“Mechanical Illusion”, a brand new song from Swedish melodic metallers AMARANTHE, can be streamed below. The track comes off the band’s sophomore album, “The Nexus”, which will be released on March 26 (one day earlier internationally) via Spinefarm. The cover artwork was created by Gustavo Sazes and can be seen below. The album was once again recorded at Hansen studios in Ribe, Denmark with producer Jacob Hansen. Continue reading AMARANTHE: ‘Mechanical Illusion’ Track Available For Streaming
Although Vescera will sing the entire set with LOUDNESS at the event, he has no plans to permanently replace the band’s original frontman Minoru Niihara, who remains LOUDNESS‘ official vocalist after having rejoined the group in 2001.
Vescera joined LOUDNESS in 1988 following the firing of Niihara. In pursuit of greater commercial success with English-speaking audiences, Vescera and the rest of LOUDNESS recorded two albums, “Soldier Of Fortune” (1989) and “On The Prowl” (1991). However, the pairing did little to improve the band’s status in America and also took its toll on LOUDNESS‘ Japanese fan base. Vescera exited LOUDNESS (and joined Yngwie J. Malmsteen in 1993) during the group’s American tour in 1991 and was eventually replaced by EZO vocalist Masaki Yamada.
Vescera rose to metal popularity at the age of 18 years old as the legendary vocalist of the band OBSESSION. A classically trained pianist, Mike chose the path of a metal frontman instead of Julliard.
In recent years, Mike Vescera has gained a reputation in the business as being a masterful producer and engineer working from his studio The Toy Room, which was located in the hills of Connecticut just outside of New York. A few years ago the studio moved to Nashville, where Mike now makes his home. The studio is second to none, utilizing state-of-the-art software and technology to achieve unrivaled flexibility and dimension of sound. It holds both major-label and small-budget accounts serving all styles of music. It also holds major network voice-over accounts for several popular shows.
Mike continues to front OBSESSION and ANIMETAL USA, the American counterpart to ANIMETAL, the Japanese heavy metal band which specialized in metal covers of popular Japanese anime/tokusatsu theme songs.
The Aethyrs’ Call will be released on March 1st and features the following tracks:
‘The Summoner’S Procession’
‘Advent Of A Sinister Omen’
‘Crepuscular Necromantic Visions’
‘At The Gates Of The Marduk’s Shrine’
‘Brotherhood Of The Serpent’
ENFORCER released its new album, “Death By Fire”, on February 1 via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD artwork was created by Jonathan Hultèn of Necromantic Art and can be seen below.
“Death By Fire” track listing:
01. Bells Of Hades
02. Death Rides This Night
03. Run For Your Life
04. Mesmerized By Fire
05. Take Me Out Of This Nightmare
06. Crystal Suite
08. Silent Hour / The Conjugation
The official video for the song “Mesmerized By Fire” from ENFORCER can be seen below. The clip was filmed with director, and the band’s longtime friend, Gustav Öhman Spjuth. The group states: “We really feel we have something special to show this time, and it’s definitely not just any other video.”
The “Mesmerized By Fire” seven-inch single was released on January 18.
The track listing for the effort is as follows:
Side A: “Mesmerized By Fire”
Side B: “You Can Be” (non-album track)
In addition to the limited-edition vinyl, there was also be a digital release.
Commented ENFORCER guitarist/vocalist Olof Wikstrand: “‘Mesmerized By Fire’ is more or less the title track from the ‘Death By Fire’ album. I think within four minutes it captures pretty much everything about ENFORCER: intensity and power mixed with a touch of melody and melancholy. The B-side is a cover of NAGAZAKI‘s ‘You Can Be’. It is a track with mega potential from a band that unfortunately never made it in the ’80s.”
ENFORCER‘s second album, “Diamonds”, was released in May 2010 in Europe by Earache Records and in the rest of the world through Heavy Artillery.
Having released its debut album, “Into the Night”, in November 2008, ENFORCER kicked open the floodgates for the return of traditional heavy metal, paving the way for many other young bands to follow. With critical acclaim pouring in from fans and the international music press, ENFORCER wasted no time taking their show to the road for their first European and American tours as well as a litany of appearances at many of Europe’s most highly regarded festivals.
Photo credit: Gustav Öhman Spjuth
REVAMP, the band led by former AFTER FOREVER and currentNIGHTWISH touring vocalist Floor Jansen, recently entered the studio to begin recording its sophomore album for a fall 2013 release via Nuclear Blast Records. REVAMP states:
States Jansen: “I will start recording the vocals for the second REVAMPalbum next week! Been working on the last vocal lines and lyrics today and have some days ahead to spend on this great part of my work as musician!”
She adds: “The [other] guys [in the band] have been working their asses off already recording the drums, guitars, bass and keys. Can’t wait to hear the finished result pounding through the speakers… but we all have to be patient a while longer.”
An 11-minute video clip in which members of REVAMP answer fan-submitted questions about their forthcoming second album — filmed last September — can be seen below.
REVAMP returned to the live stage in January 2012 at Metropool in Hengelo, The Netherlands as the support act for EPICA.
Video footage of REVAMP performing a brand new song, entitled “Sins”, during the concert can be seen below.
Jansen appeared at Carioca Club in São Paulo, Brazil in November 2011 as a special guest of MAYAN, the band featuring EPICA/ex-AFTER FOREVERguitarist/songwriter Mark Jansen alongside Jack Driessen (ex-AFTER FOREVER) and Frank Schiphorst. This marked his first live appearance since her burn-out in 2011, which forced her to put on hold all concert activities.
REVAMP‘s self-titled debut album was released in Europe on May 28, 2010 via Nuclear Blast Records.
Floor Jansen: Songwriter/Singer
Arjan Rijnen: Guitar
Jord Otto: Guitar
Jaap Melman: Bass
Ruben Wijga: Keyboards
Matthias Landes: Drums