Royal Hunt – Devil’s Dozen due out in Sept

And the pre orders are still open – until 21st of August

vinyl bundle Royal Hunt pledge campaign The super vinyl bundle

Royal Hunt on Pledgemusic

If you are a super (rich) fan, you can even get your own private house concert for 10k bucks .. Yeah!


The PUi Tribe, a phenomenon

Yesterday I came across a band called PUi, or the PUi Tribe who are going to release their debut album Neo-Primal this Sat in NYC.

They are streaming the album from their homepage and, well they had me glued. It’s hard to describe their music, think System Of A Down with indigenous tribal drums, electronics, oriental fillings and an experimental prog metal guitarist. But where SOAD are simplistic in their song structures PUi are overflowing, where SOAD is provocative and critical, PUi are striving to unite. Their music has a hypnotic quality to it, and when you watch the live performances on video the feeling of taking part in a jungle trance ritual is hightened even more.

I never heard anything like this ever before and I was drawn in, wishing I was near New York to attend the release party.

Of course, when you listen long enough you find that the songs are very like each other, and may be more interesting heard live, together with a lot of  like minded people, in fact, they work with the crowd and through the crowd. Of course me, I distrust crowds and feel uncomfortable when a mass of people get all worked up into a trance or something like it, but I could almost imagine getting warm with this. 

Anyhow, this band is more than a band, it is a phenomenon. It seems they built a massive following since their beginnings (not sure when that was); through their live shows that seem to include drum jams, bodypainting and even tattooing; calling their followers a tribe who wear the sign of the half moon (crescent) tattooed on their body; like the band were filling in some social holes, giving home to the lost. They raised 10k bucks in a crowdfunding campaign for their debut album alone and frequently sell out their shows in NYC. The band members are called or rather given the titles of Prince, Siren, Makina, Shaa,Tek and Ki. The line-up is completed by Leo, Brian, Ory, Liron, and Justin.  ‘When the day comes, these titles will pass on to successors chosen by the previous holders. This tradition aims to make The PUi Tribe a bright burning flame of expression for generations to come. ‘ … Founder of The PUi Tribe is a native from Anatolia called Nazimcan Shuva, who states that PUi to him means Tabula Rasa. A clean slate to build a hype on …

Here`s the links:

Orphaned Land- All Is One 2013

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01. All Is One
02. The Simple Man
03. Brother
04. Let The Truce Be Known
05. Through Fire And Water
06. Fail
07. Freedom
08. Shama’im
09. Ya Benaye
10. Our Own Messiah
11. Children

All Is One is best described with one word: epic. Never has the fusion of metal, folk and oriental music sounded more harmonic than here. The melodic and folk (both Arabic and Yiddish) influences make themseves strongly felt on this album, replacing earlier death tendencies almost completely. The album is almost all clean vocals, there are lots of ethnic instruments and some very beautiful string arrangements. These almost cover the fact that this is a progressive metal band. But there’s also a lot of epic guitarwork and pounding drums and a few  songs, like ‘Faith’ for instance, that show heavier metal influences and some death vocals.

Over 40 musicians were used to flesh out the sound of All Is One, including 25 choir singers and eight classical violin, viola and cello players from Turkey. Mira Awad guests on female vocals. If  I am informed right, she is very popular in Israel.

In August Orphaned Land are playing some Festivals and on Sept. 20th they kick off their European tour.

Three years have passed since the release of The Never Ending Way Of ORWarriOR, a time for touring, says the band, and a time for the band’s fans: They started an online petition in 2012 to nominate Orphaned Land for the coveted Nobel Prize. Well deserved, that music unites all, across differecies of religion and cultural background, has  been the message and purpose of this Israeli band all along, ever since they started out 20 years ago. I’d like to cite metalholic: ‘there just aren’t enough superlatives in the English language to express how significantly this album touches the heart and soul of the listener’

All Is One was mixed by Jens Bogren (Kreator, Amon Amarth, James LaBrie, Devin Townsend Project, Opeth) and was recorded in three different countries: Israel, Turkey and Sweden. Ironically, countries that are Jewish, Muslim and Christian respectively, which strengthens the Orphaned Land message of unity through music.


Teodor Tuff

What sounds like a stand up comedian’s idea of a dud’s name is in reality a Norwegian prog metal / rock  band formed in 2009 but resurfaced 2011 in new line- up and style.
The band did support shows for both Whitesnake and Deep Purple after their self titled release in 2009 but was never really known outside Norway.

The band’s sound has now changed, Teodor Tuff comes across as a metal rather than hard rock band with inspirations taken from classical music, rock opera, musicals and even Middle East folk songs.

Guest performers on the album: Jeff Waters (Annihilator), Mattias IA Eklundh (Freak Kitchen), Martin Buus (Mercenary), Eskild Kløften (Divided Multitude), Jacob Hansen and Tonje Harøy. The album was mixed and mastered by Jacob Hansen.

The band will be touring Europe with Jorn this year.

Good tracks here are The Last Supper, Heavenly Manna, whereas Tower Of Power sounds much too mainstreamy to me, like a slightly metalized Nickelback. Still, a good release with a good portion of originality.

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1. Godagar
2. The Last Supper
3. Addiction
4. Mountain Rose
5. Hymn (For An Embattled Mind)
6. Delusions Of Grandeur
7. Heavenly Manna
8. Deng’s Dictum
9. Lullaby
10 .Mind Over Matter
11. Tower Of Power


Knut Hellem Drums
Terje Harøy Vocals
Christer Harøy Guitars (lead)
Rayner Harøy Bass
Knut Lysklætt Guitars (rhythm)

Hard Rock Hideout

The American symphonic metal band KAMELOT will be releasing their new album Silverthorn October 30th in North America, October 26th in Germany and October 29th in the rest of Europe via Steamhammer/SPV. It will receive its Japanese release October 24th via King Records.
Today KAMELOT has unveiled the breathtaking album artwork for Silverthorn.  The LP and limited edition will have one version of the art, while the standard version of Silverthorn will have a different but equally exquisite version of the artwork.  The standard version is presented as an Ecolbook.  The limited edition contains the Ecolbook, a bonus CD with nearly 60 minutes of music, a 44 page book and an exclusive poster.  The double LP version is a gatefold on colored vinyl and includes the CD.
Guitarist Thomas Youngblood says of the artwork:
“Artist Stefan Heilemann captured the true essence of the story and the main character. The…

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Winter’s Verge

Power / prog metal form Cyprus

Just released their third album Beyond Vengance in April 2012
Been around since 2004
They state they are the premiere power/progressive band from Cyprus … I guess there aren’t that many of them round out there 🙂
The turning point of their career was their support tour of Stratovarius in 2009

I think their music is awesome, at least the new material is, check it out! Well worth a listen and more

Track listing
1. Cunning Lullabies (05:49)
2. Paper is Blank (04:34)
3. Unto the Darkness (03:59)
4. Not Without a Fight (04:22)
5. Bleeding Heart (04:22)
6. Dying (05:10)
7. One Last Night (0520)
8. Threads of My Life (04:05)
9. Angels of Babylon (03:15)
10. Semeni (06:33)
11. A Dream for a Dream (Bonus Track) (05:22)

Tellus Requiem

Upcoming band from Norway, progressive power metal, really great stuff here

Released the album Tellus Requiem by themselves in 2010
fast, hard, powerful, sounds close to Symphony X

Stig Nergård – Guitar
Ivar Hagen Bøe – Bass
Espen Hektoen – Drums
Anders Sundbø – Keys
Ben Rodgers – Vocals

I hope some more will be released soon