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Seprevation announce new album Consumed and reveal details

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 29th March 2014 by Nico Davidson

UK thrash bandits Seprevation recently announced plans for their new album Consumed along side the album’s details. The album will be released 10th May this year independently.

Formed in 2011 in Bristol, England; since their inception Seprevation have been campaigning across the UK, laying siege with a battery of hate filled lyrics and a sound to kick your pearly whites to dust, Seprevation are here for a reason and one reason only… To shatter and utterly destroy!

2012 saw the band supporting underground heavyweights Gorguts, Wormrot, Onslaught, Cannabis Corpse and many more which eventually earned the band a place at Bloodstock Festival. 2012 also marked the release of the Seprevation debut record, an EP entitled Ritual Abuse.

In 2013 the band picked up the pace signing a deal with Chaotic Tapestry Management before hitting the road with Californian Gods of gore Exhumed. That same year Seprevation jetted out to 16th Cellar Studios in Rome, Italy with acclaimed producer Stefano Morabito (Fleshgod Apocalypse, Hour Of Penance, Eyeconoclast, Acrania, Bloodshot Dawn) to lay down tracks for the debut full-length album.

A near year has dawned. Bigger, stronger and more devastating than ever, Seprevation are set to unleash hell armed with their brand new album Consumed.

Guitarist Joss Farrington comments on Consumed:

I think fans of Ritual Abuse will really like it, its more of the same in many ways, plenty of shred and old school worship but its definitely steering in our own direction, as the writing process went on the songs became more and more diverse, songs like Between Two Worlds and Dreams were written last and you can really hear the difference.

If you thought Ritual Abuse was pretty great then buy this because it’s 100 times better, 3 words – Old School Worship.

Raul Gonzalez is the mastermind behind the Consumed artwork. Guitarist Joss Farrington also commented on the artwork:

He did the Ritual Abuse art too. I suppose if there was to be a concept or theme, it would be about death, and all the bullshit that follows with it, depression, loss, escape etc. the idea of being consumed by something you cannot control.

The tracklisting for Consumed is as follows:

1. Divine Devastation
2. Servants of Suffering
3. Ascension of Agony
4. Sarcophagal Chamber
5. Dreams
6. Slave To The Grave
7. In Torment They Burn
8. Sea Of Thoughts
9. Postmortem Lividity
10. Between Two Worlds

Consumed is out May 10th 2014. Pre-Order the album at this location.

Seprevation online:

http://facebook.com/seprevation

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Fleshgod Apocalypse – Labyrinth

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , , , on 5th October 2013 by Contra Mundi

Fleshgod Apocalypse
Labyrinth
Released 16th August 2013
Symphonic Death Metal
Release via Nuclear Blast

Labyrinth is an album of epic proportions that seems out of place in everyday life. It belongs to a more grandiose era that would suit its enormous and complicated depictions of the ancient Greek mythology, but I am grateful that it exists to prove that this brand of death metal mixed with classical elements that they have executed so beautifully does not have to be filled with cliché. It can be a weapon in its own right, and when used correctly and in keeping with the rest of the music, classical embellishments can add great depth and contrast to a musical genre that was all too quickly growing stale.

The first track Kingborn serves to set the scene of Theseus’s descent into the labyrinth. Away from the sea, chirping insects and sunlight, he descends into the bowels of the earth where the thundering riffs and astonishing blast beats knock the breath out of you. Complete with a choir and a flurry of keyboard parts, the musical image is unleashed and you are transported into the myth and all of its mysteries. As an album opener, it is a very strong showcase of the band’s collective and individual talents but you also get the impression that they have found their feet and now have the confidence to do as they please. The problem with mixing elements of musical genres is that it always attracts comparisons to other bands that got there first, but Fleshgod Apocalypse have carved a niche for themselves. The classical elements are not there to disguise something that may be lacking in the band’s sound or ability, as they are a foreboding musical force on their own, so they extend the reach of the death metal beyond what is expected of it and aid in the storytelling of what is one of the most widely known myths in world history.

Minotaur (The Wrath of Poseidon) starts with a piano solo, accompanied later by a chanting choir. Then comes the eternally impressive death metal. The drumming especially is of an extremely high standard. Vocals are now added into the mix and blend seamlessly with the chugging guitar riffs and chanting of the choir to create a musical cacophony that attacks you on all levels.

Elegy again incorporates more classical elements, this time with the guitars and bass imitating the actions of violins; paving the way again for the choir to burst forth. Death metal elements are more obvious this time around complete again with blast beats, rasped vocals and technical breakdowns with the choir labouring away in the background, adding a sinister edge to the music as the song progresses to its climax and leads into Towards The Sun. The choir carry it through and trumpets and blast beats maintain the sordid and claustrophobic atmosphere the album is developing. Guitar solos add another stunning depth, complete with some female operatic vocals that sing out over the dark song scape beneath them.

The real surprise however from this album aside from its sheer scale and audacity is the use of not one, but two solely classical instrument tracks. Prologue and Labyrinth; the former a classical guitar duet and the latter a piano solo are a startling contrast, but in some ways a welcome reprieve. Prologue explodes into Epilogue and the change makes you jump as it is a death metal stampede with female operatic vocals flowing out over the top. The instrumental tracks add something different to the formula of the album, as otherwise Labyrinth as impressive as it is, would become its own worst enemy for using the same aspects of its formula over and over again in very similar ways.

Ultimately the album is something of a soundscape that flows seamlessly. You would be forgiven for thinking it was just one illustrious track that tells an epic legend in a fashion that it deserves; that is as relentlessly and innovatively as possible. The best way to appreciate this album is to look at it not as a sum of its separate parts, but as a whole piece of art that incorporates contrasting music styles in order to do justice to a famous legend.

Due to their recent UK tour being cancelled, we will have to wait a little longer to see this epic performance played out upon the stage and I will be curious to see how they recreate some of the more technical classical elements live, but nevertheless, I’m sure it will be something to behold.

4/5

Alex Cook

Fleshgod Apocalypse online:

http://facebook.com/fleshgodapocalypse

Kataklysm reveal track-listing for “Waiting For The End To Come” and announce UK shows

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 10th September 2013 by Pieni

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For the first time since they’ve been founded in 1991, Kataklysm haven’t released a new studio album in more than three years. The wait will be finally over on October 28th and the track-list for the band’s 11th full-length, “Waiting For The End To Come”, is as follows, in jewel case, LP and cassette:

01. Fire
02. If I Was God – I’d Burn It All
03. Like Animals
04. Kill The Elite
05. Under Lawless Skies
06. Dead & Buried
07. The Darkest Days of Slumber
08. Real Blood – Real Scars
09. The Promise
10. Empire Of Dirt
11. Elevate

The digipack version will have a bonus track, a cover of Sacred Reich‘s “The American Way”.

The brand new track ‘Kill the Elite’ is available for streaming at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNgKyNkBVqk and you can pre-order the album at smarturl.it/Kataklysm-WFTETC-CD,

To promote the new album Kataklysm will play in the UK in January 2014, supported by Fleshgod Apocalypse and Krisiun. Dates as follows:

13.01.2014 UK London, Underworld
14.01.2014 UK Manchester, Sound Control
15.01.2014 UK Glasgow, Classic Grand
16.01.2014 IE Belfast, TBA
17.01.2014 IE Dublin, Button Factory
18.01.2014 UK Bristol, Bierkeller

Kataklysm online:
http://www.kataklysm.swizcorp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/kataklysm
https://myspace.com/kataklysm
http://www.youtube.com/user/kataklysmrocks
https://twitter.com/kataklysmband

Huddersfield Heavymetalfest 2013 cancelled due to cancelled Fleshgod Apocalypse UK tour

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , on 27th August 2013 by Nico Davidson

The first ever Huddersfield Heavymetalfest, which was to take place on 12th October at The Parish in Huddersfield has been cancelled. The reason given was that Fleshgod Apocalypse have pulled out of their upcoming UK tour with HateScordatura and Bound By Exile. The UK tour had already been under scrutiny following Anaal Nathrakh being announced as touring main support without confirming.

No statement regarding the cancellation has been made by Fleshgod Apocalypse yet however Hate, who were booked as co-headliners made the following statement via their official Facebook page:

UK TOUR CANCELLED !

We do regret to inform you that The Fleshgod Apocalypse/Hate tour in the UK has been cancelled. The reason for this is just bad organization of the shows and incompetence of the agency that was responsible for it in the first place.

Stephen Moss of Nuclear Blast Touring said “We tried to rescue the tour after the previous agent who was booking it made many errors, but in the past weeks we had more trouble as promoters were confirming shows with us that the promoter had not confirmed with the venues. So shows were being cancelled. (…) The only option is to cancel the tour and re-organize something for the future, which of course I am not happy about, with Nuclear Blast I have tried to rescue the tour, but we have failed.”

We are sure that many of you will find this disappointing. All we can do is to assure you that together with our agent we will be working on another tour in the near future. We totally appreciate your support to the band and we hope to find another opportunity to come on a UK tour fairly soon. Until then Rest in HATE!

The Nazgul Agency who were the agency that booked the tour are still yet to make a statement regarding the tour’s cancellation and the accusations of poor organisation.

The festival organiser, Luke Diesektor, is aiming to launch the Huddersfield Heavymetalfest in February of next year and already has a headliner confirmed.  The full statement regarding the festival can be found here.

Fleshgod Apocalypse will be returning to the UK in January next year, supporting Kataklysm. Dates can be found at this locationFleshgod Apocalypse‘s latest album Labyrinth  was released recently via Nuclear Blast.

Fleshgod Apocalypse online:

http://facebook.com/fleshgodapocalypse

 

Warhorns Festival 2013: Six bands you must see this year!

Posted in Editorial/Opinionated, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on 17th August 2013 by Nico Davidson

It’s coming to that time of year when the second edition of the Warhorns Festival is just around the corner. Taking place in the historic Viking capital of the north, York, where the infamous Eric Bloodaxe once ruled ruled as King of Northumbria, the two day event features some of the UK’s and Europe’s best folk, Viking and black metal acts. So we composed a list of six bands you must absolutely see at this year’s Warhorns Festival.

6. Red Rum

Because pirates. That’s why. I mean, who doesn’t like pirates? Aside from victims of pirates but I’m sure they still think pirates are cool. They also have an EP coming coming out soon.

5. Maelstrom

Dark. Brooding. And addicted to haggis. Much like the vast majority of the stereotypical populace of Glasgow. The only difference is that Maelstrom actually play a decent blend of symphonic black metal. Oh and they wear suits. Trve Glaswegian Corporate Black Metal.

4. Infernal Creation

Probably the blackest black metal band to come out of Hull since… Uh… I’ll get back to you on that one. Having already supported the likes of Fleshgod ApocalypseHecate Enthroned and Nothgard, as well as playing Bloodstock last year, Infernal Creation are definitely a band to watch out for at this year’s Warhorns.

3. Old Corpse Road

If you like happy, cheery music about rainbows and kittens and fluffy clouds then I have news for you… Old Corpse Road aren’t going to be for you. However, if you enjoy the kind of music that is dark, atmospheric and heavier than a beached whale as well hauntingly good live, then OCR are a must see band at Warhorns. Oh and it’s their second appearance at the festival.

2. Mael Mordha

Gaelic Doom Metal. Not many bands can actually describe themselves as that and make it sound more epic than a drunken night out which led to sword fighting with a Viking, slaying a dragon and bedding the fair maiden but Mael Mordha do which stands as a testament to the strength of Ireland’s growing metal scene.

1. Black Messiah

One of the two headliners of the second night, Black Messiah are the number one band to see at this year’s Warhorns. With snarling guitar passages, grand symphonic elements, intelligently played drums and vocals that pack more punch that a ton of bricks falling right on top of you, Black Messiah are going to raise the bar for Warhorns.

Warhorns Festival will take place from 27th September to 28th September at The Duchess in York and tickets are available from this location.

Huddersfield Heavy Metal Festival completes line-up

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 8th August 2013 by Contra Mundi

The Huddersfield Heavy Metal festival now boasts a wholesome and intimidating line-up, headlined by symphonic death metal legends Fleshgod Apocalypse and Polish extreme death metal icons Hate. Within the diseased ranks as support acts are a selection of bands that are a true showcase of talent. First of all Scottish Death Metallers Scordatura, whose bludgeoning sound showcase all of death metal’s finer qualities and creates a symphony of madness. Joining them are Southerners Bound By Evile who will unleash their destructive brand of death metal upon the already tainted public and make them run for cover.  Grieve, with their groovy and heavy riffs encourage headbanging in the most seasoned of metal fans and hearken back to the likes of Black Sabbath.  Londoners Hades Lab offer blackened Grind and a suffocating cacophony of impressive technicality . Also featured are Yorkshire Old school Death metal plague Narcotic Death whose embodiment of possession and misery will make fans wish they’d never graced the good earth. Scouse Black Metal artists Ninkharsag also grace the line-up and offer the early 90′s Black metal scene nostalgia with a modern twist in their unique brand of frozen metal. As an ode to Thrash Yorkshire-men Redmist Destruction will bring down the walls with their furious music and fellow Grim Northerners Wort will serve to provide a melancholy and sludgy form of doom for the audience to be slowly murdered by. Huddersfield Heavy metal Festival, although still in its infancy, is already a pioneering festival and will undoubtedly attract a legion of a crowd to Huddersfield’s most impressive venue; The Parish.

The festival organiser Luke Diesektor, had this to say:

We only wish we could make this bigger, were looking at possibly taking this outside next year, if not, well be having it at another location. Works are already underway in terms of getting licensing and looking at sites but if we don’t have enough PR time well be doing another indoor event next year but at a much bigger venue and the open air in 2015. We’re hopeful to make this one of the premier metal festivals in Yorkshire and the quality of bands we have on is fantastic. Tickets are selling really well so folk need to get in quick to avoid disappointment. Everyone including the bands has been working really hard to make this a success so we predict it’s going to be a great day. People can check us out and the bands via our Facebook, Twitter and the usual places.

The festival takes place on sat 12th October at the Parish Huddersfield and is £20 advance or £25 OTD.  For any enquiries or more information please email: huddersfieldheavymetalfest@gmail.co.uk

Huddersfield Heavy Metal Festival online:

http://www.facebook.com/huddersfieldheavymetalfest2013
http://www.facebook.com/HuddersfieldHeavymetalfest
http://twitter.com/HH6662013

 

Fleshgod Apocalypse post lyric video for Minotaur

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 2nd August 2013 by Nico Davidson

Italian symphonic death metal overlords Fleshgod Apocalypse has recently posted the lyric video for Minotaur (The Wrath of Poseidon), which is taken from their upcoming album Labyrinth. The video can be viewed below.

The album was produced, mixed and mastered by Stefano Morabito at 16th Cellar Studios in Italy’s capital city Rome. Labyrinth portrays the band’s uniquely terrifying sound, making it what the band believe to be their masterpiece. Colin Marks (Kataklysm, Origin) created the spectacular artwork for the album as well as several piece for one massive and epic inlay. Labyrinth will be released 19th August via Nuclear Blast.

Commenting on the album, vocalist and guitarist Tommaso Riccardi said:

The concept of this album is based on the myth of the Labyrinth of Knossos and every character related to it. We focused on the philological aspect in order to represent all the elements of the classic world and, through a manic and meticulous research, we managed to create a  metaphor with our times, as the maze can be associated with the endless search for what we really are. We’re sure you will be stunned by this as much as we are.

Labyrinth track list:

1 KINGBORN
2 MINOTAUR (THE WRATH OF POSEIDON)
3 ELEGY
4 TOWARDS THE SUN
5 WARPLEDGE
6 PATHFINDER
7 THE FALL OF ASTERION
8 PROLOGUE
9 EPILOGUE
10 UNDER BLACK SAILS
11 LABYRINTH

Fleshgod Apocalypse will also be embarking on a UK tour in October.

Fleshgod Apocalypse online:

http://www.fleshgodapocalypse.com/
http://www.facebook.com/fleshgodapocalypse

Fleshgod Apocalypse stream new song, Elegy, from upcoming album

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 10th July 2013 by Nico Davidson

Italy’s Symphonic Death Metal horde, Fleshgod Apocalypse, have made the brand new track Elegy available for streaming and can be listened to below. The song comes from their upcoming new epic album, Labyrinth. The album was produced, mixed and mastered by Stefano Morabito at 16th Cellar Studio and hones in on the band’s unique traits, giving fans everything they could hope for and more. Colin Marks (Origin, Kataklysm) also created the cover artwork, as well as several pieces of art for a massive inlay. Labyrinth will be released on 19th August via Nuclear Blast. Vocalist and guitarist Tommaso Riccardi commented:

The concept of this album is based on the myth of the Labyrinth of Knossos and every character related to it. We focused on the philological aspect in order to represent all the elements of the classic world and, through a manic and meticulous research, we managed to create a  metaphor with our times, as the maze can be associated with the endless search for what we really are. We’re sure you will be stunned by this as much as we are.

Labyrinth track list:
1 KINGBORN
2 MINOTAUR (THE WRATH OF POSEIDON)
3 ELEGY
4 TOWARDS THE SUN
5 WARPLEDGE
6 PATHFINDER
7 THE FALL OF ASTERION
8 PROLOGUE
9 EPILOGUE
10 UNDER BLACK SAILS
11 LABYRINTH

Fleshgod Apocalypse online:

http://fleshgodapocalypse.com
http://facebook.com/fleshgodapocalypseofficial
http://nuclearblast.de/.fleshgodapocalypse

 

Carnifex ink deal with Nuclear Blast; Plans for new album announced

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 10th July 2013 by Nico Davidson

Deathcore act Carnifex have recently inked a deal with Nuclear Blast, which is home to bands such as Dimmu Borgir, Children of Bodom and Epica, as well as bands such as Fleshgod Apocalypse. Frontman Scott Lewis comments on the recent signing:

Signing with Nuclear Blast is a career defining moment for Carnifex. To be aligned with the largest metal label on earth is a true honour. This world-wide deal signals a turning point for us as a band and individuals. Together with Nuclear Blast you will see CARNIFEX like you have never seen us before. Prepare yourself for an album that crushes any and all expectations. An album that will stand as the definitive mark for modern metal.

Carnifex will begin recording their Nuclear Blast debut this July at Audio Hammer Studios in Sanford, FL with famed metal producer Mark Lewis (The Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel, DevilDriver). The band stated that fans should expect a release tentatively sometime in the first quarter of 2014.Carnifex also welcomes long-time friend of the band Jordan Lockrey as their new lead guitarist.

Carnifex online:

http://facebook.com/carnifexmetal

 

Narcotic Death and Grieve announced for Huddersfield Heavymetalfest

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on 27th June 2013 by Nico Davidson

Yorkshire death metallers Narcotic Death and Huddersfield/Leeds based metal band Grieve have been announced for the Huddersfield Heavymetalfest which will take place on 12th October at the Parish in Huddersfield. The festival will be headlined by Italian death metal overlords Fleshgod Apocalypse and the line-up also boasts Scottish death metal band Scordadtura, as seen at the North of the Wall Festival in Scotland earlier this year, and Bound By Exile. Limited tickets are available for the event from this location and are priced at £20 (not including booking fees and P&P).

Following recent events, Anaal Nathrakh will not be playing the Huddersfield Heavymetalfest but the organiser has assured that another main support of their calibre will be booked.

The full line-up so far is as follows:

Fleshgod Apocalypse (Headliner)
Bound By Exile
Scordatura
Grieve
Narcotic Death

Huddersfield Heavymetalfest online:

https://www.facebook.com/HuddersfieldHeavymetalfest

 

Anaal Nathrakh release statement about apparent UK tour with Fleshgod Apocalypse

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 22nd June 2013 by Nico Davidson

Following the recent announcement that Anaal Natkrakh are touring with Fleshgod Apocalypse later this year, the band have stated that they had not confirmed they could play the dates. The full statement was posted on their Facebook page and as is as follows:

For anyone hoping to see us in the UK in October: It appears we have been announced for a string of UK dates with Fleshgod Apocalypse in October. We did NOT agree to play these shows. Repeat: at no point have we ever said that we would play these dates, or that Mick would even be in Europe at the time. We are currently looking into whether we can do them for the sake of those who may have already bought tickets. But the dates have been announced without our participation or consent, and we cannot guarantee at this stage that we will be playing. We thought it best to let people know the situation as quickly as possible rather than waiting for a final confirmation. Further information will follow as soon as it is available.

Fans appear to be pointing the blame at The Nazgul Agency who are responsible for the booking of the tour while promoters are pointing the finger at Nuclear Blast for announcing the tour before everything was properly set in stone. Obviously there had been a mix up in communication down the line somewhere and both fans and promoters alike are advised to not jump to any conclusions until the situation has been solved.

Anaal Nathrakh online:

https://www.facebook.com/Anaalnathrakhofficial/

 

Fleshgod Apocalypse set to return in August with new album plus UK tour dates announced

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 22nd June 2013 by Nico Davidson

Italian Symphonic Death Metal horde, Fleshgod Apocalypse, are set to return in August with their new epic masterpiece entitled Labyrinth. The new album hones in on the band’s unique traits giving fans everything they could hope for and more. Labyrinth will be released August 19th, 2013 in the UK via Nuclear Blast. Drummer Francesco Paoli commented:

Labyrinth is going to be THE album for Fleshgod Apocalypse. It’s the perfect combination of all our strong points with the best production we’ve ever had.  It’s definitely the most Fleshgod thing we’ve ever thought with the most Fleshgod riffs, lyrics, melodies, drumparts, solos, etc… We went deep inside the core of this music, we broke it, and we finally unleashed these eleven songs. I want to be honest, it needed so much work and time to come up with this but now I’m like: “Okay, next time will be tough to reach this point!”. Honesty and quality pay, always, and all of you guys supporting the band DESERVE THE BEST.

You might think that I’m overrating it just because it’s our “child” but, trust me, this album is fuckin’ dangerous.

Just take your time, listen to it and get lost into the Labyrinth.

Tommaso Riccardi (vocals, rhythm guitar) also added:

The concept of this album is based on the myth of the Labyrinth of Knossos and every character related to it. We focused on the philological aspect in order to represent all the elements of the classic world and, through a manic and meticolous research, we managed to create a  metaphor with our times, as the maze can be associated with the endless search for what we really are. We’re sure you will be stunned by this as much as we are.

Labyrinth’s tracklist is as follows:

1 KINGBORN
2 MINOTAUR (THE WRATH OF POSEIDON)
3 ELEGY
4 TOWARDS THE SUN
5 WARPLEDGE
6 PATHFINDER
7 THE FALL OF ASTERION
8 PROLOGUE
9 EPILOGUE
10 UNDER BLACK SAILS
11 LABYRINTH

Along with this, the band have also just announced a full UK Tour in October this year!
THE LORDS OF EXTREMITY TOUR
Fleshgod Apocalypse
Anaal Nathrakh
Bound by Exile
Scordatura

October 5th, Bristol Exchange
http://www.bristolticketshop.co.uk/eventdetails.aspx?e=3068
October 6th, Birmingham Roadhouse
http://www.seetickets.com/Event/THE-ROADHOUSE-BIRMINGHAM/The-Roadhouse/721358
October 7th, Liverpool Central Dome
https://www.facebook.com/DeathWaveEntertainment/app_211526985586920
October 9th, Glasgow Ivory Blacks
http://www.seetickets.com/Event/FLESHGOD-APOCALYPSE/Ivory-Blacks/721353 http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/event/69897 + http://t-s.co/flesh 
October 10th, Wakefield Snooty Fox
http://www.wegottickets.com/event/229073
October 12th, Huddersfield Parish
http://www.etickets.to/buy/?e=10469

Fleshgod Apocalypse online:

https://www.facebook.com/fleshgodapocalypse?fref=ts

 

Fleshgod Apocalypse release new video for The Forsaking!

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 22nd December 2012 by Nico Davidson

Fleshgod Apocalypse have released their new video for The Forsaking, taken from their most recent album Agony.

The video was originally meant to premiere on Metal Hammer’s website but  the band released the video via Nuclear Blast’s YouTube channel. The video can be viewed below. The band stated the following on their official Facebook regarding the change of plans for the video’s release: “Folks! Apparently we must fix this Fleshgod Apocalypse style. The wait is enough for everybody. Since nothing seems to move on Metal Hammer, we decided to release the video through the Nuclear Blast channel! It’ll be featured on many zines and portals. We want to thank you all for being patient and for keeping on supporting us. We’re sure the wait has been worthy. Now it’s up to you: SHARE AND MAKE SURE ALL THE FUCKING PEOPLE YOU KNOW SHARE IT!!! \,,/”

 

Fleshgod Apocalypse w/Support @ The Lamp, Hull

Posted in Gig, Live with tags , , , , , , on 14th March 2012 by Nico Davidson

Bands: Fleshgod Apocalypse, Dyscarnate, Bloodshot Dawn, Infernal Creation, Battallions, Downside
Location: The Lamp, Hull
Date: 12th March

This was the second time this year that Italian death metal kings Fleshgod Apocalypse had toured the UK, this time they were headlining (last time, they were the support for The Black Dahlia Murder). There was a small buzz of excitement in The Lamp that matched the small crowd. Opening up the show was Downfall, a band that has proved near enough impossible to find details about. Whilst they put on a good show, they sounded quite bland despite their brutalising use of fierce riffs and cataclysmic vocals.

Shortly after Downfall’s set, came Hull-based sludge metal outfit Battallions. I’d heard a lot of good things about these over the past few weeks, so I had high expectations of them. One thing that truly impressed me about their set was the heaviness of the bass, it just seemed to ring out with more power and volume compared to the guitars, fortunately, the guitars were still audible though. The vocals were nothing short of vicious and blood thirsty, oddly blending with the almost doom metalesqe tempo of the music. I think it’s safe to say that they passed my expectations.

Aside from Fleshgod, one of the bands I was impatiently awaiting was none other that Yorkshire’s premier black metal quartet Infernal Creation. They opened up their set with an overwhelming performance of War Is Worship. Despite frontman Neiph’s ailing health on the night, he still executed his vocal duties like a well-placed axe during in a decapitation. Infernal Creation’s performance was extremely charismatic, allowing for their music to sound more menacing and wild. And as they had announced on their Facebook page, they were debuting a new song, entitled The Mother Of Fire, which for me was the pinnacle of their performance. The intro reminded of Megadeth’s Washington In Next whilst the vocals seemed to possess a My Dying Bride flavour to the sound. The song, itself, is unique in the way that it blends a certain mystifying atmosphere with a force of unrelenting brutality.

When Bloodshot Dawn took the stage, I had already missed some of their set due to having to nip to the takeaway. What I heard of their set was impressive, from the snarling and powerful vocals to the flawlessly performed riffs. The band had to cut their set short which was disappointing but thy at least played Godless, one of my favourite tracks from their new album, before finishing up was becoming an enchanting performance of sheer metal domination. The main support of the night came in the form of the metal trio Dyscarnate. Their shredding riffs and overall monstrous sound brought them a very positive crowd response. Their set was certainly one of the most lively ones of the night. Cain and Abel was my favourite part of the set.

And finally, the highlight of the night and the reason that a lot of the crowd were gathered at The Lamp: Fleshgod Apocalypse. As they opened up their set, the strong classical sound that dominates their music echoed throughout the venue. On thing I noticed straight away was the weakness of the sound, the fault lied with the sound engineer that was touring with them. Despite the weaker-than-usual sound, Fleshgod still performed well and created the hypnotic atmosphere that comes hand-in-hand with their music. The clean vocals were stop on as were the growls. The guitars just seemed to roar through the speakers, the riffs perfectly executed, as were the keyboard and rhythm sections. The Violation certainly went down with the crowd, creating the biggest response of the night though the performance of that song paled in comparison to the performance of The Imposition.

Overall, the show felt a little rushed, especially with Bloodshot having to cut their set short and the job the sound guy did for Fleshgod was disappointing but it was an enjoyable show, to say the least. The supporting acts (mainly Infernal, Battallions and Bloodshot) were just as impressive as Fleshgod. I’m hoping that Fleshgod Apocalypse make another UK appearance later in the year and I’m definitely looking forward to seeing the aforementioned support acts again.

Nico Davidson

Photography by David Ferret Taylor.

Bloodshot Dawn – Self-Titled

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , , , , on 5th March 2012 by Nico Davidson

Band: Bloodshot Dawn
Album: Bloodshot Dawn (Self-Titled)
Genre: Melodic Death Metal
Release Date: 5th March 2012
Label: Self Released

Having formed almost a decade ago, Bloodshot Dawn have rising through the ranks of the British death scene since their formation in 2003. Their UK tour kicks off tomorrow as they support the mighty Italian powerhouse Fleshgod Apocalypse, while today sees the release of their debut, self-titled album which had been composed for almost two years and finally recorded in Rome in late 2011.

The enchanting and atmospheric keyboards of Beckoning Oblivion start the album, adding a strong orchestrated feel to the track, much like that of Dimmu Borgir, Children of Bodom and the aforementioned Fleshgod Apocalypse. When the guitars finally kick in, it’s apparent that this is going to be to one hell of an album. The vocals are a small reminder of Gorod, helping build up the strong death metal sound. The guitars are more melodic than I expected yet they keep a constant flow of destructive bite, something a lot of melodic death metal bands fail to do, in my opinion. The two solos, provided by frontman Josh McMorran and lead guitarist Benjamin Ellis, fend off a potential stale sound, keeping the song fresher than a freshly picked apple.

Dedication to a Dead Cause starts with a very thrash-orientated sound before progressing into a Death-meets-Ex Deo combination. The bass, provided by Anthony Ridout, gives the song a very defined sound, while the vocals give it a character of brutality. Forlorn World takes the album down a less-melodic road. The drums and guitars add a sound more violent than an old school ECW match, the vocals on the other don’t seem to sound right with the riffs, like they have on the past two tracks – It could just be the way the track was mixed in the studio, as opposed to any flaw in the actual composition. Remember when I said this track is less melodic? Yeah? Well, I lied. The solos bring back the melodic elements, sort of like a heavier Iron Maiden but the track soon changes back to a pounding onslaught of aggression.

The next track is the free-to-download single, Godless. Musically, the song sounds like a combination of the last three tracks with some newer elements but that doesn’t stop it from sounding awesome. The vocals have stepped up since the last track as well, contrasting well with the riffs. Some of the riffs sound quite Arch Enemy and Children of Bodom-esque. The fast-paced, melodic stylings of Visions takes the album by storm next, doubling the dose of aggression and savagery in the music. In true death metal fashion, comes Sentiment Disease. The slower-paced intro acts well as a crescendo, building up into the main bulk of the song which is composed of acute drums and tantalising riffs, with a dash of aggressive and barbaric growls. The guest solo by Sebastian Nilsson [Aeon] is definitely a strong point in the album.

The Quantum Apocalypse has a quite unique sounding introduction, especially when compared to the previous tracks. The vocals seem to have taken on a Napalm Death/Children of Bodom sound, though they seem to be quiet compared to the guitar sections, which is very disappointing since McMorran’s vocals are enjoyable to listen to. The majority of the track feels quite tame and laid back causing it to be somewhat of a let down. The following track, Sickening Dogma, brings back the excitement and forces into the listener’s ears like a lethal injection. The bass riffs are quite distinct, amalgamating blazingly with the drum workings of Doug Anderson. The riffs have a quite melodic and groove sound to them, a plus for any groove metal fans out there. Slowly coming towards the end of the album comes Illusion Aesthetic. The riffs are merciless executed with intense precision, giving the song a very cutting-edge element. The drums ring out cruelly, keeping the song vicious which is always a plus.

Prototype acts pretty much as a guitar-orientated interlude between the previous track and the final part of the album, Archtype, which blasts its way through with a melodious guitar section that morphs into a savage assault of demonic vocals and skull destroying riffs. The track is quite agile, as well as disturbingly bloodthirsty. Prototype certainly lets the album end on an enraged note of sheer melodic brutality.

While I am left wondering why it’s taken them so long to finally release an album, I’m also left with a big impression of the band’s talent. The album, overall, is well worth the money and would fit into any metal fan’s collection. Some of the melodic use of guitars can be a bit tedious at times and while the vocal sections on a couple of the tracks are a bit disheartening, Bloodshot Dawn could easily have their own place in the history of death metal with this release.

4/5

Nico Davidson

Bloodshot Dawn begin their UK tour with Dyscarnate and Fleshgod Apocalypse tomorrow. Dates as followed:

6th – White Rabbit, Plymouth.
7th – Purple Turtle, London.
8th – The Lomax, Liverpool.
9th – The Pint, Dublin.
10th – The Parish, Huddersfield.
11th – Bannersman, Edinburgh.
12th – The Lamp, Hull.
13th – The Old Bell, Derby.
14th – Bogiez, Cardiff.

The Black Dahlia Murder w/Support @ Corporation, Sheffield

Posted in Gig, Live with tags , , , on 20th January 2012 by Nico Davidson

Bands: The Black Dahlia Murder, Skeletonwitch, Fleshgod Apocalypse
Location: Corporation
Date: 19th January 2012


The Black Dahlia Murder/Skeletonwitch tour was one I’d been looking forward to since it was announced last year, though admittedly I’m only familiar with so much by both Black Dahlia and Skeletonwitch. After my interview with Ryan [which can be viewed here], I proceeded into the main area of the venue just as the masses began entering. The opening act were the Italian symphonic death metal quintet Fleshgod Apocalypse, who you’d think were more classical musicians as opposed to a metal band due to the way they dress on stage (providing you ignore the face paint). The crowd seemed mesmerised by the classical soundings of the keyboards and the ethereal lightshow that blended so mystically with the smoke. The use of strong vocals with vicious guitars were definitely impressive. the highlight of Fleshgod’s set was “The Hypocrisy”, which they’d opened their brutalising set with.

After 15 or so minutes, the American powerhouse of raw, unadulterated savagery Skeletonwitch. The band performed a truly barbaric set, utilising face-melting bass work mixed with roaring guitars and explosive drums. Chance proved he knows how to whip the crowd into a frenzy, especially with songs such as “Repulsive Salvation” – a song that he said is “about not going to church” – and “This Horrifying Form” – apparently about the desire to kill. The sound quality was superb through Skeletonwitch’s set as well. Once they had finished their set, they came down and had some beers with those of us in the crowd.

After a good 20 minutes, the main act of the night, none other than The Black Dahlia Murder, made their way to the stage to be greeted by a wild frenzy of cheers from those donning Black Dahlia shirts. The bassist, Bart, was absent as he’s currently back in the States doing studio stuff with other bands (Don’t worry, he’s still in the band) but the stand-in bassist played just as good as Bart. The frontman, Trevor, looked to be enjoying himself up on stage in between his fierce snarling, hate-fuelled vocal sections. The strong use of riffs from the guitarists was definitely as good as the studio stuff, especially for the performances of “Miasma” and “Necropolis”. The crowd certainly loved it all as they went crazy, even starting a moshpit that consumed the vast majority of the crowd. Black Dahlia, undeniably, have a great live sound and put on a great live show.

Nico Davidson

**Photography by David Ferret Taylor Photography.
Photos of the full show can be viewed
here.**

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