Dec 172014
 

freaKINGS 2014Thrash death metal band from Basel, Switzerland freaKings has been added to the line-up for the twelfth edition of Elements of Rock.

Other booked band’s sofar are, Polution (Hardrock, CH), Frosthardr (Blackmetal, NO), Bloodwork (extreme metal, UK), Sleeping Romance (Melodic Metal, IT) Malchus (Melodic Death Metal, PL) and Morgarten (Black Metal, CH), more bands will follow in the coming weeks. Also Pastor Bob Beeman (Sanctuary International) and Jim LaVerde (Barren Cross) will be there. EoR will be held March 13-15th. 2015 Stadthofsaal, Uster, Switzerland. Continue reading »

Dec 172014
 

Best of 2014 Roxx CoverAround this time of the year, a lot of labels and artists decide to release compilation albums. Why? For exposure and sales of course, but let’s not forget that it’s also for lots of fun. What we have here is the “Best of 2014” compilation by Roxx Records that consists of all kinds of different artists showing off their talents. Now I have to be honest, I haven’t ever listened to any of these artists that are listed. Perhaps I’m too young to know these bands (I turned 20 in October) so I guess I’m in for some surprises here and there. I do know a few of them, but only by name. Some of these artists really have a great name in the (Christian) metal scene. However, the album is 18 tracks long, so I am afraid I can’t review the entire album track by track.

The opening track “Face in the sky” by Jupiter VI is quite a calm song compared to what I expected. The intro starts off with harmonic guitars that quickly make way for the vocals in the verse. To me, the vocals seemed like a blend of heavy metal and hair metal that was extremely populair during the 80’s. The guitars aren’t really heavy but still enjoyable.  Continue reading »

Dec 162014
 

Split Decision (EP)For those of you who have ever agonized over two choices, soup or salad, decaf or no, Coke or Pepsi, to be or not to be… take heart!  The newest release from Thumper Punk Records is just for you.  “Split Decision” is an EP that says, “to heck with one or the other; I want both!”  Featuring the Boston-based A Common Goal, and Idaho-based False Idle, this is a perfect match for any lover of punk rock.  Each band has crafted two brand new songs exclusively for this split, as well as covering a song from the other.

‘Nowhere Fast’ and ‘Two Steps Behind’ combine ACG‘s melodic genius with the lyrical substance that brings a challenge and a call to action within every song they write. The cover of FI‘s ‘Where Do We Go From Here’ is a brilliant take on the original. Continue reading »

Dec 162014
 

Mary_HBFinnish symphonic female fronted metal band HB has released just released a Christmas single ‘Mary’. There are only 100 copies made, so be quick (order here). The Music video and a short documentary for ‘Mary’.can be seen below.

HB played last friday at the 35th.edition of Christmas Rock Night in Ennepetal, Germany.

As previously reported original singer Johanna Aaltonen is after a short break back in the band. The news that she was back in the band was announced in the beginning of May. Continue reading »

Dec 162014
 

Project 86 (2014)After a highly successful Indiegogo campaign, veteran rock band Project 86 have released their ninth studio album, “Knives To The Future,” on November 11, through their own label, Team Black Recordings. An European version including 2 bonus-tracks will be released next month on Jan. 16th.

Mixed by Steve Evetts [The Dillinger Escape Plan, All That Remains, Sepultura] and mastered by Alan Douches [Mastodon, Underoath, Black Dahlia Murder]. Artwork by Dan Mumford [Killswitch Engage, Bring Me The Horizon]

Project 86 is an American rock band from Orange County, California, formed in 1996. The band has released eight albums, which have collectively sold nearly 500,000 units worldwide, two EPs, two DVDs, and one live album. Their music is characterized by a rock/post-hardcore/alternative style. Frontman Andrew Schwab’s poetic and introspective lyrics have addressed a wide variety of topics such as conformity and emptiness. Continue reading »

Dec 162014
 

slechtvalk_logoLate last month, November 24th. was the start of the crowdfunding campaign for the fifth album of Slechtvalk. A new update follows below:

‘Last Saturday we’ve recorded some drums for a demo-version of the new album. Although we only had 6 hours to record 11 songs and the demo won’t be of exceptional quality (obviously), it will give us an idea of the songs in their current state and help us try out some different things to make them better. And actually finish the songs before we record the real thing.’

‘For the actual studio recordings we can use the demo as a reference, so we won’t forget anything. It will save us a lot of time during the actual studio recordings and allow us to bring a little more depth/layers to the songs.’ Continue reading »

Dec 152014
 

harmony faceMarkus Sigfridsson, a very talented musician from Sweden is the lead guitarist in Darkwater, 7days and Harmony. His band Harmony recently released a new album “Theater of Redemption”. In the following interview, Markus talks about the new line-up, hobbies, key principles, biggest fear. and of course the new album and much more.

TMR: Hey Markus this is ‘The Metal Resource’ from Holland, how are things going there in Sweden?

Markus:: Things are going well thank you. We are enjoying the great response for the new album.

TMR: Could you Introduce yourself and the new line-up please. Continue reading »

Dec 142014
 

Sleeping GiantFan-filmed footage of Sleeping Giants performance, last friday at the 35th.edition of Christmas Rock Night in Ennepetal, Germany can be seen in the video’s below.

Other performing bands this year were: RED (U.S), Disciple (U.S.), The Ongoing Concept (U.S), Wolves At The Gate (U.S.), Children 18:3 (U.S.), Sacrety (D) Safemode (S] Sleeping Romance (IT), Trip To Dover (NL), Manafest (CA), LZ7 (U.K), HB (FI], Staryend (D).

Sleeping Giant’s long awaited, 4th full length album, “Finished People”, is released on August 19th via Century Media Records. The album is the follow-up to “Kingdom Days in an Evil Age” which was released in 2011 via Ain’t No Grave Records.  Continue reading »

Dec 132014
 

The Punks Who Stole ...EPJust in time for Christmas there are a few new collections of Christmas and holiday tunes coming out.  Solid State/Tooth&Nail have put together a collection which they are charging for and to me that just doesn’t seem to be in the “spirit of the holidays”, but that’s just my view.  I hearken back to the Rottweiler Records Fleas Naughty Dog collections that featured a collection of punk, metal, indie, industrial, and even black metal bands covering Christmas songs and released for free.  Those were the days.  In that spirit Veritas Vinyl has released a collection of songs from various bands of various styles for their contribution and made it available as a “name your price” download on bandcamp (link below)

As one probably expects, there are various takes on the songs done.  Some classic tunes, some original,   Although the album title is The Punks Who Stole Christmas, this isn’t a strict punk/hardcore compilation with the inclusion of Slaves BC who kick off the album with sludgy metal in “Suzy Snowflake”. Continue reading »

Dec 132014
 

All That Remains Nov 2014Massachusetts metallers All That Remains will release their seventh studio album, titled “The Order Of Things”, on February 24, 2015 via Razor & Tie. The cover artwork for the CD can be seen below.

The new disc follows up 2012′s “A War You Cannot Win” and marks the first time that All That Remains singer Phil Labonte collaborated on his lyrics, in this case with producer Josh Wilbur. Labonte told The Pulse Of Radio how that worked out. “He’s the first guy that I collaborated lyrically with,” he said. “It’s always been a situation where we’ll come up with vocal ideas, maybe cadences, and I’ll come up with the ideas and words that go into it. So this record has really been vocally the most collaboration I’ve ever had from a producer/writer, working with, you know, the songs we came up with.” Continue reading »

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