Having recently reviewed Karnataka’s excellent new album, Secrets of Angels, I had the pleasure earlier this month of getting to see them live at Islington Assembly Hall. The pleasure was greater because I also got to meet most of the band before the show, for an informal interview. Here is, to the best of my recollection, my musings on what we discussed and what I thought of the show.
Russian metal/rock innovators’ second release through Mausoleum Records.
GRENOUER, St Petersburg, Russia, release UNWANTED TODAY, their weighty follow up to their 2013 album BLOOD ON THE FACE, by Mausoleum Records worldwide.
UNWANTED TODAY was engineered, mixed and mastered by DUALIZED for dysFUNCTION Productions (Mnemic, Voodoo Highway, Fear Factory). UNWANTED TODAY includes 11 new songs as well as Intro and Outro tracks that give the album the feel of a soundtrack to an epic story of loss, struggle, and resurgence. The bands adrenaline-charging riffs are complemented by guest contributions from Eddy Cavazza (John Wetton, Anthony Phillips), playing lead guitar on “Going To Stay” and keyboards on “Clearway”, as well as Demian Von Dunkelwald (Overunit Machine, Enrico ‘Erk’ Scutti (Figure Of Six) and Dmitriy Yankovskiy (Helicaon Opera) providing guest vocals on various tracks.
“It was then that I experienced what we call a near death experience. For me, there was nothing near about it; it was there. It was a total immersion in light, brightness, warmth, peace, security. I did not have an out of body experience. I did not see my body or anyone about me. I just immediately went into this beautiful bright light. It’s difficult to describe; matter of fact, it’s impossible to describe. Verbally, it cannot be expressed; it’s something which becomes you and you become it.
I could say that I was peace, I was love, I was the brightness; it was part of me.”
Bio: Playing what we would like to listen to. That was always the idea and that’s what we have been doing since 2009. Giulliano P., Cristiano Pierobon, Alessandro Queler, Tercio Esperandio and Will Geraldo have been friends since forever and each one had a different band prior to V.A.I.N. so when it all started, getting all these influences together in the same project showed that we were very mature and ready to right some new and exciting music.
Genre: It’s a mixture of so many things that progressive seems to be the fittest genre. There’s hard rock, post prog, EBM, electro, jazz, post punk … that’s why we believe that ‘prog’ works as to accommodate better the stuff we do.
Bio: TOOH started off as a solo project of Will Geraldo (from Violent Attitude If Noticed) who later invited Silvério Simioni to join in. After writing enough material for an album, a few friends who happened to be some of the best musicians in the country were invited to help with the recordings. They were: Kassio Todescatt, Marcinho Pereira, Marcelo Vanini, Fabio Souza, Erich Bruschini, Erik Müller and Anna Stefano.
The curiosity behind the make of this album is that each song had a different line-up and was recorded in many studios as musicians are spread across the country which happens to be Brazil, by the way.
Holding back on an original release, the band instead opted to cover an 80’s R&B classic “Caribbean Queen” by Billy Ocean and give it an injection of British Heavy Metal. The revamped single, a mixture of classic old school rock, modern metal and some R&B groove, is a perfect blend that not only delivers the very essence of the original, but also brings it to a whole new audience capturing the imagination of many different genres with its groovy foundations, metal undertones and classic melodic overtones!
After the split with former singer Luca Fizzarotti, today with proud and enthusiasm they officially announce the entrance into the line-up of Roberto Ramon Messina as official vocalist!
Following his 13 years career with the band Secret Sphere, metal music finally occurres to him again with Physical Noise, with immediate impact on the composition of the new album of the band.
“We’re so glad to have the chance to play with such a singer! We immediately started a good friendship bond that will make us go further, so we wish him tousand “green” days! -“
‘Shades Of Grace’, Nazlı Sensoy’s (ex-Scorpio Rising) stunning single from the IstanbulDogs 2014 album, is available now on Seraglio Point Productions/Believe Digital…
Hear it on Seraglio Point Productions page!
Finnish black metal band Curse Upon A Prayer will unleash their second album “Rotten Tongues” in June 12th, 2015 worldwide via Inverse Records. In Finland the release date will be May 15th.
Curse Upon A Prayer was founded in 2010 and they released debut album “From the Lands of Demise” in 2014.
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1. The Distant Chaos
2. Death Sentence
3. Third Day Of Creation
4. Red Room
5. Devil On The Churchyard
6. Divinus Mortis
7. Rotten Tongues
8. The Lost Symbol
9. White Ghost