Friday, 08 June 2018 15:44

Seattle, WA's Heir Apparent was founded in 1984 by guitarist Terry Gorle. During 1985, Heir Apparent signed with Black Dragon Records and completed the first album "Graceful Inheritance" that was released in January of 1986. Up to this day, the debut album of Heir Apparent is considered as one of the best US metal albums of the 80s.

After highs and lows in the music industry and line-up changes, finally the band was signed by Metal Blade Records and released their second album "One Small Voice" (1989), one of the best progressive metal albums of all times. Although the future looked bright, tensions surrounding commitment and finances within the band caused a rift that split the group.

In 2000, Heir Apparent reunited at the Wacken Open Air festival in Germany, and in the next years more shows followed with different line-ups for festivals like Keep It True, Metal Assault and Up The Hammers.

The current line-up of Heir Apparent consists of original members Terry Gorle (guitar), Derek Peace (bass), Ray Schwartz (drummer) with the addition of Op Sakiya (keyboards) and the great new singer Will Shaw. This line-up dominated Up The Hammers (Greece) and Keep It True (Germany) festivals during 2016 and with this full comeback, the time is right for a new album.

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"The View From Below" is the title of the third Heir Apparent album that is set for release on October 15th of 2018 via No Remorse Records.

"The View From Below" is produced by Tom Hall and Heir Apparent. Tom Hall has also produced the first Heir Apparent album "Graceful Inheritance (1986) and he has also worked with Queensrÿche on "Queensrÿche" EP (1983) and "Empire" (1990), among others.

Tracklist:
1. Man in the Sky
2. The Door
3. Here We Aren't
4. Synthetic Lies
5. Savior
6. Further and Farther
7. The Road to Palestine
8. Insomnia

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Join Heir Apparent on Facebook HERE. Visit the official Heir Apparent website HERE.

 
 
Friday, 01 June 2018 13:18

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"Divine Intermission" is the debut full-length album of OPEN BURN, a new Progressive Power Metal band from USA, featuring veterans and known musicians of the scene.

OPEN BURN includes three members of the legendary US Progressive Power Metal band LETHAL and their classic era of the "Programmed" album.

OPEN BURN is Eric W. Johns (vocals), Dell Hull (guitars), Glen Cook (bass) and Jerry Hartman (drums).

Highly recommended for fans of LETHAL, QUEENSRYCHE, FATES WARNING and HEIR APPARENT, "Divine Intermission" is set for release on June 29, 2018.

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Join OPEN BURN on Facebook HERE for updates and live dates that will follow.

 
 
Monday, 19 March 2018 19:11

Q5 is a Seattle, Washington, based band formed in 1983 and their music is a blend of hard rock, melodic and straight-forward heavy metal. "Steel The Light", originally released in 1984, is one of the classic U.S. metal albums of the 80s including all-time favorite songs like "Lonely Lady", "Pull The Trigger" and "Steel The Light".

The reissue will include all the classic tracks of the original release plus never-before released bonus tracks and thick booklet with many photos and new liner notes. The Album will be available in July 2018 on CD, LP and limited deluxe box set (featuring both the CD, LP and an exclusive t-shirt). Pre-orders will begin in June 2018, and exact dates will be announced on time.

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To celebrate this long awaited re-release, the band will head out this August on a full European tour, in which the band will play "Steel The Light" in its entirety, as well as other favorites from "When The Mirror Cracks" and "New World Order".

Dates are still being added at press time, so fans can follow the band via their Facebook (www.facebook.com/q5official), Twitter (www,twitter.com/q5_official) and on Instagram (www.instagram..com/q5rocks) accounts... or fans can go to the band's newly launched official website at www.q5official.com, which includes all news, photos, music and information about Q5!

Confirmed dates already include shows in Germany, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland and Greece.

Q5 is: Jonathan K (vocals), Evan Sheeley (bass), Dennis Turner (guitars), James Nelson (guitars) and Jeffrey McCormack (drums)

 
 
Friday, 16 March 2018 14:55

DARKEST COLOR was a Thrash Metal band active in the late 80s in Athens, Greece. During 1990 the band broke up and Tom, the founder of DARKEST COLOR, joined FLAMES on vocals and guitars. All the songs that DARKEST COLOR performed live were never recorded and only three of them ended in the fifth studio album of FLAMES, "Nomen Illi Mors" (1991). At that time, FLAMES was the biggest Thrash Metal band of Greece.

Decades later, Tom decided to resurrect DARKEST COLOR, one of the best hidden secrets of Thrash Metal, with bassist Elias from the original band members along with some session musicians and special guests. The album that should be released in 1990 will be finally unleashed upon the world in 2018...

"Deal With Pain" is the debut album of DARKEST COLOR, with 8 songs originally written during 1988-89, with influences from the Big 4 of Thrash Metal (METALLICA, MEGADETH, SLAYER, ANTHRAX) and the German legends SODOM and KREATOR. The album was recorded during 2016-17, produced by Thimios Krikos (INNERWISH) and among others includes guest appearances by George Emmanuel (ROTTING CHRIST) and Frank Blackfire (ex-KREATOR, SODOM).

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"Deal With Pain" is set for release on 4th of May 2018 via No Remorse Records.

 
 
Thursday, 15 February 2018 17:51

"Deuce" consists of historic recordings including the first steps of a metal guitar legend. Guitar virtuoso Marty Friedman (solo, ex-MEGADETH, ex-CACOPHONY) along with musicians like Tom Gattis (guitars - vocals) and Billy Giddings (drums), both members of TENSION deliver US Heavy Metal of its early forms, since "Deuce" includes the band's recordings from 1978 and 1979 plus 2 tracks from a DEUCE 1993 brief reunion. To this day, these recordings have reached the level of a legendary cult status scale on the collectable metal scene, and now they are available officially on CD format including extended liner notes & the DEUCE story plus rare photo material.

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"HAWAII (the band and the island) represents a unique and very unsettling chapter in my career. The band had a unique cast of characters in and around it, and a great story line, but we couldn't slay the beast that was battling us every step of the way - the fact that we were on a tiny island literally in the middle of the ocean" - Marty Friedman

Originally released in 1984 on vinyl only, HAWAII's "Loud, Wild And Heavy" represents a unique chapter in the early career of guitar metal virtuoso Marty Friedman (solo, ex-MEGADETH, ex-CACOPHONY). "Loud, Wild And Heavy" will be reissued for first time officially on CD format, including bonus material and extended new liner notes written by Marty Friedman.

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Both CD versions of DEUCE and HAWAII are mastered by Bart Gabriel (CIRITH UNGOL, HEXX, PAGAN ALTAR) and release date is set for March 30, 2018.

Vinyl version of DEUCE and also VIXEN "Made In Hawaii" CD / LP / Box Set to follow later during 2018. Pre-order and release dates TBA.