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.
Middle East’s progressive mastermind Amadeus Awad is back with “Death Is Just A Feeling”
Featuring an all star lineup: Anneke Van Giersbergen (The Gathering, Ayreon, The Gentle Storm), Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon, Guilt Machine, Stream of Passion), Elia Monsef (Ostura, Amadeus Awad), Marco Minnemann (Joe Satriani, Steven Wilson, The Aristocrats) and Jimmy Keegan (Spocks Beard, John Waite, Santana).
The new album from Lebanese maestro Amadeus Awad will be released worldwide on the 20th of August 2015 via Melodic Revolution Records. As with previous releases from Awad, “Death Is Just A Feeling” is a concept album and contains 6 tracks clocking in at around 47 minutes with one instrumental track.
Progressive metal band Uneven Structure have released a brand new song from their forthcoming highly anticipated, sophomore full-length album La Partition. Fans can listen to “Funambule” now by heading to youtube.com. La Partition will be released later this year via Basick Records.
Comments guitarist Igor Omodei: “We started working on La Partition around mid 2012. Back then we had no clear idea about the sound we were aiming for, we only knew we’d like something organic sounding and managing to keep its momentum through the whole album more than in Februus.
We are a symphonic rock/metal band originally from San Francisco (CA), USA. The name Shaylon comes from ancient Gaelic and means “admirable”. We formed in July 2014 with the initial intent to blend together the power of rock and heavy metal with the symphonic spirit of classical music and the great melodies of modern pop. The group sees involved some of the best musicians of the Bay Area such as Tina Diggs on vocals, Charly Urso on guitars and keyboards, Alex Tamas on bass and Marco Bicca on Drums. We just finished recording our debut EP called “Forgotten Realms of Wonders“.
Jim McAvoy (vocals)
Vincent Anastasi (drums)
Adam Mozetti (bass)
Kevin Kryshka (guitar)
Jonathan Fuentes (guitar)
Answers by Vincent Anastasi
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!