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Heaven Below – Good Morning Apocalypse

Posted in CD, Metal, Rock with tags , , , on 13th November 2016 by izaforestspirit

Heaven Below

Good Morning Apocalypse

Released 14th October 2016

Hard Rock/ Heavy Metal

Released EMP Label Group

‘Good Morning Apocalypse’ is the third album from the Los Angeles -based, American hard rock band Heaven Below. The band was formed back in 2008 by singer Patrick Kennison (Union Underground) and Marty O’Brien (Disturbed, We Are the Fallen). After two albums, various line-up changes and extensive touring, Heaven Below began to work on what has been described as the “most ambitious” album of their career – Good Morning Apocalypse. This is a concept album about a modern day Dr. Faust and his dealings with the devil. It features guest appearances from Udo Dirkschneider (U.D.O., Accept), Kobra Paige (Kobra and the Lotus), Jason McMaster (Dangerous Toys, Broken Teeth, Watchtower) and Lita Ford.

As with any concept album, if you want to find out more about the story then I suggest that you check out the band’s website or read the song lyrics. That’s precisely what I did and I can say that the story itself is worth reading but I’m not going to talk about it here. After all, this isn’t a book review… So let’s discuss the music instead.

Now, I’ not particularly fond of the term “epic” since it’s grossly overused and it has essentially become a fancy way of describing something larger than life with very little meaning. In this case however, I can’t think of a better way to sum up the overall feel of the opening track Nefarious Angels feat. Jason McMaster — an epic and passionate heavy metal song with explosive guitar tunes and catchy choruses. A great way to start an album. Renegade Protest Movement has the atmosphere of a rebellion in the works with a simple call to action “come, join the Renegade Protest Movement!” It is like a forceful and aggressive blow that hits you right in the face. Ready or not, here it comes!

Devilina And The Damage Done (feat. Kobra Paige) caught my attention as one of the more melodic tracks on here. Kennison’s duet with Kobra Paige adds an extra dimension to the song giving it a somewhat softer feel without losing any of the power in the vocals. For those who prefer a more aggressive style then Killing The Deadman is the song for you – a straightforward yet highly effective onslaught of guitar riffs and compelling vocals with a very brief melodic interlude towards the latter half of the track. And let’s not forget Udo Dirkschneider’s appearance on Black Sunrise/War of The Gods, which transforms the song giving it a more dynamic feel.

In summary ‘Good Morning Apocalypse’ is a multi-faceted and complex album which mixes traditional heavy metal with elements of both modern and classic hard rock. Each one of the guest musicians leaves his or her own mark on the music. Heaven Below have created a winning formula of powerful vocals, catchy choruses and skillfully executed guitar melodies.

4/5
Iza Raittila

 

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Pete Dimov departs from Kobra and the Lotus

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 13th June 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Bassist Pete Dimov announced via his personal Facebook page (See image below) that he has left Canadian metal band Kobra and the Lotus. Pete has not stated his reasons for his departure from the band, only stating in his announcement that “[it’s] time for a change” and Kobra and the Lotus haven’t made an offical announcement as of yet. Fans are hoping that Pete’s departure from the band won’t affect KATL’s upcoming US tour with Amaranthe – New dates for the tour were announced hours before Pete’s announcement.

Kobra and the Lotus online:

http://www.kobraandthelotus.com
http://www.facebook.com/KobraAndTheLotus
http://www.myspace.com/kobraandthelotus

Kobra And The Lotus Set To Release New Album and Guest Slot with Judas Priest

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 18th May 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Kobra and the Lotus; the five-piece group fronted by powerful vocalist Kobra Paige, will release their debut, self-titled album on August 6th 2012 via Spinefarm Records.

The album is produced by Kevin Churko (whose previous credits include both Five Finger Death Punch & Ozzy Osbourne), this 10-track outing has an intentionally grand-scale dynamic, revelling in the glories of the genre and making its mark as arena rather than garage rock; precisely delivered music, still heavy with emotion.

Commenting on the record, songwriter & no-holds-barred performer Kobra divulged: “Some of the songs do have more specific meanings – for example, ‘Heaven’s Veins’ is about addiction, ‘Calm Before the Storm’ is about children born into troubled situations, ‘pearls in the ashes’, and ‘50 Shades Of Evil’ is about greed, about the constant desire for more… but, by and large, the theme is one of hope, of finding a way through dark situations… I do have broad musical tastes, but by choice I’m a heavy metal fan, and I’m truly excited with the album we’ve just finished. It’s rooted in the great history of the music, the escapism and the larger than life imagery, which is something I’m very comfortable with, but it’s for a new generation too, and it’s delivered 100 per cent from the heart!”

Kobra And The Lotus, signed to Simmons Records, and released internationally by Spinefarm, will be coming to the UK to guest with both Judas Priest and Guns N’ Roses in late May, then appearing at the Download Festival in June.

In support of this activity, ‘Forever One’ – the lead single / video from the new album – will be released digitally on May 28th.

The UK dates are as follows:

May 2012

26th – Hammersmith Apollo, London (with Judas Priest & Saxon)
29th – MEN Arena, Manchester (with Guns N’ Roses & Thin Lizzy)
31st – O2 Arena, London (with Guns N’ Roses & Thin Lizzy)

June 2012

10th – Download Festival, Donington Park (Encore Stage)

A second single, ‘Heaven’s Veins’, and more UK dates from the Canadian outfit will follow, in the wake of key European festivals in Spain, Germany, Austria, Sweden, France, Belgium and Italy.