Sacramento, CA’s modern death metal extremists, The Kennedy Veil, have entered Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, CA to begin tracking their as-yet-untitled follow up to their crushing debut album, Trinity of Falsehood. Drummer Gabe Seeber finished up tracking drums earlier this week, with guitar, bass and vocal tracking due in the weeks to come. The forthcoming album will see a release in Spring 2017 via Unique Leader Records.
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”
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**
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
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.
New Obsession Track Listing:
1. Witching Hour
2. Empty Bodies
3. I Can’t Sleep
5. The Lights
6. Away From Here
8. Waste Away
9. Monster Blood
10. Time Won’t Keep What’s Left Of Us
11. Faithless Tongue
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!”