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The first thing I'm struck with is that we need to define a new sub genre, yet another!

There's a few bands about stemming from melodic death Metal and power Metal with the likes of Scar Symmetry and Sonic Synidicate etc, so I guess what we're looking for is melodic power Metal, right?

So let me introduce to you, hailing from Finland, Mekanism! They tick all the boxes, melodic, powerful, Metal, bouncy, poppy, Nordic, and for the girls, some eye candy! Though still independent, the band have been breaking ground in their home country and recently released a video for the title track of the EP.

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It's pretty good actually, for an unsigned band you wouldn't expect something at this quality, it's quite like Sin City; dark and soft. (note; it is a lyric video). See it here:

'Live And Die Today' has a slight ballad tinge to it and a proper rocking solo from lead guitarist JV and displays the strength and vocal abilities of Criss Valley, where as ' Ruler Of Ashes' shows off the tightness and chugness of the rhythm section and drummer Ace's flair with cymbals.


Just shy of fifteen minutes, the three track EP is a good sign of things to come and I see no reason this band shouldn't soon get up there with the likes of the bands aforementioned, getting a good deal and appearances will hopefully coming flowing to the Finnish act.

Get involved and lets see them grow!

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Here's a fabulous Aerosmith pictorial document as seen through the lens of famed British photographer Tony Mottram. Tony photographed the band over many years for various magazines and now has a monthly column here on MetalTalk.

As was often the case, only one photo ever got published and in the fast moving world of weekly magazines sometimes entire sessions would be done and left undeveloped.

Tony started shooting Aerosmith from towards the end of the period with Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay and onwards through the return of original members Joe Perry and Brad Whitford that resulted in the albums 'Done With Mirrors', 'Permanent Vacation' and 'Pump'.


As well as shooting the band several times in England, this collection includes images from a session at the band's rehearsal room in Boston. Littered throughout is a mixture of live and off stage photos including a selection of photos taken at London's famous Marquee club when they were joined on stage by Jimmy Page.

This limited edition hardback book, presented in a flight case and printed on silk paper, is an opportunity to own a unique selection of photos, most of which have never seen the light of day before.

This unique item is presented in an aluminium flight case and will be published in late November. Earlybird subscribers who order by 31st October will have their name printed within a dedicated page in the book.

To be sure not to miss out on this unique, future collector's item, hit the PayPal button here:

Publication date: 31st November 2017
ISBN: 978-1-908724-81-6
Format: Casebound.
Pages: 128 pages, printed on 170 gsm, silk paper.
Size: A4 landscape.


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