It is in our nature, as humans, to grow and evolve, to find new ways of expressing our emotions and thoughts. And this is exactly what Canadian metal outfit Kobra and the Lotus have been doing over the past few years – growing and evolving not only as human beings but also as musicians. With the release of their seventh album (well, sixth if you count “Prevail” as one massive record), aptly titled “Evolution”, we get a new sound and a new façade, if you will, of Kobra and the Lotus.
Moldavian extreme metal sensation Infected Rain are getting ready to release their fourth studio album, “Endorphin”, this Friday, October 18, via Napalm Records. Fronted by powerhouse vocalist Lena Scissorhands, the band was formed in 2008, and soon after appeared at a number of festivals across Europe and released their debut EP titled “Judgemental Trap”. In the following years Infected Rain shared the stage with Mötley Crüe, Dimmu Borgir, Obituary, Behemoth, Sodom, Katatonia, The Agonist...
Two decades into their career, Italian metal high-flyers Lacuna Coil are still going strong. Over the last couple of years, the band released what is arguably their best album to date, “Delirium”, in 2016, the book “Nothing Stands in Our Way”, a chronicle of the band’s story, as well as the DVD “The 119 Show: Live in London” in 2018, to mark their 20 years’ anniversary.
Following the release of the latest album from German gothic / doom metal band Lacrimas Profundere, the magnificent “Bleeding the Stars”, I wanted to take a moment to chat with band founder and guitarist Oliver Schmit about this new release, the shift in line-up with power-house vocalist Julian Larre taking over from Rob Vitacca, and discuss some aspects of the band’s lengthy career.
Founded in early 2017, Dreams in Fragments are a Swiss metal band that soon found their own style – Melodic Dark Metal. The soulful four-piece, who consist of vocalist Seraina Schoepfer, guitarist Chris Geissmann, bassist Jan Thomas, and drummer Frank Fritschi, have released their debut album “Reflections of a Nightmare”, on June 28, via Rockshots Records.
Canadian extreme metal outfit The Agonist are back in tip top shape with their sixth album “Orphans”, set to be released on September 20, via Rodeostar Records. The hype surrounding this record began to spread with the release of the first single “In Vertigo”, and reached a boiling point with “Burn it all down”. It was clear that powerhouse vocalist Vicky Psarakis, guitarists Danny Marino and Pascal Jobin, bassist Chris Kells and drummer Simon McKay have created a very solid and intense album.
German gothic metal band Lacrimas Profundere has gone back to their roots and delivered a truly magnificent album with “Bleeding the Stars”. In a refreshed and revamped line-up, which currently consists of lead guitarist Oliver Schmid, drummer Dominik Scholz, and new vocalist Julian Larre (who replaced former singer Rob Vitacca in 2018), the trio have crafted an album that links their doom metal past with their gothic metal present.
“We are not your kind” is the sixth studio album by American heavy metal band Slipknot, and was released on August 9, 2019, via Roadrunner Records. It is the band’s first album since the departure of longtime member Chris Fehn. The title of the album is taken from a lyric off the band’s standalone single “All Out Life” released on October 31, 2018, despite not being featured on the standard edition album, but is on the Japanese edition.
Formed last year on December 5, Turilli / Lione Rhapsody is the latest embodiment of Luca Turilli’s vision for what we have initially came to know as simply Rhapsody, from around 1995 to 2006 when it became Rhapsody of Fire. This Italian symphonic power metal band, who has left a mark not only on the Italian metal scene, but also on the power metal scene, are now are back with “Zero Gravity (Rebirth and Evolution)”, an album that proves that their story is far from being over while carrying thei
“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.