Melodic power metal act Dragonland releases music video for the song “Flight From Destruction” off upcoming, new album "The Power Of The Nightstar".
More than ten years without a new studio album could be reason enough for a band to fall into oblivion, unless of course they left a lasting impression on their fans before their hiatus. In case of Swedish melodic metal masters DRAGONLAND, who have inspired their extensive following repeatedly since the release of their debut The Battle Of The Ivory Plains in 2001, the anticipation of new material has continued to grow from year to year since their 2011 release Under The Grey Banner. Finally, DRAGONLAND returns to the heavy music scene, with their brand new, colossal album The Power Of The Nightstar, which is slated for a release on October 14, 2022 via AFM Records!
Following the previously-released, first single and album title track, now, DRAGONLAND shared a music video for a new song, "Flight From Destruction", showcasing the album’s amazing range of wonderfully haunting, fast-paced melodic metal the band is known and loved for!
The Power Of The Nightstar impressively illustrates, that DRAGONLAND continue to be among the most energetic and passionate bands of their genre. The album is not only the band’s longest and most elaborate record to date, it also documents a remarkable artistic development. “The overall approach is a bit more cinematic sound-wise than our earlier releases,” keyboardist Elias Holmlid explains, adding: “Compared to ‘Under The Grey Banner’, the new album features more electronic elements while retaining and refining the symphonic parts. Fans of Dragonland will definitely recognize the songwriting style, which we’ve taken to even more epic proportions this time around, with dense choirs and maximized production values.”
DRAGONLAND's upcoming magnum opus was mixed and mastered by studio icon Jacob Hansen at Hansen Studios, and will be available on October 14, 2022 through AFM Records.
"The Power Of The Nightstar" track listing 01. The Awakening 02. A Light in the Dark 03. Flight from Destruction 04. Through Galaxies Endless 05. The Scattering of Darkness 06. A Threat from Beyond the Shadows 07. Aphelion 08. Celestial Squadron 09. Resurrecting an Ancient Technology 10. The Power of the Nightstar 11. Final Hour 12. Journey's End 13. Oblivion
Following their latest, critically acclaimed studio album, The Last Viking (2020, AFM Records), symphonic metal masters LEAVES‘ EYES decided to start an upcoming throwback-series while digging deeper into their back catalogue treasury. As a first jewel, the band just recently presented a stunning acoustic version of the LEAVES‘ EYESclassic and 2015-album title track "King Of Kings“ which was originally recorded with former vocalist Liv Kristine.
Says vocalist Elina Siirala: "Dark Love Empress is one of my favourite songs to play live! It's such a dynamic song with powerful lyrics and this combination gave a perfect canvas for creating a more delicate version of it. It felt very natural to play the piano arrangement as the song gives me so many visual images alongside the musical inspiration. This piano version brings out a whole different side of the song also vocally and that’s one of the reasons I love making acoustic versions of our songs."
Joe Lynn Turner has announced his new album, which is titled "Belly of the Beast" and is going to be released by via Music Theories Recordings / Mascot Label Group on October 28th, 2022. The iconic singer also made life-long condition of alopecia public, and presented his natural likeness publicly for the first time.
The wildest times call for the freest of voices. After selling millions of records, playing to countless fans, and fronting some of the most influential rock bands in history, award-winning songwriter and vocal dynamo Joe Lynn Turner speaks his mind as loudly as possible on his eleventh full-length offering and Mascot Label Group debut, BELLY OF THE BEAST. Joining forces with iconic producer Peter Tägtgren [Hypocrisy, PAIN, Lindemann], the New Jersey-born powerhouse conjures up the kind of heavy metal that not only makes you throw your fist in the air, but also makes you think.
“Belly Of The Beast is a phrase we’ve heard over and over again in history,” he observes. “You can trace the cults and corruption all over the world back to prophecies in the Bible. It feels like it’s coming to fruition these days. When you look at the book of Revelation, there it is. I’ve always dipped into esoteric knowledge, Hermeticism, Occultism, Bible research, Eclectic philosophy. I’ve been fascinated with discovery of hidden mysteries. We are in a true spiritual war right now. It’s Good versus Evil. We’ve all got an Angel on one shoulder and a Devil on the other. We’re in the Belly of the Beast, trapped in the System, and there’s no way out of it. The album addresses this.”
A five-decade career prepared him to make such a statement. Joe founded Fandango in 1977 and sang for the band for four records before Rainbow guitarist Ritchie Blackmore rang. His vocals powered the seminal Difficult to Cure in 1981, going gold in the UK, France, and Japan in addition to cracking the Top 50 of the Billboard Top 200 and Top 3 on the UK Top Albums Chart. A year later, he ignited Rainbow’s Straight Between the Eyes, which Guitar World retrospectively hailed as one of “The 25 Greatest Rock Guitar Albums of 1982.” It also spawned the Hot 100 hit “Stone Cold.” During 1988, a Polygram VP wanted Turner to extend his writing and singing skills to collaborate with legendary shred virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen for his project Rising Force. Their album, Odyssey, scaled the Top 40 of the Top 200, marking Malmsteen’s highest bow on the respective chart and going gold in Sweden. Not long after, he reteamed with Blackmore for Deep Purple’s Slaves and Masters , reaching gold status in Switzerland and Japan.
In addition, he has co-written for and appeared on classics such as Mick Jones’s Mick Jones , Riot’s The Privilege of Power , and Lita Ford’s Dangerous Curves , to name a few. Not to mention, he lent his background vocals to Michael Bolton’s double-platinum The Hunger , Cher’s platinum Cher , Billy Joel’s GRAMMY® Award-nominated quadruple-platinum Storm Front , and many more. From 2001-2004 he teamed up with his friend and counterpart Glenn Hughes and formed HTP ‘’Hughes Turner Project’’. The release of two highly acclaimed original albums and two world tours in support gave him further recognition. Other collaborations range from shining on stage with Raiding the Rock Vault at LVH Hotel and Casino and an unforgettable turn on X Factor Bulgaria to two cuts on Michael Schenker Group’s 2021 album, Immortal.
In 2017, he initially met Peter after performing at his brother’s private birthday party. Soon later, Joe and Peter collaborated on their first track “Don’t Fear The Dark,” cementing their creative partnership and assembling what would become Belly Of The Beast.
“It happened completely by accident, but some of the best things happen by accident,” Joe notes. “I was not very familiar with Peter’s bands Pain and Hypocrisy, but when we met, I loved his personality, and I felt like we had a chemistry together. On the writing side, you have to change and grow to mature. I had this in me. As far as pushing into a heavy vein, Peter said, ‘Joe adapted his voice,’ which is the truth. It’s still me though. I kept it dirty, gritty, and metal.” The title track and first single “Belly Of The Beast” storms out of the gate on a barrage of airtight guitars and pummeling double bass. Before a skyscraping solo, it crashes into a plea, “Heaven help us shall we be released, ‘cause we can’t break free.”
“It’s all about the ritual and the Serpent God of Fear, which is Lucifer,” he notes. “Who creates the spell upon Mankind. If you believe in good, you must believe in evil. It’s the Yin and Yang of life. They must co-exist, it’s simple physics. This track had an evil flavor, so upon listening, the story line was obvious to me. Peter sprang the double-time chorus on me, and we went for it.”
This chapter saw him make a crucial personal decision too. Diagnosed with alopecia at three-years-old, he began to wear a wig at 14-years-old, dealing with “emotional and psychological damage from cruel bullying in school.” So, he wore the hairpiece throughout his career until finally deciding to go without it. “In a way, it’s a blessing and a curse,” he admits. “I have nothing to prove, and I can wear a wig—or not. I am free to do what I want. I’m a grown man, and I’m getting to be an older man. Many men in this business eventually come to the decision to continue to ‘’wear hair’’ or shave their head which is very fashionable today. Either way, it takes a lot of personal courage. Assholes in high school trying to kick me around made me stronger and gave me the necessary motivation and strength to rise above the rest. Anger and pain are a great tool. If applied correctly, it could develop you to become the best version of yourself. Instead of running away, I was ‘’hiding in plain sight”.
In the end, Joe has something to say at the pit of Belly Of The Beast. “Rock‘n’Roll is about entertainment of course, but I hope you hear the message as well,” he leaves off. “It seems like everyone has sold their souls to major corporations. Once people are rich and popular, they become a part of the establishment. Where are the rebels? Who’s going to say, ‘Fuck you! We aren’t going to take this shit?’ I am.”he iconic singer’s upcoming new studio album titled “Belly Of The Beast.”
Feanor are sad to announce that their guitarist Walter The Scorpion has decided to leave the band due to personal reasons. But they are happy to announce that Thilo Hermann (ex-Running Wild, ex-Grave Digger) has joined their ranks as new guitarist.
Gus Acosta comments:
"I am thrilled to welcome Thilo to the Feanor family. Since our long-time friend Walter The Scorpion is unable to perform with us due to personal reasons, we thought that nobody can fit in better than Thilo. His past in Running Wild and Grave Digger cements the Teutonic accent we already had with Sven (Wizard). We are already working on a new album, and having a former Manowar member (David Shankle) and Thilo on the axes, sets up the tone for the best album in our career."
"I'm so excited to join Feanor and move forward full steam into the next phase of this great band! With Dave, Sven, Emiliano and Gus, there's no stopping us! It just feels great to be playing metal again!"
Feanor already recorded some music with Thilo which will be released digitally soon.