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Thursday, March 31, 2022

Stream of the month: Lou's Legacy

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Lou's Legacy: A Lou Reed Appreciation

From: Paul Ingles Email

A panel of music writers and Lou Reed fans sample the late musician's catalog through the years and suggest what made him important to the history of rock music.  Songs from both Reed's days with the Velvet Underground and his solo career are highlighted.


The program is hosted by award-winning produer Paul Ingles and includes Antony DeCurtis and Will Hermes of Rolling Stone Magazine, Richie Unterberger, author of White Light / White Heat: The Velvet Underground Day by Day , Reed fan Charles Gregory, and Ann Powers of NPR Music.

Among the songs featured...HOUR ONE - "Sweet Jane," "There She Goes Again," "Heroin,""Venus in Furs," "Pale Blue Eyes," "Walk on the Wild Side," "Perfect Day," "Romeo Had Juliette," "Jesus," "Rock and Roll."  HOUR TWO - "How Do You Think It Feels," "I'll Be Your Mirror," "All Tomorrow's Parties," "Vicious," "Caroline Says II," "Satellite of Love," "New Sensatations," "Busload of Faith."

NOTE: ALTHOUGH THE PROGRAM IS TWO HOURS, PROGRAMMERS MAY CHOOSE TO ONLY USE THE FIRST HOUR, WHICH STANDS ALONE WITH NO SPECIFIC REFERENCE TO A SECOND HOUR.  HOWEVER, IF YOU PLAN TO RUN THE SECOND HOUR, IT'S RECOMMENDED THAT YOU ANNOUNCE  "STAY TUNED FOR HOUR #2 OF LOU'S LEGACY NEXT" AT THE VERY END OF THE FIRST HOUR, SINCE WE DON'T.

THERE IS ALSO A 22:00 FEATURETTE THAT CAN BE USED WITHIN EXISTING MUSIC PROGRAMMING AS A STANDALONE OR AS A PREVIEW OF THE LONGER SPECIAL TO BE PLAYED AT A LATER TIME.

Royal Hunt Dystopia pt 2 is on the way!

 

 

ROYAL HUNT BEGINS PRE-ORDERING CAMPAIGN TO SUPPORT THE RELEASE OF “DYSTOPIA – PART 2”.



 

ROYAL HUNT   announced the beginning of pre-ordering campaign for their new studio album - a second part of their monumental opus Dystopia. The band invites fans to   support   the release by pre-ordering the DELUXE EDITION of “Dystopia – Part 2” which will also give ACCESS to exclusive materials:

 

 

·     Full video updates.

·     First-hand information and media;

·     Listening parties – you will be the first to hear the new material;

·     VIP shopping for individual items;

·     Album download on the release date

 

The campaign will be run by the bands home label  NorthPoint Productions  (Denmark) – as usual –   " thus we are free to decide when to release, what to release, in which format and with how many extras " - says the Band on their   Facebook page .   The “regular” CDs  will afterwards be distributed by   Sound Pollution   (Sweden) .

 

Message from the band:   “Thinking back to the release date of the “Part 1” back in 2020 makes you realize what a crazy time we all went through just during the last two years: who could have imagined that our “Dystopia” – project would reflect the harsh reality in such detail? And the madness is still ongoing.

In any case, “Dystopia – Part 2” is even more relevant today than ever: we followed the general concept yet filled it up with images of current events in order to make it resonate with every person, everybody living through 2020 to 2022 and watching insanity to unfold in real time”.

 

André Andersen:   "Believe me, the band and it`s respected guests put everything on the line on this record, the amount of hours we all invested in planning and executing this piece is simply mind blowing. Actually, as I´m writing this note, the process is still ongoing: there´re still plenty of tracks to sort out, plenty of new ones to record and hundreds of decisions to make but – already at this stage – it´s hard to ignore the sheer energy/power impact encapsulated in this piece of work".

 

 

Take your seats. Everybody is welcome. Let's have fun! 

 

 

“DYSTOPIA - PART 1” was released on December 16th, 2020, via King Records (Japan/SE Asia) and on January 15th via NorthPoint Productions (Europe/N & S America). A concept album offering a considerable expansion of the band´s trademark sound and featuring performances by guest vocalists: Mats Leven (Candlemass, TSO, Skyblood), Mark Boals (Y.J. Malmsteen, Ring of Fire), Henrik Brockmann (Royal Hunt, Evil Masquerade, N´Tribe), Kenny Lubcke (Narita, Zoser Mez) and Alexandra Andersen (Royal Hunt, JSP).

 

“ Dystopia - Part 1 ” is available on ALL digital platforms (as MP3, FLAC), and as a regular CD (jewel case), various deluxe editions / bundles and a double heavy vinyl LP.

 

 

Spotify: http://bit.ly/dystopia-spotify

iTunes: http://bit.ly/dystopia-itunes

YouTube: http://bit.ly/dystopia-youtube

Amazon: http://bit.ly/dystopia-amazon

 

 

Connect with ROYAL HUNT:

 

https://royalhunt.com/

https://open.spotify.com/artist/2CzAMm46coQpauDZj4a4ic

https://www.youtube.com/user/royalhuntband

https://music.apple.com/us/album/dystopia/1543161212

https://www.instagram.com/royalhunt_official

https://www.facebook.com/royalhunt

https://twitter.com/royalhuntband

 


Powerwolf to release livestream

 

POWERWOLF to release cinematic livestream:
 THE MONUMENTAL MASS - A CINEMATIC METAL EVENT


Available on multiple physical formats on 8th July 2022 via Napalm Records
Photo credit: Christian Ripkens
POWERWOLF – the most successful German metal band to date – fascinated the world with a streaming event of unprecedented dimensions, at the end of 2021. Those who thought they had seen everything in the live sector were instantly proven wrong with unmatched audio production and visuals that can only be described as simply breath-taking.

Watch the video to 'Fire & Forgive', taken from the event, here: https://youtu.be/EWpnzgzNhxU

This summer, on 8th July 2022, this new benchmark for music streaming events will finally be available to view any time you crave. THE MONUMENTAL MASS - A CINEMATIC METAL EVENT will be unleashed on DVD, BluRay and many other physical formats.

Pre-order here: https://lnk.to/TheMonumentalMass/napalmrecords

POWERWOLF have stood at the peak of superlative, epic metal moments for years, but what they present with this streaming event surpasses anything seen before. After months of detailed work, a story was crafted and presented in several chapters based on the stunning music and elaborately staged cinematic scenes. All show effects, actors and stage settings work hand in hand with each other and bring the medium of live music to a level never seen before. From battles with clergy to stories of nuns, monks and burning angels, cinematic images immediately capture the viewer.

THE MONUMENTAL MASS - A CINEMATIC METAL EVENT is a live spectacle that unveils new details watch after watch, and cements POWERWOLF's status as the most outstanding band in their genre.
Cover artwork: Zsofia Dankova
THE MONUMENTAL MASS – A CINEMATIC METAL EVENT track listing:

Chapter I - Temptation 
1             Prologue / Monumental Mass Theme
2             Faster Than the Flame
3             Venom Of Venus
4             Stossgebet
5             Demons Are A Girl‘s Best Friend
Chapter II - Sin 
6             Dancing with the Dead
7             Cardinal Sin
8             Resurrection By Erection
9             We Drink Your Blood
10           Glaubenskraft
Chapter III - Confession
11           Fire & Forgive
12           Beast of Gévaudan
13           Incense & Iron
14           Where The Wild Wolves Have Gone
Chapter IV - Forgiveness              
15           Amen & Attack
16           Army of the Night
17           Blood for Blood (Faoladh)
18           Armata Strigoi
19           Epilogue / Monumental Mass Theme
POWERWOLF -  Fire & Forgive
THE MONUMENTAL MASS - A CINEMATIC METAL EVENT will be available in numerous formats including a 96 page earbook, 48 page mediabook, deluxe box, vinyl box and other elaborate formats. The mediabook format will feature POWERWOLF's legendary headline show from Wacken 2019, Hallowed Be The Holy Ground, in full as a special bonus. The show is also included in the vinyl box – you can't get more live action than this!

THE MONUMENTAL MASS – A CINEMATIC METAL EVENT will be available in the following formats:
  • 48 page Mediabook (incl. BluRay, DVD) in DVD Format – THE MONUMENTAL MASS – A CINEMATIC METAL EVENT & Hallowed Be The Holy Ground: Live At Wacken 2019
  • 96 page Earbook – TV Wolf Cover (incl. Hardticket) – limited to 1000 (Napalm Records Shop exclusive)
  • 96 page Earbook – Wolf Church Cover – limited to 1500
  • 4 LP Vinyl Box Napalm (incl. Vinyl THE MONUMENTAL MASS – A CINEMATIC METAL EVENT & Vinyl Hallowed Be The Holy Ground: Live At Wacken 2019 + Cover Poster & Wide Shot Poster) – limited to 500 (Napalm Records Shop exclusive)
  • 4 LP Vinyl Box EMP (incl. Vinyl THE MONUMENTAL MASS – A CINEMATIC METAL EVENT & Vinyl Hallowed Be The Holy Ground: Live At Wacken 2019 + Cover Poster & Torches Poster) – limited to 500 (EMP exclusive)
  • 4 LP Vinyl Box Powerwolf (incl. Vinyl THE MONUMENTAL MASS – A CINEMATIC METAL EVENT & Vinyl Hallowed Be The Holy Ground: Live At Wacken 2019 + Cover Poster & Group Poster) – limited to 500 (Powerwolf Bandshop exclusive)
  • Boxset (incl. Mediabook, Jewelcase, Flag, Ticket, Poster, Wristband) – limited to 900 (Amazon Germany exclusive)
  • 2 CD Jewelcase
  • 2 LP Gatefold Vinyl
  • Music Cassette
  • Digital Album
ABOUT POWERWOLF:

The story of POWERWOLF, beginning in 2004, reads like a true fairytale, but is the result of the most hard-working and entertaining live band on the heavy metal planet. POWERWOLF has not only received plenty of Gold and Platinum awards to date, but numerous releases have entered the official German album charts at the top position of #1. With Blessed & Possessed (2015), POWERWOLF achieved Gold status (in the Czech Republic) for the first time, while its predecessor, Preachers Of The Night (2013), hit the official German album charts at #1, and the incredible DVD, The Metal Mass (2016), came in at #1 of the German DVD-Charts. POWERWOLF's holy mass in the name of heavy metal is unstoppable – their latest magnum opus, The Sacrament of Sin (2018), again entered the album charts at #1. The accompanying, almost completely sold out Wolfsnächte headline tour – in which POWERWOLF headlined large venues with their phenomenal stage performances – became a single major triumph, as well as the numerous summer festival shows in which crowds were thrilled and completely captivated by the Wolves and their unique, (un)holy metal mass. With the new studio album, Call Of The Wild, and the Wolfsnächte 2021 tour charging through the largest halls in Europe, 2021 will again be a year completely under the sign of the wolf pack!

POWERWOLF are:
Attila Dorn – vocals
Falk Maria Schlegel – organ
Charles Greywolf – guitar
Matthew Greywolf – guitar
Roel van Helden – drums

More Info:
HOMEPAGE
FACEBOOK
INSTAGRAM
NAPALM RECORDS

Incoming! Graveshadow

 


US based quintet GRAVESHADOW – who deftly mixes symphonic/gothic metal with elements of doom, thrash and epic progressive power metal – have unveiled the music video for “Soldier of 34”, the new single from their forthcoming album, “The Uncertain Hour”. The band's third album will be released July 15, 2022. The YouTube video can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/qXDzhkfRjuM



Solider of 34’ was the first song completed for the record, and the first that Aaron [Robitsch – guitars] and I truly collaborated on,” explains guitarist William Lloyd Walker. “We wanted to create something that we felt was reflective of the band’s journey up until this point. The mournful melodies cast on top of these raw, aggressive rhythms we felt was the perfect backdrop for a story centered around losing those closest to you. We couldn’t be prouder of the way it turned out, and we feel it really represents all facets of what we want to accomplish this record. This is just the beginning; we can’t wait for the record to come out and share all that we’ve been working on with fans new and old alike.

Soldier of 34” is the follow-up to the band’s 2020 single “Gwynnbleidd”, inspired by the Witcher series, that showcased the return of the band with several new members, including vocalist Rachl Raxx Quinn and bassist Luci Rae, and can be heard here https://youtu.be/XrorDG70g3Q. Joining the band officially is drummer Bones Padilla, formerly of Bay Area labelmates Cultural Warfare.  “The Uncertain Hour” was produced by Miss May I guitarist Justin Aufdemkampe (Clutch, War of Ages), mastered by Roman Ismaylov (Crobot, Zoe’s Extraordinary Playlist) and features artwork by Roman Ismaylov (Battle Beast, Beast In Black). Pre-orders for CD and limited-edition (200) vinyl copies are available at www.smarturl.com/graveshadow

The Uncertain Hour” sees the new lineup for GRAVESHADOW continue to refine the enticing mix of symphonic, gothic, doom, and epic progressive-metal elements, now augmented by the newfound energy that has been brought into the band by the soaring melodic vocals of Quinn and the rumbling rhythm section of Rae and Bones. The duo of Walker and Robitsch once again deliver a beautiful display of guitar histrionics that tastefully mix searing shred with warm melody.  Graveshadow are back on the scene with a story to tell. Intertwining melodic highs and crushing lows to sweep listeners away on a journey of self-discovery, loss and the will to carry on.

GRAVESHADOW's previous album, 2018's “Ambition's Price,” was given accolades by Metal Utopia for being “a great record with lots of great moments for fans of Nightwish and The Birthday Massacre.” Metal Nation praised “Ambition's Price,” declaring that “GRAVESHADOW has taken what has become a somewhat complacent and stagnant style of metal and breathed fresh life into it, creating something vibrant and memorable.” The fantastical lyrical themes that were explored by the band on “Ambition's Price” - their debut record for M-Theory Audio and the follow-up to the group's incubatory 2015 debut full-length “Nocturnal Resurrection” - were applauded by critics and fans alike. The band followed the release of “Ambition's Price” by winning over new audiences with extensive touring alongside bands such as Arkona, Sirenia, Exmortus, Night Demon, and Unleash The Archers.

More information on GRAVESHADOW and the upcoming release of their new album, “The Uncertain Hour”, will be revealed in the months to come by M-Theory Audio and at https://www.facebook.com/Graveshadow.

GRAVESHADOW is:

Rachl “Raxx” Quinn – vocals
William Lloyd Walker – guitars
Aaron Robitsch – guitars/keyboards
Luci Rae – bass
Bones – drummer

www.facebook.com/Graveshadow
www.instagram.com/graveshadow
https://graveshadow.bandcamp.com
www.m-theoryaudio.com

Incoming! Ian Voltage

 


Release: Ian Voltage - Spring of Turmoil

Format: Digital
Release Date: March 2nd 2022
Record label: Self Published
Genre:  Hard Rock
CountryFinland

 

Ian Voltage – Hard rock & lightweight metal!


“We are not here to reinvent the wheel, we’re here to keep the damn thing moving”.


Ian Voltage is a rock band formed in Helsinki, Finland, in 2019. The band draws influences from legends such as Guns N’ Roses and Alice In Chains, adding some heavier stuff in the mix as well, while still doing their own thing. The band released their debut EP “Spring of Turmoil” on the 2nd of March 2022. The EP includes five songs and the first single “G.F.W.” was released as a music video on the 11th of February. Teppo Ristola was responsible for directing and filming the video. Ian Voltage played its first gig on the 3rd of March in Bar Loose, Helsinki. The next gig will be on the 6th of May at Restaurant Torvi, Lahti - and they’re hungry for more!


The songs from Spring of Turmoil EP are all written by Ian Voltage. The recordings were made at Lammaskallio Audio in Tuusula with sound engineer Jussi Ruohola. Esa Orjatsalo was responsible for mixing and mastering. The ISRC codes for the tracks are at the end of the message.


Starting with a strong bass intro, Turmoil refers to the name of the EP and is therefore also suitable as the opening track of the release. The main riff makes you wanna bang your head, while the choruses apologize the caused neck damage. The song is about the world’s recent chaotic times and unfortunately it is still relevant.


G.F.W., Guilty, Frozen & Wrecked, is the band’s first song they’ve worked on together. Maybe that’s why it was a natural choice as the first single and music video as well. The person in the story has drifted into the eye of the storm in his life and is waiting for his savior.


Nova – a reference to a new beginning or an exploding star? This beautiful rock ballad grows into massive spheres towards the end, and listeners have told us that Nova has some radio hit potential. But has it? You decide!


After the ballad, Hummingbird Heart offers some kick ass rock ‘n’ roll. Alcohol and hangover are familiar to many people, which is why rock bands have been writing songs about these topics for decades. Ian Voltage has not come to reinvent the wheel, but to keep the damn thing moving. This straightforward rock track will make its listener's pulse rise.


Quicksand concludes the release with a melancholy vibe. Mental health is something that concerns all of us, and it is the source of music writing inspiration for Ian Voltage too. Do the Bongo drums and Backstreet Boys choruses balance the melancholy vibes of the song? Take a listen and find out.


ISRC-codes:
01. Turmoil (FIJXA2200001)
02. G.F.W. (FIJXA2200002)
03. Nova (FIJXA2200003)
04. Hummingbird Heart (FIJXA2200004)
05. Quicksand (FIJXA2200005)


Ian Voltage is:
Derek Kinnunen, vocals
Julius Rautio, guitar
Keinonen, guitar
Mikko Jaakola, drums
Miikka Merikallio, bass guitar


Ian Voltage on social media:

https://ianvoltage.bandcamp.com/
facebook.com/ianvoltageband 
instagram.com/ianvoltageband


Incoming! Peth

 


Electric Valley Records, in conspiracy with The Cosmic Peddler, presents PETH’s debut album, Merchant of Death, due out 27 May 2022 digitally and on multiple variations of vinyl. 


Central Texas is well known for its underground heavy rock ‘n’ roll from the late ‘60s,’70s, and ‘80s: — a series of sounds different than any other place on earth have been originated and evolved from here time and time again. Fast forward some 50 years later and there are still the same hell-raisin, beer-drinking, guitar-slinging rock ‘n’ cowboys makin some noise in the Lone Star! Hence, it’s no surprise that in the 21st century, a band like PETH come along and start making some big ‘70s Texas noise! 

Born in the middle of the 2020 pandemic, these four native Texans have been doin all the maniacal and lawless exploits with a wild mix of early ‘70s proto-metal and heavy psych/occult rock soundscapes matched to that of early Black Sabbath, Scorpions, Medusa, Venom, Blue Cheer, Pentagram, ZZ Top, and the likes. Conjuring evil guitarmonies (what they call guitar harmonies), explosive trucking bass and drum section, and two knock-out vocalists, PETH truly help preserve the spirit of Texas’s old way of life while helping usher in this new era of rock ‘n’ roll for generations to follow.

PETH’s debut LP, Merchant of Death, is a hidden gem of the ‘70s/’80s metal invasion, but got discovered in the 21st century. The album in part brings menacing aggressions, in part brings breathtaking rhythms, but steers clear of the modern, lustrous sonic aesthetics. Roll out the red carpet for Merchant of Death and revel in the wilderness. 

Track Listing:
1. Dwarvanaught
2. Amok
3. Abolish the Overseer
4. Let Evil In
5. Stoned Wizard
6. Run the Night
7. Merchant of Death
8. Karmic Debt 

Credits: 
Recorded at l Lunatic Sounds Studios in Austin,TX, by Gian Ortiz and Mastered by Brandon Moscheo.

Artwork by EVR Studio. 

Available Formats:

DIGITAL

&

— VINYL —
Electric Valley Records Editions:
— 2x Test Press Vinyl
— 120x DDGalaxy Black/White Vinyl
— 30x Ultra LTD “Merchant Edition”

The Cosmic Peddler/US Editions:
—2x Test Press
— 150x Transparent Purple with Black Splatter

Pre-Order:
https://www.electricvalleyrecords.com/products (Vinyl + Merch)
https://evrecords.bandcamp.com/album/peth-merchant-of-death (Vinyl + Merch + Digital)
https://thecosmicpeddler.com (Vinyl - US editions)
 
PETH:
https://linktr.ee/Peth.usa  
https://www.facebook.com/Peth.usa 
https://www.instagram.com/peth.usa
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1dfFzOpN3YzrOgoHhNHfsA  
https://peth.bandcamp.com
  
Electric Valley Records:
https://linktr.ee/electricvalley  
https://www.electricvalleyrecords.com  
https://evrecords.bandcamp.com  
https://www.facebook.com/electricvalleyrecords   
https://twitter.com/electric_valley   
https://www.instagram.com/electricvalleyrecords 

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