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LEVIATHAN RECORDS

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History :

LEVIATHAN RECORDS was created in the summer of 1985 by David T. Chastain and Steve McClure. At this time, David had just released a cd, "Mystery of Illusion" was trying to find a deal to release an album by his other group CJSS. With the overseas success of Mystery of Illusion many European companies wanted to sign CHASTAIN for the second release. But as he was signed for others records, David said that he has another band that has no deal.

So, David and Steve decided to give it a go with a new label. Leviathan was born!! Leviathan was originally put together just as an outlet for David to release all of his different projects, but it 'll change a bit later with the release of differents artists...

With the success that David obtains , Leviathan get distribution through Important Record Distributors. (now known as Relativity) .

In 1986 Leviathan released 2 albums from David's group CJSS "WORLD GONE MAD" and "PRAISE THE LOUD" that were distributed in France by Black Dragon Records . This french label will issued lots of LP's & C's originally produced by Leviathan, like Manilla Road, Candlemass, Mickael Harris, Lars Eric Matsson, ...

In 1987 Leviathan released CHASTAIN's 3rd album "THE 7TH OF NEVER" and David's first instrumental cd 'INSTRUMENTAL VARIATIONS"( also availble trough Black Dragon in France) .

In 1988 Leviathan Records put out the first of its many non-David T. releases in CANDLEMASS "EPICUS, DOOMICUS, METALLICUS" (originally signed by Black Dragon records from France & under license for Leviathan records) and MANILLA ROAD "OUT OF THE ABYSS". 88 is also the release of CHASTAIN's 4th cd "THE VOICE OF THE CULT".

In 1989 LEVIATHAN RECORDS made a deal with ROADRUNNER/ROADRACER/MCA RECORDS for worldwide distribution for all of its titles in 89 and 90, including DAVID T. CHASTAIN "WITHIN THE HEAT", LEATHER "SHOCK WAVES" in 89 and CHASTAIN's 5th cd "FOR THOSE WHO DARE" in 90.

The release of 3rd instrumental cd of DAVID T. CHASTAIN's "ELEGANT SEDUCTION" is issued in1991 . Leviathan also released its first regional artist in MICHAEL HARRIS and his cd "DEFENSE MECHANIZMS". Other 91 release was a new Manilla Road's CD "THE COURTS OF CHAOS", LARS ERIC MATTSSON , the finland guitar hero, "THE EXCITER" and a re-release of long time Cincinnati favorites SPIKE (the debut of David) and their first album "THE PRICE OF PLEASURE".

In 1992 CHASTAIN HARRIS "LIVE! WILD AND TRULY DIMINISHED" is the first release of the year : a fantastic live album of the tour that made David & Mickael. Leviathan also released ERIC STEEL and STYGIAN, 2 bands from Chicago. Leviathan also released a great guitarist from Pennsylvania JOHN HAHN with the CD"OUT OF THE SHADOWS". The last Leviathan's issue is a "Best of" cd from DAVID T. CHASTAIN ,"MOVEMENTS THRU TIME". Black Dragon also issued a best of CJSS 's 2 album called Retrospect, only available in Europe.

In 1993 Leviathan released SIMPLE AGGRESSION with the CD "FORMULATIONS IN BLACK", JOE STUMP and his cd "GUITAR DOMINANCE". Due to anti heavy metal trends, Leviathan was able to secure deals for local Cincinnati and regional artists such as MARA, ARCH RIVAL, THE MIMI's, NEIL ZAZA, EDWIN DARE and others.

In 1994 David came back to his passion : heavy jazz fusion with his new CD called : "NEXT PLANET PLEASE";, an instrumental one. Then, came The Netherlands' IMPERIUM and their cd "TOO SHORT A SEASON" & JOE STUMP's second release "NIGHT OF THE LIVING SHRED".

In 1995 Leviathan released local artists FULL CIRCLE and their blazing cd "NEGATIVE". CHASTAIN, the band, came out with its first release since 90 with the much heralded "SICK SOCIETY"

96's releases are SIMPLE AGGRESSION's "GRAVITY", JOE STUMP's "SUPERSONIC SHRED MACHINE", MICHAEL HARRIS's "EGO DECIMATION PROFILE" and Leviathan's first foray into contemporary jazz with saxophone/keyboardist RANDY VILLARS and his cd "LEVELS".

Leviathan is able to get releases for its bands on many different labels throughout the world including: Mercury, Polydor, BMG, Roadrunner, IRS, Music For Nations, EMI, Massacre, Apollon, Alfa, Teichiku, SKC and others. Leviathan hopes to grow with the times and diversify into music that it truly believes in.

NEWS : David T Chastai had released a new album : the first acoustic heavy metal piece called 'Acoustic visions. This cd is an all solo acoustic heavy metal, classical and progressive metal release. David seems to be very proud of it as it 's the first time that this styl eof CD is released, he said : "I don't think anyone has ever really done what I have on this cd." "It is just me and one acoustic guitar playing heavy music." "No overdubs, straight to tape." "I was very surprised and happy with the results and I am anxious to hear what my fans think of this unusual recording!"

New projects are :

JOE STUMP has just finished up 2 new projects. The debut release from his new "heavy vocal" project SHOOTING HEMLOCK is finished and currently being shopped to the "Major" labels. Joe has finished the second release from his REIGN OF TERROR band. This new release is tentatively titled SECOND COMING and should be available on ALFA in Japan this late August. Joe has just returned from tours in Mexico and Japan.

JOHN HAHN has just finished up his new vocal cd under the band name THICK AS THIEVES. This new release is now out in Japan. The band's sound can be best described as what you had always hoped Mr. Big would have sounded like if they hadn't sold out.

There is a rumor about a new guitar trio featuring some of the artists you are reading about here, stay tuned for further info!!

MICHAEL HARRIS gets credited with the busiest man of the month. Michael is currently involved with 3 projects; ARCH RIVAL, SURGEON and MICHAEL HARRIS. Michael is currently recording a new instrumental cd.

Leviathan is currently working with many other acts outside of the US that you should be on the lookout for in your import shops; ALEX MASI, ROB JOHNSON, SADDLEBACK SHARK, TILES, EDWIN DARE, JEFF KOLLMAN, JEFF SCHEETZ, MICHAEL ANGELO, LIQUID NATION, SARVELA, NEIL ZAZA and PSYCO DRAMA.

Bands presentation & reviews : KenZiner , David T Chastain, Chastain / Harris , Mickael Harris, Manilla Road, Lars Eric Mattson, ...

KENZINER

Album : Timescape - Style : Prog metal - interview

KenZiner is the project created by a young & new Finnish guitarist : Jarno Keskinen . David T. Chastain, the famous guitar hero from Cincinnati & owner of Leviathan records remarked this young guitarist ( who can play too bass & keyboards as well as guitars !). He told him to continue working & when time has come, David proposed Jarno to produce his first album : « Timescape ». TO get the best band with him, Jarno worked on the album with Dennis Lesh (Chastain, Trouble, ...) on drums & Stephen Fredrick on vocals. « Timescape » was recorded in 3 different studios. David was the producer but he also wrote all lyrics & melodies. LMP & Lucretia records ( a famous Italian company) offered too a deal with this new promising act !

In 1998, all is done & « Timescape » is out. The result is 100% better than all that can be expected ! KenZiner is really a fantastic band, playing prog metal at a high level of composition & play. & what impresses the more is the incredible talent of Jarno, combined with experience given by his drummer & singer. Influences of this guitarist have been certainly built by listening to the most famous classical composers. In many case, album leaded by guitar hero are just boring, because itís only demonstration. In KenZiner, only the efficiency of the song has its importance. This album is a masterpiece for young composers. It proves that not only gifted a musician can be, he must always work to create a good song & not to prove his technical quality. Jarno had surely listen to David T Chastainís advice. KenZiner equals the best prog metal band worldwide with this first album. The European market & fans will surely find there one of the best prog metal album released. A lot of bands in this style forget that theyíre a metal band, but itís not the case in this one. As soon as itĎs played, itís piece of evidence that youíre listening to a wonderful melodic metal band like Malmsteen, Rainbow or Symphony X or Stratovarious. The performance of the singer has certainly a lot to do with the success of this album. With just one album, KenZiner has reached a level that tons of prog bands will certainly never reach before 3 or 4albums. Just impressive & totally awesome ! One of the best in this kind of style & so highly recommendable.

JOE STUMP

Album : Rapid Fire Gonzo - Style : Heavy instrumental - interview

If you havenít heard yet about Joe Stump, youíve made a real mistake. Joe Stump is a fantastic guitar player influenced by old Malmsteen style. ĎRapid Fire Gonzoí is a masterpiece for guitar player. Itís pure & intense heavy metal played at its best with one of the most talented guitarist of this decade. Joe seems to have been influenced by the classical music & he expresses all influences during long melodic & technical solo. Some can think that without a lead singer, this kind of music can be boring but itís absolutely not the case because guitars plays all melodies & it has to be taken as a lead singer. Joe composes real songs & not backing music for solis. Thatís why you can find there solid & really heavy riffs strengthened by superb melodies. Joe is a real shredder but he can also have a feeling inspired by blues music. Itís really an out of the common musician & surely one of the best one that appears these last 10 years.

DAVID T CHASTAIN -  interview#1 - Interview#2 - interview#3 - My Chastain page


this guy is no more an unknown artist in metal sceene. Beyond his musical & guitaristic talents, David T Chastain is also a great producer. At a times he was playing in 2 bands :his own solo project & CJSS. CJSS is created in 1984. the band name came from the first letter of the member : C - Chastain ; J -Jenkins (singer) ; S Skimmerhorn (bass) ; S-sharp (drums). CJSS only recorded 2 albums & 1 compilation. (see review). Chastain (the band) issued albums sometimes with female singer Leather & sometimes instrumental albums. David T chastain is more than a guitarist. He is also a fine composer & a truly metal fan. that makes a great difference between him & other guitarist. David has got his own style, his own sound (which is rare).The last difference between David & the others is the way he structure his songs. Even when he makes an instrumental album, music behind solis are quite complex. It proves that David is not only one of the best guitar player in the word but also a great composer (listen rythm parts in Chastainís songs featuring in Counterpoint) . Read the interview!!!!!

Chastainís CJSS « World gone mad » :

One thing sure with Chastain is that he loves Heavy metal. For him, a song is not only a long solo with musicians behind. In CJSS, itís real song with great musicians & good voice. On this album, CJSS makes a cover of Led Zep song « Communication Breakdown ». thereís only ne instrumental one the album & this one (purgatory) make a cross with the next song. All songs are different from each others : sometimes itís near from speed, sometimes itís slow with arpeggios & progressive violence. With this first lbum, CJSS impressed lots of people. But the second one will confirm that CJSS was really a great band

Chastainís CJSS « Praise the loud » :

This album is made like « world gone mad » but all parts are superior. Production, singer, songs, ...all is better. this was really a surprised Ďcos the first album was really impressive. On my aim, CJSS makes the ultimate & absolute songs with the tittle « Citizen of hell » with its oriental guitarparts & his fantastic sing parts. Russel Jinkens adds anger in his voice. this put more relief in songs. David Ďs works is still great. With this album , he imposes his unique style. The CJSSís masterpiece!!

Chastainís CJSS : « Retrospect » (issued in Europe by Black Dragon records):

With this compilation issued in 90, Black Dragon records brings the best of CJSS Ďs carreer : 6 tracks from the first album & 4 from the second. Itís a good resume of what david & his band was able to do

David T Chastain « Elegant seduction » :

In the bio , itís said that in this album, Chastain, shows all the things he likes in music. His influences are near from Jazz rock. . David said he wanted to make something aggressive but with the mix of different styles. With David Harbour on the bass (see Counterpoint)& rick Porter on drums David develops some rock/fusion songs. As some of the tracks are recorded in Counterpoint, i Ďll tell about those i know. « Menage à 3 » is a violent metal songs where each musician makes his own solo. « Schizophrenia » is the song wehre David mix all his affectioned style. So it sounds like Jazz fusion with rock & metal parts. Thereís also good metal songs like « Trapped in the void », played loud & fast but with Davidís touch. To resume the thought of David when he makes this album, he said that he wanted to make an album that metal fan all musicians that we are could also appreciate. The sure thing that we can say is that he succeeds.

Album : Acoustic visions

I don't think i have to present David T Chastain, one of the most important guitarist that appears in the 80's. He has recorded several album sunder different names : CJSS ( 2 albums), Chastain or David T. Chastain ...From 1983 to today, David Proves several times that he is one of the most prolific & inventive guitarist worldwide. This time again, David proposes something completly new for aheavy metal guitar hero. He records with 'Acoustic Vision' the first acoustic heavy metal album ever released. Once again, it's a total surprise & it's really different from all that he did before. For this album, David used 2 guitars : a 6 & 12 string ones. There is no overdubs : one man, one guitar playiong on a DAT recorder. 11 tracks were composed & played. Somes sounds like spanish folklore ( Set), some sounds like classical music piece (Appassionata minore, Cadenza in a harmonic minor, ...) One of my favorite tracks in this album is surely 'STC' where David shows a unique feeling. He's really one of the last guitarist able to create such sensible emotions ( with maybe Uli Jon Roth ). There's no pretentious demonstration inthis album. It's just a matter of feeling , subtleties, emotions & sensibility. Some songs remains & sounds very sad. You really need to be as open mind as possible to appreciate this album 'cos it's no more metal music. But if you want to have a special feeling & discover a new way of music, this album is really great. Not any guitarist than David T Chastain was able to create such an incredible masterpiece & such a surprising album.

Album : 2 4 1 - Style : Heavy metal - Interview

2 4 1 is not the new album of CJSS, the famous 80's heavy metal bands of David T. Chastain, one of the most prolific & talented US guitar player. This is "just" ( "Just" is really not the good word for it!) the re-issue in one CD of the 2 CJSS' albums: World Gone Mad & Praise the loud. CJSS was formed by David T. Chastain in early 1984 with other members of his first band Spike : Les Sharp on drums, Mike Skimmerhorn on bass & Russel Jenkins on vocals. After a best of issued in Japan & another one 'Retrospect' issued in Europe, the 2 CJSS' albums were enver reiussed. Now it's done ! & it's a real gift made by David. CJSS was a superb heavy metal band. David T. Chastain appeared in 1984-1986 as one of the best new guitar player. With both an excellent technical level & anextreme ability in composing metal hymns, CJSS never disappointed its audience. Tracks like "Hell on earth", "World Gone Mad", Run to another day with its subtle intro, "Out of control", "Land of the free" with its infernal guitar parts, "Metal forever", .; are so many hits titles written by David & the band. But facing pure heavy metal , CJSS was also able to write more ambiant dark songs like the excellent "Citizen of Hell" , "Welcome to Damnation". CJSS was not a guitar oriented band. Most of the composing effort was on songs, even if the band was making som emusical experimentations like on the fantastic "The Bargain" which is probably one of the most attractive & innovative song composed by CJSS. Despite a 80's production, CJSS' songs never sounds obsolete. I'd say more : these songs can still compete with any heavy metal albums released nowadays. 2 4 1 is a fantastic gift to all CJSS fans & they're numerous but it's also a lesson in metal for all young metal bands.


CHASTAIN / HARRIS

Chastain / Harris : Counterpoint « Live, wild & truly diminished!! »

This album was recorded live in 1991 when the 2 guitar master Chastain & Harris tour together. Itís not only a tour with guitars. The rythm section is not here to only make musical parts behind. With David Harbour on bass & Greg Martin on drums, it kills. Production is phenomenal. this album propose live version of Chastain & Harris songs. (coming from Elegant seduction & from « defense mechanisms » of Harris). Couterpoint is really a reunion of virtuosi. whatís great with the 2 guitars players is that sometimes, they let the place to the bass or the drums (hear menage à trois+1, 827, BOF & Dynamo, ...). This brings songs to a new dimension. If youíve read what i say before about Chastain, you know that when the band plays one of his songs, you recognize his own style & his way to structure the rythm parts beyond solis. But Counterpoint is more than an instrumental album. Itís not only metal music that you can hear. David & Mickael are also inspired by jazz rock. So when they turn in this way, the musicians become excellent. Then, thereís different surroundings in this live album. You travel from violent heavy metal to jazz & rock. Sometimes, they slow tempos & play a calm music where the feeling of musicians can express itself. This album is a resume of all that you can make with a guitar (when youíre talentuous one). A second tour is awaited!!


MICKAEL HARRIS (Read the interview!!)

Mickael Harris is not the most well known of new guitar players that appeared these last few years. & itís a pity!! His first appearance is in the Leatherís album « Shock waves » recorded for Roadrunner (Leather was also the singer of Chastain who also produces this album). This album was a good springboard for him, Ďcos Shock waves received lots of good reviews worldwide. In 1991, he released « Defense mechanisms » for Black Dragon records. Then he tours with Chastain himself. A great live album was recorded during the tour. See Counterpoint. Mickael Harris seems to follow david T chastain Ďcos he also creates a new band with singer called Arch rival.

Mickael Harris « defense Mechanisms »:

With his technical style, Mickael plays in a different style from Chastain. With lots of Jazz rock influences, Mickael always trys to let his musicians to express them selves, because it will always shows his music to an advantage. The production of this first album is very good, very clear. Even if Mickael is inspired by other styles from metal, some songs remains that he is also a metal composers (Transorbital schizophrenia, Psychotic bio rythms...). Mickael Ďs game is very fluid & precise. For instance, he also shows his mastery of classical music Hear « classical conditioning & the modern version of the 25th symphony of Mozart through « Wolfgang lives ». Mickael is also near from Satriani in his way of making experimentations in songs & in making sometimes big rock as Satriani often plays in his solo album (hear »collision course »). « Defense Mechanism » is definitly a great album & a big surprise for those who have never known about Mickael Harris.


LARS ERIC MATTSON

This guitar player comes from Finland. He described himself as a « classically influenced guitar dominated metal ». Lars Eric Mattson is no more a beginner in the etal sceene. He played from 83 to 85 in Joe Cool band & in 86-87 in Eternity which released one single. but, due to line up problem, he creates his solo project. Discovered in 85 by Mike Varney, he is proposed to play with an ex David Bowie on drums. As itís too commercial for him he refused. So he released a self produced EP « canít go on without you ». 6 months later, Black Dragon sign him!!Then, he released in 89 « Eternity » & « no surrender ». At this time, Lars Eric Mattson is more a band than a solo project because itís not instrumental albums. In 91 « Electric voodoo » is released. This is an instrumental album that Lars realized lonely. Lars EricMattson is not one of those guitarist who always play as fast as possible & where music is only a pretext to make solo. He takes care of the structure of the songs & of its coherence.

« No surrender » :

As Lars is a north european guitar player, itís easy to compare him at Malmsteen. But thereís lots of difference. If songs can remain Malmsteen songs, itís only because itís a melodic Heavy metal, as Malmsteen made in his Odyssey album. Tosse jansson, the singer, brings a lot for the band. His way to find melodies are very personal & it allows Lars to give a new dimension & direction to his music. Larsí solis are made with lots of feelings, are more simple. he really trys to bring something more with solos. Songs are very well structured. One thing is sure is that Lars uses his guitars to serve the songs & not to prove that he Ďs one of the most interesting guitarist that appears these last few years. Lars is a good composer & has got great musicians & singers to serve him.

« Electric voodoo »:

With this album, Lars eric Mattson made a totally instrumental album composed, played & programmed by lars himself. He uses technology : rythm machine, .... to record an album which is different from what he made before. this album is more classic in its way of composition & play. It seems like if he wanted to have a great pleasure in making it. Songs are quite different from what he Ďve done before. itís more experimental. Itís also more melodic & only turned to guitar. Lars wanted certainly to make an album with all the songs he cannot use with his band. If Lars seemed to be close to Malmsteen when he plays with a band, in a solo carrer he is better near from Satriani. His guitar is more expressive. He plays slower with a delicate feelings. « Electric voodoo » proves that Lars is not a one- styled- guitarist.


MANILLA ROAD

Manilla road is one of the oldest sign of the band. Itís also a cult band which sell lots of copies of each albums they made. Manilla Road is the symbolic figure of the label. The band is creatd in 1978. At first, Manilla Road is composed by Mark Shelton on guitars & vocals, Scott Park on bass & Randy Foxe on Drums (in 84 when he replaced Rick Fisher who still works with the band). the influences of this power trio are Iron Maiden, Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Metallica, ... « Music is Magik » said them. Itís one of the best way they find to comumunicate. tahtís why the band trys to have good qualities lyrics.

In 1980, they record their first album « Invasion » for Roadster rec. In 1981 a second LP is recorded but will never be released, the band finding it not good enough. In 1982, « Metal » is released & allows the band to have good reviews. One track will also be recorded for a US compilation « USmetal vol 3 » for Mike Varney & shrapnel rec. In 1983, itís the first album for Black Dragon : « Crystal logic ». The band see its reputation growing. Manilla Road tour with ted Nugent, Krokus, ...The next album called « Open the gates » express the name of Manilla Road in international sceene. « The deluge » & « Mystification » will also put the name of the band on higher way & definitly make recognize the bandís style. So in 1988, a live is recorded : « Roadkill » (always the Road). this allows the band to see what they Ďve done & then to start again. In 1989 « Out of the abyss » is issued followed in 1990 by « The Courts of the chaos » . This album shows a new Manilla Road, sound has changed, new influences are here, thereís synths added in the music of the band, played by the drummer. The band is now qualified as the kings of epic metal. In 1991, for the first time since 1984, thereís changes in line up. Aaron Brown (the one who made « The courts of chaos » & « Out of the abyss » cover & also « Passion & warfare » of Vai) on drums & Andrew Coss on bass are here. This line up issued « the circus Maximus », the last Manilla Road album (for now). It confirms that Manilla roadís style changes a bit. On this album, thereís not only Mark singing. All members are lead vocalist. They all participate at this album. Mark Shelton also write tracks for Leatherís album & David T Chastain.

: « Open the gates » :

With this album, Manilla Road develops its epic style at its extreme possibilities. Manilla Road has got an unique sound & style. The way Mark Shelton structure his songs is very specific. A Manilla Road song is definitly a song that you can recognize amongst lots of songs. Mark uses different possibilities of his voice. Sometimes his voice is rough, sometimes itís a clear one. Manilla Road is also a progressive epic metal band. Each song is developped. Thereís lots of intense instrumental passage where Mark makes his long solis. Manilla Road makes heavy metal, thatís sure, but the style of the band & the memberís influences make songs different : sometimes itís near from space rock, thereís lots of atmospheres very dark, very gloom, sometimes itís near from thrash metal (when Mark plays furioius riffs). A Manilla Road album is also a length album : more than 55 minutes (itís often more than 1 hour of music). therís a masterpiece in this album : « the ninth wave », a song near from 10 minutes where Manilla road shows all the influences that they have. Itís also a typical songs for the band. This scheme of composition is one they prefer. « Open the gates » is a classic album for Manilla road fans. One last thing, the cover made by Eric Larnoy is really one of his most beautiful work.

« The deluge » :

This album has got the same caracteristic from the « Open the gates » album. Manilla Road has always got the same sound. But songs seems to be less long. Itís more condensed. Thereís 7 songs under the 3í20 minutes!!!;The tittle track of the album is for this time, THE SONG of the album. Trough a 3 parts concept Eye of the sea, the drowned lands & engulfed cathedral, Manilla road makes a sensible song with a fantastic progressive powerful. This album is very dark in its atmospheres. Randy Foxe plays very strange rythms in songs. He makes a very good & innovative work..

« The courts of chaos » :

This album is really a surprise. If I always recognize the Manilla Road Ďs style & touch. the sound has quite changed. The production is quite classic. Itís a very good classic metal sound. Itís more the drums sound that changed than guitars. The style & sound of Mark has quite not changed. The other surprise is that Randy Foxe also plays keyboard on this album. Itís the first time that thereís permanent keyboard on a Manilla Roadís album. The band always alternate furious songs near from Thrash like « from beyond » or "Dig me no grave"with more atmospheric songs. This album starts for example with a very good instrumental song : Road to chaos. With this new production, music is more aggressive, powerful & certainly more accessible to other persons who Ďve just discovered the band. But as other albums, the drumming parts are very unique. Randy Foxe is really a fantastic & innovative drummer. There's lso a cover on this album (D.O.A.), a very strange song with omnipresent keyboard. The synths add a new dimension & evolution in Manilla road. Overall, Manilla Road has always been an innovative band. & this album is the start of a new era for the band.

« The circus Maximus » :

This is the last album, made by the band. With a new line up, it shows a new face of the band. The tone of this album is more melodic. The sound is near from "The courts of chaos" but now all members sing. Songs are different. Manilla Road made more calm songs ( but some songs like "murder by degrees" or "spider" are quite violent). It's also more melodic, because the voice of the drummer & bass player are more melodic than Mark. 3 singers now allow to the band to make very good backing vocals. Sometimes, there's vocal harmonies like in Alice in Chains. But it 's still an epic metal music, listen to the long track "Forbidden zone", a typical Manilla road's song where the new bass player makes a fantastic work. After 14 years on the road & a new line up it's normal that the band changes. There's always elements that made the reputation of the band, but instead of aggressivity, they succeed in playing it in melodic songs, like the slow "Lux Aeterna". Aaron Brown is a very technical drummer ( but in a different way of Randy). He has got a very fine play with his cymbals ( "Throne of chaos", ...). The band still alternates various surroundings with disturbing & oppressive climate. This album is a new step for this cult band whose style is very appreciated in mainly countries. Black Dragon often re-issues Manilla Road 's album & they sell them at the very speed of light. (Greece loves this epic metal band). With this disconcerting album, Manilla Road proves again that it's a unique band able to play in different ways without losing its soul. The band lead us to new horizons...


ZANISTER



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Album :  Symphonica Millennia  - Style : Heavy  symphonic Metal- Shark records

On my left, the brilliant guitar hero, Mickael Harris. On my right, the multi talented Us guitar hero David T. Chastain. The combinatin of both best guitar player has already be put on Cd with the famous live album Chastain/Harris. But here, the 2 guitar player write new songs ( Mark Shelton from Maniall Road also collaborates on one song "The Edge of sanity"). The musical area delivers here is pure heavy symphonic metal. Helped wth a very good singer , both powerful & aggressive, Zanister recored 10 excellent songs. Each guitar player gets his own style & their combination is amazing. Mickael Harris is maybe a little more technical than David T. Chastain, but this one is probably more original. So, instead of showing a kind of confrontation, a " guitar fight", "Symphonica Millennia" presents 2 complementary musicians. When you know how good their respective carrers are, you can imagine how is the result.  Between evident melodies & musical beauty, Zanister releases a brilliant album. Simply the best heavy metal album ever released !