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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

• ENERGEMA - The Lion’s Forces
• METATRONE - Eucharismetal
• OBLIVION MYTH - Inside The Mirror
• SWEET CRYSTAL - 5 Carot Rock
• TIME HORIZON - Transitions

LATEST UPDATES

• ARTICLES - May 22, 2016
• FEATURED REVIEWS - June 19, 2016
• INTERVIEWS - June 5, 2016
• METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS - June 19, 2016
• RELEASE DATES - June 19, 2016

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Update: June 19, 2016

FEATURED REVIEWS

STAIRWAY - Power And Glory - NEW
Like people, metal bands benefit from good genetics.  Fortunately, for Staffordshire, England based Stairway, emerging out of the eighties New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement gives it excellent DNA.  Read Full Review >>

 

NEON CROSS - Neon Cross
Neon Cross joins a long list of bands that arose out of the Southern California Christian metal scene.  Read Full Review >>

PASTOR BRAD - Storm The Gates
Billed as a parody covers album in which guitarist Pastor Brad pays tribute to the bands that inspired him to become a musician, Storm The Gates compiles nine mainstream hard rock and hair metal songs from the seventies and eighties and re-imagines them with ‘lyrics that honor Jesus Christ and proclaim the Good News of the Gospel loud and proud!’  Read Full Review >>

TRUE STRENGTH - Steel Evangelist
Every once in a while, an independent band records an unexpected sleeper, an under-the-radar-album that exceeds all expectation and leaves the listener very pleasantly surprised in the process.  Read Full Review >>

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

The Neal Morse Band - Alive Again

THE NEAL MORSE BAND To Release New Live CD/DVD Set, Alive Again:
Press Release / Much to the excitement of Prog fans worldwide, THE NEAL MORSE BAND will be releasing a new live 2CD/DVD set and Blu-ray on August 5, 2016 titled Alive Again.  Riding on the tremendous success of their breakthrough album The Grand Experiment, THE NEAL MORSE BAND set out on a tremendously successful world tour in the spring of 2015. Neal Morse and Mike Portnoy have teamed up with Randy George, Eric Gillette, and Bill Hubauer to create one of the greatest progressive rock bands of all time. Full stop. Alive Again will be available as a DVD/2CD set and a standalone Blu-ray and shows the band at the top of their form performing for a rousing audience in The Netherlands on March 6, 2015.

Says Neal, “The Alive Again tour and this DVD/Blu-ray is one of the finest we have ever done. In my humble opinion… It's really great! I think you all are really going to dig it. Check it out and you'll understand how amazing this band is! I love it!”

“The Neal Morse Band is a force of nature. They have evolved into a great live band, one that is as good as there is in music and they really shine on this live set. The performances here are jaw-dropping and might have you giving a standing ovation from your couch.” - Roie Avin, The Prog Report

To the delight of his passionate and growing fan base, there seems to be no end in sight for the magical music and masterful musicianship that flows from the mind and hands of Neal Morse and his band of virtuosos!

Alive Again track listing, CD 1:

1. “Alive Again Intro”    
2. “The Call”    
3. “Leviathan”    
4. “The Grand Experiment”   
5. “Harm's Way”    
6. “Bill's Keyboard Solo”    
7. “The Creation”    
8. “There Is Nothing That God Can't Change”    

Alive Again track listing, CD 2:

1. “Waterfall”    
2. “Eric's Gtr Solo” 
3. “In The Fire”    
4. “Alive Again”    
5. “Rejoice”    
6. “Oh Lord, My God”    
7. “Reunion”    
8. “King Jesus”    

To purchase the The Neal Morse Band's “Alive Again” 2CD/DVD set or Blu-ray: www.radiantrecords.com

NEAL MORSE online: www.nealmorse.com & www.facebook.com/nealmorse

ENERGEMA - The Lion’s Forces Details Revealed:
Columbia based power metal act ENERGEMA would like to announce the release of its debut album The Lion’s Forces on June 28, 2016 via Sleaszy Rider Records.  ENERGEMA released the first single off the album, “The Lion’s Forces”, in January of this year.

The ENERGEMA lyrics are based upon The Chronicles of Narnia written by C.S. Lewis.

ENERGEMA was founded by composer and guitarist Nicolas Waldo, who has recorded six full-length albums and two EP releases as a solo artist.  He also has one full-length album, one EP and three singles to his credit as part of the power metal band VORPAL NOMAD.

The Lion’s Forces was recorded at Yara Records and Meggido Records Studio in Armenia City and Bogota City in Columbia.  Nicolas Waldo and ENERGEMA produced the album.

Rounding out the ENERGEMA line up is vocalist Alejandro Pinzon, rhythm guitarist Andres Parada and bassist Daniel Pinzon.

The Lion’s Forces includes nine powerful tracks for fans of GAMMA RAY, HELLOWEEN and IMPELLITTERI.

The Lion’s Forces track listing:

1. “Virtus Autem Divina (Overture)
2. “Eternity”
3. “The Lion’s Forces”
4. “It’s Time”
5. “Fall’s Of Babylon”
6. “Exodo”
7. “Gog & Magog”
8. “Ancient Rebellion”
9. “Getsemani”

Energema - The Lion's Forces

Sleaszy Rider Records online: www.sleaszyrider.com/index2.html

ENERGEMA online: www.facebook.com/energemaband

INNERWISH - “Machines Of Fear” Video Released:
Press Release / Athens, Greece based melodic metal band INNERWISH has released a video to the track “Machines Of Fear” from their new self-titled album.  InnerWish, which is available on CD, 2 LP, cassette tape and as a digital download, was released March 18, 2016 via Ulterium Records in Europe and North America.  Bickee Music issued the album in Japan on March 30th, 2016.

The live footage of the video was recorded during INNERWISH's appearance at the Metal Hammer live party Vol. 2, which took place at Fuzz Live Music Club in Athens, Greece on December 26, 2015.

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).

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”

Link to the music video for "Modern Babylon" at YouTube: https://youtu.be/mjRZCq01VSA

Link to the lyric video for "Needles In My Mind" at YouTube: https://youtu.be/7_l1lJPS-a4

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

Stream "Tame The Seven Seas" at YouTube: https://youtu.be/8dUx0E26xB8

INNERWISH - InnerWish

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

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

NEWS BRIEFS

* Jimmy P. Brown answers questions about the history of DELIVERANCE, Part 1 & Part 2: www.youtube.com/watch?v=hsRGmzVmRLo & www.youtube.com/watch?v=qoX3q7lZt4c

* SOLDIER live in Oakland, California at The Omni in December 1987, Part 1, Part 2 & Part 3: www.youtube.com/watch?v=fm-Evhel5zw, www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQjBcdiHgzc & www.youtube.com/watch?v=-H5XRNmhCX0

* “Area 51”, Robert Sweet drum solo (from FINAL AXE - Beyond Hell’s Gate): www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Ua7cHTFNCk

 

Update: June 12, 2016

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

Halcyon Way promo pic

HALCYON WAY Signs With Alpha Omega Management:
Press Release / Alpha Omega Management has announced the signing of US hard rock/metal band HALCYON WAY to its roster.

Based in Atlanta, Georgia and founded in 2001, HALCYON WAY is the ultimate example of blue-collar work ethic, self-reliant bootstrapping, and hard work and perseverance in spite of nearly insurmountable odds. The band has released three albums worldwide through Nightmare Records/Sony RED, and performed in a dozen countries and counting. HALCYON WAY 's sound cannot be neatly slotted into any sub-category of metal; but it can be described as heavy, catchy, technical, and above all, focused on mature song craft. Currently the band is working on their fifth album.

HALCYON WAY comments: “HW are super stoked to be working with Tim and Alex at Alpha Omega and the rest of the crew, and believe that this new partnership will help HW climb up to the next level. We’re hard at work writing the follow up to our 2014 album Conquer, and hope to be in the studio by the end of the summer. We have a few super cool tours in early stages of negotiations, and we hope to make some big announcements on that front soon.”

Alpha Omega Management adds: "We're so thrilled to welcome these hard working guys in HALCYON WAY to our family! Their attitude on stage talks a clear language; these guys are here to stay and conquer new frontiers! Stay tuned for next announcements!"

Furthermore, HALCYON WAY announce that they have parted ways with the band's long-time drummer Ernie Topran, and announce the replacement for upcoming dates:

"We are sad to say that we have amicably parted ways with our longtime friend and drummer Ernie Topran, who has been with us for nearly a decade behind the drums. He’s a great player and friend of us, there was no drama at all, and we wish him the absolute best in the next chapter of his musical career. He’s been a huge part of the HW family for a long time, and his unique drumming style helped take our material to the next level.

“Taking over behind the throne for all of our upcoming dates is Aaron Baumoel, who is a veteran of the Atlanta metal scene. He’s a killer drummer and although we are sad to see Ernie go, we’re firing on all cylinders with Aaron rocking the kit.”

Ernie’s statement on leaving: “I am announcing my departure from HALCYON WAY. The band has been a great part of my life for the past nine years but I feel it's time to move on musically. The HW guys are my bros and I truly wish them all well. I had a great time on tour with QUEENSYRCHE this January/February and it was great to see my friends and fans across the USA one last time with HW and I hope to see you all again soon in the near future. Until then, you can check out my website for tour dates and info on other projects and bands I'm working with: www.ernietopran.com  Thanks everyone for your years of support and I'll see you in one form or another!”

Alpha Omega Management online: www.facebook.com/OfficialAlphaOmegaManagement

HALCYON WAY online: www.halcyonway.com & www.facebook.com/halcyonway

MALCHUS Joins Roxx Records Roster:
Press Release / Roxx Records is very excited to announce our latest release, which we bring to you all the way from Poland. Please join us as we welcome Polish heavy metal band MALCHUS to the Roxx Records roster. Never ones to be confined to a traditional framework of heavy metal music, MALCHUS is an action movie for your ears!
 
Hardcore-metal riffs interwoven with melodic transitions, light and dark themes which are blended together effortlessly across all of the tracks on their brand new Roxx Records debut entitled The Evil House.  This brand new release brings big drums, big riffs, big hooks and some very catchy metal anthems, with each release this band just gets better and better!

The Evil House is a concept album, which documents the dark descent of a young frustrated Pole’s soul, and the lyrics relate to his spiritual journey, while focusing on his everyday struggles against adversity. Malchus have been torch bearers for the Polish heavy metal music scene for the last 11 years, but on this, their latest and 4th full length release, we get the band’s first album recorded completely in the English language.
 
The brand new single “But Deliver Us” is now streaming, take a listen and enjoy as we get ready to bring you the entire story of ‘The Evil House’

Releasing worldwide on July 15, 2016 with pre orders now live. All pre orders will come with a very special bonus promotional item photo of the band.

The Evil House track listing:
 
1. “The Enemy No 1”
2. “The Evil House”
3. “77”
4. “Eyes Open”
5. “From Dust”
6. “Mother”
7. “Tripudium”
8. “But Deliver Us”
9. “Creed”
10. “Winter”

Malchus - The Evil House

MALCHUS, The Evil House pre-order: http://roxxrecords.storenvy.com/products/17058270-malchus-the-evil-house-2016

MALCHUS online: www.facebook.com/malchuspl

NEWS BRIEFS

* “Infinity”, new song from upcoming AMOS album entitled Jade: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViStEsUUdX8

Jade track listing: “Still Believe”, “Devotion”, “Called From The Dark”, “Stranger Love”, “Lost Essence”, “Surrender”, “Infinity”, “Jade”, “Prodigal Girl”, “Wait For You”

Jade is scheduled for release on June 21, 2016.

* CROSSFORCE live at Metal Mardi Gras 1987, Part 1 & Part 2: www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5LwupQ4xzk & www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wkDOvINqI8

* PLACE OF SKULLS is in the process of re-issuing its debut album Nailed, an original 2002 release.  According to the group, the album will be remixed and include bonus material in addition to being available as a limited edition LP.  PLACE OF SKULLS is also in the process of writing and rehearsing new material.

 

Update: June 5, 2016

INTERVIEWS

Philadelphia promo pic

New PHILADELPHIA interview online:
Angelic Warlord had the recent opportunity to interview Philadelphia guitarist Phil Scholling and vocalist/bassist Brian Clark, who go into detail about the group’s beginnings, what led it to reform following a thirty year hiatus and details as it pertains to Warlord.  Following is an excerpt:

What are your feelings about Warlord?  Are you happy about the way the album turned out?
Phil Scholling: I’m very pleased with how it turned out. It was 30 years later than what we’d originally intended but better late than never. For me the challenge was trying to go back and sort of get into that musical mindset again. I really haven’t played or listened much to that style of music during the years the band had been apart. The biggest challenge to me was could I write in that style again and play it authentically

Read full interview: HERE

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

NARNIA Release New Video & Single, “Reaching For The Top”:
Press Release / NARNIA is finally back for the metal attack. Celebrating 20 years as a band, they are back with a brand new studio album, scheduled for worldwide release on September 16, 2016. To follow up the new album they plan to visit as many countries as possible, to meet new and old fans.

Today (June 3rd, 2016), the first single “Reaching For The Top”, taken from the upcoming 7th studio album entitled Narnia, hits the market, together with a promo video produced by Mats Vassfjord (Grand Design& 220 Volt).
 
On the new self-titled 2016 album NARNIA re-visits their melodic roots but with an updated sound, creating a perfect blend; a powerful production by CJ Grimmark, mixed and mastered by Thomas “Plec” Johansson.
 
NARNIA line up 2016:

Christian Liljegren – Lead Vocals
CJ Grimmark - Guitars, Keyboards & Backing Vocals
Andreas “Habo” Johansson - Drums
Martin Härenstam - Keyboards
Andreas Passmark - Bass
 
Throughout the years, NARNIA has been established as one of the leading forces in melodic, neoclassical metal, with a strong reputation of being a great live act that always delivers. And so it continues… The fans are asking for more and the band is hungrier than ever.

 
The new, self-titled full-length album will be released worldwide on CD, Vinyl LP and on digital formats, on September 16, 2016.

Upcoming NARNIA tour dates:

August 19th: Hope Night Festival - Sävsjö, Sweden
September 23rd: Scenen Sofiehof Underjord - Jönköping, Sweden
September 24th: Nalen Klubb (Alcazar) - Stockholm, Sweden
September 25th: iNTiMAN - Västerås, Sweden
November 5th: Blast Of Eternity - Neckarsulm, Germany
November 11th: Brainstorm Festival - Apeldoorn, Netherlands

More tour dates will be announced soon.
 
The band is excited about the future and eager to unveil a new chapter.

Narnia - Narnia

NARNIA online: www.narniatheband.com & www.facebook.com/narniatheband

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ELI PRINSEN Leaves SACRED WARRIOR:
As reported by the group on its Facebook page (June 1, 2016):

Statement from ELI PRINSEN:

"Hello friends, families, and fans of SACRED WARRIOR. Today, it is with a very heavy heart that I must let you all know that after a lot of thought and prayer, I have decided to step down as the band’s lead vocalist.

“It has become increasingly difficult for me to find the necessary time and availability that the band needs and deserves to keep moving forward.

“I want to thank all of the fans that gave me their support and acceptance as the bands new vocalist when I joined four years ago. I had some very big shoes to fill then and also, being a fan of the band, I knew it would be tough for some fans to accept a new voice. The welcome and reception I received was overwhelmingly positive and I really appreciate every kind word ever spoken or printed about me.

“Steve, Bruce, Tony, Joe, Tom, and Jr. I want you to know that I will forever treasure these past four years, especially the year and experiences we all shared during the recording process of Waiting In Darkness. Those were some seriously prayer filled times and there were miraculous victories with the health of Bruce, Tony, and Joe. God’s spirit is all over that album, and I feel so privileged to have been a part of it.

“Although this is a sad time for me, I am really looking forward to all that God has in store for SACRED WARRIOR in the very near future. The new material is epic and the fans (including me) are going to absolutely love it.

“Thank you, I love you, may God bless you all.”

Response from SACRED WARRIOR:

“We know the main question that you all probably have, and the answer is NO, SACRED WARRIOR is NOT breaking up, we have tons of new music mostly finished (sans vocals), and we are VERY excited about the upcoming new record! Other than that, we are relying on God's good timing to see what is next, and when things will fall into place.

“We also ask that you take Eli's words at face value... we love him, and there is no bad blood here... nothing "happened". We wish him all the best, and pray God's massive blessings on everything he pursues... visit the FB page for his vocal training business and give it a Like to stay connected with him: www.facebook.com/EliPrinsensHVT

“Join us in thanking Eli for his epic contribution to Waiting In Darkness, and in wishing him well for the future... thanks Warriors, and God Bless!”

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

NEWS BRIEFS

* “Apocalypse Calls”, debut single from CELL 9, new band featuring VENI DOMINE brothers Torbjorn (guitars & lead vocals) Thomas Weinesjo (drums): www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-WGiFLnrqY

* “It Is Finished”, sample of new song from JOSHUA’S CREED: http://joshuascreed.bandcamp.com/track/it-is-finished

 

Update: May 30, 2016

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

MILLENNIAL REIGN To Headline NTX MetalFest 2016:
Press Release / Get ready, Christian Metal Heads!  The first annual NTX MetalFest (North Texas) will make its debut on Labor Day, September 3, 2016 at 5:30 PM.  The festival will be held at The Door Dallas with a line up that includes Ulterium Records recording artist MILLENNIAL REIGN along with opening acts DIVINE RETRIBUTION, VISION RED, RAISING ABEL, MEGALIFE and SLAVES WAGE.

NTX MetalFest exists to bring together the heavy metal community, in all of its persuasions and variations, for the purpose of experiencing the presence, the power and the person of Jesus Christ, who lived, died and rose again from the dead to give life to all who would call upon His name! (ROMANS 10:13)

NTX MetalFest line up:

MILLENNIAL REIGN
DIVINE RETRIBUTION
VISION RED
RAISING ABEL
MEGALIFE
SLAVES WAGE

Location & Directions: www.thedoordallas.com

Tickets: www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1200391?_ga=1.140899252.761246765.1464121998

NTX MetalFest banner

Further Reading: http://facebook.com/ntxmetalfest

WALES ROAD - “Your Words Are Killing Me” Video Premier:
Press Release / Rochester, New York based hard rock act WALES ROAD produced a video to the ‘Final Vinyl’ version to the track “Your Words Are Killing Me”.  The song comes from the group’s most recent full-length album Wounds & Whispers, which it independently released via Spun Records on June 17, 2015.

Although the WALES ROAD lineup has varied down through the years, one thing has remained consistent: Vocalist & guitarist Tommy Wales is a man who is passionate about reflecting his faith in the midst of a fallen world through his audio art.  Wales draws upon his vast experience, including 18 studio albums, 3 live albums and one DVD released over a twenty-year period, to create in Wounds & Whispers ‘9 songs of healing art on audio canvas’.

“Your Worlds Are Killing Me” represents five minutes of hard rock that deals with verbal abuse, bullying and ultimately forgiveness.

WALES ROAD, which describes itself as ‘blues based metal with Christian frosting’, borrowed the Wounds & Whispers title from the track "Way" off the HB Frozen Inside album (released on Bullroser Records in 2008).  Former WALES ROAD bassist and keyboardist Thomas Sluberski conceived the album artwork.

The 80% Angelic Warlord review of Wounds & Whispers described WALES ROAD as “(taking) a foundation of straightforward hard rock and (aligning) it with heavy doses of blues based and melodic hard rock.  Throw in the occasional traditional blues and progressive aspect and the upshot is a band in which a lot is going on musically and that is difficult to pigeonhole as a result.”

Wounds & Whispers track listing:

1. “Tears In A Bottle”
2. “Wounds & Whispers”
3. “Your Words Are Killing Me”
4. “She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not”
5. “Leave Me Standing”
6. “Why Does It Rain (On The Sad Days)?”
7. “This Side Of Eternity”
8. “Tomorrow ‘N’ Today”
9. “The Shakedown Sessions Volume II”

Wales Road - Wounds & Whispers

WALES ROAD online: www.walesroad.com & www.facebook.com/walesroad

NEWS BRIEFS

* BIG CHRIS & D’BARE BONES BAND is cigar box guitarist Chris Dickens' (MISSION OF ONE)” new band: www.facebook.com/dbarebonesband

* The upcoming BIOGENESIS album, A Decadence Divine, will featuring 11 new tracks along with a surprise cover tune.  Look for the album to be complete by the end of the year.  The new BIO line up with be making its live debut in Dayton, Ohio on July 23rd.

* CELL 9 is the new band featuring VENI DOMINE brothers Torbjorn (guitars & lead vocals) Thomas Weinesjo (drums).  Bassist Niklas Wilhelmsson rounds out the power trio.  “Apocalypse Calls”, the first single from the group, will be released on June1st,

Further details: www.facebook.com/Cell9theband

* TEMPEST cover of REZ BAND classic “Military Man”: www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqRQh5OO4jI

The group is currently at work on a new song entitled "Guitarza Rawkin'", which will feature guest guitar appearances from George Ochoa (DELIVERANCE, RECON, WORLDVIEW), Rex Scott (X-SINNER, ZION, GX PROJECT), Bill Menchen (THE SEVENTH POWER, TITANIC) and Corey Steger (UNDER OATH, ARCHER).  Rex Scott will be handling lead vocals and Rick Armstrong (WHITECROSS, XALT) and RYAN O’NEAL (GREEN JELLO, DOGS OF SOCIETY) bass and drums, respectively.

 

Update: May 22, 2016

FEATURED REVIEWS

BLACK FATE - Deliverance Of Soul
Originally released on Asiral Records but re-issued with new cover art by Ulterium Records in the spring of 2016, Deliverance Of Soul finds Black Fate settling into a signature melodic metal meets power metal groove in which it combines intrinsic melody and clear cut heaviness in just the right amounts either way.  Read Full Review >>

LEVITICUS - 35 Years Anniversary: In His Service
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 >>

PEO - Welcome To The Party
Welcome To The Party, the ninth solo album from Swedish vocalist Peo Pettersson (aka PEO), takes AOR hooks and sounds and injects them with a bit more guitar driven muscle than is commonly associated with the genre.  Read Full Review >>

PERPETUAL LEGACY - A New Symphony for Him
For classically trained soprano female vocals; symphonic orchestration, keyboards and choirs that back a more traditional metal set up of guitars, bass and drums; and atmospheric if not complex musical arrangements, then symphonic metal is often the most practical choice.  Read Full Review >>

PHILADELPHIA - Warlord  
We were skeptical at first of Warlord, the spring of 2016 comeback album of Philadelphia, but the veteran hard rock act expertly manages to be every bit capable today as it was during its mid-eighties prime.  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 >>

ARTICLES

Album Of The Year - 2015

Angelic Warlord Top 26 Metal & Hard Rock Albums Of 2015 - REVISED
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

True Strength - Steel Evangelist

TRUE STRENGTH release sophomore album, Steel Evangelist:
Press Release / TRUE STRENGTH digitally released its sophomore album Steel Evangelist on Pentecost, May 15, 2016.  The album is available through CD Baby, Amazon, iTunes, Spotify, Rhapsody, XBOX Live and many other fine digital retailers.  Similar to TRUE STRENGTH debut full length The Cross Will Always Prevail from 2014, all digital sales of the album will be donated to the International Christian Concern (www.persecution.org), which assists persecuted Christians and their families around the world.

Steel Evangelist features 10 songs and nearly 70 minutes of music.  The physical CD version to the album is expected to follow later this summer.

Changes to the TRUE STRENGTH line up for Steel Evangelist include the departure of original lead vocalist Rus Gib and drummer Chris Clark, both of whom had prior commitments that prevented them from participating on the album.  Fronting Steel Evangelist is founding member and rhythm guitarist, bassist and songwriter Ryan “The Archangel” Darnell, while also returning from the debut album is lead guitarist Josh Cirbo.  Ryan Mey, who served as audio mastering engineer on The Cross Will Always Prevail, handles drums. 

Steel Evangelist was recorded, produced, mixed and mastered by Robert Sands. 

The album can be previewed and purchased at CD Baby: http://cdbaby.com/cd/truestrength2

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”

© Copyright 2015-2016 TRUE STRENGTH

TRUE STRENGTH line up:

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

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

NEWS BRIEFS

* Alice Cooper discusses his faith in an online interview at Viral Believer: www.viralbeliever.com/news/the-godfather-of-shock-rock-comes-home-to-his-heavenly-father

* Power Rock Podcast interview with guitarist Bill Menchen: http://powerrockpodcasts.com/interview-bill-menchen-2016

* CHAINED, previously unreleased live version to “Drained”: www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8-yHGLBKdE

* PŸLON update regarding new album A Lament (Facebook - May 18, 2016): “The CD went to the replica factory last week! so we hope to get it in our hands in 2 weeks and are looking for a release date in July!  The Digipack will have a 12-side booklet and not 8 as written before.  The running time is 48:40 for 8 songs.”

 

Update: May 15, 2016

INTERVIEWS

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New interview with Alan Zaring online:
In a recent interview with Classic Christian Rock Zone, THE WORLD WILL BURN guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Alan Zaring goes into detail about his musical background, partnership with vocalist Dale Thompson and recording the group’s debut album Severity.  Following is an excerpt:

What is the purpose of THE WORLD WILL BURN? 
Dale and I really did it to be a creative outlet for our talents.  It has grown into its own now.  It is still growing.   Who knows where it will end up.  If we accomplish anything, I hope we push heavy music in a more creative direction, entertain our listeners, and take them on a journey that is both enjoyable and enlightening. 

Read Full Interview: HERE

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

King James - Maximus - re-issue

KING JAMES Announce Maximus Re-issue:
Press Release / KING JAMES has been very busy this year with the re-launch of its most recent album, Maximus from 2013, in addition to lining up some special shows this summer and fall. 

The group just completing work on a re-mastered version to Maximus and have made it available both digitally and on CD.  The Limited Edition CD comes in a beautiful 6-panel digi-pak with new cover art and an additional bonus track in the form of a Spanish version to the track “Miracles”.

KING JAMES is also planning to get out there and do some special live performances in 2016.  The group has several shows in the works and is currently looking to book additional shows.  Please send all offers for KING JAMES live appearances to Dewayne Jenkins at DeLu Productions at: deluproductions@gmail.com

The CD version to Maximus is now available via several online outlets, including Christian Metal Distro.  Those who are interested in carrying Maximus or have any distribution opportunities please contact Bill Bafford at Christian Metal Distro at: bill@roxxproductions.com

KING JAMES represents the talents of guitarist Rex Carroll (WHITECROSS) and vocalist Jimi Bennett (SACRED FIRE), whom met in 1993 at the Kingdom Bound Festival in Buffalo, New York and founded the group shortly thereafter.  With drummer Robert Sweet and bassist Tim Gaines (both STRYPER) rounding out the rhythm section, KING JAMES recorded the melodic rock and AOR of its 1994 self-titled debut album for Star Song Records.  The group later signed with Viva Records for 1997 sophomore release The Fall, which took a heavier hard rock and metal meets the modern based approach.

KING JAMES regrouped in 2011 when it signed with Madison Line Records for Maximus, which saw release on June 11, 2013.

A video for the KING JAMES track “Waiting For The King” can be viewed at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Sc0X-7tihU

Maximus track listing:

1. “The Void”
2. “Hard Road To Go”
3. “Mississippi Kidd”
4. “X MaXimus”
5. “Waiting For The King”
6. “A New Beginning”
7. “Miracles”
8. “The Highlander - In Exile”
9. “The Prisoner”
10. “Just As I Am (Lamb of God)”
11. “Desperate”
12. “Miracles (Acoustic Version)”
13. “Miracles (Spanish Version)”

KING JAMES online: www.kingjamesband.com & www.facebook.com/KingJamesBand

SWEET CRYSTAL - “Power And The Glory” Lost Footage:
Detroit, Michigan based SWEET CRYSTAL has just unearthed footage from its 1987 video shoot for “Power And The Glory”, the title track to its six song debut EP Power-N-Glory from 1985.  The footage, seen for the first time in thirty years, comes courtesy of Doug "The Doc Of Rock" Podell and his breakthrough 80's TV show The Beat.

SWEET CRYSTAL is a very rare group of musicians. Since it's founding, the core trio of Marq Andrew Speck (lead vocals, keyboards), Bill Blatter (guitar, vocals) and Steve Wieser (drums) has remained together in pursuit of a message, a music ministry that continues to this day. That’s a lifetime of quality hard, progressive rock music; of honing their skills as musicians and artists and generating a respectable fan base. Perhaps most importantly, a continuing quest refining their sound and standing on the front lines of the Michigan Christian rock scene, even before that particular branch of music had a name.

The multiple Detroit Music Award winning band recently completed mixing the tracks to its upcoming EP, 5 Carat Rock, and have sent them to Scott Hull at MasterDisk for mastering.  Chuck Alkazian of Pearl Sound Studios produced and engineered the album.  5 Carat Rock is scheduled for release in June of this year.

SWEET CRYSTAL released its most recent EP Quad in the spring of 2015.  Prior to that, the group put out the full-length efforts III and Still Standing... from 2010 and 2003, respectively.

SWEET CRYSTAL was recently nominated for 5 awards at the 2016 Detroit Music Awards: Outstanding Gospel/Christian Act, Outstanding Gospel/Christian Musician (Marq Andrew Speck), Outstanding Gospel/Christian Recording (“Quad” / “Him Alone”), Outstanding Gospel Christian Songwriter (Marq Andrew Speck) & Outstanding Gospel/Christian Vocalist (Marq Andrew Speck).

5 Carat Rock track listing:

1. “Even Now”
2. “Come As We Are”
3. “Jericho”
4. “Can’t Turn Back”
5. “Nothing Here (For You To Fear)”

Sweet Crystal - 5 Carat Rock

SWEET CRYSTAL online: www.sweetcrystal.com & www.facebook.com/SweetCrystalBand

NEWS BRIEFS

* “Inside The Beast”, new song from BIOGENESIS”: www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhOv3A58jSc

Look for inside The Beast” to appear on the group’s upcoming third album A Decadence Divine.

* The new HERO line up includes:

Michael Hero - Lead vocals & Guitar:
Emanuel Wärja - Guitar & Vocals
Henrik Deleskog - Bass
Daniel Mouton - Drums & Vocals

The group’s new album Miracles is scheduled to be released in 2016.

* Swiss doom metal act PŸLON has finished recording its new (and seventh overall) album, A Lament.  Long-term vocalist Matt Brand will be fronting the project, who takes over for Jordan Cutajar (NOMAD SON) from the groups 2014 release Homo Homini Lupus. Guest guitarists include Ian Arkley (MY SILENT WAKE) and Damir Eskic.

Song titles include “Cosmic Lizard”, “Desolation Is Divine”, “The Day After The War”, “Pantodynamos”, “Lazarus”, “The Lone Rider”, “Fair Haven Of Thesterness” & “A Lament”.

 

Update: May 8, 2016

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

PASTOR BRAD To Storm The Gates:
Press Relase / Bay City, Michigan based minister and guitarist PASTOR BRAD to release Christian metal and hard rock parody album entitled Storm The Gates on July 4, 2016:

The first song off the album, a cover of Kiss’ “Detroit Rock City” entitled “Jesus Rock City”, is currently streaming at YouTube.

Storm The Gates is a collection of 9 classic hard rock & hair metal songs from the 70s and 80s- re-covered by PASTOR BRAD with lyrics that honor Jesus Christ and proclaim the Good News of the Gospel loud and proud!  Legally, these are "parody" projects, but musically and spiritually, they are tributes to the musicians who inspired me to become a musician, and to my Savior to whom I owe everything!

Commented PASTOR BRAD: “My two fold goal was to: 1) honor the music and musicianship that inspired me to become a musician, and 2) honor Jesus with the message that changed my life for eternity!  In my heart, I am satisfied that I’ve accomplished both.  All that’s left now is to share it with the world.”

Further details from the artist regarding “Jesus Rock Solid”: “KISS was a giant musical influence on me as a kid back in the 70s. When Alive II came out - with that amazing shot of KISS in concert spread across the entire center of that double album - I was one-hundred-percent mesmerized. If you're a fan, you know that track one on that album was “Detroit Rock City” --and it's had a special place in my musical influence catalogue ever since!

“The original song was about a kid who dies in a car accident (according to the stories I've heard) on his way to a KISS concert. The lyrics to “Jesus Rock Solid” proclaim the Lordship and majesty of the Author of Life- who will return some day to judge the living and the dead and usher in a glorious new creation.”

Storm The Gates track listing:

1. “Jesus Rock Solid” - “Detroit Rock City”, March 15 1976, KISS
2. “Son of Man” - “Iron Man”, Sept. 18, 1970, BLACK SABBATH
3. “Living Fountain” - “Man On The Silver Mountain”, Aug. 4 1975, RAINBOW
4. “Touch Of Love” - “Touch Too Much”, July 27, 1979, AC/DC
5. “Rockin’ For The Good News” - “Living After Midnight”, April 14, 1980, JUDAS PRIEST
6. “Jerusalem 3pm” - “Dallas 1pm”, Sept. 1, 1980, SAXON
7. “The Dragon’s Slain” - “Crazy Train”, Sept. 12, 1980, Ozzy
8. “Jesus Said” - “Metal Health”, March 11, 1983, QUIET RIOT
9. “Free Will” - “Say What You Will”, May, 1983, FASTWAY

PASTOR BRAD online: www.guitarjams.net & www.facebook.com/pastorbradrocks

INNERWISH - “Tame The Seven Seas” Streaming Online:
Press Release / Athens, Greece melodic metal band INNERWISH released via Ulterium Records their fifth album entitled InnerWish on March 18, 2016.  Bickee Music issued InnerWish in Japan on March 30, 2016.  The album is available on CD, Double LP, Tape and digital download.
 
The InnerWish track “Tame The Seven Seas” is currently streaming at YouTube. 

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).

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

A lyric video for the song “Needles In My Mind” can be viewed as well: https://youtu.be/7_l1lJPS-a4

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

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

Oblivion Myth - Inside The Mirror

OBLIVION MYTH Completes Work On New Album, Inside The Mirror:
As reported by the group at its ReverbNation Blog:

Today is a big day for the band. The long journey of making our 2nd studio album is finally ended. We have delivered our masters and artwork to the printers for CD production. Soon after we'll iron out our digital distribution and sales online as well.

It's been over 9 months really- just like having a baby it seems. Some obstacles and some surprises along the way. Who knew quoting a Bible verse comes with copyright issues? Talk about moneychangers in the temple! Well, you roll with it. Some versions are more lenient than others, so you use that version, although that means maybe the poetry of the language that attracted you to a certain verse gets changed.

June 18 2016 is going to be our CD release party and for various reasons we have chosen Main Street club in Murfreesboro, TN, about 20 miles south of Nashville. Main Street is a very large, nice, fun club to play at. It can hold more people than a lot of the clubs up in Nashville, and we are friendly with ownership and the booking agent there. We do consider ourselves a Nashville band, but opportunity, timing, and such dictated that we have our CD release in the best venue available, and that was undeniably Main Street.

80-odd hours to record. 200-odd hours to mix and master. 9 months of working on weekends on the recordings, the CD art, the concept, endless discussions, brainstorming, and that is just the CD production part. We spent the whole summer prior taking these 11 new songs and recording them as demos, seeing what we had, so that we could go into the studio prepared to track them. it was wise and useful - we did no writing in the studio - the songs were ready to track when we walked in, and we knew what we wanted to do with them.

Can't thank our recording engineer Curtis Erdek, and our producer Andy Freeman enough. They both did remarkable jobs. Curtis gave us an environment where things ran like an well-oiled machine and we were able to do our tracking with a minimal of delays, technical issues, or anything distracting. He was a great coach and gave us the feedback we needed about whether or not something needed to be done again, done better, or not done quite like that at all..

And then Andy Freeman took this jellyfish of files and tracks and sonic fury and proceeded to beat it into something resembling a professional album release. He added keyboards, orchestration, backup vocals, filled in all the bare corners and plain walls. The end result is amazing, and it makes you appreciate what a team effort it truly is to create a music CD.

We had a couple of revisions with him and a couple of mix and masters, and the 2nd one he delivered really knocked our socks off - it is the one you'll be hearing June 18th. I think it's heavy as lead and bright as the sun!

At times like this you reflect back on where you've been and what you did to reach this point. Knowing that I'm finally going to have a CD release for the first time in my struggling-mostly music career is a pretty sweet feeling. Doesn't matter to me that it probably won't go platinum (wink)... the sheer amount of effort it took to will this thing into being was plenty of work, that holding in our hands will be reward enough.

"Inside The Mirror" is finally done. And now my thoughts will begin to turn to the sequel, to the band's 3rd studio album, that I very much want to start on this fall, and make it an annual effort. I've already got 3 or 4 songs that I think are going to turn out really nice... and i know Keith's song backlog is kind of like Santa Claus' gift bag on his sleigh. There's always another one in there...

OBLIVION MYTH online: http://oblivionmyth.wix.com/oblivionmyth, www.reverbnation.com/oblivionmyth & www.facebook.com/OblivionMythFanpage

NEWS BRIEFS

* Footage of JACOBS DREAM performing a new song entitled “Embers Of Torment” at the 2016 Elements Of Rock Festival in Uster, Switzerland.  “Embers Of Torment” is set to appear on the groups upcoming album Where Vultures Gather.

* KING JAMES has re-mastered and independently re-issued its third album Maximus on CD with a bonus track not available on the original version.  New cover art is included as part of the 6-panel Digi-Pak packaging.  Maximus was originally released by Madison Line Records in 2013 as a digital download only.

 

Update: May 1, 2016

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

BLACK FATE - “Blood Red Sky” From Deliverance Of Soul Re-Issue Streaming Online:
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.

The track “Blood Red Sky” is streaming at YouTube at the link above.

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

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

BLACK FATE online: www.facebook.com/blackfategreece

DIVINER - “Evilizer” Music Video Released:
Press Release / Athens, Greece based heavy metal band DIVINER just completed work on a music video for the track "Evilizer" from their debut album Fallen Empires, which it released last November through Ulterium Records.

Fallen Empires is a very strong heavy metal album that keeps the legacy from the genre but at the same time sounds new and inspired. Perfect for fans of bands like ACCEPT, DIO, JUDAS PRIEST and ICED EARTH!  Mastered by Peter In de Betou (ARCH ENEMY, OPETH, AMON AMARTH).

Check out the lyric video for the song "Come Into My Glory" at YouTube: https://youtu.be/UVbxT0w3ZKo

Check out an album teaser for Fallen Empires at YouTube: https://youtu.be/HojjtXQTTvk

Diviner line up:

Yiannis Papanikolaou (ROCK ‘N’ ROLL CHILDREN, ex. INNERWISH) - Lead Vocals
Thimios Krikos (INNERWISH) - Guitar
George Maroulees (4BITTEN) - Guitar
Herc Booze (SIXFORNINE) - Bass
Fragiskos Samoilis (INNERWISH) - Drums

Fallen Empires track listing:

1. “Fallen Empires”
2. “Kingdom Come”
3. “Evilizer”
4. “Riders From The East”
5. “The Legend Goes On”
6. ”Come Into My Glory”
7. “Seven Gates”
8. “The Shadow And The Dark”
9. “Sacred War”
10. “Out In The Abyss”

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

DIVINER online: http://divinerband.com & www.facebook.com/Divinermetalband

Metal Obsession banner

Metal Obsession - A DVD Documentary:
Press Release / ROXX Records is very excited to be a part of the first installment of a brand new documentary series entitled Metal Obsession. Ever wonder what life was like through the eyes of a metal head? Or even better an over-zealous heavy metal fan and their collection? Well now you can visit deep into the heart of some metal fans from around the world as we take a special journey into the lives and the collections of some of the world’s most die-hard heavy metal fans.

Join us as we explore deep into their minds, lives and personal collections as we find out their likes, dislikes and what makes them rock. Explore many rare treasures from vinyl records, CDs, tapes, and all kinds of metal music from all over the world. As well as exploring the music catalogs from many mainstream artists you will also get to hear about many rare and obscure titles that may boggle your mind and get you thinking 'man I have got to find that for my own personal collection.'

Featuring many collectors and fans from all over the world, including Scott Waters (ULTIMATUM / ONCE DEAD), an avid collector, fan and heavy metal artist himself. Scott had this to say about the release, “There are many documentaries about the people who make the music. This is a documentary about the people who love the music. It’s the who, what, when, where and why of our obsession with collecting heavy metal records.”

Corey Johnson also an avid collector, fan and producer of this documentary had this to say about the release “This isn’t Behind the Music, this is behind the people. Re-discover the music from your past or feed an ongoing passion for all things heavy. Nostalgia, vinyl records and great stories, it’s all here.” 

If this DVD does one thing it shows us that no matter what country or continent you live on, we are all the same. Music will always be a common denominator connecting us all, but for some of us that love and passion comes by way of one of the most criticized, frowned upon musical genre’s ever, Heavy Metal!

Check out this promo:  www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFobnWhDwZo

Then join us and take an 80-minute journey in to the life of a heavy metal collector, which also includes a ton of extras and bonus footage never before seen. This limited edition DVD pressing will be making its debut at this year's installment of the San Diego Heavy Metal Sap Meet on Saturday May 7, 2016 and then it will be officially released on Friday May 13, 2016

Visit www.roxxproductions.com for full details and pre order information.

NEWS BRIEFS

* Video blog from Jimmy P. Brown, who discusses a new DELIVERANCE album: www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EzuzybwhMk

* Southern California Metal Fest footage:

BLOODGOOD performing “Out Of The Darnkess: www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1iZR46L2KM

CHAOTIC RESEMBLANCE performing “Round ‘N Round”: www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVqxzfloCeI

TEMPEST performing “Back To The Hill”: www.youtube.com/watch?v=mM4G_hi2RHc

WORLDVIEW with special guest Les Carlsen: www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSo29Batghc

 

Update: April 24, 2016

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

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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

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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

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DETH ENEMY - Unmovable
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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 >>

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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!!”

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