Archive for June, 2013

Unfolded Vision’s “Perspectives” presentation concert @ Hard Club

Posted in Gig, Live on 30th June 2013 by Pieni

Mean Rock Machine + Unfolded Vision + Head:Stoned
Hard Club, Porto (PT)
27th June 2013

Unfolded Vision is a rock/metal band formed in late 2006, but their members have been around a lot longer than that. They’ve changed singers a couple of years ago (César Teixeira stepped in for Henrique Loureiro) and I think that was the main reason for their first release to take about six years to see the light of day. But it’s finally here, the 5-track EP “Perspectives”, and the band put up a free-entrance show to introduce it to their friends and fans.

Of course they didn’t do it all by themselves and the first guys to go on stage were bluesy hard rockers Mean Rock Machine. It’d been a long while since I’d last seen them, and even though Manu’s voice sounded a bit more uncontrolled and broken, the overall performance was great. Their music also sounds better, more mature, and I guess that’s why the cracks in Manu’s voice didn’t bother me. In fact, they added some spice to it, as if failing the highest and/or lowest tones were intentional, to make the song sound rawer.
Manu introduced the new guitar player, Leo, saying that now that the band was whole again, things were starting to fall into place and that soon there would be news about their own upcoming release. Release which they gave us a sneak peak of through songs such as “Ready To Go”, “Nice Perfume” or “Sex, Sex And Rock’N’Roll” – even though they’ve been playing the latter for a couple of years already. And then from their debut EP “Just Bang Your Head” they played the classic title-track, “Mean Rock Machine”, “Eager Desire” and also “We Wanna Rock L.A.”, which many people sang along.
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Despite being the hosts, Unfolded Vision came next on the bill – probably to get the “prime time”, as it was already 11p.m. in the eve of a working day.
There was an introductory video playing in the background, but something went wrong with the audio. And I’d swear that in the first song the drums were out of synch with the rest of the band. But those were mere details in comparison to the great show that followed. It was the second time I was seeing them with César and even if the first time he sounded really good, now I had the feeling his voice was much stronger, probably more confident.
They played the whole EP by the same order of its tracklist. Well, “whole” it’s not really accurate, as they left out “Perspectives Of Fear”, the last song, which I believe it’s an instrumental melancholic track (haven’t had the chance to listen to the EP yet) and therefore not suitable for such a party night. This means they kicked off with “Fear”, then “Wild And Free”, “Why” and “Ain’t No Stranger”. Then came the first cover of the night, which César dedicated to Mean Rock MachineWhitesnake’s “Here I Go Again”. Coincidentally enough, I had seen Whitesnake just the night before in Madrid. And after such a disappointing performance by Mr. David Coverdale, it was really refreshing to listen this epic hard rock song so well sung by César.
Can’t remember for sure if it was “Spellbound” (a new track) or “Shadowland” (an old one) that César dedicated to his father, who was “hiding from the PA” and had his birthday that day. And after introducing the band – something that sadly has fallen out of use these days – they closed the gig with Deep Purple’s “Burn”.
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Head:Stoned, formerly known as Headstone, have also been out of my radar for a while. To the point that I didn’t know they had released a new EP early this year, “Present Inexistence”, which they played almost in full. “Nobody works tomorrow?” asked singer Vítor, seeing so many people there past midnight, and thanking afterwards for the support.
The new songs are really powerful and work awesomely well live! Of all three bands on stage that night, Head:Stoned was the one I’d seen the most and I have no doubt that that was the best concert I’ve witnessed of them. Sadly, given the strong strobe lights, I started to feel pretty dizzy and was forced to go in the back of the venue, and eventually out of it, before I passed out. But according to their setlist, I can tell you that even if they were focusing on the aforementioned latest EP, they played a enough songs from both the full-length “I Am All” and the debut EP “Within The Dark”, like “Through All The Doubt”, “Hope Lies Dead”, “Will It Take Madness” and the mandatory “This Void”, which finished the show.
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Text & photos by Renata “Pieni” Lino

A Feminist In The Metal Scene

Posted in Editorial/Opinionated with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 30th June 2013 by Contra Mundi

The aim of this article is to be honest and unapologetic in the expression of my thoughts and experiences while being involved in the metal music scene and how these relate to feminism. I have often thought of documenting my experiences, but I was afraid of doing so in case I was branded with the label ‘man-hater’ and my points were therefore considered irrelevant. It is not my intention to express hatred towards men as individuals. I love men. I love a lot of men, but it pains me to be so aware of the cultural constructs that have divided men and women effectively into ‘us’ and ‘them’ and made any hope of equal footing in the world seem very distant. As well as talking about my own experiences as a woman and a woman in the metal scene, I have included some online articles that have been of interest to me and I have commented on. The links can be found in their relevant paragraphs.

I’ve been involved in the metal scene as a musician and a spectator for almost 10 years. I formed my band while I was in my first year of college and it has been going for 6 years. I have been the only female member and being the front woman is seen as something of a novelty. As we play Old School Death Metal that is in the same vein as bands such as Entombed, Autopsy and Suffocation, we attack the stereotypes around the ‘Female-Fronted Metal’ genre.

For the most part, during my involvement in metal, my experiences have been positive and rewarding, but also through my experiences, I have become a feminist. I imagine such a confession is met with a degree of indignation. It certainly has been in the past and I think this a severe situation. In recent years, feminism has become something of a dirty word and its true meaning of equality for men and women has been lost and manipulated into a slogan for man-hating, a lack of feminine traits and ‘not knowing how good you’ve got it’ as a modern woman. A fellow feminist that I interviewed as research for this article summed up the true meaning of feminism:  ‘I think a lot of people are misinformed really, it’s basic. It’s just equal rights for men and women. It’s not that women are better than men; that’s just femi-nazism, but I think a lot of people see it like that.

From a society that on the surface prides itself on free speech and extensive rights for women, there is obviously a sickness somewhere and it has its roots in the formulation of culture and I feel the brunt of it not just in metal, but in my everyday life. I stand at around 6 foot tall and throughout my life I have been targeted for ‘being too tall to be a woman’ and being a ‘he-she’. As a woman, I was expected to conform to society’s expectation of how I should look and behave. I was even met with this attitude from members of my family. I deserved my treatment because I chose not to conform and I was often greeted with ‘gifts’ of ‘normal clothing’ and make-up to make my appearance more appealing. Of course, this led to a negative body image, low self-esteem and my belief that I was a mistake that had to be corrected. The bullying died down when I left school, but I still get comments made at me when I walk down the street, or after I’ve been onstage.

People have approached me in the past and said ‘I thought you were a man until I heard you speak.’ It is difficult to maintain a positive and appreciative attitude of such comments. It seems at those times that to them, I was a puzzle to be solved, an anomaly that had to be corrected, and they were letting me know that they had solved the puzzle of my appearance and my gender and that I was accepted, but not entirely. I am uncertain too as to why people feel the need to share their observation with me. Do they expect me to be grateful for such a thing? I know that it is society that has constructed gender binaries and it is deemed unacceptable to embody traits from both genders, and so anybody that does is met with hostility, or ignorance disguised as compassion.

Another thing I want to address is the attitude towards sexual violence that I have found to be wanting. While I have been involved in metal and being the front woman of a band, I have had a lot of attention from men that was inappropriate and extremely un-nerving, but the thing was, every time I talked about this to other people it was called ‘harmless’ and they said ‘he’s only messing about.’ I think this stems from an attitude in our culture, or rather a misunderstanding as to what advocates sexual violence. I am not free game, but the attitude seems to be that because I am a woman, I am available and desperate for sex and I want to know all about what men would do to me if they were given the chance. I have been asked when I’m going to ‘visit’ people on my own and being stalked by different people on Facebook who do not understand that no means no. These people take advantage of naivety and the casual indifference of our culture. I up until recently did not realise that I had being sexually assaulted by one of my partners several times when I was younger as I believed that he could do what we wanted with me when he wanted because I had not been taught by anybody that I had a right to decide what happened to my body. In fact, people seemed more concerned that I had actually got a boyfriend considering my appearance and non-conformity. Because he was paying me attention and showing me what I thought was love, I didn’t challenge him but I didn’t consent either. I was just his property to do with as he pleased. I have since mentioned my experiences in counselling, and I was asked if I had reported it. I said no, because I thought it was normal. My idea was it didn’t constitute sexual assault as it wasn’t ‘proper’ rape, but I couldn’t have been more wrong and it made me think just how many other women or men do not fully understand what constitutes sexual assault and that it is serious; no matter what other people say.

While I have been conducting interviews with people within my local metal scene and I addressed the fact that I am stalked by people on Facebook, I was surprised to hear that other women were too. When we started naming names, it turns out that we were all getting stalked by the same people and they were saying the same things to all of us. That isn’t harmless, but calculating and desperate and evidently an on-going problem, but there’s only so much can be done when other people’s attitudes about it are indifferent.

This all constitutes why I am a feminist and as I’ve said before it does not mean to hate men and all they stand for, it stands for equality in all things. If men and women were equal, the attitude towards men and women suffering sexual violence would be more accepting as opposed to humiliating and we could do away with rape culture and not present men and women in a hierarchy as ‘us’ and ‘them’. In another interview I conducted, a woman told me about when she had been threatened on a bus by a drunken man and when another man had come in to help, the drunken man had punched him in the face. My interviewee told me that she had felt really guilty that he had come to harm because if she hadn’t been there, it wouldn’t have happened. This is quite a common occurrence across the board; women are made to feel responsible for the crimes committed against them because they are women. You need only glance into the media to see how crimes against women are manipulated in their representation in order to make the woman look like she deserved it. A prime example is the Steubenville Rape case, where in the media it was commented on that the perpetrators were going to lose out on illustrious football careers because they were convicted for having raped an unconscious woman. The victim was also attacked on Twitter and videos of her assault were put on Youtube. There is an article which can be found here – It sheds a light on the severity of rape culture in the context of the Steubenville case, but also in the wider world.

A lot of bands that have women in tend to be more of the symphonic metal genre that is favoured by bands such as NightwishEpica and Tristania and although it is liberating that women have carved out a genre all for themselves, it is doing it by effectively being cut off from the rest of the metal world and functioning separately. They have achieved a lot, but I cannot help but think they are doing that music because it is easier to be accepted and it is expected of you if you’re a woman to be involved in that genre. There are not many women at all involved in the more extreme branches of metal, and I can understand why. I have been told that people have walked out of gigs before we’ve played because they realised I was a woman and ‘would not be as good as a man’. On the other side of the coin though, we have received a lot of compliments and interest for the band because we have surprised people by not conforming to their expectations of the music and by performing crushing Death metal. However, if everyone were a feminist and men and women were on an equal par, it wouldn’t matter that I was the only female vocalist for miles around, or that I had chosen to play a form of metal that is usually dominated by men. The focus would be ultimately on my ability and what I’ve created as opposed to my biology.  The music I’ve made with my band mates is a brutal testimony to the fact that attitudes can be overturned and a whole generational thinking about sexual violence, relations and the role of men and women is capable of being changed with education and a dispelling of stereotypes.

metal and its associated subcultures pride themselves as being unique and different from the ‘normality’. Unfortunately, they still embody the practices of the culture they belongs to as there is no escaping the way gender is taught and patriarchal systems are enforced. In the aftermath of the Download festival, an article was written about women flashing their breasts to cameras. According to the article, the women were encouraged to do so by the crowd and were met with approval when they did so. If they chose not to however, the attitude of the crowd changed and ensuing peer pressure made the women buckle, or people in the crowd exposed them against their wishes. You can read the article here. The article sparked an intriguing debate about women enjoying freedom in a social setting and celebrating their bodies, but it was also commented on that they are being pressured into doing so and it is expected of them to do it even if they don’t want to. I agree more with the latter. It is shameful behaviour to berate a woman for not doing as someone else wants her to do, in this case expose herself in front of thousands of people. If she resists she is considered to be ruining the fun of the people watching her, most of which probably were men. A lot of the comments on the article claimed to be supporting the freedom of the woman and her ‘choice’ to show her breasts, but when the choice receives approval or disdain, how much of what she chooses to do actually depends on personal choice? It is difficult to make a judgement because we cannot know what the woman was thinking or how she was made to feel in that situation, but the conformity expressed in the crowd to a woman being exposed in public highlights a disturbing attitude in culture being played out i.e. the woman is an object to be looked at and she serves no other purpose. Should she resist the gaze, she is humiliated and made to feel as if preserving her integrity was a bad choice.

Another article I have read and wish to respond to is entitled Top 6: Ways metal treats women really badly.  Although I think the article was intended to be sympathetic and raise the flag for women’s rights, there were points made that I disagreed with or simply needed to be expanded upon so the initial and intended point about supporting equality for women in metal was not missed.

The first point that the article made was about the term ‘female fronted metal’ and how it is essentially a whitewash over genres and individual talent. This I can agree with, although usually in my experience, the term ‘female-fronted’ is usually followed by a genre that the music would fit into. For example, ‘female fronted old school death metal’, so in this way, it is what it is; a label to help describe something. It isn’t however always helpful as the term ‘female fronted metal’ forms assumptions about what kind of woman you’re going to be and it detracts from the seriousness of the endeavour. Instead of the woman being seen as a musician, she is seen as a gimmick and something that the band can exploit in terms of standing out from the crowd.  The bottom line is that it shouldn’t matter that it is a woman that fronts the band, but that is the society that we live in. If women had an equal foothold in representation, it wouldn’t be deemed necessary to highlight the fact there’s a woman in the band and that it is something unusual.

In light of the growing following for bands with female members in them, there are a number of festivals that feature only bands with female members. This can be received in a number of ways, but first of all it can be seen as showcasing women’s talent that may not be taken as seriously in another environment and having all the same sort of bands in one place allows potential fans to see bands they may not have heard of before. However, they can be seen to be excluding bands with men in them just because they are men and seemingly get enough attention as it is. These festivals also tend to favour bands that are symphonic metal and show a degree of bias against more heavy forms of metal such as Death and Black Metal. There are also problems with the naming of these festivals specialising in bands with female musicians; for example: Dames of Darkness and Metal Female Voices. They raise the flag for supporting women and encouraging equality, but at the same time they are only managing to do that by discriminating against men and certain women. The names also give the impression that the women at these festivals are going to be meek and beautiful and be exceedingly feminine when that’s not what is important; it should be the music that they are playing.

Point number two from the article was ‘Assume if you’re not dressed like you’re metal that you’re only there with your boyfriend.’ The problem with this point was the assumption that most men are full of presumptions and go out of their way to keep metal a male dominated subculture. Feminism is about equal rights, so by not drawing attention to the men that treat women as equals at gigs and engage them in conversation and share their opinions with them is doing them an injustice. I have had experience of this before when my band have played gigs. I’ve been told to ‘move out of the way, love’ when I was helping set up or received complaints that my voice is too feminine when I speak to the crowd while I’m onstage. I have also been asked to name three songs of a band who’s t-shirt I was wearing, so I am well aware of these assumptions, however what the article doesn’t even mention is that women like me fight against that sort of behaviour when it is directed at us. The article makes us out to be victims, and this is a common problem also with some feminist propaganda. Another point is that I couldn’t care less if anyone present at one of our gigs didn’t know who we were or wasn’t primarily interested in metal; they came to a show, which speaks for itself.

In the article, the third point was to do with ‘Hottest women in metal awards/features/specials’ that basically advertise women as sexual objects for the male gaze. In contrast, the other side to this is that through there being a medium for a woman to show off how she looks and be appreciated for it says a lot about the developing freedom of women and their rights to do as they please with their bodies.  However, no matter what the reasons behind a woman posing in photographs or for being in a band for that matter, there is always the fact that their image is always going to be exploited in some way. For example, I am always privy to pictures of barely dressed ‘Black Metal girls’ appearing on my news feed on Facebook, courtesy of fellow metal heads. The problem with it is, although it seems to be encouraging the development of the black metal scene and celebrating the fact that women are getting involved, in most instances it is little more than pornography. Whether the women choose to be like that, encourage pictures like that to be taken, or are celebrating their body image all becomes meaningless as they are just images; an image of how women are expected to behave and clearly it works as far as promotion and attention goes.

The attitude towards men appearing in the same awards/features/specials is more socially acceptable. Winning an award for his looks is almost seen as a badge of honour, even though his body image is also being exploited. A lot of men I know within the metal scene do get preyed upon by women, but from a personal viewpoint, it happens a lot more the other way around. I have often been told to ‘get my tits out’ or pose differently for the band pictures in order to appear more feminine, and effectively exploit being a woman in metal, but that way I would be doing the band for the wrong reasons. I care about the music I have made with the band and in a way, I don’t want the focus to be on me as a woman; I want it to be on the music I have helped create.

With ‘she’s really good for a girl’; the article exposes the gender binaries that keep men privileged above women. Of course, it depends on the context of the comment being made. I know that people don’t mean to be sexist or rude when they make such observations, but as you wouldn’t say ‘he’s really good for a man’ in the same context, it puts it into perspective. It also suggests that there is no real focus on the woman’s musical abilities as it always boils down to her sex and she is limited by that in the view that others take of her. There is a clear hierarchy between men and women being implied because the woman cannot hope to secure the same position and respect as a male musician even though onstage, their abilities are the same.

The point made about groping is relative to a wider issue of sexual violence that involves both women and men and how it is perceived. Metal is a huge subculture and is male dominated; so as with the rest of the world, while there are plenty of reasonable and respectful men, there are also plenty of lecherous ones. Other experiences include groping happening to people at concerts and them trying to get rid of the person and very rarely anyone stepping in to help and this echoes the crowd attitude seen at Download with women exposing their breasts to a baying crowd. I think therefore that groping is a symptom of a larger, more alarming problem that goes on and isn’t any closer to being stopped. I have seen it happen from the other side too. I know that some male musicians have stalkers that take photos of just them at gigs and follow them on Facebook and up and down the country. Overall, I think it is something that is far more common than is thought and reflect s our culture badly as a place where there is no free platform for addressing sexual violence in as serious a manner as it deserves.

Finally, considering the point of the ‘hot girl in the band getting the interviews’, that says more about the interviewer than it does about the band and is very common practice. However, those women usually have extremely constructive and interesting things to say and are involved more readily in the formulation of music and endorsing ideology than it may appear. With regards to my band, I am the one usually approached to do interviews. That may be because I am the vocalist, so I may be the one that people pay attention to first, but when I do conduct interviews, I make sure that the other members of the band have some input into what is said and are there in person if possible. It is usually the vocalist of a band that is approached first by magazines, but this definitely applies to men as well. I’m not sure anyone bats an eyelid at the vocalist in an all-male band getting all the interviews. I guess it relates again to metal being a male dominated sub-culture; as there are more men, naturally, when a woman appears it is seen as something unusual. That is not the way it should be, and in an ideal world both men and women would be fairly represented and treated exactly the same, however it is seldom the case.

I am certain that there will be a lot of negative response from this article. Nobody has to agree with what I‘m saying as it is how I feel. I wanted to talk about my experiences here not for the sake of self-indulgence, but so you get a real perspective from a real person. It was very difficult for me to write about some aspects of this, but I know that only when I saw what had happened to me through an objective stance did I really see what goes on in the world around me and how a lot of what people go through is because of inequality and cultural constructs dictating who we should be and how we should behave. It is hard admitting what has happened when there are a lot of instances on show where women or men talking about sexual violence, or casual misogyny and sexism are shouted down by others as nonsense, but it does happen and you need to see that. It may not have ever happened to you and if so, you’re one of the luckiest people in the world, but there should be more like you and I am trying to do my part to make that so.

Iliac Thorns – IT

Posted in Review with tags , on 29th June 2013 by izaforestspirit

Iliac Thorns
IT
Released 20th May 2013
Melodic Death Metal/ Metal-core
Released via Inverse Records

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‘IT’ is the debut album from the Finnish melodic death metal band Iliac Thorns. It is the follow up to their demo ‘Prevailing Shapes of Hell’ which came out last year.

After several listens I can safely say that I tried, and I really did try…to find something positive to say about this album. The fact is that to call Iliac Thorns’ style “melodic death metal” or even “blackened melo-death” is a classic case of wishful thinking. What we’re dealing with here is mostly metal-core with the very occasional hint of At The Gates -style melodic death metal.

The biggest downside of this album are the vocals which resemble the grunts and squeals of a pig at times. This really is a shame as some of the music, particularly the guitars, is actually pretty good. Take Kammiovärinä for instance, it features some catchy guitar riffs in the intro and some of the vocal patterns remind me of old works by At The Gates. Then there’s Itsetuntosi, one of the fewtracks on here to feature any melodic elements. It’s just a shame that the melodic guitars are only present in the first half of the song and it’s not long until the pace changes paving the way for more metal-core.

Overall this is a difficult album to listen to if you’re familiar with good, old school melodic death metal. I’d strongly suggest to these guys to check out bands such as At The Gates, Dark Tranquillity if they wish to continue along this path.

2/5

Iza Raittila

TROLLFEST BEGIN RECORDING SIXTH FULL-LENGTH ALBUM

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 28th June 2013 by Contra Mundi

Trollfest, whose music sounds like a combination of folk, metal, madness and an 80’s game soundtrack (Editor: So, something absolutely kickass then?!) have begun recording their sixth studio album. So far, they have the drum tracks nailed and have something a little different to offer their fans this time around. Trollfest had this to say:

We will record eleven metal tracks and we also have a couple of acoustic songs up our sleeves, but at this stage obviously we are not sure which ones will make it onto the album.  We will, however, be taking a slightly different musical direction with this album.  The sound will undoubtedly beTrollfest, but it will vary from our last two releases.   We will also be using a different studio this time.  We have been more than happy with the Strand Studio who did an amazing job on En Kvest For Den Hellige Gral and Brumlebassen but we just wanted to get a different sound to match our new musical direction so we decided to use Endre Kirkesola’s Dub Studio in Oslo.

With their self-proclaimed musical brand of ‘True Norwegian Balkan Metal’ which sounds like a tongue in cheek acknowledgement of the ‘True Norwegian Black Metal’ slogan bands such as Gorgoroth and Carpathian Forest sport, Trollfest have a steadily increasing fan base and a proactive attitude to their music performance and production. Having seven members that have already made their name in prestigious Black and Extreme metal bands, their combined ability with a variety of instruments from all corners of the world is extremely impressive.

They have so far in 2013 played a number of festivals and enjoyed a tour of North America as part of legendary Paganfest America Tour. Expect to see them unfurl their joyful madness at the Masters of Rock and Wolfszeit Festivals and be sure to catch sight of their spectacle.

To celebrate Trollfest’s 10th anniversary, the band have released a limited edition 12” picture disc named A Decade of Drekkadence; which includes 16 tracks of new and previously unreleased material spanning the band’s career. There are also three covers, including songs from Tom Waits and Britney Spears which will undoubtedly be terrific. The artwork on the disc is a creation from collaborators Swedish Cartoonist Jonas Darnell and designer Terje Johnsen who have worked with Trollfest in the past and is quite something to behold in terms of uniqueness. The vinyl also includes an email address that purchasers can contact to receive an MP3 download.

The album will be released on NoiseArt Records. The album is available exclusively from this location. A video for the Spears track “Toxic” was recently released and can be seen below.

Trollfest online:

http://www.trollfest.com
http://www.facebook.com/trollfestofficial
http://trollfest.bigcartel.com/
http://soundcloud.com/trollfest
https://twitter.com/TrollfesT_Band
http://trollfest.blogg.no/
http://www.myspace.com/trollfest
http://www.reverbnation.com/trollfest

 

The Antiquity replace The Valiant at Valk-Fest 2013

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 28th June 2013 by Nico Davidson

Following a the recent announcement, The Valiant will not be playing this year’s Valkyrian Festival due to a mix-up with their schedule, leaving them unavailable for the event. However, Scarborough based metal quintet The Antiquity have stepped in to replace The Valiant. The Antiquity will be playing the final day of the event with bands such as Severed Heaven, Spekulus and local favourites Alice In Thunderland.

The full Valkyrian Festival line-up is as follows:

Friday 29th November:

Ravenage (Headliner)
Dead Man’s Conspiracy
Storm of Embers

Saturday 30th November

***Headliner TBA***
Nya
Narcotic Death (Special Guests)
Aonia
Old Corpse Road
Lost Effect
Shades of Avalon

Maelstrom
XIII

Sunday 1st December

***Headliner TBA***
Alice In Thunderland
Innersylum
Severed Heaven
Dakesis
Spekulus
The Antiquity
Powercake

Terra Omnia

This year, Valkyrian Festival is in aid of RapeCrisis. Information on RapeCrisis can be found at this location. Donations can be made direct to the charity via the Valkyrian Festival JustGiving page which can be found here. Weekend tickets can be found at this location for the low price of £5 (excluding P&P).

Valkyrian Festival 2013 is now officially sponsored by online gothic and custom-made jewellery store, The Crypt Of Curiosities.

In related Valkyrian Festival news, Aonia will be headlining a Valk-Fest fundraiser at Shades Nightclub, in Bridlington on 7th September with support from Powercake, Spekulus and Penance, the latter of which [performed at last year’s Valk-Fest. Further support acts to be announced and a lot more bands are still to be announced for Valkyrian Festival 2013. Further Valkyrian Festival announcements and info can be found here.

The Antiquity online:

https://www.facebook.com/TheAntiquityUK

 

Turisas release new track from Turisas2013 titled For Your Own Good

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 27th June 2013 by Contra Mundi

Turisas, famed for their Viking-esque metal and tongue-in-cheek attitude have a new album to be released on our shores. Turisas2013 marks a new era for the band and shows more diversity than their previous releases.

Mathias Nygård (vocals) says what For Your Own Good means for him:

Turisas2013 is a very diverse album, it has some of the heaviest and fastest tracks that we’ve ever done, but For Your Own Good comes more from the lighter end. It’s a very catchy song and we hope you’ll enjoy the track that we picked to give you a very first taste of the many flavours to come.

Turisas2013 was for the most part recorded in a remote house near Helsinki by Nygård and guitarist Jussi Wickström, which I think you’ll agree is the best way to do it. Additional recordings to complete the album were undertaken in 3 other studios which included: the drums at Atomic Spa Studio and orchestral recordings at 5 by 5 Studio, which are both in Helsinki and a lot of vocals and numerous additional elements were tracked at Sound Supreme Studio in Hämeenlinna where Turisas also recorded The Varangian Way and Stand Up And Fight.

The mixing and mastering of the album was handled by Metal extraordinaire Jaime Gomez Arellano (Ghost B.C., Cathedral, Primordial, Ulver). in London at Orgone Studios and will undoubtedly be very impressive.

Turisas will be appearing at many festivals throughout the summer, so be sure to catch them. When Turisas2013 is released, an extensive European tour will follow including Heidenfest 2013 and a UK tour where they will be headlining.

Turisas2013 is scheduled for a release on 23rd August in Finland and G/A/S and 26th August in Europe while UK will follow up 2nd September and North America 3rd September.

The complete track listing of the upcoming album ‘Turisas2013’ is as follows:

1. For Your Own Good
2. Ten More Miles
3. Piece by Piece
4. Into The Free
5. Run Bhang-Eater, Run!
6. Greek Fire
7. The Days Passed
8. No Good Story Ever Starts With Drinking Tea
9. We Ride Together

Catch Turisas live at the following shows:

24.07.2013 (SLO) Tolmin – Metal Days

26.07.2013 (DE) Chemnitz – Rock im Betonwerk

17.08.2013 (SE) Falun – Sabaton Open Air

31.08.2013 (DE) Crispendorf – Wolfszeit Metal Open Air

Heidenfest 2013

Turisas w/ Ensiferum, Equilibrium, Suidakra + special guests (tba)

Metal Hammer, Legacy, Blast!, Musix, Noiseletter, XtraX, Metalnews present:

20.09.2013 (DE) Leipzig – Hellraiser

21.09.2013 (DE) Giessen – Hessenhallen **, ***

22.09.2013 (DE) Antwerp – Trix *, ***

23.09.2013 (F) Paris – Bataclan

24.09.2013 (DE) Saarbrücken – Garage

25.09.2013 (DE) Milan – Live Club

26.09.2013 (CH) Lausanne – Docks

27.09.2013 (DE) Geiselwind – Musichall **, ***

28.09.2013 (DE) Munich – Backstage **, ***

29.09.2013 (CH) Pratteln  – Z7

30.09.2013 (DE) Hamburg – Markthalle

01.10.2013 (DE) Berlin – Postbahnhof

02.10.2013 (CZ) Zlin – Masters of Rock Cafe ****

03.10.2013 (AT) Vienna – Arena

04.10.2013 (DE) Stuttgart – LKA Longhorn **, ***

05.10.2013 (DE) Oberhausen – Turbinenhalle *, **, ***

06.10.2013 (NL) Tilburg – O13 *, ***

Extended show bands:

* Heidevolk
** Riger, Gernotshagen
*** Winterstorm
**** without Ensiferum

Check the official Heidenfest website for more info and get your tickets here.

UK headlining:

08.10.2013 (UK) Bristol – The Fleece
09.10.2013 (UK) London – O2 Academy Islington
10.10.2013 (UK) Nottingham – Rock City
11.10.2013 (UK) Glasgow – Cathouse
12.10.2013 (UK) Manchester – Club Academy

Turisas2013 is the first album showcasing their current line-up, which is as follows:

Mathias Nygård – vocals
Jussi Wickström – guitar
Olli Vänskä – violin
Robert Engstrand – keyboards
Jaakko Jakku – drums
Jesper Anastasiadis – bass

Turisas online:

http://www.turisas.com
https://www.facebook.com/turisas
https://twitter.com/turisasofficial
http://www.youtube.com/turisasofficial

Narcotic Death and Grieve announced for Huddersfield Heavymetalfest

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on 27th June 2013 by Nico Davidson

Yorkshire death metallers Narcotic Death and Huddersfield/Leeds based metal band Grieve have been announced for the Huddersfield Heavymetalfest which will take place on 12th October at the Parish in Huddersfield. The festival will be headlined by Italian death metal overlords Fleshgod Apocalypse and the line-up also boasts Scottish death metal band Scordadtura, as seen at the North of the Wall Festival in Scotland earlier this year, and Bound By Exile. Limited tickets are available for the event from this location and are priced at £20 (not including booking fees and P&P).

Following recent events, Anaal Nathrakh will not be playing the Huddersfield Heavymetalfest but the organiser has assured that another main support of their calibre will be booked.

The full line-up so far is as follows:

Fleshgod Apocalypse (Headliner)
Bound By Exile
Scordatura
Grieve
Narcotic Death

Huddersfield Heavymetalfest online:

https://www.facebook.com/HuddersfieldHeavymetalfest

 

Firewind new live album Apotheosis – Live 2012 out now!

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 27th June 2013 by Contra Mundi

The Greek power metal gods Firewind, who house pioneering guitar extraordinaire Gus G when he’s not off with the legendary Ozzy Osbourne and playing his songs, have released a new live album to celebrate their 10th anniversary. The live album, entitled Apotheosis – Live 2012 features iconic tracks from throughout Firewind’s extensive musical career and was recorded during their Few Against Many tour at shows in Greece and other countries in Europe. Clocking in at 69 minutes and featuring anthems from throughout their career, it breathes new fire into the band and shows a different side to them than their previous live release from 2008: Live Premonition.

Apotheosis – Live 2012 also features the final performances of Firewind’s vocalist Apollo Papathanasi, who has since left the band. His replacement, Kelly Sundown Carpenter (Adagio, Beyond Twilight) will be taking to the stage as a session front man for all of the band’s upcoming 2013 shows.

Firewind have again rekindled their long standing relationship with artist Gustavo Sazes who’s art has graced releases from the likes of Arch Enemy and Dream Evil, for the cover artwork of Apotheosis – Live 2012. It incorporates live photography of the band by Hans-W. Rock and is awesome to behold.

The Track listing for Apotheosis – Live 2012 is as follows:

FirewindApotheosis – Live 2012 (69:07)

1. Head Up High (4:21)
2. Wall Of Sound (4:04)
3. Allegiance (4:35)
4. Few Against Many (5:00)
5. The Departure (0:41)
6. Heading For The Dawn (4:04)
7. Losing My Mind (6:15)
8. World On Fire (4:45)
9. Guitar Solo 2012 (2:17)
10. SKG (5:26)
11. Between Heaven And Hell (5:13)
12. Piano Solo (0:53)
13. Edge Of A Dream (4:24)
14. Mercenary Man (3:47)
15. Glorious (3:41)
16. Maniac (4:32
17. Falling To Pieces (5:02)

The Digital Download version of the release additionally includes the following 2 live-bonustracks:

18. Cold As Ice (4:18)
19. Tyranny (4:05)

Firewind online:

http://www.firewind.gr
http://www.facebook.com/firewindofficial
http://www.myspace.com/firewind
http://twitter.com/firewindmusic
http://www.youtube.com/firetv

 

The Haunted return with new line-up

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 27th June 2013 by Contra Mundi

Swedish Metal legends The Haunted have returned after a year out of the public eyes and reorganisation of their ranks since the autumn of 2012. At last however, we know who will make up this sickeningly heavy line up:

The Haunted line-Up 2013:

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Jensen – Guitars
Ola Englund – Guitars
Marco Aro – Vocals
Jonas Björler – Bass
Adrian Erlandsson – Drums

In light of the new line-up and the difficulties the band have experienced over the last year, The Haunted’s guitarist and founding member Jensen had this to say:

The Haunted went through some difficult times last year. Losing three band members is a pretty huge blow to any band. Jonas and I agreed immediately that we wanted to continue with the band, but we wanted to take our time and not rush into anything. Meanwhile, news from The Haunted’s camp have been pretty scarce. This changes starting today. We are very happy to be able to present you a full band line-up. Some of you might recognize a few faces, some of you might not. Adrian Erlandsson is back on drums and Marco Aro is back on vocals. Adrian you might know from playing on our first album and Marco sang on The Haunted Made Me Do It, Live Rounds In Tokyo and One Kill Wonder. On guitar we also have Ola Englund bringing some pretty heavy chops to the band.

We’re all VERY excited about having The Haunted back in working shape again and we can’t wait to get back out on the road to play for our very patient and faithful fans again. A new album is also already in the works and if you are familiar with the individual band members of this new line-up, you can be assured that the new material will grab you by the throat from the get-go!

A huge ‘thanks’ goes out to all the people that responded to our call for new members applications. You put a lot of time and effort into your auditions and we are very grateful to have had such talented and cool people wanting to join the band! We truly appreciated your support!

The new line-up sees the return of vocalist Marco Aro (ex-Face Down, also in The Resistance) who toured with the band worldwide several times and was involved in the releases  Made Me Do It (2000), Live Rounds in Tokyo (Live album)(2001), Caught on Tape (DVD) (2002) and One Kill Wonder (2003). Iconic drummer Adrian Erlandsson of Paradise Lost and At the Gates fame has also returned to the line-up of The Haunted; he was in the original line-up with the Björler twins after At The Gates took a hiatus from the metal scene and with Jensen unleashed The Haunted’s self-titled album in 1998. The album has retained its iconic status and is considered by many an inspirational creation that inspired many new musicians and rekindled the Metal scene’s long standing adoration of thrash metal. New guitarist Ola Englund is a prestigious young musician from Sweden who has been involved with Six Feet Under as a touring and recording member. Alongside guitarist Jensen and bass player Jonas Björler the return of The Haunted is the stuff of dreams and whets the appetite for more outstanding releases and live performances.

The Haunted online:

http://www.the-haunted.com
http://www.facebook.com/hauntedofficial
http://www.youtube.com/thehauntedofficial

 

Taiwanese metal band and activists Chthonic release illustrated book based on their songs

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 27th June 2013 by Contra Mundi

Those familiar with Chthonic will know that their songs incorporate all matters political and historical and promote them to people who otherwise may not have had a clue about the rich and diverse culture the band come from. By getting the events depicted in their songs made into fine works of art emphasises the unique outlook that Chthonic have on the world, but also provides a visual aid to what can sometimes be complex themes and fascinating pieces of history and folklore. They’ve incorporated the talents of the famous Taiwanese arts group Yamyoukan to bring the songs to life, and the result is the truly stunning book Unsealing the Bú-Tik.

Included in the 32 pages of illustrations is the headhunt from Seediq Bale(2005), the departure of the Takasago Army from the album Takasago Army (2011), the final battle at Sing Ling Temple from Takasago Army (2011) & Mirror Of Retribution (2009); all of which are brought to vivid and visceral life and will enchant any fan of their music, but also fine art enthusiasts. The book also features artwork from Chthonic’s new album Bú-Tik(2013) which is available now for purchase. Fans can purchase the book at this location.

Chthonic’s bassist Doris Yeh and singer Freddy Lim have made contributions to the book in the form of their own drawings, which will feature side by side with the other pieces.

Doris had this to say about the art book:

It has always been our dream to turn the stories behind our music into images; I feel so moved as I hold this illustrated book in my hand…

Chthonic’s drummer Dani also commented:

I’m really grateful that Yamyoukan invited us to take part in the drawing process, so that I could pick up the drawing pen again. It’s always been a passion of mine…

Chthonic appeared for the second time at Download festival this year and have played at Bloodstock in 2012 where Dan Mullins [My Dying Bride] came in as guest drummer and the whole crowd were informed by Freddy Lim of the lack of a Taiwanese team in the Olympics; who instead had to be called Chinese Taipei. The Bloodstock crowd responded in force to chanting ‘Taiwan’ to the band and showing their support for the political battle still on-going between China and Taiwan.

At Download 2013 Chthonic played with a six-piece Taiwanese orchestra which would have been an astounding spectacle to behold and would have brought energy to their material that has never been witnessed on these shores.

A full UK tour is currently being planned for autumn 2013.

Chthonic online:

http://facebook.com/CHTHONIC
http://facebook.com/CHTHONICtw
http://youtube.com/CHTHONICtw
http://www.CHTHONIC.tw

Midsummer Vulgaris – Henriksberg, SWE

Posted in Gig, Live on 25th June 2013 by Pieni

Bult + Massive Audio Nerve
Belsepub Henriksberg, Gothenburg (SE)
22nd June 2013

When I arrived in Gothenburg that morning it seemed I had hit a ghost town – most locals had gone to the countryside to celebrate Midsommar and stayed there for the weekend. But there were still enough metalheads to put up a nice crowd at Henriksberg and help Massive Audio Nerve celebrating the release of their 4th album “Cancer Vulgaris” (hence the name of the event, “Midsummer Vulgaris”, as you’ve probably figured out).

After The End Of Grace were forced to withdraw their presence, Bult stepped in with their “progressive metal”. In quotes because that’s how they label themselves, although if you’d asked me, I’d say they play death metal with a bit of groove to it. Or maybe it was just the fierceness with which the band performed that masked all the intricate structures of prog and made it sound rawer and more straight-forward. Whatever the case, it was a heavy performance that seemed to please the crowd – there was no mosh, but the applause and screaming that grew stronger through the show proved that. They kicked off with a couple of recent songs (“The Merciless Zero Of Indifference” and “Shattered”) and went on with the oldies – “The Denial”, “Overtly Powerless” and “Not Human”. A short set, but cool enough.

https://www.facebook.com/Bultband

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“Cancer Vulgaris” will be officially released on July 12th, via Dead End Exit Records, but the guys decided to make a kind of live listening party. “Kind of” because they didn’t play the whole album, but almost. 9 out of the 12 songs were performed and warmly welcomed by the crowd, who now was much closer to the stage and more enthusiastic. And finally there was some action, even though the mosh circle was formed some four songs before the end of the show. “Cryosync”, “Grace Of Time”, “This Generation” (which I found myself screaming along the chorus) or “Underhanded Brother” are just some of the songs whose live potential proved to be high.

It was the first time that I was seeing this band, but I knew a few songs (I admit it, just the most popular ones on YouTube). In those songs, singer Tony J.J. goes from harsh to clean tones naturally and that night I could prove that it’s not a studio trick, as he does so live as well. Great voice indeed, as their music in general also is – an industrial metal that’s much more than that, and maybe that’s why they prefer to call it “48 Fret Metal” (given the full scale new system of notes they apparently created).

After the aforementioned 9 new songs, they played an encore of classics: “My Own Sickness”, “Logocide” and “Blood Vanish”. Still that wasn’t enough for the fans, who didn’t stop shouting “En låt till!” until the four musicians picked up their instruments again. And even though they had a lot of great songs of their own to play, they decided that last “one more song” should be Pantera’s cover “I’m Broken”. Needless to say it was a hell of an awesome choice.

https://www.facebook.com/massiveaudionerve

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Text & photos by Renata “Pieni” Lino

Anaal Nathrakh release statement about apparent UK tour with Fleshgod Apocalypse

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

Following the recent announcement that Anaal Natkrakh are touring with Fleshgod Apocalypse later this year, the band have stated that they had not confirmed they could play the dates. The full statement was posted on their Facebook page and as is as follows:

For anyone hoping to see us in the UK in October: It appears we have been announced for a string of UK dates with Fleshgod Apocalypse in October. We did NOT agree to play these shows. Repeat: at no point have we ever said that we would play these dates, or that Mick would even be in Europe at the time. We are currently looking into whether we can do them for the sake of those who may have already bought tickets. But the dates have been announced without our participation or consent, and we cannot guarantee at this stage that we will be playing. We thought it best to let people know the situation as quickly as possible rather than waiting for a final confirmation. Further information will follow as soon as it is available.

Fans appear to be pointing the blame at The Nazgul Agency who are responsible for the booking of the tour while promoters are pointing the finger at Nuclear Blast for announcing the tour before everything was properly set in stone. Obviously there had been a mix up in communication down the line somewhere and both fans and promoters alike are advised to not jump to any conclusions until the situation has been solved.

Anaal Nathrakh online:

https://www.facebook.com/Anaalnathrakhofficial/

 

Fleshgod Apocalypse set to return in August with new album plus UK tour dates announced

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

Italian Symphonic Death Metal horde, Fleshgod Apocalypse, are set to return in August with their new epic masterpiece entitled Labyrinth. The new album hones in on the band’s unique traits giving fans everything they could hope for and more. Labyrinth will be released August 19th, 2013 in the UK via Nuclear Blast. Drummer Francesco Paoli commented:

Labyrinth is going to be THE album for Fleshgod Apocalypse. It’s the perfect combination of all our strong points with the best production we’ve ever had.  It’s definitely the most Fleshgod thing we’ve ever thought with the most Fleshgod riffs, lyrics, melodies, drumparts, solos, etc… We went deep inside the core of this music, we broke it, and we finally unleashed these eleven songs. I want to be honest, it needed so much work and time to come up with this but now I’m like: “Okay, next time will be tough to reach this point!”. Honesty and quality pay, always, and all of you guys supporting the band DESERVE THE BEST.

You might think that I’m overrating it just because it’s our “child” but, trust me, this album is fuckin’ dangerous.

Just take your time, listen to it and get lost into the Labyrinth.

Tommaso Riccardi (vocals, rhythm guitar) also added:

The concept of this album is based on the myth of the Labyrinth of Knossos and every character related to it. We focused on the philological aspect in order to represent all the elements of the classic world and, through a manic and meticolous research, we managed to create a  metaphor with our times, as the maze can be associated with the endless search for what we really are. We’re sure you will be stunned by this as much as we are.

Labyrinth’s tracklist is as follows:

1 KINGBORN
2 MINOTAUR (THE WRATH OF POSEIDON)
3 ELEGY
4 TOWARDS THE SUN
5 WARPLEDGE
6 PATHFINDER
7 THE FALL OF ASTERION
8 PROLOGUE
9 EPILOGUE
10 UNDER BLACK SAILS
11 LABYRINTH

Along with this, the band have also just announced a full UK Tour in October this year!
THE LORDS OF EXTREMITY TOUR
Fleshgod Apocalypse
Anaal Nathrakh
Bound by Exile
Scordatura

October 5th, Bristol Exchange
http://www.bristolticketshop.co.uk/eventdetails.aspx?e=3068
October 6th, Birmingham Roadhouse
http://www.seetickets.com/Event/THE-ROADHOUSE-BIRMINGHAM/The-Roadhouse/721358
October 7th, Liverpool Central Dome
https://www.facebook.com/DeathWaveEntertainment/app_211526985586920
October 9th, Glasgow Ivory Blacks
http://www.seetickets.com/Event/FLESHGOD-APOCALYPSE/Ivory-Blacks/721353 http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/event/69897 + http://t-s.co/flesh 
October 10th, Wakefield Snooty Fox
http://www.wegottickets.com/event/229073
October 12th, Huddersfield Parish
http://www.etickets.to/buy/?e=10469

Fleshgod Apocalypse online:

https://www.facebook.com/fleshgodapocalypse?fref=ts

 

Ravenage release lyric video plus announced for Bloodstock 2013

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

Heathen metal band Ravenage have recently released the lyric video for their song The Road To Retribution (Northbound Part II) that will be featured on their upcoming album which is currently untitled. The song is inspired by Bernard Cornwell‘s Saxon Stories series which follows the tale of Uhtred Bebbanberg. The video can be viewed below.

In related Ravenage news the band have been confirmed to play on the Jagermeister Acoustic Stage at this year’s Bloodstock Open Air. This will be the band’s first Bloodstock appearance in five years. Ravenage will also headline the first night of Valkyrian Festival in November.

Ravenage online:

http://www.officialravenage.com
https://www.facebook.com/officialravenage/

 

ReVamp reveal tracklist for upcoming album; Wild Card and new trailer

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 20th June 2013 by Nico Davidson

Dutch symphonic metal band ReVamp, fronted by Floor Jansen (Nightwish/ex-After Forever), have revealed the tracklist for their upcoming album Wild Card as well as details about guest musicians featuring on the release and a new trailer. During in the trailer, Floor talks about the guest musicians who feature on the album. The trailer can be viewed below. The tracklist is as follows:

01. ‘The Anatomy Of A Nervous Breakdown’: On The Sideline
02. ‘The Anatomy Of A Nervous Breakdown’: The Limbic System
03. Wild Card
04. Precibus
05. Nothing
06. ‘The Anatomy Of A Nervous Breakdown’: Neurasthenia
07. Distorted Lullabies
08. Amendatory
09. I Can Become
10. Misery’s No Crime
11. Wolf and Dog
Bonus track:
12. Sins

In related ReVamp news, the band’s Kickstarter campaign has been a success and the band have raised enough funds to go on tour, starting in September according to a recent post on the band’s official Facebook page.

ReVamp online:

http://www.revampmusic.com/
http://www.facebook.com/ReVamp
http://www.twitter.com/floorrevamp
http://www.youtube.com/user/musicrevamp
http://www.myspace.com/revamp

Savage Messiah confirm plans to enter studio next month

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 20th June 2013 by Nico Davidson

Savage Messiah have confirmed plans to enter the studio on 1st July to begin recording their as-yet untitled new studio album. The band will be working on the follow-up to 2012’s Plague Of Conscience with producer Scott Atkins (Sylosis, Behemoth) at Grindstone Studios in Suffolk, having already worked with him on the band’s last two albums. Savage Messiah frontman Dave Silver comments:

We’re beyond excited to be fast approaching the day when we’ll head off back into Grindstone Studios, to work once more with Scott Atkins on what we can promise will be the most metal Savage Messiah CD yet!  We’ve approached the writing process in a totally old school manner; just four guys in a rehearsal space getting a vibe going, playing heavy metal!  Which has really allowed us to express the chemistry within the band and build on the musical foundation we laid with ‘Plague of Conscience’.

We’re pleased to be working with Scott Atkins for the third time, as he understands the band and has always delivered above and beyond for us and we’ve no doubt that he’ll get the best out of us once again.  We’ll be releasing titles, track listings, artwork etc. in due course.  In the meantime, look out for plenty of studio video updates which we’ll be posting over at our official YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/savagemessiahmetal).  So stay tuned!

See Savage Messiah live on tour at the following shows:

Savage Messiah w/ Witnersun & Bloodshot Dawn

Jul. 16 – London, UK – The Garage
Jul. 17 – Manchester, UK – Club Academy
Jul. 18 – Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms
Jul. 19 – Newcastle, UK – O2 Academy 2
Jul. 22 – Bristol, UK – O2 Academy 2

Savage Messiah w/ RSJ

Oct. 29 – Manchester, UK – Sound Control
Oct. 30 – York, UK – Fibbers
Oct. 31 – Birmingham, UK – The Temple
Nov. 01 – London, UK – Borderline

Savage Messiah online:

http://www.facebook.com/SavageMessiahMetal
http://twitter.com/savagemessiah

Sonic Syndicate post new sneak peak

Posted in News on 20th June 2013 by Pieni

The pre-production of Sonic Syndicate‘s new album continues and the band has just released a new video where they let people know that “the songs are really starting to take shape now and we can slowly hear how the album will turn out”, quoting what was posted on their official Facebook page. Check it out:

Official Website
Facebook
Twitter
Instagram

Former Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo to feature on upcoming Sepultura album

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

Dave Lombardo, former drummer for thrash legends Slayer will be featured on the upcoming album by Brazilian–American thrashers Sepultura. In his newest update on Brazilian newspaper Pernambuco.com, guitarist Andreas Kisser tells the entire story about how Lombardo got be featured on his band’s new album by ‘accident’.

Lombardo, who was having some quality time with his kids and dog by the beach near to the studio where Sepulutrua are recording the new album together with sound guru Ross Robinson (Machine Head, Slipknot, Korn, Limp Bizkit, Fear Factory), told Robinson about his whereabouts which lead Ross to ask him if he wanted to guest on the recording. Guitarist Kisser comments:

He came and it was so nice, so special, so awesome! He is one of the nicest guys in business and he enjoyed the idea a lot. Ross and Mike prepared two drum sets on the living room, facing each other, no cymbals, just tribal drums! When the mics were all ready and running Eloy and Dave started playing and the magic was on, so great! The part they recorded will be a special part on the middle of one of the songs, it came out crazy!

Sepultura online:

http://sepultura.com.br
http://facebook.com/sepultura

 

Delain announce release date for new video for Are You Done With Me?

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

Dutch symphonic rockers Delain have announced the release date for the video for their latest single Are You Done With Me? The video will be release tomorrow (20th June).

Delain online:

http://www.delain.nl
http://www.facebook.com/delainmusic

 

Conan announce October UK tour

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

Having recently signed to Napalm Records and Spinning Goblin, stoner-doom band Conan have announced dates for their October UK tour.

Conan‘s unique style of Doom, Drone and Stoner Metal won over audiences at the Roadburn Festival 2012 consequently resulting in the release of the live album Mount Wrath: Live at Roadburn 2012. Past shows with label mates AHAB and a recent tour with Bongripper have further established Conan as the doom powerhouse to watch out for! UK tour dates are as follow:

October 2nd -Sheffield -The Harley
October 3rd – Leeds – Santiagos
October 4th – Colchester – The Hole
October 5th – London – The Black Heart
October 6th – Birmingham – Asylum 2 (Fear Fest)
October 8th -Manchester – Roadhouse

Conan online:

www.facebook.com/conandoom