Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Unisonic - Exceptional


With their 2012 self-titled debut album UNISONIC unleashed a storm of enthusiasm. For the first time in 23 years, the two former members of Hamburg’s metal institution HELLOWEEN - Michael Kiske and Kai Hansen – reunited to play in the same band. More than a few metal fans might have shed a tear.

After the successful follow-up album "Light Of Dawn" (2014) a worldwide tour followed with memorable gigs in South America, Europe and Japan until Unisonic, still at full speed, brought their energy to the small village of Wacken where one of the biggest and most spectacular metal festivals in the world takes place every year.

The international all-star act consisting of Michael Kiske (HELLOWEEN) on vocals, Kai Hansen (HELLOWEEN, GAMMA RAY) on guitars, Mandy Meyer (ex. ASIA, ex. GOTTHARD, KROKUS) on guitars, Dennis Ward (PINK CREAM 69 and successful producer of many top class hard rock acts) on bass guitar and Kosta Zafiriou (ex-PINK CREAM 69) on drums entered the stage at last year’s Wacken festival and made the night ablaze with glorious metal. For the band it was a remarkable experience.




On stage the band showed their class and diversity; their sound is spiked with remarkable riffs and guitar solos, thundering grooves, classic metal hymns and hooks other bands would be dying to write. And on top the anthemic vocals of Kiske, whose “out-of-this-world” voice is so extraordinary and strong, he is often mentioned in the same breath with Bruce Dickinson, Rob Halford and Geoff Tate.

Like the studio albums, "Live in Wacken" was mixed and mastered by the band’s own Dennis Ward. This show was a very special occasion for the whole band, but possibly it was “the show of the life” for one band member… Kosta Zafiriou had in fact decided to focus only on the management side and to leave his drummer seat forever, after a lifetime spent between management duties and being a professional drummer.

2017 and 2018 will see Kiske and Hansen reunite with HELLOWEEN for the Pumpkins United World Tour.

The UNISONIC show will be available on a limited CD+DVD (Digipak) and digital version. The bonus DVD includes the video recording of six songs from their spectacular performance.

TRACKLIST

CD
1. Venite 2.0
2. For The Kingdom
3. Exceptional
4. My Sanctuary
5. King For A Day
6. A Little Time
7. Your Time Has Come
8. When The Deed Is Done
9. Star Rider
10. Throne Of The Dawn
11. March Of Time
12. Unisonic

DVD:
1. For The Kingdom
2. Exceptional
3. Your Time Has Come
4. When The Deed Is Done
5. March Of Time
6. Unisonic

Today’s tune ”Exceptional” is record Live at Wacken Open Air 2016 and will be on the record ”Live In Wacken”, set to be released July 21st. The sound is brilliant and the voice, oh my freaking god.



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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Arch Enemy - The World Is Yours


Melodic metal masters ARCH ENEMY have returned full force ahead as they prepare to release their forthcoming album, "Will To Power", out September 8, 2017 via Century Media Records.

ARCH ENEMY is a Swedish melodic death metal band, originally a supergroup, from Halmstad, formed in 1996. Its members were in bands such as CARCASS, ARMAGEDDON, CARNAGE, MERCYFUL FATE, SPRITITUAL BEGGARS, NEVERMORE and EUCHARIST. It was founded by CARCASS guitarist Michael Amott along with Johan Liiva, who were both originally from the influential death metal band CARNAGE. The band has released nine studio albums, two live albums, three video albums and three EPs. The band was originally fronted by Johan Liiva, who was replaced by German Angela Gossow as lead vocalist in 2000. Gossow left the band in March 2014 and was replaced by Canadian Alissa White-Gluz, while remaining as the group's manager.


"Will To Power" will mark the first album the band have recorded with their current line-up -- ALISSA WHITE-GLUZ (Vocals), MICHAEL AMOTT (Guitars), JEFF LOOMIS (Guitars), SHARLEE D'ANGELO (Bass), and DANIEL ERLANDSSON (Drums).
The album is Co-produced by guitarist Michael Amott and drummer Daniel Erlandsson, "Will To Power" was sent to Jens Bogren (OPETH, AT THE GATES, DIMMU BORGIR) for mixing and mastering and marks legendary guitarist Jeff Loomis' (NEVERMORE) first recording with the band.



Mastermind Michael Amott comments,

"We've been hard at work on the new album for a while now and we're proud to present the first taste of new ARCH ENEMY music in over three years with our new single and video, 'The World Is Yours'! This was the first song I wrote for the upcoming 'Will To Power' album and Daniel (Erlandsson, drums) helped me arrange and finish it up. One of many songs we co-wrote and co-produced this time around. We had a blast recording together with the full band in the south of Sweden and then mixing with Jens Bogren, who did a superb mix and mastering - in my opinion even surpassing the epic sound on our previous record, 'War Eternal'. People that have heard this song in particular are saying it's got the classic anthemic ARCH ENEMY vibe going on, and I think they might be right about that... Looking forward to playing it live on stage later this summer!”

Following the immense critical acclaim from their anthem-laden triumph of 2014, "War Eternal", ARCH ENEMY will continue to bring their thunderous live performances to fans worldwide on the "Will To Power 2017 International Tour" this fall, followed by a busy summer making appearances across the European festival market. The first leg of the tour will stretch across Eastern Europe from September 15 to October 11 with direct support from Jinjer. Further dates across Europe and North America are soon to be revealed. See below for a full listing of upcoming shows!

Today’s tune "The World Is Yours” is taken from the upcoming album "Will To Power"



ARCH ENEMY @ Summer festivals 2017

15.07.2017 Gefle Metal Festival, Gavle, Sweden
04.08.2017 Rock Pod Kamenom Festival, Snina, Slovakia
05.08.2017 Ostrave v Plamenech, Ostrava, Czech Republic
07.08.2017 Festival Di Majano, Majano, Itlay
08.08.2017 Conrad Sohm, Dornbirn, Austria
10.08.2017 Leyendas Del Rock, Villena, Spain
11.08.2017 Vagos Metal Fest, Vagos, Portugal
12.08.2017 Into The Grave, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
13.08.2017 Bloodstock Open Air, Walton-On-Trent, UK

ARCH ENEMY “Will To Power Tour 2017” w/ special guest Jinjer

15.09.2017 Music Hall, Innsbruck, Austria
16.09.2017 Posthof, Linz, Austria
17.09.2017 Cvetlicarna, Ljubljana, Slovenia
18.09.2017 Dom Omladine, Belgrade, Serbia
20.09.2017 Quantic Club Open Air Stage, Bucharest, Romania
21.09.2017 Universiada Hall, Sofia, Bulgaria
22.09.2017 Piraeus 117 Academy, Athens, Greece
23.09.2017 Principal Club Theater Thessaloniki, Greece
25.09.2017 Majestic Music Club, Bratislava, Slovakia
26.09.2017 Progresja, Warsaw, Poland
27.09.2017 Loftas, Vilnius, Lithuania
29.09.2017 Melna Piektdiena, Riga, Latvia
30.09.2017 Rock Café, Tallinn, Estonia
01.10.2017 The Circus, Helsinki, Finland
03.10.2017 Re:Public, Minsk, Belarus *
04.10.2017 Aurora, St. Petersburg, Russia *
06.10.2017 Otdyh, Novosibirsk, Russia *
08.10.2017 Tele Club, Yekaterinburg, Russia *
10.10.2017 Yotaspace, Moscow, Russia *
11.10.2017 Zvezda, Samara, Russia *
*without Jinjer

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Tequila Mockingbyrd - Fight and Flight


Monday, new week, time to introduce ”Record Of The Week”.

"Fight and Flight" is the debut from Melbourne’s TEQUILA MOCKINGBYRD, a band that not use either lemon or salt in their drinks. Since their inception in 2012, the trio has toured Australia multiple times and earned killer support slots with international acts such as Cherie Currie of THE RUNAWAYS and punk icon Richie Ramone whose management hand‐picked the girls for the slot having heard their cover of The Ramone’s classic “Somebody Put Something in my Drink”.

"Fight and Flight" is a shot of straight up rock n roll packing a high energy punch that will hit you from the first explosion of sound until long into the after-party.


TEQUILA MOCKINGBYRD is comprised of Estelle Artois (Lead Vocals, Guitar), Jess Reily (Bass, Backing Vocals) and Josie O’Toole (Drums, Backing Vocals).

"Fight and Flight” is a really fun album to listen to, rocky as hell. From the opening track "I Smell Rock N Roll” where they are blowing of the hole arsenal of catchy riffs and heavy stomping tunes with choruses that you would die of. Heavy guitar riffing fires of "Never Go Home”, cool tune with massive chorus. The heavy bass and drum intro to ”Money Tree” is brilliant with a great punky attitude. Then ”Catalyst” kicks in, bluesy guitars, heavy riffs, a more softer approach than the other ones with amazing vocals. "Half Of The Man” is a great tune about a dude that I feel sorry for if they bump into these girls one day :). ”So Not Me”, back to the more punkier way to express themselves. ”Everyone Down”(todays tune) kicks me in the stomach with it's stomping melody, wow what a energetic tune, I’m very impressed of these talented girls. ”This Ain't Dead” starts with an amazing intro, holy cow and turns out to be a real beauty. “Somebody Put Something in my Drink” is the THE RAMONES classic tune. A very well done version that suites these ladies like a glow. ”Jagerbomb” is a classic Rock n’ roll tune. ”Shut Me Down” continues in the same lane but with a more updated version of the old classics and ends with the party anthem "Good Time”.

Sum: A modern RUNAWAYS that kicks ass! TEQUILA MOCKINGBYRD is something that have a really bright future ahead.


Today's tune "Everyone Down", taken from the bands debut album "Fight and Flight", release March 24, 2017. Track recorded, mixed and mastered by Shane Rae at Lighthill Studios, Directed by Daniel Nolan & TEQUILA MOCKINGBYRD, Camera and edit by Daniel Nolan/Clear Reel, Smoke and lights by David (Schnappa) Skoda, Make-up by Charlie, Filmed at GM Sound Studio, Campbellfield, VIC, AU



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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Maria Callas - Vissi d'Arte


Sunday, time for a classic, this time we take a step outside the "pretty" normal box and play a tune with Maria Callas by Puccini and a piece from Tosca called "Vissi d'Arte"


Maria Callas (Greek: Μαρία Κάλλας; December 2, 1923 – September 16, 1977), was a Greek-American soprano, and one of the most renowned and influential opera singers of the 20th century. Many critics praised her bel canto technique, wide-ranging voice and dramatic interpretations. Her repertoire ranged from classical opera seria to the bel canto operas of Donizetti, Bellini and Rossini and further, to the works of Verdi and Puccini; and, in her early career, to the music dramas of Wagner. Her musical and dramatic talents led to her being hailed as La Divina.

Born in New York City and raised by an overbearing mother, she received her musical education in Greece and established her career in Italy. Forced to deal with the exigencies of wartime poverty and with myopia that left her nearly blind onstage, she endured struggles and scandal over the course of her career. She turned herself from a heavy woman into a svelte and glamorous one after a mid-career weight loss, which might have contributed to her vocal decline and the premature end of her career. The press exulted in publicizing Callas's temperamental behavior, her supposed rivalry with Renata Tebaldi and her love affair with Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis. Although her dramatic life and personal tragedy have often overshadowed Callas the artist in the popular press, her artistic achievements were such that Leonard Bernstein called her "the Bible of opera" and her influence so enduring that, in 2006, Opera News wrote of her: "Nearly thirty years after her death, she's still the definition of the diva as artist—and still one of classical music's best-selling vocalists.


Why Maria Callas, well mostly because me and Thetania just let loose the Wallander series, where the main character Kurt Wallander most adorable artist is Maria Callas, something that you will see that he plays more than once.





Today's tune is with Maria Callas that sings Puccini: Tosca - 'Vissi d'Arte' at Covent Garden 1964. Maria Callas' final appearance on the operatic stage was in Tosca ​at Covent Garden's 1965 Royal Gala. ​​​For many opera lovers, Maria Callas and Tosca's Vissi d'Arte ​are inseparable. "I lived for art; I lived for love" became La Divina's cri de coeur, ​​​​her swansong, the perfect expression of her own triumphs and tragedies. This unrivaled recording is from that legendary Zeffirelli production in 1964 and is one of just many jewels in the Maria Callas Live edition.



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