From the Ruins – “Into Chaos”

 Posted by on January 27, 2021 at 01:47  No Responses »
Jan 272021

No bones about From the Ruins is a definite celebration of the heavy metal parking era.Into the Chaos pays absolute homage to the thrash metal subgenre of yesteryear.. Tracks 3. Chaos, 6. Eye for an Eye definitely has the feel of older Megadeath, Anthrax, and first Sepultura records instrumentally, the pacing and thrash mosh elements are all there… This spirit of mayhem has indeed been resurrected.. .

From the Ruins exceptionally tight, fast, and some of the guitar solos are well pulled off and in the proper places.. some were not..The recording is very tight and sounds great.. its digital recording very well and with its thunderous percussion quite well.. I just get lost with the vocals when it steers away from guttural and decides to go into operatic territory..

I did find and note some interesting chord progressions and some interesting riff. This band definitely served it’s the purpose of paying homage to the mid eighties ‘s thrash movement. I definitely heard some mid 186 Anthrax, Death, Grim Reaper, MOD, and Sacred Reich instrumental work, and it is very very tight. There is no slop at all, and musically for resurrecting thrash metal and the full five tracks on the album are all orchestrated and is performed with an upbeat rage. I think a few members are unfortunately absolutely stuck on almost paying too much homage to early Megadeath and not letting the music happen organically.. This is not the galaring issue i had with the band at all.

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Jan 262021

Stryper guitarist Oz Fox is scheduled to undergo brain surgery later this month to treat one of the tumors that were found in his head — one by his ear and the other in the back of his brain — when he suffered his first seizure in August 2018 while performing with Sin City Sinners at Harrah’s in Las Vegas.

More than two years after the tumors were discovered, both have grown and are posing a serious health risk to the guitarist, who turned 59 last June. Specifically, the tumor behind the ear, if it continues to grow, could cause hearing loss, balance, vision and spinal problems, while the tumor in the back of Oz‘s brain is in the area where left side of his arms, hands and body operate. Removing it could affect the upper left motor function and potential ability to recognize faces and objects.

Fox offered an update on his health during a January 17 interview with Sin City Sinners manager Jason Green. Speaking about his upcoming procedure, the video chat can be watched below.

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Metalite – “A Virtual World”

 Posted by on January 26, 2021 at 12:32  No Responses »
Jan 262021

Swedish band Metalite have found their niche in the metal world with their blend of Swedish pop and power metal in the follow up to Biomechanicals.

Having reviewed previous albums from Metalite, I had a feeling for what I was about to hear. Going all the way back to Heroes in Time (2017) and original vocalist Emma Bensing, Metalite has had an unmistakeable Swedish pop influence in their songwriting and overall sound.

For a bit of history, the band dates back to 2015 when Emma Bensing met guitarist Edwin Prmber and the two began a collaboration with producer Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Evergrey, Amaranthe). In the next year, the rest of the band was added and the band signed to Inner Wound Records, leading to Heroes in Time with Emma Bensing on vocals and then Biomechanicals, which saw the band has pick up Erica Ohlsson to handle the vocal duties while keeping everything else the same including producer Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Amaranthe) and recording at Hansen Studios. This time around, things remain the same and the band seems to have settled into their sound.

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Jan 252021

Mangled Carpenter is a faith-based Deathgrind band that was formed by Seth Metoyer and Kristeffor Olson during their High School years. Seth and Kristeffor decided to write the album “Under the Shadow” through much of the 2020 pandemic. Seth recorded the guitars and vocals and engineered the album from his studio in Monterey, Kristeffor provided bass tracks from Connecticut and the mysterious drummer, MACHINE, tracked drums from his lair.

Seth Metoyer comments:

Under the Shadow is our debut full-length album … and all songs are biblically based with accompanying scripture references. The video for the song ‘The Hanging of Judas’ is about Judas, his betrayal, and eventual demise. I can’t wait for heavy music fans to experience the vast brutality of this album.”

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Jan 222021

Join the prophetic aura of the blue orb and dive into the somber twilight of a cinematic metal ode: Finland’s Dark Sarah unveil a beautiful live version of ‘Melancholia’, taken from their astonishing fourth studio album, Grim. Released in July 2020, this beguiling new dimension, coalescing between crystal-clear vocals and propulsive hardness, draws you into the tempestuous maelstrom of their horror fantasy theme.

Following previously-unveiled live videos for ‘Aquarium’ and ‘Iceheart’, ‘Melancholia’ marks another highlight of Dark Sarah‘s album release show, where they played Grim in Helsinki back in August 2020. With this breathtaking performance the five-piece pulls its listener straight into another dimension while satiating the need for live experiences that are missed so much these days!

Watch the mythical live video for ‘Melancholia’ below.

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