Jan 242022

Eye Of Melian is the brainchild of Dutch songwriter and producer Martijn Westerholt, known for Delain and Within Temptation. As the main songwriter of the metal band Delain, Martijn wanted an outlet to create lush orchestral fantasy music. In 2017, he teamed up with American lyricist Robin La Joy, a life-long fantasy enthusiast who spends much of her time immersed in books, particularly the works of Tolkien. Their mutual passion for fantasy-inspired music led them to the creation of Eye Of Melian.

Eye Of Melian‘s ethereal and symphonic music has been described as movie score-like — unfolding epic and elegant storyscapes in the listener’s mind. Successful Finnish solo artist Johanna Kurkela‘s angelic voice quickens the fantasy to full life. She is also known for her work in Auri, Altamullan Road and her husband Tuomas Holopainen‘s (Nightwish) album “Music Inspired By The Life And Times Of Scrooge”. Also contributing to the project is Finnish orchestral arranger and producer Mikko P. Mustonen who has worked on many successful releases in various genres. It is his incredible talent in classical arranging that adds the final magical touch to the music.

The Eye Of Melian crew — Martijn the heartbeat, Robin the soul, Johanna the voice, and Mikko the skeleton — aim to craft music which takes the listener away to sojourn dreamy landscapes and otherworldly realms. Their debut album is expected to be released in 2022, with the first single now available for streaming below. Guest musicians on Eye Of Melian‘s debut album include multi-instrumentalist Troy Donockley (NIGHTWISH, AURI) on pipes and flutes and Celtic metal artist Leah with her signature ethereal vocals.

Eye Of Melian said: “We are Eye Of Melian, comprised of a Fellowship of four different people from three different countries — The Netherlands, United States, and Finland. All four of us are life-long, nerdy fantasy fans and share a passion for ethereal and symphonic music. So we have had an incredibly exciting experience setting out on this journey to create fantasy-inspired music to share with all you kindred spirits out there.

“In the meantime… here are some facts about us: We are independent music (no record label is calling the shots) and because of this, we rely heavily on people sharing our music with others (hint, hint); our music is crafted to sound like it came right out of a fantasy movie score; our lyrics contain poetic fantasy/Tolkien-type themes (though not ALWAYS direct Tolkien references…there are definitely some though!”

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Jan 232022

Ahead of the coming March 11th release date of their new album “Eulogies” on Solid State Records is a music video for Wolves At The Gates‘ new single, ‘Lights & Fire’. The band had Nathan William direct this visual accompaniment for the track.

The group’s vocalist/guitarist Steve Cobucci stated:

“While all of these songs were quite personal for me, this one held a different weight, as it related to a number of the most painful parts of my life. It showed me how I was holding onto things that were actually destructive to me. It was the first time that I truly felt alone. I had to end a relationship that I put a lot of hope in. Soon afterward, I got robbed. My laptop, recording gear, guitars, amps — all gone. I didn’t have the money to replace things. Soon after, I tore my ACL and meniscus, which was a blow to my aspirations to play soccer for a living. All these things combined left me feeling abandoned and asking, ‘What did I do to deserve this? Why me?’

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Jan 222022

Tommy Johansson (Sabaton, Majestica) playing ‘Over the hills and far away’, the video can be watched below.

‘Over the Hills and Far Away’ is a song by Northern Irish musician Gary Moore, released in December 1986 by 10 Records as the first single from his sixth solo album Wild Frontier. The song peaked at number 20 on the UK Singles Chart, but was most successful in the Nordic countries, topping the charts in Finland and Norway.

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Jan 222022

Giant, the powerhouse rock quartet, have unleashed their fifth studio album, Shifting Time. Now, anchored by founding members David Huff and Mike Brignardello, the two are joined by guitarist John Roth (Winger, Starship featuring Mickey Thomas, Jimi Jamison) and vocalist Kent Hilli (Perfect Plan).

After more than a decade since their last album, the band is back with new music that showcases their perfect blend of the melodic rock sound. Founding member Dann Huff has given his seal of approval and appears on lead guitar on the song ‘Never Die Young’.

Fans can get their first taste of Shifting Time with the release of the single and video for ‘Never Die Young’. Watch the video below, and pre-order/save Shifting Time on CD/LP/Cassette/Digital here.

It has been over a decade since Giant has released new music and drummer David Huff says, “We are very excited for people to hear “Shifting Time”! It has been way too long in between Giant albums and we hope you find it worth the wait. Thanks to everyone at Frontiers and especially the fans for their undying support of Giant!! We would love to follow up with some live dates in 2022, if that is something the fans would like to see, so hopefully we’ll see you out there!”

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Jan 202022

Fear Not are about to make their mark on 2022. This is going to be the year Fear Not fans have waited for! A return to the music scene with a brand new full length album, live shows and more!

Fear Not are coming at you this year! The band is currently hard at work finishing up their full length album coming out via Roxx Records in late Spring!

The first single ‘Struggle’ was shared last year through the bands site and through Roxx Records and received great feedback from around the world.

Today we are releasing a sneak peak of what’s ahead. Sit back, watch the video below, and get ready for Fear Not to knock your socks off!

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