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Illusory - "All Blood Red" (lyric video)

Ο δίσκος των Illusory "Crimson Wreath"
Δισκογραφική επιστροφή μετά από πέντε χρόνια για τους Illusory. Ο διάδοχος του album "Polysyllabic" (2016) και τρίτος συνολικά δίσκος των Αθηναίων metallers τιτλοφορείται "Crimson Wreath" κι έχει προγραμματισθεί να κυκλοφορήσει τον τελευταίο ανοιξιάτικο μήνα. Η ιστορία των Illusory ξεκινά το μακρινό 1992. Τότε σχηματίσθηκαν οι Ivory Tower.

Είκοσι χρόνια μετά (και με δισκογραφικό απολογισμό δύο demos, ένα ep και τον ομώνυμο "ολοκληρωμένο" δίσκο) μετονομάσθηκαν σε Illusory. Το album μάλιστα "The Ivory Tower" αποτελεί τον συνδετικό κρίκο στην αλλαγή ονόματος της μπάντας καθώς αποτελεί τον δισκογραφικό επίλογο των The Ivory Tower το 2006 και το ντεμπούτο των Illusory όταν κυκλοφόρησε επανηχογραφημένο το 2013...

Illusory: «The band is thrilled! When we look back, from the first minute to the last one, from the moment we pressed “record” on the very first drum tracking, to the latest addition and album wrap-up, we can’t stop thinking about all the things we set and done during those recordings and the long hours of arranging every little album detail. “Crimson Wreath” has become a member of our discography and our most recent brainchild. And we are totally proud of it! "Crimson Wreath" has a very warm and solid sound and we feel very proud of the production we have done for it. It is an album that we recorded during one of the toughest times of our lives. We self-produced it with Yiannis and Dee doing an exceptional job mixing and mastering the tracks. It just sounds humongous! We feel we truly captured what we wanted to achieve in C.W.»

Δελτίο τύπου: «Rockshots Records is proud to announce their latest signing of Greece's Illusory for their third full length “Crimson Wreath” planned for release May 2021. Having opened for such legendary acts Blue Oyster Cult, Warrel Dane, Geoff Tate, and Gus G, the heavy metallers new album is the next step in their widely praised evolution to follow 2016's Polysllabic (7hard/7us) and 2013's "The Ivory Tower" (The Leaders Records).

Melodic, riffy, cerebral, and complex "Crimson Wreath" is a very emotional and melodic release, yet heavy and strong at the same time. Both new fans and ones who have been listening to the band for years will indulge themselves in this latest offering of classic, progressive, epic, and thrashy performances.

Lyrical themes found on “Crimson Wreath” are mostly anti-war, but the full length also includes a thematic unit consisting of three songs that deal with human loss as both guitarist George Papantonis' parents passed away while the band was in studio recording it. For fans of Iron Maiden, Queensryche, Savatage, Jag Panzer.»

Illusory (about the song): «"All Blood Red" is a melodic song with strong lyrics and a ‘Maidenish’ essence in the middle part. It is the only song off the album that we have performed in previous gigs, in raw editions every time. The reaction of the fans was astonishing, even though they have never heard it before. We share the same blood. All people share the same blood, regardless of skin color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, economic status, financial comfort, personal beliefs. We sing about it, we speak about it, we act about it. After all, “when all is gone, all blood is red”.»

Bio: «The band was founded in 1992 by two friends who used to jam on top of their building. Armed with enthusiasm, desire and most of all, love for music, they decided to pursue what every teenager at the time was dreaming of, so they formed a band to play their beloved Heavy Metal sounds.

The band’s hometown, Moschato Greece, is utterly well-known for its fine wine; although wine hasn’t been produced in years, the vines are still haunting the city itself, namewise. Thus, like good wine, “Ivory Tower” was maturing nicely, obtaining a better taste by the day, the month, the year.

Constant rehearsing, composing and live gigs. Excitement, tension, a lot of sweat in the middle and the first song bouquet is ready to be served. Come June 2008, the sextet is opening for legendary Blue Oyster Cult, at a fantastic open air venue in Athens. Gig was an absolute bliss, headliners did actually pay attention to the Greek youngsters and a whole new chapter was added in the existing band history.

“The Ivory Tower” (mixed and mastered in Germany, Mystic Studios and R.D. Liapakis & Christian Schmid) was released in May 2013 via The Leaders Records in Europe and the rest of the world. The Japanese edition hit the Land of the Rising Sun in August 2013 (special artwork featuring the OBI).

First edition of the album was sold out and the news brought tons of enthusiasm to the band members as well as the fans. The band has played quite a few shows throughout Greece. Over the course of time, the “Ivories” (members’ fav nickname) managed to attract the attention of German label 7hard/7us media group.

The contracts were signed and the sophomore album, entitled “Polysyllabic” was released in November 2016. Recorded at their own studio - the iCave by Dee “K.man” Theodorou. “Polysyllabic” was produced by Yiannis Petroyiannis & Dee “K.man” Theodorou, mixed and mastered at the Matrix Studios Athens by Yiannis Petroyiannis.

“Polysyllabic” became the sonic vehicle which carried the Illusory sound further and prepared the way for a breakthrough release. Thus, the supersonic vehicle made a number of stops in Greece, featuring a few cities live-wise. Then the band was selected for a concert to remember.

Illusory got to open for the legendary Geoff Tate, the voice of Queensryche for over thirty years and his Operation: Mindcrime saga. February 2019 and the boys played an amazing show in Athens, at a sold-out venue and confirmed they can totally deliver. 2021 finds the band ready to release their third album.

Featuring a brand new deal with one of the most up and coming as well as promising labels, Rockshots Records, the “Ivories” are about to hit the Heavy Metal world in 2021 with “Crimson Wreath“, with the same people participating and the same studios involved. You can’t do any substitutions when your team is constantly winning. You simply continue!»

Band: Illusory
Country of origin: Greece
Location: Athens, Attica
Formed in: 2012
Genre: Heavy Metal
Lyrical themes: History, Literature, War, Reality, Relationships, Fantasy
Years active: 1992-2012 (as The Ivory Tower), 2012-present

Lyric video: "All Blood Red"
Video by: Christ Stergianidis
Album: "Crimson Wreath"
Type: Full length
Release date: May 21st, 2021
Label: Rockshots Records

Track listing:
01. Besetting Sins (5:01)
02. Acedia (2:11)
03. Crimson Wreath (6:35)
04. Immortal No (4:25)
05. All Shall Fade (1:51)
06. All Blood Red (5:48)
07. The Voice Inside Me (1:28)
08. S.T. Forsaken (8:08)
09. Ashes To Dust (5:51)
10. A Poem I Couldn’t Rhyme (4:22)
11. An Opus Of Loss And Sorrow: Pedestal I: Past Forever Last (6:07)
12. An Opus Of Loss And Sorrow: Pedestal II: The Isle Of Shadows (9:08)
13. An Opus Of Loss And Sorrow: Pedestal III: Agony’s Last (6:53)
14. Fortress Of Sadness (10:04)

Band members:
Dee Theodorou - Vocals
George Papantonis - Guitars
Greg Bakos - Guitars
Niki Danos - Bass
Makis Vandoros - Keyboards
Costas Koulis - Drums

Keyboards on Crimson Wreath performed by George Konstantakelos and Dee Theodorou

Album Credits:
➺ All songs composed, arranged and orchestrated by Illusory
➺ Produced by Yiannis Petroyiannis
➺ Co-Produced byDee “K.man” Theodorou
➺ Engineered and edited by Dee “K.man” Theodorou at the iCave Studio and Yiannis Petroyiannis at the Matrix Studios
➺ Mixed and Mastered by Yiannis Petroyiannis at the Matrix Studios
➺ All songs composed, arranged and orchestrated by Illusory
➺ Art cover Design / Layout by Panagiotis “Hammer” Sfiris
➺ Art concept conceived and directed by Stiver Graunne
➺ Photography by Vaios Roupis
➺ Photo processing by Manos Psakis

Guests:
➺ Choir on “The Isle Of Shadows” and “Fortress Of Sadness”: Anastasia Papadopoulou (Upon Revival), Gregory Koilakos (Fortis Ventus), Nancy Moschopoulou (Fortis Ventus) and Ophelia Baudelaire
➺ Soprano Parts on “Fortress Of Sadness” by Nancy Moschopoulou (Fortis Ventus)
➺ Additional Vocals on “Fortress Of Sadness” by Ophelia Baudelaire
➺ Lullaby Intro on “Agony’s Last” by Mary Tirou
➺ Classical Guitars on “Acedia” and Acoustic Guitars on “The Isle Of Shadows” by Dimitris Fakos
➺ Piano on “All Shall Fade”, “Fortress Of Sadness” and “Past Forever Last” by Alexandros Roumeliotis
➺ Narration on “Ashes To Dust” by Grigoris Valtinos
➺ Narration on “Acedia” by Paul Logue
➺ Narration on “The Voice Inside Me” by Stiver Graunne
➺ Narration on “The Isle Of Shadows” by George Papantonis
➺ Gang Voices by the Ivories & Gregory Koilakos (Fortis Ventus)
➺ Choral Arrangements by Dee Theodorou

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Backwood Spirit - "Catch Your Fire" (audio)

Ο δίσκος των Backwood Spirit "Fresh From The Can"
Γνώρισα την φωνή του Göran Edman μέσα από τους δίσκους του Malmsteen (όπως και ο περισσότερος κόσμος λογικά). Τραγούδησε στην μπάντα του Σουηδού guitar hero από το 1989 έως το 1992 και τον ακούμε στους δίσκους "Eclipse" και "Fire & Ice".

Ο Göran Edman έχει μία μακρά διαδρομή στην μουσική συμμετέχοντας σε αρκετές μπάντες και albums. Αυτή την περίοδο τραγουδά και σε ένα Southern Rock συγκρότημα, τους Backwood Spirit. Το 2017 κυκλοφόρησε το ομώνυμο ντεμπούτο τους, με τον διάδοχό του να είναι προ των πυλών. Φέρει τον τίτλο "Fresh From The Can" κι αναμένεται σε λίγες ημέρες...

Δελτίο τύπου: «"Catch Your Fire" is the second single from Backwood Spirit's new album "Fresh From The Can" (out: April 23rd, 2021)! Backwood Spirit were founded in Örebro, Sweden, back in 2014 by guitarist and songwriter Kent Engström. When songs were written and demo versions recorded, it was time to put a permanent band together to record an album.

Engström at the time joined forces with drummer Joje Lindskoog (Crossroad Jam), and teamed up with Göran Edman (Yngwie Malmsteen, John Norum) as vocalist. Niclas Boson (bass) also came on board as well as Tobias Åslund (organ & keys) who later was replaced by Peter Emilson.

The group’s self-titled album was released by Pride & Joy Music in April 2017 and received great feedback from both press and fans alike. Since then, new music has been written, and Backwood Spirit went back to the studio again several times between 2019 and early 2021 to record the following record which is titled “Fresh From The Can”.

This is the first release to feature new band member Mats Berglund on bass and again impressively shows Backwood Spirit’s influences coming from the Classic Rock and Bluesy Hard Rock genres. “Fresh From The Can” was record at Zone 17 and produced by Kent Engström, Joje Lindskoog and Kari Malm. Engineered and mixed by Kari Malm. Mastered at Nevo Mastering. All cover photos by Joje Lindskoog. Graphic design by Jerry Eriksson.»

Backwood Spirit: «The music on the new album is strongly connected to our musical background, just as the first record we did back in 2017. However on this new album we decided to explore a little bit further and we allowed us to search deep, way back to the source of our roots. Out came this new album of 9 songs filled with joy, warmth, bluesy heaviness and pure rock!»

Band: Backwood Spirit
Country of origin: Sweden
Location: Örebro
Formed in: 2014
Genre: Hard Rock / Southern Rock
Years active: 2014-present

Audio: "Catch Your Fire"
Album: "Fresh From The Can"
Type: Full length
Release date: April 23rd, 2021
Label: Pride and Joy Music
Format: CD, Digital

Band members:
Göran Edman - Vocals
Engström - Guitar
Mats Berglund - Bass
Joje Lindskoog - Drums
Peter Emilson - Organ, Keys

The album is recorded and mixed by Kari Malm at Zon 17, Örebro, Sweden. Drums recorded at Studio Bullerbyn, Örebro, Sweden by Mikael Thuresson. Mastered by Roger Bergsten at Nevo Mastering Studios. Artwork by Jerry Eriksson. All Photos by Joje Lindskoog.

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Cremisi - "Confession" (video)

Το album των Cremisi "Dawn of a New Era"
In the heart of the forest
Embraced by the trees
In the black foggy night
We pray ancient gods
Under the leaves, under
The light of the moon
Three witches we are,
But with the souls pure and clean

But they want us to die!
On this sacred night!

They came with their swords
And with dark threatening words
They want us to confess,
Where lies the place of our black mass!

“They took us from our trees,
Our lives, our spirits
The cross, held by criminals of faith,
Judge us from hell”
Now we are down here,
Enclosed by the stone
Prisoners of fear, dressed in gold
Three young innocent women we are
But two of us canʼt stand here in the dark

So we confess the place of our black mess!
So we confess the place of our black mess!

We will rise up, as sure weʼll never die!

They came with their swords
And with dark threatening words
They want us to confess,
Where lies the place of our black mass!

In the heart of the city, fooled by the men
In the gray foggy day we pray ancient gods
Under the tower, under the hateful looks
Three witches we are, with a body of dust

And in this painful day
we are covered in flames!
We will rise up, as sure weʼll never die!

They came with their swords
And with dark threatening words
They want us to confess,
Where lies the place of our black mass!


Cremisi: Ιταλικό συγκρότημα μελωδικού / συμφωνικού metal. Δημιουργήθηκε προ πενταετίας, αρέσκεται σε ιστορικά θέματα και μας παρουσιάζεται κάπως έτσι: «Italian Symphonic Epic metal band, telling stories about History and Arts». Το 2017 κυκλοφόρησαν το ep "First Draw", ενώ ο πρώτος "ολοκληρωμένος" τους δίσκος φέρει τον τίτλο "Dawn of a New Era" και "βγήκε" πρόπερσι...

Band: Cremisi
Country of origin: Italy
Location: Bologna/Ravenna
Formed in: 2016
Genre: Symphonic Metal
Lyrical themes: War, Italian history, Renaissance
Years active: 2016-present

Video: "Confession"
Directed by: Thomas Marciano
Starring: Silvia Romanin
Album: "Dawn of a New Era"
Type: Full length
Release date: June 14th, 2019
Label: Volcano Records

Band members:
Federico Palmucci - Guitar
Davide Tomazzoni - Vocals
Francesco Messina - Bass
Rolando Ferro - Drums

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Lynyrd Skynyrd - "Sweet Home Alabama" (Live At Knebworth '76)

Ο δίσκος των Lynyrd Skynyrd "Live At Knebworth '76"
One, two, three
Turn it up

Big wheels keep on turnin'
Carry me home to see my kin
Singin' songs about the southland
I miss Alabamy once again
And I think it's a sin, yes

Well I heard Mr Young sing about her
(Southern man)
Well, I heard ol' Neil put her down
Well, I hope Neil Young will remember
A Southern man don't need him around, anyhow

Sweet home Alabama
Where the skies are so blue
Sweet home Alabama
Lord, I'm coming home to you

In Birmingham they love the governor
(Boo! Boo! Boo!)
Now we all did what we could do
Now Watergate does not bother me
Does your conscience bother you?
Tell the truth

Sweet home Alabama
Where the skies are so blue
Sweet home Alabama
Lord, I'm coming home to you
Here I come, Alabama

(Ah-ah-ah, Alabama
Ah-ah-ah, Alabama
Ah-ah-ah, Alabama
Ah-ah-ah, Alabama)

Now Muscle Shoals has got the Swampers
And they've been known to pick a song or two
(Yes, they do)
Lord, they get me off so much
They pick me up when I'm feeling blue
Now how 'bout you?

Sweet home Alabama
Where the skies are so blue
Sweet home Alabama
Lord, I'm coming home to you

Sweet home Alabama (Oh, sweet home, baby)
Where the skies are so blue (And the governor's true)
Sweet home Alabama (Lordy)
Lord, I'm coming home to you (Yeah, yeah)

Mont... Montgomery's got the answer


Sweet Home Alabama
Το τραγούδι "Sweet Home Alabama" ήταν το εναρκτήριο του δεύτερου δίσκου των Lynyrd Skynyrd "Second Helping" που κυκλοφόρησε το μακρινό 1974 κι αποτελεί όχι μόνο το πλέον αναγνωρίσιμο κομμάτι της Αμερικάνικης μπάντας, αλλά και τον ύμνο γενικότερα του Southern Rock.

Λέγεται πως αποτελούσε την απάντηση στα τραγούδια του Neil Young "Southern Man" και "Alabama", κάτι που γίνεται εμφανέστατο στους στίχους του δευτέρου κουπλέ:

Well I heard Mr Young sing about her (Southern man) / Well, I heard ol' Neil put her down / Well, I hope Neil Young will remember / A Southern man don't need him around, anyhow.

Το "Sweet Home Alabama" αποτελεί μέρος (πως θα μπορούσε να απουσιάζει;) και του live album "Live At Knebworth '76" που κυκλοφόρησε τον περασμένο Φεβρουάριο...

Band: Lynyrd Skynyrd
Country of origin: United States
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
Formed in: 1964
Genre: Southern Rock, Hard Rock
Years active: 1964-1977, 1979, 1987-present

Video: "Sweet Home Alabama"
Album: "Live At Knebworth '76"
Type: Live album
Release date: February 2021
Label: ear MUSIC (Eagle Rock)
Format: DVD+CD, Blu-ray+CD, DVD+2LP

Δελτίο τύπου: «On August 21, 1976, Lynyrd Skynyrd took the stage at Knebworth as part of a daylong festival which also included Todd Rundgren’s Utopia, 10cc and The Rolling Stones.

The show has gone down in Lynyrd Skynyrd history as one of the band’s greatest performances. The 1976 Knebworth show features Ronnie Van Zant’s iconic vocals and their famed triple guitar attack of Gary Rossington, Allen Collins and Steve Gaines in front of a crowd estimated between 150,000 and 200,000.

Their entire performance from that day is here for you to witness the classic Lynyrd Skynyrd in all its glory with cleaned up visuals and remixed audio, available on DVD+CD, Blu-ray+CD and DVD+2LP.»



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Quartz - "Satan's Serenade" (audio)

Το ep των Quartz "Satan's Serenade"
Break the rules - you pay the price
When evil stands alone
Fire of hell that starts to rise
Burning through your toes
Something you just cannot hide
So deep that he can´t find -
Look out - look out!
"Satan's Serenade"

Guilty minds can only find
Peace and understanding
Only love can set you free -
Save you from this madness
Something you just cannot hide
Look up to the sky -
Look out - look out!
"Satan´s Serenade"

Fire that drags you down
I´m searching to survive

I´m twenty thousand feet and falling
I´m looking for someone to love
I need an angel to come calling
To take me back where I belong


Το 1974 δημιουργήθηκαν οι Bandy Legs. Τρία χρόνια αργότερα μετονομάσθηκαν σε Quartz και κυκλοφόρησαν το ομώνυμο ντεμπούτο τους (σε παραγωγή Tony Iommi και Chris Tsangarides). Το 1980 ήταν μία άκρως παραγωγική χρονιά καθώς το όνομα των Quartz εμφανίζεται σε οκτώ κυκλοφορίες!

Που; Στο full length album "Stand Up and Fight", στο "ζωντανά" ηχογραφημένο "Live Quartz", σε τέσσερα singles, ένα ep ("Satans Serenade + Bloody Fool / Roll Over Beethoven") και μία συλλογή - split ("Muthas Pride").

To ep μαζί με ένα από τα singles ("Nantucket Sleighride") θα ξαναδούν το φως της δημοσιότητας ως ενιαία κυκλοφορία σε βινύλιο (το ep στην πρώτη πλευρά - το single στην δεύτερη). Τα δύο από τα πέντε τραγούδια του "Satans Serenade / Nantucket Sleighride" είναι διασκευές σε Mountain και Chuck Berry...

Band: Quartz
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Location: Birmingham, West Midlands, England
Formed in: 1977
Genre: NWOBHM
Lyrical themes: Satan, Hell, Rock n Roll
Years active: 1974-1977 (as Bandy Legs), 1977-1983, 2011-present

Audio: "Satan's Serenade"
Album: "Satans Serenade / Nantucket Sleighride"
Type: EP
Release date: July 2nd, 2021
Format: Vinyl

Track listing:
1. Satan S Serenade
2. Bloody Fool
3. Roll Over Beethoven (Chuck Berry cover)
4. Nantucket Sleighride (Mountain cover)
5. Wildfire

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The End Machine - "Dark Divide" (audio)

Temple of stone around you
Is just a house of glass
Digging deep in your garden
Full of bones
And as I look around
Sandcastle walls are crumbling down
In the dark standing all alone

Is there a way to start this over
Or is it always black and white
Can we do better than today
Or is it all in vain
Staring across the dark divide

Laying all our weight upon
The devils best laid plans
Taking us closer to the edge
I’m waking up to see
There are no walls surrounding me
Got to make our choices in the end

Wrong right
Black and white
Staring across the dark divide
Open up your mind tonight
Gotta get across the dark divide


Οι The End Machine είναι ουσιαστικά οι Dokken χωρίς τον Don. Τα τρία από τα τέσσερα μέλη της "κλασικής" σύνθεσης είναι εδώ. Οι George Lynch, Jeff Pilson, Mick Brown συν τον τραγουδιστή των Lynch Mob και των Warrant, Robert Mason. Προ διετίας κυκλοφόρησε το (ομώνυμο) ντεμπούτο τους και μόλις χθες ο διάδοχός του, ο οποίος φέρει τον τίτλο "Phase2"...

Δελτίο τύπου: «The End Machine are back with their sophomore album, "Phase2," which follows on the heels of their well-received and successful self-titled debut album released in 2018. The End Machine features former classic lineup Dokken members George Lynch and Jeff Pilson with the awesome singer Robert Mason (Warrant, Lynch Mob) on lead vocals. Classic Dokken drummer Mick Brown handled drums on the first album, but is now retired, so in his place behind the drum kit is none other than his brother Steve Brown. "Phase2" will be released on April 9, 2021.

Available on CD / Ltd. Ed. Color LP / Digital. Limited Edition Crystal vinyl is available exclusively from the Frontiers' U.S. and EU webstores. Limited Edition Red vinyl is available exclusively for the U.S. market and will be available through all physical retailers there. Limited Edition White vinyl is available exclusively for the EU market and will be available through all physical retailers there.

The new The End Machine record "Phase2" builds on the great bluesy hard rock music of the debut, but sees the band move more towards more towards a classic '80s hard rock sound and the result is a 2.0 reboot of a killer music machine.

Says Jeff Pilson, "On this record we set out to make the very best songs possible and are more than excited with how it turned out. We also weren't afraid to let elements of the Dokken sound come through loud and clear. As a result, not only was it a very organic and collaborative process, but it was a helluva lot of fun as well!!! I feel these are some of the best songs we've ever written and I'm blown away by all the performances. George was on fire throughout, Robert makes it clear he's one of the very best rock vocalists around, and Steve delivered with all the passion and enthusiasm any band could ever desire. All in all it is a musical statement we can and will stand behind for a very long time!!!"

Says George Lynch, "Jeff , Robert and I had discussions prior to pre-production and writing sessions that we would make a concerted effort to emphasize hooks and accessibility in our writing. We made sure to constantly remind ourselves of the self-induced parameters we’d created for ourselves so as not to get sidetracked and lose focus. I think that that guidance served us well. I’m very proud of what we’ve accomplished with TEM "Phase2".

Says Robert Mason, "I feel that "Phase2" is a logical progression from our debut record, and I echo Jeff’s point that in the writing process, none of us felt we had to distance ourselves from our past, nor our collective roots. That hit making Lynch/Pilson chemistry and song lineage is surely powerful and present, while allowing me freedom to both embrace it and show my own musical and lyrical flavors. This record shows us solidly in each other’s musical pockets and grooves, and speaking of, Steve Brown showed up to crush it on drums...and he can sing some mighty background vocals! We hope fans of all of our catalogs will embrace TEm and Phase2!"

Originally born from an idea of Frontiers Music Srl President and A&R Director Serafino Perugino, who wanted to have the classic line-up of Dokken team up with a killer vocalist, The End Machine's self-titled debut impressed mightily upon release. Far from being a simple rehash of the members resumes, The End Machine proved to be a gelled unit who sounded exactly like the seasoned pros they are, while taking their hard rock past and putting a stamp of modern production on things courtesy of Pilson. The tradition started on The End Machine's debut album expands, develops and further impresses on the new album, "Phase2".»

Ο δίσκος των The End Machine "Phase2"
Band: The End Machine
Audio: "Dark Divide"
Album: "Phase2"
Release date: April 9th, 2021
Label: Frontiers Music Srl
Format: CD, Vinyl, Digital

Track listing:
01. The Rising
02. Blood And Money
03. We Walk Alone
04. Dark Divide
05. Crack The Sky
06. Prison Or Paradise
07. Plastic Heroes
08. Scars
09. Shine Your Light
10. Devil's Playground
11. Born Of Fire
12. Destiny

Band members:
Robert Mason - Vocals
Mick Brown - Drums
Jeff Pilson - Bass
George Lynch – Guitars

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ScreaMachine - "The Metal Monster" (video)

Ο ομώνυμος δίσκος των ScreaMachine
Νέο συγκρότημα οι ScreaMachine. Μας έρχονται από την πρωτεύουσα της Ιταλίας κι εμπνέονται από μπάντες όπως οι Judas Priest, (παλαιοί) Metallica, (παλαιοί) Iced Earth, Savatage και Accept. Το ντεμπούτο της Ιταλικής μπάντας (με τίτλο το όνομά της) κυκλοφορεί ήδη από χθες...

Δελτίο τύπου: «Hailing from Rome, Italy, ScreamMachine is a driving heavy metal force. Armed and dangerous with molten metal riffs, the quintent is ready to take the world by storm with their blazing sound inspired by titans like Judas Priest, Metallica, Iced Earth, Savatage, and Accept. Even if the guys from ScreaMachine are in love with that legendary 80’s metal sound, they are not living in the past.

Their aim is to deliver an aggressive and traditional heavy metal sound blended with a modern production and songwriting. The musicians in ScreaMachine are no strangers to the metal scene, since most of them are members of respected Italian acts like Stormlord, Kaledon, and Lunarsea, all of whom have been active since the ‘90’s with wide discographies and hundreds of gigs under their belts.

Born from an idea by bassist Francesco Bucci, (bassist and songwriter for the extreme epic metal act Stormlord), the five metalheads have joined forces to deliver one of the heaviest metal debuts of the year. Some of their friends have heard the metal call and delivered some killer performances to the lair of the ScreaMachine.

The fretless bass hero Steve Di Giorgio (Testament, Death, Iced Earth, Spirits Of Fire, etc.) and the powerful singer Herbie Langhans (Firewind, Avantasia, Sonic Haven) are featured in the epic hymn “Wisdom Of The Ages”.

Additionally, four of the best Italian guitar players, Simone Mularoni (DGM), Massimiliano Pagliuso (Novembre), Andrea Angelini (Stormlord), and Francesco Mattei (Noveria), are shredding their ass off on four more songs. ScreaMachine is now eager to unleash its rage worldwide, storming the stages and the ears of all that people who are still in love with heavy metal music. Come join the cult of the Scream!»

Band: ScreaMachine
Country of origin: Italy
Location: Rome, Lazio
Formed in: 2017
Genre: Heavy Metal
Lyrical themes: Heavy Metal, Sci-fi, Dark fantasy, Philosophy
Years active: 2020-present

Video: "The Metal Monster"
Album: "ScreaMachine"
Type: Full length
Release date: April 9th, 2021
Label: Frontiers Music srl

Track listing:
01. Demondome
02. The Metal Monster
03. The Human God
04. Darksteel
05. Mistress Of Disaster
06. 52Hz
07. Wisdom Of The Ages
08. Silver Fever
09. Dancing With Shadows
10. Scream Machine

Band members:
Paolo Campitelli - Guitars
Alex Mele - Guitars
Valerio Caricchio - Vocals
Francesco Bucci - Bass
Alfonso Corace - Drums

Guest/Session:
Steve DiGiorgio - Bass (track 7)
Herbie Langhans - Vocals (additional) (track 7)
Simone Mularoni - Guitars (track 3)
Massimiliano Pagliuso - Guitars (track 4)
Andrea Angelini - Guitars (track 9)
Francesco Mattei - Guitars (track 1)

Miscellaneous staff:
Gustavo Sazes - Artwork
Paolo Campitelli - Recording, Mixing, Mastering

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Flotsam and Jetsam - "Burn The Sky" (video)

Ο δίσκος των Flotsam and Jetsam "Blood in the Water"
The heat is rising fast and furious
The midnight air is warm and dry
Take a few drags and drop the mortars
It's OK if you want to die
The insignificant blaze you've conquered
Chest out, chin up, sixth marine
So damn confident, so experienced
I can't handle it, kill my fear
But who are you to decide
Who lives, who burns, and who dies
You're not the one to be so bold
Making decisions only God should hold
Burn the sky, born to die
You end a bloodline generations at a time
Burn the sky, left to die
A cloud of souls rises up to veil the moon
And burn the sky
Under cover on the horizon
The blackened quilt of deep despair
The path of a beast that's ever hungry
The more it eats the bigger the better than
Trained for the battle
The warriors in gear
The bravest of the brave
Have given lives right here
But who are you to decide
Who lives, who burns, and who dies
You're not the one to be so bold
Making decisions only God should hold
Burn the sky, born to die
You end a bloodline generations at a time
Burn the sky, left to die
A cloud of souls rises up to veil the moon
And burn the sky


Αφού... ξεμπέρδεψαν με το χάος το 2019 ("The End of Chaos") οι Flotsam and Jetsam επιστρέφουν δισκογραφικά μετά από μία διετία. Το νέο πόνημα των Αμερικανών metallers τιτλοφορείται "Blood in the Water" κι έχει προγραμματισθεί να κυκλοφορήσει στις αρχές του καλοκαιριού...

Band: Flotsam and Jetsam
Country of origin: United States
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Formed in: 1984
Genre: Power/Thrash Metal
Lyrical themes: Insanity, Dreams, Drugs, Life, Death, Personal struggles, Humor
Years active: 1981-1982 (as Paradox), 1982-1983 (as Dredlox), 1983-1984 (as Dogz), 1984-present

Video: "Burn The Sky"
Music by: Eric Knutson, Ken Mary, Michael Gilbert, Steve Conley
Lyrics by: Eric Knutson, Ken Mary, Michael Gilbert, Steve Conley
Produced by: Flotsam and Jetsam
Mixed by: Jacob Hansen
Mastered by: Jacob Hansen
Video by: Lance Gergar

Album: "Blood in the Water"
Type: Full length
Release date: June 4th, 2021
Label: AFM Records
Format: CD, 12" vinyl

Track listing:
01. Blood in the Water 04:17
02. Burn the Sky 04:26
03. Brace for Impact 04:33
04. A Place to Die 03:22
05. The Walls 04:41
06. Cry for the Dead 04:36
07. The Wicked Hour 04:56
08. Too Many Lives 04:49
09. Grey Dragon 04:27
10. Reaggression 04:10
11. Undone 03:19
12. Seven Seconds 'til the End of the World 04:53

Band members:
Michael Gilbert - Guitars
Eric A.K. - Vocals
Steve Conley - Guitars
Ken Mary - Drums
Bill Bodily - Bass

Miscellaneous staff: Jacob Hansen - Mixing, Mastering

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Herman Frank - "Venom" (lyric video)

Ο δίσκος του Herman Frank "Two For A Lie"
Hey now what can I say,
Life is a rolling train
Stay down never let go,
Don’t live your live I vain
Inside you’re flowing thru me
how can I make you stay
You can be right I can be wrong
we always find a way

No more weakness,
No more sadness
You will make me strong

You are my venom,
You’re running scared
I’m right behind you,
Your name is on my wall
They call me venom,
You’re running scared
They call me snake bite,
You’ll never hide from me

Bye now why can’t you stay
who’s gonna keep me sane
Oh don’t leave me alone
my mind is filled with pain
Step down and give me your hand
together we make a change
I can be yours bit will you be mine
our love is out of range

No more weakness,
No more sadness
You will make me strong

You are my venom, you’re running scared
I’m right behind you, your name is on my wall
They call me venom, you’re running scared
They call me snake bite, you’ll never hide from me

You are my venom, you’re running scared
I’m right behind you, your name is on my wall
They call me venom, you’re running scared
They call me snake bite, you’ll never hide from me

You are my venom
I’m right behind you
They call me venom
They call me snake bite
you’ll never hide from me
You are my venom


Νέος -ο πέμπτος- προσωπικός δίσκος του Herman Frank είναι προ των πυλών. Ο πρώην κιθαρίστας των Accept (αποχώρησε προ επταετίας), των Sinner (κι αρκετών ακόμη) και νυν των Victory (οι οποίοι πάντως έχουν να "βγάλουν" στουντιακό δίσκο μία δεκαετία) θα κυκλοφορήσει τον τελευταίο ανοιξιάτικο μήνα το album "Two For A Lie", δύο χρόνια μετά το "Fight the Fear"...

Δελτίο τύπου: «"Two For A Lie" captivates everyone with its well-known hard riffs and unbelievable power. Herman Frank denounces the current global developments impressively and energetically in this musically imposing masterpiece!

Herman Frank, the musical big player has been in business for decades and still doesn't tire of standing up for his ideals. From Accept and Victory to his solo project launched in 2009 and his work as a producer, the Hanoverian has been a guarantor of uncompromising heavy metal of the very first calibre for decades.

As he has proven with his previous four solo albums, the Herman Frank concept has undoubtedly found great favour with a steadily growing fan community. Not least because of the top-class line-up of the band itself: Masterplan frontman Rick Altzi, guitarist Heiko Schröder, At Vance and Masterplan-drummer Kevin Kott and Jaded Heart bassist Michael Müller give the project a wonderfully heavy polish.

Coupled with the incorrigible striving for a greater future, Herman Frank has created a standing for himself with "Two For A Lie" in a world that needs nothing more, especially in these times, than exactly these clear and distinct words of truth.»

Artist / band: Herman Frank
Country of origin: Germany
Location: Hannover, Lower Saxony
Formed in: 2008
Genre: Heavy Metal

Lyric video: "Venom"
Video by: Kai Swillus
Music / Lyrics by: Herman Frank, Rick Altzi
Produced by: Herman Frank, Arne Neurand
Mixed by: Arne Neurand
Mastered by: Robin Schmidt

Album: "Two For A Lie"
Type: Full length
Release date: May 21st, 2021
Label: AFM Records
Format: CD, Vinyl

Track listing:
01. Teutonic Order
02. Venom
03. Hate
04. Eye Of The Storm
05. Liar
06. Hail The New Kings
07. Just A Second To Lose
08. Danger
09. Stand Up And Fight
10. Open Your Mind

Band members:
Heiko Schröder - Guitars
Herman Frank - Guitars
Rick Altzi - Vocals
Michael Müller - Bass
Michael Kolar - Drums

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Sweet Oblivion (feat. Geoff Tate) - "Remember Me" (audio)

Sweet Oblivion feat. Geoff Tate
Comes another winter
Another time to open my soul.

Will you remember?

Can you accept an image of me
holding on your word?

Don’t forget the soul is never gone.

We’ll be together forever!

Walk alone without regret.
It’s our fate to sail away
across the seven seas,
find our destiny.
Make a change in what you see.
Will it be them or me?
Time to face reality.
I pray you remember me.

Silence turns to darkness
That sudden moment you’ll be light

Will you remember?

Always feed your inner game
With the wisdom of words.

Don’t forget the soul is never gone.

With forgiveness forever.

Walk alone without regret.
It’s our fate to sail away across
the seven seas,
find our destiny.
Make a change in what you see.
Will it be them or me?
Time to face reality.
I pray you remember me.

I can see what’s gone wrong,
we’ve lost the reason to live.

Walk alone without regret.
It’s our fate to sail away across
the seven seas,
find our destiny.
Make a change in what you see.
Will it be them or me?
Time to face reality.

Walk alone without regret.
It’s our fate to sail away across
the seven seas,
find our destiny.

Walk alone without regret.
Walk alone without regret.
Walk alone without regret.
I pray you remember me.


Επιστροφή για τους Sweet Oblivion του Geoff Tate. Ο πρώην τραγουδιστής των Queensrÿche διατηρεί ενεργά το προσωπικό του σχήμα (Geoff Tate - δύο δίσκοι) και τους Operation: Mindcrime (τρία albums).

Σε αυτά προσθέστε και τους Sweet Oblivion. Προ διετίας κυκλοφόρησε το ομώνυμο ντεμπούτο τους. Πέρυσι άλλαξαν όλα τα μέλη (πλην του Tate βεβαίως) με τον δεύτερο δίσκο τους να εχει "βγει" ήδη. Φέρει τον τίτλο "Relentless" και κυκλοφόρησε χθες...

Δελτίο τύπου: «Frontiers Music Srl is thrilled to announce the return of Sweet Oblivion, the musical project centered around revered vocalist Geoff Tate. The new album, "Relentless" is produced by Aldo Lonobile (Secret Sphere, Archon Angel, Timo Tolkii's Avalon).

"Relentless" is the hotly anticipated sophomore album from the new metal project Sweet Oblivion, which showcases former Queensrÿche vocalist Geoff Tate. Conceived, overseen, and A&R'ed by Serafino Perugino, President and A&R director of Frontiers Records, the project sees Tate returning to a musical style he is revered for.

The self-titled debut album caused quite a stir in the international hard rock and metal scene since it brought Tate back to a musical landscape akin to the sound of the stone cold classic metal albums he released with Queensrÿche during the ‘80s.

But what made the album work so well was that instead of being a simple throwback, other different musical influences were thrown into the mix, allowing fans to hear Tate in a simultaneously familiar and new musical setting.

While the production and main songwriting on the previous record were handled by Simone Mularoni of DGM, this time the production was instead handled by his fellow Italian metal maestro Aldo Lonobile (Secret Sphere, Timo Tolkki's Avalon, Archon Angel).

Not only does Aldo have producution and songwriting credits on the album, he also features on guitar. Other musicians appearing on the album include Michele Sanna on drums, Luigi Andreone on bass, and Antonio Agate on keyboards.

This time around, Tate is more involved in the songwriting and asked Aldo to draft a very special song for him, which he would ultimately sing in Italian. The song, 'Aria', also features guitars from Walter Cianciusi and Dario Parente, who are now in the Operation: Mindcrime live band with Tate.

"I have been spending more and more time in Italy over the last few years and the people and culture have captured my heart. I truly enjoyed working with my Italian counterparts to create this classic metal album," says Tate.

Musically, this album showcases the great songwriting and performing talents of Tate, Lonobile and his cast of musicians and also marks a very welcomed return for Tate to a style that he made famous along with his former band. Fans of Tate’s work in Queensryche’s early days and of the previous Sweet Oblivion record will not want to miss this!»

Band: Sweet Oblivion
Country of origin: International
Location: Italy / United States
Formed in: 2018
Genre: Melodic Heavy Metal
Lyrical themes: Life, Relationships, Spirituality
Years active: 2018-present

Audio: "Remember Me"
Album: "Relentless"
Type: Full length
Release date: April 9th, 2021
Label: Frontiers Records
Format: CD, Vinyl

Track listing:
01. Once Again One Sin
02. Strong Pressure
03. Let It Be
04. Another Change
05. Wake Up Call
06. Remember Me
07. Anybody Out There
08. Aria
09. I'll Be the One
10. Fly Angel Fly

Band members:
Geoff Tate - Vocals
Aldo Lonobile - Guitars
Luigi Andreone - Bass
Antonio Agate - Keys
Michele Sanna - Drums

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ScreaMachine - "Wisdom of the Ages" (ft. Steve DiGiorgio & Herbie Langhans)

Ο ομώνυμος δίσκος των ScreaMachine
Νέο συγκρότημα οι ScreaMachine. Μας έρχονται από την πρωτεύουσα της Ιταλίας κι εμπνέονται από μπάντες όπως οι Judas Priest, (παλαιοί) Metallica, (παλαιοί) Iced Earth, Savatage και Accept. Το ντεμπούτο της Ιταλικής μπάντας (με τίτλο το όνομά της) κυκλοφορεί ήδη...

Δελτίο τύπου: «Hailing from Rome, Italy, ScreamMachine is a driving heavy metal force. Armed and dangerous with molten metal riffs, the quintent is ready to take the world by storm with their blazing sound inspired by titans like Judas Priest, Metallica, Iced Earth, Savatage, and Accept. Even if the guys from ScreaMachine are in love with that legendary 80’s metal sound, they are not living in the past.

Their aim is to deliver an aggressive and traditional heavy metal sound blended with a modern production and songwriting. The musicians in ScreaMachine are no strangers to the metal scene, since most of them are members of respected Italian acts like Stormlord, Kaledon, and Lunarsea, all of whom have been active since the ‘90’s with wide discographies and hundreds of gigs under their belts.

Born from an idea by bassist Francesco Bucci, (bassist and songwriter for the extreme epic metal act Stormlord), the five metalheads have joined forces to deliver one of the heaviest metal debuts of the year. Some of their friends have heard the metal call and delivered some killer performances to the lair of the ScreaMachine.

The fretless bass hero Steve Di Giorgio (Testament, Death, Iced Earth, Spirits Of Fire, etc.) and the powerful singer Herbie Langhans (Firewind, Avantasia, Sonic Haven) are featured in the epic hymn “Wisdom Of The Ages”.

Additionally, four of the best Italian guitar players, Simone Mularoni (DGM), Massimiliano Pagliuso (Novembre), Andrea Angelini (Stormlord), and Francesco Mattei (Noveria), are shredding their ass off on four more songs. ScreaMachine is now eager to unleash its rage worldwide, storming the stages and the ears of all that people who are still in love with heavy metal music. Come join the cult of the Scream!»

Band: ScreaMachine
Country of origin: Italy
Location: Rome, Lazio
Formed in: 2017
Genre: Heavy Metal
Lyrical themes: Heavy Metal, Sci-fi, Dark fantasy, Philosophy
Years active: 2020-present

Audio: "Wisdom of the Ages"
Album: "ScreaMachine"
Type: Full length
Release date: April 9th, 2021
Label: Frontiers Music srl

Track listing:
01. Demondome
02. The Metal Monster
03. The Human God
04. Darksteel
05. Mistress Of Disaster
06. 52Hz
07. Wisdom Of The Ages
08. Silver Fever
09. Dancing With Shadows
10. Scream Machine

Band members:
Paolo Campitelli - Guitars
Alex Mele - Guitars
Valerio Caricchio - Vocals
Francesco Bucci - Bass
Alfonso Corace - Drums

Guest/Session:
Steve DiGiorgio - Bass (track 7)
Herbie Langhans - Vocals (additional) (track 7)
Simone Mularoni - Guitars (track 3)
Massimiliano Pagliuso - Guitars (track 4)
Andrea Angelini - Guitars (track 9)
Francesco Mattei - Guitars (track 1)

Miscellaneous staff:
Gustavo Sazes - Artwork
Paolo Campitelli - Recording, Mixing, Mastering

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