Archive for August, 2013

Necrotherion – Live Misanthropy

Posted in Review 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

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 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 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 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 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 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

Scorpion Child reveal video for riff-laden song Polygon Of Eyes

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

Texan rockers Scorpion Child released their self-titled album this year via Nuclear Blast, heralding a sound of the early seventies with a modern twist and UK fans are in for a big treat this November when the Texas quintet hit British shores for their first ever UK show. Until then, fans can be kept going by the band’s new video for Polygon Of Eyes which can be viewed below. The video was shot in Austin, Texas as well as Los Angeles and it show cases Scorpion Child‘s aim to deliver an experience laden with hooks and riffs influenced by bands from the seventies blues to the early eighties thrash scene.

Scorpion Child online:

http://facebook.com/scorpionchild

Michael Monroe announces headlining UK tour

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 29th August 2013 by Pieni

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Following the release of his 8th studio album, “Horns and Halos” (23rd August via Spinefarm Records), legendary rocker Michael Monroe announces an 8-show UK tour in order to promote it – an album that has already been certified gold in its homecountry Finland. An extensive world tour shall follow suit, but so far only these dates have been revealed (including the performance at the Welsh “Cirque du Rock”, Hard Rock Hell):

27th November, Northumbria Uni, Student’s Union, Newcastle
28th November, Duchess, Leeds
29th November Cathouse, Glasgow
30th November Hard Rock Hell, Prestatyn, N. Wales (festival appearance)
1st December, Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
2nd December, Thekla, Bristol
3rd December, Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton
4th December, O2 Academy, Islington, London

Tickets: http://www.ents24.com/uk/tour-dates/michael-monroe

Quoting Monroe himself: “Now that the new album is out, we can finally play the new songs live and create a whole new setlist.That’s why I’m especially excited about the up and coming tour dates. See you all soon down the road!”

Current single “Eighteen Angels” can be listened at Spinefarm‘s Soundcloud account here, and the video for “Ballad of the Lower East Side”, a song about Monroe‘s early days in New York, has passed the 245 thousand views on YouTube.

www.michaelmonroe.com

www.facebook.com/michaelmonroeofficial

The Browning announce US headline tour

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

Electronic metal band The Browning have announced a headline tour of the US to support their highly anticipated new album Hypernova. The Hypernova tour is set to kick on 20th September in Portage, Indiana and will feature support from This or The ApocalypseHonour CrestTear Out The Heart and Myka Relocate.

Tour dates are as follow:

  • Sep. 20 – Portage, IN – Camelot Hall
  • Sep. 21 – Indianapolis, IN – Old National Centre
  • Sep. 22 – Muskegon, MI – Club Envy
  • Sep. 24 – Flint, MI – The Machine Shop
  • Sep. 27 – Providence, RI – Loft 71
  • Sep. 28 – Lemoyne, PA – Championship
  • Sep. 29 – New York, NY – Tobacco Road
  • Oct. 01 – Allentown, PA – Crocodile Rock
  • Oct. 02 – Jeannette, PA – Gators
  • Oct. 03 – Stanhope, NJ – Stanhope House
  • Oct. 04 – Trenton, NJ – Championships
  • Oct. 05 – Richmond, VA – Kingdom
  • Oct. 06 – Frederick, MD – Cafe 611
  • Oct. 08 – Fayetteville, NC – The Drunken Horse Pub
  • Oct. 09 – Winston-Salem, NC – Ziggy’s Winston Inc.
  • Oct. 10 – Spartanburg, SC – Ground Zero
  • Oct. 11 – Orlando, FL – The Backbooth
  • Oct. 12 – Ybor City, FL – Orpheum
  • Oct. 13 – Jacksonville, FL – Jack Rabbit
  • Oct. 17 – Little Rock, AZ – Downtown Music Hall
  • Oct. 19 – St. Louis, MO – The Mag Magician
  • Oct. 20 – Oklahoma City, OK – The Chameleon Room
  • Oct. 22 – Austin, TX – Dirty Dog Bar
  • Oct. 23 – San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit
  • Oct. 25 – Corpus Christi, TX – Zero’s Hard Rock Club
  • Oct. 26 – Grand Prairie, TX – Quik Trip Park
  • Oct. 27 – Farmington, NM – Top Deck
  • Oct. 28 – Tempe, AZ – Club Red
  • Oct. 29 – Lancaster, CA – Industry Theater
  • Oct. 30 – Orangevale, CA – The Boardwalk
  • Oct. 31 – Klamath Falls, OR – Klamath County Fair
  • Nov. 01 – Richland, WA – Ray’s Golden Lion
  • Nov. 02 – Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
  • Nov. 03 – Missoula, MT – Palace
  • Nov. 04 – Billings, MT – Railyard
  • Nov. 05 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theatre
  • Nov. 06 – Kansas City, MO – Czar
  • Nov. 08 – Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews
  • Nov. 09 – Sauk Rapids, MN – Bubba’s
  • Nov. 10 – Burnsville, MN – The Garage

Hypernova is due to be released on 1st October in the USA via Century Media/Earache Records, and on 7th October in Europe via Earache Records.  The album was recorded at Planet Red Studios in Richmond, Virginia with producer Andreas Magnusson (The Black Dahlia Murder, Impending Doom).

The Browning online:

http://www.facebook.com/TheBrowningOfficial
http://www.myspace.com/thebrowningproject

New Deicide coming this autumn

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

Legendary death metal band Deicide are set to release their new album In The Minds Of Evil this coming autumn via Century Media. The album is the eleventh studio album in the band’s illustrious career that spans more than two and a half decades. The album is being produced by Jason Suecoff (All That RemainsTriviumDeath AngelBattlecross).

The complete track listing is as follows:

  • 1. In The Minds Of Evil
  • 2. Thou Begone
  • 3. Godkill
  • 4. Beyond Salvation
  • 5. Misery Of One
  • 6. Between The Flesh And The Void
  • 7. Even The Gods Can Bleed
  • 8. Trample The Cross
  • 9.  Fallen To Silence
  • 10. Kill The Light Of Christ
  • 11. End The Wrath Of God

Deicide online:

http://facebook.com/officialdeicide

Rivers Of Nihil release studio video and confirm US tour with Beneath The Massacre

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

Already with a busy schedule, Rivers Of Nihil have added a US tour supporting Beneath The Massacre in October this year. Other bands on the tour are Rings Of Saturn and Legion. The tour will see Rivers Of Nihil hit the US east coast and confirmed dates can be viewed below.

Additionally, the band have now released the first of three studio videos, recording their progress and time in the studio. The video can be found at this location where fans can also listen to Rain Eater.

The Conscious Seed of Light, will be released on 14th October in the UK via Metal Blade Records. The album was recorded in March of 2013 at Mana Recording Studios in Florida with famed metal producer/musician Erik Rutan. Guitarist Brody Uttley said:

Working with Erik was a true privilege. Coming from the DIY circuit and immediately recording with one of greatest death metal producers of all time pushed us all more than we ever could have expected, both as musicians and as people. We have grown tremendously as a band in all aspects because of our experience with Erik.

Rivers Of Nihil US tour dates are as follow:

w/ Allegaeon, Abiotic, Wretched

  • 08/27 Louisville, KY Diamond Pub & Billiards
  • 08/28 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
  • 08/29 Destin, FL Club LA
  • 08/30 Jacksonville, FL Jack Rabbit
  • 08/31 Lake Worth, FL The Speakeasy

w/ Beneath The Massacre, Rings of Saturn, Legion

  • 10/03 Montreal, ON Underworld
  • 10/04 Amityville, NY Revolution
  • 10/05 Albany, NY Bogies
  • 10/06 Wilmington, DE Mojo 13 (Death Fest)
  • 10/08 Springfield, VA Empire
  • 10/09 Jeannette PA Gators
  • 10/10 Rochester, NY Dubland Underground
  • 10/11 Trenton, NJ Championship Bar & Grill
  • 10/12 New York, NY Tobacco Road
  • 10/13 Worcester, MA The Palladium

w/ Abiotic, Dying Fetus, Exhumed, Devourment

  • 10/26 Minneapolis, MN Skyway Theatre
  • 10/27 Chicago, IL Reggie’s
  • 10/28 Madison, WI The High Noon Saloon
  • 10/29 Cleveland, OH Peabody’s
  • 10/30 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance
  • 10/31 Worcester, MA The Palladium (Upstairs)
  • 11/01 New York, NY The Gramercy Theater
  • 11/02 Springfield, VA Empire

Rivers Of Nihil online:

http://facebook.com/riversofnihil

Vattnet Viskar stream new album Sky Swallower

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

New England black metal unit Vattnet Viskar are now streaming their entire album exclusively on Pitchfork. The new album Sky Swallower is set to hit stores 9th September in Europe via Century Media. The album has already caught the attention of heavy music lovers due to recent streams of three single songs over the recent weeks. Now you have the chance to experience the album in its entirety at http://pitchfork.com/advance/193-sky-swallower/.

Sky Swallower tracklisting is as follows:

  • 1. New Alchemy
  • 2. Fog of Apathy
  • 3. Monarch
  • 4. Breath of the Almighty
  • 5. Ascend
  • 6. Mythos
  • 7. As I Stared Into the Sky
  • 8. Apex

Vattnet Viskar online:

http://facebook.com/vattnetviskar

 

Slegest announce live line-up plus new video in the works

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

With a new album on the horizon, Slegest founder and frontman Ese has put together a new live line-up to take what started as a solo project to the stage. The former Vreid guitarist said:

As soon as the album was announced I was being asked if the band would ever play live and as it happens, the time felt right to take the next step in Slegest’s development. Once I had everyone on board, the thought of playing live again felt really good.  It’s one of the greatest satisfactions there is when you play music, and honestly we can’t wait to get up there on stage.

Aside from Ese on vocals and rhythm guitar, the line-up will feature Sør (Bäääv), Hövard (Bombeklüchter) on bass and Fjøsne on drums. Slegest are also working on a music video for Ho Som Haustar Aleine the opening track on the band’s upcoming album Løyndom.  The video is being produced by Håvard Nesbø and Ørjan Talle, and, according to Ese, the budget is 1 case of Hansa beer and 1 litre of Mackmyra Brukswhisky! The video will premiere in September.

Løyndom (which means Secret) will be the band’s debut full-length album, and is set for release on Dark Essence records in the autumn.  Mastered by Enslaved’s Herbrand Larsen and recorded partly in Ese’s own Systrond Studio and partly at the Conclave and Earshot Studio with producer Bjørnar E. Nilsen, the artwork for Løyndom  includes drawings by Jan Magne Vigdal and design by Tom Korsvold.  Track listing on the 8-track album, which is a perfect showcase for Ese’s special blend of classic heavy rock and old-school black metal, is as follows:

1. Ho Som Haustar Aleine
2. Rooted In Knowledge
3. I Slike Stunder
4. Løgna Sin Fiende
5. The Path Of No Return
6. Faceless Queen
7. Dirt Life Death
8. Past Burden Strength

Slegest online:

http://slegest.no

Swedish Bombus announce several live dates

Posted in News with tags , , , on 29th August 2013 by Pieni

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Hailing from Gothemburg, heavy metal band Bombus has just released their debut album “The Poet and The Parrot” via Century Media. Its physical editions, which include a limited digipack CD version (with 2 bonus tracks) and a 180g gatefold vinyl ((unlimited black version, limited dark-green version), can be ordered here. A digital version is available in the usual digital shops.

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A release party will be held at Pustervik, Gothemburg, this saturday (31st of August) and a few scattered dates will follow:
06.09.2013 Conglomerate Fest at Bogen F, Zurich, Switzland
12.09.2013 Pussy a Gogo, Stockholm, Sweden (headlining show)
13.09.2013 Close-Up Boat Cruise, Sweden 
27.09.2013 Hamburg Metal Dayz @ Marx, Hamburg, Germany
04.10.2013 Club Destroyer Sundsvall, Sweden (headlining show)

By the end of October and through the first couple of weeks, Bombus were invited by Danko Jones to support him in his Scandinavian dates:
25.10.2013 Tivoli, Helsingborg, Sweden
26.10.2013 Svandammshallarna, Uppsala, Sweden
30.10.2013 Club 700, Örebro, Sweden
31.10.2013 N3, Trollhättan, Sweden
01.11.2013 X&Y, Borås, Sweden
02.11.2013 Nöjesfabriken, Karlstad, Sweden
08.11.2013 Union Scene, Drammen, Norway
09.11.2013 Revolver, Oslo, Norway 
10.11.2013 Garage, Bergen, Norway
11.11.2013 Folken, Stavanger, Norway
13.11.2013 Dynamo, Norrköping, Sweden
14.11.2013 Liljan, Borlänge, Sweden

And after that, a headlining tour:
18.11.2013 Nachtleben, Frankfurt, Germany
20.11.2013 Old Blue Last, London, UK
21.11.2013 Merelyn, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
22.11.2013 Patronat Café, Harleem, The Netherlands
23.11.2013 Alter Stadtbahnhof, Schweinfurt, Germany
24.11.2013 AB, Brussels, Belgium (supporting Airbourne)
25.11.2013 Underground, Cologne, Germany
27.11.2013 Arena (small room), Wien, Austria
28.11.2013 Kofmehl, Solothurn, Switzerland
29.11.2013 Gaswerk, Winterthur, Switzerland
30.11.2013 Zwölfzehn, Stuttgart, Germany
01.12.2013 Chemiefabrik, Dresden, Germany
03.12.2013 Hydrozagadka, Warsaw, Poland
04.12.2013 Minoga, Poznan, Poland
05.12.2013 Comet, Berlin, Germany
06.12.2013 Indra, Hamburg, Germany
07.12.2013 Beat, Copenhagen, Denmark
12.12.2013 Pustervik, Göteborg, Sweden

BOMBUS online:
http://www.bombusmusic.com
http://www.facebook.com/bombusmusic
http://www.myspace.com/bombusmusic

Century Media Records online:
http://www.centurymedia.com
http://www.youtube.com/centurymedia
http://www.twitter.com/centurymediaeu
http://www.facebook.com/centurymedia

Century Media webshop:
www.cmdistro.com

Ill Niño announce US tour dates

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

Latin metallers Ill Niño are set to embark on their America Epidemia tour later this year which is set to begin on 28th September. Throughout the month-long run Ill Niño will be honouring the US military by offering free admission and two-for-one tickets to all who present their military ID at each event. As a son of a US war veteran, bassist Laz Pina explains:

I am especially proud to be honouring our troops. Our military service men and women don’t choose war, but rather choose defending our freedom. For this we must be grateful.

Vocalist Christian Machado goes on:

As we celebrate the return of our brave soldiers and wounded veterans, we will never forget those who gave their lives. A celebration for those who have served without fear and prejudice is in order.

Tour dates are as follow:

9/28 – Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
9/29 – San Antonio, TX @ Tequila Rock Room
10/01 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
10/02 – Oklahoma City, OK @ The Chameleon Room
10/03 – New Orleans, LA @ Hangar 13
10/04 – Winter Park, FL @ The Haven Lounge
10/05 – Jacksonville, FL @ The Roc Bar
10/06 – St Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre
10/08 – Spring Lake Park, MN @ POV’s
10/09 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
10/10 – Joliet, IL @ Mojoe’s
10/11 – Detroit, MI @ I Rock Nightclub
10/15 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
10/18 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
10/19 – Nashua, NH @ Evolution Nightclub
10/20 – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
10/22 – Springfield, VA @ Empire
10/24 – Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
10/25 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade

Ill Niño online:

http://illnino.com
http://facebook.com/officialillnino

Týr – Valkyrja

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on 28th August 2013 by Nico Davidson

Týr
Valkyrja
Released 17th September
Viking Metal
Released via Metal Blade

Hailing from the Faroes come Týr, one of the the biggest and most influential Viking metal bands of today. Following their jump from Napalm Records to Metal Blade, the four piece soon would finish Valkyrja, the band’s seventh full-length studio album. The album’s main concept is the story of an unnamed warrior who leaves his wife in order to impress a Valkyrie so that he can gain entry to either Folkvang or Valhalla.

Blood Of Heroes opens up the album in a truly powerful manner. The opening passage signals a change of sound in Týr‘s music whereas the chorus is typically catchy, something that has become a trait in Tyr‘s music over the last couple of releases. Mare Of My Night follows, which Heri describes as being the song that he has ever written the most sexually explicit lyrics for. The song focuses on a strong driving sound with an equal measure of melody to accompany the propulsive riffs. Hel Hath No Fury, which is a brilliant play on words regarding the supposed Nordic goddess of death Hel, has a cold and furious streak woven into the guitars and a hook in the chorus.

The Lay Of Our Love begins with the typical elements of a ballad, something which is enforced by both Heri‘s and Liv Kristine‘s vocals. The guitars paint a near-romantic image with different shades of emotion contrasting with the vocals where as Nation  is the complete opposite, charging in for a frontal assault of melodious passages and aggressive vocals with reinforcements from a heavy bombardment of drums. Another Fallen Brother focuses on a more thrash-like use of guitars, with near-power metalesque vocals and a cumbersome use of bass and drums.

Grindavísan starts with a folk-like choir before the majestic riffs domineer the song. As the song becomes heavier, so do Heri‘s vocals while the folk choir make an appearance for the chorus, adding a new spin on the song and keeping it traditionally Týr sounding. Into The Sky makes for a somber metallic dirge before leading into the highly melodic and medieval sounding Fánar Burtur Brandaljóð, which is sung in a Nordic language, presumably Faroese. Lady Of The Slain, which is one of the names given to the deity Freya, comes racing in like a horde of warriors drunk on blood and glory. The guitars cut through the track like a knife through butter, allowing for the bass and drums to leave their own path of devastation.

The title track, Valkyrja, has one of the most solemn introductions on the whole album, allowing varying levels of emotion to ring out through each note. Where the faster paced aspects of the track bring a vast amount of power with them, allowing the snarling use of riffs to roar fiercely throughout the song. The album ends with two covers: Where Eagles Dare (Iron Maiden) and Cemetery Gates (Pantera) – Both of which are performed superbly with Týr‘s own unique twist on them.

Valkyrja is a change in direction for Týr, stepping forward with their sound but allowing for some room for certain sound sand elements from previous albums, making for a fusion of old Týr and new TýrValkyrja is probably the best album they’ve released thus far and definitely shows how much their sound has evolved since How Far To Asgaard.

5/5

Nico Davidson

Týr online:

http://facebook.com/tyrband

 

Hell unveil details on their new offering Curse And Chapter

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

Risen from their own sinister legacy and having disbanded in 1987, Hell were reincarnated only two years ago with the addition of Andy Sneap to guitars and David Bower on vocals, joining original members guitarist and keyboardist Kev Bower, bassist Tony Speakman and drum machine Tim Bowler. Now the British quintet are about to release their follow up to their 2011 release Human Remains which was released via Nuclear Blast. The sophomore offering, titled Curse And Chapter, will also be released via Nuclear Blast on 25th November, later this year.

Curse And Chapter will also include a bonus DVD offering six songs from the band’s show at The Darwin Assembly Suite Rooms in Derby on 23rd February 2013. As the first lead-off single, Hell will release the Age Of Nefarious. Guitarist Sneap commented on the upcoming release:

We’ve been working solid on the album for the last couple of months between gigs, although we’ve been demoing to a good standard over the last year or so. This time around the album consists of around 50% old material 50% new. We really see this as a band that’s moving forward rather than a nostalgia trip, obviously there’s a lot of history within the band, but there’s also a whole world of ideas we want to get out. We have this week left tracking, 4 more vocals and bass to get down, 2 more songs of guitar and then mix. I’m super happy with how things are shaping up, it feels more like a band on this record to me than the first, which I guess is just a natural progression of everyone playing together a lot more over the last couple of years.

Vocalist David Bower added in, regarding the lyrical content:

Alongside some of our favourite themes of historical, political and religious persecution, intolerance and prejudice, you will find some good old fashioned myths and legends being invoked and reinterpreted in our own inimitable way. We also have some songs in which the listener will be implicitly invited to solve the clues contained in the lyrics in order to find the meaning of the stories for themselves. Being completely aware that many people interpret things in ways that writers do not expect as a matter of course, it seemed logical to take that idea a little further.

Adding on from that, Bower explains the album title:

It’s a hellish play on words of the English saying chapter and verse, and also a reference to a song lyric in The Age Of Nefarious, the opening track on the record.

Hell will also be playing the Metal Hammer ‘Defenders Of The Faith’ Tour alongside label mates Carcass and also Amon Amarth and Bleed From Within. Dates are as follow:

Nov 12 Birmingham o2 Academy
Nov 13 Manchester o2 Academy
Nov 14 Glasgow Barrowland
Nov 15 Bristol o2 Academy
Nov 17 London Forum

Hell online:

http://hell-metal-band.com
http://facebook.com/hellofficial

Sweden’s Shining debut track from new album

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

Sweden’s Shining, who are fronted by the infamous Niklas Kvarforth, have debuted a track from their upcoming album 8 ½ – Feberdrömmar I Vaket Tillstånd which is due for release through Dark Essence Records. The album features tracks that date back to the band’s Livets Ändhållplats and Angst era. 8 ½ – Feberdrömmar I Vaket Tillstånd is described as a rare foray for the band, in that all the tracks bar one, feature vocalists hand picked by Shining founder and frontman Niklas Kvarforth. Some of the tracks are sung in the native language of the guest vocalists that have taken part in the album. The fourth track, Selvdestruktivitetens Emissarie, of the six track release features Gaahl (God Seed, Wardruna, ex-Gorgoroth) on vocals and is currently being streamed by Metal Hammer at this location.

The tracks on 8 ½ – Feberdrömmar I Vaket Tillstånd are still in their original pre-production format to which have been added newly recorded bass and guitars, as well as keyboards by  Lars Fredrik Fröslie (Angst), whose sound is a relatively new addition to Shining‘s releases. , having not being used before the sixth album. The track listing plus guest vocalists are as follow:

  • 1. Terres Des Anonymes featuring Famine of Peste Noire
  • 2. Szabadulj Meg Önmagadtól featuring Attila Csihar of Mayhem and Tormentor
  • 3. Ett Liv Utan Mening featuring Pehr Larsson of Alfahanne
  • 4. Selvdestruktivitetens Emissarie featuring Gaahl of God Seed, Wardruna, Trelldom, ex-Gorgoroth
  • 5. Black Industrial Misery featuring  Maniac of Skitliv, ex-Mayhem
  • 6. Through Corridors Of Oppression featuring Niklas Kvarforth himself

Shining online:

http://www.facebook.com/shiningofficial

Epica to release Retrospect 10th Anniversary DVD later this year

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

Dutch symphonic titans Epica, who were founded by former After Forever guitarist Mark Jansen, will release Retrospect – their 10th anniversary concert which was filmed and recorded earlier this year – as a deluxe hardcover book with 48 pages. Both will be released as 2 DVD/3 CD and 2 Blu-Ray/3 CD versions. Retrospect will be released via Nuclear Blast on 8th November and will contain the following fan favourites:

  • 01 – Introspect
  • 02 – Monopoly on Truth
  • 03 – Sensorium
  • 04 – Unleashed
  • 05 – Martyr of the Free Word
  • 06 – Chasing the Dragon
  • 07 – Presto
  • 08 – Never Enough
  • 09 – Stabat Mater Dolorosa
  • 10 – Twin Flames
  • 11 – Serenade of Self-Destruction
  • 12 – Orchestral Medley
  • 13 – The Divine Conspiracy – Anniversary Edition
  • 14 – Delirium
  • 15 – Blank Infinity
  • 16 – The Obsessive Devotion
  • 17 – Retrospect
  • 18 – Battle of the Heroes & Imperial March
  • 19 – Quietus
  • 20 – The Phantom Agony
  • 21 – Cry for the Moon
  • 22 – Sancta Terra
  • 23 – Design Your Universe
  • 24 – Storm the Sorrow
  • 25 – Consign to Oblivion
  • 26 – Outrospect

Retrospect features this massive performance in its entirety, as well as exclusive interviews with all band members and behind-the-scenes footage from the show.

Epica online:

http://epica.nl
http://facebook.com/epica