ROCKIN‘ ENGINE – Sworn for an own path

„Rockin’ our way up, ready to hit hard!“ – that’s the strong motto of Canadian hopefuls ROCKIN‘ ENGINE.

Based in the Ottawa region, the band was founded in 2015 by two of their frontmen and lifetime friends, Steve O Leff on vocals and guitars, and Ste Vy Leff on lead guitars.

The determined bunch performs powerful, grooving and melodic HEAVY METAL with an very own edge!


[ Pic: Mat O Leff ]

LINE-UP:
Steve O Leff • Vocals, Guitars
Ste Vy Leff • Guitars
JP Buzzard • Bass
Joel Bilodeau • Drums

Later on, the talented Joel Bilodeau was added to the team on drums, showing some amazing skills and imagination with his wicked Hard Rock background. Bass powerhouse JP Buzzard completed the sworn gang.

Over time, the participants were working on their hard hitting sound ROCKIN‘ ENGINE is known for today.

March 31st, 2019 saw the release of the crispy debut album „Midnight Road Rage“, available on all major platforms.


[ Cover art: Jakhangir Zeynalov ]

TRACKS:
01. Shake That Ass 04:33
02. Let’s Roll The Dice 05:08
03. Livin‘ A Lie 04:31
04. When Engines Collide 04:12
05. Never Surrender 03:33
06. The State Of Nature 06:20
07. Hiding In Darkness 05:34
08. Road Rage Boogie 06:01

total: 39:52 min.

To this day, ROCKIN‘ ENGINE states that the true inspiration for their music remains the love, support and authenticity of their fans, friends and families.

The four members take pride in firing up the audience with their charismatic energy and entertaining scenes, making everyone believe that Hard Rock and Heavy Metal will never die!

ROCKIN‘ ENGINE – „Hiding In Darkness“ – Official Music Video:

𝗥𝗢𝗖𝗞𝗜𝗡‘ 𝗘𝗡𝗚𝗜𝗡𝗘 • Online:
► Facebook: www.facebook.com/rockinengineofficial/
► Bandcamp: www.rockinengine.bandcamp.com/

𝗗𝗜𝗦𝗖𝗢𝗚𝗥𝗔𝗣𝗛𝗬:
2019: Midnight Road Rage (full-length)

MEDIA FEEDBACK:

8 / 10
„… just made for fist pumping in the air and singing along … this is quality heavy metal and if you are a fan of such music, go grab this one!“
(La Noire Bestia)

„… filled with heaviness and greatness …“
(The Median Man)

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ONTBORG – Appreciation of the pioneers

Italian hopefuls ONTBORG were founded in 2017 out of the ashes of Voices Of Decay by former band members to take a new direction with melodic Scandinavian DEATH METAL.


[ Pic: ONTBORG ]

LINE-UP:
Lukas Flarer • Vocals, Guitars
Florian Reiner • Guitars
Harald Klenk • Bass
Christoph Flarer • Drums

ONTBORG remembered their metallic roots to play the kind of Metal they grew up with, creating their own sound and indulging their blazing fondness for bands like Dismember, Necrophobic and Benediction.

In February/March 2019 ONTBORG entered the Sound Control Studio to record their thrilling debut album „Within The Depths Of Oblivion“.


[ Cover art: Juanjo Castellano ]

TRACKS:
01. Living Is A Torture 03:16
02. Within The Depths Of Oblivion 03:56
03. Entwined In Darkness 05:45
04. A Storm Breaks The Silence 05:08
05. This Time 05:34
06. Die To Be Alive 03:12
07. Snow Of Lethe 07:21
08. No Memories Beyond 04:22
09. The Long Awaited Winter 05:11
10. Black Garden 05:59

total: 49:44 min.

The perfect fitting and catchy cover artwork was created by Juanjo Castellano. The resulting, intentionally staged memories of Swedish genre pioneers such as Sacramentum and Dissection are certainly not to be dismissed out of hand.

On May 24th „Within The Depths Of Oblivion“ will be released in physical form, and is available via all common digital channels and platforms.

ONTBORG are ready and determined to honor the grand legacy of the early heroes of the profession!

DISCOGRAPHY:
2019 Within The Depths Of Oblivion (Full-length)

ONTBORG • Contact:
ontborg@gmail.com

        

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AEGONIA – Touchingly dreamy yearning

The great fascination for folklore and its authentic implementation determines the musical and lyric fortunes of these Bulgarian nature lovers since the band was founded in 2011.

In the Rhodopes, the magnificently wooded, majestically towering mountains in South Bulgaria, the stylishly traditional AEGONIA feel most comfortable.


[ Pic: AEGONIA ]

LINE-UP:
Nikolay Nikolov • Guitars, Kaval, Vocals
Elitsa Stoyanova • Vocals, Violin
Atanas Georgiev • Bass
Ivan Kolev • Drums

The seductively melodic and enormously atmospheric sound of these expressive aesthetes is based on exquisite ingredients from Doom, Gothic and Fantasy Metal. Most aptly, the quartet’s music is described as ATMOSPHERIC FOLKLORE METAL.

With „The Forgotten Song“ AEGONIA release their deeply touching debut album, which goes extraordinary quickly into the ear. A noble concept-work that is based on the eponymous fantasy novel by Nea Stand, the first book in the series „Tales From The Lands Of Aegonia“.


[ Cover art: AEGONIA ]

TRACKS:
01. In The Lands Of Aegonia 03:03
02. Rain Of Tears 08:39
03. With The Mists She Came 06:45
04. Restless Mind 05:09
05. Dreams Come To Me 01:37
06. Battles Lost And Won 08:28
07. The Offer 05:15
08. The Stolen Song 06:41
09. Gone 06:18
10. The Severe Mountain 06:20
11. A Bitter Fate 05:03
12. The Ruins Of Aegonia 01:50

total: 65:08 min.

The song „Samodiva“ features a sequel to the story told in „The Maid And The Mountain“. The accompanying music video was shot at the scenic Krushuna Falls in the summer of 2018. AEGONIA will release their further video in May 2019. (Markus Eck)

„The Forgotten Song“ • Album 2019:

„The Maid And The Mountain“ • Single 2018:
[Official Music Video]

DISCOGRAPHY:
2019: The Forgotten Song (full-length)

AEGONIA • Contact:
contact@aegonia.com

          

ALBERTO RIGONI – Groundbreaking spheres

Italian visionary ALBERTO RIGONI, a dedicated composer and addicted to bass guitar, never stops being creative.

Also being bass player in the bands Bad As (Metal) and The Italians (‚Britalian‘ Pop Rock), the technically accomplished and equally soulful string virtuoso gains rapidly audience in the international music scene for inventive and atmospheric genre-crossing compositions.

ALBERTO RIGONI paints alluring INSTRUMENTAL HEAVY PROGRESSIVE-soundscapes comprehensible to wide varieties of listeners.


[ Pic: Anima Nigra Photography ]

ALBERTO RIGONI was also a member of the progressive band Twinspirits, which released three albums.

Famous musicians like Gavin Harrison and Kevin Moore joined his solo project. ALBERTO RIGONI is also co-producer of the Vivaldi Metal project and bassist of Kim Bingham.

The upcoming new solo album with the well framing title „Prog Injection“ shows the refined art of the Italian in absolute perfection.

Pre-orders of „Prog Injection“ are already possible on Bandcamp.


[ Cover art: Devrim Erdoğan]

TRACKS:
01. XYX (02:23)
02. Metal Injection (05:53)
03. Blood Shuga (05:08)
04. Death Stick (04:17)
05. Omega (06:00)
06. Liquid (07:18)
07. Low And Disorder (05:04)
08. Iron Moon (03:23)

total: 40:00 min.

Jeff Hughell, bassist in Six Feet Under, is featured in the fourth song „Death Stick“ as a special guest.

Established drummer Thomas Lang shows his extensive skills on the kit. He is also well known for his collaboration with music greats such as Peter Gabriel, Paul Gilbert, Glenn Hughes etc.


[ Pic: F. Desmaele ]

Alessandro Bertoni provides many atmospheric moments on the keys. Listeners already know his enormously multi-faceted art by participating at musicians like Ric Fierabracci, Craig Blundell and Brett Garsed.


[ Pic: Eberly Photo ]

LINE-UP:
Alberto Rigoni • Bass and Chapman Stick 10 strings
Alessandroni Bertoni • Keyboards
Thomas Lang • Drums

For „Prog Injection“ the playful maestro has successfully completed a special Fundraising campaign – 20% of the target sum has already been donated to the Italian Lega del Filo d’Oro Association for a charitable purpose.


Track ‚MAD 333‘ • Feat. guitarist Mattias ‚IA‘ Eklundh​ (Freak Kitchen​)

DISCOGRAPHY:
2008 Something Different (Full-length)
2011 Rebirth (Full-length)
2012 Three Wise Monkeys (Full-length)
2014 Overloaded (Full-length)
2016 Bassorama (Full-length)
2017 Duality (Full-length)
2018 EvoRevolution (Full-length, feat. Marco Minnemann)
2019 Prog Injection (Full-length, feat. Thomas Lang)

𝐀𝐋𝐁𝐄𝐑𝐓𝐎 𝐑𝐈𝐆𝐎𝐍𝐈 • Online:
► Website: www.albertorigoni.net
► Facebook: www.facebook.com/AlbertoRigoniMusic/
► Instagram: www.instagram.com/albertorigonibassplayer/
► Bandcamp: albertorigoni.bandcamp.com (signed CDs)
► YouTube: www.youtube.com/albertorigoni

        

ALBERTO RIGONI • Contact:
press@albertorigoni.net

MORTAL INFINITY – Hard-hitting, delicious powerfeed

Fast, nasty and direct – that’s the relentless bludgeon-dance sound of this German anger souls!

The new longplayer „In Cold Blood“ has what many want to achieve so desperately: authenticity, attitude and above all undeniable class. After all, the sleek songs of the formation out of the Rottal-Inn area sound as real on all levels as the authors themselves are as musicians.

Official release: September 06th, 2019


[ Cover art: All4metal ]

TRACKS:
01. Fellowship Of Rats 04:33
02. Misanthropic Collapse 04:56
03. Repulsive Messiah 06:05
04. Dream Crusher 04:08
05. Long Forgotten Gods 04:52
06. Silent Assassin (Champion Of War) 04:00
07. Devastator, Devastated 05:00
08. In Cold Blood 04:33
09. Ghost Ship Sailor 07:51

total: 46:03 min.

The THRASH METAL alarm by the heavy-workers, which is not over-modern and fabulously grooving, comes into its own on the new and third album in all its intense splendor – brute proclaimed by exceptional vocalist Marc Doblinger.

Selected bonds in the classic ’80s sports of this style round off the whole thing in all ear-friendly fluid.


[ Pic: MORTAL INFINITY ]

LINE-UP:
Marc Doblinger • Vocals
Sebastian Unrath • Guitar
Sebastian Brunner • Guitar
Alex Glaser • Bass
Adrian Müller • Drums

Founded in 2009, MORTAL INFINITY underwent an equally constant and interesting maturing process in which the band incorporated elements from the last Thrash decade before the turn of the millennium. And the fact that diverse, up-to-date Extreme Metal influences are allowed to let off steam unhindered lends the efficient dynamics of the five-piece a remarkably jagged note.

One of MORTAL INFINITY’s other specialties are well-dosed, skillfully sophisticated melodies that can make true genre hits out of some tracks through the catchiness that is achieved.

MORTAL INFINITY definitely stand out from the mass of today’s Thrashers with „In Cold Blood“ – and they do it without cramping. After all, who has such a huge heart for the underground and the original rebellion of this musical branch can also do a lot with it. (Markus Eck)

On April 16th, MORTAL INFINITY presented their new, official music video for the song „Misanthropic Collapse“.

The music video was produced by Schrankenstein Media. The Bavarian band itself presents the thematic background to „Misanthropic Collapse“ as follows:

„Where this passionate and intimate hatred of the self stirs, the urge to self-destruct that rages in some beings, may have different reasons for each person. The result is always the same: if one declares oneself an enemy, one often only has to flee from the environment, away from society, values ​​and morals and into a self-created, gloomy, sad parallel world. As the saving window slowly closes out of eternal black and threatens to collapse, the battle rages against one’s own, inner demons.“

DISCOGRAPHY:
2010 Eternal War (EP)
2012 District Destruction (Full-length)
2015 Final Death Denied (Full-length)
2019 In Cold Blood (Full-length)

•MORTAL INFINITY • Contact:
mortalinfinity666@gmail.com

        

HOLLOWED – Mordsmäßiger Arschtritt


Nicht gerade häufig kommt es vor, dass eine Band schon gleich mit der ersten Veröffentlichung einen ganz ureigenen, bezwingenden Stil hervorbringt.

Und die rundum fähigen Frankfurter Spitzenkönner HOLLOWED legen mit ganz gehöriger Songwriting-Klasse sogar noch eine dicke Schippe drauf!


[ Foto: Hollowed ]

Die fünf kernig dastehenden Hessen, beileibe keine Anfänger, gründeten ihre neue Band 2017 aus den Überresten von Devil’s Pulse. Da Erfahrung also im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes eine große Rolle bei HOLLOWED spielt, klingt der extrem dynamische Output auch so herrlich flüssig und rund.

Anfang Februar 2019 debütierten HOLLOWED saft- und kraftvoll mit der enorm gehaltvollen EP „Shattered“, einem echten Knallbolzen der allerbesten GROOVE THRASH METAL-Art. Bandlogo, Artwork und Musik an sich ergeben dabei eine verdammt gelungene Mischung.
Wichtiger Warnhinweis: Akute Suchtgefahr!


[ Cover art: Felicity ‚Feli‘ Nims ]

Shouter Veit ‚Fight‘ Lintner, der mit seinem fesselnd-markanten Vortrag nicht nur zunächst an eine gewieft intonierte Mischung aus Holy Moses’ Sabine Classen und Crippers Britta Görtz erinnert, macht voll und ganz Sache. Ob sich Kehlenschinder Fight unsterblich in Alissa White-Gluz verliebt hat, behält er für sich. Fakt ist jedenfalls, dass sein Gesang demjenigen der blauhaarigen MeloDeath-Berühmtheit nicht gerade wenig huldigt. Noch stabil unterlegt mit seiner individuellen, maskulinen Note kehlt sich der Vokalist regelrecht ins eigene Paradies.

Fünf enorm einprägsame, teils sogar echt Hit-verdächtige Power-Nummern werden auf „Shattered“ mit roher Lust zelebriert – und HOLLOWED, ganz in ihrem Element, setzen spielkulturell gekonnt alles auf eine hohe und harte Karte! Dass die Jungs dabei nur gewinnen können, zeigen sie souverän Song um Song.

Auch für stimmige Abwechslung ist hochgradig gesorgt, denn die musikalischen Einflüsse werden hier nicht auf Teufel-komm’-raus zueinander gepresst, sondern alles fließt durchdacht-zweckdienlich in ein herrlich homogenes Kombinat.

Ganz egal also, ob man bei HOLLOWED nun schmissigen Old School 80s Heavy Metal heraushört, modern angehauchten Thrash-Donner vernimmt oder sich an räudiger Death Metal-Abgründigkeit labt, es lohnt jede Sekunde. Schließlich wurde jede noch so kleine Facette von den Urhebern mit perfektionistisch geprägter Liebe fürs klare Detail in den ultra-energischen Gesamtsound von „Shattered“ eingeschliffen.
(Markus Eck)

TRACKS:
01. Slave Becomes A King 06:25
02. Shattered 06:03
03. Sick Society 03:44
04. Anxiety 04:41
05. These Scars 04:22

total: 25:15 min.

LINE-UP:
‚Fight‘ Lintner • Vocals
Ivan Esposito • Lead Guitar
Josch • Rhythm Guitar
Andy • Bass
Tom • Drums

DISCOGRAPHY:
2019 Shattered (EP)

PRESSESPIEGEL:

„… grooviger Thrash Metal … abwechslungsreich in Szene gesetzt … reiten nicht, wie im Groove-Metal gerne üblich, auf Single-Note-Riffs herum, sondern schütteln sich echte Thrash Riffs aus den Ärmeln … die Produktion von Markus Teske (Bazement Studios) ist erste Sahne, schiebt und drückt wie es sich gehört und klingt nicht unnötig aufgeblasen … gelungener Einstand …“
(Totentanz)

„‚Sick Society‘ beispielsweise geht so straight nach vorne, dass man direkt in den nächsten Moshpit hüpfen möchte … ein guter Einstand für die noch recht neue Frankfurter Truppe. HOLLOWED ist die geborene Live-Band – das vermittelt die EP auch ohne dass man die Kapelle live gesehen haben muss … sehr delikater Groove-Thrash-Eintopf.“
(Totgehört)

HOLLOWED • Kontakt:
info@hollowed.de

          

 

 

AFTERMATH – Vivacious sworn freethinkers

Chicago’s AFTERMATH is one of the pioneering crossover Thrash bands of the 1980s:
a band that transformed into one of the most technical Thrash Metal bands of its time on its critically-acclaimed debut album, „Eyes Of Tomorrow“.

Its new album „There Is Something Wrong“ is an 11-song opus of TECHNICAL PROGRESSIVE THRASH METAL.

Febr. 15th, 2019:
Digital release – Zoid Entertainment – InGrooves/The Label Group
US CD release – Zoid Entertainment – The Label Group

March 15th, 2019
Official European release –
Sleaszy Rider/Zoid Entertainment


[ Cover art: Dimitri Patelis ]

A concept record in the truest sense of the word, the album features a mix of old-school crossover Thrash and technical/progressive Metal, and is a commentary on what is wrong with the world today.

TRACKS:
01. Can You Feel It? 00:45
02. False Flag Flying 05:59
03. Diethanasia 02:47
04. Scientists And Priest 05:33
05. Smash Reset Control 03:28
06. Gaslight 04:53
07. A Handful Of Dynamite 02:25
08. Temptation Overthrown 03:34
09. Pseudocide 06:53
10. There Is Something Wrong 06:38
11. Expulsion 04:23

total: 47:18 min.


[ Pic: Peter Tsiolis ]

LINE-UP:
Kyriakos ‚Charlie‘ Tsiolis • Vocals
Steve Sacco • Guitar
George Nektarios Lagis • Bass
Ray Schmidt • Drums

A calling out of the masses to wake up and know the real enemy. The music is urgent, and the lyrics challenge the listener to seek the truth. In a world of monotonous uniformity, AFTERMATH stands out alone.


[ Pic: Peter Tsiolis ]

DISCOGRAPHY:
1994 Eyes Of Tomorrow (Full-length)
2011 25 Years of Chaos (Boxed set)
2015 Killing The Future (Re-release of 1987 demo)
2019 There Is Something Wrong (Full-length)

𝐀𝐅𝐓𝐄𝐑𝐌𝐀𝐓𝐇 • Online:
► Website: www.aftermathchicago.com/
► Facebook: www.facebook.com/AftermathChicago/
► Instagram: www.instagram.com/aftermath_band_official/
► YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/zoident

AFTERMATH • Contact:
Peter Tsiolis • Zoid Entertainment • zoident@aol.com