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While Heaven Wept - Suspended At Aphelion

Sunday, January 11, 2015 - Posted by Nuclear Blast, in Albums, Vidéo

WHILE HEAVEN WEPT has existed in various forms since 1989 (though the actual moniker wasn’t settled upon until 1991) and co-founding guitarist/composer Tom Phillips has been the one constant for the past 25 years. Since the beginning, there has been a wide range of influences, transcending forms, styles, and genres…running the gamut from early FATES WARNING and QUEENSRYCHE to CORONER and HOLY TERROR, from KITARO and Klaus Schulze to BLACK SABBATH, RUSH, and KING CRIMSON…all the while incorporating elements from 4AD artists/shoegazers (DEAD CAN DANCE, THIS MORTAL COIL, etc.) and a decidedly neo-romantic structure inspired by the likes of Chopin, Beethoven, Faure - as well as some late 20th Century composers such as Gorecki, Pärt, and Kilar.

Despite countless line-up changes in the early years, the core of the band, featuring bassist Jim Hunter, guitarist Scott Loose, and his sister Michelle on keyboards essentially came together in 1998 and has remained intact ever since, though her husband and BRAVE bandmate Trevor came on board in 2004 after a series of drummers came and went. 

The current line-up really solidified in 2008 with the addition of former ALTURA vocalist Rain Irving, who first appeared on the landmark »Vast Oceans Lachrymose« album, which ultimately has come to define the full realization of the “WHW sound” without betraying the musical framework established over the decades prior. Shortly after the release of »Vast Oceans Lachrymose« the line-up was further expanded when one-time surrogate keyboard player Jason Lingle (also ex- ALTURA) was brought in to enhance the orchestral and harmonic aspects of the material. 

After more than 20 years operating as an independent artist, self-financing every release and tour, the band signed their first and only contract with the world’s largest Metal label Nuclear Blast Records in 2010 to combat the exorbitant prices for their rare catalog of releases and to insure their music was widely available from then on. 

Following the release of the »Fear Of Infinity« album in 2011, WHILE HEAVEN WEPT toured throughout Europe and the United States, performed at several high-profile festivals including Germany’s Hammer Of Doom, Greece’s Up The Hammers, ProgPower USA, as well as a series of European Metalfests promoted by the band’s booking agency Rock The Nation.  

Over the past 25 years, WHILE HEAVEN WEPT has shared the stage with everyone from legends such as SAINT VITUS, TROUBLE, PENTAGRAM, FORBIDDEN, and SANCTUARY to equally legendary contemporaries like PRIMORDIAL, SOLSTICE (UK), MORUNING BELOVETH, PENANCE, and REVELATION onto new hopes like ORODRUIN, ARGUS, THE GATES OF SLUMBER, ALCEST, CORMORANT, and VEKTOR…not to mention sharing festival stages with the likes of the “larger than life” ARCH ENEMY, SABATON, AMON AMARTH, CRADLE OF FILTH, etc. 

2014 marks a quarter of a century of WHILE HEAVEN WEPT and the band is commemorating this with the release of »Suspended At Aphelion« - a single 40 minute epic, that is easily the pinnacle of their recorded output so far combining the sweeping melodies, dense orchestration, glorious bombast, and heartfelt sincerity they’ve always been known for in their most “complete” expression to date. 

»Suspended At Aphelion« sees the band continuing to redefine themselves defying musical labels and boundaries with their most ambitious, truly progressive release to date. Apart from the panoramic scope of the material, the involvement of prestigious guests including FATES WARNING co-founder Victor Arduini, FATES WARNING alumnus and WARLORD drummer Mark Zonder, esteemed classical guitarist Christopher Ladd, and cellist Mark Shuping further pushes the album unto another level altogether. 

25 years on, we find WHILE HEAVEN WEPT at the very peak of their creativity and profoundly emotional expression, not content to revel in past glories or rest upon laurels, it seems that this is only the beginning… 

Line Up:
  • Tom Phillips | Guitars, Keyboards, Voice
  • Jim Hunter |Bass
  • Trevor Schrotz |Drumset
  • Scott Loose |Guitars 
  • Rain Irving | Lead and Harmony Voices 
  • Michelle Schrotz | Keyboards, Harmony Voices
  • Jason Lingle | Keyboards and Voices
  • 1 - Introspectus
  • 2 - Icarus And I
  • 3 - Ardor
  • 4 - Heartburst
  • 5 - Indifference Turned Paralysis
  • 6 - The Memory Of Bleeding
  • 7 - Souls In Permafrost
  • 8 - Searching The Stars
  • 9 - Reminiscence Of Strangers
  • 10 - Lifelines Lost
  • 11 - Retrospectus

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Melechesh - »Enki«

Sunday, January 11, 2015 - Posted by Nuclear Blast, in Albums, Vidéo

Pioneers of Sumerian thrashing black metal, MELECHESH, recently released the lyric video for the song 'Multiple Truths'. 

This song is par of ZanZanA WebRadiO playlist.

Founded by a young guitarist who adopted the alias  “Ashmedi “ in the city of Jerusalem back in 1993, MELECHESH has always been a visionary band that invented a genre of its own. Melting raw black metal with Mediterranean drum patterns and guitar scales was the idea and resulted in a phenomenal demo (»As Jerusalem Burns«) and a 7” EP (»The Siege Of Lachish«) which gained the band a certain popularity in the first place. However the first album »As Jerusalem Burns… Al’Intisar« was the one to put Jerusalem and Bethlehem on the map of extreme metal, making MELECHESH the first non-Israeli metal band from the Middle East to get signed – and the first ever metal band out of Jerusalem with a record deal. Ashmedi and the rest of the members eventually moved to Europe and USA in 1998 due to several demographic, artistic and socio-political reasons.

The following year saw the recruitment of Proscriptor (from ABSU) on drums and a three-album deal with Osmose Productions. The new album, »Djinn«, was characterized by its subtle mix between extreme metal and Middle Eastern sounds, taking the bands brand to another level.

Although the band members being located all over the world, in 2003 determined Ashmedi took the next step. »Sphynx« (featuring an epic cover illustrated by Ron Woodall from George Lucas’ Industrial Light and Magic) brought the band a whole lot thrashier sound without denying their black metal roots. The album was greeted as “Sumerian thrashing black metal”, ranking as one of the top 10 metal releases of 2003 and one of the best 100 albums of the decade by Terrorizer magazine. 

The following years also brought MELECHESH back to the live scene, playing festivals in Europe and North America. With Proscriptor living in the United States however, MELECHESH needed to recruit session drummer Xul who in 2005 would eventually replace Proscriptor once the band entered the writing phase for their fourth album, »Emissaries«.  The effort would be delayed by almost a year because of a mixing problem. »Emissaries« was finally released on 30 October 2006 (European/world date) and January 23, 2007 in the United States. According to their label this was the most expensive album for Osmose Productions after IMMORTAL’s »Blizzard Beasts«. The bands fourth record got greeted as proof of MELECHESH’s determined character. According to Zero Tolerance magazine the album “stands majestically tall as a supreme victory for a band prepared to challenge the limits of what they can achieve” and USA’s Spin Magazine ambitiously praised the band as “setting the bar for metal in 2007”. The album was album of the month in several magazines and/or album of the year in 2006 and 2007. »Emissaries« also confirmed that MELECHESH’s music was made to be played live, and so the band toured Europe in 2008 and several shows in North America and played numerous international festivals (Party San, Hellfest, Kaltenbach, Hole in the Sky, Maryland Deathfest….) and took them all the way to distant and unlikely places such as Dubai and Armenia.

The same year, MELECHESH took another step and signed with Nuclear Blast Records. Shortly before the new album went to the planning stages, Ashmedi was asked to write a monthly column about his life and thoughts. Still going his interesting autobiographical stories are being published worldwide by several big print & online publications which gained the band even more interest from all over the world and pushed the name already in advance of the album. 

This multidimensional aspect is characteristic for a band that constantly seeks to explore the many facets of the subgenre it forged within the extreme metal scene. Preferring quality to quantity, musical honesty over trend, MELECHESH is answering a call. April 2010 the band was set to to record their fifth album »The Epigenesis«. Against all trends the band went eastwards rather than going for the norm. »The Epigenesis« was recorded in Istanbul’s newly built first class Babajim Studio.

Responses to »The Epigenesis« were outstanding with several cover stories and again album considered album of the Month or of the year. Post »The Epigenesis« release MELECHESH set out to tour like the nomadic souls they are. Aside from appearing in numerous festivals, the band did 8 tours of which 3 were North American tours. This spread the MELECHESH molecule even further and to more crowds around the globe.  

2012 Ashmedi was the subject of an episode for the Canadian reality TV show “The Cool Guy Files” which explores interesting jobs of various people from pro snowboarding to musicians ...the show was syndicated in several countries in Asia and Europe. That same year Scorpios joined the band as the bass player and backing vocalist.  In the summer 2013 Ashmedi felt the need to revamp the band’s line up for the sake of musical longevity and prevent stagnation. Drummer Xul was asked to leave on amicable terms and the writing Sessions started. Long-time friend and member Moloch has been a passive member due to his personal circumstances and commitments so it was agreed he should step back and give his position to someone more involved.  During that period as in any organization or entity the shake-up was, wrong people were approaching the band to join some had alterior motives others just unprepared, some so eager to be announced in the band despite lack of commitment, this caused some delays in the writing process.  Through trial and error Ashmedi managed to filter such outside noise, distractions and counter-productive and focus on writing one of the best albums ever written by MELECHESH. Such aspects added that extra angry edge to the writing process. Soon after, Moloch rejoined the band strictly as a recording member but not a touring one, which basically was the situation since 2011.  

Summer 2014 MELECHESH set off to record their 6th album entitled »Enki«.  Almost all of the music including the drums composing and arrangements and lyrics was again written and produced by Ashmedi.  MELECHESH spent one month in their rehearsal room in Hinzweile , Germany rehearsing the Material  and then entered the studios in Athens, Greece for the recording sessions of »Enki«. The band wanted a Mediterranean place to record to capture the essence of the band’s origins. The drums were recorded at Devasoundz Studios engineered by Fotis Benardo, while the rest was recorded at Grindhouse Studio by George Bokos.  The process was intense and long, 2.5 months later the band returned to their new HQ in Germany and did additional recordings at Scoprios’ Oneironaut Studio, Moloch flew in to the studio to record his parts including the Levantine traditional instrument- Bouzque. The album was then mixed and Mastered at Black Lounge Studio in Sweden by Jonas Kjellgren.  Drums were initially recorded a session drummer, but had to be rerecorded later by none other than long-time friend and member of the MELECHESH society Lord Curse, the band’s first drummer who appears on MELECHESH first Demos , Album and Ep.   

»Enki« features 12 string electric guitars aside from the 6 string played on the entire album, for a heavier and subtly richer harmonic sound. The band also tuned their instruments to the pitch perfect 432 Hz frequency rather than the standardized 440 Hz one for a deeper sonic experience within the human psyche and in accordance to vibrations of the universe. »Enki« also features esteemed friends of the MELECHESH society guest vocalists Max Cavalera and Sakis Tolis as well as guest lead by Rob Caggiano.
With so many nationalities in the band MELECHESH and constant labelling, the band, MELECHESH became more comfortable as being labelled MELECHESH from planet earth or just Jerusalem (as the source of origin) without adhering to many man-made virtual borders.  To the band this is metaphorical rebellion. 

With this deep and personal album filled with metaphor, spiritual, and philosophical references,  and further development of their own Mesopotamian Metal, MELECHESH are yet again ready to spread their sonic magic, enlightened revelations and art to the cosmos.

This is Sonic Magick 

  • 01. Tempest Temper Enlil Enraged
  • 02. The Pendulum Speaks
  • 03. Lost Tribes
  • 04. Multiple Truths
  • 05. Enki - Divine Nature Awoken
  • 06. Metatron And Man
  • 07. The Palm The Eye And Lapis Lazuli
  • 08. Doorways To Irkala
  • 09. The Outsiders
Line up:
  • Ashmedi | vocals & guitar
  • Scorpios | bass
  • Moloch | guitar
  • Lord Curse| drums

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Red Eleven - Round II

Friday, January 09, 2015 - Posted by Lifeforce Records, in Albums, Vidéo

Round II – second album!    

It took awhile before things got started, but now RED ELEVEN have a clear vision and a common goal. 

Members’ references include well-known acts such as SWALLOW THE SUN, SONS OS AEON, MACHINE MEN, and CODE FOR SILENCE, but this new band is all about rock. 

Listening to the songs of the Finns, people often think of ALICE IN CHAINS or FAITH NO MORE. These comparisons are comprehensible, but there is more to RED ELEVEN. 

Alternative rock and post-grunge are played alongside lively grooves, hypnotic melodies, and catchy hooklines.

When debut album “Idiot Factory” was released in 2013, the band already existed for four years. However, the project had to develop gently to become a serious band first. In 2012 RED ELEVEN finally started touring and spreading its name in Scandinavia. Nowadays the Finns are known for playing atmospheric, wholistic rock-tunes with a feeling of timelessness. Bands’ LIFEFORCE RECORDS debut 'Round II' consists of twelve new songs, which continue the introduced course. There is progression when it comes to the contrast within the multilayered songwriting. Most of the times RED ELEVEN follow their melodic and compatible path, but there are moments of dosed harshness. First and foremost, the Finns address their view of what groovy, comprehensive rock can be: simply beautiful, yet melancholic to a certain degree

Former/present bands of Red Eleven’s members include names like Machine Men, Swallow the Sun, Code For Silence, Sons Of Aeon, Dark Days Ahead, Plutonium Orange, Manufacturer’s Pride, Dead Cult Diaries, Turta and so on, so there’s plenty of touring and studio experience among the group.

  • 01.  Two Steps Forward, One Step Back
  • 02.  Second Round
  • 03.  Narrow Mind
  • 04.  Tomorrow's Path
  • 05.  The Turning Point
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Tuesday, January 06, 2015 - Posted by Prosthetic Records, in Vidéo, News

The Tampa, Fla.-based instrumental post-metal quartet SET AND SETTING will kick off the new year with a series of East Coast performances. The 9-date tour in support of their acclaimed new release, "A Vivid Memory," will include select appearances with Downfall of Gaia and experimentalists Sannhet. Previously, the band has shared the stage with Eyehategod, North, Mouth of The Architect, Pallbearer, Vattnet Viskar and Tombs in addition to appearances at Southern Darkness Fest (Weekend Nachos, Pelican) and Don't Stop St. Petersburg Music and Arts Festival.

Check out their upcoming dates below:

  • 1/19     Savannah, GA - The Jinx 
  • 1/20     Richmond, VA - Strange Matter 
  • 1/21     Montclair, NJ - The Meatlocker 
  • 1/22    Providence, RI  - Firehouse 13
  • 1/23     Brooklyn, NY - The Acheron 
  • 1/24     Philadelphia, PA - Creep Records  *  
  • 1/25     Baltimore, MD - Metro Gallery *^
  • 1/27     Columbia, SC - Foxfield 
  • 1/31     St. Petersburg, FL - Fubar ^
  • * with Sannhet
  • ^ with Downfall of Gaia
Showcasing their "dramatic swells and ebbs, swirling walls of guitar (and) thunderclouds of percussion" (Tampa Bay Times), "A Vivid Memory" consists of eight tracks depicting the emotions surrounding death from both an insider's and outsider's perspective. Listen to a stream of the mesmerizing single "Coping" below.   

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Monday, January 05, 2015 - Posted by Prosthetic Records, in Vidéo, News

Following a triumphant trek across the UK alongside Kreator, Arch Enemy and Shining (NOR), MARTY FRIEDMAN is excited to present his brand new music video for "Undertow," taken from his internationally acclaimed solo album "Inferno." The video features an unsullied look at Japanese culture, says FRIEDMAN (who currently resides in Tokyo): "'Undertow' gives you a look at the Japan not usually seen by the typical Japanese exports like crazy TV shows, ultra-cute singers and anime. It shows a day in the life of Japan as the Japanese see it, not the stereotypical Western 'Japanophile' view of it."

Regarding the video's concept, FRIEDMAN explains that "the 'Undertow' video attempts to show that when you see a thing of beauty, there is often an undercurrent of true sadness and hardship behind the scenes which creates the motivation to do something extraordinary." 

Let "Undertow" sweep you away into FRIEDMAN's world as you watch the video below or via YouTube!

"Inferno" won extensive praise from critics and fans alike upon its release earlier this year, receiving coverage from mainstream media outlets (Billboard,, NPR) and rock press  (Guitar World, Revolver, Decibel, Metal Hammer, Vintage Guitar) alike. Described by Rolling Stone as “rich with complex melodies and nuanced arrangements," "Inferno" features 12 dynamic tracks featuring guest appearances by the likes of Rodrigo y Gabriela, Danko Jones, Alexi Laiho, Dave Davidson and Jørgen Munkeby in addition to a special songwriting collaboration with former Cacophony bandmate and ALS survivor Jason Becker. 

FRIEDMAN has promoted "Inferno" throughout the past year with featured appearances on VH1's "That Metal Show," DirecTV's 'The Artie Lange Show' and FUSE's "Metal Head-to-Head" with Dillinger Escape Plan's Ben Weinman. Prior to this month's UK tour, FRIEDMAN performed at Japan's largest annual heavy metal music festival, Loud Park, and joined Gus G (Firewind, Ozzy Osbourne) on an extensive European tour. Stay tuned for North American dates!

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