Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Shredhead (Israel)

Shredhead is thrash/groove from Israel. Their discography is: Human Nature (2011); Death Is Righteous (2015); Live Unholy (2019). Here are some of their videos.
Biography: Formed late 2009, Shredhead are the most hyped name in their local metal scene. Throughout 2010 and 2011 the band toured Israel extensively with Israel’s leading metal acts, their ruthless stage performances and presence earning them an impressive mass of devoted followers and press items. Their debut record titled “Human Nature” was released in Israel in August 2011 to much local and even some international critical acclaim. Produced independently throughout 2011, this record is a rare thrash-metal hell-raiser maintaining the traditional thrash-metal aesthetics of the 80′s combined with modern and relentless sound.
Throughout 2011-2013 Shredhead played shows in Israel and abroad in order to grow their Audience including that In 2012 Shredhead won the Israeli Metal Battle and went on to represent Israel in the Wacken festival Metal Battle in Germany . After coming back from Wacken they did various headline shows in Israel, meanwhile their audience kept growing rapidly. Following their new found exposure They have also done many web and radio interviews in Israel and abroad. Along with all of the above Shredhead started to write and work on a new album, marking a change in the musical direction and an exploration of new musical territories.
During 2014 Shredhead finished their new album “Death Is Righteous” mixed and mastered by Tue Madsen (Suicide Silence, The Haunted, Aborted, Sick of It All), supported Biohazard and relocated to Berlin to take the band and the new album to a new level.
Their album “Death Is Righteous” redefines their musical style, making it more mature, more melodic, more groovy, and subsequently much heavier than anything they’ve done before, which throughout 41 intense minutes blasts away such brute forces that no listener remains unmoved. Ranging from songs that are brutal and fast to laid back and groovy songs all enhanced by lyrics that hit close to home. The name of the album describes the concept, which is that death comes to us all in the end just as it should. These 11 tracks depict the way to self destruction, in all of its aspects and forms in a life that needs to end. In this album they bring what’s true and honest, relentless energy that shows exactly who they are in reality, from the first note to the last word.
Death Is Righteous' Was released through the Danish Label Target \ Mighty Music on Jan. 2015. That year was marked as the time Shredhead started gaining international recognition. 'Death is righteous' got reviewed all around the globe, from Asia to Europe to America and Australia. After the release of 'Death Is Righteous' Shredhead signed with The Flaming Arts agency and began touring Europe with big names such as Vader, Overkill, Crowbar, Hate and Ektomorf, gaining more and more attention from the European scene. Shredhead is currently working on their 3rd album.


Swedish power metal band Veonity have released a video for the song ‘Graced Or Damned’, taken from their new album ‘Sorrows’, out on August 21, 2020 on Scarlet Records.
This is how the band commented: “The video pictures how different choices in life lead to different paths. Only at the end of the path is possible to see which choice led you there. When the choices you’ve made have taken you down a path of destruction, life will be filled with regrets.”
‘Sorrows’ was recorded and mixed by Ronny Milianowicz (Shadowquest, ex Dionysus) at Studio Seven and mastered by Tony Lindgren at Fascination Street Recording (Powerwolf, Dragonforce). The cover art design was made by Thomas Holmstrand, whom the band has worked with on the previous two albums. As a special bonus ‘Sorrows’ includes the featuring of the lead singer from Dragonland, Jonas Heidgert, on the track ‘Where Our Memories Used To Grow’.
VEONITY - Graced or Damned (Official Video)

Вольная Стая (Volnaya Staya)

This is Вольная Стая (Volnaya Staya) from Russia. Metal Archives shows the following discography: Стая (2007); Джекпот (2019). Check out their music that is posted on YouTube.
Вольная стая - Джекпот (Female Fronted Heavy Metal) Full Album 2019

OSYRON Video 'The Ones Below' (A Song For Lost Loved Ones)

Calgary’s Osyron has a new album on the way, the explosive and thought-provoking “Foundations” releasing on July 10, 2020 via SAOL/The Orchard.
According to the band “Foundations” is meant to be digested as an immersive exploration of Canadian history and identity, speaking on topics on the country's colonization to the mistreatment and recognition of Aboriginals to the country's participation in global warfare. Although it is not a conceptual release, it does bear a consistent theme across nearly the entirety of the record.
The band notes that this is the first album where each band member has contributed to the writing processes, which has resulted in a stronger, more refined production overall. Osyron shares their expectations for the album’s reception:
"We believe that the album will both surprise and challenge our current and new fans while still bringing back the big elements we are most known for (hooks, huge layered sections, melodies, and finger-twisting riffs, etc). We would like to think that our fans would accept this as not only the next iteration and evolution of us as a band but also as the artistic progression of the music.”
Osyron brings their next video for the second single "The Ones Below", a track that stands alone from the themes of the album as a whole and pays tribute to the loss of a loved one or friend who has left our world. This is a track everyone can pay homage to the good times and not dwell on the bad. It's an upbeat song of hope that is inspired by the cheers of frosty mugs with a gentle touch down on the table soon followed. A salute to the ones below.
For fans of Nightwish, Dream Theater, and Wintersun; Osyron is progressive, powerful metal with a knack for engaging storytelling.
Osyron - The Ones Below (OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO)
Foundations by Osyron

Blood Etchings (Washington state, U.S.A.)

Blood Etchings is black metal in Washington state. Check out their 2018 album below.
Biography: Hailing from the decrepit metropolis of Seattle, Washington, BLOOD ETCHINGS exalts the Hand of Lucifer through their sinister songs of darkness and demise. After a Night of Unholy conjuring the project was summoned into existence in the early months of 2010, by Seraph, band founder and chief practitioner of the Dark Arts. Many nights of seclusion and rehearsal brought forth a distinctive form of Baroque Black Metal. Blending infernal tones, beats and melodies with an ornate ritual stage show, BLOOD ETCHINGS spreads the Plague of Truth throughout a world of lies…
BLOOD ETCHINGS is an assemblage of Blood, Death, and Perversion… SERAPH, a Blood Master and speaker through both tongues and strings, beckons a horde of destruction upon the unworthy… IMPERATOR, a blood thirsty demon of ill repute, plays upon the rotting sinews of his countless victims… Together as Spawns of Satan they shall destroy all…
The year of 2011 included a self titled demo drenched in blood, as well as four live rituals. Starting with the HELL ON EARTH shows in Sacramento, California and Portland, Oregon, BLOOD ETCHINGS began spreading their plague along the west coast… Returning to Seattle they next presented the BLOOD MASS IN BALLARD ritual. This show resulted in a full length DVD featuring BE, Sacrament Ov Impurity and Baal Beryth performing their black metal arts under the deathly light of the full Moon… Lastly, the gruesome SEVEN HEADS OF THE DEAD which manifested the many facets of Death and impaled the head of the lamb upon the face of the earth…
The early months of the 2014 finds BLOOD ETCHINGS deep in the pits of hell rehearsing and writing for a new series of rituals… followed by the recording of a full length album… IN BLOOD!
BLOOD ETCHINGS by Blood Etchings

Bloodgood (Washington state, U.S.A.)

Bloodgood (1984-1994, 2002-present) is Christian metal in Washington state. Check out their video "Lamb of God" and their Facebook info below.
Biography: The music and mission of BLOODGOOD has been a vital stepping stone and a driving force in the maturing process of Christian Metal since their 1986 self-titled debut release. Their platinum-selling sophomore record Detonation strengthened the band’s signature style of theatrics, power and emotion; staples that would solidify their place in rock music history.
Since 1986, BLOODGOOD's music has been released in various formats all over the world. Classic albums and DVDs include:
Metal Missionaries EP (1985)
Bloodgood (1986)
Detonation (1987)
Rock In A Hard Place (1988)
Out Of The Darkness (1989)
Alive in America CD/VHS (1990)
Shakin' the World CD/VHS (1990)
The Collection (1991)
All Stand Together (1991)
To Germany With Love (1993)
Rock Theater 2-Disc DVD (2002)
Live In Norway DVD (2007)
Metal Missionaries 25th Anniversary Edition (2010)
Bloodgood Re-Mastered (2011)
Detonation Re-Mastered (2011)
Dangerously Close (2013)
Detonation Special Edition (2019)
Oz Fox (Stryper) joined the BLOODGOOD lineup in 2007 as a full-fledged band member and songwriting collaborator alongside staple songwriters Michael Bloodgood, Les Carlsen, and Paul Jackson. In 2010, BLOODGOOD was inducted into the Christian Music Hall of Fame for their important contributions to the music industry thus far.
BLOODGOOD "Lamb of God" (Official Music Video)

Blood Atonement (Washington state, U.S.A.)

Blood Atonement is black metal in the state of Washington (U.S.A.). Metal Archives* says the following people are the band: Margaret Pryor, John Devos and Matt Fields. Below is their 2018 Demo.
*(keep in mind that Metal Archives may not have fully accurate information.)

Liliac - We Are the Children [Official Video]

Check out the new video for the song "We Are the Children" by Liliac. Below is some information about them.
Hello, we are LILIAC!
We are a family rock/metal band, ages 12-21, who work together everyday to pursue our dream in music. We first started off performing every weekend on the Santa Monica pier for years. It gave us what needed to grow as a band, giving us confidence and exposure.
Our dad, who is our music producer and manager, started recording us professionally in the studio playing cover songs of major rock legends such as Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, Dio, Iron Maiden, etc.. We put out music videos of these songs on Youtube which recieved millions of views.
We also had a huge opportunity being on a TV Show on CBS called “The World’s Best” which was aired nationwide. Liliac was named the “First Family of Rock” from CBS for performing on the “World’s Best” stage. After the show, we released our first original songs EP “Chain of Thorns” which hit number 1 on Amazon’s Best Seller for Rock Music Charts.
It wasn’t until our cover of “Rainbow in the Dark” which went viral and gained hundreds of thousands of fans. Which lead us to our first tour around the U.S. and Canada of 40 dates. We opened up for bands like Loverboy, Queensryche, Tom Keifer, Foghat, and played 3 shows on the Kiss Kruise.
Now, we are currently working on our second full length album of all original songs called “Queen of Hearts”. We can’t wait to finish and release this new album and to ROCK THIS WORLD! Rock on & Rock hard!
Liliac - We Are the Children [Official Video]
Liliac - Nothing (Official Music Video)
LILIAC on Great Day Houston (Interview w/ Deborah Duncan)

Montreal's YOUR LAST WISH "Exile" Drum Playthrough

With roots in classic death and thrash metal, Montreal melodic death metallers Your Last Wish are darker, heavier, and have matured in their sound. Unleashing their latest concept album “Eradicate” this past February, the full length beautifully exploits post-apocalyptic themes. It is a bilingual album with songs in both English and French along with being composed and recorded entirely by guitarist David Gagné, while all lyrics were written by vocalist Roxana Bouchard. But behind every album, there's also a monster machine creating the blast beats and the explosion of fury that engages every metalheads headbanging.
Today, the band is excited to focus on the man behind the kit, drummer extraordinaire, Blake Lemieux, and the pummeling assault of his playthrough for "Exile", a track with old school thrash influences that also introduces odd-time signatures.
Lemieux comments:
"With the talents of musicians that I work with it sure pushes me forward to become a better musician myself when I do these playthroughs. This one originally started off as a band video and then I thought why not make it a drum one too. So now there are two videos of the same song. I had as much fun making this video as I did recording it in the studio with Kevin Jardine (Uplift Productions, Slaves On Dope) along with Steve Vac, the guy who made the video and did an incredible job."
Your Last Wish - Exile - Drum Playthrough
Your Last Wish - Pursuit - Official Live Video (2020)
Eradicate by Your Last Wish

CONVULSE Launch Video for "The Summoning"

CONVULSE, one of the pioneers of the Finnish death metal scene and bright stars of the ’90's death n’ roll movement, have signed a deal with Transcending Records for the release of Deathstar, the legendary band's fifth full-length album.
Deathstar features nine tracks that transcend the boundaries of standard death metal. Of course, this is nothing new for the trio, as many fans will fondly reflect on their unheralded gem Reflections (released in 1994 on Relapse Records). which at the time was about as unusual a death metal album as they come. Deathstar takes the same genre bending approach as Reflections and modernizes it.
Transcending Records will release Deathstar on vinyl, CD and cassette formats on October 30.
The album was recorded and mixed in analog, the way music was meant to be recorded, at JJ-studio. Artwork for Deathstar was created by Jan Yrlund, based on the painting Strangled by Minna Mead. Band photo and "The Summoning" video shot by Okko Sorma.
Deathstar Track Listing:
Extreme Dark Light
The Summoning
We Sold Our Soul for Rock'n Roll
Make Humanica Great Again
Light My Day
The End
Convulse - The Summoning - New Album "Deathstar" Releasing Oct 30th, 2020 on Transcending Records

Rockshots Records Signs Italy's FROM THE DEPTH to Release New Album “Moments”

Italy’s From The Depth has just signed with Rockshots Records for the release of their second full-length album “Moments” hitting sales platforms around the world on August 28, 2020.
Punchy and aggressive, fans who have been waiting since 2014’s EP “Perseverance”, are now rewarded with this 10 track album. “Moments” is a series of personal occasions in the band member’s lives that they are reliving through their music, from hard times to the anniversary of the band forming. In the band’s own words:
“'Moments' is a way to celebrate relevant memories and episodes of everyday life while time passes by. Each aspect of the production has been taken care of with extreme attention to detail from song structure to the final master; nothing has been left to chance and we did our best to get out the most from each session during songwriting.”
After years of hard times, they are now fully operational with a killer stable lineup, and with the new partnership with Rockshots Records, From the Depth is ready to show fans what they have been working on. Starting as a power metal cover band with a distinct “melodic mindset”, From The Depth has come a long way since 2008, and the maturity and refinement really show in this new chapter.
Fans of Firewind, Kamelot, Labyrinth, stay tuned, there is a promotional tour in the works as well.
Track Listing:
1. Immortal (4:55)
2. Spread your Fire (4:55)
3. Ten Years (5:09)
4. Streets of Memory (4:20)
5. Hypnos (1:51)
6. Forget and Survive (4:48)
7. Just Ice (7:46)
8. Missed (4:51)
9. A Matter of Time (5:47)
10. Somewhere (4:22)
Album Length: 48:48
Album Details:
Recorded at Domination Studio and Angle Room Studio.
Mixed and mastered by Simone Mularoni at Domination Studio.
Artwork by Péter Sallai
FTD logo by Jen Scarlet
Band pic by Emiliano Paola
Vocals: Raffaele “Raffo” Albanese
Bass: Santo Clemenzi
Guitars: Alessandro Cattani
Guitars: Raffaele “Raffo” Albanese (on “Streets of Memory”)
Drums: Cristiano Battini
Keyboards: Davide Castro (on “Somewhere”, “Streets of Memory”, “Spread Your Fire”, “A Matter of Time”, “Ten Years” ending theme, “Immortal” cinematic break)
Andrea De Paoli (on “Ten Years”, “Forget and Survive”, “Missed”, “A Matter of Time”)
Oreste Giacomini (on “Immortal”)
Backing vocals and choirs: Raffaele “Raffo” Albanese, Roberto Tiranti, Giacomo Voli, Ros Crash, Angelo Guidetti, Marco Spitale, Stefano Nüsperli, Santo Clemenzi, Jennifer Ferretti, Marco Olmedi.
Ending choirs vocal line on “Immortal” by Alessandro Karabelas.
FROM THE DEPTH - Spread Your Fire (Official Lyric Video)

Monday, July 6, 2020

review: Ensiferum

Metal Blade Records
10 July 2020
Ensiferum continues to frustrate a particular type of fan. That means that the Finnish band is doing something right.
Here is an unproven hypothesis. Lots of people find out about Ensiferum through the YouTube videos. Those fans get excited about the video. They usually think the band is catchy. Now, given that today’s audiences, including metal fans, are conditioned to demand that musicians make all the songs similar, this band inevitably disappoints. “But I wanted all the songs like the video I watched!” screams the fan. That’s one problem. A second issue is that the band has been around a long time now. They began some 25 years ago, and their debut album is only technically still a teenager, and will soon be an adult. The band, being an old one now, has a section of fans that keeps wishing that they, like Cher, could turn back time to some so-called golden age, whatever album that may be in the nostalgic imagination of the (young, single) fan (now married with children) when they first heard the band.
To make a long sorry short, the Finnish band is on its eighth album. In 2020 they generally make fun, uptempo melodic songs with both singing and extreme vocals, and they like to spice up their albums with variety. Some songs sound like melodic extreme metal such as melodeath or “Viking” metal. Others may come across as true metal, epic heavy metal or power metal. The melodies make people bang their heads or dance like the Oompa-Loompas (“What do you get when you guzzle down sweets? Eating as much as an elephant eats.”). Some songs might be the equivalent of Finnish country, bluegrass, hillbilly, folk or “mountain bandit” music. Sometimes the band sounds like symphonic metal. Songs are fast, others uptempo, some are midtempo, some are slow. The band may make you think of a symphony or that you are at the local pub, eating pretzels and drinking too much, watching Aaron Rodgers be a baaaaaad man. Some songs seem like melodic black metal. Yikes, right?!
Of course, the band is frustrating to anyone that wants the Finns to write an album in which all the songs are of the same subgenre! The changes drive some people crazy. Imagine what’s going to happen when the band decides to make things even crazier by taking on the challenge of integrating a couple of styles within one song, and finding ways to transition from midtempo epic true metal then go into the blasting black metal? What are people going to say when one of these days the band will start a song with mountain hillbilly folk melodies and go into grandiose symphonic “Viking” metal? Just wait until they decide to write their own song to rival Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Free Bird,” all in Finnish. Anyway, for a band that angers some people, they also make lots of other people happy with their all-variety show that are their albums. On this new one they have written a tune that could close all their concerts until the day they retire. It is called “One with the Sea” and it is basically a true/power metal anthem of the anthems and it has no extreme vocals, only glorious melodic singing. Wow. Finntastic! (Yes. You too will feel an irresistible urge to demand more songs like it! This band is such a tease. But trust, friend, it is better this way. You wouldn’t want 10 songs just like it. Believe it.) Ensiferum is a roller coaster. Would you like to go on this ride? Just grab a little bag in case you start to hyperventilate. You will be ok. Promise.
Here is a challenge: Try listening to “One with the Sea” just one time, and see if you can stop yourself from listening to it on repeat for hours. You will fail. This reviewer certainly has.
Thalassic by Ensiferum

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Багира (Bagira)

Check out some videos by the groove band Bagira (Багира) from Kazan, Republic of Tatarstan, Russia. Their latest video is for the song "Брат на брата." Below is their discography and biography.
Танцуют пули! EP 2011
Амнезия Full-length 2011
Ультиматум Single 2013
По крови зари Full-length 2013
Гнев Single 2017
Шрамы Full-length 2017
Тень Single 2018
Основной инстинкт Single 2018
Зоопарк Single 2018
From Russia with Groove EP 2019
Брат на брата Single 2020
Biography: Bagira band was formed in 2011, united different musicians all over the city. Their main idea was based on the harmony of masterly performance and emotional saturation of the songs. Bagira united connoisseurs of classic heavy metal and musicians looking for modern styles. This combination created new perception of heavy music traditions, producing New Wave of Russian Heavy Metal. The band made their recording debut in 2011 on the Amnesia album by CD-Maximum. In mid-2013 the band finished recording of new album "Po krovi zari" (Along the dawn's blood), one track from it is released as an internet-single "The Ultimatum", which is available for downloading and audition on the band's official pages. "Po krovi zari" released on October 29, 2013 through FONO Ltd.
Bagira — Брат на брата (Official Music video) / 0+
Bagira — Guardian Angel (Official Music video)
Bagira - Whisper (Music video)

AnnaMaria (Philippines)

Check out a couple of videos by AnnaMaria (Philippines). They are a melodic death metal band. Go to their Facebook where they have some other links. It's not clear how much other music they have at this point.
Aberration - AnnaMaria
Mal herencia - AnnaMaria (live)

new Inquisition (Washington state, U.S.A.) album in the works

The black metal entity Inquisition (in Washington state, U.S.A.) has been working on the follow-up to the critically acclaimed Bloodshed Across the Empyrean Altar Beyond the Celestial Zenith (2016). On July 3rd, 2020 they posted the message: "Album information later this year."
Back on December 24th, 2019 guitarist/vocalist Dagon wrote: "Inquisition update. I went with a modern classic set up this time, after two albums using the Soldano SLO I was craving a bolder low end, so I finally went with my Rectifier, first album with a Rec. That Marshall JCM 900 is a mint condition 1996, SLX model fitted with 6L6 tubes adding another layer to the Rec; first album with a 900. The SSL board you see there, another first for us, we still ran everything through some vintage Neve 1073's outboards. On the drum front, we could not be happier." Dagon posted the following pictures:
Biography: The band Inquisition was formed in 1988 in Cali, Colombia by Dagon. The band started as a thrash metal act, and in 1994 evolved into raw black metal.
In 1996, Dagon left Colombia and moved back to the United States to continue Inquisition and search for a new drummer. That same year Dagon met Incubus, who joined the band on drums and the creation of their debut full length album began. This line-up has remained stable for more than fifteen years and is now seen as the classic Inquisition line-up.
INQUISITION style of black metal involves slow, deep and dark riffing combined with sudden tempo changes to faster sections based around blast beats and high-speed riffing; at times adding melodic solos. The classic Inquisition sound incorporates a combination of early era thrash metal-influenced riffing with darker and more chaotic black metal, primarily involving fast, tremolo picked minor-key guitar riffs, thus creating the trademark "Inquisition sound".
Bloodshed Across The Empyrean Altar Beyond The Celestial Zenith by Inquisition

Metatron (El Salvador)

Romelin is the third album by Metatron from El Salvador. They play traditional heavy metal. Romelin is available on Bandcamp.
Biography: Metatron is a band originally from El Salvador, founded in 2000 by guitarist Nacael Martínez (Author and Composer). The name of the band refers to that of the angel of the same name quoted in Kabbalistic studies. The voice of the band is in charge of Desol Martínez (Author, Performer, designer), Víctor Damián Aguilar on drums (Current percussionist of the El Salvador symphony orchestra), Julio García (Guitar) and Roberto Sasso (Bass) who joined the band in early 2013.
Romelin by Metatron

Dor Fantasma (thrash from Angola)

Dor Fantasma is a thrash band from Angola. Check out their song "Visions of Suicide." Below is a translation of their biography.
BIOGRAPHY (Google translate; excuse some problems in the translation): “Dor Fantasma” is an officially formed band on March 20, 2006, when Fuzzy Do Vale and Yanus Prince (individual singers), who will join forces to raise a band in order to re-emerge das cinzas or Rock Benguelense, which was practically extinct naquela height. For such recruiting Jayro Cardoso (former guitarist of the Death Metal band "VELORIO") and Hugo (former guitarist of the alternative rock band "MUNDO A 100 PASSOS") to play baixo. Sob or not “SLAVE”, or style of the band characterized as Hard Rock. Apó a saída de Hugo a chamou band Pagia Henriques Chitumba (former bassist dos VELORIO) to replace Hugo no baixo. They will also be invited to perform part of the band or drummer Pedro "Pepas" Pinto Sousa.
During some time the band performed many acts and woke up to the attention of the Angolan Rock movement. In 2007 the band decided to launch a 4-music demo, recorded by the producer and musician Tiago Oliveira (friend of the band). The themes of the Demo foram “Caminho, Lost my soul, Leave all behind, and Hey!” In the meantime, now many friends and friends are linking these musics with the band.
Contudo, "Pepas" leaves the band and is quickly replaced by Gildo Lancelot Costa. At this height the band enters a restructuring numa faze, ganha uma nova dinâmica, eo som torna-se mais heavier, introducing keyboards as a new element for the melodic component of the band, moult or nome for “DOR FANTASMA” após uma sugestão by Miguel Gullander (a friend of the band), became the dramatic stories of the civil war in Angola in 1992.
O nome "Dor Fantasma" is dedicated in memory to all the soldiers and civilians who will perish during this period of war lived in Angola. Onde uma grande part povo angolan ainda sente a dor frida not war period ... uma dor psychologica, dor num non-existent member not corpo ... Uma Dor Fantasma ...
The style of the band has evolved for Thrash Metal. E as lyrics addresses themes such as ódio, perturbações, solidão, guerra, revolta, conflitos sociais.
In September 2013, the band surpreendeu os seus fãs no Rock do Huambo Festival “ORLEI”, as a presentation of a new formation, barely going to be composted by 3 elements; Pagia, assuming you vocals and bass; Jayro, on guitar, rhythm and solo, and Gildo on drums. As his battle cry: "enter, kill and sair", a new image and performance of the band chamou atenção à muitos olhares, and mainly ouvidos. From his phantasmagorical clothing and guitars in X and V format, these criaram outra dynamics in composition terms, pois começaram a comp Thrash Metal à old school, puro e cru, featuring new songs, highlighting more than written music in language Umbundo National; "Mandingo" and "Tchinganji". Since it was registered as a brand of being “the first Rock Metal band in Angola” to include songs on a national dialect.
From this height to the band, he became part of the events promoter and promoter of Eventos Cube Records Angola, led by Carlos Bessa, who also assumed or position of Manager of the band. At the end of 2014 the band was invited to participate in a compilation EP with other bands from Cube Records (Before Crush, Fionna, Horde of silence and Eternal Returns). EP entitled "You Failed, Now we Rule !!!", where the Phantom Dor will implement "System" music.
Not the same year the band was invited to participate in the film "Death Metal Angola", produced by American filmmaker Jeremy Xido, who fakes about the history of metal in Angola after the civil war. The film won several prizes of the best documentary film in in several countries.
In 2015, the band received an invite to play and represent Angola, at a Mozambican Metal Festival held in Southern Africa, “Goro Fest”, because of questions of travel problems, a band did not get to be present… Situation that left many people behind. sad. But the strength, dedication of the band were stronger than discouragement.
In April 2016, Os Fantasma recruited Amilcar Gonçalves (former guitarist of the Metal Core band “Vodka”), forming or fourth element of the band, assuming the role of solo guitarist, devising techniques worthy of two solos of Thrash Metal “old school”.
A band enters the studio in October 2016, for a recording of their first album, in charge of mega partnership between Cube Records Angola (publisher of the band), Nightfear Records, eStudy 2, under the command of producer and musician Tiago Oliveira. A fusion between publishers, with pulses by António Barrote (Nightfear Records) and Carlos Bessa (Manager of the band).
Dor Fantasma - Visions of Suicide by Dor Fantasma

Kishi (Angola) album available on Bandcamp

Depois da Meia Noite ("After Midnight) is the 2018 album by Kishi (Angola). They call their music "stoner/doom." Here is the entire album posted on Bandcamp.
Depois da Meia Noite by Kishi

Saturday, July 4, 2020

wisdom for this 4th of July from NONPOINT

The long-running groove band NONPOINT (est. 1997; Florida, U.S.) has some tips for Americans on this 4th of July. Hint: Don't want to be on the news as "that person" that had a fireworks accident!
"Happy 4th of July everyone! Elías here with a couple of things for today’s patriot to remember.
First: Either too much meat or too much cheese today, not both.. Pick a lane and stay in it or you will regret it in the morning.
Number 2: If someone asks you, 'Are you sure?' at anytime today, you need to reconsider whatever you said, just asked for, or were about to do. That’s a sign from God. He won’t ask again.
Thirdly: Don’t blow off any of your fingers. Which means if you hear the question fore mentioned in #2 as you prepare your fireworks finale then let someone else be Uncle Sam this year.
And finally, don’t ask ANYONE today if they want to wrestle. Couple reasons, there’s a global pandemic, you’re drunk (yes you are) and you’re gonna lose. That’s why they’re gonna be smiling when you drop the challenge on ‘em. Okay now GO HAVE FUN!
Nonpoint - Chaos And Earthquakes (Official Video)
Nonpoint - Wheel Against Will
Nonpoint - Bullet With A Name (Official Music Video)

Happy U.S. Independence Day: guitar versions of "The Star-Spangled Banner"

Here are a few guitar versions of "The Star-Spangled Banner" on this U.S. Independence Day, commemorating the Declaration of Independence of the United States, on July 4, 1776: Jimi Hendrix, Slash, Nita Strauss, Steve Vai, Ted Nugent, Vernon Reid (Living Colour), and Metallica.
Jimi Hendrix The Star Spangled Banner American Anthem Live at Woodstock 1969
Slash plays the National Anthem
Steve Vai - "Star Spangled Banner"
Ted Nugent Plays Awesome Star Spangled Banner
Vernon Reid "The Star Spangled Banner" & "Sunshine of your Love"
Metallica Performs National Anthem Before Finals Game 5

PUTRID OFFAL unleash second single from new album "Sicknesses Obsessions" [Death / Grind - FR]

Underground cult gore Death / Grinders PUTRID OFFAL have unleashed "Heaven's Door", the second single from new album "Sicknesses Obsessions" due out Sep.11 on CD & Vinyl via XENOKORP.
In it since nearly three decades, PUTRID OFFAL has always been a one-of-a-kind band among the gore Death / Grind scene incorporating gregorian chants and keyboards into their swarming mass of infected aural virulency ever since their cult 1991 split with EXULCERATION and, even though it took them 25 years, their successfull 2015 debut, "Mature Necropsy" proved it once more, soon followed by countless gigs and festival appearances (HELLFEST, OBSCENE EXTREME, DEATHFEAST...) and Europe tours with MERCYLESS and INHUME.
But when "Mature Necropsy" is a rewritten re-recording of all of their '90s material, new album "Sicknesses Obsessions" is all new material and that says a lot about the challenge it was for the band writing the successor to an album that's full of well-known neckbreakers and push the envelop even more but the fearless quartet of pathologists had a plan as some of those new songs like "Let There Be Rot" or "Livor Mortis" are already stapples of their setlist ever since they reformed as showcased on the album's "Live at HELLFEST" bonus DVD shot in 2017.
"Sicknesses Obsessions" plunges even deeper in the anatomical inferno demonstrating PUTRID OFFAL's songwriting versatility yet managing to keep it a coherent unit even though incorporates unusual elements for the genre (female vocals...), paying homage to the Hard Rock scene with winks to AC/DC, MOTÖRHEAD, etc. yet chanelling it all to create a reeking symphony of putrefying sickness.
Lyrically, they are obsessed. But not with gore for gore's sake: it's a journey into the history of pathology evoking such historical characters as Andréas VESALIUS, charnel houses, barbers being the first real pathologists because of their cutting skills, etc. not forgetting their fascination for necropsy like the autopsy report opening the album or "Y Shaped", obviously referring to ribcage splitting. If you expected a surgery, be warned, what you're going to face here is a total butchery! Let There Be Rot!
Sicknesses Obsessions by PUTRID OFFAL

Australian Death Grinders SENSORY AMUSIA to Release 'Bereavement' in August on Lacerated Enemy Records

Perth (AU) - Australian Death Grinders SENSORY AMUSIA will release new EP Bereavement August 20 on Lacerated Enemy Records. Decibel has premiered the EP's first single, "Death," which features a guest appearance from The Amenta vocalist Cain Cressell. Stream it below! SENSORY AMUSIA represent the vanguard of heavy music for the modern era. The style is one of supreme chaotic death metal with elements of hardcore and grind. Razor guitar riffs, insane blast beats and violent vocals unleash an onslaught of misery and devastation. With influences from Benighted, Aborted and Dying Fetus, SENSORY AMUSIA's complex and grooving death jams are just the tip of the iceberg for this 3-piece monstrosity.
SENSORY AMUSIA - Bereavement by Lacerated Enemy records

Friday, July 3, 2020


Veteran heavy metal band CRYSTAL VIPER today premiered a quarantine version of "Still Alive." They announced: "Dear Friends! All our recent live shows got canceled, so we decided to work on new music, and in the meantime - give you something extra. Here's the new "lockdown" version of "STILL ALIVE", with all tracks recorded at our homes. This also is the very first Crystal Viper recording with 3 guitarists!"
Biography: CRYSTAL VIPER is an international female fronted heavy metal act, founded by the singer, guitarist and composer Marta Gabriel. Regular touring and festival appearances in more than 15 countries, 7 studio albums, and bunch of singles and EP releases the band did since 2007, established their position, and made them known as one of the most hard working and most determined bands of their generation.
Wikipedia: Crystal Viper is a Polish heavy metal band founded in 2003 by singer and guitarist Marta Gabriel.
During first three years Crystal Viper was a project featuring Marta Gabriel and other musicians, with whom she recorded bunch of demo and rehearsal tapes, compilation tracks, and with whom she played several local live shows. In the summer of 2006 the first official line up got established, and Crystal Viper turned from a project into a regular band, with Marta Gabriel as vocalist and composer, Andy Wave (real name Lukasz Halczuch) on guitar, Tomek "Golem" Danczak on drums and Tommy Targosz on bass guitar. The same year the band recorded their first official track (cover version of "Flaming Metal Systems" for the Manilla Road tribute album), and inked a deal with the German label Karthago Records. The debut concept album entitled "The Curse Of Crystal Viper" came out in early 2007, and was by "The Last Axeman" EP (2008). The second studio album, entitled "Metal Nation" - featuring new bass guitarist, Tomasz Woryna, and co-produced by the King Diamond guitarist Andy La Rocque - was released in 2009. Between 2006 and 2009 Crystal Viper was a four piece band in the studio and a five piece band on stage, featuring different musicians at the position of the live rhythm guitarist, until Marta took over the duties of a rhythm guitarist as well. Since then, Crystal Viper is a four piece act both in the studio and on stage.
In 2009 Crystal Viper signed a multiple record deal with AFM Records. The third studio album entitled "Legends" (with lyrics based on old Polish legends and stories) came out in 2010, and in 2012 was followed by "Crimen Excepta" - concept effort about witches and holy inquisition. Due to occupational obligations Tomasz Woryna was forced to take lesser part in band's activity, and most of the bass guitar parts on "Crimen Excepta" were recorded by Marta Gabriel. The band didn't stop to tour, so Michal Badocha stepped in as the new bass player. In 2013, after several live shows in countries such as Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Sweden and Denmark, Crystal Viper returned to the studio to record the fifth studio album, "Possession". Sadly soon after its premiere, due to health issues relating to the band's front woman and founder, Marta Gabriel, the band was forced to stop its activity. In 2013, for the first time since 2006, after regular touring in 15 countries, and after releasing 5 studio albums, 7 singles and compilations - the future of Crystal Viper was placed into question...
In the fall of 2016, the band finally broke the silence: the witch is back! The comeback album entitled "Queen Of The Witches", was released after a four-year silence, in February 2017. Like all the previous ones, the album has been produced by Bart Gabriel (known for his collaboration with acts such as CirithUngol, Pagan Altar, Hexx or Sacred Steel). The album's cover artwork has been created by the legendary German artist, Andreas Marschall, known for the iconic artworks which he created for acts such as Running Wild, Bilnd Guardian or Kreator. "Queen Of The Witches" is also the first Crystal Viper album recorded with the new bass player, Blaze J. Grygiel. As it's already a tradition that Crystal Viper pays a tribute to the classic '80s Metal acts of which legacy they proudly continue, it couldn't be different this time, and the band both invited several special guests to take part in the recordings, as well as recorded two cover songs, for the CD and the LP version of the album respectively. The Manowar co-founder and guitar hero Ross The Boss appears in the headbanging hymn entitled "Do Or Die", while Mantas of Venom slays a shredding guitar solo in the speed Metal monster entitled "Flames And Blood". Except that, in the surprising power ballad entitled "We Will Make It Last Forever", Marta shares vocal duties with Steve Bettney, vocalist of the NWoBHM cult heroes Saracen. The album has been promoted by two video clips, and a European Tour in March and April 2017, during which the band visited Belgium, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Hungary, Czech Republic and Poland.
In 4 June 2018, rhythm guitarist Eric Juris joined the band.
CRYSTAL VIPER "Still Alive" - lockdown version // official video 2020
Crystal Viper - Full Show @ Biebob, Vosselaar, Belgium (08-04-2017)
CRYSTAL VIPER - Queen of the Witches [FULL ALBUM]
Crystal Viper - The Curse Of Crystal Viper (2007, full HD album)

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Flagitious Idiosyncrasy in the Dilapidation

Flagitious Idiosyncrasy in the Dilapidation is a long-running grind band from Japan. They began in 2001, according to Metal Archives. Grind fans, check out their music. Here are some of their recordings, beginning with a YouTube video of the band performing live.
Flagitious Idiosyncrasy In The Dilapidation 2015-09-19 Earthdom
Flagitious Idiosyncrasy in the Dilapidation - S/T
Flagitious Idiosyncrasy in the Dilapidation (F.I.D.) - Wallow (2013) Full Album (Grindcore)
覚醒 -Kakusei- by Flagitious Idiosyncrasy in the Dilapidation


Legendary American guitarist Greg Howe has announced a YouTube class that he will be doing. This is the announcement: "GREG HOWE LIVE MASTERCLASS! Greg Howe will be performing a live Masterclass on the Kiesel Guitars YouTube channel, Thursday, July 16th. The Masterclass will go live at 3PM PST / 6PM EST. Don’t miss this opportunity to see Greg Howe jam out to some of his classic tunes, discuss his playing, take part in a Q&A session and much, much more."
In other news, as has happened with so many other artists' tours, Greg Howe will be back touring in 2021: "Due to the global uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19, the Greg Howe North American tour has been postponed and rescheduled to next year in 2021. PLEASE HOLD ON TO YOUR TICKETS FOR THE RESCHEDULED DATES IN 2021."
His career spans decades, going back to the 1980s (at least), Greg Howe has covered various styles of music, as you will see by some of the YouTube videos below.
In his 30 year career, Greg Howe has produced, written and arranged ten solo instrumental studio albums along with two collaboration albums with Richie Kotzen of the Winery Dogs. In addition, Howe has contributed to a long list of albums/records by other artists.
Howe has also developed a solid reputation as a technical innovator, particularly for his strong utilization of tapping, unusual time signatures and his "hammer-on from nowhere" legato method. His self-titled debut album "Greg Howe" is ranked tenth best shred album of all time by Guitar World Magazine. His more recent efforts have found him going deeper into fusion territory with a series of albums that pull from rock, funk, blues and jazz traditions, while exploring the boundaries of what's possible on a six-string.
Greg Howe has collaborated with artists such as Richie Kotzen, Dennis Chambers, Simon Phillips, Victor Wooten, Jason Becker, Billy Sheehan, Stu Hamm, Marco Minneman, and Eddie Jobson.
He's also made a name for himself as a stellar sideman and session musician with artists like Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, Rihanna, Enrique Iglesias, and many more. His TV appearances include The Grammy's, American Music Awards, The Tonight Show, The Today Show, The Billboard Awards, Teen Choice Awards, just to name a few.
In 2006, Shrapnel Records celebrated Greg's 20 year career with "Collection - The Shrapnel Years" - an album containing some of his best musical moments - comprised of shred fest ditties such as "Bad Racket" and "Joker's Wild," as well as the popular "Jump Start" and the funky "Howe 'Bout It." These tracks also contain standout performances by some of the greatest musicians in progressive music, including drummers Dennis Chambers and Atma Anur, Keyboardist Vitalij Kuprij, as well as bassists Billy Sheehan and Victor Wooten along with other world class players.
In 2012 Greg Howe decide to take a break from the instrumental world and announced that he would be putting together a rock band named Maragold, which had much international success.
In 2017 Howe joined the powerhouse band 'Protocol' featuring Simon Phillips on drums, Ernest Tibbs on bass, and Otmaro Ruiz on keys.
Greg Howe's new album, "Wheelhouse" marks a highly anticipated return to his solo instrumental work. It features Greg Howe at his best along with an appearance from guitar legend Richie Kotzen (Winery Dogs, Mr. Big) and legendary keyboardist Ronnie Foster (Stevie Wonder, George Benson). Described by Howe as his most personal work to date, the album is destined to again set the bar for guitarists everywhere.
Musical trends may come and go, but you always know what's in store with a new Greg Howe release, and this veteran guitarist certainly won't disappoint with this breathtaking showcase as one of the best rock/fusion players in the world.
Howe II - "High Gear" - 1989 Full Album
Greg Howe - Kick It All Over [Audio HQ]
Greg Howe - Bad Racket (1988)
Easton, PA's Greg Howe was a breath of fresh air amidst the seemingly never-ending stream of harmonic minor guitar virtuosos pouring forth from the Shrapnel Records label in the late '80s. While other post-Yngwie Malmsteen players of the "shred guitar" genre were pursuing the dramatic neo-classical vein, Howe brought a sense of funk and groove to the table that was sorely needed. Howe paid his dues playing the Easton/Allentown club circuit in the '80s with the band Duke, featuring his brother Al on lead vocals. When one of his instrumental demos grabbed the ear of talent scout and Shrapnel Records owner Mike Varney, Howe was signed to the Shrapnel label in 1987.
His all-instrumental debut, Greg Howe, featuring the talents of Billy Sheehan and Atma Anur on bass and drums, respectively, was released in 1988, to considerable acclaim. Howe's second album, High Gear, released under the moniker Howe 2, was less a solo album than a Van Halen-styled band effort, featuring his brother Al Howe on lead vocals. The band broke up after releasing its more commercially minded follow-up, Now Hear This, in 1990 and Greg Howe returned to making all-instrumental albums in his home studio, taking a decidedly more fusion-styled direction.
Howe released Introspection in 1993 and Uncertain Terms in 1994 and has continued to produce albums at a prolific rate since then. Aside from releasing Parallax and Five in 1995 and 1996, respectively, Howe collaborated with fellow Pennsylvania virtuoso and Shrapnel labelmate Richie Kotzen on the Tilt album in 1995 and again on 1997's Richie Kotzen/Greg Howe Project. His last Shrapnel album, Ascend, was released in 1999, followed by his debut on the Tone Center label, Hyperacuity, released in 2000. Outside of his solo career, Greg Howe is also a sought-after sideman who has toured with the likes of Michael Jackson and N'Sync. (Source:metalcaravans.blogspot.com)
Greg Howe - Introspection (1993) [Full Album]
Greg Howe - Parallax (1995) [Full Album]

Holy Moses - Panic (Skype – Quarantine Session)

Long-running thrashers Holy Moses (1980; Germany) posted a quarantine version of the song "Panic." Below is the video for said song, a concert, and their 2014 album Redefined Mayhem. Holy Moses has a long history, and more than ten albums. See their official biography below.
Biography: Holy Moses no longer have anything to prove to the international metal scene. Their multi- faceted thrash metal, front woman Sabina Classen's charismatic voice and their unique mix of traditional attitude and experimental evolvement have been instrumental in establishing the band as a known quantity since the beginning of their career in the early 1980s.
Their current album release Redefined Mayhem is a prime example of an album which expertly blends past and present. "Holy Moses have never released standard thrash songs, and we never will," Sabina Classen explains with some pride. "We write songs which we like ourselves and don't compromise in terms of trends and concessions to wrong expectations. We don't have to please everybody, we're our own brand, we have our own sound, which includes the occasional odd beat, technically demanding passages and unusual chord structures as well as interesting lyrics which deal with the dark side of people and their minds." That Holy Moses mark 2014 don't show any symptoms of fatigue is mainly due to their perfect balance consisting of founder members and musicians who have played in other groups: vocalist Sabina Classen has been the voice and face of Holy Moses since 1981, bassist Thomas Neitsch has been in the band for six years, drummer Gerd Lücking joined the fold three years ago, and guitarist Peter Geltat was enlisted in 2012, supporting his colleagues immediately in a number of successful shows such as the Barge To Hell Cruise 2012. The current line-up is ready to face new challenges in a permanently evolving metal genre.
"This is Holy Moses mark 2014, and Redefined Mayhem defines a new chapter of our band history," explains Sabina Classen, adding: "We had to redefine ourselves as a band and gel as a team. There were people who voiced their doubts that it would work. But the new songs prove beyond all doubt that Holy Moses continue to be a force to be reckoned with." Last autumn, Holy Moses recorded a total of 13 new tracks at Sabina Classen and Thomas Neitsch's own studio (Neitsch also producing the album); Redefined Mayhem was mixed and mastered by Tue Madsen (The Haunted, Dark Tranquility, Extol) in Denmark. Classen: "From the beginning, Tue really wanted to work with Holy Moses, he told us that our songs had provided the musical accompaniment to his adolescence and that he'd be proud to mix our new record." Which is not surprising: a handful of haunting tracks are sure to delight all thrash metal fans.
The band took up where their 1989 release The New Machine Of Lichtenstein left off, developing its basic message further. Songs such as 'Undead Dogs', 'Hellhound' and 'Delusion' reflect a wide range, from deep death metal shouts to witch-like scrams, paired with a contemporary, melodic and structurally clear approach and amazing guitar solos. 'Triggered' proves impressively how expertly Holy Moses combine speed and technique, blending more than ever before death and black metal elements into their arrangements. 'Process Of Projection' sees guitarist Peter Geltat experiment with jazzy harmonies, while at the same time getting straight to the (metal) point on his seven-string guitar. 'Into The Dark' is a perfect mix of Holy Moses old and new with a reference to the unforgotten 'Lost In The Mace' off The New Machine Of Liechtenstein. Redefined Mayhem is rounded off by the bonus/hidden track 'This Dirt', a slightly tongue-in-cheek track with a serious background and unmistakable 'fuck you' attitude." There can be no doubt: Redefined Mayhem sees Holy Moses 2014 reach a new pinnacle of their creative work. Their fans can look forward to a contemporary thrash metal oeuvre which reflects the new, young band members' influence while skilfully forging an arch to the group's successful past with classics such as Finished With The Dogs (1987) and The New Machine Of Liechtenstein (1989).
It's still first-rate thrash metal, fast- paced and powerful, chaotic at times but with a modern touch and amazingly multi-faceted guitars and drums!
Holy Moses - Panic (Skype – Quarantine Session)
Holy Moses - Live at Opera 12.05.2017
Redefined Mayhem by Holy Moses