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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, discography pages, interviews and Christian metal 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.

 

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UPCOMING REVIEWS

• GX PROJECT - Sinner
• PROMISE LAND - Harmony In Ruins
• SOUND OF ETERNITY - Visions & Dreams
• TERAMAZE - Esoteric Symbolism
• VENI DOMINE - Light

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• METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS - July 20, 2014
• FEATURED REVIEWS - July 20, 2014
• INTERVIEWS - July 6, 2014
• RELEASE DATES - July 20, 2014

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Update: July 20, 2014

FEATURED REVIEWS

HYPNOGOG - Syndrig Tymes - NEW
If the expression “broke the mold” comes to mind on first listen to Syndrig Times, the spring of 2014 full-length debut of Dan Lively’s HypnoGog project, it wouldn’t be an accident on part of the artist.  Read Full Review >>

 

Derek Close - The Beta Sessions
Everything about The Beta Sessions, the March of 2014 sophomore album of bassist and guitarist Derek Close, screams straightforward hard rock.  Read Full Review >>

PILGRIMSPROG - Pilgrimsprog
By every reasonable definition, Pilgrimsprog, the 2010 full-length debut of multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Scott Miller’s Pilgrimsprog project, is a progressive concept album.  Read Full Review >>

RAZORIGAMI - Truths From Beyond The Machine
Truths From Beyond The Machine takes vocalist Luke Richard Weber’s Razorigami project to new levels in both songwriting and musicianship.  Read Full Review >>

TRUE STRENGTH - The Cross Will Always Prevail
True Strength leaves little doubt as to its ability to diversify.  I find placing a sub-genre label on the group, as a result, problematic; rather, a catchall power metal designation seems most applicable and accurate.  Read Full Review >>

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

Theocracy promo pic

THEOCRACY announce new drummer, Patrick Nickell:
Press Release / Georgia-based melodic metal band THEOCRACY is excited to announce the addition of drummer Patrick Nickell to the lineup. Patrick is originally from Nashville, TN, and brings 13 years of drumming experience to the band. His power and progressive metal background is a perfect fit for THEOCRACY, and the band is thrilled to see where this new musical union leads them.

THEOCRACY first met Patrick several years ago when he was a member of Nashville’s OBLIVION MYTH, and when the time came to begin searching for a new drummer, he was one of the first candidates they auditioned. It was immediately apparent to everyone that he was the perfect fit, both musically and personally. He has the skills to faithfully execute all of the older material, while bringing his own brand of power, finesse and flair.

To offer the fans a small glimpse of what he can do, the band recorded a “live in-studio” performance of the As the World Bleeds track "“Nailed",” which can be seen below. THEOCRACY’s first live performance with Patrick will be a private show for the Make-A-Wish Foundation in late August, followed by Midweek Mayhem at the prestigious ProgPower USA festival in Atlanta, GA, September 10.

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

M.A.P. - From Where We Are, To Where We Will Be

M.A.P. to release concept album, From Where We Are, To Where We Will Be:

Bass & Drum Composer - Rick Mals
              Vocals & Lyrics - Tim Amos
              Guitars & Keys - Rob Perez

Press Release / Formed from the first letter of each members last name, M.A.P. also puts forth the musical concept of finding one's way to God and the path that is provided through Jesus Christ.

Knowing where you are in this life in relation to a Holy God must be dealt with by both believers and non-believers.  For the believer scripture paints the perfect path for God centered spiritual understanding and biblical wisdom to navigate this life.  For the non-believer, its usually left up to luck, fate, four leaf clovers, rabbit's feet or just simply thinking that being a good person will somehow make one's self worthy of what a holy and righteous God desires.

This 5-song concept EP titled From Where We Are, To Where We Will Be will be released in 2014.

Musically it will be creatively accessible.  Utilizing very rare amplifiers that date from 1952 to 1970, (an amp list will be highlighted in the digi-book) there will be a uniquely vintage heaviness to the sound without coming off as classic or cliche.  Rich vocal harmonies and a groove oriented rhythm section will provide an amazing foundation to showcase all of these great sounds.

Further details and first single, “Feel For You, Fell For You”, available at: www.trinityrecords.net/MAP.html

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BLACK FATE signs with Ulterium Records:
Press Release / Ulterium Records are proud to announce the signing of the Greek melodic metal band BLACK FATE to the label. Their as-yet-untitled new album will be released during fall 2014 and more details will be announced soon.

Check out a short teaser for the up-coming album at: http://youtu.be/5Kto_mOKXDk

Led by the incredible vocals from Vasilis Georgiou and the technical playing from guitarist Gus Drax, BLACK FATE will surely gain attention in the scene with their new album that could be described like a mix between KAMELOT, IRON MAIDEN, DREAM THEATER and CONCEPTION.

BLACK FATE line up:

Vasilis Georgiou - Vocals
Gus Drax - Guitars
Nikos Tsintzilonis - Drums
Vasilis Liakos - Bass

BLACK FATE online: www.facebook.com/blackfategreece

NEWS BRIEFS

* The new MILLENNIAL REIGN single “Not On My Own” has been added to this year's Warriors Of Metal Festival Open Air compilation CD.  “Not On My Own” will be included as part of the groups next album The God Particle.

* NARNIA set list at Gullbranna Festivalen in Halmstad, Sweden: “Gates Of Cair Paravel (Intro)”, “Inner Sanctum”, “Show All The World”, “The Mission”, “Scared”, “Into This Game”, “Shelter Through The Pain”, “The Witch And The Lion”, “Long Live The King”, “The Awakening”, “Living Water”, “No More Shadows From The Past”

A photomontage of the groups performance can be viewed at: www.flickr.com/photos/chasid68/sets/72157645214326628

* Scott Miller uploaded a new song, “On That Day”’, from the upcoming third album of his PILGRIMSPROG project, Here I Am: http://pilgrimsprog.bandcamp.com/track/on-that-day

* Rubicon Music will release the SOUND OF ETERNITY debut Visions & Dreams in Japan on July 30, 2014 with the bonus track "Cambiar el Mundo" (Spanish version of “Call To Action").

 

Update: July 13, 2014

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

Guardian - Almost Home

GUARDIAN, Almost Home release date announced:
Press Release / Veteran Christian rock band GUARDIAN will release their long-awaited album, Almost Home, via iTunes and other digital outlets on July 15, 2014.

The band was chosen to be a part of new special pre-release program on iTunes where fans can pre-purchase the album 10 days prior to release at a discounted price. The album was available for pre-purchase on July 5th at a specially discounted price of $4.99, leading up to the albums official street date of July 15, where it then be available for $9.99.

Two years in the making, Almost Home is the first full-length GUARDIAN album in over 10 years. Funded by Kickstarter crowd-sourcing, the band completed the album in January of 2014 and are finally releasing it to the public.

"We are grateful to our Kickstarter backers", says bassist and founding member, David Bach. "We wanted to wait a few months to be sure we got all of our backers their copy of the album, and we're now thrilled to finally be able to release the album to the rest of the world."

Vocalist Jamie Rowe adds: "We were excited to see the album hit the iTunes rock charts on the day the pre-release began. To crack the top 100 at #98 with no label support or marketing push was humbling and exciting! The fans made it happen!"

Almost Home track listing:

1. “Boom She Said”
2. “The Real Me”
3. “Little Things”
4. “Wonderful”
5. “California Rain”
6. “Show Us What You Got (Interlude)”
7. “King Of Fools”
8. “The Calling (Interlude)”
9. “Paranoia Kills”
10. “Price We Pay”
11. “Free”
12. “Requiem Calavera (Interlude)”
13. “Almost Home”

Jamey Perrenot produced Almost Home, while Tony Palacios handled mixing duties and Mat5t mastering at Midwest Audio Mastering. 

A limited quantity of physical CD's will also be available on July 15th through the bands website: http://houseofguardian.com

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/almost-home/id894742763

Stone Groove Records logo

Stone Groove Records update:
Press Release / Phoenix, Arizona based Stone Groove Records announces the digital release of new albums by HYPNOGOG and SWEET CICADA in addition to re-issues of older material from TYKKÜS and TROGLODYTE DAWN.  The label, founded by Randy Michaud with the goal of “specializing in doom/stoner, heavy rock, classic metal, ambient, experimental and reissues of lost underground classics”, has made available for download the following releases at the Bandcamp pages of each respective artist:

Tykkus - Hystorykkus Maximus

TYKKÜS - Hystorykküs Maximüs: 1985-2007
Hystorykküs Maximüs represents a complete TYKKÜS anthology by including the following:

1. RIZER (pre-TYKKÜS) 6-song EP from 1985
2. TYKKÜS 3-song 1995 demo and 2005 4-song Ümlaut EP
3. Live: Clams & All 8-song show
4. 4-demo tracks recorded with vocalist Will V

Release date: May 4, 2014

The 3-song demo and Ümlaut are also available for separate purchase.

RIZER is the original band to feature guitarist Dale Burton.  Burton later crossed paths with guitarist Justin Frear, drummer Steve Slack, bassist Brian Weldin and vocalist Randy Michaud in Phoenix, Arizona to form the initial TYKKÜS line-up.

TYKKÜS stands for Teaching You Kingdom Knowledge Unto Salvation

Commented Michaud:” I still cherish the memories of my time in the band and I feel privileged to be able to keep the legacy alive!”

TYKKÜS online: http://tykkus.bandcamp.com/music

Hypnogog - Syndrig Times

HYPNOGOG - Syndrig Times
HYPNOGOG founder Dan Lively is West Virginia’s best kept secret when it comes to being a riff prodigy.  Accordingly, the full-length HYPNOGOG debut, Syndrig Times, comes across in the form of instrumental stoner doom with massive riffs.  The album represents a collection of live-in-the-studio improvisations with little or no doctoring, and no writing before the tape started rolling.  In other words, what you here is what the artist did, right on the spot!

The 2-song singles “Paranormal Supernature” and “Reprimand Of The Watchers” are also available from HYPNOGOG.

Release date: May 7, 2014

HYPNOGOG online: http://hypnogog.bandcamp.com

Sweet Cicada - Switch

SWEET CICADA - Switch
Dan Lively is nothing if not prolific!  In addition to his improvisational jam project HYPNOGOG and playing bass for Victor Griffin’s IN-GRAVED, Lively has his own polished stoner-doom groove band SWEET CICADA.  For fans of SABBATH, KING'S X, SOUNDGARDEN and the like.  Lively’s songwriting and playing skills shine on the SWEET CICADA debut Switch, a 3-song EP re-issued by Stone Groove Records with a bonus track, “Trials”, to whet the appetite of fans for the upcoming full length sophomore release Ziklag later this year.

Release date: May 7, 2014

SWEET CICIDA online: http://sweetcicada.bandcamp.com/releases

Troglodyte Dawn - Troglodyte Dawn

TROGLODYTE DAWN - Troglodyte Dawn
The doom metal with ambient tendencies of Randy Michaud’s 2003 self-titled TROGLODYTE DAWN debut has been re-issued with two bonus tracks originally part of the 1995 Before The Dawn demo: A live acoustic version of “Flowers” and “Dead Man’s Switch”, an early form of the track “Fallen World”.

Also released are three new epic-length ambient singles as part of a new group of recordings called the Mystoric Series, “Ant Tattoos (Retold)”, “Zatanfallen” and “Flaatinslang” (free bonus track only available with the purchase of “Zatanfallen”).  An extended single version of the “Fallen World” suite (including all 5-sections of the piece) is also available for the first time as a single track.

Release date: April 18, 2014

TROGLODYTE DAWN online: https://troglodytedawn.bandcamp.com

Stone Groove Records online: http://bandcamp.com/stonegrooverecords/following

NEWS BRIEFS

* The 2008 Retroactive Records FAITH FACTOR full-length debut Against A Darkened Sky is scheduled to be re-issued by the band later this year.  According to vocalist Norm “Ski” Kiersznowski, the album has been re-mixed and re-mastered and will feature bonus tracks in the form of the groups 3 song demo from 2007 entitled 07/07/07.  The re-issue includes the original album artwork.

* Vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Scott Miller plans to release the third PILGRIMSPROG album, Here I Am, the latter half of 2014.  The follow up to the 2010 PILGRIMSPROG sophomore outing Do You Have Thanatophobia? offers the same formula by tastefully blending straightforward hard rock, classic rock and progressive rock with bold lyrics.

Those attending PILGRIMSPROG shows the past six months have heard many of the new songs live, including “Here I Am”, “On That Day” and “Arise O Lord”.  Another will be a progressive epic entitled “Chronicles Of Job”.  The Here I Am title track is based upon Hebrews 10:7: "Then I said, ‘Here I am - it is written about me in the scroll - I have come to do your will, my God.’” (NIV).

Follow the progress and get updates at: www.pilgrimsprog.com, www.facebook.com/pilgrimsprog & www.twitter.com/pilgrimsprog

 

Update: July 6, 2014

INTERVIEWS

Sonic Divide promo pic

New online SONIC DIVIDE interview:
In a recent online interview with Fireworks Magazine, SONIC DIVIDE members Wayne Holden (vocals), Glenn Johnson (lead guitar) and Andy Young (keyboards) talk about the groups self-titled debut album, which it released independently late last year.  Following is an excerpt:

What response have you had on your album?
AY: Really good, when we first heard the finished product we went, “Wow, this has taken our sound to a new level”. We had exposure on Australian national radio and local Adelaide ABC radio from which we received terrific feedback. The UK first heard of us when Glenn took a video snippet of us recording the opening track ´So In Love´ and put it on YouTube; radio programmers came across it and started playing us. The former guitarist of Air Supply, David Moyse, lives in Adelaide and really loves the album and said he would see what he could do to help us. Pretty much everyone has been positive; our biggest challenge is to get people to hear us.

Read full interview: HERE

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

The Brave - Rise

THE BRAVE to release new studio album in August:
Press Release / Lancaster, California melodic hard rockers THE BRAVE completed work on their third studio album, Rise, scheduled for an August 19, 2014 independent release.  Rise features five new BRAVE songs in addition re-recorded versions of seven BRAVE classics from the past!

The album will be available worldwide on CD and via iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Amazon and other digital outlets.   

Commented guitarist Stayce Roberts:  "Yes, we are back! I think the new record will be an amalgamation of everything our Brave fan base dug us for-- melody, shredding and great songs."

THE BRAVE describes its sound as “melodic hard rock with soaring vocals, harmonies, thunderous drums and memorable hooks” while listing GUARDIAN, JOURNEY, FEAR NOT, QUEENSRYCHE, RACER X, NIGHT RANGER, LYNCH MOB and BRIDE among its influences.

THE BRAVE came onto the music scene in 1991 and released two successful CDs with Pakaderm/Word records under the high production standards of John and Dino Elefante. The first, Battle Cries from 1992, was met with critical success and yielded over 6 top ten CCM singles, including “All Together Now”, “The Waiting”, “Just A Man” and “If That Ain't Love”.  The album was mixed by Neil Kernon, the mastermind behind QUEENSRYCHE’s Operation Mindcrime and DOKKEN’s Under Lock And Key.

With the departure of long-term front man James Salters, drummer Randy Roberts took over vocals for the 1994 THE BRAVE sophomore outing Trust.  Though more bluesy in its style, Trust solidified THE BRAVE as a serious contender, specifically as they watched the entire music landscape change before their eyes as groups like NIRVANA and SOUNDGARDEN began to turn the tides musically. 

Sadly, THE BRAVE disbanded shortly thereafter when its label, Pakaderm, picked up and left for Nashville.  The good news, however, is that THE BRAVE is back after twenty years with “new spins on BRAVE classics and a few new surprises as well!”

Rise track listing:

1. “Tell Me Now*
2. “I'm Your Reason*
3. “If That Ain't Love”
4. “Running All My Life”
5. “Dirty Water”
6. “All Together Now”
7. “The Killing Floor*
8. “Wither Me”*
9. “When You're Alone”
10. “Trust”
11. Don't*
12. Somebody*

*New songs

Rise pre-order: www.thebravemusic.com

THE BRAVE online: www.facebook.com/thebravemusicsite

Kevin Wright promo pic

JACOBS DREAM unveils new vocalist, Kevin Wright:
Press Release / Columbus, Ohio based power metal act JACOBS DREAM has announced the addition of vocalist Kevin Wright to its ranks.  He replaces long-term front man Chaz Bond, who departed JACOBS DREAM in late 2013 after having spent the previous ten years with the band.

Commented the group: “Good News. The vocalist search is complete. Kevin Wright has been selected from a wide field of worthy candidates. As we continue to work on our new material with him, we are also working on a solid set of older songs so as not to let the summer gigging season slip away. Stay tuned for more info and pictures of Kevin.  Maybe he will let us post some raw studio clips of rehearsals or tracking the new CD (Where Vultures Gather). Please welcome Kevin to the Jacobs Dream family.”

Wright offers his thoughts in regards to how he joined JACOBS DREAM: “In 2012, I was looking to get back into (music), so I put an ad on Craigslist. I (soon) got in touch with these guys who were looking to do a hair metal tribute and I thought that would be perfect. I never made any money doing originals, so I thought I would make some doing covers. The band was called Teezer, and it was a lot of fun, and I had a great time doing it and met a lot of cool people in the Columbus music scene.

“James Evans (Jacobs Dream bassist) was at one of the Teezer shows and video taped me with his phone and then played it back to the guys in JD. They didn't know my name and didn't know how to get a hold of me, but a couple of weeks later I went to a gig of a friend of mine and James was there. He approached me about joining JD, but I just wasn't interested at first. Things with Teezer kind of died down and I was trying to put something else together when John Berry contacted me. I told him no like, 2 or 3 times (LOL!).

“I actually blew it off, but something kept telling me to at least research it. I got on YouTube and Spotify and was totally blown away by the guitar work. I'm not a very good player, but I am a guitar nerd! I love all things guitar, so that guitar work spoke to me. I emailed JB and told him after listening to the music, I had changed my mind and I wanted to audition. He sent me some tracks to work with, so I came to the audition and they liked what they heard I guess.”

He goes into further detail about his background and musical influences: “I'm originally from Saint John, New Brunswick Canada. My parents used to travel and do evangelism when I was young, so I started singing on stage at around 6 years old. My father graduated from Bethany Bible College and (started) a church in Damascus, Maryland. I continued to sing in the church until I reached my teens. I wasn't allowed to listen to secular music until I was around 13, and even then it could only be pop music. I was aware of bands like KISS and Led Zeppelin and a lot of the bands that were influential to modern metal, but didn't know any of their music, so most of my early influences were pop stars like Daryl Hall, Freddy Mercury, The Bee Gees, Billy Joel, Michael McDonald, Christopher Cross etc.

“At age 16 or so, hard rock songs started coming on the radio by Billy Idol, Ratt, Def Leppard, Scorpions, Van Halen etc. I fell in love with what is now known as the "hair metal" genre and vocalists like Sebastian Bach, Axl Rose, Jani Lane, Ray Gillen, Don Dokken and Geoff Tate really took it to a different level than the stuff I was used to hearing. Most of the bands of that era were kind of party rock, so to speak. I started looking for something similar, but with serious subject matter. When I first heard Iron Maiden, they were already well established and I sought out other bands in that vein like Queensryche. For a while, Queensryche was the be all/ end all for me.

“I was in my first band at age 16, we did a cover of Men at Work's "Overkill" and I was hooked on being in a band. I was in several bands that did nothing but implode. Almost all the bands I've been in were original bands. The most notable were SNaG, we had a great demo out, but no takers. I'm good friends with them til this day. The other was a band called Sunbelly. It was a Sabbath-y type of riffs combined with a heavy soulful vocals type of thing. Things just didn't take off. I also did a lot of cover work with all different people from around the globe. I did some original work for a few folks as well. I did vocals for a project called Drawing on Scars out of Georgia, a band called CLAN out of Dallas and for a guy named Jonathan Keifert from England. When my oldest son was born, I took time off from being in bands.”

Digital audition of Kevin Wright performing the track “Stain” off Beneath The Shadows (the fifth JACOBS DREAM album from 2009): https://soundcloud.com/official-jacobs-dream/stain

JACOBS DREAM remains at work on its next album, Where Vultures Gather.

JACOBS DREAM online: http://jacobsdreamusa.wix.com/jacobs-dream & www.facebook.com/OfficialJacobsDream

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Michael Sweet reveals possible name for project with George Lynch, SWEET LYNCH:
Courtesy of www.blabbermouth.net:

Guitarist/vocalist Michael Sweet of Christian hard rockers STRYPER spoke to Guitar International about his recently announced project with legendary guitarist George Lynch (T&N, DOKKEN, LYNCH MOB), bassist James Lomenzo (MEGADETH, WHITE LION, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY) and Brian Tichy (S.U.N., WHITESNAKE).

"It looks like we are going to go with the name SWEET LYNCH," he said. "We were debating that for a while and the label was pushing it for it. It was the brainchild of Serafino Perugino at Frontiers Records. He asked me to basically sing on this record and then I suggested producing it. I co-wrote the songs with George. I called Brian Tichy and James Lomenzo to put the band together. You'll start to hear about it in September with the first single and video. It's an incredible combination of classic '70s and '80s. You will hear some flavors of JOURNEY, BAD COMPANY, DOKKEN, VAN HALEN and STRYPER."

He added: "I love this CD. I'm super excited for people to hear this CD. I'm so proud of it.

"James and Brian are amazing musicians. They tore it up. The drums and bass are just as impressive as the guitars. Everybody really delivered… The musicianship level on this is top notch. It sounds as if we were all in the stuff playing together and we were not. Basically, George wrote some riffs about a minute to a minute and a half long. I wrote lyrics and melodies then arranged them. I cut and pasted them together in the studio. Then Brian and James came out and tracked the drums and bass, as well as some rhythm stuff. We then sent it to George to add the guitars."

Asked if there will be any live dates in support of the album, Sweet said: "We are one million percent sure there will be a tour."

Sweet in 2012 revealed that he would hit the road with T&N (formerly TOOTH AND NAIL), the project featuring current and former members of DOKKEN (George Lynch, Jeff Pilson and Mick Brown), in support of that band's debut album, Slave To The Empire, and upcoming follow-up effort. He wrote in an online posting: "It should be a blast and a lot of fun singing those classic DOKKEN tunes."

He added: "And to ease your mind, I WILL NOT be leaving STRYPER, just having some side fun with George, Jeff and Mick when this actually takes place."

Read full interview at: http://guitarinternational.com/2014/06/23/michael-sweet

NEWS BRIEFS

* “Rage”, video of new song from FRÜHSTÜCK: www.youtube.com/watch?v=1shor9tWtLc

“Rage” is taken from the groups June 2, 2014 released sophomore album Story.

* New PROMISE LAND website: http://promiselandx.com

Pre-orders are being accepted for the group’s debut album Harmony In Ruins, which is scheduled for a August 5, 2014 release: http://promiselandx.com/product-category/store

* Roxx Records July 2014 update: First and Foremost the bad news: Unfortunately, the vinyl industry is booming! (or maybe that’s good news for us vinyl enthusiasts!) But in this case it means our two new releases from Deliverance and Ultimatum are slightly delayed! The manufacturing plant is jam packed with new releases and ours are in line for pressing but will not be shipped until the first part of August, which unfortunately means we have to push our releases back a few weeks! Our revised release date will be August 12th which should give us plenty of time to get all the pre orders in your hands before the release date! We apologize for this delay but it is beyond our control and we now know to manufacture a vinyl in the US at this time we need to give a 5 or 6 month lead time for the whole production process, but these will be worth the wait as our test pressings have already shown us!

As an added bonus, we will be giving away one test pressing from Deliverance and one from Ultimatum in a random drawing for all those who already placed their pre order and for anyone else that gets in on it before they are shipped! If you have not pre ordered your copy yet get in on it now, the blue and green vinyl editions will not last, you have been forewarned!

Up next for Roxx watch for full announcements on two limited edition CD titles which will both be going through the remastered and expanded process! For the first time ever re-mastered and reissued will be two classic titles from the Frontline Records catalog, from Deliverance their classic Stay of Execution and the fourth and last title from Vengeance Rising Released Upon the Earth.  Full press releases outlining both releases are forthcoming.

Pre-order: http://roxxproductions.storenvy.com/products

 

Update: June 22, 2014

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

GX PROJECT: “Train Wreck” video released:
Press Release / ”Train Wreck”, the new video from gritty hard rockers GX PROJECT, can be seen above.  The song is taken from the group’s second studio album, Sinner, which was released in June of 2014via Image Records.

Commented vocalist Rex Scott: “This is the most true rock n roll album I've ever done.  It's rock n roll from beginning to end and I love it. I've done metal, hard rock and pop rock but this is real rock n roll”.

Scott offers additional details in regards to how Sinner compares to the GX PROJECT 2012 debut, Bite Stick: “On this one we tried to expand a bit and add some flavor that reminds me a bit of Peace Treaty at times (the 1991 sophomore album from Rex's other band X-SINNER). We do a bit more layered vocals sometimes on this one and I think that's the main difference between this one and Bite Stick.”

GX PROJECT represents a partnership between Scott and guitarist and producer Glenn Thomas.  Again, further insight from Scott: “On Bite Stick we shared a guitar solo on one song and he played all the rest but on Sinner he let me take a couple on my own this time. Glenn is the producer, drummer, bassist and guitarist. I'm the vocalist and the rhythm guitarist. He's typically on the left side and I'm on the right if you listen in headphones. For live we have Craig Jeans play the drums.”

Scott gained initial renown as part of ZION and X-SINNER, fronting the formers 1989 full-length debut Thunder From The Mountain and latter’s 1991 sophomore effort Peace Treaty.  He returned with X-SINNER following the turn of the century for its third and fourth albums Fire It Up and World Covered In Blood from 2006 and 2008, respectively.

The Angelic Warlord review (80%) described Bite Stick as “(Staying) true to the AC/DC influenced sounds of X-SINNER” while also reflecting the “occasional bluesy hard rock moment hinting of early nineties BRIDE in addition to some eighties metal swagger not unlike MAIN LINE RIDERS and WHITECROSS.  Throw in the raw energy of Fire It Up and World Covered In Blood and you have a creative merging of several styles to form a cohesive whole.”

Sinner is available for order at: www.x-sinner.org/gx_presales.html

Sinner track listing:

1. “Satisfaction”
2. “Rock N Roll Soul”
3. “You Can’t”
4. “Get Some”
5. “She Goes All Night”
6. “I Sell Love”
7. “Tear It Up”
8. “Sinner”
9. “Get Your High”
10. “All About You”
11. “Don’t Come Cheap”
12. “Train Wreck”
13. “Living Dead”

GX Project online: www.facebook.com/pages/The-GX-Project

True Strength - The Cross Will Always Prevail

TRUE STRENGTH: The Cross Will Always Prevail album details revealed:
Press Release / Classic US power metal act TRUE STRENGTH released its full-length debut, The Cross Will Always Prevail, independently on June 8, 2014.  The album is available digitally via iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody and other outlets.

TRUE STRENGTH was formed in October of 2012 by rhythm guitarist Ryan "The Archangel" Darnell and drummer Chris Clark, who “envisioned a Christian metal band that honored God, spread the Word of Jesus Christ and dedicated 100% of their music sales to charity” (as taken from the groups press material).  The two later hired lead guitarist Josh Cirbo and proceeded to record the music for The Cross Will Always Prevail over the latter half of 2013.  After recruiting vocalist Rus Gib, TRUE STRENGTH completed the final mix in April of 2014 and mastering a month later.

The Cross Will Always Prevail was recorded at Josh Cirbo Studios by Josh Cirbo.  Josh Cirbo also produced the project, while Ryan Mey for Darkwave Media handled mastering duties.

Commented the group: “It has been a long road this year, with a lot of delays and setbacks but the cross has indeed prevailed! We give thanks to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for giving us the strength to release our first album! All glory and honor belongs to Christ alone! We hope you all enjoy this album as a lot of blood, sweat and tears went into making it, we love you all!”

TRUE STRENGTH draws its musical inspiration from IRON MAIDEN, SAINT, BLOODGOOD, MEGADETH, LEVITICUS, BRIDE, BARREN CROSS, JUDAS PRIEST, ZION, METALLICA, DELIVERANCE, STRYPER, JACOBS DREAM, HELLOWEEN, STAIRWAY, BLUES OYSTER CULT, SAMSON, BOSTON and DIO.

The track “The Cross Will Always Prevail” is available for streaming at: www.indiecharts.com/True-Strength

"The Cross Will Always Prevail" track listing”

1. Exorcism (Intro)
2. The Cross Will Always Prevail
3. Christian Battle Cry
4. Under The Scimitar
5. Starve The Fires Of Moloch
6. Michael The Archangel
7. When We Meet At Armageddon
8. Key To The Abyss

TRUE STRENGTH line-up:

Rus Gib - Lead and Backing Vocals
Ryan "The Archangel" Darnell - Rhythm Guitar & Bass
Josh Cirbo - Lead Guitar
Chris Clark - Drums

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

NEWS BRIEFS

* EMPIRE 21 debut album studio update (Facebook - April 21, 2014): “Today we want to thank Thomas Plec Johansson at The Panic Room mastering studio for putting his soul into mastering the EMPIRE 21 debut album. He used his very well trained ears not only to create a blasting final result but to carefully and patiently listen to our wishes.

“He let us hear all possible approaches to the mix before making any final decisions, so we're confident that we have the beefiest sounding album we could ever dream of.

“So thank you Thomas for this and again thanks to Tobias Lindell who did an equally amazing job mixing this album, making it nothing but awesome! You guys rock and we sincerely appreciate you!”

 

Update: June 15, 2014

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

W.A.S.P. to release Golgotha album in 2015:
Courtesy of www.blabbermouth.net:

Press Release / W.A.S.P. is "about three weeks away from finishing" its new studio album, titled Golgotha, for an early 2015 release. During a press conference yesterday (Friday, June 6) before the band's performance at this year's edition of the Sweden Rock Festival in Sölvesborg, Sweden, W.A.S.P. main man Blackie Lawless stated about the lyrical inspiration for the upcoming CD (see video above): "'Golgotha' is Hebrew for place of the skull, and it's the hill where Christ was crucified. And it's interesting, when you see a lot of bands going around using Satanic images or images of death and things like that, and I'm thinking, all they need to do is look at the source, 'cause it's right there. I mean, if you want death, there's enough to go around there."

Regarding the musical direction of W.A.S.P.'s new material, Lawless said: "It sounds probably more similar to the last two that we've done (2007's Dominator and 2009's Babylon). And we've been working on this thing for four years now."

He continued: "I don't know if you guys heard, I had a little hiccup last year, and that delayed recording for almost a year. I broke my leg. And that, too, was an interesting trip.

"But there's one thing that I learned when I was doing (1992's) The Crimson Idol: if you make a record over too long of a period of time, you have to be very, very careful, because the record you start out making is not the record you end up finishing, because you've changed so much as a person over a three- or four-year period, you've gotta be very, very careful to hold on to that vision. But from what I'm hearing so far - and it's not completely mixed yet - it has definite overtones of the last two records."

Lawless was also asked about his statements in past interviews that he will never perform W.A.S.P.'s classic song (edit out song title with nasty four-letter word) live again because of his "religious faith."

"I look at it like this: I'm a representative of the most high God," he said. "But I have to be very careful about the things I say and do," he said. "I mean, I'm gonna answer one day for the things that I've done. And I wanna make sure that when I do, that my slate is clean. But equally as import as that, I think, is I've been given an opportunity to stand in front of people, and you're either gonna say something positive or you're gonna say something mindless; there's no in between - you're either one or the other. And I'm just trying my best. And I'm not saying that I'm doing it all the time, but I'm trying my best to say something that I think could help somebody's life."

He continued: "I remember on the first album (1984's W.A.S.P.), we had a song called “B.A.D.”. And a girl came up to me one day, and she says, 'I wanna thank you for that song.' And I said, 'What for?' And she says, 'Well, I used to be a really bad heroin addict. And when I heard that song, it changed my life and I don't shoot heroin anymore.' Now, that song had nothing to do with heroin; I don't know what she heard in those lyrics. And at the time, I really didn't wanna hear that, because, to me, I knew enough about what a statement from her like that meant. To me, that was the 'R' word, and I didn't wanna know about… The 'R' word, to me, was 'responsibility,' and I didn't wanna hear it. And I ran from that as far as I could. And then over a period of time…

W.A.S.P. - Babylon

"We got finished with the Inside The Electric Circus record [1986], and I realized we had made one of the biggest piles of junk in the history of the recording industry. And I said, 'You know what?! That's it. I'm not doing that anymore. If I can't say something with the music, there's no point in me doing it.' And I thought, 'This girl is telling me she's not shooting heroin anymore, and I didn't even try. Imagine what I could do if I tried just a little bit.' And there's a ton of stories that you hear like that.

"You don't realize the impact that you're having on people. Because I'm one of those kind of people, I live in my own little bubble. I mean, I am one of the worst people to ask opinions about anything, because I just live in my own little space. If I'm not writing or in the studio, I live way away from everybody and I'm just in my own world. So you don't realize the impact you have on people a lot of times. I mean, when I'm at home, I have a ranch that… It's a pretty big piece of property, and I get out there and I just walk around and I'm just me. And I forget, a lot of times, until I go some place and somebody is interested, for whatever reason, in anything I might have to say. To me, that's always surprising. Because, quite honestly, I don't think it's that important. But apparently somebody does."

According to Lawless, the change in his lyrical approach happened with the 1989 release of The Headless Children album. He said: "There's a place, I guess, for all kinds of music, but for myself personally, I started looking around at what I felt was my purpose. And I thought music can be so much more than this. And I'm not saying that there's not a place for gusy to have a good time. But if I can do something to say something or help change somebody's life, I'm gonna sleep a lot better at night."

Blackie also spoke about his early life as a born-again Christian and his decision to leave the church at age 18, only to return to his Christian faith 20 years later.

"Like a lot of people, organized religion was telling me things that I didn't see in the Bible," he explained. "And so, for 20 years after I left the church, I walked around with all these things that I had been taught, and I thought I was mad at God. And after 20 years, I realized I was not mad at God, I was mad at man for the institutionalized thinking that I had been indoctrinated with. And I discovered then, whether it's the Bible or anything else you ever wanna know in life, don't listen to somebody else telling you. You wanna find out, go find out for yourself, because ultimately you are going to be responsible for yourself. And so that's what I did. And when I did that, I realized, like, I wasn't mad at God anymore. These guys that had been telling me this stuff for the longest time, I realized that they had an agenda."

The artist further discusses his faith and the groups Babylon release in an online interview with Sleaze Roxx from 2010: www.sleazeroxx.com/interviews/blackielawless.shtml

NEWS BRIEFS

* Roxx Records update: First up the limited edition DELIVERANCE and ULTIMATUM vinyl pressings are nearing completion! If you have been holding off on those don’t wait too long! The limited edition Weapons Of Our Warfare blue vinyl version is nearly sold out and the green vinyl version of Heart of Metal is not far behind that!

Pre-orders are still available: http://roxxproductions.storenvy.com/products

Those that pre-order before the July 15, 2014 release date are guaranteed a free CD copy!

In other news, coming up in October we have 2 more limited edition CD reissues coming from DELIVERANCE with the first ever re-master and reissue of Stay of Execution.  Also, to complete the Intense Millennium Records reissues Roxx Records is very proud and excited to present you with a fully re-mastered/reissue from VENGEANCE RISING their 4th and final offering entitled Released Upon The Earth

If that is not enough for you, watch as we help the mighty MORTIFICATION celebrate 25 years in 2015 with a very special limited edition vinyl release!

 

Update: June 8, 2014

FEATURED REVIEWS

David Benson - Evil Killer
As a reviewer, and unlike some, I never had a problem with the fact Benson’s vocals are reminiscent to those of Ozzy’s.  Rather, my main concern always came down to whether or not his songs are any good.  Read Full Review >>

BRIDE - Into The Matrix
Matrix, in other words, represents all things Bride in that all eras of Bride’s history can ultimately trace themselves to Matrix.  Read Full Review >>

KING’S X - Out Of The Silent Planet
King’s X made its mark by being different.  Read Full Review >>

PILGRIMSPROG - Do You Have Thanatophobia?
Pilgrimsprog delivers a tasteful blend of straightforward hard rock, classic rock and progressive rock.  Read Full Review >>

PŸLON - Homo Homini Lupus
Homo Homini Lupus, a Latin phrase meaning “man is a wolf to (his fellow) man”, finds Pÿlon presenting with its share of changes.  Read Full Review >>

SARDIS - Escape
Escape, the spring of 2014 full-length debut from Joplin, Missouri based Sardis, succeeds where other self-financed and independently released projects failed: Production comes across crisp and clean with no muddy elements; musicianship is ably done in that all Sardis members are strong performers; and well thought out and consistent songwriting yields no skip buttons or filler tracks.  Read Full Review >>

SOMBRE HOLIDAY - An Hour Of Light
It is true that An Hour Of Light does not sound remarkably different than the first two Sombre Holiday releases, but therein lies its brilliance!  Read Full Review >>

Michael Sweet - I’m Not Your Suicide
There can’t be a simpler formula in the hard music world than that behind making a solo album: Mix equal parts inspiration of your full time band with your own unique musical spin on things while throwing in a few unexpected twists and turns along the way.  Read Full Review >>

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

Derek Close - The Beta Sessions

Derek Close releases sophomore album, The Beta Sessions:
Press Release / “A man and his bass guitar. Get ready to rumble!”  The introductory statement at the Facebook page of Kalispell, MT based bassist and guitarist Derek Close, who returns in early 2014 with the straightforward hard rock of his second solo album entitled The Beta Sessions.

Commented the artist regarding his musical background: “I started to learn guitar and picked up the bass (during the late eighties). Throughout the early '90's I played in a few bands that played a few gigs but never did any recording. That changed when I joined My Cat Puddinhead and we recorded our first demo tape in '94. From there I went on to help form the band Judah (WA). We played a number of gigs and also recorded a demo tape called One Step From The Basement. While in Judah I got asked to record the bass tracks for About This Big's album Chaos Theory. After that, life got in the way forcing me into a bit of a hiatus. I did record a few tracks for the band Nathan Creek.

“Come late 2006 Dan Johnson from Sanctyfied got in touch with me and I recorded the bass tracks for their second album Flying High. I even got the privilege of writing the album's title track. It was during this time that I started really working on my own music again. I had several songs that had never been recorded and some that had never been finished.

“In 2011 I released my first album, a Christmas instrumental rock album called In The Christmas Groove, (while) 2014 has seen the release of my second, The Beta Sessions.”

The Beta Sessions was recorded and mixed at Been Jammin’ Studios in Kalispell, MT. Tim Sutherland handled the “floating cat head art” and Tori Close the cover art layout.

Samples to The Beta Sessions are available at the artists Bandcamp page: http://derekclose.bandcamp.com/album/the-beta-sessions

An interview with Derek Close can also be read at: http://rockthechartsuk.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/q-with-derek-close.html

The Beta Sessions track listing:

1. “9-1-1”
2. “Atomic Clock”
3. “Out Of Reach”
4. “Cerebral Vortex”
5. “Violence: Domesticated”
6. ‘Opposite Extremes”
7. “The Pavilion”
8. “Daddy”
9. “El Gato”
10. “Dreaming In Color”

Derek Close online: www.derekclose.com & www.facebook.com/DCzMusic

Wonrowe Vision logo

WONROWE VISION announce new album, 2-Headed Monster:
Press Release / Pre-production on the new full-length WONROWE VISION album, 2-Headed Monster, will be complete by the end of this month.

Steve Rowe, vocalist & bassist of the Melbourne, Australian based act, offers further detail: “After learning so much about writing classic rock these past 5 years with the first two Wonrowe Vision albums, I think that we now have the sound nailed! On Mission Invincible (the group’s 2010 debut full-length), I was aiming to sing like Lemmy from Motored. On the second album (Visions Of The Past Present And Future from 2013) I simply tried to 'sing'. Being that Wonrowe Vision has strong punk & rock ‘n’ roll influences, on 2-Headed Monster I will be taking a more aggressive punk rock vocal approach!!

“You can hear this type of singing on “Short Circuit” (off the 2006 Mortification album Erasing The Goblin) and “Resurrection Band (A Tribute To Rez)” (off the 2009 Mortification album The Evil Addiction Destroying Machine).  I think that this style of vocal (delivery) is a strength of mine! It makes the rock way more aggressive and keeps me in a place vocally where I am most comfortable and competent!

“The body of the album will be recorded later this year with Neil Kearin as engineer, (while) production will be handled by myself along with Neil!”

WONROWE VISION represents a joining of Rowe and MORTIFICATION guitarist Lincoln Bowen.  The groups self-proclaimed “heavy edge rock ‘n’ roll” best reveals itself in terms of its influences, namely MOTORHEAD, STATUS QUO, DEEP PURPLE, RESURRECTION BAND, G.B.H., ALTAR BOYS and THE CRUCIFIED. 

Angelic Warlord described Mission Invincible (85% review) as “a joining of old school metal and hard rock backed by punk based angst and attitude” in which the group “wears its influences on its sleeves in no uncertain terms”.  Whereas Mission Invincible was made up of unique material, Pictures Of The Past Present And Future presented with a compilation of new material, re-recorded versions of older songs, live tracks and long lost demo recordings.

Rowe, obviously, is best known as founding member of MORTIFICATION, one of the Christian extreme metal scenes leading groups.  Since its early nineties inception, MORTIFICATION has released 15 studio albums, 5 live albums, 2 compilations, 6 videos and 3 DVD’s

WONROWE VISION online: www.roweproductions.com, www.facebook.com/WonroweVision & www.reverbnation.com/wonrowevision

NEWS BRIEFS

* New IMPELLITTERI album in the works (Facebook - June 7, 2014): “It looks like we will officially be recording a new IMPELLITTERI record in the near future. Working out the deal points now with our Label Family JVC ! We may also be doing some surprise dates as well. And Yes, Rob Rock will be the singer for IMPELLITTERI for those of you that have asked!”

* Symphonic metal band SLEEPING ROMANCE uploaded an acoustic performance video of the track "Finding My Way" online: www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYtcYr6zPU0

The song comes off their debut album Enlighten, which was released on November 1, 2013 in Europe and December 3, 2013 in North America through Ulterium Records.

* Recording update from TEMPLE OF BLOOD in regards to upcoming third album A Show Of Force (Facebook - May 27, 2014): “It’s been really tough to find any music time with a 1 year old running around the house and a brand new baby as well, but I have finished recording the rhythm guitar tracks for the 2nd track, titled “Exalted”! It is a melodic power metal song and reminds me a little bit of some of the classic US power metal bands like Queensryche or Crimson Glory.”

Lyrics to A Show Of Force can be read at: www.templeofblood.net/lyrics_ashowofforce.htm

* THEOCRACY will perform at ProgPower XV Midweek in Atlanta Georgia, on September 10, 2014.  Further details from vocalist Matt Smith: www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKjV4cICdVg

 

Update: June 1, 2014

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

Stryper tour logo - No More Hell To Pay

STRYPER: No More Hell To Pay tour kicks off in June:
As announced at the groups Facebook page (May 30, 2014):

“Hey there everyone. Hope you're doing well!  It's hard to believe but June is almost here and summer is upon us! As we've been saying all along, 2014 is going to be a very active year for Stryper and we wanted to take a moment and share the latest and greatest with you. What we're really looking forward to is that the No More Hell To Pay tour officially kicks off in June! We're excited for this tour as it's going to be an all NEW show with songs we have not played live in years along with a new cool stage look.

“IMPORTANT NOTE: Stryper will not be touring at all in 2015. We're letting this be known so our fans can plan accordingly and hopefully come out and see us this year. So if you're in the area come on out and get ready to rock!

“Thanks for all of your continued prayers and support and we hope to see you out on the road!”

God Bless you all,

Michael, Robert, Oz & Tim

No More Hell To Pay stormed the charts in November 2013, debuting at #3 on the Current Hard Music Albums and Top Hard Music Albums charts, #6 on the Top Current Rock Album charts, #33 on the Billboard Top 200 Current Albums and #35 on the Billboard Top 200 in selling over 9500 copies the first week. STRYPER also regained their dominance on the Christian charts, landing at #2 on the Contemporary Christian Albums and #3 on the Billboard Top Christian/Gospel Albums. No More Hell To Pay also reached #1 on the iTunes Top Rock Album Charts and #8 on the iTunes Top Album Charts when it was released on November 5th, 2013.

Upcoming Shows:

06/03/14: Ottawa, ON - Obsession Live Lounge**
06/05/14: Etobicoke, ON - The Rockpile West**
06/06/14: Toronto, ON - The Rockpile East**
06/07/14: Akron, NY - Brauns Concert Cove**
06/09/14: Richmond, IN - The Firehouse (Full Band Acoustic Show)
06/10/14: Bluffton, IN - Timber Ridge (Full Band Acoustic Show)**
06/12/14: Pittsburgh, PA - Altar Bar**
06/13/14: Bolingbrook, IL - Tailgaters**
06/14/14: Chesterfield, MI - Diesel Concert Lounge**
06/16/14: Pekin, IL - Goodfellas (Full Band Acoustic Show)**
06/17/14: Edwardsville, IL - Wildey Theater (Full Band Acoustic Show)**
06/19/14: Houston, TX - Concert Pub North**
06/20/14: Dallas, TX - Granada Theater**
06/21/14: Robstown, TX - RMB Fairgrounds**
07/10/14: Vizovice, Czech Republic - Masters Of Rock Festival
07/12/14: Balingen, Germany - Bang Your Head Festival**
07/29/14: Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
07/31/14: West Hollywood, CA - Whiskey A Go Go**
08/01/14: Denver, CO - Casselman's**
08/02/14: Sheridan, WY - Trails End Concert Park w/ Vixen
08/08/14: Villena, Spain - Legends Of Rock Festival

** On sale now!

Further information: www.stryper.com/Tour/tour.html

NEWS BRIEFS

* Details from DESYRE regarding song “Too Hot For Radio” (Facebook - May 4, 2014): “It was 2006 and Desyre was on hiatus. Mazi (Bee – lead vocals & guitars) and then drummer Zade joined a band called RedCat. The style was 80's street metal. The boys were in the band for about a year. During that time several songs were written also by Mazi. One of them was called “Too Hot For Radio”. It was never finished back then, but RedCat jammed it in the rehearsals couple of times.

“In 2007, when Desyre was resurrected, at some point this piece was taken into the set list. For some reason it was shelved for the debut, Warning Of The Night (2009). Maybe that's a good thing, since the heavy keyboards wasn't around yet. And you gotta admit, the synth does bring a lot to the song.”

DESYRE recorded “Too Hot For Radio” for its 2013 sophomore album Glamtron.

* JAGUAR BLAZE video update with introduction of new band members: www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcsoHozrYhY

 

Update: May 25, 2014

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

SONIC DIVIDE: “I Wonder” video released:
Press Release / “I Wonder”, the new video from Adelaide, Australian based melodic hard rockers SONIC DIVIDE, can be seen above.  The song is taken from the bands self titled debut full-length album, which it independently released in late 2013.

Commented the band: “Well guys, the moment has arrived! We are pumped to release our debut video clip to all our friends and fans and to the rest of the world... Filmed entirely in and around the beautiful South Aussie town of Burra and featuring the iconic Midnight Oil cottage from the front cover of the Diesel and Dust album! Massive thanks to everyone who helped make this clip a reality, particularly Alex and Leanne Stockman (& Peter and Jodie Stockman) as well as Paula Jones at the Burra Info Centre - you guys rock. Feel free to share the clip far and wide and let's show the entire world how us Aussies can rock it with the best of them!”

SONIC DIVIDE was first conceived when Wayne Holden (lead vocals), Andy Young (keyboards) and Glenn Johnson (lead guitars) decided that it had been too many years since they played music for fun. In a relatively small city like Adelaide in South Australia, it was very easy to call on other musicians they had played with in the past, to help contribute to the occasional jam session. Ian Slade ((bassist) soon jumped on board and eventually Steve Pirie (guitars) and Evan Johnson (drums) completed the line up.

Young offers his thoughts regarding the bands beginnings: “With Sonic Divide, we decided from the get go to not make this another ‘Christian band’ as such but rather take our God-given talents and musical abilities and just create the best music we could – sort of adopt the whole Bob Briner ‘Roaring Lambs’ type approach to our music. And the doors that have been opening have blown us away. We mentioned in our album credits that we “give thanks to God, the Creator of all things, for illuminating our paths”. God is VERY much a part of who Sonic Divide is and our journey thus far, and will continue to be so into the future.”

He goes into further detail about the SONIC DIVIDE lyrical direction: “As mentioned, we fall squarely into the category of ‘Christians creating music’ rather than a Christian ‘ministry’ band as such, but our individual Christian faith is still what carries and guides the six of us as we journey through life.  Our lyrics centre around things like relationships in life and the struggles and successes involved as such as well as hope and optimism for a better future.”

Sonic Divide track listing:

1. “So In Love”
2. “Driven”
3. “I Wonder”
4. “When The Morning Comes”
5. “Too Much”
6. “Shattered Fortress”
7. “Stepping Stone”
8. “The Healing”
9. “Horizon”

SONIC DIVIDE online: www.sonicdivide.net & www.facebook.com/pages/Sonic-Divide

Pilgrimsprog - Pilgrimsprog & Do You Have Thanatophobia?

PILGRIMSPROG: Progressive rock concept album based on Pilgrim’s Progress:
Press Release / Lawrence, Kansas based multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Scott Miller is the brainchild behind PILGRIMSPROG, an aptly entitled progressive rock concept album released in 2010 that is based around John Bunyan’s classic Pilgrim’s Progress.

Commented Miller: “PILGRIMSPROG started as a progressive rock "concept album" (you remember those from the 70's, right?) based on the classic Christian book Pilgrim's Progress, with each song telling a chapter in the story from Christian, including leaving the City of Destruction through (his) conversion to the Celestial City. It started as demos for my band in Wichita.  (When) that didn't work out, (PILGRIMSPROG) turned into a project (that was) four years in the making: 2006 to 2010. I play all the instruments except drums (Beta Monkey Music loops) and some lead guitar special guests.”

In 2013, PILGRIMSPROG released its sophomore album Do You Have Thanatophobia?  According to the artist, “Thanatophobia is defined as an abnormal fear of death.”  He goes into further detail: “Are you afraid of death?  What really happens when you die?  Is that the end of it?  Try as you might you just can't get it out of your mind.  Talking to people, even Christians, I was surprised to find many people are afraid of death.”

Lyrically, the album draws its inspiration from I Corinthians 15:12-14 (in asking the listener “Why are you acting like there is no resurrection of the dead?”) and I Corinthians 15:54-55 (hope ultimately resides in Christ).  In the words of Miller, “Thanatophobia has lost its grip because He rose again that sunny day.”

He sums things up best in regards to his philosophy on lyrics and song ideas: “I write about things I am thinking about, or struggles I am going through in life, or prayers, or whatever. Sometimes they are thought experiments. And music is the best way (at least for me) that I can attest to and share my faith.”

Pilgrimsprog track listing: “Dream”, “Seek The Gate”, “SOD”, “Help”, “Gatekeeper” (acoustic), “I Believe”, “Overture”, “Beautiful”, “Confrontation”, “Giant Despair”, “The River”, “Celestial City”, “Compline”, “Beautiful” (acoustic), “Dream” (acoustic)

Do You Have Thanatophobia? track listing: “Galatians 5”, “Scandal”, “Thanatophobia”, “Pray”, “Detour”, “Ceiling Of Brass” (acoustic), “Faith Hope And Love”, “Forgive”, “Scandal” (acoustic), “Thanatophobia” (acoustic), “Beautiful” (acoustic)

Visit the PILGRIMSPROG Bandcamp pages for samples and purchasing information: http://pilgrimsprog.bandcamp.com/album/pilgrimsprog-2 & http://pilgrimsprog.bandcamp.com/album/do-you-have-thanatophobia

PILGRIMSPROG online: www.pilgrimsprog.com & www.facebook.com/Pilgrimsprog

Pilgrimsprog promo pic

NEWS BRIEFS

* The Roxx Records DELIVERANCE (Weapons Of Our Warfare) and ULTIMATUM (Heart OF Metal) vinyl re-issues are in the process of being pressed.  Both should ship in mid to late June.  Pre-orders are still bring accepted: http://roxxproductions.storenvy.com/collections/1982-preorders

* Next STRYPER cover album update (from vocalist Michael Sweet at Facebook - May 19, 2014): “When we do another cover album, we'll be doing some VH, Rush, Y&T, Priest, Maiden, Aerosmith, Thin Lizzy, Cheap Trick, Triumph, Styx & Bad Company.”  Further details as they become available.

* STRYPER front man Michael Sweet also remains at work on his upcoming project with former DOKKEN guitarist George Lynch.  Frontiers Records will release the yet unnamed new band project featuring Sweet, Lynch, former WHITE LION bass player James Lomenzo and ex-WHITESNAKE and FOREIGNER drummer Brian Tichy.  Sweet will be overseeing production duties, with a release date slated for the fall of 2014.

 

Update: May 18, 2014

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

Promise Land - Harmony In Ruins

PROMISE LAND reveal modified artwork for debut album, Harmony In Ruins:
Press Release / Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania based symphonic metal band PROMISE LAND has revealed the revised album artwork for their highly anticipated debut album, Harmony In Ruins.

Commented the band regarding the meaning behind the artwork: “The artwork tells the story of the title and lyrical theme of Harmony In Ruins.  The ‘Tree of Life’ (which now appears dead or dying) is coming out of the scroll/scripture- it reveals the result of ‘the fall’ in the Garden of Eden into modern times, which is depicted by the city in ruins across the water”.

David Michael of PROMISE LAND designed the artwork.

Harmony In Ruins is scheduled to be released during the spring/summer of 2014 via XNilo Records.

The debut PROMISE LAND EP (simply entitled Demo) was recorded and released in late 2005.  The standout demo song “Christ In Us”, which has been re-recorded by the group for Harmony In Ruins, was also selected as Top 10 in the Kingdom Bound International Talent Search.

The band eventually revamped their sound and also made a line-up change, bringing in a second vocalist.  To reflect the vocal change/new sound and musical growth, PROMISE LAND quickly released a new single titled “Hiding Place” in the winter of 2010/2011, which has also been redone for Harmony In Ruins.

Harmony In Ruins track listing:

1. “In the Beginning”
2. “Harmony In Ruins”
3. “C.I.U.”
4. “The Piper Illusion”
5. “Leviathan’s Voyage”
6. “Before The Dawn”
7. “Hiding Place”
8. “Her Name”
9. “Holy”
10. “Eclipse”
11. “Harmony In Ruins” (orchestration bonus track)
12. “Hiding Place” (instrumental bonus track)

PROMISE LAND online: http://promiselandx.com & www.facebook.com/PromiseLandX

VENI DOMINE resigns with Massacre Records for seventh album, Light:
Press Release / The Massacre Records family is happy to welcome back VENI DOMINE!  For those not familiar with the band, it’s our pleasure to introduce them to you:

VENI DOMINE was formed by Torbjörn Weinesjö, Thomas Weinesjö and Anders Olofsson in 1987.  Fredrik Sjöholm (back then Olsson) joined shortly thereafter.  The bands initial name was GLORIFY, which was soon changed to SEVENTH SEAL.  The VENI DOMINE moniker has existed since the early nineties, when the group landed its first record deal.  Bass and keyboard positions have changed a few times since then but the band’s core line-up still remains.

The musical style was initially labeled doom metal but this was not the aim of the band.  VENI DOMINE was always trying to evolve and symphonic elements as well as progressive aspects have been reflected as well.

The band recorded their debut album Fall Babylon Fall (1992) in Eastbourne, England, for Kingsway Music Records.  The next albums - Material Sanctuary (1994) and Spiritual Wasteland (1998) - were released via Thunderload Records in Sweden only.  Both albums, as well as the debut, were then licensed from Thunderload to be released via Massacre Records in the rest of the world.

There was a huge gap between the release of Spiritual Wasteland and the fourth album IIII - The Album Of Labour (2004), which saw the light of day via Rivel Records, due to various reasons.  For the latest full-length albums, 23:59 (2006) and Tongues (2007), VENI DOMINE joined forces with the German label MCM Music.

VENI DOMINE has re-signed with Massacre Records for their first album in seven years entitled Light, which will be released on May 23, 2014.  You can view a promotional video for Light above.

Light was produced and mixed in Stockholm by Torbjörn Weinesjö at the Room Of Doom and mastered by Erik Marthinsen at the Skyline Studio.  Album artwork was created by vocalist Fredrik Sjöholm.

Light track listing:

1. “In Memoriam”
2. “Farewell”
3. “Hope”
4. “Where The Story Ends”
5. “Last Silence Before Eternity”
6. “The Hour Of Darkness”
7. “Waiting”
8. “O Great City” (2014 Edition)

VENI DOMINE line-up:

Fredrik Sjöholm - Lead Vocals & Guitars
Torbjörn Weinesjö - Guitars
Olov Andersson - Keyboards
Klas Petterson - Bass
Thomas Weinesjö - Drums

VENI DOMINE online: www.facebook.com/pages/Veni-Domine

NEWS BRIEFS

* “Not On My Own”, new single from the upcoming MILLENIAL REIGN album The God Particle: www.reverbnation.com/millennialreign7

* Pastor Brad video update with new song: www.guitarjams.net/UpdateMay17.mp3

* SOUND OF ETERNITY audio samples available for debut album Visions & Dreams: "Running To You", "Broken Heart" & "Reason To Live"

Melodic Rock Records will release Vision & Dreams on June 23, 2014.  The albums is available for pre-order at: HERE

* On Faith’s Edge interview with Michael Sweet: http://onfaithsedge.com/episode-016-strypers-michael-sweet-interview

* WORLDVIEW completed work on all studio tracks for their debut album, The Chosen Few.  Look for a fall release on Ulterium Records.  The group also recently launched its new website: http://worldviewmetal.com/

 

Update: May 11, 2014

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

GX Project - Sinner

GX PROJECT reveal Sinner cover artwork:
Press Relase / Gritty hard rockers GX PROJECT will independently release their second studio album, Sinner, in May of this year.

The Sinner cover artwork (above) was created by Robert “Death is Gain” Wilson, who was also responsible for the artwork of the 2012 GX PROJECT debut Bite Stick.  According to the group, the artwork is a portrayal of “a train blasting forth from seemingly hell itself under full steam with the title blood spattered on the cow plow on the nose”.

GX PROJECT is the new band of vocalist Rex Scott, who gained initial renown as part of ZION and X-SINNER, fronting the formers 1989 full-length debut Thunder From The Mountain and latter’s 1991 sophomore effort Peace Treaty.  He returned with X-SINNER following the turn of the century for its third and fourth albums Fire It Up and World Covered In Blood from 2006 and 2008, respectively.

The Angelic Warlord review (80%) described Bite Stick as “(Staying) true to the AC/DC influenced sounds of X-SINNER” while also reflecting the “occasional bluesy hard rock moment hinting of early nineties BRIDE in addition to some eighties metal swagger not unlike MAIN LINE RIDERS and WHITECROSS.  Throw in the raw energy of Fire It Up and World Covered In Blood and you have a creative merging of several styles to form a cohesive whole.”

Scott commented further: “This is the most true rock n roll album I've ever done.  It's rock n roll from beginning to end and I love it. I've done metal, hard rock and pop rock but this is real rock n roll”.

A sample to the track “Train Wreck” can be heard at: https://soundcloud.com/ituneaudio/gx-sinner-train-wreck-sample

Sinner is available for pre-order at: www.x-sinner.org/gx_presales.html

Sinner track listing:

1. “Satisfaction”
2. “Rock N Roll Soul”
3. “You Can’t”
4. “Get Some”
5. “She Goes All Night”
6. “I Sell Love”
7. “Tear It Up”
8. “Sinner”
9. “Get Your High”
10. “All About You”
11. “Don’t Come Cheap”
12. “Train Wreck”
13. “Living Dead”

GX Project online: www.facebook.com/pages/The-GX-Project

Sound Of Eternity - Vision & Dreams

SOUND OF ETERNITY signs with Melodic Rock Records:
Press Release / Melodic Rock Records are excited to announce the signing of melodic hard rock act SOUND OF ETERNITY for the June 16, 2014 release of its full-length debut Visions & Dreams

Guitarist Jean Funes and vocalist Beatriz Aranda formed the San Pedro Sula, Honduras based group in 2013 after releasing two Spanish albums as part of CODIGO ETERNO, Codigo Eterno (2008) and Canten La Tierra Y El Cielo (2011).  Drummer Rui Prado rounds out the SOUND OF ETERNITY line-up.

SOUND OF ETERNITY describes itself as “a female fronted melodic rock band with a modern twist (and) powerful Christian message”.  Its influences range from the AOR and melodic rock of “W.E.T., PETRA, WHITE HEART, DEF LEPPARD and JOURNEY to those reflecting a modern rock touch such as SKILLET and FIREFLIGHT.

Visions & Dreams was mixed and mastered by Erik Martensson (W.E.T., ECLIPSE, Jimi Jamison), who also contributes bass and keyboards to the album.  Andreas Passmark (NARNIA, Rob Rock, WORK OF ART) provides additional bass guitar.  Carl Andre Beckston (MONOWASP) handled cover artwork and Nello Dell'Omo the booklet design.

The track “Call To Action” is available for streaming at: https://soundcloud.com/melodicrock/sound-of-eternity-call-to-action

Visions & Dreams track listing:

1. “Visions & Dreams”
2. “Call To Action”
3. “Running To You”
4. “Broken Heart”
5. “Reason To Live”
6. “Alpha & Omega”
7. “My Saviour”
8. “Eternal Love”
9. “Forever”
10. “Universe”

SOUND OF ETERNITY online: www.facebook.com/soundofeternity

Michael Sweet, “Heart Of Gold” video premiere:
Courtesy of www.blabbermouth.net:

Press Release / Michael Sweet, front man for the Christian hard rock band STRYPER, has just released a new full-length solo album, I'm Not Your Suicide, and his first autobiography, Honestly: My Life And Stryper Revealed, via BIG3 Records.

The official video for Sweet's cover of Neil Young's "Heart Of Gold", a duet between the STRYPER front man and MEGADETH main man Dave Mustaine's 16-year-old daughter Electra, can be seen above.

Sweet continues to record and tour with STRYPER, as well as touring and recording as a solo artist, all the while making frequent trips to Nashville where he is writing with some of the biggest music writers in the business.

Sweet's autobiography, "Honestly: My Life And Stryper Revealed", chronicles an amazing 30-year career and includes endorsements from Eddie Trunk, Dave Mustaine, Larry The Cable Guy, Jeordie White and Chris Jericho.

Produced by Sweet himself, I'm Not Your Suicide includes additional appearances by Tony Harnell (TNT), Kevin Max (DCTALK, AUDIO ADRENALINE), Chris Jericho (FOZZY), Doug Aldrich (WHITESNAKE) and STRYPER band mates Robert Sweet and Timothy Gaines. Legendary drummer Kenny Aronoff (CHICKENFOOT) played on the record as well.

I'm Not Your Suicide track listing:

1. “Taking On The World Tonight” (featuring Tony Harnell)
2. “All That's Left (For Me To Prove)”
3. “The Cause”
4. “This Time” (featuring Kevin Max)
5. “I'm Not Your Suicide” (co-written with Blair Daly)
6. “Coming Home”
7. “Miles Away”
8. “Strong”
9. “How To Live” (featuring Robert Sweet and Timothy Gaines)
10. “Heart Of Gold”
11. “Anybody Else” (featuring Chris Jericho and Doug Aldrich)
12. “Unsuspecting”
13. “Heart Of Gold” (bonus track featuring Electra Mustaine)

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

NEWS BRIEFS

* SAINT is considering a vinyl re-issue of its back catalog.  According to bassist Richard Lynch, the band would release one album every six months, with a limited run of 250 each.  Further details as they become available.

* Fan filed footage of STRYPER Frontiers Rock Festival performance: www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhkCVpkQmME & www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmH7O6fgvDk

 

Update: May 4, 2014

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

Prodigal - 30th Anniversary Limited Edition 3 CD Set

PRODIGAL, 30th Anniversary Limited Edition Set details revealed:
Courtesy of www.24-7pressrelease.com:

1982 to 1985 seems like a blip on the radar screen, but almost an eternity in the lifespan of a rock band. That was the span between PRODIGAL’s self-titled first album to its last, Just Like Real Life.  Since then, a small but fiercely loyal fan base has waited for the eventual re-release of the recordings in a digital format.  Neither these, nor the second album Electric Eye which celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2014, have officially been on CD.  Fans had to rely upon their vinyl and cassettes... until now.

In June 2014, the entire output from PRODIGAL will be released as a 3-CD set to commemorate Electric Eye's anniversary, with the original analog tapes re-mastered to sound better than ever.  The package will be available through the band's official website, www.prodigalnow.com

"(The band's original label) Heartland Records went out of business soon after the release of the third PRODIGALl album, Just Like Real Life in the mid '80s.  The PRODIGAL library of analog recordings went into storage for about 20 years," explained Rick Fields, guitarist and one of three vocalists for the group.  "Several things have developed in recent years that have made a digital re-issue worth considering.  The occurrence that made any thoughts of a digital release feasible was the donation of the complete PRODIGAL tape library by the former owner of Heartland Records to (vocalist, keyboardist) Loyd Boldman, one of the original members of PRODIGAL."

Perhaps to the band's surprise, interest in the band and these albums continued to grow through online communities.  "A major influence on our discussions about whether or not to restore the tapes was the blossoming of the social media community," Fields said.  "We became aware, through all the different forms of social connectivity on the Internet, that there were still fans out there that had worn out their vinyl and cassettes and would be willing to 're-up' for a digital version of their favorite PRODIGAL album."

But one major roadblock remained.  "We just couldn't afford to take on the initial costs of tape restoration and re-mastering," said Fields.  However, in early January of 2014, an unnamed benefactor approached the group as 'just a fan who wants to make sure that the PRODIGAL catalog survives and helped make the financing of the project a reality. "It was a kickstart that we couldn't ignore," said Fields.

So what began roughly 32 years ago finally arrives as a pristine, limited release 3-CD set collecting Prodigal (1982), Electric Eye (1984), and Just Like Real Life (1985); a reintroduction to the music of Loyd Boldman, Rick Fields, Mike Wilson, and Dave Workman, and a chance for a new audience to see what they missed.

PRODIGAL was formed in the early 1980s, and subsequently released three records - the self-titled debut, Electric Eye, and Just Like Real Life.  From their home base in Cincinnati, Ohio, the group introduced a level of high-production standards that had not yet been heard in the "Contemporary Christian Music" scene.  The band consists of Loyd Boldman, keyboards and vocals; Rick Fields, guitars and vocals; Mike Wilson, bass guitar; and Dave Workman, drums, guitar and vocals.

PRODIGAL is currently accepting pre-orders for the set, which is scheduled to be released on June 1, 2014: http://prodigalnow.com/store

PRODIGAL samples: http://prodigalnow.com/music

PRODIGAL online: http://prodigalnow.com/home & www.facebook.com/pages/Prodigal

Signum Regis promo pic

SIGNUM REGIS announce new vocalist:
Press Release / The melodic metal band SIGNUM REGIS are proud to announce their new vocalist, Mayo Petranin.

Commented SIGNUM REGIS bassist Ronnie König: "Mayo Petranin has been with us as a guest singer since the last autumn.  We played several gigs together, did a lot of rehearsing and spent a quite a bit of time together.  During those months, we were able to tune in to the same vibe musically and we got to know each other and became friends.  Being so happy with Mayo's work and his interpretation of our songs, we are now naturally moving forward to the next step: Mayo is now officially the singer and front man of SIGNUM REGIS."

SIGNUM REGIS line-up 2014:

Mayo Petranin - Lead Vocals
Filip Koluš - Guitars
Ronnie König - Bass
Ján Tupý – Keyboards & Backing Vocals
Jaro Jancula - Drums

Up-coming SIGNUM REGIS shows:

May 2nd: Blast of Eternity Club Show (with SLEEPING ROMANCE) - Neckarsulm, Germany
May 3rd: Rock for Eternity - Amersfoort, Netherlands

The latest SIGNUM REGIS album, Exodus, was released late 2013 through Ulterium Records.  The album features guest vocals from Michael Vescera (ex. Yngwie Malmsteen, LOUDNESS), Matt Smith (THEOCRACY), Lance King (ex. BALANCE OF POWER), Göran Edman (ex. Yngwie Malmsteen) and more.

SIGNUM REGIS is currently working on new material and will hit the studio later this year to record the follow-up to Exodus.

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

NEWS BRIEFS

* GX PROJECT completed work on its new album, Sinner, and is currently accepting pre-orders at: www.x-sinner.org/gx_presales.html

Look for Sinner to ship later this month.  GX PROJECT is also considering a limited edition vinyl release.

According to vocalist Rex Scott: “This is the most true rock n roll album I've ever done.  It's rock n roll from beginning to end and I love it.  I've done metal, hard rock and pop rock but this is real rock n roll.”

* HB has announced its new lead vocalist- none other than original vocalist Johanna Aaltonen!

* “The Cross Will Always Prevail”, the title track to the soon to be released debut album from classic  heavy metal band TRUE STRENGTH, is available for streaming at: www.indiecharts.com/Profile.php?butname=899754392#bioarea

The group is planning a digital release of the album in May of this year.

TRUE STRENGTH also recently announced its new lead vocalist, Rus Gib.  The band describes Gib as “(bringing) a powerful, experienced soulful heavy metal voice comparable to singers like Rob Rock, Russell Allen from SYMPHONY X, and Geoff Tate from QUEENSRYCHE.”

You can contact TRUE STRENGTH at its Facebook page: www.facebook.com/pages/True-Strength

 

Update: April 27, 2014

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

New video and single from PŸLON, “Saligia”:
Press Release / Swiss doom metallers PŸLON are very excited to announce the debut single and video from their forthcoming album entitled Homo Homini Lupus coming out this summer on US Label Roxx Records.

The debut track is entitled “Saligia” and is the first to showcase the vocal talents of Jordan Cutajar (NOMAD SON) who is currently fronting the band for this effort.  Matt Brand will continue to handle all guitars along with the talents of Oliver Schneider.  Rounding out this highly anticipated release will be Reto Hardmeier on bass and Beni Mayer on drums.

Homo Homini Lupus will contain six original compositions, including a track, "Al HaHar", with a verse in Modern Hebrew.  Another is a re-imagining of a classic metal tune from SLAYER entitled “South of Heaven”, which will also feature a very special guest appearance from Tim Gaines of STRYPER playing bass.

PŸLON's fifth album, The Harrowing Of Hell, was released in 2012 on vinyl and in 2013 on CD as a collaborative effort between Roxx Records and Quam Libet Records.  The effort contained six original compositions, including "Returnal Etern" and "Psalm 139b" as well as a re-imagining of BLACK SABBATH's "Paranoid".

Pre-order package is now available and the first 100 pre-orders will come with an exclusive lithograph hand signed by all of the members of PŸLON.  Pre-order: http://roxxproductions.storenvy.com/products/5931526-pylon-homo-homini-lupus-2014

Homo Homini Lupus track listing:

1. “Crowned”
2. “Al-Hahar”
3. “Saligia”
4. “Ils se donnent du mal”
5. “Crucifer”
6. “The Curse Of Eden”
7. “South Of Heaven” (Originally recorded by SLAYER)

PŸLON online: www.pylon-doom.net/en/news/index.asp & www.facebook.com/pylondoom

Razorigami - Truths From Beyond The Machine

RAZORIGAMI at work on sophomore album, Truths From Beyond The Machine:
Press Release / Multidimensional vocalist Luke Richard Weber will release the second album of his RAZORIGAMI project, Truths From Beyond The Machine, late spring or early summer this year via Tate Music Group.

Commented the artist: ”I've never claimed to be original, and there is nothing new here.  I've simply added my lyrics (largely dependent on God's word) and voice (which God gave me) to some classic hard rock and metal sounds.  I hope you enjoy it for what it is.  Truths From Beyond The Machine is mainly aimed at being a simple album you can put on while you're driving, painting the walls, whatever!  Coming soon from TMG.”

Angelic Warlord described (75% review) the spring of 2013 RAZORIGAMI full length debut Weathering The Winter Of The Soul as “(having) the appearance of an eighties metal and hard rock album” while also able to “touch upon classic metal, the power/progressive side of things and even some modern aspects.”  Vocally, the artist is “one of the up and coming talents in the metal and hard rock world” as a result of his” high octane and multifarious vocal abilities.” 

Samples to Truths From Beyond The Machine: https://soundcloud.com/razorigami/truths-from-beyond-this-machine/s-saqC2

Truths From Beyond The Machine track listing:

1. “Perspective”
2. “The Engines Of Faith”
3. “Thorns”
4. “Ballad Of A Broken Man”
5. “Walk Big”
6. “Saints Alive”
7. “The Girl Inside”
8. “Hound Of Heaven”
9. “Carpenter And Coming King’
10. “The Star Of David”

RAZORIGAMI online: www.razorigamimusic.com & www.facebook.com/razorigamimusic

NEWS BRIEFS

* New album update from Mike Florio (Facebook - March 27, 2014): “More vocal tracking at 9 AM today... finishing up 2 songs and then it will be time to start mixing... this new album is sounding great - as long as I don't blow it in the mix!... Anybody who has Arisen should surely like this one... Expect more updates as we go through the Spring... (Yes, I work SLOOOOWLY).”

Arisen is the artists independently released full-length debut from 2006.

* NEON CROSS, “Wanted Man” from NC2000 Demo: www.reverbnation.com/neoncross/song/20457334-neon-cross-wanted-man-nc2000

* SARDIS has made available its upcoming album, Escape, for streaming: www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWPORriPwnE
 
Please be sure to support the groups Kickstarter project at: www.kickspy.com/projects/1371751157/sardis-full-length-album-escape

* John Schlitt, “Hold Your Head Up” with John Elefante, John Lawry, & Jay Sekulow (ARGENT cover): www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qFp2W6Om2o

“Hold Your Head Up” was released as a single in 1972, hitting the Top 5 in both the US and UK, and peaking at #5 in both countries.

* Symphonic metal band SLEEPING ROMANCE released a video for the track "The Promise Inside" online.  The track comes off their debut album Enlighten, which was released on November 1st in Europe and December 3rd in North America through Ulterium Records.  Check out the video here: http://youtu.be/BzyH2bNenPQ

* Promotional video for new VENI DOMINE album, Light: www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqkxbFTNbbg

Light is scheduled to be released by Massacre Records on May 23, 2014.

 

Update: April 20, 2014

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

Michael Sweet interview with KNLW 98.9 FM:
Courtesy of www.blabbermouth.net:

On April 8, Michael Sweet of Christian hard rockers STRYPER was interviewed on the KNLW 98.9 FM radio station.

Michael Sweet has released a new single, "I'm Not Your Suicide", from his upcoming solo album of the same.  Sweet has partnered up with Childhelp for the release of the track.  Michael Sweet and Big3 Records are donating a portion of the proceeds from the sale of "I'm Not Your Suicide" to Childhelp. The single is available via iTunes.  The video for "I'm Not Your Suicide" can be seen below.

Michael Sweet felt compelled to partner with Childhelp after learning that almost half of all children who have been abused consider suicide.  His intention was for the heartfelt lyrics to connect with these kids and hopefully offer some peace to those in need.  Bringing added attention to the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline, which offers an immediate 24/7 professional crisis counselor on call, and championing the Childhelp Speak Up Be Safe in schools, Michael Sweet is sharing a message of crisis intervention and prevention education.  "I'm Not Your Suicide" is a song with a message of hope, and through the partnership with Childhelp, illustrates to children a positive alternative through the track's lyrics.

Sweet's I'm Not Your Suicide album, and his first autobiography, Honestly: My Life And Stryper Revealed, will be released on May 6 via BIG3 Records.

I'm Not Your Suicide is available for pre-sale at www.michaelsweet.com.  Fans who pre-order the full album will be able to instantly download the song "Taking On The World Tonight" (featuring TNT singer Tony Harnell) and be registered to win a guitar used in the recording of the album.

The future remains bright for Sweet, 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, all the while making frequent trips to Nashville where he is writing with some of the biggest music writers in the business.

"After 30 years in this business, I feel honored and blessed to be able to continue doing what it is I love, making music," said Sweet.

"I'm extremely thankful to have the greatest fans in the world.

"God has blessed me with this talent and I plan to continue on this path as long as I can draw breath."

Michael Sweet - I'm Not Your Suicide

Sweet's autobiography, Honestly: My Life And Stryper Revealed, chronicles an amazing 30-year career and includes endorsements from Eddie Trunk, Dave Mustaine, Larry The Cable Guy, Jeordie White and Chris Jericho. Among the topics covered are:

* How Michael Sweet formed the first Christian rock band to hit #1 on MTV, paving the way for an entire genre of music.

* First-hand stories of the Sunset Strip, with never-before-told stories that include friends and musical peers such as POISON, MÖTLEY CRÜE, RATT, WHITESNAKE, METALLICA and more.

* How Jimmy Swaggart and Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker played a role in Michael's life.

* The temptations and ultimate low-points of a notable Christian rock star.

* Never-before-revealed stories of life behind the scenes in STRYPER.

* Why so many people have declared Michael Sweet a significant influence on their lives; from Larry The Cable Guy to professional wrestler Chris Jericho to Haitian musician and politician Wyclef Jean and more.

* Losing his wife to cancer and re-marrying shortly thereafter.

* An honest look at Sweet's often tumultuous family relationships.

* The unlikely relationship between Sweet and national radio personality Don Imus.

* What led to the decline and fall of STRYPER in 1992, and subsequent reunion and rebirth in 2001.

With the upcoming and long-overdue solo album, Sweet is finally delivering the project fans have been patiently waiting for. Produced by Sweet himself, "I'm Not Your Suicide" includes special appearances by Tony Harnell (TNT), Kevin Max (DCTALK, AUDIO ADRENALINE), Chris Jericho (FOZZY), Doug Aldrich (WHITESNAKE), Electra Mustaine (daughter of MEGADETH frontman Dave Mustaine) and STRYPER band mates Robert Sweet and Timothy Gaines.  Legendary drummer Kenny Aronoff (CHICKENFOOT) played on the record as well.

I'm Not Your Suicide track listing:

1. “Taking On The World Tonight” (featuring Tony Harnell)
2. “All That's Left (For Me To Prove)”
3. “The Cause”
4. “This Time” (featuring Kevin Max)
5. “I'm Not Your Suicide” (co-written with Blair Daly)
6. “Coming Home”
7. “Miles Away”
8. “Strong”
9. “How To Live” (featuring Robert Sweet and Timothy Gaines)
10. “Heart Of Gold”
11. “Anybody Else” (featuring Chris Jericho and Doug Aldrich)
12. “Unsuspecting”
13. “Heart Of Gold” (bonus track featuring Electra Mustaine)

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

NEWS BRIEFS

* New THEOCRACY demo from Matt Smith: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksh1nrWTJ4M

Further commentary from the artist: “Thought some of you might enjoy hearing a hint of some of the new material I'm working on. I'm (obviously) not a great keyboard player--it's just a composing tool for me, and this is an early demo so these ideas will probably evolve quite a bit as they usually do.  But I know it's been quiet on this front lately, so here's a little something. I hope you enjoy”

* “In Memoriam”, opening track off upcoming VENI DOMINE album Light: www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNdMnjn4wA4

Light is scheduled for release on May 23, 2014.  The album was produced and mixed in Stockholm by Torbjörn Weinesjö at the Room Of Doom and mastered by Erik Marthinsen at the Skyline Studio.

 

Update: April 13, 2014

FEATURED REVIEWS

LETTER 7 - Trust
Peel back the skin of Trust, the February of 2014 third full-length album from Phoenix, Arizona based Letter 7, and you’ll reveal bones of a similar quality to that of its predecessors, Salt Of The Earth (2007) and Follow The Light (2008).  Read Full Review >>

Kerry Livgren - Seeds Of Change (Rock Candy re-issue)
The fourth re-release occurred in January of 2014 on Rock Candy Records.  This is where things get problematic in that Rock Candy has not re-issued the original version of Seeds Of Change but rather Decade Volume 1 instead.  Read Full Review >>

NOMAD SON - The Darkening
On The Darkening, Nomad Son continues to stress a classic brand of Hammond organ-driven traditional doom metal.  The album, accordingly, evokes its share of emotion.  Read Full Review >>

SACREDFICE - Sacredfice
I like to think of Sacredfice as a “crossover metal thrash band”, which translates into a cross between traditional and straightforward heavy metal and old school thrash.  Read Full Review >>

SUNROAD - Carved In Time
On Carved In Time, the summer of 2013 fifth full-length album from Goiania, Brazil’s Sunroad, every upside comes with a corresponding downside.  Read Full Review >>

TAKER - It Is Finished: The Complete Anthology
Whenever fish stories are the topic at hand, discussion inevitably turns towards the ‘one that got way’.  This hits particularly close to home with the music industry, which without exception has experienced its share of potential catches ‘slip from its grasp’- and by that I am referring to bands worthy of a label deal that are never signed and release a full-length album.  Read Full Review >>

TRANSATLANTIC - Kaleidoscope
All this is the accomplished handiwork of Transatlantic, a progressive rock ‘supergroup’ consisting of American vocalist/keyboardist Neal Morse (formerly of Spock’s Beard) and drummer Mike Portnoy (formerly of Dream Theater), Swedish guitarist Roine Stolt (Flower Kings) and English bassist Pete Trewavas (Marillion).  Read Full Review >>

VISUAL CLIFF - Between Two Kingdoms
Between Two Kingdoms picks up where Out Of The Archives leaves off in taking a similar musical approach - breaking down evenly between heavier rocking songs and those reflecting a lighter touch - but made up of new material instead.  Read Full Review >>

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

Sardis - Escape

SARDIS announces debut album, Escape:
Press Release / Joplin, Missouri based traditional metal act SARDIS has completed work on its full-length debut album, Escape.  The group is currently raising funds via Kickster in order to independently releasing the project later this spring or summer.

Speaking to Angelic Warlord, SARDIS guitarist Kevin Hasselquist provides additional detail: “As for the release date, that depends greatly on whether or not our Kickstarter (project) gets funded. If it does, the release date could be as early as May. If not, it will probably take a few more months”.

Hasselquist also comments regarding the group’s musical background: “Sardis has a very wide palette of influences, but in order to make as concise a list as possible the artists whose work most directly influenced Escape include Ozzy (especially the first 2 albums), Barnabas, and Sacred Warrior.  Many of these songs were written at a time in my life when I was listening to at least one of these bands per day, every day, and I was consciously pursuing a Diary Of A Madman feel and sound.  I am also sure that Petra's More Power to Ya and Leviticus' I Shall Conquer (also) left their mark on the album”.

He offers further insight into the lyrical direction to Escape: “Escape is a concept/story album about someone who is very opposed to the idea of God but ultimately finds purpose and meaning in him.  Each song is sort of a snapshot into his mental processes done in flashback style (the first track "Memories" happens at the end of the story but sets up the flashback).

“That said, we're not a very preachy band, but I'm of the opinion that evangelism best begins person to person rather than album to person.  So my hope is that the album might cause people to start asking questions and stir their hearts toward God.  And for the Christians whose story is similar I hope that it encourages them to remember how far they've come”.

You can contribute to the SARDIS Kickstarter project at: www.kickstarter.com/projects/1371751157/sardis-full-length-album-escape

Escape track listing

1. “Memories”
2. “Night Calls”
3. “High Times”
4. Miracles And Myths”
5. “Escape”
6. “Empty Mirror”
7. “Searching For Answers”
8. “Turbulence Of The Mind”
9. “Resuscitation”

SARDIS line-up:

Sean Roycraft – Lead Vocals
Kevin Hasselquist – Guitar & Piano
Mark Robertson - Bass
Jason St.Clair - Drums

SARDIS online: www.facebook.com/Sardisband & www.reverbnation.com/SardisBand

NEWS BRIEFS

* ABSOLON, the power metal act from Orlando, Florida featuring vocalist Ken Pike (MALACHIA), started work on its next album entitled At The Abyss.  According to the group, At The Abyss will rely less on keyboards and be more guitar driven metal (in comparison to its 2013 debut Darkness Rising).  Look for ABSOLON to start pre-production in the near future.

* AFFECTOR, “New Jerusalem” guitar play by Daniel Fries: www.youtube.com/watch?v=bS-9ahhkHc4

“New Jerusalem” is off the 2012 AFFECTOR full-length debut Harmagedon.

* ”Don’t Let The Sun Go Down”, bluesy hard rock featuring vocalist Christine Steel (ARSENAL) and guitarist Kevin Pike: www.youtube.com/watch?v=h69QaLhkZWw

Kevin Pike has also recorded three instrumental shred guitar tracks: “French Drop” - www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qn2HvXKda-U, “Pikes Peak” - www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJ2eYVcf-Fw & “Captain Courageous” - www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkNPB30MArA

* BIOGENESIS has begun recording its third album, tentatively entitled Devolved.  According to vocalist CHAZ BOND, “(this) will be the first record with new guitarist Darin Moore and keyboardist Evan English.  The sound will remain ‘Bio’ but will also have a fresh side to it due to both the maturity in our song writing and the influence of our new members.  We have been quiet internationally but we’ve been playing around our home state like the old days and the crowds have returned!  WE also played 2 shows in Puerto Rico in January of 14.

“What you can expect is an improved production over our last album The Rise The Fall the Rebirth.  We are working with a new producer who is giving us a great combination of quality and affordable.  Our hope is for this to be our best album.  Unlike The Rise… from 2012, this album is full of all newly written material along with a cover of “Hell Is For Children” by Pat Benatar.  Session 2 begins next week as things are moving along nicely”.

* EMPIRE 21 is close to completing work on its full-length debut album, untitled at the time of this writing.  Tobbe Lindell mixed the album, while Thomas "Plec" Johansson handled mastering duties.  The band commented further at its Facebook page (April 5, 2014):

“Today we want to thank Thomas Plec Johansson at The Panic Room mastering studio for putting his soul into mastering the EMPIRE 21 debut album.  He used his very well trained ears not only to create a blasting final result but to carefully and patiently listen to our wishes.

“He let us hear all possible approaches to the mix before making any final decisions, so we're confident that we have the beefiest sounding album we could ever dream of.  So THANK you Thomas for this and again thanks to Tobias Lindell who did an equally amazing job mixing this album, making it nothing but awesome! You guys rock and we sincerely appreciate you!”

* Kerry Livgren remains at work on the re-recording and re-mixing of the 2004 PROTO-KAW full-length debut Before Became After.

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