Colombian Speed Metallers REVENGE To Release New Album “Harder Than Steel” In Europe
REVENGE is a Colombian Speed Metal band, formed in 2002 in Medellin. Without a doubt, they are one of the most hard working bands of the Colombian Metal scene: after doing debut demo in 2003, and after earning local popularity, the band released debut album “Metal Warriors” (Dark Music Productions) just one year later.
Have a look at the new video from Epic Heavy Metallers Sovengar. After a long tour through Spain conquering several cities from the country, the band decided to record an extra song, not included in “Vindicta et Gloria” album as a present to their followers.
The video has been directed and produced by Alberto Cuerda from Frame Addicted Films.
Sovengar “Vindicta et Gloria” is available via Art Gates Records.
BLACK STAR RIDERS guitarists Damon Johnson (THIN LIZZY, ex-ALICE COOPER/BROTHER CANE) and Scott Gorham (THIN LIZZY, ex-21 GUNS) check-in again to discuss how they have developed their songwriting skills over the years, and even still during the recording of the band’s new album, The Killer Instinct.
The second studio album by BLACK STAR RIDERS is a rich collection of story-based tracks (‘Soldierstown’, ‘Finest Hour’, ‘Blindsided’, ‘Sex, Guns & Gasoline’) rooted in master craftsman performances by vocalist Ricky Warwick, guitarist Damon Johnson, guitarist Scott Gorham, drummer Jimmy DeGrasso and bassist Robbie Crane.
The Killer Instinct will be released on the 23rd of February on Nuclear Blast.
Chicago deathcore heavyweights OCEANO have released a lyric video for a brand new track taken from their eagerly-anticipated new studio album, ASCENDANTS.
OCEANO‘s fourth full-length release sees the band’s trademark vicious hybrid of bone-splintering brutality ascend into a new realm and reach previously undiscovered depths. Their signature sound is revitalised through guitarists Scott Smith and Michael Kasper (CARNIVALE, DEAD TO FALL) and bassist Chris Wagner (MONSTERS). Vocalist Adam Warren‘s visceral screams and guttural onslaught are further refined and expanded with near inhuman tone.
The New Wave Of British Heavy Metal pioneers TYGERS OF PAN TANG, will release a special limited edition album titled “Tygers Sessions: The First Wave” via Skol Records. The CD will be limited to only 1000 copies, and will include 11 classic songs of the band, re-recorded for the anniversary EP releases: “The Wildcat Sessions” and “The Spellbound Sessions”, which were originally available through the band’s fan-club and website only, and quickly sold out. The album’s cover artwork has been painted by Italian artist Roberto Toderico, known for his artistic calibration’s with numerous Rock and Metal acts.
U.D.O. – “Decadent” (AFM Records)
Grandaddy metal’s back! Mr Udo Dirkschneider is a man I greatly respect – right from the off in his Accept days when he thrust a mike into my face to singalong to ‘Fast As A Shark’ ha ha! Since then he’s carved his own solo career after more than 40 years in the business, touring across the world and playing in places like Russia long before they opened up as markets for rockers. Now onto his 15th album, “Decadent” sees him reflect upon the past in singing about the ostentatiously luxurious lifestyles and personalities of the super rich. Certainly a topical theme at the moment, it’s reflected in his poignant lyrics like on ‘Breathless’ where he screams ‘…look at the world, it’s falling out of control!!…’ in wanting to incite revolution! Musically it’s no different to his trademark sound and of course, his distinct cat purr / scream vocals, which still remain in fine form despite him being aged 62. With the album balancing hard rock in its earlier half on songs like ‘Pain’ driven by its suave guitar melodies, the more metallic Accept stuff is to be found in the latter part on the likes of ‘Rebels Of The Night’ but overall, my feeling is that this is a thinking album reflected by its social conscience where Udo wants his fans to do the same rather than being another high speed ball buster that he is more renowned for. With a monster tour set to back him, “Decadent” sees Udo take on the world again as the grandaddy master of metal!
Jorn Lande & Trond Holter – “Dracula Swing of Death” (Frontiers Records)
I love this album!!! Presented by Norwegian vocalist extraordinaire Jorn Lande (Yngwie Malmsteen, Avantasia, Masterplan, Ark, Beyond Twilight etc etc) and glam metal guitarist Trond Holter of Wig Wam, this is a rock opera influenced by the likes of Meat Loaf’s “Bat Out Of Hell” or Alice Cooper’s “Welcome To My Nightmare” based on the life of Count Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia, widely known as Vlad The Impaler or by his patronymic name Vlad Dracul(a)! Following the tale of when he was a human before he sold his soul to the devil to when he became a vampire, the album’s concept is based on the original Bram Stoker story centered around Dracula’s first true love Mina, with Lande’s vocal duets being complemented by Lena Fløitmoen Børresen. Despite the classical theme, the album is way more rock than opera, being the ultimate mix of Dio meets Whitesnake at their heaviest best so you’ll get an idea of just how superb songs like ‘Masquerade Ball‘, ‘River Of Tears‘ and ‘True love Through Blood‘ are although all ten tracks on this amazing album excel with no fillers. Needless to say, the musicianship is nothing short of stupendous, from Lande and Børresen’s vocal quality (that I would rank against any rock or opera singers out there) to Holter’s virtuoso guitar work. However, what really makes this a landmark album is that the true essence of rock purity has been captured here. Countless bands strive for it, few achieve it, and only the glorious legends that have made rock history have it, but Lande and Holter have achieved here. Capped off by the hammering rhythm of Bernt Jansen’s balls out bass and Per Morten Bergseth’s drum smashing this is what true rock should sound like, piercing the heart with emotion and lifting the soul for the ultimate musical high. You’ll be singing these immortal songs long after they’ve stopped playing and that’s what true rock is all about. There simply must be a follow up to this and I for one am demanding it!
Sylosis – “Dormant Heart” (Nuclear Blast)
If Metallica had formed in Reading then Sylosis would be their name! Hailing from the city that spawned the Reading Festival, Sylosis are one of the most happening British bands right now. In seven years they’ve released an astonishing four studio albums, a live release and two EPs, along with a live reputation to match! With the hoarse, throat strained vocals of Josh Middleton providing the carrion call to songs like ‘Leach’, ‘Where The Wolves Come To Die’ and ‘Mercy’, its his monster guitar along with Alex Bailey’s that pumps out heavy driving riffs that chunder and shake, sounding like Carcass in their wake and when even more scything, like the mighty Metallica themselves during their garage days. Laced tastefully across the top come some equally exquisite guitar melodies that offer brilliant contrast in their cold embrace whilst elsewhere, complement the high tempo of the material with their own matching ferocity! With Carl Parnell and Ali Richardson providing an excellent rearguard, Sylosis’s ultra tight musicianship is what enables this savage beast of a band to be also one graced by superior suaveness in providing a superb atmosphere on the 12 tracks herein. Based on the lyrical theme of challenging society’s herd mentality, “Dormant Heart” is an intense album, immediately grabbing you from the moment you hear it with its dark tranquility and successfully transfixing you throughout, awakening you from mental slumber to a new world beginning.
Savage Machine – “Through The Iron Forest” EP (www.savage-machine.com)
The sound of 80’s metal is back!!!! A bold statement indeed from these plucky Danes who used to be known as Momentum but probably after finding a million other namesake band sensibly changed their name heh heh. Despite the proclamation, Savage Machine are by no means either a retro NWOBHM or ‘true’ metal band. Still, they are heavily influenced by Bruce Dickinson era Iron Maiden although truth be told the deep, epic melodies also reminded me of Riot and the overall sound is actually pretty modern. Propelled by Troels Rasmussen’s clean, soaring vocals which have a hint of Seb Bach in his screams, the twin guitars of Jacob Vestergaard Druedahl Bruun (wot a name lol – Ed) and Simon Poulsen bring on the no nonsense riffs that when warbling together sound like Murray n Smith, but elsewhere are more epic and in the dueling spirit of Hammerfall, especially on galloping songs like ‘Prisoners Of War’, ‘Iron Forest’ and the raw n brooding ‘The Final March’. Although not pioneering any new sounds, Savage Machine offer fresh breath to an old style in their modern take of 80s metal but their saving grace is both their high caliber musicianship and more importantly, the no frills honesty of their music.
Diablo Blvd – “Follow The Deadlights” (Nuclear Blast Records)
Not a whole lot comes out’ve Belgium. It’s a tiny country in Europe often overlooked if not for its fanatical metal scene. In just three years Diablo Blvd have changed all that with just as many albums! Playing a strong rock / metal groove drawing heavily from the rolling riffs of Black Label Society mixed with Life Of Agony especially in Alex Agnew’s macho soulful vocals that are highly reminiscent of Keith Caputo, Diablo Blvd meld hard rock n metal comfortably together with catchy choruses in an irresistible mix. Adding to this come the dark, twisted grooves of Andries Beckers and Dave Hubrechts in their twin guitars that dextrously incorporate eastern melodies alongside heavy riffola a la Machine Head with hints of Metallica and Helmet on songs like the controversial ‘Behind The Veil’, ‘Rise Like Lions’ and ‘Son Of Cain’. There’s certainly a lot going on in the ten tracks making up this third album, but thanks to the big sound production it’s not complicated, allowing the full power of the music to resonate in your ears while the influences come unpredictably as pleasant surprises in the form of hints rather than blatant plagiarism. Almost a super group made up of veteran musicians from Belgium’s undergound, this is Diablo Blvd’s first international release and in many ways deserved in terms of song writing and well executed musicianship to give them that big break from out’ve the Benelux!