To celebrate the concert Stamina played 1 year ago in Zgierz Poland, we here bring you another track of their album Live In The City Of Power: Love Was Never Meant To Be. Surely a fan favourite!
The CD/DVD combi is still available from us here or from your favourite shop. The audio is available on all (digital) platforms.
Time is long overdue to bring you the next overview of all the great reviews that have reached us the last weeks/ months. So here we go:
- first one is for Claudio Delgift‘s The Essential, coming from French website Prog Critique. In their words: Claudio Delgift demonstrates a great technical mastery combining power and quality. Twelve tracks never run out of energy or inspiration, the musician splits a classic and melodic progressive that allows his guitar playing to flourish. (3.5 / 5)
- Next one is ViriAOR discussing Phil Vincent‘s Hypocrite album: “An album that handles all musical styles in brush strokes, and that personally, is what I liked most about him lately. Highlight guitar solos by experts Vince O’Regan and Peter Cox. A compact, entertaining and interesting album.” (5/5)
- an amazing 4/5 stars for Battersea and Arguments & Sentiments from Dmitry at DMME
- and an even more wonderful 5/5 at ViriAOR for Battersea
- also a 5 stars for Legion and Rising from ViriAOR
- next up Metal Integral reward the Live In The City Of Power album from Stamina with 15/20, no wonder they call them “unjustly unknown”!
- Back to DMME and Phil Vincent. Another 4/5 stars, with Dmitry stating “quite an unexpected move for Phil, but the contemporary sonics show how valid such an approach is in an appropriate context”
- Italian website Aristocrazia had lots of good things to say about Stamina; “trust me, you will not be disappointed. Grit, tenacity and passion: this is fed by the music of Campania and this is the only one you will find inside Live In The City Of Power , energy in abundance!”
- Over to Germany now, where PowerMetal.de has a lot of good things to say about Rising from Legion with qualifications like “flawless”, “no shortage of hooks”, or “still a long way from old-timers and still lots to say” (7.5/10)
- back to Italy and Stamina, where Hardsounds rewards the live album with 77 points calling it a “significant live testimony”
- Strutter and Gabor had a bit of catching up to do. On this page you can find reviews for:
– D’Ercole – Made to Burn (8.1/10)
– Slug Comparison – When You Were Living Here (8.5/10)
– Legion – Rising (7.7/10)
– Stamina – Live In The City Of Power (7.3/10)
– Phil Vincent – Hypocrite (8.1/10)
- and the last one for today is from Belgium’s Concrete Web, talking about Rising from Legion with lots of positives. The songwriting, the sound, the execution. Resulting in a warm Recommended.
Thanks to all the writers!
Earthshine made a surprise return today. While working on ideas for the next full length Earthshine album, Peter came up with the idea for this song. As it does not fit the theme, he decided to release it as a single track.
What inspired it was the thought of all the electric pulses running our body throughout the day. From slowly getting up in the morning, to work, eating and then again slowing down to finally falling asleep.
Official release is July 16 on all platforms. But you can get it for free (or any amount you want) until then, at bandcamp (see link below). #chill #instrumental #electronic music
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Finally a new Forest Field track! From the coming album Seasons comes the single edit for the track Change The World. And since it is a song with a message of hope, a lyric video seemed the way to go. All vocals by Phil Vincent, all instruments by Peter Cox, who also wrote it and mixed and mastered as well. Enjoy and if you like it, please show your support by liking, sharing, commenting, etc. Thank you!
Since reviews keep coming hard and fast, time is long overdue to update the site with the best ones from recent weeks:
- Whiteroom reviews Legion “Rising shows that Legion can still rock. Good thing they are back”
- Sea Of Tranquility appreciate D’Ercole‘s Made To Burn with 3.5 / 5 stars: “If you enjoy melodic hard rock and AOR with strong lead vocals there should be a lot to love here” and
- Slug Comparison they rate with 4/5 stars! “an excellent modern rock album that might be light on prog but for me that doesn’t make it any less enjoyable. Well played, well sung and certainly sophisticated enough for the more discerning fan. Recommended”
- the same site and the same rating, 4/5 stars for Cranston – II; “CranstoN proves to be an excellent venture with a professional production and melodies all over the place. A highly recommended release”
- last but not least, another 3.5 / 5 stars for Claudio Delgift: “Claudio is an excellent guitarist, his fills and rhythms, both acoustic and electric highlight every track”
- Then on to Dutch site Lords Of METAL: a 72 / 100 for Phil Vincent‘s Hypocrite album: “another very enjoyable album”
- a very thrilling 77 / 100 for Battersea: “a fine album with beautiful songs”
- an even more thrilling 80 / 100 for Stamina’s Live In The city Of Power: “besides an excellent choice in songs, a very good sound for a live album with a great mix”
- and finally a 75 / 100 for Legion and Rising: ” interesting from start to finish, I like Rising so maybe I should start tracking down their back catalogue”
- now over to France and a stunning 5 / 5 stars for Slug Comparison on Progcritique: “by proposing a colorful content, sometimes rock, sometimes progressive, realizes here a warm and endearing album!”
- from Canada a 3.8 / 5 stars for Stamina from the pen of Dmitry Epstein: ” if they’re willing to projecting such balance onto the future, it wouldn’t take a lot of stamina to reach the higher echelons of heavy champions”
- Phil Vincent did an extensive interview with Swedish site Rock United which you can read in full here
- Musipedia of Metal rate Legion with a 7 / 10: “on the basis of this album I’d happily hear a lot more of this rock band”
- and the last ones of this post; thoughts from Your Music Blog on Slug Comparison and Claudio Delgift
More to come!
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As a thanks for the excellent reception of “When You Were Living Here” Doug has decided to share a bonus track. Find it below. It says buy, but it is a name your price track, and 0 is also a number:
It is also included if you buy the CD / download of the album and thus support the artist! Enjoy
Just received confirmation that Yordan Ivanov, the fantastic singer for Sky Empire, has recently died in a fire at his work.
When the band and I got in touch, they insisted we’d meet personally to work out the details. So they came over from the UK and on a Saturday afternoon we had a coffee together. Tom, Drazic and Yordan from Sky Empire, and me, at the table in the studio.
We had a great chat, from the off it was clear we were all lovers of music so time flew by. I was really happy to help the band with their album, which I think is a highlight in progmetal. Fantastic album, with awesome musicians who turned out to be great people.
Just cannot believe he has gone and that this will be his last album…
I wish the band and Yordan’s family strength and want to encourage you to check their album if you have not yet done so. For the next few weeks I will put it on sale on our website, so hopefully more people show their support.
Rest in Peace mate, you will be missed 😢
And now time for the next round of reviews, as well as an extensive interview. So let’s start quickly with all the reviews:
- first is Dutch site Rockportaal writing about the Legion Album. Writer Maurice calls it a tasty album, playable on every moment of every day.
- The next is also from Maurice on Rockportaal, but this time it concerns the Stamina live album Live In The City Of Power. He thinks it is a great way to get to know the band and surely worth listening to. Also compliments for us for continuously delivering quality releases. Thanks man!
- next another Dutch site, Progwereld. They write about Slug Comparison‘s WhenYou Were Living Here. they regard Doug as one of those talents roaming the world that deserve a much bigger audience. Great voice, extensive musical skills and strong songs. Reviews like this will surely help attract more interest in this awesome release.
- Then the inimitable Dmitry Epstein delivers another one of his fine reviews on DMME. He hands Legion‘s Rising a whopping 4.2 / 5 stars! With describing it as alluring and hitting the mark, who needs more recommendation?
- Maybe the first time we hear back from Poland, and it are MLWZ writing about the Battersea release Arguments & Sentiments. Lots of compliments too, highlighting the catchy choruses and many tracks suspected of being able to become a summer hit. Well, fingers crossed then!
- On to Italy then, where MetalItalia write about the just as Italian Stamina. “A good opportunity to get to know and appreciate the band”. We couldn’t have said it better.
- On to France now, and another amazing 17/20 for Phil Vincent and his latest album Hypocrite! No wonder writer Laudrome ends with “a very very good album”…
- And it seems this sentiment is shared by Rockportaal. They conclude their review of Hypocrite with “even when this album will not turn the world of rock upside down, it is a great album that is at least as good as many of the more well known names”. Thank you very much!
- fireworks-SC interview is what it says, the full 2 pages of the interview that Doug from Slug Comparison did with Nicky Baldrian of Fireworks.
- some very kind words for Battersea in metal magazine Rock Tribune.
- And last but not least, below more cracking words for Cranston, reviewer Paul Woodward from Fireworks calls it one of the best albums in the whole of Phil’s career!
Now the long awaited return of Legion is final, let’s celebrate with another video! Enjoy How Does It Feel: