Seventh Wonder – Tiara

Tiara Cover

Seventh Wonder – Tiara
Frontiers Records
Release Date: 12/10/2018
Running Time: 01:09:56
Review by Lotty Whittingham
9/10

It’s no secret that Sweden is a vast breeding ground for rock and metal giants. Most notable names include Sabaton, Amon Amarth and In Flames. Could Seventh Wonder be joining this list of legends? Judging from the strength of their album “Tiara”, it’s more than safe to say that there is a place on this list awaiting them. Imagine if Avantasia and Kamelot jammed together, that would be Seventh Wonder.

Seventh Wonder are familiar to me as their lead vocalist Tommy Karevik also fronts Kamelot and they are personal favourites of mine. So naturally I was curious to get to know Seventh Wonder and find out what their sound is all about.

The album is a portfolio of epic, bombastic melodies that sit with you the moment you press play. The tracks are memorable and once you listen to this record, just looking at the name will bring excerpts of these songs to the mind instantly.

The opening tracks ‘Arrival’ and ‘The Everones’ entice you in instantly. I found that the songs have a strong ambience and contain strong sounding melodies. Scar Symmetry and Kamelot come to mind when listening to the songs.

‘Against The Grain’ is a soaring track that sat very well with me. The backing vocals accompanying Tommy Karevik remind me of Eden’s Curse and Avantasia, particularly because these choral vocals provide concrete backing. I also found that the song had a strong eighties vibe to it. This track is just one of the highlights of the album.

‘Victorious’ is the ear worm of the album. The powerful verses and infectious chorus will ensure you remember the song hours after hearing it. I only have to read the title and the song gets stuck in my head. The title alone is an empowering word and the bold musical arrangements match this perfectly. The song gives you strength and hope, even in times riddled with uncertainty.

I like the acoustic tribal tones from ‘The Truth’. It shows a different side to the band and gives us a break from the heaviness for the majority of the song. It then gives us their iconic, bombastic sounds that familiar across the album. I also like the empowering and uplifting tones throughout the song.

With albums you tend to come across a short opening track that leads to the first main track. With “Tiara” you also get that at the end. The song ‘Procession’ is a beautiful short track with a stunning vocal melody from Tommy Karevik. This is the lead up to the mind-blowing closer ‘Exhale’.

When you have experienced something that is so intense it leaves you breathless, you let out a huge breath. So, this track is appropriately named. “Tiara” leaves you breathless and ‘Exhale’ is the final chapter of this fantastic record.

From the exhilarating ride that “Tiara” gave me, I think it is more than safe to say Seventh Wonder will be added to my music collection. Fans of Kamelot and strong melodic metal, I recommend you do the same.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Arrival
02. The Everones
03. Dream Machines
04. Against the Grain
05. Victorious
06. Farewell (Part 1: Tiara’s Song)
07. Farewell (Part 2: Goodnight)
08. Farewell (Part 3: Beyond Today)
09. The Truth
10. By the Light of the Funeral Pyres
11. Damnation Below
12. Procession
13. Exhale

LINKS:
http://www.seventhwonder.se/
https://www.facebook.com/seventhwonderofficial/

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

 

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EMQ’s with Days Of Jupiter

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EMQ’s with Days Of Jupiter

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Swedish Modern Hard Rock band Days Of Jupiter. 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?

Magnus is my name and I´m the drummer for Days Of Jupiter.
The band was formed in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden in 2010. The band had existed before with other members and another name but it was when Magnus Larsson (drums) and Janne Karlsson (bass) joined that the band wanted to make a go for it in the music industry.
The former members quit the band due to the fact that they couldn`t put in the time that was necessary for the bands vision. So in January 2010 the band regrouped and was named Days Of Jupiter.

How did you come up with your band name?

We wanted a name for the band that was quite unique so that the name didn´t sound familiar or like another bands name.
We like that the name Jupiter is a planet, but also the Roman God. Jupiter was the god of all gods, so that is cool.

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

We´re from Sweden. The metal scene here in Sweden is good. There are a lot of bands, good venues and festivals dedicated to metal, so no complaint on that subject.

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

We released our fourth album “Panoptical” on the 26th of October 2018. Be sure to check it out!

Who have been your greatest influences?

We are influenced by both Modern Metal from the US as well as classical Heavy Metal/Hard Rock from Europe, if you would mould those together then you get Days Of Jupiter. The members in the band listen to everything from Death Metal to AOR, and we always write songs that come from our hearts and sound good. We don’t think in terms that the songs must sound a certain way.

What first got you into music?

For me it was the drums itself. In my world as a young teenager the coolest instrument was the drums so for me it was kind of a no brainer… ‘I WILL play the drums’. One early influence was Randy Castillo who played with Ozzy back in the day.

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

Hard to say. There is a ton of skilled musicians out there. We have to see what the future brings.

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

Wacken Open Air in Germany is a dream to play at. It´s like the mother of all metal festivals. An important and great festival with a lot of visitors, we would love to play there.

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

Haha, we got a video from Russia with a guy who was singing our song ‘Last One Alive’ but he had translated the lyrics to Russian. That was a lot of fun, hearing one of our songs in another language.

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

A cliché, but… We hope to meet you on tour someday.

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

I would say Dio; he seemed to be a nice man with his heart in the right place and one of the greatest vocalists of all time.

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

I enjoy the craftsmanship that goes into being a musician, to master your instrument, write great songs and to spread the music to all great people out there. Music is something we all relate to and have a connection to whether you´re happy, sad or what mood you´re in at the moment. I don’t hate anything with being a musician, but sometimes the wait and travel is pretty dull.

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

It would nice if the industry as a whole would take some risks sometimes. Sign a new band for a change and let the not so experienced play at the good venues and festivals. Money talks, I know, but it would be nice to see a younger band get the chance in the industry.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Mine would be “Abigail” by King Diamond and “Master of the Rings” by Helloween.

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

Personally I love vinyl! I think that it has the right feel, bigger album cover and better sound. However, the digital way is so much easier. You can play almost any song by just a quick tap with your fingers and you can find so much good music.

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

We have played Sweden Rock Festival and that was nice, but the gig we remember the most is at a small venue in Maasmechelen, Belgium. No expectations at all, but man what a night. Great gig and an even greater audience that we partied with afterwards. Super nice people.

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

Don’t know…Can´t picture my life without it.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My bandmates for sure, and Will Ferrell! He is so funny. It would be an awesome dinner party with him as Ron Burgundy.

What’s next for the band?

On 10th of June we open for Disturbed in Tallin, Estonia and play some more gigs during the summer. Hopefully a tour in Germany later this year and we are writing new material for our fifth album as well.

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

www.facebook.com/daysofjupiterofficial

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Jaffa Cakes?! Never heard of them, but I like biscuits so it has to be one…!

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

Thank you for supporting us, keep up the good work.

 

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EMQ’s with PRIME CREATION

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EMQ’s with PRIME CREATION

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Swedish Metal band Prime Creation 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?

Sure, my name is Henrik Weimedal and I play bass guitar.
Prime Creation started in 2015 by members from the now disused power metal band Morifade. We released our self-titled debut album in 2017, a lot of gigs later we released the first of 3 singles in April 2019 and this fall we’ll release our second album called “Tears of Rage”.

How did you come up with your band name?

We had about 100-150 names that we came up with and the word “creation” came up the most and then we just put “prime” in front of that. 🙂

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

We’re from Sweden and I think most people know that the metal scene here is fantastic; the music scene in general is very strong in Sweden.

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

‘Lost In The Shades’ single. It’s the first of three from the coming album.

Who have been your greatest influences?

There’s so many, everything from Black Sabbath to Symphony X

What first got you into music?

For me personally it was Steve Harris and Iron Maiden, first Iron Maiden song I ever heard was ‘The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner’, after that I was hooked!

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

Iron Maiden! But on a more realistic level I think Masterplan would be a good pick, we supported them at a couple of shows and we really enjoyed hanging out with them.

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

Wacken Open Air, simply because it’s the biggest metal festival on earth!

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

We received a letter once from a fan, he had created the postal stamp from our album cover and had made it so it looked like a real stamp, and it sure fooled the postal service.

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

Spread the word!

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

Ronnie James Dio, amazing voice…

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

I love playing live.
I hate the time between arriving at the venue and standing on the stage.

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

I don’t know.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Iron Maiden – “Powerslave”

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

Vinyl!

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

With Morifade at Rock Machina in Spain in the year 2000.

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

Probably weld

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

John Cleese
Terry Gilliam
Eric Idle
Terry Jones
Michael Palin
(and Graham Chapman if he was still alive)

What’s next for the band?

We’re planning gigs for the fall and of course releasing the album!

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

https://www.facebook.com/primecreationofficial
https://www.youtube.com/c/PrimecreationbandSwe
https://instagram.com/primecreationband
https://twitter.com/Prime__Creation
http://primecreationband.com/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Never heard of them.

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

Thank you for the interview and thanks to all fans for your support!

 

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EMQ’s with EGONAUT

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EMQ’s with EGONAUT

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Swedish Doom N Roll band Egonaut. 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?

EGONAUT
Dennis, Organ and Keys. Mikael, Bass.
Egonaut is a Swedish band formed by Markus and Fredrik in 2006. From the beginning the sound was Stoner-oriented but has over the years merged into a blend of groovy Doom and Metal with occult tendencies, Power-doom!
We have over the years released a bunch of EP’s and 4 albums, currently recording our fifth. In between recording sessions we have had the great pleasure of touring both Sweden and Europe a couple of times as well as playing many great festivals.
Egonaut are:
Emil Kyrk – Vocals
Fredrik Jordanius – Guitars
Mikael Bielinski – Bass
Dennis Zielinski – Keyboards
Markus Johansson – Drums

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

Sweden. The metal scene is ok but the live scene is a bit dull though, especially the club scene which has changed a lot during the last 10 years or so. But we still have many big Rock/Metal festivals that survive, so the crowd is definitely still there.

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

Album: The Omega. November 2017
(A new Single: Out May 24, 2019)

Who’s been your greatest influences?

Mikael: That list is long, but everything from Spiritual Beggars to Entombed via Pink Floyd back to Ghost and many more.

What first got you into music?

Dennis: All of us have been playing instruments since childhood. But why we started is probably some thing that most of us can thank our parents for.

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

Dennis: Writing a song or two with Toni Iommi would be cool. He’s a killer riff-machine, blending his riffs with our sound would be very exciting to hear.

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

There are many but the biggest stage at Wacken would be nice. It’s like a Holy Grail, especially if you come from Europe.

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

A bottle containing a yellow substance labelled “Golden Shower”. (We have not opened it yet!)

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

Thank you and please bring a friend.

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

Ronnie James Dio.

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

Dennis: Finding new ways of expressing my self through music and sounds. Playing live is also something that gives me great pleasure. I really hate that today as a musician you’ll have to spend more time on writing emails and promoting your band than playing.

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

Mikael: The greed. There are too many people benefiting from the artists creativity without actually doing anything for it.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Mikael: Dark Side of the Moon – Pink Floyd
Dennis: Images and Word – Dream Theater

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

Vinyl and streamed media.

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

Sweden Rock Festival 2015. Big crowd, perfect weather and the first time we ever played a festival of that size.

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

Mikael: Pilot or working abroad in some way.
Dennis: Music Video Producer

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Mikael: Geezer Butler, David Gilmour, Josh Homme , John 5, Dennis Zielinski

What’s next for the band?

Finishing up the new album and getting it out there. Of course, making a few videos etc, then doing some shows later this year.

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

Facebook, Spotify, Youtube, iTunes.
https://sv-se.facebook.com/egonautswe/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/5HC50drCPReeIlMKkRDj0V
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCaXTx0sPursTm-Ek7qteRg
https://itunes.apple.com/se/artist/egonaut/316126876

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

In Sweden we call it a kick.

 

 

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Evergrey – The Atlantic

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Evergrey – The Atlantic
AFM Records
Release Date: 25/01/2019
Running Time: 54:07
Review by Dawn “The Metal Priestess” King
10/10

There are certain bands, that when they pop up on the “reviews to do” list, I always try to get my name against first and Evergrey are one of those bands! Having been a fan since I purchased a copy of their 2008 album “Torn” on a whim, and also having reviewed their 2016 album “The Storm Within” I thought it was only right that I reviewed their latest offering “The Atlantic.”

Evergrey are a Swedish Progressive Metal band from Gothenburg, formed in 1995, and led by frontman and songwriter, Tom S Englund, they have always been synonymous with “technically and compositionally outstanding standards, combined with lyrics and messages which go way beyond rock ‘n’ roll prose.”

Progressive Metal is not one of my preferred genres, but there are a few bands that stand out in the field, and, for me, Evergrey have always been one of the best. With this new album, the band have manifested their reputation as one of the most unusual and innovative progressive metal acts….worldwide!

This album also sees them complete their “Hymns For The Broken” trilogy, which began life with the launch of Part 1 back in 2014, and is all about the adventure of ‘life’.
As on Hymns For The Broken and it’s 2016 successor The Storm Within, the new album is about events and experiences in our lives,” explains Englund, “it’s about relationships, beauty and darkness, about fortune and grief, about love, hate, despair, joy and everything connected with it. Life is like a journey across the ocean, on the way to distant shores.

So, it was rather apt then, to call the album “The Atlantic”, the second largest ocean on the planet, and with it, they take their listeners on a tempestuous voyage across the rough seas, something that only prog metal can really do!

The expressive cover art work was designed by Greek artist Giannis Nakos, who is renowned for his work for Oceans of Slumber and Hades Rising, among others. The album was mixed and mastered by Jacob Hansen and was produced by Tom, himself, along with drummer Jonas Ekdahl.

The lyrics of Everygrey songs have always been of the darker side, as has the band’s imagery, and this album is no different, with the words being delivered with deep feeling and emotion from the talented voice of Tom. I have always been a fan of Tom’s voice and he did not disappoint on this album. He just seems to get better and better.

There are ten tracks in total and, although together they make for a superb album, each one can stand alone with “amazing power, depth and exciting detail.” There are no bad songs here and I don’t think Mr Englund could write an awful track even if he tried.

The first track on the album is ‘A Silent Arc’ and is probably one of the fiercest and toughest tracks Evergrey have ever recorded. Says their publicity notes, it’s “brutal in a certain kind of Evergrey way!” But, this is not the only function of this track. While it also sets the whole lyrical and musical content of the album, it is also the first single release. Quite a cute move to place it number one in the track list!

There will also be videos to accompany the atmospherically heavy ‘Weightless’, my favourite track on the album, and the anthemic and melancholic ‘All I Have’, two highlights from the thoroughly diverse and haunting album. Also, check out track number two ‘A Secret Atlantis’. Those opening riffs are just magnificent.

The band’s Facebook page cites their influences as Kiss, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Korn and The Deftones, and to be honest I can’t hear any of those bands in Evergrey’s music. For me, these guys produce music that is totally unique to them. They have the riffs and the guitars, the drums and the vocals that bands of all genres of metal possess, but the way it is all put together just sets them miles apart from the rest. This is music you could break up and make up to. It’s music that makes you feel emotions that you might not necessarily want to feel. It’s music that gets you right in the stomach and tears at your heartstrings! And there are not many bands out there who can do that!

If you have not heard Evergrey’s music before….where the hell have you been for the past twenty years?? And, more importantly, GO and BUY this album! In fact go and buy them all. They are definitely a band you need to hear.

I hope these guys continue to make lots more of their fantastic music and next time they are in London (question for you there Tom??!) I will definitely be at the front!!

TRACKLISTING:
01. A Silent Arc
02. Weightless
03. All I Have
04. A Secret Atlantis
05. The Tidal
06. End Of Silence
07. Currents
08. Departure
09. The Beacon
10. This Ocean

LINKS:
http://www.evergrey.net/
https://www.facebook.com/Evergrey/

https://www.instagram.com/evergreyofficial/

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Black Paisley – Perennials

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Black Paisley – Perennials
Self-Released
Release Date: 27/09/2018
Running Time: 51:12
Review By Chris Galea
8/10

Black Paisley are a Swedish band named after the Fender signature model guitar of Ritchie Sambora in Bon Jovi. And in fact you often hear connections with Bon Jovi throughout this album. Since I’m name-dropping…the lead vocals in “Perennials” sometimes reminded me of James Christian (House Of Lords) and comparisons with Thunder also seem inevitable.

But despite being very song-oriented and mainstream-friendly, “Perennials” is somewhat elusive when one comes to categorise its music and for me this is one of its main attractions. From catchy sing-along choruses to subtle but effective uses of keyboards and onto brilliant uses of choir vocals and Rock songs with punch…there’s more to this album than meets the eye. Then there are a couple of excellent piano-ballads, one of which is ‘Stronger’ – incidentally this is also the album’s strongest track (‘scuse my pun). Melancholy, vitality, Hard Rock, Blues Rock, AOR…there really is much to enjoy in this album.

On the other hand, since “Perennials” is very traditional in nature, it’s unlikely to have you gawping in amazement. But then again you never know. Personally, after an overdose of Metal, it feels right to keep testosterone levels in check with something like this.

TRACKLISTING:
1. I Want Your Soul
2. Day By Day
3. Sometimes
4. Mother
5. Miss Me
6. Without You
7. Step Back
8. Trying
9. Out Of My Life
10. Alone
11. Think
12. Stronger

LINE-UP:
Stefan Blomqvist – lead vocal and guitar
Ulf Hedin – guitars
Jan Emanuelsson – bass
Robert Wirensjö – keyboards
Mikael Kerslow – drums and percussion

LINKS:
http://www.blackpaisley.se/
https://www.facebook.com/blackpaisleys/

https://www.instagram.com/blackpaisley_band/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4p95d5wKIhEIdPT7acH5dA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CQaSeaKYTI (‘I Want Your Soul’ – Official Video)

 

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Dynazty – Firesign

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Dynazty – Firesign
Label: AFM Records
Release Date: 28/09/2018
Running time: 49:28
Review by Lotty Whittingham
8/10

It’s no secret that Sweden is one of the best breeding grounds for Metal and Rock bands, particularly when it comes to Hard Rock, and Dynazty are one of the recent bands to make it out onto the airwaves and into the hearts of Hard Rock fans on a global scale. Could they join the list of bands along with the likes of Eclipse and H.E.A.T? Well, if their latest album “Firesign” is anything to go by then most certainly!

One of the things “Firesign” does is ensures Dynazty’s fierce reputation for strong vocals, finger blistering riffs and dominant melodies. The bold sounds of the 80’s and 90’s are coming back to fruition and bands like Dynazty are here to ensure this sound will never die.

If you are not familiar with Dynazty, the sounds from the latest release could seem a little mediocre at first, especially with a name like “Firesign” when you would expect a lot more heat and passion. But, when you hear the story behind what they were going for, it becomes clear. They were aiming for a stripped-down version of their previous material and that is what they have given us. After finding that out it’s easier to relax and enjoy what’s playing.

“Firesign” kicks off with the gallant singles ‘Breathe With Me’ and ‘The Grey’. If Helloween and The Scorpions had concocted a track together then ‘Breath With Me’ would be it. It gets things moving with its empowering melody, consisting of brilliant riffs, great vocals and emphasising orchestral elements. ‘The Grey’ is a modern classic with its brilliant melody and chorus. Whatever they do to make their melodies memorable for days on end will remain a mystery but let’s hope they continue to use that magic.

The band showcase clear talent and energy throughout the album. They deliver an excellent portfolio of songs from the pumping ‘In The Arms Of A Devil’ to the sweeping beats of ‘Follow Me’.

The bouncy beginning riff in ‘Ascension’ provides a strong hint of the Sabaton hit ‘Gott Mit Uns’, so it’s only logical to imagine glossy hair swishing back and forth to the beat. The beat slows down to allow us to enjoy the strong melody right through to the punchy chorus. This track is interesting in terms of how many different elements of the song there are. Sometimes adding lots of these can either backfire or work highly in the band’s favour. In Ascension’s case it works.

The title track provides a sense of empowerment and hope, particularly when things are looking bleak across the board. The sweeping beat provides an excellent backing for the orchestral elements, powerful vocals and excellent riffs. It could be interpreted that the verses represent the negativity going on in the world and the chorus is the phoenix rising from the ashes, representing hope. But, the only people who would know that for sure are the band themselves.

The intro to ‘Follow Me’ provides strong reminiscence of the sounds of the 80’s. The catchy melody, huge vocals and mighty riffs reinforce this. This will be a song that will go down well at live shows with its punchy verses and choruses.

It ends on a rather grand note with ‘Starfall’. This provides a great climax, yet leaves the listener wanting more. “Firesign” is a grower, the more times you listen to it the more you like it!

This is a band who are going places and I hope they continue to do so!

Tracklist:
1. Breathe with Me
2. The Grey
3. In the Arms of a Devil
4. My Darkest Hour
5. Ascension
6. Firesign
7. Closing Doors
8. Follow Me
9. Let Me Dream Forever
10. Starfall
11. The Light Inside the Tunnel

Links:
http://www.dynazty.com/
https://www.facebook.com/dynaztyband/

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

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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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Deadheads – This One Goes to 11

 

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DEADHEADS – THIS ONE GOES TO 11
High Roller Records
Release date 26/01/2018
Review by Vikkie ‘Queen of Rock’ Richmond
Running time: 38:00
6/10

I confess to having never heard of Swedish four-piece, Deadheads, although “This One Goes to 11” is their third album. Labelling themselves as ‘energetic rock and roll’, this band are all that and more; this album is eleven tracks of frenetically paced, good time rock which was fairly infectious to listen to.

The first track, ‘Black Out’ gallops along with brattish guitars and a thumping pace and although it was light on lyrics with a repetitive chorus, it certainly stuck in my brain for a while after listening.

I found a punkish element to next song, ‘Don’t Mind The Ghost’, which featured a simple hook and echoing vocals; in fact, pretty much all of the songs had a punk feel to them, with some nice keyboard/piano work showing on ‘Manic Mondays’.

The pace slowed a little with ‘Too Lost To Be Found’, which had a real vintage flavour to it and was one of my more favoured tracks on the album. I particularly liked the last track, ‘Status Low’; it wasn’t vastly different to the other songs, but I enjoyed the lyrics and the key changes made it feel a little less mad and ever so slightly more laid back.

I think if you take the time to listen to this album five or six times in a row, you will probably find nuances and changes from song to song; just listening to it twice through, it sounded kind of samey in places.

Quality and production-wise, the sound is a little muffled on some tracks – whether that was intentional, I’m not sure, but it was a bit irritating in places. Deadheads have been touring on and off in Europe, so perhaps they will be popping up on the UK festival circuit next year. I’d make a point of catching them live if I can; the songs are infectious and carry a certain amount of punk groove, so it would be interesting to see how that translates onto a live stage.
TRACK LISTING
● Black Out
● Don’t Mind The Ghost
● Somebody Along The Way
● Manic Mondays
● Too Lost To Be Found
● The Plan
● Instant Control
● 2 Steps Before The Fall
● Lucifer
● My Time
● Status Low

 

SOCIAL MEDIA
● https://www.facebook.com/deadheadsband
● http://www.deadheadsband.com/

 
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Ice Age – Breaking The Ice

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Ice Age – “Breaking The Ice”

Running Time 45:05

Release on 21-10-2017 via GMR Music / Head First Entertainment

8/10 – Review by Tsarina Wilson

Metal fans of a certain age may well recognise the name Ice Age as they have been around, on and off, since 1985.  Surprisingly, this band from Gothenburg, Sweden never released an album, just a couple of very well received demos. They have a long and potted history but now the band are back I’m going to concentrate on the debut album which they are finally releasing!

With a line-up that includes original members Sabrina Kihlstrand (vocals) and Viktoria Larsson (bass) and two new members Linnea Landstedt (guitars) and Andre Homqvist (drums), “Breaking The Ice” contains five re-recorded classic tracks from their 1980’s demos and five brand new songs! It’s like being on a mad roller coaster, the songs are fast and heavy, vocals are amazing and the music is full of twists and turns but their sound is worthy of any metal band around today.

Sabrina’s vocals are gravelly and intense, perfect for this type of raw metal and it’s a shame it’s taken them so long to release an album, because we have been deprived of their amazing music for far too long!

The whole of “Breaking The Ice” is a non-stop, raw metal pleasure (think early Megadeth / Annihilator with female vocals), the guitar playing is fast and loud, and with some crazy drumming Ice Age are the complete package. I would imagine an Ice Age concert would leave you exhausted but invigorated. There are not many bands that can keep you on the edge of your seat while just listening to their songs but this band certainly do that! One of my favourite tracks on the album ‘Hell Or Nothing’ also has a personal meaning for Sabrina with regards to a previous Manager who she clashed with back in the 1980’s.

It may have taken Ice Age over thirty years to release an album but it’s so been well worth the wait. Let’s hope there is a lot more of this to come!

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Track List –

  • Fleet Street
  • Hell Or Nothing
  • Clever
  • General Alert
  • Instant Justice
  • Breaking The Ice
  • Total Collapse
  • Mental Disorder
  • No Need To Bleed
  • A Case Of Cerebral Death

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