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8th April 2017

unleash the archers

Unleash The Archers have released their latest video from forthcoming new album, 'The Apex'. The song is 'The Matriarch' and the album, their fourth, marks the tenth anniversary of the Canadian Heavy Metal heroes' formation.

'The Apex' is out on June 2nd via Napalm Records and this is 'The Matriarch'.

Frontlady Brittney Slayes states:

"This track is chapter three in the story, and in it we are introduced to our antagonist, The Matriarch, in all her malevolent glory.

"We call this one our "quick banger" because it's fast, catchy, and fun and hopefully it won't take long to learn the words.

"It is sung from an omniscient point of view, drawing the listener in with tales of The Matriarch's depravity. The best part is the bridge, because the song is so dark, and then it launches into this flowing wraithlike guitar melody that is so memorable. I sing along to it every time and I think the fans will too.

"Absolutely can not wait to play this one live."

We premiered the previous release from 'The Apex' in April and the song has received over a third-of-a-million views on YouTube since. You can catch up on it here.

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Apex full tracklisting:

1 Awakening
2 Shadow Guide
3 The Matriarch
4 Cleanse The Bloodlines
5 The Coward's Way
6 False Walls
7 Ten Thousand Against One
8 Earth And Ashes
9 Call Me Immortal
10 Apex

The definition of matriarch is:

"A woman who rules or dominates a family, group, or state; specifically: a mother who is head and ruler of her family and descendants."

unleash the archers

Ken Sarafin created the picturesque album artwork for 'Apex' and told us:

"This album takes nerves of steel; from its opener, 'Awakening', to the title track that closes the album, the listener will partake in a furious adventure, weaving through elements of the strongest Metal genres of our time.

"You'll be guided by the shimmering heat of sweeping lead guitars, face-melting solos, deafening growls, pummeling bass lines and of course the thrilling hooks of Brittney Slayes' Queen-size voice."

Unleash The Archers are:
Brittney Slayes - Vocals
Scott Buchanan - Drums
Grant Truesdell - Guitar, Vocals
Andrew Kingsley - Guitar, Vocals
Nikko Whitworth - Bass

unleash the archers


judas priest


monsters of rock

Monsters Of Rock In Full Flight is strictly limited to 300 worldwide and is available from 30th November but those ordering before 31st October will have their name published within a dedicated page in the book.

It's a deluxe 128 page hardback book in a metal flight case with a narrative by Jerry Bloom.

When promoter Paul Loasby put on the first Monsters Of Rock Festival in 1980 he could probably never have imagined it would become an annual event that would endure for so many years.

Featuring bands from the UK, Germany, Canada and USA, Loasby chose to stage the event at the Donington race circuit in the middle of England and it would prove to be a defining moment for many of the bands on the bill.

Not least for headliners Rainbow as it was the their last ever show to feature drum legend Cozy Powell. As it would happen it turned out to be the last for vocalist Graham Bonnet as well. For many of the other bands on the bill such as Scorpions, Judas Priest and Saxon, they were all on the ascendancy and would soon go on to even greater success.

Now in celebration of this first ever Monsters Of Rock Festival comes this hardback book full of glorious photos of the bands that took to the stage for that inaugural event including back stage shots. Most of these shots have not been published before which add to the uniqueness of this deluxe 128-page book which is packaged in its own flight case.

Also included are stories surrounding the event with tales and recollections from those who were there, including artists and fans alike. Each book will be signed by the author. The 300 will sell fast and definitely go on to become collector's items so order yours now right here to avoid disappointment.


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