ONLINE METAL PROMO - SKINNER & MAWXXXWELL CARLISLE (Independent)
There is a dude called Benjamin and he’s running Online Metal Promo in the U.S.A. who wants to become one of the world’s leading promotional companies, aiming to offer airplay to, and promote Rock and Metal bands all over the globe. Whether it’s old or new material, bands will get the chance to participate and get into a win/win situation. Online Metal Promo is currently seeking bands who wish to submit their music to OMP for the next upcoming free digital download compilation, distributed worldwide. In the past, there have been promotional CD’s released in the U.S., U.K., Japan, Mexico, Spain, Guatemala and Argentina already, but they want to go one step further and release their next sampler all over Europe as well. That’s a really great movement as everybody will be able to get their own copy…for free!
Bands that want to participate, here is a little more info: If you or your band would like to submit your music for consideration, please forward all information to the following email address. Only serious musicians and bands need apply: firstname.lastname@example.org (with the following information for consideration):
First: Name of the band and country of origin
Here is also a link to their Tokyo release: http://onlinemetalpromo.bandcamp.com/
Metal To Infinity received download codes from 2 American bands, who want to participate, so let’s get a look on the material. The first band is SKINNER and they released an EP called ‘The Enemy Within’ in 2012. The band recently released also their debut album called ‘Sleepwalkers’ and I guess that they want to present the band to a worldwide crowd with a track from the previous EP. People that dig the material and songs of Skinner’ their EP will be anxious to hear the new material, and that’s exactly how it works. Well, so far, I’m really impressed about the quality of Skinner.
They bring traditional U.S. Metal with a little thrash metal twist, albeit limited. The 5 songs on the EP are pure and passionate and last but not least they breathe the one and only true U.S. Metal vibe! Some parts of Skinner made me think on the old Artillery sound. Very unique, recalcitrant and headstrong if we talk about the vocal approach, but at the same time, the guitars of Robert and Grant Kolowitz (father and son!!!!) accentuate this distinguishing mark. Listen to the track ‘Hell In My Hands’ and you will get the point. ‘Breathe The Lie’ is a traditional U.S. Metal track with a calmer beginning but step by step, the arrangement is threatening and all musicians work to a climax. Perhaps, that’s the unique style that U.S. Metal is all about. Self-willed and wayward riffing, high-pitched arrangements and a very good combination between shredders and shouters. Online Metal Promo can be proud that this band is going to participate, as all tracks on this EP are pure and magical! http://skinnermetal.com/
Second artist is MAXXXWELL CARLISLE who was a professional bodybuilder taking part of 24 competitions between 2002 and 2009. Nowadays, he’s in the band Hellion (with the mighty Ann Boleyn), but in 2013 he released also an EP called ‘Full Metal Thunder’. That’s the piece that we are going to listen to, as Maxxxwell wants to participate OMP as well. He seemed to be a winner at bodybuilder competitions, but this dude (born 1983) knows how to play the guitar as well! He’s a rollercoaster when he holds the strings and his axe is spitting steam and fire when he empowers the amps.
Maxxxwell Carlisle is a gifted musician, he would definitely fit in the Mike Varney camp and the 6 tracks on the EP are a real revelation for those hooked on U.S. Metal! The lyrical themes fit to the arrangements and songs like ‘Marching With The Dragons’, ‘The Call Of The Metal’ and ‘Full Metal Thunder’ make my heart beats faster. If you think that you have discovered the structure of the songs, Maxxxwell will surprise you with another highlight guitar solo as this shredder is a maniac! http://www.maxxxwell.com/
Well, if OMP will manage to work and cooperate with bands like Maxxxwell Carlisle and Skinner, the sampler will be of very high U.S. Metal level ! The release date is set for August 2014! It will become a masterpiece that everybody who’s into the real stuff will be blown away! I do hope that this project or how should we call it, will have a leverage from metal zines, blogs, radio stations worldwide as the initial idea is just awesome! Keep up the good work and spread the word of Metal!!
My rating for both Skinner and Maxxxwell Carlisle: 90 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard
50- : Rubbish