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ELIXIR Sign With Maple Metal Records, Stream New Track, and Where The Secret Lies Album Teaser

September 22, 2016 - 22:27

South American power metallers ELIXIR have signed a worldwide deal with Canadian label Maple Metal Records to release their 2nd full-length album ‘Where The Secret Lies’ on October 14th. As part of the deal, Maple Metal Records will re-distribute ELIXIR'S debut album ‘Unleash The Magic' from 2012 in North America.

'Where The Secret Lies’ was produced by ELIXIR, and was recorded, mixed and mastered by Sebastian Vera at Sound Works Studio.
The album artwork was conceived in Argentina by Abstract Chaos Design, (Kataklysm, Ill Niño).

ELIXIR are a quintet formed in 2009, and hail from Montevideo, Uruguay.
The band has recently shared the stage with Sonata Arctica, Epica & Mark Boals in their home country.
ELIXIR will play select South American dates this Fall in support of their new album, details of which have yet to be announced.

  

"Where The Secret Lies" Album Teaser:

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Symphonic Metallers MERKABAH Stream Full Album 'Ubiquity'; Headlining “Dames du Metal” in Quebec City This Fall

August 1, 2016 - 23:37

Quebec City, Canada-based female-fronted symphonic prog-power metallers MERKABAH, are streaming their latest album ‘Ubiquity’ in Full online. The album was released worldwide by Canadian label Maple Metal Records in 2014.

‘Ubiquity’ was produced by Merkabah, and mixed by Pierre Rémillard (Anvil, Kataklysm, Voivod) at Wild Studio, north of Montreal. The album cover art is by Maxime Bigras.

MERKABAH, were established in 2002 as a quintet, and self-released 2 albums: ‘Shadows Never Forget’ in 2005, and ‘The Realm of All Secrets’ in 2007. The founding members are guitarist François Vachon and vocalist Jacinthe Poulin.
Merkabah have shared the stage with such acts as Lacuna Coil, Hammerfall, Gamma Ray, and Unleash the Archers in Montreal and Quebec City in recent years.

MERKABAH will be performing select shows throughout Ontario and Quebec this Fall. The band will headline “Dames du Metal” in Quebec City on Nov. 5th.  

The Full Album ‘Ubiquity’ in Song Order is Streaming below:

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CRIMSON SUN Stream full album Towards The Light; Release Performance Photos from Tuska Open Air 2016

July 30, 2016 - 20:07

Hailing from Kotka, Finland, female-fronted quintet CRIMSON SUN play kick-ass modern melodic metal with an ‘in your face attitude’. Crimson Sun are now streaming their entire debut album ‘Towards the Light’ online, which was released worldwide last year via Canadian label Maple Metal Records.

‘Towards the Light’ was recorded at Deep Noise Studios, Kouvola, Fi with Saku Moilanen, and mastered by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Amaranthe, Epica, Primal Fear) in Denmark. The album cover art is by renowned Serbian artist Slobicus Doomicus.

Jacob Hansen has shared his comments on ‘Towards the Light’: “I really enjoyed the songs and the band. To me, this band could easily become ‘the Next Big Thing’! The song structures and overall sound is catchy, as well as being heavy. This combination could mean big business!”

CRIMSON SUN was founded in 2001 by guitarist Joni Junnila, and the band went through various member changes before settling down with the quintet that recorded their highly praised EP ‘The Border’ in 2013, and ‘Towards The Light’. ‘The Border’ EP has also been re-released by Maple Metal Records earlier this year. CRIMSON SUN are endorsed by Ibanez Guitars & Basses, and Tama Drums.

CRIMSON SUN have just recently performed at some well-known Metal Festivals this Summer, such as Tuska Open Air Metal Festival 2016, Helsinki, FI on July 2; Korso Rock Festival 2016, Korso, Vantaa, FI on July 17; and Rocktopussy Festival, Kotka, FI on July 29. Future live dates this Fall will soon be announced.
View Live photos of Crimson Sun’s performance at Tuska Open Air 2016:
https://www.facebook.com/crimsonsunband/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10157...

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Utah-based Epic Heavy/Power Metallers SONIC PROPHECY Stream Four Tracks From Their Latest Album ‘Apocalyptic Promenade’

July 29, 2016 - 05:30

Hailing from Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, epic heavy/power metal warriors SONIC PROPHECY are streaming four tracks “Eventide”, “Born of Steel and Fire”, “The Fist of God”, and "Temple of the Sun" from their second full-length album ‘Apocalyptic Promenade’. The album was released last year by Canadian label Maple Metal Records, as well as a worldwide re-release of Sonic Prophecy’s highly acclaimed debut album ‘A Divine Act of War’ from 2011.
Sonic Prophecy are currently working on their third album, with a release date scheduled for sometime in 2017.

‘Apocalyptic Promenade’ was produced by Matt Hepworth and Sonic Prophecy members Shane Provstgaard and Darrin Goodman, at Studio Nu, and mastered at Mastermind Productions by Trevor Sadler (Rush, Nine Inch Nails, Triumph).
The cover art was designed by renowned artist Aldo Requena ‘Valgorth’ of Hammerblaze Studios, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Sonic Prophecy was officially formed in 2008, and their debut album, ‘A Divine Act of War’, was originally released in 2011. The band has done some regional touring through California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado and Idaho that included headlining Power Metal festivals in Denver and Las Vegas. Sonic Prophecy has shared the stage with Alestorm, Sabaton, Tyr, Holy Grail, Unleash the Archers, Voivod, Ratt, and Cinderella, and performed on the Norwegian Invasion 2014 US Tour. The band will be playing select dates in 2016, in support of their latest album.

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REASONS BEHIND - 'The Alpha Memory' Track By Track Analysis by the Band

July 23, 2016 - 05:44

Italian female-fronted symphonic power metal band, REASONS BEHIND analyze 'Track By Track' their 2015 debut album "The Alpha Memory". Hailing from Bologna, Italy, Reasons Behind are a quintet formed in 2010.
"The Alpha Memory" was produced by Olaf Thörsen (Vision Divine, Labyrinth), and mastered by Stefano Morabito at 16th Cellar Studio, Rome, It. (Fleshgod Apocalypse, Hour of Penance, Subhuman). The album artwork was designed by Gustavo Sazes (Angra, Kamelot, Arch Enemy, Amaranthe).
Reasons Behind have shared the stage with Secret Sphere, White Skull, Ancient Bards, Evenoire, Temperance, and many more in their native homeland.

Introduction: "The Alpha Memory' is our first full-length, and is a concept album that tells the story about memories, and their link to identity. Thanks to a long lost melody, the main character starts a journey inside her mind and discovers forgotten pieces from her past. Every track is a chapter of the story, and we tried to analyze the importance of memories in our life, in understanding who we really are…until the end when…well you have to read on and listen to know how the story goes!"
 

A Broken Melody (intro)

This intro is one of the tracks from the album “The Alpha Memory” you can't properly consider as a real song, although it contains a small yet complete piece of music (the melody from the music box). In this track we introduce the main character, an old woman with a long lost secret in her mind, a secret that seems to be linked with that mysterious melody: no specific details about her or where she may be, just the rain outside and few words she suddenly remembers.

Under The Surface

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SPOTLIGHT On MAPLE METAL RECORDS - Canada's Premier Heavy Metal Label

July 11, 2016 - 08:30

MAPLE METAL RECORDS is a Canadian Indie Heavy Metal Label based in Toronto. MMR was launched in 2009 by John Belrose (producer of one of the pioneering albums in thrash/speed metal: EXCITER’s - Heavy Metal Maniac). Belrose was also producer and manager of ex-Roadrunner Records female-fronted act JADE, with production credits on both their albums 'Teasing Eyes' and 'If You're Man Enough'.

"Our goal at MMR is to release newer metal from talented acts around the world, and bring them to the forefront of wider global markets. In doing so we provide bands with worldwide promotion to achieve a bigger fan base and a greater awareness within the metal community.
We strive to be a leader in bringing new and exciting bands of the highest caliber to the roster of MMR - "Canada's Premier Heavy Metal Label".
Maple Metal Records also promotes yearly Live Events, such as Toronto Folk Metal Fest, Toronto Power Metal Fest, Toronto Death & Thrash Metal Fest, and Toronto Metal Divas Fest.

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Canadian Prog Power Metallers DRAKARIUM Streaming Three Tracks; To Perform at Toronto Power Metal Fest 2016

July 8, 2016 - 01:42

Canadian progressive power metallers DRAKARIUM released their self-titled debut EP through Maple Metal Records last November.
Hailing from Saguenay, Quebec, Drakarium are a quintet formed in 2004. The founding members of the band are vocalist/guitar player Jipi Brassard, keyboardist Pio Vigneault, and drummer Alexandre L. Martin. New members, lead guitarist Guillaume Duchesne, and Phil Brassard (no relation to Jipi) round out the line-up that performed on the EP.

‘DrakariuM’ was produced by Guillaume Duchesne and the band, in Saguenay, QC. The album cover art was created by Dee Artwork of Indonesia. The main five compositions on the EP were inspired by the Japanese five elements of philosophy (arranged in this order on the EP) Fire, Void, Earth, Water and Wind.

S.A. Music, Japan decribes Drakarium as "playing killer melodic power metal! Their music sounds similar to Stratovarius, Freedom Call and Sonata Arctica, but more powerful and melodic. If you are melodic power metal lovers, you'll be blown away by their tunes!"
Argentina's Headbangers of Latino America also recommended Drakarium's EP in their Top 30 Releases of Power Metal Albums for 2015.
 

Drakarium will perform at Toronto Power Metal Fest 2016 on Friday, August 12th at Coalition T.O, with Toronto bands Ascendia, Borealis, and Pyramid Theorem.

Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1637080636613715/

Three Tracks from the EP are streaming online below:
Ecclésia:


Naine Blanche:


L'épave:

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Italy's MISTEYES Stream Lyric Video for “Decapitated Rose”, and the Track “Lady Loneliness”

July 7, 2016 - 05:10

Turin, Italy-based symphonic gothic metal band, MISTEYES, have released a lyric video for the track “Decapitated Rose” and are streaming the track “Lady Loneliness” from their debut album ‘Creeping Time’, released by Canadian label Maple Metal Records in April. Formed in 2012, 7-member band MISTEYES describe themselves as “light and dark metal”.

"Decapitated Rose" features a special guest appearance by Björn "Speed" Strid from SOILWORK contributing additional clean and scream vocals. Other special guests appearing on the album ‘Creeping Time’ include Nicole Ansperger (ex-Eluveitie) violin on the track "Winter's Judgment", and Roberto Pasolini (singer of Embryo) backing vocals on the song "The Demon Of Fear".

‘Creeping Time’ was recorded, mixed and mastered by Alessio Sogno at Alarm Studio in Turin, Italy. The artwork and album cover were designed by well known Italian artist Design Overload (Alessandro "Dooms" Alimonti).

Misteyes have shared the stage with such acts as Arcturus, Cadaveria, Opera IX, Whyzdom, and Rublood, as well as performing at some Metal Festivals in their home country of Italy. The band will be playing select shows in Italy, and Europe in support of their new album, with the dates and locations to be announced.  

View “Decapitated Rose” at this location:



“Lady Loneliness”:


Also an official video for “The Prey” is streaming online at this location:

‘Creeping Time’ Album Teaser:

Nicole Ansperger (ex-Eluveitie) violin on the track "Winter's Judgment":

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Italy's MISTEYES Stream Lyric Video for “Decapitated Rose”, and the Track “Lady Loneliness”

July 7, 2016 - 05:10

Turin, Italy-based symphonic gothic metal band, MISTEYES, have released a lyric video for the track “Decapitated Rose” and are streaming the track “Lady Loneliness” from their debut album ‘Creeping Time’, released by Canadian label Maple Metal Records in April. Formed in 2012, 7-member band MISTEYES describe themselves as “light and dark metal”.

"Decapitated Rose" features a special guest appearance by Björn "Speed" Strid from SOILWORK contributing additional clean and scream vocals. Other special guests appearing on the album ‘Creeping Time’ include Nicole Ansperger (ex-Eluveitie) violin on the track "Winter's Judgment", and Roberto Pasolini (singer of Embryo) backing vocals on the song "The Demon Of Fear".

‘Creeping Time’ was recorded, mixed and mastered by Alessio Sogno at Alarm Studio in Turin, Italy. The artwork and album cover were designed by well known Italian artist Design Overload (Alessandro "Dooms" Alimonti).

Misteyes have shared the stage with such acts as Arcturus, Cadaveria, Opera IX, Whyzdom, and Rublood, as well as performing at some Metal Festivals in their home country of Italy. The band will be playing select shows in Italy, and Europe in support of their new album, with the dates and locations to be announced.  

View “Decapitated Rose” at this location:

“Lady Loneliness”:

Also an official video for “The Prey” is streaming online at this location:

‘Creeping Time’ Album Teaser:

Nicole Ansperger (ex-Eluveitie) violin on the track "Winter's Judgment":

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VOLYMIAN Stream New Tracks “Damnation of Love”, “Breathe” and Album Title Track from “Maze of Madness”

July 5, 2016 - 04:43

Finnish modern metallers, Volymian, released their debut album, ‘Maze Of Madness’, worldwide on April 15th via Canadian label Maple Metal Records. Three new tracks have been released by the band and are streaming below.

VOLYMIAN was founded in 2008, and the band went through various member changes before settling down with the sextet that recorded ‘Maze of Madness’. Most recently, vocalist Markku Kuikka (Status Minor, The Ragged Saints, Kenziner) joined the band in 2015 for the new album. Previously the band had recorded 3 EPs with a different vocalist.

‘Maze of Madness’ was recorded at Artlab Studio, Helsinki, Fi and produced by Volymian. The album was mastered by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Primal Fear, Epica, Amaranthe) in Denmark. Jacob Hansen shares his comments on the album: "Volymian is great! I’m very impressed with the performances and song writing. Excellent stuff they’ve got going."
The album cover artwork was designed by Satu Velasco.

Upcoming shows this Summer for VOLYMIAN:
7.15 - Korso Rock Festival, Vantaa, Finland - featuring 18 Bands
8.13 - Letkurock Festival, Tammela, Finland - 10 Bands, headliner Amoral
The band will be Touring Finland later this Fall.  Details have yet to be announced.
VOLYMIAN are endorsed by ESP guitars.

“Damnation of Love”

“Maze of Madness”

“Breathe”

Also three more videos have previously been released, including an official video for “Line Of Fire”:

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VOLYMIAN Stream New Tracks “Damnation of Love”, “Breathe” and Album Title Track from “Maze of Madness”

July 5, 2016 - 04:43

Finnish modern metallers, Volymian, released their debut album, ‘Maze Of Madness’, worldwide on April 15th via Canadian label Maple Metal Records. Three new tracks have been released by the band and are streaming below.

VOLYMIAN was founded in 2008, and the band went through various member changes before settling down with the sextet that recorded ‘Maze of Madness’. Most recently, vocalist Markku Kuikka (Status Minor, The Ragged Saints, Kenziner) joined the band in 2015 for the new album. Previously the band had recorded 3 EPs with a different vocalist.

‘Maze of Madness’ was recorded at Artlab Studio, Helsinki, Fi and produced by Volymian. The album was mastered by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Primal Fear, Epica, Amaranthe) in Denmark. Jacob Hansen shares his comments on the album: "Volymian is great! I’m very impressed with the performances and song writing. Excellent stuff they’ve got going."
The album cover artwork was designed by Satu Velasco.

Upcoming shows this Summer for VOLYMIAN:

7.15 - Korso Rock Festival, Vantaa, Finland - featuring 18 Bands
8.13 - Letkurock Festival, Tammela, Finland - 10 Bands, headliner Amoral
The band will be Touring Finland later this Fall.  Details have yet to be announced.
VOLYMIAN are endorsed by ESP guitars.

“Damnation of Love” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lq-dmHmQyK0&feature=youtu.be

“Maze of Madness” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Ag8K-vXfxw&feature=youtu.be

“Breathe” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ispnT6nrhVk&feature=youtu.be

Also three more videos have previously been released, including an official video for “Line Of Fire”:

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CRIMSON SUN Reissue THE BORDER EP; Announce Appearance at TUSKA OPEN AIR 2016

June 30, 2016 - 20:58

Hailing from Kotka, Finland, female-fronted quintet CRIMSON SUN play kick-ass modern metal with an ‘in your face attitude’. The band will perform on the Inferno Stage at Tuska Open Air Metal Festival 2016, Helsinki, Finland on Saturday, July 2nd at 4 pm.
Some of the bands performing at this year's 2016 edition include Anthrax, Avantasia, Testament, Children Of Bodom, Behemoth, Delain, Gojira.
 

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TORONTO POWER METAL FEST 2016 Announced for August 12th - ASCENDIA, BOREALIS, DRAKARIUM, PYRAMID THEOREM

June 21, 2016 - 08:00

MAPLE METAL AGENCY Presents TORONTO POWER METAL FEST 2016 on Friday, August 12th at Coalition T.O, Canada!

Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1637080636613715/

ADVANCE TICKETS ON SALE w/FREE Maple Metal Records CD - JUNE Only!
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Band videos playlist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfA18tuCE7w&list=PLOrBlbq5wIpolGfvTcqS4GAygrRktyd9b&index=1

ASCENDIA - Toronto, ON  "Playing their Full 1 hr Set from their upcoming performace at ProgPower USA 2016 - Showcasing songs from their debut Album 'The Lion and the Jester' released in 2015!"

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