Archive for March, 2012

Job For A Cowboy – Demonocracy

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , , , , , , on 24th March 2012 by colmcasserly

Band: Job For A Cowboy
Album: Demoncracy
Release date: 10 April 2012
Genre: Deathcore
Label: Metal Blade Records

I’m about to eat my words here… In the past I have heard people heap praise on Job For A Cowboy for either being a good Deathcore

band or for their successful transition into a more traditional Death Metal band and I have simply written them off. That has changed since I heard their latest foray. Christ on a stick is it a far cry from what they started as and most surprising for me how satisfying it is to listen to.

Demonacracy the third album by JFAC, and it is fast. Very fast, and heavier than an articulated truck full of elephants. The songs are intense and really pack a punch, Jason Seucof really is becoming a go to guy for great production, and again they take a more traditional approach on Death Metal with a twist of tech thrown in for good measure. It all flows together very well and that flow is at a break neck speed, some very interesting guitar riffing and crazy double bass work drive this album. The lead work and solos are really well written and they never seem to just be there for the sake of it, nothing seems like filler or unnecessary. The vocals just sound huge, I can only imagine the layering and mastering that went into them my only gripe is that they are standard Death Metal vocals, incomprehensible as I don’t have the lyric sheet, and that’s it. But all this would mean nothing if the production wasn’t crisp and clear and sweet zombie Jesus is that the situation here. Every last note, cymbal hit and even the bass work is completely audible. I can’t stress enough how good this album sounds.

This album has forced me to review how I think about JFAC, and that is the best thing any band can hope for when making changes, its epic, punchy and so very satisfying to listen to. I’m probably gonna get beaten for saying this but this is what the last two Deicide albums should have sounded like.

Amon Amarth w/Support @ Vicor Street, Dublin

Posted in Gig, Live with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on 23rd March 2012 by colmcasserly

Bands: Amon Amarth, Grand Magus, In Solitude
Location: Vicar Street

Date:  15th April 2012

Epic night of metal right here and my first assignment for Valkyrian Music so I was very excited about this! The night was  not just anticipated by me but the entire Dublin metal scene as it was Amon Amarth’s first time to bring their stage show with them. I had never heard Grand Magus or In Solitude before the night and I was very surprised by both bands they both had some seriously good tunes and they put on a great show. It was the second night of the tour and the bands seemed very confident on stage as the first date jitters had worn off it seems.

In Solitude were the opening act and they really played a blinder, they’re blend of black and old school metal was really interesting and they set the stage for a really good night. They could come off a little cheesy at times though and the vocals were far too low in the mix and that is one of their selling points I feel cause the style of vocals are very alluring. Also, what was with the dead fox? But quality songs and great stage presence combined made for an awesome set!

Grand Magus were on next and they’re something else! Soaring, powerful vocals with epic sounding songs without even a hint of power metal except some song titles, “Hammer of The North” for one, just good old Heavy Metal! They started a little shakey but pulled it together very quickly and delivered a very entertaining set and they truly looked like they were having the time of their lives! They did get a little samey over the course of the set though.

And the headliners, Amon Amarth, they have made quite a name for themselves over the years so we all really knew what to expect from them. They played the best part of an hour and a half which consisted of old faithfuls (The Pursuit of Vikings) and some newer tracks (Death In Fire) but they never relented and even the slower tunes never dropped the intensity. Any issues with the levels or sound were gone now and it was now crystal clear. I don’t think they made one mistake all night, and it being very close to St Patrick’s day in Dublin any crowd interaction went down really well. They had their stage complete with glowing ruins and the drum riser was massive and they had some pretty epic set pieces on it. A lot of Amon Amarth songs recently have guest guitarists playing solos and here is what annoyed me, they can’t do them live. They give them their best shot but never seem to pull them off convincingly. Other than that minor problem they really gave a 110% and it looked like they really had a blast. Epic gig, epic bands great night!

Opeth Set To Release Reissues Of Iconic Albums

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 21st March 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

The End Records presents four iconic titles from Swedish metal band Opeth, as part of their acquisition of rights to the Music For Nations catalog. With collective Soundscans of over 300,000 sold, these three albums and one live DVD/CD recording present the very best of Opeth from their black metal era to their progressive rock transformation. The albums, produced by Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree, along with the magnificent live DVD and documentary Lamentations, are necessary reissues for any Opeth enthusiast.

Be sure to catch Opeth on the 2012 North American Heritage Hunter Tour with Mastodon, beginning April 4th.

LAMENTATIONS – Special Edition:
• Live DVD and 2-disc CD live recording (first time ever that the audio and video components will be in one package)
• Includes documentary on the making of sister albums Deliverance & Damnation (available below)

BLACKWATER PARK – Casebound Legacy Edition:
• Blackwater Park package includes bonus DVD, and 28 page full-color casebound booklet / digipak
• The band’s first collaboration with Porcupine Tree frontman Steven Wilson
• First Opeth album ever released in North America

DAMNATION – Reissue:
• Departure from the band’s death metal sound and entrance into progressive rock genre
• Only Opeth album to chart the Billboard 200

DELIVERANCE – Reissue:
• Album won Swedish Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance
• Appeared in the Top 20 on Billboard’s Heatseekers and Top Independent Albums charts
• Considered one of the band’s heaviest albums

US Tour Dates with Mastadon and Ghost

April 4 – State Theater – Portland, ME
April 5 – Orpheum Theater – Boston, MA *
April 6 – Metropolis – Montreal, QC *
April 7 – Sony Centre – Toronto, ON *
April 9 – Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
April 10 – The Dome – Wallingford, CT
April 11 – Roseland – New York, NY
April 13 – Riviera Theater – Chicago
April 14 – Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI
April 15 – Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA
April 16 – TN Theater – Knoxville, TN *
April 18 – Diamond Ballroom  – Oklahoma City, OK
April 19 –Palladium – Dallas, TX *
April 20 – Backstage Live – San Antonio, TX *
April 21 – Concrete Street – Corpus Christi, TX *
April 23 – Fillmore – Denver, CO *
April 25 – House of Blues – Las Vegas, NV
April 26 – Gibson – Hollywood, CA *
April 27 – Fox Theatre – Oakland, CA *
April 28 – Grand Sierra Resort – Reno, NV
April 30 – Paramount Theater – Seattle, WA *
May 1 – Orpheum – Vancouver, BC *
May 3 – Edmonton Events Centre – Edmonton,AB *
May 4 – MacEwan Hall – Calgary, AB
May 5 – The Odeon – Saskatoon, SK
May 6 – Burton Cummings – Winnipeg, MB *
May 9 – The Fillmore – Washington, DC *
May 10 – The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC
May 11 – House of Blues – Myrtle Beach, SC *
May 12 – Masquerade Music Park – Atlanta, GA

*Opeth closes the show

Gorerotted Website Launched

Posted in News with tags , , on 21st March 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Founding member and guitarist Tim Carley and long time vocalist Ben McCrow (both now in THE ROTTED) have launched a new website dedicated to the history of UK Gore/Death/Grind legends Gorerotted! The in depth website features tons of photos and information from their own personal collections, as well as contributions from other long term members including bass player Wilson (2001-2008) and guitarist Matt ‘Robin Pants’ Hoban (2002-2007).

Says Tim Carley “I started Gorerotted in the summer of 1997 so that’s 15 years ago this year! When we split up in 2008 I needed some distance from the band, but now after 3 years away from it and sick of the tons of misinformation on the internet, me and Ben have decided it’s time to spill the beans and write the history of the band! The website features tons of old photos (some dating back to the first gigs and photo shoots) and loads of history of the line-ups, the ideas behind it all and the tours we did! With around 15 people passing through the ranks during the 11 years we were active for, it’s cool for us to be able to acknowledge them all and publish some photos that even people who supported us from day one might never have seen!

The site also features links to what all the ex members are up to now!

There is also a Blog section for people to ask questions about the band and send photos, stories, links and whatever else they have!

Check it out here.

Unearth/Malefice UK Tour

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 21st March 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Metal Blade heavyweights Unearth and Malefice are joining forces for a UK tour in June. The tour will start in Southampton on 18th June. They will be joined by none other than Malevolent Creation in London.

Sadly there are no Scottish dates.

See them at the following dates:

June 18th SOUTHAMPTON – Joiners
June 19th NOTTINGHAM – Rescue Rooms
June 20th LONDON – Underworld (with Malevolent Creation)
June 21st CARDIFF – The Great Hall

Before Their Eyes Tour Dates Announced

Posted in News with tags , , on 20th March 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Before Their Eyes will be headed out on a short run of shows in May called the “Redemption Tour” presented by Silence The City Clothing and Dr. Ricks Denim.  The support bands include Legacy, Belle Histoire, and City Lights. The tour will begin May 4th and will be hitting theMidwest / Northeast throughout the month. The shows are in support of Before Their Eyes new record “Redemption” that will be hitting stores March 26, 2012 and features guest vocals from Breathe Carolina and Landon Tewers of The Plot In You. More Dates will be announced soon.

With Legacy and Belle Histoire

5/4 Painesville, OH@ Score’s FunCenter
5/5 Williamsville, NY @ Pro Music Center
5/6 Albany, NY @ Valentine’s
5/7 Providence, RI @ PVD Social Club
5/8 Smithtown, NY @ Smithtown Masonic Temple
5/9 Geneseo, NY @ Minnehan’s Fun Center
5/10 Boonton, NJ @ The Canvas Clash
5/11 Lemoyne, PA @ The Champ
5/12Columbus,OH @ TBA

Additional Dates with Legacy, City Lights and Strangers To Wolves

5/18 Dayton, OH@ The Attic
5/19 Goshen, IN @ The Note Venue
5/25 TBA
5/26 TBA
6/1 Findlay, OH @ The Lighthouse (Without City Lights)

Reverence- The Asthenic Ascension

Posted in CD, Metal on 20th March 2012 by izaforestspirit

Band: Reverence
Album: The Asthenic Ascension
Release date: April 2012
Genre: Industrial Black Metal
Label: Candlelight Records

‘The Asthenic Ascension’ is the fourth album from the French black metal band Reverence.

The symphonic intro to opening track ‘Earth’ reminds me of ‘Midian’ -era Cradle of Filth with hints of early Emperor. ‘Darwin’s Black Hall’ however, is an altogether different beast. Gone are the symphonic melodies and in their place come the harsh, monotone guitar riffs and Vesania-esque vocals.

‘The Descent’ features features a very short, oddly cheerful sounding guitar solo which seems somewhat out of place in what is otherwise a very standard black metal song. The symphonic melodies seem to be making a comeback on here as well. The Gothic horror movie-esque samples in ‘Psalm IV’ create an eerie atmosphere which is maintained by the drone-like music and ill-fitting screams of distress in the background. As if that wasn’t enough, they decided to add a melodic guitar solo which is more befitting for a thrash metal band. Then it’s back to the cries of terror and distress. Strange, very strange indeed…

Similar things can be said about ‘Ghost of Dust’, which, aside from the oddly placed melodic guitar solo, stands out for all the wrong reasons mostly notably due to the rather annoying clear vocals towards the end of the track. Things don’t improve towards the latter part of the album where the sound keeps shifting from progressive guitar riffs, thrash-metal drum sounds, symphonic melodies and hints of death metal to monotone, raw black metal.

The only notable exceptions are the atmospheric instrumental ‘Genesis of Everything’ and the eerie, droning title track which are the only highlights of the album.

2.5/5- confusing at best and downright bizarre at worst

Iza Raittila