Showing posts from January, 2018

Age Of Embers Interview

 "The world needs less songs about anger and more songs about drinking beer with dragons".

Age Of Embers is a tremendously talented female fronted New England based band. So rare to find a band of this caliber in my own backyard. They took some time to answer a few questions. Enjoy!

Tell us about rehearsals
Right now we rehearse once a week, usually on a weeknight. Practices are in a small apartment, sitting on a couch. We rarely get the chance to practice live, and it’s always with an electric drum kit. Really low-budget.
Take us through the writing process? Does everyone contribute?
We usually start with Katrina writing the lyrics and vocal melodies or other parts. Then the rest of the band fills in their parts around her arrangement and song structure. Most of us write our own parts for most of the songs. There are exceptions when someone gets creative, however.
Do you make money at gigs/how do you generate income?
We make pennies at gigs! Most of the money is made thr…

TRAGUL interview

Tragul is one of the best up and coming bands I have heard so far this year. I sent some questions to Adrian Benegas
Hello Bryan Martin from Cry of the Wolf! This is Adrian from Tragul. It’s a pleasure to do this interview.
Take us through the writing process. Does everyone contribute? All starts with a rough lyrics idea, a concept about something I want to express. Usually I take inspiration from events that comes from dreams, esoteric field or an event taken from a spiritual approach. Once I have the lyrics ready, I start to write the music and focus myself on expressing the concept in the best possible way, then I listen the whole idea and the lyrics and start to make some arrangements and refine everything before I send the songs to the guys who contribute on the arrangements for their instruments.
How do you feel about social media and its influence over the music business? I think social media is a powerful tool to stay constantly connected with the fans, you can interact, give the…


Yes it is all here. the heavy metal freight chain chugging along and each note it gets tighter and faster. A cacophony of sonic excellence. This is pure driven molten lava of metal. A fine addition to the Frontiers catalog. This is unstoppable. check out," Antichrist", "Hordes of Fire", and the about face of "The Mulberry Tree"

8/10 Wolf Howls

FOR FANS OF: Symphony X, DIO, Helloween, Savatage
RELEASE DATE: January 26, 2018

Best known as the bassist for progressive metal giants Symphony X, Mike LePond stepped out on his own to front his own project, Mike LePond’s Silent Assassins in 2014. The band is set to return in 2018 with the long awaited follow up to his highly acclaimed self-titled debut release. 

The sophomore effort, “Pawn And Prophecy” shows an onslaught of true heavy metal in it’s purest form. A full hour of headbanding riffs, kick ass vocals, and lyrics telling epic tales drawing influences from the classic metal bands…


Another bombastic hit machine from Frontiers records. Are you ready for AMMUNITION? Overall a healthy and well produced CD full of melodic rock anthems. Superior musicianship abounds on this disc. Personal favorites are "Virtual Reality Boy", and " Wrecking Crew". Also check out the incredible power ballad, "Eye For An Eye". The Ammunition is loaded are you ready to rock?

8/10 Wolf Howls

GENRE: Glam Rock, Melodic Rock FOR FANS OF: Eclipse, One Desire, Jeff Scott Soto, W.E.T., Pretty Maids, Wig Wam. RELEASE DATE: January 26, 2018 Ammunition was founded in 2014 by the songwriting duo Age Sten Nilsen (former WIG WAM singer) and the multi-talented Erik MĂ„rtensson (Eclipse, W.E.T., Nordic Union). The band released the acclaimed debut album "Shanghaied" in 2015 independently. Teaming up with former TNT and Jack In The Box bassist Victor Cito Borge, keysman Lasse FinbrĂ„ten (Circus Maximus, ex-Wig Wam), skinsma…

New Zone Interview

 New Zone Interview
 Cry Of The Wolf Magazine had the opportunity to interview one of the hottest up and coming bands in the alternative symphonic metal genre. This band is doing everything right. Read on to see how a modern day metal band takes charge of its own destiny. Our prediction is that you will be hearing a lot from this band very soon.

Take us through your writing process. Is it a jam style progression or are the parts already worked out?

When we begin writing our songs we often start from a melody that
naturally comes to mind. The original melody than develops new ones.
By this time we will be able to hear the chords and even rhythms from the
rock ensemble in our heads. The location we are in or emotions we have
will affect what direction the song will go towards. When we both get the
same images in our heads and find the message of the song it will
naturally come together. We will then record a demo that later on
becomes a pre-production of the songs. Some songs sound exactly as we

Interview with Sari H Wilholm for BRANDS FOR FANS, creator Motorhead whisky

Recently Rock and Metal bands have been busy producing or endorsing wine and beers produced in their names. The most famous company for producing this type of branding is BRANDS FOR FANS, a Swedish based company with a taste for marketing and rock and roll. Both Sari Wilholm and Yvonne Wener are dedicated to bringing these fantastic metal flavors to the world.  I decided to ask Sari  Wilholm about her work with metal bands and in particular the legendary MOTORHEAD.

1.Thank you for taking the time to do this No problem, our pleasure!
2.How did the business idea come about? Most of my life I have been involved in music, one way or another. Had my own smaller festivals, booked gigs for bands, saw clothes to the bands and did what ever to help out.
When Brands For Fans came to life: We both (me and Yvonne Wener) come from the traditional wine industry, working with traditional brands (Jack Daniel´s, Fernet etc), and both being “fans” to different bands we always knew there was a passion ….…

SAXON----THUNDERBOLT Feb 2nd, 2018 silver lining music

 Saxon has delivered yet another finely tuned heavy metal masterpiece. Produced by Andy Sneap for Silver Lining Music Thunderbolt is the 22nd album by the metal icons, and they show no signs of slowing down. Songs like "Speed Merchants", and " Sniper", are some of their finest works to date. But it is on the soon to be classic hits, "Thunderbolt", and "They played rock and roll", that Saxon once again define themselves; as the permanent kings of the NWOBHM movement that spawned them all those years ago.

     " They played rock and roll"is a fitting sonic tribute to the great Lemmy and Motorhead. The enduring mutual affection by both bands is hailed throughout the song. Mutual respect for other artists can sometimes be fleeting in the business and yet Saxon have remained pure to a higher standard. 

      They are the esteemed gentlemen of heavy metal. But make no mistake there is still fierce power and energy that spills out of their musi…

Cry Of The Wolf Magazine interviews Tony (the metal duke) and Al from the band IRON WILL

Cry Of The Wolf Magazine interviews Tony (the metal duke) and Al from the band IRON WILL

     For those of you not familiar with the heavy metal sounds of IRON WILL, we present to you their latest offering "Life is your Labyrinth". And yes it took 18 years to complete.Rivaling the mighty Guns And Roses in album downtime. That being said you will not find a more metal dedicated character as Tony. From videos on their face book page it is clear that he lives and breathes heavy metal. I hear a lot of old school metal influences with IRON WILL. They are like a cross between ANVIL and early IRON MAIDEN with Paul Dianno. The music just has this old school headbanging feel to it. There is a lot of heart and soul burned into their collective sound.

Can you give us a brief history of the band?   

 Al - My brother Eli were channel surfing on a Saturday morning back in 1997, I think, and we just happened to catch Tony on public access TV singing with his old band, Scorched Earth. Since t…

Jim Florentine Everybody is awful (except you) Da Capo Press

Jim Florentine Everybody is awful (except you)
Jim Florentine will forever be known to the metal community as "That metal show guy". But this book shows an illustrious career that spans acting,dj work, Hbo, That metal show, sirius xm radio dj, and even...driver for strippers. Emmy award winning Florentine is a modern comedic genius. He is the "Heaven and Hell" version of comedy to reference Sabbath. 

The book takes us through his life interspersed with his clever and comedic insights on everything from facebook posts to language usage. Florentine's book is chock full of great quips and pokes at modern social media soaked society. This is a great book and and an easy read. Step inside the snarky, rant filled brain of Mr Florentine and enjoy the ride.

9/10 wolf Howls

Da Capo Press


TITLE 9 BY Noturnall LABELRockshots Records RELEASE19 January 2018

NOTURNALL is one hell of a metal band. The video included below sends a powerfully positive message to all who watch. Just incredible sense of dramatic and control within the song. This is a band that feels like its on the edge of something. Plus they straddle both the heavier elements and the softer elements of the genre. making this band an extremely versatile force to be reckoned with. Get this album and crank it!!!
Check out "shadows", "changes", and the uplifting "Hearts as one".

9/10 Wolf Howls

If you're fan of Symphony X, Angra, Shaman then you'll want to check out this one!
I present to ya Brazil's NOTURNALL and their album "9" being unleashed in North America on Jan 19th via Rockshots Records and released in Europe this past October. Here's their Video "Hearts As…


Here's the next promo from Rockshots Records to check out! Especially if you're a fan of an amalgamation of Folk Metal, Symphonic, Power, Doom, Post-Metal, Black, which the band dubs as Druid Metal. I present to you Finland's UNSHINE and their upcoming album "Astrala" due out on Jan 19th in Europe and Feb 9th in North America. So far the band as unleashed album teaser for people to check out. Please feel free to share and repost on your outlet or social media. The band's first video will be coming soon for their track "Visionary’s Last Breath". Keep ya posted on that. I've included all other info on the band and as always would love to have your support for album review, interview, feature, spotlight, airplay of single "Visionary’s Last Breath" and social media share. Band comments about the album: “UNSHINE has always been a band without the traditional role models. The most important t…