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Update Archives: 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

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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 Archives: 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 Archives: 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 Archives: 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 Archives: 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 Archives: 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 Archives: 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 Archives: 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 Archives: 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 Archives: 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, released on September 16, 2016 via Deep Within Management.

NARNIA released the album in order to celebrate its twentieth anniversary as a band with the goal of revisiting its melodic roots but with an updated sound.  Guitarist CJ Grimmark handled production duties and Thomas “Plec” Johansson mixing and mastering.

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 Archives: 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 Archives: 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 Archives: 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 Archives: 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 Archives: 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 Archives: 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 Archives: 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.’

 

Update Archives: March 12, 2017

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

Sacred Warrior - Master's Command (Roxx Records re-issue)

SACRED WARRIOR - Master’s Command Re-Issue Announced:
Press Release / Roxx Records is very excited to announce the next classic Christian metal band getting the special reissue treatment courtesy of legendary power metal band SACRED WARRIOR with their second official release Master’s Command.

The year was 1989, the band was hot and garnering rave reviews from their debut album Rebellion released in 1988 via Intense Records. Everyone’s expectations were high waiting for the band to unveil this one, its sophomore effort, and it did not disappoint!

By the late 80’s the Christian metal movement was really beginning to grow. Bands like BLOODGOOD and STRYPER were already very popular on the scene. However, most new bands were either moving towards the popular thrash or pop metal sounds. There were very few Christian bands exploring the melodic and progressive style of bands like QUEENSRYCHE, CRIMSON GLORY and FATES WARNING, but SACRED WARRIOR did it, and they did it very well!

Master’s Command was originally released in the summer of 1989 on Intense Records to rave reviews and critical acclaim. The original release was pressed on CD and cassette only throughout the US with a very limited pressing on vinyl that was only released in Europe. With the resurgence of vinyl, and the limited quantity of this LP originally pressed in Europe it is very hard to find, and if found fetches high dollars on sites like eBay and Discogs. Even the CD pressing can prove difficult to obtain at a decent price these days.

Roxx Records is very happy to announce a very special, and very limited, re-mastered and reworked version of Master’s Command, which will be officially released on April 14, 2017. This special edition features revised artwork that holds true to the original classic album cover courtesy of Scott Waters (ULTIMATUM, Roxx Productions, No Life til Metal). As well, the CD and vinyl versions were compiled and completely re-mastered by SACRED WARRIOR bassist Steve Watkins. Officially licensed through Meis Music Group, we are happy to bring you this very special Limited Edition release.

There will be a limited vinyl pressing of only 300 pieces made available, 100 pieces only will be on a translucent blue vinyl, while the remaining 200 will be on black vinyl. By overwhelming request, we are happy to announce we will also be releasing a limited edition CD pressing in a very special digi-pak version.

Don’t hold out to long, these limited edition vinyl releases have been going really quick, recent reissues from artists like DELIVERANCE, RECON, ORACLE and ULTIMATUM have all sold out quickly!

Master’s Command track listing:

1. “Master’s Command”
2. “Beyond The Mountain”
3. “Evil Lurks”
4. “Bound In Chains”
5. “Unfailing Love”
6. “Paradise”  
7. “Uncontrolled”
8. “Many Will Come”
9. “Onward Warriors”
10. “The Flood”
11. “Holy, Holy, Holy”

Master’s Command re-issue pre-order: http://roxxrecords.storenvy.com

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

THE WORLD WILL BURN - “Love To Hate” Video Premier:
International hard rock act THE WORLD WILL BURN has premiered a music video for the track “Love To Hate”, which comes off its soon to be released sophomore album RuiNation.  THE WORLD WILL BURN got its start in January of 2016 with its independent debut full length Severity.

TWWB represents a worldwide collaboration between Dale Thompson and Alan Zaring. Dale, who lives in New Zealand, and Alan, who lives in the United States, have been working together remotely to create music that transcends culture, language, and genres. Hence, how TWWB focuses on emotion and passion instead of commercial pressure.

Thompson is best known as front man for the well-known band BRIDE, with whom he has recorded fourteen studio albums.  His vocals are legendary as he is consistently considered one of the top singers in heavy music worldwide.  Thompson takes his talents to new heights with TWWB.

Zaring is a multi-instrumentalist who has been a part of numerous projects of all genres through the years.  He has focused his efforts into the music of his passion, which is heavy, hook-filled, guitar driven rock.  Zaring plays or programs all of the instruments on the upcoming CD.

TWWB goal is to create modern metal music that sounds different than most of the other offerings currently available.  It seems heavy music fans have two choices: either bands from twenty years ago that haven’t changed musically or newer bands that all sound alike.  TWWB, in contrast, successfully captures the groove of classic rock bands but with a modern approach.

Comments Thompson: "The World Will Burn has been one of the highlights of my musical career.  My brother Troy and I conquered the metal world in the 90's and now Alan and I have created the same energy and infused it in the music that we create.  Our new album RuiNation is groove oriented rock with cool hooks that contain Alan's monster riffs and my best artsy vocals yet.”

States Zaring: "On Severity, we were really just figuring out our place in the hard rock world and weren't even sure there would be an audience for our different type of music.  We were having a blast, but at times we got bogged down by the technical side of things, since we were learning our software, equipment, and how to capture the energy while working remotely.  It was really just an experiment for our creative curiosity.

“This time, we knew people were thirsty for a different sound and a different approach, so we had the confidence to make exactly the album we wanted to make.  RuiNation is a more mature recording than Severity.  It has deeper textures and, to me, a more complex sound and meaning.  At the same time we doubled down on our heavy hooks and really found some great grooves.  It's just a much better recording and we are really excited to get it released.  We don't have a huge following, but the people that have heard Severity have become super fans, and they are really spreading the word.  I really think they are going to love it.”

RuinNation track listing:

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

Mixed and mastered by Tim Bushong (LOVEWAR), RuinNation is available for pre-order at THE WORLD WILL BURN website: www.theworldwillburn.com/store

The World Will Burn - RuiNation

THE WORLD WILL BURN Facebook: www.facebook.com/twwbband

LEAH promo pic

LEAH - New Album Update:
As recently reported via e-mail by the symphonic metal artist:

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.

Well, I'm looking at the 8 songs we have completed pre-production for, and so far there's a really nice balance of more ambient, mellow or mid-tempo tracks, and higher-energy metal songs.  Also, I didn't mean to, but a lot of my little prog tendencies have come forth from the depths of Leah-land.

Oliver is just now finishing the orchestration for what, at the moment, is an 11-minute beast of a track! And the interesting part is, neither he or I ever get bored of this song. He told me, "It's the good side of prog without the evil" (or annoying parts)!

My goal is to have 10 tracks for this album and keep it shorter (though I'm not helping the situation with 11-minute tracks!), so I have a couple more songs to go. I have at least two that are contenders, which I need to finish writing, so that is my objective in the coming week.

Aside from Timo Somers (DELAIN), Barend Courbois (BLIND GUARDIAN), and Sander Zoer (ex-DELAIN) joining me again on this album, there's someone else very special who will be gracing this album as a guest player…

HINT: He's known for playing flutes and pipes in another very well-known symphonic metal band.

Troy Donockley of NIGHTWISH!!!!

Secret Song

If you've been following me on Facebook, you may have seen me mention a surprise song coming up?   Here's what happened with that: I got distracted from my album writing and decided to record something else for fun.

It was only meant for me, but I sent it to Oliver and he really liked it.  I thought, why don't I just release this track for fun?
So that's exactly what I'm going to do!  My album won't be out until later this year, so I hope this new track will be a nice appetizer for the full-course feast later on!   Expect to see this come out in the near future!

New Website

I've got a new LEAH site up and running now!  Check it out and give me some feedback! I'd really like to hear what you think: www.leahmusic.net

I'd really like to know when you go to this new site what is your experience like? How does it make you FEEL?

NEWS BRIEFS

* Straightforward and direct talk from front man and guitarist Jimmy P. Brown II regarding the forthcoming DELIVERANCE album: www.youtube.com/watch?v=_22igJejI3M

* HYPERSONIC, “Prayer In The Dark” official video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gw1SiGYHIU

* Update from VISUAL CLIFF regarding its new album Refuge: “Track total for the forth coming Refuge album is 16 tracks!! Looks like there will a solid variety of tunes between what will be on CD version vs what will be on the vinyl version.”

Further information: www.visualcliff.net/new-album-info.html

 

Update Archives: March 10, 2017

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

Various Artists - Metal Pulse: A Tribute To Dale Huffman

Metal Pulse: A Tribute To Dale Huffman Details Revealed:
Press Release / On Thursday February 9, 2017, the Christian Metal Community lost one of its most valuable players: Dale Huffman owner of Metal Pulse Radio succumbed to the cancer he had bravely been fighting the past couple of years. Dale was a family man, a great father, grandfather and husband to his wonderful family, as well as a great friend and supporter of many in the Christian Metal Community. Those friends and supporters truly showed their love of Dale when called upon for a very special tribute to him.

Roxx Records and Rottweiler Records are proud to present Metal Pulse: A Tribute to Dale Huffman. This special tribute project came together very easily when Bill (Roxx) and Scott (Waters0 from Roxx put out a quick call to all those that knew and loved Dale. We had an overwhelming response and we quickly had well over 50 artists and labels wanting to contribute tracks to this effort. When we quickly realized we could not fit this all on one CD, Rottweiler Records owner Shawn Browning quickly stepped in to provide support and we now are ready to present you with one of the LARGEST Christian Metal compilations in history, a true tribute and testimony to the great man Dale was.

A HUGE thank you to all of the artists who so effortlessly contributed to this project: we have 63 tracks on this finished compilation, which will be made available on March 3, 2017. Even better than that, all of the proceeds from this special compilation are going directly to the Huffman Family. So for $10 you get every single song on this compilation, and you will help in contributing some extra support for whatever the family may need during this trying time.

And if you are a collector of physical media we are happy to announce a very special 300 piece Limited Edition CD pressing of Metal Pulse: A Tribute to Dale Huffman. This beautiful tribute to Dale was put together by Roxx Records very own Scott Waters and offers a little look in to Dale Huffman and his metal ministry while highlighting 16 tracks from the above compilation at a whopping 79 minutes! We jammed as much as we physically could on this beautiful 6 panel digipack CD pressing! And the profits from the sale of this physical CD from Roxx Productions will be donated to the Huffman family.

For full information, please visit: www.roxxproductions.com

There is currently a special tribute radio broadcast in the works that is being put together by Jeffrey De Los Santos and David Michael from Untombed Radio. We will share full information and details when available.

Lastly, there is a special concert in the works in Southern California called the So Cal Metal Fest II which will be a special tribute to Dale Huffman late this Summer. If you are interested in participating, please reach out to Anthony at Sacrivox on facebook for more details.

Metal Pulse: A Tribute To Dale Huffman CD track listing:

1. Metal Pulse Radio Intro / ULTIMATUM - “Heart Of Metal”
2. DYNASTY - “Metal Pulse” (Previously Unreleased)
3. PROMISE LAND - “Christ In Us (CIU)”
4. JOIN THE DEAD- “Waiting In Darkness” (Previously Unreleased)
5. RAINFORCE - “Shine A Light” (Previously Unreleased)
6. BIOGENESIS - “Tears Of God” (Previously Unreleased)
7. SUNROAD - “In The Sand” (Previously Unreleased)
8. MESSENGER - “Christian Rocker”
9. WORLDVIEW - “The Chosen Few”
10. GRAVE ROBBER - “Fill This Place With Blood”
11. SWEETY CRYSTAL - “Even Now”
12. STAIRWAY - “Across The Moon”
13. SHINING FORCE - “Holy Of Holies”
14. THE WORLD WILL BURN - “Brand New Song”
15. TITANIC - “Freak Show”
16. SAINT - “In The Night”

Dale Huffman Bandcamp: https://dalehuffman.bandcamp.com/album/metal-pulse-a-tribute-to-dale-huffman

Kostas Fitos promo pic

DIVINER Announce New Guitarist:
Press Release / The Greek heavy metal act DIVINER have announced that co-founding member and guitarist Thimios Krikos (INNERWISH) has left the band due to a heavy and conflicting schedule.

Comments DIVINER:

"This was a very difficult decision for Thimios to make, and also for us to accept. But life isn't always as we want it to be. Thimios was not just a guitar player for us. He was our producer, co-writer and a true brother. We want to thank him for everything he has done for DIVINER and honestly wish him the best of luck for his future endeavors."

Thimios comments on his departure:

"It has been a great journey so far, but it's time for me to abandon the ship. Not because it's sinking but in order for it to be able to continue the journey without any obstacles! Time is relentless and there isn't always enough to do whatever we love. It was a difficult, yet necessary decision both for me and DIVINER. I wish the guys all the best and I'm sure they will be doing just great! See you around with INNERWISH and make sure you will continue to support DIVINERS because the best is yet to come!"

DIVINER are happy to announce its new guitarist Kostas Fitos (MENORÂH, ex- DREAM WEAVER).

DIVINER comments on the addition of Kostas:

"So we say goodbye to a friend, but in the same time we welcome a new one. Our new guitar player is Kostas Fitos, an extremely talented player that we feel will give a new dimension to our sound! We look forward to see you on the road with our new line-up!"

Upcoming DIVINER shows:

March 17th: Elements of Rock - Uster CH
April 8th: 6th Rock Music Festival - Larissa GR
May 26th: Up The Hammers Festival - Athens GR

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

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


Update Archives: March 2, 2017

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

Rainforce - The Lion's Den

RAINFORCE Signs With Roxx Records For Debut Album, Lion’s Den:
Press Release / We are very excited to announce the latest edition to the Roxx Records family all the way from Switzerland, RAINFORCE!

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.

The RAINFORCE debut album, 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:
https://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 scheduled for release in March, noting how Dale was both a big fan of PŸLON and looking forward to The Lion’s Den.

Lion’s Den is set to be released on April 14, 2017 worldwide vial Roxx Records in the US and Quam Libet Records in Europe- so be ready for some true hard n’ heavy music this spring, both musically and lyrically!

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)

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

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

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

NEWS BRIEFS

* DELIVERANCE front man Jimmy P. Brown II recently announced (Christian Metal Realm - February 27, 2017) details behind his debut solo album:

“I’ve been getting a lot of questions asked on my FB messenger and emails about my solo album.  (It will be) a return to the days of River Disturbance, but much more progressed.  I am truly pleased how it is turning out (both projects).

-It will be a 10 song debut release.
-The album features: Jon Knox on drums, Manny Morales on bass.
-There may or may not be a few surprise musicians. Not sure. I like to keep it simple as of late.
-Official Name: Jimmy P Brown II's ERASERHEAD

“Not sure of the release because I am working on so many projects right now, and the Deliverance boys are due in the studio in 16 days.  Its just finding the time to make sure its all exactly the way I want it, but, it will be no later than a June release.  I know fans of the latter D years will really love this one. It has elements, but its definitely not a repeat.”

* Promo video from PASTOR BRAD of his upcoming (April 1 release date) album Storm The Gates 2: www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9wCe_82owA

Storm The Gates features ten 80’s metal classics re-imagined with Christian lyrics.

* Metal Insider online interview with SIGNUM REGIS bassist Ronnie König: www.metalinsider.net/interviews/interview-signum-regis-talk-slovakian-metal-scene-power-metal

*Update from THE WORLD WILL BURN regarding its upcoming album RuinNation (Facebook - March 1, 2017):

RuiNation is officially finished and all the masters have been sent to the printing company. We will be getting the CDs in a few weeks. You don't have to wait to hear samples of our new songs. Head over to the website and you can part of every song FREE. Drop a comment and let us know what you think!”

Hear the samples at: www.theworldwillburn.com/music

 

Update Archives: February 26, 2017

ARTICLES

Top 25 Albums of 2016

Angelic Warlord Top 25 Metal & Hard Rock Albums Of 2016:
Angelic Warlord recently uploaded an article in which it outlines its top 25 metal and hard rock albums released in 2016.  Following is an excerpt from the article:

I decided to approach my annual list of top 25 albums released the previous year differently by basing my selections around the ones I would take with me to a deserted island in the face of the coming apocalypse.  Read Full Article >> 

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

Roxx Records Announce 2017 Release Date Schedule:
As reported by owner Bill Roxx (Facebook - February 21, 2017):

We don't usually publish a schedule because we make changes so much, but here is our TENTATIVE schedule for 2017:

March:

Various Artists - Metal Pulse: A Tribute To Dale Huffman
RAINFORCE - Lions Den

April:

BIOGENESIS - A Decadance Divine
ZEAL - Zeal

May:

SACRED WARRIOR - Masters Command (300 piece vinyl pressing)
SACRED WARRIOR - Masters Command (300 piece CD pressing)

June:

ULTIMATUM - Puppet of Destruction (150 piece 20th Anniversary vinyl pressing) - Underground Series #6

July:

HOLY SOLDIER - Last Train (300 piece 25th Anniversary vinyl pressing)

October:

VENGEANCE RISING - Once Dead (300 piece vinyl pressing)
VENGEANCE RISING - Destruction Comes (300 piece vinyl pressing)
VENGEANCE RISING - Released Upon The Earth (300 piece vinyl pressing)

ROXX RECORDS online: www.roxxproductions.com, www.facebook.com/Roxx.Productions & www.facebook.com/billroxxpage

NEWS BRIEFS

* Finland’s RANDOM EYES has posted several new songs to its ReverNation page: www.reverbnation.com/randomeyesband

* With original vocalist Josh Kramer returning to the fold, Salem, Oregon based sound has begun work on a new album.
Following is a video that Josh produced of the anti drug song “The Zombie Shuffle”: www.youtube.com/watch?v=UyAPPFeQ-Zs

* Sons Of The Kingdom is the title to the upcoming album from power metal ministry band SARDONYX, whom is better know for its 1992 debut full length Majestic Serenity.  Further details as they become available.

*Update from Roxx Records regarding its latest signing, ZEAL (Facebook - February 25, 2017): “Anyone remember the (Christian metal) band ZEAL, who had its song “Loner” featured on the very first Pure Metal Records compilation Big Rage Volume 1?  The group, which features, vocalist Rich Wilkins, guitarist John Johnson, bassist/keyboardist Phil Bradshaw and drummer Rikk Weltmer, signed on to Roxx Records and have a new release in the works!”

 

Update Archives: February 19, 2017

 

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

THE NEAL MORSE BAND To Release Morsefest 2015 On 2 Blu-Ray, 2 DVD & 4 CD:
Press Release / Hot on the heels of 2016's most acclaimed progressive rock release, The Similitude Of A Dream, THE NEAL MORSE BAND announces the massive live release of a once-in-a-lifetime concert event: Morsefest 2015 on March 24 via Radiant Records via Metal Blade Records/Sony.

Pre-orders are available on Radiant's web site starting February 13: www.radiantrecords.com/products/675-morsefest-2015-2dvd4cd-set-or-2-blu-ray-set.aspx

In addition to THE NEAL MORSE BAND, featuring drummer Mike Portnoy, the 38 musicians on stage create a prog- orchestra. Over two nights (one on each video disc) in 2015, they perform new arrangements of material from Neal Morse's career. The two concerts span over five hours, venturing beyond the studio versions they're based on. In addition to complete performances of the Sola Scriptura and Question albums, there are songs from SPOCK'S BEARD (featuring guest Nick D'Virgilio), TRANSATLANTIC, and surprises - including performances with guitar legend Phil Keaggy. Accompanied by extravagant visuals, including three video screens and live dancers, Morsefest 2015 is the most massive live release of Morse's career.

Free from the constraints of studio recording deadlines, Morse added any instrumentation he imagined, including live strings, a five-piece horn section, and a 14-piece choir (in addition to background singers, and the vocals of the band). At the center is THE NEAL MORSE BAND: singer/guitarist/keyboardist Neal Morse, drummer Mike Portnoy, bassist Randy George, keyboardist Bill Hubauer and guitarist Eric Gillette.

"Morsefest 2015 was an epic show with epic music and epic performances! The studio albums that we played this time are two of my very favorites, and some of the additional songs that we played have never been performed before!" said Randy George.

Complementing this level of musicality is a multimedia visual presentation. It begins with the most elaborate lighting set-up Morse has ever used, constructed specifically for this event, designed by Ryan Proplesch. A video graphics track, projected on three screens, was created by media artist Christian Rios to illustrate every moment of each song. Live dancers provide further visual interpretations, adding a dimension to the performance that is rare in progressive rock.

In addition to both concerts, a one-hour documentary puts audiences behind the scenes for this epic event. Featuring candid moments from the band, other musicians, and crew - it's an engaging glimpse into the whirlwind staging of this event.

Sonically, outstanding audio is delivered by veteran mix engineer by Rich Mouser, who has helmed every Neal Morse, SPOCK'S BEARD and TRANSATLANTIC studio album. The package is presented as either 2 Blu-ray discs, or 2 DVDs with 4 CDs. Digital downloads of the music portion will be available from Radiant Records in uncompressed audio, and on iTunes. The classic Testimony album will also be available for first time on vinyl.

Said Neal Morse: "Morsefest 2015 was absolutely incredible for me! We performed Question and Sola Scriptura plus a lot of other really cool stuff with full choir, horns, orchestral percussion, strings, piano harp, Cuika and dancers! The artwork on the video wall was absolutely mind blowing. Combine that with the atmosphere of the community of fans and the love in the room…it was definitely a peak experience in my career, and I think the DVD and Blu-ray are among the finest we've ever produced."

Morsefest 2015 happened only once. Viewers can now experience it any time, with stunning visuals and audio fidelity. And audiences can hear the next chapter of THE NEAL MORSE BAND, performing The Similitude Of Dream in its entirety, across Europe and selected world locations, throughout the spring of 2017.

The Neal Morse Band - Morsefest 2015

Neal Morse online: www.nealmorse.com & www.facebook.com/nealmorse

SIGNUM REGIS - “Damnatio Ad Bestias” Official Lyric Video:
Senec, Slovakia based melodic power metal act SIGNUM REGIS has premiered a lyric video to the track “Damnatio Ad Bestias”.  The song comes off the group’s fifth full-length album Decennium Primum, which it will be independently releasing on March 17, 2017.

Further commentary from the group:

“The next year, 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).

SIGNUM REGIS line up:

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

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”

Upcoming Shows:

March 18 - Elements of Rock, Uster, Switzerland
May 27 - Teplice, Czech Republic
June 03 - Orava Rock Storm, Tvrdošín, Slovakia

Chapter IV: The Reckoning, the most recent album from SIGNUM REGIS, was released on November 20th 2015 via Ulterium Records.  Jens Bogren (SYMPHONY X, OPETH, ARCH ENEMY) mastered Chapter IV: The Reckoning, while Jan Yrlund (DELAIN, APOCALYPTICA, KORPIKLAANI) contributed the cover art. 

Signum Regis - Decennium Premum

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

Visual Cliff - Refuge

VISUAL CLIFF Announce New Album, Refuge:
After releasing a pair of albums in 2013, Out Of The Archives and Between Two Kingdoms, VISUAL CLIFF decided to only release a couple of singles every year as they were recorded.  Well, as with most human plans, God had something else in mind.

Many of you may not know that VISUAL CLIFF vocalist Shane Lankford and his wife Wendy have dedicated their lives to full time ministry and together they started "Loving The Lost Boys".  They run the ministry out of their home and the mission is to bring in and house kids that have timed out of the foster care system in Baltimore, MD.  They provide loving Godly support in a family environment that these young people have never known before.  They also provide assistance to others who are willing to open up their homes to these at risk kids.

The new VISUAL CLIFF album Refuge is being created for the sole purpose of financially assisting that worthy endeavor.  All proceeds from the sale of this album in all its various forms will directly benefit those young people that will be touched and forever changed by the love and kindness this ministry provides.

Along with the CD release, we are going to produce only 100 vinyl copies of Refuge. The crazy twist is... there will be a different line up of tunes on the vinyl release than what will be on the CD.  Be rest assured that most of the vocal tracks will be on both releases.  However, there will be a few different instrumentals that will not be heard by the general public in any form. 

Only those folks that donate (link below) will hear these VINYL ONLY TRACKS.  The vinyl record & combined album download will not be sold separately!

This release will realize an output of about 12 -15 total tracks divided up over both CD & vinyl.

We are looking for 100 people to Donate $75 towards this very worth while ministry.  Every person that does will receive the following:

* A copy of the (10 song) Refuge CD

* A copy of the (8 song) Refuge Vinyl album (signed by each band member)

* A dedicated combined digital album download (WAV Files) & digi-book with all 12-15 tracks that will be on the CD & vinyl.

* Your name will be listed on the back cover art (on the actual vinyl record cover) in a special thank you section for stepping up and coming along side this ministry in a real tangible way.

* Your name will be listed on the VISUAL CLIFF website as well after the release.

VISUAL CLIFF Refuge ordering information (scroll to bottom of page): www.visualcliff.net/new-album-info.html

 

Update Archives: February 12, 2017

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

SIGNUM REGIS To Release Decennium Primum Album In March:
Senec, Slovakia based power metal act SIGNUM REGIS has announced the March 17, 2017 independent release of its fifth-full length album, Decennium Primum.  Decennium Primum translates as ‘the first decade’ in Latin.  Hence, how SIGNUM REGIS is releasing the album in celebration of its tenth anniversary.

A Decennium Primum album teaser can be viewed above.

Further commentary from the group:

“The next year, 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).

SIGNUM REGIS line up:

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

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”

Upcoming Shows:

March 18 - Elements of Rock, Uster, Switzerland
May 27 - Teplice, Czech Republic
June 03 - Orava Rock Storm, Tvrdošín, Slovakia

Chapter IV: The Reckoning, the most recent album from SIGNUM REGIS, was released on November 20th 2015 via Ulterium Records.  Jens Bogren (SYMPHONY X, OPETH, ARCH ENEMY) mastered Chapter IV: The Reckoning, while Jan Yrlund (DELAIN, APOCALYPTICA, KORPIKLAANI) contributed the cover art. 

Signum Regis - Decennium Primum

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

STRYPER To Record New Album In October:
Courtesy of www.blabbermouth.net:

Veteran rockers STRYPER will enter the studio in October to begin recording the follow to their 2015 album Fallen for a tentative March/April 2018 release.

During an interview with David "Gus" Griesinger of Backstage Axxess at last month's NAMM show in Anaheim, California, guitarist/vocalist Michael Sweet spoke about how he balances recording and performing with STRYPER with his other activities, which include a solo career and a side project with ex-DOKKEN guitarist George Lynch. He said: "I've been diagnosed with a couple of different conditions, and I joke about that. And then some people say, 'Hey, dude, that's not funny. You shouldn't joke about that.' And it's, like, well, you've gotta laugh about it, or you're screwed, basically."

He continued: "I do have ADHD, and I am OCD and all that stuff, and I think a combination of those two really help to drive me and focus on what I need to get done. Unfortunately, the downside to it is that's all I'm thinking about — music. I'm so hyper-focused on music that I tend to neglect my family and friends sometimes. But that's what drives me. That's why I'm able to put out two or three albums a year."

Sweet added: "It's interesting to me. I'm not meaning to mock anybody that does this, but these bands that say, 'Oh, yeah, man, we've got twenty songs, and we've been working on it for four years,' and I'm just thinking, 'Wow! That's just sad. That is sad! I don't know. I don't get it. And, again, it's not disrespect. What I mean by that, 'sad,' is four years of your life… I don't know, man. To me, you should know instantly… Like when I start to write a song, if I don't like it, I throw it away, and then I get another idea, and then I start on that, if I feel it's good. I don't waste time demoing stuff that I know is just mediocre. I'm able to determine that right upfront, out of the box."

STRYPER guitarist Oz Fox recently revealed that Tim Gaines was going through a divorce, forcing the band to take a hiatus and possibly consider a future without the bassist. "As far as I know, [Tim is] looking like he's on his way to making all of that stuff in his life correct and fixed, and then we'll see where he stands after he's all done with that, and I know he wants to keep touring," Fox told The Vinyl Mishappenings.

Michael told the WSOU radio station that STRYPER has "no plans of stopping," despite the latest setback. He explained: "I mean, we had considered it and thought, well, maybe we should, but then we realized, well, that's just fair to us, that's not fair to the fans. So we're gonna continue on for sure."

Sweet also said that it was "probable" that STRYPER would carry on without Gaines, explaining that "if we were to disband or dissolve or stop, it really wouldn't be fair to the fans, it wouldn't be fair to the other guys, and it's important to keep that in mind as well."

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, which was released in 2013.

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

NEWS BRIEFS

* ArtistWaves online interview with THE NEAL MORSE BAND: https://artistwaves.com/interview-the-neal-morse-band-behind-the-scenes-of-the-similitude-of-a-dream

* Roxx Records has signed RAINFORCE for the US release of its debut album, Lion’s Den.  Full release details are coming soon.  A video to the track “Feed Me (I’m Hungry)” can be viewed at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrFDvwM4tAM

* Shades of Noir write up about the Michael Sweet song “I Am” (off his solo album One Side War from last year): https://shadesofnoirsite.wordpress.com/2017/02/09/song-spotlight-i-am-by-michael-sweet

* Roxx Records will be putting out a tribute CD to honor the late Dale Huffman of Metal Pulse Radio:

“We had around 50 or more bands that donated tracks for our tribute to Dale Huffman that is a testimony to just how loved he was! Unfortunately, we could not fit all of those tracks on the fundraiser CD- so we have partnered with Shawn Browning and Rottweiler Records to do this two ways! First, there will be a one-disc limited edition CD pressing and, second an all encompassing digital release that will feature ALL tracks!

“Full release details will be unveiled early next week when Scott Waters, Randy Michaud Shawn and I have it all put together.  Thank you to all that contributed!”

 

Update Archives: February 5, 2017

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

“The More Things Change”, Official Music Video From THE WORLD WILL BURN:
International hard rock act THE WORLD WILL BURN has premiered a music video for the track “The More Things Change”.  The song comes off the groups debut full length Severity, which it independently released January of 2016.

TWWB represents a worldwide collaboration between Dale Thompson and Alan Zaring. Dale, who lives in New Zealand, and Alan, who lives in the United States, have been working together remotely to create music that transcends culture, language, and genres. Hence, how TWWB focuses on emotion and passion instead of commercial pressure. 

Thompson is best known as front man for the well-known band BRIDE, with whom he has recorded fourteen studio albums.  His vocals are legendary as he is consistently considered one of the top singers in heavy music worldwide.  Thompson takes his talents to new heights with TWWB.

Zaring is a multi-instrumentalist who has been a part of numerous projects of all genres through the years.  He has focused his efforts into the music of his passion, which is heavy, hook-filled, guitar driven rock.  Zaring plays or programs all of the instruments on the upcoming CD.

TWWB goal is to create modern metal music that sounds different than most of the other offerings currently available.  It seems heavy music fans have two choices: either bands from twenty years ago that haven’t changed musically or newer bands that all sound alike.  TWWB, in contrast, successfully captures the groove of classic rock bands but with a modern approach.

Severity went to #1 on the Amazon Hot New Alternative Metal download chart and stayed at or near the top for 3 months.  The album also had one number one song and two others in the top 50.

Tim Bushong (LOVEWAR) mixed and mastered Severity.

Ryan Pierson from FilmSalad productions produced the video.  The backup band is MUSIC STANDZ from Phoenix, Arizona. 

Full list of those responsible for the video:

Director - Ryan Pierson
Story Writer - Shawn Saavedra
Cinematographer - Nick LaRovere
Assistant Director - James Jines

Special thanks - Music Standz and Philip Walker (appearing as the silhouetted "fake band").

Crew: Chris Will, Blake Hyman, Maurice Isheja, Revrand Fishcrackers

The first quarter of 2017 will see TWWB release its sophomore album RuiNation in which Bushong will also handle mixing and mastering.

RuiNation is currently available for pre-order: www.theworldwillburn.com/store

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

Biogenesis - A Decadence Divine

BIOGENESIS - A Decadence Divine Details Reveals:
Press Release / BIOGENESIS announced late last year that it signed to Roxx Records for the release of its third full-length album, A Decadence Divine.  The band has been hard at work to finish the recording process, and is finally ready to unveil the details as it pertains to the album, which will drop the summer of 2017.

A Decadence Divine is being released in follow up to the BIOGENSIS 2012 sophomore effort The Rise, The Fall, The Rebirth and debut full length The Mark Bleeds Through from 2001.

BIOGENEIS plays a diverse form of metal that (as taken from the 80% Angelic Warlord review of The Rise, The Fall, The Rebirth) ‘takes a foundation of straightforward heavy metal and mixes it with strong doses of thrash, modern groove, progressive and Gothic metal’.  The wide array of styles presented by the group (again, noting the review) ‘serves to support the BIOGENESIS strength of walking a fine line between the aggressive (with bone crushing heaviness and occasional extreme moments) and melodic (the material here is quite listenable - almost accessible - despite the angst).’ 

The eye catching A Decadence Divine cover art attributes to graphic designer Tim Murray.

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”

The first single off the album, “Tears Of God”, is streaming at the Roxx Records ReverbNation page: www.reverbnation.com/roxxrecords

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

BIOGENESIS online: www.facebook.com/BiogenesisProgressiveMetal

STAIRWAY Release “Reason Why” Lyric Video:
Veteran UK classic metal outfit STAIRWAY has released a lyric video (above) for the track “Reason Why”, which comes off its spring of 2016 independently released sixth full-length album Power & Glory.  

Comments vocalist and guitarist Graeme Leslie: “(Power & Glory) talks about the false promises the world system and the devil give us and that we can take control of our own lives with the help of Christ.  (Musically) it is chock full of all the STAIRWAY things you love and some surprises as well”.

Greg Chandler at Priory Studios mixed and mastered the album, while Rodney Matthews contributed the Book of Revelation themed cover art (below).  Matthews also provided the cover art to the groups 2010 release Interregnum and 1993 full-length debut No Rest: No Mercy.

Power & 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 line up:

Graeme Leslie - Lead Vocals, Guitars, Bass & Keyboards
Pete Jennens - Guitar
Andy Edwards - Drums

Stairway - Power & Glory

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

NEWS BRIEFS

* Track listing to upcoming THE CRIMSON BRIDGE MINISTRY sophomore album Choices: “Black Sheep”, “Never Letting Go”, “Charmed Life”, “Drown Your Pain”, “Cornerstone”, “Steal Your Thunder”, ”That Old Man”, “The Great Divide”, “Forgiven (Parts 1 & 1)”

The first single off the album, “Never Letting Go”, can be streamed at: www.thecrimsonbridgeministry.com

* “March Of Varnir”, official lyric video of new song from ENERGEMA: www.youtube.com/watch?v=AgRnE23gAFk

“March Of Varnir” comes off the group’s upcoming sophomore album World Of Zionix.

* Roxx Records plans to release this May/June a vinyl version to the 1989 SACRED WARRIOR sophomore album Master’s Command.  It will be a 300 piece pressing, with 100 on translucent blue vinyl and 200 on black vinyl.  Scott Waters (ULTIMATUM) contributes the revised and sharper looking cover art, which can be viewed: HERE

* MILLENNIAL REIGN has composed the material for its forthcoming third album, untitled at the time of this writing.  The group plans to enter the studio early this year to begin the recording process.

* SOMBRE HOLIDAY plans to releases its fourth album, The Sea Of Distance, on April 14, 2017.  The first single from the album, “Desire”, is streaming at the groups Bandcamp page: https://sombreholiday.bandcamp.com/track/desire-2

 

Update Archives: January 29, 2017

FEATURED REVIEWS

EDEN’S WAY - Can’t Get Enough
Those looking to add an eighties influenced melodic hard rock album to their collection have just been presented with an all new option: the November of 2016 independent fifth full length release from Eden’s Way, Can’t Get EnoughRead Full Review >>

FOUR STAR REVIVAL - The Underdog
At the intersection of traditional metal and power metal sits Four Star Revival.  Read Full Review >> 

THE HERO - Miracles
Taking inspiration from its Gothic metal and hard rock past, Stockholm, Sweden’s based Hero has centered its new album, the fall of 2016 Roxx Records release Miracles, around a darker, swarthier and more brooding sound.  Read Full Review >> 

THE NEAL MORSE BAND - The Similitude Of A Dream
Neal Morse is throwing another bone to those who prefer epic length concept albums with The Similitude Of A Dream, the fall of 2016 Radiant Records sophomore release of The Neal Morse Band.  Read Full Review >>

PASTOR BRAD - UP
‘Pastor Brad’ as he is better known, is quite the veteran within hard music circles, having releases ten full length albums, a pair of demos, a Christmas album and several compilations in styles ranging from instrumental hard rock to straightforward hard rock to eighties influenced melodic metal.  Read Full Review >>

S91 - Behold The Mankind
The Underground Symphony Records fall of 2016 third S91 album Behold The Mankind, released in follow up to the groups independent 2011 sophomore full length Volonta Legata, joins a foundation of progressive metal with leanings towards the power, symphonic and melodic metal side of things.  Read Full Review >>

THEE FINAL CHAPTRE - It Is Written
Hailing from New Orleans, Louisiana, Thee Final Chaptre is the brainchild of guitarist and founding member Gary Wilson, whom got his start in the early to mid eighties with Christian themed bands Deus Vult and Divine Right.  Read Full Review >>

WYTCH HAZEL - Prelude
Wytch Hazel harnesses the synergy between new wave of British heavy metal, the hard rock twin guitar attack of Thin Lizzy and folk-rock eccentricity to Jethro Tull.  Read Full Review >>

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

RAINFORCE Premier “Feed Me (I’m Hungry)” Music Video:
RAINFORCE is a new hard rock project founded by guitarist and songwriter Andy La Morte (PŸLON, DISOBEDIENCE & THANKFUL HEART), whom has joined forces with Swiss bassist and co-producer Matt Brand (PŸLON).  German drummer Benjamin Mann (POWER OF GOD) and Maltese lead front man Jordan Cutajar (NOMAD SON) round out the RAINFORCE line up.

The multifarious four-piece is currently at work on the old school hard rock of its debut album to be entitled Lion’s Den.  Expect RAINFORCE to be inclusive to intense, high energy and powerful material, both musically and lyrically.   A video to the first single off Lion’s Den, “Feed Me (I’m Hungry)” can be viewed above.

“Feed Me (I’m Hungry) lyrics:

The world tells us what we have to do
To live a life in joy
Look at the papers, watch TV
And you know what I mean
But at the end of the day
Which of all these things can save?
There is no life, there is no hope
In all those earthly things.

But I want to make a difference

Feed me - I’m hungry
Feed me - I’m thirsty
Feed me with the bread of life

Feed me - I’m hungry
Feed me - I’m thirsty
I long to drink from the living water

The Bible says You are the way
That leads us to eternity
You are the bread, the water to drink
And you know what we need.
But we are looking for satisfaction
Everywhere we can
‘Cause we are all still hungry
But we have forgotten your promises.

Rainforce - Lion's Den

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

DIVINER - “Riders From The East” Video Released:
Press Release / Athens, Greece based heavy metal band DIVINER just released a music video for the track "Riders From The East" from their debut album Fallen Empires, which it released last November through Ulterium Records.  Fallen Empires is available on CD, LP and as a digital download.

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

DIVINER has also recorded a video to the song “Evilizer”: www.youtube.com/watch?v=nE9KjVpa6DQ

A lyric video for “Come Into My Glory” is available as well: www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVbxT0w3ZKo

DIVINER line up:

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

Fallen Empires track listing:

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

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

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

Halcyon Way logo

HALCYON WAY Begins Recording New Album:
HALCYON WAY is set to begin the recording process for the follow-up release to its 2014 Billboard Charting third album, Conquer.

The band will be heading to Audiohammer Studios in Orlando, Florida on January 27th to complete the drum tracking, with producer Mark Lewis (DEVILDRIVER, DEATH ANGEL, WHITECHAPEL) at the helm.  The as yet to be entitled new album, the first with new drummer Aaron Baumoel, should be released by the fall of 2017.

Comments guitarist Jon Bodan: “The band is super hyped about our new material. We wrote about 27 songs, somehow pared it down to 17, and we will choose from that group what makes the final cut. The new songs are very heavy, very catchy, and very thrashy. We’ve spent a lot of time on the road over the last few years and we think they’re going to go over great not only on the album but live as well. Aaron has been killing it in preproduction and we think the fans are going to love what he brings to the table as a drummer”.

Conquer, the band’s most successful release to date landed on the Billboard Heatseeker charts at #41 upon release, and the first single/video from the album, “Web Of Lies” spent 6 weeks in the CMJ radio Hard Music Top Ten.

The band is fresh off of a December tour of Russia with SABATON, and has also hit the road with bands such as QUEENSRYCHE, SAXON, FATES WARNING, SKID ROW, and many others, playing to fans across 4 continents.

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

NEWS BRIEFS

* IMAGES OF EDEN, update regarding new album Soulrise (Facebook - January 20, 2017): “We are very excited to say that the IMAGES OF EDEN demos are finished and ready to send out for label shopping. During this time, we will be wrapping up recording for (our new album) Soulrise. It has been a while but well worth all of the delays. Stay tuned for audio clips. More news to come…”

* Catania, Italy’s METATRONE released a video to the track “Molokai: www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHD6w4ewPM0

“Molokai” comes off the groups 2016 Rockshots Music third full-length album Eucharismetal.

* “The War We Fight”, the first single from the Roxx Records Edition version to the TRUE STRENGTH sophomore album Steel Evangelist: www.reverbnation.com/roxxrecords

 

Update Archives: January 22, 2017

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

THE HERO - “The Broken Hearted” Lyric Video Premier:
The Stockholm, Sweden based Gothic hard rock band THE HERO has released a lyric video (above) of the track “The Broken Hearted”, 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 previous releaes 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 to come into play but is more of the straightforward hard rock and melodic metal type as opposed to the power metal variety (to previous albums) ”.

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

True Strength - Steel Evangelist - Roxx Records Edition

TRUE STRENGTH - Steel Evangelist, Roxx Records Edition:
Press Release / Roxx Records is very excited to welcome US metal band TRUE STENGTH to our roster, please join us in welcoming them as we get ready to unleash their latest album entitled Steel Evangelist upon the world!
 
TRUE STRENGTH's sophomore album Steel Evangelist was independently released digitally on Pentecost, May 15, 2016.  Due to budgetary restrictions, however, the original release of Steel Evangelist suffered slightly from production quality issues.

All of this changed with the late 2016 signing of TRUE STRENGTH to Roxx Records.  Bill Roxx put the band in touch with engineer Cliffy Walker, guitarist of the Christian punk band THE HUNTINGTONS, to re-master Steel Evangelist, with the new version is like night and day in comparison to the original.  Both TRUE STRENGTH and Roxx Records cannot wait for the world to hear and own Steel Evangelist for the first time ever on CD!

Here is what the critics have to say about TRUE STRENGTH and Steel Evangelist:
 

"When it comes to the guitar work on this 2016 release, one is immediately taken back by the level of shred presented here. Yes, it's easy to tell that this isn't Ryan & Josh's first release. There were a few moments where I thought I smelled smoke ascending from the fret boards as my speakers began to melt down. Josh and Ryan deliver up a molten metal buffet of hard, galloping, driving, Power Metal to sink ones teeth into." - Jacob Folk from Christian Molten Metal Bands
 
"Lyrics are full-on for Christ showing both a love for the lost and for Christians as one can see here." - Jacob Folk from Christian Molten Metal Bands
 
"Steel Evangelist is a classic example of a traditional-power-epic-Gothic-doom metal hybrid album.  It presents with some fantastic material accordingly, with “Don’t Take the Mark of the Beast”, “The War We Fight”, “The Fall of the Ripest Apple” and “Woe To The Sons Of Ishmael” standing out among my favorites.  Sound performances in the areas of guitar and vocals add to the value at hand…  In the end, due to its ability to not only incorporate various forms of metal but the specific styles they incorporate, True Strength ranks among the many bands in which I am waiting with baited breath for a follow up release." - Andrew Rockwell from Angelic Warlord

Roxx Records will be releasing Steel Evangelist on CD for the first time ever with completely new cover artwork designed by renowned metal artist Scott Waters. The updated and re-mastered version will also be re-released digitally with the new cover artwork and will be called Steel Evangelist - Roxx Records Edition (to differentiate between the independent version).  Both versions of the re-mastered Steel Evangelist album will be released everywhere on February 17, 2017.

Steel Evangelist track listing:

1. “No Cheek Left to Turn”
2. “Steel Evangelist”
3. “Cilician Gates”
4. “Don't Take the Mark of the Beast”
5. “The Fall of the Ripest Apple”
6. “Gabriel the Archangel”
7. “Woe to the Sons of Ishmael”
8. “Blood Waters the Cedars of Lebanon”
9. “Twenty-One Martyrs Clothed in Orange”
10. “The War We Fight”

TRUE STRENGTH line up:

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

Steel Evangelist pre-order: http://roxxrecords.storenvy.com/products/18925081-true-strength-steel-evangelist-cd-2017

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

NEWS BRIEFS

* For a limited time, you an download the re-mastered version to the MISSION OF ONE debut album Take Another Swig at Bandcamp: https://missionofone.bandcamp.com/album/take-another-swig

* Third BIOGENESIS album A Decadence Divine is scheduled for release on Roxx Records in March.  A new song entitled “Tears Of God” will soon be released in advance of the album.

 

Update Archives: January 15, 2017

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

FOUR STAR REVIVAL Release “The Underdog” Lyric Video:
The official lyrics video for “The Underdog”, a new song from FOUR STAR REVIVAL, can be see above.  The song comes off the groups 5 track sophomore EP The Underdog, which it released via Headstone Records on January 13, 2017.

The Underdog follows on the heals of the FOUR STAR REVIVAL Aztek Records fall of 2014 debut full length Knights Of The Revival.

Described in its press material as having an “early 80’s metal sound (but) with a modern twist”, FOUR STAR REVIVAL (again, from its press material) "is driven by soaring vocals, ripping guitars and a message of hope".

The 85% Angelic Warlord review of Knights Of The Revival reinforces how “the group draws upon the influence of old school classic US power metal and backs it with veteran musicianship to represent one of the more exciting up and comers to hit the hard music scene in recent years.”  The album is further characterized by “consistent songwriting, solid production and able musicianship, which allow Four Star Revival to shine in what is an already crowded power metal scene.”

FOUR STAR REVIVAL consists of vocalist Jack Emrick (LIFE AFTER DEATH) guitarist Benny Bodine (WARMINISTER), bassist Ed Girard (HOUSE OF JASON) on bass, and drummer Paul Strausburg (WORLD GONE WRONG).

The Underdog track listing:

1. “The Underdog”
2. “Liar”
3. “Rumors Of War”
4. “Broken”
5. “The Garden Of Good And Evil”

FOUR STAR REVIVAL online: https://fourstarrevival.bandpage.com & www.facebook.com/FourStarRevival

DELIVERANCE, Crowdfunding Old School Thrash Album:
Founding member & vocalist/guitarist Jimmy P. Brown II has joined forces with drummer Jim Chaffin and bassist Victor Macias to fund a new DELIVERANCE album via Indiegogo.

As noted by DELIVERANCE at its Indiegogo page:

“Hey Big D fans, this project is for you! Jimmy has teamed up with Jim Chaffin (THE CRUCIFIED, THE BLAMED, FASEDOWN) and Victor Macias (TOURNIQUET) for a thrash project that will bring back the classic DELIVERANCE sound. Fast and Heavy!!! The project is slated for a spring 2017 release and shows are lining up in Europe as this post goes live. We have plenty of extras for you to choose from. Whatever you can afford, we’d greatly appreciate it.”

Comments Brown: “We’re going to give you the fan what you’ve been asking for and what you want- the old school thrash days of DELIVERANCE.  We are so excited.  We’ve been writing great material (and) were getting great tones.  It’s going to be crunchy, fast (and) thick.  Everything you’ve always loved about DELIVERANCE since the Greetings Of Death days you’re going to get it with this record”.

Renowned for the ‘Metallica cross Queensryche’ sound of its earlier material, DELIVERANCE debuted in 1986 with the speed metal and thrash of its independently released six song demo Greetings Of Death, which went on to sell an impressive 5000 copies.  The group later placed the tracks “Attack” and “A Space Called You” on the 1987 California Metal compilation prior to signing with Intense Records.  The DELIVERANCE 1989 Intense self-titled debut maintained the speed metal and thrash leanings as did 1990 spiritual warfare themed sophomore release Weapons Of Are Warfare.  DELIVERANCE closed out its thrash era with its third release on Intense, What A Joke from 1991.

You can support the upcoming DELIVERANCE album at: www.indiegogo.com/projects/deliverance-2017-music#

NEWS BRIEFS

* “The Z Cyphers”, official lyric video of new song from ENERGEMA: www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKsloOMVD3Y

“The Z Cyphers” comes off the group’s upcoming sophomore album World Of Zionix.

* Vocalist Greg X. Volz (PETRA, CLASSIC PETRA) will be recording an album with his new band, CPR:

“I'm excited to announce that I will be heading to Nashville the first of the week to record vocals on the new CPR project which has four former Petra members! That should give you some indication of what this is about. There will be nine Classic Petra songs as well as one classic rock song on this project. I will be releasing EXCLUSIVE behind the scenes videos and interviews with the band during our time in the studio on my Website BLOG and Facebook. Stay tuned!”

Two of the re-recorded cuts include “Not Of This World” (off the album of the same name) and “For Annie” (Never Say Die).

CPR line up:

Greg X. Volz - Lead Vocals
Kirk Henderson - Guitars
John Lawry - Keyboards
Ronnie Cates - Bass
Louie Weaver - Drums

 

Update Archives: January 8, 2017

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

Michael Cutting - Unspoken banner

Michael Cutting Releases Debut Solo Album, Unspoken:
Press Release / The independently released solo album from HOLY SOLDIER guitarist Michael Cutting has been five years in the making and it shows.  Excellent songs- from lyrics to songwriting to the recorded vocals and all the instruments this thing smokes. Featuring none other then David Zaffiro producing the vocals and engineering this release, and even contributing vocals to the tracks “Leave It Behind” and “Karma”.

From the opening track “Table For One” with its very ALICE IN CHANGE like styling to the ballad like “Leave It Behind” and “Never Forget” and everything in between you get a little bit of variety here.

Michael truly put his heart on his sleeve as he shared this masterpiece with the world. Styles ranging from rock to hard rock to metal, I even hear his PINK FLOYD influences coming through as well as some BEATLES influence in some of the tracks making this a very eclectic release sure to appeal to the tastes of hard rockers and HOLY SOLDIERS fans a like.

CD pressing comes packaged in a beautiful high gloss digi-pack format with an extended 24 page fold out booklet with one side having all the lyrics and credits and the other opening into a full size poster portrait of Michael.

Further commentary from the artist: “Musically, (Unspoken) is difficult to put under one classification. It is not just any one "style"- it is not all rock or pop or metal or blues. Although it has elements of all those styles. In other words, it is not one dimensional.

“I played a strong role in the writing of the first Holy Soldier record, as well as the Promise Man CD and Encore. So as there were elements of my style as a writer and guitarist on those recordings, there will be familiar elements of this "style" on the new record. Those of you familiar with my work with Holy Soldier will perhaps hear where some of my “style” and ideas show up on this record.

“There are also elements of my influences a well, which quite honestly are too vast to list here. Just think of all the great bands old and new (rock, blues and otherwise) that come to your mind. Probably a lot of the same bands you all grew up with and have enjoyed throughout the years were my influences as well. Unspoken has some heavy music, some heavy blues influenced music, some slower thought provoking stuff, some heavy "pop" (I really dislike using that term!) and a lot of melodic elements throughout.

“I can say that there are elements and vibes of the following in particular: Led Zep, Hendrix/SRV, 90’s music, HS, Pink Floyd and even a little Gospel vibe thrown in.

“Lyrically, I would say that the songs cover a wide variety of topics, all of which are drawn from my own personal experience: life, love, loss, spirituality.”

Unspoken track listing:

1. “Table For One”
2. “Karma”
3. “Leave It Behind”
4. “Crush”
5. “Never Forget”
6. “Happy Hollowdays”
7. “Shadow Man”
8. “Angel On My Mind”
9. “Slip Away”
10. “Shuffle Off To Buffalo” (CD only bonus track)

Michael Cutting online: www.michaelcutting.com & www.facebook.com/MichaelCuttingMusic

Stryper - Fallen promo pic

Oz Fox Talks About STRYPER’s Hiatus:
Courtesy of www.blabbermouth.net:

STRYPER guitarist Oz Fox has spoken out about the "personal issues" that have resulted in the band taking a hiatus and possibly considering a future without bassist Tim Gaines.

Asked by The Vinyl Mishappenings (during an online interview) what the reason is that STRYPER is planning to take some time off, Fox said: "Well, it's a number of things. A lot of it is Michael (Sweet, guitar/vocals) has a lot projects coming up that he wants to take time off to do, which is fine by me, because I've got a lot of stuff going on here in town, and, as I get older in age, I kind of want to set myself up so that I'll have more opportunities here in (Las) Vegas so that someday if I ever stop touring with STRYPER, I can maybe stay here and work as a musician. He (Michael) definitely is going to be doing a second album with George Lynch and he also just released a solo album and he wants to go out and tour that album a little bit and we (STRYPER) are going to be playing on the Monsters of Rock cruise the first week of February."

Pressed on whether this means that STRYPER's original lineup - including Gaines - will appear on the Monsters Of Rock cruise, Fox said: "As far as I know, yes, but Tim, our bass player, is going through some personal issues and we're trying to let him work all of that stuff out. It's no secret anymore, but he's going through a divorce, so we're giving him time to work those things out. As far as I know, he's looking like he's on his way to making all of that stuff in his life correct and fixed, and then we'll see where he stands after he's all done with that, and I know he wants to keep touring. It's a very difficult thing to go through a divorce; it's difficult for everybody. We're very close to him and his wife, so it hurts us as much as it hurts them. These things do happen in the Christian world, and I want to reference back to a lot of those really hardcore conservative Christians; it's very taboo to see somebody, especially in the limelight, going through that kind of thing, and so a divorce is one of those, kind of, 'bad' words. Now there are a lot of Christians who understand. I understand the situation, because I went through a divorce myself in 2006 with my first wife. It's very difficult - it really is - but we're going to give him time to do that and go through and deal with his issues. As far as I know, he's going to be on the cruise with us. And then the only other thing I can say after that is there are plans to do another STRYPER album, so we'll see how that goes later on."

Asked if he thinks Tim's personal issues and Michael's other projects will delay work on a new STRYPER album, Oz said: "I think there were plans to possibly get on it in January. It hadn't been booked or anything, but once this whole thing started happening with Tim, we thought it was a better idea to just postpone everything. We decided to maybe wait until later on in the year. I think it's good for us to just give him time to do his thing and deal with his issues, and then later on, we can come back together and, after everything is already healed over, have a solid time of being able to work together."

Michael Sweet recently told the WSOU radio station that STRYPER has "no plans of stopping," despite the latest setback. He explained: "I mean, we had considered it and thought, well, maybe we should, but then we realized, well, that's just fair to us, that's not fair to the fans. So we're gonna continue on for sure; we just don't know how and when exactly."

Sweet also said that it was "probable" that STRYPER would carry on without Gaines, explaining that "if we were to disband or dissolve or stop, it really wouldn't be fair to the fans, it wouldn't be fair to the other guys, and it's important to keep that in mind as well."

STRYPER's latest album, 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, which was released in 2013.

Read the full interview with Oz Fox: HERE

Oz Fox online: www.ozfox.us

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

NEWS BRIEFS

* Vocalist Germán Pascual (ESSENCE OF SORROW, ex-NARNIA) has released a lyric video for a cover of Shania Twain’s "Ka Ching!", a great influence of the singer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IFlDYfwQS8

The video was made by Rafael Tavares and the cover was recorded and produced by Michael Oliveira, one of Germán's best friends.

 

Update Archives: January 1, 2017

INTERVIEWS

Jamie Rowe promo pic

New Jamie Rowe Interview Online:
In a recent online interview with Melodic Music Reviews, vocalist Jamie Rowe goes into extensive detail about his background with TEMPEST, GUARDIAN and ADRIANGALE.  Following is an excerpt:

So was Tempest your first band and how did it start?
“Tempest was the first band I was a part of, yes. I was originally only the bass player. At 17, I wasn’t a very good player at that point so after I tracked my parts they had a session player come in and re-do them after I left! Haha! The producer of the record heard me sing and said “We should put him on a few tracks” so I sang on half of the album. By the time it was released I was the full-time vocalist for the band. Those albums are available on iTunes legally, anything else you find out there (other than original pressings) are bootlegs and someone trying to make a buck. Unless the label who owns the masters decides to do a proper release of physical media they will likely be digital only.”

Read Full Interview: HERE

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

DELIVERANCE, SAINT & HERO Vinyl Releases on Roxx Records:
Press Release / Roxx Records is kicking off the 2017 New Year with a bang with not one, not two, but THREE, brand new limited edition vinyl releases!  Release date for all three is January 13, 2017.

Saint - Hell Blade - Roxx Records vinyl release

After the successful launch of our Limited Edition vinyl ‘Underground Series’ we are very happy to announce the fifth release in the series, Hell Blade from the classic Christian metal band SAINT.  As the eighth official album from SAINT, Hell Blade was hailed at the time of its 2010 release as an amazing return to form for the Salem, Oregon based group in featuring original member’s vocalist Josh Kramer and bassist Richard Lynch in addition to guitarist Jerry Johnson and drummer Bill Brost.

Roxx Records is very excited to be giving Hell Blade its very first appearance on Limited Edition vinyl complete with brand new cover art.  This release is limited to 150 pieces with each individually numbered on black vinyl.

Hell Blade track listing:

A1. “The Ascent”
A2. “The Blade”
A3. “To The Cross”
A4. “Crying In The Night”
A5. “Hell Train”

B1. “Endless Night”
B2. “You & Me”
B3. “New World Order”
B4. “Sinner Peace”
B5. “Hell Blade”

Hell Blade vinyl pre-order: http://roxxrecords.storenvy.com/products/18763225-saint-hell-blade-lp-2017

Deliverance - Weapons Of Our Warfare

In addition, we are very happy to announce that after the HUGE success of the 2014 vinyl reissue of DELIVERANCE’s Weapons Of Our Warfare we are releasing a second and final pressing of this historic Christian metal album.  Each of the 100 copies pressed is hand numbered and comes in a unique black and blue vinyl swirl pattern.  A CD download disc comes with each copy as well.  If you missed out on the first pressing, act fast and get one of these as part of your personal collection before they are gone!

The DELIVERANCE sophomore album from 1990, Weapons Of Our Warfare is a landmark thrash release with the title track receiving prominent rotation in the MTV metal show Headbangers Ball back in 1990 where it would remain in the top 3 videos for 12 weeks.

Weapons Of Our Warfare track listing:

A1. “Supplication”
A2. “This Present Darkness”
A3. “Weapons Of Our Warfare”
A4. “Solitude”
A5. “Flesh And Blood”

B1. “Bought By Blood”
B2. “23”
B3. “Slay The Wicked”
B4. “Greetings Of Death”
B5. “If We Faint Not”

Weapons Of Our Warfare vinyl pre-order: http://roxxrecords.storenvy.com/products/18763288-deliverance-weapons-of-our-warfare-lp-2017

The Hero - Miracles

This is a Limited Edition vinyl version of the brand new album Miracles from THE HERO. The album was actually released by the band on vinyl in Sweden.  We have limited quantities available here in the US. Get yours now!

Miracles is the fourth full length album from THE HERO, and first new music since the release of its critically acclaimed 2013 third album Afterlife.

Miracles track listing:

A1. “Kill The Monster”
A2. “Miracles”
A3. “The Broken Hearted”
A4. “Tell The World”
A5. “Crying in the Rain”

B1. “Corpus Christi”
B2. “Via Dolorosa”
B3. “Join Me In Life”
B4. “When Evil Blooms”
B5. :Shot”

Miracles vinyl pre-order: http://roxxrecords.storenvy.com/products/18780568-hero-the-miracles-lp-2017

 

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