Mason Hill – Mason Hill EP

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Mason Hill – Mason Hill EP

Running Time: 18:02

Release Date – December 2015

Independent

Review by Beth Jones

9.5 / 10

Hailing from Glasgow, Scotland, Mason Hill are, in my opinion, one of the most exciting new bands to hit the scene in a very long time. Their classic heavy rock style, combined with their talent and professionalism on stage give them the full package. Their debut EP is just a brief snippet of their skills and a very tasty bite of what is to come.

Showing off a range of their musical styles very succinctly, the four tracks on the EP develop through the chunky, toe tapping riffs of ‘Survive’ to the classic power Ballad of ‘Where I Belong’, visiting the influences of Country, AOR and classic heavy metal along the way. Their chunky riffs, driven bass, intricate guitar solos and tight drum fills give the EP a real pace and snap. But for me, the thing that makes it is the vocal range of Scott Taylor – this man has some pipes!!! Back that up with some great harmonies and it all comes together to form a very neat, but very exciting little package that definitely leaves you wanting more!

My feature track would have to be ‘Where I Belong’. This track for me is the classic ‘lighters in the air’ song that finishes off a gig perfectly and leaves you welling up with tears of joy. Starting acoustically with just Scott’s vocals and a beautiful guitar line provided by James Bird, the song floats into full band mode with a skillfully understated Rhythm section provided by Craig McFetridge on percussion and Matthew Ward on bass. It is lilting and melancholy and has the feel of a Pink Floyd epic of yesteryear, especially with the guitar solo, which I think would impress the great Mr Gilmour himself. The song gathers intensity throughout, building to its climax of defined rhythms, power vocals and twiddly solos working in perfect harmony and it is almost a shame when it finishes! Every time I listen to this track I notice something new. It makes me smile, it makes me cry, and it makes me want to listen to more – I simply cannot wait for the album and I will be first in the queue to buy it!

My only criticism, and the reason why the score is just off a perfect 10 is because the third track, ‘Now You See Me’ fades out at the end. This is one of my biggest bug bares in music – BOYS YOU ARE MORE TALENTED THAN THAT, THINK OF A WAY TO FINISH IT!!!! But seeing as this was one of their earliest recordings, and they are a new band, I will let them off for now – just don’t do it again!!!

That aside though, this is an exciting first EP from a very exciting young band. I am excited, and I am rarely excited by anything, so that is an achievement!

TRACK LIST

  • 01 Survive
  • 02 Your Memory
  • 03 Now You See Me
  • 04 Where I Belong

 

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Interview with Mason Hill

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Mason Hill Interview – End of 2017

By Beth Jones

Those of you who have read my previous reviews will have guessed that I quite like Mason Hill!! So, it was my immense pleasure to be able to do an interview with them recently, and although finding time to do a face to face proved pretty much impossible, the guys were more than happy to answer my questions via the medium of email, with Matthew Ward, their Bass player and face puller extraordinaire, being the group spokesman – and here are the results.

Your performance at Rockwich absolutely blew me away in a way that no band has in a long time! I was instantly a fan. For the people that haven’t yet heard about you, tell us all about who you are and what you do?

Thanks a lot! We really enjoyed that show. For anyone that hasn’t heard of us we are a hard rock band based in Glasgow. We have been touring/gigging in our current line-up since February of 2016, but some of the songs have been played live for a few years before that. James and Scott started writing together when they were still in high school, but I would say once the line-up was completed and the EP was released is when we really hit the ground running and started to aim bigger! The best way to hear us (or any band for that matter) is on the live stage; we work really hard to bring the most exciting show we can to any crowd we play for.

You have a very classic American Rock sound – Who are your main influences? Who inspired you most to get up and say, ‘That is what I want to do!’?

The main influences are different for every member. That “Mason Hill sound” starts with the riff master, James, who seems to listen to everything. Obviously a lot of classic rock shapes the sound, but we try and bring a modern sound to all of the tracks as well. We are all big fans of Alter Bridge and Black Stone Cherry etc, but our average travel playlist ranges anywhere between Metallica and Bruno Mars (maybe shouldn’t admit that one!) depending who is controlling the songs. As for who inspired me to want to get up on stage, it would have to be watching Flea from The Red Hot Chilli Peppers. After watching him play at 12 years old, I knew I wanted to pick up the bass and play in a band.

You came down to Welsh Wales in December, to Porthcawl, and to the awesome Tivoli venue, Buckley, which we were at – was this your first trip to Wales?

We will be down in Wales a few times in the coming months. It won’t be our first time; we played last year at Hard Rock Hell after winning the Highway to Hell competition. We opened up the main stage on Friday to a near full room. That show was one of the highlights of last year’s shows so we are really excited to get back to Wales and party with the crazy Welsh fans again.

Your gig in Porthcawl was at Planet Rockstock – how much were you looking forward to sharing the stage with the likes of Bernie Marsden, Joanne Shaw Taylor and Thunder?!

The line-up to this year’s festival was amazing, it’s always a pleasure to share a bill with artists you’ve grown up admiring and being influenced by. The great thing about these festivals is the fact they are letting the new kids on the block like ourselves on the bill and show people, the fans, what we have to offer.

You had a series of gigs in the lead up to Christmas – was this a build up to the release of your first album? Do you have a release date yet for that?

The tour was just an end of year run in celebration of the release of the first video, and to end the year on a high with some great shows. The album is on its way! We promise! Everyone’s demoing their respective parts. There are lots of really cool things happening in the background on the lead up that will make the wait for the debut worth it. We should have it out in either the second or third quarter of next year we hope.

I think you will be huge – Where would you like to see yourselves in five years?

In 5 years’ time we all really hope to be doing this on a full time and international scale. The growth of the band over the past year has been great, so we are all working towards the same goal of bringing the best quality music we can to our fans and really stretching further afield.

The ever-growing festival circuit is already shaping up to be great next year – are you on the bill for any yet?

The answer, there is… there is no answer. We have lots planned for next year, the album is the main priority, but we will certainly take some time out for shows and festivals. Nothing we can announce at the moment. But keep your eyes peeled. (NB Since we did this interview, Mason Hill have been announced for the main stage at Amplified festival in July – a fact about which I am majorly stoked! Beth)

You all have an awesome stage presence, and that for me is what makes you stand out from the crowd, but who is in charge?! Who is the ‘dad’ of the group – the one who makes sure everyone has their stuff, and tells everyone where to stand, etc!?

Me!! I am the boss of everyone…(not true) The live show is quite a spontaneous thing. There’s no one telling us where to move etc, we just have a great on stage chemistry. Off stage the most organised person has to be James! Unless he has had a few to many shandies!!!

You are signed to Frontiers – an amazing label to be with for such a young band – how did that come about?

Our management ‘Shock City’ proposed the idea to us initially. Our plans were for a second EP. But our management were confident we had the tracks to shop us to Frontiers. It worked, so I guess they were right! They are a great label with great bands on the roster, so it’s a privilege to work with them.

If you could be main support for any band in the world right now, who would that be?

I think in terms of an ideal pairing of bands , it would be the likes of Black Stone Cherry or Shinedown. In terms of dream band to support, for me it would be a band like Iron Maiden or Kiss, just so I could watch Eddie fighting the band from backstage every night.

What has been your favourite, or most memorable gig to date?

To date it has to the headline show in August at the Glasgow Garage. We have played some amazing shows this year like the Boardie Takeover at Download, but there is always something special about playing a venue in your hometown and getting that kind of response.

Do you have a wish list of venues you would love to play?

One of my Bucket list venues is actually on this tour. We play Glasgow Barrowlands, which I have wanted to play since I saw my first show there when I was 13. That will be a special night for sure. Having said that, I would not turn down a show in Madison Square Garden or Wembley Stadium either!

Is music now your full-time job, or are you all still gainfully employed in other professions?

I wouldn’t use the word gainfully to describe my employment, but yes music is the main priority but other work pays the bills. We aim to remedy that over the next couple of years however.

What’s worse – Fangirls or Facebook trolls?!

I’ll let you know when I have some fan girls!! Applications are open!!

And finally, completely unrelated to music, but none the less a valid and well debated argument – The Jaffa Cake – cake or biscuit?!

A question that has haunted Britain for some time. But it’s a cake. It’s in the name. Biscuits crunch Jaffa cakes do not. End of argument.

Once again, I would like to say a huge thanks to Matt, and all the Mason Hill boys, for taking the time to provide me with the answers to my questions, although you are wrong on the Jaffa cake front, but I will let that go, seeing as I would also like to apply for the position of Mason Hill Fan girl #1 – I feel I have all the correct qualities for the position in equal measures!

I for one really can’t wait to see more of these guys as often as possible. Check them out anywhere you can. Here are some useful links for you to get you started:

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Mason Hill & Hollowpoint – Live Review

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Mason Hill & Hollowpoint

The Tivoli, Buckley.

8th December 2017

By Beth Jones

9.5/10

Having seen Mason Hill at Rockwich in the summer of 2017, when this gig was announced on our doorstep, it took me all of a millisecond to decide that we were going. Not only a chance to see my new favourite band, but also to go back to my old weekly haunt for the first time in 20 years, was far too tasty a prospect to pass on, and I had been eagerly awaiting it since. Now people who know me, will know my luck when it comes to weather and I am happy to report that mother nature has kept up her 100% record of trying to foil my brilliant plans, but as yet she had not succeeded!! So with the snow still falling and icy conditions on the road, we set out to the Tivoli ready for a great night.

We arrived in one piece and where very thankful to discover that Mason Hill and Hollowpoint had also made it! Unfortunately, Anglesey’s Bad Dog had been unable to make it off the island, but hey – two out of three ain’t bad!!

The venue itself hadn’t really changed in the 20 years since I had been there last, which was pleasing. I instantly went on a nostalgia trip, pointing things out and chuckling as a million memories came flooding back. The staff where really friendly and the bar was still reasonably priced, and it was also pleasing to see a pretty good number of people had battled through the weather to support the bands.

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First up was Hollowpoint, a rock and metal band from Cheshire who supply a great mix of original tracks and classic covers, made up of Andy Cotton from Renegade, Stu Gower and Tim Hopkins from Gearjammer, Fozzy from Snakebite, and Nige Connor on vocals. I was really impressed with their sound straight away; it was very full and the vocal range of Nige was extremely impressive. They had the audience’s full attention and reeled off a host of originals and great covers at a roaring pace. Their vocal harmonies, intricate guitar work and chunky bass really filled the space and they were very upbeat and full of fun – exactly what was needed to warm all the punters up on this chilly evening. For me, their best covers where Saxon’s ‘Stand Up And Fight’, and Maiden’s ‘Hallowed Be Thy Name’ – amazing vocals on both and great twin guitar work in ‘Hallowed’. A really top way to start the evening.

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I had been making notes up until this point, but then Mason Hill came on and I was far too busy fan girling to make notes!!! What can I say about these guys…? Hell Yessss!! That is pretty much it!!!! Once again, from the first note they played, they had it. The whole crowd was with them straight away and they played with all the gusto that you would expect of a band playing a much larger venue to a much larger crowd. They gave us a mix of old and new, playing tracks from their debut EP, along with new material that will come on the hotly awaited debut album later this year.

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The thing that I love about this band so much is their commitment. Their commitment and their stage presence, and their sheer talent make for an awesome live experience. Each one of them brings something different to the table, from James Bird’s seemingly effortless solos, Matthew Ward’s bouncing bass, Marc Montgomery’s skillful guitar, Craig McFetridge’s precision drumming and all topped off perfectly with the powerful soaring vocals of Scott Taylor, all the parts sit together in perfect harmony to create, in my opinion, the most exciting new band I have seen in many many years.

They switch between the heavier riffs of ‘Now You See Me’, to the soaring ballad ‘Where I Belong’ (which is simply a stunning song by the way) with total fluidity and just keep giving song after song after song of the quality that have the potential to be great rock anthems of the future.

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Just for fun, as a finale, the guys threw in a perfect cover of Mountain’s ‘Mississippi Queen’. Yes. Awesome.

By the end, Scott said that his voice was going (not that you would have noticed from where we were sat) and I get the feeling that he had maybe pushed just a little bit too hard. And that would be my only one point about the whole night. Scott please look after that voice – we need it to go on for a long time yet!!!

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In summary, although the weather outside was frightful, the bands were so delightful, and as long as there’s Mason Hill, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!! I came out of the venue a very happy Beth and smiled all the way home. Incidentally this was the maiden date of Mason Hill’s first ever tour and I am so glad to be able to say I was there. Looking forward immensely to seeing these guys again at Amplified Festival in the summer.

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Silent Descent – Turn to Grey

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SILENT DESCENT

TURN TO GREY

8 OUT OF 10

RUNNING TIME: 47:14

SELF-RELEASED/DOMINO PR

Release Date: 30/11/2017

 

You know that feeling when you have been given an album to review and it’s been sitting in the “awaiting review” folder on your laptop for too long and then when you do finally review it, you think to yourself why didn’t I review this before now? No? Well, that’s exactly how I felt when I listened to this for the first time. Why the hell did I leave it so long?

Formed in Dartford (just down the road from me really) in 2005, this sextet has a back catalogue and a background that is more than impressive. In 2007, they entered the TotalRock Radio global unsigned bands awards, winning the “Symphonic Rock/Metal” category (coming 4th overall in the competition) and in 2008, after the release of their debut full length album, Duplicity, the guys won Kerrang’s Unsigned Live Competition. On top of all this, they have played slots at Download, Full Force and Bloodstock Festivals and have sold out shows up and down the country.

Once described as “Enter Shikari for sweaty goths,” Silent Descent embrace the sounds that were present when the post-hardcore metal genre was most popular. With bands such as Enter Shikari, Asking Alexandria, The Devil Wears Prada and Bring Me The Horizon as role models, Silent Descent supersede all of these by not only including the synth-heavy hooks and growling vocals but taking it one step further. They combine the bounce of Nu-Metal and the energy of electronicore and have produced a sound individual to them.

Says the band: “Our teenage years were arguably one of the most interesting periods for the alternative scene. Silent Descent is by no means a Nu-Metal band, but we wanted to capture that vibe of a signature sound, a vibe that listeners get instantly when listening to one of our tracks.”

Transcending multiple genres, “Turn To Grey” is the band’s third full length album, and although it may have taken four years for this record to be made, it is definitely worth the wait. The guys have the approach of a band keen to move forward and have, this time, made a record not only for their loyal fans but also for themselves, and it is a record that represent the depths and diversity of their influences and catches the essence of the band more than any of their previous releases.

With heavy guitar riffs combined with the sounds of synths, the band are slightly heavier than some of their predecessors, but this is by no means a bad thing. The rough vocals mix well with the smooth and it is obvious this is a band with an amazing talent. I was never really a fan of the post-hardcore genre at the time, although I am being slowly influenced by my sixteen-year-old son, who is a huge Bring Me The Horizon fan, and, when I started out on my reviewing journey, I dreaded the thought of reviewing such an band!

I must say now, that I greatly underestimated the genre. I absolutely loved this album, and a week in my car is testament to that. One of the traits that drew me to BMTH (after being dragged to a gig by afore-mentioned son) was the addictive, catchy, almost melodic choruses that broke up the harshness of the songs. Silent Descent have mastered this trait almost to perfection, and I must also add their keyboardist/synths guy is just amazing.

Stand out songs for me were the title track, Vortex, which features Björn “Speed” Strid of Soilwork fame, and Rob Rodda.

If you are a fan of the post-hardcore genre then go get this album straight away. I will guarantee you will love it….even my teenage son gave this album the thumbs up!

 

TRACK LISTING

  • 1. X
  • 2. Turn to Grey
  • 3. Vortex
  • 4. Rob Rodda
  • 5. Sticky Fingers
  • 6. Voices
  • 7. Gravesend
  • 8. Under the Eagle
  • 9. Paths Winding
  • 10. Hurt Like You’ve Never Been Loved
  • 11. Back to Where I Belong
  • 12. Break the Skies

 

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Forged In Black – Sinner Sanctorum EP

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Forged In Black – Sinner Sanctorum EP

Running Tine 26:19

Release Date 02-09-2017

Independent/Imperative PR

Album Review Tsarina Wilson

9/10

Forged In Black have been around since 2013 (when they changed their name from Merciless Fail) and released their self-titled debut album that year (which was a re-release of the Merciless Fail material, with new tracks and artwork). They have worked with some epic producers who have worked with bands from Motorhead to Black Sabbath but have their own unique, high quality sound.

Their first EP proper “The Tide” was also released in 2013, as was the single ‘The Exodus’ which was produced by Romesh Dodangoda (Motorhead, Bullet For My Valentine, Sylosis) These releases proved that Forged In Black were the real deal.

After teaming up with legendary producer Chris Tsangarides for 2016 EP “Fear Reflecting Fear” they decided that they didn’t want to mess about with a winning partnership and went back into the studio with Chris for this new EP “Sinner Sanctorum”. Let’s face it, Chris Tsangarides has worked with everyone (Judas Priest, Ozzy, Thin Lizzy, Black Sabbath, UFO…the list is endless) and, once again, he has guided this band superbly with “Sinner Sanctorum” easily being the best material Forged In Black have released.

To start with the lead vocals of Chris ‘Stoz’ Storozynski are amazing and leave you in no doubt about this bands ability. His voice is both sharp and gritty and he possesses great range. Guitar work from Andy Songhurst and Chris Bone is awesome, playing riffs that are almost hypnotic and will have you playing air guitar wherever you are! Add to that the powerful drumming of Kev Rochester and bass of Kieron Rochester keep the boundless energy going throughout the duration of the EP.

Forged In Black have been on the road with likes of The Deep, Breed 77, Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens, Savage Messiah, Neverworld and Praying Mantis, to name but a few, and the confidence of this band shows through in their music! My favourite track is ‘Crimson Echoes ’with the beautiful guitar work at the beginning leading you into a false sense of security. Just when you think it’s going to be a gentle song BOOM a huge riff kicks in and vocals that have you reaching for the volume button to crank it up a bit louder!

I don’t see Forged In Black being on the road supporting other bands for much longer, they will be the headliner and the go to band for many metal fans filling concert venues wherever they go. They are the complete package… powerful and entertaining yet full of fury!

Forged In Black need to get a full length album released as they are just so good and I for one will be at the front of the queue to get my copy when it happens.

 

TRACKLIST

  • 01 There’s Always Time
  • 02 Pay The Price
  • 03 Sinner Sanctorum
  • 04 Crimson Echoes

 

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Twelve Noon – Saints and Sinners

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Twelve Noon – Saints and Sinners

Running Time 45:02

Release date-9th June 2017

Eclipse Records

Album Review by Tsarina Wilson

8/10

Listening to “Saints And Sinners”, the debut album from Pittsburgh based Twelve Noon, you get the feeling you are listening to a compilation album of great metal bands, Metallica and Slipknot to name just a couple, with Michael Loew’s amazing vocals going from strong to raw it’s refreshing to hear and a pleasure to listen too.

Twelve Noon were formed in 2015 by Rob Heil (Guitar) and Michael Loew (Vocals) and they began by performing in bars performing cover songs but gradually added their own material into the set. It became obvious, very quickly, that people were really enjoying the new songs, so Twelve Noon gave up the covers and concentrated on their own music.

In 2016 the band had amassed enough of their own songs to be able to go into the studio with Bobby Balow who took them to his studio Raytown Productions. There they recorded ten of their own tracks. The album was named “Saints And Sinners”. Soon after, they independently released the album and sent it to various labels and promoters in the industry,

The band then started gigging throughout Western Pennsylvania as a support band with such bands as We Are Harlot and Texas Hippie Coalition, then in January 2017 A&R Executive Chris Poland heard their music and quickly signed them to Eclipse Records, which Rob Heil has described as a “pleasure and experience” because of Chris’s hard work and passion for the industry.

When listening to “Saints And Sinners” you hear a lot of personal experiences coming through in the lyrics, ‘Bottom Of A Bottle’ and ‘Hope In Tragedy’ being two examples. There is a lot of raw emotion within this album but also love, healing and positivity, and within these songs there is much you can relate to yourself. The honesty within the lyrics makes it refreshing to know that others can go through such things yet come out the other side stronger than ever.

The track ‘No Way Out’ (this was the debut single from the album) is almost a way of telling their fans they are in this for the long haul, which in this day and age of bands that come and go is good to hear as their music is brilliant. The video to it shows just how good the whole band are with guitar playing that will keep you mesmerized and some awesome drumming

Along with Rob and Michael there is Tim Clark on bass, John Devlin on guitar and Justin Runkel on drums and together they make up an epic Modern Rock/Metal band. They have a way of getting so many emotions into their songs, from the heavy rawness of the title track to amazing riffs in ‘Carry On’. “Saints And Sinners” is an album that you will listen to over and over again. It just has that feel good factor and is so impressive, especially for a debut!

TRACKLIST

  • 01 Change My Ways
  • 02 Breaking Down
  • 03 Saints And Sinners
  • 04 Hope In Tragedy
  • 05 Better Side
  • 06 Carry On
  • 07 No Way Out
  • 08 Back For More
  • 09 Bottom Of A Bottle
  • 10 The End

 

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Homerik – Homerik

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HOMERIK

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6.5 OUT OF 10

RUNNING TIME: 46:33

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Release Date: HALLOWEEN 2017

 

I always knew when Rick at Ever Metal asked me to do him a favour and review a band for him that it was not going to be a run of the mill band. I knew there was going to be diversity and that there was a very good chance that I wouldn’t like the album. I think Rick assumed that too, and how I love proving him wrong.

Homerik are an American band formed in New York City but after listening to the album, you could assume that they had, in fact, come from anywhere in the world, and this is where the diversity comes in.

A trio comprising of composer and lyricist, Kenneth Candelas and two further lyricists, Andrew Petriske and Obed Gonzalez, they are a melting pot of different cultures and musicianships.  Unsatisfied with mainstream metal and the amount of “regurgitated” stuff around at the moment, they wanted people to look into the possibilities of metal and how such a brutal genre could be made into something beautiful and unique.

Andrew and Ken both derive their inspiration from the many genres of metal the band are influenced by, but, as a whole, they are not shy of exploring other genres of music.

Swayed by their interests which include (to name a few) Ancient Egypt, Dark Fantasy, Lord of the Rings, Norse Mythology and Game of Thrones, they have orchestrated a force of guitars, drums, bassoon (how often do you hear of one of those in metal music!?) piano, brass and strings, that would be worthy of the inclusion into any film score. All this is complemented by the mystifying and alto vocal work of Carla Candelas and Nilsa Astacio, who, combined together, make a chillingly beautiful narrative of a little girl who suffers reoccurring nightmares of abuse and neglect.

Classed by themselves on their Facebook page as Symphonic, Progressive Death Metal, I would also like to add “atmospheric.” With influences such as (deep breath here) Nightwish, Wintersun, Nile, Deicide, Behemoth, Symphony X, Children of Bodom, King Diamond, Opeth, Epica and Kamelot (and that wasn’t all of them!) it is easy to see elements of every one of these bands showing throughout the music and the band can easily switch from one sound to the next, showing great diversity and, above all, talent!

Says Obed Gonzalez: “what you are about to listen to is a project made by people, for people, and for it to unify the world and their peoples.” If any band could manage to unify the world with their music, then this band could. With classic death metal vocals to accompany the symphonic aspects of the band, there are also the sounds of Asia and the Middle East all thrown in for good measure.

This album is not going to appeal to everyone, but even then, it has an approachability to all music listeners whether they are devout music fans or not!

If you like your metal straight forward and in your face then don’t buy this album, but if you like something a bit different, a bit atmospheric and a bit eccentric even, then this is the album for you.

I liked it, proving Rick and, probably myself, wrong…..you might just do!

 

TRACK LISTING

  • 1. Into the Pits of Oblivion 01:53
  •  2. Unforgotten Kin 03:14
  •  3. An Angel of Darkness 04:49
  •  4. Curse of the Black Nile 05:45
  •  5. The “Ire” of Green 03:58
  •  6. Wendigo 05:00
  •  7. The Balance of Power 05:39
  •  8. Bread and Circuses 03:22
  •  9. A Song of the Night: Part I 07:15
  •  10. The Legion 05:35

 

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