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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

THE METAL TIMES ANNOUNCMENT ! Hedon (SWE) Pre-orders will soon be available for; LP/CD/TAPE/DIGITAL + MERCH

 Hedon (SWE)

-a mixture of Death/ thrash - and blackmetal !


Pre-orders will soon be available for;

LP/CD/TAPE/DIGITAL + MERCH


Info;

https://www.downfallrecords.com/hedon-swe/


Teaser;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CC4l-zVBkLA


Band;

HEDON


Promotion; MCPR

The Brew Crue! Backstage For MCPR

www.downfallrecords.com


webshop:

https://downfallrecords.8merch.com/

merch store:

https://stores.merchprint.se/produkter/downfall-records/

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Promotion:Metal Coffee Promotion (usa)

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-NEW distributer for Sweden; Bengans!

https://www.bengans.se/sv/artiklar/labels/downfall-records/index.html

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

NEW BREW : FARMACY ELIXIR


 https://www.farmacyband.com/


MEDICAL GRADE METAL


Farmacy is a band located in the heart of the Silver Valley, Kellogg, ID.


Fronted by lead singer, Holly Armijo (Selene Sol), 


Adding to the mix, the dual guitar styling of Mickey West (Mick Madness) and Ryan "Big Daddy" Gaddy(Green Jelly), with the thunderous rhythm of Jeffery Zaleski on bass and drummer Gary West.


With influences by Metallica, Pantera, Megadeth, Judas Priest, In This Moment, and Ghost. We have booked 25 shows in 2019 alone (with several more in the works). Farmacy has mastered the art of attracting crowds and promoting our events on social media and on the street, with our in-house art, photography, and media team.



We bring years of experience, and come equipped with professional  light and sound equipment, alliances with several regional musicians, promoters, and production teams.


Farmacy has played several gigs in Idaho, Washington, and Montana, with plans to take our show to a location near you.

NEW BREW :KRILLOAN





https://open.spotify.com/track/0pUu9RzWAuOoupELvnFeEw?si=YMIPA6zgT5O8_NPcHLlaEw


Krilloan is heavy/powermetalproject from Älmhult, Sweden that started out 2020.


I´ve been listening to metal for 30 years and been playing guitar for 20 years, mainly rock and punkmusic but now was the time to create music in the genre I´ve always loved - melodic metal/powermetal with a fantasytheme. 


To fullfill my vision I brought in the mighty Alex VanTrue on vocals and longtime friend Steve Brockmann to help with guitars. "Yggdrasil"was the first song recorded and it was released april 10 2020. It was followed up by "Moonblade" july 10 this year. Stay metal!"


https://youtu.be/CZ44fkf893Q

NEW BREW : GIANT ROBOTS IN THE SKY

 Thomas Tulak began his career at 6 years old, as a child actor, most well known for his role as the youngest Lost Boy in Steven Spielberg’s “Hook.” (He’s the one that spit out the candle and shouted, “Goodnight, Neverland!”) On set, Thomas became good friends with the late, Robin Williams. Inspired by his friend and personal hero, mr Williams, Thomas dedicated himself to making people laugh. 



 


Thomas began playing his main instrument, drums, at 12 years old; and guitar at 13 years old. Thomas played drums in several bands through out his teens and twenties, all the while writing songs that his band members weren’t interested in. After all, he was just the drummer… This led Thomas to produce his own songs, performing all the instruments himself.


 


Giant Robots In The Sky is the result.

NEW BREW : PJF

 A mixture of Rock, Metal and pop punk -new single 'See it through' by PJF

The single is out on the 18th August. 

https://www.facebook.com/Put-Jesus-First-399871840827673

https://dropthespotlight.com/see-it-through-by-pjf-song-review/


See it Through By PJF Song Review – Drop The Spotlight

Many times we don’t see or hear a voice when we are alone. The studies show that you can feel when someone is in the room with you even when your eyes are closed and ears are far away. PJF&#8…

dropthespotlight.com





Many times we don’t see or hear a voice when we are alone. The studies show that you can feel when someone is in the room with you even when your eyes are closed and ears are far away. PJF’s song See It Through gives you the energy to feel His energy in the room. You are never alone as “He lives in you!”


THE METAL TIMES : PJF

 

A mixture of Rock, Metal and pop punk -new single 'See it through' by PJF

See it Through By PJF Song Review – Drop The Spotlight
Many times we don’t see or hear a voice when we are alone. The studies show that you can feel when someone is in the room with you even when your eyes are closed and ears are far away. PJF&#8…
dropthespotlight.com




Many times we don’t see or hear a voice when we are alone. The studies show that you can feel when someone is in the room with you even when your eyes are closed and ears are far away. PJF’s song See It Through gives you the energy to feel His energy in the room. You are never alone as “He lives in you!”

Monday, August 10, 2020

THE METAL TIMES THE KEY INTERVIEW

 

1.I just have to ask why keyboards?
I’M JUN FROM MUTE TX. I PICKED KEYS BECAUSE AFTER PLAYING GUITAR AND BASS FOR YEARS I WANTED TO EXPERIMENT WITH NEW SOUNDS. THEY HAVE A WIDER RANGE OF SOUNDS I CAN USE.
 
2.When you started playing keys was it your intent to join a metal / rock band?
I WAS ALREADY IN MUTE TX AS AGUITARIST FIRST THEN BASSIST AND BACKUP VOCALS.

3.Who are your influences?
CHRISTIAN LORENZ BECAUSE OF HIS COMPOSITIONS ALONG WITH FREDDY MERCURY AND TRENT REZNOR

4.Do you know who Jon Lord is without using Google?
I’VE HEARD OF HIM AND AM A FAN OF HIS WORK WITH DEEP PURPLE.

5.What do you do visually to enhance your presence ?
WEAR MAKE UP DO ALOT OF BLACKLIGHT. I TRY TO STICK TO MORE TRADITIONAL WARPAINT AND PROPS

6.Why do you think keyboard players in metal get so little recognition?
IN MY OPINION I’M NOT TRYING TO BE A FRONTMAN I ADD AMBIENCE AND THEATRICALITY TO OUR SOUND. WE ALL HAVE ORU PARTS TO PLAY.

7.Did you start on a piano? And what age did you start?
BACK IN MY YOUTH I WOULD PLAY AT THE LOCAL OLD FOLKS HOME ON A STAND UP PIANO.I THINK I WAS LIKE 17 OR 18.

8.Its one thing to seranade with  a guitar  , do you have a seranade story youd like to share?
OF COURSE I DO . I WOULD RECORD COVERS FOR A LONG DISTANT GF I HAD . SHE DIDNT APPRECIATE IT SO IT WAS THE LAST TIME I EVER DID THAT. LOL

9.In line with the last question keyboards are often looked at as romantic are you romantic when you play or are there visions of the Phantom of The Opera ( the scary 30’s one) in your head?
MORE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA WITH A SIDE OF CARNIVAL AND FLASHY LIKE ELTON JOHN.

10.Convince me keyboards are cool because your facing a large audience who begs to differ. Change our minds
NAH YOU EITHER DIG THE MUSIC OR NOT. I’M GOOD WITH THAT.

Sunday, August 9, 2020

AN OLD SCHOOL ALBUM REVIEW featuring BLACK SUN TRINE By Jeremy Amack

 

On this episode of An Old School Album Review we're discussing Black Sun Trine from Los Angeles, California. 



We spoke with the band prior to this review here's what they had to say:

Tuning?

We tune to a strange ancient tuning . 432A . On the new album . It’s called Ascension it’s coming out fall 2020 .

Bands you have played with?

Bands I’ve played with , played with Sovereignty out of the Bronx NY . And Imminent Destruction also a New York band . Destruction was first trio I was in

Accomplishments?

Accomplishments, ... I feel great that I was able to survive a nearly fatal car accident in 2016 , still recovering, but I was able to do this new album . Was quite an accomplishment for me .

Funny/weird story about your band?

Funny story , the first drummer we locked in the drum room while recording our first album . Because he was throwing his sticks in rage , when he screwed up a part of the song .😂😂. So we locked him in for our own safety, he was a big guy . He was fine though . 😂😂😂 He did a great job . Brandon Whynaucht


Let's get to the review:

AM I ALONE



Intresting deep fuzz tone..
Crashes into the song almost immediately..
Vocals are on point, sung really well !!!
Love that hook..
Has an 80's sound like but from a kewl band, like WASP..
Supreme riffing..
Bass lines are slappin..
Let's funky there for a minute  but establishes that metal groove again..
NICE SOLO!!!
Ends good too..

(This was my favorite)

REACH OUT


Starts out with a slow bass filled groove..
Vocals sound good..
Gets heavy with a sudden impact..
I love the lyrics..
Slick lead guitar,  sharp crisp notes..
Band keeps a solid groove well with a full sound.

EARTH


That's how you start a song!!!
Pretty heavy lyrics "Man has raped the Earth"
Like the spoken part..
Another awesome solo and dude can sing the lyrics right along with it..
Pretty intense song I'd love to see it live..
I love how this ends just beautiful. 

ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE


Starts out screamin!!!
Goes right into a kickass riff..
I like the lyrical flow whe he says "Only the Strong Survive"
Has a quality 80's feel to it..
That guitar has some great sustain..
He's right.. "only the strong SURVIVE, can't hurt what inside"

NUCLEAR WAR


Starts out with an explosion for sure..
Love the lyrics they're absolutely true, I'll just leave it at that this song speaks for itself. 

BLACK WITCH


Love the groove to this..
Great vocal presentation..
Pretty full sound at the 2 minute mark don't know how they did that but it sounded kewl..
Sounds like some pretty good finger tapping in the solo, each solo has been pretty SIC so far..

Bottom line:
This band brings back memories of those kickass 80's bands that just rocked your face of live, having some beers and you wouldn't even know this was an underground band.. 

FOR ALL THINGS BLACK SUN TRINE please follow them here:





Saturday, August 8, 2020

THE METAL TIMES VOKILL INTERVIEW : Tristan Kostman /Self Imposed Exile.

 

1.Please introduce yourself and tell us who you sing for.


T: My name is Tristan Kostman and I am the main vocalist for Self Imposed Exile.



D: My name is dave- I play bass and do clean vocals and backing heavy vox.


2.What / Who made you want to sing? 


T: interesting story behind this, back when I was a freshman in highschool I had to good fortune to be able to work in a Haunted house. I found that I had the ability to do the whole screaming and growling bit with minimal effort and seeing as how I listened to a lot of metal back at that time I was inspired to try and get something going musically!

D: I heard my grandfather sing and play acoustic guitar when I was a young kid. I was pretty inspired from than on because I was just starting learning to play guitar. From then on, I learned to play guitar and sing, was introduced to heavy music, liked it. Learned bass with SIE, and here I am. 

3.Who was the first singer you saw live that gave you chills?


T: I dont know that I have seen a singer that has given me chills. Possibly either Dani Filth or Johan Hegg.


D: I heard flight by night by rush at a friend's house playing in their home stereo when I was around 13. The guitars and Getty Lee's vocals just fascinated me. And made me 

want toblearn how to do that.


4.Many people say heavy music is just screaming, How would you combat that statement?


T: Well, I supposed I'd have to say that outside of most power metal style bands and hard rock style bands they are generally right. It doesn't take any less talent to do what I do as it does to have a world class clean voice. You still have pitch and depth changes but it is in a severely more distorted way. Some bands chose to not have any range or much change at all when it comes to vocal cadence or flow and that is fine as long as it fits the music. The same way some pop artist dont use much out of their own comfort zone.


D: Yeah, some if it. That's alright that some people say that. I guess a lot of it boils down to how good you are at screaming. (N.It's just an extreme form of expression) if your going to scream and play instruments do good the thing. 


5.If you growl or do harsh vocals how do you keep your voice after such violent performances?



T: It has been nearly 2 decades of trial and error to figure out how to do what I do. To learn the limitations and techniques I still use today. You try and learn very quickly after playing a show and then not being able to talk right for days. Basically, just try to keep yourself hydrated, used a liquid that can coat the inside of the throat to help stave off irritation or inflammation. And dont push super hard all the time every time. 


D: Drink a lot of water. Dont try to destroy your voice, and practice control I guess. 

6. Do you have a warm up routine? Tell u bout it ? 


T: I dont, I normally just use the first song or two as a makeshift warmup.


D: sometimes. I'll just sit in my car sometimes and practice vocals. Like before shows I guess. I don't have any formal training at all so I just sing, you know?


7. Do you think power or performance is more important?


T: I believe that both are equally important. One without the other just leaves you being another forgettable band.


D: performance. Wo cares how loud one can be if it's not controlled.


8. Who do you think gets unfair vocal praise, someone the world thinks is great but is not? / And who is great but does not get the credit? 


T: Ivan Moody. He has a great actual singing voice as portrayed in the movie The Devils Carninval. His musical endeavors however sound super forced and unnatural. 


D: I dont like most modern style vocals, or maybe I just dont really listen to a lot of it. I try to just sort of stick to what I like to listen to, and ignore what I don't.


9.Name your top 5 vocalist


T: 1. Andreas Vingbäck (Dark Funeral)

    2. Spiros Antoniou (Septicflesh)

    3. Dani Filth (Cradle of Filth)

    4. Dave Matrise (Jungle rot)

    5. Nicholas Calonne (Nekrogoblikon)


D: 1. Marvin Gaye

     2. Elton John

     3. Peter Steele

     4. Geddy Lee

     5. Tommy Rodgers


10.Micheal Buble or Jim Gallette? Just testing your skills here


T: I am not really one for the crooner or the prettyboy hair metal. So one that note, I'd have to say pass on both.


D: I fail test



11.Who do you love to listen to that would surprise people?.


T: Voltaire, Emilie Autumn, Souther Culture on the Skids. I have a widely varied taste in music.


D: abstract stuff. I like MGMT a lot. I like Heilung a lot. I'm pretty all over the board. Idk


12.If you could remove the autotune from any singer who would it be?


T: Honestly, every musician that uses autotune as a crutch because they lack the natural or learned talent to actually do their craft.

 

D: idk I dont care what others do with their vocal shit. Do what you want…. I dont want control over that.




Friday, August 7, 2020

THE RUMBLE interview : SELF IMPOSED EXILE

 

1.Why Bass? In short, they already had two guitarists.

 I was appraoched to play bass since I have been playing guitar for approx 10 year prior. At this point, I am pretty all about it.


 

2.Do you think it is unfair or just lack of knowledge bass gets so little credit?

 Probably a little of both. I think the best way to see why bass is important is find one of your favorite songs, and turn the treble all the way up, turn the bass all the way down. The difference will be noticed. But, I am pretty used to the jokes and stigma that exists behind a bass player. In fact, most of it is fuckin' hysterical.



3.What kind of bass do you use? Model , color , year , And why

I play a Stiletto Studio-5. I dont know what year, but I think its a late 2010s. Its Honey Satin, wood colored. I play it because its a badass bass and was a damn good deal from our local pawn shop. Neck through Body gives crazy tone and resonance. Its heavy as fuck in both weight and sound.



4.Tell us about your amplification

I run my bass through a dark glass alpha-omnicron peddle to a Behringer BVT4500H. 4X10 acoustic cab. ( I need a damn upgrade)

 

5. With all of that being said do you feel tone is an important thing for bass?

Yeah, absolutely


6.Do you prefer 5 strings over 4 string?

5 string. 


7.Who is your favorite bassist?

Dan Briggs. (between the buried and me) 

Or Geezer (Black Sabbath)


8. Who is your least favorite bassist? Any failed guitarist or wanna be musician that picks up the bass because they think its easier than guitar. And jeff.


9.Why do you think women seem to be attracted to playing bass? Because its got the funk. 



10. What bassist dead or alive would you like a private lesson with?

 Jaco Pastoruis.


11. Bonus question


Bobby Doll , Nikki Sixx , Les Claypool , Billy Sheehan  which is more ridiculous and why 

Billy Sheehan. Dudes got some crazy techniques. I have learned a lot from him.



THE METAL TIMES : FRONTIERS MUSIC SRL ANNOUNCES SIGNING OF ORIANTHI

 Platinum-selling recording artist and world-class guitarist, Orianthi has signed an exclusive record deal with the well regarded independent rock label, Frontiers Music Srl. Frontiers will handle the release of her upcoming new studio album globally. This will be Orianthi's first new studio album in seven years and her first new music as a solo artist in six years. It is expected to be released this fall. Stay tuned for more details and the first single in the coming weeks.


“I am thrilled about this new chapter with Frontiers! Their passion and enthusiasm for music is such a great reminder of why I love creating music. I couldn’t be more excited to release my upcoming album with them,” Orianthi says. 


“We are absolutely honored to have Orianthi on the label! Since we first heard talk that she was working on new music, we knew we had to be involved. She is at the forefront of new, meaningful talent in the current rock scene and we look forward to unleashing her music to her fans and the rest of the world,” adds Frontiers President Serafino Perugino. 


Orianthi’s first major solo artist success, as a singer-songwriter and guitarist, was with the Geffen Records release of “According To You,” which is now RIAA-Certified Platinum® and has over 17 million streams on Spotify. Her music’s ability to transcend time and remain relevant cannot be more clear than it’s recent resurgence on TikTok. There are over 83 million views on the “According to You” hashtag making it a viral trend that is introducing Gen Z to Orianthi for the first time in a big way. Career-long fans are used to seeing their favorite world-class guitarist playing arenas with rock royalty and global superstars like Michael Jackson, Carlos Santana, Carrie Underwood, Alice Cooper, and more. The juxtaposition of her newly arrived online popularity and her lifelong pursuit of artistic credibility is the nebulous of this shining star. 


In addition to her album release with Frontiers this fall, she also has a signature acoustic guitar being released in partnership with Gibson Guitars with first-of-its-kind engineering that will be revealed later this year.

THE METAL TIMES Law of Contagion - "Woeful Litanies from the Nether Realms" VIDEO FILES



    


A mammoth, dark and cavernous production fortifies these essences of “Woeful Litanies from the Nether Realms”, evoking the glory days of Black / Death Metal, when bands and albums were still authentic works of art. Oozing with a grim Old School aura, “Woeful Litanies from the Nether Realms” breaks only to let in cold, shadowy Black Metal melodies or to breathe out ruthlessly vile Death Metal passages. A thick and dense album of Blackened Death Metal in the classic vein of legendary acts such as Mysitfier, Beherit, Mortuary Drape, Necromantia and “De Mysteriis…” era Mayhem, as evidenced by soon-to-be-classic tracks such as the dynamic “Ov Evil” or the dark thrashing “Cult of the Damned”.
 

Dark and Brutal Luciferian Black / Death Metal, LAW OF CONTAGION are poised to take the scene by storm with a breath of pestilential air.

  

Thursday, August 6, 2020

OCEANS OF SLUMBER RELEASE NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO FOR "THE COLORS OF GRACE" FEATURING MIKE MOSS VIDEO FILES

 



THE METAL TIMES : Walls of Hate (HN) "Walls of Hate" @ Blackened Death Metal VIDEO FILES

 Walls of Hate is a personal music project founded by its only member Antonio Peralta in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Band made to share the personal ideas and music influences of Antonio to the world. Debut EP Walls of Hate released on June 27th, 2020 was recorded in Alien Media Prods studio and has the participation of Juan Ayestas in vocals and in collaboration with lyrics.


www.facebook.com/wallsofhatehonduras

www.instagram.com/wallsofhate.band

wallsofhate.bandcamp.com

https://open.spotify.com/artist/69Y9q7qlXnlzEjEkfvWyIS?si=cxXCmekHQyOmUJ2dzXsRZQ

https://music.apple.com/us/artist/walls-of-hate/1519377156


NEW BREW : SMELL OF DECAY


 


Smell of decay starts in 2014 in the suburbs of Paris in France. The band is formed of 4 members (guitar, bass, drums and vocals) influenced by  Thrash, Death ,Hardcore and movies.

In 2016 the Band writes a 1st EP: E Pluribus Unum (6 SONGS)

The band makes some gigs but nothing allowing to come out of the shadows.

In 2017 the band writes a 2nd EP: To the victory (7 songs).

Smell of decay makes some gigs, but nothing concrete. 

In early 2019, The band  begins to write a 3rd Ep, after 3 songs the band splits. During the same year, The guitarist meets a new singer from USA ,together they start to write new songs,11 songs are written but 6 songs are kept, bass and drums are performed by studio musicians.

Between 2019 and 2020 The 4th EP  Time to die is written.

The reviews from the 4th ep are good.

The two members of Smell of decay decide to continue together and start writing an album. Two new songs are done.

 

 Youtube : https://www.youtube.com/channel/ UC_bxwuNTm3gtexFbOTs7Y5A

 

Bandcamp : https://smellofdecay.bandcamp.com/

Facebook: Facebook.com/smellofdecay75

Soudclound: https://soundcloud.com/smellofdecay

 

 

Discography:

 

E plurubus Unum : March 2016

To the victory : May 2017

Ultra instinct : January 2019

Time to die : January 2020

 

At this moment 2 new songs


 

THE METAL TIMES : Concede!