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Crooked Lizard – Ink

Posted in CD, Rock with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 29th June 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Crooked Lizard
Ink
Released 11th July 2014
Blues/Rock
Self-Released

Hull, voted to be the City of Culture 2017, is home an interesting amount of talented bands and solo acts but one band is slowly rising from the depths of Hull’s murky musical talents. Describing themselves as a rock ‘n’ roll band, come the bluesy rock trio Crooked Lizard, who are set to bring about something fresh, new and exciting to not only Hull but the rest of the UK as well.

The album is opened by the track Devils Lullaby, a song laden with hypnotic vocal melodies and riffs more infectious than the common cold. The bass workings of Mike Sheriff parades through the song like a leprachaun on a rainbow. Motormouth follows closely in a fashionable manner, focusing on the vocals on Tom Hennings‘ vocals in the beginning before displaying his slick style of guitar playing later on in the track.

Chasing Gold comes across as a more laid back song, weaving the distinct talents of all three members as well as combining their voices for the occasional awe-inspiring chorus where as Cheeky Fly paints a sound that would be described in the vein of Kate Nash and Lily Allen. The vocals of the band’s drummer Roberta Lawson can heard in parts of the song, adding a new dimension to the sound. I Wish I Knew makes a staunch use of memorable lyrics performed in a manner that will leave you singing it for weeks to come. The combination of guitar, bass and drums helps add to the catchy and poignant elements of the song, defining the track as one of the best tracks of the album.

Oh Jonny belts out in a good ol’ fashioned rock ‘n’ roll fashion, keeping a steady pace with glossed up guitar melodies and smooth rhythm sections. The artful sounds of Whispered Mistakes carry a solemn yet calming atmosphere through the embroidered musicianship and vocals.  The album closes with the touchingly passionate song Monster, which is built up from moving basslines, poignant guitar passages and rhythmic drum sections.

Ink might be the debut album of the young Crooked Lizard but it rings out like the greatest hits of a band that has been around longer than what this talented trio has. Each track has its own distinct sound, allowing for a new listening experience throughout the album. Crooked Lizard’s live sound has translated well into a studio sound, providing that the band can sound just as good in the studio as they do live.

4.5/5

Nico Solheim-Davidson

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Dictated to release second album via Metal Blade Records

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 29th June 2014 by Pieni

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Dutch death metal band Dictated, who have recently signed with Metal Blade Records, have set 19th August as the release date for their second album “The Deceived”. The follow-up to “Summary Of Retritution” will have the following track list:

1. Forced Into Dismay
2. This is to All
3. No Absolution
4. The Basher
5. No Mercy For Cowards
6. Dispossession
7. The Deceived
8. Stonebreakers Rising
9. They Live, They Suffer, They Die
10. Rail Of Death

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Dictated is very honored and proud to have signed with the mighty Metal Blade Records! We have just finished our album ‘The Deceived’ and we are thrilled to see it being released amongst legends. A great step in our musical careers and we would like to thank Metal Blade for welcoming us into their world and all who believe in us!”, states the band.

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Savage Messiah to headline European tour this autumn

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 29th June 2014 by Pieni

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In order to promote their latest album “The Fateful Dark”, Savage Messiah will headline an European tour, kicking off in later September and finishing in November, after a full UK leg:

Sep. 26 – Hillegom, Netherlands – OJC Solution
Sep. 27 – Dijon, France – Rising Fest
Oct. 04 – Brescia, Italy – Circolo Colony
Oct. 06 – Barcelona, Spain – Rocksound
Oct. 07 – Madrid, Spain – Wurlitzer Ballroom
Oct. 08 – San Sebastian, Spain – Le Bukowski

Oct. 25 – Oxford, UK – The Cellars
Nov. 11 – London, UK – The Garage
Nov. 15 – Sheerness, UK – The Ivy
Nov. 18 – Southampton, UK – The Joiners
Nov. 19 – Bristol, UK – Exchange
Nov. 20 – Winchester, UK – The Railway
Nov. 21 – Cambridge, UK – Portland Arms
Nov. 22 – Birmingham, UK – Institute

“We’re pleased to announce that we’ll be out on the road again this Sept/Oct and November once the festival season is over. This is the biggest headline tour for us so far so we’ll be pulling out all the stops! Expect lots of visuals, lights, popes and of course METAL!!! We’re even thinking of chucking a new song in the set (!!) as we’ve been busy crafting the follow-up to ‘The Fateful Dark’ for a few months now. Get your tickets early, and we’ll see you at the front for a UK heavy metal extravaganza!!!”, says frontman Dave Silver.

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Entrails to release demo compilation

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 29th June 2014 by Pieni

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Swedish death metal act Entrails have set 18th July as the release date for “Resurrected From The Grave – Demo Collection”. The album will contain both 2009 demos “Reborn” and “Human Decay”, in a total of 18 tracks, and it will be available on Digi-CD and vinyl, via Metal Blade Records.

01. Reborn (Intro)
02. Evil Obsession
03. The Morgue
04. Your Dead Dog Smile
05. Voices
06. Triumph of the Sinners
07. Stormy Death
08. Midnight Death
09. Breath of Blood
10. Entrails
11. Depression
12. Dust to Dust (Intro)
13. Blood Red
14. Euthanasia
15. Evil Terror
16. Total Death
17. Human Decay
18. Casket Garden (Dismember Cover)

“It feels great to finally do something serious with the two demos from 2009, “Reborn” and “Human Decay”. After multiple requests from fans asking about the demos I had to release the brakes on this, now or never. While we are working on the upcoming new Entrails full-length we feel better to do this release now which gives a bit more time for upcoming shows and the new album!”, says guitarist Jimmy Lundqvist.

The first single “Blood Red” is streaming HERE, where you can also check the pre-order options.

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Nunslaughter to tour Europe with Demonical and Warfect in July

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 29th June 2014 by Pieni

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“Devil Metallers” Nunslaughter have just released their 4th full-length album “Angelic Dread” (24th June via Hells Headbangers Records) and will now embark on an European tour to promote it. Quoting Don of the Dead, “It has been two years since NUNSLAUGHTER defiled the shores of Europe. We will be landing in July, so prepare for Hell, prepare for the deathcharge!”

Supported by Swedish bands Demonical and Warfect, the “European Deathcharge Tour 2014” will hit the following locations:

July 3rd – (GER) Berlin – Under the Black Sun Fest
July 4th – (GER) Wermelskirchen – AJZ Bahndamm
July 5th – (BEL) Leffinge – Devils Corner
July 6th – (FRA) Paris – Le Klub
July 7th – (NL) Tilberg – Little Devil
July 8th – (GER) Kassel – H. Schmiede
July 9th – (GER) Bremen – Romer
July 10th – (DEN) Fredericia – Metal Magic Fest
July 11th – (GER) Hamburg – Bambi Galore
July 12th – (GER) Torgau – In Flamen Fest
July 13th – (GER) Karlsruha – AKK
July 14th – (GER) Aalen – Rock it
July 15th – (ITA) Milano – Blue Rose
July 16th – (ITA) Zero Branco (Treviso) – Altroquando
July 17th – (AT) Graz – Club Wakuum
July 18th – (CZE) Trutniov – Obscene Extreme Fest
July 19th – (POL) Szczecin – DK Slowanin

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Five new additions announced for Damnation Festival

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , on 25th June 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Germanic titans of doom Ahab and Icelandic progressive metal unit Solstafir are amongst the latest names to be added to the tenth edition of Damnation, which already is boasting the likes of Bolt Thrower, Saint Vitus and Cannibal Corpse.

The headline set will be an exclusive UK performance by Ahab and the first the band have played outside London, while Solstafir arrive in for their debut UK festival show in support of their stunning new album Otta.

They will be joined at Leeds University Union on Saturday, November 1, by Welsh heavy-rock trio H A R K, Dutch post-metallers Atlantis and London’s blackened doom three piece Bast. Ahab said:

We’re delighted to celebrate our 10-year anniversary with the only Ahab UK Show 2014 at Damnation Festival. Headlining the doom stage is an honour and a great birthday present for us!

Solstafir revealed they are "stoked" to be part of Damnation’s tenth anniversary show:

We picked Damnation Festival for our debut UK festival performance, after countless offers from other UK festival promoters, so what better way to celebrate Damnation’s 10th anniversary than joining us in Leeds? And you even get to see Bolt Thrower. We’re stoked!

JimBob of H A R K added:

Damnation has to be one the UK’s best festivals, so we’re over the moon to be added to such a great lineup. We’ve been taking Crystalline out all across Europe since its release, and can’t wait to show the amazing Damnation crowd what we’ve got. This will be a great day.

And Glison Hetinga of Atlantis said:

Playing Damnation Festival is something that we as a band always wanted to do. So being invited for this year’s edition is an great honour.

Bast are also looking forward to playing Leeds for the first time. The band said:

As patrons and fans of Damnation in previous years, it’s with particular honour and excitement that our inaugural performance in Leeds be at the festival’s 10th anniversary – being part of a line-up that’s already promising to be one of the most memorable in recent times.

With ticket sales going at a rate not witnessed since 2008, Damnation Festival’s tenth anniversary promises to be an event to remember. Tickets for Damnation Festival are priced £36 and on sale NOW from Damnation’s official website and Facebook page and Leeds Tickets.

Dragonforce announced to co-headline with Epica at London show in December

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 25th June 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

UK power metal heroes Dragonforce have been announced to co-headline with Epica at their only UK show in London later this year. The show will take place at The Forum in London on 6th December. Fans are advised to grab their tickets quickly as demand for this double bill will be high. Tickets are on sale now via SeeTickets.com.

In related Dragonforce news, the band also unveiled their new video for  The Game last week. The video can be viewed below.

Dragonforce online:

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