It is my favorite day of the week on Metal Valkyrie, #WesselsWednesday.  This picture was taken earlier this year, I believe, during the Within Temptation European Hydra tour.  If you can’t get enough of Charlotte or Delain, check out the links and videos below.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcK2w0YhrBc&index=4&list=FLyUWgUZodKql_7Obm0QF7Cg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQMuaBxeUqI&index=6&list=FLyUWgUZodKql_7Obm0QF7Cg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBLrIGuhDtQ&index=10&list=FLyUWgUZodKql_7Obm0QF7Cg
http://www.delain.nl/calendar/

It is my favorite day of the week on Metal Valkyrie, #WesselsWednesday.  This picture was taken earlier this year, I believe, during the Within Temptation European Hydra tour.  If you can’t get enough of Charlotte or Delain, check out the links and videos below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcK2w0YhrBc&index=4&list=FLyUWgUZodKql_7Obm0QF7Cg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQMuaBxeUqI&index=6&list=FLyUWgUZodKql_7Obm0QF7Cg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBLrIGuhDtQ&index=10&list=FLyUWgUZodKql_7Obm0QF7Cg

http://www.delain.nl/calendar/

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Tuomas and Nightwish are hard at work on their new album set for a 2015 release.  Tuomas and Marco are one of the most brilliant writing duos of our time, so naturally the album is going fairly smoothly at first, but songwriting is not without struggle.  Don’t fear though, the new album is coming before summer 2015!

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Blues Pills is a Swedish psychedelic rock band with a classic 70s vibe and a killer lead vocalist.  If you like Halestorm and Grace Potter, this band should be right up your alley with an awesome Led Zeppelin sound to them.

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New epic and dynamic track from prog metallers, Threshold.  With Damian Wilson at the helm, how can you expect nothing less than transcending music!  The new album is fantastic and it will be a great one for review.  Check out his other projects Star One as well, formed by Arjen Lucassen.

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MaYan, the symphonic death metal band featuring members of Epica, puts on a great show!  A multitude of talent!

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In the days of mainstream deathcore music, it is hard to find something different.  Besides  the gems in the genre, a lot of the music is aimed towards quantity of sales, not quality and passion.  One label does not describe every band however.  This genre has amazing guitarists and bassists I’ve noticed while listening!  The vocalists seem to use the upper ranges, which typically isn’t my thing however, but they’re fantastically talented.  At the top of genre and it’s djent crossover sound, I see Tesseract, Periphery, Emmure, and Born of Osiris.  They find a way to create heavy music that takes you on a galactic journey, bringing your soul and mind to new places in your imagination.  If you just can’t get enough of this, then Upon The Water will extremely broaden your horizons.

 

A small band from Temecula, California who wants to spread their message of hope through heavy and technical music is becoming a small powerhouse.  It is rare for me to be floored by one track alone; but their new track “Solitude” embodies the lonely and hopeful soul of any metal fan out there.  It is one of the most ominous and passionate metal songs I have ever heard in my life.  With more research, I found their whole EP to be absolutely incredible.  Their first EP, Rise, is ethereal, powerful, and something you just have to hear to believe.  Rise begins with an ominous intro, Awake, nearly putting you to sleep with reversed guitar parts and the sound of crashing waves in the background.  Then immediately Solitude comes alive.  These two tracks begin the up and down journey, a journey of a man with hope and faith, frustrated by the mentality of man kind.  Solitude illustrates solid vocals, technical guitar, slamming drums and bass, everything deathcore should have.  The album features more of a Christian theme featuring anti-satanic death metal band, Zurisadai on Deresolution, a heavy blood curdling track with a darker sound to it than other tracks.

 

The EP continues with Divergence, the heaviest track on the album.  Divergence is the most dynamic track from the band, proving that regardless of the Christian influence they do write solid death core.  Following with the title track the EP becomes more dynamic;  Rise adding a unique tempo to deathcore, also illustrates pretty good clean vocals that surprisingly sound matured for this type of music.  Rise has echoey guitar parts and so much passion put into it, it almost gives you the chills like Solitude did.  Rise ends with “Recovery” a powerful dynamic riding track that sums up this band perfectly.  

 

Rise is a flawless embodying soul journey that will send them to new heights in popularity.  You’d never know they were Christian influenced by how heavy and solid their music is.

 

Rating 8/10

 

New Music Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2aHVskLvS60

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Check out deathcore band, Upon the Water.  A gem on Youtube I recently discovered while searching on the BlankTV channel.  This is some well written music for anyone who likes Born of Osiris, Periphery, Tesseract, and Nothingmore!  I really like these guys.

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It is Wednesday once again, which means it also must be Wessels Wednesday.  Today we have a double feature, because I’m personally counting down till this incredible vocalist and her band hit the states. Do not miss this band in concert, because they’re honestly one of the best live bands of all time.
Don’t forget too get Delain’s new album, The Human Contradiction, one of the best albums of 2014!

It is Wednesday once again, which means it also must be Wessels Wednesday.  Today we have a double feature, because I’m personally counting down till this incredible vocalist and her band hit the states. Do not miss this band in concert, because they’re honestly one of the best live bands of all time.

Don’t forget too get Delain’s new album, The Human Contradiction, one of the best albums of 2014!

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A very good and raw acoustic set from an amazing symphonic metal bands.

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Metal is a growing industry around the world, meaning there’s a lot of mainstream music in the metal world now.  Sirius XM Octane is one of the biggest contributors to mainstream music.  If you’re like me and can’t stand the run of the mill metal that has similar riffs and immature break up/sex themed lyrics, then I have some new and unique metal for you.

Blackmore, an LA based rock/metal band offers a plethora of new and unique sounds.  LA metal and rock has it’s own sound, thanks to the hair metal days that glamorized metal in Cali.  Blackmore has a little bit of metal for everyone, with power metal like riffs and grungy vocals.  I can say I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of music from them.  https://soundcloud.com/blackmoremetal

Athenia is a UK prog metal band with a young sound and a lot of incredible talent.  In the days of Architects, Periphery, and Tesseract prog metal has become a pretty unique genre with djent overlay.  As far as Independent bands go in the genre, Athenia is destined for tours with the bands listed above. http://athenia.bandcamp.com/

In the days of hardcore metal, you just can’t get too much of technical riffs and blood pounding screaming.  Despite are one of the best independent hardcore bands out there right now.  The vocals, guitar, bass, and drums are all different from a lot of bands out there and the lyrics have a deep antagonist feel to them. You can’t go wrong with Swedish metal either these days.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVWPz0xFMfU

Being a big fan of death metal, I am always looking for the most hardcore, shocking, technical bands out there.  Aphyxion is a pounding Danish metal band with spot on vocals and groove jams, and some of the best quality music out of independent metal.  The lyrics are full of hate, pain, death, and gore paired with growling vocals, the epitome of great death metal.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCxLhZKCFIU

Heidra, a folk/viking death metal band from Copenhagen, give you everything that’s right with this genre; ancient themed lyrics and art work, battling guitars, fast drums, and killer throaty growling from a great vocalist.  They are much different from Amon Amarth and Tyr, so definitely check them out.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhFOaH9zCJM

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