Archive for December, 2012

Seduce The Heaven–Field of Dreams

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , on 31st December 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Seduce The Heaven
Field Of Dreams
Released: 15th January 2012
Metal
Self-Released

Hailing from the virtually unsung metal scene of Greece, come Seduce The Heaven, who were formed in mid 2009 by guitarist Alex Flouros. The band, however, didn’t make their debut on the stage until earlier this year when they supported Dutch metallers Epica in Athens, Greece. Seduce The Heaven then went onto play the Female Metal Voices Festival X in Belgium as well. With big things already happening for the band, it looks like 2013 will be their year.

Field Of Dreams isn’t your typical metal album, nor is straight forward. If anything, the album strays from the “norm” of most bands on the metal scene by incorporating new elements. Of course, the driving use of guitars and heavy emphasis on the “beauty and the beast” vocals are very present throughout but it’s the use of deathcore elements, amongst others, that really adds flavour to the album. The drums, provided by John Thomas, thunder back and forth almost hypnotically, laying the ground work for the more intricate guitar stylings and breath-taking vocals. Leave Me Alone is a perfect example of how well the soprano vocals of Elina Laivera and the harsh, demonic growling of Marios Mizo blend together in perfect harmony whilst its the title track of the album, Fields Of Dreams, where I think the guitar stylings of Alex Flouros and Sinnik Al are the strongest.

Each track has a number of good points that I could list all day long but I’m sure you’d all get bored halfway through the lists. Anyway, back to the points at hand. For me, the strongest tracks on the album are Falling, because of its striking bass work as well as the power of the vocals, and Ignorance due to the callous but melodic sound of the guitars and the gritty sound of the growls. The final track of the album, In Close Distance, is one of the most graceful and emotive endings to an album I’ve ever heard and it is simply divine.

Being a part of a scene where the bands are fronted by women, it can be very hard to stand out above the rest but Seduce The Heaven have done just that. Creating a truly unique blend of sounds and emotions, Field Of Dreams could easily be album of the year in 2013. Already with one festival show beneath their belts and supporting Epica earlier this year, Seduce The Heaven will no doubt conquer every mountain they climb in their career.

5/5

Nico Davidson

 

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Five reasons to get your ass to Dames of Darkness

Posted in Misc. with tags , , , , , , , on 30th December 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

With The Dames of Darkness Festival return in less than six months time, we decided it would be a great reason to list a few reasons to as why you should get your asses to it.

5. VISIONS OF ATLANTIS PLAYING THEIR FIRST UK FESTIVAL

That’s right, folks. Austrian symphonic metallers are finally playing a UK festival.

4.  BOOBS

Yeah, I said boobs. But let’s get serious now. You can everyone you talk to on Facebook at the event. C’mon, don’t lie. We all know you talk to other fans of “female-fronted metal”.

3. NO DRUNKS DESTROYING YOUR TENTS

Because you won’t need tents for the fest, which means less time setting up and more time drinking!

2. TO MAKE THE EVENT A SUCCESS

So then we can start seeing bigger bands from the UK and Europe (i.e. Leaves’ Eyes, Epica, etc)

1. DELAIN ARE HEADLINING

And they’re playing for over an hour from what we’ve been told.

The Dames Of Darkness Festival will take place at The Robin 2 in Bilston, near Wolverhampton on Saturday 11th May. Advance tickets are available for £22 from this location. Hopefully, we’ll see you guys there.

Heavenwood – 20th anniversary concert

Posted in Gig, Live on 29th December 2012 by Pieni

Location: Hard Club, Porto (PT)
Date: 28th December 2012

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Feels like it was just the other day that I convinced my mom to take me to the airport and wait for Heavenwood, who were returning home from the recording sessions of their debut “Diva”, in Germany. But it wasn’t “just the other day” – it was 16 years ago, after they changed their name from Disgorged and signed with Massacre Records. And since the 2 years they went by the name Necroside (1990-1992) don’t seem to count, that’s what we were celebrating that night – the 20th anniversary of the band formerly known as Disgorged.

The show was scheduled for 10 p.m. but there wasn’t that many people at that time yet – Portuguese audience, always running late… So the band waited for about half an hour before kicking off the show precisely with a song from “Diva” – a song I can’t remember when I last heard it live – “Moonlight Girl”. The lyrics seemed to be forgotten by most, but when it came to the chorus, that it was pretty vivid in everybody’s mind, resulting in a massive roar.

Beginning with something from their debut was a random act, in the terms that they weren’t following any kind of “timeline setlist”. From there they jumped to their third album “Redemption”, with “13th Moon”, and then went back to their second “Swallow” with “Rain Of July” – one of the many highlights of the show. This back-and-forth through their discography went on for the two hours that the concert lasted (give or take) – a lot more fun that way than a chronological performance, in my humble opinion.

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Between rarely played tracks – at least in the last few years – such as “Soul Sister”, “Me & You” or “Season ‘98” (dedicated to all of us) and the mandatory hymns like “Flames Of Vanity”, “Bridge To Neverland” or “Emotional Wound” (among others), we also witnessed a drum solo by the talented Marcelo Aires. Also very skilled is the new session bass player Ricardo Oliveira, who was playing with the band for the first time. First of many, I hope.

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Special thanks were given to former members “who are part of these 20 years”José Barbosa (drums), Mário Rui Lemos (guitar) and João Soares (keyboards) from the original line-up under the name Heavenwood, and Daniel Cardoso (drums, now keyboard player in Anathema) and Pedro Mendes (bass) who even though were “just” session musicians, they played a very important role in Heavenwood history.

A devoted fan, Sérgio Rocha, forged an “H” in some kind of metal and framed it in the same material as a gift to the band. “Because you (the fans) are also part of this. Thank you”, said Ernesto Guerra.

The encore featured “Poem For Matilde”, “Suicidal Letters” (that someone in the crowd had been asking for since the beginning…) and a surprising “Heartquake”.

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When saying goodbye and announcing the free after-show party at Metalpoint – where the “heavencake”, an anniversary cake with a guitar (edible I think) on it, would be served – guitarist Ricardo Dias said that he hoped it wouldn’t take another 20 years to see us all together like that again. Nah! I think we will be there THROUGH the next 20 years, supporting this band as it so well deserves.

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by Renata “Pieni” Lino

Nightvision bassist Dean Hocking killed in car accident

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

Nightvision bass player Dean Hocking has passed away in a car accident in the early hours of Thursday 27th December. The accident occurred near Sleaford, Lincolnshire where Nightvision is based and although the accident proved fatal for Dean who was  passenger in the car, we understand the driver and one other passenger survived.

Our thoughts and deepest condolences go out to Daryl Hocking, Dean’s brother and fellow band member (drummer), as well as the rest of his family and friends.

Dean was an exceptional and gifted young bassist with his own style, greatly admired by his peers and an integral part of the Nightvision sound.  Dean will be hugely missed and always remembered with affection not only for his skills but also for some great times on the road where his sense of fun and thirst for life came to the fore.

 

Godlike – Malicious Mind

Posted in Alternative, CD, Metal with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 26th December 2012 by mariadodarmata

Godlike
Malicious Mind
Alternative/Melodic Death Metal
Released: October 2012
Released via Inverse Records.

Godlike is a new Finnish band. Malicious Mind is their debut album. As soon as you start playing it you guess the kind of influences they have… Made me have a regression to the early 2000’s.

With strong nu metal references mixed with melodic death, kind of in a Five Finger Death Punch way, they manage to take that Limp Bizkit sound and put make it sound a bit fresher.

The album goes down the nu metal road the first 4 songs. In Original Rebel takes a turn more to the death metal side with heavier sounding elements on the music and a song theme that made me think of Destruction’s The Antichrist. Then comes Shi No Negai and stirs the album back in the previous direction.

The album doesn’t have a central topic that the songs revolve around, at least an apparent  one. Some songs talk about the Catholic Church and the original sin, same others talk about this chick who is a hot mess, or how someone betrayed them. I find these last ones extremely cheesy but they melody and rhythm are quite catchy.

The album sounds solid and like an album made of t best songs they wrote during the years. I am a bit excited to see how they do next, for I believe their next album will be deciding on their future. I am not such a big fan of this kind of music, but keeping an objective eye on that aspect, the album is not bad.

3.5/5

María Mata

 

Mike Scaccia dies on stage

Posted in News on 23rd December 2012 by Pieni

Last night, Mike Scaccia, famous for his guitar playing in MINISTRY, RIGOR MORTIIS and REVOLTING COCKS, suffered a seizure on stage that resulted in his death.

Scaccia was performing with RIGOR MORTIS at The Rail Club in Fort Worth, Texas at the 50th-birthday celebration for RIGOR MORTIS singerBruce Corbitt when he reportedly asked for the strobe lights to be turned off moments before he collapsed onstage and could not be revived. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. He was only 47.

Valkyrian Music sends their condolences to his family and friends and hopes his mind will rest in peace.

Marduk and Moonspell Announce North American Tour for 2013

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 23rd December 2012 by hammersmashedlauren

After the release of their newest album Serpent Sermon this last year, black metal band Marduk has announced that they will be coming back to North American for their Voices of the Dark tour with Moonspell as a co-headliner. With them will be Inquisition, The Foreshadowing, and Death Wolf as supporting bands. Below are a list of dates:

2/20 – Springfield, VA @ Empire
2/21 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
2/22 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
2/23 – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
2/24 – Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
2/25 – Toronto, ON @ Wreck Room
2/26 – Millvale, PA @ Mr. Small’s Theatre
2/27 – Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s
2/28 – Saint Paul, MN @ Station 4
3/01 – Winnipeg, MB @ Osborne Village Inn
3/02 – Regina, SK @ The Exchange
3/03 – Edmonton, AB @ Pawn Shop
3/04 – Calgary, AB @ Dickens
3/05 – Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
3/06 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
3/07 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
3/08 – Oakland, CA @ Oakland Opera House
3/09 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Vex
3/10 – Tempe, AZ @ 910 Live
3/11 – Albuquerque, NM @ TBC
3/12 – Dallas, TX @ Tomcats West
3/13 – San Antonio, TX @ Korova
3/15 – Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
3/16 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade

Before this tour, Marduk will be playing a few shows in Australia and New Zealand. They will also be headlining Deathkult Open Air in Germany and will also be playing Hellfest, With Full Force Open Air Festival, Brutal Assault Festival, and Summer Breeze Open Air Festival in the summer of 2013.