German metal powerhouse AFM Records has an array of brand new titles slated for North American release in the weeks ahead, and we aim to fill you in on what’s in store…
Scheduled to hit the streets on May 3, 2011 are new albums from SHAKRA, SUIDAKRA and VOODOO CIRCLE:
Back On Track
The rise of SHAKRA continues! It seems like nothing can stop the successful Switzerland-based hard rock force, as their previous album Everest fought its way all the way to #4 on the Swiss album charts in 2009. Since Everest, the band have recruited new vocalist John Prakesh, and showcase their newly refined lineup on their latest piece of work, Back On Track. Recorded and produced at the renowned Power Ride Studios with the band’s own guitarist Thom Blunier, the new album is quite varied from previous releases, as SHAKRA´s catchy rock moves in some slightly new directions. Prakesh´s voice allows the unit to combine the classic SHAKRA sound with the most passionate, soulful and energetic vocals the band ever offered. [http://www.shakra.ch]
Book of Dowth
German Celtic metal warriors SUIDAKRA have trampled audiences at major festival appearances and tours all over Europe, Asia, Russia and North America since their inception in 1994. Having toured with everyone from Children of Bodom, Tristania, Soilwork and more, and are currently embarked on a European tour with labelmates Onslaught, continuing to reap worldwide mass appeal and expanding their diehard fanbase as they have with each release to date. Now in 2011, SUIDAKRA proudly deliver their mammoth tenth full-length Book of Dowth to the masses! Recorded in Gernhart Studio (Destruction, Elvenking) and produced by Martin Buchwalter, Book of Dowth provides fans with some of the most epic tunes and tales to date over its glorious ten tracks. [http://www.suidakra.com/]
Broken Heart Syndrome
The second album from supergroup VOODOO CIRCLE has arrived. Comprised of several musicians who hail from the classic hard rock elite including David Readman (Pink Cream 69), Mat Sinner (Sinner, Primal Fear) and Alex Beyrodt (Silent Force), the new album, Broken Heart Syndrome, pays full homage to bands like Whitesnake, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Rainbow and Yngwie Malmsteen, all major lifelong inspirations to every member of the outfit. Mixed by Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69, Krokus, Allen/Lande) and produced by Alex Beyrodt, the twelve, bold anthems on Broken Heart Syndrome undoubtedly solidify why the musicians that form VOODOO CIRCLE are heralded as being at the top of their game, and makes this album a must-hear for all fans of the “classic” eras of metal and hard rock. [http://www.voodoocircle.de]
And scheduled for release on May 31, 2011 in North America, is the new release from German metal gods U.D.O.:
Longevity, integrity and constancy; these are the hallmarks of German metal kings U.D.O. Formed by two former members of Accept — Udo Dirkschneider (vocals) and Stefan Kaufmann (guitar) — U.D.O. have been flying their triumphant flag since their 1987 formation, but their 2009-released Dominator was a true triumph for the band, as the endless praise from fans and metal critics alike will attest. Since Dominator’s release, fans have been venomously awaiting the follow-up, and the wait is now over, as their thirteenth studio album, entitled Rev-Raptor, is confirmed for stateside release on May 31! On the thirteen-track album, U.D.O. provide the logical successor to Dominator; its concise rhythms and machine-like grooves are a perfect complement to the traditional and as usual outstanding songwriting of the band, and Dirkschneider’s incisive voice as always triumphantly at the forefront of the action.[http://www.udo-online.de]
Also watch for info on other new AFM releases coming in June and beyond, including new albums from BLOODBOUND, DEBAUCHERY, REV 16:8, LAKE OF TEARS and much more.
Voodoo Circle’s HOT new album, Broken Heart Syndrome is now streaming online! You can listen to the entire album here! Broken Heart Syndrome will be released on May 3rd via AFM Records.
I can’t get enough of German hard rock, and Alex Beyrodt’s Voodoo Circle has a new album coming out May 3rd, with a big 70’s hard rock sound that classic rock, and Whitesnake fans are going to love. Voodoo Circle is Alex Beyrodt on Guitar, Matt Sinner on Bass, David Readman (Pink Cream 69) on vocals, Jimmy Kresic on keyboards, and Markus Kullman on drums. Their new album is Broken Heart Syndrome, and judging from the song clips below, this could be a contender for best hard rock CD of 2011.
Check out the Electronic Press Kit for Broken Heart Syndrome, and give the new songs, “No Solution Blues” and “Devil’s Daughter” a listen. I think you are going to like it!
Classic Rock Magazine has Voodoo Circle’s new song, “Devil’s Daughter” available as a free download. This is off of the band’s new album, Broken Heart Syndrome.
You can check out Voodoo Circle’s Electronic Press Kit below!