Aug 162019

Canadian Symphonic / Celtic Metal artist Leah has released some new information on her upcoming concept album, “Ancient Winter,” and has also launched the albums crowdfunding campaign for it’s release.

The album will be a hybrid of Celtic, fantasy, medieval and folk sounds, featuring a total of eight tracks, with five original pieces, and three covers of traditional songs.

Leah has also once again brought in many other musicians that will be making guest appearances such as: Troy Donockley (Nightwish) Anna Murphy (Cellar Darling) Shir-Ran Yinon (Eluveitie) Oliver Philipps (Everon, Phantasma) Rupert Gillett, with artwork from Jan Yrlund and mixing and mastering by Tom Mueller.

Leah states: I’m very excited to officially announce the coming of a new album, entitled Ancient Winter.

The idea came to me in January of this year. A friend mentioned that I really should do a Christmas-type album, and since I had heard that request so many times, it really solidified the idea in my mind. And seeing that it was still January, there was time for me to pull this off. So, I went straight to work.

It’s very different from the past albums which were more of a symphonic metal style with a touch of Celtic, folk & fantasy. Continue reading »

Aug 162019

The Sicilian musician Antonello Giliberto, after the publication of his third solo album “The Strategy Of Chaos” (April 30th 2019) announces his participation in the international compilation “Guitarra Tónica 2019”, which is produced by Sebastian Salinas, and with the graphics of Verónica Cavallaro.

Regarding this material, the guitarist commented that he felt very happy to participate with talents from different countries of the world, such as Mark Boals, Vitalij Kuprij, Dweezil Zappa, Chad Wackerman, Tom Quayle and Oz Noy.

“Guitarra Tónica 2019” can be downloaded for free by clicking here. Continue reading »

Aug 162019

Korn guitarist Brian “Head” Welch has confirmed to “Good Company” that he is “almost done” recording his new solo album. “I’m working with Jasen [Rauch] from Breaking Benjamin,” he said (see video below). “And I’m talking to Spencer [Chamberlain] from Underoath about possibly doing something. And Lacey [Sturm] from Flyleaf… She is singing on a cover song, but I can’t tell you which song it is. It’s gotta be a surprise.”

Welch‘s last non-Korn release was the “Lo Lamento” single from his Love and Death project, which came out in March 2016. Joining Welch on the track were Rauch, who produced the song, JR Bareis (from Islander) and Dan Johnson from REDHead shared vocal duties on the track with Bareis.

‘Lo Lamento’ was given away as a free download to everyone who purchased Welch‘s “With My Eyes Wide Open: Miracles And Mistakes On My Way Back To Korn” book. Continue reading »

Aug 142019

Craft Recordings has announced a vinyl reissue of Creed‘s “Human Clay”, in celebration of the best-selling album’s 20th anniversary. In stores October 11, the two-LP set is housed in a gatefold jacket and marks the first vinyl availability of the album since a limited edition pressing in 1999. “Human Clay”, which has sold over 20 million units worldwide, includes hits ‘Higher’, ‘What If’, ‘Are You Ready?’ and the Grammy Award-winning single ‘With Arms Wide Open’.

After the success of its grunge-imbued debut album, “My Own Prison”Creed went back into the studio with producer John Kurzweg (Puddle of Mud, Godsmack) to record material for their follow-up. Though the Tallahassee, Florida-based band had already found enormous success on the rock charts with their multiplatinum-selling 1997 debut, 1999’s “Human Clay”would make them mainstream stars. Driven by the anthemic, first single ‘Higher’, ‘Human Clay’ debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, and Creed quickly became one of the biggest bands in the world. ‘Higher’ spent a whopping 57 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at No. 7. In July of the following year, the band scored their first No. 1 hit on the pop charts with the third single, ‘With Arms Wide Open’. The track — which frontman Scott Stapp wrote when he found out that he was going to be a father — earned the band a Grammy for “Best Rock Song” in 2001. To date, “Human Clay” has sold well over 11 million copies in the U.S., earning a rare diamond certification from the RIAA, joining the ranks of The Beatles “Abbey Road”Prince‘s “Purple Rain” and Nirvana‘s “Nevermind”. It remains one of the top-selling albums of all-time in the United States. Continue reading »

Aug 142019

The official lyric video for the song ‘Better Part Of Me’ from Stryper frontman Michael Sweet can be seen below. The track is taken from Sweet‘s upcoming tenth solo LP, aptly titled “Ten”, which is scheduled for release on October 11 via Rat Pak Records in North America and Frontiers Music in Europe.

“Ten” features an all-star guest lineup that includes Jeff Loomis of Arch EnemyTodd La Torre of QueensrycheAndy JamesTracii Guns of L.A. GunsRich Ward of FozzyJoel Hoekstra of WhitesnakeGus G. of FirewindHowie SimonEthan BroshMarzi Montazeri of ExhorderWill Hunt of Evanescence , John O’BoyleMike Kerr and Ian Raposa of Firstbourne and more.

On the subject of guest musicians, Michael comments: “There is a different player appearing on every song. It started out where I was just going to have a couple of guest appearances on it, then I decided that it would be really interesting to bring in different players for every song. I started putting names out there and reaching out to people, and they started agreeing to do it. And then I had guys reaching out to me.” Continue reading »