Reviews

Heidre – Kvit

Heidre is a band project from Norway, founded in 2018. They have created new versions of known and lesser-known hymns.The newly relaesed album “ Kvit” is their debut album. All the lyrics are in Norwegian. Heidre is an old Norwegian word meaning "to honor" or "to praise". The album was printed on CD in 300 copies and is nearly sold out as we speak.    The band is considering pressing vinyl, but it is not decided

Line Up:
Rita, Vocals
Alf Petter, Guitar, Synth
Siggen, Drummer,
Ingvild, Piano
Trond Edvard, Bass.

All the members of the band have a slightly different musical backgrounds, which is why we have tried to mix this into something new”. As a band they would like the music and lyrics to be central and not themselves as human beings. “We honor God by playing these hymns.


Rita the vocalist is married to Alf Petter who plays guitar and synth. Ingvild the pianist is married to Trond Edvard the bassist of the band.


We are very fond of the old Scandinavian hymns that have deep lyrics and beautiful melodies. They address many aspects of life, and we want more to open their eyes to these. Some of the hymns are hundreds of years old, and on one of the hymns we do not know a copywriter. It is sung from generation to generation, until someone wrote it down in 1979. ("I know a friend") “.

With complex guitar riffs, great bass and drums with metal beats, piano and female vocals this album should appeal to any fan of Symfonic Metal. Lyrically psalms tend to be timeless and handle topics that refer to human life and in Christians living in any decade. And in this metal cover versions, a new generation can discover that God is timeless and has been there from the beginning of the humanity and will be till the end.


Personal favorites are “Jeg Kjenner En Ven”, in English “ I Know A Friend” . A beautiful descripton about wandering with Christ and also “ Deg Vaere Aere”, " Glory To You". Hymns/ Psalms presented like this on a sunday and no one would call that church sleepy or boring.

We as a band would like the music and lyrics to be central and not us as human beings. We will honor God by playing these hymns” . We also want to make more music in the future.”
For the moment Heidre is merely a studioproject, but they are also open for other aspects in the future.

SANGREAL

The first full lenght of this band was released on May 23rd. The album is selftitled and released under Underground Symphony Records in deluxe digipak edition.


Sangreal is an international project. They themselves title their music as Epic Metal.to connect metal to the sacred of the ancient scriptures, religious themes, legends, mysticism and esotericism, an epic journey between legends and history. 

Line up;
Gabriele Grilli - Vocals
Jahn Carlini - Guitars
Francesco Russo - Guitars
Alessandro Battini - Keyboards
Paris Lambrou - Bass
Matti Auerkallio - Drums


This is the brainchild of the guitarplayer Jahn Carlini, (Great Master) the line-up is composed by well-known metal artists like: Gabriele Grilli on vocals (ex-Doomsword), Alessandro Battini (Dark Horizon, Ghost City) on keyboards, Francesco Russo (ex-Shadows Of Steel) on the guitar, the Cypriot bass player Paris Lambrou (ex-Arrayan Path, Astronomikon) and the Finnish multi-instrumentalist Matti Auerkallio (Ultimatium, Katra) on drums. The full length is mixed by Daniele Mandelli (Dark Horizon, Forgotten Tomb, Adramelch) and mastered by Simone Mularoni.


Before getting my attention to this album, I never heard of Epic Metal. Personally I would call it Progressive Power Metal with Symponic tones. Fans of German Symphonic Rock like Avantasia and Power Metal bands like Helloween and Gammaray should find themselves comfortable with the tunes of this album.
The song have a pretty wide range of subjects with lyrics covering old legends like “ Ring of Shemoloh” and “Quest of the Holy Grail” to Biblical themes with songs like: “ Vision and Life”, ”I Am That I Am”, “ Martyr” and “The Prophet”. This is a album worth giving a good time listening to.


 

Back Pocket – To Overcome

 Back Pocket Prophet is a Thrash/Heavy Metal band from Oxfordshire, United Kingdom. Returning in late 2018 from an extended hiatus with new studio album “…To Overcome”.

 

Originally Formed in 2007, Back Pocket Prophet, or BPP as they are known to their fans, have after the hiatus played extensively in both the UK and Europe, from the pub circuit to festivals, concidering no gig being too small or big.

 

Line Up:

Dan Random – Vocals

Gabriel Cade – Guitar

Vic Barton - Bass

Joakim Sehlstedt- Drums


What defines Trash Metal as a genre is: The fast pace of the music with extremely fast and rhytmic drumbeats, fast and heavy guitar riffs that needs to be accompanied with a skilled bass player, and it also requires quite a lot of the singer.
Listening to Trash Metal is a bit like taking a very fast rollercoast ride. Perfection is not a requierment. If it sounds like it´s recorded in a garage it can still be loveable. Songs often recorded in one take, is just alright in this genre. After a Trash Metal song you are left with the feeling “ What did I just listen to? It leaves you either with the feeling “ I will never listen to that again” or “I need play this on repeat to grasp everything I just heard”.

BPP has always gone down well in the UK, Germany and Switzerland where the band since some years have a strong and loyal following. In my opinion they can surely make an great contubution to Christan Metal also in US. The sound of this band being very much like any of the biggest Trash Metal bands, Megadeth, Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax, Testament and similar bands, leaving no fan those bands disappopinted.

As a Christian you should get an very satisfying experience from listening to the lyrics of BPP since they are all based on Chrstian life and struggles of forming a Chrisitian identity.


If you love Trash Metal you should defintely buy this album, but this is a band worth seeing live. I think that their live shows is what will truly will continue to build their fanbase.
I´m proud to present this band to the rest of the world as an Christian trash metal band anytime the topic of Trash Metal comes up.
They surely go all in giving their audience a great show. After their show in Sweden in July a friend stated that BPP surely should have an fanclub with the fans being named“ Back Pocketers”, a clan wich I`m happy to join.
In early November this year (2019) they will also be at Meltdown that takes place in UK.



Metal Band

Metal Band

Rainforce – Lions Den / Rock and Roll

This band started in 2016. This band has taken on a clear agenda. They decided to carry on the 80´s rock sound forward. They are very clear with where their influenses come from and they do it very admirably. Althou not being active for all that many years yet, this band already offers a wide range of material and contributes with great rock for anyone who loves their music loud and heavy. With the founders of the genre, like AC/DC now going to retirement Rainforce truly contributes with something not only to the Christian metal scene, but also to the secular one.


Influenses: AC/DC, Krokus, Nazareth, Alice Cooper, Scorpions, Stryper, Leviticus, Petra, Whitecross because of the vocals, and X-Sinner.


Line up: Coming from some different European countries this is a metal project consisting of great hearts for the music and a great teamwork.


Lead vocals Jordan Cutajar from Malta,
Lead guitarist Michael Piranio from Germany,
Guitars and the songwriter Andy La Morte, Switzerland
Drummer Benjamin Mann from Germany guitar
Bass and backing vocals Jan Thomas, Switzerland.
Studio musician Matt Brand, bass and also the bands producer, is from Switzerland .

Releases:
Lions Den, 2017 Roxx Records
For their full lenght debut ”Lions Den” the band was accompanied by some special and prominent guests : Rex Carroll (Whitecross), Jim La Verde (Barren Cross), Rex D. Scott (X-Sinner, GX), Kevin Wright (ex-Jacob’s Dream), Oliver Schneider (Pÿlon, Exile Rd), Hämu Plüss (Bluesaholics), Philipp Rölli (High\Low City), and Philippe Kreis (ex-Disobedience)


The album offers a variouty of different songs, catchy AC/DC-oozing rocksongs like ” Feed me ( I´m Hungry)”, ” My Rock”, songs where you can clearly read out their Christian faith, to an instrumental track ”Speachless”, where an old German folk instrument contributes to an unique sound.



Tracklist including special guests:
01. Lion’s Den (with Philipp Rölli)
02. My Rock (with Rex D. Scott)
03. Feed Me (I’m Hungry)
04. I Am Yours (with Rex Carroll)
05. Speechless (with Philipp Rölli)
06. New Jerusalem (with Hämu Plüss)
07. Desert Sand (with Jim LaVerde)
08. The Gods Have Failed (with Philippe “The Greis” Kreis)
09. He Came To Set The Captives Free (with Oliver Schneider & Philipp Rölli)
10. Shine A Light (with Kevin Wright & Philipp Rölli)


The band has a very gifted singer in the Maltesian Jordan Cutajar. He has a ability to mix varied styles and an amazing vocal range surely matching Brian Johnson(AC/DC), Rex Scott (X-Sinner/GX Project), Dale Thompson(Bride) or one of my personal favorites Roy Khan, former singer of Kamelot.


The Ep ” Rock and Roll”, 2019 is a perfect introduction to the sound of this band.
On the track the band pays tribute to some of their own favorite bands, Christian and non-christian. This music is pure love for 80´s sound and catches it´s essence bringing it forward to us who grow up with 80´r rock but also to the newer generation waiting to fall in love with load and heavy rock. La Mortes lyrics are non-compromazing and leaves no doubt about that this band are Chrisitans, who glorify their God while playing this amazing tunes.


Upcoming from the recording studio
One of Rainforce trademarks seem to be to team up with great vocalists.
For their next release, an alternate version of our song „In Good Hands“, originally track no. 2 on our current EP „Rock And Roll“, they have teamed- up with Herbie Langhans from Avantasia, Radiant, VOODOO CIRCLE and Ex-Seventh Avenue. He is probably one of the Germany’s most wanted rock singer of today. He will perform his very own version of the song. This single will bw released in early November.

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