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JOSEPH IZAYEA – Cover Art and Studio Update 

Posted in Heavy Metal with tags , , , on October 23, 2021 by Metal Odyssey

Harder Truths is the epic debut solo release from JOSEPH IZAYEA featuring some heavyweights of the metal world including the legendary Doc Coyle from BAD WOLVES & GOD FORBID, Kris Norris, formerly of DARKEST HOUR, Buz McGrath of UNEARTH, Chris Daniele, formerly of The ACACIA STRAIN, Tim MacMillar of PROTEST THE HERO, THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD’s Justin Longshore, as well as Josh Gilbert of AS I LAY DYING / WOVENWAR.

Watch the announcement video here: https://youtu.be/2OEpv51IuXs

JOSEPH comments:

“I’m most pleased to announce that final mixing and mastering of this record is well underway and fast approaching completion on schedule. The fate of this endeavor couldn’t be in better hands than those at Chris Daniele Audio and I’m stoked beyond measure to have him at the helm in the control room on top of contributing nothing short of a barn burner to the collaboration. Final cover art has also been completed, courtesy of Meserve Designs. Matt did a stellar job bringing the concept and symbolism of this release to life in the span of one image, and I’m most enthused to see the work involved in putting this together finally bear fruit! Chenqui!”

JOSEPH has been producing songs and performing as a vocalist since 2007, and has released nine albums, numerous singles and covers of various genres. Currently the vocalist for FROM UNDER CONCRETE KINGS, SEEKING SIRENS, and SOUR TIMES, he’s shown no signs of slowing down. This collaboration album will be released under the umbrella of JOSEPH’s production company “Do Work” on the 26th November 2021.

Social Media Links:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/josephizayea
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/joey_dangerously/

Source: C Squared Music

LONG LIVE JOSEPH IZAYEA.

VHS – Release New Song Featuring Trevor Strnad 

Posted in Heavy Metal with tags , , , on October 19, 2021 by Metal Odyssey

The new single from Canadian death metal horror freaks VHS is ready to impale you like Vlad. “Horror of Dracula” is a bloody death ‘n’ roll basher featuring guest vocals from Trevor Strnad of THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER. The song was premiered exclusively at Decibel Magazine ahead of the December release of the band’s upcoming vampire-themed record I Heard They Suck… Blood. With songs based on vamp classics like The Lost Boys and Near Dark, the album will thrill death metal and horror fanatics alike.

Decibel Magazine writes:

“Fans of EXHUMED, IMPETIGO, CARCASS, MORTICIAN and fake blood will go nuts for “Horror of Dracula,” which hits all the pleasure spots in the brain: ominous riffs, fast-paced mosh parts, guttural grooves and a Simpsons sample. Strnad’s vocals add another layer of depth, in addition to a familiar voice.”

Listen to “Horror of Dracula” and read the entire piece at Decibel Magazine here:
https://www.decibelmagazine.com/2021/10/18/track-premiere-vhs-horror-of-dracula-feat-trevor-strnad

Pre-order I Heard They Suck… Blood from VHS and Wise Blood Records on Bandcamp here:
https://vhshorror.bandcamp.com/album/i-heard-they-suck-blood

I Heard They Suck… Blood will rise from the grave on December 3rd on digital, CD, and cassette from Wise Blood Records.

https://wisebloodrecords.bandcamp.com/

Source: C Squared Music

IN CRUCEM AGERE – Release New Single 

Posted in Heavy Metal with tags , , on October 16, 2021 by Metal Odyssey

Austrian black metal band IN CRUCEM AGERE have released the title track from their upcoming album Calling the Void. The album will be released via code666 on October 22.

Originally formed in 2010, the project encompasses a narrative exploring the darkness inside man for whom there is no hope of salvation. Calling the Void sees the next chapter of this haunting concept unveiled. 

Listen: https://www.terrarelicta.com/featured/exclusives/12361-in-crucem-agere-exclusive-premiere-of-the-title-track-of-upcoming-album

Pre-Order: https://incrucemagere.bandcamp.com/album/calling-the-void

IN CRUCEM AGERE is:
Syknatt (III Tidings) – vocals, guitars, bass
Þ. (Ill Tidings, Vástígr) – guitars, vocals

Links:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/InCrucemAgere
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/incrucemagere/
Bandcamp: https://incrucemagere.bandcamp.com/

Source: C Squared Music

THE NOCTAMBULANT – Sign With Non Serviam Records

Posted in Heavy Metal with tags , , on October 6, 2021 by Metal Odyssey

American Southern Gothic Black Metal band THE NOCTAMBULANT are pleased to announce that they have inked a deal with Non Serviam Records. The new album will be released in Autumn 2021 as a physical CD Digipak and through all digital platforms.

The band comments: 
“We are extremely proud to sign with Non Serviam records. We know several of their bands already and we are now ready to form an alliance so powerful that only darkness can master.”

 Non Serviam Records CEO Ricardo Gelok further comments:

“I knew when I heard the dark, melodic and evil tones of The Noctambulant that this is a band that I had to sign. Every time I listen to their music I feel like I’m experiencing a dark ritual. The band is a huge asset for the label, and we are really pleased to work with them”

More information will be available soon.

Source: C Squared Music

THE NOCTAMBULANT online:
https://www.facebook.com/TheNoctambulant/
https://www.instagram.com/thenoctambulant/
https://twitter.com/TheNoctambulant

NON SERVIAM RECORDS online:
www.non-serviam-records.com

LONG LIVE THE NOCTAMBULENT.

VINCE NEIL And STEPHEN PEARCY 2 LEGENDS | ONE NIGHT

Posted in Heavy Metal with tags , , , , , on October 2, 2021 by Metal Odyssey

These 2 Sunset Strip Legends together for One Night Only at The Quechan Casino Resort in Winterhaven California.  A night of THE hard rock that created the 80’s Sunset Strip scene. Hit after hit with Motley Crue and RATT songs sung by the Legends who wrote and performed them from the very beginning!

Bringing the 80’s SUNSET STRIP scene to your town.

Guns Blazing & Guitars Squealing!

Winterhaven, CALIFORNIA

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Stephen Pearcy’s solo band is bringing fans all of the RATT hits plus several hits from SMASH & VIEW TO A THRILL, to include ARCADE’s “Nothing to Lose”.

Buy tix at link below:

https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/7773969/vince-neil-stephen-pearcy-winterhaven-pipa-event-center

LONG LIVE STEPHEN PEARCY And VINCE NEIL.

Metal Merch – Motörhead Vintage 1980’s Pins

Posted in Heavy Metal with tags , , , , , , on September 26, 2021 by Metal Odyssey

I bought these Motörhead pins sometime back in the early to mid 80’s, at a store called Wasteland in Torrington Connecticut. I was serving time in high school then. Wasteland was filled with all kinds of Rock and Metal merch; plus lots of smoking and toking supplies too. This store was in walking distance to my parents house and near the Y.M.C.A., thus I made countless trips there. I would go to that Y.M.C.A. for pick up basketball games and to lift weights; it kinda kept me out of trouble. I’m laughing as I wrote that.

I didn’t always buy at each visit; just looking around the place and smelling the burning incense was a treat for me. Wasteland was an escape from the crap a teenager had to deal with, back then. It’s amazing what memories these little Motörhead pins rekindle.

I remember buying black light bulbs, black light posters, band t-shirts, pipes, lots of pins, band stickers and patches and rolling papers there. Funny how I never bought a bong or lava lamp there for they had plenty for sale. Those really were easier times. It’s fun to reflect on it all. I just wish I kept some of those band t-shirts for they’re worth lots of money now. Then again, I really wore out those shirts.

I’ve sold and traded away hundreds of Rock and Metal pins over the years; so I’m very happy I have these Motörhead pins today. When I saw Motörhead years ago they opened for Slayer. Overkill was the other opening band. Metal be thy name! Thanks for reading and stay safe out there. – Stone

LONG LIVE THE LEGACY OF MOTÖRHEAD.

ANTIQVA – Release New Video For “Anadem Gyre” 

Posted in Heavy Metal with tags , , , , on September 26, 2021 by Metal Odyssey

“Anadem Gyre” is the brand-new ethereal single from ANTIQVA (pronounced as; antiqua). The chamber black metal project was founded by Xenoyr (NE OBLIVISCARIS) and Lindsay Schoolcraft while on tour in Europe in the Autumn of 2015.

Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/inVvBxv2POk

“We’re pleased to reveal our debut music video, “Anadem Gyre”, a song released only in vinyl format in 2020 as a bonus track to our “Funeral Crown” single. “Anadem Gyre” is a more emphasised dark folk element from within our sound, a portion of this infused into our chamber black metal backbone is what to expect on our debut album. With all our tracks we utilise the Romanian tongue and so we thought it fitting that we pay respect to the country, one so rich in spirit, character, and folklore. We hope you enjoy this visual experience.”

Featuring an experienced ensemble of past, present, and live musicians from well-established bands; NE OBLIVISCARIS, NEGATOR, KARKAOS/BLACKGUARD, BLACK CROWN INITIATE, SUSPERIA/ABYSSIC, and THE OCEAN.

ANTIQVA is:
Xenoyr – harsh vocals, lyrics, artistic vision
Lindsay Schoolcraft – ethereal vocals, piano, main classical composer
Fabian Schaper – guitars and main composer
Justine Ethier – drums, percussion, main composer
Memnock – bass, contrabass
Dalai Cellai – Cello

Track Details:
Lyrics by Xenoyr 
Violin and viola performed by David “Dagda” Sanchez 
Romanian voices performed by Ady Cernea 
Guitars recorded at: Doubletrack Studios – Germany 
Lindsay’s vocals recorded at: Monolithic Productions (Tyler Williams) – Canada 
Percussion recorded at: Silver Wing Studios (Jonathan Lefrancois-Leduc) – Canada 
Xen’s vocals recorded by: Troy McCosker (Audio Ninja) – Australia 
Cello recorded at: Bandito 36 Studio (Damian Murdoch) – Germany 
Andy’s vocals recorded at: Sonic Pariah Studio (Garrin Beaudoin) – USA 
Bass and contrabass recorded at: Darkwoods Studio – Norway 
 
Mixed by Carson Slovak at Atrium Audio, USA 
Mastered by Lasse Lammert at LSD Studios, Germany 
Artwork, logo, and design by Xenoyr

Links:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/antiqvaofficial
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/antiqva/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/antiqvaofficial
Website: https://www.antiqvaofficial.com/

Source: C Squared Music

LONG LIVE ANTIQVA.

HAIDUK Releases New Album ‘Diabolica’

Posted in Heavy Metal with tags , , , on September 25, 2021 by Metal Odyssey

Diabolica is the fourth full length album from solo project HAIDUK. Fusing punishing melodic black metal and high speed death-thrash, HAIDUK is the demonic brainchild of multi-instrumentalist Luka Milojica.

In Luka’s own words, Diabolica is: “Pure evil, speed and darkness!”

With lightning-fast songs HAIDUK returns to the hyper-speed riffing approach, following 2018’s more hypnotic sounding album Exomancer. Thematically, the new album is a continuation of the lore explored in the previous releases, with new short stories, maps, and a timeline included in the CD booklet.

Purchase: https://haiduk.bandcamp.com/album/diabolica

HAIDUK is:
Luka Milojica – all instruments (guitars, vocals, drum programming), mixing & mastering, artwork.

Album Track List: 
1. Corpse Crown 2:00
2. Swarm 2:27
3. Upheaval 2:28
4. Encirclement 2:26
5. Wraithavoc 2:29
6. Cyclone 2:56
7. Ballista 2:33
8. Abyss Mage 3:06
9. Morph 2:43
10. Infernal 2:50
11. Sea of Fire 5:12

Discography:
2010 – Plagueswept (demo) 
2012 – Spellbook (full-length)
2015 – Demonicon (full-length)
2018 – Exomancer (full-length)
2021 – Diabolica (full-length)

Links:
www.haiduk.ca
haiduk.bandcamp.com
www.facebook.com/haidukmetal
www.youtube.com/haidukplague

Source: C Squared Music

LONG LIVE HAIDUK.

Spain’s THIRTEEN BLED PROMISES Releasing ‘Foundation’ EP October 22nd On Lacerated Enemy 

Posted in Heavy Metal with tags , , , , on September 22, 2021 by Metal Odyssey

Madrid (SP) – Spanish Death Metal horde THIRTEEN BLED PROMISES will release Foundation this October 22 on Lacerated Enemy Records. The EP’s first single, “A Humanless War,” is available now at youtu.be/BMFDeoTly08.

Visit this location for single availability on other digital platforms.

On the Foundation EP, THIRTEEN BLED PROMISES play dissonant blackened technical death metal in the vein of Obscura, Der Weg einer Freiheit and Abhorrent.

Comments Lacerated Enemy: “We are very pleased to announce that THIRTEEN BLED PROMISES has joined Lacerated Enemy family. Hailing from Madrid, Spain, THIRTEEN BLED PROMISES formed in 2006 creating their brand of technical Brutal Death Metal. After releasing two successful albums, Heliopause Fleets (2012) and The Black Legend (2015), the band established a strong fan base in Europe and received great reviews for both.”

While supporting numerous well known acts since the creation of the band, THIRTEEN BLED PROMISES was ready to enter the studio again to record another masterpiece of blackened technical death metal. The record brings its influences from progressive and technical songwriting, while still accompanied by a blackened atmospheric quality that keeps the listener intrigued about what will come next.

Line-up:
Johny – Drums, Dario – Guitar, Fran- Guitar, Cosmea – Bass, Turri – Vocals


Pre-order:

laceratedenemy.bigcartel.com/artist/thirteen-bled-promises 

laceratedenemyrecords.

bandcamp.com/album/thirteen-bled-promises-foundation

Track Listing:
1. A Dead Fucking Alien And Now I Am Fucking Immortal, 2. Hell Froze, 3. Intergorelactic, 4. A Humanless War

facebook.com/thirteenbp

Source: ClawHammer PR

LONG LIVE THIRTEEN BLED PROMISES.

New York City’s TOWER To Release ‘Shock To The System’ In November 

Posted in Heavy Metal with tags , , , , on September 22, 2021 by Metal Odyssey

New York (NY) – In November, NYC true metallers TOWER will release their sophomore studio album, Shock To The System, via Cruz Del Sur Music. The album was recorded in May and June at Artifact studio in Ridgewood, New York, with Sasha Stroud serving as co-producer and engineer. The album’s cover was created by Morgan Jesse Lappin. 

According to vocalist Sarabeth Linden, half of the music and lyrics for Shock To The System were written during the recent lockdown attributed to the global pandemic. The result is TOWER’s most complete outing to date — a veritable metal call-to-arms that combines the band’s energetic brand of NWOBHM and classic rock into ten anthemic cuts. 

“We stayed centered around our established style but took it to new levels in some places,” says Linden. “The heavy parts are heavier than before, the fast parts are faster, the slow parts are slower, and one song is around seven minutes, which we’ve never come close to previously. Musically, there are a lot of firsts on this record.” 

TOWER (who are completed by the guitar tandem of James Danzo and Zak Penley and drummer James Jones) only has one previous full-length studio album to their credit, 2016’s self-titled outing. While their 2019 Tomorrow & Yesterday EP featured four songs of rocked-up metal, Shock To The System takes TOWER’s sound to the next level.  

“The first album is already five years old!” exclaims Linden. “It seems so long ago now. The songs that are still in the live set, like ‘Flames’, ‘Raceway Rock’ and ‘Elegy’ are still very much in the vein of the new material. The EP was a bit more simple and aggressive, and those elements are on the album, too, but manifest in a different way. In general, we have grown a lot as a band and as individuals. We’ve matured, and it’s reflected in the music.”

TOWER recently celebrated its return to the stage in July. With Shock To The System in the can, the band plans on preparing for future live dates — and a new bassist. “We’re in the process of revamping the lineup for tour, as Jeff Filmer stepped aside to give his full attention to his bands SHADOWLAND and HUSTLER,” closes Linden. “We’ll be ready to hit the road by year’s end. See you soon! Be prepared!”

Track Listing:
1. Blood Moon, 2. Prince of Darkness, 3. Metatron, 4. Running Out of Time, 5. Lay Down the Law, 6. Hired Gun, 7. The Black Rose, 8. On the Line, 9. In Dreams, 10. Powder Keg

Line-up:
Sarabeth Linden – Vocals
James Danzo – Guitar
Zak Penley – Guitar
James Jones – Drums
*Bass on the album recorded by Jeff Filmer.

towernyc.bandcamp.com/releases

facebook.com/TOWERnyc
cruzdelsurmusic.com

Source: ClawHammer PR

LONG LIVE TOWER.

W.E.B. – Greek Symphonic Extreme Metal Act To Release ‘Colosseum’ Full-Length November 19th Via Metal Blade Records; New Video Now Playing + Preorders Available 

Posted in Heavy Metal with tags , , , , on September 22, 2021 by Metal Odyssey

(Photo by Georgina Staikou)

Athens-based metal outfit W.E.B. will release their Colosseum full-length on November 19th via Metal Blade Records today; unveiling the record’s artwork, track listing, first single, and preorders.

Forged in 2002 out of a “necessity to scream, blast, and create emotions and get on stage to exchange them with an audience,” Greece’s W.E.B. have steadily forged a path to becoming one of the premier European symphonic extreme metal bands expressing darkness and death through adrenaline and poetry. An output that’s both candid and theatrical, W.E.B. is here to move you, provoke you, and invite you on a journey through ravendark and starless nights. With four albums already under their collective belt, 2021’s fifth full-length, Colosseum, is inarguably the band’s greatest and most direct work to date.

“We wanted this album to be as straightforward as we could make it. We wanted it to be aggressive and to the point, and at the same time we have pushed literally everything, higher, faster, louder, harder. It is our most metal album,” states guitarist/vocalist Sakis Prekas. Combining the brutal with the catchy and drenching it in orchestrations that only serve to expand its epic scale, Colosseum is a thrilling, gripping listen with each of its nine tracks playing an important part in the album as a whole, making it clear that W.E.B. stands toe-to-toe with anyone in their genre.

With Colosseum, the band welcomes two new members: drummer Nikitas Mandolas, who joined following the recording of 2017’s Tartarus and whose playing is perfectly suited to the music W.E.B. make, and bassist/vocalist Hel Pyre. “Apart from the great lyrics and the perfect bass performance, she offered her brutal and clean vocals on many parts of the album, leaving her own mark of fire. This is a completely new element for W.E.B. that really gave a unique character to the material.”

With the lineup solidified, writing commenced in early 2019, sending ideas back and forth to one another, subsequently honing each song over many pre-production sessions. “With no references, when we make music, our only thoughts are that we want to make it sound as awesome as we can,” states Sakis. The dramatic orchestrations are of course a large part of that, with Christos Antoniou of Septicflesh handling this aspect of the sound as he has on previous W.E.B. releases. “Metal is the most revolutionary music genre ever to exist; adding to it symphonic orchestra makes the experience even more epic and emotional in a massive way. We want our music to inspire the senses, thus we aspire to make it intense from our perspective.”

Stream W.E.B.’s first single “Dominus Maleficarum” at THIS LOCATION.

W.E.B.’s Colosseum will be available on CD, fruit punch-colored LP, and digital formats. Find preordering options HERE.

In titling the record ColosseumW.E.B. draw comparisons with the past and present, in typically brutal style. “The Colosseum was the famous gigantic arena in Rome to give the people ‘food and spectacle,’ whereas what it truly did was to quench the mob’s thirst for blood and violence and keep their minds away from thinking; kind of an ancient TV-brainwash machine,” notes Sakis. “People nowadays seem to be thirsty for blood more than ever. They seek violence in almost everything. You can see it in social media, in the streets – even a simple fight between kids in a schoolyard attracts the other kids, not to separate but to watch. Humans miss the Colosseum and what it gave to their violent nature, even though they will never admit it. The title Colosseum is the irony of giving them what they secretly desire. Maybe then they will start to understand what they see in their mirror and hopefully it will bother them.”

Colosseum was recorded, mixed, and mastered in Sound Abuse Production Studio in Athens by Psychon and produced by Sakis Prekas. While Sakis admits it was the most difficult record they’ve ever made, it was also the smoothest of all recording sessions, largely due to being so prepared. “It also had to do a lot with the chemistry between us and the way Psychon works with us: keeping the recordings on a strict schedule, and at the same time making us always feel comfortable to express ourselves.”

Still, there were obstacles to overcome when it came to orchestrations and arrangements. “When you enter the rabbit-hole of symphonic orchestra and synths, you are in a chaos of sounds, and new ideas are always born through this. We had to spend hours on sound design and decisions like never before, yet the outcome speaks for itself.”

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Source: Earsplit PR

LONG LIVE W.E.B.

HAND OF KALLIACH – RELEASE NEW SONG/ANNOUNCE PRE-ORDERS 

Posted in Heavy Metal with tags , , , , on September 20, 2021 by Metal Odyssey

Celtic metal duo HAND OF KALLIACH have released their track “Beneath Starlit Waters” on Bandcamp. The song is from their upcoming release Samhainn which will be released on October 22 2021. You can download the track when you purchase the CD or digital pre-order of the album.

The band commented about the release “We’re both extremely excited to be releasing our debut full-length, Samhainn. Named after the ancient Celtic festival of winter (pronounced ‘Sah-win’), this album represents a huge gear change in our writing and production from our initial work, bringing a darker and more aggressive energy to our hybrid sound of melodeath and folk metal.”

Listen: https://handofkalliach.bandcamp.com/album/samhainn

John Fraser – vocals, guitars and drums
Sophie Fraser – vocals and bass

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/HandOfKalliach

Source: C Squared Music

LONG LIVE HAND OF KALLIACH.

DEATHCAVE – Seattle Doom/Sludge Trio Announces December Tour With Heiress And More! 

Posted in Heavy Metal with tags , , , on September 18, 2021 by Metal Odyssey

(Photo by Kelly-O)

Seattle-based doom/sludge trio DEATHCAVE will return to the stage this Winter for a two-week run of live dates beginning December 2nd in Seattle, Washington and concluding December 15th in Sacramento, California. Support will be provided by labelmates Heiress as well as Worship, Duhkha and Ugly on select shows. See all confirmed dates below.

Named after the Apache Death Cave in Arizona, DEATHCAVE was forged in 2018 and hit the ground running as its three members — Freiburger (Throne Of Bone, Brain Scraper), Benny Koslosky (Swampyheavy), and Tony Muñoz (Razorhoof, Worship) — are longtime veterans of the underground touring circuit.  

The band released their critically lauded Smoking Mountain full-length last year. A devouring fusion of thrash, psychedelic, stoner, and doom elements with lyrics based on personal stories reinterpreted in the realm of mythological tales, DEATHCAVE’s Smoking Mountain revolves around the concept of inevitable death and decay of not only humans, but nature as well.  

Smoking Mountain was recorded by Ben Verellen (Harkonen, Helms Alee) at The Unknown in Anacortes, Washington, mixed by Verellen at Verellen Amplifiers and mastered by Brad Boatright (Integrity, Full Of Hell, Gatecreeper, High Command) at Audioseige. The thundering five-track offering, which includes guest vocals by Andrea Vidal (Holy Grove), Dave Verellen (Botch, Narrows), and Neil McAdams (Black Breath), as well as a track dedicated to late Black Breath bassist Elijah Nelson, and is available digitally and on limited edition vinyl. 

Stream Smoking Mountain via the DEATHCAVE Bandcamp page at THIS LOCATION.

DEATHCAVE is putting the finishing touches on their followup to Smoking Mountain with details to be unveiled in the weeks to come.

Source: Earsplit PR

LONG LIVE DEATHCAVE.

JOSEPH IZAYEA – Announces New Album ’Harder Truths’

Posted in Heavy Metal with tags , , , on September 18, 2021 by Metal Odyssey

Harder Truths is the epic debut solo release from JOSEPH IZAYEA featuring some heavyweights of the metal world including the legendary Doc Coyle from BAD WOLVES & GOD FORBID, Kris Norris, formerly of DARKEST HOUR, Buz McGrath of UNEARTH, Chris Daniele, formerly of The ACACIA STRAIN, Tim MacMillar of  PROTEST THE HERO, THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD’s Justin Longshore, as well as Josh Gilbert of AS I LAY DYING / WOVENWAR.

Watch the announcement video here: https://youtu.be/2OEpv51IuXs

JOSEPH comments:

“I’m absolutely elated to announce the coming release of my first ever solo album, “Harder Truths”. I did my very best to assemble this album in collaboration with some of the best and brightest songwriters in heavy music, some of whom I have personally been following for many years, and even a few of whom I’m honored to now call my friends. This endeavor took a lot of time to put together, as ensuring my commitments to my other projects, Sour Times, Seeking Sirens, and From Under Concrete Kings was paramount of my priorities. Also of tremendous importance was doing this thing the right way, involving as many of my friends in my current and former bands into the fold as possible, because I wouldn’t be here today without them. I truly hope that you all will find this release well worth the wait.”

JOSEPH has been producing songs and performing as a vocalist since 2007, and has released nine albums, numerous singles and covers of various genres. Currently the vocalist for FROM UNDER CONCRETE KINGS, SEEKING SIRENS, and SOUR TIMES, he’s shown no signs of slowing down. This collaboration album will be released under the umbrella of JOSEPH’s production company “Do Work” on the 26th November 2021. 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/josephizayea

Source: C Squared Music

LONG LIVE JOSEPH IZAYEA.

ILLYRIAN – PREMIERE NEW TRACK “AGE OF FIRE” 

Posted in Heavy Metal with tags , , , , on September 13, 2021 by Metal Odyssey

Canadian extreme metal band ILLYRIAN have premiered their latest single, “Age of Fire” exclusively on Metal Underground. The track is taken from their upcoming EP Aegis due out on October 15th 2021.

Stream the track: http://www.metalunderground.com/news/details.cfm?newsid=151123

Pre-order: https://linktr.ee/illyrianband

Founded in 2015 in Calgary, Canada, ILLYRIAN was formed from the remnants of several bands and music projects in their local scene. Seeking to bring together their different backgrounds and strengths, the band quickly set to work on what would become their debut offering, 2016’s Round 2: Fight!

2019 marked the release of ILLYRIAN’s sophomore record, The Entity, Unknown. The album solidified the band’s signature approach to the metal genre, blending elements of death and thrash metal with technical and melodic composition. 

Adventuring out from their prototypical thrash metal roots while embracing the energy and drive from the genre, their sound further evolved into a more focused and precise vision, injecting elements of death metal and less conventional textures such as world percussion and traditional folk instruments into their music.

For their album, The Entity, Unknown, ILLYRIAN was awarded the 2020 YYC Music Award for “Metal Recording of the Year,” punctuating a comparatively quiet year for the unit. Soon after, the band set to work on writing and recording their next production – a concept EP. Intentionally narrowing the scope of it to fully explore and realize its story and musicality, it was written and refined in isolation from one another both due to circumstance and creative choice.

Now, with the EP recorded and ready to be unleashed, late 2021 will see the arrival of Aegis, and the return of ILLYRIAN.

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Source: C Squared Music

LONG LIVE ILLYRIAN.

Finnish Melodic Death Metal Band WOLFTOPIA Is Set To Release Their Debut Album In December – First Single ‘Hound Of War’ Out Now!

Posted in Heavy Metal with tags , , , , on September 9, 2021 by Metal Odyssey


Promo pic by Hannu Perälä (Hannu Perälä Photography)

Finnish melodic death metal band Wolftopia is set to release their debut album Ways of the Pack on December 17th 2021 via Inverse Records.

 “Hound of War” is the first single by the melodic death metal band Wolftopia, from the Finnish city of Vaasa. Introducing their 2021 debut album, Ways of the Pack, this is a hard-hitting single that grabs you with the first notes and won’t let you go until the last chords have faded. The song begins with a massive double guitar riff, played aggressively by lead guitarist Topi Karhunen and frontman Aleksander Okhotnikov and supported by the wild double bass drums of Tom Israels and growling bass guitar of Tim Reus. The song opens up hard, shakes the listener awake and drags them into the aggressive, fast and bombastic world of Wolftopia. 

Watch and listen Hound of War on Youtube: https://youtu.be/Cf-nKktPn-E 

Okhotnikov explains that the song was inspired by the Gothenburg death metal scene and that inspiration of the band’s western neighbours can be heard in the riffs. “Hound of War” might be one of the more straightforward songs on the album, but it expresses perfectly what Wolftopia is all about: fast-paced, melodic and atmospheric death metal. This is evident from the crunchy double guitar riffs in the introduction and verses, but also from the majestic solo by lead guitar virtuoso Karhunen and the brooding bridge, glowering with power chords and a heavy bass sound.

Album cover by Roberto Toderico

This brooding aggression might be a surprise for those who look at the inspiration for the lyrics. The words tell of the wolfhound Huan, from the classic J. R. R.Tolkien love story of Beren and Lúthien. The story isn’t only about love, however: it also asserts that destiny is foretold and can’t be denied. And that’s the angle that “Hound of War” focuses on. The threatening bridge and the sorrowful, emotional guitar solo and outro are a representation of this struggle to accept our destiny.

Pre-Order Ways of the Pack CD: https://bit.ly/2WGoRjs

Listen to Hound of War single on:

Bandcamp: https://wolftopia.bandcamp.com

Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3zT9AdQ

LONG LIVE WOLFTOPIA.

Texas Death/Black Metal Artist BRYAN ECKERMANN Releasing ‘Plague Bringers’ November 5th

Posted in Heavy Metal with tags , , on September 8, 2021 by Metal Odyssey

San Antonio (TX) – Prolific Melo-Death/Black Metal artist BRYAN ECKERMANN has announced the forthcoming release of eighth full-length album Plague Bringers. The album, which serves as Part II to 2018 concept album Winters Plague (The Final Eclipse), will be released on November 5.

A lyric video for the album’s first single, “Ice Queen,” is available at: youtu.be/eoVrp9d4Eo0

Winters Plague (The Final Eclipse), or Part I, detailed an alien invasion of earth by blocking out the sun with a giant ship and freezing the planet in which humanity inevitably arises to defeat the aliens. Plague Bringers, or Part II, details the aftermath from the aliens’ perspective as they resurrect their long dead queen, clone an army, and escape their dying planet to enter earth once more. Using the power of a magic orb they open a portal through space, then hide in the darkness, manipulating human minds to force mass suicides in their attempt at revenge. The mission however is in itself a suicide mission without the use of their ship to block out the sun (their weakness). They know they will perish along with the humans, leaving earth as a mass grave of emptiness… “Tomorrow is a lie, we won’t survive” but revenge is sweet.

Set to a melodic black/death metal soundtrack, the music and lyrical content go hand in hand, as each plays a significant part in the storyline to tell the grim tale of the two races’ demise. 

FFO: For fans of: Arch Enemy, Old Mans Child, Death, Hypocrisy, King Diamond, Agathodaimon, Mors Principium Est, Zornheym, Carach Angren.

Pre-order Plague Bringers:

Bandcamp: bryaneckermann.bandcamp.com/album/plague-bringers

Big Cartel (CD only): bryaneckermann.bigcartel.com

Track Listing:

1. Ice Queen, 2. Sands of the Hourglass** 3. The Devouring Sun, 4. Reflections in a Dirty Mirror 5. Moonlight and Frostbite*, 6. Plague Bringers, 7. An Oath of Scrying Souls, 8. Astral Realms, 9. Skinwalker, 10. Of Death and Decay, 11. Tomorrow’s Lie** 12. Oblivion

Album Credits:

Recorded, engineered, produced, mixed and mastered by Bryan Eckermann at Bonespill Studios (Aug. 2020-Aug. 2021)

All music and lyrics written by Bryan Eckermann.
Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Keyboards and Drums by Bryan Eckermann.

*Guest vocals on track 5 by Stu Block (Into Eternity, ex- Iced Earth).

**Guest drums on track 2 and guest drums/vocals on track 11 by Clinton Williamson (Darker by Design).

Source: ClawHammer PR

LONG LIVE BRYAN ECKERMANN.

DISTORTION MUSIC GROUP – Kataklysm / Ex Deo Frontman Maurizio Iacono Launches New Label Imprint 

Posted in Heavy Metal with tags , , , , on September 7, 2021 by Metal Odyssey

DISTORTION MUSIC GROUP is a new boutique record label helmed by industry veteran and Juno award winner, Maurizio Iacono. Having fronted the long running extreme metal band Kataklysm (Nuclear Blast Records) as well as Ex Deo (Napalm Records), and Invictus (Entertainment One) over the last three decades; in addition to launching Hard Impact Music Inc. in 2008, (a music management company that quickly grew into a top performing home for metal artists worldwide), Iacono has distinguished himself as a forward-thinking music industry entrepreneur. Iacono has also helped build two thriving touring agencies: Continental Touring in North America and Decibel Touring in Europe, giving DISTORTION MUSIC GROUP a big advantage in developing musical careers through the touring outlet.

DISTORTION MUSIC GROUP aims to serve artist needs and create a partnership that benefits everyone involved in this ever changing musical climate.

View a video message from Iacono at THIS LOCATION.

Follow DISTORTION MUSIC GROUP at:
http://www.instagram.com/distortionmg

http://www.facebook.com/Distortion-Music-Group

http://www.distortionmusicgroup.com

Source: Earsplit PR

LONG LIVE DISTORTION MUSIC GROUP.

CHARRED – Sign To Horror Pain Gore Death Productions, Prayers Of Malediction Set For Release On October 1st

Posted in Heavy Metal with tags , , , , on September 7, 2021 by Metal Odyssey

Horror Pain Gore Death Productions have signed vicious Death/Thrash Metal assassins CHARRED. The debut album Prayers Of Malediction is up now for pre-order and will be released October 1st on CD and Digital formats.

Hailing from the swamps of South Florida, CHARRED perform vicious Death/Thrash Metal. Prayers Of Malediction showcases nine tracks of pure blasting brutality that is not for the faint of heart. Prepare for annihilation as CHARRED leave their mark on the underground with an intense slab of sickness and slaughter!

Prayers Of Malediction was recorded at Angel Recording Studios, mixed & mastered by Anthony Burke and features artwork by Robert Cerrito. For fans of Bone Sickness, Celtic Frost, Darkthrone, Death, Deathhammer, Evil Army, GISM, Pestilence, Repulsion and Sepultura.

Pre-save this release on Spotify, Apple Music, etc. at ffm.to/charred

TRACK LISTING:
1. Incantations Of The Pyromancer, 2. Disseminating Hatred, 3. The Athame Of The Witchking, 4. Entity Of War, 5. Killsite, 6. Enthralling The Weak, 7. Consumed By The Catacombs, 8. The Means Of Destruction, 9. Kesai Khati (Eater Of The Raw Flesh)

Source: ClawHammer PR

LONG LIVE CHARRED.

DEATH ON FIRE – To Play Full Terror Assault Open Air 2021

Posted in Heavy Metal with tags , , , , on September 6, 2021 by Metal Odyssey

Indiana’s DEATH ON FIRE are confirmed to play at this year’s Full Terror Assault Open Air festival.

Following the successful release of their 2021 EP, Six Foot Box, and lack of shows due to the pandemic, DEATH ON FIRE is eager to get back performing in front of a live audience. The Full Terror Assault festival marks a momentous date in the beginning of the band’s live shows planned for Autumn 2021.

Full Terror Assault brings the energy and atmosphere of the European style extreme metal festivals to the USA. The independently run event, held in Cave In Rock, Illinois, strives to bring impressive underground acts to the festival stage. Taking place from September 8th – 11th, it’s three days on non-stop brutality. DEATH ON FIRE will be taking to the stage on Thursday September 8th.

Links
DEATH ON FIRE:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/deathonfire666
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/deathonfire/
Website: https://deathonfire.com/

Full Terror Assault:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FTAOpenAir
Twitter: https://twitter.com/fta_openair
Website: www.fullterrorassault.com

Source: C Squared Music

LONG LIVE DEATH ON FIRE.

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