Tuesday, July 28, 2015

CD Review-Unleash The Archers-Time Stands Still(Available Now) Napalm Records

Started in 2007

Band Members:

Brittney Slayes - Vocals

Scott Buchanan - Drums

Grant Truesdell - Guitar, Vocals

Andrew Kingsley - Guitar, Vocals

Kyle Sheppard - Bass

Vancouver, CANADA

Record Label
Napalm Records (World)
Spiritual Beast (Asia)

Iron Avantegarde Publishing

Short Description
Hails from the frozen north \m/
Long Description
HomePage: www.unleashthearchers.com
Youtube: www.youtube.com/user/UnleashTheArchers
Bandcamp: www.unleashthearchers.bandcamp.com
Instagram: www.instagram.com/unleashthearchers 
Twitter: www.twitter.com/UnleashArchers 
Myspace: www.myspace.com/unleashthearchers 
LastFM: www.last.fm/music/Unleash+The+Archers 
Message Board: http://unleashthearchers.boards.net/

Member Profiles:
Brittney Slayes https://www.facebook.com/brittneyslayesUTA

Andrew Kingsley https://www.facebook.com/pages/Andrew-Kingsley/384586621639754
We call on you, metal warriors, to join us on this northern passage through the forsaken wastelands of our world. Take up your frozen steel, carry onward, and listen to the hail of the tide, for tonight we ride for glory. Unite! Test your metal on the flesh of those who would stand against us! There will be no crypt for you at battle’s end, for we live in an age with no more heroes than those that rally as one, side by side to face the dreamcrusher that awaits. Rise with your metal brethren! A million strong we are going down fighting… Bound by honour, bathed in glory, for victory we fly, until time stands still around us. Hail! \m/

This band from Vancouver has a good history and strong local following I have never made it to a show nor reviewed any of their previous works and am wishing I had--WOW can Brittney Slayes ever belt out the vocals with utter control and power all at once with some awesome power playing from all the members of the band as well.

Brittney and I had a brief chat on Skype that did not end up being recorded in full and that was a shame as we covered some good things for instance how female singers in metal are often compared to their sisters of metal instead of just letting them sing.

Some great songs all across the album --some great sounds happening here vocally and musically as well.
Below is the first video from the album 
"Tonight We Ride"

I am so happy for this band or any band locally that makes it all happen for them and as you can see it does not always happen overnight either, a lot of hard work and determination as well.

I hope they are celebrating as they are in the picture above as they have some fantastic songs on this album and should be really proud of the work here , I sure am impressed by it.
Below is their second video from the album 
"Test Your Metal"

The vocals are most impressive here on all counts --brings a whole different dynamic to the entire approach and really livens things up --some very strong vocals and backing vocals --

The band is also starting a tour here in Vancouver this Thursday night July 30th with local bands Iron Kingdom and Omega Crom & Medevil 

I will be attending the show and hope to get some interviews as well.

Then in September they hit the road on their tour with Hibria:

So how this tour came about is Grant Truesdell (guitars-Vocals)
has started a local metal label called Test Your Metal Records and well, here is some info on that as well.

Vancouver, BC based Test Your Metal Records is proud to announce its entry into the mosh pit on the international metal scene with its first signing of Brazilian power metallers HIBRIA for the release of their fifth and upcoming self-titled full length set for release on August 7th, 2015 with album pre-order available here.


“I am very excited to announce the launch of my new record label 'Test Your Metal Records'. After playing in bands and touring for the past 15 years I've developed the relationships and connections to be able to help others in the Canadian and worldwide music scene. I hope to bring more international acts into Canada and spread the Canadian metal internationally to show the world what we have to offer. I have some amazing bands and an amazing team to work with me, so I just want to thank you all in advance and together we will keep Heavy Metal alive!" comments Test Your Metal Records owner Grant Truesdell.

Test Your Metal Records stands to leave a positive impact and everlasting dynasty within the Canadian Rock and Metal music scene. First and foremost TYM was founded to ensure the continued creation of music, art and culture! To employ as many people doing what they love, and to ultimately assist the worldwide music scene thrive in any way. 

-Evilheart (Mexico)
-Hibria (Brazil)


Thank you for reading this 
Anthony Nadeau

Movie Review : Sharknado 3--Oh Hell No!--SyFy/The Asylum

Hoping for a sequel even the third one in to be even half or in this case a 1/3 as good is expecting much. The reason so much falls flat for this film is that is does not have the fun of the first 2 films.

The fun is gone, the camp-i-ness is gone as well pretty much what made the first 2 films work so well have been stripped from this one.
Not sure the reasoning behind it myself.

One scene that does stick out is the one above as they are both ejected from their space shuttle near the end of the film and they both rise out of the water in slow motion wearing all that you see above --so some eye candy for either sex.

Don't get me wrong the acting is bad and so are the special effects but this is what we expect from a film with a title like this --but when they want us to start believing that this could happen and coming across as a real disaster film is what does the film in  here for me anyways.

I have always been a strong supporter of The Asylum and their films , upon checking the first film I ever reviewed for them was "Grimm's Snow White" March 2012-they were also the first movie studio to allow me to review for them as well so we have some history.
I always start a film from these folks with the hope of some good entertainment and the majority of the time I am--this was not one of those occasions.

Thank you for reading this 
Anthony Nadeau

Friday, July 24, 2015

CD Review: Lamb Of God --VII--Sturm Urd Drang(Available Now) Adrenaline PR/Epic Records

I am not including any history of this band other than to say this --if you do not know who they are at this moment after all these years then you probably do not know or care to listen to Heavy Metal.
In the same respect there is also the fact that I was going to buy this album as I so badly wanted to hear the rest of it having already released 2 music videos and a MP3 song and have enjoyed all of those.As luck would have it I received the album in my email this morning from Adrenaline PR and could not be happier. This being the day of release of the album.
The consistency in which this band keeps putting out more great music over the years is great and am ever impressed with Randy Blythe's vocals

 Here is some history from their own website.

For all its depth, diversity and cross-pollinated ambition, modern metal needs its figureheads, its heroes and its leaders. Lamb of God have been blazing mercilessly away at the forefront of heavy music for the last 15 years, upholding metal’s intrinsic values of honesty, intensity and creativity while also daring to push boundaries and think outside the heavy box. Exploding into view with 2000’s seminal debut New American Gospel, the Virginian quintet inadvertently kick-started the so-called New Wave Of American Metal at the dawn of the 21st century; and have notched up a succession of huge commercial hit albums and remorselessly toured the globe ever since. The combination of vocalist Randy Blythe’s excoriating growls and roars, guitarists Willie Adler and Mark Morton’s precision attack and the bowel-shattering rumble of rhythm section John Campbell (bass) and Chris Adler (drums) has both refined and redefined the notion of aggressive metal in the modern era.

The video above was the first one released for the debut one for this album and has a young woman being found dead wrapped in plastic and some pretty grim undertones but some very powerful images used and the outcome is necessary as well.

I appreciate and support a band that can stay together as long as they have in any genre of music , also of recent Chris Adler the drummer of the band(back , left in photo) has also joined Megadeth as their drummer and posted about that as well.

From his Facebook wall: May 29

Lots going on around here these days! I've returned from a killer session with Megadeth and am straight back to work with Lamb of God. Today we are working on a music video to accompany the new record and gearing up to leave next week for our European run. Feeling very lucky to have so many amazing opportunities. There are lots of shows coming up and of course, the album release is right around the corner now. I feel very confident in the record - it's sincere and it's mean.
More will be revealed soon but I can tell you that I'm currently working very hard trying to figure out how to be in 2 places at the same time. Anyone that's been paying attention can follow that...

Stay metal! ~Chris

This was the 2nd music video(above) released for the album

There has been some concern of the man leaving the band but like a trooper has been playing 2 sets on some of the current tour --just shows the pro that he is and I admire his skills as a drummer as well. Always have always will-I am inspired by so many style of drumming.

This album is fierce and should not disappoint the most loyal fan, Randy does some more vocal approaches than what we might be used to as the first half of "Overload" is a ballad sounding song but then after that half cranks it right up L.O.G. style.

I really like and appreciate some of the new sounds and shows they are growing musically as well as a band.The musicianship as a band has always impressed me and Randy has one of the better voices in metal.
From the first song "Still Echoes" to all the others on the album this is some great music here --I am excited to be able to review it. I am overly pleased with the results of this album and is one of the better albums this year!

They are supporting Slipknot on tour this summer and are going to be here in August--going to the show, look forward to it will be the first time seeing either band live.With Vancouver and Toronto being the only Canadian dates on the tour -great show I am sure it will be.

July 24 West Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheater
July 25 Tampa, FL MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater
July 26 Atlanta, GA Aaron’s Amphitheater at Lakewood
July 28 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
July 29 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
July 31 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
August 1 Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
August 2 Hartford, CT Xfinity Theatre
August 4 Boston, MA Xfinity Center
August 5 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
August 6 Pittsburgh, PA First Niagara Pavilion
August 8 Toronto, ON Molson Amphitheater
August 11 Washington, DC Jiffy Lube Live
August 12 Virginia Beach, VA Farm Bureau Live
August 14 Indianapolis, IN Klipsch Music Center
August 15 Chicago, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheater
August 16 St. Louis, MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
August 19 Denver, CO Red Rocks Amphitheater
August 21 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheater
August 24 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
August 26 Concord, CA Concord Pavilion
August 28 Las Vegas, NV MGM Resort Festival Lot
August 29 Phoenix, AZ Ak-Chin Pavilion
August 30 Albuquerque, NM Isleta Amphitheater
September 2 Austin, TX Austin 360 Amphitheater
September 4 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

September 5 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion

I have already played this album about 5 times today since getting it in my email this morning there are just some bands that improve as they age "Embers" is an awesome song as well --riff and vocals man this kicks major ass!

Thank you for reading this

Anthony Nadeau

Thursday, July 23, 2015

CD Review: DoctoR DooM--This Seed We Have Sown(Available July 24)Ripple Music/STB Records

Founded in 2011

Band Members
Jean-Laurent Pasquet : vocal / guitars
Jérémie Delattre : Guitars / backing vocals
Sébastien Boutin Blomfield : Bass, Keys
Michel Marcq : Drums

Record Label

STB Records
Ripple Music

Long Description
Retrogressive Rock
DoctoR DooM is a Rock band, based in Ariège (Midi-Pyrénées, France), formed in 2011.

From a Metal background, the guitarists came together through a shared interest in 60s and 70s music, in particular some of the legendary Rock bands. Soon they were joined by a rhythm section, and put together a set comprised of covers and originals, going between Blues and Hard Rock. 

After a series of gigs in 2012, DoctoR DooM finished their 1st EP, « the DoomO », featuring the first 3 originals by the band, available in full for streaming and free download on the band’s Bandcamp page.

Greatly inspired by the recent wave of Scandinavian Stoner/Rock bands (Graveyard, Witchcraft, Spiders, Asteroid …) and the foundational bands of this genre (Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Coven …), DoctoR DooM’s music is firmly rooted in Rock culture, combining vintage sound and heavy riffs while using song structures more typical of Progessive Rock.

Again this has been a great year for music and some of it really amazing and reminds me so much of music that I grew up on, like this band has so many musical elements of old school rock.

I really get into the sounds of this album and the overall mix of this record , even those that may be hesitant in listening to some of the music that is reviewed here if you like classic rock give this band a  try you may surprise yourselves and really like it as well.

Some great bass work in the mid part of "So Jinxed" and all through the song actually, just a great album all around.

My favorite song on the album is easily "Relax, You're Dead" some amazing work here , riffs, vocals all of it works so great together. I cannot stop playing it over and over again. 

Thank you for reading this
Anthony Nadeau