Mar 032018

Matt Knowles, the frontman from Royal Anguish, after a long creative hiatus has come out with a new concept album, ‘Heirs Of Isildur’ having two parts, one that of a Novel/Comic series and the album that follows the storyline. I do not have the comic at the moment so I would stick with reviewing the album alone. The conceptual fantasy universe had been long in his mind and took tremendous effort to culminate. The protagonist wakes up one day to find everything he’d ever known, every place, his kinsmen obliterated from the face of the earth, and he’s left alone to make head and tail of the situation and the times to come.

The album is made available through iTunes, Spotify and Amazon was realised on the 1st of December, 2017.  There are a bunch of artists who have collaborate on this record, having guest appearances by Corey Steger (Underoath), Cassie Morris (Unicorn Death) and Chris Wicklein (Killing Additction). The album was recorded and mastered at Bonespill Studio by Bryan Exkermann (Scars of the Flesh, Screams of Abaddon). I was appeased when I read the Band’s name and mistook it for the legendary fictional character from Lord of the Rings Novel by Meister John Ronald Reuel Tolkien. Continue reading »

Nov 182017

‘Heirs Of Isildur’ is a new project of ‘Matt Knowles’ (Royal Anguish). The debut album “The Crossroads Conundrum” will be released on Dec. 1st.  “The Crossroads Conundrum” album will be available on all majors digital platforms (Amazon, iTunes, Spotify) and physical copies can be pre-ordened from the project’s webstore.

The album will contain 12 tracks and is 53 minutes long.  And features guest appearances by: Corey Steger (original guitarist of Underoath), Cassie Morris (Unicorn Death), Chris Wicklein (Killing Addiction). Mastering for the album was done at Bonespill Studio by Bryan Exkermann (Scars of the Flesh, Screams of Abaddon).

Check out the lyric videos for the first two singles ‘Shiver’ and ‘Crossroads’ (feat. Cassie Morris) below. Continue reading »

Apr 012017

‘Heirs Of Isildur’ is a new project of ‘Matt Knowles’ (Royal Anguish). The very first single for the upcoming musical release “The Crossroads Conundrum” has been unveiled. The song is called ‘Shiver’, and it has materialized into this reality in the form of a lyric video. Check it out below.

He said: As many of you may (or may not know), ‘back in the day’ I had a pretty lengthy ‘career’ toiling around in the metal music underground. I released a bunch of CDs, got to meet and work with some really kickass people, and had some lifechanging experiences…  but after so many years of that grind and a lot of other ‘not so savory’ happenings, I was burnt out… circumstances just made it such that I needed to step away completely and entirely, and maybe for good. For the past few years I was resigned to just being ‘a fan’, and I  was fine with that. I was a musician and songwriter on ‘indefinite hiatus’, and it looked like being involved in anything musical was something in the rear view mirror. But as fate would have it, and after a series of more-than-coincidental occurrences, it became clear that I could not continue to suppress the smoldering internal embers any longer. Things have come full circle and as of today I am ready to officially announce my new project: HEIRS OF ISILDUR. Continue reading »