Paladin’s New EP Is An Enjoyable Tribute To Nevermore, Promising Presentation For Paladin’s Future

Courtesy: Prosthetic Records

Up-and-coming metal band Paladin announced a new slate of live dates Thursday.  The almost three-week schedule, which launches April 22 in Charlotte, NC and runs through May 9 in Raleigh, NC, is in support of the band’s 2019 debut album Ascension and its follow-up, the three-song EP Anamnesis.  The latter of those two records was a tribute to Nevermore and its late front man Warrell Dane.  The record was released Dec. 13, on the second anniversary of Dane’s untimely passing.  Anamnesis is another good exhibition of the talents of Paladin’s members while also serving as a reminder of why Nevermore is still one of metal’s most important bands even though the band is not longer together.  That statement is supported through the EP’s featured songs.  This will be discussed shortly.  The songs that Paladin chose are themselves good choices and representations of what made (and still makes) Nevermore an elite metal act.  Paladin’s performance of the songs adds even more engagement and entertainment value to the EP.  This will be addressed a little later.  The record’s production rounds out its most notable elements.  When it is considered alongside the songs featured in the EP, the whole of the record is a good tribute to Nevermore and another good example of why Paladin is one of the next big names in the hard rock and metal community.

Paladin’s new EP Anamnesis is a positive new offering from the up-and-coming metal outfit.  The group’s second studio recording, whose title means a recalling of mind, was released Dec. 13 as a tribute to Nevermore’s late front man Warrel Dane on the second anniversary of Dane’s passing.  The three-song compilation succeeds in paying tribute to Dane and Nevermore and in showing Paladin’s promise all in one.  That is due in large part to the songs that are featured in the record.  Paladin reaches as far back as Nevermore’s 1996 sophomore album The Politics of Ecstasy and as recent as the band’s 2005 album This Godless Endeavour, which would go on to become the band’s penultimate album.  The band’s fourth album Dead Heart in a Dead World is also represented in the EP.  The musical and lyrical content featured in each song builds on the engagement and entertainment generated just through the songs.  ‘Final Product’ for instance takes on the slow demise of society, taking on the impact of the media on that decline.  ‘42147’ meanwhile finds Worrell seemingly addressing his own conflicted thoughts about an unknown topic.  This, perhaps, could be a discussion on mental health.  If so, despite its brevity, it is a powerful statement in its own right.  ‘The River Dragon Comes’ is powerful in its own undeniable way, with Dane seemingly presenting a sociopolitical commentary in the song’s lyrical content.

The musical arrangement featured within each of the EP’s songs works with the songs’ lyrical content.  Case in point is the arrangement at the center of ‘Final Product.’  The arrangement is a high-energy work that does well to illustrate the frustration at what has become of the world and the causes of what has happened.  The subtleties in the arrangement within ‘The River Dragon Has Come’ serve to paint a vivid picture alongside the song’s almost biblical style lyrical content.  The coupling of those elements makes the song a powerful work in its own right.  ‘42147’ boasts a certain energy in its musical arrangement that does just as well to illustrate the inner turmoil that the song’s subject is enduring in that song.  Simply put, the arrangements at the center of each featured songs, and their companion lyrical content go a long way to show why Nevermore was (and still is) so respected within the metal and hard rock community, and why Paladin, in its cover of each song, has great promise in its own right.  The band’s performance of each featured song shows even more why Paladin has great promise for the future.

The performance that Paladin’s members display in each of the covers in its new EP does its own share to show what makes the band a promising new name in the metal community.  From start to end, the band stays true to the songs’ source material in each song while also displaying its own talents.  Front man Taylor Washington does not try to copy Dane’s delivery style, rather using his own distinct style and sound while he and fellow guitarist Alex Parra’s dual guitar approach takes Nevermore’s arrangements and gives them a whole new life without changing the songs at all.  Drummer Nathan McKinney and bassist Andy McGraw round out the arrangements, showing their expertise just as much as their band mates throughout each song.  The end result is a collection of songs that is just as enjoyable for its performances as it is for the songs themselves.  Of course, as much as the songs and their performances do for the whole of Anamnesis, they are not the record’s only important elements.  The EP’s production plays its own important part to the record’s presentation.

The production of this record is as noteworthy as the songs and their performance in that said work ensured each part of each arrangement was balanced expertly with one another.  Listeners will be glad to know that at no point in the record’s body does one line overpower the others.  That is evident partially in the “softer” brooding moments of ‘The River Dragon Has Come.’  Washington’s vocals are right in line with the guitars, ensuring each part is heard fully.  As the song progresses into its heavier moments, McKinney’s drumming and McGraw’s bass line add their own strength to the song’s whole, again thanks to the work of those behind the glass.  The musicians’ work is just as well-balanced through the much heavier ‘42147’ and ‘Final Product,’ making the record that much more engaging for listeners.  McGraw’s bass line, McKinney’s drums and Washington’s bass are balanced precisely with Parra’s guitar line in ‘42147’ to make the song in whole a tribute to Nevermore that fans of both bands will fully appreciate.  Much the same can be said of the production (and mixing) of each part in the band’s cover of ‘Final Product.’  Taking all of this into consideration, it becomes clear why the production behind each of the songs featured in Anamnesis is just as important to the record’s presentation as the songs themselves and the performances thereof.  All things considered, each noted element makes Anamnesis a strong follow-up to Paladin’s debut album and more proof of Paladin’s promise for the future while also being a fitting tribute to one of the great metal acts that preceded Paladin.

Paladin’s recently released EP Anamnesis is a strong new effort from a band that is certain to be one of the next big names in the metal community, given the right support.  As noted here, that is due to the songs featured in this three-song, the performances thereof and the production of each recording.  Each item noted is key in its own way to the whole of the EP’s presentation.  All things considered, they make Anamnesis a nice tribute to Nevermore and an equally strong presentation of Paladin’s possible future.  Audiences might be able to hear the songs featured in Anamnesis on Paladin’s upcoming live dates, which are noted below.

 

PALADIN
w/Aether Realm 
04/22 Charlotte, NCM @ Milestone Club
04/23 Atlanta, GA @ 529
04/24 Nashville, TN @ Springwater
04/25 Louisville, KY @ Mag Bar
04/26 Lawrence, KS @ Bottleneck
04/27 Chicago, IL @ Reggies / Music Joint
04/29 Columbus, OH @ Space Bar
04/30 Detroit, MI @ Sanctuary
05/01 Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck Bar
05/02 Montreal, QC @ Turbo Haus
05/03 Cambridge, MA @ Middle East / Upstairs
05/05 Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
05/06 Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
05/07 Baltimore, MD @ Rituals
05/08 Richmond, VA @ Wonderland
05/09 Raleigh, NC @ The Maywood

 

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Jason Kui’s Sophomore LP Could Be His Breakout Record

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Guitarist Jason Kui is scheduled to release his latest full-length studio recording Naka Feb. 14 through Prosthetic Records.  The up-and-coming musician’s sophomore LP, it is a promising new offering from Kui and the musicians with whom he recorded the record.  It boasts a variety of musical arrangements that is certain to keep listeners engaged from beginning to end.  The talent displayed by Kui and company throughout the album does just as much as the songs themselves to entertain and engage audiences.  The record’s sequencing puts the last touch to its presentation, and ensures in its own way, that noted engagement and entertainment.  Each item noted here is critical in its own way to the whole of Naka.  All things considered, they make the album an early candidate for a spot on any critic’s list of the year’s top new rock albums.

Jason Kui’s sophomore LP Naka is a presentation that, with the right support, could be the record that makes him and the musicians with whom he recorded the album some of the next big names in the rock industry.  It is that strong of an offering.  That is proven in part through the record’s diverse musical arrangements.  From the record’s full-on prog-rock opener ‘Splash!’ – which was inspired by a visit to a water fall in Iceland in 2018 to the more subtle, almost country music style opus that is the album’s title track to the nearly 10-minute prog-metal opus ‘Dance of Awakening The Spirit Part II, The Ball’ and right to the funk of ‘Games Brown (Hey!)’ and the deeply moving ‘Then and Now,’ Kui and company offer a wide range of style of music for listeners to enjoy.  The group never sticks too long to just one style of music, instead, showing their talents and influences throughout.  Some of the other songs that show that noted diversity are works, such as the Joe Satriani-esque ‘Mean Bird (ft. Tom Quayle),’ ‘The Creator / The Destroyer,’ which is yet another full-on prog-metal opuses that fans of that genre will enjoy, and ‘Pixel Invasion,’ the album’s lead single.  The song opens with what sounds like music from an old-school Sega Master system video game.  That brief opening quickly gives way to an upbeat hybrid metalcore/prog-metal opus that boasts its own positives.  That song taken into consideration along with the rest of the works noted here, the diversity of the arrangements is clear.   It leaves no question that it forms a solid foundation for the album.  Kui’s work and that of his fellow musicians within the course of each song strengthens that foundation even more.

From the beginning to the end of Kui’s new 48-minute record, Kui and his fellow musicians display great talent.  Kui himself proves that he can shred with the best of today’s biggest names in songs, such as ‘Pixel Invasion,’ ‘The Creator / The Destroyer’ and ‘Dance of Awakening The Spirit Part II, The Ball.’  At the same time, he also makes sure listeners know that he isn’t just a shredder through the much gentler arrangements in ‘Then and Now’ and Naka’ and the fun, funky ‘Games Brown (Hey!).’  This is important to note because that ability to play just as expertly in faster tunes as in slower, and more easy-going tunes exhibits his versatility as a musician.  Drummer Anup Sastry’s work on the kit is just as worth noting as Kui’s work on the guitar.  Sastrys’ backbeat and fills on ‘Games Brown (Hey!)’ add quite a bit of flavor and flare to that arrangement, never once going over the top, but rather giving listeners just enough.  His work alongside that of the bassist (whose name is not listed with the album’s download link) and that of the horn players adds even more fun to the arrangement.  The end result of all those parts is a work that stands solidly on its own merits.  The full actual, orchestral work on the brief, ‘Interlude – Roseneath’ is another example of the importance of the talent of the featured musicians.  The strings soar, creating a feeling and emotion that makes the almost two-minute opus sound like something that belongs in a movie soundtrack.  It’s just one more way in which the work of the albums’ featured musicians proves so pivotal to the album’s presentation.  The rest of the featured performances do their own share to support that statement.  All things considered, the performances of each arrangement works with the arrangements’ diversity to show even more why Naka is such a strong new offering from Kui.  Taking all of this into consideration, there is still one more aspect to examine in the album – its sequencing.

The sequencing of Jason Kui’s new album is important to note because it does just as much as the record’s overall content to ensure listeners’ engagement and entertainment.  An album can have good songs but poor sequencing and fail because of that sequencing.  Kui’s album is one of those works that is the exact opposite.  It has good songs and good sequencing.  The record opens upbeat with the energetic ‘Splash!,’ which itself is comparable to works from Joe Satriani.  The energy in ‘Splash!’ continues in Pixel Invasion,’ which immediately follows ‘Splash! before pulling back and completely changing in ‘Interlude – ‘Roseneath.’  From the full-on orchestra arrangement of that brief work, the album’s energy changes pace yet again, and in yet another different direction, in the ballad that is ‘Naka.’  ‘Mean Bird’ changes things up yet again, but keeps the energy flowing with its driving, mid-tempo arrangement.  ‘The Creator / The Destroyer’ pushes the album’s energy up a few notches again, giving the metal masses plenty of reason to raise the horns.  Things pick up even more in ‘Dance of Awakening Pat II, The Ball’ before sharply changing direction again immediately after in ‘Games Brown (Hey!).’  This sharp change of pace more than ensures listeners’ engagement and entertainment.  From the funky, feel-good vibe of ‘Games Brown (Hey!),’ Kui and company turn things again to close the album in ‘Then and Now.’  That closer lands listeners gently on another musical shore, closing out the album in perfect fashion, giving listeners one more memorable moment to finish things off.  The rises and falls and changes in general are all at the perfect spots throughout the course of the album.  At no point throughout are listeners left to feel the urge to skip songs.  That is a tribute to the time and thought put into the record’s sequencing.  When this is considered along with the album’s musical diversity and the performances of the musicians throughout, the album in whole becomes a presentation that music lovers across the board will appreciate.

Jason Kui’s sophomore album Naka is a positive new offering from the up-and-coming guitarist.  It offers something for almost everyone, as is evidenced in part through the album’s diverse musical arrangements.  The performances by Kui and his fellow musicians throughout the album give audiences just as much to enjoy as the record’s arrangements.  The sequencing of the record puts the finishing touch to the record.  Each item in itself plays a key part to the album’s presentation.  All things considered, they make Naka another early candidate for a spot on any critic’s list of the year’s top new rock albums.  Naka will be available Feb. 14 through Prosthetic Records.  More information on the album is available online now along with all of Jason Kui’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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Exmortus’ Latest LP Lives Up To Its Title And Then Some

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It’s hard to believe, but this year is already almost halfway over.  Not to get too much into semantics, but it isn’t halfway over until this month is over.  Over the course of the first half of 2018, the hard rock and metal community has seen so many powerful new records released.  Surprisingly enjoyable new albums from the likes of Judas Priest, TesseracT, Black Label Society and so many others have given hard rock and metal fans plenty about which to be happy during the first half of the year.  Now as we look toward the second half of the year, veteran metal outfit Exmortus is setting the pace for the field with its latest full-length studio recording, The Sound of Steel.  Front man Jadren “Conan” Gonzalez explained the record in a recent interview, saying, “This new record takes the best from both Slave and Ride albums, and adds a killer twist especially accentuated by Chase Becker and Carlos Cruz of Warbringer while still paying homage to our classic favorites like Priest, Yngwie, Slayer, etc. “We also deliver, tastefully, the extremities of black/death metal and of course the neo-classical structure/harmony that we are known for.  This is what we believe to be The Sound of Steel.”  Gonzalez’s statements here are spot on as this record proves to be everything that Exmortus’ fans have comes to expect from the San Diego, California-based band as is evidenced by the album’s lead single ‘Make Haste.’  This song will be discussed shortly.  ‘Into The Maw of Hell’ delves into those death metal roots that Gonzalez noted.  It will be discussed later.  The full-on instrumental ‘Tempest,’ which comes much later into the album, is yet another example of what Gonzalez discussed of the album.  Between this song, the others noted here and the album’s other seven entries, it can be said of The Sound of Steel that it is a strong new effort from the veteran metal act and an equally strong lead off to the second half of 2018 for the hard rock and metal community.

Veteran metal outfit Exmortus’ latest album The Sound of Steel — its fifth full-length studio recording – is yet another impressive offering from the San Diego, California-based band and an equally strong start to the second half of 2018 for the metal community.  That is because from start to finish, it proves to be everything that audiences have come to expect from the band.  These statements are supported right from the album’s outset in the form of its opener, ‘Make Haste.’  Gonzalez said of this song that it was “inspired by the constant pressure of making deadlines and getting s*** done…and will set the mood and attitude just right as the opening track.”  He could not be more right, as the energy in the song’s full-throttle musical arrangement conveys a certain urgency.  That is clearly evidenced through the song’s dual-guitar attack and impeccable time keeping from Gonzalez, fellow guitarist Chase Becker and drummer Carlos Cruz.  Bassist Cody Nunez adds a nice counterpoint to the guitars with his low-end, rounding out the song’s old school thrash arrangement.  It is a sound that will impress the band’s more seasoned audiences just as much as it will casual thrash metal fans.  In regards to its lyrical content, the song is just as interesting as it hints at a battle between foes.  Of course, the album’s artwork somewhat adds to that interpretation as Gonzalez screams, “Rise up you lazy lot/We must make haste/Strike now while the iron’s hot/There’s no time to waste/Prepare for war/Behold new steel is forged/Rush into battle/We will take them by surprise/Crush them to dust/They will not see the sun arise/Lay all to waste/Leave not a trace/More steel be wrought/No time for thought/Behold our strength/Make haste.”  This comes across as a war cry of sorts, a leader getting his soldiers ready for battle, and it is a message that continues on in similar fashion in the song’s second verse.  The second verse sees the song’s subject telling his troops to lay waste to the lands and to be merciless against all foes.  Again, this is familiar territory for Exmortus, lyrically speaking, and once again conjures comparisons to the likes of Amon Amarth with said content.  At the same time, it’s nice to see that the band is, again, not just trying to copy said band’s style lyrically (or musically).  To that end, the song proves even more why it is such a solid representation of all that The Sound of Steel has to offer listeners.  It’s only one of the songs that serves this purpose, too.  ‘Into The Maw of Hell’ is another of the album’s entries that supports that statement.

‘Into The Maw Of Hell’ is another standout addition to The Sound of Steel, as with the album’s opener, in part because of its musical arrangement.  While this song is not the full-throttle shred-fest that was the arrangement at the center of ‘Make Haste,’ it still boasts its own positives, most notably its heaviness and drums.  Some may call it a stretch, but a close listen to this arrangement leaves one imagining what it would be like if Dream Theater and Iced Earth crossed paths with Megadeth.  It is a truly interesting composition that is certain to be one of the album’s most notable works.  Of course the song’s arrangement is only one part of what makes it stand out.  Its lyrical content is certain to generate its own interest because of its seeming socio-politically charged commentary.  That seeming commentary comes as Gonzalez screams in the song’s lead verse, “You claim to know right from wrong/Yet you bask in your hypocrisy/As for me, I know where you belong/Practice what you preach/I’ll make you see the maw of hell.”  Now for those who might not be familiar with the term “maw,” a maw is – according to Merriam Webster’s dictionary – “the throat, gullet or jaws especially of a voracious animal” as well as “the receptacle into which food is taken by swallowing.”  So in other words, this song’s subject is addressing the hypocritical masses of the world (who could easily be the world’s political and religious leaders as well as ordinary people) who say one thing and do another, telling them that they belong in the mouth of hell.  That’s a pretty acerbic statement to say the very least.  He goes on to scream in the song’s second verse, “Hell on Earth…Grim reality/This cannot be true/On and on…dark is rising before we’re back into the maw of hell.”  He continues on to note in the song’s third verse that the world is in fact going to hell…maybe not literally, but it’s going to hell in the proverbial hand basket, continuing the theme that was started in the song’s lead verse, basically saying Earth has become its own hell because of the actions of certain figures.  Again, it makes for a powerful statement; a statement that when coupled with an equally powerful musical arrangement, makes the song in whole stand out even more.  When it’s all said and done, the whole of the song proves yet again why The Sound of Steel is another solid effort from Exmortus and an equally strong lead off to the second half of 2018.  It still is not the last of the songs that serves to support those statements.  The full-on instrumental that is ‘Tempest’ is yet another work that supports those statements

‘Tempest’ does all of its talking solely through it arrangement rather than relying on any lyrical themes, and does quite the impressive job of communicating, too.  It crosses the band’s modern metal shredding chops with its ability to handle neo-classical sounds for a whole that truly comes across as a certain controlled chaos.  That is evidenced in the expert balance of the previously noted dual guitar attack of Gonzalez and Becker with Nunez’s bass line.  Each musician gets his moment to shine here and do so with full precision while Cruz never once loses the beat, at times mirroring the one and only Mike Portnoy with his chops and time keeping.  The end result of the group’s collective work is a musical storm that is just as impressive as any of the instrumentals presented in the band’s past records without rehashing said works at the same time, making it stand out that much more.  Keeping this in mind, when it is considered along with the other songs noted here and those not directly noted in this review, the end result is an album that the metal legions in general will appreciate just as much as Exmortus’ most devout fan base.  To that end, this album proves in whole that it is indeed its own steel solid offering and an equally strong start to the second half of this year.

Exmortus’ fifth full-length studio recording The Sound of Steel is a record that proves over the course of its 10 song, 42-minute run to live up to front man Jadren Gonzalez’s words.  It conjures thoughts of the most solid steel, and in turn proves to be just as solid of a start to the second half of 2018.  That is evidenced in part through musical arrangements that join the best elements of modern and old school metal and in turn make for a musical whole that metal purists and Exmortus fans alike will appreciate.  The album’s lyrical content, which offers its own share of interest, joins with the interest created through the album’s musical arrangements to make the album in whole another strong effort from the band.  As a matter of fact, the whole of the album proves it to be, in comparison to the year’s other current metal and hard rock albums, another easy candidate for a spot on any critic’s list of the year’s best in said category.  It is available now in stores and online.  More information on The Sound of Steel is available online now at:

 

 

 

Websitehttp://exmortusmusic.com

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Exmortus Releases More New Music From ‘The Sound Of Steel’

Courtesy: Prosthetic Records

The wait is almost over for Exmortus’ new album The Sound of Steel, and in anticipation of its release next Friday, June 8, the band is giving audiences one more preview of its new record.

The band debuted its new single ‘Victory or Death’ on Friday.  The nearly four-minute song highlights the band’s modern shredding abilities while also crossing that with its equally familiar classical shredding for its musical foundation.  The song is streaming online now and can be purchased via Spotify, Apple Music and Bandcamp.

Pre-orders for The Sound of Steel are open now. It will be available on CD, digital and limited vinyl pressings.  Its track listing and vinyl pressings’ information is noted below.

The Sound of the Steel tracklist 
1. Make Haste
2. Feast of Flesh
3. Into The Maw of Hell
4. To The Ends of the Earth
5. A Minor Instrumental
6. Strength and Honor
7. Turn The Tide
8. Tempest
9. Riders of Doom
10. Victory or Death!

Initial LP pressings will be limited to 1,000 copies pressed in the following colors:

250 battle axe blood splatter (Prosthetic webshop and sold by the band on tour)
250 blue and black marble (Prosthetic webshop and sold by the band on tour)
400 clear with blue and orange Splatter (available in retail stores worldwide)
100 white vinyl (Cargo Germany only)

Two other singles have already been released from The Sound of Steel along with their videos.  The videos for ‘Feast of Flesh‘ and ‘Make Haste‘ are streaming online now at Prosthetic Records’ official YouTube channel.

 

Courtesy: Prosthetic Records

The band announced on Tuesday that it will launch “The Summer of Steel Tour” June 28 in its home town of San Diego, California.  The nearly month-long tour schedule is currently scheduled to run through July 24 in Oakland, California and includes performances in: Spartanburg, SC; Tulsa, OK; Brooklyn, NY and many other cities.  The current schedule is noted below.

EXMORTUS live:
06/07 – Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky – w/ Kataklysm
EXMORTUS on The Summer of Steel Tour:
06/28 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick*
06/29 Tucson, AZ – The Rock*
06/30 Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad*
07/01 Tulsa, OK – The Shrine**
07/02 Fort Worth, TX – Rail Club**
07/03 Austin, TX – Come and Take It Live**
07/05 Tampa, FL – Crowbar***
07/07 Spartanburg, SC – Ground Zero***
07/08 Richmond, VA – Canal Club
07/09 Clifton, NJ – Dingbatz***
07/10 Brooklyn, NY – St. Vitus
07/12 Quebec City, QC – Source de le Martinere
07/13 Toronto, ON – Hard Luck Bar
07/15 Joliet, IL – The Forge****
07/17 Kansas City, MO – Riot Room****
07/18 Denver, CO – Roxy Theater
07/19 Salt Lake City, UT – Club X
07/20 Boise, ID – The Shredder
07/22 Seattle, WA – Club SUR
07/23 Portland, OR – Twilight Cafe & Bar
07/24 Oakland, CA – Metro Opera House
* EXMORTUS only
** w/Immortal Guardian
*** w/Black Fast
**** w/Micawber

Front man Jadran “Conan” Gonzalez said in a written statement that the band collectively is looking forward to getting back on the road and releasing its new album in the process.

“We are stoked to unleash The Sound of Steel upon North America this summer!,” Gonzalez said.  “This is our first headlining tour, and we’re excited to have within our ranks: The Absence and Hatchet, as well as special regional guests — Novareign, Immortal Guardian Black Fast and Micawber.  So come and have your minds melted by the new tunes as well as old favorites!  See you soon!”

More information on Exmortus’ new tour dates, its latest news, videos and more is available online now along with all of its latest news and more at:

Websitehttp://exmortusmusic.com

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Twitterhttp://twitter.com/exmortusband

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Exmortus Announces “Summer of Steel” Schedule

Courtesy: Prosthetic Records

Exmortus has announced its first batch of live dates in support of its new album.

The band announced on Tuesday that it will launch “The Summer of Steel Tour” June 28 in its home town of San Diego, California.  The nearly month-long tour schedule is currently scheduled to run through July 24 in Oakland, California and includes performances in: Spartanburg, SC; Tulsa, OK; Brooklyn, NY and many other cities.  The current schedule is noted below.

EXMORTUS live:
06/07 – Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky – w/ Kataklysm
EXMORTUS on The Summer of Steel Tour:
06/28 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick*
06/29 Tucson, AZ – The Rock*
06/30 Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad*
07/01 Tulsa, OK – The Shrine**
07/02 Fort Worth, TX – Rail Club**
07/03 Austin, TX – Come and Take It Live**
07/05 Tampa, FL – Crowbar***
07/07 Spartanburg, SC – Ground Zero***
07/08 Richmond, VA – Canal Club
07/09 Clifton, NJ – Dingbatz***
07/10 Brooklyn, NY – St. Vitus
07/12 Quebec City, QC – Source de le Martinere
07/13 Toronto, ON – Hard Luck Bar
07/15 Joliet, IL – The Forge****
07/17 Kansas City, MO – Riot Room****
07/18 Denver, CO – Roxy Theater
07/19 Salt Lake City, UT – Club X
07/20 Boise, ID – The Shredder
07/22 Seattle, WA – Club SUR
07/23 Portland, OR – Twilight Cafe & Bar
07/24 Oakland, CA – Metro Opera House
* EXMORTUS only
** w/Immortal Guardian
*** w/Black Fast
**** w/Micawber

Front man Jadran “Conan” Gonzalez said in a written statement that the band collectively is looking forward to getting back on the road and releasing its new album in the process.

“We are stoked to unleash The Sound of Steel upon North America this summer!,” Gonzalez said.  “This is our first headlining tour, and we’re excited to have within our ranks: The Absence and Hatchet, as well as special regional guests — Novareign, Immortal Guardian Black Fast and Micawber.  So come and have your minds melted by the new tunes as well as old favorites!  See you soon!”

The Sound of Steel is currently scheduled to be released June 8.  It will be available on CD, digital and limited vinyl pressings.  The vinyl pressings’ information is noted below. Pre-orders are open now.

Initial LP pressings will be limited to 1,000 copies pressed in the following colors:

250 battle axe blood splatter (Prosthetic webshop and sold by the band on tour)
250 blue and black marble (Prosthetic webshop and sold by the band on tour)
400 clear with blue and orange Splatter (available in retail stores worldwide)
100 white vinyl (Cargo Germany only)

The Sound of Steel‘s track listing is noted below.

The Sound of the Steel tracklist 
1. Make Haste
2. Feast of Flesh
3. Into The Maw of Hell
4. To The Ends of the Earth
5. A Minor Instrumental
6. Strength and Honor
7. Turn The Tide
8. Tempest
9. Riders of Doom
10. Victory or Death!

Two singles have been released so far from The Sound of Steel along with their videos.  The videos for ‘Feast of Flesh‘ and ‘Make Haste‘ are streaming online now at Prosthetic Records’ official YouTube channel.

More information on Exmortus’ new tour dates, its latest news, videos and more is available online now along with all of its latest news and more at:

Websitehttp://exmortusmusic.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/exmortusofficial

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/exmortusband

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Exmortus Debuts More New Music From ‘The Sound Of Steel’

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Thrash metal outfit Exmortus is giving audiences another preview of its forthcoming album The Sound of Steel.

The band has unveiled the video for its new single ‘Feast of Flesh.’   It comes roughly a month after the band debuted the lyric video for the album’s lead single, ‘Make Haste.’ Frontman and band founder Jadran “Conan” Gonzalez explained in a recent interview with LA Weekly that lyrically, the song is centered on the human condition in a manner of speaking, and is not meant to be any kind of socio-political or other statement.

“As some may have noticed on my personal page, I don’t just post guitar or band stuff, but a lot of food pictures, and I’m not vegan,” Gonzalez said.  “‘Feast of Flesh’ is a celebration of our carnal needs and desires.  I’m not trying to make any political/environmental statements, but I feel this song expresses the ugly and brutal nature of humans and other animals. It ain’t pretty, so we thought it would be fun to shoot the band chowing down on actual raw flesh fresh from the meat market.”

Gonzalez added his girlfriend played a direct role in the video and that her inclusion made the video all the more personal for him.

“My girlfriend was willing to play the hapless victim of the carnage, which made the whole experience quite fun and yet funny since we were all trying to act and not laugh at the whole idea.  The song itself is more of a caveman stompy headbanger, so the music works beautifully with the lyrics and visuals in bloody harmony!  So sit back, and enjoy the ‘Feast of Flesh’! Cheers!”

The Sound of Steel is currently scheduled to be released in stores and online on June 8 via Prosthetic Records.  Pre-orders are open now.  It will be released on CD, digital and exclusive limited edition LP pressings.  Their specs are noted below along with the album’s full track listing.

The Sound of the Steel tracklist 
1. Make Haste
2. Feast of Flesh
3. Into The Maw of Hell
4. To The Ends of the Earth
5. A Minor Instrumental
6. Strength and Honor
7. Turn The Tide
8. Tempest
9. Riders of Doom
10. Victory or Death!

Initial LP pressings will be limited to 1,000 copies pressed in the following colors:

250 battle axe blood splatter (Prosthetic webshop and sold by the band on tour)
250 blue and black marble (Prosthetic webshop and sold by the band on tour)
400 clear with blue and orange Splatter (available in retail stores worldwide)
100 white vinyl (Cargo Germany only)

More information on Exmortus’ new single is available online now along with all of its latest news and more at:

 

Website: http://exmortusmusic.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/exmortusofficial

Twitter: http://twitter.com/exmortusband

 

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Exmortus Wants Audiences To ‘Make Haste’

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Exmortus is giving audiences their first preview of its next album.

The band unveiled the lyric video on Thursday, for ‘Make Haste,’ the first single from its next album The Sound of Steel.  The video premiered online via Metal Sucks.  Band front man/guitarist and founder Jadren “Conan” Gonzalez explained the song’s them in a recent interview, saying it was centered on daily pressures of the world.

“Inspired by the constant pressure of making deadlines and getting s*** done, this song was the first one written for the record and will set the mood and attitude just right as the opening track,” Gonzalez said.  “Rise to the occasion and strike while the iron’s hot! Make haste!”

Produced by Zach Ohren (Machine Head, Fallujah, Suffocation) at Sharkbite Studio, The Sound of Steel is currently scheduled to be released June 8 via Prosthetic Records.  Pre-orders are open now.  It will be available on CD, vinyl and digital platform, with 1,000 vinyl pressings available in its original pressings.

The vinyl pressings will be available in four separate presentations and quantities.  Those presentations and quantities are noted below.

250 battle axe blood splatter (Prosthetic webshop and sold by the band on tour)
250 blue and black marble (Prosthetic webshop and sold by the band on tour)
400 clear with blue and orange Splatter (available in retail stores worldwide)
100 white vinyl (Cargo Germany only)

The Sound of Steel‘s complete track listing is noted below.

The Sound of the Steel tracklist 
1. Make Haste
2. Feast of Flesh
3. Into The Maw of Hell
4. To The Ends of the Earth
5. A Minor Instrumental
6. Strength and Honor
7. Turn The Tide
8. Tempest
9. Riders of Doom
10. Victory or Death!

More information on The Sound of Steel is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

Website: http://exmortusmusic.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/exmortusofficial

Twitter: http://twitter.com/exmortusband

 

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Exmortus Announces New LP Release Date, Specs

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Exmortus has a new album on the way.

The band announced today that it will release its next album The Sound of Steel June 8 via Prosthetic Records.  The 10-song album was produced by Zack Ohren (Machine Head, Fallujah, Suffocation) at Sharkbite Studio.  Its cover art was developed by artist Philip Lawvere (Kreator, Celtic Frost, Helloween).

The Sound of Steel will be available on CD, LP and digital download.  The first 1,000 vinyl pressings will be available in a variety of colors noted below.

250 battle axe blood splatter (Prosthetic webshop and sold by the band on tour)
250 blue and black marble (Prosthetic webshop and sold by the band on tour)
400 clear with blue and orange Splatter (available in retail stores worldwide)
100 white vinyl (Cargo Germany only)

Front man Jadren “Conan” Gonzalez said in a recent interview that The Sound of Steel will live up to listeners’ expectations.

“This new record takes the best from both Slave and Ride albums, and adds a killer twist especially accentuated by Chase Becker and Carlos Cruz of Warbringer while still paying homage to our classic favorites like Priest, Yngwie, Slayer, etc.,” Gonzalez said.  “We also deliver, tastefully, the the extremities of black/death metal and of course the neo-classical structure/harmony that we are known for.  this is what we believe to be The Sound of Steel.”

The track listing for The Sound of Steel is noted below.

Exmortus – The Sound of the Steel tracklisting
1. Make Haste
2. Feast of Flesh
3. Into The Maw of Hell
4. To The Ends of the Earth
5. A Minor Instrumental
6. Strength and Honor
7. Turn The Tide
8. Tempest
9. Riders of Doom
10. Victory or Death!

More information on The Sound of Steel is available online along with all of Exmortus’ latest news and more at:

 

Website: http://exmortusmusic.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/exmortusofficial

Twitter: http://twitter.com/exmortusband

 

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Exmortus Joining Obituary For European Tour

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Exmortus is headed to Europe.

The band announced this week that it will serve as direct support for veteran metal outfit Obituary on its European headlining schedule.  The tour, which will run from March 3 to April 1, will take the bands to Vienna, Austria; Mulhouse, France; Stuttgart, Germany and a variety of other cities.  the current tour schedule is noted below.

EXMORTUS European & UK tour dates w/ OBITUARY
Mar 03, 2018 – Luxor Koln, Germany
Mar 04, 2018 – Biebob Vosselaar, Belgium
Mar 06, 2018 – Rescue Rooms Nottingham, United Kingdom
Mar 07, 2018 – The Classic Grand Glasgow, United Kingdom
Mar 08, 2018 – Manchester Club Academy Manchester, United Kingdom
Mar 09, 2018 – O2 Institute2 Birmingham Birmingham, United Kingdom
Mar 10, 2018 – ULU Live at Student Central London, United Kingdom
Mar 12, 2018 – Universum Stuttgart, Germany
Mar 13, 2018 – ​Zoom Frankfurt Am Main, Germany
Mar 14, 2018 – Le Trabendo Paris, France
Mar 16, 2018 – CCO DE Villeurbanne Villeurbanne, France
Mar 17, 2018 – Le Noumatrouff Mulhouse, France
Mar 18, 2018 – Feierwerk / Hansa 39 München, Germany
Mar 19, 2018 – Kulturfabrik Kofmehl Solothurn, Switzerland
Mar 20, 2018 – Alcatraz Milan, Italy
Mar 22, 2018 – Szene Wien Vienna, Austria
Mar 23, 2018 – Hellraiser Leipzig, Germany
Mar 24, 2018 – Musik & Frieden Berlin, Germany
Mar 25, 2018 – ​Logo Hamburg, Germany
Mar 27, 2018 – Pumpehuset Copenhagen, Denmark
Mar 28, 2018 – Fryshuset Klubben Stockholm, Sweden
Mar 29, 2018 – Inferno Festival Oslo, Norway*
Mar 30, 2018 – Sticky Fingers Göteborg, Sweden
Apr 01, 2018 – Paaspop Festival Schijndel, Netherlands*
*Obituary only 
Exmortus’ latest live schedule is in support of its most recent full-length studio recording, Ride Forth, released January 8, 2016 via Prosthetic Records.  More information on Exmortus’ upcoming European dates is available online along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

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Prosthetic Records Reveals Release Date, Specs For Friedman’s Next Record

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The wait for Marty Friedman’s next new record is almost over.

Friedman will release his next full-length studio recording Wall of Sound Friday, August 4 via Prosthetic Records.  In anticipation of the record’s release, audiences one of the album’s songs, ‘Self Pollution’ is streaming online now.  The song mixes elements of blues, thrash metal and prog-rock for a composition that is certain to hold listeners’ ears.

Friedman, who not only wrote the album’s songs but also produced the album, said in  a recent interview that composing each song was not easy, but said the time and effort paid off in the end.

“It’s a challenge to evolve album after album, especially on your 13th solo album.  Not only as a songwriter, but it is imperative to do new things on my instrument as well,” Friedman said.  “Luckily this is a challenge that I love.  You will find this hard to believe when you hear the density and sheer amount of guitar coming at you from all directions, but in fact all of the final guitar tracks on Wall of Sound were done in nine days.”

He added more than a year was spent composing and fine tuning each song. The result was that quick turnaround.

Guest appearances featured on Wall of Sound include Black Veil Brides member Jinxx, Shiv Mehra of Deafhaven and Jorgen Munkeby of Shining.  Paul Fig (Ghost, Rush, Alice in Chains) engineered the record while Jen Bogren (Lamb of God, Opeth) and legendary Queen producer Mack shared mixing duties. Mack mixed two of the record’s songs, ‘Streetlight’ and ‘For A Friend’ while  Bogren mixed the rest of the record’s songs.

Japanese bassist Kiyoshi handled bass duties throughout the album while veteran session drummer Gregg Bisonette and up-and-comer Anup Sastry shared time behind the kit for this album.

Wall of Sound pre-orders are open now here. The record will be available in five limited edition LP color variants, noted below.

 

  • White Black Swirl LP – 300 Worldwide
  • Clear Black Smoke LP – 100 Worldwide
  • Glow in The Dark LP – 100 Worldwide
  • Clear Black Swirl LP – European retail exclusive, 100 Europe only
  • White LP – US indie retail exclusive, 200 US only

The record’s track listing is noted below.

Wall Of Sound track listing:
1. Self Pollution
2. Sorrow and Madness (featuring Jinxx of Black Veil Brides)
3. Streetlight
4. Whiteworm
5. For A Friend
6. Pussy Ghost (featuring Shiv Mehra of Deafheaven)
7. The Blackest Rose
8. Something to Fight (featuring Jorgen Munkeby of Shining)
9. The Soldier
10. Miracle
11. Last Lament

 

More information on Wall of Sound is available online now along with all of Marty Friedman’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.martyfriedman.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/martyfriedman.official

Twitter: http://twitter.com/marty_friedman

 

 

 

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