Dark Power Metal Masters SILVER TALON Unveil Video for 'Kill All Kings'
Full-length debut 'Decadence and Decay' to be released May 28
The Portland-based dark power metal group SILVER TALON has unveiled the music video for “Kill All Kings,” the latest single from their forthcoming full-length debut album “Decadence and Decay.” The song showcases the guitar wizardry of Bryce VanHoosen (ex-Spellcaster) and soaring vocals of Wyatt Howell. The lyric video – which was produced by Ecliptic Visions and Sound, and which premiered yesterday via MetalSucks – can be viewed HERE.
“Decadence and Decay” – the long-awaited follow-up to the band's acclaimed 2018 debut EP, “Becoming A Demon” – will be released on May 28. Pre-orders for digital, CD, cassette and limited-edition green smoke vinyl copies of the album are available now HERE.
Says VanHoosen, “‘Kill All Kings is an anthem dedicated to eliminating anything opposed to achieving one’s true will. It’s about rejecting the easy life of royal comfort (or the servitude of modern neo- feudalism) and putting your neck on the line to embrace a life on your own terms. Not only that – it’s guaranteed to be stuck in your head for days. Who knew apostasy could be so much fun?”
“Kill All Kings” is another display of the thrilling combination of heavy metal hooks and guitar-driven virtuosity that has powered SILVER TALON since their formation in 2017. The song is the third preview of “Decadence and Decay” following last year's unveiling of the album's blistering lead-off track “Deceiver, I Am” and the release earlier this year of the thunderous follow-up single “As The World Burns”. The album – which features striking cover artwork from noted fantasy artist Gerald Brom (Doom, Diablo, Magic: The Gathering, World of Warcraft) – also features a guest appearance by guitarist Andy La Rocque (King Diamond, Death) on the song “Resistance 2029.”
With a virtuosic triple-guitar attack, a rumbling rhythm section and powerful vocals, SILVER TALON was birthed in 2017 after rising from the ashes of the acclaimed Pacific Northwest metal group Spellcaster. Guitarist Bryce VanHoosen joined forces with fellow ex-Spellcaster member Sebastian Silva – who also plays in goth-rockers Unto Others (formerly Idle Hands) – in a shared mission to keep the heavy metal flame burning brightly. Bolstered by the soaring vocal attack of Wyatt Howell (Sanctifyre), SILVER TALON began 2018 by unveiling two demo tracks, “Devil Machine” and “Warrior's End,” which showcased the group's ability to create fist-clenching, head-banging heavy metal through a combination of masterful hooks, lush melody and technical dexterity.
SILVER TALON subsequently built on this foundation with the release of their self-released debut EP “Becoming A Demon,” which included re-recorded versions of their original demos with Zack Ohren (Exmortus, Fallujah, Machine Head) alongside three new originals and a cover of Sanctuary's “Battle Angels” featuring that group's former guitarist (and future Nevermore/Arch Enemy guitar hero) Jeff Loomis. The release was praised by Dead Rhetoric as “a solid salvo for those who love mid-'80s U.S.-style power/heavy metal with occasional nods to Teutonic finesse” and “metal that has plenty of heaviness while being musically sharp, sophisticated and awe-inspiring.”
The group would further their reputation as masters of triumphant heavy metal with live performances alongside acts such as Exmortus, Unleash The Archers, Striker, The Absence, Powerglove and Hatchet, as well as a nationwide tour at the end of 2019 supporting Savage Master. VanHoosen's guitar prowess is also displayed through his YouTube channel HERE, which is updated regularly with play-through videos, guitar covers and product reviews.
Reunited Bay Area Crossover Thrashers MORDRED Unveil ‘Demonic #7’ Video;
New Album Due In July (pre-order now)
The influential San Francisco alternative thrash metal act MORDRED have unleashed the music video for their new song “Demonic #7.” The clip, which was produced by graphic artist Andy Pilkington (Flotsam and Jetsam, Skindred), can be viewed at https://youtu.be/_livW5vY9pQ.
“Demonic #7” is the first taste of “The Dark Parade,” MORDRED’s first full-length album in over 25 years. Set to be released by M-Theory Audio on July 23, the record – which will be offered on CD, digital, cassette, blue vinyl with orange splatter and a limited-edition, mail-order exclusive white vinyl variant – can be pre-ordered now HERE.
"Timing on the release of 'Demonic #7' comes at a point when the USA and many countries around the world seem more divided than they've ever been in our lifetime," explains guitarist Danny White. "As we begin to hopefully and tentatively emerge from the self-imposed cocoon of covid, we ask ourselves if things will start to get better, or will it be a case of just when you thought it couldn't get any worse, 'There are realms even lower than hell."
“Demonic #7” includes special guest Christian Powell (Othello’s Revenge), who plays guitar and contributed to writing. In addition, “The Dark Parade” features five-sixths of the personnel from MORDRED's acclaimed 1991 record “In This Life,” plus new drummer Jeff Gomes (formerly of Fungo Mungo and MIRV). The album is the follow-up to their acclaimed 2020 EP “Volition,” and their first full-length record since 1994's “The Next Room.” Outside of their 2015 single “The Baroness,” “Volition” – which is available for purchase HERE – marked the first new MORDRED music since the band’s 2013 reunion. The four songs on that effort saw the group return to the scene with a revitalized energy and successfully recapture their classic sound, which is rooted in thrash metal but veers off the straightforward path for more adventurous musical explorations by utilizing funk-infused musicianship and hip-hop influences. “The Dark Parade” is the continuation of the aural momentum that MORDRED regained on “Volition” and showcases a band that sounds as fresh now as they did during their initial decade of existence.
MORDRED was formed in 1984 as the burgeoning Bay Area thrash scene was beginning its rise to global prominence. While mosh-inducing thrash formed the basic blueprint of their sound, MORDRED stood out as a unique presence thanks to their integration of alternative and hip-hop influences. The group was one of the first Bay Area bands to explore those diversities in extremes, but as the dexterous bass performance of Art Liboon and innovative turntable work from band collaborator Aaron “DJ Pause” Vaughn provided a new spin on the thrash metal genre, MORDRED retained their metallic bark thanks to groove-laden shred from guitarists Danny White and James Sanguinetti and energetic shout-along choruses spearheaded by vocalist Scott Holderby. That combination of thrash metal and exploratory funk powered three full-lengths and an EP on Noise Records between 1989 and 1994: their revered debut “Fool's Game”; their eclectic sophomore follow-up “In This Life”; the “Vision” EP and their final – until now – record, “The Next Room.”
In addition to spending their 2020 releasing "Volition" and putting the finishing touches on "The Dark Parade," MORDRED also entertained audiences throughout the year with their streaming variety show and concert series, "MORDRED: Acting The Fool!" Episodes from the series which includes liver performances by the band, guest appearances, burlesque, along with a healthy dose of sketch comedy and short films, can be viewed HERE.
More information on MORDRED and “The Dark Parade” will be unveiled by M-Theory Audio in the weeks to come, and by MORDRED at www.facebook.com/MordredBand.
EUROPEAN PROGRESSIVE METAL BAND HEADLESS SIGNS WITH M-THEORY AUDIO
New album “Square One” to be released later this year;
first single/video “Woman in White” out now
The European hard rock group HEADLESS - composed of members who have performed alongside the likes of Yngwie Malmsteen, Geoff Tate (of Queensryche) and Elegy - has signed with M-Theory Audio. Their new record "Square One," which blends classic rock catchiness with heavier progressive metal influences, will be released later this year. First single "Woman in White" - an energetic rocker with a melodic power metal vibe include lyrics inspired by the works of classic American poet Emily Dickinson - is available for streaming and download now on all digital music platforms. A video in which the ghost of the death-obsessed poetess is projected in a typical video game setting, was directed by Dimitar Stamenov (Sabaton, Motorhead and can be viewed HERE.
The signing and new album is the latest chapter in the saga of a band whose members have amassed an impressive array of credits throughout their respective careers. Goran Edman has been the group's lead vocalist since 2011. The two HEADLESS albums to which he has lent his melodic croons so far – 2013's “Growing Apart” and 2016's “Melt The Ice Away” – join a lengthy resume that began during the 1980s as a part of Swedish hard rockers Madison and Swedish Erotica; included stints during the 1990s as a vocalist for Yngwie Malmsteen and John Norum (Europe); and continued with multiple groups into the 21st Century, most notably alongside members of The Flower Kings in the progressive metal band Karmakanic.
"We are so proud of this new agreement with M-Theory. We finally landed in the US with a proper distribution network," states Walter Cianciusi, founding member of the band. "Can't wait to play these new songs in a city near you!"
HEADLESS was founded in 1996 by cousins Walter (guitars) and Enrico Cianciusi (drums). The original incarnation of the band released the 1996 EP “Future to Past” and the 1998 full-length “Inside You” before disbanding in 2000. Walter and Dario Parente (who along with Walter is part of Geoff Tate’s band, and recently guested on Tate’s Sweet Oblivion project) revived the name in 2011 with an entirely new lineup, centering the new music around catchy rock choruses, progressive metal technicality and Edman's powerful vocals. That formula – aided by drummer Scott Rockenfield (Queensryche) – formed the basis of their 2013 comeback record “Growing Apart.” Enrico rejoined HEADLESS in 2014, and subsequently contributed drumming duties on 2016's “Melt The Ice Away,” which also featured a guest appearance from guitarist Jim Matheos (Fates Warning).
In addition to the two full-length records that HEADLESS has recorded since their 2011 revival, the band has been a consistent live presence on European stages, performing alongside Fates Warning, Queensryche, Tygers of Pan Tang, Angra, Skid Row, Bonfire, D.A.D., Candlemass, The Dead Daisies and more. The group took their veteran presence back into the studio in 2020 for the recording of their upcoming full-length, “Square One.” Their existing mastery of rock-solid AOR anthems is bolstered on the new record by new bassist Martin Helmantel, whose playing helped provide the backbone for a decade's worth of stellar progressive metal from Dutch rockers Elegy from 1992 through 2002.
"I've long followed Goran Edman's career, finding him to be one of the more underrated voices of hard rock who consistently delivers," states label head Marco Barbieri. "When Walter shopped the new Headless material, I immediately knew I wanted us to be involved. Not just for the opportunity to finally work with Goran, but also due to the strength of the new material with its ability to read the lines between classic hard rock and into more adventurous realms. Plus, the addition of Martin from Elegy, made this one a no brainer."
More information on HEADLESS and “Square One” will be released in the weeks to come by M-Theory Audio and .