Tuesday, 11 December 2012

CYBER10 Metal Storm - Female Fronted Metal


For the fourth volume of CYBER10 Metal Storm, a different focus was taken. This time  the meaning is to gather good bands with female vocalists. A very varied tracklist was made including from Melodic Metal songs to Prog Metal to Ballads to a more Extreme Metal. As always, bands come from many places on the Globe and as Christmas is approaching, The Beckoning, from Canada, makes a brilliant participation with the popular song What Child is This.

10 tracks in playlist, average track length: 4:41
Playlist length: 46 minutes 54 seconds 

Playlist files:

1. Nelly Khosrovyan - Land of Noah (4:00)
2. To Cross An Angel - Saprophyte (5:34)
3. Codigo Eterno - Solo Tú (5:01)
4. Ravenland - Regret (3:37)
5. Fraktals - Dead Memories Play (5:43)
6. Hevorah - In the Company of Angels (5:01)
7. The Beckoning - What Child Is This (4:57)
8. Tirza - Stand My Ground (3:33)
9. Holyforce - Escape Mortal (3:54)
10. Alan Flexa - Kamu (feat. Vanessa Rafaelly) (5:34)

Vanessa Rafaelly (Brazil)
Youtube Video
Bandas de Garagem
Vanessa Rafaelly is a metal singer from Amapá, in the North of Brazil. In a region which the metal is not so strong and popular, Vanessa are among the ones who try to make the difference for a changing. She was the lead singer for the bands Seed Falls, The Last Evenfall and her current band Mysterial, besides singing in many opera oriented events and teaching singing. Her latest work was with the musician and producer Alan Flexa for the recording of alternative/progressive tracks.

Nelly Khosrovyan (Armenia)
Nelly Khosrovyan is an Armenian singer who took part in the program X-Factor Armenia and is now in a solo career singing Symphonic Metal.

Codigo Eterno (Honduras)
Youtube Video
Codigo Eterno is a christian rock/hard rock band from Honduras formed in 2004 by Jean Fuentes. All members are from Honduras, apart of the vocalist, who is Spanish. Sometimes is easy to see some similarities with Evanescence.

Tirza (Brazil)
Tirza is an Alternative Metal from Goiânia (Central-Western region of Brazil). The band was formed in 2010 by the main member at that time Tiago Siqueira and Alanna Andrade. Tirza has many influences, from Hard Rock to Extreme Metal.

To Cross An Angel (USA)
Youtube Video
To Cross An Angel is a three piece Christian Metal Band out of Virginia, MN. Lana Morrow (Guitar and clean/scream vocals), and Terran Morrow (Bass and back up growls/clean vocals) formed the band after parting ways with a formed secular band known as “Silenced at 801”. Shortly after forming To Cross An Angel, they added Luke Miller (drums) to the band. After playing together as a three piece for a few months, Luke ran into some personal conflicts and had to part ways. At this point in time, Lana and Terran made the decision to operate as a two piece. Lana stayed on guitar and Terran moved to playing drums along with synth. Linking a guitar amp to a bass amp split on a multi-effects pedal provided the “more full” sound for live performances. In mid August 2012, Luke contacted Lana and Terran as he was ready to fully commit to the music again. Terran moved back to bass and the original 3 piece was united again. In September 2012, the group was contacted by Sanctus Gladius Records and signed to the label later on that month. With the love and commitment for God and metal music, To Cross An Angel presents christian metal with heart, soul and faith.

The Beckoning (Canada)
The Beckoning' is an Extreme Gothic Metal band from Edmonton,Alberta,Canada that fuses the aggression of Extreme Metal with the majestic ambience of Gothic soundscapes. Founded by Meghann and Roy Turple and joined together with guitarist/bassist Eldon Loewen, the trio combine their influences together in a songwriting formula that is both unorthodox and organic.

Holyforce (Colombia)
The band started in 2006, in Bogotá, by Alexander Guillen, under the name of Paradigma intending to play instrumental songs. In 2007 they changed the name to Holyforce and decided to play Prog and Hard Rock. Through the the years the band adopted more Power and Heavy Metal influences, getting to a final result which is the style of Holyforce nowadays.

Fraktals (Brazil)
Youtube Video
In the end of 2010, Emile Mourao, Diego Santiago, Gilberto Faria and Deived Roger had ideas to start a band with a different sound, which translates the different influences of each one of them. With that vision they started doing some covers and later Gutto Guarnieri joined to play the bass. The band is influenced by various segments of the metal and rock as Death Metal, Progressive Metal, Melodic Heavy Metal, Symphonic Metal, as well as Hard Rock and Gothic Rock. The focus is on the band's own compositions and versions of popular tunes of bands as Death, Lacuna Coil, Evanescence, Dream Theater, Bullet for my Valentine, Mudvayne, and many others.

HevoraH (Brazil)
The band started in 2005 and since that they were playing many gigs around São Paulo getting the attention of the public and critics, mainly because of their Nightwish covers. The band took part in an MTV program as Nightwish cover and opened for the real Nightwish in it's concert in Brazil.

Ravenland (Brazil)
Youtube Video
Ravenland was founded in 1997 by Dewindson Wolfheart and became one of the great names in the Brazilian Gothic Scene. The last studio album "And a Crow Brings Me Back" (2009) has as special guests Ricardo Confessori and Tommy Lindal and was mastered in Germany by Waldemar Sorychta. Ravenland has it's video clip "End of Light" being played on MTV and nowadays they are recording a new album with the great singer Juliana Rossi on the vocals.

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

CYBER10 Metal Storm - Keepers Of The Cross II


CYBER10 Keepers Of The Cross compilation is back with great metal bands in the Christian genre. Some facts must be pointed here: This is first participation of bands from Honduras (Soter) and Mexico (Carlos Osnaya). The band Maestah has it's first single included here as well the guitarist Joabe Vasconcelos who has his first official song included in this compilation. The art cover was taken from a TV miniseries named "Pillars Of The Earth" which was based on the novel of the same name by Ken Follet.

10 tracks in playlist, average track length: 4:57
Playlist length: 49 minutes 39 seconds 

Playlist files:

1. Dynasty - Bloody War (4:28)
2. Amos - Pentecost (6:51)
3. Maestah - The Pilgrim (5:39)
4. Carlos Osnaya - Dueto In Adoration (3:42)
5. Clean Heart - Time To War (4:46)
6. C-Force - Up to Heaven (4:52)
7. Soter - Hueste Celestial (5:15)
8. Joabe Vasconcelos - Spiritual Mind (4:14)
9. Tryumphall - Illuminati New World Order (4:25)
10. Holy Cross - Medieval Heart (second version) (5:27)

Amos (Brazil)
The band started in 1994, in Campo Grande / MS - Brazil, with Doom Metal as initial music tendence. After some changes in the line up, the band start to compose new songs that in 1999 could be recorded with a better quality, resulting in the first album called "Gothic Soul". At this time, influenced by Heavy Metal, but not losing the Gothic and Doom Metal influences, keeping melody and feeling in the songs. This album had a good rate by brazilian especialized media, and a lot of publishings in USA and Europa. At last the band re-released "Gothic Soul", remasterized, including 3 bonus tracks. In 2005 the band release your second allbum called A matter of time (Bombworks Records-EUA) and in 2006 release the EP Lost Essence.

Dynasty (Brazil)
Internationally known for the album "Motus Perpetuus", Dynasty hasn't stop. The band from Minas Gerais,  has a new album named "Warriors of the King" a great heavy/power metal record. Dynasty takes part in this compilation with the song Bloody War, a Helloween-like song, for the lovers of melodic power metal

Clean Heart (Brazil)
Last FM
Clean Heart makes heavy metal with some power/melodic influences. Samuel, the soul of the band, is, at the same time, the guitarrist and vocalist and their concerts are usually full of energy. This brazilian band has only a demo release named “Fight In The Name of God” with 4 tracks.

Joabe Vasconcelos (Brazil)
Last FM
Joabe has been playing guitar for 20 years, also playing in many bands. His influences are mainly from the 80's as Van Halen, Steve Vai, Ritchie Blackmore, among others. He is the guitarist for the singer Ton Carfi in the First Anointed Reunion Live, touring and recording. Joabe nowadays is also playing in a gospel band and taking a licentiate course in Music at Faccamp University. The song Spiritual Mind was recorded exclusively for this compilation at QG Studio (São Paulo, Brazil) with the support of Sérgio Ramos and Marcos Costa.

Carlos Osnaya (Mexico)
Osnaya is a Mexican-American neo-classical metal guitarist, composer and arranger. At the age of 16, he became part of the Difrent bands of mexico. He is well known in the South and North American, Asian and European hard rock/metal scene. He toured the globe with his band Exousia, which is an extreme metal band with christian lyrics.

Maestah (Brazil)
After a time when Celso de Freyn (singer of Seven Horizons) came from Italy to Brazil for personal reasons, he decided to start a new project. He has been playing with a new band for quite a time but now de Freyn decided it was time to spread the news about the band for they got their first single released, which is the one included in this compilation.

Soter (Honduras)
Soter started in 1996 and after many member changes, they released, a few time ago, the album Eterno Silencio. The song in this compilation is a cover version of the band Azeta, from Chile.

Tryumphall (Brazil)
Hailing from a place in Brazil which is not well on the metal scene (Vitória da Conquista), Tryumphall stands strong on a power melodic metal sound, influenced as well by progressive styles.

C-Force (Finland)
Last FM
The band was formed in the early 00's and has a demo EP containing 3 songs. C-Force is influenced by bands as Stratovarius, Helloween and the essential of the Melodic Power Metal.

Holy Cross (Brazil)
Youtube Video
Holy Cross is a metal band from São Paulo, formed in 2001. The band released a demo cd in 2002 with the name MEDIEVAL HEART with 3 tracks influenced by gothic and medieval ambience. After just a few concerts, the band stopped playing. Some songs in portuguese were made, but never recorded. Holy Cross became active again only in 2011, recording a new album named VATERLAND, a release that keeps the band inside of the medieval ambience but now with elements of epic, symphonic and neo-classical metal and still with a gothic touch.

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Epic Church - Epic Church 2.0

Months after releasing the debut Epic Church, Emerson Olaf released the 2.0 version of the album. This "second" album contains the same songs of the first one but with an alternative mix. Mostly of the tracks are now more electrorock oriented and the song "Laudate Omnes Gentes" of Taizé has almost 10 minutes in 2.0. This album has only one new song, which is a version of "Principium Sapientae" of the Brazilian composer Villa-Lobos.

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10 tracks in playlist, average track length: 4:11
Playlist length: 41 minutes 51 seconds

Playlist files:

1. Epic Church - Dystopia (stargate version) (4:07)
2. Epic Church - Flow My Tears (short edit) (3:48)
3. Epic Church - O Pastor Moribundo (En Vray Amoure) (4:29)
4. Epic Church - Dreams (electrorock remix) (4:43)
5. Epic Church - Ceinwyn (Winter King Version) (5:08)
6. Epic Church - Vas Pretiosum Labia Scientiae 2 (1:27)
7. Epic Church - Alle Psallite Cum Luya (beta test) (4:31)
8. Epic Church - Van Eyck's Bravade (Holy Cross version) (2:18)
9. Epic Church - Laudate Omnes Gentes (extended) (9:18)
10. Epic Church - Villa-Lobos Principium Sapientiae (2:02)

Saturday, 28 July 2012

Under The Light - Illusions of Happiness

Under The Light is a very interesting project created by Brunno Pleffken (São José dos Campos - São Paulo). Although there is a real band playing the songs, Brunno inserts many electronic arrangements. The band plays mainly New Metal but influences of Gothic and Rock are also found and lyrics are well worked on songs with interesting messages covering the Christianity as theme in a deep way.

7 tracks in playlist, average track length: 4:15
Playlist length: 29 minutes 49 seconds

Playlist files:

1. Under The Light - Introdução (1:11)
2. Under The Light - Debaixo da Luz (5:24)
3. Under The Light - Desesperado (4:25)
4. Under The Light - Eu Sou (4:24)
5. Under The Light - I Need You (feat. December Days) (4:53)
6. Under The Light - Ageu (3:42)
7. Under The Light - Achado ou Perdido (5:50)

Saturday, 21 July 2012

Dank u wel - Vielen Dank - Merci beaucoup

Je tiens à vous remercier les gens de la Belgique parce que, depuis le début du blog que vous avez été le plus grand nombre de téléspectateurs. Comme un cadeau de remerciement Je vous donne un lien pour la version de très haute qualité des chansons de l'Eglise Epic (Epic Church). Il suffit de cliquer le troisième drapeau ci-dessous pour commencer le téléchargement.

Ik wil je bedanken mensen uit België, omdat sinds het begin van de blog waar u geweest bent het hoogste aantal kijkers. Als een gave van dankbaarheid geef ik je een link voor de zeer hoge kwaliteit versie van de liederen van Epic Church. Klik hieronder de derde vlag om de download te starten.

Ich möchte Ihnen danken, weil Menschen aus Belgien seit Beginn des Blogs Sie war die höchste Zahl von Zuschauern haben. Als Geschenk der Dankbarkeit gebe ich dir einen Link für die sehr hohe Qualität Version der Songs von Epic Church. Klicken Sie einfach auf die dritte Fahne unten, um den Download zu starten.


Friday, 20 July 2012

Holy Cross - Vaterland (Second Versions)

The band Holy Cross made a new version for the album Vaterland, containing second versions of the songs. These second versions mean changes on mix and mastering, as well a different musical instrumentation.

8 tracks in playlist, average track length: 3:06
Playlist length: 24 minutes 55 seconds 
Playlist files:
1. Holy Cross - The Pillars of the Earth (second version) (2:34)
2. Holy Cross - King Of Eternity (second version) (4:00)
3. Holy Cross - En Vray Amoure (second version) (2:53)
4. Holy Cross - Händel Sonata No.3 in F for Violin (Largo second version (1:22)
5. Holy Cross - Medieval Heart (second version) (5:27)
6. Holy Cross - Vaterland (second version) (6:23)
7. Holy Cross - Van Eyck's Bravade (second version) (1:10)
8. Holy Cross - Maamme laulu (acoustic) (1:06)

Holy Cross - Interview

Holy Cross was interviewed by the Portuguese website "Heaven is not too far" (http://heavenisnottoofar.webs.com/entrevistaholycross.htm). You can either see the interview here below or by the original link. The text is in Portuguese this time.

-Como surgiram os Holy Cross?

A banda surgiu em 2002, sem muitas pretenções, apenas querendo seguir o estilo metal com influências de ambientações medieval e gótica. De início eram Emerson Olaf, Bruno Zubi e William Queiroz.

-Os Holy Cross passaram por algumas mudanças de integrantes.De que forma essas mudanças influenciaram a banda?

Na verdade as mudanças de integrantes quase não influenciaram na banda, que seguiu na mesma idéia principal.

-Quais as principais influências da banda?

Em questão de estilos musicais a banda é influenciada por melodic metal e gothic. Os integrantes da banda têm bastante influência de Angra, Rhaposdy of Fire, Helloween, Stratovarius, Lacrimosa, Nightwish, Haggard, dentre outras. Gostamos muito de contextualizar as músicas, então é possível encontrar referências históricas também,

-Em que lugares já fizeram tours e qual foi o show mais marcante?

A banda, infelizmente, não fez muitas apresentações e ainda não é possível destacar um show que tenha sido marcante

-A banda já passou por alguma situação engraçada ou inesperada em algum show ou gravação?

O início da banda teve diversas situações engraçadas, pois não tínhamos equipamentos suficientes e próprios pro metal, então já fizemos diversos tipos de adaptações com aparelhagens, microfones e etc. O mais importante na época era a força de vontade de querer tocar.

-O que acharam do lançamento do álbum Vaterland (2011)? Como foi a reação do público?

Vaterland na verdade é uma reunião de idéias antigas e novas. Tínhamos um material já gravado mas não por inteiro então terminamos essas músicas e gravamos algumas músicas novas e formamos o álbum, que teve como guitarrista convidado o músico Moisés Missão, da banda Templo de Fogo de power metal. É importante lembrar que, como álbum, de certa forma, conceitual, Vaterland tem versões de músicas medievais, inclusive uma música do Rei da Inglaterra Henry VIII em que cantamos como letra um outro poema deste mesmo Rei. O público reagiu muito bem, mais do que o esperado, é possível encontrar o álbum para download em diversos sites, porém como somos experimentalistas, sempre há alguns que não gostam das inovações.

-No geral, quais os temas que são abordados nas músicas e quem cria as composições?

Basicamente trabalhamos em uma ambientação medieval ou, ao menos, épica. Logo, é possível perceber influências do Romantismo do século XIX. Cada frase e nome de música é bem escolhida e tem uma relação com algo na História, então as músicas tem um sentido ideológico muito forte, a própria música Vaterland tem um sentido político. Abordamos também o Cristianismo, o qual é a fé que professamos. As composições mais antigas foram criadas por mim, Emerson Olaf, e Bruno Zubi, as mais recentes foram criadas somente por mim. Algo interessante é que existem umas 4 ou 5 músicas em português, todas criadas inteiramente por Zubi e são músicas muito boas que lembram a banda alemã Freedom Call. Infelizmente, essas músicas não puderam ser gravadas no álbum Vaterland, pois ficariam fora de contexto.

-O que pensam sobre os estilos de metal? Acham que o antigo heavy metal está perdendo cada vez mais espaço para os novos estilos de metal?

O problema não está em inovar, o problema está em abandonar o espírito em que o Heavy Metal tem que ser trabalhado. Se algo é produzido com intuíto de ser Pop e ter fama, isso nunca vai ser um metal de verdade, sonoramente não há jeito de se juntar as duas coisas. Na hora em que estive mixando e masterizando Vaterland, foram as minhas escolhas que determinaram se a banda seria metal ou pop. E sim, pensamos que o antigo Heavy Metal perde muito espaço para bandas que não sabem o que estão fazendo, bandas que tem como referência de metal o Linking Park, por exemplo (não que esta seja uma banda ruim, mas muitas bandas novas só vêem o metal a partir dessa banda pra frente.). Ao mesmo tempo que a internet facilita o conhecimento, ela forma pessoas com conhecimentos apenas superficiais, então um garoto que nunca procuraria pelo metal por si só, acaba vendo um vídeo no youtube, se empolga e agora é um "metaleiro", pessoas assim formarão bandas, prejudicando a cena.

-Quais são os planos da banda para 2012? Pretendem gravar um novo álbum, fazer um videoclipe?

Comentarei sobre coisas que teria ter falado antes mas reservei para esta pergunta. A banda está parada a um certo tempo já, a produção de Vaterland foi feita para resgatarmos nosso material antigo, como eu já disse. Nem todos os músicos da banda moram na mesma cidade, o que dificulta bastante, mas mesmo assim a banda procura por novos músicos para voltar a atividade. Tendo um time completo, pretendemos sim gravar um novo álbum, pois existem as músicas em português a serem gravadas, mas antes disso, a prioridade de verdade, é fazer muitas apresentações e tornar a banda cada vez mais conhecida e, de repente, ter também um videoclip.

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Entrevista por:

Denise Fernandes