Apr 152021
 

Ian Arkley’s debut solo album “One” is released on June 29 via Opa Loka Records. – The video can be seen below.

Created in the Welsh countryside at Ian Arkley’s home studio Arfryn. Everything written, played, mixed and produced by Mr Arkley. Psychedelia, neofolk, ambience and improvisation all come into play here. 

Ian started his music in the eighties with the thrash band Seventh Angel. He went on to form the doom bands Ashen Mortality and My Silent Wake and has played with a range of bands and musicians over the years.

This album was created using many instruments including harmonium, didgeridoo, various acoustic percussion, mandolin, guitar, manipulated recordings, speach and vocals which were improvised.

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Apr 142021
 

Twice Grammy-nominated band August Burns Red has been sharing previously unreleased tracks, such as a cover of System of a Down‘s ‘Chop Suey!’ and its metalized rendition of the theme song for the HBO series ‘Westworld, over the past several months. Recently, the Lancaster, Pennsylvania-based act revealed that these songs (and more) will live on the “Guardians Sessions” EP.

The EP features B-sides, covers, and reimagined tracks, which were recorded during the sessions for 2020’s full-length album “Guardians” and beyond.

The EP is being released digitally and on 10-inch vinyl on April 16 through Fearless Records.

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Apr 142021
 

With the release of his sophomore solo album a few weeks away, Myles Kennedy is unveiling another official music video from “The Ides Of March.” The new video is for the album opener ‘Get Along‘, and is an animated short film based on an idea created by Kennedy and brought to life by director/animator Ollie Jones.

Animators Jake Lava and Sam Clark worked with Jones to tell the story of how society is affecting the animal kingdom. The video depicts a group of animals that live in a forest banding together to fight an increase in pollution in their homes as well as corporate expansion through deforestation as Kennedy sings the poignant lyric, “Why can’t we all just get along?” A bear, beavers, deer and even a ninja turtle among others band together with the help of a wise owl to protect their land to relay a message that everyone needs to work together for the benefit of a better world. The video for ‘Get Along’ can be seen below.

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Apr 132021
 

Frontiers Music will release the fourth album from Timo Tolkki’s Avalon, “The Enigma Birth”, on June 18. Again featuring a slew of talented guest vocalists, the album sees the Finnish guitar maestro’s skills on display once again. Today, the first single from the album, ‘Master Of Hell’, featuring up-and-coming Brazilian vocalist Raphael Mendes (Icon Of Sin) has been released. Watch the video below.

Over the past year, Timo started working on songs and once again connected with Aldo Lonobile (Secret Sphere, Archon Angel, Sweet Oblivion) to craft music for a new album. The new record, “The Enigma Birth”, as with previous Avalon albums, features an absolutely awesome cast of vocalists, including James LaBrie (Dream Theater), Jake E (ex-Amaranthe, Cyrha), Marina La Torraca (Phantom Elite, Exit Eden), Brittney Slayes (Unleash The Archers), Raphael Mendes (Icon Of Sin), Fabio Lione (Rhapsody, Angra, Eternal Idol), Caterina Nix (Chaos Magic) and YouTube vocal star Pellek.

With Lonobile overseeing the production, the main work on “The Enigma Birth” was completed in the winter of 2020. The resulting album is once again everything that you could expect from one of the true masters of the art. You have Tolkki‘s trademark fast songs with super catchy hooks, outstanding mid-tempo songs, and a couple of great power ballads thrown in the mix for a wonderfully balanced album.

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Apr 132021
 

Sunbomb, the project featuring L.A. GUNS‘ Tracii Guns and Stryper‘s Michael Sweet, will release its debut album, “Evil And Divine”, on May 14 via Frontiers Music. The official music video for the third single, ‘Better End‘, can be seen below.

According to a press release, “Evil And Divine” is “an absolute blinder of a heavy metal album, melding influences of classic metal bands such as Black Sabbath and Judas Priest, with Tracii‘s love of metal subgenres, specifically doom metal.”

Initiated and conceived after Serafino Perugino, president and A&R director of Frontiers Music, reached out to Tracii about working on a new musical project for the label, the idea of a classic heavy metal-sounding album was born. The music style on “Evil And Divine” is much heavier than what one would expect from these two musicians and is firmly planted in the “metal” category. While Tracii wrote the music for the album, the fact that Michael Sweet has been writing/playing in an increasingly heavier style in the latter era, and extremely well-received Stryper albums made him a very logical choice to sing for the band. And since doom metal, often known for having powerful singers like Messiah Marcolin from Candlemass, was a massive influence on Tracii‘s songwriting here, Sweet‘s ability and range were a perUNBOMBfect match.

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