Napalm Records is proud to announce the signing of Swedish progressive metal juggernauts EVERGREY. The matchless force led by singer and guitarist Tom S. Englund has just inked a worldwide contract with the premier rock and metal label!
EVERGREY are truly Gothenburg’s finest exports, have been commanding the scene for over 25 years and have released twelve full-length records to date – starting with their blistering debut The Dark Discovery in 1998. Their latest chartbreaking high-quality offering, the critically acclaimed Escape Of The Phoenix (#12 on German album charts), was unveiled in early 2021, proving the inimitable ability of the five-piece to harmoniously weave dark lyricism with different shades of heaviness and musical influences. Over the course of time, EVERGREY remarkably managed to build their very own, powerful yet emotional sound that reaches the listener deep in their core and creates an exceptional experience with every note.
EVERGREY are currently working on new music. More to be announced soon.
UK rock/metal band, THE LAST SIREN, have released their third single ‘The Cage‘, the track is taken from their forthcoming EP ‘Counter Faith’, out on 15th October via Criminal Records. THE LAST SIREN is the latest contender from the South Coast music scene.
THE LAST SIREN recently signed to Criminal Records, London. The alt rock/metal project is led by touring musician Jayke Turl. Bassist of The Smokin’ Prophets and guest guitarist at The Kut. Jayke is certainly no stranger to the UK touring & festival circuit. THE LAST SIREN sees Jayke take centre stage, bringing with him heavy vocals, riffs and a new twisted reality.
‘The Cage‘ single follows ‘Crucify This’ & ‘Fight’, which launched the project and featured on Johnny Doom’s show on Kerrang! Radio. A message to those who oppress others with religious ideology, the single will be featured on the digipack EP, scheduled for release Friday 15th October and available on pre-order via Criminal Records store: https://shop.criminalrecords.cc
New York City cult AOR heroes VALENTINE have released their new single, “Heart of the City” as a precursor to their upcoming Demos From the Attic collection, which is scheduled for the end of July through 20th Century Music / Vanity Music Group.
Recorded in the early 90’s and intended to be included on the follow up to their Giant Records debut, the single, along with a plethora of other demos were stored away, seemingly forever until 20th Century kept approaching them about “any released material they may have.” Persistence pays off. Both guitarist, Adam Holland and bassist, Gerard Zappa suddenly remembered that they actually did have unreleased demos stored away in attics.
Adam Holland states “We all feel very good about it. It turns out we found gems instead of skeletons! We are proud of all of the many chapters of this band’s life as both Valentine and Open Skyz. This is Valentine’s second album if it would have come out in the 80s. It would have been an awesome sophomore album and it’s pretty cool to listen to these now. The whole process has been a lot of fun.”
Guests on Band Forever thus far include:
Gerard Zappa and Craig Pullman of Valentine Joey Cassata of Zo2 and Zrock Keith Douglass of Tora Tora Reggie Wu of Heaven’s Edge Michael Staertow of Lou Gramm / Slaughter Rob Hoffman of In The Pink and manager of Extreme and Ratt
The trans genre group Dream Drop have released the single “Reckless Demon Youth“ which is the 4th one from their upcoming album to be released later this year.
“Reckless Demon Youth is basically about calming down. It’s about wanting to end a destructive lifestyle and reaching out for help. I think as musicians we are often drawn into the cliché of the ‘broken artist’ and it might be because sad people are drawn to music as opposed to music drawing people into sadness but regardless we have to fight it. The term ‘Demon Youth’ is taken from the lyrics of Juice Wrld’s song ‘Legends’ which talks about the lost lives of musicians who couldn’t stop.” //Dream Drop
Dream Drop is a trans-genre band from Gothenburg, Sweden that thinks band bios are cringe and that bands should never talk themselves up as much as most of them do. Listen to the music and make up your own mind about what they’re like.
The first advance single out of four in total, “Point Of No Return”, from Swedish Rock act ALTZI is unleashed today on all digital platforms in English and in Spanish, and be followed by three more advance singles and one EP later in the year.
The line-up on this track is compound by some of the finest contemporary Melodic Rock/ Hard Rock musicians and song-writers, i.e. Rick Altzi (lead & backing Vocals), Peter Alpenborg (rhythm guitars & keyboards), Nalle Påhlsson (bass), Kevin Kott (drums), Olaf Lenk (lead guitar), Ulrick Lönnqvist (backing vocals), Victor Ohlsson (backing vocalsand Teresia Svensson (backing vocals).
ALTZI’s debut album entitled “All Eyes On Me” is scheduled for a release in early 2022 via the artist’s own label RA Music!
RICK ALTZI is an artist from Helsingborg, Sweden who started to play bass at the age of 14. He was a member in various tribute and original bands until 2004 and switched over to the microphone in 2005. His first album as vocalist saw the light of day in the year 2007 with the band AT VANCE. Since then, he has worked with a lot of outstanding musicians from bands such as Helloween, Accept, King Diamond, Pain Of Salvation, etc..
In 2020, Rick Altzi started to work on his first solo album under the moniker of ALTZI. Rick Altzi also is writing and recording with the bands Masterplan, Gathering Of Kings and Herman Frank.
UK rock band FERAL GHOST have released a music video for their brand new explosive single ‘Say It’s Not Too Late‘, the song is taken from their second studio album scheduled for release in March 2021. ‘Say It’s Not Too Late‘ can be ordered here: https://orcd.co/feralghost.
The alternative/melodic rock fusion delivers an electrifying arrangement with uplifting instrumentation and atmospheric vocals driven by infectious guitar riffs. The emotion-drenched vocal adorns the instrumental that shines and sparkles at every turn. This is precisely the kind of record that proves there is no doubt FERAL GHOST is a band to keep an eye on.
‘Say It’s Not Too Late‘ will capture anyone from the first note and will leave people wanting more. Their message-heavy lyricism and wordplay will take listeners on a musical journey that highlights a motivating tale. Moreover, the lyricism sheds a light on the importance of making the best of the gifts life provides.
With powerful lyricism, FERAL GHOST maintains a fully charged arsenal of high-quality music that supports the fact that they are set to make a strong impact on the music industry and the charts. This release is a testament to their versatility as a band and their innate talent. ‘Say It’s Not Too Late‘ is a must-listen-to single as they are set to release more captivating music for years to come.
FERAL GHOST is:
Daniel Warwick – vocals, guitar Chloe Hunter – vocals, percussion Andy Watt – guitar Lisanne Otten – keys Marino Donati – bass Paul Castleman – drums
FERAL GHOST’s blend of classic songwriting, layered harmonies and accomplished musicianship, combined with memorable melodies and sharp modern production, has helped the band establish a unique musical voice since it was first put together by singer/songwriter Danny Warwick in 2012.
The London-based group’s debut album A Gathering Storm in 2014 was immediately singled out by reviewers and radio stations for its consistently strong melodies, and stadium sized hooks.
The album was also nominated for CD of the year by Indie Music Digest, which called it “an impressive debut statement that clearly proves this band is a force to be reckoned with in UK and beyond”.
FERAL GHOST’s classic melodic sensibilities and guitar driven sound have brought comparisons with the likes of Fleetwood Mac, the Eagles and Pink Floyd, as well as the indie pop and rock sounds of Coldplay and Snow Patrol. But the 6-piece band’s blend of thoughtful lyrics, heartfelt vocals and infectious energy are entirely its own.
Over the next couple of years, subsequent singles This Is Life and Could This Be Love went on to reach No.3 and No.7 in the Official European Independent Music Chart, as well as charting strongly in the US.
During this time FERAL GHOST consolidated their success with a string of concerts across the UK, including festivals and other established music venues. As a result, the group gained a swathe of new loyal followers by showcasing how well their emotionally powerful combination of up-tempo feel-good tunes and slow burn anthems translated to live performances.
Towards the end of 2018, the band went back into the studio to record a follow up album. But unforeseen personal circumstances, followed by the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, meant that new music has taken longer than anticipated.
But now, after using this time to put the full force of their creativity into a new body of work, FERAL GHOST are back with a stunning new full length album, Speed of Light, due to be released in March 2021.
Reflecting the turbulent and uncertain times of its creation, the album contains an incredible collection of 12 songs that span themes ranging from fear and loss to love and hope.
Taking the band’s complex multi layered sound and sophisticated arrangements to a new level, while never straying from clarity of purpose and honesty of emotion, Speed of Light is FERAL GHOST’s most coherent, uncompromising and beautiful artistic statement so far.