Archive for February, 2013

Norderobring announced as local support for I AM I

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

Epic Scottish folk metal sextet Norderobring have been confirmed as local support for ex-Dragonforce vocalist ZP Theart’s I Am I at Stereo in Glasgow on 28th March. Details of the event can be found here.

 

Memory Garden complete recording of Doomain

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

Swedish epic doom metal band Memory Garden have finished the recordings for their upcoming fifth album Doomain. The album was recorded at Annoying Sound Factory and SolnaSound Recording by the band with a little engineering assistance from Mike Wead (King Diamond) during the lead guitar sessions. The mix was done by Dan Swanö at Unisound.

Memory Garden elaborate on the project: “The recording of Doomain must be the most relaxed album session we’ve ever done. We recorded most of the album ourselves in our own studio and took the time we wanted and needed to get it done. Dan Swanö helped us getting the rig together and he provided us with the tools to do it and from there we did it ourselves. The lead guitar sessions were done at SolnaSound Recording by Simon & Mike Wead. When it all was done it was sent to Dan Swanö and Unisound for mix and mastering. The final album is amazing and we are so thrilled to get it out to all of you.”

The band comment on the album title: “We wanted a short and effective title to this album. It’s a little game of words referring to the style of music we play “doom metal” and the actual word “domain”. We see this album as a statement of what Memory Garden stands for music-wise and this album is certainly down our alley, it’s in our Doomain.”

Doomain will be released the 12th/15th of April via Metal Blade Records in Europe on vinyl and as a Digi-CD and on April 15th in North America via all digital music retailers.

Memory Garden has just recently resigned to Metal Blade Records. Memory Garden was found in 1992 in Sweden and have since then released four albums, two of them under the flag of Metal Blade Records (Verdict Of Posterity in 1998 and Mirage in 2000).

Memory Garden:
Stefan Berglund – Vocals
Simon Johansson – Lead Guitars
Andreas Mäkelä – Guitars
Johan Fredrikson – Bass Guitar
Tom Björn – Drums

Album art, track listing, and music from Doomain will be released soon. Stay tuned!

http://www.memorygarden.se
https://www.facebook.com/memorygardenofficial

 

Gorod confirmed for Southeast Asia’s biggest metal festival

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 4th February 2013 by Nico Davidson

French jazz-death metal act Gorod have been announced for the Hammersonic Jakarta international Metal Festival, which is billed as the Biggest Metal Festival in Southeast Asia, on April 27th and 28th.

The band are absolutely excited to be part of one of Asia’s biggest metal festival alongside bands like Cradle Of Filth, Cannibal Corpse, As I Lay Dying, Lock Up, Epica, Dying Fetus, Hour of Penance, and more. This will also be the first time ever that the band will play Asia.

Gorod will also play the Bonecrusher Fest European tour, in March, with Job For a Cowboy, Beneath the Massacre, War From a Harlot Mouth, As They Burn and Make Them Suffer.

http://www.facebook.com/BonecrusherFest

01.03.13 Germany Köln @ Underground
02.03.13 Holland Drachten @ Iduna
03.03.13 UK Nottingham @ Rescue Rooms
04.03.13 UK Glasgow @ Cathouse
05.03.13 UK Leeds @ Uni Mine
06.03.13 UK London @ Underworld
07.03.13 Belgium Antwerpen @ Trix
08.03.13 France Savigny le Temple @ Empreinte
09.03.13 France Montauban @ Rio
10.03.13 Spain Madrid @ Sala Caracol
11.03.13 Spain Badalona @ Sala Estraperlo
13.03.13 Luxembourg Esch-Alzette @ Kulturfabrik
14.03.13 Switzerland Yverdon-les-Bains @ L’Amalgame
15.03.13 Switzerland Aarau @ Kiff
16.03.13 Germany München @ Backstage
17.03.13 Austria Graz @ Explosiv
18.03.13 Germany Würzburg @ Posthalle
19.03.13 Germany Berlin @ Lido
20.03.13 Poland Warsaw @ Progresja
21.03.13 Czech Rep Brno @ Melodka
22.03.13 Germany Chemnitz @ Talschock
23.03.13 Germany Rostock @ Alte Zuckerfabrik
25.03.13 Finland Helsinki @ Nosturi
27.03.13 Sweden Stockholm @ Göta Källare
28.03.13 Sweden Gothenburg @ Brewhouse
29.03.13 Denmark Copenhagen @ Pumpehuset
30.03.13 Germany Bochum @ Matrix

 

Evemaster’s entire back catalogue available through BandCamp

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 4th February 2013 by Nico Davidson

Evemaster, who feature Battlelore vocalist Tomi Mykkänen on guitar in their ranks, have added the entire discography to their official Bandcamp page. It includes the In Thine Majesty EP, Wither, Lacrimae Mundi, Lacrimae Mundi MMIV and III. Go to this location to check out the material. You can also listen to the entire album, III, below.

Evemaster launched their new official website here back in October 2012. Mykkänen commented with the following update:  “If you happen to stumble upon these pages you might realise that the page layout has changed since the last time. And, blimey, you’re right! Started using WordPress here. Enjoy and join the mailing list. We have also started some promotion on III now that we finally got the rights from Supernova. Basically it means that we bought all the copies of the album from Supernova and started selling them ourselves and handling the promotion as well. We started co-operation with Inverse Records with distribution so go and ask your local shop for a copy. If they don’t have any shame on them and then go online and order a copy or two from some cool webshop or from us directly.

Æther Realm – One Chosen by the Gods

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , , , on 4th February 2013 by Hannah

Æther Realm
One Chosen by the Gods
Released 8th January 2013
Folk/Death Metal
Self-Released

North Carolina’s Æther Realm– no, they’re not from Finland- are a brilliant band that play no holds-barred, folk spirited metal that rouses the soul and provides an excellent soundtrack for generally epic activities- from pillaging villages to playing Skyrim. Their debut album, ‘One Chosen by the Gods’ is a solid and impressive offering that is incredibly atmospheric, and very strong from the first track to the last.

Opening on the mighty ‘Oak’, the album dives headfirst into epic folk melodies that are intertwined expertly with harsh vocals and an excellent use of both hard, metallic riffs and a softer, instrumental sound. As with the rest of the tracks, the lyrics are effective and play along to the ‘Viking’ theme exceedingly well. Second track ‘Journey of Discovery’ begins with an atmospheric, almost cinematic sound. In fact, this wonderful song in its entirety would be suitable for a fantasy epic. Fantastic effort here, with a good use of vocals and instrumentation throughout. This epic quality continues with ‘Hourglass’, which also contains a nice variation in tempo throughout, and helps to keep the album as a whole even more interesting. There are some very intricate melodies at play here, which adds to the multi-layered feeling of the track altogether. The band’s namesake song, ‘Æther Realm’ is a much faster paced track, with a heavy, stomping tempo that is reminiscent of horses galloping into battle. As heard on the previous song, this track contains some nice tempo changes and this helps to showcase the talent of the band well.

If I had to pick a favourite of the nine tracks on offer here, track number five would probably be it- but the fact it was so difficult for me to decide this shows how strong all of the songs on this album are! ‘Swampwitch’ is an incredibly catchy tune, with an infectious refrain and an impressive and not too excessive guitar solo. I particularly like the group of voices shouting the title throughout the chorus. Eponymous track ‘One Chosen By The Gods’ has a ferocious beginning, and it doesn’t disappoint as the track progresses. It’s a fantastic, rasping battle-cry of a song, complete with pounding, machine-gun drums. There’s an interesting use of symphonic keys in the mix here, which adds another melodic element to the track and lends it an almost video game-esque quality to the sound. Next song, ‘Ravensong’, includes a great use of choral vocals, with (the almost signature) sweeping melodic background- another excellent song, which is becoming something of a trademark for Æther Realm! The penultimate offering, ‘Winter’s Grasp’, is almost progressive in parts, and lends itself well to comparisons with Wintersun. Even so, in some ways this would be the weak link of the album, if it was at all possible to single out any of these songs as being ‘weak’- I merely feel, personally, that a slightly rawer, folk edge would have lent itself to the song a little better. Album closer ‘Odin Will Provide’, however, is a truly epic way to bring this triumph of an album to a close. Here are, once again, a strong melody, supported by fantastic and intelligent lyrics and another catchy refrain. This track ensures that the album makes its mark on your memory!

Overall, ‘One Chosen by the Gods’ is an excellent debut offering from a band that is well on their way to taking their place in the glorious ranks of the other Viking-clad folk metal behemoths. Æther Realm’s sound is somewhere in between Ensiferum and Wintersun, and if they can constantly deliver goods as solid as this, they will have nothing to worry about. A fantastically impressive set of songs, with no real weak link among them, and it has certainly whetted my appetite for more. I look forward to seeing what more Æther Realm have in store.

5/5

Hannah O’Flanagan

 

Thurisaz announce new bassist

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 3rd February 2013 by Nico Davidson

Belgian metallers Thurisaz recently released the following update, announcing their new bassist: “We’re glad to finally make it official and welcome Bjorn ‘Bud’ Vandewalle as our new Thurisaz-bass-buddie! Bjorn is a great bass player, with a warm personality and a very enthusiastic attitude, just the way we like it! He also plays in the band Omerta from Bruges and played in several music projects in the past! Bjorn’s first live performances will be on March 1st in Wuustwezel and March 16th in Menen, his hometown!

Thurisaz’s last album was 2011’s The Cimmerian Years.

For more details visit the band’s site at Thurisaz.be.

 

We Are Carnivores release acoustic version of Missing Resonance

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 3rd February 2013 by Nico Davidson

Hull alt. rockers We Are Carnivores released a video of an acoustic rendition for their catchy number Missing Resonance, which can be viewed below.

The band released their debut EP, Carnivals, last year and is available for purchase through iTunes, Spotify and the band’s BigCartel store.

 

Metallica – Not performing Black album at Soundwave Festival

Posted in News with tags , , , on 3rd February 2013 by Nico Davidson

According to both Australian website Musicfeeds.com.au and BraveWords.com, Soundwave 2013 festival boss AJ Maddah has confirmed that thrash metal legends Metallica will not be doing a Black Album set at Soundwave, which they had done in their performances at a number of European festivals last year. The festival’s boss confirmed the news via Twitter when he tweeted: Not a rumour. They’re not doing Black Album.

The full dates for Soundwave 2013 are as follows:

February
23 – Brisbane, Australia – RNA Showgrounds
24 – Sydney , Australia – Olympic Park

March
1 – Melbourne, Australia – Flemington Racecourse
2 – Adelaide, Australia – Bonython Park
4 – Perth, Australia – Claremont Showground

The line-up for Soundwave 2013 features bands such as Anthrax, Slayer, The Sword and While She Sleeps, amongst others. The full line-up can be found at this location.

 

Cradle of Filth confirmed for Hammersonic Jakarta International Metal Festival 2013

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 3rd February 2013 by Nico Davidson

UK extreme gothic band Cradle of Filth have been confirmed for Hammersonic Jakarta International Metal Festival on 28th April in Jakarta, Indonesia. The event is described as the “Biggest Metal Festival” in Southeast Asia. More details on the festival can be found at this location.

The band will also be touring North America with The Agonist, The Faceless and Decapitated throughout March. The full North American tour schedule is as follows:

1 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
3 – Houston, TX – House Of Blues
4 – Dallas, TX – House Of Blues
6 – W. Hollywood, CA – House Of Blues
7 – Tempe, AZ – The Marquee
8 – Anaheim, CA – House Of Blues
9 – San Diego, CA – House Of Blues
10 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
12 – Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
13 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
14 – Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
16 – Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
17 – Lawrence, KS – Granada Theatre:
19 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave:
20 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
21 – Chicago, IL – House Of Blues
22 – Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues
23 – Detroit, MI – St Andrews Hall
25 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre
26 – Guelph, ON – Guelph Concert Theatre

Cradle of Filth will also be playing both NovaRock and HellFest in June. The band’s festival schedule is as follows:

April
28 – Jakarta, Indonesia – Hammersonic Jakarta International Metal Festival

June
15 – Nickelsdorf, Austria – NovaRock
23 – Clisson, France – HellFest

 

Project Silence – 424

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on 2nd February 2013 by izaforestspirit

Project Silence
424
Due for release/Released: November 2012
Industrial Metal
Released via Label: Self-Released

‘424’ is the debut album from the Finnish industrial metal band Project Silence.

First off is the title track which owes more to electronica than metal. Not a even a hint of guitar, just keyboards and some programming. With Pressure_Revolution we are treated to some harsh, scream-like vocals, guitars and more programming. Calling this metal is still a long-shot but it does have some metal elements mostly due to the vocal style and the guitars. Oh, and they have a drummer as well…

I’m not sure what to compare this to. “Techno-metal” bands like The Browning and possibly Pain spring to mind though this has far more guitar riffs and less of the happy Ibiza-techno elements. Having said that, the programming on tracks such as Stardancer (Raven’s Whore) transforms the song into something between a dance track and a metal song that you can head-bang to. As the album progresses I’m beginning to hear more of the metal style guitar riffs whilst the programming fades into the background.

Or so I thought until Sky, Space and Twilight Zone kicks in with its trance-like ambiance. Looks like we’re back on the dance floor at the clubs in Ibiza. Metal…you say…? What’s that? Then it’s back to industrial metal again with Alone (Crushed By Your Lies) offering more guitar riffs and even a few solos. As for the vocals, they are a mixture of growls and screams which provide a sharp contrast to the techno-style programming. Beast is the heaviest song on here and probably the closest thing to a metal track mostly due to predominance of the guitars.

3/5 – This album is very much a case of hit and miss. It has some good parts but overall it’s very confusing to listen to.

Iza Raittila

Aeurtum – The Fall

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , , on 2nd February 2013 by hammersmashedlauren

Aeurtum
The Fall
Released 27th July, 2012
Progressive Melodic Death Metal
Self-Released

For being a one man band, Aeurtum did an outstanding job of combining melodic, progressive, and death metal all into one album. While the style of the songs varied over this 9 track album, it was still a consistent sound of beautiful riffs paired with heavier vocals. Jon Collins, the man behind the music, showed his talents with this album and how he can vary is playing style to come through with something so beautifully done.

The album starts off with a more progressive/melodic instrumental named …And So It Begins, and so it began indeed. The next song, Parity, has a slow introduction as well but increasingly gets heavier, and by the third song, Deliverance, the riffs have gotten even heavier and the vocals more gravely and intense like a death metal song. This continual build up over a period of not just one song but three songs is something that is not common in albums. Maybe Jon Collins didn’t intentionally try and create this sort of build up, and even if he didn’t I found this enjoyable to listen to.

Usually I’m not very fond of when bands combine too many sub genres of metal because to me, it sounds like the music is all over the place and that the bands are very unsure of what they want to sound like.. However, when done right, like Aeurtum has done, it can create a sound that’s not only unique but it also shows how talented the musicians (or in this case, musician) is at taking such extremely different genres and making them work together. While the vocals on this album sometimes sounded a bit off with the songs, I did not see any real flaws with The Fall. It was beautifully written and well done and I hope the next album sounds just as good, if not better, than this one.

4.7/5

Lauren Gowdy

Bonemud announce UK and Poland tour dates

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 1st February 2013 by Nico Davidson

Continuing with their hectic and busy live schedule, which saw appearances at both Brisfest  and New Hour Festival  in 2012, Bristol based alternative metal orientated rapcore merchant extraodinaires Bonemud have announced a number of UK shows and a trio of shows in Poland for later this year.

The four piece nu-metal outfit can be seen at the following shows:

February 16th – Bristol – The Exchange w/ Mad Hatter 2.0
March 1st – Birmingham O2 Academy – w/ Carrion – POLISH ROCK LIVE
March 2nd – Northampton – Polish Club w/ Carrion – POLISH ROCK LIVE
March 3rd – Bristol – Polish Club w/ Carrion – POLISH ROCK LIVE
March 21st – Krakow, Poland – Lizard Kings w/ Carrion
March 22nd – Lodz, Poland – Stereo Krogs w/ Carrion
March 23rd – Radom, Poland – G2 w/ Carrion
March 30th – Gloucester – Brunswick w/ Mad Hatter 2.0
July 4th – Cardiff – Bogiez w/ Mad Hatter 2.0
July 6th – Gloucester – Brunswick w/ Mad Hatter 2.0
July 13th – London – Nambucca w/ Mad Hatter 2.0

Their new EP Challenge Accepted (Renata’s review of the EP can be found here) was released recently on December 12th via Genepool Distribution through the usual channels such as Amazon, iTunes, Spotify and more.  The band’s track Lil Whore  was included on the Monsters Of 2012 covermount CD on Big Cheese Magazine Issue#151. Tracks from the EP have recently been receiving heavy airplay on Berlin’s Shouted FM with Homiez currently being in it’s 6th week on The Listeners Chart show top 20 and Homiez and U&I  also receiving play on the Pedal To The Metal show.

Bonemud can be checked out at the following locations:

http://www.youtube.com/user/BoneMud

https://www.facebook.com/bonemud

The Elijah release live performance video of In Fear

Posted in News with tags , on 1st February 2013 by Nico Davidson

The Elijah have released a live video for their track, In Fear, taken from their upcoming Live at the Underworld DVD, which was recorded at their extremely special Prog Mag sponsored show, performing alongside Niche – The London String Quartet.

On 16th November 2012, 500 music fans watched in awe as the band and string players performed a truly immense and powerful rendition their debut album I Loved I Hated I Destroyed I Created in its entirety, and the experience can soon be relived on DVD.

Set for release on Monday 4th February, The Elijah – Live At The Underworld CD/DVD is available to pre-order exclusively from Small Town Records, at this location,  and the audio will be available from major digital retailers worldwide from Monday. In addition to the entire live performance, the DVD will feature some great bonus material including The Elijah documentary, all the band’s music videos to date, exclusive interviews and a whole lot more for your viewing pleasure.