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#1 Gus G. – Brand New Revolution

Few musicians have as impressive a CV as Greek metaller Gus G does! He studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA in the USA, he was voted by Metal Hammer (UK) magazine Best Shredder of 2011, has played in many other bands over the years as guest guitarist, has released 7 studio albums with Firewind, 2 solo albums, he is widely known as one of the most talented guitarists of his generation, and as if all these were not enough to take our breath away he is also Ozzy Osbourne’s guitarist, who replaced Zakk Wylde in 2009. ‘Brand New Revolution’, his second solo offering is a testament of this man’s ceaseless talent and hard work ethic. It is positive and euphoric, with heroic guitars, memorable riffs, enchanting melodies and chant-along choruses as every chorus in every song is strong and catchy!

‘Brand New Revolution’ is comprised of astonishing, life-affirming songs, made to celebrate the glory of music itself! This is exactly that kind of album that will give you goosebumps, make you raise your fist up in the air with a huge grin on your face and sing out loud the choruses with eyes closed! It is an album that you never get bored of listening to, with too many stand-out tracks such as the virtuosic, shredtastic album opener ‘The Quest’, ‘What Lies Below’, ‘We Are One’, ‘Generation G’, ‘The Demon Inside’, the title track and more. The production is fantastic and there is a plethora of talented, well-known guest vocalists: Jeff Scott Soto, Elize Ryd, Jacob Bunton and Mats Leven.

What should be especially noted though, is that ‘Brand New Revolution’ showcases Gus G’s rare talent of being both one of the world’s best guitarists, as well as music composers. This is such a splendidly built Metal album, everything is perfect from start to finish, all the tracks are killer tracks and it’s an album that should be used in the music industry as a yardstick of how solo albums should be done. Hail to Gus G, the Alexander The Great of Heavy Metal music!

Listen to: What Lies Below, The Quest, Brand New Revolution
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kS-PLcAvuhk

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Solution .45 is a metal supergroup comprised of Jani Stefanovic who formed the band, Patrik Gardberg, Rolf Pilve and uber-talented Christian Älvestam, former vocalist for Scar Symmetry. In their new album, ‘Nightmares in the Waking State – Part I’, they deliver the best synthesis of emotion and intensity that I have heard from any band in a long time! Songs such as the mind-blowing ‘Winning Where Losing Is All’, ‘Bleed Heavens Dry’, ‘Perfecting The Void’ and ‘Alter (The Unbearable Weight of Nothing)’, show that each aspect of the band has been honed to deadly perfection and brings to fruition the promise that the début ‘For Aeons Past’ hinted at.

‘Nightmares in the Waking State – Part I’ proves beyond doubt that Solution .45 are masters of their craft and metal’s finest new band. The album is an onslaught of ferocious guitars, catchy riffs, phenomenal clean singing range and bone crushing growling. The entire band’s performance is precise and confident and the album is brimming of uniqueness, inspiration and sheer emotion! The music is very well written and moves you emotionally and sonically from beginning to end. Although the songs are very heavy, they are shockingly catchy and alive with emotions! This is truly a brilliant Metal album and a must have for any self respecting Metal fan!

‘Nightmares In The Waking State – Part 2’ will be released in the coming months and it already is Metalised’s most anticipated album of 2016.

Listen to: Bleed Heavens Dry, Winning Where Losing Is All, Alter (The Unbearable Weight of Nothing)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIodjhm5KOk

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Cyprus! A paradise island-country in Europe, the birthplace of Aphrodite, Goddess of love & beauty, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world and best known for its warm weather, award-winning beaches, mouth-watering Mediterranean food, KEO beer, and for its crazy nightlife and clubbers’ paradise! One thing that Cyprus is not known for though, is that it also has a vibrant metal scene, with many remarkable bands (check out also ‘Arrayan Path’, ‘Armageddon Rev. 16:16’, ‘Astronomikon’) and dedicated metalheads. It comes as no surprise, that metal legends Iced Earth, chose Cyprus for the filming of their first official DVD ‘Live in Ancient Kourion’, after having witnessed the passion of the local metal fans. Blynd’s new release ‘Liber Sum’ (Latin for ‘I Am Free’) has arrived to change this, as its sole purpose is to finally put Cypriot metal on the map!

‘Liber Sum’ simply is the best Cypriot metal album to have ever been released and the best of its kind worldwide for 2015 (yes, even better than Lamb of God’s excellent new album). The album’s sound is a blend of Thrash/Groove/Death Metal with symphonic elements to make things even more interesting. If you love bands such as Lamb of God, Gojira, Machine Head and Septicflesh, then Blynd should be for you as desirable and “mouth-watering” as their homeland’s exquisite local cuisine!

While listening to ‘Liber Sum’ you can almost feel the skin of your face being stripped off, such is the quality of the bone-crushing riffs, the earth-shaking growls, the phenomenal songwriting and the exuberance Blynd has to offer! Bravo!

Listen to: Phobos, Barbarians, Liber Sum
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idAG5QLF7BY

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After having released the best melodic death metal album ever and what is possibly one of the top 20 metal albums of all time, can you release an equally good follow up? The answer is simple… you can’t! It simply can not be done! It is IMPOSSIBLE! On my review for Soilwork’s previous album ‘The Living Infinite’ (on Metalised’s Best Albums of 2013 list and Metalised’s Best Melodic Death Metal Albums of all time list), I compared it to career highlights by legendary metal bands such as Megadeth’s Rust in Peace and Iron Maiden’s Powerslave. So, I will rephrase my previous question; once you have released an album that is the highlight of your career, how do you follow it up? Clearly one does not expect a band to release another career highlight. However, if you’re a band of the calibre of Megadeth and Iron Maiden, then you might come back with a more than respectable album, such as ‘Countdown To Extinction’ and ‘Somewhere In Time’. This is also the case with ‘The Ride Majestic’.

‘The Ride Majestic’ is a solid, spectacular follow-up to ‘The Living Infinite’ and one of the band’s top 3 albums. It is an album that only a handful of bands in the world right now possess the necessary talent to create. It is a future classic! So I raise my pint of crispy, blonde, chilled lager in the air… here’s to your next album, Soilwork, your next masterpiece. I am sure you won’t let us down… because by Soilwork’s standards, it is ALSO, IMPOSSIBLE…

Listen to: The Phantom, The Ride Majestic, Death in General
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5aCvJWyeGnA

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Two years after Byzantine dropped its fantastic self-titled comeback album (one of Metalised’s top 10 albums of 2013) the band is back to explode minds once again! Byzantine’s self-titled comeback album was the biggest surprise of the year! After a long hiatus, these West Virginia Progressive/Thrash/Groove Metallers returned rejuvenated, re-energized and with fresh ideas! Their new album ‘To Release is To Resolve’ is not an exception! And as their fans have come to expect, all songs feature plenty of proggy/jazzy instrumental parts, with awe-inspiring, beautiful guitar work . Each song takes more twists and turns than most bands manage in an entire album. I am really, really impressed by this album. Byzantine, you are as mighty as the Byzantine Empire! Job well done… once again!

Listen to: The Agonies, To Release, Justinian Code
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vqu7i7WCbBY

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VII: Sturm und Drang is an album packed with memorable brutal riffs, plenty of diversity and a few melodic surprises. The musicianship has clearly improved, the drumming and guitar playing is amazing and the addition of Randy Blythe’s clean singing, for the first time, seems very suitable.

Listen to: Embers, 512, Overlord
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dulxbKkj9Wg

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Comeback/reunion album for these legendary Swedish Experimental Hardcore Punk rockers. ‘Freedom’ is a politically charged, genre-bending album that will once again shoot Refused into the annals of punk rock legend.

Listen to: Thought is Blood, Elektra, Useless Europeans
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlppElW_DFY

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