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Music Review: Thousand Year War CD: Kingdom of America

Music Review: Thousand Year War

CD: Kingdom of America

Label: Self-Released

Available: NOW

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It’s rare if not almost impossible for me to listen to Black Metal bands.  It has never been a genre I have been drawn to and I just never ‘GOT’ it.  To me all I hear is a furious stream of blast beats and single note riffs and no cohesion at all to the songs, which in turn, makes me turn off the music.

So now I come to the band Thousand Year War from America(I think?) who call themselves a Black Metal band.  So with some trepidation I start this bad boy up expecting more of the same.  Well I have to say I got more than what I bargained for, that is for sure.  So read on and find out what I unearthed! Continue reading Music Review: Thousand Year War CD: Kingdom of America

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Music Review: Avantasia CD: The Mystery of Time

Music Review: Avantasia

CD: The Mystery of Time

Label: Nuclear Blast Records

Availability: March 30th, 2013

by: TJ Fowler

                When I saw that Avantasia was due to release a new album I was immediately interested in giving it a listen as I always found Tobias Sammet to be an excellent singer(and one of the only singers I have heard to sound like Bruce Dickinson) and his other band Edguy I always thought were very talented musicians and songwriters.  I had never listened to a lot of Avantasia before this so I was somewhat going in blind.  So what did I get with Avantasia’s ‘The Mystery of Time’?  Well it wasn’t exactly what I was expecting but it also was by no means a disappointment. Continue reading Music Review: Avantasia CD: The Mystery of Time

STRATOVARIUS Releases Video For “Halcyon Days” European Tour Underway

Melodic metal legends STRATOVARIUS are pleased to unleash their “Halcyon Days” video from the band’s latest full-length, Nemesis. Hailed by the media as, “the best STRATOVARIUS album since many, many years,” by Metal Hammer Germany, “a collection of the band’s greatest hits that you never heard until now,” be Metal Underground (US) and, “the strongest STRATOVARIUS album since the beginning of the century,” by KaaosZine in Finland, STRATOVARIUS lives up to their reputation as one of the leading names of the metal genre once again exceeding fans’ and critics’ expectations and charting in ten countries thus far: Finland: # 3Czech Republic # 12Switzerland # 30Spain # 32Germany # 41France: # 56Sweden # 56Austria: # 62Belgium # 103 and Canada: # 126.

Coinciding with the band’s European tour, set to commence in Helsinki, Finland tonight [see itinerary here], the band today proudly reveals the video for their second single. The footage for “Halcyon Days” was shot in Lithuania by Pekka Hara, and perfectly captures the song’s theme of finding one’s peace of mind.

The band further notes: “It was a really nice experience working with Pekka and his team, and Lithuania was a pleasant surprise, very friendly people there and everything worked out great. This video sets the mood of the song perfectly. And the fact is: A band is nothing without the fans.”

Prior to the video shoot, the band had launched a fan competition asking their supporters to send a picture of their most prized STRATOVARIUS item. Over 100 items were sent, of which the band handpicked the 10 most original objects, which are now featured in the video. Over the course of the next weeks,STRATOVARIUS will also launch a special fan item version of the video on their official Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/stratovarius.

To watch the video for “Halcyon Days,” point your browser to THIS LOCATION.

Nemesis was produced and mixed by guitarist Matias Kupiainen, mastered by Mika Jussila (Finnvox Studios) and released in North America via earMUSIC in conjunction with Armoury Records on February 26, 2013.

“… Nemesis is pure epic! It is grandiose, majestic, melodic yet heavy when it needs to be. It’s an unexpected return to form for STRATOVARIUS. It’s what power metal should sound like, period! It is without the shadow of a doubt STRATOVARIUS‘ best album in ages… Album of the year award? You betchya! If you are a fan of this band, you can’t afford to miss this incredible album.” — Metal Reviews

“This is more than music, it’s a masterpiece, and should go down in the book of heavy metal as one of the best heavy metal albums of all time…”– Metalholic

Nemesis finds the band recapturing the magic of their glory days. Most importantly, the songwriting is excellent as the band seems determined to capture memorable songs that sit alongside the best of their catalog.” –- About.com

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COREY TAYLOR Says GRAMMYS ‘Don’t Respect’ Heavy Metal Genre At All

SLIPKNOT/STONE SOUR frontman Corey Taylor has accused The Recording Academy of disrespecting the heavy metal genre by not including it in the televised portion of the Grammy Awards.

HALESTORM was honored with a Grammy in the “Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance” category in the pre-telecast ceremony at the 55th annual Grammy Awards, which were held last night (Sunday, February 10) at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. HALESTORM was nominated for the track “Love Bites (So Do I)” , from the band’s 2012 album “The Strange Case Of…”

Writing on his Twitter profile shortly after the “Hard Rock/Metal” winner was announced, Taylor said: “I’m happy for HALESTORM, but sad because the Grammys don’t respect our genre AT ALL. We get one category and it’s not even televised.”

In an effort to continuously evolve its Grammy Awards process, The Recording Academy announced in April 2011 that it had restructured the Grammy categories across all genres and fields, bringing the total number of categories to be recognized at the 54th Grammy Awards in 2012 to 78 from 109. As a result, instead of separate “Best Metal” and “Best Hard Rock” performance prizes, there is now a single “Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance” award.