Solitude – Reach for the Sky – Music Review

Going in to this review of SOLITUDE’s album entitled “Reach for the Sky” released in North America through the Test Your Metal Records label I had no expectations because I knew little to nothing of this band hailing from Tokyo, Japan. Turns out I was pleasantly surprised and it’s a solid Metal album with a ton of classic influences.

SOLITUDE was formed in 1996 as I before mentioned in Tokyo by members Takamasa “Mad” Ohuchi on Drums, Toru Nishida on Bass, Akira Sugiuchi on Vocals and Shingo Ida on Guitars. Their previous releases were all through the Japanese label Spiritual Beast which distributes throughout the Orient such classic metal from artists such as RAVEN, DIAMOND HEAD also AGENT STEEL and include SOLITUDE’s 2001’s “Virtual Image”, 2009’s “Brave the Storm” and a 2015 previous release of this album “Reach for the Sky”

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With a North American release date of November 25th a few things were made very clear to me after a few listens that these dudes from Japan can jam. I couldn’t help but hear the influences of Saxon, Motorhead and maybe even some Accept and definitely Iron Maiden.

The first tack is called “Venoms Angel” and it starts off with a nice mellow acoustic intro followed by a really  thrashy build up with the double bass drums leading you in to a classic heavy metal rhythm like the days of old. “Venoms Angel”was a great way to start off this album because the riffs are good enough to hook any young or old school metal head.

The title track “Reach for the Sky” is a little bit slower paced but really hit home and it took me a bit to figure out why. The guitars are on fire on this song with really broad sweeping solos and solid rhythms backing them up. I enjoyed this track a lot and it finally clicked why it sounded so good, “Reach for the Sky” is a song that could have been released on any number of classic Iron Maiden albums. It has that classic Maiden sound, the tones, the feel and the arrangement are all thee. (Notice I didn’t mention the vocals….keep reading)

My favorite track from this album is “You Got My Mind”. Akira Sugiuchi vocals are in the same vein as the late great Lemmy Killmister and the majority of this song has Motorhead’s finger print all over it. Akira sounds so close to Lemmy especially on this track it is ridiculous, and the drums have a real Phil “Philthy” Animal energy to them. If you took an average metal fan and played this song for them and asked the question “who is this” 9 out of 10 would probably say Motorhead, it is that good. This song also has a few unexpected time changes in it which once again have a real Maiden anthem feel to it.

SOLITUDE is a really solid metal band and “Reach for the Sky” is a well produced album. Listening to new music or albums can be hard at times for people like me; we all get stuck in our ways and tend to close our minds to anything new. But an album like “Reach for the Sky” has something so familiar about it your ears and brain forget you’re listening to something new. It has been a long time since I could sit and listen to a new album from an unfamiliar artist in its entirety and enjoy it, until now. Congratulations to SOLITUDE and their album “Reach for the Sky”, you have made it into my music rotation. Really good stuff guys! **Gene A. Gaona**

Devilskin Release Official Music Video

Popular New Zealand based hard rock band Devilskin has released the Official Music Video for the second single off of their second studio album, “Pray”. The video was directed by Tim Van Dammen on location in Hamilton, New Zealand, with the album recorded at Modern World Recording studio in the UK with Producer Clint Murphy (with whom they recorded their No 1, Platinum selling debut album We Rise). Be Like the River is available to stream on Spotify and Google Play, and download on iTunes.


We are beyond excited to be releasing our new studio album Be Like The River on November 11th. The title comes from a lyric of ours ‘Be like the river and cut through the stone’, the message is about reaching your goals through perseverance and unwavering determination. It has been an incredible journey so far for Devilskin and we feel this album really encapsulates and represents our evolution as a band, as songwriters and as people. – Devilskin

Vesta Collide Sign With Attila Frontman’s Stay Sick Recordings

Stay Sick Recordings, the label owned and operated by Attila frontman Fronz, has signed Vesta Collide. The band will release New Obsession on January 20, 2017.

Pre-orders for New Obsession are now live via iTunes and MerchNow.

New Obsession Track Listing:
1. Witching Hour
2. Empty Bodies
3. I Can’t Sleep
4. Pretend
5. The Lights
6. Away From Here
7. Hallucination
8. Waste Away
9. Monster Blood
10. Time Won’t Keep What’s Left Of Us
11. Faithless Tongue

Kreator Release Official “Gods Of Violence” Music Video

German thrash titans KREATOR have released the music video for the title track of their upcoming album, Gods Of Violence 

If you dare to watch the grueling uncut version of the video, check it out here

KREATOR singer/guitarist and main songwriter Mille Petrozza comments: “We have prepared an amazing video trilogy with Grupa13 for our new album. We believe that they are among the most creative artists when it comes to surreal video art. The story line is linked to our album concept and the first clip visualizes the birth of the KREATOR demon.”

The exclusive North American cover was created by renowned artist Marcelo Vasco (SLAYER, MACHINE HEAD, SOULFLY, HATEBREED).

KREATOR mastermind Mille Petrozza comments, “‘Gods Of Violence’ was the first song I wrote for this album and it stuck to me as the title track. It contains everything KREATOR is known for and it will blow your minds. Promise!”

Gin Wigmore Premieres Official Video For “Dirty Mercy.

Today, New Zealand artist Gin Wigmore premiered her official video for her latest single ‘Dirty Mercy,’ the first track and video from her highly anticipated forthcoming album due for release in 2017.

Gin explains, “I made sure I came out swinging with this one. I had always wanted to write a song with this sort of energy. A little trashy, kinda pissed off, whilst still retaining my love for a solid melody. Dirty Mercy is a song that really represented where my head was at when I first began this venture into my next album.”

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“Dirty Mercy” was written and recorded in LA and was co-written with Marc Orrell (Dropkick Murphys) and Steve Rusch (Blood To Bone, Metallica, Kendrick Lamar). As per her award winning third album “Blood to Bone”, which featured the stunning singles “Written In The Water” and “New Rush”, Gin once again stepped into the role of co-producer of her new release working with Grammy nominated producer/engineer Rusch.

“LET IT RIDE” TOUR DATES

11/19 – Corona Capital Festival – Mexico City

11/23 – Hi Ho Lounge – New Orleans, LA

11/25 – The Social – Orlando, FL

11/26 – Jack Rabbits – Jacksonville, FL

11/28 – Vinyl – Atlanta, GA

11/29 – New Breckland Tavern – West Columbia, SC

12/02 – Hi-Tone Cafe – Memphis, TN

12/03 – Off Broadway – St. Louis, MO

12/05 – Deluxe @ Old National Center – Indianapolis, IN

12/06 – A&R Music Bar – Columbus, OH

12/07 – The Club @ Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA

12/09 – The Hollow – Albany, NY

For more information and tickets go to:
http://ginwigmore.com

Power Trip on tour w/ Napalm Death and The Black Dahlia Murder ‘Nightmare Logic’ coming 2017 on Southern Lord

Following their recent tour with Madball, and performances at Mexico’s Off Limits Festival and Arizona’s Southwest Terror Fest, POWER TRIP prepares to head back out on the road next week, joining the likes of Napalm Death, The Black Dahlia Murder, Pig Destroyer, Abnormality, and more.
Additionally, POWER TRIP has completed the anxiously anticipated full-length follow-up to their 2013-released Manifest Decimation LP, and is preparing to assault the masses with Nightmare Logic in early 2017, once again through Southern Lord. Stand by for more info on the upcoming album in the coming days.
Next week will see POWER TRIP touring the eastern half of the US, as they meet up with the current tour featuring Napalm Death, The Black Dahlia Murder, and Abnormality, playing shows in Philadelphia, Baltimore, Boston, New York, Greensboro, Atlanta, Houston, San Antonio, and Dallas between November 12th and 21st. Pig Destroyer will also play the Baltimore, Boston, and New York shows.
POWER TRIP Live Dates:
 
11/12: Underground Arts – Philadelphia, PA #
11/13: Baltimore Sound Stage – Baltimore, MD *
11/14: Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA *
11/15:Les Poisson Rouge – New York, NY *
11/16: Arizona Pete’s – Greensboro, NC #
11/17: Masquerade – Atlanta, GA #
11/19: Numbers – Houston, TX #
11/20: Red Box – San Antonio, TX #
11/21: Gas Monkey – Dallas, TX #
# – w/ Napalm Death, The Black Dahlia Murder, Abnormality
* – w/ Napalm Death, Pig Destroyer, The Black Dahlia Murder, Abnormality
Since the release of Manifest Decimation in mid-2013, POWER TRIP has become an underground staple in the US metal/hardcore scenes, the album unloading a caustic, stomping brew of old-school crossover, unloaded through merciless tones, presented with relentless energy. The band has toured relentlessly across the planet with the likes of Anthrax, Lamb Of God, Negative Approach, Turnstile, Backtrack, Mizery, Eyehategod, Foreseen HKI, Bane, Off!, and having performed with literally countless others, in addition to pummeling audiences at major festivals all over the US, Europe, and beyond.

Scott Shiflett of Face To Face Interviewed @ Aftershock 2016

“I dropped out of high school with a bass in my hand” Scott Shiflett of Face To Face

Metal Correspondent Gene Gaona of Capital Chaos TV wraps of his interview with Scott Shiflett of Face To Face @ Aftershock Festival 2016 October 23rd, 2016 – Sacramento, California,

Monster Energy AFTERSHOCK made its triumphant return to Discovery Park in Sacramento, CA on October 22 & 23, celebrating its fifth year with a sold-out crowd of 50,000 over two days in California’s capital city. With 35 bands on three stages, Monster Energy AFTERSHOCK’s genre-spanning lineup was packed with rock and metal legends, newcomers, and rising stars. Fans were treated to a rare U.S. festival performance from Tool on Saturday, an electrifying festival-closing set from Avenged Sevenfold on Sunday, plus Slayer, Korn, Primus, Disturbed, Puscifer, Meshuggah, and many more.

Monster Energy AFTERSHOCK is produced by Danny Wimmer Presents, a producer of some of the biggest rock festivals in America, including Rock On The Range, Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville, Monster Energy Fort Rock, Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion, LOUDER THAN LIFE, Northern Invasion, Monster Energy Rock Allegiance, Chicago Open Air, Houston Open Air, and more.

Sponsors for Monster Energy AFTERSHOCK included: Monster Energy, Jack Daniel’s, Coors Light, The Music Experience, El Jimador Tequila, Keep Golf Metal, Sound Exchange, Thunder Valley Casino Resort, Fxck Cancer, Take Me Home, KHTK, 98Rock, California Finest, Dimple Records, Juxtapoz, SoHo Concessions and more.