Archive for October, 2013

Lancastrian metal band Shades of Avalon part ways with drummer

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 21st October 2013 by Nico Davidson

As announced via their Facebook page earlier today (21 October 2013), northern barbarian metallers Shades of Avalon have parted ways with drummer Dan Barham. The reasons stated were “irredeemable personal differences” but the band went on to state that they wish him the best of luck in the future.

SoA also mentioned that they are now looking for a new drummer to fill the recently vacated drum throne. Any interested applicants are to message the band’s Facebook page which can be found in the links below. No word has been said about their upcoming shows.

Shades of Avalon online:

http://shadesofavalon.com
http://facebook.com/shadesofavalon
http://twitter.com/shadesofavalon

 

Avatarium post official lyric video for Boneflower online

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 21st October 2013 by Nico Davidson

Swedish doom lords Avatarium, who boast legendary doom pioneer Leif Edling (Candlemass) on bass, Marcus Jidell (Evergrey) on guitar, Carl Westholm (Candlemass) on keyboards, Lars Sköld (Tiamat) on drums, and vocal sorceress Jennie-Ann Smith, have released another official lyric video – This time for Boneflower. The track is taken from the band’s upcoming debut self-titled release and can be heard below.

The band’s full-length self-titled debut album Avatarium is due to drop on 4th November via Nuclear Blast and the track list is as follows:

01. Moonhorse
02. Pandora’s Egg
03. Avatarium
04. Boneflower
05. Bird Of Prey
06. Tides Of Telepathy
07. Lady In The Lamp

Guitarist Marcus Jidell comments:

We had been looking for feeling rather than trying to make everything technically perfect. Everything really came together the first day Jennie-Ann came in the studio and sung Moonhorse. She had everything we looked for in a singer:  Rock ‘n’ Roll attitude, Jazz and Blues feel, a big and powerful voice, and yet so able to be fragile and extremely tender in her interpretation of the songs.

Avatarium online:

http://avatariumofficial.com
http://facebook.com/avatariumofficial

The Gifted – Inside Out

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on 21st October 2013 by izaforestspirit

The Gifted
Inside Out
Released 6th July 2013
Industrial Rock
Hit It With A Hammer Records

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‘Inside Out’ is the new album from the Sheffield based, industrial rock band The Gifted.

First up is the rather gloomy sounding Why (Make Me Feel This Way)? featuring the guitar patterns and haunting vocal style of Marilyn Manson. The melancholy doesn’t stop there either as the subsequent tracks offer more of the same depressingly nihilistic industrial rock akin to the likes of mid-career Nine Inch Nails or early works by A Perfect Circle/Tool. The short instrumental ‘Smile’ is a good example of the Nine Inch Nails influence creeping into the guitar sound. There’s even hints of old Ministry here on some of the guitar patterns e.g. the intro to Break.

The industrial influence can be found in the keyboard style and guitar patterns on tracks such as Everything Is Relative. One thing that I can’t get my head round are the vocals and the way the singer keeps alternating between three different styles: the eerie, slightly distorted Marilyn Manson -esque ones, the angry shouts of Nine Inch Nails and the clear Korn-esque nu-metal moaning. Personally I think that the former style suits them better but that’s just me… Then there is the weird slow ballad Home which is so distinctly different from the rest of the album it actually sounds like it was performed by another band….

Overall this album has some potential as far as industrial rock goes. The problem is that the vocals are all over the place in terms of style and influences. A little less experimentation and a little more focus could be the keys to success for these guys.

3/5

Iza Raittila

Turisas w/ support @ 02 Academy Islington, London

Posted in Gig, Live with tags , , , , , , , , on 21st October 2013 by vmteam

Astrohenge, Revoker and Turisas
02 Academy Islington, London
10th October 2013

After a series of botched attempts to stay all the way throughout a Turisas gig, this would be my third attempt at seeing the Finnish supergroup live in London. Arriving at the O2 Academy Islington late, and wandering up to a sparsely populated floor, I realised I had missed first supporting act Astrohenge. I didn’t particularly want to see either support, to be honest, and actually feel a little bit sorry for groups who need to support a group as highly anticipated as this warpainted northern rabble. The sea of red-and-black faces, plastic Viking helmets and synthetic furs lounging around with beer cups firmly clasped in hand was testament to the fact that everyone was here for one reason, and that any other supporters could get on with it.

Revoker, a band with a frontman whose accent was confusingly Welsh, were up before that, however. They weren’t terrible, either, and had I been less eager to see Turisas I might have fully been able to enjoy them! Aggressive and dangerously charged deathy-thrash is their game, with standard tracks like the brawling Stay Down and the shouty Great Pretender proving enough of a hook to get the crowd fist-pumping, even if no pits were started. For a Welsh band sitting in the shadow of the gargantuan Bullet For My Valentine, their track record is impressive enough: they’ve worked with Skindred and have been previously signed to Roadrunner Records. Well worth a listen in the future- and their ‘just good music’ vibe was certainly an omen of things to come from our headliners…. [3/5]

Turisas– with a fashionably long wait- hit us next, after anguished cries of ‘Battle Metal!?’ echoed around the room for half an hour. Opening the set tonight was a track from their latest album (the oddly named Turisas2013) For Your Own Good. A powerful song in its own right, the sound was impeccable and Turisas’ entrance met with a swelling crowd – however, it was clear that the songs from their latest album aren’t their strongest or most well received in the flesh. Musically, songs from Turisas2013 sound great- solid, catchy, jumpy and more hard-rock than metal- but seeing the band live leaves little doubt that their real power is behind the grittier, harsher songs of previous albums. A Portage to the Unknown followed, bombastic, crushing and ridiculous like the Turisas we know and love, and the place went crazy for the anthemic To Holmgard and Beyond, which induced the most intense jumping I’ve had the pleasure to be a part of. But new releases Ten More Miles and Piece by Piece, whilst good songs, lacked the same energy. Picking up the pace from the new album, and a song that I had hoped would be performed live as it truly is a ‘live song’, was Greek Fire, undoubtedly Turisas2013’s most ‘metal’ track, rising and falling in a roaring crescendo and sparking a whirl of flying bodies across the floor. Another odd one, which didn’t get the reception I was hoping for, was No Good Story Ever Stars With Drinking Tea, a fun little drinking jig that translated well on stage; penultimately, ‘We Ride Together’ was a soaring, feel-good tune and was the last of the new tracks to be showcased. However, matched with the epic As Torches Rise and One More, there was no contest as to what was most preferred.

The setlist for the night provided a varied crowd with a range of songs to choose from- old school fans like me and new converts both got a healthy mix- and with Turisas as energetic on stage as ever, Mathias gliding around the stage and throwing punches to the air, the show was of little fault. Telling, however, was that the lulls in the night (if you could call them that when the crowd was still chanting and singing) were from the new album. [4/5]

Jon Geirson

Finntroll w/Support @ The Garage, London

Posted in Gig, Live with tags , , , , , , , , , on 21st October 2013 by vmteam

Týr, Skálmöld and Finntroll
The Garage, London
6th October 2013

I first started listening to Finntroll when I was 15. My mum took me to a Heidenfest show for my 16th birthday, and I guess you can say that was my slow descent into the underworld of folk metal.

The line-up tonight is one I’ve been excited about for a long time, and one that personally I think fits very nicely together: Skálmöld from Iceland with their melodic, relentless chug you can bounce around to singing in ancient Icelandic poetic metre; Týr showcasing their new venture Valkyrja, an album-worth of fast, genre defying metal; and the legendary Finntroll, revered in folk metal circles from Mexico to Australia. Their new album Blodsvept was released in March this year, and it follows on from the dark-carnival Danny Elfman-cum-black metal Nifelvind. Blodsvept is no less eclectic: surprise kazoos and banjos mix in with brutal guitars and lead troll Vreth’s rich vocals. Always ready for a party when these guys are involved, I prepared myself for mayhem.

From seeing them again on this tour, Skálmöld, who open for us, receives a warm welcome from the audience. Despite only having 30 minutes, the band makes a distinct and explosive impression. Featuring mostly songs from their new album Börn Loka (Children of Loki), Skálmöld  open with the grinding and dark Fenrisúlfur, before keyboard anthem Gleipnir thunders out to a rapturous reception. The much more synthetically folky song, Kvaðning, and the only song from 2011 debut album “Baldur”, ends their stay on stage- and the crowd are left gasping and chanting for more. [4/5]

“Are you ready for Týr?” Skálmöld lead singer Björgvin screams. ‘Ready’ is a brilliant understatement; Týr is arguably my favourite band of the evening, and since seeing them in York, I’ve waited for them to tour again anxiously. The lights dim after a few moments, and their set begins slowly, the red haze overhead throbbing until the clash of the mighty crowd-pleaser Hold the Heathen Hammer High leads to the band striding on stage. The setlist has changed very little over the tour; however, Heathen Hammer and scream-along Valkyrja single Blood of Heroes have remained constant, one after the other whipping up the crowd. I may have nudged lead singer Heri Joensen into performing my favourite track off the new album live, and being the gentleman he is, he doesn’t disappoint- and even manages to make Lady of the Slain better than it is on the album, galloping along with neck-breaking speed, and providing my favourite track that evening- even with the prog-metal magic of Sinklars Vísa. An acquired taste for some, Týr have been consistently good every time I’ve seen them, and with this performance at The Garage they cement themselves as a must-see. [5/5]

After a half-hour wait at the bar, pressed arse-to-chest with strangers like sardines in a net, I break free and run to the front as the Blodsvept starts, the crowd surging forward as the all-too familiar forms of Finntroll– steampunk-clad and pointy-eared- take the stage and bear down over us in glee. After a punchy start, dressed to impress and lapping up the energy, they begin Nifelvind opener Solsagan, evil to the core. The combination of songs from all of Finntroll’s manifestations smash the misconception that Finntroll is just a ‘fun’ gimmick band. They switch alternatively between crunching black metal dug up from the darkest depths of the earth and jumpy dance favourites like En Mäktig Här, famous for steel-pan snyths, and the jig-inducing Under Bergets Rot. Finntroll leave no room to catch a break, and a few songs in the room is stifling, with smiles plastered on drenched faces. Catching sight of flashes of bare chest, Vreth refers to those in the middle fondly as ‘those naked guys’, before calling for an even bigger moshpit. At their last UK gig, Finntroll made sure some oldies were on the list- and they seemed surprised at how much their back catalogue was appreciated. Knowing that we like them, Svartberg makes a comeback with much arm waving and swaying, and Jaktens Tid itself with its added joking is forever a firm favourite, starting snakes of conga lines around the venue.

Lest I die an early death from heat exhaustion, I leave before what I’m sure is Trollhammaren evidently shutting the place down. I consider myself now a Finntroll veteran, but this is a gig I will fondly remember as being one of their best. The crowd was ecstatic for all bands, and funnily enough for an easily-annoyed bastard, the pit was a fun, sweaty, elating experience. [4/5]

If you’re looking for a good time when this assortment of mythological creatures and long-departed warriors trample through the UK, you’d better go and see them. And if you’re staunchly ‘too cool’ for dress-ups, heroics or swords and sorcery, you’re missing out on an awesome time.

Jon Geirson

Northern Oak set to launch Kickstarter campaign to fund new album

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on 21st October 2013 by Nico Davidson

Classy dressed Yorkshire folk metallers Northern Oak are set to launch a Kickstarter campaign to fund the recording of their third album, which currently remains untitled and will be the follow-up to their 2012 release Monuments.

To help promote this campaign, Northern Oak will be embarking on a campaign of the UK next month with Eibon La Furies. The tour, known as The Astral Chaos Tour withh begin with a Terrorizer Magazine Grindhouse Show at the Firebug, Leicester on 15th November. Northern Oak guitarist Chris Mole comments:

We’re really excited about using Kickstarter to raise the money – it’s a great way to communicate directly with our fans and get their support in making this album the best it can possibly be.

Flautist Catie Williams added:

We’ve been working on these songs for a long time, so it’s important to us that they sound perfect – we owe it to everyone who has supported us so far, whether that’s been buying a CD, coming to a gig or even just telling a friend to give us a listen!

Confirmed tour dates are as follow:

15 November – Firebug, Leicester
22 November – The Asylum, Birmingham
23 November – The Unicorn, London
06 December – The Snooty Fox, Wakefield
07 December – Corporation, Sheffield

Northern Oak online:

http://northernoak.co.uk
http://facebook.com/Northern.Oak

 

The Deathisodes – Inside the Universe of Horror

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on 19th October 2013 by izaforestspirit

The Deathisodes
Inside The Universe of Horror
Released 21st June 2013
Melodic Death Metal/ Experimental Metal
Released via UKEM Records

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‘Inside The Universe of Horror’ is the second album from the Portsmouth-based, British melodic death metal artist Alex Loader aka The Deathisodes. It is the follow up to his debut ‘Destructive Patterns of Creation’ which came out last year and features several guest musicians.

First up is Dead Arising featuring guest vocals from Amma Robison (ex-Typheous). Muscially speaking it sounds like a bizarre mixture of Arch Enemy -style death metal, characterised by the growls and some techno-style keyboards. Not the worst of combinations, just not what you would expect from an supposed melodic death metal artist. It soon becomes apparent that the mastermind of the project, Mr. Loader, concentrates on playing either guitar or the drums on each track leaving the vocals and overall structure to the guest musicians. The end result is a complete hotch-potch of styles which varies depending on the song making the album sound very disjointed.

I’m really struggling to even classify this into a specific genre. There’s a mix of everything from: melodeath, metalcore, radio rock, techno, industrial-metal and even hints of power metal. For example, the power metal elements can be found in the guitar intro and the story-telling, Iced Earth -style vocals of Whitechapel Mystery. Then we have tracks like ‘Hellbound‘ with some weird sounding metalcore with industrial/techno-esque keyboards and Fear Factory -style guitar riffs, adding to the overall confusion that begs the question of what the hell was going on in the studio. Luckily there’s also the occasional melodic death metal track, such as Spectral Wasteland, which is easily one of the few highlights on here.

Each track seems to have a “life” of its own, trying desperately to make its mark and stand out in this ridiculous contraption of an album. It seems as though the “band” is going through a serious identity crisis and all the guest musicians do is add to pre-existing chaos. In fact, even the word “album” feels inappropriate here. The term “album” would imply some sense of cohesion and continuity; two things which this release is lacking. This is more like a compilation or soundtrack made up of individual songs by different artists based around a vague concept.

2/5

Iza Raittila

Sister to release new 7″ single “Sick”

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 19th October 2013 by Pieni

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In anticipation of their long awaited second album – scheduled for release in early 2014 – sleaze/punk/metal act Sister will release a new single on October 28th. “Sick” will be available digitally, but also in a 7″ vinyl version, limited to 500 copies, with an exclusive cover of Roky Erickson‘s “Two Headed Dog” as B-side.

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This single comes out just before the band goes on tour across Europe, once again supporting Wednesday 13. Also The Defiled has been recently added to this For Those About To Rot tour:

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In addition to the dates on the flyer above, Sister will play a headlining show in London, at The Garage, on November 30th.

Sister online:
http://www.sisteronline.net
http://www.facebook.com/sisterband
http://www.youtube.com/sisterofficial
http://www.twitter.com/sister_official

Motörhead premiere official video for “Heartbreaker” on Rolling Stone

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 19th October 2013 by Pieni

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Rolling Stone magazine has just published the official video for Motörhead‘s “Heartbreaker”, which features live footage from several gigs in different places and years – Metal Hammer Golden Gods 2013, Rock In Rio and Wacken Open Air 2011 and a Manchester show in 2010 are just a few. Something that should be mentioned is that the sketch art for this video was created by Lemmy Kilmister himself.

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/videos/motorhead-headbang-across-the-globe-in-heartbreaker-premiere-20131018#ooid=tpMGF4ZjrNQ4h6PnEfcVR9WVjKZdUM0x

“Aftershock” is their 21st studio album and it will be out this Monday, October 21st.

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1. Heartbreaker
2. Coup de Grace
3. Lost Woman Blues
4. End of Time
5. Do You Believe
6. Death Machine
7. Dust and Glass
8. Going to Mexico
9. Silence When You Speak to Me
10. Crying Shame
11. Queen of the Damned
12. Knife
13. Keep Your Powder Dry
14. Paralyzed

Motörhead online:
http://www.imotorhead.com/
https://www.facebook.com/OfficialMotorhead
https://twitter.com/myMotorhead
https://myspace.com/motorhead

Total Metal Fest 2014 starts taking shape

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 19th October 2013 by Pieni

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Total Metal Open Air Festival, the “most beautiful metal happening in southern Italy”, has doubled its act. This year’s edition had to be cancelled when the main band pulled off on a very short notice, so in order to compensate it, the organization has managed to turn the previously 12-hour fest into a 2-day party. The event will take place on July 19th and 20th, in the municipal pool area of Bitonto (Bari province). A campsite with toilets and showers will be set up in the area of the festival.

After this year’s bad experience, the promoters in Vivo Management won’t announce any names before the bands have signed a written confirmation. Moonspell, Coldsteel and Riul Doamnei were the first to do so.

More info at:
www.totalmetalfestival.com
www.facebook.com/TotalMetalFestival
www.vivomanagement.it
www.facebook.com/VivoManagement

Hail Of Bullets release lyric video for “Swoop Of The Falcon”

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 19th October 2013 by Pieni

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After the singles “Pour Le Mérite” and “DG-7”, Dutch death metal act Hail Of Bullets allows you another sneak peek into their third upcoming album “III: The Rommel Chronicles”: “Swoop Of The Falcon” is its opening track and it’s now streaming on YouTube in the form of a lyric video:

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1. Swoop Of The Falcon
2. Pour Le Mérite
3. DG-7
4. To The Last Breath Of Man And Beast
5. DAK
6. The Desert Fox
7. Tobruk
8. Farewell To Africa
9. The Final Front
10. Death Of A Field Marshal

Check out Metal Blade website to pre-order “III: The Rommel Chronicles”, which is scheduled for release on October 25th: http://www.metalblade.com/hailofbullets/

Hail Of Bullets online:
http://www.hailofbullets.com
http://www.facebook.com/hailofbulletsofficial
http://www.youtube.com/hailz666
http://www.twitter.com/hailofbulletsDM

Destrage sign with Metal Blade Records

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 19th October 2013 by Pieni

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Italian death-thrashers Destrage are now under the wing of Metal Blade Records. Their third album “Are You Kidding Me? No” is in its final preparations and is scheduled to be released early next year. A trailer can be seen on the band’s official YouTube channel:

Regarding the deal with Metal Blade, the band says: “It’s quite difficult for us to describe in few words our feelings about this moment. We just signed with one of the most important and historical metal label in the world, being welcomed as members of a big family, this is simply amazing! We’ve listened to Metal Blade artists since we were just fresh-faced kids and now we’re stoked to be part of such a great roster. We are really excited for the upcoming release and we can’t wait to bring this work on stage and tour around as much as we can. See ya all very soon!”

Deathrage online:
http://www.destrage.com
http://www.facebook.com/destrage
http://www.twitter.com/destrage
http://www.youtube.com/destrage

Lost Effect return to studio; confirmed to support Breed 77 at local show

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , on 19th October 2013 by Nico Davidson

Gothic melodic metallers Lost Effect have recently returned to the studio to record their follow up to their critically acclaimed Embrace The Silence EP. The band are aiming to release the currently untitled record sometime in 2014.

Lost Effect have also announced that they will be returning to their local scene in York for a show where they bill be supporting Breed 77 at Fibbers on 25 November, later this year. Tickets are available for £10 from this location.

Lost Effect online:

http://losteffect.co.uk
http://facebook.com/losteffect

 

Five Finger Death Punch on the cover of the 250th special edition of Metal Hammer

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 19th October 2013 by Pieni

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“The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell – vol. 2” (read our review of vol.1 here) will be released on November 18th, but a career-spanning compilation album is now exclusively available with the 250th special edition of Metal Hammer.

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As done with volume 1, Five Finger Death Punch will also release track-by-track videos regarding volume 2 and a couple of them are already online:

The Animals‘ cover “House Of The Rising Sun”:

“Weight Beneath My Sin”:

5FDP online:
http://www.fivefingerdeathpunch.com
https://www.facebook.com/fivefingerdeathpunch
https://twitter.com/ffdp
http://www.youtube.com/user/5fdp
https://myspace.com/ffdp:

The 69 Eyes release lyric video for “Lost Without Love”

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 19th October 2013 by Pieni

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Helsinki Vampires The 69 Eyes have a new single coming up on November 3rd. “Lost Without Love” is its name and the band has released a lyric video for it, so you can listen and sing along beforehand:

This track will also be featured in the upcoming double album “The Best Of Helsinki Vampires”, to hit the stores as a Halloween treat (November 1st).

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The 69 Eyes online:
 69eyes.com
facebook.com/the69eyes
twitter.com/69eyesofficial

Primitive Graven Image – Traversing the Awesome Night

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on 18th October 2013 by izaforestspirit

Primitive Graven Image
Traversing The Awesome Night (Re-Issue)
Released 1st July 2013
Black Metal
Released via UKEM Records and Envenomation Records

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‘Traversing The Awesome Night’ is the debut album from The British black metal band Primitive Graven Image. It was originally released by a different label back in 2006. This is the new, re-issued version featuring songs from the band’s demo ‘Hellish Figurines’ as bonus tracks.

First up is the grim-sounding Bringer of Dark and Light which reveals an interesting mix of black metal influences. There’s everything from the howling vocals of Mayhem, the ferocity of Watain to an occasional dose of the thrash metal -esque guitar patterns of Darkthrone/Immortal added in for good measure. The music has a certain eerie feel to it and yet despite all the harsh elements, the overall sound quality is surprisingly clear.

The pace tends to vary a lot, occasionally changing even half-way through a track. This is particularly evident on songs such as Fear and Fire which features both mid-paced and aggressive guitar riffage along with droning, monotonous guitar elements creeping in towards the latter half of the track. Similar things can be said about the mid-parts of Victorious leading up to the ferocious drum solo at the end. I swear that parts of this could almost be classed as melodic if it wasn’t for the abrasive nature of the singer’s persistent howling. Sadly it is precisely the howling vocals that make some of tracks on here sound rather one-dimensional and unmemorable.

Overall this is an interesting mixture of black metal styles. The problem I have with it is that I’m still not convinced how well all these work together.

3.5/5

Iza Raittila

Interview with Liv Kristine [Leaves’ Eyes]

Posted in Featured, Interview with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 17th October 2013 by Nico Davidson

Liv Kristine is best known for her work as the vocalist for Leaves’ Eyes and former singer for Theatre of Tragedy. As well as fronting one of the most iconic symphonic metal bands on the scene, Liv is also a solo artist and has collaborated with a number of different bands including Cradle Of FilthAtrocityDelain and most recently she appeared on the track The Lay Of Our Love, which is featured on Tyr‘s new album Valkyrja.

With the release of Symphonies Of The Night just around the corner and a UK tour confirmed for January 2014, Nico catches up Liv Kristine to discuss all things Leaves’ Eyes as well as popular TV series Game Of Thrones, her solo project and rumours about Leaves’ Eyes appearing at the next Dames of Darkness Festival…

Nico: Hi Liv, how are you doing?

Liv: I’m good thank you. It’s been a busy day, but in a positive way, you know. Lots of interviews and we’re rehearsing because we’ll be playing the Metal Female Voices Festival in Belgium in a couple of days. I’ll be there with my solo band on Friday and with Leaves’ Eyes on Saturday so yes, we’re busy!

Nico: Sounds like you’ll be having fun though. Is there a meaning behind the title of the new album Symphonies of the Night?

Liv: Um, a meaning or the concept in general?

Nico: A bit of both really.

Liv: Okay, well we came up with the title pretty late in the recording process. I actually had a song called Carmilla from Sheridan Le Fanu’s horror novel from 1871. So the song, which came to be titled Symphony of the Night, was originally titled Carmilla. But we were discussing the title within the band and we weren’t really sure. What happened was pure luck: I was typing an interview and the journalist was asking me about my influences and I mentioned Tchaikovsky, who wrote the Symphony of the Swan Lake and I thought that’s it! This is an album of eleven symphonies of the night, so there we go! So Carmilla is still the main character in the title song, but the title got changed. Things happen, we are a very creative band.

Nico: I was listening to the previews of Symphonies of the Night that Napalm uploaded to YouTube earlier. There is a definite evolution in the band’s sound, changing direction compared to previous Leaves’ Eyes albums. Is this what you were aiming for with this album, and will this be a future direction you will be taking for future releases?

Liv: Well, I’d rather put it this way: Leaves’ Eyes isn’t a planned thing when we start composing. We throw everything into pre-production and what was already there, were two songs: Eileens Ardency and Saint Cecilia. They just didn’t fit on the Meredead [released in 2011] album when it comes to atmosphere. So they weren’t leftovers but they were on no album after the release of Mededead,  so we decided to start working on them. And then we realised that this was a good point to start from. You know, this year we have the anniversary of 10 years of Leaves’ Eyes so we have experienced a lot of being on the road, and all these albums we released and we’ve gathered a lot of experiences. For most of the band members Leaves’ Eyes is twenty, twenty five years of experience. Everything is there on this album, you won’t miss anything. It’s a very powerful album, I agree on that.

Nico: On previous Leaves’ Eyes albums the use of different languages made an appearance on the tracks. Will this be the same with Symphonies of the Night?

Liv: On Symphonies of the Night we’ll have modern English of course, Shakespearean English, some Norwegian, a little bit of French and a little bit of Irish. That’s five languages, I think on the Njord album we had eight languages and on Meredead six languages. I just love languages and I studied linguistics for years so it’s something I really like doing.

Nico: What would you say is the track that stands out on the new album?

Liv: Well that’s the most tricky question you could’ve asked me. Right, um.. This morning in my car I was listening to Ophelia, which is the final track of the album. Of course it’s Shakespeare’s Ophelia, the daughter of Polonius, in Hamlet. That’s my main character, and Ophelia is a quite straightforward and rocky song. It might sound like it doesn’t have a complicated structure like for example Saint Cecilia or Nightshade but Ophelia was the second to last song we recorded. We needed quite a lot of time for Ophelia to finish it in the way we wanted it. All of us: Alex, my husband, our producer, Thorsten my red-haired guitar player and myself are perfectionists. It’s great to have our own studio because then we can keep working until the three of us are satisfied. Ophelia was a tough one but I think it turned out great and at the moment it’s my favourite, if I’m allowed to have one.

Nico: You recently featured on The Lay of Our Love which is on Týr’s latest album Valkyrja. What was it like, recording that track with Týr?

Liv: Actually, I recorded my vocals here in our studio in Germany. But every time I think about doing a duet it’s always the music itself which decides. If I like the song I’ll do it. Heri from Týr helped me out in Wacken last year when Leaves’ Eyes headlined Wacken Open Air. He helped me out on Solemn Sea, one of our tracks. So when Heri asked me ‘Liv would you mind? I have a duet and you would fit very well on it’. I just loved the song and I have good news because we’ll be shooting a video clip for that track in a month! I’m really looking forward to that, it will be in Belgrade.

Nico: Ooh, excellent! I’m looking forward to that. With the recent collarboration with Týr, do you think it will help expose Leaves’ Eyes to Týr fans and Týr fans to Leaves’ Eyes?

Liv: I hope so, I really hope so! If Heri wouldn’t mind, we should tour together some day cause I think we have a potential common fanbase. The thing is, Leaves’ Eyes hasn’t toured a lot in Scandinavia. We should to that very soon, especially in my homeland. Týr is very well known in Scandinavia so that would be an absolutely amazing package.

Nico: I completely agree. A Leaves’ Eyes/Tyr tour would be amazing.

Liv: Thank you. We now have told the universe.

Nico: Speaking of touring, Leaves’ Eyes is scheduled to return to the UK next year in January with Atrocity and Pythia. Are you looking forward to the tour? Which cities are you excited about?

Liv: Absolutely! We toured the UK and Northern Ireland last year with Firewind and that was absolutely amazing. We played at places where Leaves’ Eyes had never played before and for Firewind as well it was absolutely amazing. I remember Cardiff very well because I spent a couple of months there when I was an exchange student. So Cardiff is pretty well-known to me. But of course Manchester is always packed, London is always packed. We will play in some of the venues we played with Firewind as well. We’re building up a fanbase in those places so I’m really looking forward to be back over there in the UK. We have an amazing fanbase in the UK and Northern Ireland. I was really surprised to see that there are so many fans who know about our music in the UK, and many journalists as well. I’ve had quite a few UK interviews this week so that’s good.

Nico: Last time I interviewed you, which was in Manchester last year, when Leaves’ Eyes was there with Firewind, you mentioned that you were a fan of Game of Thrones. So, if you could be any character from the Game of Thrones universe, who would you be and why?

Liv: That’s an even trickier question than the one you asked me before! Oh dear, oh dear… I’m not really sure. It must be Daenerys. Well okay, she’s blonde so it should be her.

Nico: She’s a good, strong character.

Liv: She’s great, she’s amazing yes.

Nico: Going back to touring, are there any future plans for you to tour your solo project around the UK?

Liv: I hope and pray that there will be next year because it’s certainly time to play some solo shows in the UK as well. The only shows I have this year for Liv Kristine, for my solo project, is Nagold in Germany and Pratteln in Switzerland. So those are the two gigs, but they are exclusive gigs. Leaves’ Eyes and Atrocity will be touring most of the rest of the year so we will be very busy. China, Taiwan, Thailand, Russia, Romania, Bulgaria, Germany, Belgium. Lot of things happening! The end of December is the right time for exclusive solo shows but the UK, 2014..let’s cross our fingers.

Nico: That’s what I’m hoping for.

Liv: Me too.

Nico: Speaking of shows. I’ve heard a few whipserings around the internet from associates of mine that Leaves’ Eyes might be playing the Dames of Darkness festival in the UK next year. I was wondering if there is any truth to this?

Liv: Wauw, I mean that would be absolutely killer! It would be fantastic. Well you know, bookers know things before the rest of the band does so..let’s make it happen.

Nico: I hope it does happen because Dames of Darkness this year was phenomenal and it would be so much better if Leaves’ Eyes was playing it.

Liv: Thank you, thank you very much! I’d love to be there.

Nico: Last question. This is a fan question, asked by April Mccaffrey: if you could have a superpower, which one would it be and why?

Liv: A superpower… Okay, you took me by surprise there! When I was a kid I always thought it would be fantastic to be able to look into the future, to know what is going to happen. But I’m not sure if I need that anymore. It’s a very good question actually. Sometimes I wish I could change things for the better of it. Sometimes, especially when it comes to children and children suffering on this planet, it feels like we are just sitting here being comfortable and warm while on the other side of the planet children are dying because of hunger. That’s when I think I would just like to be able to beam myself to that place and do something. Maybe that’s a project for the future. If I ever get tired of playing gigs and singing that would be something I would like to do, to be part of helping projects concerning children who are suffering on the other side of the world.

Nico: I wasn’t expecting that answer. You’re certainly a kind and caring individual. Thank you for your time Liv, I hope you have a good night.

Liv: Thank you very much, it was a pleasure talking to you again. Take good care and hope to see you in Manchester in January.

Nico: You too, Liv! Have a good night!

Leaves’ Eyes online:

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

Kataklysm-Maurizio talks “Waiting For The End To Come” track-by-track

Posted in News with tags , , on 17th October 2013 by Pieni

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Due to be released on October 25th (read details here), Kataklysm‘s “Waiting For The End To Come” is discussed track-by-track by frontman Maurizio Iacono. The first part of the video covers the first four tracks of the upcoming album, the second part the following four:

Kataklysm online:
http://www.kataklysm.swizcorp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/kataklysm
https://myspace.com/kataklysm
http://www.youtube.com/user/kataklysmrocks
https://twitter.com/kataklysmband

Soilwork release lyric video for “Tongue”

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 17th October 2013 by Pieni

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“The Living Infinite”, Soilwork‘s much acclaimed double album (read our review here) has produced videos for “Spectrum Of Eternity” and “Rise Above The Sentiment”. Now it’s time for a lyric video for “Tongue”:

The band is about to tour intensively across Europe, with Keep Of Kalessin and Sybreed:

Nov 02 Brewhouse, Goteborg, Sweden
Nov 03 Parkteatret, Oslo, Norway
Nov 04 Klubben Stockholm, Sweden
Nov 05 Dynamo, Norrköping, Sweden
Nov 06 Club 700, Orebro, Sweden
Nov 07 Huskvarna Folkets Park, Huskvarna, Sweden
Nov 08 Aalborg Metal Fest, Aalborg, Denmark
Nov 09 KB, Malmö, Sweden
Nov 10 Amager Bio, Copenhagen, Denmark
Nov 11 Markthalle, Hamburg, Germany
Nov 12 Essigfabrik, Cologne, Germany
Nov 13 Camden Underworld, London, United Kingdom
Nov 15 Colos-Saal, Aschaffenburg, Germany
Nov 16 Matrix, Bochum, Germany
Nov 17 Biebob, Vosselaar, Belgium
Nov 18 Z7 KONZERTFABRIK, Pratteln, Switzerland
Nov 19 Feierwerk, Munich, Germany
Nov 20 Szene, Vienna, Austria
Nov 21 Club 202, Budapest, Hungary
Nov 22 Haus Auensee, Leipzig, Germany
Nov 23 Winter Masters of Rock, Zlin, Czech Republic
Nov 24 Majestic Music Club, Bratislava I, Slovakia
Nov 25 Alibi, Wroclaw, Poland
Nov 26 New York, Vilnius, Lithuania
Nov 27 Rock Cafe, Tallin, Estonia
Nov 28 Tavastia, Helsinki, Finland
Nov 29 Parkkahuone, Tampere, Finland
Nov 30 Rytmikorjaano, Seinajoki, Finland

Soilwork online:
http://site.soilwork.org/
https://www.facebook.com/soilwork
https://twitter.com/soilwork
http://instagram.com/soilworkofficial

Marduk, Grave, Death Wolf and Valkyrja to tour Europe together

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 17th October 2013 by Pieni

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After such an intense worldwide tour in support of their “Serpent Sermon” album, Marduk aren’t ready to leave the stage yet. They intend to march over Europe and play “Panzer Division Marduk” in full. Also, as “Those Of The Unlight” celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, Marduk have decided to play that entire album as well..

They invited Grave, Valkyrja and Death Wolf to storm the following cities in this back-to-the-past ride:

28.11.2013 (GER) Erfurt / Club From Hell
29.11.2013 (GER) Berlin / K17
30.11.2013 (GER) Bad Oeynhausen / Druckerei
01.12.2013 (DEN) Copenhagen / Pumpehuset
02.12.2013 (DEN) Aarhus / Voxhall
04.12.2013 (HOL) Utrecht / Tivoli De Helling
05.12.2013 (UK) London / Underworld
06.12.2013 (BEL) Leffinge / Devil’s Corner
07.12.2013 (GER) Essen / Turock
08.12.2013 (GER) Darmstadt / Steinbruch Theater
09.12.2013 (FR) Paris / Nouveau Casino
10.12.2013 (FR) Lyon / CCO
11.12.2013 (ITA) Turin / United
12.12.2013 (CH) Yverdon / L’Amalgame
13.12.2013 (CH) Dietikon / Stadthalle
14.12.2013 (ITA) Brescia / Circolo Colony
15.12.2013 (ITA) Bologna / Zona Roveri
16.12.2013 (SLO) Ljubljana / Gala Hala
17.12.2013 (A) Vienna / Escape Metalcorner
18.12.2013 (POL) Katowice / Mega Club
19.12.2013 (POL) Wrocław / Firlej
20.12.2013 (POL) Gdynia / Ucho
21.12.2013 (POL) Warszawa / Progresja

Marduk online:
www.marduk.nu
www.facebook.com/mardukofficial

Grave online:
www.grave.se
http://www.facebook.com/GraveOfficial

Death Wolf online:
www.deathwolf.net
http://www.facebook.com/deathwolfcult

Valkyrja online:
https://www.facebook.com/valkyrjaswe