Through the Clouds – “Blinded Minds”

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Oct 182018
 

Thrash guitarist Tiago James de Souza from Hand of Fire unveils his new side project Through the Clouds, putting together a collection of hard rock tracks carrying his signature guitar work.

Brazilian musician Tiago James de Souza is certainly known within thrash fans for his work as part of Hand of Fire (Rottweiler Records).  For those who really know a bit more about him, you also know that he is guitarist and producer of the album The Reapers by Perpetual Paranoia, a band featuring legendary vocalist Dale Thompson (Bride).  For this project, de Souza worked with Paulo Lima in Brazil while he recorded the music parts in California, making this a truly inter-continental project.  Paulo and Tiago met around three years ago through a mutual friend and the project began.  After a chat with Roxx Records CEO, they agreed to be part of the project and things began in earnest.

So, the tie to Hand of Fire certainly intrigued me when I received this album as their Nuclear Sunrise album made my Top 10, the year it came out.  I’ve always loved thrash, probably because of its close ties to punk, so I was hoping for more of that.  The opening track “Crossfire” put things in a different light as once the long intro with blistering solo ended, the song became a 90’s –influenced hard rock track.   Ever present in the songs is de Souza’s incredible guitar work.  Paulo Lima’s vocals are a bit too loud in the mix for my taste and the rhythm section a bit too quiet but everything is still very listenable and much of the complaints I have might just be my taste, so keep that in mind.  Lima’s vocals even have that 90’s era feel to them, specifically like some of the Seattle bands like Alice in Chains and others of the later Seattle scene. Continue reading »

Oct 182018
 

Antonello Giliberto‘s new album (the third, after “The Mansion Of Lost Souls” and “Journey Through My Memory”) is heavy, very dark and influenced by classical music! 11 instrumental songs in a mix of strong melodies and fierce metal riffs, all mixed up with evocative epic orchestrations! Check out the official “The Strategy Of Chaos” album trailer below.

The musicians involved in making the album are the virtuoso bassist Dino Fiorenza (Steve Vai, Paul Gilbert, Zakk Wylde, Yngwie Malmsteen, Metatrone) and the excellent drummer Salvo Grasso (Metatrone, Hypersonic, Astralium), and guest on 3 songs, Gabriels (Metaphysics, Platens, Vivaldi Metal Project) on keyboards. The result is an album that excites and musically can satisfy all metal fans. The release date will be announced soon. Continue reading »

Oct 182018
 

Oli Herbert, the guitarist of US metal band All That Remains, has died suddenly at the age of 44.

The news of Herbert‘s death was announced on social media on the US group’s Instagram account.

In the post the band, best known for such songs as ‘Two Weeks’ and ‘What if I was Nothing’, said they were “devastated” by the loss of one of their founding members.

The cause of Herbert‘s death is not yet known.

Oli was an incredibly talented guitarist and song writer who defined Rock and Metal from the Northeast [of America],” the statement continued.

“His impact on the genres and our lives will continue indefinitely.” Continue reading »

Oct 172018
 

Classic Post Hardcore act Emery checked in with the following:

We have some bad news…

We are bummed to announce that Sherwood will not be joining us for the BC Roadshow next month. Due to some personal health issues, they reluctantly had to back out of the tour. We wish them all the best going forward!

BUUUUT…we are excited to announce that He Is Legend will be taking their place! With less than a month remaining, we are so stoked about this tour! Can’t wait to see you guys next month!

He Is Legend dropped their Spinefarm debut “Few” in April 2017. It debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart upon release.

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Oct 172018
 

A six-minute video in which San Diego, California-based rockers P.O.D. (Payable On death) discuss the songwriting process for their upcoming album, “Circles”, can be seen below. The band’s new studio disc will be released on November 16 via Mascot Label Group.

On ‘Circles’P.O.D. collaborated with the Los Angeles-based production duo called the Heavy (Jason Bell and Jordan Miller), who ensured the album is contemporary sounding without losing any of the band’s core sonic signifiers. The rap-driven ‘Rockin’ With The Best’ has an old-school P.O.D. sound that nods to the Beastie Boys, while ‘Always Southern California’ is a reggae-inflected rocker and the groove-heavy ‘Soundboy Killa’ is a hip-hop/metal hybrid. The dynamic title track even boasts moody electronic flourishes, glassy piano, and laid-back rapping verses. Continue reading »