Keyboardist Vikram Shankar joins progressive metal band Redemption

– April 11th, 2018 –

Photo credit: Stephanie Cabral

Keyboardist Vikram Shankar has joined progressive metal band Redemption. Nick van Dyk – the band’s guitarist and songwriter, who has also played the majority of keyboards on Redemption‘s seven studio albums – comments: “We haven’t had a dedicated keyboard player since before 2011′s ‘This Mortal Coil‘. We were very happy and fortunate to have had Greg Hosharian in the band for some time, but when Greg left to focus on composing and conducting classical music, we decided to continue without replacing him and I returned to playing keys in addition to guitar. I’m comfortable enough handling things, but at the same time, from a performance and also from a compositional standpoint, it’s always been in the back of my mind that having a dedicated keyboardist allows us to do more, sound better, and grow.”

Van Dyk continues: “Almost as soon as Tom [Englund, vocals] joined Redemption, he introduced me to Vikram by way of Vik’s YouTube channel, where Vik showcases both original compositions as well as stunning arrangements of some great progressive metal songs. I was utterly floored. This is a guy who has perfect pitch, tremendous feeling to his playing, and is absolutely a virtuoso – I mean he literally plays blindfolded to perfect his technique. I’ve never seen anything like it. Then we spent some time together, both one on one and then with the rest of Redemption, and learned he’s a terrific guy as well as a terrific musician. He came out to LA for a few days and spent some time adding some parts to our otherwise-finished upcoming release, Long Night’s Journey into Day, and it was evident that not only does he have technique and feel for miles to enhance our musicianship, but he and I share a similar compositional sensibility. We hear things the same way, plus Vikram adds fresh ideas and his tremendous talent as an arranger and writer. I can’t wait to involve him more in songwriting for future material, and we are all thrilled to have him join us on stage and in the studio. He’s an absolutely stunning talent.”

“I’m honored to have the opportunity to play alongside the talented folks in Redemption!” enthused Vikram. “The guys are wonderful musicians and wonderful people, and I can’t thank them enough for welcoming me into the fold as they have. Can’t wait to see and play for all the Redemption fans at Progpower USA and elsewhere, and for the future of our music and collaboration!”

Vik’s YouTube channel can be found at: youtube.com/channel/UCal7_PcromdHIiUfD_oa3Uw, and a good example of his technique and composition can be found in his Fugue in B Minor here: youtube.com/watch?v=tfVBTOJOfA8.

Already confirmed to headline ProgPower USA 2018, Redemption – featuring Tom Englund (vocals; Evergrey), Nick van Dyk (guitars and keyboards), Sean Andrews (bass), Chris Quirarte (drums), Vikram Shankar (keyboards) – will release their seventh full-length album, Long Night’s Journey into Day, this summer via Metal Blade Records. The first to be produced with Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Primal Fear, Amaranthe, Doro, etc.), Long Night’s Journey into Day also features guest guitarists Chris Poland (Megadeth, OHM) and Simone Mularoni (DGM). Stay tuned for more Redemption news coming soon!

Redemption online:
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The Atlas Moth Debut New Song “Actual Human Blood”

Another new track from The Atlas Moth‘s upcoming album “Coma Noir” has been made available. Below you can stream “Actual Human Blood” off the album. “Coma Noir” will hit next Friday, February 09th, through Prosthetic Records.

Comments guitarist/vocalist David Kush:

“This song mostly came about because of Mike [Broken Hope] joining the band. He is an absolute beast on drums and we wanted to write some songs that could showcase his talent while still keeping true to our Atlas Moth sound. The guy is a machine and we can’t wait to get on the road with him to play this live!”

“The concept of cults and cult mentality is explored throughout Coma Noir. You could even say that we as a band and our fans are collectively a cult. The psychedelic culture is a cult of sorts. Religion can be seen as a cult. We aren’t commenting on if they are good or bad, just pointing out that when people believe blindly in anything as truth, they will close themselves off to the greater cult we all fall into which is just Human Beings.

We write these songs in part to inspire others to think for themselves and be entertained, but mostly to remind OURSELVES of the journey we all have taken to come to these realizations.”

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Unshine Unleash New Video “Visionary’s Last Breath”

Unshine unleash their new video “Visionary’s Last Breath” streaming below. The band comments:
“On this track, we tell the story of a healer preparing for the journey to ASTRALA and this requires purification of soul and body. It is fascinating to think that a modern human could also apply these same methods in most of the everyday activities. If it has worked for thousands of years, why did we forget these ways? This quite heavy song is played in low tuning in order to create the right atmosphere.”

Watch “Visionary’s Last Breath” below:

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Greek Symphonic Dark Metal Outfit W.E.B. Sign With Alpha Omega Management

Alpha Omega Management is thrilled to announce the signing of the Greek Symphonic Dark Metallers W.E.B.

W.E.B. is a Dark / Black / Death / Goth Metal band based in the ashes of Athens – Greece. The Fall of 2002AD was the time that the idea of W.E.B. was born and started to take a lifeform shape from an embryonic state to a music challenge expressing darkness and death through adrenaline and poetry. An expression both straight but at the same time theatrical. W.E.B. is here to move you, provoke you, and invite you to the journey through ravendark starless nights with a fire made of Metal music. Their fourth album, “Tartarus” came out on November 10th (2017) via Apathia Records, which is probably the band’s most diverse album, so far! “Tartarus” focuses on a deeper inclusion of orchestrations, making it sound more epic, while keeping the band’s very own Dark Metal genre. The album also features a noticeable guest apparition by Sotiris Vayenas (Septic Flesh) on the ninth track “Thanatos Part I – Golgotha”.

Stated W.E.B.:

“We have reached the point of our journey that we are ready to take one step ahead. The cooporation of W.E.B. with Alpha Omega Management will bring us closer to our achievments and closer to the best people out there, that is our fans.”

Alpha Omega Management adds:

“We’re extremely pleased to welcome W.E.B. to our roster family! These guys are Epic, their music captures you with their theatrical dark poetry, brainstorming your thoughts to a new level, like a morbid and disturbing nightmare, but at the same time like a form of therapy. W.E.B. it’s definitely an obscure journey to an invisible world right next to us. Take your seat and enjoy the ride!”

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Greek Symphonic Dark Metal Outfit W.E.B. Sign With Alpha Omega Management

Alpha Omega Management is thrilled to announce the signing of the Greek Symphonic Dark Metallers W.E.B.

W.E.B. is a Dark / Black / Death / Goth Metal band based in the ashes of Athens – Greece. The Fall of 2002AD was the time that the idea of W.E.B. was born and started to take a lifeform shape from an embryonic state to a music challenge expressing darkness and death through adrenaline and poetry. An expression both straight but at the same time theatrical. W.E.B. is here to move you, provoke you, and invite you to the journey through ravendark starless nights with a fire made of Metal music. Their fourth album, “Tartarus” came out on November 10th (2017) via Apathia Records, which is probably the band’s most diverse album, so far! “Tartarus” focuses on a deeper inclusion of orchestrations, making it sound more epic, while keeping the band’s very own Dark Metal genre. The album also features a noticeable guest apparition by Sotiris Vayenas (Septic Flesh) on the ninth track “Thanatos Part I – Golgotha”.

Stated W.E.B.:

“We have reached the point of our journey that we are ready to take one step ahead. The cooporation of W.E.B. with Alpha Omega Management will bring us closer to our achievments and closer to the best people out there, that is our fans.”

Alpha Omega Management adds:

“We’re extremely pleased to welcome W.E.B. to our roster family! These guys are Epic, their music captures you with their theatrical dark poetry, brainstorming your thoughts to a new level, like a morbid and disturbing nightmare, but at the same time like a form of therapy. W.E.B. it’s definitely an obscure journey to an invisible world right next to us. Take your seat and enjoy the ride!”

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Greek Symphonic Dark Metal Outfit W.E.B. Sign With Alpha Omega Management

Alpha Omega Management is thrilled to announce the signing of the Greek Symphonic Dark Metallers W.E.B.

W.E.B. is a Dark / Black / Death / Goth Metal band based in the ashes of Athens – Greece. The Fall of 2002AD was the time that the idea of W.E.B. was born and started to take a lifeform shape from an embryonic state to a music challenge expressing darkness and death through adrenaline and poetry. An expression both straight but at the same time theatrical. W.E.B. is here to move you, provoke you, and invite you to the journey through ravendark starless nights with a fire made of Metal music. Their fourth album, “Tartarus” came out on November 10th (2017) via Apathia Records, which is probably the band’s most diverse album, so far! “Tartarus” focuses on a deeper inclusion of orchestrations, making it sound more epic, while keeping the band’s very own Dark Metal genre. The album also features a noticeable guest apparition by Sotiris Vayenas (Septic Flesh) on the ninth track “Thanatos Part I – Golgotha”.

Stated W.E.B.:

“We have reached the point of our journey that we are ready to take one step ahead. The cooporation of W.E.B. with Alpha Omega Management will bring us closer to our achievments and closer to the best people out there, that is our fans.”

Alpha Omega Management adds:

“We’re extremely pleased to welcome W.E.B. to our roster family! These guys are Epic, their music captures you with their theatrical dark poetry, brainstorming your thoughts to a new level, like a morbid and disturbing nightmare, but at the same time like a form of therapy. W.E.B. it’s definitely an obscure journey to an invisible world right next to us. Take your seat and enjoy the ride!”

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Bionatops Streaming “The Great Pancake Massacre Of 1957”

“The Great Pancake Massacre Of 1957,” the latest burst of auditory madness from Bionatops, has now come online and can be heard below, culled fro the outfit’s curious “Voices” debut that is set to drop on September 22nd.

“Voices” sees Bionatops creator/instrumentalist Joseph Spiller (ex-System Divide, Caricature, The Binary Code, Too Late The Hero) and drummer Jeff Willet (ex-Black Crown Initiate) delivering a boldly bizarre mutation of progressive, technical, and overall plainly odd metal.

“When that AM hankering comes a callin’, sometimes you make bad choices,” Spiller issues of the track. “This is a song about that… sort of. This would be our narrator through the journey that is ‘Voices,’ recalling his firsthand account of an event that happened at least thirty to fifty years before he was born and having a great time. I can’t listen back to this song without cautiously craving delicious pancakes and other breakfast delights.”

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U.S. Headline Dates Announced By Atriarch

Oregon apocalyptic death rockers Atriarch will embark on a short U.S. headlining tour this October. Set to begin October 4th in Oakland, California and conclude October 14th in Boise, Idaho, the journey will include support from Pinkish Black, Spirit Adrift, and Fotocrime on select dates.

Atriarch will be touring in support of the “Dead As Truth” full-length, released via Relapse Records earlier this month on CD, LP, and digital formats. Physical packages and digital orders are available via Relapse.com.

The dates and venues are as follows:

10/04/2017 Golden Bull – Oakland, CA
10/05/2017 Blue Lamp – Sacramento, CA
10/06/2017 5 Star Bar – Los Angeles, CA
10/07/2017 Yucca Tap Room – Tempe, AZ w/ Spirit Adrift
10/08/2017 TBA – El Paso, TX
10/09/2017 Three Links – Dallas, TX w/ Pinkish Black
10/10/2017 Lost Well – Austin, TX
10/11/2017 TBA – Santa Fe/Albuquerque, NM
10/12/2017 Meadowlark – Denver, CO w/ Fotocrime
10/13/2017 TBA – Salt Lake City, UT
10/14/2017 Shredder – Boise, ID

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ATRIARCH Announces US Headlining Dates

The apocalyptic death rockers in ATRIARCH will embark on a short US headlining tour this October. Set to begin October 4th in Oakland, California and conclude October 14th in Boise, Idaho, the journey will include support from Pinkish Black, Spirit Adrift, and Fotocrime on select dates. ATRIARCH will be touring in support of their Dead As Truth full-length, released via […]

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Arkaik Releases “Futile State” Video

Advancing the September release of Arkaik’s fifth full-length album “Nemethia,” the brutal tech-death metal outfit today releases an official video for the record’s “Futile State” track.

Produced and directed by Nikko DeLuna, with effects by Trevor “No One” Turner and makeup by Sherra Dixon and Jenn Jones, the new “Futile State” video visually delivers some of the album’s sci-fi influence.

A continuation on the conceptual saga of Arkaik’s two previous releases, on “Nemethia” the journey of Cyrix expands into new landscapes, as does the band’s technical prowess and creativity.

Vocalist Jared Christianson commments: “The song is about the feeling of existential futility and the catharsis it can create. The video is a blend of ideas. I took inspiration from Plato’s Allegory Of The Cave, mixed with neo-shamanism and put a transhumanist spin on it. Nikko DeLuna is great at taking my ideas and bringing them to life. It was a pleasure to work with him again, and the rest of our team. Enjoy!”

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