Archive for July, 2013

Five Finger Death Punch – The Wrong Side Of Heaven… vol.1

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , , , , , on 31st July 2013 by Pieni

Five Finger Death Punch
“The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell, Vol. 1”
Metal
Released on 30th July 2013
Via Prospect Park (U.S.A.) and Eleven Seven Records (rest of the world)

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As annoying as it is to read so many words in just one title, I can assure you that the quality of its contents is directly proportional to its size: HUGE!

Nothing much has changed from “American Capitalist” and that’s the beauty of it: Five Finger Death Punch created ten brand new songs using the same characteristics as before but without sounding repetitive.

“Lift Me Up” counts with those familiar cranking guitar riffs that one recognizes as 5FDP’s and the guest vocal appearance by the one and only Rob Halford is just the icing on an already yummy cake.

Jeremy Spencer has always had a thing for double bass drumming, but in “Watch You Bleed” he shows just how catchy that can be.

Both “You” and “Burn MF” are quite antagonistic, the former having Ivan Moody in use of his harsher tone with the speed and belligerent force of a machine gun. Their counterweight comes in “Wrong Side Of Heaven” and “M.I.N.E. (End This Way)”, the power-ballads that 5FDP are also famous for.

“Diary Of A Deadman” is almost an instrumental track, full of liquid guitars and heavy beats, the few lyrics in it spoken – as in a diary – proving that if Moody wasn’t such a brilliant musician, he had a promising future in radio hosting, given the depth of his voice.

The other three original songs come in pairs, as they all have guest singers in them and the band decided you should also know how those songs sounded like without the guests. So Max Cavalera (Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy) half-sings, half-speaks in his native language Portuguese in “I.M.Sin”; Maria Brink from In This Moment is featured in both versions of “Anywhere But Here”, although in the first one she only does background vocals/sounds, and in the second she sings a proper duet with Moody – and don’t think this means we’re talking about a ballad; and finally “Dot Your Eyes” has the help of Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed, Kingdom Of Sorrow) “coring up” the tone a bit.

In the previous paragraph I didn’t use the word “original” by chance: “The Wrong Side Of Heaven…” also includes a cover song, and it’s important to say so as 5FDP did it in such a way that it actually sounds as their own: a metal version of a hip hop hit by L.L. Cool J, “Mama Said Knock You Out”. And to maintain a certain level of its true nature, the band invited Tech N9ne to rap away part of the lyrics.

I don’t know how volume 2 will be like, even though I strongly suspect it will be in the same mold as this, but the combining fierceness, melody and groove in this “The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell Volume 1” has already put the “Vegas Knuckleheads” in my annual best-of list of releases.

5 / 5

By Renata “Pieni” Lino

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Sabaton reveal formats for Swedish Empire Live and cover artwork

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 31st July 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Sabaton – the stars of Sweden’s heavy metal scene – have recently revealed not only the cover art for their upcoming DVD/Blu-Ray live release Swedish Empire Live but also the list of formats it will be released as plus tracklisting.

Swedish Empire Live – which is the band’s first ever DVD/Blu-Ray release – features their stunning performance at the renowned Woodstock Festival in Poland last year where over half a million had gathered to watch Sabaton. Besides that overwhelming main feature, Swedish Empire Live will also feature footage of Sabaton performances in London, Gothenburg and Oberhausen on their extensive Swedish Empire Tour.

Swedish Empire Live will be released on September 23rd, 2013 and will be available as:

2Blu-Ray Digi
2DVD Digi
CD Digi
2LP (limited black vinyl in gatefold + poster)
Earbook
(2Blu-Ray + 2DVD + CD + exclusive bonus CD, 48 pages Earbook)

Sabaton online:

http://www.sabaton.net
http://www.facebook.com/sabaton
http://www.twitter.com/sabaton
http://www.youtube.com/sabaton

 

Nightwish set to capture upcoming Wacken performance for DVD release

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 31st July 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Nightwish recently reached triple platinum status in Finland for their album Imaginaerum which is regarded as the band’s pinnacle masterpiece. They have also reached gold status with the album in several other European countries. The band also released their highly successful fantasy motion picture, Imaginaerum by Nightwish and have toured all around the globe in support of both these releases. The Finnish metal legends are now approaching what is to be the end of their album cycle with the last three shows in support of Imaginaerum closing in soon. So, to celebrate the grand finale of Imaginaerum, Nightwish will be recording their ENTIRE show at this year’s Wacken Open Air – The world’s biggest metal festival – for a Blu-Ray/DVD release. The band’s mastermind and keyboardist, Tuomas comments:

The time has come soon to wrap up the magical & memorable one-and-a-half year Imaginaerum World Tour 2012-2013! We still have three shows left, one of them being at the legendary Wacken Open Air Metal Festival on the 3rd of August. This show will be something extra special, since it will be released later this year on DvD/Blu-ray, together with a massive Imaginaerum World Tour 2012-2013 documentary. Our darling flying Dutchwoman, Floor Jansen (ReVamp/ex-After Forever), has been nothing but incredible during her time in Nightwish on this tour, so this is a perfect opportunity to immortalize the current vibe of the band on film!

More info soon to be revealed! Also, be sure to check out Floor‘s other project, ReVamp, with new record Wild Card set for release on 26th August 2013.

Nightwish online:

http://www.nightwish.com
http://www.facebook.com/nightwish

 

Common Gods reveal artwork for new EP; Helveien to be released 4th August

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 31st July 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Glaswegian metal monsters Common Gods have revealed the artwork for their upcoming four-track EP Helveien which will be released this Sunday (4th August 2013) for free through BandCamp. The four track EP was recorded and produced at Devil’s Own Studio in Glasgow and the artwork was produce by Norderobring drummer and North of the Wall Festival organiser Alasdair Dunn. The release of Helveien coincides nicely with the band’s next gig at Pivo in Glasgow on Sunday.

Common Gods online:

http://www.facebook.com/CommonGods/
http://soundcloud.com/commongods

 

Vattnet Viskar release “Making Of” video

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on 31st July 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Vattnet Viskar recently complied a “Making Of” video for their recent time in the studio, where they have been recording their upcoming debut album Sky Swallower.

Sky Swallower was recorded at Universal Noise Storage under the watchful eye of producer Brett Boland, and features eight songs worth of masterfully executed atmospheric black metal, filtered through the members’ own hardcore pasts and imbued with doom metal’s heart-rending heaviness.  Sky Swallower is due out 9th September in Europe on Century Media Records. The video can be viewed below.

Vattnet Viskar online:

http://www.facebook.com/vattnetviskar
http://www.twitter.com/vattnetviskar
http://vattnetviskar.bandcamp.com/

 

Warbringer reveal title and release dates for new album

Posted in News on 31st July 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

For the past few months, LA thrash regiment Warbringer have been locked away in The Omen Room studio with producer Steve Evetts (The Dillinger Escape Plan, Sepultura, Symphony X) to complete their next album IV: Empires Collapse. The album is said to push the abilities of each member to augment the complex arrangements and simple hooks as well as being a collective work between both the members of Warbringer and the producers that are involved with the making of the album. Drummer Carlos Cruz commented on the process of recording:

Musically, all five of us brought something for the rest of the group to work off of and we were all a part of chiselling away at the ideas.Having five band members with eclectic tastes in music from Crust Punk to Progressive music and everything in between brought about new musical directions for the material.

Warbringer have been documenting the recording process via social networking and capturing everything on film. Check out the first 3 episodes at these locations: Part 1Part 2Part 3

Warbringer’s IV: Empires Collapse will be released 14thOctober 2013 in Europe and 15th October 2013 in North America via Century Media Records.

Warbringer online:

www.warbringermusic.com
www.facebook.com/Warbringermusic
www.twitter.com/warbringerband
www.youtube.com/WarbringerOfficial

Broken Hope reveal artwork for long awaited album Omen of Disease

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 31st July 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Death metal quintet Broken Hope recently unveiled the artwork for their upcoming and long awaited album Omen of Disease. The cover painting was created by world-renowned horror-artist, Wes Benscoter (Slayer, Hypocrisy, Autopsy, Kreator, etc). Broken Hope’s guitarist Jeremy Wagner commented:

Wes Benscoter is one of my favorite artists, EVER. In my opinion, he’s right up there with Frank Frazetta, Michael Whelan, and Todd Schorr. Ever since Benscoter did our Repulsive Conception and Loathing album covers, I’ve wanted to work with him again. I was beyond thrilled when Benscoter agreed to take on the Omen Of Disease project…and he nailed it! He’s captured the vile essence, putrid vibe, and apocalyptic, disease-laden horror of Omen Of Disease. Thank you for creating another masterpiece, Wes Benscoter.

Omen Of Disease was recorded between two studios: drums were exclusively recorded at Belle City Sound in Racine, WI with engineer Chris Wisco (Lazarus A.D., Jungle Rot, Origin, Gorgasm), and the remaining bulk of the album was completed at Mercenary Digital Studios in Zion, IL with engineer Scott Creekmore (Broken Hope, Dirge Within, Lividity).

Omen Of Disease will be released on 30th September via Century Media Records.

Broken Hope online:

www.brokenhope.com
www.facebook.com/brokenhopeofficial