Κυριακή, 23 Οκτωβρίου 2016

Creye - Never Too Late (Single 2016)

The idea of Creye was born in Malmö, Sweden in early 2015.
After many years of c in different bands, guitarist & songwriter Andreas Gullstrand felt that it was time to turn it all up a notch.
The vision was to start a new Swedish supergroup that would take you on a journey right back to the glory-full days of the eighties, both musically and visually on stage.
After spending nearly two months just experimenting with the sound of the band, Andreas settled on what could best be described as a slick melodic rock sound with a touch of 80's retro wave in the mix.
Since there were no room for errors, the decision to hire studio musicians for the first song was made almost immediately. He also didn't want anyone interfering with the songwriting and creative process.
The most crucial part was finding a singer with the right voice for this. A singer that not only had a great voice, but also the ability to put som heart and feeling into it. And after only a few days of searching Andreas came across this youtube video of Alexander Strandell singing the debut single "Moving on" by his band Art nation on Swedish Idol.  And it just completely blew his mind.
The next day Alexander was asked if he would be interested in singing on the debut song for Creye and the rest is history.
With one of the best singers in Sweden on-board Andreas felt that he could finally proceed with his plans for the band. He then contacted producer and keyboard player Erik Wiss to kind of make sure that he was going in the right direction with this and also to push him out of his comfort-zone. Erik and Andreas had worked together previously and had a great creative chemistry between them.
With about five songs written, Andreas and Erik both agreed that Never Too Late would be the perfect debut for Creye!

As the recording grew closer Andreas still hadn't found a suiting drummer or a bass player. And this was really becoming a fast growing issue. But one day out of the blue Alexander contacted him, asking if everything was going okay. And if he had musicians enough to record everything. And he suggested that Andreas would consider using the then new drummer in Art nation to do the job.
As it turned out Carl Tudén was a prodigy to say the least. Having won the Swedish drum championship the previous year. This guy was more than qualified for the job.
Due to the fact that both Alexander and Carl were located in Gothenburg it was decided that drums and vocals would be recorded at the highly recommended Top Floor studios that’s located right in the heart of Gothenburg. Jakob Hermann who owns the place is well known all over the world for his amazing recording and arranging skills.
And the work he did on both the drum & vocal parts just took Never Too Late to an whole other level.
As for the bass part it was actually Erik that suggested Linus Abrahamson. Linus has previously played with great bands like Andromeda and Freak kitchen. And a more well prepared and professional musician would be hard to find. He actually saved Creye nearly half a day of studio-time doing the whole thing in three takes. Two of them being soundcheck and arranging takes.
To make sure everything was played to perfection even on the guitar parts Andreas felt that it could be a interesting learning experience to actually hire a studio-musician even for that. Just to see how a session guitarist would play it.
And there were only one guy that was good enough for the job. That guy was Andrée Theander from the Theander Expression.
What came back from Andrée was a very good guitar arrangement to say the least. So it's actually both Andreas and Andrée that's playing the rhythm guitar parts on Never Too Late.
The very last thing that was tracked were the vocal harmonies. Since already half of Art nation was involved in Creye Andreas asked Christoffer Borg as well. Christoffer is actually (besides from playing guitar in Art nation) the singer of the AOR band Taste. And is a very talented singer indeed.
And his voice worked very well for the harmony parts. With all the bits and pieces in place Erik mixed the whole thing and Thomas Plec did the mastering. The end result was just flawless!
This is just the beginning of the Swedish Supergroup Creye!

Theander Expression - Wonderful Anticipation (2016)

Theander Expression is the AOR project by Swedish guitar player Andrée Theander, who started to work with the first album in 2012 and released it one year later. It was called ”Strange Nostalgia” after one of the songs and got critically acclaimed around the world of melodic rock in 2013.

Just over two years later the follow-up is finally here and it carries the title ”Wonderful Anticipation”, as a kind of an antonym to the frequently misinterpreted debut title.

Andrée has been producing and recording most of the album at the Theander studio, playing all the guitars and handles also most of the bass and keyboards, some percussion, drum programming and vocals.

Other musicians featured on the album are Herman Furin (Work of Art), Bengan Andersson (NIVA, Johan Randén), Kristofer von Wachenfeldt (Care of Night), Björn Lundqvist (Sunstrike, Twilight Force), Christian Eriksson (Sunstrike, Twilight Force), Erik Martensson (Eclipse, W.E.T), Sebastian Freij and Christoffer ”Foffe” Särnefält.

The record was mixed and mastered by Thomas ”Plec” Johansson at Panic Room Studios in the end of 2015 and the result is another high class rock record with classic melodies and a modern production, ready to hit the market in 2016.

Track listing: 

1. Anticipation Anthem, 
2. You always ran away, 
3. Wonderful Anticipation, 
4. Ms. Tendy, 
5. Factoids & Fallacies, 
6. Into The Valley, 
7. Never Surrender, 
8. The Loner, 
9. Someday (I'll Be There To Meet You) 
10. On My Own, 
11. State Of Flow

Σάββατο, 22 Οκτωβρίου 2016

Vasilis Maglaris

Vasilis Maglaris was born in 1979. His influences come from the indie 80s and from the garage 60s. He has been a bassist and guitarist since 1999 in several bands. Since 2005 he writes his own music with a drum machine and he publishes it at https://bm79.bandcamp.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/bm79music/

Theocracy - Ghost Ship (2016)

The Athens, Georgia-based melodic metal band THEOCRACY just released a music video for the title track from their highly anticipated new album "Ghost Ship". The album will be released on October 28th in Europe and North America through Ulterium Records. 

"Ghost Ship" will be available on CD, 2LP and digital. The 2LP edition is strictly limited to 1001 copies worldwide. 750 copies comes with black vinyl discs and 251 copies comes with white vinyl discs.
With Ghost Ship, Theocracy perfects the lively and fully-realized sound of As the World Bleeds, delivering 10 muscular and streamlined tracks that never lose focus and combine for one memorable journey. You like midtempo singalong anthems? Try the “Ghost Ship” title track. Thrashy rhythms and intensity?  “The Wonder of It All” should be to your liking. Emotional ballads with huge melodic hooks? Go “Around the World and Back.”  Or if you prefer epic, progressive tracks that do all these things and more, 10-minute album closer “Easter” is sure to be a favorite. Each song on Ghost Ship stands alone and has a unique signature, but every moment sounds unmistakably like Theocracy.
“So many kids were coming up to us after shows and telling us their stories,” says Theocracy vocalist Matt Smith. “A lot of them were searching for purpose and a place to fit in, and having grown up as an awkward and unpopular kid myself, their words really stuck with me. I started thinking about what a band of misfits Jesus’ disciples were:  fishermen, tax collectors, and people of little consequence in the eyes of the world. Sometimes the ones most people don’t see, or choose to look straight through—the ghosts of society, as it were, dead to the world—end up having the biggest impact. That’s where the title and idea for Ghost Ship came from: all the misfits, the uncool, the outcasts, there is a place where you do fit in. Although Ghost Ship is not a concept album, this is a recurring theme, particularly in the title track and ‘Castaway.’”
"Ghost Ship" track listing
01. Paper Tiger
02. Ghost Ship
03. The Wonder Of It All
04. Wishing Well
05. Around the World and Back
06. Stir the Embers
07. A Call To Arms
08. Currency In A Bankrupt World
09. Castaway
10. Easter

Fri 4/11 - Hall of Fame - Wetzikon, Switzerland
Sat 5/11 - Kreatief - Neckarsulm, Germany
Sun 6/11 - Exit-US - Prague, Czech Republic
Tue 8/11 - Collosseum - Kosice, Slovakia
Thu 10/11 - Melodka - Brno, Czech Republic
Fri 11/11 - DGH Niederaula - Niederjossa/Hessen, Germany
Sat 12/11 - Brainstorm Festival - Apeldoorn, Netherlands
Theocracy online
Official facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/theocracyband

Σάββατο, 15 Οκτωβρίου 2016

The Reticent - On the Eve of a Goodbye (2016)

On The Eve Of A Goodbye is an autobiographical concept album from The Reticent produced by Jamie King releasing on October 5th, 2016 from Heaven & Hell Records.  All of the tracks serve to detail the day before, day of, and day after the suicide of The Reticent's mastermind Chris Hathcock's childhood friend, Eve.  The songs chronicle his concern for her, her deterioration into self-hatred, and culminates with the tragic act and its aftermath.  Not only a stylistic contrast to previous releases, this album is also intensely more personal than past Reticent albums (which were already emotional purges).  The album is intended to be heard as a single entity rather than a collection of tracks.
Additional Info:
The album was recorded in order in the span of a few days in the summer of 2015 (with a touch up in November 2015).  Producer/Engineer Jamie King (known for previous work with BTBAM, The Wretched, Scale The Summit, etc.) chose to allow Hathcock to do as he needed in the studio as he felt it added greatly to the emotion of the record.  In fact, on the song "Funeral for a Firefly" when trying to record the lead vocal part, Hathcock made it only two lines in before sobbing hysterically as memories and the trauma he had held back for a decade came flooding to the forefront.  After calming to the point that he could catch his breath, Hathcock told Jamie King that he felt unable to record the song.  Jamie encouraged him to try just one more time and if it didn't work, they'd drop it.  Hathcock went back into the booth and made it through the entire song with constant tears streaming down his face and his voice cracking and quivering as he went through.  Jamie was so affected by the performance he said he wanted to keep the raw performance - as in no edits to the sound so every sniffle and breath could be heard putting the listener in the booth with the despairing singer.

All music, lyrics, and narration written by Chris Hathcock
All instruments and vocals performed by Chris Hathcock
except the following:
Narration by Carl Hathcock, Juston Green, and Amanda Caines
Female vocals by Amanda Caines
French Horn by Dr. Nicholas Kenney
Trombone and Trumpet by Matthew Parunak
Tenor Saxophone by Andrew Lovett
Produced by Jamie King
Mixed, Mastered, and Engineered by Jamie King at The Basement Studios
Executive Producer: Chris Hathcock
Cover art by W. Hudson

Enbound - The Blackened Heart (2016)

Enbound was formed in 2006 by Mike Cameron Force, who previously had played with bands like Zonata and Poem. Some years were spent working on material, finding the right direction for Enbound, and also the right members. The experienced bass player Swede “Machine gun fingers” Odén was added to the line-up, as well as the extremely talented guitar virtuoso Marvin Flowberg. And finally in 2009 the band found their singer in Lee Hunter [Lars Säfsund] who is famous for his work in the band Work of Art and performances in musicals like Jesus Christ Superstar, TV shows like "Let's Dance", Eurovision Song Contest and working with musicians like Bill Champlin [Chicago], Joseph Williams [Toto] and more.

The debut album "And She Says Gold" was released in 2011 and was received very well by fans and the media, and songs like "Combined The Souls" and "Under A Spell" are by many considered classics.

Now Enbound, following the praised album debut “And She Says Gold” finally present their second album, entitled "The Blackened Heart".

Jacob Hansen [Amaranthe, Volbeat, Primal Fear] was chosen to master the album, and awesomely did so. The Swedish famed photography and illustrator duo of Robert Elmengård and Niklas Lundberg created the spot on artwork. Layout was made by Stefan Heilemann [Kamelot, Epica, Rhapsody].

Guest appearances on the album includes the vocalist Linnéa Wikström [Kamelot, Therion] on "Falling" and Mike LePond [Symphony X] is responsible for the first of two bass solos on "Feed My Flame".

The Blackened Heart has a nice mix of heavy and up tempo songs, all with their own strong and grasping melodies. Some songs has a more aggressive, modern metal tone like "Give Me Light". A track like “Feel My Flame” has classic metal influences, while “They Don't Really Know” beautifully combines sensibility with force. Enbound prove with "The Blackened Heart" that they can handle any angle of melodic metal. Like their debut, their characteristic powerful arrangements remain with fantastic and emotional vocals on top.

Enbound continues to deliver and whatever you do, listen to this album!

Enbound line-up:
Lee Hunter [Lars Säfsund - Work of Art] - Vocals
Swede - Bass
Marvin Flowberg - Guitars
Mike Cameron Force - Drums

Enbound discography:
2011: And She Says Gold [Inner Wound Recordings]
2016: The Blackened Heart [Inner Wound Recordings]

Mastered by: Jacob Hansen [Amaranthe, Volbeat, Primal Fear]
Artwork by: Stefan Heilemann [Kamelot, Epica, Rhapsody]

Guests on the album
Linnéa Wikström [Therion, Kamelot] - Vocals on "Falling"
Mike LePond [Symphony X] - One of two bass solos on "Feel My Flame"

Website: enbound.rocks
Facebook: facebook.com/enbound

Παρασκευή, 14 Οκτωβρίου 2016

Defiant - Time Isn't Healing (2016)

Since its formation in 2008, DEFIANT’s mission has been to enthrall fans with a brand of power metal that is as muscular as it is melodic. DEFIANT went on to release no less than three EPs and 2012’s full-length debut Masquerade, collectively laying the groundwork for what can only be called its magnum opus: Time Isn’t Healing (Ferrrum Records). The crunching riffs and soaring leads of guitarist Andrey Turkovsky blend seamlessly with the epic, often breathtaking keyboard work of Victoria Terzieva, while Stanislav Proshkin’s gritty yet tuneful vocals offer a captivating stamp of distinction. The clanging bass lines of Oleg Yakovlev and airtight drumming of Eugeniy Smolin form a robust rhythmic foundation.

But it’s the quality and consistency of the songwriting that is perhaps most impressive about the new album. Whether the up-tempo power metal pummel of “Milestones of Time” or the mid-tempo elegance of “According to the Acts,” Time Isn’t Healing sinks the hooks in deep and keep the listener in a state of rapt attention from beginning to end. 

Fans of HELLOWEEN, RAGE, and similar icons of the genre are strongly encouraged to give this one a spin.

Album artwork by Mayhem Design.




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Τετάρτη, 12 Οκτωβρίου 2016

Saint Blasphemer - Simon Templar EP (2016)

Saint Blasphemer - Simon Templar EP is the first release from the Santa Ana, California band. The first songs were written and the band formed as a reaction to a heroin epidemic sweeping Orange County. Vocalist - Monroe felt like so many others, helpless watching people get sick and die. Nullify is a dark biography, a window into a scene many don't survive. Simon Templar could be either a mystical journey, a conversation with a psychiatrist or both. Scarecrow draws on dark side of Oz themes, exploring isolation and a desire to go home - wherever that may be. A Perfect Rose comes off almost as a tale of unrequited love left to die on the moors of some far off Catherine. The final track revisits the dope scene, as Monroe pleads "You've got to find a reason to stay clean..." Listeners will recognize the influences of Peter Gabriel, Tool, and The Cure, mixed with Saint Blasphemer's own strong artistic voice.

Saint Blasphemer is based out of Santa Ana, California. They've been playing shows since February 2016 and recently completed a 5 song EP for release October 15, 2016. The band members are John Castellon on guitar, Thomas Monroe on vocals, Steve Shell on bass guitar, and Steve Ybarra on drums. The music has been compared to early Tool, Peter Gabriel, Nirvana, and Jane's Addiction. The local community has praised Saint Blasphemer for the power of their live performance and the lyrical writing of Thomas Monroe, head of the Orange County Poetry Club. A number of songs express the frustration of seeing friends and family members struggle with addiction. Others address feelings of alienation and loss. The band's philosophy is: "Remember when you were a kid, how a song could make you feel like you weren't the only one going through heavy feelings? Our goal is to make music that can do that for other people."



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