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Welcome to Angelic Warlord- your Christian metal and hard rock resource!  Launched in the spring of 2006 with the purpose of supporting Christians creating art within the metal and hard rock genres, Angelic Warlord features an abundance of reviews, links, articles, interviews and news- all updated on a weekly basis.  If you enjoy all types of metal and hard rock - melodic hard rock, straightforward hard rock, melodic metal, classic metal, power metal, progressive metal and all things in between – that, at the same time, is backed by a positive and life changing message, then you have found a new home in Angelic Warlord.

Christian art is the expression of the whole life of the whole person as a Christian. What a Christian portrays in his art is the totality of life. Art is not to be solely a vehicle for some sort of self-conscious evangelism.

A Christian should use these arts to the glory of God, not just as tracts, mind you, but as things of beauty to the praise of God. An art work can be a doxology in itself.

- Francis Schaeffer

Updates

UPCOMING REVIEWS

• BLACK FATE - Deliverance Of Soul
• PERPETUAL LEGACY - A New Symphony For Him
• PHILADELPHIA - Warlord
• TIME HORIZON - Transitions

LATEST UPDATES

• ARTICLES - March 13, 2016
• FEATURED REVIEWS - April 24, 2016
• INTERVIEWS - March 13, 2016
• METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS - April 24, 2016
• RELEASE DATES - April 24, 2016

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Update: April 24, 2016

FEATURED REVIEWS

LEVITICUS - 35 Years Anniversary: In His Service - NEW
35 Years Anniversary: In His Services proves a bargain at $39.99 when factoring the quality to the product at hand: improved re-mastered versions to the four Leviticus studio albums and professionally done packaging with a detailed mini booklet.  Read Full Review >>

 

RECON - Behind Enemy Lines (Roxx Records re-issue)
With its name short for both reconnaissance and reconciliation, Recon arose out of the ashes of defunct Southern California bands De Roque, Prophet and Seventh Thunder when founding members guitarist George Ochoa, vocalist Vett Robers and drummer John Christianson formed a partnership.  Read Full Review >>

VARIOUS ARTISTS - A Celebration Of The Death And Resurrection
Just when I thought I couldn’t get interested in yet another compilation album, along comes the spring of 2016 Roxx Records various artists offering entitled A Celebration Of The Death And ResurrectionRead Full Review >>

WHITECROSS - Nineteen Eighty Seven (Retroactive re-issue Gold Edition)
In the mid-eighties, Whitecross began an odyssey that transformed it from a relatively unknown independent band with a self-financed cassette demo to its credit to one of the more highly regarded and successful acts to arrive out of the burgeoning ‘white metal’ scene of the time.  Read Full Review >>

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

PROJECT AEGIS Release Charity Single “Angel In The Ashes”:
Featured are contributions from ROB ROCK, LEAH and members of THEOCRACY, VANDROYA, SUNBURST and BLACK FATE.

Press Release / Ulterium Records is proud to announce the release of "Angel In the Ashes", an all-star charity track for sale with 100% of the income going to feed homeless and refugee families in Greece. The song is being released under the banner PROJECT AEGIS, and was composed by THEOCRACY songwriter and vocalist Matt Smith.

"Angel In the Ashes" features vocals by Rob Rock (solo, IMPELLITTERI), Daísa Munhoz (VANDROYA, SOULSPELL), Vasilis Georgiou (SUNBURST, BLACK FATE), Leah McHenry (LEAH) and Smith, as well as a guitar solo by Gus Drax (SUNBURST, BLACK FATE).

Markus Sigfridsson (DARKWATER, HARMONY) created the PROJECT AEGIS artwork.

PROJECT AEGIS previously released the charity single "Collide and Spark" in 2014, the proceeds from which went to feed the homeless in the Nashville, Tennessee area of the U.S.

"I've been wanting to do another charity single since we had such a great experience the first time around," says Smith. "The challenge was finding the time and the appropriate cause, as well as putting together a lineup worthy of the caliber of talent we had on the last song. I think we did it!"

"The song is about someone who decides to take that first step to help a person in a dark or dangerous situation. I was talking to some friends of mine who live in Greece, and every weekend they help feed the huge number of poor, homeless and refugee families in that area. It's a massive need, and the dollar you spend on this song can make a huge difference in providing a hot meal or a blanket for someone. It's a very worthy cause, and everyone involved in the track freely gave their time and talent to make this happen. We hope you enjoy it!"

Project Aegis - "Angel In The Ashes"

"Angel In The Ashes" can be purchased at the links below:

Bandcamp: https://ulteriumrecords.bandcamp.com/track/angel-in-the-ashes

Amazon: www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01ECSUF9Q

Signum Regis - Chapter IV: The Reckoning

SIGNUM REGIS - Chapter IV: The Reckoning Vinyl Edition Announced:
Press Release / Ulterium Records will release a LP edition of the latest SIGNUM REGIS album Chapter IV: The Reckoning. The LP will be strictly limited to 300 copies and is scheduled to be released on June 3, 2016.

Commented SIGNUM REGIST bassist Ronnie König:

"This release is not just about making the CD available on a different format. The album Chapter IV: The Reckoning was re-mixed and re-mastered specially for the vinyl release in order to maximize the listener experience. For the manufacturing, we used 24-bit, less compressed sound, which is more dynamic and pleasant for listening. Since the mix is also a bit different, fans might hear some nuances, that they haven't heard before. I believe, that those who liked the CD will love the LP."

Chapter IV: The Reckoning was mastered by Jens Bogren (SYMPHONY X, OPETH, ARCH ENEMY), while cover art was created by Jan Yrlund (DELAIN, APOCALYPTICA, KORPIKLAANI).

Chapter IV: The Reckoning LP track listing:

Side A:

1. “Quitters Never Win”
2. “The Voice In The Wilderness”
3. “The Magi”
4. “The Secret Of The Sea”
5. “When Freedom Fails”

Side B:

1. “Lost And Found”
2. “Prophet Of Doom”
3. “Tempter Of Evil”
4. “The Kingdom Of Heaven”
5. “Bells Are Tolling”

The LP is available for pre-order at the SIGNUM REGIS and Ulterium Records websites: http://signum-regis.com/?content=shop & www.ulteriumstore.bigcartel.com

Link to "Quitters Never Win" music video: https://youtu.be/VZb9vQ2PQU4

Link to "Lost And Found" lyric video: https://youtu.be/M9V_5GMODCI

Ulterium Records online: www.ulterium-records.com & www.facebook.com/ulteriumrecords

SIGNUM REGIS online: www.signum-regis.com & www.facebook.com/signum.regis

NEWS BRIEFS

* “Consequences” is a new single from JOSHUA’S CREED available for free download: http://noisetrade.com/joshuascreed/joshuas-creed

* “A Mind Insane”, brand new track from the forthcoming STAIRWAY album Power And Glory: www.reverbnation.com/stairway/song/25752270-mind-insane-from-forthcoming-new

According to the group, mixing and mastering for Power And Glory has been completed and all tracks are compiled in their correct order.  The album is scheduled for release on May 20, 2016.

 

Update: April 17, 2016

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

Peo - Welcome To The Party

PEO To Release New Solo Album, Welcome To The Party:
Ninth solo album from LEVITICUS front man due on April 29, 2016:

Peo Pettersson has been active in the music recording business since his teens and involved in over 250 recordings to this date. It would be logic then that a solo album would offer a lot of influences and a great variety of styles, but on Welcome To The Party we’ll once again get pure AOR/melodic rock- also due to the new collaboration with songwriter and guitarist Roger Ljunggren (T’BELL, NIVA, GRAND ILLUSION).

The history of PEO starts with his first solo album Look What I’ve Started from 1995. After being in bands like LEVITICUS and AXIA, this was Peo Pettersson’s first solo effort where he teamed up with members from MASQUERADE, NIVA and other great musicians. This album in the meantime has become to be a sought after AOR /Melodic Rock classic. Many years and many albums later, Peo now has hooked up with Roger Ljunggren to make an album filled with classic melodic rock inspired by the heroes of the past.
 
Peo took care of the vocal, bass and keyboard parts on Welcome To The Party, while all guitars were handeld by Roger Ljunggren and drums by Tony Morra. The album was produced, mixed and mastered by Peo Pettersson at  POP Production Studios between October to December 2015.

Welcome To The Party track listing:

1. “Welcome To The Party”
2. “The Promise”
3. “You’ve Got It Going”
4. “Coming Out”
5. “Break Another Heart”
6. “Sweet Dreams”
7. “Eilene”
8. “It’s All Coming Back”
9. “Love A Woman”
10. “The Apple Of Temptation”
11. “Dangerous”

PEO online: http://peopettersson.wix.com/peopettersson

Joel Hoekstra & Michael Sweet

Michael Sweet & Joel Hoekstra Collaboration On The Way:
Courtesy of www.blabbermouth.net:

WHITESNAKE guitarist Joel Hoekstra has revealed plans to record an album with STRYPER front man Michael Sweet.

Hoekstra announced the project on the current episode of the "White Line Fever" podcast (download on iTunes), explaining he had built a strong relationship with Sweet while contributing to the STRYPER leader's solo album.

"I just got done laying down some solos for Michael Sweet's solo album and actually he and I are also going to record a project album together that I'm going to write with him," Hoekstra said.

"I'm doing some writing for that now and also three other things in total so I’m writing for four things total right now.

"A lot of my days are that."

Hoekstra said he was a massive admirer of Sweet, 52, who is also an accomplished guitarist and producer.

"A lot of the guys from the scene are jaded, tired," said Hoekstra, formerly of NIGHT RANGER. "Michael's just a guy who's got his life together and I think a lot of that is via how he goes about living his life on a daily basis.

"But, yeah, I think he is a really talented guy and a nice guy and him and I have always gotten on and wanted to work together.

"The timing didn't work out for his last solo album, so I ended up just kind of miming in a couple of the videos - 'I'm Not Your Suicide' and his duet with Electra Mustaine (daughter of MEGADETH main man Dave Mustaine), the “Heart Of Gold” cover. This time I got to play a little bit on the solo album and would have been happy to do much more but I think it would have been weird because we are going to do a whole album together."

Sweet's next solo album, set to be titled One Sided War, is due out later in 2016 via Rat Pak Records. The CD, which Michael promises will be his "best to date," will feature Will Hunt (EVANESCENCE, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY) on drums.

Sweet's latest solo album, I'm Not Your Suicide, sold around 2,900 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 154 on The Billboard 200 chart.

Michael Sweet online: www.michaelsweet.com & www.facebook.com/TheMichaelSweet

Tempest logo

TEMPEST Release First Single In Twenty-Five Years:
Courtesy of www.mauce.nl:

It was thirty years ago, that TEMPEST signed to Pure Metal Records and history was made. TEMPEST is back with new and old music on Pure Metal Collective, who just dropped the new TEMPEST song called “Back To The Hill” along with the final mix of the first radio single “Hello God”.  They are both available for streaming below.

Both songs were written by founding member and guitarist/vocalist Mick Rowe and recorded/produced by Mick and Steve Veninga, at the P.M.C. Studios in Hollywood, CA.  Frank Gaidliardi handled mixing and mastering.  David Pearson (BLISSED) contributes drums to both tracks.

TEMPEST is also at work on a brand new EP for Pure Metal Collective entitled The Metal Queen 2016.  In addition to a cover of The REZ BAND classic “Military Man”, the EP will feature a re-recorded version of “Golgotha” (from the 1987 TEMPEST debut A Coming Storm).

If all goes as planned, limited edition hard copies of the EP will be available for order when TEMPEST plays at the So Cal Metal Fest on April 23rd in Irvine, CA alongside BLOODGOOD, WORLDVIEW, JOIN THE DEAD, IN THE MIDST 777 and WICKED’S END.  Joining Mick Rowe onstage will be Rex Scott (GX PROJECT, X-SINNER) on bass.

Either song is available for streaming at the link below; however, if you would like to support TEMPEST by purchasing the EP, you can do so with PayPal at www.paypalme.com/Tempest777.

TEMPEST has a lot planned for 2016, including two documentaries and re-recording both TEMPEST albums plus a few other goodies. Thanks for your support and prayers!

“Back To The Hill” and “Hello God” can be streamed at: www.reverbnation.com/TempestMission

TEMPEST online: www.facebook.com/TempestMission/timeline

NEWS BRIEFS

* Emanuel Wärja is the new guitar player in HERO.  Emanuel is currently recording his guitar parts for the upcoming HERO album, which will now be entitled Miracle.  Mixing and mastering to follow.

* LEVITICUS, Elements Of Rock 2016 full concert: www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdqFzoZCL4I

* NARNIA new album and tour update (as reported by vocalist Christian Liljegren): “As you may know we are soon ready with the new album. We will be touring around the world (starting) in Sweden. We also (plan) to tour in Europe

“We want to visit the UK again and of course Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, and hopefully Italy and more countries. We can do both electric and acoustic shows. We will continue (to tour) during 2017-2018 so we reach as many parts of the world.

“We have a very Christ centered album and there is a big need out there. We want to bring a heavenly hope in this time of changes. If you are interested to book Narnia to your club, festival, church. Please contact us.”

* Christian Liljegren will also be making a guest appearance on the sophomore album of Italian progressive rock group S91.  Further details about the album are forthcoming.  S91 debuted in 2011 with the full length offering Volonta Legata.

 

Update: April 3, 2016

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

So Cal Metal Fest banner

Roxx Records - Official Sponsor Of The So Cal Metal Fest:
Press Release / Southern California, are you ready for this? Sacrivox Productions is very excited to bring you the very first So Cal Metal Fest coming to Irvine, California Saturday April 23, 2016!  Get ready for a night of great Christian Metal and fellowship!  Featuring the long awaited return of BLOODGOOD with special guest performers Terry Russell (HOLY SOLDIER) on drums and Larry Farkas (VENGEANCE RISING, DIE HAPPY, ONCE DEA) on guitars.  

We are also extremely excited to bring you the worldwide debut performance of WORLDVIEW, the brand new super group featuring members of DELIVERANCE, RECON and SACRED WARRIOR.  Also look for the band’s debut full-length album entitled The Chosen Few out now!

Also joining the bill on our main stage is none other than Northern California thrashers JOIN THE DEAD coming down for their first, and only, scheduled Southern California area appearance. Rounding out our main stage line up for this year’s So Cal Metal Fest is none other than glam metal sensations CHAOTIC RESEMBLANE and the long awaited return of So Cal area thrashers WICKED’S END.

If that’s not enough for you, on our second stage, in the Acoustic Café, we are excited to bring you the return of REX Recording artists TEMPEST (featuring special guest Rex Scott of X-SINNER and GX PROJECT) in their first show in over 25 years! Also on the second stage is a special acoustic performance from So Cal ‘metallers’ IN THE MIDST, which rounds out what promises to be one amazing and unforgettable show. This is going to be one great night of metal that you don’t want to miss, and are sure to remember for years to come!

Advance tickets are on sale now for only $15, and there is also a Limited Edition Premium Pass ticket for only $50! Premium Pass tickets include a general admission ticket as well as entry into a very special Meet and Greet session with all of the bands prior to the show, it also includes early entry into the event and a brand new Worldview T-shirt. Meet and Greet session is at 4:30pm and doors to the main event will open up at 5:30pm.

Tickets are now available through Eventbrite at: http://socalmetalfest.eventbrite.com

Our official show sponsors include:

The Wounded Society: www.facebook.com/TheWoundedSociety

Meis Music Group: www.meismusicgroup.com

Roxx Records: www.roxxproductions.com

Metal Pulse Radio: http://metalpulseradio.com

The Covenant Metal Show www.covenantmetalshow.net

Philadelphia - Warlord

PHILADELPHIA Release New Album, Warlord:
Courtesy of www.enfocusmagazine.com:

The early to mid ‘80s was a different time. Ronald Reagan was America’s president. With a new era of conservatism sweeping across the US, fundamentalist Christianity embraced politics, prospering as it did. Men like Jerry Falwell & Jim Bakker openly endorsed right wing candidates as church and state became unabashed bedfellows. Meanwhile, the American music scene was anything but button-down conservative. Hard rock & metal had lit a fire in the late ‘70s that became an inferno as the 80's arrived. OZZY OSBOURNE, JUDAS PRIEST, DIO, & IRON MAIDEN were selling out shows and breaking sales records across the country. It didn’t take a visionary to see it. If you were going to reach the kids who needed it most, the concert stage was the place and the music was the language. And if the music wasn’t real, if it wasn’t authentic or connect with them inside... well, don’t bother!

It was during this time that the band PHILADELPHIA came to be. Hailing from the Deep South, Shreveport, Louisiana to be exact, there was a Christian street outreach group called Philadelphia.  The choice of the name came from a reference in the book of Revelation in the Bible. In the reference, the people of Philadelphia were characterized as not having much but they were faithful in spite of much opposition. This would soon prove to be a very apt name indeed. Since some of the key members grew up playing rock ‘n roll, PHILADELPHIA also included a band. They took the same name, and began to play gigs all over the NW Louisiana region. Being musicians, it was only natural that they would express their faith through the music they played. In doing this, they soon realized the old ‘church’ ways of doing things weren’t going to cut it. Crowds were small at first but enthusiastic. After a few lineup changes, Philly eventually settled into a hard rocking trio, with Brian Clark on bass & vocals,  Brian Martini on drums and Phil Scholling on guitar.

Opposition from some of the established church folk was intense and immediate. Time and again they heard things such as, "You can’t do this!" "This music is evil, and it can't be used for good, period!" "There is no place for you in this church if you're going to keep doing what you're doing!" The boys in the band disagreed.  They were playing nearly exclusively to younger crowds and it was a familiar language to both. Venues ranged from local rock clubs to more unconventional sites such as youth shelters and even prisons. PHILADELPHIA had found a way to communicate a message of hope to those that needed it.... and communicate they did!

Philadelphia - Tell The Truth

A couple of years passed and a fourth member, Ronn Flowers, was added on guitar. While playing a show in Mississippi, the band was spotted by a recording studio owner who quickly signed them to his label. PHILADELPHIA released their first album Tell The Truth in 1984. The record spawned a Top 25 CCM hit named “No Compromise”. It was during this time that the band and outreach team had formed a close friendship with noted hard rockers REZ BAND, and their community Jesus People USA. After playing large shows with them around the region they were invited to play the Cornerstone festival in ’85. The show was a triumph for the band, validating their approach and gaining exposure to a much wider audience. However, all was not well back home. Things were heating up… and not in a good way.

The initial opposition they encountered had continued during this whole time but now as they gaining prominence, PHILADELPHIA began to come under vicious attack for their music. Church personalities great and small fired away at the boys, saying that God could never use their music for good. Using newsletters, TV broadcasts, and word of mouth campaigns, televangelist Jimmy Swaggart publicly accused them of blasphemy. He was not alone in his condemnation of what the guys had been up to. With their home in close proximity to many religious organizations in East Texas, PHILADELHIA found itself in the crosshairs of many that didn't like what the guys were up to.

In the middle of the tumult, PHILADELPHIA released its second album, Search & Destroy. The band’s music was even harder than before. Since the guys had never set out with the goal of appeasing the people that were criticizing them, they focused on finding a better way to get across what they wanted to say to the people that mattered most to them. They learned that a majority of the kids that needed to hear a message of hope would never listen to anything labeled Christian, so the message became more subtle in its delivery. The idea being that those that were searching may find something. They also dedicated themselves to making their songs as authentic musically as the feelings and thoughts the lyrics shared.

1986 brought another fantastic show at the Cornerstone festival they'd played the year before. However, the situation at home was rapidly unraveling. Religious persecution continued, causing personal problems to worsen, and finally, label issues. PHILADELPHIA had written and recorded demos for a new, full length third album, to be named after the title track of Warlord. Disagreement with their record label left them unable to record, and so besieged on all sides, PHILADELPHIA broke up. Through their travels, so many concerts played, living together in a community home, they’d created a bond that was so much more than music. PHILADELPHIA had received letters from across the US, and as far away as Germany & Poland, from people who had heard their message on the first two LPs. There were great memories of shows across the South, lives touched, hearts and souls mended...but that was all, memories. The guys went their separate ways and that was it.

Philadelphia - Search & Destroy

Fast forward to 2011. Bassist Brian Clark was in the hospital in his hometown of Shreveport LA, awaiting aortic valve replacement and bypass surgery. To his amazement, three of the friends that came to offer support and love were the former members of PHILADELPHIA even though Brian Martini now lived in Ft. Worth TX, and Phil Scholling further away in Austin, TX. Looking around his hospital room, Brian realized that although it had been many years since they had all been together, a special bond was still there.
 
In 2014, Brian Martini proposed a ‘PHILADELPHIA reunion’ at his home in Ft. Worth TX, just a good time visiting with each other. It was only natural that a jam session would end up happening when the guys got together. Playing together again felt great, just like old times. The next morning, Clark had an idea that he proposed to the others. Remember Warlord? Why not record and release it themselves? Could they still do it? Would the original fire and passion still be there? Only one way to find out! Originally, all four members were in, but time constraints forced Ronn Flowers to withdraw. So now, PHILADELPHIA was back to its original power trio lineup. And ready to start work on Warlord… an album 30 years in the making!!
 
Brian Martini offered his home studio. Since it was centrally located in Ft Worth between the other 2 members it was the ideal place and so writing and recording demos began. The three decided to keep the strong title track, and write new material for the remaining songs. The guys wanted the record to have current sound while staying true to their roots as a band of delivering some hard-driving rock PHILADELPHIA fans would expect. To accomplish this, the search began to find the right person to engineer and produce the record. Enter the extremely talented Ritchie Wicander from Austin, TX. In addition to being an up and coming engineer/producer, Ritchie has his own metal band, FIRE FROM THE GODS.  A drummer raised in Germany, Richie shared many of the same musical influences as the members of PHILADELPHIA , as well as a similar rock vision. Even though his band had just signed to a major record deal, Richie was eager to take on the role as engineer and producer and bring a fresh take on the songs. 

So now after 30 years, the last 2 spent writing and recording, Warlord is complete and ready for release. The question is… are you ready to hear what all the fuss and controversy was really all about?  Are you ready for Warlord?

Warlord release date: April 1, 2016

Warlord track listing:

1. “Brothers In Arms”
2. “Defender”
3. “I’m Not Listening”
4. “Prophecy”
5. “Wasteland”
6. “Sane Asylum”
7. “Son Of The Morning”
8. “Lady Fortune”
9. “Way Of The Skull”
10. “Warlord”

PHILADELPHIA online: www.facebook.com/Philadelphia

NEWS BRIEFS

* “Choose”, the first single release from JOSHUA'S CREED is available for free download: www.noisetrade.com/joshuascreed

According to the group, the song is “forged from the very scriptures where JOSHUA'S CREED get its name.  “Choose” is a high octane bass grooved double kickin' roller coaster challenge to "choose this day" whom you will serve.”

* Drummer Beni Mayer departed PŸLON in the middle of recording its next album, A Lament.  Former PŸLON timekeeper Beni Mayer is his replacement.

* Two new songs from TEMPEST, “Back To The Hill” & “Hello God”: www.reverbnation.com/TempestMission

 

Update: March 27, 2016

FEATURED REVIEWS

DETH ENEMY - Unmovable
Want proof that Australia is still capable of producing a hard rock band that ranks with the genres best?  Look no further than Queensland based Deth Enemy and its Big Sky Song Records September of 2015 full-length debut UnmovableRead Full Review >> 

FIERCE HEART - Fierce Heart
Uncannily catchy, immediately accessible and accentuated by loads of talent in the guitar, vocalist and producer positions, the 1985 Fierce Heart self-titled Mirage Records debut perplexed us.  Read Full Review >>

TERRY FRIESEN - Windchill Factor
Windchill Factor, the January of 2016 fifth-full length solo album of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan vocalist and guitarist Terry Friesen, has a lot to be proud of.  Read Full Review >>

INNERWISH – InnerWish
There is melodic metal and there is power metal and there is traditional metal and there is symphonic metal and somewhere where these genres intersect there is InnerWish.  Read Full Review >>

PROTO-KAW - The Wait Of Glory - (Numavox re-issue)
The re-mixed, re-mastered and partially re-recorded December of 2015 re-issue of Proto-Kaw's third album, The Wait Of Glory, arrives as an upgrade in comparison to the initial Inside Out Records release from 2006.  Read Full Review >>

RAZORIGAMI - Embracing A Temporal Exile
The Razorigami project of high-octane vocalist Luke Richard Weber has always been all about style.  And the artists third (and reportedly final) February of 2016 released album Embracing A Temporal Exile, recorded in follow up to the Razorigami debut Weathering The Winter Of The Soul (2013) and sophomore effort Truths From Beyond The Machine (2014), delivers inside and out.  Read Full Review >>

SCANDINAVIAN METAL PRAISE - Glory & Power: Part 1
Glory & Power: Part 1, the fall of 2015 sophomore album from Scandinavian Metal Praise, is a pretty compelling package on paper.  Read Full Review >>

THE WORLD WILL BURN - Severity
The World Will Burn is the new band of Dale Thompson, front man of iconic Christian metal and hard rock veterans Bride, whom have14 studio albums, 7 live albums and 9 compilations to its credit since forming in the mid-eighties.  Read Full Review >>

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

Black Fate - Deliverance Of Soul

BLACK FATE - Deliverance Of Soul Re-Issue Announced:
Press Release / Ulterium Records are proud to announce the re-issue of Deliverance Of Soul from the Greek melodic metal band BLACK FATE. The re-issue will be released on April 29, 2016 in Europe and North America.

Deliverance of Soul was originally released in 2009, and it was the first BLACK FATE album to feature Vasilis Georgiou on lead vocals.  Georgiou also fronted the most recent BLACK FATE release Between Visions & Lies (Ulterium Records), which received excellent feedback from around the world in being described as a mix between KAMELOT, IRON MAIDEN, DREAM THEATER and CONCEPTION.

The re-issue was re-mastered by Erik Tordsson (END OF SEPTEMBER) and features new artwork by Jan Yrlund (APOCALYPTICA, KORPIKLAANI, LEAH).

Deliverance Of Soul track listing:

1. “Children of Aniramas”
2. “Dying Freedom”
3. “Blood Red Sky”
4. “Angry Silent Scream”
5. “The Conscience Of The Brave”
6. “Rain Of Paradise”
7. “If The Silence Was Gray”
8. “Wicked”
9. “Thorn In My Hand”
10. “Inner Warning Of My Soul”
11. “Fallen”

BLACK FATE lineup for Deliverance Of Soul:

Vasilis Georgiou – Lead Vocals
Ilias Tsintzilonis - Guitars
Giannis Theologis – Guitars
Achilleas Mochloulis - Keyboards
Albertos Oikonomou - Bass
Nikos Tsintzilonis - Drums

BLACK FATE discography:

2016: Deliverance Of Soul (re-issue, Ulterium Records)
2014: Between Visions & Lies (Ulterium Records)
2009: Deliverance Of Soul
2002: A Piece of Dream
2000: Uncover

Ulterium Records online: www.ulterium-records.com & www.facebook.com/ulteriumrecords

BLACK FATE online: www.facebook.com/blackfategreece

THEOCRACY IV Drum Tracking Tour:
Athens, Georgia based melodic power metal band THEOCRACY remains at work on its yet to be titled fourth album.  The group provided a recent update in regards to the drum tracking process, which it has relocated to a farmhouse in rural Georgia.  Founding member and vocalist Matt Smith offers further details in the above referenced video.

THEOCRACY recently announced that original drummer Shawn Benson will record the drums on said fourth album. Benson played drums on 2011's As The World Bleeds and 2008's Mirror Of Souls, as well as the 2013 re-release of Theocracy's self-titled debut album.

The band are in the early stages of recording, and are excited to showcase Benson's unique style on their upcoming release, which will be their third on Swedish label Ulterium Records.

THEOCRACY recently returned from a brief tour in Scandinavia, including their first performance in Sweden, with HALYCON WAY drummer Ernie Topran filling in on the drums.

Former drummer Patrick Nickell quit THEOCRACY last November after recording the Christmas single "Night Of Silence”, and the band wishes him well in his future endeavors. No decision has been made regarding a permanent replacement.

THEOCRACY online: www.theocracymusic.com & www.facebook.com/theocracyband

NEWS BRIEFS

* INNERSIEGE rehearsal instrumental track, “Iron Lotus”: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONt1p2FUcB4

“Iron Lotus” is scheduled to appear on the group’s (yet to be titled) upcoming album.

* New WARPRIEST song, “The Crux”: www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwDwBf5lEQU

Commented vocalist Robert “Death is Gain” Wilson: “About two years ago I got an idea for a song for Good Friday (that was based upon) the BLACK SABBATH track “Black Sabbath”.  It was a dud, and I shelved it, but recently I got the itch again and started working on a different take.  Yesterday the lyrics and theme came to me (and) I wanted to release it today (after) putting the finishing touches on it.”

* PHILADELPHIA update in regards to new album Warlord (Facebook - March 7, 2016): “Are you ready for some brand new PHILADEPHIA? Only 30 years in the making!! Our brand new album Warlord is in the mastering process now, and should be available in 30 days or so. More info to come on how to order. Thanks for the new likes...and we hope you like our new stuff!!”

 

Update: March 20, 2016

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

Various Artists - A Celebration Of The Death & Resurrection

Roxx Records To Release A Celebration Of The Death And Resurrection Compilation:
Press Release / Roxx Records is very excited to bring you this very special release just in time for your Easter holiday celebrations, and to leave it with you to enjoy for many years to come. Roxx Records proudly presents A Celebration of the Death and Resurrection, a compilation of some of the best Christian Metal tracks focused entirely on the Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

This compilation was carefully compiled to feature some of the classics of Christian Metal as well as to introduce you to some of today’s greatest Christian Metal artists. Included are classic tracks from the likes of BLOODGOOD, NEON CROSS and RECON along with those from current bands helping keep the metal scene alive today like THEOCRACY, GRAVE FORSAKEN and WORLDVIEW. The compilation opens as we hear the tracks “Crucify” and “Son Of God” depicting the story of the death of Christ, and the stories continue on throughout this strategically compiled compilation, which ends by reminding us that “He Is Alive” and “He’s The Messiah” a true classic compilation through and through.

We are also using this compilation as a tool to raise awareness of the ministries of Sanctuary International led by Pastor Bob Beeman. The compilation opens with a brand new message from Pastor Bob as he leads us on this musical journey. A portion of the profits from this CD will also be donated to the ministry ‘The Bridge Bunch’ which focuses on feeding the homeless in the Nashville area. Please visit www.SanctuaryInternational.com to learn more about the ministries of Sanctuary International and ‘The Bridge Bunch’

Featuring some amazing new artwork throughout an 8 page booklet put together by Scott Waters (ULTIMATUM), which also includes lyrics to each and every song on the compilation. This exclusive compilation has also been completely re-mastered by the one and only George Ochoa (WORDVIEW, DELIVERANCE, RECON) especially for this release.

A Celebration Of The Death And Resurrection track listing:

1. A Message From Pastor Bob Beeman
2. BLOODGOOD - “Crucify”
3. NEON CROSS - “Son Of God”
4. SACRED WARRIOR - “He Died”
5. WORLDVIEW - “The Last Cry”
6. THEOCRACY - “30 Pieces of Silver”
7. X-SINNER - “World Covered In Blood”
8. SAINT - “Crucified”
9. ULTIMATUM - “Violence And Bloodshed”
10. GRAVE FORSAKEN - “Death On The Cross”
11. Deliverance - “Flesh And Blood”
12. VENGEANCE RISING - “Human Sacrifice”
13. TOURNIQUET - “If I Was There”
14. RECON - “Alive”
15. BLOODGOOD - “The Messiah”

A Celebration of the Death And Resurrection is scheduled to be released as a Limited Edition CD pressing of only 300 copies on April 1, 2016. As a bonus, anyone who pre-orders the CD will receive a special download within 48 hours of your purchase that will allow you to start enjoying this wonderful compilation, before and during, the Easter holiday until your Limited Edition CD arrives!

Pre-order: http://roxxrecords.storenvy.com/products/16235616-a-celebration-of-the-death-and-resurrection-cd-2016

DETH ENEMY – “Open Your Heart” Lyric Video Premier:
Press Release / Queensland, Australia based melodic hard rock act DETH ENEMY has released a lyric video for the track “Open Your Heart” from its Big Sky Song Records full length debut Unmovable.

Unmovable was produced by Tom E. Morrison and recorded by vocalist and guitarist Al Caiulo at The Zoo Studio in Beerwah, Queensland.  Martin Pfeiffer handled mastering at BANG Mastering. 

According to the group, its goal is to “delve into the dark of a world arching into the abyss to split it with light, taking a stand for the soul once and for all”.  Furthermore, DETH ENEMY places priority on “(stripping) the sin back from the sound like paint thinner, black being bleached back to white, dark dripping away to light” while also “touching on the listing line between life and death and throwing the hope rope out to a society swimming in ruins.” 

The 90% Angelic Warlord review of Unmovable summed up the DETH ENEMY sound as follows:

"While many identify with Australia for yielding the brazen sounds of AC/DC and smoother flavorings to Little River Band, Deth Enemy walks a fine line between the two from drawing upon both sides of the fence.  Specifically, Deth Enemy stays true to the former by joining driving hard rock guitar riffs and a keyed up rhythm section with the no-nonsense muscle to match, but emphasizes the latter in terms of accessible leanings found in fitting doses of AOR and commercial melodic rock.  The upshot is a group with a multifarious sound that owes its allegiance equally to the seventies (think Resurrection Band and similar acts) and eighties (sort of like Whitecross and its contemporaries).”

An Unmovable teaser can be viewed at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SEgU9D4K1M

Unmovable track listing:

1. “C.O.D. (Call Of The Devil”)
2. “One Thousand Years”
3. “Wicked World”
4. “When An Angel Falls”
5. “Dark Side Of The Blues”
6. “The Hammer”
7. “Disciple”
8. “Devil’s Playground”
9. “I Believe In Angels”
10. “Eternally Blessed”
11. “Ordinary People”
12. “Crucifier”
13. “Open Your Heart” (4:51)

DETH ENEMY line up:

Al Caiulo - Lead Vocals, Guitars & Bass
Frank Caiulo - Drums

DETH ENEMY online: http://dethenemy.com & www.facebook.com/Deth-Enemy

INNERWISH - “Modern Babylon” Music Video Released:
Press Release / Athens, Greece melodic metal six piece INNERWISH has released a music video for the track “Modern Babylon”, which is off their upcoming self-titled album scheduled for release in Europe and North America via Ulterium Records on March 18, 2016.  The Japan release is schedule for March 30, 2016 (on Bickee Music). 

InnerWish will be available on CD, double LP, cassette tape and as a digital download.

InnerWish was mixed by Fredrik Nordström and Henrik Udd at Studio Fredman (IN FLAMES, DIMMU BORGIR, HAMMERFALL) and mastered by Peter In De Betou (ARCH ENEMY, OPETH, AMON AMARTH). Album artwork was created by Felipe Machado Franco (BLIND GUARDIAN, RHAPSODY OF FIRE, XANDRIaA) and the design was done by Jan Yrlund (KORPIKLAANI, APOCALYPTICA, MANOWAR).

Commented the band regarding InnerWish:

"This is the first album with our new lineup, and we hope this lineup will be unchanged for many years since we now feel stronger, more confident and sure about ourselves than ever before. For those reasons we chose InnerWish as the title of our new album because it represents us in the most exact way. We are very proud of this album. It might sound very common, but it's the truth for us: this is the best INNERWISH album so far! Heavy, aggressive, modern, melodic and diverse at the same time, with all the classical INNERWISH elements, combined with some new ones. It might have been 6 years since the release of No Turning Back but all the difficult times we've been through made us stronger and the result is this new, fifth album of InnerWish. We are back for good!"

InnerWish track listing:

1. “Roll The Dice”
2. “Broken”
3. “Modern Babylon”
4. “Machines Of Fear”
5. “Needles In My Mind”
6. “My World On Fire”
7. “Rain Of A Thousand Years”
8. “Serenity”
9. “Sins Of The Past”
10. “Through My Eyes”
11. “Zero Ground”
12. “Cross The Line”
13. “Tame The Seven Seas”

A lyric video for "Needles In My Mind" can be viewed at YouTube: https://youtu.be/7_l1lJPS-a4

Stream "Rain Of A Thousand Years" at YouTube: https://youtu.be/sfdla3ZsbEE

Ulterium Records online: www.ulterium-records.com & www.facebook.com/ulteriumrecords

INNERWISH online: www.innerwish.gr & www.facebook.com/innerwishofficial

NEWS BRIEFS

* Demo version of a new song from BIOGENESIS, “Inside The Beast”: www.reverbnation.com/biogenesisofficial

The song is slated to be included as part of the group’s third album tentatively entitled A Decadence Divine.

* NARNIA update (Facebook - March 11, 2016): “We are working hard to finish the new album and more details will follow soon and of course we are working to bring the Lion back on the road. Are you a promoter for concerts / festivals? Please get in touch with us.

“We will soon give you a release date. Please be patient and our plan is to do a European Tour late this year 2016 and in 2017 we want to visit North & South America and it would be fantastic to go down under to Australia as well.”

As of March 25, 2016, each NARNIA studio album will be available for digital download.

 

Update: March 13, 2016

INTERVIEWS

Rex Carroll promo pic

New Rex Carroll interview online:
In a detailed interview last year with Glitter2Gutter, guitarist Rex Carroll goes into detail about both his work (earlier and recent) in WHITECROSS and KING JAMES and his beginnings with FIERCE HEART.  Following is an excerpt:

Stryper is still going strong... Petra is back playing shows again... Bloodgood and Guardian did new records recently, so I ask you, why not Whitecross?  Any chance of a new record at any time in the near future?
I love how Stryper has been able to keep going.  That is fantastic!  As far as the music industry and music business is concerned, as soon as somebody makes a legitimate offer to make a new record, it's easily doable.  What I'm NOT interested in is a situation where a small label says, "you make the record at your own expense and take all your own time, we will sell it and then we're not going to pay any royalties anyways!"  I can assure you, I've done that enough already!  (Laughing)  So THAT is not happening any time soon.  But, any serious offers and of course we're interested in it.

Read full interview: HERE

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

Razorigami album giveaway

RAZORIGAMI Digital Album Giveaway:
Press Release / Reanimated Radio will have an exclusive download of the new album from RAZORIGAMI.

The final RAZORIGAMI release Embracing A Temporal Exile encompasses the entire four year span (2012 - 2016) of the project! From hard rock to old-school metal to progressive rock, from modern rock to the alternative, RAZORIGAMI will not disappoint! Passionate songs with a Christian worldview, featuring the vocal talents of Luke Richard Weber.

Included along with the ten new songs on EATE, are also the eleven appearing on RAZORIGAMI debut Weathering The Winter Of The Soul (2013) and eleven from sophomore effort Truths From Beyond The Machine (2014).

Commented Weber in regards to EATE: “I’ve been really trying to stretch my own boundaries and I think this will easily be the most diverse of the three.  My sister, who is a music teacher and a brilliant pianist in her own right, is even contributing a brief piano piece to one of these songs so that’s pretty special.  I hesitate to say too much because nobody likes the movie trailer that literally shows you all the best parts of the movie… but I think it’s safe to say that style-wise this will be nothing like what people would expect and yet it will encompass everything people would expect at the same time.

Listen to the Hammer of God on March 21, 2016 from 9-10 pm EST where RAZORIGAMI’s music will be featured. Then download your exclusive copy HERE.  The free download will be available for 24 hours after the show.

Razorigami - Embracing A Temporal Exile

RAZORIGAMI online: https://razorigami.wordpress.com & www.facebook.com/razorigamimusic

SACRED WARRIOR - “Slave” Official Lyric Video:
Chicago, Illinois based power metal act release new single featuring guest vocals from former lead singer Rey Parra, who weaves an epic vocal tapestry with current front man Eli Prinsen!

SACRED WARRIOR offers further detail in regards to the meaning behind the song: “One day last year, our guitarist Bruce Swift heard a radio interview of a woman who was personally involved in rescuing children caught in sex slavery and exploitation in Asia.  One story about a young boy was particularly heart-wrenching, as she had trailed him and watched him be passed around by his owner to dozens of men, for all hours of the days and night, every day of the week.  Eventually that little boy was rescued, but there are millions more victims who suffer day and night in confinement, coercion, emotional and physical abuse, and unbelievable degradation as they are bought and sold like cattle and made to do filthy, unspeakable acts by their exploiters.

“We had to do something.  This gave birth to the ideas and music for "Slave", an evocative, epic metal anthem that we hope will seize your heart, dance across the theater of your mind, and compel you to partner with us.  

“Through God's amazing providence, we were put into contact with Naomi's House, a ministry of Chicago's Moody Church.  Naomi's House will be a residence in the suburbs of Chicago where female victims of sexual trafficking and exploitation can find shelter, relief, safety, peace, and hope for a future no longer destroyed by their past.

“Renovations on a purchased house and property are almost complete, and its first residents will hopefully arrive by late summer!  Aside from finishing expenses for the multi-unit residence, hiring of staff and operating expenses all contribute to a large financial need for the upcoming year. This is why we need your help.

“So, we ask you to join us in doing our small part amid the storm of this worldwide holocaust of broken lives. We have created "Slave" for you to download and listen to free of charge, but we ask you to not be satisfied with merely hearing about the problem and enjoying the song without also taking action. Will you help us, as we help those right here in our neighborhoods?”

The Naomi’s House mission statement is: "To provide lifelong hope and healing through long-term, residential comprehensive care for women who have suffered sexual exploitation."

Please join our "Slave" fundraising campaign here: https://igg.me/at/4Q-SsK80uAc

You can download the MP3 of "Slave" free of charge here: www.sacredwarrior.net/downloadmedia.aspx…

Naomi’s House online: www.naomishouse.org & www.facebook.com/ChicagoNaomisHouse

SACRED WARRIOR online: www.sacredwarrior.net & www.facebook.com/sacredwarrior

STRYPER Announces Fallen Tour:
Press Release / After spending most of 2015 off the road, multi-platinum rock band STRYPER will hit the road this spring in support of their new album, Fallen.  Released in October via Frontiers Music SRL and produced by front man Michael Sweet, Fallen is the band’s ninth studio album and their most critically acclaimed release to date, impressively landing near the top of the charts in three separate genres: Rock, Hard Music and Christian/Gospel.

Select dates have been announced, with more dates being added in the coming weeks:

April 15 - Osaka Club Quattro - Osaka, Japan

April 16 - Kawasaki Club Citta’ - Tokyo, Japan

April 17 - Kawasaki Club Citta’ - Tokyo, Japan

April 23 - Cannery Casino - Las Vegas, NV

April 24 - Whisky a Go Go - West Hollywood, CA

May 21 - Coushatta Casino - Kinder, LA

June 8 - EXIT/IN - Nashville, TN

June 10 - MIXX 360 Nightlife - Malden, MA

June 11 - The Chance - Poughkeepsie, NY

June 12 - Stage 48 - New York, NY

June 14 - Beachland Ballroom - Cleveland, OH

June 16 - Altar Bar - Pittsburgh, PA

June 17 - The Forum, Hal Rogers Center - Hazard, KY

June 18 - BMI Speedway - Versailles, OH

June 20 - Skully’s Music Diner - Columbus, OH

June 21 - Plaza Theatre - Glasgow, KY

June 23 - The Rockpile West - Toronto, Ontario, Canada

June 24 - The Token Lounge - Westland, MI

June 25 - The Music Factory - Battle Creek, MI

June 30 - Diamond Ballroom - Oklahoma City, OK

July 2 - The Rock Box - San Antonio, TX

July 30 - Hard Rock Live - Biloxi, MS

August 12 - Marquee Theatre - Mesa, AZ

August 13 - Avi Resort & Casino - Laughlin, NV

September 9 - Grand Rocktember IV Music Festival - Hinckley, MN

September 23 - Arcada Theatre - St. Charles, IL

October 30 - The Tree of Joliet - Joliet, IL

For additional dates and exclusive VIP Meet & Greet packages, visit: www.stryper.com

2016 marks the 30th anniversary of the band’s historic album release, To Hell With The Devil. Plans are in the works to celebrate with a special tour in late 2016. Details will be announced at a later date.

 

Update: March 6, 2016

ARTICLES

Angelic Warlord Top 25 Albums for 2015

Angelic Warlord Top 25 Metal & Hard Rock Albums Of 2015:
I like to define 2015 as a year in which the metal and hard rock scenes experienced both veteran acts reassert themselves and talented newcomers began to make their presence felt.  Read Full Article >>

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

Fierce Heart - Fierce Heart

FIERCE HEART Self-Titled Album Re-Issued:
Courtesy of www.melodicrock.com:

Press Release / It’s hard to believe but three decades on from its release, the FIERCE HEART self-titled debut full-length is often hailed as classic of the melodic hard rock genre that unfortunately never found its deserved wider audience.
 
Full to the brim with jaw crushing guitars – a sound made famous by successful acts of the day such as DOKKEN, RATT & STRYPER, FIERCE HEART consisted of singer Larry Elkins with guitarist Rex Carroll, their ace in the pack who could shred on par with all his peers of the mid to late 80s.
 
Hailing from Chicago, FIERCE HEART was a melodic rock project put together by Mirage Records’ Jim Delehart and band manager John Doumanian. The latter had discovered Elkins in Nashville and, having heard of Carroll’s guitar prowess, elected to introduce the two musicians, which in turn lead to an album being recorded. The album, simply called Fierce Heart, utilized engineer Chris Lord-Alge in a percussive capacity. To promote the album the band performed a series of shows though sadly they were to miss out on the chance to support DEEP PURPLE due to management / label politics, denying them the opportunity to truly showcase their potential.
 
After the inevitable breakup, Rex would go on to find success with Christian rockers WHITECROSS, whle Larry pursued a succession of diverse musical projects.

 
The self-titled album itself has over the years been a victim of various bootleggers and has appeared on CD in various formats, none of which have been official or authorized. Until now that is, with AOR BLVD Records’ A&R man supreme finally securing a legitimate release after a chance meeting with Rex. The guitarist himself felt that the original artwork used was out of sync with the music and style of FIERCE HEART and in no way did them justice. As a result, and with Rex’s approval, the label has commissioned new artwork it feels is more fitting. Furthermore, AOR BLVD Records have ensured this CD has been re-mastered to the highest quality, while including as a bonus the original interview conducted for Metal Forces magazine providing details on the bands history and how it was formed.  Three exclusive demos featuring ex GRAVE DANGER singer Bob Reynolds as well as detailed liner notes from Rex himself are included as well.

Editors Note: Fierce Heart is a secular release through and through with little if any Christian content in terms of its lyrics.  That said I also feel that its inclusion in Angelic Warlord warrants itself due to documenting the first efforts of what would become one of our generations top guitar talents and who would later play such an influential role in the Christian hard music scene with WHITECROSS and KING JAMES.  I feel that FIERCE HEART might not be for all of the Angelic Warlord readers but is also certainly for some- so I encourage you to approach with both prudence and an open mind. 

Fierce Heart track listing:

1. “Echoes”
2. “Fierce Heart”
3. “Out For Blood”
4. “Lion's Share”
5. “Search And Destroy”
6. “Heroes”
7. “Never Gonna Cry”
8. “Bad Maureen”
9. “Loose Lips”
10. “Getting Lost Inside Your Love”
11. “Bad Child”
 12. “Power To Rock”

AOR BLVD Records online: http://aorblvdrecords.weebly.com & www.facebook.com/pages/AorBlvdRecords

Rex Carroll online: http://rexcarrollmusic.com

Worldview Live Premier

WORLDVIEW Live Premier:
This is the concert you don't want to miss: WORLDVIEW, featuring members of DELIVERANCE, RECON and SACRED WARRIOR, live for the first time ever! And if that weren't enough, you also get to see BLOODGOOD, JOIN THE DEAD (featuring former members of DELIVERANCE and FASEDOWN), and WICKED’S END!

Tickets are only $15.  So get your tickets early- this show will sell out!  A Premium Pass is also offered, which includes one general admission ticket plus early entrance to the show, admission to a meet and greet session with the bands prior to the show, and a WORLDVIEW t-shirt!

Saturday, April 23, 2016
Doors open at 5:30pm
Newport Church
2727 Campus Dr
Irvine, CA 92612

General Admission: $15 in advance, $20 at the door
Premium Pass: $60

The WORLDVIEW spring of 2015 M24 Music Group full length debut The Chosen few is packed with a host of celebrity guest players: Oz Fox (STRYPER) playing a blazing lead guitar, Les Carlsen (BLOODGOOD) laying down a dramatic guest vocal, Jimmy P. Brown (DELIVERANCE) cutting some low and powerful background vocals.  Larry Farkas (VENGEANCE RISING, DIE HAPPY) also shreds with his tasty licks, Armand Meinbardis (Rob Rock) dazzling with his violin and piano playing, and Niki Bente gracing the record with her lovely voice on the title track.

The Chosen Few artwork was created by Felipe Machado Franco (BLIND GUARDIAN, RHAPSODY OF FIRE, JORN), while Bill Metoyer (FATES WARNING, SLAYER, W.A.S.P.) handled mixing and mastering duties.

WORLDVIEW formed in Los Angeles when George Rene Ochoa (DELIVERANCE, RECAON, VENGENACE RISING) and Rey Parra (SACRED WARRIOR) spoke soon after their mutual friend Rick Macias (SACRED WARRIOR) passed away. He had always encouraged them to form a band together and though they were miles apart, Rick thought that it would be a great collaboration.  Regrettably, he passed away before this would ever take place.  So George and Rey decided to form this union to honor their friend and thus WORLDVIEW was born. The lineup includes the addition of John Gonzales (RECON, DELIVERANCE) on drums and Todd Libby on bass guitar and keyboards. Ronson Webster also joined them as co-songwriter and background vocal guru.  The WORLDVIEW unit was now complete.

A music video of the track “Illusions Of Love” can be seen at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=df7YPGLVp-A

WORLDVIEW line-up:

Rey Parra - Lead Vocals
George Rene Ochoa - Guitars, Keyboards & Background Vocals
Todd Libby - Bass guitar & Keyboards
Johnny Gonzales – Drums & Percussion

WORLDVIEW online: www.worldviewmetal.com & www.facebook.com/worldviewmetal

Tickets available at: www.eventbrite.com/e/bloodgood-worldview-join-the-dead-wickeds-end-tickets-22588235019

NEWS BRIEFS

* Samples to upcoming JOSHUA’S CREED album: http://joshuascreed.bandcamp.com/album/joshuas-creed-samples

* Michael Sweet (STRYPER) announced the title to his next solo album as One Sided War.  More details forthcoming in terms of a release date, track listing and cover art.

* “Storm’s A Comin’”, new song from Matt Smith (THEOCRACY): www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6B-Otfqeq4

 

Update: February 28, 2016

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

CHAOTIC RESEMBLANCE - “Invade” Video Premier:
Press Release / Poteau, OK based melodic metal and hard rock act CHAOTIC RESEMBLANCE has released a video for the track “Invade”, which comes off its Oz Fox (STRYPER) produced 2014 first full-length album Get The Hell Out.

Chip Rossetti of Rossetti Productions put together the video, which captures the rawness and energy of a CHAOTIC RESEMBLANCE live performance.

Founded in 2006 by vocalist Travis McConnell (aka Rexx Roxx), CHAOTIC RESEMBLANCE debuted its “high intensity (and) in your face (brand of) metal” that hits like an “out of control freight train coming at you a million miles an hour” on its debut EP releases, Chaotic Resemblance (2012) and Battle Lines (2013).

CHAOTIC RESEMBLANCE, drawing its moniker from Isaiah 40:18 (To whom then will ye liken God? Or what likeness will you compare unto him?), believes that “No matter how good of Christians we are, we would never be more than a ‘chaotic resemblance’ of Christ”.  Hence, the bands motives to “shine the light of Jesus to a hurting world” and corresponding willingness as “sold out Christians devoted to Jesus” to “play anywhere from a bar to a church”.  The CHAOTIC RESEMBLANCE press material best sums things up: “Today's world is full of so much hate, lies & deceit. We offer love and hope through rock 'n roll.”

The 80% Angelic Warlord review described Get The Hell Out as “a youthful and energetic joining of hair, glam and melodic metal” that draws equally from “strong doses of late eighties Sunset Strip influenced hard rock”.

Get The Hell Out track listing: 

1. “Invade”
2. “Get The Hell Out”
3. “Son Of Man”
4. “Candy Land”
5. “Star”
6. “Don’t Walk Alone”  
7. “The Cost”
8. “Super Hero”
9. “Greatest Show Alive”
10. “Sin”
11. “War Paint”

CHAOTIC RESEMBLANCE online: www.chaoticresemblance.com & www.facebook.com/Chaotic-Resemblance

Deliverance - promo pic 2016

DELIVERANCE Confirmed For Exodo Festival:
Press Release / Legendary metal and thrash act DELIVERANCE will be taking the stage at Mexico City’s Exodo Festival, scheduled for March 24-26, 2016.  Joining founding member and vocalist/rhythm guitarist Jimmy P. Brown II will be veteran lead guitarist George Ochoa, who has gained renown for his previous work in DELIVERANCE in addition to power metal act RECON and the melodic power/progressive metal of his new group WORLDVIEW.

DELIVERANCE burst onto the scene in 1986 with its critically acclaimed Greetings Of Death demo prior to Brown being accompanied by guitarist Glenn Rogers, bassist Brian Khairullah and drummer Chris Hyde for the unique METALLICA meets QUEENSRYCHE melodic speed metal and thrash of its 1989 Intense Records self-titled debut.  Ochoa supplanted Rogers for the highly regarded 1990 magnum opus Weapons Of Our Warfare and follow up effort What A Joke from 1991 (both Intense), the final of the DELIVERANCE thrash era releases.

Rounding out the DELIVERANCE Exodo Festival line up will be bassist Victor Macias (ex TOURNIQUET), and drummer Jim Chaffin (ex CRUCIFIED.

We last heard from DELIVERANCE in 2013 when 3 Frogz Records and Roxx Records released (what is reputed to be) its swan song effort Hear What I Say! on December 10.

Footage of DELIVERANCE performing “Weapons Of Are Warfare” in 2014 can be seen below:

DELIVERANCE online: www.facebook.com/DeliveranceRocks

Exodo Festival online: www.facebook.com/exodofestival/?fref=nf

STAIRWAY – “Lacy Fuhr” Streaming Online:
Press Release / “Lacy Fuhr”, a song off the forthcoming sixth full-length STAIRWAY album Power And Glory, is available for streaming at YouTube.  The veteran UK traditional metal act is releasing Power & Glory in follow up to its most recent album from 2010, Interregnum.

According to vocalist and guitarist Graeme Leslie, Power And Glory promises “to be chock full of all the STAIRWAY things you love and some surprises as well”.
 
The Book of Revelation themed album artwork was contributed by Rodney Matthews, who also produced the cover art for Interregnum and the group’s 1993 full-length debut No Rest: No Mercy.

Power And Glory track listing:

1. “Lucy Fuhr”
2. “1917 - Fatherless Child”
3. “Overture 1418”
4. “A Mind Insane”
5. “Reason Why”
6. “Sun Of Malachi”
7. “Raise Our Hands”
8. “Godz
9. World In Black”
10. “Interlude”
11. “Across The Moon”

STAIRWAY line up:

Graeme Leslie - Lead Vocals, Guitars, Bass & Keyboards
Pete Jennens - Guitar
Andy Edwards - Drums

Stairway - Power And Glory

STAIRWAY online: www.stairwayonline.co.uk & www.facebook.com/stairwaytheband

NEWS BRIEFS

* The set list for the upcoming STRYPER tour in support of Fallen will consist of 21 songs, including a medley of three.  The group starts rehearsals in Las Vegas in early April.  Further details: www.stryper.com/Tour/tour.html

When asked if he could give any hints (in terms of specific songs), vocalist Michael Sweet responded (Facebook – February 25, 2016) by suggesting,  “I can't give you any hints, but I guarantee that if you come on rock that will make me wanna sing and although we're not against the law, we always surrender to Yahweh.”

* “UNION OF SINNERS AND SAINTS announce new single (Facebook - February 26, 2015) “Christ The Lord Is Risen Today!”, the first single from the UNION OF SINNERS AND SAINTS, is counting down to Monday for Pre-Orders on Feb 28th on ITunes. The song features David Ellefson (MEGADETH) on bass, Brennan Smiley (THE TECHNICOLORS) on guitars, Jeff Ochletree on drums, Billy Smiley on guitars, harmonies, and keys, and of course the incredible John W. Schlitt on lead vocals. Enjoy the Easter season! More coming your way, so stay tuned for announcements... Available for purchase on March 4th”.

 

Update: February 21, 2016

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

INNERWISH - “Needles In My Mind” Lyric Video Released:
Press Release / Athens, Greece based melodic heavy metal band INNERWISH has released a lyrics video for the track “Needles In My Mind”, which comes off their upcoming self-titled album.  InnerWish will be available on CD, vinyl, tape and for digital download on March 18th through Ulterium Records in Europe and North America. Bickee Music will issue the album in Japan on March 30th.

InnerWish was mixed by Fredrik Nordström and Henrik Udd at Studio Fredman (IN FLAMES, DIMMU BORGIR, HAMMERFALL) and mastered by Peter In De Betou (ARCH ENEMY, OPETH, AMON AMARTH).  Album artwork was created by Felipe Machado Franco (BLIND GUARDIAN, RHAPSODY OF FIRE, XANDRIaA) and the design was done by Jan Yrlund (KORPIKLAANI, APOCALYPTICA, MANOWAR).

Commented the band regarding InnerWish:

"This is the first album with our new lineup, and we hope this lineup will be unchanged for many years since we now feel stronger, more confident and sure about ourselves than ever before. For those reasons we chose InnerWish as the title of our new album because it represents us in the most exact way. We are very proud of this album. It might sound very common, but it's the truth for us: this is the best INNERWISH album so far! Heavy, aggressive, modern, melodic and diverse at the same time, with all the classical INNERWISH elements, combined with some new ones. It might have been 6 years since the release of No Turning Back but all the difficult times we've been through made us stronger and the result is this new, fifth album of InnerWish. We are back for good!"

InnerWish track listing:

1. “Roll The Dice”
2. “Broken”
3. “Modern Babylon”
4. “Machines Of Fear”
5. “Needles In My Mind”
6. “My World On Fire”
7. “Rain Of A Thousand Years”
8. “Serenity”
9. “Sins Of The Past”
10. “Through My Eyes”
11. “Zero Ground”
12. “Cross The Line”
13. “Tame The Seven Seas”

The song "Rain Of A Thousand Years" from the album can also be streamed at YouTube. https://youtu.be/sfdla3ZsbEE

Ulterium Records online: www.ulterium-records.com & www.facebook.com/ulteriumrecords

INNERWISH online: www.innerwish.gr & www.facebook.com/innerwishofficial

NEWS BRIEFS

* Sweden’s LEVITICUS has a 5 CD and one DVD box set in the works.  Look for a release in the spring of 2016.

* Track listing for sophomore OBLIVION MYTH album Inside The Mirror: “Binding The Darkness”, “Sea of Tranquility”, “Between Light And Shadow”, “Battle Angels”, “Inside The Mirror”, “Daybreak”, “Hallowed Oath”, “Everlasting Fire”, “Beyond This Home”, “Absence Of Malevolence”, “Warchild”, “Venom Of Vices”

The group is planning an April of 2016 release.

The tracks “Warchild” and “Between Light And Shadow” are streaming at the OBLIVION MYTH ReverbNation page: www.reverbnation.com/oblivionmyth

Footage of THEOCRACY performing a new song, “Ghost Ship”, at Christmas Rock Night 2015: www.youtube.com/watch?v=SUz5_b0Pz3c

* Update from STAIRWAY regarding new album, Power & Glory (Facebook - February 18, 2016): “Been working hard over the last few weeks on the new STAIRWAY album - just mixed the last song.  Will live with the mixes for a few days before we go to master, then it's all steam ahead for pressing.  We're so excited for you to hear it, we feel it's our best album yet!”

 

Update: February 14, 2016

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

RECON - “Dreams” Official Lyric Video Premier:
Press Release / Lux Studio and Roxx Records have joined forces to premiere the "Dreams" lyric video from classic Christian metal band RECON.   

As part of the recently announced 25th anniversary reissue of the band's monumental 1990 debut album Behind Enemy Lines, fans can enjoy this exclusive lyric video of the brand new completely re-mastered track entitled "Dreams".  2016 marks RECON's 25th anniversary, and they will celebrate with a completely re-mastered and expanded CD edition of Behind Enemy Lines in addition to for the first time in North America a limited edition vinyl pressing.

RECON burst on to the metal scene in 1988 with a 4-track cassette-only demo, which was the norm back when file sharing was mix tapes sent through the mail to and from tape traders. The band soon followed this up with two classic tracks that were released on the Regency Records compilation, California Metal 2. Then, in 1990, Intense/Frontline Records released the power metal of the band’s full-length debut, Behind Enemy Lines.
 
RECON was originally launched by DELIVERANCE axe master George Ochoa, who also produced Behind Enemy Lines. The album was originally released on CD and cassette tape, both of which are extremely rare and hard to find today. There was even a one-time CD reissue from M8 records, which is equally as rare to find. Collectors might have been lucky enough to get their hands on a copy of a small run of a European-only release on vinyl. Traders in rare Christian metal will tell you that this vinyl release is “next to impossible to find” today. All that changes with this Limited Edition re-release on Roxx Records.

This special one-time Limited Edition vinyl reissue of this classic metal album features all the original tracks completely re-mastered for vinyl on both colored and black vinyl. The album is set to feature the original album art, completely restored and enhanced for this special pressing. This one-time pressing features 100 copies on orange vinyl and 200 on black vinyl, for a total pressing of only 300 pieces.
 
There will also be a very special Limited Edition CD pressing of only 300 copies, which is set to feature all of the original tracks from the album completely restored and re-mastered. The CD will also include 4 additional bonus tracks. These tracks will be both tracks from the original California Metal 2 compilation and 2 of the original 4 demo tracks that helped launch Recon.
 

These bonus tracks also get a special re-release treatment. George Ochoa located the original master reels of these demos and had the tapes baked, digitized and completely restored and re-mastered for this special release. These recently found and restored demos sound crisper and better than ever before. No one has ever heard these demos like this before.
 
RECON’s Behind Enemy Lines is scheduled to be released on March 18, 2016. This coming year is set to be an excellent year for Christian metal fans and Roxx Records are just getting started. “We have much more in store for you as this year goes on,” promises Bill Bafford, “so stay tuned!”
 
Visit www.roxxproductions.com and sign up on their email list to get the latest news and pre-order packages.

Recon - Behind Enemy Lines - Roxx Records re-issue

NEWS BRIEFS

* Terry Friesen released his sophomore solo album, Windchill Factor, last month.  According to the artist, ‘expect eight songs of in your face hard rock and metal’.  Included is a metal guitar adaption of Antonio Vivaldi’s “Winter”, which was originally composed in the 1700’s.

Friesen has gained renown as lead vocalist and guitarist of the at times Gothic and others doom-like progressive metal band of SOMBRE HOLIDAY.  Three full-length albums are credited to SOMBRE HOLIDAY: In Search For Understanding (2009), Four Shadows (2012) and An Hour Of Light (2014).

The track “Gone Again” is available for streaming at: https://terryfriesen.bandcamp.com/album/windchill-factor

* PHILADELPHIA has completed work on its upcoming album Warlord, which is scheduling for a mid-March release.  Engineer and producer Ritchie Wicander will be handling mixing and mastering.  Further details as they become available in terms of cover art and track listing.

Many will recall PHILADELPHIA  from its mid-eighties Patmos Records releases Tell The Truth (1984) and Search And Destroy (1985).  The group started work on demo material of what would have been its third album but broke up before entering the studio.

Further details: https://www.facebook.com/Philadelphia

 

Update: February 10, 2016

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

Recon - Behind Enemy Lines

RECON - Behind Enemy Lines Reissue Announced By Roxx Records:
Press Release / Roxx Records is extremely excited to be re-releasing one of Classic Christian Metal’s most celebrated artists – RECON! This March the label will deliver a special 25th anniversary Limited Edition pressing of Behind Enemy Lines on both CD and vinyl.
 
RECON burst on to the metal scene in 1988 with a 4-track cassette-only demo, which was the norm back when file sharing was mix tapes sent through the mail to and from tape traders. The band soon followed this up with two classic tracks that were released on the Regency Records compilation, California Metal 2. Then, in 1990, Intense/Frontline Records released the power metal of the band’s full-length debut, Behind Enemy Lines.
 
RECON was originally launched by DELIVERANCE axe master George Ochoa, who also produced Behind Enemy Lines. The album was originally released on CD and cassette tape, both of which are extremely rare and hard to find today. There was even a one-time CD reissue from M8 records, which is equally as rare to find. Collectors might have been lucky enough to get their hands on a copy of a small run of a European-only release on vinyl. Traders in rare Christian metal will tell you that this vinyl release is “next to impossible to find” today. All that changes with this Limited Edition re-release on Roxx Records.

This special one-time Limited Edition vinyl reissue of this classic metal album features all the original tracks completely re-mastered for vinyl on both colored and black vinyl. The album is set to feature the original album art, completely restored and enhanced for this special pressing. This one-time pressing features 100 copies on orange vinyl and 200 on black vinyl, for a total pressing of only 300 pieces.
 
There will also be a very special Limited Edition CD pressing of only 300 copies, which is set to feature all of the original tracks from the album completely restored and re-mastered. The CD will also include 4 additional bonus tracks. These tracks will be both tracks from the original California Metal 2 compilation and 2 of the original 4 demo tracks that helped launch Recon.

 
These bonus tracks also get a special re-release treatment. George Ochoa located the original master reels of these demos and had the tapes baked, digitized and completely restored and re-mastered for this special release. These recently found and restored demos sound crisper and better than ever before. No one has ever heard these demos like this before.
 
RECON’s Behind Enemy Lines is scheduled to be released on March 18, 2016. This coming year is set to be an excellent year for Christian metal fans and Roxx Records are just getting started. “We have much more in store for you as this year goes on,” promises Bill Bafford, “so stay tuned!”
 
Visit www.roxxproductions.com and sign up on their email list to get the latest news and pre-order packages.

Worldview & Stryper concert banner

WORLDVIEW To Open For STRYPER on April 24:
WORLDVIEW will be performing its first show ever by opening for legendary melodic metal act STRYPER on Sunday, April 24 at the world famous Whisky a Go Go, West Hollywood, CA.

Commented guitarist George Ochoa: “It’s an honor for WORLDVIEW to do our debut show with STRYPER. We really look forward to seeing and hanging out with many of you.”

WORLDVIEW is a melodic power and progressive metal outfit that features members from iconic groups such as SACRED WARRIOR, DELIVERANCE and RECON. 

The groups spring of 2015 M24 Music Group full length debut The Chosen few is packed with a host of celebrity guest players: Oz Fox (STRYPER) playing a blazing lead guitar, Les Carlsen (BLOODGOOD) laying down a dramatic guest vocal, Jimmy P. Brown (DELIVERANCE) cutting some low and powerful background vocals.  Larry Farkas (VENGEANCE RISING, DIE HAPPY) also shreds with his tasty licks, Armand Meinbardis (Rob Rock) dazzling with his violin and piano playing, and Niki Bente gracing the record with her lovely voice on the title track.

The Chosen Few artwork was created by Felipe Machado Franco (BLIND GUARDIAN, RHAPSODY OF FIRE, JORN), while Bill Metoyer (FATES WARNING, SLAYER, W.A.S.P.) handled mixing and mastering duties.

WORLDVIEW formed in Los Angeles when George Rene Ochoa (DELIVERANCE, RECAON, VENGENACE RISING) and Rey Parra (SACRED WARRIOR) spoke soon after their mutual friend Rick Macias (SACRED WARRIOR) passed away. He had always encouraged them to form a band together and though they were miles apart, Rick thought that it would be a great collaboration.  Regrettably, he passed away before this would ever take place.  So George and Rey decided to form this union to honor their friend and thus WORLDVIEW was born. The lineup includes the addition of John Gonzales (RECON, DELIVERANCE) on drums and Todd Libby on bass guitar and keyboards. Ronson Webster also joined them as co-songwriter and background vocal guru.  The WORLDVIEW unit was now complete.

A music video of the track “Illusions Of Love” can be seen at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=df7YPGLVp-A

WORLDVIEW line-up:

Rey Parra - Lead Vocals
George Rene Ochoa - Guitars, Keyboards & Background Vocals
Todd Libby - Bass guitar & Keyboards
Johnny Gonzales – Drums & Percussion

The Chosen Few track listing:

1. “Mortality”
2. “Illusions Of Love”
3. “Back In Time”
4. “The Mirror”
5. “Why?”
6. “Prisoner Of Pain”
7. “Two Wonders”
8. “Walk Through Fire”
9. “The Chosen Few”
10. “The Last Cry”

WORLDVIEW online: www.worldviewmetal.com & www.facebook.com/worldviewmetal

 

Update: February 7, 2016

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

Stairway - Power And Glory

STAIRWAY reveals track listing to new album, Power And Glory:
Veteran UK classic metal outfit STAIRWAY released the final track listing to its upcoming album entitled Power & Glory.  The groups sixth studio album, released in follow up to 2010’s Interregnum, promises (according to vocalist and guitarist Graeme Leslie) “to be chock full of all the STAIRWAY things you love and some surprises as well”.

The Book of Revelation themed album artwork (above) was contributed by Rodney Matthews, who also provided the cover art for Interregnum and the group’s 1993 full-length debut No Rest: No Mercy.

PowerAnd Glory track listing:

1. “Lucy Fuhr”
2. “1917 - Fatherless Child”
3. “Overture 1418”
4. “A Mind Insane”
5. “Reason Why”
6. “Sun Of Malachi”
7. “Raise Our Hands”
8. “Godz
9. World In Black”
10. “Interlude”
11. “Across The Moon”

STAIRWAY line up:

Graeme Leslie - Lead Vocals, Guitars, Bass & Keyboards
Pete Jennens - Guitar
Andy Edwards - Drums -

STAIRWAY online: www.stairwayonline.co.uk & www.facebook.com/stairwaytheband

The Union Of Saints And Sinners promo pic

THE UNION OF SINNERS AND SAINTS, Featuring Members of PETRA & WHITEHEART
Press Release / John Schlitt, lead singer of PETRA, and Billy Smiley, guitarist, singer, and founding member of WHITEHEART, are excited to announce a new album and worldwide tour for 2016. Targeting main stages of festivals, theme parks, fairs, and special events, the guys have put together an album and historical show with some of the most memorable songs from both groups as well as introducing some dramatic new compositions.

THE UNION OF SINNERS AND SAINTS will feature members from 2 of the best selling Christian Rock Bands of all time. Selling over 12 million records between them, more than 25, #1 songs, and over 15 Grammy and 40 Dove nominations and awards, they will perform many #1 songs like “Beyond Belief”, “Independence Day”, “The Coloring Song”, “The River Will Flow”, “Hit You Where You Live”, “Desert Rose”, and a special Foo Fighters cover.

This smashup now results in the release of a new CD available exclusively at Lifeway Stores in June 2016 and digitally on iTunes worldwide. The project of eight new originals, and updated versions of PETRA and WHITEHEART classics will be a must for fans of both groups. John Ellis, lead singer from TREE 63, will be featured on guitar and vocals. New artist Jason Fowler, whom Smiley produced, will also join guys on the road.

Schlitt says, “The idea of a new project really intrigued both of us. With our histories, it only made sense to feature the favorites of PETRA and WHITEHEART along with some of the new songs we were writing in the studio.” Thus, the name THE UNION OF SINNERS AND SAINTS (U.S.S.)

Smiley adds, “John and I got together last fall, started writing some songs and discussed both of our histories and journeys. After seeing the chemistry and friendship that developed, we were excited with the new material, and started brainstorming about taking this smashup out on the road this year.”

While writing these songs, Schlitt said, “We realized we had a lot of new ideas swirling around in our heads that we wanted to share, both musically and lyrically; songs that were on our hearts and minds, yet we also wanted to celebrate with all of our friends and fans some of the memorable songs, moments, and performances that they have been a part of over the years.”

They both are in agreement, “We are anxious to do a rock event that is powerful and moving, one that long-time fans would appreciate and love enough to introduce and bring their kids to. The album and live events will incorporate the kind of artistry and ministry that will remind them of the early years of Christian Rock, but also usher in a new energy and excitement.”

THE UNION OF SINNERS AND SAINTS line up:

John Schlitt (PETRA) - Lead Vocals
Billy Smiley (WHITEHEART) - Guitar, Keyboards & Vocals
Anthony Sallee (WHITEHEART) - Bass
John Ellis (TREE 63) – Guitars & Vocals

THE UNION OF SINNERS AND SAINTS online: www.facebook.com/TheUnion7

NEWS BRIEFS

* Sweden’s HERO is currently mixing its new album, Passion.  More details in terms of final track listing and release date as they become available.

* “Alive” and “Buried In The Womb”, samples of new songs from JOSHUA’S CREED.  JOSHUA’S CREED is a music project based out of Kalispell, MT that is currently working on its debut album set for a March or April of 2016 release.

* Rey Parra will be doing a vocal cameo with Eli Prinsen on the upcoming SACRED WARRIOR single “Slave”.  Expect it to be available the first week of March.

 

Update: January 31, 2016

FEATURED REVIEWS

ARMOR OF GOD - Dark Face Of Greed
Armor Of God, with its penchant for amalgamating multiple forms of metal and dual female lead vocal approach, will put a smile on your face.  Read Full Review >>

BLOODGOOD - Rock In A Hard Place (Retroactive re-issue)
It’s fair to say that each of the four eighties era Bloodgood albums has unique traits that set them apart from their siblings.  Each has its fans, but many feel Rock In A Hard Place from 1988 was the most commercial.  Read Full Review >>

BLOODGOOD - Out Of The Darkness (Retroactive re-issue)
There is no question that Out Of The Darkness, the Intense Records fourth full-length Bloodgood album from 1989, represents a heavier return to form for the reversed Seattle, Washington based act.  Read Full Review >>

ENZO & THE GLORY ENSEMBLE - In The Name Of The Father
Enzo & The Glory Ensemble looks to be a strong contender within the melodic metal and power metal segments.  Read Full Review >>

GIDEON’S ARMY - Rock N’ Roll For Your Soul (Retroactive Records re-issue)
Musically, early eighties Gideon’s Army took a strong rhythm and blues slant in featuring a jazzy horn section and duel guitar attack of founding members Dave Angels and Mike Banke.  Read Full Review >>

GIDEON’S ARMY - Grace (Retroactive re-issue)
Grace might pick up where Warriors Of Love leaves off with a similar eighties influenced melodic rock basis but in the process takes things to the next level in terms of musicianship, production, songwriting and professionalism overall.  Read Full Review >>

GLORIAM DEI - The Covenant
Actually, labeling Gloriam Dei ‘power metal’ might be misleading if not limiting in that while you will hear the trademark symphonic, epic and neo-classical components inherit to the genre, encountered at the same time are hints of melodic metal, AOR and melodic rock and even straightforward hard rock.  Read Full Review >>

INFIDEL RISING - The Torn Wings Of Illusion
I am a sucker for any band to form a successful union of power and progressive metal, particularly those that place proper emphasis on the former (think anthem-like tendencies and the epic, classical & symphonic arrangements that go hand in hand) but do not stress latter to a fault (in terms of convoluted song structuring and unnecessarily lengthy track times).  Read Full Review >>

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

Proto-Kaw - The Wait Of Glory

PROTO-KAW - The Wait Of Glory New Version Released:
Musician, composer and author Kerry Livgren, best known for his work with the classic progressive rock band KANSAS, has partially re-recorded, re-mixed, re-mastered and re-issued (on Numavox Records) the third PROTO-KAW album The Wait Of Glory on December 12, 2015.

The Wait Of Glory originally saw release on Inside Out Records in 2006 in follow up to the PROTO-KAW sophomore album (also Inside Out) from 2004, Before Became After.  The first PROTO-KAW release, Proto-Kaw: Early Recordings From Kansas, 1971-1973, came out on Cuneiform Records in 2002 and represents a re-issue of the demo recordings the group put together in the early seventies

Commented Livgren regarding The Wait Of Glory re-release:

“This recording has been partially re-recorded, re-mixed, and re-mastered. Why?  Although there was certainly nothing overtly “wrong” with it, the original recording process became a bit rushed in the mix-down (they always do!) The more I listened to it, the more I believed it needed to be re-mixed, and some of the tracks re-recorded. I'm glad I did.”

According to the artist, he accomplished the following in the re-mix and re-recording process:

“The re-recording of the album involved three different procedures. First, entirely new tracks were recorded or overdubbed over some of the originals.

“The second category would be the “re-amping”of the original tracks.  For instance, with microphones rather than direct to the console, or running an original guitar track through a different amplifier such as the Kemper Profiling Amp.

“The third is editing. Every track and sound was listened to meticulously, and edited if necessary.”

1. Drums: The recording contains all the original drum tracks by Mike Patrum, using acoustic drums only. They have been edited and re-EQ'd.

2. Keyboard Tracks: Any sampled Organ was removed and re-recorded using microphones and a real Leslie, or the PSP Lotary. Many of the existing keyboard sounds were redone with improved patches, plus there are several new overdubs.

3. Orchestral Tracks: Most of the tracks were redone with updated and improved instruments and samples.

4. Woodwind and Brass tracks: Little was done to John Bolton’s sax and flute, apart from some minor editing and EQ. There are, however, new brass overdubs.

5. Guitar Tracks: Contains Kerry's original guitar tracks, re-recorded by "re-amping". There are some licks and phrases that are newly recorded.

6. Vocal Tracks: Lynn Meredith’s , Jake Livgren’s, and Craig Kew’s vocals were edited and EQ'ed.

7. Bass Tracks: All of Craig's tracks are from the original, although several were re-amped and re-EQ'd.

“Conceptually, I sought to recreate this album with a more "organic and analog" feel, and a superior mix. We hope you enjoy this new version of The Wait of Glory.”

The Wait Of Glory track listing:

1. “Nevermore”
2. “Relics Of The Tempest”  
3. “When The Rain Comes”
4. “On The Eve Of The Great Decline”
5. “Physics” (5:42)
6. “At Morning’s Gate”
7. “Melicus Gladiator”
8. “The Vigil”
9. “Old Number 63”
10. “Osvaldo’s Groceries”
11. “Picture This”

The Wait Of Glory ordering information: www.numavox.com/cd.htm

Pylon - The Eternal Wedding Band - 10th Anniversary Edition

PŸLON - The Eternal Wedding Band, 10th Anniversary Edition Announced:
Press Release / In a certain way, Swiss doom metallers  PŸLON have always been about looking back- looking back in a ‘born too late’ fashion when it comes to the ground-breaking history of that heavy doom rock sound that was spearheaded by multi-faceted gloom overlords like BLACK SABBATH, CANDLEMASS and COUNT RAVEN.
 
Ten years ago, PŸLON released their sophomore album, The Eternal Wedding Band on its own label, Quam Libet. Long gone is the last copy of the original CD, yet still new fans come a-knocking, hoping to be able to complete their collection of PŸLON original releases. It is for them that PŸLON and U.S. label Roxx Records are re-releasing this first installment of their early doom trilogy on February 26, 2016.

As a special added bonus to the new layout of this digipack edition, the band’s 2006 line-up briefly reformed to cut two tracks, the multi-facetted rocker “Of Sorrow & Doom” as well as the punky “Who Are They?”, both written but at the time not recorded for The Eternal Wedding Band.
 
A work-in-progress rehearsal run-through of the album’s secret hit, “Falling Into The Sun”, showing an earlier stage of the song’s development, as well as two live recordings from one of the band’s handful of live appearances in its 14-year history round off this collection aimed both at the new listener as well as at experienced PŸLON fans.

The Eternal Wedding Band, 10th Anniversary Edition track listing:
 
1. “And Thus It Ends…”
2. “Anaconda”
3. “Falling Into The Sun”
4. “Cannibal Coronal Mass Ejection (Part 1: The Black Sunrise; Part 2: Chaos Theory)”
5. “A Walk Through Wonderland”
6. “2046”
7. “The Cold Mirror”
8. “Fields Of Sorrow”
9. “In From The Futile Fields”
10. “L’épée dans mon Coeur”
11. “Checkmate 64”
12. “To My Brethren”
13. “Dementia”

Bonus Tracks:

1. “Of Sorrow & Doom” (new recording)
2. “Who Are They?” (new recording)
3. “Falling Into The Sun” (rehearsal)
4. “Falling Into The Sun” (live)
5. “In The Shade” (live)

Almost entirely pre-flute-and-keyboards epics, The Eternal Wedding Band is the rocking older brother of Doom (2009) and Armoury Of God (2011), and spreads before the listener 13 aspects of death in an original variety of inspired lyrics and musical concepts. This will be a one-time limited edition pressing of only 200 pieces in honor of the 10th anniversary of this landmark release which will be a split release between Roxx Records and Quam Libet Records, with 50% remaining in the United States and 50% being distributed in Europe.
 
PŸLON’s sixth album, Homo Homini Lupus, was released in 2014 also on Roxx Records. The effort saw NOMAD SON’s Jordan Cutajar handling lead vocals and contained PŸLON’s most metal material to date as well as a one-of-a-kind cover version of SLAYERS’s “South Of Heaven” on which the bass duties were handled by STRYPER’s Tim Gaines.  PŸLON are currently recording their next album release, A Lament, to be released on Roxx Records later in 2016.
 
For full details on this release and other Roxx Records happenings please visit us at: www.roxxproductions.com & www.facebook.com/RoxxRecords777

PŸLON online: www.pylon-doom.net & www.facebook.com/pylondoom

True Strength - Steel Evangelist

Vocalist Rus Gib Returns to TRUE STRENGTH:
Press Release / The oft-delayed sophomore album of TRUE STRENGTH entitled Steel Evangelist receives new life as a result of Rus Gib, vocalist of debut release The Cross Will Always Prevail, returning to the line-up to re-record lead vocals.  Steel Evangelist has suffered a series of production and post-production delays since the group first announced its release in August of 2015.  TRUE STRENGTH is no longer committing to a specific release date as Rus is being given time to record his vocals without pressure.

During this period, the band is re-mixing and resolving issues with the production to accommodate any changes.  TRUE STRENGTH apologizes deeply for all of the delays but assures fans that the album will be the best that it can possibly be and will not sacrifice quality at any level. Guitarist Ryan "The Archangel" Darnell comments further: "This album will be worth the wait. It is an album that is being done for the glory of Jesus Christ and anything less than perfection will be a disservice to Him and to you the supporters of TRUE STRENGTH."

Following is the revised TRUE STRENGTH line-up for Steel Evangelist:

Rus Gib - Lead Vocals
Ryan "The Archangel" Darnell - Rhythm/Lead Guitar & Bass
Josh Cirbo - Lead Guitar
Ryan Mey - Drums

Steel Evangelist track listing:

 1. “No Cheek Left To Turn”
 2. “Steel Evangelist”
 3. “Cilician Gates”
 4. “Don't Take The Mark Of The Beast”
 5. “The Fall Of The Ripest Apple”
 6. “Gabriel The Archangel”
 7. “Woe To The Sons Of Ishmael”
 8. “Blood Waters The Cedars Of Lebanon”
 9. “Twenty-One Martyrs Clothed In Orange”
10. “The War We Fight”

In related news, TRUE STRENGTH announces Scandinavian CD distribution through Nordic Mission:

In addition to Underground Power Records out of Germany, TRUE STRENGTH's debut album The Cross Will Always Prevail will soon be available for purchase on CD via Nordic Mission out of Norway! The album was only available in digital format since its initial release in the summer of 2014. Future TRUE STRENGTH releases are expected to be available through Nordic Mission as well, including the upcoming sophomore album Steel Evangelist. Updates regarding these releases will be available through Nordic Mission's website, TRUE STRENGTH's Facebook and here at Angelic Warlord.

You can purchase The Cross Will Always Prevail on CD's here (check for availability with Nordic Mission first): www.nordicmission.net

TRUE STRENGTH online: www.facebook.com/True-Strength

NEWS BRIEFS

* BraveWords interview with DIVINER lead vocalist Yiannis Papanikolaou: http://bravewords.com/features/diviner-heavy-metal-journey

* “Purple Heart, Silver Cross”, new song from WALES ROAD: www.reverbnation.com/walesroad/song/1596803-purple-heart-silver-cross

* Power And Glory is the title to the new STAIRWAY album.  Several new song titles include “Lucy Fuhr”, “1917 - Fatherless Child”, “A Mind Insane”, “Reason Why”, “Raise Our Hands” & “Godz”.  A release date is yet to be announced.  Cover art (courtesy of Rodney Matthews) can be viewed at the groups Facebook page: www.facebook.com/stairwaytheband

 

Update: January 24, 2016

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

Essence of Sorrow promo pic 2016

ESSENCE OF SORROW Announce New Vocalist, Germán Pascual:
Press Release / ESSENCE OF SORROW has announced Germán Pascual (ex-Mind's Eye, ex-Narnia) as its new lead vocalist.

The Finnish/Swedish melodic power metal band founded by Jani Stefanovic (SOLUTION .45, MISERATION, DIVINEFIRE), released in 2006 its Rivel Records debut album Reflections Of The Obscure, which featured departed co-front men Christian Palin (RANDOM EYES, ex-Adagio) and Mats Leven ex-Yngwie Malmsteen, Gus G., ex-THERION, CANDLEMAS).

ESSENCE OF SORROW started as an active live act, performing shows in Scandinavia and northern parts of Europe.   Despite getting off to a promising start, the band was placed on hold after hitting some bumps in the road.

The plan all along was to set ESSENCE OF SORROW in motion again once the right opportunity arose.  That time has come and after a few years of silence, the band is back in business. ESSENCE OF SORROW has a new lineup and is now working on new material, which it plans to release in 2016.

The 90% Angelic Warlord review described Reflections Of The Obscure as “a combination of melodic metal and power metal with occasional progressive touches” that also proved a “noteworthy effort (due to) its catchy hooks (and) solid melody structures”.

ESSENCE OF SORROW line up:

Germán Pascual – Lead Vocals
Jani Stefanovic - Guitars
Tom Gardiner - Guitars
Jaakko Nikko - Bass
Rolf Pilve - Drums

ESSENCE OF SORROW online: www.facebook.com/essenceofsorrow

INNERWISH - Innerwish Details Revealed, Song Streaming:
Press Release / The Greek melodic metal band INNERWISH will release their new album entitled InnerWish on March 18th in Europe and North America via Ulterium Records. The album will be available on CD, LP, Tape and for digital download. Bickee Music will issue the album in Japan on March 30th.

A song off the album, “Rain Of A Thousand Years”, can be listened to above.

InnerWish was mixed by Fredrik Nordström and Henrik Udd at Studio Fredman (IN FLAMES, DIMMU BORGIR, HAMMERFALL) and mastered by Peter In De Betou (ARCH ENEMY, OPETH, AMON AMARTH).  Album artwork was created by Felipe Machado Franco (BLIND GUARDIAN, RHAPSODY OF FIRE, XANDRIaA) and the design was done by Jan Yrlund (KORPIKLAANI, APOCALYPTICA, MANOWAR).

Commented the band regarding InnerWish:

"This is the first album with our new lineup, and we hope this lineup will be unchanged for many years since we now feel stronger, more confident and sure about ourselves than ever before. For those reasons we chose InnerWish as the title of our new album because it represents us in the most exact way. We are very proud of this album. It might sound very common, but it's the truth for us: this is the best INNERWISH album so far! Heavy, aggressive, modern, melodic and diverse at the same time, with all the classical INNERWISH elements, combined with some new ones. It might have been 6 years since the release of No Turning Back but all the difficult times we've been through made us stronger and the result is this new, fifth album of InnerWish. We are back for good!"

InnerWish track listing:

1. “Roll The Dice”
2. “Broken”
3. “Modern Babylon”
4. “Machines Of Fear”
5. “Needles In My Mind”
6. “My World On Fire”
7. “Rain Of A Thousand Years”
8. “Serenity”
9. “Sins Of The Past”
10. “Through My Eyes”
11. “Zero Ground”
12. “Cross The Line”
13. “Tame The Seven Seas”

InnerWish - InnerWish

Ulterium Records online: www.ulterium-records.com & www.facebook.com/ulteriumrecords

INNERWISH online: www.innerwish.gr & www.facebook.com/innerwishofficial

SIGNUM REGIS - “Quitters Never Win” Music Video Released”:
Press Release / Senec, Slovakia based melodic metal band SIGNUM REGIS just released a music video for the song "Quitters Never Win" online. The group’s new album Chapter IV: Reckoning was released on November 20th through Ulterium Records.

Chapter IV: The Reckoning was mastered by Jens Bogren (SYMPHONY X, OPETH, ARCH ENEMY) and the artwork was created by Jan Yrlund (DELAIN, APOCALYPTICA, KORPIKLAANI).

Chapter IV: The Reckoning track listing:

1. “Lost And Found”
2. “The Secret Of The Sea”
3. “The Voice In The Wilderness”
4. “Prophet Of Doom”
5. “The Magi”
6. “Quitters Never Win”
7. “Tempter Of Evil”
8. “When Freedom Fails”
9. “The Kingdom Of Heaven”
10. “Bells Are Tolling”

Upcoming SIGNUM REGIS shows:

March 3rd: P3 - Purmerend, Netherlands
March 4th: De Kei - Ede, Netherlands
March 5th: Fullmetal Osthessen - Niederjossa, Germany

Ulterium Records online: www.ulterium-records.com & www.facebook.com/ulteriumrecords

SIGNUM REGIS online: www.signum-regis.com & www.facebook.com/signum.regis

The World Will Burn - Severity

Preview Every Track On THE WORLD WILL BURN Debut Album, Severity:
Courtesy of www.mauce.nl:

THE WORLD WILL BURN (the new band of vocalist Dale Thompson) has checked in with the following announcement:

“We are very close to having the CDs available, but for our closest fans we are making EVERY TRACK ON THE ALBUM available for preview on our website.  We are also making SEVERITY available for PURCHASE as an MP3 download beginning TODAY! You can purchase individual tracks in either the music section or the store section, and the entire CD can be purchased in the STORE section. We told you we are making our music affordable and we are!  Song downloads are only .99 cents.  Forget that and download all 13 tracks for only $9.99!   Listen, download, turn it up, and share!  Please respond with your thoughts in the comments to this post!”

THE WORLD WILL BURN is a unique worldwide collaboration between Dale Thompson and Alan Zaring. Dale, who lives in New Zealand, and Alan, who lives in the United States,  have been working together remotely to create music that transcends culture, language, and genres. THE WORLD WILL BURN is focused on emotion and passion instead of commercial pressure.  Their soon to be released CD promises to change the way you look at hard rock music.  New, fresh sounds combined with classic influences merged with thoughtful lyrics.  Power merged with grace.  Explosiveness married to innocence.  Rage fused with compassion.

Dale Thompson has over 20 studio releases to date, and is best known as front man for the well known band BRIDE.  His vocals are legendary and he is consistently considered one of the top singers in heavy music worldwide.  Dale takes his talents to new heights with THE WORLD WILL BURN.

Alan Zaring is a multi-instrumentalist who has been a part of numerous projects of all genres through the years.  He has focused his efforts into the music of his passion, heavy, hook-filled, guitar driven rock.  Alan plays or programs all of the instruments on the upcoming CD.

Alan Zaring (guitars) recently told us: “These songs wrote themselves.  Dale and I were merely the tools.  We realized early on in the process that we would be making music that is totally different than other heavy music being marketed today.  It seems like so much of the metal these days sounds alike and follows a “formula” for success.  We hope that these songs will be difficult to classify as “sounds like ________”.  We wanted to be heavy but completely different and I think we were successful.  I hope you like it!”

“What are the songs about?  I think the beauty of Dale’s lyrics are fact that each person finds a personal connection to his songs and believes they are certain of its meaning.  His words are sometimes vague but hit home with each listener on such a personal level that I hesitate to ruin it for anyone by telling them that the song is about something else completely.  Does that make sense to you?  I hope so!”

“What I can do is tell you that the entire CD is about the journey…not the destination.  Going forth into the unknown and learning lessons.  I will send you the lyrics of each song.  Perhaps they will speak to you on a personal level.  That is what we are shooting for.”

THE WORLD WILL BURN online: http://theworldwillburn.com/music & www.facebook.com/twwb2016

 

Update: January 18, 2016

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

WAKEN EYES - “Deafening Thoughts” Guitar Play Through Video Released:
Press Release / The all-star progressive metal band WAKEN EYES just released a guitar ‘play through’ video for the song "Deafening Thoughts" with the bands guitar player Tom Frelek. The WAKEN EYES debut album Exodus is out now in Europe and North America through Ulterium Records.

Exodus is a very impressive and diverse album that will surely appeal to fans of progressive metal, prog-rock and melodic metal. The album has a great mix of catchy melodies, challenging instrumental parts and epic cinematic movements that will surely capture the attention of the musical community. Everything comes together perfectly in the title track that ends the album with its 18 minutes long epic filled with melodies, progressive parts and a good dose of feeling.

Exodus was mixed and mastered at Fascination Street Studios (OPETH, SYMPHONY X, KREATOR) in Sweden, while the layout was made by Jan Yrlund (DELAIN, KORPIKLAANI, APOCALYPTICA).

Link to the music video for the track "Palisades": https://youtu.be/JE23aUTNyEk

Link to the lyric video for the track "Back To Life": https://youtu.be/Xx6aRjSS4yk

Link to an album teaser for Exodus: https://youtu.be/Oax5wboikKw

Exodus track listing:

1. “Cognition”
2. “Aberration”
3. "Deafening Thoughts
4. “Back To Life”
5. “Palisades”
6. “Cornerstone Away”
7. “Still Life”
8. “Arise”
9. “Across The Horizon”
10. “Exodus”

WAKEN EYES line up:

Henrik Båth (DARKWATER) - Lead Vocals
Tom Frelek – Guitars, Keyboards, Orchestration
Mike Lepond (SYMPHONY X) - Bass
Marco Minnemann (THE ARISTOCRATS, Steven Wilson, Joe Satriani) - Drums

Ulterium Records online: www.ulterium-records.com & www.facebook.com/ulteriumrecords

WAKEN EYES online: www.facebook.com/wakeneyes

NEWS BRIEFS

* Michael Sweet interview with Totally Driven Radio: www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUvvQ5xhA18
 
According to the artist, he just finished tracking his upcoming solo album (untitled at the time of this writing).  Mixing starts January 18, 2016.

* NARNIA, “The Mission” Live in Switzerland 2015 Elements of Rock:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbeLxoswB8c

 

Update: January 10, 2016

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

METATRONE - “Latest News From The Light” Video Premier:
Press Release / “Latest News From The Light”, the new video from Catania, Italy based melodic power progressive metal act METATRONE, can be seen above.  The song comes off the group’s fourth full-length album Eucharismetal, which is slated for release by Rockshots Music on March 11, 2016.

The video, which presents a modern day recount of the Prodigal Son, was written and produced by Antonio Ignoto, while editing and mastering took place at Alpha Vision Productions.

Eucharismetal, similar to past METATRONE albums, reflects the group’s Catholic Christian worldview.  METATRONE roughly translates as “God is since, now and forever”,

Commented guitarist Stefano Calvagno regarding Eucharismetal:  “We are very satisfied, we’ve worked hard for many months on this record and it sounds great. It’s the best album we’ve ever recorded, we felt relaxed and confident during the songwriting process thanks to the help of Dino (Fiorenza/bass) and Salvo (Grasso/drums). We paid a lot of attention on the arrangements, we grew up a lot musically, it’s a mature album and I think it could be a masterpiece of White Metal”.

Nello Dell’Omo contributed the Eucharismetal cover art.

METATRONE line up:

Jo Lombardo – Lead Vocas
Stefano "Ghigas" Calvagno – Guitars
Davide Bruno - Keyboards
Dino Fiorenza (Billy Sheehan, Steve Vai, Paul Gilbert, John Macaluso) - Bass
Salvo "T-Metal" Grasso (HYPERSONIC, DENIED) - Drums

Eucharismetal track listing:

1. “Alef Dalet Mem”
2. “Molokai”
3. “Beware The Sailor”
4. “Wheat And Weeds”
5. “Latest News From Light”
6. “In Spirit And Truth”
7. “Mozart's Nightmare”
8. “Keep Running”
9. “Salva l'Anima”
10. “Una Parte Di me”
11. “Regina Coeli”
12. “Alef Dalet Mem” (Italian Version - Bonus Track)
13. “Lascia Che Sia” (Bonus Track)

Rockshot Music plans to re-release with bonus tracks the two previous full-length METATRONE albums, The Powerful Hand (2007) and Paradigma (2010).

Metatrone - Eucharismetal

Eucharismetal pre-order: http://metatrone.bigcartel.com

METATRONE online: www.metatrone.net & www.facebook.com/metatroneband

Chaotic Resemblance promo pic 2016

CHAOTIC RESEMBLANCE Update:
As taken from the groups Facebook page (January 7, 2015):

“God has opened some awesome doors for Chaotic! We couldn't be anymore thrilled to see what all He has in store for us in 2106.  As you see from the new photo shoot (photo credit to John Barry) we are taking a new direction with the band.
From 2006 'til now Chaotic has gone through countless members, and the truth is we do not want to take new pics every time we go out on tour.

“No, we are not gonna change the musical style or just be a 2 piece, in fact we intend on playing as a 5 piece band. We have hired Pro's for now until God sends us the right guys. Travis McConnell and LA Ellis will be the only actual members of the group.  Chaotic Resemblance is a touring band. In fact we are not just a band we are a Ministry. It's extremely hard to have families and bills and hit the road and believe that God is going to provide, ‘’But He always does!’'

“We don’t do this for fame or fortune. We do this for the love of music, people and because this is our Calling from God.
Along with gigs and tours we also plan on dropping a video very, very soon and a new single this year so please stay tuned for dates & details!

“We will be playing our first show of 2016 at our favorite venue Counts Vamp'd Feb. 5th. This is our 2nd time opening for Y&T and you never know who will walk in the door at Vamp'd, please come out if you’re in the Vegas area!”

CHAOTIC RESEMBLANCE, drawing its moniker from Isaiah 40:18 (To whom then will ye liken God? Or what likeness will you compare unto him?), debuted with the EP releases Chaotic Resemblance (2012) and Battle Lines (2013) prior to following up with its OZ Fox (STRYPER) produced full length debut Get The Hell Out (2014).

Musically, CHAOTIC RESEMBLANCE describes itself as “high intensity (and) in your face metal” that can be compared to “an out of control freight train coming at you a million miles an hour”.  The immediate impression left by Get The Hell Out (as taken from the 80% Angelic Warlord review) “is a youthful and energetic joining of hair, glam and melodic metal” with “strong doses of late eighties Sunset Strip influenced hard rock not unlike FASTER PUSSYCAT, HANOI ROCKS, KIX, JUNKYARD and LA GUNS (MAIN LINE RIDERS and Bombs Over Broadway era SQUAD 5-O deserve mention from the Christian side of the fence).”

CHAOTIC RESEMBLANCE online: www.chaoticresemblance.com & www.facebook.com/Chaotic-Resemblance

 

Update: January 3, 2016

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

ENZO & THE GLORY ENSEMBLE - “Maybe You” Video Premier:
Press Release / “Maybe You”, the new video from ENZO & THE GLORY ENSEMBLE, can be seen above.  The song is taken off the group’s full-length debut In The Name Of The Father, which was released via Underground Symphony Records on December 24, 2015.

ENZO & THE GLORY ENSEMBLE is the brainchild of Italian guitarist, vocalist & composer Enzo Donnarumma (MEMBERS OF GOD).

Hailed as "the most ambitious Christian metal project ever made”, In The Name Of The Father features guest appearances from Marty Friedman (ex-MEGADETH), Kobi Farhi (ORPHANED LAND), Ralph Scheepers (PRIMAL FEAR), Mark Zonder (FATES WARNING & WARLORD), Gary Wehrkamp (SHADOW GALLERY), Brian Ashland (SHADOW GALLERY) and Nicholas Leptos (WARLORD).

In The Name Of The Father was mixed and mastered by Gary Wehrkamp at New Horizon Studios and will be made available as an exclusive digipak.  Jahn Carlini contributed the cover art.

Musically, ENZO & THE GLORY ENSEMBLE should appeal to fans of LUCA TURILLI’S RHAPSODY, MYRATH & SYMPHONY X.

In The Name Of The Father track listing:

1. “In The Name Of The Father”
2. “Psalm 63”
3. “The Lord’s Prayer”
4. “Anima Christ”
5. “Glory Be To The Father”
6. “Benedictus”
7. “The Apostle’s Creed”
8. “Hail Holy Queen”
9. “Guardian Angel Prayer”
10. “Psalm 3”
11. “Hail Mary”
12. “Maybe You”

Enzo Donnarumma online: www.enzodonnarumma.com/en

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STRYPER - Fallen Tour Dates Announced:
Courtesy of www.mauce.nl:

Legendary hard rockers STRYPER recently checked in with the following announcement:

“World tour begins in April of 2016! Working on hitting every place on earth. New album commencing early 2017. We’re like a freight train rollin’ down the tracks…”

The first string of US dates has been announced, with more to come over the next few weeks. Check them below.

With the October 16th release of their ninth studio album, Fallen, STRYPER continues to dominate the hard rock/heavy metal scene. The Frontiers Music SRL release sold over 10,000 copies during the first week of release, landing at #2 on the Top Hard Music Albums chart, #2 on the Top Contemporary Christian Albums chart, #2 on Billboard’s Top Christian/Gospel Albums, #5 on the Top Current Rock Albums chart, #20 on the Top Current Physical Albums chart, #26 on the Top Current Albums chart, #29 on the Top Current Digital Albums chart and #44 on the Billboard Top 200.

In addition, Fallen soared to #1 on the iTunes Top Metal Albums chart and #3 on the iTunes Top Rock Albums chart immediately upon release. STRYPERs latest studio effort consists of 12 songs showcasing the musicianship that has garnered them a huge fan base in the mainstream world and Christian market for three full decades.

“We are truly blessed to still be making music 32 years into our careers, music that relates and speaks to our fans worldwide,” says frontman and album producer, Michael Sweet. “We strive to outdo ourselves with each release and hopefully we’ve done that with “Fallen.” Here’s to 32 more years!”

Unlike many of their counterparts, STRYPER is comprised of all four original members with Michael Sweet on vocals and guitar, Oz Fox on guitar, Tim Gaines on bass and Robert Sweet on drums.

Upcoming Shows:

04/23/16: Las Vegas, NV - Cannery Casino w/SKID ROW
04/24/16: Hollywood, CA - Whiskey A Go Go
06/10/16: Malden, MA - Mixx 360
06/11/16: Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance Theater
06/12/16: New York, NY - Stage 48
06/14/16: Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom NEW
06/16/16: Pittsburgh, PA - Altar Bar
06/17/16: Hazard, KY - The Forum w/LYNCH MOB
06/18/16: Versaille, OH - BMI Speedway w/LYNCH MOB
06/30/16: Oklahoma City, OK - Diamond Ballroom NEW
08/13/16: Laughlin, NV - Avi Casino w/Skid Row
09/23/16: St. Charles, IL - Arcada Theater NEW
10/30/16: Joliet, IL - Rock N’ Skull 2016

STRYPER tour updates: www.stryper.com/Tour/tour.html

STRYPER online: www.stryper.com & www.facebook.com/Stryper

NEWS BRIEFS

* BIOGENESIS new line up and album announcement: www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxsgAUdWFmY

* ENERGEMA will be releasing on January 8, 2016 a new single, “Eternity”, off its upcoming debut album The Lion’s Forces.           

* INNERSIEGE, ‘the Jam Hub” & new album update: www.youtube.com/watch?v=2baXRieSvVc

* New song from KDB3, “Lear Jet Gospel”: https://kdb3.bandcamp.com/track/lear-jet-gospel

 

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