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Monday, December 22, 2008

D'espairsRay - Horizon (New Single)

D'espairsRay, the Japanese Visual Kei metal rock band, has released their new single, Horizon. The latest single has three songs of very different styles and substance. D'espairsRay has continued to grow as a band and garnered strong and increasing following not just in Japan, but also in Europe and the USA. Their latest participation in the Tour of Chaos in the US was a huge success and they have since returned to their country to produce more songs and material for their growing fanbase.

D'espairsRay's new single Horizon shows the versatility and musicality of the band. The first song, Horizon, is a straight out rocker with a great melody and tempo. Horizon is sure to be a favourite of many fans, with its anthemic chorus.

The second song, Bullet, is one of D'espairsRay's trademark hardcore sounding tunes. Shouting with a fast hardcore metal tempo, but always varying in atmospher and there is great tension before building it up to a resounding crescendo.

The third and last song on D'espairsRay's new single Horizon, is 闇に降る奇跡 Classical White Version. It is a slower and quiet balladish tune, but steeped in dark and thoughtful atmosphere. It is great to see the band branching out to new territory and even improving on existing sounds and trademark styles.

Sample D'espairsRay's new single Horizon here, and support the band by buying it!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Hizaki Grace Project - Dignity of Crest

Hizaki Grace Project has a great album in Dignity of Crest. It is a classic visual kei symphonic metal album from the Japanese artiste and band that metal fans of the genre will take to. Dignity of Crest is also a rare and hard to find album so fans of Hizaki Grace Project will be delighted with this. There are a total of 10 tracks on Dignity of Crest and each one has great tempo with slabs of melodic metal riffs blended well together to make coherent songs. There is also some experimentation which does not take away from the quality of the songs but add to it.

Hizaki Grace Project released Dignity of Crest in 2007 and it is a timeless classic. Songs available on the album include Philosopher the thundering opening track, Cradle, Everlasting Dream, Dokusaisha no Katsubou and a lot more. Dignity of Crest is bound to stay in your playlist for a long time, till Hizaki Grace Project releases more quality music for everyone to enjoy.

Check out Hizaki Grace Project Dignity of Crest here.

Galneryus - Reincarnation

Galneryus Reincarnation never ceases to amaze fans and musicians alike as their 2008 new release is a stormer of a symphonic metal masterpiece. There are 12 heartstopping tracks that Galneryus has written for Reincarnation, and when you have heard them, you will agree that the band is in top form. Each song is a creation of mindnumbing symphonic metal riffs played at breakneck speed but without sacrificing the melody.

Reincarnation is not the first album of Galneryus nor will it be the last. Based on their musicianship, this underrated speed and symphonic metal band are masters at their craft and should be releasing more material. Highlights of Reincarnation include Blast of Hell, Shining Moments, Wind of Change, Stardust, Fairy Tale and many more. Look out for Galneryus to play at your nearerst metal venue soon if they ever drop by your part of the woods.

Check out more of Galneryus Reincarnation here and here.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Candiria - Kiss The Lie

Candiria has a new album Kiss The Lie which is a return to top form for the hardcore metal band. There is no jazz or hip hop tracks here to distract the purists but Candiria does not disappoint on Kiss The Lie. If there is anything bad to say about this album, it is that there are not enough tracks. Yes, Kiss The Lie is that good that it leaves you wanting more at the end of it. There is just not enough of Candiria at the moment and they could do better by having a greater output of music. But metal fans will have to enjoy this for now.

Kiss The Lie kicks off with Icarus Syndrome as Candiria teases listeners with a softly spoken start. But the jazzy bassline kicks in and before long you have the hardcore metal riffs waking your consciousness. There are other great tunes on Kiss The Lie, such as Reflection 11, Legion, Genuine and many more. Candiria has provided a winner this time as they always do, and fans all over the world will rejoice.

Check out more of Candiria Kiss The Lie here.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Dragonforce - Ultra Beatdown

Dragonforce has released their latest hit album Ultra Beatdown which is a showcase of the best in symphonic metal. Billed as the fastest band in metal and possibly in history, Dragonforce has completed Ultra Beatdown after being made even more famous by their previous songs featured on the Guitar Hero soundtrack. With this new Dragonforce album, Ultra Beatdown is sure to invade the mainstream even more and bring symphonic metal to a larger and wider audience.

Ultra Beatdown by Dragonforce features the 10 requisite tracks which are all brilliant and full of speed metal riffs infused with generous doses of melody. The album is what metal fans of all ages would anticipate and love, and the various members of Dragonforce do not disappoint with their skills on their instruments. Some of the new tracks include Heroes of Our Time, Heartbreak Armageddon, A Flame for Freedom and Strike of the Ninja.

For more of Dragonforce Ultra Beatdown, check here.

Kreator - Hordes Of Chaos

Kreator will be releasing their new album Hordes of Chaos soon and it is a bonecrushing new slab of extreme thrash metal. Everybody should know Kreator by now as the legendary death thrash metal band that has released classic after classic. And Hordes of Chaos their new 2009 album will soon be regarded as one due to the many massive anthems that permeate the whole LP. It is another return to top form by the German metal band and Kreator does not seem to let up with each release after their comeback.

Hordes of Chaos by Kreator includes 10 terrific tracks with a distinctly familiar cover art. Apart from the title track that kicks of Hordes of Chaos in style, Kreator has also included other instant favourites such as Warcurse, Amok Run, Destroy What Destroys You, and Radical Resistance. All in all, the album contains 10 perfect songs that thrash metal and death metal fans of Kreator will enjoy tremendously.

You can find out and sample more of Kreator Hordes of Chaos here.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Arch Enemy - Tyrants Of The Rising Sun Live In Japan

Arch Enemy Tyrants of the Rising Sun Live in Japan is a quality recording of the melodic death metal band's flawless performance in Japan earlier this year. The bands go through a double disc set of timeless classics and newer songs, from Blood On Your Hands, Ravenous, Burning Angel, to Snowbound. Angela Gossow continues to be on top form on vocals, while the brothers Michael and Christopher Amott both display guitar chops that are out of this world.

The rest of the band are also in top form on Arch Enemy's Tyrants of the Rising Sun Live in Japan. You could hear that the Japanese fans were evidently appreciative and going crazy over their heroes playing their favourite tunes. Death metal has never been as melodic as Arch Enemy and they have shown that they can do it live effortlessly and with no lack of energy that is always crucial in having a powerful death metal gig. Tyrants of the Rising Sun Live in Japan is a keeper and one that will be played on many fans' turntable for many years to come.

Check out more of Arch Enemy Tyrants of the Rising Sun Live in Japan here and here.

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