Archive for May, 2014

Vagos Open Air closes this year’s bill with Paradise Lost

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 30th May 2014 by Pieni

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Yesterday Prime Artists announced Paradise Lost as the last band to be added to this year’s edition of Vagos Open Air. The most popular metal fest in Portugal, that for the first time in six years will be held for three days instead of two, has the following line-up (from headliners to opening acts):

8th August:
KREATOR
EPICA
SOILWORK
SYLOSIS
KANDIA
GATES OF HELL

9th August:
OPETH
ANNIHILATOR
BEHEMOTH
THE HAUNTED
ANGELUS APATRIDA
REQUIEM LAUS

10th August:
GOJIRA
PARADISE LOST
VITA IMANA
THE QUARTET OF WOAH!
MURK

All relevant info regarding the festival and its artists can be found at the official page here.

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New single, video and album from Inkilina Sazabra

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 28th May 2014 by Pieni

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Portuguese industrial rock band Inkilina Sazabra (see live report from HardMetalFest here) are about to release their third full-length album, “Maldita(mente)“. The date is set for 9th June, via Dicepeca Records, and it will have the following track list:

01-Maldita(mente)
02-Oiço conselhos demais
03-Desejo maldito
04-Sê maldito
05-Aos mortos
06-Capital animal
07-Não o queiras como amigo
08-Mesquinho
09-Lado negativo
10-Psico
11-Vejo a tortura
12-Ao longe
13-Se for amor

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Until then, you can purchase the single “Desejo Maldito” and/or enjoy its video:

Vardan to release new studio album

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 28th May 2014 by Pieni

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Not even seven months after the release of “The Woods Is My Coffin” (21st January), Vardan has just announced the release of “Enjoy Of Deep Sadness”, for the 5th August. Described as “his most soul-draining release yet”, “Enjoy Of Deep Sadness” will give you three +11-minute tracks with the following titles, wrapped up in the following art:

1. A Broken Existence (11:21)
2. Enjoy Of Deep Sadness (11:34)
3. An Abstract Voice (12:23)

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As Vardan don’t have an official website for his work, check the record label Moribund Records for more info:
www.moribundcult.com
www.facebook.com/MoribundRecordsOfficial

Children Of Technology’s “Future Decay” to be released on 19th August

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 28th May 2014 by Pieni

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4 years ago, Italian speed metalpunks Children Of Technology cause quite a stir with their debut album “It’s Time To Face The Doomsday”. It’s only natural that their second album has been on eager demand, and now Hells Headbangers is proud to announce that the waiting is over: “Future Decay” will see the light of day on 19th August. Artwork & track list as follows:

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1. Future Decay
2. Remembrance Day
3. Blackout
4. Hold Up Your Fuel
5. Eaten Dust Overload
6. Under the Ripping Storm
7. Last Sunshine Gleaming
8. Fear the Mohawk Reaper

Follow the band on Facebook for more info: http://www.facebook.com/COTofficial

Etta Zero – The Last Of All Sunsets

Posted in Alternative, CD, Metal, Rock with tags , , , , , , , , on 27th May 2014 by mickbirchy

Etta Zero
The Last Of All Sunsets
Modern Rock / Electronic Groove Metal
To be released on 30th May 2014
Via Dr. Music Records

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Hailing from Liechtenstein, Etta Zero produce and interesting mix of rock, metal, electro, and pop that sounds really gripping and, on a personal note, fits really nicely in to my music taste.  They have a rock and metal tone, basically heavy sounding and riff based tunes that form the base of their sound. They take the melodies and harmonies from a more pop sounding style of writing.  Finally, the “electro sound” is just some synth and keys that plays in the background of the production, overall the sound is quite an engaging experience.  They’re first full length record The Last of All Sunsets is a great album and I’ve had a ball listening to it.

The album opens on a good intro called Something Big setting up the album brilliantly, it’s tense and shows off, albeit instrumentally, the sound that they clearly want to convey.  The album goes through some riveting subjects such as failed relationships, the fight with their own self doubts and the emotions of pain, mourning and despair. Then they proceed to cover these subjects in an impressive, almost grandiose, style.

Etta Zero sound a lot like the more interesting version of the alt. rock/post grunge bands of America. In fact, some of the better songs on the album come with the tunes From The Ashes, All That I See and the bands self-titled song Etta Zero.  I feel these songs capitalise on the bands rock and metal nature and since they are delivered with so much energy, they stand out beyond the rest of the record.  There cover of the song Heartbeats, originally performed by Swedish band The Knife, is also a enthralling tune, taking the original source material and warping it into their own creation, as they used to be a synth pop cover band, they are well acquainted with the art of cover-songs.

The album doesn’t have many downfalls, but, there are some things that just bothered me.  Let’s use the song Heaven is Closer as an example.  I feel there could have been more control in the song-writing and production on the record, in this song the outro goes on for about 2 minutes and it just has this dragging feeling to it, it was one of the few track that I actually felt the need to skip.  To be honest it’s decisions like this that stop me loving this album wholeheartedly.   Also some of the songs are just downright forgettable and are clearly album filler, and unfortunately this involves the albums title track The Last of all Sunsets.  These songs don’t really go anywhere and they’re not as involving as the rest of the album.

In summary, this is a pretty effort for a debut full length album.  It’s got some really good songs that are easy to listen to.  The pop melodies add to the easy listening element and the synth and keys electro sound is pretty drowned out by the metal and rock elements, although, they do have a good place when used properly, like in the intro track.  Also I would recommend the bands first two EP’s: Tribute To Pop from 2002 and Downfall from 2007, there’s some really good songs on there too.

3/5

Mick Birchall

Sonic Syndicate reveal first dates of The Diabolical Tour Of Art 2014

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 26th May 2014 by Pieni

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As announced before (see here), Sonic Syndicate will be releasing their self-titled 5th album pretty soon. The first live dates have been announced, with a promise that more will follow.

Valkyrian Music will be present at the third gig, in Düsseldorf, and will bring you a full report.

SONIC SYNDICATE – Diabolical Tour of Art 2014:

11 July – AACHEN, Musik Bunker GER
10 – 12 July – ROCKHARZ OPEN AIR, Ballenstedt GER
18 July – DÜSSELDORF, Zakk GER
19 July – SUNSTORM FESTIVAL, Nordheim GER
7 – 10 Aug – GETAWAY ROCK FESTIVAL, Gävle SWE
8 – 10 Aug – ZAXID FESTIVAL, Lviv UKR
11 October – MÜNSTER, Sputnikhalle GER
12 October – KÖLN, Underground GER
14 October – ASCHAFFENBURG, Colos-Saal GER
15 October – NÜRNBERG. Hirsch GER
16 October – HERISAU, Pontem SUI
17 October – MÜNCHEN, Backstage GER
18 October – ADELSHEIM, Live Factory GER
20 October – WIEN, Viper Room AUT
21 October – PRAG, Noca Chmelnice CZE
22 October – BERLIN, So36 GER
23 October – STUTTGART, Universum GER
24 October – BOCHUM, Matrix GER
25 October – KIEL, Pumpe GER

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Diaries of a Hero – Diaries of a Hero

Posted in 'Core, Alternative, CD, Rock on 24th May 2014 by izaforestspirit

Diaries of A Hero
Diaries of A Hero
Released 23rd May 2014
Metal/ Metalcore/Rock
Released via Dust On The Tracks Records

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‘Diaries of A Hero’ is the second album of the London-based, British rock band of the same name. It is the follow up to their debut ‘Behind The Mask’, which was released back in 2010. The band have already gained some recognition as a great live act as a result of their successful tour with Motörhead and Anthrax.

After a melodic and deceptively slow instrumental intro comes the first full track Solitude, which offers a mixture of clean, radio rock style vocals, with metalcore-style screaming along with rhythmic and aggressive guitar riffs. This sets the pattern for the whole album. There’s also the odd decent-sounding guitar solo such as the one on Scarwhores. In addition to this these guys like to use some technical and even progressive guitar elements in some of their songs such as Victims of Chaos.

Another noteworthy track is Brother, which features a melodic guitar part and a pleasant, albeit short-lived break from the screaming. The aforementioned song also features a short guitar solo and some tranquil ambient sounds the end making it stand out as one of the better ones on here.

Whilst the music is certainly not lacking in a aggression and energy, the vocal style is irritating to say the least. I’m not convinced that these two styles work well together. Whilst I can handle the clean vocals, the metalcore screams ruin the music for me.

2/5

Iza Raittila