Void Omnia is a five-member black metal outfit from Oakland, USA, created in 2013 and bringing together former members of Apocryphon, Mutilation Rites and Tombs among others.
This is their first full-length album album is a typical example of the quality the releases from the American north have in recent years.
Void Omnia are, in terms of atmosphere, one of those bands who although are diligent students of both classic diabolical Scandinavian sound and the naturalistic US and Canadian black metal, their own atmosphere is not built with eerie, naked 90’s riffs nor with ambient and natural sound themes.
It’s rather based on well-written and well-played guitar riffs that create a sense of melancholic paranoia, a constant state of emotional over-stimulation.
Add storming blast-beat and a very talented singer in the mix and you have “Dying Light”. Cover art is the work of designer and cartoonist Glenn Schon.
Tracklisting: 1. Remanence Of A Ghost Haunt 2. Fallowed Remembrance 3. Singularity 4. Of Time 5. Emptied Heartless
Birmingham, Alabama 4 piece EMBR are set to release a 3 song EP called “1021”. The EP title alludes to the fact that, this release is the second in the New Heavy Sounds 10th Anniversary CD EP series.
‘1021’ follows on the heels of their critically acclaimed full-length “1823”. It also falls in line with the 2-year anniversary of the drummer Erik’s kidney transplant.
EMBR deliver 3 brand new songs, each of which push the template set up by the album. These compositions chronicle love, devastation, disappointment, forgiveness and anger, and once again musically EMBR are in top form, broadening their horizons bringing a faster pace and tougher execution to their sound.
“1021” shows the band continuing to develop and grow, the crushing heaviness and haunting vocals that marked their album are there and they have added a faster pace and tougher execution to their sound add to that some memorable hooks that will sink in your jaw and you have an enticing journey ahead of you.
In fact ‘1021’ hits like Jason Voorhees on a rampage and doesn’t let up until the end of the 15 minute run time.
The EP was recorded and mixed by Matt Washburn at Ledbelly Sound in Dawsonville Ga. and mastered at Soulfire Sounds in Birmingham, Alabama.
Alongside this the band have created a video for each song, filmed during the studio sessions and these will form part of the release with the EP.
As with all the NHS 10thAnniversary series, the CD is a very limited edition of 150 only, and is housed in a bespoke die cut, New Heavy Sounds house style cd digipack. It will be available by mail order only.
‘1021’ is scheduled for release on September 3rd 2021.
Sami Yaffa has had a long and unique career as a musician. He played at the tender age of 16 on the Finnish punk legends Pelle Miljoona Oy's legendary album Moottoritie On Kuuma. As an original member of the band Hanoi Rocks (1980-85) he recorded 5 albums with the band and toured the world extensively until the tragic events that ended the flight of the pioneering band.
Hanoi Rocks became a major influence on many bands that later became huge like the Guns N`Roses and Pearl Jam. Yaffa’s career continued after the break-up of Hanoi and ended up playing with Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, the legendary New York Dolls, the Swedish RnR machine The Hellacopters and many more artists.
Sami began playing with the Hanoi Rocks lead singer Michael Monroe again in 2010, the collaboration with Michael continues to this day.But now it’s time to put out an album under his own name. “The idea for the solo album started to take shape a few years back. I had written music for the New York Dolls and the Michael Monroe Band, but a lot of the songs and ideas were starting to sound more like me than the other bands.” What kind of music does Yaffa then release under his own name? Versatile. “I’ve always loved the music of the bands like The Clash and The Rolling Stones. They can play country, funk, reggae and rock`n`roll, and still sound like themselves. I wanted the same kind of versatility for my own album. ”
The album has influences on a fairly wide scale, but it hardly surprises those who have followed Yaffa's career: in addition to his own music career, he has been seen getting to know the musical cultures of different parts of the world as a host of the Sami Yaffa: Soundtracker TV series.
“However, the beating heart of the album is in rock`n`roll and punk, I don't shy away from that.” Even though it’s a solo album, Yaffa mentions a few of names without whom the album wouldn’t have been completed. One being the drummer Janne Haavisto, with whom Sami played already as a teenager. And the other being his Michael Monroe Bands band mate Rich Jones who co-wrote a bulk of the songs with Sami. Also the Stone Sour guitarist Christian Martucci and Smack guitarist Rane played an important role in the creation of the album.
Sami is ready to hit the road after the release of the album with a line up of Janne Haavisto on drums, Linde Lindström (HIM) on guitar and Burton (HIM) on keyboards.
Tracklisting: 1. Armageddon Together 2. Selling Me Shit 3. Fortunate One 4. Rotten Roots 5. Germinator 6. Down At St. Joe’s 7. I Can’t Stand It 8. You Gimme Fever; 9. The Last Time 10. Look Ahead 11. Cancel The End Of The World
Limited edition 180g red vinyl LP. “The missing link between Free and The Black Keys” Paul Elliott, Q Magazine
Mojo Magazine : This is the sound of Sweet Crisis. Formed in Cambridge in 2015, after decades of friendship, they have drawn from years of shared experience and a well of hundreds of songs to create the debut album Tricks On My Mind.
Sweet Crisis seek to balance all their inclinations and influences - like Free or Lenny Kravtiz, nothing is off the table if music sounds right. The key influences for Sweet Crisis are wide-ranging, from the classic rock and soul music of the ’70s – The Rolling Stones, Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac, Donny Hathaway, Humble Pie – to The Verve and Massive Attack, The Black Keys and Jack White.
The iconic 70s sound combined with modern pioneers shape and inform this modern rock band’s sound. And with this wide-ranging DNA incorporating just the right amount of funk, soul and pop along the way, their album celebrates both modern and classic vibes.
Leo and Piers write all of the songs for Sweet Crisis and have recently swelled their ranks with Matt Dudurym on bass, Dom Briggs-Fish on keyboards and Joe Taylor on drums – Now a well oiled machine that’s been running since early 2019 - together they’ve created a timeless and energetic record. Tricks On My Mind.
The ten tracks on Tricks On My Mind were recorded and mixed at Headline Music Studios in Cambridge, mastered at Abbey Road Studios and released by Headline Records Ltd.
Tracklisting: 1. Loosen Up 2. One Way Traffic 3. Ain't Got Soul 4. This Guitar 5. Karma Will Come 6. Tricks On My Mind 7. Misty Haze 8. Black Magic 9. Love Me Like Sugar 10. Living Life On The Edge
YES guitarist Steve Howe has announced he is to release the seventh edition of his Homebrew album series on 30th July via HoweSound. Homebrew 7 marks the 25th anniversary of the guitar legend’s first album in his Homebrew collection.
The Homebrew series typically features recordings from Steve Howe’s home archive of demos and tracks, originally recorded for one of his many solo or group projects with YES, ASIA, ABWH or GTR. Homebrew 7 differs slightly as none of the tracks have previously been released in any form and there are no plans for any to be rerecorded in the future.
“Many are things I’ve enjoyed saving until the right moment,” says Howe, “and the Homebrew series allows this. Some tracks have matured with my nurturing but others have been recently rediscovered.”
This collection includes tracks from the late seventies through to 2016 in Howe’s extensive range of playing styles. Each of the 21 tracks is dated and accompanied by Howe’s background notes and details on instrumentation. Most of the tracks are Howe’s solo recordings with occasional contributions from Dylan Howe and Virgil Howe on drums with Phil Spalding on bass guitar (Half Way).
The booklet includes the lyrics for the four vocal tracks and is also illustrated by some of Howe’s delightfully atmospheric photography.
Tracklisting: 1. The Glider 2. October 3. Half Way 4. The Only One 5. In One Life 6. Outstanding Deal 7. Be Natural 8. Cold Winds 9. Deanscape 10. Tender Hooks 11. A Lady She Is 12. Two Sided 13. Strange Wayfarer 14. Devon Girl 15. Safe Haven 16. A Matter Of Fact 17. Touchstone 18. From Another Day 19. Foregone Conclusion 20. Space Void 21. From The Get Go