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Thursday, February 4, 2016

C.J.Snare vocalist for Rubicon Cross/Firehouse

C.J.Snare vocalist for Rubicon Cross/Firehouse

I had the chance to speak with C.J. Snare vocalist of Firehouse. He has a side project called Rubicon Cross along with guitarist Chris Green(Furyon). Taking a heavier more modern approach to the songs in this project, I chatted with C.J. about the project, Firehouse, and a life on and off the road.

Tell me how this project came together?

   I met Chris when we were doing shows together and we became fast friends. we became really important players in each others lives. Brothers from a different mother you know. We were best men at each others weddings. His son is my godson so we just became family. When he finally moved to the states we put this together. It had to be written. We have a really good creative chemistry. These are songs that people should hear. True and raw emotions.

What are the touring plans?

   Anyone who reads this should know that Firehouse is still alive and well. It is not meant to conflict with that band. Rubicon Cross does plan to tour. Fill in the gaps after Firehouse is done touring. We will hit the road in the fall with Rubicon.

How is the writing process different for you in Rubicon versus Firehouse?

   Writing is writing. There are different emotions. When Bill Leverty and I started writing for firehouse, there was the potential to be at the top of the pop charts. Not just the ballads. we had rock songs too. With Chris in Rubicon we don’t have any thoughts to become huge rockstars. It just felt like we had to write this. More of therapy for us. It’s a niche market.

How important is social media to you?

 It has really impacted the world. Myspace was an attempt and then face book really took it to another level. It’s so important for a lot of people in the industry. We have a really good publicity department on our team. I am very active with it. Very hands on.

Where do you see music in general heading?

    Purchasing the song has been devalued. Social media has done that. The live aspect is what keeps it going. It is difficult to become huge unless you're in the Beyonce or Katy Perry status. I don’t see bands getting like that anymore. Firehouse has a select audience and so will Rubicon. Only in pop music will things get big fast. Established bands can survive. This is a good way to challenge myself and see what the industry to offer. It will be up to the people to vote when the album comes out May 19th.

How do you keep your voice in shape?

   Practice and genetics. I don’t drink before shows. It dries my voice. It’s like a muscle. Firehouse music is certainly challenging. People say I still hit those high notes so whatever I do is working. It’s a great compliment when they say wow you still sound like the CD.

Craziest thing that has ever happened on the road?
   Been on the road a long time. we got pulled over by the FBI on the bus. They were looking for an underage girl who might have been with us. She was the governor’s daughter and we may or may not have “dated” her. They searched the bus , but she was not with us. There we were standing outside the bus at 4 am while the FBI searched it with dogs.

The difference for you then and now as far as touring?

  Back then it was tour bus, press, show, back to the bus, city and town after town worldwide. It was repetitive but also rewarding. Now we do a lot of flying. The equipment is provided for us a the gig and we fly man. Kind of like what the country artists do. They do a few shows then go home to live a semi normal family life. If I stretch my arms out that is the amount of time I fly and if I hold my hands an inch apart, that is the amount of time I spend actually performing. Certainly we are not at the top of the charts anymore. Social media affects supply and demand. There are pockets where we go. It keeps us busy from may to September. we are slammed. I am filled with gratitude for that. But during the downtime that is where Rubicon Cross comes in.

Who were your favorite bands growing up?

    I started with classical. My mom said if you can play this then you can play anything. Then I started with Alice Cooper, The scorpions, kiss, Judas Priest, and Iron Maiden. My roots are based in metal. Rubicon is metal based. Not super heavy. But heavier than firehouse as a whole.

If you could sing for any band, who would it be?

   (Laughs). I gotta say and there is no way that I could sing for this band, but I love Judas Priest. Been a fan of Halford. He has one of the best voices. That would be the band. even just to jam one time.

Michael Sweet- I'm Not Your Suicide

Michael Sweet - I’m Not Your Suicide

Big3 Records

  Wow. The production and guitar tones on this album are some of the best I have heard. Full on in your face metal on some songs, rock and roll juggernauts on others. The ballads are simply angelic perfection. Such a great collection, of strong songs. And with special guest musician powerhouses like, Tony Harnell, Chris Jericho, Doug Aldritch, Elektra Mustaine, and others, this album plows through the speakers like a freight chain of melodic monster hits.

“This Time” and “The Cause” are incredible pieces of music. The vocals are truly inspired.

“Taking On The world Tonight” is by far my personal favorite. Just a juggernaut of intensity. The production is so strong on this track. Tony Harnell adds a tremendous element to the structure.

“I’m Not Your Suicide” hits you hard. the message, always a strong component of Michael’s music, really comes into play with this song. Very emotional, and freshly modern sounding. He captures the spark of the old 80’s rock vibe and delivers a modern rock anthem. Perfect.

“How To Live”, The songwriting on this track is intense and truly emotional. Ballads have become clichéd over the years on rock albums. but Michael delivers a powerhouse of a tune. You feel every note. This one adds a new dimension to an already hit [acked album.

“Unsuspecting” is a classic metal rocker that features some of the best guitar playing I have heard in a while. Fantastic vocals coupled with some serious guitar antics. This song has some incredibly high vocals from Michael sweet. Very intense. Reminds me, of the early Saxon, Def Leppard sound. Better production than those bands here but the idea is the same. One of the best tracks. Guitar solo is insane.

“Heart Of Gold” is performed twice on the album, once with Michael alone and once with Elektra Mustaine sharing vocal duties. Breathes new life, into the Neil Young classic. Strong. Helping to cross, that rock/country line. Guitar tone on the track is very well done. What is he using?

This album is top ten this year so far. It is a strong faithful rock and metal epic creation. Fans of stryper and modern day rock will find common ground on this album. Play it loud. Michael Sweet has outdone himself on this disc.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016



Frontiers Music srlRelease: 29 January 2016

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Ronnie Atkins: Lead & Background Vocals
Erik Martensson: Lead Guitar, Bass, Keyboards and Background Vocals
Magnus Ulfstedt: Drums

Guest Guitar Solos:
Thomas Larsson, guitar solo on "Every Heartbest" & "Wide Awake"
Fredrik Folkare, guitar solo on "Point Of No Return" & "Hypocrisy"
Magnus Henriksson, guitar solo on "The War Has Begun"
Produced by Erik Martensson


Frontiers Records has certainly solidified itself as the label for power metal and hard rock power bands. Nordic Union features the incredible powerhouse vocals of Ronnie Atkins (PRETTY MAIDS,AVANTASIA), and the searing, sonically perfect guitar and songwriting of Erik Martensson(ECLIPSE, W.E.T)  This project is one of the best albums of 2016. Hands down in the top ten already and the year is barely a month old.

From the Haunting intro to "The War Has Begun" followed by its machine gun riffing, to the undeniable hit "When Death Is calling", this album is full of hard rock gems. Simply nothing more than a genius musical collaboration spear headed by one of the worlds best hope for metal: Frontiers Records. Nordic Union is the album that you need to place high atop your collection. Don't wait for spring to blast songs like "Hypocrisy", and "Point Of No Return", loudly from you car stereo. This is the future of metal and hard rock.


 I had a chance to speak with singer, RONNIE ATKINS.

Are you happy with this album.

Very happy. It was a request from Frontiers President Serafino Perugino who I met at a frontiers festival. I didn't really have any plans on doing anything outside of PRETTY MAIDS And If I did it would have to be good. After hearing the songs I was in. It is a matter of quality with me. You shouldn't just do something just to do it. It should be something you believe in.

Touring plans for Nordic Union?

Well I am very busy with PRETTY MAIDS, with an album and a tour. It comes down to timing and financials. There are no plans as of yet. With PRETTY MAIDS we will be doing the Monsters Of Rock cruise. We did the 70,000 tons of metal cruise and it was just great.  For most of 2016 we have a fall tour, european festivals coming up.

Video plans for Nordic Union

Yes. We just spent two days in Stockholm filming. I finally got to meet the rest of the guys. That should be released soon.


Do you find social media useful for older bands or is it not something you concern yourself with?

I think it is great. It brings bands and fans closer. On the other hand there are less surprises. You can find out the set list on your phone in the audience. I think that takes away from the excitement a little. The whole idea of social media and downloading it is really the future. You have to accept what you can't change. Would I like everyone to buy an album, yes. But the technology is there and we can't really stop it.

Finally, do you ever get tired of performing catalog songs like, Future World?

I never get tired of that song or any of them.  That song in particular really got us here and it just has all the elements of a good metal song. I guess excitement varies depending on the crowd but I have never not played that song for the last 35 years. It's not fair for someone to buy a ticket and not hear the song they wanted to hear.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Primal Fear Get set to release RULEBREAKER



Frontiers Music srl

22 January 2016

If you are talking about today’s top European heavy metal acts, then the discussion will head most certainly involve Germany’s Primal Fear. Former Gamma Ray vocalist Ralf Scheepers and bassist/vocalist Mat Sinner, two of the most respected German metal musicians, founded the band in late 1997. With ten studio albums released, two live releases and a Best Of compilation, Primal Fear are certainly one of the most beloved and respected Heavy Metal bands around the globe. Their last studio album “Delivering The Black” was their highest chart entry in Germany at Position 13 and charted in 8 other countries, incl. the US Billboard Heatseeker charts on Pos. 16.

After the massive “Delivering The Black” world tour, the band started the songwriting in spring 2015 and  recorded @ Hansen Studios in Denmark, with producer Mat Sinner and engineer Jacob Hansen (Vollbeat, Pretty Maids, Amaranthe). Mat Sinner adds: “We’ve learned a lot during the Delivering The Black sessions and the following world tour. We’ve tried to put this know-how and all the positive energy into the songs and production of “Rulebreaker”. Working the second time with Jacob Hansen and even record in his studio, gave another dimension to our sound, plus the recording comeback of founder member Tom Naumann was the right move”.

“Rulebreaker” combines the strongest Primal Fear moments ever, with a well-balanced typical Primal Fear trademark riff-vibe, crushing songs and some very ambitious musical journeys. Classic and ultra-fresh Primal Fear riff-rockers like the album opener “Angels Of Mercy” or the groove monsters “The End Is Near” or “Bullets And Tears” hit the bulls-eye from the beginning - just like the untamed speed killer “In Metal We Trust” and the metal anthem and title track “Rulebreaker”. The melodic and unique ballad “The Sky Is Burning” shows a new side of Primal Fear with a new vibe and a monster chorus. And Primal Fear add again a 11 minute plus prog-opus “We Walk Without Fear”, spiced with big orchestral arrangements and complex sound designs.

Singer Ralf Scheepers says: “We have so much energy, fantastic melodies and a hell of a drum groove on each and every song, there is no doubt that the fans will love it as much as I do!
And again we have achieved to combine bombastic and atmospheric orchestra sounds with soaring heavy metal riffs and licks together with ear splitting screams and also emotional sequences.
We have kept the promise of being a heavy metal band with all our trademarks for which people love Primal Fear“.

Primal Fear are about to release their strongest album ever: “RULEBREAKER”.And don’t miss the German Metal Commando on their worldwide tour in 2016!

Primal Fear
Ralf Scheepers – Vocals
Alex Beyrodt – Guitars
Magnus Karlsson – Guitars & Keyboards
Tom Naumann - Guitars
Francesco Jovino – Drums
Mat Sinner – Bass & Vocals

Wednesday, November 18, 2015


Cage Interview


     I talked with Sean Peck, vocalist and visionary for the metal band, CAGE, as they were about to visit ground zero in New York City. Sean Peck Is an author, vocalist, heavy metal spokesman. His imagination knows no limits. He is the Stephen King of heavy metal.  I found this metal vocalist to be full of ideas and driven to bring his band to the forefront of legendary metal bands.



So what's new in the CAGE world today?

We are on the tour and today we will be doing a little sightseeing at ground zero.

In Light of recent events overseas. How do you feel about security?

I am actually going over to Israel Dec 17th, on the Metal Titans Show.  So that is going to be a different perspective. They deal with it 24-7. It's a fine line between balancing personal liberty and protection. I'm not all for massive phone tapping. Everyone should just be strapping a pistol to their side. Let the chips fall where they may. If someone had a gun at the concert in Paris then there might have only been like two casualties. Killing stops when a good guy with a gun shows up.

Tell me about the new album.

The new album "Ancient Evil". It's a horror concept story based on a 150 novella I wrote. Takes place in London England in 1869. We are all King Diamond fans so we decided to try our hands at something along the lines of ABIGAIL or THEM.  It's a 78 minute, 19 track mega epic horror story. The reviews have been hailing it as one our best albums ever. We tried on purpose not to make it too complicated and it seems I underestimated the metal community because people are rocking out to it on first play.

When you sat down with the band to begin writing this concept idea. Did you have an idea that it would be as lengthy as it turned out in the end?

Well we followed kind of one song per chapter. That was the formula but then we had like five or six pieces. There are sound effects also to set the mood. Blaze Bailey(ex-Iron Maiden Vocalist) did the voice over for the main character. He did a great job playing the main character, Eliot Worthington. It came out like Radio Theater. Then we added another track based off the cover on the record.

How did working with Blaze come about?

Well I needed someone with an English accent. I sang Man On the edge with him when we opened for them. So we became real good friends. Just a great guy. The guy should be a motivational speaker as a side job. Really talented.

Do you jam out the ideas or is everything already written by you or someone else in the band?

The writing of the songs are all different. Sometimes the guitar player has a whole piece composed. Sometimes I have a verse and melody and they finish it. It's a real collaboration. Then we just jam. Ancient Evil was written using every kind of writing technique. This took about a year and a half to write the whole thing. We had finished it last year. We signed with a new label so we had to postpone the release for a year.
Do you have control or does the label as far as creativity?

This is the first time we have had a label exert control. Heavy suggestions. Before we would give a label the product and they would just say ok that's great. This label want to control photos, videos and they are really helping with the tour. So it's really cool because they show they care. They want to develop us and see a big future for us.

Where do you see the band in five years?

In five years...bigger than maiden. Got our own two planes..Biggest stage set you have ever seen. Lasers and robotic Godzillas fighting on stage while we play. That is where I see the band. My imagination has no limits. If I had an unlimited  budget then I would put on a crazy show.

You can tell you're excited about this band. Tell me some things that you do that are different from other metal acts out there.

On this record, Ancient Evil, we have a book, an audio book. E book. We have a music video that is basically a horror movie. We are trying to innovate in the idea department.  I can see this album becoming a horror movie. If you change the metal formula you lose the essence of what this music really is. It loses the emotions.  We were raised on Iron Maiden, Metal Church, Wasp and all that great stuff mixed into a blender and we speed it up by about 35 beats per minute. Something that every metal fan can find something they like in the music of CAGE.





Monday, November 9, 2015

The Magic of Winter
12 November 2015
Featuring Original Members of the TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA

 “An Evening with Wizards of Winter” 20 City U.S. Holiday Tour Begins November 19th

Yuletide rock ensemble The WIZARDS OF WINTER – which features original members of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra – will release their upcoming second full-length album, The Magic of Winter, on November 12, 2015. Produced by Eric Rachel at Traxeast (Symphony X, Skid Row, Styx), the album can be pre-ordered here:

Transport yourself a snowy wonderland here via the band's new music video for “The Spirit of Christmas”, filmed at The Sherman Theater in East Stroudsburg, PA and directed by Tommy Jones of Videohammer Studios:

The WIZARDS OF WINTER recently announced “An Evening with Wizards of Winter” – a 20-city U.S. holiday tour beginning November 19th in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and ending on December 29th in Harrisburg, PA. The ensemble will perform an entire set of original holiday music and select Trans-Siberian Orchestra favorites at each stop of their theatrical, family-oriented rock opera experience. Tickets for “An Evening with Wizards of Winter” are on sale now and available for purchase via

“An Evening with WIZARDS OF WINTER” Tour Dates:
11/19 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Parker Playhouse
11/20 - Clearwater, FL @ The Capitol Theatre
11/21 - Orlando, FL @ The Plaza Live
11/22 - Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage
11/27 - Wilkes Barre, PA @ F.M. Kirby Center for Performing Arts
11/28 - Red Bank, NJ @ Count Basie Theatre
12/3 - Concord, NH @ Capitol Center For The Arts
12/4 - Collingswood, NJ @ Collingswood Scottish Rite Theatre
12/5 - Easton, PA @ The State Theater Performing Arts Center
12/6 - Sugarloaf, NY @ Sugarloaf Performing Arts Center
12/9 - Ridgefield, CT @ Ridgefield Playhouse
12/11 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre and Ballroom
12/12 - Kalamazoo, MI @ The Kalamazoo State Theatre
12/13 - Munhall, PA @ Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
12/16 - Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
12/17 - Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
12/18 - Effingham, IL @ Effingham Performing Arts Center
12/20 - Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
12/26 - Albany, NY @ The Egg
12/27 - Syracuse, NY @ Crouse Hinds Theater
12/29 - Harrisburg, PA @ The Forum

The WIZARDS OF WINTER are an eclectic group of musicians from the NY/NJ/PA tri-state region who perform classical and progressive-influenced rock music woven throughout a theatrical holiday-themed event. While the group’s style is undoubtedly inspired by the genius of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO), the WIZARDS OF WINTER are far from a TSO tribute band. The the Wizards’ original material is very unique and has a broad audience appeal, applied in a more intimate setting.

As a testament to the virtuosity of the group, several original members of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra have joined The WIZARDS OF WINTER on their musical journey. Currently performing with the group are Guy LeMonnier and Tony Gaynor. Tommy Farese and Michael Lanning, also former members of Trans-Siberian Orchestra, have performed with the band on occasion as well.

Scott Kelly - Music Director, Keyboards
Steve Ratchen - Bass
Sharon Kelly - Flute, Vocals
Fred Gorhau - Guitar
Mary McIntrye - Keyboards, vocals
Tommy Ference - Drums
TW Durfy - Guitar
Natalia Niarezka - Violin
Guy LeMonnier - vocals
Vincent Jiovino - vocals
Tony Gaynor - Narration

To learn more about The WIZARDS OF WINTER, please visit 

Sunday, October 11, 2015

An Interview With Elvenstorm

 An Interview with Michael Hellström - ELVENSTORM

Elvenstorm is a superior power metal band with incredible vocal harmony and that full on guitar assault that sounds so good cranked up! I had the chance to Interview Michael Hellstrom, guitarist for the band. His insight into the next phase of the metal evolution of Elvenstorm proved to be full of information. This is not a band to be missed as 2016 approaches. all the elements of a classic power metal band are here.

 Members: Laura Ferreux - Vocals Felix Börner - Drums Michael Hellström - Guitar Florent Brunet-Manquat - Bass Guitar

       Tell me about the writing for the album soulreaper. How long does it take to pull songs together?


Shortly after the release of our second album “Blood Leads to Glory”,  we worked immediately on new songs and decided to record a 4 tracks E.P. It’s a kind of “first taste” of what the next album will be. We also decided to pay tribute to two different bands, Slayer and Heavens Gate, and we recorded these songs in the Elvenstorm blood.

I think this is a powerful  record and we are really satisfied with “Soulreaper”


      Who does most of the writing?


Most of time, we are writing songs together with Laura.
We worked like that since the very early days of the band and I think it’s a very good alchemy.


       Where do you see the state of metal in ten years?


I think Heavy Metal will never die, as long as there’s still new generations of young metalhead and young talented bands that bring Metal as it’s highest level and not like a trend.
In 10 years people will still listen to legends such like Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Running Wild …
and I’m pretty sure that bands like Enforcer, Portrait or Evil Invaders will become more and more popular.

       Are you fans of social media?

Honestly not that much,  I prefer to meet people for real and share some beers and hang out with them !
But this is one of the best way to promote a band nowadays because you can make some easy and free promotion.
The dark side is that with all those social medias, anyone can say anything, There’s not much respect and privacy, anyone can call himself  music journalist or promoter or manager….
But it’s also a good way to interact with the fans and friends, so there’s also good side.

     How is the support for the band in your home city?


This is quite strange, because Grenoble has a good scene, with Lonewolf, Sanctuaire and other talented bands, but we don’t have a real fanbase there, and we still never play there !!!
To catch gigs nowadays is a real fight, even in our home town . You have to be friends with promoters or to pay to play.
For Elvenstorm we will never prostitute our band and our music only to catch gigs,

Fortunately we can count on fans all around the world that give us a real support

   Take us through a typical rehearsal. Is there a format or is it just lets get together and perform?

There’s no real format, we choose the songs we’ll play at the next gig, work it by our side and then we rehearse the show all together. Not more, not less.


    How do you know when your song is complete?


For me, a song is complete when I’m 100% satisfied with it.
When I feel the heart of the song and all the feelings I wanted to put inside, I can say this is complete. Then it’s a matter of arrangements that will be worked in studio

Who came up with the name?

Laura and myself  came up with the name.
We started the band together and we wanted something to sound melodic and powerful  that’s why we choose Elvenstorm

What bands inspired you and what bands are you currently  listening to?

I’m really influenced by the 80’s and 90’s German scene with bands such like RUNNING WILD, early HELLOWEEN, but also STORMWARRIOR, PARAGON, GRAVE DIGGER  and of course bands like IRON MAIDEN, JUDAS PRIEST, SAVAGE GRACE, . I’m also influenced for my guitar works by some more obscure bands like BATHORY, DISSECTION, or WATAIN.
Actually I’m listening a lot to “Iron Maiden – The Book of Souls”, “Running Wild – Gates to Purgatory” and “Enforcer – From Beyond”

 Craziest thing that has happened at a gig.

So far, there’s not much crazy things that happened to our gigs .
But one of my best memories is when Marta Gabriel from Crystal Viper, jumped on stage with us to sing “Mistress From Hell” in Belgium. It was amazing and impressive.

 What is your favorite song to play live?
Hard question !!!!!

I would say “Sworn to the Dark” and “Legions of Steel”

 If you could jam with any musician long since past which one would it be and why?

Without any hesitation I would say Rolf Kasparek from Running Wild and Kai Hansen from Gamma Ray.
This is because of them that I’m actually guitarist.
They bring me so much with their songs and albums, that it’s more than music for me.
An album like “Walls of Jericho” or “Under Jolly Roger”  has so much impact on me. These guys are idols for me

 How can fans get your cds?

They can get our cds and merchandising through our online storm: or through Inferno Records mail order

What do you want people to know about your upcoming release?

We are actually working hard on the upcoming album and ¾ of the demos are already recorded.
It will be the most powerful album we ever recorded, it will also be the darkest and the most ambitious one. We are working a lot on arrangements, melodies, vocal lines, guitar lines ….
We are actually really satisfied with those new songs and we can’t wait to hit the recording studio.
Expect a speed fast heavy metal mayhem for 2016.

Any words for your fans

Just want to thank  them for all their true and faithful support.
I hope we’ll be able  to hang out with all of you on the road.
Without you there will be no Elvenstorm.

Bryan Martin

Thursday, October 8, 2015



Frontiers Music srlRelease: 16 October 2015

The new VOODOO HILL album – the third release from the musical alliance between Italian axeman Dario Mollo and legendary former Deep Purple singer / bass player Glenn Hughes – is certainly the culmination of a 30+ years career for Mollo as a musician, songwriter and producer.

With a career which started in 1981, with the Heavy Metal band Crossbones, and subsequent work with such musical giants like Tony Martin (Black Sabbath), Graham Bonnet (Rainbow, MSG), Don Airey (Rainbow, Ozzy, Deep Purple) and several others, Voodoo Hill albums with Glenn Hughes has always marked a special milestone in Dario’s career.

With the acclaimed first Voodoo Hill album in 2000, Dario for the first time had the chance to have a proper international release, while the follow up album “Wild Seed of Mother Earth” marked what has been probably the heaviest and strongest release ever from Dario. Both releases came out via the Italian label Frontiers with whom Dario has built a strong liaison during the years.

The new record sees Glenn coming back to very strong and straightforward heavy rock music after the experiences with a more 70’s sound on his recent bands Black Country Communion and California Breed.

“Waterfall” is a superb Heavy Rock album which is equally split between aggressive and heavy moments and beautiful melodies.

Dario Mollo - Guitars
Glenn Hughes – Vocals

Dario Patti - Bass, Keys
Riccardo Vruna – Drums
Andrea Maiellano - Additional Bass on 3, 4, 6
Vladimir Ruzicic Kebac - Drums on 7, 9, 11

Produced by Dario Mollo

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Monday, September 21, 2015

Seven Witches New Album!!!

New Jersey metallists Seven Witches are ready to assault your senses once again, with a fierce new album, 'The Way of the Wicked.' Comprised of singer Anthony Cross, guitarist Jack Frost, bassist Ronnie Parkes, and drummer Johnny Kelly, Seven Witches picks up exactly where their hard-hitting last album left off, 2013's 'Rebirth.' And this is especially apparent in the album's second video, "World Without Man."

New Jersey metallists Seven Witches are ready to assault your senses once again, with a fierce new album, 'The Way of the Wicked.' Comprised of singer Anthony Cross, guitarist Jack Frost, bassist Ronnie Parkes, and drummer Johnny Kelly, Seven Witches picks up exactly where their hard-hitting last album left off, 2013's 'Rebirth.' And this is especially apparent in the album's second video, "World Without Man."

"When I got the demo version of the music, I knew these were the lyrics I wanted to use for it," recalls Cross. "The opening line was something that I had jotted down some time ago. 'How would it be, if one day, man no longer was?'"

"Think about it….you’ve seen documentaries that show you that if human life ceased to exist, the planet would start to heal. Lyrically, this is where this came from. I’m also a big fan of the Richard Matheson story, 'I Am Legend,' so that fed into it as well. So really, if everyone and everything was gone, how would you go on with your life?"

And according to Cross, his songwriting union with Frost is already a career highlight. "Writing with Jack Frost is a treat! He will usually come up with suggestions and ideas that I would never think of. And in the end we are both happy with the result." And the union is already paying off, as evidenced by the song "World Without Man," and the full-length 'The Way of the Wicked.'