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HUMAN FORTRESS – Epic Power Metal Band Signs With AFM Records!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal bands, heavy metal news, Metal, metal music, Music, Power Metal, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on July 22, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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Hanover (Germany) based Epic Power Metal band HUMAN FORTRESS has signed with AFM Records.

After a 5-year hiatus the band returns with new vocalist Gus Monsanto (ex-Revolution Renaissance/Adagio) and a clear mission ahead:

“With our upcoming album we musically want to continue in the vein of our first two releases “Lord Of Earth And Heavens Heir” and “Defenders Of The Crown”. We are very happy to start this new endeavour with our fantastic new vocalist Gus Monsanto now”, guitarist Torsten Wolf comments.

Gus explains: “I always wanted to do this kind of music but couldn’t find a band like that in Brazil. These songs are epic, with huge hooklines and I was convinced straight away. I can’t wait to play our songs on stage“.

HUMAN FORTRESS have just finished recordings for their upcoming album which will be released by the end of the year.



Gus Monsanto – vocals

Torsten Wolf – guitar

Volker Trost – guitar

Dirk Liehm – keyboard

Andre Hort – bass

Apostolos Zaios – drums


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DEADLANDS – California Power Metal Band Debuts With Massacre Records Album

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, Metal, metal music, Music, Power Metal, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on April 30, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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Evilution, the debut from Sacramento, California-based power metal act DEADLANDS is out now on Massacre Records. Boasting killer hooks, dynamic vocals, aggressive riffing, epic solos, catchy lyrics, driving drums and intricate bass lines that combine heavy, thrash, power, groove, and speed metal with shredding hard rock overtones, this band of seasoned performers delivers a heavy and energetic yet commercial musical approach in its songwriting and execution.

Formed in the summer of 2010 by lead vocalist Brian O’Connor (Consfearacy, ex-Vicious Rumors), lead guitarist Michael J. Gardner (The Council), lead guitarist Kevin Rohr (Spectre), bassist Steve “Dedbass” Northam and drummer Danny Sablan (HateFX, The Council), these longtime friends and experienced musicians had a clear vision of creating a powerful and unique Heavy Metal group. DEADLANDS is quickly establishing a large fan base, being nominated for a 2012 Sacramento Area Music Award (SAMMIES), playing live, and sharing the stage with artists such as Exodus, Anvil, Y&T, Great White, Death Angel and more. They have received great reviews and high praise for their music and live performances from fans, concert promoters and media sources.

DEADLANDS’ debut full-length Evilution bears forty-three minutes of the band’s diehard power metal, and features guest solo appearances by legendary Metal guitarists Hank Shermann (Mercyful Fate), Michael Denner (Mercyful Fate, King Diamond), Andy LaRocque (King Diamond), Claudeous Creamer (Dragonlord), Mike Wead (Mercyful Fate, King Diamond), Glen Alvelais (Forbidden, Testament, HateFX), and Steve Smyth (Nevermore, Forbidden). Evilution was mixed and mastered by DEADLANDS and Juan Urteaga (Machine Head, Testament) at Trident Studios, and bears artwork by Erick Zombie.

Check out DEADLANDS’ killer high-action video for the album’s title track and more RIGHT HERE.

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Evilution – Track Listing:

1. Pandemic Genocide

2. Deadlands

3. Ground And Pound

4. Final Solution

5. She’s On Fire

6. Asphyxiate The Masses

7. Path We’ve Chosen

8. Gone Wrong

9. Legions Of The Damned

10. Shed My Skin

11. The Last In Line


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STRATOVARIUS – NYC Listening Party For “Nemesis” To Be Held On January 21st

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, Power Metal, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on January 12, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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Idle Hands Bar in NYC, welcomes members Timo Kotipelto and Jens Johansson of Stratovarius and fans to meet, talk and listen to the bands brand new CD Nemesis. The event is open to everyone and its free! Please note that unfortunately this is a 21+ event.

There will be $5 drink specials plus other giveaways from Eagle Rock Entertainment!

Stratovarius ‘Nemesis’ Meet & Greet Listening Party
Monday, January 21

Idle Hands Bar
25 Avenue B
b/w 2nd and 3rd streets, downstairs

The new 13 track Stratovarius studio album, Nemesis, will be released on February 26th, 2013, via Eagle Rock Entertainment.


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

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HELLOWEEN “Straight Out Of Hell” – Releases On January 22nd, In North America > Some Metal Thoughts…

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, Metal, metal music, Music, Power Metal, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on January 11, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

Helloween - Straight Out Of Hell - promo cover pic!

HELLOWEENStraight Out Of Hell, the fourteenth studio album from HELLOWEEN, will be released on January 18th in Europe and on January 22nd in North America. All HELLOWEEN fans surely can agree, that the days leading up to the release of Straight Out Of Hell are exciting times for certain!

HELLOWEEN are currently posting a track-by-track commentary, on their facebook page, each day leading up to the release of this highly anticipated album! (Check out their facebook link at the bottom of this post). I’m probably not alone in stating: the album cover artwork for Straight Out Of Hell is absolutely kick-ass! That’s Metal! Whoa!

Martin Häusler created the front cover for Straight Out Of Hell; he also created the artwork for 7 Sinners (2010) and Gambling With The Devil (2007) as well.

As pioneers of Power Metal and widely accepted as top-tier Metal legends, HELLOWEEN’s family tree boasts both Kai Hansen (founding member) and Michael Kiske; their vocals and multi-instrumental contributions are revered among the Metal community. In my Metal opinion, HELLOWEEN can truly be labeled as a national treasure of Germany. Metal be thy name.


Straight Out Of Hell – Track Listing:

01. Nabataea

02. World Of War

03. Live Now!

04. Far From The Stars

05. Burning Sun

06. Waiting For The Thunder

07. Hold Me In Your Arms

08. Wanna Be God

09. Straight Out Of Hell

10. Asshole

11. Years

12. Make Fire Catch The Fly

13. Church Breaks Down

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Andi Deris – lead vocalist

Michael Weikath – lead & rhythm guitar, backing vocals

Sascha Gerstner – lead & rhythm guitar, backing vocals

Markus Grosskopf – bass, backing vocals

Dani Löble – drums


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

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