Nov 272019

Neoclassical hard rock band Moon Reverie has signed a worldwide deal with Rockshots Records to release their self-titled debut album on January 31, 2020.

The band was formed in 2012 by the italian guitar virtuoso Luca Poma, who has been the touring guitar player of international bands such as Uli Jon Roth, Kee Marcello, Vinnie Moore, T.M. Stevens, Graham Oliver and many others. Now it’s time for Luca to debut with his own songs, influenced by the melodic scene of the 80’s blended with tons of classical and baroque music. The debut album is a collection of songs that Moon Reverie used to play live in recent years.

The official audio track ‘Forgiveness’ is already available below.

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Nov 152019

Symphonic power metal band Ravenworrd has signed a worldwide deal with Rockshots Records to release their one-time studio album, ‘Transcendence’, on January 31.

Inspired by the Edgar Allan Poe’s novel ‘The Raven‘, the Milan, Italy, based band was originally formed in 2007 by the mind of keyboardist and composer Davide Scuteri (Choirs Of Veritas). After several years of activity, which included a self-titled demo, the band went on a brief hiatus, re-grouping in 2016 when singer Chiara Tricarico (Sound Storm, Moonlight Haze), drummer Michele Olmi (Chronosfear, Skeleeton) and bass/guitar player Cesare Ferrari (Choirs Of Veritas) joined the band, in order to create a one-time studio album that embodies the whole history of the band.

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Oct 182019

Ainur are back after 7 years from their latest album. And they’re back with a colossal project.

The big goal of the Progressive Rock Orchestra from Turin (Italy) is called Wars of Beleriand: they will turn into Music all the most important Wars of Beleriand starting from the “War Of The Jewels .”

The album is dedicated to Fëanor, to the creation of the Silmarils and to the Wars originated by all that. “War Of The Jewels” is only the first step of a bigger project!

“War Of The Jewels” will be produced and distributed by Ainur’s new label Rockshots Records, and will be a little bit different from the previous albums: Rockshots Records is a heavier label and the topic of the album is darker. For that reasons the new record will be harder and more combative. 

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Astralium – “Land of Eternal Dreams”

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Oct 162019

Astralium releases an impressive debut symphonic metal album in “Land of Eternal Dreams” and instantly becomes a band you have to hear.

Coming from Italy, Astralium has released their debut album but by no means is it their first experience as the band has been around since 2014 when the band was playing shows under the moniker Black Roses.  As most bands do, multiple personnel changes came into play and in 2017 the lineup solidified with the addition of a drummer in Salvo Grasso, who also can supply some great clean male vocals. With a solid lineup in place, work began on the debut album.  The album itself, as symphonic metal albums often are, is a concept piece, with this one about dreams and the astral universe and the fantasy world that lives in all of us. As if sixty minutes of complex symphonic arrangements wasn’t enough of a challenge, the album also features multiple special guests including: Tommy Johansson (Sabaton, Majestica) providing some vocals on “Rising Waves of the Ocean”, vocalist Jo Lombardo (Ancestral, ex-Metatrone) and guitarist Andrea Martongelli (Arthemis) on “Whisper in the Silence”, Adam Cook (A Hill To Die Upon)adding  growled vocals on “Seven Seas, Seven Winds” and some narration , and Davide Bruno (Metatrone, NefeshCore) adding growled vocals to “Hidden Conspiracy” and “A Dream’s Elegy.”  While all of this may seem like overkill and lead to a muddled, disconnected sound, the guest musicians add unique elements to the songs they are one and the strength of the compositions allows it work seamlessly.

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Everfrost – “Winterider”

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Sep 182019

Out of cold, Northern Europe comes Everfrost with their anime/manga-inspired version of symphonic power metal on their second album Winterider, a release that has an accompanying manga comic.

Everfrost from Lapland, Finland have been active as a band since 2015, releasing a full length album, Blue Eyed Emotion, an ep and a live album prior to Winterider.  Blue Eyed Emotion introduced the characters who play out the fantasy story in Winterider, so for those really interested, it may make sense to check out the first album as this one is a concept album as well.

The opening track, “Winterider”, starts out innocently enough, just like many other symphonic power metal albums from Europe, so no real surprises.  Strong keyboard presence in the beginning and an overly clean production seems to have taken a bit of the teeth out of the instruments.  Vocals a seem almost eerily perfectly smooth as are the gang chorus sections.  I can’t seem to shake the feeling that this song wasn’t really performed by a live band.  The production is so clean that the performances seem to have had all emotion removed.  Guitar solos alternate with keyboard solos amidst some great drumming  and there are a lot of sound layers going on here that end up taking away from the performance for me.

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