Tag: 2022

Evil – Book Of Evil

Back in the early 80s, the Danish heavy metal scene was taking its first steps, learning a (very) own path away from the strong rock and punk rock backgrounds that the country provided their youth. Those were the years where the highly acclaimed metal bands Mercyful Fate and Artillery took form. But also a few others that, in the following years, saw their career follow different paths and fates, loading to disbanding with a band or simply fading away. Formed in 1983, Copenhagen-natives EVIL were one of these bands. Their debut demo, already in ‘83, set the Danish heavy metal on fire with their heavy metal frenzy and their now-mythical 1984 EP “Evil’s Message” was the confirmation that Denmark had probably one of the strongest metal scenes in Europe back then. Unfortunately, that wasn’t meant to last and the band disappeared from circulation in 1985. 

A return to action was later tried in 2015, with original drummer Freddie Wolf, now on guitars, leading a new line-up that released the debut album “Shoot The Messenger”. But Evil’s career still wasn’t meant to be and the band laid dormant again… Until now! 

The mighty Evil is now re-born with new joining members including vocalist Martin Steene (Iron Fire, ex-Force Of Evil), drummer Henrik Molin (ex-Shadowspawn), bassist Jakob Haugaard (Iron Fire) and guitarist Nikolaj Ihlemann (ex-Nightlight), continuing the original inspirations of bands like Judas Priest and Accept. 

In its current re-vitalized form, Evil has recorded ten new songs. The album, titled “The Book Of Evil”, was produced in Hellfire Studio, Copenhagen, and Antfarm Studio, Aarhus, mixed and co-produced by rewarded metal producer/mixer Tue Madsen. “We have made the new material in the spirit of the eighties but with a modern metal state of mind” Freddie Wolf says. 

The band is now ready to take back a leading role among old-school metal bands. 

Evil is coming! 

“Book Of Evil” will be released in digital, CD and LP (crystal and golden vinyls, each limited to 300 units) by From The Vaults on May 27th, 2022.

Line-up:
Freddie Wolf – guitar
Martin Steene – vocals
Henrik Molin – drums
Jakob Haugaard – bass
Nikolaj Ihlemann – guitar

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V/A – Heavy Metal Rock Vol. 1

Heavy metal is so much more than just music, or a music style. Since its very early beginnings, it gathered people under one flag, it gave to the rejected and misfits of society a sense of belonging and a “tribe” that cared for its members. Unlike many “specialists” predicted, the genre is alive and well more than 40 years after Tony Iommi invented the first heavy and downtuned rock’n’roll riff. More young bands jumping to the style wagon, more astonishing releases every day and new, young fans, discovering new and old bands and opening the doors to the heavy metal world, from which they’ll never go out again. 

From The Vaults is a label created to unite both ends of the heavy metal spectrum. With an A&R team that includes Michael Stützer (from Artillery fame) and Tom Noble (long-time Tygers Of Pan Tang manager), it was created to sign new fresh-blooded groups and old bands of musicians that are slowly realizing that their steady, married profiles can actually fit a “weekend warrior” life again. 

Enter “Heavy Metal Rock Vol. 1”. The label compilation compiled by Michael Hvolgaard Andersen, named after the genre-thematic Heavy Metal Rock Meeting festival that is to be held in Helsingør this March, brings you the best Danish bands signed to the label. From the spiked heavy metal of veterans Evil to the more melodic approach of Meridian, “Heavy Metal Rock, Vol. 1” is a catalog of what’s timeless, new and exciting in the genre right now, released exclusively in the most iconic heavy metal formats of all times: black vinyl. 

Furthermore, you’ll be able to find some never-heard-before songs from bands such as Wasted, Atro City, Mirage, Anoxia, Meridian, Pectora, Steel Inferno or Street Fighter (featuring Rasmus Bom Andersen of Diamond Head fame), while banging your head to the latest songs of Metal Cross, Evil and Alien Force, which have all recently released album on From The Vaults. The “treasures” department go straight to Mirage’s “The Emperor” and Atro City “Introseduction”, two heavy metal underground classics that see edition in black gold for the first time ever. All songs in the compilation were mastered at Angioni Studios by Marco Angioni. 

All good reasons to get your hands into one of the 300 copies of “Heavy Metal Rock Vol. 1”, a record that, more than a compilation, is a way of life statement. 

“Heavy Metal Rock Vol. 1” is out now on LP format (black vinyl, limited to 300 units) via From The Vaults.

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https://bit.ly/hmrock1

Tysondog – Midnight

Roughly four years after “Cry Havoc”, the first album in almost three decades from TYSONDOG, the cult NWOBHM band has a new set of songs on their sleeves. “Midnight” is the title of the record, which carries all the elements that made Tysondog such an interesting offer for all those who wanted to dig deeper than the obvious NWOBHM bands back in the day – and find gold. 

As the late legend Malcolm Dome (Classic Rock) put it, “This is a band who represent the true spirit and ethos of NWOBHM – and many years on from this particular movement, people the world over are still desperate to find out the minutiae of the genre. And it’s great to be able to listen once more to their album, providing that an absence of ability wasn’t to blame for their failure to make it to a higher level. So here’s to Tysondog, a band who came, who saw, who never conquered, but had a good time getting close. If you’ve never heard them before, enjoy the music. It’s worth checking out”. 

Back in 1984 the likes of Malcolm Dome, Geoff Barton & Dante Bonutto were tipping Tysondog for major success, emerging at that time from the force that had become known as the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal. One way or another, the fates conspired to deprive Tysondog of the international fame that so many thought they were destined for and in time the band disappeared from the limelight. 

Back in the day, Tysondog “could have been a contender”, as Marlon Brando once said. The five-piece from Tyne & Wear collectively had one eye on Judas Priest and the other nine on producing classy Eighties British metal, and their no-nonsense approach was showcased on two cracking albums, two singles and an EP before they took a one-way trip to the vets. They re-appeared in 2012 with a new four-tracker “Hammerhead”, and with Jeff (Mantas) Dunn sitting behind the glass they ventured back into the studio in 2014 and re-emerged with “Cry Havoc”, their first full album in almost 30 years. 

Tysondog’s rich history was not forgotten & having re-started their engines, they have gradually worked their way back with a new perspective on life and, happy to see that people were, taking major notice, the band recorded “Midnight”, also signing to Danish label From The Vaults. 

“Midnight” is out now on LP (transparent red/black vinyl, limited to 300 copies), CD and digital formats.

Line-up:
John Clutch Carruthers – vocals
Kev Wynn – bass
Paul Burdis – guitar
Phil Brewis – drums
Stevie Morrison – guitar

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