Guitarist Kevin Estrella’s project Pyramids On Mars has a new album being released on December 21, 2019, entitled “Edge of the Black”. The full length offers up an aural palette of intense instrumental progressive shredding rock that’s emotional, provocative and 4-dimensional.

Teaming up with MusicLegends.caPyramids On Mars is premiering the next single ‘The Ambassador’ here.Estrella explains the track in further detail:“The idea for The Ambassador was actually sparked from the guitar it was played on. It is played on a Signature ‘Aurora’ Guitar. Built by the Signature Guitar Company sometime around 1987. Alex Lifeson of Rush made the guitar famous playing it exclusively for the albums “Hold Your Fire” and “Show of Hands”. Alex designed the guitar, along with Russ Heinl. What makes it unique is the balance of Basswood (from a rare variety found only in Quebec) and has the three active single-coil pickups, giving the guitar a very unique: clear, bright yet warm distinctive sound. No guitar sounds like it. It was meant to be the ultimate Superstrat. It’s almost like an acoustic guitar on hyperdrive. Only 500 Signatures were ever made. My Signature Aurora is quite unique. The original owner purchased it from Steve’s Music Store in Toronto back in the late eighties. It was a floor model. It doesn’t even have a serial number. It is quite the collector’s item.   The Ambassador was written by-that-guitar. I didn’t write the song, the Signature guitar did.Speaking of Rush, the song is heavily influenced by Rush’s early works from the eighties. The concert video Show of Hands comes to mind was a huge influence on the Edge of the Black sound, particularly in the songs The Ambassador and Arcturian Rain. The theme of the song is about an Ambassador who has been selected from Earth, chosen to be a spokesperson for the people of Earth. Scientists found a way to open a portal to another galaxy and he was chosen to go through it and hopefully meet some Extraterrestrial nation on the other side. Some other interesting things come to mind in the song. The guitar solo is doing some interesting combinations of two-note per string sweep picking, combined with string skipping arpeggios a-la Paul Gilbert style. The solo ends in a nice diatonic extension arpeggio legato phrasing. These and other techniques I teach on my online instructional guitar lessons https://pyramidsonmarsguitarlessons.pivotshare.com/

Following Pyramids On Mars’ two previous albums, “Edge of the Black” was written, composed and performed solely by Kevin Estrella who cites influences from musical greats including J.S Bach and Antonio Vivaldi along with today’s guitar virtuosos Yngwie Malmsteen and Joe Satriani“Edge of the Black” pays homage to these artists while still maintaining Estrella’s own creative flair. Estrella shares his thoughts on the album:

“On Edge of The Black, I wanted to put emphasis on songwriting and telling a story. The emphasis is not just on the lead guitar melody, but on the band as a whole. Harmonic variations on repeating themes are strongly utilized; like rhyming phrases in spoken language that allows easier accurate retelling of the original story. This idea of repeating music phrases/themes so the audience can easily recall it and hum it all the way home.” 

“Edge of The Black” pre-order available on Bandcamp.

Singles:
 F-22 Raptor’ here.
‘Song of Light’ here.
‘Nacht Waffen’ here.

Track Listing:
1. Blood Moon 5:42
2. Nacht Waffen 6:56
3. Song of Light 5:44
4. F-22 Raptor 5:53
5. The Ambassador 4:57
6. Mercury Magnetar 4:58
7. Arcturian Rain 4:38
8. Time to Believe 4:40
9. Arioso Lullaby 4:39
10. Whale Song 4:28
Album Length: 52:40
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Every once in awhile there comes along a band that is so different or unique, you would think they were dropped on Earth from another planet.  Pyramids On Mars is one of those bands. What first catches you, is that they are an instrumental band. A combination of elements such as hard rock, industrial, metal and psychedelic rock: and then the lead guitar comes soaring in.  Well crafted, beautiful, melodic phrases so catchy and memorable they will be stuck in your head for the rest of the day.  

Pyramids On Mars is the solo project of guitarist Kevin Estrella.  He wanted to do something musically different that would stand out from the crowd. Estrella’s musical style is very similar to world-renowned rock guitarist Joe Satriani, so much so that Estrella has nicknamed himself the “Satriani of the North.”

“Of course Satriani has had a huge influence on me,” he says “But he (Satriani) does more of a bluesy thing whereas I am more influenced by classical music.  I absolutely love the Baroque classical composers J.S Bach and Antonio Vivaldi who are my biggest musical influences.

Estrella recorded, produced, engineered and mastered his debut album, self-titled “Pyramids On Mars” in 2013.  Since then, he has been capturing music industry attention-getting international radio airplay in the U.S, Canada, South America, and Europe.  He is a regular guest on Brian ‘the hammer’ Jackson radio (Los Angeles) to over 4 million listeners and a weekly speaker on Real Rock Radio (Chicago).

Canadian Guitar Prog PYRAMIDS ON MARS Next Single ‘The Ambassador’ Off Upcoming Album Out Dec 21st

L-R – Kyle Scarlett (Bass), Jack Cerre (Vocals/Guitar), Austin Henderson (Drums) – Photo Credit: Katherine Kwan

Toronto’s BLACK ABSINTHE are ready for fans to bear “Witness” to their new music video for their latest single released earlier this November. The video for the single “Witness” was shot at Toronto heavy metal venue Coalition T.O just months before its unfortunate closure. The venue itself holds a very dear spot in the metal hearts of the band as they lived and performed just steps away from it for the last four years, meeting local and touring bands along with rocking out their own relentless run of shows. 

Trusting Katherine Kwan, “The Wild” (2017) director to encapsulate the energy felt in the band’s live performances. The video begins with a glimpse into what a night at their local and beloved punk/metal Kensington Market venue was like. From the bright pit footage to the intoxicating strobe saturated drum breakdown – the single is represented in the best and most chaotic way possible.

“The insanity of the front row has been the proving grounds of Black Absinthe’s sound, and the foreground to this video.” The band adds. “Live shows took the placeholder for releasing music over the past three years, and the energy in this video is how you will always find us live. We want this video to transcend people who have been there while offering a snapshot of underground metal venues found across the globe.” adds the band.

Watch “Witness” via its premiere on SpaceUntravel‘s YouTube channel HERE.

BLACK ABSINTHE‘s new single “Witness”was recorded in the backwoods of Lac-des-Loups, QC at Wolf Lake Studios with producer Alexander Galley (Loviatar, Dissentient, Martyrs). Representing a new generation of heavy music producers, Galley’s enthusiasm, knowledge, and openness confirmed he would bring a cutting edge sensibility to the band’s recording of the track. A forward-thinking producer with an ear to the ground of the emerging sounds of heavy music, his direction for guitar and bass tone for the song was a vision all his own. Reminiscent of the classic metal philosophy and in an intense ten-hour blitz, BLACK ABSINTHE went into the studio knowing they wanted to record the song in its entirety and bask in the completed performance. Equipped with an Ayotte house-kit in the studio, Austin Henderson laid down drum tracks to set the foundation of the track for the session. Following, bassist Kyle Scarlett and guitarist Jack Cerre both tuned up and recorded with their stage Fenders. Housing exceptional gear, BLACK ABSINTHE utilized the studio’s Kemper Profiler and boutique bass gear (Darkglass Electronics). 

Guitarist and lead vocalist Jack Cerre says: 

“All in all the experience was exhilarating, especially under pressure, our preparation paid off because the recording captures a true performance and urgency.” 


“Witness” follows BLACK ABSINTHE‘s 2016 breakout album “Early Signs of Denial” that was produced by Dave Baksh (Sum 41, Black Cat Attack). The album garnered praise from respectable outlets such as Bravewords “The record has emphasis of crushing modern tone, polished instrumental sections, soaring vocals and a blending of contemporary and classic metal.” and Blabbermouth “BLACK ABSINTHE does quite a bit within each of their songs, wrangling together bits of metal theories from yesteryear and today. Classic metal, power metal, death metal, thrash, it’s all dosed out like party pills for headbangers.” along with topping the Canadian College Radio National Loud Charts at #7 for July 2016 (Earshot).


“Witness” is available on SpotifyBandcamp and Apple Music.

Show Dates:
Dec 6 – Montreal, QC – Piranha Bar

For more info:
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Formed in the underground dungeons and dives of Toronto’s metal scene, Black Absinthe is a Canadian modern heavy metal band consisting of Jack Cerre (guitar, vocals), Kyle Scarlett (bass), and Austin Henderson (drums). A mix of thrashing mosh pits and riff-heavy anthems, their growing presence in the diverse heavy music scene, unifies classic metal grandeur, speed-demon rhythm sections, soaring solos, with modern technicality.

Since 2011, Black Absinthe has performed, recorded, and brought the party all over Canada. Over the course of three EP’s & one LP, Early Signs of Denial, Black Absinthe has continued to grow and experiment on its NWOBHM influences while maintaining the intensity of the genre. As they continue to expand their setlists in 2019 and tour in both new and familiar places, the band is set to release their latest studio recording, Witness, a riff-strong single inspired by the band’s energetic live stage performances. With plenty of live material to work within the studio, the band shows no signs of slowing down and plans to release more material in the coming year.

Bear “Witness” To Black Absinthe’s New Music Video

PYTHIA HIT THE ROAD AS WINTER TAKES HOLD

The band unveil a brand new video for the track ‘Hold Of Winter‘, from their critically acclaimed recent album, The Solace Of Ancient Earth. The video is an epic performance piece, filmed and edited by GWE Media Production who also worked with Pythia on their ‘Spirits Of The Trees‘ video.

You can see the video now at Pythia TV, the band’s official YouTube channel
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFzTXsyjles&fbclid=

The band are also pleased to be able to announce three new UK shows to round off their activities for 2019.
You can catch Pythia at:
The Joiners – Southampton – November 26th – w/ Mask Of Judas, Phobetor and Elysian Divide
For further information click here
Facebar – Reading – December 8th – w/ Sister Shotgun, Novacrow and Synlakross
For further information click here
The Macbeth Of Hoxton – London – December 13th – w/ Blackhorse Road and The October Revolution
For further information click here

If you’ve yet to check out Pythia’s incredible latest album, The Solace Of Ancient Earth, mixed by Jacob Hansen (The Black Dahlia Murder, U.D.O., Volbeat etc.), just take a look at this small selection of great reviews they’ve been receiving from the metal press…

“… riding in on a barrage of elvish thunder and atmosphere. An impressive return.” – METAL HAMMER

… a wonderful work of art.” – ROCK OUT STAND OUT

“… an absolute monster…” – AVE NOCTUM

For more information on Pythia click here
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Symphonic Metallers Pythia Release A Stunning New Video For “Hold Of Winter” And Reveal UpComing Live Show Dates

L-R – Thassana (Tazz) – Guitar, Mike “Dikk” Dagenais – Bass, Larissa Dawn – Vocals, Adam Todd – Drums
Photo Credit: Char Tupper

Celestial Ruin, from Vancouver, Canada released their new single “Heart Shaped Ashes” produced by Mike Plotnikoff (In Flames, Three Days Grace, The Cranberries) on November 5, 2019, and now to follow it up they have a music video to share on November 23, 2019.

The visual introspection tells the story of loss and the walk through the painful fire of rediscovering yourself and overcoming the past. Celestial Ruin has been making a name for themselves since they formed in 2012 and shook the local scene with their debut album “The Awakening”. Their last single “Sense of Exile” from their 2016 follow up EP “Pandora” has over half a million plays on Spotify.

Since then, they have only improved and the new single embraces the grey area of rock that is still radio-friendly and heavy. Celestial Ruin shares the theme behind the single:

“The music video for Heart Shaped Ashes is about the battle between who you were in the past and who you are now. It’s about becoming strong enough to let go of the past and the choices you made in the pursuit of love. No matter the cost.”

Streaming on Youtube, fans of Halestorm, In This Moment, Nightwish and Evanescence have a new band to love in the form of Celestial Ruin

Watch the video HERE.

The single is available on Spotify and Apple Music.

For more info:
CelestialRuin.com
Facebook.com/CelestialRuinCanada
Instagram.com/Celestial_Ruin_Band
Twitter.com/CelestialRuin

For booking inquiries, please contact CLYDE HILL with Magnatized Management, 778-323-0412

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The Canadian band Celestial Ruin is a hard rock band with worldwide influences. Their sound combines heavy rock rhythms and riffs with catchy, singable melodies. The combination is epic by all accounts. Based out of Vancouver, BC, Celestial Ruin started taking the local scene by storm with their 2012 debut album “The Awakening”. 

Receiving favorable reviews in publications such as Rockstar Weekly Magazine professing a 4/5 star rating declaring, “If The Awakening is only the beginning of things to come, you’d best get on board now while the getting’s good.”

From September- December 2015 they completed a cross Canada tour (Out of Exile) garnering rave reviews for their live show. Celestial Ruin has shared the stage with the likes of; Stone Temple PilotsCrash KingsSonata Arctica, Leave’s Eyes, Dope, Moonspell, Atrocity and Omnium Gatherum.

They released their 2016 EP “Pandora”; that they recorded with producer Joost Van Den Broek (Epica, Revamp, Xandria) and their single SENSE OF EXILE has over 525,000 plays on Spotify after being released to radio on January 2018.

Celestial Ruin was recently in LA to record new music with Producer Mike Plotnikoff at West Valley Studios. Their new single “Heart Shaped Ashes” will be released on November 5, 2019 followed by the music video on November 23, 2019.

Celestial Ruin Stoke The Fires Of Rebirth After Heartbreak With Music Video “Heart Shaped Ashes”

Guitarist Kevin Estrella’s project Pyramids On Mars has a new album being released on December 21, 2019, entitled “Edge of the Black”. The full length offers up an aural palette of intense instrumental rock that’s emotional, provocative and 4-dimensional.

Following Pyramids On Mars’ two previous albums, “Edge of the Black” was written, composed and performed solely by Kevin Estrella who cites influences from musical greats including J.S Bach and Antonio Vivaldi along with today’s guitar virtuosos Yngwie Malmsteen and Joe Satriani“Edge of the Black” pays homage to these artists while still maintaining Estrella’s own creative flair. Estrella shares his thoughts on the album:

“On Edge of The Black, I wanted to put emphasis on songwriting and telling a story. The emphasis is not just on the lead guitar melody, but on the band as a whole. Harmonic variations on repeating themes are strongly utilized; like rhyming phrases in spoken language that allows easier accurate retelling of the original story. This idea of repeating music phrases/themes so the audience can easily recall it and hum it all the way home.” 

Teaming up with PureGrainAudio.comPyramids On Mars is premiering the J.S. Bach inspired track ‘Song of Light’, which even kicks off with a harpsichord in the intro.

Listen to ‘Song of Light’ HERE.

“Edge of The Black” pre-order available on Bandcamp.

First single ‘F-22 Raptor’ can be heard here.

Track Listing:
1. Blood Moon 5:42
2. Nacht Waffen 6:56
3. Song of Light 5:44
4. F-22 Raptor 5:53
5. The Ambassador 4:57
6. Mercury Magnetar 4:58
7. Arcturian Rain 4:38
8. Time to Believe 4:40
9. Arioso Lullaby 4:39
10. Whale Song 4:28
Album Length: 52:40
For more info:
PyramidsOnMars.com
Facebook
Instagram

About:

Every once in awhile there comes along a band that is so different or unique, you would think they were dropped on Earth from another planet.  Pyramids on Mars is one of those bands. What first catches you, is that they are an instrumental band. A combination of elements such as hard rock, industrial, metal and psychedelic rock: and then the lead guitar comes soaring in.  Well crafted, beautiful, melodic phrases so catchy and memorable they will be stuck in your head for the rest of the day.  

Pyramids on Mars is the solo project of guitarist Kevin Estrella.  He wanted to do something musically different that would stand out from the crowd. Estrella’s musical style is very similar to world-renowned rock guitarist Joe Satriani, so much so that Estrella has nicknamed himself the “Satriani of the North.”

“Of course Satriani has had a huge influence on me,” he says “But he (Satriani) does more of a bluesy thing whereas I am more influenced by classical music.  I absolutely love the Baroque classical composers J.S Bach and Antonio Vivaldi who are my biggest musical influences.

Estrella recorded, produced, engineered and mastered his debut album, self-titled “Pyramids on Mars” in 2013.  Since then, he has been capturing music industry attention-getting international radio airplay in the U.S, Canada, South America, and Europe.  He is a regular guest on Brian ‘the hammer’ Jackson radio (Los Angeles) to over 4 million listeners and a weekly speaker on Real Rock Radio (Chicago).

Canadian Guitar Prog PYRAMIDS ON MARS Shares “Song of Light” Off Upcoming Album, “EDGE Of The Black,” Out December 21st

Formicarius to play in Malta at The Black Advent and release a new guitar playthrough video for ‘O, Dread Impaler’.

FORMICARIUS CELEBRATE BLACK ADVENT WITH THE IMPALER

2019 has been a remarkable year for Formicarius, with their second album Rending The Veil Of Flesh being released through Schwarzdorn Production to great critical acclaim. They have also played some storming live shows with the likes of AsagraumHecate EnthronedSidious and Aklash. However the year is still far from over for Formicarius and today they release a new guitar playthrough video for the track ‘O, Dread Impaler‘. There are few bands that can boast a guitar duo as talented as Nazarkardeh and Lord Saunders, so for all aspiring guitarists and lovers of six string dexterity, this is well worth a watch!

The video is available to watch now at  the band’s official YouTube channel
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGNnztVbeao&feature=youtu.be

As well as unveiling this excellent new video, we’re also pleased to be able to announce that Formicarius will be venturing to foreign climes for the first time in their career on December 14th. The band will be appearing at The Black Advent in Malta, alongside Ekpyrosis and Carniverous Horde. Organised by the Malta Death Fest team, this is sure to be an incredible way for Formicarius to conclude their most successful year to date. For full details head to the Facebook event page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/422984025012135/

If you’ve somehow managed to miss the stunning Rending The Veil Of Flesh album – featuring the drumming talents of Kevin Paradis of Benighted and a guest vocal appearance from Sakis Tolis of Rotting Christ – then take a quick look at some of the press reactions to this work of virtuoso black metal…

“… Formicarius are fantastic and ridiculously skilled musicians .” – ETERNAL TERROR

“A must for fans of the genre!!! Just listen.” – METAL NA LATA

“…once again Formicarius slap the face of god. .” – MUSIPEDIA OF METAL 

For more information on Formicarius click here
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Formicarius Head To Malta With New Guitar Playthrough

Photo Credit – Renee Robyn

Warm Up This Winter With “Unsought Salvation” From Edmonton Prog TYLOR DORY TRIO

New Music Video “East of Eden”

Tylor Dory Trio from Edmonton, Canada are putting out a new record and it’s exactly the warm proggy hug you need this winter. “Unsought Salvation” is full to the brim with warm riffs and spicy drumming, topped with delectable vocals that will comfort you as the nights grow longer. 

TDT explains the connection between the new album and their 2015 debut EP “Carried Away”:

“The album should serve as a valid continuation from ‘Carried Away’ alongside spiritual ties to the first EP. ‘Carried Away’ was tonally quite dark, we feel that ‘Unsought Salvation’ is a more balanced presentation featuring some upbeat tracks alongside darker and heavier tracks that you may have come to expect from listening to ‘Carried Away’.”

For the first single off the album, East of Eden’, the trio have put together a video featuring their adventures in Norway where the full length’s bass, drums, and guitars were recorded with Christer Cederberg at Cederberg Studios in Kristiansand in 2017. Vocals and synth were recorded in their hometown of Edmonton at The Laboradory.

When asked about the themes present in East of Eden’, TDT explains:

“It’s’ our leading single and one of the most accessible and hooky songs on the album. I love how the chorus evolves in this song, getting bigger and bolder each time. A song about betrayal, we feel that East of Eden matches the fire of the lyrics while staying refined musically. Also, the only song, other than the acoustic tracks, recorded on six-string guitars as opposed to eights.”

Watch East of Eden’ via its premiere on Prog-Sphere.com HERE.

Due out December 21, 2019“Unsought Salvation” has something for everyone and will especially be enjoyed by fans of Devin TownsendOpeth, and Porcupine Tree

Album pre-order here.

Track Listing:
1. The Righteous and the Rest (6:16)
2. Comatose (5:15)
3. The Fallen Man (5:45)
4. Dying Light (5:08)
5. The Spaces In Between (5:06)
6. East of Eden (5:49)
7. Glass Menagerie (5:28)
8. Marionettes (of Distant Masters) (4:37)
9. Into The Maelstrom (4:40)
10. Cenotaph (13:42)
Album Length: 1:01:52

For more info: 
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Instagram/TylorDoryTrio
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Tylor Dory Trio was conceived in late 2012 by guitarist/vocalist Tylor Dory and drummer Jonathan Webster. Wanting to step aside from playing in extreme metal bands, Dory and Webster decided to form the duo to explore the music close to their hearts – proggy weird stuff. The trio was completed in late 2013 after the addition of their bassist Slava Fedossenko.

Bringing together influences like OpethAlice In Chains, and Rush; TDT is characterized by proficient musicianship, tight songwriting, and powerful hooks. It’s progressive metal that isn’t pretentious. TDT loves pushing the boundaries of what a power trio can accomplish, but above all else, it’s about the songs.

Musically, they take their fans on a journey through light and dark tonalities, crushing heaviness to ethereal cleanliness, through peaks and valleys that end up coming full circle.

Their latest full length “Unsought Salvation” was recorded with the prolific Christer-Andre Cederberg at his studio in Kristiansand, Norway in February 2017, to be released December 20, 2019, to follow their 2015 EP “Carried Away”

Warm Up This Winter With “Unsought Salvation” From Edmonton Prog TYLOR DORY TRIO And Single “East of