Archive for February, 2013

Cannibal Corpse live in Tampere

Posted in Gig, Live, Metal on 11th February 2013 by izaforestspirit

Hour of Penance, The Black Dahlia Murder, DevilDriver, Cannibal Corpse
Pakkahuone, Tampere
10th February 2013

A sedate Sunday night in the city of Tampere and yet Pakkahuone was packed full of metalheads. The reason – the almighty death metal legends Cannibal Corpse were in town, and with Tampere being only the second stop during their European tour with The Black Dahlia Murder and DevilDriver, the expectations were deservedly high.

Hour of Penance
This Italian death metal band acted as a good warm-up. Their show was solid, filled with decent sounding death metal. Nothing ground-breaking as far as this particular genre is concerned but a good start to the night nonetheless.

The Black Dahlia Murder

I have never really understood the hype behind this band. Their music has never really been to my taste; a little too close to metal-core for my liking, but one thing I have to give to them is that they sure know how to agitate the crowd. The mosh-pit was in full swing and the band’s stage performance was a big hit with the audience. I’m sure that any of their fans would have been delighted with the show.

Now here’s a name that I’ve definitely heard before. I remember when DevilDriver first started out with their nu-metal -esque self-titled debut album back in 2003. Fast forward a decade and the Californian groove death metallers have established themselves within the scene. Their show was an energetic one packed with fervor which proved to be a winning formula with the ever-growing mosh-pit. The singer, Dez Fafara, even took the time to wish “happy birthday” to two of the band members and got the crowd to do the same. The highlight for me was their performance of ‘I Could Care Less’.

Cannibal Corpse

Cannibal Corpse were the main highlight of the evening for me. Death metal is one of my favorite metal genres and these guys put on a excellent performance. My neck is still a little sore from head-banging along to the classics such as ‘Fucked With A Knife’, ‘Disfigured’, ‘The Time To Kill Is Now’ and ‘Hammer Smashed Face’. George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher led by example, demonstrating the best practice for head-banging which was according to his own admission impossible to top. That still did not stop me and many others from trying!

Overall it was a really good night and I hope to see Cannibal Corpse live again soon.

Iza Raittila


Korpiklaani w/Support @ Club Academy, Manchester

Posted in Gig, Live with tags , , , , , , , on 11th February 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Korpiklaani, Metsatöll and Andraste
Club Academy, Manchester
2nd February 2013

Part of Korpiklaani’s extensive European tour, in support of the new album, Manala, brought them to the Manchester Academy – More specifically Club Academy – with their touring support Metsatöll. At the beginning of the part, before the local support act, Andraste began their set, the venue looked empty with the handful of bodies in there though the crowd soon doubled, tripled and more in size.

Manchester’s own folk metal act Andraste opened up the night, with some significant changes since I’d last seen them play almost a year ago. The addition of the violinist, whose name escapes me, added an extra layer of folk-infused sounds to their already domineering northern Celtic sound. The northern war band played a number of catchy tunes, blasting out their heathen ballads of days and myths gone by with expert precision. The folk-choir vocals performed by four members of the band during in some of the songs provided efficient reinforcements for the blistering guitar riffs and storming percussion that thundered like Taranis’ wheel. The folkier elements, conjured by Coll Féchin, added a touch of easier listening to the war-like anthems and added emphasis to Atticus’ guttural and haunting growls. One thing about Andraste’s set that really did catch me off guard though was the newer material that was inclined towards the progressive side of the band’s sound but it still proved to be enjoyable, almost breath taking. Andraste certainly lived up to their Celtic deity’s namesake that night as they sent their heavy, folktastic anthems screaming forth unto the horde that was amassing. [4/5]

Unfortunately, I missed the beginning of Metsatöll’s set due to an attempted interview with the headliners, Korpiklaani. By the time I was back into the area where the band were playing, they were already progressing through their set with the crowd warmed up them greatly. I hadn’t check the band out before the gig so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect though I’d heard good things about Metsatöll but those good things didn’t do the Estonian metallers justice. For want of a better word, their set was truly majestic, displaying a beautiful fusion of heavy guitar playing and the more melodic folk-inspired sounds of the flutes and bagpipes. The vocals had a mystifying quality to them – A quality that entwined itself within the strength of the vocals, helping to add that extra oomph to the band’s performance. Hopefully Metsatöll will come back to British shores again in the future. [4.5/5]

With the crowd whipped into a near-violent frenzy, Korpiklaani took their respective places on the stage. The Finnish metal outfit proved to be entertaining enough, blasting out their accordion-and-violin plastered songs with a waterfall of charisma and energy flowing from the frontman, Jonne. The vocals were quite gruff throughout the set but that added more feeling to the songs, especially some of the darker sounding ones and suited the drinking songs (like Vodka) extremely well. The riffs were a strong, driving force throughout the band’s performance, going toe-to-toe with the violin and accordion, as well as the heavy, boisterous drum work. The insanely fun to jig along to song Vodka proved to be a crowd favourite until the sound cut out, though that was no fault of Korpiklaani’s. The highlight of their set, for me, was the performance of the leek spinning song, properly known as Ievan Polka. The band certainly made that song their own that night in Manchester. [4/5]

Between three great bands and a lot of drunken pits and alcohol-influenced jigs, mostly encouraged by Korpiklaani, I think it’s safe to say that it was one hell of a gig and certainly is going to rate as one of the most memorable gigs of the year and possibly the next decade.

Nico Davidson

Photography by Nico Davidson. Pictures of the entire gig can be found atthis location.

Lucifer – Feeding The Machine (demo)

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , , , on 10th February 2013 by izaforestspirit

Feeding The Machine (demo)
Released: 1st August 2011
Thrash Metal

‘Feeding The Machine’ is the second demo from the Lithuanian thrash metal band Lucifer.

The title track starts off with a slow guitar intro, which gives in to some thrash metal riffage and Toxic Holocaust -style vocals. This particular song is very guitar driven with the riffs and the solos being the main focus whilst the drums maintain a steady pace. Not that it’s a bad thing, in fact it’s pretty much what you would expect from a band of this genre.

Then we come to ‘Killchain’ which skips the slow intro, starting with a full blown assault of mid-paced guitar riffage. There’s also more guitar solos and the vocals are far more prominent on here than they were on the title track. Finally we come to ‘Harmony’ which has a similar slow start and picks up the pace as the song progresses. In a way it feels like a continuation of the title track as the guitar patterns are very similar, although this time the vocals enter the spotlight.

It’s hard to judge a band based on just three songs. All I can say is that this is a very promising thrash metal demo and I can’t wait to see what these guys come up with next.


Iza Raittila


With One Last Breath announce co-headline UK tour

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 7th February 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

York-based band With One Last Breath have just announced a string of UK dates for a joint headline tour with Swedish metal act Adept. The band will be touring in support of their new EP, Wake The Dead, which will be released via Small Town Records later this month. The band comments: “We are really excited about this tour. It’s a big step for us. This will be the first time to go out as a headlining band and although we are a little nervous, we are so ready for it. We are stoked to be co-headlining with Adept too, they are a great band and they will kill it no doubt. It’s going to be so fun playing all the re done versions of the EP tracks. People will dig it i think. It’s about time these songs get some live jams and we’re excited to play them. It’s going to be a mental tour and i hope everyone gets a chance to witness it!”

With One Last Breath have shared stages with a number of prominent and upcoming bands such as Asking Alexandria, Of Mice & Men, Yashin and Architects, gaining attention along the way from The Artery Foundation  and TKO Booking. Together with their dedicated team, they are planning and plotting a steady takeover of the modern scene.

Catch With One Last Breath live on the following dates.

APRIL 2013


Floor Jansen begins recording vocals for second ReVamp album

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 6th February 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Former After Forever vocalist and current touring Nightwish vocalist Floor Jansen has recently entered the studio and began recording vocals for ReVamp‘s second album which is due for release in autumn 2013. Floor Jansen comments: “I will start recording the vocals for the second ReVamp album next week! Been working on the last vocal lines and lyrics today and have some days ahead to spend on this great part of my work as musician! The [other] guys [in the band] have been working their asses off already recording the drums, guitars, bass and keys. Can’t wait to hear the finished result pounding through the speakers… but we all have to be patient a while longer.


Odraedir – Troll’s Cave EP

Posted in Metal with tags , , on 5th February 2013 by izaforestspirit

Troll’s Cave EP
Released: March 2013
Pagan /Folk Metal

Troll’s Cave‘ is the new EP from the Czech folk metal band Odraedir. It is the follow up to their first demo ‘Pagan Forest’ which was released in 2011.

First up is the title track with what resembles a homage to Finntroll. The vocal style, guitar melodies and song structure are very similar. Just add a touch of flute and jaw harp to the guitars and keyboards and you’re in for a very catchy folk metal treat of a song! The Rise of Cernunnos has the same uplifting feel to it and it’s hard to listen to it without being tempted to dance, air-guitar, head-bang or at least sway along. Unlike the previous song however, this one features a short, melodic instrumental part half way through the track which acts as a break in the party as if to catch your breath or grab the nearest refreshment.

Last up is Campfire, a catchy instrumental featuring what appears to be a homage to Ensiferum’s ‘Lai Lai Hei’. If you’re not already dancing around in the mosh-pit, I suggest you get there soon! Then the song lives up to its namesake with the sounds of a burning fire marking the end to this delightful EP.

4/5 – a highly enjoyable EP. Thanks for cheering me up!

Iza Raittila

Norderobring announced as local support for I AM I

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 5th February 2013 by Nico Solheim-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.