Monday, July 22, 2019

NEWS: Lindsay Schoolcraft (Cradle of Filth) releases cover of The Cure's Lullaby

Cradle of Filth's Lindsay Schoolcraft will have the album Martyr out in October. Below you will find official information about the upcoming album, from which a song is now available for listening. Listen to the song below.
Lindsay Schoolcraft
Martyr
Self-Released
Release: 7 October 2019
Cradle of Filth keyboardist and vocalist LINDSAY SCHOOLCRAFT, has just released her stunning cover of The Cure's "Lullaby". The song is from her upcoming album Martyr which was co-written by former Evanescence drummer Rocky Gray. Lindsay commented "Lullaby was the first song Rocky and I worked on back at the beginning of 2016. From there on we knew we wanted to work on original music together. It was both exciting and stressful putting our own twist on such a classic tune since we are such big fans of The Cure, but in the end we're happy with the result and that it's finally being heard."
Cradle of Filth keyboardist and vocalist LINDSAY SCHOOLCRAFT, an accomplished singer, songwriter, harpist, and pianist in her own right, is preparing to release her debut solo album later this year. Martyr, co-written by former Evanescence drummer Rocky Gray, offers eleven tracks of entrancing gothic rock, influenced by Schoolcraft's background in classical music. Fans of Evanescence, Nightwish, and the like will appreciate Martyrs' lush, piano-driven arrangements, while Cradle of Filth enthusiasts will enjoy hearing this darkly romantic side of Schoolcraft's music.
Lindsay Schoolcraft - Lullaby
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Saturday, July 20, 2019

STRIKER Is the Road Crew (conclusion)

[This is the conclusion to the Striker feature from a couple of days ago. Please scroll down to the text below the first set of pictures, that's the new part. Of course, if you didn't catch the first part, that's here at the beginning.]
This publication caught up with the Canadian good-time heavy metal rockers Striker before they went on stage at their show in Seattle on July 5th, 2019. The band began some 12 years ago and issued a demo in 2008, an EP in 2009, and then they have followed up with an impressive list of six studio albums, the last being October 2018’s Play to Win. Besides being an easy and interesting band to interview, they put on a fantastic show with professionalism that night at the Funhouse. They tour as much as they are able to, building their name the old-fashioned way of performing for the people. They are on tour now until early August.
The spring and summer of 2019 has been a busy time on the road for them, according to guitarist Chris Segger and singer Dan Cleary. Back in May they were touring with Death Angel, but things did not start out well for the Canadian band. They had a problem at the Canada-U.S. border and they had to leave behind their merch because of U.S customs rules at the particular moment. Not to worry, though, because, as Chris explains, “This [July] tour we're fine. Where the issue happened was on the Death Angel tour that we did in May when we first crossed into the States on our current visa.” The U.S. customs officials found something problematic, “I think we had a very small amount of merchandise that was made in China, which at that week the tariffs were raised in the States,” continues Chris.
They left the merch behind, but in Phoenix, Arizona they found a place that printed some 50 shirts in a hurry, thankfully. With some experience and creativity a band can solve such problems. It’s no use whining, anyway. “We made it work. Your merch is how you pay for stuff. It's tough because you can prepare as much as you can and have a different experience every time you cross the border. You can't complain to anybody. You have to deal with it,” explains the guitarist.
That’s one example of the problems that bands on tour encounter. The road becomes a good teacher for bands learning to survive. Dan gives a bit of insight into some practical things that they have learned over the years. “We drive around in this (pointing to the vehicle parked outside the venue where we're talking) van and trailer. One thing we've done is minimize our gear and stuff like that because the stuff we have to take in and out of venues, up and down the stairs and drag all over the place, it'd be a lot after a while. Touring is a definitely a grind. A lot of it is just waiting around. That's the hardest part. I bet it's easier now because people have phones” to entertain themselves. Musicians on the road often have to figure out what to do with time on their hands. They have to “just kill time on social media. Stuff like that. We listen to podcasts and stuff like that to kill time in the van. We have a DVD player so we can watch movies.”
Dan talks about the toll on the body, too. This can range from pain in the body, hands, or it can be vocalists having problems with the voice going out. Your attitude about life on the road is crucial, too, as the singer emphasizes, “One thing that we have thought about. You have to change your mindset from 'I have to do this' to 'I get to do this.'" Chris adds, "It's everything that you make it to be. Instead of being like 'Oh, man, this is a real grind. I mean, we stay in hotels now. On the first couple of tours that's not a thing that happened. It was sleeping in the van. I could always be way worse. You have to focus on the positive. Every single day on tour I get to shower. That wasn't a thing. It's wherever you put your headspace. There's days where it's harder to put your headspace there because it is a grind, doing 15 shows in 15 nights, and you're driving, but you wouldn't do it if you didn't enjoy it. To make a conscious effort to always enjoy it. There's no point to it if you're not having fun."
Another important thing they have done is to release their own recordings on Record Breaking Records. Dan goes a bit into detail. "When we talk about our label, we're the only band signed to our label. It's a way to contain our business deals. We were signed to a label for two albums. At the time we were that young band that didn't know how it was going to work. We figured you get signed to a label and they get you on tours and promotion and all this stuff. What it really is that it gets you to another level of distribution and reputation and stuff like that. Really, that's it. A lot of the rest is up to you still, and that's something I don't think we understood when we signed to the record label. So that was a learning experience. Eventually we thought, we are not obligated to sign, so we figured, let's try, we had a meeting, we said let's do an independent release and see how it goes and it went really well.”
However, that has been a learning experience, too. Dan smiles thinking about what is like to do thing yourselves, “Lots of work. Lots of work that we used to pass along to someone at the label, but in the end you get more reward, too. We make more money now than we did before. That's one of the reasons that we have been able to put albums out so consistently. We do get a return on the investment we put in. It doesn't disappear into labelland. It comes back and we have money to use for the next record.” Naturally, the balance between having a band and having a job is a challenge, especially when there are opportunities to tour. They’re not millionaires, after all. Dan continues, “We have been working. That's the stereotype of musicians who don't work. Where we're from, we have worked since we are able to. Having said that, coming home with no money can be brutal, especially if you lose money.” If you come home broke or in debt after doing tours, that complicates things. “We had people who leave the band. Sometimes it becomes too stressful. It's hard to find a job, and finding a job that lets you go on tour, it can be really difficult.”
A question that comes up is the matter of having a job and touring. Does Striker have a secret to doing that? Both Dan and Chris say “Luck!” at the same time. Dan adds, “Absolute luck. Pure Luck. We try to work hard when we are at home. Once you have the motivation, OK, I have this job because I want to be able to afford to go on tour. You work hard, you work harder than you normally would if you're working for the weekend. I think we try to do a good job at our various jobs when we are home and then hopefully they're ok with having us back. Give them some value in return so that we have the ability to come back to work.” Chris jumps in, “It's basically the same thing [for me]. It's a mix of just luck, meeting the right people who allow you to do it and try to do the best when you're there, be as valuable as you can when you do it, and you hope that by doing that, it works. It's worked out for us. We've been lucky working for the right people.”
Striker has established a reputation for being reliable about making albums on a regular basis. When asked about the prospects for a new album, Dan says, “We've got some new ideas,” but he points out that they want to do some things differently this time around. Like what? They are seeking a more “collaborative spirit. More than just me writing music at 8 in the morning. That might different than the music you make at 8 at night with the band. Collaborative, more than just using a computer to write,” because at this phase of their career, after six albums, they are thinking about how to keep things fresh for themselves.
Perhaps they are feeling some pressure to deliver a great album. They needn’t worry. The discography so far has been getting better and better! There’s no need to worry when you have the work ethic, the experience, and knowledge that Striker has in making fun and memorable albums.
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Thursday, July 18, 2019

NEWS: Bones

Fans of old-school death metal,
Bones is U.S. death metal the primal way, as ugly and simple as can be. Fans of the Chicago band Usurper will be interested to know that Bones shares more than one connection to said long-running extreme metal band.
Bones
Diseased
Transcending Obscurity Records
Release: 20 September 2019
OFFICIAL INFORMATION PROPAGANDA: Hailing from Chicago, US, Bones are creating some of the filthiest form of death metal/crust music ever created. Laden with riffs that will tear your head off, this is easily the band’s finest hour. The album is buzzing with this raw, visceral energy that’s impossible to replicate and is what makes this band stand out from the rest. There’s an innate sense of pulsating groove that is detrimental to your physical wellbeing and when coupled with the maniacal energy with which the band throws their music at you, it becomes the catalyst for widespread devastation. ‘Diseased’ is how you want your death metal to sound circa 2019 – raw, crusty and atavistic. For fans of: Autopsy, Abscess, Repulsion, Fetid, Come Back From The Dead, Goregang, Crawl. Line up - Joe Warlord (Usurper) – Drums, percussion, vox. Carcass Chris (ex-Usurper) – All guitars, vox. Jon Necromancer (Doomsday, ex-Usurper) – Bass, vox. Artwork by Matt “Putrid” Carr (Undergang, Hooded Menace) Layout and art direction by Francesco Gemelli (Master, Paganizer).
bonesdeathmetal.bandcamp.com

OUT NOW: Plague of Carcosa

Fans of the heaviness of sludge and drone,
This is Plague of Carcosa. They are an instrumental duo whose specialty is monolithic heaviness. Given that it is instrumental, it is bound to be a different listening experience, both a really heavy one, but a serene one, too, due to the absence of vocals, without anyone screaming in your ear. Relax, get groovy, and get heavy beyond heavy. Check out all the official propaganda below.
Plague of Carcosa
Ocean is More Ancient Than The Mountains
Sludgelord Records
Release: 19 July 2019
OFFICIAL INFORMATION PROPAGANDA: Plague of Carcosa is a 2-piece instrumental doom band formed in the spring of 2016; the band was created by cult leader Eric Zann in the forgotten corners of Chicago to explore the darker, more droning side of metal. Taking cues from the heavy textures Sunn O))) and Bong, and introducing the terrifying themes of Lovecraft, Eric self-released the debut The Color Out Of Space, and the cult grew. Recruiting a drummer and second guitarist as high priests of the cult, the group quickly took to playing in a style often compared to local heroes Bongripper, whilst also taking notes from the mighty Conan and Thou. As they honed their material, Eric released the 70-minute experimental piece (‘Ritual 1’) and shortly after, the group worked with Andy Nelson (Weekend Nachos) on their first release as a group, Hastur, which was unleashed upon the world in May of 2017. The winter of 2018 saw the release of ‘Rats in the Walls,’ a 15-minute behemoth, which was mastered by Dennis Pleckham of Bongripper.
The latest release, Ocean Is More Ancient Than The Mountains, once again sees the cult teaming up with Andy Nelson and Dennis Pleckham, this time operating only as a two-piece. While they have lost a high priest, they have gained followers all over the world with their sonic adaptations of the works of Lovecraft and invocations of the Great Old Ones. The opener ‘The Crawling Chaos’ serves as a tribute to the great Nyarlathotep and sees them seamlessly blending their signature colossal doom riffs with a touch of grindcore at the climax. The other half of the EP, ‘Madness at Sea,’ is intended to pay tribute to the ‘Call of Cthulhu’ chapter of the same name. Melding drawn-out, ever-evolving riffs with more ambient sections that crash into walls of feedback, it is a fitting depiction of the sailors losing their sanity when being faced with the mountainous Cthulhu in his sunken corpse city. Ocean Is More Ancient Than The Mountains is set for release digitally and audio cassette via Sludgelord Records on July 19th 2019. For fans of: Bongripper, Beast in the Field, Thou, Conan, Nomadic Rituals, Maentis, Sixes, Windhand
thesludgelord.bandcamp.com/album/ocean-is-more-ancient-than-the-mountains

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

review: Comrades

Comrades
For We Are Not Yet, We Are Only Becoming
Facedown Records
7 June 2019
01 Fault Lines 4:06
02 Rest 4:13
03 Smokescreen Season 3:17
04 Cliff Dwelling 4:08
05 No Past5 4:04
06 Hollow Point 3:38
07 Reflection 3:25
08 This Ends With Me 3:19
09 Half-Light 2:55
10 Nightingale 4:06
Comrades (U.S.) works with both light, ethereal guitar segments and heavy moments, while at the same time they have female melodic, soft singing with male extreme vocals. One of the most defining characteristics is the feeling of beautiful, sublime music. The guitar has an abundance soft, gentle, melodic segments that are indispensable for purposes of taking the music in the direction of melodies, contemplation, quieter moments, ambiance, catchiness and other dimensions of beautiful sounds within this context. This sublime side works especially with the contrast of the heavy side, which means shouted extreme vocals that might be interpreted like the sounds of frustrated desperation or ire, but not necessarily that; it is there as an artistic counterweight, as a different form of expression. Logically, the guitar, bass and drums launch into downtuned grooving heaviness lots of times, as necessary on the album. Of course, the gentle, melodic singing is a crucial element on the album, and one of the strong, beautiful points of the music.
The genre name aficionados might like to know that the band and everyone else seems to call this music post-hardcore and/or post-rock. Be that as it may, but those labels are helpful mostly in cases where a person won’t consider listening to anything outside of their preferred “genres.” Scene insiders may like the labels, but if you are just looking for music that might possibly interest you, according to the above description, then it’s not good to get caught up with these “post” labels. In addition, if you like the idea of rock that is both light and heavy, and you are receptive to a positive message of faith and of spirituality, then this album may be very pleasing.
Comrades - "Cliff Dwelling" OFFICIAL VIDEO
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review: The Neptune Power Federation

The Neptune Power Federation
Memoirs of a Rat Queen
Cruz Del Sur Music
27 September 2019
01 Can You Dig 2:47
02 Watch Our Masters Bleed 5:44
03 Flying Incendiary Club For Subjugating Demons 4:49
04 Rat Queen 5:57
05 Bound For Hell 3:37
06 I'll Make A Man Out Of You 4:47
07 Pagan Inclinations 4:38
08 The Reaper Comes For Thee 5:44
“Attention all planets of the solar federation, we have assumed control.” The Neptune Power Federation has assumed control of the theatrical heavy metal spaceship that is the vehicle to take you back to the 1970s and keep you there. Picture, if you will, the hard rocking heavy rock of the 1970s, more or less, some cowbell, with some space rock atmosphere, some handclapping, some more cowbell (“I’ll be honest, fellas, it was sounding great, but I could have used a little more cowbell. I’m telling you, fellas, you’re gonna want that cowbell!”), and you’d have a pretty good idea of the swagger of this thing.
There is no shortage of 1970s-loving retro subgenre bands. Sweden seems to produce a disproportionate number of hippy bands, but it’s not just the Swedes that are cuckoo for the 1970s. The U.S.-Americans have so many psychedelic, stoner, doom, retro, whatever sub-subgenres that all we need now is for the bell bottoms to be the dominant style of blue jeans. The problem for many metal fans is that all those bands don’t want to be metal. It’s either hippy rock, folk rock, psychedelic rock, stoner rock, and it’s either too light, too slow, too spacey, too proggy. They don’t want to rock hard. All these objections do not apply to The Neptune Power Federation. This is 1970s heavy metal, what people called hard rock and heavy rock, and the music itself sounds made by people who do like metal music, and of course the 1970s early version.
One problem on the album is that they shoot themselves in the foot by using profanities in some songs. Usually, bands do this to be “edgy,” but all that it means is that you are limiting your potential customers. For instance, parents cannot play this music around the kids. Therefore, if you have young children, you cannot play this music in the car with the kids (the future fans) in it. You don’t think that there are metal parents who are looking for music to play for the kids? Don’t think some parents put old Scorpions and Judas Priest vinyl on the record player while the kids are playing in the living room?! You don’t think three and four-year-old kids are fans of Scorpions and Judas Priest? Newsflash: Some kids demand to hear Blackout over and over and over again. True story. Well, if the “great producer, the Bruce Dickinson” would have been in the studio with these Australians, he would have reminded them not shoot themselves in the foot. He would imparted words of wisdom, “I’m just like you. I put my pants one leg at a time. Except, after my pants are on, I make gold records.” Of course, if the cursing is no problem for your lonesome naughty self, then it’s time to rock and roll all nite and party every day. Rock on.
The Neptune Power Federation: Watch Our Masters Bleed [OFFICIAL VIDEO]
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review: Faithsedge

Faithsedge
Bleed For Passion
Scarlet Records
26 July 2019
Faithsedge is melodic and traditional heavy rock with a very strong dose of 1980s. The guitar sound is focused on melodies and hooks that people remember, and also places emphasis on good soloing. The guitar sound stays within the tradition of a clearer and pleasant style of classic, hard rock and heavy metal. Again, this guitar sound is along the lines of the guitar heroes of big stadium rock, without influences from the downtuned guitars of extreme metal nor from punk-hardcore. In short, the guitar takes up a big chunk of the listener’s attention due to the high use of melody, catchy chords, and some shredding. The other overriding focus of attention is the melodic singing, and the choruses are central to the functioning of the songs.
The older generations of fans that are familiar with this type of music would probably find Dokken and Stryper as two general points of reference, as guidelines for expectations. In this music the guitars, the singing and the choruses are three things that work to please fans of 1980s-style heavy rock that is in the hard rock/melodic heavy metal genre. Faithsedge now has four albums that have established a certain level of quality and expectations for good songs—rockers, anthems and ballads—that are recorded well. This new album delivers on both counts. Just as important, they continue delivering for those customers looking for old-school 1980s pure classic rock without any attempts to keep up with whatever trends and fashions there are in 2019. This album’s line-up is singer/songwriter Giancarlo Floridia, former Dokken lead guitarist Alex De Rosso and Mr.Big/Ace Frehley drummer Matt Starr, and ex-Stryper bassist Timothy Gaines.
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review: Eternal Storm

Eternal Storm
Come the Tide
Transcending Obscurity Records
23 August 2019
1.Through the Wall of Light Pt.I (The Strand) 06:49
2.Through the Wall of Light Pt.II (Immersion) 07:16
3.Detachment 06:34
4.The Mountain 07:16
5.Of Winter and Treason 10:36
6.Drifters 01:24
7.The Scarlet Lake 07:55
8.Embracing Waves 11:18
total time 59:08
Perhaps the biggest factor working in favor of this album is the sensation of not only the way the parts of the whole are put together but also the way that the music is executed. The band has worked a lot towards reaching the level in which the music sounds professional, ready for a bigger stage, even though they are not famous internationally. It takes a good team of knowledgeable people to give the music a platform that shows professionalism, and that’s the case here. In other words, for a band that is not an international touring act, this album’s production is solid, and should be a good experience for listeners into current melodic extreme metal. The band’s style is extreme metal with emphasis on melodic and progressive songwriting. Comparing this new album with their 2013 debut recording, the difference is stark. The 2013 recording is very cool DIY melodic death metal in the style of the classics of that particular genre. It’s a headbanging work, with lots of downtuned thrashy riffs and catchy songs. For fans of classic-style melodeath, there is very little negative to say about the debut, if anything. However, this 2019 album is a different situation. The atmosphere, the progressive and the epic elements have come to the forefront much more now.
As of this writing (July 17th, 2019), there are two full songs available now at Bandcamp. “Detachment” has these bluesy, melancholic melodies that will seal the deal for fans of the genre. In addition, at the end, the band finds this simple melody and they decide to hit it one time, then a second time, then again repeatedly, and it is very effective. This song is a good illustration of the essence of what the band does.
The album’s second half, while done superbly, loses a bit of steam. The progressive elements are a little overbearing for non-prog audiences. The slow and midtempo way that the songs are constructed results in a shortage of headbanging metal moments. The first half of the album is a good balance of headbanging, atmospheric, epic and progressive metal music, while in the second the progressive side dominates, especially on the songs “Of Winter and Treason” and “Embracing the Waves,” which are strong examples of the band’s push towards longer, drawn out compositions that entertain and also invite repeated listens to be understood better.
In conclusion, the album is a wonderful 2019 example of skilled melodic and progressive death metal. For paying customers who are not die-hard prog fans, the second half of the album may be less attractive due to the omission of the fast headbanging music. Having said that, the album is a serious achievement for the band. Dedicated customers of classic-style melodic death metal interpreted in 2019 are advised to put this album on the purchase list, and as a candidate for a top ten album of 2019. This band wants your business.
eternalstorm.bandcamp.com

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

review: Hellscream

Hellscream: Hate Machine
Pure Steel Records July 26th, 2019
This U.S. entity assembles a very consistent album for die-hard fans of traditional heavy metal. They eliminate the weak points of various subgenres and reconstitute it as a thrashy form of heavy metal. What are the things that fans don’t like about thrash? Very often people complain about the punk yelling, the nasal screaming, the lack of singing skill in the hollering. On the other hand, traditional and melodic subgenres like power metal often have mojo-destroying ballads. They frequently also lack horsepower, and seem like bands who want to be boy/pop bands with a little bit more guitars. The happy keyboards only confirm those suspicions.
Enter the music of Hellscream. It is David Garcia on guitar from the long-running band Cage, and Imagika’s singer Norman Skinner whose versatile skills have impressed due to a wide variety of vocal styles and abilities. They are joined by Casey Trask on guitar, Sean Elg on drums, and Alex Pickard on bass. Imagine a band that likes the speed and tempos of thrash, but gets rid of the substandard singing and punk elements, and imagine a band that wants the catchiness and the singing of traditional heavy metal and power metal, and makes it thrash power metal with strong singing—with no ballads, no love songs—an album that personifies headbanging music. If you do not like high screams, this is probably not for you. There are various tones to the voice, and air raid siren is a fundamental part of it. The voice also has a lower tone that fits the heavier, faster or somber segments. In addition, there is a more melancholic tone that offers a third contrasting mood. A very convincing album.
HELLSCREAM - Trailer "Hate Machine" (PURE STEEL RECORDS)
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STRIKER Is the Road Crew

This publication caught up with the Canadian good-time heavy metal rockers Striker before they went on stage at their show in Seattle on July 5th, 2019. The band began some 12 years ago and issued a demo in 2008, an EP in 2009, and then they have followed up with an impressive list of six studio albums, the last being October 2018’s Play to Win. Besides being an easy and interesting band to interview, they put on a fantastic show with professionalism that night at the Funhouse. They tour as much as they are able to, building their name the old-fashioned way of performing for the people. They are on tour now until early August.
The spring and summer of 2019 has been a busy time on the road for them, according to guitarist Chris Segger and singer Dan Cleary. Back in May they were touring with Death Angel, but things did not start out well for the Canadian band. They had a problem at the Canada-U.S. border and they had to leave behind their merch because of U.S customs rules at the particular moment. Not to worry, though, because, as Chris explains, “This [July] tour we're fine. Where the issue happened was on the Death Angel tour that we did in May when we first crossed into the States on our current visa.” The U.S. customs officials found something problematic, “I think we had a very small amount of merchandise that was made in China, which at that week the tariffs were raised in the States,” continues Chris.
They left the merch behind, but in Phoenix, Arizona they found a place that printed some 50 shirts in a hurry, thankfully. With some experience and creativity a band can solve such problems. It’s no use whining, anyway. “We made it work. Your merch is how you pay for stuff. It's tough because you can prepare as much as you can and have a different experience every time you cross the border. You can't complain to anybody. You have to deal with it,” explains the guitarist.
That’s one example of the problems that bands on tour encounter. The road becomes a good teacher for bands learning to survive. Dan gives a bit of insight into some practical things that they have learned over the years. “We drive around in this (pointing to the vehicle parked outside the venue where we're talking) van and trailer. One thing we've done is minimize our gear and stuff like that because the stuff we have to take in and out of venues, up and down the stairs and drag all over the place, it'd be a lot after a while. Touring is a definitely a grind. A lot of it is just waiting around. That's the hardest part. I bet it's easier now because people have phones” to entertain themselves. Musicians on the road often have to figure out what to do with time on their hands. They have to “just kill time on social media. Stuff like that. We listen to podcasts and stuff like that to kill time in the van. We have a DVD player so we can watch movies.”
Dan talks about the toll on the body, too. This can range from pain in the body, hands, or it can be vocalists having problems with the voice going out. Your attitude about life on the road is crucial, too, as the singer emphasizes, “One thing that we have thought about. You have to change your mindset from 'I have to do this' to 'I get to do this.'" Chris adds, "It's everything that you make it to be. Instead of being like 'Oh, man, this is a real grind. I mean, we stay in hotels now. On the first couple of tours that's not a thing that happened. It was sleeping in the van. I could always be way worse. You have to focus on the positive. Every single day on tour I get to shower. That wasn't a thing. It's wherever you put your headspace. There's days where it's harder to put your headspace there because it is a grind, doing 15 shows in 15 nights, and you're driving, but you wouldn't do it if you didn't enjoy it. To make a conscious effort to always enjoy it. There's no point to it if you're not having fun."
[TO BE CONTINUED]
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read PDF online of Metal Bulletin Zine number 182

At the link number 182 of Metal Bulletin Zine is available.
Number 182 features Gohrgone, Rogga Johansson, Dogbane, The Black Moriah, Gates to the Morning, Frozen Crown
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Monday, July 15, 2019

NEWS: Canadian Heavy Metal IRON KINGDOM Reveal Artwork + Track Listing For Album "On The Hunt" Out Oct 4th

NEWS: IRON KINGDOM is traditional heavy metal from Canada. They have three previous studio albums: Curse of the Voodoo Queen in 2011, Gates of Eternity in 2013, and Ride for Glory in 2015, and a live album in 2014. In the intervening years the band has gone through membership changes and in 2019 the band is Chris Osterman on guitar and vocals, Leighton Holmes on bass, Chris Sonea on drums and Megan Merrick on guitar.
In 2019 they will have a new album called On the Hunt. Below is the artwork and track list for the new work.
Given that there are no new songs available to hear yet, below you will find two old videos with the previous line-ups. The videos are old from previous albums, but they provide an idea of what type of music Iron Kingdom has been making up until this point.
Inspired by legendary pillars of heavy metal such as Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, The Scorpions, and Rush, IRON KINGDOM is well known for their energetic and electrifying stage presence, as well as intricate musical melodies that bring listeners back to a time when the genre was in its prime. Now they are back with a new album "On the Hunt", which is sure to remind people of the glory days of metal. With two new members in the lineup, there are new inspirations and approaches in the music while maintaining the traditional sound. They hope the album is well received by fans: “We’re believing fans can expect the new record to be a lot more traditional in style, more accessible with a lot more rocker tunes, lots of catchy melodies and speed metal riffs, shorter songs, more packed with action, as opposed to the previous album with long epic passages. We wanted this record to include lots of great live tunes we can carry in our set for years to come!” The nine new tracks are fun tunes that translate well into a live setting, which is paramount for IRON KINGDOM who take great pride in their live show. Fans of the classic including Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Queensryche, and Helloween will revel in IRON KINGDOM who put a modern spin on traditional heavy metal. "On The Hunt" is due out October 4, 2019 and available for pre-order via the band's online store iron-kingdom.com/shop
Track Listing:
1. White Wolf
2. Driftin’ Through Time
3. Sign Of The Gods
4. Keep It Steel
5. Raze And Ruin
6. Road Warriors
7. Invaders
8. Paragon
9. The Dream
Album Artwork by Alan Lathwell
Inspired by legendary pillars of heavy metal such as Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, The Scorpions, and Rush, Iron Kingdom is well known for their energetic and electrifying stage presence, as well as intricate musical melodies that bring listeners back to a time when the genre was in its prime. Formed in Surrey, Canada, in June of 2011, Iron Kingdom's intent was to fill the gap of bands that are heavy, but not extreme, melodic but not mainstream, technical but approachable. ‘Curse Of The Voodoo Queen’ was released on Dec 14, 2011, and the band took the opportunity to tour western Canada, along with an appearance on the CTV Show, Canada’s Got Talent (viewership of 1 million on that episode). With the debut album finishing its cycle, the group decided it was time to record a new album, and by April 26, 2013, ‘Gates Of Eternity’ was released. Garnering strong reviews and attention from around the world, Iron Kingdom was invited to perform at Germany’s Keep It True XVII festival.
Following this massive milestone, Iron Kingdom set out to pursue as many opportunities as they could spending some serious time on the road through Canada in 2013, Europe in 2014, followed by a tour in the USA with California’s Night Demon. The band had created some major momentum and Iron Kingdom were spreading their moniker far and wide in support of the first two releases.On July 30, 2015, Iron Kingdom released not one but two more albums, ‘Ride For Glory’, their 3rd full-length album, as well as ‘Unleashed At The Kraken (Live In Seattle)’, an exclusive live E.P. recorded on a previous tour. The band set out on the road again in support of the two new releases. The tour was unfortunately riddled with many trials, including a vehicle accident that almost killed the band members. Life on the road continued, including a massive North American tour in 2016, as well as a tour in Brazil in a supporting slot for former frontman of Iron Maiden, Blaze Bayley.
As of 2019, with a new lineup and a new album ‘On The Hunt’ on its way, Iron Kingdom will once again be ready to take the world by storm and aid in the revival of the mighty and classic sounds of Traditional Heavy Metal.
Iron Kingdom - Voodoo Queen (OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO)
Iron Kingdom - The Samurai (OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO)
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Seattle's Demon Hunter summer shows: AN EVENING WITH DEMON HUNTER

"For people to think what we do can't be positive is completely ignorant- and really, really insulting to the people that have been touched by Christian metal. People have come to Christ through what we (and bands like us) do." --Ryan Clark
In August and September DEMON HUNTER will be doing some special shows called An Evening with Demon Hunter. They have said that it is: "AN EVENING WITH DEMON HUNTER. Over 20 songs, over two hours of music, spanning the band's whole career, including songs from the most recent albums, WAR & PEACE. Full live electric show, acoustic sets, video installations, full merch line, no opening bands." For those that are new to the music Demon Hunter below are a couple of videos from their 2019 double album War/Peace, and a discography and a biography. The 2019 double album has been received very well by the fans and the critics have also given the band good reviews. To the success of the double album the band posted their response: "THANK YOU to each and every one of you who has supported War & Peace. We are honored by you all. God bless each of you! We love to read and hear how much this band means to people. The Hunt Continues!"
Demon Hunter (2002)
Summer of Darkness (2004)
The Triptych (2005)
Storm the Gates of Hell (2007)
The World Is a Thorn (2010)
True Defiance (2012)
Extremist (2014)
Outlive (2017)
War (2019)
Peace (2019)
Biography: Demon Hunter is an American metal institution. The band embraces brazenly transcendent melodies, without apology, while maintaining a defiant heaviness reminiscent of the most timeless of metal music. For nearly two decades, Demon Hunter has weathered the changing tides of rock subculture, proving ever resistant to trends, and ever resilient, making music as determined and resolute as the men within the band.
In 2019 the band unveils not one but two brand new full-length albums on the same day. War is filled with aggression and Peace doubles down on melody; both are dynamic and diverse standalone offerings. They are linked most prominently by release date and a plainspoken theme:
“War in every breath / Peace in only death.” facebook.com/demonhunter/ Demon Hunter’s ninth and tenth studio albums arrive just two years after Outlive, which debuted at #1 Independent, #2 Rock Music, #2 Hard Music, #8 Current Albums, and #25 on the Billboard 200 charts. “Raining Down” remained #1 at Christian Rock radio for over 9 weeks.
Like Outlive (2017) and Extremist (2014), War and Peace were produced by the band’s own Jeremiah Scott and mixed by Zeuss (Rob Zombie, Queensrÿche, Hatebreed). Singer Ryan Clark, a Grammy nominated designer who has worked on album projects for Alice In Chains and Foo Fighters, once again spearheaded the look and feel.
As a headlining act, Demon Hunter helped introduce audiences to bands like August Burns Red. They’ve co-headlined with Red and toured as direct support for both In Flames and As I Lay Dying in the United States and parts of Canada. They’ve traveled to South America, Europe, and Australia, headlining major festivals and club shows alike.
Clark was on the cover of Revolver as part of their “Holy Alliance” feature in 2006, alongside the frontmen for Underoath, As I Lay Dying, and Norma Jean. He’s been invited to record guest vocals on songs released by Five Finger Death Punch and Anberlin, to name just a few.
Demon Hunter’s dedicated supporters and allies around the world wear the group’s symbol, lyrics, and album imagery on their shirts, denim vests, backpacks, and uniforms, and in many cases, on their skin. The band has engaged their fans in direct, authentic and personal terms for years, since long before such efforts were seen as “strategy.”
The group’s extended family around the world cherish Demon Hunter songs as personal anthems, instruments of empowerment, using them to mark chapters in their lives both good and bad, in celebration and in mourning, from weddings to funerals. Songs like “I Am a Stone,” “Not Ready to Die,” “Carry Me Down,” “Collapsing,” “LifeWar,” and “Fading Away” continue to resonate with fans, even as each successive album elicits ever more fervor from the band’s fierce, loyal supporters.
Ryan and his brother, former guitarist Don Clark, created Demon Hunter after the turn of the millennium, unleashing a self-titled first album backed by a still shadowy and enigmatic lineup in 2002, assembling a touring lineup that introduced Jonathan Dunn as bassist.
Summer of Darkness broke through in the metal, hardcore, and Christian rock scenes in 2004, with MTV2 rotation for “Not Ready to Die” and a spot on the Resident Evil: Apocalypse soundtrack helping push it past 100,000 in sales. Yogi was a fulltime member by the time they released The Triptych, which sold close to 150,000 copies in the U.S.; 2007’s Storm The Gates Of Hell crossed the 100,000 mark as well.
Judge toured on that record as lead guitarist, officially joining in 2009 with Live in Nashville. The World Is A Thorn (2010) debuted with first week sales of 14,000 as “Collapsing” became their highest charting song at metal and specialty radio. True Defiance (2012) broke into Billboard’s Top 40. Extremist was yet another milestone, with first week sales of over 18,000. It also produced the SiriusXM Octane hit “The Last One Alive.” That song and album cuts like “I Will Fail You,” “The Heart of a Graveyard,” and “Artificial Light” generated over 20 million streams.
Defying market trends and genre expectations, Outlive debuted to even stronger sales than its predecessors. Newer songs “Cold Winter Sun” and “Died in My Sleep” became live favorites, as the band performed at Chicago Open Air (with Ozzy Osbourne, KISS), Heavy Montreal (Marilyn Manson, Gojira, Trivium), and headlined festivals like Rock The Desert, Uprise Fest, and Germany’s Loud & Proud Fest.
War and Peace embody a stunning creative achievement, mining the depths of the band’s past, present, and future with unbridled ambition. “On My Side” and “Peace” saw the band back on SiriusXM. Spotify quickly placed both songs in several influential tastemaker playlists.
Demon Hunter’s musical identity is forged from diverse elements that coalesce into a singular electric charge, merging seemingly disparate sound with seamless agility: the energy of America’s thrash metal legends; the catchiness of Europe’s melodic death metal innovators; the gloomy atmospheric majesty of gothic rock; the song craft of dark romantic pop; and the fist-pumping aggression of Southern groove.
Demon Hunter’s body of work is born from unwavering commitment, uncompromising creative determination, and stark recognition of the reality of an often-cold world, tempered in defiant hope. It’s made up of smartly constructed, confessional lyrics; heady and catchy melody; monster riffs; bottom heavy grooves; the collision of meticulous production and urgent raw power; bold imagery and bolder themes.
Demon Hunter - More Than Bones (Official Music Video)
Demon Hunter- On My Side (Official Music Video)
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NEWS: upcoming in August: ETERNAL STORM

NEWS: ETERNAL STORM is probably a name that you are going to hear more often this year. Their melodic extreme metal uses melodic death/black metal, progressive elements, atmospherics and an epic feel for a memorable album that is already impressing quite a few people. Check out two of their songs by clicking at the link below. As you'll see, the quality of the music is undeniable and fans of mature melodic death metal should be very pleased with this band from Spain. Below is the official details.
Eternal Storm: Come the Tide
Transcending Obscurity Records; 23 August 2019
OFFICIAL INFORMATION PROPAGANDA: Spanish death metal band Eternal Storm have created a mesmerizing album full of elegant riffs and soul-piercing melodies. After releasing a very well received EP and a split release, they've come up with their debut full length which sets new standards for bands playing in this style. Everything is immaculately executed, right from the artwork to the production, ensuring that their much awaited release doesn't leave anything to be desired. The music is breathtaking and takes influences from several styles to create a sound that is at once emotive and striking. Most bands lean excessively towards either side but Eternal Storm exemplify the perfect balance of melody and heaviness in death metal music. Nothing on the album is forced but flows naturally, almost intuitively, and transports you to a tumultuous place where you take in the beauty as well as the wrath - a place akin to the one featured on the album cover. For fans of: De Profundis, Opeth, Insomnium, Imperialist, Paradise Lost, Anathema, Officium Triste, Saturnus, Katatonia.
Line up -Mateo Novati - Drums, additional vocals (growls). Daniel Maganto - Guitars, additional vocals (growls), keyboard composition. Kheryon - Bass, lead vocals. Jaime Torres - Guitars, additional vocals (clean/growls), keyboard composition. Guest appearances - Javier Fernández (Nexusseis, The Heretic) - Keyboards, synthesizers & programming. Migueloud Ontivero (Wormed) - Additional vocals (The Strand). Christopher Baque-Wildman (Dejadeath, Asgaroth) | Additional vocals (Immersion). Manuel Mendoza (Distryto 13, La Banda Del Soplo) - Saxophone (Immersion). Ben C. Read (In Dread Response, Bridge Burner, ex-Ulcerate) - Additional vocals (Detachment). Fredrik Huldtgren (Canopy, Kaos Vortex) - Additional vocals (The Scarlet Lake). Fiar (Foscor) - Additional vocals (Embracing Waves).
Track listing - 1. Through the Wall of Light Pt.I (The Strand). 2. Through the Wall of Light Pt.II (Immersion). 3. Detachment. 4. The Mountain. 5. Of Winter and Treason. 6. Drifters. 7. The Scarlet Lake. 8. Embracing Waves.
eternalstorm.bandcamp.com

Sunday, July 14, 2019

NEWS: upcoming in September: COME BACK FROM THE DEAD

NEWS: The old school does not die an easy death, and like the zombies that have inspired the name of the band, these zombies are only getting stronger with each passing night. They did die years ago, according to Metal Archives, but the grave was not big enough and they decided to give the undead life another go and see if things go better the second time around the cemetery. Nowadays the cemetery is a happening place because look at what is happening: an album, an EP and now another album. Just look at the artwork. Nothing says 1989 like 2019 COME BACK FROM THE DEAD. If you are old in years, or you are old at heart, or you want death metal the brutal, simple and zombie way, then say hello to this squad from Spain. You don't have to wait to find out for yourself just how down and dirty this is all going to get because there are two songs for you that are ready to go, waiting for unsuspecting customers to celebrate like every day is the day of the dead. Below is all the hype that you need.
COME BACK FROM THE DEAD : The Rise of the Blind Ones
Transcending Obscurity Records 13 September 2019
OFFICIAL INFORMATION PROPAGANDA: Spanish death metal masters Come Back From The Dead return to unleash their latest full length two years after their highly acclaimed EP on the same label. Playing a refreshing style of old school Swedish death metal meets dark American death metal, not too unlike Entombed covering Autopsy, this band is creating unforgettable music that begs for repeat listens. The riffs are some of the sickest you’ll hear, savage and yet tuneful, which you will be humming long after it’s over. There’s an undeniable crusty edge to the proceedings which is hardly surprising given that there are members of Nashgul and Machetazo in this band, and even the mighty Bokluk. Just when you thought that this kind of death metal music has lost its charm or flavour, you get an album like this that changes your perception completely by expertly using the best elements of classic styles to concoct a formidable sound, one that is both consistent and individualistic. ‘The Rise of the Blind Ones’ is undeniably one of the best and most well-thought death metal albums to come out in recent times while upholding the glory of the old school sound. Line up: Marcos - Drums (ex-Machetazo). Hector - Guitar (Nashgul). Miguel - Guitar. Iago - Bass (Bokluk). Paul - Vocals.
Artwork by Cesar Valladares (Asphyx). Track listing - 1. Outcast Of The Light. 2. Martyr Of A Gruesome Demise. 3. Restless In Putrescence. 4. Jugular I - Heretic Impaler. 5. Jugular II - The Altar Of Your Neck. 6. Nebulaes Of Malevolent Shining. 7. Darkness Abominations. 8. Lick My Hands Wild Beasts. 9. Dead March. 10. Possessed By The Death.
comebackfromthedead.bandcamp.com

NEWS: upcoming in September: WAR OF AGES

NEWS: The long-running melodic extreme metal band War of Ages (U.S.A.) will have its new album Void out on September 13th, 2019 on Facedown Records. Check out their new video called "Miles Apart" for an idea of where the music is heading. Below is some information about the band, just in case you are new to them. As always, the band presents a message of faith, which you can see below in the lyrics to the video, and fans can expect them to continue on their path regarding both the music and the positivity of the lyrics.
DISCOGRAPHY: The band's self-titled debut album War of Ages was released in July 2005 on Strike First Records and in February 2006, they were moved to the Facedown Records roster and recorded their second full-length album, Pride of the Wicked, released in September 2006. Arise and Conquer was released in 2008. The band's fourth offering Eternal, was released April 13, 2010, produced by cc from As I Lay Dying. In a Radio U interview with Jaddeus, Leroy revealed that the Eternal album would feature guest vocals from Tim Lambesis of As I Lay Dying and Sonny Sandoval of P.O.D. Their seventh studio album Supreme Chaos was released on July 22, 2014. Their eighth studio album Alpha was released on December 8, 2017. On May 31, 2019, they released a single entitled "Sulphur and Salt". On June 28, they released a second single entitled "Miles Apart" along with pre-orders for their new album titled Void.
BIO (not updated): War of Ages has a long standing tradition of delivering relatable metal music for fans of all ages. They’ve been releasing heavy music with raw power since the band’s conception. Their impressive discography includes six studio albums equating to over 100,000 album sales with the 3 latest albums hitting the top 200 billboards. War of ages has toured extensively with bands such as As I Lay Dying, Soilwork, Throwdown, Demon Hunter, Underoath, Unearth, Between The Buried And Me, and many more.
Leroy Hamp and Steve Brown began War of Ages in 2003, adding drummer Alex Hamp soon after. They have continued to be the backbone of War of Ages for the past 10 plus years. Since then the band has toured rigorously all over the world and stayed consistently busy. After adding guitarist Jack Daniels (Hope for the Dying) into the mix in 2013, the band re-emerged with a vengeance and an improved writing stye.
War of Ages’ latest release “Supreme Chaos” (2014) has succeeded in impressing old fans and acquiring more by venturing into a new style of writing while incorporating some of their tried and true elements. Recorded with Josh Barber at Covenant Studios (Norma Jean, EISM) and mixed by Will Putney (Impending Doom, For Today), it would seem that "Supreme Chaos" got the royal treatment from some of the finest sound engineers in the business. Steve delivered his ever impressive guitar solos, and Jack succeeded in bringing even more texture, dynamics and shredding than ever before. Thus resulting in a blend of technical, engaging melodies you can’t help but move your head to.
Leroy used his traditional method of writing each song the day before it was recorded by which he was able to create a real flow of lyrics in relation to the music written by the other band members. The lyrics found on Supreme Chaos are often raw, taken from real life experiences. With themes such as family, role models, and self worth, “Supreme Chaos” gives War of Ages the ability to meet their fans where they are, making them a much- needed relatable band.
Singer Leroy and his brother Alex (drummer) certainly know about rising from pain. In their life experience, they have dealt with kidnapping, abuse both physical and mental, and the confusion that surrounded their family and their backward beliefs. Instead of following the same path, the brothers along with guitarists Jack and Steve have created a life around reaching those who are hurt and broken. War of Ages is in the unique position to be able to tour with a variety of bands, play a variety of festivals, and become friends with people from many walks of life while bringing with them an element of grace and truth.
The theme of what it means to be a warrior and a hero is ever present throughout War of Ages six albums. Integrity is something that the band as a whole strives for daily. War of Ages has proven that they can stand strong and confident as a band and as a staple in the music scene “You want to survive in this world? Accountability. Especially in a band environment.” said Leroy in a recent interview with HM Magazine. This knowledge and drive has kept War of Ages afloat in an industry where a majority of artists sink amidst a sea of ego’s and unfortunate choices.
Above all, War of Ages has developed a huge appreciation and sense of humility for the career they are blessed to have. Whether playing for a crowd of ten thousand or a crowd of one hundred, they deliver the same solid show with the same high energy. They strive to maintain their sense of real-ness with their fans while at the same time providing for and being a role model for their families. With future albums, fans can expect more creative growth and hard hitting music. A forced to be reckoned with, War of Ages expects to remain a solid fixture in the metal music spotlight.
War of Ages - "Miles Apart" OFFICIAL VIDEO
Miles Apart
This life is hell without you
My world is fading faster now
If you would search the bounds of time
To have me back for a moment
If I would turn away from the fire
Your strength would carry my soul
Drowning in my sweat
Retribution
If I live one more day without you
The shadows are more than I can bare
Take me from this nightmare
This life is hell without you
I would trade it all to feel you
My world is fading faster now
Find strength
Through the suffering
Skies turn black
But the sun will rise
Find strength
Through the suffering
Lord reign down let your power fall
Biting on my tongue
Holding my breath
I will die and my heart will follow
Your death on the cross
Showed me true love
Set us on fire
If you would turn away from the fire
Your strength would consume my soul
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Saturday, July 13, 2019

NEWS: upcoming in August: PICTURE

NEWS: Picture's music is a modern incarnation of the classic-style 1970s/1980-1981 heavy metal, with lots of classic rock of the giants and pioneers of heavy rock that came before their time. They are a Dutch band formed in the late 1970s and issued their debut self-titled album in 1980, followed it up with Heavy Metal Ears in 1981, and more albums for a total of seven full-length albums in the 1980s.
Their tenth album will be called Wings and it will be out in August on Pure Steel Records. Listen to a new song by clicking at the first link below. Below is the official details about the new album.
Picture: Wings
August 16th, 2019 Pure Steel Records
OFFICIAL INFORMATION PROPAGANDA: Only a few months ago, PICTURE delighted us with the live album "40 Years Heavy Metal Ears - 1978-2018" in the classical band line-up. 3 years ago, the remaining two original members - bassist Rinus Vreugdenhill and drummer Laurens "Bakkie" Bakker - could actually reunite with guitarist Jan Bechtum and singer Ronald van Prooijen. Now, in 2019, they give their followers a new album. This fabulous quartet, which debuted in 1980 and is now reinforced with the second guitarist Appie de Gelder and recorded ten classic songs for the new masterpiece called "Wings". PICTURE play authentic music that will not only satisfy their own followers, but also captures those who like NWoBHM, Teutonic Metal and Classic Rock. PICTURE forever. The new Album “Wings” was recorded Winter/Spring 2019 at Red Pack Productions in Ridderkerk (The Netherlands). The Engineer and producer of the album was Jonathan Merrelaar
TRACKLIST: 1. Line Of Life. 2. Wings. 3. Little Annie. 4. Is It Real. 5. Blown Away. 6. No Place To Hide.7. Empty Room. 8. Never Enough. 9. Still Standing. 10. Stroke. Total Playing Time: 40:17 min.
LINE-UP: Ronald van Prooijen – vocals. Jan Bechtum – guitars. Rinus Vreugdenhil – bass. Appie de Gelder – guitars, keyboard. Laurens “Bakkie” Bakker – drums.
soundcloud.com/user-857309158/picture-line-of-life-pure-steel-records
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NEWS: upcoming in August: FRETLESS

NEWS: Fretless (Sweden) prefers to call their music hard rock, but it is traditional heavy metal with catchy songs and lots of melody. Below is the link to one song from their upcoming album Damnation. Fretless is a new name to this publication, although in reality the band is made up of experienced musicians that love 1980s heavy metal, heavy rock in general and classic rock, and they apparently had a debut album some eight years ago. The 2019 music is for fans of the classic-style sounds of big riffs and hooks and songs that fans can remember a lot and quickly without having to listen to the album many times. Below is the official information about the new album.
Fretless
Damnation
Pure Steel Records
16th August 2019
OFFICIAL INFORMATION PROPAGANDA: FRETLESS from Sweden got a great resonance in 2011 with their debut album 'Local Heroes'. Eight years later, they are putting on another musical firework on Pure Steel Records. Vocalist Patte Carlsson and his band recorded thirteen new compositions. Mastering and mixing was done by the experienced Mr. Robert Romagna. The result is a great mix of loud heavy metal and burning hard rock. Anyone who needs comparisons will be reminded of legends like ACCEPT or may walk in the traditional footsteps of PRETTY MAIDS. FRETLESS will satisfy and delight everyone with 'Damnation'.
TRACKLIST:
1. Unholy War
2. Burn
3. Let’s Get High
4. Higher Ground
5. Black Widow
6. Black Moon
7. Spread Your Wings
8. Damnation
9. No More
10. Sweet Cherie
11. This Is My Home
12. Spellbound
13. Freedom
Total Playing Time: 53:36 min
LINE-UP: Patte Carlsson – vocals, guitars. Linus Andersson – guitars, backing vocals. Lasse Strand – bass, backing vocals. Ludwig Tornemalm – drums, backing vocals. Special guests: Dennis Forsberg – Let's get High, Spellbound – bass. Mattias Bergstedt – Black Moon, Freedom, This Is My Home, Sweet Cherie – drums. Per-Erik Eliasson – Burn – Hammond Organ.
soundcloud.com/user-857309158/fretless-freedom-pure-steel-records
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