Hungary's Ghost Toast released their critically acclaimed third album "Out Of This World" today June 7th 2017 via Finnish Inverse Records. Listen to the album on
Ghost Toast is an instrumental, experimental progressive rock band from Debrecen, Hungary, formed in 2008. They love heavy, trippy music and film scores as well, so they use these elements to create their own unique music.
Their music video Gordius is available here: http://bit.ly/2qaDpni
The songs on Out Of This World are connected by a loose concept - a connection between fantasy and some mythological themes.
Ka Mai means a pawn of fate (see title of the last track) and refers to Stephen King's Dark Tower saga. It does not directly refer to the novels (though we believe that the mixed mood sets and theatrical elements match it very well), it's rather the words themselves and their meaning which grabbed us and suited the concept.
Gordius is the most complex item on the album, the name derives from this fact and human complexity, and this was the basic idea that the projected images shown in the video were applied on.
Alia got the name from the character in Frank Herbert's Dune, the speech samples originate from the TV miniseries. She is a tragic character who turns into a monster, a severely troubled mind trapped in a little girl's body.
The Dragon's Tail is our first attempt to create a movie score without an actual movie behind it. The title is somewhat of a pun, but the dragon represents the world of fantasy into which the music tries to teleport the listener.
Minotaur is a half-chill out, half-pounding song, this duality represented by the title also, perfect for a some labyrinth rambling.
Kaia is based on a sample from an American a capella singers' band called Kaia - it is a Finnish children's song ("Kaiababies"). The name Kaia also means "from the earth" or "pure" in Greek, and "sea" in Hawaiian.
Last Man was inspired by the novel I Am Legend by Richard Matheson, and two movie adaptations (Last Man on Earth and Omega Man), the speech samples are from these movies as well. We tried to represent the dramatic mood of the story, gradually built up from beginning to end.
Ishvara is our first song which was basically created on demand. One of our friends' Indian dance group asked us to create a rather modern song - one that they can still perform their traditional dance moves on. Ishvara can mean supreme soul, ruler, lord, king, queen or husband, God, Supreme Being, personal god, or special self.
Pawn of Fate (one who has hope but no real choices) is the grand finale and farewell of the album, the background was already elaborated at the Ka Mai part.
László Papp (drums)
János Stefán (bass, sound fx, samples)
János Pusker (cello, keyboard)
Bence Rózsavölgyi (guitar).
Toast in the shell (self-released in February 28, 2011)
There is no en... (self-released in November 22, 2013)
Gordius -Single (May 12, 2017) (Inverse Records)
Out of this World (June 7, 2017) (Inverse Records)
1. Hands Of Time
2. We Defy
3. Ode To Leonidas
4. Back On The Throne
5. Live And Die By The Sword
6. Wars Of Ages
7. Lady Of 1000 Sorrows
9. Warriors And Saints
10. Rise From The Ashes
Greek melodic Power metal masters Firewind, the group led by guitar-wizard and Ozzy Osbourne band member Gus G., are proud to announce the release of their upcoming 8th studio album, 'Immortals', which will be released on January 20th, 2017 via the band’s long-time label partner Century Media Records in Europe.
Gus G. checked in to comment about 'Immortals' and its artwork (which can be seen above!) as follows: “Today we're very happy to reveal the cover artwork for our 8th studio album. It's titled "Immortals" and it's the first concept album Firewind has ever made. Since we're from Greece, we thought it would be a cool idea to make a concept of Greek history and heritage. So, on this album we focused on the legendary battles of Thermopylae and Salamis during the 2nd Persian invasion of Greece in 480 BC. The artwork was once again created by our long-time collaborator, Gustavo Sazes and we feel it reflects the vibe we tried to capture on this album - Epic, Powerful, Glorious, Everlasting.”
'Immortals' marks the first time Firewind used an outside co-producer, working with Dennis Ward (Unisonic, Pink Cream 69), who not only engineered, mixed and mastered the album, but also co-wrote it together with Gus G.
Next to the standard jewel case CD and Digital Download formats, “Immortals” will also be released as LP on 180gr vinyl with a poster as well as the entire album on CD as bonus. Additionally, there will also be a limited edition Media-book CD with expanded booklet, a bonus track and 3 stickers. Look out for more details and pre-order details soon…
A first album’s online single is set to debut on November 25th, but in the meantime you can already check out a few sample riffs in a play-through clip that Gus G. recorded in co-operation with Toontrack’s EZmix 2 and the Metal Guitar Gods 4 EZmix Pack expansion here:
Gus G. and Toontrack have also launched a regular "Metal Month Masterclass" series of video lessons, of which the first two episodes can be seen here:
1. Arpeggios: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dv4jKjnb5zM
2. Phrasing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3rJScx9nAk
3. Alternate Picking: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAhtDn9Nco8
In order to support the release of “Immortals”, Firewind are set to hit the road across Europe and the UK. Those dates as well as some first festival dates confirmed for 2017 and also a string of GUS G. solo shows in Asia are as follows:
Firewind – European & UK Tour 2017
Special Guests: Manimal & Scar Of The Sun
15.02.2017 Glasgow (UK) - Audio
16.02.2017 Manchester (UK) - Academy 3
17.02.2017 Sheffield (UK) - Corporation
18.02.2017 Wolverhampton (UK) - Slade Rooms
19.02.2017 London (UK) - Underworld
21.02.2017 Southampton (UK) - Engine Rooms
22.02.2017 Paris (France) - Backstage by the Mills
23.02.2017 Strasbourg (France) - La Laiterie
25.02.2017 Vienna (Austria) - Szene
26.02.2017 Budapest (Hungary) - A38
27.02.2017 München (Germany) - Feierwerk
28.02.2017 Aschaffenburg (Germany) - Colos-Saal
01.03.2017 Bochum (Germany) - Rockpalast
02.03.2017 Vosselaar (Belgium) - Biebob
FIREWIND – European Festivals 2017
16.06.2017 Duisburg (Germany) - Rage Against Racism
13-15.07.2017 Balingen (Germany) - Bang Your Head
09-12.08.2017 Villena (Spain) - Leyendas del Rock
08.09.2017 Olen (Belgium) - Olensfest
GUS G – Live 2016/2017
10.12.2016 Maasmechelen (Belgium) - Maasvallei
20.01.2017 Anaheim, CA (USA) - The Grove (w/ Metal Allegiance, Marty Friedman)
22.03.2017 Tokyo (Japan) - Club Quattro
23.03.2017 Osaka (Japan) - Club Quattro
25.03.2017 Seoul (South Korea) - Vhall
SpiritBell has arisen from the ashes of Aiming High, an Accept tribute band that was popular in the underground of Western Hungary. Influenced by artists such as Metal Church, Savatage, Mercyful Fate, Iron Maiden, Accept, and Judas Priest, the Hungarian warriors soon came up with their own songs. After a demo, two EPs, a full length, and a cover album they had become a known band in the Hungarian underground metal scene. Due to the fact that the audience of their music declined in Hungary, SpiritBell started to have fewer shows which ultimately led the band to their demise in 2013… However, the passion remained.
Despite these disappointments, SpiritBell remained restless and continued to produce new works in their workshop. The hard work of melting the Hungarian steel resulted in five brand new, darkness filled high-energy tunes. Unfortunately, the lack of interest locked these masterpieces in their cellars but we all know what they say about the chained beast… It eventually finds its way to the surface with an endless hunger for blood.
In 2016, times were different, people started to show interest in ringing the SpiritBell again, awakening the ghost of the once promising underground act. Sándor “Pixi” Patak”, singer and founding member of the band, decided to heed the call and resurrected the group by finishing the songs which were written after the split up. Five heavy/doom metal masterpieces were put in their final form in the home studio of Pixi’s friend. Five deadly songs about war, ghosts and other mysterious topics. Pixi is currently working on creating a stable line up to perform these tunes along with the old favourites.
The inner beast is unleashed in the image of sabre wielding horse archers of Hungary, who like a deadly wave from East is ready to spread their heavy / doom metal music all around the world.
This release, originally planned as an EP, has been expanded with 5 extra tracks, bringing the playing time over 48 minutes!
Check what the guitarist Zoltán Márkó and Sándor “Pixi” Patak said about Desert Ghost:
Zoltán: “I have always loved these Eastern topics along with the atmosphere of the deserts. As the main riff was born the whole song appeared in my head so the rest came naturally. Maybe you can hear both of my favourite bands in this song, but I let you to identify them.”
Pixi: “I didn’t have much trouble with the lyrics of this one because after I have heard Zoltán’s demo I immediately thought about writing a story about the ghost of the desert. If I remember correctly I finished the lyrics within two days, including the corrections. I really enjoyed this one!”
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Carach Angren are currently unleashing a sinister video clip for the track "When Crows Tick on Windows" taken from the Dutch latest horror metal masterpiece This Is No Fairytale'.
The clip is now exclusively streaming via the official media partners listed below.
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The band comments:
"We are very proud to unveil our new visual piece of horror, 'When Crows Tick On Windows'. This clip will take you through dark, dramatic and sad scenarios accompanying the pitch black story of two children on the run. We would like to thank everyone involved and hope to see you on our current tour through the US and Canada!"
Track & clip: "When Crows Tick On Windows"
Album: 'This Is No Fairytale'
Video by Rick Jacops / Backstage Film Productions & Carach Angren
Dancers: Myrna van Rens, Eva Rutten, Lonneke van der Meijs, Loes Goumans, Annelieke Schütte-Staal, Karin Groenen
Crew: Julien Wijers, Stefan Wijers, Erik Wijnands, Ria Hendriks
Thanks to: Clemens Wijers Music Productions, Landbouwbelang Maastricht, Arons BV, Victor 4art, Rien Rooden, Stef Jacops, Merith Rooden, Joris Rooden ,Arjen Zuidgeest. Danny Ruland & Jeroen Arons, Chris Jacops, Paul Kops, Boef the Pug, Manon Wischman, Milo Timmermans
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