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Benjamin Woods and his band FLAMETAL released their latest album “Heavy Mellow” July 6th on Flametal Records. AOL Music has posted a free download of the band's "Gates of Babylon" track from the album.
"This is a Flamenco Guitar tribute album to some of the great Metal masterpieces,” says Woods. “It is definitely a different album from the other FLAMETAL releases and is more of a solo effort that is a very powerful to play live. Although the songs are very dark, everyone gets it, even your Mom."
FLAMETAL'S new album "Heavy Mellow" is available for download ton itunes, Amazon, and CD Baby. You can check out more of the band's material on their MySpace player. (Ed. Note: their older material is much heavier and more "metal" than this new track, so check it out)
Benjamin Woods' band Flametal will release the album "Heavy Mellow" on July 6th via Flametal Records. "This is a Flamenco Guitar tribute album to some of the great Metal masterpieces,” says Woods. “It is definitely a different album from the other Flametal releases and is more of a solo effort that is a very powerful to play live. Although the songs are very dark, everyone gets it, even your Mom."
"I had to use all my Flamenco knowledge to play these metal favorites without losing the integrity so I picked great songs with great melodies. On some songs I sped up the tempo, dropped a verse or created a new solo version only slightly changing the arrangements,” explains Woods. “The King Diamond song was a great challenge to put into the 12/8 time Flamenco rhythm of Bulerias, and the solo was definitely fun, but a bitch to learn on the Spanish guitar. The Megadeth tune was difficult to create melodies from Mustaine's vocal grunts and growls, but cool how it fit into the slithery rhythm of Tanguillos. I was very fortunate to have Steve Stevens do some nylon and electric guitar solos on my original tune 'Cursed.' It's a raw preview of what the next original Flametal album will be with many great guest artists featured."
You can check out Flametal tracks via the band's MySpace page.
Hotly tipped San Francisco-based flamenco/metal hybrid band FLAMETAL, which features in its ranks current WHITESNAKE bassist Uriah Duffy, has inked a deal with Powerslave Records. The group's latest album, "The Elder", will be released in Japan on April 4, 2007 in an all-new edition, featuring all eight U.S. version tracks (available at CDBaby.com) with new vocals, plus four bonus cuts. A video for the new bonus track "Anda Jaleo" is available at this location ("Anda Jaleo" is originally a traditional Andalucian flamenco song in the 12/8 rhythmical form of bulerias).
Commented FLAMETAL leader Benjamin Woods: "We try and pay respect to flamenco and make it as metal as possible. Since half our group are authentic flamenco performers, our music was the first metal to follow the rhythms and tonalities found in flamenco that are so rich and vast. I am pleased to see others experimenting with these styles, such as my buddy Marc Rizzo [of SOULFLY] (incredible talent), IMPUREZA, BREED 77, RAZA DE ODIO, and I'm sure there will be more. The influence of flamenco on metal should be a lot more than just playing a Spanish guitar in a metal song — it takes years and years of diligent dedication and study. We hope to expose the audience to something different. It's definitely not for everyone, and that's fine."
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Crossover Flamenco-metalers have posted a new music video on Flametal.com. Three new songs from Benjamin Woods' flamenco guitar album "bedroom sessions" have been posted on the site as well (free mp3s).
In gig news, March 1, Flametal will open lucifer's hammer-metal night at the Elbo Room, 18th and Valencia, San Francisco. Flametal plays from 9:45-10:30pm followed by Saviors, then the Headliners, Wolves in the Throne Room.