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.

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.”

New Video Released by Cellar Darling

CELLAR DARLING, the new band formed by ex-ELUVEITIE members Anna Murphy, Merlin Sutter and Ivo Henzi, have released a new single, Avalanche

Here’s the video:

The band’s debut album, This Is The Sound, is due to be released on Nuclear Blast Records on June 30th 2017.

In band’s own words: “We’d like to take you on another journey into a picturesque, abstract world. Listen to the summoners of the ‘Avalanche’. A story about a cult and a freezing end to an intimate deathwish. Shot in the heat of beautiful Tenerife, an intentionally contradictory setting, this video tells you our story with symbolism and movement, contrasts & metaphors. So sit back and let your imagination run wild, enjoy! “

Uncommon Evolution – WWRS Shock Of The New

Uncommon Evolution hail from high in the mountains of North West Montana USA.

Since forming in the Spring of 2013, they have travelled all over their native US and had the honour of playing the South by South West Festival in Austin, Texas, where they also love to record at the Machine Shop Recording Studio.

With fiery vocals, big ballsy riffs and grooves thick enough to shake mountains, these guys have honed a sound truly all their own, though their wide ranging influences shine through in a cornucopia of flavour.

Here’s the title track from the EP they’ve got coming out this month:

Most recently, Machine (Clutch, Lamb of God, Crobot, etc.) produced, mixed and mastered their new EP, Junkyard Jesus, to be released by Argonauta Records by June 2017.

Victorient release video for new track

Goth duo Victorient have released the song Ghost City.

The song is taken from their new mini album, Revolutions Part 1, which is due for release on 12th June through Raphaelite Records.

The band’s debut album, The Old Curiosity Shop is available on Bandcamp as a “pay what you want” download – I’d suggest at least £1 – if you click the link that is hiding behind this sentence.

Sound-wise, Victorient are somewhat reminiscient of the likes of early Theatres Des Vampires and Inkkubus Sukkubus.  The husband-and-wife line-up of Tansy (vocals) and Sam Dunham-Carter (guitars, programming and backing vocals) solidified in 2014 in London.  The pair recorded and mixed the album in their own home studio, with Tansy providing the artwork.

Have a look at the video:

Remember to tell them The Wyrd Ways Rock Show sent you!

Revolutions Part 2 is expected later in the year.

Shadow Of Intent Release New Video

Symphonic Deathcore outfit, Shadow of Intent, are unleashing their first official music video for an all new track entitled The Horror Within.

The brand new track is taken from their forthcoming highly anticipated second album, Reclaimer, which is set to be released on April 28, 2017.

Here’s the aforementioned video:

The album was produced and engineered by guitarist Chris Wiseman, with Buster Odeholm handling mixing and mastering, and features guest vocal performances on several tracks from Jason Evans (Ingested), Dickie Allen (Infant Annihilator), Alex Shikolai (Slaughter To Prevail) and Tom Barber (Lorna Shore).

The band had the following to say about the upcoming release:

“We feel this album is definitely our best work to date. We put our hearts and souls into this, to craft it into what we believe Shadow Of Intent truly is. Our pride in Reclaimer cannot properly be expressed, and we hope the fans enjoy it as much as we enjoyed creating it.”

Reclaimer‘ Track List:

  1. We Descend
  2. The Return
  3. The Horror Within
  4. The Catacombs (Ft. Jason Evans & Dickie Allen)
  5. The Mad Tyrant’s Betrayal
  6. The Gathering Of All (Ft. Alex Shikolai)
  7. The Heretic Prevails
  8. The Prophets Beckoning (Ft. Tom Barber)
  9. The Forsaken Effigy
  10. The Great Schism
  11. The Mausoleum Of Liars
  12. The Tartarus Impalement

Pre-orders for Reclaimer in both physical and digital formats are now available via Shadow of Intent‘s official Bandcamp page, Big Cartel, and via iTunesReclaimer will also be available for streaming on Spotify and most other digital streaming outlets following the album’s official release.

Shadow of Intent

Shadow of Intent, from West Hartford in Conneticut were influenced by Halo.  They started as a two man project comprised of vocalist Ben Duerr and multi-instrumentalist/producer Chris Wiseman, and released an EP entitled Inferi Sententia in July of 2014. The pair followed up the EP with their debut full length album, Primordial, in January of 2016, which coupled with a steady stream of vocal and guitar based play through video clips, helped expand both their reach and their fan base by the tens of thousands. Shadow Of Intent were also the 2016 Readers Choice Breakout Band of the Year on Chugcore.net, where you can get their debut album by clicking THIS LINK.

Moving into 2017, the band have grown from a two piece into a fully functioning tour ready unit, with Ben and Chris welcoming Federico Zuccarelli (Guitar), Keith Kohlhepp (Bass) and Matt Kohanowski (Drums) to the fold.

Brazil’s Pato Junkie Release New Music Video

Brazilian Metalcore band Pato Junkie have released a new music video for their single Bad Memories.

The new single is taken from Pato Junkie‘s upcoming new second album, The Rag Doll.    This will be the follow-up to their 2015 debut Doido e Violento.

The band was started in 2009 by vocalist Alexandre Gomes and drummer Wellington Nunes as a Punk/Hardcore crossover band.

In 2016 after a gap and a change of members, the band decided to change their style, taking on a heavier and more modern sound, influenced by Nu Metal, Thrash and Metalcore.

The video for Bad Memories was directed by Alvaro Borges and Getúlio Alves and edited by Alcatraz Filmes.

Habitual Sins

Pittsburgh-based Habitual Sins are the latest US signing to Pure Steel Records.

The band’s core membership is made up of veterans of their local scene, Matthew Bizilia (ex-Icarus Witch), Steve Pollick (ex-Icarus Witch, Order Of Nine) and Jim Dofka.

The album, Personal Demons, is due for release on 20th January 2017.  Here’s the video for the current single, I Pray For You.

If you’re interested in another taster from the album, here’s a little something more from Pure Steel Records’ Soundcloud page:

Demise Of The Crown release single and video

Montreal’s Demise Of The Crown have released a new single entitled Black Rain.

You can watch it here:

The new single was mixed and mastered by Cryptopsy six-stringer, Chris Donaldson, following up on the band’s self-titled debut album which was released in March.  If you want to give the album a spin, head over to Demise Of The Crown’s Bandcamp page.

For those of us who aren’t in the know about these guys, Canadian Metal band Demise Of The Crown can really only be classified as “Metal“.  They began as Prog Metal, but through time (and slogging through their local Montreal scene), they evolved into a what can really only be described as a Heavy Metal band, with elements of Death Metal, Power Metal, shredding and some catchy bits to bring in the casual listener.

The current line-up, lead by Manuel Iradian (guitar), Kevin “Kevy Metal” (drums) and Darren Beadman (vocals) finally came together in 2014.  Influenced by headliners like Nevermore, Avenged Sevenfold, Opeth, Pantera, and Faith No More, they have performed with bands like Hellyeah, Devin Townsend Project, 3 Inches Of Blood, Katatonia and Firewind.