Archive for March, 2012

Concrete Lung – Die Dreaming (single)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on 19th March 2012 by izaforestspirit

Band: Concrete Lung
Album: Die Dreaming single
Release date: April 2012
Genre: Industrial/Powernoise
Label: Armalyte Records

Fans of synthpop and dance-floor friendly Aggrotech, please look away now and cover your ears!!!

For those still with us…Die Dreaming’ is the new single from the nihilistic, industrial noise band Concrete Lung. It follows their debut album ‘Visions of Hell’ and it is available on 7” vinyl only, limited to just 250 copies with mp3 download codes.

The title track ‘Die Dreaming’ makes for some serious uneasy listening with its eerie vocals and raw industrial noises. It’s hard to pinpoint what the vocals remind me of …they are like a bizarre mix between early Skinny Puppy and Attila from Mayhem! ‘Communal Slave’ is somewhat easier to stomach. Here the music produces a haunting atmosphere with the keyboards, bass guitar and drums luring the listener towards the abyss the whilst the vocalist howls a like beast.

The howling and chanting alone is enough to cause shivers down my spine!

3.5/5- it freaks me out but that could be a good thing!

Iza Raittila

Mysticum Sign To Peaceville

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 19th March 2012 by Nico Davidson

Peaceville Records have proudly announced the signing of cult Norwegian band Mysticum, which will result in the release of the long-rumoured second studio album, Planet Satan, a record almost 15 years in the making. Unifying the core trio of Herr General Cerastes, Svartravn and Mean Malmberg, Mysticum will commence work on the new album shortly.

One of the pioneering industrial black metal forces to emerge in the early 90’s, Mysticum brought to the world a completely unique brand of psychedelic discordant black metal with insane drum machine patterns and synths. They were originally signed to Euronymous‘ Deathlike Silence Productions label, such was his belief in the band. However, this venture proved to be cut short following his murder, forcing Mysticum to look elsewhere for the release of their eventual debut album, In the Streams of Inferno.

Mysticum‘s past releases, consisting of 1996’s In the Streams of Inferno and the collection of the band’s other works, Lost Masters of the Universe, will both be re-released by Peaceville with new artwork and with a remastered sound, along with bonus material. Release dates for these titles, plus Planet Satan will be announced in time.

The band stated: Mysticum is back! A few months ago we decided to gather forces again, and finally start the making of the cursed album Planet Satan. After considering several offers and going through negotiations, we decided to sign with Peaceville Records in order to have a proper record label to back us up. Peaceville will handle our complete discography and also make our old material available. So along with “Planet Satan” you can expect re-releases of “In the Streams of Inferno” and “Lost Masters of the Universe“. Stay tuned for more folks!

Noctiferia Confirmed For Festivals

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 19th March 2012 by Nico Davidson

Noctiferia hav been confirmed for the UK’s number on metal festival Bloodstock Open Air. The band will also be playing Metalcamp in Slovenia and Zonk Festival in Austria.

The band commented:”We are really excited to perform at this year’s Bloodstock festival together with some of the great names in metal! This will be one of our final shows promoting “Death Culture” album [which is available via Listenable Records]. It’s been six years for us since we’ve toured UK as support to Hypocrisy and we are really looking forward to finally return! Expect one hell of a show from us!”

Currently, the band is in their studio finishing the pre-production for the upcoming album scheduled for late 2012.

Charred Walls Of The Damned debut new video

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 19th March 2012 by Nico Davidson

Richard Christy of Charred Walls of the Damned has been teasing us all with hints at a new video since November 2011, when the trailer was first released. Zerospan was directed and edited by Mike Schiff, who on Charred Wall’s previous ‘Ghost Town’ video, and Sean McEwen (Albino Farm) with special effects/make up by Brian Spears and Pete Gerner from G and S Effects (Stakeland). The lead actor in the video is Bryan Haeffele.

Richard Christy elaborates on the video’s concept:
I’m so excited that fans will finally be able to see the “Zerospan” video after many months of hard work! For fans of horror like myself, this video is the perfect mix of technological horror and all out brutality. The “Zerospan” video is like a mini horror film and the story follows the lyrical subject matter perfectly and creates a haunting vision of a man absorbed by the world’s ever growing technology. What it comes down to, though, is that it’s pretty much just a kick ass heavy metal video! Big thanks to Mike, Sean, Brian, Pete, Bryan, Metal Blade, and everyone who helped make this video awesome!

Zerospan can be viewed here. It’s apparently not for the squeamish or little kids, so you have been warned. Of course, you can go ahead and watch it anyway. We won’t tell.

Are you ready to feel Her Dark Embrace?

Posted in News with tags , , on 19th March 2012 by Nico Davidson

We just received news from the lovely yet dark-minded Bristolian Will Brookes, that British Gothic Metal outfit Her Dark Embrace have a fully established line-up and will be ready for shows later this year.

Her Dark Embrace (HDE for short) have been a rising force on social networking site Facebook. The full statement from the band can be read here.

And don’t worry, they’ll soon be spreading the darkness at a gig near you.

Hands Like Houses – Ground Dweller

Posted in Review with tags , , , on 17th March 2012 by izaforestspirit

Band: Hands Like Houses
Album: Ground Dweller
Release date: March 2012
Genre: Rock/ Experimental
Label: Rise Records

‘Ground Dweller’ is the debut album from the Austrialian experimental rock band Hands Like Houses.

The intro to opening track ‘Antarctica’ reminds me of some the soundtrack work by the electro-rock artist Celldweller. However the similarity ends as soon as the vocals kick in and true nature of the song is unmasked. Whilst there might be a hint of experimental music or even electronica this is mostly just radio-friendly rock. ‘Don’t Look Now, I’m Being Followed. Act Normal’ offers more of the same and whilst the guitars and keyboards work well there’s really nothing distinctive about this at all.

The electronics and overall ambience in ‘This Ain’t No Place For Animals’ bear a resemblance to Celldweller making the song stand out as one of the best and more unsual tracks on the album. The sample and keyboard intro to ‘Spineless Crow’ has a certain soundtrack feel to it whilst the husky vocals remind me of Muse. ‘A Clown and His Pipe’ offers some experimental guitar riffs and changes in vocal style making for a somewhat freaky twist to what is otherwise a fairly average rock song.

The atmospheric keyboard intro to ‘The Definition of Not Leaving’ gives the song a very tranquil feel which is complemented by the soft sounding electronics and the husky, almost whisper-like vocals. There’s something very soothing about this track. Another prominent track is the elecronica-infused ‘Watchmaker’ (feat. Matty Mullins) which highlights the full spectrum of the band’s experimental repertoire.

3/5 – Not bad but somewhat monotonous at times

Iza Raittila

Lost Tape Collective Announces New Releases

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 16th March 2012 by Nico Davidson

Lost Tape Collective, the DIY label run by members of Man Overboard, has announced a series of cassettes that they are currently taking pre-order for.  Full release info is as followed:

PRE-ORDERING NOW

  • NEIGHBORHOODS – Fighting Words (CD & Digital)
  • BALANCE & COMPOSURE – Separation (cassette)
  • THE STORY SO FAR – Under Soil & Dirt (cassette)
  • HANDGUNS – Don’t Bite Your Tongue (cassette)
  • TRUE THINGS – Alone In My Room (CD – re-release)

RECENTLY RELEASED

  • STRIKE ANYWHERE – Exit English (cassette)
  • STRIKE ANYWHERE – Change Is A Sound (cassette)
  • HISTORY – We’re Only Getting Older (CD)

The label has also released a sampler which can be checked out here.

Epica – Requiem For The Indifferent

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , on 16th March 2012 by Nico Davidson

Band: Epica
Album: Requiem For The Indifferent
Release Date: March 2012
Genre: Symphonic Metal
Label: Nuclear Blast Records

It’s been two and a half years since the release of Design Your Universe, an album which, in my opinion, pales in comparison to other Epica releases. So far, Requiem for the Indifferent has received many praises, building up quite the hype for it amongst fans.

Karma opens up the album, in true Epica fashion of orchestration, though taking on a more tense sound than previous opening tracks. The choir section adds to the mystical soundings of the song before Monopoly On Truth tears through with a mixture of gutsy riffs and symphonic elements, that along aside the choir vocals, command the track with a certain unrelenting power. The vocal work of both Mark and Simone are pretty much capital to the track, making it a standard Epica track. The fine-spun solo sounds quite bluesy and old school while keeping a twist of modern elements. Storm The Sorrow kicks off with a tragic yet beautiful introduction that lay down the foundations for Simone’s aw-inspiring vocals to build upon, whilst the well-structured, sophisticated guitar work of Mark and Isaac lift the symphonic and choir elements to new heights, following well with the rhythm sections. Mark’s vocals are quite sinister, leading unexpectedly into the soothing piano-and-vocal combination. Eventually, the song ends on a firm note.

Delirium starts in similar fashion to Living A Lie, due to the hummed choir section. The ethereal piano medley that follows causes the track to differ from Living A Lie, as Simone’s steadfast vocals softly echo throughout. Ariën’s drum work allows for the piano medleys to be led down a subtle flow of rhythm, leading into the steady guitar solo. I would definitely count this as a “chill out” track. The next track, Infertal Warfare, which is dedicated to the victims of Anders Breivik (the Norwegian terrorist who killed several youths and bombed a government building in July 2011), has a very dramatic introduction. Simon’s vocals sound darker and somewhat terrifying, a massive contrast compared to her usual full-of-life vocals, yet a good contrast as her vocals mix in well with nebulous and lurid orchestration. The choir offers a sullen sound to the music but the guitars and Mark’s vocals offer the more macabre touch to the song, with the guitar and keyboard solos having an almost Dragonforce-like touch to them.

Requiem for the Indifferent brings the staunch Arabic sounds of previous Epica tracks back into use, fusing them with solemn acoustic elements before the full force of the guitars and drums are put into action alongside the dusky orchestration. The guitars are, for me anyway, the highlight of the song with their ever changing sound and the ability to adapt to the orchestration. The choirs add a very Shakespearean tension to the music, making it more climatic than most Epica tracks. The following track, Anima, serves as a very emotive interlude, bringing the proverbial calm before the storm that is Guilty Demeanour, a song that is relatively slow paced when compared to the rest of the album. The orchestration is virtually flawless, while Simone’s vocal work feels a bit toned down. A breath taking string section introduces Deep Water Horizon, accompanied by Simone’s vocals. The percussion adds to the hypnotic effect of the song and the guitars are quite piercing, adding a sharpness to the music.

The tragicomic soundings of Stay The Course come net, with Mark’s vocals being harsh yet mesmerising. The acute orchestrated pieces keep the song exciting, as do the progressive guitar stylings of Isaac and Mark. Simone’s vocals are quite graceful sounding on this track, artistically domineering the song. Deter The Tyrant starts with what could easily be mistaken for a stripped down introduction to a Powerwolf track. The guitars are callous in some of the sections, struggling to match the more experienced sounding orchestration. Simone’s vocals echo delightfully throughout the track, going head-to-head with the exquisite vocal stylings of the choir. Mark’s vocals also make a very distinct appearance during the latter half of the song, reinforcing the Epica sound we’re all accustomed to.

Despite its name, Avalanche, comes in quite softly, like a mouse scurrying through an empty church. The orchestration is semi-majestic, allowing for a mystical sound to be created along side Simone’s vocals. Mark’s vocal stylings strike unexpectedly, adding a dose of brutality to the song, blending with the heavier sections of the song like some sort of demonic ichor. The choir parts add a very thespian feel to the song, as does the orchestration. The song comes to its end very softly, allowing for a breather as the piano introduction of the final track, Serenade Of Self-Destructive, eases its through the speakers – That is until the orchestration and guitars come crashing down like a landslide of finely composed music. Both Simone’s and Mark’s vocals are performed radiantly, making this the most illustrious tracks of the album. The percussion is spot on, as is the bass work of Yves. Musically, the song is probably the most diverse piece on the album, mixing the overwhelming power of the orchestration with the aggressive guitars and drums, topped off with the differing yet beautiful vocal parts.

Requiem For The Indifferent is the most powerful release from Epica since the release of Cry For The Moon and The Divine Conspiracy. They have taken their sound apart and rebuilt it, stronger than ever while staying true to their origins. The orchestration and vocals are the parts that stand out the most, as they the album its powerful, emotional sound while the guitars help keep the essence of previous Epica releases flowing. If anything, I don’t think another symphonic metal album, let another Epica release, could top this.

5/5

Nico Davidson

Lay Down Rotten – Hades Resurrected Video Launched

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 16th March 2012 by Nico Davidson

Lay Down Rotten launch their brand new video clip Hades Resurrected! Surf over here to check out the clip!

Vocalist Jost Kleinert: We are back with a new video for the song Hades Resurrected. Witness the unholy ceremony as we celebrate Death Metal in praise of Hades. This is one of the killer tracks from our new album Mask Of Malice: we caught the sinister vibe of the song in a very dark and blaspheme video. Get ready for the new Lay Down Rotten with Kensington Seifert on guitars! Get ready for Hades Resurrected!

Hades Resurrected comes off the band’s latest album Mask Of Malice that is out now worldwide via Metal Blade Records.

Make also sure to surf over to the Lay Down Rotten landing page that includes order links as well as the brand new song Deathchain here!

Track listing Mask Of Malice:

1. Deathchain
2. A Darker Shade Of Hatred
3. Nightfall
4. Mask Of Malice
5. …And Out Come The Wolves
6. Swallow The Bitterness
7. Hades Resurrected
8. The Devil Grins
9. La Serpenta Canta
10. The Loss

First Leak Of Job For A Cowboy Video Series

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 16th March 2012 by Nico Davidson

Job For A Cowboy today unleash the first of a series of instructional video posts featuring guitar wizard Tony Sannicandro. Dubbed “The Leads Are Weak,” the mini clips offer playing tips and an up-close look at Sannicandro’s astounding skills and technique. Clip #1 showcases the solo From Signature Of Starving Power off the band’s Gloom EP.
To view the clip, head to the official Job For A Cowboy’s Landing Page.

The Arizona death metallers will begin a five-and-a-half week North American road journey as part of the Metal Alliance Tour next week. The live rituals which began on March 15 in Austin, Texas at South By Southwest 2012. The band are joined by The Faceless, Dying Fetus, 3 Inches Of Blood, Impending Doom, Wretched, and headliners, DevilDriver.

Job For A Cowboy will release their new full-length, Demonocracy, this Spring. Produced by Jason Seucof (Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel, Trivium) who recorded the band’s scorching Ruination full-length, at Audiohammer Studios, and featuring the conceptual cover design by artist Brent Elliott White, Demonocracy, will be unearthed to North American fans on April 10, 2012 through Metal Blade Records.

Cannibal Corpse Unveil New Vid

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 16th March 2012 by Nico Davidson

In celebration of the their brand new full-length, Torture, released this week through Metal Blade Records, death metal’s most revered act, Cannibal Corpse, are pleased to unveil the official new video for Encased In Concrete. The video was directed by David Brodsky of MyGoodEye (Black Dahlia Murder, Goatwhore, Municipal Waste, Suffocation etc.) and is being hosted by prime horror portal, Bloody Disgusting.

Bassist Alex Webster commented: It was great to work with the folks at MyGoodEye. We feel they’ve created a video that perfectly complements the violent intensity of the music and lyrics for Encased In Concrete.

To check out Encased In Concrete, head over to here.

Cattle Decapitation Finish Recording Of Occupation Domination

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 16th March 2012 by Nico Davidson

Cattle Decapitation finished recording their new album, Occupation Domination, last week and have returned home for a couple weeks before heading out for their European tour with Suffocation! The album was produced, engineered, mixed and mastered by Dave Otero of Denver’s Flatline Audio. You can certainly expect a much more updated production, along with some surprising guest appearances and the kind of musical exploration that garnered the band droves of new fans with 2009’s release The Harvest Floor. Once again, Cattle Decapitation gives us more extravagantly intense artwork from artist Wes Benscoter and the CD’s layout is as over the top as the album’s concept itself.

Some of the track titles on Occupation Domination include: Forced Gender Reassignment, A Living, Breathing Piece of Defecating Meat, and The Carbon Stampede. All of the details from the new album such as, cover art, track list, guest appearances, and pre-order info will be revealed in the coming months.

You can catch Cattle Decapitation at the following UK & Eire tour dates:

15th         LIVERPOOL – O2 Academy
16th         DUBLIN – The Pint
17th         PLYMOUTH – White Rabbit

Evile, Cerebral Bore, Savage Messiah & Damond Plate Set To Rock Hammerfest

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 16th March 2012 by Nico Davidson

This weekend sees the return of Hammerfest, the annual metal festival held at Pontin’s Holiday Village in Prestatyn, Wales.

Set to cause a storm at this year’s edition of the festival are Earache’s very own talents Evile, Cerebral Bore, Savage Messiah and Diamond Plate, joining a line-up that includes the likes of thrash legends Anthrax, Metal Blade’s heavyweight death metallers Amon Amarth, Chimaira and more. As well as Earache’s new breed of bands, the line-up also includes a number of Earache alumni, including reactivated madcap thrashers Lawnmower Deth and Saturday headliners Skindred, featuring ex-Dub War frontman Benji Webbe.

Ben Carter of Evile commented: Evile are again going to be let loose at Hammerfest, and we can’t wait to unleash Five Serpent’s Teeth on our cult! It’s an honour to play the main stage, we always have a great time with great people, and everybody knows more people equals more carnage!  So see you all there for beers and mayhem!

Kyle Rutherford of Cerebral Bore also stated: What an honour to be asked to play on this bill, and straight off the back of the Suffocation tour. We love playing these kind of shows as they’re not death metal shows, and we stick out like a sore thumb. This is good for us though, as it gets us playing to people who probably don’t listen to death metal, and gives us a chance to win them over.

Don’t miss these killer bands live at Hammerfest at these times:

Friday 16th March
DIAMOND PLATE – 5:45pm
EVILE – 12:30am (Friday night)
Saturday 17th March
CEREBRAL BORE – 2:00pm
SAVAGE MESSIAH – 1:40am (Saturday night)

Also, head down to the Earache stall at Hammerfest for a meet & greet with Diamond Plate at 4pm on Saturday and with Savage Messiah at 7pm on the same day.

New Civil War Rust Video + Tour Dates

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 15th March 2012 by Nico Davidson

Civil War Rust have a new video out, for their single Seven Down, which can be viewed here.

You can also catch the band live at the following dates:

March 22 – Vice Club / Walnut Creek, CAw/ Pennywise, Guttermouth
April 11 – VLHS Warehouse / Pomona, CA w/ Why I Hate, American Lies, Bonsai, Turkish Techno
April 12 – Meat Market Garment Factory / Tempe, AZ w/ RUMSPRINGER, THE ANCHOR, YOUNG//SAVAGE, HORROR SQUAD, DUDES NIGHT, WHY I HATE
April 13/15 – Tucson, AZ w/ WAY OUT WEST FEST
April 16 – Eleven / San Diego, CA w/ Beside MySelf, Success, Why I Hate, From Scars
April 17 – House Party / Bakersfield, CA w/ Redadare, Why I Hate, Perdition
April 24 – Thee Parkside /San Francisco,CA w/ The Flatliners, Heartsounds, Great Apes (Official CD release show)

You can also purchase Civil War Rust’s album The Fun & The Lonely from iTunes here.

Of Fortune & Fame Join Panic

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 15th March 2012 by Nico Davidson

Syracuse, NY pop punk outfit Of Fortune & Fame have signed to Panic Records. Forming only two years ago, the band already have an EP and two tours of the US east coast under their belt. July 24th will see the release of their newest record Perspective, which is said to have a more refine sound than their last release Earn It. You can also check out a new song from the band here.

Yashin w/Support @ Fibbers, York

Posted in Live with tags , , on 15th March 2012 by Nico Davidson

Bands: Yashin, Jody Has A Hitlist, With One Last Breath, Tantrum To Blind
Location: Fibbers, York
Date: 14th March 2012

In all honesty, I wasn’t even planning on going to this but I ended up with a free ticket last minute and it was better than letting go to waste. There were only two bands on the line-up I knew of; Jody Has A Hitlist and Yashin. The former I’ve seen before and the latter I know through reputation for their live shows. The opening band of the night were a Swedish rock act called Tantrum To Blind, who put on an energetic performance. They opened up their set with Get Get Get, a very pop punk meets alt. rock sounding track. The set moved on into more alt. rock sounding songs such as Rise & Fall and If We Let It Go. The frontwoman certainly knew how to whip a crowd into a frenzy, leading for a good response from the crowd which is always nice to see. I believe it’s safe to say that they made some new fans that night, me being one of them.

Second band on the bill were York’s very own With One Last Breath, who despite being very post-hardcore sounding, had a slight death metal sound in the vocals. They were quite bass heavy during in their set, to a point, in parts, where only the bass could be heard. Aside from that one issue, their riffs sounded raw, heavy and destructive, as did the drum work. Drunken and Hell We Create were to be the highlights of their set. The main support of the night came form Dublin-based Jody Has A Hitlist, who I was loathing to see as the last time I saw them, watching paint dry seemed like a more exciting option. The band came onto the Gladiator medley, which oddly, made the crowd somewhat excited. Musically, their songs weren’t as bad as when I last saw them and they had sounded like they had improved a bit, though the actual live performance was still pretty poor. The vocals were pretty much spot on and the riffs worked quite well, though I do wonder why they were the main support as they still aren’t overly impressive.

Finally, Glaswegian post-hardcore sextet took the stage, gaining the largest crowd response of the night. Though before that, the crowd chanted “Yashin” in unison for several minutes. Everything, from the guitars to the bass to the drums, was heard clearly and the band’s use of clean vocals and screams was beyond impressive. The riffs, though being brutal and heavy, also had a technical flair to them which was interesting to hear. The actual performance itself was beyond charismatic and energetic, I’m amazed the vocalists were out of breath due to all the bouncing around and crowd surfing they did. Runaway Train was one of the more tech metal sounding sounds of the night while The Last One Standing was a more violent sounding mosh along anthem. Yashin finished their set with the aforementioned song but performed an encore in the form of the heartfelt track Stand Up.

Yashin have quite the hype surrounding them when it comes to their live performances and it’s easy to see why. Out of all the bands I’ve seen over the years, Yashin definitely come into my top three for best live acts. They’re also one of the few bands that puts so much effort into their live performance, as well as their music. The support acts, Tantrum To Blind and With One Last Breath were pretty cool, though the night would have been more enjoyable if Jody Has A Hitlist wasn’t main support.

Nico Davidson

Prawn EP In The Works

Posted in News with tags , , , on 15th March 2012 by Nico Davidson

New Jersey based indie-post rockers Prawn have begun work, recording their new EP with Greg Dunn (Moving Mountains). The EP will be released via Topshelf Records this summer. Prawn, who have already toured the US and self-released two EPs already, are going to be a band that fans of indie-emo and post-rock should keep an ear out for this summer.

For more info on the band, Prawn, click here to visit their official Facebook.

Warhorns Festival Update

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 15th March 2012 by Nico Davidson

We just received news that tickets for Warhorns Festival in York, later this year, should be available on sale soon, well, tomorrow by the earliest. In addition to this, Aloeswood, the solo project of Ravenage guitarist and Windrider drummer Danny Downing, will be making their live debut on the first night of the festival, Friday 21st September.

The line-up now, so far, includes Wolfchant, Nothgard, Ravenage, Old Corpse Road, Annwn, Windrider, Aloeswood and last but not least Cryptic Age.

Warhorns Festival will take place at The Duchess in York on 21st and 22nd September. For more details and news updates, visit the Warhorns Facebook page or just click here.

Lunar Path- Memento Mori

Posted in Review on 14th March 2012 by izaforestspirit

Band: Lunar Path
Album: Memento Mori
Release Date: 16th March 2021
Genre: Gothic/ Melodic Metal
Label: Inverse Records

‘Memento Mori’ is the debut album from the Finnish gothic metal band Lunar Path. The band describe it as ”a concept album about a downward spiral in depression and death”. ‘Memento Mori’ has been inspired by various adverse events which have shaped the band’s history, including an arson attack on their practice premises back in 2010. It also features a number of guest vocalists including: Attila Csihar (Mayhem), Tuomas Saukkonen (Before The Dawn, Black Sun Aeon), JP Leppäluoto (Charon, Northern Kings, Harmaja) and Antti Leskinen (Fatal Sound Project, Chained, Murena).

‘The Beginning and the End’ is a somewhat unusual way to start an album. As an intro it’s progressive and melodic which, oddly enough, leaves the listener without a clue of what’s actually up next! With ‘Promise Me’ come the female vocals which luckily bear no resemblance to to the operatic style of old Nightwish. They rather remind me of Within Temptation, Lacuna Coil or even Evanescence. ‘We’ll be There’ offers more of the same with the melodic guitars complementing the soft female vocals.

The next track ‘The One Behind the Mirror’ stands out for a number of reasons; namely due to the very well executed keyboard intro and the vocals which take me back to an era when female fronted, gothic metal was at its height. Similar things can be said for ‘Thin White Lines’. Other noteworthy tracks include: ‘In The End’ (featuring JP Leppäluoto) which sees two gothic metal singers working together in a duet, the symphonic ‘The Only Way is Through’, the somewhat eerie sounding ‘Walls are Whispering (feat. Attila Csihar) and the tranquil ‘Close The Door’.

Just in case this style got a bit too predictable, the band have thrown a very creepy yet melodic instrumental called ‘Who Are You Talking To?’ which proves a nice interlude before the final ballad ‘River Runs Deep’.

Thanks Lunar Path, for restoring my faith in the existence of good, gothic metal in this post-Nightwish era!!

4/5

Iza Raittila

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.