xXx FANZINE 1983-88: HARDCORE & PUNK IN THE EIGHTIES IS AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER

ANTHOLOGY OUT THIS NOVEMBER The long awaited, 288-page 11″ x 11″ book, xXx Fanzine 1983-88: Hardcore & Punk In The Eighties, is available for pre-order here. The book is a nearly four-years-in-the-making project between Bridge Nine owner, Chris Wrenn, and Mike Gitter, who self-published xXx as a teenager during hardcore’s rise to prominence in the 1980s. xXx chronicled that musical and cultural explosion in the underground, the shockwaves of which […]

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xXx FANZINE 1983-88: HARDCORE & PUNK IN THE EIGHTIES IS AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER

ANTHOLOGY OUT THIS NOVEMBER The long awaited, 288-page 11″ x 11″ book, xXx Fanzine 1983-88: Hardcore & Punk In The Eighties, is available for pre-order here. The book is a nearly four-years-in-the-making project between Bridge Nine owner, Chris Wrenn, and Mike Gitter, who self-published xXx as a teenager during hardcore’s rise to prominence in the 1980s. xXx chronicled that musical and cultural explosion in the underground, the shockwaves of which […]

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The Maledict Releasing “Dread” Album

The Maledict will release new album “Dread” on March 4th, 2016 via Transcending Records, with the label commenting:

“The Maledict is a death/doom band which formed in rural Victoria, Australia, in 2012. Originally conceived as a small-scale death metal project between guitarist/vocalist and principal songwriter Ian McLean and bassist Stuart McCarthy, 2013 saw The Maledict transition to full-performing act, with the addition of Karl Freitag as the band’s drummer and Stuart Henry taking on lead guitar duties.

“In this year, the band released the 48-minute demo ‘Salvation in Yielding’, which illustrated the beginnings of a shift in musical direction for the quartet. As the band continued to perform and write, the initial straight death metal approach continued to mutate, inheriting an increasing number of gothic, orchestral and doom metal influences.

“With the release of their self-produced debut studio album, ‘Dread,’ The Maledict’s musical identity finally stands fully realized, weaving between funereal waltzes and crushing death metal with equal zeal.”

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Inner Wound Recordings Inks Deal With Universal Mind Project

Universal Mind Project (a/k/a UMP) – a collaborative project between musicians from all around the globe founded by composer/guitarist Michael Alexander – signed on with Inner Wound Recordings for the long in waiting debut release “The Jaguar Priest.” The album is set to drop on Europe and North America on April 29th.

Universal Mind Project is:

Elina Laivera – Vocals
Henrik Båth (Darkwater) – Vocals
Michael Alexander – Guitars, Growls
Alex Landenburg (Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody/21Octayne) – Drums

In a mix of perfectly executed modern progressive/power metal combined with the unique diversity of male and female vocals that stylistically spread from lyrical and fragile to soothing and powerful, as well as the use of growl vocals at parts of the record, the debut album “The Jaguar Priest” encloses a most impressive league of artistic creation.

“The Jaguar Priest” also includes a myriad of vocal guest performances from Nils K Rue (Pagan’s Mind), Mark Jansen (Epica, Mayan), Charlie Dominici (ex-Dream Theater) and Diego Valdez (Helker/Electo_nomicon) -, each of whom add their own distinctive style to the songs.

More details on the album will be announced during the coming weeks.

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Music Video For New Track “Hypocrisy” Issued By Nordic Union

Nordic Union – the new collaborative project between singer Ronnie Atkins (Pretty Maids) and Erik Martensson (Eclipse/W.E.T) – released a music video for the track “Hypocristy.” The song is taken from the upcoming debut self-titled release, set to drop on January 29th via Frontiers Music srl.

The track listing is:

1. The War Has Begun (song streaming here)
2. Hypocrisy
3. Wide Awake
4. Every Heartbeart
5. When Death Is Calling (song streaming here)
6. 21 Guns
7. Falling
8. The Other Side
9. Point Of No Return
10. True Love Awaits You
11. Go

Check out “Hypocrisy” here:

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New Track Stream “When Death Is Calling” Available From Nordic Union

Nordic Union – the new collaborative project between singer Ronnie Atkins (Pretty Maids) and Erik Martensson (Eclipse/W.E.T) – released the first single from upcoming debut self-titled release. Check out “When Death is Calling” in the player below. “Nordic Union” is set for release on January 29th via Frontiers Music srl.

The track listing is:

1. The War Has Begun
2. Hypocrisy
3. Wide Awake
4. Every Heartbeart
5. When Death Is Calling
6. 21 Guns
7. Falling
8. The Other Side
9. Point Of No Return
10. True Love Awaits You
11. Go

Check out the track here:

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Preview Clip For Debut Album Available From Nordic Union

Nordic Union – the new collaborative project between singer Ronnie Atkins (Pretty Maids) and Erik Martensson (Eclipse/W.E.T) – posted a preview clip, which features clips of four of the tracks to be included on debut self-titled release. “Nordic Union” is set for release on January 29th via Frontiers Music srl.

The track listing is:

1. The War Has Begun
2. Hypocrisy
3. Wide Awake
4. Every Heartbeart
5. When Death Is Calling
6. 21 Guns
7. Falling
8. The Other Side
9. Point Of No Return
10. True Love Awaits You
11. Go

Check out the preview here:

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Part 2 Of Making Of “The Jaguar Priest” Video Series Posted By Universal Mind Project

Universal Mind Project (a/k/a UMP) – a collaborative project between musicians from all around the globe founded by composer/guitarist Michael Alexander – released the second part in a series of behind the scenes videos or making of the long awaited debut album “The Jaguar Priest.”

In the second clip, the guitar solo from guest Johan Reinholdz (Andromeda) is showcased. The solo appears in the backing track of the video – the demo version of the song “The Force of Our Creation.”

Other guest appearances slated for the album include: Elina Laivera (ex-Seduce the Heaven), Mark Jansen (vocals, Epica/MaYaN), Henrik Bath (vocals, Darkwater), Charlie Dominici (vocals, ex-Dream Theater), Mike LePond (bass, SYMPHONY X), Alex Landenburg (drums, Rhapsody, ex-Annihilator, ex-Stratovarius), Emanuele Casali (keyboards, DGM, Astra), Johan Reinholz (guitar, Andromeda), Theodore Ziras (guitar, Hand Of God) and David Valdes (guitar).

Check out part 2 here:

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First In Series Of “Making Of” For Debut Album “The Jaguar Priest” Posted By Universal Mind Project

Universal Mind Project (a/k/a UMP) – a collaborative project between musicians from all around the globe founded by composer/guitarist Michael Alexander – released the first clip in a series of “Making of” videos on for the upcoming and long awaited debut album “The Jaguar Priest.”

In the first clip, the keyboard recordings are showcased. The track featured is the demo version of the song “The Force of Our Creation.” The song features a guest solo by Andromeda guitarist Johan Reinholz.

Musically, UMP combines the features of melodic death and symphonic metal in a modern and fresh way and will have additional guest appearances from Elina Laivera (ex-Seduce the Heaven), Mark Jansen (vocals, Epica/MaYaN), Henrik Bath (vocals, Darkwater), Charlie Dominici (vocals, ex-Dream Theater), Mike LePond (bass, SYMPHONY X), Alex Landenburg (drums, Rhapsody, ex-Annihilator, ex-Stratovarius), Emanuele Casali (keyboards, DGM, Astra), Johan Reinholz (guitar, Andromeda), Theodore Ziras (guitar, Hand Of God) and David Valdes (guitar).

Check out the clip here:

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Second Video Studio Update Posted By Universal Mind Project

Universal Mind Project (a/k/a UMP) – a collaborative project between musicians from all around the globe founded by Michael Alexander – posted a second video studio report for the upcoming debut album “The Jaguar Priest.” Details on the album, along with release dates, are expected soon.

In the second report, behind the scenes clips from the new track “Truth” can be heard, which features guest vocalists Elina Laivera (ex-Seduce the Heaven), Mark Jansen (Epica/MaYaN) and Henrik Bath (Darkwater).

Musically, UMP combines the features of melodic death and symphonic metal in a modern and fresh way and will have additional guest appearances from Charlie Dominici (vocals, ex- Dream Theater), Mike LePond (bass, SYMPHONY X), Alex Landenburg (drums, Rhapsody, ex-Annihilator, ex-Stratovarius), Emanuele Casali (keyboards, DGM, Astra), Johan Reinholz (guitar, Andromeda), Theodore Ziras (guitar, Hand Of God), David Valdes (guitar).

Check out the studio report here:

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