19u / power metal / melodic rock / pres. by MMM / € 10,-
For eighteen months it was really quiet about SERIOUS BLACK, a comparatively long time for a band that, since its inception in 2015, let a maximum of one year pass until the release of a new album. However, who suspects that the guys had rested on their laurels will be disabused in 2020: SERIOUS BLACK are back with a bang and they´ll bring along a killeralbum called “Suite 226”. After three successful predecessors and more than 120 shows worldwide, they used their well-deserved time-out to design new concepts, to work on fresh material and, by the way, to build their own studio. Bassist Mario proudly announces: “The waiting comes to an end, we are fresh and rested. Above all, we are hungry to return to the stage.”
After guitarist Roland Grapow and bassist Mario Lochert hatched the idea of founding a Melodic Metal band in 2013, it was only a matter of time before this bunch of thoroughbred musicians, which earned their stripes in bands like FIREWIND, RHAPSODY, TAD MOROSE, EDENBRIDGE, VISION OF ATLANTIS and DREAMSCAPE have established in the Melodic Metalscene. In 2015 SERIOUS BLACK released their debut album “As Daylight Breaks”, which even has a chart entry, and completed their first headliner tour one year later. The fan base was growing steadily, followed by three successful albums, including live recordings and the unplugged version “First Light” in 2017.
In 2022 it’s finally happening!
The international band proudly presents their highly anticipated fourth studio album “Suite 226”.
And that will stir the powermetal community´s blood. Unlike “Mirrorworld” and “Magic”, which are much more Hardrock, “Suite 226” features more driving guitars, catchy hooks and finest riffing, as you know it from “As Daylight Breaks”. After “MAGIC”, which is a concept album about the story of mysterious Mr. Nightmist, a witch and a lot of magic, this time “Suite 226” also tells a complete narrative of a mentally confused man who is torned between his own dreamworld, reality and the evil.
In real life the protagonist has been held captive for many years in this dismal, cold padded cell number 226, the inhuman condition of the rotten psychiatry have driven him to total distraction. In his imagination he is the mighty king who lives in his feudal castle, surrounded by courtesans, good food and wine, commands an invincible army.
Staggering between illusion and reality, he continues to be drawn into the maelstrom of madness, his life becomes a ride through purgatory, accompanied by demons, anxiety attacks and paranoia. SERIOUS BLACK takes the listener on a musically journey between heaven and hell, “Suite 226” is the perfect soundtrack for this trip to the place of damnation. Ruthless riffs meets catchy melodies, driven by a manic rhythm section, Urban Breed´s top-rated unleashed vocals add the necessary amount of insanity. After listening to this dervish of an album one may ask oneself what is actually fiction, what is reality. And who knows, after that you may also hear these soft voices in your head.
Don´t say nobody warned you!
Denmark’s finest Power Metal band, Seven Thorns, begins a new chapter, with the release of their 3rd album
“Symphony of Shadows”! Spicing up their sound with heavier, darker influences like Symphony X and Adagio they
still remember their roots in neo-classical and classic Power Metal in the vein of Helloween and Stratovarius. The
result is strong, catchy melodies, high-end technical musicianship and a massive, dark and rich sound, and the 9
tracks will leave the listener gasping for air yet yearning for more!
Having played numerous gigs and festivals including the prestigious CopenHell, blowing away audiences and critics
alike, and having shared stages with bands like Primal Fear and Freedom Call, the band is a force to be reckoned
with. In the words of composer and guitarist Gabriel Tuxen: “We wanted to make an album that was FUN for us to
play on stage, and one that will entertain our fanbase as well as people who see us for the first time. I think we
succeeded, and more.”
To enhance the darkness and heaviness of the album, Seven Thorns worked with famed producer Tue Madsen. He
turned out to be the perfect partner to make the vision come alive, making sure that every detail in the complex
soundscapes stand out clearly, still creating a wall of sound full of pummeling bassdrums, heavy guitars and soaring
solos that will satisfy even the most demanding shred-fetishist.
Centered around the virtuoso talents of guitarist and main composer Gabriel Tuxen and keyboard player Asger
Nielsen, and with the charismatic voice and persona Björn Asking handling the vocals, the ambitious melodies and
songs easily come alive. The low end is kept tight and heavy by bassist Mads Molbaek and everything is paced
forward hard and fast by drummer and band mastermind Lars Borup.
It’s Power : It’s Heavy : it’s Dark…
It is The SYMPHONY OF SHADOWS
MAGICAL HEART ist eine “Melodic Rock” Band aus München.