BLOOD EAGLE – Doctrine of Death

BLOOD EAGLE are proud to announce the release of the second EP, ‘To Ride In Blood & Bathe In Greed’ Part II. In celebration, the band offer fans the lyric video for the song ‘Doctrine Of Death’ which can be seen here: https://BloodEagle.lnk.to/DoD

The band comments, “So here we are on the second release of ‘To Ride In Blood & Bathe In Greed’. This 4-song EP contains slower songs that are heavier and more bombastic. The sounds lean more towards old school death metal, influenced by bands like BOLT THROWER and all the other great releases from Earache back in the day. Turn it up and enjoy a story of war and corruption! ”

The album was produced, engineered, mixed and mastered by Tue Madsen at Antfarm Studios. All artwork was created by Rune Stigart. The final EP for ‘To Ride In Blood & Bathe In Greed’ will be released on November 22nd.

The band comments, “We are honored to have signed with one of the world’s leading record labels, Nuclear Blast Records! The excitement level of BLOOD EAGLE finally finding the right home to release new material, is higher for us than we can ever express. There are people who want to hear this band, as was evident in the reaction to our performances on multiple European festivals in the last couple of years. We are excited and grateful to be working with the guys at Nuclear Blast, as they strongly will help facilitate and take the Eagle to the next level.

On a musical note, we took all our inspirations from NAPALM DEATH, BOLT THROWER, MORBID ANGEL and a tad (like 2%) of MASTODON and threw them into the musical cooking pot. The result is our new release, ‘To Ride In Blood & Bathe In Greed’ I, II, III which will be released as three EP’s in September, October and November. Out on Nuclear Blast Records.”

In case you missed it last week, watch the visualizer for ‘Impact Irreversible’ from the first EP here: https://BloodEagle.lnk.to/II

Make sure to order your digital copy of ‘To Ride In Blood & Bathe In Greed’ here: bloodeagle.lnk.to/ToRideInBlood

Holy Serpent – streaming forthcoming album

Holy Serpent launch EU and UK tour dates in September. Please see current dates below. The forthcoming third album by Melbourne, Australia’s Holy Serpent could likely be its defining moment. Seemingly bottomless in its relentless heft, with billowing and suffocating riffs leading glistening melodies, it’s the sound of a band that has locked on to something unique. Endless is fully conceptualized throughout, encapsulating an oceanic theme from the lyrics and art, even to the very structure of the sounds themselves.

“Lyrically, it’s heavily influenced by the ocean,” explains vocalist/guitarist Scott Penberthy. “Lots of ocean metaphors and imagery was used. Also the title of the album Endless, is an homage to the ocean: Its mystery, power and its ability to give and take life.” The album loosely follows the lyrical theme of two lovers, oceans apart, waiting for each other on the shores of eternity. Their love is so strong, they eventually walk into the water, ending their lives to be together in the afterlife.

Fitting to these themes, the band experiments with sound throughout the album, such as layering in a wobbly synth sound reminiscent of tape push and pull, mixed just loud enough to blend with the instruments. “It’s sort of a haunting sound which gives the album an ebb and flow, much like an ocean’s current or tide,” Penberthy says.

The 6-song, 40-minute album finds Penberthy, guitarist Nick Donoughue, bassist Dave Bartlett and drummer Lance Leembruggen expanding their melodic hooks while simultaneously taking listeners on a rigorous journey. It was written over the course of 2 months, then recorded in seclusion at Beveridge Road Recording Studios near Australia’s beautiful Dandenong Ranges with head engineer Marc Russo and mixed by Mike Deslandes. Surrounding themselves with nature and no distractions allowed the band to focus on every detail of the album as a coherent whole.

In the time since their self-titled RidingEasy debut in mid-2015, Melbourne, Australia’s Holy Serpent have gained a lot of attention for their rather punk version of heavy psych and metal. Their 2016 skate-metal leaning album Temples further defined their more experimental blend of early Soundgarden, Saint Vitus and Kyuss that eschews simplistic 70s-worship in favor of shimmering sonics and uncommon production techniques. Nonetheless, Endless is like all of the band’s earliest visions fully realized and honed into an album beyond easy classification.

Starting with the slow, exaggeratedly compressed 4/4 drum lead in to “Lord Deceptor” — something of a hi-dive anticipation before we plunge headlong into the ensuing depths — crushing and crackling guitars burst in as Penberthy sings in low baritone, “ocean grave, carry me upon a wave / I’m hypnotized in prophecy, what Is left for you and me?” Harmonies drift in and out of the main motif as it sways along into the tempest of “Into The Fire.” Here, a churning riff gathers intensity as the rhythm section builds to a lurching 3/4 time. Reverb-soaked vocals sing, “where the ocean meets the sand, I’ll be waiting, I’ll be waiting there.” Elsewhere, on “For No One,” impossibly low droptuned guitars slink along as the music swells with space rock abandon. Album closer, “Marijuana Trench” is a play on the Mariana trench, the deepest place on earth. Appropriately, the song plunges from gently strummed acoustic guitar into a tsunami crest that pulls the listener under the dark and enveloping weight of sound as Penberthy’s soothing vocals seem to ease us into the end, subsumed in the album’s powerful allure.

Endless will be available everywhere on LP, CD and download on October 18th, 2019 via RidingEasy Records.

EXMORTUS – Psycho Theme

In advance of next week’s release of their new Halloween/horror-themed EP “Legions of the Undead,” the thrash/death/shred quartet EXMORTUS has unveiled a play-through video of their rendition of Bernard Herrmann’s “Psycho Theme.” Check it out at this location

In addition to his work with director Alfred Hitchcock, Herrmann composed scores for such notable films as “Citizen Kane,” “Cape Fear” and “Taxi Driver.” He’s best known, though, for scoring “Psycho,” which the American Film Institute ranked as the fourth-greatest film score of all time in 2005.

“Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Psycho’ is undoubtedly one of the most iconic horror movies of all time, and not just for its story,” states EXMORTUS’ Jadran ‘Conan’ Gonzalez. “Bernard Herrman’s harsh harmonies and melancholic melodies in the score translate so well to heavy metal, we couldn’t resist putting our own spin on it. So, enjoy this shredder take of the classic slasher theme.”

“Psycho Theme” is joined on “Legions Of The Undead” by two new original EXMORTUS tracks – “Swallow Your Soul,” which was inspired by “Evil Dead,” and the title track, which nods to the Dead Men of Dunharrow in “Lord Of The Rings” – and two other instrumentals: a neoclassical shred rendition of 19th Century Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky’s haunting “Night On Bald Mountain,” and a cover of Danny Elfman’s “Beetlejuice” theme.

Recorded earlier this year with longtime producer Zack Ohren (Machine Head, Immolation) at Oakland’s Sharkbite Studios, “Legions Of The Undead” – the cover art for which was designed by Toha “AHOT” Mashudi – will be released on Oct. 25 via the band’s own Exmortus Music in cooperation with M-Theory Audio. All digital pre-orders include instant downloads of “Swallow Your Soul” and “Beetlejuice.” Physical copies, meanwhile, can be pre-ordered on CD and limited-edition green slime-colored vinyl at this location: http://smarturl.it/exmortusofficial

“Legions Of The Undead” marks the first EXMORTUS release featuring the lineup – founding guitarist/vocalist Gonzalez, guitarist Chase Becker (also of Warbringer), bassist Cody Nunez and drummer Adrian Aguilar – that has logged numerous miles on the road together over the past two years with the likes of Obituary, Venom Inc., Sabaton, Kreator, Havok, Allegaeon, Hatchet, Homewrecker and The Absence. The group – whose most recent performance was alongside Exodus at the legendary thrash group’s sold-out “Bonded By Con” concert during San Diego’s recent Comic-Con – will support another iconic Bay Area act this fall, when they team up with Death Angel for a five-week tour across the U.S. and Canada. See below for the complete itinerary.

Founded by Gonzalez when he was just 12 years old, EXMORTUS released their debut album, “In Hatred’s Flame,” via Heavy Artillery in 2008. After gaining additional acclaim with their 2011 sophomore effort “Beyond The Fall Of Time,” the group signed a three-album deal with Prosthetic Records in 2013. In support of that acclaimed trilogy of releases (2014’s “Slave To The Sword,” 2016’s “Ride Forth” and 2018’s “The Sound Of Steel”), the band toured alongside some of metal’s biggest names, including Amon Amarth, Children of Bodom, Abbath, Dark Tranquillity and Marty Friedman, earning extensive praise along the way for their live power, prowess and proficiency.

EXMORTUS on tour with Death Angel:
Nov 13 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst (EXMORTUS only)
Nov 14 – Chico, CA – Metal Shop (EXMORTUS only)
Nov 15 – Bend, OR – Third St. Pub (EXMORTUS only)
Nov 16 – Seattle, WA – Club Sur
Nov 17 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
Nov 18 – Vancouver, BC – The Rickshaw Theater
Nov 19 – Edmonton, AB – Starlite
Nov 20 – Calgary, AB – Dickens
Nov 21 – Regina, SK – The Exchange
Nov 22 – Winnipeg, MB – Pyramids
Nov 23 – St. Paul, MN – The Amsterdam
Nov 25 – London, ON – London Music Hall
Nov 26 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
Nov 27 – Montreal, QC – Piranha Bar
Nov 28 – Ottawa, ON – Brass Monkey
Nov 29 – Quebec City, QC – L’Anti Bar & Spectacles
Nov 30 – Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus
Dec 1 – New Bedford, MA – Vault @ Greasy Luck
Dec 2 – Waterford, NY – Chrome (EXMORTUS only)
Dec 3 – Lancaster, PA – Chameleon
Dec 4 – Baltimore, MD – Otto Bar
Dec 5 – Richmond, VA – Canal Club
Dec 6 – Athens, GA – 40 Watt Club
Dec 7 – Tampa, FL – Brass Mug
Dec 8 – Orlando, FL – The Haven
Dec 9 – Mobile, AL – Alabama Music Box (EXMORTUS only)
Dec 10 – Lafayette, LA – Grant Street
Dec 11 – Houston, TX – Scout Bar
Dec 12 – Austin, TX – Come And Take It Live
Dec 13 – Dallas, TX – Trees
Dec 14 – Tulsa, OK – The Shrine
Dec 15 – Enid, OK – 1927 Event Center
Dec 17 – Albuquerque, NM – Launch Pad
Dec 18 – Mesa, AZ – Club Red
Dec 19 – West Hollywood, CA – Whisky

AMBERIAN DAWN – United

AMBERIAN DAWN have just released their first single, “United”, from the upcoming album, Looking For You, along with a lyric video that takes the listener to a futuristic world of the 80’s and synthesizer music, mixed with familiar metal sounds. “United” and its detailed lyric video reflect the deeper meaning of the album concept. The song combines elaborate arrangements with glorious, majestic melodies, while the lyrics proclaim an unambiguous statement: “We’re all together and we are standing tall. United we stand, Divided we fall”

AMBERIAN DAWN will release their eighth studio album, Looking For You, on January 31st 2020 and enter a new, but still familiar sounding, musical universe, mixing the best of both worlds into a new genre: ABBA-Metal! The new album is packed with well-polished and immaculate songwriting full of catchy melodies and epic keyboard parts that immediately send shivers down your spine.

The multi-faceted and emotional lyrics provide a suitable background for soaring guitars and elegant classical interludes: a highly addictive cocktail that is being topped off by a cover version of ABBA’s “Lay all your love on me”! Since their music changed from Power Metal to Symphonic Metal over the last years, AMBERIAN DAWN are now navigating into yet another new style, which is even more melodic, keyboard driven and influenced by the Swedish band ABBA. Therefore, they’ve been working closely with award-winning Finnish artist Kebu for over a month, to create the ingenious keyboard sound that can be heard on the recording.

SKYBLOOD – The Not Forgotten

After lending his distinctive voice to bands like Candlemass, Therion, Krux, Yngwie Malmsteen and At Vance for decades, Swedish heavy metal icon Mats Leven will release his first solo-album ever! Under the name of Skyblood, the self-titled debut album will be seeing the light of day on November 22nd via Napalm Records.

Skyblood just recently debuted a first single and lyric video for The Voice, and today, Leven is sharing another epic track from Skyblood’s debut, which he calls, “A very personal song that required a personal video to go with it.”  Watch Skyblood’s brand new video for the song The Not Forgotten HERE

Skyblood takes us on an exotic trip through emotional soundspheres, filled with dark and hypnotic anthems, that triumph in musical finesse and timeless elegance. This debut is an unchained and exciting affair feeding off epic and classic metal to melodic hard rock – an unpredictable mixture soaring to glorious height!

Mats has been working on his solo-project for several years. Aside from additional guest musicians, most instruments were recorded by Mats himself at his own studio, the Uzi G Studio in Stockholm. According to Mats, Skyblood is, “who I am. This is Skyblood. Skyblood equals pride, empathy and rage.”

Ofdrykkja – The Swan

Revered Swedish experimental black-metal band OFDRYKKJA has returned from the bleak abyss to release their third full-length album, Gryningsvisor, on November 29th with AOP Records. Formed eight years ago out of necessity to cope with agonizing depression, debilitating addiction and endless pain, OFDRYKKJA has seen the light amongst the darkness for their latest record, which translates to “Ballads At Dawn.” After years of self-inflicted turmoil and suffering, the trio has found solace in healing and self-reflection which is heard on their latest evolution, Gryningsvisor.

Commenting on the track, vocalist/gutiarist Drabbad says, “This song symbolizes many different things for me. It symbolizes beauty and sorrow, life and death. Ever since I was born, I have always felt lonely, that I don’t belong in this world. I have also always appreciated the immense beauty that can be found in melancholy. When I wrote this song I was heavily influenced and fascinated by the ancient belief that swans sing only once, a beautiful song, just before they die. I myself have been lost most of my life, I haven’t had much to say. This song represents change to me. I have grown a lot since I wrote this song. I let my old self die, so I could be reborn. In a way, this is my swan song.”

PRE-ORDER GRYNINGSVISOR:
AOP Records (EU-Shop) https://shop.aoprecords.de
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Eight years ago, three darkness consumed men seeked to ventilate their seemingly endless struggle through addiction and mental illness conjured their first album “A life worth losing”. Drabbad was gunned down by police and spent a three year prison sentence, with most of the songs on their second album written from within the prison walls. Having hit rock bottom, the band sought a way out of that dark wilderness, releasing “Irrfärd” (which translates to ‘Aimless journey’). Following the release the band went their separate ways to pursue personal journeys that eventually led them to find peace in sobriety and awakening purpose, and ultimately to their forthcoming record, Gryningsvisor.

Drabbad adds, “Ofdrykkja has always been an instrument of therapy for us, and therapy exists to help one evolve. It would serve us no purpose to walk in old footsteps, and neither would it be authentic to force it. We hope you appreciate our evolution, both personal and musical.”

Wolcensmen – The Swans of Gar’s Edge

The mesmerizing and unique project of Winterfyllet’s guitarist Dan Capp, Wolcensmen, is out with the new single “The Swans of Gar’s Edge” today! This is the third single off Wolcensmen’s sophomore album “Fire in the White Stone”, released via Indie Recordings on Sep 20th. The album has been critically acclaimed as “epic” and “one of the best folk-metal albums of the year”. Enjoy the piece of this magnificent creation – listen to the single HERE!

Dan Capp of Wolcensmen has commented: “The Swans of Gar’s Edge is one of the album’s more otherworldly songs – beginning with a sense of fragility, washed up and alone on unfamiliar frozen shores; Then building to a climax of spiritual realisation. The themes of this song are based on a dream I had, so the feel of the song is intentionally dreamlike.”

‘Fire in the White Stone’ is a timeless tale of mystery and destiny, in the spirit of Tolkien, Wagner and the Grail mythos (influences which Dan wears plainly on his sleeve). A hapless young man breaks away from home and flees into the wild, forsaking companionship and comfort. He is subjected to a stream of extraordinary happenings, encountering among other things 1 mysterious old man, 2 unusual swans, 3 ghostly maidens and 4 dwarf-like beings. Against this otherworldly backdrop, Wolcensmen’s music and lyrics convey the emotions and atmospheres of a multi-layered story.

RINGS OF SATURN – GIDIM Album Details Part 1

Alien themed tech-death masters, RINGS OF SATURN, arrive back on the scene to release their fifth full-length studio album. ‘Gidim’will be released on October 25th via Nuclear Blast Records. Today, Lucas Mann and Joel Omans discuss the details surrounding the new album. Watch as they speak about the album cover, the new line-up, the recording process and the musicians featured on the album. Watch the album trailer here

Pre-order ‘Gidim’ in the format of your choice, as well as merchandise, here: http://www.nuclearblast.com/ros-gidim

Pre-order the album digitally to receive ‘The Husk’ instantly (via Amazon and iTunes only!) or pre-save it via Spotify, Apple Music & Deezer: https://nblast.de/RINGSOFSATURNpreSave

Listen to ‘The Husk’ in the NB New Releases Playlists: http://nblast.de/SpotifyNewReleases / http://nblast.de/AppleMusicNewReleases

‘Gidim’ is available in the following formats from the Nuclear Blast webshop and band stores:

1. CD Jewel
2. 2CD Jewel
3. Cassette
3.1 Tinted Purple Cassette (limited to 100)
3.2 Tinted Yellow Cassette (limited to 250)
4. Vinyl
4.1 Orange Vinyl (limited to 1,000)
4.2 Electric Blue w/ Black & White Splatter (limited to 300)
4.3 Mustard/Baby Blue Swirl Vinyl (limited to 300)
4.4 Brown/Cyan Swirl Vinyl (limited to 500)
4.5 White w/ Black Splatter (limited to 650 worldwide)
4.6 Beer w/ Brown & Pink Splatter (limited to 500)
5. T-Shirt Bundle
5.1 Includes a CD + 11″ x 17″ Poster

‘Gidim’ was recorded by Lucas Mann of Mann Studios with the exception of vocals, which were tracked by Mark Lewis of Audiohammer Studio and drums recorded by Marco “Lord Marco” Pitruzzella. Mark Lewis also handled the mixing and mastering. The album includes guest performances from Dan Watson of ENTERPRISE EARTH, Charles Caswell of BERRIED ALIVE and Yo Onityan. The album artwork was created by Mark Cooper.

RINGS OF SATURN live:

‘The Gidim Release Tour 2019’
w/ ENTERPRISE EARTH, ANGELMAKER, BRAND OF SACRIFICE
16.10. USA Phoenix, AZ – Club Red
17.10. USA Los Angeles, CA – 1720
18.10. USA Sacramento, CA – Holy Diver
19.10. USA Portland, OR – Bit House Saloon *NEW VENUE*
20.10. USA Seattle, WA – El Corazón
21.10. USA Bend, OR – The Domino Room
22.10. USA Jerome, ID – Diamondz Event Center
23.10. USA Salt Lake City, UT – In the Venue
25.10. USA Denver, CO – The Oriental Theater
26.10. USA Lawrence, KS – The Bottleneck
27.10. USA Minneapolis, MN – Amsterdam Bar & Hall
28.10. USA Milwaukee, WI – X-Ray Arcade
29.10. USA Grand Rapids, MI – The Stache
30.10. USA Joliet, IL – The Forge
31.10. USA Indianapolis, IN – The Citadel Music Hall
01.11. USA Lakewood, OH – Phantasy Nightclub
02.11. USA Columbus, OH – Skully’s Music-Diner
03.11. CDN Toronto, ON – Velvet Underground
04.11. CDN Ottawa, ON – Mavericks
05.11. CDN Montréal, QC – Les Foufounes Électriques
06.11. CDN Québec City, QC – La Source de la Martinière
07.11. USA Worcester, MA – The Palladium (Upstairs)
08.11. USA Amityville, NY – Revolution Bar & Music Hall
09.11. USA Harrisburg, PA – Midtown Arts Center
10.11. USA Pittsburgh, PA – The Rex Theater
11.11. USA Richmond, VA – The Canal Club
12.11. USA Greensboro, NC – The Blind Tiger
13.11. USA Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade (Purgatory)
14.11. USA New Orleans, LA – Southport Hall
15.11. USA Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill
16.11. USA Houston, TX – Scout Bar
17.11. USA Austin, TX – Come and Take It Live

The Last Internationale – “Freedom Town”

The Last Internationale is thrilled to announce the release of their brand new studio album “Soul On Fire” on 8th November 2019. To coincide with the record announcement, the duo will launch the first single “Freedom Town” on 11th October 2019.

The studio record follows their critically acclaimed debut album “We Will Reign” released in 2014, and it bears five years of human struggles within a thankless industry. Self-produced in the Estudios de Bandeira in Portugal, “Soul On Fire” features twelve powerfully intense rock driven -tracks and sees Joey Castillo (Queens of The Stone Age) on drums. Each song is the product of a tough upward journey the band made from their rock bottom. With this album The Last Internationale put their naked souls on display, telling a tale that goes beyond politics, freedom and rock ’n’ roll.

“Soul On Fire” showcases the band’s song-writing evolution towards a more complex, full-bodied sound; it truly reflects the band’s musical and personal growth. The new record is a window on the band’s newly found awareness: on one hand the topics remain consistent, creating a harmonious transition between “We Will Reign” and “Soul On Fire”, on the other hand the soundscape has dramatically changed. Where previously the sound was round and clean, now it is gritty, rough around the edges and heavy. Musically, the album displays the development of their raw craftsmanship into an intense, intricate and truthful sonic dimension. With “Soul On Fire” the controversy, the fight and struggle are brought to life through the music as well as the lyrics.

The Last Internationale comment: “The truth of the album is that it was written at the lowest points of our lives/career. We were just dropped from Epic, we were totally broke with no money to record an album, we were being evicted from our apartment in LA, etc. Tom Morello gave us the strength and guidance to continue”.

Album executive producer Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave, Prophets Of Rage) says: “The Last Internationale are one of my favourites in the next wave of rebel rockers. They’re raw and real and mix East Village rock sensibilities with Battleship Potemkin firepower.”

To coincide with the album release, The Last Internationale will get back on the road for a series of shows across UK and European, in support to legendary band The Cult and Californian rockers Rival Sons. The Last Internationale’s live performances are widely renowned, as they shared the stage with legends such as: Robert Plant, Neil Young, The Who, Kings of Leon, Slash, Scott Weiland, Weezer, One Republic, Tom Morello, Lenny Kravitz, Incubus, Royal Blood, and many more.

UK/European Tour

Support to The Cult

Tue 15th Oct – Nottingham, Rock City

Thu 17th Oct – Birmingham, Academy

Fri 18th Oct – Cardiff, University

Sun 27th Oct – London, Hammersmith Apollo

Mon 28th Oct- Bristol, Academy

Tues 29th Oct – Portsmouth, Guildhall

Support to Rival Sons

November

Sat 2nd Nov – Liverpool, University

Sun 3rd Nov – London, Brixton Academy

Tue 5th Nov – Nottingham, Rock City

Wed 6th Nov – Edinburgh, Usher Hall

Thu 7th Nov – Bristol, Academy

Wed 13th Nov – Lausanne, Les Docks, Switzerland

Thu 14th Nov – Pratten, Konzertfabrik, Switzerland

Fri 15th Nov – Milan, Live Club, Italy

Thu 21st Nov – Aarhus, Train, Denmark

Fri 22nd Nov – Gothenburg, Kajskjul, Sweden

Sat 23rd Nov – Bergen, Forum Scene, Norway

Mon 25th Nov – Drammen, Union Scene, Norway

Tue 26th Nov – Uppsala, Katalin, Sweden

Thu 28th Nov – Helsinki, Circus, Finland

“Freedom Town” will be released on 11th October 2019. Pre-sale – https://ONErpm.lnk.to/FreedomTown

“Soul On Fire” will be released on 8th November 2019. Pre-sale – https://ONErpm.lnk.to/SoFAlbum

Edge Of Forever – “Native Soul”

Sporting a dynamic line-up that features founding member, producer, singer and keyboard player
Alessandro Del Vecchio, guitarist Aldo Lonobile (Secret Sphere), bass player Nik Mazzucconi
(Labyrinth) and drummer Marco Di Salvia (Hardline), Edge Of Forever are back with their long
awaited fourth album, ‘Native Soul’. Easily their strongest record to date, it recalls the heavier yet still
melodic sound of their acclaimed debut album.

Originally formed by Del Vecchio in 2002, the band released the albums ‘Feeding The Fire’ (2004,
produced by Marcel Jacob [Yngwie Malmsteen, Talisman]) and ‘Let The Demon Rock ’n’ Roll’ (2005,
produced by Bobby Barth [Axe, Blackfoot]. Both of these featured Bob Harris (Axe, Frank Zappa) on
vocals, but for 2009’s ‘Another Paradise’ Del Vecchio took over on both vocals and production duties.

Years of subsequent artistic collaboration between Del Vecchio and Frontiers Records with numerous
other acts have led to some excellent releases and ‘Native Soul’ is no exception, with anthemic songs,
epic choruses and a strong vocal performance laying the foundations for a bombastic production.

“I have been eager to reach the sound we have now as a band for years,” says Del Vecchio. “I chased
very hard what I envisioned when I wrote these songs, but the final result exceeded my expectations.
The band is tighter, tougher and classier than ever. Honestly, I couldn’t be happier and more pumped
about it. Edge Of Forever always had those classic rock and neo-classical elements that could remind
you of Talisman, Yngwie Malmsteen or House Of Lords, but this time we wanted to take the strong
melodic and hard bluesy edge of bands like Tangier and blend it all together.”

Ever since Del Vecchio teamed up with Frontiers he has become a reference name in the hard rock
world, being the producer, songwriter and musician behind successful albums by the likes of Hardline,
Jorn, Revolution Saints, The End Machine, Find Me, First Signal, Harem Scarem, House Of Lords and
more. Besides being one of the most talented musicians in the melodic rock genre, he is also known
for his high tenor soulful voice. Guitarist Aldo Lonobile was the first choice when the band was ready
to enter the studio. With a great attitude and undeniable talent, his aggressive rhythm guitars and
powerful but soaring bluesy solos and melodic phrasings give new life to the Edge Of Forever sound
and gives the listener a new perspective of him as a player. Besides Del Vecchio, Nik Mazzucconi is
the only member remaining from the previous Edge Of Forever album, and his playing pairs perfectly
with powerful drummer Marco Di Salvia, already a bandmate of Del Vecchio’s in the group Hardline.

Del Vecchio continues: ”Aldo and I have been talking for years about doing something together and
now that he is also part of the extended Frontiers family, my choice couldn’t have been easier. He was
number one on my list because I knew he had the chops and understood the sound I wanted. He is
known to be more of a metal guitarist, but he blew me away in the studio with great melodic solos and
you’ll hear that bluesy side you wouldn’t expect from him. Nik and Marco already played together
several times and I always witnessed a great chemistry. They locked perfectly on these new songs,
giving them a completely live and in-your-face attitude. There are still tons of keyboards and soaring
melodies, but this is certainly a riff-based record. We also wanted this album to be different from your
ordinary rock record and to give it a different vibe from the start. That’s why the first song on the album
is the a cappella ‘Three Rivers’, like a warm welcome to ‘our’ own sound and world.”

“’Native Soul’ is my very first hard rock release,” adds Lonobile. “I grew up listening to this genre and its
legendary guitarists so when my buddy Alessandro invited me to join the band and played me the first
few demos, I was sure that we were on the way to deliver a gem of an album. I had to drastically
change my playing for this record, but at the same time I am sure everyone will enjoy the final result.”

‘Native Soul’ is a deep and spiritual record, with yhe concepts of Life, Faith and Love for Mother Earth
coming alive in songs such as the title track, ‘Promised Land’, ‘Carry On’, ‘Wash Your Sins Away’ and
the a cappella intro, turning them all into anthems about life strength and motivation. “’Native Soul’ is
a very positive record and I want people to listen to these songs with a smile on their faces and enjoy
a band pouring blood, sweat and love into every single note. It’s my vision of the world, of life and faith
and gives a strong message of never letting anything stop you,” concludes Del Vecchio.