Disforia – The Age of Ether Review

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The key to success and respect for an up-and-coming metal band as I have seen it for some time now is to catch the listener off guard, have themselves caught up in the music by their own volition, and make them wonder how this band did it all. I experienced these thoughts and asked the question more than once when I first listened to the debut album The Age of Ether by metal outfit Disforia from Salt Lake City, Utah. I cannot overstate this band’s keen ability to come up with original themes throughout the album and how this makes them stand out against other local acts.

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Steamforged Announce New Album Tracklist and Release Date


Progressive metal extravaganza, Steamforged, have announced a release date for their much anticipated fourth full-length opus, The Endless, as well as the final track listing and line-up of guest musicians. This truly epic LP has been in production for nearly two years and shows yet another leap forward in technical prowess by musical mastermind Tyler Sherrill. The Endless, much like previous Steamforged releases, comprises an original conceptual story, this time featuring guest narrative by multiple respected musicians and friends of Masters of Metal Productions to produce an even more immersive experience for the listener. The release will be available for free download and donation via Bandcamp on July 31, 2014 and clocks in at almost one and a half hours of keyboard driven insanity. We are very excited to finally bring you this momentous release!



Release Info:
Name: The Endless
Type: Full-length
Date: July 31, 2014

Tracklist:

1. Whispers of Myth – Godlike Epiphany
2. The Endless – Infinity, Perpetuity
3. Mu – Three Lives Myriad
4. Atlantis – Trenchbound Majesty
5. Agartha – Worldheart
6. Freya’s Anguish
7. Valhalla – Crimson Drops of Gold
8. Rumination of the King
9. Avalon – Starless
10. Columna Cerului – Journey Divine
11. Of Gods
12. Empyrean Heaven – Celestial Downfall
13. Antechamber – Solar Providence
14. Stasis – Deity Cocoon
15. Transform – Cosmic Apotheosis
16. Grand Creation – Nova Regnus
17. Apolytos – The Grand Palace
18. History Changed – Tyrant of Mythology
19. Altered Tomorrow

Lineup:

Tyler Sherrill – All instrumentation

Staff:

Brett Windnagle – Mixing/Mastering

Guests:

John Yelland – King of Atlantis
Mercedes Victoria – Freya, Empyrean Goddess
Patrick Hoyt Parris – King Arthur
Norman Skinner – The Endless
Tony Cordisco – Teacher (on Altered Tomorrow)

Certified Bryan: Crowdfunding is Serious Business

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In recent years there has been a new trend among recording artists toward abandoning the old business model of the label-musician contractual partnership and instead adopting a more direct relationship with fans through crowdfunding. Whether bands use services like Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or many other similar websites, this has become a viable and lucrative option for independent artists worldwide. We are in a time of rapid change for the prospect of being an independent musician. With the popularity of these new avenues for funding, simplified merchandise sales websites like Bandcamp and Big Cartel, increased avenues for self-marketing through social media and streaming music services, and the ever-increasing availability of low-cost and easy-to-use recording equipment and software, it is now becoming easier than ever to take ownership of your fate as a musician and reduce the extensive costs involved. But what does all of this mean for the industry and metal community as a whole? Is this trend toward independence going to have a positive or negative impact?

For those not aware of what crowdfunding is or how it works, think of it like the popular television show Shark Tank. On the TV show, you see entrepreneurs present their business ideas and inventions to a panel of investors who then decide whether they want to fund the project or not based off of the return they can see in their investment. Similarly, crowdfunding websites allow individuals to propose products and services to everybody on the internet and present them with increasing levels of benefits based on how much backers are willing to donate. A funding goal is set for the campaign and it normally runs for about 1-2 months. If the goal is met, backers receive their perks. If the goal is not met, backers get their money back. Should you reach your goal, crowdfunding websites take a small percentage of your funding as payment for their services. It’s a simple business model and incredibly powerful if you have the social media reach and grassroots support to warrant trying one of these campaigns. The news this past week has shown off how people who think they are being funny have funded a “joke” campaign to make a batch of potato salad for $10 that is currently at almost $45,000 and steadily climbing with 22 days left to donate. Crowdfunding is about more than just hipsters throwing away money to be humorous though. The benefits are obvious for independent musicians and have already shown great results.

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Certified Bryan: Women in Metal

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This is not a new argument by any means, but lately I have seen a lot of new debate sparked by the stepping down of Angela Gossow from popular melodeath act Arch Enemy, to be replaced by up-and-coming star Alissa White-Gluz. Some may know her from her long stint fronting the metalcore/melodeath band The Agonist. Others probably remember seeing her on an episode of MTV’s Made where she helped coach a naive high school girl into being a metal screamer. There are many of us who have played in bands that opened for The Agonist or hung out behind venues who have had the chance to personally meet her and talk to her to find out what kind of person she is when she’s off the stage. Alissa isn’t new to this scene and has taken the criticisms of many who would seek to drag her down for well over a decade. She has strong convictions in her personal life and presents herself on stage as a feminine force to be reckoned with. A personality like her is bound to stir some debate among metalheads as she grows in popularity. However, there is one portion of this debate I want to focus on with this post and it is something which goes back much further than Alissa’s entrance to Arch Enemy.

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Judicator – Release – Coping Mechanism EP



Release Info:
Name: Coping Mechanism
Type: EP
Date: May 3, 2014
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Tracklist:
1. Coping Mechanism
2. Tu N’es Pas Mort, Coquin?
3. The Iron Duke

Lineup:

John Yelland – Vocals
Tony Cordisco – Rhythm, Lead, and Acoustic Guitars, Harsh Vocals on ‘Tu N’es Pas Mort, Coquin?’
Joshua Payne – Lead Guitar
Jordan Elcess – Bass Guitar
Chris Kelly – Drums
Tyler Sherrill – Keyboards

Staff:
Brett Windnagle – Mixing/Mastering
Tony Cordisco – Guitar/Bass Engineering
Jordan Elcess – Drum Engineering
John Yelland – Vocal Engineering

Lyrics by John Yelland
Music by Tony Cordisco and Tyler Sherrill

Additional Notes:
“Tu N’es Pas Mort, Coquin?” is a complete re-recording of the song by the same name on the band’s first album ‘King of Rome’ — unlike the original track, this recording features live drumming, as opposed to a drum machine.

‘The Iron Duke’ is an acoustic rearrangement of the song by the same name on the band’s first album ‘King of Rome’

Judicator Announce New EP


Southwestern Power Metal act, Judicator, have announced the release of a new EP titled ‘Coping Mechanism’ which features the song of the same name off their upcoming album ‘At the Expense of Humanity’. The EP is the first release to feature the new, full lineup of the band, and the first release by the former recording project to feature real drums. In addition to the new single, the release also features two re-recordings of songs off the band’s first album “King of Rome”. The first is a true to the original, completely redone version of the song ‘Tu N’es Pas Mort, Coquin?’ and the second is an acoustic rendition of the song ‘The Iron Duke’. The release will be available on bandcamp May 3rd, and will accompany a Kickstarter to help fund the pressing of their third album and travel to the Deland Rock & Metal Festival in the fall, where the band will perform their first live concert as a full group.



Release Info:
Name: Coping Mechanism
Type: EP
Date: May 3, 2014

Tracklist:
1. Coping Mechanism
2. Tu N’es Pas Mort, Coquin?
3. The Iron Duke

Lineup:

John Yelland – Vocals
Tony Cordisco – Rhythm, Lead, and Acoustic Guitars, Harsh Vocals on ‘Tu N’es Pas Mort, Coquin?’
Joshua Payne – Lead Guitar
Jordan Elcess – Bass Guitar
Chris Kelly – Drums
Tyler Sherrill – Keyboards

Staff:
Brett Windnagle – Mixing/Mastering
Tony Cordisco – Guitar/Bass Engineering
Jordan Elcess – Drum Engineering
John Yelland – Vocal Engineering

Lyrics by John Yelland
Music by Tony Cordisco and Tyler Sherrill

Additional Notes:
“Tu N’es Pas Mort, Coquin?” is a complete re-recording of the song by the same name on the band’s first album ‘King of Rome’ — unlike the original track, this recording features live drumming, as opposed to a drum machine.

‘The Iron Duke’ is an acoustic rearrangement of the song by the same name on the band’s first album ‘King of Rome’

Steamforged Release New Single from Upcoming Album!

Atlantis

Steamforged’s fourth album, The Endless, is nearing completion, but mastermind Tyler Sherrill and Masters of Metal Productions would like to give you a taste of what is to come. “Atlantis” is just one small piece of the enormous concept which Steamforged has in store for the fans on The Endless. Check it out now at the band’s Bandcamp page!

FREE DOWNLOAD:

http://steamforged.bandcamp.com/album/atlantis