim Nordlund has a second band called Sky Of Rage. The debut album will be released all over Europe July 27th 2012, through Metalville. In the band you also find Astral Doors ex bass player Mika Itäranta, ex Thalamus guitarist Jan Cederlund, drummer Tomas Friberg and singer Stiff. Heavy riffing and melodic vocals is promised!

A teaser for the album is below! Check it out my Metal brethren! Metal be thy name.


For more info on Sky Of Rage, click on the link below!



ASYLUM PYRE – Sign To Massacre Records; New Album Releasing November 2012

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, melodic metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on June 21, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

From Massacre Records:

We are happy to announce the signing of the French Melodic Metal band ASYLUM PYRE!

From Speed Metal to Progressive, passing through lyrical or Ambient Metal, the band draws elements from multiple genres to create its own identity.

ASYLUM PYRE’s sound offers catchy melodies and rhythm changes as well es quiet moments and powerful parts. Their songs are both catchy and intensive, because the band’s strength lies in the messages of their songs.

ASYLUM PYRE’s debut album “Natural Instinct?” was released in 2009.

The band’s second album “Fifty Years Later” was recorded and mixed by Didier Chesneau and mastered by Elektra Mastering and is scheduled to be released on November 23, 2012 via Massacre Records!



Julien Peuch – Bass

Tony Decaillon – Keyboard

Chaos Heidi – Vocals

Johann Cadot – Vocals, Guitar

Hervé Schiltz – Guitar


* For more info on ASYLUM PYRE, click on the links below!




LOVE.MIGHT.KILL – Studio Update For Forthcoming Album: “2 Big 2 Fail”

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, melodic metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on May 15, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

LOVE.MIGHT.KILL are currently working on their second album.

The album’s once again produced by Michael Ehré, while Markus Teske is responsible for the mix and the mastering in his Bazement-Studios.

The band has already announced the title of the record: “2 Big 2 Fail”.

Besides the title track, the album will feature song titles like “XTC”, “Burn The Night” and “The One”.

“2 Big 2 Fail” is set to be released in autumn 2012 via Massacre Records.


(Source: Massacre Records)

For more info on LOVE.MIGHT.KILL, click on the links below!



VOICES OF DESTINY – To Support On EPICA’s Second Leg Of Their “Requiem For The Indifferent EU Tour 2012”!

Posted in gothic metal, Heavy Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news, symphonic metal with tags , , , , , , on April 23, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

Maike Holzmann – vocalist – Voices Of Destiny

VOICES OF DESTINY will support Epica on the second leg of their “Requiem For The Indifferent EU Tour 2012”! Xandria were announced as second support band. Jan of Revealing Dawn is going to play the drums on tour.

Here are all the dates:

10.05.2012 LU Luxembourg City – Den Atelier

11.05.2012 DE München – Backstage Werk

12.05.2012 AT Wien – Szene

13.05.2012 HU Budapest – Club 202

15.05.2012 PL Katowice – Megaclub

16.05.2012 PL Warsaw – Progresja

18.05.2012 CZ Zlin – Masters Of Rock Cafe

19.05.2012 CZ Prague – Kd Vltavska

20.05.2012 DE Berlin – C-Club

* Check out the Voices Of Destiny announcement video below!

Voices Of Destiny – Power Dive was released on January 27th, 2012, on Massacre Records.


(Source: Massacre Records)

For more info on VOICES OF DESTINY, click on the links below:





ROYAL HUNT – 2012 Tour Presentation (Official Video)

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, metal music, Music, progressive metal, rock music, rock music news, symphonic metal with tags , , , , , , on April 15, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

ROYAL HUNT – Denmark’s Metal champions and Frontiers Records recording artists, ROYAL HUNT, are embarking on their 20th Anniversary World Tour! Check out the ROYAL HUNT 2012 Tour Presentation (official video) below! Led once again by DC Cooper on vocals, ROYAL HUNT will be supporting their newest studio album: Show Me How To Live.

Melodic, Symphonic and Progressive… the Metal of ROYAL HUNT cannot be denied!

ROYAL HUNT – Show Me How To Live

To read my album review on Show Me How To Live, click on the large link below!

ROYAL HUNT – ‘Show Me How To Live’ Is A Listen Into Melodic & Symphonic Hard Rock Grandeur


For more info on ROYAL HUNT, click on the links below:

ROYAL HUNT – Official Website




HYSTERICA – ‘The Art Of Metal’ Is Out Now!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, melodic metal, metal music, Music, Power Metal, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on April 1, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

HYSTERICA – This past March, the second studio album, The Art Of Metal, from Stockholm, Sweden’s HYSTERICA was released via Black Lodge. Get a Metal taste for what HYSTERICA sounds like below. Hopefully you’ll be impressed and will seek their new album out. I know I dig what I hear from this all-female Metal Band, hell and yeah. Metal be thy name.

As stated on the Black Lodge Records website:

Hysterica has toured Sweden, Europe and Russia playing both clubs and big festivals like Sweden Rock Festival and Hardrock Hell (UK). Hysterica has developed on all horizons since the release of the debut album and with Black Lodge – Sweden’s biggest Metal label – everything is there to make them as big as, for example, Sabaton and Bullet. “The Art Of Metal” is a real killer and is guaranteed to receive a lot of attention worldwide!


Anni De Vil – vocals

Bitchie – guitar

Satanica – bass

Helln’ – drums

Marydeath – keyboard

The Art Of Metal – back cover with track listing


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




ENCHANTYA – Signs To Massacre Records

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, melodic metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news, symphonic metal with tags , , , , , , on March 21, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

ENCHANTYA were formed back in 2004, when Rute Fevereiro decided to pause her musical career with Black Widows.

In the Summer of 2005 they recorded their first demo “Moonlighting The Dreamer” and despite line-up changes, the band kept going until the present days, leaving a nice trail of good reviews, earth-shattering concerts and a few TV appearances.

Immediately, the sound of ENCHANTYA was labeled and put in line with bands like Nightwish, Within Temptation and others.

In 2007, ENCHANTYA won the first place of the first edition of the “Bandas Procuram-se” competition in Portugal.

Watch out for the “Dark Rising”, which will be released later this year!


Rute Fevereiro – Vocals

Nuno Seven – Guitar

MP – Bass

João Paulo Monteiro – Drums

Bruno Prates – Guitar


(Source: Massacre Records)

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



FURYON – ‘Disappear Again’ (Official Video) – Debut Album ‘Gravitas’ Releases March 23rd, Via Frontiers Records

Posted in Hard Rock, hard rock albums, hard rock bands, Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, heavy metal videos, melodic hard rock, melodic metal, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , on March 10, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

FURYON – If you’re a fan of Hard Rock, Melodic Hard Rock and/or Melodic Heavy Metal, then do yourself a favor today and click on that FURYON video below. Disappear Again is sweltering with melodic guitars and vocals, along with more hooks than a fishing supply store on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. To say this song is an addictive listen (for me) is a gross understatement.

I wanted to hear an album or song this morning that would kickstart my Saturday into high Rockin’ gear, thus I turned to a band and album I’ve yet to check out until now. I am battling a stupid-ass cold and received a welcomed “lift” from a song that I wound up listening to at least 15 (or more) times while I slapped this post together. Disappear Again is that song. One damn vibrant rhythm section. Very cool guitar licks and the vocals of Matt Mitchell are stuff of 80’s Arena Rock jubilation.

The all-encompassing Melodic Hard Rockin’ vibe that FURYON delivers on this song has made my F’n day. Looks like FURYON has a nomination for Metal Odyssey’s Hard Rock song of 2012… signed, sealed and delivered. Metal be thy name.

The debut album from FURYON, Gravitas, will be released on March 23rd, 2012 in Europe and March 27th in North America. FURYON is signed to the ultra-Rockin’ Frontiers Records.


Matt Mitchell – Vocals

Chris Green – Guitars

Pat Heath – Guitars

Alex “Nickel” Bowen – Bass

Lee Farmery – Drums

Here’s the track listing for Gravitas:

Disappear Again

Stand Like Stone


Don’t Follow

New Way of Living

Voodoo Me

Fear Alone

Wasted On You

Our Peace Someday

Desert Suicide

Bonus Tracks:

Voodoo Me (acoustic)

Souvenirs (acoustic)


FURYON originate from Brighton.

Gravitas was produced by Rick Beato (Shinedown, Fozzy)

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




ASCARIASIS – Debut EP “Ocean of Colour” Is Available Now!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, metal music, Music, progressive death metal, progressive metal, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , on March 4, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

Canadian Progressive Death Metal band Ascariasis have released their debut EP Ocean of Colour. The EP consists of five songs: Shatter, Torchbearer, Eleven, Ocean of Colour, and Carving the World. The album art was designed by Cameron Gray, notable for creating album art for bands such as Born of Osiris, Dead Letter Circus and Fallujah.

Ascariasis embodies a new breed of Modern Canadian Metal. This four piece, founded in 2009, includes Evan Watton (vocals), Devin Kendall (bass), Mike Valeri (guitars), and Mark Poelmann (drums). They bring a unique mix of crushing brutality, agonizing passages and soaring melodies to the scene. With influences ranging from the most technical and chaotic Metal styles to Ambient and Classical, the band seeks to break beyond expectations and deliver a fresh blend of Melodic, Technical and Progressive Death Metal while staying true to their local roots.

“I think this EP is a good window into the mindset that shapes our view on music and Metal in general,” says bassist Devin Kendall. “We look at it in the sense that we don’t have to assign a particular genre to our sound and we leave it as free-form and thought-provoking as possible.”

Ascariasis has been featured in various publications including They are currently working on their debut album, which is set to be released in 2013.

ASCARIASIS originates from Burlington, Ontario.


For more info/Metal on ASCARIASIS, click on the link below:

Download (name your price) and/or stream Ocean Of Colour:




NIGHTQUEEN ‘For Queen And Metal’ – An Indelible Debut Album Of Heavy Metal

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, melodic metal, metal music, Music, Power Metal, rock music, rock music news, symphonic metal with tags , , , , , , , on February 24, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

NIGHTQUEEN – Releasing today, February 24th, via Massacre Records, is the debut album from Belgium’s Nightqueen. Fronted by the dynamic vocals of Keely Larreina, this is a band and album that shouldn’t get missed by fans of Symphonic, Epic, Melodic or Power Metal. What am I thinking? It’s all about Heavy Metal in the first place. This debut from Nightqueen begins fittingly with Into The Night, a symphonic intro that elevates the mood, setting the stage for what shall be a momentous and inspiring ride of Melodic Metal.

Nightfall follows, with Keely’s vocals showcasing her impressive range and capacity to sing Power Metal with conviction. Nightfall and Mystical Nights are two songs that truly get this debut album from Nightqueen propelling in the right direction. The Power Metal meets Symphonic Metal combination that Nightqueen executes, springs from the Metal gates rather impressively. Now the path has been paved and Nightqueen erupts with all the Power Metal goodness they can muster with the title track. For Queen And Metal is a fabulous listen into what this band can deliver! Whoa.

Lady Fantasy and Nocturnal Thoughts are sung with powerful eloquence by Keely and she is a voice to hear. Her ability to bring that added convincing emotion to the song is an asset in itself. Guitarists Rex Zeco and Alan Rawson complement one another, adding the muscular melodies with energized leads and solos, not only on these two aforementioned songs, they both execute brilliantly throughout this entire album.

Secret Of The Blind Man encompasses every standout attribute that I admire about Nightqueen. This song is Symphonic, it’s Power Metal and radiates with an epic ambience. I can’t help feeling inspired from this song’s instrumentation. Nightqueen never loses their flare for keeping it Metal on their debut. I hear slivers and shades of Traditional Metal, especially on Majesty. Riffs abound in Majesty and Keely sings as if she should be standing atop a mountain, looking down upon her minions, in an 80’s style music video. Grand stuff it is indeed.

Nightqueen is that band that impresses me from every corner, for if it’s not Keely’s vocals that are captivating me, then it’s the symphonic atmosphere or the masterly drumming of William Blodyn. The keyboards of Daniel Kells amplifies that ever expressive European vibe and flavor. Steven Steele stands tall on bass, giving these Nightqueen songs their booming beats that reveal themselves so plentifully. Then of course, as I’ve previously mentioned, Rex and Alan are an adept guitar duo that can easily steal the Metal show. If there is one complaint I have, it’s I wish Nightqueen was around twenty or so years ago.

For Queen And Metal is one enjoyable debut album to encounter from Nightqueen. This band has no problem in conveying their totality of talent to my ears. I was looking forward to this debut from Nightqueen for many months, now I realize why. If you like what I’ve stated about Nightqueen and their brand of Metal, then there should be no apprehension in the air you are currently breathing… for you are hereby dismissed to venture out and purchase this noble debut from Nightqueen. To me, this group has earned the right to have their name and Metal known across the seas. Hail to Nightqueen!

For Queen And Metal – Track Listing:

Into The Night


Mystical Night

For Queen And Metal

Lady Fantasy

Nocturnal Thoughts

Secret Of The Blind Man


Rebel To Rebel

Screaming For Mercy

Dark Fairy


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

NIGHTQUEEN – myspace




KITTIE – Trish Doan Returns As Bassist

Posted in Extreme Metal, Heavy Metal, heavy metal bands, heavy metal news, melodic metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , on February 13, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

The cat’s out of the bag!

After posting a few teasers on their facebook page about a big announcement regarding the band’s future, KITTIE have now announced the departure of their bassist Ivy Vujic and the return of Trish Doan!

In a statement on the band’s website Ivy wrote:

“After 4 amazing years of jamming with my crazy metal sisters of Kittie, I am officially resigning as their bass player.

I’ve had an incredible time touring the world with these ladies and I am very grateful for all the fun I’ve had and amazing things I’ve had the opportunity to experience.

My last appearances with Kittie will be our upcoming hometown shows in London (February 17th) and Toronto (February 18th), as well as the Soundwave festival in Australia immediately after (February 25th – March 5th). I wish the Kittie girls the best of luck in all of their future endeavours and I know they will continue to be successful in whatever they do.”

Trish comments:

“I am very happy to be reunited with the Kittie family. The girls and I have remained close friends over the last 7 years and I am excited to have this amazing opportunity. I am looking forward to seeing everyone when we go back on the road this spring. I wish Ivy all the best!”

Morgan Lander about Ivy’s departure and Trish’s return:

“Ivy has been friend and partner in crime for over 4 years, we love and respect her wishes to depart from the band and move onto another phase in her life.

Trish has been a member of our extended family since she joined the band in 2005 and we are welcoming her back into the band with open arms.  We are ecstatic that she will be returning to bass duties and are looking forward to the (US) tour this spring! We love both girls and are glad that we all remain friends, first and foremost.”

Welcome back, Trish!

(Source: Massacre Records)

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

KITTIE – Official Website




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