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AYIN ALEPH – Releases New Music Video “Crystal Bell” – New Album Due Early In 2017

Posted in Music, music news, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , on October 18, 2016 by Metal Odyssey


AYIN ALEPH – has released her new video for Crystal Bell from her upcoming album due early next year. Listen to and watch AYIN ALEPH in all of her musical elegance below:

Support AYIN ALEPH and purchase her passionate new single Crystal Bell from her bandcamp page, by clicking the link below!

About Ayin Aleph:

Hollywood based, but European raised, Ayin is at the confluence of classical music and heavy rock, combining Baroque influences (massive choirs) and romanticism (rhythmic and lead acoustic piano). With an extravagant personality, massive guitars, sophisticated bass lines, powerful back beats, philharmonic accompaniment and magnificent compositions, a new dawn of rock has broken.

Ayin is a consummate performer; classically trained and renowned concert pianist; operatic vocalist; provocateur, poet, model and fashion designer Ayin Aleph is a ready-made brand. Combining Baroque style and composition with the driving force of modern band format, Ayin has created her own genre of music that is passionate and inspired.

Thought provoking lyrics, infectious melodies, blazing rhythmic passages and high fashion coalesce in Ayin Aleph, rendering any preconceived notions of what makes a Pop, Rock or Metal star, pass. Ayin speaks directly to the senses with timeless, contemporary and cutting edge sensibilities.

Ayin has 2 albums and 6 music videos to her credit, and has performed extensively in Russia, the United States and throughout Europe.



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CORONATUS – To Release New Studio Album “RABEN IM HERZ” This December!

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, news, rock music with tags , , , , on August 17, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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Stuttgart Germany’s Gothic/Symphonic Metal band Coronatus are to enter Klangschmiede Studio E, later this month to record their new album “Raben Im Herz” – scheduled to be released on December 4, 2015 via MASSACRE RECORDS – w/ Markus Stock!

Drummer Mats Kurth comments:

“The new songs will feature even more instrumental parts, which also changed our songwriting process: Our previous songs mostly consisted of up to 90% vocals, which turned out to be a bit limiting for us.
Now, with additional instrumental parts, the songs will be more varied and it’s also more fun for us to play them.

There will also be a few changes in store for Anny and Carmen, who will both use a broader vocal range on the new record.
 This album will rock!”



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DARK BEAUTY – Classically Influenced, Gothic, Progressive Band Is: Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

Posted in gothic rock, Music, progressive rock, rock music, vocalists with tags , , , , on March 1, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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DARK BEAUTY – There are a host of music genres that New Jersey’s Dark Beauty can be attributed to, from Symphonic Metal to Gothic, with Classical being the omnipotent glue that gives Dark Beauty their overall musicality. Dark Beauty released their new studio concept album, Fall From Grace, on August 19th, 2014. Lead vocalist (coloratura soprano), songwriter and band founder, Liz Tapia, has an alluring voice; even her shades of vocal darkness is mesmerizing.

As a songwriter, Liz Tapia can already rival that of Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s Paul O’Neill. Seriously. Greatness is not always mainstream or screaming from the pages of Rolling Stone and Dark Beauty’s musical greatness profoundly exists. Liz Tapia has assembled a consummate band of musicians with Dark Beauty, in my straight Metal opinion. I am absolutely thrilled that Dark Beauty has crossed my Metal path. Music is a powerful voice and universal language within our Universe; Dark Beauty easily reminds me of this.

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If you are a fan of Gothic, Symphonic Rock/Metal, Progressive, Epic and/or Dark music, you should absolutely adore the artistic works of Dark Beauty. Become transfixed below and listen to Dark Lullaby, from Dark Beauty’s new studio concept album: Fall From Grace:

Listen to track previews below:

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 Liz Tapia – Lead Vocalist/Songwriter/Founder

Bryan Zeigler – Lead Guitarist

Warren Helms – Keyboardist

Gary Perkinson – Bass

Dan Granda – Drums/Percussion


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NOCTURNA “Lucidity” – A Debut EP Of Symphonic / Prog Metal That Gleams

Posted in album reviews, Metal, Music, rock music, symphonic metal with tags , , , on January 20, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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4.5 Out Of 5 METAL Fists!

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Releasing on February 17th is the self-released and debut EP, Lucidity, from the UK’s Symphonic Metal Band: Nocturna. I have enjoyed this six song EP very much, to the point where I feel relieved to get this Nocturna review up on this blog for others to read about. Firstly, sonic quality is ever-present throughout this EP. Secondly, lead vocalist and guitarist James Davis reminds me of Rush legend Geddy Lee, with his harmonious, clean and pronounced vocals.

To say this band will go far is not a stretch by any means. Nocturna are a Metal treat to listen to, with their musicianship, songwriting and catchy melodies, all wrapped up into a delicious aural celebration of Symphonic Metal. With just the right touch of progressiveness in their music, Nocturna have a talent for the surprise with their songs. The epic closer on this EP, Cast Assured, showcases the diverse vocal and musical styles that Nocturna is all about.

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Tom Frost on guitar is bona fide impressive, with his abundant ability to shred. I love the atmosphere that Josh Vigus gives to the songs with his synthesizer, creating an air of emotions that swirl about so very pleasingly, even while a blazing guitar solo is being executed. Ryan Palmer on bass and Phil Barber on drums are an exciting listen alone, these cats master their craft. Fans of European Power Metal should have no problem digging what Nocturna is all about either. Yes, I highly recommend Nocturna and their debut EP Lucidity; I cannot be more honest than that. Metal be thy name. – Stone

Lucidity – Track List: Introduction, Lucidity, Revelations, Interlude, Gaining Solace, Cast Assured



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CORONATUS – “Cantus Lucidus” Available For Pre-Order On iTunes; Releasing On December 5th, Via Massacre Records

Posted in gothic metal, Metal, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on November 28, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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Pre-order Coronatus’ new album “Cantus Lucidus” on iTunes and download the instant grat track “Schnee & Rosen” right away! Click here:



Carmen Lorch – Vocals,

Anny Maleyes – Vocals,

Olivér – Guitars,

Pinu’u Remus – Keys & Orchestra,

Mats Kurth – Drums


Coronatus are an amazingly gifted band from Germany, featuring duo female vocalists and play Symphonic and Gothic Metal.

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BLOODBOUND “Stormborn” – Releases In USA On December 2nd; Album Tracks Streaming Now!

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, music news, Power Metal, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on November 25, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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The new album from Sweden’s BLOODBOUNDStormborn, is available all over Europe and the UK now! Stormborn releases in the USA on December 2nd, 2014, via AFM Records.

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Patrik Johansson – lead vocals

Tomas Olsson – lead and rhythm guitars

Fredrik Bergh – keyboards and backing vocals

Henrik Olsson – rhythm guitars

Pelle Åkerlind – drums and percussion

Anders Broman – bass


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VOICES OF DESTINY “Crisis Cult” – Releases On October 31st; iTunes Pre-Order Available Now

Posted in Metal, metal music, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news, symphonic metal with tags , , , , , on October 14, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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You can now pre-order the new Voices Of Destiny album Crisis Cult on iTunes! Click here:

Voices Of Destiny – Crisis Cult – Track Listing:

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STAR INSIGHT – Debut Album “Messera” Out August 1st And Music Video “Emanuela” Online

Posted in Heavy Metal, metal music, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on June 23, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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Star Insight is a Finnish Melodic/Symphonic Metal band which was founded in Seinäjoki back in 2005, but is now located in Lapua. After four self-released records the band inked a deal with Finnish record label Inverse Records. Their debut album “Messera” will be released worldwide in August 1st 2014.

In their music they mixed a lot of different elements. In addition to symphonic parts, you can also hear industrial sounds, punk riffs, ambient and also some power metallic drum pedaling. Vocals are traditional roaring which are filled in with clean vocals. The lyrics are primarily fictional and the theme is everything between heaven and earth.

The songs for the album are carefully selected from broadest possible musical scale. This close half-hour package contains a lot of different songs and moods.

A brand new music video “Emanuela” can be enjoyed below: 

Messera – Track List:

01. Limbo

02. Emanuela

03. My Time Is Out

04. Night With Fever

05. Frozen Rose

06. Signs Of Victory

07. Oath

08. Raven And Hell

09. Poem Of Misery

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Mikael Nurmi – Guitars

Pekka Rajala – Vocals

Jesse Etelämäki – Guitars/Vocals

Aapo Timonen – Bass

Jussi-Pekka Salimäki – Keyboards

Teemu Sohlström – Drums


(Source: Inverse Records)

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NIGHTQUEEN “Revolution” – New Studio Album Releasing On April 25th; Album Trailer Streaming Here!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal bands, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, news, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , , , , , on March 11, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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NIGHTQUEEN – Belgium’s Symphonic Metal warriors, NIGHTQUEEN, will be releasing their second studio album, Revolution, on April 25th, 2014. This album is the follow-up to their critically acclaimed debut: 2012’s For Queen And Metal (Massacre Records). A new album trailer for Revolution is below! Get a Metal taste for what’s to come with NIGHTQUEEN’sRevolution! Metal be thy name.

Revolution was produced by Jan Nemec. Executive producers are Carolina Guilini & Wim Coryn.



Keely Larreina – Lead vocals

Rex Zeco – Guitar

Neil Gray – Guitar

Steven Steele – Bass

Ed Scarlatti – Keyboards


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EPICA “The Quantum Enigma” – New Studio Album Releasing This May, Via Nuclear Blast

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, news, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , , , on March 1, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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From Nuclear Blast:

Who’s ready for Epica’s new album The Quantum Enigma? It’s coming this spring!

Marking the beginning of a new era of modernity, heaviness, and no compromises, Dutch symphonic sextet EPICA are set to release their sixth studio album, THE QUANTUM ENIGMA, this spring in North America.

“More than any of our previous albums, this album is a group effort,” states the band. “The only goal we had in mind: creating the album that could lift EPICA up to the next level. Every detail finds its way into a perfectly balanced mix and makes EPICA sound raw and overwhelming.”

Teaming up with producer Joost van den Broek (REVAMP, AFTER FOREVER), The Quantum Enigma was recorded at the Sandlane Recording Facilities in The Netherlands and mixed by Jacob Hansen (VOLBEAT, HATESPHERE).

Creating stunning artwork to accompany the ideas behind THE QUANTUM ENIGMA’s lyrics is longtime collaborator Stephan Heilemann, whose cover art is part of a bigger picture.

The Quantum Enigma will release on May 2nd (Europe), May 5th (UK) and May 13th (USA) through Nuclear Blast.

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01 – Originem

02 – The Second Stone

03 – The Essence Of Silence

04 – Victims Of Contingency

05 – Sense Without Sanity [The Impervious Code]

06 – Unchain Utopia

07 – The Fifth Guardian [Interlude]

08 – Chemical Insomnia

09 – Reverence [Living In The Heart]

10 – Omen [The Ghoulish Malady]

11 – Canvas Of Life

12 – Natural Corruption

13 – The Quantum Enigma [Kingdom Of Heaven, Part II]

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WITHIN TEMPTATION – New Album “Hydra” Is In Stores Now; Here’s Where To Purchase It…

Posted in Hard Rock, melodic metal, melodic rock, Music, news, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , , , on February 10, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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WITHIN TEMPTATION – Need help finding HYDRA at your local music stores and online? Check out this list of retailers that are unleashing the beast!

Order Hydra now, from Within Temptation’s website:

Download Within Temptation’s new album ‘Hydra’ on iTunes:

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FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE – Release Trailer For Upcoming VIdeo For “Pathfinder”

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, news, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , , , on January 27, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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Italy’s Symphonic Death Metal horde FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE is planning on releasing on brand new video for the track Pathfinder from their current record Labyrinth, which is set to be published on February 3rd, 2014. To give you a first hint on what the video will be like, FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE have just put up a trailer, which is available to watch here:

FLESHGOD APOCALYPE’s third full-length studio album Labyrinth was released on August 16 (EU), August 19 (UK) and August 20 (US) via Nuclear Blast. You can order your copy from the following location:

Lyric video for Minotaur (The Wrath Of Poseidon):


Labyrinth Album Trailer:


20.01. FR Paris – Divan Du Monde
21.01. FR Toulouse – Dynamo
23.01. ES Madrid – Caracol
24.01. ES Valencia – Sala Fussion
25.01. ES Barcelona – Razzmatazz 2
26.01. FR Luynes – Korrigan
27.01. CH Pratteln – Z7
28.01. DE Lindau – Club Vaudeville
29.01. IT Bruneck – Ufo
30.01. SI Ljubljana – Gala Hala
31.01. AT Wörgl – Komma
01.02. HU Budapest – Dürer Kert
02.02. CZ Prague – Club Matrix
03.02. AT Vienna – Szene
04.02. SK Bratislava – Majestic Music Club
05.02. PL Krakow – Kwadrat
06.02. PL Warsaw – Proxima
07.02. PL Szczecin – Heya Club
08.02. DE Hamburg – Markthalle
09.02. DK Aarhus – Voxhall
10.02. DK Copenhagen – Pumpehuset
11.02. DE Hannover – Musikzentrum
12.02. DE Frankfurt – Batschkapp
13.02. DE Ludwigsburg – Rockfabrik
14.02. DE Geiselwind – Music Hall
15.02. DE Munich – Backstage
11.04 BE Bomal-sur-Ourthe – Durbuy Rock Festival
26.07. NL Steenwijk – Stonehenge Festival

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MAYAN “Antagonise” – New Album Pre-Orders Available Now; Official Lyric Video For “Faceless Spies” Streaming Online!

Posted in Death Metal, death metal bands, Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on December 15, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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Dutch Symphonic Death Metallers MaYaN have a new album coming out in February called ANTAGONISE! Worldwide pre-orders are now available from the Nuclear Blast webshop at:

Below, Listen To The Epic And Official Lyric Video For Faceless Spies From MaYaN And Feed Your Hungry Metal brain!!

Antagonise – Release Dates:

January 31st – Europe

February 3rd – UK

February 4th – USA


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WITHIN TEMPTATION – “HYDRA” – New Studio Album Releases On February 4th, 2014, Via Nuclear Blast

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news, symphonic metal with tags , , , , , , on December 14, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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Within Temptation‘s sixth studio album, HYDRA, will be out on February 4, 2014 in the USA via Nuclear Blast!


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HYDRA – Track Listing:

Disc: 1 – (Standard CD Edition)

1. Let Us Burn

2. Dangerous feat. Howard Jones

3. And We Run feat. Xzibit

4. Paradise (What About Us?) feat. Tarja

5. Edge Of The World

6. Silver Moonlight

7. Covered By Roses

8. Dog Days

9. Tell Me Why

10. Whole World Is Watching feat. Dave Pirner

Disc: 2 (Bonus Songs & Covers – Digipak Edition)

1. Radioactive (Originally By Imagine Dragons)

2. Summertime Sadness (Originally By Lana Del Rey)

3. Let Her Go (Originally By Passenger)

4. Dirty Dancer (Originally By Enrique Iglesias)

5. And We Run *Evolution Track

6. Silver Moonlight *Evolution Track

7. Covered By Roses *Evolution Track

8. Tell Me Why *Evolution Track

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(Source: Nuclear Blast USA)

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ANETTE OLZON – Former Nightwish Frontwoman To Release First Solo Album Next Year, Via Armoury Records

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on December 4, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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It is with great pleasure that Armoury Records, in conjunction with earMUSIC, welcomes ANETTE OLZON to their expanding roster of powerful frontwomen.

Best known for her time fronting symphonic metal brigade Nightwish for five years before fleeing the band in 2012, the Swedish born songstress has established herself as a true apex among female rock singers globally and will continue the trend with her forthcoming solo release entitled Shine. Produced by Stefan Örn and Johan Glössner, co-produced by OLZON alongside Johan Kronlund and mixed by Kronlund, Nicklas Flykt and Ronny Lahti (known for his work with Loreen and Roxette), Shine is a logical next step in OLZON’s flourishing musical journey.

“I am so thrilled to finally release my first solo album,” comments OLZON. “I’ve been working on it for a long time. The album is very personal with songs I’ve been writing since 2009 but there are also very recent songs. The overall message of the album is that life can be really dark and filled with hardship and sadness, but you can always choose to see some light coming through, to make you stronger and full of life, making you shine… no matter what.”

Indeed, Shine crosses the borders between melancholy and hope; fragility and power. It showcases an artist who refuses to rest on her proverbial laurels but heads boldly into the future.

Shine will be released in North America via Armoury Records this February. Further info, including track listing and teasers, to be unveiled in the coming weeks.


(Source: Earsplit PR)

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Posted in Death Metal, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news, symphonic metal with tags , , , , , , on October 18, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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What better way to enjoy a fine blend of Italian Metal than having a glass of wine to go along with it? Perugia & Roma-based Brutal/Symphonic five-piece FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE now have two different varieties of wine available. This exclusive offer is only disposable for European customers via the band’s homepage.

Both white wine and red wine lovers will enjoy this very unique kind of merchandise, as “Ariadne” and “Minotaur” cover the most popular kinds of Italian drinking culture.

Stated the band: “We have spent a lot of time thinking about the best way to thank all our fans for the outstanding support we received throughout these years, a truly unique gift which could fully represent our Italian heritage and our strong connection with the Mediterranean culture. That’s why we decided to choose two of the most typical blends of our area, grown in the most prestigious vineyards, to deliver you this two high quality wines, inspired by the myth of the labyrinth of Knossos. Here’s to you: “Minotaur” and “Ariadne”!”

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You can purchase the FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE wine here:

The latest masterpiece of Italian Brutal-Symphonic-Metal-Majors FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE, Labyrinth, was released on August 16 (EU), August 19 (UK) and August 20 (US) via Nuclear Blast and is available here:

Get your copy, take a listen and enjoy your exclusive FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE brand wine!

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RHAPSODY OF FIRE “Dark Wings Of Steel” – Album Cover Art and Track Listing

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news, symphonic metal with tags , , , , , on September 29, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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Rhapsody Of Fire unveil cover artwork & tracklisting of their upcoming album Dark Wings Of Steel (out on November 22nd as CD, ltd. Digipak & ltd. Vinyl) via AFM Records.

Track Listing:

01. Vis Divina

02. Rising From Tragic Flames

03. Angel Of Light

04. Tears Of Pain

05. Fly To Crystal Skies

06. My Sacrifice

07. Silver Lake Of Tears

08. Custode Di Pace

09. A Tale Of Magic

10. Dark Wings Of Steel

11. Sad Mystic Moon

Bonus track on Digipak & Vinyl:

12. A Candle To Light (extended version)

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Fabio Lione – Vocals

Alex Staropoli – Keyboards

Tom Hess – Guitars

Roberto De Micheli – Guitars

Oliver Holzwarth – Bass

Alex Holzwarth – Drums


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Michael Kiske Returns To PLACE VENDOME

Posted in Heavy Metal, melodic metal, Metal, metal music, Music, Power Metal, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on September 2, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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Michael Kiske Returns To PLACE VENDOME With Another Melodic Rock Masterpiece: “Thunder In The Distance” – Due For Release In November, On Frontiers Records.


Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of the much-anticipated third album from PLACE VENDOME entitled “Thunder in the Distance” on November 1st in Europe and November 5th in North America.

PLACE VENDOME is the Melodic Rock project featuring UNISONIC and former HELLOWEEN singer Michael Kiske on all lead vocals and production from Dennis Ward (PINK CREAM 69).

PLACE VENDOME started in 2004 when Kiske, following a self-imposed exile from the rock and metal scene which lasted a few years after his departure from HELLOWEEN and solo career, accepted in 2004 to be part of a Melodic Rock oriented concept put together by Frontiers Records’ President Serafino Perugino.

The resulting PLACE VENDOME debut album brought Kiske back to a more straight ahead and Rock sound, still very accessible and melodic and far from the Heavy Metal stereotypes of blood, violence and hate which Kiske never had anything to do with. He collaborated for the first time with PINK CREAM 69’s Dennis Ward, Kosta Zafiriou and Uwe Reitenauer with Gunther Werno (VANDEN PLAS) on keyboards. In a quite ironic twist of fate Michael found himself to work with members of PINK CREAM 69, when the band’s original singer Andy Deris took his place in HELLOWEEN when he left.


The very favorable acceptance of the first PLACE VENDOME album planted the seeds for a second recording entitled “Streets of Fire”, which was produced during 2008. The concept was slightly changed, with some outside writers such as Robert Säll (Work of Art), Ronny Milianowicz (Saint Deamon) and Torsti Spoof (Leverage) handling the bulk of the songwriting, with Dennis Ward still handling the recording and production sessions.

Following his stint with the band UNISONIC, Kiske decided to go back once again to the PLACE VENDOME concept with more melodic rock oriented songs which – once again – have been selected by Frontiers Records President Serafino Perugino from outside writers including: Magnus Karlsson (Primal Fear), Timo Tolkki (ex-Stratovarius), Alessandro Del Vecchio (Hardline), Roberto Tiranti and Andrea Cantarelli (Labyrinth, A Perfect Day), Tommy Denander (Radioactive), Sören Kronqvist (Sunstorm, Issa), and Brett Jones.

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“I am having a very open mind in terms of music anyway, and the Place Vendome vibe is a pretty different approach than Unisonic” says Kiske. “I like many tracks off the Place Vendome albums, but especially Guardian Angel, Streets Of Fire, I Will Be Waiting, Set Me Free from the previous albums or now Maybe Tomorrow. For me the vocals are the most important part of a song of course”.

Dennis Ward once again produced and mixed the whole affair with such musicians as Dirk Bruineberg (Consortium Project), Gunter Werno (Vandenplas) and Uwe Reitenauer (Pink Cream 69) completing the lineup. Another total masterpiece from Kiske and Place Vendome is about to hit the market. A true must for all Melodic Rock fans !

Track Listing includes: Talk To Me; Power of Music; Broken Wings; Lost in Paradise; It Can’t Rain Forever; Fragile Ground; Hold Your Love; Never Too Late; Heaven Lost; My Heart is Dying; Breakout; Maybe Tomorrow; Thunder in the Distance.

Samples of some of the album songs can be listened to below:


Michael Kiske – Lead Vocals

Dennis Ward – Bass, vocals, rhythm guitars

Dirk Bruineberg– Drums

Gunter Werno – Keyboards

Uwe Reitenauer – Lead guitars

Mixed and produced by Dennis Ward


(Source: Frontiers Records)

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Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news, symphonic metal with tags , , , , , , on September 1, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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Dutch Symphonic Metal band EPICA celebrated their 10th anniversary with a one-night-only event, dubbed Retrospect. The band was accompanied by the seventy piece Extended Reményi Ede Chamber Orchestra and the Miskolc National Theatre Choir, playing an unforgettable 3-hours best-of set.

According to respected Dutch newspaper the Volkskrant: “The band wrote a chapter of Dutch metal History” this evening. Rock Tribune (Belgium) thought it was “an unforgettable show”.

Ten high-definition cameras captured this very special sold-out show while EPICA played in front of nearly five thousand ecstatic fans in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. In addition to a collection of the band’s biggest hits from across the spectrum of their entire catalog, this once-in-a-lifetime spectacular also features the live debut of ‘Twin Flames’ and the previously unreleased ‘Retrospect’, covers of classics by Vivaldi, Pergolesi, and Oscar-winning film composer John Williams, two guest collaborations with the venerable Floor Jansen (NIGHTWISH, REVAMP), and a very special performance of their breakthrough single, ‘Quietus’, with founding members Jeroen Simons, Ad Sluijter, and Yves Huts.

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On the 8th of November Nuclear Blast will release Retrospect as a deluxe hardcover book with 48 pages. Both as a 2DVD/3CD and 2Blu-ray/3CD version. Retrospect will contain the following fan favorites:

01 – Introspect

02 – Monopoly on Truth

03 – Sensorium

04 – Unleashed

05 – Martyr of the Free Word

06 – Chasing the Dragon

07 – Presto

08 – Never Enough

09 – Stabat Mater Dolorosa

10 – Twin Flames

11 – Serenade of Self-Destruction

12 – Orchestral Medley

13 – The Divine Conspiracy ~Anniversary Edition~

14 – Delirium

15 – Blank Infinity

16 – The Obsessive Devotion

17 – Retrospect

18 – Battle of the Heroes & Imperial March

19 – Quietus

20 – The Phantom Agony

21 – Cry for the Moon

22 – Sancta Terra

23 – Design Your Universe

24 – Storm The Sorrow

25 – Consign To Oblivion

26 – Outrospect

Retrospect features this massive performance in its entirety, as well as exclusive interviews with all band members and behind-the-scenes footage from the show.

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(Source: Nuclear Blast)

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TARJA – Finnish Songstress Reveals Title Plus Street Date Of Forthcoming New Full-Length Album

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news, symphonic metal with tags , , , , , on May 7, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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Despite her light and airy character, the music of Finnish songstress/former Nightwish soprano, TARJA has always been shrouded “in black” – the color of heavy rock, mystery and elegance. With her latest studio recording, fans will find that same darkness highlighted by an array of new emotions, multi-hued landscapes and musical atmospheres.

TARJA’s latest milestone emphasizes once again her impressive vocal range and continued artistic growth. Titled Colours In The Dark, the ten-track offering was mixed and mastered by Tim Palmer (Pearl Jam, U2) in Austin, Texas and delivers over an hour of music which includes grandiose orchestra and choir arrangements. Colours In The Dark follows the charting successes of 2007’s My Winterstorm and 2010’s What Lies Beneath.

Colours In The Dark will be released in North America via Eagle Rock imprint Armoury Records on August 27, 2013.

Further info, including cover art and track listing, to be revealed in the coming weeks. In the meantime, keep up with TARJA’s personal blog entries and recording updates at


(Source: Earsplit PR)

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