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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

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UPCOMING REVIEWS

• MICHAEL CUTTING - Unspoken
• FAITH HEAD - Faith Head
• PASTOR BRAD - Up
• THE SEVENTH POWER - V7
• THEE FINAL CHAPTRE - It Is Written (Deluxe Edition re-issue)

LATEST UPDATES

• FEATURED REVIEWS - January 15, 2017
• INTERVIEWS - January 1, 2017
• METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS - January 15, 2017
• RELEASE DATES - January 8, 2017

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Update: January 15, 2017

FEATURED REVIEWS

FOUR STAR REVIVAL - The Underdog - NEW
At the intersection of traditional metal and power metal sits Four Star Revival.  Read Full Review >> 

 

EDEN’S WAY - Can’t Get Enough
Those looking to add an eighties influenced melodic hard rock album to their collection have just been presented with an all new option: the November of 2016 independent fifth full length release from Eden’s Way, Can’t Get EnoughRead Full Review >>

THE HERO - Miracles
Taking inspiration from its Gothic metal and hard rock past, Stockholm, Sweden’s based Hero has centered its new album, the fall of 2016 Roxx Records release Miracles, around a darker, swarthier and more brooding sound.  Read Full Review >> 

THE NEAL MORSE BAND - The Similitude Of A Dream
Neal Morse is throwing another bone to those who prefer epic length concept albums with The Similitude Of A Dream, the fall of 2016 Radiant Records sophomore release of The Neal Morse Band.  Read Full Review >>

S91 - Behold The Mankind
The Underground Symphony Records fall of 2016 third S91 album Behold The Mankind, released in follow up to the groups independent 2011 sophomore full length Volonta Legata, joins a foundation of progressive metal with leanings towards the power, symphonic and melodic metal side of things.  Read Full Review >>

WYTCH HAZEL - Prelude
Wytch Hazel harnesses the synergy between new wave of British heavy metal, the hard rock twin guitar attack of Thin Lizzy and folk-rock eccentricity to Jethro Tull.  Read Full Review >>

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

FOUR STAR REVIVAL Release “The Underdog” Lyric Video:
The official lyrics video for “The Underdog”, a new song from FOUR STAR REVIVAL, can be see above.  The song comes off the groups 5 track sophomore EP The Underdog, which it released via Headstone Records on January 13, 2017.

The Underdog follows on the heals of the FOUR STAR REVIVAL Aztek Records fall of 2014 debut full length Knights Of The Revival.

Described in its press material as having an “early 80’s metal sound (but) with a modern twist”, FOUR STAR REVIVAL (again, from its press material) "is driven by soaring vocals, ripping guitars and a message of hope".

The 85% Angelic Warlord review of Knights Of The Revival reinforces how “the group draws upon the influence of old school classic US power metal and backs it with veteran musicianship to represent one of the more exciting up and comers to hit the hard music scene in recent years.”  The album is further characterized by “consistent songwriting, solid production and able musicianship, which allow Four Star Revival to shine in what is an already crowded power metal scene.”

FOUR STAR REVIVAL consists of vocalist Jack Emrick (LIFE AFTER DEATH) guitarist Benny Bodine (WARMINISTER), bassist Ed Girard (HOUSE OF JASON) on bass, and drummer Paul Strausburg (WORLD GONE WRONG).

The Underdog track listing:

1. “The Underdog”
2. “Liar”
3. “Rumors Of War”
4. “Broken”
5. “The Garden Of Good And Evil”

FOUR STAR REVIVAL online: https://fourstarrevival.bandpage.com & www.facebook.com/FourStarRevival

DELIVERANCE, Crowdfunding Old School Thrash Album:
Founding member & vocalist/guitarist Jimmy P. Brown II has joined forces with drummer Jim Chaffin and bassist Victor Macias to fund a new DELIVERANCE album via Indiegogo.

As noted by DELIVERANCE at its Indiegogo page:

“Hey Big D fans, this project is for you! Jimmy has teamed up with Jim Chaffin (THE CRUCIFIED, THE BLAMED, FASEDOWN) and Victor Macias (TOURNIQUET) for a thrash project that will bring back the classic DELIVERANCE sound. Fast and Heavy!!! The project is slated for a spring 2017 release and shows are lining up in Europe as this post goes live. We have plenty of extras for you to choose from. Whatever you can afford, we’d greatly appreciate it.”

Comments Brown: “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”.

Renowned for the ‘Metallica cross Queensryche’ sound of its earlier material, DELIVERANCE debuted in 1986 with the speed metal and thrash of its independently released six song demo Greetings Of Death, which went on to sell an impressive 5000 copies.  The group later placed the tracks “Attack” and “A Space Called You” on the 1987 California Metal compilation prior to signing with Intense Records.  The DELIVERANCE 1989 Intense self-titled debut maintained the speed metal and thrash leanings as did 1990 spiritual warfare themed sophomore release Weapons Of Are Warfare.  DELIVERANCE closed out its thrash era with its third release on Intense, What A Joke from 1991.

You can support the upcoming DELIVERANCE album at: www.indiegogo.com/projects/deliverance-2017-music#

NEWS BRIEFS

* “The Z Cyphers”, official lyric video of new song from ENERGEMA: www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKsloOMVD3Y

“The Z Cyphers” comes off the group’s upcoming sophomore album World Of Zionix.

* Vocalist Greg X. Volz (PETRA, CLASSIC PETRA) will be recording an album with his new band, CPR:

“I'm excited to announce that I will be heading to Nashville the first of the week to record vocals on the new CPR project which has four former Petra members! That should give you some indication of what this is about. There will be nine Classic Petra songs as well as one classic rock song on this project. I will be releasing EXCLUSIVE behind the scenes videos and interviews with the band during our time in the studio on my Website BLOG and Facebook. Stay tuned!”

Two of the re-recorded cuts include “Not Of This World” (off the album of the same name) and “For Annie” (Never Say Die).

CPR line up:

Greg X. Volz - Lead Vocals
Kirk Henderson - Guitars
John Lawry - Keyboards
Ronnie Cates - Bass
Louie Weaver - Drums

 

Update: January 8, 2017

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

Michael Cutting - Unspoken banner

Michael Cutting Releases Debut Solo Album, Unspoken:
Press Release / The independently released solo album from HOLY SOLDIER guitarist Michael Cutting has been five years in the making and it shows.  Excellent songs- from lyrics to songwriting to the recorded vocals and all the instruments this thing smokes. Featuring none other then David Zaffiro producing the vocals and engineering this release, and even contributing vocals to the tracks “Leave It Behind” and “Karma”.

From the opening track “Table For One” with its very ALICE IN CHANGE like styling to the ballad like “Leave It Behind” and “Never Forget” and everything in between you get a little bit of variety here.

Michael truly put his heart on his sleeve as he shared this masterpiece with the world. Styles ranging from rock to hard rock to metal, I even hear his PINK FLOYD influences coming through as well as some BEATLES influence in some of the tracks making this a very eclectic release sure to appeal to the tastes of hard rockers and HOLY SOLDIERS fans a like.

CD pressing comes packaged in a beautiful high gloss digi-pack format with an extended 24 page fold out booklet with one side having all the lyrics and credits and the other opening into a full size poster portrait of Michael.

Further commentary from the artist: “Musically, (Unspoken) is difficult to put under one classification. It is not just any one "style"- it is not all rock or pop or metal or blues. Although it has elements of all those styles. In other words, it is not one dimensional.

“I played a strong role in the writing of the first Holy Soldier record, as well as the Promise Man CD and Encore. So as there were elements of my style as a writer and guitarist on those recordings, there will be familiar elements of this "style" on the new record. Those of you familiar with my work with Holy Soldier will perhaps hear where some of my “style” and ideas show up on this record.

“There are also elements of my influences a well, which quite honestly are too vast to list here. Just think of all the great bands old and new (rock, blues and otherwise) that come to your mind. Probably a lot of the same bands you all grew up with and have enjoyed throughout the years were my influences as well. Unspoken has some heavy music, some heavy blues influenced music, some slower thought provoking stuff, some heavy "pop" (I really dislike using that term!) and a lot of melodic elements throughout.

“I can say that there are elements and vibes of the following in particular: Led Zep, Hendrix/SRV, 90’s music, HS, Pink Floyd and even a little Gospel vibe thrown in.

“Lyrically, I would say that the songs cover a wide variety of topics, all of which are drawn from my own personal experience: life, love, loss, spirituality.”

Unspoken track listing:

1. “Table For One”
2. “Karma”
3. “Leave It Behind”
4. “Crush”
5. “Never Forget”
6. “Happy Hollowdays”
7. “Shadow Man”
8. “Angel On My Mind”
9. “Slip Away”
10. “Shuffle Off To Buffalo” (CD only bonus track)

Michael Cutting online: www.michaelcutting.com & www.facebook.com/MichaelCuttingMusic

Stryper - Fallen promo pic

Oz Fox Talks About STRYPER’s Hiatus:
Courtesy of www.blabbermouth.net:

STRYPER guitarist Oz Fox has spoken out about the "personal issues" that have resulted in the band taking a hiatus and possibly considering a future without bassist Tim Gaines.

Asked by The Vinyl Mishappenings (during an online interview) what the reason is that STRYPER is planning to take some time off, Fox said: "Well, it's a number of things. A lot of it is Michael (Sweet, guitar/vocals) has a lot projects coming up that he wants to take time off to do, which is fine by me, because I've got a lot of stuff going on here in town, and, as I get older in age, I kind of want to set myself up so that I'll have more opportunities here in (Las) Vegas so that someday if I ever stop touring with STRYPER, I can maybe stay here and work as a musician. He (Michael) definitely is going to be doing a second album with George Lynch and he also just released a solo album and he wants to go out and tour that album a little bit and we (STRYPER) are going to be playing on the Monsters of Rock cruise the first week of February."

Pressed on whether this means that STRYPER's original lineup - including Gaines - will appear on the Monsters Of Rock cruise, Fox said: "As far as I know, yes, but Tim, our bass player, is going through some personal issues and we're trying to let him work all of that stuff out. It's no secret anymore, but he's going through a divorce, so we're giving him time to work those things out. As far as I know, he's looking like he's on his way to making all of that stuff in his life correct and fixed, and then we'll see where he stands after he's all done with that, and I know he wants to keep touring. It's a very difficult thing to go through a divorce; it's difficult for everybody. We're very close to him and his wife, so it hurts us as much as it hurts them. These things do happen in the Christian world, and I want to reference back to a lot of those really hardcore conservative Christians; it's very taboo to see somebody, especially in the limelight, going through that kind of thing, and so a divorce is one of those, kind of, 'bad' words. Now there are a lot of Christians who understand. I understand the situation, because I went through a divorce myself in 2006 with my first wife. It's very difficult - it really is - but we're going to give him time to do that and go through and deal with his issues. As far as I know, he's going to be on the cruise with us. And then the only other thing I can say after that is there are plans to do another STRYPER album, so we'll see how that goes later on."

Asked if he thinks Tim's personal issues and Michael's other projects will delay work on a new STRYPER album, Oz said: "I think there were plans to possibly get on it in January. It hadn't been booked or anything, but once this whole thing started happening with Tim, we thought it was a better idea to just postpone everything. We decided to maybe wait until later on in the year. I think it's good for us to just give him time to do his thing and deal with his issues, and then later on, we can come back together and, after everything is already healed over, have a solid time of being able to work together."

Michael Sweet recently told the WSOU radio station that STRYPER has "no plans of stopping," despite the latest setback. He explained: "I mean, we had considered it and thought, well, maybe we should, but then we realized, well, that's just fair to us, that's not fair to the fans. So we're gonna continue on for sure; we just don't know how and when exactly."

Sweet also said that it was "probable" that STRYPER would carry on without Gaines, explaining that "if we were to disband or dissolve or stop, it really wouldn't be fair to the fans, it wouldn't be fair to the other guys, and it's important to keep that in mind as well."

STRYPER's latest album, Fallen, entered The Billboard 200 chart at position No. 43 with first-week sales of just over 10,000 units - nearly all from pure album sales. The set followed the No. 35-peaking No More Hell To Pay, which was released in 2013.

Read the full interview with Oz Fox: HERE

Oz Fox online: www.ozfox.us

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

NEWS BRIEFS

* Vocalist Germán Pascual (ESSENCE OF SORROW, ex-NARNIA) has released a lyric video for a cover of Shania Twain’s "Ka Ching!", a great influence of the singer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IFlDYfwQS8

The video was made by Rafael Tavares and the cover was recorded and produced by Michael Oliveira, one of Germán's best friends.

 

Update: January 1, 2017

INTERVIEWS

Jamie Rowe promo pic

New Jamie Rowe Interview Online:
In a recent online interview with Melodic Music Reviews, vocalist Jamie Rowe goes into extensive detail about his background with TEMPEST, GUARDIAN and ADRIANGALE.  Following is an excerpt:

So was Tempest your first band and how did it start?
“Tempest was the first band I was a part of, yes. I was originally only the bass player. At 17, I wasn’t a very good player at that point so after I tracked my parts they had a session player come in and re-do them after I left! Haha! The producer of the record heard me sing and said “We should put him on a few tracks” so I sang on half of the album. By the time it was released I was the full-time vocalist for the band. Those albums are available on iTunes legally, anything else you find out there (other than original pressings) are bootlegs and someone trying to make a buck. Unless the label who owns the masters decides to do a proper release of physical media they will likely be digital only.”

Read Full Interview: HERE

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

DELIVERANCE, SAINT & HERO Vinyl Releases on Roxx Records:
Press Release / Roxx Records is kicking off the 2017 New Year with a bang with not one, not two, but THREE, brand new limited edition vinyl releases!  Release date for all three is January 13, 2017.

Saint - Hell Blade - Roxx Records vinyl release

After the successful launch of our Limited Edition vinyl ‘Underground Series’ we are very happy to announce the fifth release in the series, Hell Blade from the classic Christian metal band SAINT.  As the eighth official album from SAINT, Hell Blade was hailed at the time of its 2010 release as an amazing return to form for the Salem, Oregon based group in featuring original member’s vocalist Josh Kramer and bassist Richard Lynch in addition to guitarist Jerry Johnson and drummer Bill Brost.

Roxx Records is very excited to be giving Hell Blade its very first appearance on Limited Edition vinyl complete with brand new cover art.  This release is limited to 150 pieces with each individually numbered on black vinyl.

Hell Blade track listing:

A1. “The Ascent”
A2. “The Blade”
A3. “To The Cross”
A4. “Crying In The Night”
A5. “Hell Train”

B1. “Endless Night”
B2. “You & Me”
B3. “New World Order”
B4. “Sinner Peace”
B5. “Hell Blade”

Hell Blade vinyl pre-order: http://roxxrecords.storenvy.com/products/18763225-saint-hell-blade-lp-2017

Deliverance - Weapons Of Our Warfare

In addition, we are very happy to announce that after the HUGE success of the 2014 vinyl reissue of DELIVERANCE’s Weapons Of Our Warfare we are releasing a second and final pressing of this historic Christian metal album.  Each of the 100 copies pressed is hand numbered and comes in a unique black and blue vinyl swirl pattern.  A CD download disc comes with each copy as well.  If you missed out on the first pressing, act fast and get one of these as part of your personal collection before they are gone!

The DELIVERANCE sophomore album from 1990, Weapons Of Our Warfare is a landmark thrash release with the title track receiving prominent rotation in the MTV metal show Headbangers Ball back in 1990 where it would remain in the top 3 videos for 12 weeks.

Weapons Of Our Warfare track listing:

A1. “Supplication”
A2. “This Present Darkness”
A3. “Weapons Of Our Warfare”
A4. “Solitude”
A5. “Flesh And Blood”

B1. “Bought By Blood”
B2. “23”
B3. “Slay The Wicked”
B4. “Greetings Of Death”
B5. “If We Faint Not”

Weapons Of Our Warfare vinyl pre-order: http://roxxrecords.storenvy.com/products/18763288-deliverance-weapons-of-our-warfare-lp-2017

The Hero - Miracles

This is a Limited Edition vinyl version of the brand new album Miracles from THE HERO. The album was actually released by the band on vinyl in Sweden.  We have limited quantities available here in the US. Get yours now!

Miracles is the fourth full length album from THE HERO, and first new music since the release of its critically acclaimed 2013 third album Afterlife.

Miracles track listing:

A1. “Kill The Monster”
A2. “Miracles”
A3. “The Broken Hearted”
A4. “Tell The World”
A5. “Crying in the Rain”

B1. “Corpus Christi”
B2. “Via Dolorosa”
B3. “Join Me In Life”
B4. “When Evil Blooms”
B5. :Shot”

Miracles vinyl pre-order: http://roxxrecords.storenvy.com/products/18780568-hero-the-miracles-lp-2017

 

Update: December 24, 2016

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

SACRED WARRIOR Reunites with Rey Parra & Records New Christmas Song:
Chicago, Illinois Christian metal veterans release a hard rocking cover of the Christmas carol “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen” (YouTube link above).

As noted at the SACRED WARRIOR Facebook page (December 20, 2016):

“We have dedicated a lot of hard work to bringing our vision of this classic Christmas carol to life, and we are very excited to share it with you now! Our hope is that you listen and remember the incredible gift of Jesus that God gave us that first Christmas, and that hearing this would thrill your heart during the holiday season and all year long...

“Please, share with friends, family, and the music fans in your life who might enjoy this!”

Lyrics: Traditional
Arrangement/Recording: Copyright 2016 Sacred Warrior
Lead Vocals: Rey Parra
Guitars/BGV: Bruce Swift
Drums: TonyGloria Velazquez
Keys/Samples/BGV: Tom Sanderson
Bass Guitar/BGV/Recording/Engineering/Mixing/Mastering, and general technology wizardry: Steve Watkins
Recorded at: Gathering Storm Media

SACRED WARRIOR is best known for the four albums it recorded with Parra at the vocal helm: Rebellion (1988), Master’s Command (1989), Wicked Generation (1990) and Obsessions (1991).  The group disbanded in the early nineties only to reform with new vocalist Eli Prinsen (THE SACRIFICED) for its fifth full length from 2013, Waiting In Darkness.

Parra, meanwhile, joined forces with guitarist George Ochoa in WORLDVIEW and recorded the critically acclaimed 2015 full-length debut offering The Chosen Few.  Parra later supplanted the departed Prinsen in late 2016 to reassume the SACRED WARRIOR lead vocal duties.

SACRED WARRIOR online: www.sacredwarrior.net & www.facebook.com/sacredwarriorband

Wytch Hazel promo pic

WYTCH HAZEL, Medieval Folk Rock With NWOBHM Influences:
The Lancaster, UK based act released full-length debut Prelude on April 22, 2016 via Bad Omen Records:

In the parallel universe where the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal happened 600 years early, WYTCH HAZEL are the band of choice for the discerning Plantagenet head banger. Combining the folk-rock eccentricity of JETRHO TULL, the mystical harmony of WISHBONE ASH & THIN LIZZY, and the exuberance of prime NWOBHM, immersed in sacred medieval influences via David Munrow’s Early Music Consort of London; on their debut long-player Prelude, Lancastrian hard rockers WYTCH HAZEL have happened upon an extremely singular and compelling alchemy.

As a child the band’s founder member and guiding light, singer/guitarist Colin Hendra, played drums in brass bands and orchestras, studied classical piano and sang in the school chamber choir, but at 16 the direction of his life changed forever, after a revelation we can all relate to.  “IRON MAIDEN was the main reason I started playing electric guitar,” he reveals. “I remember borrowing The Number Of The Beast off a friend and was just blown away -  heavy metal was an obsession from that point on!”

 Cutting his teeth with Lancaster metal heads LAKE OF FIRE, Colin discovered sacred vocal music and medieval dance through his college music studies. This, he says, “gave me the distinct vision for the band, its name and image,” and lo WYTCH HAZEL was born in early 2011. The quartet released a two-track demo the same year, followed by a couple of seven-inch splits, an appearance at the Swedish festival Muskelrock, and the four-track EP The Truth in 2012. This noble artifact garnered quite a buzz on the UK HM underground, securing WYTCH HAZEL a support slot at MANILLA ROAD’s first ever UK live show and was later reissued along with their debut demo as a mini album on High Roller Records.

Although visual presentation is important to WYTCH HAZE, “I would define our look as ‘battle ready’!” says Colin of the band’s rustic swashbuckler stage clothes. “Our performance is like a musical fight!” - the priorities are clear. “The songwriting is our thing, that’s what we major in,” Colin asserts. “In my life that’s what I’m best at, that’s what I’m most passionate about. But you’ve also got to record that well, with clarity, and signing to Bad Omen has been a really big thing for us. This album is a massive breakthrough.”

To capture that clarity with sumptuous atmospheric results, Bad Omen honcho Will Palmer sent WYTCH HAZEL to the renowned rural retreat at Foel Studio in Wales, engaging ex-PURSON multi-instrumentalist Ed Turner as producer. “Will and Ed were at one of our first shows,” recalls Colin, “and Ed said to Will ‘So when are you going to sign them? Because I’ll do the album!’ This was back in 2011, but I think that was always their plan! Having that outside perspective has been really good for us. Ed’s very 60s/70s-minded in terms of sound, which is what we wanted and needed. When it comes to tone, amps and guitars are really the more important ingredient - old cranked Marshall amps are where it’s at!”

Wytch Hazel - Prelude

Accordingly, Prelude is defined by its stately duel guitars and blissful expressive solos in rousing tunes like infectious opener “Freedom Battle”, anthemic gallop “More Than Conquerors” and their fist-throwing eponymous sing along.  There’s tasteful organ and resonant acoustic guitar, but no gaudy medieval ornamentation distracting from the album’s purity and focus. “For me, influence has to be within the composition, within the very make-up of the songwriting,” Colin asserts. “We do a lot of the Picardy third - a song in a minor key that ends in the major key - that’s a real medieval French technique. I don’t know of many other bands with that approach.”

That’s not the only way WYTCH HAZEL stand out from the modern herd. Although we’ve been saturated with the cartoon diabolism of the ‘occult rock’ revival, no other band has dared to offer the other side of the story. “I play in a heavy metal band and I write songs about God - it’s actually quite a rebellious thing!” chuckles Colin. “Some people found our EP offensive. You can mention God, but when you start singing ‘Praise be to God’ it gets a little heavier.” Whatever your spiritual position, for the creation of Prelude, all praise be to WYTCH HAZEL!

In a recent online interview with The Quietus, Colin goes into more detail about how his faith influences the WYTCH HAZEL lyrics: “I'm a Christian in a heavy metal band; I don't see it as WYTCH HAZEL is a Christian heavy metal band. I mean, in our band Neil (Corkery, bassist) is a Roman Catholic and I'm more Protestant, and then Josh (Winnard, guitarist) is agnostic/atheist. So, for me, it's just about doing normal stuff while having a Christian voice or influence. In terms of lyrics and stuff, it was always going to come through because I write the songs, but for me it's not really an issue - I know that not everyone shares the same views, I believe in democracy”.

Note: WYTCH HAZEL might not be a Christian band, but it bases its lyrics around Biblical themes and imagery.  “Freedom Battle” and “Fight”, for instance, are treatises on spiritual warfare, while “Mighty King” is a metal praise anthem.  “More Than Conquers” draws its lyrics from Romans 8:31-39 and “Psalm” from Psalm 23.  “He Shall Reign” proves a Revelation themed track, while “We Will Be Strong” revisits the spiritual warfare motifs.  Look for a very glowing review in the near future!

Prelude track listing:

1. “Freedom Battle”
2. “Fight”
3. “Mighty King”
4. “More Than Conquerors
5. “Psalm”
6.”Prelude”
7. “He Shall Reign”
8. “Dark Ages”
9. “Wytch Hazel”
10. “We Will Be Strong”

WYTCH HAZEL online: www.facebook.com/wytchhazel

NEWS BRIEFS

* CHAOTIC RESEMBLANCE update (Facebook - December 20, 2016): “At the end of January we will be heading back into the studio to record in Vegas (a new album to be released in follow up to 2014 full length Get The Hell Out). We are so pumped to have Oz Fox (STRYPER0 back as our producer!

“April 27th we will be at the M-3 Rockfest pre party Columbia, Maryland at Sonoma's Bar & Grill. Tickets are almost sold out so get yours while they last!  June 9th we will be opening for Stephen Pearcy at the iconic Whiskey A Go Go! In Hollywood, CA. Make plans now to attend!

“We are currently booking if you would like us to come play for you hit us up. 918-413-1784 or on any of our social media pages”.

* A new SOMBRE HOLIDAY album is in the works according to vocalist and guitarist Terry Friesen: “We are working hard at finishing our fourth album, The Sea Of Distance.  Trevor (Friesen- drummer- has come up with some extremely emotional lyrics for this album, and it inspired me to write music that would match that emotional depth.

“I won’t say anymore about the lyrical concept at this point, except to say this album really made me ponder the importance of keeping the walls from going up in every relationship in my life.

“Musically, I would describe The Sea Of Distance as a progressive metal tragedy, with haunting melodies and emotional waves that grip the traveler throughout the contemplative journey.

“We’re really hoping for a SPRING 2017 release!”

 

Update: December 18, 2016

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

RESURRECTION BAND Pro Shot Footage Of 1981 Concert In Costa Mesa Surfaces:
Professionally filmed video footage of RESURRECTION BAND’s entire 1981 performance at Calvary Chapel in Costa Mesa, California during the Mommy Don’t Love Daddy Anymore tour has been uploaded to YouTube (above).

RESURRECTION BAND’s set list for the concert was as follows:

1. “Introduction”
2. “City Streets”
3. “Alienated”
4. “The Chair”
5. “Afrikaans”
6. “Mommy Don’t Love Daddy Anymore”
7. “Colours”
8. “Elevator Muzik”
9. “American Dream”
10. “The Struggle”
11. “Can’t Do It On My Own”
12. “Quite Enough”
13. “Irish Garden”
14. “The Crossing”
15. “Lovin’ You”

The Calvary Chapel performance featured vocalist and guitarist Glenn Kaiser, guitarist Stu Heiss, bassist Jim Denton and drummer John Herrin.  Co-lead vocalist Wendi Kaiser had the night off due to illness.

The 1981 release of Mommy Don’t Love Daddy Anymore followed RESURRECTION BAND 1978 debut Awaiting Your Reply and second and third albums Rainbow’s End and Colours from 1979 and 1980, respectively.  Mommy Don’t Love Daddy Anymore was recorded at Chicago Recording Company in the summer of 1981.

Stated Glenn Kaiser (in an interview with Cornerstone magazine) regarding the musical direction of Mommy Don’t Love Daddy Anymore: “We’re trying to write music that keeps current with the times.  It’s definitely rock and roll, but there’s a lot of different strains in the music”.

Commented Wendi Kaiser concerning the inspiration behind the albums lyrics: “So much of our material for each album has to do with what we’ve experienced that year, both we as a community, and the world as a whole.  We’re trying to speak to the particular problems of this generation”.

As noted by Glenn: “One song, “The Chair”, was inspired by kids that we work with as a community and have stayed with us on weekends… kids with all kinds of crippling diseases from the Illinois Children’s Hospital School.

“Another song on the album is called “Mommy Don’t Love Daddy Anymore”, and it’s from the perspective of a kid whose family is breaking up because of a divorce.  His family is blown up in front of him and he’s expressing his heart.

“First Degree Apathy speaks of apathy in terms of the church and unbelievers.  It’s pretty dangerous to be apathetic about God”

Added Wendi: “The song “Little Children” deals with the precarious position of children in our society, how they’re looked at as less than human.  We abort them.  We commit crimes against them and starve them.  They’re kind of like disposable articles in our lives.  We’re looking and say, ‘Hey, what’s happening?’”

Summarized Glenn about the RESURRECTION BAND mission: “Jesus sais we should go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature.  He also said we should make disciples of all nations and observe whatsoever He commanded us.  We take that burden as a real burden.  We feel as a band that we are trying to fulfill that mission (not just a personal whim) to share the Gospel (and) to make disciples”

Reference List
“Interview Resurrection Band.” Cornerstone 55 (1981): 10-11.

An article in which Angelic Warlord ranks the RESURRECTION BAND albums can be read at: www.angelicwarlord.com/articles/rankingtherezbandalbums.html

RESURRECTION BAND online: www.resurrectionband.com & www.facebook.com/groups/rezbandofficial

INNERWISH - Live Footage From Athens Show Posted Online:
Press Release / Greek melodic metallers INNERWISH played a massive headline show in Athens, Greece on November 5th. Check out video footage from the show of the tracks “Rain Of A Thousand Years” (above) and “Needles In My Mind” (below).

Both tracks are taken from the new self-titled INNERWISH album, which was released on March 18th through Ulterium Records in Europe and North America. Bickee Music issued the album in Japan on March 30th. The album is available on CD, 2LP, Tape and as a digital download.

InnerWish was mixed by Fredrik Nordström and Henrik Udd at Studio Fredman (IN FLAMES, DIMMU BORGIR, HAMMERFALL) and mastered by Peter In De Betou (ARCH ENEMY, OPETH, AMON AMARTH).  Album artwork was created by Felipe Machado Franco (BLIND GUARDIAN, RHAPSODY OF FIRE, XANDRIaA) and the design was done by Jan Yrlund (KORPIKLAANI, APOCALYPTICA, MANOWAR).

InnerWish track listing:

1. “Roll The Dice”
2. “Broken”
3. “Modern Babylon”
4. “Machines Of Fear”
5. “Needles In My Mind”
6. “My World On Fire”
7. “Rain Of A Thousand Years”
8. “Serenity”
9. “Sins Of The Past”
10. “Through My Eyes”
11. “Zero Ground”
12. “Cross The Line”
13. “Tame The Seven Seas”

Link to the music video for "Modern Babylon" at YouTube: https://youtu.be/mjRZCq01VSA

Link to the lyric video for "Needles In My Mind" at YouTube: https://youtu.be/7_l1lJPS-a4

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

INNERWISH online: www.innerwish.gr & www.facebook.com/innerwishofficial

NEWS BRIEFS

* According to the SAINT Facebook page (December 11, 2016), the line up for its next album will include guitarists Jerry Johnson & Matt Smith, drummer Jared Knowland, bassist Richard Lynch and vocalist Josh Kramer. Musically, the group reports that it will be ‘more Saint-like’.

In other news, Roxx Records will be releasing the 2010 SAINT release Hell Blade on vinyl in January.

* Vocalist Christine Steel announced on Facebook (December 15, 2016) that ARSENAL is still alive and well:  “Several of you have asked if ARSENAL is still together. The answer is absolutely YES!  And we are still rocking in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe the confusion may have come from other pages and a few member changes that took place over 20 years ago. We, however, never stopped chugging along, which is a good thing for me because I'm the singer

“BTW, we are currently working on our next CD. We are taking our time on it because we are committed to our families first. Although we are hardcore rockers at heart, we do our best to keep our priorities in check.”

 

Update: December 11, 2016

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

The World Will Burn - RuiNation

THE WORLD WILL BURN Reveals Cover Artwork To New Album, RuinNation:
Press Release / International modern hard rock band THE WORLD WILL BURN plan to release its sophomore album, RuinNation, the first quarter of 2017.  Consisting of American guitarist Alan Zaring and New Zealand based vocalist Dale Thompson (BRIDE), THE WORLD WILL BURN got its start in January of 2016 with its independently released debut full length Severity.

The 85% Angelic Warlord review described Severity as “an expansive and rumbling modern to grungy to straightforward hard rock sound reminiscent to Bride’s 1997 release The Jesus Experience”  The album further “proves relevant musically from staying true to the hard rock side of things - the album surprises in terms of overall heaviness! - while not emphasizing the modern to a fault.” 

Vocally, Severity “avoids the vocal trappings that often turn many away from modern music: no rap or screamed or core or extreme vocals but rather Thompson’s trademark raspy and gritty blues influenced flavorings (that made him such a renowned front man from his time in BRIDE).”

According to THE WORLD WILL BURN press material, “Thompson and Zaring (worked) remotely to create music that transcends culture, language, and genres while focusing on emotion and passion rather than commercial success”.  Specifically, THE WORLD WILL BURN will further “change the way you look at hard rock music: New, fresh sounds combined with classic influences and thoughtful lyrics; power merged with grace; explosiveness married to innocence; rage fused with compassion.”

Comments Thompson: "The World Will Burn has been one of the highlights of my musical career.  My brother Troy and I conquered the metal world in the 90's and now Alan and I have created the same energy and infused it in the music that we create.  Our new album RuiNation is groove oriented rock with cool hooks that contain Alan's monster riffs and my best artsy vocals yet.”

States Zaring: "On Severity, we were really just figuring out our place in the hard rock world and weren't even sure there would be an audience for our different type of music.  We were having a blast, but at times we got bogged down by the technical side of things, since we were learning our software, equipment, and how to capture the energy while working remotely.  It was really just an experiment for our creative curiosity. 

“This time, we knew people were thirsty for a different sound and a different approach, so we had the confidence to make exactly the album we wanted to make.  RuiNation is a more mature recording than Severity.  It has deeper textures and, to me, a more complex sound and meaning.  At the same time we doubled down on our heavy hooks and really found some great grooves.  It's just a much better recording and we are really excited to get it released.  We don't have a huge following, but the people that have heard Severity have become super fans, and they are really spreading the word.  I really think they are going to love it.”

RuinNation track listing:

1. “Love To Hate”
2. “Welcome To The Freak Show”
3. “We All Die Alone”
4. “King For A Day”
5. “Child Of Tomorrow”
6. “Burn”
7. “Time”
8. “Nothing At All”
9. “What Goes Around Comes Around”
10. “All Things”

Mixed and mastered by Tim Bushong (LOVEWAR), RuinNation will be available for pre-order at THE WORLD WILL BURN website in the near future: www.theworldwillburn.com

THE WORLD WILL BURN Facebook: www.facebook.com/twwbband

Andreas Passmark promo pic

Andreas Passmark Departs NARNIA:
As reported by the Stockholm, Sweden based melodic metal band at its Facebook page (December 5, 2016):

Many of You may have noticed that NARNIA’s long time bass player, Andreas Passmark, has had a break from all live performances, video shoots and other activities during 2016.

We regret to announce that Andreas has made the decision to not return to NARNIA. As much as this is sad news for everyone, we respect his decision and hereby thank him for his many years of thundering service in the band.  Best of luck for the future Andreas, and be blessed!

- Christian, Andreas, Martin and CJ

Says Passmark: "It is with a heavy heart I have decided to leave Narnia. It's a decision that's been brewing inside me for some time now. It’s hard to answer the question why I'm leaving, but I just feel that I need to continue my musical journey elsewhere.

“I want to thank the guys for my 15 years with the band. What a journey we have had!!! And I will always remember it with a smile on my face ;) I will still, of course, consider you to be among my closest friends.

“In my own future, I will continue rocking with my main band Royal Hunt and other projects. If you want to follow me in the future, please check out my Official Andreas Passmark FB page.

“I want to wish the Narnians good luck and continue the mission to spread the word of Jesus Christ! God Bless You All! You will always be in my heart!”

During the years NARNIA has been established as one of the leading forces in melodic, neoclassical metal, with a strong reputation of being a great live act that always delivers. And so it continues.  The fans are asking for more and the band is hungrier than ever!

NARNIA recently celebrated its 20 years as a band with the worldwide release of its seventh studio album, Narnia, on September 16, 2016 via Deep Within Management.  Last month the group did a small European tour with Jonathan Samuelsson (ex SafeMode) on bass.

NARNIA line up 2016:

Christian Liljegren - Lead Vocals
CJ Grimmark - Guitars, Keyboards & Backing Vocals
Martin Härenstam - Keyboards, 
Andreas “Habo” Johansson - Drums

NARNIA online: www.narniatheband.com & www.facebook.com/narniatheband

PASTOR BRAD Music Update:
I've had a really nice stretch in the studio (and have) been able to create a lot of music this past year.  Here's what coming (as always, Lord willing):

Storm The Gates 2

The follow-up to my first parody project Storm The Gates - Summer 2017

Track Listing: “Without Warning/Storming Hell” (DOKKEN - “Tooth & Nail”), “You Know Messiah Is Coming” (JUDAS PRIEST - “You've Got Another Thing Comin”), “Knockin On My Heart” (SCORPIONS - “Rock You Like A Hurricane”), “Brand New Body (WASP -“I Wanna Be Somebody”), “He's The Way” (LOUDNESS - “Crazy Nights”), "I Hear Your Prayer” (METALLICA - “Ender Sandman”), “The Prophet” (IRON MAIDEN - “The Trooper”), “Rock For The Rock” (ACCEPT - “Balls To The Wall”), “Peace Sells” (MEGADETH - title TBD)

Crush

An album of original PASTOR BRAD music - Fall/Winter 2017

I have over a dozen songs recorded, (but I am) not sure what the final track count will be just yet.

Highway 2 Heaven

A new chapter in the PASTOR BRAD Classic Metal Parody series - Release date TBD

Songs Recorded So Far: “Highway 2 Heaven” (AC/DC – “Highway To Hell”), “Obey You Commands” (STYX - “Too Much time”), “Savior From Heaven” (LED ZEPPELIN- “Stairway To Heaven”), “We Will Fight” ( BLACK SABBATH - “Neon Knights”), “Help Me Jesus” (38 SPECIAL - “Hold On Loosely”), “Lift Him Up” (KISS - “Lick It Up”), “Orchestra Of Revolution” (MEGADETH - “Symphony Of Destruction”)

Songs To Be Added: “So Grateful You Love Me” (NIGHT RANGER - “Don't Tell Me”), “He Did His Father's Will” (MOTLEY CRUE - “Looks That Kill”), “Never Doubt You” (SCORPIONS – “Can't Live Without You”)

On July 4 of this year PASTOR BRAD released Storm The Gates, a collection of 9 classic hard rock & hair metal songs from the 70s and 80s- re-covered by the artist with lyrics that honor Jesus Christ and proclaim the Good News of the Gospel loud and proud!  Legally, these are "parody" projects, but musically and spiritually, they are tributes to the musicians who inspired me to become a musician, and to my Savior to whom I owe everything!

Commented PASTOR BRAD: “My two fold goal was to: 1) honor the music and musicianship that inspired me to become a musician, and 2) honor Jesus with the message that changed my life for eternity!  In my heart, I am satisfied that I’ve accomplished both.  All that’s left now is to share it with the world.”

PASTOR BRAD online: www.guitarjams.net & www.facebook.com/pastorbradrocks

NEWS BRIEFS

* “Can’t Get Enough”, new song from EDEN’S WAY: www.reverbnation.com/edenswayrocks/song/23357535-cant-get-enough

* ENERGEMA studio report – drum recordings: www.youtube.com/watch?v=zigCJ1PhYlI

The group is currently at work on its sophomore album World Of Zionix, which is scheduled for a 2017 release.

* JACOBS DREAM update (Facebook - December 11, 2016)" “Here's the long overdue howdy from the band, The writing is going well. As always we had the initial discussion of what direction to take, followed by some attempts at steering the songs in that direction only to finally, nearly completely trash the whole idea and just do what comes naturally.  In the end we just decided to do what the fans want to hear which coincidentally is what we like to hear as well. Some working titles (to new songs) are "We Rise", "Where Angels Fear" and "Barbed Wire Halo".

“In other news, the Sea Of Destiny album is complete and soon to be off to the printers, We are very proud of the moment in time that is captured in the songs on this album. Working with Kevin Wright on vocals was great fun and will always be rembered as a time of unbridled creativity for the band. We hope you all enjoy it as much as we do.”

* In February of next year, Michael Sweet will begin work with guitarist George Lynch (DOKKEN) on the next SWEET & LYNCH album.

 

Update: December 4, 2016

FEATURED REVIEWS

AMOS - Jade
Amos has gained reputation for a dark and swarthy sound strongly rooted in the Gothic aesthetic.  Read Full Review >>

CELL 9 - The Devil’s Feast
Initial impression upon listening to The Devil’s Feast, the Cell 9 independently released fall of 2016 debut full length, is of another traditional metal act, but that would only be telling part of the story in that there is much more to the group than musically meets the eye.  Read Full Review >>

THE CRIMSON BRIDGE MINISTRY - Remnant Rock
There is no denying that The Crimson Bridge Ministry is a force to be reckoned within hard music circles.  Read Full Review >>

DAN CUMMINS - Storm
When placed alongside Dauntless, Storm conveys more of a straightforward hard rock feel but with added variety in the form of periodic AOR, blues, metal, modern rock and progressive touches.  Read Full Review >>

Björn Stigsson - A New Beginning
Introducing A New Beginning, the fall of 2016 Talking Music sophomore solo album of veteran guitarist Björn Stigsson.  Read Full Review >>

MICHAEL SWEET - One Sided War
Not taken by the idea of obtaining One Sided War, the summer of 2016 seventh solo album of Michael Sweet?  Then I suspect you don’t really like eighties influenced melodic metal and hard rock very much.  Read Full Review >>

THEOCRACY - Ghost Ship
With the fall of 2016 release of its fourth full-length album Ghost Ship, Theocracy has some big shoes to fill- its own.  After all, the renowned Athens, Georgia based act is widely regarded as one of the frontrunners within the hard music scene with its unique joining of epic melodic power metal and strong progressive overtones.  Read Full Review >>

ZEPHANIAH - Reforged
Power metal fans will be happy to know the significant steps and strides made by Zephaniah between its independently released 2008 debut full length Stories From The Book Of Metal and Divebomb Records sophomore effort Reforged from 2016.  Read Full Review >> 

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

Hero - Miracles

THE HERO - Miracles Set For Release on December 16, 2016:
Press Release / Roxx Records is excited to announce our latest release that we are bringing to you all the way from Sweden. Please join us in welcoming THE HERO to our roster.
 
THE HERO are excited to be back and bringing you their 4th full length release and first  new music since the release of their 2013 critically acclaimed album Afterlife. Back with brand new music coming straight from the heart, their new album is entitled Miracles and is set for release on CD, digital and limited edition vinyl.

They may not be the hardest band out there, nor the fastest, but definitely an original band not to be compared to anyone. Having said that though this new album is heavy, yes! It’s beautiful, yes! It’s catchy. Yes! It’s gothic, yes! It’s dark, yes but most importantly at the end of the day it leaves you with Hope! Yes, that is ‘THE HERO and we are excited to bring you Miracles this winter 2016.

THE HERO line up:

Michael Hero - Guitars & Baritone Lead vocals,
Emanuel Wärja - Guitar & Background vocals
Henrik Deleskog - Bass.
Daniel Mouton - Drums & Background vocals

Miracles track listing:

1. “Kill The Monster”
2. “The Broken Hearted”
3. “Miracles”
4. “Tell The World”
5. “Via Dolorosa”
6. “Corpus Christi”
7. “Melancholiah”
8. “Crying In The Rain”
9. “Join Me In Life”
10. “When Evil Blooms”

11. “Shot”
12. “Mr. Rigor Mortis” (CD Only Bonus Track)
13. “Viva Victoria” (CD Only Bonus Track)
14. “The Swedish National Anthem” (CD Only Bonus Track)

Get ready as the new CD and digital versions will be released on December 16, 2016 with the vinyl version coming in very limited quantities by the end of December.

Miracles pre-order: http://roxxrecords.storenvy.com/products/18585556-the-hero-miracles-cd-2016

THE HERO online: www.facebook.com/TheHEROSweden

Pylon - Homo Homini Lupus - Roxx Records vinyl edition

PŸLON - Limited Edition Vinyl Announced By Roxx Records:
Press Release / Roxx Records is very excited to bring you the 4th installment in our limited edition vinyl series entitled Roxx Records Underground Series. We are very pleased to announce Christian doom metal band PŸLON are about to get the limited edition vinyl treatment for the bands release entitled Homo Homini Lupus.

After the successful partnership between Roxx and PŸLON, we are happy to be bringing you this very cool pressing of only 150 copies on black vinyl. Each copy is hand numbered, and also comes with a limited edition 11” x 17” promotional poster of the brand new album from PŸLON entitled A Lament, which was also just released in 2016 on Roxx Records / Quam Libet Records.

Release date is December 2, 2016.

Homo Homini Lupus vinyl track listing:

Side One

A1. “Saligia”                                                               
A2. “Al Ha Har”                                                         
A3. “Ils Se Donnent Du Mal”                                  

Side Two

B1. “Crowned”
B2. “Crucifer”
B3. “The Curse Of Eden”
B4. “South Of Heaven”

With three successful installments already released in the Underground Series, and the 4th one from PŸLON set to be released, the success of the series has allowed for us to continue to grow and add to the series. Already released have been limited edition vinyl’s from, WONROWE VISION (#1), ULTIMATUM (#2) and ORACLE (#3). Series number 5 is also being pressed now and will be announced very, very soon!

For full information and purchasing information on the new PŸLON vinyl visit: www.roxxproductions.com

PŸLON online: www.pylon-doom.net & www.facebook.com/pylondoom

Signum Regis - Decennium Primum

SIGNUM REGIS To Release New EP In 2017, Decennium Primum:
As recently announced by the Senec, Slovakia based power metal act:

“The next year, we will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the founding of the band. In the beginning, it was a roller coaster ride and there were times, when we were not sure, if we can go on, but since then, many good things happened. Every new release was a bigger success than the previous one, the live shows improved and we feel strong and optimistic about the future.

“As many of you know, we also won a prestigious band contest – Spark fresh blood 2015 with 400 attending bands. One of the prices, that we won were 1000 CDs manufactured in the best Czech printing press. We are lucky to be a signed band, but because of the price and that our 10th anniversary is coming up, we decided that we want to use this opportunity to record a very special EP to celebrate the anniversary. The EP will be released independently in a limited quantity and it will be our way of saying THANK YOU to all of our fans, who have been supporting us steadily.

“The 6-track EP will be called Decennium Primum (meaning the 1st decade in Latin) and it will be exclusively available at the band’s website, live shows and nowhere else. “

Decennium Primum is scheduled to be released in early 2017.

Upcoming Shows:

December 9, 2016 - Christmas Rock Night, Ennepetal, Germany
May 27, 2017 - Teplice, Czech Republic
June 3, 2017 - Orava Rock Storm, Tvrdošín, Slovakia

Chapter IV: The Reckoning, the most recent album from SIGNUM REGIS, was released on November 20th 2015 via Ulterium Records  Jens Bogren (SYMPHONY X, OPETH, ARCH ENEMY) mastered Chapter IV: The Reckoning, while Jan Yrlund (DELAIN, APOCALYPTICA, KORPIKLAANI) contributed the cover art.

SIGNUM REGIS online: www.signum-regis.com & www.facebook.com/signum.regis

Theocracy live with Ernie Topran

THEOCRACY Announce New Drummer:
Georgia-based melodic metal band THEOCRACY is thrilled to welcome Ernie Topran to the band as their permanent drummer. Ernie has been drumming for more than 20 years, and has been active in the Atlanta music scene since 2006. During that time he has performed with many different bands, and he has been THEOCRACY’s touring drummer for the last couple years.

"I was happy to help THEOCRACY when they needed a touring drummer for some Scandinavian and German festivals,” says Topran. “I've known the guys for years, and my previous band HALCYON WAY shared the stage with them many times. We had great times both on and off the stage, so when I was asked to join the band permanently, I accepted without hesitation. I look forward to many years of making music with such a great group of guys!"

THEOCRACY founder Matt Smith adds, “Ernie has proven himself to be a total professional and completely dependable, which is what we were looking for. In addition to his incredible drumming skills, he also happens to be the most kindhearted, genuine and fun guy you could ever hope to meet. We couldn’t be happier to have him on board.”

Theocracy just returned from a successful European tour supporting their new album "Ghost Ship", which debuted at #17 on the Billboard Hard Rock charts in the U.S. 

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

Ernie Topran online: www.ernietopran.com

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

NEWS BRIEFS

* Quality footage of entire ANCIENT PROPHECY concert at Don’t Walk Dead Fest: www.youtube.com/watch?v=JCoCtR638cU

* As a Christmas gift to its fans, THE CRIMSON BRIDGE MINISTRY will be posting five new songs to its website on Christmas day.  The five songs in question will not be officially released until the summer of next year.

THE CRIMSON BRIDGE MINISTRY online: www.thecrimsonbridgeministry.com

* “Teris”, second single taken from the upcoming second ENERGEMA album entitled World Of Zionix: www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JhOm3YJtlo

* Video of new song from Björn Stigsson, “I Call Your Name”: www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_wIwGytDYw

"I Call Your Name" comes off the artists recently releases sophomore solo album A New Beginning.

 

Update: November 27, 2016

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

LEAH promo pic with axe

LEAH - New Album & Music Video Update:
As reported to fans by the symphonic metal songstress via e-mail on November 21, 2016:

Hey, it’s LEAH here.  Real quick, I just wanted to give you an important update on a couple things, and maybe answer a couple questions you’ve had.

#1: Whatever happened to the music video I was going to make?

Well I have good news and bad news.
 
Bad news first: The director I’m working with is THE BEST around, but he told me, “Leah, your video is literally the most complicated type of video. We’re practically going to have to find you a UNICORN!”

He actually said that :)

But all jokes aside, to make the kind of video we envision, it takes a lot of money and logistics, including things like insurance and legal permits for any place historical (because hello - castles!!).

So, the video is still ON, but we are still looking for the right place, the right time, the right weather, and some magic. :) And yes, we are considering all the local possibilities too. I’ll keep you posted on this, but it will happen.
 
#2: Special, exciting, announcement!
 
Drum roll…

....The writing and creation for the next album has begun!

So far I’m still in the early stages but have already begun writing song #4.

I don’t have an official statement for who all is playing on this album - each project is it’s own thing and I treat them separately. But I can for sure tell you that I am working with the very talented producer Oliver Philipps (EVERON).

If you don’t know of Oliver, he’s the German genius behind much of DELAIN’s work, including Charlotte Wessels & Georg Neuhauser’s (SERENITY) side project, PHANTASMA. Oliver is one of the guest vocalists on that album too, by the way. Check it out on Spotify, you won’t be disappointed.

I met Oliver when he helped me with some last minute orchestrations for Kings & Queens, and I LOVED what he did. We hit it off pretty well, once I got used to his German ways ;) He’s actually hilarious, and I told him one day I’m going to publish all his emails as a book -- each of his emails are the length of a novel.

But I’ll tell you one thing: He is stretching my songwriting in painful ways! You know what I mean, it’s that growing pain sensation, but for my songwriting brain. I have a high pain tolerance because I know that my songs are going to turn out better than they ever have. And really that’s the whole point of having a producer.
 
Ok, this is getting long now :)
 
OH - BEFORE I FORGET: I’m going to do something a little different this time.. I want to share with you a lot more about my process and things I’m doing while I’m creating this album, so I’ll be posting more videos and photos primarily on Instagram and Facebook. So if you haven’t followed me there yet, do it now!

LEAH online: http://leahmusic.net, http://leahmchenry.com & www.facebook.com/LEAHthemusic

Various Artists - Following Yonder Star

Roxx Record & Christian Metal Distro Release 2016 Best of CD, Following Yonder Star:
Press Release / This 2016 Holiday season Roxx Records and Christian Metal Distro have teamed up again to bring you their 4th annual end of year ‘Best Of’ series. This years Best of 2016 CD, entitled Following Yonder Star, features cuts from all the Roxx Records titles released this year as well as some of our favorites and best sellers from our Christian Metal Distro site which features the best in Christian indie releases from 2016.

Following Yonder Star features cover art designed by our friends over at Frame Werks Graphics, and once again the CD is absolutely free as a part of our annual end of year Holiday sale, every order placed will receive a free copy.

Check out this year’s track listing:

Roxx Records:

PHILADELPHIA - “Wasteland” from the album Warlord

ULTIMATUM - “Blood Covenant” from the vinyl release Into The Pit

ORACLE - “Passage Denied” from the vinyl release Selah

MALCHUS - “But Deliver Us” from the album The Evil House

INDOMINUS - “Legion Within” title track from Legion Within

PYLON - “The Lone Rider” from the album A Lament

AMOS - “Still Believe” from the album Jade

HERO - “Kill The Monster” from the album Miracles

Christian Metal Distro:

V7 - “Out To Sea” from the album V7

OBLIVION MYTH - “Sea Of Tranquility” from the album Inside The Mirror

STAIRWAY - “Lucy Fuhr” from the album Power And Glory

TEMPEST - “Back To The Hill” from the EP Hollywood Anti Sleaze Rock n Roll

THEE FINAL CHAPTRE - “The Key” from the album It Is Written

THIRD VOICE - “Chosen” from the album A Day Like Today

WICKED’S END - "Theories Of Lies” from the album 1992-2016

Roxx Records online: http://roxxrecords.storenvy.com

Christian Metal Distro online: http://christianmetaldistro.storenvy.com

NEWS BRIEFS

* FOUR STAR REVIVAL will be releasing its new EP, The Underdog, on January 13, 2017.  Songs include “The Underdog”, “Liar”, Rumors Of War”, ”Broken” & “The Garden Of Good & Evil”

* IMAGES OF EDEN, Soulrise update (as reported by vocalist Gordon Tittsworth on Facebook - November 21, 2016):

“I have been getting multiple inquiries/ possible ETAs on the release. Things are finally moving right along at a steady speed now. As far as the tracking, everything should be wrapped up by the end of December and the 4 song demo should be complete and about to be out the door to everyone and their brother at that time as well.

“This has been (by far) the most challenging release to record and we are all putting everything we have into this, so I apologize to all of our fans for the length of time it is taking, but very much appreciate your loyalty and patience!!!

“We will keep you posted as things progress.”

* PASTOR BRAD, hard rock instrumental cover of “You’re A Mean One Mister Grinch”: www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZN1SiC_Vuo

 

Update: November 13, 2016

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

THE NEAL MORSE BAND - The Making Of The Similitude Of A Dream Part 3, “Draw The Line”:
Courtesy of www.ultimateclassicrock.com:

Former DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy and singer-songwriter and keyboardist Neal Morse (ex-SPOCK’S BEARD) have racked up 18 album credits in a collaboration that spans nearly two decades. The pair will share their latest work with the world on Nov. 11 with the release of The Similitude Of A Dream.

The new album is the second by THE NEAL MORSE BAND, arriving about a year and a half after their 2015 release, The Grand Experiment. It’s a heavy-hitting double disc by the progressive group that includes more than 100 minutes of new music.

Ultimate Classic Rock presents the exclusive premiere of documentary footage featuring the band in the studio working on the track “Draw the Line” (a new original that shouldn’t be confused with the AEROSMITH song of the same name) that includes lead vocals by Portnoy.

“It’s one of the heavier riffs on the album,” Portnoy says. “As soon as I heard the riff, I kind of pictured some vocal melodies. Originally, when the riff was presented, Neal sang some melodies on top, and his melodies were just a little too light. They weren’t kind of aggressive enough to match the riffs, so I suggested some phrasings and melodies, and then at that point, he scratched out some lyrics to my melodies and phrasings, and then I ended up singing them.”

Portnoy notes that “Draw the Line” developed in a way that felt comparable to how the creative process would progress with similarly styled material during his time in DREAM THEATER. “Usually, whenever we had really heavy songs in DREAM THEATER, those were the ones that I ended up writing the lyrics and melodies to, and in some cases, ended up singing as well,” he says. “It seems like when you have that kind of vibe or emotion, I’m the metal guy in the band to kind of handle that one.”

The concept for the new album drew inspiration from Pilgrim’s Progress, a book that had been suggested to Morse by a fan. As Portnoy recalls, he quickly got behind the idea, but was resistant when it came to the idea of making a double album.

“Neal and I doing a concept album together is nothing new,” he explains. “I think we’ve done five or six of them together at this point. It’s always a great format for us to work within. When he presented the idea to us of another one this time around, we were all gung-ho to jump in and dive in and get to work. My hesitation was the idea of doing a double album, so I kind of resisted that idea for awhile, and then about halfway through the album, it pretty much became inevitable that it was going to require being a double in order to fully realize all of the ideas that were on the table.”

Now that the album is completed, Portnoy says he’s happy they went the full distance, calling The Similitude Of A Dream a record that  represents the “absolute creative pinnacle of our collaborations together,” even suggesting that it might be the album of his career.

THE NEAL MORSE BAND will be on the road starting in January for a rare U.S. tour that will give fans the chance to hear the album performed in its entirety. It’s something Portnoy is looking forward to. He says it’s been “disappointing” to him in the past when he hasn’t been able to tour the U.S. more with the projects he and Morse worked on.

Now it’s up to the fans to show the promoters that there is a market for this kind of music,” he says. “Obviously, bands that have been around forever, like when I was out there with DREAM THEATER, we had established ourselves, so we could do extensive American tours. But THE NEAL MORSE BAND is very much a kind of underground thing for American fans beyond the prog scene. I’m hoping that this album and this tour get the exposure that this amazing band and album deserve.”

And he notes in closing, that the “band” part of THE NEAL MORSE BAND is a key separator: “In the past, [bassist] Randy (George) and I have done seven or eight Neal Morse solo albums through the years, and in those cases, Neal wrote everything and pretty much sang everything and played everything other than the bass and the drums. So in those cases, that was just Neal’s music.”

That changed when they put together a live band and added keyboardist Bill Hubauer and guitarist Eric Gillette into the mix for the shows they played in support of Morse’s Momentum album in 2012.

“We did the Momentum tour with Bill and Eric, and we just really felt that there was a great, great chemistry with the five of us,” Portnoy recalls. “We wondered, what would it be like to write with this chemistry? Everybody in the band is a great player and a great singer and has great ideas. So with The Grand Experiment, we kind of changed the chemistry altogether and turned it into a real band. Everybody’s contributing, four out of five of us are singing, so it’s not just Neal singing anymore. I think Bill and Eric have very predominant vocal parts on this album. That one little word, ‘band,’ really makes all of the difference in terms of what’s going on now and the chemistry within the band.”

The Similitude Of A Dream track listing:

Disc 1:

1. “Long Day”
2. “Overture”
3. “The Dream”
4. “City Of Destruction”
5. “We Have Got To Go”
6. “Makes No Sense”
7. “Draw The Line”
8. “The Slough”
9. “Back To The City”
10. “The Ways Of A Fool”
11. “So Far Gone”
12. “Breath Of Angels”

Disc 2:

1. “Slave To Your Mind”
2. “Shortcut To Salvation”
3. “The Man In The Iron Cage”
4. “The Road Called Home”
5. “Sloth”
6. “Freedom Song”
7. “I'm Running”
8. “The Mask”
9. “Confrontation”
10. “The Battle”
11. “Broken Sky / Long Day (Reprise)”

The Neal Morse Band - The Similitude Of A Dream

THE NEAL MORSE BAND online: www.nealmorse.com & www.facebook.com/nealmorse

NEWS BRIEFS

* AFFECTOR Harmagedon play through but guitarist Daniel Fries: www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3hTCT7dGmU

* THE CRIMSON BRIDGE MINISTRY has made available a one-minute snippet of a new song entitled “Drown Your Pain”: www.thecrimsonbridgeministry.com

* Online Neal Morse interview with Heaven’s Metal: http://dougvanpelt.wixsite.com/heavens-metal-mag/single-post/2016/11/06/Neal-Morse-Relying-on-Gods-Guidance-and-Blessing

* TRUE STRENGTH signs with Roxx Records (Facebook - November 10, 2016): “True Strength is humbled to announce that we have signed with Roxx Records! Stay tune for more details in the coming month from Roxx Records when they make a formal announcement.

“Roxx Records teamed up with engineer Cliffy Walker (uitarist of the renowned Christian punk band The Huntingtons) to re-master the Steel Evangelist album and Roxx will be releasing it in CD format and we will be re-releasing it digitally as Steel Evangelist - Roxx Records Edition.  The sound quality of the songs has been vastly improved!

“We are currently writing and recording our third album, stay tune for more details! Also, we have some merchandise that will soon be available soon including patches, back patches and T-shirts! God bless you all!”

“ My Refuge”, new song from VISUAL CLIFF: www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCgrlj42ZXs

The song comes off the group’s upcoming album Refuge, which is set for release next year.

* The New THE WORLD WILL BURN album, RuinNation, is currently being mixed.  The group is planning for a release date after the first of the year.

 

Update: November 6, 2016

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

THE NEAL MORSE BAND Release Official Video For “So Far Gone":
THE NEAL MORSE BAND - singer/guitarist/keyboardist Neal Morse, drummer Mike Portnoy, bassist Randy George, keyboardist Bill Hubauer and guitarist Eric Gillette - are gearing up for the release of their new album The Similitude Of A Dream on Radiant Records via Metal Blade Records/SONY on November 11, 2016.  The group recently premiered a video of a song off the album entitled “So Far Gone” (above).

The journey of Neal Morse has seen three decades of musical accomplishments, the latest being the inception of THE NEAL MORSE BAND. Morse has forged many relationships over the years with his other bands, SPOCK’S BEARD, FLYING COLORS and TRANSATLANTIC.  The Similitude Of A Dream will be the eighth studio album with drummer Mike Portnoy and bassist Randy George and the second true collaboration with the band's current lineup, which includes keyboardist Bill Hubauer and guitarist Eric Gillette.  THE NEAL MORSE BAND released its debut full length The Grand Experiment in February of 2015.

Clocking in at over 100 minutes, this amazing piece of prog storytelling will leave you breathless, exhilarated, amused and fulfilled in a way that only inspired music can. It will be available in various formats: a two CD package, a Special Edition with the two CDs and The Making Of A Dream DVD, or as three vinyl records along with two CDs.

As Neal Morse explains, “The Similitude Of A Dream is loosely and sometimes directly based on the book, Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan. The book’s original title was The Pilgrim’s Progress from this world to the that which is to come, delivered under The Similitude Of A Dream, and it was originally published in 1678. The book chronicles the spiritual journey of a man from the City of Destruction to the place of Deliverance. Someone had suggested to me that I do a concept album based on this book, but I kind of forgot about it.

“Then when I began writing new songs last December, the suggestion came to my mind. I had never read the book, so I Googled the SparkNotes story outline and began to write some little song bits and instrumentals based on what I had read. Those bits combined with the ideas that the other guys brought to the table then miraculously exploded into this double concept album. Funny thing is, this album only really covers about the first 75 or 80 pages. Maybe we should've made a five disc collection! Well, we'll save that for later. Ha.”

He continues, “At the conclusion of the grueling recording sessions, I remember Mike saying rather prophetically, ‘Boys, I think we just made the album of our careers.’”

"I honestly think this is THE album of my career,” declares Portnoy. “Neal and I have now made 18 studio albums together, and I consider The Similitude Of A Dream the absolute creative pinnacle of our collaborations together. I've always had a soft spot for double concept albums such as Pink Floyd's The Wall and The Who's Tommy, and I can bravely say that I think we've created an album here that can sit side by side with those masterpieces. Bold words, I know, but after a career of almost 50 albums, I honestly consider this to be one of the defining works of my career.”

“We weren’t sure we had enough music to make a double CD, and yet it seemed as though the concept and the music wanted to go there,” bassist Randy George continues. “Ultimately, we created so much great music in the sessions that it just had to be a double album! To cap that off, we worked with a pre-imminent classic album cover artist to create painted illustrations of our concept which will grace the booklet!”

THE NEAL MORSE BAND is also preparing to kick off their North American tour schedule in support of the new album. According to an update from Portnoy while answering a fan question via Facebook, "we will be performing The Similitude Of A Dream in its entirety as well as other material from the NM/NMB catalog."

THE NEAL MORSE BAND tour dates:

Tour dates:

January

14 - Nashville, TN – venue tba
17 - Seattle, WA – Triple Door
18 - San Francisco, CA – Regency Ballroom
21 - Whittier, CA - Center Theater, www.calprog.com
22 - Phoenix, AZ – Nesbitt-Elliott Playhouse Theater
24 - Denver, CO – Oriental Theater
25 - Dallas, TX – Curtain Club
26 - St Louis, MO – Delmar Hall
27 - St Charles, IL – Arcada Theater
28 - Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
30 - Toronto, ON – Mod Room
31 - Montreal, QC – Club Soda

February

1 - Quebec City, QC - Salle Jean Paul Tardif
2 - New York, NY – Highline Ballroom
3 - Washington DC – State Theater
4 - Atlanta, GA - City Winery

“The City Of Destruction” official video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8GdH59yuD8

“Long Day / Overture” official lyric video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fbzl46CuPiM

The Neal Morse Band - The Similitude Of A Dream

THE NEAL MORSE BAND online: www.nealmorse.com & www.facebook.com/nealmorse

S91 - “The Cry Of Life” Official Lyric Video Posted Online:
Montecarlo, Italy based progressive metal band S91 just premiered a lyric video to the track “The Cry Of Life” from its sophomore album Behold The Mankind.  The song features a guest appearance by vocalist Christian Liljegren (NARNIA, GOLDEN RESURRECTION & DIVINEFIRE)

A Christian band drawing its name from Psalm 91, S91 will be releasing Behold The Mankind via Underground Symphony on November 7, 2016 as a deluxe digipak edition.  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. 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 - Behold The Mankind

S91 online: www.facebook.com/S91band

NEWS BRIEFS

* DIVINEFIRE performing “Never Surrender” live in Japan (October 2005): www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCYyPglZ7jo

* Neal Morse talks new album, Mike Portnoy, SPOCK’S BEARD and FLYING COLORS in audio interview with Metal Wani: www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhwfmsG8dNU

* NARNIA & ROB ROCKperforming “Eagle” live at Metal Fest Germany in 2005: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4cYkBZtj2o

 

Update: November 1, 2016

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

LEAH promo pic with sword

Symphonic Metal Artist LEAH Makes Statement About Her Faith & Music:
As reported by the artists at her Facebook page (October 31, 2016):

“Many people ask me about my Christian faith and how it ties into my music. You already know this about me or may have picked up on this background. I get emails & messages on a regular basis asking about this, so I thought I'd share my thoughts here for you, in case you're curious  :)
 
“I'm often asked: "Is LEAH a Christian band?" And "Do you see your music as a ministry?"
 
“I don't often answer these questions and here's why:

“First of all, I create music because I must. If I stop for long periods of time, I get grumpy. I was born to create. It's one of my callings in life (there are many).
 
“Second, I view my music as art.
 
“All art is an extension of its creator, and it's very difficult (if not impossible) to separate one's faith, presuppositions, and worldview from one's personal expression.  It will always come through one way or another.
 
“For that reason, I don't believe in a sacred/secular distinction.
 
“How I live, how I think, and what I create is either consistent with my beliefs, or it's not.
 
“That's why I don't need a label or a genre to define my faith. My whole life should exude my faith, along with anything I create.
 
“That's why I also stay away from the word 'ministry', and why I have no desire for my music to be sold at exclusively Christian stores, or even associate with that market (because that's what it is: a market).

“So if someone asks me if I am a Christian I say yes.  If they ask if my music is Christian, I say - there's no such thing. I hope that makes sense.
 
“That's like asking if a blue crayon is Christian (is there a Christian crayon section at the store?).  The crayon is a tool... it's what you do with that medium that reveals if you lived a life consistent with your beliefs.
 
“For example, if I produced hateful music that insulted my Creator, than I would be making inconsistent art.
 
“In any case, I love making music and I have many listeners around the world from a variety of background and faiths and I'll tell you what: we have a lot in common..... Celtic & fantasy inspired music is one of them!

“So I hope this answers that question and I hope to keep creating music that you love to listen to.
 
“My desire is that it inspires you and brings a measure of joy to your world, wherever you are at; wherever you are today.”

LEAH online: http://leahmusic.net, http://leahmchenry.com & www.facebook.com/LEAHthemusic

 

Update: October 30, 2016

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

ENERGEMA - World Of Zionix Lyric Video Posted Online:
Bogotá, Columbia based melodic power metal act ENERGEMA just released online a lyric video for their new single “World Of Zionix”.  The song comes off the groups highly anticipated sophomore album of the same name, which is scheduled to be released via Sleazy Rider Records in 2017.

World Of Zionix was produced by ENERGEMA and recorded at Alt+164 Studio (Ontario, Canada), Yara Records studio (Armenia, Colombia) and Meggido Records studio (Bogota, Colombia). 

Cover artwork was contributed by Dusan Markovic.

ENERGEMA line up:

Alejandro Pinzon - Vocals
Nicolas Waldo - Composer / Lead Guitar I
Andres Parada - Lead Guitar II
Daniel Pinzon - Bass
Leandro Arias - Drums

World Of Zionix track listing:

1. “At The Gates Of Justice Sun (Overture)”
2. “The World Of Zionix”
3. “The Z - Cyphers”
4. “Aren”
5. “Angel Dust”
6. “Teris”
7. “The March Of Varnir”
8. “Blue Fire Torch”
9. “The Hermit Of Telvan”
10. “Energema Fire Of Creation”

ENERGEMA online: www.facebook.com/energemaband

LIPSTICK Premier “Cha La Head Cha La” Music Video:
Nashville, TN - October 26, 2016 - The theatrical rock band, LIPSTICK, have debuted their new music video for a song called “Cha La Head Cha La”. Originally a Japanese progressive rock song by Hironobu Kageyama, the song served as the theme song to the television show Dragonball Z. LIPSTICK have recorded a new version of the song for their upcoming album, Lipstick II. The stunning video features LIPSTICK in a live-action recreation of the style of Dragonball Z, complete with flying through the air, laser blasts, and people being punched through mountains.

Ryan Michael Rehnborg of Surly Urchin produced the video.

Lipstick II is now available for pre-order on the band's website: www.lipstickgeneration.com/merch

Lipstick II features a wide array of guest musicians on the album, including Billy Morris (WARRANT/QUIET RIOT), Tom Pappas (SUPERDRAG), Jace McLain (NUCLEAR BUBBLE WARP), and the narrator of the English version of Dragonball Z, Kyle Hebert. The album is scheduled for release on January 25, 2017.

ABOUT LIPSTICK: LIPSTICK is a theatrical rock band based in Nashville, TN. The band is a musical collective led by two core musicians, Greg Troyan (vocals) and Stephen Smith (bass) with a large number of backing musicians filling out the rest of the lineup. The band is known for epic stage shows driven by catchy, optimistic, hard rock.

Lipstick - Lipstick II

LIPSTICK online: www.lipstickgeneration.com & www.facebook.com/lipstickgeneration

NEWS BRIEFS

* Jesus Freak Hideout interview with Matt Smith of THEOCRACY: www.jesusfreakhideout.com/interviews/Theocracy2016.asp

* V7, the new THE SEVENTH POWER album from guitarist Bill Menchen, will be released on October 31, 2016.  The albums ten tracks were recorded between 1999-2004 and include early versions of THE SEVENTH POWER songs while others have never been previously released.

Track listing: “Anthem Song”, “Better The Devil”, “Einstein”, “Eyes In Disguise”, “Feeling The Love”, “Higher”, “Ice Age”, “Light”, “Mr. Wizard”, “Ocean”, “Out To Sea” & Twenty Twenty Five”

 

Update: October 16, 2016

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

THEOCRACY - “Ghost Ship” Music Video Posted Online:
Press Release / The Athens, Georgia-based melodic metal band THEOCRACY just released a music video for the title track from their highly anticipated new album Ghost Ship. The album will be released on October 28th in Europe and North America through Ulterium Records.

Ghost Ship will be available on CD, 2LP and as a digital download. The 2LP edition is strictly limited to 1001 copies worldwide. 750 copies comes with black vinyl discs and 251 copies comes with white vinyl discs.

With Ghost Ship, THEOCRACY perfects the lively and fully-realized sound of As the World Bleeds, delivering 10 muscular and streamlined tracks that never lose focus and combine for one memorable journey. You like mid tempo sing along anthems? Try the “Ghost Ship” title track. Thrashy rhythms and intensity?  “The Wonder of It All” should be to your liking. Emotional ballads with huge melodic hooks? Go “Around the World and Back.”  Or if you prefer epic, progressive tracks that do all these things and more, 10-minute album closer “Easter” is sure to be a favorite. Each song on Ghost Ship stands alone and has a unique signature, but every moment sounds unmistakably like THEOCRACY.

“So many kids were coming up to us after shows and telling us their stories,” says THEOCRACY vocalist Matt Smith. “A lot of them were searching for purpose and a place to fit in, and having grown up as an awkward and unpopular kid myself, their words really stuck with me. I started thinking about what a band of misfits Jesus’ disciples were: fishermen, tax collectors, and people of little consequence in the eyes of the world. Sometimes the ones most people don’t see, or choose to look straight through - the ghosts of society, as it were, dead to the world - end up having the biggest impact. That’s where the title and idea for Ghost Ship came from: all the misfits, the un cool, the outcasts, there is a place where you do fit in. Although Ghost Ship is not a concept album, this is a recurring theme, particularly in the title track and “Castaway.’”

Ghost Ship track listing:

1. “Paper Tiger”
2. “Ghost Ship”
3. “The Wonder Of It All”
4. “Wishing Well”
5. “Around the World and Back”
6. “Stir the Embers”
7. “A Call To Arms”
8. “Currency In A Bankrupt World”
9. “Castaway”
10. “Easter”

Ghost Ship European Tour confirmed dates:

Fri 4/11 - Hall of Fame - Wetzikon, Switzerland
Sat 5/11 - Kreatief - Neckarsulm, Germany
Sun 6/11 - Exit-US - Prague, Czech Republic
Tue 8/11 - Collosseum - Kosice, Slovakia
Thu 10/11 - Melodka - Brno, Czech Republic
Fri 11/11 - DGH Niederaula - Niederjossa/Hessen, Germany
Sat 12/11 - Brainstorm Festival - Apeldoorn, Netherlands

Theocracy - Ghost Ship

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

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

THE NEAL MORSE BAND Premiere “City Of Destruction” Music Video:
“City Of Destruction”, the new music video from The Neal Morse Band, premiered October 12, 2016 at www.guitarworld.com.

The song is from the band's new double-disc concept album, The Similitude Of A Dream, which is due out November 11 on Radiant Records via Metal Blade Records/Sony.

It will be the eighth studio album with singer/guitarist/keyboardist Neal Morse, drummer Mike Portnoy and bassist Randy George and the second true collaboration with the band's current lineup, which includes keyboardist Bill Hubauer and guitarist Eric Gillette.

"The Similitude Of A Dream is loosely - and sometimes directly - based on The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan," Morse says.

"The book’s original title was 'The Pilgrim’s Progress From This World To That Which Is to Come, Delivered Under the Similitude Of A Dream,' and it was published in 1678. The book chronicles the spiritual journey of a man from the City of Destruction to the place of deliverance. Someone had suggested that I do a concept album based on this book, but I kind of forgot about it.

"Then when I began writing new songs last December, the suggestion came to my mind. I had never read the book, so I Googled the SparkNotes story outline and began to write some little song bits and instrumentals based on what I had read. Those bits, combined with the ideas that the other guys brought to the table, miraculously exploded into this double concept album. Funny thing is, this album really only covers about the first 75 or 80 pages (of the book). Maybe we should've made a five-disc collection! Well, we'll save that for later.”

"I honestly think this is the album of my career,” Portnoy adds. “Neal and I have now made 18 studio albums together, and I consider The Similitude Of A Dream the absolute creative pinnacle of our collaborations. I've always had a soft spot for double concept albums such as Pink Floyd's The Wall and the Who's Tommy, and I can bravely say I think we've created an album that can sit side by side with those masterpieces. Bold words, I know, but after a career of almost 50 albums, I honestly consider this to be one of the defining works of my career.”

George adds: “We weren’t sure we had enough music to make a double CD, and yet it seemed as though the concept and the music wanted to go there. Ultimately, we created so much great music in the sessions that it just had to be a double album. To cap that off, we worked with a pre-eminent classic album cover artist to create illustrations of our concept, which will grace the booklet.”

One thing's for sure: Clocking in at over 100 minutes, The Similitude Of A Dream is an amazing piece of prog-rock storytelling. It'll be available in various formats: a two-CD package, a Special Edition with and as three vinyl records with two CDs.

The Similitude Of A Dream track listing:

Disc 1:

1. “Long Day”
2. “Overture”
3. “The Dream”
4. “City Of Destruction”
5. “We Have Got To Go”
6. “Makes No Sense”
7. “Draw The Line”
8. “The Slough”
9. “Back To The City”
10. “The Ways Of A Fool”
11. “So Far Gone”
12. “Breath Of Angels”

Disc 2:

1. “Slave To Your Mind”
2. “Shortcut To Salvation”
3. “The Man In The Iron Cage”
4. “The Road Called Home”
5. “Sloth”
6. “Freedom Song”
7. “I'm Running”
8. “The Mask”
9. “Confrontation”
10. “The Battle”
11. “Broken Sky / Long Day (Reprise)”

The Neal Morse Band - The Similitude Of A Dream

THE NEAL MORSE BAND online: www.nealmorse.com & www.facebook.com/nealmorse

Amos - Jade

AMOS Sign With Roxx Records For New Album, Jade:
Press Release / Roxx Records is happy to announce the signing of one of the pioneers of the Brazilian underground Christian Music scene. Please join us in welcoming the gothic rock and metal sounds of AMOS to our roster.
 
AMOS was formed in Campo Grande, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil in the year 1994, in the early years of their career the band featured heavy influences in the Doom metal scene. It would not be until 1998 they would release their first demo tape titled Comfort In Trouble, even though the quality of this demo was not the best, states the band, it received many nice reviews from various media outlets.
 
After the release of the demo and a few lineup changes AMOS would start to finally compose some new material. By 1999 the band would release their second effort entitled Gothic Soul which was of far better quality then that original demo. By this time the band had dropped the heavy doom sound and were now more heavily influenced by straight up heavy metal, still with a tinge of a Gothic sound all the while still trying to maintain some of that original doom influence. This new CD was heavily praised in Brazil, and was soon released in the US and Europe with a great reception all over the world. Unfortunately, it would not be quite enough to get the band more exposure or allow them to tour and expand all over the world.
 
It would not be until 2005 the band would re-master and reissue the now out of print album Gothic Soul and include 3 previously unreleased bonus tracks. But that was just meant to be something to hold the fans over because 2005 would also catch the attention of US label Bombworks Records who would sign the band and release the band’s brand new and second full length release entitled A Matter of Time.
 
Next up in 2006 would come another independently released EP entitled Lost Essence which had the band wanting to do something very different from A Matter of Time with a very heavy-prog-gothic metal sound!

Up next 2009 would see the band release their first DVD entitled 9408, which was followed by another first for the band with the release of an Acoustic EP that would be aptly titled Amos Acoustic. Unfortunately, 2009 would be the year AMOS ended their activity as a band. The band had started recording their follow up full-length album that was never completed or released as the band would go on a permanent hiatus until now.

Fast Forward to 2016 and Amos will rise again, signing on with Roxx Records to release the band’s brand new album entitled Jade. The band and Roxx are very excited to bring you this new album Jade as it has been kept under wraps and not released or revealed in its entirety until now.
 
This new album is a very mature album for AMOS, very modern, and gothic based heavy. With brand new beautiful cover art this complete package will please AMOS fans the world over. As an added bonus, this new release has sparked a lot of activity in the AMOS camp and you just may see a return to the stage very very soon!
 
But for now get ready to pick up the brand new release Jade and start to enjoy the return of AMOS! Releasing on October 31st this is one Christian Metal release you will not want to miss this year!

Jade track listing:

1. “Still Believe:
2. “Devotion”
3. “Called From The Dark”
4. “Stranger Loves”
5. “Lost Essence”
6. “Surrender”
7. “Infinite”
8. “Jade”
9. “Prodigal Girl”
10. “Wait For You”

AMOS  online: www.facebook.com/AMOS

 For full details and pre order at: http://roxxrecords.storenvy.com/products/18170192-amos-jade-2016

NEWS BRIEFS

* Unspoken, the debut solo album of guitarist Michael Cutting (HOLY SOLDIER), will be released in late October.  The album is available for pre-order at: www.michaelcutting.com/store

* S91 teaser for new album Behold The Mankind: www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MqPWFeTfkw

Behold The Mankind is scheduled for release on November 7, 2016 via Underground Symphony Records.

* Adelaide, Australia based SONIC DIVIDE is currently at work on the follow album to its self-titled debut from 2013.  The group is going the ‘one song at a time route’, with the first being “The Sound Of U” in which it recently recorded a video. www.youtube.com/watch?v=yg7O3Iiz-CU

* Update from THE WORLD WILL BURN regarding new album:

“We have written and recorded all of the songs for the new album, with 6 of them completed.  We continue to refine and improve the remaining songs but should have them how we want them in a week or so.  Our designer is working on the cover, we have chosen a name, and we will be announcing more details soon.  Check back and tell your friends.  We are excited about this project and think you will love it more than Severity!

“We are also proud to announce that we have partnered with talented video producer Ryan Pierson to film a video to the song "The More Things Change".  So far, we have been amazed by his vision and artistry. He has been extremely adaptable, considering we live on different continents!  Stay tuned...”

 

Update: October 9, 2016

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

Thee Final Chaptre promo pic

THEE FINAL CHAPTRE - It Is Written Re-issue On Divebomb Records:
Release date is scheduled for October 14, 2016:

Press Release / With origins dating back to early-to mid-’80s acts DEUS VULT and DIVINE RIGHT, New Orleans, LA’s THEE FINAL CHAPTRE got its start around 1989, when guitarist Gary Wilson was driven to put together a new, more intense and resolute group of musicians. The band laid its foundation performing a mix of covers and originals around area bars, eventually solidifying its lineup with David Osbourn on drums, Paul Starnes handling bass duties, and front man Andrew “Tripp” Whittington.

Drawing influences from an assortment of hard rock and metal - UFO, KISS, QUEENSRŸCHE, IRON MAIDEN, METALLICA, EXODUS, etc - as well as their Christian metal predecessors such as STRYPER, DELIVERANCE & TOURNIQUET; THEE FINAL CHAPTRE forged an explosively diverse sound centered around hard-charging guitar riffs, a locked-in rhythm section, and Whittington’s soaring vocal prowess. This ultimately landed the group a deal with WEI Records for the release of their lone six-song album, It Is Written, in 1991.

However - despite capturing the interest of Polygram subsidiary Jaguar Records - due to limited touring opportunities, managerial mishaps, burgeoning creative differences, and the changing landscape of the metal scene, THEE FINAL CHAPTRE had fallen apart before the end of 1992… thus unable to capitalize on the true potential of their songwriting firepower.

But now, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the original cassette release through WEI, Divebomb Records is proud to announce - for the first time ever on CD - this Deluxe Edition of THEE FINAL CHAPTRE‘s It Is Written. Sourced directly from the DAT master, the album has been digitally re-mastered alongside nine previously unreleased live bonus tracks; packaged with updated cover art by Steven Cobb, archival photographs straight from the band, and an all-new interview with founder Gary Wilson conducted by Olaf Becker. For the fans, by the fans!

For fans of: CRIMSON GLORY, QUEENSRYCHE, HEIR APPARENT, LETHAL, HITTMAN & STRYPER

It Is Written track listing:

1. “Day After Day”
2. “The Key”
3. “The Hallowed Hymn”
4. “Come As You Are”
5. “All For One”
6. “Don’t Let It Run You Down (Thunder Trilogy, Part I)”

Bonus tracks:

7. “Just A Memory” (Demo)
8. “Blood In The Sand” (Live)
9. “Insane” (Live)
10. “Wisdom’s Call” (Live)
11. “Whisper To Scream” (Live)
12. “Edge Of Sadness” (Live)
13. “Just A Memory” (Live)
14. “Bullet In The Chamber” (Live)
15. “Armageddon” (Live)
16. “Black Rain” (Live)

The Final Chaptre - It is Written - Deluxe Edition

It Is Written samples: https://tribunalrecords.bandcamp.com/album/it-is-written-deluxe-edition

It Is Written pre-order: http://tribunalrecords.bigcartel.com/product/thee-final-chaptre-it-is-written-deluxe-edition

NEWS BRIEFS

* " The Remnant” is a new instrumental track from guitarist Dennis Cameron (ANGELICA, CYNICAL LIMIT): www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUfbeN2vzhk

* THE CRIMSON BRIDGE MINISTRY released the first single, “Never Letting Go”, from its second (upcoming) album Choices: www.thecrimsonbridgeministry.com

* V7 is the title to the new THE SEVENTH POWER album from guitarist Bill Menchen.  Featured are 12 tracks the artist wrote and recorded from 1999-2004.  Some are early version of THE SEVENTH POWER songs while others have been never been previously released.

* Live footage of TEMPLE OF BLOOD from September 9, 2016 performing a new song entitled “A Show Of Force”: www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIZj0OipuJM

Look for “A Show Of Force” to be the title track to the group’s next album.

 

Update: October 2, 2016

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

THEOCRACY - “Wishing Well” Official Lyric Video:
Press Release / The Athens, Georgia-based melodic metal band THEOCRACY just released a lyric video for the track "Wishing Well" from their highly anticipated new album Ghost Ship.  The album will be released on October 28th in Europe and North America through Ulterium Records.

Ghost Ship will be available on CD, 2LP and as a digital download. The 2LP edition is strictly limited to 1001 copies worldwide. 750 copies comes with black vinyl discs and 251 copies comes with white vinyl discs.

With Ghost Ship, THEOCRACY perfects the lively and fully-realized sound of As the World Bleeds, delivering 10 muscular and streamlined tracks that never lose focus and combine for one memorable journey. You like mid tempo sing along anthems? Try the “Ghost Ship” title track. Thrashy rhythms and intensity?  “The Wonder of It All” should be to your liking. Emotional ballads with huge melodic hooks? Go “Around the World and Back.”  Or if you prefer epic, progressive tracks that do all these things and more, 10-minute album closer “Easter” is sure to be a favorite. Each song on Ghost Ship stands alone and has a unique signature, but every moment sounds unmistakably like THEOCRACY.

“So many kids were coming up to us after shows and telling us their stories,” says THEOCRACY vocalist Matt Smith. “A lot of them were searching for purpose and a place to fit in, and having grown up as an awkward and unpopular kid myself, their words really stuck with me. I started thinking about what a band of misfits Jesus’ disciples were: fishermen, tax collectors, and people of little consequence in the eyes of the world. Sometimes the ones most people don’t see, or choose to look straight through - the ghosts of society, as it were, dead to the world - end up having the biggest impact. That’s where the title and idea for Ghost Ship came from: all the misfits, the un cool, the outcasts, there is a place where you do fit in. Although Ghost Ship is not a concept album, this is a recurring theme, particularly in the title track and “Castaway.’”

Ghost Ship track listing:

1. “Paper Tiger”
2. “Ghost Ship”
3. “The Wonder Of It All”
4. “Wishing Well”
5. “Around the World and Back”
6. “Stir the Embers”
7. “A Call To Arms”
8. “Currency In A Bankrupt World”
9. “Castaway”
10. “Easter”

Ghost Ship European Tour confirmed dates:

Fri 4/11 - Hall of Fame - Wetzikon, Switzerland
Sat 5/11 - Kreatief - Neckarsulm, Germany
Sun 6/11 - Exit-US - Prague, Czech Republic
Tue 8/11 - Collosseum - Kosice, Slovakia
Thu 10/11 - Melodka - Brno, Czech Republic
Fri 11/11 - DGH Niederaula - Niederjossa/Hessen, Germany
Sat 12/11 - Brainstorm Festival - Apeldoorn, Netherlands

Theocracy - Ghost Ship

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

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

Stryper - To Hell With The Devil 30th Anniversary Tour

STRYPER To Go On Hiatus Following To Hell With The Devil 30th-Anniversay Tour:
Courtesy of www.blabbermouth.net:

Veteran rockers STRYPER have announced plans to "take a hiatus" following the completion of their tour celebrating the 30th anniversary of their multi-platinum album To Hell With The Devil.

Says the band in a statement: "As many of you know, we are preparing a tour to celebrate the 30-year anniversary of To Hell With The Devil. Although we're extremely excited about this tour, our band and ministry is facing a crossroads for a variety of reasons, including some personal matters affecting our bassist, Tim Gaines, that have affected the unity of our band.

"As a result, upon the conclusion of this tour, we have decided to take a hiatus to allow each band member to think and pray about the direction of the band going forward.

"We believe the right thing to do is to be open with all of you so we can continue on with integrity and put to rest any false rumors and accusations. We also believe we must honor our commitments in moving forward with the tour.

"The name STRYPER is very important to us. What (and who) it represents is even more important. We take what we do very seriously as a band and ministry and we believe it's our duty to take this hiatus based on our faith, so we can move forward in the right way.

"We do appreciate your thoughts and prayers.

"God Bless you all."

In a recent interview with The Swerve Magazine, STRYPER front man Michael Sweet was asked how it has been working with the same guys in the band for most of the group's three-decade-plus-long career. He responded: "Well, I mean, I'll be honest. I'm not going to lie to anybody. It's not easy. We have our issues. There are four strong personalities in this band. I'm the most boisterous. I'm the guy that talks a lot and people hear from the most, but I think if you heard from the other three guys, you would know exactly what I'm talking about. Everybody has opinions, and we're not on the same page many times. We don't see eye to eye. We have our arguments and our times of frustrations with one another."

He continued: "We made a pact to stay together. When we decide that we shouldn't stay together, that's when STRYPER will end, because I don't want to continue on without Robert (Sweet, drums), or without Tim (Gaines, bass), or without Oz (Fox, guitar). I think that it's important that the four of us stay together, or it's not STRYPER. At that point in time, if we're not getting along we need to call it quits, and not replace each other.

"I hate it when bands start replacing their band members. You know what? It degrades the band and the brand. It's not fair to fans.

"I understand in a situation where, let's say, somebody passes away, and the other three or four guys want to continue, and they had the blessing of that person. That's a different situation, but what I'm referring to is all the bickering. You've got four guys in the band, and they don't get along, so they all go off and do their own version of that band. I mean, I just think that's a joke, a complete joke."

The To Hell With The Devil 30th-anniversary tour is scheduled to kick off on September 29 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Released by Enigma Records on October 24, 1986, the Grammy-nominated To Hell With The Devil is the band's third studio album and the first Christian metal album to achieve platinum status.

STRYPER's latest album, Fallen, entered The Billboard 200 chart at position No. 43 with first-week sales of just over 10,000 units - nearly all from pure album sales. The set follows the No. 35-peaking No More Hell To Pay, which was released in 2013.

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

 

Update: September 18, 2016

FEATURED REVIEWS

BIG CHRIS & D’BARE BONES BAND - When Your Time Comes
It doesn’t take long to realize that When Your Time Comes, the August of 2016 debut full length of Big Chris & D’Bare Bones Band, is a special album.  Read Full Review >>

ENERGEMA - The Lion’s Forces
Every once in a while, the hard music world produces an unexpected sleeper, an under-the-radar band with the acumen to literally blow more established acts out of the water and make a significant name for itself in the process.  Read Full Review >>

JOSHUA’S CREED - Joshua’s Creed
The summer of 2016 debut full length of Kalispell, Montana based Joshua’s Creed has all the bases covered when it comes to coalescing the best aspects of traditional and classic heavy metal: resounding guitars that command a forward place in the mix, a strapping bass presence anchoring the low end and commanding lead vocals of the projection filled variety.  Read Full Review >>

MY DARKEST TIME - The Last
A joining of the Gothic, doom like and the symphonic, that would be the best way to describe The Last, the summer of 2016 fourth full-length album Skopje, Macedonia based My Darkest Time.  Read Full Review >>

NARNIA - Narnia
Narnia finds the group returning to its musical roots with a throwback sound that draws heavily upon melodic metal but mixed with occasional elements of neo-classical power metal.  Read Full Review >>

OBLIVION MYTH - Inside The Mirror
There are plenty of reasons you might like the idea of making Inside The Mirror, the summer of 2016 sophomore release of Nashville, Tennessee based Oblivion Myth, a priority purchase.  Read Full Review >>

PŸLON - A Lament
Switzerland’s Pÿlon answers multiple doom metal questions.  Read Full Review >>

SWEET CRYSTAL - 5 Carat Rock
Here’s a factoid that might make you feel old: Detroit, Michigan based Sweet Crystal has been around for more than 40 years.  Read Full Review >>

INTERVIEWS

Oblivion Myth promo pic

New OBLIVION MYTH Interview Online:
Angelic Warlord had the recent opportunity to interview OBLIVION MYTH vocalist Tim McDonald, who goes into detail about the about the bands background, details behind Inside The Mirror and future plans of the band as well.  Following is an excerpt:

Also, what is the meaning behind the name Oblivion Myth?  How does the band’s name tie into its slogan that "Eternity is real, Oblivion is just a Myth?
That’s really a statement about our Christian faith and belief in an afterlife, a Heaven, and that we go on after dying in this life.  We aren’t just worm food and it all fades to black.  Most people kind of understand this on an instinctive level. 

Read full interview: HERE

METAL & HARD ROCK NEWS

THE NEAL MORSE BAND Announce New Album, The Similitude Of A Dream:
Courtesy of www.blabbermouth.net:

The journey of Neal Morse has seen three decades of musical accomplishments, the latest being the inception of THE NEAL MORSE BAND. Morse has forged many relationships over the years with his other bands, SPOCK'S BEARD, FLYING COLORS and TRANSATLANTIC. However, the most compelling and fruitful efforts have been those with drummer Mike Portnoy (THE WINERY DOGS, TWISTED SISTER, ex-DREAM THEATER).

Now the current lineup of THE NEAL MORSE BAND - Morse, Portnoy, bassist Randy George, keyboardist Bill Hubauer and guitarist Eric Gillette - brings forth The Similitude Of A Dream, a concept album to be released November 11 on Radiant Records via Metal Blade Records/Sony.

This will be the eighth studio album with Morse, Portnoy and George, and the second as a true collaboration with this current lineup. A lyric video for the song "Overture" is now available above.

Clocking in at over a hundred minutes, this amazing piece of progressive storytelling will leave you breathless, exhilarated, amused and fulfilled in a way that only inspired music can. It will be available in various formats: a two CD package, a special edition with the two CDs and The Making Of A Dream DVD, or as three vinyl records along with two CDs.

Together, Morse and Portnoy have launched four bands, but the one that has endured the longest and thus with the most musical output has been THE NEAL MORSE BAND. Over the years, Morse, along with Portnoy and George, always assembled musicians as needed to support Neal's solo music. In 2012, they held auditions to find the musicians needed to fill out the band as a permanent lineup that would write music collectively. Hubauer and Gillette joined the band after three days of auditions. The ‘fivesome’ went on to release The Grand Experiment in 2014 followed by the Alive Again live DVD/2 CD package in 2015.

As Neal Morse explains: "'The Similitude Of A Dream' is loosely and sometimes directly based on the book Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan. The book's original title was The Pilgrim's Progress from this world to the that which is to come, delivered under the similitude of a dream, and it was originally published in 1678. The book chronicles the spiritual journey of a man from the City of Destruction to the place of Deliverance. Someone had suggested to me that I do a concept album based on this book, but I kind of forgot about it. Then when I began writing new songs last December, the suggestion came to my mind. I had never read the book, so I Googled the SparkNotes story outline and began to write some little song bits and instrumentals based on what I had read. Those bits combined with the ideas that the other guys brought to the table then miraculously exploded into this double concept album. Funny thing is, this album only really covers about the first 75 or 80 pages. Maybe we should've made a five disc collection! Well, we'll save that for later. Ha."

He continues: "At the conclusion of the grueling recording sessions, I remember Mike saying rather prophetically, 'Boys, I think we just made the album of our careers.'"

"I honestly think this is the album of my career," declares Portnoy. "Neal and I have now made 18 studio albums together, and I consider The Similitude Of A Dream the absolute creative pinnacle of our collaborations together. I've always had a soft spot for double concept albums such as PINK FLOYD's The Wall and THE WHO's Tommy, and I can bravely say that I think we've created an album here that can sit side by side with those masterpieces. Bold words, I know, but after a career of almost 50 albums, I honestly consider this to be one of the defining works of my career."

"We weren't sure we had enough music to make a double CD, and yet it seemed as though the concept and the music wanted to go there," bassist Randy George continues. "Ultimately, we created so much great music in the sessions that it just had to be a double album! To cap that off, we worked with a pre-imminent classic album cover artist to create painted illustrations of our concept which will grace the booklet!"

The Similitude Of A Dream track listing:

Disc 1:

1. “Long Day”
2. “Overture”
3. “The Dream”
4. “City Of Destruction”
5. “We Have Got To Go”
6. “Makes No Sense”
7. “Draw The Line”
8. “The Slough”
9. “Back To The City”
10. “The Ways Of A Fool”
11. “So Far Gone”
12. “Breath Of Angels”

Disc 2:

1. “Slave To Your Mind”
2. “Shortcut To Salvation”
3. “The Man In The Iron Cage”
4. “The Road Called Home”
5. “Sloth”
6. “Freedom Song”
7. “I'm Running”
8. “The Mask”
9. “Confrontation”
10. “The Battle”
11. “Broken Sky / Long Day (Reprise)”

THE NEAL MORSE BAND tours worldwide almost yearly and continues to grow in popularity, attracting new listeners everywhere they go. The band has toured in North America, Central America, Europe, Israel, Mexico and India. The shows are filled with excited and extremely loyal fans, some which have regularly traveled very long distances to see the band. The band has an extensive catalog of live shows on Blu-ray and DVD as well.

Their latest round of worldwide tour dates start January 15, 2017 in Morse's current hometown of Nashville, Tennessee. More dates will be announced in the coming weeks.

The Neal Morse Band - The Similitude Of A Dream

THE NEAL MORSE BAND online: www.nealmorse.com & www.facebook.com/nealmorse

NARNIA - “I Still Believe” Music Video Released:
Press Release / Swedish melodic metal band NARNIA just released online a music video for their new single "I Still Believe".  The song comes off the highly anticipated self-titled NARNIA album, which was released on September 16, 2016.

On the new self-titled album NARNIA re-visits their melodic roots but with an updated sound, and creating a perfect blend; a powerful production by CJ Grimmark, mixed and mastered by Thomas “Plec” Johansson.

Narnia line-up 2016:

Christian Liljegren - Vocals
CJ Grimmark - Guitars, keyboards & backing vocals
Andreas “Habo” Johansson - Drums
Martin Härenstam - Keyboards
Andreas Passmark - Bass

Throughout the years, NARNIA has been established as one of the leading forces in melodic, neoclassical metal, with a strong reputation of being a great live act that always delivers. And so it continues… The fans are asking for more and the band is hungrier than ever!

Upcoming NARNIA tour dates:

September 23rd: Scenen Sofiehof Underjord - Jönköping, Sweden
September 24th: Nalen Klubb (Alcazar) - Stockholm, Sweden
September 25th: iNTiMAN - Västerås, Sweden
November 5th: Faddergalan - Kungsängen, Sweden
November 11th: Brainstorm Festival - Apeldoorn, Netherlands

More tour dates to be announced soon.

Narnia track listing:

1. “Reaching For The Top”
2. “I Still Believe”
3. “On The Highest Mountain”
4. “Thank You”
5. “One Way To The Promised Land”
6. “Messengers”
7. “Who Do You Follow?”
8. “Moving On”
9. “Set The World On Fire”

Narnia - Narnia

NARNIA online: www.narniatheband.com & www.facebook.com/narniatheband

Sleeping Romance - Enlighten

SLEEPING ROMANCE - Enlighten Vinyl Edition Announced:
Press Release / Ulterium Records will release a limited edition vinyl version of Enlighten, the debut album from the symphonic metal band SLEEPING ROMANCE. The LP will be strictly limited to 300 copies and the release date is set to October 7th.

Enlighten was originally released November 1, 2013 (Europe) and December 3, 2013 (North America) also via Ulterium.

Fronted by the emotional vocals of Federica Lanna and the epic songwriting from guitar player Federico Truzzi, SLEEPING ROMANCE creates something really exciting together that should appeal to fans in the scene.

Enlighten was mastered by Roberto Priori (LOS ANGELS, DANGER ZONE, VISION DIVINE) and the artwork was created by Felipe Machado Franco (BLIND GUARDIAN, RHAPSODY OF FIRE, ICED EARTH).

Enlighten LP track listing:

Side A:

1. “Hybrid Overture”
2. “Enlighten”
3. “The Promise Inside”
4. “Soul Reborn”
5. “Free Me”

Side B:

1. “December Flower”
2. “Finding My Way”
3. “Passion Lost”
4. “Devil's Cave”
5. “Aeternum”

Link to "The Promise Inside" music video: https://youtu.be/BzyH2bNenPQ

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

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

NEWS BRIEFS

* The fourth and fifth editions to the Roxx Records Underground Series include vinyl releases of the sixth PŸLON album Homo Homini Lupas as well as Hell Blade by SAINT, respectively. Homo Homini Lupas is set for release in the near future, while Hell Blade will be coming out the first quarter of 2017.

* Excellent Dead To Self Radio interview with guitarist Dennis Cameron (ANGELICA): http://www.deadtoselfradio.com/interview.php?artist=Angelica

* IMAGES OF EDEN is currently at work on demos for its upcoming release entitled Soulrise: “It has been a long time coming. After some member changes this past summer, everything started moving forward again with great momentum. I can honestly say that this is the absolute best Images of Eden lineup to date. All members finally share the same vision, direction and level of motivation/ dedication. So, the demos for Soulrise are tracked and now currently being mixed to be submitted for release. We will keep you posted.”

* ”Nightmare”, new single from REIGN: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/nightmare-single/id1153619470

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