Παρασκευή, 18 Αυγούστου 2017

Hällas - Excerpts From The Future Past (2017)

Release: 13 October 2017
Swedish progressive hard rock/metal band band Hällas will release their debut full-length album Excerpts From a Future Past on the 13th of October via The Sign Records. The Swedish quintet has adopted the progressive sound from their EP and taken it a step further, calling their genre “adventure rock”. Excerpts From A Future Past is a concept album that contains seven storytelling tracks about seers, a knight on a quest for answers and the fall of a once great city. 
The album was produced and mastered by the band’s organist Nicklas Malmqvist at Treasure Sound Studio. “While we as a band adopt a “more-is-more” approach to the songwriting, the focus of the production was to bring forth the ambiance of the story the album is telling, put into words by the unique vocals says Nicklas. The essence of the music is captured and illustrated by Nightjar Illustrations as seen on the front cover. 
Track list:
1. The Astral Seer
2. Repentance 
3. Nebulon’s Tower
4. The Golden City of Semyra
5. Star Rider
6. Shadow of the Templar
7. Illusion Sky 
Hällas are:
Tommy Alexandersson: Bass and vocals
Alexander Moraitis: Guitars
Nicklas Malmqvist: Organs and synthesizers
Marcus Petersson: Guitars
Kasper Eriksson: Drums 

Πέμπτη, 17 Αυγούστου 2017

Grande Royale - Breaking News (2017)

Release: 25 August 2017
Grande Royale is back with their third album ”Breaking News” which is set for release on the 25th of August via The Sign Records. The album is ten tracks of high energy rock that was recorded and produced by Nicke Andersson (The Hellacopters, Imperial State Electric). Packed with powerful riffs, each song is held together by sing a long friendly pop hooks and an overload of melodies.
Vocalist Hampus Steenberg commented: "During our time with Nicke he always told us that every song needs a 'hook'. Something that you will remember after hearing the song just once, and I really think we managed to find that hook while writing these songs. They stick in your head , even if you like ’em or not”
Arriving in the studio, Grande Royale noticed that Nicke Andersson was going through a Lynyrd Skynyrd obsessive period, an interest and obsession that the band shared. The entire recording period was heavily influenced by Lynyrd Skynyrd and updates the band's sound to lean more towards a timeless southern rock sound. Breaking News” is all about radio friendly feel good rock n roll anthems. If you have any love lost for The Hellacopters this might very well be your next fix. 

Toxik - Breaking Class (EP 2017)

Toxik is an American thrash metal band hailing from New York. Initially active from 1985 -92, the band announced in 2013 that they'd reformed for both touring and recording. They released two now-classic albums, World Circus (1987) and Think This (1989) on RoadRacer, (now known as Roadrunner Records). Both received heavy praise by fans and critics alike and are considered Thrashterpieces of the genre. Toxik completed several tours, sharing stages with bands like King Diamond, Testament, Dream Theater, Exodus, Pantera, Candlemass and many more, with a notable performance at the historic Dynamo Open Air Festival (in 1988). This performance was released on DVD in 2007, along with remastered versions of World Circus and Think This. The band released a second live DVD in 2010 entitled Think Again, which contained never-before-seen club and theater footage, interviews, and more. In 2014 - 2015, attendance was strong throughout Europe and South America as the band toured for the first time in over a decade, proving their longtime fan base had not only stayed loyal but had grown over the years. 
A pioneering force in the genre, the band is ready to bring their sound to a whole new generation of metal fans.  Toxik Is releasing a 3-song EP Entitled "Breaking Class" on August 4th 2017 and plans to release their third full length LP by the end of 2017. "We've got the right combination of players for the record now" says Josh Christian, the band's founder. 2015's South American headline tour saw the addition of James D'Maria of Generation Kill, replacing Jason Bittner behind the kit. "James is an incredible drummer...he couldn't be a better fit," says Josh.  After returning from South America, original vocalist Mike Sanders decided he no longer wanted to tour, making way for the return of blogosphere favorite, Charles Sabin (from the band's second album, Think This). “Josh and I have stayed in contact over the years, sharing projects and bouncing ideas off each other. There's a visceral connection when we're in the studio and the new material reflects that," Says Sabin. The latest member to join  is Shane Boulos on bass. Shane’s background is in the heart of the NY/NJ hardcore and metal scenes, playing in bands like Sicks Deep, Slam One Down and Swear On Your Life. "Shane's right and left hand techniques are a perfect complement to our riff structure, bringing a fullness to the bottom end while maintaining the lockstep rhythms with James.”
2017 is shaping up to be a breakout year for Toxik, with a new lineup, record, and European tour (including a return to the Dynamo Open Air Festival).  Josh Christian is pleased with the developments.  “We're tighter than ever and I think we're going to surprise people with the direction and intensity featured by the new line-up," he says. 
Thrash band TOXIK returns with their new EP Breaking Class. The EP is three tracks of classic thrash/metal that is highly recommended for old school metalheads.

Breaking Class will be released on August 4th 2017.


Sep 09 Fall Of Summer Torcy, France
Sep 10 Little Devil Tilburg, Netherlands
Sep 13 Viper Room Wien, Austria
Sep 15 PMK Innsbruck, Austria
Sep 16 Storm Crusher Festival Puchersreuth, Germany

Τετάρτη, 16 Αυγούστου 2017

Empire - The Raven Ride (Re-issue 2017)

Release: 18 August 2017

EMPIRE is the Hard Rock band of German guitarist Rolf Munkes (ex Majesty, ex Razorback, Crematory) which has released four exceptional albums in between the years of 2001 and 2007. On these releases, Munkes was accompanied by numerous high-class musicians.

The history of EMPIRE began in the year 2001 with the release of the album “Hypnotica” (Lion Music) which featured both the American singers Mark Boals (ex-Yngwie Malmsteen) and Lance King (ex Nightmare) on vocals. The line-up at the time was completed by Neil Murray (bass, ex Whitesnake, Brian May Band, Black Sabbath etc.), Gerald Klos (drums), Anders Johansson (drums, ex Stratovarius) and Don Airey (keyboards, ex Rainbow, Deep Purple). Rolf Munkes produced „Hypnotica“ himself; the mix was handled by Stefan Kaufmann (ex Accept, ex U.D.O.).

Only one year later, “Trading Souls”, the band’s second album came out on Lion Music. The CD once again was produced by Munkes with the mix being handled by Kaufmann. On this release, singer extraordinare Tony Martin (ex Black Sabbath) replaced King and Martin on the vocal spot.

Tony Martin also sang on the – up until now – most successful CD from EMPIRE, “The Rave Ride”, which was released in 2006 on German label Metal Heaven. Besides of Munkes, who, for the first also produced and mixed this release himself at his own  Empire Studios in Bensheim, Germany, Neil Murray took again care of the bass work whilst the drums this time were handled by ex-Rage/ex-Axxis drummer André Hilgers. 

In 2007, the so far last album of EMPIRE saw the light of day. “Chasing Shadows” was once again released on Metal Heaven and the first record feat. former Rainbow singer Doogie White in the line-up. Mike Terrana (ex Rage, ex Axel Rudi Pell, Tarja Turunen) joined the group on drums.

In 2017, German label Pride & Joy Music will re-issue all four releases in a revised version. “The Raven Ride” which will be released on August 15th, 2017 with one bonus track.

Web: https://www.facebook.com/rolf.munkes

Line-up: Tony Martin (Vocals, ex Black Sabbath), Rolf Munkes (Guitars, Crematory, ex-Razorback), Neil Murray (Bass, ex-Whitesnake u.v.m.), André Hilgers (Drums, Axxis, ex-Rage)

Remember the Monsters

Blending the wide range and dynamic sounds of their many influences, Remember the Monsters combines the sleazy glam and soaring melodic hooks of Rock N' Roll (think Mötley Crüe and Guns N' Roses) with the hard-hitting edge and soulful introspection of their modern contemporaries. Having amassed a sizeable local following, as well as getting thousands of hits on YoutTube, Spotify, and other media outlets Remember the Monsters is hitting the scene like a meteor. Genre defying and passionately driven, Remember the Monsters delivers a listening experience unlike any other.

Name: Ashten Banks
Role: Lead Guitar/Mastermind
Hometown: Marina del Rey, CA
Founder of the band and lead guitar. Ashten has written all of the band's songs and is the charismatic brainchild of the project.

Name: Ian Silverstein
Role: Lead Vocals
Hometown: North Babylon, NY
The voice. Ian's raw and unique vocals have garnered interest in the band right from the start, receiving praise from fans and producers alike.

Name: Dominic Ruiz
Role: Rhythm Guitar/Band Manager
Hometown: Tucson, AZ
After booking the shows Dominic's high energy stage performance and party attitude gets the crowd going

Name: Sean Mott
​Role: Bassist
​Hometown: Tucson, AZ
​Sean's catchy bass riffs and backing screams give the the music its edge live, and an optimism that resonates with everyone.





Τρίτη, 15 Αυγούστου 2017

Tribal Wisdom - Lost in Boston (2016)

Veterans of the New England music scene. Tribal Wisdom pours their hearts, and souls into their music and live performances. Drawing on influences from Rage Against The Machine and heavy rock bands form the 1970's & 80's "Tribal Wisdom" is a class act of hard, hitting, heavy, rock and roll. Releasing multiple demo CDs over the years, Tribal Wisdom delves deep into the human experience with big hooks, melodies and crafty song writing. Tribal Wisdom is: John Baglio, James Forbes, Shawn McCarron, Richard Papa Jr., and Kevin Gilligan.

Tribal Wisdom's new album " Lost in Boston " was released on  iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Bandcamp, and Google Play in December 2016



Mossback was formed in 1994 in Seattle by Brennan McFeely and Paul Adams. A chance meeting at The Keg in the U-district brought lead guitarist Curt Hamblet aboard and the lineup began to solidify. Through ads in the Rocket Layne Bouche and Sandy Greenbaum were brought in on bass and drums respectively. And so began a ten year odyssey. Mossback played many local venues in and around the Seattle area. They began plying their spare money into recording, working with top notch producers Kevin Suggs, Gary King and Scott Ross to develop their unique sound. "Mishmash" is the culmination of over a decade of writing and recording and contains a wide variety of musical genres and styles. There's something here for everybody. For those who like hard rock check out "On Your Own" and "Sanity"...For those preferring a softer sound there's "Cold Wind" and "Annalisa". Grunge rockers will like "Junkie Town" and "Nothin Left To Give". And for the politically conscious check out "Cloak of No Consequence", a song about the Tibetan struggle with genuine Tibetans' chanting and singing backgrounds.


Δευτέρα, 14 Αυγούστου 2017


Haniwa is a metal band from Florence composed of three members: David Degl’Innocenti bass guitar and voice, Angelo Colletti guitars, Mr. Crini drums.

Musical experiences are multiple: from Thrash Metal through Progressive Metal and Grunge, up to the various Tribute and Cover Band gained in more than twenty years of live music. The Haniwa elements have a rather wide background, and today they still maintain an open mind that allows them to glean from a vast knowledge of the musical genre to create original songs.

The music is rapid, groovy and catchy, at times with melodic openings; the sounds are sharp and melt together the various protagonists’ experiences to give life to a Modern Metal with a mixed Vintage/Modern taste.



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