UK melodic power metal band, SORCERESS OF SIN, have announced the release of their debut album ‘Mirrored Revenge‘ on November 27th, 2020. The album was produced and mixed by Tom Maclean (Haken, To-Mera, Psion) at Twelve Tone Studios.
1. Vixen Of Virtue 2. Multifaceted Survival 3. Mirrored Revenge 4. Wicked Distortion 5. Splintered Shard 6. Aradia 7. Echoes Of Existence 8. Parallel Lies 9. Cold Carnality 10. Empyre Of Stones
“SORCERESS OF SIN‘s debut album is fun yet driving and twists and turns in all directions. Should definitely appeal to fans of bands similar to Iron Maiden, Firewind and Helloween.“
“Vocalist Lisa Skinner sounds like a cross between Kai Hansen and Michael Kiske at times! Whilst doing some pretty good Halford, Tate and Dickinson impressions to boot.“
SORCERESS OF SIN is:
Lisa Skinner – Vocals Constantine Kanakis – Guitars Paul Skinner – Drums Topher O’Meagher – Bass (ex Gehitka) Tom Maclean – Bass, Orchestral Backing
Second album from the Greek heavy/power metal band Diviner!
Mastered by Henrik Udd (Powerwolf, Hammerfall, Myrath) and artwork by Jan Yrlund (Battle Beast, Apocalyptica, Korpiklaani) the album is set for release on June 7th. Tracklisting
01. Against The Grain
02. Heaven Falls
03. Set Me Free
04. The Earth, The Moon, The Sun
05. Cast Down In Fire
06. Beyond The Border
07. King Of Masquerade
09. The Voice From Within
DIVINER is a heavy/power metal band from Greece founded by long-time friends and music partners Yiannis Papanikolaou (vocals) and Thimios Krikos (guitar) in the summer of 2011. The two of them also formed the well known Greek heavy/power metallers InnerWish back in 1995 playing in their debut album “Waiting for the Dawn” (1998) but after this release they had a long break of different musical quests.
Their new vision was to proudly express themselves by creating and playing something powerful, intense, deep, heavy, dark, melodic and inspired that at the same time would sound up to date. All this without losing the elements that reflect the essence of pure and timeless magic of metal music.
They were joined in the band by George Maroulees (guitar), Herc Booze (bass) and Fragiskos Samoilis (drums) and a deal was inked with the Swedish label Ulterium Records.
The debut album “Fallen Empires” was released in November 2015 and received very good reviews and feedback from around the world. After the release of the album the band played many shows and big festivals in Greece and also in Germany, Netherlands and Switzerland, and became known for being a great and energetic live band gaining a strong following.
Thimios Krikos left the band in 2017 due to a heavy and conflicting schedule and was replaced by Kostas Fitos.
Diviner entered Devasoundz Studios in Athens with producer Fotis Benardo in summer 2018 to record their second album “Realms of Time”. This time they decided to expand their music horizons, exploring more territories, adding new elements in terms of lyrics, melodies, riffs and atmosphere, making their songwriting more interesting and better. The band worked really hard on coming up with the best compositions, arrangements and production as possible for the ten songs they set out to record.
The final result show improvements on every level since the band’s debut album and “Realms of Time” won’t leave fans of heavy and power metal disappointed. The album is heavy, melodic and epic and it’s full of energy, power and emotion. Follow Diviner into the Realms of Time!
2019: Realms of Time (Ulterium Records)
2015: Fallen Empires (Ulterium Records)
Engineered and mixed by Fotis Benardo (ex. Septic Flesh) Produced by Fotis Benardo and Diviner Mastered by Henrik Udd (Powerwolf, Hammerfall, Myrath) Artwork by Jan Yrlund (Battle Beast, Apocalyptica, Korpiklaani)
Faster and louder. Australia’s Black Majesty are back with their seventh album ‘Children Of the Abyss’ on Pride & Joy Music. Vocalist John ‘Gio’ Cavaliere’s classy and moody vocals wail over the first single ‘Dragons Unite’ backed by the thunderous rhythm section of Evan Harris on bass and Ben Wignall on drums. Guitar solos galore, the twin attack of Hanny Mohamed and Stevie Janevski team up for lots of guitar wizardry, reminiscent of their heroes Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Helloween & Queensryche.
Produced by Roland Grapow (Masterplan), the new album “Children of the Abyss” has a world class production with songs like ‘Hideaway’, ‘Something’s Going On’ and the title track that are sure to become fan favorites in the live setting.
With countless live shows under their belt, Black Majesty have toured with some of the most well known heavy metal bands on the planet whilst having played at the world’s best Heavy Metal festivals such as Wacken Open Air, Metal Universe, Screamfest & Headbangers Open Air.
Look no further than the mega album art by Thomas Ewerhard, “Children Of the Abyss” is one of the finest power metal albums of 2018
The album is set for release on September 21st/.
check for more at: http://www.blackmajesty.com
German heavy metal legend GRAVE DIGGER just unveiled the title of their upcoming studio album: It is entitled The Living Dead and will be released on September 14th via Napalm Records.
Since their founding back in 1980, GRAVE DIGGER have been leaders in the German heavy metal scene. They created their very own version of Teutonic heavy music – albums like Heavy Metal Breakdown, Witch Hunter or Tunes Of Warbecame classics in the scene. Now the band will return with another face smashing album followed by a big run of shows throughout Europe!
GRAVE DIGGER will hit the road again in 2019 with a series of headliner appearances on their “Tour Of The Living Dead” opening in Hannover, Germany on January 11th and finishing in Tel Aviv, Israel on February 9th. See the full list of dates below.
Tour Of The Living Dead 2018
GRAVE DIGGER w/ Burning Witches
11.01.19 DE – Hannover / MusikZentrum
12.01.19 DE – Andernach / JUZ Live Club
13.01.19 CH – Pratteln / Z7
14.01.19 DE – München / Backstage
15.01.19 DE – Aschaffenburg / Colos-Saal
16.01.19 DE – Saarbrücken / Garage
17.01.19 DE – Bochum / Zeche
18.01.19 DE – Glauchau / Alte Spinnerei
19.01.19 DE – Neuruppin / Kulturhaus Neuruppin
20.01.19 NL – Rotterdam / Baroeg
22.01.19 DE – Hamburg / Markthalle
23.01.19 DE – Berlin / Lido
24.01.19 DE – Bamberg / Live Musik Club
25.01.19 DE – Regensburg/Obertraublingen / Eventhalle-Airport
26.01.19 DE – Memmingen / Kaminwerk
27.01.19 DE – Ludwigsburg / Rockfabrik
28.01.19 FR – Paris / Petit Bain
29.01.19 UK – London / The Underworld
30.01.19 BE – Vosselaar / Biebob
31.01.19 FR – France TBA
01.02.19 ES – Bilbao / Santana 27
02.02.19 ES – Madrid / Mon Live
03.02.19 ES – Barcelona / Razzmatazz 2
09.02.19 IL – Tel Aviv / Gagarin Club
GRAVE DIGGER are: Chris Boltendahl – Vocals
Axel Ritt – Guitar
Jens Becker – Bass
Stefan Arnold – Drums
Marcus Kniep – Keyboards
POWERWOLF – Germany’s most successful band have just released the official music video for their new very first song “Demons Are A Girl’s Best Friend”. The song is taken from the new albumThe Sacrament Of Sinwhich will be released worldwide on July 20th 2018 via Napalm Records.
“Till The End” is called the second single out from the new album of Millennial Reign. The album called “The Great Divide” will be released on May 25th.
The US power metal band Millennial Reign are back with their new album “The Great Divide”! The album features new members Travis Wills [vocals], Steve Nichols [drums] and Neil Bertrand [bass] together with founding member Dave Harvey [guitars].”The Great Divide” is the follow-up to “Carry The Fire”, the label debut for the Swedish label Ulterium Records. Since the release of “Carry The Fire” the band toured with Stryper on their “To Hell With The Devil 30th anniversary tour” as well as supported bands like Sonata Arctica, Leaves’ Eyes, Theocracy, Omnium Gatherum, Hammerfall and Joe Lynn Turner.
“The Great Divide” feels like a more focused and powerful album than its precursor and the new vocalist Travis Wills [Infidel Rising] really shines through the album with his raw and emotional vocals. Fast, catchy songs like “Break The Tide” and “Imagine” are mixed with epic songs like “Till The End” and “Wounds In Hand” and together they form a great collection of songs that should appeal to fans of US power metal and melodic metal.
Millennial Reign are scheduled to support Stryper and Hammerfall in June and will also play in Mexico for the first time this year.
01. The Genesis
02. Break The Tide
03. More Than Scars
05. Till The End
06. In Your Silence
07. The Day The Sun Stood Still
08. Behind The Time
09. Wounds In Hand
10. The Great Divide
Millennial Reign line-up:
Travis Wills – Vocals
Dave Harvey – Guitars
Steve Nichols – Drums
Neil Bertrand – Bass
Millennial Reign discography:
2018: The Great Divide [Ulterium Records]
2015: Carry The Fire [Ulterium Records]
2012: Millennial Reign
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Ty Sims Artwork by Jan Yrlund [Battle Beast, Pyramaze, Korpiklaani]
POWERWOLF releases the full album artwork including track listing! After teasing with appetizers in form of song titles and parts of the stunning album artwork, it’s time to see it in full!
The Sacrament Of Sin is full of purest lifeblood and heaviest passion! This new record overwhelms both with sophisticated songwriting and sheer aggression – and proves once more why POWERWOLF are the one and only true high priests of heavy metal!The Sacrament Of Sin is full of purest lifeblood and heaviest passion! This new record overwhelms both with sophisticated songwriting and sheer aggression – and proves once more why POWERWOLF are the one and only true high priests of heavy metal!Matthew Greywolf on the upcoming release:”We’re proud to finally unveil the album title along with the amazing cover artwork of “THE SACRAMENT OF SIN”. While we are in the final stage of mixing the album at Fascination Street Studios we can’t wait to unleash this monster and celebrate this new chapter together with all of you – expect nothing less but a mass more intense than ever, bringing some new elements to the liturgy while being as wild and wolfish as it could!” The full track listing of “The Sacrament Of Sin” offers a dozen metal psalms forged for all eternity:
1. Fire & Forgive
2. Demons Are A Girl‘s Best Friends
3. Killers With The Cross
4. Incense And Iron
5. Where The Wild Wolves Have Gone6. Stossgebet
7. Nightside Of Siberia
8. The Sacrament Of Sin
9. Venom Of Venus
10. Nighttime Rebel
11. Fist By Fist (Sacralize Or Strike)
First exclusive pre-order editions will be available via EMP and Napalm Records shortly!
POWERWOLF’s history of success is a true metal fairytale! With their last three records all hitting the TOP 3 of the German album charts, two of them at NUMBER 1, sold-out headline shows and frenetically celebrated festival gigs all over Europe, POWERWOLF prove: Metal is religion and with their new effort The Sacrament Of Sin the best is yet to come!After loads of captivating live gigs, sold-out headliner shows – Grab your chance to meet POWERWOLF again at these very special summer festival appearances as well as on a full European headlining tour run together with Amaranthe and Kissin Dynamite!
Second album is coming up this summer on July 20th from swedish metallers FREE FROM SIN.
The tracklist so far is:
Faces of Christ
The Devils mule
GOD made you Hate (The core of War)
Crossing the Borderline
Deciever (become a Believer)
Break and Burn
World Victim (The end)
Swedish metal band FREE FROM SIN released their self-titled debutalbum in 2015. The debutalbum was received very well in the hard rock and metal communities.
FREE FROM SIN – Free From Sin (2015)
Free From Sin
Evil Or Divine
Stumbling Down A Wicked Road
The Masquerade Temple Of Fear
La Grande Finale (instrumental)
The album was first released digitally on label Blakk records July 7th, 2015 and a physical release followed in all of Europe September 25th, 2015 on label Pride & Joy Music.
ALDARIA released a new single track called “When The Time Has Come”. 100% of all income of this single will be donated to Cancer Research.
ALDARIA’s mastermind Frode Hovd comments: “This is a very important cause for me, as I lost my mother to this horrible disease in 2010. The single will be available across all streaming and digital platforms, and on the official webstore (www.aldariaband.com), where you will get a special edition with a lossless audio file, instrumental, high resolution cover art, and lyrics.”Line-up:Vocals: Chris Bay (Freedom Call), Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear), Ola Halen (ex Insania Stockholm), Yannis Papadopoulos (Beast In Black), Mike Livas, Victor Emenka (Soulspell), Terje Harøy(Pyramaze), Siegfried Samer (Dragony), Todd Michael Hall (Riot V), David Åkesson (Qantize)Guitars: Frode Hovd (Aldaria), Christer Harøy (Divided Multitude), Thobbe Englund (ex Sabaton), Lars Rettkowitz (Freedom Call), Jimmy Hedlund (Falconer)Bass: Ronnie König (Signum Regis)Orchestration: Peter Crowley’s Fantasy Dream & Frode HovdDrums: Morten Gade Sørensen (Pyramaze) Mixed and mastered by Jacob Hansen at Hansen Studios
Japanese power metal heroines LOVEBITES have revealed the title and release date of their debut full-length album “AWAKENING FROM ABYSS”, which is due for release in the UK via JPU Records on 8th December 2017.
The five-piece are also excited to announce their first ever overseas performance at HYPER JAPAN, London on 25 & 26th November – which is to be followed with their first ever UK headline show at London Underworld on 27th November.
AWAKENING FROM ABYSS follows on from the THE LOVEBITES EP, a limited release which sold out in Japan and was recently released in the UK and Europe with a poster, English liner notes and lyric translations. NEO Magazine, the UK’s longest running Asian Pop Culture publication awarded the EP a full five stars, commenting “Iron Maiden would be proud. LOVEBITES have the makings of metal stars.”
The album has been mixed by Mikko Karmila and mastered by Mika Jussila of Finnvox Studios in Finland, the same team behind the highly rated debut EP. Its cover art has been created by David Lopez Gómez, the illustrator behind German heavy metal band Helloween’s best album SWEET SEDUCTIONS, as well as their 30th anniversary book.
It also marks the first time LOVEBITES have recorded as a five-member band, with support guitarist mi-ya now joining as a permanent member.
Check out the video for “Shadowmaker” here:
Catch LOVEBITES live in the UK for the very first time this November:
25.11 – HYPER JAPAN, London
26.11 – HYPER JAPAN, London
27.11 – London, Underworld* –
Swiss/Finnish/American hard rock band, PANORAMA, have signed with European label ROAR! Rock Of Angels Records. PANORAMA’s debut album “Around The World“, includes 11 tracks and is produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by Dennis Ward(Unisonic, Pink Cream 69).
Christian Palin – Vocals (Random Eyes, ex Adagio)
Dennis Ward – Bass (Unisonic, Pink Cream 69)
Sammy Lasagni – Guitars (Gods of Silence, ex Kirk, ex Godiva)
Ben Varon – Guitars (Amoral, ex Grease Helmet)
Philipp Eichenberger – Drums (Gods of Silence, ex Kirk)
In 2008 the Swiss guitarist, Sammy Lasagni (Gods of Silence, ex Kirk, ex Godiva), met the Uruguay born singer Christian Palin (Random Eyes, ex Adagio) for the first time when Godiva, supported the band Adagio – fronted by Christian. The chemistry between the two was immediately obvious so they decided that they would, at some point in time, try to make music together. The two kept in contact but the years plodded along until 2015when a certain long telephone call on a cold winter’s day changed everything. Right then and there they decided to get to work. They began writing songs and in record time 15new songs were born. They decided to work with Dennis Ward (Unisonic, Pink Cream 69) as a producer. The guys soon after met with Dennis and introduced their songs. Dennis was genuinely impressed. So impressed that he agreed to work with them and joined the band not only as producer, but as a bass player too. The guys completed their line-up with Finnish guitarist, Ben Varon (formerly of Amoral and Grease Helmet) and Swiss drummer Philipp Eichenberger (Gods of Silence, ex Kirk). Panorama was born!
Under the direction of Dennis Ward, who took over the whole production (produced, recorded, mixed and mastered), the band recorded their debut album “Around the World” partially at HOFA studios in Karlsdorf Germany and at The TrakShak, Dennis’ private studio. It was a long process but the album turned out fantastic. A Hard Rock production with a bit of Scandinavian influences and Christian has proven himself to be a world-class singer. Together with ROAR (Rock of Angles Records) Panorama found the perfect partner to release their album “Around the World” in early 2018. More to come…
Debut album from Metalite called “Heroes in time” is set for release on October 27th via Inner Wound Recordings.
Metalite was formed in Stockholm, Sweden in 2015 when Edwin Premberg [guitar] met Emma Bensing [vocals]. He presented his musical ideas and vision to her, and she agreed to join the band. The goal was to write and record melodic and memorable metal songs with a modern and fresh sound.
Edwin and Emma started to co-operate with the Danish producer Jacob Hansen [Volbeat, Evergrey, Amaranthe] and songs started to take shape. During 2016 Metalite found three experienced musicians that agreed to join the band: Lea Larsson [drums], Robert Örnesved [guitar] and Robert Majd [bass].
A deal was signed with the Swedish label Inner Wound Recordings, and the Metalite debut album “Heroes In Time” is scheduled to be released in October 2017.
“Afterlife”, the first single from the album showcase the Metalite sound in a perfect way, but other songs from the album like “Nightmare”, “Heroes In Time” or “Purpose of Life” are just as likely to become fan favorites.
“Heroes In Time” is an impressive debut album filled with melodic and memorable songs, crowned with the strong and emotional vocals by vocalist Emma Bensing as well as a powerful production by Jacob Hansen. The album should be perfect for fans of bands like Beyond The Black, Dynazty and Amaranthe!
The artwork was created by Jan Yrlund [Apocalyptica, Leah, Korpiklaani] and guest appearances on the album includes Fraser Edwards [Ascension] and Jakob Svensson [Wigelius].
Emma Bensing – Vocals
Edwin Premberg – Guitar
Robert Örnesved – Guitar
Robert Majd – Bass
Lea Larsson – Drums
Heroes In Time 
02. Purpose of Life
04. The Hunter
05. Heroes in Time
06. Power of Metal
07. Over and Done
08. The Light of Orion
09. In The Middle of the Night
10. Black Horse Rider
11. The Great Force Within Us
Mixed and mastered by: Jacob Hansen [Volbeat, Amaranthe, Evergrey] Artwork by: Jan Yrlund [Apocalyptica, Delain, Leah] Guest appearances by: Fraser Edwards [Ascension] and Jakob Svensson [Wigelius]
Europe, North America: Inner Wound Recordings
Power Quest led by founder and keyboardist Steve Williams, return with their 6th album, the first since 2011. “Sixth Dimension” is prime time PQ. Melodic, catchy and uplifting which are the trademarks of the PQ sound.
“Sixth Dimension” contains 9 tracks and the main lyrical theme running through the album is that no matter how bad things seem today, tomorrow is a new day and an opportunity for us all to step out of the shadows and be who we want to be.
The title track, co-written by Steve Williams and Richard West [Threshold] is a real tour de force bringing to mind bands like Marillion and Symphony X, whilst not losing the quintessential Power Quest identity.
“Kings and Glory”, the first single from the album is a traditional speedy power metal romp with a typically glorious vibe in the vein of Sacred Land, Glory Tonight and Survive. Songs like “Pray for the Day” and “No More Heroes” maintain the hard rock edge that the band have become known for over the years, whilst “Revolution Fighters” is one of the heaviest songs the band have written without losing the melodic edge that defines the PQ sound.
Ahead of the album release, the band are touring heavily including appearances at Sabaton Open Air in Sweden and ProgPower USA in Atlanta. In between these festivals Power Quest will be playing 3 shows in Japan with Freedom Call and Twilight Force before returning to the stage in the UK on October as special guests of DragonForce on an 11 show run. After that the band play 4 UK headline shows in late October. For all the latest tour dates check out www.power-quest.co.uk
Steve Williams, keyboardist and band leader, commented
“It’s such an exciting time for the band right now. So many awesome shows to look forward and we really can’t wait to unleash the new album and see what everyone thinks. I’m extremely proud of the collection of songs we’ve got on this record and it’s been an amazing process from the first writing period through to the finished product. I’m also thrilled to have 3 songs on this album that I wrote on guitar. Another first for PQ.
I’m also extremely proud of Ash, Rich, Paul, Glyn and Andy who have all worked like demons to make this a reality and bring the vision to life. See you all on the road!”
“Break the night and crack the sky, take me on to another time, show me how to fly to the Sixth Dimension”.
Power Quest line-up:
Ashley Edison – Vocals
Steve Williams – Keyboards
Andy Kopczyk – Guitars
Glyn Williams – Guitars
Paul Finnie – Bass
Rich Smith – Drums
Power Quest discography:
Sixth Dimension 
Blood Alliance 
Master of Illusion 
Magic Never Dies 
Wings of Forever 
Recorded by Alessio Garavello at Rogue Studios, London Mixed by Alessio Garavello and Steve Williams Mastered by Jens Bogren [Symphony X, Kreator, Dragonforce] Artwork by Felipe Machado Franco [Blind Guardian, Rhapsody, Iced Earth] Design by Jan Yrlund [Apocalyptica, Korpiklaani, Tyr] Guest appearances by Anette Olzon [vocals], Andrea Martongelli [guitar solo], Lars Rettkowitz [guitar solo]
Europe, North America: Inner Wound Recordings
The young, promising melodic metal band Within Silence are finally back with their highly anticipated second album “Return From The Shadows”!
The debut album “Gallery of Life” was released through the Swedish label Ulterium Records in 2015 and received very good feedback from around the world. Within Silence played many shows in Slovakia and around Europe since then including festivals in Norway, Germany, Slovakia and the Netherlands, as well as joining Theocracy [US] as special guests on their European tour in November 2016.
“Return From The Shadows” is a perfect follow-up to “Gallery of Life” and feels like a more mature and focused album. The impressive song-writing and melodies are still there, and together with heavy riffs, symphonic arrangements and epic parts the result is a really impressive album!
The album was mixed and mastered by Roland Grapow [Masterplan, ex. Helloween] and the artwork was created by Jan Yrlund [Delain, Apocalyptica, Korpiklaani].
Within Silence is a perfect band for fans of melodic metal in general and bands like Theocracy, Stratovarius and Sonata Arctica in particular. Don’t miss out on this young, promising band and the new album “Return From The Shadows”!
Within Silence line-up:
Martin Klein – Lead vocals, backing vocals
Richard Germanus – Solo & rhythm guitars
Martin Cico – Rhythm guitars
Viktor Varga – Bass
Peter Gacik – Drums
Within Silence discography:
2017: Return From The Shadows
2015: Gallery of Life
Mixed and mastered by Roland Grapow [Masterplan, ex. Helloween]
Artwork by Jan Yrlund [Delain, Apocalyptica, Korpiklaani]