Jan 252019
 

[In Dutch] Wij zijn dringend op zoek naar een webmaster / siteadmin het liefste uit Nederland maar Europa is ook goed, met programmeerkennis, zodat we nu heel snel onze nieuwe website kunnen lanceren (de layout is al klaar) dus het is de  hoogste tijd..

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Oct 182019
 

Everyone’s favorite Swedish anarcho-punks Svarteskerm are back with an ep filled with all sort of raw punk rock chaos.

When I last reviewed the Svarteskerm discography, I learned that they are Swedish and nearly everything I can find on them is in Swedish as well, which complicates doing things like reviews, but given that they’re primarily  an anti-capitalist punk rock outfit, that probably doesn’t matter much as you get the idea.  Things haven’t changed in terms of information on the band but they’ve apparently been around nearly 10 years and the guys at ZAP Records thought the world should hear the brilliance of the band.  The discography had songs from 2014 and earlier, but the band has just released a new 4 song ep.

From the very beginning  of the loud, raw drum beat one gets the idea that this will be essentially a live, in-your-face punk track and you’d be right. The vocals are shouted over the top of the driving rhythms and get rougher and more ragged as the song relentlessly plows on.  The song Diognetus itself is largely about being not at home in the world today given its current state (thanks google translate) and ends with some feedback and spoken words.

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Metalite – “Biomechanicals

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Oct 172019
 

Pop metal prodigies Metalite return with a new vocalist and a further refined sound on their second album, Biomechanicals.

Some music can instantly be placed when heard and Swedish pop songs fall into that category for me.  It was almost exactly 2 years ago I reviewed Heroes in Time, the debut from the Swedish band Metalite.  In the meantime, I’ve listened to a lot of music and as soon as I heard the first song on Biomechanicals the Swedish pop sensibilities became readily apparent.  For those who don’t know, the band is from Stockholm and been around since 2015.  Guitariste Edwin Premberg met vocalist Emma Bensing and the two began a collaboration with producer Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Evergrey, Amaranthe) and the songs started to flow.  In the next year, the rest of the band was added and the band signed to Inner Wound Records.  This time around, the band has picked up Erica Ohlsson to handle the vocal duties while keeping everything else the same including producer Jacob Hansen and recording at Hansen Studios.

Given the band being a female-fronted pop metal band, one expects much of the emphasis to be on the vocals so after the departure of the excellent Emma Bensing, the obvious question is whether or not Erica Ohlsson can fill those large shoes.  As it turns out there is nothing to worry about in the vocal department, much like her predecessor, Erica’s vocals are perfectly suited for Swedish pop almost too perfectly, perhaps.  Think about any popular Swedish pop band’s vocals and Erica could fill in for any of them, her vocals are that good for that style.  To my ears though, Emma’s vocals were a bit darker in tone, making them more suited for the more aggressive sound on Heroes in Time that I favor.

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Oct 132019
 

Every once in a while we (Roxx Records) get really lucky and find that GEM of a classic Christian rock or metal album that never got its just rewards. Such is the case with our latest release coming to you by way of a long lost classic album from an artist simply entitled Michael with their only album ever released entitled “The Battle Rages On”. This extremely rare and very good Christian hard rock album from Michael was only ever released on cassette tape. A South Amherst, Ohio based band, this was their only officially released album that originally came out in 1995 on a small defunct indie label called R.A.G.E. Records and in very limited quantities.

Michael featured Shane Freeman (Jake Banshee) on vocals who was the former vocalist of Stutz. Also featuring the keyboard talents of Todd Waites (Who would go on to play in Apologetix) Mike Slone on bass guitar and Dennis Raymond on drums. With solid operatic vocals and shredding guitars this album is reminiscent of bands like Stryper and Holy Soldier.

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Oct 122019
 

Skillet just unveiled some surprise new music in the form of a stripped down, reimagined version of their song “Anchor.” You can find the official lyric video on their youtube channel.

The song is taken from Skillet‘s tenth full-length album, “Victorious”, which was released on August 2 via Atlantic.

“Victorious” is the follow-up to the RIAA-gold-certified “Unleashed” (Skillet‘s fourth consecutive album to receive either a gold, platinum, or double-platinum certification), the new project continues to propel the band’s position as one of the best-selling rock bands of the 21st century, racking up over one billion streams in 2018 alone. 

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War of Ages – “Void”

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Oct 122019
 

Pennsylvania stalwarts War of Ages bring another healthy dose of metalcore in their 9th album Void.

Hailing from Erie, PA, War of Ages have been on the metalcore scene for quite some time with their first album on the Facedown Records imprint Strike First Records in 2005.  Since those relatively inauspicious beginnings, War of Ages have gone on to tour with the likes of Battlecross, Throwdown, As I Lay Dying and more and worked with legendary hardcore/metalcore producer Zeuss (Hatebreed, Shadows  Fall) as well as Josh Barber (Norma Jean) and Will Putney (Impending Doom, For Today).  Now with their ninth album out, War of Ages have gotten to the point where they have over 135,000 followers on Facebook and are regulars at hardcore and metal festivals.  For Void, the band went to Sicktones Studios with guitarist Jack Daniels handling the production duties.

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