May 222020
 

Everyone please welcome Superunknown to the Rottweiler Records pack!!!

To define the word “Unknown” would be to view something or someone as “not within the range of one’s knowledge, experience, or understanding; strange; unfamiliar.” Life is full of mysteries and incomplete understanding. What is unseen is eternal. So, it is with Hyderabad, India’s Superunknown. The core of the band was founded in 2019, around the vision of R.A.I.D vocalist; Rueban Issac. In addition to Rueban, the line up comprises of Yohan Issac on Guitars/Bass and Shawn Jacob as a session Drummer.

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May 212020
 

Sweden’s melodic, progressive death/doom metal band, In Mourning, will release a collection of their early demo recordings titled “Echoes” on August 14 via Agonia Records.

“Echoes” is spanning over the very beginnings of In Mourning, featuring all demos recorded by the band between 2000 and 2004. With 18 tracks clocking in at over two hours, the release is coming exclusively to a high volume cut, triple vinyl box set available in four different color patterns (black, silver, splatter and half’n’half). The cover artwork for “Echoes” was painted by Kristian Wahlin (Bathory, At The Gates, King Diamond). RaDesign prepared the layout.

“Echoes” includes the following demos: “In Mourning” (2000), “Senseless” (2002), “Need” (2003) and” Confessions Of The Black Parasite” (2004).

The band commented: “People have been asking about copies of our old demos every now and then and this is it. Echoes contains our four early, very old school, demos. All packaged into a beautiful triple vinyl box with artwork from our old companion Kristian Wåhlin. So whether you’re into the idea of our demos, if you’re curious about how we sounded between 2000-2004 or just think it would be a cool collectible (which it surely will), go get yourself a copy now. This will most likely only be available this once, no CD, no digital, vinyl only!”

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May 212020
 

Dark Sarah continue the storyline of Orbs, Mörk and mystical, rabbit-headed people with their second single, ‘All Ears!, from their upcoming album, “Grim,” to be released on July 17 via Napalm Records.

The marching rhythm of the horror-esque intro rises to an all-encompassing theme that coalesces with Heidi’s blandishing vocals and the frightening story of Grim. The official music video (directed by Markus Nieminen) and the energetic soundscapes draw its listener deeper into Dark Sarah’s magical horror fantasy world, while the story behind ‘All Ears!’ is perfectly visualized: The protagonist Luna casts a compelling spell over the citizens of Grim. As mighty as no one could have imagined, she rises, forming an army marching against their conjoint enemy – Mörk.

Heidi Parviainen states: “‘All Ears!’ is a call to unite all the people who think there is a certain power behind tales, monsters and magic! Join the coven! The narrative of ‘All Ears!’ follows the storyline of the Grim album. A powerful spell on the citizens of Grim empowers the protagonist Luna to fight against the evil monster Mörk who is terrorizing the city. The listener can also get a first glimpse of our new guest Jasse Jatala as Mörk. The whole Grim story will be released as a book at the same time as our album, so that our fans can get even more immersed in the story.”

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Skillet – “Victorious”

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May 172020
 

There is no doubt that Skillet has a great formula that seems to work for them in terms of reaching the masses and thus their significance in the rock world plays an important role from a Christian perspective. I am not the biggest fan of their music but I certainly respect what they have been able to achieve within the industry. I hated their debut album and in fact I only really started giving them the benefit of the doubt at around Comatose which was released in 2009, which by then I could tolerate them and today their latest releases are something I can get by on. Their success in the Christian charts has been continuous for the past two decades and their ability to stride successfully between the secular and Christian music world is noteworthy. Victorious is their tenth album and though sounding at times similar to their previous release Unleashed I think overall it is a little more polished. Also think a little more emotional attention was given to it. However in some ways for me it comes off as a continuation of the last release, like a part 2, or disc 2 of a larger album release. Like they had all these songs and divided it over two releases. Again that said there is allot of emotional investment that seeps through by the band on this one that though similar to Unleashed does give it some distance as the songs have a more personal engagement.

The stylistic approach of Skillet is a working formula, and I guess don’t mess with what works for you, and their melodic catchy songs have caught the hearts of thousands. The songs are generally pick me up’s with anthem driven lyrics and kids and adults alike can sing along with relative ease, which works well with their mission based statement they represent.

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May 162020
 

Swedish Power Metal act Mad Hatter have released the video for ‘Ignite’, track that will be cherished by the people that met Mad Hatter from their self-titled debut album, fast rhythms and epic riffs that will make you draw a smile, very on brand for bands such as Helloween. ‘Ignite’ is the third single extracted from their new album “Pieces Of Reality”, which will be released through Art Gates Records worldwide on May 22nd. Don’t sleep on them, they’re the future of Heavy Metal.

In words of the band: “This new album has everything you want for a Power Metal-album! It’s fast, catchy, bombastic, melodic and heavy! We wanted to create an album that has all these elements but with our touch of mystery over it. Like if heavy metal was recorded in Wonderland. Fans of Halloween, Freedom Call, Avantasia, Stratovarius and Blind Guardian will enjoy this! The album will then feel more personal for us and I think fans will hear the passion when they listen to the album.” .

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