Apr 012015

lightinyou_03The cinematic metal project Dark Sarah will release a new music video and digital single for the track ‘Light In You’ on April 15th. ‘Light In You’ is a duet with Heidi Parviainen [ex. Amberian Dawn] and Tony Kakko [Sonata Arctica] and the video was shot in a beautiful winter landscape in the deep forests of Finland. Check out a video teaser feat. Heidi and Tony below:

‘Light In You’ comes off the upcoming Dark Sarah debut album “Behind The Black Veil” that will be released on May 8th in Europe and on May 12th in North America through Inner Wound Recordings.

Dark Sarah is the new project from Heidi Parviainen [ex. Amberian Dawn]. The debut album called “Behind the Black Veil” leads you through the psychological adventure of Sarah, who is hovering between her two personalities.

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Immortal Souls – “Wintermetal”

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Apr 012015

Wintermetal_2015“Like a winter wind on a beautiful, frosty morning…heavy and aggressive, as fierce as winter can be combined with the white stark purity of snow in winter…the music of Wintermetal.  Those are some of the phrases used to explain the term Wintermetal and how it relates to the music of Finland’s Immortal Souls.  The band now in their 14th year together have released Wintermetal just in time for us in the US at least to get a final taste of winter before the spring.

Brothers Esa and Aki Särkioja formed Immortal Souls in 1991 in Kokkola, Finland as a band that played some rock mixed with doom metal.  As the story goes, the brothers loved playing music so much they didn’t even mind the long bicycle rides to rehearsals.  The self-titled demo (1995) and Reflections of Doom (1997) reflect the early days of the band while their current style first showed its origins on the Divine Wintertime ep released in 1999.  The wintermetal sound continued to evolve on The Cleansing ep (2000) and Under a Northern Sky (2001).  Many in the US were first exposed to Immortal Souls when Facedown Records released Ice Upon the Night in the US in 2004, while the original release on Fear Dark Records was in 2003. That was my first exposure to Immortal Souls and at the time it was a bit odd hearing them on Facedown Records, which was more known for punk and hardcore and not metal.  The double cd Once Upon a Time in the North followed in 2005 and one of my favorite metal albums Wintereich was released in 2007.  After a bit of a break, the band released The Requiem for the Art of Death in 2011 and now in 2015 we have their sixth full length album Wintermetal. Continue reading »

Apr 012015

saints never surrender _ brutusIt’s with great excitement that Blood & Ink Records is releasing Saints Never Surrender “Brutus” on vinyl for the first time ever. Originally released in 2008 on CD only, this classic, melodic-hardcore record shot ripples through the hardcore community when it was released. Filled with heartfelt, astonishingly mature songwriting, “Brutus” brought a new level of intensity and honesty from Saints Never Surrender.

For those previously unfamiliar with the group, members later went on to form Continuance (Rise) and The Ready Set (Decaydance). In 2012, the band reunited at Stand Together Fest (Nashville, TN) and has since been inactive. Continue reading »

Mar 312015

Those who fear band Those Who Fear’s new video for ’86’d’ debuts today. Directed by Orie McGinness. ’86’d’ is taken from the album “Death Sentence.” The video can be seen below.

Those Who Fear are back with their sophomore album “Death Sentence”, and the follow-up to 2013’s “Unholy Anger” is more furious than ever.  “Death Sentence” has been released June 23rd 2014 through Facedown Records. Continue reading »

Mar 312015

Tremonti press shot 2012October 11, 2012© Ashley MaileTremonti, the band fronted by Alter Bridge/Creed guitarist Mark Tremonti, has recruited Tanner Keegan to play bass on its upcoming tour.

It was announced last week that bassist Wolfgang Van Halen will not hit the road with Tremonti due to commitments with his main act, Van Halen. Wolfgang said in a statement, ‘I am still part of Tremonti and very excited for the release of [new album] “Cauterize”, but unfortunately am unable to participate in the upcoming tour dates, both in the States and overseas due to my prior commitment with Van Halen for the upcoming summer tour in support of the ‘Tokyo Dome Live In Concert’ album. [I] look forward to seeing all the Tremonti fans on the road as soon as my schedule permits!’

Tremonti‘s tour kicks off on April 25 in Orlando and has dates booked through late May so far. Continue reading »

Mar 312015
SORROWS-PATH-George-Vichos-2015-570x427Greek doomsters Sorrows Path have announced that they have replaced their guitarist Giannis Tziligkakis who recently left the band with George Vichos (picture) and will soon start working on the new album. Sorrow Path‘s last album entitled “Doom Philosophy” was released in September 2014 by the German label Iron Shield Records and received very good response among the critics and fans of doom metal.

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Mar 312015

david ellefsonVideo footage of Megadeth bassist David Ellefson playing the band’s song ‘Five Magics’ at the March 27 stop of his “My Life With Deth” spoken-word tour in Melbourne, Australia can be seen below.

Speaking about why he chose Australia as the first country in which to do a spoken-word tour, Ellefson told Spotlight Report: ‘The idea of doing a spoken-word tour came from an Australian concert promoter, and I loved it. We started to talk about it last year. Ironically, it was right around the time we were scheduled to be here with Soundwave.’

He continued: ‘I’ve never done spoken word before.

‘I like taking chances and doing new things to broaden my horizon.’ Continue reading »

Mar 312015

leave it all behindFTH is a hardcoreband from Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Founded in 2012 and now signed to WTF records. They describe themself as fast metallic hardcore and are influenced by Eurocore and New York hardcore.  In November 2012 they released a 4-song demo which can be downloaded for free on bandcamp.

Now they released their debut album ”Leave It All Behind” an album full of 14 high energy songs, let’s take a closer look at it.

Right from the start we are dealing with high energy hardcore with a dash of punk. A high pitched screamy voice as we hear a lot in classic hardcore/punk, uptempo riffs and a nice rhythm. Tight drumwork by Aart. The songs never exceed 2:35 minutes, but with this high energy that is also not necessary, I even dare to say that is a good thing because, in my opinion, in this kind of hardcore the songs tend to get boring if they are too long. But as I said, this is not the case on this album. Continue reading »

Mar 302015

doomsday hymn promo picThe end of days is soon to be upon us–skies blacken and lightning crashes, cracking deep gashes in the earth’s firmament. Before long, the planet’s core is exposed and the day of reckoning rears its head–all brought about by the aptly named hybrid metal act from Parana, Brazil, Doomsday Hymn. Influenced by everything from 80’s power and speed metal to modern, groove-friendly metalcore, Doomsday Hymn are a crushing quintet well versed in the ways of all things metal. Boasting an impressive live performance history and an intense debut EP, Doomsday Hymn are a hair-raising, hectic display of comprehensive metallic prowess, bold and brutalizing enough to bring about true Armageddon
Founded in 2012 by ex-vocalist of Delohim, Gil Lopes and ex-Survive member Jarlisson Jaty, Doomsday Hymn was designed with a simple–yet ambitious–goal: to bring together styles of metal both traditional and modern in an attempt to renovate a stale sound. Continue reading »

Mar 302015

soulspell_band‘We Got The Right’ is a tribute to the German power metal band Helloween by Soulspell Metal Opera. Guest vocalists on this song are: Arjen Lucassen [Ayreon, The Gentle Storm], Blaze Bayley [ex. Iron Maiden], Daisa Munhoz [Vandroya], Victor Emeka, Tim “Ripper” Owens [ex. Judas Priest, Iced Earth], Matt Smith [Theocracy], Jefferson Albert [Vandroya], Glauco Alves, Manuela Saggioro, Michael Vescera [ex. Loudness, Yngwie Malmsteen, Animetal USA], Pedro Campos. The track was mixed and mastered by Matt Smith at Theocracized Studios. The video can be seen in the clip below.

The track is taken from “30 Years Of Happiness” (a Brazilian tribute to Helloween) which has been released in 2014. The album includes an impressive list of Brazilian metal band’s who are influenced by Helloween. See the tracklist below. Continue reading »

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