Archive for April, 2014

Sakara premieres new music video

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 21st April 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

The Queen of Ravenheart Records, Sakara has unveiled her new music video for the song Weave My Web. Taken from her second, upcoming studio album, the song and video give a glimpse in the musical landscape that awaits the listener during in Beauty And Bravery. The album is set for release around the time of the summer solstice, later this year. The video for Weave My Web can be viewed down below.

Sakara online:

http://ladysakara.com

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Within Temptation w/Support @ O2 Apollo, Manchester UK

Posted in Gig, Live with tags , , , , on 18th April 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Within Temptation & Delain
O2 Apollo, Manchester
11th April 2014

It had been almost a full year since Delain’s last appearance in the UK (11th May 2013 at The Dames of Darkness) and a bit longer for Within Temptation, so the crowd were more than hyped up for this show at the O2 Apollo in Manchester. With a buzz of excitement sparked by the audience, Delain came blasting on the stage in a theatrical manner firing their soaring, heavy sound across the ocean of bodies, mixing Charlotte’s intense vocal power with bombastic guitars and thunderous bass and drum work, as well as the haunting sound of Martijn’s keyboards. With a mixture of songs, , such as We Are The Others, Get The Devil Out of Me and Army of Dolls, Delain put on a blazing performance that very few bands could top. [5/5]

Touring in support of their new album, Hydra, Dutch symphonic metal titans Within Temptation pulled no punches with their performance, making the best of their cinematic backdrop for the visual dynamics, a sharp sound and a powerful lighting show. Sharon’s vocals proved to be a formidable force during in the performance of songs such as Angels, What About Us, and Faster. Weaving symphonic elements with driving guitar passages and earth-shattering drums as well as a heavy bass sound, Within Temptation’s two hour set proved that the band are still on top form and was definitely a treat for all in attendance. [4.5/5]

Photos of Delain’s set and Within Temptation’s set can be found here and here.

Nico Solheim-Davidson

Alestorm announce release date for Sunset On The Golden Age

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , on 16th April 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Metal privateers Alestorm have set the date for the release of their new album, Sunset On The Golden Age. The album, which will be the band’s fourth album, is set for release via Napalm Records on 1st 2014 in Europe, 4th August 2014 in the UK and 5th August in North America. The album’s artwork, as seen above, was designed by Ingo Römling, who worked on the artwork of Alestorm’s previous albums. The album’s title is in reference to the golden age of piracy which was roughly between the years of 1680 and 1720. Like all good things, this age had to come to an end, and the band used that as a general theme for this album. As the band stated on Facebook, in their own words: “there’s also songs about drinking and partying too.

Alestorm will also be releasing more details about the album on the lead up to its release but the band’s captain Chris did say the following on Facebook regarding the track titled Hangover:

Hangover is a cover of the dance-pop anthem by Taio Cruz and Flo Rida. It works… Trust me!

No doubt the more elite metal fans will hope this a joke but given Alestorm’s history of cover songs, including Lazy Town’s You Are A Pirate, there is a massive chance Chris is being as serious as Blackbeard plundering the Caribbean.

The tracklist for the album will be as follows:

1 – Walk the Plank
2 – Drink
3 – Magnetic North
4 – 1741 (The Battle of Cartagena)
5 – Mead from Hell
6 – Surf Squid Warfare
7 – Quest for Ships
8 – Wooden Leg!
9 – Hangover
10 – Sunset on the Golden Age

Alestorm online:

http://www.facebook.com/alestormband

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Stream Of Passion premiere video for A War Of Our Own

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 15th April 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Dutch-Mexican symphonic metallers, Stream Of Passion have recently premiered the video for their latest single A War Of Our Own, which can be viewed below. The song is taken from the band’s upcoming album of the same name, which will be released 18th April 2014.

Stream Of Passion will also be headlining the Dames of Darkness Festival on 10th May 2014 in Bilston at The Robin 2.

Stream Of Passion online:

http://www.facebook.com/StreamOfPassion

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Amberian Dawn reveal artwork for new album Magic Forest

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 15th April 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Finnish symphonic metal enchanters Amberian Dawn have recently revealed the stunning artwork for their new album, Magic Forest. The revealing of the artwork comes shortly after the band announced their new record deal with Napalm Records. The new album, Magic Forest, is scheduled for release on 7th July via Napalm Records.

Amberian Dawn online:

http://www.amberiandawn.com
http://www.facebook.com/amberiandawn

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Xandria unveil album preview clip

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on 15th April 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

German symphonic metallers Xandria, who are fronted by the powerfully voiced Dianne van Giersbergen, are set to release their new album Sacrificium next month on 5th May via Napalm Records. As such, the band have unveiled a taster for the new album, so fans can sample what it is to be expected from the new release. The album taster can be heard below.

Xandria will also be hitting the UK in May for two shows, which are as follow:

09.05.14 UK – London / Underworld
10.05.14 UK – Bilston / Dames of Darkness Festival

Xandria online:

http://www.xandria.de
http://www.facebook.com/xandriaofficial

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Aborted launch lyric video for Coffin Upon Coffin

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , on 15th April 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

The Necrotic Manifesto, the long awaited album from Aborted, is set for release on 28th April 2014 in Europe and the day after in North America. Production for the album was handled by Jacob Hansen, who had already sharpened his skills on 2003’s gore-classic Goremageddon and 2011’s much lauded Global Flatline. Visually, the album’s concept was congenially transformed by Par Olofsson, who has gained fame by working with acts such as The Faceless, Exodus, Immolation, Pathology, Immortal and many more.

To give fans another taste of the band’s eviscerating brand of brutality, Aborted have launched the lyric video for Coffin Upon Coffin which can be viewed below.

The tracklisting for The Necrotic Manifesto is as follows:

1.     Six Feet Of Foreplay
2.     The Extirpation Agenda
3.     Necrotic Manifesto
4.     An Enumeration Of Cadavers
5.     Your Entitlement Means Nothing
6.     The Davidian Deceit
7.     Coffin Upon Coffin
8.     Chronicles Of Detruncation
9.     Sade & Libertine Lunacy
10.  Die Verzweiflung
11.  Excremental Veracity
12.  Purity Of Perversion
13.  Of Dead Skin & Decay
14.  Cenobites

Aborted online:

http://www.goremageddon.be/
http://www.facebook.com/Abortedofficial
http://instagram.com/abortedmetal#
http://twitter.com/abortedmetal
http://www.youtube.com/user/abortedbelgium

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