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Bleeding Gods - Shepherd Of Soul

Friday, January 23, 2015 - Posted by Punishment 18 Records, in Albums, News

Grooving and shredding death metal from The Netherlands!

From the foundations of several Dutch metal acts like Sinister, Houwitser, Supreme Pain and Deadcell, Bleeding Gods was born in late 2012. 

After he had left Houwitser in 2012, Ramon started to write a basic demo album.
When the pre-production demo was done, the time was there to look for the right people to join in. Some fellow metal-musicians, contacts from the past years on several festivals, club shows and tours were asked. The former bands of all the guys and girl were (technical) death metal and industrial bands, so the challenge to do something different this time was attractive. Less technichal, more groove and most of all; heavy.

 Bleeding Gods plays grooving and shredding death metal with some thrash influences in it. 

After a couple of rehearsals in the beginning of 2013, Bleeding Gods recorded their 4-track promo in early April. The lyrical theme of Bleeding Gods is about Ancient Gods, wars and history like the Mayans, Inca’s , Ancient Egyptian and Greek Gods.



With this 4-track promo entitled ‘Blood Symphony’, Bleeding Gods introduced themselves worldwide to the press, labels and audience. With the pre-production demo, Bleeding Gods got worldwide endorsement deals with ENGL Amps, Serpent King Guitars (SKG), Balbex and Cympad.

 In September 2014 Bleeding Gods recorded their (10 track) new (debut)album ‘Shepherd of Souls’ in the German Soundlodge Studio together with the producer Jorg Uken.

Shepherd of Souls  tells the story about the creation of life as we know it according to the words written in the ‘Popol Vuh’, which is all about the Mayan population. After several attempts, the God Huracán succeeded in creating mankind.”

BLEEDING GODS Line up:
  • Mark Huisman (Vocals)
  • Ramon Ploeg (Guitars)
  • Erwin Harreman (Guitars)
  • Gea Mulder (Bass & Backing Vocals)
  • Edwin van den Eeden (Drums)

Track list:
  • 01 Abyss of the World
  • 02 Into the Depth of Misery
  • 03 Shepherd of Souls
  • 04 Rise from Ashes
  • 05 Ixmucané (I)
  • 06 Lords of Xibalbá (II)
  • 07 Glorious relentless Destiny
  • 08 Empire of the Immortals
  • 09 Human Weakness
  • 10 Symbolic Sculptures

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Blind Guardian - Beyond The Red Mirror

Friday, January 23, 2015 - Posted by Nuclear Blast, in Albums, News

Even before the dawn of our space age, humanity had the audacity to conceive of ourselves as a life form not bound to the planet that birthed us. More than anything, leaving terra firma required all of our amassed knowledge, talent, and imagination. Such is the case with BLIND GUARDIAN, a band from Krefeld, Germany that refuses to be bound to the genre of music that spawned them and whose accumulated knowledge, talent, and imagination have created portals into senses beyond the five we experience in common, ordinary life.



With that background established, prepare yourself for a trip that will overwhelm all your known senses and reveal something truly extraordinary.

Greatly inspired by life experience, world myths, legends, and their own fervent creativity, metal’s most epic storytellers BLIND GUARDIAN continually aspire to define themselves on a whole new level.  With their highly-anticipated, orchestral tenth studio album »Beyond The Red Mirror«, they have successfully captured the scope of their essence with unprecedented accuracy.  

By far, the most important fact about the new album is this: there are no compromises.  Not one.



This is not a typical soundtrack or musical or rock opera. It is, simply, typical BLIND GUARDIAN. Set for release in early 2015, »Beyond The Red Mirror« has raised the bar on the gold standard trajectory the band had set themselves on when they first formed. Contemplating the band’s extremely successful thirty-year career when asked to describe the band’s guiding principles for the creation of this new release, BLIND GUARDIAN guitarist André Olbrich shares: “We want to surprise and impress with our music. Nowadays, music tends to be arbitrary and predictable. But we want to keep developing our music.”  This strategy has been followed to the letter and there will be nothing comparable to this anywhere in the panorama of music until BLIND GUARDIAN decides to record again.

It’s been over four-and-a-half years since the release of 2010’s world-renowned »At The Edge Of Time« album (which debuted at #2 on the German album charts and at #1 on the American Billboard Heatseekers chart & #108 on the American Billboard Top 200 Albums chart).  In October of 2012, the band settled into Twilight Hall Studios in Grefrath, Germany with producer Charlie Bauerfeind (SAXON, HAMMERFALL, HELLOWEEN) to begin recording »Beyond The Red Mirror«. For the next two years, the band worked relentlessly at infusing their inimitable, emotion-rich music with classical orchestrations within and throughout. 



Seeing how orchestra songs come alive is a very special and intense moment for us,” confesses BLIND GUARDIAN vocalist & lyricist Hansi Kürsch.  “Thanks to ‘Sacred Worlds” and ‘Wheel Of Time’ [from 2010’s »At The Edge Of Time« album], I can say that we have learned a lot about scoring, recording, and mixing when it comes to such music.  You will notice a great improvement when you listen to the final result of this adventurous trip we have started so long ago.

Working with three different classical choirs – one from Prague (the Czech Republic), one from Budapest (Hungary), and one from Boston (United States) – plus two grand orchestras featuring 90 musicians each, the brilliant, cumulative talents captured on »Beyond The Red Mirror« have generated absolutely spellbinding results that - at key moments - mimic the feeling of flying, making this new album everything BLIND GUARDIAN fans have been hoping for.

Gracing the cover and pages of this musical masterpiece is artwork by long-time collaborator Felipe Machado.  “I have never worked with an artist who is so much into things and who is so quick on the uptake at the same time,” Hansi reveals. “He truly is a magician. Whenever I throw in a few mumbling words, he comes back with art. It is amazing.”

These ten new tracks will transport the listeners - via a mysteriously powerful red mirror - into an otherworldly dimension that includes tyrants, gods, and the Holy Grail. And it’s no coincidence that »Beyond The Red Mirror« bears strong lyrical ties to 1995’s »Imaginations From The Other Side«, for we are reunited with the young protagonist we first met twenty years ago in the songs ‘Bright Eyes’ and ‘And The Story Ends’ who stood before a magic door, unsure whether to make the leap into a new, unknown world or to stay in his own.  Now an adult, the impact of this important moment in the protagonist’s life is the launching point for the entire album.

Opening with a surging tidal wave of emotion created by a spine-tingling choir and a full orchestra is »Beyond The Red Mirror«’s first gem, the nine-and-a-half minute ‘Ninth Wave, a consciousness-expanding palette of landscapes and moods bearing the message of an urgent mission still desperately searching for a resolution. 

A story between science fiction and fantasy,” explains Hansi. “The story begins with our 1995 album, »Imaginations From The Other Side«. The two worlds described therein have changed dramatically for the worse since then. While there used to be several passages between the worlds, there is only one gate left now: The Red Mirror. It has to be found at any cost.

An endeavour demanding that attention be paid to the lyrics as much as to the music, what follows is a desperate search for truth, an exploration of the relativities of good and evil, the consequences of lost opportunities, a glimpse into a distant universe’s dystopian society, a prophecy, a promise of revolution, a plot for revenge, and a miracle machine with powers far beyond what mere mortals could have dreamed possible.

Closing with an explosion of heroic harmonies & choral glories with a second nine-and-a-half minute, self-contained saga named ‘Grand Parade’ (cited as “the best song we have ever written” by Olbrich), BLIND GUARDIAN’s grandiose, uplifting, and ingenious storytelling is guaranteed to leave you breathless.  

With »Beyond The Red Mirror«, you will experience why BLIND GUARDIAN is so undeniably influential and absolutely without equal in the pantheon of heavy metal music.

Track Listing:
  • 1. "The Ninth Wave"   9:27
  • 2. "Twilight of the Gods"   4:49
  • 3. "Prophecies"   5:24
  • 4. "At the Edge of Time"   6:53
  • 5. "Ashes of Eternity"   5:38
  • 6. "Distant Memories" (Bonus track on limited editions and vinyl versions) 5:51
  • 7. "The Holy Grail"   6:02
  • 8. "The Throne"   7:53
  • 9. "Sacred Mind"   6:21
  • 10. "Miracle Machine"   3:02
  • 11. "Grand Parade"   9:27
  • 12. "Doom" (Bonus track on Earbook version)    5:51





Following a rather unusual start to the year at the 70.000 Tons Of Metal cruise, BLIND GUARDIAN will embark an extended European tour from April to June, presenting »Beyond The Red Mirror« live on stage. All tourdates are listed below: 
  • 10.04. NL Eindhoven - Effenaar
  • 11.04. BE Antwerps-Borgerhout - Trix Zall
  • 12.04. UK London - The Forum 
  • 14.04. FR Paris - Bataclan 
  • 15.04. FR Strasburg - La Laiterie 
  • 17.04. ESP Bilbao - Santana 27 
  • 18.04. ESP Barcelona - St Jordi Club 
  • 19.04. ESP Madrid - La Riviera 
  • 21.04. CH Pratteln - Z7 
  • 23.04. D Trier - Europa Halle 
  • 24.04. D Frankfurt - Batschkapp 
  • 25.04. D Düsseldorf - Mitsubishi Electric Halle
  • 26.04. D Bamberg - Brose Arena
  • 28.04. D München - Zenith 
  • 30.04. D Leipzig - Haus Auensee 
  • 01.05. D Stuttgart - Liederhalle Beethoven Saal 
  • 02.05. D Hamburg - O2 Arena 
  • 05.05. I Milan - Alcatraz 
  • 06.05. I Rome - Atlantico 
  • 08.05. GR Thessaloniki - Principal Club 
  • 09.05. GR Athens - Gagarin 205
  • 10.05. GR Athens - Gagarin 205
  • 13.05. TR Ankara - Jolly Joker Ankara
  • 14.05. TR Istanbul - KüçükÇiftlik Park 
  • 15.05. RO Bucharest - tba
  • 16.05. BG Sofia - UNIVERSIADA HALL
  • 21.05. SLO Ljubjana - Kino Siska
  • 22.05. AT Graz - Explosiv
  • 23.05. AT Vienna - Gaswerk
  • 24.05. CZ Zlin - Masters of Rock Café
  • 26.05. PL Warsaw - Progresja Music Zone
  • 27.05 D Berlin - Huxley´s Neue Welt
  • 29.05. S Gothenburg - Trädgårn
  • 30.05. S Örebro - Metallsvenskan Festival
  • 31.05. NOR Oslo - Rockefeller
  • 02.06. FIN Helsinki - Nosturi
  • 04.06. RUS St.Petersburg - A2 Club
  • 05.06. RUS Moscow - Ray Just Arena
  • 07.06. RUS Ekaterinburg - Tele Club
  • 09.06. RUS Samara - Metelitsa
Line up:
  • Hansi Kürsch | Vocals 
  • André Olbrich | Guitars 
  • Marcus Siepen | Guitars 
  • Frederik Ehmke | Drums 

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The Sanity Days - Evil Beyond Belief

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - Posted by Candlelight Records, in Albums

Formed in mid-2011 with Grim Reaper front-man Steve Grimmett, and three ex-Onslaught members Steve Grice, Jase Stallard and Al Jordan, The Sanity Days was created with the intention of playing the album In Search of Sanity live in its entirety, mainly for a bit of fun and nostalgia. 



After playing several successful shows around the world, numerous discussions and with a longer term plan in sight, the band decided it was time to start writing their own material.

Fourteen months and six new songs later a deal was struck with Candlelight Records, with only the finishing touches to do - the writing is almost complete - the band are braced to enter the studio to record their debut album which is due out in the Spring 2014.



The album will consist of ten tracks of original material that is intended to reach in and touch your your very soul with chilling interweaving melodies and haunting yet heavy rhythms that stick in your mind

TRACKLIST 
  • 01. Genesis
  • 02. Charlie
  • 03. Satan's Blood
  • 04. My Last Words
  • 05. Evil Beyond Belief
  • 06. Ruler Of Eternity
  • 07. My Demon Mind 
  • 08. Broken Wings
  • 09. Closer To The Edge
  • 10. Firestorm

 
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Profane And The Sacred - Chapter 1 : A Long Time Coming

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - Posted by Cargo Records, in Albums, Vidéo

"Profane And The Sacred are not one-hit wonder-machines, recent arrivals or take-a-chance amateurs. No, they are here for the long haul…They know how to learn. They know how to graft. And they know how to give you something special. They give a whole lot more than you expect" - Metal As Religion

‘Chapter 1 : A Long Time Coming’ is the debut studio album by stoner rock band PROFANE AND THE SACRED.

Featuring gigantic doom laden riffs that unashamedly smother you in nostalgia but waste no time in lacing prog tinged instrumental breakdowns into a 9 song musical journey. Showcasing time progressions that shift gears but never let up on the momentum - allowing the rapsy, gritty vocals of singer Luke Alleeson to cover the organic soundtrack.

'A Long Time Coming' is an album specifically recorded to sound alive and not manipulated to the point of sounding ‘cookie cut’ -  the warm acoustic notes of album opener ‘Bench’ gives way to down tuned riffing with ‘Bleed That Stone’ and ‘You Know’ demonstrating the armoury of this band. First single ‘From The Top’ showcases Profane And The Sacred in a 5 minute classic stoner rock track, with the latest single 'Words' demonstrating fast pace and groove that hits you right between the eyes during its chorus.



The subtle tones of closer ‘A New Leaf’ captures the melodic side, with keyboards, acoustic and bass complimenting each other in this instrumental piece, leaving the listener in a soothing,  melancholy reflective mood.

Profane And The Sacred are:
  • Luke Alleeson - Vocals / guitars
  • Rick Spooner - Guitars
  • Rob Taylor - Bass guitar
  • Kieran Smith - Drums

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ON TOUR: Steak Number Eight supporting Prong together with Hark!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - Posted by Indie Recordings, in Albums, News

No rest for the wicked; Steak Number Eight are once again ready to tour Europe, supporting - Prong - together with H A R K! The tour starts out in The Netherlands on April 17, and after visiting Belgium, Great Britain, France, Switzerland and Austria, the tour ends in Germany on May 3.

Statement form the band: "We can't wait to hit the road with these guys! See you all there! And as you can see we also play our homebase De Kreun !! Will be fun! 



Make sure not to miss out on what Thrash Hits (UK) define as "one of metal’s brightest young hopes"!


Tour dates:
  • Apr 17 - Vera - Groningen (NL)
  • Apr 18 - Volt Netherlands - Sittard (NL)
  • Apr 19 - De Kreun - Kortrijk (BE)
  • Apr 21 - O2 Academy 2 - Birmingham (UK)
  • Apr 22 - O2 Academy 2 - Liverpool (UK)
  • Apr 23 - O2 Academy Islington - London (UK)
  • Apr 24 - O2 Academy - Bristol (UK)
  • Apr 25 - L'Empreinte - Savigny Le Temple (FR)
  • Apr 26 - Z7 - Pratteln (CH)
  • Apr 27 - PPC - Graz (AU)
  • Apr 28 - Szene - Wien (AU)
  • Apr 29 - Feierwerk - Munchen (DE)
  • Apr 30 - C-Club - Berlin (DE)
  • May 01 - Underground - Koln (DE)
  • May 02 - Turock - Essen (DE)
  • May 03 - Knust - Hamburg (DE)

Surfacing for the first time in 2008 (remember: Steak Number Eight won Humo’s Rockrally with the
average age of 15), crushing windows with their bare hands and storming stages all over the country! The
Steak Number Eight blitzkrieg soon turned into a genuine metal offensive. By touring intensively the
band was soon known for its crushing live reputation and it wouldn’t take too long for them to record
their first full length: ‘All is Chaos’ (2010).

Produced by Mario Goossens (Triggerfinger / Black Box Revelation)and mixed by Matt Bayles (Isis,
Mastodon), ‘All Is Chaos’ hit stores in February 2011 and received raving reviews in both national and
international press. The album was sealed on 45.000 copies with Metal Hammer, UK’s leading metalmagazine,
better known as The Heavy Metal Bible.

Meanwhile, 2 years and 3 UK tours further down the line, Steak Number Eight have evolved into a band
that can make a difference and leave behind their tracks of musical mayhem. The audience licks their
wounds. Performances at Graspop Metal Meeting, Dour Festival and Pukkelpop not only turned Steak
Number Eight into an experienced, well-oiled touring machine ... the band also recorded 11 smashing
new tracks for the long awaited successor of ‘All is Chaos’.



On the new album ‘The Hutch’, Steak Number Eight digs deeper than ever before, finding a perfect
balance between devastating guitars and a hopeful sense of melody. With a worldwide release on
Norwegian label ‘Indie Records’ (Cult of Luna, Kvelertak), Steak Number Eight can finally measure
themselves with their big brothers of Isis, Mastodon, Deftones, Tool and Neurosis.
The trail of destruction starts with the speakers!

‘The Hutch’ was produced by Reinhard Vanbergen (The Hickey Underworld, Drums Are For Parades)
and mixed by Matt Bayles. Howie Weinberg (Deftones, Faith no More, Pantera, Ween++) signed for the
mastering credits.

Tracklist:
  • 1. Cryogenius
  • 2. Black Eyed
  • 3. Photonic
  • 4. Push Pull
  • 5. Pilgrimage Of A Black Heart
  • 6. Exile Of Our Marrow
  • 7. The Shrine
  • 8. Slumber
  • 9. Ashore
  • 10. Rust
  • 11. Tearwalker

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