Interview With Danny Bryant

Chatting to blues guitarist Danny Bryant about his new album ‘Revelation‘, which will be released by Jazzhaus Records on Friday 20th April.

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Crystal Tears New Album ‘Decadence Deluxe’ To Be Released May 18th

Power Metal band Crystal Tears is the latest addition to Pride & Joy Music’s roster! The Greek band’s new album ‘Decadence Deluxe‘ will be released on May 18th, 2018.

The world’s a stage, we plug & play“! With a steady evolution from the band’s first demos to its latest installments, Crystal Tears have managed to leave their mark as one of the most qualitative heavy metal acts, proven to be a persistent, innovative & unstoppable force. Their previous testimony ‘Hellmade‘, with music videos involving Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses, Sons Of Apollo) & actors Lew Temple (of The Walking Dead fame) & Lou Taylor Pucci (Evil Dead) – initiated their first European tour (with Mystic Prophecy), followed by their own headline Greek tour & a few more extended shows with Firewind/ ex-Ozzy Osbourne’s Gus G.

Having gained a formidable reputation for delivering the goods on stage & via their honest and sing-along anthems, Crystal Tears strike back with the massively anticipated new album ‘Decadence Deluxe‘. With producer R. D. Liapakis (Mystic Prophecy, Devil’s Train, Suicidal Angels etc.) on the front again, the quintet delivers high quality heavy metal dedicating heart & soul, managing to sound constantly inspired & fresh. Crystal Tears have always been original. And this unique blend of dynamics in aggressiveness & harmony has been introducing ’em continually to new audiences all over the world. And as good ol’ friend Ryan Roxie (Alice Cooper, ex-Slash’s Snakepit) says… “all is rock”! And the story continues…

The artwork for ‘Decadence Deluxe‘ was designed by Caio Caldas (Dragonforce) and guest musicians include Ryan Roxie (Alice Cooper, Slash’s Snakepit), Karis Charisma (Deadsquad), Julien Nutz Deyres (Gorod) and Fidel De Jesus (Xeno Devata Project).

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Black Dreams Release Music Video ‘Kiss The Gun’

Finnish blues-driven heavy metal band Black Dreams have released a new single ‘Kiss the Gun’. It’s a natural continuum to the previously released singles ‘My Hell‘ & ‘Soul Stealer‘. The band is currently working with their debut album and more details is announced later.

Kiss the Gun‘ is a disconsolate story about the woman who have already lived her glory days. Her behavior is somewhat unusual and unpredictable, perhaps because the woman in question has had a terrible childhood. Kiss the Gun contains a lot of alternative meanings, and the listener can make his own view on the subject based on text, video and single cover art.

Juha Kraapo, singer and main composer comments:
This time we chose ‘Kiss the Gun’ as a video track. Is it the best song from us so far? Hard to say but let’s see what kind of feedback it gets. At least it is based on my own experiences. It’s really surprising what kind of nutcase magnet can a tattooed long-haired vocalist be. Maybe it’s the image of a bad boy that attracts problems or maybe that blond vocalist is a nutcase himself. Haha”   

Listen to ‘Kiss the Gun’ on:
Spotify: http://spoti.fi/2EUptaG 
Deezer: http://www.deezer.com/album/57409432
Tidal: https://listen.tidal.com/album/84905232 
Apple: https://apple.co/2GyRQbr 

Line-up:
Juha Kraapo, lead vocals
Jari Rippe Rantanen, drums
Jere Kalla, lead guitar & back vocals
Sami Räikkönen, guitar
Antti Kalliokoski, bass

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Review: Signal Red – Under The Radar

Review: Signal Red – Under The Radar

Escape Music (Febuary 23rd 2018)

Reviewer: Stephen Brophy

Another new name on the scene, Signal Red are a UK Melodic Rock band with a bit of bite to them, but once again this is a project that contains some very well known names on the Melodic Rock Scene. On vocals is none other than Lee Small (Lionheart/Phenomena/SHY) and on Guitars & Keyboards we’ve got Steve Grocott (TEN). Lee has not only been one of the most distinctive sounding voices but also one of the best singers in Melodic Rock for many years now.

The musical style here is very much in the wheelhouse of the musicians, a little lighter than the work Grocott does with TEN and spot on for Small, it just sounds so natural for these guys and with the lineup being rounded out by Brian and Dave Anthony, Bass and Drums respectively.

Having listened to the album a lot over the last few weeks one thing is evident the quality just shines through, not surprising really, but even though the overall sound falls into a similar style bracket throughout the album there is a really nice variance to the songs themselves, from subject matter to pace.

Of the eleven tracks on offer here you could honestly pick many highlights, and there is also an impression that the longer you live with this one the more your favourite tracks will change.  One song however refuses to be ignored on each listen, the closer, and what a cracking way to end the album, ‘The Time Machine‘ is an eight minute epic which floats between melodic rock and progressive rock without blinking, some wonderful guitar work and a very mature feel to the song. Alongside it some other standouts are the punchy opener “Defiant” which really kicks things off in a rocking way, like most of the tracks Grocott’s skills are very evident, with solos a plenty. Being a bit of a sucker for a ballad ‘Emotions Of Motion‘ grabbed me and stuck with me, this time the soulful tones of Smalls exceptional vocals are in full effect.

There is a wonderful marriage here between Lee’s voice and Steve’s guitar tone, neither are too high when they put down the power, the solos are screaming without going over the top, and this creates a great balance throughout. As would be expected with the two main protagonists being a singer and a guitar player they are the instruments that are to the fore in the mix, but the guys are very ably backed up by a solid rhythm section in the Anthony’s.

Signal Red is another project that we hope there will be more from in the future, would be great to hear some of these songs in a live environment. Any Melodic Rock fan should check this album out, it’s really got some exceptional work on it and certainly one of the best releases of the year so far, love it.


Armored Dawn Release ‘Barbarians In Black’ 23rd February On AFM Records

Armored Dawn release their new album ‘Barbarians In Black‘ on 23rd February on AFM Records.

After the release of their new video ‘Chance To Live Again‘, the band are now gearing up first to play the Heathen Rock Fest in Germany on 24th Feb, then heading out on several support shows to Saxon and Diamondhead around Germany & the Netherlands before heading home to play festivals in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

It was only a question of time until Armored Dawn from Brazil would take the rest of the (metal) world by storm. Their debut album ‘Power Of Warrior‘ (2016) already caused a major stir in South America, their shows with Megadeth, Symphony X, Rhapsody, Fates Warning and Sabaton proving to an enthusiastic audience that something big was in the offing.

The international press praised the group’s homogeneous stylistic mix composed of epic grandness along the lines of Iron Maiden, virtuoso technique and a close affinity to Brazilian metal culture in the tradition of Angra and Shaman. All this and much more are the ingredients of their new album ‘Barbarians In Black‘, which reveals the sextet’s amazing evolvement and is scheduled for release on AFM on 23 February 2018.

It’s first and foremost their boundless musical enthusiasm and the awesome power of their performance which enthral their listeners on ‘Barbarians In Black‘ from the very first note. As soon as the rhythm section consisting of Fernando Giovannetti (bass) and Rodrigo Oliveira (drums) puts the pedal to the metal and guitarists Timo Kaarkoski and Tiago de Moura and keyboardist Rafael Agostino’s fingers begin to fly over fretboard and keys in breathtaking style, the perfect basis for frontman Eduardo Parras has been created. Parras lends the songs their characteristic profile, enhancing them with haunting lyrics. “Although we often sing about war and battles, our messages are always positive,” says Parras about Armored Dawn’s lyrical concept which frequently features lyrics about Nordic mythology.
He is referring to the anthemnic ‘Men Of Odin‘, among others, with its strong hookline, contemporary arrangements and haunting chorus. The group’s greatest strengths, however, come into effect in particular on the driving ‘Bloodstone‘ and on ‘Beware Of The Dragon‘ with its combination of heavy riffs and atmospheric subject matter. Equally recommendable: ‘Sail Away‘, the first single to be released from the album, supported by a brilliant video clip which Armored Dawn shot in the area around Sao Paulo. Says Parras tongue-in-cheek: “Every band member had to play a small part, which was a major challenge for us despite the fun we had. But the best performance was delivered by the eagle Darwin who stars in the video.” The most unusual number on the new album is called ´Survivor’ and according to Parras is pure “hard rock in true Sunset Strip-style“.

Tracklisting:
Beware Of The Dragon
Bloodstone
Men Of Odin
Chance To Live Again
Unbreakable
Eyes Behind The Crow
Sail Away
Gods Of Metal
Survivor
Barbarians In Black

Barbarians In Black‘ was mixed and mastered by Seeb Levermann (Orden Ogan, Rhapsody Of Fire, Almanac), who was Armored Dawn‘s favoured candidate for the job. Parras: “Our target was a strong sound that’s heavy, tender and melodic in one. We’re all heavily into Seeb’s band Orden Ogan and knew that we would get the sound we had in mind. The result really is fantastic.” The same can be said of the amazing cover artwork courtesy of Brazilian artist Joao Duarte (Circle II Circle, Angra), which reflects some of the song titles (‘Eyes Behind The Crow’, ‘Beware Of The Dragon’, ‘Barbarians In Black’) as well as the band name.

And so their second album ‘Barbarians In Black‘ sees Armored Dawn make a major step forward. Following their European tour with Saxon, they will take every opportunity to impress their fans with their great musical potential. In other words: it’s definitely worth keeping an eye on these ‘barbarians in black’!
Line up:
Eduardo Parras – Vocals
Timo Kaarkoski – Guitars
Tiago de Moura – Guitars
Fernando Giovannetti – Bass
Rafael Agostino – Keyboards
Rodrigo Oliveira – Drums

Jaded Heart Release New Video For ‘Wasteland’

Jaded Heart’s new single ‘Wasteland” is here, and it’s accompanied by a video.

 

The single is taken from the band’s upcoming album ‘Devil’s Gift‘, which was mixed and mastered by Erik Mårtensson, and will be released on March 30, 2018 via Massacre Records. The cover artwork, which probably gives a lot of people who are afraid of clowns the heebie-jeebies, was created by Thomas Ewerhard.

You can pre-order the album here: https://massacre.lnk.to/devilsgift

From start to finish, ‘Devil’s Gift‘ is a melodic metal gem full of power, melody and attitude! It will additionally be available as a limited edition digipak CD with exclusive bonus tracks!

Track listing:

1. Wasteland
2. The Enemy
3. Set Free
4. Scream Of Anger
5. Tears Of Our World
6. Phoenix
7. One World
8. Story Of My Life
9. Coming Home
10. Conspiracy Of Science
11. Final Moment
12. Black Days (Digipak Bonus)
13. Flying High (Digipak Bonus)

Jaded Heart Live

31.03.2018 NL Landgraaf – Oefenbunker
01.04.2018 DE Monheim – Sojus 7
25.05.2018 DE Zweibrücken – ACH Eventhalle
26.05.2018 FR Saint-Vincent-de-Mercuze/Grenoble – Salle Des Fêtes (Metalgresifest VIII)
28.07.2018 CH Röthenbach bei Herzogenbuchsee – Winkelgrube (Waldrock Open Air)
11.08.2018 CH Mannried – Turnplatz Mannried (Mannried Open Air)

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Space Elevator At Leo’s Red Lion Date Announced

We’re pleased to announce that Space Elevator are coming to Leos, The Red Lion as part of their ‘We Can Fly Tour 2018‘.

Tickets are available here

After their critically praised self titled first album was released the band embarked on a successful tour with fellow Brits Cats In Space, and will soon be releasing their follow up album.

Full tour dates can be found here

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