Τετάρτη 31 Αυγούστου 2016

InnerWish - InnerWish (2016)

Strong comeback from the Greek melodic metallers INNERWISH! Album mixed at Studio Fredman [In Flames, Dimmu Borgir, Hammerfall] and mastered by Peter In De Betou [Arch Enemy, Opeth, Amon Amarth]. Cover artwork by Felipe Machado Franco [Blind Guardian, Rhapsody of Fire, Xandria] and design by Jan Yrlund [Delain, Apocalyptica, Korpiklaani].

01. Roll The Dice
02. Broken
03. Modern Babylon
04. Machines Of Fear
05. Needles In My Mind
06. My World On Fire
07. Rain Of A Thousand Years
08. Serenity
09. Sins Of The Past
10. Through My Eyes
11. Zero Ground
12. Cross The Line
13. Tame The Seven Seas

The story of INNERWISH began in 1995, in Athens, Greece and in their 20 years of existence they managed not only to be one of the most important metal bands from Greece, but also establishing themselves as a respectful band in the European melodic metal scene.

In 1998 they released their debut album “Waiting For The Dawn” through NMC Records, followed by a split CD together with their friends Reflection, entitled “Realms Of The Night” in 2001, through the same label.

Their second full-length album “Silent Faces” was released in 2004 through the famous German label Limb Music and so was their third album “Inner Strength”, in 2006. The response for both albums was very encouraging, especially in Europe and Japan. Sharing the stage with bands like JUDAS PRIEST, HELLOWEEN, U.D.O., THERION, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, WITHIN TEMPTATION, MANOWAR, RHAPSODY, ORPHANED LAND, OPETH, and BRAINSTORM among others in shows all over Europe and in Greece helped spreading the INNERWISH name.

In 2008 INNERWISH entered the Devasoundz Studios in Athens, Greece and recorded their fourth album “No Turning Back”. The album was mixed by Fredrik Nordstrom and Henrik Udd at Studio Fredman in Sweden and was mastered by Mika Jussila at Finnvox Studios in Finland.

The quest for a new record label ended when they signed with the Swedish label Ulterium Records and “No Turning Back” was released in 2010. This album was their best album at the time and helped them reach new horizons and widen their name even more.

While things seemed to be perfect in the INNERWISH camp, two member changes made the band postpone many of their plans. First their long-time drummer Terry Moros was replaced by Fragiskos Samoilis at the end of 2010. And then in 2011, their also long-time singer Babis Alexandropoulos had to leave in order to focus in his career as a tenor in classical singing. INNERWISH decided to not search for a new singer but to focus on the song-writing for their next album. After various obstacles in their way, finally in 2013, they announced their new singer George Eikosipentakis.

The first two samples of the new INNERWISH lineup were two cover songs the band made. The first one was BLACK SABBATH’s classic opus “Neon Knights” for a compilation put together by Metal Hammer Greece and the other one was WARLORD’s renown tune “Black Mass” for the compilation “Sons of a dream – A tribute to the Majesty of Warlord” which was released by Metal Breed Records USA.

After these two covers everything was set and the engines started working at full speed! After many months, sleepless nights and hard work, INNERWISH finally entered the Devasoundz Studios in Athens, Greece in August 2015 and started the recordings for their long-awaited fifth full-length album. The band trusted the famous duo of Fredrik Nordstrom and Henrik Udd at Studio Fredman in Sweden to do the mixing of the new album again. This time though, the mastering was done by the also famous Peter In De Betou at Tailor Made Production, also in Sweden.

The result is the best album the band has released so far. Simply entitled “InnerWish”, this fifth brainchild presents INNERWISH in the best phase of their musical career. With a solid like never before lineup, a fresh sound and a nice variety of songs, the album also includes some new elements, mixed together with the classic INNERWISH sound of course. Full of energy, power and emotion, this album is the appropriate way to describe what INNERWISH is all about. And that’s the reason why the album is simply called "InnerWish". The album includes 13 songs that will grab you and despite its 67 minutes of total playing time, won’t bore you at all!

The cover of the album was created by no other than Felipe Machado Franco, while the design was done by the renown Jan Yrlund of Darkgrove Design.

Don’t miss out on one of the most diverse and powerful melodic metal releases of 2016!

InnerWish line-up:
George Eikosipentakis - Vocals
Thimios Krikos – Guitar
Manolis Tsigos - Guitar
Antonis Mazarakis – Bass
Fragiskos Samoilis – Drums
George Georgiou - Keyboards

InnerWish discography:
2016: InnerWish [Ulterium Records]
2010: No Turning Back [Ulterium Records]
2006: Inner Strength [Limb]
2004: Silent Faces [Limb]
2000: Realms of the Night [split cd with the band Reflection, NMC Records]
1998: Waiting for the dawn [NMC Records]

Produced by Thimios Krikos & Fotis Benardo
Mixed by Fredrik Nordström & Henrik Udd [In Flames, Dimmu Borgir, Hammerfall]
Mastered by Peter In De Betou [Arch Enemy, Opeth, Amon Amarth]
Cover artwork by Felipe Machado Franco [Blind Guardian, Rhapsody of Fire, Xandria]
Design by Jan Yrlund [Delain, Apocalyptica, Korpiklaani]

Label info
Ulterium Records


InnerWish on the web
Facebook: http://facebook.com/innerwishofficial
Website: http://www.innerwish.gr

Τρίτη 30 Αυγούστου 2016

SUNBURST - Fragments of Creation (2016)

SUNBURST was formed in 2010 by Gus Drax (Biomechanical, Paradox, Black Fate, Suicidal Angels), Vasilis Georgiou (Innosense, Black Fate) and Kostas Milonas (New Day Slave, Foray Between Ocean, Paradox, Outloud).

Inspired by bands like Dream Theater, Nevermore, Conception and Symphony X, Sunburst started to write songs and play shows. Until now they have played European festivals like PPM, Moonlight Metalfest and R-mine Metalfest, supporting and sharing the stage with bands like Symphony X, Saxon, Fates Warning, Amorphis, Vanden Plas, Therion and others. Early 2014 Nick Grey joined the band as their permanent bass player.

The debut album "Fragments of Creation" was mixed and mastered by the up and coming producer Panagiotis Katsaounis (P.K Productions) and the result is very impressive. The album consist of ten songs full of 7 string crushing riffs, melodic hooks and heartbreaking vocals mixed up with technical instrumental parts and guitar solos. The album will be released on February 26th in Europe and North America through Inner Wound Recordings and in Japan through Bickee Music.

Guests on the album includes John K [Biomechanical], Bob Katsionis [Firewind, Outloud, Serious Black], Mina Giannopoulou and Astrous [Aenaon].

The sound of Sunburst can be described as Dream Theater meets Nevermore and Conception and with "Fragments of Creation" they show that they are a force to be reckoned with! Sunburst are currently preparing for more touring, so keep your eyes open.

Fantastic debut album from the progressive metal band Sunburst! Perfect for fans of Nevermore, Dream Theater and Conception! Feat. Gus Drax [Biomechanical, Black Fate, Suicidal Angels] on guitar and Vasilis Georgiou [Innosense, Black Fate] on vocals!

Track listing:
01. Out Of The World
02. Dementia
03. Symbol Of Life
04. Reincarnation
05. Lullaby
06. End Of The Game
07. Beyond The Darkest Sun
08. Forevermore
09. Break The Core
10. Remedy Of My Heart

Sunburst line-up:
Vasilis Georgiou (Black Fate, Innosense) - Vocals
Gus Drax (Biomechanical, Paradox, Black Fate, Suicidal Angels) - Guitars
Kostas Milonas (New Day Slave, Foray Between Ocean, Paradox, Outloud) - Drums
Nick Grey (End Of Innocense, Jailcat) – Bass

Sunburst discography:
2016: Fragments of Creation [Inner Wound Recordings]

Mixed and mastered by: Panagiotis Katsaounis
Artwork by: Vasilis Georgiou

Special guests on the album:
John K. - Orchestral Arrangements on “Remedy Of My Heart”
Bob Katsionis (Firewind, Outloud, Serious Black) - Keyboards on all songs except “Reincarnation” & “Remedy Of My Heart”
Mina Giannopoulou – Backing Vocals on “Remedy Of My Heart”
Astrous (Aenaon) – Backing Vocals on “Break The Core” & “Remedy Of My Heart”

Label info
Europe, North America: Inner Wound Recordings

Sunburst on the web

Σάββατο 13 Αυγούστου 2016

Suzi~Q - Hell Is Coming to Breakfast (Single 2016)

Feisty, unruly, and 1 of the 3Headed Beast Suzi~Q is a force to be reckoned with! Originally from Maysville, SC the vocal powerhouse moved to Holbrook, NY where she fell in love a new musical style fusing Heavy Metal, Goth, Power Pop, Alternative and Hip Hop. What she created was an “in your face” musical style that is as explosive as it is hard-hitting. 



Παρασκευή 12 Αυγούστου 2016

SGR (Single Greatest Revelation) - Wasn't it You (Single 2016)

SGR is a band from Tucson Arizona. SGR stands for Single Greatest Revelation. They have a wide variety of influences from rock, alternative, vintage retro and edm. Their sound is a mix between New Years Day, Marilyn Manson and You Me At Six.Their latest single is "Wasn't it You".

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Singlegreate...
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sgr_music/
Reverbnation: https://www.reverbnation.com/sgr8

Δευτέρα 8 Αυγούστου 2016

Phillip Foxley - I'll try 'till I die (2015)

Phillip Foxley is a songwriter/guitarist from Wales in the UK. He first picked up a guitar in the 1970s, playing clubs and bars. Over time, he found himself in studio sessions, house bands, and writing music for TV and film soundtracks.
With influences like Snowy White, David Gilmour, Mick Ronson, Alvin Lee, Leslie West and Gary Moore, Foxley has now released his own debut EP entitled "I'll try 'till I die". An eclectic collection of original blistering blues rock guitar and soft acoustic and piano tracks written over the years. Foxley says "Every track on this album means so much and every note is from my very soul".



Τετάρτη 3 Αυγούστου 2016


 “5 CARAT ROCK”– the fifth release from fifteen time (and counting) Detroit Music Award winning rock band SWEET CRYSTAL is shining even brighter, thanks to their ongoing collaboration with engineer/producer  Chuck Alkazian (Christina Aguilera, Mitch Ryder, Pop Evil).
The new 7 song, 8 track (more on that later) EP features all the stellar guitar tones and solos, keyboard melodies and arrangements  and dynamic vocal performances of previous SWEET CRYSTAL releases, but it’s the addition of Pearl Sound Studios (Canton, MI) signature live drum tracks and Alkazian’s bass playing that makes this the most powerful and poignant project to date for the band – and that’s saying a lot.
 “There are some pretty sweet themes behind the original songs on 5 Carat Rock” says founding member Marq Andrew Speck. “The opening track “Even Now” is based on how our lives parallel the story of Lazarus in the Bible. “Come As We Are” is the first full out praise-n-worship song we’ve ever written. “Jericho” equates the walls we build in our lives to those of that ill-fated city in the Old Testament and “Can’t Turn Back” is a reflection on how we react as we encounter the world around us. There will be a song or two (Ed. Note: or more) in 5 Carat Rock that touches everyone right where they live.”

The physical CD (released on the Nightcrier Music label) also contains bonus tracks not available as downloads: SWEET CRYSTAL not only covers music from two iconic artists (Bob Dylan and Motley Crue), but perhaps the most interesting cut is Track 8 - “Sgt. Penney 1945 (Live)”. This historic audio archive is a restored live recording from a young soldier, originally broadcast in 1945 from the Pacific front during World War II back to a Detroit radio station. “There is a very unique connection between this decorated warrior and the band that made this well worth documenting on this release” says Speck.
The core trio of musicians that make up SWEET CRYSTAL - Marq Andrew Speck (lead vocal, anything with keys), Bill Blatter (vocals, anything with strings) and Steve Wieser (anything hit with sticks) remains standing strong on the front lines of the Michigan music scene. Their music, message, mission and ministry continue and show no sign of slowing down any time soon. 
SWEET CRYSTAL and 5 CARAT ROCK – still “Reaching The World, One Song At A Time ™”!

Follow SWEET CRYSTAL  on Facebook, Twitter and at www.sweetcrystal.com

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The  return  of  eleven  time  Detroit  Music  Award  winners  SWEET  CRYSTAL  with  their  latest release  “QUAD” finds  the  band  sounding  larger  and  more  powerful  than  ever,  thanks  to  the  collaboration  with award-­‐winning mixer/engineer  Chuck  Alkazian  (Christina  Aguilera,  R Kelly, Mitch  Ryder, Pop Evil)  and  Pearl  Sound  Studios,  Canton, MI.
From  the  opening  flourish  of  “Fanfare”  right  into  the  slide-­‐guitar  driven
progressive  rock  anthem  “Foot  Of  The  Cross”,  these  songs  will  satisfy  the
cravings  for  more  SWEET  CRYSTAL  from  even  the  most  demanding  fans.
Featuring  performances  by  special  guest  vocalists  Amy  Susan  Heard  and  David
Perez  ,  there  are  storylines  and  soaring  musical  lines  on  QUAD  for  every  taste
and  situation.
“We’ve  really  upped  our  sonic  onslaught  with  QUAD”  says  founding  member
Marq  Andrew  Speck.  “There  are  songs  here  about  desperation  and  redemption,
asking  questions  of  faith  and  finding  real  answers  for  our  lives  as  well  as  some
mighty  sweet  instrumentals.”

As  and  added  surprise  to  the  band,  the  song  “Foot  Of  The  Cross”  has  already  won  a  2015 Global  Music  Award  in  the Rock  category,  even  before  the  EP  has  officially  been  released.
The  physical  CD  also  contains  a  14  minute  bonus  track:  an  in-­‐depth  interview  with  the band,  giving  listeners  more insight  into  SWEET  CRYSTAL  and  what  QUAD  is  all  about;  a must  have  for  new  and  classic  fans  alike.
SWEET  CRYSTAL is  a  very  rare  group  of  musicians.  Not  only  has  the  band  remained  in existence  for  an  impressive  40 years,  but  also  the  core  trio  of  Marq  Andrew  Speck  (lead vocals,  keyboards),  Bill  Blatter  (guitar,  vocals)  and  Steve Wieser  (drums)  has  remained  intact for  the  entirety  of  that  time.  Perhaps  most  importantly,  the  band  has  remained standing strong on  the  front  lines  of  the  Michigan  Christian  rock  scene,  even  before  that  music  genre had  a name.
SWEET  CRYSTAL  and  QUAD  –  still  “Reaching  The  World,  One  Song  At  A  Time  ™”!

Follow SWEET CRYSTAL  on Facebook, Twitter and at www.sweetcrystal.com

 # # # Previous Releases Also Available At http://sweetcrystal.bandcamp.com/


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