Tulip Debuts New EP’s Latest Single, Video

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Independent hard rock band Tulip premiered the latest single and video from its forthcoming EP this week.

The band premiered its new single, ‘Clone’ and its video Wednesday. The song is available to stream and download through Spotify and Apple Music. The single and its video are just the latest from the band’s forthcoming EP, The Witch, which is scheduled for release Sept. 17. It has also produced the singles, ‘Sidewinder‘ and ‘Proxy.’

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Clone’ is a driving, melodic composition. Its pairing of soaring vocals and equally powerful instrumentation makes it comparable to works from the likes of Helion Prime and Unleash the Archers.

The animated video for ‘Clone’ features the song’s lyrics along with a distinct cyberpunk style story. It finds a woman who turns out to be a machine hunting down the head of apparently some evil organization. Along the way, people are subjected to a constant barrage of news churned out seemingly by that organization.

The lyrics and video seem to hint at a lyrical message that addresses people being “clones,” just going along with everyone else and not thinking for themselves. That is just this critic’s interpretation without comment from the band to explain the song’s lyrical theme.

In other news, Tulip has a live show scheduled to take place Sept. 26 at Trees Dallas. Tickets are available here.

More information on Tulip’s new single, video, EP and live show is available along with all of the band’s latest news online now at:

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Paladin Announces New Live Dates

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Up-and-coming metal outfit Paladin revealed a new tour schedule this week.

The power metal band announced that it will launch a nearly month-long tour on Aug. 17 in Lafayette, LA. The three-week-plus tour is scheduled to run through Sept. 11 in Atlanta, GA and will feature performances in cities, such as St. Louis, MO; Manchester, NH and Madison, WI.

The band’s upcoming tour is in support of Paladin’s latest studio recording, Ascension (2019). The album is available now here.

The tour’s schedule is noted below.

August 17 – The Freetown Boom Boom Room* – Lafayette, LA
August 18 – Come And Take It Live – Austin, TX
August 19 – Haltom Theater – Haltom City, TX
August 20 – Boozers – Corpus Christi, TX
August 21 – The Deadhorse – San Angelo, TX
August 22 – The Vanguard – Tulsa, OK
August 24 – Red Flag – St Louis, MO
August 25 – Reverb Lounge – Omaha, NE
August 26 – Bigs Bar – Sioux Falls, SD
August 27 – Lefty’s Live Music – Des Moines, IA
August 28 – High Noon Saloon (MAD WITH POWER FEST) – Madison, WI
August 29 – WC Social Club – Chicago, IL
August 31 – Sanctuary – Detroit, MI
September 01 – Westside Bowl (Downstairs) – Youngstown, OH
September 02 – Buzzbin Shop – Canton, OH
September 04 – Jewel – Manchester, NH
September 05 – Alchemy – Providence, RI
September 06 – Middle East / Upstairs – Cambridge, MA
September 09 – Baltimore Soundstage^ – Baltimore, MD
September 11 – The Masquerade^ – Atlanta, GA

*Paladin Only
^Paladin with Unleash the Archers

Unleash The Archers will join Paladin on the tour’s last two dates. Its performances are in support of its latest album, Abyss, which is available now through Napalm Records.

Also joining Paladin for the tour is Immortal Guardian. The band’s live run is in support of its latest album, Psychosomatic, which is available now through M-Theory Audio.

More information on Paladin’s upcoming tour is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

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More information on Unleash the Archers’ new album is available along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

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Skarlett Riot Continues Carving Out Its Place In The Metal Community On Its Latest LP

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Independent metal band Skarlett Riot has been in existence for approximately 11 years, but in that short span, the band has done quite a bit to build its name and audience base.  The band, which formed in 2010, has released a total of six studio recordings – three EPs and three albums – with the latest of the albums – Invicta – released in May through Despotz Records.  The band’s latest offering is a positive new record that most metal fans will appreciate.  That is due in large part to its featured lyrical themes.  They will be discussed shortly.  The musical arrangements that accompany the record’s lyrical themes add their own touch to the presentation and will be discussed a little later.  The sequencing of that collective content rounds out the most important of the album’s elements.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the album’s presentation.  All things considered, they make Invicta a largely appealing new addition to this year’s field of new hard rock and metal albums.

Skarlett Riot’s third full-length studio recording, Invicta, is a positive new offering from the up-and-coming metal outfit.  It is a presentation that will appeal to most hard rock and metal fans.  That is proven in part through its featured lyrical themes.  The themes in question are accessible, touching in various ways on the topic of overcoming life’s obstacles, and in other ways, on dealing with the impact of toxic relationships.  Right from the album’s outset, ‘Breaking The Habit,’ one of those noted obstacles is seemingly addressed.  In this case, the obstacle in question seems to be that of addiction.  This is inferred as front woman Chloe “Skarlett” Drinkwater sings right in the song’s lead verse and chorus, “I am completely obsessed/Can’t stop thinking like this/Can’t resist to feed this darkness in me/I let myself progress/Into nothing but this mess/This is not a life/I can’t take no more/I’m so frustrated/I’ve become so jaded/I’ve lost my self control/I feel so far from home/So alone.”  Little if any doubt is left even this early on about the seemingly noted theme here.  This comes across as someone who is battling their addiction hard.  At the same time, that determination to overcome this obstacle is present in the song’s second verse, in which Drinkwater sings, “I will learn to live again/There must be a way/The only one who can save me is me/I’m my own worst enemy/I will find my voice/This hidden strength in me/Try to get away/I used to feel so free.”  Again, what audiences get here is that noted drive to get past the obstacle of addiction.  It is a unique way to address the topic that is easily accessible, proving in itself why the album’s lyrical content is so important to its presentation.  The matter of overcoming obstacles is presented in a different but equally accessible fashion later in the album’s 48-minute run in the form of ‘To The Flames.’

‘To The Flames’ is a collective call to unity; to unite and basically march on against any of life’s obstacles.  This is made one hundred percent clear as Drinkwater sings in the song’s chorus, “We ascend to the top/Give all that we got/If we fall to the flames/We rise up/Come on try me/I’m burning bright/We fight to be heard/We ignite.”  She adds in the song’s bridge, “We won’t be ignored/We won’t hear your toxic words/They feed off our misery/Sucking the life outta me/We won’t be ignored.”  The calls to unity continue just as clearly throughout the song’s verses.  When they are paired with the statements in the song’s chorus and bridge, the overall uplifting message proves that it will resonate with audiences just as much as any of the album’s other noted themes.

Speaking of those other themes, that of a toxic relationship and its impact is addressed in ‘Underwater.’  What is interesting here is the duality in the vulnerability shown here alongside the anger and power expressed alongside that vulnerability.  On the one hand, Drinkwater sings so mournfully, “You crushed me/Tore me apart/Ripped my soul/Now I can’t trust no one/So here I am again/Cannot seem to find a way out/I am drowning/Can you hear me/Underwater.”  This statement shows that vulnerability; that sadness and pain.  On the other side, the anger that stems from whatever happened is made just as clear as Drinkwater screams, “I hope you bleed/’Cause no one will bleed for you/I hope you burn/You will go straight to hell.”  She repeats these lines multiple times in the song’s bridge, really illustrating a lot of pent up rage from whatever led to the situation in which the subject is “drowning.”  That anger is in itself, a way of overcoming the obstacle that was that toxic relationship/situation.  To that end, it is another example of the importance of the album’s lyrical content.  It shows the different topics and ways in which the more common themes are approached and presented.  When that is considered in examining the rest of the album’s songs, the whole makes clear why the album’s lyrical content is so important to its presentation.  It is just one part of what makes the album worth hearing.  The musical arrangements that accompany the album’s lyrical themes play their own important part in the album’s presentation.

The musical arrangements that are exhibited in Invicta are important to examine because they all present a similar sound and stylistic approach from one song to the next.  The heavy, crunching guitars alongside the equally strong bass line and percussion pair with Drinkwater’s vocals to create a sound and style throughout the record that makes this record comparable to works from the likes of Helion Prime, Unleash The Archers, and even Arch Enemy to a point.  The arrangements do boast some subtle variations from one to the next.  A close listen reveals those subtle variations.  In hearing those variations, audiences will also catch the similarity to Skarlett Riot’s other works, and hear the similarities and variations.  Hearing and understanding it all makes for even more appreciation for the album.  When the impact of the album’s musical arrangements is paired with that of the album’s lyrical themes, the whole makes the album even more worth hearing.  Even with all of this in mind, the album still has one more item to examine, that being the sequencing of said content.

Invicta’s sequencing is important to consider because of its role in keeping audiences engaged and entertained.  From beginning to end, the record’s sequencing keeps the album’s energy high throughout.  The only point at which the album slows things down comes more than halfway through in ‘Into Pieces.’  Even in this song though, the more subdued approach lasts only a certain amount of time before the band kicks things back into high gear again.  From there on, the album keeps the energy high right up until its final bars.  That in itself is sure to keep audiences listening.  Along with that is the aforementioned constant variation in the arrangements.  The variations keep the arrangements unique of one another throughout the album, thus enhancing the listening experience even more.  The sequencing also ensures that the album’s lyrical themes change just enough from one to the next.  The result of that alongside everything else associated with the sequencing is a presentation that will appeal to audiences just as much as the album’s content.  Everything considered together, the album proves itself to be a presentation that will appeal just as much to Skarlett Riot’s fans as to most metal audiences in general.

Skarlett Riot’s latest album, Invicta is a strong new offering from the up-and-coming metal band.  It is a record that serves to further etch out a place in the metal community for the band just as much as the band’s existing catalog.  That is proven in part through its lyrical themes.  The themes in question are mostly uplifting works that encourage listeners to push on through life’s obstacles.  They also help people who have gone through or are going through difficult relationships of any kind get through those situations.  The musical arrangements work with the lyrical themes to add their own touch to the album.  That is because the way in which they balance the band’s power metal and pure metal influences throughout.  The variations in the arrangements do well to balance those influences and keep listeners engaged and entertained.  The sequencing of that collective content ensures that it works to keep that engagement and entertainment high, too.  That is proven through the changes in the themes from one song to the next, the stability in the album’s energy and the changes in the arrangements.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of this record.  All things considered, they make Invicta a positive new sign for Skarlett Riot’s growing place in the metal community.  Invicta is available now.  More information on Invicta is available along with all of Skarlett Riot’s latest news at:

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Helion Prime’s New Album Will Appeal To Any Power Metal Purist

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Independent power metal band Helion Prime has apparently had a change of heart in regards to the singles for its new album, Question Everything.  One week ago today, the band debuted what it had alleged was going to be the last single for the album, which released today.  However, the band did an about face on that decision today with the debut of the album’s fifth single ‘Question Everything’ and its companion video.  The musical arrangement featured in the song and the rest of the album’s singles (and its other tracks not turned singles) form the record’s cornerstone.  They will be addressed shortly.  The album’s overarching lyrical theme that accompanies the infectious musical arrangements builds around and on that cornerstone to make the presentation that much more appealing.  The record’s sequencing caps off its most important elements and ensures the album’s success in its own way, which will also be addressed later.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of Question Everything.  All things considered, they make the record a presentation that will appeal to any power metal fan.

Helion Prime’s brand new album Question Everything is a presentation that easily holds its own against any record from the band’s more well-known counterparts, such as Dragonforce, Unleash The Archers, and Epica.  That is proven in part through the album’s musical arrangements.  The arrangements in question are pure power metal at its finest.  At the same time though, there are moments that add in a little something extra for audiences to enjoy.  Case in point is the arrangement featured in the album’s opener, ‘The Final Theory.’  The partnering of the guitar and keyboard arrangements lends itself to comparisons to works from In Flames.  At the same time, the similarity to works from Unleash The Archers and Epica is just as evident.  The balance of those influences and sounds makes for an arrangement that makes for a strong start to the album.  It is just one of the moments that offers audiences something extra in this record.  ‘Madame Mercury,’ the record’s second song, is another way in which the album gives audiences something extra in its arrangements.

The musical arrangement featured ‘Madame Mercury’ takes more of a hard rock approach than power metal.  Yes, the power metal approach is just as obvious as here as at any other point in the album, but that more mainstream, hard rock approach is just as audible.  That the band continued to take a new direction here and still manage to make the two distinctly different styles work together so well is worthy of its own applause.  It serves to make the album that much more appealing for audiences and is not the last of the moments that does this, either.  ‘Kong at the Gates/The Forbidden’ is another example of how the album goes beyond the band’s power metal roots to give audiences something extra.

‘Kong at the Gates/The Forbidden’ takes Helion Prime’s familiar power metal approach and adds a touch of symphonic metal a la Symphony X to the mix.  That is evidenced through the string arrangements and the pounding drums that open the song.  Event the vocal delivery of singer Mary Zimmer is noticeably different here from that of any of the album’s other songs.  It isn’t nearly as wide open and operatic as at those points.  Yes, there is a touch of that approach, but there is more of a controlled approach here.  That, coupled with the equally controlled work of the guitars and time keeping makes for an arrangement that stands on its own merits while helping to build the album’s musical foundation in its own right.  When this arrangement is considered along with the other noted arrangements and the rest of the album’s compositions, the whole of the album’s musical content leaves no question about its importance to the record’s whole.  It is just one part of what makes the album so appealing.  The lyrical content that accompanies the record’s musical arrangements builds even more on that foundation.

The lyrical content that is featured throughout the 56-minute album adds its own interest to the presentation because it so unique.  It does something that many other bands do, but also that so few do at the same time.  It takes a similar approach to that of say, Sabaton with its historical focus, making it familiar (and in turn, welcome) to power metal fans.  In the case of Sabaton, the chosen topic is military history.  In the case of this record from Helion Prime, the band crafted songs for this record about famed figures, such as philosopher Socrates, NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson, Raymond Gosling, who took the first picture of DNA, and astronomer Galileo Gallilei.  The noted figures (and those not noted here) were people who questioned everything at their time (thus the album’s title), including gender roles, societal beliefs and even scientific and religious views.  This is an approach that is unlike even the works from Sabaton and so much other power metal music, whose lyrical content tends to focus on wizards and dragons. So again, what audiences get in the album’s lyrical content is a focus on real history, much like what they will get from fellow power metal band Sabaton.  At the same time, it presents its own unique content separate from Sabaton and pretty much most other power metal bands.  To that end, the lyrical content that is featured in this record makes for its own share of appeal.  It still is not the last of the album’s most notable elements.  The album’s sequencing rounds out its most important elements.

For the most pat, Question Everything maintains a very high energy throughout the course of its body.  It does briefly break things up in the early bars of ‘The Gadfly’ with the old school classical guitar style approach there.  From there, the album’s energy picks right back up until it reaches the last two songs, ‘Reawakening’ and ‘Kong at the Gates/The Forbidden.’  ‘Reawakening’ is really the most reserved that the album’s energy gets, and even that is still a relatively upbeat work.  Though stylistically, it is reserved by comparison to the album’s other works.  The album’s finale is slower in its opening bars, but from there really picks up and becomes a full-on operatic work.  Simply put, Question Everything will appeal to audiences in terms of its sequencing because it keeps the energy flowing from its opening to its end.  Even when it does pull back, that reservation is slight at best.  That steady energy joins with the appeal in the album’s lyrical content and even more familiar style in its musical arrangements to make the whole a positive new presentation for Helion Prime.  It collectively makes the album a presentation that holds its own easily against works from the band’s more well-known power metal counterparts.

Helion Prime’s new album Question Everything does not necessarily question the power metal formula.  That is evident throughout the course of its presentation.  Even despite that (and because of it) it still proves itself a work that will appeal to the most devoted power metal purists.  That is due in part to the record’s largely familiar stylistic approach to the musical arrangements.  They are familiar, but also have some other elements that give audiences a little something extra to enjoy.  The record’s lyrical content takes a familiar route in terms of straying from the mainstream lyrical topics of relationships, religion, and politics.  It takes a unique approach by focusing on historical figures, really as a way to encourage listeners to think for themselves.  That ironically is a familiar topic in the mainstream world.  So really, the lyrical content gives audiences the best of both worlds, mainstream and independent.  The record’s sequencing puts the last touch to its presentation, ensuring its energy never lets up too much, and breaking things up just enough at the right points.  Each noted item is important in its own right to the whole of the album.  All things considered, they make the album a work that will appeal to any power metal purist.

More information on the band’s new album and single is available along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

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Helion Prime Debuts ‘Photo 51’ Lyric Video

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Helion Prime debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the lyric video for its new single ‘Photo 51‘ Monday.  The song and its video are the fourth and final preview of the band’s forthcoming album Question Everything, which is scheduled for release Oct. 5 through the band’s own label, Saibot Reigns.  Its debut follows that of the album’s singles ‘The Gadfly,’ ‘Madame Mercury,’ and ‘The Forbidden Zone‘ and their respective videos.

The band’s new lyric video places the song’s lyrics over a variety of images, such as a double helix, cells, and data collected on a computer screen.  The visualization is meant to help tell the song’s story, which is about what is known as Photo 51, the very first picture of human DNA.

The song’s musical arrangement will appeal to fans of similar bands, such as Amaranthe and Unleash The Archers.

The band discussed the song in a prepared statement.

“This song is a favorite among the band from the new album and those who have heard it seem to claim it as a favorite as well!,” the statement reads. “It might just become a new staple in our live sets! We hope you enjoy ‘Photo 51’! And thank you to Scott Kennedy from 12 Inch Media for creating it.”

Question Everything was mixed by Chris Collier and mastered by Brett Caldas-Lima.  Alex nassla (Gear Gods Studio) provided additional mixing/drum edits/re-amping.  Michael Goodrich provided guitar-bass edits. The cover art for Question Everything was created by Marc Whisnant.

The album’s Japanese release, which is scheduled for Oct. 28 through Ward Records, will feature two bonus tracks, a demo of the song ‘Prof’ and a cover of Trivium’s ‘Rain.’  Pre-orders for the record are open.

The album’s track listing is noted below.

Track Listing:
1. The Final Theory (4:20)
2. Madame Mercury (4:19)
3. Prof (3:55)
4. The Gadfly (6:35)
5. Photo 51 (5:13)
6. E Pur Si Muove (5:48)
7. Words of The Abbot (4:55) ft. guest vocals John Yelland (Judicator, Dire Peril)
8. The Forbidden Zone (4:32)
9. Question Everything (5:56) ft. Heather Michele (ex-Graveshadow, ex-Helion Prime) and Sozos Michael (ex-Helion Prime, Planeswalker)
10. Reawakening (6:54)
11. Kong at the Gates (Misfits Cover)
Album Length: 56:12

– Japanese Edition Limited Bonus Tracks –
12. Prof (Demo)
13. Rain (Trivium Cover)

More information on the band’s new album and single is available along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

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Unleash The Archers Debuts ‘Faster Than Light’ Video

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Unleash The Archers debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the video for its new single ‘Faster Than Light‘ Monday.’  The song is the third single from the band’s new album Abyss, which was released Friday through Napalm Records.  Its debut follows the debut of the videos for the band’s singles ‘Soulbound‘ and ‘Abyss.’

The video for the band’s latest single finds the band’s members — Brittney Slayes (vocals), Scott Buchanan (drums), Grant Truesdell (guitar, vocals), and Andrew Kingsley (guitar, vocals) — facing one another in a foot race on a track.

Slayes talked about the video’s treatment in a recent interview.

“Being that this song is about racing off into the far corners of space, we thought it would be a fun idea to actually race each other in the music video to see which one of us was truly ‘Faster Than Light’!,” she said. “Of course we had to have some fun with it though, and added a little bit of excitement into the mix. Our director mentioned an older Stephen King novel called The Long Walk as inspiration for a way to spice up the video and we all agreed it would be hilarious! Check out the plot synopsis on Wikipedia if you haven’t read it already… This track has turned into a favourite of the band and we knew it had to be a single the moment the finished product was in our hands. It’s fast, fun, and is going to be an absolute blast to play live!”

More information on Unleash the Archers’ new single and album is available along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

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Lutharo’s Latest EP Will Leave Listeners Feeling Anything But Agony

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Independent, up-and-coming metal outfit Lutharo’s new EP Wings of Agony is a welcome new addition to this year’s field of new hard rock and metal records in general.  That is due to the growth that the five-song record – the band’s second EP and second studio recording – exhibits in comparison to its 2018 debut EP Unleash The Beast.  This record takes the musical and lyrical content from that record and builds on each element with the result being a presentation that is even stronger than its predecessor.  The noted musical and lyrical content will be discussed separately here.  The musical and lyrical content is only a potion of what makes Wings of Agony stand out as a positive new offering from Lutharo.  The EP’s sequencing rounds out its most important elements.  It will also be discussed here.  All three elements are important in their own way to the whole of Wings of Agony.  All things considered, they make the EP a presentation that will appeal to any metal fan.

This past March, Lutharo released its sophomore EP – and second overall studio recording – in the form of Wings of Agony.  The 25-minute presentation is a work that will appeal to any metal purist.  It is another positive step forward for the band in its journey to becoming one of the metal community’s next big names.  That is proven in part through the record’s musical arrangements.  Whereas the musical arrangements featured in the band’s 2018 debut EP Unleash The Beast were focused primarily on a combination of power and death metal, this EP’s arrangements find the band taking a step forward and expanding its horizons.  Case in point is the EP’s second single, ‘Blood Lightning.’  The band — John Raposo and Victor Bucur on guitar, front woman Krista Shipperbottom, bassist Chris Pacey and drummer Duval Gabraiel – takes the power and death metal sound exhibited in Unleash The Beast and hones it even more.  There is more balance between Shipperbottom’s screams and clean vocals here than in the songs in the band’s previous EP.  What’s more, the production comes across as being cleaner, adding to the general effect. It is just one way in which the EP’s musical content stands out.  ‘Will To Survive’ makes the EP’s musical content stand out, too.

‘Will To Survive’ is such a full, powerful composition.  At its base is a speed metal style arrangement to which each member of the band contributes equally.  From the shredding guitars to the precision in the timekeeping to the low-end from the bass to the powerhouse vocals, every element works so well here.  This song’s arrangement is easily likened to works from Arch Enemy past and present.  In comparison to the songs featured in Unleash The Beast, there is really nothing comparable.  Again, it shows the band members’ creative growth.  It is just one more way in which the record’s musical content shows its importance.  ‘Diamond Back’ is another example of the importance of the EP’s musical arrangements.

‘Diamond Back,’ the EP’s second track, takes the band’s already established talents in death metal and metal in general, and adds a touch of metalcore influence into the mix.  That metalcore influence is especially audible in the drums and guitars, subtle as it is.  It lends itself to comparisons to works from As I Lay Dying and other harder-edged metalcore acts.  The combination of those influences is well-balanced here, with the result being another work that is just as enjoyable as the EP’s other arrangements.  When it is considered with the other arrangements noted here and the EP’s other pair of arrangements not discussed here, the end result is an overall musical presentation that will engage and entertain metal purists even more than that of Lutharo’s debut EP.

While the musical content featured in Lutharo’s latest EP goes a long way toward making the record enjoyable, it is just one part of what makes the record so appealing.  The musical content’s lyrical accompaniments add their own share of interest to the EP.  Again, the album’s latest single, ‘Blood Lightning’ is a prime example to cite.  The band explained the song’s lyrical theme in a prepared statement.

“The song ‘Blood Lightning’ is about having such an extreme passion for something so much so that it sets your soul on fire, for better or for worse,” the statement reads. “It is the endless struggle of putting your blood, sweat, and tears into something and receiving next to nothing in return. However, when you do catch a glimpse of your progress, it is enough to keep pushing forward even when you are constantly being beaten down and put to war. The music video for ‘Blood Lightning’ showcases all of the physical, emotional, financial, etc. Hard work that is put into pursuing your dreams in music.”

That statement is illustrated best through the song’s chorus, which finds Shipperbottom and company singing, “Each day I’ve spent/Ripping my heart to shreds/This dream I’ve bred/Now wide awake/These reins I’ve held/I grant them off to chance/Leaving the cuts on my hands/Unachievable bliss/Wrecked all of my innocence/Douse my wounds in gasoline/Cast my blood to lightning.”  This is a concept to which so many listeners will connect, considering that everyone has been in this position at one point or another at least once in life.  It is just one of the EP’s most notable lyrical presentations.  ‘Will To Survive’ is another example of why audiences will want to pay attention to the EP’s lyrical content.

‘Will To Survive’ stands out because it also comes across as taking on the issue of self-determination, much like ‘Blood Lightning.’  This case is different from that of ‘Blood Lightning’ at the same time, though.  That is because this song seems to come across as being from the vantage point of someone who has realized that they have let that determination get the better of himself/herself.  That is inferred in the song’s lead verse, which finds Shipperbottom singing, “Oh I shook hands with the devil himself/Our grip held the contents of hell/Conceit was spilling over his gaze/He nods at me now/It’s make or break/Make or break/It has begun/No time to waste/My calloused Core/they’ll never shake/ Behind these walls my life awaits.”  The song’s second verse adds to that inference as she sings, “Oh I’ve struck gold with a consequence/A gift to bare with a great expense/Yet I’m still fighting profitless/Proving my worth with every step/No repent/And Peace will come to those who’ve spent/My freedom wears a heightened sense/So line em ’up/I’ll pay my debt.”  Again, it comes across as a person realizing that success has perhaps come at too great a cost.  In other words, it comes across as sending that message of making sure that in one’s self-determination, one does not get too deep and let things get out of control.  It is just one more example of why the EP’s lyrical content is so important to its whole.  ‘Diamond Back’ is another notable way in which the EP’s lyrical content proves so important.

‘Diamond Back’ comes across as being another proudly defiant work that reminds listeners not to let adversity stop them in life.  In this case, that adversity would apparently come from those who would try to bring one down.  Shipperbottom says to those people in the song’s chorus, “It will give me great pleasure To take your last breath away/No remorse now/Trust in me/My skin is tougher than you’ll ever be/I gather my strength from which you lack/Forever Bearing a diamond back.”  That very mention of “bearing a diamond back” is a reference to a rattlesnake, which is a very dangerous species of snake.  What she comes across as saying here is that she’s always ready to strike (metaphorically, not literally) and that she is stronger than those people who want to tear her down.  She adds to the statement in the song’s second verse, “Proud I stand from which I’ve lead/Ruthless actions vast condemned/The moral plain to be said/Cross my path I’ll take your head.”  Again, here listeners get that seeming message of defiance and determination.  The rest of the song’s lyrical content builds on this statement and shows even more why the song is one more key example of the importance of the EP’s lyrical content.  When it is considered along with the rest of the EP’s noted lyrical content and that content not addressed here, the end result is such that it will appeal just as much to listeners as the EP’s musical arrangements.  Even as much as the EP’s lyrical content does to make it engaging and entertaining, it still is not the last of the record’s most notable content.  The EP’s sequencing rounds out its most important elements.

Wings of Agony’s sequencing ensures the record’s energy does its part to keep listeners engaged from start to finish.  It succeeds in that avenue, too.  The album starts off heavy and fast in ‘Barren.’  While the song’s opening bars are brooding and slow, the rest of the song is intense and extremely upbeat.  The same applies to the EP’s other four songs.  What this means is that the album’s energy remains high throughout its body, ensuring audiences are kept engaged from start to end of the EP.  That is a positive in its own right to the whole of this record.  When it is considered along with the EP’s musical and lyrical content, it shows once and for all why this EP is a presentation that every metal purist will appreciate.

Lutharo’s sophomore EP Wings of Agony is a presentation that will leave listeners feeling anything but agony.  It is in fact a presentation that the metal masses will appreciate.  That is proven in part through its musical arrangements.  The musical arrangements featured in this record show obvious growth from the band in whole.  It has taken the power and death metal influences exhibited in the band’s debut EP and built on that in each song here.  The lyrical content that accompanies the musical arrangements is accessible in its own right.  The EP’s sequencing ensures listeners’ engagement and entertainment in its own right, too.  Each noted element is important in its own right to the whole of this record.  All things considered, it becomes a work that every metal purist should hear at least once if not more.  Wings of Agony is available now.

More information on Lutharo’s new single, video and EP is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

Websitehttp://www.lutharo.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/LutharoOfficial

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/Lutharoband

 

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Helion Prime Debuts ‘The Forbidden Zone’ Lyric Video

Courtesy: Saibot Reigns

Power metal band Helion Prime debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the lyric video for its new single ‘The Forbidden Zone‘ Monday.  The song and its companion video are the first from the band’s forthcoming third album Question Everything.

Pre-orders are open now for Question Everything.   The album’s track listing is noted below.

 

Track Listing:
1. The Final Theory (4:20)
2. Madame Mercury (4:19)
3. Prof (3:55)
4. The Gadfly (6:35)
5. Photo 51 (5:13)
6. E Pur Si Muove (5:48)
7. Words of The Abbot (4:55) ft. guest vocals John Yelland (Judicator, Dire Peril)
8. The Forbidden Zone (4:32)
9. Question Everything (5:56) ft. Heather Michele (ex-Graveshadow, ex-Helion Prime) and Sozos Michael (ex-Helion Prime, Planeswalker)
10. Reawakening (6:54)
11. Kong at the Gates (Misfits Cover)
Album Length: 56:12

 

 

The song’s musical arrangement will appeal to fans of fellow power metal act Unleash The Archers while its arrangement is pat of a bigger story that will engage and entertain audiences.  ‘The Forbidden Zone’ is available to stream through Spotify.

Guitarist Jason Ashcroft talked about the song’s (and album’s) lyrical content in a recent interview.

“I have had plans to write a song based on the film Planet of the Apes for some time now,” he said. “I love films and just needed the right time. The character Cornelius really fits into the theme I was going for with this album. He is the only fictional character to be featured on this album.”

“This album has truly been amazing to work on,” added Ashcroft. “The idea behind it is something I’ve been holding on to since around the time I started the band. Aside from writing some of what I consider to be Prime’s best work it was a great experience getting to work with Heather again on an album as she once again contributed her talents for the lyrics.”

The bigger picture of the album is that it focuses on different figures in history who challenged the norms of their societies and cultures.  This despite the results of their actions.

The album is scheduled for release Oct. 5 through the band’s own label, Saibot Reigns.  It is the band’s first with new vocalist Mary Zimmer.  Former vocalist Heather Michele returned for the album, but in a writing capacity and writing all the album’s lyrics and some of its melodies.

Additionally, Michele provided guest vocals for the album along with other former Helion Prime vocalists Sozos Michael and John Yelland (Judicator/Dire Peril).

Question Everything was mixed by Chris Collier and mastered by Brett Caldas-Lima.  Alex nassla (Gear Gods Studio) provided additional mixing/drum edits/re-amping.  Michael Goodrich provided guitar-bass edits.

The cover art for Question Everything was created by Marc Whisnant.

More information on the band’s new album and single is available along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

Website: http://helionprimemetal.com

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

 

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Lutharo Debuts ‘Blood Lightning’ Video

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Independent hard rock band Lutharo debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the video for its new single ‘Blood Lightning’ Thursday through Metal Injection.  The song is the second single from the band’s new EP Wings of Agony, which was released March 27.  The band debuted the video for the EP’s lead single/title track on Feb. 26.

The musical arrangement at the center of Lutharo’s new single presents a powerful death metal style approach through its guitar and drums.  Front woman Krista Shipperbottom’s vocal delivery style, which shows her ability to handle clean vocals and screams, adds to the song’s punch, as does the steady bass line of Chris Pacey.  The arrangement in whole will appeal to fans of bands, such as Arch Enemy, Unleash The Archers, and Amon Amarth.

The song’s lyrical theme matches the energy in its musical arrangement, as the band explained in a prepared statement.

“The song ‘Blood Lightning’ is about having such an extreme passion for something so much so that it sets your soul on fire, for better or for worse,” the statement reads. “It is the endless struggle of putting your blood, sweat, and tears into something and receiving next to nothing in return. However, when you do catch a glimpse of your progress, it is enough to keep pushing forward even when you are constantly being beaten down and put to war. The music video for ‘Blood Lightning’ showcases all of the physical, emotional, financial, etc. Hard work that is put into pursuing your dreams in music.”

“The shots taken to look like the set of a video shoot are meant to resemble the business aspect/behind the scenes work of being a musician, but also the high of performing live and seeing your visions come to life, while the single shots of each member in the middle of a storm are meant to display the emotional sacrifices and hardships that each individual goes through,” the statement further reads.

Wings of Agony‘s track listing is noted below.

 

Track Listing:
1. Barren (5:21)
2. Diamond Back (4:31)
3. Blood Lightning (4:41)
4. Will to Survive (5:09)
5. Wings of Agony (6:02)
EP Length: 25:45

 

More information on Lutharo’s new single, video and EP is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

Website: http://www.lutharo.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/Lutharoband

 

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Hyperspace Metal Festival Delayed To 2021

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The Hyperspace Metal Festival III will take place next year.

The festival’s organizers made the announcement Monday.  Journeyman Productions, heads up the annual festival.  It was originally scheduled to take place April 17-19, but was rescheduled for Sept. 4-6 as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic.  The rescheduled dates are under consideration.

Journeyman Productions head Joey Hockin had the following to say about the festival’s latest development.

“Well, the time has come to make the difficult decision that we all knew was coming. Hyperspace Metal Festival III will be postponed again to 2021. The exact dates and lineup will be announced once we have confirmation from the government that it is safe to proceed with a gathering of this size. Given the uncertain nature of COVID-19, we feel it is best to not reveal anything else until we know that the festival can happen. All ticket sales will be honoured at the new dates and the lineup will be mostly bands that have already been booked for the festival with probably a few new surprises. If you would like a refund, please send an email to info@rickshawtheatre.com. Thank you for your understanding and we hope you are staying safe!”

This year’s festival was scheduled to feature well-known acts, such as Unleash The Archers, which just released its latest album Abyss, Powerglove,  and Immortal Guardian as well as other power and speed metal bands, such as Novareign, Silver Talon and Helion Prime.

A playlist of songs from the festival’s featured bands is available through Spotify.  A trailer that was created for the festival is streaming here.

All of the latest updates on the Hyperspace Metal Festival III are available online at http://www.facebook.com/HyperspaceMetalFestival.

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