NARNIA Drops Single, Video for ‘You Are the Air that I Breathe’

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Uppsala, Sweden. July 5th, 2019:

Today, Swedish metal band Narnia releases You Are The Air That I Breathe — the second single from the band’s upcoming studio album, From Darkness to Light.

The album is scheduled for release August 2nd, just over a month before touring begins in South America along with American bands Stryper and Tourniquet.

received_327221284579791At the end of May, Swedish metal band Narnia, released A Crack in the Sky — the first single from the upcoming studio album From Darkness To Light. Both the single, and the music video, received immediate attention and positive response from all around the world.

Today, Narnia follows up with the second single, You Are The Air That I Breathe, along with the music video, produced by Mats Vassfjord (220 Volt, Impera).

Musically, the band takes another step forward with this crowd-pleaser, which is also expected to attract new listeners. In collaboration with record label Sound Pollution, the single is now available on all digital platforms. The music video has been uploaded to the band’s YouTube channel, including subtitles in Portuguese and Spanish for the Latin American audience.

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The single releases have begun the countdown for a new major venture for Narnia, which involves the album release in early August and then a follow-up tour that begins in South America along with American bands Stryper and Tourniquet.

The album was produced by Narnia’s guitarist CJ Grimmark, mixed by the band’s sound engineer Viktor Stenquist, and mastered by Jens Bogren, Fascination Street Studios (Sepultura, Symphony X, James LaBrie [Dream Theater]).

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From Darkness To Light will be released on CD, vinyl (in different colors), and digitally on August 2nd , and distributed by Sound Pollution (Europe, USA, Australia), King Records (Asia) and Voice Music, Icarus Music and The Dove’s Voice Records (Latin America).

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FIERCE HEART Studio Update from REX CARROLL (EXCLUSIVE)

By Martin Simson, Editor:

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Rex Carroll gave us a brief Fierce Heart album update direct from Girder Mode Studios outside Chicago.

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According to Rex, “The new Fierce Heart album is making progress, never as fast as I would like but we’re getting there.”

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“I can hardly wait to get out and play some live shows with these songs!”, says Rex.

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Stayed tuned to The Pure Metal Fan for more exclusive Rex Carroll music updates!

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ALBUM REVIEW: NARNIA — From Darkness to Light

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By Martin Simson, Editor 

When I first heard that Narnia was reforming and recording a new studio album in 2014, I was downright elated. I’ve been a fan since 1998 and the idea of a new album was absolutely thrilling. The end result was 2016’s much acclaimed self-titled effort.

Fast forward to January 2017. What started as just the beginnings of one song written in a small room in California, has become the masterpiece we now know as From Darkness to Light.

This album takes the growth that began on the previous album and brings it to fruition. The band chose to take some risks, and boy did they ever pay off! From an overall heavier guitar sound, to progressive time changes, to classic double-bass power metal, to atmospheric hard rock — this disc has it ALL.

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Let’s dive into a track-by-track breakdown.

The opener, A Crack in the Sky (available now on all digital platforms), hits like a freight train flying down the track. The main riff has a heavier edge than you’d expect from a Narnia song, with an interesting time signature. The chorus is powerful and the solo is blistering, as would be expected from shred-master CJ Grimmark. A great choice for the opener.

You Are the Air that I Breathe is up next. With a riff reminiscent of AC/DC, the band brings things back to a straight-ahead approach. This is my pick for “radio song” for this record. Another catchy chorus that’s sure to get stuck in your head. Easily digestible for the masses.

In the third spot we find Has the River Run Dry?, a mid-tempo rocker with a big chorus and a slow, tasty guitar solo — possibly my favorite on the album. Not every great solo has to be fast, you know :). A solid tune that should stand up well over time.

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Track number four, The Armor of God, starts with some creative synth work then blasts into double-kick power metal glory. Fans of the band’s neoclassical roots will be delighted with this tune. With one of the best choruses on the album and TWO blazing solos, this should be a favorite with most fans. Another fantastic track reminiscent of I Still Believe.

If you’re not willing to have your face melted off, skip MNFST. A cool synth intro gives way to one of the most massive metal riffs ever created. Probably the heaviest song on the record, Grimmark’s four rhythm guitar tracks really cut through. Bold lyrics resonate throughout, especially on the chorus. A little over halfway through, the real fun begins. While the first half of the song is a killer 80s style rocker, the second act takes us into prog-metal territory that would make John Petrucci grin. All that, coupled with a searing guitar solo, makes this my favorite song on the album. CRANK this one for maximum enjoyment!

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The War that Tore the Land starts out slow with an atmospheric intro (including elements that remind me of U2), similar to Thank You from the previous album — yet distinct, giving way to a modern sounding guitar driven chorus, including, for the first time, female vocals. A definite highlight with it’s airy vocals and emotional solo. Hallelujah, amen.

Now we arrive at Sail On. Starting with one of the best riffs on the record (reminds me a bit of Grimmark’s solo album), this one is definitely worthy of gas-station-cranker status (right after you’ve played MNFST). Shocker alert: another fantastic chorus. This one gets a little proggy as well, with some elements reminding me of Rush (though, probably not intentional). Rounding things out is another incredible guitar solo. I’m told this was the first song written (in that tiny room in California). One of the strongest songs on the album.

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Next up, I Will Follow. Keys and guitar open things up like a clap of thunder, leading to a surprisingly mellow verse — very dynamic. A solid chorus, and a solo segment that reminds me a little of YES, are standout elements. Another highlight for sure.

Rounding out the album is the two-part title track, From Darkness to Light. The beginning of this tune reminds me of something off The Great Fall (in a good way). It then progresses into acoustic guitars and piano and then some Pink Floyd-ish goodness. Another great guitar solo followed by a lap-steel solo. This song succeeds where much of TGF fell short. Atmospheric, deep, delightful!

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The main thing that stands out about this album is the lyrical boldness. Narnia has always been outspoken about their faith but they made sure there are no doubts with this record. Excluding the classic first three albums, this is their best offering to date.

Highlights include MNFST, The Armor of God, Sail On, You Are the Air That I Breathe, A Crack in the Sky, The War That Tore the Land and I Will Follow. There’s something here for fans of all of Narnia’s various iterations throughout the years. This outing is as diverse as the self-titled album was homogeneous — and it WORKS. Narnia continues to grow and this album proves that’s a good thing.

Score: 10/10

Lineup

  • Christian Liljegren: Vocals
  • CJ Grimmark: Guitar & Backing Vocals
  • Andreas “Habo” Johansson: Drums
  • Martin Härenstam: Keyboards
  • Jonatan Samuelsson: Bass & Backing Vocals

First single and video:

 

NARNIA Releases “A CRACK IN THE SKY”, First Single and Music Video from the Forthcoming Album “FROM DARKNESS TO LIGHT”

Uppsala, Sweden. May 31st, 2019

Swedish metal band Narnia released the single A Crack in the Sky today, which is the first track off the forthcoming studio album, From Darkness to Light.

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To follow up the release, touring begins in September, where the band looks forward to meeting old and new fans alike.

While awaiting the band’s eighth studio-album (which will be released on August 2nd) the first single, A Crack in the Sky, has been released on all major digital platforms in cooperation with record label Sound Pollution.

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On the band’s YouTube channel, you can find the music-video, produced by Mats Vassfjord (220 Volt and Impera). The song is the first track off the forthcoming album From Darkness To Light, and a mix of modern and melodic metal, a style associated with the band for over 20 years.

This single release begins the countdown of a new major venture with Narnia, which means additional single releases, album release in August, and then the forthcoming tour that begins in South America along with American bands Stryper and Tourniquet.

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The album is produced by Narnia’s guitarist CJ Grimmark, mixed by the band’s sound engineer Viktor Stenquist, and mastered by Jens Bogren, Fascination Street Studios (Sepultura, Symphony X, James LaBrie of Dream Theater).

From Darkness To Light will be released on CD, vinyl in different colors, and digitally on August 2nd , and will be distributed by Sound Pollution (Europe, USA, Australia), King Records (Asia) and Voice Music, Icarus Music and The Dove’s Voice Records (Latin America). 

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Purchase your copy today on all major digital platforms and be sure to like and share the music video!

NARNIA to Release 8th Studio Album, ‘FROM DARKNESS TO LIGHT’, on August 2nd (EXCLUSIVE)

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Uppsala, Sweden. May 2nd, 2019

Swedish metal band, Narnia, announces the release-date for its eighth studio-album; From Darkness to Light. First single – A Crack In The Sky – will be available on all digital platforms, May 31st. The single will also be released along with a music video, produced by Mats Vassfjord (Grand Design and 220 Volt).

Narnia’s new album; From Darkness To Light is the band’s eight studio album, and a natural sequel to the previous, self-titled album, from the band’s return and 20th anniversary in 2016. The spark that Narnia lit on last year’s live album We Still Believe – Made in Brazil, has followed the band into the studio, where this energy has been channeled and structured into a long parade of nine songs.

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With the musical roots remaining deep in melodic metal, the band has both stretched on to a modern sound where the guitars still dominate, but also allows analogue 70/80’s analogue synthesizers to take place in the soundscape.

The lyrics are noticeably important to the band and in true Narnia spirit this heritage has been well managed and further refined. The album is produced by Narnia’s guitarist CJ Grimmark, mixed by the band’s sound engineer Viktor Stenquist, and mastered by Jens Bogren, Fascination Street Studios.

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From Darkness To Light will be released on CD, vinyls in different colors and digitally August 2nd , and distributed by Sound Pollution (Europe, USA, Australia), King Records (Asia) and Voice Music (South America).

The album-release will be followed up with a tour in 2019-2020, starting in South America, together with Stryper and Tourniquet. First single, A Crack in the Sky, will be released on all major digital platforms May 31st, along with a music video produced by Mats Vassfjord (Grand Design and 220 Volt).

Stay tuned to for more exclusive content!

FIERCE HEART Studio Update from REX CARROLL

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Rex Carroll has provided The Pure Metal Fan with an exclusive Fierce Heart studio update.

”Drum recording at Girder Mode Studio went GREAT! I have been doing some editing and minor tweaking this week, and will soon move to the next phase of recording guitars and basses. Also have been talking to a couple of industry people this week, looking for help for the band.”, says Rex.

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Stay tuned for more exclusive Rex Carroll information.

BREAKING: CJ GRIMMARK Talks New Material, NARNIA Studio Album (EXCLUSIVE)

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BREAKING: CJ Grimmark says he’s been writing material for a new NARNIA studio album since as early as January of 2017. Recording will commence in 2019.

According to CJ, “I started writing new songs while in California last year, and we have plenty of new material for a new Narnia album, to be recorded in 2019.”

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CJ Grimmark practicing for the video shoot of ‘Thank You’ during his visit to California in January of 2017. © The Pure Metal Fan

We’ve had the privilege of hearing a couple of the pre-production tracks and we’re impressed, to say the least.

CJ continues, “We will make sure it will be just as strong and melodic as the previous release, and with a crystal clear message.”

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CJ with The Pure Metal Fan editor Martin Simson in Santa Monica, California. ©2015 The Pure Metal Fan

We’ll post updates as soon as we receive them, so stay tuned!

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IMPELLITTERI Releases ‘Symptom of the Universe’ Music Video

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On the eve of the US/European release of their new album The Nature of the Beast, Impellitteri dropped the music video for Symptom of the Universe.

In just a few hours, the album will be available worldwide.

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For now, enjoy the new video!

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Album Review: IMPELLITTERI — THE NATURE OF THE BEAST; Impellitteri Unleashes the Monsters

By Martin Simson, Editor —

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Have you heard the news? Impellitteri is BACK! This is the album I’ve been waiting for since Wicked Maiden turned my headphones into a smoking pile of melted plastic. The Nature of the Beast is best described as a cohesive effort with one major underlying theme — beasts and monsters.

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Let’s dive deeper with a track-by-track breakdown.

You really couldn’t ask for a better opener than Hypocrisy, a song about the “father of lies” — Satan himself. It starts with a guitar riff that’s catchy and not necessarily typical for an Impellitteri album. Chris has managed to come up with a unique guitar sound that is both killer and refreshing. The verse and chorus are solid making this track the perfect opener.

Chris is surely giving a nod to Randy Rhoads with the riff on Masquerade (especially the rhythm during the guitar solo). This song transports me back to Rhoads-era Ozzy Osbourne. Even the chorus has an Ozzy sonic feel to the vocals. And you’ll find a different kind of monster in this song — sexual predators in Hollywood. Another great track.

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Run for Your Life, the first single released in July (and the first music video), is an up-tempo, double bass number with powerful vocals and possibly the best guitar solo on the album — the harmony lead portion is particularly good. Rob’s vocals are as powerful as ever and really shine on this song.

Then we arrive at Phantom of the Opera. I doubt Richard Stilgoe and Charles Hart ever imagined one of their songs would get the heavy metal treatment. And what an outstanding metal treatment it is! I really can’t imagine the song being done any better. An absolute highlight of this record!

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Gates of Hell is one of the strongest songs on this disc. However, there really isn’t a very wide margin between the strongest and weakest songs on the album. Thundering guitars and powerful vocals trumpet a theme of Armageddon.

Next up is Wonder World. Yet another rock-solid offering. It’s about how the world is becoming more and more dependent upon computers and technology, and possibly a reference to the mark of the beast mentioned in the Bible. It also contains one of the more interesting guitar solos. Pure excellence.

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Man of War is yet another stand-out. This one seems to have a patriotic theme and contains a strong chorus and a ripping guitar solo, of course. You’ll have this one on repeat.

You won’t find a better cover than Symptom of the Universe. Black Sabbath should be proud. I hope somebody sends Tony Iommi a copy! Listen to this one with headphones.

Next up is Do You Think I’m Mad. The guitar rhythm on the verse is where this song really shines. It’s one of the most killer riffs on the album. About half way through the song, a voice-over begins, reminiscent of Master of Disguise from Eye of the Hurricane. It struck me as a bit odd and is one of the only criticisms I have about the record. The beast here is none other than Mr. Hyde.

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Fire it Up is yet another top-notch rocker. Here we see a departure from the monsters and beasts theme and receive a more uplifting one. Plenty of soaring vocals and shredding guitars to go around.

Kill the Beast is another strong track. Could this be the beast referred to in the biblical book of Revelation? You be the judge. This is currently my favorite track. The classical outro is particularly cool. Just another great song to crank through your best audio system.

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Finally, we arrive at Shine On — an uplifting and encouraging song perfectly suited to end the album. The chorus is the star here — both exciting and memorable. You’ll want to play this one over and over again!

Overall, this is an absolutely fantastic album! The production is excellent and each song is as strong as the last. I’ve never had a tougher time trying to select stand-out tunes — but here goes: Gates of Hell, Man of War, Masquerade, Hypocrisy, Shine On and Kill the Beast are the must-haves if you could only secure six songs from the album.

Score: 9.0/10

Be sure to purchase your copy at Google Play, Amazon, iTunes and other fine retailers. Available October 12th! #endpiracynow

Line Up

Rob Rock — Lead Vocals
Chris Impellitteri — Guitars
James Amelio Pulli — Bass
Jon Dette — Drums

Track Listing

1. Hypocrisy
2. Masquerade
3. Run for Your Life
4. Phantom of the Opera (Andrew Lloyd Webber cover)
5. Gates of Hell
6. Wonder World
7. Man of War
8. Symptom of the Universe (Black Sabbath cover)
9. Do You Think I’m Mad
10. Fire It Up
11. Kill the Beast
12. Shine On

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EXCLUSIVE: Rex Carroll Set to Record Two New Rock Albums

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EXCLUSIVE: Rex Carroll Set to Record Two New Rock Albums — by Martin Simson, Editor

Rex Carroll tells The Pure Metal Fan he’s had material for up to five albums for several years and is embarking on a journey to record and release two of them.

“…my studio is growing to the point we could probably register on the Richter scale. Or at least, it’s the loudest studio in my neighborhood…ha!”, says Rex.

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Girder Mode Studios outside Chicago

“I’ve had much of this material since about 2006”

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According to Rex, “…I have enough material for 2 or 3 rock albums, each with a different singer, a texas blues album, and an all-instrumental acoustic guitar album.”

One of the rock albums may in fact be an all-new Fierce Heart album.

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“…I’ve had much of this material since about 2006.”, adds Rex.

Rex continues, “I’m not sure how the albums will be released. Either we’ll get them signed on a label or put ’em out ourselves. We might do a crowd fund campaign, or not. I really don’t know yet.”

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Girder Mode Studios

Regardless of what type of “rock” (or under which band name, for that matter) Rex is working on, you can be assured it’s going to rock your socks off!

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