Category Archives: News
News that we pick up from the web, or news with the blog site.
Unleash The Archers
Canada’s Unleash The Archers was featured right here on A Metal State of Mind a few years ago. We were fortunate enough to catch up with them for a quick interview which you can read here and check out their previous work while you are at it. It’s about the fantasy and power metal with this outfit. The strong female vocals are styled right up there with classic Rob Halford. The music is fast-paced, doused with occasional blast beats, and a touch of death metal here and there. Very much fitting for sword battles…or a Mad Max battle. They must have done something right…they are now part of the Napalm family. Enjoy!
Release Date: May 25th (Europe), June 2nd (USA)
Tracks: 11 Length: 1 hour, 11 minutes
Genre: Progressive Metal
Studio Albums: Aeolia 2006, Tall Poppy Syndrome 2009, Bilateral 2011, Coal 2013
Location: Telemark, Norway
Century Media are giving us a full stream of TesseracT‘s upcoming live DVD “Scala”, filmed in November last year at The Scala in London. With the release comes a live audio CD titled “Odyssey” which was recorded during various shows on the band’s 2014 European Tour.
As a dedicated and patient (*coughs*) fan, I’m waiting for my own signed copy to arrive in the mail. Then I’ll lock the front door, turn the lights and my phone off, and place scented candles in a circle on the floor in my living room before I sit down to witness my favourite band with my favourite vocalist in all its liveliness and glory. It’s going to be the most awesome night.
Release date: May 19th. Available from Tesseract official store on both CD and vinyl, signed by the whole band.
It’s not the first time we write about the brilliance of a little band called The Sun Explodes, a progressive metal/rock act from Carlisle, UK. Their adventurous album “We Build Mountains” was one of my favourite releases in 2013, and these guys are finally back with more music to caress and impress our ears. Here’s the first single from the upcoming EP, accompanied by a beautiful, atmospheric video that smoothly emphasizes the strong melancholic emotions in the song.
“The Calm, The Storm” EP is released on May 18 and front man Dave Maclachlan gives us a good picture of what it’s about:
“Expect some big hooky chorus’, the occasional techy riff, and plenty of self-indulgent grandiose. Remember when you had some good food and you were all like, f**king hell this is so good, why doesn’t all food taste this good?! That’s us, but we’re a band not a food.”
No, he’s not just bragging. It’s actually true.
Our good friends at Sonic Cathedral have reviewed 12 albums since our February digest. SC covered a lot of different types of music, from alternative and prog rock to death metal, all featuring female vocalists. Sonic Cathedral is a destination all FF metal and rock bands and fans should know about and visit.
Thanks again, SC, for sharing your coverage and the summaries of every review!
We’re posting a song from each album. This round-up will be in two parts ‘cos we don’t wont to super-saturate you with top-class FF music. As a digression, that reminds of an answer some chemistry student gave in a test. Q: What is a super-saturated solution? A: A solution that holds more than it can hold.