Thursday, April 17, 2014

Interview with N.W.O.B.H.M. band The Deep


One week ago today I covered the 2013 debut-demo from London's The Deep. You can check out that review right here (http://metalmark.blogspot.com/2014/04/the-deep-demo-2013.html) and up-front let's just call it like it is. Had I heard the 4-track demo before the cut-off date for my "Best of 2014" list it would have easily made it as it's about as good as you can get when you're talking about classic heavy metal! This (soon to be household name if the metal gods would just get up off their lazy butts and do something about it!!!!) N.W.O.B.H.M. act, which has ties to bands such as Deep Machine, Rogue Male, Angel Witch and Vardis,  was kind enough to sit down and discuss the past, present and future and for that I give a hearty "Thanks" while I throw some devil horns up in the air as homage to what has proved to be one dead-serious kick-ass heavy metal outfit!

Andy-First things first. Tell us about The Deep would you please?

The Deep-Well, although it’s a new name, the roots of the band go back to 1982 when most of us were together in a band called Deep Machine. It was a great band. There was myself on vocals, Tony Harris and Paul W. Smith on guitars, Andy Wrighton on bass and Steve Kingsley on drums. I think we all felt it was the best band any of us had ever been in, and we felt that we really should have been signed up by a label. Thirty years later we decided to have a jam together and it was brilliant, so we decided to re-form. However, by now the name Deep Machine was being used by a different line-up, hence we adopted the name The Deep.

Unfortunately, two of the members; guitarist Tony Harris and bassist Andy Wrighton couldn’t continue with us. Andy was already heavily committed to Tokyo Blade and found working in two bands impractical. Sadly, Tony developed an ongoing physical illness which makes it hard for him to play guitar anymore – which is a terrible shame. Although that was very disappointing for us, we were very lucky to get back in touch with an old friend, guitarist Mick Feleppa. Then, after quite a search, we eventually found bassist Don Whiberley.
 

Andy-Wow, it sure sounds as if you've come a long way just to make it to this point! As hinted at though your band has ties to some of the greats, heavy metal and N.W.O.B.H.M bands alike! There is a lot of experience packed into The Deep. Just how do you keep it all contained?

The Deep-Yeah, we’ve all been around and played with some great musicians in other bands too. I was with Airrace for a while and also in another band with drummer Les Binks of Judas Priest. Steve was in Rogue Male after Deep Machine split up and was also in Vardis for a time. Curiously, both Deep Machine and The Deep historically have ties with members of Angel Witch. Kevin Heybourne was with Deep Machine just prior to our line up forming and our current band, The Deep, had Kevin Riddles on bass for a few months.

There’s no doubt that in terms of experience we’re very fortunate. However, more importantly, I think we are all very creative people and as a band we all gel. The personality mix has a great bearing on the effectiveness of a band and when things are in equilibrium, the creative processes flow. When we were looking to recruit new members our drummer, Steve Kingsley, was especially keen to find the right people as well as the right musicians. We’re all different personality types, but the balance is good and we all respect each other and listen to each other. I guess we’re all pretty grounded really.
 

Andy-I've just got to say that your 2013 demo is fantastic! How did that come about? What has been the reaction to it so far from fans and critics alike?

The Deep-Thank you, that’s very kind of you to say so. Well, we were keen to record quite early on because we already had the songs. Most of the stuff we’d been playing was mostly written by myself and Tony Harris in the eighties. We’d spent most of 2013 trying to get the line up completed and we’d got to the stage where we had Mick on board and we’d been working with a bassist by the name of Bob Allen. We’d been rehearsing for weeks and were getting ready for the demo when Bob decided to quit too.

By this point we just decided to go ahead with the recording and let Mick and Paul play the bass parts. It was actually a good friend of ours Terry Whiberley who suggested we try out his son Don, who was a bassist. Boy were we glad we did! First we jammed with him at a rehearsal and then threw him in at the deep end (no pun intended) by letting him record one of the tracks. He impressed the hell out of us so we asked him to join and he finished the demo with us.

We were all pleasantly surprised with the demo as an end-product. Things often sound good in the studio, but when you take them home and listen, you start to hear problems. This demo just seemed to sound pretty good from start to finish. The engineer, Steve Good, has had a lot of experience with rock bands and is into rock music. The recording studio is actually part of the rehearsal complex where we rehearse each week, so the engineer had heard us dozens of times and knew the sound we wanted before we even started recording. That obviously paid off for us. Plus the approach has to be right. If you treat it like a demo it’ll probably end up sounding like one. We treated it like an album and try to play well, and hopefully that shows.

Reception has been great, very positive from public and press alike. So we’re very happy with that. But it’s still early days and we’ve got a lot of work ahead of us yet.
 

Andy-Well, I'd argue that you're more then have way there if the EP is anything to go by! And speaking of which, some labels have shown interest in sighing you correct? Based on the strength of that EP alone I'd wager! 
The Deep-That’s true, there are a number of labels showing interest, but we’re in no rush. Our focus at the moment is to promote ourselves and we believe the best way to do that is to gig. We also believe our strength is going to be in our live performances. Hopefully, from that we’ll develop a following. When the time is right we’ll decide how we’re gonna go about doing the album, either as part of a label, or independently.

Andy-Count me in then on your that following! I'm on board and ready to roll! Now, we all know that the studio has been kind to you (again, the 2013 demo is killer folks!), but it also sounds as if The Deep has already made a splash on the live scene. How has the reaction been? Are there some shows coming up that you'd like to plug?

The Deep-Actually, apart from a couple of low-key unannounced warm up gigs we’re just started to book them now. Don had to learn all the material and we’ve been tweaking song arrangements and also been writing new stuff too. We’ve got a few confirmed dates booked from May onwards. The biggest one so far is a metal festival, Metalwave 2, just outside London, which is really cool. A few of our NWOBHM friends are playing that one too, so that will be fun. I think the audience is going to expect a lot from us because back in 1982 we had a great reputation for live performances. I can promise you that we plan to deliver this time around too.

I also can’t wait to play in Europe again, that was brilliant last time around. We’re looking at playing one or two of the festivals there next year. Maybe we can get some dates arranged in the States next year too, fingers crossed. There are numerous bands we’re looking forward to playing with: Chariot, Midnight Messiah, Soldier, Monument, Weapon UK, House of X…just to name a few. It would be especially nice to do a gig or two with the current line up of Deep Machine, so audiences can hear all the songs from the eighties, the ones we play and the ones they play. I think fans would really appreciate that.

Andy-All of that sounds awesome and I wish you guys nothing but the best! How can our readers get in touch with you about purchasing the demo?

The Deep-The web site won’t be up and running for a few weeks yet, in the meantime they can email us: the(dot)deepnwobhm(at)btinternet(dot)com
Or drop us a line on our Facebook page:
http://www(dot)facebook(dot)com/thedeep(dot)nwobhm


Andy-Well, I'd just like to encourage all of our readers to check out the band's 4-track demo for themselves and, if you live on the other side of the pond, see The Deep live! I thank you once again for taking the time to talk with us and be sure to keep in touch!

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Despot-Satan in the Death Row

Self-Release/Independent
2013

With a trio of EPs due for release starting sometime later this year, "Satan in the Death Row", which was the first full-length release from one-man project Despot, is worth investigating if only so that it can serve as some sort of foundation/introduction to this Brazilian black metal project. The biography of Despot seems simple enough. Formed in 2008 by sole member Marcelo Murrer (formerly of Necrocult and Unholy Massacre Marcelo takes care of all of the music here incl. vocals and instruments), Despot hails from Belo Horizonte, Brazil (the same sinister area that brought us Sepultura and Sarcofago among others!) and while this might just have been the group's first full-length release it wasn't Despot's first foray into the studio as three demos were issued between 2009 and 2010! With "Satan in the Death Row" the oddity doesn't simply begin and end with the cover artwork (no idea about that one friends...) seeing as Despot enjoys a hearty breakfast featuring just about all kinds of meaty metal! There's hints of  German thrash (early Sodom and Destruction) as well as the music of Despot's hometown (Sepultura, Sarcofago and even Mutilator). There's (of course) the black metal influences (Celtic Frost, early Rotting Christ and Bathory) and even death metal influences such as Immolation, Angel Corpse and Morbid Angel. But then there's also influences and sounds that you just can't quite put your finger on. As the drum parts here are programmed, which is the (unfortunately) one of the chief complaints about "Satan in the Death Row", there's a slightly off-setting mechanical vibe to the material but even beyond that the music of Despot is just....different. Sole member Marcelo Murrer obviously knows what he wants by this point in time it's just that Despot (even for a eclectic black metal band) bring so much to the breakfast table to devour that there are occasions when it gets downright messy! Still, there's just something about "Satan in the Death Row" that makes you want to hear more from Murrer's project so I'll be keeping an eye out for the new EPs so that we can further explore the music and the madness that lies at the heart of Despot. Until then, should you feel adventurous and in need of some simple mind expansion that is, give this album a workout of your own. You never know, but you just might find yourself as keenly drawn in by the odd appeal of this Brazilian one-man project as I and many others have been!

http://despotband.bandcamp.com/

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Mutank-M.E.C.H. Metal

Self-Release/Independent
2014

Everything about this release from the band name to the album title and subsequent cover art just spells out "metal" doesn't it? And sure enough this Montreal-based four-piece are metal. It just so happens that it's more along the lines of SPEED metal with some tasty crossover thrown in for all the rads, rockers, punks and bangers who remember the glory days when all the best bands had abbreviated handles that meant something (D.R.I., C.O.C., S.O.D., M.O.D., M.D.C., etc). For comparisons sake it's more that first one (D.R.I.) when they had morphed into more of a thrash metal act along with influences ranging from (later-day) Suicidal Tendencies to the "Big Four" ("Heavy Hands of the Doomsday Clock" sounding for all the world like a punk-worthy Megadeth!). Why it's only just now that I'm hearing about this mosh metal bunch is a question I have no good answer for, but this latest release from Mutank, which was released this past February, needs to be shared with all as it's just too damn sexy cool to be kept hidden under wrap! Oh, and did I mention that you can pick up this cool 8-track release on cassette tape? No? Well, I am now so what exactly are you waiting for? Snag and bag "M.E.C.H. Metal" and all will be good with your soul....

http://mutankthrash.bandcamp.com/



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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Zeugen der Leere-Seelenwanderer



Self-Release/Independent
2014

Formerly known as Ruin of Remembrance (under which moniker "Second World" was released in March of 2012) and with the name change coming about in 2014, Zeugen der Leere are a studio project featuring Denny (vocals), Holger (guitars, bass) and Maximilian (programming). It the was the pair of Holger and Max who originally formed Ruin of Remembrance in 2009. At that time the project had no name and it was only after the arrival of (now departed) vocalist Timo that the (then melodic death metal) project really took off.  With the release of  "Seelenwanderer" (offered as a free digital download at the link below!) this German act has moved passed the (often-times) limiting stranglehold that is death metal (melodic or not) and settled into the role of a (modern-day) atmospheric dark/ black metal project. One must say that the change in style suites them as "Seelenwanderer" (featuring a quite capable cover of the Erkyss song "Forsaken Astronaut") was a pleasant surprise on what has (so far) proven to be a cold, "Are you kidding me it's mid-April mother nature enough is enough!", snow-covered day here in my part of Ohio! As is often the case with releases such as "Seelenwanderer" an open mind is needed as is a willingness to embrace the darker, slightly more off-setting edges of life. And, seeing as this is atmospheric (experimental) black metal it's not going to be for everyone. But, for those who set aside the time needed and deserved to take in everything that this well-designed release has to offer the rewards will be well-worth the investment! Memorized by the likes of "Tänzer im Nebel" and "Komplex der Vergessenende" I walked away from Zeugen der Leere's "Seelenwanderer" with the pressing desire to share this release with each and all of you.

http://zeugenderleere.bandcamp.com/

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Shattered Generation-"Out of Line" (Single)

Self-Release/Independent
2014

The upcoming new single, "Out of Line", is just the latest work from Nottingham/Derby-based Shattered Generation. Providing further proof that you should never judge a book by it's cover (or in this case judge a band by the height of their hair!), Shattered Generation, who are currently aligned with the great folks over at Quite Great PR and have been working with two top-notch producers in Dito Godwin (Mötley Crüe, No Doubt) and Jon Moon (Pink Floyd, Bryan Adams), are a band which is more likely to be appreciated for their classic rock/eighties rock-inspired leads then their teased-up looks! Or at least if we're to go by Lexi Black's work on "Out of Line" that is! Between his guitar skills and Johnny Wildheart's ability on the mic (with bassist Acie Wilson and drummer Jonno working the middle with style and class all their own!) listeners should find plenty to like about this hard rock/hair metal four-piece. Now all this band needs is a (proper) full-length release in order to prove that this single isn't a fluke (and something tells me it isn't!) and a serious push (something Quite Great PR should provide!) and they could very easily be on thier way. This is certainly a band to keep an eye out for as "Out of Line" showcases in all of it's rock-infused glory!


https://www.facebook.com/shatteredgeneration?fref=ts

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Hey Clown-Hey Clown

Self-Release/Independent
2014

This should have been an addition to my "Free Metal Monday" series, but last minute computer problems closed the door on that proposal. Still, this 3-track digital EP is free for the taking and with that we're talking about a band whose tagline seems to be "We are from Hamilton, On and we play loud music". No arguments there! In fact this 5-piece band, which has been going at it for well over 13 years now(!), are distinctly LOUD with a sound and style that seems to blend hard rock, heavy metal and hardcore into a fairly blistering assault on the senses!  While line-up information was not included with the request for consideration to be covered here at Heavy Metal Time Machine (a helpful tool for future submissions from any and all bands and artists!) the e-mail that was included with the link for their new EP suggested that it was just recently that the band managed to secure the services of a much needed front-man. Prior to said individuals arrival, Hey Clown was forced to perform shows either "instrumentally, or with sparse backup vocals." Whatever the case their current front-man is nothing short of a brute on the mic making the band's savage delivery all the more gritty and intimidating! Surprisingly Hey Clown seems to be without label support at this time in their career, but if this EP were to fall into the right hands one would think that such an odd event would most certainly be rectified sooner then later! Naturally "Hey Clown" is recommended to all of our loyal readers and (of course) one would hope that with a stable line-up (finally) in place that we'll be hearing more from this talented, Hamilton-based, hard hitting collective!     

http://heyclown.bandcamp.com/

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Monday, April 14, 2014

VeraEuridice-VeraEuridice

Atomic Stuff
2014

VeraEuridice is an Italian rock/symphonic metal project from guitarist/vocalist Fabrizio Sassi. On this self-titled 6-track EP the lyrical direction revolves around the story of Orpheus’s journey to the underworld to bring back the beautiful Eurydice. Or rather it revolves around what happened (or may have happened) prior to that event to cause Orpheus to look back at Eurydice (which was the one thing he was not supposed to do, but you know how that goes!). VeraEuridice, which delivers it's crisp, clean, clear and delightfully engaging sound in it's native language, also features the vocal talents of Maura Nardelli and Laura Scotti with Giorgio Terenziani (bass), Mauro Desideri (keyboards, orchestrations) and Paco (drums) rounding out the fold. While one would be hard pressed to deliver relative band examples (ie: who exactly they sound like, English-wise, as comparisons) that is be no means a bad thing! If anything it just shows that this (female-fronted) Italian project is staying true to itself and that "VeraEuridice", with additional heavy metal moments only adding to the overall appeal of this EP, serves it's purpose well (that being a more then proper introduction to a scene that may not have any shortage of symphonic-enhanced rock/metal outfits, but can and will always welcome more in especially creative ones such as VeraEuridice which seem to serve a more divine purpose!). Other then the language barrier (which is not really much of a barrier, but should nonetheless be noted) there's nothing remotely wrong with recommending a new act like Italy's VeraEuridice to those that enjoy classical-inspired rock and metal. As this EP serves as but a taste of what Fabrizio Sassi and his guests have to offer it will be worth waiting patently to hear what this project ends up serving us for the main course! 


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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Grinder-Dead End (Deluxe Edition)

Tribunal Records/Divebomb Records
2014

Germany's Grinder released "Dead End" in 1989. As their sophomore LP it saw the band, who had made their debut a year earlier with "Dawn for the Living", release what would prove to be one of the highlights of their (roughly) seven year career. Having formed in 1984, and with nothing but sweet speed metal/thrash on their minds from day one(!), the band was active until 1991 or so with the nine-track "Dead End" originally appearing on No Remorse Records (home to Blind Guardian among others). With this (expanded) deluxe edition Divebomb Records has teamed up with Grinder to give fans something truly special. Seeing as this one has been OOP now for 20 something years it's fantastic to see this album more readily available to begin with. When you take into account the nine bonus cuts and the additional bonus material to be found within the CD's booklet (a new interview and archival photos!) it gets even better! While I could ramble on and on about what makes this cool band tick (and why they deserve such a royal treatment!) why don't we just skip those formalities and you can hear for yourself at the link below? For fans of (older) speed/thrash this re-release should appeal to your inner headbanging urges while today's younger generation might just be able to see where the scene began and why acts like Grinder still provide plenty of sizzle and spark even after all these years later!

http://tribunalrecords.bandcamp.com/album/dead-end-deluxe-edition-2

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Gun Barrel-Damage Dancer

Massacre Records
2014

2012's "Brace for Impact" was my first introduction to Germany's Gun Barrel, but quite honestly it was only after looking over my notes on this band that I remembered who they were. Granted that was awhile back when I last heard them (May of 2012 and all), but it it still doesn't say a lot about their staying power if I forgot about them entirely in that time-frame. So a refresher course might be in order. Piece together heavy metal and dirty rock and roll and there you've got it. Since 1998 this band has been cranking it out and with "Damage Dancer" we're talking album six. I can't say I don't like the band's take on rock/metal as it's fine. And yes, I enjoyed their last album quite a bit even if I never went back to it a sometime after said review of it. Maybe it's just that now (roughly two year's having past) this sort of thing (rocking metal) is more prevalent and there's so many bands doing it better? Is that fair then to compare Gun Barrel to other (newer) acts? Probably not, but no one every said that life was fair right? Yeah. So, Gun Barrel does what it does and whether it's going to move you or not just depends on how you feel about this kind of groove. For me it moved me, just not very far!

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Skinner-Sleepwalkers

Dead Inside Records
2014

San Fransisco's power thrashers Skinner return with their first full-length release and for those that liked what they did on "The Enemy Within" let's just say that you're going to LOVE what it's store for you with "Sleepwalkers"! Everything from production to performance has been tweaked and while the song-writing was good on the band's 2012 EP it's even better here! Lead singer Norman Skinner brings his A Game to the party and, as usually thanks to his absolutely commanding presence on the mic, it's his voice that provides the driving force behind Skinner! The very cool and kick ass title cut, which can be previewed below at the link thanks to it's official video, is just one of several cuts to have made it's way over from the group's previously released EP (the others being "Miss Agony", "Hell in My Hands", "Breath the Lie" and "The Enemy Within"). But, in this context (with six other cuts and fleshed out into a full-length release) these numbers work better and reverberate more with the listener. While they have been slightly tweaked to get the most out of them it's more a matter of having re-recorded the cuts so that they flow perfectly with the new cuts and have the same amount of metallic impact. Of the new cuts "Orphans of Liberty" is superb (heavy) power metal with plenty of speed, but then again so is "Blind Lead Blind" (not so much speed-wise, but HEAVY-wise!) and "Guilt-Ridden". Meanwhile opener "Firebird's Lament" isn't much more then an intro in actuality, but "Bound" offers plenty of CRUNCH and STAYING POWER as it's bound (pun intended!) to stick around in your head for sometime afterwards! All told Skinner's first full-length album sounds great and it gets passing marks in all the necessary areas from song-construction to actual execution and for fans of Norman Skinner it's a must have! With that power thrashers would also do well to give "Sleepwalkers" a spin as it a great example of U.S. metal done right! Mostly it resides on the HEAVY power metal/borderline thrash side of the fence, but there's some splendid surges of speed metal within that simply cannot be overlooked! And truth be told that's why releases like "Sleepwalkers" are also such a joy to welcome into one's metal collection as they are releases that one could listen to any day of the week! Will it make my 2014, year end "Best Of" list then? Time will tell but all signs point towards that very possibility!


 



 



 


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p00zG_H-2jY

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Dark Century-Murder Motel

Self-Release/Independent
2014

Melting pot metal is what Montreal-based Dark Century churns out on album number two. Active since 2000, with the cleverly-titled "Days of the Mosh" appearing in 2008, and fronted by Leather King (Fearsome, Sacrifycia, ex-Sunseth, Fried Pope, Krushem, ex-Erimha, ex-Metal University), who replaced "The Throat" as lead vocalist(!), Dark Century ensures that the listening public is treated to nothing short of full-blown CHAOS and DESTRUCTION on "Murder Motel". Call it "modern metal" if you must, but for the sake of clarity it's a smattering of this (death metal) and that (raw street thrash) only with this bunch it's all held tightly in place thanks to barb-wire wrapped hardcore and grind! And boy is it ever UGLY! Beautifully ugly that is! Fast & frenzied death metal drumming collides with hardcore-tinged (demonic) grind vocals while thrash metal's (chewed up and spit out) harsh underbelly is exposed thanks to Erik Fernet-Evans' throat slashing leads! It's all good, (un)clean fun from the startling moments of opener "In Our Veins" (a cut that jumps from the shadows like a meat-cleaver madman!!!!) until "Gore on my Snare" rolls you up in a body bag at the end! And with cuts like the zombie-themed "Dead Birds" and "Mosh Test Dummies" (love the title guys!) keeping the party hopping in-between "In Our Veins" and "Gore on my Snare" it's hard not to walk away with a smile on your face when it's all said and done!   

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Deep-Demo 2013

Self-Release/Independent
2013


Now, this is what you call a pleasant surprise! Anytime a N.W.O.B.H.M. band drops you a message asking it you would be willing to review their material is cause for celebration in my household! Sure, it might just be me celebrating but it's a celebration nonetheless! So, with that said what exactly are we looking at with London's The Deep? Well, if the name causes a light-bulb to go off in your head even a little bit or you have one of those "Hey now!" moments then you're not alone. Upon catching the name I was immediately thinking Deep Machine and for good reasons! For you see The Deep features three members from the1982 line up of Deep Machine. Actually, The Deep features various members with ties to a TON of sweet hard rock, heavy metal and N.W.O.B.H.M. acts including Rogue Male, Angel Witch, Vardis, Ocean and Airrace! Just who are we talking about then? Well, on lead vocals you have the one and only Tony Coldham (Ex-Minas Tirith, Deep Machine, Ocean, Strutt, Airrace, The Rodford Files, GMD). That right there is pretty kick ass and damn straight he sounds FANTASTIC on the mic! Backing him up are guitarists Paul W. Smith (Ex-Janine, Deep Machine, Strutt, Shattered Hearts, Bug-eyed Starfish, The Rodford Files, GMD) & Mick Feleppa (Ex-Great British Heroes, Havoc, Ash, Strutt), bass guitarist Don Whiberley (Ex-Equinox) and drummer Steve Kingsley (Ex-Omega, Deep Machine, Rogue Male, Vardis). If you're looking at that list of who's who and saying to yourself "There is no way that The Deep could possibly sound anywhere as cool as that line-up would imply" then let me tell you something-you'd be dead wrong! This 4-track demo is as good as it gets! Classic heavy metal/N.W.O.B.H.M. that is EVERY bit as good as the latest works from Angel Witch, Satan, Blitzkrieg, Battleaxe (review coming soon), Saxon, Tank and yes, Deep Machine! In fact this band could be looked at as being in the same boat as Deep Machine, but that wouldn't quite be fair to these five fine gentlemen as they bring their own flavors to the tasting party and trust me, this is one party that you want to find yourself on the invite list to! Of the demo's four tracks I'm most drawn to "The Rider", but this is one of those recordings where you could randomly hit play on any cut and the result would be the same-top of the line, heavy metal that AWAKENS the fire within! Band's like The Deep are the reason why I'm a fan first and a writer second! Great songs that are catchy, memorable and downright epic making you proud to be a metalhead and enthused to wave the banner for all to see! The downside of this one is obvious. It's far too short. Just when you're truly revved up and ready to go the brakes are slammed on you! The Deep need a full-length album with plenty of room to stretch their legs and  run! Hopefully somebody/some label will snag this lot up seeing as classic heavy metal like this is like life's blood. It's an essential like bread and water, the air we breath and love! There's no need to say more. Just seek these five out and support their endeavors! Let the world know that true heavy metal is always in vogue and always appreciated! And above all else honor them, as a band and as brothers in arms fighting the good fight for all things "loud and proud"!!!!

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Deep/338137486254208 

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Stealth-Shores Of Hope

Self-Released/Independent
2013

Recorded at Sonika Studio Recording, which appears to reside within Stealth's hometown of Ferrara, Italy, "Shores Of Hope" is the self-produced & self-released debut album from this hard & heavy five-piece. Recently signed to Atomic Stuff Promotion (kudos to them!) Stealth are what one might reasonably expect a modern day hard rock band to sound like if they were spoon-feed a healthy diet of classic rock riffs, pop metal's sensibilities and traditional heavy metal leads since their formidable years. Only here we find lead vocalist Enrico Ghirelli (at times sounding for all the world like a more credible and respectable (Italian) version of Axl Rose fronting a mid-2000 radio rock outfit!) and his band-mates taking proper time to mature their music and, after super-charging their sound by harnessing  the power of lightning like some crazed scientist(!), making sure that it gives a proper ass-kicking to listener's eardrums! This is achieved by way of darkly-tinted hard rock with big riffs and, seeing as this band has been going at it since 2007, cream of the crop material that is well-deserving of a wider audience. There's not much more to it then that other than to say that Stealth's sound harkens back to a time when bands were not afraid to walk the line between hard rock and heavy metal and do it there way and their way only! Find out more below....

https://www.facebook.com/stealthband

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