Psychotron release scream along single off new EP

How is the indian metal scene coming along these days? We didn't had some stuff up from there for some time now but this kick ass thrash song with great tradional flair and a refrain that fastly will let you sing along to it should make clear that there's still alot of activity going on over there.

This song is taken from the newest EP "Lethal Paralysis" which is available from Bandcamp: https://mortuaryrecords.bandcamp.com/track/grinder

Artwork: (c) Somluck Art, used with kind permission.


Sludgehammer share massive guitar attack studio performance video

Today's bands give so much - it has become completly unbelieveable in my eyes how massive the level of skill and power is that metal bands provide the listeners with. Nearly all the combos out there perform massively blasting their way with sheer power and finesse using their instruments up to it's limits.

A good example for this is the band Sludgehammer from Toronto, Canada. Set to unleash their debut full length album 'The Fallen Sun' officially on June 10th the band has posted a new music video for their track 'Carrion Eater' in advance of the record release. If you would like to be one of the first to hear the new tracks go to the CD release show on on May 28th at Peterborough, ON - w/ Cryptelisk, Sacrificed Alliance, Anthropophagy - check Facebook for more info. The band will have the brand new record with them for sale on the good old silver discs.

L-R - Chris Szarota - Vocals, Jeff Wilson - Guitars, Tyler Williams - Guitars, Dan Ayers - Bass/Vocals, Fernando Villalobos- Drums
Photo Credit: Hayden John Wolf
The music as for me can be best described as a mixture of the power of Pantera mixed up with a lot of progressive elements and also a slight bit of Testament. The main trademarks of Sludgehammer source of  the dynamic vocal performances from lead vocalist Chris Szarota and bassist Dan Ayers, along with a showcase of mind bending guitar solos, heavy riffs and a blistering drumming fury. If you watch the in-studio footage you can sometimes hardly trust your eyes what these guys are able to perform on their instruments.

The album "The Fallen Sun" was self-produced by the band and mixed by guitarist Tyler Williams and mastered by world renowned producer & engineer Lasse Lammert (Gloryhammer, Alestorm, Teramaze) at LSD Studio in Germany.

Don't forget to stay in touch with the band so you won't miss out on more details of the album release and more annoucements using Facebook, Twitter or Bandcamp.


Abraham Sarache looks at relationsships in a sophisticated way

Sometimes real special stuff arrives to my inbox. This particular one is one of these things that picked my attention. I think it's a good thing to have a look on other music than the one you use to listen to or stuff that falls in between the so often mentioned genre borders.

This track of multi-instrumentalist Abraham Sarache mixes up a lot of acoustic guitars along with hard hitting drumming plus deeply emotional vocals all over it. The pretty amazing thing is that besides the heavyness that comes from the pushing and hard hitting drums there's enough space in the sound for the feelings and that the guitars gladly never get lost so there's always a melody going through the whole track.

Check it out for yourselves and mark your Facebook calenders since Abraham Sarache will play a special release show in support of the album "The Gardener" (from which this track has been taken) at Volta in Amsterdam on June 24th. The show will be recorded for a future live release.
You can purchase the track or the whole record now from iTunes and Spotify. 

"The Gardener" is an alt/progressive rock concept album with the inclusion of folk instruments like ukulele and Venezuelan cuatro. To express the feelings involved, different kinds of voice registers are provided: from a soft, melodious or whispered voice to raspy voice. Various pads and synthesizers are used to give depth and warmth to the songs where an acoustic guitar with a low tuning predominates. A multicultural composition on the instrumental level and a progressive rhythmic base create an exquisite atmosphere of imbalance and peculiarity.

The philosophy behind the album is based on the fact that in any interpersonal relationship, whether it is a friendship or a romantic connection, there is a duality between the one that participates in an active way (The Gardener) and the one that does it in a passive way (The Flower).

“All of us at some point of our lives have a role of a gardener and in other moments we are flowers,” Sarache commented.

“We can all identify ourselves as the Gardener when we talk about a person we were looking after because we liked him or her, we wanted to know more about this person or we just wanted to spend more time with them, no matter what. We simply did everything possible to make things work.

The cover of Abraham Sarache's album "The Gardener", (c) by Abraham Sarache, used with kind permission

“On the other hand, we have been also in situations when someone was interested in us in a special way, but the feeling was not mutual. We still wanted to maintain a relationship because we liked other aspects of that person's character. To this behavior I refer to as the Flower,” he continues.

“The Crush: Eyes of Fire” which opens The Gardener was awarded as the Best Alternative Rock Song by The Akademia Music Awards in May 2015. Sarache released a video single for the song, and he commented: “This is a very special video for me. My first video as a solo artist showing parts of my everyday in Madrid and Margarita Island where concept album The Gardener was conceived and recorded.”

For the upcoming show at Volta in Amsterdam on June 24th, Abraham Sarache will be joined by Dutch alternative/progressive rockers Amikdla. Visit Abraham Sarache's official website here.


Charity album for Sophie Lancaster foundation to be released soon

Sadly even as of today alternative subcultures aren't respected by all the people in our society. There is still a lot of prejudice and intolerance circulating in the minds of people about the way they think that these people live, think and feel. Even more worse people openly showing that they belong to such a subculture are often not "only" attacked through words but also by corporal attacks.

One of these cases happened back in 2007 when Sophie Lancaster along with her boyfriend was attacked by a number of males in their mid-teens while walking through Stubbylee Park in Bacup, Rossendale, in Lancashire. Sophie died as a result of the attack.

Her mother founded the S.O.P.H.I.E Lancaster Foundation to raise awareness of the problem. The exact aims of the foundation are:

- To create a lasting legacy to Sophie.
- To provide educational group-works that will challenge the prejudice and
intolerance towards people from alternative subcultures.
 - To campaign to have the UK Hate Crime legislation extended to include people
from alternative subcultures or Lifestyle and Dress.

Coffee Jingle Records have announced that they are releasing a Charity album in aid of The S.O.P.H.I.E Lancaster Foundation, which is being released Friday May 27th, but available to Pre-Order now as a digital copy and a CD and Artwork, with all proceeds going to the charity. This album is a mixture of alternative music. The album is aimed to create awareness and funds to help support the charity to achieve their aims.

The cover of the S.O.P.H.I.E Lancaster charity album, (c) by
Tara McPhee, used with kind permission
Some of the bands participating on the record include:

Cradle Of Filth
Arch Enemy
Vice Squad

Die So Fluid
Evil Scarecrow

Digital copies are £7, Double CD Album £10 (Free P and P in the UK) and 8 x 8 limited edition prints are £5 (Free P and P in the UK) all available on Bandcamp on this link.

As a preview to the record you can listen to the track that Arch Enemy have contributed called "You will know my name" right here in the video player.

Make sure to visit these links to get to know more about the S.O.P.H.I.E  Lancaster Foundation:

S.O.P.H.I.E Official Website = po.st/SWPage
S.O.P.H.I.E Facebook Page = po.st/SFB
S.O.P.H.I.E Twitter Page = po.st/SLTW


Metal Up Your Axe Vol. 2 with unreleased songs up for free download

Since ONLINE METAL PROMO and THE AUTOPSY REPORT radio show (UK) have partnered to offer "Metal Up Your Axe, Vol. 2" and shared the link with me I'm glad to be able to give you guys out there a brand new free download compilation.

This big package features not less but 41 tracks of really kicking bands which will give you a great time if you dare to pick up all of the tracks.

The cover of the Metal Up Your Axe Vol.2 sampler, (c) by Online Metal Promo/The Autopsy Report radio show, used with kind permission

If that wouldn't be already reason enough to be more than happy this sampler includes three tracks which weren't released anywhere else before. I won't spoiler your enjoyment. Just have a look at the tracklisting PDF file which you can find in the Dropbox folder. It features extensive information on all the tracks and gives you quick access to all the things you might want to know about the songs. 

So without any further talking pick up your free package of metal happiness from this location.

If you ask yourselves now if it's worth the download - here's one of the tracks. It's the official video for the song "No mercy" of the band Flames Of Fury which is included on the sampler. I hope this will convince you to pick up the song pack.

Here's some more background info for you to check out:

 "Metal Up Your Axe, Vol. 2" is a free digital download music compilation featuring a mix of 41 past, current and unreleased original songs from established and up and coming rock & metal bands from the United States, Australia, Germany, Italy, Spain and Bulgaria.

Bands featured on the compilation include:
1. Alsatia
2. Angerhead
3. Azrael’s Bane
4. Blasted To Static
5. Broken Teeth
6. Canedy
7. Chris Violence
8. Corners of Sanctuary
9. Diamond Lane
10. Dire Peril
11. Dreadnaught
12. Empires of Eden
13. Enceladus
14. Eternal Voyager
15. Flames of Fury
16. HailMary
17. Helion Prime
18. Ignitor
19. Jessikill
20. Knightmare
21. Lords of the Trident
22. Love & War
23. Malice
24. Maxxxwell Carlisle
25. Outlaws & Moonshine
26. Phallax
27. Rabid Assassin
28. RebelHot
29. Seventh Calling
30. Shallow Ground
31. Sorizon
32. St. James
33. Stop Stop
34. Strikeforce
35. The Rods
36. TwentyDarkSeven
37. Unbound
38. Vanlade
39. Viron
40. Zar
41. Zephaniah

Check out The Autopsy Report radio show official website for more details about their show and also have a look at the Online Metal Promo webpage to get more information about this promotion agency.


Rock Hard Festival 2016 to be streamed and recorded by Rockpalast.de

The open air festival of the paper magazine Rock Hard has become well known in germany and many other countries around the world. It's based at a small location at a historical theater in Gelsenkirchen and features mostly smaller bands. It's said that the bands don't play there to make some cash in but instead play for the fans and thank them this way.

Most of all the Rockpalast crew confirmed on Facebook that there will be a live stream this year. So far Turbonegro has been announced as a band that has agreed to have their show streamed online.

The Rock Hard Festival 2016 will be streamed and recorded by the legendary TV format Rockpalast

Info on the Festival-Livestream

But there's more to come - here is the timetable for

Friday the 13th 2016 (all times are MEST)

Year Of The Goat       16:00 - 16:40 h
Satan                          17:05 - 17:50 h 
Tankard                      18:15 - 19:15 h
Destruction                 19:45 - 21:00 h
Sodom                       21:30 - 23:00 h

Saturday the 14th 2016 (all times are MEST)

Grand Magus       15:35 - 16:20 h
The Exploited       16:45 - 17:45 h
Kadavar               18:15 - 19:15 h
Metal Church       19:45 - 21:00 h 
Turbonegro          21:30 - 23:00 h

Sunday the 15th 2016 (all times are MEST)

Orden Ogan                                15:15 - 16:00 h
Moonspell                                   16:30 - 17:30 h
Riot V                                         18:00 - 19:00 h
Best Of Rock Hard 2015            19:05 - 21:00 h
Blind Guardian                            21:15 - 23:00 h 

You can find the livestream at the homepage of the Rockpalast web presence.

I'll update the schedule on the upcoming days if things should change. You can also connect with Heavy Metal Underdogs via Facebook - I'll post updates on the streaming schedule there as well.

Update 2016/05/24: In case you missed out the livestream of the Rock Hard festival 2016 or want to watch some of the gigs again follow this link. The first batch of live recordings is online now thanks to the hard working people of the Rockpalast crew.

Update 2016/05/14: Rockpalast has uploaded some live footage as well as interview material and pictures of the Rock Hard Festival 2016 on their homepage.

For all those who can't make it to the festival or watch the stream the legendary german TV format Rockpalast will also make recordings of the performances and air them later via the TV station WDR.


Info on the TV broadcast

Here is the TV broadcast schedule for the recorded material (all times are MEST please keep that in mind).
There is a livestream of the TV station available from their homepage but I cannot say if you access it from outside of germany.

Update 2016/05/24: Updated the schedule once again. The show on 27th June 2016 is a completly new announcement.

Update 2016/05/20: Updated the TV broadcast with exact starting and ending times and added the bands that will be shown during the shows.

23. May 2016, 23.55 - 03.25 h @ WDR Fernsehen

30. May 2016, 00.05 - 03.35 h @ WDR Fernsehen

6. June 2016, 00.45 - 04.15 h @ WDR Fernsehen

27. June 2016, 02.15 - 04.15 h @ WDR Fernsehen

The following band list shows which other band will also play at the Rock Hard Open Air 2016:

DESTRUCTION („Mad Butcher“-Set!)

More information on the festival itself can be found on official Rock Hard Festival Homepage.


SpiteFuel prove that they will "Never Surrender" with first single

After Strangelet called it quits only roughly a month ago I was sceptic if the new formation called SpiteFuel would be able to carry on the torch that has been ignited with the "First Bite" album. You know when such great releases come along it's always hard to go on after that. That album blew me away like a storm so it was a high mark the new band would have to take.

But they made it! They once again charmed me enough with these mega refrain so I couldn't get off listening to the track. It's after all for sure a bit heavier than the previous material was but it still feels authentic.

You can feel that the main spirit that has been the core of Strangelet has been faithfully taken care of and is alive and well in this new song as well. The new heavyness tightens the material for sure but it never feels as if the old glance has left. It moreover shines in new colors. But enough of me speaking - have a taste for yourselves in the player below.

The new track "Never Surrender" will be available soon on iTunes, Spotify and the like for purchase. I'll update the article with proper links as soon as I receive them.

Right now there's also a limited physical edition available as a special promo CD. If you purchase any item of the band in the webshop of MDD Records (T-Shirts, Hood Zippers and patches and more are available) or at the shows of the band at the merch booth you'll receive one disc with the song on it for free with your purchase (this goes of course only as long as stocks will last).

The limited edition of the first SpiteFuel single "Never Surrender", (c) by MDD Records, used with kind permission

The band will play the following shows in Germany in 2016:
10. September - Birthday Massacre with The New Black, Wilanzheim
22. October - The Ranch Festival, Hechingen
05. November - Bonfire Support, ROFA Bad Friedrichshall
30. Dezember - Red River Party with Wild Rider, Heilbronn

Shows in 2017
11. März 2017 - Rock im Wildpark, Bad Mergentheim

A full length album is scheduled for release in spring 2017 via MDD Records.

Don't forget to like SpiteFuel on Facebook so you won't miss out on further updates in the meantime.


Album preview: Vortex - The Asylum

Ok, let's sneak a bit into a upcoming record. We haven't done this in a whle here on the blog but this new album trailer of the canadian metal band Vortex somehow got me.

The band Vortex, (c) by Vortex, used with kind permission

Besides the growls there's something in the compact and pure sounding recordings that found my attention.

I think it's the coolness of how the band performs the different song segments. It's also the many changes in the song structures that made me like them. It doesn't get montone so quickly and most of all with the lighter overall feeling the sound remains enjoyable while still staying in a heavy tonality.

The brand new record "The Asylum" will be shipped out on Friday the 13 via their label PRC music. You can pre-order the silver disc on the website of the label. So it looks as if that day will hopefully not be a black friday. :-)

Check out Vortex's Facebook page to see a video for a first full song of the album.


Scarleth ask the sense of mind manipulation in new virtual reality video

Scarleth have premiered a great video about changing and altering your memories by replacing them with virtual reality. The great thing besides the blasting refrain that perfectly brings the message up to the point is the fact that the whole video comes packed in a style that looks like a video game / virtual reality itself and tells the story step by step to the viewer.

The lyrics are placed cleverly into the video as sort of advert messages or messages that are shown from a computer system. A excellent piece of video, I've not seen such a great mixture of story based video along with the lyrics. Don't hesitate and have a look for yourselves:

The track appears on their newest album called "The Silver Lining" and has been released in July 2015 by their label The Leaders. The band's webshop lists several ways how you can purchase the record.

Scarleth is a remarkable and experienced Ukrainian metal band playing music on joint of modern heaviness and diverse melodism. For the time being the band has played several hundreds of live shows, released two full-length albums worldwide and took part in festivals where Sergey Mavrin, Cherniy Obelisk, Dark Lunacy and other famous bands performed. The band’s style is expanding constantly and represents mind-blowing mixture of many melodic genres - from power, folk, doom and gothic metal to modern/progressive metal. 

The band Scarleth, (c) by Scarleth, used with kind permission
The band will play some shows in the upcoming time, here are the dates:

09.07.2016     Glukhov           Severnye Zemli bike fest
16.07.2016     Illichevsk     Metropolis Arena     BLACK SEA METAL FESTIVAL III
31.07.2016     Kiev     Druzhby Narodiv park     Carpathian Alliance Metal Festival    
20.08.2016     Rechytsa           Metal Crowd Festival  

Make sure to keep a eye upon the band through their own web presence or Facebook. You can also subscribe to their YouTube channel so you won't miss out on further video updates.


New Ignitor EP only available on Ragnarokkr Festival May 6th

A lot of you people out there surely know how it's like to take hold of something special that has only been available at a certain place and at a certain time. These collectors items (often CDs, T-Shirts or posters) will later remind you a long time of a special event and hopefully a good time you had in your life. It will be moreover valueable at moments when things will not shine so brightly...

One of these rare items will be released by Ignitor, the Austin, Texas based classic heavy metal band featuring vocalist Jason McMaster. This time a new limited edition EP will be available at the 2016 Ragnarokkr festival to be held in Chicago, Illinois on May 6-7, 2016.

The cover of the upcoming Ragnarokkr festival EP, (c) by Ignitor, used with kind permission

Vocalist Jason McMaster has checked in with the following comment:

"Ignitor cannot wait to introduce the new line up and play with legendary true metal bands. We are excited about the new material and are giving a peek into our current recordings with a special edition ep exclusive to the festival attendees."

EP Track Listing:
1. Haunted
2. Throw Them From The Cliff
3. No Sanctuary
4. Hung, Drawn & Quartered (Raven cover)

Check out the latest video for the song "No Sanctuary".

As for me the band positively reminds me of good old Judas Priest times and that's a good sign.

The band will play more shows in the upcoming time here are the dates:

May 6 - Reggie's Rock Club - Ragnarokkr Fest 2016 - Chicago, Illinois
(Tygers of Pan Tang, Jag Panzer, Jack Starr's Burning Starr, Leather Leone and others)

May 21 - South Austin Brewery (Austin. Texas)

May 31 - Grizzly Hall (Austin, Texas)

For the latest Ignitor band news and show dates, visit their official website or connect with them through Facebook.


Romantic Rebel share ripping explosive video for "Too Far"

I like it when a band goes straight on it and rips it all up in their songs. It's like explosive fire and it can be such a positive kick of energy for yourselves when listening to a band's song like I did with this brand new video single of the hard rock band Romantic Rebel.

The fine thing about "Too far" is that it comes with pumping energy that originates from the pounding guitar riffs along with the hammering drums that change all the way through the song. The drums always seem to fit to the part that is currently played. On top of this there is a voice and lyrics that deeply push into your mind once heard and are hard to get out of the ear.

The band is currently in the studio with Grammy nominated producer, Johnny K (Disturbed, Pop Evil, Sevendust, 3 Doors Down, Megadeth, Machine Head, Nonpoint, etc.) where work has begun on their sophomore album.  

I often asky myselves: what is the role of a producer what can they add to the music?
KT Paige, vocalist of the band gives some insight into the work that is currently going on in the studio:

"This EP is very special to us. Alex and I wrote these songs from the heart; about past experiences and struggles. That said, we were very attached to them and didn't want to see them change. Johnny, being the multi talented producer that he is, helped us take the songs we thought couldn't get any better, to a whole new level. It's amazing how a simple change in melody can make me feel even more emotional about a song than I had felt previously." Says KT Paige.

The cover of the single "Too Far", (c) by Romantic Rebel, used with kind permission

The track is off of their forthcoming EP to be released early Summer 2016 and is available for purchase at iTunes. In addition to the premiere, the band has announced a North American Summer tour with Smile Empty Soul that begins on July 14th in Joplin, MO and concludes September 14th in St. George, UT.

Tour Dates:

5/20/2016 The Back Bar
Janesville, WI

5/27/2016 Brat Fest 2016
Madison, WI

Tour Dates with Smile Empty Soul:
7/14/2016 Guitars Rock 'n' Country Bar Joplin MO
7/15/2016 Fubar St. Louis MO
7/16/2016 Outland Ballroom Springfield MO
7/19/2016 Open Chord Knoxville TN
7/20/2016 Hard Rock Café Louisville Louisville KY
7/22/2016 Oddbodys Dayton OH
7/23/2016 Six Pence Pub Parkersburg WV
7/24/2016 The Gin Mill Northampton PA
7/26/2016 Mac's Bad Art Bar Syracuse NY
7/27/2016 Pineapple Jack's Rochester NY
7/28/2016 The Outpost Kent OH
7/29/2016 The Music Factory Battle Creek MI
7/30/2016 The Machine Shop Flint MI
7/31/2016 Long Shot Rock Falls IL
8/2/2016 Top Fuel Saloon Braidwood IL
8/3/2016 District Bar & Grill Rockford IL
8/4/2016 H.O.M.E Bar Arlington Heights IL
8/5/2016 Q&Z Expo Center Ringle WI
8/6/2016 The Venue Dubuque IA
8/7/2016 The Metal Grill Cudahy WI
8/9/2016 Opinion Brewing Company Newport MN
8/10/2016 Bigs Sports Bar & Billiards Sioux Falls SD
8/12/2016 The Afterlife Lounge Algona IA
8/13/2016 Shamrocks Omaha NE
8/14/2016 The Voodoo Lounge at Harrahs Kansas City MO
8/16/2016 The Vanguard Tulsa OK
8/18/2016 The Rail Club Fort Worth TX
8/19/2016 Clicks Tyler TX
8/20/2016 18th Street Pier San Leon TX
8/21/2016 BFE Rock Club Houston TX
8/23/2016 Boneshakers Corpus Christi TX
8/24/2016 The Patio at La Nueve Luna Abilene TX
8/25/2016 Backstage Lubbock Lubbock TX
8/26/2016 Lowbrow Palace El Paso TX
8/27/2016 The Co-op Albuquerque NM
8/28/2016 Sunshine Studios Live Colorado Springs CO
8/30/2016 City Hall Events Venue Denver CO
9/2/2016 Z Bar Spearfish SD
9/3/2016 Rock Point Bismarck ND
9/4/2016 Bernie's Esquire Club Dickinson ND
9/6/2016 Pub Station Billings MT
9/9/2016 Studio Seven Seattle WA
9/10/2016 The Pin Spokane WA
9/11/2016 Faultline North Bozeman MT
9/14/2016 Firehouse Bar Saint George UT

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