Fireland present new single – Power metal from Chile

I already wrote about Fireland’s first release back then, and since it has been re-released for Europe by the German Power Prog label.

Now the new album is coming up and here is the first single out on youtube.

For me, it’s ok powermetal, nothing outstanding but quite solid. Only the lyrics are a bit of a turn off for me, too shallow and cliche I think. But still, a listenable track. Let’s see what the album will bring

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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/

New Royal Hunt album seems to be coming soon

Danish/American hard rockers ROYAL HUNT have completed all songwriting for their new album and rehearsals/pre-production will begin in a couple of weeks. The material has been described as a continuation of the band’s last CD, “Show Me How To Live”, but with new elements in in both the songwriting and production departments.

In order to upgrade its trademark sound, ROYAL HUNT is planning to employ a large number of classical/orchestra players in the studio as well as a large choir.

ROYAL HUNT’s new album is expected to be released in November this year through Marquee/Avalon (Japan and Southeast Asia) and Frontiers (Europe and North America).

Frontiers Records released ROYAL HUNT’s new box set, “20th Anniversary – Special Edition”, on November 23, 2012 in Europe and January 21, 2013 in North America.

Read more at http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/royal-hunt-completes-writing-new-album/#wBKtkXxXhcHdoWPl.99

First song online! Dream Theater’s ‘The Enemy Inside’

The new self-titled album by Dream Theater is set for release on 24th of September on Roadrunner.

‘The Enemy Inside’, the first single from the album and the band’s first new music in nearly two years, premieres at USA TODAY right now, so go listen here if you are interested!

http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/music/2013/08/04/dream-theater-enemy-inside-premiere/2613895/

 

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

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: http://puitribe.com 

https://www.facebook.com/puimusic