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

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

From Frontiers Music srl:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More info on Zak Stevens: Zak Stevens Circle II Circle

LONG LIVE ARCHON ANGEL.

STONE.

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

Withem - The Unforgiving Road - promo album cover pic - 2016 - #009339ILMF

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.

Withem - promo album - band promo banner - 2016 - The Unforgiving Road - #MOIG99366

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.

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