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

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

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

- Francis Schaeffer

Updates

UPCOMING REVIEWS

• THE CRIMSON BRIDGE MINISTRY - Choices
• JACOBS DREAM - Sea Of Destiny
• RESURRECTION BAND - Mommy Don’t Love Daddy Anymore (Retroactive re-issue)
• RESURRECTION BAND - DMZ (Retroactive re-issue)
• ROSE - Songs For The Ritually Abused

LATEST UPDATES

• FEATURED REVIEWS - July 23, 2017
• INTERVIEWS - May 14, 2017
• METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS - July 23, 2017
• RELEASE DATES - July 16, 2017

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Update: July 23, 2017

FEATURED REVIEWS

RESURRECTION BAND - Colours (Retroactive re-issue) - NEW
What is your favorite Resurrection Band album?  Ask a dozen hard music aficionados and chances are you will receive a dozen different answers, a total that equates to the number of studio albums of unique material released by the blues based hard rocking Chicago, Illinois based five piece throughout its three-decade career.  Read Full Review >>

 

CHOIRS OF VERITIS - I Am The Way, The Truth And The Life
It’s easier to find an honest politician these days than a symphonic metal band with a male lead vocalist, but Milan, Italy’s Choirs Of Veritis and its spring of 2017 Underground Symphony Records debut I Am The Way, The Truth And The Life defies the trend.  Read Full Review >>

PASTOR BRAD - Crush
Crush, the most recent (July of 2017) album from Bay City, Michigan minister and guitarist Pastor Brad Windlan, has all the ingredients needs to appeal to both the classic metal faithful and those looking for melodic hard rock hooks.   Read Full Review >>

THE 3 - Gospelbilly
A power trio hailing from the Oklahoma City metro area, The 3 (according to its press material) ‘records and performs an exciting mixture of modern classic hard rock, rockabilly (and) blues rock with the type of Christian themes found on the recordings of such artist as Johnny Cash, The Bryds, Hank Williams Sr. and others’.  Read Full Review >>

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

PASTOR BRAD - ‘Rockumentary’ On New Album Crush:
Bay City, Michigan minister and guitarist Pastor Brad Windlan released on July 21, 2017 a new album in Crush exclusive to ten original vocal tracks.  The artist’s sixteenth full-length album, Crush is a celebration of 80’s Christian rock and metal music designed to ‘rock you up’ for Jesus.

In order to celebrate its release, PASTOR BRAD recently uploaded to YouTube (link above) a ‘Rockumentary’ that goes into further detail in regards to Crush.

Crush “Rockumentary” table of contents:

“Intro & Welcome”
“Crush” (2:22)
“Get Away” (7:28)
“Holding Me Together” (14:06)
“Mean Machine” (18:25)
“Mighty Fortress” (23:29)
“Your Love” (28:03)
“My Jesus” (34:34)
“Rip Tide” (40:43)
“I’m In You” (45:45)
“Coming Home” (50:38)

Grab a cup of coffee or a snack and settle in for nearly an hour of inspiration and head-banging praise, worship and testimony! Prepare to be CRUSHED by an onslaught of love, grace, encouragement, blessing, challenge and faith building truth!

Be sure to visit and subscribe to the Pastor Brad Rocks Channel today at: www.youtube.com/user/pastorbrad1985

PASTOR BRAD description: If you tossed Stryper, KISS, Iron Maiden, Whitecross, AC/DC, Barren Cross, Metallica, Motley Crue, Judas Priest, SAINT, Ozzy Osbourne, Theocracy, Van Halen, Scorpions, Joe Satriani and Steve Vai, Randy Rhoads, Angus Young, Ace Frehley, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, into a Christian blender--you get Pastor Brad 80s style Christian Hair Metal Music!

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

XALT - “God In A Box” 2017 Dark War Re-master:
Retroactive re-issue of XALT cassette only album Dark War (from 1988) to be released on August 15, 2017:

Press Release / Dark War is an unabashedly "old school" metal record, and for as much as collectors have sought out this near impossible find, this 1988 cassette only album was an independent release put out by a band that was leading a Christian metal movement in Michigan, Ohio and the surrounding areas! The band would not have the support of a label (Pure Metal) until their 1990 sophomore release, Under the Ruins.

Dark War has consistently been on the most requested (and bootlegged) Christian Metal re-issues list because the songs are nothing less than lumbering beasts with monolithic slabs of rhythm guitar, and hooks that bring to mind 1980’s DIO- especially his work with BLACK SABBATH during their Heaven & Hell era.  It’s literally impossible to listen to such epic tracks as “The Cross,” “God In A Box,” and “Dark War” and not imagine how easily XALT could have become the next MTV sensations right alongside STRYPER, JUDAS PRIEST and DOKKEN.  Yes, Dark War is THAT good!

And, for almost 30 years it’s never been officially available in any format but cassette... until now! The official 2017 Retroactive Records, Dark War (Retroarchives Edition) features a complete re-master at the hands of Rob Colwell (Bombworks Sound), as well as 6 previously unreleased bonus demo tracks the band recorded in preparation for their Under the Ruins release on Pure Metal Records. We packaged this metal masterpiece in a 12-page booklet / jewel case with lyrics, including six pages of detailed liner notes and reflections from XALT’s elite axeman, James Erdman. This 500 unit CD pressing resurrects one of Christian Metal’s greatest moments. Enjoy!

Dark War track listing:

1. “Ariel”
2. “The Cross”
3. “God In A Box”
4. “Where Victory Storms”
5. “Angry Fire”
6. “Ready For The Fight”
7. “A Warrior's Honor”
8. “Looking Down A Loaded Gun”
9. “Palace Daydream”
10. “Soldiers In The Mist”
11. “Dark War”

1989 Demo track listing:

12. “Under The Ruins”
13. “Wounded Heart”
14. “The Kingdom Within”
15. “Lift Him Up”
16. “The Fortress”
17. “Through The Night”

All pre-orders come with a free 6X6 sticker of the album cover.

Dark War pre-order: http://boonesoverstock.storenvy.com/products/20677676-xalt-dark-war-retroarchives-edition-cd-2017

NEWS BRIEFS

“ Altered Peace”, clip of new VISUAL CLIFF song off its upcoming album Refuge: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nmlv0DOIxWE

* The new SWEET & LYNCH album (untitled at the time of this writing) is scheduled for release later in the year on Frontiers Music.  It will include the same line up of vocalist & guitarist Michael Sweet, guitarist George Lynch, bassist James Lomenzo and drummer Brian Tichy.

* ”Have Mercy”, official music video from TOMMY WALES: www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqOkS6kSaZ8

 

Update: July 16, 2017

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

THE CRIMSON BRIDGE MINISTRY Release Sophomore Album, Choices:
San Diego, California based THE CRIMSON BRIDGE MINISTRY announce the July 5, 2017 digital release of its sophomore album Choices.  The CD version is to follow on July 20, 2017.

The group recently uploaded a Choices album teaser to YouTube (above).

With musical influences including IRON MAIDEN, KISS, AC/DC, CHEAP TRICK VAN HALEN, RANDY RHOADES, SCORPIONS, THE CULT, CAMELOT, RESURRECTION BAND and BARREN CROSS, THE CRIMSON BRIDGE MINISTRY released its debut full length Remnant Rock in January of 2016.  According to the 75% Angelic Warlord review, Remnant Rock represents a joining of ‘classic to traditional metal and good old fashioned blues based hard rock’ that ‘plays tribute to its musical influences in question’.

THE CRIMSON BRIDGE MINISTRY was born directly out of founding member Norm Campbell's decision to accept the un-earned gift of salvation paid for by Jesus on the cross.  Further details from the groups press material:

“The music he had been writing and performing for so many years reminded him how lost, empty and unfulfilling his efforts had been. From that day forward, he would take all he had learned from his strong Bible teachers, Pastor Joe Schiavone and Pastor Mike Mills, and relate it into the music he still loved, hard rock.

“Along with longtime friend, engineer and drummer Jeff Forrest, they created the sounds you hear now for the prodigal sons and daughters whom have come back to accept God's word but still need to crank up some tasty hard rock!  And for those still sitting on the fence, a safe haven of positive influence to make the choice easier".

The Choices cover art attributes to Jeremy Antoine.

Choices track listing:

1. “Black Sheep”
2. “Charmed Life”
3. “Never Letting Go”
4. “Drown Your Pain”
5. “The Great Divide”
6.”That Old Man”
7. “Steal Your Thunder”
8. “Cornerstone”

The Crimson Bridge Ministry - Choices

THE CRIMSON BRIDGE MINISTRY online: www.thecrimsonbridgeministry.com & www.facebook.com/CrimsonBridgeMinistry

Vengeance Rising - Human Sacrifice - Roxx Records re-issue

VENGEANCE RISING Celebrates 30th Anniversary:
Press Release / It was 30 years ago in 1987 when Pastor Bob Beeman of Sanctuary International would be led to call together a very special group of musicians that would come together to form a new ministry minded band out of Southern California. With a lot of prayer and faith, the players were assembled and the full band would come together to record and distribute their very first demo tape. That tape would be what many people still consider to be the beginning of a movement, one thing was certain it was about to make a lasting impression on the Christian music community.

That band was one of the very first in the genre of Christian thrash, that band was called VENGEANCE and that tape was their original 5-song self-titled cassette only demo. That tape would lead them to signing a multiple album record contract on Intense Records which ultimately led to the release of their first full length album entitled Human Sacrifice.

Human Sacrifice was one of the most controversial releases of the time. Many Christian record stores would ban the album from their shelves completely. The album featured the hand of Pastor Bob himself portraying the bloodied hand of Christ nailed to the cross. The music was harsh and in the vein of bands like DARK ANGEL and SLAYER, it definitely took the Christian ‘White’ Metal scene to a whole new level.

This classic album has been long out of print outside of a Limited Edition CD reissue (1000 pieces) on the defunct Intense Millennium Records in 2010 and a Limited Edition vinyl picture disc (300 pieces) on Roxx Records in 2013, all of which are long sold out and now collector’s items themselves. With the album still in high demand we are very happy to bring to the public a new and very special pressing adding a few twists as we celebrate 30 years of VENGEANCE.

Roxx Records is proud to bring you a very special pressing of Human Sacrifice. This special package includes brand new liner notes from original VENGEANCE bassist Roger Dale Martin. It has been completely re-mastered by J Powell of Steinhaus Mastering and features a brand new layout done by our very own Scott Waters (Roxx Records/No Life til Metal). This limited edition pressing will feature the newly designed artwork as originally featured on the vinyl picture disc version from 2013 and comes packaged in a beautiful glossy 6 panel wallet.  Last but not least we have added 5 special bonus tracks from that original demo tape that started it all 30 years ago.

Official release date for this pressing is August 25th with pre-orders going live now. Pre-orders only will come with a very special limited run 6” x 6” sticker as a pre-order bonus item. But this title will be making its official debut first at this year’s largest Christian Metal Fest called SoCal Metal Fest 2 in Orange California on August 12th.

Where there will also be a very special performance from 4 of the original members of VENGEANCE. If that’s not enough for you we will also be making another very special release announcement regarding VENGEANCE first that day at the show!  You will not want to miss anything, the new CD, this very special one time performance or the special release announcement we will be making first at the show!

Human Sacrifice track listing:

1. "Human Sacrifice"
2. "Burn"
3. "Mulligan Stew"
4. "Receive Him"
5. "I Love Hating Evil"
6. "Fatal Delay"
7. "White Throne"
8. "Salvation"
9. "From the Dead"
10. "Ascension"
11. "He is God"
12. "Fill This Place With Blood"
13. "Beheaded"

Demo bonus tracks:

1. "White Throne" 
2. "He is God" 
3. "Salvation"
4. "Human Sacrifice" 
5. "Beheaded"

Human Sacrifice pre-order: http://roxxrecords.storenvy.com/products/20693465-vengeance-human-sacrifice-2017

NEWS BRIEFS

* ENERGEMA, 2017 version to the song “The Lion’s Force”: www.youtube.com/watch?v=1j1jb4_Yo4s

“The Lion’s Forces” is the title track to the groups full length debut released last year on Sleazy Rider Records.

* “Jee-You” music video from IMARI TONES: www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvQI1imavqg

“Jee-You”, which comes off the groups upcoming album Jesus Wind, means freedom in Japanese.  According to the Yokohama, Japan based group ‘freedom is in the relationship between Jesus and You!  It's a song about changing the world with your faith’.

* THEOCRACY, “Castaway” official audio: www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2CKlRYTrnY

The song is from the groups Ulterium Records fall of 2016 fourth full-length album Ghost Ship.

 

Update: July 9, 2017

I would like to start this weeks update by thanking George Fox University, of which I am an alumni, for including the following write up about Angelic Warlord in the most recent edition of the "George Fox Journal”:

Andrew (Rockwell) (G87) is administrator of Angelic Warlord, an online (angelicwarlord.com) music magazine that focuses on heavy metal and Christian rock music. He is responsible for all design and content coordination, including record reviews, news updates, artist interviews and current release dates. In its 11th year, it has the mission “to support Christians creating art within the metal and hard rock genres.” He lives in Glendale, Arizona.

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

Michael Sweet promo pic

Michael Sweet Wants To Start Composing Next STRYPER Album This Month:
Courtesy of www.blabbermouth.net & Angelic Warlord:

STRYPER will enter the studio this fall to begin work on in its new album for an early 2018 release. Front man Michael Sweet told Good Company in a new interview about the band's planned follow-up to 2015's Fallen (see link below): "We're gonna start recording a new album in October - we start pre-production - and we'll probably be done by before Christmastime, at the latest just after Christmas. It will come out - if I had to guess - probably around April."

Asked if he feels any pressure having to come up with an album's worth of material in such a short period of time, Sweet said: "I do, but I don't (start writing well ahead of time), actually. I procrastinate a lot. So if I'm traveling and I'm busy doing other things, I'll put off (until) two, three weeks before the album writing the album. I've done that on the last three albums- No More Hell To Pay (2013), Fallen and (2016 solo disc) One Sided War. Those were all written just a few weeks before recording. It's not the way I like to do things, it's not the way things should be done, but I seem to be - for whatever reason - in that mindset. And hopefully for this new STRYPER album, I can break that. I wanna start writing in July, 'cause I'm gonna have some time to do that, and try to come up with a good number of ideas long before we start recording them."

On No More Hell To Pay (per the 95% Angelic Warlrod review), ‘Stryper continues to pay tribute to its eighties roots but takes things to the next level and then some.  It starts with how the group merges the darker heaviness of To Hell With The Devil with the metallic edges to Soldiers Under Command- all the while emphasizing its trademark vocal melodies and duel soloing abilities.’

Fallen, also graded at 95%, ‘(Picks) up where No More Hell To Pay leaves off in maintaining the classic melodic metal and hard rock leanings while upholding similar levels of consistency and continuity- no skip buttons or filler tracks, just one ballad and emphasizing the heavier aspect to the groups sound.’

Both No More Hell To Pay and Fallen were included as part of a recent article at Angelic Warlord that outlined the top ten albums released the past ten years.  Further reading: www.angelicwarlord.com/articles/toptenalbumsofthepasttenyears.html

Fallen entered The Billboard 200 chart at position No. 43 with first-week sales of just over 10,000 units- nearly all from pure album sales. The set followed the No. 35-peaking No More Hell To Pay.

Good Company interview with Michael Sweet (STRYPER): www.youtube.com/watch?v=0iTAWRxPKMo

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

Retroactive Records Announce GUARDIAN Fire & Love Black & Yellow Vinyl Releases:
Press Release / Fire & Love should come packaged with a rubber mat to prevent your jaw from shattering when it drops to the floor. Response to the albums release (1990) was overwhelming, and the video for the song "Power Of Love" was included in the MTV's Headbangers Ball rotation. The shredding melodic metal of their previous album, First Watch, is replaced by red-hot, fired-up commercial hard rock that is belted out with emotive power to spare by the awesome Jamie Rowe. Adding to the album's appeal is the legendary production talents of John & Dino Elefante (KANSAS,/MASTEDON). If you love big guitars (Palacios rips!), big hooks (MOTLEY CRUE would be jealous), big choruses (BON JOVI would approve), big vocals (can you say wall of sound?), and big production (it's the Elefantes...what else do you need to know?), then you'll love this album, a true Christian hard rock classic.

Fire & Love earned GUARDIAN a well-deserved place at the top of the Christian hard rock/hair metal scene, nudging STRYPER slightly over to share a bit of the spotlight:

*#28 on the Top 100 Christian Metal Albums of All Time (2010, HM Magazine)

*#61 on the Top 100 Christian Rock Albums of All Time (2010, HM Magazine)

*#18 on the Christian Metal Realm’s 100 Greatest Christian Metal Albums of all time

*#11 on the Top Albums of the 90’s by Angelic Warlord

Fire & Love offers elite Christian metal that still knows how to win the hearts, and touch the lives of fans across the world! Fire & Love has been digitally re-mastered for this 2017 reissue, further enhancing the pure magic that has been thrilling fans since its release in 1990!

Available on CD and vinyl! Retroactive pressed 200 Yellow Vinyl, 300 Black Vinyl. All Vinyl releases come housed in a full color jacket with a spine and a color insert with lyrics. The CD release is packaged in a 6-panel jewel case with lyrics and a bonus track featured only on the CD version of the reissue - the track “Take Up Your Cross” previously only available on the Pakaderm Records CD sampler Portrait Of A Spirit.

Fire & Love track listing:

1. “Power Of Love”
2. “Send A Message”
3. “Time Stands Still”
4. “Forever And A Day”
5. “Takin' On The World”
6. “Fire And Love”
7. “Turn Around”
8. “Time And Time Again”
9. “The Rain”
10. “Never Say Goodbye”

Guardian - Fire & Love

Fire & Love Black Vinyl pre-order: http://boonesoverstock.storenvy.com/products/20676845-guardian-fire-love-legends-remastered-black-vinyl

Fire & Love Yellow Vinyl pre-order: http://boonesoverstock.storenvy.com/products/20676770-guardian-fire-love-legends-remastered-yellow-vinyl

XALT - Dark War - Retroactive re-issue

Retroactive Records Reveals XALT Dark War Re-issue Details:
Press Release / Dark War is an unabashedly "old school" metal record, and for as much as collectors have sought out this near impossible find, this 1988 cassette only album was an independent release put out by a band that was leading a Christian metal movement in Michigan, Ohio and the surrounding areas! The band would not have the support of a label (Pure Metal) until their 1990 sophomore release, Under the Ruins.

Dark War has consistently been on the most requested (and bootlegged) Christian Metal re-issues list because the songs are nothing less than lumbering beasts with monolithic slabs of rhythm guitar, and hooks that bring to mind 1980’s DIO- especially his work with BLACK SABBATH during their Heaven & Hell era.  It’s literally impossible to listen to such epic tracks as “The Cross,” “God In A Box,” and “Dark War” and not imagine how easily XALT could have become the next MTV sensations right alongside STRYPER, JUDAS PRIEST and DOKKEN.  Yes, Dark War is THAT good!

And, for almost 30 years it’s never been officially available in any format but cassette... until now! The official 2017 Retroactive Records, Dark War (Retroarchives Edition) features a complete re-master at the hands of Rob Colwell (Bombworks Sound), as well as 6 previously unreleased bonus demo tracks the band recorded in preparation for their Under the Ruins release on Pure Metal Records. We packaged this metal masterpiece in a 12-page booklet / jewel case with lyrics, including six pages of detailed liner notes and reflections from XALT’s elite axeman, James Erdman. This 500 unit CD pressing resurrects one of Christian Metal’s greatest moments. Enjoy!

Dark War track listing:

1. “Ariel”
2. “The Cross”
3. “God In A Box”
4. “Where Victory Storms”
5. “Angry Fire”
6. “Ready For The Fight”
7. “A Warrior's Honor”
8. “Looking Down A Loaded Gun”
9. “Palace Daydream”
10. “Soldiers In The Mist”
11. “Dark War”

1989 Demo track listing:

12. “Under The Ruins”
13. “Wounded Heart”
14. “The Kingdom Within”
15. “Lift Him Up”
16. “The Fortress”
17. “Through The Night”

All pre-orders come with a free 6X6 sticker of the album cover.

Dark War pre-order: http://boonesoverstock.storenvy.com/products/20677676-xalt-dark-war-retroarchives-edition-cd-2017

NEWS BRIEFS

* BIOGENESIS California tour GoFundMe fundraiser: www.gofundme.com/biogenesis-california-tour

* DYNASTY, “Sad Faces” lyric video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_sudlyKgt0

The song comes off the Brazilian groups recently released third full-length album Step By Step.

* GOLIATH’s 2001 debut album The Gate is schedule for a September 11, 2017 re-release via Roxx Records.  Along with being re-mastered, it will feature three alternate tracks and a video to the song “Welcome To My Nightmare”.

* WYTCH HAZEL has released its 2016 Bad Omen Records debut full-length Prelude on cassette: http://fillyourhead.bigcartel.com/product/wytch-hazel-prelude

The UK based group has gained renown for its ability to combine the hard rock twin guitar attack of THIN LIZZY and folk-rock eccentricity to JETHRO TULL with facets of sacred medieval music.

 

Update: July 2, 2017

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

THE 3 Debut “Sinner Train” lyric video:
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma power trio THE 3 has debuted a lyric video to the track “Sinner Train”, which comes off its March of 2017 independently released sophomore album Gospelbilly.  THE 3 debut full length Into The Light came out in June of 2015 (also independent).

According to its press material, THE 3 ‘writes, records and performs an exciting mixture of modern classic rock, rockabilly, blues rock, often with Christian themes found on the recordings of such artists as Johnny Cash, The Byrds, Hank Williams Sr. and others’.  Musically, the group compares favorably to GLENN KAISER BAND, STEVIE & THE SAINTS, BIG CHRIS & D’BARE BONES BAND and THE REX CARROLL BAND.

The 70% Angelic Warlord review of Gospelbilly) describes THE 3 as ‘(taking) a foundation of blues-rock and (imbuing) it with aspects of hard rock, classic rock and traditional blues.’

THE 3 consist of three seasoned pro musicians that possess substantial live and studio experience: vocalist and guitarist Dave Sharo, drummer Mark Hine and bassist Colin Stewart.

Gospelbilly track listing:

1. “Shine”
2. “Sinner Train”
3. “Don’t You Go”
4. “Every Time You Rock”
5. “Forgiven”
6. “Gave My Soul”
7. “Have Mercy”
8.”Solitude”

THE 3 online: http://the3rock.com & www.facebook.com/The-3

NEWS BRIEFS

* Apart from vocalist Sonny Larsson (MOTHERLODE) and guitarist Bjorn Stigsson (LEVITICUS), the new XT line up consists of keyboardist Dan Tibell, bassist Peter Carlsohn (JERUSALEM), and drummer Mick Nordström (MODEST ATTRACTION).  XT is set to begin recording its next album, which it hopes to release the fall of this year.

XT got its start in 1992 with its self-titled debut full length prior to releasing follow up efforts Taxfree (1993) and Extended Empire (1995).

* Good Company YouTube interview with Michael Sweet (STRYPER): www.youtube.com/watch?v=0iTAWRxPKMo

 

Update: June 25, 2017

FEATURED REVIEWS

AD - Time Line
As work on Time Line progressed, it became evident to all involved that what started as a solo album was beginning to take shape as a band.  With all its members committed believers, Livgren’s new group AD officially came into being in 1983 and released Time Line on CBS Records the following year.  Read Full Review >>

ARKANGEL - Warrior
Perhaps no other Christian hard music album released in the early eighties - the pre Stryper era of you will - piqued more interest than ArkAngel’s debut WarriorRead Full Review >>

ARMAGEDDON - The Money Mask
When I suggest that Armageddon falls under the traditional meal heading, I use the term loosely in that there is a bit more to the group than meets the eye.  Read Full Review >>

BIOGENESIS - A Decadence Divine
Wide critical and fan acclaim followed in the wake of the Dayton, Ohio based groups 2001 Rowe Productions debut full length The Mark Bleeds Through, which came out subsequent to founding member and vocalist Chaz Bond developing in the mid-nineties a vision to create a ‘hybrid metal’ band that molded various hard music forms into a unique whole.  Read Full Review >>

HAVEN - III
It’s here.  The highly anticipated limited edition (500 CD copies) June of 2017 Retroactive Records re-issue of the third Haven album, appropriately entitled IIIRead Full Review >>

NORTHERN FLAME - Glimpse Of Hope
Northern Flame took the power metal world by storm with the June of 2014 release of its full-length debut Glimpse Of Hope.  The problem, however, is that Angelic Warlord did not become aware of this until early 2017 due to the album falling beneath our radar.  Read Full Review >>

SIGNUM REGIS - Decennium Primum
After a two-yea hiatus, Senec, Slovakia based Signum Regis returns in the spring of 2017 with its fifth full-length album Decennium Primum.  Roughly translating as ‘the first decade’ in Latin, Decennium Primum proves appropriately entitled in light of its release (independently) by Signum Regis to celebrate the tenth anniversary of its founding.  Read Full Review >>

SOMBRE HOLIDAY - The Sea Of Distance
A multinational act consisting of brothers Terry (Canada) and Trevor (California) Friesen, Sombre Holiday has impressed us over the years with its outside the box and inventive approach to the hard music scene- traversing dark and moody musical territory few if any dare to tread.  Read Full Review >>

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

AdrianGale logo

ADRIANGALE Signs To MelodicRock Records:
Press Release / It is with great pride and enthusiasm that MelodicRock Records can announce the addition of two super stars of the melodic rock scene to the label. We’re talking none other than Vic Rivera and Jamie Rowe, collectively known as ADRIANGALE!
 
ADRIANGALE has signed to MRR for their next studio album, which is under way currently, with plans to take it slow, get everything perfected for a release in early 2018.

And of course, with a new start comes a new logo, commissioned by MRR and designed by the label’s long-time collaborator Nello Dell'Omo

Andrew McNeice, MRR: “I’m so excited to have these two fine gents involved in the label. Vic and Jamie are two of the nicest guys in the business and my friendship with both goes back as far as the very first AdrianGale release. I’ve had the pleasure of working with Vic on the Poley/Rivera album, but now I get the chance to work with one of the finest names in melodic rock. We will all work together to make the new AdrianGale album their most exceptional yet. I’ve given orders to both Vic and Jamie to just go crazy. Go nuts. Make it big, make it loud and make it a statement.”
 
Vic Rivera: “It’s been a long time coming, but I’m elated that Jamie and I have joined forces with our great and trusted friend Andrew and MelodicRock Records to herald in a new era for AdrianGale!  It already feels like home - we’ve cultivated a tremendous amount of respect and friendship for one another over the course of the last 17 years, and it’s with those principles in place that we set upon this endeavor. Jamie and I have a unique and undeniable chemistry on all levels that we feel has translated to the music we’ve made and we’re eager to continue on with that tradition. Of course, we have you, our incredible fans (friends, really), to thank for liking what we do in the first place – words can’t express the amount of gratitude and love we have for you all, and we can’t wait to bring you new music!”

 
Jamie Rowe: “It’s a really great feeling to know that our long-time friend, Andrew with Melodic Rock Records, is going to release the next chapter of AdrianGale music! Over the years, I’ve had my hand in a number of projects and AdrianGale is clearly a stand-out amongst them. The chemistry that Vic Rivera and I share is evident and I feel we make some of the best melodic hard rock in the modern era.  What started as a studio project in 2000 has evolved into a true collaboration based on a strong friendship, mutual respect, and a love for what we do. It’s always a joy to record music that people want to hear… and the A/G fans are worthy of our best! We plan to give it to them.”
 
Stay tuned for progress updates and teasers into the recording process and look for the band to pop up for select live appearances.
 
2018 will be the year of the ‘Gale!

MelodicRock Records online: www.melodicrockrecords.com & www.facebook.com/MelodicRockRecords

ADRAINGALE online: www.facebook.com/AdrianGaleOfficial

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SoCal Metal Fest 2 – Largest All Christian Metal Fest In 2017:
Press Release / Sacrivox Productions is very proud to present the largest all Christian Metal Festival in the US this year as they bring to you ‘So Cal Metal Fest 2 - A memorial benefit for Dale Huffman’. The Spring of 2016 saw the first installment of So Cal Metal Fest which featured some of the best Christian Metal bands both old and new, with artists like BLOODGOOD, WORLDVIEW, TEMPEST and JOIN THE DEAD just to name a few. Well, the 2017 line up is shaping up to be equally if not even more impressive- this is the Summer Fest you will not want to miss!

This year’s special performance is also being used as a fundraiser for the family of Dale Huffman of Metal Pulse Radio as he recently passed away after a long battle with cancer this past February. Profits from this event will be donated to the Huffman Family. There will also be a special booth showcasing some of Dales Metal Pulse Radio items and some things from his personal collection that will be sold off for the family with all funds going back to the family!

August 12, 2017 at the Vault in Orange California you wont want to miss this, come bear witness to a truly once in a lifetime performance and see some of the best current and new up and coming acts in the scene including WORLDVIEW, which features members of RECON and SACRED WARRIOR!  Also making their first ever California appearances is Roxx Records recording artists BIOGENESIS (Ohio) and THE HERO coming all the way from Sweden! Coming down from Fresno, California we have Rottweiler Records recording artists HAND OF FIRE, as well as appearances from  CRIMSON BRIDGE MINISTRY, IN THE MIDST 777, 3 DAYS IN THE GRAVE, TRIBUTION and CONSUMING FIRE!

Not enough for you we have some very special performances from some of Christian Metals pioneers who will be making some very special appearances just for this show! Starting with Southern California’s very own classic Christian metal bands NEON CROSS and RECON both will be playing some very special reunions for this show! Not enough for you still? Well we will also be featuring a very special performance from none other than the original line up of… SAINT ! Last, but most definitely not least, closing out this special evening will be a 30th anniversary reunion of a band that you will not want to miss!

Sometimes you don’t even need a name…

That’s right, the 4 original members of DIE HAPPY & VENGEANCE including Doug Thieme, Glen Mancaruso, Larry Farkas and Roger Dale Martin will be making a very special appearance at the show with a very special 30th Anniversary set that you will not want to miss!

Also featuring many of your favorite vendors and sponsors who will be set up and hanging out all day with tons of items and collectibles with special event day pricing. Our vendors  and sponsors include The Wounded Society, Roxx Records, Christian Metal Distro, The Covenant Metal Show and Frontline Records.

You will not want to miss this show, make your plans now and we will see you there! For all ticket information please visit:  http://sacrivox.com/wp & www.facebook.com/sacrivox

NEWS BRIEFS

* DELIVERANCE performing at the 1995 Ichthus Festival: www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFj84dEqxHE

* GLORIAM DEI is currently at work on its new album The Midnight Sun, which tentatively is scheduled for release by the end of the year.  The group recently uploaded footage of it recording drum tracks from Fantom Studio in Tampere: www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pHTHF7-sH0

* New song from KREYSON, “Přátelství”: www.youtube.com/watch?v=-MRXajOzlTg

* THEOCRACY performing “Absolution Day” at a recent show in Chicago, Illinois: www.youtube.com/watch?v=1m-dYawLJXU

The songs comes off the groups Ulterium Records sophomore album Mirror Of Souls from 2008.

 

Update: June 18, 2017

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

BIOGENESIS - “Brood Of Vipers” Lyric Video Premier:
Dayton, Ohio based ‘hybrid metal’ band BIOGENESIS has completed work on a lyric video to the track “Brood Of Vipers” from its third album a Decadence Divine, which saw release via Roxx Records on May 26, 2017.  Lyrically, the song deals with the tragedy of the Salem Witch Trials.

Having gotten its start in 1996, BIOGENESIS has created a metal style almost all their own. While very hard to categorize, a good description of BIOGENESIS might be a mix of thrash/death/power/progressive/Goth and aggressive nu-metal.  As far as a band comparison, it’s probably what you would get if you mixed DELIVERANCE, MEGADETH, SAVIOUR MACHINE and threw in some DREAM THEATER and maybe a little DISTURBED.

This is technically only the bands third full length original release, starting with The Mark Bleeds Through (2001 Rowe Productions) followed up 11 years later with The Rise, The Fall, The Rebirth (2012 Soundmass). Also two years later a re-mastered and expanded edition of their first album would be released entitled The Mark Bleeds Through: First Blood (2014 Soundmass)

A Decadence Divine features almost a completely brand new and youthful line up, hosting an improved sound both musically, lyrically and sonically. BIOGENESIS is ready to take the metal world by storm with this brand new Rebirth! This release also boasts brand new apocalyptic cover artwork that was designed by graphic designer Tim Murray, and helping make A Decadence Divine a must have metal release for 2017.

A Decadence Divine track listing:

1. “Prelude (Nocturnal Images)”
2. “A Decadence Divine”
3. “Inside The Beast”
4. “Bet Your Soul”
5. “As Empires Fall”
6. “Lines In The Sand”
7. “The Pain You Left Behind”
8. “Tears Of God”
9. “Land Of Confusion”
10. “In the Darkness I Dwell”
11. “Brood Of Vipers”

12. “Silence” (CD bonus track)

Biogenesis - A Decadence Divine

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

BIOGENESIS online: www.facebook.com/BiogenesisProgressiveMetal

SIGNUM REGIS Release “Unfold The Mystery” Official Video:
Senec, Slovakia’s melodic power metal act SIGNUM REGIS has debuted a video to the track “Unfold The Mystery”.  The song comes off the group’s fifth full-length album Decennium Primum, which it independently released on March 17, 2017.

The video coincides with a new 4-track maxi-single entitled Addendum Primum that the group released on June 16, 2017 as an extension to Decennium Primum.

Addendum Primum track listing:

1. “Unfold The Mystery” (video remix)
2. “Tune Of War”
3. “Red-pill Humanity”
4. “Amorenada” (instrumental)

SIGNUM REGIS recorded Decennium Primum, meaning the first decade in Latin, to celebrate its tenth anniversary.  Further details from the group:

“(in 2017), we will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the founding of the band. In the beginning, it was a roller coaster ride and there were times, when we were not sure, if we can go on, but since then, many good things happened. Every new release was a bigger success than the previous one, the live shows improved and we feel strong and optimistic about the future.

“As many of you know, we also won a prestigious band contest - Spark fresh blood 2015 with 400 attending bands. One of the prices, that we won were 1000 CDs manufactured in the best Czech printing press. We are lucky to be a signed band, but because of the price and that our 10th anniversary is coming up, we decided that we want to use this opportunity to record a very special (album) to celebrate the anniversary. The (album) will be released independently in a limited quantity and it will be our way of saying THANK YOU to all of our fans, who have been supporting us steadily.”
 
An audio teaser for Addenum Primum can be streamed at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sf7FYp9tayQ

Upcoming SIGNUM REGIS shows:

July 29: Czech Republic Václavovická rockle 2017, Václavovice
August 19: Slovakia More Than Fest, Zvolenská Slatina
October 28: Austria Vienna, ((szene))
November 4: Slovakia Bratislava, Randal

Signum Regis - Addenum Primum

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

NEWS BRIEFS

* Roxx Records update on HOLY SOLDIER Last Train vinyl release: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ipo5j4Ol4Ok

* Vocalist Paul Cawley (GUARDIAN) has resurfaced in a new group named PHANTOM GENERATION, which digitally released two albums it recorded in the nineties: Renaissance (1994) and Your Karma Ran Over My Dogma (1995).  Musically, PHANTOM GENERATION describes itself as ‘pre-grunge rock with metal overtones’.

Further reading: www.facebook.com/FantomGeneration

* SIGNUM REGIS, full concert at Elements of Rock 2017: www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FAb-vKJUEM

 

Update: June 11, 2017

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

IMARI TONES Debut “Bushido” video:
Yokohama, Japan based melodic metal band IMARI TONES has released a video for the track “Bushido”, which comes off its forthcoming album Jesus Wind.

“Bushido”, which translates as ‘the samurai way of life’, lyrically draws inspiration from Inazo Nitobe’s book Bushido: The Soul Of Japan, which focuses on (per the groups press material) ‘sacrificing oneself for justice and putting value more in honor rather than victory itself’.

As the first Christian metal band from Japan, IMARI TONES have a passion to reach beyond the music they love to bring Jesus into their culture. 

Comments founding member and vocalist/guitarists Tak Nakamine: “A Christian band from Japan almost sounds like a joke, since most people in Japan are Buddhists, or Atheists.  Since we are a Christian band, our goal is not business success.  We are not chasing glory in this world. We are chasing the glory of God.  We really want to change something about society and about what people think and believe. That’s our ultimate goal.”

The groups most recent album Revive The World from 2014 received a 75% Angelic Warlord review in being described as “old school eighties metal but that might be somewhat limiting in that the group also branches out accordingly.  Yes, you will find your share of up-tempo melodic metal meets hard rock (think Stryper, Whitecross or Laudamus) but also hints of straightforward and blues based hard rock (sort of like Aerosmith and early nineties Bride), occasional progressive aspects (this is where the Rush influence comes into play) and even some alternative overtones.” 

Jesus Wind track listing:

1. “Jee-You”
2. “Dying Prophet”
3.  “God’s People”
4. “Saints Seeking Salvation”
5. “Bushido”
6. “The War”
7. “The Peace”
8. “Remembrance”
9. “The Wave”
10. “When The Nations Fall”
11. “This Is How Freedom Dies”
12. “Repent”

13. “Don’t Stop Walking”
14. “Revolution”
15. “New Jerusalem”

Imari Tones - Jesus Wind

IMARI TONES online: www.imaritones.net, www.facebook.com/imaritones & www.reverbnation.com/imaritones

RESURRECTION BAND CD Re-issued on Retroactive Records:
Pre-orders available for July 11, 2017 release date:

Resurrection Band - Colours - Retroactive re-issue

RESURRECTION BAND was the first ever full on hard rock/metal bands to sing about faith in God. Too gritty and real to be courted or comfortable in the 'Christian Music Industry,' they eventually created their own record label (Grrr). REZ lives in the slums of downtown Chicago and every ounce of struggle and reality is poured into their 14+ albums, with Colours (1980) being one of the most important and formative.  Bone-crunching guitar rock with social and spiritual sensibility, in the 70's and 80's REZ ruled the hearts of people in the church who cared more about being real than being religious. Great music, great lyrics, great artwork, great people.

This 2017 Retroactive Records reissue features a full color 4 panel digipak, with all artwork taken from an original gatefold vinyl record! The audio is re-mastered and the same as the 2005 jewel case reissue on Retroactive. The first of The Originals Series on Retroactive Records, be sure to get Mommy Don’t Love Daddy Anymore (The Originals: Volume 2) and D.M.Z. (The Originals: Volume 3) that all showcase the magic and charm of these original releases!

Track listing: "Autograph" (4:03), “Colours” (4:58), "N.Y.C." (3:24), "Hidden Man" (2:48), "Amazing" (2:22), "American Dream" (3:24), "Benny & Sue" (3:53), "City Streets" (3:22), "Beggar In The Alleyway" (3:57), “The Struggle” (3:46)

Pre-order: http://boonesoverstock.storenvy.com/products/20347445-resurrection-band-colours-the-originals-volume-1-cd-2017-retroactive

Resurrection Band - Mommy Don't Love Daddy Anymore - Retroactive re-issue

One of RESURRECTION BAND’s best albums in part because no Christian band in 1981 was touching topics like divorce, being disabled, or being dirt poor like REZ.  Mommy Don’t Love… deals with many injustices lyrically and musically. It’s hard, fast, and bluesy with metal sensibilities. No one rocked like RESURRECTION BAND.

Originally released in 1981 on Light Records, the album focuses on relationships. “Mommy Don’t Love Daddy Anymore” offers social commentary on the painful realities of the American culture of divorce. “The Chair” offers a troubling statement of how a person with physical disabilities responds to being a target for social pity, while “The Crossing” describes the self-denial necessary to achieve emotional peace.  And as hard hitting as the band is lyrically, they rip just as hard musically. It’s because of albums like Mommy… that RESURRECTION BAND offers the very definition of Christian music’s “classic rock.”

This 2017 digipak reissue is limited to 500 copies, using only the original vinyl gatefold to reproduce the stunning artwork, featuring all the original songs and part of the Retroactive Records The Originals (Volume 2) series featuring both Colours and D.M.Z. in all their glory! This is the same re-master that was used on the 2005 jewel case reissue on Retroactive Records. For fans of BLUE OYSTER CULT, AEROSMITH, LED ZEPPELIN, AC/DC, DANIEL BAND and JERUSALEM.

Track Listing: "Stark/Spare" (3:42), "Elevator Muzik" (1:57), "Alienated" (2:03), "Can't, Get You Outta My Mind" (2:54), "The Chair" (5:05), "Can't Do It On My Own" (2:51), "First Degree Apathy" (3:04), "Mommy Don’t Love Daddy Anymore" (4:23), "The Crossing" (3:46), "Little Children" (2:36), "Lovin' You" (3:29)

Pre-order: http://boonesoverstock.storenvy.com/products/20341958-resurrection-band-mommy-dont-love-daddy-anymore-cd-2017-retroactive-d

Resurrection Band - DMZ - Retroactive re-issue

Originally released in 1982 on Light Records, D.M.Z. offers some of RESURRECTION BAND’s most powerful musical testaments. “Military Man” is a blistering opening track sung by Glenn about the loss of a soldier’s humanity in the struggle to survive. “White Noise” features Wendy’s all-time best raw vocal on a song about the rhetoric of a culture that prioritizes stockpiling arms over feeding children. It begins with a 90 second feedback-drenched guitar solo by Stu Heiss that is RESURRECTION BAND’s answer to VAN HALEN’s “Eruption” and is generally considered to constitute the single greatest non-Phil Keaggy guitar moment in Christian rock. “Area 312” is another classic, which is a teenager’s lament about the loneliness of the inner city.

This 2017 4 panel digipak reissue is limited to 500 copies and features the same re-master that was used on the 2005 Retroactive Records jewel case reissue. This reissue uses the original 1982 vinyl record gatefold release to reproduce the artwork and celebrates this album’s 35 year impact on lives for Jesus!, The Originals: Volume 3. Colours and Mommy Don’t Love Daddy are The Originals Volume 1 and 2.

Track Listing: "Military Man" (3:39),"Reluctance" (2:14), "Babylon" (2:36), "I Need Your Love" (3:24), "Area 312" (3:56), "No Alibi" (4:39), "White Noise" (3:41), "Lonely Hearts" (3:00), "The Prisoner" (2:54), "So In Love With You (3:38)

Pre-order: http://boonesoverstock.storenvy.com/products/20347529-resurrection-band-dmz-35th-anniversary-edition-the-originals-volume-3

NEWS BRIEFS

* DYNASTY OF METAL, ”Step By Step” official video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=vv1JFBG5TZU

The song comes off the groups soon to be released album of the same name.

* The new PASTOR BRAD album, Crush, has been mastered and the artwork is complete.  A release date is scheduled for this summer.

* SHINING FORCE has announced the newest members to its line up, drummer Michael Cantu and guitarist David Year.  The group also has a new album in the works entitled Seven.

 

Update: June 4, 2017

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

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Retroactive Records 2017 Release Schedule:

RR1416 HAVEN - III (Retroarchives Edition), CD 4 panel jewel, 65140297891, 6/12/17

RR1417 RESURRECTION BAND - Colours (Retroarchives Edition), CD 4 panel digi, 651402978925, 7/11/17

RR1419 RESURRECTION BAND - Mommy Don’t Love Daddy Anymore (Retroactives Edition), CD 4 panel digi, 651402978949, 7/11/17

RR1418 RESURRECTIONS BAND - DMZ (35th Anniversary Edition), CD 4 panel digi, 651402978932, 7/11/17

RR1424 Various Artists: Headbangin’ 101: Volume 3 (Retroactive Records), 651402979007, 7/11/17

BT1403 CHILDREN OF THE DAY - Come To The Waters (Born Twice Records Collector’s Edition), CD 4 panel digi, 651402978994, 7/11/17

RR1425 XALT - Dark War (Retroarchives Edition) (Retroactive Records), CD 6 panel jewel, 651402979014, 7/11/2017

RR1415 MINIER - Minier Expanded + Demos (Retroarchives Edition), CD 4 panel jewel, 651402978901, 8/21/2017

RR1413 GUARDIAN - Fire And Love (Legends Re-mastered) 6 panel jewel CD, 651402978888, 10/10/2017

RR1414 GUARDIAN - Fire And Love (Legends Re-mastered), VINYL, 651402978895, 10/10/2017

RR1427 HAVEN - Your Dying Day, VINYL, 0651402979038, Nov 2017

RR1426 HAVEN - Age Of Darkness, VINYL, 0651402979021, Nov 2017

Retroactive Records online: www.facebook.com/Retroactive-Records

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Roxx Records 2017/early 2018 Release Schedule:

RRLP- ULT03 May 31 - ULTIMATUM - Puppet Of Destruction - LP

RRDD-ULT01 May 31 - ULTIMATUM - Live Through The Years - DVD

RRCD-BIO01 May 31 - BIOGENESIS - A Decadence Divine - CD

RRCD-VR02 July 7 - VENGEANCE RISING - Human Sacrifice - CD 30th anniversary

RRCD-ZL01 July 7 - ZEAL - The Road - CD

RRCD-HS01 Aug 4 - HOLY SOLDIER - Last Train - LP/CD

RRLP-CON01 Sep 8 - CONSECRATOR- Image of Deception - LP (Split No Life Til Metal)

RRCD-CON01 Sep 8 - CONCESCRATOR - Image of Deception - CD (Split No Life Til Metal)

RRLP-FN01 Oct 6 - FEAR NOT (25th Anniversary) - S/T - LP

RRCD-FN01 Oct 6 - FEAR NOT (25th Anniversary) - S/T - CD

RRLP-VR02 Nov 17 - VENGEANCE RISING - Once Dead - LP Picture Disc

RRLP-DEL02 Nov 17 - DELIVERANCE - S/T - LP (Split No Life Til Metal)

RRCD-DEL02 Nov 17 - DELIVERANCE - S/T - CD (Split No Life Til Metal)

RRCD-CRS01 Jan/Feb 2018 - CRUSHING THE DECEIVER - S/T - CD

RRLP-CRY01 Jan/Feb 2018 - CRYSTAVOX - S/T - LP

RRLP-CRY02 Jan/Feb 2018 - CRYSTAVOX - S/T - CD

RRLP-CRY02 Jan/Feb 2018 - CRYSTAVOX - Bottom Line - LP

RRCD-CRY03 Jan/Feb 2018 - CRYSTAVOX - Bottom Line - CD

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

S91 Debut “Son Of God” Lyric Video:
Press Release / Montecarlo, Italy based progressive metal band S91 has premiered a lyric video to the track “Son Of God”, which comes off its fall of 2016 Underground Symphony Records sophomore album Behold The Mankind.  A group whose name is short for Psalm 91, S91 independently released its full-length album Volonta Legata in 2011.

Fans of DELAIN, DARKWATER and SHADOW GALLERY will appreciate how S91 mixes modern shades, psychedelic nuances and complex time signatures with a progressive basis.

Behold The Mankind is a concept album about the history of mankind based on Christian theology.  Further details from the group:

“In this album we talk about how since mankind's beginning, it has undergone rapid corruption by creating communities with strong social imbalances. This is because men and women carry an incurable evil within themselves that is only curable through the intervention of the Creator. Throughout history, we often see revolutionary movements that tend to open the door to even more ferocious regimes. God seeks to redeem humanity by calling an insignificant man to himself, from whose offspring will be born a man that will be God's incarnate and with him he will die and be resurrected. The story of the land of Israel and Christ is a metaphor of the story of humanity. Today individuals are called to die and resurrect as members of a group.”

The album was produced by Cristiano Bertocchi (VISION DIVINE, LABYRINTH, WIND ROSE).

S91 line up:

Mari - Lead Vocals
Franz - Lead Vocals & Guitar
Frank - Keyboards
Jack - Bass
Giacomino - Drums

Behold The Mankind track listing:

1. “The Cry Of Life”
2. “Wandering Souls”
3. “Slaves And Kings”
4. “The Calling”
5. “Blind Revolutions”
6. “The Son Of God”
7. “Sacrificed”
8. “The Bloody Revelation”

S91 online: www.facebook.com/S91band

NEWS BRIEFS

* THE CRIMSON BRIDGE MINISTRY announced the final track listing to its sophomore album Choices: “Black Sheep”, “Charmed Life”, “Never Letting Go”, “Drown Your Pain”, “The Great Divide’, “That Old Man”, “Steal Your Thunder” & “Cornerstone”

The group plans an independent release for Choices on July 5, 2017.

* No Life Til Metal Records is crowd funding via IndieGoGo a vinyl and CD re-issue to the self-titled DELIVERANCE debut: www.indiegogo.com/projects/deliverance-self-titled-debut-1st-time-on-vinyl-metal#

A release date has been set for November of 2017.  Look for the album to be re-mastered and feature upgraded cover art.

* Brazil’s DYNASTY has uploaded to YouTube three songs off its upcoming album Step By Step: “Caminar” (www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYr7QIHm-yU), “Bad Politicians” (www.youtube.com/watch?v=E46-TodNSWA) & “Nightmare” (www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTDLutPgyrM)

Step By Step is scheduled to be released June of 2017 via Marquee Records.    

* LORDCHAIN has digitally re-issued its 1997 self-titled debut (Facebook - May 31, 2017):

“This week is the digital release of the first Lordchain album! It has the 13 original songs, just as they appeared 20 years ago. Included in this 20th Anniversary Edition are 7 bonus tracks, mastered by Chris Dickens at D'Bare Sound in Watertown, TN. The bonus material goes all the way back to 1993. The cover art by Troy Dunmire, has been enhanced with new graphics by Brant Hutchcraft. This is the first of 3 classic albums to be released digitally, with bonus tracks being included on each.”

* “Remember The Innocent” (alternate) is a progressive metal song from Bryan Neal: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dq30aUNc6Bs

 

Update: May 28, 2017

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

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LEAH - Celtic Metal Album Update:
As recently reported by the Vancouver, British Columbia based Celtic symphonic metal songstress:

"First, the songs that came together ended up being a lot more metal than I originally planned, which is totally great. BUT... there's a lot more Celtic & Fantasy elements, which make for a great combination if you ask me :)

"Troy Donockley of Nightwish has finished all his tracks for the new album!  The flutes and pipes he played really added some MAGIC to what was already there. Lots of goose bumps for me when I heard the end result!  So I'm absolutely thrilled about that! :)

"Next, I also have a new guest player!  Chen Balbus, the guitarist from Orphaned Land (Middle Eastern/Oriental Metal) is gracing a couple tracks with the saz and the oud.  I was really surprised at what a difference they made in places, and it really wowed me!  My next thought was, "umm.... I really need to do more with these instruments... they are also magical!"

"Those are 2 new guests that I'm very happy to have on this album.  Timo Somers (Delain) is neck-deep in guitar tracks for the album as we speak!  Drums from Sander Zoer (Ex-Delain) and bass from Barend Courbois (Blind Guardian) are on the way as well!

"Then, it's vocals for me in June!  I'm going to attempt to sing my vocals in a very home-made vocal booth :) Using some newer technology, I'll be recording directly from my microphone, which will send the signal and record directly to my producer's computer. It's supposed to act like Skype, but for music (so much higher quality). I'm really hoping the tech works out and it all goes smoothly.

"This is now really an international effort! Let's see, Troy is in the UK, Chen is in Israel, Timo, Sander, and Barend are in the Netherlands, Oliver (my producer), who is a huge part of this project is in Germany, I'm in Canada. Is that all? I almost forget how many people are involved now!

"I'll be thinking about choosing a single, and of course doing a video this Summer..  Lots to look forward to!"

LEAH online: http://leahmusic.net, http://leahmchenry.com & www.facebook.com/LEAHthemusic

MILLENNIAL REIGN - Fan Filmed Footage Of Dallas Performance:
Quality fan filmed footage can be scen above of MILLENNIAL REIGN’s May 13th performance at Trees in Dallas, Texas in which it opened for headlining acts DELAIN and HAMMERFALL.

The show allowed MILLENNIAL REIGN to debut its new line up, which includes newcomers drummer Steve Nichols (SOLITUDE AETURNUS) and bassist Neil Bertrand (WHEN ANGELS DIE) in addition to holdovers guitarist Dave Harvey and lead vocalist James Guest. 

According to the 90% Angelic Warlord review of its Ulterium Records 2015 sophomore album Carry The Fire, MILLENIAL REIGN bases its sound upon a ‘foundation of eighties influenced melodic metal and hard rock joined with nuances of traditional metal and the more up to date modern melodic power metal scene’.  Carry The Fire was mixed and mastered at Nomad Studio (KING DIAMOND, SOLITITUDE AETERNUS, ABSU), while cover art was contributed by Felipe Machado Franco (BLIND GUARDIAN, ICED EARTH, THEOCRACY).

MILLENNIAL REIGN independently released its self-titled debut full length in 2012.

A lyric video to the Carry The Fire track “Men Stand Alone” can be streamed at: https://youtu.be/sVbuPhSjxK4

Set list:

1. “Millennial Reign”
2. “Forever Changed”
3. “Men Stand Alone”
4. “Innocent Cry”
5. “Allied Forces”

Upcoming Shows:

July 28 - BFE Rock Club - Houston, TX (with THEOCRACY)
July 29 - O’Riley’s - Dallas, TX (with THEOCRACY)

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

MILLENNIAL REIGN online: www.millennialreign.com & www.facebook.com/millennialreign

The Neal Morse Band - The Similitude Demos Part One

THE NEAL MORSE BAND Release The Similitude Demos Part One:
Press Release / The Pilgrim's path has more twists and turns than we imagined! On this great new Inner Circle release, Neal Morse takes you deep into the creation of the NEAL MORSE BAND's masterwork concept album, The Similitude Of A Dream.  With demos and outtakes that will blow your mind, Neal tells the story and lets you behind the curtain to see how this classic album was created. Included are sections of the original "Long Day" demo featuring Ted Leonard (Spock's Beard) on vocals and Bill Hubauer's original demo of "Ways Of A Fool”.   A must have for all THE NEAL MORSE BAND fans!

The Similitude Demos Part One is available for download on May 15, 2017.

The Similitude Demos Part One track listing:

1. “Introduction”
2. “Bill's Balloon Song (Ways Of A Fool demo)”
3. “Intro for Ways Of A Fool Rough”
4. “Ways Of A Fool Rough (Neal's vocals)”
5. “Intro for Long Day Demo”
6. “Long Day Demo Part 1”
7. “Long Day Demo Part 2”
8. “Intro for Phone Memo Comp”
9. “Phone Memo Comp” (“The Dream”, “City Of Destruction”, “Intro Riff”, “We Have Got To Go”, “Makes No Sense”)
10. “Intro for NMB Writing - January 2016 Demos”
11. “NMB Writing - January 2016 Demos”

Future InneCircle releases: The Inner Circle Concert from Moresfest 2015, The Similitude Demos Part Two, and The Making of Lifeline

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

TIME HORIZON Debut Promo Video For “Only One”:
Manteca, California based progressive AOR rock band TIME HORIZON has released a studio video for the single “Only One”, which comes off its highly acclaimed Melodic Revolution Records 2015 sophomore album Transitions.

A group that emphasizes a balance between instrumentation, vocal melodies and catchy rhythmic song structures, TIME HORIZON debuted in 2011 with the Angelic Noise Records full length offering Living Water.  The album came to fruition as a result of founding members drummer Bruce Gaetke, whom mixed it, and keyboardist Ralph Otteson, contributing the funding.

For Transitions, Gaetke and Otteson rounded out the TIME HORIZON line up with bassist Allen White and guitarist Dave Miller to create an album that “reinforces the progressive but not to a fault, noting how the group keeps track times below ten minutes while also including several numbers taking a traditional verse-chorus-verse stance” (referencing the 80% Angelic Warlord review).

The Transitions vocals here handled by Gaetke, Otteson and guests Rich Reif and Jake Livgren.

Transitions track listing:

1. “Only One”
2. “Only Through Faith”
3. “Only Today”
4. “Prisoner”
5. “The Moment Is Here”
6. “About Time”
7. “You’re All I Need”
8. “River Of Sorrows”
9. “Water Girl”
10. “Love is Here”

Melodic Revolution Records online: http://mrrmusic.com & www.facebook.com/MelodicRevolutionRecords

TIME HORIZON online: www.timehorizonmusic.com & www.facebook.com/TimeHorizon

NEWS BRIEFS

* Retroactive Records plans a CD reissue of the XALT custom cassette release Dark War (Facebook - May 27, 2017):

“Soon Rob Colwell will be re-mastering this sealed cassette of XALT - Dark War for a Retroactive Records CD release in 2017! This is will be the very first time this AMAZING classic metal album will be available in any format other than cassette since it's release in 1988…  Dio-esque - this is metal the way God intended!”

* XT, a Swedish hard rock act consisting of guitarist guitarist Björn Stigsson (LEVITICUS) and singer Sonny Larsson (MOTHERLODE), is at work on a new album scheduled for a fall release on Talking Music.  The group released three CD’s during the nineties: XT (1992), Taxfree (1993) and Extended Empire (1995).

 

Update: May 21, 2017

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

AUDIOVISION Premier “To Live For The King” Music Video:        
Swedish melodic metal band AUDIOVISION has debuted a music video of the track “To Live For The King”, which it recorded in tribute to guitarist/keyboardist Kerry Livgren (KANSAS, AD & PROTO-KAW) and late front man Ronnie James Dio (RAINBOW).

“To Live The King” initially appeared on the 1980 solo album of Kerry Livgren, Seeds Of Change.  Ronnie James Dio handled lead vocals on the original version to the song.

Featuring members of NARNIA, CELL 9 and VENI DOMINE, AUDIOVISION was last heard from in 2010 when it released its sophomore album Focus via Ulterium Records.  Previous to that AUDIVISION debuted in 2005 with The Calling on Rivel Records.

According to the 90% Angelic Warlord review, ‘Focus is similar to The Calling in that it traverses melodic metal territory with the occasional foray into power metal and bluesy hard rock.  The album is characterized by catchy choruses, polished vocal melodies, shredding lead guitar and Christian Liljegren’s trademark soaring vocal abilities’.

A music video that AUDIOVISION recorded for the Focus track “Keep The Fire Burning” can be viewed at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWNK604df6M

AUDIOVISION line up:

Christian Liljegren (NARNIA)- Lead Vocals
Torbjörn Weinesjö (VENI DOMINE, CELL 9) - Guitars
Olov Andersson - Keyboards
Simeon Liljegren - Bass
Thomas Weinesjö (VENI DOMINE, CELL 9) - Drums

AUDIOVISION online: www.facebook.com/AUDIOVISION

Haven - III - Retroactive re-issue

Retroactive Records Reveal HAVEN III Re-issue Details:
Press Release / Retroactive Records announce the June 13, 2017 re-release of the third HAVEN album III, which will be a Limited Edition run of 500 CD copies.

Originally released independently by the group in 1995 four years after its sophomore album Age of Darkness, III was pieced together by golden throat vocalist Kevin Ayers as various members of the band were available over the four-year period.   Also, gone are the million dollar studios and producers that recorded the first two HAVEN classics.  Rather, III was recorded in Kevin’s home recording studio in his garage in the 90’s!

In the words of the supreme metal historian Scott Waters (ULTIMATUM), “Despite the four years between releases the music has not changed dramatically. As with past albums, however, the lyrics are awesome, although they are a bit more praise oriented rather than some of the more social lyrics of the past.”

With 8 of the albums 13 tracks tracking in at 6-7 minutes, you know you are in for a tremendous melodic, progressive power metal adventure!  III is for fans of SACRED WARRIOR, IRON MAIDEN, RECON and QUEENSRYCHE!

III has been carefully re-mastered by veteran Rob Colwell (Bombworks Sound) and re-released with a 4 panel insert and jewel case featuring superbly enhanced original artwork. In fact, we love you so much, we included an unreleased bonus track, “From Everlasting”, left off the original version because it has more of an industrial metal vibe to it. 

HAVEN’s third masterpiece has never sounded of looked better!

The tracks “Haven” and “Don’t Let This Moment Slip Away” can be streamed at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzN5n8Hstk8 & www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCcC07AOVFc

ALL pre-orders come with a FREE 4.75 x 4.75 HAVEN sticker of the album cover: http://boonesoverstock.storenvy.com/products/20042024-haven-iii-retroarchives-edition

HAVEN - III track listing:

1. "Haven" (6:45)
2. "Her Eyes Can't Hide" (1:43)
3. "Falling Down" (4:57)
4. "Her Eyes Can't Hide (Conclusion)" (:05)
5. "Don't Let the Moment Slip Away" (6:36)
6. "Prisoner" (7:09)
7. "I Will Follow" (6:18)
8. "Love From Above" (5:45)
9. "When Jesus Lights the Way" (7:32)
10. "The Almighty" (4:03)
11. "Don't Run Away" (6:21)
12. "Without Excuse" (5:43)
13. “From Everlasting” (2017 Bonus Track)

Retroactive Records online: www.facebook.com/Retroactive-Records

SIGNUM REGIS - “The Future King” Music Video Released:
Senec, Slovakia based melodic power metal act SIGNUM REGIS has premiered an animated video to the track “The Future King”.  The song comes off the group’s fifth full-length album Decennium Primum, which it independently released on March 17, 2017.

Comments bassist Ronnie König comments: “This is our first fully animated video. There are many videos of 5 guys playing on a stage, so we thought, why don’t we try something else this time. It’s obviously about David (The Future King) and Goliath. The whole animation is original, done specially for this song. Hope you like it.”

Decennium Primum, meaning the first decade in Latin, was released by SIGNUM REGIS to celebrate its tenth anniversary.  Further details from the group:

“(in 2017), we will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the founding of the band. In the beginning, it was a roller coaster ride and there were times, when we were not sure, if we can go on, but since then, many good things happened. Every new release was a bigger success than the previous one, the live shows improved and we feel strong and optimistic about the future.

“As many of you know, we also won a prestigious band contest - Spark fresh blood 2015 with 400 attending bands. One of the prices, that we won were 1000 CDs manufactured in the best Czech printing press. We are lucky to be a signed band, but because of the price and that our 10th anniversary is coming up, we decided that we want to use this opportunity to record a very special (album) to celebrate the anniversary. The (album) will be released independently in a limited quantity and it will be our way of saying THANK YOU to all of our fans, who have been supporting us steadily.”
  
SIGNUM REGIS produced Decennium Primum, while bassist Ronnie König handled mixing and mastering.  Keyboardist Ján Tupý contributed the cover art (below).

A lyric video that SIGNUM REGIS recorded for the track “Damnatio Ad Bestias” can be viewed at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgFlsTSzByM

Decennium Primum track listing:

1. “Decennium Primum”
2. “Unfold The Mystery”
3. “Damnatio Ad Bestias”
4. “Screaming For Justice”
5. “Kingdom Of Light”
6. “The Future King”
7. “Well Deserved”
8. “Thunder And Rain”
9. “Train To Neverland”
10. “A Psalm Of Life”

Signum Regis - Decennium Primum

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

NEWS BRIEFS

* Live footage of NARNIA performing at Solid Rock Festival 2001: www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUGRHQ0rmQ4

* Sleaze Roxx online interview with RAINFORCE guitarist Andy La Morte: http://sleazeroxx.com/rainforce-guitarist-andy-la-morte

* REVELATION’s custom cassette release Spiritual Wind (originally released in 1988) is schedule to be re-mastered and re-issued on Thrashback Records later in the year.  Included along with the groups 1987 Visions demo will be a DVD of its performance at the 1989 Cornerstone Festival. 

 

Update: May 14, 2017

INTERVIEWS

Biogenesis - promo pic

New BIOGENESIS Interview Online:
Angelic Warlord had the recent opportunity to interview BIOGENESIS founder and vocalist Chaz Bond, who goes into detail about the group’s new album (May 26, 2017 release date) on Roxx Records, A Decadence Divine, the reformed Biogenessi line up and his new project with guitarist John Berry (Jacobs Dream), Black Iron Crown.  Following is an excerpt:

How did the writing and recording process for A Decadence Divine go?
It was pretty amazing really. This album came together very smoothly and quickly when compared to our previous albums. Our new guitarist Luke Nealeigh actually has his own studio and happens to be a great producer, which has been a blessing from God. He worked very hard on this album and he went a long way to make this what I believe to be our best album to date. I had a blast through the entire process. It was great to just record stress free and just love what you’re doing.

Read full interview: HERE

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

LEAH Debuts New Lyric Video, “The Dragonborn Comes”:
As reported by the Vancouver, British Columbia based Celtic symphonic metal songstress:

“I'm very excited to finally release a new song to you!

“As you know, I've been writing a brand new Celtic metal album this year (due this Fall)... and I was looking for inspiration, and tried some books, but never found my muse... until you guys recommended I start playing TES:V Skyrim (if you don't know of that game, just think of something similar to LOTR).

“So I started playing it, and I really did get inspired... and I even ran with some of those themes in my songwriting! Not only did the storyline inspire me, but the soundtrack itself is epic, as you already know :) I ended up getting distracted and thought to myself... "Hmmm... I wonder what it would sound like if I LEAH-fied the Dragonborn theme song?"

“I decided to try it and see how it turned out for fun. I sent it over to my producer in Germany and he really liked the song in my version, so I decided to release it for you!  I hope you like it, and I hope the song stays true enough for The Elder Scrolls fans, while also giving a new feminine spin on it.”

In a statement made earlier in the year the artist offered the following regarding said new album:

“I started out last year, thinking I was going to write a non-metal album. The idea was to keep it in the Celtic and Fantasy vein, similar to some of my non-metal tracks I've already put out. That was my intention.   Let's just say I've strayed from that idea quite a bit!

“You might know I've been working with producer Oliver Philipps (PHANTASMA,EVERON, DELAIN).  The cool part about working with him is he's really encouraged me to just let the music come out however it needs to, and to not try and force it into a certain box. This has been very good for me.  And you know what came out?  A lot of metal!

“I guess you can take the girl out of metal, but you can't take metal out of the girl.”

LEAH also recently went into detail in regards to her faith and the impact it has made on her art:

“Many people ask me about my Christian faith and how it ties into my music.

“First of all, I create music because I must. If I stop for long periods of time, I get grumpy. I was born to create. It's one of my callings in life (there are many).
 
“Second, I view my music as art.  All art is an extension of its creator, and it's very difficult (if not impossible) to separate one's faith, presuppositions, and worldview from one's personal expression.  It will always come through one way or another.

“For that reason, I don't believe in a sacred/secular distinction. So if someone asks me if I am a Christian I say yes.  If they ask if my music is Christian, I say - there's no such thing. I hope that makes sense.”

Kings & Queens, the most recent album from LEAH, was graded at 95% in receiving the Angelic Warlord top album of the year award for 2015.

“The Dragonborn Comes” can be downloaded for free at: http://leahmusic.net/dragonborn?__s=vsssaqeuebk8zqwivdpt

LEAH online: http://leahmusic.net, http://leahmchenry.com & www.facebook.com/LEAHthemusic

Sombre Holiday - The Sea Of Distance

SOMBRE HOLIDAY - The Sea Of Distance Artist Commentary:
Thoughts from vocalist and guitarist Terry Friesen regarding Angelic Warlord review of fourth SOMBRE HOLIDAY album:

“I love what you said regarding the first half of the album, "Patience is a must!"  It's almost like we have drifted so far out to sea that we don't know where we are anymore!  It works well with the concept, but requires much endurance from the listener, and those who endure are aptly rewarded I believe.  The second half is like a storm at sea that is building and churning (and) not knowing where the wind will determine our final destination.”

Note: The Sea Of Distance is a concept album revolving around our modern struggles with relationships- with God and the people in our lives.

The artist goes into further detail regarding several of his favorite songs off the album:

“The Eve Of Death” - I like how this song just is so epic.  I have no idea how it went from completely heavy to so quiet in the same song, but I love it when I hear it.

“To Be Complete” - I love how it builds, and then the ending just takes over with heaviness (I'm glad you drew attention to that).

“Pinnacle Of Remembrance” - is our favorite song on the album for how it turned out.  Our next album is taking shape from the momentum of this song, and we're excited to write an album of songs with this kind of serious metal energy.

“Follow Me” - absolutely grips my heart, the melodies just touch a chord deep down.

“The Death Of Eve” - I love your Neil Morse parallel.  I hadn't thought of that, but it's so true.  This song serves as a summary of the entire album, and I love the 'all over variety' that it has.

Regarding the difference between the albums The Sea Of Distance title and the track “A Sea Of Distance”:

“The way I understand it, The Sea Of Distance is the great divide between us and God, and “A Sea Of Distance” is more of a distance on a smaller scale (specifically between people like Adam & Eve).”

The songs “Desire”, “To Be Complete” & “Reconnect” form a trilogy:

“Those three songs are meant to be a kind of ‘trilogy’ both musically and thematically. They focus more on Adam's struggle to hammer out the frustrations of the distance between him and Eve.  Almost like he's journaling-wishing for things to improve (and) striving for restoration

“So musically I have used similar singing melodies and guitar parts (especially with “Desire” & “Reconnect”) and I have kept all 3 songs intentionally in the same key and tuning.  I believe all 3 songs stand on their own and have their own unique sound and feel, but the idea is 'one act with three parts'.”

In summary:

“I'm seeing The Sea of Distance as a tragedy album.  That's why there is so much sadness and melancholic melody.  (I further see) Part 2 (the next album) as a more assertive statement of seriously motivated restoration- so all songs overall will lean more to the aggressive side.  I think with the two albums combined, there will be quite an interesting journey!”

SOMBRE HOLIDAY online: www.facebook.com/Sombre-Holiday & https://sombreholiday.bandcamp.com

Theocracy promo pic

THEOCRACY - “Ghost Ship” YouTube Contest Announced:
Press Release / The Athens, Georgia-based melodic metal band THEOCRACY and its label Ulterium Records just announced the “Ghost Ship” YouTube contest.

Record a video of yourself when playing or singing the THEOCRACY track “Ghost Ship” and upload it to YouTube. Send a link to the video to contest@ulterium-records.com to be included in the contest.

The contest will be open until June 20th, and then THEOCRACY and Ulterium Records will decide two winners: the best performance as well as the most creative submission. Below you can see the prizes for the winners:

#1 Winner - the best performance
- "Ghost Ship" CD (signed)
- "Ghost Ship" 2LP vinyl edition with black discs (signed)
- A THEOCRACY t-shirt of your choice
- Contest video posted at the official THEOCRACY website and Facebook page

#2 Winner - the most creative performance/video
- "Ghost Ship" CD (signed)
- A THEOCDRACY t-shirt of your choice
- Contest video posted at the official THEOCRACY Facebook page

Visit this link for more info about the contest and for files: http://theocracymusic.com/2017/05/08/contest

“Ghost Ship” is the title track to the most recent THEOCRACY album, which was released October 28, 2016 in Europe and North America via Ulterium Records. 

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

Ghost Ship track listing:

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

Upcoming THEOCRACY shows:

May 27: Murray Hill Theatre - Jacksonville, FL
June 24: Reggies - Chicago, IL
July 28: BFE Rock Club - Houston, TX
July 29: O'Rileys - Dallas, TX
November 11: The Maywood - Raleigh, NC

A lyric video to the track “Easter” can be viewed at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMDKtNbyD0w

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

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

NEWS BRIEFS

“ Never Letting Go”, new single from THE CRIMSON BRIDGE MINISTRY: www.youtube.com/watch?v=IbxfS4emI0M

The song comes off the group’s sophomore album Choices, which is scheduled for a summer of 2017 release.

* SWEET CRYSTAL, “In Your Name” (Pearl Sound remix): https://sweetcrystal.bandcamp.com/track/in-your-name-pearl-sound-remix

“In Your Name” made its initial appearance on the 2001 SWEET CRYSTAL sophomore album Still Standing…

 

Update: May 7, 2017

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

Ultimatum - Puppet Of Destruction - Roxx Records Vinyl Edition

ULTIMATUM - Puppet Of Destruction Vinyl Release:
Press Release / Roxx Records is very pleased to announce the next in our limited edition vinyl series called the Roxx Underground Series. We are also very pleased to announce that with this release we are also celebrating the 20th anniversary of a very special title for this, our 6th release in the series.

Please join us as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of this seminal underground Christian thrash album entitled Puppet Of Destruction! Yes that’s right we are proudly releasing on May 26, 2017 a limited edition vinyl pressing of the classic album from ULTIMATUM, which is actually the band’s second full length studio release.

Originally recorded in 1997 and released in 1998 via Rowe Productions, the album was well received but the band was never quite happy with that original releases master and mix. So Roxx Records would go on to re-master and reissue Puppet Of Destruction on CD to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the release. Now as we approach the 20th anniversary of this album. Roxx has spared no expense making this release extra special for the fans and the band as we celebrate ULTIMATUM and their Puppet Of Destruction with its first ever VINYL release!

This limited edition pressing of only 150 hand numbered copies is on a very cool green and black swirl vinyl, with full color center rings. The artwork was re-imagined and reworked by vocalist Scott Waters (No Life til Metal/Roxx Records) and each pressing comes with an enclosed limited edition 11 x 17 poster with new artwork designed by Andy Borders to celebrate the 20th anniversary!

Also in honor of this anniversary we have printed a very special run of the Live Through The Years DVD that was originally only released as a part of the limited edition box set which has been sold out for years. This is your chance to get a copy of that DVD as part of a vinyl package or as a stand-alone DVD. The DVD features a live performance in California from the Up From The Ashes 3 festival as well as a host of other videos and performances jam packed in to one DVD.
Even more, we have a VERY limited number of a special print of the Puppet Of Destruction poster artwork on a limited edition t shirt. There is a VERY limited amount of these and they will be a part of the Ultimate Puppet Package and when they are gone so is this package.

The ULTIMATUM ‘Ultimate’ package will include everything above including a copy of the re-mastered and expanded CD, which we only have 50 copies remaining of before being completely sold out as well.

Wait, that’s still not enough for you? Well, we have more in that every vinyl pre order will also come with a very special insert, autographed by vocalist Scott Waters and guitarist Robert Gutierrez of ULTIMATUM celebrating this special anniversary release!

So join us as we celebrate 20 years of Puppet Of Destruction and let’s all remember one of the last truly classic Christian thrash releases.

Puppet Of Destruction track listing:

1. “Never”
2. “Mortal Stomp”
3. “Scorn”
4. “Puppet Of Destruction”
5. “Gutterbox”
6. “Repentance”
7. “World Of Sin”
8. “Crosshope”
9. “Conform To Reality”
10. “Charged/Power”

Puppet Of Destruction pre-order: http://roxxrecords.storenvy.com

ULTIMATUM online: www.facebook.com/Ultimatum

NEWS BRIEFS

* Vocalist Chaz Bond (BIOGENESIS) has formed a new band with guitarist John Berry (JACOBS DREAM) called BLACK IRON CROWN.  According to the group, an album is in the works.  Further details as they become available.

* The new David Benson album, Death To Black, is tentatively scheduled for a fall of 2017 release.

* Update from vocalist Dale Thompson regarding new band, No Other God (Facebook - May 6, 2017)”

“Well folks it is decided. You wanted true blue heavy metal with a passion and grit and without the watered-down or the over-the-top grind-core style? Well that would be what is about to happen. My newest band with a Brazilian writing partner Nenel Lucena is called N.O.G .... wait for it!”

* ESSENCE OF SORROW documentary, part one and part two: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItyrYIUbeNU & www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6Utg3jGTj0

 

Update: April 30, 2017

FEATURED REVIEWS

ANGELICA - Angelica
We profess great admiration for the Intense Records 1989 self-titled Angelica debut for its ability to balance the virtuoso guitar abilities of Dennis Cameron with the melodic lead vocals of Rob Rock.  Read Full Review >> 

EMERALD - Armed For Battle
Hailing from Southern California, and arising out of the eighties Sunset Strip metal scene, Emerald was founded in 1978 by 15-year-old guitarist Dave Enos and 22-year-old vocalist Larry Phillips.  Read Full Review >>

PASTOR BRAD - Storm The Gates 2
Forget the comeback talk.  Pastor Brad is back.  Bay City, Michigan full time minister and part time guitarist ‘Pastor Brad’ Windlan leaves little doubt with the April of 2017 release of Storm The Gates 2, his fourth album in two years following a four year hiatus.  Read Full Review >>

RAINFORCE - Lion’s Den
Rainforce arose out of the vision La Morte had of founding a band with musician friends that draws upon the hard rocking spirit of the seventies and eighties while accompanied by faith-based lyrics.  Read Full Review >> 

SACRED WARRIOR - Master’s Command (Roxx Records re-issue)
Arising  out of the late eighties Chicago, Illinois metal scene, Sacred Warrior recorded a pair of demos prior to landing a deal with Intense Records, which led to its 1988 debut full length RebellionRead Full Review >>

SUNROAD - Wing Seven
Meet the Roxx Records spring of 2017 new Sunroad album, Wing Seven.  Same basic recipe as the Goiania, Brazil based group’s previous albums, but a few of the ingredients are new.  Read Full Review >>

VARIOUS ARTISTS - Metal Pulse: A Tribute To Dale Huffman
Roxx Records and Rottweiler Records have joined forces in March of 2017 to release one of the largest compilation albums in Christian metal history, Metal Pulse: A Tribute to Dale Huffman, which pays homage to Dale Huffman, the late owner of Metal Pulse Radio.  Read Full Review >> 

THE WORLD WILL BURN - RuiNation
A little more than a year ago, when The World Will Burn independently released its full-length debut Severity, jaws dropped.  Read Full Review >>

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

Theocracy - As The World Bleeds

THEOCRACY - As The World Bleeds Red Vinyl Edition Announced:
Press Release / Ulterium Records are proud to announce the release of a limited red transparent vinyl 2LP edition of the classic THEOCRACY album As The World Bleeds. The edition is strictly limited to 500 copies worldwide and the release date is set to June 30, 2017.

As The World Bleeds initially saw release on November 25, 2011 in Europe via Ulterium Records and November 21, 2011 in North America via Nightmare Records.  The album was mastered by Mika Jussila (NIGHTWISH, STRATOVARIOUS, CHILDREN OF BODOM) and features artwork by Felipe Machado Franco (BLIND GUARDIAN, RHAPSODY OF FIRE, ICED EARTH).

As The World Bleeds vinyl track listing:

A1. “I AM”
A2. “The Master Storyteller”

B1. “Nailed”
B2. “Hide In The Fairytale
B3. “The Gift Of Music”

C1. “30 Pieces Of Silver”
C2. “Drown”
C3. “Altar To The Unknown God”

D1. “Light Of The World”
D2. “As The World Bleeds”

Upcoming THEOCRACY shows

May 27: Murray Hill Theatre - Jacksonville, FL
June 24: Reggies - Chicago, IL
July 28: BFE Rock Club - Houston, TX
July 29: O'Rileys - Dallas, TX
November 11: The Maywood - Raleigh, NC

THEOCRACY is a metal band from Athens, Georgia., whose melodic style has more in common with their European contemporaries than with most of their U.S. counterparts. Characterized by huge choruses, epic arrangements and progressive elements, THEOCRACY’s music is both immediate and deep, managing to be instantly catchy and memorable, yet revealing new levels of intricacy and depth with each subsequent listen.

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

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

Roxx Records Reveals New ZEAL Song, “Loner”:
Roxx Records has made available for streaming a new recording of the ZEAL song “Loner”, which originally appeared on the Big Rage Compilation put out by Pure Metal Records in 1990.  “Loner” is scheduled to be included as part of the upcoming Roxx Records full-length album from ZEAL entitled The Road.

Contributing vocals to the song are ZEAL vocalist Rich Wilkins and guitarist John Johnson in addition to Rey Parra (SACRED WARRIOR, WORLDVIEW).  Rich sings the first verse, Jonathan the second verse and choruses, and Rey the end of the song!

“Loner” was produced and recorded by Jonathan Johnson.

ZEAL line up:

Rich Wilkins - Lead Vocals
John Johnson - Guitars
Phil Bradshaw - Bass & Keyboards
Rikk Weltmer – Drums

Further details about The Road in terms of release date and track listing are forthcoming.

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

NEWS BRIEFS

* ARMAGEDDON USA to begin work on new album (Facebook - April 7, 2017)”

“We are going to begin working on our next release this summer! Joe Hasselvander (Raven, Blue Cheer, Cathedral, White Lion, Savoy Brown, Death Row, Pentagram, et. al.) will be joining Robby Lee, Robert Bussey and Mike Vance to follow up on their award winning 2015 release, UP IN FLAMES. You can expect HEAVINESS. You can expect Hard hitting lyrics. You can expect a variety of Heavy Metal styles and sub genres within the Heavy Metal scope of music. There will be shredding guitars, chunky riffs, thrash, doom and speed for every fan of True Heavy Metal! We can't wait to get started!”

* Roxx Records signs FEAR NOT (Facebook - 04/25/17):

“We are very excited to make a quick announcement that we have signed an agreement with the guys in Fear Not so this year will see a very special first time on vinyl pressing and a re-mastered CD pressing to celebrate 25 years of this classic Christian rocker! Stay tuned for full details coming very soon.”

* Michael Sweet update (Facebook - April 20, 2017):

“I'm wrapping up vocals for the new Sweet & Lynch album in the next week, then we fly to LA to shoot a video for the S&L song, "Walk" and then we head back to MA to mix. Then I'm off to Sweetwater to showcase my new ISP Technologies Theta MS Signature pedal and then I hit the road for a month long solo acoustic tour!

“Oz and I are currently working on new guitar riff ideas for the new Stryper album and I'm going to get Rob involved in the lyrics. We will start recording in October. We are super pumped to do a new album and ready for the future.

“I'm also heading to South America and Puerto Rico for a 2 week run in August/September!!!

“The new S&L album will be released in Octoberish and next year lots of touring. Times are fast paced but exciting and honestly I think I'm more busy nowadays then I was I the past.”

* “Leave Me Standing’, new music video from WALES ROAD: www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEXs2JZ4Jhw

The song comes off the Rochester, New York based groups 2015 release Wounds & Whispers.

 

Update: April 23, 2017

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

BIOGENESIS, A Decadence Divine Details Revealed:
Press Release / Roxx Records is very excited to announce the full release details for the brand new album from BIOGENESIS. Get ready because on May 26, 2017 we are proud to present you with the next chapter in the history of BIOGENESIS and this chapter brings us to A Decadence Divine.

A lyric video to the track “The Pain You Left Behind” can be reviewed above (cover art below).

Having started out all the way back in 1996, American metal band BIOGENESIS has created a metal style almost all their own. While it is very hard to categorize, a good description style wise might be a mix of thrash/death/power/prog/goth and aggressive nu-metal, and as far as a band comparison it’s probably what you would get if you mixed DELIVERANCE, MEGADETH, SAVIOUR MACHINE and threw in some DREAM THEATER and maybe a little DISTURBED.

This is technically only the bands third full length original release, starting with The Mark Bleeds Through (2001 Rowe Productions) followed up 11 years later after a hiatus with The Rise, The Fall, The Rebirth (2012 Soundmass). Also 2 years later a re-mastered and expanded edition of their first album would be released entitled The Mark Bleeds Through: First Blood (2014 Soundmass)

Jump forward to 2017 and their brand new album, A Decadence Divine, is now on the horizon slated for release through Roxx Records on May 26th. Decadence features almost a completely brand new and youthful line up, hosting an improved sound both musically, lyrically and sonically. BIOGENESIS is ready to take the metal world by storm with this brand new Rebirth! This release also boasts brand new apocalyptic cover artwork that was designed by graphic designer Tim Murray, and helping make A Decadence Divine a must have metal release for 2017.

Check out the single"‘Tears of God" which is now streaming over at the official Roxx Records Reverb page.  www.reverbnation.com/roxxrecords

Pre-orders are live now and the first 100 come with an exclusive Limited Edition BioGeneis guitar pick: http://roxxrecords.storenvy.com/products/19766480-biogenesis-a-decadence-divine-2017

A Decadence Divine track listing:

1. “Prelude (Nocturnal Images)”
2. “A Decadence Divine”
3. “Inside The Beast”
4. “Bet Your Soul”
5. “As Empires Fall”
6. “Lines In The Sand”
7. “The Pain You Left Behind”
8. “Tears Of God”
9. “Land Of Confusion”
10. “In the Darkness I Dwell”
11. “Brood Of Vipers”
12. “Silence” (CD bonus track)

Biogenesis - A Decadence Divine

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

BIOGENESIS online: www.facebook.com/BiogenesisProgressiveMetal

NARNIA - “Thank You” Music Video Released:
Press Release / Swedish melodic metal band NARNIA has debuted a music video for the song “Thank You", which comes off its seventh studio album, Narnia, that it released on September 16, 2016 via Deep Within Management.

The new self-titled album finds NARNIA celebrating its twentieth year as a band by revisiting their melodic roots but with an updated sound and powerful production courtesy of CJ Grimmark (with mixing and mastering by Thomas “Plec” Johansson).

Late last year NARNIA reported the departure of long time bassist Andreas Passmark:

Comments Passmark: “I want to thank the guys for my 15 years with the band. What a journey we have had!!! And I will always remember it with a smile on my face.  I will still, of course, consider you to be among my closest friends.  In my own future, I will continue rocking with my main band Royal Hunt and other projects. If you want to follow me in the future, please check out my Official Andreas Passmark FB page.  “I want to wish the ‘Narnians’ good luck and continue the mission to spread the word of Jesus Christ! God Bless You All! You will always be in my heart!”

Throughout the years, NARNIA has established itself as one of the leading forces in melodic, neoclassical metal with a reputation for being a great live act that always delivers. 

Upcoming NARNIA shows:

Narnia tour dates 2017

NARNIA line-up 2016:

Christian Liljegren - Vocals
CJ Grimmark - Guitars, keyboards & backing vocals
Andreas “Habo” Johansson - Drums
Martin Härenstam - Keyboards

Narnia track listing:

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

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

NEWS BRIEFS

* “Tetelestai”, new song from guitarist Dennis Cameron (ANGELICA): www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVyAiaO9NyI

* The recently released new two-song EP from CHAOTIC RESEMBLENCE includes the songs “Sound Of The Saints” and “Riot Anthem”.  Produced by Oz Fox (STRYPER) and mixed by Tony Palacios (GUARDIAN).

* Plans are in the works for LORDCHAIN to digitally re-release its self-titled debut album (Facebook - April 8, 2017):

“Lordchain's self titled debut turns 20 years old & we are going to celebrate it with the long awaited digital release of the album. Not only that, but the digital version will have 7 bonus tracks. Look for it on iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby & other digital distributors May, 2017!”

* Footage of SACRED WARRIOR performing live at Kingdom Bound Festival 1990: www.youtube.com/watch?v=59ie7eJIPRo

 

Update: April 16, 2017

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

THEOCRACY - “Easter” Lyric Video Posted Online:
Press Release / The Athens, Georgia-based melodic power metal band THEOCRACY has released a lyric video for the track “Easter” off its most recent album Ghost Ship, which was released October 28, 2016 in Europe and North America through Ulterium Records.

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

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

Ghost Ship track listing:

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

Upcoming THEOCRACY shows

May 27: Murray Hill Theatre - Jacksonville, FL
June 24: Reggies - Chicago, IL
July 28: BFE Rock Club - Houston, TX
July 29: O'Rileys - Dallas, TX
November 11: The Maywood - Raleigh, NC

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

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

Millennial Reign promo pic

MILLENNIAL REIGN Announce New Line Up:
Press Release / MILLENNIAL REIGN are happy to announce their new line-up. Drummer Steve Nichols (SOLITUDE AETURNUS) and bassist Neil Bertrand (WHEN ANGELS DIE) have come on board as full time members, joining vocalist James Guest and guitarist Dave Harvey.

The band has issued the following statement:

"We are very excited to have such talented heavy hitters join our line up. They will both add a completely new dimension to our overall sound. We have some great shows lined up with bands like HammerFall, Delain and label-mates Theocracy. The forthcoming album is nearly written and studio recording will begin this summer 2017. We look forward to seeing you on the road with our new members."

Upcoming MILLENNIAL REIGN shows:

April 13-15: Exodo Fest - Tlaxcala, Mexico
May 13: Trees - Dallas, TX (with HAMMERFALL and DELAIN)
July 28: BFE Rock Club - Houston, TX (with THEOCRACY)
July 29 : O'Riley's - Dallas, TX (with THEOCRACY)

MILLENNIAL REIGN line up:

James Guest - Vocals
Dave Harvey - Guitars
Neil Bertrand - Bass
Steve Nichols – Drums

MILLENNIAL REIGN online: www.millennialreign.com & www.facebook.com/millennialreign

Stairway - "1917 - Fatherless Child" single

STAIRWAY release “1917 - Fatherless Child” single:
“1917 - Fatherless Child” was written by vocalist & bassist Graeme Leslie in memory of his great grandfather, who was killed on April 11, 1917 whilst serving his country in the 1st World War as an infantryman in the Worcestershire Regiment.  He left behind a wife and two children.  STAIRWAY is releasing the song 100 years to the day of him being killed on April 11, 1917, and serves as a memorial to his life.

“1917 – Fatherless Child” is available for streaming at: https://stairway.bandcamp.com/track/1917-fatherless-child
 
The song comes off the sixth STAIRWAY album Power & Glory, which the Staffordshire, England based group independently released the spring of last year in follow up to its most recent album, Interregnum.from 2010.

Angelic Warlord described Power & Glory as “(coming) with all the trimmings distinct to the (traditional metal) genre: the muscular flexing guitar riffs and breakneck lead guitar of Pete Jennens not to mention the thickly woven rhythm section furnished by timekeeper Andy Edwards and bassist Rob Jennens.  Front man Graeme Leslie puts in every bit the strong showing, with a smooth but mid-ranged vocal style in which he can go for a high note with ease or descend into some gritty and soulful flavorings at a moments notice." 

PowerAnd Glory track listing:

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

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

SUNROAD - “Destiny Shadows” Music Video Released:  
“Destiny Shadows”, the new video from Brazil’s SUNROAD, can be viewed above.  The song comes off the group’s seventh studio album Wing Seven, which was released via Roxx Records on April 14, 2017.

SUNROAD started out in 1996 and have been playing their brand of melodic hard rock now for over 20 years, with six previous albums, a best of collection and live DVD under their belt these guys show no sign of slowing down.

Having just finished recording their seventh studio album entitled Wing Seven, SUNROAD is ready to get back at it, playing shows, maybe hooking up as part of a tour and just play their music to the people wherever they can go.

The sound of SUNROAD could be defined as a very dynamic hard rock band with some blues and progressive rock influences thrown in. They have toured extensively, and have played with many great bands and artists through the years, including shows with LA GUNS, WHITECROSS, PETRA, JOE LYNN TURNER and STRYPER to name a few.

Wing Seven contains 13 new songs, including the first single “In The Sand” that has just been released as part of a fund raising compilation entitled Metal Pulse: A Tribute to Dale Huffman.

SUNROAD lineup:

Andre Adonis - Lead Vocals & Keyboards
Netto Mello - Guitars
Akasio Angels – Bass & Backing Vocals
Fred Mika - Drums, Percussion & Backing Vocals.

Wing Seven track listing:

1.”Destiny Shadows”
2. “White Eclipse”
3. “In The Sand”
4. “Misspent Youth”
5. “Tempo”
6. “Whatever”
7. “Skies Eyes”
8. “Day By Day”
9. “Craft Of Whirlwinds”
10. “Drifting Ships”
11. “Brighty Breakdown”
12. “Plot Of Your Heart”
13. “Last Sunray In The Road”

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

SUNROAD online: www.facebook.com/sunroadofficial

NEWS BRIEFS

* BIG CHRIS & D’BARE BONES update (as reported by founding member Chris Dickens at Christian Hard Music -April 14, 2017):

“My song "Girl In The Window" will be featured on an upcoming compilation album called Backroom Blues Vol. 5 put out by Bongo Boy Records.  This will get "Girl In The Window" pushed to radio and film in China, Japan, and the UK.  It may not help get the word out about Big Chris & D'Bare Bones Band music, but it can't hurt!

“Also, I am gearing up to start recording my 2nd album.  I started off planning 5 songs but that is looking more like 7 maybe 8 songs for this EP”

Definite song titles:

“The Bootlegger's Prayer”
“Please Don't Make Me Watch A Chick Flick”
“Completely Flexible”
“I Love You More Than Meatloaf”
“Where The Worm Dieth Not” (Mission Of One remake)

Possible songs:

“Born Again” (Accapella song only)
“Burning Bush” (parody of ZZ Top's "Tush")
“Fur Elise” (both classical and rocked out versions in one song)

* CHAOTIC RESEMBLANCE new album studio update from Las Vegas: www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mKI2hciQYI

* “Repent”, Japanese Christian metal from IMARI TONES: www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rMvGLxQxg8

“Repent” comes off the group’s forthcoming concept album Jesus Wind to be released later in the year.

* ESSENCE OF SORROW is crowd funding its upcoming sophomore album: www.indiegogo.com/projects/essence-of-sorrow-crowdfunding#/

According to the group, “After nearly two decades in the business in various bands and projects.We have decided to take matters into our own hands and want to raise money for our new album directly from the people who have supported our bands all these years. After a somewhat long period in hibernation ESSENCE OF SORROW is finally back in business! This campaign is a way that supporters of a band can know exactly where their hard earned dollars are going. Join us now!”

 

Update: April 12, 2017

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

THE HERO - “Via Dolorosa” Lyric Video Premier:
The Stockholm, Sweden based Gothic hard rock band THE HERO has released a lyric video of the track “Via Dolorosa”, which comes off its December of 2016 Roxx Records full-length album Miracles.

Miracles is the first album from THE HERO since its 2013 release Afterlife, which came out subsequent to Immortal and Bless This Nation from 2009 and 2006, respectively.

According to THE HERO press material, “(We) may not be the hardest band out there, nor the fastest, but definitely (we are) an original band not to be compared to anyone. Having said that though, Miracles is heavy, yes! It’s beautiful, yes! It’s catchy, yes! It’s gothic, yes! It’s dark, yes. But most importantly at the end of the day it leaves you with Hope! Yes, that is ‘THE HERO and we are excited to bring you Miracles this winter 2016.”

The 75% Angelic Warlord review described Miracles as representing “a new and improved Hero whom pursues a musical direction rooted further in Gothic territory”.  The album is further described as “(allowing for) the same signature Hero heaviness comes into play but is more of the straightforward hard rock and melodic metal type as opposed to the power metal variety”.

THE HERO line up:

Michael Hero - Guitars & Baritone Lead vocals,
Emanuel Wärja - Guitar & Background vocals
Henrik Deleskog - Bass.
Daniel Mouton - Drums & Background vocals

Miracles track listing:

1. “Kill The Monster”
2. “The Broken Hearted”
3. “Miracles”
4. “Tell The World”
5. “Via Dolorosa”
6. “Corpus Christi”
7. “Melancholiah”
8. “Crying In The Rain”
9. “Join Me In Life”
10. “When Evil Blooms”
11. “Shot”
12. “Mr. Rigor Mortis” (CD Only Bonus Track)
13. “Viva Victoria” (CD Only Bonus Track)
14. “The Swedish National Anthem” (CD Only Bonus Track)

Miracles ordering information: http://roxxrecords.storenvy.com/products/18585556-the-hero-miracles-cd-2016

THE HERO online: http://herosweden.com & www.facebook.com/TheHEROSweden

RAINFORCE Debut “Desert Sand” Official Music Video:
Multinational hard rock act RAINFORCE has premiered a video to the track “Desert Sand”.  The song comes off the group’s debut album Lion’s Den, which is scheduled to be released on April 14, 2017 via Roxx Records (United States) and Quam Libet Records (Europe).

RAINFORCE is a brand new hard rock project founded by guitarist and songwriter Andy La Morte (formerly involved in bands such as PŸLON, DISOBEDIENCE & THANKFUL HEART), whom has joined forces with Matt Brand, the mastermind behind Swiss doomsters PŸLON, as bassist and co-producer.  Joining the two is South Germany’s finest drummer Benjamin Mann (POWER OF GOD).  Fronting RAINFORCE is Maltese singer Jordan Cutajar (NOMAD SON & a stint in PŸLON), whose voice is unique as it is variable, which makes him the perfect vocalist for RAINFORCE.

Lion’s Den is set to feature quite the entourage of guest performers, including guitarist Rex Carroll (WHITECROSS), bassist Jim La Verde (BARREN CROSS), vocalist Rex Scott (X-SINNER, GX PROJECT) and Canadian vocalist Kevin Wright (ex JACOBS DREAM).

The first single off Lion’s Den, “Feed Me (I’m Hungry)” is streaming at the Roxx Records ReverbNation page:
www.reverbnation.com/roxxrecords

RAINFORCE, in addition, has donated the ballad “Shine A Light”, to be included as part of the Metal Pulse: A Tribute To Dale Huffman compilation that was released in March, noting how Dale was both a big fan of PŸLON and looking forward to The Lion’s Den.

Lion’s Den is available for pre-order at: http://roxxrecords.storenvy.com/products/19174966-rainforce-lions-den-2017

Lion’s Den track listing:

1. “Lion’s Den” (with Philipp Rölli)
2. “My Rock” (with Rex D. Scott)
3. “Feed Me (I’m Hungry)”
4. “I Am Yours” (with Rex Carroll)
5. “Speechless” (with Philipp Rölli)
6. “New Jerusalem” (with Hämu Plüss)
7. “Desert Sand” (with Jim LaVerde)
8. “The Gods Have Failed” (with Philippe “The Greis” Kreis)
9. “He Came To Set The Captives Free” (with Oliver Schneider & Philipp Rölli)
10. “Shine A Light” (with Kevin Wright & Philipp Rölli)

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

RAINFORCE online: www.facebook.com/rainforce.ch

 

Update: April 9, 2017

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

Hold Soldier - Last Train - Roxx Records re-issue

HOLY SOLDIER Announce 25th Anniversary Pressing Of Last Train:
Press Release / Roxx Records is very excited to announce a very special reissue from one of the Christian hard rock scene’s most instrumental artists, HOLY SOLDIER.

HOLY SOLDIER burst on to the scene in 1985 when founded by bassist Andy Robbins and guitarist Jamie Cramer.  At one time, the band held the largest attendance records at Gazzarri's, a notable nightclub in the Hollywood circuit. In 1990, HOLY SOLDIER released their debut self-titled album, which would draw quite a bit of attention and success to the band. But with this release we are celebrating the band’s second sophomore release Last Train, which was released in 1992, 25 years ago this year!

For this special celebration, we are giving the release a very special Roxx treatment, starting with a complete and new re-master done by Cliffy Huntington, who mastered the release for vinyl and CD. As well we have updated the artwork, however keeping the integrity to the original pressing, this new representation and layout and design was done by Scott Waters (Roxx Records / No Life Til Metal)

Last Train shows a band at the peak of their prowess. With grit and determination, Holy Soldier shows that they were not followers in a narrow glam scene but were an exceptional hard rock act that worked hard to create a unique sound that deserved more recognition than they received. All the years slugging it out in the L.A. club scene were not lost on this talented five piece, producer David Zaffiro pulled out the best they had and helped to craft an under rated gem.” Keven Crothers (White Throne / Heaven’s Metal)

This limited edition release will come pressed on 500 vinyl copies (200 red vinyl and 300 black vinyl), noting how this is the first time Last Train has been pressed on vinyl  In addition we will also be releasing a very cool 500 piece limited edition re-mastered reissue on CD.

Stay tuned you won’t want to miss out on this very special 25th anniversary reissue before they are gone! Coming September 2017!

HOLY SOLDIER fans in Mexico be sure to check out Exodo Fest in Mexico City where Andy Robbins will be making a special appearance playing with Tourniquet! You won’t want to miss this!

Last Train track listing:

1. "Virtue & Vice"
2. "Crazy"
3. "Hallow's Eve"
4. "Gimme Shelter"
5. "Love is On The Way"
6. "Dead End Drive"
7. "Tuesday Mourning"
8. "Fairwheather Friend"
9. "Last Train"

Roxx Records online: http://roxxrecords.storenvy.com & www.facebook.com/RoxxRecords777

True Strength banner

TRUE STRENGTH Reveals Third Album Details & New Members:
Press Release / TRUE STRENGTH is humbled and honored to announce their third full-length album called, Sanguinary Vivification. The album will be the first concept album by TRUE STRENGTH, featuring nine songs about the Passion of Jesus Christ and His fulfillment of The Suffering Servant prophecy from the Book of Isaiah (Isaiah 53). The name "Sanguinary Vivification" roughly means, "The giving of life involving bloodshed" which is a term that songwriter Ryan "The Archangel" Darnell coined to describe the suffering of Jesus.

The album is being recorded by Robert Sands, who returns from recording TRUE STRENGTH's sophomore album Steel Evangelist, and will be working with producer, Sid Garcia, who produced the legendary Christian thrash metal band ULTIMATUM's Into the Pit album. Garcia will be mixing and mastering the new album. God willing, the album Sanguinary Vivification on track to be completed by the end of the summer with a tentative fourth quarter 2017 or first quarter 2018 release.

Sanguinary Vivification track listing:

 1. “Immanuel”
 2. “Man Of Sorrows”
 3. “Silent Before The Shearers”
 4. “His Blood Is On Us”
 5. “The Punishment That Brought Us Peace”
 6. “By His Wounds We Are Healed”
 7. “A Grave Among The Rich And The Wicked”
 8. “Arisen Is The Suffering Servant”
 9. “Worthy Is The Lamb”

The Sanguinary Vivification album will feature a great deal of changes to personnel:

TRUE STRENGTH is honored to announce Lean Van Ranna as the new lead vocalist of TRUE STRENGTH! Van Ranna is known for his work with fantastic Christian metal bands MASTERFUL, MELODIUS DEITE, and ARKANDALYS. Van Ranna has an amazing voice, with a style and range comparable to Andre Matos (ANGRA), Michael Sweet (STRYPER), Michael Kiske (HELLOWEEN) and Herbie Langhans (SEVENTH AVENUE). He will be taking over for Ryan "The Archangel" Darnell who desires to focus more on Rhythm Guitar, Bass and songwriting full time in TRUE STRENGTH instead of singing. Lean Van Ranna will be featured on Sanguinary Vivification, TRUE STRENGTH's third full length album currently being recorded. Van Ranna is from Brazil, he is a devout Christian and is no stranger to the Christian heavy metal scene.

Here is a YouTube video of Lean Van Ranna performing To Hell With the Devil on-stage with Michael Sweet and STRYPER in São Paulo, Brazil: www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Qs_WReLLkk

TRUE STRENGTH is honored to announce David Van Geisel as its new drummer! Van Geisel is known for his work with fantastic Christian metal band MASTERFUL. Van Geisel is a power/progressive, speed metal drummer who brings fast, powerful rhythms to the TRUE STRENGTH arsenal!

Here is a YouTube video of David Van Geisel performing in MASTERFUL with Lean Van Ranna: www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3XGBtVqY9o

TRUE STRENGTH is honored to announce that uts third album will feature numerous musicians; one in particular is Rute Fevereiro, a devout Christian and an extremely talented female metal opera singer from Portugal! She will be lending her voice to numerous female lead and backing tracks on the upcoming album! Rute is known for her work from Massacre Records' ENCHANTYA and formerly of BLACK WIDOW. She even appeared on the song "Lusiadas (The Brave ones)" on POSEIDON’S ANGER's first album War Of The Gods with former TRUE STRENGTH drummer, Chris Clark.

Here is a YouTube video of Rute Fevereiro performing "Lusiadas (The Brave ones)" with POSEIDON’S ANGER: www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDsODjIw12o

TRUE STRENGTH line-up on Sanguinary Vivification:

Lean Van Ranna - Lead Vocals
Ryan "The Archangel" Darnell - Rhythm Guitar, Bass, Piano, Keyboards, Backing Vocals, Acoustic Rhythm Guitar & Alt. Percussion.
Josh Cirbo - Lead Guitars & Acoustic Lead Guitar
David Van Geisel - Drums
Rute Fevereiro - Female Lead and Backing Vocals

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

NEWS BRIEFS

* Vocalist and guitarist Jimmy P. Brown offers the latest in regards to the upcoming DELIVERANCE album: www.youtube.com/watch?v=CydR13lgQSs

* RITUAL SERVANT brings old school thrash, doom and epic metal on its tracks “The Sacrifice” & “Seven Trumpets”:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8RL3GSA3Do & www.youtube.com/watch?v=eg1vLJ0shEU

* STRYPER update (Facebook - April 3, 2017):

“Who's getting ready for a new Stryper album? We've had a few meetings about it and we're doing this! We're looking at this as the record of our career and our plan is to make the greatest Stryper album ever. We appreciate your thoughts and prayers as we prepare to write a new chapter in the book of "Stryper". We're really excited about the future and hitting the road in 2018. Announcement coming soon - stay tuned”

 

Update: April 5, 2017

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

Lipstick promo pic

LIPSTICK Helps Spread Awareness Of Child Abuse Prevention:
Theatrical rockers release free download as part of National Child Abuse Prevention Month:

Nashville, TN - April 2, 2017 - As part of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, LIPSTICK is offering a free download of their new song “Fight Back” to help spread awareness about child abuse. The band issued the following statement:

“Hello everyone,

“LIPSTICK is, for the most part, a fun and light-hearted band. Life, however, is complex, and there are important issues to talk about. April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and LIPSTICK is wanting to spread awareness of this issue. It's not just because I'm a former victim of physical, mental and sexual abuse at the hands of my stepfather. It's because no child deserves to be abused, and from personal experience, I found that the best way to stop child abuse is to spread awareness.

So, for the month of April, we're offering a free download of our song "Fight Back", an anthem against abuse, and we humbly ask that you share the song and spread it around. Let your friends know that it's National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Donate to a good charity like the Nashville Children's Alliance and please, report any suspected child abuse. Spread the word, please.”

Humbly Yours,

Greg Troyan (LIPSTICK Vocalist)

“Fight Back” is from the band's latest album, Lipstick II. Lipstick II features a wide array of guest musicians on the album, including Billy Morris (WARRANT/QUIET RIOT), Tom Pappas (SUPERDRAG), Jace McLain (NUCLEAR BUBBLE WRAP), and the narrator of the English version of Dragonball Z, Kyle Hebert. The album was released on January 25th, 2017. The band is also performing a charity show for the Nashville Children's Alliance on April 9th, 2017 at The Country in Nashville, TN.      

ABOUT LIPSTICK: LIPSTICK is a theatrical rock band based in Nashville, TN. The band is a musical collective led by two core musicians, Greg Troyan (vocals) and Stephen Smith (bass) with a large number of backing musicians filling out the rest of the lineup. The band is known for epic stage shows driven by catchy, optimistic, hard rock.

“Fight Back” can be downloaded at: www.lipstickgeneration.com/downloads/d/ZG9kZ2U%3D

LIPSTICK online: www.lipstickgeneration.com & www.facebook.com/lipstickgeneration

Roxx Records 15th Anniversary banner

Roxx Records Celebrates 15th Anniversary:
Press Release / We are very happy to announce Roxx Records has made it to 15 years! From our very first release back in 2002 to promote the Extreme Mardi Gras, which was a 15 year anniversary to the first Metal Mardi Gras in 1987. These had actually been sold out a long time ago, but we recently found a case of 30 that were in hiding. We have come a long way since then and have released quite a few new albums and many classic reissues through the years.

Check them all out here if you like: www.roxxproductions.com/discography

We are not going to have a huge celebration around this because quite frankly we have never really been about self-promotion; rather, it’s all about the music and the higher purpose of what we do. But we are happy about this significant milestone so we are going to do a couple of things just to mark the occasion.

First we have to thank Dave Kruse for creating this very special and cool new logo for us to mark this occasion, we quite like it! So we are going to print a handful of these on black t-shirts.

We will only be ordering exactly as many pre orders as we get placed. Get those orders in now, we plan on placing this pre order up from now until April 14th. April 14th the order will come down and then we will work on printing the shirts up for those that really want one!

In addition, we are working on our spring sampler, which will encompass 5 new tracks from this years releases and end with 10 tracks that we have put out through the years in our back catalog. All t-shirt orders will also get the CD free!

So this is the first shirt we have ever done for Roxx Records in 15 years, even though we get requests for them quite a bit. So get one now while you can or forever hold your peace! Who knows if we will ever do one again :)

A BIG ‘Thank You’ to all of you out there who have supported us through the years and helped to keep the Christian hard rock and metal music scene alive and well!

Roxx Productions online: www.roxxproductions.com & www.facebook.com/Roxx.Productions

 

Update: April 2, 2017

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

Seventh Angel - Demo Collection

Bombworks Records To Release SEVENTH ANGEL Demo Collection:
Press Release / Bombworks Records announce the April 25, 2017 release of the SEVENTH ANGEL Demo Collection, which will be a Limited Edition run of 1000 CD copies.

Packaged in an 8-panel, full color digipak , most of this musical collection has never been available to the clamoring public demand for more from the iconic U.K. Christian metal band, SEVENTH AVENUE!  Bombworks Records has been pestering metal legend, Ian Arkley (vocalist extraordinaire) to release these classic demos, and we give thanks to the metal Gods that Ian has finally relented and blessed classic thrash fans with these never before released demos! Even the Heed the Warning demo, which was released with some live tracks in years past has been taken direct from Ian’s personal cassette and re-mastered so it’s a completely different version than previously released. Detailed liner notes will help explain the context of each demo, and enhance the charm of SEVENTH ANGEL’s maturing process. Don’t expect all the bells and whistles of a fully produced studio album, but with the Jeff Mortimer re-mastering, we offer these demos in as glorious a form as ever possible.

You get the complete SEVENTH ANGEL demos: Red demo (March 1989), Rehearsal demo (November 1989), Heed The Warning demo (1990), and Dust Of Years demo (2008)!

Galloping riffs and insane vocals propel the crunchy thrash/doom metal legends we call SEVENTH ANGEL! For fans of SABBAT, CELTIC FROST, BELIEVER and VENGEANCE RISING! 

Red track listing:

1. “Heed The Warning”
2. “In The Name Of Christ We Rock”
3. “Betrayer”

Rehearsal track listing:

1. “Dr. Hatchet”
2. “Divine Takeover”
3. “Betrayer”
4. “Locked Up In Chains”

Heed The Warning track listing:

1. “Forbidden Desire”
2. “Seven Angels Part 1 And 2”
3. “I Of The Needle”
4. “Heed The Warning”

Dust Of Years track listing:

1. “Lamentations”
2. “The Turning Tide”

SEVENTH ANGEL Demo Collection pre-order: http://boonesoverstock.storenvy.com/products/19558585-seventh-angel-demo-collection-2017-bombworks-special-pre-order-deal

Bombworks Records online: www.facebook.com/BombworksRecords

SEVENTH ANGEL online: www.facebook.com/seventhangelofficial

The World Will Burn - RuiNation

Retroactive Records Sign THEW WORLD WILL BURN:
Retroacdtive Records announce the signing of multinational hard rock act THE WORLD WILL BURN for the April 11, 2017 release of its sophomore album RuiNation.

The second release by the infinitely heavy THE WORLD WILL BURN features iconic New Zealand based metal hero Dale Thompson (BRIDE vocalist) at his best here!. Dale has long been one of the best metal/rock voices (and lyricists) in Christian music, and his work on THE WORLD WILL BURN's second album (Severity was the debut from 2016) will strike you as complex in presentation and ultra creative in delivery. The band ranges from hard hitting to light and soothing, laced with an edge of promise (and consistent delivery) of bursting into flames and render all around them to ashes!

US based musical genius Alan Zaring supplies all of the music for the album and repeatedly grabs you by the face, and shows you what modern metal should be! Zaring handles the music perfectly here, with the style ranging from crunchy metal, experimental alternative, and always brutal, relentless riffs! The musical style matches perfectly with Thompson's vocals, resulting in the duo delivering a hard, stylized, metal album with something to say. If you like your metal thick, rich, and with depth then look no further cuz you got it with THE WORLD WILL BURN!

At Retroactive Records, we have no problem predicting this will be on many people’s “Best of 2017” lists! This is must-have Christian metal for fans of DEMON HUNTER, DEATH THERAPY, modern BRIDE, ALICE COOPER, ROB ZOMBIE, FEAR FACTORY and aggressive modern metal!

RuiNation track listing:

1. “Love To Hate”
2. “We All Die Alone”
3. “Welcome To The Freak Show”
4. “King For A Day”
5. “Burn”
6. “Time”
7. “Nothing At All”
8. “Child Of Tomorrow”
9. “What Goes Around Comes Around”
10. “All Things”
11. “Torment” (Remix)
12. “Why” (Remix)

RuiNation pre-order: http://boonesoverstock.storenvy.com/products/19558141-the-world-will-burn-ruination-2017-retroactive-dale-thompson-bride-voca

Retroactive Records online: www.facebook.com/Retroactive-Records

THE WORLD WILL BURN online: www.theworldwillburn.com & www.facebook.com/twwbband

NEWS BRIEFS

* A track by track breakdown of Decennium Primum, as provided by SIGNUM REGIS bassist Ronnie König: www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJ_Dklm-soM

* ”Reconnect”, the second single from the upcoming SOMBRE HOLIDAY album The Sea Of Distance, can be streamed at Bandcamp: https://sombreholiday.bandcamp.com/track/reconnect-2

The Sea Of Distance is scheduled to be released on April 14, 2017.

 

Update: March 26, 2017

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

CHOIRS OF VERITIS Debut “I Am The Way, The Truth And The Life” Official Lyric Video:
Italian symphonic power metal band CHOIRS OF VERITIS has premiered a lyric video for the track “I Am The Way, The Truth And The Life”, which comes off its debut full length of the same name scheduled for release via Underground Symphony Records on March 27, 2017.

CHOIRS OF VERITIS is a Christian Metal project that literally means “Choirs Of Truth”, to symbolize the union between music and spiritual truth attributable to Jesus Christ.  The brainchild of keyboardist and composer Davide Scuten, CHOIRS OF VERITIS seeks to unite the love of God and metal music, while offering thanks to God for the wonderful gift of music.  According to the group, lyrics draw inspiration from the Holy Bible with the goal of understanding God’s message through His Word.

I Am The Way, The Truth And The Life was mixed and mastered by Larsen Premoli at Rec Lab Studios, while cover art and mini booklet attributes to Mattias Norén, whom has previously worked with KAMELOT, EPICA, SABATON & EVERGREY.

CHOIRS OF VERITIS is certain to appeal to fans of THEOCRACY, STRATOVARIUS, NIGHTWISH and SONATA ARCTICA.

CHOIRS OF VERITIS line up:

Davide Schiavi – Lead Vocals
Eliana Sanna - Mezzosoprano
Roberto Curtoni - Guitars
Davide Scuteri - Keyboards
Cesare Ferrari - Bass
Alessandro Baglioni – Flute

I Am The Way, The Truth And The Life track listing:

1. “God First”
2. “Ask Him”
3. “The Searching”
4. “Thank You”
5. “Vanitas Vanitatum”
6. “Miracles”
7. “Religiosity”
8. I Am The Way, Tthe Truth And The Life”
9. “A New Commandment”
10. “The Passion And The Cross”
11. “He Has Come to Forgive”
12. “Grace” (MEHIDA cover)

Choirs Of Veritis - I Am The Way, The Truth And The Life

CHOIRS OF VERITIS online: www.facebook.com/ChoirsOfVeritas

Guardian + Whitecross promo pic

GUARDIAN & WHITECROSS Members Join Forces:
Courtesy of www.blabbermouth.net:

Whether you call it white metal or Christian rock, the names WHITECROSS and GUARDIAN are well known among fans of those circles, having sold about a million records and completed many worldwide tours between the bands in their heyday.

While both groups reached their zenith in the '90s, 2017 has brought about a revival of sorts as core members of both bands have formed a new lineup that will record and tour on some of the classic songs from each band.

Although GUARDIAN and WHITECROSS have continued to record and play live on occasion in recent years, this new formation of WHITECROSS + GUARDIAN happened almost by accident.

"I have known Jamie Rowe (vocalist) and David Bach (bassist) from GUARDIAN for years," explains Michael Feighan, longtime WHITECROSS drummer. "Rex Carroll (founding WHITECROSS guitarist) and I were the guys in WHITECROSS who liked touring the most. We recently got an offer for some Latin American dates with GUARDIAN and we found out that Jamie and David were the road dogs in GUARDIAN, so it made sense that we should put a 'super group' together!" adds Feighan with a chuckle.

"It made total sense to David Bach and myself," says Rowe. "Why not put one group together with the guys from both bands who love to play live the most? We think both GUARDIAN and WHITECROSS fans might really enjoy that - both live and in the studio."

"Michael Feighan and I joke a lot amongst ourselves," adds Bach. "We're totally aware that what the fans really want to hear is Jamie singing WHITECROSS and Rex playing GUARDIAN. But Mike and I will also bring our own unique thunder to the party!"

With Rex Carroll as arguably one of the finest guitar gunslingers in Christendom and Jamie Rowe as one of the classic rock belters in hard rock music, this will indeed be a project worth checking out.

The energized lineup of GUARDIAN + WHITECROSS entered the studio in late February with Rex Carroll at the production helm to record an EP to be titled "Revival", which will feature new recordings of WHITECROSS and GUARDIAN classics, as well as a few surprises.

"We're already having a blast in the studio!" says Carroll. "I can't wait to get out on the road with these guys!"

For clarity, Jamie Rowe adds, "Neither the classic lineups of GUARDIAN or WHITECROSS have officially broken up. We're just having fun with this unique pairing. GUARDIAN + WHITECROSS is its own thing. Don't miss it!"

A PledgeMusic campaign launched on March 21 for this project. www.pledgemusic.com/projects/guardianwhitecross

Further reading: https://guardianwhitecross.com

Sunroad - Wing Seven

Roxx Records Sign SUNROAD:
Press Release / Roxx Records is very excited to announce the signing of Brazilian hard rock band SUNROAD for the April 14, 2017 North American release of its seventh studio album Wing Seven.

SUNROAD started out in 1996 and have been playing their brand of melodic hard rock now for over 20 years, with six previous albums, a best of collection and live DVD under their belt these guys show no sign of slowing down.

Having just finished recording their seventh studio album entitled Wing Seven, SUNROAD is ready to get back at it, playing shows, maybe hooking up as part of a tour and just play their music to the people wherever they can go.

The sound of SUNROAD could be defined as a very dynamic hard rock band with some blues and progressive rock influences thrown in. They have toured extensively, and have played with many great bands and artists through the years, including shows with LA GUNS, WHITECROSS, PETRA, JOE LYNN TURNER and STRYPER to name a few.

Wing Seven contains 13 new songs, including the first single “In The Sand” that has just been released as part of a fund raising compilation entitled Metal Pulse: A Tribute to Dale Huffman.

SUNROAD lineup:

Andre Adonis - Lead Vocals & Keyboards
Netto Mello - Guitars
Akasio Angels – Bass & Backing Vocals
Fred Mika - Drums, Percussion & Backing Vocals.

Wing Seven track listing:

1.”Destiny Shadows”
2. “White Eclipse”
3. “In The Sand”
4. “Misspent Youth”
5. “Tempo”
6. “Whatever”
7. “Skies Eyes”
8. “Day By Day”
9. “Craft Of Whirlwinds”
10. “Drifting Ships”
11. “Brighty Breakdown”
12. “Plot Of Your Heart”
13. “Last Sunray In The Road”

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

SUNROAD online: www.facebook.com/sunroadofficial

NEWS BRIEFS

* PASTOR BRAD, Storm The Gates 2 promo video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9wCe_82owA

Storm The Gates 2 is the artists second mainstream metal and hard rock parody covers album, with the first, Storm The Gates, released spring of last year.

* Vocalist Dale Thompson (THE WORLD WILL BURN, BRIDE) forms new metal band (Facebook - March 23, 2017):

“I have began writing music with my Brazilian friend and musician extraordinaire Nenel Lucena. This looks like it is going to be a project for old school metal heads for sure. I am going to have to use my outside voice for this one. In the coming few months I intend on creating some of the best unique metal that I have ever produced. This project is not like The World Will Burn, which is me and Alan's take it to the limit experimental mayhem. The music I am working with here is true metal with that buzz saw feel. Hope my Brazilian friends and fans will love it. I best get to work on it. Get yourself ready for mega power vocals and brutal melodies. In the meantime watch for my latest work RuiNation by The World Will Burn hitting stores very soon.”

* New song from WALES ROAD, “The Father Of Lies”: www.reverbnation.com/walesroad

 

Update: March 19, 2017

FEATURED REVIEWS

MICHAEL CUTTING - Unspoken
In terms of specifics, Unspoken is problematic to classify due to bringing a great deal of variety, but I find placing it under a ‘rock’ heading to be sufficient from how it touches upon classic rock, the blues, ballad based territory, grunge/modern rock, instrumental rock, acoustic rock and melodic hard rock/AOR.  Read Full Review >> 

FAITH HEAD - Are You A Faith Head?
Musically, Faith Head describes itself as ‘Christian alternative metal’, but what I hear on Are You A Faith Head? is hard rock but with an added element of variety.  Read Full Review >>

HOLY SOLDIER - Holy Soldier
Originally signed to Myrrh Records as the labels first true metal act, Holy Soldier came out of the Los Angeles club circuit as a ‘finely tuned machine’ with a sound true to the times at hand: commercial eighties influenced melodic metal and hard rock.  Read Full Review >> 

HYPERSONIC - Existentia
On Existentia Hypersonic leaves little doubt as to its power metal propensities, delivering a sound rooted in the melodic and symphonic side of things but also not without the occasional progressive moment.  Read Full Review >> 

LIPSTICK - Lipstick II
Musically, the independently released January of 2017 sophomore album of Lipstick, appropriately entitled Lipstick II, is not that far removed from the ‘theatrical rock’ of its self-titled predecessor from 2015 (also independent).  Read Full Review >>

TRIBULANCE - The Aftermath Of Lies
The latest group to get in on the ‘thrash and a whole lot more’ act is Tucson, Arizona based four-piece Tribulance.  Read Full Review >>

TRUE STRENGTH - Steel Evangelist
True Strength sophomore album Steel Evangelist,  initially an independent release by the band in the spring of 2016 but re-mastered (courtesy of J. Powell at Steinhaus) and re-issued in February of 2017 by Roxx Records with upgraded cover art (credited to Scott Waters), takes a similar musical stance.  Read Full Review >>

VOX HEAVEN - Vox Heaven
What I can say is that Vox Heaven shares many of the same musical traits as Maestah with its emphasis (for the most part) on straightforward hard rock, power metal and traditional metal.  Read Full Review >>

INTERVIEWS

Robert Sweet promo pic

New Robert Sweet Interview Online:
In a recent online interview with fellow timekeeper Michael Aubrecht, STRYPER drummer Robert Sweet discusses his formative years as a musician, musical influences, favorite drum sets, the beginnings to STRYPER and more.  Following is an excerpt:

Can you tell us a little about those early bands that you and your brother formed?
The first band we had was called “Firestorm.” That turned into a band called “Roxx” and that turned into a band called “Roxx Regime.” During that time we were playing out a lot and actually got signed under that name. We then changed the name to “Stryper.”

Read Full Interview: HERE

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

Rainbow Rock Festival 2017 banner

BLOODGOOD & HYPERSONIC To Co-Headline Rainbow Rock Festival 2017:
Scheduled for April 7-8 at the Satelitten Arena in Sollentuna, Stockholm, Sweden:

RAINBOW ROCK is a brand new Christian heavy metal festival organized by Christian Metalheads International. The festival has a superb line up of Christian metal bands from all around Europe and a special headline flown in from the USA. This is a brand new event staged in the Satelitten Arena in Sollentuna, Stockholm. The venue is easy to access by train and the nearest airport is Stockholm Arlanda.

RAINBOW ROCK offers excellent music and a seminar by Dave Williams from Meltdown in the UK talking about his 30 years involvement in the Christian metal scene. If you love Christian metal then this new festival is for you. There is a limited number of crash places at the venue where you can sleep if you bring a sleeping bag, pillow and sleeping mat. The festival will start at 5pm on Friday April 7th.

BLOODGOOD are one of the most iconic Christian metal bands in the world. Hailing from the USA BLOODGOOD recently released (in 2013) a brand new album entitled Dangerously Close. This will be the first BLOODGOOD show in Scandinavia since 2008. The iconic line up of bassist Michael Bloodgood, vocalist Les Carlsen, guitarist Paul Jackson and drummer Kevin Whisler will headline Rainbow Rock in 2017.

HYPERSONIC is a symphonic metal band coming out of Italy. In January 2016, HYPERSONIC signed a record deal with Revalve Records for the spring of 2016 release of its new album entitled Existentia, which is conceptually based on the existence of man and the spiritual afterlife.

Other groups performing include TRIUWINT, SPYKER, PETER 118, HILASTERION, POLUTION, CAT O’NINE TAILS, NORTHERN FLAME, IMMORTAL SOULS, UNSEEN FAITH, CELL 9, ASKARA & SCARLOTTE.

Tickets and further information: www.rbr-festival.com/index.html

Bloodgood - Trenches of Rock

Trenches Of Rock World Premier Announced:
‘The Metal Mission Of Bloodgood’ set to debut at the Atlanta Film Festival on March 25, 2017:

About

Experience the hardship & dedication it takes to keep a rock band together after three decades & the battle for what they believe in alive.

Plot Outline

Trenches Of Rock chronicles the 3 decade history of BLOODGOOD: Starting from the band’s 1985 debut cassette demo, Metal Missionaries, which put them on the map and won them the attention of Frontline Records & blues hall of fame & veteran music producer, Darrell Mansfield, whom produced the groups self-titled debut from 1986.  The BLOODGOOD critically acclaimed sophomore album Detonation was followed by their first major U.S. & European tour, three subsequent studio records, three live releases, and numerous compilation albums - ultimately solidifying their status as one of the founding fathers of Christian rock.

BLOODGOOD’s road was paved by conflict with mainstream music that found their blatant use of religious-based lyrics an unfitting marriage with heavy metal, as well as extreme conservatives who believed heavy metal was secular & from the devil. Seattle-based BLOODGOOD, led by bassist Michael Bloodgood & lead vocalist Les Carlsen, forged on undeterred for decades, continually spreading their positive message through their music, saving thousands of estranged teenagers & adults from their depression & thoughts of suicide - at the time an unheard of juxtaposition to the typical message of rock & roll.

Trenches Of Rock explores the depth of their ministry, the ensuing brotherhood & camaraderie of its band members, & the hardship & perseverance it takes to keep a rock band together for 3 decades. Trenches includes in-depth interviews with many past & present BLOODGOOD members, openly sharing their individual perspectives, internal struggles, triumphs & tragedies, layered throughout reels of unseen archival footage, much of which were obtained from the personal collections of the band. Trenches is essential viewing for BLOODGOOD & rock & roll fans alike, as well as anyone who wants an up close look at what makes a historical band legendary.

Starring

Michael Bloodgood, Les Carlsen, David Zaffiro, Paul Jackson, JT Taylor, Kevin Whisler, Paul Roraback, David McKay, with Oz Fox. Also featuring Darrell Mansfield and Keith Black.

Directed By

Paul Michael Bloodgood

Produced By

Bloodygood Pictures

Further reading: http://atlantafilmfestival.com/2017/trenches-of-rock, http://bloodygoodpictures.com/trenchesofrockfilm & www.facebook.com/trenchesofrockfilm

BLOODGOOD online: www.bloodgoodband.com & www.facebook.com/bloodgoodband

NEWS BRIEFS

* Mastering has been completed for the new BIOGENESIS album, A Decadence Divine.  A release is panned for early May.

* THE CRIMSON BRIDGE MINISTRY unveiled the final track listing to its upcoming sophomore album Choices: “Black Sheep”, “Charmed Life”, “Never Letting Go”, “Drown Your Pain”, “The Great Divide”, “Stead Your Thunder”, “Cornerstone”, “That Old Man” & “Forgiven Parts 1 & 2”

Look for Choices to come out in early summer.

* Greek label Floga Records re-issued on limited edition double gatefold vinyl Legend Part 1 and Legend Part 2, the first two editions in the SAVIOUR MACHINE Legend trilogy.  Only 500 copies of each album are being pressed, with Legend 1 re-released on black and red vinyl (250 copies each) and Legend II re-rereleased on black and green vinyl (250 copies each).

Pre-order Legend I: http://christianmetaldistro.storenvy.com/products/19319896-saviour-machine-legend-part-i-lp-2017

Pre-order Legend II: http://christianmetaldistro.storenvy.com/products/19319986-saviour-machine-legend-part-ii-lp-2017

* SIGNUM REGIS, “Train To Neverland” official audio (off the groups recently released fifth album Decennium Primum): www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYcsvAguZSk

* Update from Michael Sweet regarding the next SWEET & LYNCH album (Facebook - March 17, 2017):

“We start tracking for Sweet & Lynch #2 tomorrow! Same lineup with Brian Tichy (drums), James Lomenzo (bass), George Lynch (guitars) and Michael Sweet (vocals/guitars). The songs are written and let the games begin. It's gonna be a good one”

SWEET & LYNCH released its debut full length Only To Rise in January of 2015, an album that (as described in the 90% Angelic Warlord review) ‘draws upon a heavy eighties influence with a melodic hard rock based sound in which commercial hooks and accessible melodies prevail.’

 

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