Category Archives: Shock Of The New

Here’s where you’ll find the next generation of bands who will be stepping up when AC/DC, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and Judas Priest step down.

No Hot Ashes

Originally formed in 1983, No Hot Ashes were influenced by UFO, Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake, JourneyForeigner, Thin Lizzy and other Classic Rock/AOR acts of that era. They released their first single, She Drives Me Crazy, in 1986 and supported bands such as Mama’s Boys, Magnum, Girlschool and Steve Marriott’s Packet of Three.

The group signed a record deal with GWR Records in early 1988, joining Motörhead, Girlschool and Hawkwind on that label’s roster. They also relocated to London in order to be closer to the company and made an album before the end of that year. However, delays then occurred in getting it released and by the end of 1990 the band had called it a day and the record was shelved.

That should have been it, but in September 2013 NHA reformed for a one-off tribute gig which subsequently snowballed. Performing what can be described as Classic Melodic Rock with a contemporary twist, they have been delighting new fans in the years since with their hook-laden guitar and keyboard driven songs, supporting AerosmithForeignerUFO and Scorpions along the way and touring the UK with FM and Romeo’s Daughter. They have also performed at major festivals such as Hard Rock Hell AOR, DownloadLondon Calling, Ramblin’ Man, Steelhouse, Rockingham and the Frontiers Rock Festival in Milan, going down a storm each time.

NHA are currently preparing to hit the road in support of what is now a very eagerly anticipated debut album, with shows already planned for late spring and summer 2018. Unfortunately for the group, the pleasure of releasing the album is also tinged with great sadness as founding member, bass player and close friend Paul Boyd tragically lost a brave battle with cancer in 2017.  Paul appears on the album and the band are respectfully dedicating its release to his memory.

“35 years ago we started a journey as band members and friends. We’ve had some incredible highs and some devastating lows. We lost Paul Boyd to cancer in January last year. He played and sang on this album.

I cannot tell you how proud I am of it and him. The songs are massive, the production immense.

The world needs this album because there is always room in life for quality. Listen and enjoy.”

Eamon Nancarrow – NO HOT ASHES

Purest Of Pain prepare debut album

Dutch melodic death metal quintet Purest of Pain are ready to unleash their debut album Solipsis on March 1st.

Led by guitarist and main songwriter, Delain‘s Merel Bechtold, the line-up of Purest Of Pain includes bandmate Joey de Boer on drums.  The band were formed in 2008 and this album has been in the works for seven years.  The relatively long timespans are due to  Merel’s time in Delain, as well as her work with Anneke van Giersbergen, The Gentle Storm and MaYaN, as well as the schedules of the band’s other members.

Following the 2011 release of the Revelations in Obscurity EP and the single, Momentum in 2013, the band concentrated on live work, opening for heavyweights such Opeth, Suicide Silence and Unearth in their home country as well as a number of festival appearances. The bulk of the live work was in part to help fund the album recordings but also gave them the chance to hone their craft so that when they were able to enter the studio, the songs for  Solipsis would be 100% ready.

Choosing to remain totally independent, the band launched an overwhelmingly successful crowd-funding campaign, which saw them reach their target in just six days.  Once they had the resources in place, Merel took the production reins, with invaluable help coming from Mantis Audio studio and legendary ‘sound wizard’ Jens Bogren, well known for his work with Opeth, Arch EnemySoilwork amongst others.

Masqued

Masqued were formed in 2014 in Houston, Texas by guitarist Eric Halpern (Helstar, Leatherwolf), bassist Shane Dubose, and keyboardist Adam Rawlings, all formerly with local Houston, TX band, Z-Lot-Z.  Following the addition of keyboardist Adam Rawlings, drummer Jon Allen (ex-Testament/Sadus/Dragonlord), and guitarist Drew Creel (Meyvn), they embarked on an extensive search for a vocalist before finding Steffany Johnston.

Their debut album, The Light in the Dark, was produced by Juan Urteaga (Testament / Machine Head / Vicious Rumors) with additional tracking by Brian Baker (Toadies / Garbage) and was released digitally through Sleazy Rider Records (Greece) in early October, with the CD version following on the 13th.

The band has also released a video produced by Josh Vargas for the title track, The Light in the Dark:

 

Anarchaeon

Formed in 2015, Anarchaeon features vocalist Kaija Kinney, founder of Metalocalypstick Fest, the Canadian metal festival that celebrates women in metal, along with guitarist Clayton Bach, bassist Sylvain Maltais and drummer Steve “Machine” Richardo (ex-Messiah, ex-Green Jellÿ). With a band name playing off the word Anarchy, Anarchaeon are more of a Frankenstein of their various influences with their powerhouse of screams, catchy riffs and energetic heavy bass leads.

The quartet recently unleashed their new EP, Stratusfear last month.

Their first music video Etherous Claws directed by Markham Samuels and produced by Whitelf  Films, tells the story of Anarchaeon using the power of heavy metal to summon an ancient vampire from her slumber.

Kaija:

“This is our first music video so of course we are super stoked about it. We wanted to have a bit of a back story on the song in a more poetic way rather than literal. Our good friend with Whitelf Films did an amazing job getting our vision onto screen and looking sharp!  And for those checking out our EP, it’s basically a coming together of all four members. We had so much fun writing these songs. All four of us have very different music tastes so it was very interesting coming together with such chemistry and creating something that we were all stoked about. We are already gearing up for a full album!”

The Nearly Deads release new EP

Rising Nashville rock band The Nearly Deads have released their new EP, Revenge of the Nearly Deads, on vinyl, CD and digitally for purchase and stream via Kobalt Music.

The band are fans of movies, video games and other pop culture media and like to reference their favourites in their music, videos and merchandise. This is something their fans, who are referred to as “zombies”, love about them and it has helped them make a deeper connection to them. With that said, the band had viral success of their zombie-fuelled video for Never Look Back at over 7 million views!

TND have toured with bands In This Moment, Butcher Babies, Upon A Burning Body, Stitched Up Heart, Eyes Set to Kill, and opened for Halestorm as well as All American Rejects. They have also played Warped Tour, Summer Fest, Rock Fest, Journeys Back Yard BBQ and Pride Fest.

Here’s a couple of new videos…

The Nearly Deads are:
Theresa Jeane – Vocals and Keys
Steven Tobi – Lead Guitar
Kevin Koelsch – Bass
Javier Garza Jr. – Rhythm Guitar
Josh Perrone – Drums

Statues release new single

Statues are a chaotic, progressive hardcore band from Perth, Western Australia.

Since their formation in 2009, Statues have become renowned for their extremely high energy stage presence and unforgiving rawness in their music.

In 2015 Statues released their debut record, Together We’re Alone.  Following the release of the album, Statues went through a line-up change.  The band approached an old friend and guest vocalist from the previous record; Alex Shom, who now has stepped up for lead vocals alongside Matt Unkovich on drums.

Unrest is the second single to be released from No Grave, No Burial which is set for self-release on 10th November 2017.  The single’s lyrics speak of a journey stricken with post traumatic stress disorder and severe anxiety.  Unrest is the result of repression.

Here’s what the band have to say about the new single:

Unrest takes place in the mind of the main character. After a series of events that left him heart broken and shaken, he now struggles with the process of continuing his journey alone. With the agonising guilt of feeling responsible for leaving loved ones behind and the graphic imagery of war, there is inner turmoil of panic and anger to conquer before moving forward to find safety from the conflict.”

Statues explore a new direction with this record, whilst maintaining a strong connection to their roots and increasingly making them one of the prominent live bands to see, within Australian heavy music. They have shared stages with the likes of Northlane, Norma Jean, Every Time I Die and many more…

Statues kept the recording process entirely in-house with the album produced and mixed by Matthew Templeman (Voyager, Make Them Suffer, Surroundings) and mastered by Matthew’s long-time collaborator, Simon Struthers (Paul Dempsy, The Love Junkies, The Decline). The production balances the chaos and contrast of the previous album, with a thicker and more atmospheric aesthetic and a reflective of the gut wrenching theme of this record.

Members
Alex Shom – Vocals
Scott Kay – Guitar
John Overthrow – Guitar
Matthew Templeman – Bass
Matt Unkovich – Drums

Dysnomia Post Video for Proselyte

São Paulo-based Death Metal/Thrash band Dysnomia have posted a new music video for Proselyte, the title track from the Brazilian band’s current album

The album, which was released on 15th January last year, is available on digital formats.

Click on this link to buy it from Amazon.

The video, which was directed and produced by Francis Fidélix and Luciano Moraes, can be watched here:

Power Metallists Phear Return With New EP, The Curse Lives On

If you long for the sounds of vintage Power and Thrash Metal with a Prog twist, then there is a fast-rising band that perfectly fits this description – Phear.

Comprised of Patrick Mulock (Vocals), Graham Stirrett (Guitar), Tyson Emanuel (Guitar), Chris Boshis (Bass), Chris Lewis (Drums), the band is gearing up to issue a five-track EP, The Curse Lives On (release date Friday, June 30th, 2017), which follows their debut full-length, Insanitarium.

According to Patrick:

Phear was formed in Toronto in 2015.  I played in Metal Blade recording artists Eidolon with Glen and Shawn Drover – formerly of Megadeth – from 2001-2004.  Prior to that I was in a local outfit called Rampage that had some success in the Toronto area, and for some strange reason, Australia.  After a semi-retirement from music (2004- 2014), I had the Rampage boys over to discuss doing it again. Unfortunately, all couldn’t commit due to other bands, jobs etc. So, with 2 new members and 3 original rampage members, we formed Phear.”

The forthcoming EP does not disappoint with its ferocity, as it contains both studio and live cuts, including a killer Iron Maiden cover.

“Doing our first cover ever, Rime of the Ancient Mariner, I think I’ll never forget the first power chord I heard on the guitar. I knew that the 7 string guitars would beef it up a little but BOOM….I just remember smiling and saying, ‘That’s what I’m talking about.’ Dirty Work was a little departure for us….We had an Alice in Chains feel with the harmonies and I really like how it came out.  Live songs…. Don’t Scream/Heaven/Regan’s Dream, I remember being very nervous for that show.  I literally got home from 10 days in Europe and had to perform in 3 days.  But the show went well and after 5 minutes, we got into our flow.”

And prepare to be blown away by Phear’s live show – including Canadian dates in the fall/winter (with the possibility of dates in Europe, Japan, and the US, as well).

Phear treats our live show as an event. I go see a lot of live bands in Toronto. We try to support live music as much as possible. Good or bad, most bands go up on stage, play their songs than leave the stage. Well that’s not good enough for us. Phear owns its own production! We use lighting effects, strobes, lasers, blinders, smoke machines, geysers. We are all in costumes, not our street clothes. If we could use pyro… trust me, we would and hope to be in the near future. We have our own light guy, sound guy because we want it to be a great sounding and great looking show for everybody to enjoy. We are getting more and more theatrical every show we do. The Rime… video is a good representation of what you are going to see.”

Lastly, expect much from Phear in the future.

“The immediate future is exciting. We will begin rehearsal for the fall and winter 2017 Canadian Shows. Also, we have begun the writing of our next full length album, for release early 2018. We are very excited about bringing our music to the world. With that said, All the fans and Industry that have been so very, very kind to us, we thank you for your continued support and look forward to seeing you soon.”

Rabid Bitch Of The North Reveal Debut Album Details

Belfast Heavy Metal trio Rabid Bitch Of The North have announced they will release their debut full length album, Nothing But a Bitter Taste, this August via Hostile Media.

Frontman Joe McDonnell:

“Nothing But a Bitter Taste has essentially been several years in the making. For the first time in over 10 years of performing live we had to find time to take off, go to our studio, and do this album justice.  [The album], is a concrete slab of that classic British sounding metal. It’s something straight off a NWOBHM compilation cassette. A varied spectrum of styles and tempos, and each track has its own story. It is heavy metal with rock n roll, but it is definitely progressive sounding from the previous EP and singles we’ve released.”

Tracklisting
1. The Missionary
2. Chance
3. Nothing But A Bitter Taste
4. Gilded Men
5. God Of Punishment
6. Demon Mind
7. Defending Two Castles
8. Trapped In 1999

The album was recorded by guitarist Gerard Mulholland, as with all their previous releases.

Joe McDonnell again:

“Gerry’s production has been a learn as you work approach. Using his skills built up from years of making our demos and singles.  What we wanted to achieve was a record that captured our unique character, as well sounding like a record that we would listen to. We wanted it to sound like the metal we like, which is anything from the golden era of heavy metal. Maybe a few Judas Priest records were points of reference at times, but the album was never based on one particular sound.”

As well as announcing details of the album the band have also released the first single, The Missionary:  “It’s a song about the journey of discovering metal, searching out new bands and sounds, and then becoming part of the scene creating your own songs.”

Raw In Sect release new video

Greek Metal/Rock band, Raw In Sect, have released a new music video for Therion.  The song is taken from the upcoming third album Kitro, which will be released in September.

Here’s the video in question:

Filmed in London’s Black Island studios by director Peter Lee Scott, the band says the video is mean to reflect the transformation into Therion, which is to “find inner power in a primitive way getting in touch with your instincts.

The song’s unique blend of traditional Greek music and rock ‘n’ roll is, according to the band, meant to…

“…redefine what aggressive/rock music is through a totally different approach than the one that has been known in the music scene.

Really though, it’s about doing something new and artistic instead of repeating the same old patterns of established bands in hopes of securing a career in a declining music industry. Changing the language of the lyrics in Greek, recording live, and not setting on the sound of previous records that was somewhat accepted, are among the risks we took willingly in order to express something new and reach wider audiences.”