Category Archives: News

News that we pick up from the web, or news with the blog site.

New Music Video: Hybrid Circle – The Impossible


Hybrid CircleThoroughly modern metal. That’s what the Italian outfit Hybrid Circle have been delivering since their first album in 2008. “The Impossible” is a brand-new video of a track on their fourth album, “A Matter Of Faith”, released at the end of June.

“The Impossible” is an excellent example of Hybrid Circle’s rich musical style. Listed as technical metal, it’s a delectable blend of post progressive rock infused with flavours of Swedish death. The music alternates hard growls with sweet clean vocals, knitted together by really slick instrumentation and a tight rhythm section. You want top-quality Italian flair? Hybrid Circle have it.

The current line-up is Antonio Di Campli (vocals), Simone Di Cicco (guitar and backing vocals), Alessandro Mitelli (guitar), Giuseppe Costantino (keyboard and samples), Matteo Mucci (bass) and Vittorio Del Prete (drums).

Meet the band on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/hybridcircleofficial/timeline

 

Music Video Revisited: Chaos – Game


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For decades I’ve dreamed of doing a culinary tour of India, home of my favourite types of food. Imagine what fun it would be to combine that with a musical tour of India.

The south-western coastal state of Kerala would be a good place to start. We’d fill ourselves with something irresistible like that Kerala spicy fish, then charge off to mosh away the calories in an evening with Chaos, a home-grown thrash band which has quickly risen to prominence on the Subcontinent.

For Western metal fans, India is a largely untapped source of quality music. In thrash, Chaos deserves a much, much bigger audience in Europe and the Americas. Ask them if they play old-school or modern thrash and they’d probably answer, “Screw the tags. We play thrash our way.” They do it solidly, powerfully and splendidly.

This song comes from their debut album, “Violent Redemption”, which was a complete sell-out in India. The album will be re-issued in January. Write that down. Chaos are also planning a new album for later in 2015. Write that down too.

Meet Chaos on Facebook and follow all their important links from their page:
www.facebook.com/chaosindia

 

Storytelling Videos: Skyharbor – Patience


From Skyharbor’s highly anticipated full length release “Guiding Lights”, out on November 10 on Basick Records. The video is magically created by Jess Cope at Owl House Studios.

 

“Sleep… stay asleep.

My soul yearns for one last look at you
Before I leave you here to be hidden within idyllic peace
It’s the perfect memory and I keep it close to me

Bound with wire
Cut me deep into the seams
Flow the colours of the queen
I live like I’m the only one, the fragile one that fights to survive
Crown the liar
Buried deep beneath the cross
Tainted hearts forever lost

Sweet treasure, let go of all you know
Sweet treasure, you are the one, you are my only true pleasure

Now watch me burn it all down, parasite town
Far down below it’s a fight for survival
So scared as I am of you
I’ll burn it all down, parasite town
I call this survival
So scared as I am of you, parasite town.”

Roundtable Album Review: Neverworld – Visions of Another World


Neverworld CoverLabel: Dream Demon Recordings

Release Date: 21 August 2014

Songs: 9

Length: 59 minutes

Genre: Power Metal

Studio Albums: Welcome to… (EP, 2010)

Location: UK

 

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Johnny Wore Black – A Cut Above (Single)


artworks-000085118344-9q8op4-t200x200On the 28th of March, Johnny Wore Black released their much anticipated debut album, “Walking Underwater Part 1.” It was full of atmospheric elements combined with dark and melancholic vocals soothing to the psyche.  Click here for the review of that album.  Just five months later…that’s now in case you are counting; a new single, ‘A Cut Above’ is upon us in preparation for, as you might have guessed…”Walking Underwater Part 2.”

While continuing with an atmospheric and emotive style, ‘A Cut Above’ is more upbeat lending itself to more of a hard rock vibe.  If you thought the sophomore album would be a continuation of this year’s earlier release, ‘A Cut Above’ certainly does not intend to let us think that.  The song will also be accompanied by a “new and intriguing video.”  No doubt, it will be interesting to see what is in store for “Walking Underwater Part 2.”  For now, their is no set date for the second installment except that we can expect “later this year” (most likely October) for the new music.  Click here to follow Johnny Wore Black and check out their progress and videos they have already released.  Head over to iTunes to pre-order today!

 

Roundtable Review: Emptiness – Nothing But The Whole


Nothing but the coverLabel: Dark Descent Records

Release Date:  May 27th, 2014

Songs:  7

Length: 39 minutes

Genre:  Atmospheric black/Death metal

Studio Albums: Guilty To Exist 2004, Oblivion 2007, Error 2012

Location:  Brussels, Belgium

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 1999 / #6 – #5


MetalCatAs the metal-jazz-prog hybrid on the MetalJazzProg State Of Mind team, I love it when I hit upon a band that fits into two of my Best-Of lists. Liquid Tension Experiment was one such band, highly rated in both metal and prog circles.

Dark Metal Cat loves it when any band plays Dark-anything. He strongly approves of Moonspell. When I tell him the Portuguese girl who snagged my heart for a while when I was young was a redhead, he says it doesn’t matter as long as it was very dark red.

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 1997 / #6 and #5


MetalCatOld geezers will understand. Younger metalheads may shake their heads uncomprehendingly. To me, however, that ancient thrash and heavy metal seems to sound better every year.

So does Beethoven. When I’m 119, whatever type of metal is recorded when I was a mere 104 will probably sound even better, too.

 

 

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 1996 / #4 and #3


MetalCatThe way my hit parade has sorted itself out with considerable assistance from Dark Metal Cat, it happens that today is a very proggy day. It also happens that both bands are exceptionally good at their styles of metal, ja?

So, herewith two monster bands in one post. Come to A Metal State Of Mind NOW!!! for bonus music at no extra charge.

 

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Song of the Week: Empty Yard Experiment – God Has His Reasons


Calling fans of Porcupine Tree and Airbag – if you like them, I believe you’ll like Empty Yard Experiment (EYE) very much too.

EYE is a multinational band that formed in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, in 2006. The line-up is Bojan Preradovic (vocals and rhythm guitar), Mehdi Gr (lead guitar), Kaveh Kashani (bass), Gorgin Asadi (keyboards) and Josh Saldanha (drums, percussion and backing vocals). They’ve opened for big-name bands including Metallica, Evanescence and Anathema.

The band can’t actually be pegged to a single genre such as post rock. That label gives some idea of “sounds like” but they have developed their own, highly evocative and emotive style.