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Skitarg w/ support – Gothenburg, Sweden

Posted in Gig, Live with tags , , , , , , , , , on 14th April 2015 by Pieni

BatAAr, The End Of Grace, Skitarg
Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg (SE)
10th April 2015
Promoted by NEMIS GBG

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Clown metal is a big thing in Sweden, at least when it comes down to Skitarg. But support acts BatAAr and The End Of Grace caused quite a fuss as well that night.

 photo bataar1_zpsvgxsjmry.jpgDespite my often trips to Sweden and the crash-course I’ve taken last year on its native language, I’m still not able to maintain a conversation in Swedish (reading is okay, talking not so much). This means I can’t tell you what BatAAr-Seb said to the screaming crowd that welcomed the band. But then again, it’s the music that counts, right? They themselves must think the same, as their borderline visual kei image is toned down once they’re on stage, in comparison to what you see in their videos and promo photos.
Between the exquisite prog of “Riskbreaker”, the spirited melodies of “The Distance” and “Owls And Snakes”, or the extremeness of “Refrain From Your Porcelain”, BatAAr’s sound may be hard to label in matters of genre, but pretty easy to do so in terms of quality: DAMN GOOD! Adding that to how comfortable they are on stage and how they give themselves to what they’re playing, it all can only result in a show worth attending to. (5/5)

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https://www.facebook.com/BatAAr

 photo teog1_zps52y9pbfy.jpgJust like BatAAr, The End Of Grace also come from Gothenburg, but since Kriss is British and addressed the audience in English, I can be a bit more thorough regarding the singer’s speech. For instance, I can tell you about the at least half a dozen times he said “oh my God you’re fucking crazy” and “we love you all”. If you’ve been following our posts on these guys, you know I’ve been to quite a few TEoG shows, so trust me when I say that Kriss wasn’t kissing ass – this crowd was the most vibrant I’ve ever seen on a TEoG show. There was even a wall of death at the beginning of “Beneath The Waves”, right after a cool, melodic new intro – guess they got inspired by Frodd‘s remix of it for the B-side of their latest single “Final Burden”.
They’ve been hard-working on their upcoming debut album and less than a month since the release of the aforementioned “Final Burden”, they were ready to introduce another new song – a song about being in a band, how that means “brotherhood”, and so it’s only natural that it was named after the band itself. The response to “The End Of Grace”, the song, was as massive as to the rest of the gig, which makes me believe the album will get a killer feedback once it’s finally out.
And because of that brotherhood, this being drummer Thomas last show felt like “losing an arm”. He got quite an ovation from the crowd and then BatAAr-Seb got on stage to help Kriss sing the last song “Fist Face Bleed”. Thomas couldn’t have asked for a better farewell show. (5/5)

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The house had been crowded for both supporting acts, but for Skitarg it was fully packed, leaving no doubt that they lived up to their headlining status.
Sure, their creepy-clown makeup and flashy outfits cause an impressive visual impact, but if we strip those away, we’re still left with a very active and powerful performance. So if you’re thinking that Skitarg’s popularity is only due to their looks, think again. And songs such as “Jag Bryter Nacken Av Din Häst”, “Du Har Keps Och Knarkar” or “Utvecklingsstörd” made the crowd go wild in mosh circles and loud sing-alongs, proving my point.
At some point, close to the end, TEoG-Kriss joined on stage, not to sing but just to fool around with Barnet. Sadly I had already put away the camera, as the aforementioned mosh was too vicious for my bones’ sake and I had retreated to a safe point at the back. Yeah, it was that kind of show, that kind of party. (5/5)

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A big thanks to Martin Efternamn for the help with the Skitarg song-titles.

Text & photos by Renata “Pieni” Lino.

Pentagram to release “When The Screams Come” on vinyl

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 5th April 2015 by Pieni

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In 2011, Pentagram released a live DVD recorded at Sonar, during the Maryland Deathfest VIII, at the end of the Liebling / Griffin reunion. Named after one of their most popular and oldest tracks, “When The Screams Come” will now (17th April, via Metal Blade Records) be released in vinyl, in three different versions – 180 g black, clear/blue splatter and red. All of them include a free poster.

The concert was too long to fit in just one record, but not long enough to fill two. So the B-side of record no. 2 features five bonus track, recorded at Heavy Halloween Show last October, Arts Riot, Burlington. The full tracklist is as follows:

Side A:
Day Of Reckoning
Forever My Queen
Ask No More
Run My Course
You’re Lost, I’m Free
Review Your Choices

Side B:
Petrified
Relentless
All Your Sins
Total

Side C:
20 Buck Spin
Sign Of The Wolf
When The Screams Come

Side D:
Death Row
Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood (cover)
Vampyre Love
Nothing Left
Relentless Reprise

Pre-order your copies at EMP or Metal Blade‘s EBAY-STORE.

In May, Pentragram will be playing live in central Europe:
May 21 – Antwerpen, Belgium
May 22 – Rock Hard Festival, Gelsenkirchen, Germany
May 23 – Backstage Halle, Munich, Germany
May 24 – Club Vaudeville, Lindau, Germany
May 25 – Arena, Vienna, Austria
May 27 – UT Connewitz, Leipzig, Germany
May 28 – SO36, Berlin, Germany
May 29 – Klubsen, Hamburg, Germany

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Finntroll w/ support – Porto, Portugal

Posted in Gig, Live with tags , , , , , , on 24th March 2015 by Pieni

Profane Omen, HateSphere, Finntroll
Hard Club, Porto (PT)
20th March 2015
Promoted by SWR Inc

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With “Nattfödd” celebrating its 10th anniversary last year, Finntroll embarked on an intense European tour where they’ve been playing the album in full. The second leg of the tour included an one-off show in Portugal that was almost a no-show – there were some problems during the trip between Madrid and Porto (“you wouldn’t believe it if I told you” were Vreth’s words), but they made it, about forty minutes later. And since half of the gigs in my country run late, we didn’t even realize how serious the situation was.

 photo _DSC0152_zpsqiqqhhvt.jpgProfane Omen stormed the stage with wide smiles on their faces. They had never played in Portugal before and that was something they’d been wanting to fix for a long time, which singer Jules Näveri told us in a perfect Brazilian-accented Portuguese! I later learned he’s married to a Brazilian lady, explaining why he is so fluent in this difficult language. But even if it was quite easy for him, it was something highly appreciated by everyone in the room and helped breaking the ice, since it was obvious that Profane Omen weren’t exactly famous among the crowd. Well, they are now. And not just because the singer could speak Portuguese (and even make funny remarks). I’m pretty sure their music and adrenaline-driven performance would eventually win the audience over. I’d heard of them before, but not the music, and for some reason I was convinced they were a death metal band. Wrong! Their sound is just as heavy but with lot of groove and a punk-rock irreverence that made my first expression – “stormed the stage” – quite literal. Around since 1999, the Lahti-based band has released four full-lengths so far and played a little bit from every one (well, almost every one – they left “Inherit The Void” out), kicking off with “Wastehead” and finishing with “Painbox”. It was my first time seeing them and hopefully not the last. And a longer setlist next time would be even better! (5/5)

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 photo _DSC0634_zpsjdpsfvlx.jpgNow HateSphere didn’t need any introduction to the Portuguese audience. Last time the Danish played here, in support of Hypocrisy, “Murderlust” had just been released – three days before – and we were hoping that they would return to promote it as headliners. That didn’t happen but it didn’t make the reaction of the fans less enthusiastic – some of them were there that night exclusively to see them perform.

Because of the delay, they had to cut their set shorter, beginning with “Reaper Of Life” instead of “Lies And Deceit”, as apparently was the original idea (I took a peak at the setlist, where “Lies…” was at the top, crossed all over by a black marker).  Still, as in any other HateSphere gig, they made the best of their available time, totally owning the place.

Since Trevor Strnad wasn’t there, it was the crowd that helped Esse singing “Iconoclast”, doing the same gesture of repeatedly raising the arms in the air, as it’s typical of The Black Dahlia Murder singer. “Oh, so you know the guy? Good!”, said Esse with a grin. He would also say we looked beautiful, even if he admitted he couldn’t see a thing, thanks to the smoke machine.

And speaking of helping singing… At some point, Esse turned the mic into someone in the crowd, and later he would actually pass it into someone else’s hands. Not sure if those “someones” were random as the first was Afonso Ribeiro, drummer in local band Gates Of Hell, and the second was Raça, former singer in that same band – a band who plays this cool little song called “Abusive Resolution”, where Esse did some guest vocals on its recording.

“Oceans” and “Sickness” were the two final songs, the latter entitled to the already traditional wall of death. The moshing that followed suit was even more intense than what had been until then and trust me – that says a lot. Once again we wish next time we’ll see them as headliners, like we did back in 2010, when still promoting “To The Nines”. One can always hope, right? (5/5)

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 photo _DSC0935_zpsjo2fv883.jpgI know some people left after HateSphere, but still the room was more crowded for Finntroll than at the opening of the doors. That’s the downside of having a bill of so distinct genres – it reaches a wider range of public, more tickets are sold, but it doesn’t mean all the people will watch all the bands.

Between gigs there’s always background music playing, but this time we had… frogs. And crickets. A very nocturnal sound. I know that trolls live in swamps and “nattfödd” means “born at night”, but listening to that during the whole intermission was a bit too much. Or maybe it was my eagerness to see Finntroll after six years.

Without surprise, “Nattfödd” was performed in its entirety and then came the promotion of the latest “Blodsvept” (that’s actually two years old already – damn, time flies!) mixed with a bunch of classics. All drenched in beer and happy dancing.

Vreth was quite chatty, to which the crowd responded loud and cheerful. At some point he asked who had been at their last gig there and I was surprised that not many hands were raised. But then again, there were lots of kids at the venue, I suppose they weren’t old enough to attend a festival back in 2009… (I was there, took a few cool pics too: http://frontrowforever.net/2011/05/28/revisited-finntroll-caos-emergente-20090913/)

I believe it was after “Jaktens Tid” that they left the stage and the damn frogs echoed again until Finntroll returned for the encore. But by this time I was too pleased to be bothered by the croaking – these trolls don’t belong in the forest but definitely on stage. (5/5)

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Photos & text by Renata “Pieni” Lino

Sister w/ Killus – Barcelona, Spain

Posted in Gig, Live with tags , , , , , on 10th March 2015 by Pieni

Killus, Sister
Sala Rocksound, Barcelona (ES)
4th March 2015
Promoted by Kivents

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After releasing “Disguised Vultures” early last year, Sister toured around in support of other bands. Now the vultures decided it was time to fly as headliners and I caught up with them in Barcelona.

 photo _DSC1174_zpsf14lq4kt.jpgKillus were their special guests, a Spanish industrial metal band that I had never heard of before. Damn, what I’d been missing! Those guys are freaking good! They’ve been around as long as Sister have (since 2005) but have a bigger discography (four albums already). Their latest effort, “Feel The Monster”, was released in May 2013, and Killus’ choice to focus on it was only natural. Still they showed us a little bit of all previous albums. “Dead Revolution”, from the debut “God Bless Us”, was even given that special task of ending the show. And what a show that was. Rocksound’s stage is small but they made it look huge with their restless stage attitude – which included synched jumps from guitarist Ruk and bass player Premutoxx. And yes, the photographer in me just fell in love with the crazed faces soaked in makeup, the poses in such typical industrial garments… but the music lover in me was also having a blast. It’s really a shame that they only supported Sister on the Spanish dates, as they deserved the full pack of dates.  (5/5)

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https://www.facebook.com/Killusband

It was precisely in Spain, although in Madrid, that I’ve heard/seen Sister for the first time. They blew me away then, and they still blow me away now, with their mix of dark punk and dirty sleaze.

 photo _DSC1361 copy_zpslreyfity.jpgWith only two albums out (and a couple of Eps, although only “Deadboys Making Noise” seems to count, given the way-too-glam nature of the very first one, “Shock Rock Party Pop” ), the setlist was more balanced than Killus’ when it comes to new and old stuff. Well, less new – “Hated” was released in the Summer of 2011, so it’s not exactly old.

One by one, the boys got on stage. Singer Jamie was the last, wearing a mask like I saw him do in London last year – meaning that “My Enemy” would kick off the show. “Disguised Vultures” would follow suit, then “Bullshit & Backstabbing”… killer song after killer song! But a good rock’n’roll band always has its ballads and I was more than happy when Sister played both of theirs – “Would You Love A Creature” and “Naked”. With only Tim on an acoustic guitar and Jamie on vocals, “Would You Love A Creature” sounded better somehow. Nothing to do with the lack of the piano keys from the studio version, as I actually find those lovely. It was really Jamie’s voice that sounded steadier and cleaner.

 photo _DSC0005 copy_zpspukgnlgr.jpgAt some point, Jamie left the stage and bass player Rikki approached the mike, asking us if we liked Sepultura. They would then start playing “Refuse/Resist” and for a moment I thought Rikki would sing it too. But we weren’t that lucky – it was just a brief instrumental moment.

After going back to the aforementioned “Deadboys Making Noise” EP through “Crash Boom Bang” (no, not a Roxette cover, even though that would be cool som fan), they finished the gig with “Please Kill Me”. I was a bit sad that they only played for an hour, but I assure you every minute was worth it. And given the fiery reaction of the crowd, I believe I speak for everyone who was there.

The tour resumes tomorrow, in the UK, and goes on until the 21st, in Germany. If you have the opportunity to see them, don’t waste it. You won’t be sorry. (5/5)

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https://www.facebook.com/sisterband

Text & photos by Renata “Pieni” Lino

Sanctuary European tour kicking off today with Nick Cordle on the guitar

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 3rd March 2015 by Pieni

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After their reunion last year, with the release of “The Year The Sun Died”, Sanctuary are now about to embark on an European tour, where they’ll perform a classy mix of old and new stuff. The tour starts tonight with a headlining show in London, and from tomorrow on, the band will ride as Overkill support. Sanctuary will resume their role as headliners for the two last gigs, in Greece. Check all dates here:

03.03.2015 (GB) LONDON / Underworld (headline show) *
04.03.2015 (D) BRAUNSCHWEIG / Meiers Music Hall**
05.03.2015 (D) LEIPZIG / Hell Raiser**
06.03.2015 (D) MEMMINGEN / Kaminwerk**
07.03.2015 (A) WÖRGL / Komma VZ**
08.03.2015 (A) VIENNA / Szene**
09.03.2015 (SRB) BEOGRAD / Dom Omladine**
10.03.2015 (SLO) LJUBLJANA / Kino Sisak**
11.03.2015 (HR) ZAGREB / Tvornica**
13.03.2015 (HU) BUDAPEST / Club 202**
14.03.2015 (PL) KATOWICE / Mega Club**
15.03.2015 (PL) GDANSK / B90**
17.03.2015 (NL) ZWOLLE / Hedon**
18.03.2015 (F) METZ / Les Trinitaires**
20.03.2015 (GR) THESSALONIKI / Eightball Club
21.03.2015 (GR) ATHENS / Gagarin205
22.05.2015 – 24.05.2015 (DE) GELSENKIRCHEN
* supported by Metasoma and Monument
**supporting Overkill

 photo Nick-Cordle_zpsi0iyx4kh.jpgWith the departure of Brad Hull, Sanctuary found in Nick Cordle the perfect live replacement: “We are excited to welcome Nick Cordle from Arch Enemy and Arsis to the Sanctuary team. Nick is an amazing musician and we believe he will bring a fresh energy to the line-up. You can see Nick Cordle with Sanctuary this March touring Europe on the Killfest tour”, says guitarist Lenny Rutledge.

Cordle himself adds: “It’ll be a great pleasure to join Sanctuary on tour in Europe! I’ve admired the band for a long time and ‘The Year The Sun Died’ is a breath of fresh air. It’s a welcome challenge to work up these songs and I’m excited to get moving!”

SANCTUARY online: 
www.EnterTheSanctuary.com
www.facebook.com/sanctuaryfans
www.twitter.com/sanctuarymetal

Thomas Manell leaves The End Of Grace

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 1st March 2015 by Pieni

On April 10th, The End Of Grace will support Skitarg at the legendary Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg. This will be drummer Thomas Manell‘s last show:

 photo _DSC0821_zpsef2a8dvs.jpg “Hey guys!

The time has come for me to move on in my musical endeavours. Metalcore was a new genre for me when I joined and as it has turned out its not what I’m looking for.

I want to thank the guys for a great time with everything I have experienced and lots of love to all the people I have met out there and through fb/instagram. I know that The End Of Grace is going to go far so support them just as awesome as you’ve done so far. smile emoticon

See you in Gothenburg- witch I will still attend on.

/Thomas

Thomas also recorded the band’s latest single, “Final Burden”, which will be released soon. The “B-side” for this single will be a remix of “Beneath The Waves” done by TEoG‘s friend Frodd.

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Nightrage: new album with new singer

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on 25th February 2015 by Pieni

Four years after “Insidious”, death metal act Nightrage is back with a new album, recorded with a new singer in a new studio, and to be released under a new label – Ronnie Nyman (from Swedish hardcore band Always War) gives voics to “The Puritan”, that shall hit the stores on April 24th, via Despotz Records. Artwork and track listing below:

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1. The Puritan
2. With a Blade of a Knife
3. Desperate Vows
4. Endless Night
5. Foul Vile Life
6. Stare into Infinity
7. Lone Lake
8. Son of Sorrow
9. When Gold Turns to Rust
10. Fathomless
11. Kiss of a Sycophant

‘The Puritan’ is an uncompromising, dramatic and melodic death metal journey in its purest form. Eleven tracks crammed with brutal riffs, unforgettable hooks and the biggest production on any Nightrage release. Trends come and go but Nightrage always deliver!”

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