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: # 3, Czech Republic # 12, Switzerland # 30, Spain # 32, Germany # 41, France: # 56, Sweden # 56, Austria: # 62, Belgium # 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
Die Monster sind wieder da: Aus ihrem neuen Album TO BEAST OR NOT TO BEAST zeigen Lordi den Clip zu ‘The Riff’
Zombies, Monster, Rock’n’Roll: Lordi rocken den Supermarkt! Ihr neues Album TO BEAST OR NOT TO BEAST erscheint am 01.03.2013. Das monströse Video zum Song ‘The Riff’ feiert bei uns seine Premiere:
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Long-running German metallers ATROCITY recently unveiled the first taste of the upcoming Okkult album called ‘Pandæmonium’. Check out the song here.
The band has since checked in with the following update:
“To celebrate the release of the new Atrocity album, Okkult, we will be playing a special release show at Rock It in Aalen, Germany. It will be the first time we will play material from the first part of the Okkult trilogy; expect a very raw and brutal set with highlights of the extreme musical side of Atrocity and songs that haven’t been played live for a long time!
The first 100 people attending will receive a special custom Okkult guitar pick and we are planning on some more surprises!”
Okkult will be released April 26th via Napalm Records and it will be the first part of the dark brutal and epic Okkult album trilogy. More information about the up-coming release and the special ‘treasure hunt’ will be available soon.
“Musically, no prisoners will be taken, the Okkult series is also brutal, bombastic and dark,” Atrocity leader Alexander Krull (also LEAVES’ EYES) told Metal Hammer Germany recently. These will not only be the heaviest and most brutal albums of Atrocity since years, but also the darkest works of our band’s history. Lovers of our harder material like ‘Hallucinations’, ‘Todessehnsucht’, ‘Blut’ or ‘Atlantis’ will surely be delighted with the Okkult series at their expense, although the Okkult songs have their own trademarks, of course.”
The orchestral parts were recorded in September by the Lingua Mortis Orchestra under the direction of Victor Smolski (RAGE) in Minsk / Belarus. In keeping with the dark atmosphere of Okkult we got the Canadian Sound Designer Katie Halliday on board. She worked for movies like Saw V, Saw VI, Saw 3D (VII), The Devil’s Carnival and Todd and the Book of Pure Evil, and already could reap some awards for her work.
The lyrical concept is anything but one-dimensional. For Okkult, we have no desire to go only in a certain direction. So the whole thing will be broadly based: From occult magic, occult places to conspiracy theories and mysteries that are still unsolved.”