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Jun 222019
 

The Brainstorm Festival has two nice additions. Both the Italian power-metal band Kalidia and the Polish gothic-wave band Metus can be seen in the Netherlands for the first time. Kalidia at the mainstage, Metus in the theatre.

No-one seems to be able to stop Kalidia anymore. The Italian band is on the rise in Europe with shows in Germany, England, Switzerland and of course Italy. Brainstorm Festival has the honour of being the first in the Netherlands to offer the band a stage. You bet the band around singer Nicoletta Rosellini will surprise you with modern, infectious power metal.

At least as special is the coming of Metus, the Polish band that has been releasing albums for many years but scarcely can be seen live. The band hasn’t played in the Netherlands before. Metus gives a performance in the theatre of the Brainstorm Festival. In other words, an environment that suits the melancholic gothic, doom and wave of the band. This promises to be a show not to be missed. Continue reading »

Jun 222019
 

Mass are one of those classic band’s that have been around forever but had been plagued with bad luck. In 1982 the band signed their first major record deal with A&M Records and recorded their first full length album with legendary producer Tom Allom. As a reference point, around this same time Tom had produced “Screaming for Vengeance” for Judas Priest and only a couple years earlier, “On Through the Night” for Def Leppard. Unfortunately the album was never officially released due to bad relations between A&M and the band’s management.

Mass spent a good portion of the next couple years fighting their management in court. In the meantime the album was shelved and the band decided to record and release an independent EP. That EP sold over 10,000 copies in the Boston area alone and again had record companies interested in the band. In 1985 they signed with RCA and finally released their full length debut aptly titled “New Birth”. Since that time the original Tom Allom produced debut was sitting on a shelf unreleased. Finally in 2019 this album is being released by NoLifeTilMetal Records how it was intended to be released, ON VINYL!

What we have with “Fighter” is a majestic, classic, 1980’s heavy metal platter. “Fighter” is a heavy album, especially considering it was recorded in the early 1980’s. The band offer a lot of variety with heavier tracks, some lighter moments and plenty of killer hooks. A few of the tracks from “Fighter” were later re-recorded for “New Birth” including ‘Watch Her Walk’, ‘Too Far Gone’, ‘Voyager’ and ‘Do You Love Me’. However, the raw 80’s production along with some excellent modern mastering techniques gives these recordings the edge over the “New Birth” versions. As well, ‘Bad Man’s Reputation’ was released a few years ago as a bonus track on the “Best Ones” CD. The rest of the songs are exclusive to the vinyl version. The heavier tracks such as ‘Watch Her Walk’, ‘Too Far Gone’, ‘Slip of the Tongue’ and ‘Bad Man’s Reputation’ feature some searing guitar work. One of the biggest highlights is the title track, a doomy heavy metal song with a darker feel than some of the more upbeat songs. “Fighter” was recorded on analog equipment and belongs on vinyl. Continue reading »

Jun 222019
 

Italy’s progressive rock-metal orchestra Ainur has just unleashed the new (old) single ‘Fall Of Gondolin’. Inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien’s opus for a decade and a half, Ainur are back with a re-recorded and re-mixed version of their 2006’s ‘Fall of Gondolin’, foreseeing the much awaited 5th full-lenght coming out later this year. The official videoclip can be seen below.

The band comments: “‘Fall of Gondolin’ is one of our most representative song, that’s the reason why we couldn’t choose anything better than this to introduce the new visual and sonic identity of the band. FoG is the perfect example of what Ainur were and what they will be from now on.”

The new single is a re-recorded and re-mixed version of their 2006’s ‘Fall Of Gondolin’ and will NOT be included in the new album. Continue reading »

Jun 212019
 

Frontiers Music announce the release of new EP from Seventh Wonder, entitled “Tiara Acoustic.”

The EP features acoustic renditions of two songs, ‘Victorious’ and ‘Against The Grain’ from their 2018 studio offering, “Tiara.” It is available for streaming or download here.

In addition to the streaming EP, the band has released videos for both tracks. Watch them below. Continue reading »

Jun 212019
 

Roxx Records is bringing you another long lost Christian Metal classic that has been out of print for years and years! Red Sea released one album entitled “Blood” before calling it a day back in 1994. The album was critically acclaimed and garnered quite a bit of attention back then, but alas given the hard rock and metal market at that time the album ended up being a one off and a follow up was never recorded.

Red Sea featured the amazing vocal talents of Robin Basauri (Die Happy, Joshua) the guitar playing of Chris Sorenson (Fear Not) drums of Jeff Martin (Badlands, Racer X) and rounded out on bass by Greg Chaisson (Badlands, Die Happy). The album boasted very well done heavy, bluesy rock boarding on metal. What you got here was a band that sounded very much like Badlands but featured Christian lyrics and themes.

2019 marks the 25th anniversary of this classic album and we revisit it and improve upon it in every way we possibly can. This 25th anniversary edition features only those 11 classic tracks completely remastered by Rob Colwell of Bombworks Sound. It also boasts brand new upgraded artwork and design that holds true to the original concept by Scott Waters of No Life Til Metal Graphics. Continue reading »