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SAXON RE-ISSUE THREE MORE CLASSIC ALBUMS!

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ON 10th August 2018, BMG ARE PROUD TO ANNOUNCE DELUXE REISSUES OF “INNOCENCE IS NO EXCUSE”, “ROCK THE NATIONS” and “DESTINY” ON DELUXE COLOUR/SPLATTER VINYL & CD MEDIABOOK.

 

5th July 2018 – Saxon, over the decades have gone from being pioneers of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal, to becoming one of the most successful UK rock acts of all time. The truth, though, is that Saxon have always transcended trends and eras. From 1979’s ‘Saxon’ album to new album ‘Thunderbolt’, the band have enjoyed considerable success. Five Top 40 albums in the UK, with four Top 20 singles. And they were similarly successful in other parts of the world as well. It’s no wonder their influence spread across the globe, and played a crucial role in the way we look at hard rock and heavy metal today.

INNOCENCE IS NO EXCUSE

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Originally released on 24th June 1985, Saxon seventh album ‘Innocence Is No Excuse’ was their first for then new label EMI after their departure from Carrere Records. This was also their last album to feature long standing bassist Steve Dawson, who alongside vocalist Biff Byford, guitarists Graham Oliver and Paul Quinn and drummer Nigel Glockler recorded the album at Union Studios in Munich, Germany with producer Simon Hanhart. It was subsequently mixed at Wiseloord Studios in Hilversum, Netherlands. This version features the B-Sides of the singles ‘Back On The Streets’ and ‘Rock n Roll Gypsy’, plus demo versions of tracks from the album recorded at Chapel Studio, Thorsby.

Tracklist:

1. Rockin’ Again
2. Call Of The Wild
3. Back On The Streets
4. Devil Rides Out
5. Rock n Roll Gypsy
6. Broken Heroes
7. Gonna Shout
8. Everybody Up
9. Raise Some Hell
10. Give It Everything You’ve Got
CD Bonus Tracks
11. Live Fast, Die Young (B-side of Back On The Streets)
12. Krakatoa (B-side of Rock n Roll Gypsy)
13. Broken Heroes (Chapel Studio demo)
14. Devil Rides Out (Chapel Studio demo)
15. Rock n Roll Gypsy (Chapel Studio demo)
16. Rockin’ Again (Chapel Studio demo)
17. Gonna Shout (Chapel Studio demo)
PRE-ORDER LINK – https://saxonband.lnk.to/IINE
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On 13th October 1986 Saxon released their eighth studio album ‘Rock The Nations’. Recorded at Wisseloord Studios, Hilversum in the Netherlands by Gary Lyons. Biff Byford, who had incidentally begun his career as a singer/bassist, recorded all the bass parts on the album, however Paul Johnson is credited on the album as he joined before the album was released. Rock The Nations also features the unlikely guest of Elton John on piano on the tracks ‘Northern Lady’ and ‘Party Til You Puke’. This version features radio edits of the singles from the album, some live B-Sides and three songs recorded by the BBC from Saxon’s set at 1986’s, Reading Festival.

Tracklist:

1. Rock The Nations
2. Battle Cry
3. Waiting For The Night
4. We Came Here To Rock
5. You Ain’t No Angel
6. Running Hot
7. Party Til You Puke
8. Empty Promises
9. Northern Lady
CD Bonus Tracks
10. Chase The Fade (B-side of Waiting For The Night)
11. Waiting For The Night (7″ single edit)
12. Northern Lady (7″ single edit)
13. Everybody Up (Live in Madrid, B-side of Northern Lady)
14. Dallas 1pm (Live in Madrid, B-side of Northern Lady)
15. Power & The Glory (BBC Live At Reading Festival ’86)
16. Rock The Nations (BBC Live At Reading Festival ’86)
17. Waiting For The Night (BBC Live At Reading Festival ’86)

 

DESTINY
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Saxon’s ninth studio album, ‘Destiny’ was originally released on 20th June 1988 and was produced by Stephan Galfas at Hook And Manor studio in Berkshire, England. It is the only album to feature the rhythm section of Nigel Durham (drums) and Paul Johnson (bass) alongside long serving members Biff Byford (vocals), Graham Oliver (guitar) and Paul Quinn (guitar). Being a fan of Christopher Cross’ song writing, Biff came up with the idea of covering his track ‘Ride Like The Wind’ as the albums lead single, after giving it a ‘Wheels Of Steel’ style makeover. This version includes a 12″ mix of ‘I Can’t Wait Anymore’, plus live B-Sides and some alternative monitor mixes.. .
                                                                                  Tracklist:
1. Ride Like The Wind
2. Where The Lightning Strikes
3. I Can’t Wait Anymore
4. Calm Before The Storm
5. S.O.S.
6. Song For Emma
7. For Whom The Bell Tolls
8. We Are Strong
9. Jericho Siren
10. Red Alert
CD Bonus Tracks
11. I Can’t Wait Anymore (12 mix)
12. Rock The Nations (Live At Hammersmith, B-side of Ride Like The Wind)
13. Broken Heroes (Live In Madrid, B-side of I Can’t Wait Anymore)
14. Gonna Shout (Live In Madrid, B-side of I Can’t Wait Anymore)
15. Ride Like The Wind (Monitor mix)
16. For Whom The Bells Tolls (Monitor mix)

 

 

Here’s a video of Dom Lawson of Metal Hammer unboxing all nine re-issues:

Dom Lawson unboxes SAXON re-issues

Release Date – 10th August 2018
Twitter: @Saxonofficial
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OUT TODAY: SAXON REISSUE THREE MORE CLASSIC ALBUMS

 

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Saxon, over the decades have gone from being pioneers of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal, to becoming one of the most successful UK rock acts of all time. The truth, though, is that Saxon have always transcended trends and eras. From 1979’s ‘Saxon’ album to new album “Thunderbolt”, the band have enjoyed considerable success. Five Top 40 albums in the UK, with four Top 20 singles. And they were similarly successful in other parts of the world as well. It’s no wonder their influence spread across the globe, and played a crucial role in the way we look at hard rock and heavy metal today.
DENIM AND LEATHER

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Saxon’s fourth album, Denim And Leather was originally released on 5th October 1981. It was recorded at Aquarius Studios in Geneva. Arguably their most successful record to date it spawned the classic singles ‘Princess Of The Night’, ‘Never Surrender’ and the song ‘And The Band’s Played On’, which was inspired by their appearance at the inaugural Monsters Of Rock festival in 1980. This edition contains the B Sides of the ‘Never Surrender’ single and seven
live tracks recorded on the Denim And Leather tour of 1981.
ORDER LINK –   
saxon-denim-and-leather-mediabook-mockupTracklist:
1. Princess Of The Night
2. Never Surrender
3. Out Of Control
4. Rough And Ready
5. Play It Loud
6. And The Bands Played On
7. Midnight Rider
8. Fire In The Sky
9. Denim And Leather
CD Bonus Tracks
10. 20,000Ft (Remix)
11. Bap Shoo Ap (Live At Donington)
12. Intro / And The Bands Played On (Live)
13. Princess Of The Night (Live At The Rainbow ’81)
14. Midnight Rider (Live At Hammersmith ’81)
15. Never Surrender (Live At Hammersmith ’81)
16. Machine Gun (Live At Hammersmith ’81)
17. Play It Loud (Live At Hammersmith ’81)
power-and-the-glory vinylPOWER & THE GLORY
Saxon’s fifth album, Power And The Glory was originally released on 21st March 1983 and was produced by Jeff Glixman at Axis Sound Studios in Atlanta. The album spawned two singles, ‘Nightmare’ and the title track, ‘Power And The Glory’ and also marked the replacement of drummer Pete Gill with Nigel Glockler, who remains a member of Saxon to this day. This version includes early working demos of songs from the album, recorded in 1982. Including tracks that didn’t make the final track listing.
ORDER LINK
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Tracklist:
1. 1. Power And The Glory
2. Redline
3. Warrior
4. Nightmare
5. This Town Rocks
6. Watching The Sky
7. Midas Touch
8. The Eagle Has Landed
CD Bonus Tracks
9. Make Em Rock
10. Turn Out The Lights
11. Turn Out The Lights (Demo ’82)
12. Stand Up And Rock (Demo ’82)
13. Power And The Glory (Demo ’82)
14. Saturday Night (Demo ’82)
15. Midas Touch (Demo ’82)
16. Nightmare (Demo ’82)
17. Redline (Demo ’82)
crusader vinylCRUSADER
Originally released on 16th April 1984, Saxon’s sixth album was produced by Kevin Beamish at the legendary Sound City Studios, in Los Angeles. It featured the band’s first recorded cover song, a version of the Sweet’s ‘Set Me Free’ and the singles ‘Sailing To America’, ‘Just Let me Rock’ and ‘Do It All For You’. This version includes early working versions of some of the songs featured on the album and also the songs ‘Borderline’ and ‘Helter Skelter’ that didn’t make the final track listing of Crusader.
ORDER LINK
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Tracklist:
1. The Crusader Prelude
2. Crusader
3. A Little Bit Of What You Fancy
4. Sailing To America
5. Set Me Free
6. Just Let Me Rock
7. Bad Boys (Like To Rock N Roll)
8. Do It All For You
9. Rock City
10. Run For Your Lives
CD Bonus Tracks
11. Borderline
12. Helter Skelter
13. Crusader
14. Do It All For You                                                15. A Little Bit Of What You Fancy                          16. Sailing To America                                          17. Just Let Me Rock                                                                                                                           18. Do It All For You (Intro) / Run For Your                                                                                            Lives
                                                                         19. Living For The Weekend
Announcement link – https://youtu.be/7A7ifahArRs

Alien Weaponry release new single

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One of New Zealand’s most exciting new prospects, Alien Weaponry, have released Kai Tangata  as the next single from their forthcoming debut album. Full of pride and ferocity these Kiwi youngsters smack us around the head with a Patu Paraoa to entice us into a song of history in their native Maori tongue.

 

The trio shocks and surprises audiences on a number of levels. ALIEN WEAPONRY‘s songwriting is complex, developed and highly political. Their live performance energy is startling, with just two fifteen-year olds commanding the front of stage as effectively as four- and five-piece bands three times their age. But perhaps most surprising of all, many of their songs are in New Zealand’s native language, Te Reo Maori. In fact, guitarist/lead singer Lewis de Jong (15) and his brother, drummer Henry (17), are of Ngati Pikiao and Ngati Raukawa descent – they call themselves ‘Stealth Maori.’ They attended a full immersion kura kaupapa Maori (Maori language school) until they were seven years old, where singing waiata and performing haka were a daily routine. Also ingrained in their early learning were stories of New Zealand history from a Maori perspective. In September 2017, they won the prestigious „APRA Maioha award” for their song ‘Raupatu’ – a thrash metal commentary on the 1863 act of parliament that allowed the colonial government to confiscate vast areas of land from the indigenous Maori people. On 16 November, they took their places among NZ’s musical elite as nominees at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards.

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The combination of thrash metal with Maori history and language has proved popular. Their latest music video for RuAna Te Whenua has more than a million Youtube and Facebook views, spent 2 weeks at no. 1 on Spotify’s NZ Viral chart, and hit no. 2 on the iTunes global metal chart (just behind Iron Maiden’s ‘Run to the Hills’). The band’s music has been playlisted on stations in New Zealand and around the world – from Scotland to Brazil, as well as the USA, Australia and Germany.

Now, ALIEN WEAPONRY are ready to release their furious debut album ‘Tu’ on the world. Short for ‘Tumatauenga,’ the Maori god of war, Talso means to stand strong and proud, and to stand for something. The notion is reflected in the album artwork, which includes the tradtional moko kanohi (facial tattoos) of the Maori warrior.

724361Standing for something important is something the band does equally well in English or in Maori. Napalm Records have also released the single and video for the song “Holding My Breath” – the first single so far to be sung entirely in English.

Alien Weaponry – Holding My Breath

Tracklisting:

01   Whaikorero
02   Ru Ana Te Whenua
03   Holding My Breath
04   Raupatu
05   Kai Tangata
06   Rage – It Takes Over Again
07   The Things That You Know (Bonus Track)
08   Whispers
09   PC Bro
10   Urutaa
11   Nobody Here
12   Te Ara
13   Hypocrite (Bonus Track)

Lineup:

Vocals, Guitars: Lewis de Jong
Drums: Henry de Jong
Bass: Ethan Trembath

Touring:

03.02.18            NZ – Hamilton / Rugby Sevens World Cup
06.02.18            NZ – Wellington / Waitangi Day Festival
17.02.18            NZ – Wellington / Pay Pao Pay
03.03.18            NZ – Auckland / Auckland City Limits Festival
22. – 28.07.18    SI – Tomlin / Metal Days Festival
02. – 04.08.18    DE – Wacken / Wacken Festival
01.09.18            DE – Hamburg / Welt-Turbojugend Tage

More dates coming soon!

ALIEN WEAPONRY online:

WWW.ALIENWEAPONRY.COM
WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/ALIENWEAPONRY
WWW.NAPALMRECORDS.COM
WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/NAPALMRECORDS

SAXON TO REISSUE THREE MORE CLASSIC ALBUMS ON 25TH MAY 2018

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BMG ARE PROUD TO ANNOUNCE DELUXE REISSUES OF “DENIM AND LEATHER”, “POWER & THE GLORY” AND “CRUSADER” AFTER THE FIRST THREE RELEASES (“SAXON”, “WHEELS OF STEEL” AND “STRONG ARM OF THE LAW”) ALL BREAK INTO THE OFFICIAL UK ROCK TOP 40 THIS WEEK!

 

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Saxon, over the decades have gone from being pioneers of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal, to becoming one of the most successful UK rock acts of all time. The truth, though, is that Saxon have always transcended trends and eras. From 1979’s ‘Saxon’ album to new album “Thunderbolt”, the band have enjoyed considerable success. Five Top 40 albums in the UK, with four Top 20 singles. And they were similarly successful in other parts of the world as well. It’s no wonder their influence spread across the globe, and played a crucial role in the way we look at hard rock and heavy metal today.
DENIM AND LEATHER

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Saxon’s fourth album, Denim And Leather was originally released on 5th October 1981. It was recorded at Aquarius Studios in Geneva. Arguably their most successful record to date it spawned the classic singles ‘Princess Of The Night’, ‘Never Surrender’ and the song ‘And The Band’s Played On’, which was inspired by their appearance at the inaugural Monsters Of Rock festival in 1980. This edition contains the B Sides of the ‘Never Surrender’ single and seven
live tracks recorded on the Denim And Leather tour of 1981.
PRE-ORDER LINK –   
saxon-denim-and-leather-mediabook-mockupTracklist:
1. Princess Of The Night
2. Never Surrender
3. Out Of Control
4. Rough And Ready
5. Play It Loud
6. And The Bands Played On
7. Midnight Rider
8. Fire In The Sky
9. Denim And Leather
CD Bonus Tracks
10. 20,000Ft (Remix)
11. Bap Shoo Ap (Live At Donington)
12. Intro / And The Bands Played On (Live)
13. Princess Of The Night (Live At The Rainbow ’81)
14. Midnight Rider (Live At Hammersmith ’81)
15. Never Surrender (Live At Hammersmith ’81)
16. Machine Gun (Live At Hammersmith ’81)
17. Play It Loud (Live At Hammersmith ’81)
power-and-the-glory vinylPOWER & THE GLORY
Saxon’s fifth album, Power And The Glory was originally released on 21st March 1983 and was produced by Jeff Glixman at Axis Sound Studios in Atlanta. The album spawned two singles, ‘Nightmare’ and the title track, ‘Power And The Glory’ and also marked the replacement of drummer Pete Gill with Nigel Glockler, who remains a member of Saxon to this day. This version includes early working demos of songs from the album, recorded in 1982. Including tracks that didn’t make the final track listing.
PRE-ORDER LINK
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Tracklist:
1. 1. Power And The Glory
2. Redline
3. Warrior
4. Nightmare
5. This Town Rocks
6. Watching The Sky
7. Midas Touch
8. The Eagle Has Landed
CD Bonus Tracks
9. Make Em Rock
10. Turn Out The Lights
11. Turn Out The Lights (Demo ’82)
12. Stand Up And Rock (Demo ’82)
13. Power And The Glory (Demo ’82)
14. Saturday Night (Demo ’82)
15. Midas Touch (Demo ’82)
16. Nightmare (Demo ’82)
17. Redline (Demo ’82)
crusader vinylCRUSADER
Originally released on 16th April 1984, Saxon’s sixth album was produced by Kevin Beamish at the legendary Sound City Studios, in Los Angeles. It featured the band’s first recorded cover song, a version of the Sweet’s ‘Set Me Free’ and the singles ‘Sailing To America’, ‘Just Let me Rock’ and ‘Do It All For You’. This version includes early working versions of some of the songs featured on the album and also the songs ‘Borderline’ and ‘Helter Skelter’ that didn’t make the final track listing of Crusader.
PRE-ORDER LINK
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Tracklist:
1. The Crusader Prelude
2. Crusader
3. A Little Bit Of What You Fancy
4. Sailing To America
5. Set Me Free
6. Just Let Me Rock
7. Bad Boys (Like To Rock N Roll)
8. Do It All For You
9. Rock City
10. Run For Your Lives
CD Bonus Tracks
11. Borderline
12. Helter Skelter
13. Crusader
14. Do It All For You
15. A Little Bit Of What You Fancy
                                                                                                        16. Sailing To America
                                                                                                        17. Just Let Me Rock
                                                                                                        18. Do It All For You (Intro) / Run For Your Lives
                                                                                                        19. Living For The Weekend
Announcement link – https://youtu.be/7A7ifahArRs

SAXON TO RE-RELEASE ‘PRINCESS OF THE NIGHT’ ON RECORD STORE DAY

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Legendary heavy metallers Saxon will release a limited edition, clear vinyl replica of their iconic 1981 7” single ‘Princess Of The Night’ on 21st April, as part of Record Store Day 2018.
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Taken from their seminal album ‘Denim And Leather’, Princess Of The Night is a firm fan favourite and their most played song on Spotify.

 

Currently enjoying chart success with their new album ‘Thunderbolt’, Saxon have also announced four major UK tour dates this October.
18th Oct – Glasgow, Barrowlands
19th Oct – London, The Roundhouse
20th Oct – Portsmouth, Guildhall
21st Oct – Manchester, Academy

 

Saxon – Princess Of The Night 7” – available at your local record store on 21st April!”

 

BMG Records also reissue Saxon’s first 3 albums, Saxon, Wheels of Steel and Strong Arm of the Law on 30th March. Both the CD & LP editions contain original lyrics, rare photos & memorabilia. The vinyl versions are coloured splatter/swirl vinyl and are truly fabulous! The CD versions are in a 24-page media book.

 

Check out this short video teaser: https://youtu.be/8OjG_bqIiZU
You can pre-order the albums now from https://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/saxon-reissues

Krysthla break into Amazon UK Top 10 with Deep Purple, Mastodon

Krysthla new album breaks into Amazon UK Top Ten

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Following the release of their sophomore album, ‘Peace In Our Time’ this past Friday: UK extreme metal band Krysthla has broken into Amazon UK’s official chart.
The new album hit the number two spot, sandwiched between Deep Purple and Mastodon, alongside other new releases by Kreator, While She Sleeps, Bodycount and more.
Krysthla’s stunning new album has also cracked Amazon’s mainstream chart, sitting high in the ranks alongside popular Top 40 artists Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars, James Blunt and Rag’N’Bone Man.
‘Peace In Our Time’ is the second album to be released by the Northamptonshire metal group and follows on from the success of their 2015 debut record ‘A War Of Souls And Desires’.
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Krysthla have revealed ‘The Minor Mystery Of Death’, the third single and official music video from their new album ‘Peace In Our Time’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3eCAbdqCGjY

Guitarist Neil Hudson says of the track: “The Minor Mystery Of Death is about embracing the end. Death is an absolute certainty and we’re living lives that seem like they’re going to last forever until it’s too late and your mortality is thrust into your hands. “We’re very precious towards our lives but don’t actually live them.”

Peace In Our Time was influenced by Krysthla’s 2016 European tour with Decapitated – with Hudson revealing that one experience on the road will live with him forever:

“On the Greek border, I saw a refugee girl stood on the other side of the motorway while we were parked up getting fuel. She saw us looking over at the thousands of grubby tents cooking the inhabitants in the scorching heat and fixed her eyes on me for a few seconds. “I gave her a nod. She jumped over the barrier and ran over the motorway to the garage, dodging traffic on her way. She walked over, looked me straight in the eye, said something in Syrian and gave me a highfive and hugged my leg. “I left a bit of me behind that day. We sobbed in the van as we left. It was utterly heart breaking to hear the hum of bodies murmuring in the boiling sun.” Hudson adds: “The album is influenced heavily, and almost solely by the fact I am a father. With so much unrest and violence in the world, it’s easy to turn your back and pretend none of it has an impact on your life. “Or somehow because it’s a long way from home it’s someone else’s problem. War does not sleep. War does not stop. It doesn’t choose who dies and who lives. But the people who light the fire and fan the flames do.”

The new album ‘Peace In Our Time’ is released 7th April via PHD.

KRYSTHLA LIVE

16th April – BRIGHTON, The Arch (w/ Vadar)
17th April – PETERBOROUGH, The Met
21st April – BOLTON, The Alma
22nd April – WARRINGTON, The Brewhouse
28th April – CARDIFF, Fuel
5th May – HIGH WYCOMBE, Phoenix
6th May – WORTHING. Bar 42
7th May – BOURNEMOUTH, The Anvil
12th May – INVERNESS, Mad Hatters
13th May – DUNDEE, Beat Generator
14th May – EDINBURGH, Bannermans
26th May – NORTHAMPTON, King Billy Rock Bar
27th May – LONDON, The Devonshire Arms
28th May – LEICESTER, Uprising Aftermath @ The Firebug
3rd June – KETTERING – The Prince
24th June – NORWICH, B2
1st July – MILTON KEYNES, Craufurd Arms
22nd July – GLOUCESTER, Amplified Festival

More dates to be announced.

ABOUT KRYSTHLA

Hailed by Metal Hammer Magazine (UK) as “setting 2016 on fire” (alongside TexturesDream TheaterAnthrax, and Devin Townsend) one of the finest extreme metal acts around will release their sophomore album this April.

Titled ‘Peace In Our Time’, this new studio offering from Krysthla sees the British five-piece producing something extremely special. Part metal, part extreme, part technical, part progressive… Aurally this is a metal fan’s nirvana. There’s an abundance of aggression on offer, and yet the power of the band is amplified even more with melodic tinges and lighter musical landscapes, which never detract from the powerhouse delivery Krysthla is renowned for.

Following the announcement of their debut album ‘A War Of Souls And Desires’ in July 2015, Krysthla broke into Amazon UK’s pre-release Top 10 album chart (alongside the likes of Iron Maiden and Disturbed), featured in-store nationwide at HMV as a “recommended buy” and lead music video ‘Luminosity’ was playlisted on Scuzz TV.

Krysthla’s debut album received extremely positive reviews from the music press, setting the band up for an exceptional 2016. From their extensive European tour with Decapitated to a prestigious slot on the Sophie Lancaster stage at Bloodstock Open Air, and main support to Textures at Mammothfest, Krysthla has crafted their music and live shows to such a high standard, that they can’t be ignored.

With ‘Peace In Our Time’, this is the sound of a band that has quickly found its place in the metal market, and given the chance, Krysthla will take the scene by storm.

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KRYSTHLA IS

Adi Mayes – Vocals
Neil Hudson – Guitars
Carl Davis – Bass
Noel Davis – Guitars
Wayne Minney – Drums

Website – www.krysthla.co.uk
Facebook – www.facebook.com/krysthla
Twitter – https://twitter.com/Krysthlaband
You Tube / Instagram

REVIEW: Bad Llama – Shedding Skin (ep)

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Bad Llama – Shedding Skin E.P

 

Track 1 – The Healer.

Sounds like sound effects are used at the start of the track to make a mysterious opening. It’s quite mellow; good opening track to the E.P.

 

Track 2 – The Wolf You Feed

This is a bit more rocky than the first track. A quite catchy song, with a bit of growling going on at times.

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Track 3 -Paint In Sound

A mid tempo rock track with hints of indie. I can imagine people dancing to this track.

 

Track 4 – Ten Years Time.

There is a ballad feel to this song. The singer has a lot of emotion in his voice. A nice track to chill out to.

 

Overall this is a good E.P. It would be good to just sit and chill out to.

I will give it 7/10.

I would recommend it to fans of Biffy Clyro.

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Bad Llama – ‘The Wolf You Feed’ (Official Music Video)

Review by:

Jovi Hacker (12)

HAMEREX -TRAITOR

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 HAMEREX – TRAITOR

RELEASE DATE: 7TH OCTOBER, 2016

LABEL: IX MUSIC

Track 1 – Traitor

The title track of the album starts with a bass introduction. Before it breaks into melodic vocals, which is high pitched in places. It’s quite a long song at just over 6 minutes, and is mid paced with a heavy sound.

Track 2 – The Dark Tower

It starts with a guitar intro which sounds mysterious, before the drums kick in bringing the pace up slightly. A dark sounding track, like the title suggests. It has a great solo guitar riff in the middle of the track and has plenty of chugging riffs all the way through the track. A good track for headbanging.. 

Track 3 – Dead Mountain

Starts off with the drums beating in the intro. A medium paced Heavy Metal track. There are hints of classic N.W.O.B.H.M bands in this track.

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Track 4 – The Nameless One

I thought this was going to be a ballad, because of the intro. It is very deep and dark at times, with very strong vocals.There is a burst of energy before going back to the slow pace, which changes often throughout. I like the variety of tempo in this track.

Track 5 – Eyes Of Deceit

There is more energy in this song than in previous tracks. Again, it has a longish intro, but still sounds dark. The drums give a steady beat during the track.

Track 6 – The Abyss

The instrumental and shortest track of the album. It has a nice mellow intro, with the drums slowly building up. There are some nice clean riffs repeated throughout. There is a nice change of feel towards the middle of the track, and it ends with some nice, fast drums.

Track 7 – The Evil Within

This is by far the longest track of the album, coming in at just over 9 minutes. There is a thrashy intro. It’s a quite heavy sounding song with some nice riffs and drum beats. About a third into the track there is a change of tempo, to a more slower and relaxed feel. There are some cool guitar effects and some good riffs repeated throughout the song.

Track 8 – Journeys End

A heavy Black Sabbath style intro, leads into a chugging guitar riff. Another N.W.O.B.H.M style song with Sabbath undertones. Which is no bad thing. I really like the punchy guitar solo and the feedback outro.

Overall I enjoyed the album and will be checking out the other Hamerex releases. I like the classic feel of some of the songs.

I rate the album 8/10

Jovi Hacker

Into The Fire

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Following the release of their self titled debut ep, Into The Fire has unleashed their first visual assault, the new music video ‘Spit You Out’. Described as modern, stripped back, hard rock, Spit You Out’s video is the perfect accompaniment to the huge sonics on offer here.
Into The Fire is:
Bryan Scott (The Union Underground): Vocals/Guitar
Tim King (SOiL): Bass
Adam Zadel (SOiL): Guitar
Will Hunt (Evanescence): Drums
American hard rock band Into The Fire was conceived in 2013 by vocalist Bryan Scott (The Union Underground, Cult To Follow), bassist Tim King (SOiL) and guitarist Adam Zadel (SOiL). Long time friend Will Hunt (Evanescence) was brought in on drums soon after.
“I was sitting around with Adam one day talking about who would be great to jam with”, states bassist Tim King. “I shot Bryan Scott a text message and Into The Fire was born a day later.”
The group grabbed onto this opportunity and started putting material together. According to Bryan Scott “As soon as Tim sent me the material I immediately had ideas and started putting vocals down. The music had the perfect vibe for what I wanted to do.”
The first 2 released tracks ‘Spit You Out’ and ‘From The Medicine’ were engineered, produced and mixed by Bryan W.Scott and mastered by James Murphy. The result can be best described as a raw and stripped down rock sound with modern elements.
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SKREAMER – KING OF CROWS

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Review of the new SKREAMER album, King Of Crows (released 12/09/2016 via Metal Hammer

  1. MY DARKNESS.

It starts off slow with a quiet music background and the vocalist talking. The tempo starts to build then suddenly heavy drum beats and growling vocals kick in. It then goes back to quiet with whispering vocals, which then build up into a fast tempo. I could imagine a good mosh pit with this song. I love the sudden changes in this song, one minute quiet the next fast and loud.

  1. PIG FEED.

This is a lot faster and louder than the first track. With fast guitar playing and crashing fast drum beats.This has deep power chords.The vocals change between shouty and growly. I like this because you can understand what the vocalist is saying.

     3.THE AWAKENING.

Starts off quiet and slow but quickly crescendos to a much louder heavier beat, with fast paced guitars. Great track to headbang to.

  1. VACANCY.

Very slow smooth harmonic track. Was not expecting this type of song. The clean guitars and vocals show that the band have a good variation of musical tastes. Towards the end of the track it spends up and ends in a crashing cymbal.

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  1. LET ‘EM BURN.

Starts off slow with growly vocals. Gently speeds up and slows down again. More of a middle paced song than all out thrash.The bass is more prominent on this track then the rest. I like the bass on this track.

  1. WELCOME TO PARADISE.

This is a totally different style of track. The vocalist raps, while the bass sets the tempo. There is a repetitive guitar riff all the way through this track. The drums are slow and quiet.

  1. THIS IS WAR.

Starts off with feedback, then the guitars, bass and drums kick in. The vocalist goes back to growly on this track. Really like the cool bass line and riffs. Not as fast as some of the other tracks, but heavier than most.

  1. KING OF CROWS.

The title track of the album. Starts off with cool bass riffs and some rapping. It soon gets heavy with growls and more rapping. Like the mix of growls and rapping on the song. It has some good clean guitar riffs throughout the track. I could imagine the crowd moshing to this.

 

Overall a good album which I rate 9/10

Fans of Slipknot would enjoy this album

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Jovi Hacker (aged 12)