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.

Interestingly, keyboardist Benji Connelly is credited with writing the music and lyrics, the arrangements, and the production and that may explain t Continue reading »

Jul 302019
 

Swedish progressive heavy metal band Silent Call signs to Rockshots Records and announces last album of their career.

Silent Call’s fourth album ‘Windows’ was completed in late 2016 and was mixed and mastered by Rich Hinks (Annihilator). After three decades and three albums released to date, ‘Windows’ will be the last album of their career. Don’t miss the chance to catch this brand new progressive heavy metal masterpiece.

Formed in Stockholm, Sweden, in 2004, Silent Call makes music that’s best described as progressive/heavy metal. In late 2014, the singer Göran Nyström (ex-Twinspirits) joined the band, which now consists of Göran Nyström on vocals, Daniel Ekholm on guitars, Patrik Törnblom on keyboards, Tobbe Moen on bass and Mikael Kvist on drums. Continue reading »

Jul 012019
 

Finnish symphonic power metal band Everfrost‘s sophomore album “Winterider” will be released via Rockshots Records on September 6th!

“Winterider” will be a unique undertaking for a metal/rock band, as it will be the combination between a fully coherent manga comic and a conceptual album. The story will feature characters from their debut album “Blue Eyed Emotion”

The music includes generous use of catchy melodies and heavy riffs, plenty of guitar and keyboard solos, a large instrumental variety from orchestral to electronic and energetic drumming. 10 Freezing Songs Of A Harsh Winter Tale!

The album features Asim Searah from Wintersun as special guest on ‘Above The Treeline’, and includes a cover version of ‘Die Young’ originally By Kesha. Continue reading »

Jun 012019
 

Italy’s progressive rock-metal orchestra Ainur and Rockshots Records are stoked to announce the release of the new (old) single ‘Fall Of Gondolin’. Inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien‘s opus since a decade and half, Ainur are coming back with a re-recorded and re-mixed version of their 2006’s ‘Fall Of Gondolin’, foreseeing the much awaited 5th full-lenght coming out later this year.

Currently the band is located at Evolution Recording Studio (Italy), working on the new full-lenght with the producer Massimiliano Flak (Sound Storm, Highlord), who already handled the new single production.

The band adds: “‘Fall of Gondolin’ is one of our most representative song, that’s the reason why we couldn’t choose anything better than this to introduce the new visual and sonic identity of the band. FoG is the perfect example of what Ainur was and what will be since now on.” Continue reading »

May 092019
 

Italy’s progressive rock-metal band Ainur, has just announced the signing of a record deal with Rockshots Records. Inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien‘s opus since a decade and half, AINUR are coming back with a new, majestic project later this year. The new path was overtaken by a short trailer appeared on the label’s YouTube Channel, showing up the band’s new look as well, check it below.

Currently the band is located at Evolution Recording Studio (Italy), working on the new project with the producer Massimiliano Flak (Sound Storm, Highlord).

The band comments: “After some collaboration in the past, Ainur and Rockshots Records are officially partners in crime! Get ready for a new and improved music, more aggressive and more rock!” Continue reading »