Sep 142020
 

Everyone. . . please welcome Shamash to the Rottweiler Records pack!

A common theme within metal seems to be the use of fire as way to articulate the fires of Hell, burning evil, or the nefarious. Yet, fire can also be viewed as a light source, power, and an ignition or spark to ignite others to take action. Within Jewish culture, the candle used to light the other eight candles of a Hanukkah menorah is known as a shamash. A shamash is also defined as the person who assists in the running of a temple (synagogue) or its religious services. In short, a shamash is a servant. The euphemism of the servant being a candle lighting the fires of other branches best describes the ministry of Shamash as a band, to serve and to bring light and fire to others.

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Sep 142020
 

True Strength is honored to announce that their fourth full-length studio album, “The Mighty Hand of Yahweh,” will be released on *October 30th, 2020 in both CD and digital format through Roxx Records! Stay tuned to Roxx Records for more information about the release details in the months to come!

This is a theme-album based entirely on the Old Testament Book of Joshua. The events of the book are covered from beginning to end, as faithful to Scripture as possible. The lyrics for each song derive from actual scripture in the Book of Joshua!

The Mighty Hand of Yahweh track listing:

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Sep 132020
 

The Tulsa, OK-based band XIII Minutes has released a lyric video for ‘Who Told You,’ an update to XIII Minutes’ 2019 single release, “Obsessed” has been released in April 2019 via Rottweiler Records, seeing a groundswell of grassroots support and momentum, but, as with a number of bands in 2020, couldn’t continue to tour due to Covid-19. After a brief hiatus with the departure of lead guitarist Aaron Smith, the band is ready to hit the digital waves with the video.

Vocalist Michael Rowley said the following:

“‘Who Told You’ is one of those songs that gets stuck in your head and doesn’t leave. That’s how we knew we were on to something good. It is still a bit surreal for me to know this song charted No. 1 one on various charts throughout 2019. … We were sandwiched in between War of Ages and Demon Hunter. I’m not gonna lie: I did fanboy a little bit and probably wandered around in disbelief for the better part of the day that I received the news.”

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Sep 122020
 

Every once in a while you get an album whereby you can listen through its interity without skipping or fast forwarding through tracks. To start off there are some fairly well known participants on this release, well at least for this old coot that is. If you have not had your head buried in the sand, the names Joshua Lory, Jim Chaffin, and Skot Shaw should be familiar sounding to you, especially in the Christian alternative, punk, gothic, metal and Industrial scene. Do bands like, LSU, Mike Knott, Crucified, The Blamed, Deliverance and Leper ring any bells? Well according to me if you have not heard any of these bands listed, or perhaps one of these individuals mentioned then dude you have been living in a closet, and a really dark, dank one. My friend the only advice then is that you need educating, because part of the appreciation of this album, is knowing where these guys come from, who they are and what they have managed to achieve each in their own right on a musical level.

So what’s happening here? Well on September 18, 2020, out of Santa Cruz, California the full length release entitled “Annihilate The Adversary” will be released by the Fortuna, California, based punk band Cast The Dragon. It is a mix of Dark, brooding punk rock with a hint of gothic elegance woven throughout 15 blistering tracks. Joshua Lory’s baritone vocals interplay with anthemic guitars, haunting keyboards and punishing drums. Uncompromising lyrical content focused on keeping God at the center of all things through Jesus/Yeshua our Messiah. The band’s full tilt sound is reminiscent of The Damned, TSOL, Misfits and Scaterd Few. Again get yourself educated on these other bands too, as they are not just sound comparatives but also quality of playing comparatives on this album. The album cover art done by Nick Abraham reminds me in a way of some of the art work that came out for a few mid 80’s thrash and speed metal bands and I am sure for some very conservative folk might seem a little bit out there for them to swallow, yet for me the picture is a representation of the content within, and the album deals with a lot of issues and topics that in turn with the correct mobilization can “Annihilate The Adversary”.

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Sep 112020
 

Rockshots Records is proud to announce their latest signing of Finland progpower quintet Ultimatium for the release of their upcoming album “Virtuality” due out on November 27th, 2020.

Ultimatium was birthed out the deep forests of Suomussalmi, Finland. Their 4th studio full length “Virtuality” follows their independently released “Vis Vires Infinitus” (2015), “New Dawn” (2004, Mastervox Records), and “Hwainoo” (2008, Mastervox Records).

The premise behind “Virtuality” is an introduction of a storyline of four gamers getting stuck in a virtual reality game in a near-future setting. Each vocalist guest has their own, distinctive role in the story and drummer Matti Auerkallio sings the role of the villain (clean & crunch). The story album is backed up with lots of background vocals, sound effects and a “narrator”/system voice synthesized with Amazon’s Alexa.

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