Category: May 15, 2020

Horisont – Sudden Death

Over a decade of songwriting workmanship comes to a head, with the 6th album from Sweden’s rock grandmasters HORISONT. Formed in 2006, the band’s 14 year career started with the first-class sounds of the 70s and has continued to revive and reinvigorate the finest aspects of rock divinity ever since, with each album becoming more satisfyingly epic, complex and diverse. HORISONT’s “Sudden Death” supercharges their mountainous ascent in an immediate explosion of rich and intricately created songs, but in it’s conception was an artfully crafted 3-year labour of love. The pay-off for HORISONT’s dedicated handiwork is a confidently sumptuous album of monumental, anthemic stadium-sized rock choruses, twinguitar harmonies, and symphonic piano-laden rock that is as rare as it is catchy and captivating.

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Voices Of Ruin – Path To Immortality

Voices of Ruin is a cutting edge metal band that combines elements of European melodic death metal and classic heavy metal with the devastation of west coast thrash. Unrelenting in their delivery, they bring crushing and powerful anthems of burning worlds and vicious demons cast out from Hell. Voices of Ruin can be seen scorching stages all over Southern California and soon the world.

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Tyrant – Hereafter

SHADOW KINGDOM RECORDS is proud to present the long-awaited comeback album of America’s TYRANT, Hereafter, on CD, vinyl LP, and cassette tape formats. Hailing from Pasadena, California, TYRANT formed in 1978 and put out their first demo in ’82. However, it was with their pair of albums for Metal Blade – 1985’s Legions of the Dead and 1987’s Too Late to Pray – where they’d etch their name into cult heavy metal legendry. Proud and powerful, theirs was steel tempered in the purest and proudest tradition: neither NWOBHM nor speed metal nor doom nor hair metal by any strict definitions, but uniquely dipping that blade into all at any given moment, and given an almost medieval atmosphere considering the ever-changing stylistic landscape during those years, which would be deemed “old-fashioned” as the 1980s came to a close. It took nearly a decade for TYRANT’s next album to arrive, 1996’s King of Kings, and indeed were the band even more out of place in that landscape; despite staunchly sticking to their guns, this would be their otherwise-final album. Just like TYRANT were when they originally formed so long ago, there existed true believers across the pond who were keeping the traditional metal faith alive as the ’90s came to a close, as well as a quietly growing renaissance in the States as the 2000s began. TYRANT’s catalog subsequently received a long-overdue reappraisal, and a new, younger generation of metalheads investigated their mysteries of steel. Although never “broken up” officially, the sleeping beast awoke, with the original TYRANT lineup reuniting for 2009’s esteemed Keep It True festival in Germany. SHADOW KINGDOM, who’ve indeed kept it true since the beginning, reissued TYRANT’s first two albums in 2018, furthering that reappraisal and bringing the band’s name to an even younger, hungrier generation. The stage was thus set for a grand return… At last, it arrives with Hereafter, courtesy of truest believers SHADOW KINGDOM. With founding member Greg May on bass along with longtime guitarist Rocky Rockwell and powerhouse drummer Ronnie Wallace, who’s been with the band since 2010, TYRANT now feature a significant new addition on vocals: the one and only Rob Lowe, he of Solitude Aeternus and ex-Candlemass fame. His addition proves especially significant given TYRANT’s doomier direction on Hereafter. While no doubt sounding like the same band who delivered those two classics on Metal Blade so long ago, the TYRANT of Hereafter conjures forth a classy, ominously melodic style of doom METAL – or at least traditional heavy metal steeped in doom, much like Black Sabbath in the early ’80s with Dio and then Ian Gillan on the mic – with each of these 11 mini-epics headbanging forward with power, poise, and a stately sort of grace. Aiding that granite-thick surge is the production of one Bill Metoyer, the legendary producer who’s recorded all of TYRANT’s albums to date. Evading any sort of “retro” moves, Metoyer keeps the sound on Hereafter rich, robust, and above all timeless, just like TYRANT’s ever-unyielding style of metal. Truly, this is the homecoming the legions have been waiting for!

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Voodoo Gods – The Divinity Of Blood

When death metal icons like George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher, guitar virtuoso Viktor Smolski, bass titan Jean Baudin and guitar god Jacek Hiro join together to form a death metal band, it reads like the membership list of the Metal Hall of Fame. This is the case with VOODOO GODS and therefore this band can be called a Death Metal Supergroup without exaggeration.

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