Glass Mind

Glass Mind is a young band playing a heavy brand of power metal with some prog elements added. Most noticeable are the very nice classical (piano) allusions, the guitar riffing and the very good vocals. Some more could have been done with the enthnic instruments in the album intro, maybe we’ll see more of that in a later album. The songs are rather catchy and memorizeable while being well composed. The vocals are powerful, in the vein of Russel Allen and similar singers. Although there is not really a ‘hit’ on the album, there are some tunes that will stick in your head, others will take more listens to get them digested. In my opinion t is a very very great debut and shows the huge potential of the band. Check out the album, that is available for free on the band’s bandcamp page. Currently they are working on the second release that I am looking forward to.

 

Haunting Regrets (2011) 

1. Utopian Feeling
2. Haunting Regrets
3. Falling Apart
4. Your Name In Silence
5. Crepusculum Vehementis
6. I’m Still There
7. Survive
8. That Weird Thing
9. Beyond Our Souls

 

A little bit more history:  founded in 2005 by guitarist Benjamin Berthier who was only 15 years old at the time and his drummer Edgar Garduno, who was 16. They took part in three band contests, winning one third and two first places, winning them some gigs in Japan in one of them. In 2008  they put out the album Haunting Regrets with mexican label Circo Volador.
In 2010 the band toured Japan again,  performing in Tokyo, Osaka and Shiga. They were rewarded by a distro deal with a Japanese label, and started re-recording their album as a whole with some new arrangements and a brand new track.
This time the album was produced by the band themselves. Also Alejandro Afuso joined the band for this album rerecordings as a keyboardist, and Dante Diaz (War Kabinett, The Arkitecht) did some guest vocas.
2011 saw the release of the rerecorded Haunting Regrets album.

http://www.facebook.com/glassmind
http://glassmind.bandcamp.com/

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Warmen – Japanese Hospitality

Warmen is a progressive metal band featuring guest vocalists.

Just before the finishing of the new album I delved into the last release, Japanese Hospitality (2009)

cover art

01 Japanese Hospitality
02 Eye Of The Storm
03 Goodbye
04 My Fallen Angel
05 Don’t Bring Her Here
06 High Heels On Cobblestone
07 Switcharoo
08 Black Cat (Janet Jackson cover)
09 Unconditional Confession
10 Separate Ways (Journey cover)

The first and title track is an instrumental and had me going wow, gimme more. Because there’s no doubt that these instrumentalists know what they are doing. Mind you, founder of this group is Children Of Bodom keyboardist Janne Viljami ‘Warman’ Wirman, born in Finland, who also played on the first Masterplan album.

But then … (citation from their homepage): ‘It’s a side project, yes, but it’s not just Janne Warman who shines here … completing the cast of characters are the varying voices … featuring Stratovarius vocalist Timo Kotipelto, Children Of Bodom screamer Alexi Laiho, raspy rock voice of ex-Thunderstone Pasi Rantanen, the resonant, progressive approach of ex-Tunnelvision Marko Waara and finally, to give the album the much-needed feminine touch, long-time friend Jonna K. … ‘

Please, oh please someone tell me why a feminine touch is much needed? I never heard of this Joanna K. before and her and also Marko Waara’s contributions made listening to the rest of the album a torture. Why does a heavy progressive band like that invite a pop-rock singer to croon lines like ‘I can still smell your skin – Run my fingers through your hair – Hear your laugh And I cry – Don’t know Why he told a lie – So I couldn’t say goodbye – Don’t know why you made him lie – Why you didn’t say goodbye?’ (Track 3 – Goodbye) after mainstream radio fashion, adding appalingly banal vocal melodies delivered in an infantile vocal performance ? Vocals I can do without. OMG

‘Don’t Bring Her Here’ is slightly better, but still not good; while the Janet Jackson cover ‘Black Cat’ just leaves a big question mark in my mind, why touch this at all, why do it that way, why release it? it’s just another 4 and a half minute torture; Unconditional Confession sung by Waara leaves me with an impression of out of tune vocals and a failed composition. The screaming vocals on ‘High Heels On Cobblestone’, Alexi Laiho’s contribution probably are ok, they go with the music, but personally again, I could do without them.

‘Eye Of The Storm’ featuring Timo Kotipelto and ‘Fallen Angel’ featuring Pasi Rantanen are much more to my liking, and though the material is in no way different from what hundreds other bands are doing at least these tracks come near to being enjoyable.

The really high moments on this album are the instrumental parts when the musicians let rip, and these are too scarce and far between. All in all, a weak album, disappointing expectations got high by instrumentals with mediocre to really bad vocals.

BTW, the band released a cover version of ‘Easy Lover’ on youtube, sounds like they just added guitars and new vocals to the original track, again I ask myself why, oh why?

 Lineup

Janne Warman (Children Of Bodom) – keyboards
Antti Warman (The Scourger) – guitars
Mirka Rantanen (Thunderstone) – drums
Jyri Helko (For The Imperium) – bass

http://www.warmen.org/warmen.html

New album by Dreamtale

The Finnish power metal band Dreamtale put out a new album this Spring

World Changed Forever is another impressive melodic power metal release that you should absolutely listen to

Heavy, catchy, well produced and well executed this release incorporates just a sprig of prog as well and like most Scandinavian metal it is neither bombastic nor cheesy but straight between the eyes. Go get it:

 

Suncrown

Suncrown is a truly international symphonic/epic metal band formed in 2011 by songwriter and keyboardist Oleg Biblyi (Ukraine) and vocalist Darren Crisp (USA). Then  guitarist Gustavo Bonfá (Brazil) and bassist Ederson Prado (Brazil) joined the group. In July 2011 Suncrown released their first video clip Follow Your Dream. In October Suncrown released a video clip in memory of Ronnie James Dio, Children of the Sea (Black Sabbath cover) with legendary drummer Vinny Appice (Dio, Black Sabbath and Heaven & Hell). Female singer Juliana Furlani (Brazil) and drummer Tim Zuidberg (Netherlands) then joined and in February 2012 another video clip, Believe, was recorded with 2 new members: guitarist Kevin Ellerby (USA) and flute player Uğur Kerem Cemiloğlu (Turkey). In June again a video was released: Eyes of the World, which showed the full group for the first time. In November 2012 the debut CD titled Follow Your Dream was released, and the second album You Are Not Alone is announced for a July release so stay tuned. Not only does this band master the difficulties of having members in four different continents, but also do they sound very skilled and very epic.
Members:
Darren Crisp – Vocals
Juliana Furlani – Vocals
Oleg Biblyi – Keyboards
Kevin Ellerby – Guitar
Ederson Prado – Bass guitar
Tim Zuidberg – Drums
Ugur Kerem Cemiloglu – Flute

Past Members:
Gustavo Bonfá – Guitar

Follow Your Dream 2012

1. Believe
2. Make This Life Worth Living
3. Eyes of the World
4. War Spirit
5. Destiny Call
6. Follow Your Dreams
7. Legend of the Forgotten Centuries
8. Beautiful Light
8. When Hearts Want to be Together
9. Lone Ship
10. Children of the Sea (Black Sabbath cover)

http://www.suncrownband.com

Eclipse Prophecy

The brainchild of David Mc Gregor (lead vocals, and guitars), Montreal, Canada based Eclipse Prophecy were formed in 2003, and went through a number of band member changes including keyboardist Frederik Dufresne, only to settle on their current line-up in 2010. Their new line-up that performed on “Days of Judgment” includes David Mc Gregor, brothers Martin Machado on lead guitar, Karlos Machado on bass guitar, and Landryx (Unexpect) on drums.

So far they have performed as support act for many reknown bands such as Epica, Pagan’s Mind, Stratovarius, Gamma Ray, Sabaton and more.
In 2011, they recorded a remake version of “The Bard’s Song – In The Forest”, with the power metal veterans Blind Guardian.

In late 2012, the band inked a deal with Maple Metal Records for the worldwide release of their first full length album “Days Of Judgement” released in 2013.

The music can be described a speed power metal with Iced-Earth-like vocals, heavy, fast and melodic. The drums batter like a machine with no variety, the guitars are fast and not too dominant, there are sprinklings of synths and piano, but mostly in the fore are vocals and the unrelenting double-kick.

David Mc Gregor – Vocals / Guitars
Martin Machado – Lead Guitars
Karlos Machado – Bass Guitars
Landryx – Drums
cover art

Days Of Judgement 2013
1. Animus Ara
2. Under Shadow’s Veil
3. Through the Storm
4. Circle of Torments
5. A Dying World
6. Labyrinth of Sanity
7. Days of Judgement
8. Legions of the Cross
9. Inferno
10. The Shattered Mirror

https://www.facebook.com/eclipseprophecy/info

Taberah – ‘The infamous Tasmanian Devils’

Taberah is a power metal band from Tasmania (Australia)
Jonathon Barwick and Tom Brockman created it in 2004. They state their influencs as coming from Iron Maiden + Black Sabbath, AC/DC + Thin Lizzy, Queen + The Darkness. All with a slightly modern and original twist.
Taberah quickly became a staple act in the Tasmanian live music scene. They recorded two demos, 2006 and 2007  and an EP containing a Queen cover song (Crazy Little Thing Called Love)  in 2009.

In early 2011 TABERAH were hand picked by Lemmy Kilmister himself to open for Motorhead on the Sydney leg of their 2011 Australian tour. Other milestones include sharing the stage all around Australia with high profile international and national acts such as: Paul Di’anno – (ex Iron Maiden) and Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens, LORD, Psycroptic, Black Majesty and more Australian acts.2011 saw the band record & release their debut album “The Light Of Which I Dream”. The album earned TABERAH some attention, they stat worldwide, but I’d say locally. 2012 saw them recording the follow up entitled “Necromancer” set for an August 2013 release.

Through one of their gigs Taberah came to the attention of Australian metal icon Stu Marshall (ex Dungeon, Death Dealer, Empires of Eden) and he was keen to help with the album and the band in general. This lead to Stu mastering  “Necromancer” and helping the band ink a deal with German promotion titan Rock N Growl. Stu is said to have stated that ‘Necromancer is one of the best Australian metal releases in the last 10 years’. Let’s see, until we can listen, here’s the debut

cover artThe Light Of Which I Dream 2011

1. The Descent
2. Brothers of the Fire
3. The Call of Evil
4. Fearless
5. Stormchild
6. The Ballad of Ruby Joy
7. The Light of Which I Dream
8. Freedom or Death
9. Requiem of the Damned
10. The Reaper

Taberah is:

Jonathon Barwick = Guitar + Vocals
Myles ‘Flash’ Flood = Guitar
Tom “Bam Bam” Brockman = Drums
Dave ‘The Doctor’ Walsh = Bass

https://www.facebook.com/taberah.tas

DGM – Momentum 2013

Momentum is my very first contact with the Italian progressive metallers DGM, shame on me…

For those who have never met them before like me, DGM is a band of long standing, founded in 1994, released eight studio albums,  one double live CD and one self produced demo EP. Listening to their latest I think they take a lot of their musical inspiration from Symphony X (yeah 🙂 ), indeed, there is one track featuring Russel Allen on vocals. On their webpage they state that the album ‘represents the full stylistic maturity of a band’ and I’d totally agree, though listening through earlier releases quickly I’d say their style is very consistent throughout.

The instrumentals, especially the guitars are very reminiscent of Symphony X, whereas the vocals could fit equally well in 80ies Van Halen or even Toto, they are very hard rock, very melodic with catchy lines.

A bit back histroy of the band that should be more widely known imo

Their second release Wings of Time was a favourite of many Italian metal magazines and earned them lots of fame in Japan too, getting them an exclusive interview on the Japanese BURN! mag.

Different Shapes, which was released in 2007 was awarded top album by both Rock Hard and Metal Hammer.

DGM played twice at the Gods of MetalFestival together with Heaven&Hell, Dream Theater, Symphony X, Dark Tranquility among others, Lagoa Burning Festival (2007), Prog-Power Europe (2007 and 2013) and supported Symphony X on their European tour, sharing the stage with Pagan’s Mind to.

Time to dive into the back catalougue! cover art

1994 – Random Access Zone (mini CD)
1997 – Change Direction
1999 – Wings of Time
2001 – Dreamland
2003 – Hidden Place
2004 – Misplaced
2007 – Different Shapes
2009 – Frame
2010 – Synthesis (DVD + CD)

2013 – Momentum

Tracklist:

1. Reason (feat. Russell Allen)
2. Trust
3. Universe
4. Numb
5. Pages
6. Repay
7. Chaos (feat. Viggo Lofstad)
8. Remembrance
9. Overload
10. Void
11. Blame

Current Line-Up

Mark Basile – Vocals
Simone Mularoni – Guitars
Andrea Arcangeli – Bass
Emanuele Casali – Keyboards
Fabio Costantino – Drums

http://www.dgmsite.com