Rising Steel – Fight Them All

Rising Steel – Fight Them All
Frontiers Music srl
Release Date: 04/09/2020
Running Time: 54:01
Review by Chris Palmer
9.5/10

Hailing from the shores of France comes Heavy Metal quintet Rising Steel. Armed with second full-length album, “Fight Them All”, the band are hellbent on joining legendary bands Iron Maiden and Judas Priest at the summit of the Heavy Metal and NWOBHM genre.

Formed in 2012 and comprising of Emmanuelson (Vocals), Steel Zard (Drums), Flo Dust (Bass), and the twin guitar attack of Tony Steel and Mat Heavy Jones, the band delivers a delightful concoction of explosive riffing, crushing rhythms, and soaring vocals. Such an arsenal has been developed and perfected across an EP (2015’s “Warlord”) and debut full-length album (2016’s “Return of The Warlord”).

This year sees these warriors return to wet our palates once again with the superb “Fight Them All”. Released back in September via Frontiers Records, this second full-length offers the listener eleven slabs of Heavy Metal epicness across fifty-four minutes. And, you know that you’re in for a treat the second you press play, as the sound of beautiful heavy riffs launch you into opener ‘Mystic Voices’, which sets the tone for the album.

Title track, ‘Fight Them All’, is a battle cry of epic proportions. With its combination of powerful vocals, pummelling riffs, thunderous basslines, and pounding drums, it ploughs forward at breakneck speed and is topped by exquisite shredding solos during the song’s second half. With excitement and anticipation increasing, you’re not disappointed, as you come face to face with the storming, neck-breaking ‘Steel Hammer’. At 6+ minutes in length, it’s the longest track on offer in this collection, and what a masterpiece it is.

With your pulse racing after the opening three numbers, Rising Steel offers absolutely no respite, as the quintet pound the senses with the fast-paced ‘Blackheart’ and savage…erm…’Savage’! The tempo decreases a teeny, tiny notch for ‘Gloomy World’, yet the heavy rhythm will still urge you to nod along passionately. After 5+ minutes of being reminded of this gloomy world, these Frenchmen lead into the evil, enchanting sorcery of ‘Malefice’ and its wonderfully heavy reverberations. Such is the pull of evil sorcery here; you’ll feel obliged to press the repeat button numerous times.

Swiftly following is another avalanche of insanely heavy riffs, ‘Metal Nation’. This is another battle cry to Heavy/Thrash Metal, and will surely become a signature song in Rising Steel’s live playlist. Afterall, we all ride our lives for musical passion in this scene, and play heavy music for a Heavy Nation! Just when you thought things couldn’t get any better, the sounds of ‘Pussy’ blast through the headphones in an ode to our favourite type of music and feline friends. Surely, we all pray that Rock ‘N’ Rolls saves our souls, and listen to Heavy Metal and love our pussycats!

‘Led By Judas’ keeps the momentum going with those familiar riffs and an excellent vocal attack, as Emmanuelson and Co lead you into album closer, ‘Master Control’. They leave one of the heaviest numbers until last, and what a delight it is! Its heavy, chugging riffs will literally pound you into submission, leaving you feeling battered and bruised as the deafening silence greets you at album’s end. Although satisfied, the temptation to repeat will prove too hard to resist, and around you’ll go again…!

Overall, “Fight Them All” is an intoxicating piece of work. Although nothing new is being done here, that’s not the point, for this is a wonderful collection of songs that should help Rising Steel climb further up the ladder of the Heavy Metal/NWOBHM genre. It is an album chock full of soaring vocals, punishing drums, pounding basslines, and purely outstanding guitar-play, all put together with a battle cry, and a delightful sense of humour. An essential addition to anyone’s heavy music collection, and remember to love those pussycats!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Mystic Voices
02. Fight Them All
03. Steel Hammer
04. Blackheart
05. Savage
06. Gloomy World
07. Malefice
08. Metal Nation
09. Pussy
10. Led By Judas
11. Master Control

LINE-UP:
Emmanuelson – Vocals
Tony Steel – Guitars
Mat Heavy Jones – Guitars
Steel Zard – Drums
Flo Dust – Bass

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Sins Of Shadows – The Master’s Way

Sins Of Shadows – The Master’s Way
Self-Released
Release Date: 25/05/2020
Running Time: 42:44
Review by Victor Augusto
8/10

I guess everyone who reads my reviews knows that I am the worst person in the world to write introductions, but today I will try something which I have learnt from reading my Ever Metal colleagues reviews. I have realized that I must be more polite and humanize myself, because I’ve never asked a simple and basic question to you all and this question is “How are you, my friends?” Ok, considering I’ve already used up all of my sympathy, now I can talk about the review (Sorry, next time I will try to be as sweet as my mates, today I have failed). However, I’m talking about how to be sweet and I guess this word is the one that mostly defines the band I am going to review today. A sweet band, that’s if this crazy definition even exists!

No. It doesn’t mean a lack of heaviness of aggressiveness or all good adjectives that metalheads love to hear about a Heavy Metal band. Sins of Shadows incorporate many different styles but all of them are sublimely diluted throughout the songs. To make it easier to understand, I prefer to say that they are a Heavy Metal band who use influences from classic Iron Maiden to something more complex like Iced Earth, especially with the heaviness of the wall of guitar from Nicolas Jacon. The bass lines of Sébastien Normand follow the ideas of good and traditional heavy metal. There appears to be more space for independent lines, maybe, due to the fact they have just one guitarist!

My great surprise was to hear Elena Penalver singing. I love to hear female voices in Heavy Metal bands, and I miss more women doing it. I confess I am not a huge fan of soprano voices, despite all the beauty of it, but Elena uses her clean vocal with good high ranges, and her vocal interpretation is very well inspired from the likes of Dio, Bruce Dickinson and Eric Adams. She has a good balance between melody and aggression.

You can hear the entire album without becoming bored, because the band always bring a drastic change to their sonority. I can highlight the beautiful solo in ‘Not In My World’, it is very well worked out as are the good bluesy cadence and rhythmical breaks throughout it. ‘Today’s The Day’ reminded me a lot Iron Maiden. It sounds like a faster version of ‘The Longest Day’ from the not so famous, but amazing, album “A Matter of Life and Death”. Of course, it is a version full of heaviness but, sometimes, the drums follow a similar cadence to what we are used to hearing from Mr. Nicko McBrain.

Do you want more examples of all drastic changes of the band’s music? If your answer is yes, then you must hear the beautiful instrumental ‘The Mountain’. It is very Swedish Melodic Death Metal in style and oriented to the classic Dark Tranquility albums, without losing the main identity of the band’s sonority. ‘Sense of Hope’ also grabbed my attention because of the clean guitar intro and by the way it progressively changes and grows.

Now I’ll try to explain my insane words about the band during my intro to this review. There is a ‘feel good’ atmosphere listening to the “The Master’s Way” and I guess it reflects the spirit of the three members from this amazing French band. Three seemingly sweet people projecting their feeling on their music. Of course, I like all the versatility and desire to cover different genres. All melodies are well done throughout and fit well alongside all the riffs. Maybe the production could have had some close attention to really explore all their potential, but it doesn’t let Sins Of Shadows down. Take a day when you want to relax to listen to this album. That would be the perfect way to enjoy this great work.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Master’s Way
02. A Man in the Crowd
03. Not in My World
04. Today’s the Day
05. Far from Me
06. The Mountain
07. Sense of Hope
08. My Lost City

LINE-UP:
Nicolas Jacon – Guitars
Elena Penalver – Vocals
Sebastien Normand – Bass

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EMQ’s with BLACK HORIZON

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EMQ’s with BLACK HORIZON

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with French Heavy Metal band Black Horizon. Huge thanks to them for taking part!

What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

Hi. I’m Dom and I play bass guitar in BLACK HORIZON. We play heavy metal!!!
The band was born in the south of Paris in 1991 with my brother Seb and a great friend of us on the guitars. After many changes, Fifi (drums) arrived in 2002 and Alex (lead vocals) in 2017. We’ve played with many other bands like Blaze Bayley, Paul di Anno, Satan Joker, Killers, Tank… in France, Belgium, Russia… and recorded many EP and one LP “The Choice” before “Dark Light”.

How did you come up with your band name?

We choose our name using the initials “B” and “H” in memory of our friend Hervé Boucher who died in sad circumstances when he was very young. We would like to pay homage to him and to keep thinking about him when we play music. His disappearance is probably a source of inspiration for the dark side of some of our lyrics…!

What country are you from and what is the metal scene like there?

We come from France. Metal scene is not very well considered in this country! In fact, there are many very good bands but Heavy Metal stays an underground scene (most of the part, of course…)! Most of people here are attracted by big festivals where they can see all their favourite bands at one time, but it’s more difficult with smaller concerts.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

In the past, we took part in one French Heavy Metal compilation and one tribute album to a French speed metal band called “Killers” and we have released 3 EP’s:
Our first one was “Did You Hear It? After, we put out “The 1st Door” and “T.I.M.E.”!
Then we released our 1st album “The Choice”. This is the first part of the story told in “Dark Light “, our new album. It’s a story about a guy, schizophrenic, who’s watching for his past, looking for the reason why he is killing insane people! Listen to the new album, you’ll discover why…! 😉
“Dark Light” will be released on May 17th around the world via German label “Pure Steel Publishing”.
We were lucky to have with us Blaze Bayley the ex-singer of Iron Maiden. He participates in a duet with Alex on one of our songs ‘Walking Close To Me’.
We also have a second special guest, Andy Kuntz, the singer of Vanden Plas, who was kind enough to sing on an acoustic version of a love song ‘Miles Away’!
We worked very hard to propose to our fans a product of quality concerning the sound as well as the inside artwork.
We are very proud of what we are going to propose and can’t wait to share it with you.

Who have been your greatest influences?

For me, it’s Iron Maiden. I love Harry’s bass playing, all their compositions, their shows and the way they are. We are all fans of Maiden, Judas Priest, Helloween, Saxon, Dio…! For some of us, Pantera and many more…!

What first got you into music?

My parents love music, especially my father who is a fan of classic music and they gave me the taste for it. When I was a teenager, I had a friend who was listening to heavy metal bands like Iron Maiden, Judas Priest etc. And I loved it as soon as I heard the first notes!

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

We have already played with Blaze Bayley who is one of our very special guests on the new album and Paul Di’Anno. It should be logical now for us to work with Bruce Dickinson, don’t you think? 😉
If we could work with Iron Maiden, I would be the happiest bass player in the world… Who knows?
And personally, I would love to collaborate with Accept to!

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Perhaps Wacken Open Air Festival, because for me it’s one of the most important Metal Festivals. It’s like a symbol of this kind of music!

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

A pair of socks! 😉

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Thank you very much for your support and for believing in the BLACK HORIZON music.
Be a little patient, our album release is on May 17th with “Pure Steel Publishing” and you will be able to find it everywhere, to listen to us on all the musical platforms.
But the main thing is that you stay all faithful as usual.
We love you and stay in touch.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

I think Bon Scott because he died young and I really think that he could have done great things with AC/DC!

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

What I like most is when I feel that I share emotions with the audience and the band during concerts.
What is annoying me the most is to have lots of ideas for new songs at night and not to remember them when I wake up! ;-(

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

You ask me to think like a business man… that I’m not!! I really don’t know what to do to make it work better but I’m sure that the music industry is following a bad way to encourage creativity by always promoting main stream productions and not simply good musical taste… Which is not objective, I admit but I think you know what I mean, you always hear the same kind of music on radio (at least, this is it in France).
So, perhaps establishing parity on funds allocated on different kinds of music… When it’s not private funds… but it’s nearly always private funds designed to make money…Mmmm! Ok, next question! 😉

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

It’s a very difficult question…
I love albums like “Piece Of Mind” from Iron Maiden, or “Dark Ride” from Helloween, or “Resurrection” from Rob Halford!

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or downloads?

I love vinyl because of the artwork. Pictures are very important for most metal bands!

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

For me, one of our best gigs was during the race of the 24 hours of Spa Francorchamps (Belgium). It was one of our biggest ever and we played one hour and a half in front of bikers. I’m fond of motorbikes since ever, so to associate two of my passions at the same time was really amazing!

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

I would be a race motorcycle pilot…!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Dan Simmons (The writer of “Hyperion”), The Dalai Lama, Steve Harris, Rob Halford and Tobias Sammet 🙂

What’s next for the band?

We release our album “Dark Light” on May 17th via Pure Steel Publishing.
We prepare our tour. Most of the dates will be programmed from September.
We are working on 2 videos and on new songs also… Keep in touch!

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

Most of the time, we use Facebook to communicate. You can find us on all classic platforms, Spotify, Deezer, Youtube and our new website http://www.blackhorizon.fr is currently under construction!
https://www.facebook.com/BLACK-HORIZON-OFFICIEL-FRANCE-242782372398831/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/0K4EsbpZuG2IW0janEXBAD

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

A biscuit made of cake 😉

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Thank you for your questions, long live “Ever Metal Questions” and heavy metal Music, can’t wait to share our new Album “Dark Light” on stage with all our fans all over the world.
Keep on Rockin’
Dom Crispino Bass on BLACK HORIZON

 

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Demon Eyes – Out Of Control

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Demon Eyes – Out Of Control (Re-issue)
No Remorse Records
Release Date: 10/07/2017

Running Time: 72:58
Review by Tsarina Wilson
7/10

Demon Eyes who are from Sannois, Lie-de France, were formed in 1982 and originally released their debut album, entitled “Rites Of Chaos” in 1984 followed by “Garde a vue” in 1987.   They went back into the studio for their third studio album in 1990 which was called “Out Of Control”, but due to limited pressing and promotion of the album, it was almost unheard of to the wider crowd of metal lovers.

Now, thanks to No Remorse Records, the album has been reissued but limited to 500 copies which consists of eight original album tracks, two extra studio tracks, five demo tracks and one live track, so very good value!

Listening to this album now it seems very 80s based along the lines of Black Sabbath, AC/DC, Judas Priest and Deep Purple with a lot of great guitar riffs which isn’t a bad thing at all. It is sung partly in their native language and although my French isn’t good you can still enjoy it and the bonus tracks don’t feel out-of-place!

Founded by the Masson brothers, Thierry “Atomic Tim” and Philippe “Fil Of Steel”, Demon Eyes should really be spoken about in the same vein as classic French band Sortilege. The lineup on this album was completed by Stéphane Guenet, Chris Bruneau and Gil ‘Gun’ Morvan.

With some brilliant drumming and great riffs this album is good listening and easily gets you singing the songs in your head, and with the diverse vocals you keep thinking okay, I’ll listen to just one more track, okay just one more … and before you know it you’ve listened to the whole album. Then there is the final live track, “Pestiferes” which is just fast and loud! You go from one extreme to the other with Demon Eyes, they certainly keep you on your toes. The whole album is full of energy and the music pounds along but, because of when it was originally released, it just doesn’t have the same production values as a lot of today’s metal, and the low-end boom is sadly lacking. Having said that it must have a lot of appeal to some for it to be released again and I sincerely hope it does well for them!

My favourite track was “Shy”, definitely one that had some meaning for me but, apart from that, it was just very rocky with a great guitar riff and drumming that immediately gets you head banging.

If you love early, historic, French heavy metal or are a fan of classic heavy metal / hard rock / NWOBHM then there will be a lot for you to enjoy here!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Lady White Bride
02. Songs Of Death
03. Shy
04. Out Of Control
05. Let Me Go To The Party
06. Gotta Wait
07. Just For A Night
08. Dreams Never Lie

BONUS TRACKS
09. Fantomas (French version)
10. Empire et Gloire (Unreleased track)
11. L’invincible Force Deux La Mort (Demo)
12. Mal Divin (Demo)
13. Les Deux Maudities (Demo)
14. Ombre Du Malheur (Demo)
15. Remords Posthumes (Demo)
16. Pestiferes (Live)

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