Alphs Omega Management is pleased to announce the signing of the prog/power metal band Lightfold from Athens, Greece.
Band stated on signing:-
"Lightfold is proud to be onboard the Alpha Omega Management juggernaut! See you ON TOUR!"
Lightfold will release their second lyric video "Battle" on September 10th. Stay tuned!
Lightfold is a progressive/power metal band from Athens, Greece. Thanasis Labrakis and Theodor Martinis formed the band in the middle of 2012. Their debut full length album "Time to Believe" came out in April 2014 via Metal Breed Records. From 2014 to 2016 the band participated in many Greek festivals in Athens and Thessaloniki, including Wreck Athens Fest, Under the Quarry Fest, Wreck Macedonia Fest, etc. Lightfold recently finished their new, full length concept album called "Deathwalkers" at CFN Recordings Studio with Dionisis Christodoulatos as sound engineer. Their second album is their first attempt of to create a story that life and death have meanings far greater than we can imagine. For this album Lightfold recruited their “Choir of Demonic Angels”, a real female choir, for 6 tracks of the album, consisting of the haunting voices of Margarita Papadimitriou, Christina Alexiou & Sofia Karvouna.
Christian power / prog metal band S91 presents the new video "Godfrey of Bouillon" featuring singer Egidio Casati from Boarders. The song is taken from the latest album "Along The Sacred Path", released by Rockshots Records in Spring 2019.
"Along The Sacred Path" album traces the history of Christianity through the life of some key figures. One of them is Godfrey Of Bouillon, first ruler of the first Crusader State. He is also the main character of Torquato Tasso's "Gerusalemme liberata", a poetic character of extraordinarily evocative force. Moved by sincere faith, he is a humble hero who refuses the title of King.
"Along The Sacred Path" Album is available at Rockshots Store:
SPOTIFY - https://spoti.fi/2YnKUKR
Watch the video above.
S91’s style is in the wake of a coordinated progressive-metal with symphonic influences, led by the warm and strong voice of Maria Londino standing above.
The band explains their sophomore full length:
"'Along The Sacred Path' is a concept album that traces the history of Christianity, continuing the narrative from "Behold The Mankind". The story is told through the life of some key figures that are not always considered positive by everyone. The main goal is to show how the Gospel message has spread in its original form, becoming the fabric of modern Western society. Scrolling through the track listing, you will see that all the characters are of European origin. This album is also a tribute to the great nation of EUROPE. As proud citizens, we feel it is a nation that today, more than ever, needs to recognize and rediscover its founding values if it wants to survive in these dark times and continue to be a beacon of civilization for the whole world.
1 - Constantine the Great (5:40)
2 - Saint Patrick (5:24)
3 - Pope Gregory I (3:38)
4 - Olaf II Haraldsson (5:02)
5 - Godfrey of Bouillon (5:02)
6 - Joan of Arc (4:42)
7 - Martin Luther (4:39)
8 - John Williams (8:18)
9 - Dietrich Bonhoeffer (10:50)
Maria “Marì” Londino: Lead Vocals
Francesco “Franz” Romeggini: Guitars, Lead/Backing Vocals
Giacomo “Jack” Manfredi: Bass
Francesco “Frank” Londino: Keyboards
Giacomo “Giachi” Mezzetti: Drums and Percussions, Lead/Backing Vocals
Cover Art and graphics by Gustavo Sazes
Swedish adventure metallers Twilight Force are set to release their latest opus Dawn Of The Dragonstar on August 16, 2019 via Nuclear Blast. Today, the fellowship has unveiled another epic tale off the much anticipated album in the form of animated pictures. The spellbinding images were captured by Tommy Eriksson and the video was produced and directed by Stefan Altzar. Enjoy the magic melodies of 'Dawn Of The Dragonstar' over on YouTube: youtu.be/qmHOIDUApfA
Purchase the track here: nblast.de/TF-Dragonstar-Single
Keyboard wizard Blackwald proclaims:-
"Knights and apprentices! We are delighted and excited to finally present to you the title track from our third creation - 'Dawn Of The Dragonstar'! This hymn tells the olden tale of a mighty and ancient dragon, whose final fate is to ascend to the firmaments and become a star of guiding light. The splendour of his gleaming soul brings honour, courage and strength to all humans, elves, and dwarves.
"The video for this song portrays Twilight Force on their journey to help fulfil the prophecy of the Dragonstar. By using the blinding swiftness of his nimble fingers, Lynd, empowered by powerful enchantments, imbues the petrified Dragonking with renewed life-force. However, the incantations required to enchant Lynd turn out to be volatile, and Born's potent decoctions come in handy when Blackwald's spell-casting manifests itself in a somewhat...unplanned manner (shapeshifting is indeed a handy school of magic, but it is better utilised for quests requiring great stealth rather than for awakening dragons). We hope you enjoy this adventure together with us, and may the power of the Dragon guide you all!"
The captivating and beautiful artwork for the song, which illustrates the mighty dragon's ascension towards the empyrean void, was conjured up by none other than Martin Hanford, the creator of Twilight Force's very first album cover.
Pre-order Dawn Of The Dragonstar now: nblast.de/TFDawnOfDragonstar
Pre-order the album digitally to receive 'Night Of Winterlight' instantly: nblast.de/TFDawnOfDragonstarIT
Pre-save the album via Spotify, Deezer & Apple: nblast.de/TwilightForcePreSave
Dawn Of The Dragonstar will be released on jewel-case CD, digibook, vinyl and digitally. The vinyl, as well as the limited digibook editions, includes several bonus tracks. One is an exquisite cover version of the fellowship's 2014 song 'The Power Of The Ancient Force', performed by skilled singer-songwriter Hanna Turi. Secondly, you'll be taken on an instrumental voyage through the western-most Kingdom Of Vhardas, with an orchestral version of 'With The Light Of A Thousand Suns'. Last but not least, the Knights Of Twilight's Might will for the first time be able to experience never before heard ancient rudimentary demo versions of two of the first ever recorded Twilight Force songs, namely 'Forest Of Destiny' and 'Enchanted Dragon Of Wisdom'. Both tracks were conjured up back in 2007, long before Twilight Force was even an official entity or ever mentioned in the Book of Time.
Watch and listen to 'Night Of Winterlight' here: youtu.be/4Z9NPkLrK_I
Once again recorded in the group's own Twilight Forge, the album will not only present ten new stories to their loyal Knights Of Twilight's Might, but also introduce the companions' new minnesinger, Allyon, who was called upon by the prophecies to join the fellowship in 2018.
Speaking about the new album, the band states, "Lo and behold! We are beyond elated to finally unveil the third opus of Twilight Force: Dawn Of The Dragonstar. The absolutely magnificent artwork by the mighty Kerem Beyit once again brilliantly captures the adventurous and magical world of the Twilight Kingdoms; and a sparkling adventure it shall be indeed. Dawn Of The Dragonstar will be unleashed upon the realm of the living on August 16th, so we humbly ask for your patience for just a little while longer. In the meantime, practice your battle cries, sharpen your swords, and dust off your spell tomes. Make sure you are prepared to join and experience our triptych adventure."
After wandering across several foreign shores to proclaim the illustrious tales of their two previous records alongside minstrels such as SABATON, ACCEPT, SONATA ARCTICA, and DRAGONFORCE among others, TWILIGHT FORCE will of course be lying in wait to claim the universe's playgrounds. A few European festival gatherings have already been announced, more to follow soon...!
Hamadría, present the music video for "Crepúsculo", taken from their first album "Reina Azul", recorded entirely in the historic centre of Lima, Peru.
Watch it here:- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2CIMutEdNfI&feature=youtu.be
Video directed by Hector F. Ilizarbe S. who is also a member of Hamadría.
Ingrid Castro (lead vocal)
Lesly Soto (keyboards, backing vocals)
Hector Ilizarbe (drums)
Miguel Cantuta (guitar)
Eduardo Pinto (bass guitar)
Cristian Gamboa (guitar, backing vocals)
Switzerland's Burning Witches recruit new vocalist Laura + stream new track 'Wings Of Steel' on YouTube
The sad news of frontwoman Seraina leaving Burning Witches has been circulating the internet over the last week, highlighting that sometimes there are things beyond your control that you don't see coming... Continuing in their relentless pursuit of bringing heavy metal magic to the masses, the band are delighted to welcome new witch Laura from the Netherlands into the fold. The band are introducing Laura to their fans in the form of a new track. Check out 'Wings Of Steel' (available digitally from July 19) over on YouTube: https://youtu.be/Jr0hcJw8km8
Seraina states about her departure:-
"Dear friends, for personal reasons and after much deliberation I've decided to fully dedicate myself to my band Dead Venus and to leave the band Burning Witches. For the last four years I have had an incredible journey but I feel now that is the time to explore the challenge my own project is offering me. I would like to thank my family, friends and of course the fans for the incredible support. I also thank the band, the label and the management for all their help. There are a lot of beautiful experiences I’ll keep with me forever. My debut album for Dead Venus titled Bird Of Paradise will be released later this year. So my life remains exciting! I wish the Witches all the best and good luck for the future!"
Band leader Romana continues:-
"This is of course a very sad moment for all of us. We have been very close for the last few years and have achieved a lot together. It's with great sadness we have to accept that Seraina wants to move on and we wish her the best of luck for that! Your time with the Witches will never be forgotten! For us as a band it is important now to look to the new challenges ahead and the new record - the show must go on! Yes we are super thrilled that we have found Laura so quickly via our Dutch connection Sonia. We know it is impossible to replace a great voice in exactly the same way, that is why Laura is the perfect choice for us. She will bring her own strength and personality into the Witches! We will not change the identity of the band, we will continue playing the music we love! Laura is an experienced and crisp vocalist with a wide range and a crazy enough personality to be one of US! Please give her a warm welcome – she has already won many metal hearts at our first show with her at Sweden Rock Festival! We will continue to spread the magic of the witches - thanks for all the support over the years!"
New witch Laura states:-
"Dear Burning Witches fans of the world, I am really excited and know that I have big shoes to fill! I want to thank you that you've given me this opportunity and also the Burning Witches for their trust and the warm welcome they've given me into their sisterhood! Being able to play the music I love with great people, performing at those amazing shows and festivals, and being supported by a fantastic team is a dream that has come true for me. I can't really wish for more! We are working our asses off at the moment to bring the magic to you all! Keep the fire burning! See you soon on the road and thanks for the support!"
Hexenhammer is available for order on a variety of different formats:
All formats: nuclearblast.com/bw-hexenhammer
Limited Digipack CD: nblast.de/BurningWitchesCD
Limited Edition Double Gatefold Black Vinyl: nblast.de/BurningWitchesVinyl
Digital album: nblast.de/BWHexenhammerIT
The Power Progressive metal band Soul of steel reveals the cover and tracklist of their new album called Rebirth.
The band is working to finalize the recordings session of the album at Domination Studio by Simone Mularoni, and will be out in the early days of the autumn via Revalve Records.
“Soul Of Steel” born in early 2007 in the South Italy as a power metal band by guitarist Donato Raguso and drummer Lorenzo Chiafele. The first formation was composed by 4 elements.
In mid-2007 are put to work immediately on their first demo. In fact at the end of 2007 they released their first demo entitled “Reborn”, self, that there is a good outcome at the local level, but also found good reviews in magazines (Metal Hammer 7 votes, voting Rock Hard 6.5). They begin to play for local places and events, until in 2008 there was a total change of line up, with the entry of additional guitar and keyboards.
With this new formation, which was only the drummer Lorenzo Chiafele, the Soul of Steel continued to play for an year, with several changes on the bass. Finally in early 2009, with Nicholas Logrillo on the bass, the Soul of Steel decided to start the composition of their first album. In September 2009, with the final composition of the album, they decided to enter the Bee-X Studios, Brescia and kick off the first full-length recordings. All this under the watchful eye of guitarist Olaf Thorsen (Labyrinth, Vision Divine) producer of their album.
After they have finished all the recording sessions at the beginning of October 2009, in the 8 January 2010, Soul of Steel played in the “Target Club” of Bari (BA), opening the concert with the “Secret Sphere”, known symphonic power metal band nationally and internationally. Between February and March 2010 the album was mixed and mastered at Studio Ithil World (IM) by Olaf Thorsen and Sound Engineer Giovanni “Meniak” Nebbia. “Destiny” contains 9 tracks of powerful melodic metal, played on a variety of quick change of parts, but at the same time rhythmically, like Stratovarius, Labyrinth ect. Guests on the disc will be Roberto Tiranti (Labyrinth).
The album was released by the Italian label Underground Symphony December 20, 2010. For the promotion of the album there was the “Nadir Music”, known nationally and internationally renowned agency. Between January and August 2011 Soul Of Steel have a lot of live performance, but also interviews in newspapers as Metal Hammer Hard Rock, respectively, during the months of February and March 2010. Finally in June they have been chosen to compete in the finals of ‘”Agglutination Take Off Contest” to go straight to’ “Agglutination Metal Festival” in Chiaromonte (PZ), and also participation in the “Metal Rock Fest 2011” in Pulsano (TA ).
14th October 2011 there was a concert at “Go West Saloon” – Roccaforzata (TA) with a very special guest: Roberto Tiranti, the singer of “Labyrinth”. Finally there was a new entry in the band: the bass man “Dario Di Francesco”. In the new year 2012, the band started to prepare the new material of the new album; Once again, is chosen as artistic producer Olaf Thorsen ( Labyrinth, Vision Divine ). The band entered in Eden Studios (PI) Alessio Lucatti (Vision Divine, Etherna ) between September and October 2012. While the mixing and mastering was made by Domination Studio of Simone Mularoni (DGM , Empyrios ) .
In January 2013 the new bass man was Domenico Santagada . The Soul Of Steel signed a new contract with Bakerteam Records / Audioglobe (Cadaveria, Bejelit, Infernal Poetry, Rhyme, ect.), The new album , titled ”Journey To Infinity”, will be released April 30, 2013, by which time the monthly Rock hard May comes the interview with the band plus the review of the new album. In October there was a review on Drum Club , the magazine of the drummers. In the meantime, start the live support of the new album : September 14 to play in Sassello (SV) to Heavy Metal Fest with Wild Steel and Labyrinth, September 21 in Martina Franca (TA ), RELEASE PARTY of the new album with other bands: Seventh Son ( Iron Maiden Tribute ) , Black Diamond and Sleeping Shock. On October 27 in Rome with Embrace Of Disharmony and Karnya.
Meanwhile, from October entrance into the new permanent keyboardist Luca Basile. From Rome then follow the dates of February 15, 2014 with Raging Age and Tales Of Deliria for the 1st “Sfuma Fest”, May 17, 2014 opened the concert in Alberobello of DGM together with Sleeping Shock, May 29 at the “Festa dell ‘Arte “in Noci, finally on June 21 to the” Rock Pride Fest V “, along with Southage, Hopesend, Iron Fist and Adamas.
Joining the ranks at Sliptrick Records this week is the Bolivian Heavy / Power Metal project The Inferate.
Daniel Carbajal started his musical project of rock and metal in 2007 with the name Inferate. Over the next few years he wrote songs and demos which ended in the release of an EP in 2014. The year 2018 has seen him return to his old name (but now with the article) The Inferate.
The Inferate is now starting the production of it’s new music oriented toward rock and metal. In support of this, he uses online communication tools for music creation based in Bolivia. Since his first productions in 2007, a rich experience has been accumulated that now allows him to have the knowledge necessary to write and produce songs with musicians and producers from any part of the world, transcending the barriers of distance and language. Sharing and learning with musicians of different cultures, allows The Inferate to offer songs with the spirit of rock and metal and with the quality that is characteristic of these musical genres. Primary influences of the current sound could be said to be bands such as Helloween and Gamma Ray with a focus on rock, power metal and heavy metal.
On June 14th 2019, The Inferate will release the single Believe, which is a preview of the next EP due out later in the year via Sliptrick Records.
Believe (SI) | Released June 14th 2019 via Sliptrick Records
The Inferate is:
Daniel Carbajal – Songwriter / Producer / Guitarist
Band links: Official Website | Facebook | Youtube | On Sliptrick
From deep in the age of prehistoric dinosaurs comes Victorius - saving the world from an alien invasion. Alongside the holy dinoforce these five madmen play Jurassic Power Metal, using lots of high end technology and laser cannons.
SLAY THE ALIEN SCUM!
The time has come to join forces with Napalm Records and free the world from all aliens! Welcome to the family, Victorius! We are proud to stand side by side in this battle of the German Power-Metal heroes!
Victorius on the signing:
“We are more than proud to announce that we have joined forces with one of the world´s leading record companies for metal music: Napalm Records! With almost three decades in the business, the team around CEO Thomas Caser is one of the most professional you can work with! We´re happy that we finally found a partner who shares the same vision and goals as we have for Victorius! With that said, a new album is nearly completed and ready to be unleashed! Power Metal is alive! And it will shine brighter than ever before!”
Napalm Records on the signing:
“We are delighted that Victorius signed with Napalm Records. They are one of Germany’s most promising Power Metal bands, currently recording their next record which is set to be released early 2020 via Napalm Records.”
Get a glimpse of Victorius and watch "Twilight Skies" HERE
Forming in Leipzig, Germany, Victorius played their first shows on a quest with epic battles against demons and dragons, forming touring alliances with bands like Grave Digger, Van Canto or Freedom Call. From 2004 on they gathered thousands of supporters all over the planet in preparation for the most epic showdown in modern prehistoric history: dinosaurs versus aliens. They kept advancing their skills and their music grew with them over the years, so they continued to develop their style, which is a combination of German and Scandinavian Power-Metal.
2010: Unleash the Titans
2012: The Awakening
2017: Heart of the Phoenix
David - Vocals
Dirk - Guitars
Andreas - Bass
Flo - Guitars
Frank – Drums
Italian Power Prog Metallers Hidden Lapse unveil new single 'The Letter O', taken from the new album "Butterflies"
Power-progressive metal band Hidden Lapse has just released "The Letter 0", second single off the sophomore album "Butterflies", coming out next May 31st via Rockshots Records.
"The Letter 0" is available at the following links:
Guitarist Marco Ricco states:-
"The Letter 0" talks about isolation in the digital world and it is purposely left unclear if they share any link, as it would be like having the same character or introducing two sides of a coin. The song is powerful, harmonic and solid, with a bit of contemporary keys enhancing the "modern" mood. Rhythm-wise, it is probably one of the most dynamic songs in the album. With many tonal changes, a catchy and raging chorus and the sublime feature of David Brown (Metatrone, NefeshCore) on the keyboards solo, ramping up and down until the soaring guitar lead, the song evolves on a perpetual state in between cliffhanging and resolution, until the crude and violent ending"
"We are all 'Butterflies' " quotes the band, "our lives spring into each other, too fast. This album puts us behind the eyes of eight unique anti-heroes and victims of our time, who don't belong here though. 'Butterflies' is all about being trapped in recursive routines and still in the outside."
The new album "Butterflies" is an aggressive and melancholic female fronted power prog album, with ethereal vocals, abrasive riffing and pounding drums.
Pre-orders are now available at the Rockshots Records' official store: http://bit.ly/Butterflies_CD
Hidden Lapse are:-
Alessia Marchigiani - Vocals
Marco Ricco - Guitars and Vocals
Romina Pantanetti - Bass
Alessio Monacelli - Drums
Brazilian Power / Symphonic metallers FlowerLeaf have published a lyric video for the track "Grain of Sand", which was taken off from the band's debut full-length "Stronger". Vocalist Vivs Takahashi comments: «This was the first song written by FlowerLeaf. Marcelo [Kaczorowsky, instrumentalist] played some chords on the guitar and I quickly created the melody and the lyrics, and that's when we thought, 'OK, we can do this!'. The title of the album, "Stronger", is based on this song, which talks about how we can change the world even if we are just a grain of sand, so we need to be stronger.»
Watch the lyric video for "Grain of Sand" at this location: https://youtu.be/9mvvBgjcJxc
In addition to the producer and guitarist Raphael Gazal (Pastore, Bulletback), "Stronger", which is available on Spotify, iTunes and other streaming services, features special guest appearances from Mylena Monaco (Sinaya) and Marina La Torraca (Exit Eden, Phantom Elite ).
Google Play: https://goo.gl/HTrkWg
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