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Angelus Apatrida re-release first two albums and go on tour with Havok

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 19th September 2013 by Pieni

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While there aren’t any details revealed about the successor of “The Call”, Spanish old school thrashers Angelus Apatrida will re-issue their first two albums, “Evil Unleashed” and “Give ‘Em War” – the ones released prior to their record deal with Century Media Records. They will be re-released as one double-disc set on November 18th, getting for the first time a proper distribution outside the band’s homecountry.

In support of this, the band will embark on an European tour with Havok and Savage Messiah on the following dates:

23.11.13 Edegem (Belgium) – JH Nootuitgang
24.11.13 Eindhoven (The Netherlands) – Distortion Fest (without Savage Messiah)
25.11.13 London (England) – Underworld
26.11.13 Cardiff (England) – Clwb Ifor Bach
27.11.13 Norwich (England) – Epic Studios
28.11.13 Glasgow (Scotland) – Cathouse
29.11.13 Plymouth (UK) – White Rabbit
30.11.13 Châlons en Champagne (France) – Contre Point
01.12.13 Nantes (France) – Le Ferrailleur
02.12.13 Toulouse (France) – Le Saint des Seins
03.12.13 Bilbao (Spain) – Kafe Antzokia
04.12.13 Madrid (Spain) – Sala Caracol
05.12.13 Valencia (Spain) – Rock City
06.12.13 Barcelona (Spain) – Music Hall
07.12.13 Zürich (Switzerland) – Tba
08.12.13 München (Germany) – Feierwerk
09.12.13 Wien (Austria) – Arena
10.12.13 Salzburg (Austria) – Rockhouse
11.12.13 Ljubljana (Slovenia) – Orto Bar
12.12.13 Borkovany (Czech Republic) – Republica San Bonigo
13.12.13 Leipzig (Germany) – Conne Island
14.12.13 Essen (Germany) – Cafe Nova
15.12.13 Berlin (Germany) – Magnet

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Angelus Apatrida online:
http://www.angelusapatrida.com
http://www.facebook.com/angelusapatrida
http://twitter.com/angelusapatrida

Century Media Records online:
http://www.centurymedia.com
http://www.facebook.com/centurymedia
http://www.youtube.com/centurymedia
http://twitter.com/centurymediaeu

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Suffocation w/Support – Manchester, UK

Posted in Gig, Live with tags , , , , , , , on 21st May 2013 by Contra Mundi

Suffocation, Havok, Fallujah & Cephalic Carnage
NQ Live, Manchester
15th May 2013

The night kicked off with Fallujah stampeding on to the stage with their crushing riffs and melodic inter-sections. Their drummer was extremely impressive and with three vocalists with a range of growled and choked vocals, it was difficult not to be taken in and bang your head to their disciplined and experimental brand of death metal. [4/5]

Fallujah were followed by Havok, who sounded like Slayer and Venom mashed together. They brought chuggy riffs with a punk attitude and they really succeeded in loosening up the crowd and getting them fired up. The shrieked vocals and shredding guitar solos embodied 80’s thrash metal, but gave it a new lease of life. In light of Jeff Hanneman’s recent death, they were a welcome and fitting tribute to all that he brought to the metal world. [4/5]

Next up were the mighty Cephalic Carnage who brought a great deal of variety to their set ranging from sludgy stoner doom to the discipline and technicality of early death metal. A surprise was also in store with the guest vocals of Som (ex-Cerebral Bore) for one of their songs. The audience relished the cacophony of pig squeals and chug brandished as if it were a weapon in their faces, and the room was a mess of circle pits and head banging. [5/5]

By now, the crowd were ecstatic for Suffocation. The sound quality of the stage and mixing which had been exceptional all evening did not falter at the might of Suffocation’s pounding guitar sound and the guttural growling of Dying FetusJohn Gallagher. He did the material proud and Suffocation lived up to their reputation and showed off their extensive experience playing live. There was stage diving, a wall of death and a circle pit to Suffocation’s slam beats and down beats, and everyone was thrilled to be a part of it. [5/5]

I personally haven’t been to a gig as enjoyable as this for a long time, and the only disappointing thing I can say about it is that it had to come to an end before 11pm. I would have happily watched Suffocation for longer, but as John Gallagher put so beautifully: ‘It is what it is.’

Overall, NQ live in Manchester is a splendid venue and the sound they came up with for all the bands was outstanding. Even the beer was a reasonable price and definitely worked in favour for this gem of a venue.

Alex Cook

 

3 Inches Of Blood & Goatwhore w/Support @ The Moho, Manchester

Posted in Gig, Live with tags , , , , on 25th May 2012 by vmteam

Goatwhore, 3 Inches of Blood, Angelus Arpartriad & Havok
Moho, Manchester, United Kingdom
9th May 2012

Moho Live in Manchester is a venue which gets mixed results and after finding out that this gig would be here I was apprehensive. They can be very hit and miss with sound and the room itself is awkwardly shaped meaning short people such as myself can often miss out. However, tonight the crowd is a small and friendly affair in which I can navigate myself to a good vantage point easily.

The evening starts with the energetic Havok, looking like they’ve just rolled out of the Bay area of San Francisco circa 1985. And despite the giant gothic entrance music (which is rather jarring after listening to what comes next), they are pure and utter thrash. There are plenty of elements that sound like other trash bands, for example, you can’t help but think of Tom Araya when vocalist David Sanchez screams and there is a good measure of Testement thrown in there. But these are certainly not bad things. Havok are strong and entertaining, just watching the passion from the small audience is proof of that.

What stands out strongly with Spain’s Angelus Arpartriad is the fantastic drumming. Victor Valera’s choice of rhythm and style elevates their standard clean thrash to another level. Once again, the enthusiastic crowd are enjoying every minute of this set and the first circle pits of the evening begin. Angelus Apartriad and highly enjoyable and compliment Havok’s dirtier thrash with their own melodic and well written style.

Now Goatwhore is the band I was looking forward to. “Blood for the Master”, their most recent album was simply excellent and bridged the black and death elements of their music even further. Vocalist Ben Falgoust prowls the stage as if looking for someone to tear to shreds. And the music itself does just that. It is blistering and brutal and everything you could possible want in Blackened Death metal. The set doesn’t let up either, with very few gaps between songs, the sounds crash through even more powerfully. The new songs work well with older tracks and all of the executed tightly and efficiently by a band getting stronger and stronger.

Canada’s 3 Inches of Blood are a fun band, their cocktail of power and thrash is somewhat akin to Manowar and are enjoyable to watch. 3 Inches of Blood are very different from the previous three bands but they pull out a strong set even if the songs occasionally blend into one another. The audience that is left are as energetic as they were for previous bands, if not more so. The warrior imagery and calling to arms of the metal brotherhood are a lot of fun and are played very well this evening. Having admittedly not known much of 3 Inches of Blood tonight I find that I am impressed and am looking forward to seeking out more material from these guys.

The sound tonight has been much better than expected and the bands even more so. The metal community is known for its tight-knit camaraderie and this was definitely seen tonight. The atmosphere was warm and friendly and the bands were all extremely strong and enjoyable. If only all gigs were as enjoyable.

Jade Hunter

***Photography by Jade Hunter & Taylor Seraph***

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