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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

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UPCOMING REVIEWS

• THE CRIMSON BRIDGE MINISTRY - Remnant Rock
• MY DARKEST TIME - The Last
• OBLIVION MYTH - Inside The Mirror
• MICHAEL SWEET - One Sides War
• THEOCRACY - Ghost Ship
• ZEPHANIAH - Reforged

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• ARTICLES - July 17, 2016
• FEATURED REVIEWS - August 28, 2016
• INTERVIEWS - June 5, 2016
• METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS - August 28, 2016
• RELEASE DATES - August 28, 2016

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Update: August 28, 2016

FEATURED REVIEWS

NARNIA - Narnia - NEW
Narnia finds the group returning to its musical roots with a throwback sound that draws heavily upon melodic metal but mixed with occasional elements of neo-classical power metal.  Read Full Review >> 

 

BIG CHRIS & D’BARE BONES BAND - When Your Time Comes
It doesn’t take long to realize that When Your Time Comes, the August of 2016 debut full length of Big Chris & D’Bare Bones Band, is a special album.  Read Full Review >>

ENERGEMA - The Lion’s Forces
Every once in a while, the hard music world produces an unexpected sleeper, an under-the-radar band with the acumen to literally blow more established acts out of the water and make a significant name for itself in the process.  Read Full Review >>

PŸLON - A Lament
Switzerland’s Pÿlon answers multiple doom metal questions.  Read Full Review >>

SWEET CRYSTAL - 5 Carat Rock
Here’s a factoid that might make you feel old: Detroit, Michigan based Sweet Crystal has been around for more than 40 years.  Read Full Review >>

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

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TOURNIQUET - New Album Kickstarter Campaign:
As reported by founding member and drummer Ted Kirkpatrick:

A new TOURNIQUET album is on the horizon. The music is written. It's heavy and progressive. The lyrics, some of the most personal to date, explore the universal themes of triumph and tragedy we struggle with in life. We think you're really going to want to hear this one! Recording will take place in Florida over the next weeks and months. We're aiming for very high production value. Some of the music is quite involved - layered vocals, guitar harmonies, counter melodies, and some crazy drumming.

In order to keep the budget in check, we'll be tracking and recording it ourselves, (as I did with Onward to Freedom) then bringing in the big guns (the pros) to mix and master it. We want to be sure the final result is truly awesome.

We worked hard to structure the rewards to give you things and experiences - value - that you can feel good about pledging. Seriously, we have been so blessed (and hopefully you have been too!) to have you help us achieve three successful Kickstarter campaigns in the past, and we are truly hoping you will join us for this exciting one!  The tunes, lyrics, and of course - the vocals - will be top notch. Remember - Kickstarter is wisely set up as "all or nothing" - none of this happens without you. Now go check out the rewards - and thank you! 

You can back the new TOURNIQUET album at the following link: www.kickstarter.com/projects/826349560/tourniquet-the-new-full-length-album

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DYNASTY Re-Release Into Righteousness Demo:
Press Release / Into Righteousness, the first demo tape recorded by Brazilian traditional metal band DYNASTY, has been officially re-released by the group in August of 2016.

First released in 1997, the demo was recorded by the groups original line up of vocalist Nahor Andrade, bassist Filipe Duarte, drummer Samuel Magno and guitarists Daflas Cruz and Walter Canuto.

Into Righteousness track listing:

1. “Intro”
2. “The Prayer”
3. “War”
4. “Decibels”
5. “Today”
6. “Heroes”
7. “Wicked Streets”
8. “My Life”

Into Righteousness is available for streaming at Spotify: https://play.spotify.com/album/0oZpvcpuID5s5vo8sSwsU1

DYNASTY followed up Into Righteousness with the 1998 EP The Angels Return.  The group returned in 2002 with its second EP, Following The Sign, followed by its 2004 full-length debut Motus Perpetuus.  The last time we heard from DYNASTY was in 2010 with its full-length sophomore outing entitled Warriors Of The King.

DYNASTY currently remains at work on its Christian metal covers album Inspirations.

Current DYNASTY line-up:

Nahor Andrade - Lead Vocals
César Martins - Guitars
Filipe Otávio - Guitars
Dennis Limones - Bass
Tiago Vitek - Drums

DYNASTY online: www.facebook.com/DynastyMetal

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THEOCRACY - “Ghost Ship European Tour” Announced:
Press Release / The Athens, Georgia-based melodic metal band THEOCRACY will return to Europe in November for the“Ghost Ship European Tour”. See the list of confirmed shows below:

Fri 4/11 - Hall of Fame - Wetzikon, Switzerland
Sat 5/11 - Kreatief - Neckarsulm, Germany
Sun 6/11 - Exit-US - Prague, Czech Republic
Tue 8/11 - Collosseum - Kosice, Slovakia
Thu 10/11 - Melodka - Brno, Czech Republic
Fri 11/11 - DGH Niederaula - Niederjossa/Hessen, Germany
Sat 12/11 - Brainstorm Festival - Apeldoorn, Netherlands

WITHIN SILENCE (SK) will join THEOCRACY on the tour as support act for all shows.

The new THEOCRACY album Ghost Ship will be released on October 28th in Europe and North America through Ulterium Records. Information on different editions and formats will be announced soon.

With Ghost Ship, THEOCRACY perfects the lively and fully-realized sound of As the World Bleeds, delivering 10 muscular and streamlined tracks that never lose focus and combine for one memorable journey. You like mid tempo sing along anthems? Try the “Ghost Ship” title track. Thrashy rhythms and intensity?  “The Wonder of It All” should be to your liking. Emotional ballads with huge melodic hooks? Go “Around the World and Back.”  Or if you prefer epic, progressive tracks that do all these things and more, 10-minute album closer “Easter” is sure to be a favorite. Each song on Ghost Ship stands alone and has a unique signature, but every moment sounds unmistakably like THEOCRACY.

“So many kids were coming up to us after shows and telling us their stories,” says THEOCRACY vocalist Matt Smith. “A lot of them were searching for purpose and a place to fit in, and having grown up as an awkward and unpopular kid myself, their words really stuck with me. I started thinking about what a band of misfits Jesus’ disciples were: fishermen, tax collectors, and people of little consequence in the eyes of the world. Sometimes the ones most people don’t see, or choose to look straight through - the ghosts of society, as it were, dead to the world - end up having the biggest impact. That’s where the title and idea for Ghost Ship came from: all the misfits, the un cool, the outcasts, there is a place where you do fit in. Although Ghost Ship is not a concept album, this is a recurring theme, particularly in the title track and “Castaway.’”

Ghost Ship track listing:

1. “Paper Tiger”
2. “Ghost Ship”
3. “The Wonder Of It All”
4. “Wishing Well”
5. “Around the World and Back”
6. “Stir the Embers”
7. “A Call To Arms”
8. “Currency In A Bankrupt World”
9. “Castaway”
10. “Easter”

Theocracy - Ghost Ship

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

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

Michael Sweet Releases “Radio” Video:
Courtesy of www.blabbermouth.net:

The official video for "Radio", a brand new song from STRYPER front man Michael Sweet, can be seen above. The track is taken from Sweet's seventh solo album, One Sided War, which was released on August 26 via Rat Pak Records. Backing Michael on the record are WHITESNAKE guitarist Joel Hoekstra, EVANESCENCE drummer Will Hunt, bassist John O'Boyle and East Coast shred-master Ethan Brosh.

The official video for "Radio", a brand new song from STRYPER front man Michael Sweet, can be seen above. The track is taken from Sweet's seventh solo album, One Sided War, which was released on August 26 via Rat Pak Records. Backing Michael on the record are WHITESNAKE guitarist Joel Hoekstra, EVANESCENCE drummer Will Hunt, bassist John O'Boyle and East Coast shred-master Ethan Brosh.

Said Sweet: "I wrote the song “Radio” based on my history in country music and on what seems to be a surge of rock stars trying to become country stars.  I'm a metalhead at heart and always will be, but I've had the opportunity to write with some of the best writers in Nashville (Blair Daly, Bruce Wallace, Luke Laird) and I've learned how talented these guys are and how serious they take their job.

"Just as metal is a lifestyle, country is as well and you have to live it, not just wake up one morning and decide you're gonna be a country star and have the respect of the country world.  I grew up with country music, played on my dad's country songs (he co-wrote a #1 country song in 1976 called “I Don't Want To Have To Marry You”) and I know and respect the country music world.

"This song and video is having a little fun with all the guys that think they can just throw on a cowboy hat, some cowboy boots, move to Nashville and become country stars. It's just not that simple and that's just not reality. The same would apply to country stars trying to become metal heads. Kind of funny when you think about it.  Country music, just like rock, is a lifestyle rich with history and authenticity and each genre should be treated with great respect. You can’t fake it. You can try, but the fans will see right through it."

One Sided War showcases a full plate of hard rock and classic metal riffs that Michael Sweet has come to be known for throughout his illustrious musical career.

"Musically, it's my heaviest solo album," Sweet said. "It's not thrash metal but there are definitely some songs on there that will pop out at you. There are some songs that have a bit of the IRON MAIDEN / DIO feel to them, as well as some songs that have a little bit of a VAN HALEN influence to them. It's a very guitar-oriented, hard rock/metal album with lots of melodies and hooks."

The fast and furious opener "Bizarre" ignites the album's pace with its lightning fast riffage, soaring vocals and blazing guitar solos. Tracks like "Can't Take This Life", "One Sided War", "Golden Age", "I Am" and "Comfort Zone" keep the metal fires ablaze, while songs like "Radio", "One Way" and "You Make Me Wanna" bring the hard rock vibe to the forefront.

"One Sided War" features only one ballad, "Who Am I?", a heartfelt, passionate song that reminds us of the softer side of Michael's talents. Closing out the disc is a bonus track; it's a different version of the song "Can't Take This Life", a duet between Michael and 16-year-old up-and-coming female vocalist Moriah Formica.

One Sided War track listing:

1. “Bizarre”
2. “One Sided War”
3. “Can't Take This Life”
4. “Radio”
5. “Golden Age”
6. “Only You”
7. “I Am”
8. “Who Am I”
9. “You Make Me Wanna”
10. “Comfort Zone”
11. “One Way Up”
12. “Can't Take This Life” (bonus track featuring Moriah Formica)

Michael Sweet - One Sided War

The album, which is available for pre-order at: http://christianmetaldistro.storenvy.com/products/17425565-michael-sweet-one-sided-war-2016

MICHAEL SWEET online: www.michaelsweet.com & www.facebook.com/TheMichaelSweet

NEWS BRIEFS

* “Whitewashed Love”, official video from BARREN CROSS: www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9jSvQ1o5VM&feature=youtu.be

The song is taken off the groups 2014 live release Birth Pangs.

* Guitarist Michael Cutting (HOLY SOLDIER) is currently at work on his debut solo album Unspoken, which he plans to release in October.  Further details as they become available.

The artist can be contacted at: www.michaelcutting.com

* FOUR STAR REVIVAL will be releasing next month on Heaststone Records a five song EP entitled The Underdog.  The EP is being released in follow up to the group’s 2014 Aztek Records debut full length Knights of The Revival.

* MY DARKEST TIME, The Last album sampler: www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_9eAtKDnv0

MY DARKEST TIME is a Gothic/doom project from Skopje, Macedonia made up of multi instrumentalist Zarko Atanasov & vocalist Marina Atanasov.  The Last is being released digitally on August 31, 2016 via Finland’s Inverse Records (physical CD’s available directly from the band).

Track Listing: “Last (Intro)”, “The Gates”, “Ephrath”, “Unceasing”, “Blurred Truths”, “You”, “Written Names”, “Pearl” & “O Beloverd”

Guitarist Torbjörn Weinesjö makes a guest appearance on “Ephrath”.

Further reading: www.facebook.com/mydarkesttime

 

Update: August 21, 2016

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

Theocracy - Ghost Ship

THEOCRACY Announce New Album, Ghost Ship:
Press Release / The Athens, Georgia-based melodic metal band THEOCRACY will release their new album Ghost Ship on October 28th in Europe and North America through Ulterium Records. Information on different editions and formats will be announced soon.

With Ghost Ship, THEOCRACY perfects the lively and fully-realized sound of As the World Bleeds, delivering 10 muscular and streamlined tracks that never lose focus and combine for one memorable journey. You like mid tempo sing along anthems? Try the “Ghost Ship” title track. Thrashy rhythms and intensity?  “The Wonder of It All” should be to your liking. Emotional ballads with huge melodic hooks? Go “Around the World and Back.”  Or if you prefer epic, progressive tracks that do all these things and more, 10-minute album closer “Easter” is sure to be a favorite. Each song on Ghost Ship stands alone and has a unique signature, but every moment sounds unmistakably like THEOCRACY.

“So many kids were coming up to us after shows and telling us their stories,” says THEOCRACY vocalist Matt Smith. “A lot of them were searching for purpose and a place to fit in, and having grown up as an awkward and unpopular kid myself, their words really stuck with me. I started thinking about what a band of misfits Jesus’ disciples were: fishermen, tax collectors, and people of little consequence in the eyes of the world. Sometimes the ones most people don’t see, or choose to look straight through - the ghosts of society, as it were, dead to the world - end up having the biggest impact. That’s where the title and idea for Ghost Ship came from: all the misfits, the un cool, the outcasts, there is a place where you do fit in. Although Ghost Ship is not a concept album, this is a recurring theme, particularly in the title track and “Castaway.’”

Ghost Ship track listing:

1. “Paper Tiger”
2. “Ghost Ship”
3. “The Wonder Of It All”
4. “Wishing Well”
5. “Around the World and Back”
6. “Stir the Embers”
7. “A Call To Arms”
8. “Currency In A Bankrupt World”
9. “Castaway”
10. “Easter”

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

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

NARNIA - “Messengers” Music Video Released:
Press Release / Swedish melodic metal band NARNIA has just released a music video for their new single "Messengers".  "Messengers" comes off the highly anticipated self-titled NARNIA album scheduled to be released on September 16, 2016.

On the new self-titled 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!

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: Faddergalan - Kungsängen, Sweden
November 11th: Brainstorm Festival - Apeldoorn, Netherlands

Narnia track listing:

1. “Reaching For The Top”
2. “I Still Believe”
3. “On The Highest Mountain”
4. “Thank You”
5. “One Way To The Promised Land”
6. “Messengers”
7. “Who Do You Follow?”
8. “Moving On”
9. “Set The World On Fire”

Narnia - Narnia

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

BIG CHRIS & D’BARE BONES BAND - “Girl In The Window” Lyric Video Premier:
The official lyrics video for “Girl In The Window”, a new song from BIG CHRIS & D’BARE BONES BAND, can be seen above.  The song comes off the group’s full-length debut When Your Time Comes, which it independently released in August of 2016.

“Girl In The Window” is based upon a true story about a young girl who suffered abuse from severe neglect (Google the song title for further details).

According to its press material, BIG CHRIS & D’BARE BONES BAND “brings an in your face (and) rocked out blues sound that will get your head to bobbin' and your foot tappin'.  Featuring a mix of modern blues and Americana, their blend of electric blues played on cigar box guitars, resonators made from license plates, etc. gives them a unique sound and feel of their own”.

When Your Time Comes is certain to appeal to fans of GLENN KAISER BAND, STEVIE & THE SAINTS, ZZ TOP, GEORGE THOROGOOD and STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN.

According to vocalist and guitarist Chris Dickens, D’BARE BONES BAND has a double meaning: “Doing most of the instruments myself in the studio, this project is about as bare bones as it gets.  The D'Bare name is also my guitar brand.  I build, play, and sell cigar box guitars.”  “Big Chris” is a name given to him from one of the kids at his church youth group.

When Your Time Comes track listing:

1. “Life’s Just Bad”
2. “Giant”
3. “When Your Time Comes”
4. “Punch In The Face”
5.  “Rest In Peace”
6. “Walmart Blues”
7. “Girl In The Window”
8. “Telephone”
9. “Daddy’s Little Girl”
10. “Bound For A Throne”
11. “Thank You”
12. “You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out”

Further reading about D’bare guitars: www.facebook.com/dbareguitars

BIG CHRIS & D’BARE BONES BAND online: www.facebook.com/dbarebonesband & www.reverbnation.com/bigchrisdbarebonesband

NEWS BRIEFS

* “Gog & Magog”, official lyrics video from ENERGEMA: www.youtube.com/watch?v=geErUGS_3p4

The song comes off the groups full-length debut The Lion’s Forces, which was released via Sleasz Rider Records on June 28, 2016.

* Update from INNERSIEGE regarding new album, untitled at the time of this writing (Facebook - August 18, 2016): “Unofficially, its looking like the new album will have 11 songs total, including the instrumental "Iron Lotus" and an extended intro guitar solo.  It appears to be more up-tempo. We top out at 175bpm and groove out at 90bpm. Several from 135 - 155bpm.”

* The self-titled debut full length of JOSHUA’S CREED is scheduled for release on September 20, 2016.  Song titles include “Alive”, “It Is Finished”, “The Sky Is Falling”, “Choose”, “Four Horsemen”, “Buried In The Womb”, “Consequences”, “God Must Be Crazy”, “House Of Cards” & “Where Everything Dies”

Samples: www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mfDeOyx3TU  Further reading: www.facebook.com/JoshuasCreedRocks

 

Update: August 14, 2016

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

Oracle - Selah - Roxx Records vinyl release

ORACLE - Selah Vinyl Release Announced:
Press Release / Roxx Records is very excited to announce the third installment in our Limited Edition Underground vinyl series. Our next release comes to us by way of one of the Christian metal underground’s most heralded, yet under rated, US power metal releases of the 90’s from the band ORACLE as we give our special reissue treatment to the band’s long out of print debut EP, Selah!

At the time of its original release in 1992, ORACLE's Selah EP was critically acclaimed the world over. From the US Christian metal underground, to the European heavy metal scene, Selah was, and is, considered to be a triumph of US power metal drawing influence from neo-classical metal, NWOBHM, and thrash metal.

It was initially released as an independent cassette in 1992, then shortly after as an independent CD in 1993...both direct from the band and impossible to find these days. Since that time, it has been reissued twice on CD. Once as a split CD with US metal band EMERALD on M8 Records (2001) and again in r-emastered form as part of Desolate Kings: The Oracle Anthology on Divebomb Records (2010) which is now out of print and nearly sold out. But never before has this underground US metal classic seen a vinyl release... until now!

Roxx Records is proud to present the first ever, limited edition, vinyl reissue of Selah by US heavy metal band ORACLE as part of the Roxx Records Underground Series. The release includes the original mastering of Selah, all new artwork inspired by the band's original concept and a brand new essay written by ORACLE vocalist Shawn Pelata (FINAL SIGN, LINE OF FIRE).

This Limited Edition package is scheduled for release on September 2, 2016 and will come not only with a specially printed essay but also with a Limited edition download disc of the whole Selah CD. Each copy is specially and individually packaged and hand numbered. This is a true limited edition pressing of only 150 copies. In addition we obtained some of the very last copies of the entire anthology of ORACLE and will offer those in a separate special deluxe package with limited availability.

Get your pre order in quickly as this will surely sell out! Check out this cool promo video from Scott Waters as he discusses the Underground series in more detail right here and you will also even hear a sneak peak on what number 4, 5 and 6 just might be: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wkt-UldmDyU

Selah track listing:

1. “Passage Denied”
2. “Harlots Destiny”
3. “Witches & Warlocks”
4. “The Purging Fire”
5. “Desolate Kings”
6. “Legion”
7. “Rebecca”

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

MICHAEL SWEET - “Golden Age” Lyric Video Premier:
Courtesy of www.blabbermouth.net:

The official lyric video for "Golden Age", a brand new song from STRYPER front man Michael Sweet, can be seen above. The song is taken from Sweet's seventh solo album, One Sided War, which will be released on August 26 via Rat Pak Records. Backing Michael on the record are WHITESNAKE guitarist Joel Hoekstra, EVANESCENCE drummer Will Hunt, bassist John O'Boyle and East Coast shred-master Ethan Brosh.

One Sided War showcases a full plate of hard rock and classic metal riffs that Michael Sweet has come to be known for throughout his illustrious musical career.

"Musically, it's my heaviest solo album," Sweet said. "It's not thrash metal but there are definitely some songs on there that will pop out at you. There are some songs that have a bit of the IRON MAIDEN / DIO feel to them, as well as some songs that have a little bit of a VAN HALEN influence to them. It's a very guitar-oriented, hard rock/metal album with lots of melodies and hooks."

The fast and furious opener "Bizarre" ignites the album's pace with its lightning fast riffage, soaring vocals and blazing guitar solos. Tracks like "Can't Take This Life", "One Sided War", "Golden Age", "I Am" and "Comfort Zone" keep the metal fires ablaze, while songs like "Radio", "One Way" and "You Make Me Wanna" bring the hard rock vibe to the forefront.

One Sided War features only one ballad, "Who Am I?", a heartfelt, passionate song that reminds us of the softer side of Michael's talents. Closing out the disc is a bonus track; it's a different version of the song "Can't Take This Life", a duet between Michael and 16-year-old up-and-coming female vocalist Moriah Formica.

An EPK that talks about the CD and contains samples of "Bizarre" and "Radio" can be viewed at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=xl5PgzbZy-8

One Sided War track listing:

1. “Bizarre”
2. “One Sided War”
3. “Can't Take This Life”
4. “Radio”
5. “Golden Age”
6. “Only You”
7. “I Am”
8. “Who Am I”
9. “You Make Me Wanna”
10. “Comfort Zone”
11. “One Way Up”
12. “Can't Take This Life” (bonus track featuring Moriah Formica)

Sweet is best known as the singer, guitarist, songwriter and producer for Christian rock pioneers STRYPER, who have sold over ten million albums worldwide. In addition to STRYPER, Sweet has had a successful solo career, and he served as the guitarist and co-vocalist for the legendary classic rock band BOSTON from 2007 to 2011. The future remains bright for a man who has endured heartbreaking tribulations throughout his life and career, including the 2009 passing of his wife of more than 22 years, Kyle. In 2010, Sweet remarried to Lisa Champagne-Sweet, a woman he describes as "a Godsend and the one who fits perfectly by my side." Sweet continues to record and tour with STRYPER, as well as touring and recording as a solo artist

The album, which was recorded at Spirithouse Recording Studios in Northampton, Massachusetts, is available for pre-order at: http://christianmetaldistro.storenvy.com/products/17425565-michael-sweet-one-sided-war-2016

MICHAEL SWEET online: www.michaelsweet.com & www.facebook.com/TheMichaelSweet

NEWS BRIEFS

* “Girl In The Window”, lyrics video from BIG CHRIS & DA’BARE BONES BAND: www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvTOkIRZUsU

The song comes off When Your Time, the debut full length from the group scheduled for release in August of this year.

* OBLIVION MYTH performing live “Blinding The Darkness”, the opening track off its new album Inside The Mirror: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6iZK4474Lk

 

Update: August 7, 2016

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

Big Chris & D'Bare Bones Band - When Your Time Comes

BIG CHRIS & D’BARE BONES BAND, When Your Time Comes Details Revealed:
Veteran vocalist, guitarist and bassist Chris Dickens will be independently releasing the debut full length of his BIG CHRIS & D’BARE BONES BAND project, When Your Time Comes, in August.  Backing Chris on the record is drummers Darren Dickens and Tim Burns.

BIG CHRIS & D’BARE BONES BAND “Brings an in your face rocked out blues sound that will get your head to bobbin' and your foot tappin'. Bringing a mix of modern blues and Americana together, their blend of electric blues played on cigar box guitars, resonators made from license plates, etc. gives them a unique sound and feel of their own” (referencing the groups press material).

When Your Time Comes is for fans of GLENN KAISER BAND, SHANE SPEAL, SAMANTHA FISH, ZZ TOP and THE SWAMP DRIVERS.

According to the artist, D’BARE BONES BAND has a double meaning: “Doing most of the instruments myself in the studio, this project is about as bare bones as it gets.  The D'Bare name is also my guitar brand.  I build, play, and sell cigar box guitars.”  “Big Chris” is a name given to him from one of the kids at his church youth group.

Chris is better known for his blues based hard rock project MISSION OF ONE, which put out its most recent album Hostile To Gospel in 2013 (85% Angelic Warlord review) and predecessors Mission Of One (80% review) and Show Me The Way (75% review) in 2008 and 2005, respectively.  The artist got his start under the MISSIONARY ONE moniker with the 2004 debut release Take Another Swig.

When Your Time Comes track listing:

1. “Life’s Just Bad”
2. “Giant”
3. “When Your Time Comes”
4. “Punch In The Face”
5.  “Rest In Peace”
6. “Walmart Blues”
7. “Girl In The Window”
8. “Telephone”
9. “Daddy’s Little Girl”
10. “Bound For A Throne”
11. “Thank You”
12. “You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out”

Further reading about d’bare guitars: www.facebook.com/dbareguitars

BIG CHRIS & D’BARE BONES BAND online: www.facebook.com/dbarebonesband & www.reverbnation.com/bigchrisdbarebonesband

DYNASTY Release New Single, “Inside My Heart”:
Brazilian classic power metal act DYNASTY released on June 12, 2016 its new single “Inside My Heart”.  While there is no word if “Inside My Heart” is a precursor to a new album of original material, DYNASTY remains at work on its Christian metal covers album to be entitled Inspirations.

Vocalist Nahor Andrade, guitarist César Martins, guitarist Filipe Otávio and drummer Tiago Vitek wrote the music to “Inside My Heart”, while Andrade is credited with lyrics.  Raphael Wauster makes a guest appearance on backing vocals.

“Inside My Heart” was recorded, mixed and mastered by Juninho Batista at NewSong Studio in Brazil.

DYNASTY traces its origin to the late nineties and its debut demo Into Righteousness from 1997 and EP The Angels Return released two years later.  The group returned in 2002 with its second EP, Following The Sign, followed by its 2004 full-length debut Motus Perpetuus.  The last time we heard from DYNASTY was in 2010 with its full-length sophomore outing entitled Warriors Of The King.  Of note is how Warriors Of The King includes a cover of the HOLY SOLDIER classic “See No Evil”, originally appearing on the HOLY SOLDIER self-titled debut from 1990.

DYNASTY online: www.facebook.com/DynastyMetal

 

Update: July 24, 2016

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

Philadelphia - Warlord

PHILADELPHIA Announce Warlord Limited Edition CD Release:
Press Release / Classic Christian hard rockers PHILADELPHIA are back with a brand new album! That's right one of the pioneers of the Christian rock and metal movement are back in action returning to the rock scene with their third full length release entitled Warlord.
 
PHILADELPHIA hailed from Louisiana and burst on to the scene in 1984 with their debut album Tell The Truth and were one of the earliest pioneers of the young Christian metal scene. The band would play shows regularly in support of Tell The Truth and two years later in 1986 they would release their critically acclaimed sophomore album Search And Destroy, but sadly this would be the bands final release. Despite playing two very successful festival shows in Chicago at the annual Cornerstone festival in 1985 and 1986, and also recording and demoing several tracks that were to become the bands third album titled Warlord the band would call it a day. Sadly, the recordings were never completely finished and the tracks that were recorded never were fully finished or officially released.
 
Fast Forward to 2016 and that original core member trio of what was PHILADELPHIA have reemerged with a brand new album aptly titled Warlord.  In addition to the “Warlord” title track that the group demoed back in the day, the album features nine brand new PHILADELPHIA compositions written within the past couple years.

Roxx Records is very excited to be releasing a limited edition pressing of only 500 copies of this newly recorded masterpiece on CD format! Complete with a special CD only bonus track and packaged in a clear tray jewel case complete with an 8 page lyric booklet.
 
As an added bonus those first 100 pre orders will come with an exclusive limited edition guitar pick. All three members from that original core trio, Brian Martini on drums, Phil Scholling on guitars and Brian 'Wulfie' Clark on bass and vocals have all contributed their signatures to this special pick.
 
This Limited Edition CD version to Warlord will be officially released on August 19, 2016. Get your orders in early to make sure you get in on the special guitar pick offer.

Pre Order your Limited Edition CD (Only 500 pressed) with Limited Edition Guitar Pick for the first 100 pre-orders today!

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”

Warlord Limited Edition pre-order: http://roxxrecords.storenvy.com/products/17388791-philadelphia-warlord-2016

PHILADELPHIA online: www.phillymusic.us & www.facebook.com/PhiladelphiaMetal

MICHAEL SWEET Releases “Bizarre” Video:
Courtesy of www.blabbermouth.net:

"Bizarre", the new video from STRYPER front man Michael Sweet, can be seen above. The song is taken from Sweet's seventh solo album, One Sided War, which will be released on August 26 via Rat Pak Records. Backing Michael on the record are WHITESNAKE guitarist Joel Hoekstra, EVANESCENCE drummer Will Hunt, bassist John O'Boyle and East Coast shred-master Ethan Brosh.

One Sided War showcases a full plate of hard rock and classic metal riffs that Michael Sweet has come to be known for throughout his illustrious musical career.

"Musically, it's my heaviest solo album," Sweet said. "It's not thrash metal but there are definitely some songs on there that will pop out at you. There are some songs that have a bit of the IRON MAIDEN / DIO feel to them, as well as some songs that have a little bit of a VAN HALEN influence to them. It's a very guitar-oriented, hard rock/metal album with lots of melodies and hooks."

The fast and furious opener "Bizarre" ignites the album's pace with its lightning fast riffage, soaring vocals and blazing guitar solos. Tracks like "Can't Take This Life", "One Sided War", "Golden Age", "I Am" and "Comfort Zone" keep the metal fires ablaze, while songs like "Radio", "One Way" and "You Make Me Wanna" bring the hard rock vibe to the forefront.

One Sided War features only one ballad, "Who Am I?", a heartfelt, passionate song that reminds us of the softer side of Michael's talents. Closing out the disc is a bonus track; it's a different version of the song "Can't Take This Life", a duet between Michael and 16-year-old up-and-coming female vocalist Moriah Formica.

An EPK that talks about the CD and contains samples of "Bizarre" and "Radio" can be viewed at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=xl5PgzbZy-8

One Sided War track listing:

1. “Bizarre”
2. “One Sided War”
3. “Can't Take This Life”
4. “Radio”
5. “Golden Age”
6. “Only You”
7. “I Am”
8. “Who Am I”
9. “You Make Me Wanna”
10. “Comfort Zone”
11. “One Way Up”
12. “Can't Take This Life” (bonus track featuring Moriah Formica)

Sweet is best known as the singer, guitarist, songwriter and producer for Christian rock pioneers STRYPER, who have sold over ten million albums worldwide. In addition to STRYPER, Sweet has had a successful solo career, and he served as the guitarist and co-vocalist for the legendary classic rock band BOSTON from 2007 to2011. The future remains bright for a man who has endured heartbreaking tribulations throughout his life and career, including the 2009 passing of his wife of more than 22 years, Kyle. In 2010, Sweet remarried to Lisa Champagne-Sweet, a woman he describes as "a Godsend and the one who fits perfectly by my side." Sweet continues to record and tour with STRYPER, as well as touring and recording as a solo artist.

Michael Sweet - One Sided War

The album, which was recorded at Spirithouse Recording Studios in Northampton, Massachusetts, is available for pre-order at: http://christianmetaldistro.storenvy.com/products/17425565-michael-sweet-one-sided-war-2016

MICHAEL SWEET online: www.michaelsweet.com & www.facebook.com/TheMichaelSweet

NEWS BRIEFS

* Roxx Records signed BIOGENESIS for the fall 2016 release of its third album, A Decadence Divine.

* Vocalist Kevin Wright has departed JACOBS DREAM (Facebook - July 18, 2016): “It is with great regret that we must announce that Kevin Wright has left the band. He announced he was leaving several weeks ago and we delayed making this announcement in order to take some time to process this news. He gave no reasons for his leaving and we respect that and ask that everyone do the same.

“This obviously impacts the release of our new album (Where Vultures Gather). We have not decided what we will do yet. There are many options to consider. We wish Kevin all the best and will always have great memories of his time with us.”

* Guitarist Bill Menchen announces new THE SEVENTH POWER album entitled V7 (Facebook - July 21, 2016): “(I have) been asked a lot lately if I have any new music coming out.  Basically, no.  However, I was looking around at some stored files and noticed a bunch of random songs recorded from 1999-2004, approximate.  In 1999, I wrote a bunch of tunes for a play that never happened.  Early 2000's I was writing tunes that eventually ended up on the first THE SEVENTH POWER album.  I came across the files last week and gave them a listen.  Forgot a lot of what was there. BUT, I got about 11 tunes I can put on a disc, so I'm gonna.  THE SEVENTH POWER was originally called "V7."  Hence, the disc will be called V7.”

 

Update: July 17, 2016

FEATURED REVIEWS

METATRONE - Eucharismetal
Catania, Italy based Metatrone likes to refer to itself as “one of the most talented and skilled bands in the Christian metal scene (that plays) a powerful form of power/progressive metal deeply inspired by a Christian Catholic worldview” (as noted in its press material).  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 >>

SOLDIER - The Definitive Collection
It’s mighty temping, of course, to pigeonhole Soldier as merely a melodic metal band.  That, however, would be only telling part of the story in that while you will hear commercial aspects to the Soldier sound - hair metal, pop metal and melodic hard rock if you will - a heavier side to the group reveals itself with repeat listen.  Read Full Review >>

STAIRWAY - Power And Glory
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 >>

TIME HORIZON - Transitions
Meet Transitions, the fall of 2015 Melodic Revolution Records progressive rock sophomore album of Manteca, California based Time Horizon.  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 >>

THE UNION OF SINNERS & SAINTS - The Union Of Sinners & Saints
By ‘straight on rock’, I am referencing the foundation of classic rock and melodic rock interwoven with aspects of blues based rock, hard rock, modern rock and worship rock that defines The Union Of Sinners & Saints sound.  Read Full Review >>

ARTICLES

The Top Ten Albums Of The Past Ten Years at Angelic Warlord

Angelic Warlord Top 10 Albums Of The Past Ten Years - NEW
To help celebrate the sites first decade of existence, I thought it would be a good ideal to outline what in my opinion are the ten best albums released the past ten years.  Please note that the list is alphabetical in that I would find it problematic ranking in order albums that received close to perfect if not perfect scores.  Read Full Article >>

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

Thee Final Chaptre - It Is Written - Divebomb Records Deluxe Edition

THEE FINAL CHAPTRE - It Is Written Re-issue On Divebomb Records:
Release date is scheduled for October 14, 2016:

Press Release / With origins dating back to early- to mid-’80s acts DEUS VULT and DIVINE RIGHT, New Orleans, LA’s THEE FINAL CHAPTRE got its start around 1989, when guitarist Gary Wilson was driven to put together a new, more intense and resolute group of musicians. The band laid its foundation performing a mix of covers and originals around area bars, eventually solidifying its lineup with David Osbourn on drums, Paul Starnes handling bass duties, and front man Andrew “Tripp” Whittington.

Drawing influences from an assortment of hard rock and metal - UFO, KISS, QUEENSRŸCHE, IRON MAIDEN, METALLICA, EXODUS, etc - as well as their Christian metal predecessors such as STRYPER, DELIVERANCE & TOURNIQUET; THEE FINAL CHAPTRE forged an explosively diverse sound centered around hard-charging guitar riffs, a locked-in rhythm section, and Whittington’s soaring vocal prowess. This ultimately landed the group a deal with WEI Records for the release of their lone six-song album, It Is Written, in 1991.

However - despite capturing the interest of Polygram subsidiary Jaguar Records - due to limited touring opportunities, managerial mishaps, burgeoning creative differences, and the changing landscape of the metal scene, THEE FINAL CHAPTRE had fallen apart before the end of 1992… thus unable to capitalize on the true potential of their songwriting firepower.

But now, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the original cassette release through WEI, Divebomb Records is proud to announce - for the first time ever on CD - this Deluxe Edition of THEE FINAL CHAPTRE‘s It Is Written. Sourced directly from the DAT master, the album has been digitally re-mastered alongside nine previously unreleased live bonus tracks; packaged with updated cover art by Steven Cobb, archival photographs straight from the band, and an all-new interview with founder Gary Wilson conducted by Olaf Becker. For the fans, by the fans!

It Is Written track listing:

1. “Day After Day”
2. “The Key”
3. “The Hallowed Hymn”
4. “Come As You Are”
5. “All For One”
6. “Don’t Let It Run You Down (Thunder Trilogy, Part I)”
7. “Just A Memory” (Demo)
8. “Blood In The Sand” (Live)
9. “Insane” (Live)
10. “Wisdom’s Call” (Live)
11. “Whisper To Scream” (Live) 
12. “Edge Of Sadness” (Live)
13. “Just A Memory” (Live)
14. “Bullet In The Chamber” (Live)
15. “Armageddon” (Live)
16. “Black Rain” (Live)

It Is Written samples: https://tribunalrecords.bandcamp.com/album/it-is-written-deluxe-edition

Zephaniah - Reforged

ZEPHANIAH Release Sophomore Album, Reforged:
Released by Divebomb Records on February 12, 2016:

Press Release / Reforged, the sophomore outing from Indiana’s ZEPHANIAH, builds upon the power thrash foundation laid by their debut, 2008’s Stories From The Book Of Metal, to unleash a catchier and more dynamic intensity - made possible through the refined musicianship of the group’s new, markedly more diverse lineup.

Songs like “Reforged,” “Destiny,” and “Judgement” provide the infectious blasts of thrash for which ZEPHANIAH is known, alongside increasingly intense rhythms and shredding neoclassical influences. Highlights include a Mad Max-inspired trilogy; beer drinking anthem “Battle Hymn Of The Victorious”; and progressive epic “Quest For The Royal Crown,” which adds variety and enthralls the listener from start to finish.

Unlike Stories From The Book Of Metal, which was tracked in a mere week, the band spent more than a full year arduously self-producing every last detail of Reforged. Finally mixed by Tom Buechel and mastered by DEATH DELAER guitarist Stu Marshall in May of 2015, ZEPHANIAH is now prepared to deliver a raging, filler-free collection - in which no two songs are alike!

Reforged track listing:

1. “Reforged”
2. “Destiny”
3. “Mad Max”
4. “Road Warrior”
5. “Thunderdome”
6. “Quest For The Royal Crown”
7. “Judgement”
8. “Battle Hymn Of The Victorious”

Reforged samples: https://tribunalrecords.bandcamp.com/album/reforged

ZEPHANIAH online: www.zephaniahband.com & www.facebook.com/zephaniahmetal

NEWS BRIEFS

* Roxx Records plans to release on August 19, 2016 a CD version of the new PHILADELPHIA album Warlord.  Included along with a jewel case housing an 8-page mini booklet with lyrics, is a demo bonus track version of the song “Brothers In Arms”.  The first 100 orders will get a PHILADELPHIA limited edition guitar pick with signatures from all three members!

Further reading: www.facebook.com/PhiladelphiaMetal

* SONIC THROWBACK is the new project of VISUAL CLIFF guitarist Rob Perez.  “Bridge Of Tribulation” is the groups first single: www.youtube.com/watch?v=yK2FrQLDep8

* Classic Christian Rock online interview with former STRYPER bassist Tracy Ferrie: http://classicchristianrockzone.blogspot.com/2016/07/testimony-of-tracy-ferrie-current-bass.html

 

Update: July 10, 2016

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

MICHAEL SWEET - One Side War Solo Album Details Revealed:
Courtesy of www.blabbermouth.net:

Press Release / STRYPER front man Michael Sweet will release his seventh solo album, One Sided War, on August 26 via Rat Pak Records. Backing Michael on the record are WHITESNAKE guitarist Joel Hoekstra, EVANESCENCE drummer Will Hunt, bassist John O'Boyle and East Coast shred-master Ethan Brosh.

One Sided War showcases a full plate of hard rock and classic metal riffs that Michael Sweet has come to be known for throughout his illustrious musical career.

The album, which was recorded at Spirithouse Recording Studios in Northampton, Massachusetts, is available for pre-order at: http://ratpakrecordsamerica.com/michaelsweet

"Musically, it's my heaviest solo album," Sweet said. "It's not thrash metal but there are definitely some songs on there that will pop out at you. There are some songs that have a bit of the IRON MAIDEN / DIO feel to them, as well as some songs that have a little bit of a VAN HALEN influence to them. It's a very guitar-oriented, hard rock/metal album with lots of melodies and hooks."

The fast and furious opener "Bizarre" ignites the album's pace with its lightning fast riffage, soaring vocals and blazing guitar solos. Tracks like "Can't Take This Life", "One Sided War", "Golden Age", "I Am" and "Comfort Zone" keep the metal fires ablaze, while songs like "Radio", "One Way" and "You Make Me Wanna" bring the hard rock vibe to the forefront.

One Sided War features only one ballad, "Who Am I?", a heartfelt, passionate song that reminds us of the softer side of Michael's talents. Closing out the disc is a bonus track; it's a different version of the song "Can't Take This Life", a duet between Michael and 16-year-old up-and-coming female vocalist Moriah Formica.

One Sided War track listing:

1. “Bizarre”
2. “One Sided War”
3. “Can't Take This Life”
4. “Radio”
5. “Golden Age”
6. “Only You”
7. “I Am”
8. “Who Am I”
9. “You Make Me Wanna”
10. “Comfort Zone”
11. “One Way Up”
12. “Can't Take This Life” (bonus track featuring Moriah Formica)

Sweet is best known as the singer, guitarist, songwriter and producer for Christian rock pioneers STRYPER, who have sold over ten million albums worldwide. In addition to STRYPER, Sweet has had a successful solo career, and he served as the guitarist and co-vocalist for the legendary classic rock band BOSTON from 2007 to2011. The future remains bright for a man who has endured heartbreaking tribulations throughout his life and career, including the 2009 passing of his wife of more than 22 years, Kyle. In 2010, Sweet remarried to Lisa Champagne-Sweet, a woman he describes as "a Godsend and the one who fits perfectly by my side." Sweet continues to record and tour with STRYPER, as well as touring and recording as a solo artist.

Michael Sweet - One Sided War

MICHAEL SWEET online: www.michaelsweet.com & www.facebook.com/TheMichaelSweet

Meliah Rage - Masquerade

MELIAH RAGE Announce Masquerade re-issue:
Boston, Massachusetts based power/thrash metal veterans MELIAH RAGE re-issued this week via Bandcamp its classic album Masquerade.  Originally released in 2009 on Metro City Records, Masquerade was produced by Rich Spillberg and later re-mastered from the original mixes by Peter Putcho.  Masquerade also marks the triumphant return of vocalist Mike Munro to the MELIAH RAGE line up.

MELIAH RAGE traces its history to the late eighties when founded by guitarist Anthony Nichols.  A group “driven by extreme passion for an art form appreciated by many but misunderstood by the masses”, MELIAH RAGE rounded out its initial line up with vocalist Mike Munro, guitarist Jim Koury, bassist Jesse Johnson and drummer Stu Dowie prior to signing with Epic Records for its 1988 full-length debut Kill To Survive.  Sophomore album Solitary Solitude followed in 1990, but with grunge starting to overtake the musical landscape, MELIAH RAGE ended up dropped by Epic.

MELIAH RAGE regrouped in 1996 with Death Valley Dream on the independent label Backstreet Records followed by the 2002 release Unfinished Business, a compilation of B-side singles and reworked studio tracks.  With new front man Paul Souza replacing Mike Munro, MELIAH RAGE released in 2004 Barely Human, which was also re-mastered and re-released via Bandcamp in June of 2016, and in 2006 The Deep And Dreamless Sleep.

What Mike Munro brings to seventh MELIAH RAGE album Masquerade is his newfound faith.  A quote from Munro taken off his MySpace page in 2009:

“My God loves me no matter what.  I believe that Jesus is the Son of God and He makes me whole.  I have Jesus as my Savior and He is the key to my Heavenly Father.

“God sent his Son so we can live with Him for eternity in Heaven.  This fact was a crossroads for me.  I had a tough time dealing with my background- my past actions and what I wrote about in my songs for Meliah Rage.  If anything, my lyrics pulled people away from God.  I thought, “How can God forgive me for that?” He can… and He promises that He will.” 

Munro, who contributed lyrics to 8 of the 9 tracks on Masquerade, is very forthright about his faith throughout the project, such as on the track “Lost And Found”:

I am He who searches mind and heart
The Faithful and Truth the Morning Star
I am Son of Man King of Kings
The First and Last to Him I sing

The albums title track is every bit as upfront:

I need a Savior.  I need the Son
Fires in the heavens, rolling on and on
Deliverance from the Mighty
Bring me to Your home    

The 90% Angelic Warlord review of Masquerade describes MELIAH RAGE as “(walking) a fine line between classic heavy metal and thrash.  Masquerade finds the group continuing to compose catchy riff driven songs that are heavy as all get out but melodic at the same time.  Fans of Metal Church, Vicious Rumors and the 80’s Bay Area thrash scene will find a lot to like here.  I might also mention Fires Of Babylon (due to the heavy riff emphasis), Armageddon (the vocal approach) and old school Deliverance (nuff said), but I can see anyone into classic US power metal embracing this.”

Masquerade track listing:

1. “Lost Or Found”
2. “Chosen”
3. “History Will Tell”
4. “Dreamer”
5. “Seeker”
6. “Hour Glass”
7. “Masquerade”
8. “Last Rites”
9. “Whatever It Takes”

The re-mastered version to Masquerade is available for streaming at Bandcamp: https://meliahrage.bandcamp.com/album/masquerade-2016-re-issue

NEWS BRIEFS

* Details from DELIVERANCE front man Jimmy P. Brown regarding his FEARFUL SYMMETRY project: www.youtube.com/watch?v=JI5AudDDDXA

* Sample of new JOSHUA’S CREED song, “The Sky Is Falling”: http://joshuascreed.bandcamp.com/track/the-sky-is-falling

According to the Kalispell, Montana based group, only one more song is left in need of vocals and then its on to ‘tying up loose ends’ in order to get the new album released in either late August or early September.

* BIG CHRIS & D’BARE BONES BAND update (Facebook - July 9, 2016): “I went to Blue Tape Studios in Nashville yesterday to redo some parts. This is where my album is being mixed. I redid a couple of rhythm guitar tracks on one. I redid lead vocals on two. Last, but not least, I redid the entire guitar work on "Bound For A Throne". I did all of that in less than two hours. It is amazing what you can get done when you aren't playing recording engineer, artist, and producer all at the same time!

“Anyway, I should start receiving finished tracks next week. Eddie, the guy that runs the studio, said he had some things he wanted to tweak in the final mix, but that he was pretty satisfied with it overall. With what I heard, this baby is gonna sound huge! No one, without me telling them, would even guess that my home made cigar box guitars were what was used on this recording. This sounds so much better than I could have achieved with my current setup.

“Even the drums sound huge. Yes, we used my little electric Yamaha kit. Eddie went in and added extra drum sounds precisely where the hits were. So, what you will hear is definitely Darren's, Tim's, and my own drum performances just with a secondary tone overlaid to make it fuller. Its crazy what you can do with computer recording!”

Further reading: www.facebook.com/dbarebonesband

 

Update: July 4, 2016

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

PŸLON - “Cosmik Lizard” Video Premier:
“Cosmik Lizard”, the new video from Switzerland based traditional doom metal act PŸLON, can be seen above.  The song is taken off the bands upcoming seventh full-length album A Lament, which is scheduled to be released on July 29, 2016 as a joint-partnership between US label Roxx Records and Quam Libet Records from Europe.

In the two years since the release of of its most recent album Homo Homini Lupus, PŸLON have made no progress whatsoever, which is the greatest compliment you can give this Swiss band of doom stalwarts. Again, they have managed to capture that particular down-tuned- slow-because-I-can magic on A Lament with eight brand new and epic tracks such as “Desolation Is Divine” or “Lazarus” but no less with more succinct numbers such as the paean to Clint Eastwood with the track “The Lone Rider” in its seven-minute briskness.

Back by popular demand is Matt Brand on Ozzy-tinged lead vocals. Ian Arkley does the honors of gracing the album with a majestic guitar solo on “The Day After The War” while Damir Eskic, representing the top echelon of Swiss Malmsteen disciples, takes the speed up a notch with a roaring lead break on “Desolation Is Divine”.

This brand new album does it again, hitting a true home run for heavy metal and doom fans alike. This beautifully packaged Limited Edition digipack comes complete with a 12-page insert and complete lyrics enclosed.

A Lament track listing:

1. “Cosmik Lizard”
2. “Desolation Is Divine”
3. “The Day After The War”
4. “Pantodynamos”
5. ”Lazarus”
6. “Fair Haven Of Thesterness”
7. “The Lone Rider”
8. “”A lament”

Visit www.roxxproductions.com in the US or visit www.quamlibetrecords.ch in Europe for more release details and pre-order information.

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

True Strength - Operation: Never Thirst

TRUE STRENGTH - Operation: Never Thirst:
The Water Project and TRUE STRENGTH team up to provide clean water to Africa!

Press Release / For those of you who never heard of TRUE STRENGTH... TRUE STRENGTH is a Christian heavy metal band from the United States of America founded in 2012 with a style similar to bands like STRYPER, BLOODGOOD, LEVITICUS, IRON MAIDEN, MEGADETH and the like. TRUE STRENGTH  released its debut album The Cross Will Always Prevail in 2014 and followed up with a sophomore album titled Steel Evangelist in 2016. 

TRUE STRENGTH was founded on the principles of honoring God, spreading the Word of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and serving those less fortunate than ourselves. All digital sales of our first and second albums go to the International Christian Concern (www.persecution.org), an organization that assists persecuted Christians and their families worldwide.

Yet, TRUE STRENGTH is called to do more and you as a fan or a newcomer to our music are invited to take this next step with us. I was inspired deeply by the work of The Water Project and when I found out that they actually encourage people to take up personal campaigns for clean water in Africa, I knew it was the right thing for TRUE STRENGTH to be a part of. This is why TRUE STRENGTH is proud to launch, with the Grace of God, TRUE STRENGTH - Operation: Never Thirst. Please join us and be a part of this noble cause. If we raise $5,000 our gift will lay the foundation for a water project by providing at least 51% of the needed construction funding. The Water Project match TRUE STRENGTH 's gift to others to complete the project and to monitor and maintain it for a minimum of 5 years. I believe in my heart that we can accomplish this together!

Ryan "The Archangel" Darnell - TRUE STRENGTH

Our Main Goal: Raise $5,000 to underwrite the construction of a clean-water well in Africa.
 
INFORMATION: If we raise $5,000 our gift will lay the foundation for a water project by providing at least 51% of the needed construction funding. The Water Project match TRUE STRENGTH 's gift to others to complete the project and to monitor and maintain it for a minimum of 5 years. If we sell 300 shirts we will meet our $5,000 goal!

HOW YOU CAN DONATE:

1) If you purchase an exclusive "True Strength - Operation: Never Thirst" t-shirt from our Booster campaign, profits of the sale will be donated directly to The Water Project "True Strength - Operation: Never Thirst" Fundraiser Campaign. T-shirts will be shipped directly to you via Booster (Custom Ink). If we sell 300 shirts we will meet our $5000 goal!

BOOSTER - Purchase your exclusive “True Strength - Operation: Never Thirst" Campaign T-Shirts here: https://booster.com/true-strength-operation-never-thirst

2) If you choose to make a donation in a custom amount that fits your budget (any and all amounts count!) or if you don't care much for heavy metal or dislike T-shirts, you can donate directly to the "True Strength - Operation: Never Thirst" Fundraiser Campaign Page on The Water Project website!

THE WATER PROJECT - Donate directly to the "True Strength - Operation: Never Thirst" Campaign here: https://thewaterproject.org/community/profile/truestrength

3) If not a fan of TRUE STRENGTH and want to donate to  The Water Project directly in spite, please go here: https://thewaterproject.org

"13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
-John 4:13-14

I hope you'll consider joining me to fund a water project. With your gifts and your help rallying support, we can provide clean, safe and reliable water to a community in Africa.  Today, too many children suffer needlessly- walking miles for dirty water that makes them sick. You and I can change that. Please make a donation and then help me spread the word.

In Jesus Name

NEWS BRIEFS

* FORMED IN FIRE is the new band to feature vocalist Rey Parra (SACRED WARRIOR, WORLDVIEW).  The group hopes to have its debut album Symptoms Of Eternity done by the end of August/September.

Further reading: www.facebook.com/Formed-in-Fire

* THE JESUS SYNDICATE is the new band to feature guitarist/vocalist Mick Rowe (TEMPEST, NINETEEN 88): www.facebook.com/thejesussyndicate

Musically, THE JESUS SYNDICATE heads in a ‘swampy  southern rock’ direction.

* Update from THEOCRACY regarding its yet to be title fourth album (Facebook - June 30, 2016): “Jared finished recording his bass this past weekend, and it came out great! Solos and more mixes next week, and then Theocracy IV will be finished at last. We can't wait for you to hear it!”

* Progressive-jam-fusion rockers VISUAL CLIFF recently released a new single entitled “Casualty Of Words”: www.youtube.com/watch?v=byTeAUivnCo

Lyrically, the song delivers a message for both the left and the right in being dedicated to today’s political and cultural climates.

VISUAL CLIFF is also at work on a new album entitled Refuge.  New song titles include “Yesterday’s Removal”, “That Time Is Home” and “Wayward Skies”.  More details in terms of a release date and final track listing as they become available.

 

Update: June 26, 2016

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

Pylon - A Lament

PŸLON To Release A Lament on July 29, 2016:
Press Release / Swiss doom metal outfit PŸLON are very excited to announce the details of their latest album A Lament, which marks its seventh full-length release.  Working again with an excellent partnership between US label Roxx Records and Quam Libet Records from Europe, the band’s brand new effort A Lament is scheduled for release on July 29, 2016.

In the two years since the release of Homo Homini Lupus, PŸLON have made no progress whatsoever, which is the greatest compliment you can give this Swiss band of doom stalwarts. Again, they have managed to capture that particular down-tuned- slow-because-I-can magic on A Lament with eight brand new and epic tracks such as “Desolation Is Divine” or “Lazarus” but no less with more succinct numbers such as the paean to Clint Eastwood with the track “The Lone Rider” in its seven-minute briskness.

Back by popular demand is Matt Brand on Ozzy-tinged lead vocals. Ian Arkley does the honors of gracing the album with a majestic guitar solo on “The Day After The War” while Damir Eskic, representing the top echelon of Swiss Malmsteen disciples, takes the speed up a notch with a roaring lead break on “Desolation Is Divine”.

This brand new album does it again, hitting a true home run for heavy metal and doom fans alike. This beautifully packaged Limited Edition digipack comes complete with a 12-page insert and complete lyrics enclosed.

A Lament track listing:

1. “Cosmik Lizard”
2. “Desolation Is Divine”
3. “The Day After The War”
4. “Pantodynamos”
5. ”Lazarus”
6. “Fair Haven Of Thesterness”
7. “The Lone Rider”
8. “”A lament”

Visit www.roxxproductions.com in the US or visit www.quamlibetrecords.ch in Europe for more release details and pre-order information.

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

Stryper - To Hell With The Devil promo pic

STRYPER Announce 30th Anniversary To Hell With The Devil Tour:
Press Release / Iconic rock band STRYPER will celebrate the 30th anniversary of its multi-platinum album To Hell With The Devil this fall with a world tour, featuring all four original members and complete with the original yellow-and-black costumes.  Released by Enigma Records on October 24, 1986, the Grammy-nominated To Hell With The Devil is the band's third studio album and the first Christian metal album to achieve platinum status.

Throughout 1987, the music videos for "Free" and "Honestly" ranked #1 on MTV's list of most requested videos, and the video for "Calling On You" reached #2. STRYPER was the first band to ever have two songs in MTV's Top 10 simultaneously.

To Hell With The Devil literally changed our lives," says STRYPER frontman Michael Sweet. "During that tour, we went from playing theaters and mid-sized clubs to arenas, all in a very short amount of time. We never could have predicted the wild popularity of those songs and videos - especially in the mainstream market."

Regarding the To Hell With The Devil songwriting sessions, Sweet told Guitar World magazine: "We always strive to outdo ourselves, so when we made To Hell With The Devil, we wanted to make it better than Soldiers Under Command. We just went in and made a record, and it just so happens that it wound up being our most successful and most beloved. God really blessed that album."

Added STRYPER guitarist Oz Fox: "I think it came at the right time, too. Back then, MTV was doing the whole 'Dial MTV' thing and we also had video budgets. The music definitely fit in with what was going on but it was also different enough to have its own niche."

Sweet also talked about the controversy over the album's original cover art. He said: "There were some Christian bookstores and carriers that wanted to carry the album, but they had a problem with the cover showing angels and the pentagram being ripped from Satan. They thought it was too controversial, and because of them threatening to not carry it, we decided to change it to a black cover. It actually wound up making it even more controversial because now the album is really rare."

Unlike many of their counterparts, STRYPER is comprised of all four original members with Michael Sweet on vocals and guitar, Robert Sweet on drums, Tim Gaines on bass and Oz Fox on guitar. Rocking since 1984, STRYPER is responsible for such classic '80s metal albums as Soldiers Under Command, To Hell With The Devil and In God We Trust. After a sabbatical for much of the 1990's, STRYPER returned strong in the early 21st century. To date, the Dove Award-winning and GRAMMY-nominated band has sold over 10 million records worldwide.

William Morris Endeavor (WME) has partnered with STRYPER to book this fall’s tour. To Hell with the Devil tour dates will be announced at a later time. For all 2016 tour dates and exclusive VIP Meet & Greet packages: visit www.stryper.com

Stryper - To Hell With The Devil

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

THE UNION OF SINNERS & SAINTS Release “Independence Day”:
Press Release / THE UNION OF SINNERS & SAINTS, a band featuring PETRA’s lead singer John Schlitt and WHITEHEART founding member Billy Smiley, is bringing back an oldie, but a goodie with a new recording of the No. 1 hit “Independence Day.” The remake, originally from WHITEHEART’s popular Powerhouse album, was produced by Smiley and features Schlitt’s distinctive vocals. The single, which was released on May 24, 2016, is going for adds at Christian Rock and Christian CHR-formatted radio stations.

Jeff Van Driel, CEO and Founder of Suite 28c Records, commented, “WHITEHEART and PETRA were a big part of what formed my musical taste growing up in a small rural town in Canada and this album combines the best of what made those groups so special. It is truly an honor for Suite 28c to represent THE UNION OF SINNERS & SAINTS and hope that this record reaches many with its message.”

“Independence Day” is from the eponymously-titled CD of ten original songs and updated versions of PETRA’s “Beyond Belief” and WHITEHEART’s “Indy Day”, set for release on June 17 and available for preorder now on iTunes. In addition to Schlitt and Smiley, the band features WHITEHEART bassist Anthony Sallee, Jason Fowler, Jon Knox and Jonathan Crone.

Though a new band, THE UNION OF SINNERS & SAINTS combines members from two of the best-selling Christian rock bands in history. PETRA and WHITEHEART collectively have sold more than 12 million records, charted 25 No. 1 songs and garnered numerous Grammy and Dove Awards. In addition to the musical histories, the band also merges the friendship between Schlitt and Smiley.

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

“It only made sense to feature PETRA and WHITEHEART favorites along with some of the new songs we were writing in the studio.” said Schlitt. “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. And 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.”

“The album and live events,” Schlitt said, “will incorporate the kind of artistry and ministry that will remind (fans) of the early years of Christian Rock, but also usher in a new energy and excitement.”

THE UNION OF SINNERS & SAINTS currently is touring throughout North America in support of the new music.

The Union Of Sinners & Saints track listing:

1.  “Rise Up”
2. “Brother To Brother”
3. “Now Not Ever”
4. “Independence Day”
5. “Lone Soldier”
6. “The Things We Do”
7. “Old Guys Rule”
8. “The Call”
9. “My Offering”
10. “Beyond Belief”
11. “Bittersweet”
12. “Christ The Lord Is Risen Today”

The Union Of Saints & Sinners - The Union Of Saints & Sinners

THE UNION OF SINNERS & SAINTS online: http://theunionofsinnersandsaints.com & www.facebook.com/TheUnion7

 

Update: June 19, 2016

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

Sacred Warrior logo

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.”

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