WITHIN THE FIRE 'Still Burning': Incendiary 2016 Album Sees 1st-Time Limited Vinyl LP Pressing
ANIMATED INSANITY RECORDS is beyond pleased to announce the label's imminent first offering via vinyl LP format! The distinguished honor goes to the Albany, NY-based heavy metal powerhouse WITHIN THE FIRE and their breakout album release, "Still Burning". Set to arrive on Friday, April 23rd, this impressive phenom of sonic glory from the Empire State was available on CD-only when it hit the streets in August of 2016. In an era where some are quick to proclaim "Rock is dead!" or "CDs don't sell!", less than 100 copies of the initial 1000 count pressing remain. While logistics are important to any project, here, things ultimately boil down to the components of WITHIN THE FIRE, and the contents of "Still Burning". These two things are irrevocably interlinked when it comes to WITHIN THE FIRE and the intense inferno that is the smoldering opus, "Still Burning". Fiery founding guitarist RJ Pipino and dynamic singer Scott Featherstone craft songs laden with traditional hard rock foundations as their basis. With this solid underpinning, virtuoso guitarist Roman Singleton, masterful drummer Jeff Daley, and bassist/backing vocalist Joe Paciolla (yes, the very same director of Animated Insanity Records) play to their obvious strengths. Their sound is one unique to WITHIN THE FIRE, an enticing style where thrash metal elements meld with contemporary influences. Combined with a creative hunger uncommon to most, this group are driven by an intensity and a passion rarely found in such a collective of seasoned musicians. The best proof of this is, without question, the incinerating metallic fury of the 9-song "Still Burning". Originally recorded by Tim Lynch at The Recording Company in Esperance, NY., these molten tracks are now specially mastered for vinyl by Alan Douches at West West Side Mastering. "Still Burning" features amazing, eye-thrilling artwork by artist Steven Cobb, and this limited edition vinyl LP will be in high demand. Pre-order yours now at the ANIMATED INSANITY RECORDS webstore [here] (wholesale inquiries are available in the U.S.) while this item will be exclusively distributed in Europe by No Dust Records in The Netherlands and can be pre-ordered [here]. An ultra-limited pressing of Orange with red splatter will be a webstore exclusive at both sites and is sure to sell out! A super limited test pressing edition (10 copies) that comes with the full-color printed inner sleeve in an amazing digitally printed leather cover
is available at the AIR online store while they last!
With an uncompromising frontal assault rallied upon incendiary guitar salvos with riveting backline percussion, DEVERIA deliver an album delivery not to be missed. "Suicide Forest" takes listeners to a caustic location in contemporary Heavy Metal that dispels mediocrity and posturing like so many embers on a dynamo whirlwind. Relentlessly alluring on a range most bands never come to know, DEVERIA make a sonic statement that shall not be soon forgotten. With their dynamic range of multifaceted vocals, mesmerizing melodic passages, and moments of materialized aggression, fans of various metal stylings will absolutely find their thirst quenched within the "Suicide Forest".
DEVERIA "Suicide Forest" is available to purchase on CD direct from the ANIMATED INSANITY RECORDS website [here].
Now that is a title leaving little to the imagination, right? Much like their High Performance namesake, San Diego County's FORMULA 400 are all about flexing sonic muscle. The band is in its third year, having formed in 2018 and since, making member adjustments along the way. Now, the current incarnation of FORMULA 400 - guitarist/vocalist Dan Frick, bassist Kip Page, guitarist/vocalist Ian Holloway, and drummer Ted Karol - are poised and primed to make serious advances.
The greatest qualifier of this claim is the recent roll-out of "Heathens", the first full-length release from FORMULA 400. Our fuel-injected foursome more than prove themselves on the album's seven tracks of hard hitting, heavyweight rock and roll. Ultimately, they make a statement for the ages, one with a framework laid in the unmistakable influences of Seventies rock music greats like AC/DC, Saxon, Grand Funk Railroad or Bachman-Turner Overdrive. This quartet have a destination in mind and it's a location where great songs are made and played yet, only a few worthy bands ever reach this place. With the wide spectrum of audio stylings contained on "Heathens", FORMULA 400 show us the way to obtain pure rock glory!
ANIMATED INSANITY RECORDS is pleased to partner with FORMULA 400 for a CD release of "Heathens"! This stunning album is an example of the D.I.Y. ethos manifested via FORMULA 400 recording it at The Jug, the band's own home studio. Within its contents are the audible results culminating from four musicians' collective talents, experiences, and creativity and what's rendered is musical excellence.
From the hardened blues and heavy grooves of "Light My Way", to the individualism empowering anthem of the open road, "Ridin' Easy", or the darkly hued gut punch of "Spector", these are multifaceted compositions. With their seismic registering rhythm section, harmonic dual guitar assault, and dynamic, yet melody enriched vocals, FORMULA 400 leave no doubt about their being big league ready. Take the Thin Lizzy-esque "Sun Destroyer" for a spin around the track or drop the hammer and coast with the haunting allure of the instrumental "The Long Road Home", this is one easy-to-grasp equation. Equal parts coarse gritty rock and smooth fluid roll, melded with the takeaway from contemporary greats like Fu Manchu, Corrosion Of Conformity, or Black Water Rising, and pal, you got FORMULA 400.
FORMULA 400 "Heathens" is available to purchase on CD direct from the ANIMATED INSANITY RECORDS website [here]. Arriving in Europe soon exclusively via No Dust Records [website].
EchoSoul is a Progressive Metal Band from Indiana, formed in 2019, formerly Apparition, made up of a collaboration of known and newer artists founded by guitarist and songwriter Guy Hinton.
The great part of this project was the wide range of musicians chosen to collaborate with to bring the fully rounded sound you’ll hear on the debut release. The album consists of 7 songs and has some ranging from 4 minutes all the way to an epic 11 minutes with longest called “The Hangman”. The great part of this album is the variety. Majority of vocals were performed by Rob Lundgren but Tim “Ripper”Owens sings two killer tracks in a VERY Metal fashion....
The first single “Melody of Misery” is the softest part of the debut album, catchy, and memorable, while Songs like “Alchemist” and “The Hangman” take the listener on a ride through solid chugging and fast and alternate picking, mixed with plenty of scale runs, harmonies and complex type riffing that draw you in. Every song at its core always seems to have a melodic or catchy chorus and some memorable take aways leaving you humming them later in the day. It’s definitely a strong debut. Whether you're a Power Metal fan or into Thrash, there is something for everyone. A perfect fusion of Power and Prog Metal!! The chemistry of the musicians worked so much that they are already looking forward and looking at recording again as well as live shows this summer. A band worth keeping track of.
Credits: Musicians and guest musicians involved include Tim “Ripper” Owens (Vocals), Samus Paulicelli (Drums), Rob Lundgren (Vocals), Garrett Peters (Guitar, Guest Solo), Nik Nokturnal (Guest Guitar) Giampiero Presilliv(Guest Guitar Solo), Artem Lefimov (Bass, Guitar, Guest Solo), and Dmitry Lisenko (Bass). Guy Hinton (Lead and Rhythm, Bass),
All Music and Lyrics written by Guy Hinton, Mixed and produced by Noah Hirschy, Artem Lefimov, Red Ghost Studios.
Album artwork by Van Williams and Logo by Lauren Ballenger
ECHOSOUL "THE END OF DARKNESS" is available on CD direct from the ANIMATED INSANITY RECORDS website [here].