Archive for December, 2013

Robert Åkerlund becomes permanent member of The End Of Grace

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 31st December 2013 by Pieni

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The End Of Grace finish 2013 announcing that Robert Åkerlund is now a permanent member of the band. Original guitarist Sulan Von Zoomlander had some personal affairs to take care of that prevented him to play TEoG‘s debut live performance at Rockbitch Boat and its follow-up at Göta Källare. Robert, who had played in Road To Repent along guitarist Jimmy Bergman and bassist/clean singer Johan Hagman, was called to fill in. Now that Sulan is leaving for good, Robert is the undoubtful perfect choice.

Quoting drummer Thomas Manell in the interview which Valkyrian did with the band last month, » One thing I can say about Robert is you can really tell that they’ve played together before. It’s a thing of magic. It’s like kindergarten all over.« Johan added: » Robert’s a great guitar player and he can feel the rhythm like Sulan does. «

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Nico’s Highlights of 2013

Posted in Editorial/Opinionated, Featured with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 31st December 2013 by Nico Davidson

So, it’s that time of year when everyone picks out their highlights of the year. I figured that this year, I’ll jump on the bandwagon. So here are my highlights of 2013… Including a few non-metal releases!

Best Albums Of 2013:

1. Leaves’ Eyes – Symphonies Of The Night

2. Azylya – Sweet Cerebral Destruction

3. Wretched Soul – Veronica

4. Seduce The Heaven – Field Of Dreams

5. Hecate Enthroned – Virulent Rapture

Best Live Acts of 2013:

1. Re-Armed

2. Azylya

3. Delain

4. The CockRockets

5. Bharghest

Best Yorkshire Bands of 2013:

1. Severed Heaven

2. Bharghest

3. Narcotic Death

4. XIII

5. Skull Branded Pirates

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Best Non-Metal Albums of 2013:

1. Janet Devlin – Hide & Seek

2. Kelly Clarkson – Wrapped In Red

3. Ben Parcell – Expectations

Pieni’s Highlights of 2013

Posted in Editorial/Opinionated on 30th December 2013 by Pieni

Given my passion for live music, I’ll start by listing the 5 gigs I’ve enjoyed the most this year:
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  1. Hardcore Superstar at Koko (London)
  2. The End Of Grace at Rockbitch Boat (Baltic Sea)
  3. Hypocrisy at Hard Club (Porto)
  4. Skid Row at Electric Ballroom (London)
  5. Def Leppard at Palacio Vistalegre (Madrid)

Of course the shows can’t roll on without new music here and there, so now I give you my top-5 of releases:
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  1. “Lost in Transition” by The End Of Grace
  2. “Wrong Side Of Heaven and Righteous Side Of Hell – vol. 1” by Five Finger Death Punch
  3. “C’mon Take On Me” by Hardcore Superstar
  4. “Daggers” by The Defiled
  5. “The Living Infinite” by Soilwork

In a time where live and lyric videos are getting so much popular, I’d like to show my appreciation for those who can afford to go beyond that:

  1. “Unspoken” by The Defiled
  2. “There Are Those Who Kill Violently” by Dementia 13
  3. “Hit On The Radio” by Blowsight
  4. “Rise Above The Sentiment” by Soilwork
  5. “California” by CrashDïet

Last but not least, my top-5 anticipations for 2014:
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  1. The End Of Grace – if I was all hyped with just an EP, I can’t wait to hear the full length!
  2. Sonic Syndicate – their hiatus is finally over, I’m super excited about their return.
  3. Sister – I only paid attention to them recently, but they won me over! I sure want to know what else they’ve got.
  4. Equaleft – those groovy Portuguese guys are preparing something big.
  5. Man.Machine.Industry – it’s been announced they’re changing things a bit… Let’s see what those changes are.

Happy New Year everyone!

Renata “Pieni” Lino

Iza’s Highlights of 2013

Posted in Live, Misc. with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 30th December 2013 by izaforestspirit

It’s been one hell of a busy year in the world of alternative music. Lots of great new releases, memorable shows and festivals. I’ve decided to write a short summary of some of the highlights of 2013. Here are some of the albums that caught my attention this year:

1. Chthonic – Bú Tik
Genre: Melodic Black Metal/ Oriental Metal

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This is easily my favourite metal album of 2013. ‘Bú Tik’ brings together the aggression of black and death metal with the melodic oriental sounds of the erhu for that unique mix that only Chthonic are renowned for. The results of this combination are both complex and beautiful in their design. Best tracks: ‘Supreme Pain For a Tyrant’, ‘Sail into The Sunset’s Fire’ and Defenders of Bú Tik Palace’.

2. Suicide Commando – When Evil Speaks
Genre: Industrial/ Aggrotech/ Harsh Electro

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I’ve been a fan of Suicide Commando for a number of years now. ‘When Evil Speaks’ is the long-awaited follow-up to ‘Implements of Hell’. Based around the overall subject of hate and evil in today’s society; the album features dark and sinister lyrical themes, old-school EBM tunes and Aggrotech dance-floor hits. Best tracks: ‘My Blasphemy’, ‘Unterwelt’ and ‘Monster’.

3. Children of Bodom – Halo of Blood
Genre: Melodic Death/Power Metal

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I’ve been of a fan of this band since my early teens, so of course I jumped at the opportunity to review their latest album. Aside from the odd surprise such as the ballad ‘Dead Man’s Hand On You’, ‘Halo of Blood’ features the signature Bodom sound and is without a shadow of doubt their strongest release in years. Best tracks: ‘Transference’ , ‘Bodom Blue Moon’ and ‘Dead Man’s Hand On You’.

4. Psyclon Nine – [Order of the Shadow : Act I]
Genre: Aggrotech/ Industrial Metal

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This band is not an easy one to categorise into a specific genre. Some industrial and EBM fans dismiss their style by saying that their black metal influences are too strong to earn them a place in the industrial scene. Not that I give a damn since that’s precisely why I like them. ‘Order of The Shadow…” is their harshest and most aggressive release to date. After 10 tracks of intense, adrenaline fueled, blackened industrial, I was shocked to hear the sombre ballads at the end. Best tracks: ‘Shadows Unveiled’ , ‘Use Once and Destroy’ and ‘The Saint and The Valentine’.

5. Agathodaimon – In Darkness
Genre: Melodic Black Metal/ Symphonic Black Metal

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This album marks a departure from the gothic metal days of its predecessor ‘Phoenix’ and a return their older, melodic black metal sound depicted in earlier releases such as ‘Chapter III’ and ‘Higher Art of Rebellion’. Whilst not quite reaching the greatness of ‘Chapter III’ (an album which holds a special place in my heart); ‘In Darkness’ is definitely a step in the right direction, offering a mixture of agression and melancholic melodies. Best tracks: ‘In Darkness (We Shall be Reborn), ‘I’ve Risen’ and ‘Favourite Sin’.

Best Live Shows of 2013

1. Sabaton live at Sauna Open Air, Tampere, Finland.

2. Children of Bodom live at Sauna Open Air, Tampere, Finland.

3. Chthonic live at Klubi, Tampere, Finland.

4. Suicide Commando live in London, the U.K.

5. Heimataerde live at KOMA festival, Oslo, Norway.

Best New Discovery of 2013: ErilaZ
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This Finnish band caught my attention during their performance at this year’s Lumous festival in Tampere, Finland. What do they sound like? Imagine a mixture of Fear Factory, Front Line Assembly with the combined lyrical themes of Amon Amarth. Impossible, you say? Go on, I dare you to give them a try!

To finish off I’d like to list some of the releases that I’m looking forward to in 2014:

Most Anticipated Albums of 2014:

1. Behemoth – The Satanist
Genre: Blackened Death Metal
Release Date: 3rd February 2014

2. Vader – TIBI ET IGNI “For You (and only You) and Fire
Genre: Death Metal
Release Date: Spring 2014

3. Kampfar – Djevelmakt
Genre: Pagan Black Metal

Release Date: 27th January, 2014

4. Combichrist – We Love You
Genre: Industrial/ Aggrotech
Release Date: 15th March 2014

5. Nachtmahr – Feindbild
Genre: Industrial/ Aggrotech
Release Date: 14th February 2014

That’s all for now. Happy New Year!

Equaleft reveal title for upcoming debut album

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

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In a 33-second teaser, Equaleft have revealed on this Christmas day the title of their upcoming debutl album (a “kind of” studio report can be seen here). “Adapt & Survive” will be released through Raising Legends and Raging Planet in the Spring of 2014.

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SOS Festival announces 2nd day headliners

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

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Radcliffe Civic (Radcliffe, North Manchester) will hold for the 7th time the SOS Festival. On the 19th and 20th of July a bunch of rock and metal acts will perform on two stages and the headliners of both have just been announced for the second day: I Am I will closing the line-up of The Dean Hocking Stage, while Blaze Bayley will make the honors on The Acoustic Stage.

Here’s how things are looking up so far:
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For more info check the official website: www.sosfestival.net

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Suffocation – Pinnacle of Bedlam

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , , , on 24th December 2013 by Nico Davidson

Suffocation
Pinnacle of Bedlam

Released 15th February
Death Metal
Released via Nuclear Blast

Hailing from Long Island, New York, Suffocation is a band that should be familiar to all death metal fans. If not then this album needs to be put into your CD player and cranked up! Formed in 1990, they have gone on to be one of the most recognised bands in Extreme Metal today, with their superior fire-power of brutal vocals, technical riffs, catchy hooks; psych’s, slams, bombs and blasts. A truly innovative band that takes you to the edge of reason, and then cuts you deeply with their infectious groove.

The band has had many line-up changes, whilst Terrence Hobbs has kept the ship afloat with Frank Mullen screaming orders to the ever growing audience. The line up for Pinnacle of Bedlam features the solid unit of the returning Dave Culross on drums, providing the intense blasts, stabs and beat-downs fans of Suffocation have come to expect. Derek Boyer holds down the intense bass playing, grinding with the best of them and finally Guy Marchais playing second but equal fiddle to Hobbs. There is no doubt about the bands insane tightness, and this album is a perfect accompaniment to their back-catalogue, but it also makes a damn good introduction to the band if you are just getting into Suffocation.

The opening track is a hammer blow to split you cranium, cause momentary loss of motor functions and give you un-ending pain. The aptly named Cycles of Suffering bursts into your ears and keeps punishing you throughout. The relentless riffs are the cycles to your suffering and complement the drums with inch perfect precision. Frank’s vocals rumble away, shattering your dreams and crushing your aspirations. The masterpiece to this song is the solo, which shrieks and wails, whilst sitting so comfortably over the fast rhythm. We are then put back in our place by the continuing barrage of riffs.

As Purgatorial Punishment opens, you could be mistaken for actually being in purgatory, especially with the way the songs sound to flow together even with the short reprieve. A well thought out groove of triplets from the guitars, and off-kilter drum beat keep you on your toes for the entire opening section. The odd rhythm to the accompanying section confuses but works to add a major contrast. Back in more familiar territory with the straight death metal feel is the only blessing you will receive before being subject to Terrence Hobbs’ shred chops.

Another small pause before Mr Hobbs scares the daylights out of you with a face melting lead, and then proceeds to show the Eminent Wrath. This song fires on all cylinders and showcases every element of Suffocation’s song-writing prowess. Dave Culross pounds his way through numerous blast beats and fast double bass work. The riffs are infectious, and every beat-down feels like it will break your bones. Certain elements have a distinctly punk feeling to them, which breaks up the full on death of the song and makes you want more.

As Grace Descends is the most well-known song on the album, as it was released as a video single. The video depicts the last party to end all parties before a giant asteroid wipes us all off the face of this wretched cesspit that we call our planet, with Suffocation providing the evening’s entertainment. It could well be a sign of things to come for all you conspiracy theorists out there. The songs unrepentant speed shows off incredible endurance from the band, even the slow section leading up to the solo feels fast thanks to Culross’ drumming. This track just screams end of the world as we know it.

We now come to a rare item on an extreme metal album, a veritable ballad if I may be so bold. I say ballad in term so loose, it makes a wizards sleeve look like a skinny fit jumper. Suffocation have taken their inspiration from the Tibetan Book of the Dead, and offer up a song soaked in melancholy, with frozen lyrics, and soul shuddering feeling. This song has a Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde moment, with its faster side making a break for it, only to be pulled back to its morbid centre clawing at the fabric of its lyrics.

The title track does what it says on the tin. Pinnacle of Bedlam features many chaotic rhythms, all fighting for supremacy, which reaches its focal point of the lead guitar trade-off between Marchais and Hobbs. It is an excellent outing for Marchais showing that he can hold his own on the shred stage. The lyrics reflect the idea of bedlam, that it is all over the shop and can tip the scales from crazy to psychotic at any time. It also weaves the ideas that we will all meet some catastrophic ending of life, and we are helpless to this purge.

My Demise comes in full force with a battering rhythm right from the off, and is quite possibly the most groove laden track on the album. From the half-time riffs running alongside the drum barrage. Again Marchais shows his chops, and plays one of the most brutally beautiful solos on the album, with a true sense of harmony to match the music. The half-time feel of the song is one of those nice rests within a fast album and takes the pace down a peg or two.

In contrast, Inversion is totally the opposite of My Demise. The first riff opens with Frank growling his way along with the guitars. The fast riffs contained within are uber technical and precise. Hobbs lead takes cues from Marchais’ playing but adding his own flavour to the mix and building on-top of an already strong format. The large, tormenting breakdown adds what i like to call bollocks to an already ballsey song.

Rapture of Revocation starts like a breakdown, and then takes you down a dark lyrical path that questions ones beliefs. The fast pace in later parts is accented with a heavy chug, and keeps drawing you in with harsh speed and pain in your ears. It also serves up a nice amount of religious questioning without being so straightforward. As with the rest of the album, the bass guitar and drums lock in, and harmonise with the guitars in perfect timing and note choice. The end fades on a well chosen breakdown with last lyrics being fed to you one last time before fading into oblivion.

Beginning of Sorrow closes the album with an unbridled brutality. The groove sections have a massive impact and add a good sense of space to the torture. The song acts as more than just an album closer, as it was written as a collaborative effort. It shows what each individual member can bring to the table. The sickening ending twists your innards into submission and should carry a health warning of its own. As a friend of mine once commented on a similar idea, it is a vomitous piece of work.

And so in closing, this album needs to be in your expanding collection of extreme metal. Whether it is your first look at Suffocation, or just one to add to the back catalogue, you need this album to rip out your soul, feed it to the demons in your psyche and give you nightmares of the end of the world. There will come a time where we all reach the Pinnacle of Bedlam.

4/5

Dan Eastwood

Fallen Fate announce new album, titled Into The Black

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 24th December 2013 by Nico Davidson

North eastern metal unit Fallen Fate have announced their upcoming full-length release, Into The Black. Following the release of 2011’s The Virus Has Spread, with which the band stormed the UK, Fallen Fate have regrouped and are ready to unleash another lashing of metal onto the masses.

Recorded in part in Stymphalian Productions in York with producer James Stephenson and finished in vocalist Lee Skinner’s home studio, Into the Black retains the Fallen Fate’s signature punishing heaviness but it’s also apparent that the band has moved on musically since The Virus Has Spread. Vocalist Lee Skinner comments:

Dark, Expressive and Heavy… The sound and feel of Fallen Fate has changed quite a bit since the release of The Virus Has Spread. The band has progressed and developed a more solid metal sound while maintaining a unique mix of speed and heaviness in the music.

Based on a horror movie theme around a young girl called Vespa, the concept of Into The Black plays a big part in how the album sounds and how it is visually portrayed through the artwork and upcoming videos. It contributed to the evolving sound of the band as we introduced more keyboards and experimental sounds into the mix, giving it a different dark feel and sound.

Vocalist Lee continues to say:

She [Vespa] chose a life without faith and over time became possessed by a demon. The demon slowly took over her body and ultimately lead her to kill herself and her family. The drive behind the concept is to empower the listener to decide whether she was possessed by the Devil, as she has no saviour in her life, or if she was possessed by God, punishing her for her lack of faith.

The artwork designed by both Photographer Ian Cameron and Skinner through his own Black Venom Designs compliments the album’s running theme. Supported by a release show in The Forum, Darlington, the album is set for release 30th January 2014.

Fallen Fate online:

http://facebook.com/fallenfateband

Amon Amarth to premier epic production video for Father of the Wolf at Las Vegas show in January 2014

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 24th December 2013 by Nico Davidson

Swedish melodic death metal Vikings Amon Amarth have announced plans to premier the epic production video for their song Father of the Wolf, taken from their latest album Deceiver of the Gods, at their Las Vegas show on 17th January 2014. The show is also the band’s first North American tour date of 2014 with Skeletonwitch and Enslaved. Fans attending the show are advised to follow Amon Amarth’s Facebook and Twitter pages for info on the time that the video will be premiered.

Fans that are unable to attend the show need not worry as the music video, which is described as being more like a mini-movie, will be available for viewing at this location on 18th January 2014.

Amon Amarth’s full North American tour dates are as follow:

Friday, January 17 – Las Vegas, NV @ House Of Blues
Saturday, January 18 – Phoenix, AZ @ Club Red
Monday, January 20 – San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live
Tuesday, January 21 – Dallas, TX @ House Of Blues
Wednesday, January 22 – Houston, TX @ House Of Blues
Friday, January 24 – Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage
Saturday, January 25 – Tampa, FL @ The Ritz
Sunday, January 26 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
Monday, January 27 – Orlando, FL @ House Of Blues (*no Skeletonwitch)
Wednesday, January 29 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
Thursday, January 30 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVA
Friday, January 31 – Silver Springs, MD @ The Fillmore
Saturday, February 1 – Boston, MA @ House Of Blues
Monday, February 3 – Philadelphia, PA @ TLA
Tuesday, February 4 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
Wednesday, February 5 – Huntington, NY @ Paramount
Thursday, February 6 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Small’s
Friday, February 7 – Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues
Saturday, February 8 – Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights
Sunday, February 9 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theatre
Tuesday, February 11 – Denver, CO @ Summit Theatre
Wednesday, February 12 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Murray Theater
Friday, February 14 – San Francisco, CA @ The Regency
Saturday, February 15 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
Sunday, February 16 – San Diego, CA @ House Of Blues (* No Enslaved)

Amon Amarth online:

http://www.facebook.com/OfficialAmonAmarth
http://twitter.com/AmonAmarthBand

 

Savage Messiah banned from United Grand Lodge

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 24th December 2013 by Nico Davidson

British metallers Savage Messiah found themselves banned from the United Grand Lodge of England, the oldest Masonic Grand Lodge in the world, after attempting to hire the building for a photo shoot. The reason behind the banning was that the Freemasons find the band’s name to be offensive, citing:

There are concerns over the group’s name and we have to be conscious of our members.

Savage Messiah’s third album, The Fateful Dark, which is to be released on 10th March 2014, thematically covers some of the rituals and controversy of the that surrounds the secret society of Freemasonry. Cross of Babylon, the third track makes reference to a highly secretive Masonic ritual called The Red Cross of Babylon, whilst the eye-catching album artwork, as seen above, depicts themes of greed, power and corruption alongside Masonic iconography. Savage Messiah frontman Dave Silver said:

Once more the dubiously hypocritical nature of religious groups has reared its head. We’ve been denied access to a building due to our apparently “offensive” name. I’m assuming that the word “Savage” is the root of the consternation in question. This I find amusing from a group of people that adhere to a book that promotes Slavery, Genocide and celebrates a single human sacrifice as if it had any baring what so ever in the eradication of “sin” or whatever that is supposed to be. If the band was called “arse-fucked Messiah” I might understand their concern, however the very nature of the biblical myths is based on the most savage of human behaviours. Ironically most Christian churches depict the effigy of a brutal murder, the most violent of image of a man strung up, maimed, humiliated and sacrificed, yet us long haired, peace loving, free-thinking heavy metal louts are too “Savage” to enter a building… Such is the way of the world!

Savage Messiah release their second album via Earache Records entitled The Fateful Dark available on CD and limited edition coloured vinyl and has been available for pre-order since 6pm GMT on Friday 20th December, at the following locations:

European webstore US webstore

Savage Messiah online:

http://savagemessiah.net
http://facebook.com/savagemessiah

EXCLUSIVE STREAM: Wolves by Edenfall

Posted in Misc. with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 22nd December 2013 by Nico Davidson

Gothic doom metallers Edenfall have recently been working on their second album Under Sultry Moons and Velvet Skies. The guys – and gal – in Edenfall have been kind enough to let us stream Wolves, which is taken from the album. You can listen to the song down below.

Under Sultry Moons and Velvet Skies was recorded at Recorded at Batcave Studios, Cheltenham (England) and Sonic Forge Studios in Cardiff (Wales). The album will be released via Ravenheart Music but the release date is still to be confirmed. Artwork, as seen above, was made by Becca Dancer.

Edenfall online:

http://edenfallband.co.uk
http://facebook.com/edenfallmusic

Kampfar announce European tour dates for 2014

Posted in Misc., News with tags , on 20th December 2013 by izaforestspirit

Norwegian pagan black metallers Kampfar have just announced that they will be touring Europe in March and April 2014. Joining them on their Spreading the Plague MMXIV tour will be: the Polish death metal band Hate, American avant-garde metallers Velnias and their label mates, Norwegian melodic black metal band Iskald.

The tour dates will be as follows:
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Kampfar’s new album ‘Djevelmakt’ is scheduled for release on January 27th 2014 via Indie Recordings.

https://www.facebook.com/kampfarofficial
http://www.kampfar.com/

Behemoth’s Nergal discusses imagery and concept behind video for Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 18th December 2013 by Nico Davidson

Polish extreme metal legends Behemoth recently unveiled their video for Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel and it’s one of the most visual displays released by the band, as well as their most unique and startling masterpiece. The song is taken form the band’s upcoming album The Satanist, which was produced by Behemoth, Wojtek and Slawek Wieslawscy and Daniel Bergstrand in Hertz Studio. It was then mixed by Matt Hyde (Slayer) and mastered by Ted Jensen (Metallica, AC/DC) at Sterling Sound. The cover art, which is also being revealed today, is a painting by renowned Russian painter and occultist, Denis Forkas. Nergal‘s own blood was used in the paint when creating the cover artwork and additional artwork was created by Metastazis and Zbigniew Bielak.

Nuclear Blast, whom the band are currently signed to, recently had a chat with Behemoth’s frontman Nergal. The video below Nergal explains the concept behind the video and how Grupa 13 were able to make the band’s masterpiece a reality. The uncensored video for Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel can be viewed at this location.

The Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel digital single is available to buy on iTunes on and can be ordered here. Fans can also pre-order the Limited Edition CD + Bonus DVD version of the album over on Amazon at this location.

Behemoth online:

http://behemoth.pl
http://facebook.com/behemoth

Carnifex reveal album details

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 18th December 2013 by Nico Davidson

Deathcore behemoths Carnifex are pleased to announce the release of their Nuclear Blast debut album on 10th March 2014. The new album, entitled Die Without Hope, was recorded at Audiohammer Studios in Sanford, Florida and produced by the esteemed Mark Lewis (The Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel, Devildriver, Deicide, Six Feet Under). The album artwork was created by the renowned artist and longtime collaborator Godmachine. Vocalist Scott Lewis comments:

Carnifex and Godmachine have been working together for many years, To be able to bring his art to the cover of this album is truly when all the pieces fell into place. The artwork here represents the tone and overall blackened feeling Die Without Hope captures.

Die Without Hope will deliver 10 tracks and over 35 minutes of crushing deathcore. Lewis states:

Die Without Hope is Carnifex at our very best. This is an album over two years in the making. We pushed ourselves every step of the process to include new elements never before heard on any previous Carnifex album.

Die Without Hope track listing:

01. Salvation Is Dead
02. Dark Days
03. Condemned To Decay
04. Die Without Hope
05. Hatred And Slaughter
06. Dragged Into The Grave
07. Rotten Souls
08. Last Words
09. Reflection Of The Forgotten
10. Where The Light Dies

Carnifex online:

http://facebook.com/carnifexmetal

 

New Gwar video for ‘Madness at The Core of Time’

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on 18th December 2013 by izaforestspirit

GWAR have released a new video for the song ‘Madness at The Core of Time’. The track is taken from the band’s latest album Battle Maximus. Here’s a short statement from their front-man Oderus Urungus:

“We made a video? I have been so busy touring, getting loaded and mouthing off I didn’t even notice. But I am sure it’s the best video ever, simply because GWAR is in it.”

Check it out here:

Battle Maximus is out now via Metal Blade records.

http://www.gwar.net
http://www.metalblade.com/gwar
http://www.facebook.com/gwar

Former Nightwish vocalist Anette Olzon releases lyric video for Falling

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 17th December 2013 by Nico Davidson

Former Nightwish frontwoman and vocalist Anette Olzon is set to release her debut solo album Shine via earMUSIC in February 2014. The CD, which was co-produced by Anette Olzon and Johan Kronlund, is a collaboration between Anette and some of the most successful teams in rock and pop in Scandinavia, including Stefan Örn (songwriter and producer of the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest-winning track Running Scared) and Johan Glössner. The album was mixed by Kronlund, Nicklas Flykt and Ronny Lahti (known for his work with Loreen and Roxette).

Anette recently released the lyric video for the first single taken from the album, Falling, which can be heard below. Shine release dates are as follow:

Feb. 26 – Sweden
Feb. 28 – Germany, Finland, Russia, Spain
Mar. 03 – France, Benelux, Poland, Czech, Norway, Denmark
Mar. 04 – Italy
Mar. 18 – North America
Mar. 31 – UK

Anette Olzon online:

http://facebook.com/anetteolzonofficial

Christopher Lee enters race for Christmas Number One in UK

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 16th December 2013 by Nico Davidson

The legendary actor Christopher Lee, whose recent works include playing Count Dooku in the Star Wars prequel trilogy and Saruman in the Lord Of The Rings trilogy, recently entered the race for Christmas Number One in the UK with a rocked up version of Jingle Bells, which can be previewed below. Christopher Lee, aged 91, released the single as part of his Heavy Metal Christmas Too EP, which is the follow up to his 2012 festive release. Included on the single his Christopher Lee’s taken on Frank Sinatra’s My Way. The EP can be purchased at this location.

 

Apocalyptica premier video for Stormy Wagner

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 16th December 2013 by Nico Davidson

Apocalyptica, the Finnish cello rock unit, have premiered the video for Stormy Wagner, which can be viewed below. The song is apart of the band’s new live album Wagner Reloaded – Live In Leipzig, for which the band teamed up with MDR Leipzig Symphony Orchestra. The perfectly timed release of the album marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of legendary German composer Richard Wagner. Cellist Eicca Toppinen comments:

It’s complex to record a live album with an orchestra, because there are so many lines, microphones and there’s one stupid drummer, who beats the shit out of the drums and creates so much noise that everything is spoiled afterwards. It’s a challenge, we prepared well in advance, and Sven Helbig, the orchestrator, did a great job in making it run together, it works.

For Wagner Reloaded – Live In Leipzig, Apocalyptica created new compositions based on Wagner’s body of work and his life, teaming (with award-winning choreographer and dancer Gregor Seyffert to stage a brilliant and magical, cross-genre event featuring a live concert and theatrical production.

Since its inception, the Finnish cello-based heavy rock group Apocalyptica has been mining the classical form and structure creating compositions that are both unpredictable and unforgettable. From the Metallica covers that turned the music scene on its ear to 2007’s Worlds Collide — which saw the group collaborate (with everyone from Slipknot’s Corey Taylor to Rammstein’s Till Lindemann and Lacuna Coil’s Cristina Scabbia) — Apocalyptica have released seven studio albums featuring numerous cello-based instrumentals and vocal-based songs. They’ve explored styles from atmospheric interludes to fast, battering rhythms — their music has always been gripping, dynamic and full of melody.

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Carcass guitarist Bill Steer wants to write another album

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 16th December 2013 by Nico Davidson

Bill Steer, guitarist for the legendary Carcass, recently stated in an interview that he’d like to write and release another studio album. Bill Steer said in the aforementioned interview with Metalshrine the following:

Yeah. There’s a mutual agreement between us that we’d like to do one. There’s an awareness that if we can get through the next seven months of touring and festivals and still like each other and feel good about this, we definitely want to do a record. There’s loads of lessons we learnt on this one and while I’ve still got it fresh in my head, I want to build on that. It’s fun, but it’s a really challenging thing to do because I haven’t done anything creatively in this genre of music for so long, but it suddenly felt very fresh. I had escaped it because it was too limited in my mind and after a few years of doing other styles of music, I found there were new limitations with that and I wanted to go back and do extreme music again. [laughs] You can never be 100% happy, but right now this is what I like doing. As I said, it’s a challenge and probably more so now than ever, because it’s hard to be innovative in this music. There’s a lot of incredible players out there. Especially the American guys, they’re treating it like a sport and the drummers especially and you have to admire the dedication and tenacity, but I also think this music has to have a little bit of soul and maybe some swing.

In the interview, he also stated that Andy Sneap would definitely be the producer for the next album. The full interview with Metalshrine can be read here.

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The End Of Grace release teaser for upcoming single

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 16th December 2013 by Pieni

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Metalcore act The End Of Grace (or deathcore popcorn, according to their own words – read the explanation here) are in writing process for their debut full-length album, after the successful EP “Lost In Transition” last October. But first a single will be released in February and the boys have just released one of their famous instrumental teasers for “Beneath The Waves”:

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