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Funeralglade – May The Funeral Begin



May the Funeral Begin is an E.P. from Finish outfit Funeralglade. The synopsis for this E.P. listed them as a melodic death metal band after listening to the E.P. I disagree.

I felt  it was more of a Blackended death metal style, due to the use of synth and keyboards, which were not used to drive the songs but used to set a more atmospheric tone.

The music style of the E.P. can be argued all day and the reason why? May the Funeral Begin has so many musical styles which can be heard in abundance.

You can hear the Melodic Death Metal, Deathcore, Groove Metal and Black Metal styles through the E.P.

With so many styles clashing on the E.P. it really detracts from the songs and makes you struggle to really grasp what are you listening to.

As the tracks transition too frequently into the above mentioned styles, it dwindles the listening experience  as the song sounds keep changing. A perfect example of this is on the opening track Shadow and Misery. You get this heavy bass and drum mix met by a classic black metal scream.  The track then shifts to a traditional metal style with a lead fill, then in to a black metal opus, then back to a metal style but as the styles are so different, it makes the track disjointed. This Makes you raise that questionable eyebrow and asking yourself the question “what and why am I listening to this”?

When they get the blend correct they do produce some great musical work like the second track Death (Only Way Out). It starts off with a similar heavy guitar mixed with some keys then artificial harmonics. It then goes straight in to a great metal feel, then slams you into another transition to melodic death metal and the mix stays similar throughout the rest of the track giving it a unique style of song. 

The second track is the only good example of Funeralglade getting it right as the other tracks Hollow and A Bedtime Story: Bloodlust offer the same questions like eyebrow as track one Shadow of Misery.

I applauded bands who try and push the envelope, Funeralglade did indeed do this.

However they need to learn a more effective way to get there style across and fusing their style correctly.


Power metallers Astral Domine have released a video for the song ‘Holy Knights’, taken from their debut album ‘Arcanum Gloriae’.

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Founded in 2011 by music composer and lyricist Luca Gagnoni with the intent of creating epic, powerful music with a peaceful message, Astral Domine’ s debut album ‘Arcanum Gloriae’ is available now onBakerteam Records. Produced by the band themselves, with mixing and mastering duties held by Andrea De Paoli (LabyrinthVision Divine) at Multimedia Sound Studio, ‘Arcanum Gloriae’ features special guest appearances by renowned singers Fabio Lione (Rhapsody Of FireVision DivineHollow Haze) on the song ‘Where Heroes Die’ and Giuseppe “Ciape” Cialone (Rosae Crucis) on the song‘Falsi Dei’. Inspired by fantasy themes and landscapes, Astral Domine’s music is perfectly depicted by the evocative album artwork, which recalls the epic scenery of the Game Of Thrones series.


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KATTAH – New album ‘Lapis Lazuli’

Kattah have signed a deal with Bakerteam Records for the release of their new album ‘Lapis Lazuli’. Formed in 2006 in Brazil, the band is known for a unique approach to music, mixing heavy metal with Arabian, Eastern European, Brazilian and many other musical styles, atmospheres and rhythms. Their debut album ‘Eyes Of Sand’ (2010) attracted overwhelming reviews all over the world, and it came to no surprise when fellow Brazilian musical heroes Angra invited them to open their 2011 European tour, a great opportunity for Kattah to display their powerful live show and consolidate their name among thousands of heavy metal fans. ‘Lapis Lazuli’ sees the band taking things to a whole new level, with stronger melodies, classier arrangements, outstanding performances and a production team which includes some of the best professionals in the business: Roy Z (Bruce DickinsonRob HalfordSepultura,Helloween) and Andy Haller (Ozzy osbourneSystem Of A Down). ‘Lapis Lazuli’ will be out October 28th, 2014. Watch out for the latest news on


TANTAL – New album ‘Expectancy’

Formed in 2004 in Moscow, Russia, Tantal attracted critical acclaim with the release of their debut album ‘The Beginning Of The End’ (2009), an addictive mix of Progressive, Death, Thrash and Modern Metal enriched by gloomy conceptual lyrics and plenty of attitude. While touring relentlessly in support of that album, the band saw their fan base grow exponentially, with their videos broadcasted on national television and their songs featured in the most important metal radio shows. In 2013 Tantal announced the addition of talented female vocalist Milana Solovitskaya to their ranks and a new album,‘Expectancy’, which redefines their sound: way more diverse and mature than its predecessor, ‘Expectancy’ features beautiful catchy melodies, powerful riffs, expressive guitar solos and a groovy rhythm section, including one song in their native Russian language and an acoustic version of one song from the previous album as a bonus tracks, especially recorded for this release. The beautiful album artwork was conceived by renowned Brazilian artist Gustavo Sazes (Arch EnemyMorbid AngelFirewind,Cryptopsy, Amaranthe). ‘Expectancy’ will be out October 28th, 2014 on Bakerteam Records. for the latest news

MIDNIGHT SIN – Debut album ‘Sex First’ out this fall on Bakerteam Records‏

There are a few things that make life worth living: among them, we can certainly mention “sins”. And duties performed at nigh… Most of the times, strangely enough, they happen together. Midnight Sin, as the name suggests, incorporate both. But they go far beyond that. Their music is a sexy combination of Sleaze Rock, Hard Rock and AOR, their songs are powerful and catchy, their lyrics shocking and irreverent. And the energy and hedonism displayed in their debut album are certainly for real. ‘Sex First’, this is the title of the album, will be out on October 14th, 2014 on Bakerteam Records. Follow www.midnightsinband.comfor all the updates.  


Black metallers Stigmhate have made available for streaming a song taken from their new album ‘Zodacare Od Zodameranu‘, out now on Bakerteam Records.


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Active in the extreme metal scene for the last 15 years, the band is back with their most obscure and oppressive album to date, both musically and lyrically. The album was recorded and mixed between Outer Sound Studios and Destroyed Studios by Giuseppe Orlando (NovembreNecrodeath) and Stigmhate’s own guitarist Mike, and mastered at Hertz Studios (BehemothVaderDecapitated). The cover artwork and packaging was handled by renowned Brazilian artist Marcelo Vasco (Dimmu BorgirKeep Of KalessinDark Funeral). Some very special guest appearances by Shyaithan (Impiety) andNachtgarm (NegatorDark Funeral) have also been announced. Check for the latest updates.


One year and a half after the release of the much celebrated ‘Altor: The King’s Blacksmith’, Kaledon are back with their new album ‘Antillius: The King Of The Light’, another powerful, symphonic masterpiece which confirms them as one of the leading forces in Power/Epic metal today. ‘Antillius’ narrates the life of the King of Kaledon, one of the characters that the band introduced with their previous ‘Legend Of The Forgotten Reign’ saga. The album was produced by Giuseppe Orlando (Novembre) at Outer Sound Studios in Rome, Italy. Kaledon have also teamed up with renowned artist Felipe Machado Franco (Blind GuardianRageRhapsody Of FireIron Savior) for the soon to be revealed cover artwork. ‘Antillius: The King Of The Light’ will be available starting from November 18th, 2014 on Scarlet Records. and for the latest news.

Hell In The Club To Release New Album On Scarlet Records

Hell In The Club have signed a deal with Scarlet Records for the release of their new album ‘Devil On My Shoulder’. The band includes members of acclaimed acts such as ElvenkingDeath SS andSecret Sphere, but their music stands out as something totally different: they mix classic hard rock and modern sounds, heavy metal and party songs, fifties rock’n’roll and anything in between. ‘Devil On My Shoulder’ is a powerful, exciting album that displays strong songwriting capabilities, top notch musicianship and meaningful lyrics (one song is based on Daniel Pennac’s ‘La Saga Malausséne), in the vein of the great heavy/rock albums of our times. ‘Devil On My Shoulder’ was produced by Simone Mularoni (DGMEmpyrios) at Domination Studios in San Marino, Italy and will be available starting from November 4th, 2014. More news will be revealed soon and

Faithsledge – New Lyric Video

US Hard Rock/Progressive metallers Faithsedge have released a lyric video for the song ‘Saving Anything’, taken from their new album ‘The Answer Of Insanity’, out now on Scarlet Records.


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After the critically acclaimed debut album, Faithsedge return with ‘The Answer Of Insanity’, featuring singer/songwriter Giancarlo Floridia, former Dokken lead guitarist Alex De Rosso, drummer Tony Morra (Van Zant) and two of the best keyboard players in melodic rock, Eric Ragno (Trixter /Fergie Frederiksen) and Alessandro Del Vecchio (Hardline). ‘The Answer Of Insanity’ is simply a perfect mix of hard rock, heavy metal and progressive, with plenty of melodic old school hooks, concept songwriting and stripped-down edgy in your face production to rebel back at current trends and fads in the music business. Produced by Fabrizio Grossi (Steve Vai/Steve Lukather) and mastered by Peter Doell (David Lee Roth/Richard Marx) at Universal Mastering in Los Angeles, the album is now available worldwide.


‘The Answer Of Insanity’ track listing


  1. Now I Know The Truth
  2. Revolve My World
  3. The Way I Have To Let You Go
  4. Are We Gonna Stand?
  5. Comes Crashing Down
  6. Saving Anything
  7. Pray For This
  8. Until Your Home
  9. When I Lost You
  10. Destroy You


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Def Con One release new video

Newcastle metal titans Def  Con One have released their new video. The track “Skinhead Shaped Dent” is from their new album “II” and is one of their best tracks to date. Watch it below.


Sound Storm Interview

ss2 There are a few things to consider when your lucky enough to get new music to review. The first thing you have to do is listen to everything with an open mind, that way you will hopefully find something in the music that you can enjoy. You can’t dismiss something  just because it isn’t your favourite genre. You also have to be honest in your review, if you don’t like something, say so, but always give a reason why you don’t like it. It is the same if you like something, let people who read your reviews know why you like it. Sometimes your lucky enough to contact the musicians themselves, that happened to me with Sound Storm. I have been lucky enough to have a couple of online chats with Valerio Sbriglione, guitarist and song writer in Sound Storm. Apart from being extremely handsome (according to the women I know in metal) he is one of the most genuine nice guys in rock. He is passionate about his music and his band, all with good reason, if you have heard the latest Sound Storm album, Immortalia, then you will know what I mean.

I approached Valerio, to ask if he would be available to do an interview for and he could not have been more helpful. I can say that I am not going over the top when I say he has been a credit to his band, himself and metal in general. For his interview, read on.

First of all thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to answer a few questions for We really appreciate it.
Valerio: you’re welcome, I’m definitely glad to be featured on your website again!

For those who have never heard the band before, where and when were Sound Storm formed and how would you describe Sound Storm’s music
Valerio: Sound Storm was born about 10 years ago, but we started to work seriously on the project since 2008, when we recorded the first album “Twilight Opera”.
Basically we play a sort of symphonic metal, but I think we have much more inside. The reason is that we have many different influences, such as extreme metal for example, which is not common in other symphonic metal bands.

I thought that the song writing and musicianship on Immortalia was very strong. How have the band improved as songwriters and musicians since the writing and recording of Twilight Opera
Valerio: Well, the truth is that many songs in “Twilight Opera” were the first experiments we did in youth. You can already find some elements we used in “Immortalia” too, but the new album is much more mature and aware than the previous one. We have also grown as people and musicians!

How do Sound Storm write songs? Is it as a group jamming out an idea that was brought in or does one member do most of the writing then the group add their own bits to it.
Valerio: We are not a band which create music while jamming, we like “studying” what we are going to record and it must be something which “works”. I usually take care of most of the compositions, but first ideas come either from the other guys and me. In “Immortalia” I worked with Alessandro Muscio on all the compositions, and I think we achieved a great deal together. Then every band member adds his own style to the songs, and this is what makes the difference.Valerio

What music were you listening to whilst recording the album and how much influence can the music you are listening to at the time, effect  what you write.
Valerio: I usually don’t like listening to any other music while I’m in studio, I actually prefer to focus on my own ideas. At best I listen to new age or zen music, just to keep the right mood for the recordings! ahahah

If Sound Storm were to appear on a covers compilation album, which one song would you cover. Is there a song you wish you had written.
Valerio: Well personally I’m not a fan of cover songs and cover bands in general, but if I was forced to choose I’ll pick up one old song from Rainbow, “Kill the King” for example

Most musicians are very self critical. Are you ever completely happy with a song you have wrote or played on. How do you know when a song is finished.
Valerio: Obviously not! (laughs) I think I might change a song to infinity if only I could! (laughs) I know that a song is “finished” when I like listening to it at least three days in a row: if I get bored before that, I know something is wrong! Ahahah Well, honestly I don’t know when a song is “finished”.. Mozart used to say: “a composition is complete when there’s the right number of notes, neither more or less”.
I agree with him and in “Immortalia” I often had this feeling.
When you were writing Immortalia, how many songs were written for the album. Are there any unfinished songs that we may hear in the future as bonus tracks etc.
Valerio: Yes, we always have a lot of incomplete stuff, so why not, perhaps someday we can do a b-side album! For “Immortalia” we had to persuade the promoter to put all the songs in the album, ‘cause he thought it was too long.Sound Storm

How do the band decide which songs off the album you will include in the live set.
Valerio: Well, it depends on what live show is it. If we play an headlining show we usually propose songs from both our albums in order to represent entirely what Sound Storm is.
If we are the support band or in a festival, we’d play the most known and representative songs of the band. We choose the songs in a real democratic way: I choose the songs and those remain ahahahah! Really, we only have two albums released so it’s actually easy to create a set list for the shows.

What do the members of the band do to relieve the boredom of travelling when on tour. Especially when touring abroad.
Valerio: The ultimate passion of Sound Storm is Sudoku. During the last tour we did books and books full of Sudoku, but we are all unable to do it except for Ilaria, she’s a fucking Sudoku genius (laughs).
Personally I like reading, playing videogames, taking photos of the landscapes we’re crossing through (my latest passion are the wind turbines of Germany and Holland, don’t ask me why because I don’t know. In Italy we don’t have those, probably this is the main reason), browsing the web and so on.
We usually don’t have time to get bored, rather we get tired (but happy of course)!

If you had a limitless budget could you describe the stage show Sound Storm would produce to match your music
Valerio: Good question! Well, surely I would like to have fireworks everywhere and everytime, I love them!
Then I’d surely like to have an interactive show, with a huge screens and videos, something like Pink Floyd used to have in their shows…It would be awesome, don’t you think?

I heard a quote from a band recently that said ” There are no ego’s in the band until we get on stage, then the gloves are off”. I thought that was a great quote. How do you keep the onstage ego’s from spilling over off stage.
Valerio: I think when you get on stage everything is different than when you are off stage. I mean, when you play a show, either in the smallest club and in the biggest one, you must give 110% of what you can do. Does not matter what happened before or during the show, you must forget everything and give your maximum. This is why the “ego” comes out when you get on stage, because in that moment you must have total control on your show and the crowd, which must be delighted by your performance.
Then, when everything is over, you must go back to being the person you were before, polite and kind as we always are.thCAA79GHA

What are the future plans for the group.
Valerio: We’re already in the middle of composing the new album, I have already composed new tunes that I really like. They’re not perfect (or “finished”, as we said before) yet but I’m definitely satisfied with the work so far.
Then we will have some shows during the summer and then we’ll be on tour again after the summer. We’ll enter the recording studio again in early 2014 for a new release to be scheduled in summer of the next year.

Do the group write constantly or do you set aside a certain time for writing.
Valerio: Personally I love composing, so that’s not a burden for me. When we are not on tour I often compose, so I haven’t a certain time for it. Also, it would sound strange, but it’s not too much time 2 years between the previous album and the new one. In fact  you have to compose, pre-produce, produce and promote it, and this for each album! Add to this some tours and shows, and the time you have to compose the new album is very short!

Finally what are the best and worst aspects of being a member of Sound Storm.
Valerio: The best one is that we compose the best music in the world, the worst is that we are the poorest musicians in the world! Ahahah Seriously, we take this like a job, we are not (unfortunately) the teenagers which play together for fun. I spend the most of my time working for the band: composing, recording, promoting, booking shows, managing. It’s a real job, the less remunerated in absolutely, but it is a job.
But it also gives you the best emotions, satisfaction and feelings, no doubt about this.

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Many thanks go to Disco Dave for the help he has given me. You know who you are.