HER CHARIOT AWAITS, CALIGULA’S HORSE, AND MORE RELEASE ALBUMS TODAY

Her Chariot Awaits – Her Chariot

We first heard about the band back in the fall of last year. The two main components are Mike Orlando, best known for his work with Adrenaline Mob. And Ailyn, best known for being the lead singer of Sirenia. The only reason I got into Sirenia was because of her. See word came down that an X Factor contestant from Spain was now fronting the band. Me not knowing a thing about her or the band figured, well, typical band looking to cash in on the show’s popularity. Boy was I wrong! Her vocals captivated me instantly. I was bummed to find out she was no longer part of the band. Given that it took a few years between Sirenia and this project, I often wondered what she was up to. So it was awesome to hear she was working with a monster like Mike Orlando.

RELATED: MIKE ORLANDO AND AILYN FORM HER CHARIOT AWAITS

The original lineup of Adrenaline Mob got a ton of attention. What most don’t know is Orlando wrote the bulk of the material. He’s a beast on the guitar, and can shred with the best of them, while doing it tastefully enough to help put his songs over as a whole. Not just his playing for the sake of showing off. Once I heard these two where being paired I instantly flocked to check out the material their label had sent. If you follow my posts, you know that I have a love hate relationship with Frontiers. This is a pairing I think they got right, but the question remains, will they back the band after today’s release?

This album should be in the ears of every hard rock fan on the planet. It is solid top to bottom, and exceeded what I could have hoped for. It is the perfect meeting of both worlds, if you’re a fan of either of them, you need to check this album out. But the album needs to be pushed properly to get it to where it should go. Will that happen? Fingered crossed that it does.

Caligula’s Horse – Rise Radiant

This Australian band has been on my radar for a few years. They mix modern prog metal elements, with melodies reminiscent of bands that made the genre popular to begin with. Musically they incorporate syncopated rhythms similar to djent bands that became popular a while back. But instead of incorporating guttural vocals, like most of the bands that have those musical leanings, the vocals here are clean. If you’re looking for a band to bridge the gap between Dream Theater and Periphery, this might be the band you’ve been looking for.

HERE ARE SOME OTHER RELEASES THAT COME OUT TODAY THAT MAY INTEREST YOU

Die Kreatur – Panoptikum

FM – Synchronized

Mountaineer – Bloodletting

Oz – Forced Commandments

The 1975 – Notes on a Conditional Form

The Nixons – Sonic Boom EP

Pretty Maids – Maid In Japan: Future World Live 30th Anniversary DVD/CD

Article by Victor M. Ruiz of Mars Attacks Radio & Podcast, and Galaxy Of Geeks Podcast.  Connect with him on Twitter:  @vmr907

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