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Savage Messiah Sign With Century Media Records; Announce New Album & Reveal Debut Single, “Hands Of Fate”

CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS is proud to announce the worldwide signing of British heavy metal outfit SAVAGE MESSIAH, who will release their fourth full-length album, entitled “Hands Of Fate“, on October 27, 2017.

Recorded at Rockfield Studios Monmouth (Black Sabbath, Rush, Queen), “Hands Of Fate” was produced by Scott Atkins (Cradle of Filth) and mastered by Dave Collins (Metallica, Soundgarden, Linkin Park). The cover art, as seen above, was completed by Travis Smith (Avenged Sevenfold, Opeth).

SAVAGE MESSIAH are excited to reveal the first listen with the music video debut for the album’s title track, which can be seen streaming below or directly at http://smarturl.it/HANDSOFFATEYoutube.

“Hands Of Fate” is also available as a digital single on all streaming and download platforms along with being offered as an Instant Grat track on iTunes and Amazon.
Get it here: http://smarturl.it/SavageMessiahHOF

The band added, “We’re so pleased to announce teaming up with CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS. This represents a big step for SAVAGE MESSIAH and we look forward to working on our new album together and taking the band to the next level and beyond!

SAVAGE MESSIAH is:
David Silver – lead guitar, vocals
Sam S Junior – lead guitar, backing vocals
Mira Slama – bass guitar
Andrea Gorio – drums

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Otherwise To Release Sleeping Lions On September 22nd

The hard rock icons, OTHERWISE, are back with their third, full-length album, Sleeping Lions, which is set for a Sept 22nd release.

You’d be hard pressed to find a more fitting album title than Sleeping Lions for the third full-length studio release from Las Vegas rockers OTHERWISE. The album hits like a revelation, jolting the listener upright and transporting them from a dreamy landscape to a wide-eyed state of consciousness textured by humility and sandblasted by the winds that weather life.

“We named the album Sleeping Lions because that’s what we feel like – we’ve been hibernating in our neon desert cave, licking our wounds and regaining our strength for the hunt,” says OTHERWISE frontman Adrian Patrick, who along with guitarist Ryan Patrick, form one of the most incendiary sibling duos in modern music. “Now we’re back on the prowl again, and our eyes are wide open. The album title references a bigger awareness of who we are and what we’re capable of. The last thing you ever want to do is wake sleeping lions.”

The 12-track epiphany runs an emotional gamut that juxtaposes the very nature of the recordings, “Angry Heart” flowing with the frontman’s blistering vocal cadences as he “fills with hate” and “embraces the monster I’m becoming.” As quickly as it boils over, the rage subsides on “Blame,” one of the most sensitive statements of the band’s career. “If it makes it better for you, just blame it all on me,” the frontman pines, bleeding into the emotional effervescence of “Bloodline Lullaby,” a heart-wrenching ballad of epic proportions.
OTHERWISE are a band built on emotion and fueled by the feelings that drive our lives. Anger. Regret. Love.

This isn’t packaged rebellion; it’s the real world. And it’s what makes the band – and album – connect at such a visceral level. “Emotion is the most important element of our writing process,” the vocalist says. “We try to capture every aspect of the human condition, so the subject matter of our songs runs the gauntlet of what it means to be alive. Every lyric comes from a very genuine and heartfelt place. There are no fictional story lines or tough-guy rhetoric in any of our tunes.”

One of the album’s more mature musical excursions, “Monster” takes flight in a flurry of programmed embellishments and supple guitar play, an unbridled reminder of the relationship that destroys us all but we just can’t bring ourselves to leave. The risks continue “Nothing To Me,” where the symphonic grandeur boils over amidst emotional disrepair, and “Suffer,” where the guitars jangle more than mangle, conveying a melodic appreciation that far outweighs a more pedestrian quest for being heavy.

“As artists, evolution is the lifeblood of creativity,” continues the singer. “We spread our musical wings a bit more on this album in a concerted effort to remain faithful to ourselves and not conform to what others expect of us. Rock and Roll are all about taking risks, and that’s what we do best. If we were forced to stagnate or remain trapped in the same stylistic box, the fire inside us would burn itself out.”

One can confidently call Sleeping Lions the most mature chapter of OTHERWISE’s impressive volume of work, but don’t mistake grown for soft in the middle. Quite the contrary, the band’s evolution is poignant both musically and lyrically, and they steer clear of the awkward growing pains that so many other bands endure.

That’s a bold statement when talking about a group whose had four singles crack the Top 20 at Active Rock radio – “Soldiers,” “I Don’t Apologize (1000 Pictures),” “Darker Side Of The Moon” and “Coming For The Throne” – seen “Soldiers” alone surpass 8.0 million streams on Spotify, toured alongside such heavy hitters as Stone Sour and Papa Roach, and shared festival stages on land and sea, appearing anywhere from Rock on the Range to Shiprocked, and everywhere in between.

Both ‘Weapons‘ and ‘Sleeping Lions‘ are unique to us on several levels,” the singer continues, pointing out a few of his favorite tracks. “Not only were they co-written with two of our idols, but ‘Weapons’ can be considered social commentary and ‘Sleeping Lions’ is our protest song. Album closer ‘Bloodline Lullaby’ serves as a tribute and legacy for our family, while the bonus track ‘Won’t Stop’ is an anthem for our better angels… We try to infuse a sense of hope into all of our songs, regardless of how angry or sad or introspective they may seem. It’s always an intentional goal of ours, to leave everyone, including ourselves, with a feeling of empowerment. We are eternally seeking the light through the darkness.”

If you’re going to search the darkness for answers, these Sleeping Lions make the perfect guide.

 

BODY COUNT Release New Video For “Here I Go Again”

Los Angeles Thrash Metal legends BODY COUNT have released yet another music video in the wake of their widely acclaimed new album, Bloodlust. The band’s music video for the song “Here I Go Again” is arguably their most gory and horrific offering to date, all the while showcasing frontman Ice-T’s well-known fascination with the morbid side of art and playing the villain. Only befitting for such a video, the band has partnered with some of the biggest authorities on horror-focused entertainment, namely Bloody-Disgusting, Dread Central, and Blumhouse, to release the new video.

In addition to the new video for “Here I Go Again”, BODY COUNT will be making their long-awaited return to the stage in North America next month. The band will play their first show in the states since releasing Bloodlust on July 15th at the Chicago Open Air festival taking place at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL.

 

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ARCH ENEMY Reveal Cover Art & Further Details On New Album, “Will To Power”, Out September 8 Via Century Media Records

Metal powerhouse ARCH ENEMY is ready to bring their fierce brand of metal to audiences worldwide as they announce details on their upcoming album, “Will To Power“, out September 8, 2017, via Century Media Records. The band is excited to reveal the album’s captivating cover artwork, as shown above, designed by Alex Reisfar.

Guitarist Michael Amott commented on the artwork:

“It was a pleasure working with Alex Reisfar on the ‘Will to Power’ cover artwork, he immediately grasped the concept and atmosphere we were looking for with this album. We talked about the double-edged sword that is human ambition, how it can be outstandingly creative and beautiful but can also be turned into something dark and powerful. Alex proceeded to masterfully paint a strong image that evokes a lot of feelings. The human skull as a central focal point, the flesh sort of falling off into the circular pattern. The snake Ouroboros weaving in and out of the mouths and throats of the severed heads of a wolf, a goat, and a vampire bat… All representing self-determination and a predatory, almost parasitic will to power”

Co-produced by Amott and drummer Daniel Erlandsson, the album was sent to long time collaborator and friend Jens Bogren (Opeth, At The Gates, Dimmu Borgir) for mixing and mastering and marks legendary guitarist Jeff Loomis‘ (Nevermore) first recording with the band.

Following in the steps of their most acclaimed album to date, “War Eternal“, which saw the band reach their highest charts in the US and Germany to date, “Will To Power” will continue to smash records worldwide.

While full details and pre-order information on “Will To Power” will be made available in the coming weeks, fans can currently take part in a special campaign which will allow them to sign up and have their name featured in the “Will To Power” Deluxe Box Set Edition. For further details and to have your name included, please visit: http://willtopower.centurymedia.com/

Having performed over 200 shows in more than 40 countries in support of their previous effort, ARCH ENEMY will continue fervently bringing their show to ever-growing audiences worldwide across the European festival market this summer. They are also excited to announce the first leg of their international “Will To Power Tour 2017” which will commence from September 15 through October 11 across Eastern Europe and will feature special guests, Jinjer. A full list of their upcoming appearances can be found below. There will be a US tour coming this fall as well. Stay tuned for further tour dates!

ARCH ENEMY live:

ARCH ENEMY @ Summer festivals 2017
06.07.2017 Rock Harz Festival, Ballenstedt, Germany
08.07.2017 Resurrection Fest, Viveiro, Spain
12.07.2017 Rockmarathon, Dunaújváros, Hungary
15.07.2017 Gefle Metal Festival, Gavle, Sweden
04.08.2017 Rock Pod Kamenom Festival, Snina, Slovakia
05.08.2017 Ostrave v Plamenech, Ostrava, Czech Republic
07.08.2017 Festival Di Majano, Majano, Itlay
08.08.2017 Conrad Sohm, Dornbirn, Austria
10.08.2017 Leyendas Del Rock, Villena, Spain
11.08.2017 Vagos Metal Fest, Vagos, Portugal
12.08.2017 Into The Grave, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
13.08.2017 Bloodstock Open Air, Walton-On-Trent, UK

ARCH ENEMY “Will To Power Tour 2017” w/ special guest Jinjer
15.09.2017 Music Hall, Innsbruck, Austria
16.09.2017 Posthof, Linz, Austria
17.09.2017 Cvetlicarna, Ljubljana, Slovenia
18.09.2017 Dom Omladine, Belgrade, Serbia
20.09.2017 Quantic Club Open Air Stage, Bucharest, Romania
21.09.2017 Universiada Hall, Sofia, Bulgaria
22.09.2017 Piraeus 117 Academy, Athens, Greece
23.09.2017 Principal Club Theater Thessaloniki, Greece
25.09.2017 Majestic Music Club, Bratislava, Slovakia
26.09.2017 Progresja, Warsaw, Poland
27.09.2017 Loftas, Vilnius, Lithuania
29.09.2017 Melna Piektdiena, Riga, Latvia
30.09.2017 Rock Café, Tallinn, Estonia
01.10.2017 The Circus, Helsinki, Finland
03.10.2017 Re:Public, Minsk, Belarus *
04.10.2017 Aurora, St. Petersburg, Russia *
06.10.2017 Otdyh, Novosibirsk, Russia *
08.10.2017 Tele Club, Yekaterinburg, Russia *
10.10.2017 Yotaspace, Moscow, Russia *
11.10.2017 Zvezda, Samara, Russia *
*without Jinjer

Tickets for all shows are available here: www.archenemy.net

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Iced Earth Hammering Back With Incorruptible Out June 16th

After nearly three dedicated decades, Schaffer, drummer Brent Smedley, vocalist Stu Block, bassist Luke Appleton, and new guitarist Jake Dreyer have assembled the fiercest Iced Earth record since 1996 milestone The Dark Saga and 1998’s chart-blazer Something Wicked This Way Comes.

Titled Incorruptible, Iced Earth’s 12th album is inspired not by things political but by things personal. Since Plagues of Babylon landed in 2014 to heaps of praise and chart-topping success, Schaffer and team have weathered proverbial storms. Management shake-ups, Schaffer’s well-publicized and severe neck surgery—he’s since fully recovered—and lineup shifts all played positively into Incorruptible. But that wasn’t always the case.

Written primarily by Schaffer over the course of several months — a process he calls “typical”— Incorruptible finds Iced Earth pivoting off everything they’ve learned—going all the way back to 1990’s Iced Earth—to come away with an album that feels and sounds superlatively heavy metal. And definitely like Iced Earth.

From the Viking-inspired power of opener ‘Great Heathen Army’ to the epic pirate-inspired ‘Black Flag’ to the aggression of ‘Seven Headed Whore’, based on the Whore of Babylon, Incorruptible bestows upon its listeners a ceaseless supply of killer riffs, a cavalcade of righteous vocals, a storm of drums, and continuous volleys of jaw-dropping solos.

Indeed, after 27 years of releasing albums and 666 minutes—or thereabouts—of music, the multi-national band, with Schaffer at the helm, show no signs of slowing down, getting old, or venturing off the deep end.

With a new lineup reconfigured, a newly completed Iced Earth headquarters to call home, a new record in ready for hails and headbangs, all powered by Schaffer’s strong drive and infinite engine, it’s clear Iced Earth are making 2017 their banner year. Songs like ‘Clear the Way,’ ‘Black Flag,’ ‘Raven Wing,’ ‘Ghost Dance (Awaken the Ancestors),’ and ‘Great Heathen Army’ are destined for the halls of heavy metal greatness. In fact, Incorruptible is unique. A contemporary classic. A legendary record barely out of the gate. It just feels like a record of import. Rating:  8/10 stars.

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Dream Evil’s New Record “Six” Packs A Punch From Start To Finish

A long seven years have passed since the last time Swedish powerhouse DREAM EVIL unleashed their brand of metal. That silence is about to be shattered with the release of their new in-your-face sixth album, aptly titled “SIX.”  Which will be released on  May 26th, 2017 via  Century Media Records.

Launched by world renowned producer and guitar wizard Fredrik Nordström in 1999 together with bassist Peter Stålfors and vocalist Niklas Isfeldt, DREAM EVIL made their debut in 2002 with the over-the-top epic, “Dragonslayer.” Rather than waiting for the dust to settle like so many of their less-motivated peers, the band returned already a year later with “Evilized,” and then in 2004 with “The Book Of Heavy Metal,” the album that officially brought the hammer down and put DREAM EVIL on the heavy metal map.

European festival appearances and successful tours supporting Hammerfall, Saxon or also Stratovarius along the way only made the band’s impact that much stronger. Ironically, between the release of “The Book Of Heavy Metal” and “United” in 2006, original members Gus G. (guitars) and Snowy Shaw (drums) decided to leave the band for their groups as well as solo-careers. But rather than pack it in after losing two key members, DREAM EVIL forged onward with Mark U Black and Patrik Jerksten in their respective places.

DREAM EVIL has always been a labor of love for the experienced quintet, and “SIX” continues their tradition in the pursuit of creating pure heavy metal. The seven-year gap since “In The Night” came down to everyone in the band having busy lives outside of making music. But the plan had always been to do another album; it was just a question of finding time to write and record new music worthy of the DREAM EVIL name. And once all the pieces were in place, there was no auto-tune, no 400-piece symphonic orchestra and no bullshit required to bring the band’s new treasure trove of metal dreams alive.

“We’ve been saying we were going to do it the whole time we’ve been away,” Nordström laughs with regards to finally making a new album. “We finally said ‘Okay, let’s do this…’ and set ourselves a firm deadline.” 

Sixteen well-crafted songs built to last were written and recorded throughout the process, twelve of which made the final main cut on “SIX,” with the rest becoming strong bonus material. From the stomping crush of opening tracks and first singles “Dream Evil” and “Antidote”, through the feel-good pieces “Sin City” and “Six Hundred And 66”, the pounding “Creature Of The Night”, the shred-heavy “How To Start A War” and “Too Loud”, up to the traditional closing anthem “We Are Forever”, “SIX” is exactly what DREAM EVIL fans want. The furthest thing from rocket science as balls-out metal should be, “SIX” is dedicated to the pursuit of headbanging, air guitar mastery and singing along at the top of your lungs.

The album’s lyrical themes cover everything from partying with all its sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll glory, but also peace, love and understanding, extraterrestrial battles, motorcycle-riding and the real old devil himself. The album’s musical material is fresh, no leftovers from “In The Night” or the years in between, and the fans will agree it is distinctly DREAM EVIL. In fact, it was the fans that eventually chose the songs that you hear on the album.

“We had a heavy metal jury, which are fans we invited, to pick the 12 songs that we’re going to have on the album,” Nordström explains. “And we have a rule; if you’re going to be part of the jury, you can’t be able to play a musical instrument. You just have to be a heavy metal fan. We’ve done this since “The Book Of Heavy Metal, ” and I think it’s a good idea because the fans are buying the album, so why shouldn’t they pick the songs? This time, however, I couldn’t pinpoint the songs they were going to choose. There were some songs they wanted that surprised me, so we had to go back and listen with different ears.” 

Ultimately, it was left to Nordström as the producer to bring “SIX” to life in his own Fredman Studio facilities due to distance and time constraints, but it was still a band effort, with every member involved and having a say in shaping the album. Thus, it’s no surprise to hear still strains of the individual player’s influences, which range from Judas Priest, Accept, AC/DC, Saxon, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Manowar, Black Sabbath, Dio, Van Halen or Thin Lizzy to Pantera and even Morbid Angel, but of course also Sweden’s own ABBA. This truly honest mix of essential elements inspired by the members’ all-time faves, pairing with a not overly serious approach as well as pure and raw delivery once more shapes DREAM EVIL’s classic trademark sound in an infectiously catchy way, as it credibly and efficiently did since the very start of their career.

DREAM EVIL is a band of skilled and formidable musicians, but “SIX” is lightning-charged proof they are, first and foremost, metal fans.

Dream Evil kicks ass from start to finish.  8/10 stars – Andrew Catania

Review: Arch Enemy’s As The Stages Burn DVD

By Andrew Catania

Arch Enemy has unleashed their DVD, ’As the Stages-Burn’’ in March 2017, celebrating their 20th anniversary. The new DVD would feature their world’s largest stage performance till date from their Wacken Open-Air set in Germany.

As the Stages Burn” marks the era of the Arch Enemy’s War Eternal cycle; the bands first ever record with the former Agonist vocalist Alissa White-Gluz. Also earlier this year, they decided to give all their fans a DVD named War Eternal Tour- Tokyo Sacrifice, but then the Wacken set seemed to have much more impact than the previous releases.

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The stage was all set, to begin with, the performance of the lifetime. The decoration was perfectly put together, just like the original Arch Enemy. The band started with a very energetic and impactful song “Yesterday is Dead and Gone” by Alissa which brought the crowd to their feet and it seemed that they are quite enthusiastic and were looking forward to more.

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Arch Enemy has done a great work with the DVD and has given an outstanding performance on the stage. The main criteria for the whole performance were to keep the fans involved throughout the show and they did it pretty well. The song choices and the changing backdrops at the end of every song made it even more mesmerizing. The energy and the solo from Jeff Loomis set the stage on fire and what else could anyone have asked for that night. “On This Special Night” as sung by their vocalist Alissa was completely flawless over the stage. She totally pumped up the crowd once again and made them go gaga with the whole flow of the song, jumping, clapping and singing along with her until the entire song was over. The band was totally on the minds of the crowd leaving such a huge impact on them.

The DVD that captures their entire performance as a masterpiece is probably what you need to experience the true magic of this band. It was a perfect recording of the whole performance from the music to the shots of the band lined up quite well. One could just feel the best of the live show even through the DVD because of the amazing picture quality and the camera movement all across the stage; moving very smoothly without any break of shots.

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The strongest choice of the entire performance “We Will Rise”, is an amazing and powerful song towards the end of the show. They chose to end up the performance by “Fields of Desolation”, an amazing way to end the set.

Guitarist Michael Amott told Spark TV that that was indeed the perfect album cycle to document. He added that it was a fresh piece that had taken them over two years on the roads preparing and that it was time to piece it together and see how the audience would take it. He was also quick to remark how special the show at Wacken was and that among other things, it was one of the biggest things to look forward to on the album.

This live DVD includes behind the scenes footage of the band and videos from the War Eternal Album.  This is a flawlessly executed DVD and one of the best I’ve seen.  9/10 stars.