Angel Heart – Angel Heart

Angel Heart Cover

ANGEL HEART – ANGEL HEART
Mighty Music
Release Date 18-05-2018
Running Time 48:08
Reviewer Tsarina Wilson
9.5/10

Most members of the band Angel Heart are part of the established Norwegian heavy metal band Highland Glory and have musical roots that go back to 1980’s hard rock such as Judas Priest and Queensryche. The group’s line up consists of the clean, crisp voice of Trine Elise Johanson, keyboards and guitars by Lars Andre’ Larsen, drums by Morten Faeovig and bass by Oystein Aaseby Pedersen, and together they make an amazing band. They released their debut album on 18th May 2018, the self-titled “Angel Heart”.

This album has lots of great qualities. Trine’s voice is just outstanding, so clean and crisp and just one of those voices you can listen to, close your eyes and drift off to another world. The guitar riffs keep you wanting more with every song and with a drum beat that has you playing air drums, what is there not to like with this album? It’s fun, it’s punchy, it’s emotional and it’s packed with energy from start to finish. Even if you’re not into rock music, this album is catchy and such a great listen.

The stereotypical rock music from Norway seems to have to an assumed persona of harsh looking and gruff sounding, but this is like night and day to what you think it is going to be. The intense lyrics of ‘She Is Strong’ chill you to the bone, and, being a mother myself this hit a chord with me. It is very much a girl power song, a real anthem to us ladies, and with power melodies “angel’s face and angel heart,” the intensity of the music brought a tear to my eye.

Then there’s ‘Rock Friends’. The guitar riffs that start this off are just amazing. And hey, we all have rock friends. I can see this being sung loud and proud at any concert about true friendships and being there for each other, and the lyrics “we’ll be friends until the end” sums up most rock friendships.

Worth the Wait? Yes, it has been as I can’t say one bad word about this album. It has everything you could want in a rock album; a knock out rock beat, amazing guitar riffs, and such outstanding vocals. The songs have so much meaning behind them, they are catchy, and you will know the words in no time. Rest assured you will soon be singing along with them at the top of your voice (and this is where I say sorry to my neighbours!)
It’s very rare to find an album where there isn’t at least one track you’re not into, not sure of or don’t like. Well, this is one such album as I love every single one of them. The listener is transported from Hard Rock to Soft in a heartbeat and without losing any of the enjoyment.

The last track ‘Sailing Against The Wind’ is very emotional, a story of loss but remembered always in dreams, compared to the rest of the album. This is an emotional roller coaster and if you have ever lost anyone special this will certainly hit home.
If this is their debut album, then I hope they are already writing new material for the next one as I will be waiting for it. Just brilliant!

 

TRACK LISTING
01. Burning Desire
02. Run Away With Me
03. I Don’t Need Love
04. Forever Free
05. She Is Strong
06. My Spirit Will Live On
07. Rock Friends
08. Worth The Wait
09. Sailing Against The Wind
SOCIAL MEDIA
https://www.facebook.com/AngelHeartTheBand/

http://mightymusic.dk/
https://www.facebook.com/mightymusic666/

 

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Kissin’ Dynamite – Ecstasy

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KISSIN’ DYNAMITE – ECSTASY
Metal Blade Records
Release Date: 06/07/2018
Running Time 53:12
Review by Lotty Whittingham
10/10

German Hard Rockers KISSIN’ DYNAMITE have been on the radar for quite some time now, over the past few years they have been earning the respect and recognition from fans and critics alike. They released a new album a couple of months back. It’s the appropriately named “Ecstasy” and it is more than safe to say that it is a new gem for the Hard Rock Community.

Long-time fans of the band are aware that Kissin’ Dynamite are well known for their solid discography containing tight vocal work, excellent riffs and solos creating outstanding melodies. Their latest release is no exception to the rule, in fact this is their best release to date.

When you are having one of those days where everything is going wrong or if you are simply feeling down and lost; there is a song for that. ‘I’ve Got The fire’ is one of those uplifting songs that will brighten anyone’s day, especially with its powerful chorus. Along with the empowering ‘You’re Not Alone’ these two songs are a great way to kick off the record.

“Ecstasy” contains an eclectic selection of tracks. You have the likes of the title track and ‘Superhuman’ that give you an instant energy boost with their rapid beats and passionate melodies. There are some sweeping, inspirational tunes within songs such as ‘Breaking The Silence’ and ‘Waging War’. There is sass in the track ‘Somebody’s Gotta Do It’. The ballads ‘Still Around’ and ‘Heart Of Stone’ contain that special something for the listeners to enjoy and appreciate.

The title track provides power and punch; the first few seconds make you want to go somewhere as fast as you can. It gives off confidence and supremacy with its upbeat melody and fast paced rhythm, particularly ideal for that important gym workout or training run for that vital marathon. Guest vocalist Anna Brunner (EXIT EDEN) emphasises this power with her passionate vocal work.

The song ‘Breaking The Silence’ can quite easily start a revolution with its line “Can you hear us? We’re here to break the silence.” This dominant melody inspires listeners with its marching beat, powerful vocals and excellent guitar work. The chorus sticks in your head for days on end after the first listen, that’s the power this track has.

Across their discography, there is one common occurrence: KISSIN’ DYNAMITE’s talent to create some beautiful ballads. ‘If Clocks Were Running Backwards’, ‘Fireflies’ and ‘The Final Dance’ are the ones that come to mind. It is more than safe to say that both ‘Still Around’ and ‘Heart Of Stone’ can be added to this list. ‘Still Around’ reminds one of BON JOVI classic ‘Always’ not just with the melody and beat but with the vocal work. The stripped-down ‘Heart Of Stone’ provides a stunning end to a truly remarkable album.

Conclusion? This album is a fantastic treat for the fans of the band, the Hard Rock community and anyone who is looking for something different to add to their discography. It is mandatory that you crank up the volume to this album and enjoy the passion that this record gives off.

 

TRACKLIST
01 I’ve Got The Fire
02. You’re Not Alone
03. Somebody’s Gotta Do It
04. Ecstasy
05. Still Around
06. Superhuman
07. Placebo
08. Breaking The Silence
09. Waging War
10. One More Time
11. Heart Of Stone
SOCIAL MEDIA
https://www.kissin-dynamite.de/en/
https://www.facebook.com/Kissindynamiterocks/

https://www.instagram.com/kissin_dynamite/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAFZYLnN2-VUBzzAEjwrGSQ

 

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Saffire – Where The Monsters Dwell

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SAFFIRE – WHERE THE MONSTERS DWELL
Perris Records
Release Date: 20/04/2018
Running Time: 49:23
Review by Dawn “The Metal Priestess” King
9/10

Next on my list of albums to review was another Swedish rock band. This time, it was the turn of Saffire, another Gothenburg based hard rock band, and what a band they are.
Formed in 2005 when Victor Olsson and Dino Zuzic were still at school, their idea was to form a band based on old school hard rock and metal, but with a modern twist to it. They claim to be for fans of “80’s melodic hard rock bands like Deep Purple and Rainbow” and, although I can see where this label comes from (at times the singer has more than a resemblance to the late, great Ronnie James Dio!) I would compare them more to power metal bands Firewind and Evergrey.

The band underwent several personnel changes before settling on their final line up of Victor Olsson on guitars, Tobias Jansson (former singer with fellow Swedish band Evil Masquerade) on vocals, Dino Zuzic on keyboards, Magnus Karlsson on bass and Anton Roos on drums in 2010 and a self-titled EP was recorded and released the same year.

The band played a lot of live shows and in 2013 they signed with Inner Wound Recordings for the release of their debut full length album “From Ashes To Fire.” The album was highly praised all over the world and Rocknytt.net, Sweden’s biggest rock website, placed the album in their top 10 list of best albums of 2013.

They toured all over Scandinavia, playing some of the biggest festivals like Sabaton Open Air and the Ton of Rock Gothenburg Sound Festival, alongside bands such as Slayer, Steel Panther, At The Gates and Sabaton.

November 2015 saw them release their second album “For The Greater Good” and, like its predecessor, was highly praised worldwide, leading to a sold-out release show in Gothenburg in January 2016, and many festival appearances that year including the Sweden Rock Festival, Metallsvenskan, Skogsröjet and Rock In Lisch, with bands such as Queen, Ghost, Twisted Sister and The Hellacopters.

“Where The Monsters Dwell” is the band’s third release and is nearly fifty minutes of real quality. This is a band who have mastered the art of song writing and are all superb musicians, two of the most important elements of being a band.

I love rock and metal bands that have strong vocals, whether that’s just in the power and intensity of the singing or whether the vocals have something different or special about them, and Tobias Jansson certainly pulls this off. From the very first note of the very first song I knew he was special. As I previously mentioned he wouldn’t be out of place singing for the likes of Firewind or Evergrey, two other bands I absolutely adore.

It’s not just the vocals that make this album though. The four other members are simply outstanding musicians. The guitar work is almost flawless, with fantastic solos and riffs that will get your head banging, even if you don’t want it to! The drumming is tight and energetic, and I would love to see Anton, the drummer, in action in a live setting. I can imagine him hitting those skins as if his life depended on it.

The album, as a whole, is straightforward, down to earth heavy rock/metal. I don’t like to pigeon hole bands so whether you consider these guys heavy rock or metal, I don’t really care. All I know is this album will have you dancing around the living room, strumming your air guitar and banging away on those air drums like a loon.

I had been listening to the album in my car until today when I decided to buy a set of external speakers for my laptop! And I must say, the louder you play this album, the better it sounds. I thought it was awesome anyway but coming through those speakers, it just blew me away.

It combines elements of a whole range of genre, from heavy, traditional metal to power metal, and there are even some funky grooves thrown in too. Of course, there is the obligatory ballad in Fortress, but it certainly doesn’t sound out of place on this album.

I am rather ashamed to say that I hadn’t heard of this band before reviewing this album, but for a relatively young band still, they have produced something that is mature and, I’ll say it again, of real quality. I will certainly be checking out their previous albums and am definitely a fan since listening to this.

If you have never heard of Saffire then you are missing out in a big way! Go grab yourself a copy of this album and see for yourself.

I just have one question for the band…………. WHEN ARE YOU COMING TO LONDON????
Simply awesome!!

 

TRACK LISTING
1. Wolf Among The Sheep
2. Hard To Keep, Hard To Find
3. Valley Of The Damned
4. Broken Crown
5. Where The Monsters Dwell
6. How Cold Is Your Blood
7. Road To Paradise
8. Perfectly Worthless
9. Dark Horizon
10. Fortress
11. The Rainmaker

SOCIAL MEDIA
https://www.facebook.com/saffiresweden/
http://saffire.se/
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Ragenheart – The Last King

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Ragenheart – The Last King
Independent / Distribution Steel Gallery Records
Release Date: 30/03/2018
Running Time: 48:42
Review by Dawn “The Metal Priestess” King
9/10

After not having reviewed anything for a while due to personal circumstances, I needed something with a bang to come back to. I let Rick decide what to give me and boy does that guy know my taste in music. Enter Ragenheart and their new album The Last King!

Ragenheart are a Greek power metal band, forming in 2003 and composing their name by combining the phrase Rage In Heart. Founding members were Angel Priest on guitars and John Koronaios on vocals and they soon enlisted “Speedy” Nick on drums. The addition of Nikos Michalakalos on bass in 2004 and Stavros Papazoglou on keyboards in 2006 completed the line up and they soon released a five track demo.

Kostas Athanasoglou (Steel Gallery Records) and Greg Varsamis (Eat Metal Records) listened to the demo and decided to help the band, offering them the chance to open a gig for the legendary Hair Apparent. With their continued assistance, the band had several support shows for bands like Cloven Hoof and Leatherwolf.

2010 saw the release of their successful debut, Ragenheart and now in 2018, they release their second full length album The Last King.

So what can I say about this album? Well, a few words spring to mind….fantastic, great, awesome to name some but the best I can come up with is that this is a true power metal album in every sense of the word.

This is a stunning album with songs combining influences from the whole range of power metal from early Queensryche, to Dio, Riot, Savatage and Warlord. The vocals from John Koronaios are superb, the melodies and composition are fantastic and the production is bright, clear and powerful.

The tracks are full of crunching, heavy guitars and harsh drums, but with the obligatory power ballad or two. There are no bad songs on the album and none that could be considered fillers.

I had this in my car for weeks and didn’t want to take it out again. Stand out songs for me were, amongst others, title track The Last King, Fear and Metal Rules The Night (The 80’s Outcast), which really does sound like it came straight from the 1980’s.

In my opinion, no one does power metal better than the Europeans and I absolutely adore the little twang that appears in European singers vocals at times. Koronaios is an awesome vocalist and he sings English almost perfectly but the little accent that appear every now and then just gives him, in my opinion, that little bit of an edge.

If you are a power metal fan, like me, you will love this album. Even the cover has that typical power metal feel! But, even if you are not a power metal fan, this album has element of lots of genres of metal thrown in, so there should be something for everyone!

I had never heard of Ragenheart before I had reviewed this album, but I will definitely go back and check out there previous album and also will be keeping an eye and an ear out for any new stuff they release in the future.

TRACK LISTING:
1. A Thousand Years Empire
2. The Last King
3. Fear
4. Echo
5. Mirror
6. Metal Rules the Night (The 80s Outcast)
7. Dreamer
8. Blind Alley
9. Forever Rain
10. The End
11. Our Mighty Past

SOCIAL MEDIA:
http://www.ragenheart.net/
https://www.facebook.com/Ragenheart-162745123756811/
https://myspace.com/ragenheart
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Yatin Srivastava Project – Chaos//Despair

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YATIN SRIVASTAVA PROJECT – CHAOS//DESPAIR
Incendia Music
Release Date: 25/05/2018
Running Time: 47:06
Review by Dawn “The Metal Priestess” King
8/10

After reviewing the Nitish Pires album recently, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on yet another Indian metal album, and this time it was the new release by the Yatin Srivastava Project, Chaos//Despair. Yatin is a guitar player / musician based in New Delhi, India, and this is his first full length album.

Having started out as a bedroom project, Yatin has taken huge steps to get out there as a full-blown progressive rock/progressive metal band in the Indian and United Kingdom independent music scene and has previously released two EP’s (“The Dream Plays in Reverse” and “Constructing an Acoustic Dream”), a live DVD as well as two brand new singles and has been featured in UK magazines “Powerplay Magazine” and “Fireworks Magazine.”

With influences ranging from Porcupine Tree, Karnivool and TesseracT to Tool, Devin Townsend Project and Opeth, it is clear where their sound leans. Taking its original inspirations from the soundscapes and ambience of Porcupine Tree, Pink Floyd, Karnivool and so on, they have mixed in an element of electronic music inspired by bands such as Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails to create a personalised sound the band can call their own. On the live stage, they are lead by a powerful female voice, courtesy of Marissa Landy and incorporate a tight musical section comprising of Archie Farrer on bass, Sam Machin on guitars and Arjun Gupta on the drums.

At just over 47 minutes long, and almost two years in the making, the album is divided into two broad themes of “Chaos” and “Despair” and mostly deals with Yatin’s experiences throughout the last few years, with topics such as political disarray, religious fear-mongering, war, loss, lack of inter-personal connections and battles relating to mental health and personal strife all making an appearance.

“The sonically diverse record’s goal is to make the listener think, and possibly continue the conversation, about things that are usually not talked about in society today,” says the band’s notes. And if an album can conjure that from a listener then I think its half way there to winning the battle.

Most of the album was produced by Yatin himself in various living rooms and makeshift studios but the band decided to record the drums at Plug n Play Studios with musician-extraordinaire Anindo Bose (founding member of Indian Fusion band “Advaita”). It also features an array of guest musicians including Craig Blundell (Steve Wilson) and Bruce Soord (The Pineapple Thief) as well as various Indian artists prevalent in the Indian music industry including Dhruv Visvanath, Kunal Singh (The Stage 2 Competitor), Sanjeeta Bhattacharya (Berklee Alumni) and Arjun Mathur (Meinl Drums Endorsee).

I didn’t mind this album, although it is a little too proggy for me. I like my music a bit more in your face than this, but I think a lot of progressive rock and progressive metal fans will love this. It has an ambience about it that is synonymous to the progressive side of the genre and, with the crossover between prog and electronic, it should appeal to a wide range of listeners.

Indian metal/rock music is a genre I had never explored before but if the last two Indian albums I have reviewed are anything to go by, it’s something that I won’t be ignoring again. Go and check Yatin Srivastava Project out…. you might just be surprised!

 

TRACK LISTING

  •  1. Alive
  •  2. Ozone
  •  3. Cognizance
  •  4. The Unknown
  •  5. Program.Obsolete
  •  6. Forgotten

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

https://www.facebook.com/YatinSrivastavaProjectOfficial/

http://www.yatinsproject.com/

  • www.twitter.com/yatinsri951
  • www.instagram.com/yastinsproject

 

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