Yesterday, the Polynesian metal outfit Shepherds Reign announced the release date of their latest work, an album titled ‘Ala Mai’ – releasing on the 25th of August on Golden Robot Records. Alongside the album release date, the first single, ‘Nafanua’, was also stated to be releasing on the 4th of August, and a set of five New Zealand tour dates were also included in the group’s big announcement.
Carmine Appice is without doubt, a rock god. He played drums for the legendary Vanilla Fudge (on ‘Season Of The Witch’ and ‘You Keep Me Hanging On’), and he co-wrote ‘Da Ya Think I’m Sexy’ with Rod Stewart and Duane Hitchings. He’s also, with Vanilla Fudge, responsible for paving the way for one of the most popular genres in rock: heavy metal, by way of bridging the gap between psychedelic and prog/hard rock. The likes of The Nice, Deep Purple, Yes, Styx, Led Zeppelin, and Uriah Heep, all credit “The Fudge” as their inspiration.
‘Destitute’, by Like Machines, is a track that centres around the age-old story of the haves and the have-nots. However, instead of only discussing how bad off the have-nots, Like Machines use their lyrics to point the finger at the so-called haves: people who are more concerned with their “9 to 5” even though the world around them is evidently collapsing.
Sin7 comprises Rev Bliss on vocals, Nelly on guitar, and Hammer on drums. The trio were formed in 2012 in Twin Cities, Minnesota, but each member has over twenty years of performing and touring experience from their previous bands, meaning that combined they know exactly what it takes to keep their fans happy. ‘Erased’ is their latest single, and comes with a music video which features footage that looks like it’s from a horror film.
Based in Seattle, Arisen From Nothing catch the listener’s attenion with their lethal brand of metal. The five-piece band is led by Jessie Bringham, with Troy Elmore and Steve Pontius on guitars, Eric Hanson on bass, and Brandon Fuller, who was previously a member of Ghost Town Rebellion, on drums. Arisen From Nothing’s album, ‘Broken’, is released through Montreal label, Collective Wave Records, and they’ve led off with the raw and stirring single, ‘Chaos’.
With their heavy rock/industrial style, Gabriel and the Apocalypse are dramatic and theatrical, but in the words of frontwoman Lindy Gabriel, “not over polished. You can feel the emotion. You can feel the anger.” The band has been together in its current formation since 2011, and have recently released the video for their new song, ‘Thrill Of The Kill’.