Thought Chamber present first song from new album

The Prog Magazine was chosen to present Transcend, a nine-minute epic song from the new upcoming Thought Chamber album Psykerion. Hear it below.

Vocalist Ted Leonard, now with Spock’s Beard, has reunited with multi-instrumentalist Michael Harris for the long-awaited follow-up to debut album Angular Perceptions. They’re joined by bassist Jeff Plant, keyboardist Bill Jenkins and drummer Mike Haid on the 16-track title.

Harris tells Prog Magazine: “Transcend kind of epitomises what Thought Chamber does: lots of melody, while getting our chops in, and we exploit a lot of styles in it, from metal to acoustic to fusion.”

He says of the lyrics: “Avakus’ mind has been awakened and inspired by his voyage to Psykerion, and he gets philosophical about what makes humans tick, from instinct to ego to the drive to succeed.”

Psykerion is released on September 16 via InsideOut.

Tracklist

01.    Inceptus
02.    Exodus
03.    Psykerion: The Question
04.    In The Words of Avakus
05.    Light Year Time
06.    Kerakryps
07.    The Black Hole Lounge
08.    Circuits of ODD
09.    Behind the Eyes of Ikk
10.    Isle of Bizen
11.    Xyrethius II
12.    Recoil
13.    Breath of Life
14.    Transcend
15.    Planet Qwinkle
16.    Inner Peace

Source: http://www.progrockmag.com/news/thought-chamber-premiere-transcend/?utm_source=G%2FS%2FA&utm_campaign=0cc5ed9576-Pirate_Smile_DEVIN+TOWNSEND+PROJECT&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_fc664ea316-0cc5ed9576-57311037

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Suncrown

Suncrown is a truly international symphonic/epic metal band formed in 2011 by songwriter and keyboardist Oleg Biblyi (Ukraine) and vocalist Darren Crisp (USA). Then  guitarist Gustavo Bonfá (Brazil) and bassist Ederson Prado (Brazil) joined the group. In July 2011 Suncrown released their first video clip Follow Your Dream. In October Suncrown released a video clip in memory of Ronnie James Dio, Children of the Sea (Black Sabbath cover) with legendary drummer Vinny Appice (Dio, Black Sabbath and Heaven & Hell). Female singer Juliana Furlani (Brazil) and drummer Tim Zuidberg (Netherlands) then joined and in February 2012 another video clip, Believe, was recorded with 2 new members: guitarist Kevin Ellerby (USA) and flute player Uğur Kerem Cemiloğlu (Turkey). In June again a video was released: Eyes of the World, which showed the full group for the first time. In November 2012 the debut CD titled Follow Your Dream was released, and the second album You Are Not Alone is announced for a July release so stay tuned. Not only does this band master the difficulties of having members in four different continents, but also do they sound very skilled and very epic.
Members:
Darren Crisp – Vocals
Juliana Furlani – Vocals
Oleg Biblyi – Keyboards
Kevin Ellerby – Guitar
Ederson Prado – Bass guitar
Tim Zuidberg – Drums
Ugur Kerem Cemiloglu – Flute

Past Members:
Gustavo Bonfá – Guitar

Follow Your Dream 2012

1. Believe
2. Make This Life Worth Living
3. Eyes of the World
4. War Spirit
5. Destiny Call
6. Follow Your Dreams
7. Legend of the Forgotten Centuries
8. Beautiful Light
8. When Hearts Want to be Together
9. Lone Ship
10. Children of the Sea (Black Sabbath cover)

http://www.suncrownband.com

Thy Majestie – power metal from Italy

Thy Majestie is a Power metal band from Palermo in Italy that formed in 1998.

Their 6th studio album, ShiHuangDi, released in 2012 was my first encounter with the band and I am still asking myself, why this band is not better known. Reading their Wiki page it seems like they missed out on some important opportunities, like touring with Kamelot in 2002: They were invited by Thomas Youngblood but couldn’t afford the travel expenses and had to fulfill recording duties (for Scarlet Records). Or signing with LIMB music, duties with Scarlet Records again.

The album is a concept album, like some of the earlier releases about Jeanne D’Ark for instance. ShiHuangDi refers to the first Chinese emperor, and this sets the lyrical concept for the album. A few musical references to Eastern music here are overpowered by the unique power metal style. Bands like very early Kamelot come to mind, but not when it comes to vocals that are more high pitched, maybe like Fabio Leone (who actually sings on one track here) or again, someone compared the vocal style to Sonata Arctica. The approach is symphonic and epic, but never cheesy, and slightly progressive. I especially like the drums, hard ‘n’ heavy, like they should be. Lots of keyboards and some nice string arrangements, well fitted and not overdone. This is more metal than Royal Hunt’s latest release (where guitars are too much in the background and keys too much in the front) but otherwise this reference works well too.  Jump down there to listen for yourself ….

ShiHuangDi cover art

ShiHuangDi (2012)
1. Zhongguo
2. Seven Reigns
3. Harbinger Of New Dawn
4. Siblings Of Tian
5. Walls Of Emperor
6. Under The Same Sky
7. Farewell
8. Huanghun
9. Ephemeral
10. End Of The Days (featuring Fabio Lione)
11. Requiem

I’ll surely dive into the back catalogue of this band. Hastings 1066, a concept album (guess about what) seems to have been one of the most celebrated releases in Italy and maybe even whole of Europe, and progressive elements were more marked on some albums I heard.

Their releases:

Perpetual Glory (self released, 1999)
The Lasting Power (2000)
1066 (demo, 2001)
Hastings 1066 ( 2002)
Jeanne d’Arc (2005)
Dawn (2008)
ShiHuangDi  (2012)

thymajestie.com

Orphaned Land- All Is One 2013

ALL IS ONE (2013)All Is One cover art

01. All Is One
02. The Simple Man
03. Brother
04. Let The Truce Be Known
05. Through Fire And Water
06. Fail
07. Freedom
08. Shama’im
09. Ya Benaye
10. Our Own Messiah
11. Children

All Is One is best described with one word: epic. Never has the fusion of metal, folk and oriental music sounded more harmonic than here. The melodic and folk (both Arabic and Yiddish) influences make themseves strongly felt on this album, replacing earlier death tendencies almost completely. The album is almost all clean vocals, there are lots of ethnic instruments and some very beautiful string arrangements. These almost cover the fact that this is a progressive metal band. But there’s also a lot of epic guitarwork and pounding drums and a few  songs, like ‘Faith’ for instance, that show heavier metal influences and some death vocals.

Over 40 musicians were used to flesh out the sound of All Is One, including 25 choir singers and eight classical violin, viola and cello players from Turkey. Mira Awad guests on female vocals. If  I am informed right, she is very popular in Israel.

In August Orphaned Land are playing some Festivals and on Sept. 20th they kick off their European tour.

Three years have passed since the release of The Never Ending Way Of ORWarriOR, a time for touring, says the band, and a time for the band’s fans: They started an online petition in 2012 to nominate Orphaned Land for the coveted Nobel Prize. Well deserved, that music unites all, across differecies of religion and cultural background, has  been the message and purpose of this Israeli band all along, ever since they started out 20 years ago. I’d like to cite metalholic: ‘there just aren’t enough superlatives in the English language to express how significantly this album touches the heart and soul of the listener’

All Is One was mixed by Jens Bogren (Kreator, Amon Amarth, James LaBrie, Devin Townsend Project, Opeth) and was recorded in three different countries: Israel, Turkey and Sweden. Ironically, countries that are Jewish, Muslim and Christian respectively, which strengthens the Orphaned Land message of unity through music.

Read more on http://www.orphaned-land.com

Age Of Arthemis free download

Brazilian Power / Prog metallers Age Of Arthemis have just started on their new album, follower up of their 2011 release  “Overcoming Limits”.

In Brazil they are supported by (Ex-Angra, Almah) Edu Falschi, in Europe they have secured the services of German based Power Prog Label & Distro. For promotion they are giving away the track ‘Thruth In Your Eyes’ from the debut album for free here:   https://www.facebook.com/powerprogofficial/app_160430850678443

Enjoy!

Illusion Suite stream new album The Iron Cemetary

The Norwegian melodic prog metallers Illusion Suite (read my first post here) are streaming snippets from their brand new album The Iron Cemetary on SoundCloud

and you can download Uni – Twins (single) for free! From their label’s facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/powerprogofficial 

(When you are there check out the other bands as well and the free samplers Brazil Rocks! And Prog Rocks! 1 & 2 🙂 )

The first reviews of the new album are coming one after the other now, visit Illusion Suit’s homepage for that.

I’d say definitely an album you must check out

Oceans Of Time

Oceans Of Time is a progressive metal band from Norway.

There’s not a lot of info around, just that they were founded by Lazz Jensen in 2005, played a lot of gigs between 2005-2008, with bands/Artists like Glenn Huges, Masterplan, Satyricon, then sterted intensive work on their debut album “FACES”. This was recorded in Jailhouse Studios Denmark and released about a year ago.Oceans Of Mind - Faces cover art
Tracklist:
01. Quest For Mystery
02. Walls Of Silence
03. The Beast
04. Faces
05. Kingdom Falls
06. A Touch Of Insanity
07. Roar Of Organs
08. Uncertainty
09. Panic
10. You’re So Cold
I just got the album and listened through it once, it won’t be the last time! These musicians are extremely talented and on a high level of technical skill. The songwriting too is top notch, wil keep you on the hook all the time.  An album that makes you come back, I’m sure it will grow on me with more listens. Definitely worth checking out, and keep track of the band as they have entered the studio again for the follow up album.
I’d recommend this totally for fans of bands like Circus Maximus, Seventh Wonder, Pagans Mind, Anubis Gate and the likes. Euro prog power at it’s best.
Line Up Ken Lyngfoss-Vocal
Lazz Jensen-Guitar
Geir Nielsen-Bass
Nicolay Ryen Christiansen-Drums