Archive for August, 2013

End Of Green – The Painstream

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on 28th August 2013 by Paul

End Of Green
The Painstream
Released16th August
Depressive Rock
Released via Napalm Records

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German rockers End Of Green can be best described as the hard rock Type O Negative. That doesn’t quite tell the full story, but it’s a good start. The band describe their music as depressed subcore, an unholy trinity of doom, gothic and hard rock. This release leans more toward a more accessible rock sound than previous efforts and despite the depressive subject matter; it makes for some pleasant listening. Having been producing albums since ’96, the band has clearly developed some noteworthy talent and experience, which really shows on this album. Each one of these melancholy rockers has a great hook and a simple but effective formula, with occasional splashes of gothic theatricality and black humour.

At 11 tracks, it’s difficult to pick any weak moments, and this is a very strong album. From slow, depressing, droning dirges to more pop orientated, upbeat songs with great hooks, this album has a lot going for it, and the band never wallow in their excesses but manage to sound fresh all the way through. Released just as summer is fading into autumn, this is one of the best examples of all things gothic and gloomy in 2013. A very pleasant listen.

4/5

Paul Gibbins

Mikael Åkerfeldt to curate Roadburn Festival 2014

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 28th August 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Opeth‘s Mikael Åkerfeld has agreed to curate the Roadburn Festival 2014 on Friday 14th April at the 013 venue in Tilburg, Holland. This means that he will personally select bands for his special event and play a headline show with Opeth.

Opeth‘s body of work is highly respected by the Roadburn crowd, which has made Mikael an ideal choice to carry on the tradition that started in 2008 with David Tibet (Current 93) and has continued with the likes of NeurosisTom G. WarriorSunn 0)))Voivod and Jus Oborn (Electric Wizard). Mikael commented:

It’s with great honour that I accepted the invitation to be the curator for the 2014 Roadburn Festival. I’m pretty damn far from being a professional booker/promoter, and I’ve never been part in choosing bands for an event apart from bands that Opeth has toured with. So this is a first for me, but I have to say I’m very excited.

I’ve reached out to a handful of my favourite bands from the past and present. As of now it looks like it will be an amazing musical event. Still brainstorming about possible bands for this glorious festival but I already know that I’m going to be like a kid at Christmas. It will be amazing! Plain and simple. Obviously Opeth will perform as well, but to be quite honest with you, our own performance doesn’t get me nearly as excited as the thought of experiencing the bands that have shown interest. It will be remarkable and memorable. A celebration, bitches!

Opeth online:

http://opeth.com
http://facebook.com/Opeth

Sepultura reveal artwork and tracklisting for new album

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on 28th August 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Brazilian metal icons Sepultura have unveiled the artwork (see above), title and tracklisting for their new album; which is to be titled The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart. Bit of a mouthful, eh? Anyway, the new album is set for release on 28th October via Nuclear Blast. The cover artwork was created by Brazilian artist Alexandre Wagner who specialises in charcoal drawing techniques.

In preparing the statements below, Sepultura guitarist Andreas Kisser and artist Alexandre Wagner collaborated with Brazilian journalist Emanuel Leite, Jr. to gather their thoughts.

In this statement, Kisser reveals how he discovered Alexandre:

It was an indication of Silvio Bibika, who was my roadie for a long time. He always shows me things in general that Sepulutra might need. He told me about Alexandre – who is from Belo Horizonte [in Brazil, where Sepulutra was founded] – a year ago. So before we went to the United States to record the album, I was at his house to talk about the cover, tell him the album title, and talk about the concept of the film Metropolis so he could do something original. But when I saw the picture with the drawing, I thought it was all about what we wanted and we did not need something new.  I also asked him to do a tribal ‘S’ in the cover’s style, which will be on the back cover.

Album artist Alexandre Wagner comments on his creation:

This series of work in charcoal drawing [for the album] I did when I still lived in Belo Horizonte. They were all made there and are quick drawings without much reference, almost an experimentation that may have come from a desire to use the most basic of basic materials – coal, paper and wood. The cover design was ready, Andreas saw and liked it. We talked a little more and I also sent some other pictures for the booklet. I was pleased with the choice of the theme of the album; I like [Austrian filmmaker] Fritz Lang very much and not to mention only Metropolis, but Dr. Mabuse der Spieler [Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler, Lang’s 1922 film] is a fucking movie!

To see more of Alexandre Wagner’s work, visit this location.

The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart will be released as a Limited Edition Digipak CD/DVD and on Double Vinyl.

The  tracklisting for the album is:

  • 01. Trauma Of War
  • 02. The Vatican
  • 03. Impending Doom
  • 04. Manipulation of Tragedy
  • 05. Tsunami
  • 06. The Bliss Of Ignorants
  • 07. Grief
  • 08. The Age Of The Atheist
  • 09. Obsessed
  • 10. Da Lama Ao Caos (Chico Science & Nação Zumbi cover)

The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart was recorded with renowned producer Ross Robinson (Korn, Machine Head, Fear Factory), who worked with Sepultura on their landmark 1996 release Roots, and co-produced by Steve Evetts (The Dillinger Escape Plan, Symphony X, Incantation), who previously worked on Sepultura’s Roorback (2003), the Revolusongs EP (2002), and Nation (2001).

Sepultura online:

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

 

Burn Thy Enemy release first official video

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 27th August 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Gothic metal band Burn Thy Enemy have released their first official video. The lyric video for Bring On The Violence was produced by Rooke House Productions and can be viewed below.

In related news and as exclusively announced via MetalDivas.comBurn Thy Enemy have replaced Nya at this year’s Valkyrian Festival.

Burn Thy Enemy online:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/BURN-THY-ENEMY/194694665115?fref=ts

Agathodaimon release new video ‘I’ve Risen’

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on 27th August 2013 by izaforestspirit

German melodic black metallers Agathodaimom have released a new video for the song ‘I’ve Risen’.

‘I’ve Risen’ is taken from the new album In Darkness which is out now via Massacre Records.

http://www.agathodaimon.de/

https://www.facebook.com/agathodaimon

Huddersfield Heavymetalfest 2013 cancelled due to cancelled Fleshgod Apocalypse UK tour

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , on 27th August 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

The first ever Huddersfield Heavymetalfest, which was to take place on 12th October at The Parish in Huddersfield has been cancelled. The reason given was that Fleshgod Apocalypse have pulled out of their upcoming UK tour with HateScordatura and Bound By Exile. The UK tour had already been under scrutiny following Anaal Nathrakh being announced as touring main support without confirming.

No statement regarding the cancellation has been made by Fleshgod Apocalypse yet however Hate, who were booked as co-headliners made the following statement via their official Facebook page:

UK TOUR CANCELLED !

We do regret to inform you that The Fleshgod Apocalypse/Hate tour in the UK has been cancelled. The reason for this is just bad organization of the shows and incompetence of the agency that was responsible for it in the first place.

Stephen Moss of Nuclear Blast Touring said “We tried to rescue the tour after the previous agent who was booking it made many errors, but in the past weeks we had more trouble as promoters were confirming shows with us that the promoter had not confirmed with the venues. So shows were being cancelled. (…) The only option is to cancel the tour and re-organize something for the future, which of course I am not happy about, with Nuclear Blast I have tried to rescue the tour, but we have failed.”

We are sure that many of you will find this disappointing. All we can do is to assure you that together with our agent we will be working on another tour in the near future. We totally appreciate your support to the band and we hope to find another opportunity to come on a UK tour fairly soon. Until then Rest in HATE!

The Nazgul Agency who were the agency that booked the tour are still yet to make a statement regarding the tour’s cancellation and the accusations of poor organisation.

The festival organiser, Luke Diesektor, is aiming to launch the Huddersfield Heavymetalfest in February of next year and already has a headliner confirmed.  The full statement regarding the festival can be found here.

Fleshgod Apocalypse will be returning to the UK in January next year, supporting Kataklysm. Dates can be found at this locationFleshgod Apocalypse‘s latest album Labyrinth  was released recently via Nuclear Blast.

Fleshgod Apocalypse online:

http://facebook.com/fleshgodapocalypse

 

Norwegian black metallers Troll release back catalogue digitally

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , on 27th August 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

As most of their older releases are now largely unavailable, Troll have come to the decision to make thier entire back catalogue available for digital download via BandCamp. Available are the following:

  • Trollstorm Over Nidingjuv (1995)
  • Drep de Kristne (1996)*
  • The Last Predators (2000)
  • Universal (2001)

Drep de Kristne  is considered to be one of the defining black metal releases. The only album not to be re-released in digital format is Neo-Satanic Supremacy (2010), as Napalm Record still own the rights to it. All the albums will come with new artwork and are available for the minimum price of 0.50 euros or as much more as the fans feel like paying directly to the band. The albums can be purchased from this location.

Commenting on the decision to digitally self-release what are effectively iconic albums, frontman and founder Nagash said:

In today’s economy labels are really reluctant to release anything that has appeared previously, even though it is no longer available and regardless of how much demand there is from the fans.  Sure, you can find most things these days via illegal file-sharing sites, but if you want high quality sound versions, with the artwork, and without all the viruses and Trojans that come as “hidden extras” with illegal downloads, you are better off paying a few pence to buy it legally.  At least that way you are actually supporting the bands, and we believe that REAL fans are getting tired of everyone trying to rip off the bands, and genuinely want to support them.

As well as being re-released in digital format, Drep De Kristne will also be released on vinyl as a limited edition Gatefold, in both black and gold versions. The vinyl will appear sometime in October, just in time for the band’s European tour, during in which the band will play the entire album live at a special afterparty at the Aurora Infernalis Festival in Arnhem on 26th October.

Full routing for the Incantations for the World’s End tour, with Dodheimsgard, Troll and Hetroertzen as follows:

Oct 16 – John Dee, Oslo, Norway
Oct 17 – Beta, Copenhagen, Denmark
Oct 18 – K17,  Berlin, Germany
Oct 19 – Hoodoo Music Club, Prague, Czech Republic
Oct 20 – Channel Zero, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Oct 21 – Viper Room, Vienna, Austria
Oct 22 – Novara Rock & Roll Arena, Novara, Italy
Oct 23 – Glaz’Art, Paris, France
Oct 24 – Le Romandie, Lausanne, Switzerland
Oct 25 – Magasin 4, Brussels, Belgium
Oct 26 – The Stage, Arnhem, Netherlands
Oct 27 – Simplon Grote Zaal, Groningen, Netherlands

Troll online:

http://facebook.com/trollofficial

 

Leaves’ Eyes reveal artwork for Symphonies Of The Night

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 27th August 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Norwegian-German symphonic folk metallers Leaves’ Eyes – whom are fronted by former Theatre of Tragedy vocalist Liv Kristine – have revealed the artwork for their upcoming album Symphonies Of The Night which is scheduled for a late 2013 release via Napalm Records. The album was produced by Liv Kristine‘s husband and fellow Leaves’ Eyes member Alexander Krull at his Mastersound Studio in Germany. The band commented:

Expect this album to be the heaviest and most epic Leaves’ Eyes experience to date: it will haunt you, even in your dreams.

We’re also proud to unveil the cover of Symphonies Of The Night, designed by our longtime friend Heile [Stefan Heilemann].

Be aware of more information concerning the album, release date and upcoming tours soon!

Liv Kristine had previously stated about the upcoming Leaves’ Eyes album:

We have taken a great inspirational step since the production of Meredead, both sound-wise and vocal-wise.

It has been such a pleasure evolving in my singing techniques and knowledge and I thank my band members for giving me an inspirational kick when I needed to gain momentum behind the microphone.

Symphonies Of The Night is hauntingly dream-like and heavy to the core!

In related news, Leaves’ Eyes vocalist Liv Kristine will be appearing on Tyr‘s new album Valkyrja which is set for release next month via Metal Blade Records.

Leaves’ Eyes online:

http://leaveseyes.com
http://facebook.com/leaveseyesofficial

Powerwolf – Preachers Of The Night

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 25th August 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Powerwolf
Preachers of the Night
Released 19th July
Power Metal/Werewolf Metal
Released via Napalm Records

Powerwolf have become a recognisable name and band on the power metal scene, from their darker sound compared to other acts, to the corpse-paint and the almost fetish-like obsession with werewolves. Following their jump from Metal Blade to Napalm, Preachers of the Night – which is the band’s fifth studio album – was soon released thereafter.

The catchy number Amen & Attack opens the album, proving to be more infectious than the black death. The vocals are loud, boisterous and powerful added to the heavily symphonic elements and driving slabs of metal. The track proves to be a strong sword arm for the album, swinging left and right, taking unsuspecting listeners by surprise in the black of night – Which is exactly what any metal album needs to keep the attention of the listener.

Secrets of the Sacristy continues with the surprise attacks, proving to be unrelenting with the near-joy filled guitar passages and contrasting dreary symphonic lines. Coleus Sanctus (which apparently in Latin slang means something like holy testicles) keeps the strong flow of melodic riffs pouring forth whilst the vocals conjure up memorable lines that have a few hooks hidden for good measure.

The ambitious, hard-to-ignore riffs continue on through Sacred & Wild and straight into a total lycan-like metamorphosis with Kreuzfeuer which hammers out a darker, vastly sinister sound. Even the vocals have a cimmerian shade to their sound. Cardinal Sin begins with the hymn-like anthemic sound before the blazing trail of riffs bursts in. The chorus stands out the most throughtout the duration of the song.

In The Name Of God (Deus Vult) is a true power metal anthem through and through and the best track on the album. With an impressive and infectiously poignant chorus and eventful musicianship, the song soars above the rest of the album. Nochnoi Dozor is painted with a shade of dusk from beginning to end, each riff and symphonic passage adding a fresh stroke of twilight-coloured paint to the lyrics and the music. A tragic wave of sound comes crashing down throughout Lust For Blood, mixing typical power metal elements with a murkier – if somewhat vampiric sounding – concept.

Extatum Et Oratum brings a far more grand and majestic ambiance with its presence as well as references to Greek mythos, Roman nobles and dead civilisations. The guitar segments give off an intense sound, whereas the symphonic elements still bring the tragic voices. Last Of The Living Dead is a truly haunting piece of work, making a strong use of Latin lyrics and chilling symphonies with icy guitar riffs. Some of the vocal passages are still sung in English, though the most power vocal sections are those sang in Latin. The wolf howls add an eerie aspect to the song as well, as do the church bells.

Preachers Of The Night shows another development in Powerwolf‘s sound. Each track tells its own tale, both musicially and lyrically, and each track weave together perfectly to tell an overall story as well – Though some tracks are more memorable than others. Preachers Of The Night is the pinnacle of Powerwolf‘s sound.

5/5

Nico Davidson

Powerwolf online:

http://powerwolf.net
http://facebook.com/powerwolfmetal

 

Cattle Decapitation – Monolith of Inhumanity

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , , on 23rd August 2013 by hammersmashedlauren

Cattle Decapitation
Monolith of Inhumanity
Released 8th May, 2012
Progressive Death Metal/Grindcore
Released via Metal Blade Records

Cattle Decapitation is known for their catchy riffs, intense and gore-filled lyrics, and of course their absolutely insane but diabolical vocals. It was no surprise that Monolith of Inhumanity incorporated each of these well-known elements and more. With this album, it really shows how much this band has progressed in their music, going from a more grindcore based song style to adding more structure and memorable riffs into their songs. This was my favorite album of 2012 hands down just for the sheer brutality and for making the music sound heavy without and technicality.

A couple songs that stuck out for me were The Carbon Stampede and Forced Gender Reassignment. Many people are aware that the video for Forced Gender Reassignment was arguably one of the goreiest and most disgusting music videos ever made. However, every time I hear that song I can’t help but windmill at the beginning riff and become excited as the song builds up to the end where it breaks down into a super slammy riff that just finishes it off perfectly. The Carbon Stampede also a phenomenal job of creating build up as the beginning song of the album with a quiet intro that gradually goes into spiraling chaos and heaviness that is consistently heard through the rest of this album.

While I really don’t see any kind of big criticism or gripe about Monolith of Inhumanity, the only thing that seemed kind of off to me was the beginning of the song The Monolith. The slow, drawn out song isn’t something that is commonly used by Cattle Decapitation and found it weird as a song on its own. However, having it be paired with Kingdom of Tyrants in a mini film, it made the song much more of a purpose rather than it just being thrown into the mix of all these fast and brutal songs.

Even after a year, I still find myself enjoying this album and still highly regard it was one of Cattle Decapitation’s best albums. In the span of their career, they’ve definitely grew in their playing and even vocal style, and they will probably continue to grow and to create even faster, more brutal music while, of course, still create music videos and artwork that will make many people squirm. Monolith of Inhumanity is an absolutely incredible album and it’s something every metal fan should listen to!

5/5

Lauren Gowdy

 

Reckless Love release “So Happy I Could Die” video

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 23rd August 2013 by Pieni

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Following “Night On Fire”, Finnish flamboyant glam rockers Reckless Love release now a new video for the song “So Happy I Could Die”, featured in their upcoming album “Spirit”. The digital single will be available on August 25th and the album will be released via Spinefarm Records on September 2nd.

As we previously announced here, Reckless Love will tour the UK as headliners in October. Quoting guitarist Pepe:  

We are thrilled to have some UK dates back in our calendar! Even more so because, as we promised last time around, we will have a brand new album out by the time we get there. We are going to fire with all guns and get ground-breakingly explosive on stage as we hit hard with the new songs mixed up with the best of the old. So, dear UK friends, do not miss this chance to witness the best Reckless Love shows to date!!

Here’s a reminder of the dates, for which tickets are now on sale:

1st October – Manchester – Academy 3
2nd October – Newcastle – 02 Academy 2
3rd October – Glasgow – Cathouse
4th October – Leeds – Cockpit
5th October – Nottingham – Rescue Rooms
6th October – Wolverhampton – Slade Rooms
8th October – Norwich – Waterfront Studio
9th October – Bristol – The Fleece
10th October – London – O2 Academy Islington

Reckless Love online:

www.recklesslove.com
www.facebook.com/RecklessLove
www.twitter.com/RecklessLoveCom

 

Seven new bands announced for Damnation 2013 plus additional fourth stage

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on 23rd August 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Greek extreme metal tyrants Rotting Christ and Yankee post-metallers Rosetta will head the seven new additions for this year’s Damnation Festival. Joining them are two servings sludge and doom in the form of Palehorse and Slabdagger who join hail from the south of England.

Fifth on the list are French maestros of all things progressive; Dirge. Local grind merchants The Afternoon Gentleman are sixth on the list and making one of their live appearances, featuring the likes of Primordial‘s Alan AverillAura Noir‘s Rune EriksonLock Up‘s drummer Nick BarkerEinherjer‘s Frode Glesnes and Patrick Lindgren from Thyrfing, will be Twilight Of The Gods.

These seven will join the likes of quality metal acts such as CarcassCult Of LunaGod SeedVallenfyreThe Ocean and Crippled Black Phoenix who are all ready to lay waste to Leeds University Union on 2nd November. Rotting Christ‘s vocalist Sakis Tolis commented on Rotting Christ‘s return to the event since their last appearance in 2009:

Our damned souls could not find a better and suitable shelter than Damnation Festival.

Let’s make the hell metal brothers and sisters.

With their pending appearance, Alan Averill stated:

I had a great show at Damnation with Primordial last year, and this year Twilight of the Gods arrives to bring Leeds some true epic heavy metal. Our album will be out in September so it’s perfect timing for our first set of original songs in the UK. We promise you blood and heavy metal thunder.

The guys from Palehorse added:

We’re really pleased to have been asked to play with such an impressive array of quality bands.

Thanks to everyone at Damnation for choosing us in the ‘odd ones out’ category.

Damnation are also delighted to confirm the addition of a fourth stage, which will consist purely of doom and sludge. Festival Director Gavin McInally said:

The support we have been shown by the fans over the year, and in particular over the last month since we mooted the idea of a fourth stage, has been phenomenal. They have put us in a great position for this year’s event and afforded us the opportunity to grow to our biggest event yet. With our newly proposed timetable, fans will be able to see more bands in a day than at any other year.

Tickets for Damnation Festival 2013 are on sale now, priced £34, available from Leeds Tickets, the official Damnation Festival website or Damnation’s official Facebook page.

 

ReVamp’s Floor Jansen give fans track by track run down of Wild Card

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 23rd August 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

ReVamp frontwoman and currently Nightwish touring vocalist Floor Jansen has offered up some insight into the lyrical context that comprises ReVamp’s new Wild Card. The album is due out 26th August. The videos can be viewed below.

Regarding the new album’s lead-off track, Anatomy Of A Nervous Breakdown: On The SidelineFloor shares:

Three songs are connected to this [Anatomy Of A Nervous Breakdown] theme about the burn-out time that I had. I hope that my words make sense to other people who’ve been through something similar or even in completely different situations.  For me it’s good to get rid of certain demons, but it’s not a pure selfish act. I always hope other people can relate to it in a way that fits to their lives.  On The Sideline’is literally about standing on the sideline of my life.  That’s how it felt when I was sick. Everything went on, and I didn’t, and I was just looking at it.  And it also gave me the time to reflect on how things had been. Even though it was scary, I felt blessed with what happened . . . That’s also why the last sentence in the lyric says, ‘It made me so humble / I’ll stay a little while longer.’

ReVamp online:

http://revampmusic.com
http://facebook.com/ReVamp

Interview with Gunnar H Thomsen [Týr]

Posted in Interview with tags , , , , , , , , on 22nd August 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Týr hail from the ancient Faroe Islands, which are steeped in Viking mythology and history – The kind of stuff that makes up the lyrical basis for Týr‘s music. With the release of the band’s seventh studio album, Valkyrja just around the corner, Nico has a chat with Týr bassist Gunnar Thomsen.

Nico: Valkyrja is Týr‘s seventh studio album. How will it differ from previous releases?

Gunnar: It’s not that different from the others. Just much better, and more up beat tempo and dedicated to women.

Nico: The concept of Valkyrja is loosely based around an unnamed warrior attempting to impress a Valkyrie so he gain entry to either Folkvang (Freya‘s hall) or Valhalla (Odin‘s hall). What inspired you to write the story around this?

Gunnar: Usually whatever is on Heri‘s mind at the time, so in this case, life and women. He has had this concept for sometime now.

Nico: Obviously the Valkyries will be playing a role in the story concept that will be running through Valkyrja, will any other figures from Norse mythology be making an appearance in the lyrics/story line?

GunnarHeri always likes to put the Norse mythology into the lyrics, so there is other figures to in the story line. He also likes to use mythology with current themes today, as in the case of the previous album, The Lay of Thrym. This time it is about woman.

Nico: Aside from the aforementioned story concept, are there any other lyrical themes that will be appearing throughout the new album?

Gunnar: No themes as such but every song on the album has its own tale to present.

Nico: You collaborated with Leaves’ Eyes vocalist Liv Kristine on the track The Lay Of Our Love. How did this collaboration come about and do you feel it will open up Týr‘s music to fans of Leaves’ Eyes who may have not listened to Týr yet?

GunnarHeri suggested the idea to present her on one of the songs, course she has a wonderful voice and originally we intended to have more guest appearance on the album, but we decided that one was enough. Of course we hope to get more listeners, for Týr, but this is not why we asked Liv Kristine. Mainly just admiration for music.

Nico: Describe the new album in five words or less.

Gunnar: Fucking awesome!

Nico: Kári left Týr before the recording process for Valkyrja began. How has this affected Týr‘s overall sound and the sound of the new album?

Gunnar: Of course this affected the drum sound a lot but it also created a new and interesting atmosphere in the music. We will always miss Kári, and best wishes for his health.

Nico: Speaking of the recording process for Valkyrja, you enlisted George Kollias as drummer for the recording process. What was it like to work with one of metal’s most accomplished drummers?

Gunnar: He was absolutely astonishing to work with and he has a exceptional ear for music, and a lot of great ideas for how to put it together. He has a great personality.

Nico: Týr are set to return to the UK in October as support to Finntroll. Will this run of UK dates be in support of the new album or will you be returning to the UK later to support the new album?

Gunnar: This will be to support the new album but we hope to get more tours in England and plans are already being discussed for 2014.

Nico: While we’re on the topic of touring, following Týr‘s sold-out headline show in York last year at the Jorvik Viking Festival, are looking forward to playing the UK again?

Gunnar: YES! We are always looking forward to play in UK. We don’t do it as often as we would like and we love you Brits.

Nico: If could you meet any figure from the Viking Age, who would it be and why?

Gunnar: Of course Týr, the god of war. “Who else”?

Nico: If you were trapped on an island and could only listen to only one album until you were rescued, which one would it be and why?

GunnarPeace of Mind by Iron Maiden. And why? its the best album in this world.

Nico: Do you have anything you’d like to say to our readers?

Gunnar: Looking forward to see you all on the UK dates. We are looking forward to present the new album. Thank you for your support. we hail you Brits. Hail to the hammer!

Týr online:

http://facebook.com/tyrband

Shining – 8 ½ – Feberdrömmar i vaket tillstånd

Posted in Review with tags , , , , on 22nd August 2013 by izaforestspirit

Shining
8 ½ – Feberdrömmar i vaket tillstånd
Released 23rd September 2013
Suicidal Black Metal/ Raw Black Metal
Released via Dark Essence Records

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‘8 ½ – Feberdrömmar i vaket tillstånd’ is the new album from the Swedish suicidal black metal band Shining fronted by Niklas Kvarforth. It is the follow up to last year’s ‘Redefining Darkness’. This particular album features re-recorded versions of old tracks by the band featuring guest vocals from Attila Csihar (Mayhem), Gaahl (ex-Gorgoroth, God Seed, Wardruna), Maniac (ex-Mayhem, Skitliv) amongst others.

First up is Terres Des Anonymes, a lengthy and extremely grim sounding piece of raw black metal. There’s no mistaking that signature Shining sound; it’s eerie, nihilistic and depressing which is precisely what you’d expect to hear. The vocals resemble howling whilst the guitars have a coarse sound to them and music has that droning feel to it. That pretty much sets the tone for the rest of the album as the subsequent tracks only add to the grimness.

Szabadulj Meg Önmagatól continues along the same path, though the keyboard parts at the start gives a certain melodic undertone which sets it apart from its predecessor. Yet do not be fooled into thinking that the keyboards make the track any less grim-sounding. Oh no, guest singer Attila’s haunting vocals ensure that eeriness and that bleak feeling of impending doom remain an integral part of the song. Another noteworthy track is Selvdestruktivitetens Emissarie which features a surprisingly melodic guitar and keyboard instrumental part complemented by whispers in the early stages of the song. The piano-like, melodic Through Corridors of Oppression features elements of Chopin’s famous sonata.

Overall this is a fine example of raw black metal. In terms of the rating, I would class this album in the same way that I regard other raw black metal bands such as Burzum and Xasthur. Would I listen to it all the time? Hell no, it would drive me insane. Is it intriguing enough to warrant another listen? Yes, very occasionally, in small doses and only when I’m in the right frame of mind.

4/5

Iza Raittila

Windhand: new song available for streaming & European tour announced for November

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 22nd August 2013 by Pieni

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Richmond’s psychadelic doom band Windhand are about to release their second full-length album, “Soma”, and decided to show the world its first track by making it available on Soundcloud. The song is called “Orchard” and it’s streaming on this location. As for the album, it’s set to hit the stores on the 16th of September, although the fans in Germany and Benelux will be able to get it three days before, and the Americans one day later. One can also pre-order it at Relapse Records store here.

In order to promote “Soma”. which was recorded and mixed by the band’s own guitarist Garrett Morris, the band will embark on an European tour in November, along with their friends in Pilgrim. The dates/locations are as follows:

Nov 01 Gent Belgium Charlatan (w/ Weedeater)
Nov 02 Venlo, Netherlands Mudfest
Nov 05 Manchester UK Star & Garter
Nov 06 London UK Our Black Heart
Nov 08 Barcelona, Spain Rocksound
Nov 09 Madrid Spain Rock & Pop
Nov 10 Bilbao Spain Sentinel Rock Bar
Nov 15 Aalborg Denmark 1000Fryd
Nov 16 Gothenburg, Sweden Truckstop Alaska
Nov 17 Copenhagen Denmark KB18
Nov 18 Hamburg Germany Rote Flora
Nov 19 Berlin Germany Cassiopeia
Nov 20 Leipzig Germany Zoro
Nov 21 Vienna, Austria Arena
Nov 22 Gunzburg, Germany Donaustubel
Nov 23 Cologne, Germany MTC
Nov 24 Amsterdam, Netherlands OCCII

www.relapse.com
www.facebook.com/windhandva
windhandva.bandcamp.com

 

Interview with Hiran Deraniyagala [Battlecross]

Posted in Interview with tags , , , , , , , on 21st August 2013 by hammersmashedlauren

Hailing from Detroit, Michigan, the boys of Battlecross have hit major success with the release of their albums Push Pull Destory, Pursuit of Honor, and their newest release War of Will. Playing with major metal acts and being a part of massive tours such as the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival and Orion Music Fest, it’s no wonder that they’re well known and loved by many. They’ve taken influences of upbeat thrash, death and southern metal to create a sound that’s punishing but is also is refreshing for fans of metal.  I got the chance to catch up with Battlecross guitarist; Hiran Deraniyagala for a word or two about the new album; War Of Will as well as his musical inspirations and movies.

 

Lauren: How did you come up with the name Battlecross?

Hiran: Tony came up with it. I remember coming out of one of my classes in college and getting a text from Tony saying “What about Battlecross, as a band name?” I remember it just hit me really well. I loved it but like with all band names we always check the internet to see if anyone already had the name we came up with. No one had the name from what we could find so we both agreed it was an awesome name. It took some convincing to get the other band members to agree with it but eventually they just went with it. “Battlecross” to me represents something powerful, epic and aggressive which I think represents the music. I like the fact that our name can give people different expectations about how we sound versus a typical band name. People have assumed we’re a “Power Metal” band and obviously got something different from what they expected.

Lauren: Who are your biggest musical inspirations?

Hiran: In general I would say that we draw a common influence from Pantera, Metallica and Slayer but we each have our own musical influences that we draw influence from. Personally, I draw influence from various metal bands like Cannibal Corpse, Dying Fetus, Circle Of Dead Children, Pig Destroyer, Woe Of Tyrants, Goatwhore, Emperor, Meshuggah, Morbid Angel, Mastodon, Black Sabbath, Down, and local metal bands from Michigan like, Enkephalin, Summer Dying and GutRot. I’ve always been intrigued by the technicality and aggressiveness of extreme metal bands but also the groove of doom metal.

Lauren: How would you say your newest album, War of Will, differs from your previous releases?

Hiran: Yes definitely. War of Will is a much more focused and mature album for us. We grew as a band, from touring  and also mentally, from being in a different position as a full time touring band on a label. There are expectations that not only come from ourselves but from fans and the industry. We were under pressure to complete the album and had roughly a month or two to finish writing followed by a tour and then right into the studio. We didn’t let the pressure stop or deter us from what we had to do. We knew we had to kick it up a notch to top what we did on the first album but at the same time not lose who we are as a band. I think each song on this record has more of a dynamic. We didn’t want every song to sound the same or just play fast all the time. There’s more melody but still brutality on this record. With tracks like “Flesh and Bone” and “Wage a War” which have a lot of melody to them, then you have “Beast” and “The Will To Overcome” which reflect the brutality of the band and then songs like “Ghost Alive” and “Force Fed Lies” that are thrash style songs.

Lauren: How has touring been this last year?

Hiran: Touring has been great! We’ve had so many great opportunities that we had the pleasure of being a part of. From Trespass America with Five Finger Death Punch and Killswitch Engage, opening for In Flames, then Orion fest with Metallica and of course, Mayhem Festival with Rob Zombie, Mastodon, Amon Amarth, Children of Bodom, Machine Head and Huntress. All these tours have given us a chance to play in front of large crowds and have really helped us gain a quickly growing fan base. There a lot of bands that never get a chance to do these types of tours so we’re really thankful we’ve had the chance to be a part of these. Touring is hard work and a lot of dedication but when you bust ass and do tours like these it really makes the work all worthwhile. We’ve always been a hard working band and we know that this just the beginning to more opportunities. We don’t let these opportunities get to our head and we know that we’re still a young band that has more to prove but we’re ready.

Lauren: Have there been any memorable shows for you this last year?

Hiran: I would say most memorable show for us was Orion Music and More with Metallica. Playing a show with Metallica is a dream come true and we got to play with them in our hometown of Detroit! Not only did we play on the same bill with them but we got to be part of a press conference with the band! Out of all the great bands on the bill we were selected to do this! It was unreal and as a matter of fact I barely said a word at the press conference because I was so nervous! Never thought I would be sitting next to Metallica! To top it all off, James Hetfield and Robert Trujillo, came out on stage before we went on and introduced us! They pumped up the crowd and us! We went up there on fire and just burnt the place down with our energy and excitement. Truly a memorable and career highlight for us!

Lauren: If you could replace the soundtrack to any movie with your own music, which one would it be and why?

Hiran: I’m honestly more of a fan of scores when it comes to movies versus putting songs in a movie soundtrack. I really wouldn’t want to change the soundtrack of any particular movie I like because I feel like the music is already fitting for it but if I could I make my own movie with our music I would make an action movie. It’d be like the Expendables battling against the cast of all those dumb reality TV shows.

Lauren: Where would you like to see Battlecross in 5 years?

Hiran: My hope that our career is still thriving and that we will be touring all over the world. That’s all I really want from this band is a solid career and be playing anywhere and everywhere we can.

Lauren: Are there any plans for any upcoming tours or a new album?

Hiran: Definitely upcoming tours, we have a tour with Hatebreed, Shadows Fall and Acacia Strain this fall followed by a tour with Death Angel, 3 Inches Of Blood, Revocation and Diamond Plate! After that not sure what else is in store other than more touring and hopefully heading overseas! Can’t wait to play in Europe, South America, Japan and every where else on the globe! As far as a new album we’re not really focused on that yet other than working on some ideas on our own here and there.

Battlecross online:

http://www.facebook.com/battlecrossmetal
http://youtube.com/battlecrossmetal

Oceano announce Australian headline tour

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 21st August 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Chicago band Oceano have announced a headline tour of Australia, due to kick off in Adelaide on 4th October. Having being forced to postpone their trip to Australia last year, Oceano will be making up for it to their fans in October with a nine-date headlining tour in support of their new album Incisions. Joining Oceano as support will be Aversions Crown and Feed Her To The Sharks (Well, there’s plenty of sharks down under for her to be fed to). Oceano vocalist and frontman Adam Warren comments:

Finally Oceano is headed to Australia!  To our Aussie fans, we told you we’d make it up to you from the last time we couldn’t make it, and now the time is upon us!  We are very, very delighted and grateful to have this opportunity.  We plan to leave Australia bruised from circle pits and necks sore from hair spins and head bangs every show.  See you soon!

See Oceano on tour in Australia at the following shows:

OCEANO w/ AVERSIONS CROWN, FEED HER TO THE SHARKS
Oct. 04 – Adelaide, Australia – Blackmarket (18+)
Oct. 05 – Melbourne, Australia – Bang (18+)
Oct. 06 – Melbourne, Australia – Phoenix Youth Centre (all ages)
Oct. 08 – Canberra, Australia – The Basement (18+)
Oct. 09 – Newcastle, Australia – Cambridge Hotel (18+)
Oct. 10 – Sydney, Australia – Hot Damn (18+)
Oct. 11 – Frenches Forest, Australia – YoYo’s Youth Centre (all ages)
Oct. 12 – Brisbane, Australia – Thriller (18+)
Oct. 13 – Brisbane, Australia – Tall Poppies Studios (all ages)

Oceano online:

http://facebook.com/oceanometal
http://twitter.com/oceanometal

Carcass post Part 1 of Track-By-Track Videos

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on 21st August 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

British extreme legends Carcass have made their first track-by-track video available, which breaks down every song on their upcoming album Surgical Steel. You can watch guitarist Bill Steer and drummer Dan Wilding, below, explain the songwriting process for songs like 1985Thrasher’s AbattoirCadaver Pouch Conveyor System and A Congealed Clot Of Blood down below.

Surgical Steel is scheduled for release on 16th September in the UK via Nuclear Blast, 17th September in North America and 13th September in the rest of Europe. Surgical Steel is Carcass‘s first release since the release of Swansong in 1996, almost 20 years ago.

Carcass are also headlining the main stage at this year’s Damnation Festival in Leeds on 2nd November. Tickets are available from this location.

Carcass online:

http://facebook.com/OfficialCarcass

Sabaton reveal first clip from Swedish Empire DVD

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 21st August 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Swedish metallers Sabaton have revealed one of the tracks from their upcoming DVD release: Swedish Empire Live. The chosen track that will tease fans is Ghost Division and can be viewed below.

Swedish Empire Live is set for release on 23rd September via Nuclear Blast as the following formats:

DVD – Blu-RayCD2LP – Earbook

Swedish Empire Live will feature the band’s stunning live performance at the renowned Polish Woodstock Festival last year where over half a million fans had gathered to watch Sabaton deliver a truly epic set. Aside the main feature, the DVD will also feature live footage of the band’s shows in London, Gothenburg and Oberhausen on their extensive Swedish Empire tour.

Sabaton online:

http://facebook.com/sabaton