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Friday, October 28, 2011

New Aria (Ария) album is out - in case you missed it!

This comes as news to me.
In case you missed it too, russian heavy metal veterans Aria have came out with a new album earlier at this month (5th of October, 2011)! This is their first album since 5 years of silence (well in case of long play releases anyway - I hear they have toured) and is called simply - Phoenix (Феникс).

The current lineup goes as follows:

Vladimir Holstinin - Guitars (1985-present)
Vitaliy Dubinin - Bass (1987-present)
Maxim Udalov - Drums (1987-1988, 2002-present), Drums (live) (1998)
See also: ex-Valkyria, ex-Чёрный Кофе
Sergey Popov - Guitars (2002-present)
See also: ex-Мастер
Mikhail Zhitnyakov - Vocals (2011-present)
See also: ex-КуражЪ, ex-Гран-КуражЪ

The vocalist is brand new and I don't want to comment more on this album yet since I'vent heard it as whole, but it will be pretty much one of the top albums on my "must listen"-list. So as we can see vocalist is new and another of the guitarists have been on the band since 2002 - while the rest three have longer career with Aria. You can see the cover below along with the tracklist (song names are converted with "internet languange translator" so might not be perfectly correct - sorry 'bout that):

ARIA-Phoenix (Феникс, 2011)

1. Black Square (Чёрный Квадрат) 05:20
2. Balance (Равновесие Сил)04:12
3. History of One Murderer (История Одного Убийцы) 06:22
4. Black Legend (Чёрная Легенда) 08:02
5. Fights without Rules (Бои без Правил) 06:53
6. Phoenix (Феникс) 06:34
7. The symphony of Fire (Симфония Огня) 05:30
8. Attila (Аттила) 07:56
9. The Headlight (Дальний Свет) 04:55
10. Requiem (Реквием) 04:25

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Running Wild is back - new album "Shadowmaker" at 2012

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Thats right! Main man of german heavy metallers Running Wild - Rolf Kasparek - has decided to bring Running Wild back in business. Rolf had stated earlier at 2009 that Running Wild would be officially disbanded due the 2009 Farewell Show at Wacken Open Air Festival. This show was filmed and released as CD and DVD under title "The Final Jolly Roger" as late as June 2011 by label called Golden Core/XYZ. Rolf stated that:

"my comments in spring of 2009 about Running Wild calling it's quits were serious at the time - I really needed time out and to be honest, couldn't imagine even in Jan 2011 that I would ever feel like recording new album again. But when I had the inspiration for a best-of-album, to which I wanted to contribute four new numbers, I rediscovered how much I enjoy composing. From then on it was only a small step to record a full new studio album."

Rolf has written ten new songs for upcoming album - which will be called Shadowmaker - and is to be released in April 2012 via SPV/Steamhammer under the banner of Running Wild. Some of the songs include midtempo opener "Piece of The Action", the uptempo number "Shadowmaker" (which according to Rolf will be roughly same pace as "Angel of Mercy") and more epic eight-minute long "Dracula" which will be based on Bram Stoker's novel and Christopher Lee movies.

Rolf states that the new deal with Steamhammer/SPV is "a real stroke of luck and ideal partnership - the label is a long-established with an experienced team, so I know that Running Wild are in good hands. Besides, my band and the record company are based in the same German city (Hannover), which can't be a disadvantage for a smooth cooperation."

Olly Hahn (The A&R representative at SPV/Steamhammer) states that "Style-defining act such as Running Wild signed with us comes close to an accolade - band leader Rock'n'Rolf is one of the metal scene's last originals, and we at SPV are unbelievably proud that his choice fell on us."

More thoughts about the new Running Wild album and band's past can be seen on a video attached to below.