Solar Fragment-A Spark Of Deity
young troop of musicians was formed in June, 2004, in
Some time last year Greek label Sleaszy Rider took interest in the band and offered a deal that couldnt be refused. The first effort of this Greek-German coalition has just recently hit the stores in the form of debut album A Spark Of Deity, a collection of songs in the vein of the old power metal tradition with the exception that this lot refrains from the use of keyboard parts.
Solar Fragment focuses on melody rather than on complex structural lines. Still the music is diverse and the rhythm section thrives on a touch of progressiveness. The twin guitar work is occasionally fast and furious and leaves you gasping for air once you get caught in their stringed duelling. At times the music is neck-wreckingly heavy and its groove infectious, but there is also room for candlelight moments as in the folksy ballad So Long, featuring a stunning guest appearance by vocalist Daniela Pollei of Lunarstrip. Her angelic delivery matches perfectly with the slightly darker timbre of front man Robert Legers voice.
crew of the star ship
References can be made to the fellow countrymen of Custard and Blind Guardian. The latter because the music breathes the same atmosphere (especially when the pace slows down and the acoustic guitars come out of the closet), but also because the voice of Robert Leger has an amazing likeness to that of Hansi Kürsch.
So, for all of those who favour good old fashioned power metal in the vein of Blind Guardian, get out of your lazy chair and check this promising new band out at your local music store.
Man Of Faith
Take Me Higher
To Thy Crown
Lands, Titles, Nothing
Fragment Of The Sun
In short hyperpyrexia stands for an inexplicable rise of body temperature (high fever) and thats exactly what youll get from listening to this album. Greek guitar virtuoso Theodore Ziras has ascended from the unholy depths of Hades, fleeing from the pointy teeth of the three headed dog Cerberus, to the upper world to unleash his shredded fury upon it.
Among others Ziras studied Music Theory and took guitar classes at the Guitar Institute of London from which he graduated in 2001, being the proud owner of a degree in Music Performance & Composition. He first hit the limelight when playing in a band called Ice Divine, shortly thereafter followed by Guardian Angel, a promising prog act that for some reason failed to escape its cult status.
graduation Ziras returned to
For Hyperpyrexia Ziras joined forces with
drummer Brian Tichy, who has worked
with people such as Ozzy Osbourne and
Billy Idol on numerous occasions, and
Derek Sherinian, formerly known as
keyboardist of Dream Theater. The
album was recorded at Beachwood Manor
Naturally collaboration with established names doesnt necessarily mean the outcome will be highly valued, but in this case it does. Hyperpyrexia is like riding a roller coaster. Once youre seated and strapped in, youre in for the entire ride and all of its thrills.
to previous efforts the music is this time entirely focused on melody and
catchy hooks. However, it hasnt refrained Ziras
from throwing in a couple of light speed attacks. Take Rapid Eye Movement for instance, a neoclassical shred monster,
very much in the vein of Joe Stump.
Other influences come from Joe Satriani (Such And Such) and Tamas Szekeres (Child Of
Such And Such
Rapid Eye Movement
Night Of The Dead
Great White-Back To The Rhythm
Great White plays the kind of music that seems ultimately fit for one of those smoky holes, where the local inmates have spent so much of their time that they have almost become a lasting part of the furniture. The blues-based hard rock has a raw edge to it and is enriched with flaming guitar solos that reveal the bands love for the music of Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones and The Beatles.
Great White was formed somewhere in the early 80s and played its first gig at The Troubadour in Hollywood even before any material was released.
After several demos, one of them being cult classic Out Of The Night, Alan Niven was brought on board as manager. Under his supervision Great White came up with critically acclaimed albums such as the eponymous debut and its follow-up Shot In The Dark. These releases really launched the career of the band big time and sent Captain Jack Russell and his bunch of scallywags down the road as a support-act for Dokken, which eventually paved the way for even bigger success. So by the time the by means of the titles intertwined albums Once Bitten ( 1988 ) and Twice Shy ( 1989 ) had hit the stores the band had gained access to the hearts of numerous rockers all around the world. The latter of the two albums featured monster hit Once Bitten, Twice Shy, for which a Grammy Award nomination for Best Hard Rock Performance was received. In the video accompanying the song model Bobbie Brown starred as every youngsters busty wet dream.
90s saw Great White embark on its
first tour of the land of the rising sun and with
However, this was not the end of Great White, because when Jack Russells solo career failed to take off he decided to breathe new life into the band within six months after its demise, going on tour under the flag of Jack Russells Great White alongside guitarist Mark Kendall, one of the guys who had abandoned ship the year before.
this comeback wasnt meant to be and on
In the years following this dreadful event Jacks version of Great White toured mainly to raise money for the victims and survivors of the fire, but at some point in 2005 Jacks drug and alcohol problems became so big that he had to be put into rehab. It was believed then this would definitely send the band off to the land of faeries and elves, but once again history repeated itself when keyboard player Michael Lardie caught up with Jack to talk about a one time only beneficiary they would do with the original line-up. All the pieces fitted so perfectly together that everyone decided to give it another shot not for the money, but simply because they wanted to put out new records with the kind of music they all like.
The first of these records, Back To The Rhythm, was released earlier this year and contains some of the finest tunes ever written by the band. Two of them were already featured on the live recording Thank You ..Goodnight. The first one and title track Back To The Rhythm is a ballsy rocker that goes full speed ahead and the leading guitar and bass line have a powerful drive to it that makes it hard to sit still. The second one is Play On which reveals the more emotional side of the band as it is a slow-paced ballad with yet again a moving leading guitar line.
song worth mentioning is How Far Is
Heaven?, a real tearjerker solemnly dedicated to those who lost their lives
and those who were injured in the fire in
For the rest Back To The Rhythm is filled with the kind of songs one could expect from a band from the likes of Great White: Straight edge rockers such as Still Hungry and Standin On The Edge, radio friendly tunes such as Here Goes My Head Again, the ultimate power ballad in the form of Was It The Night and a blazing version of Humble Pies 30 Days In The Hole.
With this release Great White doesnt leave familiar grounds, but continues to follow the course that was plotted such a long time ago. And thats just the way it should be.
Back To The Rhythm
Here Goes My Head Again
Take Me Down
Was It The Night
Standin On The Edge
How Far Is Heaven?
30 Days In The Hole
Octavia Sperati is one of the many bands that operate within the tight corsage of gothic metal. But unlike all these other bands this one consist of five woman, accompanied by a male drummer, and offers more doomy kind of tunes with a hard edged, yet melodic ring to it. The overall atmosphere of the album is dark and bleak, which comes courtesy of the downtuned guitars of Bodil Myklebust and Gyri Losnegaard and the heavy bass riffs of Trine Johansen.
The story begins somewhere in 2000 in Bergen, Norway, when a couple of girls with the same interest in heavy music decided to head out on a musical adventure under the banner of Octavia Sperati. Their first effort, a five-track, self-financed demo called Guilty, was released in 2002, soon to be followed by some promotional recordings that ended up on Norways first-ever metal compilation cd with financial support from their local government. From that moment on their star was rising, eventually shining its light on the people from Candlelight Records, who signed them and paved the way for the debut album Winter Enclosure (2005).
And now the bands back with their second attempt to conquer the world with gloomy tales of sorrow and despair.
With vocalist Silje Wergeland among the ranks Octavia Sperati creates a soundscape that resembles that of The Gathering at the time of Mandylion and Nighttime Birds, added with a touch of The Third And The Mortal and a teeny weeny bit of Lacuna Coil. And though Grace Submerged may at first seem like just another gothic release, theres a lot more hiding between the lines than one might think. The musical palette is very colourful, ranging from bold ass semi-rockers ( Going North ) to dark mid-tempo songs such as Moonlit with heavy riffs that wouldnt look out of place on any of the classic Black Sabbath albums.
Naturally theres also room for the softer side of the musical spectrum with two ballads, namely Dead End Poem and an almost fragile piano-version of Thin Lizzys Dont Believe A Word. On moments like that Silje puts so much emotion into her singing that she could literally bring those receptive to that kind of emotion to the point where they could shed a lake of tears; and its due to her class A performance that this album should be considered as one of the top releases within the gothic/doom scene. So let yourself be taken under by the beauty of Grace Submerged, deep down into the vastness of the Norwegian woods.
Guilty Am I
Dont Believe A Word
And Then The World Froze
The Final Rest
Provenance Of Hate
Dead End Poem
Side project of Rhapsody-guitarist Luca Turilli. The idea to start this project was already born in 1998, just after Luca had heard the album Oceanborn by Nightwish. Being a fan of their music it was his long time dream to start a similar band of his own one day. Strangely enough the original demos for the album date back four years, but due to legal hassles with his former label that prevented Luca from releasing anything under his own name, he had to wait until 2006 to make his dream come true. On this album the guitar parts are left to Dominique Leurquin, an old friend who also plays the role as second guitarist when Rhapsodys on tour. Luca sticks to either the piano or the keyboard, which suits him well because for this album all the songs were composed on these two instruments. The album has a great sound and offers a musical pallet of metal, opera, gothic spheres and techno-electronic rhythms, laid upon a thick layer of symphonic, orchestrated bombast. Theres something for everyone here. Songs as opener Virus and Black Rose combine straight ass metal elements with gothic and heavy Front 242 related dance beats, whereas Dreamquest and Shades Of Eternity breathe the atmosphere of the more epic orientated material of Rhapsody. Closer Gothic Vision speaks for itself. Revelation of the album is without a doubt the lady named Myst, who takes care of the vocal parts in an outstanding way. Just listen to her opera-performance in Sospiro Divino and be swept off your feet. Pure magic. For the moment the clues to her name are enveloped in mysteries and according to Luca the curtain to her identity wont be lifted until the release of the next album, some time this year.
So, be patient for a while and in the meantime, enjoy the music.
Shades Of Eternity
atmospheric black metal and gothic. Its follow up Irreligious increased
their status as one of the leading names in the scene, but then something
happened on the way down to the dark places where the band used to lurk
and the musical offerings drifted further away from the sound that had
saved them from an early passing. It was generally believed Moonspell
would be dead and buried within a few years, but with their latest release
Memorial our Portuguese friends prove all the criticasters wrong. This is
by far their best album in years and it puts them right back on top of the
heavy map. Fernando Ribeiro growls himself as never before towards the end
of times while the mindblowing guitarriffs accompany him to the outer rims
of his private netherworld. On his way there hes lulled asleep by enchanting
keyboardparts that seem to have been woven with meticulous precision. The
album can be divided into two parts, a heavy one and a somewhat softer one.
After a short intro the musical experience kicks off hard with a soon to be death/
black classic called Finisterra, which is closely followed by the pounding
Memento Mori. With Blood Tells Moonspell finally has its own battlehymn
of almost Manowarian magnitude. Listening to the song one can almost picture
the bearded and hairy Vikings of long forgotten times, leaning against the boards
of their Drakkar, eying the ship theyre about to enter with luststained eyes, swords
held high while a mighty roar rips the air apart. After that its full force ahead again
with Upon The Blood Of Men, which contains a ripping guitarsolo that cuts down
right to the bone, and At The Image Of Pain. Sanguine then marks the turning-point
between the heavy and the soft part as the guitars slowly change their tune to a more
melancholic sound and Fernando starts using his clean voice in combination with his
grunts. Due to some of these changes Moonspell sounds a bit like Type O Negative in
tracks as Once It Was Ours and Luna. The latter also includes lovely guestvocals
by Brigit Zacher, turning this one into a jewel of gothic beauty. So, to sum it all up
in a few words, Moonspells back and you better know it.
Sons Of Earth
Upon The Blood Of Men
At The Image Of Pain
Once It Was Ours!
Blind Guardian- A Twist In The Myth
Ever since they started in 1984 BG has been one of the biggest
exponents of the so-called Teutonic metal movement. Together with
Helloween the band paved the way for lots of soulmates from their
home country. On the first two albums, Battalions Of Fear and
Follow The Blind the bards ( a name given to the members by the
fans ) played old-fashioned heavy metal and became quite a
popular lot in the local venues. Then, slowly but surely, the band
began to divert from the choosen path and started to introduce
more melodic and progressive pieces into the music. The artwork
of the sleeves turned into masterpieces of fantasy and the lyrics
were usually inspired by Tolkien or the Middle Ages. After the release
of the live album Tokyo Tales the popularity of our bards increased
even more, especially in the Far East. Killer albums such as Nightfall
In Middle-Earth and A Night At The Opera saw the light of day as
the music became more and more complex, eventually culminating
in this latest epic effort. The band still delivers a great deal of melodic,
thrashing riffs and balladesque songs that are so typical to them,
but slight changes have been made. As already stated the music is more
complex than before and progressive in nature. Therefore it takes some
time to get to the very heart of the music, but if you take that time,
youll find that this album is one of their best deliveries ever. The
limited digipack comes with an extra track and interview.
1. This Will Never End
3. Turn The Page
5. Carry The Blessed Home
6. Another Stranger Me
7. Straight Through The Mirror
9. Skalds And Shadows
10. The Edge
11. The New Order
12. Dead Sound Of Misery
Kamelot-One Cold Winters Night dvd review
Bout two years ago, when the band was still in the studio, recording
the critically acclaimed Black Halo album, plans were being made
fot the shooting of a live-dvd together with Swedish director Patric
Ullaeus. But it took some time to get everything organized, but early
this year the band took off to Oslo to make it all happen, accompanied
by Epica as support act. The concert took place on February 11th at
the Rockefeller Music Hall and was visually a feast to the eye with
the lights and all that. Supported by a three-headed choir the band put
on a stunning show and Khan in particular was at his best with an
outstanding vocal performance. The programme kicks off with intro
Un Assassinio Molto Silenzioso, along with a choirmaid clad in a
white cape, holding up a red rose. Then its full throttle with the
Black Halo and Soul Society. In The Edge Of Paradise the fans
are being treated to rains of fire and in Center Of The Universe and
Abandoned Mary Youngblood makes her appearance as the sad Helena,
while snow falls down on her. Other guest appearances are made by
Khans wife Elizabeth in Nights Of Arabia where she stars as a princess,
Simone Simons in The Haunting and Sascha Paeth on guitar in
Moonlight. Then its full throttle again with When The Lights Are
Down, after which Mary returns one more time as the icy Elizabeth
Of Bathory. Then, as Khan tries to drag his wife into the flames
projected on the screen in the back, March Of Mephisto sets in
and Snowy Shaw appears as the spitting image of the devil himself.
The show ends with a drumsolo after which the band says its good-byes
in Farewell. Bonus material such as The making of the dvd, upclose
interviews with Thomas Youngblood, Casey Grillo, Oliver Palotai and
Simone Simons, videos of The Haunting, March Of Mephisto and
Serenade, member bios and a slideshow are featured on the second disc.
If possible one should try and get the beautiful shaped limited edition
boxset which also includes two live-cds of the concert and a poster.
Intro: Un Assassinio Molto Silenzioso
The Black Halo
The Edge Of Paradise
Center Of The Universe
Nights Of Arabia
When The Lights Are Down
Elizabeth Part I, II and III
March Of Mephisto
Rainbow-Live In Munich dvd review
Finally available as an official release this almost
legendary recording of the show at Munich Olympiahalle
on the 20th October 1977. This is a unique document of one
of the most influental hardrockbands of all times, because
as far as anyone knows its the only live footage of Rainbow
with Ronnie James Dio and Cozy Powell on stage at the same
time. The band was at the peak of its musical career and played
with passion that night, especially Ritchie Blackmore himself.
Watch extended live versions of Catch The Rainbow and
Still Im Sad and let yourself get carried away by the sheer
magic of it all. As a bonus the dvd features rare videos of
Long Live Rock n roll, Gates Of Babylon and L.A.
Connection, interviews with Bob Daisley and Colin Hart
and a replica of the original tourbook. A must have item
for those who favour traditional hardrock.
Kill The King
Sixteenth Century Greensleeves
Catch The Rainbow
Long Live Rock n Roll
Man On The Silver Mountain
Still Im Sad
Do You Close Your Eyes
Metal Church-A Light In The Dark review
When these West Coast metalheads released their self-titled
debut in 1984 the true metalscene shook on its foundations.
This was pure metal, the way it was supposed to sound.
Together with label mates Metallica they set out on a
rather successful tour. Two years later they delivered the
follow-up to the debut, The Dark, which proved they had
stayed true to their metalroots whereas other bands had
fallen into the tempting claws of more commercial rock.
But then the band started to slide gradually into their own
darkness, partly due to the fact that singer David Wayne
was replaced by former Heretic frontman Mike Howe,
but also because the music seemed to have lost that special
edge. And now the bands back with this new one. Had this
been there first offering, praises from all over would have
been their part. But theres always the weight of that very
impressive debut and its successor on their shoulders,
pressing them down. Still this is a worthy statement from
an old school band. The album breathes metal through all
its pores. Just listen to the title track and Mirror Of Lies
and try to keep your head still. Its true that not all the songs
are of the same high level as the ones mentioned and its
also true they shouldnt have re-recorded the classic
Watch The Children Play as a tribute to the late David
Wayne, but that doesnt make this album any less heavier.
1 A Light In The Dark
2 Beyond All Reason
3 Mirror Of Lies
5 The Believer
6 Temples Of The Sea
7 Pill For The Kill
8 Son Of The Son
9 More Than Your Master
10 Blinded By Life