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• METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS - January 25, 2015
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Update: January 25, 2015

FEATURED REVIEWS

BLACK FATE - Between Visions & Lies - NEW
When not dreaming of moving out of mom’s basement, it’s about über-talented melodic power metal bands with virtuoso guitar players and near unlimited range vocalists that soar with the best of them.  Read Full Review >>

 

THE BRAVE - Rise
Helping lend to The Brave’s interpretation of its past material as well as re-defining its sound for the new is vocalist Amanda Z., who replaces Randy Roberts (soulful front man on Trust) and James Salters (soaring lead vocalist for Battle Cries).  Read Full Review >>

FOUR STAR REVIVAL - Knights Of The Revival
Maintaining the cool head of objectivity can sometimes be hard in the music review world, especially when something exciting comes up.  Read Full Review >>

JUPITER VI - Movable Walls
Veteran Christian metal act Deliverance may be on extended (if not permanent) hiatus, but founding member and vocalist/guitarist Jimmy P. Brown II refuses to rest on his laurels, as the Roxx Records fall of 2014 sophomore album, Movable Walls, of his Jupiter VI project aptly attests.  Read Full Review >>

SAINT - Broad Is The Gate
As many of you know, a new vocalist can potentially alter a bands sound, but much to its credit Saint stays true to its NWOBHM roots on Broad Is The Gate despite the addition of the talented Miller (the same smooth transition was made by Saint as Sacred Warrior when it recently replaced Rey Parra with Eli Prinson).  Read Full Review >>

TERAMAZE - Esoteric Symbolism
Teramaze maintains the momentum with its fourth full-length album in Esoteric Symbolism (also Nightmare) that finds it treading similar musical waters but with the heavier penchant for the progressive.  Read Full Review >>

X-TERRA - Wolves
Musically, Wolves finds X-Terra exploring similar musical territory as X-Nihilo in merging aspects of straightforward hard rock, melodic metal and hard rock and acoustic rock with the same seventies and eighties influences.  Where the albums sets itself apart is in the areas of songwriting from proving that much more consistent while also featuring the better all around material.  Read Full Review >>

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

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We Are The Crowd: A Christian Music Festival with a ‘raw edge’ for young and old:
Press Release / The first edition of this rocking festival will be organized in the WRZV-hallen in Zwolle, The Netherlands, on September 25 and the headliner of this festival is one that will astound you for sure. “An old form with a new look” says Abhay van den Berg, one of the organizers. With “We Are the Crowd” the organizers hope to create an event on which both the old rocker as well as younger visitors will get revved up. For this, all stops have been pulled out and we are proud to announce that our headliner will be non-other than the Swedish rock band ‘Jerusalem’!

‘We Are the Crowd’: Power to the Crowd!

A new music festival that aims to offer a show to Christian rockers and youth on which they can feel safe. “Discontinued festivals like Winter Wonder Rock and Flevo Festival, as we know it, have been leading in the area of music with a raw edge, within the Christian pop culture, for years. ‘We Are the Crowd’ wants to offer this pop culture a new base within the festival.” With this, the organizers want to emphasize that the festival is open for both young and old, for anyone that feels at home with the alternative music genres, and hopes to reach a wider audience. The visitor is allowed to expect a varied evening on which artists like:

• Alive Again (NL)
• Frühstück (PL)
• Sacrety (DE)
• HB (FIN)
• Jerusalem (SE)

The last one hasn’t performed in the Netherlands for over 15 years!

The management wants to organize this event without intervention of a bank or loan. That’s why the tickets are sold with the aid of the so called ‘crowd funding’ concept. The purchase of a ticket is a direct compensation for the festival and an investment for a possible second edition. The management wants to be transparent in this and will publish the minimum amount required in advance. In this way, the initiators want to live up to their name: An evening on which everyone is a part of the crowd!

A ‘crowd funding’ ticket for the festival is purchasable for 30 Euros, from the 1st of February onward and will also give access to ‘We are Market’. A place where different Christian organizations will present themselves to the visitor to create a place of encounter.

We Are The Crowd online: www.facebook.com/wearethecrowdfestival

E-mail: wearethecrowdfestival@gmail.com

The We Are The Crowd website will be online from February 1st onward: https://www.wearethecrowd.nl/

JUPITER VI: “Face In The Sky” lyric video released:
Press Release / Progressive rock act JUPITER VI released its debut album Moveable Walls on December 16, 2014 via Roxx Productions.  The official lyric video for the track “Face In The Sky” can be seen above.

Moveable Walls features Jimmy P. Brown II (DELIVERANCE) on lead vocals, guitars, drums, bass and keyboards on all tracks.  Jeff Ceyba handles lead guitar.  The album was also produced by Jimmy P. Brown II and mastered by Ty Tabor (King’s X).

Commented Brown: “Movable Walls is a 50 minute album diving into thoughtful slightly progressive music ala Pink Floyd/Bowie with a psychological story of attaining success, but losing ones self, only to find it all again by losing everything.

“There's a bit more to it than that, but it's quite an accomplished record that I would like to invite all of you to experience.”

Movable Walls was released as part of a 2-disc set, with the second entitled Covered Stars & Undiscovered Planets.

Further details from the artist: "Covered Stars & Undiscovered Planets is a 5 song EP containing 3 cover songs from some of my favorite musical influences along with 2 new originals as well.  It is more in line with what Back from Mars (THE JUPITER VI debut from 2006) record was like.”

Movable Walls track listing:

1. “Sleepless End pt. I-IV” (19:54)
2. “Wasting Away” (6:53)
3. “Running’ (5:40)
4. “Face in the Sky” (3:42)
5. “A Message from Home Pt. I” (12:16)

Movable Walls can be ordered at: http://roxxrecords.storenvy.com

JUPITER VI online: www.facebook.com/jupiterviroxx

Mortification - Break The Curse & Recon - Behind Enemy Lines

MORTIFICATION and RECON 25th Anniversary reissues announced:
Press Release / 1990 was a seminal year for Christian Metal and some of those artists and albums that helped shape the Jesus Metal movement. Two of the most notable and relevant bands from that era who were at the Christian metal forefront of the music scene are both celebrating 25th anniversaries of their debut releases in 2015. Roxx Records is very excited to announce this year we will be celebrating these anniversaries with several very special Limited Edition re-mastered releases, on both vinyl and CD formats. Join us as we revisit and explore these two artists and their groundbreaking releases.
 
First we celebrate Australian metal legends MORTIFICATION with their debut album Break The Curse, which was actually the band’s very first demo originally recorded under the LIGHTFORCE banner, and it would take the death metal world by storm! This would be the world’s first introduction of the band that would go on to pave the way for Christian Death Metal bands to come!
 
Break the Curse was the initial release that would start it all, this release has long been out of print and it has NEVER been printed or released on vinyl!  In 2010 Roxx Records released a very special Limited Edition 20th anniversary 2 Disc Gold Edition CD/DVD of Break The Curse, which is now out of print. Now Roxx Records has a very special release planned to celebrate the 25th Silver Anniversary of Break The Curse with a one-time pressing of 300 VINYL copies of Break The Curse on both a colored and black vinyl edition.
 
Up next we have the smashing US power/speed metal debut from DELIVERANCE axe master George Ochoa with his explosive band RECON and their groundbreaking debut album Behind Enemy Lines. Released shortly after their debut tracks raised the bar for metal with the very well received tracks “Light The Fire” & “Dreams” which were released on the California Metal 2 compilation released in 1988.
 
The album was originally released on CD and cassette tape, both of which are extremely rare and hard to find today with a one-time CD reissue from M8 records, which is equally as rare these days. In addition, a very small limited amount of vinyl was originally released in Europe only, which is next to impossible to find or locate at all today, until now.
 
Roxx Records is releasing a one-time Limited Edition vinyl reissue of this classic metal album featuring all the original tracks completely re-mastered for vinyl on both colored and black vinyl. As well, the band is working on some very special brand new tunes to mark this 25th anniversary with a very special line up for a very special CD pressing of Behind Enemy Limes completely re-mastered and expanded!
 
2015 is set to be an excellent year for Christian metal fans and we are just getting started and have much more in store for you as this year goes on so stay tuned!
 
Visit www.roxxproductions.com and sign up on our email list to get all of the pre order details and hear the actual release dates first and as soon as they become available.

SWEET & LYNCH: “Dying Rose” video premier:
Courtesy of www.blabbermouth.net:

Press Release / 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) - will release its debut album, Only To Rise, on January 27 via Frontiers Music srl. The CD was produced by Sweet, who also helmed the last STRYPER album, No More Hell To Pay.

The official video for the SWEET & LYNCH song "Dying Rose" can be seen above. Sweet states: "'Dying Rose' is the perfect representation of this album. It's heavy yet dynamic with a riff and melody that reminds you of the greatest era in rock.

"George and I are proud of this song and excited that you all have the opportunity to finally hear it in its entirety and to see it as well!"

Only To Rise track listing:

1. “The Wish”
2. “Dying Rose”
3. “Love Stays”
4. “Time Will Tell”
5. “Rescue Me”
6. “Me Without You”
7. “Recover”
8. “Divine”
9. “September”
10. “Strength In Numbers”
11. “Hero-Zero”
12. “Only To Rise”

"George and I are proud of how this album turned out and we're counting the days for the release," adds Sweet. "We're equally as proud of the fan base out there. So many people have been there through thick and thin and this album is a testimony to the perseverance of working hard and working even harder. George, Brian, James and myself gave 110% to every note played and sung and we hope that it shows."

Frontiers Records online: www.frontiers.it/home

SWEET & LYNCH online: www.facebook.com/SweetLynch

 

Update: January 19, 2015

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

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DYNASTY announce new covers album, Inspirations:
Press Release / Brazil’s DYNASTY pays homage to Christian metal and hard rock heroes of the past with its upcoming covers album, Inspirations.  A release date has been set for the first week of April 2015 to coincide with the Metanoia Festival.

According to vocalist Nahor Andrade, “We love the honored bands (we grew up) listening to (and that) to record covers is common in Dynasty’s history.  Also, (Inspirations) is a good preview to the next full-length album (of original material) to be released in 2016 in order to celebrate the 20 years of the band”.

The group is nearing the end of the recording process of Inspirations, with only bass parts, some vocals and guitars to complete.

DYNASTY debuted in 1997 with the Into Righteousness demo followed by EP releases The Angels Return and Following The Sign from 1999 and 2002, respectively.  The melodic power/progressive metal of the group’s initial full-length offering Motus Perpetuus came out in 2004 and six years later the traditional metal influenced sophomore effort Warriors Of The King.

Inspirations track listing:

1. “Too Late For Living” - SAINT
2. “Top Of The Mountain” - BLOODGOOD
3. “Ark Of Suffering” - TOURNIQUET
4. “Weapons Of Our Warfare” - DELIVERANCE
5. “Imaginary Music” - BARREN CROSS
6. “Only Yesterday” - JOSHUA
7. “Metal Might” - BRIDE
8. “Beat The System” - PETRA
9. “Minister By Night” - SACRED WARRIOR
10. “Eye Of The Hurricane” - IMPELLITTERI

DYNASTY line up:

Nahor Andrade – Lead Vocals
Filipe Otávio - Guitars
César Martins - Guitars
Tiago Vitek - Drums
Samuel Martins – Bass

DYNASTY online: www.facebook.com/DynastyMetal

HARMONY: “Son Of The Morning” lyric video released:
Press Release / The Swedish melodic metal band HARMONY just released a lyric video for the track "Son of the Morning" from their new album Theatre Of Redemption.

Theatre Of Redemption was released on November 28, 2014 in Europe and on December 2, 2014 in North America through Ulterium Records.

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 FLAMES, 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

Theatre Of Redemption track listing:

1. “The Window Of My Soul”
2. “Inhale”
3. “Crown Me King”
4. “Son Of The Morning”
5. “What If”
6. “Theatre Of Redemption”
7. “Bloodbound”
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".

Ulterium Records online: www.ulterium-records.com

HARMONY online: www.facebook.com/harmonysweden

KING’S X CD & vinyl re-issues on the way:
Press Release / KING’S X are planning CD and vinyl re-issues of their classic first six albums:

Out Of The Silent Planet (LP)
Gretchen Goes To Nebraska (LP)
Faith Hope Love (CD & LP)
King’s X (CD & LP)
Dogman (LP)
Ear Candy CD & LP)

To help with the packaging and layout of the re-releases, the band are asking fans to get in touch if they have any photos, flyers, gig tickets or other merchandise between the years 1988 to 1996.

Commented the group: "King's X will be releasing a series of reissues in 2015 on CD and on vinyl. The band and Metal Blade Records are putting together packaging and track listings at this very moment, and the band would like to ask fans for a favor. King's X is looking for photos, show flyers, ticket stubs, etc. from the 1988-1996 era of the band. If you were there and have any photos from that time, they have a chance to be featured in the layout for one of the upcoming reissues.

“Disclaimer: It is acknowledged and understood that any and all material sent to the band will become the property of King's X and as such can be used for any and all purposes. By sending in photos, you are giving King's X full and total control to use any material sent in, for all uses, including and not limited to promotion and public dissemination of said material.”

Fans who think they have any relevant material are asked to get in touch with the band via the following e-mail address: kingsxphotos@gmail.com

Further reading: www.facebook.com/KingsXFanPage

NEWS BRIEFS

* Be sure to check out WGRK God Rocks Radio, your home for classic Christian rock: http://wgrk.net/forum

* Metal Resource interview with SAINT bassist Richard Lynch: http://mauce.nl/site/interview-with-richard-lynch-of-saint/#more-45968

* Another new song from PASTOR BRAD, “Stuck In The Mud”: http://pastorbradrocks.com/album/lemonade

 

Update: January 11, 2015

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

BLACK FATE: "Rhyme Of The False Orchestra” music video released:
Press Release / The melodic metal band BLACK FATE have released a music video for the track "Rhyme of the False Orchestra" online. The track comes off their new album Between Visions & Lies that was released on November 28, 2014 in Europe and on December 2, 2014 in North America through Ulterium Records.

The video was directed by K. Besios and Jimmy Pats.

Led by the incredible vocals from Vasilis Georgiou and the technical playing from guitarist Gus Drax, BLACK FATE will surely gain attention in the scene with their new album Between Visions & Lies that could be described like a mix between KAMELOT, IRON MAIDEN, DREAM THEATER and CONCEPTION.  The album was mastered by Erik Tordsson (ANTESTOR, END OF SEPTEMBER) at Solid Mix Studios.

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

Ulterium Records online: www.ulterium-records.com

BLACK FATE online: www.facebook.com/blackfategreece

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Update from Michael Sweet regarding new STRYPER album:
As reported by the artist on Twitter (January 7, 2015):

“I've been working hard for the past 4 days and so far 8 songs are ready to go! Aside from a few tweaks here and there over the next week, I'm loving the direction!!! I dropped the low E down to D on three songs and overall this album will be the heaviest yet. There is a ballad that's a straight ahead "rock" ballad and I may try for another as well but I have to tell you, I'm super excited about the style and I feel in my gut that this album will not only rival NMHTP but quite possibly surpass it. It would be very cool to make the "the best album" of our career (when many people have already stated that NMHTP was and is). I believe we're easily on that path right now.

“I'm taking two days off (Lisa and I will be celebrating our 5th year anniversary) and then I'll dive back in to finish everything up. Oz submitted a few riff ideas (I already completed one as a song) and I'll be getting to the other 2 soon and I have 2 other very cool ideas. As to that one cover (can't say what yet) and bam - we have a 12 song album with one bonus track.

“You may be thinking "man that was just too quick" and "I hope the songs are good" - trust me I wouldn't let it slide if it wasn't. These songs are going to kick the devils A-double-S and then some and I can't wait to hear it all take form.”

Source: www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1sjq384

SYZYGY - Cosmos & Chaos, the 20th Anniversary Compendium

SYZYGY announce new album: Cosmos & Chaos, The 20th Anniversary Compendium:
Cleveland, October 24, 2014 – SYZYGY, the Cleveland, Ohio based progressive rock artists have announced their official release of Cosmos & Chaos, The 20th Anniversary Compendium. The release includes rare and never before heard tracks from the groups original line up (circa 1984) as well as some reinterpretations and re-programming of the original tracks (both studio and live). The package also features new artwork and thematic motifs, as well as detailed liner notes.

“From the very core of our being, we’ve rediscovered and retrieved these first creative fruits and have polished them into what we believe is a delicious musical offering,” says Carl Baldassarre, one of the founders and composers of the ensemble. “Although we’re currently immersed in the process of recording all new material as we speak, we felt it was also important for us as composers to be sure that we leave behind the most satisfying representation of our earlier works.”

In addition to this release, Baldassarre mentions that the group will be releasing a thoroughly re-worked version of their 2003 opus, The Allegory of Light some time in 2015. He adds, “By bringing both Cosmos & Chaos and The Allegory of Light into the present vernacular, we feel we’re properly setting the stage for what we strongly believe will be a career-defining release of the brand new, symphonic-progressive rock project we’ve been working on for the past couple of years tentatively entitled, The Picciotti Variations.”

About SYZYGY: Rising from the industrial heartland of America comes the magisterial, progressive-rock ensemble SYZYGY. With five decades of music making to their resumes, these composer-virtuosi have crafted their sound from an amalgam of styles spanning centuries. Drawing from the compositional intellect of the 19th century’s romantic school and combined with the varied dialects of the 20th century, Syzygy has created a stimulating elixir making them a potent voice for the 21st century. The members of Syzygy are Carl Baldassarre (guitars), Paul Mihacevich (drums), Al Rolik (Bass) and Sam Giunta (keys).

Cosmos & Chaos, The 20th Anniversary Compendium track listing:

1. “Cosmos (Guitar Prelude in E Major)”
2. “Poetry in B Minor (For Solo Piano)”              
3. “Guitar Etude No. 1 (D Major)”                       
4. “Guitar Etude No. 2 ( G Major)”                      
5. “Tautology (For Guitar & Bass)”                     
6. “The Tone Row (For Keyboard & Guitar)”                    
7. “Voyager”                 
8. “Circadian Rhythm”               
9. “Closure”                  
10. “Strange Loop II”                 
11. “Mount Ethereal”                 
12. “Chaos (Fantasia On Drums)”                       
13. “Opus No. 1 (Witsend Quartet - 1984)”                      
14. “Opus No. 3 (Witsend Quartet - 1984)”                      
15. “Strange Loop II (Syzygy - Live 2010)”
16. “Mount Ethereal (Syzygy - Live 2010)”          

SYZYGY online: http://syzygymusic.com & www.facebook.com/syzygyband

NEWS BRIEFS

* New song from PASTOR BRAD, “Heaven’s Comin’ Down:” http://pastorbradrocks.com/track/heavens-comin-down

* Commentary from Bill Roxx regarding Roxx Records upcoming re-issue of RECON debut Behind Enemy Lines: “Vinyl and CD are 25th anniversary Limited Editions (that will both) be re-mastered.  The M8 reissue was cool but its 10 years old and even that needs a proper re-master.  Vinyl will have all the original tracks; CD will be expanded with 2 or 3 new tracks from the members of Recon with Rey Parra handling the vocals. That’s about all I can share at the moment, but these are going to be cool.”

 

Update: January 4, 2015

ARTICLES

Saint & Rage Of Angels

The top 50 Christian metal & hard rock albums of the eighties:
Following is a list of what Angelic Warlord considers the top 50 Christian metal and hard rock albums of the eighties.  Please keep in mind that as my personal favorites the selections in question mirror the Angelic Warlord style guidelines. Read Full Article >>

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

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DELIVERANCE update for 2015:
As reported at the groups Facebook page (January 1, 2015):

“Happy New Year to all you Big 'D' fans out there! Wow can't believe we are only 20 likes away from 8000 likes on this page! Our humblest thanks go out to each and every of you while wishing you a very Happy 2015!

“2014 saw some great activity from Deliverance! Including the Stay Of Execution re-mastered and expanded edition, a Limited Edition vinyl pressing of Weapons Of Our Warfare (which we understand is almost completely sold out already after only 3 months of being released), and just released was fron tman Jimmy P Brown II sophomore release from his alter ego side project Jupiter VI entitled Moveable Walls.

“But we still have much in store for you in 2015, including a 25th Anniversary CD version of Weapons Of Our Warfare with some brand new 'D' material!!!! Much more is still coming from Jimmy P Brown and Jupiter VI in 2015.

“Also from Deliverance, guitarist George Ochoa we will have a cool vinyl and CD reissue celebrating the 25th Anniversary of RECON in 2015 with some brand new tracks on the CD version, as well as the debut release of his new band Worldview!

“We also hear Deliverance guitarist Michael Phillips will have out some brand new thrash from his band Join The Dead coming to you some time in 2015!

“So stay tuned people= Deliverance and all of it's members are still very much hard at work to bring you some excellent new music in 2015!”

Further reading : www.facebook.com/DeliveranceRocks

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Studio update from Chris Impellitteri:
The latest in regards to the upcoming IMPELLITTERI album Time Machine (courtesy of www.bravewords.com):

"I am thrilled by the writing, performance, and contribution of each Impellitteri band member for our new upcoming record, Time Machine. Rob Rock's vocals so far are mesmerizing. He is right in line with guys like Bruce Dickinson, Ronnie James Dio, and even Axl Rose. Bassist James Pullie is playing like a mad Geezer Butler and Steve Harris, and our new drummer Jon Dette is insane; I guess it helps that Jon had plenty of warm up for this new record when he recently toured as Slayer and Anthrax's drummer.

“These guys are definitely bringing their A-game to this new Impellitteri music. I am also pushing myself as a guitarist, musician and artist so that we can deliver the best music possible to anyone who will listen to us. Looking forward to Time Machine in 2015 and on!"

IMPELLITTERI previously issued the following message (Facebook – November 14, 2014):

"As we are in the mid-point of recording the new Impellitteri record, Time Machine, I am excited for our fans and friends around the world to hear this new music! At the same time I, like all artists, have fear of how we will be received. Will the critics try to discredit our style of music saying we play too many notes, sing too high, play too fast, are too metal, not metal enough, dated, or too polished with our big production? Will the media cover us, and will what's left of the music industry help us share this music with the masses?

“Either way, Impellitteri are making a KILLER new record because we love playing our style of music, sharing it with anyone who will listen to us, and challenging ourselves to make a record that everyone will want to listen to many times over! Time Machine to be released in 2015!"

Further reading: www.facebook.com/chris.impellitteri

NEWS BRIEFS

* A new SWEET & LYNCH song, “Strength In Numbers”, can be streamed at: HERE

Commented vocalist Michael Sweet: “Happy New Year! 2014 was an amazing year but we’re even more excited about 2015! To bring in the new year, George and I wanted to share another song with you, “Strength In Numbers”. It’s a throw back anthem that showcases a strong message as well as a powerful groove and classic GL solo. 1/27 is almost here, get ready for Only To Rise!”

* ”Millennial Reign”, new song uploaded from MILLENNIAL REIGN: HERE

The group is currently at work on its upcoming sophomore release The God Particle.

 

Update: December 21, 2014

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

The Neal Morse Band - The Grand Experiment

THE NEAL MORSE BAND announce new album, The Grand Experiment:
Press Release / For the first time ever progressive rock icon Neal Morse came into a recording session with his long time friend and collaborator Mike Portnoy (along with Randy George, Bill Hubauer and Eric Gillette)... with NOTHING! He had no prepared material at all. Neal comments, "I wanted to see what it would be like to create freely in the room with no preconceived notions. It was quite a risk!" On previous albums, like the Testimony album for example, Morse had the entire album written in advance. "I used to be rather paranoid about whether things would turn out in the short space of time we had available...so I would fill all the space in advance!" This album was totally different. "I made a lot of room for the other guys to create and express themselves and the result is outstanding! We wanted to experiment, do something a bit different, and see what everyone is capable of... we found out.. .in SPADES!" The results are obvious! This was a "grand experiment" that produced something far beyond anyone's expectations!

The Grand Experiment will be released in 3 formats:

• Single Disc

• 3 Disc Special Edition Digipak (containing the main disc, bonus audio disc featuring 3 unreleased studio tracks and 2 live tracks from the phenomenal Morsefest weekend, and a "making of" documentary DVD in special packaging

• LP + 2 CD Set (containing main disc, and bonus audio disc)

The main disc contains 5 tracks, including 2 long ‘prog epics’ that are sure to be favorites for years to come, as well as 3 shorter songs, including the catchy title track "The Grand Experiment." 

The album was mixed by Rich Mouser.

The Grand Experiment track listing:

1. “Following The Call”
2. “The Grand Experiment”
3. “Waterfall”
4. “Agenda”
5. “Alive Again”

Pre-orders begin on January 10, 2015.

Album release date is February 15, 2015.

Neal Morse online: www.nealmorse.com & www.facebook.com/nealmorse

JupiterVI - Movable Walls

JUPITER VI - New single, “Face In The Sky”, available for streaming:
Press Release / JUPITER VI released its sophomore album Movable Walls via Roxx Records on December 16, 2014.

The Movable Walls track listing is as follows:

1. Sleepless End pt. I-IV (19:54)
2. Wasting Away (06:53)
3. Running (05:40)
4. Face in the Sky (03:42)
5. A Message from Home pt. I (12:16)

The song “Face In The Sky” is available for streaming at the Roxx Records ReverbNation page: www.reverbnation.com/roxxrecords/song/22483255-face-in-the-sky-jupiter-vi

Commented vocalist & guitarist Jimmy P. Brown II: “Movable Walls is a 50 minute album diving into thoughtful slightly progressive music ala Pink Floyd/Bowie with a psychological story of attaining success, but losing ones self, only to find it all again by losing everything.

“There's a bit more to it than that, but it's quite an accomplished record that I would like to invite all of you to experience.”

Movable Walls was released as part of a 2-disc set, with the second entitled Covered Stars & Undiscovered Planets.

Further details from the artist: "Covered Stars & Undiscovered Planets is a 5 song EP containing 3 cover songs from some of my favorite musical influences along with 2 new originals as well.  It is more in line with what Back from Mars (THE JUPITER VI debut from 2006) record was like.

“Please stop by the Roxx Productions website, Amazon, CD Baby, eBay, or iTunes and many other digital retail outlets to order yours.

“Your support to the musical arts and the artists that create are more than appreciated!!! Support Your Artists and buy music again, don't steal MP3's or MP4's or whatever else take away from the time and money invested to bring this music to the world...”

Movable Walls can be ordered at: http://roxxrecords.storenvy.com

JUPITER VI online: www.facebook.com/jupiterviroxx

Michael Sweet promo pic

SWEET & LYNCH & STRYPER update from Michael Sweet:
As taken from the STRYPER Facebook page (December 19, 2014):

“I've read so many comments about me doing the Sweet & Lynch project that my eyes are blurry! Although I'm a devote Christian, I believe in working together with people of ALL faiths and through it, shining my light and standing strong in my faith without compromise. George is a great guy, a great player (who I believe has been blessed with a God given talent) and I always wanted to work with George.

“I'd also like to work with Eddie Van Halen someday and if that door is ever opened, I'll walk through it without hesitation. Eddie is my biggest influence as a player (Randy Rhoads also but he's gone).

“Regarding James Lomenzo and Brian Tichy, they are amongst the best of the best and again, this is why I chose them to be a part of "Only To Rise". As the producer, I wanted the best and I'm proud to say that this album has that. The album is almost here (1/27), and I do hope that all of you will support it by preordering and or purchasing it. Lyrically it is a positive, powerful message/ Musically, it rocks!!! I'm my own worst critic and I couldn't be happier with how this album turned out!

“Stryper is stronger than ever, we just need a little time to recuperate as a band and get some things in order that desperately need change. We are making a new album in February as many of you know but the touring will be limited. We'll be performing on the Monster's of Rock cruise in April of 2015 and of course organizing and attending our 3rd annual Stryper Fan Weekend. We may do a few shows here and there and possibly a Japan/Australia run later in the year but for the most part, touring will mainly be either solo MS or Sweet & Lynch. I hope to see you all out on the road throughout 2015!!!

“From the bottom of my heart, thank you all for always being there, through thick and thin, better or worse and for being who you are.”

SWEET & LYNCH online: www.facebook.com/SweetLynch

STRYPER online: www.stryper.com & www.facebook.com/Stryper

 

Update: December 14, 2014

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

Main Line Riders - Shot In The Dark - 2014 re-master

MAIN LINE RIDERS re-release debut album:
Press Release / MAIN LINE RIDERS have re-mastered and reissued its full-length debut Shot In The Dark, which originally came out on Retroactive Records in 2007.

According to guitarist Cliff Powell, “Our debut album will soon show up on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and all other digital outlets with new cover art (one that is much more appropriate for the sound of the band) and slightly re-mastered audio, as follows:

1. Dynamics Restoration work completed throughout (the quieter parts now sit properly in the mix...soloed drum & vocal, guitar intros, acoustics, etc).

2. The live song at the end was fully re mastered to bring out the vocal and drums, thus helping it feel better along side all the studio tracks.”

Powell goes into further detail: “I'm still quite proud of this album.  I find it to be a genuine slab of that late 80's sunset strip sound I love so much.  The production, in my view, is very much in line with the LA Guns and Faster Pussycat debut records.  It's an unrefined approach that showcases a band's live sound. I personally feel that we got the songwriting just right for that era as well.”

Shot In The Dark track listing:

1. “Ride The Main Line”
2. “One Way Ticket To Love”
3. “Throwin’ Bones To The Wolves”
4. “Here I Am”
5. “Speed Queen”
6. “Pack Up Your Blues”
7. “Walk Alone”
8. “Put The Hammer Down”
9. “We Are The Ready Ones”
10. “Shot In The Dark”

“Shot In The Dark” is a live version of the song originally recorded by JUNKYARD (from the group’s 1989 self-titled debut full length).

MAIN LINE RIDERS online: https://myspace.com/mainlineriders

Sleeping Romance - "Fire & Ice" single

SLEEPING ROMANCE - “Fire & Ice” single released:
Press Release / Symphonic metal band SLEEPING ROMANCE just released a brand new digital single entitled "Fire & Ice". The digital single also includes two additional tracks: a "cinematic version" of "Fire & Ice" as well as a re-recorded version of the track "December Flower" from their fall of 2013 Ulterium Records full length debut album Enlighten. The digital single is available at iTunes, Spotify and Bandcamp.

"Fire & Ice" track listing:
1. “Fire & Ice”
2. “December Flower” (Chamber music version)
3. Fire & Ice (Cinematic version)

Bandcamp link: https://ulteriumrecords.bandcamp.com

SLEEPING ROMANCE online: www.sleeping-romance.com & www.facebook.com/sleepingromanceofficial

THEOCRACY - New Christmas single posted online:
Press Release / THEOCRACY have continued their tradition of releasing a free Christmas song with a brand-new rendition of “Night of Silence”.  The Georgia-based melodic metal band followed up 2012’s “Wynter Fever” with a dramatic and mostly acoustic take on the traditional, which can also be downloaded for free in the Club of Souls section of their website.

Commented the group: “We wanted to do another traditional Christmas song for you this year, and we decided to do something a bit different by doing a (mostly) acoustic version. We hope you enjoy it, and we wish you and your families nothing but the best this holiday season. Thanks for another great year of support, and look for a new album from us in 2015!”

Visit Club of Souls at: www.theocracymusic.com/clubofsouls

THEOCRACY online: www.theocracymusic.com & www.facebook.com/theocracyband

NEWS BRIEFS

* A new VISUAL CLIFF single, “Internal Exile”, will be available for download by Christmas.

* WONROWE VISION update from vocalist Steve Rowe: “The guitars, bass and drums are all complete for 2 Headed Monster (the new Wonrowe Vision album). I will be recording all of the vocals in January! I have been taking pro singing lessons this year with an aim to once again broaden my musical experience & reach new and exciting musical territory! As usual with me, '2HM' sounds like nothing else in the world! However it has strong influences from Motorhead, early Iron Maiden, Motorjesus, G.B.H, Sabbath & Lightforce. So a little less rock & a little more metal!”

 

Update: December 7, 2014

FEATURED REVIEWS

ATKINS MAY PROJECT - Empire of Destruction
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 >>

CHAOTIC RESEMBLANCE - Get The Hell Out
Hailing from Poteua, Oklahoma and founded in 2006 by vocalist Rexx Roxx, Chaotic Resemblance has gotten off to a strong start with a pair of EP releases to its credit, Chaotic Resemblance (2012) and Battle Lines (2013), in addition to its summer of 2014 Oz Fox (Stryper) produced full-length debut Get The Hell OutRead Full Review >>

DELIVERANCE - Stay Of Execution (Roxx Records re-issue)
When Deliverance released Stay Of Execution, its fourth full-length album on Intense Records from 1992, it ushered in a period of change for the group.  Read Full Review >>

EMPIRE 21 - Empire 21
As one might imagine, Empire 21 draws upon a strong Narnia influence, particularly when factoring how Grimmark plays a lead songwriting role with both groups.  Read Full Review >>

MIKE FLORIO - Reconcile
Reconcile, the fall of 2014 sophomore solo release of Westchester County, New York vocalist and keyboardist Mike Florio, makes a lot of sense as a crossover of progressive rock and other forms of hard music.  Read Full Review >>

HARMONY - Theatre Of Redemption
Harmony is, by definition, a consistent, orderly, or pleasing arrangement of parts; congruity.  That it’s the name given to a Swedish melodic metal band is fitting.  Read Full Review >>

SAINT - Warriors Of The Son 04 (Retroactive re-issue)
Makeovers can either accentuate the positive or simply cover over glaring faults.  In the case of Salem, Oregon classic metal act Saint and the re-recorded version of its debut EP Warriors Of The Son it is a little bit of both.  The album, as I am sure most of you are aware, has quite the storied history.  Read Full Review >>

STRYPER - Live At The Whiskey
When Stryper released its debut EP The Yellow And Black Attack in the summer of 1984, it was on the leading edge of what became known as the ‘white metal movement’.  Read Full Review >>

INTERVIEWS

Markus Sigfridsson promo pic

New Markus Sigfridsson interview online:
Angelic Warlord conducted a recent interview with HARMONY guitarist Markus Sigfridsson, who shares his thoughts about the group’s new album, Theatre Of Redemption.  He also goes into detail about the future of both HARMONY and his other projects DARKWATER and 7 DAYS.  Following is an excerpt:

What are your feelings about Theatre Of Redemption?  Are you happy with the way the album turned out? And how has the response been so far?
Yes, we are happy, it feels good to finally have an album out after six years. The production is really good and we have evolved on everything I think. The response has been really good so far, I think it’s by far our best album.

Read full interview: HERE

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

SWEET & LYNCH - “The Wish” video premier:
Courtesy of www.blabbermouth.net:

Press Release / 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) - will release its debut album, "Only To Rise", on January 27, 2015 via Frontiers Music srl. The CD was produced by Sweet, who also helmed the last STRYPER album, No More Hell To Pay.

The official video for the SWEET & LYNCH song "The Wish" can be seen above. The clip shows Sweet and Lynch performing the song together amongst imagery that corresponds with the song's lyrics. The video was shot in Los Angeles and was directed by Devin DeHaven, known for his work with Rick Ross, WHITESNAKE, KISS and R. Kelly, to name a few.

"After almost a year of talking about the SWEET & LYNCH album, we're extremely proud to premiere the first music video, 'The Wish'," states Sweet.

"The song takes you back to a time when guitar heroes ruled the airwaves and melodies soared. The thought was to bring back the late '70s/early '80s with a modern twist and remind people of one of the best eras in hard rock/metal."

Only To Rise track listing:

1. “The Wish”
2. “Dying Rose”
3. “Love Stays”
4. “Time Will Tell”
5. “Rescue Me”
6. “Me Without You”
7. “Recover”
8. “Divine”
9. “September”
10. “Strength In Numbers”
11. “Hero-Zero”
12. “Only To Rise”

"George and I are proud of how this album turned out and we're counting the days for the release," adds Sweet. "We're equally as proud of the fan base out there. So many people have been there through thick and thin and this album is a testimony to the perseverance of working hard and working even harder. George, Brian, James and myself gave 110% to every note played and sung and we hope that it shows."

In a recent post on his Facebook page, Sweet wrote about the formation of SWEET & LYNCH: "I was approached by Serafino at Frontiers Records to sing and write for what he was referring to as a 'super group' project (one of the first) that Frontiers would be putting together and releasing. I was, of course, not only intrigued by the idea but also humbled that he would ask me! Jon Levin (DOKKEN) was suggested as the possible guitarist and I suggested to Serafino getting the man himself, Mr. Scary (George Lynch) involved. Serafino was, of course, excited about the idea. Frontiers has told me how happy they are with my production on the new STRYPER albums so I immediately suggested producing as well. Serafino also agreed. I contacted George (as soon as possible) and he quickly agreed to be a part of this exciting project. It was decided that he and I would co-write everything together and that I would produce.

Sweet & Lynch - Only To Rise

"I knew George from a few STRYPER/LYNCH MOB shows and we seemed to hit it off in terms of personalities.

"Many of you know that George considers himself to be a freethinker/atheist and I'm, of course, a devout Christian.

"You may ask how does an atheist and a Christian work together in a band situation? The answer is respect. Although I don't agree with George's spiritual/religious views (and he doesn't agree with mine, assumedly), we respect each other as musicians, friends and human beings.

"I'm free to do many things with the hope that maybe, just maybe, my life might have a profound effect on people I come in contact with.

"I've spoken with George many times over and he always strikes me as a genuine soul and someone who cares for and loves people. Bottom line? He's a great guy and I'm proud to be a part of this with George.

"Although we don't see eye to eye in our beliefs, we respect each other enough to not let that come between us.

"I believe that the uniqueness of each other helped created a very unique piece of art.

Only To Rise could not have turned out any better, in my humble opinion, and George is equally as thrilled as I am. Now add to this Brian Tichy (drums) and James Lomenzo (bass), and together the four of us have painted a masterpiece (in my opinion) and we cannot wait for all of you to hear it in its entirety.

"A little more history: George wrote 60-90-second ideas (intro, verse, chorus) guitar oriented riffs/songs and then I arranged and wrote lyrics and melodies and mapped everything out. I then flew Brian and James out and we tracked the basic tracks (drums, bass, guitars) and then we tracked the background vocals (Robbie LaBlanc and Charles Foley).

"A funny side note: some people have said that the vocals sound like STRYPER. I'm not even singing within the background vocal stack, just the lead vocal over the vocal spread/stack.

"Also, some people have said that some of the songs sound like STRYPER. Well, either George Lynch is the biggest STRYPER fan on the planet or oddly enough, the guitar/song idea he came up with just so happen to have a little STRYPER flare. I think it's very different than STRYPER and the only common ground is the sound of my voice, which is instantly recognizable."

Plans are currently being worked out for SWEET & LYNCH to play a few live shows in the spring of next year, making this different than any other super groups that record together but never play live. More information will be announced in the near future.

Frontiers Records online: www.frontiers.it/home

SWEET & LYNCH online: www.facebook.com/SweetLynch

NEWS BRIEFS

* BARREN CROSS live Birth Pangs high def multi-cam video preview trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfBoftiZII8

The one hour and 33 minute performance was recorded live at the 2012 Elements Of Rock festival in Switzerland and features the four original BARREN CROSS members.

* According to vocalist Rob Rock (Faceook - December 5, 2014), IMPELLITTERI has “(gotten off to a) great start to the new record last night!  The first song vocal tracking is complete with all the lead and backing vocals. Sean Shannon has great engineering skills and a fine set of ears!”

Sean Shannon adds his commentary as well: “Very smooth vocal tracking session with Rob Rock. He is sounding better than ever on this Impellitteri CD. Top shelf rock vocals goin down. And the band on this record is amazing.”

* SIGNUM REGIS will be releasing an EP in late spring of next year.  You can pre-order the EP directly from the band, which will help them finance a music video for one of the songs on the EP.  Check out the following video for further information: www.youtube.com/watch?v=87GX-woD21o

 

Update: December 2, 2014

INTERVIEWS

CJ Grimmark promo pic

New Carl Johan Grimmark interview online:
Angelic Warlord had the recent opportunity to talk with EMPIRE 21 guitarist Carl Johan Grimmark, who shares his thoughts about the groups recently released self-titled debut album.  In the interview, Grimmark goes into detail about the writing and recording process, the future of EMPIRE 21 and his time spent with NARNIA as well.  Following is an excerpt:

How would you describe Empire 21 musically?
I like to think of it as quite straight, powerful and organic rock/metal, but definitely not primitive. We value musicality and instrumental challenges, no doubt. We don't want the album to be boring for those who crave something spectacular now and then, but we want the "average" rock listener to have a good time too, by simply writing strong material. I think we made it. We're so happy for all the amazing reviews we get, so...hopefully a lot of people will like it!

Read full interview: HERE

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

Pilgrimsprog - Here I Am

PILGRIMSPROG release new single, "Here I Am":
Press Release / “Here I Am” is the latest single from the upcoming PILGRIMSPROG album of the same name, which will be released in early 2015.  “Here I Am” can be streamed and downloaded at the PILGRIMSPROG Bandcamp page: https://pilgrimsprog.bandcamp.com/track/here-i-am-single

Look for the song to also be available on Amazon and ITunes in the near future.

“Here I Am” is based on Hebrews 10:7/Psalms 40:6-8: "Then I said, ‘Here I am—it is written about me in the scroll. I have come to do your will, my God” (NIV)

Scott Miller performed all instrumentation with guest vocals handled by Garrett Weaver.

Here I Am will be the third studio album by PILGRIMSPROG, a progressive rock project of multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Scott Miller.  The self-tilted debut PILGRIMSPROG release from 2010 was a progressive rock concept album based on John Bunyan’s Christian classic Pilgrim's Progress.  The 2013 sophomore release Do You Have Thanatophobia? had rich themes of forgiveness, the scandal of the Cross, and the fear of death (Thanatophobia).

PILGRIMSPROG online: www.pilgrimsprog.com & www.facebook.com/pilgrimsprog

EMPIRE 21 - “I Can’t” lyric video released:
Press Release / “I Can’t”, the new video from Swedish melodic power metal act EMPIRE 21, can be seen above.  The song is taken off the groups self-titled debut album, which was independently released in Europe on November 28, 2014. The North American release is scheduled for December 2, 2014.

Guitarist CJ Grimmark produced the album while Tobias Lindell (EUROPE, MUSTASCH) handled mixing duties and Thomas “Plec” Johannson (SCAR SYMMETRY, AMMOTRACK) mastering.

All EMPIRE 21 members have experience with international bands, including NARNIA, DARKWATER, ROB ROCK, HARMONY and many others. The band was founded by drummer Tobias Enbert and singer Germán Pascual, who were both part of the 2009 touring lineup of CJ Grimmark’s band NARNIA. When Grimmark decided to put NARNIA to rest, the idea of EMPIRE 21 was born. They eventually talked Grimmark into joining 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 Pascual, who was subsequently replaced by singer Ricard Hulteke. 

Empire 21 track listing:

1. “When You're Falling”
2. “I Can't”
3. “All Is Lost”
4. “Traveler”
5. “Empire 21”
6. “100 Nights”
7. “Heard It All”
8. “This Is My Story”
9. “Calling”
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

EMPIRE 21 online: www.empire21.se & www.facebook.com/empire21.se

HARMONY - “Inhale” lyric video released:
Press Release / The Swedish melodic metal band HARMONY just released a lyric video for the track "Inhale" from their up-coming album Theatre of Redemption.

Theatre of Redemption was released on November 28th in Europe via Ulterium Records.  The North American release (also on Ulterium) is scheduled for December 2, 2014.

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 FLAMES, 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”
2. “Inhale”
3. “Crown Me King”
4. “Son Of The Morning”
5. “What If”
6. “Theatre Of Redemption”
7. “Bloodbound”
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 online: www.facebook.com/harmonysweden

NEWS BRIEFS

* New song from BOANERGES, “Recobra el Fuego”: www.youtube.com/watch?v=klgqPaoKwrs

* Commentary from guitarist Chris Impellitteri regarding new IMPELLITTERI album Time Machine (Facebook - November 14, 2014): “As we are in the mid point of recording the new IMPELLITTERI record Time Machine I am excited for our fans and friends around the world to hear this new music! At the same time, I like all artists have fear of how we will be received.. Will the critics try to discredit our style of music saying we play too many notes, sing too high, play too fast, are too metal, not metal enough, dated, or too polished with our big production? Will the media cover us, and will what's left of the music industry help us share this music with the masses?

“Either way IMPELLITTERI are making a KILLER new record because we love playing our style of music, sharing it with anyone who will listen to us, and challenging ourselves to make a record that everyone will want to listen to many times over! Time Machine to be released in 2015!”

* Samples to the upcoming JUPITER VI sophomore album, Movable Walls: www.reverbnation.com/roxxrecords

Look for Movable Walls to be released on December 16, 2014 on Roxx Records. 

 

Update: November 16, 2014

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

BLACK FATE - “Lines In The Sand” lyric video released:
Press Release / The melodic metal band BLACK FATE just released a lyric video for "Lines in the Sand", the first single from their up-coming album Between Visions & Lies. The single is also released digitally and can be purchased at iTunes, Amazon etc.

Between Visions & Lies will be released on November 28th in Europe and on December 2nd in North America through Ulterium Records.

Led by the incredible vocals from Vasilis Georgiou and the technical playing from guitarist Gus Drax, BLACK FATE will surely gain attention in the scene with their new album Between Visions & Lies that could be described like a mix between KAMELOT, IRON MAIDEN, DREAM THEATER and CONCEPTION.

Erik Tordsson (ANTESTOR, END OF SEPTEMBER) mastered the album at Solid Mix Studios.

Between Visions & Lies is available for pre-ordering at the Ulterium Records Store: 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

Sweet & Lynch logo

SWEET & LYNCH - Only To Rise track listing revealed:
Courtesy of www.blabbermouth.net:

Press Release / 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) - will release its debut album, Only To Rise, on January 27, 2015 via Frontiers Music srl. The CD was produced by Sweet, who also helmed the last STRYPER album, No More Hell To Pay.

Only To Rise track listing:

1. “The Wish”
2. “Dying Rose”
3. “Love Stays”
4. “Time Will Tell”
5. “Rescue Me”
6. “Me Without You”
7. “Recover”
8. “Divine”
9. “September”
10. “Strength In Numbers”
11. “Hero-Zero”
12. “Only To Rise”

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."

Frontiers Records online: www.frontiers.it/home

SWEET & LYNCH online: www.facebook.com/SweetLynch

NEWS BRIEFS

* IMPELLITTERI update on making of new album, Time Machine (November 6, 2014): “I am blown away by how great my band is playing on this new record! We are in the midst of making one bad a** record that will please the IMPELLITTERI fans all over the world. Drummer Jon Dette and bassist James Pulli are killing it. I am having more fun than ever shredding on this record, and the riffs, solos, and vocals sound like we are possessed by a higher power. I think the fans are going to love this new record. Back to the studio I go to tear it up on my guitar!”

* Guitarist Bill Menchen (THE SEVENTH POWER, REDEEMER, MENCHEN) is at work a new project under the name BLUE METAL TRANCE.  More details as they become available.

* MILLENNIAL REIGN signed with a reputable European label for the release of its next album, The God Particle.  The group hopes to set a release date of early 2015. Two new songs off the upcoming album, “Millennial Reign” and “Not On My Own”, can be streamed at: www.reverbnation.com/millennialreign7

* STRYPER to begin work on next album (as posted by vocalist Michael Sweet at Facebook - November 12, 2014): “I'm in writing mode for the new Stryper album. We start pre-production mid January & we begin tracking on 2/1! New album 2015!”

 

Update: November 9, 2014

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

Jupiter VI - Movable Walls

DELIVERANCE front man announces sophomore JUPITER VI album:
Press Release / The year was 2005 and founder and brainchild of speed metal band DELIVERANCE Jimmy P Brown II was approached by the owner of PyschoAcoustix Records. He asked Jimmy if he could make an album along the lines of David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust or something along those lines of inventing a character and creating a record to go with this concept. The question intrigued Jimmy, especially since he has always had a tremendous amount of love and respect for the music of Bowie, so he agreed to think about it.

Having no idea what or how to go about it, Jimmy then created the idea of JUPITER VI. A band that in a science fiction setting would be sent from Earth to the planet Mars to find notoriety, fame and acceptance. He loosely based the story of JUPITER VI on his experience in the Christian Music Industry with the band DELIVERANCE. The result was Back From Mars, which was a record that was a throwback to 70’s Glam Rock, while retaining a slew of influence from that time frame. Back From Mars was well received and the project grew from a project to an actual band, performing a few shows over the next year after its release. But, as in the story of JUPITER VI, they vanished as quickly as they appeared. Until…

2014 marked a year of significant change for Jimmy. He began writing a conceptual piece based on his experience in the work force and the travels he had experienced. This time, not wanting to create a quirky, kitsch style album, he began to draw from his influences growing up, and cultivated a story of desperation, decent into darkness and madness and ultimately redemption.

He’s aptly titled this new body of music mOVABLE wALLS. The storyline takes you on a journey of being drawn into the corporate world, the gratification, the loneliness, the depression and the will of one man to claw his way out to find love, happiness and redemption once again. It’s a psychological metaphor for the walls we put up emotionally that fortify over years of ignoring what a human being can become if they allow themselves to be overcome by the lust for money, power and greed.

This musical offering shows an evolution for Brown and is quite possibly his most accomplished and ambitious work to date. Unlike Back From Mars in which Jimmy played all instrumentation, he recruited the extraordinarily talented Jeff Ceyba. Jeff served as musical director for the live band incarnation of JUPITER VI when the band became a live entity. Ceyba, being no stranger to the industry, and having an impressive musical resume was excited to work with Brown on this project. He refers to the music as “celestial and meaningful”!

There’s Pop Music, there’s Rock Music, and there’s JUPITER VI! You are not going to want to miss this so jump on board and get ready for the ride!

mOVABLE wALLS is set to be released on ROXX RECORDS on December 16, 2014, just in time for Christmas and this release promises not to disappoint. Even better those that get in on the special pre order can also get a completely separate Limited Edition bonus disc EP entitled Covered Stars and Undiscovered Planets.

mOVEABLE wALLS track listing:

1. Sleepless End pt. I-IV (19:54)
2. Wasting Away (06:53)
3. Running (05:40)
4. Face in the Sky (03:42)
5. A Message from Home pt. I (12:16)

JUPITER VI line up:

Jimmy Brown as: PETER BRAUN - Lead Vocals, Guitars and Strings
Brian Khairullah as: HELMUT STAGEL - Guitars, and Backing Vocals
Trevor Shannon as: REMEDIOS INNOCENTES - Bass 
Mike Reed as: SPIRIOS FILIOS - Drums and Percussion
Tiberius Ahan as: DARBY FLOWERS - Keys and Synthesizers

Style: Ethereal Rock / Progressive Rock / Dramatic / Emotionally Driven Music / Pink Floyd

mOVEABLE wALLS can be pre-ordered at: http://roxxrecords.storenvy.com

JUPITER VI online: www.facebook.com/jupiterviroxx

 

Update: November 2, 2014

INTERVIEWS

Empire 21 promo pic

New EMPIRE 21 interview online:
The Metal Resource conducted a recent online interview with the members of EMPIRE 21, who go into detail about the group’s history, its musical background and soon to be released self-titled debut album.  Following is an excerpt:

Who writes the music and lyrics? How do you get in the mood for writing music? And which bands or situations have inspired you to write music and lyrics?
-CJ: I wrote most of this album, both music and lyrics, myself. Tobias wrote the song “Would You”, though. After all those years doing this I know myself pretty well, so I said to my bandmates that I have a certain vision as far as musical direction. I knew that if the direction would head in the complete opposite direction of my personal taste, I wouldn’t be able to mobilize the energy needed to keep doing this for an extended period of time. Now that we’re heading this certain direction, I’m all ears as far as ideas for future material that is somewhat compatible with our sound. Next album will probably be more of a “group effort”.

Read full interview: HERE

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

Sweet & Lynch - Only To Rise

SWEET & LYNCH - Only To Rise details revealed:
Courtesy of www.blabbermouth.net:

Press Release / 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) - will release its debut album, "Only To Rise", on January 27, 2015 via Frontiers Music SRL.

A song from the CD called "Divine" can be streamed below.

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).

Frontiers Records online: www.frontiers.it/home

SWEET & LYNCH online: www.facebook.com/SweetLynch

Roxx Records - Best of 2014

Roxx Records & Christian Metal Distro announce Best Of 2014 compilation:
Press Release / A very special compilation will be coming your way exclusively from Roxx Records and Christian Metal Distro this Holiday Season! 18 tracks featuring the best from Roxx Records and some of the best selling indie releases we featured this year at Christian Metal Distro!

Stay Tuned for full details on how you can get your digital or Limited Edition CD copy exclusively at this years upcoming 'Unblack Friday' holiday weekend sale, which will last all the way through Cyber Monday!

Best Of 2014 track listing:

Best of Roxx Records 2014 Releases:

1. Jupiter VI - “Face In The Sky”
2. Vengeance Rising - “Bishop Of Souls”
3. Deliverance – “Stay of Execution”
4. Ultimatum - “Scattered’ (Body Parts)”
5. Deliverance - “Slay the Wicked”
6. Pylon - “Saligia”
7. Taker - “Open Your Heart”

Best of the indies / Christian Metal Distro 2014 Best Sellers:

8. Barren Cross - “White Washed Love” (Special exclusive edit)
9. The Brave - “The Killing Floor”
10. Saint - “We All Stand”
11. GX Project - “Train Wreck”
12. Freakings - “Hate In Our Veins”
13. Letter 7 - “Archangel”
14. Faithbomb - “So Far Away”
15. Darrell Mansfield - “Thunder and Lightning” (Re-master)
16. Promise Land - “Harmony in Ruins”
17. Ordained Fate - “Minions of the Adversary”

18. Wretched Graverobber – “Merry Xmas Everybody” (Holiday bonus track)

Roxx Records & Christian Metal Distro online: www.roxxproductions.com & http://christianmetaldistro.storenvy.com

NEWS BRIEFS

* Commentary from Roxx Records regarding Movable Walls, the upcoming sophomore release from JUPITER VI: “It is a strong departure (from the groups 2006 debut Back From Mars).  It is definitely NOT Deliverance, this is actually going to be great for Pink Floyd fans, it sounds just like Floyd!”

JUPITER VI offered an update as well (Facebook - October 28, 2014): "We are working on a special Limited Edition version with Roxx to include a bonus disc for the first 100 orders only.  The bonus disc will be titled Covered Stars And Undiscovered Planets, which will feature some very cool cover song interpretations and a few unreleased, recently found JVI tunes! Looks like they want to do a Limited Edition signature JPB guitar pick for the deluxe version! Stay Tuned, they said they will only be doing 100 of those!"

 

Update: October 26, 2014

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

HARMONY - “The Window Of My Soul” lyric video released:
Press Release / The Swedish melodic metal band HARMONY just released a lyric video for "The Window of My Soul", the first single from their up-coming album Theatre Of Redemption. The single is also released digitally and can be purchased at iTunes, Amazon etc.

Theatre Of Redemption will be released on November 28, 2014 in Europe and on December 2, 2014 in North America through Ulterium Records.

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 FLAMES, 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”
2. “Inhale”
3. “Crown Me King”
4. “Son Of The Morning”
5. “What If”
6. “Theatre Of Redemption”
7. “Bloodbound”
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

NEWS BRIEFS

* JUPITER VI, the theatrical rock project of DELIVERANCE front man Jimmy Brown, has signed with Roxx Records for its sophomore album Movable Walls.  Look for a release by the end of the year.  The full-length JUPITER VI debut Back From Mars came out on Retroactive Records in 2006. 

* “Sunrise In Rio”, acoustic piece by guitarist Rex Carroll of KING JAMES: www.youtube.com/watch?v=AW-KHVaK4js

“Sunrise In Rio” made its initial appearance on the self-titled KING JAMES debut CD from 1994.

* SHINING FORCE, By The Blood new album update (Facebook - October 22, 2014): “We are still working on (our next) CD By The Blood (and) hope to have it completed by the end of the year. We are still practicing when we can (but) several obstacles in our way right now. The Enemy is always attacking us, but we stand firm on the Word of God and attack back. We lay hands on the sick, we preach the Gospel to the people who are in need, and we play our music to send out a message. Keep us in your prayers as we go into the worst places to preach the Gospel. God is with us and the Holy Spirit always shows up. Jesus is our focus and winning souls is our goal. We are setting up (a tour of) Texas.  If you would like us to visit your town or church while we are doing our Texas tour, contact us here through Facebook or at our website: www.facebook.com/shiningforceband & www.shiningforceband.org

 

Update: October 19, 2014

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

Adriangale - Album collage

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

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:

1. “Invade”
2. “Get The Hell Out”
3. “Son of Man”
4. “Candy Land”
5. “Star”
6. “Don’t Walk Alone”
7. “The Cost”
8. “Super Hero”
9. “Greatest Show Alive”
10. “Sin”
11. “War Paint”

CHAOTIC RESEMBLANCE line up:

Rexx Roxx - Lead Vocals
L/A Ellis – Guitars
Stevie Shea - Bass
Zak Fury – Drums

CHAOTIC RESEMBLANCE online: www.chaoticresemblance.com/index & www.facebook.com/pages/Chaotic-Resemblance

NEWS BRIEFS

* 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.

 

Update: October 12, 2014

FEATURED REVIEWS

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 SacrificeRead 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 - Empire 21

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”
4. “Traveler”
5. “Empire 21”
6. “100 Nights”
7. “Heard It All”
8. “This Is My Story”
9. “Calling”
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

EMPIRE 21 online: www.empire21.se & www.facebook.com/empire21.se

Barren Cross logo

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.

BARREN CROSS online: www.barrencross.com & www.facebook.com/barrencross

NEWS BRIEFS

* “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.

 

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