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Necrotherion – Live Misanthropy

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , , , , on 31st August 2013 by hammersmashedlauren

Necrotherion
Live Misanthropy
Released August 2013
Black Metal
Self Released

Being a band that is focused on creating raw black metal, Ohio’s Necrotherion clearly portrays this with the release of their live album, Live Misanthropy. The seven songs range from  fast paced, Emperor/Darkthrone sounding songs to more drone based songs that sound like it was made by older Mayhem. Melodic and beautiful black riffs paired with vocals filled with agony and raw emotion make this band sound like they would’ve fit in the early black metal scene in Norway. While it seems like black metal has become less about the music and more about the trends, Necrotherion looks beyond those trends. You can tell that their only purpose is create music that is hard hitting and shocking while sticking to traditional black metal roots. Also, live albums can be boring to listen to because you’re not there to actually experience what the band sounds like, but with this album, I felt like I was there headbanging along to every song.

The first couple of songs on the album, Whispering Trees and Nihilistic Faith, didn’t draw me in right away. While I loved the build up intro for Whispering Trees, the rest of the song felt a bit jumbled  with what seemed like this huge wall of noise coming at me at a millions miles a minute. I feel like they could have opened with a different song, specifically Novus Ordo Seclum. That song was my absolute favorite out of any song on this album just because of how melodic the intro riff was and how  the entire song reminded me of another black metal band, Cirith Gorgor. While black metal isn’t my favorite metal sub-genre, sometimes black metal bands come up with these beautifully heavy riffs that just makes me love it so much.

Along with changing the opening song, the only other criticism I could even think of is the quality of the sounds on the album. I could sit here and nit pick about how Live Misanthropy didn’t have a great quality to it because it’s a live album, but that’s usually how live albums sound anyway. Of course there could have been screw up while playing the songs, but there was really nothing I heard that made me want to immediately stop listening to the album.

I highly recommend this album to anyone who is a huge fan of black metal, more so raw sounding black metal verses the over produced, hipster black metal bands that seem to be popping out of nowhere lately. Live Misanthropy was one of the best live metal albums I’ve personally ever listened to just because it did what a lot of other live albums didn’t do, and that was creating a show where I felt like a part of the crowd even though I was sitting at a computer. You could feel the stage prescience and passion from when vocalist Stellarvore spoke in between songs saying powerful but yet brutal messages such as “you have one life to live, don’t f***ing waste it!” Necrotherion are truly underrated and I honestly hope they put out a full length album in the future.

4.5/5

Lauren Gowdy

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Von Hertzen Brothers: new video and UK shows

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 30th August 2013 by Pieni

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Finnish progressive rock band Von Hertzen Brothers posted a new video for “Coming Home”, which should be release as a digital single/Ep next Monday, with the following cover and track list:

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1. Coming Home (Re-mastered Radio Edit)
2. Writings On The Wall
3. Time & Summer
4. Coming Home (Re-mastered Album Version)
5. Don’t Stop Me Now (Live at Radio Nova Stage)

It’s the third single out of their fifth studio album, “Nine Lives”, released last March via Spinefarm Records – an album that’s been nominated for “Album of the Year” at the 2013 Classic Rock Awards. The band itself has also been nominated for “Breakthrough Artist” and “Anthem” at this year’s Prog Awards.

Also, the band will tour the UK in October, co-headlining six shows with British Touchstone. As for the shows in Manchester and Milton Keynes, the Von Hertzen Brothers will be headlining on their own (support bands to be announced soon).

Oct 18: Glasgow King Tut’s
Oct 19: York Duchess
Oct 20: Cardiff Globe
Oct 22: TBC, Manchester (headline show)
Oct 24: Milton Keynes Foundation (headline show)
Oct 25: London Garage
Oct 26: Liverpool Eric’s Live
Oct 27: Bilston Robin 2

http://www.vonhertzenbrothers.com
http://www.myspace.com/vonhertzenbrothers
http://twitter.com/VHBROZ

Avenged Sevenfold fighting for UK #1 spot

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 30th August 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Californian rock titans Avenged Sevenfold are fighting tooth and nail to land their first UK number one spot with their new album Hail To The King, which was released earlier this week. As the announcement of this week’s album charts reaches its conclusion, the band are currently just over 3000 copies ahead of their nearest challenger, Naughty Boy – What kind of name is that anyway?

Avenged Sevenfold will follow the album release with their first UK and Ireland tour since 2011. The dates, listed below, include their largest London show to date at Wembley Arena:

November

30th – Manchester, Arena

December 

1st – London, Wembley Arena
3rd – Dublin, The O2
5th – Birmingham, LG Arena

Avenged Sevenfold online:

http://avengedsevenfold.com
http://facebook.com/avengedsevenfold

 

Insomnium release behind the scenes video for One For Sorrow

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on 30th August 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Before heading to the studio to record their follow-up for One For Sorrow; Finland’s darkest death metal musicial export Insomnium have complied a “Making Of” documentary of their time in the studio recording their Century Media debut album; One For Sorrow.

The band comments about this:

During the spring 2011 our good friend Jussi Ratilainen decided to shoot some video of Insomnium, which was supposed to become a short, making-of-documentary about writing and recording of our latest album One For Sorrow. As you already know, things took unexpected turn and we lost a band member and a good friend, Ville Vänni, during this process. Luckily, during the same year we also found the best imaginable fit and new member from Markus Vanhala. This is our first-ever video release telling how One for Sorrow came into being. It’s also a story about friendship and dedication; about four guys chasing a dream while trying to make ends meet. In all its honesty.

The first episode can be viewed at this location.

Furthermore Insomnium will embark for one more European tour to promote One For Sorrow. This time they’ll team up with mighty Children Of Bodom. The band is psyched about joining the metal legends on tour:

We have been listening Children of Bodom since we started this band and it’s an honour to share the same stage with them every night. Can’t wait to see you on road!

CHILDREN OF BODOM, NAPALM DEATH (main support), INSOMNIUM (2nd support act)MEDEIA (opening act)

07.10.2013 (GB) BOURNEMOUTH, O2 Academy
08.10.2013 (GB) BRISTOL, O2 Academy
10.10.2013 (IRL) DUBLIN, Vicar Street
12.10.2013 (GB) SHEFFIELD, O2 Academy
13.10.2013 (GB) NEWCASTLE, O2 Academy
14.10.2013 (GB) MANCHESTER, Academy
15.10.2013 (GB) LONDON, Shepherd’s Bush Empire

Insomnium are touring their latest album ‘One For Sorrow’ that was released last year to critical acclaim via Century Media Records.

Insomnium online:

http://insomnium.net
http://facebook.com/insomniumofficial

 

Ol Drake leaves Evile

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 30th August 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Ol Drake has announced that he’s leaving Yorkshire thrash unit Evile. His full statement can be read below:

It’s been half my life (15 years) since I started jamming in a room with three other guys, in a group in which I didn’t know would grow to be Evile, go through what Evile has gone through and achieve what Evile has so far achieved.

Since 1999, I’ve put 100% of my time and life into the band we formed, while us all had/have to sacrifice a lot financially and personally along the way.

I’ve had some of the best times of my life in the past 15 years and met some amazing and fascinating people. I’ve had the huge honour to play a part in so many things I’d never have dreamed of: paying tribute to Dimebag [Pantera] by covering Cemetery Gates in Metal Hammer; supporting Megadeth, Exodus and many bands I grew up listening to; playing and recording with Destruction; touring/seeing places in the world I’d never have got to see otherwise and many more.

Over the past year, I’ve, unfortunately, found myself becoming more and more detached from the touring/band lifestyle.

In my opinion, the music business for a band of our genre and ‘level’ determines a very unrealistic way of life to me, and I personally find it difficult to make a living and have a ‘normal’ life. This is not a plea for sympathy, I’m simply being honest.

I’ve reached a point where I want a family/kids, a house, a steady and definite income and everything in between, and in regard to my personal preferences, a touring band’s income and uncertainties, in the state that I feel they would continue to be in, has become incompatible with how I feel and what I want/need.

There is no animosity between the rest of the band and I. This is purely a personal and financial decision I’ve been mulling over for a while and I wish them all the best for the future. “I am not unappreciative of the position Evile has in the music world; I know a lot of people would love to be where Evile are.

I want to thank each and every person who supports the band, and I want to extend a special thanks to Digby and the Earache Records crew.

Huge apologies to anyone this disappoints, but I have to do what makes sense to me.

I am not quitting writing or playing; I do plan on continuing to record and write my own music (solo project, general composing/recording etc), I just won’t be touring etc.

I’ll still be playing the two upcoming festival shows Evile have.

You can keep up to date with what I’ll be doing on my Twitter or on Facebook. A big thank you to everyone!

Evile released their fourth album Skull on 27th May in Europe on Earache Records and in North America via Century Media/Earache Records. The follow-up to 2011’s Five Serpent’s Teeth was once again 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).

Evile online:

http://www.facebook.com/evileuk

Eudaimony reveal artwork and tracklisting for upcoming album

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 30th August 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

With their debut album ready for release in autumn, Eudaimony, whose line-up features former members of NaglfarDark FortressNachtreich and Secrets of the Moon, have announced the tracklisting for their upcoming album Futile and unveiled its cover artwork (see above). The eight track album also features a guest appearance from Antimatter‘s Mick Moss. The recently completed artwork was created by Ben Borucki (Irrleuchten) from the German band Sonic Reign. Full track listing for Futile, which will be released on the Cold Dimensions label, is as follows:

  • 1. Ways to Indifference
  • 2. Mute
  • 3. A Window in the Attic
  • 4. Futile
  • 5. Portraits
  • 6. Cold
  • 7. Godforsaken
  • 8. December’s Hearse

Although formed back in 2007 by former Dark Fortress frontman Matthias Jell and Marcus E. Norman (Naglfar, Bewitched, Havayoth, Ancient Wisdom), Eudaimony only recorded three songs before the schedules of all its members, which, aside from Jell on vocals and Norman on guitars, bass, synthesizer and programming includes of Jörg Heemann (Secrets of the Moon) on drums and Peter Honsalek (Nachtreich) on viola and piano, caught up with the band.  Added to this were a few label issues that had to be resolved, so things were put on the back burner until March 2013 when everyone was finally free to begin recording the band’s debut full-length album.

Eudaimony recently debuted the title track from the album, and although many see the band’s logical home as being within the Black Metal and Depressive Black Metal genres, mainly because of the backgrounds of its members, Jell was quick to point out that this should really not be the case:

Eudaimony’s music is about emotional hopelessness and the futility of life, and is a world away from the usual subject matters that Black Metal tends to deal with.  The whole visual and the lyrical concepts of Eudaimony combine together to send out the message that the end of our lives begins from the instant we first draw breath, happiness on earth is just an illusion and life itself has no sense except in death.

Eudaimony online:

http://facebook.com/eudaimony

Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington reveal EP title and artwork

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on 29th August 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington have recently unveiled the artwork (see above) and title for their upcoming EP; High Rise. The EP is scheduled for release via Spinefarm Records on 7th October. The EP will feature five tracks including the band’s number one mainstream and active rock radio single; Out Of Time.

The new Stone Temple Pilots line-up are set to kick off their first US tour on 4th September. For further info and tour updates; head over to the band’s official site at this location.

High Rise track listing:

  • 1 Out of Time
  • 2 Black Heart
  • 3 Same on the Inside
  • 4 Cry Cry
  • 5 Tomorrow

Stone Temple Pilots online:

http://stonetemplepilots.com
http://facebook.com/stpband