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UPCOMING REVIEWS

• ARMAGEDDON - Up In Flames
• KINETIC ELEMENT - Travelog
• MESSENGER - Perfect Storm
• MILLENNIAL REIGN - Carry The Fire

LATEST UPDATES

• ARTICLES - July 5, 2015
• FEATURED REVIEWS – August 30, 2015
• INTERVIEWS - May 25, 2015
• METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS - August 30, 2015
• RELEASE DATES - August 30, 2015

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Update: August 30, 2015

FEATURED REVIEWS

ANCIENT PROPHECY - Pounded By Our Sins - NEW
Melodic thrash.  Is there a bigger misnomer than that?  Read Full Review >>

 

GX PROJECT - Raze Some Hell
Hence, how Raze Some Hell finds the group continuing to reside at the junction of straightforward hard rock, high-energy melodic metal and the bluesy aesthetic.  Imagine ample doses of barbed muscle and swagger fused with good old-fashioned streetwise, heart, guts and soul.  Read Full Review >>

HB - Pääkallonpaikka
One way to consider Pääkallonpaikka, the summer of 2010 fifth full-length album from Forssa, Finland based HB, is a heavier, darker and more impassioned version of the group.  Read Full Review >>

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

MILLENNIAL REIGN Signs With Ulterium Records:
Press Release / Ulterium Records are proud to announce the signing of US heavy metal band MILLENNIAL REIGN. The group’s new album Carry The Fire will be released on October 30th in Europe and North America on CD, LP and as a digital download.  The vinyl edition of Carry The Fire is strictly limited to 300 copies worldwide.

Formed as a solo project of ASKA bassist Dave Harvey, MILLENNIAL REIGN independently released its self-titled debut album in 2012.  After rounding out its line up with new members, the decision was made to turn MILLENNIAL REIGN into a full band as opposed to a recording project. 

Carry The Fire was mixed and mastered at Nomad Studio (KING DIAMOND, SOLITITUDE AETERNUS, ABSU), while artwork was created by Felipe Machado Franco (BLIND GUARDIAN, ICED EARTH, THEOCRACY).

Fans of IRON MAIDEN, QUEENSRYCHE, JUDAS PRIEST and CRIMSON GLORY will not be disappointed in Carry The Fire, an album that should be in the collection of any fan of melodic or traditional heavy/power metal.

Carry The Fire track listing:

1. “Forever Changed”
2. “Way Up High”
3. “Millennial Reign”
4. “Men Stand Alone”
5. “Save Me”
6. “This Day”
7. “Will You”
8. “Innocent Cry”
9. “Not On My Own’
10. “I'll Try”

MILLENNIAL REIGN line up:
James Guest - Vocals
Dave Harvey - Guitars
Jason Donnelly - Guitars
Daniel Almagro - Bass
Wayne Stokely – Drums

Upcoming MILLENNIAL REIGN shows:

September 30th: The Rail - Ft Worth, TX
October 16th: Wits End - Dallas, TX
November 21st: Acadia - Houston, TX
December 19th: TC's Midtown - Conway, AR

Millennial Reign - Carry The Fire

Carry The Fire (CD/LP) can be pre-ordered at the Ulterium Records Store: www.ulteriumstore.bigcartel.com

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

Millennial Reign online: www.millennialreign.com & www.facebook.com/millennialreign

TERAMAZE announce new album, Her Halo:
Courtesy of www.bravewords.com:

Melbourne, Australia’s progressive metal ensemble, TERAMAZE, has signed to Music Theories Recordings, which is a part of the Mascot Label Group. The band’s first release for the label, Her Halo, will hit stores on October 30.

TERAMAZE was originally formed during lead guitarist/producer Dean Well’s teenage years. The band put out a couple albums in the early years, but it wasn’t until the release of Anhedonia in 2012 that Wells felt the modern version of TERAMAZE actually began. That third album was met with critical acclaim, as was the follow up of 2014’s Esoteric Symbolism, which saw the quartet making a bolder statement and taking no prisoners to flex their musical muscle even further. Now with new vocalist Nathan Peachey and a new record deal with Mascot Label Group, TERAMAZE have arrived with their cinematic Her Halo. These new beginnings not only brings about more potential, but promise as well.

A press release states: “Wells will tell you himself that the TERAMAZE sound is assembled within the framework of the songwriting. Regardless of that focus, there is certainly a lot more than simply a faint slither of technicality due to the intricate musical bravado brushing up against the melodies, tunefully brandishing a smoothly executed sound scape while retaining the sheer loudness minus the belligerent anxiety. No wasting time trying to figure out where a solo should be, what type of insane time signature can be put in, and so on. The music shines, not blinds. Even with that melodic sensibility in tow, these guys don't limit themselves to the confines of what stereotypical prog-metal is, as their catchy sonatas emphasize both the precision minded musicianship and melodies with divine harmonious vigor.”

"It was very much a conscious decision to focus on the songs," elaborates Wells, "Our music is all about the song as a whole. If a melody only needs a slow guitar solo with only three notes, then so be it. There's no need to add anything else that might take away from the track itself. If we focus on the songwriting, we can appeal to musicians or anybody who loves good music." 

The first single off Her Halo will be “Out Of Subconscious” which features fierce tempos, poignant touches of darkness, soaring axe attack, angelic harmonies, and a hauntingly dramatic music video.

Her Halo track listing:

1. “An Ordinary Dream”
2. “To Love A Tyrant”
3. “Her Halo”
4. “Out Of Subconscious”
5. “For The Innocent”
6. “Trapeze”
7. “Broken”
8. “Delusions Of Grandeur”

Teramaze - Her Halo

Her Halo can be pre-ordered at the Mascot Label Group store: http://usa.mascotlabelgroup.com/teramaze

Mascot Label Group online: http://usa.mascotlabelgroup.com & www.facebook.com/mascotlabelgroup

TERAMAZE online: http://teramaze.com.au & www.facebook.com/teramaze

NEWS BRIEFS

* Roxx Records RECON & ULTIMATUM vinyl re-issue update: “Both releases are at the pressing plant! Pre Orders coming very soon as we get closer, but they wont be done for months!

RECON - Behind Enemy Lines (25th Anniversary): 300 piece pressing, 100 on Limited Orange Vinyl and 200 on Black Vinyl.

ULTIMATUM - Into The Pit (Roxx Underground Series #2): This will be a limited pressing of 150 copies only on clear blood splatter vinyl”

Expect the CD version to Behind Enemy Lines to be released at around the same time and to include bonus material in form of the original four song RECON demo and the two tracks, “Light The Fire” and “Dreams”, from the California Metal II compilation.  Several new songs are in the works as well.

* Vocalist Dale Thompson (BRIDE) has joined forces with Alan Zaring to form a new band called THE WORLD WILL BURN.  Details regarding any potential recording project to feature the two are forthcoming.

 

Update: August 23, 2015

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

THE FINITE BEINGS Are “Spirit Driven” With New Single:
Press Release / Two piece Christian Hard Rock band THE FINITE BEINGS have released a new track "Spirit Driven", which is available as a free download on their website at www.thefinitebeings.com.  The song takes a direction similar to classic hard rock bands from the 70's like BLACK SABBATH and THIN LIZZY but combined with a Christian message.

The song comes out following the 2014 release of TFB's second full length release A Life To Come, an album that blends classic with contemporary. While headbangers can appreciate the heaviness in certain tracks, others will lean towards the more psychedelic sounds reminding people of PINK FLOYD. TFB consists of Donny DePaola (vocals, guitar, bass, piano) and Mike Nicholas (vocals, drums). Both members handle the compositions of the tracks while Nicholas is the primary lyricist for the band.

When asked about the recording and songwriting process for "Spirit Driven", Nicholas states that "Donny had a riff he had been wanted to use and kept telling me it had a major Black Sabbath vibe to it. He wanted to do a track with that kind of feel being that he is a major classic rock guy. And I loved it. From there we just built around it."

While discussing the lyrics to the track, Nicholas explains "I wanted to share my story about my life before coming to faith and how I was living in darkness.  I was a sight for sore eyes. In my mind the light wouldn't shine. Erased my horizons. I lay desolate on this beach of mine.  In the chorus I wanted to sum up that if you had told me that I would believe what I believe with the Bible, I never would have fathomed it. I was so far from God that I felt like a lost cause. Little did I know that He was working through me in the darkness. I conclude the song talking to my Creator by simply saying. "Forgive me I knew nothing. Guide me Home. Forgive me I knew nothing."

For more information about THE FINITE BEINGS visit www.thefinitebeings.com & www.facebook.com/thefinitebeings.  Fans can go to www.cdbaby.com/cd/thefinitebeings3 to purchase or download tracks from A Life To Come.

King's X - Gretchen Goes To Nebraska & Faith Hope Love

KING’S X - Gretchen Goes To Nebraska & Faith Hope Love Re-issues Available:
Progressive masters KING’S X have re-released two of their classic albums. Gretchen Goes To Nebraska and Faith Hope Love are both available now via Metal Blade Records as a double vinyl. Additionally, Faith Hope Love has been repackaged on CD with two bonus live tracks recorded in Cleveland in 1992.

The band's second studio album, 1989's Gretchen Goes To Nebraska, is based loosely on a short story by drummer Jerry Gaskill and is considered a landmark album. The album contains many fan favorites such as the power ballad "Summerland", "Mission", and "The Burning Down". The song "Pleiades" is credited by Ty Tabor as being the genesis of the KING’SX X sound when he presented the demo to the other band members a few years earlier. Significantly, the song "Over My Head" received considerable play on MTV and radio, and ultimately set the band up for broader success on subsequent albums.

In 1990, KING'S X released Faith Hope Love. At the time, it was band's highest charting release and it broke into the Billboard Top 100. Led by the radio hit "It's Love", King's X garnered well deserved success on the U.S. singles chart hitting #6 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, their highest chart position. Faith Hope Love proved to be KING’S X's most commercially successful album, reaching gold status in the U.S.

Gretchen Goes To Nebraska track listing:

1. "Out of the Silent Planet"      
2. "Over My Head"  
3. "Summerland"          
4. "Everybody Knows a Little Bit of Something"             
5. "The Difference (In the Garden of St. Anne's-on-the-Hill)"        
6. "I'll Never Be the Same" (Pinnick, Tabor, Gaskill, Marty Warren)           
7. "Mission"     
8. "Fall on Me"             
9. "Pleiades" (Pinnick, Tabor, Gaskill, Dale Richardson)
10. "Don't Believe It (It's Easier Said Than Done)"          
11. "Send a Message"              
12. "The Burning Down" 

Faith Hope Love track listing:

1. "We Are Finding Who We Are"           
2. "It's Love"    
3. "I'll Never Get Tired of You"  
4. "Fine Art of Friendship"         
5. "Mr. Wilson"             
6. "Moanjam"  
7. "Six Broken Soldiers"           
8."I Can't Help It"          
9. "Talk to You"            
10. "Everywhere I Go"  
11. "We Were Born to Be Loved"           
12. "Faith Hope Love"  
13. "Legal Kill"  

KING’S X online: www.kingsxrocks.com & www.facebook.com/KingsXFanPage

WALES ROAD - “Why Does It Always Rain (On The Sad Days)?” Video Released:
Press Release / “Why Does It Always Rain (On The Sad Days)?””, the official video of Rochester, New York based hard rock act WALES ROAD, can be viewed above.  The song is taken from the group’s most recent full-length album Wounds & Whispers, which it independently released via Spun Records on June 17, 2015.

Although the WALES ROAD lineup has varied down through the years, one thing has remained consistent: Vocalist & guitarist Tommy Wales is a man who is passionate about reflecting his Faith in the midst of a fallen world through his audio art.

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

Current bassist Zane Knight shares the Wounds & Whispers lead guitar work with Tommy Wales.  Wales helped lead Zane’s parents to the Lord over twenty years ago and (in the words of the artist) “Now I have this musical prodigy 21 year old, playing amazing bass in my band, helping me with arrangements on my songs.....and amazing solos and shredding.”  Drummer Al Dinoto rounds out the WALES ROAD roster.

Angelic Warlord describes WALES ROAD (from the 75% review of the groups 2011 release Beyond The Shadow Of A Doubt as “(taking) a foundation of straightforward hard rock and (aligning) it with heavy doses of blues based and melodic hard rock.  Throw in the occasional traditional blues and progressive aspect and the upshot is a band in which a lot is going on musically and that is difficult to pigeonhole as a result.”

Wounds & Whispers track listing:

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

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

W.A.S.P. Premier New Song, “Last Runaway”:
Courtesy of www.blabbermouth.net:

W.A.S.P.'s fifteenth studio album, titled Golgotha, will be released on October 2 via Austria's Napalm Records.  The Golgotha song "Last Runaway" can now be streamed (above) via YouTube.

"Forty years ago I came to Hollywood as a teenager," W.A.S.P. frontman Blackie Lawless told Ultimate Classic Rock. "Terrified and scared out of my mind, I had no idea what waited there for me. The song “Last Runaway” is an intensely personal account of what happened to me, not only then but over the years and the success that followed after. Be it a kid looking for success in the music business or any life-challenging endeavor that someone would 'run away' from in life, I'm certain that everyone can relate to this story one way or another. It's another kid 'chasing the dream' and trying to survive it in the process. We've all been there."

Golgotha track listing:

1. “Scream”
2. “Last Runaway”
3. “Shotgun”
4. “Miss You”
5. “Fallen Under”
6. “Slaves Of The New World Order”
7. “Eyes Of My Maker”
8. “Hero Of The World”
9. “Golgotha”

Commented Lawless: "One of the first tracks we recorded was “Miss You”. It's interesting because, ironically, it was the first song ever written for (1992's) The Crimson Idol (album). There were three songs that were originally supposed to be on the 'Idol' (CD) but never made it and “Miss You” was one of them. When you see the lyrics, you'll understand that Jonathan is clearly talking to his brother Michael, as he kneels at his graveside."

At the 2014 edition of the Sweden Rock Festival in Sölvesborg, Sweden, Lawless stated about the lyrical inspiration for the upcoming CD: "'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)."

Drummer Mike Dupke recently left W.A.S.P. after a nine-year stint with the band. He has since been replaced on the road by YNGWIE MALMSTEEN drummer Patrick Johansson.

Golgotha is available for pre-order from the Napalm Records webstore in North America HERE and Europe HERE.

NEWS BRIEFS

* Latest from HERO regarding new album, Passion: “Recording of the bass tracks for the new album began back in March 2014; after an intense year of adding keyboards, loops, backing vocals, cello, etc, HERO is now ready to start mixing of the album. Mixing will be done with the help of long-time live engineer Simon “Midas Touch” Hinny.”

A sample of a new song off Passion entitled “Broken Hearted” can be streamed at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=T839h_-nKDg

* INNERSIEGE vocalist Jeremy Ray recently recorded a cover of the CRIMSON GLORY track “Painted Skies” (off Transcendence from 1988): www.youtube.com/watch?v=9KAlD21NDn4

A ‘sneak peak’ of a new INNERSIGE song, “Echoes Into Eternity”, off the groups yet to be titled second album can be streamed at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=cy11npmFGAE

* Guitarist/keyboardist Kerry Livgren is almost finished with the re-mixed version to the PROTO-KAW sophomore release The Wait Of Glory.  The artist is also working on new material with vocalist John Elefante for a future un-named project. 

*Video to new instrumental track from BILL MENCHEN, “Concentric”: www.youtube.com/watch?v=XeVLdxKgB7k

The song will appear on the artist’s upcoming album Blue Metal Trance.

* PledgeMusic interview with STAIRWAY: www.pledgemusic.com/blog/stairway-interview

* “Le Rue De Ciel” is a new song from SWEET CRYSTAL: www.reverbnation.com/sweetcrystal
 
* MICHAEL SWEET update (Facebook - August 17, 2015): “Everyone knows (hopefully) that I'm recording a new solo album soon. It will be released on Rat Pak Records in the spring/summer of 2016. I'm also recording another Sweet & Lynch album with George (Lynch) and it will be released late next year and I'm recording a new "Super Group" album with a potential lineup of Joel Hoekstra (guitars), Robbie Crane (bass) and Troy Luccketta (drums)with a potential late early 2017 release!”

 

Update: August 9, 2015

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

Innerwish promo pic

INNERWISH - IN Studio Recording New Album:
Press Release / Greek melodic metal band INNERWISH entered the studio on the 5th of August and began recording their fifth studio album scheduled to be released in early 2016 through Ulterium Records.

Drums are being tracked at Devasoundz Studios (of SEPTIC FLESH fame) in Athens, Greece, with Fotis Benardo (ex- SEPTIC FLESH drummer and current SIXFORNINE vocalist) handling the recordings.

The as-yet-untitled new album is the first with the two newest members of the band, George Eikosipentakis on vocals and Fragiskos Samoilis on drums.

Regarding the musical direction of the new material, the band stated, “This time things worked a bit differently, still maintaining the basic core. New members, fresh ideas were blended to our music characteristics and we believe this is the more diverse album we have ever created. Yet powerful, melodic, heavy, lyrical and full of energy. All the INNERWISH elements are still here, but expanded in a way that came naturally through this long and difficult period, during which we were composing and trying to guarantee the best possible result. In the end though, we are proud with these new songs, the sound of INNERWISH of today and feel confident that you will love them too! Let’s roll the dice again”.

Song set to appear on the album include “Broken”, “Zero Ground”, “Through My Eyes”, “Serenity”, “Roll The Dice” and “The Sins Of The Past”.

INNERWISH’s latest album, No Turning Back, was released in May 2010 via Ulterium Records.

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

INNERWISH online: www.innerwish.gr & www.facebook.com/pages/InnerWish

STRYPER - Fallen Title Track Available For Streaming:
Courtesy of www.blabbermouth.net:

Fallen, the new album from STRYPER, will be released worldwide on Friday, October 16 via Frontiers. The album was tracked at SpiritHouse Recording Studios in Northampton, Massachusetts and will include a cover version of the BLACK SABBATH classic "After Forever".

The Fallen title track can be streamed above. STRYPER guitarist/vocalist Michael Sweet says about the song: "'Fallen' is about Lucifer before he became Satan. It's the story of how he got kicked out of Heaven. He tried to overthrow God and take over. The song talks about how beautiful he was. When he walked, there was music. He was the angel of worship and this incredibly powerful and beautiful being."

Fallen track listing:

1. “Yahweh”
2. “Fallen”
3. “Pride”
4. “Big Screen Lies”
5. “Heaven”
6. “Love Like This”
7. “All Over Again”
8. “After Forever”
9. “Till I Get What I Need”
10. “Let There Be Light”
11. “The Calling”
12. “King Of Kings”

"Yahweh" was co-written by SEVENDUST guitarist Clint Lowery.

The cover artwork for Fallen, which can be seen below, was designed by Stanis Decker, who worked with STRYPER on 2013's No More Hell To Pay. STRYPER frontman Michael Sweet says: "We sent Stanis the concept about Lucifer being cast out of heaven and he sent us this amazing illustration, capturing the original idea perfectly."

Sweet recently stated about the musical direction of Fallen: "It's gonna be… I don't wanna scare any fans away or anything, but it's gonna be the heaviest album we've done. Not in the sense that it's gonna be thrash metal or anything like that. It's definitely got a little bit of a darker vibe to it lyrically and musically. Some of the songs are tuned down — not like the modern Drop B stuff; I'm talking like the E dropped to D, “Unchained” VAN HALEN kind of stuff. And it's just got a heavy sound to it. And I think when people hear it, in a good way, they're gonna go, 'That's STRYPER? What?' I think they're gonna be shocked."

He added: "The album was written and arranged very quickly (9-10 days, actually). This by no means reflects on the quality of the album. It's some of our best material to date and so far those who have heard it have said the very same. Chris Jericho (FOZZY singer and WWE wrestling superstar) texted me and said that 'Yahweh' may be the best song since reuniting.

"There are songs on this album that coincide with sitting down and reading the bible.

"The music is heavy and the lyrics are bold and powerful, some taken right from scriptures.

"Sonically, I think this is our best-sounding album to date! Everything is crystal clear. The highs are crisp and the lows are tight and punchy."

Stryper - Fallen

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

NEWS BRIEFS

* Footage of WITHIN SILENCE drummer Peter Gacik preparing for a show and staying fit at the same time: https://youtu.be/fVdbCfjsXRk

* Frontline Rewind: Episodes 48 & 49 Featuring host Les Carlson interviewing former BLOODGOOD band mate David Zaffiro: www.roxxproductions.com/roxxcast/frontline-rewind-episode-48 & www.roxxproductions.com/roxxcast/frontline-rewind-episode-49

 

Update: August 2, 2015

FEATURED REVIEWS

CARLSEN CROMWELL - The Lucky Side
If you want something a bit different - or at the very least on the laid back and reserved side of things - consider the spring of 2015 debut full length of Carlsen Cromwell, The Lucky SideRead Full Review >>

LEAH - Kings & Queens
On Kings & Queens LEAH continues to coalesce Celtic and World music influences with a symphonic metal basis but also branches out by taking the overall heavier and more progressive heading.  Read Full Review >>

MAESTAH - Maestah
Hailing from Curitiba in the Southern Brazil state of Parana, Maestah is in its relative infancy as far as metal bands are concerned from having formed only a few short years ago.  By no means, however, does this imply the individual Maestah members lack experience; rather, the opposite holds true.  Read Full Review >>

PASTOR BRAD - Lemonade
“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade”, says Bay City, Michigan minister and veteran guitarist ‘Pastor Brad’ Windlan.  Hence, the self-explanatory title to the artists independently released thirteenth full-length album (download only) from the spring of 2015, LemonadeRead Full Review >>

REIGN - Reign
The independently released spring of 2015 self-titled sophomore album of Clarkston, Michigan based Reign draws deeply on past and present.  Read Full Review >>

WALES ROAD - Wounds & Whispers
Wales Road, self-described as ‘blues based metal with Christian frosting’, is the project of founding member Tommy Wales, who in addition to lead vocals contributes acoustic and electric guitars, harmonica and all songwriting duties.  Read Full Review >>

THOBIAS WIKLUND - To Remember The Forgotten
To Remember The Forgotten breaks down evenly (four each) between instrumental cuts and vocal tracks in resting upon a foundation of melodic hard rock with period leanings towards the metal and progressive side of things.  Read Full Review >

WONROWE VISION - 2-Headed Monster
Wonrowe Vision.  As the name suggests, it’s the new side project of Steve Rowe, better known as vocalist, bassist and founding member of the groundbreaking Christian extreme metal band Mortification.  Read Full Review >>

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

W.A.S.P. - Golgotha banner

W.A.S.P. - The Making Of Golgotha, Part 1:
Courtesy of www.bravewords.com:

Almost six years have passed since the world saw a new studio album from W.A.S.P. On October 2nd, the wait ends, as Blackie Lawless and co. will release their new album, and Napalm Records debut, Golgotha.

Installment #1 of The Making Of Golgotha, written by Blackie Lawless, reads as follows:

"The recording of this album began in Spring of 2011. It continued on over the next 4 years with various interruptions, some were planned, some were not.

“After the 2010 World Tour I was scheduled for reconstruction surgery on my right shoulder, which was done in January of 2011. After all the years of sports and touring the thing was an absolute mess. I had the left one operated on after the '89 Headless tour and it too was hanging by a thread at the time. If you’ve never had any kind of reconstruction surgery I strongly recommend that you don’t!! I had a torn rotator cuff, a torn labrum and the shoulder head and joint were cracked and broken in 3 places. I was living on cortisone shots throughout the entire tour to get me through it and deal with the pain. I did the same thing on the '89 tour getting shots once a week to keep going. We were in Switzerland toward the end of the 2010 tour and a doctor came to the dressing room before the show. He gave me 7 shots of cortisone in that shoulder and it had zero effect!! He could hit none of the spots in my shoulder that were inflamed. Honestly, I don’t think that poor man could have hit water if he fell out of a boat!! The last 2 weeks of that tour was a LOT of fun!!

“I guess I should have been thankful because the right one lasted about 20 years longer than the other. The rehab was insane on this one and lasted 3 months but I was able to start writing in about half that time. The first song written was 'Last Runaway'. We went through a number of possible songs early on and then over the next year started to narrow down which ones we would actually record. In the Spring of 2012 we started preparing for the 2012 '30 Years of Thunder' Anniversary tour. We felt it was important to put a lot of attention into that tour because anytime any band can make it that far into a career, it’s something to celebrate!!

“We started work again on the record in early 2013 but had a little problem in May. Specifically May 22nd. I was moving some stuff on the ranch property we have here in California and I got knocked out of the back of my pickup truck into a pile of bricks. When I hit the ground I knew I was in bad shape. I tried to get up but my right leg wouldn’t move. I laid there for 2 or 3 minutes without moving because sometimes if you get hit really hard the body will respond after it’s had a chance to recover the shock of the impact. Then tried to move again and to say it hurt was a gross understatement. I tried to get up but my leg was like rubber, like it had no bone in it. I found out later why. I knew then I was in big trouble. An ambulance was called and when they put me in, it I felt like I had been hit by the truck I was just in. Now the property here is fairly large with many dozens of acres and the roads have no pavement. On the way out the driver told me he had to drive over a cattle grate. For those that don’t know what a cattle grate is, it’s a set of metal rails in the ground with open spaces in them which create holes that keep cows from walking over them. It acts like a fence and they’re used on roads where a fence stops and lets cars go through but cows won’t cross over them for fear they will BREAK THEIR LEGS!!!!!

“Wow, how ironic!!!! I looked up on the inside of the ambulance where I was lying and saw there was a plastic net hanging from the inside of the roof. I asked the paramedic if it would support my weight if I pulled up on it to take the pressure off my leg when the driver drove over the grate. He said it would, so just before the driver went over the grate I reached up and tried to pull myself up. He was only going about 5 miles an hour and I’ve never screamed from pain before in my life but when he hit that grate I screamed louder than I’ve every screamed before in my life!!!! I pulled myself up to take the pressure off the leg but the leg was totally dead and wouldn’t move, so pulling myself up had no effect and I felt every rail a hundred times over. Pain…..I’ve broken about 10 bones in my body over the years doing one crazy thing or another, take all of them and put them together and it STILL would not equal that pain!! It was unlike anything I ever experienced before. I got to the hospital and when the x-rays came back I then understood why the pain was what it was. My right femur was broken and completely detached from just under my hip. The femur itself was split length wise, from just below the hip all the way down to the knee. The surgery lasted 6 hours and when it was over I was then the proud owner of an 18 inch titanium rod that will now be with me for the duration!! I’m big fun in Airport security now!!!"

Blackie Lawless on Golgotha: "There are times in any band's career that somehow all things mesh together. Their experiences, influences, and personal timing bring them into a common space. This has happened with this record. Four years in the making has provided direction, but even greater reflection. Golgotha, where Christ was crucified - Hebrew for "the Place of the Skull"."

Golgotha is available for pre-order from the Napalm Records webstore in North America HERE and Europe HERE.

W.A.S.P. - Golgotha

Golgotha track listing:

1. “Scream”
2. “Last Runaway”
3. “Shotgun”
4. “Miss You”
5. “Fallen Under”
6. “Slaves Of The New World Order”
7. “Eyes Of My Maker”
8. “Hero Of The World”
9. “Golgotha”

Golgotha will continue down the path that 2007's Dominator and 2009's Babylon started on, both in production style and theme. Years in the making, Golgotha will undoubtedly lead the listeners on the emotionally epic undertaking that W.A.S.P. has become acclaimed for.

NEWS BRIEFS

* JACOBS DREAM update regarding new album, Where Vultures Gather (Facebook - July 12, 2015): “So with the exception of a few minor tweaks, the album is pretty much done. We have to mix and master, do some photos and artwork yet, but it's all coming together!”

* SHINING FORCE, By The Blood early mix review: http://brettstewart.net/independent-spotlight/14158727/shiningforce

Un-mastered versions of two tracks off By The Blood, “By The Blood” & “Demon Fighter”, are available for streaming at:
www.reverbnation.com/shiningforce

* Guitarist Greg Bishop departs X-SINNER (Facebook - July 26, 2015): “Greg Bishop, founding member and lead guitarist of X-Sinner, is retiring from the band and the music scene. Greg will be selling off some of his guitar gear as well at some later date.  The band has not made any decision as to continuing on with a live replacement or not as vocalist Rex Scott is also very busy now days with his GX Project band. X-Sinner has two new songs tracked to be released this year digitally only.”

* X-TERRA has re-issued its second album, Experience The Power from 1992, via CD Baby: www.cdbaby.com/cd/xterra7

In order to celebrate its 30th anniversary, the group is in the process of re-releasing some of its older material.

 

Update: July 19, 2015

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

THEOCRACY - Drummer For New Album Announced:
Press Release / Athens, Georgia-based melodic metal band THEOCRACY is happy to announce that original drummer Shawn Benson will record the drums on their highly anticipated fourth album. Benson played drums on 2011's As the World Bleeds and 2008's Mirror of Souls, as well as the 2013 re-release of THEOCRACYS's self-titled debut album.

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

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

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

Ulterium Records online: www.ulterium-records.com

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

W.A.S.P. - Golgotha

W.A.S.P. - Golgotha Details Revealed:
Courtesy of www.blabbermouth.net:

W.A.S.P.'s fifteenth studio album, titled Golgotha, will be released on October 2 via Austria's Napalm Records. The cover artwork for the CD can be seen above.

Commented W.A.S.P. mainman Blackie Lawless: "There are times in any band's career that somehow all things mesh together. Their experiences, influences, and personal timing bring them into a common space. This has happened with this record. Four years in the making has provided direction, but even greater reflection."

At the 2014 edition of the Sweden Rock Festival in Sölvesborg, Sweden, Lawless stated about the lyrical inspiration for the upcoming CD: "'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 (in 2013), 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, it has definite overtones of the last two records."

Golgotha track listing:

1. “Scream”
2. “Last Runaway”
3. “Shotgun”
4. “Miss You”
5. “Fallen Under”
6. “Slaves Of The New World Order”
7. “Eyes Of My Maker”
8. “Hero Of The World”
9. “Golgotha”

Drummer Mike Dupke recently left W.A.S.P. after a nine-year stint with the band. A replacement drummer has not yet been announced.

Neal Morse - Morsefest 2014 Testimony & One

NEAL MORSE announces new live album, Morsefest 2014 Testimony & One Live:
Press Release / Progressive rock icon Neal Morse, (also of FLYING COLOURS and TRANSATLANTIC and ex-SPOCK’S BEARD) is pleased to announce his new live album, Morsefest 2014 Testimony And One Live

Scheduled for release on Friday, August 21, the album will be available as a 2-Blu-Ray or Special Edition 2DVD/4CD set.  Pre-orders start Tuesday July 21 at: www.radiantrecords.com/products/580-neal-morse-morsefest-2014-testimony-one-live.aspx

The album was recorded live in Nashville on November 14 and 15, 2014. Long-time collaborators drummer Mike Portnoy and bassist Randy George, as well as NEAL MORSE BAND anchors Bill Hubauer and Eric Gillette, joined Neal to perform his renowned classic albums Testimony and One. Complete with 4-piece horn section, 6-member female background vocal section, violin and cello, full orchestra percussion with timpani and chimes, dancers, special guests and special staging; this is the most elaborate live release of Neal’s career.

 This stunning live album concert features over 5 hours of great performances including the entire Testimony and One albums, plus special encores of the SPOCK’S BEARD classic “The Light” featuring Alan Morse, and the TRANSATLANTIC epic “Stranger In Your Soul”. Also included is a behind-the-scenes documentary with footage of Neal's exclusive acoustic concert, the rehearsal footage, "Name That Prog Tune" game with Mike Portnoy, and lots more.

Neal even flew out Rich Mouser who mixed the original studio albums to do the front of house mix! Neal says "We really went all out this time. I wanted it to be the quintessential presentation and performance of this music." And so it was...and is!

Says Mike Portnoy - "I've got to say... as a fan of this wonderful music, how incredible this is! I am so happy to see this come to fruition. This music really deserves this… everything from the incredible presentation, and all these amazing musicians...it's great to hear this music come to life on stage like this. To be doing it in his hometown with all his friends and family present and to be doing it here in this building that has such incredible importance to him and his story, it's elevated the music to a whole new level. This is just been an amazing experience!"

Samples of footage can be viewed at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hWricZGGLE & www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjFTdZ_cr6o

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

 

Update: July 12, 2015

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

BROKEN RAIN – “Strong” video premier:
Press Release / “Strong”, the official video of Banská Bystrica, Slovakia based hard rock act BROKEN RAIN, can be seen above.  The song is taken from the group’s debut full length Here Comes The Pain, which was independently released in May of 2015.

Daniel Gális directed the video.

BROKEN RAIN got its start in 2006 as a cover band, with its early set list comprising songs from Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Judas Priest, prior to making the gradual transition to original material.  The group’s debut self-titled demo saw release in 2009.

BROKEN RAIN is the latest band to come out of the metal hotbed that is Slovakia in joining countrymen SIGNUM REGIS and WITHIN SILENCE.

The Angelic Warlord review of Here Comes The Pain (85%) describes BROKEN PAIN as “(drawing) upon the best elements of classic seventies hard rock, albeit not without reflecting its share of metal based moments that pay tribute to the eighties (and beyond).”  On “Strong”, “the group does the unremitting and happy, feel good power metal thing as well as anyone- and does countrymen Signum Regis and Within Silence proud in the process!”

Here Comes The Pain track listing:

1. “Burn The Witch”
2. “Seize The Fire”
3. “Forgotten Heroes”
4. “Wanna Love My Girl”
5. “Burning Eyes”
6. “Here Comes The Pain”
7. “So Far Away”
8. “I Want To Play Rock”
9. “Tonight”
10. “Prisoners In The Wasteland”
11. “Strong
12. “Broken Rain”

BROKEN RAIN online: http://broken-rain.webnode.sk

Pilgrimsprog - Here I Am

PILGRIMSPROG release new single, “Savior”:
Press Release / "Savior” is the latest single from the upcoming PILGRIMSPROG CD Here I Am, which will be released in September 2015.

With Garrett Weaver on lead vocals and founding member Scott Miller handling all instrumentation except drums, the song features a tasteful progressive change up in time signatures between 7/8 and 4/4 along with a great message.

Following is a snippet of the lyrics from “Savior”:

I come and lay my life before you
I die a little every day
And now my soul is thirsty for you
To come and make my heart brand new

From the beginning, all we have heard, salvation seen with our eyes
I once was blind, now I see the truth

I need a Savior
You need a Savior
We need a Savior
We need a Savior today

“Savior” is available at https://pilgrimsprog.bandcamp.com/track/savior

PILGRIMSPROG is a progressive rock project that is the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Scott Miller.  Here I Am will be the third studio album by PILGRIMSPROG.

The self-titled PILGRIMSPROG debut is a concept album released in 2010 based on John Bunyan’s Christian classic Pilgrim's Progress.  The 2013 sophomore release Do You Have Thanatophobia? had rich themes of forgiveness, the scandal of the Cross, and the fear of death (Thanatophobia).

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

STRYPER - New Song “Yahweh” available for streaming:
Courtesy of www.blabbermouth.net:

Fallen, the new album from STRYPER, will be released worldwide on Friday, October 16 via Frontiers. The CD was tracked at SpiritHouse Recording Studios in Northampton, Massachusetts and includes a cover version of the BLACK SABBATH classic "After Forever".

The first song from Fallen, "Yahweh", which was co-written by SEVENDUST guitarist Clint Lowery, can be streamed above.

Speaking about how the collaboration with Lowery came about, Sweet said: "I met Clint Lowery of SEVENDUST on a plane last year. He said hello and when we got off the plane we took a photo and he mentioned the influence STRYPER was on him when he was younger. It was surprising to hear due to the obvious talent that Clint is blessed with. We started following each other on Twitter and Instagram and then we exchanged contact info. I reached out to Clint and asked him if he would like to co-write a track or two for the new STRYPER album. Clint agreed and sent me a few riff ideas. I was instantly drawn to the riff that he sent which eventually became 'Yahweh'. I took his original idea and somehow created this 6:30-minute song, which is quite epic and honestly may be one of the most powerful songs we've done in a long time. I sent it to Chris Jericho (FOZZY) and he texted me, writing, "'Yahweh' is your best tune, maybe since you reunited.'

"Clint is a very great and gifted writer so I wanted to have him involved in one way or another.

"Once the song was mixed, I sent it to Clint and he responded with, "The tune is amazing, man. It's got that old-school spirit with this modern take. That choir vibe on chorus is beautiful. Vibe change for the solo. Epic, my man. Solos are stellar. I don't remember sending anything near this cool.'"

Fallen track listing:

1. “Yahweh”
2. “Fallen”
3. “Pride”
4. “Big Screen Lies”
5. “Heaven”
6. “Love Like This”
7. “All Over Again”
8. “After Forever”
9. “Till I Get What I Need”
10. “Let There Be Light”
11. “The Calling”
12. “King Of Kings”

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

NEWS BRIEFS

* Samples to the new GX PROJECT album Raze Some Hell: https://soundcloud.com/ituneaudio/gx-raze-some-hell-samples

* LEAH, “We Will Go Home” single: http://leahmchenry.com/track/we-will-go-home-single

 

Update: July 5, 2015

ARTICLES

Rez Band - Innocent Blood & Rainbow's End

Ranking The Rez Band Albums:
What is there to say about Resurrection Band that hasn’t already been said?  Well, for starters it bears repeating the group’s legacy, which when factoring output and longevity places them alongside Petra, Barnabas, Daniel Band and Jerusalem as forefathers of the modern Christian hard music scene.  Read Full Article >>

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

Armageddon - Up In Flames

New Album From ARMAGEDDON USA, Up In Flames:
As reported by guitarist Robert Bussey in an e-mail update:

“Yes it has been awhile. We live in such a social media world now that it's easy to get so caught up in the ‘Twitterverse’ and Facebook and neglect the actual nerve center of all things Robert Bussey... my official website.

“But I have some big, big news and I would be remiss to not let you, my loyal subscribers, know firsthand. Things are about to get hot!

“Tomorrow or tonight at 12:05 AM, July 4th, almost three years after we first set foot into Polar Bear Lair studio, The new ARMAGEDDON (USA) album Up In Flames will hit i-tunes! Finally!!!! This is a "metal for the masses" kind of album in the classic sense.

“Produced by Joe Hasselvander from the band RAVEN and also featuring his pummeling drum work, Joe brought in RAVEN bassist John Gallagher to help lay the foundation for the triple guitar attack of Robby Lee, Joe and myself as well as the formidable vocals of Mike Vance. My guitar work tends to be more sharp, precise and composed, Joe's is more whammy filled and to quote Mike's observation, Robby's guitar tends to scream "you young metal-snappers get off my lawn!" lol. Speaking of Mike Vance, his singing covers the metal gamut at times reminiscent of Rob Halford, Ozzy, Jon Oliva, Lemmy, King Diamond, Axel Rose, Johnny Rotten, Danny Joe Brown (MOLLY HATCHET) and yet is distinctly Mike Vance. The combined effort makes for a well oiled metal machine that was very gratifying for us to create and will most likely instigate much ‘headbanging’ by you the listener Smile

“One song that I'm particularly fond of is "Allie", a melancholy ballad performed by Mike and myself where I combine finger style guitar with Mellotron and a reverse echo on the solo interplay, creating a haunting music tapestry as Mike sings about the reunion with his long lost daughter. This will surely resonate with all you Dads out there in a personal way.

“There's so much about this album to talk about, but I will refrain from getting long winded and just simply state, if you love classic metal, you need to hear this. So don't forget starting at 12:05 am ARMAGEDDON USA Up In Flames will be available on I-tunes or you prefer, ordering info for the CD and Vinyl LP will be available next week and I will update you when that becomes available.”

Up In Flames is the first album from ARMAGEDDON USA since putting out its full-length Talkingtown Records debut The Money Mask in 1989.

Up In Flames track listing:

1. “All Over The World”
2. “Spinner”
3. “Hypnotized”
4. “Wanted Man”
5. “In Your Face”
6. “Satisfaction”
7. “Allie”
8. “Crazy”
9. “Time Divider
10.“Revolution (Peace Of Mind)”
11. “Up In Flames”

The tracks “Spinner” and “Time Divider” are available for streaming at the groups ReverbNation page: www.reverbnation.com/Armageddonusa

ARMAGEDDON USA online: www.armageddonusa.com & www.facebook.com/Armageddonmusic777

STRYPER - Audio Samples Of Entire Fallen Album:
Courtesy of www.blabbermouth.net:

Fallen, the new album from STRYPER, will be released worldwide on Friday, October 16 via Frontiers. The CD was tracked at SpiritHouse Recording Studios in Northampton, Massachusetts and will include a cover version of the BLACK SABBATH classic "After Forever".

30-second audio samples of all the tracks that are set to appear on Fallen have been posted on Amazon and can be streamed in the YouTube clip above.

Fallen track listing:

1. “Yahweh”
2. “Fallen”
3. “Pride”
4. “Big Screen Lies”
5. “Heaven”
6. “Love Like This”
7. “All Over Again”
8. “After Forever”
9. “Till I Get What I Need”
10. “Let There Be Light”
11. “The Calling”
12. “King Of Kings”

The first song from Fallen, "Yahweh", which was co-written by SEVENDUST guitarist Clint Lowery, will be made available the week of July 6, 2015.

The cover artwork for Fallen was designed by Stanis Decker, who worked with STRYPER on 2013's No More Hell To Pay. STRYPER frontman Michael Sweet says: "We sent Stanis the concept about Lucifer being cast out of heaven and he sent us this amazing illustration, capturing the original idea perfectly. We're excited to be able to finally show all of you!"

Sweet recently stated about the musical direction of Fallen: "It's gonna be… I don't wanna scare any fans away or anything, but it's gonna be the heaviest album we've done. Not in the sense that it's gonna be thrash metal or anything like that. It's definitely got a little bit of a darker vibe to it lyrically and musically. Some of the songs are tuned down- not like the modern Drop B stuff; I'm talking like the E dropped to D, 'Unchained' VAN HALEN kind of stuff. And it's just got a heavy sound to it. And I think when people hear it, in a good way, they're gonna go, 'That's STRYPER? What?' I think they're gonna be shocked."

He added: "The album was written and arranged very quickly (9-10 days, actually). This by no means reflects on the quality of the album. It's some of our best material to date and so far those who have heard it have said the very same. Chris Jericho (FOZZY singer and WWE wrestling superstar) texted me and said that “Yahweh” may be the best song since reuniting.

"There are songs on this album that coincide with sitting down and reading the bible.

"The music is heavy and the lyrics are bold and powerful, some taken right from scriptures.

"Sonically, I think this is our best-sounding album to date! Everything is crystal clear. The highs are crisp and the lows are tight and punchy. The more I listen, the more excited I am for all of you to hear it!!!"

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

NEWS BRIEFS

* Audio sample of the track “Without Warning/Tooth & Nail” from the upcoming PASTOR BRAD album Covers: www.nechog.com/000CoversSampleToothAndNail.mp3

 

Update: June 28, 2015

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

Stryper - Fallen

STRYPER - Fallen Cover Artwork Unveiled:
Courtesy of www.blabbermouth.net

Fallen, the new album from STRYPER, will be released worldwide on Friday, October 16 via Frontiers. The CD was tracked at SpiritHouse Recording Studios in Northampton, Massachusetts and will include a cover version of the BLACK SABBATH classic "After Forever".

The first song from Fallen, "Yahweh", which was co-written by SEVENDUST guitarist Clint Lowery, will be made available the week of July 6, 2015.

The cover artwork for Fallen, which can be seen above, was designed by Stanis Decker, who worked with STRYPER on 2013's No More Hell To Pay. STRYPER frontman Michael Sweet says: "We sent Stanis the concept about Lucifer being cast out of heaven and he sent us this amazing illustration, capturing the original idea perfectly. We're excited to be able to finally show all of you!"

Sweet recently stated about the musical direction of Fallen: "It's gonna be… I don't wanna scare any fans away or anything, but it's gonna be the heaviest album we've done. Not in the sense that it's gonna be thrash metal or anything like that. It's definitely got a little bit of a darker vibe to it lyrically and musically. Some of the songs are tuned down- not like the modern Drop B stuff; I'm talking like the E dropped to D, 'Unchained' VAN HALEN kind of stuff. And it's just got a heavy sound to it. And I think when people hear it, in a good way, they're gonna go, 'That's STRYPER? What?' I think they're gonna be shocked."

He added: "The album was written and arranged very quickly (9-10 days, actually). This by no means reflects on the quality of the album. It's some of our best material to date and so far those who have heard it have said the very same. Chris Jericho (FOZZY singer and WWE wrestling superstar) texted me and said that “Yahweh” may be the best song since reuniting.

"There are songs on this album that coincide with sitting down and reading the bible.

"The music is heavy and the lyrics are bold and powerful, some taken right from scriptures.

"Sonically, I think this is our best-sounding album to date! Everything is crystal clear. The highs are crisp and the lows are tight and punchy. The more I listen, the more excited I am for all of you to hear it!!!"

Fallen track listing:

1. “Yahweh”
2. “Fallen”
3. “Pride”
4. “Big Screen Lies”
5. “Heaven”
6. “Love Like This”
7. “All Over Again”
8. “After Forever”
9. “Till I Get What I Need”
10. “Let There Be Light”
11. “The Calling”
12. “King Of Kings”

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

SIGNUM REGIS - “Come And Take It” Video Released:
Press Release / Senec, Slovakia based melodic metal band SIGNUM REGIS just released online a music video for the track “Come And Take It”.  The song is taken off the groups new EP Through The Storm, which was released on May 8, 2015 in Europe and on May 12, 2015 in North America through Ulterium Records.

There are four new tracks on the EP, as well as a re-recorded version of “All Over The World” from their debut album and a cover medley of the Yngwie Malmsteen classics “Vengeance/Liar”.  Through The Storm shows that SIGNUM REGIS is a band that is constantly developing and improving everything from song-writing and musicianship to production and the visual part of the band. With this EP and the full-length album that will be released later this year, SIGNUM REGIS will surely win over many new fans in the melodic metal scene.

The mastering of Through The Storm was handled by Jacob Hansen (VOLBEAT, AMARANTHE, EVERYGREY) and the artwork was created by Jan Yrlund (DELAIN, APOCALYPTICA, KORPIKLAANI).

Through The Storm track listing:

1. “Living Well”
2. “Through The Desert, Through The Storm”
3. “My Guide In The Night”
4. “Come And Take It”
5. “All Over The World”
6. “Vengeance/Liar”

Ulterium Records online: www.ulterium-records.com

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

Pasotr Brad - Covers

PASTOR BRAD - Covers Album Update:
As detailed by the artist at Christian Hard Music & Christian Metal Realm:

"If you grew up in the late 1970s & 1980s like I did, I think you'll relate with this project.  My love for guitar was birthed on Sept. 24, 1980 at Market Square Arena, in Indianapolis.  My dad took me to see AC/DC on the Back In Black tour.  I was 13.  That night - watching Angus - my life changed.  I know AC/DC are not Christian, but in a very real Romans 8:28 way, God used that night and all of the bands that I loved in the 70s & 80s to inspire me musically.

"So, I'm embarking on a great challenge- to try to COVER a set of Classic Hard Rock songs from "the day" that inspired my love for music.  There's no way I could ever cover every song I'd like to, but I think this list is a nice representation.

"I will tweak the lyrics - in order to honor Christ - but I do not want to do "parodies".  I want to keep as much of the lyrical content as possible. As I've read over the lyrics to these songs, it's amazing how just a couple small word changes radically "redeems" the message of each song.

"Guest musicians include lead guitarists Mario Barisic, Derek Corzine, Jeff Garner, Art Kalenda & Matt Eltringham.  Luke Weber (RAZORIGAMI) will be contributing both lead and backing tracks. I will lay a number of vocal tracks as well.

"I'm WELL INTO THIS:  I have 7 of the songs close to recorded (minus vocal tracks) and it's sounding amazing!

"MY GOAL is to: 1) create something special for Christian fans of the music from this time, 2) Honor Jesus & 3) Pay sincere tribute to the musicianship/artistry of the artists who created these songs.

"I covet your prayers for this project!"

Covers track listing:

1. “Without Warning/Tooth & Nail” (DOKKEN)
2. “You've Got Another Thing Comin'” (JUDAS PRIEST)
3. “Detroit Rock City” (KISS)
4. “Bang Your Head/Metal Health” (QUIET RIOT)
5. “Enter Sandman” (METALLICA)
6. “Crazy Train” (OZZY)
7. “The Trooper” (IRON MAIDEN)
8. “Man On The Silver Mountain” (RAINBOW)
9. “Crazy Nights” (LOUDNESS)
10. “I Wanna Be Somebody” (W.A.S.P.)
11. “We Will Rock You” (QUEEN)

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

Wonrowe Vision - 2-Headed Monster limited edtion vinyl

Roxx Records Announce New Limited Edition Vinyl Series:
Press Release / Roxx Records is very excited to be announcing a brand new series and a unique idea in the realm of presenting truly Limited Edition vinyl pressings in the Christian Metal Underground! We are excited to be launching a brand new series of vinyl called the ‘Underground Series’ which will feature TRUE limited edition vinyl pressings that will cater to all those looking for truly Limited Edition pressings of both classic and new Christian Metal albums!

The series will feature a minimum of 100 pieces with a maximum of only 150 hand numbered pieces. In a unique way to keep this series going and alive Roxx Records is committed that EACH and EVERY time a title is sold out, the next title will be announced and it will continue on for as long as you, the vinyl collector, continue to buy and support the venture.

To kick off this unique one of a kind Underground Metal venture what better way to start then with the ‘Priest of the Underground’ himself , the one and only Steve Rowe, who is celebrating 25 years this year providing quality Jesus Metal music as only he can to the masses! So we are very excited to announce that our first release in the ‘Underground Series’ is none other than the brand new album from WONROWE VISION entitled 2 Headed Monster.

This album will be pressed in a quantity of only 150 copies. 100 will be sold exclusively through Roxx Records in the United States and 50 copies will be sold in Australia exclusively from Rowe Productions. This will be your only opportunity to get the latest offering from Steve Rowe on vinyl. And as a part of this very exclusive one time pressing Steve has very graciously donated copies of the brand new CD to go along with the vinyl pressing! So not only do you get this Limited Edition vinyl pressing you also get a copy of the brand new CD courtesy of Steve Rowe for FREE!

2-Headed Monster track listing:

Side A:
1. “Stone Elder” (3:50)
2. “Now Stand” (3:31)
3. “2-Headed Monster” (4:24)
4. “Commander” (3:51)

Side B:
5. “Ten 12 One & 2” (3:42)
6. “GPS” (3:17)
7. “100% Vision” (3:52)
8. “Made Of Rock” (3:18)
9. “I’m Gonna Be A Good Looking Corpse” (2:33)

You will want to get in on this one quick and as soon as these are gone, we move on to release number 2 and we already have a line up of very cool releases you are gonna love! So support this release and you will get a lot more in the near future! Release number 2 is set to feature Christian Thrash Masters ULTIMATUM!

Thank you all for your continued support of the Christian Metal underground! Sign up on our email list to hear of the next titles first as you will get an advance notice and we know some of the titles we have planned you are gonna love and will sell out!

Roxx Records online: www.roxxproductions.com & www.facebook.com/RoxxRecords777

Rowe Productions online: www.roweproductions.com

WONROWE VISION online: www.facebook.com/WonroweVision

 

Update: June 21, 2015

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

WALES ROAD - “She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not” music video released:
Press Release / “She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not”, the official video of Rochester, New York based hard rock act WALES ROAD, can be viewed above.  The song is taken from the group’s most recent full-length album Wounds & Whispers, which was independently released via Spun Records on June 17, 2015. 

The video was filmed at Echo Tone Music in Rochester, New York.  The model appearing in the video is Haley Bissonette, who has also appeared in videos by mainstream bands Zo2 (“Painted Lady”), “Boneyard” (“Chosen One”) and “Rock N’ Roll Social Club” (“Get It Like This”).

Although the WALES ROAD lineup has varied down through the years, one thing has remained consistent: Tommy Wales is a man who is passionate about reflecting his Faith in the midst of a fallen world through his audio art.

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

Current bassist Zane Knight shares the Wounds & Whispers lead guitar work with Tommy Wales.  Wales helped lead Zane’s parents to the Lord over twenty years ago and (in the words of the artist) “Now I have this musical prodigy 21 year old, playing amazing bass in my band, helping me with arrangements on my songs.....and amazing solos and shredding.”  Drummer Al Dinoto rounds out the WALES ROAD roster.

Angelic Warlord describes WALES ROAD (from the 75% review of the groups 2011 release Beyond The Shadow Of A Doubt) as “(taking) a foundation of straightforward hard rock and (aligning) it with heavy doses of blues based and melodic hard rock.  Throw in the occasional traditional blues and progressive aspect and the upshot is a band in which a lot is going on musically and that is difficult to pigeonhole as a result.”

Wounds & Whispers track listing:

1. “Tears In A Bottle”
2. “Wounds & Whispers”
3. “Your Words Are Killing Me”
4. “She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not”
5. “Leave Me Standing”
6. “Why Does It Always Rain (On The Sad Days)?”
7. “This Side Of Eternity”
8. “Tomorrow ‘N’ Today”
9.”The Shakedown Sessions Volume II” (Bonus Track)
 
“The Shakedown Sessions Volume II” features acoustic and harmonic renderings of the tracks “Pieces Of Poetry” and “Cold Photographs” recorded live on secular radio (from the Sunday Night Shakedown S
how on WBZA 98.9 FM).

Wales Road - Wounds & Whispers

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

NEWS BRIEFS

* MILLENIAL REIGN update regarding second guitar position and new album, Carry The Fire (Facebook - June 20, 2015): “After an extensive search and several auditions, Jason Donnelly has been chosen as the new second guitarist of MILLENNIAL REIGN... Jason is a perfect fit not only as a musician but also personally. We will be moving forward with show booking and our new album release in October.”

* Andreas Passmark will soon be adding his bass tracks to the upcoming seventh NARNIA studio album, untitled at the time of this writing.  Vocalist Christian Liljegren’s new solo album Kraft is currently available on CD.  It features Swedish versions of two NARNIA songs, “All ära till dig” (“Long Live The King”) & “Skydd för min själ” (“Shelter Through The Pain”). 

 

Update: June 14, 2015

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

Liberty N' Justice - Better Than Maroon 5

LIBERTY N’ JUSTICE is Better Than Maroon 5:
Press Release / LIBERTY N’ JUSTICE has been turning out some of the most-talked-about records in the melodic rock market for years. The last LIBERTY N’ JUSTICE’s all-star album, The Cigar Chronicles, was their best yet. It featured 26 songs and over 70 guest musicians.

The upcoming release Better Than Maroon 5 is the second album since LNJ transformed from a project to full-fledged band.  Joining founding member Justin Murr on the new record is vocalist Larry Worley previously of FEAR NOT and Brent Stortzum.

The Vow, the most recent LIBERTY N’ JUSTICE band release, came out in 2014.  It is currently pending re-issue on CD by Retroactive Records.

In the past, LNJ’s projects have become a who’s who in rock music, featuring many artists in rock n’ roll. This next chapter will add another dimension to the already solidified legacy of LIBERTY N’ JUSTICE giving the rock world another world class release.

Better Than Maroon 5 is slated for release in Fall of 2105.

LIBERTY N’ JUSTINCE online: www.libertynjustice.net & www.facebook.com/libertynjusticerocks

LIPSTICK - “The Conan Song” video premier:
Press Release / LIPSTICK, an independent theatrical rock band from Nashville, TN, has just released their first music video- a homage to Conan O'Brien that pleads with him to invite the band to be his musical guest!

“Conan O'Brien has always been a hero of mine,” states lead vocalist and principal songwriter, Greg Troyan.  “I've been watching his show since I was thirteen years old. When he moved to LA to follow his dreams, it gave me hope and inspiration to move to Nashville to follow mine. He helped give me hope that dreams can come true. His words of 'work hard and be kind' is a mantra I truly believe in. So, I decided to write a song, telling him that I think he's cool and that I'd like to appear on his show, because it's always been a dream of mine.

“We're a positive band. We sing songs about rock n roll, time travel, true love, and following your dreams. We hope that this song spreads a little more positivity out there. Also, our mascot is an awesome dancing cat, and who doesn't love awesome dancing cats?”

The band is asking its fans to tweet their new music video at Conan O'Brien on twitter (@ConanOBrien) and to use the hashtag #TheConanSong.

“We're an indie band. We don't have major label support, we're young and hungry and out there trying to make our dreams come true, so we're just trying to get Conan to notice us. We're confident in the quality of what we do, and we think Conan will love the video...and so will you!”

“The Conan Song” comes off the LIPSTICK self-titled debut full length, which the group initially released independently in 2014 but re-issued with four bonus tracks in the spring of 2015. 

The Angelic Warlord review (80%) of Lipstick describes theatrical rock as “an open-ended statement, but as it applies to Lipstick encompasses a heavy eighties influence.  It starts with a basis of melodic metal of the hair and glam variety I see appealing to those into anything from Stryper to Poison (and all things in between) but also includes nuances of late eighties Sunset Strip sleaze hard rock not unlike Faster Pussycat, Junkyard, Kix and Main Line Riders.”

Lipstick track listing:

1. “We’re Here To Rock You”
2. “I Like The Way I Rock”
3. “Alone”
4. “Merle”
5. “Having Fun”
6. “The Conan Song”
7. “I Want The World To Know”
8. “The Flash”
9. “Tonight”
10. “Love One Another”
11. “Rock N Roll Forever”
12. “It’s Christmas (And You Don’t Want Me Here)”
13. “Having Fun (Alternate Mix)” (Bonus Track)
14. “Illium” (Bonus Track)
15. “Fight Club” (Bonus Track)
16. “I Want The World To Know (Alternate Take)” (Bonus Track)

Lipstick - Lipstick

 LIPSTICK online: www.lipstickgeneration.com, www.facebook.com/lipstickgeneration & @MrCoolRockNRoll

NEWS BRIEFS

* ARMAGEDDON USA (formerly ARMAGEDDON) has set a release date of July 4, 2015 for its sophomore album Up In Flames.  The group recorded Up In Flames in follow up to its 1989 Talkingtown Records debut The Money Mask.

Up In Flames track listing: “All Over The World”, “Spinner”, “Hypnotized”, “Wanted Man”, “In Your Face”, “Satisfaction”, “Allie”, “Crazy”, “Time Divider”, “Revolution (Peace Of Mind)”, “Up In Flames”

* PASTOR BRAD has a new covers album in the works.  Entitled Covers, it will include re-recorded versions of the following ten classics: “Without Warning” (DOKKEN), “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’” (JUDAS PRIEST), “Detroit Rock City” (KISS), “Bang Your Head (Metal Health)” (QUIET RIOT), “Enter Sandman” (METALLICA), “Crazy Train” (Ozzy), “The Trooper” (IRON MAIDEN), “Man On The Silver Mountain” (DIO), “Crazy Nights” (LOUDNESS) & “I Wanna Be Somebody” (W.A.S.P.).

* The Roxx Records 25th Anniversary re-issue of the RECON debut Behind Enemy Lines is scheduled for release in October.

* IMAGES OF EDEN remains at work on its next album, Soulrise, which it plans on releasing by end of the year.

* Insight from Michael Sweet regarding new STRYPER album Fallen (Facebook June 13, 2015): “The album was written and arranged very quickly (9-10 days actually). This by no means reflects on the quality of the album. It's some of our best material to date and so far those who have heard it have said the very same. Chris Jericho (sent me a text) and said that “Yahweh” may be the best song since reuniting. Kevin (our publicist) said that the ballad is our new "Honestly"!

“There are songs on this album that coincide with sitting down and reading the Bible. The music is heavy and the lyrics are bold and powerful, some taken right from scriptures. Sonically I think this is our best sounding album to date! Everything is crystal clear. The highs are crisp and the lows are tight and punchy. The more I listen, the more excited I am for all of you to hear it!

“We will be announcing a track listing/song titles soon and once we have a date to release the first song (and which one) you'll be the first to know.”

 

Update: June 7, 2015

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

LEAH - “This Present Darkness” Music Video Released:
Press Release / “This Present Darkness”, the official lyrics video of Vancouver, British Columbia symphonic metal artist LEAH, can be viewed above.  The song is off her second full length album Kings & Queens, which was released through Inner Wound Recordings on January 30, 2015 (Europe) and February 3, 2015 (North America).

Kings & Queens, the anticipated new album from LEAH is sure to be loved by fans of symphonic metal and female fronted rock. This album is powerful, beautiful and often dances on the edge of progressive. Most of all it’s hard not to be drawn into and enchanted by LEAH's diverse vocals.

Featuring musicians such as Timo Somers and Sander Zoer of DELAIN, and Barend Courbois of BLIND GUARDIAN and VENGEANCE, as well as artwork by Jan Yrlund @ Darkgrove Studio (DELAIN, APOCALYPTICA, SIRENIA), this 14-track masterpiece emerges as the heaviest of all her releases.

Dabbling in worldly Celtic, Middle Eastern, and New Age flavors, while lyrically laced with epic imagery of dystopias, fallen empires, spiritual warfare, love and destiny, this album proves to be very promising and is expected to be received by fans and critics as one of the top symphonic metal albums of the year.

Artist commentary regarding the new album:

"Kings & Queens is an important album to me, as the songs cover a range of emotions, musical styles and lyrical themes. One theme in particular is the historical and metaphorical grip around our throats we feel from top-down agendas that threaten our freedoms. It seems to be a never-ending game of chess between those who demand power and those who would preserve freedom. It's the theme of every good fantasy book and film, and the message rings true for even our modern world. In addition, the the line-up and stellar musicianship of the guys who came on board this project heightened the sheer epicness and caliber of the music itself... This has been my most enjoyable and rewarding project to date."

Kings & Queens track listing:

1. “Arcadia”
2. “Save The World”
3. “Angel Fell”
4. “Enter The Highlands” 
5. “In the Palm of Your Hands” 
6. “Alpha et Omega” 
7. “Heart Of Poison” 
8. “Hourglass”
9. “Palace Of Dreams”
10. “This Present Darkness”
11. “The Crown”
12. “Remnant”
13. “There Is No Farewell”
14. “Siúil a Rún” (Acoustic Version)

LEAH - Kings & Queens

Inner Wound Recordings online: www.innerwound.com & www.facebook.com/innerwoundrecordings

LEAH online www.leahmusic.net & www.facebook.com/LEAHthemusic

Thobias Wiklund - To Remember The Forgotten

Debut solo album from Thobias Wiklund, To Remember The Forgotten:
Press Release / Swedish guitarist, musician and composer Thobias Wiklund received his first guitar as a gift at age three and quickly learned how to play.  After also learning to play bass, drums and some keyboards, Thobias started his first band when he was thirteen and began performing as a young musician in different churches.  Thobias moved to Umea (located in Northern Sweden) also at age thirteen to study music prior to relocating to Stockholm in the mid-nineties to join a local band in which he toured.

Subsequent years found Thobias performing with various bands and musicians.  In 2002, he formed Twilight Illusion with Richard Johansson (Fatal Smile, Jaggernaut), vocalist Niclas Lideskär (Fatal Smile, Full Strike, Jaggernaut) and bassist Hakan Andersson (Valiant).  Thobias recorded two EP’s with the band, Miracle of life (2003) and Remember My Name (2004).

Thobias left Twilight Illusion in 2006 and has since worked as a freelance musician, writing and producing new songs for upcoming projects.  He recorded his debut full-length solo album To Remember The Forgotten in late 2013, which he released via TWMusic Productions on October 16, 2014 (iTunes) and December 1, 2014 (CD).  Artists contributing to the project include Mauritz Petersson (Mats Ronander, Nanne Grönvall, Jan Johansen) on drums, Peo Pettersson (Leviticus, Kings & Dreams) on vocals, hammond organ and keyboard, Tomas Lundqvist on bass (in three songs), and Joaqim Lewerin on violin and keyboards.

Thobias has his roots in hard rock, metal, blues and classical music but also is inspired by flamenco, folk music, jazz, fusion and more.  He is already at work on a new metal project with different influences while also plans on releasing more albums, do other projects, gigs/tours and collaborations with different artists.

To Remember The Forgotten track listing:

1.  “Wisdom Leader” (4:02)
2.” To Remember The Forgotten” (4:09)
3. “Guardian Angel” (4:56)
4. “I Speak From My Heart” (5:13)
5. “Everything I Want” (6:30)
6. “When The Sun Will Rise” (5:03)
7. “She Has Returned” (5:00)
8. “Goodbye My Friend” (4:33)

Musicians:

Thobias Wiklund - Guitar, bass, keyboard
Peo Pettersson - Lead and background vocals, Hammond organ and keyboard
Mauritz Petersson - Drums and percussion.
Tomas Lundqvist - Bass
Joaqim Lewerin - Violin and keyboard

Thobias Wiklund online: www.Thobiaswiklund.com, www.facebook.com/thobiaswiklund & www.cdbaby.com/cd/thobiaswiklund

NEWS BRIEFS

* Glitter2Gutter interview with vocalist Rey Parra (WORLDVIEW, SACRED WARRIOR): www.glitter2gutter.blogspot.com/2015/06/talkin-trash-withrey-parra-of.html

 

Update: May 31, 2015

FEATURED REVIEWS

BROKEN RAIN - Here Comes The Pain
While I enjoy the power and progressive segments as much as any hard music fan, credit Broken Rain for not having a ‘follow the herd’ mentality by stepping out on its own with a classic hard rock meet heavy metal sound that is not always as prevalent within the scene today.  Read Full Review >>

GREGORIAN ROCK - Gregorian Rock 2
Enter San Antonio, Texas based Gregorian Rock and its spring of 2015 independently released sophomore album Gregorian Rock 2, which, as its namesake implies, explores the previously uncharted musical waters of Gregorian chant and modern musical styles.  Read Full Review >>

HARMONY - Remembrance
A melodic metal band, a power metal band and a progressive metal band, all rolled into one.  That would be the best way to describe Borås, Sweden based Harmony and its spring of 2003 Massacre Records full length debut Dreaming Awake (85% Angelic Warlord review).  Read Full Review >>

LIPSTICK - Lipstick
It’s hard not to like, indeed love, the spring of 2015 self-titled debut full length of Lipstick and all the more so for the groups theatrical rock approach and retro glam image.  Read Full Review >>

SIGNUM REGIS - Through The Storm
With its six song spring of 2015 Ulterium Records EP (and fourth release to date) Through The Storm, Signum Regis has a clear winner on its hands.  The concise but well conceived work, based upon a similar melodic power metal foundation as the groups 2013 predecessor Exodus (also Ulterium), exceeds expectations and not just in terms of songwriting but also production.  Read Full Review >>

SWEET CRYSTAL - Quad
All of the Detroit, Michigan based Sweet Crystal’s chief qualities - AOR and commercial hard rock leanings, soaring lead vocals, tightly woven guitar harmonies and radio friendly catchy hooks - are present on its independently released spring of 2015 five song EP Quad Read Full Review >>

WITHIN SILENCE - Gallery Of Life
Musical comparisons vary, but the press material of the Slovakia based act, which shares the same label as countrymen Signum Regis, has the right idea when mentioning Sonata Arctica, Stratovarius and Theocracy.  The commonality shared by Within Silence with the three is the trademark European power metal sound with its emphasis on big melodies and occasional foray into the progressive.  Read Full Review >>

WORLDVIEW - The Chosen Few
There’s no question we’re fans of Worldview and its M24 Music Group spring of 2015 full-length debut The Chosen Few.  After all, the group is not without its share of star-studded appeal, as the likes of guitarist George Ochoa and vocalist Rey Parra grace its line-up.  Read Full Review >>

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

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STRYPER - New Album Fallen Scheduled For October Release:
Courtesy of www.blabbermouth.net:

Fallen, the new album from STRYPER, will be released worldwide on Friday, October 23. The CD was tracked at SpiritHouse Recording Studios in Northampton, Massachusetts and will include a cover version of the BLACK SABBATH classic "After Forever".

STRYPER guitarist/vocalist Michael Sweet recently stated about the musical direction of Fallen: "It's gonna be… I don't wanna scare any fans away or anything, but it's gonna be the heaviest album we've done. Not in the sense that it's gonna be thrash metal or anything like that. It's definitely got a little bit of a darker vibe to it lyrically and musically. Some of the songs are tuned down - not like the modern Drop B stuff; I'm talking like the E dropped to D, “Unchained” VAN HALEN kind of stuff. And it's just got a heavy sound to it. And I think when people hear it, in a good way, they're gonna go, 'That's STRYPER? What?' I think they're gonna be shocked."

Song titles set to appear on Fallen include "Let There Be Light", 'Big Screen Lies" and the title track.

The new STRYPER CD will include a song that was co-written by SEVENDUST guitarist Clint Lowery.

STRYPER's original lineup comprised of Michael Sweet (vocals/guitars), Robert Sweet (drums), Oz Fox (guitars) and Tim Gaines (bass) released a concert CD/DVD combination called Live At The Whisky on September 23, 2014 via Frontiers. The live recording was captured at a sold-out show in November 2013 at the legendary Whisky a Go Go in West Hollywood, California. The 16-track collection documents the band's first show in support of their latest, critically acclaimed release, No More Hell To Pay.

No More Hell To Pay sold around 9,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 35 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was released on November 5, 2013 in North America via Frontiers Records.

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

GX Project - Raze Some Hell

GX PROJECT - Raze Some Hell Details Revealed:
Press Relase / Gritty hard rockers GX PROJECT will independently release its third studio album, Raze Some Hell, in late June of 2015.

The Raze Some Hell cover artwork (above) was created by Robert “Death is Gain” Wilson, who was also responsible for the artwork of the GX Project 2014 sophomore release Sinner and debut Bite Stick from 2012.

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 (85%) 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.  In similar fashion, Sinner (80%) “(creates) a sound that can best be described as straightforward hard rock with incisive metal edges but in a bluesy rock ‘n’ roll package!”

According to the group, ‘raze’ is synonymous with ‘destroy’.  Hence the title Raze Some Hell.

GX PROJECT offers further details regarding the Raze Some Hell vocal direction: “The last album showcased Rex's high end gritty vocal ability so we decided to have him do more of his low growl on the new one to bring a different flavor this time and mix things up a bit - it's turning out great - (and) should be a treat for some of the old Zion fans out there.”

Raze Some Hell track listing:

1. “Raze Some Hell”
2. “Gonna Burn”
3. “Hard Workin’ Woman”
4. “Hungry Heart”
5. “Don’t Let Go”
6. “Give Em’ Hell”
7. “What I Need”
8. “Just Got Screwed”
9. “She’s Got Balls”
10. “Can’t Stop Rock N Roll”

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

NEWS BRIEFS

* Swedish metal band DENIED recently announced Germán Pascual (ex-NARNIA) as its new lead vocalist.

* Update from HERO regarding new album, Passion: “HERO is now entering mixing stage of the upcoming album Passion. Recording of the base tracks of the new album began back in March 2014, and after an intense year of adding keyboards, loops, backing vocals, cello etc HERO is now ready to go into mixing of the album. Mixing will be done with the help of long-time live engineer Simon “Midas Touch” Hinny.

“Release date for Passion has not been decided but it will definitely be before end of 2015. We hope you stay tuned to our Facebook page for latest news.”

* “Waiting For The King”, official video by KING JAMES: www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Sc0X-7tihU

* STAIRWAY update regarding progress of its new album (untitled at the time of this writing): “We're a good way through recording our 6th studio album and it's sounding great so far!  We laid down most of the drum parts a couple of weeks ago and have more drum sessions scheduled to come in the next few weeks when we shall finish off the bits and pieces; we’ll then move onto the lead guitar parts and finally lead vocals to finish.

“There are a few surprises with this one and we’re really excited and can't wait for you to hear the results.

“We are toying with the idea of a Kickstarter/ Pledge Music campaign to master, press and release the new album; is this something you would be interested in, if so what would you like to see included?”

 

Update: May 25, 2015

INTERVIEWS

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New George Ochoa interview online:
Angelic Warlord recently conducted an interview with WORLDVIEW guitarist George Ochoa, who shares his thoughts about the groups recently released debut album The Chosen Few.  He also goes into detail about his partnership with vocalist Rey Parra, his time spent with RECON & DELIVERANCE and future plans as well.  Following is an excerpt:

How and when did Worldview form?  What led you to work with vocalist Rey Parra?
Johnny Gonzales,Todd Libby and I were working together for some time and knew that we wanted to put out a record and play live.  At the same time Rick Macias (Sacred Warrior) and I talked about doing project together with his best friend and ex-band mate Rey Parra. I had met the guys in Sacred Warrior when I was on tour with Deliverance. Rick Macias and I struck up a friendship and kept in touch through they years. Rick ended up passing away and when that happened, Rey and I started talking.  We decided to form Worldview in honor of Rick's wish. Little did I know that Rick was hitting up Rey to call me and get this project going.  Funny how things workout sometimes. 

Read full interview: HERE

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

Stryper - Live At The Whiskey - Vinyl Edition

STRYPER - Live At The Whiskey Limited Edition Vinyl Edition Announced:
Press Release / Ulterium Records are proud to announce the release of a limited double gatefold vinyl edition of the STRYPER live album Live At The Whiskey". A deal was inked with Frontiers Records and the European release date is set for August 7th. The edition is strictly limited to 300 copies worldwide.

The Vinyl Edition features new artwork was ceated by Jan Yrlund of Darkgrove Design.

Live At The Whiskey track listing:

Side A
1. "Legacy"
2. "Marching Into Battle"
3. "You Know What To Do"
4. "Loud N' Clear"

Side B
1. "Reach Out"
2. "Calling On You"
3. "Free"
4. "More Than A Man"

Side C
1. "The Rock That Makes Me Roll"
2. "No More Hell To Pay"
3. "Jesus Is Just Alright"
4. "Always There For You"

Side D
1. "All For One"
2. "The Way"
3. "To Hell With The Devil"
4. "Soldiers Under Command"

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

Live At The Whiskey Vinyl Edition is available for pre-ordering at the Ulterium Records Store: http://ulteriumstore.bigcartel.com

IMPELLITTERI - “We Own The Night” Music Video Released:
Courtesy of www.blabbermouth.net:

"We Own The Night", the new video from IMPELLITTERI, can be seen above. Directed by John Logsdon, who has helmed videos for DEF LEPPARD, VAN HALEN and NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK, the clip was filmed at the Mates rehearsal room in Los Angeles while VAN HALEN was preparing in the next room for its upcoming tour.

"We Own The Night" is described (by the band) as "the perfect anthem for all the rock fans that continue to live for the music." The song is taken from IMPELLITTERI's latest studio album, Venom, which was released on April 17 in Europe and April 21 in North America.

IMPELLITTERI have delivered in Venom a record filled with addictive and memorable riffs, guitar solos that feature Chris Impellitteri's blistering shredding technique coupled with strong melody and taste. Rob Rock's vocals are mesmerizing, melodic, and will make the listener sing along with each song long after the record is over. Lastly, the band boggles the mind with brutal drumming (featuring John Dette, formerly of TESTAMENT, SLAYER, etc.) filled with speed and groove and beastly bass playing (curtesy of James Pulli) that supports IMPELLITTERI's sonic madness! The result is a record that excites and musically satisfy every Metal and Rock fan, and every musician around the world. To add to their quest, IMPELLITTERI also wanted to create music that would take the listener on a musical journey thru different time periods of metal and rock.

Chris Impellitteri is heralded as one of the world's greatest guitar shredders. He has won "Best Rock Guitarist" awards in several magazines during the years for his guitar soloing. He is the first guitarist to be called the fastest guitarist in the world by the international media. Impellitteri was recently officially voted second fastest guitarist in the world by Guitar One magazine; and Guitar World magazine listed Impellitteri within its top 50 fastest guitarists of all time!

Chris Impellitteri formed IMPELLITTERI in 1987, together with Rob Rock. That year, they released an EP called the Black Album which was well-received, and IMPELLITTERI went on to release the full-length album Stand In Line in 1988. As of today IMPELLITTERI have released a total of 9 acclaimed studio albums. The new record Venom follows 2009’s Wicked Maiden.

Venom track listing:

1. “Venom”
2. “Empire Of Lies”
3. “We Own The Night”
4. “Nightmare”
5. “Face The Enemy”
6. “Dominoe Theory”
7. “Jehova”
8. “Rise”
9. “Time Machine”
10. “Holding On”
11. “Rock Through The Night” (bonus track)
12. “Reach For the Sky” (bonus track)

Musicians:

Chris Impellitteri - Lead Guitar
Rob Rock - Lead Vocals
James Pulli - Bass
Jon Dette – Drums

IMPELLITTERI online: www.facebook.com/chris.impellitteri

 

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