Welcome to Angelic Warlord- your Christian metal and hard rock resource! Launched in the spring of 2006 with the purpose of supporting Christians creating art within the metal and hard rock genres, Angelic Warlord features an abundance of reviews, links, discography pages, interviews and Christian metal news- all updated on a weekly basis. If you enjoy all types of metal and hard rock - melodic hard rock, straightforward hard rock, melodic metal, classic metal, power metal, progressive metal and all things in between – that, at the same time, is backed by a positive and life changing message, then you have found a new home in Angelic Warlord.
• JESSE DE LA O - How I’ve Changed
• EMPIRE 21 - Empire 21
• MIKE FLORIO - Reconcile
• HARMONY - Theatre Of Redemption
• SAINT - Warriors Of The Son 04 (Retroactive re-issue)
• STRYPER - Live At The Whiskey
ATKINS MAY PROJECT - Empire of Destruction - NEW
As monumentally important as Judas Priest was to the NWOBHM movement, it was inevitable that other bands would find a way to lend their own unique spin to the UK born phenomenon that emerged in the late seventies. Case in point: Atkins May Project, as its namesake implies, is the new band of original Judas Priest vocalist Al Atkins, who has joined forces with Christian guitarist and music artist Paul May. Read Full Review >>
ADRIANGALE compilation on the way, Final Piece - The Best Of:
Press Release / Everyone have been asking: When will ADRIANGALE Final Piece - The Best Of be coming out? Well the wait is nearly over folks. With a release date of November 25, 2014, ADRIANGALE Final Piece - The Best Of will be out just in time for the holidays!
Wait there's more people. We don't want to short change the loyal ADRIANGALE fan base with some generic convenience store best of CD. NO! What we are going to do is throw in EVERYTHING and then some.
This release will be a double CD! Disc 1 will have songs from all five of the group’s studio releases. Disc 2 will contain two newly recorded tracks, along with seven other tracks consisting of B cuts, rarities and unreleased material!
Final Piece - The Best Of is the ultimate collection for any ADRIANGALE fan!
Pre-order information from the bands label, Kivel Records, is coming soon.
ADRIANGALE released its sixth studio album, Defiance, on October 2, 2014 also on Kivel Records.
Kivel Records online: www.facebook.com/Kivelrecords
ADRIANGALE online: www.facebook.com/pages/Adriangale
CHAOTIC RESEMBLANCE - Get The Hell Out details revealed:
Press Release / Poteau, Oklahoma based hair metal outfit CHAOTIC RESEMBLANCE independently released its full-length debut Get The Hell Out on September 19, 2014.
According to the group, the Oz Fox (Stryper) produced album delivers “high intensity in your face metal” that can be compared to “an out of control freight train coming at you a million miles an hour”. CHAOTIC RESEMBLANCE, listing its influences as STRYPER, BLOODGOOD, DISCIPLE, W.A.S.P., SKIDROW, RATT and MOTLEY CRUE, are “sold out Christians devoted to Jesus Christ” who “will play anywhere from a bar to a church" and that “offer hope to a hurting world in the form of face melting rock 'n roll.”
In the words of CHAOTIC RESEMBLANCE: “Today's world is full of so much hate, lies & deceit. We offer love and hope through rock 'n roll.”
The name CHAOTIC RESEMBLANCE is based upon Isaiah 40:18: To whom then will ye liken God? Or what likeness will you compare unto him? Further detail from the group: “We feel no matter how good of Christians we are, we would never be more than a Chaotic Resemblance of Christ.”
Get The Hell Out track listing:
2. “Get The Hell Out”
3. “Son of Man”
4. “Candy Land”
6. “Don’t Walk Alone”
7. “The Cost”
8. “Super Hero”
9. “Greatest Show Alive”
11. “War Paint”
CHAOTIC RESEMBLANCE line up:
Rexx Roxx - Lead Vocals
L/A Ellis – Guitars
Stevie Shea - Bass
Zak Fury – Drums
* Self titled debut EMPIRE 21 album teaser: www.youtube.com/watch?v=JsMKG1jOp7c
Empire 21 will be released on November 28, 2014 in Europe and December 2, 2014 in North America.
* “The Window Of My Soul”, the first single from the upcoming HARMONY album Theatre Of Redemption, will be released at the end of next week. Look for the album to come out on November 28, 2014 in Europe and December 2, 2014 in North America.
* JACOBS DREAM studio update (Facebook - October 14, 2014): “We're going to put 2 studios to use to speed up the recording process. Guitars are sounding like JD guitars, most of the bass tracks are done and the drums and vocals are shaping up as well. We think you're really going to like it!”
The group is currently at work on its next album entitled Where Vultures Gather.
HALCYON WAY - Conquer
Atlanta, Georgia based Halcyon Way aims to blur the line further between pure aggression and immediate accessibility. Read Full Review >>
LIBERTY N’ JUSTICE - The Vow
When you read “Liberty N’ Justice”, you probably think of “all star projects”, “special guest musicians” and the like. You don’t think in terms of a band with the same steady line-up. That changes now. Read Full Review >>
NEAL MORSE - Songs From November
Rather, what we have in Songs From November is a joining of catchy contemporary pop and acoustic rock with touches of classic rock and AOR. The album ultimately succeeds on strength of songwriting, which leaves little doubt as to Morse’s abilities as a composer regardless of style, form or genre. Read Full Review >>
SIGN OF JONAH - Sacrifice
Those that ‘wax nostalgic’ for the good old days of driving guitar riffs, heartfelt vocals, shuffling bass lines, gritty slide guitars, acoustic lacings and occasional Southern influences will find themselves a new home in Sign of Jonah and its August of 2014 full length debut Sacrifice. Read Full Review >>
SOUND OF ETERNITY - Visions & Dreams
Musically, Visions & Dreams does not stray too far from the melodic rock direction of the groups first two albums. The main difference is the heavier Sound Of Eternity interpretation of the Codigo Eterno material, yielding a guitar sound rooted in that much more edge and bite. Read Full Review >>
SUPERNAL ENDGAME - Touch The Sky - Volume II
In a way, Supernal Endgame and its 10T Records summer of 2014 sophomore album Touch The Sky - Volume II represents a page from the 70’s progressive rock hymnal: Eschewing the verse-chorus-verse song structure common to popular music in favor of lengthy compositions (often in excess of ten minutes) characterized by complex time signatures and extended instrumental passages. Read Full Review >>
TYKKÜS - Hystorykküs Maximüs
Another label of such note is Stone Groove Records, which in 2014 put out the consummate Tykküs compilation entitled Hystorykküks Maximüs. Included along with the groups popular 2005 Ümlaut EP is the “Convince You Too” single, demos recorded in 1995 and 2007, the “Live” Clams & All Show” from 2004 and 1985 pre-Tykküs EP from Rizer. Read Full Review >>
VENI DOMINE - Light
Any discussion involving Swedish doom metal, of course, would not be complete without mention of Veni Domine. Forming in Sollentuna during the late eighties, the group recorded a trio of demos under the Seventh Seal moniker before permanently changing its name to Veni Domine - meaning “Come Lord” as taken from the last part of Revelation 22 - and releasing its full-length debut Fall Babylon Fall in 1992. Read Full Review >>
METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS
EMPIRE 21 - Self-titled debut details revealed:
Press Release / Finally, the long awaited, self-titled debut album from the new Swedish hard rock/metal act EMPIRE 21 will be released on November 28, 2014 in Europe and December 2, 2014 in North America. For fans of melodic heavy rock and for those of you who can't wait to consume a heavy dose of massive riffing by world class musicians - this album IS a must.
The members are all experienced from international bands, including NARNIA, DARKWATER, ROB ROCK, HARMONY and many more. The band was originally founded by drummer Tobias Enbert and singer GermánPascual, who were both part of the 2009 touring lineup of CJ Grimmark’s band NARNIA. When CJ decided to put NARNIA to rest, the idea of EMPIRE 21 was born. They eventually talked CJ into the project and recruited Andreas Ålöv and John Svensson for the bass and keyboards positions, respectively. During the recording of the album, EMPIRE 21 parted ways with GermánPascual who was subsequently replaced by singer Ricard Hulteke.
Ricard, being one of the best kept secrets in rock and the last piece finalizing the EMPIRE 21 puzzle, is likely to put a big smile on the faces of metal/rock fans around the world. His soulful and intense vocal performance on this album is certainly one of the best in the history of metal.
The tracks on the EMPIRE 21 album were all carefully written without any time pressure, resulting in no “fillers” whatsoever. It was of high importance to develop an organic yet powerful sound, which led EMPIRE 21 to hire mixing engineer Tobias Lindell (EUROPE, MUSTASCH, etc) and mastering engineer Thomas ”Plec” Johansson (SCAR SYMMETRY, AMMOTRACK, etc) to put their final touches on this production. CJ Grimmark handled production duties.
This album has great potential to reach a very wide audience thanks to its strong material and high musical energy. Even those who are not specifically into metal may still enjoy this album as it’s easy to get into, even at the first bite. Keep your eyes and ears open…and dig into EMPIRE 21!
The album can be pre-ordered at the bands website: www.empire21.se
Empire 21 track listing:
1. “When You're Falling”
2. “I Can't”
3. “All Is Lost”
5. “Empire 21”
6. “100 Nights”
7. “Heard It All”
8. “This Is My Story”
10. “Would You”
11. “No Matter The Winds Of Change”
EMPIRE 21 line-up:
Ricard Hulteke - Lead Vocals
CJ Grimmark (NARNIA, ROB ROCK) - Guitars
John Svensson (HARMONY) - Keyboards
Andreas Ålöv - Bass
Tobias Enbert (DARKWATER, HARMONY) - Drums
Thoughts from BARREN CROSS bassist Jim LaVerde regarding STYRYPER:
As posted at the group's Facebook page (October 4, 2014):
“What can I say that has not been said? I will give you my point of view as a fellow musician. Well back in the early 80s when Barren Cross was starting to get momentum, I was invited by some friends to see this group perform at the Music Machine somewhere in LA. Although the venue was not sold out, I sat back and watched the show from beginning to end. When it was over, I felt as if I was moved by the awesome presence of The Lord. Stryper went on from there and every show got bigger, the anointing of the Lord was stronger. What I witnessed was a great outpouring of Gods grace and power. I remember one performance in particular at Calvary chapel Downey. They had to perform twice because of the amount of people there to see them.
“Don't get me wrong, these guys were talented, but what over shadowed everything was the presence of The Lord everywhere they went. God used these guys to bring revival all over the world. People that would never set foot in a church were in church. Even when they played big secular venues, God’s presence was felt by everyone. Out of all that, the Sanctuary movement sprung up all over the world. Folks were receiving Christ turning there lives around.
“Barren Cross had several opportunities to play with these guys and what a treat that was. They were all very kind to us and taught us so much more then they will ever know. Stryper is a gift to all of us and they continue to this day to record and tour with the message of the cross. To this day I have not witnessed anything like it. Many of you reading this have been affected by this group through out the years. Micheal Bloodgood told me once how good Stryper is for all of us. May they continue on as long as they can. I don't know about u but I am so thankful these brothers came along and made such a difference for all of us. Please feel free to comment.”
BARREN CROSS commemorated their 30th anniversary by releasing their first new album in 18 years, Birth Pangs. Recorded live at the 2012 Elements Of Rock festival in Switzerland, Birth Pangs captures the entire BARREN CROSS performance in encompassing 18 songs and over an hour and a half of music.
The album, which reunites the original lineup of vocalist Michael Drive, guitarist Ray Parris, bassist Jim LaVerde and drummer Steve Whitaker, saw a digital download release on December 21, 2013. The CD version to Birth Pangs came out on March 8, 2014.
* “A World At War”, new video from ATKINS MAY PROJECT: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nq4IPRSIpyY
The song is taken from the groups recently released third album entitled Empire Of Destruction.
* Changes in the BIOGENESIS line up to report (as taken from the groups Facebook page - September 9, 2014): “Randy Walton and, Darin Moore have both left the band. However, Colin Glover from Coffin Birth Conspiracy has stepped in as our new bass player. Also we have brought back our original guitarist James Riggs and we will be announcing our new lead player soon. Good luck to Randy and Darin on their new endeavors. We shared some good years together on the stage.”
* DELIVERANCE unable to play Skull Fest (as announced by the band at its Facebook page - October 9, 2014): “To all our fans: we apologize deeply for those looking forward to our performance at Skull Fest 2014. Due to unforeseen circumstances, Deliverance will not be able to perform. This is not a reflection on Skull Fest, but is due to illness that has struck preventing the guys from being able to perform. With that said, Deliverance hopes to make this up to the fans by rescheduling a future performance in the near future. Thanks for your continued support”
* The release of the debut album from WORLDVIEW, The Chosen Few, has been delayed until 2015. The album is currently in the process of being mixed.
METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS
ADRIANGALE gets defiant:
Courtesy of www.melodicrock.com:
Press Release / After their triumphant return last year from a lengthy hiatus with the release of Sucker Punch! on Kivel Records and their celebrated appearance at Melodicrock Fest 3, ADRIANGALE is back, better than ever and maintaining forward momentum with their latest album Defiance, which will be released October 3, 2014 in conjunction with their appearance at Melodicrock Fest 4.
No strangers to the melodic rock genre, ADRIANGALE have built up a loyal following since their first album Feel The Fire in 2000, consistently presenting quality, memorable albums in a style which they can truly call their own. The chemistry and bond between lead vocalist Jamie Rowe, guitarist/principal songwriter Vic Rivera and guitarist Eddie Campbell is genuine and - more so than ever - this unity and strength is eminently present and assertive on Defiance.
As the leadoff single “Sometimes” has demonstrated, Defiance marks yet another forward and logical step in the evolution of ADRIANGALE’s sound. “We’ve always blended heaviness with melody” says Vic Rivera, “but this time around, we really wanted to further explore the heavier side of ourselves without losing the hooks we’ve come to be known for. It can be difficult to make significant forward movement without totally abandoning your past, but I was up for the challenge in crafting these songs to be the best, most honest version of ourselves while maintaining our identity - and I believe we were successful in capturing that and more on this album.”
A seamless combination of intense and heavy riffs, extremely melodic vocals, superb musicianship and stunning production, Defiance is undoubtedly ADRIANGALE’s finest moment to date and is destined to become a favorite of melodic rock lovers everywhere, appealing to fans of the band both old and new!
The track “Sometimes” is available for streaming at: www.melodicrock.com/audio/Adriangale-Sometimes.mp3
Defiance track listing:
2. “Yours 4 Ever”
3. “Back To You”
4. “What About Love”
9. “Last Of My Heart”
ADRIANGALE line up:
Jamie Rowe - Lead Vocals
Vic Rivera – Guitars, Drums, Bass & Vocals
Eddie Campbell - Guitars & Vocals
ADRIANGALE online: www.facebook.com/pages/Adriangale
ATKINS MAY PROJECT release third album, Empire Of Destruction:
Courtesy of www.blabbermouth.net:
ATKINS MAY PROJECT, the band featuring original JUDAS PRIEST singer Al Atkins and Christian guitarist and music artist Paul May, released its third album, Empire Of Destruction, on September 29, 2014 via Gonzo Multimedia.
Like its predecessors, Empire Of Destruction comes once again straight out of the heart of "Black Country" in the United Kingdom, the "Home Of Metal". The album continues its classic rock theme with enough metal moments to melt your face off, yet features an abundance of imagination and class to intrigue even the most progressive of tastes.
Says Al: "From “A World At War” to “Whisper To The Wind”, it will take you on a journey of battle fields to somber tears..."
Adds Paul: "Our first album, Serpents Kiss, set the bench mark for the second, Valley Of Shadows, a mature classic metal affair, that in turn set a much higher new bench mark for Empire Of Destruction, which has evolved into something I believe will stand the test of time, an to be album to proud of.”
The first 1,000 CDs comes with a limited edition DVD.
Empire Of Destruction track listing:
1. “Dog Eat Dog”
2. “Whisper To The Wind”
3. “A World At War”
4. “The Midas Touch”
5. “Here Comes The Rain”
6. “Darkness Within”
7. “Reckless Child”
1. “Welcome To The Nightmare”
3. “The Shallowing” (unplugged)
4. “The Darkness Within”
5. “Enslaved To Love”
6. Interview with Paul May and Al Atkins
A "shortened" version of the song "Here Comes The Rain" can be streamed above.
ATKINS MAY PROJECT's first album, Serpent's Kiss, was released in 2011 via Gonzo Multimedia. The follow-up effort, Valley Of Shadows, came out in 2012 (also on Gonzo Multimedia).
ATKINS MAY PROJECT online: www.atkinsmayproject.com & www.facebook.com/pages/Atkins-May-Project-Official
HARMONY - Theatre Of Redemption details revealed:
Press Release / Theatre of Redemption, the up-coming album from the Swedish melodic metal band HARMONY, will be released on November 28, 2014 in Europe and on December 2, 2014 in North America through Ulterium Records. The opening track "The Window of My Soul" will be released as a digital single late October.
The album will be released in the following formats:
- Regular CD edition
- Black wooden box edition (Limited to 500 hand-numbered copies. Includes the CD and booklet, a HARMONY guitar pick, a sticker, a postcard and an exclusive "The History of Harmony" 20-page booklet)
- Vinyl edition (Limited to 500 copies. Includes insert with lyrics)
- Digital edition
Theatre Of Redemption features Daniel Heiman (ex. LOST HORIZON, HEED) on vocals on all tracks. The album was mixed by Fredrik Nordström and Henrik Udd at Studio Fredman (AT THE GATES, IN FLAM,ES, HAMMERFALL) and mastered by Thomas "Plec" Johansson (SCAR SYMMETRY, WATAIN).
The strong and diverse songs, the emotional and technical guitar playing by Markus Sigfridsson and the fantastic vocals provided by Daniel Heiman brings HARMONY up to the same level as the biggest bands in the melodic metal genre. Just listen and you will see. Follow HARMONY into the Theatre Of Redemption…
All physical editions of Theatre Of Redemption as well as three different t-shirt designs are available for pre-ordering at the Ulterium Records Store: www.ulteriumstore.bigcartel.com
Theatre Of Redemption track listing:
1. “The Window Of My Soul”
3. “Crown Me King”
4. “Son Of The Morning”
5. “What If”
6. “Theatre Of Redemption”
8. “You Are”
9. “Hands Of Time”
10. “In Search Of”
HARMONY line up:
Daniel Heiman - Guest Lead Vocals
Markus Sigfridsson - Guitars, Voices, Additional Keyboards & Programming
John Svensson - Keyboards
Raphael Dafras - Bass
Tobias Enbert - Drums
HARMONY released their debut album Dreaming Awake through Massacre Records in 2003 that in addition to founding members Markus Sigfridsson (DARKWATER, 7 DAYS) and Tobias Enbert (DARKWATER, EMPIRE 21) also featured Henrik Båth and Magnus Holmberg from DARKWATER as well as Andreas Passmark (ROYAL HUNT, WORK OF ART, W.E.T., NARNIA).
The follow-up album Chapter II: Aftermath was released in 2008 through Ulterium Records. Kristoffer Gildenlöw (ex. PAIN OF SALVATION) performed all bass on the album, and Daniel Heiman (ex. LOST HORIZON) performed guest vocals on the track "Inner Peace".
HARMONY online: www.facebook.com/harmonysweden
* IMAGES OF EDEN is at work on its next album, untitled at the time of this writing. According to founding member and vocalist Gordon Tittsworth, the album will be much more Christian lyrically.
* Salem, Oregon based SAINT will release its new album, Broad Is The Gate, on November 1, 2014. The album finds new SAINT member’s vocalist Phyll Miller and guitarist Matthew P. Smith making their debut. A Broad Is The Gate video trailer can be viewed at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpErkBiCzQ4
METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS
BLACK FATE - Between Visions & Lies details revealed:
Press Release / Between Visions & Lies, the up-coming album from the Greek melodic metal band BLACK FATE, will be released on November 28, 2014 in Europe and December 2, 2014 in North America through Ulterium Records.
Led by the incredible vocals from Vasilis Georgiou and technical playing from guitarist Gus Drax, BLACK FATE will surely gain attention in the scene with their new album Between Visions & Lies, which could be described as a mix between KAMELOT, IRON MAIDEN, DREAM THEATER and CONCEPTION.
Erik Tordsson (ANTESTOR, END OF SEPTEMBER) mastered the album at Solid Mix Studios.
Check out the second Between Visions & Lies teaser at YouTube here: http://youtu.be/b17QsGwCtuM
The album is available for pre-ordering at the Ulterium Records Store: http://www.ulteriumstore.bigcartel.com
Between Visions & Lies track listing:
1. "Rhyme Of A False Orchestra"
2. "Lines In The Sand"
3. "The Game Of Illusion"
4. "Into The Night"
5. "In Your Eyes"
6. "Call Of The Wild"
7. "State Of Conformity"
8. "Without Saying A Word"
9. "Perfect Crime"
10. "Weight Of The World"
11. "In Fear"
BLACK FATE line up:
Vasilis Georgiou - Vocals
Gus Drax - Guitars
Nikos Tsintzilonis - Drums
Vasilis Liakos - Bass
BLACK FATE online: www.facebook.com/blackfategreece
New album from Mike Florio, Reconcile:
As taken from the artists press material:
“Not long after my first album, Arisen, was out the door in January 2006, my musical outlook started to change. Response to the album was very positive and encouraging; and suddenly I was making a lot of new connections. It seemed that new creative opportunities were certain to come my way, and this was certainly an exciting prospect which I had hoped for. I believe my fellow studio mates Bill Thomas (guitars), Dave Bailey (bass) and Steve Golden (drums) were also enjoying the situation, as they were all willing to continue recording more songs. So, even though making my first album had been a long and trying journey, I gauged – rather optimistically - that I might actually have enough fuel left in the tank for one more trip. And so, the Reconcile project began.
“The recording process got off to a nice head start, as three songs - “Letter From Babylon”, “Only One Way”, and “How Will You Know?” - were mostly written and in the early production stages from being candidates for Arisen. So I started on finishing those off first. However, by 2007 I became involved in what I anticipated would be a promising collaboration with another artist, so I put the album on the back burner for a while. Other interruptions came and went, but over the next couple of years I did find enough time to write “The Wise Man”, followed by “I Promise”, as well as the two “Seeds Of The Earth” songs. That left me with one more slot I wanted to fill. I considered a few of my older songs but nothing really fit. I realized I would need to get to work and write something new, and eventually the title track, “Reconcile”, was completed in 2009.
“Feeling rather proud of myself at this point, I suppose; I basically did absolutely nothing on the album for the better part of two more years, once again turning my attention toward other projects. Then, one fateful day I let my good friend Eddie Jerlin hear some of the languishing work in progress. His enthusiastic reaction inspired me to pick up where I left off, which meant beginning the final - and most dreaded - phase of transforming my rough sketches into finished pieces of music.
“Anyway, to condense a long story, three more busy years went by during which I actually released a compilation album (Artifacts Volume 1), finished half of another (what will be Volume 2, I presume), and dabbled in yet some more extra-curricular musical activities; all the while working on Reconcile in between. When I finally completed it in 2014, over eight years had gone by. And this time I can definitely say that the tank is empty.”
Mike Florio is a Westchester County, New York based vocalist and keyboardist that released his debut solo album, Arisen, in 2006. The Angelic Warlord review (85%) described Arisen as “progressive rock with symphonic touches all the while reflecting an occasional classic rock or AOR leaning”. The album further brings “a compelling blend of Kansas and Styx” but also “features enough guitar driven momentum to attract those into Shadow Gallery and Dream Theater as well.”
The track “The Wise Man” is available for streaming at: https://soundcloud.com/massdream/the-wise-man
Reconcile track listing:
1. “Seeds Of The Earth”
3. “Letter From Babylon”
4. “The Wise Man”
5. “I Promise”
6. “Only One Way”
7. “How Will You Know?”
8. “Seeds of the Earth II”
Mike Florio online: www.facebook.com/massdream.music
SAINT - Warriors Of The Son 04 re-issued on Retroactive Records:
Press Release / The original SAINT Warriors Of The Son EP was recorded in 1984 on an 8-track recorder. At the time there wasn’t much Christian metal around, so despite the very thin production, the album saw plenty of spin time on Christian metal head turntables due to the fact that the songs were still good. However, once the band’s follow-up albums Time’s End (1986) and Too Late For Living (198) were released, the glaring production issues of Warriors… became more apparent.
In 2004, SAINT decided to re-record Warriors Of The Son as a sort of celebration of their 20th anniversary as a band. With new cover artwork, the new and improved recording with the addition of two songs not previously available became a necessity for long time SAINT fans. The band stayed true to the original songs for the most part, and vocalist Josh Kramer shows he still had “it” after all those years. These familiar songs sound great with modern heavy production. The two new tracks, “Reaper” and “Killers and the Destroyers”, were written by bassist Richard Lynch and guitarist John Mahan in the very early 80’s, and round out the album quite nicely.
This 2014 30th Anniversary Edition is a reissue of the 2004 re-recorded Warriors of the Son - digitally re-mastered by J. Powell at Steinhaus, and displaying extravagant new artwork provided by Gregory Hays.
“You now have a vastly superior version of this classic album, worthy of repeated listens!” - Adapted from Scott Waters / NoLifeTilMetal.com
Warriors Of The Son 04 track-listing:
1. “Plan II”
2. “Legions Of The Dead”
4. “Warriors Of The Son”
5. “Vicars Of Fate”
6. “Time’s Wasting”
7. “Killers And Destroyers”
8. “The Reaper”
Retroactive Records online: http://retroactiverecords.net/store/retroactive-records.html
* LETTERS TO THE BLIND is the new band of vocalist Chaz Bond: www.reverbnation.com/letterstotheblind
Bond is best known for his work in BIOGENESIS (current vocalist) and JACOBS DREAM (former vocalist).
* “Timeless Machine” is a new fusion-jam instrumental track from Italy’s SACREDFICE: www.youtube.com/watch?v=bd7ovQssPUQ
* New music from PASTOR BRAD: “Hey guys, I'm excited to share these new songs with you! I'm doing things a little differently on this one- instead of finishing an album and releasing it all at once, I'm having fun letting one song (or in this case 2) out at a time.
Song 1: “Rocky” - If you like the movies, I think you'll enjoy this hard-rock trip down memory lane!
Song 2: “Holy Lynch” - An instrumental shredder tribute to George Lynch, featuring yours truly on solos at the beginning and end with an outstanding guest appearance in the middle from my friend Mario Barisic!”
Both songs are available for streaming at: http://pastorbradrocks.com/album/lemonade
METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS
SWEET / LYNCH - Lyric video for “September”:
Courtesy of www.blabbermouth.net:
Press Release / The official lyric video for the song "September" from SWEET/LYNCH - the new band featuring guitarist/vocalist Michael Sweet of Christian hard rockers STRYPER, legendary guitarist George Lynch (T&N, DOKKEN, LYNCH MOB), bassist James Lomenzo (MEGADETH, WHITE LION, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY) and drummer Brian Tichy (S.U.N., WHITESNAKE) - can be seen above. The track, a tribute to the victims of the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, will be included on SWEET/LYNCH's debut album, which will be released in early 2015 via Frontiers.
Sweet told Guitar International about SWEET/LYNCH: "It was the brainchild of Serafino Perugino at Frontiers Records. He asked me to basically sing on this record and then I suggested producing it. I co-wrote the songs with George. I called Brian Tichy and James Lomenzo to put the band together. It's an incredible combination of classic '70s and '80s. You will hear some flavors of JOURNEY, BAD COMPANY, DOKKEN, VAN HALEN and STRYPER."
He added: "I love this CD. I'm super excited for people to hear this CD. I'm so proud of it.
"James and Brian are amazing musicians. They tore it up. The drums and bass are just as impressive as the guitars. Everybody really delivered… The musicianship level on this is top notch. It sounds as if we were all in the stuff playing together and we were not. Basically, George wrote some riffs about a minute to a minute and a half long. I wrote lyrics and melodies then arranged them. I cut and pasted them together in the studio. Then Brian and James came out and tracked the drums and bass, as well as some rhythm stuff. We then sent it to George to add the guitars."
Asked if there will be any live dates in support of the album, Sweet said: "We are one million percent sure there will be a tour."
SWEET/LYNCH recently finished filming two videos and an EPK (Electronic Press Kit).
DELIVERANCE & VENGEANCE RISING re-issues on Roxx Productions:
Press Release / Roxx Records is very proud to announce not one but two long out of print titles that we will be given that special treatment of re-mastering, expanding and reissuing for all you Christian Metal fans out there in a one-time Limited Edition CD pressing of only 300 copies each!
Up first is the classic fourth and final title from Christian thrash legends VENGEANCE RISING! The band’s first three titles (Human Sacrifice, Once Dead & Destruction Comes) have already been given that special re-master and reissue treatment back in 2010, but this one has yet to see the light of day with a proper re-master and reissue. Now Roxx Records has procured the licensing from Intense Records and is very proud to say we will finish the series off with this very special pressing!
Released Upon The Earth was the bands fourth and final release before they would call it a day and if you think you have heard this release before, guess again! This re-master, and the next title, are both being completely re-mastered by Sid Garcia (DELIVERANCE, ULTIMATUM & more) and they both sound amazing! In addition to all of the original tracks we have included some rare long lost radio interviews featuring George Ochoa, Johnny Vasquez and Daniel Cordova that were recorded in Jacksonville Florida during the Released Upon The Earth tour. This is one Limited Edition collectible that every VENGEANCE RISING fan needs to add to their collection before they are gone!
Up next also happens to be the fourth album and release from this classic Christian thrash band, DELIVERANCE! Stay Of Execution is also being given the special Roxx Records re-master treatment from Sid Garcia and this is the ONLY DELIVERANCE title that has not been reissued, repressed or re-mastered since its original initial pressing from 1992 on Intense Records and we have procured the rights to finally make this one a reality as well! It will also be reissued in a one-time Limited Edition pressing!
Stay Of Execution captures the band in a new era at this time and with a significant line-up change. Exiting for this album would be George Ochoa and entering in as the next full time guitarist for the mighty ‘D’ would be none other than Michael Phillips. Also of importance to this era was the fact that this was the first of three albums produced by Terry Taylor with the help of Gene Eugene, both heavy influences of DELIVERANCE founder and leader Jimmy Brown. Again, you have not heard this album until you have heard this completely re-mastered and expanded edition.
This is a truly special edition of Stay Of Execution as the additional bonus track we have captured here for this release was just recorded in 2014 especially for this reissue and it sounds amazing. Recently Jimmy Brown and George Ochoa (DELIVERANCE, VENGENACE RISING, WORLDVIEW) would reunite for a very special radio show called Frontline Rewind, (http://frontlinerecords.us/rewind) which features interviews and music from many of the classic artists that were signed to Frontline Records and Intense Records. This reunion would spark the guys to want to work together again for the first time in over 20 years! As a result, we got a brand new recording of the classic track “What A Joke” completely redone and sounding amazing, additionally the guys have just scheduled a special appearance at this year’s Skullfest in Nebraska this October (www.skullfest.net).
Also included are two more previously unreleased tracks that have never been appeared on a DELIVERANCE album: We also will be including the 25th Anniversary recordings of the classic tracks “Flesh And Blood” and “In U” both featuring Michael Phillips (DELIVERANCE, THE SACRIFICED, JOIN THE DEAD) on guitar.
There you have it: Two classic reissues coming November 11, 2014 from Roxx Records. Pre-orders are up now and the first 100 of each title will come with a very special limited edition promotional photo taken from the specific era of each of these classic band line ups. This special print will be signed by many of the artists that attributed to these classic releases. So get in on the pre order early and get one or both of these classic promotional photos to add to your personal collection before they are gone!
Roxx Productions online: www.roxxproductions.com
METATRONE signs with Rockshots Music Management:
Press Release / Rockshots are pleased to announce the signing of the Catania, Italy based Christian metal band METATRONE. With its name standing for “God is since now and forever”, METATRONE is one of the most talented and skilled bands in the Christian metal scene. They play a powerful form of power/progressive metal deeply inspired by a Christian Catholic worldview. The group has released two full-length albums, The Powerful Hands (2007, Scarlet), and Paradigma (2010, TRP) to rave reviews from critics and fans alike.
Jo Lombardo (vocals), Stefano “Ghigas” Calvagno (guitars), Davide Bruno (keybords), Dino Fiorenza (bass) and Salvo “T-Metal” Grasso (drums) are currently in the studio putting final touches to the third album due to release in 2015.
The group initially came together in 1997 under the moniker METAFORA and released on Track Record Productions a four song EP entitled Reazioni e Memorie. Later changing its name to METATRONE, the group released its full-length debut La Mano Potente in 2005 (also on TRP), which was followed in 2007 by the English version The Powerful Hand, receiving distribution by Scarlet Records in Europe and King Records in Asia. After its release, METATRONE began to play live in Italy and at festivals such as Elements of Rock, Tumbalong Park and World Youth Day in Australia just to name a few.
The material forming the third METATRONE album Paradigma (released December 25, 2010 on TRP) reflected a progressive metal influence. The album featured songs in English, Italian, Latin and Spanish while interspersed with occasional growled vocals. Reviews were favorable from the likes of Metal Hammer, Metal Maniac and others. A video of the Paradigma track “In Spe Resurrectionis” followed in May of 2012.
Jo Lombardo - Led Vocals
Stefano “Ghigas” Calvagno - Guitars
Davide Bruno - Keyboards
Dino Fiorenza - Bass
Salvo “T-Metal” Grasso - Drums
Rockshots Music Management online: www.rockshots.eu
METATRONE online: www.facebook.com/metatroneband
* HALCYON WAY, “Home” lyric video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmp9HfxWcao
* STRYPER update from vocalist Michael Sweet (Christian Metal Realm - September 14, 2014): “We're writing the new album now and we will start recording in late January. Should be released 4th quarter of 2015. It will be even better than NMHTP (at least we will strive to accomplish this) and there will be more to come. Exciting times ahead and maybe even some surprises…”
* VENI DOMINE calls it quits (as announced by guitarist Torbjörn Weinesjö on September 20, 2014 at the Christian Metal Realm): “With a heavy heart we bring you the news that we decided to put the band to sleep, it is no longer. 27 years that holds and keeps the full spectra of every emotion imaginable, not without sadness we left the table with the decision unthinkable but yet inevitable. Time caught up with us and at the end of the day we found that trying keeping a band at a high level with all including parts is a task too time consuming to handle. On the horizon we saw it coming. Even though we steered clear of the horizon on many occasions the horizon moved closer, faster than expected this time. We left the table with a sense of mutual respect; the brotherhood and friendship will live on.
“Being labeled a Christian band we fought the preconceptions on many fronts and we feel fortunate to have gained friends all over the world, including all kinds of different world views excluding no one. Our love and respect to all our friends who stood by us during the years, our families who took the downside of the business, all of you who bought the music, responded and communicated back to us, we shared this journey that ends today.
“We leave with the legacy of seven albums. There’s a lot to say about that but one must not linger in the past, tomorrow must not be bound by yesterdays, life will move on. The future holds no promises other than that all is possible. Branching out from here, The Redstone Project, Grand Stand and Nubian Rose, keep track of those and we will meet again."
New THE BRAVE interview online:
In a recent online interview with Untombed, THE BRAVE members Amada Z (vocals), Stayce Roberts (guitars) and Johnny Z (drums) discus the bands new album, Rise, and the reason it reformed following a 20-year hiatus:
This is an exciting time for the band and a lot people are pretty amped up about your new Album “Rise”. I’d love for you to tell our readers what prompted The Brave to return to the scene at this time after 20 years.
-Stayce: Well, it was after Randy (Roberts – former Brave vocalist) had passed away in 2007; we had decided to put on a concert in tribute to him, in our hometown. It was Freddy, Johnny, Steve Irwin, and me on the roster and originally, I was going to sing everything, because our voices are pretty similar being brothers.. However, it was an extremely difficult time for me, and after more consideration, we really still wanted a dedicated lead singer. Out of everyone we knew, Amanda was the obvious choice. She knew Randy, she was a fan of The Brave, and frankly, she was the only one we thought could actually pull it off. We’d been talking about doing a record ever since. It was just a matter of time and resources after that.
Read full interview: HERE
METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS
HARMONY reveals line-up for new album:
Press Release / The Swedish melodic metal band HARMONY have uploaded a video to YouTube that reveals the line-up for their new album, which will be released later this year through Ulterium Records.
More information regarding the album to be announced during the coming month.
HARMONY released their debut album Dreaming Awake via Massacre Records in 2003. In addition to founding members guitarist Markus Sigfridsson (DARKWATER, 7 DAYS) and drummer Tobias Enbert (DARKWATER, EMPIRE 21), the original HARMONY line-up also featured vocalist Henrik Båth and keyboardist Magnus Holmberg (both DARKWATER) and bassist Andreas Passmark (ROYAL HUNT, WORK OF ART, W.E.T., NARNIA).
Follow-up album Chapter II: The Aftermath was released in 2008 through Ulterium Records. Kristoffer Gildenlöw (ex. PAIN OF SALVATION) performed all bass on the album, while Daniel Heiman (ex. LOST HORIZON) contributed guest vocals to the track "Inner Peace".
Ulterium Records online: www.ulterium-records.com/news.html
HARMONY online: www.facebook.com/harmonysweden
SIGN OF JONAH release debut album, Sacrifice:
Press Release / SIGN OF JONAH are a Wichita, Kansas based power trio with a classic rock vibe, inspiring message, clear vocals and killer lead guitar! The group independently released its full-length debut, Sacrifice, on August 25, 2014.
Gary Heitz fronts SIGN OF JONAH in addition to handling lead guitar, majority of the songwriting and engineering duties. Joining Heitz on rhythm guitar is Scott Miller. Better known for his PILGRIMSPROG project, a concept album based upon the classic book Pilgrim’s Progress, Miller also contributes lead vocals to the track “Idea” while co-writing several of the albums songs. Drummer Mike Smith rounds out the SIGN OF JONAH roster with a heavy hitting double bass style that lends a heavier edge to the bands sound.
Sacrifice track listing:
2. “Refine My Heart”
4. “The Gift”
5. “You’re The Rock”
6. “Right To Life”
7, “Every Day”
8. “You Gave”
9. “All That Remains”
10. “New Man”
12. “In My Heart”
*PROYECTO ASLAN is a new symphonic power metal band from Argentina: www.reverbnation.com/ProyectoAslanOficial
*New album video update from TERAMAZE vocalist Nathan Peachey: www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWa6Qycna8c&feature=youtu.be
*”Creation Song”, second single off the forthcoming EP from M.A.P., From Where We Are, To Where We Will Be: https://soundcloud.com/guitarist-rob-perez/map-creation-song
M.A.P. represents the first letter in the last name of members Rick Mals (bass & drum composer), Tim Amos (vocals) and Rob Perez (guitars & keyboards).
METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS
DELIVERANCE to perform at Skull Fest:
Press Release / You said you wanted a little 80's thrash, so that's what you get! Skull Fest is EXTREMELY excited to announce a new, one-of-a-kind addition to our already amazing line-up of bands! This band will NOT be performing anywhere in 2014 except for Skull Fest 2 in October! The lead singer and guitar player haven't stood side-by-side on stage in nearly 20 years, yet their output from the 1980's stands up as some of the best speed/thrash metal of the era, and is still highly regarded today. Skull Fest is STOKED to announce the addition of the legendary DELIVERANCE to our Saturday night line-up! To make this even bigger, Jimmy P. Brown II (lead vocals & guitars) and George Rene Ochoa (lead guitars) will be joined on-stage by TOURNIQUET bass player Victor Macias, and THE CRUCIFIED's drummer, Jim Chaffin, creating a truly legendary line-up that is guaranteed to blow you away!
Be sure to get your tickets IMMEDIATELY, because Saturday is going to sell out quickly now! Additionally, we have JUST added an EXTREMELY LIMITED number of special Saturday DELIVERANCE VIP packages for just $75, which includes a limited edition, 2-CD DELIVERANCE album Temporary Insanity - A Salute To Deliverance album that you can get signed by the band at Skull Fest! And welcome my friends from DELIVERANCE to the show!
Ticket information: www.skullfest.net
In other DELIVERANCE news, the group recently provided an update in regards to its recently announced acoustic shows (Facebook - August 11, 2014): “We want to give a big thank you out there to all of those that have responded on the previously announced acoustic shows between Jimmy and George! Unfortunately, we just can't seem to get this off the ground right now in the time frame we needed to make it work!
“We could not secure enough committed responses and unfortunately to do this means we would have to take time off from work, time away from family and travel expenses. So without being able to secure some formal commitments it is just not feasible to do at this time, we sincerely apologize for that.
“Not to worry, Jimmy and George are still working together on some new ideas as we take this back to the drawing board! We are thinking of doing some bigger and better things to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Weapons Of Our Warfare in 2015 in lieu of the unplugged tour. So stay tuned as you definitely haven't heard the last from us yet!
“Also be on the lookout for a couple of very special acoustic tracks to grace the re-mastered reissue of Stay Of Execution Roxx Records has planned to release this Fall! And be sure to pick up one of the Limited Edition vinyl reissues of ‘Weapons’ before those are all gone!”
Roxx Productions online: www.roxxproductions.com
DELIVERANCE online: www.facebook.com/DeliveranceRocks
SNAKETOWN SYNDICATE release full-length debut, Die Sin Die:
Press Release / Phoenix, Arizona hard rockers SNAKETOWN SYNDICATE released their debut album Die Sin Die on August 7, 2014 via Stone Groove Records. Album art was illustrated by label owner Randy Michaud, who is also founder of the ambient doom project TROGLODYTE DAWN and previous front man of the melodic metal band TYKKÜS.
SNAKETOWN SYNDICATE consists of bassist and vocalist David Mastel (previously of LETTER 7, TYKKÜS & BLINDSEVEN) and guitarist Rock Huddleston.
Michaud describes SNAKETOWN SYNDICATE "as hard rock with upfront Christian lyrics and a vibe that is similar to ALICE IN CHAINS in places.”
“Wickedly Evil” is the first single from the album: https://snaketownsyndicate.bandcamp.com/track/wickedly-evil-2
Die Sin Die track listing:
1. “I Need You”
2. “Rooster Crows”
3. “Die Sin Die”
4. “Wickedly Evil”
6. “Something To Live For”
9. “Where Are You?”
Stone Groove Records online: http://bandcamp.com/stonegrooverecords/following
SNAKETOWN SYNDICATE online: https://snaketownsyndicate.bandcamp.com/releases
* Christian Metal Distro is a new online retailer: http://christianmetaldistro.storenvy.com
* Stone Groove Records released a single featuring live and studio versions of the classic TYKKÜS track “Warfare”: https://tykkus.bandcamp.com/album/warfare
METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS
HALCYON WAY reveal Conquer release date & track listing:
Press Release / Award Winning Atlanta, Georgia progressive metallers HALCYON WAY have confirmed an August 19th North American release date and an August 23rd European release date for their new album Conquer. The album will be released on Nightmare Records in North America and via Massacre Records in Europe.
Singer Steve Braun commented on the new album: "We are super stoked about how this entire album has come out, from music down to the artwork. Once again, our good friend Travis Smith has taken our basic artwork concept and made it into a masterpiece. The artwork visually shows the struggles we as a band have faced and how it could have destroyed us, yet at the same time shows how we've emerged from the rubble as a solid unit ready to conquer ANY obstacle in our way. For us we raised the bar with Building the Towers back in 2010, and with the new album Conquer we've surpassed our wildest dreams."
HALCYON WAY was founded in 2001 and released its successful debut album A Manifesto For Domination in 2008 (via Nightmare Records). The group’s sophomore effort Building The Towers came out in 2010 (also on Nightmare).
HALCYON WAY's sound cannot be neatly slotted into any sub-category of metal; but it can be described as heavy, catchy, technical, and above all, focused on mature song craft. The band draws influences & inspiration from many metal bands from MEGADETH to DREAM THEATER, TESTAMENT or CHIMAIRA. The focus of the songwriting is on catchy hooks, vocal harmonies à la KING’S X or STRYPER and on heavy, technical, but ultimately accessible instrumentation.
Conquer track listing:
2. “Web Of Lies”
3. “Conceived In Torment”
5. “World Comes Undone”
7. “Hatred Is My Cause”
8. “The Poisoned Apple”
9. “Save Your Tears”
10. “Every Second Counts” (USA bonus track)
11. “King Of Ruin”
12. “Eviscerate The Morning Sun”
Angelic Warlord interview with HALCYON WAY guitarist Jon Bodan: www.angelicwarlord.com/interviews/halcyonway11.html
Nightmare Records online: www.nightmarerecords.com
SOUND OF ETERNITY - “Broken Heart” video premiere:
Press Release / “Broken Heart”, the new video from San Pedro Sula, Honduras based melodic hard rockers SOUND OF ETERNITY, can be seen above. The song is taken from the group’s full-length debut Visions & Dreams, which was released June 16, 2014 via Melodic Rock Records.
Gerson Sagastume produced and directed the video.
Guitarist Jean Funes and vocalist Beatriz Aranda formed SOUND OF ETERNITY in 2013 after releasing two Spanish albums as part of CODIGO ETERNO, Codigo Eterno (2008) and Canten La Tierra Y El Cielo (2011). Drummer Rui Prado rounds out the bands line-up.
SOUND OF ETERNITY describes itself as “a female fronted melodic rock band with a modern twist (and) powerful Christian message”. The groups influences range from STRYPER, HB, HARMONY and NARNIA to SKILLET and FIREFLIGHT.
Visions & Dreams was mixed and mastered by Erik Martensson (W.E.T., ECLIPSE, Jimi Jamison), who also contributes bass and keyboards to the album. Andreas Passmark (NARNIA, Rob Rock, WORK OF ART) provides additional bass guitar. Carl Andre Beckston (MONOWASP) handled cover artwork and Nello Dell'Omo the booklet design.
The track “Call To Action” is available for streaming at: https://soundcloud.com/melodicrock/sound-of-eternity-call-to-action
Visions & Dreams track listing:
1. “Visions & Dreams”
2. “Call To Action”
3. “Running To You”
4. “Broken Heart”
5. “Reason To Live”
6. “Alpha & Omega”
7. “My Saviour”
8. “Eternal Love”
SOUND OF ETERNITY online: www.facebook.com/soundofeternity
TRUE STRENGTH at work on sophomore release, Steel Evangelist:
Press Release / Christian heavy metal band TRUE STRENGTH is pleased to announce that they have started recording their second independent studio album entitled Steel Evangelist. The group is planning a mid-2015 release.
Josh Cirbo at Josh Cirbo Studio is recording the album, while Ryan Mey will handle mastering.
TRUE STRENGTH has maintained the same line-up that appeared on its 2014 debut The Cross Will Always Prevail. Also similar to the debut, the band plans to donate all proceeds from Steel Evangelist to charity.
Steel Evangelist track listing:
1. “No Cheek Left to Turn”
2. “Steel Evangelist”
3. “Cilician Gates”
4. “Gabriel The Archangel”
5. “Woe To The Sons Of Ishmael”
6. “Blood Waters The Cedars Of Lebanon”
7. “Jerusalem Of The East”
8. “Beyond The Barbed Wire”
9. “The War We Fight”
TRUE STRENGTH line-up:
Rus Gib - Lead Vocals
Ryan “The Archangel” Darnell - Guitars & Bass
Josh Cirbo - Guitars
Chris Clark - Drums
In other TRUE STRENGTH news, the CD version of The Cross Will Always Prevail should be released in limited quantities in September. The album has been available digitally since June of this year from iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody and other digital music retailers. Stay tuned to the band's Facebook page for all updates regarding the CD release.
TRUE STRENGTH online: www.facebook.com/pages/True-Strength
* Samples to the new THE BRAVE album Rise: www.thebravemusic.com/music
* E-mail update from MESSENGER: “MESSENGER is grasping shield & sword and getting into the battle. Armed with a new line up & writing new songs, they have been playing new shows since Spring 2014 (check out the schedule they've been playing!). They are promising an elevated show and soon a new CD. More show dates will be added when available.
Frank Clifton Herring - Lead Vocals, Second Guitar & Keyboards
Vlad Gurin - Lead Guitar
Mike Zahorchak - New Drummer
Rich Sandoval - Bass Guitar
* New album on the way from SIGNUM REGIS (Facebook - July 24, 2014): It's been a couple of days, so here is a little update for you, our friends. Drums and bass are recorded for 3 songs, rhythm guitars for 2 and a half song (there's a surprise regarding this!!), this weekend, we will do some guitar re-amping and record first vocal tracks. Next week, Ronnie (König - bass) is getting his first, brand new signature bass by Sivčák Guitars, which will be used for the recording. More info soon!”
METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS
ATKINS MAY PROJECT unveils Empire Of Destruction artwork & track listing:
Press Release / Al Atkins is best known for forming UK’s JUDAS PRIEST and fronting them for four years, and laying down the foundations that would see them eventually selling 40 million albums worldwide. He also wrote songs for them that went gold like “Dreamer Deceiver”, “Never Satisfied”, “Winter”, “Caviar and Meths”, and PRIEST’s all time classic “Victim of Changes”. Al’s unique powerful vocal style sites influences by noted rock singers Roger Daltrey, Paul Rodgers and longtime friend Robert Plant. Al has done countless radio and TV interviews worldwide and recently was filmed for BBC TV British Heritage and Banger Films Canada for the metal evolution series on VH1. He has even written a book on his musical life about growing up in Birmingham, UK, alongside Robert Plant and Black Sabbath, called Dawn of the Metal Gods. Al has released 6 solo albums to date, toured the US twice, and has worked with Brian Tatler (DIAMOND HEAD), Dave Holland (JUDAS PRIEST), Dennis Stratton (IRON MAIDEN) and Bernie Torme (Ozzy/Gillan). Al recently released a new self-titled album with his offshoot band HOLY RAGE and has now teamed up with brilliant Christian writer/guitarist Paul May and recorded two albums, Serpent’s Kiss (released in 2011) and Valley Of Shadows (2012), which Al says are the best recordings to date!
Paul May is another kettle of fish. Some people learn to play guitar, Paul was born (again) to play guitar! Paul has become respected for his passionate, soulful guitar work and noted for his explosive and exciting solos. As a world-class professional guitarist and songwriter, Paul has played and recorded sessions across the globe, touring and playing throughout the UK, Europe, USA and the Eastern block. Paul appears on around 50 albums to date, featured in both the secular and Christian arenas. Paul is also a record producer and has covered the entire spectrum of musical tastes in production. Paul has played, recorded with and produced alongside the bands and members of: Al Atkins (JUDAS PRIEST), Dave Holland (JUDAS PRIEST), Roy Wood (MOVE, ELO, WIZARD), Jon Brooks (THE CHARLATANS), SMOKIN RODIE/TEMPEST, MC5, V-RATS, JANUS, A.N.D, Dave Rowley Band, Larry Norman and many others. Along with working with Al Atkins, Paul currently plays guitar with A.N.D and TEMPLE DOGS.
They teamed up about four years ago, and Empire Of Destruction is their third album, which takes them into slightly more progressive territory than the first two, whilst maintaining their normal high standards. A free bonus DVD comes with the album, which is scheduled for release on September 29, 2014.
Empire Of Destruction track listing:
1. “Dog Eat Dog”
2. “Whisper To The Wind”
3. “A World at War”
4. “The Midas Touch”
5. “Here Comes The Rain”
6. “Darkness Within”
7. “Reckless Child”
DVD track listing:
1. “Welcome To The Nightmare”
3. “The Shallowing” (unplugged)
4. “The Darkness Within”
5. “Enslaved to Love”
6. “Interview with Paul May and Al Atkins”
Empire Of Destruction can be pre-ordered at: www.gonzomultimedia.com/product_details/15720/Atkins_May_Project-Empire_of_Destruction.html
ATKINS MAY PROJECT online: www.atkinsmayproject.com & www.facebook.com/pages/Atkins-May-Project-Official
PROMISE LAND - “Hiding Place” lyric video released:
Press Release / “Hiding Place”, the official lyric video from Western Pennsylvania symphonic metal act PROMISE LAND, can be viewed above. The song is taken off the group’s full-length debut Harmony In Ruins, which was released via XNilo Records on August 5, 2014.
“Hiding Place” is a song based on the true story of Corrie Ten-Boom, a modern-day ‘hero of the faith’. The story takes place during WWII when Nazi Germany was on their way to conquering much of Europe. During this time, Corrie Ten-Boom and her family became key players in hiding many refugees and saving many Jews from imprisonment and death. The ten-Boom’s built a secret room to avoid being caught during house-raids. The secret room was built in Corrie’s bedroom as a result of her room’s location in the house, allowing more time for the refugees to hide.
The ten-Boom family was eventually arrested and Corrie and Betsie(her sister) were sent to the notorious Ravensbrück concentration camp in Germany on December 16, 1944, where Betsie died. Before she died she told Corrie, “There is no pit so deep that God’s love is not deeper still.” Corrie was released on New Year’s Eve of December 1944. In the movie The Hiding Place, Corrie narrates the section on her release from camp, saying that she later learned that her release had been a clerical error. The women prisoners within her age were killed the week following her release. She said, “God does not have problems. Only plans.”
After the war, Corrie began her ministry, at first helping the survivors of the war and later traveling around the world as a speaker focusing her message on the Gospel and much emphasis on forgiveness. She later shares in her book Tramp For The Lord that in 1947 the Lord sent her back to Germany to share His message. During her speaking engagement, one of the guards from Ravensbrück concentration camp, who had been so brutal to the prisoners, came to her now in need of her help. She admits that she could not find forgiveness for him, so she turned to God pleading for His help and love for this man. God answered her prayers and in her own words: “For a long moment we grasped each others hands, the former guard and the former prisoner. I had never known God’s love so intensely as I did then.”
She also wrote (in the same passage): “In her post-war experience with other victims of Nazi brutality, it was those who were able to forgive who were best able to rebuild their lives.”
To learn more about Corrie Ten-Boom and her family, please visit the Corrie ten boom foundation: www.corrietenboom.com
SUPERNAL ENDGAME - Touch The Sky: Volume II details revealed:
Press Release / Hailing from Dallas, Texas, SUPERNAL ENDGAME specializes in melodic symphonic progressive rock combined with elements of hook-filled power-pop and classic hard rock, with a touch of ambient music and Celtic folk. Lyrically, the project is infused with a strong spiritual element.
On their second full-length release, Touch the Sky: Volume II, the band consists of Rob Price (lead and backing vocals, drums, percussion, loops, and keys), John Eargle (electric, acoustic, and synthesized guitars, keyboards, loops, bass, mandolin, secondary lead and backing vocals), Tom More (bass guitar, keys, midi pedals, backing vocals), Jett Cheek (keyboards, backing vocals), and John Crafton (electric, acoustic, and classical guitars, backing vocals).
The band is joined on Touch the Sky: Volume II by special guests Dave Bainbridge from the band IONA and Carl Baldasarre from the band SYZYGY on lead guitar.
Touch The Sky: Volume II will be released on September 16, 2014.
“Blending their diverse technical skills with an abundance of strong melodies and compositional hooks, Supernal Endgame steers the listener through arrangements as smooth as a gentle stream or as breathtaking and expansive as a rushing waterfall.”
- Craig Hartranft – Dangerdog Music Reviews (on Touch the
Sky Volume I) www.dangerdog.com
Touch The Sky: Volume II track listing:
1. “Supernal One (Imminence and Transcendence)”
2. “Different Stage”
3. “Again and Again”
4. “Eden's Song”
5. “S.O.S (Save Me)”
7. “White Flag”
8. “Swim In Your Ocean”
10. “The Endgame”
* New SAINT album, Broad Is The Gate, update (Facebook - July 18, 2014): “New album in August, no set date. Jared (Knowland – drummer) says he's almost home done. Dakin says he's 80% on the cover art- should be no problem getting that done. As soon as I send the masters in we'll start taking pre orders.”
* A 95-second audio sample of the song “Divine” from SWEET/LYNCH - the new band featuring guitarist/vocalist Michael Sweet of Christian hard rockers STRYPER and legendary guitarist George Lynch (T&N, DOKKEN, LYNCH MOB) - can be streamed at: http://audio.chirbit.com/michaelhsweet_1407861169.mp3
Derek Close - The Beta Sessions
Everything about The Beta Sessions, the March of 2014 sophomore album of bassist and guitarist Derek Close, screams straightforward hard rock. Read Full Review >>
GUARDIAN - Almost Home
There are two constants in the lineage of Christian rock veterans Guardian: Whatever new album Guardian releases will more than likely differ noticeably from its immediate predecessor, and long-term fans and critics are going to bemoan that said album fails to be a throwback to the groups early nineties releases. Read Full Review >>
GX PROJECT - Sinner
The GX Project summer of 2014 sophomore album Sinner in quotes from Southern California based founding member and vocalist Rex Scott: “This is the most true rock ‘n’ roll album I've ever done. It's rock ‘n’ roll from beginning to end and I love it. I've done metal, hard rock and pop rock but this is real rock ‘n’ roll”. Read Full Review >>
HYPNOGOG - Syndrig Tymes
If the expression “broke the mold” comes to mind on first listen to Syndrig Times, the spring of 2014 full-length debut of Dan Lively’s HypnoGog project, it wouldn’t be an accident on part of the artist. Read Full Review >>
PILGRIMSPROG - Pilgrimsprog
By every reasonable definition, Pilgrimsprog, the 2010 full-length debut of multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Scott Miller’s Pilgrimsprog project, is a progressive concept album. Read Full Review >>
PROMISE LAND - Harmony In Ruins
The constant with Promise Land is musical direction, which falls under the classically influenced symphonic metal heading. The group, in its own words, performs “orchestral cinematic metal” that is “modern, heavy, melodic, aggressive and orchestral/cinematic” at the same time. Read Full Review >>
RAZORIGAMI - Truths From Beyond The Machine
Truths From Beyond The Machine takes vocalist Luke Richard Weber’s Razorigami project to new levels in both songwriting and musicianship. Read Full Review >>
TRUE STRENGTH - The Cross Will Always Prevail
True Strength leaves little doubt as to its ability to diversify. I find placing a sub-genre label on the group, as a result, problematic; rather, a catchall power metal designation seems most applicable and accurate. Read Full Review >>
METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS
PROJECT AEGIS - “Collide & Spark” full track posted online:
Press Release / Ulterium Records is proud to announce the release of "Collide & Spark", an all-star charity track for sale with 100% of the income going to The Bridge Bunch, an organization dedicated to serving the homeless population of Nashville, TN, in the United States.
The song, which is almost seven minutes in length, is being released under the banner PROJECT AEGIS, and was composed by THEOCRACY vocalist and songwriter Matt Smith. It features vocals by Nils K. Rue (PAGAN’S MIND), Henrik Båth (DARKWATER), Elin Redin (END OF SEPTEMBER) and Smith, as well as a guitar solo by Markus Sigfridsson (DARKWATER, HARMONY).
The artwork was created by Felipe Machado Franco (BLIND GUARDIAN, RHAPSODY OF FIRE) and designed by Markus Sigfridsson.
"Collide & Spark" can be purchased at the following online outlets:
Amazon mp3: www.amazon.com/Collide-Spark/dp/B00H9YYQDM
New Neal Morse solo album, Songs From November:
Press Release / Much to the excitement of progressive rock fans worldwide, Neal Morse will be releasing his eagerly anticipated new solo album Songs From November on Aug. 19, 2014! Even a style as broad and accepting as progressive rock has its boundaries. Prog icon Neal Morse decided to break that mold and create a challenging new album. Songs From November may be his bravest outing to date. Musically, creatively, and production-wise, it’s like nothing he’s ever done. Can you handle it?! It’s an album of “normal” songs!
Says Neal, “I listen to a lot of different kinds of music for various occasions… prog albums when I really want to focus on intricate music… sometimes jazz and classical. But many times I find myself attracted to 'feel good' singer-songwriter albums like a Jackson Browne or Graham Nash record. So one day I thought to myself… I'd like to make an album like that! Songs From November is that album.”
Morse wrote most of the songs during a flood of ideas in November, 2013. He recalls, “They just kept pouring out that month…I don't really know why…but it was great!” After the epic Transatlantic world tour was completed in March 2014, Morse set out to make 'November' a reality. And he would craft it differently than anything before.
Says Neal, “I could've gotten together with a bunch of studio musicians in Nashville and banged this thing out, but I felt like the thing to do was to get together with this young drummer named Gabe Klein and work on it as a team. He is only 18 years old and amazing! We had a great time recording these songs and many more. We actually recorded twice as many songs as we needed and picked the best ones. It was the first time I've ever done that and it was very fruitful. I sent out 21 songs to a bunch of different people that I trust and chose from their lists. So that was also a totally new approach for me.”
The final 11 songs are among the best that Neal has ever composed – and the most surprising you will hear. In reinventing himself, he was ready to explore uncharted territory. Are you?
Songs From November is produced by Neal Morse and engineered and mastered by Rich Mouser.
Songs From November track listing:
1. “Whatever Days”
2. “Heaven Smiled”
3. “Flowers In A Vase”
4. “Love Shot An Arrow”
5. “Song For The Free”
6. “Tell Me Annabelle”
7. “My Time Of Dying”
8. “When Things Slow Down”
9. “Daddy’s Daughter”
10. “Wear The Chains”
11. “The Way Of Love”
PROTO KAW - Before Became After new version:
As noted by guitarist & keyboardist Kerry Livgren at www.numavox.com/home.htm:
"This recording has been partially re-recorded, re-mixed, and re-mastered. Why? Although there was certainly nothing overtly “wrong” with it, the original recording process became a bit rushed in the mix down (they always do!) The more I listened to it, the more I believed (the album) needed to be re-mixed, and some of the tracks re-recorded. I'm glad I did.
"Conceptually, I sought to recreate this album with the band members who toured it in the United States and Europe. During those tours, we became very well adapted to each other as musicians and became good friends. We hope you enjoy this new version of Before Became After."
WHAT WAS DONE:
The re-recording of the album involved three different procedures. First, entirely new tracks were recorded or overdubbed over some of the originals. The second category would be the “re-amping”of the original tracks. (for instance, running an original guitar track through a different amplifier, such as the Kemper Profiling Amp.) The third is editing. Every track and sound was listened to meticulously and edited if necessary.
1. The Drums: All sampled drums have been removed, and the drum tracks on every song were re-recorded, with Mike Patrum using acoustic drums only. Original drummer Brad Schulz lives in Idaho (we're in Kansas), and was unable to participate fully, so Mike became the PROTO-KAW touring drummer and has been on every project since.
2. Keyboard Tracks: The sampled organ was removed and re-recorded using microphones and a real Leslie. Many of the existing keyboard sounds were redone with improved patches, plus there are numerous new overdubs.
3. Orchestral Tracks: Most of the tracks, (90%) were redone with updated and improved instruments and samples.
4. Woodwind and Brass tracks: Little was done to John's (Bolton) sax and flute, apart from some minor editing and EQ. There are, however, new brass overdubs.
5. Guitar Tracks: Every original track was run through the Kemper, and there are many licks and phrases that are newly recorded.
6. Vocal Tracks: Lynn's (Meredith) vocals were edited and eq'ed, but otherwise remained the same. The biggest change was added background vocals by Jake Livgren, which are not on the original recording.
7. Percussion Tracks: Redone with improved patches and samples, plus there are new overdubs recorded by Jake.
8. Bass Tracks: All of the tracks are from the original, except “Axolotl” and a portion of “Leaven”, which was re-recorded by Craig Kew. Craig joined the band from the outset, replacing original bassist Rod Mikinski.
The PROTO-KAW sophomore album Before Became After was originally released on Inside Out Music in 2004. PROTO-KAW debuted in 2002 on Cuniform Records with Early Recordings From Kansas, a compilation of demo tapes recorded by an earlier version of KANSAS (a.k.a. KANSAS II) between 1971 and 1973. The third and most well known version of KANSAS went on to commercial success with hit songs such as “Dust In The Wind” and “Carry On Wayward Son”. Hence, note how “proto” refers to first, while “kaw” is the Native American name for Kansas (PROTO-KAW).
The Angelic Warlord review (90%) noted the following about Before Became After: “With Livgren being the bands primary songwriter, it is only natural to expect Proto-Kaw to reflect a Kansas-element in its sound. Consequently, if you enjoy Kansas, particularly its earlier material, then you are going to love Before Became After. But Proto-Kaw, on the other hand, is very much its own band with its own unique and distinct sound. Yes, the music here is VERY progressive but that would only be telling part of the story. The use of a saxophone and flute, for example, helps to give the album a jazz-rock fusion feel while other moments are outright epic and orchestral in their capacity or even lean towards a classic rock direction. A "jam band" influence can also be found in several sweeping instrumental passages showcasing the abundant confidence Proto-Kaw displays in its instrumental sound.”
Before Became After track listing:
1. "Alt. More Worlds Than Known"
2. "Words Of Honor"
5. "Quantum Leapfrog"
6. "Greenburg, Glickstein, Charles, Davis, Smith and Jones"
8. "Occasion Of Your Honest Dreaming"
9. "Heavenly Man"
* Online interview with GX PROJECT vocalist Rex Scott: www.x-sinner.org/Interviews.html
* In studio clip from Rewind 36, which features Jimmy Brown (DELIVERANCE) and George Ochoa (WORLDVIEW) performing an acoustic version of the track “23”: www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtY1CkCCA7g
“23” appeared on the 1990 DELIVERANCE sophomore album Weapons Of Our Warfare, which was recently re-issued on blue vinyl by Roxx Productions.
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