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Greece's leading prog metal band NEED announce new LP

Norchestrion: a song for the end to be released 12.1.21 via Ikaros Records

First single 'Nemmortal' to be released 5th November
Greece’s leading prog metal group NEED return with their long-awaited fifth album, Norchestrion: a song for the end on January 12th, 2021, via Ikaros Records.

Norchestrion will be released on digipack CD, double vinyl LP (with a limited edition of golden vinyl), a limited edition boxset, and on all digital platforms.

The first glimpse of the record, lead single 'Nemmortal', will be released 5th November, alongside pre-orders via Bandcamp.

5th November is no random date - it holds a special place in the band's heart as it's the date of their first live show in 2005, making the release of 'Nemmortal' their 15th anniversary. 

In honour of the anniversary, NEED will re-release all their out-of-stock back catalogue. More news on this soon.

Norchestrion follows NEED’s critically acclaimed LP Hegaiamas: a song for freedom, and is by far the band’s most ambitious and adventurous album to date.

Throughout Norchestrion’s 66-minute run-time, fans will see NEED experiment with new elements, whilst maintaining the characteristics that have – in their fifteen years of existence – made them one of Greece’s most fêted rock groups.
The touring cycle of Hegaiamas resulted in an impressive 72 shows worldwide, including a 24-date run across the USA and Canada, and then a 22-date EU run, both with Sweden's Evergrey. NEED also performed at the 20th Anniversary Edition of ProgPower Europe (Netherlands) and SoundArt Fest (Romania). The band also supported Fates WarningPain of Salvation, and Coroner in Greece, and undertook multiple headline tours across their home country and throughout Eastern Europe – including headlining Prog Over Athens in late 2017.

Elements of the best of modern melodic prog and powerful symphonic metal combine to create a thrilling and highly rewarding listen in Norchestrion: a song for the end. Elements of Dream TheaterPain of Salvation, and Nevermore can be heard, all while remaining uniquely NEED.

Cover art was created by Dimitris Tsoutsas, who is also responsible for the artwork of Orvam: a song for home and The Wisdom Machine. The album's mix and master was handled by Hector D at hd factory.

NEED are:

Jon Voyager - vocals
George Ravaya - guitar, vocals
Anthony Hadjee - keyboards, vocals
Stelios Paschalis - drums
Viktor Kouloubis - bass


Joe Bouchard is best known as a founding member of Blue Öyster Cult. The original line-up sold millions of albums for Columbia Records, with such classic songs as “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” and the #1 hit on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart “Burning For You”. Contributing to songwriting, and lead vocals on some of their greatest songs, such as “Hot Rails To Hell”.

Joe released his sixth solo album “Strange Legends” on July 31st though he and his brother’s (Albert Bouchard) new imprint RockHeart Records / Deko Entertainment (ADA/Warner Music Group). The album has been receiving a tremendous response around the globe and has sold out of its initial pressing.

When Deko Entertainment decided to do a repressing, they wanted to do something a little bit different to commemorate this accomplishment by issuing a slightly different version. Joe comments, “I am overwhelmed by the response to my album Strange Legends.  I knew it was good, but the fan reactions from all over the world have been tremendous.  After years of sweat and effort doing my solo albums, this one has really risen above the pack. With this second pressing of Strange Legends we have varied the artwork on the tray holder. My artist, Logan Cummings, created 11 different thumbnails for each song on the album.  The first edition had the frogman that was the art for Bottom for the Bottomless.  The second edition has the sailboat which is the art for Strangely in Love, one of my personal favorites. The team at Deko Entertainment have gone the extra mile with promotions, and it’s been an incredible ride.  Hope to play these new songs in person as soon as touring returns.”

Bouchard’s manager, Jeff Keller, added, “we have been so pleased with the fan and critic response for this album. I feel that it is Joe’s best solo work to date, and the people are loving it”.

Joe has also recorded a series of videos giving you a song by song look at “Strange Legends”, stop by and check out “The Stories Behind the Songs” on the Deko Entertainment YouTube channel.

View here:

Also, be sure to check out the video for the second single off of the album, “She’s a Legend”, written by Joe and sci-fi writer John Shirley (The Crow, Deep Space Nine).  John has dozens of books, screenplays in his catalog and often writes lyrics for the current Blue Öyster Cult.

View here:

This new pressing and additional bundles (while supplies last), can be ordered via:

Bundle Includes:

- One (1) Joe Bouchard - Strange Legends (Autographed) CD
- One (1) Joe Bouchard - Signature Guitar Pick
- One (1) Joe Bouchard - Strange Legend (Autographed) Poster
- One (1) Joe Bouchard - Strange Legends Shirt
- One (1) RockHeart Records - Cowbell (Autographed)

“Strange Legends” Tracklist:

1. The African Queen
2. Forget About Love
3. Walk of Fame
4. Hit and Run
5. Racin' Thru the Desert
6. She's a Legend
7. All Day and all of the Night
8. Once Upon a Time at the Border
9. Bottom for the Bottomless
10. Strangely in Love
11. Winter

The new video BLOOD OF THE PATRIOTS from DOWN FACTOR’S classic album - MURDER THE WORLD!

"The Politics in America are Bitter & Toxic"

Scourge Records re-releases BLOOD OF THE PATRIOTS as a video from DOWN FACTOR ’s album MURDER THE WORLD . George Anderson, creator/writer of FROM HELL , re-releases this political song from his past band for the corruption of the politics in America has reached a fevered pitch. It beckons for this re-release. Originally written about the American politics of 2005, the message of the song is still a message for today. This video has taken into context today’s politics and merged them easily with the past for little has changed.

I created FROM HELL to stay out of politics, because I hate it. But, right now, I simply cannot stand by and say nothing while the politics of this nation destroy this once great country. I wrote these lyrics with the corruption of the Iraq War and the Bush Administration’s egregious lie about Weapons of Mass Destruction and the 9/11 attacks on The World Trade Towers in mind. While some of the players have changed, the lies and the power grab of conservatives, who have altered the face of the Republican party, has not.”George Anderson

"The video for BLOOD OF THE PATRIOTS is mostly a lyric video with scant old live footage laid on top. It delivers a message about the insidious endeavors of the conservatives in office seeking power at the expense and lives of the American people. It is very much anti-Trump and urges people to vote him out of office while we still can. While too many people focus on the division within our people, they mollify or fail to see the criminal acts within our government that threatens the freedoms of millions of Americans to further their agenda. The lack of integrity of the Senate has failed to convict the president, who WAS impeached and the people who support him fail to see how this undermines our system of checks and balances within our government and undermines our democracy." - George Anderson

BLOOD OF THE PATRIOTS may be streamed from only.

It is the follow up release to the band’s previous album PURE . Juan Urteaga was the go to Metal Engineer in the bay area. And still maintains that status today. The tracking and mixes Juan lays down are praised by many in the metal world. Juan has recorded bands such as Testament, Vicious Rumors, Machine Head, Exodus, Vile and many more. Mastered by Ken Lee in Oakland, CA.

DOWN FACTOR disbanded in 2006. This re-release is solely the effort of George Anderson.

MURDER THE WORLD features George Anderson on vocals and guitar, Brooks Rocco on lead guitar, Ramon Ochoa on drums and Waylon Ford on bass, (live footage Damian Lewin on bass of Vengince, Toy Called God).

Los Angeles symphonic power metal band Anthea are sharing their new music video "Reach" off their upcoming album "Illusion" due out on October 23rd via Rockshots Records.

Music Video - YouTube  

The band adds about the track:

“We start the album with “Reach”, a catchy mid-tempo song with inspirational lyrics about taking initiative and fulfilling your dreams. We feel that this song really captures what Anthea is all about, therefore making it the perfect song to open our debut album with.”

Creating coherent yet diverse cinematic, theatrical metal music with many influences from film scores and established metal acts such as Kamelot, Nightwish, and Wintersun, Anthea offers up a gothic symphonic progressive sound that can appeal to a wide variety of fans with their range from clean operatic vocals to black metal like screams. Anthea have shared the stage with bands such as Smile Empty Soul, September Mourning, Helion Prime, Graveshadow, Abigail Williams, and many more.

The band comments on the release of the album "Illusion":

"We are so incredibly excited to finally be releasing our debut album!  We especially want to thank Roberto Giordano and Rockshots Records for giving us the opportunity to release this record under their label.  Years of dedication and perseverance have gone into making the band what it is today and we are stoked to see it all paying off!  So much work and passion were put into the making of this record and we are extremely proud of the end result!  What we hope to achieve is to give the listener a vast cinematic and theatrical experience so that by the end, they feel like they have just gone on this epic journey with us. A huge thank you to all of you who have supported us throughout the years, and to those of you who are just finding us for the first time!"

"Illusion" album pre-order CD here, Digital here. 

"Moirai" - YouTube (Lyric Video)
"Illusion" YouTube (Music Video)

Track Listing:
Reach (4:57)
2. Eclipse (3:52)
3. Moirai (Feat. Chiara Tricarico) (4:31)
4. Illusion (4:10)
5. The Light Divine (Feat. Eric Meyers) (6:33)
6. Discovery (4:31)
7. The Expedition (4:03)
8. Reflections (5:27)
9. Moirai (Orchestral Version) (4:32)
Album Length: 42:40


Album Credits:
Diego Valadez - Vocals/Keys
Juan Pina - Guitar/Screams
Marcos Mejia - Guitar
Eric Guerrero - Bass
Peter Vasquez - Drums
Chiara Tricarico - Vocals
Eric Meyers - Guitar
Female Vocals on “Moirai” Performed by Chiara Tricarico
Second Guitar Solo on “The Light Divine” written and performed by Eric Meyers

All music and lyrics by Diego Valadez except on “The Expedition” music by Marco Mejia, Lyrics and Orchestration by Diego Valadez.
Produced by Diego Valadez
Mixed/Mastered By Will Salazar (Revenant Sound Studios)
Layout & Design By Ricky Silva (Interfectum Studios)
Music Videos & Lyric Videos By Anthony Ortiz (Divergence Studios)
Live Photography By Matt Martinez (Red Hare Images)
Studio Photography By Elizabeth Gore (Lone Wolf Productions)

More info:

In 2019 a new history begins for progressive metal: Perduratum.

A project started by the artistic concern of two great friends: Ahijado (bass) and Diego Cholula (voice) who would soon find the other members, James Ponce (guitar) and Aruh (drums) with whom they’d start working on their first material. Later the band found the piece that would complete the puzzle with the entrance of Edgar Butanda (keyboards) who joined the band when the writing and composition processes had already begun.

With a clear idea of being able to make a work that allows to express the most intimate of his musical life, leaving open his notorious musical influences of progressive metal and alternate styles (such as Dream Theater, Tesseract, Distorted Harmony, Symphony X, Voyager, Leprous, Circus Maximus among others…) and personal experiences. They embarked on an anachronistic path that has led them to produce their first material: “Exile's Anthology”.

This production contains each of the members' instrumental influences which coalesce heavy riffs and shreds by James Ponce who is influenced by such guitarists as Jorn Viggo from Pagan's Mind, John Petrucci from Dream Theater and Andy James. Such a hard and powerful touch demands precision in the rhythm section and Aruh does just that with the drums; upon hearing his style you can immediately recognize his taste for the likes of Alex Rudinger, Nic Pettersen from Northlane and the more progressive style of Gavin Harrison from Porcupine Tree. The increasingly neglected importance of the bass guitar within the metal genre is quickly forgotten upon hearing “Ahijado’s” bass lines; His fingers do not cease to generate chaos through a direct and aggressive contact with the strings which show his notable influences by bassists such as John Myung from Dream Theater, Pete Pérez from Spastic Ink and Jason Newsted of Metallica. The eccentricity in the most optimal instrument to change the face of any project, Edgar Butanda's keyboards have injected a more progressive, atmospheric and experimental style to the band, leaving the door open to experience their most deeply rooted influences such as Jordan Rudess from Dream Theater, Diego Tejeida from Haken and Joav Efron from Distorted Harmony. To complete the line up, a voice that contrasts with the powerful sound of metal, but that in the progressive has room for the mixture of nuances and multiple colors, a timbre and technique that although it is influenced by singers of the progressive genre such as Tommy Karevik from Seventh Wonder and Kamelot, and Michael Eriksen from Circus Maximus, allows us to think that it is also infected by voices of other styles such as Einar Solberg from Leprous and Matt Bellamy from Muse.

Perduratum is the result of a crossing of temporalities, tastes and influences that, although convergent, also allow for differences. This is how its sounds, style, execution and composition can be reminiscent of a classic progressive metal for its passages with harmonized leads, shred, modulations, progressive rhythms, even a metal influenced by the modern style of djent and the atmospheric, with the peculiar mixture of the retro and pop-electronic sound in some of their songs.

Perduratum is characterized by not being exclusively an aesthetic and musical exhibition, but a semantic one. Expressing in his lyrics the concern, curiosity and passion for philosophy, psychoanalysis, politics and the poetry of vocalist Diego Cholula. Reflections and questions, an open space that becomes an invitation to not only feel, but also think; Perduratum strives to become a place, a platform, for everyone to experience a journey with themselves and others.

WARRIOR SOUL have released a music video for Alice Cooper’s 'Elected', the song taken from the forthcoming covers album 'Cocaine And Other Good Stuff', which will be out on November 13th, 2020 via Livewire/Cargo Records UK. The YouTube video can be viewed here:


1. Good Times Roll (The Cars)
2. Cocaine (J.J. Cale)
3. Crosstown Traffic (Jimi Hendrix)
4. Cold Gin (Kiss)
5. D.O.A. (Van Halen)
6. Elected (Alice Cooper)
7. Outlaw (Motörhead)
8. Firehouse (Kiss)
9. Get Down Tonight (KC and the Sunshine Band)
10. We’re An American Band (Grand Funk Railroad)
11. Living After Midnight (Judas Priest)

The album is an incendiary compilation of songs that everyone in the band, both current and previous members, had some input choosing, and it shows true honesty in the recordings, making it a fresh take on some very listenable rock jams.

Kory Clarke – “We wanted to make a record that was not about all the crap we are all living in, as it seems like a well worn path for . So, I had to think out of the box“.

The album was recorded all over the western world (Edinburgh – Scotland, Newcastle – England, Copenhagen – Denmark, L.A. – USA, NYC- USA, Chicago – USA, Detroit – USA, Sheffield – UK, Costa Blanca – Torrevieja – Spain) in home studios.

The idea for a covers album started when mainman Kory Clarke  was contacted by legendary rock photographer, Alex Ruffini‘s brother, enquiring if Warrior Soul would record a cover of a KISS song, which was Alex Ruffini‘s favourite band, for a tribute in aid of Cancer Research. Warrior Soul recorded ‘Cold Gin‘. Once the band started recording, it sounded really positive and they decided to assemble a complete record of covers ranging from Motörhead to KC and the Sunshine Band.

Kory Clarke – “I contacted many of the musicians who have played with Warrior Soul recently and asked if they wanted to be part of it – everyone was very much up for it and ready to go. We called John Dryland at Livewire/Cargo Records, and he said ‘of course, go for it‘, the irony of recording ‘Good Times Roll’ during a global pandemic really works as you can hear the sneer of sarcasm right through every chorus!

Warrior Soul are known for recording some electrifying covers previously including songs by Joy DivisionIggy Pop and David BowieKory Clarke has performed on several compilation and tribute albums singing other acts songs but this is the first complete album of its kind from Warrior Soul.

Warrior Soul have taken their straight-ahead, honest, full-on rock n’ roll approach to these songs and encourage you to raise a glass and sterilize your tooter – cause there ain’t no vaccine for this jamdemic.

Line Up:

Kory Clarke – Vocals
Dennis ‘El Guapo’ Post – Guitars
Adam Arling – Guitars
John Hodgson – Guitars
Christian Kimmett – Bass
Kath Edmonds – Drums
Ivan Tambac – Drums
John Besser – Drums
Geoff Yeaton – Horns, Sax

Warrior Soul is a Hard Rock Band originally from New York City, with band members from Scotland, UK and Scandinavia. The band is lead by Singer Songwriter Kory Clarke.



Critically acclaimed British rock band Iconic Eye are pleased to confirm that Janey Smith, previously known as Janey Bombshell, is their new lead singer. She makes her debut with Iconic Eye when they release their new EP “Back From Behind The Sun” on Friday 4th December 2020. 

The EP is available to pre-order from –

The title track
“Back From Behind The Sun” will be released as a single on Friday November 6th.

To celebrate the release of the EP, Iconic Eye will perform a socially distanced seated and live stream concert at KK’s Steel Mill in Wolverhampton on Thursday December 3rd. Special guests will be Naked Sunday. 

Tickets are priced £15 VIP seats, £12.50 standard seats, and £10 live stream, are available from The new EP and new merchandise, including t-shirts, will be available on the night.  

The new five-track EP was recorded at M2 Studios in Coven, West Midlands and features a cover of Jefferson Starship’s “Jane”, plus four original songs co-written mainly by guitarist Greg Dean and Janey.

JANE (4:03)
HAVE MY DAY (4:23)

German gothic metal outfit SCHWARZER ENGEL are forced to postpone the planned tour as well as their upcoming album "Sieben" indefinitely.

People, who have already bought a ticket for the planned tour can ask for a refund at the box office where they bought their ticket.

Band leader Dave Jason comments:

The current situation makes consistent planning almost impossible. Every day new COVID-19 hotspots are announced, clubs are confronted with various constraints or are even forced to close entirely, and no one can tell if and when live gigs will be possible again. Instead of rescheduling gigs, which might be cancelled or rescheduled again in a few months, we decided to cancel and postpone the tour and the release of our upcoming album "Sieben" entirely. We hope that the circumstances will change again soon, but planning a new tour doesn't make sense at the moment.

Still, the band's recently released "Kreuziget Mich" EP as well as the accompanying official video clip - available on - offer a promising foretaste of what to expect of the upcoming album. "Kreuziget Mich" is available as an EP Digipak as well as in digital formats - get it here »

Arcana Reveals Another Single “Tailwind” From Space Rock Opera “Letters From A Lost Soul | Act I: The World One Forms”

Premiere Music Video "Tailwind" via SonicPerspectives

Debut EP Out November 6th

Rogan McAndrews (Composer, Co-producer, Guitar, Bass, Vocals) | Photo Credit: Rogan McAndrews

Calgary, Canada’s Arcana are releasing their debut EP this year, the fantastic space rock opera “Letters From A Lost Soul | Act I: The World One Forms”. They are releasing a second single and first music video “Tailwind” from this debut, which takes progressive metal and rich storytelling to a new level.

“Tailwind”  is the love song on the EP that features the heartfelt exchange between protagonist Damian and his wife Hope who long to see each other again and conveys a true sense of always being there for each other but constantly out of reach. Hope is like the sun to Damian; his guiding light to find his way home.

With lyrics that truly focus on storytelling, they take a look at the effects of tragedy and what drives human action and emotion. There is a lot of inspiration for the story from sci-fi concepts and mythology. As explained by the band in their own words:

“Tailwind is a very stripped-down track. I wanted it to feel like your standard 4 or 5 piece rock band (singer, guitarist, bassist, drums, keys) in contrast to the other tracks on this album which can get up into the 20 individual instrument range. I have been trying to write one more contemporary/pop-like track per album and I believe this encompasses that wish extremely well. It’s upbeat, quick, and it feels like you can dance to it. It is still rhythmically technical but it hides it in the 4/4 time and the drive that pushes the sound forward throughout.”

Arcana springs forth from the mind of Rogan McAndrews who developed the concept for the band and the story it was made to tell. He gathered a number of highly trained musicians from different backgrounds from jazz and rock to contemporary and classical and several vocalists to play the parts of the characters. 

Recommended for fans of Caligula’s Horse, Leprous, and Coheed and Cambria, “Letters From A Lost Soul | Act I: The World One Forms” is a thoughtful and ambitious prog metal journey. 

The music video for “Tailwind” can be seen and heard via its premiere on SonicPerspectives HERE.


The first chapter in the saga “Letters From A Lost Soul | Act I: The World One Forms” comes out on November 6, 2020. EP pre-order will be available at

First single:
"Wings" YouTubeSpotifyApple Music

MURDER THE WORLD is available as a physical CD and full or single-track downloads.


Scourge Records does not wish to engage with Spotify, iTunes or any other 3 rd party service for this release.

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