From the Midwest of the United States in the honeycrisp apple state of Minnesota, resides Plague of Stars, a gothic doom metal band with a twist. Formed in 2012, the lineup consists of longtime music veterans in the Minneapolis metal scene.
“Out of Connection” is the third album of Italian modern melodic metal band Sinheresy, and will be released on July 26 on Scarlet Records. Since their debut with the EP “The Spiders and the Butterfly” (2011), the band has crafted a unique sound made of melodic male / female vocals, modern guitar riffs and bombastic keyboard soundscapes.
After the success of their previous album “Novos Rumos” (2015) and many positive reviews and feedback, Brazilian metal band Newsonic return with “Vorax”, which was independently released on June 27. The quintet currently consists of powerhouse vocalist Anderson Khross, guitarists Erik Cholovski and Luke Freitas, bass player Flavio Almeida, and drummer and Bruno Perrone.
Mitchell Mantell is an independent artist / producer from Australia, who aims to create his own style as much as possible and push the boundaries of music and guitar. He writes, performs, records and produces his own music, with his little assistant, Tilly the dog.
Dutch melodic death metal band Cyanide Paradise have independently released their debut EP “Reach for the Stars” on July 8. Taking inspiration from bands like Amon Amarth, Devin Townsend, Scar Symmetry and Mors Principium Est, the band aims to present their variety of stories through powerful melody-driven songs. They distinguish themselves with their epic sound, while maintaining a broad diversity within their songs, both musically and lyrically.
International progressive metal project Chaos over Cosmos has returned with new music this year, as their self-titled EP was released on July 18. Since the release of the debut album “The Unknown Voyage” in September 2018, Javier Calderón decided to leave Chaos Over Cosmos, but Rafal quickly found a new ‘voice’ to work with in Australian vocalist Joshua Ratcliff (Resurgence).
Era of Ephemeris is a Swedish symphonic metal band with influences spanning from melodic death metal to progrock. Founded in 2017 by Urban Granbacke, who also recruited Chris Nielsen on drums, Rossana Cavallotto on vocals, Emil Alatalo on guitar and Sebastian Karlsson on bass guitar. Their debut EP “Among the Stars” was released independently on June 28.
Jupiter is a Japanese visual kei symphonic power metal band, formed in 2013 by four of the five members of Versailles. After several personnel changes, guitarists Hizaki and Teru remain the only original members, with drummer Daisuke and vocalist Kuze completing the current lineup.
After the release of Helenium’s debut EP “The Elements” I wanted to talk a bit with Jelena Dobric, to find out more about the music, and the inspiration behind the songs featured on the EP, but also ask her about Persona and about herself.
Formed in 2014, E-an-na combines the classical folk metal approach with traditional Romanian elements and sequences of modern metal. Sounding fresh and innovative, the first singles released were very well received by the audience and the band won Best Metal Newcomer (2nd place) at Metalhead Awards 2015. After the release of their debut EP “Jiana” in September 2016, the band toured Romania a few times and Europe (along with Niburta and Netherfell), and won 2nd place at Wacken Metal Battle 2017.