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The 2014 Lady Obscure Album of the Year Award
30 Dec. 2014

The 2014 Lady Obscure Album of the Year Award


Greetings fellow music lovers, another year has come and gone, and though we have all seen the usual ups and downs that life delivers, music is the constant up, the soundtrack that gets us through our day. 2014 was a stellar one to say the least, with some heavy hitters putting out new work, some bands coming off long hiatuses to remind us of why we love them so, and of course some obscure bands scoured from all over the world to blow our minds and eardrums.

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Glass Hammer to Release 17th Album
28 Jan. 2015

Glass Hammer to Release 17th Album


Glass Hammer confirm the release of their 17th album on March 31st. ‘Breaking Of The World’ is the follow up to 2014’s ‘Ode to Echo’ and respected studio engineer Bob Katz calls it the band’s “Most progressive album yet”.

 Steve Babb and Fred Schendel are joined by Carl GrovesKamran Alan ShikohAaron Raulston and Susie Bogdanowicz.

Babb tells us, “It is certainly (IMO) the best sounding Glass Hammer album we’ve released in years. The songwriting was really focused, and our current line-up has genuine chemistry. That’s just my opinion of course. The fans will decide for themselves very soon. But I think they’ll be very happy with The Breaking Of The World.”

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Dissona Back in the Studio
21 Jan. 2015

Dissona Back in the Studio


Progressive metal band Dissona has officially entered the studio to begin recording for their second album. The album is slated for a mid 2015 release and will feature 10 full-band compositions as well as 2 instrumental tracks. Dissona’s self-titled debut was released in 2012 to great critical acclaim and this second release aims to surpass it in every way possible. The self-titled album from 2012 is available for free digitally or for purchase physically at their Bandcamp page. Keep up with the bands studio progress and updates at their Facebook page.

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In love with the AudioPlastik album!
13 Jan. 2015

In love with the AudioPlastik album!


Hey folks!I’ve been listening to the debut album of AudioPlastik (previously known as Brave New Sky and Alpha Flood) for the last few days and religiously at that!I should say, with the great taste in music you have, I highly recommend it to you! :) Short of long, I would have given it a 5 star review if I got the review that is but Progradar won the long and arduous wrestling match…
I am pretty sure he will give it a glowing review too!
Actually, Dec Burke (Darwin’s Radio, Frost* ) shared his material with me more than a year ago – and I will forever treasure his trust for it! – and I had the opportunity to hear some of the songs at their earlier stages. The song with which I instantly fell in love was “Tonight” and I am still dying for the song after a bazilion of spins! It does something to me for sure…
Anyways, I will leave the rest to my great author Martin and urge you to go and pre-order the album, like, nao…You can thank me later!
Cheers,
Lady Obscure

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Märchenbilder Release New Single (Updated)
10 Jan. 2015

Märchenbilder Release New Single (Updated)


Hey folks!

It just came to my attention that the symphonic metal band Märchenbilder are releasing their new single, “Surrender” on 15th January 2015!

From their press release

“For this new track, the band has recorded and mixed with Yanic Bercier at WaveTransform Studios in Knoxville, Tennessee, and mastered with Tom Morris at Morrisound Recording in Tampa, Florida.”

“Fans of Blackguard will be happy to hear the guest vocals of Blackguard’s front man Paul Ablaze, recorded at Silver Wings Studios in Montreal, Qc, adding power to the track. Stay tuned to the band’s web page and Facebook page to hear the new single on January 15th!”

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‘The Ones That Nearly Got Away’ (bite sized reviews from 2014)
08 Jan. 2015

‘The Ones That Nearly Got Away’ (bite sized reviews from 2014)


You all know that I cannot write short reviews, they are always in depth and take an album apart to give a track-by-track breakdown of the record. I also try to give a decent biography of the artist involved and a convoluted introduction.

This seems to work when reviewing the type of music that I do, I give the reader a level of intelligence that means they have the time and inclination to look deeper into the music I am reviewing.

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Vihaan
05 Jan. 2015

Vihaan


Artist/Band name: VIHAANVIHANN - Invicta cover art
Title: INVICTA
Release Date: October 7th, 2014
Format: CD / DIGITAL
Label: SELF RELEASED
Genre: PROGRESSIVE METAL
Origin: UNITED STATES (Detroit, Michigan)

TRACKLIST & TIMES:
1. City (4:36)
2. Inflection (7:21)
3. Statue (7:36)
4. Episodes (3:18)
5. Smoke (3:49)
6. Valor (11:06)
7. Perception (9:04)

Vihaan was formed in 2012 by Lorenzo Piccirilli as solo project based just outside of Detroit, MI. The focus is on the music, songwriting, and a range of influences from modern progressive death metal, 70s prog rock, and jazz fusion.

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NIHILISTINEN BARBAARISUUS
31 Dec. 2014

NIHILISTINEN BARBAARISUUS


Band name: NIHILISTINEN BARBAARISUUS
Title: SYNKKÄ TUULI
Release Date: March 26th, 2013 / September 2nd, 2013
Label: HORROR PAIN GORE DEATH PRODUCTION / INFERNAL KOMMANDO RECORDS
Genre: AMBIENT BLACK METAL
Origin: FINLAND (Helsinki), UNITED STATES (Pennsylvania)

TRACKLIST & TIMES:
1. Ylittäen Jäätyneen Pohjoisen (I) (6:03)
2. Ylittäen Jäätyneen Pohjoisen (II) (7:22)
3. Itämeri Anomalia (1:26)
4. Anhedonia (3:46)
5. Arktinen Välisoitto (3:44)
6. Synkkä Tuuli (7:14)
7. Ketamiini (1:22)

LINE UP & CREDITS:

Guitar, Drum-Programming, Co-Composer: Mika Mage (Lawrence’s Creation)
Bass, Keyboard, Drum-Programming, Vocals: M.W.S. (Serpent ov Old, Shadows in the Crypt, ex-Evil Divine, ex-Wykked Witch)
Co-Composer: Manuel Rodriguez

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Black Crown Initiate
17 Nov. 2014

Black Crown Initiate


Bio: Jesse: We all played together in a band for a couple years, it was a local group. We did a lot of small clubs and short weekend tours. Not really having much success, you know, aside from becoming good friends and better musicians. In late 2013 Andy started black crown and when I heard the songs I knew it was something I wanted to be a part of. I joined in early 2014 and we’ve been jamming it out ever since!

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A Must-See Video From Neverdream
03 Nov. 2014

A Must-See Video From Neverdream


Seriously guys, you have to see this video.

I am blown away by the effort put in there, the great acting, the story, the two vocalists’ brilliantly convincing delivery… Song was already sublime and now the video is just a cherry on top.

Some of you would remember that Neverdream released a very strong, ambitious concept album earlier this year which got a review by our own Phoenix if you would like to check it out.

Our main source of excitement for the album was the fact that it was featuring the brilliant vocalist Andy Kuntz of Vanden Plas fame and he is in the video as well.

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