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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

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