Moonlight Haze – Lunaris

Moonlight Haze – Lunaris
Scarlet Records
Release Date: 12/06/2020
Running Time: 51:46
Review by Tsarina Wilson
9/10

Moonlight Haze consists of Chiara Tricarico (ex-Temperance) on vocals, Giulio Capone on vocals/drums/keyboards, Alessandro Jacobi (also of Elvenking) on bass, Alberto Melinato and Marco Falanga on guitars. This is the second album from the Italian band in quite quick time, as far as albums go anyway, their first release which was “De Rerum Natura” in 2019, certainly put them on the map of great quality music, so I had high hopes for this release. This new album, “Lunaris”, was mixed and mastered by Simone Mularoni at the Domination Studio (San Marino). The artwork and graphics (which are immense) are by Beatrice Damori.

Their music is not only symphonic, it’s up-beat, catchy, enthusiastic, and has vocals that make the hairs on the back of your arms stand on end. It has power and passion which shines through in abundance, and is an amazing blend of metal, folk, electronics, with one track, ‘Birth And Death’, even featuring Elvenking’s violinist, Fabio Lethien Polo.

The opening track, ‘Till The End’ bursts in with a, “hello! I’m here” feeling! It has a great tempo, is catchy, full of energy and doesn’t let up all the way through. Chiara’s vocals are so strong and powerful, and her range is epic. Added to that are great harmonies, and guitar riffs that go so fast it makes my fingers hurt just thinking about them! The ending of the song proves already what a great set of lungs Chiara has, the power in her voice is incredible!

Each track is a mini story within itself, and although some of the tracks are fast pace and can leave you breathless, you do get small lulls in between. But don’t be fooled into thinking you’ll be able to sit and relax, as you wont be left with time to do that! This album will have you sat up and listening, waiting to see where it’s off to next. ‘Under your Spell’, is another stand out track for me. It starts off melodic and is gentle but very powerful, and again the range of Chiara’s voice is out of this world! Add to that brilliant guitar riffs, and you have a very powerful rock ballad.

I was a little taken back by ‘Enigma’, as rather than being sung in English, it is in Italian, but the power and passion shines out in bucket loads. Even though I couldn’t understand the lyrics, it still gives you such a vibe. I am one of those who listen to the album without looking at the track running order, so I was pleased to discover that the last track on the album is the English version of the same song. This wouldn’t be out of place in a rock opera and the immense drumming leave you breathless, thinking ‘seriously how the heck do you play drums that quick?’. Just wow!

I must admit I listen to my music a tad loud, and on a good set of speakers, but, my word, some of the drumming had my chest hurting! You can feel it inside. That and the guitar riffs almost blew the speakers! And I can’t say enough how fabulous the vocals are, going from gritty to operatic in a heartbeat. This is so apparent in ‘The Dangerous Art of Overthinking’ which I have to say is my favourite track. You start off with operatic background and crazy drumming. Calm down to almost ‘monkish’ undertones, then BAM! Back into it! Who needed to catch their breath anyway?! This would make an epic horror film score, the vocals leaping from powerful, to growls, to operatic, and back to ‘monkish’ in seconds, which leave you wandering what the hell is going on! You get chance for a quick gasp of air then off it goes again. It also has some crazy synthesiser twists which really add the icing on the metal cake. I like to call this track the ‘Beauty and the Beast’ of the album.

There are calmer tracks, like ‘Of Birth and Death’, that gives you a folkish interlude, which you’ll be grateful for as track 10 ‘Nameless City’ is 7 minutes and 34 seconds long, and once again leads you on a twisted journey! It starts off all nice and calm before throwing you into the deep end with a sudden change of pace. Operatic vocals switch to normal, and the whole track sounds like they have an orchestra and a team of backing vocals all joining in. And, once again, it’s littered with brilliant drumming, guitars and harmonies, and the synthesizer in the background.

If you wanted dull and boring then stay away from “Lunaris”, as that’s one thing this album definitely isn’t! But if you want powerful, intense, complex, and outside of the box, then hold on tight and enjoy the ride.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Till The End
02. The Rabbit Of The Moon
03. Lunaris
04. Under Your Spell
05. Enigma
06. Wish Upon A Scar
07. The Dangerous Art of Overthinking
08. Without You
09. Of Birth and Death
10. Nameless City
11. Enigma (English Version)

LINE-UP:
Chiara Tricarico: vocals
Giulio Capone: drums, keyboards
Marco Falanga: guitars
Alberto Melinato: guitars
Alessandro Jacobi: bass

LINKS:
www.moonlighthaze.com/
www.facebook.com/Moonlighthazeband/
www.instagram.com/moonlighthazeband
www.open.spotify.com/artist/1J9Jg6CEtjR3C4SFXz1elX
www.youtube.com/channel/UC4xfX4XQB0cIO7KsBUf6gng
www.linktr.ee/moonlighthaze

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Volturian – Crimson

Volturian – Crimson
Scarlet Records
Release Date: 24/04/2020
Running Time: 35:53
Review By Mark Pritchard
8/10

On what was a bright and sunny day with a nice cool breeze, I decided I would pop to the local shops to get a few bits and bobs. My soundtrack for this expedition was “Crimson” by Volturian. As I headed to the shop listening to the music, I found out why, when you’re walking, it’s a good idea to look where you’re going! In my right hand was my stick (as I have nerve damage in my right leg) and in my left was my phone. I was quite happily looking at track titles on my phone and then SMACK, I walked straight into a streetlight! Thankfully, I didn’t drop my phone and it didn’t interrupt my listening pleasure! Now you would have thought I would have learnt my lesson, but that wasn’t the case, as when I was walking back from the shops I did the same thing! It’s safe to say that I have learnt the hard way. Definitely not the kind of headbanging I was expecting! Anyway, enough about me, let’s get on to the cause of my slightly sore head!

Volturian are a modern metal band who hail from Italy and are only recently founded, in 2019, by singer Federica Lanna of the band Sleeping Romance, and songwriter Federico Mondelli of the band Frozen Crown. “Crimson” is their first album release and displays their mixture of styles amazingly well. They bring calming, dreamy female vocals alongside heavy, down-tuned guitar riffs, and a big hit of electronic sounds to boot.

The press release for this album says: “Lanna’s pristine and ethereal vocals move fluently between slow paced groovy songs and rigid, industrial inspired hymns, held together by Mondelli’s Swedish death metal-oriented guitar riffs (early 2000 In Flames and Soilwork) and by a powerful and precise drumming. Keyboards add a fundamental layer to Volturian’s music, ranging from New Wave to 90’s Europop to obscure gothic atmospheres. The album concept relies on dark, obscure and romantic themes, infusing the band’s lyrical imagery with gloomy Victorian vibes.” I couldn’t have said it better myself and can definitely say that these influences and variations are very much what you will hear, and they create a very pleasurable sound.

It is full of fast paced playing and amazing vocals, and the added electronic sounds give it a huge and eclectic range of genres. It’s heavy, dark and powerful, but I’ve also found “Crimson” quite calming. On more than one occasion it has been so relaxing to listen to that I’ve actually fallen asleep! Volturian have done an amazing job here, especially as they’re so new to the scene as a band. It’s an album you can listen to many times without it getting old, and I find something interesting and new in it with each listen. Definitely an album I will be adding to my collection.

TRACKLISTING:
1. Crimson Dust
2. New Life
3. Haunting Symphony
4. Broken
5. The Killing Joke
6. In A Heartbeat
7. Between The Sleepers
8. Days Before You Die
9. Forevermore
10. Fading Like A Flower

LINE-UP:
Federica Lanna – Vocals
Federico Mondelli – Guitars and Keyboards
Massimiliano Rossi – Bass
Alberto Mezzanotte – Drums

LINKS:
www.facebook.com/volturian/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCKNg0fDQs5eN_SSLmAYqHRA
www.twitter.com/VolturianBand
www.scarletrecords.bandcamp.com/album/crimson

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Deathless Legacy – Saturnalia

Deathless Legacy – Saturnalia
Scarlet Records
Date: 13/03/2020
Running Time: 24:16
Review by Victor Augusto
10/10

Maybe it is not a surprise to hear Italian bands exploring their traditional music, like Opera, to play along with Heavy Metal or work on subjects from this beautiful culture. Some bands do it in an epic way while others go deeper into the heaviness or obscure sound. In all cases, they sound unique. In the case of Deathless Legacy, the theatrical side where all interpretations are so strong and are hugely different. So, why not explore the rich Italian history, from ancient Rome to be more specific, in a 24-minutes-long single. If you love songs like ‘Rime of the Ancient Mariner’ (Iron Maiden) or ‘Stargazer’ (Rainbow), you should stop everything you are doing now and join the band on this journey.

Saturnalia was a celebration in ancient Rome that happened between December 17th and 23rd. It was a short period of rebirth when the slaves could enjoy and party as free people. This song tells a specific history, in the year of 86 AD. During a long war, Helius hears that his father Flaccus (the Pater Familia of the Adepphius family) is dying and he should return to be the new Pater Familia as he is the first-born. In the Cimini hills, near Rome, he decides to rest during the night before returning home. There, he rests forever after a criminal sets his tent on fire while he is sleeping. This is done by Tullius Murena’s servant. Tullius’ plan is to kill the first-born son and leave the Adepphius Family weak to own and run their land. What he cannot imagine is how things would change. It is within this scenario that the main character appears. His name is Lucius, a slave of Tullius who was whipped almost until death after he let Tullius’ wine fall on the floor due to a trick from a young child. Lucius recovers himself in time to celebrate Saturnalia with his best friend, and slave, Hecatia.

Declared the prince with horns by the slaves and under command of Laverna, Lucius  gives an order for Tulius to serve him wine during the Saturnalia celebrations and Hecatia uses the same trick of the young child to make him fall on the floor, looking a fool in front all of the slaves. Of course, this joke has terrible consequence and Tullius, feeling humiliated by his slaves, creates an ambush for Lucius and Hecatia. He gives them a secret mission to deliver a gold medallion for his bastard son’s mother. Suddenly, on the way to deliver it, some of Tullius’ servants emerge to rape and kill Hecatia in front of Lucius. After witnessing that murder, he is stabbed by Tullius’ sword. For a moment, he can meet his parents in heaven, but it isn’t his time, yet.

He awakes under the care of Laverna Priestess, the goddess who protects the Underworld from thieves and cheaters. The goddess of what lies in the shadows as no murder or punishment is allowed by what happens in Saturnalia. Tullius calls for him the wrath of Saturn. She heals Lucius with a potion, so he can find himself deep inside and begins his metamorphosis with all his grief and pain!

Spiritually dead, but physically alive, Lucius finds the mortal remains of Helius in the burnt-out tent. He also finds a rope of one of Tullius’ servants and he was still carrying the same gold medallion he carried during the ambush he suffered. He realises that the person who murdered Helius is the same who murdered Hecatia. It is the spark for his revenge. Lucius burns his face and wears Helius’ armour to pretend he is the Adepphius first born. With a disfigured face and using the same armour that Helius used, nobody can recognize him. He returns to his old home and a great feast is made to celebrate it because everyone thinks that Helius is dead. Tulius is shocked and whips the servant that hasn’t killed Helius. Now, Lucius is using a gold mask to hide his pain and fake his existence, as if he is the new Pater Familia. During the feast he shows to everyone, including Tullius, the gold medallion and the servant’s robe. The betrayer is finally discovered and Tullius is taken to die in Rupes Tarpeia. Therefore, the revenge is complete, and it finishes the tale of Saturnalia!

Musically, “Saturnalia” has strong guitar riffs and bass lines from Sgt. Bones and Deadwood Nick. They create many intense moments, from acoustic and melodic pieces to fast and heavy ones, mirroring the tempo of the story. Frater Orion’s drum parts are amazing, he doesn’t let the music become massive and tiring. He plays in many different tempos and variations. Another interesting thing is how the song has a symphonic approach, but pianos, keyboards and orchestrations are not always present. The instruments are very well mixed, bringing the spirit of classic Heavy Metal. Steva’s vocals are brilliant. She has a unique identity to interpret the drama and the history. The interesting thing in her voice is how she uses a melodic side, sometimes a bit angelical, together with a lot of evil power, reminding me of the way that Ronnie James Dio sings.

There is an accompanying short movie/official video of the track and it has the band members acting as characters, with the black and white scenes bringing an epical and dense atmosphere. The more I watch the film; the more this genial creation enchants me. Unique! Majestic! Maybe these words could describe this Italian masterpiece called “Saturnalia”.

Here is a link to the film/video

TRACKLISTING:
1. Saturnalia

LINE-UP:
Steva – Vocals
Frater Orion – Drums
Alex Van Eden – Keyboards
Sgt. Bones – Guitar
Deadwood Nick- Bass

LINKS:
www.facebook.com/Deathlessmetal/
www.facebook.com/scarletrecords/
www.youtube.com/user/DeathlessLegacy
www.instagram.com/deathless_legacy
open.spotify.com/album/3WIl8GeGQusozWJXzEHvap

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Def-Con-One – Warface

Warface Cover

Def-Con-One – Warface
Scarlet Records
Release Date: 19-06-2012
Running Time: 51:10
Review by Rick Tilley
9/10

Hi Everyone. One of the previous places I wrote reviews for was US Radio Station Brutiful Metal Radio which closed its doors a while back and their website disappeared along with all the reviews I wrote! I thought it would be great if we could repost the reviews on Ever Metal so that they are not lost completely and, possibly, you can discover some great albums and bands you may have missed the first time around! Do bear in mind that line-ups may have changed and, in some cases, the bands may be no more but the albums created at that time are what is important so delve into the fairly recent path and have a read!

This Def-Con-One review first appeared in 2013

2012 was a storming year for great albums, but when I first heard “Warface”, from the UK’s Def-Con-One, it went straight into my top ten releases of that year. If you want brutal groove then this is the band for you and quite simply I see them as a modern day Pantera. Put together by the severely underrated Antton Lant (one time Venom drummer) this is about as much fun as you can have, whilst systematically feeling that you have had your insides kicked out of you by a size 12 boot!

Kicking off with an almost tribal drum rhythm, opener ‘Never Look Back’ sets the scene for what is an uncompromising fifty minutes of pure hardcore metal, with so much groove you will not be able to keep still. Apart from the staggering and heavy-as-shit drum patterns, from Antton, which pepper the album like a bad rash, Vocalist Davey Meikle is a real find. He screams and sings in equal measure with an evil ferocity that defies belief. Guitarist Johnny Hunter and Bassist Steve Miller cannot be overlooked. This is a real band, and one that requires all four members to collectively strip the skin from your face. March Of The Dead’, ‘Blood’, ’10 Bullets’, ‘In Death’ and the title track, the list is endless of tracks that deliver a hammer blow to your groin and with ‘Feeling Cold’ Def-Con-One have delivered one of the most hauntingly brilliant acoustic tracks I have heard for years. There is just not one dud on this album. Fantastically well produced by the band themselves, there really is no reason for you not to check these guys out.

Having finally witnessed them live at Hammerfest V, where they literally blew the roof off of the venue, you might have guessed correctly that I rather like this band and predict huge things for them. With album number two in the pipeline and plenty of upcoming gigs throughout the year Def-Con-One could not be a better name for this awesome band from Newcastle and I defy you not to like them.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Never Look Back
02. March Of The Dead
03. Warface
04. Hold On
05. Blood
06. Steeped In Pain
07. 10 Bullets
08. Feeling Cold
09. My Halo
10. Hit List
11. In Death
12. Give Me Strength

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/defcononehq/
https://www.instagram.com/def.con.one.official/

https://www.youtube.com/user/skuzzy/featured

 

 

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Sadist – Spellbound

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Sadist – Spellbound
Scarlet Records
Release Date: 09/11/2018
Running Time 38:44
Review by Chris Galea
9/10

Apart from “Tribe” (1995), which I have long considered to be the band’s magnum opus, the output from Sadist has been somewhat chequered. But the band truly has a unique sound – akin to other luminaries such as Atheist, Pestilence, Obscura and Nocturnus, Sadist forge a Death Metal that is highly refined on a technical level but use keyboards to accentuate the music’s heaviness and provide a spruce of atmosphere. Before spinning this disc, I feel a degree of optimism but would “Spellbound” provide a rant-free listening experience? I take a deep breath and dive in….

The first thing that needs mentioning is that each song in “Spellbound” is inspired by a different Alfred Hitchcock film thriller. Some are based on well-known films such as “Psycho” or “Rear Window”. Others are based on obscure films from the silent-movie era, such as “The Mountain Eagle” and “Downhill”. Incidentally “Mountain Eagle” is lost (the BFI is still searching for one copy of it) so I wonder on what material Sadist based their song of the same name.

All these Hitchcockian elements, which Sadist infuse into their songwriting, add a certain intrigue to the album’s music. This is particularly obvious in the opening track, ‘39 Steps’. The album has some virtuoso-quality bass lines, such as in the title-track, which is also an excellent song. “Spellbound” also boasts some top quality guitar shredding – in this context, ‘Stage Fright’ and ‘Rear Window’ spring to mind. ‘Notorius’ is an intriguing instrumental track that enriches the album’s dynamics.

The way many of the album’s songs end abruptly enforce the notion that “Spellbound” was meant to be one distinct entity rather than an album of several songs. The album itself is rather short but I suppose that that is preferable to having weak material mar the album. Ironically, “Spellbound” doesn’t have any track that really stands out from the rest.

So yes, despite some very minor things, “Spellbound” is a superb album and a refreshing take on the Death Metal genre.

TRACKLIST:
1. 39 Steps
2. The Birds
3. Spellbound
4. Rear Window
5. Bloody Bates
6. Notorius
7. Stage Fright
8. I’m the Man Who Knew Too Much
9. Frenzy
10. The Mountain Eagle
11. Downhill

Line-up:
Alessio Spallarossa – drums
Andy Marchini – bass, vocals
Tommy Talamanca – guitars, keyboards
Trevor Nadir – vocals

LINKS:
http://www.sadist.it/
https://www.facebook.com/Sadist-466835156803523/
https://vk.com/club690597
https://www.instagram.com/sadist_official/
https://www.youtube.com/user/Sadistribe

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Sinheresy – Domino

Sin heresy - Domino cover

Sinheresy – Domino

Running Time 41:53

Released on 07-04-2017 via Scarlet Records

8/10 – Review by Dawn King

I always thought I knew, or had least, heard about a wide range of metal, bands and genres, but reviewing has shown me just how little I do actually know.  SinHeresY are yet another band that, I am ashamed to say, I knew nothing about until their new album dropped into my inbox ready to be reviewed.

A mix of the symphonic sounds of Nightwish and Within Temptation along with the progressiveness of Symphony X and Children of Bodom, the first thing I thought when I saw their line up was, “Oh god! Not another female fronted band!”

Now, if you have read any of my reviews before, you will know I am a great advocate for the female fronted metal band and I truly believe they have the right and the ability to be in amongst the greats of the genre. But this was the third or fourth one I had reviewed in the space of a few months and I was getting, to be honest, a little bit cheesed off with them.

Imagine my surprise then when this little gem blasted through my speakers! But a little history lesson first.

Formed in Trieste, Italy in 2009 by bassist Davide Sportiello and guitarist Lorenzo Pasullo, completing their line up in 2011 with keyboardist Daniele Girardelli, SinHeresY class themselves as ‘symphonic modern metal’ and, also in 2011, their first EP “The Spiders and the Butterfly” was released.

This was followed in 2013 by their debut full length album “Paint The World” and both releases were met with positive reactions from both fans and critics alike, enabling them to support the likes of Dream Theater, Queensrÿche, Lordi, Tarja, Anathema and Korpiklaani.

Now, four years later, they are back with their new album “Domino”, a superbly mixed album that is complex at times, yet elegant at others, a strong evolutionary step that blends new elements beautifully with old, and also earned the band third place in the iTunes Italia Metal Chart.

Engineered by Mika Jussila of the legendary Finnvox Studios, the sound is excellent, and the solid engineering also serves to highlight the strength of a female / male vocal team that, despite being a mix of deep, modern, almost punk rock-esque at times vocals from Stefano and the angelic, almost operatic voice of Cecilia, works so well. The vocals struggle to be understood at times, but this could be the fact they are not singing in their native language and their Italian accents are shining through.

This is forgiven, though, as the skull crushing guitar riffs and pulsating rhythm section more than make up for it. Says Mika, “All tracks are produced and arranged in a very cool way and the sound is modern, punchy and powerful”, and no two songs sound the same, with each track having its own melody and layout.

It’s such a shame that the smaller female fronted bands like this are not given the airplay and exposure that the bigger bands such as Nightwish, Within Temptation, Sirenia, Lacuna Coil and After Forever (to name a few!) are given. They are just as good, if not better, and deserve for their name to be out there among the big boys (girls?!)

I was more than pleasantly surprised with this album and I will certainly be giving the EP and first full-length album a listen.

This is a must have album for any symphonic metal lover, especially those who may have become disillusioned with the genre’s predictability, or those looking for something “a bit different.”

Sinheresy pic

Track List –

  • Domino
  • Star Dome
  • Without A Reason
  • My Only Faith
  • Unspoken Words
  • Under Your Skin
  • The Island of Salt and Grass
  • Ocean of Deception
  • Believe
  • Another Life

Stand out track: My Only Faith

Links –

 

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