Archive for March, 2013

Serenity release video for Wings of Madness, new album out now

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 28th March 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Austrian symphonic metallers, Serenity, have released the video for Wings of Madness, the single which is taken from their new album War of Ages. The video can be viewed below.

War of Ages was released earlier this month through Napalm Records.


My Dying Bride set to release new EP entitled The Manuscript

Posted in Featured, News with tags , , , , , , on 28th March 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Yorkshire’s very own lords of unending doom, My Dying Bride, have been imposing their legacy for over two decades, since their debut album As the Flower Withers surfaced in 1992 and took hold of the doom scene with the band’s unique brand of ice-cold doom. Now the Yorkshire titans return with their latest work, The Manuscript, set for release on Peaceville Records on May 13th on both CD and vinyl.

The Manuscript will contain four new and exclusive songs; taking you on a dark voyage spanning over 27 minutes of supreme doom in the unmistakable My Dying Bride style of heaviness mixed with dark tales of foreboding. The EP was recorded and mixed at Futureworks Studios in Manchester, UK with the band’s long-time producer, Mags.

As the band comments: “The Manuscript features four monstrous tracks of brilliantly crafted metal that only My Dying Bride can do, with swathes of doom laden melancholy, harmonic beauty and thundering death metal all combined in their trademark sound. Four tales of tragedy, loss and bitter vengeance greet the listener with an added assault on the emotions too, leaving the soul grey and limp. There is beauty here, but it’s carrying a dark blade. 2012 saw the release of undoubtedly one the band’s finest, & most epic works of late, ‘A Map of All Our Failures‘; capturing the imaginations of metal fans & doom lovers alike with their foreboding journeys through love & death, religion & folklore.” The album artwork for The Manuscript can be seen below.

The band will also be embarking on a short South American tour next month. The dates are as follows:

10th April 2013 – Rival Petrobras, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
12th April 2013 – Teatro Flores, Buenos Aires, Argentina
14th April 2013 – The Metal Fest Chile, Movistar Arena, Santiago, Chile

Doom legends Cathedral release last ever video

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 28th March 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

British doom lords Cathedral have released the music video for the song Tower Of Silence.

Inspired by classic cult British Film Institutions such as Amicus and Hammer House of Horror, Tower of Silence was  shot on location during the British Winter of 2012 at Gunnersbury Park Tower, London. It features a guest appearance from Purson‘s Rosalie Cunningham, who places a symbolic black orchid on the tombstone of each member in the clips closing scenes.

Directed by UK based Paraffin City Productions, Tower of Silence will be the last full production promo video ever made by this British Doom Metal institution and is taken from their final album, The Last Spire, out April 29th on Rise Above Records. You can watch the video below:


Moita Metal Fest – 2nd day

Posted in Festival, Live on 27th March 2013 by Pieni

Awaiting The Vultures, Nuklear Infektion, Shape, Primal Attack, Brutal Brain Damage, Dementia 13, The Firstborn, Omission, Web, Revolution Within, For The Glory, Simbiose
Sociedade Filarmónica da Moita (PT)
23rd March 2013

Moita is a village south to the capital of Portugal (Lisbon) where every year is held an underground metal event – Moita Metal Fest. 2013 saw its 10th edition.

It’s a “one-and-a-half-day” fest promoted by local band Switchtense, the half being the evening of a Friday in March and then the following Saturday starting up at 3 p.m.. As I live in the north of the country, some 190 miles away, and I work on Fridays, I’ve never been able to attend the first part of the event. But I’ve been there on the Saturday of a few editions. There are always a couple of bands from the north playing the fest, usually on Saturday for the same job-related reason as my own, and they get together and hire a travelling bus so friends and fans can go along.

There weren’t long delays this time, but still we got to our destination almost at 4 p.m., meaning we missed the first band, Awaiting The Vultures (sorry ‘bout that), and Nuklear Infektion were already playing. These kids from Lisbon started their band in 2011, having released the EP “Weapons Of Massive Genocide” about a year later. Old school thrash metal is their thing, as you’ve probably guessed by their name and EP title, and despite the early hour, the mosh circles kept up with the shredding guitars and fast beats. Nuklear Infektion was no stranger to many of those moshers, one of them shouting the lyrics of a song on the mike before stagediving into the crowd. And those who didn’t know tracks like “Preachers Of Lies” or “We’re In Command”, they could always sing along Motörhead’s “Ace Of Spades” and Sepultura’s “Troops of Doom”.

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It is well known that Switchtense are great supporters of the “peace campaign” between metal and hardcore. So they got two hardcore bands into this event, the first one being Shape. After all, even having its roots in punk, hardcore music is just as extreme as metal. And given the reaction of the crowd, they also don’t see any sense in such rivalry – they slamdanced just as violently as they moshed to the thrash sound of the previous band. Singer João said he wanted to see everybody moving and dancing and he surely got what he asked for. “Rotten Inside” and “W.Y.L.D.” seem to be some of their most popular tracks, but the band also took the chance to introduce some new stuff, to be featured in their upcoming album.

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Back to the thrash, this time with a bit of groove, Primal Attack got on stage and did justice to the “attack” in their name. With barely one year of existence but many of experience in other bands, there was no way of considering Primal Attack a newbie. The crowd certainly didn’t. Singer Pica, also in Seven Stitches, let us know that they’re working hard on their debut album and that it should be out soon (in the second half of the year, according to their Facebook). “Despise You All” is already available at Bandcamp and YouTube and maybe that’s why some people were screaming along. “Strange Attraction To Tragedy” and “Not Enough” also peeked the adrenaline chart.

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Grindcore had a couple of slots in the bill as well, and Brutal Brain Damage took the first one. Without a bass – an option and not a temporary casualty, for what I understood – their sound is even harsher than your average grind band. Singer Carlos Lopes does a hell of a job growling and squealing while charging his movements with a matching high voltage. He dedicated two songs to the girls, one of them to the girls and to guitarist Marco, implying some private joke. I didn’t understand which songs were those either, but I believe the dedicatory must have some irony to it. Looking at the titles of the songs in their debut album “Brain Soup”, released last November, there are at least three possibilities – “Scum On”, “Sex Ritual” or “Pussy Grinder”. And also “Desire” from the EP “Borderline Syndrome”. So I won’t take a guess. In the end, Carlos stagedived. He was convinced they still had time for a couple more songs, but the time was up. At the same time, I think that being carried in the arms of the crowd is a great way to finish a gig.

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The last band before dinner break was one of the bands I took a ride with – old school death metal Dementia 13, who were playing their first concert ever. The band was put together by members of Pitch Black, Holocausto Canibal and Biolence, with the intention of doing something a bit different from what they usually do. And also to pay tribute to their favorite death metal bands… as well as cult horror movies. All four songs in their debut EP, “Tales For The Carnivorous”, are inspired by horror movies, like “There Are Those Who Kill Violently” which draws its backstory from Abel Ferrara’s “The Driller Killer”. The physical CDs were supposed to be on sale that day (the digital version available since January), but due some unexpected circumstances, it was delayed until the official release party, to take place a week later. Given the background of all people involved, excellency was expected and excellency was achieved. And there was still time for a little treat in the form of a cover of Six Feet Under’s “The Enemy Inside”.

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The commotion stopped for dinner and also afterwards, as The Firstborn isn’t a band to mosh and crowdsurf to – which doesn’t make them less heavy. It’s just a different kind of heaviness, as it adds an Oriental vibe to their experimental, yet metal, perspective. Perfect for headbanging. Still promoting their fourth album, “Lions Among Men”, the already intense work of three guitars had a special extra touch of a sitar by the hands of guest musician Luís Simões (Shrine), which he’s been providing for the band in their last three albums. Enthralling is the best word to describe this concert.

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It’s not the first time that Moita Metal Fest welcomes foreign bands (German Dew-Scented and Contradiction having played in previous editions) and this year Spanish Omission were “the guests”. In full gear, a.k.a. long hair, leather, spikes and bullets, you knew what to expect even before their speedy thrash echoed. The pentagrams and makeup – not quite corpse painting, but close – also gave away the hints of black, but which only the lyrical theme is present (“Satanic Feelings”, which they played close to the end, being the most evident fact of it). The title of their first full-length, “Thrash Metal Is Violence”, translates the effect of their show… Singer Patillas, torn between the fact of playing in a foreign country and that Spanish and Portuguese are very similar, addressed to the crowd in both languages, to the point of saying “Thank you por tudo” at some point. Funny.

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Moita Metal Fest and the upcoming release party of Dementia 13’s EP mark the two last shows of Web’s Deviant tour – even though there’s no talking of a new album yet. “Life Aggression” still opens the set, and “If Only There Was Light” still ends it, as it’s been in the rest of the tour. In-between, the chorus of “Mortal Soul” was screamed at the top of their lungs by the majority of the audience, “Resilient Casket” was dedicated to Tiago, son of the original singer David Duarte (R.I.P.), who turned 18 that day, and a fan got his wish granted when he asked for “(In)Sanity” (although I think that song was already set to be played next). It was the first time I’ve seen guitarist Filipe so loose, jumping around, and I’ve seen Web A LOT in the past 17 years. He’d extracted his wisdom teeth that week and we joked around, saying that was the reason for him being “wilder” on stage. But the truth was that he had just bought a wireless device for his guitar.

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Another of the underground finest – Revolution Within. Raising hell with songs from both of their albums, “Collision” and the more recent “Straight From Within”, the boys from Santa Maria da Feira put up a thrash & core party like there was no tomorrow. Two cellphones were found and delivered to singer Raça, not at all a surprise, given the violence of the mosh pits, but remarkable how they returned to their rightful owners unbroken… The wall of death was also a beautiful moment. And as expected, Hugo Andrade from Switchtense helped singing “Pull The Trigger”, whose studio version also features him as a guest. As soon as he got on stage he laughed, telling Raça that he had said more “caralhos” than himself. “Caralho” is one of those vulgar words that can bear either positive or offensive meanings – like the English “f***ing”. And both Raça and Hugo are famous for using that word a lot on stage (in a positive way, of course).

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For The Glory is considered by many the best national hardcore band. If they’re not the best, then they’re pretty close, for both the music itself as their posture on stage. Similar to what I said before regarding the “war” between hardcore and metal, singer Congas thanked the Switchtense guys for giving them the opportunity of playing in a metal fest and showing that we can all have fun together. Hugo once again got on stage, to help sing “Life Is A Carousel” and then in the end, for “Survival Of The Fittest”, the most excited moshers went up there too, in a big stage invasion. I’m still frustrated for not managing a clear shot of one of their spread-leg jumps. Maybe next time.

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The crust/grind of Simbiose closed this year’s edition of the fest. When some people started to leave in the middle of their show – past 1 a.m. that is – and singer João pretended to pout, asking them not to go, the party wasn’t compromised at all. As their lyrics focus on social critique, João couldn’t stop mentioning the latest political joke in our country that is having our former Prime Minister José Sócrates – the major responsible for the acute financial crisis we’re in, and I’m not talking only of bad decisions that he took… – now as a pundit on public TV.

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This was definitely the best Moita Metal Fest I’ve attended so far, in terms of diversity and quality of the bands, and the number of people and their response to all bands. May it endure for another 10 years!

Text & photos by Renata “Pieni” Lino

Five new additions for Damnation Festival

Posted in Featured, News with tags , , , , , , , , on 27th March 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

The UK’s darkest festival, Damnation, will proudly host two rare live outings this year, as extreme metal ‘supergroup’ Vallenfyre and experimental rock ensemble Crippled Black Phoenix perform at the event.

They will be joined in Leeds University Union on Saturday, November 2nd, by Romanian progressive black metallers Negura Bunget, English doom trio Moss and the sonic assault of Paul Catten’s The Sontaran Experiment (Anyone else seeing the Doctor Who reference?).

Vallenfyre – featuring members of Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride and At The Gates – will play their only UK show of 2013 at Damnation Festival, which will also be their first appearance outside London. Founding member and vocalist Greg Mackintosh said: “Since our first UK show last year at Boltfest, we have been looking to follow it up with a northern show. Being asked to play Damnation Festival provides us with the perfect opportunity. We are looking forward to spreading some filth and meeting up with some old compadres.

Negura Bunget will also be playing the festival as an exclusive date. Drummer Negru said: “Damnation is going to be our one and only UK concert in 2013 so we will definitely make it count! Be prepared for a very special Negura Bunget performance, with one of a kind exclusive previews. And doom laden Moss also promised to make a lasting impression, as the band said: “It’s been over 10 years since we last played in the north, in a squat in Manchester in front of eight people. So we look forward to finally bringing our doom and gloom back to the northern wastes at Damnation. You are in for a fucking horrible night.

Tickets for Damnation Festival 2013 are on sale now and will be held at last year’s price of £32 until this Sunday, March 31st. The full Damnation line-up is as follows: CarcassVallenfyreCrippled Black PhoenixNegura BungetMossThe Sontaran Experiment.

To buy tickets, visit Leeds Tickets , the official Damnation Festival website at this location or the official Damnation Facebook.


Children of Bodom unveil artwork and tracklisting for new album

Posted in Metal, Misc., News with tags , on 26th March 2013 by izaforestspirit

The Finnish metallers Children of Bodom have announced that the long-awaited new album will be entitled ‘Halo Of Blood’. It will be released on June 6th (Europe) & June 11th (North America) via Nuclear Blast. Here is the official cover-art:

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The tracklist will be as follows:

01 Waste of Skin
02 Halo of Blood
03 Scream for Silence
04 Transference
05 Bodom Blue Moon (The Second Coming)
06 The Days are Numbered
07 Dead Man’s Hand on You
08 Damage Beyond Repair
09 All Twisted
10 One Bottle and a Knee Deep

Spekulus – Terroristian

Posted in CD, Industrial with tags , , , on 26th March 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Released 23rd February
Industrial Metal

The Terroristian album is the latest release from Leeds based band Spekulus and it see’s a dramatic change in musical style from their debut album Breathplay. Still there are the band’s electronic roots but now with a beefed up heavier sound. Terroristian features 12 tracks of Spekulus‘ own brand of Industrial Metal.

Orgasmic groans and clicking cameras open proceedings before the first track Skin & Tonic blasts from the speakers with heavy guitar riffs, chugging bass, pounding drum machine beats and keyboard wizardry. Then in come the vocals of front woman Amanda Amorphic, the lyrics are roared and screamed out at exceptional levels, a vocal style that compliments the strong lyrical content of the songs perfectly. This format sets the tone for the rest of the album. Religion seems to be a sore point for the band, none is more evident than in the tracks One Nation Under God and the title track Terroristian. Both of which feature strong lyrics that underline the fact.

My favourite track on the album is Avada Kedavra, a fast paced song with some nice guitar and drum work, a calmer more melodic vocal with a punchy shout along chorus, a class track. Another brutal track is Martyr – another faster song with a Star Trek themed style of music that hides the strong lyrical content of the song (reading the lyrics to this album is essential).

The production of the album is raw with an almost live feel which is always a plus point for me as it gives a true reflection of the Spekulus sound.

Terroristian is a credit to the band, an album of 12 well written songs that clearly shows that the band are not afraid to experiment with many musical genres and fuse them all together in their own unique style. If you are a fan of industrial or cyber-punk, I strongly recommend you give this album a listen! A solid quality second album from Spekulus.


Ian Foster