Δευτέρα, 22 Μαΐου 2017

Siberian - Through Ages of Sleep (2017)

Release: 30 June 2017
Through Ages of Sleep is Siberian's second theme-based album in their "Age Trilogy". The Swedish three-piece mixes influences from American sludge and Scandinavian metal and have created a unique wall of sound. The album is written and based on band members Gus Ring, Linus Marron and Daniel Eklöw own dreams during a 2 year period. Thanks to the wide spread of genres the band have captured many audiences from different scenes. Adding Gus Ring's powerful and haunting vocals with mixtures from traditional Eurasian folk music, makes Through Ages of Sleep an album with direct impact.
Returning to Joona Hassinen and his Studio Underjord to record Through Ages of Sleep was the obvious choice for the band, keeping the trilogy true to it´s core. Angus 'Angst' Norder (Witchery, Nekrokraft) recorded bass on all songs. Mastering were done by Brad Boatright at AudioSiege (YOB, Skeletonwitch, Converge) Mattias Frisk (Ghost, Vanhelgd, Miasmal) illustrated the album on oil panel with no guidance other than the dreams that were written down by the band.

Siberian is a heavy metal band from Linköping, Sweden that finds its influences mainly in the American sludge and post-metal scene. Mix that together with their Scandinavian background and you will start to get an idea of what Siberian is all about. Uncompromising walls of sound meet melody and melancholia. 
Siberian released their theme-based debut album Modern Age Mausoleum in 2014. It was the first chapter in Siberian´s 'Age Trilogy'. The album displays a dark view of the modern society and is strongly influenced by dystopian literature. The band followed the album release with several tours in Europe. As the tour cycle of the debut album came to an end the band had gathered substantial live experience after having played at clubs and festivals across Europe. Thanks to the wide spread of genres the band have captured many audiences from different sub-groups and developed into a fierce live act with the ability to enthral audiences.
During the two years after the debut, the band worked with the documentation of all their personal dreams. The material became the foundation of what was to become their second theme-based release in the trilogy named Through Ages of Sleep. The follow-up explores the subconscious mind in dreams and is portrayed both sonically and lyrically. The album takes Siberian a step further and sounds more mature and grown up compared to the previous debut. The band have stated in interviews that they shun away from any musical rules and focus only on writing what feels right. Which becomes very clear on the new record since there are no typical verse-chorus-verse structure. 

Κυριακή, 21 Μαΐου 2017

Dirty Machine - Discord (2017)

Nu Metal outfit DIRTY MACHINE from Los Angeles, California have inked a worldwide deal with Zombie Shark Records, the new record label from Noah “Shark” Robertson (Motograter, Ex-The Browning). The band’s latest album ‘Discord’ was produced by Ben Jovi and Dirty Machine at Left Coast Label Studios. The album was mixed by Arnold "Hedge" Quezada and Darren Davis at Blunoize Studios, and was mastered by Josh Wickman from Dreadcore Productions (KING 810, Within The Ruins).
‘Discord’ will be available worldwide on May 26th, 2017 and can be pre-ordered at www.zombieshark.net

Dirty Machine has been heralding the nu metal flag since 2012 and pulls major influences from nu metal-era bands such as Korn, Limp Bizkit, Slipknot, Linkin Park, Nonpoint, Mudvayne and Sevendust. The band quickly built a rabid underground following, especially in the Kansas City area, due to getting regular airtime on the leading Kansas City rock station “98.9 The Rock” and headlining the Jägermeister Stage at the 2016 Kansas City Rockfest. Dirty Machine has shared the stage with Ghost, Sixx AM, Disturbed, Trivium, Hell Yeah, Alien Ant Farm, Otep, Metalachi, and Orgy.
Dirty Machine has released a powerful new music video for the title-track “Discord” produced by Ron Thunderwood from 9Electric; who has directed music videos for Hollywood Undead, Combi Christ and Stitched up Heart. 

Dirty Machine frontman David Leach states, “We are excited to be joining forces with Zombie Shark Records, a record label whose mission is to bring back the genre that Dirty Machine themselves and so many millions of other fans around the world live for - nu metal. With our debut album recorded, Dirty Machine and Zombie Shark Records teaming up guarantees the resurgence that the world has been waiting for!”

'Discord' Tracklist:
1. Discord

2. Seeds
3. Self Made Hero
4. Social Recoil
5. Ecusa's Nightmare
6. Built
7. C4
8. Wonka
9. Refuse To Follow (Bonus Track)
10. Victory (Bonus Track)
11. J-Dead (Bonus Track)

Catch Dirty Machine live at these upcoming events:

April 28th - Whisky A Go-Go w/ Trapt
May 10th - Skinny's w/ Keychain
July 22nd - IPO Radio Fest in Tucson, AZ
Aug 11th - Whisky A Go-Go w/ Corey Feldman

David Leach (Dirty Davo) - Vocals
Arnold Quezada (Hedge) - Guitar
Darren Davis - Guitar/Vocals
Nathan Young (Youngblood) - Bass/Backing Vocals
Mike Weekley (Nightmare) - Drums
DJ Ecusa - Turntables & Samples

Chigurh - The Struggle (2017)

Founded in late 2012, Bassist Marco vd Schans and lead guitarist Eddy Persijn joined up to form a band to play the music they always wanted to play!

They started recording songs in Eddy’s attic. In a  surge for a rhythm guitarist they found Rob Tabbers (who later left the band to become a singer in an other band, his spot is now filled by Berry de Klein). After a few monthts an old friend of Marco was asked to join the band, Drummer Arjan van Beurden. And a solid foundation was founded.

After a couple of auditions Friek de Beer raised her voice and the band was complete.
In late 2013 they started recording songs for there first demo. Mid 2014 they completed the mix.
If you are curious what 5 experienced metal musicians can do, than you better listen to this.

Influences of the band members are: Alter Bridge, Iron Maiden, Thin Lizzy, Sevendust.

Vocals: Friek de Beer vd Wielen
Lead Guitar: Eddy Persijn
Rhythm Guitar: Berry de Klein
Bass: Marco vd Schans
Drums: Arjan v Beurden

29 April 2017 - Release EP - The Struggle

The Struggle might only be 4 songs but these are four very strong compositions. The excellent musicians, a very strong singer and a tight production, makes this EP a must have. We can't wait for the full album :).

Σάββατο, 20 Μαΐου 2017

Perpetual Rage - Empress Of The Cold Stars (2017)

Release Date: June 16th 2017

Perpetual Rage is a versatile heavy metal band from Kuopio, Finland. The band is formed 2009 and since then they have released couple of demos, an EP
and a debut album "The New Kingdom" which was released in February 2015.

Now it´s time and place for new material, in the form of a new album "Empress Of The Cold Stars"! Their influences comes from 1980´s heavy rock and metal. They are not try to reinvent the wheel, but of course they want to sound like themselves and not their influences.

The band's songs are tales about sci-fi, fantasy, horror and also real life drama.

Perpetual Rage is a heavy metal band from Kuopio, Finland. They play music with energy and attitude because music is a lifestyle for them. Their songs are tales from scifi, fantasy, horror and also a real life melancholy.
The band was founded in Kuopio, Finland at summer 2009 by vocalist Tomi Viiltola (Ex-Dreamtale) , guitarist Petri Hallikainen and drummer Kari Hyvärinen. Bassist was Lauri Koslonen and 2nd guitarist was Oskari Kuokkanen.
With this quintet was released a first demo "Solar Gods" at autumn 2009 and second demo "Edge of Eternity" at summer 2010. In early summer 2010 drummer Kari quit the band for personal reasons and drummer Jake Kokkonen replaced him.

In late autumn 2010 bassist Lauri quit the band for personal reasons and Ari Helin repleced him.
With this quintet was released a demo "lady of steel" at spring 2011.

In september 2011 was the first gig in Kuopio, and since then the band has done gigs around Finland.
At summer 2012 the band released "Aeternus Memoria" EP,  where Pecu Cinnari (Tarot) played the drums as studio session musician.

Early in 2013 drummer Jake quit the band for different reasons and drummer Erkka Närhi replaced him. With this quintet was released first album "The New Kingdom" at spring 2015. Before that, at summer 2014 drummer Erkka quit the band due lack of his time table, and then original drummer Kari Hyvärinen made a great return to drums. Autumn 2014 guitarist Oskari quit the band for focusing on his pop-rock band.

So, the band was in its current shape as a quartet, although however there was a guitarist Henri Strömberg on five gigs at spring 2015 as gig guitarist but they decided to stay in quartet shape as they are nowadays.
"We like to listen and play every kind of music but heavy metal is that thing why we do this metal madness and friendship too. If it depends on us, we will do music in the future too, and also play gigs and tours as much as we can."

Perpetual Rage is:
Tomi Viiltola - Vocals
Ari Helin - Bass & backing vocals
Petri Hallikainen - Guitars
Kari Hyvärinen - Drums

SEA - The Grip Of Time (2017)

Release: 12 May 2017

On Friday the 12th of May SEA will release one of the most anticipated Danish rockalbum in years ,"The Grip Of Time".

Recently SEA secured a deal with Germany booking agency Dragon Productions and Mighty Music CEO Michael H. Andersen pulled a few strings to have the band on as support act for TYGERS OF PAN TANG on their UK tour in Autumn of 2017. The future is indeed looking bright for SEA.

When SEA released their self-titled debut album in 2014, Sweden Rock Magazine gave them 8/10 and mentioned Tony Iommi and Bruce Dickinson. Rock It from Germany likewise gave the album 8/10 and compared it to Soundgarden. Scream from Norway gave a blistering 5/6 review and categorized SEA with Rival Sons. SEA also played a tremendous show at Copenhell.

The band's raw and challenging style is a blend of the classic heavy rock from the giants of the past and their own unique and powerful expression. Combining strong vocals, heavy riffs, catchy choruses, twin guitars and a mission to keep the guitar led rock alive, the band a huge adrenaline boost into the heavy rock scene.

Their sound is reminiscent of rock legends like Judas Priest, Iron Maiden and Thin Lizzy, but with the touch of a young, hungry Scandinavian band in their twenties.

"Some songs take months to perfect, but "Once We Were Dead" took 30 minutes. Once the riff started rolling, the rest came naturally. This is the result. Enjoy!" - Anders Brink, SEA.

Facts about SEA - "The Grip Of Time"

* The most anticipated rock album from Denmark in years.
* Recorded in Vibe Factory Studios in Copenhagen with producer Jakob Winther (Justin Hawkins, Lukas Graham)
* Mastered in Abbey Road Studios by Alex Wharton The Beatles, My Bloody Valentine)
* Support tour for TYGERS OF PAN TANG on their UK tour.
* Booking by Dragon Productions in Germany.
* Will perform at Nordic Noise Rock Festival with Denner/Shermann, Tygers Of Pan Tang, Bullet, Artillery among others on 13th of May


Τετάρτη, 17 Μαΐου 2017

Jack L. Stroem - Jack L. Stroem (2017)

Release: 26 May 2017

Jack L. Stroem is the newest up and coming artist in Gothenburg's Rock scene, taking influences from old bands such as Rainbow, Judas Priest and Genesis mixing it with a modern heavy alt-rock sound. He has always been a musician at heart, smashing his mother's mandolin while watching Deep Purple - California Jam at age 4, picking up the guitar some years later and singing shortly thereafter. Slowly building up a name for himself Jack went to Tommy Reinxeed (Sabaton, Reinxeed) and Christian Liljegren(Narnia). He guested a solo on the title track from Reinxeed’s album "Welcome To The Theatre" in 2012.

In late 2016 with two tours behind him, the artist went in the studio abroad in Salem OR, USA to record his self-titled debut with producer Charles Normal and with a hand of session musicians. The line-up consists of:

Jack L. Stroem - vocals, guitar, synth

Bass: Kammo Olayvar, Henrik Ulvsgärd, Charles Normal , Jarred Venti
Drums: Jason Carter, Max Ulvsgärd, Dennis Nybratt
Hammond Organ: Svenne Jansson
Backing Vocals: August Svärdström, Vide Bjerde

Produced by Jack L. Stroem and Charles Normal

Music and words by Jack L. Stroem

Aiming for a human performance the album has no autotune or melodyne effect’s on any vocals.
With a release party booked at Hard Rock Café, frontpage news and high reviews the hype for the record can’t get much higher.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JackLStroem/

Twitter: www.twitter.com/jacklstroem

Κυριακή, 14 Μαΐου 2017

Signal 99 - American Monster (2017)

This will be the band’s first politically charged, mixed with personal experiences for the album release. Don't let the masks scare you. It represents the toxicity of the the modern day society. The new album is described by diehard fans as a Rob Zombie presence with a Rage Against the Machine message. Signal 99 is led by a Native American front man from New Mexico. Stage presence is easily identifiable by a hank cranked siren, masks, and tribal face paint.

SIGNAL 99 has had extensive press, radio and TV coverage as they have played the southwest opening for national headliners and festivals including SXSW in Austin, TX showcases in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013 and their Battle Of The Bands win for the “RockStar Energy Drink Uproar Festival” in 2011. Through overwhelming fan support SIGNAL 99 gained the opening spot for Avenged Sevenfold at the Albuquerque Hard Rock Pavilion. They have performed live television on FUSE MUSIC TV’s “Slave To The Metal” tour and Albuquerque television’s “Quote – Unquote” series. Radio and press interviews from San Diego to Austin.


PSordid - Bekhor (2016)

The band was formed on 18 October 2003 under the name Module 69. In May 2004, Sobolewski was replaced as lead guitarist by now vocalist Barend Chamberlain. During mid to late 2004, Freek Huberts joined on rhythm guitar, with Dehning focusing on vocals only. The band performed their first show in August that year.
Huberts left the band in January 2005. The band renamed to PSordid shortly after to represent the lyrical content of the songs. The band released a single for the song 'Ice Cold' in August 2005. During March 2006, Dehning and Schutte quit the band due to musical differences. By this time; Chamberlain, Botes and Chamberlain had recruited Dippenaar for a new musical project that hadn’t yet been named. The newly formed band thus decided to take over the PSordid moniker, re-use and update old songs, and create new material. The band thus relocated from Johannesburg to Pretoria. At this time:
Chamberlain moved to vocals, Chadwick became lead guitarist, Botes became the bassist, Dippenaar stayed on as drummer.

Several demos and EPs were recorded during this time, including 'Demus Disgustimus' in 2006.
Huberts was fatally injured car accident sometime during 2007.
In May 2009, the band went on hiatus.
During November 2014, the band was regrouped and started recording their debut album 'Bekhor', a working title that the band had identified as early as 2006.'Conform to your Reflection' was released as a demo and teaser of the forthcoming album on 24 April 2015. The album was released digitally on September 8th, 2016.
On June 26, 2016 Damian Buys joined as second guitarist, completing the lineup.


Σάββατο, 13 Μαΐου 2017

Lese Majesty - Cold Reason For Change (EP 2017)

Something very special happened when a collective of imaginative musicians got together to complete a batch of demos. As the ramshackle posse morphed into a polished band intriguingly dubbed Lese Majesty, and finished music began to waft out into the surrounding music scene, people began to talk about this alt-rock quartet bursting with edgy hooks and provocative ideals.

An air of mystique surrounded the band as the promising EP was quietly released, but no shows were on the docket. Now, the Sydney, Australia-based four-piece band pulls back the curtains to reveal a calendar of performance dates and a new dark and dignified EP, Cold Reason For Change produced by Dead Letter Circus’s Luke Palmer.

Lese Majesty is a world-class alt-rock band with an incisive and incendiary perspective. “There is a theme running through what we do that is exemplified by the band’s name,” bassist Joel Henderson details. “And that’s self-sovereignty.  Freedom of choice, freedom to put what you want into your body, and freedom to travel unrestricted.” Adds vocalist Jodie Lee Gibson: “When we sit down at dinner, or for a few beers, that is what we talk about, it gets real—we write about our beliefs and empowerment.”

Lese Majesty is Jodie Lee Gibson, vocals, Joel Henderson, bass, Jake Tuffin, lead guitar, and Ben Moore, rhythm guitar. The quartet has garnered favorable comparisons to rousing alt-rock artists such as The 1975, Paramore, Nothing But Thieves, and artful tunesmiths such as Letlive, The War On Drugs, and Dead Letter Circus. Lese Majesty balances pop-rock hooks against dramatic loud and soft dynamics, atmospheric passages, and emotive female vocals that encompass scrubbed raw urgency, sassy contempt, and pure soaring melodicism.  Prior to the Cold Reason For Change EP, Lese Majesty released a self-produced EP in November 2015.

Members of the Lese Majesty previously lived together in a 10-person share-house where they wrote their foundational demos. They also creatively circled each other for a decade. Previously Lese Majesty members played in different musical configurations. The four musicians found themselves drawn to each other in this incarnation by a shared love of songcraft and heartfelt, and often controversial, beliefs.

The group’s moniker is derived from the French term “lèse-majesté” which translates to mean committing an offense against a ruling power.  The name holds many shades of appeal for the band. It conjures femininity, grandeur, and it exudes a flippant cool in tune with the band’s impassioned streak of irreverence.

The four-song EP Crown Land is a profound leap in growth for the band in terms of songwriting, sweeping sonics, and nuanced band interplay. The title track is burly alt-rock with textured edges and skyward hooks.  “Seeking Escape” vacillates between pent-up emotionality and climatic refrains. This feeling of tension and release in the music is perfectly in line with the lyric narrative which compassionately examines the addict’s need for release to escape his or her reality. “Seeking Escape” is neither a pro drug song nor a nihilistic anthem—it’s simply a fresh perspective on an epidemic. The EP closes with the stirring modern rock track “Monster,” a sage and sensitive look at parental sacrifices from a grown child’s vantage point.

Members of Lese Majesty have been fans of producer Luke Palmer’s band Dead Letter Circus for years. The two parties connected serendipitously online. Turns out Palmer was also of fan of the upstart band and volunteered his production services to Lese Majesty, enabling the group to achieve a more mature, multi-faceted, and emotionally rich aesthetic.

Up next, Lese Majesty will be sharing their high-energy and passionate rock show with audiences locally before jumping into international touring, In conclusion, vocalist Jodie Lee Gibson says: “It’s been so rewarding seeing this music and this band come to life. I never thought I would be a part of something so special, and we are bursting at the seams to share this music with everyone.”


That Rock Guy - Nothin' To Lose (2017)

Release: 30 June 2017

THAT ROCK GUY is arguably one of the hardest working artists in the world, performing over 1000+ live shows in the last three years alone. Performing energized melodic rock, the Australian singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer has released his debut album ‘Nothin’ To lose’ to the world, bringing his own brand of powerful no-frills melodic rock to the masses.

“He’s simply a brilliant performer, a guitar guru … the night he played ‘The Village’ was just incredible. I’ll never forget it” – Jon Proom, AusPro Radio, 2015. 

Currently on the final leg of an unprecedented three-year worldwide tour, THAT ROCK GUY has previously toured with The Alan Barnes Band who notably opened for rock superstars Bon Jovi on their ‘Sleep When I’m Dead’ tour. After joining them on the Sydney leg of their concert tour and receiving a plethora of positive reviews, he was enlisted to performed the lead guitar duties on XL’s self-titled debut album, mixed and produced in Melbourne by gold record award winner Andy Shanahan from Australian AOR classic rockers ‘Roxus’.

Around 2001, he based himself in Europe, setting up a studio in Germany before heading out as a hired gun guitarist with international touring band BTB and performing multiple tour contracts across Europe, Asia and the Middle East. As a prolific songwriter, there was an ever-growing demand from fans at the live concerts for THAT ROCK GUY to record an album to satisfy the yearnings of his loyal and growing fan base.
On the strength of the demo recording and music video of the fan favorite live song ‘Through The Night’, That Rock Guy was offered a record deal with AOR Heaven and began recording the debut album during a tour of the Middle East. A truly international affair, he returned to Starship Studios in Germany to continue tracking the album in between tours with some additional guitar work at Split Second Sound in Amsterdam, and the final tracks were recorded at Studio 1206 in Japan.

With the album fully recorded, the songs headed back to the world renowned Wisseloord Studios in Europe to be mixed by famed Swedish engineer Erik Wiss of WMP. The final touches were completed when the album was mastered by multiple Grammy, gold and platinum award winning mixing and mastering engineer ThomasPlec”Johansson at the Panic Room in Sweden.

‘One of the best submissions I’ve ever heard’ – Martin Goulding, 2016 (martingoulding.com)

As the final leg of the world tour rolls on, stay tuned for upcoming music video releases and the debut album from THAT ROCK GUY ‘Nothin’ To Lose’ is available on the AOR Heaven record label worldwide.

Website: www.ThatRockGuy.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ThatRockGuy
Twitter: www.twitter.com/ThatRockGuy_com

Παρασκευή, 12 Μαΐου 2017

The Summoned - Sessions (2017)

Release: 16 June 2017

Boston Technical Metal quartet THE SUMMONED will release sophomore full-length Sessions on June 16. Sessions is a concept album about the journey through the mind of a troubled mental patient who is struggling to confront his own personal demons through a series of sessions with a psychiatrist. Each individual song resembles those sessions. Whether they’re spastic (to give the feeling of panic the patient is feeling), or offering triggering the epiphany that is his own reality, Sessions is not just an album… it’s an experience.

Often compared to a plethora of bands and genres, THE SUMMONED are no strangers to pushing the boundaries of traditional heavy metal. With technical riffs, head bobbing grooves, sing-along choruses, jazzy interludes, and epic solos, there is always something for the discerning listener to grasp, resulting in a sound that will appeal to a variety of fans.

Sessions was produced by The Summoned and Evan Sammons. The album was engineered, mixed and mastered by Evan Sammons in Belgrade Maine.

Pre-order: http://store.thesummoned.com/album/sessions

Additional Engineering on “Recollection” by Jarred Sullivan
All songs written and performed by The Summoned
All lyrics written by Stephen Thompson and Shaun Murphy
Clean Vocals on “Fractal Patterns” and “Built of Glass” by Shaun Murphy
Orchestration and Synth by Shaun Murphy and Evan Sammons
Artwork and Concept by Joseph Schmalke
Layout by Joseph Schmalke and Stephen Thompson
Logo design by Adam Cutler at Motionless Visions

Track list:
1. The Pendulum Swing
2. Faradic
3. Fractal Patterns
4. The Grave Mistake
5. Built of Glass
6. Vertiginous
7. Primogenial Birth
8. Recollection
9. Satori


Starsick System - Lies, Hopes & Other Stories (2017)

STARSICK SYSTEM is a new sensation in modern hard rock, mixing influences from bands like Alter Bridge, Sixx AM, Shinedown with the deep research for a personal sound where catchy choruses and melodies are melted with heavy riffing.
The band was born in 2012 from the union of experienced musicians: vocalist and guitarist Marco Sandron (Pathosray, Eden’s Curse, Fairyland, etc), bassist Valeria Battain and lead guitarist David Donati (both known in Syrayde) were joined by producer-songwriter and drummer in this record Ivan Moni Bidin (Pathosray, Ashent, Garden Wall, Syrayde, etc) to give birth to new sounds and melodic approaches.
After years had passed in the metal scene with their previous bands, the guys decided to join their different experiences and musical approaches into a brand new band focused in melody approach and the pure song form.
During 2014 STARSICK SYSTEM recorded their debut album under the production of drummer Ivan Moni Bidin and immediately signed their first record contract with Scarlet/Bakerteam Records.

“Daydreamin’”was released on April, 14th 2015 and since day one was noticed by the musical press all around the world, hailing the album as “new sensation” and elected “Daydreamin’” “album of the month” first and later lists it between the best albums of the year.
The group supported Zakk Wylde’s BLACK LABEL SOCIETY live in 2015 and was also picked to play with actual Ozzy’s axeman GUS G.
STARSICK SYSTEMhave now completed the recordings for their second album “Lies, Hope & Other Stories” which will be released on June 23rd, 2017 on Pride & Joy Music! The record also features an outstanding cover of the Chris Cornell song “You Know My Name” (James Bond 007 – Casino Royale soundtrack)!

Line-up:Marco Sandron – vocals, guitars; David Donati – guitars; Ivan Moni Bidin – drums, Valeria Battain – bass


Πέμπτη, 11 Μαΐου 2017

Sharzall - Black Sun (2017)

Release date: June 17th, 2017

Founded in 2014 the band combines Gothic-Metal with Dark-Rock and elements from Post-Punk and aquires renown in their homeland Slovakia. After a few gigs in their home concerts with Blaze Bailey and Sunterra followed.

This cabinet of horror acts out an image mixing up „a Clockwork orange“ with Splatter-B-Movies and King Diamond. They signed a longterm contract with the label NRT-Records in April 2017, which schedules the pending release of the finished debut “Black Sun” on June, 17th 2017.

Heavy Traffic - Plastic Surgery (2017)

Release: 26 May 2017
Twin Earth Records is pleased to announce that they will release the vinyl edition of  Plastic Surgery by psych/doom band HEAVY TRAFFIC on May 26th 2017.The release will be available in limited edition color (100 white & green mix) and black, both on 140 gram vinyl. Pre-orders will be available on May 5th.

After playing together with the Spanish Moss (Burger Records), lead guitarist Ian Caddick and drummer/vocalist, Tav Palumbo went on to form Heavy Traffic. Writing and recording over five albums worth of new material together in less than two years, the duo relocated to Brooklyn in July of 2015 to put together a full band and focus on playing live. 
Plastic Surgery, the first album featuring new members David Grzedzinski and Dan Bradica, was recorded live to tape early March 2016 over a weekend in rural Upstate NY. Mixed and mastered over the next few months at the band's rehearsal space in Bushwick, Plastic Surgery is the group's most polished recording to date and features their characteristic blend of DIY heavy psych rock, combining elements of noise, doom, punk, and shoegaze.
Band Members: 
Ian Caddick 
Tav Palumbo 
David Grzedzinski 
Dan Bradica

Heavy Traffic/ Book of Wyrms Stoned Meadow of Doom Tour
September 23 - Brooklyn, NY @Arlene's Grocery
September 24 - Rochester, @Firehouse Saloon
September 25 - Detroit @New Dodge Lounge
September 26 - Chicago @Reggies
September 27 - Madison, WI @Mickeys 
September 28 - TBA
September 29 - Omaha  @ Stoned Meadow of Doom fest

Τετάρτη, 10 Μαΐου 2017

Riksha - Five Stages of Numb (2017)

Salt Lake City’s RIKSHA have inked a worldwide deal with Zombie Shark Records, the new record label from Noah “Shark” Robertson (Motograter, Ex-The Browning). The band’s latest album ‘Five Stages Of Numb’ was recorded at Elevate Studios by notable producer and drummer for Chelsea Grin, Pablo Viveros. Album art was provided by Die Elster.

‘Five Stages of Numb’ will be available worldwide on May 12th, 2017. The band has released a computer animated music video for the title-track “Five Stages of Numb” produced by Vladyslav Tsarenko which can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/g3Vyz8OkTEE

Riksha’s sound is affectionately known as “throg”, a mixture of “thrash” and “progressive”. The band can best be compared to groove metal and nu metal bands such as Mudvayne, Tool, Pantera, Coal Chamber, Soulfly, Nothingface, and American Head Charge.

Riksha frontman Palmer states, “We couldn’t be more excited to be working with Zombie Shark Records and the great bands they represent.”
Riksha have released 2 previous studio albums recorded by Bruce Kirby at Boho Digitalia Studios - ‘Dream Drops Red’ released through Dark Harvest Records and the independently released ‘Night Begins’. Riksha burned up the underground metal scene in 2012, winning Project Independent’s “Industry Panel Favorite” voted on by a panel of producers, A&R reps, and record company owners. Since then, the band has purchased a 1973 Eagle Tour Bus and has hit the road throughout the US. Riksha is currently making plans to tour the U.S. in support of their upcoming release.

Zombie Shark Records label manager Michael Boodagh states, “Riksha is a growing artist that is continually perfecting their craft. I am pleased to welcome them to the ZSR team! I can't wait to see what comes next!”

Riksha takes five guys and squeezes out as much sound and energy as possible. With a combination of both melodic and in your face vocal and guitar styles, Riksha hammers away with a musical montage of aggression, power, and strength to create a new and bold sound.

Update: Ian Law, original guitarist for the band Riksha has re-joined the group after a year and a half hiatus. The new addition to the current 4 piece line-up is an exciting expansion that proves to thicken the band’s sound and expand their writing capabilities.
Ian Law can be found on previous RIKSHA albums Night Begins (2011) and Dream Drops Red (2013) and was with the band for 7 years before taking a break to start a family with his wife Kuulei Law. “We’ve been toying with the idea of adding a second guitarist for a while and we’re very excited about Ian’s return” says RIKSHA bassist Kevin Bronson. 
Riksha is:

Vocals: Palmer
Guitar: Cody Hess
Guitar: Ian Law
Bass Guitar: Kevin Bronson
Drums: Christian ‘Tron’ McCutchan
‘Five Stages of Numb’ tracklist:

1 - Departure Eminent
2 - Five Stages of Numb
3 - Shovel It
4 - Skeleton Rain Dance
5 - Kicking My Way Through September
6 - Banging Danger
7 - Insight Bleeds


Κυριακή, 7 Μαΐου 2017

Jeremy Nickel - Bugs and Moons (EP)

Jeremy Nickel is a garage rock artist currently breathing in Austin, TX.

Dead Register - Fiber (2017)

Release: 9 June 2017
Goth/Doom band DEAD REGISTER are pleased to announce that they will release the vinyl version of their critically acclaimed debut album Fiber. The album will be available on black vinyl, or as a special edition translucent Sea-Blue with Sea Foam speckles. The album will be released via Throne Records with an estimated release date of June 9th 2017
You can pre-order Fiber directly from the band here: https://deadregister.bandcamp.com/ 
The album is also available on digital, cassette and compact disc.
About Dead Register
Dead Register is genre-bending, monolithic, gothic-tinged, gloomy, melodic, “doom-gaze” based in Atlanta. In late 2013, M. Chvasta (vocals, bass, bass vi) recruited his wife, Avril Che for her bass synth, textures, keys, and background vocal accompaniment. Skeletons of mechanical songs were created with programmed beats, which were replaced in 2014 by the refined drumming of Chad Williams. After a year of writing and fine-tuning a sizeable catalogue of songs on stage, the band collectively chose six favourites for their first full-length album, Fiber.

Σάββατο, 6 Μαΐου 2017

Nicumo - Storms Arise (2017)

Release Date: July 7th 2017

Since 2009 rolled melodic metal act Nicumo are about to release their second full length album. Album is titled “Storms Arise” and it will be out on 7.7.2017 through Inverse Records.

“Storms Arise” follows band’s well reviewed debut “The End of Silence” (2013, Inverse Records) and takes a step towards even more versatile scales of music and emotions. The album contains eleven tracks with unexpected rhythmic elements which will make your head banging, while the melancholic melodies forces you to rise your fist up in the air and cry. Versatile soundscapes mesmerize the listener and takes a hold until the last note. “Storms Arise” strengthens Nicumo’s position on northern metal scene, and gives it a timeless masterpiece to keep the scene alive.

“Storms Arise” was recorded and mixed at Joshua Music -studios during 2016 by Olli Tainio from Lucky Punk Productions, who has worked as an mixing, recording and an assistant engineer in various projects such as Callisto, SAKIA and his own band Blind Architect. Mastered by Svante Forsbäck (e.g. Amorphis, Volbeat, Apocalyptica, Rammstein). The cover arts designed by Hannu Karppinen.

The band released a single "Death, Let Go" on April 27th 2017 and it is available on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/4Fyzj5N9GIEIJ4IB129b4F and music video is available on Youtube: https://youtu.be/JnOLuP27lhY

Track list:
01. The Dawn
02. Old World Burning
03. Beyond Horizon
04. Unholy War
05. Death, Let Go
06. Guilt
07. Poltergeist
08. If This Is Your God, I Don't Need One
09. Sirens
10. Aiolos
11. Dream Too Real

Hannu Karppinen - Vocals
Atte Jääskelä - Guitars
Tapio Anttiroiko - Guitars
Sami Kotila - Bass
Aki Pusa - Drums


Roctum - Nothing To Do With Hell (2017)

ROCTUM isn't just a band...

ROCTUM is an experience!

This unique quintet of five personal superheroes takes You (without permission) to their
exploding world of theatrical rock'n'roll show.

ROCTUM is well knows from their shows that will provide You surprises with fast speed and
dangerous situations -filled thriumphous events. When their heavy/punk rock gospel starts
You can't exactly know when You have been took through a to trip to unknown landscapes, oceans,
spaces or even universes.

Blood, balloons and toilet paper! With a sparkle in their eyes but with a tough touch with the music.

Roctum is:
Stunk Man (voc.) - Charismatic front man that leave no one cold
Zikk Brutal (gtr.) - Unstopable, energetic, blazing solos with storm and flames
Banana Boy (bs.) - Genious that will leave no queastions with his sharpshooting bass playing.
Ill Duce (gtr.) - ?
The Beast (dr.) - A wild beast. Beating the skins wildly. If someone sets him free it might be leathal

The next wave of Rock'n'Roll has begun to flow. And ROCTUM is about to hit Your face really soon!

Παρασκευή, 5 Μαΐου 2017

Final Void - Sounds of Absence (2017)

Final Void, a band that hails from the city of Tampere, Finland combining melodic rock and metal in their own unique style, releases their debut album ”Sounds Of Absence” on 25th May 2017. This powerful album takes the listener on a melodic journey through strong emotions and emotional landscapes.

Final Void was formed in Tampere by the members of a hard rock band Rainy Season. Final Void moved away from hard rock towards a more melodic metal sound. Holding on to a traditional and determined ”garage band” way of thinking, Final Void started to form their new sound by touring the nation.

Final Void reached its final ensemble and was able to start developing in a more determined way. At the end of 2015 Final Void started working on their first double single Desperation Rises, which was digitally released on the 8th of April 2016.

2017 Sounds Of Absence
On 25th May 2017 Final Void releases their debut album Sounds Of Absence. The self-published album is a powerful and dynamic collection of songs that take the listener on a melodic journey through strong emotions and emotional landscapes. Final Void does not categorize themselves to a certain genre and listeners have found traces of Sentenced, Metallica, or even Children of Bodom from the unique sound.

Tuomas Kotajärvi – Lead Vocals
Janne Puranen – Growls & Bass
Toni Hangasmäki – Lead Guitar
Eino Roihuvuo – Guitar
Roni Revell – Drums

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/3UX9A76D7lJg4v94bE6J7H
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/finalvoidband
Twitter: http://twitter.com/FVoff1cial
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/finalvoidofficial/

Πέμπτη, 4 Μαΐου 2017

(the) Medicine Theory - Rain Follows the Plow (EP 2017)

Release: 16 June 2017
On June 16, 2017 (the) Medicine Theory will release Rain Follows the Plow, the band's fifth studio recording.
The EP continues the raw, stripped down, post-punk/rock/metal approach to songwriting that they are known for, with a visceral focus on storytelling.
Formed in 2007, the writing duo of Jeff Irvine and Tyson Schroeder have had many incarnations live, but have always stayed true to their initial mission, to create music that they enjoy.  

2007- “…with dead certainty, even in the midst of chaos.” (EP)
2014- Live (LP)
Jeff Irvine- guitar, loops, noises, vocals
Tyson Schroeder-drums, noises, vocals

Δευτέρα, 1 Μαΐου 2017

Last Joker is finishing the recording of the new album

Last Joker is finishing the recording of the new album scheduled to be released in late 2017 and will shoot the videoclip for the single of the next album to be released in the summer of 2017.

Last Joker is booked to play some nice festivals in 2017 such as Grimm Up North on September 30 in Bury ( Manchester ) UK alongside Tysondog , Oliver Dawson”s Saxon , Avenger , Tytan , Holocaust among others and other shows in England and Spain .

Last Joker was formed by Miguel Mega, Portuguese guitar player, in the late eighties in Santos, São Paulo, Brazil. In 1990 Last Joker recorded their first demo tape with the songs " Without You " , " Last Joker " , " Hold on Tight " and " Every Night " and started a career playing for eager crowds in the São Paulo state.

Because of their musicality , stage presence and sold out concerts they got the attention of Metal Rock Records and recorded their first LP simply called " Last Joker " and toured Brazil supporting bands such as Sepultura, Angra, Dr. Sin, RDP among others.

In the middle nineties the band broke up and Miguel Mega moved to LA and started a solo career and released around 10 instrumental solo cds and appeared on several compilations alongside Greg Howe (Howe II, Michael jackson, Maragold), Kiko Loureiro (Angra, Megadeth) among others .

In 2014 Miguel Mega moved to the UK and regrouped Last Joker with singer Roddy B. (Avenger, Abbadon), guitarist Yves Martin, bassist Al Pringle and drummer Adam Proud and have just recorded their new cd release for Into the Limelight Records, Last Joker - Ulterior Motives and have released the video clip for the single " Kissed by the Lake".

Wind Rose - Stonehymn (2017)

Release date: May 26th

"Stonehymn” is a very powerful album filled with impressive songwriting and arrangements, epic choirs and excellent musicianship. The album was mixed and mastered by Simone Mularoni [DGM, Ancient Bards, Secret Sphere] and the artwork was created by Jan Yrlund [Apocalyptica, Korpiklaani, Tyr]. Perfect for fans of bands like Wintersun, Blind Guardian and Turisas!

Track listing
01. Distant Battlefields
02. Dance of Fire
03. Under the Stone
04. To Erebor
05. The Returning Race
06. The Animist
07. The Wolves’ Call
08. Fallen Timbers
09. The Eyes of the Mountain

After the acclaimed 2015 release “Wardens of the West Wind”, Wind Rose are now back with their third studio album: another epic chapter made of stories from either the fantasy and the real world, sounding like a hymn sung by the eternal and all-seeing stones, a “Stonehymn”.

Wind Rose were born in September 2009 when they played a show for the first time together at an open-air festival in Germany. Long time friends Claudio Falconcini, Federico Meranda and Daniele Visconti previously played in a progressive/power metal cover band, then they started composing their own music at the age of 18 in early 2009. Later they met Francesco Cavalieri and Cristiano Bertocchi and the band's first lineup was complete.

The first studio album “Shadows over Lothadruin” was released in 2012 through Bakerteam Records. The debut album brought them across Europe supporting Wintersun and Finntroll in 2013 and Epica in 2014. The sophomore album “Wardens of the West Wind” was released in 2015 via Scarlet Records.  This album had a more powerful feeling than the first one and made Wind Rose be mainly known for the song “The Breed of Durin”, inspired to the legendary “Dwarves” from the imaginary world of J.R.R. Tolkien. In 2015 the band got their first real European touring experiences: with Eluveitie and Skälmold in February 2015 and with Ensiferum in October 2015. The band also performed at many known summer festivals such as Metalhead Meeting in Romania, Made of Metal in Czech Republic and Ragnarök in Germany.

Wind Rose’s career will now turn the page to its third chapter, with the release of “Stonehymn” through the Swedish label Inner Wound Recordings.

"Stonehymn" is the result of a two years long songwriting work in which the band successfully tried to emphasize the most appreciated aspects of their previous release, such as the powerful choral parts, epic orchestrations and fierce downtuned riffs. With “Stonehymn” the band slightly moved to a more "folk feeling": they gave more space to fast sections and to ethnic/pagan instruments.

Evocative atmospheres, inspiring lyrics and two instrumental intros will easily bring the listeners imagination mainly to two different kinds of settings: to the Wild Western prairies with stories and beliefs about the Native American people and the legendary cowboys, and to Middle-Earth, where the “Dwarves” are still willing to regain the throne of their “golden halls”. There will also be some nice musical references to the “spaghetti-western” movies soundtracks, as the band has been inspired by the mythical Italian composer Ennio Morricone.

“Stonehymn” is a very powerful album filled with impressive songwriting and arrangements, epic choirs and excellent musicianship. The album was mixed and mastered by Simone Mularoni [DGM, Ancient Bards, Secret Sphere] and the artwork was created by Jan Yrlund [Apocalyptica, Korpiklaani, Tyr].

Wind Rose line-up:
Francesco Cavalieri - Vocals
Claudio Falconcini - Guitars
Federico Meranda - Keyboards
Daniele Visconti - Drums
Cristiano Bertocchi - Bass

Wind Rose discography:
2017: Stonehymn [Inner Wound Recordings]
2015: Wardens of the West Wind
2012: Shadows Over Lothadruin

Recorded by: Marco “Maro” Ribecai, Claudio Marziale and Claudio Falconcini at Studi Magnitudo and Wind Rose Studios
Mixed and Mastered by: Simone Mularoni [DGM, Ancient Bards, Secret Sphere] at Domination Studio
Album artwork by: Jan Yrlund [Apocalyptica, Korpiklaani, Tyr]

Label info
Europe, North America: Inner Wound Recordings

Wind Rose online
Website: http://www.windroseofficial.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/windroseofficial
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/windroseofficial


Κυριακή, 30 Απριλίου 2017

Kovax - If There Was Ever Any Doubt (2017)

Kovax began in late 2015 with Joe Phillips and Isaac Turner joining Pete Freeth to try out a collection of songs he had been writing over the previous months. The three were pleased with the sound of their initial rehearsals and eventually brought second guitarist Dan Hey into, which really fleshed out the groove based riffs the band is built on.

The newly formed four-piece then played two secret shows to friends and fellow musicians as a test run of the material, which was well received. This lead to the planning of the band's full launch, which included the release of debut single 'Godot' in January 2016, along with b-side 'Marigolds', and a four day run of shows, including gigs at The Parish, in Huddersfield, and headlining an Inutero Presents show in Leeds.

Kovax then released their follow up single 'Monkeys' in June 2016, which was played on BBC Radio Leeds and Sheffield and lead to the band being featured in Discovered Magazine's 'The North' issue. The release of 'Monkeys' coincided with two short summer tours, during which Kovax played alongside incredible British bands such as Youth Man, I Cried Wolf and Nova Hands and at events such as Live in Barnsley and Alt-Metal Fest in Manchester. 

Following this Kovax then took time to work on new material, which was put to the test live in November on an 8 date tour with Nova Hands. The new material went down well, encapsulating the raw aggression and groove based pop-sensibilities the band are known for. So, Kovax then went into the studio at the beginning of December 2016 to work on their anticipated debut EP, which is scheduled for release in May 2017.

The band are also still regularly playing shows, cementing their reputation as one of Leeds' loudest and most energetic bands.


Kreyskull - The Bird Of Bad Weather (2017)

Release date: March 30, 2017 (Europe) / July 23, 2017 (USA)
Sliptrick Records are proud to announce the forthcoming release by Kreyskull titled, The Bird Of Bad Weather. This is the third full-length album by the Karhula-based psychedelic doom sensations!

And what exactly are Kreyskull bringing to the table this time?

The new album brings together on one portentous album; doomy heaviness (Cosmic Scavenger, Flying God Machine), experimental groove metal (Spirit Train, Chemical Wizard, Return Of The Witch, Lord Of The Zorg), eerie progressive doom (Planet Zorg), a relaxed rocker (7th Chamber) and psychedelic intermission (The All-Seeing Watchers) into a strange but exciting listening experience. The band are unafraid to break the mold and you’ll hear keyboards, saxophone and violin adding extra layers to the cosmic sound.

After that crucial first spin of The Bird Of Bad Weather, you will be in no doubt that Kreyskull have, once again, made very organic sounding music with the raw and heavy sound of today. Some might say that this is specially for fans of Witchcraft, Cathedral and all the goodies from the 70’s but we think this should be heard by anyone with a fine taste in music and a lack of pretension for musical styles. Check out their recent video for Cosmic Scavenger below for just a taste of what’s in store.

The Bird Of Bad Weather | Released March 15th, 2017 on Sliptrick Records

Track Listing:
01. Cosmic Scavenger | 02. Lord Of The Zorg | 03. Flying God Machine | 04. Return Of The Witch | 05. The All-Seeing Watchers | 06. Chemical Wizard | 07. 7th Chamber | 08. Spirit Train | 09. Planet Zorg

Kreyskull are:
Kari A. Kilgast – Vocals | Saku Hakuli – Guitar | Timo “Dee” Karvonen – Drums | Pasi Hakuli – Bass

Guest appearances:
Sanna Pekonen – Vocals | Jyri Vanhala – Saxophone | Juuso Elminen – Keyboards | Pinja Lintonen – Violin

Band links: Facebook | Soundcloud


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...