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Japanese Vamps confirmed for Download Festival 2014

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 13th April 2014 by Pieni

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Japanese rock duo Vamps (featuring HYDE from L’Arc-en-Ciel and K.A.Z. from Oblivion Dust) will make their third appearance in the UK this Summer, at Download Festival (Donnington Park between 13th and 15th of JuneVamps playing on the 14th). They’ve recently played a headline show at Koko (March 28th) and last October they hit British ground for the first time at a sold-out Islington Academy.

» We just finished the show at Koko, London, and already we plan to come back and play for you guys at Download Festival in June! We will do our best to come back to the UK as many times as we can this year! Come to the festival and check out our performance, if you get a chance! «, says HYDE.

“Sex Blood Rock’N’Roll” is already their third album, the first to be released in Europe through Spinefarm Records. Follow them on Facebook (link here) for more information on what they’re up to.

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Blowsight to release benefit single in aid of the homeless

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 21st February 2014 by Pieni

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“Winter Show Mercy (Thank You)” is the title of Blowsight‘s upcoming single, to be released this Thursday, 25th February. This is more than just a new song, the single release has another purpose than just bring you good music – all profits generated by its sales will be donated to the homeless.

Last Christmas, singer/guitarist Nick Red bought a cup of coffee to a homeless person named Björn and “Winter Show Mercy (Thank You)” was inspired by the conversation between the two of them. Quoting Nick: » Something that most of us will never experience is the humiliation of not even being recognized, being completely ignored by people that pass you by as if you didn’t even exist. Björn lost his wife three years ago and after that, it all just went downhill for him. While he admittedly needs shelter, food, or someone’s spare change; what he wants more than anything is for people just to acknowledge him even if they can’t spare a dime. The man is still a human being! «

You can purchase the single on Amazon (http://smarturl.it/tq6qaf) or iTunes (http://smarturl.it/9ehbqd), the latter including a digital booklet with art drawn by Nick himself and the lyrics for the song.

Official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BLOWSIGHT

Concerns grow larger over missing landlord of metal pub

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , on 5th December 2013 by Nico Davidson

Earlier this week, in the early hours of Monday morning (2nd December 2013), the landlord of a rock and metal pub in Nottingham was reported missing. Alastair Brown, aged 24, who runs the Hole in the Wall pub, in North Sherwood Street, was last seen at around 5am on Monday morning. Alastair, also known as Al, is described as tall, with a stocky build, long brown hair, a beard and facial piercings.

His friends have described his disappearance as completely out of character and a missing person’s poster has been shared on social media sites Facebook and Twitter. The police said a man had been reported missing and they were investigating. Over the years Al has supported many of the Rock scenes pubs and events within the Nottingham area, he’s also worked hard behind the scenes at the Bloodstock Festival.

If anyone does have information relating to Alastair’s disappearance, please contact Nottingham Police immediately (Tel: 101 with REF #860 02/12/13) or message the Facebook group at this location.

 

Mastodon to release audio and video versions of “Live at Brixton”

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 29th October 2013 by Pieni

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On February 11th last year, Mastodon played a sold-out show at London’s legendary O2 Brixton Academy. Part of the world tour supporting their critically acclaimed album “The Hunter”, also the show had a tremendous response from the audience, from the first minute until the last.

Now, on December 10th, Warner Bros. Records will make this unforgettable concert available in digital format under the name “Mastodon Live At Brixton”. You can either choose the audio version only, or go for the video one, directed by Ryan Mackfall from Crashburn Media. Both cover the 97 minutes of the show, where the following set-list was performed:

1. Dry Bone Valley
2. Black Tongue
3. Crystal Skull
4. I Am Ahab
5. Capillarian Crest
6. Colony of Birchmen
7. Megalodon
8. Thickening
9. Blasteroid
10. Sleeping Giant
11. Ghost of Karelia
12. All The Heavy Lifting
13. Spectrelight
14. Curl of the Burl
15. Bedazzled Fingernails
16. Circle of Cysquatch
17. Aqua Dementia
18. Crack The Skye
19. Where Strides The Behemoth
20. Iron Tusk
21. March of the Fireants
22. Blood and Thunder
23. Creature Lives

Mastodon online:
http://www.mastodonrocks.com
https://www.facebook.com/Mastodon
http://www.cracktheskye.com
http://www.myspace.com/mastodon
http://www.youtube.com/user/mastodonmusic
http://www.twitter.com/mastodonmusic

We Are The Ocean to co-headline UK shows with The Maine

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 9th October 2013 by Pieni

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In celebration of the deluxe edition of their 2012 album “Maybe Today, Maybe Tomorrow”, We Are The Ocean will co-headline four shows in the UK, along with US rockers The Maine:

Nov 12 – Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh, UK
Nov 13 – O2 Academy 2, Liverpool, UK
Nov 14 – The Cockpit, Leeds, UK
Nov 15 – Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton, UK

They will also be part of the Warped Tour, which will happen in the following places (London included):

Nov 09 – Berlin Arena, Berlin, Germany
Nov 10 – Klokgebouw, Eindhoven, Netherlands
Nov 17 – Alexandra Palace, London, UK
Nov 23 – Bern Festhalle, Bern, Switzerland
Nov 24 – Vienna Stadthalle, Vienna, Austria

The aforementioned deluxe edition will be out on October 21st (pre-order it here). Meanwhile, the band has posted online a new acoustic video taken from their “Live at Middle Farm Studios”. After “Young Heart”, “Runaway” and “The Road”, it is now time for “Now & Then”:

www.wearetheocean.co.uk
www.facebook.com/wearetheocean

Buckcherry – The Best Of

Posted in CD, Rock with tags , , , , , , on 8th October 2013 by Pieni

Buckcherry
“The Best Of”
Rock
To be released on 28th October 2013
Via Eleven Seven Records

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In the 15 years they’ve been active (they were formed in 1995 but split between 2002 and 2005), Buckcherry released six studio albums and sold over three million records just in their home country USA, where they were also certified gold and platinum several times and nominated for a “best hard rock performance“ Grammy (sadly, they they lost it to Wolfmother). A best-of compilation was mandatory.

The problem was probably which songs to choose. “Crazy Bitch”, “Lit Up” and “Sorry” are included in the aforementioned gold and platinum certifications, so one could say these made the choice by themselves. And the others… well, when a band (or label) thinks a certain song is single-material it’s because the song has potential to make it big among the fans = it’s one of the best songs in the current album. So Buckcherry didn’t complicate and trusted their original choices. Or almost. The first single out of “Black Butterfly”, “Too Drunk”, wasn’t very fortunate. Sure, it hit huge levels of popularity, but among a more mainstream crowd. Mid-tempo beat, shallow groove… no wonder they replaced it with a cover of Deep Purple’s “Highway Star” on the re-release of the album. Then the second single was “Don’t Go Away”, which is an okay ballad, but still… “Rose” is easy-going anc catchier than those two, so personally I think it would have been a better choice. And meanwhile Buckcherry must have thought the same, as it’s “Rose” that made it to this best-of – the only track here that was never released as a single.

Some bands like to include a brand new track and/or remixes, so that even the hardcore fans who own all their discography will feel compelled to get the compilation, for the featured novelty. Not Buckcherry. These are (some of) the tracks that put them where they are now, so this is what people must get as their best-of: the dirty rock of “Lit Up”, “Crazy Bitch”, “Next To You” and “Gluttony”, the more sleazy vibe in “Rescue Me”, “Ridin’”, “All Night Long” and “Nothing Left But Tears”, and the melodic thrill of “Sorry”, “Everything”, “Rose” and “For The Movies”. Rock’n’roll at its best – no pun intended.

5 / 5

by Renata “Pieni” Lino

Buckcherry to release “best of” compilation and to tour Europe

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 7th October 2013 by Pieni

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Having released “Confessions” early this year, LA rockers Buckcherry will now gather 12 of their top tracks in a compilation simply called “The Best Of Buckcherry”. The release date is set for October 28th and you can pre-order it here.

Track listing:
01 Lit Up
02 For The Movies
03 Ridin’
04 Sorry
05 Next 2 You
06 Everything
07 Crazy Bitch
08 Rescue Me
09 Rose
10 All Night Long
11 Gluttony
12 Nothing Left But Tears

In support of both albums, the band will embark on an European tour, co-headlined with Swedish Hardcore Superstar, that will finish with 8 UK & Ire shows:

5/11, Markthalle, Hamburg, Germany
6/11, Biebob, Vosselaar, Belgium
8/11, Essigfabrik, Koln, Germany
9/11, Columbia Club, Berlin, Germany
10/11, Szene Wien, Vienna, Austria
12/11, Backstage Halle, Munchen, Germany
13/11, Plaza, Zurich, Switzerland
15/11, New Age Club, Roncade, Italy
16/11, Estragon, Bologna, Italy
17/11, Alcatraz, Milan, Italy
19/11, Colo-Saal, Aschaffenberg, Germany
20/11, Le Forum, Vaureal, France
22/11, Koko, London, England
23/11, Kabash, Coventry, England
25/11, The Ritz, Manchester, England
26/11, ABC, Glasgow, Scotland
27/11, Limelight 2, Belfast, N. Ireland
29/11, Button Factory, Dublin, Ireland
29/11, Rock City, Nottingham, England
2/12, Academy, Bristol, England

Buckcherry online:
http://www.buckcherry.com/
https://www.facebook.com/buckcherry
https://twitter.com/Buckcherry
http://www.youtube.com/user/BuckcherryOfficial

Powerwolf – Preachers Of The Night

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 25th August 2013 by Nico Davidson

Powerwolf
Preachers of the Night
Released 19th July
Power Metal/Werewolf Metal
Released via Napalm Records

Powerwolf have become a recognisable name and band on the power metal scene, from their darker sound compared to other acts, to the corpse-paint and the almost fetish-like obsession with werewolves. Following their jump from Metal Blade to Napalm, Preachers of the Night – which is the band’s fifth studio album – was soon released thereafter.

The catchy number Amen & Attack opens the album, proving to be more infectious than the black death. The vocals are loud, boisterous and powerful added to the heavily symphonic elements and driving slabs of metal. The track proves to be a strong sword arm for the album, swinging left and right, taking unsuspecting listeners by surprise in the black of night – Which is exactly what any metal album needs to keep the attention of the listener.

Secrets of the Sacristy continues with the surprise attacks, proving to be unrelenting with the near-joy filled guitar passages and contrasting dreary symphonic lines. Coleus Sanctus (which apparently in Latin slang means something like holy testicles) keeps the strong flow of melodic riffs pouring forth whilst the vocals conjure up memorable lines that have a few hooks hidden for good measure.

The ambitious, hard-to-ignore riffs continue on through Sacred & Wild and straight into a total lycan-like metamorphosis with Kreuzfeuer which hammers out a darker, vastly sinister sound. Even the vocals have a cimmerian shade to their sound. Cardinal Sin begins with the hymn-like anthemic sound before the blazing trail of riffs bursts in. The chorus stands out the most throughtout the duration of the song.

In The Name Of God (Deus Vult) is a true power metal anthem through and through and the best track on the album. With an impressive and infectiously poignant chorus and eventful musicianship, the song soars above the rest of the album. Nochnoi Dozor is painted with a shade of dusk from beginning to end, each riff and symphonic passage adding a fresh stroke of twilight-coloured paint to the lyrics and the music. A tragic wave of sound comes crashing down throughout Lust For Blood, mixing typical power metal elements with a murkier – if somewhat vampiric sounding – concept.

Extatum Et Oratum brings a far more grand and majestic ambiance with its presence as well as references to Greek mythos, Roman nobles and dead civilisations. The guitar segments give off an intense sound, whereas the symphonic elements still bring the tragic voices. Last Of The Living Dead is a truly haunting piece of work, making a strong use of Latin lyrics and chilling symphonies with icy guitar riffs. Some of the vocal passages are still sung in English, though the most power vocal sections are those sang in Latin. The wolf howls add an eerie aspect to the song as well, as do the church bells.

Preachers Of The Night shows another development in Powerwolf‘s sound. Each track tells its own tale, both musicially and lyrically, and each track weave together perfectly to tell an overall story as well – Though some tracks are more memorable than others. Preachers Of The Night is the pinnacle of Powerwolf‘s sound.

5/5

Nico Davidson

Powerwolf online:

http://powerwolf.net

http://facebook.com/powerwolfmetal

 

Absolva confirmed for Bloodstock and reveal artwork for new release

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 29th July 2013 by Nico Davidson

British metallers Absolva have just been confirmed for this year’s Bloodstock Open Air, making it their second Bloodstock appearance two years running. The band originally appeared on  the Jagermeister Acoustic Stage at last year’s Bloodstock, shortly after their formation and a successful string of Irish and Scottish tour dates as special guests to Iced Earth.

This year, Absolva will be playing the Sophie Lancaster Stage on Friday 9th August before they dash to Belgium on Saturday 10th August for Summerrock. The band have also revealed the artwork for their upcoming Beyond Live CD and DVD release.

 

Absolva were born in May 2012, in the wake of Fury UK bassist Luke Appleton joining Iced Earth, and from inception the new band earned a reputation as an inspiring live act. Following the 2012 Bloodstock and Iced Earth shows, the band released debut album Flames Of Justice in November to critical acclaim and set about a rigorous touring schedule with a 16 date European Tour towards the end of the year, followed by a further 33 date European Tour early in 2013. The later tour included 8 shows as special guests on the Michael Schenker Temple of Rock and Lovedrive Reunion Tour. Absolva‘s impact on the British and European scene has therefore been immediate.

Absolva online:

http://www.absolva.com
http://www.facebook.com/absolva

 

Germanic metallers Fjoergyn confirmed for Warhorns 2013

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 16th June 2013 by Nico Davidson

With a line-up that is already boasting some the UK’s and Europe’s finest underground folk, Viking and black metal acts such Old Corpse Road, Maelstrom, Dothborgia, Kull and many more, the epic Teutonic metal band Fjoergyn have been confirmed for the second edition of the Warhorns Festival that will take place in York on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th September.

Tickets, for this month only, are priced at the same price last year:

£19 – WEEKEND
£6 – FRIDAY DAY TICKET
£15 – SATURDAY DAY TICKET

Further details on the festival can be found at this location.

Fjoergyn online:

http://www.fjoergyn.com/
https://www.facebook.com/Fjoergynofficial/

 

Deadlock ink new deal with Napalm Records

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 21st March 2013 by Nico Davidson

German metal band Deadlock have signed a new deal with Napalm Records who will release the follow-up to the band’s 2011 release Bizarro World later this year. The band are currently working in the studio and are ready to release what they describe as “the best and most intense record so far.”

Check out photos from the studio at this location.

 

Sister confirmed as support on Wednesday 13 UK tour

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 28th January 2013 by Nico Davidson

Sister will make their first ever UK appearances supporting Wednesday 13 in March. The Swedish sleaze and punk influenced metal outfit are looking forward to tearing it up: “Finally its time for Sister to hit the UK. Since the cancelled tour with GWAR one year ago it’s constantly been in our minds to get our asses over there. So… We are really proud to announce that we will do a tour with no other than Wednesday 13! Will be an honour to share the stage with him and the band! So get ready and we’ll make sure our presence will be heard all over your fine country. So to all motherfuckers (like you) in the UK: See ya in March!

Check out the video for “Spit On Me” at this location.

Wednesday 13 + SISTER

 

March 2013

6th         BRIGHTON – Concorde 2

7th         BRISTOL – The Fleece

8th         MANCHESTER – Club Academy

9th         NOTTINGHAM – Rock City

10th         GLASGOW – Cathouse

11th         NEWCASTLE – Northumbria University

12th         WOLVERHAMPTON – Slade Rooms

13th         LONDON – O2 Academy Islington

Sister, who hail from Stockholm/Jönkoping Sweden, formed in early 2006 working hard to build up a name as a strong act both live and in the studio. The band consists of 4 members- Jamie on vocals, Tim on guitars and backing vocals, Rikki on bass and backing vocals, and Cari on drums and backing vocals- who combine the sounds of Punk, Glam, Rock, and Metal with an end result sounding something like the bastard child of GG Allin and Guns N’ Roses. The band’s Metal Blade debut, HATED, was released in June 2011 and was met with strong praise from press and fans alike.

http://www.twitter.com/sister_official

http://www.facebook.com/sisterband

http://www.sisteronline.net/

Hated is out now on Metal Blade

BUY IT HERE FOR £7.70:

www.play.com/metalblade

 

Swedish rockers Free Fall sign to Nuclear Blast and release debut album

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 24th October 2012 by Nico Davidson

Leading rock and metal label Nuclear Blast have stated their excitement at the recent signing of Swedish rockers Free Fall.

The band commented “We believe that the deal Free Fall made today with Nuclear Blast will be a significant step towards our quest to liberate people through Freedom Rock; World domination through Power and Volume!”

Free Fall features well known Swedish musicians; guitarist Mattias Bärjed  (Soundtrack Of Our Lives) and drummer Ludwig Dahlberg (International Noise Conspiracy) who set out to create their own style in rock music: Freedom rock!

The band’s debut album, Power & Volume is scheduled for an early 2013 release. A first impression of what their freedom rock is all about will be due on November 30, 2012 when the band releases the 7″ single of the album’s title track. Power & Volume. The single will be made available on black (retail version) and white vinyl (via Nuclear Blast Mailorder only) as well as digitally via iTunes. All versions will also feature the rare non-album track Stand Up For Your Rock ‘n’ Roll!

Free Fall are:

Jan Martens – Bass
Mattias Bärjed – Guitar
Kim Fransson – Lead Vocals
Ludwig Dahlberg – Drums

www.facebook.com/freefallpowerandvolume | www.nuclearblast.de/freefall | www.twitter.com/PowerAndVolume | www.youtube.com/user/freefallpowervolume

 

The Chant – A Healing Place

Posted in CD, Rock with tags , , , , on 31st August 2012 by hammersmashedlauren

The Chant
A Healing Place
Released August 2012
Atmospheric Rock
Released via Secret Entertainment

Having never heard of The Chant, I was a bit apprehensive to listen to their newest album A Healing Place since I’m pretty picky about atmospheric music. However, this album was absolutely nothing like I expected it to be, and it incorporated many different rock and metal band sounds that meshed wonderfully together. With the rock influences of Chevelle and A Perfect Circle mixed with the more progressive and a bit heavier sounds of Opeth and Katatonia, this album is refreshing from a lot of other newer bands who try to take beautiful, atmospheric music and add it onto a more hardcore/deathcore based songs. It’s evident that this band has worked their way up to create their own kind of sound that could not only appeal to fans of lighter rock music but to also fans of melodic and progressive metal.

Right from the start of the album, the song Outlines does exactly what the title intends and outlines a picture of what this album will sound like. Starting off softly and then working up to a faster paced sound, it sounds captivating and almost a bit spiritual in a way. Paired with the clean vocals of lpo Paasela, I was instantly hooked into the album.

The other 7 tracks had that same consistent sound as Outlines which gave me the impression that the band is pretty confident in their development as a group. They didn’t try so hard to add random solos and other instruments as most new atmospheric bands will try and do. I see a bit of an Opeth influence in that this album has only 8 songs and most of those songs span over a period of 5 minutes, and fans of Opeth know that they are known for creating very long and beautiful pieces. The vocals derive from the sound of Katatonia’s Jonas Renkse which, again, adds that heavier sound to The Chant. The guitars reminded me a lot of Chevelle in that it had a heavier sound but not too heavy which is suiting for this album.

However, I found that the saxophone solo in the song Distant Drums was a bit unnecessary and seemed out of place in the song, though the one in Outlines was incorporated very nicely. The most memorable track from this album was Ocean Speaks in that it was the shortest song on the album (just over 4 minutes) and it got right to the point while still incorporating that same beautiful sound heard throughout this entire album. The Black Corner was also another song I enjoyed from this album in that it included a bit of chanting and collective singing towards at the end of the song that can be arguably annoying to some people but it was an element I felt that made the song memorable and unique.

This album definitely took me by surprise to say the least. This album is definitely recommended for anyone who is into lighter rock, progressive, atmospheric, or melodic metal. Hopefully The Chant continues to progress in their music and keep on making albums just like this one.

4/5

Hammer Smashed Lauren

Prong – Carved In Stone

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , , , on 25th April 2012 by colmcasserly

Woke up this morning, checked my email, it contained a link to Prong Carved In Stone. I didnt even know they were writing a new album! I may or may not have squealed like a schoolgirl…

Carved In Stone’s production is what metal bands would have killed to have in the eighties, its pretty damn good. Really raw but still polished enough to hold up against other modern metal, defined and clear which is always a plus as sounds can blend and bleed to much into a mess and nothing stands out miles in the mix. So its been looked after well and sounds like it. Its a way more punk/hardcore album in design short punchy songs but the music can take on a groove life of their own in the mean time.

Its a real back to the roots album and its cool to hear the hardcore and groove mix cause it really drives and is quite punchy. The thrash elements shine through on the guitar every once in while and this diversity keeps the album sounding fresh. Riffs a plenty here and they are pretty catchy and the tone is drenched in dirt which gives it a pretty raw sound. like it was a guitar straight into an amp, instead of trough a whole host of computers. The rhythm section is as solid as a house, double bass work pushes sections into thrash tempos and feel and the low end provided by the guitars are underlined by the filthiest bass tone you’re likely to hear, you may have to check your speakers for dust.

The vocals have a way surprising you with how spot on the can be pitch wise on the higher register, its melodic at times in the chorus and has the power that could blow speakers, Tommy Victor has really laid it down and shown a lot of vocalists how its done. Carved in Stone is a mix of everything that made Prong awesome and is the best thing they’ve released in a long time. It’s gritty, raw yet sonically fresh, and damn groovy and catchy, check it out.

HARD RIOT JOINS PITCH BLACK RECORDS

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 2nd February 2012 by Nico Davidson

Debut album by German hard rockers salutes those about to rock.

PITCH BLACK RECORDS announces the addition of German hard rock outfit HARD RIOT into its roster with the band’s debut album, “Living on a Fast Lane”, due for release on April 10th, 2012.

HARD RIOT were formed in 2006 in the city of Heilbronn, Germany and the band consists of four young friends who share the same passion – hard rockin’ music.

Their powerful stage presence and performance has landed them with numerous live shows over the past few years and many devoted fans. In 2009 HARD RIOT released a self-financed 5-track EP (“The Hidden Truth”) and in 2011 they entered Maranis Studios in Backnang, Germany, relying on the excellent skills of producer Vagelis Maranis who oversaw the entire recording and production of their debut album.

HARD RIOT is Michael Gildner on vocals, Andreas Rockrohr on guitars, Mario Kleindienst on bass and Carmine Jaucci on drums. Their influences include AC/DC, Metallica and the Scorpions among others but their influences don’t stop here. These and many more are clearly evident throughout their music. The band’s main style is hard rock but one can also find a good dose of heavy/speed metal in their music. One thing is certain when listening to HARD RIOT perform, they are enjoying every moment of their music and that’s something that is undisputedly conveyed to the listener!

“Living on a Fast Lane” will be available worldwide on April 10th, 2012, through Pitch Black Records and its distribution partners as well as through all major mp3 stores.

Subscribers to the Pitch Black Records mailing list were already treated to an exclusive preview of a track taken off the album and that track is now available as a free download at http://www.pitchblackrecords.com.

Track listing:
1. Get Ready
2. Hellfire Rock
3. Don’t Need You
4. No Surrender
5. Tears in the Rain
6. Turn on the Lights
7. Nothing but You
8. Take me Down
9. Hard Way Down
10. Black Widow
11. Rock ‘n’ Roll Outlaw

More information at http://www.pitchblackrecords.com.

Internal Harvest – Exit Signs [2011]

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , , , on 31st July 2011 by Nico Davidson

Band: Internal Harvest
Album: Exit Signs
Release year: 2011
Genre: Dark Metal

Australia is a country with one of the most unknown metal scenes in the world which is actually a huge shame considering the quality of the metal that comes from down under. Internal Harvest are another top quality band from the Australian metal underground. “Exit Signs” is the latest full-length from these Aussie dark metallers.

The melodically slow introduction of “Quagmire” begins the album. Without any form of warning, the track turns stout and stormy, whilst lethargic at the same time. The vocals are raw and savage but the drum work needs improvement as it doesn’t seem to fit in with the guitars or vocals. The song, overall, does set a very gloomy and dark-hearted mood, something that might not be liked by all but it’s still a genius effect of the track. Towards the end of the track, the drum work improves greatly, bouncing off the guitars extremely well. “Field Of Thorns” has a faster tempo but still brings along a very melancholy atmosphere with it. The drum work is more acute and well composed and the bass riffs – clearly audible – sound simply amazing. The vocals are still raw, angsty and untamed – though in some section they do sound slightly whiney. The clean, droning vocals make the track sound slightly doom metal-ish as well – A surprisingly decent aspect of the song.

“Blinded By Heart” is different sounding in its introduction, as it mixes clean and slow riffs and soft drums with feral screams. The mood generated by this song is a sombre and sorrowful one, making the listener’s heart literally feel heavy with remorse – Very few bands these days can pull that off so kudos to Internal Harvest for that. The tempo and weight of the song increases towards the halfway point and the vocals become more savage. “Crumbling Within” starts with a synth-guitar combo introduction which is soon joined by the drums. Though a soft beginning, the atmosphere it generates is powerful. The vocals, clean and droning, add to the atmosphere and the mood set by the song. The immensity of the track escalates when it turns heavier. The riffs become rougher and the vocals more hateful, though the drum stay soft. The soft and clean guitar section makes a reappearance towards the end of the track as well.

“The Illusion Of Life” starts with strange sound effects and odd sounding guitar parts. The track turns heavy yet slow after about a minute of sound effects. The vocals sound bloodthirsty and beefy. After a while, the track begins to become uninteresting though it is clearly well composed and the sound effects do add a unique sound to it. The clean vocals keep a doom metal essence about the track as well. It does, however, become more exciting towards the end – A little too late though. The final song on the album is the title track “Exit Signs”, beginning slow like some of the previous tracks and partially muted. However, the listener need not despair as the track does get heavier. The vocals are still raw and untamed and the drums work well the guitar sections. The increase of tempo is brilliant as it gives the track more untameable energy and aggression whilst keeping a certain sombre mood as well. The clean vocals are well used on this track as well, adding to the despairing feeling of the song.

Australia may not be noted for its metal but with a band like Internal Harvest on the scene it may soon be known for its metal scene rather than its kangaroos. The album is a different one compared to most metal albums these days as it mixes black, doom and progressive metal with some very experimental ideas as well. It works mostly throughout the album though there are some parts where it just does not want to seem to work – But this is no fault of the band’s as some things just can’t work together at all. It will be interesting to see how Internal Harvest carry on this unique sound found on “Exit Signs”.

4/5

Nico Davidson

Jam Night @ Shades [Event Review]

Posted in Live with tags , , , , , on 28th July 2011 by Nico Davidson

Event: Jam Night
Location: Shades, Queen Street, Bridlington

Jam Night, a regular event set up by Dave Allott of Red Bamboo Studio, has become a vital part of Bridlington’s underground music scene. Through the years, it has seen several changes of venues but has now found a new home at Shades, a nightclub located underneath Harbour Tavern on Queen Street.

Jam Night is certainly a most interesting event as it allows new musicians and bands, as well as more experienced ones to show off and demonstrate their talents and skills, as well as original compositions. The atmosphere of the first Jam Night at Shades was one buzzing with excitement and enjoyment. Each musician who played certainly displayed great talent and raw potential – Each one playing a different style, be it classic rock to a modern post-hardcore sound. It’s no wonder Jam Night has become a vital pulse in Bridlington’s music scene.

The £2 entry is certainly well worth it whether you’re just a fan of live music or a musician looking to jam with like-minded individuals. So, if you’re ever in Bridlington on a Thursday evening and want something to do, Jam Night at Shades is the place to go and is certainly a great place for any musician to hone their skills.

Nico Davidson

Jam Night is every Thursday at Shades between 7pm and 10pm. Entry fee is £2. Alcohol is not sold in Shades but is available in Harbour Tavern, which is located just above Shades. For more details, e-mail Dave Allott at: dave@redbamboomusic.com

Adamus Exul – Death, Paint A Vision [2010]

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 24th July 2011 by Nico Davidson

Band: Adamus Exul
Album: Death Paint A Vision
Release year: 2010
Genre: Black Metal

Australia is a typical tourist destination due to it’s wonderful sights and hot weather – Too hot for frostbitten music like black metal one would think, however, this is not the case because in the shadows of Australia’s tourist destinations lies an ever brutal, ever frostbitten, ever extreme black metal scene and at the heart of that scene are Adamus Exul.

The first track of “Death, Paint A Vision” is called “Dreams Of Desolation”. Even at a low volume, the listener’s ears are savagely assaulted by a great mix of guitars and double bass pedals. The vocals are strong, raw and beasty – As is to be expected of any black metal band. Interestingly, there are some slightly melodic sections which keeps the track entertaining. The drums are precise, almost machine-like though still barbaric and face-smashingly heavy.

”Ruins Of Zion” mixes melody with sheer aggression in its introduction whilst the rest of the track seems to favour straight forward brutality over melody, though this is not a bad thing for fans of no-holds-barred black metal. The use of a speech over is certainly unexpected but fits in well with the theme of the song. The vocal section that follows sounds very much like Dimmu Borgir and a casual listener to black metal would certainly make the mistake of believing it to be Shagarth. Another interesting section of this track is the short section that sounds very much like a breakdown of some sort.

The title track, “Death, Paint A Vision” favours a melodic yet bone smashing approach at the beginning. The drums add to the savagery of the track, whilst the vocals help it sound more beastly. Whilst the title of the track is somewhat poetic and intelligent, the track itself is the complete opposite, bombarding the listener with bloodthirsty riffs and demonic-like vocals. “Death, Paint A Vision” is very much like an old-skool Gorgoroth track in sections due to the fast tempos and sheer aggressive brutality. “In Absentia” is the half way point of the album and the interlude. Shockingly, “In Absentia” is acoustic though the acoustic guitar is a welcome change for those tired of orchestrated interludes.

“Echoes Of Self Destruction” tears its way through the album next, beginning with a frightening and hellish introduction of pounding guitars and drums. The vocals are more aggressive and unholy-sounding as well, mixing well with the demonic essence of the track. Though “Echoes Of Self Destruction”, there are small sections of melodic guitar licks every now and then which do keep the track interesting. The use of acoustic guitar returns as well, adding a certain calmness to the hurricane-like force of black metal, though this calm doesn’t long before the hurricane returns. “Abhorrent Euchrist” changes the style of the album a bit, bring a more melodic use to the album, which is both weird and refreshing. Even the vocals have changed, sounding more raspy, to fit in with the melodic stylings of the track. Drums still sound good despite becoming somewhat lighter for this track and the guitars seem to have less distortion. Fortunately for those who prefer black metal screams over raspy vocals, the screams make a triumphant return towards the end of “Abohorrent Euchrist”.

The final piece of the album is the song “Ashes” which like the previous song, begins melodically. However, “Ashes” brings back the raw aggression and savagery found on the rest of the album. The sound on this track seems to be more raw and barbaric with everything sounding like they have more punch. Interestingly, the acoustic guitar, once again, returns but combined with some majorly angry growls, making for a strange yet brilliantly created sound. Unfortunately, the sound doesn’t last for long. A military styled drum roll also makes an appearance, working well alongside the raw guitar riffs.

Adamus Exul bring a new sound to black metal with “Death, Paint A Vision” whilst sticking to an old skool Norwegian black metal sound as well. Most of the tracks are reminiscent of the early black metal scene in Norway while containing a fresh feel. Adamus Exul are certainly a band to keep an ear out for because they could be dominating more than Australian metal scene soon enough.

4/5

Nico Davidson

Episode 13 – Death Reclaims The Earth [2010]

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 20th June 2011 by Nico Davidson

Band: Episode 13
Album: Death Reclaims The Earth
Release year: 2010
Genre: Black Metal

Turkey is a country known for its rich history and culture but less known for its metal scene. In 2001, Episode 13 formed, slowly building both a fan base and a name for the Turkish metal with their black metal stylings. “Death Reclaims The Earth” is their latest release.

”Ars Moriendi”, Latin for “The Art Of Dying”, begins with a dirge like guitar riff, which suits the track well considering its name. The vocals aren’t as rough or vicious as expected to begin with, though when the tempo increases the vocals become far more aggressive, fortunately. The drums are heavy, like they should be on any black metal track. the tempo switches between fast and slow, which is slightly irritating to begin with though one soon gets used to it. “Physical Comatose & Mental Overdose” starts with a slightly faster guitar section, whilst the drums are slow but precise to the beat. The vocals come in with a good start, full of aggression and angst. The blast beats are immense, bringing heaviness to the track.

The third track, “Unmensch”, which is German for either “brute” or “monster”, comes next, turning up the aggression, brutality and heaviness by a few notches. Everything sounds more violent and savage on this track, which is always a good thing. “Ignorance Is Bliss” turns things down a notch whilst staying murderous sounding. The drums sound disappointing at first though they gradually improve. The vocals, on the other hand, sound more grim and bloodthirsty. “Ultimate Sterilization” brings things back up a notch with a brilliant opening section that assaults the ear drums like a blitz over London. The riffs have a very old skool black metal sound to them, similar to a mixture of Venom and Gorgoroth. The drums are savagely intelligent whilst the bass work is immense and somewhat different in some sections.

Nearing the end of the album is the second track “Worthless”. It is lighter compared to the previous track though still heavy enough to considered metal. The tempo has slowed down as well which is a nice touch. The vocals, on this track, could be compared to the dying groans of a cow being mutilated – Which is pretty damned kvlt. A faster tempo does occur on this track, though it still stays light. The final track is “Spread His Word”. The introduction sounds like a stampede of a demonic legion due to the sheer brutality of it. The vocals sound more powerful, more aggressive and more violent while the riffs are like the hellish anthems of the underworld. This track is virtually unrelenting in its brutality, aggression and musical genius.

Episode 13 have proved themselves to be one of the best bands rising in the black metal scene. With a raw, untamed sound combined with unrestricted brutality, “Death Reclaims The Earth” is a gemstone of an album, worth every penny. Episode 13 are a band to keep an ear out for as we’ll certainly be hearing more great things from these guys!

4/5

Nico Davidson

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