31/03/2022

Song of The Day- Disconnected- King of The World

 

French Metal act Disconnected has released their latest single 'King of the World', ahead of their new album We Are Disconnected', due out on Friday, April 1st.

The track was recorded at Studio Caverne in Paris and mixed by Jelly Cardarelli at his Darvault studio in France. 'King of The World' captures all the rage and emotion felt against people with a superiority complex. The harsh vocals scream over jagged guitar leads and pummeling double-blast beats. The Frenchmen create a sonic blast of dark musical compositions, melodic choruses, and extensive guitar solos. Disconnected are set to enjoy a host of appearances on tour in 2022 including playing major festivals this summer, including Rock Fest in Barcelona, Wacken Open Air in Germany, and


HELLFEST (MAINSTAGE) in France, alongside GUNS’N'ROSES, METALLICA, MEGADETH, ALICE COOPER, NIN, etc.

'We Are Disconnected ' will be available via all major streaming platforms on Friday, April 1st.

Words by Anselm Anderson

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23/03/2022

Album Review- Gone Savage- Past Life

Gone Savage are an originals rock act from Manchester, England founded by ex-members of Sweet Sin, Dare and Sam Thunder. 'Past Life' will be the band's debut LP with a yet unconfirmed release date, expected sometime in 2022.

The band blend a 1980s radio-friendly sound with a hard rock 90's edge. Gone Savage are bassist Ian Salpekar and lead vocalist Will Glover with a history of guest musicians. Ian Salpekar helped engineer the release with David Radahd- Jones helping mix and produce at Red City Recordings studio in Manchester. Peter Maher mastered the album at Top Floor Productions in London.

The twelve-track LP begins with 'Regression', an intro that mixes cuts of tracks with a static sound. 'Icon of Today' kicks things off with a heavy chugging guitar sound and Glover's sweet melodic vocals.
Next up is the catchy 'Irresistible', a heavy blast of dynamic guitar parts that are fast and ferocious accompanied by a chorus that climbs through your ear lobes like a trusted earworm.

The duo has worked hard to create an album that is as close to their influences as Dokken, Ratt and Queensryche with sharp guitar riffs, saccharine vocals and songwriting that is designed to please the listener with easy to listen songs. 

'Permanent State of Change' shows the band can play tracks with a heavy edge with pummeling drums and strong guitar beats and singalong choruses. 'Bulletproof'' is a more progressive track with an aggressive guitar sound. The album takes the listener through a range of musical styles including a ballad in ' Life Incendiary', the anthemic 'Louder Than the Sun' and the latest single 'Life in Black and White' The album completes its journey with the guitar-driven metal of 'Powerless' and ' Touch Your God', which sounds like a farewell.

Overall, Gone Savage has written an album that highlights their penchant for a good, solid rock release full of energy and heart. 

Words by Anselm Anderson. 
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17/03/2022

ALBUM OF THE WEEK - EXTINCTION A.D- CULTURE OF VIOLENCE.

New York Thrashers' Extinction A.D is set to unleash the chaotic " Culture of Violence", this Friday, March 18th via Unique Leader Records.

The album is the first release for the record label and the follow up to 2018's ' Decimation Treaty'. The band formed in 2013, releasing two full-length studio efforts and an Ep, as well as earning support slots to such luminaries like Suicidal Tendencies, Municipal Waste, Testament and Obituary.

The ten-track blends the intensity of modern metal with the aggression of 80's thrash, and the emotions of 90's thrash metal.

The self-titled 'Culture of Violence' opens proceedings with a fistful of raw anger full of blistering solos, pummeling drumbeats and hellacious vocals. Next up is the equally volatile "Dominion" with its neck-breaking riffage, finger-blistering double-blast beats and vocalist Rick Jimenez raging like a modern-day Phil Anselmo. Jimenez is the ideal vocalist that can switch between melodic vocals and pure, blind rage in one song. The songwriting is powerful and well-crafted with the obvious influences of Pantera, Machine Head and Slayer clear to hear.


The riffs of guitarist Ian Cimaglia are like a sorcerer casting spells out of a Melton pot. Each riff grows in intensity and dynamism.  The lyrics are relevant to today's dramas, such as the unforgiving "Thirteen" and the unrelenting tenacity of "1992". Drummer Mike Sciulara pounds drums like a bloodthirsty shark hunting for its prey such as "Heads Will Roll" with its earth-shattering guitar solos and growls of Jimenez, the instrumental breakdowns always sound like an ominous threat. Bassist Tom Wood plays the bass like a guitarist with each rumbling line like it his last.

Other highlights include the dark, grooves of " Behind the Times" which share similarities to "Reign In Blood", the catchy "Star-Spangled Banner", the vertigo-inducing guitar harmonics of "Praise the Fraud" and finally," National Disaster" makes sure you will need an extensive rest with Jimenez barking lines over chugging guitar lines, machine gun-like drums and a foreboding sense the band are just warming up.

Overall, Extinction A.D. show they are anything but with this intense outing of sonic blasts of riffs, drumming and intricate songwriting that captures all the pain, anger and resentment felt by the band over the years.

words by Anselm Anderson

"Culture of Violence" will be released on March 18th via all major streaming platforms.

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11/03/2022

Album of The Week- KRYPTOGRAF- THE ELDORADO SPELL


Norwegian Stoner rock act Kryptograf has released their sophomore effort, the spellbinding, The Eldorado Spell, via Apollon Records. The four-piece have released the follow up to their 2020 self-titled debut. The music takes the listener back to the seventies' heyday of huge riffs and mesmerising vocals that combines folk, stoner, doom rock and psychedelia to create a fresh new sound. The ten-track LP was produced, mixed, and mastered by Ivor Sandey and recorded at Solsolett Studio 2020.
"Asphodel" opens the album with its slow tempo and chunky guitar sound sets the precedent for the remainder of the album.
 Next up is "Cosmic Suicide", the track's aggressive guitars and catchy vocals make it a hit with many new fans. The band emerge unique styles with interesting ideas to create a fun and dynamic edge that appeals to many a fan. The album continues through with structured solos and acoustic passages such as the titled track 'The Eldorado Spell' with its mesmerising acoustic intro and dark grooves that sound like something from a Black Sabbath initiation. 

Other highlights include the sludge metal of "The Spiral", the hypnotic grooves of "When the Witches" and finally, "The Well" completes the recordings with enchanting vocals and folk elements.

Overall, 'The Eldorado Spell' creates a fresh potion of riffs and earworm songs to keep fans of all things doom satisfied.

Words by Anselm Anderson


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