Κυριακή, 14 Ιανουαρίου 2018

ARMORTURA - Armortura (2018)

RELEASE 26 January 2018

Armortura are a melodic thrash metal band based in North East England and although the music is loosely based on old school thrash, there are lots of modern and melodic influences that can be heard from the tight, harmonised guitars coupled with pounding bass lines and powerful vocals.

Armortura was formed in April 2016 by ex-HOLOSADE members Phil De Sade (vocals) and Paul Trotter (guitarist), who, after a chance meeting at a Rock Night back in March 2016, decided to catapult their creative musical ideas and shared passion for hard hitting metal music into a new venture, following their dreams of spreading this unique blend of metal music as far and wide as possible.

Early 2017 saw the full band formulation of Adam Ironside on guitar Neil Vickers on drums (also ex-HOLOSADE) and Steve Smart on bass to make the talented five-piece metal machine you see today!

The writing of the ten track album came into full flow throughout 2016 and early 2017, when many an hour was spent in Paul’s home studio recording demo tracks that would be built upon before launching into the professional studio. Final recording, mixing and mastering of the self-financed album began in July 2016 with Producer James Stephenson at Stymphalian Productions in York, UK. The album took one year to complete from start to final mix.

In April 2017, Armortura submitted a four track demo to Mighty Music which was well received and Mighty Music requested to hear the full album. The label were delighted with the full album and in July 2017, Armortura signed to Denmark’s biggest metal label, Mighty Music, who will be releasing the killer self-entitled debut album worldwide in January 2017.

BONUS INFO: Jeff Waters from Annihilator is guesting with guitar solos on the bonus track "11th Hour" (remix).

Vocals - Phil De Sade; Guitar - Paul Trotter; Guitar - Adam Ironside; Drums – Neil Vickers; Bass - Steve Smart

   Zodiac 4:03
   Insidious 4:25
   Hellbound 4:45
   Cursed 5:13
   Shadow Underworld 5:24
   Flight 19 5:15
   11th Hour 4:33
   Wanted Dead or Alive 4:38
   The Keep 5:18
   Requiem For The Damned 6:08
   11th Hour (Bonus Remix - Feat. Jeff Waters) 4:40

Additional information:

Website: www.armortura.co.uk
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/armortura/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDS-_nU9DlcffsV9Lply2eQ

JUSTIFY REBELLION - Unleashing The Beast (2018)

RELEASE 19 January 2018

This January 2018, the debut album of Justify Rebellion ‘Unleashing The Beast’ is being released, it is an album which takes point of departure in the animalistic instincts in us as humans and the dark thoughts which surrounds us in our daily routines, gloomy myths and tales from old times. The song ‘Beast’ was released as a precursor to the album which had its music video premier on the swedish ‘Sweden Rock Magazine’, the german ‘Legacy - The Void from the Darkside’ and the danish ‘Metalized’ and meanwhile securing playtime on the danish rock radio: ‘myROCK’.

The album represents the surrounding problems and the critical factors which are to be found in the postmodern society which we are a part of.

The band has managed to write an album full of material from those inspirations sources and the album is with subjects as evilness, power struggle and superstition.

The album is recorded in CB Studios in cooperation with the danish producer Christian Bonde Sørensen also known as the lead singer in the band ‘Whores and Thieves’. The first tracks were recorded in the middle of 2015 where the band spend a lot of time polishing, exploring the songs and challenging the borders of how music can be interpreted. By doing that, the band found their exact sound and expression which together made the band’s hard expression of the human being in it’s most “evil form”.

The sound of the album is inspired by the hard edge of the 80’s and the songs do have a tiny touch and sometimes a strong mixture of heavy metal and thrash metal where the guitar sound is in focus with a powerful and hard vocal resounding to the thundering drums and bass to keep everything in order.

   Animal 3:45
   The Bloodcurdling Wail 5:08
   Relentless War 5:19
   Devil's Bride 3:40
   Ancient Pharaoh 4:12
   Get Away 5:45
   Fight Bleed Kill 5:07
   Beast 3:47
   Awaken 4:47
   Stuck Up In Chains 5:18
   The Core 5:43

Σάββατο, 13 Ιανουαρίου 2018

WORRY BLAST - .44 (2018)

RELEASE 19 January 2018

A Rhythm section that lights a darkened highway, guitars that descend like lightnings from a stormy sky, a voice polished by sand paper ... If ACDC was an old family recipe, this young band from
Switzerland is what you would be eating at Grandma's house.

Worry Blast is the name of this powerful quartet that released their first album ''Break Out From Hell'', in 2013. An album that made Lycra wearing 80's glam bands run for their lives. Worry Blast
have quickly made a name for themselves on the live scene with their furious and hard rockin' live shows.

After opening for Scorpions, Gotthard and Johnny Hallyday in 2015, the band released its second album “Hit The Gas“ which is a big return to the best 80’s moments with basic riffs and furious solos.
Distributed worldwide, this last album offered the band a great promotional tour with more than 50 shows all over Europe with a big tour with the american band, Nashville Pussy. After that, the
band played shows with bands like Patrick Bruel (famous french singer), Gotthard, and toured in Spain with the Swedish band Bonafide.

2017 was a bit more quiet, but not less productive. The 3rd album is on its way since April and the band is really looking forward to reveal their hard work next January. This album should more
powerfull than all the band did before !

".44" is produced by Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69, Michael kiske, Bob Catley etc.)

   Outta Nowhere 3:19
   Dirty Mind 2:40
   .44 3:11
   Hot 'n' Ready 3:43
   Rough Times 3:46
   Dominate 4:05
   Heartbreak 3:57
   Drink It All 3:37
   Party Downtown 3:26
   We Can't Stop Rock 'n'Roll 4:23

TRESPASS - Footprints In The Rock (2018)

RELEASE 12 January 2018

TRESPASS was formed in Sudbury, Suffolk, England in April 1979 by brothers Mark (guitar, vocals) and Paul Sutcliffe (drums) Dave Crawte (guitar) Richard Penny (bass)
Around this time they started gigging around East Anglia, playing a mix of rock covers and original songs including early versions of One Of These Days and Lightsmith.

The band were spotted by Trial records, a new local independent record label and were offered an opportunity to release a single.
TRESPASS recorded a self financed session at Hillside Studios Ipswich in October 1979. This featured One Of These Days and Bloody Moon which were destined to be the bands first single on the Trial label.

One of these days was released as a single in January 1980 and gained airplay on Radio One’s Friday Night Rock Show hosted by Tommy Vance and was also played by legendary DJ John Peel.
One of these days became a firm favourite with the crowd at the Sound house rock disco hosted by Neil Kay in London and featured regularly in their metal charts featured in Sounds magazine.
Richard Penny, despite all he had contributed it was decided, was not right for the long term and he was replaced on bass guitar by Cris Linscott.

The band recorded a session at Spaceward studios in Cambridge which was also used by Iron Maiden for their Sound house Tapes.
A new version of One Of These Days, a new track called Stormchild, Lightsmith and a potential new single Live It Up! were recorded.
These versions of One Of These Days and Stormchild were to ‘headline’ the EMI compilation Metal for Muthas volume II. All other bands on the album were represented by one track.

IRON MAIDEN had similarly had two tracks featured on Metal for Muthas volume I.
During this period Lars Ulrich and James Hetfeild of the fledgling METALLICA joined the TRESPASS fan club.
Many UK shows followed including at the prestigious Marquee club in Wardour street London.

A radio one session for The Friday Night rockshow was recorded. A track from which Visionary, with an excellent lyric written by bass guitarist Cris Linscott, was featured on the BBC compilation album Metal explosion which also featured bands such as SAMSON and GILLAN.
TRESPASS recorded a demo session at EMI which it was expected to lead to a major deal.
 A second single Live it up was delayed by the departure of singer Steve Mills and the recruitment of Robert Eckland also due to major label interest in the song.
In  1981 the band recorded their third single the Bright Lights EP . Bob Irving left the band during recording.
 Following the tragic early death of Mark and Paul’s father Allan Sutcliffe, TRESPASS  finally split in 1982.
Despite their fairly short lived time on the metal scene Trespass made a lasting impact.
Lars Ulrich and James Hetfeild of Metallica remained fans and One Of These Days was featured on NWOBHM compilation 79 revisited put together by Ulrich and Geoff Barton  in 1990

The band released their highly acclaimed greatest hits album the works in 1992.
This was also released in Japan through Pony Canyon Records
Trespass released a critically acclaimed  studio album ‘Head’ in 1993 showing a marked change in sound and style.
A 1999 Trespass concert live in Tokyo Japan, was released through Pony Canyon as Metal Crusade along with NWOBHM bands Samson, Tank and Preying Mantis.

A further  major worldwide release was One Of These Days the Anthology released in 2004 through Castle/ Sanctuary Records.
A new album TRESPASS was recorded in 2012, featuring brand new versions of the bands early tracks, recorded to a high standard with a consistent sound and feel.
The band have currently reformed with Mark Sutcliffe  at the heart of things and a new line up.
Dan Biggin Bass, Joe Fawcett Guitar, and Jason Roberts Drums
Trespass have played live shows at festivals in the UK and Europe in 2015/16/17

   Momentum 4:02
   Be Brave 3:53
   Mighty Love 4:49
   Prometheus 3:55
   Footprints In The Rock 3:53
   Little Star 5:41
   The Green Man 6:14
   Dragons In The Mist 5:52
   Beowulf And Grendel 4:21
   Weed 4:28
   Music Of The Waves 3:15

Πέμπτη, 11 Ιανουαρίου 2018

An excellent debut from NORÐ

NORÐ plays melodic progressive groovemetal, powered by high octane energy, melancholic soundscapes and a strong versatile voice in front. It’s heavy, it’s groovy and it has elements of thrash and doom metal spiced with a shovelful of death and a pinch of folk metal. A dystopic lyrical universe about the human decadence completes the experience. NORÐ released the debut EP ”Alpha” in march 2017 on Inverse Records.

Check them out on YouTube

You can stream NORÐ on biggest streaming services.

Apple Music 

Review excerpts:
”All in all an excellent debut from NORД
Zware Metalen

"A very strong debut and I can rate it about as highly as it is possible to do so for a four track."
17/20, Justin Hulford

"NORĐ rather developed their own sound, which can be perceived throughout the entire release. It is definitely worth listening to, so give it a go!"
8/10, DutchMetalManiac

And don't forget to check their facebook www.facebook.com/nordmetal

Τετάρτη, 10 Ιανουαρίου 2018

Vinide - Reveal (2018)

Release Date: January 26th 2018

Symphonic Metal group VINIDE releases their new album ”Reveal” 26.1.2018. In the year 2003 the band played its first notes and this the third album in the history and together with Ep releases the eighth release within the whole discography.

Vinide’s spontaneous work continues in a form of a full length concept album. The band has made their sound bigger, punchier and wider throughout an experimental work after the previous releases (The last ”Odes For Thoughts” , 2014). Still, the music has its original line in the composing and arranging work.

The composing of the new album begun in spring 2015 when Elmeri Kinnunen (Vocals&guitars) came up with an idea of science fiction story. Very quickly the band was handling their first concept album. After a very fast process of composing the recordings of the album begun in December 2015 at the famous Musiikkituottaja Studio, Kuhmo, Finland. After all the work stretch 1,5 year long and during the time the band tighten up into four-member group and decided to continue without a bassist. The recording itself happened in a schedule formed by the band itself and was really easy going but still very determined.

”Reveal” is a science fiction story about a large information technology company ”OMEGA’s” former employee who finds himself locked in a mental asylym and is even sentenced to death. After he escapes the asylum he starts to find out what is really going on and what is the biggest interest of OMEGA’s artificial intelligence project. The fears of the future seem to come true meanwhile the humankind is driving itself towards definite termination. The story goes on and a lot of plot twists are going to happen. How big is the urge to create something that humans don’t fully understand? What is going to happen to our hero during his journey finding out the origin of everything.

Recording, mixing and producing the whole album Elmeri Kinnunen also has composed the pieces in collaboration with guitarist Mikko Kähkönen and keyboard player Heikki Polvinen. The final touch was given at Finnvox Studio by Mika Jussila mastering the album. Cover art is by Petri Lampela.

Vinide - Album 2007
The Puzzle - Ep 2008
Into The Waters - Ep 2010
Odes For Thoughts - Album 2014
Reveal - Album 2018

Elmeri Kinnunen – guitars, vocals
Mikko Kähkönen – guitars
Heikki Polvinen – keyboards
Jaakko Juntunen - drums


Τρίτη, 9 Ιανουαρίου 2018

Sebastien - Act Of Creation (2018)

RELEASE 23 February 2018

SEBASTIEN is one of the very few Czech bands which are also known abroad. Their debut album, "Tears Of White Roses" (2010), was released in Europe and Japan, the second CD, “Dark Chambers Of Déjà Vu” (2015) world-wide.

In 2012, SEBASTIEN went on tour in Europe together with CIRCLE II CIRCLE and one year later with MASTERPLAN. Additionally to this, the group opened for Rock icon ALICE COOPER in Brno (CZ) in 2013 and has played on Masters Of Rock (CZ)festival’s main stage three times so far, at Metalfest (CZ), and Rock Tower Festival (PL) plus at the legendary Wacken Open Air (D) in 2016.

The first two albums were produced by German guitarist Roland Grapow (ex-HELLOWEEN, MASTERPLAN). On these records, SEBASTIEN also had guests from Black Sabbath, Rainbow, Rhapsody Of Fire, Avantasia, Firewind, Jorn, Cradle Of Filth, Sirenia,and Savatage.

The third release, „Act Of Creation“, is now going to be unleashed worldwide via Pride & Joy Music on 23rd February 2018 and features Apollo Papathanasio (SPIRITUAL BEGGARS, ex-FIREWIND) as guest on vocals on the track "Die In Me", Mayo Petranin (SIGNUM REGIS) on vocals on "Winner", Kristýna Dostálová as singer on "No Destination" and "Promises" plus  Vendula Skalová onbacking vocals.

The songs were written and arranged by George Rain, Petri Kallio & Andy Mons, except "Hero" which wasarranged by Rain, Mons, Kallio & Pavel Dvorak. “Act Of Creation” was produced by George Rain, Petri Kallio and Andy Mons, and recorded by Petri Kallio, mixed and mastered by Andy Mons at DARK CHAMBER SOUNDS studios from November 2016 to November 2017. The cover artwork was designed by Hans Trasid and Dis-Art Design.

Line-up: George Rain - vocals, guitars; Andy Mons – guitars; Petri Kallio - bass, backing vocals; Pavel Dvorak – keyboards; Lucas R. – drums

   01 - SEBASTIEN - Act Of Creation 4:27
   02 - SEBASTIEN - No Destination 3:02
   03 - SEBASTIEN - Wake Up 4:12
   04 - SEBASTIEN - Amy 5:39
   05 - SEBASTIEN - Evermore 4:33
   06 - SEBASTIEN - My Empire 3:49
   07 - SEBASTIEN - Queen From The Stars 4:34
   08 - SEBASTIEN - Winner 4:01
   09 - SEBASTIEN - Heal My Soul 3:48
   10 - SEBASTIEN - Promises 3:30
   11 - SEBASTIEN - Die In Me 4:55
   12 - SEBASTIEN - Full Moon Child 4:53
   13 - SEBASTIEN - Hero 5:25
   14 - SEBASTIEN - V síti þtÏstí (bonus) 4:35

Web: www.sebastienofficial.com

NoSelf - Human-Cyborg Relations: Episode 1 (2017)

Alternative Metal outfit NoSelf from Central Florida recently inked a worldwide distribution deal with Zombie Shark Records, the new record label from Noah “Shark” Robertson (Motograter, The Browning).

The band has released a music video for the track “Frisco” directed by Travis Cecil from SFN Productions, which can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/no6WBRCLno8

Their latest album ‘Human-Cyborg Relations Episode 1’ was recorded by Matt Johnson at Revelation Studios. The band is putting a modern twist on the nu metal genre, similar to bands like Cane Hill, DED, My Ticket Home, and Issues. The group is heavily influenced by bands like Deftones, Spineshank, Adema, Nothingface, and Korn.

NoSelf states, “NoSelf is incredibly excited to be working with Noah "Shark" Robertson from Zombie Shark Records. We are very passionate about Nu Metal and we could not be more thrilled to be a part of the Nu Metal revival. Having already played several shows alongside label mates Keychain, it could not be more evident that we are on the right path, with the right label.”

Robertson commented on the signing, “NoSelf are poised to be the next big thing in Mainstream Rock. This band is going to take the Zombie Shark Records label and the Nu Metal genre to a whole new level. Simply put. The gloves are off.”

‘Human-Cyborg Relations Episode 1’ is available online at www.zombieshark.net and everywhere else music is sold.

For fans of Nothing More, Cane Hill, Islander, My Ticket Home, Spineshank, 36 Crazyfists, Nothingface, Adema, DED, Korn


Δευτέρα, 8 Ιανουαρίου 2018

MARCO MENDOZA - Viva La Rock (2018)

RELEASE 2 March 2018

"Viva La Rock" is big, bad and beautiful. It reflects the larger than life personality of its creator Marco Mendoza both on and off stage.

The Los Angeles native who has a proud Spanish/Mexican heritage is usually found holding down the bass rock foundation with artists like Neal Schon (Journey), Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy, Ted Nugent and can currently be found with new classic cock champions The Dead Daisies.

With a hard working ethic that sees him constantly out on the road either with The Dead Daisies or as a solo artist, he was delighted when Mighty Music offered him the opportunity to release an album that could propel his own brand of music to a wider public.

“I am really excited about the release of this album. It will be my first collection of new songs in seven years! I have been extremely busy with the Dead Daisies since 2013 so when the opportunity to get some new music together came along, I jumped at it! I hope you guys have as much fun listening to it as I did recording it!” says Marco.

The album was recorded in Copenhagen with the multi-talented Soren Andersen (Glenn Hughes/Mike Tramp/Electric Guitars) at the helm. The Soren/Marco collaboration proved to be the right way forward with the chemistry exploding in the studio, writing and producing some of the finest new rock songs that are screaming out to be heard through a radio somewhere in the world.

“VIVA LA ROCK!! Is a celebration of Music, Life & Rock & Roll, Peace and Love!” states Marco.

With the title track ‘Viva La Rock’ thrusting out of the speakers as a worthy invitation to come and listen, Marco then takes you on a rollercoaster of musical emotions and sounds with a number of potential hit singles like ‘Rocketman’, ‘Sue is on the Run’ and the ballad ‘Leah’. With a cauldron full of influences caressing Marcos Rock sound including blues, funk and R and B, there is something for everyone that loves great music, and for good measure there a little of his past thrown in with a visit to ‘Chinatown’ from Thin Lizzy, complete with a guest appearance by Guns N’ Roses guitarist Richard Fortus and Danish star Mike Tramp on additional vocals, then the Ted Nugent cover ‘Hey Baby’. Throw it on your stereo or iPod and turn it up loud, you know you want to! 

"Viva La Rock" is a major priority release for Scandinavia's premier rock/metal label Mighty Music, who in recent years has grown to become one of the more important record labels within the genre worldwide, not least due to succesful releases with The Tygers Of Pan Tang, Mike Tramp and Blitzkrieg.

"Viva La Rock" is to be released on the 2nd of March 2018 on ltd. colour LP, CD and digital and on the 19th of January the title song from the album will be out as single and music video.

Marco Mendoza will support the "Viva La Rock" album with a European tour, which is currently being booked:

17.2. GER-Schwerin, Speicher
24.2  DK-Copenhagen, Halmtorvet 9
09.3. GER-Bückeburg, Schraub-Bar
10.3. GER-Isernhagen, Bluesgarage
13.3. GER-Hamburg, Hardrock Café
14.3. GER-Düsseldorf, Pitcher
16.3. GER-Viersen, Rockschicht

More dates across Europe to be added very soon!

Κυριακή, 7 Ιανουαρίου 2018

Black Space Riders - Amoretum Vol. 1 (2018)

RELEASE 26 January 2018

German Riffonauts BLACK SPACE RIDERS will release new LP Amoretum Vol. 1 on January 26, 2018. The LP can be pre-ordered on all digital platforms, including Bandcamp, as well as at www.blackspaceriders.com/shop
The internationally acclaimed predecessor Refugeeum brought BLACK SPACE RIDERS renown with its mixture of thoughtful, sensitive themes and hard, atmospheric rock. Two years have passed since then, two years in which the world has not necessarily become a better place in the eyes of most people.
War, terror, displacement, destruction, rejection and nationalism dominate the headlines. Or, as a wise little green fellow once said: "Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering."
"All you need is love", countered the BEATLES in 1967. The response of BLACK SPACE RIDERS in 2018 is Amoretum, a made-up word comprising "amor" and "arboretum" to symbolize a protective garden and a germ seed of love. And so the new song cycle of BLACK SPACE RIDERS is all about the conflict between fear-hate-rejection-darkness on the one hand, and love-empathy-care-light on the other.  For, how else should we overcome hate, if not with love?
Musically, this conflict is consistently put into practice by a band that beats its own path and is constantly developing. The electronic experiments of the Beyond Regugeeum EP of 2016 have been reduced sonically and cleverly integrated into the powerfully sounding songs. Between fat, dirty riffs and trippy delays, everything that sounds good is allowed; the album is interspersed with a flowing groove throughout and an ever-present atmosphere that embraces the listener. Heavy, sometimes proggy, often psychedelic, always engaging and almost catchy and danceable, Amoretum Vol. 1 takes us by the hand, shows us the dark side, and then wants to give us the hope back that we so often painfully miss.
The album flows from song to song as if from a single cast. The listener wonders after 45 minutes whether everything is really already over, and wants to go back to the beginning again immediately. 
But of course everything is not over after 45 minutes in the world of BLACK SPACE RIDERS. The band also announces a second chapter for 2018 ... Amoretum Vol. 2 is waiting for us, while we are looking forward to Amoretum Vol 1.

Track List:
1. Lovely Lovelie
2. Another Sort of Homecoming
3. Soul Shelter (Inside of Me)
4. Movements
5. Come and Follow
6. Friends Are Falling
7. Fire! Fire! (Death of a Giant)
8. Fellow Peacemakers

JE: Lead Vocals, Guitars, Organ, Piano, Electronics
SEB: Lead vocals, Keyboards, Electronics
C.RIP: Drums, Percussion, Didgeridoo
SLI: Guitars
SAQ: Bass Guitar
MEI: Bass Guitar



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