Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Featured Today! "Sorrows Path, Daedalus..."

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You guys enjoying L&D Radio in this 5 months of life? I really appreciate your support and hope L&D last long blasting and filling your ears with rich musik, Hail Metal! Now lets get to business shall we? ;) Here's the Featured bands of the day!

"Sorrows Path"
Sorrows Path (GRE)Sorrows Path was formed by Takis Drakopoulos (bass) and Kostas Salomidis (guitar) back in November 1993. Both being inspired by bands like Memento Mori, Solitude Aeturnus and Candlemass and shortly after Angelos Ioannidis (vocals) and Kostas Farmakis (drums) joined them, the band began rehearsing and composing material. During 1994 and 1995 Sorrows Path performed live in several gigs that by that time were being held in local clubs such as Rodeo, An Club, Στον Αέρα etc. In the meanwhile, on January 1995 “Sorrows Path”, the band’s first demo, was released but shortly after that, Kostas Farmakis decided to leave the band (sometime in autumn 1995). At the fall of 1995 and while the band was in a search of a new drummer Takis Drakopoulos tragically dies of a serious brain disease leaving the remaining members numb.After putting themselves together, Angelos and Kostas decided to continue with band and so after recruiting Stavros Giannakos on bass and Gregory Vlachos on drums continued rehearsing and performing live (Qualisound Festival, Rainbow Club, etc). The result of their efforts was a promo tape released in May 1996, simply entitled “Promo 96”, which was aiming in signing a deal with a record label. During the following year (1997) and after being in touch with record labels and promoters, Sorrows Path entered the studio to record some new material which was never released. In 1998 the band decided to take a break for about 2 years due to the mandatory military service that the band members had to undergo. In the rise of the new millennium and while the band started to work again, Sorrows Path co-founder, Kostas Salomidis, was almost paralyzed because of a neck problem which was caused a few years by a devastating motorcycle accident. After 5 rough years of courage and pain, with medical treatment, family support, and with the help of God or Fate, Kostas partially recovered, being able to make some “noise” with the guitar! So in May 2005 everyone in the band was more than enthusiastic to the idea of rehearsing and 7 years of doom!By the end of 2005 the band was back in action in order to catch up with the time lost all these years. Old songs were being rehearsed once again, while new songs and were put together for future release. That was the time when Sorrows Path decided to release the re-mastered version of their first demo along with their ’96 promo tape. In the meantime, some personal problems forced Gregory Vlachos (drums) to leave the band and on December of 2005 Fotis Mountouris replaced him. In the same month Sorrows Path agreed with Eat Metal Records in releasing the remasters. On April 2006 Sorrows Path hit the stage after 9 whole years as the opening act for the Texan masters of Doom Metal, Solitude Aeturnus at Underworld Club, Athens, Greece. On the very next day the remasters were out from Eat Metal Records entitled “Resurrection”. From that time and then, the band was back in full action… For the next two years, the band spent time composing and preparing 12 new songs for public release. During that time Sorrows Path performed many gigs all over Greece, either supporting well known metal bands like Memory Garden, Pagan Altar and Brocas Helm, or sharing the stage with some of the most popular Greek bands. At the summer of 2008, they entered Fragile Studios in Athens to record their first album with well known Greek metal producer, musician and composer Vangelis Yalamas (has collaborated with Duncan Patterson-ex Anathema and Joey Vera, Ray Adler from Fates Warning, plays and composes for Fragile Vastness and Jazzment Day), who also taking part in this album as a guest musician, playing synth and making some arrangements. With the entrance of 2009, a new guitarist Giannis Tziligkakis (Ominous Sky - GR) joined Sorrows Path in order to fulfill the band’s vision for a solid and heavier sound that the new material demanded. From that time, the band spent many hours rehearsing in order to work out the chemistry between them. By the end of the summer 2009 everything was ready! The recordings, mixing and mastering of Sorrows Path new album was completed! All the artwork and photography for this album has been made by the most important of his kind in Greece, Seth Siro Anton (Paradise Lost, Moonspell, Soilwork, Exodus, etc) "The Rough Path Of Nihilism" was released on October 29th 2010 their most powerful album so far!

Daedalus (ITA) - DAEDALUS is a progressive metal band from Genoa, Italy.In theirmusic they try to combine a complex harmonic texture, elaborate rhythmic elements and clear melodic lines, melting and alternating different atmospheres in a gradual or sudden way, trying to create an overwhelming and fascinating musical journey while keeping the structure of the songs rather simple. In 2003 the band published their first album LEADING FAR FROM A MISTAKE. In 2009 Galileo Records and ProgRock Records published the second one, THE NEVER ENDING ILLUSION. Roberto Tiranti (Labyrinth) and Alessandro Corvaglia (La Maschera di Cera) appear as guest singers. Roland Grapow (Helloween, Masterplan) mixed the tracks while Mark Wilkinson (Marillion, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden) drew the artwork. MOTHERLAND, their third album,was released on May 02, 2011. It contains 11 songs pervaded with strenght, melody, contemplation. The lyrics offer different points of view concerning the uneasiness in today’s world and analyze some peculiar elements that may lead to an inexorable crumbling of the modern society. Roland Grapow (Helloween, Masterplan) mixed the album and played a killer guitar solo, Trevor (Sadist) and Elisa Montaldo (Il Tempio delle Clessidre) appear respectively as guest singer and main keyboardist. The artwork has been drawn by Davide Nadalin (Threshold, Extrema, Vision Divine, Sadist). MOTHERLAND got a very accurate production and is a fresh-sounding, heavy and enthralling album. Daedalus' line-up features members of IANVA, Il Tempio delle Clessidre and Thought Machine.

Hypersonic (ITA)Hypersonic formed in 2006 by Salvatore Grasso and Emanuele Gangemi. After a couple of weeks, the line-up stabilized with the arrival of Maria Rita Randazzo on vocals, Francesco Testaì on keyboards and Giuseppe Carciotto on bass. The result of their music is a perfect combination of powerful melodies and heavy metal. Various circumstances lead after the exit of Maria Rita and Giuseppe, promptly replaced by Vera Romeo (vocals) and Francesco Caruso (bass). The band in 2007 made his first demo ("Demo 2007") containing the first pieces composed by the combo Grasso-Gangemi. Nextly, Hypersonic separate themselves from the singer Vera Romeo and welcome to beautiful and powerful voice of the new singer Alessia Rapisarda. In early 2008 the band released their first EP entitled "Inspiration Is transpiration", receiving good responses from magazines and various radio promotion. In the months following Francesco Testaì leave the band for personal reasons and as far away from the project. Is readily replaced by keyboarder Dario Caruso (Francesco's brother) and finally stabilizes the line-up, creating numerous live shows and participating in festivals. Between April and March of 2009 the band entered at Tower Hill Studio (CT) to record their first album "Fallen Melodies", mixed by Luigi Scuderi and Salvatore Grasso and mastered by Riccardo Samperi at TRP MUSIC Studio (CT). In December 2010 Hypersonic was released online the new single "Rebirth" extracted from the album. In January 2011, the band sign a record deal with the historic Italian Metal label Underground Symphony for the release of their debut album "Fallen Melodies", scheduled for January 31th

Thunderbolt (NOR) - Thunderbolt is a Norwegian Power/Heavy Metal band that combines the classical influence of bands like Iron Maiden, Helloween, and Black Sabbath with a more modern, powerful sound like that of Bad Brains and Entombed. After releasing their demo Bandits at 6 O'Clock in 2001, the band received multiple offers for a record contract and subsequently signed in Scandinavia with Face Front/WME (and Massacre Records outside of Scandinavia) for the release of their 2003 debut album Demons and Diamonds. The album received acclaim in Norwegian and international music press and was even appreciated by the mainstream Norwegian press rare for a band in this genre. Following the success of Demons and diamonds, the band played several gigs and festivals in Norway, Germany, and Scandinavia from 2003 through 2005. Recording and mixing of the follow up album Love and Destruction was finished in the summer of 2005. However, due to matters in the hands of the record label it took quite a while to make administrative arrangements and bring this album to the public, It was finally released Friday 19. May 2006 and followed up by a Norwegian tour together with Paul Di'Annoand Masterplan as well as a major European tour supporting King Diamond (May-June 2006). The band followed this with yet more activity, furthering their reputation as a ferocious liveband in their native Norway, as well as gaining a cult-following throughout Europe. The band did another European tour with Swedish battlemetallers Sabaton during the summer of 2007, as well as more Scandinavian dates later on that year. 2008 and 2009 saw Thunderbolt continue to tour, the highlights being Basinfirefest 2008 in the Czech Republic, the 2009 Norway Rock Festival, and touring Europe as support once again for Paul Dianno. In 2010 Thunderbolt went on yet another European tour, this time supportingTim "Ripper" Owens.The third studio album, titled Dung Idols is scheduled for release on February 25, 2011 through Rock It Up Records. The album is mixed and mastered by Andy LaRocque. Touring to promote the album will begin this summer.

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