Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Brainstorm Silent No More!

Wall Of Skulls is the new album due from Germany’s Brainstorm but it’s not out until 20th August 20th. A new single, taken from the album, and guesting Peavy Wagner from Rage, is out now though, courtesy of AFM Records, and it’s somewhat aptly entitled ‘Escape The Silence’.

It is the first time ever the band has worked with a guest vocalist who assumed a central role in one of their songs. Notwithstanding tenacious double-bass drums and powering bass lines, groovy guitar shreds and the uncompromising and voice of Brainstorm singer Andy B. Franck are also ever present.

“A outrageously great song with a stunning video. It’s an honour for me to be part of that album. Such an excellent track and awesome piece of music!” said Peavy on his contribution to the single.

You can watch official video to it right here at RAMzine.

Mixed and mastered by Seeb Levermann, of Oden Ogan, he also guests on ‘Turn Off The Light’ another track on the album. The full listing as follows: ‘Chamber Thirteen’, ‘Where Ravens Fly’,’ Solitude’, ‘Escape The Silence’, ‘Turn Off The Light’, ‘Glory Disappears’, ‘My Dystopia’, ‘End Of My Innocence’, ‘Stigmatized (Shadows Fall)’, ‘Holding On’ and ‘I, The Deceiver’.

Previous album, Midnight Ghost, released in 2019, was a musical turning point for this power metal act from southern Germany, finding the band members reach a higher level of quality and broadening their artistic horizon further. “When we released the recording, we immediately felt that we were holding probably the most important album in Brainstorm’s history in our hands,” said Franck of that album.

That’s the point Wall Of Skulls is said to pick up from. Franck talked of an “almost uncanny energy at the rehearsal room when we wrote the material. We’ve included more powerful and fast-paced numbers than ever before on this album.

“All that happened totally unintentionally and without a masterplan but in a completely natural way. We simply worked on the songs without compromises and never changed course once we’d embarked on a specific direction. So Wall Of Skulls is definitely not Midnight Ghost 2.0, but another and very obvious step in the evolution of our music.”

Featuring cover artwork by Gyula Havancsak, Wall Of Skulls, will be available as CD, digibook-CD (incl. Live-BluRay), limited vinyl (Different colours), limited boxset (Containing headscarf, sticker, patch, autograph, digibook + Live BluRay) and digitally.  It can pre-ordered here.

Paul H Birch
RAMzine Senior Writer - Writer of fiction, faction and fact, has edited several newsstand magazines. He declares himself a hack for hire but refuses to compromise on the subject of music.

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