EXCLUSIVE: George Ochoa Discusses Upcoming Worldview Album, New Lead Vocalist

By: Martin Simson, Editor

The Pure Metal Fan had the privilege of visiting with George Ochoa in his southern California studio this past Friday and we learned some exciting things about the new Worldview album.

We had the opportunity to hear two of the new tracks, and the experience left us very excited. If these two songs are any indication, this record may top the first.

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“The new Worldview album is going to have the same high-caliber as the first one, if not higher…”, says Ochoa.

The new lead vocalist (announcement coming soon) sounds amazing. Deep lows and soaring highs, filling both tracks with resonating verses and catchy choruses. Distinctively different vocal approach than the first album (featuring Rey Parra), but not entirely unfamiliar.

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George Ochoa in his southern California recording studio

George continues, “We’ll be releasing a music video in the next month-and-a-half; probably a lyric video.”

Based on just these two songs, this record should easily top The Chosen Few — definitely a power/progressive metal album worthy of getting excited about!

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George is projecting a November 2018 release date.

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Album Review: Narnia — We Still Believe (Made in Brazil)

By: Martin Simson, Editor

This is Narnia’s second live album, and let me tell you, it’s a good one.

I won’t be doing a track by track break-down in this review only because it’s a live album with previously released material.

My overall impression is that this record sounds HUGE. Especially if you turn it up until just before it’s painful. Some of the songs sound even better than the original studio recordings, particularly the earlier material. CJ Grimmark has changed his guitar attack on several songs, making them sound even better, if that’s even possible.

Christian’s vocals sound strong and clear, and the overall production is excellent. Each musician is easily heard in the mix. The obligatory drum solo (which Andreas NAILS) and guitar solo do not disappoint. CJ’s solo is saturated with feeling, emotion and just enough speed to satisfy any shred fan.

The stand-out tracks are Shelter Through the Pain, Messengers, No More Shadows from the Past, The Awakening and Living Water.

The mix and production couldn’t be better. This is a live disc that will satisfy even the harshest critics of live albums. This is definitely a must-have for power metal fans of all breeds.

Score: 4.5/5

Track listing:

  • 01 – Inner Sanctum
  • 02 – The Mission
  • 03 – Reaching For The Top
  • 04 – Shelter Through The Pain
  • 05 – No More Shadows From The Past
  • 06 – I Still Believe
  • 07 – Messengers
  • 08 – Drum Solo
  • 09 – Guitar Solo
  • 10 – The Awakening
  • 11 – Long Live The King
  • 12 – Into This Game
  • 13 – Living Water

Line up:

  • Christian Liljegren – Vocals
  • CJ Grimmark – Guitar, vocals
  • Andreas Johansson – Drums
  • Martin Härenstam – Keyboards
  • Jonatan Samuelsson – Bass, vocals

You can pre-order your copy here: http://narniatheband.com/campaign-we-still-believe-made-in-brazil/

Chris Impellitteri Excited about Feedback from “The Nature of the Beast”

Chris Impellitteri is pleased by industry feedback about Impellitteri’s forthcoming album The Nature of the Beast.

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Further Details Regarding Oz Fox’s Condition

More information about Oz Fox’s status.

“While performing on stage in Las Vegas, on August 12th, 2018 at approximately 12:30 am Oz Fox had a seizure on stage.  He was taken to the hospital to stabilize his vitals and was given a CAT scan & MRI.  Results showed that he had 2 masses in his head, one by his ear and the other in the back of his brain. The next day he was given a spinal tap. Results stated he had no infections in his spine, so now Oz will go under testing for brain surgery biopsies.”

Please continue to pray for Oz, Annie and their families.

Update on Oz Fox

Update on Oz Fox from Annie Lobert’s Facebook page:

“Update on Oz Fox: Spinal tap results in: No infection, but Oz needs a procedure for biopsies on his brain.

Not going to lie…this has messed me up! But yesterday I was reminded of 2 Cronicles 20 & the story of king Jehoshaphat—how the enemy was coming against him fierce! The attack upon them was serious & looked like in the natural they would surely lose…but here is what God said:

“Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.

You will not need to fight this battle…POSITION yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, who is with you, oh Judah & Jerusalem! Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the Lord is with you.

And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground, and all Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem bowed before the Lord”

The story goes that king ordered the people to sing and worship as they headed out to battle:

“Praise the Lord, His mercy endures forever!”

And when they started singing, God brought ambushes against the enemies and they were DEFEATED.

So here is what I’m asking all of you to do—believe that God is good—worship with us & pray with us as we head into this battle.

We trust God no matter what. This is how we fight our battles—it may look like we’re surrounded but God is surrounding us.

Oz says he just wants to get home & play his guitar—get better & get back on stage. Oh and make some pancakes. Lols!

We sincerely love you all and thank you for standing in the gap!”

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Annie Lobert Provides an Update on Oz Fox

Annie Lobert shares an update on Oz Fox’s condition:

“Spinal tap right now as we speak for Oz Fox prayers appreciated! Thank you all so much for your support. Updates coming soon of progress with tests.”

Please keep Oz and his family in prayer. We’ll continue to provide updates as they become available.

Official Statement from Stryper regarding Oz Fox

Stryper provided the following update:

Our dear friend and lead-guitarist Oz Fox fell ill Saturday night while performing in Las Vegas with a side project that he sometimes plays in when not touring with Stryper. Oz suffered a seizure causing a fall on stage. After performing an MRI, doctors discovered an area of concern near his brain which they are now running a biopsy on. The doctors have instructed him not to drive or fly for 90 days. No additional information is available at this time. We appreciate your thoughts and prayers and we will communicate additional information as it becomes available. 

The logistics and options for current tour dates are being discussed with the respective promoters. U.S. tour dates will play as scheduled and in anticipation of a full recovery will include Oz Fox. The upcoming Australian tour will be performed as a trio (with the blessing of Oz), and will include Michael Sweet, Robert Sweet, and Perry Richardson. For our fans in Japan, please await an announcement from the concert promoter there as to the plans for the Japan tour.

New information will first be communicated via Stryper.com and Stryper’s official Facebook page.”

Chris Impellitteri gives us a look inside the “Nature of the Beast” sessions

It’s not every day you get a chance to see into the lives of major recording artists, but Chris Impellitteri gives us a glimpse into what goes on during a recording session at a major recording studio.

Check out the video below:

 

 

 

Metal Horizons

It’s been way too long since I last posted. I guess I’ve been letting everyday life get the best of me. What to talk about?

I’m a bit frustrated that there seems to be a drought in new Christian metal albums. The last one to come out that I was interested in was the latest from Narnia. Before that it was Venom by Impellitteri. And before that, Empire 21’s debut offering.

Am I just too picky or is the drought real? I love killer Christian power metal and even some prog once in a while. Looks like the main things to look forward to in the next year are a new disc from Impellitteri and a solo album from the great Lance King (not a Christian album, just some excellent ‘positive’ metal). If I’m lucky (I don’t believe in luck, but…), maybe there will be a new Narnia album by the end of 2018 (probably more like 2019).

There’s a new Deliverance album coming out this year, but I’ve never been a huge thrash fan. OH! I think there’s a new Worldview coming out this year. That should be good.

Maybe I need to broaden my horizons? As many people know, I have very high standards (aka, metal snobbery). It’s not easy to impress me. But, feel free to turn me on to some other GREAT Christian metal bands that I haven’t mentioned.

Looking forward to your suggestions! Until next time, KEEP IT METAL!

Bad Demo Tapes

Not long after I became a Christian in 1985, I began visiting Christian bookstores in search of new Christian metal bands. At least once a month I’d stroll in and see if anything new had been released. One cool thing about those Christian bookstores was that they had demo copies of all the music so you could take a listen before you bought it.

I remember that, more often than not, I was very disappointed in what I heard. There were a lot of just plain bad metal bands in the Christian scene. It got to the point of being very discouraging. Needless to say, I didn’t make many purchases.

Around that time, I remember reading an article about these bands in CCM magazine. The author very brilliantly pointed out that many of these Christian metal bands sounded like, “…bad demo tapes of their secular counterparts.”, referring to the fact that a ton of Christian metal bands sounded like (or were trying to sound like) popular secular bands. Most of the time, it just didn’t work.

Thankfully, John and Dino Elefante helped keep a lot of bands out of that category with their excellent production skills.

Always listen before you buy.