Rockshots Records – Out Now! FORTIS VENTUS’s Debut Album “Vertalia”

Out Now! Rockshots Records release Greek trio Fortis Ventus’ debut album “Vertalia”

Combining symphonic and cinematic elements along with soundtrack influences, Fortis Ventus formed in 2015 and self-released their first ep “Haunted Heart” in November 2017.

In early 2018, due to creative differences, the band underwent significant changes. The driving forces that remained were composer, arranger, keyboardist George Halliwell and vocalist, lyricist Nancy Mos. Breathing new life into their work, the duo met Gregory Koilakos who would take on the role of guitarist. Together, the three musicians started recording their first full-length “Vertalia” with Gregory taking on both guitar and bass duties for the album, which also changed the band’s metal sound with its film score music elements.

Sentimental, dramatic, grand, cinematic, and imaginative, “Vertalia” is a concept album based on a novel-fairytale written by keyboardist George Halliwell.

“Twelve chapters for a total of twelve tracks”. adds Halliwell.

The theme of this fairytale focuses on an imaginary planet called Vertalia, where the main character starts their journey to discover their inner truth and the truth of life itself. Through the challenges they face during their journey back to Earth, they connect with their higher self and take a path to eventually achieve inner peace back towards their homeland of Vertalia.

“The audience will be surprised at the intricate orchestrations that hide behind complex melodies on this album. Each person hearing it, will find a glimmer to empathize in every track. We wanted to tell a story and give the listener a variety of feelings and a journey alongside the lyrics.” adds the band.

Fortis Ventus is recommended for fans of Hans Zimmer, Two Steps From Hell, Epica, Nightwish, and Kamelot.

“Vertalia” is now available as of June 3rd at the following links:
CD – https://bit.ly/VertaliaCD
Digital – https://bfan.link/vertalia

Music Video – Cave of Glass – https://youtu.be/WFJdAiAlrV0

Lyric Video – My Death is My Devotion – https://youtu.be/esxUrI3OgVU

Track Listing:
1. Between Love and War – 5:38
2. Birth of Sadness – 6:17
3. Vertalia – 4:37
4. Cave of Glass – 4:25
5. Living Thorns (prelude) – 1:54
6. Gothecia – 5:20
7. Unveiling Path – 10:06
8. My Death Is My Devotion – 4:49
9. Door to the Unknown (prelude) – 2:41
10. Reflections of Myself – 4:28
11. The Eagle’s Chase – 4:02
12. Homeland – 5:11
Album Length: 59:33

Album Credits:
Nancy Mos – Vocals
George Halliwell – Keys, Programming
Gregory Koilakos – Electric, Classical & Bass Guitars
Guest Musicians:
Drum Recordings – Gregory Giarelis
Male & Choir Vocals on “Between Love & War” – Dee Theodorou
Backing Vocals on “Reflections of Myself”- Michalis Artz
Violin on “Birth of Sadness” & “The Unveiling Path” – Phedon Vriniotis
Cello on “Reflections of Myself”- Maria Mazaraki -Ainianos
Choir parts on “Between Love and War” & “Gothecia” – Nancy Mos, George Halliwell
Additional Male vocals on “Reflection of Myself” – George Halliwell
All music written & arranged by George Halliwell
All lyrics & vocal lines written by Nancy Mos, except “Vertalia” co- written by Nancy Mos & George Halliwell
Produced by George Halliwell
Co-produced by Yiannis Petroyiannis
Recorded & Edited at iCave Studio by Dee “K.man” Theodorou
Mixed & Mastered at Matrix Recording Studio by Yiannis Petroyiannis
Artwork & booklet’s adjustments made by Gogo Melone
Page layout by & Band photography by Fani Karatza

For more info:

Rockshots.eu
Facebook.com/fortisventusofficial
Twitter.com/fortis_ventus

Fortis Ventus formed in 2015 and self-released their first ep “Haunted Heart” in November 2017. In early 2018, due to creative differences, the band underwent significant changes. The driving forces that remained were composer, arranger, keyboardist George Halliwell and vocalist, lyricist Nancy Mos. Breathing new life into their work, the duo met Gregory Koilakos who would take on the role of guitarist. Together, the three musicians started recording their first full-length “Vertalia” with Gregory taking on both guitar and bass duties for the album, which also changed the band’s metal sound with its film score music elements.

StormbounD Share Their Optimistic Love Song “Flying High” Off Upcoming “December”

Left to Right (back) – Pavel Kleiman (Bass), Rotem Sadia (Keyboard), Yuval Partush (Drums), Ofer Friedman (Guitar & Vocals), Shani Friedman (Guitar)
Front – Yael Horwitz (Vocals)
Photo credit – Yair Abelson

Hailing from Israel, StormbounD are adding to the symphonic metal subgenre with their latest single “Flying High”. This is the third single off their upcoming record “December”, which is slated for summer release. The band coins the album as a “melodic prophecy of wrath” – a journey that will take the listener into new territory while staying firmly planted in symphonic roots. This new single is a love song, that almost didn’t make it onto the album as the band further explains:

“It’s an optimistic love song, where the man is a protagonist that helps his loved one overcome her suffering caused by a mental illness. During the recording, we noticed that all the “Irish” elements made the original chorus we had for it sound a little depressing, so we wrote new lyrics and composed a new chorus. That instantly became a winner. We almost cut this song out of the album and now it’s one of the leading singles.”

The main songwriter for StormbounD is vocalist/guitarist Ofer Friedman, but they say that it’s really about working together as a team and that everything is collaborative. In terms of writing order, they continue to say that lyrics and musical composition go hand in hand, whichever is written first will lead the way.

The band got together in 2018, and after a couple of shuffles and instrument switches, they arrived at their current lineup – powerful frontwoman Yael Horwitz climbs octaves while vocalist/guitarist Ofer Friedman adds a layer of grit to complement her. Guitarist Shani Friedman fills in with harmonized riffs and the rhythm section of bassist Pavel Kleiman and drummer Yuval Partush get heart rates going and heads banging. Keyboardist Rotem Sadia injects orchestrations, strings, and melodies that push StormbounD into the sky.

The combination of soaring riffs, beautiful vocals, and heavy beats show that StormbounD is creative, yet accessible. They are recommended for fans of Evanescence, Epica, and Within Temptation.

The video for “Flying High” is being premiered on V13 HERE.

Digital – https://orcd.co/stormfly

The full album “December” will be released on August 5, 2022.

In additional news, StormbounD will be supporting Epica on June 7th at the Barbi club, Tel Aviv. Full details can be found here.

Track Listing:
1. Desert’s Roar – 5:03
2. Altar of Innocence – 5:12
3. Sacred Lies – 4:41
4. Away from Here – 6:04
5. December – 10:30
6. Shadows – 4:21
7. Flying High – 4:55
8. Fragments – 6:24
9. Child’s Play – 9:02
Album Length: 56:12

Album Recording Credits:
All songs performed by: Stormbound
All songs written by: Stormbound, Benny Kliachko, Ian Post
Musical Production: Stormbound and Ian Post
Mix and Master: Alex Zvulun at A.G Studio.
Artwork: Gogo Melone ART

Album and Live Band Line Up:
Yael Horwitz – Vocals
Ofer Friedman – Guitar & Vocals
Shani Friedman – Guitar
Rotem Sadia – Keyboard
Pavel Kleiman – Bass
Yuval Partush – Drums

For more info:
Stormboundband.com
Facebook.com/StormBoundBand
Instagram.com/stormbound.band
Spoti.fi/3wA14jF

About:
Symphonic metal act StormbounD is an astonishing combination of well-crafted instrumentalism and the breath-taking vocals of lead singer Yael Horwitz. The band is the musical theater you must visit, which will carry you everywhere from the angelic to the diabolic, from joyous harmony to sheer loneliness, and from the beauty to the beast.

The band was formed in 2018 in Tel-Aviv, Israel by bassist Pavel Kleiman and guitarist and vocalist Ofer Friedman. Next to join were Ofer’s wife Shani Friedman on guitar, Yuval Partush on drums, Rotem Sadia on the keyboard, and Yael Horwitz as lead singer. All members of the band are well-established professional musicians.

Shortly after its formation the group began writing and performing and made a unique mark in the local heavy music scene. During the last year, the band took part in all major metal events and festivals in Israel and its upcoming show will soon be sold out.

The band has released two singles /videos so far “Desert’s Roar” and “Altar of Innocence”.

During the summer of 2022, the band will release its debut album “December”.

Explore The Mind Of A Psychopath With Brutta’s (Athemon, ex-Haken) “Devon” Off Upcoming Self-titled Album

L-R: Gledson Gonçalves (drums) | Adriano Ribeiro (guitars and vocals) | Tom MacLean (bass)
Photo credit: Gledson and Adriano: Felipe Rinke. Tom: self-taken photo

Brutta is blackened death metal hailing from São Paulo, Brazil, and the UK. They are a new arrangement of three seasoned musicians including drummer Gledson Gonçalves; guitarist/vocalist Adriano Ribeiro (Athemon) and bassist Tom MacLean (Athemon, ex-Haken). Together they have but one mission, to bring the heaviest music they can muster and melt the faces off fans everywhere at live performances and on record. They are excited to be releasing their debut self-titled album this year to fully show the metal world what they are made of and what they can bring to the scene.

Brutta has a second single out now entitled “Devon” where the listener is transported inside the mind of a sociopathic individual who is locked up in the confines of Devon, a prison made for violent offenders. This prisoner can’t wait to escape to continue pursuing his victims. The band explains further:

“Starting with a deliberate expression of the desire to kill, our character murmurs a creepy, evil, scary melody. Pleased by the voices in his head, a prisoner to his own sick mind, he unleashes the desire to hurt and provoke horror. The instrumental is filled with dark melodies causing a very obscure sentiment. With a very strong chorus, the song transforms into a memorable experience of assault and battery, as in the end, our prisoner seems to jailbreak.”

“Devon” is the seventh of eight tracks, each one more pummeling and unforgiving than the last. They span themes such as religion and disturbed individuals, all with blast beats, brutal gutturals, and death metal riffs. They take all of their influences and wind them together into something daring, mysterious, and unforgettable. They are recommended listening for those with an interest in Bloodbath, Dark Funeral, and Morbid Angel.

The single “Devon” is being premiered via NoCleanSinging HERE.

The album will be released on June 17th, 2022

Listen to the album teaser at https://youtu.be/E5F9g62pS3c

Album pre-order – https://bruttametal.bandcamp.com

Track Listing:
1. Brutta (4:34)
2. Mortem (4:08)
3. Frgmntd (3:55)
4. Bastardo (4:20)
5. Inferno (4:21)
6. Cristus (3:42)
7. Devon (3:51)
8. Limbo (4:37)
Album Length: 33:20

Album Band Line Up:
Adriano Ribeiro (guitars, vocals)
Tom MacLean (bass)
Gledson Gonçalves (drums)

Album Recording Credits:
• All songs performed by: Brutta
• All songs written by: Brutta
• Produced by: Tom MacLean @ Twelve Tone Studio
• Mixed by: Tom MacLean @ Twelve Tone Studio
• Mastered by: Tom MacLean @ Twelve Tone Studio
• Album Artwork by: Luigi Quarta

For more info:
Bruttametal.com
Facebook.com/bruttametal
Instagram.com/bruttametal

About:
After working for Athemon (Adriano Ribeiro (guitars, vocals) and Tom MacLean (ex-Haken) (bass)) as their session drummer, Gledson Gonçalves had the idea of creating another project with more extreme music. Recruiting Ribeiro (guitars, vocals) and MacLean (bass), both were very eager to dive headfirst into the aggressive sound Gonçalves had in mind. A few jams later and Brutta was officially formed as a studio project over two contents. Gonçalves and Ribeiro in Brazil and MacLean in the UK.

Brutta works collaboratively through every part of the process, first Ribeiro develops and assembles the riffs, to which Gonçalves adds drum parts. The final musical touches come in as MacLean weaves the bass riffs and then vocals are layered on top with lyrical themes coming from human behaviour, especially its darker angles.

As they plan to hit the stage in the near future, fans will be met with loads of energy and power during the set as Brutta releases their demons through strong performances, so the audience can do the same.

A modern and in-your-face version of obscure and wicked music, Brutta rises like brutal “Heavy Post Metal” their debut, self-titled album will be released on June 17, 2022.

Haiduk Deliver An Explosive Barrage of Dark Lore In Music Video for “Morph” Off “Diabolica”

Haiduk, the solo project of Luka Milojica is an unrelenting, hypnotic force that greets listeners with a barrage of death-infused black metal that is prominently displayed on the latest release “Diabolica”, which was released in September last year. Now, Haiduk is releasing a music video for the single “Morph”. The entirety of Haiduk‘s discography, which spans four full lengths, takes place in the fantasy medieval realm of Callost, the different albums feature maps, descriptions, and stories set in the world. Milojica explains the album and the single in further detail:

“Pure evil, speed, and darkness, “Diabolica” is fast and crushing like a volcanic eruption., it ties together the dark lore of the previous albums with new stories, maps, and a timeline. “Morph” was one of the first songs written for “Diabolica”. It’s about a shape-shifting demon who can take the form of a shadow-being. I wanted the song to have a dark atmosphere and have a lot of energy and speed.”

Like the album art depicts, “Diabolica” is an eruption of pent-up anger and power. Every song on the album is about building momentum and speed and blasting the listener with constantly evolving riffs and melodies. With pure speed and relentless riff attacks, the album crushes and keeps you on edge through aggressive arrangements as well as melodic and hypnotizing parts that create a mysterious atmosphere.

Haiduk was created to be the channel for Milojica’s dark musical desires, turning his ideas into a solo project was inspired by acts such as Vintersorg and others from Sweden and Norway. Lightning-fast, and bursting with energy, Haiduk is recommended for fans of Bolt Thrower, Vomitory, and Dissection.

The album “Diabolica” was released on September 21, 2021 and is available on Haiduk.bandcamp.com, Spotify.

Track Listing:
1. Corpse Crown (2:00)
2. Swarm (2:27)
3. Upheaval (2:27)
4. Encirclement (2:25)
5. Wraithavoc (2:29)
6. Cyclone (2:56)
7. Ballista (2:33)
8. Abyss Mage (3:06)
9. Morph (2:43)
10. Infernal (2:50)
11. Sea of Fire (5:12)
Album Length: 31:11

Album Recording Credits:
• All songs performed by: Luka Milojica
• All songs written by: Luka Milojica
• Produced by: Luka Milojica
• Mixed by: Luka Milojica
• Mastered by: Luka Milojica
• Album Artwork by: Luka Milojica
• Music is Canadian Content (MAPL)
•Album Band Line Up: Luka Milojica – Guitars, Bass, Vocals, Drum Programming
• Live Band Line Up: Luka Milojica – Guitars, Vocals.

Discography:
2021 – Diabolica (full-length)
2018 – Exomancer (full-length)
2015 – Demonicon (full-length)
2012 – Spellbook (full-length)
2010 – Plagueswept (demo)

For more info:
https://www.haiduk.ca
http://www.facebook.com/haidukmetal

About:
Haiduk is the death metal solo project by guitarist Luka Milojica. The project arose with the raw demo – ‘Plagueswept’ in 2010.

Working in solitude, Haiduk unveiled the full-length debut ‘Spellbook’ in 2012; a black magic conjuring of fast guitars and powerful riff attacks. Invoking spells of demonic strength, Haiduk raised forces from the infernal depths, sealing arcane powers into the ‘Demonicon’ in 2015; a blackened tome of blasting distortion. Chanting words of astral terror, Haiduk became the ‘Exomancer’ (2018); summoner of cosmic darkness.

Frozen in darkness under the ash cloud, the desolate ground opens. Octavia erupts, releasing the doomed king from the burning abyss. Devils swarm, carving a path of destruction for a new demonic domain – Diabolica (2021).

“The patented death/black/speed Metal rips your skull for 31 minutes” 4.5/5 -Metal-Rules (2021 – Diabolica)

“An endless supply of evil, face-ripping riffs” – Metal Crypt (2021 – Diabolica)

“Fast and unrelenting from start to end” 8/10 –Metalbite (2021 – Diabolica)

“Haiduk’s most aggressive work” -The Killchain (2021 – Diabolica)

“A lot of eye-popping technical skill, intricate plotting, and brilliantly multifarious and mutated tonalities on display” – No Clean Singing (2021 – Diabolica)

“A tremolo picked tornado of dark matter and blastbeats.” – The Circle Pit (2018 – Exomancer)

“[Haiduk’s] strong point has always been his riffs, and here they just destroy” 8.5/10 – Brave Words (2018 – Exomancer)

“[Haiduk] has perfected his own signature style and very few bands are doing this style” – Metal-Rules (2018 – Exomancer)

Reminisce On The Past Through ELEKTRIC MISTRESS’ Stoner Rock Banger “Radio” + New EP Out June 2022

Elektric Mistress is the kind of band you turn up on a long road trip cruising across the country in a convertible, with smoke billowing behind you. They have a new EP coming out “Chapter 99”, which channels the sludgy groovy vibes of bands past such as Black Sabbath, especially on the upcoming single “Radio”. The band comments on the single:

“We think any fans who enjoyed the first EP will enjoy our latest release. With the addition of Jason, we have a new layer of sound for fans to experience. ”Radio” is about how music or a song brings back memories of past relationships. It has our most Black Sabbath type riffs, for sure. Riley came up with the main riff on this one.”

Since the last EP, they have added a new guitarist Jason Cantfell, who is the twin brother of current guitarist Kyle Cantfell. The duo leans into their “Twinchronicity”, with mesmerizingly coordinated harmonies, and bolsters their sound with the addition of equipment including an impressive array of guitar pedals, mini megaphones, and synthesizers.

Appealing to the audio nerds out there, the tracks on “Chapter 99” were shoved through the super-rare CLASP system (Closed Loop Analog Signal Processing) at Fang Recordings to capitalize on that old recording sound. They crushed the hell out of that tape to add a unique dimension to their psychedelic sound.

Elektric Mistress recorded all the songs on their own, and cite that it was definitely a learning experience creating this album but they appreciate the ability to have more control over their groovy and technical licks. They are constantly writing new stuff so those impressed by “Chapter 99” can look forward to a bunch of new tunes in the future.

Elektric Mistress presents their sludge/stoner vibes, in classic drop D tuning and are working in Zeppelin-esque grooves lately as well, which will be presented on the next album. They are recommended for fans of Deep Purple, Pink Floyd, and Kyuss.

Relive the past through “Radio” via its premiere on TheObelisk HERE

The full EP “Chapter 99” is being released on June 17, 2022.

The full album is being released on June 17, 2022.

EP pre-order – https://elektricmistress.bandcamp.com

Digital pre-save – https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/elektricmistress/chapter-99

Track Listing:
1. Magic Dust – 4:06
2. Radio – 5:38
3. Cocaine Johnny – 4:24
4. Chapter 99 – 5:47
EP Length: 19:56

EP Recording Credits:
• All songs performed by: Elektric Mistress
• All songs written by: Elektric Mistress
• Produced by: Elektric Mistress
• Mixed by: Alex Burris at Fang Recordings, Dartmouth, NS
• Mastered by: Alex Burris at Fang Recordings, Dartmouth, NS
• EP Artwork by: Ricardo Arreola
• Member of SOCAN
• Canadian Content (MAPL)

EP and Live Band Line Up:
Kyle Cantfell – Guitar
Jason Cantfell – Guitar
Kieran Richardson – Bass
Maxwell Poole: Vox
Riley MacDonald – Keyboards
Valencia Canales: Drums

For more info:
Elektricmistress.com
Facebook.com/elektricmistress
Instagram.com/elektricmistress

About:
Channeling the energy of inspirations such as Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, and Pink Floyd, Halifax, Canada Elecktic Mistress is all about the groove with their face-punching psychedelic stoner rock firmly rooted in what has come before, but also pushing towards what is ahead. If you’re looking for a true retro psychedelic synth-rock experience with a progressive edge, Elektric Mistress is here to deliver! Take a deep breath and ride the wave through a hypnotic haze of electric highs and sedated tones to take you back in time and return again.

Comprised of guitarists Kyle Cantfell (Guitar) and Jason Cantfell, bassist Kieran Richardson, vocalist Maxwell Poole, keyboardist, Riley MacDonald and drummer Valencia Canales , Elektric Mistress began their journey through oblivion in 2018, making noise on the Canadian East coast scene, which included performing on the area’s largest event, the Maritime Metal and Hard Rock Festival during the same year of their conception.

The band released their first debut in 2019 with their self-titled EP showcasing their unique soundscape of stoner rock ignited with crunchy, groovy guitar riffs, bombastic drums, dirty keys, and choice bass licks plus loud and raspy vocals. Now in 2022, the band returns with their follow-up and sophomore EP “Chapter 99” for release in June 2022.

The band adds: “Friends, this EP has been a long time coming. As a lot of other bands experienced at the beginning of the pandemic, not being able to gather as a full band or find open studio space kind of made making music difficult. So we decided to do it mostly by ourselves, at a distance. With some help, we got it done. We’re stoked to finally present it for streaming everywhere. We hope it’s worth a listen or three. We think we’ve been steady on the course as far as evolution goes for this next release. However, now that guitarist Jason Cantfell has joined the band, we’ve been doing a lot more guitar harmonies and stuff we couldn’t do before; the end part in Cocaine Johnny is a good example of that. Definitely expect more of that in the future.”

“Chapter 99” is due out on June 17, 2022 and will be available on all digital platforms.

Join The Swarm With QUIESCENT MANTIS And Their New Lyric Video For “Shake The Cage”

L-R – Johnny Mejia – Drums, Chris Trainor – Guitarist / Backup Vocals, Jordan Mckenzie – Bass and Vocals

Quiescent Mantis, born from heavy metal sounds crossed with old school science fiction movies, brings a new, campy lyrical vibe to solid traditional groovy riffs. The furious trio of guitarist Chris Trainor, bassist/vocalist Jordan Mckenzie, and drummer Johnny Mejia came together to deliver one face-melting lick after another while the ground below them shatters with breakdowns. They have an album in the works, but for now, they are releasing the single “Shake The Cage” with a lyric video. It started as an instrumental, but has since developed lyrics, the band details the track:

“It was the first song we wrote for the album with its sole purpose to show our music ability and a way for all of us to showcase what this next chapter in the swarm and our album is going to be like. We were shooting for a song that will keep the audience moving when played live whether it means headbanging, moshing, singing, or all of the above. The song defines our sound and our music abilities as better than anything we have released so far.”

Quiescent Mantis released their debut EP “Chapter 1” last year, and while they find their niche has gone from a more traditional thrash sound to a truer heavy metal sound with paper shredding leads, earth-shaking bass lines along with almost machine-like drumming. They aim to provide a unique experience with a mixture of old school thrash and new school metal techniques such as breakdowns which will be prevalent on the next album.

“Shake The Cage” will catch people’s attention as it is very melodic and heavy on great grooves. Add in some absolute crazy breakdowns and you have a track with a little bit of everything for everyone. Fans of Killswitch Engage, Pantera, and Machine Head will be especially interested in what Quiescent Mantis has to offer.

The lyric video for “Shake the Cage” can be seen via its premiere on TheCirclePit – https://youtu.be/DxEe1tnJTSQ

Single digital stream and download at https://linktr.ee/QuiescentMantis

Single Recording Credits:
• All songs performed by: Chris Trainor, Jordan Mckenzie, and Johnny Mejia
• All songs written by: Chris Trainor, Jordan Mckenzie, Johnny Mejia
• Produced by: Yanic Bercier
• Mixed by: Yanic Bercier
• Mastered by: Alan Doches
• Album Artwork by: Spacer Art

Band Recording and Live Line Up:
Chris Trainor – Guitarist / Backup Vocals
Jordan Mckenzie – Bass and Vocals
Johnny Mejia – Drums


For more info:
Facebook.com/QuiescentMantis
Instagram.com/quiescent_mantis

About:
Former scientists Chris Trainor, Jordan McKenzie, and Johnny Mejia were previously employed by Sub-atomic Weight of Acceleration Research Mechanics or S.W.A.R.M. While working on a project involving particle collision the team inadvertently tore open a brief doorway to the mantis homeworld exposing themselves to a mind-altering pheromone in the process.

The trio is now obsessed with opening the portal permanently allowing their mantis overlords access to our world; they are harbingers of the Swarm, selected to terraform and prepare Earth for the coming invasion. Wielding mighty instruments of sonic assault they herald the approach of the swarm of the brutal blend of thrash death metal and hardcore. The Swarm has slumbered in exile for far too long, the gates are ready to open, and it’s time to join the Swarm!

Rockshots Records – ANTHEA Shares New Video For Title Track From Sophomore Album “Tales Untold” Out August 2022

Los Angeles symphonic prog metallers ANTHEA announces their return in 2022 with their sophomore album “Tales Untold” to be released once again via Rockshots Records this coming August to follow their 2020 debut “Illusion”.

For the new album, Anthea has taken the reigns for a more DIY approach with vocalist Diego Valadez taking over also as the full-length’s producer along with bassist Eric “EJ” Guerrero in charge of music videos and photography.

“We released our debut album in 2020, but were, unfortunately, like everyone else, unable to tour or play live gigs. However, this gave us a lot of extra time to really craft this follow-up album into something special. Tales Untold was written and recorded throughout 2021 and I am so proud of the end result.” adds Valadez.

Fans of Anthea‘s first album “Illusion” will enjoy this one even more. The difference with this next record is that Anthea has a more mature sound and has carefully thought out the ebb and flow throughout it. Their end goal is to give a very dynamic and cinematic album in which the listener feels as though they’ve gone through a grand musical journey once they’ve reached the end.

“We also wanted to create a sense of escapism while keeping one fit in the real world lyrically.”

Today in preview of the album, the band is sharing with fans a new music video for its title track. The opening song is about how art inspires new generations of art forms whether it be novels, music, movies, poetry, etc.

“I just find the interconnectivity of it all fascinating. This song itself wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for the music that we were influenced by, and their music wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for what they were listening to, and so on and so on.“ says Valadez.

Watch and listen to “Tales Untold” at https://youtu.be/eWqBgT0CgFw

Digital – https://bfan.link/tales-untold

Anthea is a melodic, symphonic metal band from Los Angeles, CA. With influences from bands like Nightwish, Kamelot, and Wintersun, as well as scores from composers such as Hans Zimmer, John Williams, and Danny Elfman, the band create a unique theatrical sound blending progressive, power, and thrash metal elements, with a grand, cinematic edge.

“Tales Untold” is due out on August 26, 2022.

Album pre-order

CD – https://bit.ly/TalesUntoldCD

Vinyl – https://bit.ly/TalesUntoldVINYL

Track Listing:
1. Tales Untold – 4:09
2. Ascendence – 3:21
3. Song for Winter – 4:03
4. The Deceiver – 5:11
5. Sapiens – 5:29
6. Memoriam – 4:13
7. Looking Glass – 4:15
8. Empyrean – 4:02
9. Sunder Heart – 4:53
10. In Time – 5:33
Album Length: 45:15

Anthea is:
Diego Valadez – Vocals/Keys
Juan Pina – Guitar/Screams
Marcos Mejia – Guitar
Eric Guerrero – Bass
Peter Vasquez – Drums

Album Credits:
All music and lyrics by Diego Valadez except on “Looking Glass” and “Empyrean” music by Marco Mejia, Lyrics and Orchestration by Diego Valadez. Music and Lyrics for the cover song “In Time” originally written and performed by Robbi Rob.
Produced By Diego Valadez
Mixed/Mastered By Jesse Billson
Layout & Design By Dávid Busai (Mordiggian Art)
Video & Photography By Eric “EJ” Guerrero (E.ject Media)

More info:
Rockshots.eu
Antheametal.com
Facebook.com/antheametal
Instagram.com/antheametal

About: Anthea is a melodic, symphonic metal band from Los Angeles, CA. With influences from bands like Nightwish, Kamelot, and Wintersun, as well as scores from composers such as Hans Zimmer, John Williams, and Danny Elfman, the band create a unique theatrical sound blending progressive, power, and thrash metal elements, with a grand, cinematic edge.

The band released some demo songs as singles which quickly began gaining attention in the local metal scene. Anthea began playing more live shows around Los Angeles, opening for various bands including Smile Empty Soul, Helion Prime, September Mourning, and many more.

In late 2019, Anthea announced that they would be entering the studio to re-record their singles as well as some new material for an official EP that would be titled “Illusion.” It wasn’t long before the group was contacted by Rockshots Records. The label suggested that instead of releasing an EP, the band should consider recording a full-length debut album. If they did so, Rockshots would release the record under their label. Anthea agreed and began working on more material.

Illusion, the debut album from Anthea was released on October 23rd, 2020 under Rockshots Records. The album has received many positive reviews from several magazines, blogs, and podcasts. The three singles “Moirai”, “Illusion”, and “Reach”, have all gone on to receive international play on various rock and metal radio stations.

The band returns in 2022 with their second album “Tales Untold” due out in August 2022.

“A sort of dramatic theatrical experience that of this “Illusion”, which ranks among the best releases of the gothic-epic panorama of 2020.” (8/10) Tutto Rock Magazine (Illusion review – 2020)

“A solid surprise from the USA here.” (5/6) – Scream Magazine (Illusion review – 2020)

“The song writing on this album is commendable and of the highest calibre. If you are looking out for a melodic sound with plenty of surprises and a true rollercoaster experience, you’ve hit the jackpot with this one. Go for it!” (9.5/10) – The Metal Resource (Illusion review – 2020)

“The music and the vocals work together in perfect harmony, whether its through gentler moments or full unashamed bombastic power. Lyrically, Anthea offer a truly poetic experience, elevating a listener’s wonder and imagination to optimum level.” (5 STARS) – MMH Radio (Illusion review – 2020)

“A long-term, melodic debut album, with excellent musical combinations, there are different tempos that can be heard as Thrash metal briefly, they have a strong combination that goes from Symphonic Metal to Power Metal and vice versa, at the beginning they start very Power Metal and end very Symphonic Metal, that gives variety to the album!” (90/100) – Darkzen Dragon (Illusion review – 2020)

“Overall, a fast paced and very infectious album of heavy hitting symphonic power metal with stunning twists and turns.” (9.5/10) – Metal Gods TV (Illusion review – 2020)

“I believe that Anthea have managed to convince us of the value of their musical ideas with a strong debut and of course with the composite result they present to us in ‘Illusion’.” – Rockway.gr(Illusion review – 2020)

“Congratulations ANTHEA on achieving one of the better albums for 2020!” (9/10 ) – Metal-Temple (Illusion review – 2020)

“The whole piece is just incredible to listen to as you get lost in the composition and what it stands for” – Jace Media (Illusion review – 2020)

Rockshots Records – The “Spotlight” Is On ANNIKEN’s New Single Off Upcoming Album “Climb Out of Hell”

Today the spotlight is being focused on Norwegian solo metal artist Anniken and her latest single off her forthcoming debut album “Climb Out of Hell”on May 13, 2022 via Rockshots Records.

Entitled, “Spotlight”, the single and album opener kicks is a track that many musicians can relate to. It’s about the anxiety and desire for success along with the love and hate relationship of being up on stage with the spotlight focused on you.

Digital – https://bfan.link/Spotlight

Anniken has been a part of the Norwegian heavy metal scene for years with her band Darkest Sins, the studio project Ana – Metal for Charity, as well as being a part of her husband Marius Danielsen’s trilogy Legend of Valley Doom, both in the studio and with the live band. While in Darkest Sins she opened for bands such as Anthrax, Jorn, TNT, and UDO along with Legend of Valley Doom she has worked with legendary musicians such as Ralf Scheepers, Amanda Somerville, Roland Grapow, Matt Barlow, Doogie White, Jennifer Batten, and also actor John Rhys-Davies from the Lord of the Rings and Indiana Jones movies.

Writing her own songs and having a profound love of lyrics, Anniken is now progressing into her solo endeavours. Anniken‘s debut album “Climb Out of Hell” features nine tracks, a few of them co-written with her husband Marius Danielsen.

It is a varied metal album that is melodic, raw, and catchy with different types of songs for every kind of metal fan. Some slow, some fast, most of them heavy. Some of the songs have a deeper meaning to them, while others are just exactly what you think they are.

Anniken adds:

“Firstly, I want people to enjoy the music. Secondly, I want them to notice the lyrics. I love listening to music while reading them and trying to understand the stories that are being told. I hope that the listeners feel the same way. I like to also add, that some of the songs were written a while back. I had others that didn’t make the cut. Overall, it is fun to write with other artists and see how the songs turned out both in the studio and live. But writing with others also means compromising. And that is one of the main reasons behind starting my solo project. I wanted to show what I could do, without the guys (yes, the bands I’ve played with always consisted of all guys and me). It is, unfortunately, easy to underestimate female artists in metal. At least, that is my experience. There aren’t as many women within the genre as there are men. Very often I experienced that people just assumed everything was written by the men in the group. I don’t mind being “just the singer”, but I would love to show the world that I am, in fact, more.”

“Climb Out of Hell” will be available on May 13, 2022.
Album pre-save – https://bfan.link/climb-out-of-hell

Physical album Pre-Order
CD – https://bit.ly/AnnikenCD
Vinyl – https://bit.ly/AnnikenVINYL

Previous Single:

Climb Out of Hell – https://youtu.be/vYvatSJq59c
Keep the Light – https://youtu.be/k8W6yM08ND8

Track Listing:
1. Spotlight (3:52)
2. Climb Out of Hell (3:58)
3. Back Then (4:12)
4. Just Walk (5:05)
5. Keep the Light (4:15)
6. Star (4:49)
7. No Name (4:04)
8. Save Us (4:48)
9. Amplified (3:17)
Album Length: 38:23

Album Credits:
– All songs are written by Anniken, tracks 6,7 and 8 are co-written with Marius Danielsen.
– Cover/art is a compilation of two paintings by Sylvie Rasmussen, Anniken’s grandmother.
– Album is produced by Marius Danielsen.
– All lyrics are written by Anniken, except for the lyrics for Star, which are co-written with Marius Danielsen

Vocals: Anniken
Guitar and Bass by: Marius Danielsen
Orchestrations by: Gabriels (Tracks 1,2,3,4,6,7,9), Peter Danielsen (Tracks 5,6)
Drums by: Alessandro Kelvin
Choirs by: Marius Danielsen, David Åkesson
Growl vocals by: Brandon Bordman
Solos by: Gabriels (Track 1), Bill Hudson (Tracks 2,5), Nick Giannakos (Track 3), Fredrik Enochson (Track 4), Tommy Johansson (Track 5), Jimmy Hedlund (Track 6), Nils Courbaron (Track 7), Marius Danielsen (Track 8), Terry Wapram (Track 9)

For more info:
Rockshots.eu
Facebook.com/profile.php?id=100063610741197
Instagram.com/anniken.rasmussen

Rockshots Records – Out Now! LIONSOUL’s New Album “A Pledge To Darkness”

Out Now! LionSoul unveils their new album “A Pledge To Darkness” via Rockshots Records. The band’s third full-length follows their previous releases “Welcome Storm” (2017) (Limb Music), “Omega” (2013), and EP “The Throne” (2015). Since the band’s formation in 2012, they have shared the stage and toured with artists such as Domine, Iron Savior, GammaRay, Kissin’ Dynamite, Geoff Tate, Tygers Of Pan Tang in Italy and across Europe along with festival appearances on Metal For Emergency (IT), Biker Fest (IT), and Loud and Proud Festival (IT).

The new album “A Pledge To Darkness” is a huge step forward in LionSoul‘s career as it is more heterogeneous, in some ways darker than the previous ones. Featuring 11 roaring cosmic tracks, it brings with it nuances ranging from thrash to melodic death metal, including some death metal vocals in order to give more emphasis to certain passages. The album is a composition of different stylistic approaches that converge into the power/heavy roots that still remain at the basis of their sound. The songs range from a classic power metal opener with spatial atmospheres up to a futuristic western ballad, from speed metal tracks – that wink at thrash and melodic death metal – to 80’s synth-wave tunes, from mid-tempo hymns in Teutonic/industrial style to the almost omnipresent Cyberpunk themes. “A Pledge to Darkness”remains in all respects a power metal album, but with some dosed contaminations. Overall, its goal is to take you on a hyperspace voyage from Tatooine to 2049 Los Angeles, while passing through Tranctor. The band explains further:

“Imagine your planet at the end of its life and you have the burden to preserve the knowledge so you take a spaceship for a trip to L A in 2049 meanwhile you pass through a portal between 1953 to 1986 and also you change your skin to save the human race from a virus.”

Recommended for fans of speedy heavy metal, power metal, hard rock, and 80’s soundtracks, “A Pledge to Darkness” is now available as of April 29, 2022.

Album order – https://bit.ly/LionSoul_CD

Spotify – https://spoti.fi/3vRBeXU

Lyric Video – Wailing In Red – https://youtu.be/w-50helLg4M
Music Video – Amber of Illusion – https://youtu.be/HyiHCtyvv20

Track Listing:
1. Continuum – 1:35
2. Exile to Arise – 4:27
3. Amber of Illusion – 4:48
4. Wailing in Red – 4:37
5. No Beginning (Nor An End) – 4:38
6. Soldier Through Time – 3:47
7. Skin 2 – 3:39
8. A Pledge to Darkness – 5:13
9. Red Flame – 4:15
10. Man, Machine, Almost Rhyme – 5:30
11. The Stranger – 5:22
Album Length: 47:56

Album Credits:
– Written and Produced by Ivan Castelli and Aurelio Parise
– All growl vocals and by Claudio Facheris
– Recorded and Mixed by Fabrizio “Izio” Romani at Media Factory Studio – Esine (BS)
– Vocal parts recorded by Andrea Facheris at Loft-1 Studio – Dalmine (BG)
– Mastered by Simone Mularoni at Domination Studio in San Marino
– Cover art by Stan W. Decker

For more info:
Rockshots.eu
www.lionsoul.it
Facebook.com/lionsoulband
Twitter.com/LionSoul_band
Instagram.com/lionsoulofficial

Canada’s ELEKTRIC MISTRESS Conjure A Hazy Occult Séance In “Chapter 99” + New EP Out June 2022

Halifax, Nova Scotia’s Elektric Mistress has a new EP “Chapter 99” coming out, which promises to be a sonic blast of psychedelic groove tinged with occult overtones and sludgy riffs. This will be their second EP, following their self-titled in 2019. Since then, they have added a new guitarist and a potent new layer of sounds for fans to discover. The first single they are releasing is the title track, a stomper that will get you moving and vibing to the lyrical themes of communing with the dead. The band explains further:

“Chapter 99 was honestly not the first choice for this single; we had some trouble deciding just what to present, because we think they’re all pretty ok, heh. We decided to get an objective set of ears to sort out our predicament, and this one stood out above the rest. It’s about trying to connect with the other side. It has a definite occult overtone, in the oldest heavy music tradition.”

Having a second guitarist has added to the complexity of the band, although their evolution has remained fairly steady over the past couple of years. They have started to incorporate guitar harmonies to complement their stoner rock style but still leave room to be unique and creative and resonate with listeners. Lyrics are inspired by events, people, memories, feelings, or certain energy. There are plenty of psychedelics, sci-fi, witchcraft, and apes!

The EP “Chapter 99” was entirely recorded and self-produced by the band, and all the stringed instruments and keys are digital. It was mixed and mastered by Alex Burris at Fang Recordings, and the EP artwork was done by Ricardo Arreola.

Elektric Mistress is not out to reinvent the wheel, they deliver straightforward rock n’ roll vibes for good times and bad. They are recommended listening for fans of Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, and Pink Floyd.

Join the séance of “Chapter 99” via its premiere on DoomedandStoned HERE.

Single digital pre-save – https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/elektricmistress/chapter-99

The full album is being released on June 17, 2022.

EP pre-order – https://elektricmistress.bandcamp.com

Track Listing:
1. Magic Dust – 4:06
2. Radio – 5:38
3. Cocaine Johnny – 4:24
4. Chapter 99 – 5:47
EP Length: 19:56

EP Recording Credits:
• All songs performed by: Elektric Mistress
• All songs written by: Elektric Mistress
• Produced by: Elektric Mistress
• Mixed by: Alex Burris at Fang Recordings, Dartmouth, NS
• Mastered by: Alex Burris at Fang Recordings, Dartmouth, NS
• EP Artwork by: Ricardo Arreola
• Member of SOCAN
• Canadian Content (MAPL)

EP and Live Band Line Up:
Kyle Cantfell – Guitar
Jason Cantfell – Guitar
Kieran Richardson – Bass
Maxwell Poole: Vox
Riley MacDonald – Keyboards
Valencia Canales: Drums

For more info:
Elektricmistress.com
Facebook.com/elektricmistress
Instagram.com/elektricmistress

About:
Channeling the energy of inspirations such as Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, and Pink Floyd, Halifax, Canada Elecktic Mistress is all about the groove with their face-punching psychedelic stoner rock firmly rooted in what has come before, but also pushing towards what is ahead. If you’re looking for a true retro psychedelic synth-rock experience with a progressive edge, Elektric Mistress is here to deliver! Take a deep breath and ride the wave through a hypnotic haze of electric highs and sedated tones to take you back in time and return again.

Comprised of guitarists Kyle Cantfell (Guitar) and Jason Cantfell, bassist Kieran Richardson, vocalist Maxwell Poole, keyboardist, Riley MacDonald and drummer Valencia Canales , Elektric Mistress began their journey through oblivion in 2018, making noise on the Canadian East coast scene, which included performing on the area’s largest event, the Maritime Metal and Hard Rock Festival during the same year of their conception.

The band released their first debut in 2019 with their self-titled EP showcasing their unique soundscape of stoner rock ignited with crunchy, groovy guitar riffs, bombastic drums, dirty keys, and choice bass licks plus loud and raspy vocals. Now in 2022, the band returns with their follow-up and sophomore EP “Chapter 99” for release in June 2022.

The band adds: “Friends, this EP has been a long time coming. As a lot of other bands experienced at the beginning of the pandemic, not being able to gather as a full band or find open studio space kind of made making music difficult. So we decided to do it mostly by ourselves, at a distance. With some help, we got it done. We’re stoked to finally present it for streaming everywhere. We hope it’s worth a listen or three. We think we’ve been steady on the course as far as evolution goes for this next release. However, now that guitarist Jason Cantfell has joined the band, we’ve been doing a lot more guitar harmonies and stuff we couldn’t do before; the end part in Cocaine Johnny is a good example of that. Definitely expect more of that in the future.”

“Chapter 99” is due out on June 17, 2022 and will be available on all digital platforms.

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