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Their 2009 documentary The Story Of Anvil has made them famous the world over, following seemingly endless years of energy-sapping tours de force marked by dismal organizational conditions. Their albums are considered landmarks among a musical genre which is otherwise successively losing its identity. Their recent release, Juggernaut Of Justice (2011), was a powerful and unrelenting thunderbolt of the first order. Now Canadian cult metal act Anvil are back with their new studio recording Hope In Hell. The album presents guitarist/vocalist Steve ‘Lips’ Kudlow, drummer Robb Reiner and their bassist Sal Italiano in top form, highly dynamic and full of energy from the first to the last note. “We’re really proud and already love the new album just as much as our early releases from the beginning of the eighties, because Hope In Hell sounds like Anvil live on stage: natural, honest, unvarnished, never over-produced and straight from the heart.”

Which is hardly surprising since Hope In Hell was written and recorded following an 18-month world tour which took Anvil around the globe. “We hadn’t expected this kind of extensive tour when we brought out Juggernaut Of Justice,” Kudlow confesses. “Time just flew by. I could hardly believe it when I found myself in the studio again after the tour, ready to work on the next album. The reactions to Juggernaut Of Justice and the shows had been so positive that we had plenty of ideas and inspiration for new material.”

Kudlow is referring to typical Anvil tracks such as ‘Hope In Hell’, which the Anvil guitarist considers a logical continuation of legendary numbers like ‘Forged In Fire’, ‘Metal On Metal’ and ‘Plenty Of Power’. He also mentions ‘Eat Your Words’, according to Kudlow a “hybrid between ‘Jackhammer’ and ‘666’, in other words pure Anvil, like in our early days.” Pretty much the same applies to haunting new tracks like ‘The Fight Is Never Won’ and ‘Call Of Duty’, which present Anvil true to form. But there are also a number of real surprises on Hope In Hell: “A song like ‘Badass Rock’n’Roll’ with its rock’n’roll groove surprised even me”, Kudlow admits. “It shows our great respect for bands like AC/DC and Motörhead. I’m sure that all Anvil fans will love this song because it’s the best we’ve done in this direction.” ‘Mankind Machine’ sees Kudlow & Co. break new ground: never before has this band sounded so mechanical (like the title suggests). And never before has it sounded as oriented to the classic rock feel of the seventies as in ´Time Shows No Mercy´.

So Anvil are proud to present the kind of album that Anvil fans will love: no concessions to short-lived trends, no modern frills but traditional metal with lots of classic rock music elements. “What we do is totally timeless,” says Anvil’s frontman. “We’ve never tried to change our sound or experiment with trends and fashions. We live in our own world and have maintained our individuality and own identity.” Like Juggernaut Of Justice, Hope In Hell was produced by Bob Marlette (Black Sabbath, Airbourne, Alice Cooper) at the NRG Recording studios in North Hollywood, California, and brilliantly mastered by Maor Appelbaum (Malmsteen, Sepultura).
Formed in Santos in 2001, Shadowside has been conquering rock and metal fans around the world ever since their first moment on stage, and is nowadays one of the biggest names in Brazilian heavy metal. The band is fronted by Dani Nolden, one of the most powerful and praised female voices of current heavy metal, chosen by popular vote for three years in a row as Best Metal Female Singer in Brazil at (2011, 2012 and 2013).

Their discography includes the albums Theatre of Shadows (2007), Dare to Dream (2009), as well as Inner Monster Out (2011), an album that brought them international notoriety as they reached #9 on CMJ’s Loud Rock Charts, remaining in the top 15 most played bands in the USA radio stations for 6 weeks in a row, hit #26 in the best-selling album charts in Japan, according to BURRN! Magazine, and won the 11º Independent Music Awards in the Best Hardcore/Metal album by popular choice.

The album stood head and shoulders above the band’s previous albums and was released with two music videos with Inner Monster Out hits: the songs Angel With Horns and Habitchual.

Since 2010, Shadowside has been touring worldwide and have played in 30 countries so far, both as a headlining act and as a support for legendary bands such as Iron Maiden, Helloween and W.A.S.P.

After the success they enjoyed with Inner Monster Out, Shadowside started working on their 4th studio album. It’s been a long five years of waiting for their loyal and increasingly larger fanbase, but the band finally returned to Fredman Studio in Sweden, where they had already recorded the previous album, for a marathon 20-day recording session with producers Fredrik Nordström (Arch Enemy, Evergrey, Hammerfall, Bring me the Horizon) and Henrik Udd (Architects, Arch Enemy, Dark Tranquility, Dream Evil), turning out their strongest work to date.

The new album Shades of Humanity explores deep and controversial subjects such as depression, abortion, stories of overcoming difficulties, the Mariana dam disaster and mankind’s moral values, and branches out in musical ways nobody expected, although never leaving behind the heavy riffs and catchy melodies that have always been their trademark.

An additional energy boost for the new album came from Swedish bass player Magnus Rosén (ex-Hammerfall), who joined Shadowside in 2015. Magnus, who has been awarded gold records and a nomination for the Swedish Grammy, Not only did he bring decades’ worth of musical experience to the fold, Magnus wrote two songs with guitarist Andy La Rocque (King Diamond), that appear on the Shades of Humanity album, released on July 26 in Japan, through Spiritual Beast, July 28 in North America and Europa, by EMP Label Group, label owned by Megadeth's Dave Ellefson, and September 4 in Brazil, by Furia Music Records.

Shades of Humanity is already yielding its first results and is one the 15 best selling Rock and Metal records in Brazil in 2017, among bands like Deep Purple, Sepultura, Grave Digger and Iced Earth, according to the distributor and CD store Die Hard Records. The album also received great reviews and the band has been featured in Brazilian and international magazines, such as BURRN! (Japan), Hell Magazine, Loud and Proud and Headbangers Latinoamerica. Also, the band and album appear on several 'best of the year' lists worldwide, such as on the legendary website Bravewords (Canada).