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July 12, 2020, 4:39 pm

 

THE SYNTHETIC LIGHT OF HOPE

Band:HYPNOSIS
Album:THE SYNTHETIC LIGHT OF HOPE
Label:Dark Balance
Format:CD
Genre:Death Metal

HYPNOSIS was born in 1993, but the real start took place in 1996, When Patrice (bass), joined forces with the two original members, Cindy (guitar, vocals) and Pierre (guitar, vocals & machines). From then, they started to develop their own style, from the death-metal of the beginning to a more personal sound that can be described as a blend of death-metal riffing and electronic elements, deep growls and original female voices... The first album, “Shadoworld”, was released in 1999 on Black Lotus Records (Greece) and received cheering reviews from all over the world. But HYPNOSIS really started to build its own and strong identity with its second effort, “Humanoid”, out in 2001 on Sacral Productions (France). After that, Patrice left the band that decided to have a break to redefine its ambitions... Cindy and Pierre started to rehearse again in the end of 2002 and recorded a promo-cd in 2003 that permitted the band to sign a deal with Crash Music (USA) for the release on its third opus, ‘Cyber Death’, in 2004. Patrice helped the band to record this third album, and HYPNOSIS started, for the first time in its career, a 26 gigs tour across France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Italy and Spain to promote this release. Patrice finally came back in august 2005 and HYPNOSIS could start to compose its 4th album, “Seeds of Fate”, released in 2006 on Bent Records (France) and considered by the European metal medias as their best album to date!!!. Once again this album was followed by nearly 40 gigs across France, Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Germany and Czech Republic... Back from this tour, HYPNOSIS started to work intensively on its most mature effort to date, ‘The Synthetic Light Of Hope’. The France crowd got this copy in 2008 through Great Dane Records. In this year the band gave 30 shows, including a European tour. This tour permitted the band to welcome tho new members, Johan (bass) replacing Patrice, and Greg as a new lead singer. Happily Dark Balance signed with HYPNOSIS to release this album world wide in 2009. November 2009 HYPNOSIS will tour +/- 30 days through The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxemburg, France, Switzerland, Austria, Germany and Czech.

 

 

THE NIOBIUM SKY

Band:MORRIGU
Album:THE NIOBIUM SKY
Label:Dark Balance
Format:CD
Genre:Metal

Formed back in 1999, MORRIGU from Switzerland now present their second full-length album ‘The Niobium Sky’. During ten years of existence band members Sevi, Mirko, Viktor, Marc and Merlin (ELUVEITIE) developed their music-style from doomdeath metal into a more distinct, melodic and progressive sound. Inspired by the grey bleakness of the present this new album wit thirteen intense and hypnotic tracks pulls us into a web of melancholy, yet purity and hope. ‘The Niobium Sky’ was recorded at the ‘Horus Sound Studio’ and the ‘Kick The Flame Studio’ by Andy Schmidt, mastermind of ‘DISILLUSION’ and mixed and mastered at ‘Antfarm Studio’ by Tue Madsen (THE HAUNTED, MOONSPELL, DARK TRANQUILITY, MNEMIC, etc.). The musical range involves heavy riffs and catchy guitar melodies, breathtaking clean vocals and a full soundscape with an epic atmosphere. Looking back ten years ago, the intention of MORRIGU was to unite gloomy and severe metal with a spherical tapestry of sounds and the celtic worldly wisdom. In the year 2000 first live experiences were gathered and during Easter 2002 ‘Forgotten Embrace’ was recorded. This debut was released in January 2003 and so it was time for another episode of live gigs to commence. With adding Viktor as second guitar player Morrigu seems complete concerning the instrumental composition and further paved its musical path into the future. The following year was marked by the creation of "MMIV", a demo that again harvested thoroughly positive feedback, one song even making it into a Legacy sampler (Vol 26 & 37). A label however was not found. As nothing can dampen the spirits of MORRIGU, new songs were nevertheless written and with October 2005 the independent recording of ‘The Flock of Crane’ commenced. Inspired by the grey bleakness of the present, in the deep of summer 2007, MORRIGU began to prepare new song ideas. Stylistically the band continues its own way. This all leaded into the signing with Dark Balance and the release ‘The Niobium Sky’.

 

 

NOSTALGIA

Band:GWYNBLEIDD
Album:NOSTALGIA
Label:Blackcurrant Music
Format:CD
Genre:Metal

Nostalgia is the astonishing debut full-length by Gwynbleidd. With elements of progressive metal, black metal, death metal, and traditional European folk music, Nostalgia is a union of virtuoso playing and real, genuine feeling. Comprised of four Polish natives who relocated to New York City, Gwynbleidd is at the center of New York’s Polish community and is rapidly gaining fans all across the US and around the world. Nostalgia is a concept album which tells a story inspired by the band members’ experience of moving from Poland to the US. Gwynbleidd has played across the US and Canada with such bands as Novembers Doom, Turisas, and Kalmah, as well as the Ballet Deviare dance company (which counts Opeth, My Dying Bride, and Arsis amongst its other musical collaborators). Renowned artist Travis Smith (King Diamond, Soilwork) collaborated with Gwynbleidd to create album art that helps tell the story of Nostalgia; the CD version of Nostalgia comes packaged in a digipack with an extensive 20-page booklet, designed by Smith and the band.

 

 

SMOKEHOUSE SESSIONS

Band:MIKE ONESCO BLUES BAND
Album:SMOKEHOUSE SESSIONS
Label:HORIZONS
Format:CD
Genre:Blues

Great Blues Rock CD featuring a mix of originals and storming covers of some Blues masters!

TRACK LISTING 1. BLACK BETTY (LEADBELLY) 2:29 2. SLOW AND STEADY (OESKO, GRESSOCK, CEO) 5:22 3. WHO’S BEEN TALKIN’ (CHESTER BURNETT) 4:26 4. DIRTY DOUBLE DEALER (ONESKO) 4:16 5. BIG FAT MAMA (ONESKO) 2:49 6. “SLOROADS” – ACOUSTIC CROSSROADS – (ROBERT JOHNSON) 4:09 7. THE GLIDE (ONESKO) 8:23 8. ROCK ME BABY (HING, JOSEA) 4:15 9. WHO KNOWS JAM (JIMI HENDRIX) 7:58 10. YOU DON’T LOVE ME (ONESKO) 6:06 11. LITTLE RED ROOSTER (WILLIE DIXON) 7:44 12. DA BLUES (ONESKO) 4:57 13. CROSSROADS (ROBERT JOHNSON) 4:09

 

 

THE APOCALYPSE IN RETROSPECT

Band:
Album:THE APOCALYPSE IN RETROSPECT
Label:DARK STAR
Format:CD
Genre:Metal

in 1995 when drummer, Shawn Johnson and Guitarist Ryan Buck decided that they’d rule the world with a unique brand of metal seldom or not seen at that time. Their armament? A band called Inspiteofyou. Needless to say that the whole world domination bit did not come to fruition exactly (nor, in retrospect would they have wanted it to – too much maintenance; leaving little or no time to rock) and there have been many anomalous, shocking, thrilling and lamentable moments that have brought these two friends to the year 2007. With the inevitable coming of some auspicious personnel changes, in mid-2007 the band took a rare opportunity to recharge, refresh and continue to hone in on what makes them unique both musically and visually and welcomed new “blood” (pun intended) to the fold. With the addition of the ultra-charismatic Tim Dumpiere on guitar and the inspired madness of Tony Greinke (ex-Down Lo, Concussion) on lead vocals joining the existing ranks of Shawn Johnson on drums, Ryan Buck supplying guitar/vocals and Wolf (ex-Withdrawal, Deacon, Inspiteofyou) on bass, BLOODSTREAM PARADE have been successfully creating new material inspired by the fervor of their impetuous youth. Focusing on writing engaging, aggressive and remarkable music coupled with lyrical content that borders more on the psychological and the esthetically metaphorical than the typical angst or anger-ridden prose of your standard metal band, BLOODSTREAM PARADE compels the listener to think, feel and get metal with thy neighbor.

 

 


 
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