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 062018
 

Roxx Records is very excited to announce our next and very special Limited Edition pressings this time coming from classic Christian rockers Philadelphia.

Philadelphia were one of the premiere Christian rock bands in the 80’s releasing 2 classic and long out of print albums (Tell The Truth and Search & Destroy) before calling it a day. Then once again reappearing in 2016 to release a rerecorded version of their never released third album (Warlord)

We are very excited to be releasing a limited edition vinyl pressing of “Search & Destroy” as well as a limited edition CD version of “Search & Destroy” with a brand new never released bonus track exclusively for this CD pressing entitled Losin’ Out. The vinyl and CD editions have been fully remastered and have never sounded better Continue reading »

Aug 292018
 

San Diego based Christian melodic rockers Crystavox were a staple on Christian rock radio in the early 90’s with hard rock hits like ‘Sacrifice’ and ballads like ‘Home Again’ all over the airwaves. The band made their debut on Regency Records in 1990 with their self-titled album, which was followed up in 1992 with their Ocean Records sophomore release “The Bottom Line”. Both of these classic Christian rock albums are long out of print and have been difficult for fans to find today at a decent price, until now.

Roxx Records is very pleased to be bringing you BOTH the debut self-titled release “Crystavox” and the sophomore and final release “The Bottom Line” back to life for fans to enjoy! Both albums are being released on vinyl for the very first time ever, as well as on CD, in a truly Limited Edition format. Each album has been completely remastered by Rob Colwell at Bombworks Sound. Featuring brand new and updated artwork that remains true to the original artwork created by Scott Waters of No Life Til Metal Graphics. Continue reading »

Aug 272018
 

Roxx Records is pleased to bring you a brand new traditional killer metal band called Through The Clouds. Through The Clouds is a side project featuring members of Hand of Fire and Vintage Machine. The band is a combined effort featuring players in both the US and Brazil with Tiago De Souza (Hand of Fire / Perpetual Paranoia) and Paulo Lima (Vintage Machine / Rocklass). This special release is an outlet for the band to focus on music heavily influenced in the classic to power metal style.

Check out the debut first single entitled ‘Blinded Minds’ below. Continue reading »

Aug 192018
 

On the 30th anniversary of the groundbreaking release of the thrash masterpiece Human Sacrifice, Roxx Records has released a previously unheard original mix of the album stripped of all effects.

Vengeance Rising as they’ve been known since 1989 is one of those iconic bands metalheads should know.  Formed back in 1987 and originally just as Vengeance, the band’s first release was labeled by many including Doug van Pelt of HM as “the most radical Christian album ever released” and for good reason.  At a time when Stryper was considered heavy, Vengeance literally destroyed that concept with their blend of rapid fire drums, raspy shouted/growled vocals and fast guitar riffs sounding much like contemporaries in the regular music world including Slayer and Dark Angel.  The history of the band is a saga all of its own and would fill several pages as it includes band members leaving the faith, internal band squabbles and ultimately some near reunion shows with different vocalists replacing Roger Martinez.

As advertised, this mix of Human Sacrifice does away with all the studio production and provides what many would consider a more real, almost live experience.  In many ways, it’s as if the band set up in a small room and is playing the songs in front of you.  While not quite the same as the previously released version, this one is not a low quality demo by any means and could have stood on its own.  Continue reading »