Draconicon – “The Dark Side of Magic”

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Oct 222021
 

Draconicon use power metal to tell the story of the awakening of an ancient evil in their debut album Dark Side of Magic.

Draconicon is pure European power metal from Italy, influence by the sounds of bands like Kamelot, Saboton, Gloryhammer and others. The story behind the debut album is about a Dark Force awakening to rule the world. A hunger for power led mortals to summon the dark Order Draconis. The dragon pictured on the cover art is a metaphorical representation of the power and evil that has taken control over everything. The album was mixed and mastered by Marco Mastrobuono who has done a great job ensuring all instruments and vocals are clear in the mix. For the album are, the band chose a veteran of the genre, bringing in Dan Godsworthy (Alestorm, Gloryhammer).

After a short intro in “Principium Tenebris”, the band launches straight into “Fiery Rage” leading off with some great guitar leads before settling into a fast galloping rhythm led by the drums of Manuel D. Asendent. Arkanfel’s vocals are a perfect match for the genre, smooth and powerful without sounding strained throughout his impressive range. In some sense, the song reminds me a bit of Dragon Force except the song is not just a vehicle for guitar solos.

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Osukaru – “Starbound”

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Oct 222021
 

Swedish glam metal band Osukaru bring their blend of classic hard rock and metal to their 6th album Starbound.

For those who have never heard of Osukaru, like myself, it is pretty amazing to see that the band has been around 11 years and released 6 albums. Guitarist Oz Hawke Petersson began the band and in 2012 the band released their first album Salvation. Three years later and after addition of a few band members, Transition was released (2015) and the band now known as Osukaru really took shape. For Starbound, the album was produced by Oz and Fredrik Werner with Svein Jensen (Sister Sin) handling mixing and Christoffer Borg (Art Nation, Six Foot Six) taking mastering responsibilities.

There is something about Osukaru on Starbound that instantly transports you back to the mid-late 80s sounds of popular metal…you know, the kind that actually got airplay and was generally considered “safe”. Think epic choruses, super-clean vocals, keyboards playing a supporting role and the type of sounds that filled stadiums and other large venues. Instantly on the opening track “Starbound” I hear what I can only imagine a Europe B-side might have sounded like. What can’t go unnoticed though is the care that has gone into the songwriting and arrangements. Even if the production quality is too polished and smooth, this is expertly executed.

“Rise of the Underdog” hits all the good and bad from that late 80’s era where often great riffs were paired with somewhat cheesy lyrics and group vocals and had sections with overally cheery keyboards. Luckily, the song does have some good guitar solos to somewhat save it. By this point, a good bit of nostalgia is kicking in and I’m transported back to my middle school and early high school years.

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Oct 162021
 

Absent from the body’s lead vocalist and main songwriter, Jason McMahan was called home to be with our Lord and Savior on March 27th, 2021. Absent From The Body’s upcoming release, “This World’s Disease” is Jason’s final piece of his legacy. He not only contributed all the vocals and bass tracks on this album, but many guitar riffs as well as arrangements. He was an amazingly talent musician, brother, and most importantly husband and father. He will live on in so many people’s hearts because of how he touched their lives. Jason, you have earned your peace, Warrior.

Absent From The Body’s upcoming release, “This World’s Disease” is dedication to our fallen brother, mentor, and leader, Jason McMahan.

It is with great honor and respect that today we present the first lyric video for the title track from “This World’s Disease.”

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Oct 162021
 

There’s even more footage to be seen this week from Demon Hunter‘s past ‘Songs Of Death And Resurrection‘ livestream event. That event streamed back in November and was followed by an acoustic album of the same name in March via Solid State Records. (review)

A performance of the ‘resurrected’ version of the song “The Heart Of A Graveyard” from that show went up online today and is available below:

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