Jan 012021
 

Happy Newyear, wishing you all a healthy, blessed, rockin’ and prosperous 2021!

Due to covid-19, It was and still is a very strange and weird year for all of us, we hope the next year will be better than this past year.

Thanks for your support over the past year, we really appreciate that.

Anyway, a little bit later then expected: But we are having each staff member of our team list their choices for the top 10 best albums of 2020 (In no particular order). Unfortunately, not everything is delivered on time, so as you can see below there are missing a few top-10 lists. 

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Jan 162021
 

As previously reportedVivaldi Metal Project has begun the creation of their sophomore All-Star album, which will feature a larger cast of world-class musicians than ever before! To name a few: Mike Portnoy (ex Dream Theater), Dirk Verbeuren (Megadeth), Chris Caffery (Savatage), Karin Monserratt (Slaverty band), Mattia Martin (Bad Ass), Wanda Ortiz (The Iron Maidens), Emma Zoldan (Sirenia), Jo Amore (Kingcrown), Rolf Pilve (Stratovarius) and many others.  VMP checked in with the following:

French Horn and Trumpet player Marc Papeghin joined us again on the 2nd studio album. Marc recorded all French Horns and some Trumpets parts, again such a great collaboration and awesome performance!

Since years, Marc works as an internet session musician, providing horn and trumpet tracks to composers and producers around the world: https://www.marcpapeghin.com

The music featured in the video below is a rough sample.

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Jan 152021
 

We just wanted to get in a room and play. Please enjoy our performance video for Infidel, from our album “Declaration” which dropped in April of last year.

RED recently had to postpone their European “Declaration” tour for the 3rd time. The tour was originally scheduled for spring 2020, but covid-19 threw a spanner in the works. If all goes well, it will now take place this fall (‘Third time’s a Charm’). So we wait and will see …. dates and locations are listed below.

The video can be seen below.

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Jan 152021
 

All systems activated… – “A Virtual World” is paving it’s way into our world. Dedicated and sophisticated guitars team up with the keyboard’s vibrating sequences and pulsating beats of the drums – only outmatched by the powerful and angelic voice of Erica Ohlsson. This is the new title track of the album “A Virtual World” which is coming out 26th March, 2021 on AFM Records.

Modern Melodic Metal at it’s best – uptempo synth-stomper ‘Peacekeepers’ is the first stunning single after the succesfully released album “Biomechanicals”Erica Ohlsson‘s distinguished voice and the powerful compositions will catch and carry you into a feeling made of hope for a better world!

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Jan 152021
 

The Official music video for ‘The Sun Draws Near’ by Chicago Doom metal band The Skull. From the album “The Endless Road Turns Dark” which was released on September 7th 2018 on Tee Pee Records!

The video can be watched below.

The LP was recorded in Chicago’s Decade Music Studios with engineer Sanford Parker (YOBTOMBS) and builds on the foundation laid by The Skull‘s debut album, “For Those Which Are Asleep”, a recording that landed at or near the top of a host of 2014 year-end best of lists.

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Everything In Slowmotion – “Influence”

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Jan 152021
 

2020: what a year to be a touring musician! With some bands opting for the livestreaming route – with varied success – one can’t help wondering what the new year will bring. Will more venues close? Will album and merchandise sales keep bread on the table?

Influence​, released on 16 October 2020 by Facedown Records, is the second full-length album by Shane Ochsner’s musical project, Everything In Slow Motion. “Tell me all your feelings love / Put everything on me / The truth is what you say you want / But the truth you won’t believe” – the first lines from “Apollo” – are so heavy, and hold up a mirror not only to the individual’s own biases but to society at large. I’m reminded of how Steven Wilson invites us to observe his characters in that excellent Porcupine Tree album, Fear Of A Blank Planet​ ​, and some of that despair permeates Influence ​ ​too.

The title track, featuring Aaron Stone (lead singer and guitarist of My Epic​ ​) is a fiery rocker. My ear immediately goes to Brian Aubert, lead singer and guitarist of Silversun Pickups​ ​. Listen to “The Royal We”, off the grammy-nominated album, Swoon​ ​.

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