Παρασκευή, 23 Φεβρουαρίου 2018

METALWINGS - Fallen Angel in the Hell (2016)

Metalwings - a band from Bulgaria that managed to draw attention to over 12 million
musical fans on YouTube with their song "Crying of the Sun".

Metalwings is a Bulgarian symphonic/gothic metal band with Celtic influence, formed by the classically trained vocalist and songwriter Stela Atanasova in 2010.
Metalwings is an unqiue combination of powerful guitars, magical irish flutes, angelic vocals and the gentle sound of viola.

In 2015 the band showed the world that music that is highly appreciated by millions of
people all over the world can be produced in Bulgaria with their beautiful and epic official video of the song Crying of the Sun. The video of Crying of the Sun was filmed in Belogradchik – directed
by Peter Tomov and Velislava Gospodinova. Male vocals in Crying of the Sun were sung by the first guitarist of the band Velislav Uzunov who had left the band three months before making the video. In the video, male vocals are performed by Konstantin Uzunov (Bass).
On May 12, 2016 Metalwings released their first EP - "Fallen Angel in the Hell".
After that there were a series of interviews for several metal webzines and radios,
including Conexion Rock Radio which has thousands of listeners from Latin America.
In this EP the band presented four masterly composed songs - Fallen Angel in the Hell, Slaves of the Night, Ship of Shadows and Immortal Metal Wings.
The song Crying of the Sun which was released as a single in 2012 was featured in the EP as a bonus track.

On 27th April 2017 Metalwings released their second official video for the song "Fallen Angel in the Hell”.
On 19 th April 2018 Metalwings will release their full length album called “For All Beyond”.
In this album the band will present 9 masterly composed songs – End of the War; Secret
Town; Immortal Metal Wings; When We Pray; A Wish; Realm of Dreams; There’s no Time; For All Beyond and one song in Bulgarian called “Тъжни сърца“. The album will also include Fallen Angel in the Hell as a bonus track in a new arrangement; Fallen Angel in the Hell (Instrumental version) and For All Beyond (Orchestral version).
The Orchestral part of the lead song of the album “For All Beyond is performed by Sofia
Session Orchestra, conducted by Lyubomir Denev.
The male vocals parts in the album For All Beyond are performed by Max Morton.
The album For All Beyond is mixed and mastered by Max Morton at Morton Studio.

Current members of Metalwings:
Stela Atanasova - Operatic Vocals, Electric Viola, Keyboards
Grigor Kostadinov - Guitars
Krastyo Jordanov - Guitars, Backing Vocals, Irish Flute
Milen Mavrov - Bass
Angel Kitanov - Keyboards
Nikola "Blackie" Ivanov - Drums

Website: https://metalwings.eu/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/metalwingsbg/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/METALWINGSBULGARIA/

Πέμπτη, 22 Φεβρουαρίου 2018

LifeOn_Repeat - Path's (EP 2017)

Here you can stream the recent work of Terrell Buchanan's LifeOn_Repeat

Jari Tiura - King Of Lions (2018)

RELEASE 23 March 2018

Jari Tiura, former Michael Schenker Group and current Stargazery and Century Lost singer, will release his debut solo album on 23rd March 2018. ‘King Of Lions’ is a bit different than his previous outputs. The solo debut album has a mark of AOR to it, but also genuine hard rock feeling at times.

Jari Tiura was born 1968 in Tampere, Finland. He began to sing around the age of 17 when he also formed his first real band Crommer. Two years later the band changed their name to Bourbon and started to play gigs in their hometown.

A big change in Jari Tiura’s musical careerhappened in the end of the 90´s, when he joined Snakegod, a Finnish power metal band. With Snakegod he released an album called “Invitation” in 2001.

In 2004 Michael Schenker contacted Jari Tiura and asked him if he would like to fly over to London for an audition gig. Everything went well and Jari even recorded most of his lead vocals for the upcoming MSG release “Tales Of Rock N Roll” during his stay in London. The first MSG concert featuring Jari Tiura on vocals took place in 2006. The show was broadcasted live from Underground, Cologne and aired on the show “Rockpalast” on German TV.

Between 2006 and 2007 Jari toured with MSG in Europe, Asia, the USA and Japan, and played big festivals like Wacken Open Air and Sweden Rock to name a few.

After leaving MSG, the singer joined Finnish band Stargazery. With Stargazery, he so far has released two albums, "Eye On The Sky" (2011) and "Stars Aligned" (2015). He is also a member of a new group called Century Lost which is currently working on a debut album to be released in 2018.
A few years ago Jari Tiura and his good friend and producer Sami Ala-lahti hooked up and started to write music together for his first solo album. “King Of Lions” is a release that, from the beginning, was meant to sound different from anything he had done in the past. Sami Ala-lahti handled the production and also played rhythm guitars, sang backing vocals and did some programming.

This release also features Yrjö Ella on lead guitars, Jaan Wessman on bass and drums. On keyboards you will find Jussi Kulomaa, Jani Kemppinen and Mikko Kangasjärvi. Jari Tiura is the executive producer. “King Of Lions”  was mixed by Antto Tuomainen and mastered by Esa Orjatsalo.


Universe Infinity - Rock Is Alive (2018)

RELEASE 13 April 2018

UNIVERSE started in 1982 in Upplands Väsby, Sweden, where hard rock ruled the
streets. The members hailed from several different local bands. After leaving the band
Moon, lead guitarist Michael Kling, who founded the band WC in the late 70's with John
Norum, became one of UNIVERSE’s founding members. Bassist Hasse Hagman, who
played in Joey Tempest's first band, along with drummer Anders Wetterström and guitarist
Per Nilsson, all came from the band Twilight. Once UNIVERSE got their hands on
keyboard player Fredrik Kriström and singer Kjell Wallen, the band was complete. They
played diligently for a couple of years all over Sweden, opening for Nazareth, among
many other gigs. In 1985, the band released its self-titled debut album with songs like
"Rollin’ On", "Stories from the Old Days", and "Strong Vibrations". In 1986, Kjell Wallen left
the band on good terms following creative differences and was subsequently replaced by
Janne Åström. With Janne as the new frontman, the band focused fully on a follow-up to
their debut album. Several demos were recorded but never ended up in the right hands.
The band dissolved in early 1988 and then had a short reunion for a final show in the ice
hall in Upplands Väsby later that year.
The band members went their separate ways, each showing up here and there in different
contexts with connections to music. Everyone maintained occasional contact and
eventually Per Nilsson reached out to the others to see if they were interested in playing
together again. In 2002, all the members met up together for the first time in 14 years.
They immediately knew they wanted to play again, and became convinced that the old
material still had potential. Everyone agreed that a new album had to be released, but also
that they were being pulled in different directions. For several years they kept continuous
contact, waiting for the time when recording an album became inevitable. At first,
UNIVERSE lacked a singer, but suddenly one day he was just there. Andreas Eklund (exHouse
Of Shakira) became the new front man, his narrative lyrics and tasteful melodies
opening the door to another dimension, so the band could take a bigger step into the
galaxy. Now, finally, UNIVERSE is back as UNIVERSE INFINITY with “Rock Is Alive”, a powerful
album that is a tribute to the music of the 70’s and 80's, and to their youth in Upplands
Väsby. “Rock Is Alive” was produced by Michael Kling and Per Nilsson at Kling Studios,
and mixed and mastered by Stefan Helleblad; drums were recorded in Standstraight
Studio One Scandinavia. The artwork was created by Sylvain Lucchina at Razor Images.

Tracklist: 1. Start Give All Your Love, 2. Catch Of My Life, 3. Company’s Coming, 4. She Can’t Get Enough, 5.
Red Submarines, 6. Born In Flames, 7. Rock Is Alive, 8. We Were Just Dancing, 9. Lady Luck, 10. Streets Of

Line-Up: Michael Kling – Lead Guitar; Andreas Eklund – Vocals; Hasse Hagman – Bass;
Freddy Kriström – Keyboard; Anders Wetterström – Drums; Per Nilsson - Guitar

Τετάρτη, 21 Φεβρουαρίου 2018

Dead Of Night – The Evolving Science Of Self (2018)

Release Date: 23.03.2018

Dead Of Night are a five piece Symphonic Rock/Metal band with members from various
parts of the UK. Formed in 2013 by composer Carl Eden as a vehicle for an album that he
had in mind at the time, and with the release of 'The Dead Shall Rise' in 2014 they began
receiving much critical acclaim.
Following on from the success of this self-released debut album the band went on to rerecord
their first album under the title 'The Dead Shall Rise Again'. This was accompanied
by their first live performance at The Railway - Bolton, UK, which spurred them on to
continue gigging across the UK.
Their second release titled 'In Search of Ancient Magic' saw progression and them
reaching new heights in terms of what Dead Of Night are capable of. "The musicianship
is absolutely outstanding and this band is knocking on the door of the Premier League
indeed they may already be there.", says Dave Smith of Ravenheart Music.
The band have gigged throughout the UK enjoying festival slots at 'A Splendid Day Out'
(Morecambe's Victorian and Steampunk Festival 2016/2017), 'The Quinphonic Festival 4'
(Birmingham's Female Fronted Metal Festival 2017), as well as gigs in Lancaster,
Morecambe and Burnley for the '2017 Metal 2 The Masses - Battle of the bands'
competition. The band won the online 'Life You Choose Battle of the Bands' competition in
2016, proving that their dedicated fans are behind them all the way!
“The Evolving Science Of Self” is the name of their new album which was produced,
mixed and mastered by Carl Eden at The Creative Room in Manchester, UK. Carl
comments: “This is our fourth studio album and, I think, our strongest so far. The title
comes from that fact that we are really interested in consciousness and perception and the
way that science and spirituality are starting to overlap. Plus, if you read the lyrics, it all
sounds like a session on the psychiatrist's couch!” The artwork design was handled by

Track list: 1. Here Come The Metal Men, 2. Seraphim, 3. One For The Moon, 4. For I Am Music, 5. Set The
Night On Fire, 6. The Six Steps, 7. Someone’s Calling You, 8. Home, 9. Invasion, 10. When The Nightingale
Sings, 11. I Will, 12. Onward

Line-up: Briony Featon – vocals, Carl Eden – keys & arrangements, Dan Roberts – guitar,
Jason Peacock – bass, Mark Commons - drums


ASPHODELIA - Welcome Apoclypse (2018)

RELEASE 20 April 2018

Asphodelia is a dark symphonic metal act founded in 2016 in Foggia, Italy,
by Samuela “Samah” Fuiani (vocals and keyboards) and Ruggero “Lordian”
Doronzo (guitar), and currently including Davide Ricciardi (bass), Giuseppe
Centonza (drums) and Gianni Colonna (guitar). Their sound blends
symphonic and choral sonorities, electronics and Mediterranean echoes
into a solid metal frame with a strongly dark mood. Their lyrics are usually
centered on the theme of the afterlife, on the life and death dichotomy, the
fleetingness of time and the misery of the human condition.
The band is named after the asphodel, typical Mediterranean flower
connected to the ancient Greek Underworld: in the ancient Greek
mythology, the Asphodel Meadows is a place where the indifferent souls,
who lived a life of neither good or evil, are sent to live after death.
The band released a promo EP entitled ’Vengeance' on May 26, 2016,
receiving enthusiastic response from their fanbase. In May 2017 they
signed a management and booking deal with The Flaming Arts Agency,
leading to important stage experiences such as the Female Metal Voices
Tour Russia 2017 as main support to The Agonist, Sirenia and Cellar
Recently, Asphodelia have recorded their debut album "Welcome
Apocalyopse" and signed to Denmarks Mighty Music. The band are
currently scheduling a European tour in support of the album release.
Boundaries are pure illusion.
There are shades in the light
and glimmers of light in the darkness.
Light and Darkness
Good and Evil
Right and Wrong
They are just constructions of the human mind.
Truth is free from labels and categories.
What lies beyond has no boundaries.
Welcome to the place in the Underworld where boundaries fall apart.
Welcome to the Asphodel Meadows.

1. Welcome Apocalypse
2. Cassandra
3. Alive
4. Blackout
5. Heroes
6. Secret War
7. Behind a Smile
8. Dust
9. Mirror Mirror
10. Like Water
11. The Show
12. Flowers of Evil
13. With or Without You (U2 cover)

Samuela Fuiani: vocals, keys
Ruggero Doronzo: guitar
Gianni Colonna: guitar
Davide Ricciardi: bass
Giuseppe Centonza: drums


Τρίτη, 20 Φεβρουαρίου 2018

ELEANOR - Celestial Nocturne (2018)

For fans of Nightwish, Within Temptation & The Gathering.
Eleanor is a Japanese Melancholic gothic metal band founded in 2006 by
Ippei J.Malmsteen (guitars) and Shiori Vitus (vocals) in Osaka. Their sound
were influenced by The Gathering, Sentenced and Amorphis. By the way
“Eleanor” was named after a song of The Gathering.
The debut album "A Circle Of Lament” was released in Japan by Blacklisted
Records (Japan) in 2011.
Two years later in 2013, the second album "Breathe Life Into The Essence"
was released in Japan by Black-listed Records. This album was highly rated
and received attention from overseas. As a result, Eleanor appeared on the
Metal Female Voices Fest Vol.11 in Belgium as the only Japanese metal
Eleanor also performed as an opening act for Eluveitie´s Japanese tour in
In 2016, the 3rd album “Celestial Nocturne” was released in Japan by
Rubicon Music (Japan). They did the largest number of live shows in their
history. Among nother things they started a big line of acoustic live shows
around the Osaka.
In 2017 Eleanor signed an international deal with Scandinavia´s leading
rock/metal label Mighty Music and on the 30th of March 2018, “Celestial
Nocturne” will see a worldwide release including 3 exclusive bonus tracks.

1. Fall From Grace
2. Defying Gravity
3. Far Beyond Dystopia
4. Solitude
5. Eternal Moment
6. Empyreal Beauty
7. Buried Alive
8. Lazy Noise
9. Thirsty
10. War Cry
11. Sleeping Water (Bonus track)
12. Far Beyond- Dystopia (Bonus track)
13. Defying Gravity- (Bonus track)

Vocals : Shiori Vitus
Guitars, Keyboards : Ippei J.Malmsteen
Guitars : Nao
Bass : Lupin
Drums : Carlos
Chorus, Percussions : Jet Rumi


Δευτέρα, 19 Φεβρουαρίου 2018

Don Broco - Technology (2018)

“»Technology« is a reaction to our last record, »Automatic«,” explains DON BROCO frontman Rob Damiani. “We wrote that album as a test of our traditional songwriting abilities, but »Technology« was all about keeping ourselves on our toes. For this record we didn’t set any rules, it just had to feel good.”

That was the goal behind DON BROCO’s third studio album, yet the result is something much more than just an inventive, constantly surprising album. Filtering their charismatic ‘80s pop-inflected rock seamlessly, almost restlessly, through metal, funk and electronics, it also happens to the best of their career. Since forming in 2008, DON BROCO - completed by guitarist Simon Delaney, drummer/vocalist Matt Donnelly and bassist Tom Doyle - have become one of rock’s most diverse and charismatic bands.

Their two previous albums »Priorities« (2012) and »Automatic« (2015) led them to perform at UK arenas with BRING ME THE HORIZON, play huge shows alongside YOU ME AT SIX, ONE OK ROCK and 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER, plus headlining the Kerrang! Tour and delivering triumphant sets at Reading/Leeds Festival, Download and Slam Dunk. It’s no wonder that, in 2017, that their headline show at London’s historic Alexandra Palace was a sell out.

In many ways, »Technology« - released February 2nd, 2018 via SharpTone - is custom made to conquer the big spaces they will be playing throughout the UK, America, Australia and Japan in 2017 and beyond. “The question we asked ourselves was, ‘How will this feel live?’” recalls Rob. “If you can imagine playing it to a packed-out room and people are going crazy, that’s a goer.” To nail the enormous sound they were chasing, the band sought the services of producers Dan Lancaster (BLINK-182, LITTLE MIX, GOOD CHARLOTTE) and Grammy Award winning Jason Perry. The outcome is DON BROCO as you’ve never heard them before. “People think we’re just good time guys,” says Matt. “But that’s always been only one side of our personality.” For proof, look no further than the complex thematic fabric that makes up »Technology«.

The album opens with the title track and sets the tone for the album, which is an inventive, intelligent and infectious piece of work taking a frank look at modern day life. Rob introduces the track, “'Technology' is about a casual swipe through Instagram that ended up in me unfollowing a load of mates. In reality my friends are not vain, self obsessed, PDA loving show offs so I'm blaming social media and the habitual nature of sharing every waking moment of your life online.”

The following track 'Stay Ignorant' looks deeply into the world’s current turmoil. It’s a song partly inspired by Rob watching the 2016 Netflix documentary »The White Helmets« and the global atrocities that bypass our daily attention. “The White Helmets in Syria go through the wreckage, the bomb sites, and try to save everyone they can from a region that has been completely devastated. It affected me so much.”

'T-Shirt Song' is a colossal rock anthem and reveals a different period of mental turmoil for Rob. “It’s one of the most emotional songs on the record, inspired by a close friend who had just been through a dark break-up. While writing the song it was also a difficult time for me emotionally, and one night I found myself in a club where the DJ was playing the »Baywatch« theme tune. Anyone who's been to a cheesy club night will know this is the moment everyone takes off their T-shirt and swings it round their head. I didn't really feel like it, but I joined in and as stupid as it sounds it really made me feel better. That was the start of the process by which I came to realise there was light at the end of the tunnel. This song is about going through hell and coming out the other side stronger for it.”

Next up, 'Come Out To LA' - a 3-minute 29-second explosion of sarcasm aimed squarely at the music industry: an anti-hit that deserves to be a huge hit. “On our last album, with Sony, like most bands when they first sign a worldwide deal, we were shipped off to LA to meet the bigwigs and shoot videos. We had someone taking us to fancy meals, promising us the world, and in our naivety early in our careers we lapped it all up. It quickly became apparent that it’s just a façade.”

'Pretty' further explores the theme of appearances being deceptive, or as Rob puts it, the moral ambiguity of “seeing someone as physically attractive even though they’re the biggest piece of shit in the world.” Afterwards, 'The Blues' marks one of DON BROCO’s most emotionally-charged moments to date, highlighting the challenges of helping a friend suffering from a mental crisis. “How do you help someone who doesn’t want to be helped?” ponders Tom. “How can you help someone when you have a suspicion they need help but when you try all they do is shrug it off or change the subject.”

This delicate balance of human relationships is expanded on 'Tightrope'. “It’s about how easy it is for some people to turn their backs on others when it doesn't suit them,” says Rob. “How even family can run when things get hard.”

While the world was first introduced to 'Everybody' via the hilarious cowboy-themed video, it actually catalogues the moment DON BROCO almost came to a premature end in more ways than one. “It was something we’d never talked about,” reflects Rob. “Band morale was at an all time low and couldn’t practice without basically breaking down, though we kept that internal to the band and didn’t want the world to see it. We were driving super-late to a festival and we almost died just from crashing the van just from being in a place, emotionally, where we shouldn’t have been on the road.”

Thankfully, from that band low emerges 'Greatness' - a song that doubles up as »Technology«’s eclectic manifesto, not least for including both a heroic use of cowbell and a devastating drop-A tuned riff. “Why would you not pursue greatness and originality and diversity?” questions Rob. “People seem quite happy with mediocrity these days. There’s a lot of great music, but there’s so much shit out there - song after song that sound the same.”

'Porkies', however feels like a revolution as it builds into a huge, propulsive riff. The aggression makes sense when you find out what inspired it. “'Porkies' is about fake news and its spread due to the rise of such easily accessible articles and opinions that technology has provided us with,” explains Rob. It perfectly tees up the raucous title track’s swipe at, what Rob says, is the increasingly problematic relationship between, “technology and modern life.” Musically inspired by the bands DON BROCO grew up on, including DEFTONES, SYSTEM OF A DOWN and INCUBUS, Simon had a simple studio litmus test. “Does this riff make me feel anything? No? Then bin it,” he smiles. “Does it make me feel uneasy and not sure if it fits? In that case, it’s the right riff.”

Meanwhile DON BROCO focus on the darker side of love with 'Got To Be You' and trace a relationship’s curve from happiness to emotional slavery, buoyed by what Simon unapologetically refers to as an “honest homage” to U2.

The band couple genuine worries about smart phone surveillance with the best lyrical use of ‘chilli con carne’ in any song ever with 'Good Listener'. “It freaks me out that all this stuff is happening,” says Rob. “That your phone in your pocket is always potentially listening to you whether it’s on or off.” This charismatic streak continues with '¥', a song inspired by their first trip to Japan that contrasts the value of money in relation to experience - Rob comparing his own adventures in DON BROCO with his friends’ spending all their money on booze and buying flats. “Our experience in Japan was priceless,” he says. “It brought everything home to me in regards to the life we’ve chosen to live as a band.”

The albums ends with 'Something To Drink', which draws together Rob’s own awkward experiences at bars and weddings when conversation turns to politics and uncomfortable political views are aired. “It very much has Brexit in the background,” says Rob. “Everyone is entitled to what they believe, but the problem I had with Brexit and the rise of Trump is not the economical or financial reasons, it's the hidden hatred bubbling under the surface of some of those people that support it. You can call it xenophobia but I see xenophobia and racism as very interchangeable - in my view we are all the same people.”

It’s a song that drives to the heart of what is really different with DON BROCO in 2017 and beyond. They still mix massive hooks and brilliant melodies with wry observational lyrics, but this time they want to make you think bigger and more critically too. “This record gives a deeper understanding - and more varied understanding - of what’s going on with us,” concludes Rob. “For me, the exciting thing is that we’re always changing.” Based on this evidence, long may that continue.

Line up:
Rob Damiani | vocalsMatt Donnelly | drums/vocalsSimon Delaney | guitarsTom Doyle | bass

1. Technology  3:36
2. Stay Ignorant  3:15
3. T Shirt Song  4:03
4. Come Out To LA  3:29
5. Pretty  3:35
6. The Blues  3:13
7. Tightrope  3:33
8. Everybody  3:20
9. Greatness  3:21
10. Porkies  4:09
11. Got To Be You  3:22
12. Good Listener  2:43
13. ¥  3:32
14. Something To Drink  3:57

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