Tuesday, July 28, 2015

REVIEW : KILL RITUAL / Karma Machine (2015)

After two really solid releases, "The Serpentine Ritual" in 2012 and "The Eyes Of Medusa" in 2014", it's time now for KILL RITUAL to unleash its brand new "Karma Machine" record. The fact is that Kill Ritual with their two previous albums achieved to create a strong reputation around their name with their solid and modern heavy, thrashy, metal sound.

John Dallas inked a deal with Street Symphonies Records to publish his debut album “Wild Life”, scheduled for an early Fall release.

John Dallas aka Luca Stanzani was born in Bologna, Italy. He starts playing acoustic guitar and singing when he's 15, fostering his passion for hard rock music thanks to famous bands (Queen, AC/DC, Guns 'N Roses, Van Halen) and 70's rock legends (The Doors, Deep Purple). His musical evolution takes place on the road, jamming with well-known musicians of the Bologna-based underground scene. In 1988, as singer in a band, he meets Federico Albertazzi, a very skilled eclectic guitarist strongly influenced by hard rock music. 

Sunday, July 26, 2015

REVIEW : EDGE OF THE BLADE / The Ghosts Of Humans (2015)

Edge Of The Blade is a new band that consists of experienced musicians such as Alan Kelly (Shy), John Francis (After Hours) and the very talented guitarist, keyboardist and producer Andrew Chick (who is doing a great work on this record).

Saturday, July 25, 2015

REVIEW : SIMPLE LIES / Let It Kill (2015)

Let's start this review by saying that I' ve never heard of SIMPLE LIES before in my life till now that I received in my mail box its brand new album which is entitled "Let It Kill". From the first spin, it's loud and clear that these Italians are staying loyal to their roots. And which are their roots? The answer is as simple as that; good old fashioned heavy rock stuff with attitude!

Friday, July 24, 2015

REVIEW : KALEDON Chapter IV: Twilight Of The Gods (2015)

After the pretty solid release of "Antillius: The King Of The Light", last year, this powerful and melodic power metal band of Kaledon is back with "Chapter IV: Twilight Of The Gods". Originally recorded at Outer Sound Studios in Rome, Italy by Giuseppe Orlando (Novembre) in 2006, the album came out in Europe on Hellion records, in America on Universal Metal Production and in Asia on HotRockin!

Arjen Lucassen's Guilt Machine - 'On This Perfect Day' LIMITED EDITION VINYL RELEASE

Arjen Lucassen has never been afraid to follow his instincts. He's always allowed his creativity to guide him, never worrying about the possible consequences. This was already evident during the 1980’s, when he was a member of the successful Dutch hard rock band Vengeance. It became even clearer in the decade that followed, when he embarked on a series of rock operas under the Ayreon moniker. Much to everyone's surprise (including his own), each epic rock opera that Arjen has unleashed upon the world has become an international success. His work with Ayreon has also inspired an entire new generation of composers to bring the art form of the rock opera back to life.

Arjen's unwillingness to bow to trends and outside expectations is once again apparent in On This Perfect Day, the first album from his new project Guilt Machine, now released on vinyl. On this release, he departs from the over-the-top complexity of Ayreon in favor of the simplicity of a relatively small line-up. Rather than putting together an ensemble cast of vocalists, Arjen recruited Jasper Steverlinck, singer of the Belgian alternative rock band Arid, as the sole vocalist of Guilt Machine. The talents of Chris Maitland (ex-Porcupine Tree) were enlisted for the drum parts. Arjen's partner and manager Lori Linstruth supplied the guitar solos. The rest of the instruments were played by Arjen himself, who also sings backing vocals.

Artistically, Guilt Machine is a deeply personal statement reflecting years of emotional turmoil. "The past few years have been quite rough for me, following the end of a long-term relationship," says Arjen Lucassen. "This dark period left its mark: I was depressed for quite some time. On top of that, I lost my sense of smell and taste; it's a condition called anosmia." Laughing, he continues, "Although some people might say I never had any taste to begin with!"

"Depression is something I've also struggled with for most of my life," adds Lori Linstruth. "Since Arjen and I had both recently been through severe depressions, it's only natural that the concept behind Guilt Machine evolved from that. I'm interested in psychology and how the mind works, and at one point came across a scientific study examining the role of automatic feelings of guilt in depression. It's as if the depressive mindset is like a machine, incessantly and automatically manufacturing feelings of guilt – whether they're justified or not. So there we had it: a theme...and a band name!”

Arjen appointed Lori as lyricist for Guilt Machine, something that came about more-or-less by accident. "I wanted to record some guide vocals on the demos that I was working on," Arjen explains, "so I asked Lori to write some. A couple of hours later she showed me what she'd written, and I was blown away. It was just what I wanted for this project: real-world, emotional imagery that suggests a story but still leaves room for interpretation. I knew immediately that I could never equal this, let alone improve it, so I asked her to write all the lyrics. I'm much better at writing about creatures from outer space anyway!”

TEN To Release ‘The Dragon And Saint George’ EP

On the back of such well received albums ‘Abion’ and ‘Isla De Muerta’, released a mere 6 months apart like their debut and follow up back in 1996, the UK’s highly-rated melodic hard rock band Ten release their first EP ‘The Dragon And Saint George’ for many years.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

A SOUND OF THUNDER Debuts New Album, Exclusive Cover Art on Kickstarter; Based on Valiant’s SHADOWMAN Comic Book Series!

A SOUND OF THUNDER Debuts New Album, Exclusive Cover Art on Kickstarter; Based on Valiant’s  SHADOWMAN Comic Book Series!

Washington D.C. area metal band A SOUND OF THUNDER has announced their new album “Tales from the Deadside” with a Kickstarter campaign that reached full funding in under 24 hours.  The new album is a full-length concept album based on Valiant Entertainment's SHADOWMAN comic book series.  The album was recorded at Assembly Line Studios with RIAA-platinum awarded producer Kevin '131' Gutierrez (Shinedown, While Heaven Wept, Raven).  The new release “Tales from the Deadside” is set for release on September 25th and will be available on CD, limited colored vinyl, and in a number of exclusive pre-order packages only on Kickstarter.  The standard CD edition of “Tales from the Deadside” will feature all-new Shadowman cover artwork, while select backers of the Kickstarter campaign can obtain an exclusive cover featuring Shadowman’s arch-nemesis Master Darque.

OHRENFEINDT: New album "Motor An!"

OHRENFEINDT will release their new album „Motor An!” on September 18th.

And don’t miss the chance to see the guys live on stage (Germany/Switzerland):
21.10.2015 DE Nürnberg - Hirsch   
22.10.2015 CH Pratteln - Z7   
23.10.2015 DE Köln - Underground   
24.10.2015 DE Hannover - Musikzentrum   
05.11.2015 DE Berlin - Magnet   
06.11.2015 DE Fulda - Kreuz   
07.11.2015 DE München - Backstage   
13.11.2015 DE Bochum - Matrix   
14.11.2015 DE Leipzig - Hellraiser   
19.11.2015 DE Ludwigsburg - Rockfabrik   
20.11.2015 DE Affalter - Zur Linde   
21.11.2015 DE Aschaffenburg - Colos-Saal   
18.12.2015 DE Burglengenfeld - VAZ Pfarrheim   
26.12.2015 DE Hamburg - Gruenspan   
22.01.2016 DE Bremen - Aladin   
23.01.2016 DE Celle - CD-Kaserne   

21OCTAYNE to release sophomore album in September!

German rockers 21OCTAYNE (feat.members of The Joe Perry Project and Rhapsody) will release their highly-anticipated sophomore album on September 25th (EU) / October 2nd (US).
Following the successful debut "Into The Open" from 2014, the band has crafted 10 diverse, powerful rock songs for the new record (3 additional tracks are featured on the ltd. Digipak).


01. Devil In Disguise
02. Take Me Back
03. When You Go
04. Love's Just A Heartbreak Away
05. Take Me Away
06. Lost
07. The Circle
08. Date With Myself
09. Fly Away
10. Tale Of A Broken Child

PYOGENESIS: New videoclip!

On August 14th the new PYOGENESIS album "A Century In The Curse Of Time" will be released.

You can watch the first video for "Steam Paves Its Way (The Machine)" here.

SOTO (Jeff Scott Soto) More European Tour Dates Added

More dates have been added to SOTO's upcoming European headlining tour 'Live In The Vertigo', featuring the legendary hard rock vocalist Jeff Scott Soto (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, TALISMAN, JOURNEY) beginning middle of September, in support of the new album 'Inside The Vertigo'. SOTO will be performing selections from JSS classic past. More details on the tour, special guest, support band, will be made available soon.