Bent By Sorrow is an alternative, groove-metal band located in Athens-Greece, with sounds influenced by bands like Deftones, Soilwork, Disturbed etc.
Giannakis Dimi (Guitar) | Pantelis Saroglou (Guitar) | Dimitris Arapoglou (Vocals) | Giorgos Vasilopoulos (Bass) | Vaios Faltakas (Drums)
Alternative groove-metallers Bent by Sorrow announce the release of their third EP “Dementia”.
"Dementia" was recorded, produced, engineered and mixed at Devasoundz Studios by Fotis Benardo (SepticFlesh, Rotting Christ, Melechesh, Inactive Messiah -Official-, On Thorns I Lay)
and mastered by Steve Lado (Tardive Dyskinesia, Mask Of Prospero, Potergeist). Bent By Sorrow produced two videos for the songs "False Legacy" -official video- with Bob Katsionis (Progressive Vision Group) and "Unknown Sources" -official lyric video- created by Manthos Stergiou (Manster Design). Both videos will be released prior to the EP's release date.
Available on all digital platforms on May 8th, 2020 via Infinity Entertainment Group!
Pre-save "Dementia” here: https://backl.ink/142377380
About Bent By Sorrow
Bent By Sorrow is an alternative, groove-metal band located in Athens-Greece, with sounds influenced by bands like Deftones, Soilwork, Disturbed etc.
The band traces back its creation in 2012, founded and formed by Giannakis Dimi.
Through the time of its journey, the band recorded it's first e.p. in 2013 by the name "Same Crew, Different Sails"
In 2016 the second e.p. "Through Fire And Water" was released with a new singer Dim Arap from B-otherside empowering the band and recording in vinyl (300 copies were sold).
Three years later in 2019' the band recorded it's third and upcoming e.p "Dementia" (consists of 6 tracks) with a new massive sound and Fotis Benardo (Septic Flesh/SixForNine) as a producer. The "Dementia" e.p. will be released in 2020', powered up by new members in its line up!
In between the recordings and forth, Bent By Sorrow have appeared on venues and festivals, sharing the stage with bands like Harakiri For The Sky, Last Drive, Wish Upon a Star,
Nightstalker and EyeHateGod while also leeding many shows on smaller stages in Greece.
The present tense:
Currently, the band is planning on European tours in 2020 and actively looking to participate in Summer Festivals all over Europe. Even more actively the band is looking for opportunities to perform on stages both local and abroad!
"Dementria" Album credits:
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Published by The Manamal | April 26Th 2020
Swedish Heavy Metal Outfit Ambush Have Released "Infidel" Via High Roller Records March 13TH 2020.....Vintage Style Metal, And It's On Fire!
Oskar Jacobsson - Vocals | Olof Engkvist - Guitars | Adam Hagelin - Guitars | Ludwig Sjöholm - Bass | Burning Fire - Bass | Linus Fritzson - Drums
How it all started...
A cold autumn’s night in Sweden, five guys were sitting in a basement and shared a couple of beers, listening to old school Heavy Metal. In the middle of all joviality, they somehow felt nostalgic and a bit frustrated that various new productions could not measure up to the old pure masterpieces. They decided to do something about it and as a result, Ambush was born. Since then, they’ve released two solid records in FIRESTORM and DESECRATOR through High Roller Records and are at the moment busy burning the stages of the European continent…
Stylistically, Ambush (originating from a small town called Växjö) are not miles away from current Swedish bands like RAM, Screamer and Enforcer, their main heroes are Judas Priest and Accept though.
In 2015, Ambush released their second album »Desecrator«. Four years later it's high time for the follow-up »Infidel«. Vocalist Oskar Jacobsson has all the details: “Everything except vocals were recorded in PAMA studios by Mankan Sedenberg, who also produced our second album »Desecrator«. Mankan has become an important player for us handling recording, mixing as well as having legendary Svante Forsbäck mastering the album for us. The vocals were recorded by me in my studio, and the backing vocals were recorded here and there at various gatherings with friends where we brought some studio equipment.”
“Creating an Ambush album is quite difficult for obvious reasons,” continues Oskar. “On one hand we want to put out traditional sounding heavy metal with the vibe of the pioneers from the 70/80s. On the other hand the album must sound unique in some way to be relevant to the scene. Since the release of »Desecrator« in 2015, we’ve been writing quite a lot of songs. After we condensed all the songs down to ten, we’ve had plenty of time to work with arrangements, lyric themes and song structures. It is always hard to smash the last nail into the coffin when it comes to recording and mixing, but in the end I think we succeeded in creating a good heavy metal album. I hope people will like it!”
So what are the similarities and what are the main differences of »Infidel« compared to »Desecrator«? Oskar reflects: “I think the main difference is the variety of songs and lyrical themes. In my opinion, the dark songs on »Infidel« are darker than on »Desecrator«. On the other hand, the mid-tempo songs are a bit more melodic and free in comparison. We had no intention of changing musical direction with this album, and I hope the fans will welcome »Infidel« as a little brother of »Firestorm« and »Desecrator«.”
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Published by The Manamal | March 13TH 2020
Subversive has announced the title to their upcoming debut release "Dissonance" and will be releasing further details soon!
Subversive Band Members
David Pais - Vocals | Miguel Mateus - Guitar | Miguel Branco - Bass | Xinês Drummer - Drums.
SUBVERSIVE - Alethea [OFFICIAL VIDEO]
We Subversive are glad to finally announce our band line up!
Subversive is David Pais on vocals, Miguel Mateus on the guitar, Miguel Branco on the Bass and Xinês Drummer on the drums.
Subversive have been working hard on their debut album in the past year and have released the first single "Alethea", from the upcoming album "Dissonance"! Enjoy!
The song "Alethea"is a reflection on the current state of the World, with our thirst for knowledge and ever growing quest for Truth.
Watch On YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3zPAQLuFWM
"Alethea" is Produced, Mixed and Mastered by Daniel Cardoso at Ultra Sound Studios.
Subversive Events | Shows | Tours
Very happy to announce officially that Subversive will be playing at the amazing Comendatio Music Fest this year!
Subversive will be amongst great bands such as Monuments, Haken, VOLA, Voyager, and many more of unquestionable value!
Event - Comendatio Music Fest 2020
Tickets and other information at: www.comendatio.com
Published by The Manamal | February 2ND 2020
After 18 years, six albums and countless live shows, AUDREY HORNE returns with an incredible live record –
proving their unique ability to overwhelm your mind. The new album, entitled Waiting For The Night, will be released via Napalm Records on February 28, 2020.
AUDREY HORNE Band
Torkjell Rød/Toschie - vocals | Arve Isdal/Ice Dale - guitar | Thomas Tofthagen - guitar | Kjetil Greve - drums | Espen Lien - bass
About The Album
AUDREY HORNE has merged the highlights of two of their legendary concerts on vinyl and CD for the first time ever. Their upcoming record contains 16 energetic tracks that were recorded live at the "USF Verftet" and "Bergenfest" in their hometown Bergen (Norway) in 2018. Starting with their debut No Hay Banda, reaching all the way to their latest studio album Blackout, the listener will be taken on an excellent trip through the memorable career of the band comprised of exceptional Norwegian musicians Toschie (vocals), Ice Dale (guitar - Enslaved) and Thomas Tofthagen (guitar - ex-Sahg). The release features a bonus Blu-ray, which contains many rarities of the bands history, including bonus features that date back to the early years as well as live excerpts from the years 2014 and 2018.
Waiting For The Night will be available in the following formats:
-2 Disc 6 Page Digipack CD & Blu-ray
-2LP Gatefold Vinyl & Bonus Blu-ray
-2LP Gatefold Vinyl & Bonus Blu-ray – purple (LTD to 200 copies)
-48 Page Earbook Edition - CD & Blu-ray & Bonus 7" Vinyl Single in black
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Catch AUDREY HORNE live:
The Waiting For The Night tour conquers Germany in spring 2020! AUDREY HORNE is hyped to rock the upcoming shows and present their impressive live performances once again. Going nowhere – but right to their finest rock shows.
AUDREY HORNE Live:
07.03.20 DE - Neunkirchen / Stummsche Reithalle
09.03.20 DE - Wiesbaden / Schlachthof
10.03.20 DE - Berlin / Musik & Frieden
11.03.20 DE - Dresden / Beatpol
12.03.20 DE - Nuremberg / Z-Bau
13.03.20 DE - Munich / Backstage
14.03.20 DE - Essen / Turock
15.03.20 DE - Hamburg / Logo
Published by The Manamal | January 1ST 2020
Wolf: release first single and video "Midnight Hour" from their upcoming album "Feeding the Machine"! Presales available now!
WOLF Band Members
Niklas Stålvind - Vocals, Guitars | Simon Johansson - Guitar | Pontus Egberg - Bass | Johan Koleberg - Drums
“Feeding The Machine” will be released on March 13th, 2020! It will be released on Vinyl (with the CD included), as limited edition CD digipak and on all digital platforms.
As a special extra track included on the Limited Edition CD Digipak and also on the CD coming along with the LP, WOLF have recorded a stunning cover version of the Angel Witch classic 'Atlantis'!
Swedish heavy metal masters WOLF strike back with their brand-new single "Midnight Hour"!
It is a first foretaste of their eighth studio album "Feeding The Machine" that offers intense and addictive headbanger anthems.
WOLF states: "This is the first video from "Feeding the Machine", directed by Daniel Wahlström of Heavy Groove Media. Apparently we have a tradition in WOLF to have Niklas half naked and tormented in the videos and this fine tradition we still uphold. You got to suffer for the art, right? Seriously, it has been a blast working with Daniel, who is full of crazy ideas and there will be a second video from him later on. Oil your neck joints, let your inner animal out and howl at the moon. We give you: "Midnight Hour"!"
Pure fuckin' Metal! WOLF is a recording & touring band that don't give a shit about the flavor of the day. They play loud and make no excuses.
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There is also the chance to see WOLF live on stage again!
Confirmed to tour Europe and the UK with Grand Magus in March 2020, heavy metal's finest WOLF-pack is all geared up to go for your throat!
Published by The Manamal | January 18TH 2020
The Veer Union are screaming into the holiday season with the release of a scorching version of Flyleaf's "I'm So Sick"
ahead of the new "Covers Collection, Vol. 1" album, due on 12/20/19.
This ultra-heavy version of the song is impacting out-of-the-gate with an add to Spotify's "New Metal Tracks" playlist, debuting at #7.
Latest Release - Covers Collection Vol. 1 2019 (This album consists some of the bands favorite artists and contains 8 tracks)
The Veer Union Videos
Flyleaf - "I'm So Sick" (Cover By The Veer Union)
About The Veer Union
Talking about “I’m So Sick”, the band’s Crispin Earl says: “I remember the first time hearing this song when I was just starting The Veer Union - it just blew me away! Lacey Sturm's voice was like nothing I had ever heard in Rock/Nu-metal. I have always been interested in songs that can stand the test of time and there is no question in my mind that "I'm So Sick" is one of those songs!"
The Vancouver, Canada based band has collectively sold over 130,000 Albums and also reached over 40 Million Streams Worldwide.
TVU has placed eight singles in the Top 40 of the Billboard Rock Radio Charts and averages over 100 live shows per year.
TVU released their first independent album titled “Time To Break The Spell” in 2006 under the name Veer. The band gained notoriety after winning a spot in the CFOX 99.3 Vancouver
"Seeds" radio competition in 2007. In 2008 the band updated their name to The Veer Union and landed a record deal with Universal Records. The critically acclaimed 1st single "Seasons" charted Top 10 at Active Rock Radio in the US and Canada. 2009 saw the release of their Universal distributed album "Against The Grain", which included "Seasons", "Youth of Yesterday", and "Darker Side of Me". In 2012 the band released their self-produced 3rd album (the 2nd as The Veer Union) "Divide the Blackened Sky" which yielded the Active Rock hit "Bitter End".
In late 2013 TVU released the "Life Support, Vol. 1" EP as part of a Kickstarter campaign.
In 2016 they released the 4th full length LP “Decade” to commemorate the 10th anniversary of their 1st release. With the success of the album “Decade” and the single “Defying Gravity” – which chronicled Earl's battle with depression, the band continued to move forward, and the result was the "Decade 2: Rock & Acoustic" album in 2018. The single & video "Living Not Alive" from Decade 2 was nominated for "Best Independent Video" by the Hollywood Music In Media Awards, and has over 1 million views on both YouTube and Facebook.
To commemorate the one-year anniversary of Chester Bennington's death, The Veer Union paid tribute to the late Linkin Park vocalist with an acoustic cover of "Numb", also from the
Decade 2 album. The video has more than 200,000 views on YouTube and over 750,000 on Facebook.
The band plans to tour North America and release new music in the 2nd half of 2020, including select festival dates.
I’m So Sick” Listening Link: https://soundcloud.com/ednpm/the-veer-union-im-so-sick
Connect with The Veer Union
Official website: https://theveerunion.com/
Bands In Town: https://www.bandsintown.com/en/a/198004-the-veer-union
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Published By The Manamal | December 10th 2019
Erdling was formed in 2014 by singer Neill Devin and drummer Niklas Kahl, as a promising, new brand Dark Rock band, to make the music heaven tremble.
Reinforced by guitarist Neno Knuckle and Marco Politi on bass, Erdling are familiar to the scene, in their rhythmic battle of feelings.
Fearlessly Erdling spread over their full realms and cross frontiers while still standing true to their traits.
Anthems such as the first single "Wir sind Midgard" or "Wölfe der Nacht" feat. Chis Pohl of Blutengel distinctively sound like Erdling.
But the roots of the World Ash are nocturnal: The band shows a wild and heathen side in Dark Metal songs such as "Grendel" or "Im Namen der Krähe" feat. Robse Dahn of Equilibrium.
This side just fits to the artwork showing Yggdrasil as it looses its leaves in the storm.
Frontman and Songwriter Neill comments: "Our wealth makes us pushing away many things. Death surprises and disturbs us. It is time to return to the basic patterns of earth and life where death is part of existence."
"Yggdrasil" will be released as 2-CD Digipak as well as as Die-Hard Wooden Box. This Wooden Box contains the Digipak and the additional bonus CD „2015-2020 – "Die Demos" featuring unreleased demo versions. And the World Ash shall be gifted as well: With a small bag of ash seeds, Erdling fans can give back something to nature and set a small hope against the destruction of the earth. A magic refreshing tree covers the smell of the industrialized world with a breeze from the woods. Additionally a recycling pen and a hand numbered certificate of authenticity complete a boxset, that is more than package – it is expression of an album that aims to turn the listener to an active part of a better world.
Der Erdling und der Weltenbaum – das ist nicht nur dem Namen nach eine untrennbare Einheit. Yggdrasil war vom ersten Tag an Teil des Bandemblems. Nun hat die Band ihrer Inspiration ihr viertes und bislang härtestes Album gewidmet und sich dabei so nah ans Feuer gewagt wie nie zuvor. Vorsicht: Verbrennungsgefahr!
Erdling reizen ihr gesamtes Spektrum aus, betreten furchtlos neues Terrain – und bleiben doch ihren Stärken treu. Hymnen wie die erste Single „Wir sind Midgard“ oder „Wölfe der Nacht“ feat. Chris Pohl von Blutengel klingen unverkennbar nach Erdling. Doch die Wurzeln des Weltenbaum sind dunkel: Dark Metal Songs wie „Grendel“ oder „Im Namen der Krähe“ feat. Robse Dahn von Equilibrium zeigen die Band von einer finsteren, wilden und heidnischen Seite. Das gilt auch für das brilliant in Szene gesetzte Artwork, auf dem Yggdrasil im Sturm sein Blätterkleid verliert. Frontmann und Songwriter Neill sagt dazu: "Viele Dinge werden in unserer Wohlstandsgesellschaft verdrängt. Der Tod überrascht und verstört uns. Es ist Zeit für eine Rückbesinnung auf die Grundzyklen der Erde und des Lebens, in denen der Tod zum Dasein dazu gehört.“
„Yggdrasil“ erscheint als als 2-CD Digipak sowie als streng limitierte Die-Hard-Holzbox. Diese Holzbox enthält neben dem Digipak die exklusive Bonus CD „2015-2020 – Die Demos“ mit unveröffentlichten Demoversionen. Doch auch die Weltenesche soll ihr Geschenk erhalten: Mit einem Tütchen Eschen-Saatgut können Erdling-Fans der Natur etwas zurückgeben und der Zerstörung der Erde einen Funken Hoffnung entgegenstellen. Ein Duftbaum überdeckt den Gestank der industrialisierten Welt mit dem Aroma des Waldes. Ein Recycling Kugelschreiber und ein handnummeriertes Echtheitszertifikat vervollständigen ein Boxset, das mehr ist als nur eine Verpackung – es ist Ausdruck eines Albums, das den Hörer zum aktiven Teil einer besseren Welt machen will.
Erdling - Wölfe der Nacht (feat. Chris Pohl) (Official Music Video)
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Published by The Manamal | December 6Th 2019
ENEMY INSIDE release the acoustic session single and video of the song “Dark Skies”.
The official acoustic session of the original track “Dark Skies” which was included in the band’s debut album “Phoenix” out on September 28th, 2018.
ENEMY INSIDE - "Dark Skies" (Official Acoustic Session)
Nastassja Giulia comments: "Dark Skies is one of the most personal and emotional songs of the album. The song is about dealing with the loss of a loved one. I wrote it for my grandfather who passed away a few years ago.”
Video directed by Jonas Sommer.
Written by Nastassja Giulia and Evan K, performed by Enemy Inside.
Produced and recorded by Evan K and Enemy Inside at Epsilon Studio, Aschaffenburg, Germany.
Mixed and mastered by Tim Hamill at Sonic One Studio in Llanelli, Wales.
Artwork by David Hadarik and Enemy Inside.
Enemy Inside "Phoenix" exclusive club tour featuring new songs:
05.12 DE - Cologne, MTC
07.12 DE - Frankfurt, Nachtleben
08.12 DE - Munich, Backstage
12.12 DE - Hamburg, Logo
Digital single of “Dark Skies (Acoustic Version)” is now available across all digital and streaming platforms!
Stream/Download “Dark Skies (Acoustic Version)” now: https://backl.ink/74764919
Enemy Inside Links
Official Website: http://roar.gr/artists/enemy-inside/
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Published by The Manamal | Dec.1st 2019
Roberto Dimitri Liapakis - Vocals | Markus Pohl – Lead & Rhythm Guitar | Evan K – Lead & Rhythm Guitar | Joey Roxx – Bass | Hanno Kerstan – Drums
About The Album
German roaring Heavy Metal beast MYSTIC PROPHECY announce the release of their new album “METAL DIVISION”, out on January 10, 2020! After almost 20 years and 10 studio albums
MYSTIC PROPHECY finally found in ROAR! Rock Of Angels Records their rightful home, and this long overdue partnership is out for blood! After the success of their latest offering
“Monuments Uncovered”, one of Germany’s finest heavy metal machine, MYSTIC PROPHECY return with a new ground-breaking Heavy Metal masterpiece filled with massive riffs, anthemic hooks and furious melodies! “Metal Division” is definitely the band’s heaviest and best work to date and will elevate MYSTIC PROPHECY where they belong: to the HEAVY METAL pantheon!
Pounding war drums start off this ultra-heavy bruiser, reminiscent of legendary anthems from the metal gods themselves. A call to arms to all heavy metal fans, fighting as one in the
“Metal Division”, destroying all non-believers! Coming out the speakers like hell on wheels, “Eye To Eye” takes no prisoners. A monstrous guitar riff is taken over the boiling point by Hanno Kerstan’s driving double bass drumming. Pure JUDAS PRIEST “Painkiller” style heavy metal! A driving, anthemic rocker, “Hail To The King” will have you raising your fist and singing along
with the infectious chorus. An ode to Alexander The Great. A track HAMMERFALL would be proud to call their own! Destined to be a fan favourite in concert. Some nice melodic guitar work and Lia’s passionate vocals are offered on "Here Comes The Winter". Perhaps this is something that could be described as EVERGEY on steroids! “Curse Of The Slayer” features crushingly heavy riffs juxtaposed with a very melodic & catchy chorus. This song reminds the listener of POWERWOLF at their finest moments — but much heavier! With a classic VAN HALEN-like shuffle meets PANTERA that sinks its teeth into your brain, this “Dracula” will have you begging for more bites! The lusty groove will bleed you dry! A song that shows a new face of MYSTIC PROPHECY yet preserving their unique approach on Heavy Metal aesthetic. On “Together We Fall” the focal point is shredding guitar riffs and solos courtesy of MYSTIC PROPHECY’s dynamic guitar duo, Evan K and Markus Pohl. Fans of ARCH ENEMY will love this track! “Die With the Hammer” brings Lia’s vocal range to the spotlight, as the song begins with bluesy style singing accompanied only by clean guitar, then he growls to introduce the rest of the song, with aggressive vocals in the verse and chorus sounding like a power metal version of all the Bay Area Thrash legends combined. “Reincarnation” is the song that epitomizes MYSTIC PROPHECY’s sound: very heavy, yet very melodic in the vein of DIO, with an instantly memorable chorus. Featuring a galloping riff in the classic Jon Schaffer / ICED EARTH style, “Mirror Of A Broken Heart” has some of Lia’s most personal, intense lyrics — with a vocal performance to match. Sounding like a more melodic TESTAMENT in
“Victory Is Mine”, if getting the metal legions to bang their head was the goal of this song, then MYSTIC PROPHECY have scored a major “victory”.
In fact every song is such a headbanger that the band should be required to include a neck brace with the album!
The Metal Division Credits / Info
• Produced by R.D. Liapakis
• Recorded at the Prophecy Studios Kempten – Hegge, Germany & Epsilon Studios, Aschaffenburg, Germany
• Mixed and Mastered by “Best Producer 2017-Heavy Music Award” winner Henrik Udd at Henrik Udd Recording Studios (Architects, Hammerfall, Powerwolf).
• Sound Engineering by Christian Schmid and Evan K. at the Prophecy Studios Kempten – Hegge, Germany & Epsilon Studios, Aschaffenburg, Germany
• Pre-production and editing by Evan K at Epsilon Studio, Aschaffenburg, Germany
• Cover artwork and layout by Stan- W Decker (Primal Fear, Ten, Ross The Boss, Stryper)
• Band Photos by Sascha Sinofzik / Booklet Photos by Sascha Sinofzik
• Metal Division Choir Photos by Tobias Vogel & Nina Sosna
• Additional Booklet Photo edit by Michael Gladigau
• Three official music videos / digital singles to be released prior to the album release date.
Mystic Prophecy Videos
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Published by The Manamal | December 1ST 2019
The melodic metal band Signum Regis are back with their new album "The Seal of a New World", featuring their new vocalist Jota Fortinho!
Mastered by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Amaranthe, Evergrey).
Style: Power metal, melodic metal, metal
Signum Regis line-up:
Jota Fortinho - Lead vocals | Filip Koluš - Guitars | Ronnie König - Bass | Ján Tupý - Keyboards, backing vocals | Jaro Jancula – Drums
Signum Regis Bio
Signum Regis was formed in 2007 by bass player Ronnie König. The highly respected vocalist Göran Edman [ex. Yngwie Malmsteen, John Norum] joined the band and they started working on their debut album. The self-titled debut album was released during 2008 through Locomotive Records and received great reviews from around the world.
In 2010 Signum Regis signed with Inner Wound Recordings and released the impressive concept album “The Eyes Of Power”, still with Göran on vocals. The album was received really well, especially in Europe. With this album it was clear that Signum Regis had found their own sound within the melodic/neoclassical metal scene.
The third Signum Regis album “Exodus” was released in 2013 and it featured many different vocalists like Göran Edman (ex. YngwieMalmsteen), Lance King (ex. Pyramaze, Balance of Power), Matt Smith (Theocracy), Michael Vescera (Obsession), Daisa Munhoz (Vandroya, Soulspell) and more. “Exodus” was a bit more straight melodic metal than the previous album, but the
classic Signum Regis elements were still there.
Early 2014 the band decided to make Mayo Petranin their new lead vocalist. Mayo had already done shows with the band and he also contributed vocals to one of the songs on “Exodus”, so it felt like a natural move. During 2013 and 2014 Signum Regis did some shows in their home country Slovakia, but they also performed in the Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland.
During 2014 Signum Regis started to work on new material and it was decided that a 6 track EP would be released in May 2015 and the fourth full-length album during fall 2015. The EP entitled “Through The Storm” received excellent feedback from fans and media, with many of them calling it the best Signum Regis release so far. Two music videos were also recorded and released for the tracks “Living Well” and “Come And Take It”.
Both “Through The Storm” and “Chapter IV: The Reckoning” showed that Signum Regis was able to develop and improve everything from song-writing and musicianship to production and the visual part of the band.
In 2015, the band took a part on a band contest “Spark Fresh Blood” organized by the top Czech/Slovak rock magazine Spark. From all 400 bands, who took part in this, Signum Regis won the 1st place and the price was manufacturing of 1000 CDs. The band used this price to release the 10th anniversary album called Decennium Primum, which was released in 2017. The album was, again, well received and many felt, that it raised the bar even a bit higher than it was before.
In 2018, the band surprisingly parted ways with the singer Mayo Petranin. The split was handled in a gentlemanly manner. The band played with Mayo all shows, which were already booked, even after the official split.
Soon after, Signum Regis started looking for a new singer. Guitarist Filip Koluš did an extensive research on YouTube and compiled a list of possible candidates. Right on the top of the list was Jota Fortinho, who was singing impressive covers of famous bands. His performance of the Helloween classic “Halloween” was an instant jaw-dropper. Jota was contacted and showed interest in Signum Regis. After a relatively short period of testing, when Jota sang some of the important songs from the Signum Regis catalog, he became the new, permanent singer.
From that time on till 2019, the band was working on a new album. In some ways, there was a back to the roots kind of dynamic there, because Jota has at least as wide vocal range as Göran Edman has and is able to sing complex and demanding vocal lines. In other ways, it was a musical exploration and a search for a new sound. The band worked on 15 demos and at the end of the day, 12 songs were chosen and recorded for the album.
Among those 12 songs, there are all sonic trademarks of the band. Fans can enjoy fast, melodic, heavy, mid tempo, rocking songs and also an epic ballad.
The album was mixed by Ronnie König and mastered by the famous Jacob Hansen. One of the interesting aspects of the production is that there are no triggers and drum samples on drums. The sound is 100% acoustic, which is quite rare for a band of this genre and therefore, it helps this album to stand out of the crowd. Backing vocals on the album were done by David Åkesson. You can also hear 2 solos from Magnus Karlsson (Primal Fear, Allen/Lande, Kiske/Somerville) and a guest appearance by Eli Prinsen (The Sacrificed, Sacred Warrior).
Signum Regis discography:
2019: The Seal of a New World (Beyond The Storm)
2017: Decennium Primum (Independent)
2015: Chapter IV: The Reckoning (Ulterium Records)
2015: Through the Storm EP (Ulterium Records)
2013: Exodus (Ulterium Records)
2010: The Eyes of Power (Inner Wound Recordings)
2008: Signum Regis (Locomotive Records)
Beyond The Storm Productions
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Published by The Manamal | November 29TH 2019
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