Maehem News: SEVEN KINGDOMS drops ‘Monster’ Music Video

Floridian Power Metalers, Seven Kingdoms, Have just dropped a new Music Video for their song ‘Monster’ from the Empty Eyes EP. Empty Eyes features 4 Original Songs and a Cover of Heart’s Classic, “Barracuda”. Each song on the EP has a Music Video with MONSTER being the final video for the EP. 

Seven Kingdoms will also be headlining Day 1 of the Mad With Power Festival IV in Madison, WI on August 14th. Commented the band, “We are mad with excitement to bring the power to……. Mad With Power Fest! Ty puts on a great show and we are very much looking forward to delivering a killer set and maybe a few other cool things! We also drop the last Music Video for the EP today. We had a great time filming MONSTER and are looking forward to doing this all over again on the next EP. We start work on that ASAP! Thanks again to all that supported this release. It was incredible to do this independently and to have the opportunity to create so much extra content!”

Like the Band on Facebook: HERE
Follow the Band on Instagram:@sevenkingdomsofficial

Mad With Power Fest w/ Theocracy, Lords Of The Trident, Judicator, Helion Prime +More

Villains and heroes alike will once again come together on August 10, 2019 to enjoy a buffet of power metal, arcade games and other nerdy delights at the third Mad With Power Festival in Madison, Wisconsin, USA. This one-day fest boasts seven kickass bands playing a variety of power metal and an exclusive appearance from Phillip Ahn, M.D. the actor who played Shang Tsung on Mortal Kombat II.

Headbanging isn’t the only thing to do at the fest, attendees can enjoy tons of free pinball and arcade games; try to beat your friend’s high score or destroy them with a head splitting fatality! Concert goers can expect other entertainment that includes metal opera battles, a heavy metal video game themed museum, and perusing the nerdy goods sold by vendors all whilst sipping the official Bos Meadery “Mad With Power” mead.

This year’s 2019 lineup includes:

Theocracy – Progressive Power Metal from Athens, GA!

Lords of the Trident – Madison’s own Power Metal Heroes!

Judicator – Historical Power Metal from Arizona!

Helion Prime – Sci-Fi Power Metal from California!

Novareign – Heavy Power Metal from California!

Widow – Traditional Heavy metal from North Carolina!

Fiakra – Power Metal from New Jersey!

Tickets and more information can be found at the following links:

(please note Gold and Silver VIP tickets are sold out, general admin, 18+, and sponsorship ($250) tickets still available) Tickets available HERE

Visit the official site HERE

Mad With Power – the Midwest’s only arcade and heavy metal festival – was a fest built out of spite. Angered by other fests making and breaking promises to him over and over again, fest founder Ty Christian did the only rational thing: make his own fest – and make it better – by filling venues to the brim with free-play arcade and pinball games!

Now in its third year, Mad With Power fest continues to highlight up-and-coming bands in the power metal, thrash metal, and traditional heavy metal sub-genres, and attracts more and more concertgoers with new exclusives every year. In just a few years, the fest has created an official drink (Bos Meadery’s “Mad With Power” mead, available on-tap), shocked fans with power metal opera battles, and crafted unique experiences like a playable “heavy metal-themed video game museum” with the help of local sponsors.

The fest has grown year-by-year, and continues to attract attendees from not only the midwest, but across North America and Canada as well!

About The founders:

Ty Christian is the vocalist for the band Lords of the Trident, and the founder of Mad With Power fest. Ty has been playing in, touring with, booking, and managing bands since 1999, and was a roadie and mixing engineer for bands such as Steppenwolf, Bachman Turner Overdrive, Molly Hatchet, and the Glenn Miller Orchestra. Ty is also the creative director of the Madison Area Music Association – a charity organization that raises funds to put instruments and music education into local schools – and prides himself on being a leader of the DIY musician movement.

Facebook event: HERE

2019 Line-Up Spotify Playlist here.

Instagram: @madwithpowerfest

Album Review: A SOUND OF THUNDER- ‘It Was Metal’

We start off with “Phantom Flight” which also features Mark Tornillo. I could tell I was going to like the album just by the first guitar strum. As it began to pick up the pace, I heard everything I loved about 80’s metal in just one song! The guitars were shredding, the bass and the guitars were thunderous, and it was all brought forward by the beautiful vocals of Nina Osegueda. The guitar solo hits you hard, and the bass solo takes it home! A Sound Of Thunder commands your attention from track one.

“Lifebringer” has that killer guitar duo with the bass just kickin’ it behind them. This tune hits those Iron Maiden heartstrings just right. I love the vocal and other effects; it adds a unique dynamic this track as well. “Atlacatl” takes you in with a bass solo and a steady drumbeat that leads you into battle. The passion of this tale is brought to life through the lyrical content and powerful vocals. At this point in the album, it’s only the third track, and I am entirely and helplessly captivated.

The Crossroads Deal” is a sweet blues-driven metal track lead by the harmonica that bleeds smoothly into the title track of the album ”It was Metal.” This track is an epic tale of the birth of heavy metal! This tune is perfectly placed as the climax of the album, and rightfully so! Every single musician shines brightly. This solo is a double bass and guitar solo and the switch-offs are phenomenal. A Sound Of Thunder fully captures the metal soul in this track.

Check out their official video for “It was Metal” here:

We slow things down a bit in “Obsidian & Gold (Desdinova Returns)” which has another great feature guest-Tony Carey. The opening vocals are quite poetic. This track seems to be one of the favorites of fans of A Sound Of Thunder, and it’s no wonder why! This track picks right back up into the thrash zone without missing a beat! I love the keys and other synths as well. The way it is blended in with the raw metal style creates something unique to A Sound Of Thunder’s performance. “Obsidian & Gold” is an enchanting tale.

“Second Lives” is a soulful and triumphant track. The entire album is crazy amazing, but I have to say this is a close second in line for favorites from ‘It Was Metal.’ Everything about it comes together so well, as it does in all of the other tracks. I continue to be blown away by how tight the sound is. The guitars are wailing, the bass is bouncing, and it’s all kept in perfect timing by the drummer. The lyrics of this tune are very inspirational as well, and the vocals are soaring.

The guitar and snare take us to the battlefield once again for “Els Segadors (The Reapers).” Raise up your swords and defend your honor; this tale captivates your imagination and brings your soul to life! “Tomyris” is a powerful song about the strength of womanhood. The tale of the warrior queen is an inspiring story of love, war, and independence. We start to come to a close with “Charles II” which is the tale of a king and his kingdom. The bass continues to slam; his style reminds me of my most favorite bassist of all time, the mighty Steve Harrison of Iron Maiden. I can’t get enough; it’s great to see the bassist shine rather than be shoved into the background and drowned out.

We come to the final track, ”Fortress of the Future Race.” Appropriately, the theme of this track seems to be set well into the future. It kicks off with the rhythm section and a killer solo from the lead guitarist that blasts us into the tune. Time travel has always been one of my favorite subject matters, but now, there is a killer song for me to fill the void! A Sound Of Thunder ends this album in just the right way, passionate and strong. The track itself suggests that this is just the beginning of what A Sound Of Thunder has in store for all of us, and I will be looking forward to the future!

A Sound Of Thunder is a band that you NEED in your playlist if they are not there already!

Be sure to check out their live performance from Mad With Powerfest HERE!


Tracklist for “It Was Metal
1.Phantom Flight
4.The Crossroads Deal
5.The Crossroads Deal
6.It Was Metal
7.Obsidian & Gold (Desdinova Returns)
8.Second Lives
9.Els Segadors (The Reapers)
11.Charles II
12.Fortress Of The Future Race

A Sound Of Thunder lineup
Nina Osegueda – Vocals
Josh Schwartz – Guitar
Chris Haren – Drums
Jesse Keen – Bass

Label– Mad Neptune Records

Follow A Sound Of Thunder online!
Official Site

-Emily Mae

Edited by Samantha Crocker