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October 30, 2020, 8:40 am

 

DULCE BELLUM INEXPERTIS

Band:BLAZON RITE
Album:DULCE BELLUM INEXPERTIS
Label:GATES OF HELL
Format:MLP
Genre:HEAVY METAL

Primal and epic metal from the dungeons of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania! Dungeons and Dragons-influenced metal that deals a deadly dose of NWOBHM and power metal complete with a resounding four-song concept. Upon the 2019 formation of Blazon Rite, guitarist and primary songwriter James Kirn had quite the simple, but universal edict: He wanted “heads to bang.” While such an approach has defined metal for the past 40 years, Kirn wanted to put his twist on the genre by combining his love of obscure ’70s hard rock and power metal while exploring the vast fantasy world of Dungeons and Dragons. In the span of a few months, Blazon Rite had assembled and recorded the four songs that would comprise their debut four-song EP, Dulce Bellum Inexpertis, which is being released worldwide via Gates of Hell Records. Recorded and mastered by Rich Scott at 8th House Recordings in 2019, Dulce Bellum Inexpertis finds Blazon Rite (who are rounded out by bassist-turnedvocalist Johnny Halladay, drummer Ryan Haley and bassist, lead guitarist and keyboardist, Pierson Roe) expertly crafting punchy, anthemic numbers that jousts between vintage, NWOBHM-inspired metal and dramatic European acts such as Blind Guardian and Helloween.

 

 

MAGICK & MISCHIEF

Band:SPELLBOOK
Album:MAGICK & MISCHIEF
Label:CRUZ DEL SUR MUSIC
Format:CD
Genre:PROTO HEAVY METAL/HARD ROCK

Vintage, adventurous proto-metal that taps into the deep well of ’70s rock! Formerly known as Witch Hazel, SpellBook marries Black Sabbath, Pentagram and progressive rock for seven songs of entrancing classic metal! During the writing process for what would eventually become Magick & Mischief, the members of York, Pennsylvania vintage proto-metal purveyors Witch Hazel realized there was no better time than the present to change their name. The idea had long rested on their mind, but the risks in changing a band’s name are numerous, if not painfully obvious. After all, since their 2007 formation, Witch Hazel independently released three studio albums, Forsaken Remedies (2012), Nocturnity (2015) and Otherwordly (2018), and had already generated buzz in the doom metal underground. But, with the confidence that the material they created for Magick & Mischief was the strongest of their career, Witch Hazel reached back into their past for the song “The Spellbook” from Forsaken Remedies and rebranded themselves SpellBook. Soon, a deal with Cruz Del Sur Music was signed, and the band started a new chapter that begins with the release of Magick & Mischief.

 

 

MAGICK & MISCHIEF

Band:SPELLBOOK
Album:MAGICK & MISCHIEF
Label:CRUZ DEL SUR MUSIC
Format:LP
Genre:PROTO HEAVY METAL/HARD ROCK

Vintage, adventurous proto-metal that taps into the deep well of ’70s rock! Formerly known as Witch Hazel, SpellBook marries Black Sabbath, Pentagram and progressive rock for seven songs of entrancing classic metal! During the writing process for what would eventually become Magick & Mischief, the members of York, Pennsylvania vintage proto-metal purveyors Witch Hazel realized there was no better time than the present to change their name. The idea had long rested on their mind, but the risks in changing a band’s name are numerous, if not painfully obvious. After all, since their 2007 formation, Witch Hazel independently released three studio albums, Forsaken Remedies (2012), Nocturnity (2015) and Otherwordly (2018), and had already generated buzz in the doom metal underground. But, with the confidence that the material they created for Magick & Mischief was the strongest of their career, Witch Hazel reached back into their past for the song “The Spellbook” from Forsaken Remedies and rebranded themselves SpellBook. Soon, a deal with Cruz Del Sur Music was signed, and the band started a new chapter that begins with the release of Magick & Mischief.

 

 

MYRTLE WREATH - MYRTENKRANZ

Band:GRENDELS SYSTER
Album:MYRTLE WREATH - MYRTENKRANZ
Label:CRUZ DEL SUR MUSIC
Format:LP
Genre:EPIC FOLK METAL

A seamless blend of classic metal and pure folk from this emerging German power trio! Re-release of German trio Grendel’s Sÿster’s Myrtle Wreath / Myrtenkranz EP — a collection of German and English-sung folk metal that’s eclectic and epic! “Follow the atmosphere.” It is a simple guideline for Grendel’s Sÿster guitarist and primary songwriter Tobi when composing. He often finds himself pulling all-nighters, aided and abetted by black tea and a daylight lamp to ensure the mood is just right. All he needs is a tiny fragment of a melody with a numinous quality and eventually, a new Grendel’s Sÿster song is born. Music as unique as Grendel’s Sÿster requires a special touch — they marry metal, folk and acid rock in such a manner that it would appear the band has been together for decades, when, in reality, they came together in 2015 after a series of impromptu jam sessions tucked away in the Vosges Mountains region in France.

 

 

ZERLEGUNG

Band:VAL SINESTRA
Album:ZERLEGUNG
Label:THIS CHARMING MAN RECORDS
Format:CD
Genre:HARDCORE PUNK

Don't be fooled – this is not a trip to the swiss alps, no Toblerone and shit! This is Val Sinestra, the Berlin powerhouse, these guys are not into Heidi, they deal with noise, anger, big-city-problems, snot... Fuck Zeitgeist – this is rough and fast and rocky and uncomfortable - this is rock'n'roll like it should be – an idea of against the world, of being the black sheep amoung the flock and feeling great about it. „Zerlegung“ the second album was produced by UK dude Jag Jago, which makes it a real banger! Think of The Bronx meet Clowns form Australia, sung in german. I know, this may be a downer for you english speaking guys, but maybe try something new here. Its worth the time!

 

 

ICH-WIR

Band:POGENDROBLEM
Album:ICH-WIR
Label:THIS CHARMING MAN RECORDS
Format:LP
Genre:Punk

From the province to the moped and then into the big city - Pogendroblem make their way from Bergisch Gladbach, Germany into the interior of the metropolitan region. Free and likewise lost between pubs and competence marathons in public transport and private political circumstances; the bad life is to be savoured in to the max. Their music is said to be a pinch of 80’s D-Punk, a little Hamburger Schule with noise-garage and some added pop cuteness. The private is political, but the private can also be boring. "Ich - Wir" (the compilation of the concept EP "Ich - Wir" and a retrospective of the debut EP "raus") deals with the relationship between individuality and collectivity in the current late capitalism. The big and small questions of the social, of the ways of relating to each other are not only explored by the titles "Ich", "Wir", "Wg-gesucht" and "Foucault im Großraumbüro", but also by the tour documentary "pogendroblem in search of utopia", which uses numerous interviews, the knowledge, ideas and utopias of other musicians* in the scene. Be part of it: Akne Kid Joe, Deutsche Laichen, Mülheim Asozial, HC Baxxter, Finisterre and many others.

 

 

WESTEND

Band:TAUSEND AUGEN
Album:WESTEND
Label:THIS CHARMING MAN RECORDS
Format:LP
Genre:KRAUTROCK/PROTO-POSTPUNK

A symbiotic relationship between old and new – a retro sound sent into the future, that’s how Tausend Augen (English: “thousand eyes”) sound. This sound aesthetic is a result of a get together of 50 year old microphones, compressors, tape recorders and the ability to fuse that with modern recording techniques. „Westend“, the bands debut sounds familiar as well as alien – like a transfer between musical generations. Their roots lie in Germany’s experimental and innovative rock music, which frees the spirit of barrierless experimentation and builds the main ground. They combine influences of electronic music, psychedelic rock, motorik, post punk and noise with German lyrics. Following the paths CAN, NEU! or Kraftwerk built „Westend“ leads to new interpretations and sounds international and a bit zeitgeisty. 70s meet 80s, pioneer german NDW sounds like Abwärts or DAF find their places as well as stoic rhythmics like NEU! Or The Oh Sees.

 

 

ZERLEGUNG

Band:VAL SINESTRA
Album:ZERLEGUNG
Label:THIS CHARMING MAN RECORDS
Format:LP
Genre:HARDCORE PUNK

Don't be fooled – this is not a trip to the swiss alps, no Toblerone and shit! This is Val Sinestra, the Berlin powerhouse, these guys are not into Heidi, they deal with noise, anger, big-city-problems, snot... Fuck Zeitgeist – this is rough and fast and rocky and uncomfortable - this is rock'n'roll like it should be – an idea of against the world, of being the black sheep amoung the flock and feeling great about it. „Zerlegung“ the second album was produced by UK dude Jag Jago, which makes it a real banger! Think of The Bronx meet Clowns form Australia, sung in german. I know, this may be a downer for you english speaking guys, but maybe try something new here. Its worth the time!

 

 

D ACCORD

Band:FJORT
Album:D ACCORD
Label:THIS CHARMING MAN RECORDS
Format:LP
Genre:MODERN HARDCORE/THE WAVE

The three piece posthardcore outfit Fjort from Aachen released their critically acclaimed debut 12″ on True Love Entertainment in late 2012. The record shows a wide range of modern heavy guitar music – leading from postrockish delay parts to heavy and drum driven dark hardcore parts. Think of a more “emo” version of Jungbluth without the fast/d-beat-parts. The lyrics are mostly screamed in german.

 

 

MORSUS

Band:ARROGANZ
Album:MORSUS
Label:SUPREME CHAOS RECORDS
Format:CDD
Genre:Death Metal

ARROGANZ is raging honesty. Real despair. True anger. An attitude beyond "fuck off". A pure will for freedom with its own style and sound - being 100% heavy metal and not giving a shit about any clichés at the same time. Straightforward death metal with cold black metal parts and obscure doom passages are their trademark. ARROGANZ really stand for their own.

 

 


 
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