Archive for June, 2013

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 Solheim-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 Solheim-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 Solheim-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/