International power prog metal band BLACKWELDER signs worldwide management deal with Germany’s ROCK’N’GROWL MANAGEMENT. Hailing from the four corners of the world, BLACKWELDER is a brand new metal experience featuring some of the top names in Power Prog Metal today. Arguably the best singer in all of metal, Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear, ex-Gamma Ray) fronts this extraordinary outfit at the top of his game, alongside guitar virtuoso Andrew Szus (Seven Seraphim). Bjorn Englen (Dio Disciples, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen) and Aquiles Priester (Hangar, ex-Angra) round out this unstoppable team of what quite possibly could be one of the greatest lineups metal has ever seen.
Ralf Scheepers – Vocals (Primal Fear, ex-Gamma Ray)
Andrew Szucs – Guitar (Seven Seraphim)
Bjorn Englen – Bass (Dio Disciples, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen)
Aquiles Priester – Drums (Hangar, ex-Angra)
BLACKWELDER began as the long-awaited follow up to Seven Seraphim’s “Believe in Angels“. Bit by bit, as the songs materialized, it became evident to mainman Andrew Szucs that this music should carry the banner of a new musical entity, emerging from a richer, darker source thus, BLACKWELDER was born.
Andrew began this musical journey alone, however, once he completed the framework for all of the songs, the band members began to fall into place like pieces of a puzzle.
Bjorn Englen was the first to climb aboard, expertly adding his bass lines to the songs. Bjorn would later go on tour with Tony MacAlpine alongside drummer Aquiles Priester, after which, it seemed only natural to keep this rhythm section in tact for BLACKWELDER.
Once Andrew’s guitars were recorded, it became evident that a true powerhouse vocalist was needed to carry these songs to completion. Not just any voice would do.BLACKWELDER would need the stratospheric vocal stylings characterized by the rich tradition of European heavy metal, and who better to do that than the voice of Primal Fear: Ralf Scheepers. Like a dragon with its fire, Ralf’s voice and lyrical themes are a natural fit to the songs of BLACKWELDER; blending and contrasting with the Marshall-based guitar tones in perfect harmony.
Topping off this powerful lineup is the unparalleled drumming of Aquiles Priester. Andrew and Aquiles agreed to finish the songs with Aquiles’ unique pyrotechnic display of progressive metal drumming techniques and what a display it is.
BLACKWELDER is a winning formula of raw musical virtuosity that holds the listener’s ears right from the start. This act is surely not one to be missed and cannot be denied!
1. Smash It Up
4. Going Away
5. Gotta Move
6. How Long
9. Dancing Days
10. Stand Up for Love
Release Date: 23 March 2012 – Escape Music
You can read the new Phenomena album „Awakening“ as a who is who of the rock business.
The project of Tom Galley and Wilfried F. Riemensberger began back in 1985 with the first Phenomena album, that was engaged with the most considerable musicians of that time.
There were Glenn Hughes, Mel Galley, Cozy Powell and much more. The album earned lot of great critics and was high standing at the music fans….a big success. Til now Phenomena albums were published with different musicians and unsteady intervals.
The line up this time:
Martin Kronlund: Guitars, and Bass
Tom Harlan: Guitars & Keyboards
Imre Daun: Drums.
Henrik Thomsen: bass
Per Aronson-Andersson: Hammond, keyboards
JAVA Gospel on “Stand up for love”
Carl Anthony Wright – Guitars
Christian Wolff – Guitars
Tommy Denander – Guitars
Mike Slamer Guitars
Magnus Karlsson – Guitars
Mat Sinner – Bass
All COLDSPELL members
Steve Newman – Guitars and backing vocals
Fredrik Bergh – Keyboards on “Smash It Up” And “Gotta Move”
The first song „Smash it up“ starts briliant with the voice of Lee Small (Shy, Skyscraper) that owns a high recognation value. Great voice in a great midtempo track. The next number „Reality“ is also a good handmade one, which honours the legendary Queen. Toby Hitchcock (Pride of Lion) and Mike Slamer (Steelhouse Lane) are a strong combination and the guitar solo warms you up.
„Homeland“ then with Rob Moriatti (ex-Saga) is a mix of slow and fast parts with sweeping effects.
„Going Away“, performed by James Christian (House of Lords), who’s voice will be known at once, is a more rockin’ track than the others before. And like on the others we find guitar players here with absolutely knowledge in what they do…a real pleasure.
„Gotta Move“ with Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear) is a melodic rock song combined with heavy influences.
It’s not possible to write about all songs, cause it would go beyond the scope. But maybe we have to talk about „Dancing Day“. This song was complete done by the swedish band Coldspell. And „Stand up for Love“ is the best love song I’ve heard for a long time. It brings emotions of big pleasure. If you have had a bad day…listen to this song and you will suddenly feel better.
The album „Awakening“ is a felicitous one all around. It impressed me from the first seconds. A mix of melodic, heavy and bombastic rock. Also the producers Tom Galley and Martin Kronlund did the rest for a phenomenal release. Anyone who likes good rock music will love it. Supporters of the old Phenomena can cheer up…all the others, take a listen. It’s more worth doin that.
Maybe the album could have been any longer….but this is a matter of taste.
Points: 9,5 / 10
Review by Angel
01. Blaze Of Glory
02. Marching Again
03. And There Was Silence
04. Night Of The Jumps
05. Give ‘Em Hell
06. Born Again
07. Where Angels Die
08. Bad Guys Wear Black
10. Metal Nation
12. Raise Some Hell
German power metal band Primal Fear will release a new studio album entitled Unbreakable, which will be out in stores January 20th, 2012, in Europe and January 24th in North America. After a tour through South America in the spring of 2011, more dates in Europe plus an outstanding appearance on the 2011 edition of the Wacken Open Air, Primal Fear were ready to start recording the new album.
Unbreakable combines the skills of the strongest Primal Fear line-up ever, with a well-balanced “back to the roots” vibe and an ambitious learning process during their longest tour so far. Classic and ultra-fresh Primal Fear riff-rockers like “Strike”, “Give ‘Em Hell” or the high speed track “And There Was Silence” will hit the bulls-eye, like the rhythm paced metal anthem, first single and new video clip “Bad Guys Wear Black”. Singer Ralf Scheepers adds: “The plan was to record an album for the fans with rough metal riffs, screaming vocals and good melodies and finally it became a monster – a tough ‘bang-your-head’ metal album called Unbreakable.”
Unbreakable was produced by Mat Sinner, engineered and mixed by Achim Koehler & the House Of Music studios and some other studios in Germany & Sweden between the summer and autumn of 2011.
Unbreakable will be anticipated by the digital release of the single “Bad Guys Wear Black”, which will be available for download and streaming on December 5th, 2011. The single will also include “Metal Nation” in an exclusive single mix.