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Hard Riot’s second album to be released tomorrow

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 1st June 2014 by Pieni

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German hard rockers Hard Riot will release the successor to their debut “Living On A Fast Lane” (2012) tomorroe, 2nd June, via Pitch Black Records. Its title is “The Blackened Heart” and it contains 11 tracks, 12 if you get the physical CD. Track listing as follows:

1. Blackout
2. Suicide Blues
3. Devils BBQ
4. The End
5. Count On Me
6. Not Alone
7. The Enemy Within
8. Dirty Games
9. Last Goodbye
10. High Society Bitch
11. Hit The Ground
12. The End (CD Bonus – feat. Richard Sjunnesson of The Unguided)

For more info visit www.pitchblackrecords.com and the band’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/hardriot

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Pitch Black Records welcomes Stonecast and Artical

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 5th October 2013 by Pieni

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French heavy/power metallers Stonecast (that now feature legendary drummer Kenny Earl “Rhino”) have signed with Pitch Black Records. The upcoming album “Heroikos” is scheduled for release on November 12th, marking the label’s last release for 2013.

Track-list is as follows:

  1. Jakuta (cult of the bolthrower)
  2. The Barbaric Rhyme
  3. Elysean Winds
  4. Triumph
  5. Substance
  6. Of Fire and Ice
  7. Kings Unborn
  8. Gods of Dust
  9. The Place
  10. Savage Princes

https://www.facebook.com/stonecastmetal
http://www.myspace.com/stonecastmetal
http://www.stonecastweb.com

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Also Greek power metal act Artical is now part of the Pitch Black family, and like Stonecast, their new album (already the third) “Illusion X” will see the light of day on November 12th, with the following track-list:

  1. Look in the Mirror
  2. Chasing my Life
  3. I am so Different
  4. Follow the Light
  5. Wings of Time
  6. Run Like the Wind
  7. Illusion X
  8. Mother

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Artical/91846814010
http://www.MySpace.Com/ArticalBand

Gypsy Chief Goliath release video for “Got No Soul”‏

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 4th October 2013 by Pieni

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Canadian stoner metalllers Gypsy Chief Goliath are about to release their second album “New Machines Of The Night” (8th October via Pitch Black Records) and in advance has posted online a video for the track “Got No Soul”:

The CD version is available to order from http://store.pitchblackrecords.com.

https://www.facebook.com/GypsyChiefGoliath

www.pitchblackrecords.com.

Blynd – Punishment Unfolds

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , on 15th October 2012 by izaforestspirit

Blynd
Punishment Unfolds
Released: November 2012
Thrash Metal/ Heavy Metal
Released via Pitch Black Records

‘Punishment Unfolds’ is the second album from the Cyprus-based thrash metal band Blynd. The album artwork was done by Septic Flesh’s Spiros Antoniou and the album features guest appearances from Sakis Tolis (Rotting Christ) and George Charalambous (Winter’s Verge).

Now there’s a certain number of things that spring to mind when you hear the words thrash metal and term “symphonic” is definitely not one of them! Oddly enough that’s exactly how the aptly named ‘Divine Gathering’ sounds; a melodic instrumental with that soundtrack quality. Yet don’t let this deceive you; as straight afterwards come the guitar riffs with ‘Arrival of the Gods’, offering enough solos to make the previous track seem like a distant memory. The title track ‘As Punishment Unfolds’ sees a slight change in style, with the guitars switching to playing speed-thrash metal while the singer seems to have taken inspiration from bands like Grimfist. Not a good mix!

Sadly as the subsequent tracks reveal, it’s the vocals which let this album down. ‘The Chosen Few’ is a good example of this problem. The guitar parts are decent and there’s some nice melodic solos but then the vocals re-emerge ruining the effect. Things only get worse with ‘Convicted In Devil’s Land’; one of those tracks that never really gets going, making the aforementioned bad vocals that much less bearable. Even ‘Sins to the Cross’ with all its skilfully executed guitar solos would have worked better either with a different vocalist or as an instrumental. ‘Infinity Race’ suffers from a case of far too many stop-starts which make the track sound very disjointed.

There is however, one good song on here and that’s ‘Divine Conspiracy’ is with its Machine Head -style guitar riff intro paving the way to some energetic, melodic thrash metal with enough catchy riffs to make up for the vocals.

2.5/5 – Sadly I have rate this based on the music not the cover-art.

Iza Raittila

Sacred Blood – Alexandros

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , , , on 12th June 2012 by izaforestspirit

Sacred Blood
Alexandros
Released: May 2012
Epic Power Metal
Released via: Pitch Black Records

‘Alexandros’ is the second album from the Greek epic power metal band Sacred Blood. It is a concept album based on the life and legend of Alexander the Great.

So aside from the rather cheesy intro which comes complete with battle sounds and an epic story-telling voice, this is pretty much what it is says on the tin. ‘Alexandros’ treats the listener to some epic power metal akin to the likes of Manowar with hints of Iced Earth. Take ‘The Bold Prince of Macedonia’ for instance: the vocals bear a strong similarity to Manowar, then there’s the choir-like, warrior-style backing vocals all of which add to the overall ‘epic’ effect.

Luckily they have managed to throw in some catchy guitar riffs and solos as well; on tracks such as ‘Death Behind The Walls’ and ‘Ride Through the Achaemenid Empire’ which remind me of Iron Maiden for some reason. Then there’s the soundtrack-esque, symphonic instrumentals like ‘Golden Shields in the Sky’ which, in true story-telling fashion, features more of the vocalized commentary similar to that of the intro. In addition to these the album also features some slower tracks such as the acoustic guitar driven, keyboard-infused ballad ‘New God Rising (At the Oracle of Siwa)’ or ‘Heart of the Ocean (Nearchus Advancing)’ which features some melodic, soft-sounding female vocals.

Overall this is a very good example of epic power metal which I would recommend to fans of Manowar and Iron Maiden.

3.5/5

Iza Raittila

Greek Titans Sign To Pitch Black

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 25th March 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Pitch Black Records is pleased to announce the addition of three outstanding Greek metal acts into its roster and the release of their albums in May. Each band is unique in its own way and style and their albums will be impossible to go unnoticed.

LITROSIS “I am Death” (symphonic black metal) due for release: May 1st 2012.

Their debut album will be the second release in the ‘Blackest Pitch Series’, a series which always features an eclectic selection of black metal with the first pressing being a unique and collectible packaging limited to 333 numbered copies.

MARAUDER “Elegy of Blood” (classic heavy metal) due for release: May 15th 2012

The Greek metal legends are back with their fifth offering! Superb compositions, a powerful production and an already proven performance make waiting for this album unbearable!

SACRED BLOOD “Alexandros” (epic power metal) due for release: May 29th 2012

Sophomore release for this band that goes beyond epic, fusing metal with folk instruments. A concept album adequately dealing with a mighty certain someone who needs no further introduction… Alexandros, better known as Alexander the Great.

More details about each band and album will be revealed soon.

HARD RIOT JOINS PITCH BLACK RECORDS

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 2nd February 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Debut album by German hard rockers salutes those about to rock.

PITCH BLACK RECORDS announces the addition of German hard rock outfit HARD RIOT into its roster with the band’s debut album, “Living on a Fast Lane”, due for release on April 10th, 2012.

HARD RIOT were formed in 2006 in the city of Heilbronn, Germany and the band consists of four young friends who share the same passion – hard rockin’ music.

Their powerful stage presence and performance has landed them with numerous live shows over the past few years and many devoted fans. In 2009 HARD RIOT released a self-financed 5-track EP (“The Hidden Truth”) and in 2011 they entered Maranis Studios in Backnang, Germany, relying on the excellent skills of producer Vagelis Maranis who oversaw the entire recording and production of their debut album.

HARD RIOT is Michael Gildner on vocals, Andreas Rockrohr on guitars, Mario Kleindienst on bass and Carmine Jaucci on drums. Their influences include AC/DC, Metallica and the Scorpions among others but their influences don’t stop here. These and many more are clearly evident throughout their music. The band’s main style is hard rock but one can also find a good dose of heavy/speed metal in their music. One thing is certain when listening to HARD RIOT perform, they are enjoying every moment of their music and that’s something that is undisputedly conveyed to the listener!

“Living on a Fast Lane” will be available worldwide on April 10th, 2012, through Pitch Black Records and its distribution partners as well as through all major mp3 stores.

Subscribers to the Pitch Black Records mailing list were already treated to an exclusive preview of a track taken off the album and that track is now available as a free download at http://www.pitchblackrecords.com.

Track listing:
1. Get Ready
2. Hellfire Rock
3. Don’t Need You
4. No Surrender
5. Tears in the Rain
6. Turn on the Lights
7. Nothing but You
8. Take me Down
9. Hard Way Down
10. Black Widow
11. Rock ‘n’ Roll Outlaw

More information at http://www.pitchblackrecords.com.