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Finnish Progressive Metal Band EDGE OF HAZE Announce New Album ‘The Convoy of Ruin’

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, music news, news, prog metal albums, prog metal music with tags , , , , , , , , on October 19, 2022 by Metal Odyssey

Finnish Progressive metal band EDGE OF HAZE are pleased to announce that they will release their new album The Convoy of Ruin on November 1st, 2022. The album tells a story about humanity’s journey towards destruction by violence, exploitation and global warming and will be released exclusively on Bandcamp.

Watch the video for “Parts of Anything” here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emHAIqQ_l_w

Pre-order: https://edgeofhaze.bandcamp.com/album/the-convoy-of-ruin

More information will be available soon.

Band members:
Markus Hentunen – Lead Vocals, Guitar, Saxophone
Eero Maijala – Harsh Vocals, Bass
Janne Mieskonen – Drums
Juha Rapanen – Guitars

Track Listing:

  1. Floods
  2. The Other Side
  3. Remains
  4. Parts of Anything
  5. Instead of Gravity
  6. Trailblazers
  7. Endgame
  8. Heathen
  9. Birth

Source: C Squared Music

MESHUGGAH – To Kick Off US Headlining Tour / “Immutable” Out Now On Atomic Fire

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, music news, music videos, news with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 5, 2022 by Metal Odyssey

Swedish metal titans MESHUGGAH will kick off their long-awaited US headlining tour this month! Set to commence on September 16th in Worcester, Massachusetts and run through October 16th in Atlanta, Georgia, the month-long trek includes a stop at this year’s editions of the Louder Than Life Festival in Louisville, Kentucky and Aftershock Festival in Sacramento, California. Support will be provided by Torche throughout the tour’s duration as well as special guests Converge from September 16th through September 30th and In Flames from October 2nd through the tour’s conclusion. Tickets are on sale now at meshuggah.net/tour. See all confirmed dates below.

MESHUGGAH will be touring in support of their critically lauded Immutable full-length, released earlier this year via Atomic Fire. Recorded at Sweetspot Studios in Halmstad, Sweden, mixed by Rickard Bengtsson and Staffan Karlsson, and mastered by multiple Grammy award winner Vlado Meller (Metallica, Rage Against The Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers, System Of A Down), the band’s ninth studio album and follow-up to their Grammy-nominated full-length The Violent Sleep Of Reason showcases just how far ahead of the pack the band continues to be.

Full of surprises and yet instantly recognizable as the work of metal’s most idiosyncratic force, Immutable redefines and redesigns the MESHUGGAH sound across more than an hour of the most stimulating and engaging music the band has ever composed. Despite the challenges of the last few years, the progressive principles that have always cemented the band’s artistic efforts remain as steadfast as ever. As we spiral towards a dystopian MESHUGGAH still stands unique with Immutable, their most fearlessly creative studio album to date.

Immutable is available on CD, vinyl, cassette, and digital formats. Find ordering options and additional merchandise at THIS LOCATION.

View the band’s previously released videos for “The Abysmal Eye” HERE and “Broken Cog” HERE.

MESHUGGAH:
Jens Kidman – vocals
Mårten Hagström – guitars
Dick Lövgren – bass
Fredrik Thordendal – guitars
Tomas Haake – drums

http://www.atomicfire-records.com

Source: EARSPLIT PR

Witherfall – Announce New Keyboardist/Guitarist

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Music, music news, news, prog metal music with tags , , , , , , , on August 1, 2022 by Metal Odyssey

Witherfall are happy to announce that Multi-Instrumentalist Gerry Hirschfeld will be joining the band. We are excited to have a second guitarist back in the live show. Gerry is also an accomplished Pianist and Vocalist. The band sounds better than ever and we are looking forward to the new versatile journey ahead.

Gerry Hirschfeld and Chris Tsaganeas(Drummer)

Get tickets and this sick Witherfall Tour shirt here! Supplies are limited. https://linktr.ee/Witherfall

RIVERS OF NIHIL – Announces Eight Headlining Shows During North American Fall Tour Supporting The Contortionist

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, music news, news with tags , , , , , , , on July 19, 2022 by Metal Odyssey

Photo by Mike Truehart

RIVERS OF NIHIL has confirmed headlining performances in Arkansas, New Mexico, Iowa, New York, Ohio, and Tennessee through September and October during the off-dates of their North American tour supporting The Contortionist.

The full, month-long journey begins on September 11th in Dallas, Texas and runs through October 15th in Indianapolis, Indiana and will find RIVERS OF NIHIL performing their latest full-length, the critically adored The Work, in its entirety with the bonus of a special encore on all headlining dates. Tickets are on sale now! See all confirmed dates below.

Preview and purchase The Work at metalblade.com/riversofnihil.

Source: EARSPLIT PR

CULT OF LILITH – Icelandic Metal Outfit Announces US Tour With Venom Inc., EyeHateGod, And Ringworm; “Mara” Full-Length Out Now On Metal Blade Records

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, music news, music videos, news with tags , , , , , , , on July 10, 2022 by Metal Odyssey

Photo by Fata Morgana

Icelandic metal unit CULT OF LILITH will support Venom Inc. this Fall on their There’s Only Black Across America 2022 tour. The trek will commence on October 27th in New York City and run through November 12th in Boston. Additional support will be provided by EyeHateGod and Ringworm.

Comments CULT OF LILITH vocalist Mario Infantes Ávalos, “We are thrilled to finally be able to bring Mara to America. After two years of its release, we haven’t had the chance to do any touring. We can’t wait to meet our US fans!”

See all confirmed dates below.

CULT OF LILITH w/ Venom Inc., EyeHateGod, Ringworm:
10/27/2022 Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
10/28/2022 Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
10/29/2022 Odeon – Cleveland, OH
10/30/2022 The Loving Touch – Detroit, MI
11/01/2022 Wildwood – Iowa City, IA
11/02/2022 The Forge – Joliet, IL
11/03/2022 King Of Clubs – Columbus, OH
11/04/2022 Blue Note – Harrison, OH
11/05/2022 Mass Destruction Festival 3 – Atlanta, GA
11/06/2022 One Eyed Jacks – New Orleans, LA
11/07/2022 Growlers – Memphis, TN
11/09/2022 Black Circle – Indianapolis, IN
11/10/2022 The Crafthouse – Pittsburgh, PA
11/11/2022 Reverb – Reading, PA
11/12/2022 Genos Rock Club – Portland, ME
11/13/2022 Music Hall – Boston, MA

Preview and purchase Mara at: metalblade.com/cultoflilith.

CULT OF LILITH will be touring in support of their debut full-length, Mara, released in 2020 via Metal Blade Records. A frantic collision of death metal, prog, complex classical structures, and more, Mara is a restless, constantly shifting collection that is as imaginative as it is compulsive.

http://www.cultoflilith.bandcamp.com

Source: EARSPLIT PR

AVELION – Italian Progressive Metallers Release New Single “Bound To Blackness”

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, music news, news, Power Metal, prog metal music with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 3, 2022 by Metal Odyssey

The flagbearers of modern Italian progressive metal, AVELION, have been churning out bombastic singles for more than a decade, dropping a string of releases that have been helping shape the genre. In 2022, they return with “Bound To Blackness”, the first single recorded with new vocalist Riccardo Rizzardelli.

The song – recorded, produced and mixed by Simone Mularoni – is now available at THIS LOCATION.

“‘Bound To Blackness’ is a song that manages to encompass all the main elements of our music: melody, groove, oddly shifting time signatures, electronics, ambient and cinematic arrangements, as well as dense progressive instrumental sections. We worked very hard in the studio with Simone Mularoni to create a truly original and modern mix, suitable not only for progressive metal fans, but also for power and melodic metal listeners, as well as for djent and modern metal enthusiasts.

We can’t wait to take old fans and new listeners on this journey through the different nuances that make up our sound. The concept of the song is open to each listener’s interpretation, but there is a message of self development and inner growth, which involves awareness, acceptance and finally overcoming our darkest side. It’s a song about fighting your inner nightmares to find yourself. A journey in which acceptance and redemption are to be sought within ourselves”.

Photo by Egon Reboldi

Each AVELION release expands and clarifies the band’s mission to bring forth the most dynamic sonic offerings. Marrying progressive and modern metal influences, AVELION approach each song as a unique opportunity to destroy and rebuild the listener’s perception.

Line-up:

Riccardo Rizzardelli – Vocals
Oreste Giacomini – Keyboards
Leonardo Freggi– Guitars
Danilo Arisi – Bass
Alessandro Ponzi – Drums

Mastering by Luca Bottoli
Cover Artwork by Stefano Mattioni at Viron 2.0

https://www.youtube.com/user/AvelionOfficial

https://avelion.bandcamp.com/

LONG LIVE AVELION.

TOOL’S “FEAR INOCULUM” 3-DISC, 180-GRAM VINYL ARRIVES AUGUST 5 VIA RCA RECORDS

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, music news, news, prog metal music, prog rock with tags , , , , , , , on July 2, 2022 by Metal Odyssey

June 2022, LOS ANGELES –TOOL’s critically-acclaimed, GRAMMY®-Award winning fifth album, Fear Inoculum, arrives as a 3-disc, 180g vinyl release on Aug. 5 via RCA Records.

The collection, which is available for pre-order now (https://store.toolband.com/product/TLLP002), features new artwork from Adam Jones, and is housed in a triple gatefold jacket with an exclusive poster.

Fear Inoculum vinyl tracklisting:

Disc 1: “Fear Inoculum,” “Pneuma,” and “Invincible”

Disc 2: “Legion Inoculant,” “Descending,” “Culling Voices,” and “Chocolate Chip Trip”

Disc 3: “7empest” and “Mockingbeat”


Quite possibly the era’s most highly-anticipated album, Fear Inoculum arrived in August of 2019. Debuting at #1 on Billboard’s Top 200, the album earned heaps of critical praise with NPR saying, “Fear Inoculum was worth the 13 year wait,” Revolver proclaiming the album “a masterpiece to be dissected for years to come” and Consequence saying the release finds “Tool in peak performance.”

Earlier this year, TOOL released “Opiate2” (https://TOOL.lnk.to/Opiate2), a re-imagined and extended version of the 1992 EP’s title track and an accompanying short film, marking the band’s first new video in 15 years. The band also unveiled the first incarnation of Fear Inoculum vinyl, dubbed the Ultra Deluxe edition, the limited offering included five 180g vinyl discs emblazoned with a unique etching and accompanied by an elaborate pictorial booklet including never-before-seen artwork.

TOOL formed in 1990, releasing five studio albums: Undertow(1993), Ænima (1996), Lateralus (2001),10,000 Days (2006), and Fear Inoculum (2019); two EPs: 72826 (1991) and Opiate (1992), and the limited-edition boxset Salival (2000). The band has won four GRAMMY Awards®: Best Metal Performance (1998, “Ænima”), Best Metal Performance (2002, “Schism”), Best Recording Package (2007, 10,000 Days) and Best Metal Performance (2020, “7empest”). TOOL is Danny Carey (drums), Justin Chancellor (bass), Adam Jones (guitar) and Maynard James Keenan (vocals).

LONG LIVE TOOL.

Finnish Progressive Metal Band Sum of Seven Released A New Music Video The Enemy!

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, music news, music videos, news with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 10, 2022 by Metal Odyssey

Promo pic by Sami Hinkkanen. (From left to right: Rasmus Raassina, Harri Annala, Marko Loukamaa, Miika Erkkilä, Ari Lempinen, Esa Lempinen

Finnish progressive metal band Sum of Seven released a new music video The Enemy. Famous Finnish model, dancer & singer Joalin Loukamaa, known from global Pop band Now United is featured on the video. The track is released in collaboration with Inverse Records.

Watch the music video The Enemy: https://youtu.be/V1Ir_pUPd_w

Listen to The Enemy single on streaming services: https://push.fm/fl/ioqtfcwd

About “The Enemy” single, Ari commenting:

“We wanted to create a video that has a nice balance of story and the band playing. Originally we planned this to be purely the band playing the song but the place we found for the shoot inspired us to add a story element. Joalin Loukamaa did an excellent job in our last video and we asked if she would join the project. Fortunately she said yes and did an amazing job again. We got Saku Suominen from Sakuvisuals to direct and work his magic behind the camera and we had an absolute blast filming this. We feel that the atmosphere of the video and the song complement each other in just the right way and the finished product definitely makes us proud.

The Enemy is a song that starts out fast and aggressive and really carries that momentum from start to finish. It is one of the heaviest songs that we have made so far. When that intro explodes you know that we’re going somewhere fast. But at the same time when the vocal melodies kick in they steer the song into a different direction than you might expect, still carrying the aggressive momentum. That element of surprise is really what crowns the song for me. The Enemy has one of the best melodies we have written in my opinion and Marko’s delivery is just absolutely breathtaking. The lyrics talk about freedom, victory and survival, but they also have connotations to the questionable interpretations of those subjects. The message can be interpreted as positively empowering, but also as a disturbingly delusional illusion.”

Single cover by Aki Niemi

The Enemy (single 2022) – Composed by Ari Lempinen – Lyrics by Ari Lempinen, Esa Lempinen & Marko Loukamaa

Line-up:
Ari Lempinen: Guitar, backing vocals
Esa Lempinen: Keyborads
Rasmus Raassina: Drums
Harri Annala: Guitar
Miika Erkkilä: Bass
Marko Loukamaa: Vocals

https://www.sumofsevenofficial.com

https://sumofsevenofficial.bandcamp.com

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.

REVOCATION – North American Co-Headlining Tour With VOIVOD To Commence This Week; Band To Play Latest Album, The Outer Ones, In Its Entirety

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, music news, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , , , on September 11, 2019 by Metal Odyssey

[photo by Jeremy Saffer]

REVOCATION will kick off their North American co-headlining tour with Voivod this week with support provided by Psycroptic, Skeletal Remains, and Conjurer. The journey which will see the band play their latest album, The Outer Ones, in its smoldering entirety, runs from September 12th through October 12th and includes a performance at this year’s edition of Rock ‘N’ Shock in Worcester, Massachusetts with Eluveitie and Korpiklaani; as well as four special shows with Municipal Waste, Napalm Death, Sick Of It All, and Take Offense. See all confirmed dates below.

REVOCATION w/ Psycroptic, Skeletal Remains, Conjurer: 
9/12/2019 La Source – Quebec City, QC
9/13/2019 Corona – Montreal, QC
w/ Voivod, Psycroptic, Skeletal Remains, Conjurer: 
9/14/2019 Opera House – Opera House – Toronto, ON
9/15/2019 The Loving Touch – Ferndale, MI
9/16/2019 Metro – Chicago, IL
9/17/2019 Fine Line – Minneapolis, MN
9/18/2019 Park Theatre – Winnipeg, MB
9/20/2019 Starlite – Edmonton, AB
9/21/2019 Dickens – Calgary, AB
9/23/2019 Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC
9/24/2019 Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
9/25/2019 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
9/27/2019 Phoenix Theater – Petaluma, CA
9/28/2019 El Rey – Los Angeles, CA
9/29/2019 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
9/30/2019 Club Red – Phoenix, AZ
10/01/2019 Launch Pad – Albuquerque, NM
10/03/2019 Gas Monkey Live – Dallas, TX **
10/04/2019 Mohawk – Austin, TX **
10/05/2019 White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX **
10/06/2019 Parish @ House Of Blues – New Orleans, LA
10/07/2019 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA **
10/09/2019 Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
10/10/2019 First Unitarian Church – Philadelphia, PA
10/11/2019 Rock ‘N’ Shock Festival @ Palladium, Worcester, MA #
10/12/2019 Brooklyn Bazaar – Brooklyn, NY
** Plus Municipal Waste, Napalm Death, Sick Of It All, Take Offense
# Plus Eluveitie, Korpiklaani

REVOCATION continues to tour in support of their latest full-length, The Outer Ones, released last September via Metal Blade Records. Produced by Zeuss (Rob Zombie, Queensrÿche, Whitechapel, etc.), The Outer Ones finds REVOCATION pushing both the death metal and progressive elements of their signature sound harder than ever. “I knew that I wanted to go in a darker direction, and this is our most death metal album to date,” states vocalist/guitarist Dave Davidson. “Sometimes when death metal bands go down the prog route, they lose some of that edge, but we wanted to keep the aggression at the forefront of what we do while still pushing our boundaries.”

To preview and purchase The Outer Ones,  go to: metalblade.com/revocation.

Source: Earsplit PR

LONG LIVE REVOCATION.

LONG LIVE VOIVOD.

STONE.

WITHERFALL “Vintage” – New EP Releasing On March 22nd

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, music news, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , on January 18, 2019 by Metal Odyssey

In November 2018, US dark melodic metal act WITHERFALL released its much-celebrated second studio album, “A Prelude to Sorrow”. Never resting on its laurels, the group led by the creative duo comprised of vocalist Josheph Michael (Sanctuary) and Jake Dreyer (Iced Earth) now announces the “Vintage” CD, LP, and digital release to be available during the upcoming acoustic tour with Sonata Arctica and released via Century Media Records on March 22nd, 2019.

PRE ORDER AT:

http://www.witherfall.com/merch

WITHERFALL reveals:

“During the sessions for “A Prelude to Sorrow” two cover songs were recorded that showed a different side of WITHERFALL, originally intended to be bonus tracks. A dark and somber version of Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers “I Won’t Back Down’ with vocals recorded with Michael Wagener (Metallica, Skid Row) and an epic version of the Helloween classic ‘A Tale That Wasn’t Right’. With the announcement of the “ Sonata Arctica: Acoustic Adventures 2019 w/Witherfall”, it was decided to release these covers along with a few acoustic renditions of favorite WITHERFALL tracks.

Along with new keyboardist Alex Nasla and session percussionist Timbali Cornwell (Smokey Robinson, Earth Wind & Fire ), Joseph Michael, Jake Dreyer and Anthony Crawford retreated to Harmony Recording Studios in Hollywood, CA (Adele, Miley Cyrus) armed with acoustic guitars and bottles of wine to start working on acoustic arrangements for the tour. The sessions were fruitful and two acoustic versions of past WITHERFALL songs were recorded: a medley of ‘Vintage’ and ‘Nobody Sleeps Here…’ (originally on “Nocturnes and Requiems”) and an alternate arrangement of ‘Ode to Despair’. Instead of keeping these as secrets and finally making the rare ‘The Long Walk Home (December)’ also available to an audience outside of Japan, the “Vintage” EP offers a collection of music that shows another dimension of the WITHERFALL sound.”

Mixed and mastered by Chris Zeuss Harris and again featuring artwork by Kristian Wåhlin, “Vintage” will be released as strictly limited, hand-numbered CD digipak, on black and limited coloured vinyl as well as on all digital platforms.

WITHERFALL already have kicked off the presale of “Vintage” at www.witherfall.com/merch whereas the worldwide digital and physical pre-order via Century Media Records starts January 25th. Furthermore, the “Vintage” EP also features new keyboardist Alex Nasla who will join WITHERFALL on the group’s upcoming European tour kicking off March 13th in Oslo, Norway.

LONG LIVE WITHERFALL.

STONE.

WITHERFALL – To Enter Studio For Their Second Studio Album “A Prelude To Sorrow”

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Music, music news, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , on May 6, 2018 by Metal Odyssey

WITHERFALL - band logo - 2018 - #33MO933ILMNBDSO3

From the Witherfall facebook:

US epic Metal shooting stars Witherfall will enter the studio to record their eagerly awaited second album, entitled “A Prelude To Sorrow”, the successor of their highly acclaimed debut album “Nocturnes And Requiems”.

The band comments:

“Witherfall have finished writing and are deep into pre-production of our second LP. On May 15th Witherfall will head into the studio to self-produce our follow-up to “Nocturnes And Requiems”. Tracking and engineering wizardry will be handled by JJ Crews at Boogie Tracks Recording Studio in Panama City. The Compositions are both melodically violent and beautifully aggressive with a much Darker Tone than Nocturnes. More news to follow…”

Kristian Wåhlin who has painted the hauntingly beautiful cover artwork of “Nocturnes And Requiems” and who is known for his work for bands as King Diamond, Tiamat, Dissection (Official), The Black Dahlia Murder, and many others, is already working on the cover for “A Prelude To Sorrow”.

Witherfall’s second album is planned for a worldwide release on Century Media Records in early November 2018.

WITHERFALL:

Joseph Michael (lead/harmony vocals/keyboard),
Jake Dreyer (lead/rhythm and acoustic guitars),
Steve Bolognese (Drums/Percussion)
Anthony Crawford (bass)
Fili Bibiano (Guitar)

LONG LIVE WITHERFALL.

STONE.

ODDLAND – Sensory Records Issues September Release Info For Sensory Records-Bound “Origin” Album; Trailer Posted

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, news, rock music with tags , , , , on June 20, 2016 by Metal Odyssey

Oddland - promo band pic - 2016 - #MOILMF999

ODDLAND‘s second album, Origin was partly recorded by the band, the rest captured at Fantom Studio (Insomnium, Korpiklaani, Oranssi Pazuzu) after which it was mixed and mastered by Daniel Bergstrand (Meshuggah, In Flames, Dimmu Borgir). Containing over forty-five minutes of music, the album bears a theme which ties deeply into the lyrics and extensive artwork, with a separate piece of art created by Egyptian artist Mohammed Essam for each of the nine songs.

“We didn’t really know what was in store when we started writing songs for Origin,” issues the band. “Creating this album took us way longer than we first imagined. We had an initial vision of what we wanted Origin to be, but it really took time to get there. Every song went through an endless set of revisions before they were finished. We feel we have expanded and evolved ODDLAND‘s sound with Origin: it is low and it is heavy, but the rhythms and melodies are still what carry the songs. Lyrically the album is tied together by the idea that the lyrics represent our origin: what has made us what we are – individually and collectively. Mohammad really contributed into making the ideas and atmospheres of the songs come to life visually. We can’t wait for people to experience the album.”

View the brief trailer for ODDLAND’s Origin at THIS LOCATION or below:

Laser’s Edge subdivision Sensory Records will release Origin worldwide on September 9th. More expansive previews of the album will be presented through audio and visual samples, in the weeks leading to its unveiling.

ODDLAND has also signed with mighty Dutch booking entity, Loud Noise, who will aid the band in delivering their new album to fans across the European continent over the coming months.

Founded in 2003 in Turku, Finland, ODDLAND stylistically incorporates a broad spectrum of tones and methods into their forward-thinking delivery, melding aggressive tones, spacious textures, and glorious melodies into a seamless and cohesive entity. Following a string of successful demos, the band was signed to Century Media for the 2012 release of their The Treachery Of Senses debut album. Mixed and mastered by Dan Swanö, the record was greeted with a barrage of critical acclaim, including praise from top-tier publications like Rock Tribune, Metal Hammer, Inferno and many others, and praised as the best Prog-Metal record ever recorded in Finland.

ODDLAND has performed at a number of festivals including FME, Tuska, Headway, and Progpower Europe, in addition to many shows alongside the likes of established acts including Soen, Leprous, Swallow the Sun, Omnium Gatherum, Amoral and more throughout Finland, Sweden, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Lithuania, and beyond.

Oddland - Origin - promo album banner - 2016 - #990ILMFSO4333

Origin – Track Listing:
1. Esotericism
2. Thanatos
3. Penumbra
4. Untrue
5. Hidden
6. Skylines
7. Unknown
8. Faraway
9. Will

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Source: Earsplit PR

For more info on ODDLAND:

Facebook: Oddland

http://www.oddlandband.com

http://www.lasersedgegroup.com

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE ODDLAND.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

WOLVERINE – Swedish Dark Progressive Outfit Releases “Machina” Lyric Video Through New Noise Magazine

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

Wolverine - promo band pic - 2016 - #MO09903ILMFS

[photo by Mattias Wigforss]

Sweden’s masters of dark Progressive Metal, WOLVERINE, have just issued an official lyric video for Machina, the second track on the band’s Sensory Records-bound fifth album, Machina Viva. The “Machina” video is exposed to the public through an exclusive premiere via New Noise Magazine, alongside interesting commentary on the track by the band members.

Tune in to New Noise Magazine and see WOLVERINE’s “Machina” video at THIS LOCATION.

WOLVERINE‘s first title for the Laser’s Edge Metal division, Sensory Records, Machina Viva will see worldwide release on July 8th. A trailer for the album has also been issued right HERE.

Recorded and produced by WOLVERINE in various locations throughout Sweden during the Autumn and Winter months of late 2015 and early 2016, Machina Viva was mixed at Spacelab Studio in Germany by Christian “Moschus” Moos (Everon, Haken, Delain, Cloverseeds), and mastered by Grammy Award winning audio engineer Bob Katz. A natural progression from the band’s previous album, Communication Lost, released in 2011 via Candlelight Records, Machina Viva invites the listener into the harmonious yet portentous and sullen musical dimensions of WOLVERINE with perhaps their most dynamic album to date.

From the fourteen-minute epic and powerful “The Bedlam Overture” and the dark electronic landscapes of “Machina,” to the naked and organic nature of “Pile Of Ash” and “Sheds,” Machina Viva is the next step in Wolverine’s explorations in the progressive field. The layout features microbiological photos by Arturo Agostino and cover art by drummer Marcus Losbjer. Additionally, the CD edition will bear an additional bonus cello version of “Pile Of Ash.”

Additional audio from the album, preorders, tour dates, and more will be issued over the weeks ahead.

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For more info:

http://www.wolverine-overdose.com

http://www.youtube.com/user/wolverinetheband

http://www.lasersedgegroup.com

Source: Earsplit PR

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE WOLVERINE.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

WITHEM – Sophomore Studio Album “The Unforgiving Road” Releases On June 3rd, Via Frontiers Music SRL

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, news, rock music with tags , , , , on April 11, 2016 by Metal Odyssey

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WITHEM is an upcoming Progressive Metal band from Norway, inspired by the likes of Symphony X, Pagan’s Mind, Dream Theater, and Circus Maximus. Withem’s music incorporates elements of Progressive Metal, Symphonic Metal and straightforward Heavy Metal. “The Unforgiving Road” is the band’s sophomore release and is set to put the band on the radar of all Prog Metal fans thanks to virtuoso musicianship and the amazing soaring melodies!

The Unforgiving Road releases on June 3rd, 2016, via Frontiers Music SRL.

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For more info on WITHEM:

Facebook: Withem

Source:

Frontiers Music srl - promo record label logo - 2015 - #33MNSMOSCT

http://www.frontiers.it

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE WITHEM.

Stone.

WOLVERINE – Sensory Records Signs Swedish Progressive Metal Quintet; Fifth Studio Full-Length Coming This Summer

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, news, rock music with tags , , , , on March 28, 2016 by Metal Odyssey

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Laser’s Edge division, Sensory Records, is proud to announce the label’s signing of Swedish progressive metal kingpins, WOLVERINE, for the Summer release of the band’s mighty fifth studio full-length release, Machina Viva.

A natural progression from Communication Lost, released in 2011 via Candlelight Records, Machina Viva invites the listener into the harmonious yet portentous and sullen musical dimensions of WOLVERINE with perhaps their most dynamic album to date. From the fourteen-minute epic and powerful “The Bedlam Overture” and the dark electronic landscapes of “Machina”, to the naked and organic nature of “Pile of Ash” and “Sheds,” Machina Viva is the next step in Wolverine’s explorations in the progressive field.

Recorded and produced by WOLVERINE in various locations throughout Sweden during the Autumn and Winter months of late 2015 and early 2016, Machina Viva was mixed at Spacelab Studio in Germany by Christian “Moschus” Moos (Everon, Haken, Delain, Cloverseeds), and mastered by Grammy Award winning audio engineer Bob Katz.

Wolverine - Machina Viva - promo album cover pic - 2016 - #MO999ILMF4

Laser’s Edge/Sensory owner Ken Golden states of the signing, “WOLVERINE has been on my radar since their first release, The Window Purpose, back in 2001. I’ve followed their progression through the years and I’m honored to have them on the Sensory roster.”

Issues WOLVERINE on signing with Sensory Records, “We are very happy to work with someone like Ken and Sensory that has a genuine passion for and interest in the kind of music that we play.”

Machina Viva is being finalized for early Summer worldwide release; stand by for a confirmed release date and more on the album in the days ahead.

Swedish progressive act WOLVERINE was formed in 1995 by vocalist Stefan Zell and drummer Marcus Losbjer. Initially the band was all about death metal, but they soon allowed a more melodic approach to influence their sound. Since their inception, the band has pushed out of boundaries of heavy metal and evolved through inventiveness and explorative ambition, now incorporating a wider spectrum of musical elements into their own progressive sound.

Following the release of their Fervent Dream debut EP (1999, Zizania Entertainment Group), WOLVERINE has released four well-received albums through a variety of notable labels including The Window Purpose (2001, DVS), Cold Light Of Monday (2003, Earache), Still (2006, Candlelight, and Communication Lost (2011, Candlelight).

WOLVERINE was the first band on the bill of the first European edition of the ProgPower Festival in 1999. Since then, the band has performed at that festival several times with great acclaim. In 2006 WOLVERINE did a short UK tour supporting Anathema, and their first US appearance was at the ProgPower USA festival in 2013. Besides playing a regular heavy set on the main stage of the festival, a special stripped down set was also performed to an overwhelming response.

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WOLVERINE:
Per Henriksson – keyboards
Marcus Losbjer – drums
Thomas Jansson – bass
Jonas Jonsson – guitars
Stefan Zell – vocals

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Source: Earsplit PR

For more info:

http://www.facebook.com/wolverinetheband

http://www.wolverine-overdose.com

http://www.youtube.com/user/wolverinetheband

http://www.lasersedgegroup.com

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE WOLVERINE.

Stone.

EYE – Ohio-Based Psychedelic Rock Quartet Signs With Laser’s Edge; New Album Due This Summer

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, news, rock music with tags , , , , on March 27, 2016 by Metal Odyssey

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Laser’s Edge this week announces the addition of Ohio based quartet, EYE, to the label’s ever-expanding roster, as the band puts the finishing touches on their fourth record for release.

The music EYE generates is technical, thought driven and atmospheric, but also very dirty and simple, an aesthetic the band refers to as “garage-prog.” Retro in style without sliding into stoner rock, EYE is driven by a love of raw, fist-pounding 1970s Heavy Metal and progressive-space rock, tempered by mind warping 1960s psychedelic music. With decades of experience as musicians, and armed with an arsenal of vintage synthesizers, effects and gear, EYE bewitches audiences live throughout the Midwest region from their home base in Columbus, Ohio.

EYE continues to connect with established fans and newcomers alike with their fourth release, Vision And The Ageless Light, their first album through Laser’s Edge, which is due this Summer. Featuring vintage keys, mellotron, accomplished and dynamic songs, including an epic, full-side encompassing track, Vision And The Ageless Light will be the first EYE release to include new members: bassist Michael Sliclen and guitarist Jon Finley.

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The brainchild of drummer Brandon Smith, EYE‘s sound was fully realized in partnership with keyboardist/guitarist Lisa Bella Donna, who also engineered and mixed the first album, Center Of The Sun. The album was released on LP by Kemado Records in 2012, after which Lisa joined as a full-time member and work began on the sophomore album, Second Sight, which was independently released in 2013. EYE soon followed it with the live-in-the-studio Live At Relay album on LP and cassette through Dangerous Age Records in 2014. The impending Vision And The Ageless Light will be a welcome and exciting addition for both EYE and The Laser’s Edge catalogs.

Stand by for more info on Vision And The Ageless Light in the weeks ahead, followed by touring in support of the album through the Summer and Fall months. In the meantime, EYE will join an array of other local artists at a special show this Friday, March 25th dubbed, Columbus To Syria, in order to raise awareness of the global Syrian refugee crisis. The band will also support the mighty Zombi in Columbus on May 13th.

EYE Live:

3/25/2016 Cafe Bourbon St./ The Summit – Columbus, OH @ Columbus To Syria [info]

5/13/2016 Ace Of Cups – Columbus, OH w/ Zombi [info]

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Source: Earsplit PR

For more info:

https://eyemusic.bandcamp.com

EYE

http://eyemusic.bigcartel.com

http://www.lasersedgegroup.com

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE EYE.

LONG LIVE OHIO.

Stone.

Ex-Annihilator Vocalist DAVE PADDEN Joins THIRD ION

Posted in Heavy Metal, Music, news, rock music with tags , , , on January 29, 2016 by Metal Odyssey

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THIRD ION – Prog Metal outfit THIRD ION, featuring former members of THE DEVIN TOWNSEND BAND and INTO ETERNITY, has announced that the band’s new vocalist is none other than Dave Padden (ex-ANNIHILATOR)! Padden replaces departed vocalist Tyler Gilbert. The band issued the following statement about the lineup change:

“Sadly, after our last gigs, our singer Tyler informed us he was leaving the band. We loved having him, but his heart and passion lie with his own music. We wish him all the best and good luck with his future! Right away we wasted no time and got right on the search for a new singer. Dave’s demo blew us away, and not to mention he has an incredible amount of experience! We have been sitting on this news since the summer and after getting back from Vancouver this week, with a finished album worth of vocal tracks, I am absolutely psyched to announce Dave Padden as the singer for Third Ion!”

THIRD ION are currently recording the follow-up to 2015 Glasstone Records debut album 13/8bit.  The sophomore effort will also be released on Glasstone. An audio clip of the band recording with Padden can be heard at this location or below:

13/8Bit is available on CD format through the label and in digital format on iTunes. Album artwork comes courtesy of Harley K at Necrographix. The album is streaming on Spotify HERE13/8Bit can be purchased on iTunes, Amazon, Base, and other online retailers.

THIRD ION is the product of a mutual love of prog, video games and science. The debut album was written entirely in 13/8 time signature. 8-Bit musical renditions of every song was released as well, to pay homage to their 1980s classic gaming inspirations.

THIRD ION:

Justin Bender – Guitar
Aaron Edgar – Drums
Mike Young – Bass
Dave Padden – Vocals

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Source: ClawHammer PR

Clawhammer PR - promo logo - 2015 - #0323CHMO

For more info on THIRD ION:

www.thirdion.com

www.facebook.com/thirdion

www.youtube.com/3rdion

www.glasstonerecords.com

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE THIRD ION.

Stone.

BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME Announces Co-Headlining North American Tour With AUGUST BURNS RED

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, news, rock music with tags , , , on January 10, 2016 by Metal Odyssey

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BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME and August Burns Red will be joining forces for a co-headlining North American tour that kicks off on March 4th in Sayreville, New Jersey at Starland Ballroom. With additional support from The Faceless and Good Tiger, the trek will wrap-up in New York, New York on April 17th at Webster Hall.

Tickets went on sale Friday, January 8th at 10am local time, with VIP Packages including general admission ticket, 18×24 signed poster, VIP laminate/Skip The Line Pass, BTBAM/ABR pintone pin set, and exclusive tour t-shirt, at showstubs.com/abrbtbam. The full tour routing is listed below.

BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME completed an extensive North American headlining tour with Enslaved, Intronaut, and Native Construct this past November and December, in support of their latest album, Coma Ecliptic. Described as, “a 68-minute cosmic opera that’s part Stravinsky, part Queensryche,” by Rolling Stone, Coma Ecliptic can be purchased and previewed at: metalblade.com/btbam.

Between The Buried And Me - Coma Ecliptic - promo album banner - band pic - 2015 - #MNMSSAF

Following their upcoming co-headlining tour with August Burns Red, BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME will appear at premier festivals across the country, including Carolina Rebellion, Rock On The Range and more. For all dates, please visit: facebook.com/BTBAMofficial.

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The tour directly follows August Burns Red‘s appearance at the 58th annual Grammy Award Ceremony where the Lancaster, Pennsylvania five-piece is nominated for Best Metal Performance for their song “Identity.” The Grammy Awards ceremony will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 15th, 2016. The song is featured on the band’s newest album Found In Far Away Places, which debuted at #4 on the Billboard Top Albums Chart, #9 on the Billboard Top 200, and is available now on iTunes. Since their formation in 2003, the local upstarts have evolved into one of the biggest names among the modern Metal scene. August Burns Red has spent years skillfully crafting a balance between a ferociously heavy sound with empowering lyrical content, while showcasing a rich surplus of inventive guitar riffs, blistering solos, and dynamic drumming.

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BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME w/ August Burns Red, The Faceless, Good Tiger:

3/04/2016 Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
3/05/2016 The National – Richmond, VA
3/07/2016 Revolution – Ft Lauderdale, FL
3/08/2016 Jannus Landing – Tampa, FL
3/09/2016 Iron City – Birmingham, AL
3/10/2016 Soul Kitchen – Mobile, AL
3/11/2016 Minglewood Theater – Memphis, TN
3/12/2016 Pageant – St. Louis, MO
3/14/2016 Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
3/15/2016 Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
3/16/2016 Brooklyn Bowl – Las Vegas, NV
3/17/2016 Rialto – Tucson, AZ
3/18/2016 House Of Blues – San Diego, CA
3/19/2016 Self Help Festival | NOS Event Center – San Bernardino, CA
3/21/2016 Regency – San Francisco, CA
3/22/2016 Ace Of Spades – Sacramento, CA
3/23/2016 Roseland – Portland, OR
3/24/2016 Showbox SoDo – Seattle, WA
3/25/2016 Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA
3/26/2016 Vogue – Vancouver, BC
3/28/2016 Union Hall – Edmonton, AB
3/29/2016 MacEwan Hall – Calgary, AB
3/30/2016 O’Brians Event Centre – Saskatoon, SK
4/01/2016 Garrick – Winnipeg, MB
4/02/2016 Skyway Theatre – Minneapolis, MN
4/03/2016 Wooly’s – Des Moines, IA
4/05/2016 Emo’s – Austin, TX
4/06/2016 Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK
4/07/2016 Limelight Eventplex – Peoria, IL
4/08/2016 The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
4/09/2016 Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA
4/10/2016 Guelph Concert Theatre – Guelph, ON
4/12/2016 Imperial – Quebec City, QC
4/13/2016 State Theatre – Portland, ME
4/14/2016 Lupos – Providence, RI
4/15/2016 Fillmore – Philadelphia, PA
4/16/2016 Upstate Concert Hall – Albany, NY
4/17/2016 Webster Hall – New York, NY
End Tour
5/06/2016 Carolina Rebellion – Concord, NC
5/22/2016 Rock On The Range – Columbus, OH

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Source: Earsplit PR

* For more info on BTBAM:

http://www.facebook.com/BTBAMofficial

http://www.twitter.com/btbamofficial

http://www.instagram.com/btbamofficial

http://www.youtube.com/user/BTBAMofficial

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME.

LONG LIVE AUGUST BURNS RED.

Stone.

On This Day In METAL History – October 19th… QUEENSRŸCHE Edition!

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on October 19, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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On October 19th, 1984 – The great QUEENSRŸCHE performed at Vorst Nationaal in Brussels, Belgium. QUEENSRŸCHE were touring in support of their debut full-length studio album: The Warning.

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On October 19th, 1988QUEENSRŸCHE performed at Frölundaborg in Gothenburg, Sweden. QUEENSRŸCHE were touring in support of their amazing third studio album – Operation: Mindcrime.

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On October 19th, 2008 – The legendary QUEENSRŸCHE performed at the Midland Theater in Kansas City, Missouri, USA. Whoa!

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On October 19th, 2015 – The newly released QUEENSRŸCHE studio album, Condition Hüman, is ranked at #10, on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. Jumping flapjacks!

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On October 19th, 2015Condition Hüman has its debut on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart, sitting at #27. Whoa and hell yes! Check out QUEENSRŸCHE’s other current Billboard chart rankings above!

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QUEENSRŸCHE:

Todd LaTorre – Lead Vocals

Michael Wilton – Guitar

Eddie Jackson – Bass

Scott Rockenfield – Drums

Parker Lundgren – Guitar

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* For more info on QUEENSRŸCHE:

Facebook: Queensrÿche

http://www.queensrycheofficial.com

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MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE QUEENSRŸCHE.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

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