Τετάρτη, 22 Νοεμβρίου 2017

Scars Of Solitude - Deformation (2017)

Release Date: December 1st 2017
Record label: Inverse Records

Scars of Solitude is a melodic metal quintet from Äänekoski, Finland,  playing music rooted deep in the Finnish melancholy. The band was formed in January 2015 and has stood firmly and proud behind its music ever since. Their music sounds like autumn - it's kinda dark, rainy and cold but still rich in both beauty and colour despite all the despair. Even though many of its members have come and gone the forming members Tuomo Laulainen, Niki Kuivakangas and Lassi Pollari have remained since the birth of the band. Now the core trio are accompanied by the talented Mikko Ruuska on vocals and Antti Kettunen on rhythm guitar. 
Music can be like a graveyard for your emotions. You dump them in there and revisit once in a while if you wish. Some you need to bury alive, some might crawl back to haunt you. These songs have been cold and pale waiting for their burial for a long time. Now it's time for you to start digging!

"- - Scars of Solitude is a band that has a lot to offer and, instead of focusing on one aspect and delivering it well, they can change to a completely different style with no sound of staggering or being uncertain; their album will be something to be anticipated of!"
-Pitch! Nordic Music Magazine

Scars of Solitude debut album 'Deformation' will be released on December 1st via Inverse Records. 

Mikko Ruuska - Vocals
Tuomo Laulainen - Lead Guitar
Antti Kettunen - Rhythm Guitar
Lassi Pollari - Bass
Niki Kuivakangas - Drums 

Ammouri - Dare To Be Happy (2018)

RELEASE 12 January 2018

AMMOURI (Marina Ammouri), is a Swedish female metal artist, rock singer, songwriter, music producer and model. Being a classical schooled pianist, and graduated sound engineer from SAE college, she previously has composed and produced songs in different genres for other artists in Sweden and abroad, among them are Therese (Terran) Andersson Lewis, Regina Lund, Ivorian band Les Patrones, Portuguese singer Mila Ferriera and more.

In 2012, her songs represented Sweden in the Baltic Song Contest with Swedish actress and singer Regina Lund and East European Band MMadCatz as front artists. Three years later she wrote and produced a crossfade opera song for a Swedish opera group Opera Light, and after a successful song release which was keeping a place in Lust Kammare at the Swedish Royal Palace, she decided to stop songwriting for others artists and to start her own solo artist carrier. And this step marked the return back to her roots, the music she burns for most from all: Rock and Metal.

In January 2017 AMMOURI released her first self-written single ”Fill Your Heart With Love”, from her upcoming debut album “Dare To Be Happy”. She received art once remarkable feedback for her special powerful rock voice, an original sound, and rock listeners and rock forums labeled her the ”new Doro Pesch”. Many Metal Female internet communities featured the single and Marina in October 2017 was chosen as face of the ”Metal Female Voices Community”.

In spring 2017, the Swedish multi-talent was invited to collaborate with Maestro Mistheria, the creator of Vivaldi Metal Project. They went on an unplugged promo tour in Italy in October 2017 with Vivaldi Metal Project, where they performed a couple of songs from Vivaldi and introduced for the first time her second, upcoming single ”Monster of Your Own Creation” and songs from the upcoming AMMOURI album ”Dare to Be Happy” which will be released on January 12th, 2018 on Pride & Joy Music. For the album, she was joined by an impressive bunch of musicians which includes Pontus Egberg (bass, the Poodles, King Diamond) on all of the songs and also as co-producer of six tracks. Exceptional guitarist Staffan Österlind (Paul Dianno, Iron Maiden and more) played guitar on ”Monster Of Your Own Creation”, ”More than Everything”, ”Bad Illusion”, ”Not Anymore”, ”Starlight” and also a co-produced the track ”Bad Illusion”. Tony Borg (guitars, Alien) co-produced the song “Fill Your Heart with Love” and played a solo on the tune “Bad Illusion”. Drummer Johan Kullberg (Therion, Hammerfall), John Berg (guitar, Manipulation, Dare to Be Happy) and more can be heard on this CD.

Τρίτη, 21 Νοεμβρίου 2017

Spiral Key - An Error Of Judgement (2018)

RELEASE 19 January 2018

Spiral Keyis a UK-based symphonic progressive metal band formed in 2012, specializing in melodic, thoughtful and heavy music, diverse themes and a subtly dark sense of humour. The band features the distinctive voice and intricate guitarwork of David McCabe and the thunderous bass work of Ken Wynne (Cut the Wire).

Spiral Keyreleased their debut “Perfect Machine” in 2013, a diverse collection of songs with a focus on melody and featuring themes of love, loss and identity. Recorded, mixed and mastered at Bentham Studios in Ken’s home town of Swindon in the UK, the album was self-released. After a short hiatus and gathering live assistance from up-and-coming drummer Chris Allan (ex-Malefice, now session/independent) and guitarist Dan Carter (Belial), Spiral Key burst onto the stage in 2016 supporting a number of bands across the spectrum including Kingcrow and Votum.

After that successful year, Spiral Key’s second album “An Error of Judgement” was recorded at Outhouse Studios in the UK in early 2017, and will be released by Pride and Joy Music on January 19th, 2018. John Mitchell (Frost*It BitesArena) contributes a guitar solo to the track “Dark Path”, vocalist Miguel Espinoza (Persefone) features on the track “Possessive”, and Dan Carter displays his inimitable style on the track “Sanctimonious”. Mixing and mastering were handled by David Castillo (KatatoniaOpeth) and Tony Lindgren (AngraJames LaBrie) at Fascination Street Studios in Sweden. Artwork is the product of the mighty genre luminary Mattias Norén of ProgArt Media, touching on the paths described in the album.

An Error of Judgement” examines the many misdeeds of mankind, from the major themes of disunity and disempowerment to the close-up and personal failings of people themselves. Darker and heavier, it elevates Spiral Key’s trademark progressive sound to new symphonic heights, while still making space for the band’s trademark humour and melody.

The first video for the album is for the track “Hollywood Dreams”, by Patric Ullaeus (EvergreyAmaranthe) in Sweden.

Official Website: www.spiralkey.co.uk          
Official Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/spiralkey

Δευτέρα, 20 Νοεμβρίου 2017

GOAT OF MENDES - Hagzussa - Riding The Fence (2017)

Founded in 1994, this German band, named after the goat-headed god of the witches, is probably one of the first in the scene to combine atmospheric Heavy Metal Music with lyrics inspired by Wiccan Paganism.

Over the past 20 years, GOM released five albums and one demo, which were highly acclaimed in the international underground scene by fans, the Wiccan / Pagan community and press alike.

Untouched by any current trends, GOM always delivered their own unique style of Heavy Metal. Influenced by all styles of true Heavy Metal, be it classic HM, Thrash, Black, Death or Doom, razor sharp guitar play and the archetypical highly variable vocal delivery, GOM successfully created their own niche within the vast and crowded Metal scene.

With the current line-up, gathered around founding members Surtur and Marco, GOM have enriched their already unique style by integrating even more elements of crunching, yet melodic twin guitar work, thunderous drumming, awesome leads and variable, charismatic vocals.

Even though the bands concept is deeply rooted within Paganism and Witchcraft, due to the personal philosophical background of main lyricist Surtur, the style, sound and lyrical message of GOM differs remarkably from what is now broadly known as „Pagan Metal“. GOM is pure, fucking Metal with Wiccan lyrics – Wiccan Metal - nothing else, nothing less.

So don't hesitate and get in touch with the band, if you wish to Walk upon the Wiccan Way!


AILAFAR - Heartbeat (2017)

The new album "Heartbeat" includes 12 new songs and new collaborations. It features the wonderful vocals of Elisabeth Mari who is a long time live member and also guest vocals from Steve Overland of FM band! Also it features guest vocals from Dean Mess of W.A.N.T.ED band, Kelly Blake of Jailcat and Constantine Maris (Brother of Elisabeth) of Forbidden sin band. It was recorded in Valve studios and enginnered by Strutter of W.A.N.T.E.D and GUS G, band! 
Ailafar was founded in late 2006 by John Tzortzis to perform his material. After some changes to the line up and few bar/club gigs they recorded the first demo in May 2009. In September 2009 the recordings of the first full album '' Long way to imagery'' began. It was finished in August 2011 with the help of several session musicians and new band members. The project album is self released and includes 12 songs written/arranged and produced by J.T, plus an extra song recorded in 2012. With a new line up the band played several bar/club gigs in Thessaloniki including a couple TV appearences and radio shows. Within a break of a year in 2013 the recordings of the second album started in May. It was finished in February 2015 and released by AorBlvdRecords. It includes 13 songs and guest vocal appearences from Stephan Kammerer( Frontline, Stereotide Germany) , Paul Jackson( Roadhouse- Pete Willis band, UK ) and David Saylor( Push UK, Wild rose UK). It also includes vocals by Tatiana Economou, Alexandra Mcay, Olga Katsenidou, Elisabeth Mari. The album is written/arranged and produced by J.T .Mitch Malloy did the mastering of the album. It received many good reviews and airplay from around the world. It was featured twice in a year in Powerplay magazine in UK. In May of  2016 the recordings of the 3rd full album started and they were finished in May of 2017. The band continues to play electric and acoustic shows. It has also supported acts like Eric Martin of MR'Big and Uli Jon Roth. 

Elisabeth Mari - vocals,  John Tzortzis - guitars,
Kostas Mauroudis -bass, Vangellis Valis Papageorgiou,
Fotis Kanistras - drums,
Special guest: Steve Overland - vocals,
Dean Mess - vocals, Kelly Blake - vocals, Constantine Maris - vocals, Dean Mess - vocals

1. Do you really want my love? 
2. Stop running away
3. Bucket List
4. Now we Rock
5. Dream Date
6. Live Love Dream (LLD)
7. Come like an angel
8. Forever as one
9. My heart belongs to you
10. Another you
11. Cast away

12. Pulse 

Label: Perris Records


Starsoup - Castles of Sand (2017)

Russian progressive rockers STARSOUP will release sophomore album Castles of Sand digitally on November 20 and on CD December 1 via Metalism Records. 
After inspiring debut album Bazaar of Wonders (2013, Sublimity Records), the band took a break due to leader Alexey Markov taking part in his other projects DISTANT SUN (power/thrash metal) and GARAGE DAYZ (Metallica S&M Tribute Show).
But the long wait will be worth it! Castles of Sand is even more eclectic than the debut album with thrash metal, soft rock, progressive, folk and singer-songwriter tracks mixed together. The album will certainly appeal to the fans of QUEENSRYCHE, PAIN OF SALVATION and CIRCLE II CIRCLE.
There will be two versions of the CD available: a standard jewel case with 12-page booklet and a deluxe digipack with 24-page color booklet, a STARSOUP guitar pick, and stickers. The CD versions also include two bonus tracks ("Light Up the Stars" and "Road to Sunset").

Digital pre-orders are available on iTunes at https://goo.gl/kA82mU and on Google Play at https://goo.gl/HZSpjV
Track List:
1. The Catcher in the Lie
2. Into the Woods
3. Brother's Plea
4. Your World Is Dead
5. Rumors of Better Love
6. Escapist
7. Winter in Shire
8. Castle
9. The World That Has Moved On
10. Light Up the Stars (CD bonus)
11. Moon on the Shore
12. Road to Sunset (CD bonus)

Κυριακή, 19 Νοεμβρίου 2017

Vivaldi Metal Project - The Extended Sessions (2017)

“The Extended Sessions” EP is the follow-up release to the extremely successful “The Four Seasons” album release by VIVALDI METAL PROJECT which hit the shelves in Summer 2016 on CD & double vinyl on Pride & Joy Music. The album up to today is one of the label’sbest sellers and now being continued with this valuable EP which will shorten the waiting time for the fans until the next full album!
Created and produced by Mistheria, VIVALDI METAL PROJECT are currently working on bringing the project onto stage with full band, orchestra and choir. During Summer/Autumn 2017, the band played a series of unplugged shows in Finland, in Bulgaria and in Italy in advance which resulted in the idea to put some of the extraordinary material onto this EP! “The Extended Sessions” includes four tracks which are centered around the group’s performance at “Kitee International Music And Art Festival” which took place in Kitee (Finland) on July 13th, 2017. Arranged by Mistheria, the performance at the “Sleeping Sun” event featured Mistheria himself on piano and Tsena Stefanova on vocals. An epic video for this track will also be available soon online.
“The Extended Sessions” EP opens with a newly recorded unplugged studio version of “The Four Seasons” medley which again was arranged by Mistheria who performed on this track on piano and was joined by vocalists Tsena Stefanova, Angel Wolf-Black and Dimitar Belchev plus Abigail Stahlschmidt on violin. Additionally to this track, the song “Vita” - one of the album's single - is featured twice on the EP: once as exclusive “original vocal session” as recorded by Dimitar Belchev on the first demo version of this song which impressed Mistheria at the first listening, and once as instrumental “karaoke”. Both versions are delivered with a brand new mix by Ivan Moni Bidin at Artesonika studios.

“Vita” was originally released with different singers on last year’s album. The track was arranged by Zhivko Koev and the line-up here includes Dimitar Belchev on vocals, Srdjan Brankovic on guitars, Chris Caffery (TSO, Savatage) with a guitar solo, Jeffrey Revet on keyboards, Royal Hunt’s Andreas Passmark on bass and Martijn Peters on drums.
Like the Vivaldi Metal Project’s “The Four Seasons” album, the “The Extended Sessions” EP was mixed and mastered by Ivan Moni Bidin at Artesonika Studios in Italy and produced by Mistheria. Vivaldi Metal Project is currently booking more unplugged shows over Europe and USA. Dates will be announced soon!

AOR - Rare Tracks & Demos (2017)

Frédéric Slama’ s AOR all star project is back with a CD of rare tracks & demos. Featuring some incredible singers like Michael Kisur, Sarah & Mélissa Fontaine (Chasing Violets), Mikael Erlandsson (Last Autumn's Dream), Kelly Keagy (Night Ranger) & More. Don't miss the opportunity to listen to some incredible demos that were the blueprints of many songs of the AOR albums. A must have for any serious collector ! AOR was formed in 2000 by guitarist/ keyboardist Frédéric Slama always using the cream of U.S & European session players. In 2000, the first album « L.A Concession » was released and gave Frédéric a big respect in the Westcoast / AOR music scene. The second album « Next Stop L.A » followed one year later and again featured the help of several top session players.

LINE-UP: Frédéric Slama: All Instruments, Michael Kisur: Lead & Backing Vocals,
Sarah Fontaine: Lead & Backing Vocals, Mélissa Fontaine: Lead & Backing Vocals,
Mikael Erlandsson: Lead & Backing Vocals, Kelly Keaggy: Lead & Backing Vocals,
Tommy Denander: Guitars & Keyboards, Michael Thompson: Guitars, Michael Landau: Guitars, Tom Keane: Keyboards, Abraham Laboriel: Bass, John Robinson: Drums

1. Listen To Your Heart
2. Mary Ann
3. Lost In The Wrong Direction
4. Heartless
5. The Last White Wolf
6. Dinosaur Moves
7. How Will She Find Her Way Back
8. Tears In The Rain
9. Secrets In Her Heart
10. Desperate Dreams
11. Carry On
12. Closer To Zero
13. Circle Of Danger
14. The Crystal Heart
15. Once Off Guard 

Label: Perris Records

Unto The Wolves - Year One (2017)

"Unto the Wolves" is a Hard Rock/ Metal project with one goal in mind, to inspire tolerance and acceptance of all races, religious beliefs, and cultures. Every song is inspired by historical or religious writings found in books that are considered important by one religion or another. The songs are not based on the text found in these books, but rather served as inspiration for the ideas behind the songs.

The project began in September of 2016. "Unto the Wolves" is managed by the only official member who is singer/producer/multi-instrumentalist, John "Gage" Sifuentes. Each month, a piece of text or scribe is chosen from a single culture or religion. This text is pulled from writings such as the Bible, the Quran, the Torah, Book of Shadows, the Book of Mormon, Vedas, the Egyptian Book of the Dead, or the Tao Te Ching, to name a few. Once the text is chosen, it is methodically analyzed and discussed to then inspire lyrics for a song to be created and released at the end of the month. During the month, there is project inspired art and online articles posted along with video journals discussing the content, writing technique, style, and periodic interviews about the text chosen. At the end of the year, the music is compiled and released as an album. But to hear the new music as it comes out and get the full backstory behind every song, Patreon.com is the active online hub for the music project.

The music typically has a heavy edge but hesitates to label itself metal. The feel of the music is riddled with driving rhythmic guitars, a gritty bass, hard hitting drums accompanied by melodic and aggressive vocals. However, you'll also find an additional instrument or two in multiple songs based on what religious text and culture was chosen for the subject matter. Because of this, the music taps into multiple genres. In an effort to combine these ideas into a single project in a respectful manner, each set of writings is examined from multiple points of view. This work truly offers a unique perspective on how music can be inspired by the way all people choose to live.

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Σάββατο, 18 Νοεμβρίου 2017

Metatrone - Eucharismetal (2017)

Metatrone is a Christian power-prog metal band formed by musicians coming from many previous musical experiences, mostly involved in metal music. Davide Bruno, Jo Lombardo, Tony Zappa, Virgilio Ragazzi and Stefano “Ghigas” Calvagno whom formed the band in 1997 under the moniker of Metafora producing with Track Records Productions (TRP) a four track EP called “Reazioni e Memorie”, featuring some amazing anthems like “Una Parte di Me”.
As many things in life changes, it was four years later (2001) that one of the founding members, keyboardist Davide Bruno decided to begin a new spiritual journey bringing him to change completely his life becoming a Priest. After this important decision, another one will be essential: Metafora decided to change their moniker to METATRONE from that moment on. The new band’s name means “God is since now and forever”, consequently the band begins to write power-prog metal songs deeply inspired by a Christian Catholic view of life and human being. It was in 2005 when they produced with the help of TRP music their first album called “La Mano Potente” soon followed by the English version called “The Powerful Hand” distributed by Scarlet Records in Europe and King Records in Asia.
After its release, the band begun to play often live in Italy and around the world as well, playing at festivals like Elements of Rock twice, Tumbalong Park and World Youth Day in Australia just to name a few.
Following the extensive touring, the band began right away to create new material, which brought them to a new and higher musical and lyrical level. Their songs evolved with more influence from prog but powerful at the same time. Most of those songs were released on their third studio album, “Paradigma”. A stunning 13 track album produced by the band and TRP Music, it was officially released on December 25, 2010. The album featured songs sang in English, Italian, Latin and Spanish with some interesting growling vocal choruses performed by priest Davide Bruno himself and was praised with very positive reviews on some of the most popular metal magazines like Metal Hammer Italy, Metal Maniac and many other on-line publications.
In May 2012, METATRONE released their first video, “In Spe Resurrectionis” from “Paradigma” (winning the David Award as Best Italian Song at the V Premios David). 
In June 2013, the band released a single track called “Heavenly Field” written against the Zionist policy supporting Gaza population at the time featuring Italian hip hop band One Crew as special guest on vocals.

In 2015, Metatrone entered in the studio to record their third full-length album “Eucharismetal” with a different line up: Tony Zappa and Virgilio Ragazzi were replaced by Dino Fiorenza on bass (Billy Sheehan, Steve Vai, Paul Gilbert, John Macaluso) and Salvo “T-Metal” Grasso on drums (Hypersonic, DenieD). In November of 2015, the band released their video “Latest News From Light” in preview to “Eucharismetal” that was released in Europe by ROCKSHOTS Records on March 11, 2016. On the new album METATRONE re-released new versions of “The Powerful Hand” (remastered) and “Paradigma” as bonus tracks. "Eucharismetal" brought the band’s music to a wider audience with Christian Metal festival appearances in Europe and live gigs in Italy that included a triumphant concert in September 2016 at The Teatro Romano in Verona. In February 2017, the band released the second single/video “Molokai”. Soon after, just like in years past, another change with the band. It was after a very long internal discernment, that Davide made the decision to keep serving the Lord and the Catholic Church in the Laical form, giving up to practice as a priest. But with that change, the artistic mission with Metatrone is still on the run! "Eucharismetal" will be officially released in USA and Canada distributed by MVD Entertainment October 13, 2017.

Track Listing:
1. Alef Dalet Mem (4:54)
2. Molokai (5:22)
3. Beware The Sailor (3:31)
4. Wheat And Weeds (3:56)
5. Latest News From Light (4:36)
6. In Spirit And Truth (3:43)
7. Mozart's Nightmare (5:09)
8. Keep Running (5:44)
9. Salva l'Anima (5:25)
10. Una Parte Di Me (7:17)
11. Regina Coeli (4:46)
12. Alef Dalet Mem (Italian Version) (4:54)
13. Lascia Che Sia (5:44)
Album Length: 1:05:06

Album and Live Band Line Up:
Stefano Calvagno (Guitars)
Dino Fiorenza (Bass)
Jo Lombardo (Vocals)
David Brown (Keyboards/Growl)
Salvo Grasso (Drums)


Dustin Behm - The Beyond (2017)

RELEASE 24 November 2017

Dustin Behm is a progressive metal guitarist from Portland, Oregon USA. Dustin began playing guitar at the age of 13, being inspired by guitarists such as James Murphy, Dimebag Darrell, Joe Satriani, Tak Matsumoto, and Al Di Meola. In 2005 Dustin attended the Guitar Institute of Technology at Musician's Institute in Los Angeles where he studied with world renowned guitarists such as Paul Gilbert, Scott Henderson, Greg Harrison and tapping master TJ Helmerich. There he discovered the music of his diverse main influences: Allan Holdsworth, Shawn Lane, and Meshuggah. 

After his time at Musician's Institute, Dustin returned to Portland and played with a variety of metal bands in the area, ranging from symphonic metal to death metal. In 2012 Dustin had his original music played on FM radio in Portland and even taught guitar lessons in Italy with his friend and fellow guitar shredder Gianluca Ferro. 

Near the end of 2013, Dustin helped form the instrumental progressive metal band Increate. Increate's self-released, first album Void released to excellent reviews in February 2017. Void was produced in Sweden by legendary metal producer Jocke Skog. Dustin handled the album art and layout in addition to lead guitar.   

After being snowed indoors for weeks at a time in one of the most extreme Winters in Oregon history, Dustin was eager to create new music and began work on his dream of creating his first solo album. The album writing and recording process took place from Spring through Summer of 2017. Dustin's debut solo album The Beyond is inspired by early 90's progressive death metal such as "Spheres" era Pestilence combined with a modern metal influence from Meshuggah and Allan HoldsworthChris Poland's "Return to Metalopolis" was also an influence on "The Beyond".

The album is also inspired by Dustin's love of classic horror movies, especially European horror of the 70's and 80's. The album artwork, skillfully painted by Mark Cooper, represents figures from a series of nightmares Dustin had as a child (of which Mark was unaware when he painted the piece). The album art also has a feeling reminiscent of an 80's Euro horror movie. Dustin plays guitar, E-Bow, bass, keys and programming as well as handling production duties and album layout for The Beyond.

Dustin is currently writing material for a new Increate album and regularly playing live shows around the Northwestern United States. Dustin has shared the stage with artists such as Amorphis, Dark Tranquility, Archspire, Arkaik, Rhapsody of Fire, Inanimate Existence, Vale of Pnath, Oceano, I Declare War, The Kennedy Veil, and Disentomb among others.  

"The Beyond" is set to be release on November 24 via Rockshots Records

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