Σάββατο 29 Σεπτεμβρίου 2018

Doverose - Smoke (Single 2018)

Doverose are a band from Tucson Arizona.
They incorporate a wide variety of influences from rock, and various other genres.

Links: Youtube channel: 

Here is their music video for Smoke.

Exorcismo - Exorcise and Steal (2018)

The thrash metal band Exorcismo was founded in 2007 in the city of Recife, Pernambuco. The sound of the band is based on the old school of thrash of the 80s influenced by bands like Gammacide, Razor, Vio-lence, Devastation, Sepultura old, Sadus, Dark Angel among others. The lineup features Denis Violence (drums and vocals), Anderson Razor (guitar), Carlos Ragner (guitar) and Risaldo Silva (bass).
The band released their debut EXORCISE AND STEAL in digital format on May 26, 2018 and already closed physical release for September 8 in partnership with the labels Narcoléptica Productions of Russia and Cryptic Warsong recordings of Ukraine, the album was recorded between March 19 2017 and May 6, 2018, at JA Studio in Camaragibe under the production of Joel Lima who has produced bands like Malkuth, Infested Blood and Hate embrace. The art of the cover was in charge of the artist Fernando JFL (Giotefeli Antiarte) already conceptualized by works with Violator, Flagador, Damn Youth among others. The disc contains 10 tracks, 9 copy and cover of the São Paulo band Attomica for Deathraiser (track of the album Disturbing the noise of 1991)
In addition to being posted on the band's social networks, EXORCISE AND STEAL is also available on the worldwide Thrash metal channel NEW WAVE OF OLD SCHOOL THRASH METAL


FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/Exorcismothrashband/
BANDCAMP: https://exorcismothrashband.bandcamp.com/releases
BANDCAMP NARCOLEPTICA LABEL https://narcolepticaprod.bandcamp.com/album/exorcise-and-steal

Τρίτη 18 Σεπτεμβρίου 2018

SIDE EFFECTS - Descending Rabbit Holes (2018)


RELEASE 28 September 2018

The energetic eargasmic trio SIDE EFFECTS brings progressive arrangements enhanced with a fusion of powerfully delivered intricate drum parts, fierce bass, virtuoso guitars and poetic lyrics.
Fronted and driven by Ivan Mihaljevic's guitar-vocal-songwriting combo SIDE EFFECTS have released 3 albums so far.
In 2018 they are celebrating their first decade of rocking with a new album to be released by the Italian based label ROCKSHOTS RECORDS

Besides the numerous live shows in rock clubs, SIDE EFFECTS have played many big stages and festivals as well as being support band of renewned artists such as Whitesnake, Richie Kotzen (Poison, Mr. Big) and Paul Gilbert.

As a songwriter, Mihaljevic is now back to his creative roots. Carried by thrilling feeling of elevation, SIDE EFFECTS are transforming this new burst of energy into new songs. With the new album coming out soon, SIDE EFFECTS are ready to make an effect!

You can listen to the first single "In the Shadow of a Crumbled Fort" on Spotify, iTunes and Youtube at the following links:
VIDEO directed by Bjartmar Thordarson ➤ https://youtu.be/0EvVVpuF5RY

SPOTIFY ➤ https://spoti.fi/2M8F377
Their new effort “Descending Rabbit Holes” is set to be released on September 28, 2018 via ROCKSHOTS RECORDS.


01.- Don’t Contradict The Facts

02.- In The Shadow Of A Crumbled Fort

03.- Scratch The Surface

04.- Colorblind

05.- Don’t Turn Away

06.- Diversion

07.- The Siren Song

08.- Hideout

09.- Obituary of Common Sense

10 - Lint

11 - Recoil

Ivan Mihaljevic: Vocals, Guitars, Bass
Alen Frljak : Drums

For fans of:
Alter Bridge, Dream Theater, Winery Dogs, Richie Kotzen


Side Effects are an eclectic rock power trio from Zagreb, Croatia. The band currently consists of Ivan Mihaljevic on guitar and vocals and Alen Frljak on drums. The band is rehearsing with a new bass player whose name will be announced soon.

They have released 3 albums so far – “Sandcastle” in 2008, “Destination Unknown” in 2010 and “Counterclockwise” in 2012, all of which got a lot of excellent reviews from the press. Destination Unknown was selected as the album of the month in the March 2011 issue of biggest European guitar magazine Guitar Techniques. The band has played many live shows including shows supporting Paul Gilbert (Mr. Big, Racer X) and Richie Kotzen (Poison, Mr. Big) and headlined the guitar festival Guitar Master in Zagreb. The band has also appeared and played on numerous TV and radio shows (Sala Prove on Rock TV, Garaza on HRT 2, Dobro jutro on HRT 1, Metal Eye on Z1 TV, Rock block on radio KL Eurodom, Glas Hrvatske on radio HR3 and many more…). Many interviews and reviews were published in pressed magazines, as well as e-zines. Ivan Mihaljevic & Side Effects were very recently a cover story of Indonesian Music Live magazine.
The band has split with the original bass player Majkl Jagunic in 2012 due to Majkl’s increasing number of family and job commitments. The new bass player that was introduced was Marko Karacic Karo.
In July 2012 the band has played the huge Italian Heineken Jamming Festival headlined by Red Hot Chili Peppers, Prodigy, The Cure, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Evanescence, Gorillaz and others.

Δευτέρα 17 Σεπτεμβρίου 2018

Parallel Motion - Light (Single 2018)

Parallel Motion is a band focused on delivering high-octane rock sounds, with a strong sense of dynamics and an energetic feel. On the other hand, they also know how to highlight the natural melody of their sounds and create catchy hooks!

The band debuted in 2017 with their first single, “The Monotony.” The song was well-received, and it highlighted the vast experience of these musicians, as well as their unique set of influences, ranging from alternative music and Latin rock, to modern heavy metal and classic sounds like. The group’s second single, “Light," has been received positively by US independent radio stations. Parallel Motion was even named artist of the month by Reverbnation (Metal category), for 2 months straight, as well as becoming one of the top-10 metal bands on the site!

Parallel Motion have been playing live quite extensively, even opening for globally recognized bands like Crazy Town or Davey Suicide, just to mention a few.


Dave Juan - Vocals, Ury Velazquez - Guitar, Dany Thomas - Bass, Charles Quinones - Drums

Find out more and listen:
Instagram : parallelmotionband

Imperial Domain - The Deluge (2018)

Swedish melodic death metal band IMPERIAL DOMAIN released their long-awaited
 third studio album 'The Deluge' today August 10th via Inverse Records. It's been 15 years since their previous album 'The Ordeal' was released.

They also released a music video for track 'The Future is Lost': https://youtu.be/h17RcDUvmpI

Vocalist Andreas Öman comments:
"We are very happy to announce the release of the third album ‘The Deluge’. Along with the album we release this new video for the song ’The Future Is Lost’, which is the third track on the album. This is one of my favorite songs and is the first song I recorded for the album and for Imperial Domain, so It’s a special song to me"

Imperial Domain was formed in Uppsala, Sweden, back in 1994.

In June 1997 they recorded their debut album entitled ”In The Ashes Of The Fallen” in Sunlight Studios. The second album entitled ”The Ordeal” was recorded in October-November 2000 in Prime Studios.

Both albums received great reviews around the world and the band continued to play until 2005. From that time the band members continued to play in other constellations until they decided to start up the band again in 2014.

The hunger for making music was there again and they all were eager to create something new, this Imperial machine had more to offer. But unfortunately, tragedy struck the same year as the singer Tobias von Heideman passed away. This didn't stop the band however, they were determined to complete material for a new album, which they did in 2016. These boys have something really special in their hands. It's melodic yet incredibly heavy and noncompromising as their new singer Andreas Öman proves to be a worthy replacement for Tobias.

”The Deluge” the brand new offering from IMPERIAL DOMAIN contains 8 well executed tracks of immaculate production values recorded in HSH-studio. With mixing and mastering of the highest quality at E.A.P. by Ronnie Björnström and artwork by Pete Alander at BANDMILL, you can be assured of a piece of work with uncompromising quality.

An album this strong can't be ignored!

Listen to the single on:​
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2I0YV5e
Deezer: https://www.deezer.com/us/album/65882962
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2JLemnE

Andreas Öman - Vocals
Peter Laitinen - Guitar
Philip Borg - Guitar
Alvaro Svanerö – Drums

Homepage: http://www.imperialdomain.se
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/imperialdomain.se
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DomainImperial
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/imperialdomain
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2M27v5Q

Κυριακή 16 Σεπτεμβρίου 2018

NORTH OF SOUTH - New Latitudes (2018)

RELEASE 28 September 2018

Spain's NORTH OF SOUTH proposes a not-easy-to-classify metal that could be labeled as Progressive Metal with Jazz, Death, Pop and Latin influences.
Founded by guitarist Chechu Gómez (aka “Chechu Nos”), this project springs up from the challenge to blend and amalgamate some elements and influences, apparently so dissimilar, such as At The Gates' melodic punch, Carlos Santana's hispanic sounds, Opeth's compositional deepness, The Police's rich substrate-Pop, Anathema's emotional power and Kate Bush's chameleonic intention.

Similarly, the heterogeneous literary influence of authors of the calibre of Jorge Luis Borges, Orson Scott Card and William Shakespeare surfaces from the tunes of “New Latitudes”, that, conceptually, gravitates around subjects like the enigma of time, the greatness of human condition and its limits facing the Universe, and our own personal contradictions.

"NORTH OF SOUTH is a different kind of metal"

"New Latitudes" has been recorded at Zoilo Unreal’s studios (Marín, Spain), a consolidated name on the Spanish extreme metal scene, involved in bands like Unreal Overflows, The Anthagonist and Unhuman Nature and is set to be released worldwide on September 28, 2018.

"New Latitudes" is already available for pre-order at the ROCKSHOTS Shop ➤ http://bit.ly/NewLatitudes_CD


1.- The Human Equation
2.- Nobody Knows
3.- Balanced Paradox
4.- Before We Die
5.- Crystal Waters
6.- There’s No Glamour In Death
7.- Time Will Tell
8.- Faith Is Not Hope
9.- Montreux


Τετάρτη 12 Σεπτεμβρίου 2018

Soulline - The Deep (2018)

SOULLINE  has been active in the Swiss metal scene since 2001, cementing their status as live band (almost 200 gigs) with major impact on their audience.

The music they propose is a melodic death metal with some hardcore influences.

In 2007 their release the first album Oblivium that let them playing at WACKEN OPEN AIR 2008 and done the Blitzkrieg V East Tour 2010 through Belarus, Ukraine, Moldavia, Russia supporting VADER.

The Struggle, the Self and Inanity, the second LP of the Band, has been presented for the first time during a tour in Russia on the Aealo Russian Tour 2010 supporting ROTTING CHRIST.

Soulline has done an European Tour in October 2011 supporting PRO-PAIN in their Celebration of 20-years’ history, playing in Nederland, Belgium, Germany, Slovakia and Hungary.

The third record “We Curse, we Trust” was out on Summer 2012, produced by Peter Tägtgren and has been presented during a Tour between Germany, France and Denmark with ILLDISPOSED and supporting SEPULTURA in Switzerland.

They done The Final Revolution Tour in December 2013 supporting PRO-PAIN and playing in Germany, Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Belgium and The Nederland.  They have also played at Winter Metal Meeting Festival 2013 at Z7 Pratteln (CH) with DESTRUCTION.

Their 4th album “Welcome My Sun” have been produced by Dan Swanö, at Unisound Studios in Örebro Sweden, and released in April 2015.

After the release they done some shows between Germany, Austria and Switzerland supporting SOULFLY, AMORPHIS and SIX FEET UNDER (in their Xmas in Hell Tour).

During 2016 and 2017  they done some great concerts supporting ELUVEITIE and SIX FEET UNDER in Switzerland and touring Europe with MOONSPELL between France, UK, Ireland, Nederland and Belgium and TEXTURES in Italy.

New album “The Deep” will be out on 19th September 2018 under Profane Records. The band has already touring Europe with ILLDISPOSED in Germany, Austria, Belgium, Holland and they played also some gigs in Switzerland.


The album will be released September 19th, 2018 through Profane Records.

Τρίτη 11 Σεπτεμβρίου 2018

Samuli Federley - Lifestream (2018)

Lifestream is a new EP release from Finnish guitar virtuoso Samuli Federley. The EP mixes instrumental, heavy and progressive guitar playing to cinematic approach and movie score-like atmosphere.

For his main influences Samuli mentions John Petrucci, Steve Vai, Shawn Lane, Guthrie Govan, Andy James, Rusty Cooley, Pat Metheny, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Paul Wardingham, Jeff Loomis, Paul Gilbert and so on. Even though these guitarists are mainly metal oriented players, Samuli enjoys playing and listening to all kinds of music from classical to jazz. You can here that diversity in his playing style.

Samuli has performed with such legends as Steve Vai and Michael Monroe. He has toured actively around Europe and also at Asia.

Release date: July 20th 2018

Label: Inverse Records


Σάββατο 8 Σεπτεμβρίου 2018

SAGE - Anno Domini 1573 (2018)

Croatia's heavy/power metal band SAGE ink a worldwide deal with ROCKSHOTS RECORDS!Hailing from Croatia, the rising stars SAGE have just signed a worldwide record deal with ROCKSHOTS RECORDS for the release of their debut album "Anno Domini 1573"!

The album is about the Peasants’ Revolt, a metaphor of the battle between good and evil, honesty and greed. SAGE delivers a mix of heavy, power and progressive metal, even though is hard to define it specifically due to the band’s unique style.

"The band name SAGE means both the plant and flower sage and 'a wise old man'", comments Enio Vučeta, guitarist and backup singer of the band, a living legend of the Croatian rock/metal scene, "We wanted to connect this to ourselves in a way because we are composed of several generations of Croatian musicians and we have great ambitions for our music to make a breakthrough in the whole world."

"Treason" (Official Music Video) OUT JUNE 8  https://youtu.be/a6XubmEn5EA

"Battle" (Official Music Video) - OUT JULY 17 https://youtu.be/YLV-zauD_OM

NEXT "Heaven Open Your Gates" OUT AUGUST 21
The debut album "Anno Domini 1573" is already available for pre-order at the record label official store, in Digipak Deluxe edition CD+DVD
➤ http://bit.ly/SAGE_PREORDER
"Anno Domini 1573" has been co-produced by Casey Grillo (former Kamelot member), mixed and mastered by Jim Morris at Morrisound Recording studio, and will be released by the end of summer via ROCKSHOTS RECORDS.

SPOTIFY ➤ https://spoti.fi/2JuCfuV


1 Rivers Will Be Full of Blood

2 Rebellion

3 Wolf Priest

4 Dragon Heart

5 Two Souls

6 Blacksmith’s Tale

7 Man Of Sorrow

8 Join Us

9 Treason

10 Battle

11 Heaven Open Your Gates

Lead Vocals - Davor Bušljeta |
Guitar & Back Vocals - Enio Vučeta |
Bass - Marko Karačić |
Guitar & Back Vocals - Branimir Habek |
Keyboards & Back Vocals - Andrej Božić |
Drums- Goran Mikulek


Atlas - In Pursuit Of Memory (2018)

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ATLAS is a Melodic Rock band from the North of England that is comprised of 5 young musicians, i.e. James Thorley (Keyboards, programming and percussion), John Moss (Lead Guitars), Howie Little (Lead Guitars), Chris Redfearn (Bass Guitar) and Craig Wells (Lead Vocals). Keyboard player Thorley founded the band in early 2017 with the intention to create a band that centered its roots around the AOR and Melodic Rock genre whilst delving into other areas of Hard Rock, Metal, Progressive and even Jazz. 5 keyboard demos were produced by Thorley during the first few months of 2017. 

The name ‘Atlas’ came from the working title for these demos, which would soon be molded into the songs heard on the bands’ debut EP ‘World In Motion’. ATLAS drew heavily on influences stemming from the AOR classic standards of Toto and Journey to the modern era of Work of Art and W.E.T with subtle progressive elements of Dream Theater mixed in to forge the early sound heard throughout their EP. The recording and mixing duties fell upon keyboard player James Thorley. Sam Millar of UK rock band Bigfoot contributed to the backing vocals on this EP which got self-released through their band camp website in late August 2017. The end of 2017 found the band achieve three awards from AOR Underground (A feature of Powerplay magazine) for ‘Independent album of year 2017’ for their release of the EP ‘World in Motion’,  ‘Best Newcomer of 2017’ and ‘Song of the year’ with ‘Lost in The Moment’. This momentum and growing social media following provided the stepping-stone for the bands next endeavor. With strong motivation and after almost a year of working together as a band they were now eager to start collaborating on new material using the stronger aspects of their EP as a cornerstone.
The writing sessions for the debut album officially started in December 2017 and continued for 8 months. The band were given an opportunity in June to have a break from the album production when they were approached by UK Melodic Rock band Vega to open up for them and AOR Heaven rockers Midnite City in support of their latest album tour. Rob Evans of Powerplay Magazine had helped the band get in contact with Georg Siegl, the founder of AOR Heaven, and after discussions between the band and Siegl a contract was drawn up.
The album name ‘In Pursuit of Memory’ reflects the nature and themes of the songs heard throughout the album. With a common theme throughout the album being self-reflection, healing and learning from mistakes one has made; with lyricists Thorley, Moss and Wells all penning at least one track centered on those themes. The album was recorded and engineered by keyboard player James Thorley at his studio ‘The Woodshed”. Thorley also took on the role of the producer as he did on the bands previous self released EP.
Sam Millar of Bigfoot provided ‘guest vocals’ on the album as well; his vocal harmony contributions can be heard throughout most of the tracks and add a much desired AOR factor that the band often desire in their songs. Christoffer Borg (Taste, Art Nation) was chosen as the mixing and mastering engineer on ‘In Pursuit of Memory’. Borg’s credit’s, which include Anthrax, Evergrey & Kee Marcello gave the group confidence that he would be able to do the variety of songs they had written the justice it sonically deserved.


Παρασκευή 7 Σεπτεμβρίου 2018

Lioncage - Turn Back Time (2018)

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“Turn back time” is the third chapter of the exciting story of the lion cage which started in 2015 with “Done At Last” and continued successfully with “Second Strike” in 2017. Now “Turn back time” is ready to see the light of day on September 21st, 2018.

The lions are very proud and grateful to have made it this far. The new album reflects exactly what the band loves and what Lioncage stands for, also in 2018: a diverse album with great tunes, many hooks, cool grooves and powerful guitars. 

If you think that this album celebrates rock music more than anything else presented by Lioncage so far – you are right. The lions roar louder and the guitar sounds are thicker.
Since 2017 the band has performed live on stage in great gigs together with FM, Dan Reed Network, Tyketto, Three Wishes and others. This has had a sustainable influence on sound and song-writing, it has added new sides to the music and has given it more power without losing any melodiousness.

Once more the band was pleased to welcome outstanding guests to their cage who supported them passionately and professionally, to name only a few among many others: Neil Murray (b), a.o. Whitesnake, Black Sabbath), Olaf Senkbeil (v, Dreamtide) and Joe Castellini (g)

For the first time some friends of the lions contributed to the song-writing. “Comfort Me” was written together with Joe Castellini and “Turn Back Time” with Olaf Senkbeil.
Lioncage initially started as a trio but has meanwhile grown into a permanent group of five lions, every now and then enhanced by a guest. 

Thorsten Bertermann (v)
Torsten Landsberger (d)
Lars König (g)
Arvid Lucas (b)
Bülent Sezen (d)

Πέμπτη 6 Σεπτεμβρίου 2018

Newman - Decade II (2018)

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Cd 1: 01 Hero To Zero, 02 Heading For Your Heart, 03 Ghost In The Night, 04 Feel Her Again, 05 Stay With Me, 06 The Elegance Machine, 07 Killing Me, 08 Primitive Soul, 09 Endless, 10 Fire With Fire, 11 Scar Of Love, 12 15 Minute Revolution, 13 She Walks In Silence, 14 Under Southern Skies, 15 Had Enough, 16 Tumble Down, 17 For The Man I Am
Cd 2: 01 Breaking The Barrier, 02 Girl Found Love, 03 Liar, 04 One More Night With You, 05 Fight No More, 06 She's The Woman, 07 Nightmare, 08 Angel, 09 World Keeps Turning, 10 In Too Deep, 11 The More I Love, 12 Crossed My Heart, 13 A Witness To Love's Decline, 14 Does It Feel The Same?, 15 Race Of A Lifetime, 16 Never Becomes Again, 17 My Fantasy

In 1997 Singer, songwriter Steve Newman formed the band Newman and since 1998 have been producing consistently high quality albums filled with hook laden songs and thought provoking lyrics. The now, hard to find self-titled album was followed up in 1999 by the awesome "One Step Closer" album. Continuing the high standard came "Dance In The Fire" and then "Sign Of The Modern Times" in 2000, and 2003 respectfully. Fans and critics alike began to realize they were dealing with an artist that would evolve and mature with them.
The year 2006 saw the release of "Heaven Knows", and once again proved beyond all doubt that Newman were becoming one of the top purveyors of Melodic Rock in the UK. Any doubts about the quality or consistency were cast aside when in 2007 "Primitive Soul" was released to great acclaim. This was followed in 2008 by "Decade" a double album celebrating 10 years of Newman. However, not wanting to take the usual route of a "hits" album this was packaged with a second CD containing another 14 unreleased songs which ended up being so well received it was reviewed as a new studio album. "Decade" may have been a great way for a band to sign off and call it a day, however, not only was this not even considered, the focus went into producing the next stage of the bands career.
In 2010 "The Art Of Balance" was released to huge acclaim from critics and fans. The band followed this up with a string of successful live dates including Cambridge Rock Festival, Firefest Festival, and a UK Tour supporting John Waite. All this was achieved in the face of huge emotional strain after Steve suffered losing both his parents that year. In fact, as the writing progressed onto the following recording "Under Southern Skies" this AOR Heaven release ended up being a very personal and reflective album for Steve.
All this time , the live band, with the addition of Pete Newdeck on Drums, joining Steve (Vocals, Guitar), Shaun Bessant (Guitar, Vocals), Paul Boyle (Keyboards, Vocals), Dave Bartlett (Bass, Vocals) were gaining momentum, culiminating in shows in Greece, Spain, Germany, and the US. 2014 saw the re-recording and release of the acclaimed first album as a Limited Edition, This coincided with a successful UK tour with Vega. More live shows ensued before returning to the studio in 2014 and putting together what would become 2015's "The Elegance Machine". In 2016 Newman embarked on their first UK headline tour which was a great success as well as some other selected dates in Europe. At the end of the tour Steve took some time late in 2016 to concentrate on writing for a few other artists as well as having 3 songs re-recorded for the Goran Edman album "Cry Of Dawn".  It was within these sessions that Steve started to piece together the foundations for his next release. In 2017 "Aerial" was released, a more classic AOR Melodic Rock feeling album which had tremendous reviews and responses across the globe.
So we turn to 2018, and the 20th anniversary of Newman. Steve decided to celebrate this with "Decade II" following the same format as the first Decade release. A 2 CD 34 track album covering the bands history from 2007 to the present.
“So here we are again, oh, but hang on, we’re another 10 years (from the first Decade release) down the line on this musical journey. I wanted to keep the concept for this collection the same as the previous release, so once again, I am proud and excited to present to you another double CD re-performed and re-recorded featuring 35 songs from 2007 right through to 2017. 20 years since Newman first released the debut album, and I still get the same excitement and joy from recording and performing music. In the last 10 years the live band has gone from strength to strength and I am now surrounded by a bunch of really good friends who bring these songs to life whenever we play. My drive to write and perform is a selfish quest, however, my inspiration is you, everyone that supports my music, and the wonderful compliments I receive on a daily basis, thank you for your belief, this one is for you.”   Steve Newman
Disc 1 features 17 songs from the 2007 album “Primitive Soul” through “The Art Of Balance”,
“Under Southern Skies”, “Siren”, and finally the 2015 album “The Elegance Machine”.
Disc 2 features another 17 songs, some that were written and even recorded, but not included
on the final releases, songs that were written for other artists and 2 songs that were originally released as Japanese bonus tracks. There are some songs, as before, that were “works in progress” especially recorded for this release and also another 6 songs from the “Aerial” sessions.

Black Majesty - Children Of The Abyss (2018)


Faster and louder. Australia's Black Majesty are back with their seventh album 'Children Of the Abyss' on Pride & Joy Music. Vocalist John 'Gio' Cavaliere's classy and moody vocals wail over the first single 'Dragons Unite' backed by the thunderous rhythm section of Evan Harris on bass and Ben Wignall on drums. Guitar solos galore, the twin attack of Hanny Mohamed and Stevie Janevski team up for lots of guitar wizardry, reminiscent of their heroes Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Helloween & Queensryche.
Produced by Roland Grapow (Masterplan), the new album “Children of the Abyss” has a world class production with songs like 'Hideaway', 'Something's Going On' and the title track that are sure to become fan favorites in the live setting.
With countless live shows under their belt, Black Majesty have toured with some of the most well known heavy metal bands on the planet whilst having played at the world's best Heavy Metal festivals such as Wacken Open Air, Metal Universe, Screamfest & Headbangers Open Air.
Look no further than the mega album art by Thomas Ewerhard, “Children Of the Abyss” is one of the finest power metal albums of 2018.

Web: www.blackmajesty.com

Τετάρτη 5 Σεπτεμβρίου 2018

VERNI - Barricade (2018)

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For fans of Overkill, Metallica and Green Day.
Overkill songwriter and bassist D.D. Verni will be releasing his long awaited debut album worldwide through Mighty Music in October.

"There's some metal, punk, classic rock.....its all in there, from Queen to Green Day to Metallica, I think we covered all the basses!", declares D.D. Verni.

D.D. Verni's first effort has a host of guitar players doing guest spots on the record. Jeff Loomis (Arch Enemy), Angus Clark (Trans Siberian Orchestra), Jeff Waters (Annihilator), Bruce Franklin (Trouble), Mike Romeo (Symphony X), Mike Orlando (Adrenalin Mob), Steve Leonard (Almost Queen),and Andre "Virus" Karkos (Dope) who also contributed the rhythm guitar tracks. Rounding out the group is former Overkill drummer Ron Lipnicki. The record was mixed and mastered by Chris "Zuess" Harris (Rob Zombie, Queesryche, Hatebreed).

The first single "Fire Up" features guitarist Mike Orlando. D.D. Verni states "I'm psyched to get this disc out, we had a lot of fun and a lot of great players contributed".
In addition to 18 Overkill full length releases, Verni has 4 releases with his side band The Bronx Casket Co. D.D. Verni continues "so why do a solo record....well I never really stop writing material,and after some time it starts to pile up and take shape and I wonder what it will be. In the past anything that was not Overkill material I would put aside for my other band The Bronx Casket Co, but when I starting pulling these songs together it was clearly not that, and I thought, OK I guess it's a solo record. The material was kinda Metal and kinda Rock and kinda Punk, so those really are my basic influences. In Overkill I take all that background and funnel it into our Thrash sound. But these songs were not Thrash but a combination of the other stuff. I would never really have an interest in doing a record that was thrash sounding outside of Overkill, I just don't think it could be any better. The fun is trying new shit and seeing where it goes for me. I could always do all the instruments myself as I have in the past on projects but thought this could be a good opportunity to try working with some new people. My wife was hearing me thinking out loud and basically said why don't you just call some guys who's work you like and see if they would be interested, and so that's what I did".

Touring in both the US and Europe is currently being booked.

"Barricade" will be released on ltd. WHITE vinyl LP (500 copies), CD and digital.


Wrestling - Ride On Freaks (2018)

WRESTLING is an old school heavy metal band from Oulu, Finland and their debut album RIDE ON FREAKS is released via Inverse Records on September 14th 2018. The album pays homage to the classic heavy metal style of the 80’s, and you can clearly hear the influence of bands like Accept or Ozzy Osbourne in Wrestling’s music. But Wrestling is not just a tribute band. On the contrary they are spicing up their soup with various different styles. You can find clues of punk at one end and even some pure pop melodies at the other. The album is quite diverse in style and it’s also been recorded in a traditional fashion that leaves lots of room for the musicians to create the atmosphere they are after. So Wrestling is definitely not math metal. Or well… perhaps short term math metal at most.

The band released a new single from the upcoming album "Surreal Killer".
Watch the music video here: https://youtu.be/K4Th1vrDibI

Band comment:
"SURREAL KILLER shows us Wrestling at its most vicious mood. This speed metal influenced tune tells us a story of a serial killer artist, whose simple mission is… well, to make art out of death."

Track list
01. Let's Get Born
02. Surreal Killer
03. Venom Makes Me Stronger
04. Kitsch In America
05. Drunk And Alone
06. Wrestlemania VI
07. Beyond The Limits
08. Feels Like Midnight
09. Driving All Night
10. The Solution To All Your Problems
11. See Delight

The album was recorded on Anvil Road Studio and it is mixed and mastered by Harri Eksymä (Earmore Studios)

Tommi Saha (voc)
Risto Nyman (gtr)
Janne Kela (d.)
Pekka Moilanen (gtr)
Riku Rousu (b, voc)


Τρίτη 4 Σεπτεμβρίου 2018

GABRIELS - Fist of the Seven Stars Act 2 (Hokuto Brothers) (2018)

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Italy’s keyboard virtuoso GABRIELS signs to ROCKSHOTS RECORDS for the release of the brand new rock opera: “FIST OF THE SEVEN STARS ACT 2 – HOKUTO BROTHERS”
GABRIELS is a quite known keyboard player and musician based out of Italy, also active as arranger and session-man, who worked with some renowned musicians such as the well-known singer Fabio Lione, Mark Boals and the keyboard player Mistheria among the others.
First single END OF COBRA available now as Official Lyric Video ➤ youtu.be/TI4ESx8Y4Ss

The new opera will be unleashed via Rockshots Records on August 31, 2018, while pre-orders are already available on the record label official store:➤ bit.ly/Gabriels_Act2_PREORDER

This Rock opera is dedicated and freely adapted from to the manga and anime "Hokuto no Ken" by Tetsuo Hara and Buronson. In Act 1 we will see the first part of the story the girlfriend of the protagonist  is kidnapped by his enemy and rival in martial arts, and forms part of a different school ... leaving him dying back after a long time to get revenge and take back what is his...but she is dead....?!?!? And now in this Second Act the story continues with many new entry like Rey, Mamyia, Ailee, Toky and others to tell the story of the descendants among the hokuto brothers ... for the succession was chosen ken but his brothers how would they take this thing?
A story that has become legend in Japan and in the world…

Gabriels, son of art, was educated by his father since an early age at the piano studies, among his teachers, Salvatore Calafato, Olivia Carauddo, and with Prof. Antonia Salpietro he reaches the degree of the I level at the Conservatory of Music A. Corelli (Messina, Italy). Along with his Classical studies, Gabriels starts his career as Rock and Metal keyboardist listing various studio and live collaborations, performing recently, among others, with one of the greatest Metal singers, Fabio Lione (Rhapsody of Fire, Angra).
Gabriels, under his name, has released two singles, an EP and three albums distribuited by SG Records: ”The enchanted wood ” (Electronic Music), ”Call me” (Rock), ”The legend of Prince” (Rock Opera). Other studio works include Gabriels & Alex: ”Non dirmi addio” (Italian Pop), DenieD: ”Seven Stars” (Power Metal), Metaphysics: “Beyond the Nightfall” (Progressive Metal), Platens: “Out of the world” (AOR). He has collaborated with a Metal web-zine (www.metallizzed.it) that is also involved in classical music, writing reviews, and articles. Gabriels is work also as producer at his own studio and school of music “Soundimension Records” located in Milazzo (Italy). On 2013 he releases the album “Prophecy” (Indipendence Records), a rock-opera dedicated to September 11 victims with Mark Boals on vocals and now in February 7 will be released his new album with so many big names as guests and intitolated “Fist of the seven stars Act1”!!! Also in June will be released the album “Vivaldi Metal Project” produced by Mistheria and Alberto Rigoni and has within it many internationally renowned artists from around the world, a huge project that Gabriels as Arranger and keyboardist.


01 – The search of water bird
02 – Cobra clan
03 – End of Cobra
04 – I see again
05 – Scream my name
06 – Miracle land
07 – I’m a genius
08 – Looking for your brother
09 – Myth of Cassandra
10 – Reunion
11 – Legend of fear
12 – King of fist
13 - Heart of Madness (Bonus Track)


Gabriels ( Vivaldi Metal Project, Platens, Metaphysics, Aldaria): All the keyboards, composer, arranger and Producer.

Cast of characters:
Wild Steel (Shadows of Steel) as Ken
Jo Lombardo (Metatrone, Ancestral) as Ray
Rachel "Iron Majesty" Lungs as Mamiya
Dario Grillo (Platens, Violet Sun) as Toky
Alfonso Giordano (Steel Raiser) as Wiggle
Iliour Griften (Beto Vazquez' Infinity, Clairvoyant) as Amiba
Antonio Pecere (Crimson Dawn) as Raoul
Dave Dell'Orto (Drakkar, Verde Lauro) as Jagger
Beatrice Bini (Constraint, Vivaldi Metal Project) as Aylee
Matt Bernardi (Ruxt) as Cobra Boss

Antonello Giliberto
Francesco Ivan Sante dall'ò
Stefano Calvagno (Metatrone)
Antonio Pantano (Arcandia)
Tommy Vitaly
Frank Caruso (Arachnes)
Daria Domovik (Concordea)
Andrew Spane
Stefano Filoramo

Dino Fiorenza (Metatrone)
Beto Vazquez (Beto Vazquez's Infinity)
Adrian Hansen
Fabio Zunino
Arkadiusz E. Ruth (Path Finder)

Mattia Stancioiu (ex-Vision Divine, ex- Labirynth)
Simone Alberti (Gabriels)
Giovanni Maucieri (Gabriels)
Michele Sanna (Coma)
Salvo Pennisi

SoulHealer - Up From The Ashes (2018)

ROCKSHOTS RECORDS is thrilled to announce the signing of Finnish metal combo SoulHealer for their fourth studio album entitled "Up From The Ashes" set for release on September 14th in Europe and September 21st in North America. Album pre-order available http://bit.ly/UpFromTheAshes_CD.

SoulHealer play traditional heavy and power metal with an old fashioned 80's attitude blended with a modern metal touch. Their catchy lyrics and unforgettable guitar riffs delivers the perfect soundtrack to both 80’s lovers and the new fans alike looking for great melodies and easy-to-remember songs.

Guitarist Teemu Kuosmanen comments:

"Our upcoming album will be a killer! This is our fourth album and the first one we took our time with. Our previous albums "Chasing the Dream" and especially the third "Bear the Cross" we rushed to compose and record. Both albums included really good songs but I can't stop thinking how good they could be if we didn't hurry them. Now we look forward and this upcoming album has matured slowly and we have taken time to make the arrangements better. I’m sure our fans will love this album. They will find something new but the soul of SoulHealer will still be there.”

Track Listing:

1. Up From The Ashes (4:13)
2. Through Fire And Ice (4:02)
3. Fly Away (3:42)
4. Sins Of My Father (7:08)
5. Prepare For War (4:18)
6. Pitch Black (4:14)
7. The Final Judgement (4:11)
8. Behind Closed Doors (4:11)
9. Am I In Hell (4:09)
10. Land of The Free (5:59)
Album Length: 46:09

For more info:

Δευτέρα 3 Σεπτεμβρίου 2018

Rylos - Solarworks pt. 1 (2018)

Rylos has completed their forthcoming album Solarworks pt. 1 which will be released sometime during next autumn. The theme of the album is to discuss our current way to live, burdening our planet as like there already would be a place waiting somewhere to go when this world has been exhausted…

Solarworks pt. 1 is third full length album from Rylos. Previous albums are Game Theory  (2016) and Planet (2017).

Album Release date: September 7th 2018

Label: Secret  Entertainmen

Rylos -  Solarworks Pt. 1

1. Leaving Earth
2. Super-Duperstore
3. Celestial Rendezvous
4. Meltdown
5. Funbusters
6. Interstellar Explorer
7. Last Days of Autumn
8. A Place to Call Home
9. Beneath the Iron Stars
10. Unnamed Suns

Mixing and mastering: Mikko Herranen

Mikko Heino - Vocals
Jukka Vehkala - Guitar
Matti Sorsa - Bass
Misca Muhli – Drums

Background Team:
Mikko Hämäläinen – Songwriting, guitar
Tero Tielinen - Recording (vocals, bass)
Harri Halonen - Recording (drums)

LORDS OF THE TRIDENT - Shadows From The Past (2018)

A true spectacle to be witnessed, LORDS OF THE TRIDENT is a daring adventure metal quintet that has been delighting their audiences and fans all over the world for ten years. To continue on their epic quest of bringing spectacular and entertaining metal to global fans these power metal warriors will be unleashing their 7th album “Shadows From The Past” on August 24th. The album features 11 adventurous heavy metal tracks for its North American release, which includes guest vocals from Unleash The Archers Brittney Slayes on “Burn It Down (With Fire)” plus 2 bonus tracks “Cross The Line” and “Desolation (Haze of the Battlefield Pt. 2)” for its Japanese special edition along with Patreon backers receive an extra exclusive track entitled “Fire and Sand”.

Vocalist Fang VonWrathenstein comments on the album:

“This album is our most ambitious musical work to date, and the first album with our new members Baron Helleshaar and Master Herc. Fans who have been with us for a while will notice that our new songs are a bit more complex, and our songwriting continues to mature. The new songs are definitely still Lords songs, but explore some new musical themes. I believe the new album will be our strongest offering yet, and contain some songs that are sure to be fan favorites going forward.”

“Shadows From The Past” was supported by a kickstarter campaign that went live on June 1st and ended on June 29th. During that month, the band’s fans helped them surpass their goals to raise over $11,000 for the release. The band offered multiple packages and rewards that included merch, lessons from band members, festival tickets, private concerts and a copy of the video game Coffee Crisis that the band has partnered with to feature one of their songs for one of the levels along with band members as NPCs (non-playable characters).
Since climbing out of a volcano in 2008, shrouded in metal and ash, LORDS OF THE TRIDENT have gone to battle on many stages across the USA, playing and and headlining a plethora of festivals and have an admirable arsenal of recordings in their inventory.

The fiery party of five talented musicians have spent the last 10 years gleefully drinking ale while performing alongside other revered bands such as Helloween, Unleash the Archers and 3 Inches of Blood. While creating their music is largely a group endeavour, The Baron has been leading the charge for the band’s musical evolution.

Vocalist Fang elaborates: “The Baron has extensive background in songwriting and music theory, so one of the first things he did after joining the band was figure out what sort of song motifs we hadn’t explored. Once he came to us with this list, we dove headfirst into unexplored territory which allowed our songwriting and musical skill to grow quite significantly.”

Their live shows include medieval costumes, pyrotechnics, confetti cannons, guitars set ablaze, and of course, excellent technical musicianship challenge the standard for how live music should be experienced. Citing influences such as Iron Maiden, Scar Symmetry and Judas Priest, and embracing lyrical themes inspired by great battles, conquests, dragon-fightin, virtual reality, and  out-of-control robots LotT dish out face-melting power that is enjoyed by fans of all races and classes.

THE LORDS OF THE TRIDENT have released three full albums: “Death or Sandwich” (2009)(Junko Johnson), “Chains on Fire” (2011) (Junko Johnson), “Frostburn” (2015) (Junko Johnson (NA)/Kill Metal Records (EU)), three EPs: “Plan of Attack” (2013) (Junko Johnson), “A Very Lords of the Trident Christmas” (2014) (Junko Johnson), “Re:Quests” (2015) (Junko Johnson), and two live DVDs, along with numerous compilation singles.

North America Release Track Listing:
1.Death Dealer
2. Zero Hour
3. Tormentor
4. Burn It Down (With Fire) Feat. Brittney Slayes (Unleash The Archers)
5. Figaro
6. The Party Has Arrived
7. Brothers of Cain
8. Reaper’s Hourglass
9. Chasing Shadows
10. The Nameless Tomb
11. The Gatekeeper

The Japan special edition release will have two additional tracks:
12. Cross The Line
13. Desolation (Haze of the Battlefield Pt. 2)

And Patreon backers will receive an extra exclusive track entitled “Fire and Sand”.

Album Credits
• All songs performed by: Lords of the Trident
• All songs written by: Lords of the Trident
• Produced by: Lords of the Trident
• Mixed by: Doug Olson
• Mastered by: Dan Harjung
• Album Artwork by: Andreas Zafeiratos
• Member ASCAP

Album Band / Live Line Up:
Asian Metal (Lead Guitar)
Pontifex Mortis (Lead Bass)
Fang VonWrathenstein (Lead Vocals)
Baron Taurean Helleshaar (Lead Guitar)
Master Hercule “Herc” Schlagzeuger (Lead Drums)

Κυριακή 2 Σεπτεμβρίου 2018

Entierro - Entierro (2018)

Cover.jpgENTIERRO, a collective from Connecticut joins forces with ex-FATES WARNING Guitarist Victor Arduini to begin a new chapter with the release of its self-titled debut album.

The ENTIERRO sound can best be described as focused on heavy drum and bass interplay, twin guitars harmonizing over visceral riffs with dynamic, multi-layered vocals. Founding member Christopher Taylor Beaudette (vocals/bass), who has played with JASTA and KINGDOM OF SORROW, provides a unique blend of captivating melodies mixed with soaring harmonies, as the band seamlessly blends NWOBHM with a bit of Thrash and a touch of Doom into captivating and surprisingly catchy songs. ENTIERRO is a modern Classic Heavy Metal band that is focused on using their past influences to create an intense expression of powerful riffs and handcrafted slabs of undisputed sonic steel that any fan of the genre will appreciate and enjoy.

When asked what led to his joining up with the band in early 2017 Arduini stated:

"They were the one band from my area I was really digging. Their sound was true old school metal that just had some really cool heavy riffs and songwriting. They have elements of doom, bit of thrash and yet it comes across a class metal for the new ages. They took me out of my comfort zone as I had to learn a few new tricks which I've been embracing. I was a fan the first time I heard them. Chris is a great front man and after going to see them play a few shows I learned one of their guitarists was leaving and I was asked if I'd be interested in joining them. The timing was perfect. After finishing the Arduini/Balich album I pretty much needed a break from all that writing/producing I did and this allows me to just be a part of a band again without it all falling on my shoulders. With the great writing skills of the others I can focus on putting my style over what they come up with and occasionally add a riff or two when needed. It helped keep me actively playing and I've just been having a blast playing these songs with such awesome musicians."

ENTIERRO has played extensively throughout the Northeast, surprising fans of all types of heavy genres with their energetic and precise live shows, and have released two EPs since 2014. ENTIERRO is now set to release their first self-titled debut album, which was recorded at Dexter's Lab in Milford, CT by engineer Nick Bellmore. The band will be performing a series of shows throughout New England in support of their new release.



Event Relentless - Event Relentless (EP 2018)

Finnish modern metal band Event Relentless have released a new EP and music video. Self-titled "Event Relentless" EP is their third release. 

The band has been active touring around Europe. They are heading to Baltic tour on September and next tour at Balkan countries takes place at spring 2019.

Juho Raita - Guitar & Vocals
Henri Soisalo - Bass
Joonas Ikonen - Drums 


European Tour Compilation 2018


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