Tag: Top Notch

Angra – Kiko Loureiro (guitar)

Brazilians ANGRA combine a unique blend of traditional power metal with progressive, classical and ethnic elements with a South American flavor to create intricate and majestic compositions. The band formed in 1991 and has persevered through bad management dealings and lineup changes, including losing their original singer Andre Matos. His replacement, Eduardo Falaschi, has fit …

Eminent – Death of the Pilgram

If DREAM THEATER and PINK FLOYD had a baby, EMINENT would be the result. AVENGED SEVENFOLD, MUSE and TOOL would be their brothers and sisters, or long-lost cousins. Winners of the 2009 Project Independent Metal Showcase, the LA band’s progressive prowess, mixed with a subtle alternative sound, caters to the seasoned listener. A concoction of …

Loudness – King Of Pain

For three decades, Japanese warriors LOUDNESS has been churning out solid heavy metal. After the kamikaze attack of 2009’s The Everlasting comes another brilliant headbanger, King Of Pain. LOUDNESS seems to be getting better with age. Their maturity in their songwriting and musicianship is top-notch. The band is pretty much intact with the original members, …

The Overseer – The Overseer

How is it that a band can tour with the likes of Take It Back, Close Your Eyes, Kid Liberty, and Becoming The Archetype but still be unsigned? This, however, is the situation with The Overseer. In any case, they went into the studio earlier this year and recorded their self-titled EP. The EP features …

KATAKLYSM: Complete New Album/Announce Release Date

KATAKLYSM recently wrapped up recording Heaven’s Venom – the follow-up to 2008’s Prevail – which will be released on August 20th in Europe and August 24th in North America.  Heaven’s Venom was recorded by KATAKLYSM guitarist J-F  Dagenais (Malevolent Creation, Misery Index) and is currently being mixed by Tue Madsen (The Haunted, Mnemic, Dark Tranquillity): …

Charred Walls Of The Damned – Charred Walls Of The Damned

Well-known metal drummer and Howard Stern sidekick Richard Christy’s new band, CHARRED WALLS OF THE DAMNED, is a conglomeration of heavy metal’s finest musicians. I don’t like to use the term “supergroup,” but the band’s incredible lineup — Tim “Ripper” Owens (vocals), Steve DiGiorgio (bass) and famed producer Jason Suecof (guitars) — is pretty spectacular. …

SMNNEWS exclusive: Fashion Bomb vocalist gives update on upcoming CD

Chicago-based metal band FASHION BOMB’s vocalist Val gives a brief interview by e-mail about its soon to be released sophomore effort, Visions of the Lifted Veil. How’s the recording of the new CD going? The record is complete and is awaiting release. We are excited to unleash it on the world and we are busy …

Kataklysm Guitarist Detained at US Border by Federal Agents

Canada’s KATAKLYSM recently returned home after two separate very successful shows in St-Petersburg and Moscow, Russia. Unfortunately upon arriving in America guitarist J-F Dagenais was pulled from line at customs and detained by Federal Agents. Vocalist Maurizio Iacono commented on the band’s experience in Russia and J-F’s not so friendly welcome home: “Well, this was …

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