Jan 192023

When a Hero rises anew, a Legend is born – Angus McSix is back from the dead!

After the heroic death of Prince Angus, hope seemed to be fading for Scotland and the whole galaxy. But our mighty hero has fought his way back into the world of the living and presents, as Angus McSix, the debut album, Angus McSix and the Sword of Power, set for release on Good Friday, April 7, 2023, via Napalm Records. The new band, featuring Angus McSix (Thomas Winkler), archdemon Seebulon (Sebastian “Seeb” Levermann), Nordic muscle berserker Skaw! (Manu Lotter) and the beautiful queen of the Lazer-Amazons, Thalestris (Thalia Bellazecca), contains adventures of unprecedented proportions within it. Risen from the realm of the dead, Angus McSix is the last hope to free Scotland and mankind from all evil.
With the first single, Master Of The Universe, the legendary, renowned vocals of the prince mix with euphoric and energetic power metal melodies – ready to continue the epic adventure and loudly proclaim his return. In the high-quality music video, our hero’s new appearance is presented in its full glory for the first time, more than ready to face great battles with his golden armor and new allies.
Angus McSix on “Master of the Universe”:
“Like warriors before a decisive battle, we have waited. Finally, the day has come to join you in forming a new, invincible army of thousands of loud voices. We are incredibly excited to celebrate the beginning of this epic together with you. Sharpen your swords and rise to the next level to become Masters of the Universe.”

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Sep 252022

Evergrey add another progressive metal masterpiece to their roster with A Heartless Portrait (The Orphean Testament), an album that has that rare larger than life feel to it but still manages to display and aggression and intensity in the performances.

The Heartless Portrait (The Orphean Testament) is the 13th album from Evergrey and their first for Napalm Records, so one might expect big things from the band and they certainly deliver. The band itself is in its 27th year, which is a pretty amazing feat in general. When you think about the pandemic, that we are still largely in, seeing a band like Evergrey have three solid releases in the last four years really says something about the commitment of the band to their music. The current lineup came into being and has remained constant since guitarist Henrik Danhage and drummer Jonas Ekdahl arrived as new members following the release of The Glorius Collision in 2011 and this lineup had their first release with 2014’s Hymns for the Broken. The Storm Within followed in 2016 and The Atlantic in 2019, completing what was thought by many to be a trilogy. Cancelled tours and the pandemic gave the band some time for recording and Escape from the Phoenix was released in early 2021. A Heartless Portrait (The Orphean Testament) was recorded at Top Floor Studios in Gothenburg, engineered by Jakob Herrman and produced by Tom Englund and Jonas Ekdahl, with mixing and mastering by again by Jacob Hansen at Hansen Studios (Volbeat, Epica).

Evergrey waste no time launching right into a heavy riff in “Save Us”, setting the tone for the rest of the album. Tom Englund’s vocal prowess is on full display as the first verse starts and the fan gang vocal chorus adds some more intensity to the song. Keyboards come in to add some atmosphere during the chorus sections. Later in the song Englund and Henrik Danhage trade guitar solos keeping the intensity going in the song. This is a perfect introduction to not only the album but also the band and it’s good the band also released a video for the song. The keyboard and vocal fadeout makes for a perfect ending to the track as well and the haunting nature of it is something that resonates long after the song is finished.

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Jul 192022

Acclaimed rockers Alter Bridge will release their seventh album, “Pawns & Kings”, on October 14 via Napalm Records. The follow-up to 2019’s “Walk The Sky” was once again recorded at Studio Barbarosa in Gotha, Florida with producer Michael “Elvis” Baskette, who has previously worked with Sevendust, Mammoth WVH and Slash, among others.

“Pawns & Kings” is comprised of 10 all-new epic tracks that are sure to garner Alter Bridge new fans around the globe while satiating their fervent supporters that have been patiently waiting for new music from the band.

From the opening riffs of ‘This Is War’ to the title track album closer ‘Pawns & Kings’, Alter Bridge returns with an album of intense tracks that were born after the cycle for their last album was cut short by the global pandemic. Songs like ‘Dead Among The Living’, ‘Silver Tongue’ and ‘Holiday’ showcase the signature songwriting the band is known for. The album offers numerous epic adventures, with three songs clocking in over six minutes each. The opus ‘Fable Of The Silent Son’ has a running time of 8:29 and is the longest recorded song in the band’s catalog — a distinction held by “Blackbird” until now. Guitarist Mark Tremonti steps out of his backing vocal role to take the lead on ‘Stay’, an introspective ballad that is sure to become a fan favorite live.

The official lyric video for the epic closing title track, ‘Pawns & Kings’, is available below.

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Wind Rose – “Warfront”

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Jul 082022

Just in time for the summer festival season in Europe, Wind Rose are back with all the bravado, metal bombast, and epic tales that we’ve come to expect over the last few years. “Dwarven metal” with its rousing choruses, epic feel, and folk metal touches is here to stay and Warfront is sure to further broaden their audience and satisfy their existing base.

Sometimes a band comes along that instantly grabs your attention and Wind Rose was one of those bands for me when I first received Stonehymn to review in 2017. Glancing at the album artwork and some of the song titles and seeing the band was from Italy, I was fully expecting something akin to European power metal, which is one of my favorite genres. I was genuinely surprised by their “Dwarven metal” with its epic choruses, singalong sections, simple, recognizable melodies, and sense of fun. While the band has been around for now since 2009, the Italian natives, have really come into their own with the release of Stonehymn in 2017 and the brilliant move of releasing a video for their cover of the Minecraft-inspired song “Diggy Diggy Hole”, which last I checked had over 30 million plays on YouTube…crazy large numbers for any act, let alone for some Italians signing metal songs of fantasy and looking like Vikings. To show that the success of “Diggy Diggy Hole” was no fluke, their second video off Wintersaga for “Drunken Dwarves is well over 5 million plays as of this review. The band itself has certainly worked its way up to this point, releasing eps and albums since 2010 and touring Europe with the likes of Wintersun, Epica, Ensiferum, and Eluveitie and has become a regular on the large festival scene.

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Jun 042022

Once again, Swedish prog metal veterans Evergrey have entered the charts worldwide with their newest melancholic beauty, A Heartless Portrait (The Orphean Testament).

With no doubt the band has proven that they are on the top of the heavy music scene! Their new full-length album, A Heartless Portrait (The Orphean Testament), is currently ranked #3 (physical), #4 (Vinyl) and #3 (Metal) on the official charts in their homecountry Sweden. In Finland, they are currently placed #7 on Physical Album Charts, as well as #12 on the official German album charts and #13 in Switzerland. The album is currently ranked #4 on the Current Hard Music Albums and #5 on the Top New Artist Albums charts in the United States, #6 on the Canadian Hard Music Albums chart, as well as #6 (Independent Album Breakers) and #12 (Rock & Metal Albums) in the UK!

Evergrey states:
“We are very happy with the great first week sales! It’s all because of you guys! Keep enjoying A Heartless Portrait and have a great summer!”

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