Archive for February, 2012

Primal Rock Rebellion – Awoken Broken

Posted in CD, Experimental, Metal with tags , , , , , , , on 28th February 2012 by vmteam

Band – Primal Rock Rebellion
Album – Awoken Broken
Genre – Metal/Experimental
Release Date – 2012
Label – Spinefarm Records

Super group’s, an odd subject in the metal world, when they work, they’re great (I, Black county communion, Chickenfoot) when they fail, they crash hard (Rock star supernova). PRR consists of 2 men from totally different ends of the metal world scale.
On one side we have vocalist Mikee Goodman from experimental ‘Djent’ band SikTh along with SikTh drummer Dan ‘Loord’ Foord, and on the other we have the guitarist from one of if not THE most popular metal band of all time Iron Maiden, Adrian Smith. This combination alone is enough to make anyone scratch their heads in wonder, it’s like putting Rob Halford with Trent Reznor….oh hang on?!.

The album starts off with No Friendly Neighbour and it’s clear from the first riff Smith plays that this isn’t going to sound like Maiden in any
shape or form, an almost Nu-metal styled riff is played with Goodman doing some spoken word over the top. When the song kicks in its clear that the vocals of Goodman are what makes this band stand out, if you were a fan of his vocals in SikTh then you won’t be disappointed, if you’re looking for Bruce Dickinson, you’ll be looking for an eternity. The song is a great start to the album, while sounding new and fresh it adds some certain Smith influence on the old school side of things towards the end.

Next up is definitely where die hard fans of both bands are either going to smile or cry down to Goodman’s vocals on this maybe a little hard to stomach for some in places but i think they fit the song nicely if a little unconventional. Smith also lends his hand to some Dickinson style woooahh’s in the background and a nice Maiden-esque solo. Next up in the first single from the album ‘I See Lights‘ maybe not the most obvious choice to represent the album due to its repetitiveness of the riff, but the song does show off some nice vocal work from both men here, as we all know Smith did sing a Maiden B-Side and he is more than capable of belting out a good tune. If you listen to this song in depth you will really get a feel of how many vocal styles Goodman really has, and it is rather impressive, especially the lower toned snarls he does, really giving the songs a darker atmosphere.

Bright as a Fire is for me the track of the album, starting off in a
slow Maiden-esque way, the song at first seems like the ballad of the
album but just little over 90 seconds in the song kicks into a mid paced
beast. Probably one of the more commercial of the songs in regards to
structure and vocal deliverance, the songs really quality is the variation of riffs which Smith delivers, the chugging after the chorus really adds a nice heavy touch after the chorus. It must be said that the production of the album is of top quality too, which unfortunately can’t be said for the past few Maiden albums, but they really nailed it on this!

Savage World is definitely one for the SikTh fans, the vocals on this
are pretty crazy, but not enough for older metal fans to turn their nose
up at, which I think is another aspect of the writing they have done well, the balance between the two writing styles is pretty much spot on.

Tortured Tone is the ballad of the album and definitely one of the
better songs on the album, again without the mixed vocal styles, the song would be just your average ballad. Some nice guitar synth touches in the background too as well as Smith does some backing vocals too. The two guys compliment each other well on songs like this. The quality of songs continues throughout the rest of the album. White Sheet Robes is another mini epic song, which lodges itself in your brain once you’ve listened to it. As Tears Come Falling From the Sky is not a song, its 48 seconds of pure madness and an incite to the crazy thoughts of Goodman.

The title track Awoken Broken reminded me a little of System of a Down in the chorus parts, a little crazy, a lot of layers to the song, but
again the thing that makes the song is the basic riffs of Smith with the
craziness of the vocals, I really can’t praise the song writing formula

Search For Bliss is one of the lighter songs on the album and one where Goodman shows he really can sing in a more, shall we say ‘normal’ style, with that said the song still has its harsh moments halfway through. I can see it being the second single off of the album, not because it’s maybe one of the better of the songs, it just seems more TV and radio friendly compared to the other songs on the album, which is by no means a bad thing. Snake Ladders is a mini story in song form. The music itself reminds me of the Metallica song ‘The Outlaw Torn’ a slower, with heavier riffs which obviously were not used to hearing from Smith in Maiden. Vocally, again it could compare from anything from Metallica to Nick Cave, especially on the spoken word parts, but again delivered in such a great way.

The album ends in a lighter way with ‘Mirror on the Moon‘ a great way to end the album, a more softer side to the band which reminds me of
something off any V.A.S.T album, which is always a good thing. there’s
also a hint of David Bowie to the sing which is definitely unexpected!
All in all I think its pretty safe to say that this album kicks ass – A
lot of it at that! I really hope these 2 make more music in the future and it’s not just a one off project, if this is just the beginning then I for
one can’t wait for what could become of this band. I’m also going out on a limb here and saying this could very well be ‘Album of the Year’ Forget about comparing this to Maiden or SikTh, listen to the album for what it is, a more that excellent modern hard rock and metal album!


Paul Brady

Hellish Outcast- Your God Will Bleed

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , on 28th February 2012 by izaforestspirit

Band: Hellish Outcast
Album: Your God Will Bleed
Release date: April 2012
Genre: Thrash Metal/ Death Metal
Label: Self-released

‘Your God Will Bleed’ is the debut album from the Norwegian thrash metal band, Hellish Outcast which features Keep of Kalessin’s Thebon on vocals. It is the follow-up to the 2008 EP ‘Raping- Killing- Murder’.

The opening track ‘The View, So Disgusting’ features thrash metal guitars and somewhat metalcore-sounding vocals resulting in a rather uncomfortable mix of styles. The melodic parts towards the end of the song provide a welcome, albeit temporary relief to the noise. Sadly the title track ‘Your God Will Bleed’ continues in the same vein offering little to the listener apart from speed and aggression.

‘Genocide’ starts off well thanks to the death metal vocals and drums in the beginning. There are even a few well executed melodic parts here. Sadly there’s not enough of either to make up for the awful metalcore vocals. Things only get worse with the singer’s squealing ruining the aptly named ‘Muffled Screams’.

The vocals in ‘Ten Times Stronger’ bear a resemblance to those of their fellow country-men Grimfist. This song also stands out due to its memorable guitar solo along with a touch of groove metal. The last few tracks have a certain speed and ferocity to them which reminds me of Slayer. This influence is especially evident in ‘You Will Scream’ which is one of the few highlights on here.

Overall this is a very confusing debut album and I’m still not sure what they were trying to achieve with this.


Iza Raittila

God Forbid Release Part 2 of “The Making of Equilibrium” Video Series

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 28th February 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

The Making of Equilibrium video series gives an exclusive first look at God Forbid’s upcoming album from inside the studio. Part 2 features exclusive footage with bassist John Outcalt working on and discussing Equilibrium. “This album’s our best one yet – it’s head and shoulders above the previous records.” – Let’s hope so, John!


Pre-orders and package deals for Equilibrium, featuring brand new merch, are now available here.


Tour Dates with Overkill:

04/20/2012 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
04/21/2012 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
04/22/2012 – Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon
04/23/2012 – Columbus, OH @ Screamin Willies
04/24/2012 – Detroit, MI @ Blondie’s
04/25/2012 – Chicago, IL @ BOTTOM LOUNGE
04/26/2012 – Kansas City, MO @ Beaumont Club
04/27/2012 – Denver, CO @ BLUEBIRD THEATER
04/28/2012 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
04/29/2012 – Seattle, WA @ EL CORAZON
05/01/2012 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
05/02/2012 – San Francisco, CA @ The Grand Ballroom At The Regency
05/03/2012 – Los Angeles, CA @ Club Nokia
05/05/2012 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s
05/06/2012 – Dallas, TX @ TREES
05/08/2012 – Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
05/09/2012 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ CULTURE ROOM
05/10/2012 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
05/11/2012 – West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
05/12/2012 – New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater


Cornered Official Audio Clip from Equilibrium


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Final Woods of Ypres Available In Europe

Posted in News on 28th February 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

WOODS 5: GREY SKIES & ELECTRIC LIGHT, the new and final album from Canadian blackened doom metallers WOODS OF YPRES, is finally out now in Europe.
WOODS 5 was the last album recorded by the band before the tragic passing of founding member DAVID GOLD in December last year.  The album was recorded at Beach Road Studios in Ontario, Canada with producer SIEGFRIED MEIER, and was mixed by famed UK producer JOHN FRYER (NINE INCH NAILS, PARADISE LOST).

WOODS 5: GREY SKIES & ELECTRIC LIGHT is available now in Europe on CD, as well as limited edition coloured vinyl LP with an extra 7" featuring a bonus mix as a B-side.  The limited edition vinyl is available in the following quantities and colours:

100 – Silver (SOLD OUT)
200 – Blue
300 – White
400 – Black

Get WOODS 5: GREY SKIES & ELECTRIC LIGHT in Europe now on CD and vinyl here.
The album is also available on iTunes.
WOODS 5 is due to be released in North America on April 24th, and is available to pre-order here.

David Gold‘s family have announced a special tribute concert in memory of David and to celebrate the release of the new album.  The show will take place on Thursday, April 5th at the Annex WreckRoom in Toronto, Ontario, and will include a playback of WOODS 5: GREY SKIES & ELECTRIC LIGHT in its entirety, as well as special performances from NOVEMBERS DOOM, ECLIPSE ETERNAL, EMPYREAN PLAGUE, GYPSY CHIEF GOLIATH, HALLOWS DIE, KITTIE, PAGAN RITUAL, PANZERFAUST and more.

Admission to the show is solely by donation, and proceeds will be given to the Gold family to help cover the expenses of David‘s final arrangements, and to support the annual David Gold Music Scholarship made available to Sault College students.

For more information about the tribute show, click here.
Visit the David Gold Facebook tribute page, by clicking here.

Interview: Gareth Murdock and Elliot Vernon [Feb 2012]

Posted in Interview with tags , , , , , on 26th February 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Valkyrian Music’s fifth favourite Scot Alasdair sits down with his two of his favourite pirates, Gareth Murdock and Elliot Vernon for a very length chat.

Interview: Ade Mulgrew [Feb 2012]

Posted in Interview with tags , , , , , on 26th February 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Alastair Dunn catches up with Ade Mulgrew [Darkest Era] at the Glasgow show on the Useless Drunken Bastards tour.

The Occupier – Occupied Territory

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , , on 25th February 2012 by Pieni

Band: The Occupier
Album: Occupied Terrirtory
Genre: Metal / Heavy Rock
Release Date: 2011
Label: Self Released


First thing I must warn you about this album: the recording is terrible! I know there’s a world-wide financial crisis, but since this is their debut album (or I think it is – any bio I’ve found on the internet doesn’t mention any recorded work, not even this one), they could have made an effort to find a more suitable studio, one that wouldn’t make you feel like you’re listening to the radio in one of those devices from the sixties. I’ve heard demos with much better quality than this.

The songs themselves aren’t bad… until Simon Whitby starts singing. Assuming that all vocals are his, he sings clean, except for a growling part on “Crime Of Passion (Rape)” and a harsher tone in parts of “Sonny Chiba”. In my opinion, that’s a big mistake. The aforementioned growls are the best vocal piece in the whole album. Whitby’s clean voice is monotone, flat, with a total lack of feeling on it. It may work live, as the strings and drums have enough energy to keep the audience headbanging and entertained, but recorded, it will hardly convince the majority of the listeners.

The band claims to play “old skool thrash metal with attitude”, but once again the voice ruins the effect, as the typical aggression of these bands is missing. ReverbNation calls it “heavy rock” and I go with it. The songs “Lizard King” and “Master Plan”, however, could be classified as thrash metal.


Renata “Pieni” Lino