Archive for May, 2014

Details on Every Time I Die upcoming album

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 24th May 2014 by Pieni

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Buffalo-based hardcore act Every Time I Die will release their 7th studio album on 30th June, via Epitaph Records. The title “From Parts Unknown” was inspired by a term used by wrestlers to increase their mystique but it ended up as a reference to the more hopeful mood in the lyrics. “I didn’t even realize I had that more positive outlook in me”, says singer Keith Buckley. The music itself is different from before, as Buckley admits that it would be “boring and baseless” to keep doing the same thing over and over again. “Instead of making something that the kids can all sing along to, we wanted to make music that scares them”, he adds.

Producer Kurt Ballou challenged the band to create heavy but catchy tracks and the result is “an album of depth from a band that has more than earned their hardcore chops”.

Watch the video for “Thirst”, which is the first half in a short series:

Track list:
01. The Great Secret
02. Pelican Of The Desert
03. Decayin’ With The Boys
04. Overstayer
05. If There Is Room To Move, Things Move
06. Moor
07. Exometrium
08. Thirst
09. Old Light
10. All Structures Are Unstable
11. El Dorado
12. Idiot

Talanas – Asylum [EP]

Posted in CD, Experimental, Metal, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on 23rd May 2014 by Paul Macmillan

Released in February 2014
Acoustic atmospheric death metal
Released via Eulogy Media

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Having been bought over by the first three releases from London based Talanas, I was honestly unsure of what to expect when confronted with the prospect of their unplugged effort, Asylum. Let’s face it, some past efforts by other artists to take a heavy band into the sphere of un-amped song writing have produced pretentious and pedestrian results. However, in this case, I am pleased to say it doesn’t disappoint.

While they have done away with a significant proportion of the technical riffery of their previous releases (Joe Butterworth’s massive drum kit still gets put to good use!), it has been more than adequately replaced with a haunting layering of intelligent rhythmic structures. As a musician with a minor obsession with tricking the ear, I get a deeper level of enjoyment out of noting the way in which my head subconsciously nods in unison, regardless of the strange blend of timings and bar counts. It stands out as a mark of excellence when music in this vein subtly distracts from the fact that a lot of this isn’t in 4/4, the standard time signature for…well…pretty much everything.

Where in general, metal leans heavily on the voice of distorted guitar to convey concepts of malevolence, this stripped down creature stalks the rooms of the mind as something altogether darker. The ephemeral melange of enigmatic sonics displays no ham-fisted gothicisms, neatly side-stepping the comedy trap which snares many others treading similar shadowy realms. Success in this department is possibly due in part to front man Hal Sinden’s inherited understanding of creative expression through his theatrical lineage. It certainly doesn’t seem to have hurt.

It may not be a universal viewpoint, but I have always believed that interpretation should be open to the listener. Although the lyrical content herein is hinged around ‘Britain’s rich history of supernatural and occult-based tales of murderous hauntings, possession, witchcraft & insanity’, I feel swamped in an otherworldly sensation: I swear it’s almost affecting my vision, transforming familiar surroundings into an eerie, threatening and alien world. I feel transported.

Another enduring quality of these five-tracks is that they balance the musical holy trinity of character, emotion and technical ability, without overplaying any of the three. It’s a humble approach which does the finished recording no end of favours. In aiming, above everything else, to create ‘specific atmospheres regardless of the genre’, Talanas appear to have ticked all the boxes on the mission check-list.

It seeps through to every decision too, with guest artists selected for their ability to contribute to the grander scheme, rather than as a mere exercise in name-dropping. Fellow Eulogy Media artist Beth Ryan provides some ice cold vocal melodies on the soulfully ethereal The Apostle, while the hammered dulcimer (yes, I did have to look that up if you must know) brings a sinister Prussian carnival air to My Lady White at the hands of Tim Manning.

Has this been a tricky review to write? Yes. There is no real comparison to other bands to be made, which is possibly the best way to describe new music to the reader. If you like the unique, the creative and the intricate, performed with integrity, I whole-heartedly recommend this. It’s certainly a release which will stick with me for a long time.

4.5 / 5

Paul Macmillan

Vintersong premiere 1st video ever

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 20th May 2014 by Pieni

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Vintersorg and Metal Hammer proudly present the first video ever in the career of the Swedish folk black metal band (see it here). According to Mr. V: “We’re actually doing a video for the new Vintersorg album ”Naturbål” and the track chosen is called ”Lågornas rov”. It’s our first professional video ever and I feel it has a great potential to show what the song and the album is all about. The album is the “Fire” album in our four-element-cycle and there are some things that I think can be nice for you to learn about, regarding this important step in the Vintersorg history.”

“Naturbål” will be released on June 30th 2014 via Napalm Records, as well as the re-release of their very first album “Till Fjälls” on vinyl.

“Naturbål” track list:

1. Ur aska och sot
2. Överallt och ingenstans
3. En blixt från klar himmel
4. Lågornas rov
5. Rymdens brinnande öar
6. Natten visste vad skymningen såg
7. Elddraken
8. Urdarmåne
9. Själ i flamma

Rival Sons’ acoustic performances & signing sessions at HMV in London and Manchester

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 20th May 2014 by Pieni

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In addition to their upcoming sold-out UK tour, Rival Sons will play a couple of intimate acoustic sets, courtesy of HMV stores. These two special events, that also include a signing session, will happen on the following:

Monday 9th June, 12:30pm – HMV 363 Oxford Street, London
Thursday 12th June, 6:00pm – HMV Manchester Arndale

(Note: due to live events restrictions, admittance will be strictly limited to 200 attendees in London, where fans can obtain a wristband for entry upon purchase of the album).

Promoting the band’s latest album “Great Western Valkyrie”, the UK tour will hit these locations:

Jun. 09 – London, UK – Scala (SOLD OUT)
Jun. 10 – Birmingham, UK – Academy 2 (SOLD OUT)
Jun. 12 – Manchester, UK – Gorilla (SOLD OUT)
Jun. 13 – Castle Donington, UK – Download Festival
Jun. 14 – Isle of Wight, UK – Isle of Wight Festival
Jun. 16 – Edinburgh, UK – Liquid Rooms (SOLD OUT)

Rival Sons‘ most recent video:

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Confession release video for “Fuck Cancer”

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 19th May 2014 by Pieni

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Australian “mosh machine” Confession will release their 4th album “Life And Death” on the 18th July, through Lifeforce Records. This is a very personal album for singer Michael Crafter, the lyrical theme dealing with issues that come with births, deaths, illnesses, friendships and love. The first single, “Fuck Cancer”, is a clear proof of that: “The day I went in to record I found out my father has cancer.. My mum already has it too. So I kinda deleted all my lyrics and wrote everything on the spot”, says Crafter. The song is now also available in video format:

“Life And Death” track list:
1. Life
2. Still Breathing
3. Holy War (feat. Ahren Stringer)
4. Hollow
5. Fuck Cancer
6. March 23
7. Old Blood (feat. Adrian Fitipaldes)
8. 51-73 (feat. Joel Birch)
9. Fear (feat. Karl Schubach)
10. The Forgotten
11. Death

First studio update from Wovenwar

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 18th May 2014 by Pieni

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Jordan Mancino (drums), Nick Hipa (guitar), Phil Sgrosso (guitar) and Josh Gilbert (bass) got together with Shane Blay (vocals) and Wovenwar was formed. Meaning that this is the band of As I Lay Dying musicians with the singer from Oh, Sleeper.

Over the past year, they’ve been working with Bill Stevenson (producer) and Colin Richardson (mixing) in what will be their self-titled debut album, scheduled for release late this summer. The first single, “All Rise”, is streaming already in their official website (hitting the digital webshops this Monday, May 19th), along with the first studio report. The latter features Mancino tracking his drumming parts: “It’s weird to think that I finished tracking drums for this Wovenwar record over 5 months ago. What an amazing and powerful experience it was being back in the studio creating and tracking with Nick, Phil, and Josh, and for the first time with Shane. Our past studio experiences together have always been done with the utmost efficiency and professionalism. With this Wovenwar record, we carried that same dedication of efficiency, but with more room and purpose to create while in the studio. This being the first time in the studio with Shane it was easy to tell that he shares the same dedication as the four us. Having Bill and Jason as producers, Daniel and Joseph as engineers, as well Colin and Carl for mixing, I couldn’t have imagined a more epic team of dudes to be part of this record. The history we all have together set the tone and comfort for this recording process, but what was accomplished was much more than I ever imagined. I am honored to be part of this record and honored to stand alongside my fellow band mates and production team as we begin this process of showing “All Rise” to the world.” 

Atlases soon to hit UK roads

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 18th May 2014 by Pieni

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Atlases, the metal/hardcore band from Berkshire, is about to start an UK tour in promotion of their debut EP “Upbringing” (self-released last January). Presented by Already Heard and Dead Press!, the Upbringing UK tour will hit the following locations, with Prolong The Agony as support act:

Fri 23rd Meze Lounge, Newport
Sat 24th The Base, Kilmarnock
Sun 25th Befesford Lounge, Glasgow
Tue 27th Static, Swansea
Wed 28th The Shed, Leicester
Thu 29th The Sanctuary, Basingstoke
Fri 30th Birdcage, Portsmouth
Sat 31st Snooker Club, Newbury