Oct 072015

Master Of Space 2015Old school thrash metal, sounds straight from the era of Metallica’s Ride the Lighting, Master of Puppets, and Justice for All and Megadeth’s Peace Sells…but Who’s Buying.  So think back to those years and how there really hasn’t been much lately that sound like that in terms of tone, speed, and attitude and once you can hear that, you have a good idea of what Mad Dragzter sounds like on their new album Master of Space and Time.

Mad Dragzter is yet another Brazilian act that metal aficionados likely have not heard but should check out. Hailing from Sao Paulo, Mad Dragzter returns after a 9 year hiatus with the same lineup as on Kiling the Devil Inside that was release in 2006.  Pulling out all stops this time the band even enlisted talented artist Sergio Cariello, known for some work in Mavel and DC comics, for the album artwork.  Most interestingly, the album appears to be available for free download, all 15 songs and 64 minutes.

Not knowing anything about Mad Dragzter before getting the album to review, I just went ahead and listened before looking up anything about the band like I normally do in these situations.  From the very opening of “Almighty” I could make a number of observations and listening to just the one song, you can identify a number of other characteristics of their sound and songwriting.  Continue reading »

Oct 062015

Ted OnwardCheck out the new Tourniquet/Ted Kirkpatrick lyric video for ‘Drowning In Air’ which is taken is taken from “Onward to Freedom” (an anthem for the voiceless). The lyric video is released earlier today. ‘Drowning In Air’ is featuring Blake Suddath (Your Memorial), Nick Villars (Sleep Star Ignition),Tony Palacios (Guardian).

“Onward to Freedom” was mixed and mastered by ace producer Josh Schroeder / Random Awesome Studios and is released on November 11th. 2014 through Tourniquet‘s own label Pathogenic Records.

Ted is joined by an impressive array of guest artists on “Onward to Freedom”. Continue reading »

Oct 062015

millennial_reign_band_803The US heavy metal band Millennial Reign just released a lyric video for the track ‘Men Stand Alone’. Their new album “Carry The Fire” will be released on October 30th in Europe and North America through Ulterium Records.

Millennial Reign was formed as a solo album project by ASKA bassist, Dave Harvey and the self-titled debut album was released independently in 2012. After new members joined Millennial Reign the decision was made to make Millennial Reign a full band, rather than just a recording project. “Carry The Fire” was mixed and mastered at Nomad Studio [King Diamond, Solitude Aeternus, Absu] and the artwork was created by Felipe Machado Franco [Blind Guardian, Iced Earth, Theocracy]. Continue reading »

Oct 052015

Alter Bridge 2013Alter Bridge will enter the studio in January to begin recording the follow-up to 2013’s “Fortress”.

The band’s guitarist, Mark Tremonti, who is on tour with his solo group, tells “Metal Hammer Magazine Show” on TeamRock Radio that he will follow up the studio sessions with Alter Bridge by releasing the third Tremonti album “Dust” — which was recorded during the sessions for this year’s “Cauterize” — and hitting the road again with his solo band, before reconvening with Alter Bridge — which includes singer Myles Kennedy, who is also a member of Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators  — to tour for that band’s fifth CD.

Says Tremonti: “We’re gonna go in the studio in January, February and March to finish the fifth Alter Bridge album. It takes three or four months to set up an album, so after we’ve recorded the Alter Bridge record, me and Myles will go off and tour for four months doing Tremonti and Slash, then come back for a fall Alter Bridge fiesta.” Continue reading »

JohnnyBoy – “Innocent” (EP)

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Oct 052015

JohnnyboyFans of the Oxnard punk band The Way likely already know that singer Johnny Flores is putting out a solo acoustic ep project called JohnnyBoy, which in many ways parallels what Mike Ness of Social Distortion has done.  Of course, The Way has been compared to Social Distortion at times, so this may make even more sense in that respect.

Striking out on his own, basically just a guy and his guitar is how Innocent is presented to the  listener.  From a technical point, as one might expect, the mix is very good, but then again is just vocals and guitar.  The vocals are crisp and clear and the acoustic guitar blends perfectly.  That being said, it just doesn’t seem to have that live feeling to it like 6’10” managed to capture in their Humble Beginnings of a Rovin’ Soul or Start Again by label mate Sef Idle.  “The Coming Storm” and “Innocent” do contain some effects on the guitars that for the most part seem a bit out of place and at least on “Innocent” do take away some from the overall impact of the song until the muted drums and percussion come in. Continue reading »