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

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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

First video by Schysma – Lost In A Maze

Just when I managed to finish the review, Schysma have managed to finish their first video 🙂

Schysma, Progressive metal from Milan (Italy), present their first official videoclip,

“Lost in the maze” (Video Edit), based on the first EP Imperfect Dichotomy (2012).

http://www.facebook.com/schysma
http://www.schysma.com/

New album by Tellus Requiem – Invictus

Tellus Requiem, the Norwegian progressive metallers have put out their second album in January

Invictus (The 11th Hour) Tellus Requiem Invictus cover art

01. Ab Aeterno
02. Red Horizon
03. Eden Burns
04. Reflections Remain
05. Twilight Hour
06. Sands of Gold
07. Tranquility
08. Redemption (Frontiers 2)
09. Invictus
10. Dies Irae

 

Check out their page or you can stream on Spotify or Deezer. And this one, unlike their first is also available as a physical CD.

Invictus should place the band firmly in between the big names of the genre. The musicianship shown is superb, and the arrangements and the production quality are on the highest level. The vocals added by Ben Rodgers did a lot for the band, though I must say that I liked the vocal melodies of their first album better, they seem somehow more musical to me and more on the catchy side. In every other aspect this second album by the band shows a development that is amazing, and where their first album was really good, especially for a self-produced one, this is great.

The album line up:  Stig Nergård (guitars), Ivar Hagen Bøe (bass), Anders Berg Sundbø (keyboards, classic piano), Vidar Lehmann (drums), and Ben Rodgers (vocals)

http://tellusrequiem.com/

 

 

Disforia

Disforia is a progressive metal band from Utah, USA formed in the winter of 2007.

Our Time defined by Disforia album art

Our Time Defined 2011

1. Children of the Stars
2. Distraction
3. Our Time Defined
4. Of Wolves and Men
5. Awakening
6. My Sacrifice

Disforia combines many modern and classic influences, is very meldoic and has some prog rock influences that make itself clearly felt. Nonetheless this is a powerful band that you should take note of.

They released their debut album “Our Time Defined” in 2011 and you can download it for free or a donation of your choice at the band’s bandcamp: http://disforia.bandcamp.com

At the moment the band are working on their follow up album and are throwing in a gig from time to time, quite recently they supportetd Sabaton.

Disforia is:

John Yelland – Vocals
Austin Bentley – Keyboards
Chad Anderson – Guitars
Casey Frederick – Drums
Robby Pinelle – Bass Guitars

http://www.disforiaofficial.com

Metal Storm Awards – Best Power Metal Album 2012

Metal Storm are calling all members to vote for the best power metal album of 2012 

Here are the nominees:

Dark Empire – From Refuge To Ruin 

Dark Empire band page 

Iron Fire – Voyage Of The Damned

Iron Fire homepage

Kamelot – Silverthorn

Lanfear – This Harmonic Consonance

Lanfear homepage

Orden Ogan – To The End

Orden Ogan homepage

Pharaoh – Bury The Light

Pharao homepage

ReinXeed – Welcome To The Theater

Seven Kingdoms – The Fire Is Mine

Seven Kingdoms homepage

Shear – Breaking The Stillness

Shear homepage

Sonata Arctica – Stones Grow Her Name

 

some very cool bands to check out and that I will feature here too

X-Piral

X-Piral is a Greek power metal band with a very heavy sound, formed in Athens 2000.
After a first demo they were disappointed from the recording attempt and split up again.

A second attempt was made under the name Shadow Play. Michael Apostolakisas as vocalist made the band take off.
The band gave some live shows for a couple of months, and 2003 recordings started. They took a while, due to line-up changes and a band member leaving for a half year student exchange program.  By the time everything was finished it was discovered that another band had copyrighted the name Shadow Play and the band name changed to X-Piral.
In February 2005 debut album Poison Eyes was finally released. In 2007 Hunter was released. Very soon fterwards X-Piral replaced their vocalist Michael Apostolakis with Tassos K.
2010 they released the 5 track EP Grave New World.

Since then they have been playing some gigs, but never really managed to take a step outside of Greece.

1. Grave New Worldcover art

2. One Piece Of Paradise

3. Shatters In The Wind

4. Regression

5. One For All Kind

Band Members :

Tassos K: Vocals
Nick Papanikolaou : Lead Guitars
Dimitris Marinis : Synth & Piano
Makis Petritsis : Bass Guitar
Fragiskos Samoilis : Drums & Percussion

http://www.x-piral.com/