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BlackShore – Terror

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , on 30th November 2013 by izaforestspirit

BlackShore
Terror
Released 15th November 2013
Black Metal
Released via BlackSkull Records

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‘Terror’ is the third album from the German black metal band Blackshore. It is the follow-up to their 2011 album ‘Legion’. The band has gained recognition within the scene thanks to successful tours with Taake and Horna.

After the dictatorial voice in a movie sample intro, the title track reveals its true colours as a fine example of fast and reasonably raw-sounding black metal akin to the likes of Ragnarok. The vocals are the of standard harsh variety that you can expect from the genre, the only major difference being that these guys also do the occassional song in German, like Panzervergnügen for example.

Then, just when you think that you’ve got it all figured out, they unleash a surprise that you never saw coming – Troublemakers Black Metal; a catchy, blackened thrash metal track with some punk undertones present in both the “rocking” Mötörhead guitar style and the tongue’n’cheek lyrical themes. There’s also some Marduk-esque guitar pummeling and fast drumming on tracks such as Prayer To The Bombs and in parts of Benthams Panoptikon. Dimension Ärger positions itself firmly in the blackened thrash metal/black-thrash genre creating a steady balance between the catchy, rocking guitar riffage and the somewhat abrasive vocals. The punk influences resurface towards the latter half of the track mimicking a style similar to that of Driller Killer.

Yet the band saved the biggest surprise for the big finale with a ballad called U–Bootomagie featuring weird mixture of dark ambient, complete with u-boat sonar noises, and the somewhat cheesy sounding yet ultra catchy blackthrash assault of “U-Boat Terror” in the second half of the song. So, the lyrics are a little bit ridiculous but it’s all in the bame of good fun.

Overall this has been an interesting journey into the wonderfully diverse world of German black metal. I expected a German equivalent of Marduk, what I got was a bizarre hybrid of them plus Ragnarok along with Driller Killer and Mötorhead added to the mix.

4/5

Iza Raittila

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First bands announced for Valkyrian Festival 2014

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

The fourth edition of Valkyrian Festival has been confirmed for Friday 21st November through to Sunday 23rd November. Tickets are currently available for pre-order from this location and are priced at £20 (excluding P&P). Valk-Fest 2014 will be in aid of Rape Crisis.

Scottish blackened folk royalty Cnoc An Tursa have been confirmed to headline the opening night of Valkyrian Festival 2014 on Friday 21st November. Hailing from the historic settlement of Falkirk, Cnoc An Tursa have become one of the most respected and well known bands from north of the wall and without a doubt will bring something new to the masses at Valkyrian Festival 2014. Joining Cnoc An Tursa on Friday 21st November will be Yorkist metallers Pantheon who have been confirmed as main support.

Confirmed as the headlining act for Saturday 22nd November are Belgian gothic metallers Azylya, who made their UK debut at a sold out Dames of Darkness Festival earlier this year, where they supported Dutch symphonic rockers Delain. Since then, Azylya have played a few more times in the UK and were featured at Belgium’s Metal Female Voices Festival earlier this year in October. Azylya frontwoman Jamie-Lee comments:

It is an honour to be headlining Valkyrian Festival, especially in aid of such a worthy charity. We’re looking forward to playing to our UK fans again. We hope to see you all there.

Solo artist Sakara will be main support on Saturday 22nd November. The alternative pagan solo artist, who spent a brief stint as frontwoman for Apparition earlier this year, released her debut album Blood & Stone via Ravenheart Music in 2011 and since then has received positive reviews. The follow-up album will be released in 2014 via Ravenheart Music. Sakara also comments:

I am over the moon to have such a great opportunity to play Valk-Fest 2014. I look forward to seeing you all there. I’m also looking forward to sharing the stage again with Azylya!

Also added to the Saturday line-up are West Midlandic symphonic metallers Divided We Fall and Yorkshire metal mobsters Hamerex.

Valkyrian Festival 2014 is sponsored by Black Phoenix Rising Metal Forums and custom Gothic jewellers The Crypt of Curiosities. Weekend tickets are available from this location for £20. The event is in aid of Rape Crisis.

 

New video by The Safety Fire

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

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London-based The Safety Fire have recently released a new video for the title-track of their second album “Mouth Of Swords”. The video features “life on the road” footage filmed during their latest US tour with Between The Buried And Me, The Faceless and The Contortionist. Check it out:

And speaking of tours, The Safety Fire has already a new one planned for early next year, with Protest The Hero, TesseracT and Intervals. Dates are as follows:

06.01.14 Germany Karlsruhe @ Substage
07.01.14 Germany Nürnberg @ Hirsch
08.01.14 Germany Berlin @ Magnet
09.01.14 Germany Hamburg @ Logo
10.01.14 Sweden Stockholm @ Klubben
11.01.14 Sweden Gothenburg @ Fängelset
12.01.14 Norway Oslo @ John Dee
14.01.14 Denmark Copenhagen @ Vega
16.01.14 Belgium Aarschot @ De Klinker
17.01.14 France Paris @ Divan du Monde
18.01.14 France Toulouse @ Le Saint Des Seins
19.01.14 Spain Madrid @ Copernico
20.01.14 Spain Barcelona @ Sala Boveda
22.01.14 Switzerland Aarau @ Kiff
23.01.14 Italy Milan @ Zoe Club
24.01.14 Austria Salzburg @ Rockhouse
25.01.14 Austria Wien @ Szene
26.01.14 Hungary Budapest @ Dürer Kert
28.01.14 Germany München @ Backstage
29.01.14 Germany Leipzig @ Conne Island
30.01.14 Luxemburg Esch-sur-Alzette @ Rockhal
31.01.14 Germany Köln @ Essigfabrik
01.02.14 UK Brighton @ Concorde 2
02.02.14 UK Birmingham @ O2 Academy2
04.02.14 UK Sheffield @ Corporation
05.02.14 UK Glasgow @ Classic Grand
06.02.14 UK Manchester @ Academy2
07.02.14 UK London @ The Electric Ballroom
08.02.14 Holland Dordrecht @ Bibelot

Also, between the 18th and the 22nd of February, the band will be on board of the US Progressive Nation at Sea Cruise 2014.

The Safety Fire online:
www.facebook.com/thesafetyfire
www.myspace.com/thesafetyfire
www.twitter.com/thesafetyfire
www.youtube.com/thesafetyfire

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www.myspace.com/insideoutlabel

R.A.M.P. @ Hard Club, Porto (PT)

Posted in Gig, Live with tags , , , on 29th November 2013 by Pieni

R.A.M.P.
Hard Club, Porto (Portugal)
23rd November 2013

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Since I’ve joined the Valkyrian Music team that I’ve been showing you how much more there is to the Portuguese metal scene than Moonspell. Today I give you another icon of our metal history: R.A.M.P., who have been touring across our country in celebration of their 25th anniversary.

Yes, unlike W.A.S.P., there is a reason for those dots – R.A.M.P. is the combination of the original members’ initials, Ricardo, António, Miguel and Paulo. A few line-up changes have occurred ever since, the latest being new bass player Sales, who brought a new life to the live performances, with his good spirits and talent with the four strings.

The venue wasn’t exactly full, but thankfully they didn’t change the event to the smaller room, so R.A.M.P. had the stage, sound and lights that they deserve. Also the crowd was totally responsive, but just like any other singer, Rui wasn’t satisfied with the first screams he got from us. What was new to me was the way he made us scream louder: not the usual “is that all you’ve got?” or “yesterday we played in City X and they did a lot better”; he said “if we were a German or a Swedish band, this is where we’d say ‘you’re the best crowd in the fucking world!’. But we know that here in Porto you can get louder than that!”. And of course we did.

Among hit songs such as “How”, “Alone”, “Behind The Wall” or “Black Tie”, he told us about how he and his brother were called of junkies by their neighbors just because they wore long hair and black clothes. And then some guy down the street died of AIDS. Another of hepatitis. A third one of overdose. All of them with “good looks”. Almost everybody in that venue could relate to that story.

Except maybe for the really young ones. “Thoughts” was released 21 years ago, and Rui wanted to know if there was anyone just as old or younger than that in the room. A girl raised her hand slowly and Rui told her not to be shy, because everyone else in that room was thinking “I’m jealous”. And then, to those others, he said they should be rejoicing the fact that she was there instead of with all those depressed kids who listen to One Direction. Now this one made me laugh hard.

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Another “urban legend” regarding metalheads was that they couldn’t speak, just grunt, and none of them would go past the 4th grade. Rui mentioned how in 1985 Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider proved them wrong in a Senate hearing defending heavy metal eloquently against the PMRC. The ticket for that night’s show was the buying receipt of the band’s ‘best of’ album, so everybody knew that this story was the introduction to Twisted Sister’s cover “We’re Not Gonna Take It”, that R.A.M.P. recorded for that album. “Fuck You” – a song with a “very deep and philosophical message”… – followed suit and the band left the stage for a while. And “For A While” was precisely the first song of the encore, where all members (except drummer Paulinho, of course) came forward and sat on the edge of the stage to play that ballad. Also most of the audience sat on the floor, creating a pretty magical moment.

The Bangles“Walk Like An Egyptian” sped up the rhythm again and the show ended with a very suitable song for the current hard times we’re all going through, one way or another: “Try Again”.

25 years have passed. May another 25 pass with the same passion and devotion. After all, Rui said that one of the first shows he’d ever attended (AC/DC) had a singer older than his dad, so I guess I’m not asking too much. (5/5)

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Text & photos by Renata “Pieni” Lino

Nightwish keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen unveils details of first solo album

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 28th November 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Tuomas Holopainen, who is best known for his work as keyboardist and main songwriter of Nightwish, has spent most of the year writing and producing his first solo album. The album is based on a graphic novel titled The Life And Times Of Scrooge McDuck which was written by Don Rosa. Tuomas comments:

This is my longtime dream come true, 14 years in the making. And a homage to one of the best storytellers of our time. Thank you for sharing this celebration of Life & Adventure!

This 12 chapter book tells the life story of a certain Scrooge, from his early years in the 19th century Scotland to his adventures all around the world till the 1950’s. The story contains such immense depth, detail, wit and emotional power, that after Tuomas read it 20 years ago, it instantly became a story of profound personal interest and love for him. The initial spark of ‘colouring’ this story with music, i.e. to create a soundtrack to the book, came to him in 1999, and has haunted the back of his mind ever since.

The album was written and produced by Tuomas Holopainen and will contain 10 songs, with total duration of approximately 60 minutes. The music will be of soundtrack, classical and folk genres in the vein of Vaughan Williams, Michael Nyman, James Newton Howard and Enya.

Mr. Pip Williams has done the orchestral arrangements, continuing his collaboration with Tuomas after the Nightwish records Once, Dark Passion Play and Imaginaerum.

There will be a number of guest musicians, including the London Orchestra, The Metro Voices (a choir from London) and four lead vocalists: Alan Reid, Johanna Kurkela, Johanna Iivanainen and Tony Kakko. Other guest appearances include Troy Donockley (uilleann pipes, low whistles, bodhran), Mikko Iivanainen (guitars and banjo), Teho Majamäki (Didgeridoo), Jon Burr (Harmonica) and Dermot Crehan in the solo violin.

The recordings took place during August – October 2013, first at Angel Studios, London, then in various locations around Scotland and Finland.
The author of the book, Don Rosa, has done the artwork for the album. There will also be a single release, for the track A Lifetime Of Adventure, accompanied by a music video in early 2014. The album The Life And Times Of Scrooge is scheduled for release in April 2014.

Tuomas Holopainen online:

http://tuomas-holopainen.com

Grand Magus main man JB talks about new album

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 28th November 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Sweden’s premier riff lords Grand Magus have unveiled the first album trailer for their upcoming album Triumph and Power. Watch below as the band’s main man JB discuss details about the new album.

The tracklist of Triumph And Power reads as follows:

1. On Hooves Of Gold
2. Steel Versus Steel
3. Fight
4. Triumph And Power
5. Dominator
6. Arv
7. Holmgång
8. The Naked And The Dead
9. Ymer
10. The Hammer Will Bite

Bonus:

11. Blackmoon

The band commented about the album:

Triumph And Power has been completed. It’s a metal triumph of Viking power!!! Once again we worked with Nico Elgstrand as producer, a tradition that started with Hammer Of The North back in 2010. This is our strongest album yet, it has the northern feel, it has the power and the melody that has become our mark of excellence. Fans of true metal will take this album to their hearts. To top everything off, we have the striking and epic artwork of Anthony Roberts. The album cover perfectly captures the work on this album and Grand Magus as a band. Stay true!

Triumph and Power is set for release vis Nuclear Blast on 3rd February 2014.

Grand Magus online:

http://grandmagus.com/
http://facebook.com/grandmagusofficial
https://twitter.com/GrandMagus
https://youtube.com/GrandMagusBand
http://myspace.com/grandmagusrocks

 

Three more bands confirmed for Bloodstock

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 28th November 2013 by Hannah

Lacuna Coil, Carcass and Primordial have been announced as the latest acts on an increasingly epic bill for Bloodstock Open Air 2014!

Italian metallers Lacuna Coil will be bringing their sonic wall of Gothic-tinged sound to Catton Hall for the second time, performing the Ronnie James Dio stage on the Saturday. Frontwoman Cristina Scabbia reflected on their return with a sneak peek of what fans can expect from their set:

“It will be LACUNA COIL’s second time there and I’m curious to see how the festival has grown.  We will have songs from the new album and some LC classics, so see ya all in the summer!”

The legendary Carcass will be acting as Saturday’s Special Guests , and after their triumphant debut release with Nuclear Blast, Surgical Steel, gained wide acclaim and rave reviews, they have promised to be ‘firing on all cylinders’ with their set. Also announced are Irish gaelic metal outfit Primordial, returning after a victorious set in 2011. This may be one of your only opportunities to catch them next year, so don’t miss it. All three bands join an exceptional roster including Emperor, Down, Megadeth, Saxon and Amon Amarth, and with Early Bird tickets selling fast, it might be time to secure your place at what is promising to be the metal event of the year.

As Jeff Walker commands, “Let there be rot!”