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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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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Get Exclusive Lance King Merch Before It’s Too Late

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There are only 19 days left to secure awesome pre-order packages for Lance King’s new studio album.

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Based on a teaser track he released earlier today, this is a power/prog metal album you’re not going to want to miss.

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“…there are only 19 days left to get exclusive limited edition, CD’s, T’s, Caps, downloads, concert streams, jewelry and more on my crowdfunding PledgeMusic page.”, says Lance.

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After listening to the entire teaser track, I’m simply blown away! The mix is unbeliveable and Lance’s vocals are stunning. This is now my most anticipated release of 2018.

We’ll be doing a full review soon, so stay tuned.

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RUN and order your exclusive package now!

https://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/lance-king

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JONATHAN JOHNSON Shares About The DENY THE FALLEN Debut

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The Deny The Fallen debut ‘Symptoms of Eternity’ is available now via digital download.

The much anticipated album is the brainchild of vocal master Rey Parra (Sacred Warrior, Worldview) and guitaritst Jonathan Johnson (Sacred Warrior, Zeal), and does not disappoint.

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We caught up with Jonathan recently, and he has a lot to say about the record.

“It’s been a labor of love getting this record completed. I started writing for it in 2014. As an artist and a producer I feel this is the best thing Rey and I have ever done. Not to say that what we’ve done before wasn’t special, but I think that this production is a step above our previous work.

I believe this band has something rare. A completely unique sound. As loved as Sacred Warrior is, there were always the Queensryche, Maiden, Dio comparisons. When Rey and I envisioned this we wanted to do something that had definite influences but couldn’t be directly compared to any other band. I feel like we accomplished that goal.

We’re so excited to be doing this in this season of our lives. Plus, it really feels like family. My son Josh obviously holding down the drum duties and having Rey’s super talented son Dylan singing with his dad in the song ‘Shelter’. Erik and I are like brothers and having Harbor and his incredible family in the fold has been just a natural fit.”

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Jonathan continues, “I was working and mixing around 18 hrs a day all the way up to the digital release day so I didn’t get much of an opportunity to say much that last several weeks.”

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“It was a massive undertaking. I broke every conventional rule making this album. Very few artists are successful producing their own work. And as Jimmy Brown warned me, ‘you know mastering your own music is a no no?’

But I had a clear vision about what I wanted this album to sound like from the beginning, and I knew I could get it there. So I took it from the start to completion. I think it was the right choice.”, says Jonathan.

The album is available for download through Google Play, Amazon and iTunes, or from the band’s website at denythefallenband.com/store

The songs are available to stream from the band’s website, on the store page, as well.

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