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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, articles, interviews and 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.

Christian art is the expression of the whole life of the whole person as a Christian. What a Christian portrays in his art is the totality of life. Art is not to be solely a vehicle for some sort of self-conscious evangelism.

A Christian should use these arts to the glory of God, not just as tracts, mind you, but as things of beauty to the praise of God. An art work can be a doxology in itself.

- Francis Schaeffer

Updates

UPCOMING REVIEWS

• BARNABAS - Hear The Light (Retroactive re-issue)
• BARNABAS - Find Your Heart A Home (Retroactive re-issue)
• BARNABAS - Approaching Light Speed (Retroactive re-issue)
• BLACK WITH STARS - Black With Stars
• DYNASTY - Step By Step
• EVANS & STOKES - Beyond The Gates
• WITHIN SILENCE - Return From The Shadows

LATEST UPDATES

• FEATURED REVIEWS - October 22, 2017
• INTERVIEWS - September 17, 2017
• METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS - October 22, 2017
• RELEASE DATES - October 22, 2017

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Update: October 22, 2017

FEATURED REVIEWS

JACOBS DREAM - Sea Of Destiny - NEW
With newcomer Wright on board, however, Sea Of Destiny finds Jacobs Dream has returned to the power metal laced with progressive elements of its first two albums.  Read Full Review >>

 

DELIVERANCE - Weapons Of Our Warfare (Bombworks Records re-issue)
Another album that has gained a well-deserved iconic reputation within speed metal and melodic thrash circles is 1990 Intense Records Deliverance sophomore album Weapons Of Our WarfareRead Full Review >>

DISCIPLES OF GOD - Unleashed
Wiki defines a ‘super group’ as ‘a music group whose members are already successful as solo artists or as part of other groups or well known in other musical professions’.  Furthermore, ‘Super groups are sometimes formed as side projects and thus not intended to be permanent, while other times can become the primary project of the members' careers’.  Read Full Review >>

HOLY SOLDIER - Last Train (Roxx Records re-issue)
I hesitate to describe Last Train, the Holy Soldier Myrrh Records sophomore release from 1992, as a ‘step down’, but in a sense it is, at least in light of the brilliance to the groups iconic (95% Angelic Warlord graded) 1990 self-titled debut full length.  Read Full Review >>

GUARDIAN - Fire & Love (Retroactive re-issue)
Another example of an album in which ‘all the stars align’ - again, the type deemed as career defining and that fans come to identify a band - is Guardian 1990 Pakaderm Records sophomore release Fire & LoveRead Full Review >>

MINIER - Minier (Retroactive re-issue)
Minier recorded the EP on a budget of just $400 over a two-day period, but when he ran out of funds, decided to forgo recording bass tracks, figuring if Metallica could produce an album without bass (referring its 1988 release …And Justice For All) then so could he!  Read Full Review >>

NOZANOPRA - Peace In Our Hearts
Of all the surprises at Angelic Warlord this year, the summer of 2017 full-length debut of guitarist Thobias Wiklund’s Nozanopra project, Peace In Our Hearts, ranks at the very top.  Read Full Review >>

XALT - Dark War (Retroactive Records re-issue)
Xalt came roaring out of the late eighties Christian metal underground following the commercial success of Stryper in joining a host of other ‘white metal’ bands both signed (Barren Cross, Guardian, Bloodgood & Whitecross) and unsigned (Soldier, Paradox, Apostle & Revelation).  Read Full Review >>

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

Fear Not - Fear Not - Roxx Records re-issue

FEAR NOT - 25th Anniversary Vinyl & CD Pre-orders Now Up:
Press Release / Roxx Records is very excited to announce our next Limited Edition reissue of the much sought after self-titled debut release from US rockers FEAR NOT!

That’s right one of the long, lost out of print titles that has never seen a proper reissue, original CD copies are very scarce to find these days, if you can find one at all! But even better this will be the first time this title has ever been released on vinyl!

We are just getting started though, the music for this reissue has been completely re-mastered for vinyl and for a special CD pressing by our very own Rob Colwell (Bombworks Sound). So join us as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of FEAR NOT with this very cool limited edition reissue.

FEAR NOT the self-titled album will be issued on vinyl for the very first time with a special run of only 300 copies, featuring 100 copies on purple vinyl and 200 on black vinyl. It will feature all 10 of the original tracks as they originally appeared on the CD. Also we will be pressing 500 copies on limited edition CD featuring all 10 original tracks and 2 brand new previously unreleased tracks on CD!

Release date is scheduled for December 15, 2017, just in time for the Holiday season.

Fear Not track listing:

1. “Give It Up”
2. “We Have A God”
3. “Mr. Compromise”
4. “Till The End Of My Days”
5. “Suicide Sunshine”
6. “Money, Money”
7. “Easy Come Easy Go”
8. “There Is Love”
9. “Mad World”
10. “Take Hold”
11. You Got Love (CD Bonus Track)*
12. “Love Is Alright” (CD Bonus Track)**

* Previously released digital only on the LIBERTY N’ JUSTICE EP Life Songs

** Previously unreleased track recorded for this 25th anniversary release

Fear Not purple vinyl pre-order: http://roxxrecords.storenvy.com/products/21900128-fear-not-fear-not-purple-lp-2017

Fear Not black vinyl pre-order: http://roxxrecords.storenvy.com/products/21900176-fear-not-fear-not-black-lp-2017

Fear Not CD pre-order: http://roxxrecords.storenvy.com/products/21900194-fear-not-fear-not-cd-2017

Ransom - Soul Asylum - Roxx Records re-issue

Roxx Records Announce 25th Anniversary Reissue Of Sophomore RANSOM Album, Soul Asylum:
Release Date: November 24, 2017

Press Release / Classic Christian rockers RANSOM are up next to receive a very special Limited Edition re-master and reissue from Roxx Records as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the bands second and final album Soul Asylum.

RANSOM burst on to the Christian music scene in 1990 featuring the fiery female fronted vocals of Lisa Faxon, the amazing guitar work of Tony Ortiz and the beautiful bass sounds of Michael Preciado as its core members. In a male dominated world of hard rock and metal bands, Lisa would rise above bringing the polished vocal sounds of RANSOM to the forefront of the Christian rock world throughout the early 90’s.

Releasing their self-titled debut album in 1991 on Intense Records, the band was ready to take the Christian rock world by storm. Hot on the heels of this critically acclaimed release, the band began working immediately on their sophomore follow up album. In 1992 the band would release Soul Asylum, again receiving accolades and critical acclaim throughout the industry. Alas, the turn of the hard rock and metal community was upon them with grunge starting to overturn the hard rock world in the early 90’s and this would ultimately be the final release from RANSOM.

Soul Asylum was a masterpiece of an album being produced by Lanny Cordola , who also played on several tracks and handled some of the writing duties, as well as a very special guest appearance from Oz Fox of STRYPER. The original pressing of this album has been long out of print and tough to find for fans. Copies of the original CD are scarce and the album is definitely in need of a re-master to bring it up to today’s standards and volume levels.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Soul Asylum, and Roxx Records is set to help breath some new life in to this very special hard rock release. Soul Asylum has been completely re-mastered by Rob Colwell (Bombworks) and the artwork and layout has been updated and refined by Scott Waters (No Life Til Metal).

This very special re-master will be extremely limited to only 300 pieces on the CD format only. Each CD will come with a special hand numbered CD insert, packaged in a jewel case with an 8-page booklet with lyrics and some special liner notes from RANSOM bassist Michael Preciado. Lower numbers will be issued based on time of purchase and pre orders are available now. As this is a truly small run of CD’s it will ONLY be available through Roxx Records direct outlets and a very small handful of retail partners depending on remaining quantities after presale. Pre orders are up and live now.

Soul Asylum track listing:

1. “Soul Hymn”             
2. “Exit (Euthanasia)”    
3. “Windows Of My Heart”         
4. “The Lies”     
5. “Prayer Asylum”        
6. “Only The Just Let Go”          
7. “Not That Kind Of Girl”          
8. “Watching Over Me” 
9. “Higher Ground”        
10. “Sister Blue” 

Soul Asylum pre-order: http://roxxrecords.storenvy.com/products/21893201-ransom-soul-asylum-25th-anniversary

Roxx Records online: www.roxxproductions.com & www.facebook.com/RoxxRecords777

Xt - Saved By The Blood

New Album From XT, Saved By The Blood:
Release Date: October 20, 2017

Guitarist Björn Stigsson (LEVITICUS) and vocalist Sonny Larsson (MOTHERLODE) founded XT in 1991 and released the melodic hard rock of its self-titled debut the following year.  In 1993, XT put out its sophomore effort Taxfree, an album featuring the heavier sound albeit without sacrificing melody.  The Taxfree song “The Silent Cry” was awarded the most powerful song of the year by Aftonbladet, Sweden’s biggest evening newspaper with 3.5 million readers.  XT’s third and final album Extended Empire saw release in 1995 with the band choosing an even heavier and more experimental sound.  By the end of 1995, XT made their last performance and have not been active for the last 22 years.

All three XT albums were released worldwide and sold very well, especially in Japan.

In the spring of 2017 XT announced its comeback, which resulted in its Talking Music October of 2017 fourth full length album entitled Save By The Blood.  An album with a heavy sound and powerful melodies, it includes the single “I Will Follow You” that came out in September and which the band recorded a video (below).  Saved By The Blood will be released on both CD and vinyl.

In addition to Stigsson and Larsson, the current XT line up includes bassist Peter Carlsohn (JERUSALEM), keyboardist Dan Tibell (JERUSALEM) and drummer Mick Nordström (MODEST ATTRACTION).

Talking Music online: www.talkingmusic.se & www.facebook.com/talkingmusic

NEWS BRIEFS

* Further commentary from vocalist Dale Thompson regarding the possibility of a new BRIDE album (Facebook - October 19, 2017):

“Here is an update on discussions between Troy (Thompson – guitars) and I about another BRIDE CD. We have both agreed that we would love to write and record a very heavy ‘Snakes Part 2’, but the cost of doing so is high. In the past, we have used Kickstarter and fan financed ways of financially making records, but they have been disasters and failures as far as revenue.

“Realistically we would need at the very least 30 people to contribute $100 each to the project to make it happen. All that would do is pay for the studio and engineering and such. Our time and effort would be free.

“Troy has played me some of the many, many dozens of songs he has worked on for the past 4 years and ‘Snakes 2’ is there to be recorded. Because of the financial beatings we have taken on the last three BRIDE CDs, both Troy and I agree that we would have to have firm commitments and solid financial support to put a new project together.”

* Update from vocalist Michael Sweet regarding upcoming STRYPER album (Facebook - October 20, 2017):

“The new STRYPER album is complete! It's incredibly powerful and a perfect follow up to Fallen! These songs are going to absolutely rock live!  Rob (Sweet - drums), Oz (Fox - guitars) and I will be taking you on a journey throughout the recording process. We start preproduction on 10/23 and we start recording on 11/5.

“We're going into this believing it's going to be our best recording to date with a powerful message and music that will move mountains. We've been through a lot and we have faced many obstacles throughout our 35 years and we will stand strong through it all. No matter what is done, said or speculated, we will prevail. How?

“God is in control! He always has been and always will be, despite our weaknesses and faults. You can't stop God. You can't manipulate God. You can't change or alter Gods plans. There is a plan and a calling for STRYPER and we'll answer to that on this album just as we have on every album.

“Thank you all for supporting us and standing by our side. We wouldn't be here without you. The future is going to be incredible and we can't wait to experience it with you.”

 

Update: October 15, 2017

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

Philadelphia - Search & Destray - alternate cover art

PHILADELPHIA Announce Multiple New Releases & A Very Special Contest:
Press Release / Roxx Records is very excited to announce a multi album release project where we will be reissuing some very cool limited edition releases from the catalog of classic Christian rockers PHILADELPHIA!

2018 will see several very cool pieces come back to life featuring all new re-masters and revised artwork on vinyl and CD of the classic second album from PHILADELPHIA entitled Search And Destroy  as well as a very special pressing on vinyl of the bands most recent album Warlord!

Search And Destroy was originally released in 1985 on vinyl and cassette only, and eventually on CD for the first time in 2000 with a Limited Edition pressing on M8 records. Those original tracks will be re-mastered from the original source and reissued on a limited edition full vinyl pressing of 500 pieces along with a special re-mastered CD edition of only 500 pieces, containing all of the original tracks just as they appeared in 1985. 

Roxx is going to do something very special with the cover art for Search And Destroy as we are going to recruit all of you artists out there to assist us with this one. We want YOU to take that original album cover which we have stripped down to bare bones and color it and add to it and bring new life in to that original artwork! The band and the label will judge all of the entries and select a winner. The winner will be given a VERY nice vinyl and CD special prize package that you will not be disappointed with.

Those wanting to enter the contest must email bill@roxxproductions.com to receive the file and begin working on it. This contest will run until December 15, 2017 and the winning entry will be announced before year end as we start to work on the packages for a 2018 release date.

If that is not enough for you we will also be pressing a special run of only 150 copies of the latest album Warlord on vinyl as a part of the Roxx Records hand numbered Underground Series. This will be a very limited run also coming out in 2018 you won’t want to miss out on this one either!

So stay tuned into 2018 as we celebrate PHILADELPHIA  and revisit the music  and legacy of a band that would make an incredible impact on the Christian music world!

Philadelphia - Search & Destray - orginal cover art

Be sure and sign up on our email list to stay up to date on all the releases and pre order information first by visiting www.roxxproductions.com & www.facebook.com/RoxxRecords777.

PHILADELPHIA online: www.phillymusic.us & www.facebook.com/PhiladelphiaMetal

Romeo Riot - Sing It Out

Kivel Records Announce Debut Album From ROMEO RIOT, Sing It Out:

Disclaimer: For those who like faith-based bands, ROMEO RIOT is a band with Christians in it, not a Christian band (just like another Kivel Records artist ADRIANGALE with lead vocalist Jamie Rowe of GUARDIAN).

Hard hitting arena rock. The album BON JOVI never made!  Think NIGHT RANGER, Slippery… era BON JOVI with a wall of guitars and vocals. This is a 10-song album that is begging to be played on a big stage or cranked in your stereo, car or iPod. ROMEO RIOTis a band of now bringing back the sound of then with the production of today.  Best of both worlds. Most importantly, this is a FUN record that will put a smile on your face and want you to hit repeat as the last chord rings out.

Who is this band? Well this is what their label has to say: “What sort of fun happenstance did we just have land at our feet? Well, forgive us for using such a term, but Kivel Records now has its own super group. NO, we do not mean this with arrogance or to appear boastful with a laundry list of a who's who of platinum selling musicians. What we mean is, to "us", this is OUR Super group. This is our A-Team! These are our All-Stars, this is our own DAMN YANKEES! Five Musicians that have contributed to the last 5 years of our success. Now all together working as one unit, and as one band. They have all produced, written, and released some of the best records in Kivel Records two decade history. So it is time we let them throw a party of their own.

Sing It Out is scheduled to be released on October 16, 2017.

ROMEO RIOT line up:

Mark Giovi - Lead Vocals (ex HIGH GEAR)
Scott Miller - Guitars (TANGO DOWN)
Erik Johnson - Guitars and Vocals (BOMBAY BLACK)
Jace Pawlak – Keyboards and Vocals
Ty Sims - Bass (BOMBAY BLACK)

Sing It Out track listing:

1. “Room To Run”
2. “Streets Of Babylon”
3. “Sing It Loud”
4. “Twist Of Fate”
5. “What If We Were Wrong”
6. “Same”
7. “Cry”
8. “I Want To Try”
9. “Every Now And Then”
10. “Best Nights of our Lives”

Kivel Records online: www.kivelrecords.com & www.facebook.com/Kivelrecords

Sing It Out pre-order: http://boonesoverstock.storenvy.com/products/21811205-romeo-riot-sing-it-loud-new-cd-2017-kivel-records

WITHIN SILENCE - “Children Of The Light” Music Video Released:
Press Release / Slovakian melodic metal band WITHIN SILENCE has released a music video for the song "Children Of The Light", the second single from its upcoming sophomore album Return From The ShadowsReturn From The Shadows is scheduled to be released on October 27th in Europe and North America through Ulterium Records.

Return From The Shadows represents the perfect follow up to the groups 2015 Ulterium debut Gallery Of Life as it feels like a more mature and focused album.  The same impressive songwriting and melodies are still present, and together with heavy riffs, symphonic arrangements and epic parts, the result is a real strong album!

The album was mixed and mastered by Roland Grapow (MASTERPLAN, ex. HELLOWEEN), while artwork was created by Jan Yrlund (DELAIN, APOCALYPTICA, KORPIKLAANI).

WITHIN SILENCE has created the perfect album for fans of THEOCRACY, SONATA ARCTICA and STRATOVARIUS!

Link to the music video of the first single from the album, "Heroes Must Return": www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6RQQWS0t5U

Return From The Shadows track listing:

1. “We Are The Ones”
2. “Heroes Must Return”
3. “Children Of Light”
4. “Calling From The Other Side”
5. “In the Darkness”
6. “The Final Victory”
7. “You & I”
8. “Master”
9. “Return From The Shadows”

WITHIN SILENCE tour dates:

Nov 03: Brainstorm Festival - Apeldoorn, NL
Mar 24: Lindenkeller (with BRAINSTORM & SIGNUM REGIS) - Freising, DE

Within Silence - Return From The Shadows

Ulterium Records online: www.ulterium-records.com & www.facebook.com/ulteriumrecords

WITHIN SILENCE online: www.within-silence.com & www.facebook.com/withinsilenceband

NEWS BRIEFS

* “GLORIAM DEI - Rhythm guitar practice for new album Midnight Sun: www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFpQ32cSRUc

* Joshua Perahia - “It Must Be Love” (Mopar Tribute): www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qEs1EAbnPQ

*The track "A Call To Arms" from the latest THEOCRACY album Ghost Ship is now available for streaming at YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQaK6WyO504

ARTIST COMMENTARY

* From vocalist Dale Thompson regarding the possibility of a new BRIDE album (Facebook - 10/14/17):

“Troy (Thompson - guitarist) confided in me that he has written many songs in my absence. However, when we weigh the cost of doing another BRIDE CD with estimated CD sales it makes no sense in actually recording these new songs. On the other hand, if we felt there was a real demand for another BRIDE CD, Troy may be convinced of one more venture. I think what many people believe is this: "if a band wants to write and record a CD they just do it." The reality is a CD is timely, costly and there is a lot of sacrifice involved in the creation of such a piece of art.

“Deep down BRIDE never wanted to go away; nevertheless, BRIDE had to say goodbye because the audience just stopped supporting the work. Some might say they stopped supporting the work because they no longer felt that BRIDE was putting out the quality music that (it) produced in past years. I will not argue that point, but what I will argue is, Troy nor I have ever lost the enthusiasm, (or) the desire to create music for the Kingdom. Today when I go into a department store, an elevator and such I do not hear music, I hear a thin, dumb downed version of what music was. The art has been replaced by the formula, and the raw sound has been replaced by the machine”.

* From vocalist/guitarist Michael Sweet regarding the upcoming SWEET & LYNCH album, Unified (Facebook - 10/14/17):

“It's very interesting to hear from people that SWEET & LYNCH sounds like a MS project or even a STRYPER project. I'm scratching my head on that one. George (Lynch – guitarist) wrote ALL the music on this new album. I wrote the melodies and lyrics and produced it but again, he wrote ALL the music.

“Unless George is secretly a closet STRYPER fan and purposely writing songs that sound like STRYPER (insert extreme sarcasm here), I'm just getting it.  Of course, with me singing and writing the melodies then to some degree it's going to take on a bit of the MS/STRYPER thing but I gotta laugh when I read comments like "it's just another MS solo album" and "it sounds just like STRYPER". I'm not to blame this time around”.

 

Update: October 8, 2017

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

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Retroactive Records to Rerelease All Five BARNABAS Albums In 2017:

Discography:

Hear The Light (1980 Tunesmith / Light Records)
Find Your Heart A Home (1982 Tunesmith / Light Records)
Approaching Light Speed (1983 Light Records)
Feel The Fire (1984 Light Records)
Little Foxes (1986 Light Records)

About The Band:

BARNABAS started when bass player Gary Mann and guitarist Monte Cooley hooked up in Santa Monica, CA, in 1977. The two formed the band later the same year, with the lineup eventually including Nancy Jo Mann (vocals) and Kris Klingensmith (drums).  "I was living east of L.A.," remembers Klingensmith, "and I had put an ad in a local rag called The Recycler. Musicians use it to find gigs and sell equipment. Monte found my ad looking for other players, and he invited me to come audition for BARNABAS."

BARNABAS quickly got things organized and recorded a demo tape featuring the song "Directory Assistance" with "Nicodemus" on the B-side. "We shopped these demos around," Klingensmith says. "Everyone rejected them because it was too ridiculous, too outlandish to everyone except for a small Canadian label called Tunesmith, a part of Praise (Industries)."

The band's first album, Hear the Light, was released in 1980.  On the advice of fellow rock artists SERVANT and its Highway Missionary Society, BARNABAS hightailed it out of L.A. in 1981. After a few weeks of living in the Jesus People, USA community in Chicago, the band set up shop in Schaumburg, Illinois.  "The move was prompted so we would be more accessible to tour," says Nancy Jo. It was the first of many moves for this transient pack of musicians.

Founding member Cooley left the band and was replaced by guitarists Mick Donner and Kris Brauninger for sophomore effort Find Your Heart A Home, which found BARNABAS living in Des Moines, Iowa.  On the next album, 1983's Approaching Light Speed on Light Records, the band replaced Donner and Brauninger with guitarist Brian Belew, forming the line-up most people envision as Barnabas.  The Manns, Klingensmith and Belew created 1984's Feel the Fire and then moved to Edmond, OK where the members would go on to release their final album, Little Foxes, in 1986.

Though plagued by constant change in location or personnel, BARNABAS richly contributed to Christian music's emerging diverse landscape.  "There really wasn't a whole lot of that type of smash mouth music going on," Klingensmith says, "particularly when Monte formed the band with Gary back in L.A. It was all sort of Chuck Girard (acoustic) sounding. (Our sound) was new, and it bothered a lot of people. The stage presence overwhelmed them. We had our share of detractors, that's for sure."

Barnabas promo pic

Celebrating 40 Years of BARNABAS:

Two core values at Retroactive Records are to support and celebrate the bands and to release the best quality product possible! With Christian metal legends BARNABAS, we were never convinced the past CD reissues reflected those two core values. In 2017, we cherish the opportunity to work with band vocalist Nancy Jo Mann and make things right for the band and their many fans across the world!

The impact of BARNABAS cannot be minimized. Starting in 1977 and disbanding in 1987, BARNABAS went through more changes and challenges in ten years than most experience in a lifetime. It was a love for God, the music, and a deeply compassionate heart for hurting people who needed to know someone cared that drove this pioneering band to be a cutting-edge voice for love, for God, and for justice!

More progressive musically than RESURRECTION BAND, and MUCH harder edged than SERVANT, BARNABAS embarked on a tremendous journey worthy of a Christian Metal Hall of Fame induction. One of the most popular Christian Metal bands of the late 80’s/early 90’s confided in BARNABAS that their founder’s introduction to Christian music was BARNABAS, and BARNABAS inspired him to start their band.

The BARNABAS ministry lives on long after they stopped playing concerts. The ministry lives on through the members and through the fans who put faith into action, just like BARNABAS did for ten critical years. That’s why Retroactive Records is honored to celebrate 40 years of Barnabas in 2017, culminating with all five albums being re-mastered (with the greatest of care by Rob Colwell at Bombworks Sound) and reissued on CD this year. All albums will be re-mastered from virgin sealed vinyl or cassette because all master tapes have been destroyed and are unavailable. All releases will be packaged in jewel cases with 12-page booklet inserts. These are must-have reissues for all Christian metal fans! For fans of AGAPE, JERUSALEM, DANIEL BAND and RESURRECTION BAND.

First BARNABAS Release Schedule and Pre-Order Incentive:

Tuesday November 14th is the worldwide release date for:

1. Hear The Light
2. Find Your Heart A Home
3. Approaching Light Speed

***Anyone that PRE-ORDERS all three albums will receive a FREE autographed (by at least Nancy Jo Mann) 8x10 of the band. The band picture comes from the liner notes of Feel the Fire.

Second Barnabas Release Schedule and Pre-Order Incentive:

Tuesday December 12th is the worldwide release date for:

1. Feel The Fire
2. Little Foxes

***And, anyone who PRE-ORDERS both albums will receive a FREE 5x5 sticker of Feel the Fire

Sign up for news and pre-order information (coming soon) at the official Retroactive Records store at: http://boonesoverstock.storenvy.com

BIOGENESIS Drops New Promo Video For "Land Of Confusion":
Press Release / Dayton, Ohio based ‘hybrid metal’ band BIOGENESIS has released as the third single off its critically acclaimed third album A Decadence Divine a cover of the classic GENESIS song “Land Of Confusion”.  The single has been serviced to radio and is doing well, currently holding the #2 spot on the LOUD chart for internet radio. Request the new single at your local Christian and Rock radio stations.

A Decadence Divine saw release via Roxx Records on May 26, 2017.

Having gotten its start in 1996, BIOGENESIS has created a metal style almost all their own. While very hard to categorize, a good description of BIOGENESIS might be a mix of thrash/death/power/progressive/Goth and aggressive nu-metal.  As far as a band comparison, it’s probably what you would get if you mixed DELIVERANCE, MEGADETH, SAVIOUR MACHINE and threw in some DREAM THEATER and maybe a little DISTURBED.

This is technically only the bands third full length original release, starting with The Mark Bleeds Through (2001 Rowe Productions) followed up 11 years later with The Rise, The Fall, The Rebirth (2012 Soundmass). Also, two years later a re-mastered and expanded edition of their first album would be released entitled The Mark Bleeds Through: First Blood (2014 Soundmass)

A Decadence Divine features almost a completely brand new and youthful line up, hosting an improved sound both musically, lyrically and sonically. BIOGENESIS is ready to take the metal world by storm with this brand new Rebirth! This release also boasts brand new apocalyptic cover artwork that was designed by graphic designer Tim Murray, and helping make A Decadence Divine a must have metal release for 2017.

A Decadence Divine track listing:

1. “Prelude (Nocturnal Images)”
2. “A Decadence Divine”
3. “Inside The Beast”
4. “Bet Your Soul”
5. “As Empires Fall”
6. “Lines In The Sand”
7. “The Pain You Left Behind”
8. “Tears Of God”
9. “Land Of Confusion”
10. “In the Darkness I Dwell”
11. “Brood Of Vipers”
12. “Silence” (CD bonus track)

Biogenesis - A Decadence Divine

Roxx Records online: www.roxxproductions.com & www.facebook.com/RoxxRecords777

BIOGENESIS online: www.facebook.com/BiogenesisProgressiveMetal

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WARLORD Signs With Frontiers Music SRL; New Album Due In 2018:
Courtesy of www.blabbermouth.net:

Frontiers Music Srl has announced the signing of legendary U.S. epic metal act WARLORD for the release of a new studio album in 2018.

Long admirers of the band and having gotten to know drummer Mark Zonder through his work with GRAHAM BONNET BAND and the upcoming group SPIRITS OF FIRE (which also features Tim "Ripper" Owens, Chris Caffery and Steve DiGiorgio), Frontiers approached Zonder about the prospect of doing a new WARLORD disc. Luckily for the label, Zonder and co-founder/guitarist William J. Tsamis were very much open to the idea.

Says Zonder: "After all of these years, WARLORD is with a 'real label. It will be great to have WARLORD music shared with a worldwide audience, which is something that has been missing for many years. With my prior working experiences with Frontiers, I know WARLORD is in the right place and I am very appreciative of this great opportunity. We thank everyone at the label for their belief in WARLORD!"

In September 2013, Tsamis and Zonder announced that they had tapped vocalist Nicholas Leptos of ARRAYAN PATH and ASTRONOMIKON to be the new WARLORD singer. This lineup, along with bassist Philip Bynoe, will be featured on the upcoming album.

Zonder says: "This WARLORD release will be like all of the previous ones- 100% WARLORD. No changing of direction to keep up with the current fad, just good ol'-school WARLORD music. Maybe leaning back a touch to the early days and we promise a high-energy album that features the classic Bill Tsamis compositions and his classic guitar melody lines. As I always try to do, I'll give it my all in tandem with my favorite bass player Philip Bynoe, working together to create a solid foundation.

"This will be the first studio recording with Nicholas Leptos on vocals. We have performed live with him several times and are eagerly awaiting to capture his dynamic performances on tape. A classic WARLORD album in the making…"

Founded in 1980 by guitarist/composer William J. Tsamis and drummer/percussionist Mark Zonder, WARLORD is considered a pioneer in power metal thanks to their now classic 1983 six-song EP, "Deliver Us". Kerrang!, Sounds, Burrn! and Music Connection all featured the band and praised the release thanks to their outside the norm, semi-progressive style that was inspired by such diverse acts as RAINBOW, SCORPIONS and JETHRO TULL. Adding further intrigue to the WARLORD mystique was the band members' use of pseudonyms such as Destroyer (Tsamis), Thunderchild (Zonder), Damien King (vocalist Jack Rucker) and Sentinel (keyboardist Diane Kornarens). The band also refused to become just another L.A. club act and opted to present themselves on a grander scale. They famously rented The Raymond Theater out to stage what would turn out to be the only WARLORD live performance in the USA, prior to August 2013. It was filmed and recorded for the group's first full-length release, And The Cannons Of Destruction Have Begun..." , issued in October 1984, accompanied by a home video release of the same name.

While the band disbanded in 1986, they amassed a cult-like following in Europe despite their inactivity. This was largely due to rave reviews in metal the press, continuous airplay, and the circulation of many demos via "tape trading," as well as positive word-of-mouth promotion among metal fans. With the onset of the Internet, the music of WARLORD spread worldwide and thus helped secure WARLORD a place in the history of heavy metal as one of the great metal forefathers of the ‘80s.

After the band dissolved, Zonder joined prog metal pioneers FATES WARNING and went on to release numerous albums with them as well as others thanks to his skills then and now being in high demand. It was during one of FATES WARNING's European tours that Zonder realized that WARLORD's following had grown considerably with multiple fans asking him to sign WARLORD albums and demanding new music from the band. Zonder contacted Tsamis and, as soon as schedules permitted, WARLORD was once again an active band. Vocal duties were assigned to HAMMERFALL vocalist (and massive WARLORD fan) Joacim Cans. Thus, in 2002, a new album, Rising Out Of The Ashes, was recorded and released worldwide to rave reviews. This was followed by the first ever WARLORD live performance in Europe at the prestigious Wacken Open Air festival in Germany.

A string of mishaps and serious family health issues plagued WARLORD after these performances and the band was once again put on a hiatus, which lasted for almost nine years. WARLORD returned to active status formally in March 2012. Vocal duties would be handled by one of the original '80s WARLORD singers, Rick Anderson, and Philip Bynoe (Steve Vai, RING OF FIRE) joined the band on bass. That lineup released The Holy Empire to much critical and fan acclaim. In the meantime, mounting pressure by promoters and fans bore fruit and WARLORD announced that they would headline the April 2013 German Keep It True XVI festival. This announcement was followed by two headlining dates in Greece - Thessaloniki and Athens - which sold out, thus leading to a second headlining show in Athens which sold out as well.

Frontiers Music SLR online: www.frontiers.it & www.facebook.com/frontiersmusicsrl

WARLORD online: www.facebook.com/OfficialWarlord

NEWS BRIEFS

* New lyric video from PASTOR BRAD, “Crush”: www.youtube.com/watch?v=24BigYClKp4

The song comes off the artist’s summer of 2017 album of the same title.

* “I Will Follow You”, official video from XT off the upcoming album “Saved By The Blood” (release date October 20, 2017): www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GFGGGHyYaI

XT consists of guitarist Björn Stigsson (LEVITICUS), vocalist Sonny Larsson (MOTHERLODE) bassist Peter Carlsohn (JERUSALEM), keyboardist Dan Tibell (JERUSALEM) and drummer Mick Nordström (MODEST ATTRACTION).

 

Update: October 1, 2017

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

Deliverance - The Subversive Kind

Thrash Outfit DELIVERANCE Sign With Roxx Records:
Press Release / DELIVERANCE are pleased to announce they have officially signed with Roxx Records and 3 Frogz Records to officially release their brand new album, The Subversive Kind.

Earlier this year the band launched a very successful campaign to help with funding the new album. All contributors to that campaign will be receiving their campaign items this December. Vinyl contributors will be happy to know they will be receiving an exclusive green vinyl version of the album that will not be available to anyone else outside the campaign. Campaigners will get first listen of the brand new album well in advance of the street date.

The Subversive Kind is a true return to form for these Christian thrash pioneers, boosting 8 brand new tracks that truly bring the thrash back. Bill Bafford of Roxx Records had this to say about the new partnership, 'We are very excited to once again be partnering with 3 Frogz, Jimmy Brown and DELIVERANCE to bring you this awesome new thrash release. The fans that have been requesting a ‘Weapons part 2’ will be ecstatic with this new release and I'm going to go out on a limb and say that this new album is the bands Reign In Blood.

Stay tuned as we prepare to bring you The Subversive Kind in early 2018.

Roxx Records online: www.roxxproductions.com & www.facebook.com/RoxxRecords777

DELIVERANCE online: www.facebook.com/DeliveranceRocks

GALACTIC COWBOYS Return With Comeback Album, Long Way Back To The Moon:
Courtesy of www.blabbermouth.net:

Music Theories Recordings/Mascot Label Group has announced the signing of '90s progressive metal adventurers GALACTIC COWBOYS. The band's reunited original lineup - lead vocalist Ben Huggins, drummer/vocalist Alan Doss, guitarist/vocalist Dane Sonnier and vocalist/bassist Monty Colvin - will release its first album in seventeen years, Long Way Back To The Moon, on November 17. They descended upon Doss's studio in Houston, Texas in early 2016 to write and record.

A video for the track "Internal Masquerade" can be seen above.

GALACTIC COWBOYS has always been a musical enigma. Hailing from Houston, Texas, the band combined melodic thrash, progressive metal, and BEATLES-esque harmonies into a genre of its own creation. Blending these considerable musical chops with a quirky sense of humor, the band quickly distinguished itself from anyone else in the world, garnering fans amongst some of music's biggest stars. Their first time around, though, they were the right band at exactly the wrong time. On this outing, they shoot for the moon again, and celebrate the journey back.

The COWBOYS' most notable fan base became other musicians - an exclusive club that included other 1990s musical misanthropes such as JELLYFISH, KING'S X and Kevin Gilbert. Reflecting both the musicality and diversity of the band, GALACTIC COWBOYS toured with two hard rock/metal legends, ANTHRAX and DREAM THEATER.

Said former DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy: "The GALACTIC COWBOYS were (and still are) one of my favorite bands to emerge from the '90s. Great songwriting, killer players and euphoric harmonies. They were always criminally underrated and overlooked, which led to their premature demise in 2000. My last seventeen years have had a hole in my musical palate without them and I couldn't be happier at the announcement of their return! Welcome back boys... I missed you!"

The eleven new tracks (and two bonus tracks) included on Long Way Back To The Moon harken back to the COWBOYS' iconic songs, but are infused with a contemporary hard rock sound. In the tradition of ALAN PARSONS PROJECT, Steven Wilson and PERIPHERY, the album is completely organic: engineered, produced, mixed, and mastered by the band - even all the artwork. One trapping of contemporary production set aside by the band was an over-reliance on studio trickery - no Pro Tools, drum triggers or even vocal tuning. Just real music by real musicians.

The album's sound is alternately heavy, whimsical, charging, and crunching, combining inescapable atmosphere with the drive of a band on a mission. Old fans will feel at home, but hard rock fans who have never heard GALACTIC COWBOYS before will also be instantly hooked. As with all GALACTIC COWBOYS albums, the songs are emotional in topic, and often including a large dose of ironic humor. Each song is performed, sung, and written with intense passion.

Said Colvin: "It was an absolute pleasure getting back together with the guys to record this album. I think we've all grown as musicians and as people since we first got together in '89, and I think our fans will really love this new stuff."

The song "Zombies" is a tongue-in-cheek study on finding love on the last day of human existence, blended with social commentary regarding modern society's obsession with its electronic screens. Timely topics continue with "Next Joke": from kids' sports in which everyone gets a trophy to Disney telling kids to wish upon a star and all their dreams will come true, our unrealistic expectations have set us all up for failure: the joke is on us. "Internal Masquerade", the album’s first single, examines the turmoil endemic to the human experience and the difficulties in keeping self-generated darkness at bay, themes revisited in darker "Blood In My Eyes".

A special treat for fans both old and new is "In The Clouds", the album’s leadoff track and also the first GALACTIC COWBOYS song ever written. Penned in 1989 by Doss and Colvin after the demise of their previous outfit, THE AWFUL TRUTH, the song explores leaving the banal confines of this world behind and ascending to a higher plane of existence. It's also the song Huggins sang to earn his spot in the band!

Said Sonnier: "We can't wait for everyone to hear this, and it's great to be back. Back from the Ranch on Mars and onward to the moon."

Long Way To The Moon track listing:

1. ““In The Clouds””
2. “Internal Masquerade””
3. ““Blood In My Eyes””
4. ““Next Joke””
5. ““Zombies””
6. ““Drama””
7. ““Amisarewas””
8. ““Hate Me””
9. ““Losing Ourselves””
10. ““Agenda””
11. “Long Way Back To The Moon””
12. “Believing The Hype” (bonus track)
13. “Say Goodbye To Utopia” (bonus track)

Galactic Cowboys - Long Way To The Moon

Mascot Label Group online: www.mascotlabelgroup.com & www.facebook.com/mascotlabelgroup

GALACTIC COWBOYS online: www.galacticcowboys.com & www.facebook.com/galacticcowboys

Killed By Cain - Retroactive Records CD & Vinyl Re-issue

Retroactive Records Announce KILLED BY CAIN Self-Titled Vinyl Release & CD Re-issue:
Release date is November 21, 2017:

Press Release / Louisville, KY based KILLED BY CAIN started out as the infamous 80’s classic metal band, Whiteray that released 4 highly sought after demos! By 1993 the group had signed with R.E.X. Records and changed their name to KILLED BY CAIN. Featuring a much more aggressive metal sound with distinctive METALLICA meets G’N R-styled vocals and killer heavy metal more in line with the thrashing grooves of 90’s MEGADETH. Listen for the album’s producer Dale Thompson's (BRIDE, THE WORLD WILL BURN) signature screams in “Sin City”, and “Introduction to Hypocrisy”. Bassist Steve Curtsinger went on to play on several BRIDE albums as well as releasing a hard music masterpiece with the band, ZOOBABIES.

KILLED BY CAIN is full on metallic anger and rage at it's finest. The music is hard, and the message is socially relevant even in 2017! In all seriousness, Killed By Cain is the album METALLICA should have made after the Black album! These songs sound like they could have been the follow up to GUNS ‘N ROSES Use Your Illusions! For fans of METALLICA, BRIDE, TOURNIQUET (Vanishing Lessons era), GUNS ‘N ROSES, MOTORHEAD!

The 2017 Retroactive Records reissue of this album comes fully re-mastered by Rob Colwell (Bombworks Sound) on CD (limited to 300 copies) and vinyl (limited to 150 copies). The vinyl release is the first release on the new Retroactive Records “From the Vaults” vinyl series all limited to 150 copies or less!

Killed By Cain track listing:

1 “Intro To Hypocrisy”
2 “Burn The Church”
3 “Violence”
4 “Thou Shalt Not Kill”
5 “Gasoline”
6 “Jezebel”
7 “Father”
8 “Sin City”
9 “Walk The Line”
10 “Gun Control”

Killed By Cain CD pre-order: http://boonesoverstock.storenvy.com/products/21702566-killed-by-cain-killed-by-cain-retroarchives-edition-cd-2017-retroacti

Killed By Cain vinyl pre-order: http://boonesoverstock.storenvy.com/products/21701858-killed-by-cain-killed-by-cain-vinyl-2017-retroactive-pre-order

WITHIN SILENCE - “Heroes Must Return” Music Video Released:
Press Release / Slovakian melodic metal band WITHIN SILENCE has released a music video for the song "Heroes Must Return", the first single from its upcoming sophomore album Return From The ShadowsReturn From The Shadows is scheduled to be released on October 27th in Europe and North America through Ulterium Records.

Return From The Shadows represents the perfect follow up to the groups 2015 Ulterium debut Gallery Of Life as it feels like a more mature and focused album.  The same impressive songwriting and melodies are still present, and together with heavy riffs, symphonic arrangements and epic parts, the result is a real strong album!

The album was mixed and mastered by Roland Grapow (MASTERPLAN, ex. HELLOWEEN), while artwork was created by Jan Yrlund (DELAIN, APOCALYPTICA, KORPIKLAANI).

WITHIN SILENCE has created the perfect album for fans of THEOCRACY, SONATA ARCTICA and STRATOVARIUS!

Return From The Shadows track listing:

1. “We Are The Ones”
2. “Heroes Must Return”
3. “Children Of Light”
4. “Calling From The Other Side”
5. “In the Darkness”
6. “The Final Victory”
7. “You & I”
8. “Master”
09. “Return From The Shadows”

WITHIN SILENCE tour dates:

Nov 03: Brainstorm Festival - Apeldoorn, NL
Mar 24: Lindenkeller (with BRAINSTORM & SIGNUM REGIS) - Freising, DE

Within Silence - Return From The Shadows

Ulterium Records online: www.ulterium-records.com & www.facebook.com/ulteriumrecords

WITHIN SILENCE online: www.within-silence.com & www.facebook.com/withinsilenceband

NEWS BRIEFS

* Two new songs from Chris Dickens’ rocked our blues project BIG CHRIS & D’BARE BONES BAND, “Yes I Know” & “Bootegger’s Prayer”: www.reverbnation.com/bigchrisdbarebonesband

Further details from the artist:

“The first song is an acapella track that sounds like it should be on a Gaither Homecoming video.  It's old school 4 part harmony.  I wanted more of the barbershop quartet sound but ended up with a smoother southern gospel sound.  I am doing all the vocal work.
 
“The second song is called "Bootlegger's Prayer".  It's a story of a guy making moonshine who gets raided.  The still explodes and he is badly burned.  He ends up dying and burns again if you catch my drift.  I am doing all the guitars, bass, vocals, and mixed/mastered this one.  Kelly Matthews of LORDCHAIN is on drums”.

Both songs come off his upcoming sophomore album Man Overboard.

* Eric Clayton talking about new SAVIOUR MACHINE album: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktkDEmT2noM, www.youtube.com/watch?v=at4Fko7CHPI & www.youtube.com/watch?v=aI1LJAyUYmc

 

Update: September 24, 2017

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

S91 Premier “Wandering Souls” Lyric Video:
Press Release / Montecarlo, Italy based progressive metal band S91 has debuted a lyric video to the track “Wandering Souls”, which comes off its fall of 2016 Underground Symphony Records sophomore album Behold The Mankind.  A group whose name is short for Psalm 91, S91 independently released its full-length album Volonta Legata in 2011.

Fans of DELAIN, DARKWATER and SHADOW GALLERY will appreciate how S91 mixes modern shades, psychedelic nuances and complex time signatures with a progressive basis.

The album was produced by Cristiano Bertocchi (VISION DIVINE, LABYRINTH, WIND ROSE).
 
Behold The Mankind is a concept album about the history of mankind based on Christian theology.  Further details from the group:

“In this album we talk about how since mankind's beginning, it has undergone rapid corruption by creating communities with strong social imbalances. This is because men and women carry an incurable evil within themselves that is only curable through the intervention of the Creator. Throughout history, we often see revolutionary movements that tend to open the door to even more ferocious regimes. God seeks to redeem humanity by calling an insignificant man to himself, from whose offspring will be born a man that will be God's incarnate and with him he will die and be resurrected. The story of the land of Israel and Christ is a metaphor of the story of humanity. Today individuals are called to die and resurrect as members of a group.”:

S91 line up:

Mari - Lead Vocals
Franz - Lead Vocals & Guitar
Frank - Keyboards
Jack - Bass
Giacomino - Drums

Behold The Mankind track listing:

1. “The Cry Of Life”
2. “Wandering Souls”
3. “Slaves And Kings”
4. “The Calling”
5. “Blind Revolutions”
6. “The Son Of God”
7. “Sacrificed”
8. “The Bloody Revelation”

S91 online: www.facebook.com/S91band

Michael Sweet promo pic

Tour With STRYPER, LYNCH MOB & SWEET & LYNCH Is In The Works For 2018:
Courtesy of www.sleazeroxx.com:

STRYPER and SWEET & LYNCH front man Michael Sweet was recently interviewed on EVH Gear TV and spoke about the possibility of a tour featuring STRYPER, LYNCH MOB & SWEET & LYNCH.

Sweet stated (as transcribed by Sleaze Roxx): “We are working on that. We’ve all talked – LYNCH MOB, STRYPER, George (Lynch) and I and the plan is to go out and SWEET & LYNCH do a set, and then LYNCH MOB does a set, and then STRYPER does a set. And we are going to try to share a bus, a crew and everything, and go out and make that happen. It would be a crime for that not to happen. So count on that next year. It’s just a matter of when and where…. It’s very difficult to facilitate. Everybody is really busy.  Many times, our schedules are as far away from each other as they can possibly be. But now that George and I are ‘homeboys’ - you know, in a band together so to speak, we’re going to make that happen. We’ve got to get out there and play these SWEET & LYNCH songs live. We have to!”

Sweet added: “And you know, it’s a great band. You don’t have a better rhythm section than (drummer) Brian Tichy and (bassist) James Lomenzo… It’s really hard to improve upon that. And then you have one of the greatest guitar players of all time - it’s George Lynch - and then you throw a heavy metal Dennis DeYoung in there and there you have it!”

As far as playing guitar with Lynch as well, Sweet stated: “Absolutely. I’ll play guitar live for sure but you know, when you’re in a band with George Lynch, you want George to shine… Yeah, I’ll do that. I feel naked without a guitar.”

SWEET & LYNCH will be releasing their second studio album Unified via Frontiers Music Srl on November 10, 2017.

The group has already released the song “Promised Land” for streaming: www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3KsWifXpdA

A video for the track “Afterlife” has been uploaded as well: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErnZeGPHNRI

An abbreviated version to the interview can be viewed at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nx70Sg18lQ

Full version to the interview: www.youtube.com/watch?v=rP-8u5Wa2bw

New SWEET & LYNCH Song Available For Streaming, ”Bridge Of Broken Lies”:
Courtesy of www.blabbermout.net:

The song “Bridge Of Broken Lies” from SWEET & LYNCH - the band featuring guitarist/vocalist Michael Sweet of STRYPER, legendary guitarist George Lynch (DOKKEN, LYNCH MOB), bassist James LoMenzo (MEGADETH, WHITE LION, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY) and drummer Brian Tichy (THE DEAD DAISIES, WHITESNAKE) - can be streamed above. The track is taken from the SWEET & LYNCH' sophomore album Unified, which will be released on November 10 via Frontiers Music Srl.

Says Sweet: "George and I couldn't be more excited about this album! We've worked very hard to bring you the best of both worlds - a throwback of the chart-topping STRYPER/DOKKEN days yet with a modern production that fits right in with anything out there now in the rock world today.

“We couldn't be more proud than to be working with Brian Tichy and James LoMenzo again as they are the best rhythm section you'll ever hear.  If you liked SWEET & LYNCH I, you're going to love Unified."

Michael previously said that SWEET & LYNCH was formed when Frontiers president Serafino Perugino approached him "to sing and write for what (Serafino) 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's debut album, Only To Rise, was released in January 2015 via Frontiers Music Srl.

Unified track listing:

1. “Promised Land”
2. “Walk”
3. “Afterlife”
4. “Make Your Mark”
5. “Tried & True”
6. “Unified”
7. “Find Your Way”
8. “Heart Of Fire”
9. “Bridge Of Broken Lies”
10. “Better Man”
11. “Live To Die"

Frontiers Music SRL online: www.frontiers.it/index.php & www.facebook.com/frontiersmusicsrl

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

NEWS BRIEFS

* Roxx Records 2018 Release Schedule:

CRYSTAVOX - Crystavox (LP + CD)
CRYSTAVOX - The Bottom Line (LP + CD)
PHILADELPHIA - Warlord (Underground Series LP)
PHILADEPHIA - Search & Destroy (LP + CD)
SOLDIER - Babylon & Beyond (The Collective Works) (Underground Series LP + CD)

* Vocalist Nancy Jo Mann announced via Facebook (09/18/17) that all five BARNABAS albums are going to be re-issued on Retroactive Records within the next six to eight weeks.

* ”Dead Come Alive”, new instrumental hard rock cut from Dennis Cameron (ANGELICA): www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQE5VVsKQRU

* Video update from DELIVERANCE front man & rhythm guitarist Jimmy P. Brown II (uploaded September 18, 2017): www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TK03vZB5KA

* SHINING FORCE new album update (Facebook - 09/17/17):

“Hello SHINING FORCE fans and friends. I'm excited because the mix is completed on the new soon to be released album By The Blood. Yes its true, the CD is finally mixed. The last thing to do is to master the album. I will start the mastering process on Tuesday with Mike Heald. Mike and I have been at it all day today trying to get things finished. We will be mastering on Tuesday and a few more days after that and it will be completed. Our self titled CD Shining Force is also going to be worked on next. Mike will be re-mastering the self-titled CD and it will be available soon as well.”

* XT uploaded to Spotify an new song, “I Will Follow You”, that will appear on its upcoming album Saved By The Blood.

 

Update: September 17, 2017

INTERVIEWS

Deliverance promo pic

New DELIVERANCE Interview Online:
Original Heaven’s Metal Editor Doug Van Pelt conducted a recent online interview with DELIVERANCE front man and guitarist Jimmy P. Brown II.  In the interview, Brown offers his thoughts regarding the group’s upcoming album The Subversive Kind, the return of original guitarist Glen Rogers and the current state of the hard music scene. Following is an excerpt:

So, Jimmy, thanks from all of us fans for making new music. We so enjoy your talent, voice, style and songwriting. What do we owe this proliferation of musical activity? What made you get busy all of a sudden and what all are you working on?
The musical activity was sparked by my making the decision to quit the Casino Industry after 14 years, and take a job as lead engineer for 3 Frogz Studios. Being in a fully functional, state of the art studio is like locking the drug addict in a pharmacy! (laughs) After the initial shock of moving back to the Deep South again, I began writing again… And, Deliverance was invited to play the Exido Festival in Mexico, in which the super group was formed with Jim Chaffin on Drums, Victor Macias on Bass and George Ochoa on guitar. This naturally led to talks of recording again. George had a lot going on in his musical world with Worldview and other projects, and Jim, Victor and I decided to work together to write a record that reflected our roots in why we started this in the first place! Victor having gone on the road with us for our first US tour in 89-90, and Jim being an honorary member of the Big D, it seemed only natural for the 3 of us to devise and write a full blown thrash album!

Read full interview: HERE

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

Fear Not - Fear Not - Roxx Records CD re-issue & vinyl release

Roxx Records Reveals FEAR NOT CD Re-issue & Vinyl Release Details:
Release date is December 8, 2017:

Press Release / Roxx Records is very excited to announce our next Limited Edition reissue of the much sought after debut release from US rockers FEAR NOT!

That’s right one of the long, lost out of print titles that has never seen a proper reissue, original CD copies are very scarce to find these days, if you can find one at all! But even better this will be the first time this title has ever been released on vinyl!

FEAR NOT was formed in 1992 coming out of the remnants of LOVE LIFE with their one and only release entitled Lady Jane. After the release of Lady Jane, the band felt they needed a change and to somewhat reinvent their sound and style, the band would change their name to FEAR NOT, sign on to Pakaderm Records and embark on to a very successful ride with this, their self-titled debut.

Unfortunately in the mid 90’s the music scene was starting to take a turn, and when a band like FEAR NOT should have been on top of the charts, the sounds of grunge were coming in and hard rock in the vein of FEAR NOT was pushed to the side. Alas, FEAR NOT would call it a day before ever recording a sophomore release.

Today 25 years later we are excited to once again revisit and celebrate the music and story of FEAR NOT. Featuring a very beautiful new cover, that stays true to the original release while highlighting the hand painting of Ronald Wall, who assisted in the beautiful pin stripped logos on the cover and the beautiful updated hand painting of the cross on the back cover. Together with Scott Waters (No Life Til Metal), they turned the artwork and layout in to a work of art.

We are just getting started though, the music for this reissue has been completely re-mastered for vinyl and for a special CD pressing by our very own Rob Colwell (Bombworks Sound). So join us as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of FEAR NOT with this very cool limited edition reissue.

FEAR NOT the self-titled album will be issued on vinyl for the very first time with a special run of only 500 copies, featuring 150 copies on purple vinyl and 350 on black vinyl. It will feature all 10 of the original tracks as they originally appeared on the CD. Also we will be pressing 500 copies on limited edition CD featuring all 10 original tracks and 2 brand new previously unreleased tracks on CD! Release date is scheduled for December 8, 2017, just in time for the Holiday season.

Stay tuned for updates and pre-order information by signing up on our email list at: www.roxxproductions.com

Haven - Your Dying Day - Retroactive vinyl re-issue

Retroactive Records Announce HAVEN Your Dying Day Vinyl Release:
Release date is November 14, 2017:

Press Release / HAVEN was a Christian heavy metal band from the United States that released Your Dying Day on the legendary R.E.X. Records in 1990. The album was, and still is, an example of a Christian band getting it right in terms of releasing music that stood apart from other heavy metal bands through their artful progressive bent. This debut release showed its impact immediately by transcending the metal label, while sealing the band's reputation for cerebral compositions.

The 80's metal scene celebrated excessive use of drugs and alcohol, and that influence resulted in alienation and hardship. Those hardships would open the gateway to Grunge and Alternative - but in 1990 we weren't there just yet! QUEENSRYCHE set the bar for metal that moved beyond cliche' with 1988's Operation Mindcrime. Your Dying Day, is a stellar brand of progressive power metal with subtle thrash influences that provided musical and spiritual depth in the face of cultural shallowness. It was the perfect album, released at just the right time.

This 2017 Retroactive Records reissue see this classic progressive metal album on vinyl for the very first time! Limited to just 300 copies. with 200 Black vinyl and 100 Red vinyl, don’t wait to snag your copy! Re-mastered by Rob Colwell of Bombworks Sound, you know your ears are in for some elite metallic ear candy! For fans of DELIVERANCE, RECON, SACRED WARRIOR and QUEENSRYCHE.  Be sure to pick up the 2012 Retroactive reissue of Your Dying Day on CD as well!

Your Dying Day track listing:

1. “On Judgment Day”
2. “Deliver Me”
3. “Murder”
4. “Below the Grave”
5. “The Calling”
6. “America”
7. “Escape”
8. “Help Me Follow”
9. “I Found Love”
10. “Your Dying Day”

Your Dying Day pre-order (Black vinyl): http://boonesoverstock.storenvy.com/products/21509837-haven-your-dying-day-black-vinyl-poster-2017-retroactive-records-pre-o

Your Dying Day pre-order (Red vinyl): http://boonesoverstock.storenvy.com/products/21509657-haven-your-dying-day-red-vinyl-poster-2017-retroactive-records-pre-ord

Haven - Age Of Darkness - Retroactive CD re-issue & vinyl release

Retroactive Records Announce HAVEN Age Of Darkness Vinyl Release & CD Re-issue:
Release date is November 14, 2017:

Press Release / 1991's Age Of Darkness is the second (and final) album from Christian metallers HAVEN. Before you conjure up images of STRYPER, you'd do well to give this one a chance. Where a band like BARREN CROSS drew its influences from DIO and IRON MAIDEN, HAVEN's sound owes more to a certain Seattle sound (no, not that one). I'm talking about bands like QUEENSRYCHE, FIFTH ANGEL and METAL CHURCH.

Age Of Darkness is a very impressive traditional/power metal album, full of great melodies, shredding guitars, and a Geoff Tate-inspired vocal style. There are a couple instances of DOKKEN-style balladeering, but for the most part this is a fast paced power metal album that should please fans of APOCRYPHA, POWERSURGE, and CRIMSON GLORY, and any of the bands mentioned earlier. HAVEN is a Christian band, but they're not overly "churchy" with their lyrics, so Age of Darkness shouldn't alienate the average metal fan. Believe me; this one's much more likely to induce headbanging than Bible-thumping!

The 2017 reissue of Age of Darkness on Retroactive Records sees this classic album on vinyl for the very first time! We pressed 200 Black vinyl and 100 Blue vinyl. Get them while they last! The CD is packaged with an 8-panel insert in a jewel case with lyrics - and we only pressed 500 of them! Both vinyl and CD have been digitally re-mastered to perfection by Rob Colwell of Bombworks Sound!

Age Of Darkness track listing:

1. “Tenacious Volition”
2. “Divination”
3. “When You Said Goodbye”
4. “Holly”
5. “Exaltation”
6. “The Witching Hour”
7. “Séance”
8. “Spend My Life With You”
9. “Unchanging Love”
10. “Blood Of The Lamb”
11. “Once Upon A Time”

Age Of Darkness pre-order (CD): http://boonesoverstock.storenvy.com/products/21510842-haven-age-of-darkness-retroarchives-edition-cd-poster-2017-retroacti

Age Of Darkness pre-order (Black vinyl): http://boonesoverstock.storenvy.com/products/21510746-haven-age-of-darkness-black-vinyl-poster-2017-retroactive-records-pre

Age Of Darkness pre-order (Blue vinyl): http://boonesoverstock.storenvy.com/products/21510533-haven-age-of-darkness-blue-vinyl-poster-2017-retroactive-records-pre-o

NEWS BRIEFS

* MILLENNIAL REIGN update regarding its third album (Facebook - 09/05/17): “Writing for the forthcoming album is finished and production will begin soon. Several awesome things are going on behind the scenes and we will be announcing those as we go.”

* SHINING FORCE is putting the final touches on its sophomore album By The Blood.  The group plans to return to the studio later in the year to begin work on its next album entitled Seven, which it hopes to release in 2018.    

* The title to the debut album from NO OTHER GOD, Take It By Storm, is drawn from Ezekiel 38:9: You will go up, you will come like a storm; you will be like a cloud covering the land, you and all your troops, and many peoples with you.

NO OTHER GOD is the new band to feature vocalist Dale Thompson (BRIDE, THE WORLD WILL BURN).  Rounding out the NO OTHER GOD line up is bassist Raphael Dafras, guitarist, Anmol Lucena and drummer Alexandre Aposan.

 

Update: September 4, 2017

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

Tim Gaines promo pic

Tim Gaines Out Of STRYPER:

We would like to begin this weeks news update by stating the official Angelic Warlord position regarding the Tim Gaines matter, which has generated a great deal of recent online controversy.  It has always been the Angelic Warlord policy to present hard music news in as neutral and objective manner as possible but also without going into detail about the personal lives of individual artists, particularly when we do not know the facts as it pertains to all sides of any potential issue at hand.  In staying true to its mission to support Christians creating art within the metal and hard rock genres, the sites name IS Angelic Warlord and NOT Angelic Inquirer.

After mulling the topic over, we boiled the following down from several recent updates issued by both parties involved:

Bassist Tim Gaines is officially no longer a member of STRYPER.  Fans, however, can look forward to a new solo record from Gaines in addition to him contributing bass to the next album of Orange County, California based melodic metal band FAITHSEDGE.  He will also be performing in an (as of yet unnamed) ‘super group’ with several ‘80’s MTV rockers’.

The remaining members of STRYPER, lead vocalist and guitarist Michael Sweet, guitarist Oz Fox and drummer Robert Sweet, recently put out several statements via Facebook in which we draw the following:

“We wish Timothy Gaines nothing but the best, and we will always remember the history and the good times that we all shared together.

“We're excited about the future and we will be making an official announcement very soon about our new album, tour and bassist. We love our fans and we appreciate your support and patience as we work through these changes.  God is good and positivity prevails. We'll stay faithful and keep moving forward no matter what.  The best is yet to come!”

Michael Sweet also provided his thoughts as it pertains to the groups search for a new bassist (Facebook - September 2, 2017):

“We just want a great player/singer and someone who is a team player and respectful of our band and history, with a good heart and attitude. We won't compromise who we are and we'll make the right decision.”

STRYPER is scheduled to enter the studio this fall to begin work on its new album, which tentatively is scheduled to be released in the spring of next year.  Fallen, the groups most recent album from 2015, entered The Billboard 200 chart at position No. 43 with first-week sales of just over 10,000 units.  The album followed the No. 35-peaking No More Hell To Pay, which was released in 2013.

Tim Gaines released his debut solo album Breakfast At Timothy’s in 2009.

Consectrator - Images Of Deception - Roxx Records re-issue

CONSECRATOR Full Release Details Announced:
Press Release / Roxx Records and No Life til Metal Records are very excited to bring you another classic Christian thrash reissue. This time hailing from the Lone Star state of Texas, we welcome classic thrashers CONSECRATOR to the family as we give the band our signature re-master treatment.

This killer new release is coming your way on limited edition vinyl and a special CD/DVD package. The vinyl release will be part of the Limited Edition Roxx Underground Series as #7 with each piece being hand numbered through 150 copies only. Each vinyl comes with a special 8 x 10 promo photo and a very special print of a brand new interview featuring James Chavez original Consecrator guitarist.

Also there will be a very special 500 piece 2 disc set made available featuring a 13 track re-mastered CD and a very special DVD. The 13 track CD features every recorded track from CONSECTRATOR and a brand new previously unreleased recording that will leave you wanting even more. The DVD is a special recording from the bands archive; it contains a live performance captured at the The Refuge from August 17, 1992. This package will be a limited edition pressing of only 500 pieces.

CONSECRATOR Image Of Deception is coming your way on October 13, 2017 and pre orders are up now with many limited edition special packages including a special run of shirts and a free bonus sticker for the first 50 orders only!

Image Of Deception demo track listing:

1. “Submission”
2. “Image Of Deception”
3. “Mindlessly Betrayed”
4. “Vision Ignored”:
5. “Sayings Of The Wise”
6. “Free From Death”

Previously unreleased track:

7. “Meaningless” (2005 recording)

Debut demo track listing:

8. “Make Me Laugh”
9. “Satan Lies”
10. “Saving Song”
11. “Messiah Calls”
12. “Troubled Years”
13. “Cast Out”

Check out a lyric video to the track “Meaningless”: www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bWeVL3DEDY
 
Image Of Deception pre order: http://roxxrecords.storenvy.com

CONSECRATOR online: www.facebook.com/Consecrator-Official-band-Page

Glenn Rogers Rejoins DELIVERANCE:
As noted by the group’s original lead guitarist (Facebook - August 28, 2017):

“OK BIG ANNOUNCEMENT… To my friends I have been holding this back, but now there's " No Time." I have rejoined DELIVERANCE.  This does not mean an end to FINAL DECREE, but when a door opens I had to step on through. So I will do double duty.  I'll be headed into the studio to track some guitar solo's for the new ‘D’ (album) The Subversive Kind. There is some exciting things in the future.  Stay Tuned…”

Founding member and vocalist/rhythm guitarist Jimmy P. Brown II provided a recent YouTube video update (above) regarding the bands progress on its new album The Subversive Kind:

“The record is 98% done, but we have run into some snags.  Biggest thing is we want to make sure it is right.  Greg Minier was so warm and kind enough to lend his amazing guitar playing- to putting solos on the record.  Those of you who have followed DELIVERANCE know that I don’t like playing solos very much- so that is why I like to hire a lead player.  I’m a rhythm guy, but I love amazing solos.  And Greg is fantastic   And so Greg is fixing up some stuff on the record he wanted to clear up and get done.  We wanted it very aggressive and very powerful in its presentation.  So he’s doing that right now.”

He offers further detail about Rogers re-joining DELIVERANCE:

“But Greg is not going to be able to play full time with us.  He won’t be able to do shows.  Greg has a career as a teacher now.  It’s unfortunate that he won’t be able to join us, but that left the door open…  We are so excited about who has joined the ranks, and is with the ‘Big D’ once again.  Who better to call than the guy that came in (in) 1986 and 1987 and did the Greetings Of Death demo with us and worked with me on the first album.  Brought us the likes of (producer) Bill Metoyer, who produced SLAYER, DRI, FLOTSAM & JETSAM, SACRED REICH.  I’m talking about none other than Glenn Rogers.  That’s right- Glenn Rogers is back with DELIVERANCE!  We are really, really excited about this!

“He wanted to let you guys know (in a message to me today) that he is super glad to be back with the ‘Big D’ and as he has said ‘there is some unfinished business there.’  And we’re going to do our best to put together a great live show.  He is going to be playing live with us, but he should (also) play on the record.  So Glenn is actually going into the studio this weekend and he is going to be doing some solos on the record.  Then after that, I am going to drop them (his solos) into the mixes; the mixes are ready to go.  And then off to mastering, then we’ll have the record done.  That will happen no later than next week.”

Rounding out the DELIVERANCE line up on The Subversive Kind is drummer Jim Chaffin and bassist Victor Macias.  Musically, the group is promising a ‘thrash project that will bring back the classic DELIVERANCE sound’. 

Commented Brown during the groups Indiegogo crowd funding campaign from earlier in the year: “We’re going to give you the fan what you’ve been asking for and what you want- the old school thrash days of DELIVERANCE.  We are so excited.  We’ve been writing great material (and) were getting great tones.  It’s going to be crunchy, fast (and) thick.  Everything you’ve always loved about DELIVERANCE since the Greetings Of Death days you’re going to get it with this record”.

DELIVERANCE was last heard from in December of 2013 when it released (jointly via Roxx Records and 3 Frogz Records) its tenth studio album Hear What I Say!   The fall of 2014 also saw the fourth DELIVERANCE album from 1992, Stay Of Execution, re-mastered and re-issued on Roxx Records, while the same year Brown put out the sophomore album of his Pink Floyd influenced progressive rock side project Moveable Walls (also Roxx).  Brown is currently at work on a solo album entitled Eraserhead that musically hearkens back to the progressive sounds of River Disturbance (the sixth Deliverance album).

Deliverance - The Subversive Kind

DELIVERANCE online: www.facebook.com/DeliveranceRocks

NEWS BRIEFS

* BIG CHRIS & D’BARE BONES BAND reveal new drummer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ukh7IN9dsY

* Reanimated Radio interview with Andy La Morte of RAINFORCE: www.reanimatedradio.com/interview-andy-la-morte-rainforce

* VISUAL CLIFF, lyric video to new song “Casualty Of Words”: www.youtube.com/watch?v=byTeAUivnCo

“Casualty Of Words” will be appearing on the groups upcoming album Refuge.

 

Update: August 27, 2017

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

Retroactive Records banner

Retroactive Records Update:
Retroactive Records has secured the licensing to re-issue the following titles in 2018:

* ETERNAL DECISION - Eternal Decision (Original Release 1996), 500 CD / 200 Vinyl Units (thrash ala Metallica)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=dyVIzrt0WTo

* ETERNAL DECISION - Ghost In The Machine (Original Release 1999), 300 CD / 200 Vinyl Units
www.youtube.com/watch?v=hL7ADunXbNY

* ETERNAL DECISION - E.D. 3 (Original Release 2002), 300 CD / 200 Vinyl Units
www.youtube.com/watch?v=TO_FT9IULbY

* KILLED BY CAIN - Killed By Cain (Original Release 1993 / R.E.X.), 300 CD / 200 Vinyl Units
www.youtube.com/watch?v=JE42rV3Pzuw

* SACRAMENT - Testimony Of Apocalypse (Original Release 1990 / R.E.X.), 300 Vinyl Units
www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNUN4cYc2L0

* SACRAMENT - Haunts Of Violence (Original Release 1992 / R.E.X.), 300 Vinyl Units
www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqELegMh-kk

* SIX FEET DEEP - Struggle (Original Release 1994 / R.E.X.), 200 Vinyl Units
www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSVGRP6OtW0

* SIX FEET DEEP - Road Less Travelled (Original Release 1997 / R.E.X.), 200 Vinyl Units
www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1IybcFPBP8

* WHITERAY – Demo Collection (not official title), CD 500 Units (melodic metal ala early BRIDE - later changed name and style to KILLED BY CAIN)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=seI40Lz3f1s

Retroactive also provided a recent update (Facebook - August 22, 2017) regarding the HAVEN vinyl re-issues:

“Retroactive Records has received the HAVEN Your Dying Day & Age Of Darkness vinyl test pressings from manufacturing. Approved them. It's been decided each will be a 300 unit pressing, with 100 of Your Dying Day as Red vinyl, and 100 of Age of Darkness as transparent blue. It should be about 3 months until they ship to us. We will have pre-orders up in about 2 weeks or so. There will be pre-order incentives of full posters for each release and a signed band photo (by lead vocalist Kevin Ayers). We will also be releasing Age Of Darkness on CD (8 panel insert, jewel case, re-mastered)

Nozanopra - Peace In Our Hearts

NOZANOPRA Reveal Details For Debut Album, Peace In Our Hearts:
NOZANOPRA is the new project of Stockholm, Sweden based guitarist Thobias Wiklund, whom formed the group in 2013 after spending several years in different bands and working as a freelance musician.  His goal in putting together NOZANOPRA was to create something new in hard rock music by integrating oriental melodies and rhythms inclusive to (individual songs) instrumental parts.

Peace In Our Hearts is scheduled to be released via TWMusic Productions on September 15, 2017.

Similar to his independently released 2015 solo album To Remember The Forgotten, Wiklund will be again working with renowned vocalist Peo Pettersson (LEVITICUS, AXIA).  Also joining Wiklund in NOZANOPRA is drummer Mauritz Petersson, whom also performed on Remember the Forgotten, and vocalist and keyboardist Chris Lanto (ex GAFFA).

Guest performers include drummer Mats (Mally) Hoxell, keyboardist Paul Artinian, bassist Tomas Lundqvist, percussionists Hagop Artinian & Emanuel Demir on Saz.

Peace In Our Hearts contains seven songs composed and produced by Wiklund.  Mixing and mastering duties attribute to Petersson.

The plans for NOZANOPRA are to tour and continue to record more albums in the future.

NOZANOPRA line up:

Thobias Wiklun - Lead, Rhythm, Acoustic Guitar & Bass
Peo Pettersson - Lead & Background Vocals
Chris Lanto - Lead & Background Vocals & Keyboards
Mauritz Petersson - Drums & Percussion

Guest Musicians:

Mats (Mally) Hoxell - Drums on track 1
Tomas Lundqvist - Bass on track 1
Paul Artinian - Keyboards on track 1
Hagop Artinian - Percussion on tracks 3 & 5
Emanuel Demir - Saz on tracks 1 & 3

Peace In Our Hearts track listing:

1. “Druidic Fire Never Dies” (6:45)
2.  “Now Is The Time” (5:44)
3. “Peace In Our Hearts” (5:15)
4. “Save The World” (5:30)
5. “Land Of Paradise” (7:42)
6. “So Many Miles” (6:22)
7. “Soul Searcher” (6:29)

NOZANOPRA online: www.nozanopra.com & www.facebook.com/nozanopra

SWEET & LYNCH Premier “Afterlife” Lyric Video:
Courtesy of www.blabbermouth.net:

The official lyric video for the song "Afterlife" from SWEET & LYNCH - the band featuring guitarist/vocalist Michael Sweet of STRYPER, legendary guitarist George Lynch (DOKKEN, LYNCH MOB), bassist James LoMenzo (MEGADETH, WHITE LION, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY) and drummer Brian Tichy (THE DEAD DAISIES, WHITESNAKE) - can be seen above. The track is taken from the SWEET & LYNCH' sophomore album Unified, which will be released on November 10 via Frontiers Music Srl.

Says Sweet: "George and I couldn't be more excited about this album! We've worked very hard to bring you the best of both worlds - a throwback of the chart-topping STRYPER/DOKKEN days yet with a modern production that fits right in with anything out there now in the rock world today.

“We couldn't be more proud than to be working with Brian Tichy and James LoMenzo again as they are the best rhythm section you'll ever hear.  If you liked SWEET & LYNCH I, you're going to love Unified."

Michael previously said that SWEET & LYNCH was formed when Frontiers president Serafino Perugino approached him "to sing and write for what (Serafino) 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, who is a devout Christian, also talked about his working relationship with George, who considers himself to be a freethinker/atheist:

"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."

SWEET & LYNCH's debut album, Only To Rise, was released in January 2015 via Frontiers Music Srl.

Unified track listing:

1. “Promised Land”
2. “Walk”
3. “Afterlife”
4. “Make Your Mark”
5. “Tried & True”
6. “Unified”
7. “Find Your Way”
8. “Heart Of Fire”
9. “Bridge Of Broken Lies”
10. “Better Man”
11. “Live To Die"

Sweet & Lynch - Unified

Frontiers Music SRL online: www.frontiers.it/index.php & www.facebook.com/frontiersmusicsrl

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

Within Silence - Return From The Shadows

WITHIN SILENCE Announce Sophomore Album, Return From The Shadows:
Press Release / The new album from Slovakian melodic metal band WITHIN SILENCE, Return From The Shadows, will be released October 27, 2017 in Europe and North America via Ulterium Records.

Return From The Shadows represents the perfect follow up to the groups 2015 Ulterium debut Gallery Of Life as it feels like a more mature and focused album.  The same impressive songwriting and melodies are still present, and together with heavy riffs, symphonic arrangements and epic parts, the result is a real strong album!

Return From The Shadows was mixed and mastered by Roland Grapow (MASTERPLAN, ex. HELLOWEEN), while artwork was created by Jan Yrlund (DELAIN, APOCALYPTICA, KORPIKLAANI). 

WITHIN SILENCE has created the perfect album for fans of THEOCRACY, SONATA ARCTICA and STRATOVARIUS!

Return From The Shadows track listing:

1. “We Are The Ones”
2. “Heroes Must Return”
3. “Children Of Light”
4. “Calling From The Other Side”
5. “In the Darkness”
6. “The Final Victory”
7. “You & I”
8. “Master”
09. “Return From The Shadows”

WITHIN SILENCE tour dates:

Nov 03: Brainstorm Festival - Apeldoorn, NL
Mar 24: Lindenkeller (with BRAINSTORM & SIGNUM REGIS) - Freising, DE

Ulterium Records online: www.ulterium-records.com & www.facebook.com/ulteriumrecords

WITHIN SILENCE online: www.within-silence.com & www.facebook.com/withinsilenceband

 

Update: August 20, 2017

FEATURED REVIEWS

CHOIRS OF VERITIS - I Am The Way, The Truth And The Life
It’s easier to find an honest politician these days than a symphonic metal band with a male lead vocalist, but Milan, Italy’s Choirs Of Veritis and its spring of 2017 Underground Symphony Records debut I Am The Way, The Truth And The Life defies the trend.  Read Full Review >>

THE CRIMSON BRIDGE MINISTRY - Choices
Does it suffice to suggest that the ‘sophomore jinx’ rarely if ever rears its ugly head in the hard music world?  Read Full Review >>

PASTOR BRAD - Crush
Crush, the most recent (July of 2017) album from Bay City, Michigan minister and guitarist Pastor Brad Windlan, has all the ingredients needs to appeal to both the classic metal faithful and those looking for melodic hard rock hooks.   Read Full Review >>

RESURRECTION BAND - Colours (Retroactive re-issue)
What is your favorite Resurrection Band album?  Ask a dozen hard music aficionados and chances are you will receive a dozen different answers, a total that equates to the number of studio albums of unique material released by the blues based hard rocking Chicago, Illinois based five piece throughout its three-decade career.  Read Full Review >>

RESURRECTION BAND - Mommy Don’t Love Daddy Anymore
The Resurrection Band 1981 fourth full length album Mommy Don’t Love Daddy Anymore is often overlooked in hard music circles, probably because it lives in the shadows of its widely acclaimed (by critics and fans alike) predecessor Colours from 1980.  Read Full Review >>

RESURRECTION BAND - DMZ (Retroactive re-issue)
If your experience has been similar to mine, then many if not most of your favorite band’s have that one album in their repertoire that (for whatever reason) has failed to grow on you.  Read Full Review >>

ROSE - Songs For The Ritually Abused
Randy Rose, better known as drummer and co-lead vocalist for the at times techno and modern and others hard rocking but always inventive Southern California based group Mad At The World, released in the spring of 2017 his fifth solo album, Songs For The Ritually AbusedRead Full Review >>

THE 3 - Gospelbilly
A power trio hailing from the Oklahoma City metro area, The 3 (according to its press material) ‘records and performs an exciting mixture of modern classic hard rock, rockabilly (and) blues rock with the type of Christian themes found on the recordings of such artist as Johnny Cash, The Bryds, Hank Williams Sr. and others’.  Read Full Review >>

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

Angelica  - Angelica

ANGELICA Self-Titled Debut Re-issued:
Official re-release of Angelica for the first time in August of 2017 on Mexican label EMI Distro:

Born out of the demo material of Ontario, Canada based guitarist and founding member Dennis Cameron, Angelica signed to Intense Records and released four-full length albums, of which the self-titled debut from 1989 is often the most highly regarded.  Many attribute this to the presence of vocalist extraordinaire Rob Rock, whom at the time was renown in mainstream circles for his work in M.A.R.S. and its Project Driver release in addition to fronting the third Joshua album Intense Defense.  It could also relate to the melodic metal and commercial hard rock hooks infusing Angelica not to mention the virtuoso guitar abilities to Cameron.

Angelica actually acted as more of a project as opposed to a full time band in that per Cameron, “(Angelica) was more of an idea for a band than anything with my songwriting, my direction, and me financing everything from the demos to whatever” (referencing an interview from back in the day).  More specifically, “The whole existence of Angelica only revolved around making the records. As hard as I tried to make it a 'band', it never came to fruition” (as noted in a recent online interview). 

He further summarizes the Angelica mission: “(Angelica) was only meant to be a vehicle for me to present some Christian oriented music and use it to glorify God instead of trying to get myself on center stage and in the spotlight using the secular music model.”

Limited to a pressing of 300 CD copies, the EM Distro re-issue features the original Angelica cover art and track listing.  Cameron handled re-mastering.

Angelica track listing:

1. “There's Only One Hero”
2. “Are You Satisfied”
3. “I Believe”
4. “Danger Zone”
5. “Shine On Me”
6. “Only A Man”
7. “One Step At A Time”
8. “Will I Ever Learn”
9. “Take Me”
10. “Ahh!”
11. “S.O.S.”
12. “Face To Face”

EM Distro online: www.facebook.com/EM-Distro

ANGELICA online: www.denniscameron.com & www.facebook.com/Angelicatheband

Enzo & The Glory Ensemble - In The Name Of The Son

ENZO & THE GLORY ENSEMBLE Reveal Track Listing To New Album, In The Name Of The Son:
In The Name Of The Son is the Rockshots Records sophomore album of founding member Enzo Donnarumma’s project ENZO & THE GLORY ENSEMBLE.  Appearing are many of the same artists that performed on his 2015 debut In The Name Of The Father, including Marty Friedman, Kobi Farhi (ORPHANED LAND), Ralf Scheepers (PRIMAL EAR), Mark Zonder (FATES WARNING, WARLORD, GRAHAM BONNET BAND), Gary Wehrkamp & Brian Ashland (SHADOW GALLERY), David Brown (METATRONE) and many more.

Enzo Donnarumma‘s sound explores and unifies different genres: progressive metal, classical music, symphonic soundtrack, musical, ethnic music and world music.  In The Name Of The Son accordingly delivers a Gospel metal sound thanks to the “Weza Moza Gospel Choir” from Congo.

In The Name Of The Son was produced by Enzo Donnarumma and Gary Wehrkamp, mastered by Simone Mularoni while featuring the impressive cover art by Nello Dell’Omo (Art For Music).  Set to be released in Europe on September 29, 2017 via Rockshots Records on all the major record and digital stores, the album will mark another important milestone in the band’s career.

In The Name Of The Son track listing:

1. “Waiting For The Son”
2. “The Tower Of Babel”
3. “Luke 1: 28”
4. ““Psalm 8”
5. “Glory To God”
6. “Psalm 133”
7. “Magnificat”
8. “Isaiah 53”
9. “Matthew 11: 25”
10. “The Trial”
11. “Eternal Rest”
12. “Te Deum”
13. “If Not You”

In The Name Of The Son pre order: http://enzoandtheglory.bigcartel.com

Rockshots Records online: www.rockshots.eu & www.facebook.com/rockshotsrecords

Enzo Donnarumma online: www.enzodonnarumma.com/intro/index.html & www.facebook.com/Enzo-Donnarumma

Galactic Cowboys promo pic

GALACTIC COWBOYS Return With Original Line Up And First Album In 17 Years:
Press Release / Music Theories Recordings/Mascot Label Group are thrilled to announce the signing of 90’s progressive metal adventurers GALACTIC COWBOYS who return with the original line up and their first album in 17 years.

Dane Sonnier (guitar), Ben C. Huggins (vocals), Alan Doss (drums/keyboards) and Monty Colvin (bass) are strapped in, heading back to the Ranch on Mars and are recording together for the first time since 1993’s Space In Your Face, to rain down a sonic meteor shower later this year.

The Houston, Texas quartet caught the attention of Geffen Records with their eclectic blend of melodic vocals, thrashing riffery and progressive explorations to release their self-titled debut in 1991, the same year label mates NIRVANA released Nevermind. Though the antithesis of grunge, the ‘COWBOYS’ none the less chalked up videos in heavy MTV rotation, and a memorable appearance in 1994’s ‘Airheads’. Tours followed with DREAM THEATER, KING’S X, ANTHRAZ and OVERKILL. Going on to release an additional 5 albums, the group disbanded after 2000’s Let It Go. Their music left a lasting mark on many musicians, including fans Mike Portnoy, Kerry Livgren (KANSAS) and Eric Singer (KISS).

Talking about joining Music Theories Recordings (AYREON, FLYING COLORS, Don Airey, Neal Schon, Paul Gilbert), Monty Colvin shares, "I am very excited to restart the artistic engine of GALACTIC COWBOYS and bring the universe new music! We're looking forward to a great working relationship with Mascot!”

"We said we'd only come back if the world needed us. When Mascot sent out the distress call we knew it was time to return. Get ready world. Here come Galactic Cowboys!" adds Ben C Huggins.

Talking about the addition to the label, CEO Ed Van Zijl went on to say, “Every music enthusiast has a favourite band that they dream would reunite one day. Fans worldwide will be stoked to see GALACTIC COWBOYS back in their original line-up, and so are we. We’re excited to have them be part of our growing Mascot family!”

Mascot Label Group online: www.mascotlabelgroup.com & www.facebook.com/mascotlabelgroup

GALACTIC COWBOYS online: www.galacticcowboys.com & www.facebook.com/galacticcowboys

SOCAL METAL FEST 2017 VIDEOS

* RECON, full performance: www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wUmceQTb1c

* SAINT, “In The Night”: www.youtube.com/watch?v=lkICDQdGUxI

* WORLDVIEW, “Mortality”: www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_y-fFsNnOg

NEWS BRIEFS

* IMARI TONES, IndieGogo campaign to fund new album “Jesus Wind”: www.indiegogo.com/projects/concept-album-about-japanese-christian-history-japan#

* YouTube interview with STRYKEN drummer Joey Knight: www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hITW45yW14

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