Τρίτη 30 Μαΐου 2017

For My Demons - Close to the Shade (2017)

For My Demons was born from an idea by Gabriele Palmieri (voice), which began to take shape after his separation from Neverdream. An emphasis on strong melodies, with a veiled veneer of melancholy, is the trademark of the project, with the participation of musicians from diverse musical backgrounds bringing their experience and talent to this debut album.

Δευτέρα 29 Μαΐου 2017

Morass of Molasses - These Paths We Tread (2017)

Self-described "swamp master generals" MORASS OF MOLASSES will release their new album These Paths We Tread on May 19th 2017 via HeviSike Records.  The album's 7 tracks blend fuzz, sludge and doom and will undoubtedly be remembered as one of the best records of 2017.

Morass Of Molasses create the kind of lumbering heavy blues riffs which induce involuntary head nodding and a deep stirring of the loins. The band's short life so far has also seen them sharing stages with such luminaries of the scene as Orange Goblin Ohhms, Vodun, Elephant Tree, Desert Storm, Space Witch,, Sea Bastard, Limb, Gurt and many more. Their gutsy Jagermiester stage performance at Bloodstock helped propel them into a relentless schedule of touring during which they released their debut  EP ‘So Flows Our Fate’.  
The new album, These Paths We Tread is a veritable melting pot of ideas, blended together, forming a thick stew of heavy blues with side of doom for good measure. As in the EP before, the band uses the album as a vehicle to explore concepts of mythic sin and ancient archetypes. The Journey we take through life as humans is ever at the forefront, and drives the songwriting.

Track Listing:

1. My Leviathan
2. So They Walk
3. Serpentine
4. The Ritual
5. Centralia
6. Maenads
7. Wrath Of Aphrodite

Morass of Molasses is:
Vocals/Baritone - Bones ‘The Beard’ Huse
Lead Guitar - Phil ‘The Mountain’ Williams
Drums - Chris ‘The Beast’ West
Engineered, Produced & Mixed By Matt Bew at Whitehouse Studios
Artwork - Dominic Sohor
Mastering - Neil Pickles at Reveal Sounds
Find more details about Morass Of Molasses here:

Doll's Diary - Hard & Loud (2017)

Rockshots Records proudly present Doll’s Diary a melody-driven and song-based band from Ukraine, playing hard drama rock! Their debut album “Hard & Loud” is inspired by a combination of uncompromising classic hard rock music with typically atmospheric orchestral elements, dramatic arrangements, nostalgic melodies and videogame motives.
"Hard & Loud" to be released 02.06.2017 via Rockshots Records

Pavlo Horechko – music, lyrics, vocals, backing vocals, rhythm guitars, keyboards and arrangements
Anton Honcharov – rhythm guitars, solo guitars, arrangements
Mykhailo Kravchuk – bass guitars
Dmytro Karasiuk – drums

Atonement Theory - Illumination (EP 2017)

Release: 28 July 2017

ATONEMENT THEORY  will release a deluxe digital version of Illumination, which was previously released on vinyl via I Defy Records. The new version will have downloadable liner notes and will contain a bonus track.

The bonus track will be made available to reviewers in the coming weeks, in the meantime please use the current version for review purposes.

The deluxe version of Illumination will be released on July 28th 2017.

Atonement Theory was officially formed in the spring of 2016 as Jay Jancetic of Harm's Way "solo project." Jancetic also previously played guitar for Chicago hardcore bands Arma Angelus (ex Fall Out Boy), Extinction (ex Suicide File, Hope Conspiracy) and Stabbed By Words (ex Unbroken, Sweet Cobra.)
Although born several years prior when work on the debut EP "Illumination" actually began, the spawn behind Jancetic's project was to deliver a deliberate balance of heavy and melodic music, while expressing a deep emotional connection. Mixing industrial drum machine beats with driving guitar work, Atonement Theory delivers a unique sound, painting darkness with melodic ethereal brushstrokes. Jancetic transports you with the dark, driving, and forceful core of Isis, the melodic emotional melancholy of Failure and the omnipresent atmospheric heaviness of Neurosis. 
In June of 2016, Jancetic added Greg Bruchert (ex The Killer, Synnecrosis) to perform live bass duties, and Atonement Theory began performing live and released their debut 12” EP “Illumination” on Chicago based Indie-label IDEFY Records. A music video (directed by Max Moore) for the intended single “Sink; The Abyss Of Dwelling” was subsequently released in August 2016 as well and debuted on New Noise Magazine’s website. The music for the debut EP was written and recorded by Jay Jancetic at his home studio over the course of several years before being completed in late 2015. Vocal recording, additional production, mixing and mastering were completed by Pete Grossman at Bricktop Studios (Without Waves, Weekend Nachos, Exalt, Like Rats, No Zodiac) in 2015.
Jancetic (guitars/vocals/keyboard/programming) has also since added Phil Marfoglio (guitar) and Eorl Scholl (drums) to the lineup in a step to both to perform the songs live and in an evolution away from a "solo project" to a more traditional lineup. Jancetic continues to write, record and produce the majority of the music himself with the intent of releasing more music.

Κυριακή 28 Μαΐου 2017

TAINTED LADY - How The Mighty Have Fallen (2017)

Tainted Lady is a hard-hitting, unadulterated, energetic rock band from Denmark consisting of five passionate musicians in their early twenties. After being joined by British singer Michael Catton in 2015, Tainted Lady has been collaborating with musician and producer Soren Andersen (Glenn Hughes, Electric Guitars) – and now they are ready to release their debut album “How The Mighty Have Fallen” on May 26th 2017 through Mighty Music.

Fueled by a passion to make rock music dangerous again, the five members strongly voice their opinions through their lyrics and are never afraid to speak their minds –Soren Andersen even dubbing their music “rebel-rock”. Learning their craft from bands of different eras of rock like Deep Purple, Skid Row and even The Beatles, they are determined to write original music of real substance, always seeking unique ways to arrange and refine their old-school style of playing. With a blend of Catton’s distinctive vocals, screeching twin guitar solos, big Queen-like harmonies, rumbling bass and thundering drums, they are a rebellious act to be reckoned with - writing rock music like it has never been written before.

“How The Mighty Have Fallen” was written and recorded in 2016 and is the result of intense sessions where the band ended up writing over 35 songs before finally arriving at the ten songs on the album. With a pure live production, the band’s renowned energetic live performances and attitude has been captured for all to experience.  The core of the group have stuck together since they were teenagers, playing in their bedrooms, dreaming of one day releasing a full-length album. Last year they scraped all the money they had together, and made that dream come true in Medley Studios with Soren Andersen.

Vocalist Michael Catton on the title “How The Mighty Have Fallen”:
“The title comes from one of our songs, which sort of ironically pokes fun at the lack of originality in the rock genre today, especially among the established rock bands. But we found that it actually reflects well on most of lyrics on the album, where a general theme is the established vs. the anti-established, the old vs. the new. At the same time it refers to the state of the world in 2017.”

Tainted Lady has been touring all over Denmark in recent years, including playing major Danish festivals such as Jelling Musikfestival and Rock Under Broen. They also got the chance to support acts like Deep Purple, Pretty Maids, and Electric Guitars. At the moment they are planning extensive touring in Denmark and Europe throughout 2017-2018, and following the release of their album, Tainted Lady is truly set to make a real impact on the rock scene today.


Michael Catton - Vocals
Jonatan Shoshan - Guitars (R Speaker)
Anders Frank - Guitars (L Speaker)
Daniel Bach - Bass
Fred Over - Drums


Lör - In Forgotten Sleep (2017)

Release: 11 August 2017

Progressive power metal band Lör are pleased to announce that they will release their debut album In Forgotten Sleep on August 11th 2017. The band is highly recommended for fans of Amorphis, Eluveitie and Blind Guardian.

Philadelphia based Lör offers a unique blend of power, folk, and progressive metal.  They have been performing around the region for the last 5 years and are now unveiling their debut album, In Forgotten Sleep on August 11th.  Members of Lör are active in many other acts such as Ashen Waves, Top Hats and Effigies, and Botis. In Forgotten Sleep is just the beginning for Lör, as the band has begun working on their sophomore release.


Lör is:

Peter Hraur - Guitar, Orchestration, Harsh Vocals, Gang Vocals
Tyler Fedeli - Lead Vocals, Gang Vocals
Graham Noel - Bass
Matt Bartlett - Keyboards
Greg Bogart - Drums

Engineered, Mixed, Mastered by Peter Hraur
Artwork By Greg Bogart

Abandoned Souls - Make It Last (EP 2017)

There is power in a band’s name, like a magic spell, announcing to the world what they are and what they stand for. ABANDONED SOULS summons up images of Milton’s ‘Paradise Lost’, heroic outcasts rising up against impossible odds, to establish their own unique identity.

As vocalist James Todd explains:

 "The name Abandoned Souls is in reference to all those people out there that have at one time or another felt like the outcast. That common bond and love for this music is what brings all of us Abandoned Souls together.”

Having played together for years, the bonds that hold ABANDONED SOULS together are... to paraphrase the mighty Judas Priest…Canadian Steel! Inspired by Alter Bridge, Alice In Chains, Metallica, Judas Priest, Godsmack and Kings X, Todd describes Abandoned Souls’ sound as ‘powerful, heavy, rhythmic, melodic, personal.’
The band is super-stoked about their new EP "Make It Last".

“We want to give the fans a pure and unfiltered listening experience, one that reflects us and where we are at in our musical journey and our lives. It is as much a reflection of who we are as musicians as it is of us as people.”

 They see band and fans as one and indivisible.

“This band has been a very good parallel for the life struggles that a lot of people go through.”

Of course live, Abandoned Souls really let it rip.

“We don’t just stand up there and look at the ground. We can’t help but get into what we’re doing.”

This is the philosophy behind the title of Abandoned Souls new EP.

“’Make It Last’ is a reference to always trying to make the good times in life last as long as you can. As much as possible, try to live every minute like it could be your last…Time is fleeting, so…Make It Last!”

"Make It Last" was released on April 29th, 2017 and is available at iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, CD Baby and all major online retailers.

Track Listing:
1. Prove It (3:42)
2. Make It Last (3:28)
3. Best of Me (3:35)
4. Stand Out Front (3:26)
5. So Through (4:41)
EP Length: 18:54

EP Credits: 
- All songs performed by: Abandoned Souls
- All songs written by: Abandoned Souls
- Produced by: James Todd
- Mixed by: James Todd
- Mastered by: James Todd
- Album Artwork by: James Todd and Reagan Thorne
- All musicians are members of SOCAN
- Music is Canadian Content (MAPL)

Live and Album Band Line Up:
James Todd (lead vocals), 
Derek De Kort (guitars, vocals) 
Tom Dobrentey (drums, vocals) 
Reagan Thorne (bass, vocals)

2017- Make It Last (EP)
2014- Insightful Minds At Ease (EP)
2012- Damned If You Don’t (LP
2008- Some Never Will (LP)
2006- Pimpin The Bands- Powercast Radio Compilation (Violets)
2006- Perris Network Compilation (She Rides)
2005- Circle Of Shadows (LP)

Σάββατο 27 Μαΐου 2017

Märvel - The Hills Have Eyes (2017)

Release: 7 July 2017
Märvel was formed in 2002 when John Steen (The King), Ulrik Bostedt ( Speedo) and Tony Samuelsson (The Vicar) spent a high school exchange year in Colorado, USA. Ditching classes, drinking beer and playing rock n roll in the garage worked out pretty fine for the three young fellas. The first vinyl ep "Marvellous" was released through the small NY based label "New York Powerhitters" and the band got airtime on several college radio stations before they left the USA and returned to Sweden with lousy grades, but high spirits. Two other vinyl eps (Heroine Tracks, Bedlam at the embassy) were released the following years through Swedish indie labels. 
The first album, titled "Five Smell City" after their hometown Linköping (known locally as the city of five smells ) was followed by a ep with cover tracks (Unleashed) ranging from Bon Jovi, Parliament, KISS and Robyn.
In 2017 Märvel shas started to work with The Sign Records with the ambition to release a new album during the autumn of 2017 and do international releases of the band's previous albums. The first album to get a wider distribution is "The Hills Have Eyes" followed by "Warhawks of War" during the late summer of 2017. A new chapter in the history of Märvel have started.

Τρίτη 23 Μαΐου 2017

Dancing Flame

Over their 15 years career, the Brazilian hard rock band, Dancing Flame has demonstrated talent and diversity in their hard rock and heavy metal compositions, beginning with their first demo recordings, "Strike a Blow" (1995) and "Red Moon" (1998).
Their first album, “Dancing Flame” (2009) received excellent reviews from newspapers, international radio stations, specialized magazines and websites. In 2014, the band returns with the release of their second album, titled "Carnival of Flames", mastered at Sterling Sound Studios (NY/USA), which features Mark Boals (ex-singer
of Yngwie Malmsteen band, and now Ring of Fire), and DC Cooper (lead singer of Royal Hunt). The album cover was designed by Mark Wilkinson (Judas Priest, Marillion, Iron Maiden, the Darkness).


Δευτέρα 22 Μαΐου 2017

Angelwings - The Edge Of Innocence (2017)

Release: 23 June 2017

ANGELWINGSwere born in April 2013 out of a group of experienced musicians that had been in the Gibraltar local music scene for some time and who had played in different bands a wide variety of musical genres.
Initially, to get together as a band it was decided to perform a number of covers from Finnish symphonic metal sensation Nightwish. Soon it became clear to all that original music would have a very considerable element of orchestration. Thus, ANGELWINGS became the first symphonic metal band from Gibraltar.

It is in October 2014 when the band starts to write their original material.
The first (demo) track titled "Wonderland" was posted on YouTube in January 2015 and attracted attention from local media and internationally on social media. Two more demos have followed since, "Memories" and "Forbidden Love". These have enjoyed wide acceptance and support, and have increased the band's exposure. These tracks have had air time on radio stations in Argentina, Spain and the UK. "The Fallen" and "Lilith" also premiered in Argentina.

In June 2015 ANGELWINGS supported Heavy metal legends Saxon at the "Hard n Heavy" festival in Gibraltar. In September 2015 they performed at the Gibraltar Music Festival where Kings of Leon and Duran Duran were headliners.

These ANGELWINGS tracks have been on air by genre specialized radio stations throughout Europe, North and South America and elsewhere.
After numerous offers from record labels from around the world, the group signed with Pride & Joy Music from Germany. The debut album titled "The Edge of Innocence" was recorded at Angelwings Studios in Gibraltar and produced by ANGELWINGS. Album cover concept idea Darren Fa; graphic designer Thomas Ewerhard; band logo design Paul P Cano.

ANGELWINGS will release its debut album "The Edge Of Innocence" on June 23rd 2017.

Line-up:Divi Cano – vocals, Mark Brooks – drums, Glenn Cano – keyboards, Darren Fa – bass, Paul P. Cano - guitar


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



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