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Playlist February 2021

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Τυπικά το πρώτο, ουσιαστικά το δεύτερο playlist της νέας χρονιάς (το αντίστοιχο του Ιανουαρίου αφορούσε τους καλύτερους δίσκους του 2020). Στις αρχές του 2021 καλύψαμε κάποιες "τρύπες" της περασμένης χρονιάς (τι δεν προλάβαμε να ακούσουμε εγκαίρως ή μας "ξέφυγαν") και πήραμε μία πρώτη γεύση της νέας.

Αλλά αυτό που καθόρισε την λίστα του Φεβρουαρίου (τις πρώτες της θέσεις τουλάχιστον) ήταν ο θάνατος του Δημήτρη Σελαλμαζίδη (των Sarissa), ενός από τους καλύτερους συνθέτες επικού heavy metal σε παγκόσμια κλίμακα. Με όλα αυτά τα δεδομένα πάμε να δούμε τι κυριάρχησε στο στερεοφωνικό μας τον δεύτερο μήνα του 2021...

01. Sarissa - "Sarissa"
02. Sarissa - "Demo 1987"
03. Sarissa - "Masters of Sins"
04. Sarissa - "Nemesis"
05. Natur - "Afternoon Nightmare"
06. Dantesco - "El Día Que Murieron Los Dioses"
07. Satan - "Early Rituals"
08. Void Moon - "The Autumn Throne"
09. Sandstorm - "Desert Warrior"
10. MSG - "Immortal"
11. Whitesnake - "The Blues Album"
12. Trial - "Sisters of the Moon"
13. Coronary - "Sinbad"
14. Fortress - "Waiting for the Night"
15. Konquest - "The Night Goes On"
16. Evangelist - "Ad Mortem Festinamus"
17. Ecclesia - "De Ecclesiæ Universalis"
18. Dread Sovereign - "Alchemical Warfare"
19. Black Soul Horde - "A Lonely Road"
20. Arrayan Path - "The Marble Gates to Apeiron"
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Shadow Wraith - "The Bloody Chapel" (audio)

Οι Shadow Wraith μας έρχονται από τις ΗΠΑ. Power metal μπάντα, η οποία μας παρουσιάζεται κάπως έτσι: «Shadow Wraith is a Power Metal band in the style of Iron Maiden, Savatage, Symphony X, Judas Priest and many others». Το περασμένο φθινόπωρο κυκλοφόρησε το ντεμπούτο του Αμερικάνικου συγκροτήματος υπό τον τίτλο "Leap Castle"...

Ο δίσκος των Shadow Wraith "Leap Castle"
Band: Shadow Wraith
Country of origin: United States
Status: Active
Genre: Heavy Metal

Audio: "The Bloody Chapel"
Album: "Leap Castle"
Type: Full length
Release date: October 31st, 2020
Label: Independent
Format: CD, Digital

Track listing:
01. Introduction 00:54
02. 900 A.D. 06:33
03. Majestic 04:35
04. Gerald of Kildare 04:03
05. Within the Shadows 04:03
06. My Brother, Condemned 03:15
07. To Bear Your Soul 04:21
08. The Bloody Chapel 05:53
09. The Earl of Sussex 04:06
10. The Wild Captain 04:53

Band members:
Chad Hontz - Bass
Joe Marvin - Drums
Brandon Hawks - Guitars
Mario Consolo - Guitars
Tim Keller - Keyboards
Tommy Fields - Vocals

Guest/Session:
Chris Caffery - Vocals
Tim "Ripper" Owens - Vocals

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Principium - "Principium" (album stream)

Προ εξαετίας, το 2015, ο drummer Casey Frederick και ο κιθαρίστας Robby Pinelle επαναδραστηριοποιήθηκαν με την δημιουργία των Principium μετά την αποχώρησή τους από τους Disforia δύο χρόνια νωρίτερα (2014). Το 2016 κυκλοφόρησαν το ep "A Crown of Ashes" και προ μηνών τον πρώτο τους "ολοκληρωμένο" (και ομώνυμο) δίσκο...

Δελτίο τύπου: «This album is the greatest album that was released on 11/11/2020 and will always be. 'Principium' marks the band's first release since their 2016 EP 'A Crown of Ashes.' The music reflects the band's growth as both musicians and artists, moving from 80s-inspired melodies to technical prog riffing and song arrangements.

Album pre-orders, including CD/t-shirt packages, will be announced in the very near future. Tons of content has been prepared to coincide with the release, including photos, interviews, playthroughs, and multiple music videos.

Vocalist John Yelland states, "This is going to be one of the most special albums I've helped create. I wrote 'The Echoing Green' and 'Songs of Experience' when I was 20 years old, so for them to finally see the light of day via Principium is so meaningful. I think people will be surprised by how moody and soulful this album is."

Drummer and co-founder Casey Frederick says, "This album is a culmination of where we have been and where we are going. It includes old material from before the band existed and new material; see Jordan’s song, 'King'." The cover artwork for 'Principium' was made by the incredibly talented Jml2art, and the album itself was mixed and mastered by Randy Beasterfield.»

Band: Principium
Country of origin: United States
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Formed in: 2015
Genre: Prog / Heavy Metal
Lyrical themes: A Song of Ice and Fire, Existentialism, Futility
Years active: 2015-present

Ο ομώνυμος δίσκος των Principium
Album: "Principium"
Type: Full length
Release date: November 11th, 2020
Label: Independent
Format: CD, Digital

Track listing:
1. Fiver's Vision 08:09
2. The Ladder pt.I 05:25
3. The Ladder pt.II 03:47
4. King 04:59
5. Skeletons at the Banquet 05:25
6. Universe 04:48
7. The Echoing Green 05:48
8. Songs of Experience 10:19

Band members:
Erik Zimmer - Bass
Jordan Sellers - Guitars
Tyler Beckstrom - Guitars
Casey Frederick - Drums
John Yelland - Vocals

Miscellaneous staff: Randy Beasterfield - Mixing, Mastering

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Sacred Oath - "Return of the Dragon" (lyric video)

A world filled with tragic angels and demons
Turns to sorcery and magic if it burns the kingdom
Darkness is real for those gathered ‘round the fire
The dragon rears his head and lights the funeral pyre

It’s the return
Return of the dragon
Flesh will burn
And souls will die

My life spent chasing
Chasing a dream
Each moment a brick in this legacy
But none so pure as the astral flame
No word, no sound, no city, no name

It’s the return
Return of the dragon
Flesh will burn and souls will die

Now the hero is face to face with his greatest fear
That the legend of his last stand will disappear
His courage and his strength are not enough
Immortality the universe’s cruelest bluff

A man can raise his head and face the sun
If he has the confidence of his mother’s son
If he believes that he’s the chosen one
If he believes that he’s the chosen one

Return...
It’s the return


Η "Επιστροφή του Δράκου" τιτλοφορείται το νέο δισκογραφικό πόνημα των Sacred Oath, το οποίο θα κυκλοφορήσει στις αρχές Απριλίου. Πρόκειται για το ένατο στουντιακό full length album στην μακρά καριέρα της Αμερικάνικης μπάντας, η οποία ξεκίνησε στα μέσα της δεκαετίας του ογδόντα...

Δελτίο τύπου: «Sacred Oath has been crafting Grade A power thrash since 1985. Their debut album A Crystal Vision is widely regarded as a cult-classic piece of seminal US power metal, and they’ve followed up with remarkable catalog of studio and live albums, including Darkness Visible, Sacred Oath, Ravensong, and World On Fire. A brand new album "Return Of The Dragon" is expected April 2, 2021.»

Ο δίσκος των Sacred Oath "Return of the Dragon"
Band: Sacred Oath
Country of origin: United States
Location: Danbury, Connecticut
Formed in: 1985
Genre: Power Metal
Years active: 1985-present

Lyric video: "Return of the Dragon"
Video created by: Ignacio Orellana
Album: "Return of the Dragon"
Type: Full length
Release date: April 2nd, 2021
Label: Independent
Format: CD, Double LP, Digital

Track listing:
01. Cthulhu Wakes
02. Last Ride of the Wicked Dead
03. Return of the Dragon
04. At the Gates
05. Empires Fall
06. Hammer of an Angry God
07. The Next Pharaoh
08. Primeval
09. Into the Drink
10. Root of All Evil

Band members:
Brendan Kelleher - Bass
Kenny Evans - Drums
Bill Smith - Guitars
Rob Thorne - Vocals, Guitars
Damiano Christian - Guitars

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Bloody Hell - "Burn Witch Burn" (Visualizer)

Οι Bloody Hell μας έρχονται από την πρωτεύουσα της Φινλανδίας. Heavy metal μπάντα, η οποία μας παρουσιάζεται κάπως έτσι: «Bloody Hell is a Finnish metal band. Our name derives from British exclamation "Bloody hell!" which is like "Blimey!", but more vulgar».

Δύο demos κι ένα full length album ("Bloody Hell" 2015) ο μέχρι τώρα δισκογραφικός του απολογισμός. Ο δεύτερος δίσκος τους είναι προ των πυλών. Τιτλοφορείται "The Bloodening" κι αναμένεται στα τελειώματα του δεύτερου ανοιξιάτικου μήνα...

Δελτίο τύπου: «Formed to cause confusion and fear in people who don’t understand what heavy metal is about, Helsinki, Finland's Bloody Hell (ft. members of Moottörin Jyrinä, Metal De Facto) have been wowing fans around the globe with their loud, unapologetic, speed demon tyranny for two decades.

Known for their drunken wild shows, the band has always presented good times in the circle pit with anthems about drinking, hangovers, devil-worshipping among other important matters.

Taking a hiatus after releasing two EPs, Hangover Riders (2010), What The Hell (2003) and a self-titled album (2015), along with all members focusing to perform with their other project Moottörin Jyrinä (a children's heavy metal band that plays cover songs from classic 1980s heavy metal songs with child-friendly Finnish language lyrics with an educational tone), the quartet returns in 2021 to continue the party as grumpy old men with strong 18-year-old angst.

Their new record "The Bloodening" due out via Rockshots Records on April 30th, 2021 features 12 fist-pumping songs to kick the band's new found momentum into overdrive. To get the headbanging party started, the band is sharing their first single off "Burn Witch Burn" from the full length.

The track is good old-school 80's metal in the vein of Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Accept, and Helloween. Band co-founder and guitarist Jaakko Halttunen comments on the single:

"What do you do when someone does something wrong or somebody suspects that someone has done something wrong? Even without evidence? You’ll of course shout: BURN THE WITCH, BURN THE WITCH!!!! This Song is about the darker side of social media and the yellow press. It's a killer song indeed!"

Bloody Hell was formed in the year 2000. Jaakko Halttunen and Marko Skou formed the band to cause confusion and fear in people who don’t understand what heavy metal is about. The band is all about playing heavy metal the way it was meant to be, which is loud, unapologetic and obnoxious.

Lyrical themes revolve around drinking, hangover, the devil, and other important matters. Bloody Hell has released one full-length album before and toured around Finland and Russia. The band is known for their drunken wild shows where you can expect loud heavy metal music and a pretty decent show also.

Even though the band has been on hiatus sometimes it has always returned. In the past times, it was because angry young men wanted to play angry music. Now it’s grumpy old men wanting to play grumpy music. Now with the new release, the band is again delivering its trademark fashion-free, bullshit-free Heavy Metal music for the fans who enjoy Heavy Metal.

The members of Bloody Hell also all perform in Moottörin Jyrinä (a children's heavy metal band that plays cover songs from classic 1980s heavy metal songs with child-friendly Finnish language lyrics with an educational tone). Guitarist Esa Orjatsalo and drummer Atte Marttinen play in the mighty Metal De Facto.»

Ο δίσκος των Bloody Hell "The Bloodening"
Band: Bloody Hell
Country of origin: Finland
Location: Helsinki, Uusimaa
Formed in: 2000
Genre: Heavy Metal
Lyrical themes: Alcohol, Hell, Metal
Years active: 2000-?, 2014-present

Audio: "Burn Witch Burn"
Album: "The Bloodening"
Type: Full length
Release date: April 30th, 2021
Label: Rockshots Records

Track listing:
01. Hangover Rider (4:37)
02. Face In Hell (4:02)
03. The Undertaker (4:54)
04. In The Night We Burn (4:30)
05. Smoking (5:16)
06. What The Hell (4:11)
07. Burn Witch Burn (3:57)
08. Muders She Wrote (5:01)
09. Midnight Man (3:43)
10. Long Road To Hell (5:32)
11. Bite (4:24)
12. Kiesma (The Museum of Modern Art) (7:03)

Band members:
Marko Skou - Vocals, Bass
Jaakko Halttunen - Guitar
Esa Orjatsalo - Guitar
Atte Marttinen - Drums

Guests:
Mika Grönholm - Lead Guitar on Kiesma (The Museum of Modern Arts)
Micko Hell - Vocals on Kiesma (The Museum of Modern Arts)

Drums on the Bloodening by Tom Rask
Recorded at Tom Rask Drum Record Factory by Tom Rask
Mixed and mastered at Tadaa Music Studio by Esa Orjatsalo

Music: Bloody Hell
Lyrics: Bloody Hell, Aleksi Koskinen
Cover artwork by: Pate Vuorio
Cover layout: Svetlana Goncharova

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Moonspell - "The Hermit Saints" (video)

Ο δίσκος των Moonspell "Hermitage"
Break from the ordinary, do what's necessary
Pray for death, pray for ecstasy
Skin off the human shell, so broken and frail
Lock the gates behind the hermit saints

Oh, hear them call, from hell on earth
Oh, hear them call, from nature's dome
From far beyond, oh hear them call

Break from the ordinary, do what's necessary
Pray for death, pray for ecstasy
Skin off the human shell, so broken and frail
Lock the gates behind the hermit saints

Silence is broken, the knot is too tight
The desert compels me to do what is right

Oh, hear them call, from skies above
From down below, oh hear them call

Silence is broken, the knot is too tight
The desert compels me to do what is right

Break from the ordinary, do what's necessary
Pray for death, pray for ecstasy
Skin off the human shell, so broken and frail
Lock the gates behind the hermit saints

Oh, hear them call! behold the hermit saints


Δισκογραφική επιστροφή για τους Moonspell μετά από -ουσιαστικά- μία τετραετία. Ο διάδοχος του album "1755" (2017) και 13ος στουντιακός full length δίσκος των Πορτογάλων gothic metallers τιτλοφορείται "Hermitage" και κυκλοφόρησε χθες...

Δελτίο τύπου: «Directed once again by the very talented Guilherme Henriques, this is the fourth video to be taken from Hermitage that comes out tomorrow. This is a slightly different take on a performance video. Like a living museum, many works of Sacred Art entwine with the song's lyrics and band acting a quite impressive visual atmosphere.»

Moonspell: «Make no mistake: this is a METAL song played according to Moonspell’s own signature and rules.It tells of the fever that makes us cross into the desert of our own existences, perpetually looking out for the cure, that will never come unless we change our ways. Many might go. Few will come back. Lock the gates, behold The Hermit Saints!»

Band: Moonspell
Country of origin: Portugal
Location: Brandoa, Lisbon
Formed in: 1992
Genre: Gothic Metal
Lyrical themes: Dark folklore, Macabre poetry, Left-hand path
Years active: 1989-1992 (as Morbid God), 1992-present

Video: "The Hermit Saints"
Directed by: Guilherme Henriques
Album: "Hermitage"
Type: Full length
Release date: February 26th, 2021
Label: Napalm Records
Format: CD, 2 12" vinyls, Cassette, Digital

Track listing:
01. The Greater Good 05:04
02. Common Prayers 04:08
03. All or Nothing 07:22
04. Hermitage 04:43
05. Entitlement 06:16
06. Solitarian 04:07
07. The Hermit Saints 04:22
08. Apophthegmata 05:41
09. Without Rule 07:42
10. City Quitter (Outro) 02:59

Band members:
Pedro Paixão - Keyboards, Samples, Programming
Fernando Ribeiro - Vocals
Ricardo Amorim - Guitars
Aires Pereira - Bass
Hugo Ribeiro - Drums

Miscellaneous staff:
Arthur Berzinsh - Cover art
Jaime Gomez Arellano - Recording, Mixing, Mastering

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Starmen - "Kisses of an Enemy" (video)

Ο δίσκος των Starmen "By the Grace of Rock 'n' Roll"
Hate me like you mean it
Kiss me like a stranger
I won't give up...
Waiting and believing
Picking up the pieces
I won't give up on you

Sweet little words in my head
I spit them out
These beautiful lies
These beautiful lies

Your promises in my mind
I can not deny them
These beautiful lies
To ease the pain
of letting go

Hate me like you mean it
Kiss me like a stranger
I won't give up...
Waiting and believing
Picking up the pieces
I won't give up on you

Sweet little lies in the past
No time to waste
I touch a flame, you burn me
Again and again

Dear promises that you gave
I can not refuse them
These beautiful lies
To ease the pain
But I'm ready to go

Hate me like you mean it
Kiss me like a stranger
I won't give up...
Waiting and believing
Picking up the pieces
I won't give up on you

Don't ask if you don't want to know
Don't ask if you don't want to know the truth

Hate me like you mean it
Kiss me like a stranger
Wake me up
Love you like I mean it
Kiss you like an angel
Wake me up again


Καινούριο συγκρότημα οι Starmen. Δημιουργήθηκαν προ τριετίας στην Σουηδία κι έχουν κυκλοφορήσει ήδη δύο δίσκους: το ντεμπούτο τους ("Kiss the sky" - 2019) και το album "Welcome to My World" πέρυσι. Αναφέρουν ως επιρροές μπάντες όπως οι Kiss, Whitesnake, Def Leppard.

Η μπάντα μας παρουσιάζεται κάπως έτσι: «A posing band in make-up! Plays 70s and 80s rock!». Το νέο τους album φέρει τον τίτλο "By the Grace of Rock 'n' Roll" κι αναμένεται στα μέσα του επόμενου μήνα...

Bio: «Starmen was formed in 2018 and was from the beginning just a fun idea, to make a record to all the heroes from the 70’s and 80’s classic rock-scene. Part of the tribute to the old rock icons was to create a grand gimmick around the band, were each member has their own color and wears a makeup-star on their face.

Debut album Welcome to my World and the second album Kiss the Sky released by Melodic Passion Records in 2020, and distributed by Sound Pollution Distribution, were both big surprises for many diehard rockfans, and the rockmedia was taken by storm.

Both albums received brilliant reviews, which of course inspired them to create more music. Starmen make original music with a great passion. After the two first albums, the band has cemented their position in the rock world and has found their own musical DNA. The third album “By the Grace of Rock’n’Roll” will be released February 26th in Japan, and March 12th in the rest of the world.»

Band: Starmen
Country of origin: Sweden
Formed in: 2018
Genre: Hard Rock
Years active: 2018-present

Video: "Kisses of an Enemy"
Album: "By the Grace of Rock 'n' Roll"
Type: Full length
Release date: March 12th, 2021
Label: Melodic Passion Records
Format: CD, Digital

Track listing:
01. Shining Star
02. By the Grace of Rock 'n' Roll
03. Kairi
04. Black Thunder White Lightning
05. Kisses of an Enemy
06. Pleasuredome
07. Spaceplane
08. People's Parade
09. Bad Habit
10. Hotter Than Fire
11. Angels Crying (bonus)
12. Shining Star [Voice Outro] (bonus)
13. Ghosts (Japan bonus)

Band members:

➾ Starmen Purple (Andreas Lindgren) - Lead guitar, vocals

Andreas is a true guitar-hero like the old guitar-heroes Eddie Van Halen, Yngwie Malmsteen, Ritchie Blackmore among others. Andreas has his own band Requiem.

➾ Starmen Silver (Marcus Sjöblom) - Drums, Vocals

Marcus has previously played in groups like Cleopatra, Unzip and is currently active in Stolen Mondays.

➾ Starmen Red (Kristian Hermanson) - Rythm Guitar, Vocals

Kristian has previously appeared in bands like Cleopatra, Friends and The Poodles.

➾ Starmen Gold (Jonatan Samuelsson) - Bass, Vocals

Jonatan is currently active in Narnia and graphic designer.

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Sylent Storm - "Shadow In The Dark" (lyric video)

Sylent Storm: μπάντα παραδοσιακού heavy metal από το Όρεγκον με αναφερόμενες επιρροές μπάντες όπως οι Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Dokken, Ozzy, Dio, Tokyo Blade, Warlord, Omen, Ratt, Metal Church, Lizzy Borden, Stormwitch, Riot, Loudness, Pandemonium, Leatherwolf κλπ.

Δημιουργήθηκαν πριν από οκτώ χρόνια, ενώ προ τριετίας κυκλοφόρησαν το ep "Patriots of Metal". Πέρυσι έφθασε η στιγμή για τον πρώτο "ολοκληρωμένο" τους δίσκο, ο οποίος φέρει τον τίτλο "The Fire Never Dies" και "βγήκε" στις αρχές του χειμώνα...

Δελτίο τύπου: «"The Fire Never Dies" is the debut album by by Oregon's finest SYLENT STORM. Melodic heavy metal made in USA, firmly rooted in the 80s traditions. Recommended for fans of Lizzy Borden, Leatherwolf, Fifth Angel, early Dokken, and so on. Soaring vocals, crunchy riffs, and haunting melodies, all enveloped in an old-school dynamic range reverberating production for that mysterious otherworldly touch that made bands such as Icon and Excalibur (UK) so unique. You can find all this here too. Become a flame and follow the Phoenix on a nostalgic journey to the glorious past when the heavy metal was true and pure. And if you burn with the witches, don't worry; the fire never dies!»

Το album των Sylent Storm "The Fire Never Dies"
Band: Sylent Storm
Country of origin: United States
Location: Medford, Oregon
Formed in: 2013
Genre: Heavy Metal
Years active: 2013-present

Lyric video: "Shadow In The Dark"
Video by: KruseFx
Music by: Michael Ian Brisbane
Lyrics / Melodies by: Jym Harris

Album: "The Fire Never Dies"
Type: Full length
Release date: November 27th, 2020
Label: Stormspell Records
Format: CD, Digital

Track listing:
01. The Fire Never Dies 05:41
02. Wrath of the Blade 04:34
03. Witches’ Blood 04:27
04. Morpheus (instr) 01:54
05. Shadow in the Dark 03:46
06. Eye of the Storm 04:30
07. Lunar Eclipse (instr) 02:07
08. Beware the BloodMoon 04:13
09. March Forth 04:27
10. Patriots of Metal 04:14
11. Sleeping in the Rain 03:32
12. Betrayal 06:28

Band members:
Jym Harris - Lead Vocals
Michael Ian Brisbane - Guitar, Vocals
Mike Pugh - Bass, Vocals
Rich Psonak - Drums

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King Diamond - Live at The Fillmore in Philadelphia

Στις 25 Νοεμβρίου του 2015 ο King Diamond και η προσωπική του μπάντα εμφανίσθηκαν "ζωντανά" στο Fillmore (της Φιλαδέλφεια). Το show τους ηχογραφήθηκε - φιλμογραφήθηκε και κυκλοφόρησε πρόπερσι ως μέρος του "Songs for the Dead Live" (το δεύτερο dvd ήταν η εμφάνιση της μπάντας στο Graspop Metal Meeting το καλοκαίρι του 2016). Σήμερα μπορείτε να το παρακολουθήσετε ολόκληρο...

Δελτίο τύπου: «There is only one King Diamond, and for more than thirty years the great Dane has been dropping classic albums and putting on shows fans remember for the rest of their lives. Perhaps the only downside to having such a formidable catalogue is that there are just too many great songs to fit into a single set.

However, you would be hard-pressed to find a fan who wouldn't want to hear 1987's seminal Abigail in its entirety, and Songs For The Dead Live captures this, twice, and in very different locales.

Boasting eighteen songs per set, each of the two shows - Belgium's Graspop Metal Meeting in June 2016 and Philadelphia's Fillmore in November 2015 - feature a brace of classic King Diamond and Mercyful Fate tracks including "Welcome Home," "Halloween," and "Eye Of The Witch" before launching into Abigail.

The performances of the all-star lineup of musicians, comprising of guitarists Andy LaRocque and Mike Wead, bassist Pontus Egberg and drummer Matt Thompson, are absolutely ferocious, hammering home every single moment. Captured on film by director Denise Korycki for Wild Wind Studios, she worked closely with King on every aspect of filming, and throughout the viewer finds themselves front and center as the shows unfold.

This includes some inventive camera placement, such as riding in on the back of the wheelchair as it is wheeled out to "Out From The Asylum" at the start of the show, or looking up from the coffin at the commencement of Abigail opener "Funeral", which adds an extra dimension to proceedings.

Naturally, the theatricality that has become synonymous with King Diamond is there in full force, making for an even more immersive experience. The gothic stage set and the participation of actors playing out certain scenes tying into the songs definitely increases the drama and the sense of complete disconnect from the trappings of reality, ensuring that the shows remain riveting from start to finish.

While the setlists are virtually identical, the drastic difference in the two venues make for distinctly different atmospheres. The sweeping, epic scale of Graspop and the virtual sea of baying metalheads makes for a particularly thrilling spectacle, King holding them all in the palm of his hand.

The Fillmore show is immediately more intimate, and rather than a mixed bag of metal lovers drunk on a weekend of the heavy stuff, the audience is comprised entirely of the King Diamond devout, screaming back every word, their love for their hero bleeding from every frame. Songs For The Dead Live gives those who missed out on seeing these shows in the flesh a chance to vividly experience them, offering so much deeper an experience than your run of the mill live DVD.»

Ο δίσκος του King Diamond "Songs for the Dead Live "
Artist / Band: King Diamond
Country of origin: Denmark
Formed in: 1985
Genre: Heavy Metal
Years active: 1985-present

Album: "Songs for the Dead Live"
Type: Video
Release date: January 25th, 2019
Label: Metal Blade Records

Set list:
01. Out from the Asylum (00:01)
02. Welcome Home (03:17)
03. Sleepless Nights (07:59)
04. Eye of the Witch (13:05)
05. Halloween (17:31)
06. Melissa (22:26)
07. Come to the Sabbath (28:55)
08. Them (34:37)
09. Funeral (36:33)
10. Arrival (38:06)
11. A Mansion in Darkness (43:39)
12. The Family Ghost (48:20)
13. The 7th Day of July 1777 (53:00)
14. Omens (58:02)
15. The Possession (01:02:15)
16. Abigail (01:06:02)
17. Black Horsemen (01:11:27)
18. Insanity (01:19:18)
19. Credits (01:22:51)

Band members:
King Diamond - Vocals
Andy LaRocque - Guitar
Mike Wead - Guitar
Pontus Egberg - Bass
Matt Thompson - Drums

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Sandstorm - "Desert Warrior" (ep)

Το ep των Sandstorm "Desert Warrior"
Sandstorm: heavy metal τρίο από τον Καναδά. Η μπάντα δημιουργήθηκε προ τετραετίας κι έκανε το δισκογραφικό της ντεμπούτο με το (πολύ καλό) ep "Time to Strike" (γιατί θεωρείται ep με έξι τραγούδια και 35 λεπτά διάρκεια;) που κυκλοφόρησε εις διπλούν!

Πρόπερσι ως αυτοχρηματοδοτούμενο και πέρυσι μέσω της Dying Victims Productions. Το νέο τους πόνημα είναι επίσης ep. Φέρει τον τίτλο "Desert Warrior", περιλαμβάνει τέσσερα τραγούδια και "βγήκε" σήμερα...

Δελτίο τύπου: «It was but the spring of 2020 when DYING VICTIMS unleashed Sandstorm's debut album, Time to Strike, onto the worldwide metal scene. Prior to that, the Vancouver-based band had self-released the album in early 2019, and while the initial run sold out quickly, it remained a diamond in the rough.

But indeed, diamonds shine regardless, and soon enough did Time to Strike’s gleam reach all corners of the globe: here was glorious (and gloriously scrappy) pre-speed/thrash HEAVY METAL in the literally ancient, sword-wielding style so favored in the early ‘80s, rendered in such authentic (and authentically over-the-top) style, you’d be forgiven for thinking that this was some unearthed relic from the era.

Word spread, and rightly, that Sandstorm were the Real Deal. And now, with the imminent release of Desert Warrior, Sandstorm prove loudly that they are the REAL fucking DEAL! A swift-yet-generous record at 21 minutes, the four songs comprising Desert Warrior are thematically unified by classic late ‘60s / early ‘70s sci-fi tropes, and the power-trio suitably keep the focus squarely on riffs and atmosphere.

Those riffs retain the same feeling as the full-length predecessor – nothing overdriven, everything moving at a hot-rockin’ pace – and where medieval magick ran riot across a strongly rock ‘n’ roll backbone, here do Sandstorm evoke a strong sense of the epic and tragic.

That Desert Warrior’s atmosphere is noticeably more moody takes nothing away from the metallic heights they reach; if anything, one could liken the mini-album to ghostly NWOBHM bordering on lonerist AOR, but still with a propensity to kick out the jams when needed.

For proof, see the aptly titled “Evil Wins” and note the specter of Mercyful Fate floating nearby. Plus, the band aren’t monikered Sandstorm for nothing: it was about damn time they did a record called Desert Warrior and made a musical mini-movie of sorts! Still obscure and old-school as ever, Sandstorm etch out an even more undeniable identity with Desert Warrior. Will you enter the wasteland with them?»

Band: Sandstorm
Country of origin: Canada
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
Formed in: 2017
Genre: Heavy Metal
Years active: 2017-present

Album: "Desert Warrior"
Type: EP
Release date: February 26th, 2021
Label: Dying Victims Productions
Format: CD, 12" Vinyl, Cassette, Digital

Track listing:
1. Desert Warrior
2. Eat me Alive
3. Evil Wins
4. Power of the Pyramids

Band members:
Reptile Anderson - Bass, Vocals
P.J. "The Butcher" La Griffe - Drums
Stevie "Broke" Whiteless - Guitars, Vocals

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Sörceress - "The Four Centaurs" (audio)

Ο δίσκος των Sörceress "The Four Centaurs"
Προ οκταετίας σχηματίσθηκαν στην Κολομβία οι HellWitch. Τέσσερα χρόνια αργότερα (2017) κυκλοφόρησαν το demo "NWOCHM" κι αμέσως μετά μετονομάσθηκαν σε Sörceress. Προ διετίας (Δεκέμβριος 2018) "βγήκε" το ομώνυμο ντεμπούτο τους. Το επόμενο δισκογραφικό τους πόνημα ήταν ένα single δύο τραγουδιών ("Maybellene") που κυκλοφόρησε το περασμένο καλοκαίρι.

Στο νέο τους δισκογραφικό πόνημα μας μιλάνε (και μας τραγουδάνε) για... Κενταύρους. Το καινούριο τους album φέρει τον τίτλο "The Four Centaurs" και κυκλοφόρησε στις αρχές του τρέχοντος μήνα...

Bio: «Sörceress was founded in 2013 under the name of HellWitch by Criss Hammer, he decided to compose songs while he was finding musicians to conform the project, in 2016 he talked to an old friend named "Borus" to play the bass and they decided to start rehearsing the songs.

In 2017 they auditioned to "Leder", he became the vocalist and rythm guitar of the band, at the end of the same year they invited a drummer "Jorgen" to record a demo called "NWOCHM" which was composed for three songs. In 2018 they decided to change the name of the band to Sörceress because they thought it was more commercial.

On July of the same year they started to record the debut album of Sörceress which was called "Sorceress" as the original name of the band and it was released on december 29 of 2018 with very good comments from people and metalheads.

Sörceress played at Festival Zona 2 in 2018, a very good festival from their homecity, leaving very good image for the energy and staging. Sörceress hopes to reach all the proposed goals and wants to play all around the world giving amazing shows and get to the highest. Long Live To Heavy Metal!» 

Band: Sörceress
Country of origin: Colombia
Location: Medellín, Antioquia
Formed in: 2013
Genre: Heavy Metal
Years active: 2013-2018 (as HellWitch), 2018-present

Audio: "The Four Centaurs"
Album: "The Four Centaurs"
Type: Full length
Release Date: February 6th, 2021

Track listing:
01. Exordium 01:29
02. The Four Centaurs 04:18
03. The Four Centaurs II 04:58
04. Paranoiac 04:36
05. Riding On The Sun 04:59
06. Born Under Rocks 04:57
07. Hercólobus (instr) 03:38
08. Forever And Ever 04:53
09. Thy Enforcer 04:03
10. Far Away 03:46

Band members:
Borus - Bass
Hammer - Guitars (lead), choirs
Leder Killer - Vocals, Guitars (rhythm)
Daniel "Hell Avenger" Hernandez - Drums

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