The second single of the German veterans BLACK HAWK – “Just Like In Paradise” was released on Soundcloud. The release date of the new BLACK HAWK album „The End Of the World“ on CD is May 19th, 2017. The pre-order phase will start on May 5th, 2017 in our webshop.
The German classic Metal band BLACK HAWK is back! 4 years after „A mighty Metal Axe“ a new album is ready! „The end of the world“ is as true teutonic Metal as you expect it from BLACK HAWK!
Original Heavy Metal which could have been done in 1987 is still the main subject of the band, but of course with an up to date freshness in all parts of the songs. Great melody lines beside heavy guitars and a superbe production will not need more comments. Try it and then you will buy it!
BLACK HAWK – “Just Like In Paradise” @ Soundcloud
Udo Bethke – lead vocals
Wolfgang Tewes – guitars
Günny Kruse – guitars
Michael “Zottel” Wiekenberg – bass
Matthias Meßfeldt – drums
Hanjo Gehrke – acustic guitars, guitarsolo on “Dancing with my Demons”, keyboards & backing vocals
Conny Bethke – backing vocals
Stefan Weise – backing vocals
25.11.17 Valencia – Paberse Club
28.10.17 Hamburg – Marias Ballroom
27.07.17 Brande Hörnerkirchen – Headbangers Open Air
08.07.17 Berlin – Rock On The Boat
20.05.17 Hamburg – Barrock
The release date of the new album “Mystericum” by the Bavarian Band DA BOANAD on CD is June 2nd, 2017.
Everybody knows what Bavaria looks like. But how does it sound like these days? Only Da Boanad: Just heavy guitars and lots of them, strong grooves and a characteristic voice that reflects in rock and bavarian culture. Da Boanad is bavarian like the mighty alps. Da Boanad is harsh, powerful and no time ever conform. The new bavarian hardness at it’s best!
„Mystericum“ is an album loaded with pure and energetic heavy rock nurishing from all of what the guys in the band like themselves. For just that reason there is non of the oh so typical neo bavarian raggae summer chill to be heared, just the rough styled rock´n´roll that unites this band. Riffs like „des hosd davo“ or „Finster werds“ proove it.
The lyrics are authentic, but bavarian hardcore. Other bands that have jumped on the bavarian waggon like it easy going. Da Boanad just rocks full on. The bavarian message is rough and dramatically anarchistic.
No compromises to be made. The tunes are strong, straight, dark and epically melancholic. Such as „Scheinheilig“ the power Ballad on this album. Da Boanad likes to tell stories that bavarians equal with their picture of freedom, such as in „Misericordia“, the tragic tale of Matthias Kneissl, a criminal and though a hero.
Da Boanad is authentic like a storm over the alps, does like to point a finger at a topic, but all of that dressed in full-on rock. The new bavarian hardness at it’s best!
Not Right – Not left – Not German : Da Boanad!
2. Da Aff
4. Des host davo
6. Indianer aufm Kriagspfod
9. Finster werds
10. Manner, Weiber, Bluat und Bier
Total Playing Time: 45:07 min
VATICAN Reveals Details for “March Of The Kings” – LIMITED VINYL EDITION – Releasedate: 19th May 2017
The release date of the VATICAN album „March Of The Kings“ on limited vinyl edition is May 19th, 2017. The pre-order phase will start on may 5th, 2017 in our webshop. The Album will release in a limited Edition of 300 black copies and insert on vinyl.
VATICAN from the Cleveland, Ohio Area can be considered as what is widely called a “US Metal Cult Band“.
Between 1986 and 1990 only four demos had been released along with a compilation album in 2014 which nowadays are masterpieces for aficionados. Since 2011 the band is active again, and have been playing concerts throughout the Midwest and East coast of America.
Now for the first time, the long awaited full studio album of new material entitled „March Of The Kings“ is finished. Classical US Power/Heavy Metal with pounding double bass, poisonous sharp high pitched vocals and soaring guitar solos and a nice portion „old school metal style“; fanciers will love it.
10 songs of finest, exquisite and pure „American Metal“ straight out of the rust belt of Ohio.
After the CD release in March 2017 follows the album “March Of The Kings” in a limited edition of 300 black copies with insert on vinyl.
1. Alive To The Grave
2. Deadly Wind
4. Mean Streak
5. Falling From Grace
7. Fears Garden
8. Die A Heart Attack
10. Opus #9
Total Playing Time: 39:48 min
MALAMORTE signed a worldwide deal with PURE STEEL RECORDS
The Italian Occult Doom/Heavy Metal MALAMORTE has signed a worldwide deal with PURE STEEL RECORDS. The Band will release their new album ” Album „Satan Goes To Heaven To Destroy The Kingdom Of God“ on 9th June 2017 via PURE STEEL RECORDS.
MALAMORTE is band based in Rome-Italy born in 2009, it’s a side project of Alex Nunziati (Lord Vampyr, ex founder/singer of Theatres des Vampires, Cain, Nailed God, Shadowsreign, Sepolcrum, ex-VII Arcano).
LV (Lord Vampyr, Cain, Nailed God, Shadowsreign, Sepolcrum, ex-VII Arcano, ex-Theatres des Vampires) – vocals
SK (Cain, ex-The Last Winter, ex-Lord Vampyr, ex-Shadowsreign) – guitars, bass, programming
Another metal God has returned in 2017! SUNLESS SKY featuring Juan Ricardo (Vocals), Curran Murphy (Lead Guitars) Kevin Czarnecki (Bass/Rhythm Guitars), and Coltin Rady (Drums) release their second album “Doppelgänger“. This Incredible metal band offers us a masterpiece American Power Metal! Juan Ricardo’s vocal power is also showcased on the upcoming spring 2017 release from WRETCH entitled “The Hunt”.
The release date of the SUNLESS SKY album – Doppelgänger on CD is April 07th, 2017.
The pre-order phase will start on March 24th, 2017 in http://www.puresteel-records.com/releases/view/502/Doppelgaenger
This legendary US Metal singer, Juan Ricardo (Attaxe, Ritual) sings vocal melodies and lyrics to listen to for an eternity as you bang your head to the masterful music that Curran Murphy (Nevermore, Annihilator), Kevin Czarnecki and Coltin Rady have crafted! One great power track after another to make your ears bleed, “Doppelgänger” comes at you full throttle and at high speed! 2017 begins with a dream for US metal fans; Pure Steel Records will make that dream become a reality!
3. Kingdom Of Sky
4. Stone Gods
5. Lake Of Lost Souls
7. Adrenaline Junkie
8. Inside The Monster
10. Black Symphony
Total Playing Time: 45:24 min
Juan Ricardo – vocals
Curran Murphy – guitars
Kevin Czarnecki – bass
Coltin Rady – drums
INTERVIEW: Emerald (Switzerland) – Dark Art Conspiracy Speaking for Emerald: Al Spicher (drums)
Interview by Carina Lawrence / Dark Art Conspiracy
Can you tell us about how you came up with the name Emerald? Al: The name is taken from the Thin Lizzy classic “Emerald”. We still think it’s a cool name, even though there are some other bands acting under the same name. If you choose a name this short and catchy, there’s always a big chance that it is already taken. But back in 1995 you couldn’t just google a name and check if it was still available. So we just went with it!
You have been going for more than two decades now, how would you say your sound has evolved in that time? Al: I guess it evolved just the way any band’s sound is supposed to. The first songs were pretty simple and the abilities of each member were rather limited. Over the years the songwriting became more mature and everyone got more experienced.
Each line-up change also brought some new influences to the mix, which led to more diversity in our sound. We certainly got heavier and more open minded over the years but we always stayed true to our roots!
Following on from that, how much has the metal music scene changed, especially in your home country Switzerland since your formation? Al: The metal scene in Switzerland definitely grew stronger within the last years. Back in the mid 90s classic heavy metal was completely shut out. In our region, Emerald was pretty much the only band playing this kind of sound. In the beginning it was rather hard to find good gigs to play since the demand for this kind of music was rather small. But nowadays there is a good and healthy underground metal scene growing here in Switzerland with lots of cool bands playing all different kinds of metal and lots of small new metal festivals popping up each year.
So you are releasing your seventh album, ‘Reckoning Day’ on the 24th March, what can you tell us about this new release? Al: For us, “Reckoning Day” marks some kind of turning point since it is the first album with a whole new line-up and the first sign of life after 5 years of silence. Some might even call it a comeback album because no one heard or saw anything of us within the last years and considered us dead. It was indeed very quiet after the departure of former singer Thomas L. Winkler, but we’ve always been active, writing songs and planning our return to the surface… plotting our day of reckoning, so to speak!
What was the writing and recording process like for the album? Al: The writing process was very unusual since it was the first time that we had to write everything without having a singer in the band. We just wrote and recorded some instrumental demo songs and added some of our own demo-vocals while we were searching for a new singer.
In 2014, American singer George Call (Aska, ex-Omen) joined our band and agreed to sing on all songs on “Reckoning Day”. So we went to the Little Creek Studio here in Switzerland where we recorded all songs in instrumental versions under the supervision of producer V.O. Pulver (Gurd, Poltergeist, Destruction…). Then we sent the tracks to Texas where George was supposed to record his vocals. Since George was very busy with some other projects, it took him more than a year to finally start working on our songs. In the meantime, as we grew more and more impatient, we started looking for a new singer here in Switzerland and finally found the great voice of Mace Mitchell, who was very eager to finish the vocals on our record and become a permanent member of Emerald.
George Call still delivered the vocals for 2 songs that appear on “Reckoning Day” as well as a third song which will be used as a bonus track on the limited edition version.
As you can see, the whole process was pretty tedious. It never took us five years to put out a new record before. But now it’s finally here and we are really happy with it!
How would you say it compares to the rest of your back catalogue? Al: Well, the new album is always the best, haha! No, of course that’s always a matter of opinion! But we certainly think it is a step forward and the logical continuation of the path we chose on the previous albums. It features a much broader range of musical influences and some excellent vocal work from Mace Mitchell and George Call.
One thing that’s unique on this record is the 7 track mini-concept “The Burgundian Wars” on the second half of the album. It is based on the novel “Der Löwe von Burgund” from our keyboarder Thomas Vaucher and tells the story of the conflict between Charles the Bold and the Swiss confederates.
Oh… and the new album has definitely the best sound we ever had, thanks to the great production of V.O. Pulver!
As well as a new album you have a new band line-up, how are things going so far and how would you say the dynamics have changed following this? Al: You could say that Emerald 2017 is a whole new band! From the very first line-up only band founder Michael Vaucher (guitars) and his brother Thomas Vaucher (keyboards) are left. I consider myself as one of the “old guys” as well since I’ve been playing the part of Emerald’s drummer for already 10 years now. The rest of the bandmembers all joined the band within the last four years: Julien Menth (guitars) in 2013, Vania Truttmann (bass) in 2014 and Mace Mitchell (vocals) in 2016. All three of them brought a lot of freshness and enthusiasm into the band, which was exactly what the rest of us needed.
I think I can speak for everyone in the band when I say that we now have the greatest line-up ever! The dynamics in Emerald have never been this powerful before and it has never been this much fun to play in this band. I believe that, in this constellation, we have a great future ahead of us!
Collectively what are your main musical influences? Al: Well, there’s one band we can all agree upon: Iron Maiden! Apart from that, everyone in the band has his/her own personal favourites. That leads to a wide range of influences that includes bands from the hard rock, punk, heavy, power, prog, thrash, symphonic and even modern metal sector.
How is it to be signed with Pure Steel Records? Al: It’s a cool underground label that stands 100% behind everything we do. For them, heavy metal is not just business but a lifestyle. We’ve been part of the Pure Steel family for more than 10 years now and are very happy for everything they have done for us so far. They never treated us like just another number in their roster. They are big fans of every band they sign.
Are there any plans for a tour in support of the new album? Al: We certainly want to do another tour, yes, but so far we don’t have any specific plans.
What else has Emerald got planned for the year? Al: We already have some great gigs confirmed and hope to play some festivals across Europe this year. Apart from that we are already working on our next album and want to hit the studio again as soon as possible.
Is there anything else you would like to share with us? Al: First of all, I’d like to thank you, Carina, for your interest in Emerald and the opportunity to share my thoughts with you! I’d also like to thank all Emerald fans worldwide for their loyalty and endless support! You rock!!!
And I promise it won’t take another five years to release our next album. We are back, stronger than ever and ready for the next 20 years of Emerald!
Let’s raise our horns up high!!!
Thanks for your time!
Dark Art Conspiracy
1. Only The Reaper Wins
2. Black Pyramid
3. Evolution In Reverse
4. Horns Up
5. Beyond Forever
6. Through The Storm
7. Ridden By Fear
8. Mist Of The Past
9. Trees Full Of Tears
10. Lament Of The Fallen
11. Reckoning Day
12. Reign Of Steel
13. Signum Die
14. Fading History
15. End Of The World (Bonustrack)
Total Playing Time:: 62:08
Total Playing Time with Bonustrack: 67:15 min
vocals – Mace Mitchell
guitars – Michael Vaucher
guitars – Julien Menth
bass – Vania Truttmann
drums – Alex Spicher
keys – Thomas Vaucher
vocals – George Call – “Evolution In Reverse”, “Through The Storm”
guitar solo – Slädu – “Horns Up”
backing vocals – Alexx Suter – “Beyond Forever”