While the artwork, titles and lyrics may flirt with the occult, the actual music is often fairly straight forward and has more in common with bands like Horisont and Graveyard rather than Coven, The Devil’s Blood or Jess & The Ancient Ones. At least this was my view before hearing “Novis Orbis Terrarum Ordinis”
Brazilian vocalist, pianist and composer Andre Matos died on June 8th following a heart attack. Having become an international name through his time fronting Angra, Matos was also associated with Viper, Shaaman, Symfonia and Avantasia. Since 2006, Matos had been dedicating his time primarily to his solo band.
Polish extreme metal veterans Vader’s new EP “Thy Messenger” was released on May 31st, featuring a cover of the Judas Priest classic “Steeler”.
Joe Elliott, vocalist of Def Leppard says “I’ve been an ardent supporter ever since they started their journey having moved away from being Thin Lizzy and becoming a legitimate band in their own right. For me, this is by far their best effort to date”.