Opeth bassist Martin Mendez is about to unleash his version of death metal upon the world. Mendez has announced his new band White Stones alongside the debut album Kuarahy due out March 20. Kuarahy was written during Opeth’s year-long break after their extensive Sorceress touring schedule, said Mendez, adding that he feels White Stones has “renewed my strength and energy.”

“I’ve always written music at home but never had the confidence to do anything like this. I never wrote a song, never presented something I wrote for Mikael (Åkerfeldt, Opeth singer/songwriter). I didn’t have any direction, I came up with the first song for fun. White Stones has nothing to do with Opeth, I see no relation between the two. I played Kuarahy to Mikael a few months ago, he really liked it and was happy for me. Everyone in the band has side projects, it’s important. We tour so much you can become consumed by it; it has been really nice to do something different. White Stones has renewed my strength and energy.”

“I feel strongly connected to Uruguay still. I wanted to write music related to that – the sun on the Uruguayan flag I transformed into the White Stones logo; there are a lot of small things that connect the record to that place. Kuarahy is the native Uruguayan people’s word for ‘Sun’.”

Expect some White Stones music soon.

OPETH Bassist Launches New Death Metal Band WHITE STONES

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
For more info:
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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

Photo credit: Hristo Shindov

California based extreme metal titans SUICIDE SILENCE have released the official music video for the song “Feel Alive”. The track is taken from the band’s sixth studio album, “Become The Hunter”, on February 14, 2020 via Nuclear Blast. The disc was produced by Steve Evetts (THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLANSEPULTURAHATEBREED) at The Omen Room and mixed by Josh Wilbur (TRIVIUMLAMB OF GODGOJIRA). Ted Jensen (PANTERADEFTONESSLIPKNOT) mastered the album at Sterling Sound Studios in Nashville, Tennessee. The artwork for the album was created by Adrian Baxter.

Like the previously released videos for “Meltdown” and “Love Me To Death”, the “Feel Alive” clip was directed by Scott Hansen of Digital Thunderdome.

“Become The Hunter” track listing:

01. Meltdown 
02. Two Steps 
03. Feel Alive 
04. Love Me To Death 
05. In Hiding 
06. Death’s Anxiety 
07. Skin Tight 
08. The Scythe 
09. Serene Obscene 
10. Disaster Valley 
11. Become The Hunter

SUICIDE SILENCE‘s latest, self-titled album came out in February 2017 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The CD was produced by Ross Robinson, who has previously worked with KORNSLIPKNOTLIMP BIZKIT and SEPULTURA, among others, and was mixed by Joe Barresi (KYUSSMELVINSTOOLQUEENS OF THE STONE AGE).

The controversy over the album’s sound — featuring a more melodic and clean singing style, in the vein of acts like DEFTONES and KORN — caused one disgruntled fan to launch a petition to stop the record coming out.

SUICIDE SILENCE‘s performance at the December 2015 benefit show in support of Mental Health America Of Los Angeles (MHLA) at The Observatory in Santa Ana was released this past July as the album “Live & Mental” via Nuclear Blast.

“Live & Mental” was produced by the band while mixing was handled by Josh Gilbert (WOVENWAR, AS I LAY DYING). The cover photos were shot by Jerry John Nicholl.

Video Premiere: SUICIDE SILENCE’s ‘Feel Alive’

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

About:

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

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: 
Facebook.com/TylorDoryTrio
Instagram/TylorDoryTrio
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About:

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