Sleaszy Rider Records (Greece) recently released the debut album from
Masqued, the Houston, Texas based female-fronted progressive / power metal band on March 15, 2018.

Masqued guitarist Eric Halpern has checked in with the following comment:

After a long wait, we are proud to have the Masqued debut CD released in full digipack glory! Thanks to all worldwide metal fans for checking us out, and we sincerely hope you enjoy it! We will playing our first show in Europe this fall at the Female Metal Event in Eindhoven, and hope to see you there!!


1. A New Beginning

2.The Light In The Dark

3. The Call

4. Let Go

5. Hypnotized

6. Bullet By Bullet

7. The Other Side

8. Broken

9. Rise Up

Line up:

Jon Allen – Drums
Drew Creel – Guitar
Shane Dubose – Bass/Vocals
Eric Halpern – Guitar
Steffany Johnston – Vocals
Adam Rawlings – Keyboards

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After 3 years from the previous release, Kaledon return with a brand new album ‘Carnagus – Emperor Of The Darkness‘. They’re released an Official video for ‘The Evil Witch‘ off the album.

With a renewed line-up, enhanced by Michele Guaitoli‘s (Overtures, ex-Future Is Tomorrow) powerful vocals and Manuele di Ascenzo’s (ex-Secret Rule) amazing drums skills, mastermind Alex Mele (guitars) has finally forged a new chapter of the ‘Legend Of The Forgotten Reign‘ saga reaching the perfect mix of modern riffs, classic Power Metal speeds, epic choirs and symphonic arrangements.

Together with Paolo Campitelli (keyboards) and the founding members Tommy Nemesio (guitars) and Paolo Lezziroli (bass guitar) Kaledon are back, stronger than ever.

Official release date for ‘Carnagus – Emperor Of The Darkness‘ is May 15th, 2017 via Sleaszy Rider Records.

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Overtures, Temperance and Truck Me Hard – The Agency are more than excited to announce the upcoming co-headlining European Tour in early 2017: ‘The Earth & The Artifacts European Tour’ comes in support of the latest albums Artifacts from Overtures (released 31.05.2016 by Sleaszy Rider Records) and The Earth Embraces Us All‘ from Temperance (released 16.09.2016 by Scarlet Records), after tons of amazing shows by two of the most relevant newcomers in Italy.

After two European Tours supporting Almah and Secret Sphere in 2013 and Threshold in 2016; after having shared the stage with Rammstein, Saxon, Powerwolf, Stratovarius and many others, Overtures are joining forces with Temperance for their first headlining tour in Europe.

Tour Dates:
23.02.2017 – Centro Giovani – Gorizia – ITALY *
24.02.2017 – Vegallomas Klub – Szombathely – HUNGARY *
25.02.2017 – Pod Skalkou – Ceska Trebova – CZECH REPUBLIC *
26.02.2017 – Melodka Club – Brno – CZECH REPUBLIC **
27.02.2017 – Exit Us – Prague – CZECH REPUBLIC **
28.02.2017 – Rudeboy Klub – Bielsko Biala – POLAND **
02.03.2017 – Titans Club – Lens – BELGIUM ***
03.03.2017 – De Verlichte Geest – Roselare – BELGIUM ***
04.03.2017 – Rockheaven – Eygelshoven – NETHERLANDS ***
05.03.2017 – Moonlight Music Hall – Diest – BELGIUM ***
07.03.2017 – Garage Deluxe – Munchen – GERMANY ***
08.03.2017 – Soundcheck One – Waldbrown – GERMANY ***
09.03.2017 – L’Excalibur – Reims – FRANCE ***
10.03.2017 – Petit Leman – Vevey – SWITZERLAND ***
11.03.2017 – Met Bar – Lenzburg – SWITZERLAND ***
12.03.2017 – Rock Town – Cordenons – ITALY ***

* Special guest Afterlife Symphony
** Special guest Batalion d’Amour
*** Special guest ANCIENT MYTH

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Overtures - Artifacts

Review: Overtures – Artifacts

Sleaszy Rider Records (2016)

Reviewer: Dan Mann

Overtures are another band I somehow have missed along the way such is the multitude of material and bands these days. Artifacts I discover is in fact the band’s third album release, following on after 2010’s Rebirth and 2013’s Entering the Maze.

The band hail from Italy, and are firmly ensconced in the progressive metal arena with a song construct which will be familiar to fans of the genre.

From the opening bars of ‘Repentance‘ the maturity of the band is obvious, both from the musicianship through to the production. Title track ‘Artifacts‘ is enjoyable apart from the death metal like vocal interlude half way through, but together with the following track ‘Gold‘ it probably rates as one of my favourites on the album. Pounding drums, wailing guitars and a bass line fit to wobble your drink off the table, it’s everything that progressive metal should be.

To sum up, certainly an album worth checking out and I shall be checking out their previous two releases into the bargain!





Sophisticated Italian metallers Overtures just released through their web pages the official lyric video for ‘Unshared Worlds’, first song from their fourth album ‘Artifacts‘.

Artifacts‘ will be released on May 27th by established Greek label Sleaszy Rider Records.
In the next weeks the band around powerful singer Michele Guaitoli will announce all the details about the promo tour and an official videoclip, too.

The album has been mastered once again at GateStudios Hamburg (Avantasia, Edguy, Kamelot, Rhapsody Of Fire) by Olaf Reitmeier in Wolfsburg, Germany.
The artwork was made by the German artist Franziskus Pfleghart.

01 Repentance
02 Artifacts
03 Gold
04 As Candles We Burn
05 Profiled
06 Unshared Worlds
07 My Refuge (feat. Paolo Campitelli on keyboards)
08 New Dawn, New Dusk
09 Teardrop (feat. Marco Pastorino, Caterina Piccolo on vocals & Paolo Campitelli on keyboards)
10 Angry Animals
11 Savior – Alternative version

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Overtures - Artifacts

Italian prog/power metallers Overtures have announced that their new album ‘Artifacts’, will be released on May 27th by the Greek label Sleaszy Rider Records.

After the huge success of the previous ‘Entering the Maze‘, supported by two European tours with Threshold in 2014 and with Almah and Secret Sphere in 2013, the band reaches now its fourth chapter with an even more mature and personal sound.

The cover artwork was done by the award winning German artist Franziskus Pfleghart. The mastering process has been once again made at Sasha & Miro Paeth’s (Avantasia, Edguy, Kamelot, Epica) Gate Studios, in particular by Olaf Reitmeier.

Track listing:

01 Repentance
02 Artifacts
03 Gold
04 As candles we burn
05 Profiled
06 Unshared worlds
07 My Refuge (feat. Paolo Campitelli on keyboards)
08 New dawn, new dusk
09 Teardrop (feat. Marco Pastorino, Caterina Piccolo on vocals & Paolo Campitelli on keyboards)
10 Angry Animals
11 Savior – Alternative version

overtures band

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