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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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