Archive for April, 2013

Ill Niño w/Ektomorf – Vosselaar, Belgium

Posted in Gig, Live with tags , , , , , on 23rd April 2013 by Freya

Ill Niño / Ektomorf
Biebob, Vosselaar, Belgium
30th March 2013

Ill Niño decided to bring their Latin vibe to little Belgium with a stop on their European Epidemic Tour, and they brought the Hungarian band Ektomorf with them to warm up the crowd. Their latest album Epidemia was released in October 2012 so this tour was the perfect opportunity for the band to introduce the new songs.

Even though I said little Belgium, it did take us a while to get to the venue. At some point I thought we wouldn’t make it in time to see Ektomorf, but we were lucky. When we entered the small but cosy venue the band was still setting up their gear. And I was in for a pleasant surprise! Ektomorf, live, is raw, heavy and in your face. Songs like Black Flag and Unscarred are filled with an angry kind of energy and Zoltán Farkas sounds a lot more intense live. Although I did get the feeling that his voice was drowned by the music. The crowd wasn’t really bothered by this and a good part of them decided to give it their all. Still, I’m under the impression that the main part of the audience came to the Biebob to see Ill Niño. [3/5]

After this set it was time for the people to cool down and wait for Ill Niño to light the place on fire once again. And I mean it, by the end of the night the temperature inside of the venue reached tropical heights. Vocalist Cristian Machado must have been sweating like hell in his jacket. That didn’t stop him from pouring his entire being into every single song. Like a ringleader he dragged everyone along, accompanied by charming guitarists and a drummer and percussionist who clearly enjoyed themselves. These two even had a little drum battle going on.

If You Still Hate Me, I Am Loco and When it Cuts made the crowd go wild. These songs build up slowly and make everybody sing along, until the song and the crowd explode into a powerful and musically very clean yet strong madness. And this happened over and over again. Songs from the new album like Eva (for the ladies) and Epidemia were also popular with the crowd, and besides more heavy guitars and drums we also got to enjoy intense, screeching and roaring vocals.

Halfway through the show we had a impromptu break, but it wasn’t the band who decided to take it easy. The Biebob thought that Ill Niño was a bit too heavy, and in the middle of a song the sound went out. The band handled it professionally though and after a few minutes the rowdy crowd could go back to their crowd-surfing, people-pushing and devil-horn-showing behaviour. And this took place almost the entire show. Another example of the fact that the crowd loved the show came along with Te Amo…I Hate You. I spotted many middle fingers and people singing along. And although quite a few photographers clustered together on the front row, they switched up taking pictures with head banging, so it didn’t look like a dead zone out there.

I was happy to spot some of their typical Latin sounds in songs like What Comes Around and Corazon of Mine. The ‘acoustic’ guitars appeared on stage for a moment and took us on a little trip to an exotic destination. That’s also why I was hoping for the Spanish version of How Can I Live, pero me encanta la canción en Inglés también. [4/5]

The next day, after the ringing in my ears subsided, I felt glad I got to enjoy these two bands live. Like I said, I was pleasantly surprised by Ektomorf. I really liked their sound, which sounds deliciously heavy live. I did miss a little bit more action from the crowd.

Ill Niño treated us to a selection of their best songs, and a treat it was! The entire set turned into an intense session filled with energy, passion and amazing music. It’s always great when the audience is having fun, but it seemed like the band was enjoying it as well. The small venue made the show seem a lot more intimate and powerful at the same time, and improved the interaction between the band and the crowd.

Freya Cherlet

 

Extol ink deal with Indie Recordings, comeback album to be released in June

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 23rd April 2013 by Nico Davidson

Indie Recordings have proudly announce the signing of Extol and the release of the self-titled comeback album, Extol. The new album will see the light of day 21st June in Norway, Germany and Austria and 24th June throughout the rest of Europe.

The first single Open The Gates is out now! Norway’s number one rock and metal radio show, Pyro, described the song as hard and heavy, but also melodic and beautiful.

Extol’s new self-titled album is a like a complex metallic alloy. The playfulness of the songs and the brutal bonding of genres are transformed into a fusion of atmospheric and harmonic prog rock, merged with the tempered thrash and death metal that Extol so uniquely master. This album leads us straight to the core of Extol. The band’s drummer David Husvik comments:

Extol is the album that was planned all the way, but never materialized. Partly due to changes in the line-up, but also because of the band´s urge to always reach for something new. The album is the recap of 20 years of Extol-history, both musically and lyrically.

Extol online:

https://www.facebook.com/ExtolOfficial
http://extol.indierecordings.no/

A New Era [Compilation Album]

Posted in Review on 23rd April 2013 by Pieni

Various Artists
“A New Era”
Hardcore / Metal
Released on 1st April 2013
Released via Sicksound

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Every fan of extreme music knows at least a dozen major bands who come from Sweden. But Sweden also has “small” bands – and I mean it in terms of recognition/popularity, not talent or potential. So Sicksound gathered 21 of those bands, ranging from the rawest punk to the most abrasive metal.

Victims kick off with their “Death Do Us Part”, a song whose edgy sound makes it hard to decide if it stands on the old-school-punk side of the tracks or if it crosses the border to its sub-genre hardcore. Later on, also Out Of Vogue’s “What We Pray For” and Kira’s “De Som Försvann” will stand in that grey area, even though the first messes around with the tempo a bit too much, more like a psychedelic rock band would do.

The loud and careless way that Tvärnitad deliver “Frashatare” is closer to the original punk attitude, but “AA-Låten” by Stick & Brinn and “J Lavin” by Pulver City both leave no doubt about it, with their frisky beats and looser rhythm. And Death By Armborst’s “Strange Animation” has a lot of garage rock entwined with punk. As for Håll Käften, Vad Vill Du?, their track “Motpol” has these cool hard rock guitars embedded in a punk/hardcore structure.

Straight-forward hardcore comes in the form of Cedron’s “Rumours” and Always War’s “The Pride, The Pain”, the first counterbalancing the aggression with some melody, the latter with strong gang vocals, speedy beats and sharp riffs.

Slowlife is also a hardcore band, although it may take you a while to associate “Suicide Lullaby” to that genre. Not at all a ballad, but there’s a reason why it’s called “lullaby”. Yet the anger flows out loud.

Sanctrum raise the speed a notch and “Autumn” results in a hardcore-meets-thrash song. Something that Achilles should have beaten in terms of brutality, as crust punk is usually part of their formula. But this “Bottles And Dreams” is less extreme than that, although still pretty much mosh-friendly.

In the realm of the other ‘core – the metalcore one – Pray For Locust make a heavy stand with their “Serpent”. Personally, I prefer Ascend’s “Taste For Life”, as the cranking guitars and the catchy chorus have a lot more spunk. But it’s “Metal Mulisha” by The End Of Grace – the reason why I got this album in the first place – that’s still my favorite. The fluid strings – whether in the form of a hook, a bridge or a solo – are just enthralling and the drum patterns can’t be called anything less than feral.

Colossus got the only sludge slot of this compilation with their “Pillars Perennity”, but Sicksound went further into the metal scene and reached the death border, giving us the somewhat melodic death of Monoscream’s “Nation Wide”, the thrashy death of Dethrone’s “Dead Eyes Open” and also the plain death of Skineater’s “Dismantling”. A big cheers to diversity!

5 / 5

By Renata “Pieni” Lino

Iced Earth confirm world tour for 2014 and 2015

Posted in Featured, News with tags , , , , , on 22nd April 2013 by Nico Davidson

Iced Earth have announced the first part of their 2014/2015 world tour, with the tour kicking off on January 9th 2014 in Saarbrücken, Germany.

Tickets and VIP packages for these shows will be on sale by the end of April, this year. The band has been hitting it relentlessly, with the recent studio album Dystopia being the most toured album in the band’s illustrious history. One of the many highlights of the World Dystopia Tour was a headline show at the historic Kourion Amphitheatre in Cyprus, which was recently released as BluRay, DVD and in many other formats, entitled Live In Ancient Kourion.

The band are also in the process of writing a new studio album with a slated release date for late 2013. They will be recording and mixing in between a string of European festivals this summer. Jon Schaffer stated:

We are ready!We are ready to enter the steel pirate ship that is our tour bus and spend another 18 months traveling the world. We look forward to reaching even more people and bringing Iced Earth to many new territories on this next massive world tour. We have a very exciting and ground breaking schedule planned and we will be bringing the metal to the masses big time! THIS IS WHAT WE DO!

For Iced Earth‘s tour details visit their official Facebook.

Iced Earth online:

http://www.icedearth.com/
http://www.myspace.com/icedearth
http://www.facebook.com/OfficialIcedEarth
http://www.youtube.com/officialicedearth

 

Svart Crown stream new album via VS

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 22nd April 2013 by Nico Davidson

French dark metallers Svart Crown are exclusively streaming their new album, Profane, via VS Webzine. The album can be streamed here.

Profane, the latest album from Svart Crown, was released today via Listenable Records.

Svart Crown online:

http://svartcrown.net/
http://svartcrown.bandcamp.com/
http://www.facebook.com/pages/SVART-CROWN/141662170999?fref=ts

 

Chthonic announce release date for upcoming album, Bú-Tik

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 22nd April 2013 by Nico Davidson

Taiwanese metal band, Chthonic, have confirmed June 3rd as the release date for their seventh studio album, Bú-Tik, via Spinefarm Records.

Recorded at Sweden’s Sweetspot Studio by producer Rickard Bengtson, who also worked on the band’s 2011 Takasago Army, Bú-Tik sees the band returning to the scene with their signature brand of symphonic “orient metal”, as they choose to define it; as usual, the musicians continue on their mission to build awareness of the myths of Taiwan and the tragic events in their country’s history.

Bú-Tik – which is based around the story of the 228 Massacre, the Bú-Tik Palace and the Mirror Of Retribution – highlights “righteous violence and justifiable defence”; once more, it takes the listener deep into the folklore and history of exotic Taiwan.

Bassist and band spokesperson, Doris Yeh, stated:

We are very proud to present Bú-Tik to the world; it talks about self-defence, righteous violence and the armed spirits! With this album, we have pushed ourselves to achieve new heights – heights we’ve never imagined before! We are leading metal fans to the next episode of Chthonic!

Track listing is as follows:

01. Arising Armament (intro)
02. Supreme Pain For The Tyrant
03. Sail Into The Sunset’s Fire
04. Next Republic
05. Rage Of My Sword
06. Between Silence And Death
07. Resurrection Pyre
08. Set Fire To The Island
09. Defenders Of Bu-Tik Palace
10. Undying Rearmament (Outro)

The first single, Defenders Of Bú-Tik Palace, will be made available digitally shortly via Spinefarm Records, with a very special video to follow. Doris explains:

For this clip, the first in a series of four, we decided to put ourselves through one month of martial arts training, to prepare ourselves properly. Finally, a couple of days ago, we filmed the video over a 24 hour period, and we are all now covered in bruises and completely exhausted… it’s not easy to go at it for such an extended period!

One the live front, Chthonic are confirmed to play on the Pepsi Max Stage on Saturday June 15th at Download Festival 2013, set to take place over the weekend of June 14th16th at its historical stamping ground of Donington Park.

Chthonic last appeared at Download in 2011, but for this follow-up show they are returning in greater numbers, the plan being to utilise the skills of the oriental orchestra. Doris commented:

This is the first time we’ll have played with the orchestra outside of Taiwan. We’re really hoping to present a show that people will be talking about for some time to come…

Tickets for Download 2013 are available at this location.

From Fuji Rock and Loud Park in Japan, through to Ozzfest in the US, Bloodstock and Download in the UK, and Wacken Open Air in Germany, Chthonic have already made their mark around the world, touring in over 30 countries, picking up awards (including the Golden Melody Award – the Taiwanese equivalent of a Grammy), featuring on magazine front covers, supporting political causes, releasing photo books, appearing in the charts and of course making powerful, unique music steeped in their own culture. Plans are currently being discussed for an autumn UK tour.

Chthonic online:

http://chthonic.tw/
https://www.facebook.com/chthonictw
https://twitter.com/CHTHONICtw

Autopsy set to return from the grave after 15 year hiatus, new album released in June

Posted in Featured, News with tags , , , , , , , on 19th April 2013 by Nico Davidson

June 24th (unless you’re over in the States, then it will be July 2nd US) marks the return of Autopsy, the US masters of brutality, with their sixth studio opus of horror and all-out madness, titled The Headless Ritual, on Peaceville Records. Featuring the returning quartet of Chris Reifert, Eric Cutler, Danny Coralles, and Joe Trevisano, The Headless Ritual is a relentless monster of violent and brutal death metal mastery delivered in the unmistakable Autopsy style of chaotic riffing, insane solos and doom-filled interludes, all served with the band’s unhinged brand of vocal sickness. The album was recorded and mixed April 2013 at Fantasy Studios in California with Adam Munoz, and features cover artwork by renowned artist Joe Petagno (Motörhead, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin). As the band comments:

Expect nothing less than the monstrous brutality that Autopsy has been known to offer. Laurels will not be rested upon, trends will not be followed and mercy will not be shown. Mark your calendars for June and pick out a coffin to lie down and die in. Darkness and death await…

The tracklisting for The Headless Ritual is as follows:

01. SLAUGHTER AT BEAST HOUSE
02. MANGLED FAR BELOW
03. SHE IS A FUNERAL
04. COFFIN CRAWLERS
05. WHEN HAMMER MEETS BONE
06. THORNS AND ASHES
07. ARCH CADAVER
08. FLESH TURNS TO DUST
09. RUNNING FROM THE GOATHEAD
10. THE HEADLESS RITUAL

Among the early breed of US death metal pioneers, Autopsy formed in 1987 in the San Francisco bay area and released four albums on Peaceville Records. Beginning with the classic debut Severed Survival in 1989, they disbanded in 1995 with members going on to form Abscess. Autopsy triumphantly and officially returned from the grave after a 15 year hiatus with the 2010 EP, The Tomb Within, followed by the release of the band’s widely acclaimed fifth studio album, Macabre Eternal in 2011.

Evile to perform special intimate show at Crash Records in Leeds tomorrow

Posted in Featured, News with tags , , , , , , , on 19th April 2013 by Nico Davidson

Yorkshire thrashers Evile are celebrating this year’s Record Store Day with a number of treats for fans, including an intimate live show at Crash Records in Leeds tomorrow (Saturday, 20th April).

The band will be performing live in the store at 4pm, giving fans the chance to see them in a unique, up-close and personal setting.  Evile are also releasing a split 7″ picture disc with Swedish death metal legends Entombed, featuring Entombed‘s classic 1990 track, Drowned, along with Evile‘s incredible 2012 cover version.

Evile drummer Ben Carter recently commented:

Evile are looking forward to making some stupidly heavy noise at Crash Records in Leeds on Saturday, 20th April in support of Record Store Day!  We’re going to start destroying ears at 4pm, so make sure to get in early as space will be VERY limited!  We guarantee this show will be utter carnage and something very different than the norm.  We can’t wait to see how a circle pit will work in a record store and need our fans there to show us!!!  To mark the occasion, we’ll be selling our new exclusive 7″ split of our cover of Entombed‘s Drowned, with Entombed’s original on the flipside.  All this is to show support to indie retailers, so get yer asses down to Crash and show your support for the old school!!!

Space for the show is limited, but fans who buy the 7″ from Crash Records on the day will get free entry to the show (space permitting).

Record Store Day takes place each year on the third Saturday of April, bringing together artists and independently-owned record stores around the world to celebrate the art of music.  Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day and sold in independent stores.

For more information and to see which stores are participating in Record Store Day in the UK, head to this location.

Evile‘s new album, Skull, is due to be released in Europe on Earache Records on May 27th, and in the USA via Century Media/Earache Records on June 11th.  The album was recorded with producer Russ Russell (Napalm Death, Dimmu Borgir) at Parlour Studios in Kettering, England.  The artwork for the album was painted by artist Eliran Kantor (TESTAMENT, SODOM, HATEBREED).

Pre-order Skull now from the Earache Webstore in Europe at this location or in North America at this lcoation.

Skull is also available on iTunes, including an instant grat track which you receive as soon as you pre-order the album.  Pre-order Skull on iTunes now at this location.

See Evile live at the following shows:
Apr. 20 – Leeds, UK – Crash Records (Record Store Day UK show)
Apr. 26 – Dublin, Ireland – The Academy *
Apr. 27 – Manchester, UK – HMV Ritz *
Apr. 28 – London, UK – HMV Forum *
Jun. 14 – Wervik, Belgium – SkullFest
Jun. 28 – Lesmahagow, UK – Les Fest
Aug. 24 – Werrington, UK – Scar Fest
* with KREATOR

Evile online:
http://www.evile.co.uk
http://www.facebook.com/evileuk
http://www.myspace.com/evileuk
http://twitter.com/evileuk
http://evile.tumblr.com

 

The CockRockets release video for My Beloved War

Posted in News with tags , , on 19th April 2013 by Nico Davidson

London hardcore punk act The CockRockets have released the official video for their latest single, My Beloved War. The video can be viewed below.

Norwegian metallers Sirenia reveal album title, artwork and track listing

Posted in Featured, News with tags , , , , , , , on 19th April 2013 by Nico Davidson

Norway’s premier gothic metallers Sirenia have revealed that their sixth studio album is set for release via Nuclear Blast Records on 1st July, 2013. The album is called Perils Of The Deep Blue, and the track-list for the standard and ltd. digipak edition (including two bonus tracks) reads as follows:

01. Ducere Me In Lucem
02. Seven Widows Weep
03. My Destiny Coming To Pass
04. Ditt Endelikt
05. Cold Caress
06. Darkling
07. Decadence
08. Stille Kom Døden
09. The Funeral March
10. Profound Scars
11. A Blizzard Is Storming

Bonus:
12. Chains
13. Blue Colleen

Vocalist and guitarist Morten Veland comments:

The entire band and all the people we are working with are absolutely ecstatic about it! This album takes Sirenia to the next level and brings many new sides of us to the table. There’s typical tried and tested Sirenia stuff but also approaches that you’ve never heard from us before. I think I’ve never felt so good about an album throughout my entire career. I mean, I love them all, but this one is something special. It’s the result of two and a half years of blood, sweat and tears. I’ve literally put my heart and soul into this record, so I am very curious to see what our fans as well as the press will think about it!

Perils Of The Deep Blue was produced by Veland himself, while the mixing and mastering was done by Endre Kirkesola in Dub Studios, Oslo. Veland stated:

The writing process has been going on for about two years. I always have ideas for new stuff, so I started writing even before we had released our previous album The Enigma Of Life. Most of it has been recorded in my own studio. I love to work there as I always feel inspired – plus we can take our time with whatever we do, for there is no time pressure. Just like for all of our previous albums, we also dropped by Sound Suite Studios in France – a great place that feels like home, too. This time we recorded the Marseille choir there that one can always hear on our records, as well as some of my acoustic guitar parts.

The album artwork was originally painted by Anne Stokes – though it wasn’t intentionally created to be used for this role, as Morten explains:

I came across the artwork on the Internet and immediately fell in love with it for obvious reasons – it’s no secret that I’ve always been fascinated by Greek mythology and sirens. So we got in touch with Anne and luckily she granted us the permits to use it for the record. I actually drew the inspiration for the album title ‘Perils Of The Deep Blue’ from the artwork. In my opinion, it’s the perfect Sirenia cover – there was no way we could have let that opportunity slip away!

 

Continents w/Support – Hull, UK

Posted in Gig, Live with tags , , , , , , , , on 18th April 2013 by Nico Davidson

Contients, When We Were Wolves, Beneath The Darkness, Sea of Giants, Down To A Deathmatch
The Ringside, Hull
12th April 2013

South Wales hardcore quintet Continents haven’t played at Hull’s Ringside since November 27th of last year but when they did they left a huge impact with their performance and this gig had a lot of expectation to live up to. A last minute show, due only to another promoter pulling out, there was a genuine concern that the turn out would be poor despite the rather impressive line up. However by the time the first band was on, a fair amount of people were throwing fists in the small room above the Ringside pub.

Describing themselves as “Hull’s Thug-Core Crew” Down To A Deathmatch have built themselves a reputation as an aggressive and no-nonsense live band with few delusions when it comes to such mundane things as solos. With relentless passion these five young men throw themselves onto the stage and have a knack of provoking the crowd into response. This was certainly true of tonight as pits were consistent and vocalist Chris Marshall’s call for a wall of death was greeted with enthusiasm. With little hooks in their songs worth mentioning for example  lead guitarist Michael Hill’s inclusion of a portion of the “Super Mario” theme music as a trigger to begin a pit and his shouting of rhythm guitarist “Luke Blackburn’s a virgin” have their merits to put a smile onto my face after an already solid and enjoyable performance from the band. An excellent choice for an opening band. [4/5]

Bridlington’s Sea of Giants have spent their time perfecting a blend of hardcore and deathcore and didn’t disappoint with a solid performance musically. Having established themselves as a popular band down the road from their home there was an appreciative crowd viewing them and though the reaction wasn’t frenetic in the way of movement there were few people who didn’t enjoy their performance. A consistent but slightly uninspiring second act but this didn’t set any tone for the rest of the night as a whole. [3/5]

Hull’s four piece post hardcore outfit Beneath The Darkness had recent line-up changes and have since remained true to the same set list with new original songs being added delivered fully in screams by their new acquisition Miles Barber. With his highs and lows sounding reminiscent of Suicide Silence and Whitechapel, he fronted the youngest band on this bill with infectious fervour. Clearly there were fans of the band in the audience as during their most well known song Manic,  the audience sang back with glee.  An excellent performance from an ever-evolving young band with guitarist Kieran Reilly and bassist Mike Baker enjoying use of their wireless kits and running throughout the audience to good natured laughter. [4/5]

South Wales post hardcore quintet and main support for this gig, When We Were Wolves delivered a performance that rarely comes around on the live circuit and is comparable to no one else on this bill (Excellent as this gig was) which was filled to saturation point with passion, aggression and fire. Vocalist Mitch Bock is a front man that has only three peers in all the local performances I have seen and they would be Sam Rudderforth (The Colour Line), Ash Gollings (Black Dogs) and Phil Cross (Continents) and he was treated with love according to this fact. With out of control pits and head-banging galore their set was musically extremely tight and advanced despite their only playing since July 2011 and an excellent mix of clean vocals and screams gave this band a stand out among all others on the bill, but ever humble they pulled up most of the audience onto the stage and embraced them, truly a moment and a ban to remember for the future. [5/5]

Following an excellent array of support acts that had a diversity of genres, Continents took to the stage and showed just why they were described by Kerrang as “Energy-fuelled epic-core with lots of aggression, a healthy blend of raw shouts and low end growls and foot stomping hooks.” And also justifying how they managed to pull in a 50+ audience with only a week of promotion. An intense stage presence that was captivating, the lads from South Wales set about tearing Hull apart with vocalist Phil Cross looking reminiscent of a serial killer at some points with the stony glares the crowd was receiving, surely this is a band that delivers a unique kind of aggression, definitely something more cold and calculating, but the music followed the vein of some of the best hardcore I’ve heard in a long time, with individuality and passion, this music encouraged two-stepping and pits and the crowd delivered with gleeful enthusiasm. Phil Cross’s determination to spend more time off the stage without a microphone pitting with the crowd and embracing his audience was memorable and he was rewarded by being lifted and carried around during the conclusion of what was an excellent set. It’s hard not to see the potential these men carry by their efforts, they left it all on the stage and put their heart into their audience, who returned the favour with passion and an unspoken promise that their attendance would be assured at any other date Continents have in Hull and for my part, I do hope it is soon. [4/5]

Sonny Rust

 

Interview with Atrocity

Posted in Featured, Interview with tags , , , , , , , on 17th April 2013 by Nico Davidson

Atrocity have been smashing their sound in the ears of listeners – both willing and unwilling – since 1985 when the band first formed. With the release of their eighth studio album, Okkult, just around the corner, Nico grabs hold of the band and gets the info on the latest album, amongst other things.

Nico: Okkult will be dealing, lyrically, with occult magics, conspiracy theories and other concepts. What inspired the band to write about these subjects?

Alex: Well, Okkult features some very obscure stories actually. I was always very much into history, legends, myths and the dark backgrounds and secrets of mankind and researching them from different sources. The idea to start the Okkult trilogy came up after the release of the Atlantis record [2004]. The research of the Atlantis secrets have been very inspiring, so the next step was to make an epic trilogy about the mysteries of the world. An even bigger challenge and concept, this is why we decided to make an album trilogy. Yes, the lyrics relate to occult magic, mysterious places, conspiracy theories and mysteries that are still unsolved. Actually it’s great to take the listener and ourselves on a heavy trip through the dark and mysterious tales, happenings and places of all times. We digged out some very obscure stories like the super sinister lady La Voisine (we use this pronunciation of the name). This song tells a dark chapter in the history of mankind. It’s set in Paris of the 17th Century and is about Catherine Monvoisin, which was known as La Voisin, as a witch and poisoner. She told the fortune for money, selling poisons and love potions, magic plant and broke off unwanted pregnancies. She and the former priest Abbé de Guibourg celebrated black masses, where also infants were sacrificed which she had previously bought from the poor people. The blood of the children they used as ingredients in potions, too. She was booked by many members of the nobility, among others, the mistress of King Louis XIV, Madame de Montespan, who wanted to get through the black masses more power and influence in society. Madame de Montespan used the potions in order to get the love of King Ludwig upright, and she mixed the potions in his food and drink. There were rumours that members of the nobility were killed by poison, and so research was driven. One day a young woman from the aristocratic circle close to King Ludwig died. Then investigations were intensified to find the poisoners’ source and to smash the conspiracy. La Voisine and other witches of the Paris witch circle were arrested. Due to the good contacts with the mistress remained La Voisine long spared from torture. Nevertheless, she was sentenced to death at the end in the: Affaire des Poisins. La Voisine was executed. Later, they found the remains of 2,500 infants in her backyard of her house, and so after La Voisine‘s death, the entire extent of her cruel deeds were obvious. The paradox of the story: It turned out that the young woman died of natural causes and she was not poisoned, like many other nobles.

Nico: Speaking of occult magics and all topics related to them. What are your personal thoughts and views on the occult?

Alex: Like I mentioned, I’ve always been into dark topics and the obscure side of mankind’s history in connection with strange, supernatural or unsolved backgrounds and events! The occult is really fascinating to myself and probably many other people. I find it a superb way of “switching off” daily life stress digging my nose into heaps of books and sources of this kind of literature. And this topic is not only about black magic like many people think in nowaday’s society. There was a period of time when science had to do research and works in the shadows because religion condemned it as the “devil’s work”. An overall important aspect in Okkult is the intersection of power, politics and religion in our world. Because religion and superstition occur exactly where the man pushes his knowledge to its limits, primal fears  can take control over the mind. This concludes in a policy based on the principle of fear. Religion and politics play on the fears of the people, thus they control. For mankind the greatest fear is darkness. The best example is processed in the song Masaya (Boca del Infierno). The cave system of the volcano in Nicaragua Masaya was regarded as an input for the indigenous population in the dark underworld. To ward off evil spirits, there were rituals of human sacrifice. When the Spanish conquerors emerged in Masaya, there was a cross erected to exorcise the devil. The Spanish conquerors thought that this was one of the entrances to hell. Two completely different cultures with different languages and peoples, and yet a common fear…

Nico: How do you feel that Okkult will differ from previous Atrocity releases?

Sander: From my perspective, no Atrocity album has ever been similar to another and the band have always just did artistically what is in the heart with really no boundaries or rules.  I think this album is in a way coming full circle and reconnecting with the metal roots of the band. In my opinion this album feels maybe like a logical step forward from the Atlantis album and I think it’s a mix between the classic death metal albums, the Atlantis record and new added influences that go from black metal to modern sounding metal. It’s also the best and heaviest sounding production on an Atrocity record ever.

Tosso: On Okkult there are some elements in which can also be found on the first two Atrocity albums, like 5/4 bar blast beats, et cetera. But all in all the intention was to make lyrics, artwork and music fit together very well… to obtain this kind of “okkult sound”. Moreover, it is a question about a basic band concept. There are bands being very happy doing the same music for decades. I don’t think that’s the concept of Atrocity. Nevertheless, the Okkult trilogy will have a clear line in all three parts. So Okkult II and Okkult III will certainly follow the paths of the first Okkult album.

Nico: Which tracks do you feel stand out the most on Okkult?

Alex: Tricky question. If I were to choose a track that represents the complete core and idea behind Okkult, the song Pandaemonium stands out for me due to its epic but at the same time brutal character. It is viciously aesthetic in every aspect. Well, it’s hard to say anyway.

Sander: I rather think of the album as a whole piece, every song has it’s own feel and atmosphere and it’s own identity and has it’s own role to play on the album musically and lyrically. I think that makes the album special although the songs differ they still are part of one homogenous soundscape.

Nico: Kate Halliday provided the finishing touches for Okkult, what was it like working with her? And do you feel that her experience has added new dynamics and feeling to Atrocity’s sound?

Alex: The cooperation with the Canadian sound designer Katie Halliday (SAW movies) was supercool, she made some really dark atmopsheric sound effects! We met Katie on tour in Canada. As we told her about the Okkult concept, she was excited to take part in such a huge metal production. As she is a big metal fan, too.

Tosso: We wanted to have a very dark atmosphere on the album, just like in the great old horror movies. You find these elements in the orchestra on Okkult and of course also on Katie’s great sound effects, that she contributed to the album. If you just listen to the opening track of the album “Pandæmonium” you’ll get an idea of what I’m trying to describe. It leaves a hell of impression on the listeners!

Nico: What song do you feel defines Atrocity as a whole?

Tosso: I guess you need several songs from the different periods of Atrocity if you want to describe or sum up all facettes of the band. My personal top 11 would be then: Blue Blood, Deep In Your Subconscious, Necropolis, BLUT, Calling The Rain, Love Is Dead, The Great Commandment, Reich of Phenomena, Relax, Call of Yesteryear, Pandaemonium.

Alex: Yes, I agree. These songs represent the varied side of Atrocity very well! Reich of Phenomena and Pandaemonium are both of my fave songs of the band, they perfectly reflect the combination of epic brutality! To put our compositions and albums in an over-all view, past to present, I think Okkult contains many elements from our musical past, especially the very heavy stuff from our 1990’s album releases but also Atlantis. Death by Metal is the best example for that: Our tribute to Death Metal actually contains the main riffs of the song, which I wrote originally in 1991 and also brand new riffs! So Okkult combines our roots with new musical ideas, and this is simply a new era for Atrocity after such a long history of challenging metal music! Anyway, I would like to mention Blut because it has put a mark on me, personally and artistically. Blut reminds me of our video shoot on the Corvin Castle in Transylvania. We did some research for the location for the video shoot and arrived there one night after driving the whole way by car during extreme Romanian winter landscapes on terrible road conditions. Instantly there was an eerie atmosphere in the castle and we had the feeling of not being alone. I needn’t say more, it still gives me the creeps. Moreover, the video shoot months later was very strange, too, to say it straight. It is said every room has its own history with its own soul. Some things can not always be explained scientifically. I am a so called atheist and still believe that there is definitely more things to this world, we can’t easily detect with our senses completely. Atrocity is a band who stand for revelation of mysteries, surprises, extremes and contrasts. You might actually get blown away, hehe.

Nico: Do Atrocity have any plans for a UK tour in support of the new album?

Tosso: We had many great shows in the past with Atrocity. I remember great shows in the UK already on my very first tour in 1994 when Atrocity toured with Obituary through Europe and the UK. So hopefully we get a chance to be back in the UK.

Alex: The UK death-metal scene of the 90s is one of a kind. By the way I organised the first Euro Death Metal Festivals and the our first Euro tour together with UK legends Carcass in 1990. Great times! And yes, bring us back, we would love to tour the UK again!

Nico: If you could replace the soundtrack to any film with your own music, which one would it be and why?

Tosso: The Okkult album would be a cool soundtrack for one the old Vincent Price horror movies… That would be an awesome combination.

Alex: Vincent Price, yes, killer idea! The first Nosferatu movie by Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau and the remake with Klaus Kinski is in my view one of the highlights in dark horror movie productions. Love the vibe of these classics!Why not putt Haunted by Demons in one of these movies? Haha, I guess Todesstimmen would be a perfect match for a Horror movie trailer!

Nico: What are your thoughts on the current metal scene? And do you feel its changed since the formation of Atrocity?

Tosso: I think it changed a lot. Metal has developed many different sub genres, which is cool on the one hand, because you have a colourful scene. We gave our input to open the scene up a little more. On the other hand sometimes I miss new bands that every metal head can identify with. The technical progress and internet have also changed things pretty much. Its very easy nowadays to record music on your own and put it on the internet, especially for young bands. But the negative aspect in my opinion is that too many new albums sound like the same and musicians lose the relation to their instruments. Atrocity started as an underground band with no commercial intention, just excited to play their own music, I think that helped to form the character of the band.

Nico: If you could go back to when you first became a musician and give yourself any advice, what would it be and why?

Alex: Time runs fast… We’ve gathered a lot of experience through a great number of cooperations, connections and friendships. Generally said, a good and solid basis both within the band, and between band and so-called “partners” is, in my opinion, based on values like honesty, trust and fairness, which my band mates and myself always have struggled to keep upright. These values are incredibly important to me, personally and professionally. It is something I have always fought for, and that’s my main advice to myself, my friends and band mates and everybody else. I just can’t accept unfairness, a thing that also has infected the music business more and more over the years. Besides that, do the music you love – and that’s what we always did!

Nico: This one is a fan question. Have you ever considered doing more extreme metal and has it ever appeal to you?

Tosso: If you listen to the Okkult album, you will realize that this is definitely one driving force in this musical trilogy: We enjoy writing and playing extreme and brutal metal music. So, to answer your question, yes, we consider and will play more extreme metal on the Okkult trilogy.

Nico: Another fan question and probably the strangest I’ve ever had to ask. This one is for you, Alex. How did you get your hair so long?

Alex: Well, I guess it’s due to the good genes, haha. My father is turning 85 and still has thick hair. My wife keeps complaining about the high amount of hair products that is needed every week, haha… Not really, just kidding. People actually ask me always for advices, and it’s a simple answer: Don’t cut your hair, switch hair products. My son is about to break the record, though: he is nine and his lion’s mane has already reached his waist, for the second time in his life!

Nico: Do you have anything you’d like to say to our readers?

Tosso: Thanks for the interview and keep it Metal!

Alex: Thanks to you and to all our fans – hope to see you on tour soon!

 

Interview with Thomas Winkler [Gloryhammer]

Posted in Featured, Interview with tags , , , , , , on 17th April 2013 by ianf666

Thomas Winkler is the vocalist of Gloryhammer, the Power Metal side project of Alestorm‘s Christopher Bowes. The band have just released their debut album Tales From The Kingdom Of Fife and Ian caught Thomas for a quick chat about the album amongst other things.

Ian:  How did you decide on the name Gloryhammer ?

Thomas:  The name Gloryhammer expresses in an emotional way the fundamental essence of our band – Heroic Fantasy Power Metal. A hammer is heavy and able to smash the heads of goblins and trolls. So it brings glory to those who use it for the good fight. And besides, Gloryhammer is easy to find on Google.

Ian:  Which bands would you say are Gloryhammer‘s biggest influences ?

Thomas:  All the cheesy Epic Power Metal bands of the early millennium. Plus Elvis Presley. Because he was an extra-terrestrial. You will find out what I mean when we release our second album.

Ian:  The band have just released their debut album Tales From The Kingdom Of Fife, how has the album been received by fans and the media alike ?

Thomas:  I read a lot of reviews and reactions of fans which was pretty entertaining. I also do like the very negative ones. At least as long as they are only a small part of the overall reactions. Some media did’nt realize the idea behind Gloryhammer though, and we were expecting that. Because it needs a certain sensitivity to understand the complex meaning of the lyrics and the story.

Ian:  What is the main concept of the album ?

Thomas:  It’s about unicorns. Undead unicorns of war. But they once were good and just went mad because of some evil sorcerer dude, called Zargothrax. He hates the citizens of Dundee, which once was a Kingdom in Fife, Scotland. So we tell about Scotland. And we’ll also go into space with the next album so there is certainly something for everyone in this mighty concept.

Ian:  With the members of Gloryhammer been from different bands and in different countries, how did you find the whole recording process for the album ?

Thomas:  I only met the other guys once before in London for a photo shoot so it was kind of an experiment how it would work in Luebeck/Germany when I had to sleep in a small and (at least after some nights) smelly room with some constantly horny young men. But luckily with Lasse Lammert we had a great host and also very capable producer so I forgot about these circumstances with time. And to say the truth, we had a superb time and I’m happy that Zargothrax didn’t assault me at night !

Ian:  Have Gloryhammer got any plans to go on tour in support of the album, if so, where can fans expect to catch the band live ?

Thomas:  Yeah, we’ll be on tour by the end of the summer. The first ever show will be on a very well-known festival which takes place in July in Tolmin/Slovenia. I am not supposed to tell you which one yet. But it’s said to be beautiful, especially because of a lake and the woods. A propos: the woods are a good thing. I will be able to hide by wearing my armour. That’s really cool, I think.

Ian:  A question I’m sure fans must have. Is Gloryhammer and the Tales From The Kingdom Of Fife album a one off or can fans expect to hear more from the band ?

Thomas:  As mentioned above, there will be another album and the story will be settled in space in the year 1992. According to Chris there will be a total of 21 albums until Gloryhammer is history.

Ian:  If you could replace the soundtrack to any film with your own music, which one would it be and why ?

Thomas:  I wouldn’t replace a film soundtrack but the soundtrack of a video game. Since I am a big fan of The Legend of Zelda and its music, I wouldn’t replace that one. Rather I would replace the original Tetris soundtrack. I can’t stand this one because it’s so catchy.

Ian:  Have you got any words for our readers ?

Thomas:  May the Force be with you, for the Glory of Dundee !

Gloryhammer‘s debut album Tales From The Kingdom Of Fife is available now via Napalm Records.

For more info on Gloryhammer visit the following pages …

http://www.gloryhammer.com

https://www.facebook.com/gloryhammer

 

Atomwinter – Atomic Death Metal

Posted in Review with tags on 16th April 2013 by izaforestspirit

Atomwinter
Atomic Death Metal
Released 15th February 2013
Death Metal
Released via Black Skull Records

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Atomic Death Metal is the debut album from the German death metal band Atomwinter. It is the follow-up to their self-titled demo which was released back in 2010.

Now with song titles like Desecration of Dead Bodies and a front cover that Cannibal Corpse would be proud of, you pretty much know that you’re entering death metal territory. First off is ‘Sentinels of Doom and Horror’ offering some slow, old-school death metal with the stereotypical growls and thrash metal tinges in the guitar riffs. The aptly named Ghouls of the Pit sees several changes in speed, starting off a little faster than its predecessor then slowing down again towards the latter half of the track only to pick up the pace at the end. This time the vocals really are ghoul-like with the singer’s eerie growling working well with the raw thrash metal guitar riffage to give the song that creepy feel.

Another track that stands out is The Crypt Is Calling, the first track to feature a drum solo at the start right before the guitars kick in; paving the way for some more old-school death metal. Oh, and by old-school death metal I’m referring to something along the lines of Bolt Thrower (for vocal style) with hints old Entombed or Morbid Angel in the guitars. Howling Winds of Sorrow sees the focus shift towards the growly vocals whilst the guitar patterns take a turn towards doomier climates. The aforementioned Desecration of Dead Bodies is a fine example of the union between death metal and gore. The lyrics are perfectly matched to the music with words like “suffering” and “torture” leaving no shadow of a doubt that these guys embody their chosen genre.

Overall ‘Atomic Death Metal’ is exactly what it says on the tin, or in this case disc. Atomwinter is old-school death metal to the bone. If you’re a fan of the genre then this album is for you.

3.5/5

Iza Raittila

Firewind announce the release of live album

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 16th April 2013 by Nico Davidson

Greek melo-power metallers Firewind, featuring the guitar-wizard Gus G., have recently returned from an extensive North American tour together with Turisas and Stolen Babies, on which Kelly Sundown Carpenter (Adagio, Beyond Twilight) debuted as session frontman.

Now, Firewind are happy to reveal that they will be releasing a new live album on June 24th 2013 via Century Media Records in Europe to celebrate the 10th band anniversary in style. Entitled Apotheosis – Live 2012, the album will contain 17 songs recorded at special anniversary shows in Greece as well as all over Europe during the band’s Few Against Many tour in 2012 with a playing time of 69 minutes featuring a great overview of the band’s career so far, which spans over 7 studio albums so far. This live-album also marks the final release with long term singer Apollo Papathanasio, who decided to step down from his duties as singer by the end of last year.

Firewind’s Gus G. has checked in to comment the release as follows:

Apotheosis = the glorification of a subject to a divine level.

That is the word that came to my mind, while thinking of how I could best describe the feeling & the vibe of those 4 anniversary shows we played in our homeland Greece and our last European headline tour in 2012! So that had to be our live album’s title. You can feel the energy on these recordings, you can hear the screams of the most hardcore fans & the FIREWIND chants…it’s all there.

No doubt about it, it’s the sheer love from our fans and supporters that has kept us alive and strong for 10 years and we wanted to celebrate all that with this album.

We recorded all those shows, chose the best performances and now we can’t wait to release this one! See you out there this spring & summer on European festival stages!

Firewind’s latest studio album, Few Against Many, was mixed by Jason Suecof and Eyal Levi at Audiohammer Studios (Trivium, All That Remains, Death Angel, etc.) and mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music (Mastodon, Hatebreed, Symphony X, etc.). The iconic album’s artwork was once again created by Firewind’s longtime partner in all design matters, Gustavo Sazes (Arch Enemy, Angra, Dream Evil, etc.). While the album’s standard version is available in the CD format as well as LP and also as Digital Download, Few Against Many is also released as limited edition Digipak CD with two bonus tracks. Few Against Many occupied the national sales charts in Greece at the # 1 top spot for several weeks!

More Firewind online action:

Album “track by track” video with Gus G., Pt. 1:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBUayMOMkfE
Album “track by track” video with Gus G., Pt. 2:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qjajKR7tH8
Album EPK-clip:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9l41HCQJdmE
“Wall Of Sound” official video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aihNvw4b8bE
“Edge Of A Dream (Feat. Apocalyptica)” official video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRlEiDQbbpY
“Glorious” live clip (O2’s fancams):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?&v=5_Jsf3crOWs
“Few Against Many” guitar play-through video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KniFgWoXDCQ

FIREWIND online:
http://www.firewind.gr
http://www.facebook.com/firewindofficial
http://www.myspace.com/firewind
http://twitter.com/firewindmusic

Iced Earth release live video for Anthem

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 16th April 2013 by Nico Davidson

Iced Earth’s first officially recorded DVD and Blu-Ray Live In Ancient Kourion is now available all across Europe. For this live release, the band recorded an epic 2.5 hour show in a 6,000 year old amphitheatre with an incredible and truly unique atmosphere.

In celebration of today’s release Iced Earth have uploaded the impressive live video for the song Anthem which offers fans yet another impression of this stunning live release. The video can be viewed below.

Live In Ancient Kourion is available in the following formats:

Limited Deluxe Book Edition incl. Blu Ray, DVD & 2CD
3LP Gatefold Vinyl
2CD
Digital Download

Click here to order the various physical formats over at CM Distro and click here to purchase the Digital Download. Last but not least, don’t forget to check out the official DVD trailer at this location.

Iced Earth online:
www.icedearth.com
www.facebook.com/officialIcedearth
www.myspace.com/icedearth

Amon Amarth release details about ninth studio album

Posted in Featured, News with tags , , , , , , , on 16th April 2013 by Nico Davidson

Swedish Viking-themed death metallers Amon Amarth recently unveiled the details of their ninth studio album. Titled Deceiver of the Gods, the epic offering of Viking-styled death metal was recorded at Backstage Studios in Derbyshire, UK, produced, mixed and mastered by Andy Sneap (Opeth, Megadeth, Exodus, Arch Enemy, Killswitch Engage). The cover art was, once again, completed by Tom Thiel and depicts a mythical battle between the Norse deities Loki and Thor (Editor’s note: The artwork looks partially like a scene from the movie, Thor). Fans will also recognize a special appearance on this album with Messiah Marcolin (Candlemass) providing guest vocals for eighth song, Hel (Whom in Norse mythology is the goddess of the dead and ruler of Helheim). Deceiver of the Gods will be released in the UK via Metal Blade Records 24th June, along with the rest of Europe and the album will be released in Germany, Austria and Switzerland on 21st June.

The band’s vocalist Johan Hegg comments:

We feel very excited about this new album, and personally I feel that Deceiver of the Gods is the strongest album we’ve ever done. By far! I’m confident that all our fans will enjoy this ‘punch-in-the-face-of-a-record!

Opening title track and first single, Deceiver of the Gods is currently streaming at the band’s official Metal Blade page, where you’ll also find special pre-order info. You can also listen to the track below.

Deceiver of the Gods Track Listing:
01. Deceiver of the Gods
02. As Loke Falls
03. Father of the Wolf
04. Shape Shifter
05. Under Siege
06. Blood Eagle
07. We Shall Destroy
08. Hel
09. Coming of the Tide
10. Warriors of the North

Described as a compelling synthesis of buzzsaw riff work, melodic harmonies and soul-severing rhythms punctuated by vocalist Johan Hegg’s callous Viking roar and gripping accounts of Norse battles and treachery, Deceiver of the Gods is the follow-up to the band’s critically lauded 2011 Surtur Rising full-length. Finding placement on multiple charts worldwide the record is among the band’s fastest-selling albums to date. Surtur Rising sold approximately 15,000 copies in the United States in its first week landing the band at #34 on the Billboard Top 200 and #1 on the Billboard Top Hard Music Albums. Around the world Surtur Rising also charted in Germany at #8 on the Top 100 chart, #19 on Canada’s Top 200 Chart, #12 on Austria’s Top 40 Chart and Switzerland’s Top 100 at #20.

Amon Amarth will be opening the main stage of this year’s edition of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Fest set to commence June 29th in San Bernardino . Prior to that they’ll be at the 2013 edition Download, sharing the stage with the likes of Airbourne, Rival Sons and Limp Bizkit!

Amon Amarth’s summer 2013 European festival tour dates are as follow:
06/01 Nijmegen, NL Forta Rock Festival
06/06 Solvesborg, SE Sweden Rock Festival
06/07 Nurburgring, DE Rock Am Ring
06/08 Amnéville, FR Sonisphere
06/09 Nurenberg, DE Rock Im Park
06/11 Prague, CZ MeetFactory
06/12 Wroclaw, PL Eter Club
06/14 Copenhagen, DK Copenhell
06/15 Nickelsdorf, AT Nova Rock
06/16 Donington, UK Download Festival

Amon Amarth online:

http://www.amonamarth.com
http://www.facebook.com/OfficialAmonAmarth
http://twitter.com/amonamarthband

 

In This Moment premier video for new single, Blood

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 16th April 2013 by Nico Davidson

Metallic rockers In This Moment have recently premiered their video for Adrenalize, the second single off of their highly successful album Blood. The video can be viewed below.

The video was shot in Eastern Los Angeles at one of the most haunted locations in the country, the abandoned Linda Vista Hospital. Directed by Robert John Kley, the video takes fans on an eerie journey with In This Moment throughout the hospital, that was officially shut down in 1991. The music video for the title track and lead single, Blood, currently has almost 6 million views on YouTube.

In June In This Moment are bringing Blood live to European stages. After supporting Halestorm in the UK in March they are coming back for summer festivals and selected shows in June. Dates and shows are as follows:

14.06.2013 (UK) Donington Park – Download Festival
19.06.2013 (UK) Manchester – Academy 1 (w/ Danzig)
24.06.2013 (UK) London – Roundhouse (w/ Danzig )

Just in time for their upcoming run In This Moment will release a re-launch of their album Blood that will come as a 2CD for a fan-friendly price. CD2 of Blood (Re-Issue + Bonus) will be out June 3rd, 2013 and has the following tracks added:

Closer
Blood (Sluggo Remix)
Adrenalize (Mr. Kane Remix)
Whore (Nikka Bling Remix)
The Blood Legion (Mitch Marlow Remix)

In This Moment online:

http://www.inthismomentofficial.com
http://facebook.com/officialinthismoment

 

Keep Of Kalessin confirmed to tour Europe with Finntroll

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 16th April 2013 by Nico Davidson

Keep Of Kalessin are confirmed to head out on tour around Europe in May with Finntroll! Tour dates are as follows:

08.05.2013 DE – Berlin @ K17
09.05.2013 BE – Vosselaar @ Biebob
10.05.2013 NL – Dordrecht @ Bibelot
11.05.2013 DE – Cologne @ Live Music Hall
12.05.2013 FR – Paris @ La Machine Du Moulin Rouge
13.05.2013 UK – London @ Undeworld

Keep Of Kalessin released the new video Introspection at the Indie Recordings Label Night at the Inferno Festival this Easter, where Obsidian C announced that he will take over as vocalist.

Introspection shows the band from a more serious and mature side than before. The band also brings more of their 80’s inspiration into this track with Obsidian C. showing a lot more of his impressive solo skills.

 

Gates Of Hell: “Critical Obsession” release party

Posted in Gig, Live on 15th April 2013 by Pieni

Grankapo, The Ransack, For The Glory, Gates Of Hell
Hard Club, Porto (PT)
13th April 2013

I’ve recently mentioned Switchtense as one of the metal Portuguese bands who openly supports the “end of war” between metal and hardcore. Gates Of Hell is another one. And so, for such a big event in their lives as it is the release party of their first full-length, “Critical Obsession”, the boys invited two hardcore bands – Grankapo and For The Glory – as well as a death metal band – The Ransack. And it was a hell (no pun intended) of a party.

Grankapo got on stage a bit past nine-thirty, fifteen minutes later than scheduled. Still the place wasn’t exactly packed (I think I’ve already told you that the Portuguese crowd isn’t the most punctual). But the few who were there made it worth it, slamdancing with enough intensity to put me on alert and watch my back while photographing the show. And the metalheads, even though a few steps farhter behind, headbanged to the adrenaline surge that rushed off the stage.

Starting with “Sinner Of The World” and finishing with “Man Killing Man”, going through “Private Hell” or “My Son” (dedicated to drummer Ivan‘s son), a few guys in the crowd – including Gates Of Hell drummer Afonso – helped singer Fuck (yup, that’s his nickname) screaming the lyrics.

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Not sure what happened because The Ransack was as brutal as always but the crowd didn’t mosh like there was no tomorrow, as they usually do. Singer Shore kept calling them up to the front, some of them by their own names, but the circles were still weak. Guess they weren’t exactly in their element, among the hardcore and metalcore-thrash fans. But as death metal goes, it was a great show, which focused mainly on their last album “Bloodline”. But they also played a couple from “Vortex” (“The Plague” and “Slaves Of Creation”) and visited “Azrael” through “Exorcise”. They closed with “Zenith”, which got a little bit more of movement. A shame, really, as their performance deserved a better response.

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On the other hand, all hell broke loose with For The Glory! I’m not an expert in the subject to say they’re the best Portuguese hardcore band at the moment – although I’ve heard so many people saying so, that they’re surely one of the best – but I’ve been to too many gigs in the past 20 years to assure you that these guys know what they’re doing on stage. Singer Congas said it was a pleasure to be back in Porto, in another event that brought together different styles but just as extreme as hardcore and metal.

“Life Is A Carousel” features Hugo from Switchtense, but the latter was in Germany, playing at Chronical Moshers Open Air Warm Up. No worries! The majority of the crowd did the trick for the absent guest! And the hymn “Survival Of The Fittest” was entitled to a stage invasion – although that happened throughout the whole gig, but for stagediving purposes.

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I’ve seen Gates Of Hell a few times before and this was definitely their best show so far. And it had nothing to do with the fact that they were celebrating the release of their debut album. It helped to the mood, obviously, but this band has grown a lot stronger. Without disrespect for past members, I also think that this is the most solid line-up they’ve got.

They kicked off with “Releasing The Disease”, and so did the mosh pit. For 45 minutes, band and crowd were relentless – the first introducing us the new album (and remembering the EP “Shadows Of The Dark Ages” with “Hypocrisy” and “Breaking The World”), the second in full support to the hosts of that big party.

In the studio version, “Abusive Resolution” has a Danish special guest – HatesphereEsben “Esse” Hansen. As he wasn’t there that night, Congas from For The Glory filled in. “Who said such a stupidity that metal and hardcore didn’t go along?” asked singer Raça rhetorically. “I saw a huge circle to the metal of Gates Of Hell, I saw a huge circle to the hardcore of For The Glory, now I want to see a huge circle for both! Unite!”. Or something like that – translating literally from Portuguese is just not possible. Anyway, you got the idea. And the crowd did get the message.

They were running somewhat late, and there was no time to play “Chronical Revolt” . But they finished with the title-track/first single, with Raça saying “you probably heard it on YouTube and liked it. If you didn’t like it, come up here just the same and maybe you’ll change your mind”. The night ended with another stage invasion and the screams for “just one more”. But like Raça said, “we like to honour our commitments and we promised Hard Club they’d have their room back at one in the morning”. Great musicians and men of honour – what’s there not to like?

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