Apr 182019

Timo Tolkki’s Avalon will release its new album, “Return To Eden”, on June 14 via Frontiers Music Srl. Guests on the album include Todd Michael Hall (Riot V), Mariangela Demurtas (Tristania), Zachary Stevens (Savatage), Anneke Van Giersbergen (ex-The Gathering/Vuur and Eduard Hovinga (Elegy).

Formed in the autumn of 2012, Timo Tolkki’s Avalon released its debut album, “The Land Of New Hope”, in May 2013. A follow-up effort, “Angels Of The Apocalypse”, was issued in May 2014.

Although Avalon has been described by the media as a metal opera, it really is a vehicle for former Stratovarius guitarist Timo Tolkki to express his music in various formats using high-quality musicians. It doesn’t have a permanent lineup except for Tolkki. Continue reading »

Hilastherion – “Psalm 59”

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Apr 182019

In Psalm 59, David continues to sing praises to God, despite facing adversity. He concludes, “You are my strength, I sing praise to you; you, God, are my fortress, my God on whom I can rely.” (Ps. 59:17). Hilastherion’s “Psalm 59” is a mighty EP, with “Psalm 59” sounding as much like a song of praise as it does a battle cry. Hilastherion hails from Finland, the land of the midnight sun, which is home to many great prog and extreme metal bands. There’s something stark in the sound, like the icy beauty of a forest in winter time. “Psalm 59” is sung in Swedish (if I am correct), and you can hear the light and melodic contrast with the dark and dissonant. The band describe their sound as melodic death metal, but it is unlike the Gothenburg, Sweden sound. For me, it draws more on the progressive metal side of things and maybe it’s the symphonic elements that push it into that sphere. “When Sorrow Dies” is epic. It is cold and unblack, from the guttural rumbles to the blast beats and buzzing guitars, but finds redemption in the face of God. “Hymn to the Creations of God” celebrates God as Creator, and points to our responsibility as stewards of His Creation – a responsibility we often neglect. “Psalm 59” releases on Good Friday, and if the EP is a taste of what’s to come, a great album is in the making. Continue reading »

Apr 182019

The symphonic metal masters Gloryhammer are certainly keeping busy: They’ve already got tour dates and festival appearances lined up across Europe, the U.K., and the U.S. throughout this summer and fall… and now recently they’ve announced the European Galactic Terror Tour, which will kick off in January of 2020! Support will come from Nekrogoblikon and Wind Rose. These shows are guaranteed to be a ton of fun, so make sure you don’t miss ’em! Tickets are on sale now on Gloryhammer’s official website.

Get ALL of Gloryhammer’s upcoming tour dates below! Continue reading »

Apr 172019

Myrath‘s fifth album, “Shehili,” is almost upon us. The Tunisian outfit plays a cultural style of progressive metal, blending worldly elements into their unique sound. The video for their new song ‘Born To Survive’ can be seen below. Tribal and symphonic forces are woven into Myrath‘s rhythm-intensive style with dramatic, plodding vocal lines that convey a sense of tension and bombast. Despite its complexities, “Born to Survive” is easily digestible, delighting music nerds and novices alike.

‘Born to Survive’ is a very special song for us. It’s the first time we tried to incorporate tribal and guttural voices in a Myrath song,” says singer Zaher Zorgati. “At the beginning, we didn’t really know how the final result would sound, but we ended with something really heavy, special and fresh to anybody’s ear. That’s one of the reasons we needed to define a new music genre called ‘Blazing Desert Metal.'” Continue reading »

Apr 172019

Death Therapy – which features Jason Wisdom, ex-Becoming the Archetype have unveiled a music video for ‘My Defiance,’ a track from their latest album, “Voices,” and featuring Josh Kincheloe of Grasslands. The video can be seen below.

Death Therapy‘s new album “Voices” is released on April 12th via Solid State Records.

Silent Planet‘s Garrett Russell lends his voice to the song ‘Feels Like Fiction’ while Matt Baird of Spoken guests on “It’s Okay. Rounding out the album’s guests is Josh Kincheloe of Glasslands. Continue reading »