DevilsBridge – Endless Restless EP

DevilsBridge – Endless Restless EP
Fastball Music
Release Date: 10/04/2020
Running Time: 26:55
Review By Mark Pritchard
8/10

On what was a really nice and sunny Sunday afternoon I found myself contemplating what to do to pass the time, and of course, avoid boredom! Should I play on consoles, watch a tv series or have a movie day? And then it hit me like a fly hitting my glasses (pesky things)! Listen to DevilsBridges’ newest EP, “Endless Restless”, and get on with reviewing it! Not a hard decision to make really! So, I positioned myself in my writing chair, the window open next to me offering a nice cold breeze.

DevilsBridge, a relatively young Heavy Metal band formed in 2012, are based in St. Gallen in Switzerland. However, they have only just started releasing material, with two singles and two official music videos on their YouTube channel released last year, and recently their first ever EP – “Endless Restless”.

I have been listening to the EP religiously each day in order to write this review, as it gives out a lot more than just the 6 songs on it would suggest! Heavy drums from JC Daisy, amazing fast paced guitars from both lead guitarist Tom White & Simon Black, as well as bass from Steve D.R.T, which helps keep the instrumentals altogether. Along with the pace of each song, and with a backline like that, are the vocals of Dani Nell of which, though intense, are quite clean as well. The combination of these delivers all the elements for one damn awesome band.

I have listened over and over to this EP, and come to realise that it doesn’t matter how many times I listen, I cannot pick a standout song! From start to finish, all 6 songs are really good in their own ways, which allow the EP, as a whole, to be a symphony of metal for the ears. It’s melodic enough to hear every part clearly, but heavy enough to get a real groove going, too!

If you want to listen to intense headbanging music, that has clean vocals which allow the listener to sing along, then DevilsBridge, and this EP, are for you! Even though I was full of cold, and not 100% well when this EP played, I moved my desk chair back and headbanged from start to finish! Although I am gutted that this EP only has 6 songs, I’m already looking forward with excitement to their next release, whether it be another EP, an album, or a music video.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Captain Devil
02. Centrifuge Of Life
03. Endless Restless Heart
04. Fire Free
05. 2Souls
06. 555

LINE-UP:
JC Daisy – Drums
Tom White – Lead Guitar
Simon Black – Guitar
Steve D.R.T – Bass Guitar
Dani Nell – Vocals

LINKS:

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Tokyo Blade – Dark Revolution

Tokyo Blade – Dark Revolution
Dissonance Productions
Release Date: 15/5/2020
Running Time: 55:45
Review by Mark Pritchard
9/10

Recently, while trying to help get a sofa into my grandma’s house, I suffered an unfortunate foot injury (it turns out feet don’t like getting wedged between a sofa and a gate! Who knew?!). It was pretty darn painful! the next day, as I rested my leg, I decided that it was the perfect chance to listen to one of the new albums I’d asked for to review from Ever Metal! My choice that day, and since, has been “Dark Revolution” by long standing British heavy metal band Tokyo Blade.

Tokyo Blade are based in Salisbury, Wiltshire in the UK and are a New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) band. They’re old hats in the music business now, having been active since 1983, but are definitely still going strong! Since forming in the 80’s they have put in a lot of hard work, releasing 7 singles, 6 EPs and 9 full-length albums with “Dark Revolution” being their 10th!

Listening to this album, and looking at when they started, I can’t help but hear some comparisons with the likes of Maiden, Metallica, and Megadeth, but at the same time, these guys have a sound completely their own. Steve Pierce’s drumming drives from fast to faster, and the guitar work by both Andy Boulton and John Wiggins is great. This wonderful guitar work is especially evident when they solo. It’s fast but then it hits the solos and really comes at you more. They blend all this with bass work by Andy Wrighton, which helps keep the main pace of songs going, and the very clean vocals of Alan Marsh, to create one hell of a band!

“Dark Revolution” is full of great songs, but I if I had to choose a standout it would be ‘Perfect Enemy’. From start to finish it keeps the same tempo, but near the start of the song it has a great solo which drew me in. As the song progresses, we’re treated to another beautiful solo. And as if that wasn’t enough, the vocals are amazing!

I have listened intently to this album and have thoroughly enjoyed it! I would easily recommend this album to all who are fans of the likes of Metallica, Maiden etc, and especially albums released in the 1980’s, as these guys are just as good as the aforementioned bands, well in my eyes anyway! I know that I will be looking at getting this album myself in CD form when I can.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Story Of A Nobody
02. Burning Rain
03. Dark Revolution
04. The Fastest Gun In Town
05. Truth Is A Hunter
06. Crack In The Glass
07. Perfect Enemy
08. See You Down In Hell
09. The Lights Of Soho
10. Not Lay Down And Die
11. Voices Of The Damned

LINE-UP:
Steve Pierce – Drums
Andy Boulton – Guitars
Alan Marsh – Vocals
John Wiggins – Guitars
Andy Wrighton – Bass

LINKS:
www.tokyoblade.com/
www.facebook.com/tokyobladeUK/
www.twitter.com/TokyoBladeUK
www.open.spotify.com/artist/6F9tjDKhGtXlm9M4s30KD5
www.youtube.com/channel/UCqRqQCo6nokjRQ8M_wYy7DA/videos

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Levania – Episode 0 Mini-EP

Levania – Episode 0 Mini-EP
Sliptrick Records
Release Date: 02/08/2019
Running Time: 08:38
Review By Mark Pritchard
9/10

With the country amidst the current coronavirus pandemic and with the weather, lately, being bright and warm we had one day (like a needle in a haystack) which was very cold and gloomy where it was raining on and off (normal West Midlands weather) and I thought to myself ‘this is the perfect time to listen to Levania’s recent mini-EP “Episode 0”. So, I put the heating on, switched the bedroom light on because it was so dark and wrapped up warm with my quilt and headphones on. Listening to this EP on such a horrid, boring day was an absolute godsend, it allowed me to forget about the cold weather outside and helped me warm up much more quickly.

Levania are a Gothic Metalcore band, formed in Ferrara, Italy in 2009 and were founded by ‘Still’ (keyboard and vocals) and ‘Fade’ (bass). After a fairly active period of time, where they recorded two albums, EP and various singles they went on a short hiatus  and have now returned with this three track EP

When I listen to “Episode 0”, it instantly makes me want to headbang, in fact I nearly dropped my phone in the bath and also, when I needed to go the shops, almost made me fall over when listening to it, so I can definitely say that headbanging when walking to the shops is a very bad idea. However, the main thing this EP does is put a huge smile on my face and just makes me want to raise my fist to the sky like at the end of one of my favourite films “The Breakfast Club”! It combines Gothic Rock/Metal (great keyboards/samples and excellent choruses) with clean female & harsh male vocals and really could only have been made in Mainland Europe “Episode 0” is an absolutely fabulous EP, although a little short, and one that I will surely listen to over and over again.

I cannot wait until Levania release their next album!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Abyss.
02. Reflections.
03. Reckoning.

LINE-UP:
Fade – Bass
Still –  Keyboards/Vocals
Ligeia – Lead Vocals
Richie – Guitars
Markus – Drums

LINKS:
www.levania.bandcamp.com
www.facebook.com/LevaniaOfficial/
www.levania.net
www.twitter.com/Levania_
www.spotify.com/artist/7InW8C2DP3Ey8T38Mp8HAw
www.youtube.com/user/Levaniaband

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Black Lilium – Dead Man’s Diary

Black Lilium – Dead Man’s Diary
Self-Released
Release Date: 31/01/2020
Running Time: 47:49
Review by Mark Pritchard
9/10

After listening to the AWESOME album “Dead Man’s Diary” by German Melodic Progressive Metal band Black Lilium, a new band to my ears, I can easily say that it is a hell of a breath of fresh air. Heavy instrumentals with such calm, soft and relaxing vocals as well as having beautiful guitar solos it has taken my hearing by storm, especially during the tough situation that we are all going through at this moment in time. It is calming my worries and calming my soul.

Magnificent!

Biography

Black Lilium was founded in 2014, and the participants worked on the compositions, both diligently and with a focus on quality. They wanted it to be completely melodic and timelessly beautiful, with ear-friendly refrains and really grippy structures – together with a singer who was perfect for the exquisite PROGRESSIVE MELODIC METAL style of the formation.

With the signing of golden throated Felix, a direct hit was achieved. This top talent covers the entire emotional range of the songs with his changeable and harmonious voice. Broad and iridescent floating keyboard scores of captivating beauty round off what is on offer with brilliant guitar work. The high musicality is simply impressive.

Black Lilium present veritable catchy tunes with deeply inspired hymns such as the big hit ‘My Purpose’ or the equally empathetically accentuated power pack ‘Everything I Am’. It is a matter of enjoying excellent gems that you shouldn’t hear every day despite the continued flood of bands – as if Muse with Mando Diao had made an unwavering decision with all their talents and skills to win the all-melodic Metal mastery in the field of aesthetics!

If one does the effort and studies the realistic lyrics of the tracks line by line while listening, you can increase the goosebump factor even more.

Beast In The Backseat

TRACKLISTING:

01 Beast In The Backseat
02 Paragon Of Imperfection
03 Demon In Disguise
04 Start All Over
05 Never
06 Walls Around My Soul
07 Everything I Am
08 The Ones You Made Us
09 My Purpose
10 Dead Man’s Diary
11 Ghosts Without A Voice

LINE-UP:

Felix Hochkeppel – Vocals, Keys
Marcel Wroblewski – Guitar
Maurice Scholz – Guitar
Lasse Lammert – Bass
Jan Knoop – Drums

LINKS:

www.blacklilium.de
www.facebook.com/blackliliumband
www.instagram.com/blackliliumband/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/0bxrImrxU8B6KyihKhtZq2

Photo by Andy Gruenitz

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