Archive for October, 2013

A Tree Of Signs @ Metalpoint, Porto (PT)

Posted in Gig, Live with tags , , , , , , , on 28th October 2013 by Pieni

A Tree Of Signs
Metalpoint, Porto (PT)
25th October 2013

A Tree Of Signs has been getting some attention around here. Despite being a young band, formed in 2012, its musicians are quite experienced and talented. Plus, in a country where the main focus of the underground is set on death and thrash metal, a doom rock band will stand out. The lack of a guitarist and having a singer whose voice was good enough to make her reach the finals of our version of Idols may also spike your curiosity about this band’s sound.

They also have that 70’s classic heavy metal vibe that cuts a bit of the general deep despair embroidered in doom bands, making it groovier. Although that night they were mourning the passing of a dear friend, Marianne, so the solemn grief was thicker than usual. The show was actually dedicated to her memory.

And then there’s the lyrics, consisting of old alchemical manuscripts – hence their own term “alchemy doom rock” – resulting in a quite interesting formula, who works very well live in cozy places such as Metalpoint. And even though I coughed my lungs out with all the stage smoke, I have to admit it added some mystique and suited the show.

“Whoever thought my first gig in Porto would be with A Tree Of Signs?”, said singer Diana, who joined the band this year, replacing the Swedish V-Kaos. The latter was the one who recorded the EP “Salt”, but Diana performed those songs in perfection. A new single, “Saturn”, was also played, along with some other yet unreleased songs (“Place In Space”, “Phoebus”), in about an hour that ended with “Of The Division Of Chaos”. A must-check if you’re into classy doom full of ‘70s spirit. [5/5]

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Text & photos: Renata “Pieni” Lino

 

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Nightwish post second trailer for “Showtime, Storytime”

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 27th October 2013 by Pieni

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In anticipation of their upcoming double DVD “Showtime, Storytime”, Nightwish have now posted a second trailer, in the form of an inteview with mastermind Tuomas Holopainen. In it, the keyboard player talks about the line-up changes (read our article about it here) and how both Floor Jansen and Troy Donockley reacted to the invitation.

“Showtime, Storytime” will be out on November 29th (read details here).

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Pig Destroyer recruit John Jarvis on bass

Posted in News with tags , , on 27th October 2013 by Pieni

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For the first time in their 16-tear-old career, grindcore masters Pig Destroyer have a bassist in their line-up: John Jarvis, cousin of the band’s drummer Adam Jarvis. According to guitarist and founding member Scott Hull, “For many years we haven’t had a bass player or second guitarist because, as JR once put it; “mo people, mo problems”. But a band is a living organism. Change is good. New blood. New energy.”

As for John, he states “It’s an honor to be a part of Pig Destroyer. I’m looking forward to making new music with the guys, as well as adding some “low end” to the older material live. After being able to see every incarnation of the band live in the past, I can honestly say that the guys are at the top of their game.”

John will make his live debut with Pig Destroyer precisely today, October 27th, at the Housecore Film Festival curated by Phillip Anselmo in Austin, Texas.

Their latest full-length, “Book Burner”, was released last year, but in 2013 they’ve also released an EP titled “Mass & Volume” as part of a charity effort to benefit the family of recently deceased Relapse Records employee Pat Egen. And last month, the single “The Octagonal Stairway” saw the light of day as part of the 2013 Adult Swim Singles Series.

Pig Deatroyer online:
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Manuela Kraller departs from Xandria, new replacement announced

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 25th October 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Classic soprano Manuela Kraller has departed from her duties as vocalist for German symphonic metal band Xandria, citing that she will be following her musical path without the band. While she is regretful of her decision she has also been full of gratitude, thanking both Xandria and the fans for the three years she spent fronting the band. Manuela also stated that this is not the end of her career, but a new beginning.

Dutch soprano and vocal coach Dianne van Giersbergen, who is pictured above, has been announced as the replacement vocalist for XandriaDianne is best known for her work with Dutch symphonic metallers Ex Libris, who appeared at The Dames of Darkness Festival in Bilston, near Wolverhampton, earlier this year. Dianne stated in her announcement that she will not be leaving Ex Libris and that fronting Xandria compeltes her as a soprano, frontwoman and vocal coach. Already, Dutch and German symphonic metallers Xandria have hit the studio to record the follow-up album to Neverworld’s End. As such, the new album will feature the talented Dianne van Giersbergen. The new album is scheduled for release in the first quarter of 2014. More details to follow.

Xandria online:

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Behemoth announce co-headlining tour with Cradle of Filth

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 25th October 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

February 2014 will see, Polish metal overlords Behemoth and British extreme gothic act Cradle of Filth, two of the most iconic extreme metal acts of the modern era, unite on a co-headlining tour around Europe. The European crusade will take the two bands to London at the HMV Forum on 10th February for an exclusive UK show. The tour itself will take the two metallic titans through Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, France and Luxembourg and a few other locations.

In related news, Behemoth‘s next release The Satanist is scheduled for release via Buclear Blast in early 2014. Frontman Nergal comments:

We are immensely proud to start promotion of The Satanist on the release date of the album in such a noble company. It’s been a while since we toured Europe for the last time… The wolfpack grew stronger and hungrier and with new opus and stage production we have so much more to offer. This European crusade will be the catalyst of 2 years long tour so keep your eyes open!

This reign of darkness will be opened by Oslo based Svarttjern and the rest of the line up is completed by, Swedish heavy metal veterans In Solitude and Colombian black metallers Inquistion.

Behemoth online:

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Orchid launches video for “Mouths Of Madness”

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 25th October 2013 by Pieni

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Doom rockers Orchid have filmed a video for their track “Mouths Of Madness”:

The Californian band is about to hit Europe supported by Blues Pills and Scorpion Child – see dates here.

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Lecherous Nocturne – Behold Almighty Doctrine

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , , on 24th October 2013 by hammersmashedlauren

Lecherous Nocturne
Behold Almighty Doctrine
Released 19th March, 2013
Technical Death Metal
Released via Unique Leaders Records

 

Being, in my opinion, one of the most underrated bands in metal, South Carolina’s Lecherous Nocturne have returned with the release of Behold Almighty Doctrine. It has been five years since the release of their last album, The Age of Miracles Has Passed, and it is clearly evident that the band has progressed in that span of time. The biggest change to me is in the vocals since former vocalist, Jason Hohenstein, was replaced by former member, Chris Lollis. Both vocalists have different styles with Hohenstein have a more raw, old school sound compared to Lollis’ stronger and profound screams. Nonetheless, I found that Lollis’ vocals perfectly complimented the shredding guitar work of Krieshloff Lofgren and Ethan Lane which ultimately puts this album in my top ten releases of this year.

Starting after the intro with Ourboros Chains, my first impression was that I was listening to a different band entirely. I didn’t think Lecherous Nocturne could possibly sound any heavier than they already do, but they proved me wrong by adding extra helpings of heaviness to every song on this album. The band has such a unique playing and writing style, however, which I feel makes them stand out from the rest of the more modern death metal bands today. They basically did a phenomenal job at using other bands as influences rather than trying to carbon copy them, and this is probably the reason why they are so underrated.

One song on this album that stood out to me was Those Having Been Hidden Away only because of the intro. It was one of those intros that really just get you into the song just from starting out so strong, and that feeling continued through the rest of the song until the end when they finish wish a breakdown. An actual breakdown, mind you, and not the typical deathcore breakdowns which are completely unnecessary for the song. I also love the instrument that follow, Prelude #2, which is then followed by Judgments and Curses. I feel the that three instrumental tracks on this album compliment the rest of the tracks, which are all under 4 minutes in length, and keeps the album short, sweet, and to the point.

Again, this is definitely in my top ten metal albums of 2013. Lecherous Nocturne has never disappointed me with their music despite various lineup changes and progression seen throughout the band. Everyone should listen to this album at least once or maybe a thousand times. This band definitely deserves more recognition for their amazing talent and I hope nothing but good things for them in the future.

 

5/5

Lauren Gowdy