No. 12

May 01, 2014

Saints of Rebellion - New American Dream (High Voltage) ....

Saints of Rebellion are ready to release their debut album New American Dream on June 3rd, combining both retro and current musical styles of fusion and modern rock with a hard punch that you won't forget. The band consists of vocalist Coby DeShazo, guitarist John Adams, bassist/keys Jay Hitaffer, and drummer/percussionist Ryche Green together who capture the energy and intensity that showcases the talent and sincerity of the band. The album is very radio friendly with commercial modern rock songs like "Gasoline","Wine, Women, and Song", "Rise", and "Better Days". The band delivers a great ballad of emotion on "Alone" and among my favorites were the notable songs "Garden" and "Matters". Saints of Rebellion are sure to make a lastly impression with their high energy music and brand. The more you listen to their music, the more you are drawn to it. They will be touring this summer in support of their new release, catch them live for the full experience.

Listen to a preview of Saints of Rebellion

Triptykon - Melana Chasmata (Century Media) ....

Triptkon is the creation of Tom G. Warrior from Hellhammer, Celtic Frost fame. Triptykon’s lineup includes guitarist V. Santura, who worked with Warrior in Celtic Frost and bassist Vanja Slajh.The band’s latest album Melana Chasmata is much darker and creative. The translation of the title means ‘black, deep depressions/valleys.’ There is no lack of verocity, apparent right from the opening track ‘Tree of Suffocating Souls,’ which has all the moments you’d expect from anguished vocals of Warrior, as well as more darker and doomy sections, through shredding screams and haunting narrative interludes. The gloomy tone of the album is only the increased by the presence of female vocals. Songs like "Boleskine House" and "Waiting" won't disappoint and "Melana Chasmata" is very memorable. The show stopper may be the twelve-and-a-half-minute song “Black Snow” which is the most epic of epic songs. Triptkon deliver a worthy release with strong compostion and production. A compliment to their debut 2010 majestic release Eparistera Daimones.

Listen to Triptykon "Breathing".

Ronnie James Dio - This Is Your Life (Rhino) ....

Just released is a tribute album paying homage to the great Ronnie James Dio. This Is Your Life celebrates the late singer with covers of his best songs from his years with Rainbow, Black Sabbath, and Dio. It features newly recorded tracks from Anthrax, Halestorm, Rob Halford, Metallica, Motörhead, Scorpions, Corey Taylor, and Tenacious D, among others, all to benefit the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund. Corey Taylor delivers a great rendition of "Rainbow in the Dark", Adrenaline Mob delivers the suitable anthem "The Mob Rules", Rob Halford and Vinne Apiice collaborate on "Man on the Silver Mountain", and nothing would be complete without Killswitch Engage performing "Holy Diver." Sadly this album stands to remind us that the immortal voice and soul that was Ronnie James Dio, was mortal after all. This is Your Life is a touching tribute and a must have for all fans of Dio. Industry site Hits Daily Double projects thisalbum is likely to sell between 13,000 and 15,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release.

Listen to Metallica performing "Ronnie Rising Medley"

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