Written By Braddon S. Williams aka “The Concert Critic”

Live music finally returned on what would have been my father’s 87th birthday. He was an incredible musician, so the irony of this date seems to be quite appropriate. The Heartland Tour touched down at Piere’s in Ft. Wayne, IN on 7/17/21 and featured Everclear, Living Colour, Hoobastank, and Wheatus. Heartland was originally put together by Art Alexakis of Everclear in 2012 as an annual tour to feature bands from the 1990’s. This installment is the seventh overall, and the first since 2018. Wheatus came out first and delivered a fun and energized set, with the seven members of the band squeezed tightly at the very front of the stage due to all the equipment from the other bands being set up behind them. Despite the lack of stage space, the band managed to play a pretty physical show, with two drum sets taking up the center of the stage and the rest of the band situated to the right and left of them. Brendan B. Brown, the charismatic lead vocalist/guitarist and only remaining original member of Wheatus told amusing anecdotes about dressing up as Angus Young not once, but two years in a row during his adolescence as a prelude to Temporary Song that segued into a smoking cover of AC/DC’s Rock And Roll Damnation. The dual drum kits were utilized to the fullest, with the drummers switching places during one of the early highlights of a short set that was full of great moments, including the awesome Lemonade and culminating in the crowd pleasing Teenage Dirtbag. Hoobastank followed with a more traditional lineup of drums, bass, guitar, and lead vocals. Their set went over well with the crowd, who were happy to yell and scream loudly and enthusiastically when singer Doug Robb informed us we were the best audience of the tour so far. The big power ballad The Reason gave the first big singalong moment of the show and everyone boosted the energy to epic proportions leading into the finale of Crawling In The Dark. Nothing that either of the first two bands did was remotely close to the volcanic fusillade of power that Living Colour were getting ready to unleash on us. As soon as Corey Glover, Vernon Reid, Doug Wimbish, and Will Calhoun hit the stage, the energy level and the bar were set to an intensity that was impossible to deny. From the opening frenzy of Type, an absolutely astonishing 11 minute trip through a funky, metallic, gospel influenced extended reading of Open Letter (To A Landlord), a thrashy modal jazz mashup of Time’s Up, the irresistibly funky and sexy Love Rears Its Ugly Head, and the massive power of the Cult Of Personality, Living Colour’s four members displayed a flawless blending of their considerable individual mastery of their respective instruments. This cohesive blend is known as chemistry in musical terms, and it was a wonder to behold. Of course, being that this tour is the baby of Art Alexakis, his band Everclear claimed the headlining slot, but there was no possible way they were going to top Living Colour’s performance. There’s no disgrace in that, and Everclear came out swinging, delivering a solid show full of their best songs, including Everything To Everyone, a spirited Heroin Girl, my favorite Everclear song (Father Of Mine), I Will Buy You A New Life, So Much For The Afterglow, and Molly’s Lips. After the drought of live shows in the pandemic age, I think most of us would settle for nearly anything in a live show just to be in our element again. Thanks to Art Alexakis for delivering a collection of bands that still have a lot of great music to share with the world, and in particular for booking the incomparable Living Colour. Thanks also to Tommy Williams from Zombie Tom Photography for hooking me up with tickets for this fantastic return to my beloved live concerts. I feel like a giant void has been filled, and this is thankfully just the beginning!

Braddon Williams is a music journalist who resides somewhere in the universe and entertains the world with his witty repartee

Concerts Are Back!

UPDATE: On May 24, 2021, Megadeth released a statement announcing they have parted ways with Ellefson.

It appears Megadeth’s David Ellefson has deleted his Twitter account after last week giving a statement denying allegations of grooming an underage girl online.

Earlier this month, several interactions seemingly made between the Megadeth bassist and a woman via text and video call, including compromising images of Ellefson, leaked on social media. A person had come forward on Instagram detailing those exchanges, but the original messages have since been removed. In his May 10 statement, the musician admitted his involvement in “private and personal conversations” that had been made public but maintained they were “adult interactions that were taken out of context.”

MEGADETH PART WAYS WITH DAVID ELLEFSON

Diversion Podcasts, a division of Diversion Media, has announced the launch of “Backstaged: The Devil In Metal”. Hosted by bestselling author and music journalist, Jon Wiederhorn, this 12-episode podcast offers a one-of-a-kind journey through the history and culture of heavy metal. The podcast explores elements of darkness and extremism in the music and, examines how a generation of rebellious rockers took the phrase “sex, drugs and rock n’ roll” to an entirely new level.

For the past 30 years, Wiederhorn has interviewed the biggest names in metal, and now, for the first time, listeners will be able to hear exclusive, never-before-heard audio from members of BLACK SABBATH, JUDAS PRIEST, METALLICA, DIO, PANTERA, SLAYER, LAMB OF GOD, ANTHRAX, MÖTLEY CRÜE, KISS, MEGADETH, SLIPKNOT and many more as they share outrageous, uncensored and sometimes unholy experiences from their lives in metal.

“I couldn’t be more excited about launching ‘The Devil In Metal’,” Wiederhorn says. “Everyone I’ve interviewed has been amazingly honest and revealing and there are so many great stories metal fans will love. As the saying goes, the show exposes the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat in the way it offers fans a rare backstage view of the high and lows of metal legends and others that shaped this music over the past 50 years.”

Episodes 1 and 2 are available now. Hear Jondelve into: the birth of devil metal; the artsits that celebrate the occult for shock value and those that claim to receive energy and empowerment from Satan, himself; the first artist to use the sign of the horns (it’s probably not who you think), and how the Satanic Panic of the ’80s changed music forever.

Future episodes address alternately shocking, hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking stories about heroin abuse, partying, groupies, horror, homophobia, and what makes metal sound so raw and gritty..

“Backstaged: The Devil In Metal” is a production of Diversion Podcasts with iHeartRadio. New episodes can be found each Friday on the iHeartRadio app, Apple PodcastsSpotify and wherever you find your favorite podcasts.

Wiederhorn is a seasoned music journalist, having written about rock and metal for more than 30 years. He is the author of “Raising Hell: Backstage Tales From The Lives Of Metal Legends” and the celebrated classic “Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History Of Metal” (with Katherine Turman). Wiederhorn is a former editor at Rolling Stone, a former writer for MTV Newsand the co-author of “I’m the Man: The Story Of That Guy From Anthrax” (with Scott Ian), “Ministry: The Lost Gospels According To Al Jourgensen” (with Al Jourgensen), and “My Riot: Agnostic Front, Grit, Guts & Glory” (with Roger Miret) and He has also written for Rolling Stone, SPIN, MTV, Guitar World and Revolver, among others.

“Backstaged: The Devil In Metal” is a production of Diversion Podcasts with iHeartRadio. New episodes can be found each Friday on the iHeartRadio app, Apple PodcastsSpotify and wherever you find your favorite podcasts.

Wiederhorn is a seasoned music journalist, having written about rock and metal for more than 30 years. He is the author of “Raising Hell: Backstage Tales From The Lives Of Metal Legends” and the celebrated classic “Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History Of Metal” (with Katherine Turman). Wiederhorn is a former editor at Rolling Stone, a former writer for MTV Newsand the co-author of “I’m the Man: The Story Of That Guy From Anthrax” (with Scott Ian), “Ministry: The Lost Gospels According To Al Jourgensen” (with Al Jourgensen), and “My Riot: Agnostic Front, Grit, Guts & Glory” (with Roger Miret) and He has also written for Rolling Stone, SPIN, MTV, Guitar World and Revolver, among others.

New Podcast Explores History Of Metal Feat. Rare Interviews With BLACK SABBATH, METALLICA, PANTERA, JUDAS PRIEST And More

Dee Dee Bridgewater at the 2019 Newport Jazz Festival (photo: Marek Lazarski)

Dee Dee Bridgewater, Herbie Hancock, and Abdullah Ibrahim will be among the artists taking the stage Sept. 3-6; the event’s format (in-person or virtual) is still TBD

The Detroit Jazz Festival has announced its 2021 lineup—although it has yet to finalize a format for its presentation.

Headliners in Detroit from September 3–6 will include Dee Dee Bridgewater (the festival’s 2021 artist in residence), Herbie Hancock, Kenny Barron, Abdullah Ibrahim, Anat Cohen, Sean Jones, Kenny Garrett, and Gregory Porter, among others.

The world’s largest free jazz festival takes place each Labor Day weekend in downtown Detroit. When the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic forced live music events across the United States to shut down last year, the festival carried on in a live-streamed format.

The festival will decide by July whether the 2021 edition will be virtual or in person.

The schedule is below. Visit the Detroit Jazz Festival’s website for more information.

Friday, Sept. 3

  • 2021 Artist-in-Residence Dee Dee Bridgewater and the Woodshed Network Ladies
  • Herbie Hancock

Saturday, Sept. 4

  • Matthew Whitaker Quartet
  • Kenny Barron
  • Jerry Bergonzi Quintet
  • Alicia Olatuja – “Intuition: Songs from the Minds of Women”
  • Etienne Charles – Creole Soul
  • David Binney Angeleno Quartet
  • Omar Sosa and the Havana-Detroit Jazz Project
  • Keyon Harrold presents Jazz and the Birth of Hip Hop with special guests “Elzhi,” Georgia Anne Muldrow, and Chris “Daddy” Dave
  • The Summit: The Manhattan Transfer Meets Take 6
  • Kurt Elling’s The Big Blind

Sunday, Sept. 5

  • Michael Mayo
  • Roberto Fonseca
  • Dee Dee Bridgewater/Bill Charlap Duo
  • Abdullah Ibrahim and the Detroit Jazz Festival Orchestra
  • Anat Cohen Tentet
  • Sean Jones: “DizzySpellz”
  • Kenny Garrett
  • Tribute to Dave Brubeck @100: Brubeck Brothers Quartet featuring Jerry Bergonzi, Detroit Jazz Festival Choir, and the Detroit Jazz Festival Orchestra
  • Aziza featuring Dave Holland, Chris Potter, Lionel Loueke, and Eric Harland
  • Gregory Porter

Monday, Sept. 6

  • Abdullah Ibrahim: Ekaya
  • Jimmy Green Quintet
  • Eddie Daniels and Bob James: Exploring New Worlds
  • Fly Higher: Charlie Parker @ 100
  • Dee Dee Bridgewater Female Big Band

Detroit Jazz Festival Announces 2021 Lineup

No Hope For The Lost Shares Video “Jecht” From Final Fantasy X Themed EP “The Pilgrimage”

Video Premiere via NewFuryMedia
“The Pilgrimage” Out Now!

Following the Covid related demise of their band Deadlights, Re Mayer (guitar/backing vocals/synth) and Nathanael Bohnet (bass/lead vocals) took the opportunity to reimagine their sound and image to create No Hope For The Lost. Unleashing their introductory EP entitled “The Pilgrimage” earlier this April; the duo gave fans a taste of their entirely new sound, but left it just short enough to keep hype levels high.

The EP as a whole is structured to be a listening experience from beginning to end, combining an atmosphere of melody and groove with a foundation of heavy rhythms and ferocious vocal patterns, all wrapped up in a Final Fantasy X theme that will surely please members of that fandom.

Today, the band shares their music video for EP closer “Jecht” via its premiere on NewFuryMedia HERE.

The band adds:

“Jecht is a reimagining of a song originally written by Nate on his first solo album dubbed The Painted World. The song was originally intended to be played live in the Deadlights setlist, but after spending a lot of time in the studio with it and switching off ideas with Re, the song slowly evolved into an entirely almost new track. The intro song Braska was originally the beginning of Jecht, but once the full recording was made, it was then realized that splitting the song sections across the EP made a reprising theme throughout the short duration of the record. What really makes this song are the addition of guitar leads and synths written by Re to make it sound almost entirely different than the original, as well as the use of Nate’s massive choir-like choruses and vocal production to give it the explosive and finale-esque feel it was imagined as in the studio. Rhythm guitar-wise, this song was especially used to show off Re’s use of fast palm muting, dynamics, and various squeal and scrape based noises to transition parts while still following a template that the bass recorded by Nate really helped sound crunchy and thick in the bottom end.”

“The Pilgrimage” is a high-energy EP based on groove, melody, and a massive-sounding layered production. In a world where the fine line between djent, metalcore, and progressive metal is continuously blurred, “The Pilgrimage” is a sound confident on its own that refuses to fit in while still having the formulas that make interesting and catchy music.“The Pilgrimage” is available at the following links: Bandcamp and Spotify, Apple Music here.

Lyric video “Yu Yevon”https://youtu.be/OLHtGgNw_To

Track Listing:
1. Braska (1:36)
2. Yu Yevon (4:26)
3. Yunalesca (1:30)
4. Jecht (4:55)
EP Length: 12:28

For more info:
Facebook.com/NHFTL
Instagram.com/n0h0pef0rthel0st
EPK


“The demonic possession vocals are back for “Jecht” with a barrage of Nu-Metalcore riffs that create a dramatic and frantic pit starter. An unexpected and sumptuous solo followed by a big breakdown sequence is an absolute pleasure.” – Metal Noise

““Yunalesca” is another super-short track, but the melodies are outstanding. There is a thick heavy synth line with clean guitars and piano notes, along with some ethereal singing. It begins to pick up, and segues into “Jecht.” The angry vocals and Djent tones are back. It chugs along with some meter shifting until the chorus, where some clean vocals come in. Here is where I might recommend some backing vocals to thicken up the sound, but the song is on fire.” – Metal Temple

“The guitar work exists in a sort of djent space without being overwhelming, knowing when to take breaks and go for it. A good example of this is part three which  acts as an interlude. The instrumentation here is actually really clever with the feeling of space being very apparent. ” – Rock Out Stand Out

“”Yu Yevon” knocks everything and everyone over like a waltz from the start. Expect a kind of mix of diverse genres such as progressive metal, metalcore mixed with soundscapes, and a predilection for video games.” – Musika

No Hope For The Lost Shares Video “Jecht” From Final Fantasy X Themed EP “The Pilgrimage”

Primal Creation has released their sophomore album “News Feed, ” on April 16, 2021 as an Independent Release. They are a Modern Progresssive Thrash Metal band.

Artist: Primal Creation
Title: News Feed
Format:  CD/Digital/Vinyl
Independent Release



Tracklist

1 – Extremely Dangerous

2 – A Post-Truth Order

3 – Please Disperse

4 – Vial Play

5 – Antillectual Disease

6 – Follow The Reader

7 – Watch It Burn!

About the band:

Primal Creation consists of five members playing metal the way they see fit. The band found its current stable line-up in 2014 and self-released their debut full-length album “Demockracy” three years ago in 2017. This record was met with a lot of rave reviews and opened some doors for the modern thrash metal outfit.

In 2018 they were invited to open up for Skeletonwitch and played a supportshow for D.R.I. Their journey through the underground didn’t stop there, because one year later, in 2019, Primal Creation won the Belgian Wacken Metal Battle Finals and had the honour of playing the 30th edition legendary Wacken Open Air. While the band kept playing shows, they started writing music for the follow-up to Demockracy. The year 2020 was off to a terrible start; their singer broke his hip in an accident and a few months later the global pandemic happened. They digitally released the single Vial Play. This new track displayed a step towards a more progressive and twisted sound, while retaining their thrash metal roots. A keen eye for hooks, melody and authentic angry vocals complete the sound of Primal Creation.

With vocalist Koen back on his feet, Primal Creation proudly presents their sophomore record News Feed. 1 intro and 8 tracks display the evolution the band has undergone.

News Feed was recorded and mixed by Francis Snebbout at Oakwood Recording Studio, Kaprijke (BE) and mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music, NY (USA). The album has been released on 16-04-2021 and is available on both CD and limited vinyl. You can order their music through Bigcartel and Bandcamp.

 

 

Primal Creation is:

Clint Dusslier – drums and percussion
Ruben Dhaene – lead guitars
Cédric Uyttendaele – rhythm guitars
Ewoud Herregat – bass
Koen Mattheeuws – vocals

Band: Primal Creation

Album title: ‘News Feed’

Release date: April 16th 2021

Independent Release

Press contact: Mike de Coene at Hard Life Promotion

mike@hardlifepromotion.nl    

hardlifepromotion@gmail.com   

http://www.facebook.com/hardlifepromotion    

 

Primal Creation online:
https://www.vi.be/primalcreation

https://www.facebook.com/primalcreationband

https://www.youtube.com/user/PrimalCreationBand

https://primalcreation.bigcartel.com

https://open.spotify.com/artist/59FfRlRt6sEYdk7WGEF8vL?si=NxZvDh4mR0SNwTvSe1UZDQ

https://primalcreation.bandcamp.com

https://www.instagram.com/primal_creation/

Sophomore album from Belgian modern thrashmetal-band Primal Creation out now!

ALTER BRIDGE and SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS vocalist Myles Kennedy will embark on a “socially distanced” solo tour in June.

Confirmed dates are as follows:

June 23 – Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater 
June 24 – Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theater 
June 26 – Hoffman Estates, IL @ Now Arena (with HALESTORM) 
June 27 – Oshkosh, WI @ Ford Festival Park (with HALESTORM)

Kennedy‘s sophomore solo album, “The Ides Of March”, will be released on May 14 via Napalm Records.

During his time at home due to all touring being canceled, Myles created the framework for the song ideas that would make up “The Ides Of March”. He then called up his cohorts from his “Year Of The Tiger” debut — Uddin and Tournier — and the three musicians drove to Florida to record the album with longtime producer Michael “Elvis” Baskette.

From the slide guitar riffs of “Get Along” to the pensive blues style of closer “Worried Mind”, it is clear that Myles has crafted a formidable follow up to his debut solo album. While “Year Of The Tiger” was more of an acoustic exploration through Myles‘s mind, “The Ides Of March” finds him strapping on his electric guitar and pushing himself as a guitarist/songwriter. Tracks like “A Thousand Words”“Wake Me When It’s Over” and “Moonshot” showcase the diverse musical arrangements that have garnered Myles fans globally across all of his projects. The epic “The Ides Of March” clocks in at over seven minutes, and MylesTim and Zia showcase their musical chops on the track.

In November, Myles told Kylie Olsson about how “The Ides Of March” compares to “Year Of The Tiger”: “It dawned on me last night as I was listening [to the new album], I was, like, ‘You basically made a rock record.’ [Laughs] I don’t know if I went into it with that intention initially. And I feel like it definitely is still a continuation of the overall style that was established for the solo project on ‘Year Of The Tiger’. There’s a fair amount of acoustic instrumentation; there’s a lot of lap steel [guitar]. I love the lap steel; I just love the way you can make it weep — it’s got a very vocal quality. But then I realized there’s just a lot of guitar and a lot more solos — you know, guitar geek stuff that I enjoy.”

A month earlier, Kennedy told Terrie Carr of the Morristown, New Jersey radio station 105.5 WDHA that it was a joy to reconnect with Uddin, Tournier and Baskette for the making of the new LP.

“Oh, yeah, it was great,” he said. “It was great, because we actually drove [to the studio in Florida]. So Zia, my drummer, who, we’ve played together for the last 30 years, off and on, since we were in high school. He’s, in my opinion, one of the greatest rock and roll drummers alive; he’s so good, it’s mind-boggling. So we started driving. We left Spokane, with the gear in tow. And then we met Tim about halfway. I think we met somewhere in Tennessee, maybe. Then we after driving to Orlando, we all quarantined. Zia did his drums and then he went home, and then Tim finished up. He hung around for a little while. And then I was there for, I think, seven weeks with Elvis.”

He continued: “It’s a fun environment. We all love each other dearly. I’m serious when I say this: we’re a bunch of middle-aged children. I mean, it’s as if we’ve taken a time machine and we’re in the seventh grade. And the humor is ridiculously silly. I don’t even know how to articulate how ridiculous it gets when you put all of us in a studio together. [Laughs]”

Myles‘s tour in support of “Year Of The Tiger” featured music from the album as well as selections from Myles‘s work with ALTER BRIDGE, THE MAYFIELD FOUR and SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS.

MYLES KENNEDY Announces June 2021 ‘Socially Distanced’ U.S. Solo Tour

Promo cover artLEACH
D.O.D
Brutal Records
April 2021We are happy to welcome a new artist to the Brutal Records Roster LEACH has signed a deal with the label for worldwide release the single D.O.D release April 16th, and a full album “Lovely Light of Life” May 21th, 2021

LEACH will released a brand new song and music video featuring Strid. The Soilwork / The Night Flight Orchestra mainman lent his unmistakable voice to the band’s new song, “D.O.D”, available April 16th via Brutal Records on all streaming platforms, and D.O.D  Official Music Video Feat. Bjorn Speed Strid, Premiere April 21 Worldwide

The Nordic country boasts a thriving extreme music Swedish metal onto the world with the “thrash n’ roll”  band LEACH with catchy riffs as well as the pounding drums and wailing solo.

LEACH has established a style and a sound that makes them stand out from the crowd with their own blend of thrash, hardcore, metal, punk and even a bit of traditional rock and roll, the sound is visceral and pumped full of energy just waiting to take out a wall close to you!

PRE-SALES LINKS:

Lovely Light of Life
https://orcd.co/pvbab6r

D.O.D Feat. Bjorn Speed Strid
https://orcd.co/12zzaaj

LEACH
https://www.facebook.com/leachswe
lhttps://www.instagram.com/leachswe/

Brutal Records Stores:

Europe & World
Plastic Head Distribution
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North America & Worldwide
MVD
https://cutt.ly/sxaJY4u

BRUTAL RECORDS
https://www.brutalrecords.com/ (Coming Soon)
https://brutalrecords.bandcamp.com/
https://soundcloud.com/brutalrecords
https://www.instagram.com/brutalrecords.official/
https://www.facebook.com/BrutalRecords.USA/
https://twitter.com/BrutalRecordsUS
https://www.youtube.com/c/BrutalRecords

Promo cover artLEACH
Lovely Light of Life 
Brutal Records 
21 May 2021We are happy to welcome a new artist to the Brutal Records Roster LEACH has signed a deal with the label for worldwide release the title album “Lovely Light of Life” May 21th, 2021

The Nordic country boasts a thriving extreme music Swedish metal onto the world with the “thrash n’ roll”  band LEACH with catchy riffs as well as the pounding drums and wailing solo.

LEACH has established a style and a sound that makes them stand out from the crowd with their own blend of thrash, hardcore, metal, punk and even a bit of traditional rock and roll, the sound is visceral and pumped full of energy just waiting to take out a wall close to you!

If it’s burly, melodic, and fits together perfectly, it’s probably from Sweden. LEACH certainly are, and their warts-and-all style of thrash-n’-roll is just begging for a throwdown.

“Lovely light of Life” is their third major rodeo, and straight out the gate, a mission statement of thrash, hardcore and rock’n’roll. “Carry the stigma” knows how to get the pit started, and it’s pedal to the metal until the last track. “Sweet Blasphemy” thunders through its chugging grooves relentlessly, while “Trench Walk” is an anthemic riff-out carved from the foundation of rock itself.  

To top it off, the production is the right level of crisp and rough-n’-ready – a tip to the skills of Christian Silver at Studiomega (Arch Enemy, Kreator, Soilwork, Dragonforce).

When coming from such a rich scene as Sweden (Borås), a band cannot help but take some influence from their forefathers – in this case, the insistent energy of a Raised Fist, the rock n’ roll parts of a latter-day Entombed, and the infectious melodies of The Haunted. But it’s not all Svenska – the US gets a look in, with Hatebreed’s snarling bravado, and the thrash-fest of Exodus and Nuclear Assault.All of these influences have been distilled into a potent concoction that is instantly recognizable and wholly theirs.

LEACH are a band built for the stage – that much is clear. And with live experiences that stretches through Europe and as far as Dubai – their frantic energy has been proven. But there’s more than enough replay value in “Lovely light of Life” if a bedroom mosh is in order. Invite some friends, throw the windows up, and let the music fly.

PRE-SALES LINKS:

Lovely Light of Life
https://orcd.co/pvbab6r

D.O.D Feat. Bjorn Speed Strid
https://orcd.co/12zzaaj

LEACH
https://www.facebook.com/leachswe
lhttps://www.instagram.com/leachswe/

Brutal Records Stores:

Europe & World
Plastic Head
https://cutt.ly/ixaJ4TI

North America & Worldwide
MVD
https://cutt.ly/sxaJY4u

BRUTAL RECORDS
https://www.brutalrecords.com/ (Coming Soon)
https://brutalrecords.bandcamp.com/
https://soundcloud.com/brutalrecords
https://www.instagram.com/brutalrecords.official/
https://www.facebook.com/BrutalRecords.USA/
https://twitter.com/BrutalRecordsUS

Spotify Playlist : https://cutt.ly/YhTXMVV

Youtube Channel
https://www.youtube.com/c/BrutalRecords

LEACH released a brand new song and music video featuring Björn Strid of Soilwork / The Night Flight Orchestra mainman lent his unmistakable voice to the band’s new song, “D.O.D”, available now via Brutal Records on all streaming platforms

Pictured L-R:
Alex Giustino (Bass)
Anto Addabbo (Guitars)
Tommy Montenegro (Vocals)
Alberto Pinto (Guitars)
Francesco Inchingolo (Drums)

Reality Grey has been making their rounds through the Italian metal scene since 2004, spending many years touring Europe and playing alongside bands such as Deicide and Municipal Waste along with three well-received full-lengths under their belts. This coming May 7th, they will be adding a new album “Beneath This Crown” to their legacy.

Until they can hit the stage again, Reality Grey hopes that “Beneath This Crown” will tide over fans with its aggressive, melodic vocals and razor-sharp guitar solos. According to them, the creative process for this release has been very meticulous and nothing has been left to chance. On this offering, the music has affected the lyrics; there is a lot of anger and a bit of sadness. 

Over these last few months, in lead up to the album’s release, they have unveiled a few singles; one of those is the very melodic and complex“Multidimensional Hollow”, which features fast guitar solos and an epic finale.

Today, the band has teamed up with GearGods to showcase the shred on “Multidimensional Hollow” with a new guitar playthrough by Anto Addabbo, which can be viewed HERE.

Guitarist Anto Addabbo describes his thoughts on the track:

“When I wrote this song I was listening to a lot of sci-fi soundtracks from movies and I think it influenced how the track came together at the end, it has different feels throughout its length. Lyrically the song is about the struggle to succeed in life. Things don’t always go like you hope they will and not everyone knows how to cope with failure.”

Born in 1979, Anto Addabbo is a guitar player, songwriter, arranger, producer, and performer led into the music scene by pure passion and commitment.

Known as a vanguard of the Italian metal scene for his passionate and technical guitar technique, blending his love for the aggression of metal with the melodic phrasing of rock/fusion, Anto Addabbo is the founder of modern metal powerhouse Reality Grey, being now an endorsed artist for popular brands like Jackson Guitars, EMG Pickups, and MooerAudio.

From their debut in 2006, Reality Grey has enjoyed success as a ‘Modern Extreme Metal’ band, an assessment they both appreciate and challenge as they quest to define and pioneer their own signature sound in the metal scene.

Release after release, Reality Grey has proven to be a tight five-piece able to break the melodic death metal dogmas, producing a challenging and inviting hybrid of modern metal in its pure form: melody, brutal and complex.

Album pre-save – https://backl.ink/144305702 

Previous Videos:
Powerblast – https://youtu.be/s3pSFUFZzSI
Multidimensional Hollow – https://youtu.be/4hDxsTop8Fs
Daybreakers – https://youtu.be/spOgWpdGcwY
The Void – https://youtu.be/nUnldMsfKDA
The Fury – https://youtu.be/hFEyqEh00Os

Track Listing:
1. Legion (Intro) (1:51)
2. Fade In Fear (4:44)
3. Kings Of Nothing (5:18)
4. Preachers Of Hatred (4:05)
5. Daybreakers (5:37)
6. Powerblast (4:09)
7. Multidimensional Hollow (4:16)
8. The Fury (4:01)
9. Dreaming (Feat. Milly Florio from End Of Skyline) (5:13)
10. Reascent (4:01)
11. Beneath This Crown (5:28)
12. Indelible Stains (3:39)
13. The Void (4:34)
Album Length: 57:03
For more info:
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Reality Grey is supported by the Programmazione Puglia Sounds Record – 2020/2021 and REGIONE PUGLIA FSC 2014/2020 – Patto per la Puglia Investiamo nel vostro futuro.

About:
Hailing from South Italy, Reality Grey stands tall in the Italian metal scene. Formed in 2004, Reality Grey began their quest to redefine melodic death metal. As a tight-knit 5 piece band, Reality Grey incorporates a modern hybrid of extreme music: melody, brutality; blending complex, yet catchy songwriting. Fearsome death growls & clean vocals give way to razor-sharp guitar riffs and fusion-oriented solos, Reality Grey set out to create something all their own.

With the release of the debut full-length album “Darkest Days Are Yet To Come” in 2006, in the heat of the melodic death metal revolution, Reality Grey managed to secure their first record deal with Razar Ice Records USA. Songs like “Reality Grey” and “Never again” racked up hundreds of thousands plays on the old MySpace allowing the band to tour, gaining popularity well beyond the Italian borders. Following up with EP “Day Zero”, Reality Grey began to push their own boundaries. Ferocious, yet melodic, with a no-holds-barred songwriting attitude. Songs like “Day Zero” and “Slavery” emerged the band’s experimental side, synths, melancholic pianos, and acoustic guitars; perfectly fused with intoxicating sonic aggression.

After years of non-stop touring alongside bands like Deicide, Unearth, Municipal Waste, Sadist, Malevolent Creation, and more, the critically acclaimed “Define Redemption” is released by Bakerteam/Scarlet Records; sending the band on their first headline tour in Japan. Reality Grey, now having been featured on worldwide publications Metal Injection, Metal Hammer UK, Metal Temple, and Metal.de, released 2018’s “The Void”. Reviewed as “a complete and total aural devastation…” that “will blow your speaker out” by Metal Injection.

Reality Grey has completed work on their upcoming full-length due out May 7th 2021 (Blood Blast Distribution powered by Nuclear Blast). Looking ahead with tours and festival appearances on their sights, Reality Grey will continue to push ambitiously, earning their place among the pantheon of heavy music.

Now, having inked a worldwide deal with Extreme Management Group (EMG), the band says “We’re thrilled to announce that we have started working with Extreme Management Group! Definitely the right place for us. Big news is coming very soon. Stay tuned!” EMG said, “We are excited to be working with Reality Grey. They have some really fantastic music. We expect big things to come from this partnership.”.

“Melodic, aggressive and catchy, this track adds (Multidimensional Hollow) well placed synths and ambiance to an already well rounded sound, making it complex without being overcomplicated. The new album shows a marked evolution in the band’s sound, something that will intrigue current fans and entice new ones.” – Metal Injection

“Beneath this Crown, a creative step forward in their combination of NWOAHM from the early aughts, At the Gates-inspired metalcore and Scandinavian-flavoured melodic death metal.” – Decibel Magazine

“Reality Grey give off a viciousness and expertise hard to find in other bands. The instrumental expertise of each component is absolute, slighting touching tech-death side of acts like The Faceless but remaining ‘catchy’ in their complexity” – Metal Hammer


“It’s complete and total aural devastation with some seriously chunky moments, so it lives right up to what you’d expect a song called “The Void” to do.” – Metal Injection

“Reality Grey will serve the world of metal excellently both as an all round, no nonsense, metal act and as a brigde band for younger fans of heavy music” – Metalunderground.at

Reality Grey Guitarist Anto Addabbo Shares The Power of Shred In “Multidimensional Hollow” Playthrou

L-R – Phil – Drums, Gord – Vocals / Bass, Mat – Guitar, JC – Guitar
Photo Credit / Artwork: Timur Khabirov

Streaming Now! WarCall’s “Dead End Pt. 1”, Tales Of Struggle And Perseverance

EP Stream Premiere via Decibel Magazine

“Dead End Pt. 1” Out April 23rd via Plan B Music

Canada’s WarCall will be dropping two EPs in 2021, their first, “Dead End Pt. 1” will be released on Friday, April 23rd and before it’s officially out, the band has teamed up with Decibel for its full stream premiere HERE.

Melodic and energetic, this four-track EP has a little something for everyone, with influences ranging from old school thrash and death to classic metal and more.

The creation of this EP was unusual for the band, the music was written collaboratively, but the drummer came up with most of the lyrics. He writes about struggle; “Dead End Pt. 1 and 2″ are not concept releases; they are a collection of 9 tales of struggle and how we can overcome them.

Recorded and mixed in a post-apocalyptic setting, the band has let the events of 2020 influence the process and the mood of both EPs, while still aiming for a timeless production that will age well. WarCall has decided to release the first EP, and the other half will be released later this year. They share their thoughts on the recordings:

“We are really proud to release the first EP. It is our best production yet. In terms of songwriting, musicianship, and recording, it represents a step forward in the evolution of the band. Back to being a 4 piece, we focused on writing and arranging songs that emphasize the possibilities they bring.

The title and artwork represent the doom and gloom of life in the year 2020 and how the human race reacts in the face of death and uncertainty. With the impossibility to meet to even take a band picture, WarCall presents themselves as fictional post-apocalyptic warriors, a subtle comment and nod to the current events that marked the year 2020.

With the modern and crisp production, listeners will be able to enjoy the music of the band as a whole, while being able to focus on each musician’s performance. Whether it is the natural and powerful drums, tight bass, precisely recorded guitars, or the over-the-top vocal performance, each of WarCall’s musicians shine throughout the two EPs to let the music be the main focus.

Fast and dramatic, WarCall is recommended for fans of Dissection, Iron Maiden, and Slayer.

“Dead End Pt. 1” will only be released digitally as of April 23, 2021 via Plan B Music on the following platforms: Warcallmetal.bandcamp.com, Spotify, Apple Music.

Track Listing:
1. Reckless (4:19)
2. Death Wish (8:00)
3. 800x (3:42)
4. The Chase (4:41)
EP Length: 20:44

EP and Live Band Line Up:
Gord – Bass and Vocals
Phil – Drums
Mat – Guitars
JC – Guitars

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About:
War has always been an intrinsic part of humanity. Whether it is huge wars involving entire countries or the small wars we all fight every day to survive, it is fair to say that war has defined humanity.

One of the definite treatises on war is Sun Tzu’s ‘The Art of War’; a book still in print to this very day. On the use of music in war, Sun Tzu writes: “Gongs and drums, banners and flags, are means whereby the ears and eyes of the host may be focussed on one particular point.”

Now, we have WarCall, who not only use drums, but also bass, guitars, and vocals to achieve the same end with their growing army of fans.

Inspired by Iron Maiden, Metallica, Motorhead, Dissection, and Slayer, guitarist Mathieu Simard describes WarCall’s music as “fast, aggressive, melodic, dramatic!”.

Now, with four well-received albums under their bullet-belt (Invaders (2017), III (2015), Blood, Guts, and Dirt (2013), Demonarchy (2008)), this power-quartet will unleash two new EPs in 2021, “Dead End Pt. 1” on April 23rd with “Dead End Pt. 2 expected to follow in the Fall via their own label Plan B Music.

As a whole, the two EPs are a collection of 9 songs, 9 stories about struggles during 2020 (“Dead End Pt. 1” being 4 tracks). The EPs were recorded and mixed in a post-apocalyptic setting. As with every album, “Dead End Pt. 1” and “Dead End Pt. 2” are technically more advanced in terms of songwriting and production. Of course, Warcall has evolved as musicians from each album, but they believe that their total is greater than the sum of its parts, so they play what feels right for the metal.    

The band comments:

“We have let the events of 2020 influence the process and the mood of the two EPs, while still aiming for a timeless production that will age well in time. The title and artwork represent the doom and gloom of life in the year 2020 and how the human race reacts in the face of death and uncertainty. With the impossibility to meet to even take a band picture, WarCall presents themselves as fictional post-apocalyptic warriors, a subtle comment and nod to the current events that marked the year 2020.”

Live, post covid times, WarCall will truly give it their all with total authenticity. What you hear on their recordings is what you hear on stage. Energetic, powerful, focused, and proficient performances ready to encourage the circle pit.    

WarCall has toured Europe (FR, DE, BE, CZE, SP) three times along with multiple tours across Eastern Canada. They have also been opening support for such bands as Destruction, Anvil, Paul Di’Anno, Kalmah, Catamenia, Impaled Nazarene, Arkona, Norther, Anonymus, Slaves on Dope, Martyr, Reanimator, Wolven Ancestry.

WarCall’s new EP “Dead End Pt. 1” is due out April 23rd, 2021 via Plan B Music.

“Big things are happening for Montreal’s WarCall…Motor-Maiden-‘tallica brand of street wise thrash…” – Decibel Mag

“The creativeness they’ve put into their debut far surpasses anything else I have heard from new Canadian bands this year…Inventive, fun, crisp and a great first offering”. – Exclaim!

“WARCALL’s delivery is fresh, powerful, with good drive and melodies and this tight-knit feeling that just gives you this sense of urgency.” – The Metal Observer

“Actually, “very very heavy” doesn’t go far enough. “Bully Bastard” slugs had enough to loosen teeth and leave bruises, and the grooves are damned compulsive, too, so loosen up your neck muscles before diving into this track. But while the song rocks hard enough to shake listeners like rag dolls, the music also channels rage and intensity through the raw grit of the vocals and the grim (but very catchy) vehemence of the riffs.” – No Clean Singing

“Fans of an old school thrash/speed sound will find plenty to enjoy throughout Invaders. 10 tracks of meaty metal that makes you want to dig out the old patch jacket & head-bang until your neck fuses.” – Games, Brrraaains & A Head-Banging Life

“If you enjoy old school thrash, early speedy rock ‘n’ metal MOTÖRHEAD or DARKTHRONE in their thrashy black metal/crusty punk phase then WARCALL will wet your appetite and get you salivating! Dig out your battle vest, your whitewashed denim jeans, and white trainers and bang that head furiously!” – All About The Rock

“It’s fast, it’s heavy, it’s exciting, and it doesn’t try too hard to be something it’s not, while also knowing exactly what it is. That’s a rare trait to have in a band, and it shows their consistency and maturity as songwriters; you can really tell this is not their first album. The ultimate takeaway here is that WARCALL deserve a lot more attention than what they’re currently getting. I hope to see them take things to the next level on their next full-length.” – Metal Temple

Streaming Now! WarCall’s “Dead End Pt. 1”, Tales Of Struggle And Perseverance