SILENT VOICES announces new singer and new label

silentvoices_2_2013Finnish progressive metallers SILENT VOICES has announced that their new front-man is Teemu Koskela (Winterborn). Teemu has already been singing 3 successful shows with SILENT VOICES in the UK and Czech Republic earlier this year.

“We are very excited to finally share with everyone that Teemu Koskela is the new vocalist of SILENT VOICES. Teemu is an incredible vocalist and a great guy. His voice is a very strong addition to the SILENT VOICES family.”

SILENT VOICES have also inked a new deal with the Swedish label Inner Wound Recordings for the release of the bands up-coming album “Reveal The Change“. More information will follow.

“The entire band and all the people we are working with are very excited about this new album. We cannot wait for everyone to hear the new songs and to be back on tour again.”

Silent Voices is also known as “the other band” of Henrik Klingenberg and Pasi Kauppinen of Sonata Arctica.

http://www.silentvoices.net/

Seventh Wonder present an alternative version video

Seventh Wonder released the following statement about streaming an alternative version of the “In The Blink Of An Eye” track:

“Did you already hear our 2010 version of ‘In The Blink Of An Eye’ (originally on the ‘Become’ album)? We re-recorded it for the Japanese edition of ‘The Great Escape:’ we changed a little bit within some of the solos and, also very important, the production is a big improvement! Check it out, and let us know what you think.”

Also their homepage has moved to seventhwonder.se

 

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

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: