Sascha Paeth’s Masters Of Ceremony – Signs Of Wings

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Sascha Paeth’s Masters Of Ceremony – Signs Of Wings
Frontiers Music SRL
Release Date: 13/09/2019
Running Time: 46:54
Review by Lotty Whittingham
10/10

Nearly ten years ago, I went to a gig at The Joiners, Southampton. In one of the opening bands, I noticed a young passionate vocalist. One of the most talented I had seen on the circuit; she eventually left the band to study music in the USA but not before finding out her name was Adrienne Cowan. Fast forward to today, I watched her provide vocals for Avantasia on their sold-out tour and I have heard her vast vocal range on new album “Signs Of Wings” from Sascha Paeth’s Masters Of Ceremony.

Sascha Paeth is widely recognised on the metal circuit. He has worked alongside metal giants such as Kamelot, Rhapsody, Epica and Avantasia. After five years of discussions about a possible collaboration with Frontiers, it’s happened and this masterpiece has come to light.

It opens with the appropriately titled ‘The Time Has Come’. The album is finally here and it’s not going to be forgotten anytime soon. This song comes down on you with a bang and gives you only a small taste of what is to come. It also gives you a taste of Cowan’s vast vocal range of straight up growls and beautiful melodic vocals.

I say a small taste as the song variety on this record is quite vast. You have the straight up and aggressive heavy metal sounds such as ‘Sick’ and ‘My Anarchy’. You also have tracks that give something a little bit different, for example ‘Radar’ has a folky vibe. Below are a few great examples of what can be found on this brilliant album.

I love the bouncy, folky melody of ‘Radar’. The pipes and accordion playing alongside the aggressive guitars and drums caught my attention instantly. When you listen carefully, you can hear the poetic lyrics telling a gallant story on how they sail the seas without a radar. I also felt a sense of power when listening to this track, particularly hearing the line “we will be free” growled and sang at different times of the song.

‘The Path’ is a beautiful ballad that allows you to take a break from the hard-hitting aggression. With most metal ballads, they go back into the distortion from the electric guitars and drums. Not complaining, just an observation. What I really like about ‘The Path’ is that it keeps to this stripped-down arrangement of piano, vocals and cello throughout the track. It is one of the best ballads I have heard for a while. I can imagine experiencing this live will be a magical experience.

‘Bound In Vertigo’ is a sweeping and energetic track. The chorus is a memorable one and it will be swimming around in your head for days after listening to it. In this track, the guitar work is fantastic. The riffs and solos make you want to practice air guitar wherever you happen to be.

It ends on an appropriately soaring note with the title track. It ends the album with a bang and leaves you wanting more. This album is an uplifting masterpiece, one that will be treasured and respected by metal fans across the board.

TRACKLISTING:
01. The Time Has Come
02. Die Just A Little
03. Radar
04. Where Would It Be
05. My Anarchy
06. Wide Awake
07. The Path
08. Sick
09. Weight Of The World
10. Bound In Vertigo
11. Signs of Wings

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/saschapaethsmastersofceremony

https://www.instagram.com/saschapaethofficial/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmpM-LiUsB-0OtEGmTb7FoQ

 

 

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Dragonforce – Extreme Power Metal

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Dragonforce – Extreme Power Metal
Metal Blade Records
Release Date: 27/09/2019
Running Time: 52:51
Review by ‘Dark Juan’
8/10

Greetings and salutations my dark minions, corruptors of nubile virgin flesh and destroyers of the false church of Christ the Deceiver! It is I, the Dark Prince of Heavy Fucking Metal, the Gothfather, the Groove Ipsissimus and the legend in his own head that is Dark Juan, and I am here to impart wisdom, offer sage opinion and to influence you weak minded souls on to the Left Hand Path and to sell your immortal essence to the Evil One. WHAT? NO! I’m not talking about some kind of Satanic sperm bank, so pack your fucking giggling in, you long haired herberts! Well, there’s another high quality, super heavy metal introduction totally ruined by you filthy minded perverts. You all disgust me. Seriously, what would the One Who Walks Backwards want with gallons of metal kid baby gravy? Litres of metal manfat? IN FACT DON’T FUCKING ANSWER THAT EVER AND KEEP IT TO YOURSELVES! LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA CAN’T HEAR YOU!!!!!

Clearly, I have taught you well.

Anyway, I’m back after a sojourn to jolly old Blighty, by way of Cymru, where a meeting of minds took place with the utterly charming Beth Ever Metal and the truly gentlemanly Rick Ever Metal. We might even have got drunk, howled at Cards Against Humanity (Dark Juan mightily approves of the sheer possible level of sacrilege this game entails) and played guitar till about 3am and were utterly appalled at the level of sheer and uncompromising savagery a teenage girl can attain at said card game. Suffice it to say that I, Dark Juan, well known for my level of silken verbal venom, was very nearly outclassed. Nearly, but not quite! Must try harder, Sian!!!

So, that’s three hundred and thirty four words in and not a damned thing about the record I’m listening to. Are you even interested or have your eyes glazed over yet? Wake up. I’m going to tell you about Dragonforce’s latest album, subtly entitled Extreme Power Metal. Pay attention…

It’s fair to say Dragonforce are something of an acquired taste. And I am yet to work out whether they are a massive joke perpetrated on the metal masses, or whether they are the result of two young men whose parents simply WEREN’T paying sufficient attention to the noises coming out of Messrs Li and Totman’s bedrooms. Imagine the conversation downstairs…

Mrs. Li (or Totman) to Mr. Li (or Totman), “Darling, Herman’s (Sam’s) doing pinch harmonics and two handed tap ons in G Mixolydian again. He’s been at it for hours. Can’t you please have a word?”

Mr. Li (Totman) treads wearily to the foot of the stairs and bellows, “HERMAN! (SAM!) SHUT UP WITH THAT RACKET! WE GAVE YOU GUITAR LESSONS SO YOU COULD PLAY FUCKING CLASSICAL! EVEN TREY FUCKING AZAGTHOTH PLAYS SOME CLASSICAL! WHY CAN’T YOU CONSTANTLY MASTURBATE LIKE A NORMAL TEENAGER?”

“But Dad, I’m moving on to C Ionian! Listen!” (cue a flurry of several million notes delivered in a breathless fashion in less than three seconds.)

Mr. Li (Totman), “There’s no talking to that child. I’m going back to whiskey, guilt ridden wanking and complaining about the neighbours.”

And there we have it. This is a record where songs are just vehicles for Herman and Sam to go absolutely insane on electric guitars and launch with no warning into an extensive, lengthy and ridiculously complex solo complete with pained orgasm faces. Actually, that is far too simplistic a view to take about the music of Dragonforce. Even if it is true as fuck. Dragonforce are capable of writing fine tunes that are so oiled chesty macho that even Manowar would submit before them (if you like that thought, tell me and I’ll write you some stuff that will make your eyes water, kiddo. You’ll never look at Joey DiMaio the same way again. Not sure whether that’s a threat or a promise…)

OK, several minutes later, having finally rid myself of the somewhat uncomfortable images that the idea of Dragonforce/Manowar slash fiction have conjured up in the sewer that passes for my imagination let us discuss the album. Please, for the love of God…

Album opener Highway To Oblivion’s intro sounds so uncomfortably like a poor quality metal Christmas record it actually hurt my ears until there’s some short, glorious two handed tap ons and then it’s blastbeats, double bass drumming, palm muting, whammy bar dives, insanely complex guitar solos and the kind of lyrics that only THE MOST MASCULINE metal bands can write all the way. If there were any justice, Dragonforce would be able to discover the eighth musical note as they are quite, QUITE spectacularly talented musicians. Why they have chosen to almost be a parody of heavy metal eludes me apart from the fact it makes me giggle like a schoolgirl faced with her first picture of Peter Steele in a state of indiscretion…

I do have some problems with Dragonforce and this album. Vocalist Marc Hudson is dreadfully weak and a terrible fit for the musical talent on display here. Coming after Z.P. Theart (who was also terrible as a vocalist) you would have expected Dragonforce to have an absolutely belting singer, but they have appeared to opt for the merely average – perhaps because Sam and Herman are the joint centres of attention? Also, the loss of Vadim Pruzhanov on keyboard is keenly felt (Coen Janssen of Epica performed on this record) as the keys are lacking the coherence and the symbiosis with the arrangement of the music they enjoyed previously. However, polished and crystal clear does not do the production job of this record justice. It is a production masterpiece. Every single sound is rendered with perfect clarity (no mean feat with two virtuoso guitarists jousting with the rest of the band and large and expansive keyboard parts) and there are simply not enough superlatives to describe the joy of it. I could moan about the length of the guitar solos, but let’s face it – everyone knows what they are getting with Dragonforce, don’t they? It would be remarkably churlish to have a bash at them for what they have built their career on, eh?

Now I’ve finished moaning, this record is entertaining as fuck. It’s well known that I am a sucker for theatre and overblown pomposity and the kind of metal that brings back the halcyon days of Dio’s “Holy Diver”, Ozzy’s “The Ultimate Sin” and the like. Dragonforce do this, but they do this at hypersonic velocities and with a sense of fun that metal sometimes seems to be lacking. You do get the feeling that Dragonforce are seeing just how far they can push the outrageous pseudo-masculinity, the pomposity and the egregious complexity of their musicianship whilst people still buy and debate their releases. All while they are fucking pissing themselves laughing behind closed doors. I think I might love this record. I know I DO love the ambiguity of Dragonforce’s sense of humour. It does all sound a bit samey, though. Saying that, there are only seven musical notes and Dragonforce use them with such boundless rapidity it’s all bound to sound like that.

So, as a musician and seventh rate guitarist myself, I am utterly compelled by the musicianship on display on this record. As a lyricist (truly terrible but it still counts!) I am amused, shocked, appalled (at the disgraceful banality of the lyrics at some points – Dragonforce can and have done considerably better) and astonished (the backing vocals are sublime, some of the choruses really do evoke memories of the huge sounds of 70s and 80s AOR like Journey and Toto and Boston) all at once. I adore the absolute gung-ho speed, the sheer conviction of the playing and the obvious amusement and enjoyment of the band setting new standards of melodic lightspeed velocity. It should not be possible to solo convincingly and accurately at the speed Dragonforce operate at. Also, they have even managed to shoehorn a fucking bagpipe intro into the song entitled ‘Remembrance Day’.

All of this enthusiasm though, counts for naught when you get to the twisted, fucked up, bizarre, incredible (probably for all the wrong reasons) and utterly insane album closer. This song is NEXT FUCKING LEVEL DRAGONFORCE INSANITY THAT HAS TURNED MY BRAIN INSIDE OUT AND NOW I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH MYSELF! I have honestly been laughing my arse off for the past twenty minutes, to the point Mrs. Dark Juan has been throwing stuff at me and I have upset the hellhounds and Hodgson Fartpants has been emitting the sort of smells banned by the Geneva Convention. Please, dear friends, allow me to attempt to describe what is possibly the greatest cover version of all time! I’m fucking giggling already…

Picture, if you will, an introduction sounding remarkably like old fashioned 8-bit chiptunes that sound vaguely familiar before Dragonforce launch into the usual hyperspeed riffing they are known for. Then the lyric kicks in. You listen disinterestedly for a moment (because they will inevitably be howling about dragons or swords or some other shit) before you realise that the lyric and the vocal arrangement sounds vaguely familiar. And then it hits you. They have only gone and fucking covered Céline bastard Dion.

Yes, Dragonforce have taken the shittiest wankfest of saccharine pity ballads and turned it into the most balls to the wall, metal anthem I have ever heard. They have managed to take the world’s most obscenely putrid song and turn it into a four minute warp speed guitar solo with occasional vocals. That simply has to be a good thing, right? They have even made it pleasurable to listen to.

Pleasure! Always a good point to finish on!

The Patented Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System awards Dragonforce 8/10 for their breakneck and inventive approach to metal. Two marks are deducted – one for a poor vocalist and ONE FOR MAKING ME LIKE A CÉLINE DION SONG, YOU BUNCH OF ABSOLUTE TWATS!!!

TRACKLISTING: (I’ll be honest; I’ve been wetting myself at some of these…)
01. Highway To Oblivion (OK, fairly normal metal band fodder)
02. Cosmic Power Of The Infinite Shred Machine (Holy fuck this is off the scale lunacy! I approve.)
03. The Last Dragonborn (Too much Game Of Thrones, perhaps?)
04. Heart Demolition (Jokes aside, we have all been there.)
05. Troopers Of The Stars (Metal word salad for Starship Troopers. Literally a few words away from a Sarah Brightman song!)
06. Razorblade Meltdown (Is this a song about sustainability and metal recycling? One can only encourage this sort of behaviour…)
07. Strangers (Three words away from a Saxon classic.)
08. In A Skyforged Dream (Yeah, if you say so, chaps. I know what skyclad is, not skyforged…)
09. Remembrance Day (OK, there’s a message here. No jokes.)
10. My Heart Will Go On (Holy fuck. Holy fucking fuck. Jesus fucking Christ in chariot driven sidecar. Fuck me crossways and call me Roger the Cabin Boy. This actually might be the greatest thing I have ever heard.)

LINE-UP:
Herman Li – Guitar
Sam Totman – Guitar
Marc Hudson – Vocals
Gee Anzalone – Drums
(Frederic Leclercq played bass but quit before the album release.)

LINKS:

Home


https://www.facebook.com/dragonforce/

https://www.instagram.com/dragonforcehq/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIUA7-MNA9NyrpimQo7Dw8g

 

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Riot V – Live In Japan 2018

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Riot V – Live In Japan 2018
AFM Records
Release Date: 02/08/2019
Running Time: 1:50:03
Review by Dawn “The Metal Priestess” King
9/10

There are certain bands that Rick just KNOWS I love, and if one of their albums pops into our Ever Metal inbox, he will send it over to me without even asking! One such band is Riot V!

I became a fan when I first heard ‘Flight of the Warrior’ a few years back (I always said I was born FAR too late!!) and have loved them ever since, reviewing AND interviewing them for Ever Metal.

Now, despite my love of the heavy/power metal band from the USA, reviewing this album always had one drawback for me. It’s a LIVE album! My consensus about live albums is that (and you can quote me on this!) “THEY ARE POO!” None of the so-called classic live albums from Kiss Alive II, to Queen’s Live Killers to Thin Lizzy’s Live and Dangerous did ANYTHING for me. Some might call me a philistine for saying that, but I also know there will be a fair few people who will agree with me. I get used to singing along to a track as they have recorded it and then along comes a live album where the singer thinks he can just sing the songs as he wishes….and all my timing goes out the window!! So, this album automatically drops a point for being a live one! Sorry!

Ok, just a brief history on the band. Riot were formed in the USA by guitarist Mark Reale in 1975. (Mark, unfortunately, died in 2012 but I am sure that he would be immensely proud of the Riot V legacy that still lives on.) Their debut album “Rock City” was released in 1979 and was mainly appreciated in the UK where NWOBHM was bursting onto the scene. But there was another country that welcomed the album with open arms and that was Japan.

‘Warrior’ was released as a 7” EP in Japan and the song has been Japan’s heavy metals fan’s favourite for 40 years. To further reinforce the relationship between band and country was the release of their second album “Narita”, which was named after the people’s struggle with the government over the construction of New Tokyo International Airport at Narita.

So, what better country to release a live album from and on March 11th, 2018, Riot V played their sixth album “Thundersteel” in its entirety at Club Catta in Japan.

The first thing I will say about this album, though, is that at 1 hour and 50 minutes long, that’s 23 tracks, you certainly would have got value for money with this gig!!

The second thing I will say is that this is not like any other live album I have ever heard! And that, my friends, is a good thing.

Now, this is going to sound like the ramblings of a mad woman but the thing I absolutely hate about live albums (apart from the lyric thingy mentioned above) is the crowd noise. I know this is necessary to give the album that live, raw sound but when it kind of overtakes the lyrics and music, it’s all a bit of overkill. This album, however, doesn’t have this. Yes, there is the sound of the crowd after each song (as there should be) and at the “crowd participation” bits (another pet hate of mine!) but it is not so in your face as I have heard on other live albums. I don’t know if this is because the producers have turned down the sound of the crowd while the band are singing or because the Japanese fans are actually silent at these times! Whichever it is, it’s a good thing in my eyes (or should I say ears!?)

Another thing I don’t understand about live albums is why the band actually release them when they have obviously been pretty dire on the night! I’m guessing this is a contractual obligation or something of that nature, but I would have thought releasing a decent recording would be a better idea. Anyway, the reason behind me making this point is that Riot V need not worry.

This is a brilliant live album. The band sounded absolutely fantastic, Todd Michael Hall’s voice holding out for the whole of the 1 hour and 50 minutes. Those who are Riot fans will know that this is nowhere near the original line-up, far from it, but they play so well together, if you close your eyes, you could almost believe it was the original band up on that Japanese stage.

All the hits are included on this album, from ‘Thundersteel’, to ‘Angel Eyes’, to ‘Johnny’s Back’ to ‘Road Racing’ and ‘Swords and Tequila’. I, personally, love all these tracks and many more in addition and the only gripe I would have with this live album is that the track ‘Outlaw’ has not been included (my second favourite track after ‘Angel Eyes’) but the rest of the album make up for this one little misdemeanour.

So, what did I think of this album? Hated it!! Haha only joking! As live albums go it was actually very good. It originally dropped one point for being live but in my opinion, it doesn’t drop any more. I might be a tad biased being the big Riot V fan that I am but do me a favour and give it a go yourself. Hopefully, you will agree with me.

I have never seen Riot V live in concert (hint hint guys! I’m in London by the way!) but one thing this album did do was make me want to see these guys live! Hopefully this will be something I can do before I pass over to the heavy metal gig in the sky, but in the meantime this album will be a necessary substitute.

Riot V – one of the best, underrated bands ever!!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Armour Of Light
02. Ride Hard Live Free
03. On Your Knees
04. Metal Soldiers
05. Fall From The Sky
06. Wings Are For Angels
07. Land Of The Rising Sun
08. Take Me Back
09. Messiah
10. Angel Eyes
11. Metal Warrior
12. Thundersteel
13. Fight Or Fall
14. Sign Of The Crimson Storm
15. Flight Of The Warrior
16. On Wings Of Eagles
17. Johnny’s Back
18. Bloodstreets
19. Run For Your Life
20. Buried Alive
21. Road Racin’
22. Swords And Tequila
23. Warrior

LINKS:
https://www.areyoureadytoriot.com/
https://www.facebook.com/riotrockcity/

https://www.instagram.com/officialriotv/


https://www.youtube.com/user/officialriotnycTV

 

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EMQ’s with DIALITH

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EMQ’s with DIALITH

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Danbury, CT. Epic Symphonic/Power Metal band Dialith! 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?

Krista: Our name is Dialith, and we play symphonic/power metal. In 2015, I (Krista) posted an ad on Craigslist: “singer looking to start symphonic metal band”, and Alasdair answered! We happened to like all the same bands and lived in neighbouring towns, so it made sense to immediately start working together. We found Cullen through mutual friends and asked him to join. Then Mark and Charles found us through another Craigslist ad we had posted, and they completed our line-up.

How did you come up with your band name?

Krista: We really wanted a single word name, but all the good ones were taken! Dialith is a made-up word consisting of Greek roots that means “Through Stone.” We like to think that it evokes the image of nature’s triumph over human constructs.

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

Krista: We’re from the United States, specifically New York and Connecticut. Metal is definitely not mainstream in the US, but it does have a dedicated following. In the northeast, there is a vibrant local scene that spans all subgenres, the most popular being Death Metal and Metalcore, but as a Symphonic/Power metal band we were definitely welcomed and we found our own niche.

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

Alasdair: Our debut album, “Extinction Six” will be out on August 16th 2019. We’ve already released a music video for the first single ‘The Sound Of Your Voice’, which you can check out here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAoLfXEpPAo

Who have been your greatest influences?

Krista: As a singer specifically and as someone who is a natural soprano, Sharon den Adel and Simone Simmons were vocalists that I tried to emulate, and I also wanted to add in the dramatic flair that singers like Tarja Turunen and Vibeke Stene had brought to their respective bands. Of course, I’ve also always admired the power that Floor Jansen possesses.

Alasdair: I’ve considered my two pillars of songwriting to be a combination of Nightwish and Arch Enemy. Tuomas from Nightwish has a really good “big picture” approach to composition, with each song being greater than the sum of its parts. With Arch Enemy, I was obsessed with their earlier albums when the Amott brothers were writing together in full force, and learning their songs gave me an entirely new approach to my own songwriting. Apart from that, I like to pick bits and pieces off of other artists whenever I hear something I like.

Cullen: Rather than list bands I like to credit some of the drummers that inspire me. Gene Hoglan, Frost, and Mike Portnoy are some of my favourites in modern metal. John Bonham, Neil Peart, and Bill Ward are drummers I have been listening to since I was introduced to heavy music when I was younger and taught me the building blocks to becoming a drummer.

What first got you into music?

Krista: While they weren’t the catalyst for wanting to be in a band, my first experience with really loving an album was Evanescence’s “Fallen”, however uncool that may make me! I was ten or eleven when I first heard them on the radio and really loved that sound.

Alasdair: When I was in middle school, I didn’t listen to much music. I thought everything that was on the radio was the only option out there. One day when I was 14, a friend showed me Nightwish’s masterpiece track “Ghost Love Score” and it completely changed my life. I had no idea that kind of music existed and that started me on the path of discovery!

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

Krista: I personally would love to collaborate with Eluveitie, I think they have one of those most unique sounds in metal and I love the inclusion of folk instruments.

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

Krista: 70,000 Tons of Metal! Who wouldn’t want to play a giant heavy metal cruise?

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

Krista: So far we haven’t received any gifts from fans, weird or otherwise!

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

Krista: We enjoy making and performing music, so come out and see a show and let us know what kind of merch you would be interested in!

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

Cullen: Chuck Schuldiner of the band Death.

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

Cullen: I enjoy playing shows and seeing the crowd interact with the band and meeting many new friends. I dislike that I can’t be a musician full time yet.

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

Cullen: If I could change one thing about the music industry I would make it so bands see more proceeds from the recorded music they worked hard on.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Krista: “Mother Earth” by Within Temptation.

Alasdair: “Once” by Nightwish.

Cullen: “Rust In Peace” by Megadeth.

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

Krista: I love collecting CD’s, but I like the ease of downloading or streaming music.

Alasdair: For physical media, I much prefer CD’s for the relative durability, but I’ll admit I’m lazy and have slowly gravitated towards downloads and streaming.

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

Cullen: The Shamrock Cafe in Suffield, CT when we opened for Archaic Decapitator.

Alasdair: I agree with Cullen. When we played at the Shamrock, the bar was totally packed and there was great energy from the crowd. Even though from where I was standing I could only hear the drum set and white noise, I still had an awesome time haha.

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

Krista: All the members of this band have full time jobs in addition to music, but personally I think I would probably be trying to work in the non-profit sector.

Alasdair: If I wasn’t a musician, all I can say is I wouldn’t be doing much at all!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Krista: Oh man… Honestly I just enjoy dinner parties with my friends, no famous people needed!

Alasdair I spend a lot of time with musicians, don’t need that many egos all concentrated in one place hahaha.

What’s next for the band?

Alasdair: We already have new music written for beyond this first album. After its release, we plan for a more internet based approach, with an emphasis on releasing music videos.

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

Follow us on all our links here!
www.dialith.band
www.dialith.bandcamp.com
www.facebook.com/dialithband
https://www.instagram.com/dialithband/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5wywW2UrEeMkGlUc-AlyBw

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Krista: I honestly have no idea what a Jaffa Cake is…

Alasdair: Don’t worry Krista! I’m from the UK, I’ll handle this. If I had to choose, I’d say they’re small cakes. Do you have some? 😀

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

Thank you so much for the questions! We really look forward to our first ever big release and can’t wait to hear people’s reactions once they listen to the final song on the album. Be sure to check out our music video if you haven’t already!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAoLfXEpPAo

 

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Kalidia – The Frozen Throne

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Kalidia – The Frozen Throne
Inner Wound Recordings
Release Date: 23/11/2018
Running Time: 46:17
Review by Mark Pritchard
9/10

Around two weeks ago I asked Italian Melodic Power Metal band Kalidia about the possibility of doing a review of their new album “The Frozen Throne” and was given the go ahead which was an amazing reaction and so here I go. Most might not know, but I have been a big fan of this band since I first heard them and to have the opportunity to review them is an honour, however, being a fan and friend of the band will have no effect on this review.

I have been listening to “The Frozen Throne” since I had my copy delivered a few weeks back and I will say that with the title track ‘Frozen Throne’ being first it really opens up for what the rest of the album can be. I know that with many albums some people, not all, tend to pass over songs to listen to the title track if it’s further down the track list. I, admittedly, have done this myself but this album starts with it and the song is an amazing opening to the album. “The Frozen Throne” is fast paced, has good intensity and added with the beautiful vocals this is a head-banger of an album and gives fans of both Melodic Metal and Power Metal an awesome aural experience for their ears! Whilst listening you can hear the passion Kalidia put into their music!

There are a good mix of tempos on display, some fast paced and intense tracks but also some slower and less intense which gives “The Frozen Throne” such a good balance as a whole! Having said that my favourite song on this album is in fact one of those slower songs and that song is ‘Midnight’s Chant’. It is very soothing to listen to and the lyrics really put my mind at rest even when I am upset and feeling down. I would definitely put this song as one of my top 10 favourite songs to listen to when I am down.

Now comes the rating and I shall be scoring the album as a whole as well as rating my favourite song separately. “The Frozen Throne” album gets 9 out of 10. It contains 11 awesome songs with mixture of fast and slower tracks and is an absolute top album to listen to! As for my favourite song, the aforementioned ‘Midnight’s Chant’, well, I can’t rate it anything but a 10 out of 10, such an amazing song which really lifts me up, not something that is always easy to do!

I would like to thank each member of Kalidia, Dario Gozzi (Drums), Roberto Donati (Bass), Federico Paolini (Guitars) and Nicoletta Rosellini (Vocals) for giving me the opportunity to review this amazing album and I can’t wait for any new releases they have planned, they make one hell of a band to listen to!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Frozen Throne
02. Circe’s Spell
03. Black Sails
04. Orpheus
05. To The Darkness I Belong
06. Myth Of Masada
07. Midnight’s Chant
08. Go Beyond
09. Amethyst
10. Lotus
11. Queen Of The Forsaken

LINKS:
https://www.kalidia.com/
https://www.facebook.com/KalidiaOfficial/

https://www.instagram.com/kalidia_official/

https://www.youtube.com/user/KalidiaBandOfficial

 

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Steel Raiser – Acciaio

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Steel Raiser – Acciaio
Iron Shield Records
Running Time: 42:53
Release date: 15/02/2019
Review by Lotty Whittingham
8/10

Through metal, a lot of strong bonds and friendships are formed. Often, it’s to the point where bands are formed. This is definitely the case with Italian Heavy Metal outfit Steel Raiser. They have unleashed their latest album “Acciaio” and the word translates to Steel from Italian. Coincidence? Given the sturdy material that this album offers, it’s far from that.

“Acciaio” gets off to a straight forward start with the tracks ‘The Fourth Seal (Intro)’ and ‘Demon Angel’. It’s well known that a great intro to an album can make a difference to how you enjoy the rest of the content. The atmospheric intro lures the listener in before they are treated to the musings of ‘Demon Angel’. First impressions? The production seems a tad quiet. If anything, it encourages the listener to crank up the volume to maximum power. Let’s be honest, that is the only way to experience those finger blistering solos and prevailing vocal work. They do say every cloud has a silver lining.

The style at first comes across as very old school Heavy Metal. Judas Priest comes to mind. That style is reinforced on the track ‘Heavy Metal Hero’. It’s a song that will undoubtedly go down as a classic in years to come. Particularly when the chorus swims around your head minutes, even hours after listening.

As you delve further into the album, some Power Metal influences can be heard. Particularly with the vocal work. Blind Guardian springs to mind when listening to the track ‘Rising Phoenix’. If you want a rough idea of what the love child of Rob Halford and Hansi Kürsch will sound like, then listen to the fantastic vocal work of Alfonso Giordano.

It’s quite rare to come across a song that makes you raise an eyebrow yet you can’t help but laugh. When it comes to “Acciaio”, there is a song called ‘Genghis Khan’ on the album. Songs about historical figures are usually fascinating to listen to as it encourages you to find out more about the person and how they made history. It also makes you wonder why the band decided to write about said figure. Anyway, going back to the song. When you start listening, you can hear Asian influences within the music alongside the Thrash elements. After listening to this track, you will be chiming “gong gong Genghis Khan” before you know it!

If ballads are your thing then “Acciaio” has a beautiful one. It’s entitled ‘Wherever’ and it tugs at the heartstrings. There are dramatic arrangements, passionate vocals and sweeping clashes on the drums, this ballad ticks all the boxes. The concluding track ‘Up The Fist’ helps you feel motivated and ready to go. More than apt. given that one of the lines is “Are you ready?”

It’s evident from the album that Steel Raiser are not a band to be messed with and “Acciaio” will ensure that their music is heard. Get the album, crank to the max and enjoy the ride!

TRACKLISTING:
01 The Fourth Seal (Intro)
02 Demon Angel
03 Heavy Metal Hero
04 The King Of The Night
05 Genghis Khan
06 Rising Phoenix
07 Highway Eagle
08 Wherever
09 Night Of The Duster
10 Spirits Of Vengeance
11 Man Of Rage
12 Up The Fist

SOCIAL MEDIA:
https://www.facebook.com/SteelRaiserOfficial/
https://www.instagram.com/steelraiserofficial/

https://www.youtube.com/user/steelraiser/videos

 

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The Three Tremors – The Three Tremors

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The Three Tremors – The Three Tremors
Steel Cartel
Release Date: 18/01/2019
Running Time: 58:41
Review by Dawn “The Metal Priestess” King
10/10

I don’t tend to hand out 10 out of 10’s when I am reviewing all that often and there have only been a handful since I first started. Many albums make it to 9 but, for me, an album must have just that little something extra to push it to a 10!

This album certainly has that!

The Three Tremors harnesses three of Earth’s mightiest and relentless voices in heavy metal together as one, producing “one of the all-time great power metal albums” as said by Knac.com

So, who are these three magnificent voices? Well, they are, none other, than Tim “Ripper” Owens (Judas Priest, Iced Earth, Dio’s Disciples), Sean “The Hell Destroyer” Peck (Cage, Denner & Shermann, Death Dealer) and Harry “The Tyrant” Conklin (Jag Panzer, Satan’s Host, Titan Force) and already being massive fans of a lot of their previous bands, I knew I was going to enjoy this one.

The band also features a group of mighty metal veterans from San Diego, the talents of guitarist Dave “Conan” Garcia, with Casey “The Sentinel” Trask as second guitarist and bassist Alex Pickard and drummer Sean Elg completing the line-up.

Sean and Tim originally met in San Diego when Sean’s band Cage opened for Judas Priest on the Jugulator tour and when Sean wanted to resurrect a 2018 version of a vision he had from long ago, Tim agreed straight away, and Harry quickly joined next.

Says Sean: “it took a long time to put together, create the right songs, and get it properly arranged, but the results are beyond my wildest expectations. I think the fans are really going to freak out on what we have done with this record, and live it’s going to be almighty, I assure you!

So, what of the album? Well, according to the press notes it is “12 new tracks that depict monumental stories of time honoured heavy metal themes!” and the artwork has been designed by renowned artist Marc Sasso (Dio, Halford, Adrenaline Mob, Death Dealer, Cage) to “showcase an apocalyptic battle between demonic hyper-wolves and The Three Tremors, who marched into an underworld overshadowed by evil forces only armed with bullets powered by heavy metal sorcery to reclaim the dystopian lands.

In essence, this is a power metal album, with a huge chunk of traditional and heavy metal thrown in, and what an album!

Mixing together three of metal’s finest vocalists into one mighty sonic power might have seemed a bit of a risky move. How would they work together? Would one overpower the others? Would they all fight for supremacy?

The answer was a resounding success. All three singers feature on every track and they all work so well together. One minute you think you are listening to Judas Priest, the next Cage or Death Dealer. The multiple vocalists give the songs depth, almost bringing them to life. There are no egos with the singers either. Each one is a fantastic singer in his own right, the breadth of each of their history’s testament to that, but one voice is not trying to fight to be above the others and each singer is on par with the rest.

But a band wouldn’t be a band without the musicians. Based on the Cage line-up, these guys are immense. The two guitarists play well together, and with riffs and solos galore, they are easily the hidden gems of the band. The rhythm section of the bass and drums are tight, and they do their job to perfection, although the drumming is insane at times!!

For a group of musicians who have really only been together for such a short period of time, they shouldn’t be as good as they are!! Bands that have been together for longer do not sound as polished and finished as these guys do!

I said at the start of this review that to get a 10 from me a band needed that little bit extra, and I think what gives this album that oomph is the experience the band members have. But, please, do not take my word for it. Go and get yourself a copy of this awesome album and see for yourself. If you are not blown away by it, then I will eat my hat!

I can’t wait for these guys to tour and once they do, I hope they venture to this side of the Atlantic!

“Three times louder than a sonic boom, three fingers on the hand of doom.”

TRACK LISTING:
1. Invaders From The Sky
2. Bullets For The Damned
3. When The Last Scream Fades
4. Wrath Of Asgard
5. The Cause
6. King Of The Monsters
7. The Pit Shows No Mercy
8. Sonic Suicide
9. Fly Or Die
10. Lust Of The Blade
11. Speed To Burn
12. The Three Tremors (bonus track)

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/thethreetremors/
http://thethreetremors.com/

https://instagram.com/thethreetremors
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Ascendant-A Thousand Echoes

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Ascendant-A Thousand Echoes
Pure Steel Publishing
Release Date: 20/04/2018
Running Time 60:40
Reviewer Tsarina Wilson
10/10

Work on this album started in late 2014 and was completed in 2017, and I’m so glad it was, as this is an album you can really get your teeth into. It is just a joy from the first song to the last. At first, I thought I had pressed play on the wrong song and was listening to Manowar so had to check my files. But I was definitely listening to this album.
The band was formed in 2012 by Alaa, Puneet and Ashish, with Aram and Younmi added a few months later to complete the line-up.

The album consists of eight tracks (not including the intro track) and by track three I was totally hooked; the drumming alone is just immense.

The album is inspired by true experiences of the band, with three of the five members having grown up in war-torn Syria, experiencing loss and tragedy and seeing first-hand things that no one should have too. It is the unseen victims of war and the innocent people suffering who are the main themes of this album.

There are some welcome special guests contributing to the album, including brothers Simon and Elias Abou Assali, who feature on the track ‘Land Of A Thousand Echoes’ which tells the story of people risking their lives to brave dangerous seas and escape their war-torn country, seeking refuge in a safe place. This is a personal experience of the brothers, who managed to do just that a few years ago. The album also features Lindsay Schoolcraft from the legendary Cradle Of Filth on the track ‘Light’ and Hadi Sarieddine (Solo & Benevolent) lent his talents to the intro arrangement for ‘Twilight Of Eden’ and ‘Fog Of War’.

The band line up is Youmni Abou Al Zahab on vocals, Puneet Sharma on bass, Alaa Abousaada on guitars, Ashish Shetty on guitars, and Aram Kalousdian on drums, and together they are a pure joy to listen to. If you are not playing either air guitar or air drums by track six, then I would be shocked!

If you listen to the lyrics you can almost imagine the terror these guys have been through and putting these stories to a great rock music backing really gives it the wow factor, the expression in their music is excellent. You need to realise these lyrics are not written by someone with no knowledge of facts. These guys have actually been there and endured horrors that most of us cannot even begin to imagine.

Thankfully, they survived and have now given us this incredible album and you could mistake them for a band who have been around many years, not just the short time they have been. They have poured their heart and soul into this album, and then a little bit more. I could honestly listen to this album all day.

The drums on “Land Of A Thousand Echoes” are awesome and the guitar riffs are crystal clear and mixed with the powerful vocals, this band is one I know we will be hearing a lot more of in the future.

‘Tears Of His Majesty’ leads you into a false sense of security, starting as a “lighters in the air” track but then suddenly launching itself into pure rock. (Have I commented how much I so love this album?!!) And even when you think they have given everything, the last track will definitely leave you out of breath, as it is almost 13 minutes of pure heaven!

I honestly have nothing bad to say about this album and, in fact, I only gave it a 9 to start with! I adjusted this to a 10 and I can’t wait for future music from these guys. They definitely have a new fan to add to the many they already have and, sorry guys, but you now have a new groupie…. keep rockin’ lads.

TRACKLIST:
1 Twilight Of Eden (Intro)
2 Doomsday Machine
3 Walls Between Us
4 Fog Of War
5 Morning Light
6 Land Of A Thousand Echoes
7 False Illusion
8 Tears Of His Majesty
9 At The End Of The World

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/ascendanttheband/
https://www.instagram.com/ascendanttheband/
https://ascendanttheband.bandcamp.com/releases

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQuRd-a–qM6bBvBKMQ7f0Q

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Brothers of Metal – Prophecy Of Ragnarök

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Brothers of Metal – Prophecy Of Ragnarök
Label: AFM Records
Release Date: 16/11/2018
Running time: 51:23
Review by Lotty Whittingham
10/10

It was easy to regard them as Sweden’s best kept secret until now. Due to their recent signing to AFM Records, Brothers of Metal have re-released their mighty debut “Prophecy of Ragnarök”, potential warriors eager to hear the stories of their quest, and this album is a worthy quest of strength, power and determination.

It’s very rare nowadays to find an album that displays great anthems from start to finish but Brothers of Metal achieves this mighty feat. For any fans of Sabaton, Manowar and Powerwolf, I highly recommend this album to you, and after one listen, you will want to ride into battle with them.

The album doesn’t beat around the bush. It goes straight into battle with the song ‘The Death Of Light God’. The rapid drum beats and guitar riffs will make anyone want to get up, don their battle garments and charge. It gives you the first taste of what the band can give the listeners. It also gives a first taste of the vocal power between the singers. Ilva Eriksson’s vocal range covers a wide spectrum from powerful to sensitive, providing the perfect contrast to Joakim Lindbäck Eriksson’s roaring and rough vocals. Last but not least, there is Mats Nilsson, who provides the tongue of the gods. A great vocal technique that works in favour of these warriors.

It’s a given cliché to say there is something for everyone, yet that statement applies to this album. There is an eclectic selection of powerful songs that could all be anthems in their own right. From the sweeping ballad ‘Yggrasil’ to the merry shouts of ‘The Mead Song’, there is something to suit every mood under the sun. Noted, another cliché but it’s true!

‘Son Of Odin’ is as mighty as the track name itself. It starts off with a stately roar of thunder and the rest is just as grand. It’s a great song to go into battle with. The lyrical content is also fantastic, getting the balance of posing a threat and a light comic side spot on. The battle lyrics include “I am the son Odin, I bring lightning from the sky” and “Fire, blood and magic leaves me with a thirst”. The comical lyrics include “Loki is my brother, he has no sex appeal” and “I want to ride to battle, but now I’ve lost my horse.” Given this description, this mighty song is easily a favourite on the album.

No album is usually complete without a slow track and ‘Yggrasil’ provides the perfect calming down before heading into battle again. It’s a beautiful ballad that will bring Vikings and shieldmaidens together for some much-needed intimacy and contains a combination of powerful voices.

Fans of Viking Metal and all other sub genres alike now have a new party song, titled ‘The Mead Song’ and it will encourage non-stop partying and letting down of hair. Everything from the merry beats to the shouting chants screaming “MEAD” and “ANOTHER” will go down well with fans and new listeners alike. Theoretically, this song will go down a treat with those experiencing it live.

It ends on a triumphant note with the song ‘We Believe In Metal’. This song is a grand climax to the album, yet it still leaves you wanting more. With this re-release, it’s evident that 2019 will be the year Brothers Of Metal invade the airwaves and venues alike to spread their powerful message.

AXE TIME, SWORD TIME are the battle cries everyone will be hearing and chanting before you know it.

Tracklist:
1. The Death Of The God Of Light
2. Son Of Odin
3. Prophecy Of Ragnarök
4. Defenders Of Valhalla
5. Concerning Norns
6. Yggdrasil
7. Tyr
8. Siblings Of Metal
9. Gods Of War
10. Freya
11. The Mead Song
12. Sleipnir
13. Fire Blood And Steel
14. We Believe In Metal

Links:
https://www.facebook.com/brothersofmetalofficial/
https://www.instagram.com/brothersofmetalofficial/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjTRADohcFt4lKeVrd0Kuxg

 

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Visigoth – Conqueror’s Oath

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Visigoth – Conqueror’s Oath
Metal Blade Records
Release Date: 09/02/2018
Running Time:
Review by Dawn “The Metal Priestess” King
8/10

As many of you who have read my previous reviews will know, there are two genres of metal that I am particularly fond of. One is thrash, and the other is power metal, and Visigoth fall into the second of the two.

Now, being a power metal fan, I personally believe there are two distinct types of power metal, the first being the Hammerfall / Blind Guardian / Iron Saviour-esque metal that the Europeans and Scandinavians are so good at producing. The second could only be described as the cheesier type of power metal, you know, the kind that Manowar make…. hail to the king and all that?!

Well, Visigoth fall somewhere in between the two!

Formed in Salt Lake City, Utah in January 2010, they released their debut album “The Revenant King” in 2015 and earned themselves an underground following worldwide with their impassioned and electric live shows, performing at the highly esteemed Keep It True, Frost and Fire and Pounding Metal festivals, sharing the stage with Metal Blade legacy acts and inspirations Cirith Ungol and Omen.

In the words of their own press release, they have dedicated themselves to “worshipping at the ageless altars of heavy metal with a singular focus on writing music inspired by their favourite records,” and because of this, they wear their influences proudly on their sleeves.

Music to me is all about making the listener feel something and if an album can make you envisage a scene or storyline in your head, just like reading a book can, then the music makers have done their job.

This album is a typical “steel and glory” offering, the kind that conjures up images of hammers, axes and swords, of burnt and pillaged towns and of screaming and crying women and children, with heroic themes of conquest and adventure.

The booming baritone of vocalist Jake Rogers is the driving force of the band and, alongside the consistent drums and duelling guitars, with their savoury harmonies and meaty riffs, brings a larger than life energy to the songs.

This is an album of “8 iron-forged anthems of pure metal magick, guaranteed to satiate the hunger of the rock ‘n’ roll hordes.”

It was recorded at the Boar’s Nest with engineer extraordinaire Andy Patterson (Subrosa, Deathblow, Dreadnought) and mixed by Dave Otero of Flatline Audio (Satan’s Host, Nightbringer, Khemmis) The breath-taking cover artwork was designed by underground album art legend Kris Verwimp, whose work has also graced the covers of records by Absu, Bewitched, Desaster, Horna, Moonsorrow, Skullview, Arkona and many more.

This is a good, old-fashioned album full of solid heavy metal, from the slow and triumphant anthems such as Steel and Silver, the faster paced tracks like Warrior Queen. The band sound like they were formed decades ago, despite being a newish band, and although this album brings nothing new to the table, if you want to stick an album on and reminisce about the simpler times of heavy metal, then this is the album for you.

It is a juggernaut of pure American true metal done right. The only thing that really lets this album down is the track “Salt City.” Not because it is a bad song, I actually quite like it, but it doesn’t seem to fit in with things and it distracts you from the unstoppable march that has been the rest of the album.

This doesn’t, however, mean that you shouldn’t give this album a listen, because, if you are a power metal fan of any sort, you definitely should.

A mix of Manowar and Hammerfall with a hint of NWOBHM and traditional heavy metal can’t be all that bad now can it?

TRACK LISTING
01. Steel and Silver
02. Warrior Queen
03. Outlive Them All
04. Hammerforged
05. Traitor’s Gate
06. Salt City
07. Blades in The Night
08. The Conqueror’s Oath

SOCIAL MEDIA
https://en-gb.facebook.com/visigothofficial/
https://twitter.com/visigothslc?lang=en
https://visigothofficial.bandcamp.com/
https://instagram.com/visigothslc

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