EVENT: Scratching at the Surface CD PROMO. Prog metal w. modern elements a la Nine Inch Nails, Filter, King's X. Check samples!
Event ain't just another prog metal band. Scratching at the Surface is the disc which will make people take notice. Opening track "Make Your Way" has a style more in line with early Nine Inch Nails or clones like Filter, though much better. "Under My Skin" sounds like a dead ringer for King's X. "Someone" is more laid back, but still adventurous and dark. "One Simple Fall" kicks in with a crunchy stutter groove--and the rest of the disc is just as diverse and different. Once again, vocalist Dan Duzan operates perfectly within Event's song structures. Only on the Mike Patton-influenced "Won't Come Loose" does he break out a little, but his superior vocal hooks are what holds Scratching at the Surface together and helps make them one of the most important bands in rock.
1 Make Your Way 2 Under My Skin 3 Someone Jay 4 One Simple Fall 5 Live Life Love Breed 6 Scratching at the Surface 7 Won't Come Loose 8 Siren 9 Into the Fray 10 All Too Real 11 It Makes Me Me 12 Pleasure in the Pain 13 Too Much
DAMIEN THORNE: Wrath of Darkness CD. 11 songs, NOT 10. Self produced, traditional heavy metal. Check samples
This “Wrath Of Darkness” titled album was planned to be released in 1997 as follow-up to their debut. Fans of bands like HALLOWEEN, SKULLVIEW or DEADLY BLESSING should check this band out.
Damien Thorne's second (previously unreleased) album officially released on Criminal Records. This full-length CD contains the original 1987 recordings as well as bonus tracks from the 1998 EP "Former Life"
Genre: Heavy Metal
Playing time: 54:36
Mistress Of Evil
Rage Of Angels
Faith In Death
Portrait Of Strange
Sentenced To Die
Wrath Of Darkness
Stranger Amongst The Living
DAMIEN THORNE got famous in 1986 with “Sign Of The Jackal”, an album, which wasn’t more than good average that time. The band from Chicago could never keep up with bands like OMEN, HEIR APPARENT, SAVAGE GRACE, LIEGE LORD etc.
DESDEMONA's underrated debut release.
Andrea Marchisio has a set of power metal lungs that hit the notes without helium. And he’s given some mighty dramatic tunes to belt out here. The lyrics are a bit of everybody, but the music is from the pen of guitarist Christian Rosso and keyboardist Foca Torchia, which might explain the perfectly forged sound this band has.
“Black Lady” starts out with poetic acoustics, does a dramatic speed metal turn, and wins the power metal anthem chorus game hands down. “Shadows of my life” is next stop riff central. The lyrics are a dash deeper, and the melody and tempo verge on prog, but this band is too good to get lost on the way to anywhere. When the bridge and chorus finally arrive, good luck trying to decide which is catchier.
speed /thrash metal; strong Megadeth influence
Demon Dagger – Soul Of Steel
Label: Recital Records – none
Format: CD, Single
Genre: Thrash, Heavy Metal
1 Soul Of Steel
2 A Stand Below
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There are lots of electronic effects and some unique percussive sounds that gives DT a distinctive feel. The vocals range from dark whispers to angry growls, and are quite effective on the grooving third track, "=13=", the most memorable tune on Decaying Innocence. The songwriting is catchy and straight-forward, which allows the rhythm-conscious songs to mix heavy, processed guitars with keyboard melodies in an effective manner. This band has a strong sound that will easily turn some heads with a bit more fine tuning.
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1. Circus act
2. Sweet Poison
4. Makeshift Virgin
6. self Inflicted Wound
7. Lust Is a Gun
9. Mood Ring
10. My Own 11:34
grinding guitars and testosterone vocals of rock with electronics...
Delicate Terror smokes! Best described as dark industrial electro grunge pop... -- Electrozine
An assault of machines and human noiz generators. Best described as "Machine Rock."
Delicate Terror – Decaying Innocence
Label: Not On Label (Delicate Terror Self-Released) – none
Format: CD, Album
LOST IN TWILIGHT: Planeteer CD Finnish Gothic / Black Metal with power and great melody. Check 3 samples
Finnish Gothic Metal at it’s best. The band creates an epic sound that is fast and catchy yet melodic and melancholic, a truly unique atmosphere. They are constantly gaining popularity. Internet users around the world downloaded their songs, more than 160 thousand times! A great combination of new-wave Black Metal intensity and Dark Metal-ish smooth vocals and melodies.
Lost In Twilight – Planeteer
Label: Sound Riot Records – SRP 010
Format: CD, Mini-Album
Released: 20 Feb 2001
Genre: Goth Rock, Doom Metal
1 Planeteer 6:56
2 As Mist Descends 5:46
3 Lost Generation 5:51
4 Vaya Con Diablos 5:55
Produced by Lost In Twilight
Recorded and mixed at Happy Road studios
Engineered by Marko Tetri
Cover artwork and booklet design by Kristian Jokela
Listen to 3 songs by visiting: http://grooveshark.com/#!/lostintwilight
Genre: Gothic Metal
Label: Sound Riot Records
Playing time: 24:28
Lars Eric MATTSSON: Obsession CD, 1st press, original. Progressive metal w. a classic hard rock influence. Check samples!
Lars Eric is said to be Finland's hard rock guitarist no 1 and I think I must agree to that. He was discovered, like so many other guitarist, by Mike Varney (Guitar Player Magazine and Shrapnel Records) in 1985. He's debut vinyl came two years later in 1987. Several albums and years later, he's now releasing his new album "Obsession", featuring the great Swedish singer Bjorn Lodin. Lars Eric is playing in the same neo-classic metal/hard rock school as Yngwie MALMSTEEN, and Yngwie is the closest comparison for Lars Eric. Yngwie began his career with some albums that are classic in this genre today, then his albums became less interesting with every new release. Lars Eric might not be as skilled as Yngwie, but he's got the ability to write good songs, far better than Yngwie are doing today. This album reminds of the "Marching Out" album, Yngwie's best vocal album from 1985
1. Caught in Your Web 05:14
2. Alive 04:14
3. Just a Leo 05:07
4. Messenger 06:48
5. Long Way Home 04:21
6. Time And Again 04:36
7. Sense and Obsession 04:18
8. Mother Forgive 03:46
PICA FIERCE: A Spiral of Violence CD. Technical Death Metal with good vocals a la proggy Death. Check all samples
Pica Fierce is an impressive up-and-coming four-piece European metal that treats us to a carefully blended recipe of a Gothenburg-centered sound that incorporates bits of prog-metal, thrash, power, and even a few hints of melodic black. Pica Fierce manages not to sound like a half-baked concoction of their influences; rather they take early melodic Swedish metal and run with it. Good transitions and song structures definitely work in their favor, and will make them an even more enjoyable listen if/when a full-length comes out. The sound quality is excellent for an independent band. Although the band isn't playing a ground-breaking form of music, they have a sound that sets them apart slightly. Since many copies of “A Spiral of Violence” this release has become hard to find.
1. Consumers Consumed
The POSTMAN SYNDROME: Terraforming CD. The King Crimson of hardcore! System of a Down, Tool, A Perfect Circle. Check videos
Terraforming is the only released album done by this wonderful band. The complex time signature changes, and odd rhythm changes scared me away from this album, but after a while I decided to give this album another shot, and for my surprised I was totally amazed by the musical effort in this album. The music this band creates is hard to define as Terraforming in my opinion should be considered experimental since they tend to show different styles within their songs. The combination of a wide variety of different vocals styles that range from clean vocals to death grunts (which gives a sludgy feel to the music), and a mix between both that sounds a bit similar to those on System of a Down and to Maynard James Keenan (Tool and A Perfect Circle). Terraforming tends to show a more eclectic experimental feel to it rather than the normal progressive metal that other bands of the same genre do.
OPIATE: Distinctive Smile CD Promo. Nu-Metal mix of FAITH NO MORE, LIFE OF AGONY. Check all samples. Highly recommended.
Playing time: 46:39
2. Alone Again
3. Your Time
7. Huka Falls
9. Suck The Truth
10. Distinctive Smile
11. I.Ai. Toofan
12. Alter Ego
“Destinctive Smile" can be arranged in the Nu-Metal corner, the pallet of influences is, however, anything else than reserved and pleases the maltreated by average hearing with each further run. OPIATE from Scotland seem to have no fears of contact with the most diverse styles in any phase of the album and so I already have to praise this band for their debut. Metal-influences of the sort FAITH NO MORE or early LIFE OF AGONY are woven likewise into the Songs, like loans from the Hardcore, Grunge, Rock or evenly Nu-Metal. Sounds pretty puzzling and hard to convert, yet OPIATE have accomplished to form a convincing whole out of all these puzzle parts.