BLOOD RED SAINTS – New album in January 2018…

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Following on from their critically acclaimed 2015 independent debut album ‘Speedway’ Blood Red Saints make a welcome return with a brand new selection of top class hard rock. ‘Love Hate Conspiracies‘ sees the band make a progression into a more focused direction. Pete Godfrey (vocals) tells us more. “The Speedway album was a great debut for us no doubt about that but this new album is a massive step forward. We’ve really found our own sound and identity with this material, it feels a lot more cohesive and is without doubt, heavier in style. This feels like a real band all pulling together”
The new album also sees two new Saints baptised to join original members Pete Godfrey, Rob Naylor (bass) and Lee Revill (guitars). Neil Hibbs (formerly of Arkhams Razor, Shy) joins to add a harder edge with crunching guitars for a tougher approach for both live and studio work. Andy Chemney (drums) was an obvious choice having worked with Rob in their previous band ‘Angels Or Kings’. Rob takes up the story. “I’ve known Andy nearly all my life, he was the guy I wanted for our band and we are so pleased to have finally got our man”
So, what can we expect from ‘Love Hate Conspiracies?’ Lee Revill told us this “it’s musically in a heavier direction than Speedway. We still wanted big melodic choruses but we wanted to toughen them up a bit too. We’ve got such a strong set of songs here and we are all excited to finally let people hear them, on the album and also live, these songs are gonna kick ass”
The album features a writing and vocal contribution from Paul Laine (The Defiants)  on ‘Is it over’ and a track ‘Turn on the Night’, written by Steve Brown (Trixter, Def Leppard, Tokyo Motor Fist)
Mixing and production was handled by Simon Humphrey who has worked with some of the biggest acts in music over many years and his input was invaluable in producing this record.
Love Hate Conspiracies can be heard soon enough, with a release date for 26th January 2018 on the AOR heaven label.
Pete Godfrey leaves us on this note.
“We hope people will love this album as much as we do. A lot of hard work has gone into making it and we think it shows”
Catch BRS out and about throughout the year with HRH in North Wales in March and more shows to be announced soon. Check them out on Facebook too.

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PAL (Pettersson/Andersson/Ljunggren) – Debut album out on January 26th 2018

 

P.A.L. - Prime_300x300px.jpgPAL is a Swedish musical collaboration between guitarist Roger Ljunggren and Peter Andersson and Peo Pettersson.
Roger and Peter, longtime friends, started writing and play music together way back. They first got to know each other in the early eighties. Growing up in Skara, a small town in the southwest of Sweden sharing a passion for music and specially song-writing the sweat out together in a small rehearsal studio together with some other local musicians.
The group started in 1987 when a demo was recorded in Peo’s studio Vanäs for a band called Escape which at that moment was short of a singer and Peo helped out.
Now, thirty years later the three musicians are making music together again. The songs on the debut album “Prime” are a collaboration between the three – where Roger wrote the music and recorded the guitars and solos and Peter arranged, produced and played the bass. Peo then added the vocals. Mauritz Petersson was hired to do the drums.
You can surely hear vintage elements in their music , but this time with a more modern approach and passion for the music they all grew up with. The first label that was invited to listen to the material was AOR Heaven in Germany. A record deal was signed with them shortly after. Release of the debut album “Prime” is scheduled in Europe January 2018.

Line Up
Roger Ljunggren – Guitar
Peter Andersson – Bass
Peo Pettersson – Vocals / Keyboard
Mauritz Petersson – Drums

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CAELEASTIA- Reveal ‘Thanatopsis’ Album Details and promo clip released….

Greek Symphonic Extreme Metal band, CAELEASTIA, will release their new album ‘Thanatopsis‘, on December 8th via EMP Label Group/SPV. The album was mixed and mastered at Fredman Studios (Gothenburg, Sweden) by Fredrik Nordström (Dream Evil). CAELEASTIA have posted a audio video for the song ‘Devil´s Game‘, which can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/jmBxymxRra0

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Tracklist:

1. Intro / Time For Redemption
2. Initium Vitae Et Mortis
3. Thanatopsis
4. Chamber Of Torments
5. Devil´s Game
6. Dancing With The Demons
7. Travel To Eternity
8. Underlife
9. Martyrs (feat. Jason Bittner – OVERKILL, ex-FLOTSAM & JETSAM)
10. Lament Of The Sea

CAELEASTIA is:

Dimitra Talamantes Vintsou – Vocals
Nikos Palivos – Vocals
Vassilis Thomas – Guitars
Socratis Panagouleas – Drums
Stelios Varotsakis – Bass
Vangelis Evangelou – Guitars

*The cover artwork was made by Gogo Melone (LUNA OBSCURA).

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“Caelestia” is an extreme metal band, initially formed in April 2012 by Mexican-born singer/songwriter Dimitra Talamantes – Vintsou and bassist/composer Nikos Palivos. The band’s debut album “Beneath Abyss” was recorded and mixed in Basement Studios, while the mastering was undertaken by Fascination Street Studios in Sweden, under the supervision by sound engineer Tony Lindgren (Paradise Lost, Katatonia, Enslaved, Witchcraft etc.). The album’s artwork was assigned to artist Seth Siro Anton (Septic Flesh, Paradise Lost, Moonspell etc.).

The first album featured guest appearances by lead singer Bjorn “Speed” Strid of SOILWORK and drummer Markus “Makka” Freiwald of SODOM. The release was followed by an official video clip for the title track “Beneath Abyss”, which was shot on various locations in southern Germany, and was directed by German director Matthias Kollek (Vault Productions).

As far as live performances are concerned, Caelestia has appeared as a support act to the following bands: Katatonia (February 2014), The Vision Bleak (February 2015), Arch Enemy (November 2015) and Draconian (February 2016) among others.

The tracking & editing of the band’s second album titled “Thanatopsis” was successfully concluded in February 2017. The mixing and mastering of the new album was concluded by “Fredman Studios” (Gothenburg / Sweden), in the experienced hands of none other than Fredrik Nordström, a producer responsible for the creation of the famous “Gothenburg sound” (April 2017).

Like in the first album, there were appearances of renowned guest artists of the international metal community, i.e. drummer Jason Bittner (Overkill, ex-Flotsam & Jetsam, Shadows Fall etc). The album’s cover and artwork was prepared by French artist Gogo Melone (GM+ Studio). The band’s official album photography was trusted to Nikos Mylonas and Cosmas Hiolos (Krieg-Design) completed the graphic designs.

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BIG CITY signs with ROAR! Rock Of Angels Records….

Norwegian melodic heavy rock/metal band, BIG CITY, have signed with European label ROAR! Rock Of Angels RecordsBIG CITY features members of ScariotBlood Red ThroneWithemMaraton and Memoria AvenueBIG CITY‘s yet untitled new album + their debut album ‘Wintersleep‘ will be released, as a double CD in spring 2018 via ROAR! Rock Of Angels Records.

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BIG CITY is a melodic heavy rock/metal band from Norway with tons of experience in the music industry. The members have been playing or still play in extreme bands as Satyricon and Blood Red Throne, but also the up and coming prog metal band Withemand many other bands.

The reason for Big City is songwriter Daniel Olaisen and his ideas throughout the last 10 years. He wanted to put his 80’s heavy riffs in a band and find suitable people to join him. Bandmate, Frank Ørland, also played with Daniel in Scariot (1999-2005, prog/thrash/heavy band featuring Communic members) and was an obvious choice to bring to Big CityFrank Nordeng Røe (WithemMarathon, session drummer for Circus Maximus) on drums, was found when searching on internet. The band was completed with Jan Le Brandt on vocals and Geir Inge Olsen on session bass guitar. The debut album, Wintersleep, was recorded and released in 2013 digitally through Mayhem Music.

Big City continued to write material for another album. Miguel Pereira (Withem) was recruited as their new permanent bass player. Big City is now planning to perform live in2018 for the first time!

Big City are:

Jan Le Brandt – Vocals (Memoria AvenueNorthquake)
Daniel Olaisen – Guitars(ScariotBlood Red Throne, ex-Satyricon)
Frank Ørland – Guitars (ex-Scariot)
Miguel Pereira – Bass (Withem)
Frank Nordeng Røe – Drums (WithemMaraton)