Well, this is a first for me - a band reaching out and asking me to review their new music by listening to it on Spotify. I guess that's an OK strategy, although if I really liked the material this would not be acceptable to have to burn up my 3G bandwidth that AT&T robs me for using. Still, I'm in front of the computer most of the time, so why not give this a listen.
For those that don't know, Scalp is a project who's mere mention probably put Andrew McNeice of MelodicRock.com into convulsions! This is an AOR supergroup of sorts - featuring members of acts like W.E.T., Insania, Eclipse, Baltimoore and Sabaton). Unfortunately for Scalp, the amalgamation of a lot of talent doesn't always translate into a great project. SCALP is a pretty sub-standard AOR rocker that suffers from somewhat murky production as well as fairly drab material.
30 years ago today (April 15, 1982) Canadian legends ANVIL released their second studio album Metal On Metal recorded by Chris Tsangarides (JUDAS PRIEST, THIN LIZZY) at Phase One Studios in Toronto, Ontario. Not only did the album change the face of Canadian metal, it's power resonated around the world with molten metal tracks such as 'Mothra', '666', the instrumental 'March Of The Crabs' and the anthemic title track which was featured on the November 14th, 2010 episode of The Simpsons titled Lisa Simpson, This Isn't Your Life.
EX DEO, the ancient Roman-themed arsenal led by KATAKLYSM frontman Maurizio Iacono, have revealed the artwork to their forthcoming new album, Caligvla, due for release on August 31st via Napalm Records. Check it out below:
In addition to the previously announced guest appearances from ALL SHALL PERISH guitarist Francesco Artusato, and Mariangela Demurtas from TRISTANIA, the band have now confirmed guest spots from SEPTICFLESH' Seth Siro and GRAVEWORM's Stefano Fiori. Every invited guest on the album will be of Roman or Greek descent.
According to the UK's Guardian News, the SEX PISTOLS have declined an invitation to perform at the London 2012 closing ceremony.
The group, according to the Times, had been given the opportunity to play during A Symphony of British Music, due to take place in the Olympic Stadium on August 12th.
Nashville-based vocalist, songwriter, producer, guitarist, bassist D.A. KarKos has issued the following update on the Jerry Gaskill (KING'S X drummer) solo record:
"As many of you know, before he had his heart attack, we've been busy demo-ing ideas together for Jerry's upcoming solo record. So let me fill you in with where we're at with it and what the plan is...
Swiss folk metal bashers ELUVEITIE have added another leg to their 2012/2013 Helvetios World Tour. Starting in September, the band will hit the road in Europe with SABATON.
Dates are as follows:
7 - Hannover, Germany - Capitol
9 - Tilburg, Netherlands - O13
10 - Osnabrück, Germany - Hyde Park