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Sorrows Path release lyric video of song featuring Snowy Shaw

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 5th June 2014 by Pieni

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“Doom Philosophy” is the title of Greek doomsters Sorrows Path updoming second album, which Iron Shield Records will release on 12th September. Its 5th track, “Everything Can Change” features Swedish multi-talented Snowy Shaw on vocals and it’s been chosen to promote the album in the form of a lyric video:

Full track list as follows:
1. First Beam of Darkness into Light (Intro)
2. Tragedy
3. A Dance with the Dead
4. Brother of Life
5. Everything Can Change
6. The King with a Crown of Thorns
7. The Venus and the Moon
8. Epoasis
9. Clouds Inside Me
10. Darkness
11. Damned (O)fish/L.S.D.

Website: www.sorrowspath.net
MySpace: www.myspace.com/sorrowspathmusic
Facebook: www.facebook.com/sorrowspath
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Moonshade to release physical format of “Dream | Oblivion”

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 4th June 2014 by Pieni

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Portuguese melodic death metal act Moonshade has recently released on Bandcamp (link here) their second EP “Dream | Oblivion” (the first being “The Path Of Redemption”, from 2010). And even though the date is not certain yet, the band announces now that a physical format will be available “soon”.

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I. A Bleak Sunrise (Intro)
II. Dawn Of A New Era
III. Goddess Eternal
IV. The Depths Of Despair (Interlude)
V. Genesis 3.5
VI. Fall To Oblivion
VII. Into The Abyss (Outro)

Early last month, they’ve also released a lyric video for the first single “Goddess Eternal”:

www.facebook.com/moonshadeofficial

King Of Asgard to release third album on 18th July

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 2nd June 2014 by Pieni

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Swedish Vikings King Of Asgard have recently released the new single “The Runes Og Hel” in advance of their third upcoming album “Karg”. The release date for the latter is set for 18th July, via Metal Blade Records. This will be its track list:

01. The Runes of Hel
02. The Trickster
03. Highland Rebellion
04. Remnant of the Past
05. Omma
06. The Heritage Throne
07. Huldran
08. Rising
09. Total Destruction (Bonus Track)

Recorded once again by Andy LaRocque at Sonic Train Studios, bassist Jonas Albrektsson and singer/guitarist Karl Beckman state: » After well over a year of intensive writing, we finally reached the point where everything is put into finish. When countless hours of hard work and careful consideration has been completed. This completion, being our third album which at an early stage was titled to “Karg”, in English, “Barren”. A word which later on came to form the atmosphere of the whole album and a sense that meanders through more or less all the material. It’s darker, it is harsher and more stripped down than our previous releases. More mature, precise and well thought out. A challenge both for us as well as for the observer. Lyrically, we have come closer to our own immediate surrounding and ancestral heritage, based on old legends and tales from our home region, a tribute to our fair and historical countryside. Yet again everything was recorded and mixed in Sonic Train Studios with Andy LaRocque at the helm assisted by Olof Berggren. Even in the phase of recording we used the word Karg as a guideline… and thus, it is upon thee! «

Check the band’s profile at the label’s website (www.metalblade.com/kingofasgard) to stream the aforementioned single “The Runes Of Hel” and see the pre-order options.

http://www.kingofasgard.com
http://www.facebook.com/kingofasgard
http://www.myspace.com/kingofasgardsweden

Svart Records go “Funeral Doom-O-Rama”

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 2nd June 2014 by Pieni

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Friday the 13th of June won’t be an unlucky day for funeral doom lovers, as Svart Records will release a double treat for them – Profetus‘ third album “All Seasons Die” and Rippikoulu‘s first release in 21 years, “Ulvaja”. Artwork and track lists as follows:

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1. The Rebirth of Sorrow
2. A Reverie (Midsummer’s Dying)
3. Dead Are Our Leaves Of Autumn
4. The Dire Womb Of Winter

https://www.facebook.com/SaturnineDoom

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1. Ulvaja
2. Loputon
3. Jää hyvästi kaunis kesä

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rippikoulu/296025933828209

www.svartrecords.com
www.facebook.com/svartrecords

“Adapt & Survive” release party @ Metalpoint, Porto (PT)

Posted in Gig, Live with tags , , , , , , , , , on 1st June 2014 by Pieni

Equaleft, Colosso, Tales For The Unspoken, Forbidden To Fly
Metalpoint, Porto
31st May 2014

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“Adapt & Survive” was the album we were celebrating last night, but it could have well been the motto of the event. The main reason I avoid gigs at Metalpoint is safety – unless you stay in the back (which I’m not fond of at all) or you lean against one of the side walls, you have nothing to hold on to when the mosh circles start rolling. The second reason is the sauna-like heat the venue generates with just a half-full house. Now Equaleft’s debut release party managed to sell out the place a few days prior to the event – a record in Metalpoint’s 6 years of existence, by the way. You think you can imagine how hot it must have been, but trust me – you just can’t.

Equaleft invited three bands to join the party. The first one was metalcore act Forbidden To Fly. They’re currently preparing their upcoming debut album, meaning not only writing songs but also gathering the financial means for it. And since they’re young students, that may take a while. There’s a 2-track demo and a single on bandcamp already though, and I saw a few people singing along.
They were pretty comfortable on stage, although singer Ricardo seemed a little nervous at first. But soon he loosened up and was moving around the little free space the stage offered. Around the third song or so the power went down. Still not sure what the hell happened, but luckily the blackout didn’t last long, people even joked screaming stuff like “take your hand off my wallet!”, and it didn’t happen again.
MP Marcelo from the band Monolyth joined in for the last song, but I honestly didn’t hear the title. In fact, I only took notice of “Reflections” and “The Tides”, and that was early in the gig. One way or another, those kids did very good. (4 / 5)

www.facebook.com/forbiddentofly

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I really enjoyed Tales For The Unspoken at Moita Metal Fest a couple of months ago (read report here) but for some reason, and despite the heat and smaller venue, I liked this gig more. Nothing much has changed since that gig – bass player Nuno is still very expressive, singer Marco still curses like a mf (sorry, couldn’t help it)… Marco dedicated “Soul For A Soul” (which he announced “Soul For A Fucking Soul”) to Hugo Gama, drummer in Spectral Flood, who’s recently passed away, and for “I, Claudios”, a song to be featured in the next album, he called on stage “someone who’s not very famous” – which obviously turned out untrue, as it was Miguel Inglês, the singer in the band hosting the event.
The crowd singing the tribal chanting in the last song “N’Takuba Wena” was stronger and the moshing more intense, so maybe that’s what made the difference – the empathy between band and audience. Whatever it was, it was great. (5 / 5)

www.facebook.com/talesfortheunspoken

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Colosso‘s sound was way too loud – so much that a shrill feedback was heard at some point. But no one seemed to mind – the intricate patterns still pleased the prog and experimental fans, while the brutality was all the mosh horde really cared about. Personally, I’m not a fan of experimental death metal and everything sounded too much of the same. Singer/guitarist Max didn’t speak much either – and one time when he did the mike wasn’t working – , nor did they have a setlist that I could take a look at, so I really don’t have much technical details to give you. I can say though that in the three years they’ve been around, a full-length CD (“Abrasive Peace”) and an EP (“Thallium”) were released and highly acclaimed, and a new EP, “Foregone Semblances”, is on its way (25th June). So given the proximity between the three release dates, I’m quite sure the setlist had a little bit of them all.
Despite my slight boredom, that was obviously on me, as the majority was thrilled with the performance. And even if sometimes doesn’t feel like it, this is still a democracy and so the majority wins – therefore, Colosso were awesome. (4,5/5)

www.facebook.com/colossometal

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But not as awesome as Equaleft. True, it was their night, that certainly was hard to compete with, but I’ve been seeing these guys live for the past 5 years and the stage is definitely their element – release party or not, everybody knew what a blast that show would be.
They played “Adapt & Survive” in full, by the same order of its track list, and you know the expression “all hell broke loose”? Well, even in the temperature those were the accurate words to describe what was going on. Miguel is usually the one who joins the mosh pit and goes crowdsurfing while performing – this time was no exception – but even bass player Mike stepped off the stage to play among the first rows and guitarist Malone jumped into the hands of the fans (although he put aside the guitar first – he wasn’t that reckless in his crowdsurf adventure).
Since none of the three guest musicians that are featured in “Adapt & Survive” could be there that night, Equaleft decided to invite some other friends over for the older songs, which were played after the official presentation of the album. “Cynical Plague” was the first one, having Danny from Forbidden To Fly playing a third guitar. Then as Marco from Tales For The Unspoken was called, what I feared would happen to me, ended up happening to drummer Marcos – he got sick from the heat and had to leave for fresh air, before he passed out. Miguel, always the entertainer, tested the vocal skills of the crowd. Then he himself went behind the drums and did a very basic act, that the audience still cheered enthusiastically. So Sérgio, drummer also in Tales For The Unspoken, took his place and jammed a bit with Equaleft. Until Miguel had the idea of changing the order of the setlist and call the next guest Filipe from Gates Of Hell (who was their previous bass player) and his drummer Afonso, since  the latter helped them out in the past and so he knew how to play the drums in their older songs. They played “Denial”, and as Marcos was still recovering, Afonso stayed for “Erased” as well. Even though he claims – as usual – that he sucked because it had been a long time and he was unprepared, he did a hell of a job – also as usual.
Marcos came back, not exactly good as new but close enough, and so Marco was called back to sing along “Alone In Emptiness”. At some point Miguel left him alone on stage, to mosh a little.
In order to spare Marcos, they wanted to cut the set one song short and so “Sleep When I’m Dead” – a song that “means a lot to me”, said Miguel – would be the last. But Marcos was determined to give it all and so “Uncover The Masks” was performed as originally planned, even if not in that order.
They later said there were no words to describe what they felt that night and I must say the same, as “brilliant” doesn’t quite cover it. One thing is accurate though – it was unforgettable. (5/5)

www.facebook.com/equaleft

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Text & photos by Renata “Pieni” Lino

Hard Riot’s second album to be released tomorrow

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 1st June 2014 by Pieni

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German hard rockers Hard Riot will release the successor to their debut “Living On A Fast Lane” (2012) tomorroe, 2nd June, via Pitch Black Records. Its title is “The Blackened Heart” and it contains 11 tracks, 12 if you get the physical CD. Track listing as follows:

1. Blackout
2. Suicide Blues
3. Devils BBQ
4. The End
5. Count On Me
6. Not Alone
7. The Enemy Within
8. Dirty Games
9. Last Goodbye
10. High Society Bitch
11. Hit The Ground
12. The End (CD Bonus – feat. Richard Sjunnesson of The Unguided)

For more info visit www.pitchblackrecords.com and the band’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/hardriot

Vagos Open Air closes this year’s bill with Paradise Lost

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 30th May 2014 by Pieni

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Yesterday Prime Artists announced Paradise Lost as the last band to be added to this year’s edition of Vagos Open Air. The most popular metal fest in Portugal, that for the first time in six years will be held for three days instead of two, has the following line-up (from headliners to opening acts):

8th August:
KREATOR
EPICA
SOILWORK
SYLOSIS
KANDIA
GATES OF HELL

9th August:
OPETH
ANNIHILATOR
BEHEMOTH
THE HAUNTED
ANGELUS APATRIDA
REQUIEM LAUS

10th August:
GOJIRA
PARADISE LOST
VITA IMANA
THE QUARTET OF WOAH!
MURK

All relevant info regarding the festival and its artists can be found at the official page here.

New single, video and album from Inkilina Sazabra

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 28th May 2014 by Pieni

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Portuguese industrial rock band Inkilina Sazabra (see live report from HardMetalFest here) are about to release their third full-length album, “Maldita(mente)“. The date is set for 9th June, via Dicepeca Records, and it will have the following track list:

01-Maldita(mente)
02-Oiço conselhos demais
03-Desejo maldito
04-Sê maldito
05-Aos mortos
06-Capital animal
07-Não o queiras como amigo
08-Mesquinho
09-Lado negativo
10-Psico
11-Vejo a tortura
12-Ao longe
13-Se for amor

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Until then, you can purchase the single “Desejo Maldito” and/or enjoy its video:

Vardan to release new studio album

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 28th May 2014 by Pieni

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Not even seven months after the release of “The Woods Is My Coffin” (21st January), Vardan has just announced the release of “Enjoy Of Deep Sadness”, for the 5th August. Described as “his most soul-draining release yet”, “Enjoy Of Deep Sadness” will give you three +11-minute tracks with the following titles, wrapped up in the following art:

1. A Broken Existence (11:21)
2. Enjoy Of Deep Sadness (11:34)
3. An Abstract Voice (12:23)

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As Vardan don’t have an official website for his work, check the record label Moribund Records for more info:
www.moribundcult.com
www.facebook.com/MoribundRecordsOfficial

Children Of Technology’s “Future Decay” to be released on 19th August

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 28th May 2014 by Pieni

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4 years ago, Italian speed metalpunks Children Of Technology cause quite a stir with their debut album “It’s Time To Face The Doomsday”. It’s only natural that their second album has been on eager demand, and now Hells Headbangers is proud to announce that the waiting is over: “Future Decay” will see the light of day on 19th August. Artwork & track list as follows:

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1. Future Decay
2. Remembrance Day
3. Blackout
4. Hold Up Your Fuel
5. Eaten Dust Overload
6. Under the Ripping Storm
7. Last Sunshine Gleaming
8. Fear the Mohawk Reaper

Follow the band on Facebook for more info: http://www.facebook.com/COTofficial

Sonic Syndicate reveal first dates of The Diabolical Tour Of Art 2014

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 26th May 2014 by Pieni

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As announced before (see here), Sonic Syndicate will be releasing their self-titled 5th album pretty soon. The first live dates have been announced, with a promise that more will follow.

Valkyrian Music will be present at the third gig, in Düsseldorf, and will bring you a full report.

SONIC SYNDICATE – Diabolical Tour of Art 2014:

11 July – AACHEN, Musik Bunker GER
10 – 12 July – ROCKHARZ OPEN AIR, Ballenstedt GER
18 July – DÜSSELDORF, Zakk GER
19 July – SUNSTORM FESTIVAL, Nordheim GER
7 – 10 Aug – GETAWAY ROCK FESTIVAL, Gävle SWE
8 – 10 Aug – ZAXID FESTIVAL, Lviv UKR
11 October – MÜNSTER, Sputnikhalle GER
12 October – KÖLN, Underground GER
14 October – ASCHAFFENBURG, Colos-Saal GER
15 October – NÜRNBERG. Hirsch GER
16 October – HERISAU, Pontem SUI
17 October – MÜNCHEN, Backstage GER
18 October – ADELSHEIM, Live Factory GER
20 October – WIEN, Viper Room AUT
21 October – PRAG, Noca Chmelnice CZE
22 October – BERLIN, So36 GER
23 October – STUTTGART, Universum GER
24 October – BOCHUM, Matrix GER
25 October – KIEL, Pumpe GER

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Details on Every Time I Die upcoming album

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 24th May 2014 by Pieni

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Buffalo-based hardcore act Every Time I Die will release their 7th studio album on 30th June, via Epitaph Records. The title “From Parts Unknown” was inspired by a term used by wrestlers to increase their mystique but it ended up as a reference to the more hopeful mood in the lyrics. “I didn’t even realize I had that more positive outlook in me”, says singer Keith Buckley. The music itself is different from before, as Buckley admits that it would be “boring and baseless” to keep doing the same thing over and over again. “Instead of making something that the kids can all sing along to, we wanted to make music that scares them”, he adds.

Producer Kurt Ballou challenged the band to create heavy but catchy tracks and the result is “an album of depth from a band that has more than earned their hardcore chops”.

Watch the video for “Thirst”, which is the first half in a short series:

Track list:
01. The Great Secret
02. Pelican Of The Desert
03. Decayin’ With The Boys
04. Overstayer
05. If There Is Room To Move, Things Move
06. Moor
07. Exometrium
08. Thirst
09. Old Light
10. All Structures Are Unstable
11. El Dorado
12. Idiot

http://everytimeidie.net

https://www.facebook.com/everytimeidie

Vintersong premiere 1st video ever

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 20th May 2014 by Pieni

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Vintersorg and Metal Hammer proudly present the first video ever in the career of the Swedish folk black metal band (see it here). According to Mr. V: “We’re actually doing a video for the new Vintersorg album ”Naturbål” and the track chosen is called ”Lågornas rov”. It’s our first professional video ever and I feel it has a great potential to show what the song and the album is all about. The album is the “Fire” album in our four-element-cycle and there are some things that I think can be nice for you to learn about, regarding this important step in the Vintersorg history.”

“Naturbål” will be released on June 30th 2014 via Napalm Records, as well as the re-release of their very first album “Till Fjälls” on vinyl.

“Naturbål” track list:

1. Ur aska och sot
2. Överallt och ingenstans
3. En blixt från klar himmel
4. Lågornas rov
5. Rymdens brinnande öar
6. Natten visste vad skymningen såg
7. Elddraken
8. Urdarmåne
9. Själ i flamma

https://www.facebook.com/vintersorganic

Rival Sons’ acoustic performances & signing sessions at HMV in London and Manchester

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 20th May 2014 by Pieni

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In addition to their upcoming sold-out UK tour, Rival Sons will play a couple of intimate acoustic sets, courtesy of HMV stores. These two special events, that also include a signing session, will happen on the following:

Monday 9th June, 12:30pm – HMV 363 Oxford Street, London
Thursday 12th June, 6:00pm – HMV Manchester Arndale

(Note: due to live events restrictions, admittance will be strictly limited to 200 attendees in London, where fans can obtain a wristband for entry upon purchase of the album).

Promoting the band’s latest album “Great Western Valkyrie”, the UK tour will hit these locations:

Jun. 09 – London, UK – Scala (SOLD OUT)
Jun. 10 – Birmingham, UK – Academy 2 (SOLD OUT)
Jun. 12 – Manchester, UK – Gorilla (SOLD OUT)
Jun. 13 – Castle Donington, UK – Download Festival
Jun. 14 – Isle of Wight, UK – Isle of Wight Festival
Jun. 16 – Edinburgh, UK – Liquid Rooms (SOLD OUT)

Rival Sons‘ most recent video:

Rival Sons online:
Official site – http://www.rivalsons.com
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/rivalsons
Twitter – http://twitter.com/rivalsons

Confession release video for “Fuck Cancer”

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 19th May 2014 by Pieni

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Australian “mosh machine” Confession will release their 4th album “Life And Death” on the 18th July, through Lifeforce Records. This is a very personal album for singer Michael Crafter, the lyrical theme dealing with issues that come with births, deaths, illnesses, friendships and love. The first single, “Fuck Cancer”, is a clear proof of that: “The day I went in to record I found out my father has cancer.. My mum already has it too. So I kinda deleted all my lyrics and wrote everything on the spot”, says Crafter. The song is now also available in video format:

“Life And Death” track list:
1. Life
2. Still Breathing
3. Holy War (feat. Ahren Stringer)
4. Hollow
5. Fuck Cancer
6. March 23
7. Old Blood (feat. Adrian Fitipaldes)
8. 51-73 (feat. Joel Birch)
9. Fear (feat. Karl Schubach)
10. The Forgotten
11. Death

www.facebook.com/Confessionmosh

First studio update from Wovenwar

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 18th May 2014 by Pieni

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Jordan Mancino (drums), Nick Hipa (guitar), Phil Sgrosso (guitar) and Josh Gilbert (bass) got together with Shane Blay (vocals) and Wovenwar was formed. Meaning that this is the band of As I Lay Dying musicians with the singer from Oh, Sleeper.

Over the past year, they’ve been working with Bill Stevenson (producer) and Colin Richardson (mixing) in what will be their self-titled debut album, scheduled for release late this summer. The first single, “All Rise”, is streaming already in their official website (hitting the digital webshops this Monday, May 19th), along with the first studio report. The latter features Mancino tracking his drumming parts: “It’s weird to think that I finished tracking drums for this Wovenwar record over 5 months ago. What an amazing and powerful experience it was being back in the studio creating and tracking with Nick, Phil, and Josh, and for the first time with Shane. Our past studio experiences together have always been done with the utmost efficiency and professionalism. With this Wovenwar record, we carried that same dedication of efficiency, but with more room and purpose to create while in the studio. This being the first time in the studio with Shane it was easy to tell that he shares the same dedication as the four us. Having Bill and Jason as producers, Daniel and Joseph as engineers, as well Colin and Carl for mixing, I couldn’t have imagined a more epic team of dudes to be part of this record. The history we all have together set the tone and comfort for this recording process, but what was accomplished was much more than I ever imagined. I am honored to be part of this record and honored to stand alongside my fellow band mates and production team as we begin this process of showing “All Rise” to the world.”

http://www.metalblade.com
http://www.wovenwar.com
https://www.facebook.com/nickhipaofficial
https://www.facebook.com/philsgrossoofficial
https://www.facebook.com/joshgilbertofficial
https://www.facebook.com/jordanmancinoofficial
http://www.facebook.com/shaneblaymusic
https://www.facebook.com/metalbladerecords 

Atlases soon to hit UK roads

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 18th May 2014 by Pieni

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Atlases, the metal/hardcore band from Berkshire, is about to start an UK tour in promotion of their debut EP “Upbringing” (self-released last January). Presented by Already Heard and Dead Press!, the Upbringing UK tour will hit the following locations, with Prolong The Agony as support act:

Fri 23rd Meze Lounge, Newport
Sat 24th The Base, Kilmarnock
Sun 25th Befesford Lounge, Glasgow
Tue 27th Static, Swansea
Wed 28th The Shed, Leicester
Thu 29th The Sanctuary, Basingstoke
Fri 30th Birdcage, Portsmouth
Sat 31st Snooker Club, Newbury

www.atlasesuk.com
www.facebook.com/AtlasesUK

Blood And Sun stream new album “White Storms Fall”

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 18th May 2014 by Pieni

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Brooklyn-based neofolk act Blood And Sun has released last Thursday their debut album “White Storms Fall”, through Pesanta Urfolk. However, they were glad to make it available for streaming at the esteemed cultural journal Heathen Harvest (listen here).

Blood And Sun is born from the collaboration of Luke Tromiczak (Maledicere), Thomas Ashe, Tanner Anderson (Obsequaie/Celestiial), Erik Wivinus (Thunderbolt Pagoda) and Angela Mcjunkin, producing a mixture of “solemnly chiming string and richly resonating percussion, with proud-yet-understated male voice”.

Track list:

1. Hewn
2. Merciless Master
3. Fell
4. Veiled Lady
5. Feast
6. Lord of the Spring
7. Culling
8. White Storms Fall
9. Cedar Smoke
10. Adieu
11. Keen
12. Tides
13. Slaughter the Instant

www.bloodandsun.bandcamp.com
www.facebook.com/bloodandsunfolk

Finntroll to release first live album

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 18th May 2014 by Pieni

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“Natten Med De Levande Finntroll” (Night with the living Finntroll) is the title chosen for the upcoming debut live album of the Finnish folk masters. Recorded at the famous Melkweg in Amsterdam and mixed & mastered by the even more famous duo Mikko Karmila and Mika Jussila, this album gathers 19 anthems of Finntroll‘s “unholy hybrid style” and proves that is “onstage and in the raw” that they function best.

Scheduled for release on the 16th June via Spinefarm Records, the track list is as follows:

1. Kitteldags
2. Slaget vid Blodsälv
3. Blodnatt
4. Nedgång
5. Nattfödd
6. Ursvamp
7. Eliytres
8. Aldhissla
9. Jaktens Tid
10. Rivfader
11. Korpens Saga
12. Trollhammaren
13. Fiskarens Fiende
14. Svartberg
15. Försvinn Du Som Lyser
16. Midnattens Widunder
17. En Mäktig Här
18. Det Iskalla Trollblodet
19. Segersång

www.finntroll-music.com
www.facebook.com/officialfinntroll
twitter.com/finntrollmusic

Devil You Know – The Beauty Of Destruction

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , , , , on 17th May 2014 by Pieni

Devil You Know
“The Beauty Of Destruction”
Metal
Released on 24th April 2014
Via Nuclear Blast

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I’m always a little bit skeptical about “super groups” and even more when they claim to be “hugely different than anything out there” (words of singer Howard Jones). But the truth is that Devil You Know have indeed something special here. Sort of.

The opening track “A New Beginning” kicks off without warning or mercy. From the rebellious riffing to the wide range of angry vocal tones, this song is just perfect! It has everything – including the attitude – to become a metal hymn. I’m still wondering why was it just entitled to a lyric video instead of a storyline footage.

But then again, “A New Beginning” lacks those catchy melodic parts and their righteous contrast with the heavy ones, which is a characteristic feature in their general sound. So yeah, “Seven Years Alone” was a better choice for a proper video as it gives you a more accurate notion of what to expect from Devil You Know.

I don’t like to compare bands when the outcome is good, as I’m afraid it will undermine one’s creativity credit. And since I think “My Own” is a great song, I’ll just say that the fans of Jones’ previous band will be very happy with this track.

“Embracing The Torture” couldn’t be a more fitting title for the third track – regardless of the lyrics, the music itself introduces the devious brutality of a torturer meeting the desperate pain of the tortured. Too much of a metaphor? Just listen to the belligerent verses and the languishing chorus and you’ll see what I mean.

“A Mind Insane” carries a certain mystique whenever the rhythm drops its speed. But when the guitars keep their brisk pace and shred away, one must smile at the thought that Francesco Artusato’s original idea was not to play solos…

By now you must be wondering about the “sort of” with which I ended the first paragraph. The first I’m-not-impressed feeling comes with “For The Dead And Broken”. The band tries to diverse by going for a less aggressive approach – nothing wrong with that – but the outcome is way too shallow. This is certainly the weakest track in “The Beauty Of Destruction”.

The same when they add some sad and obscure vibe to “It’s Over” and “As Bright As The Darkness”. And “Crawl From The Dark”. And “I Am The Nothing”. Sure it does sound different, all that darkness entwined with metal and not sounding goth or doom. But, honestly, it doesn’t sound extraordinary.

Still, the uppers are stronger than the downers and it’s not out of nicety that I say that this is a good album.

4 / 5

By Renata “Pieni” Lino

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