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Dragonrider - "Scepter of Domination" (album stream)

Ο δίσκος των Dragonrider "Scepter of Domination"
Στις αρχές της χιλιετίας δημιουργήθηκαν στην Ιορδανία οι Valderia. Λίγα χρόνια αργότερα μετονομάσθηκαν σε Dragonrider. Μετά από ένα demo, τρία singles κι ένα ep έφθασε η στιγμή για τον πρώτο "ολοκληρωμένο" δίσκο.

Φέρει τον τίτλο "Scepter of Domination" και "βγήκε" προ ημερών (σε cd - ψηφιακά είναι διαθέσιμο από τον Σεπτέμβριο). Στα φωνητικά (και στο mastering) βρίσκουμε τον Κρητικό τραγουδιστή Μιχάλη Ρινακάκη (The Silent Rage, Event Horizon X, Metal Raider, ex-Air Raid κλπ), ο οποίος ενσωματώθηκε στην μπάντα προ τριετίας... 

Band: Dragonrider
Country of origin: Jordan
Location: Amman, Amman
Formed in: 2007
Genre: Power Metal
Lyrical themes: Epic fantasy
Years active: 2001-2007 (as Valderia), 2007-present

Album: "Scepter of Domination"
Type: Full length

Release date: September 18th, 2020
Label: Independent
Format: Digital

Release date: October 21st, 2020
Label: Stormspell Records
Format: CD

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Glacier - "The Passing of Time" (album stream)

Οι Glacier δημιουργήθηκαν το 1979. Παρέμειναν ενεργοί μέχρι το 1990 κυκλοφορώντας δύο demos και το ομότιτλο ep (το 1985). Προ τετραετίας ο τραγουδιστής της μπάντας Michael Podrybau δημιούργησε τους Devil in Diguise με στόχο να παίζουν διασκευές στους Glacier αλλά και υλικό που να βρίσκεται κοντά ηχητικά στην παλιά του μπάντα.

Δύο χρόνια αργότερα οι Devil in Diguise μετονομάσθηκαν σε Glacier (προφανώς ο Michael πήρε τα δικαιώματα του ονόματος) και πλέον το Αμερικάνικο συγκρότημα είναι πανέτοιμο για τον παρθενικό του full legnth δίσκο, ο οποίος φέρει τον τίτλο "The Passing of Time" κι αναμένεται σε λίγες ημέρες. Όλα τα μέλη είναι καινούρια πλην του Michael Podrybau...

Δελτίο τύπου: «Glacier is here! The album "The Passing of Time" is a powerful statement of how heavy/power metal should be composed and performed. The new album is coming out by No Remorse Records on vinyl, CD and a limited edition box set, in October 2020.

It was in 1985 where the same-titled EP of Glacier was released, one of the greatest "mini releases" of the '80s, including 5 tracks of US heavy/power metal majesty. Few more recordings followed by various incarnations of Glacier until 1990, when the band was put to rest. While the legend was growing, in 2016 there was formed a tribute band under the name DEVIL IN DISGUISE (featuring Glacier singer, Michael Podrybau) and was offered a slot at the Keep It True Festival of 2017.

"DEVIL IN DISGUISE was only to perform once at a festival in Chicago, IL as a tribute set", Glacier adding detail to the story. "We started learning/rehearsing the original material in late 2016 and, a few months later, came to find that the festival had been cancelled. With good fortune and help, we were offered a slot at the Keep It True festival for the following year and things continued to grow from there. It was sometime after our third live performance that the conversation began about using the official name.

That would have been winter of 2017. We had already been in contact with other original members, who had been watching our progress and were noble enough to endorse us. By spring of 2018, we were booking dates officially as Glacier"
. After the successful Keep It True show, the band started working on new material with the idea of recording a new studio EP. However, there were a few line-up changes and after becoming Glacier, the new goal was the recording of a full length album.

"The overall tracklist is various in origins but the final shaping was a very collaborative process, with Podrybau getting in on the vocals/lyrics", drummer Adam Kopecky adds. "The conceptual direction didn't occur until we saw the original painting Daniel Charles did for us later that year, which we quickly decided to feature as the cover art".

At that moment, Glacier already had established a perfect line-up consisting of Michael Podrybau (lead vocals), Mike Maselbas (guitar), Marco Martell (guitar, vocals), Alex Barrios (bass) and Adam Kopecky (drums). The album was produced by Lasse Lammert at LSD Tonstudio and recorded at Swift Road Studios by Vincent Ippolito.

Adding a further connection to the past, the tracks "Live for the Whip" and "Sands of Time" were originally written in the '80s and recorded by the current line-up while original members Tim Proctor (bass) and Loren Bates (drums) play on these songs. Both of them, as perform on the "Infidel" track and there is also a guest performance of bassist Phil Ell Ross (ex-MANILLA ROAD) in two songs. Drummer Adam Kopecky adds: "There's the visual on the cover art, which sparked the idea.

Then there's the thirty-some years between activity, wherein the old recordings slowly spread to new ears and the fan base grew internationally. That original cover art featured an hourglass, which of course represents time, so the album title also works as the proverbial passing of the torch. Getting to work with original members Tim Proctor and Loren Bates on previously unreleased material gave that process extra depth. We hope to carry it forward well!" The new album is coming out by No Remorse Records on.»

Glacier: «It’s been three years since the original set of Glacier songs were brought back into rehearsal, to be played as a single tribute set at a festival in Chicago, IL, with original singer Michael Podrybau fronting a cast of local musicians which included Mike Maselbas on guitar and Adam Kopecky on drums.

After a series of successful live performances, they gained the endorsement of other original members to proceed under the official title, making it no longer a tribute but Glacier itself. Guitarist Marco Martell joined the group as they were writing new material and working via the web with original members Tim Proctor and Loren Bates, to bolster the live set with previously unreleased material. With the name Glacier, they continued to play multi-national festivals, establishing new connections while composing material for a full length album.

Bassist Alexander Barrios joined on not long before the band was entering the studio to record, swiftly merging with the group and completing the official new roster. Glacier’s first full length album and third studio release, “The Passing of Time”, is fully complete with a release date to be announced this year. The band is currently working with a label, in regards to the upcoming album and its promotion, as well as future opportunities and expansion. Stronger than they’ve been in thirty years, with a fan base that has spread wide from its origins and a powerful forthcoming release, Glacier intends to push onward to new potential heights.»

Band: Glacier
Country of origin: United States
Location: Portland, Oregon
Formed in: 1979
Genre: Heavy/Power Metal
Lyrical themes: Battles, Revenge, War
Years active: 1979-1990, 2016-2018 (as Devil in Diguise), 2018-present

Ο δίσκος των Glacier "The Passing of Time"
Album: "The Passing of Time"
Type: Full length
Release date: October 30th, 2020
Label: No Remorse Records
Format: CD, Vinyl

Track listing:
1. Eldest and Truest
2. Live for the Whip
3. Ride Out
4. Sands of Time
5. Valor
6. Into the Night
7. Infidel
8. The Temple and the Tomb

Band members:
Michael Podrybau - Vocals
Marco Martell - Guitars
Adam Kopecky - Drums
Michael Maselbas - Guitars
Alex Barrios - Bass

Guest/Session:
Loren Bates - Drums (tracks 2, 4, 7)
Tim Proctor - Bass (tracks 2, 4, 7)
Phil Ell Ross - Bass (track 7)

Miscellaneous staff:
Daniel Charles - Cover art
Vincent Ippolito - Recording
Lasse Lammert - Producer


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Airborn - "Speed of Life" (audio)

Ο δίσκος των Airborn "Lizard Secrets: Part Two - Age of Wonder"
Ο έκτος "ολοκληρωμένος" δίσκος των Airborn είναι προ των πυλών. Οι Ιταλοί metallers θα κυκλοφορήσουν στις αρχές Δεκεμβρίου το album "Lizard Secrets: Part Two - Age of Wonder" (το οποίο αποτελεί -προφανώς- την συνέχεια του δίσκου "Lizard Secrets: Part One - Land of the Living" που "βγήκε" πρόπερσι.

Οι Airborn είναι στο "κουρμπέτι" από τα μέσα της δεκαετίας του ενενήντα και δηλώνουν ως επιρροές μπάντες όπως οι Judas Priest, Iron Savior, Gamma Ray, Helloween, Blue Oyster Cult, Iron Maiden, Running Wild, Blind Guardian, Heaven's Gate κλπ...

Δελτίο τύπου: « Veteran Italian Heavy Metal band AIRBORN has just signed a new deal with Fighter Records for the release of their 6th full-length album titled "Lizard Secrets: Part Two - Age of Wonder", which is part of a trilogy, and which will see the light on December 10th, 2020 in CD format.

Arisen in 1995 in Turin (Italy), AIRBORN have released five albums: "Against the World" (2001), "D-Generation" (2003), "Legend of Madog" (2009), "Dark Future Rising" (2014) and "Lizard Secrets: Part One - Land of the Living" (2018 - Fighter Rec.), as well as a live album "Dinosaurs: 20 Years Live" (2016).

Having played tours, shows and festivals alongside bands like IRON SAVIOR, FATES WARNING, FREEDOM CALL, PARAGON and many others, AIRBORN have built a solid reputation within the European Power/ Heavy Metal scene during their 25 year career. "Lizard Secrets: Part Two - Age of Wonder" is the band's 6th full studio album and it's the second installment in a trilogy of albums.

This new work, although it follows the traditional style of the band that blends traditional Heavy Metal with Power Metal, shows more varied and dynamic compositions if possible, and it is without a doubt an excellent work that no lover of these styles should miss.

Release date for AIRBORN's 6th album "Lizard Secrets: Part Two - Age of Wonder" will be 10th of December 2020 through Fighter Records on CD format.» 

Band: Airborn
Country of origin: Italy
Location: Turin, Piedmont
Formed in: 1996
Genre: Heavy/Power Metal
Lyrical themes: Science fiction
Years active: 1996-present

Audio: "Speed of Life"
Album: "Lizard Secrets: Part Two - Age of Wonder"
Type: Full length
Release date: December 10th, 2020
Label: Fighter Records
Format: CD

Track listing:
01. Soultraveller
02. Edge of Disaster
03. Golden Rules
04. Follow the Leader
05. Speed of Life
06. Condemned to Believe
07. Age of Wonder
08. Troubles
09. Scarecrow Days
10. Star a Star

Band members:
Alessio Perardi - Vocals, Guitars
Roberto Capucchio - Guitars
Domenico Buratti - Bass
Roberto Gaia - Drums

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Dark Quarterer - "Vesuvius" (audio)

Ο δίσκος των Dark Quarterer "Pompei"
Την δισκογραφική τους επιστροφή μετά από πέντε χρόνια γνωστοποίησαν οι Dark Quarterer. Ο διάδοχος του album "Ithaca" (Απρίλιος 2015) και έβδομος συνολικά δίσκος των Ιταλών metallers φέρει τον τίτλο "Pompei" κι αναμένεται να κυκλοφορήσει στις αρχές του επόμενου μήνα.

Ως προς την θεματολογία του album η μπάντα την περιγράφει κάπως έτσι: «a concept album detailing the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, Dark Quarterer has crafted an album of high drama and impeccable musicianship with Pompei!»

Δελτίο τύπου: «Italian Metal Veterans Dark Quarterer join Cruz Del Sur Music; new album ‘Pompei’ coming this fall. Cruz Del Sur Music is proud to announce the signing of one of Italy’s longest-running metal bands, Dark Quarterer. The label will release this November, the band’s seventh studio album, “Pompei”, on Compact Disc, Gatefold LP with an amazing artwork provided by Italian Artist Paolo Girardi.

Dark Quarterer and Cruz Del Sur have a previous working relationship - the label released the vinyl versions of the band’s “Symbols” (2018) and “Ithaca” (2015) studio albums. “It was a pretty obvious decision for us to make,” says bassist / vocalist Gianni Nepi. “We’re honored to join a label with so many great bands and look forward to getting ‘Pompei’ in front of an even bigger audience.

“Pompei” was recorded this January and February at the band’s own W.R.S. Studios in Piombino, Italy. Vocals and keyboards were tracked in May by sound engineer Andrea Ramacciotti, with mastering handled by Alex Marton of First Line Studio in Follonica.

According to Nepi, “Pompei” takes their sound to the next level, expanding on the bold, classic metal-on-prog sound they have been purveying since 1980. “The new album is cruder, perhaps a bit more visceral and intense. It has a dramatic atmosphere that surrounds the entire album - even during the softest of moments.”

Now at the 40-year mark as a band, Dark Quarterer, who also comprise drummer Paolo "Nipa" Ninci, guitarist Francesco Sozzi and keyboardist Francesco Longhi, has faced many obstacles, but the one thing that has kept them together is their friendship, something that has helped the band maintain the same lineup since 2003.

“We have great passion and love for the music we make,” finishes Nepi. “Also, the friendship between the four of us really is the glue that keeps us together. Without it, we’re not sure we would have lasted this long!”»

Band: Dark Quarterer
Country of origin: Italy
Location: Piombino (Livorno), Tuscany
Formed in: 1980
Genre: Epic Progressive Metal
Lyrical themes: Dark, Epic, Esoteric, Myths, Legends and History
Years active: 1974-1980 [as Omega R (Omega Erre)], 1980-present

Audio: "Vesuvius"
Album: "Pompei"
Type: Full length
Release date: November 6th, 2020
Label: Cruz del Sur Music
Format: CD, LP, Digital

Track listing:
1. Vesuvius 09:23
2. Welcome to the Day of Death 06:38
3. Panic 08:39
4. Plinius the Elder 07:58
5. Gladiator 06:24
6. Forever 08:01

Band members:
Gianni Nepi - Bass, Vocals (1980-present)
Paolo "Nipa" Ninci - Drums (1980-present)
Francesco Sozzi - Guitars (1998-present)
Francesco Longhi - Keyboards (2003-present)

Miscellaneous staff:
Paolo Girardi - Artwork
Andrea Ramacciotti - Engineering
Alex Marton - Mastering

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CJSS - "World Gone Mad" (live video)

My life was out of season
But now I've got a reason
We pledge allegence!

You know I don't wan't to make you cry
But life's a bitch, and then you die

We pledge allegence!
I'm sitting on an atom bomb,
And I can blow your world apart

We pledge allegence!
We live in a world gone mad


CJSS - "World Gone Mad" (live video)
Σε αυτούς που μεγάλωσαν με το heavy metal των 80ies η αναφορά του ονόματος των CJSS ίσως φέρει νοσταλγικά χαμόγελα και σκέψεις. Για τους υπόλοιπους, αυτούς που δεν τους γνωρίζουν, να (τους) πούμε ότι πρόκειται για Αμερικάνικη μπάντα, η οποία προήρθε από τις "στάχτες" των Spike και κυκλοφόρησαν δύο δίσκους το ίδιο έτος (1986): το "World Gone Mad" και το "Praise the Loud", που γνώρισαν μία σχετική δημοσιότητα (σε underground επίπεδο) λόγω της συμμετοχής του κιθαρίστα David T. Chastain.

Στο ντεμπούτο τους υπήρχε και το ομότιτλο τραγούδι, το οποίο θα δούμε -στην παρούσα ανάρτηση- να το αποδίδει "ζωντανά" η μπάντα την ίδια χρονιά της κυκλοφορίας του album (1986) στο Bogart του Σινσινάτι. Στο παρελθόν είχαμε παρουσιάσει το βίντεο με ολόκληρη την συγκεκριμένη συναυλία. Το album "World Gone Mad" (όπως και το "Praise the Loud") επανακυκλοφόρησε το περασμένο καλοκαίρι (12 Ιουνίου 2020) σε cd από την Divebomb Records με αρκετά bonus τραγούδια... 

Band: CJSS
Country of origin: United States
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Formed in: 1984
Genre: Heavy Metal
Years active: 1984-1990, 2015, 2016
Video: "World Gone Mad"

Line-up:
David T. Chastain - Guitar
Russell Jinkens - Vocals
Mike Skimmerhorn - Bass
Les Sharp - Drums

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Angel - "Keep Your Head Held High" (acoustic)

Οι Sahara Dust είναι η πρώιμη μορφή του συγκροτήματος Epica. Έδρασαν από το 2002 έως το 2003 (και κατόπιν μετονομάσθηκαν σε Epica). Μέλη των Sahara Dust ήταν και η τραγουδίστρια Helena Iren Michaelsen με τον drummer Steve Wolz, οι οποίοι μετακόμισαν στην Νορβηγία.

Με την επιστροφή τους στην Ολλανδία δημιούργησαν τους Imperia, οι οποίοι έχουν κυκλοφορήσει πέντε "ολοκληρωμένους" δίσκους (συν τέσσερα singles και μία συλλογή). Παράλληλα όλα τα μέλη της μπάντας δημιούργησαν (ως side project) τους Angel.

Οι Angel σχηματίσθηκαν το 2004 κι έναν χρόνο αργότερα κυκλοφόρησαν τον δίσκο "A Woman's Diary - Chapter I" (Ιούνιος 2005). 15 έτη μετά κυκλοφόρησε ο διάδοχός του. Τιτλοφορείται "A Woman's Diary - Chapter II" και "βγήκε" στην καρδιά του καλοκαιριού.

Το επόμενο βήμα δεν αποτελεί το τρίτο μέρος του "A Woman's Diary". Φέρει τον τίτλο "A Woman's Diary - The Hidden Chapter" κι αποτελείται από ακουστικές εκτελέσεις δεκατριών τραγουδιών από τα πρώτα δύο κεφάλαια του "Ημερολογίου της γυναίκας"...

Δελτίο τύπου: «ANGEL's "A Woman’s Diary - The Hidden Chapter" is another heartfelt and emotional album by Helena Iren Michaelsen. She already showed her emotional non-metal side with her previous albums "A Woman's Diary - Chapter I" as well as "A Woman's Diary - Chapter II".

Now she takes it even a step further and reduced the arrangements to only piano and vocals for an entire album. Helena is known for having a voice that can master all different kinds of styles and produce many different colors, from the most fragile and sensitive singing to aggressive grunts.

This acoustic album rather features the sensitive kind of singing, and it also includes several songs where she could use her classical soprano education. Oliver Philipps plays the piano on the album and it is carried out with the same sensitivity and emotionality that Helena has in her voice.

Most of the songs are cover versions, covering a wide range of genres from classics like "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" to Motörhead's "Don't Let Daddy Kiss Me". The songs were not chosen by style or genre, they are just songs that have had a story to them in Helena's life, so she relates to them and was able make them "her own".

Two songs are self-composed, "Little Ballerina" and "Keep Your Head Held High", and there is a piano version of "Let Down" from IMPERIA's "Secret Passion" album included as well. So, at first, this album may come with a very unexpected choice of songs, but it is yet another intense emotional journey Helena takes the listener on, hoping to touch the people's heart and soul.»

Band: Angel
Country of origin: Netherlands
Formed in: 2004
Genre: Symphonic Metal
Lyrical themes: Personal problems
Years active: 2004-present

Audio: "Keep Your Head Held High"
Album: "A Woman's Diary - The Hidden Chapter"
Type: Full length
Release date: December 4th, 2020
Label: Massacre Records
Format: CD

Track listing:
01. Don't Let Daddy Kiss Me (Acoustic Version)
02. Little Ballerina (Acoustic Version)
03. Kjærlighet (Acoustic Version)
04. Lost (Acoustic Version)
05. Let Down (Acoustic Version)
06. Hallelujah (Acoustic Version)
07. Calling St. Cecilia (Acoustic Version)
08. Purple Rain (Acoustic Version)
09. Somewhere Over The Rainbow (Acoustic Version)
10. Leave The Light On (Acoustic Version)
11. Summertime (Acoustic Version)
12. Memories (Acoustic Version)
13. Keep Your Head Held High (Acoustic Version)


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Vomit Division - "Cunts & Cocaine" (audio)

Οι Vomit Division είναι δημιούργημα του Desmotes, ο οποίος συμμετέχει ακόμη στους Fiat Nox (κιθάρα και φωνή), Funeral Procession (κιθάρα), Voreus (μπάσο). Πρόκειται για μονομελές συγκρότημα που μας παρουσιάζεται κάπως έτσι: «Black Thrash from the nasty shores of Bremen» και βασίζεται κυρίως στο ύφος των (πρώιμων) Bathory και των Venom.

Έχουν κυκλοφορήσει δύο EPs κι ένα split (μαζί με τους The Chainsaw Demons - από τρία τραγούδια η κάθε μπάντα). Το πρώτο full length album των Vomit Division τιτλοφορείται "Hell in a Bottle" κι αναμένεται στα τέλη του τρέχοντος μήνα...

Δελτίο τύπου: «Not even a year after the first sign of life, the German maniac from VOMIT DIVISION releases the first full-length titled "Hell in a Bottle", unleashing a black/thrash pandemonium, pushier than before, especially noticeable in the lyrics.

Loaded with more ripping riffs, fresh and unpredictable songwriting, quite diverse vocals and solid guitar solos, the album takes some unexpected turns while never losing the key aggression this project inherits. It's full of demented belligerence, hurtful honesty, pure abhorrence, arrogance and a stolid FUCK OFF attitude. More black metal than MIDNIGHT, more rock'n'roll than DESASTER.

If you're into these two bands as well as BATHORY, DARKTHRONE, NIFELHEIM, DESTRÖYER 666, GOSPEL OF THE HORNS, AURA NOIR, TOXIC HOLOCAUST, HELLRIPPER, WHISKEY RITUAL or ZEMIAL, you can’t go wrong with this one. Sex, drugs and a kick in the guts - VOMIT DIVISION is the perfect soundtrack to fucked-up nights and fucked-up lives!» 

Ο δίσκος των Vomit Division "Hell in a Bottle"
Band: Vomit Division
Country of origin: Germany
Location: Bremen
Formed in: 2019
Genre: Black/Thrash Metal
Years active: 2019-present

Audio: "Cunts & Cocaine"
Album: "Hell in a Bottle"
Type: Full length
Release date: October 31st, 2020
Label: Metal on Metal Records
Format: CD, Digital

Track listing:
1. Panzerabwehr Rock'n'Roll
2. Slaves of the Cock
3. Cunts & Cocaine
4. Homunculus
5. Black Metal Bastards
6. Hunger of Ghouls
7. Demons Come Back
8. Goat VVytch King

Band members:
Desmotes - All instruments, Vocals

Guest/Session:
Lógos - Mixing, Guitar Solo on track 3,5, 8

Miscellaneous staff:
Hellish Visions - Cover art
Jowita Kamińska Peruzzi - Layout
Simone A. Peruzzi - Layout

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Ultimatium - "The Seer" (video)

Οι Ultimatium μας έρχονται από την Φινλανδία. Πρόκειται για μπάντα μελωδικού power metal, η οποία δημιουργήθηκε στις αρχές της χιλιετίας κι έχει κυκλοφορήσει τρεις "ολοκληρωμένους" δίσκους. Το συγκρότημα μας παρουσιάζεται κάπως έτσι:

«Ultimatium was carved in deep dark forests of Suomussalmi, from where it traveled through cities and has now landed to Tampere, Finland. During these travels Ultimatium has grown from melodic powermetal towards progressive paths»


...κι αναφέρει ως επιρροές μπάντες όπως οι Dream Theather, Ayreon, Symphony X, Helloween, Rainbow, Kamelot, Stratovarius κλπ. Το τέταρτο full length album των Φινλανδών είναι προ των πυλών. Φέρει τον τίτλο "Virtuality" κι αναμένεται στα τέλη του επόμενου μήνα. Το έδαφος προετοιμάζει το single (πρώτο από τα τρία που θα κυκλοφορήσουν) και το αντίστοιχο βίντεο του τραγουδιού "The Seer"...

Δελτίο τύπου: «Ultimatium was birthed out the deep forests of Suomussalmi, Finland. Their 4th studio full length "Virtuality" follows their independently released "Vis Vires Infinitus" (2015), "New Dawn" (2004, Mastervox Records), and "Hwainoo" (2008, Mastervox Records).

“Virtuality” is the first theme album from Finnish powermetallers who took a big and long overdue step towards prog-power on this album. Album features five lead singers from Finnish metal scene: Johanna Lesonen a.k.a Emily Leone (Lost in Grey, Dotma), Peter James Goodman (Conquest, ex-Virtuocity), Jukka Nummi (ex-Myon, Angry Machines plays Dio + dozen of Rainbow / Deep Purple-cover bands), Matti Auerkallio (Katra, Manzana, SoulFallen + many more), Tomi Viiltola (ex-Dreamtale, Perpetual Rage, Viilto).

The premise behind "Virtuality" is an introduction of a storyline of four gamers getting stuck in a virtual reality game in a near-future setting. Each vocalist guest has their own, distinctive role in the story and drummer Matti Auerkallio sings the role of the villain (clean & crunch).

The story album is backed up with lots of background vocals, sound effects and a "narrator"/system voice synthesized with Amazon's Alexa. The album introduces the best parts of power and progressive metal combined, including easier up-tempo songs, but also long, progressive mid-tempo tracks.

The songs take influence from such bands as Stratovarius, Dream Theater, Symphony X and Rainbow. Especially on tracks "Digital Tower" and "Ghost of Yesterday" where influences from Ronnie James Dio and Ritchie Blackmore are easily heard.»

Ultimatium: «Virtuality' keeps Ultimatium moving towards more progressive atmospheres without completely forgetting the roots of the band. Packed with five amazing lead vocalists, a unique storyline about the virtual world, and the dangers of sharing everything in social media, along with up-tempo power metal songs combined with darker elements. The full length is a dramatic experience that should be listened from the first track to the last and will be a must-listen for all theme album enthusiasts.»

Matti Pulkkinen (about the song): «The Seer" introduces the character sang by Emily Leone properly and tells listeners about her special abilities and gives hints of her sudden death in the story. Track has a lot of keyboard leads and new way of guitar riffs never heard in Ultimatium before: from very high octave instead of always playing the riffs from the low end. Also, some taurus pedal is heard in the background of the verse.» 

Ο δίσκος των Ultimatium "Virtuality"
Band: Ultimatium
Country of origin: Finland
Location: Tampere, Pirkanmaa
Formed in: 2001
Genre: Melodic Power Metal
Lyrical themes: Fantasy, Freedom, Hope
Years active: 2001-present

Video: "The Seer"
Album: "Virtuality"
Type: Full length
Release date: November 27th, 2020
Label: Rockshots Records
Format: CD

Track listing:
01. Vengeance
02. Run like the Wind
03. Hall of Heroes (inst)
04. Mindcaptives
05. The Seer
06. Dark Cold Day
07. Remorse
08. (Don't) Fear the Silence
09. Digital Tower
10. Ghist of Yesterday
11. Scream

Band members:
Matti Pulkkinen - Keyboards
Harri Niskanen - Guitars
Tomi Viiltola - Vocals
Matti Auerkallio - Drums, Vocals (additional)

Guest/Session:
Petteri Gullsten - Bass
Emily Leone - Vocals
Peter James Goodman - Vocals
Jumma Nummi - Vocals

Miscellaneous staff: Matti Pulkkinen - Producer

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Konquest - "The Night Goes On" (audio)

Νεοσύστατο συγκρότημα οι Konquest. Μας έρχονται από την Ιταλία και δημιουργήθηκαν μόλις πέρυσι. Πρωτοπαρουσιάσθηκαν στο μουσικόφιλο κοινό μέσω του "Demo 2020", το οποίο αποτελούνταν από τρία τραγούδια και "βγήκε" τον περασμένο Απρίλιο.

Με την είσοδο του νέου έτους θα κυκλοφορήσει και το "επίσημο" ντεμπούτο τους υπό τον τίτλο "The Night Goes On". Η εταιρεία τους δηλώνει ότι το μουσικό ύφος των Konquest απευθύνεται στους φίλους των Heavy Load, Visigoth και Faithful Breath...

Δελτίο τύπου: «Iron Oxide Records presents: Konquest "The Night Goes On". CD, MC, digital download out on January 8, 2021 (LP version tbc). Konquest is a brand new name on the Heavy Metal map, but surely worth remembering.

These days United States seems to be number one when it comes to Epic Metal, and names such as VISIGOTH or ETERNAL CHAMPION electrify the old school headbangers around the globe. But it doesn’t mean that the old continent has nothing to say.

Konquest was founded in Prato in Italy in early 2020. What started as a solo project of Alex Rossi - who not only wrote all the music and lyrics, but also recorded all tracks on the debut album - quickly turned into regular band, ready to conquer the stages, and give fans what they love the most.

Pure, epic and old school Heavy Metal! Their debut album entitled “The Night Goes On”, has been produced by Alex Rossi, and got mastering treatment by the Heavy Metal veteran Bart Gabriel (CIRITH UNGOL, PAGAN ALTAR, SORTILEGE). It includes 8 songs, that follow the glorious tradition of acts such as HEAVY LOAD and THIN LIZZY, but also more obscure NWOBHM acts.»

Ο δίσκος των Konquest "The Night Goes On"
Band: Konquest
Country of origin: Italy
Location: Prato, Tuscany
Formed in: 2019
Genre: Heavy Metal
Years active: 2019-present

Audio: "The Night Goes On"
Album: "The Night Goes On"
Type: Full length
Release date: January 8th, 2021
Label: Oxide Records

Music and lyrics: by Alex Rossi
Recorded: during the Summer of 2020
Recorded by: Alex Rossi (Hill Valley Studio, Prato, Italy)
Recording assistance by: Ivan Lo Mauro and Giuliano Funari
Mastered by: Bart Gabriel
Cover artwork by: Zeero
Logo concept by: Valeria Calossi



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Eternal Winter - "Archaic Lore Enshrined: Songs of Savage Swords & Dark Mysticism"

Ο δίσκος των Eternal Winter "Archaic Lore Enshrined: Songs of Savage Swords & Dark Mysticism"
Οι Eternal Winter μας έρχονται από το Μέριλαντ των Ηνωμένων Πολιτειών της Αμερικής. Δημιουργήθηκαν στις αρχές της χιλιετίας, χαρακτηρίζουν το μουσικό τους ύφος "True Epic Power Metal" κι αναφέρουν ως επιρροές μπάντες όπως οι Virgin Steele, Stormwitch, Cauldron Born, Crimson Glory, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, King Diamond, Chastain, Manowar, Cirith Ungol, Iron Fire, Edguy, Avantasia, Blind Guardian, Domine και συγγραφείς όπως οι Michael Moorcock, Robert E. Howard, Fritz Leiber, Poul Anderson κλπ.

Έχουν κυκλοφορήσει δύο full length albums, τρία EPs και δύο demos. Πλέον πρόσφατο δισκογραφικό τους πόνημα το album με τον τίτλο - "σιδηρόδρομο" "Archaic Lore Enshrined: Songs of Savage Swords & Dark Mysticism", το οποίο "βγήκε" στα μέσα Σεπτεμβρίου αυτοχρηματοδοτούμενο...

Δελτίο τύπου: «Following their 2014 underground debut WITHIN THE CASTLE SHADOWGATE, on Sept. 16th 2020 ETERNAL WINTER unleashes a brand new opus - ARCHAIC LORE ENSHRINED: SONGS OF SAVAGE SWORDS and DARK MYSTICISM. The True Knights of Metal make their triumphant return with 13 tracks of dark and unique epic metal mysteria.

Based on tales of sword and sorcery, Gothic literature, pulp fiction and heroic fantasy, this collection is sure to please any fan of metallic blood and thunder! A fitting sonic tribute to literary masters such as Robert E. Howard, Clark Ashton Smith, Michael Moorcock, C.L. Moore, and others, ETERNAL WINTER delivers the goods in royal story-telling fashion.

In addition to over-the-top epics loaded with vocal theatrics and shredding musicianship, the song cycle also includes a lengthy duet between Matthew Knight and David DeFeis of VIRGIN STEELE (THE DARK KINGDOM). Featured as well are the talents of Edgar Allan Poe interpreter/impersonator David Keltz. His haunting narration adorns the intro to the band's version of the classic STORMWITCH track MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH.» 

Band: Eternal Winter
Country of origin: United States
Location: Mechanicsville, Maryland
Formed in: 2002
Genre: Epic Power Metal
Lyrical themes: Fantasy, Concept story
Years active: 2002-present

Album: "Archaic Lore Enshrined: Songs of Savage Swords & Dark Mysticism"
Type: Full length
Release date: September 16th, 2020
Label: Independent
Format: CD, Digital

Band members:
Matthew Knight - Vocals, Guitars
Gordon Burchell - Bass
Josh Johnson - Drums
Keith Moye - Keyboards
Matt Aub - Guitars (live)

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Legionem - "I Am Magister" (audio)

Προ τετραετίας σχηματίσθηκαν στην Ιταλία οι Legionem. Doom metal συγκρότημα, το οποίο έχει κυκλοφορήσει ένα ep ("Off the Edge of Doom" 2016) κι έναν "ολοκληρωμένο" δίσκο ("Ipse Venena Bibas" 2017) με τον δεύτερο να είναι προ των πυλών. Φέρει τον τίτλο "Sator Omnia Noctem" κι αναμένεται στα τέλη του τρέχοντος μήνα...

Δελτίο τύπου: «If the first words that come to your mind when you think about doom metal are "slow and boring", you NEED to listen to LEGIONEM - it's a safe bet you will change your mind.

These Italians don't hide that they're inspired by the forefathers of the genre from Birmingham, but they don't leave any doubt which country they come from as their music is steeped in the Italian dark sound tradition from the '70s and '80s.

Prepare to be engulfed by the lava of full - bodied metallic riffs and evil sounding vocals shifting between gruff and clean. The use of the organ helps create a mysterious, esoteric atmosphere. Their second full-length offering will keep your attention high throughout its entirety - it's an inspired and varied album with truly massive sound.

The initiated ones, apart from the obvious BLACK SABBATH influence, will surely recognize similarities to bands like L'IMPERO DELLE OMBRE, PAUL CHAIN, THE BLACK, EPITAPH, ABYSMAL GRIEF, early DEATH SS, WITCHFIELD, WALL OF SLEEP, WITCHFINDER GENERAL, BLACK OATH and GOBLIN.»

Ο δίσκος των Legionem "Sator Omnia Noctem"
Band: Legionem
Country of origin: Italy
Location: Valdichiana (Siena), Tuscany
Formed in: 2016
Genre: Doom Metal
Lyrical themes: Esotericism, Sorrow, Gloom
Years active: 2016-present

Audio: "I Am Magister"
Album: "Sator Omnia Noctem"
Type: Full length
Release date: October 31st, 2020
Label: Metal on Metal Records
Format: CD, Digital

Track listing:
1. Flies 01:09
2. High Spires 04:48
3. Abramelin 05:44
4. Christe Eleison 06:20
5. A Flush of Sulfur 04:46
6. I Am Magister 05:06
7. AEAJATMOAAMVMSGSTGJEZ 04:07
8. Follia 02:55

Band members:
Magister Notte VIII - Bass, Vocals, Keyboards
La Rosa di Satana - Drums, Vocals (backing)
Monk from the Terror Cathedral - Guitars

Miscellaneous staff:
Carlo Castellani - Cover photo
Simone A. Peruzzi - Layout

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Hellspike - "Stellar Victory" (audio)

Ο δίσκος των Hellspike "Lords of War"
Band: Hellspike
Country of origin: Portugal
Location: Lisbon
Formed in: 2019
Genre: Speed/Heavy Metal
Years active: 2019-present

Audio: "Stellar Victory"
Album: "Lords of War"
Type: Full length
Release date: October 31st, 2020
Label: Metal on Metal Records
Format: CD, Digital

Track listing:
1. Titans' Clash
2. Storm of Fear
3. House of Asterion
4. Full Spectrum Dominance
5. Fallen Empire
6. Lords of War
7. Iron Forces United
8. Stellar Victory

Band members:
Rick Metal - Vocals, Bass
Zellpike - Guitars
Skullthrasher - Drums

Δελτίο τύπου: «Turning back the hands of the clock to a time when Metal was Metal, HELLSPIKE herald the advent of doomsday to the sound of electric guitars.

The band is young, but its members have cut their teeth on metal - both vocalist/bassist Rick and guitarist Zellpike are RAVENSIRE alumni and have played in many other Portuguese bands such as IRONSWORD and INQUISITOR. As the Lords of War lay claim and lay waste to a diseased planet, HELLSPIKE proclaim that real Metal will not go down without fighting.

Dark and terrorizing riffs are combined here with tasteful melodic solos and creative arpeggios. The amazing instrumentals are where the guitarist really shines, and on the other tracks, Rick's vocals are ranging from harsh snarling to raspy bellows.

They pay tribute to the heavy/speed metal legends like IRON ANGEL, WARRANT (Ger.), M.A.R.S. or RUNNING WILD and GRAVE DIGGER in their good old days, as well as continue the thrash legacy of the old masters such as DESTRUCTION, NECRONOMICON, LIVING DEATH, VIOLENT FORCE or SABBAT (UK), but still score high on originality.»

Bio: «The idea of having a band like HELLSPIKE is something that goes back to the times the guitarist Zellpike aka Zé RockHard and vocalist/bassist Rick Metal aka Rick Thor (and Helregni) used to storm their neighbourhood in search of beer at local bars where they could endlessly talk about '80s bands, especially the more obscure ones.

This goes back to 2007 when only Rick had the ability to play an instrument (he has played bass in FILII NIGRANTIUM INFERNALIUM since 1992 and played in IRONSWORD from 2004 to 2008).

The next decade would see a rise in the Portuguese traditional metal scene with bands like the infamous speed metal act INQUISITOR (Zellpike's first band), Midnight Priest, The Unholy, LEATHER SYNN (in which Zellpike played for a year) and later epic metal RAVENSIRE where Zellpike and Rick would play together for the first time.

They both agreed that Running Wild's "Gods of Iron" from "Branded and Exiled" was such a dark and powerful composition that made them even more aware of the necessity to worship the Teutonic Gods of Iron like Iron Angel, Violent Force, Grave Digger, Necronomicon or Kreator. During those times, Rick was also playing and singing in the savage thrash metal outfit PERPETRATÖR.

However, it wasn't until 2016 that both Zellpike and Rick agreed to form an '80s-forged speed metal band that could reach for the same level of the old German classics, but still incorporate some arrangements and new elements that could fit and brew well in the band as a reflection of what has happened in underground metal throughout these last 35 years, since the great classics were unleashed.

During 2019, the band arranged the compositions for the debut album and in 2020, the year of the plague, went into the studio with old friend and producer extraordinaire Paulão Vieira and session drummer Skullthrasher to lay them down.

After the search for a true heavy metal label, the album landed in the hands of Metal on Metal Records who will release "Lords of War" on October 31st. HELLSPIKE is like a bastard son of Living Death's "Hellpike" song and the decay of humankind that is doomed to rot in Hell with its mendacious and evil deeds.»

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Majesty of Revival - "Overcome" (video)

Band: Majesty of Revival
Country of origin: Ukraine
Location: Uzhhorod, Zakarpattia Oblast
Formed in: 2009
Genre: Progressive/Neoclassical Power Metal
Lyrical themes: Life and death, Emotions, Philosophy
Years active: 2009-2015, 2015-present

Το single των Majesty of Revival "Overcome"
Video: "Overcome"
Directing by: Myroslav Danko
Filming by: Myroslav Danko
Editing by: Myroslav Danko

Album: "Overcome"
Type: Single
Release date: October 11th, 2020
Label: Independent
Format: Digital

Track listing:
1. Overcome 03:35
2. S7 II 03:08

Δελτίο τύπου: «Ukrainian progressive metallers Majesty Of Revival continuing the singles streak ahead of the upcoming album!

Their last album "Timeless" received high marks in the media and recently got a special release in Japan, showing that the band became bigger and bigger, bringing remarkable melodies with solid guitars and versatile vocals.

Now they're presenting the brand-new single "Overcome"! "S7 II" comes as a b-side for this single, performed acoustically in the studio, in the same mood as "Overcome"!»

Majesty of Revival: «Everyone has moments in life when drastic changes are needed, but instead you feel stuck and drained due to failed expectations.

In times like these indecision and lostness must be overcome, even if you have to devote yourself wholly to this fight.

This track is full of atmospheric keyboards, mesmerizing guitars and emotional vocals - everything to make you not just listen, but also feel the song!» 

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