Review: COLD SUMMER – ‘Fight To Survive’ [Album Stream]

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Cold Summer are an energetic post-hardcore 4-piece from Wakefield / Leeds. They have referenced their sound as experimental melodic rock with a twist. But the definition of an experiment is “a scientific procedure undertaken to make a discovery.” Cold Summer is no longer experimenting, they have proven their sound and are moving forward with their unique style. Fans are discovering the band by the dozens and building up a huge fan base. The band formed in 2011 and for the most part have flown under the radar in the metal world. 2012 saw the release of two EP’s by the band. ‘Transitions’ and ‘Wake’ and their ‘Self Titled’ album dropped in July 2013. Cold Summer brings the best parts of their punk and hardcore influences to the table. The band has a strong DIY approach to both their music and touring. The bands relentless show and recording output, also shows their fierce work ethic. These contributing factors has resulted in a large and growing fan base across the North Of England,as a result of playing shows alongside well respected yet diverse bands such as: Funeral For A Friend, Polar, He Is Legend, Self Defense Family, Lemuria, Milk Teeth, Brawlers, Grieved, and Employed To Serve. Cold Summer have released their follow up EP ‘Fight To Survive’ with producer Mike Bennett (Empires Fade, The Eyes Of A Traitor, The Ocean Between Us). The EP hit shelves on April 1st, 2016. Continue reading

NIGHTRAGE Release New Song “The Venomous” [Stream]

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Nightrage have released “The Venomous,” the first single from the melodic death metal force. The song will be on the band’s upcoming album of the same name ‘The Venomous. The album is due to hit shelves on March 31, 2017, released via Despotz Records. The album was recorded at Zero Gravity Studios in Athens with producer Terry Nikas (Scar Of The Sun). “The Venomous” tells a tale of extinction: dealing with the failure of mankind and how we as human beings are racing towards our own demise. Nightrage has also introduced two new members to the fold, Magnus Söderman (guitars) and drummer, Lawrence Dinamarca who join Marios Iliopoulos (guitars), Ronnie Nyman (vocals) and Anders Hammer (bass). This release is a follow up to the album ‘The Puritan’ which released in 2015.

“The Venomous” can be purchased here.

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ONERA Issues ‘Cold Hand’s Caress’ Lyric Video

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I recently shared my Review and Stream of the 3-song “Olde” EP from the New Hampshire-based Onera (hereand the band, which contains members of Morgion, Keen Of The Crow, Cortez, and more, most killer take on melodic Doom. Well, now there is more to that story as Onera officially issues their Lyric Video to the track “Cold Hand’s Caress” from that EP. The song/video serves as the perfect presentation for delivering Onera‘s multifaceted style of incorporating heavy, melodic, dynamic, and progressive elements into their amazing sound.
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WITHIN THE FIRE ‘Still Burning’ Review & Stream

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Albany, New York’s Within The Fire recently released their full-length album “Still Burning” and by doing so, have set a sonic blaze that rages like an inferno and scorches like lava. The nine song effort is a dizzying, mind-blistering meld of Thrash, Oldschool Metal, Speed Metal, and Power Metal that hits you like a ton of bricks and then incinerates your eardrums with their adrenalized Metal. The guys, singer Scott Featherstone, guitarists RJ Pipino and Roman Singleton, bassist Joe Paciolla, and drummer Jeff Daly allow their influences to shine on this amazing album’s aural content. There’s a pseudo ‘visible’ inspirational detection that easily validates acts like Metal Church, Helstar, or even Anthrax or early Dokken being something that has had a hand in molding the band’s own original material but make no mistake, Within The Fire are establishing themselves as a uniquely sounding band that possess massive potential and talent. With the fret-dissolving guitar attacks, the piston-like pumping drums, and the thundering rhythms and bass lines all merging into one magnificent Metal machine, Featherstone’s vocals are powerfully in play making his presence known while the guys provide the fuel for maximum burnage. 
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MESHIAAK (4ARM, TERAMAZE, SLAYER, Etc. Members) Streaming New Track

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Meshiaak, the melodic Metal band that features former Slayer/Testament drummer Jon Dette alongside 4ARM’s Danny Camilleri, Teramaze’s Dean Wells, and bassist Nick Walker, will release their debut album “Alliance Of Thieves” on August 19th via Mascot. The band are streaming the new album track, “At The Edge Of The World”, which can be found streaming below.

The newest song offering follows the previously issued audio-only track “Chronicles Of The Dead” as well as the Official Video for “Drowning, Fading Falling“. Continue reading

State Of The Art: Washington – WITHIN SIGHT

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*This is part of our State Of The Art series, showcasing bands every Monday from the featured State*

This month’s State is Washington!

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Vancouver, Washington’s Within Sight was formed in 2011 by a pair of guitarists, Steve Carlson and Grant Evans (also now the vocalist), who spent the next year or so seeking the right candidates to round out the band’s roster. In time they recruited a third guitarist, Sean ‘Shredder’ Searls, and eventually brought on drummer Sean TrendaJeremy Jordan (vocalist) and Jimmy Sandvig (bassist). This line would not remain set for long as Jordan would depart the band at one point and that’s when Evans stepped up and took over the lead vocalist spot with Trenda providing back ups. This line up would solidify over time as each member brought their own particular creativity and influences to the collective table and Within Sight gradually developed their own sound and overall musical style, a very modern take on Heavy Metal. Tempering that modern approach was a variety of various genre infusions ranging from Thrash, Speed Metal, Traditional/Power Metal, Aggro, and even some Punk thrown in for good measure.
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State Of The Art: Washington – HOTH

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This month’s State is Washington!

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Unfortunately, not every band can share their name with a planet from the Star Wars universe. Hoth is a melodic blackened death metal duo from Seattle that borrows their name from the cold, tundra planet in “The Empire Strikes Back”. They also just so happen to be my favorite band from this month’s State of the Art, Washington!  The pair behind Hoth, Eric Peters and David Dees, capture a variety of musical elements that will appeal to all sorts of headbangers – fusing components found in symphonic, folk, black and death metals to name a few.  Continue reading

WITCHHELM Streaming Several Songs From September Release

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Ohio-based Heavy Doom band Witchhelm will return with their latest offering “Dead Nights Of The Moon Fear” on September 20th of this year via Wyrmwood Records. The 9-song long player is the recorded follow up to the critically acclaimed “Jötunn” EP from earlier this year (review hereand finds vocalist/bassist Sean Deth, guitarists Justin Fiorille and Brent Haris, and drummer William Paxton furthering exploring the melodically-tinged Doom established on those earlier releases.

Four songs from “Dead Nights Of The Moon Fear” are available for streaming via the widget below.

State Of The Art: Arkansas SOUL EMBRACED

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This month’s State is Arkansas!

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As my first State Of The Art for the month, I am honored to introduce you to a melodic death metal band from Little rock, Arkansas.  Soul Embraced, has been around since 1997 and has released a total of five studio albums to date. Their most recent work “Mythos” came out in 2013 and has a great sound and feel to it. Continue reading

SINARO “Darkest Hours (The Rebirth)” Review

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The N.Y./CT. based melodic metal juggernaut Sinaro originally released Darkest Hours (The Rebirth) in 2014 but the album was recently remixed and remastered and is slated to be re-released sometime in early 2016. The band itself is the product of its namesake, the Brazilian born vocalist/guitarist Gus Sinaro (Symphony Of Malice) and is rounded out by rhythm guitarist Kris Girolamo, bassist Jeff Hinz, and drummer Eric WilliamsSinaro the band have been gradually building some strong buzz in the Northeast U.S. as the result of their powerful live performances and their sound’s potential for wide range mass appeal, something that is audibly evident throughout this album. Top notch songwriting delivered within an appealing melodic approach and more than capable, talented execution is the inviting calling card clearly on display on Darkest Hours (The Rebirth) as each song showcases the band’s multifaceted musical anatomy. Everything is just right as if it were a strategically arranged, well thought out blueprint, one that is deeply rooted in both emotion and technicality and nothing relays those qualities better than the opening cut “Bullet Through Your Head” and its anti-suicide message.  Continue reading