The day has come – symphonic death metal collective MaYaN has released its epic third album Dhyana. Together with the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, the band recorded their spectacular full-length release, which reflects on conceptual themes such as self-awareness, relinquishing our ego and self-conceited tendencies to find out who we truly are.
In celebration of the new album, MaYaN have released an official music video for “Saints Don’t Die”. Watch the new clip below.
Singer Mark Jansen explains the background of the track: “‘Saints Don’t Die’ deals with wars being fought on the backs of young men and women, who are sent to battle and then suffer the consequences their entire life time, while the ‘Saints’ stay in their ivory towers, just pulling the strings.”
Helion Prime and their mascot – the mighty Saibot – return with their sophomore effort ‘Terror Of The Cybernetic Space Monster’. The album consists of nine brand new tracks – with the seventeen minute monster title song marking a stunning finale. The Sacramento (California) based power metal band’s new piece of work was mixed and mastered at LSD studio by Lasse Lammert (known for his work with bands like Alestorm and Gloryhammer). HELION PRIME continues their theme of blending science fiction with science fact.
Founder Jason Ashcraft comments: “I wasn’t sure where I was going when writing this album. As fans who follow us closely know, it’s been a bumping two years for us since the release of our debut. We are back and fully inspired. This album focuses more on human nature and our battle with the good and evil within ourselves. I did not plan this when starting the album but that is where it naturally evolved. I am very pleased with the result and hope you are all as equally excited.”
This album will mark the first time the full band line up is joined together on a release. This also marks the debut of Sozos Michael on vocals.
Sozos remarks on the subject: “Working on this album has been an incredibly rewarding experience. While Jason had a clear vision as to what this album would shape up to be as the principal songwriter, he was always open to my ideas on vocal lines and lyrics. Our collaboration went very smoothly and it definitely shows on the final product.”
Jason also comments on the audition of Sozos: “He is the kind of singer I have always dreamed of working with. Not only are his vocal skills top notch but he understands and knows what the music needs. Writing together for this album was a breeze and I hardly had to ask for any rewrites. Often he would send me ideas that was exactly what I was thinking. I am thrilled to work with someone like that and can’t wait to see what we accomplish together.”
The cover art was once again done by Marc Whisnant, who was already responsible for the artwork of the band’s self-titled debut album, which was released via Divebomb Records in early 2016 before AFM Records signed the band to a worldwide deal and re-issued “Helion Prime” almost exactly a year after its initial release. Press hailed the album as a breath of fresh air in the power metal scene and called it one of the most innovative power metal records in a long time.
In the video below, special guest interviewer Jason Ashcraft of AFM Records recording artists Helion Prime chats with Jon Schaffer of Iced Earth @ Ace Of Spades in Sacramento, California…March 7th, 2018
Metal giants Iced Earth are currently on the road in North America bringing their “pure and absolutely incorruptible heavy metal” (Rock Hard Italy) to fans across North America on their “Incorruptible” World Tour.
Consisting of founding guitarist Jon Schaffer, drummer Brent Smedley, vocalist Stu Block, bassist Luke Appleton, and new guitarist Jake Dreyer, Iced Earth’s trek resumes tomorrow in Edmonton, AB and will be on the road through March 29th in Chicago, IL with featured support from Sanctuary and Kill Ritual. Dates are as follows:
ICED EARTH Live remaining dates
3/8 Los Angeles, CA – Belasco Theater #
3/9 San Diego, CA – House of Blues #
3/10 Anaheim, CA – Parish @ House of Blues #
3/11 Phoenix, AZ – The Pressroom #
3/13 San Antonio, TX – Aztec Theatre #
3/14 Dallas, TX – House of Blues #
3/15 Houston, TX – House of Blues #
3/16 New Orleans, LA – Parish @ House of Blues #
3/17 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade #
3/18 Charlotte, NC – Underground #
3/19 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage #
3/21 Wilmington, DE – The Queen #
3/22 New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre #
3/23 Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall #
3/24 Quebec City, QC – Imperial Bell #
3/25 Montreal, QC – Corona Theater #
3/26 Toronto, ON – Phoenix Theater #
3/27 Cleveland, OH – Cambridge Room @ House of Blues #
3/28 Detroit, MI – St. Andrew’s Hall #
3/29 Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge #
# with Sanctuary & Kill Ritual
Lunar are a 2-piece Progressive Rock / Metal band from Sacramento, California. Their first full length, Theogony was released November 17th, 2017, is available via Bandcamp here. Continue reading “LUNAR drummer Alex Bosson grilled.”
Sacramento, California-based science fiction power metal band, Helion Prime, performed at The Colony in Sacramento on July 2nd. Video of the band’s full performance is available for streaming below.
Back in April, Helion Prime released a new single, “Remnants Of Stars”, via AFM Records. Rhythm guitarist Jason Ashcraft commented on the release: “I’m very excited with how this song turned out. It holds true to the Helion Prime sound, but adds a few new elements into the mix. Kayla’s vocals are powerful and in your face. Her darker bluesy tone also adds a nice touch. Alex’s drumming is monstrous, and I feel it really shines on this single. A great taste of what’s to come from both of them! Chad also makes his recording debut with us, offering a very tasty solo that compliments the song well!
“We hope you enjoy this new single. It will also appear on Helion Prime’s sophomore album which has a working title of The Terror Of Saibot. An expected release is late 2017/early 2018. Stick around for more details in the coming months.”
Helion Prime is:
Jason Ashcraft – Rhythm Guitar
Chad Anderson – Lead Guitar
Jeremy Steinhouse – Bass
Kayla Dixon – Vocals
Alex Bosson – Drums
Helion Prime is pleased to present their new single “Remnants of Stars” out everywhere via AFM Records. Continue reading “Sacramento Power Metal Quintet Release New Single “Remnants Of Stars””
Sacramento’s Helion Prime have announced their first batch of tour dates for 2017 with more to be announced. “We are very excited to announce Saibot’s Rampage Tour coming to a city near you (if you’re in the Western USA)! We are so stoked to hit the road and play some shows!” Continue reading “Sacramento’s Helion Prime Announce West Coast Tour”