Archive for June, 2014

Soulfly to tour through the UK next month

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 14th June 2014 by Pieni

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Supporting their ninth studio album “Savages”, Soulfly are currently touring in Europe (click here to see the dates). The UK leg, which includes two festivals, will begin next month:

Fri 4th July – LONDON Hyde Park (w/ Black Sabbath, Soundgarden, Faith No More)
Sat 5th Jul – BRIGHTON The Haunt
Mon 7th Jul – NEWCASTLE Riverside
Tue 8th Jul – PRESTON 53 Degrees
Wed 9th Jul – WOLVERHAMPTON Slade Rooms
Thu 10th Jul – BELFAST Limelight 2
Fri 11th Jul – DUBLIN Whelans
Sat 12th Jul – YORK Fibbers
Sat 19th Jul – GUILDFORD Guilfest ‘Big Cheese Cave’ stage (as headliners)

Soulfly online:
http://www.soulfly.com/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Soulfly/8616079092
http://www.youtube.com/user/soulflyband

Greenfire confirmed as latest addition to Valk-Fest 2014

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on 13th June 2014 by Nico Davidson

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Already boasting a monumental line-up featuring the likes of Scotch black metal royals Cnoc An Tursa, Azylya from Belgium and Dutch progressive powerhouse Ex Libris, Valkyrian Festival is proud to announce the addition of Manchester-based posh rockers Greenfire to this year’s bill.

The festival, which is now sponsored by Neue Regal Radio as well as Wolf Band Management, The Crypt of Curiosities and Black Phoenix Rising Metal Forum, is in aid of Rape Crisis. Weekend and day tickets are available from this location. The event is set to take place at Basement (Formerly Shades Nightclub) in Bridlington from Friday 21st November to Sunday 23rd November. The event is an all-ages event.

The full line-up for Valkyrian Festival 2014 is as follows:

Fri. 21st November
CNOC AN TURSA (Headliner) – Bharghest (Main Support) – Drekavac – Exile The Traitor – Crooked Lizard (Opener)

Sat. 22nd November
AZYLYA (Headliner) – Sakara (Main Support) – Sorronia – Northern Oak – Badge – Chemikill – Mørktår – Divided We Fall – Clunge Hammer

Sun. 23rd November
EX LIBRIS (Headliner) – Reign of Fury (Main Support) – Wretched Soul – Ethereal – Aonia – Alice In Thunderland – Enkelination – Tears of Martyr – Greenfire – Synchronix – Avalon

Deathstars – The Perfect Cult

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on 13th June 2014 by Pieni

Deathstars
“The Perfect Cult”
Industrial goth
Released on 13th June 2014
Via Nuclear Blast

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Deathstars have always had a dark sound and image, but in the five years that have passed since their last studio album, that darkness seems to have grown thicker. No, I’m not saying you’ll feel like you’re attending a funeral or visiting the depressive ward of a mental institution – by the contrary. But while “Synthetic Generation” and “Termination Bliss” sparkled defiantly, their sharp beats and aggressive licks an invitation to rebel, Deathstars started to soften the edges in “Night Electric Night” and the process eventually lead to a classy glowing seduction with “The Perfect Cult”. It’s more mature, more sober, aiming to enthrall you rather than blasting you. And at the same time, it’s a darkness that’s pretty much alive. I guess this definition could light up a “gothic rock” neon sign in your minds, but that’s not the case either. This is something else. This is… well, it’s Deathstars. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve heard people saying they’re like a mix of this and that, but I still think they’re quite unique.

On the official trailer of the album you hear Nightmare Industries claiming that the guitars “have never sounded so heavy”. Well that’s no salesman talk and there’s really no other way to say it – they’re the heaviest so far. Which doesn’t mean its nature has changed; one still recognizes Nightmare’s watermark, but in a more intense outcome. There’s even a solo in “Temple Of The Insects”! How about that?

Skinny Disco’s bass has also become more solid, making all the difference in songs such as the first single “All The Devil’s Toys” or the title-track.

Whiplasher Bernadotte’s vocal style is probably the one thing that remains unchanged – the deep, strong pitch against the raspy whispers here and there. What did change though was the increased number of overlapped and backing vocals in the choruses, creating an effect of grandeur. Like “Explode”. Or “Ghost Reviver”. Or even “Noise Cuts”. Hell, all of them!

On the aforementioned trailer, Nightmare also said that this was the first album recorded with live drums. I confess I didn’t notice any difference, meaning that Vice is that good. Although there’s something on the drums of “Asphalt Wings” that sounds more… human.

Last but not least, the wider range of synths, from the creepy and cold patterns of “Bodies” to the eighties’ vibe in “Fire Galore”, going through the sneaky keys of “Track, Crush & Prevail”, there’s all kinds of electronic flavors here.

Personally, I would’ve preferred if they had stuck with the spunky nature. But at the same time, I’m the one who’s always encouraging bands to risk a change so they won’t repeat themselves. Plus, by the third time I was listening to “The Perfect Cult”, the new not-so-edgy sound had started to grow on me and I just had to admit its greatness.

4 / 5

Renata “Pieni” Lino

Equaleft – Adapt & Survive

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on 12th June 2014 by Paul Macmillan

Equaleft
Adapt & Survive
Released 31st May 2014
Metal/Groove/Progressive
Released via Raising Legends/Raging Planet

Equaleft - Adapt & Survive

I thoroughly love it when a band brings together seemingly unrelated influences into a consistent amalgam of riffery. Gojira are a prime example, drifting the tremolo arm of black metal across a valley of doomy chords, all the while casting the sensibilities of modern metal hook creation around them as they go. It invariably results in something more than the average; something juicy to get your teeth into which delivers a full palette of flavour into every hungry bite.

Not that they sound much like the French overlords of all things thunderous and addictive, Portugal’s Equaleft seem to have attended some of the same seminars on genre-busting. Adapt & Survive’s intro piece, We Are, is more reminiscent of the soundtrack to a tense political sci-fi thriller movie than the kick-off of your everyday metal album – and with good reason. This is a band who genuinely likes to challenge, but not at the expense of great metal, and this is not your average metal album.

Slamming into the first track proper (…The Chameleons), the yaw of the music is meaty, but there’s a hint of old school tech hovering in the background: a whiff from the oceans of sewage continual drifting from under the running boards. The Meshuggah influence seems to be worn with pride throughout, but there is more of a natural flow to these songs. As much as I love the Shug, being one of the freaky few who can disco dance to most of their back-catalogue, it’s nice to hear this style taken in a new direction, embracing movements of pure rocking out. To put it another way, it’s great to be in possession of such a mighty array of weaponry, but sometimes you only need your knuckles to get the job done.

Without losing its unique character, Adapt & Survive, travels from the dredging doom of New False Horizons’ intro, through the Swede-esque sway and churn of Heroes Of Nothing and over the chuntering death-thrash in Invigorate (re-recorded from a previous demo version), struggling to contain a seeping energy rare in similar circles.

By looking the Devil in the eye and shunting him a middle-finger of non-compliance, Equaleft have come up with something a little special. The lift of emotional song-writing. The satisfaction of technical proficiency. A unique personality. It is 100% an album to take home and own, and digest slowly.

This will be going on the old MP4 player, the computer, and CDs being left both in the bedroom and any automobile that I can get it in, because I can see myself being in the mood for this on many, many occasions. There will no longer be a gap in the music when I’ve overplayed my Meshuggah, Agonyst and Man Must Die collections. Or is that my old In Flames, Pissing Razors and Arch Enemy CDs. I’m not sure. It’s somewhere in the wasteland between and it’s really good stuff!

4.5/5

Paul Macmillan

Deficiency – The Prodigal Child

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on 8th June 2014 by Mickelrath

Deficiency
The Prodigal Child
Thrash metal
Released on 14th October 2013
Via Fantai’zic Productions

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Deficiency, are a melodic thrash metal band from France with a sound that’s very heavily influenced by metal greats like Metallica, Trivium, Machine Head & Megadeth.  They play with intricate riffs and melodies to create a heavy and interesting sound.  Their second album The Prodigal Child is a powerhouse of heavy tones, catchy riffs and solo’s that are beyond impressive.

The album starts off really well, with some intensely brilliant melodies with really well written lyrics, the intro track, which is also the title track, has a great intro to let you know exactly what you’re in for with this album.  Everything sounds really tight on this record and the production is tidy and in general the sound is really good to the ear, at least for the average thrash metal fan.  Certain songs are really interesting and caught me off guard, songs like Those Who Behold and The Experiment twist and wind the melodies and rhythm to create something a bit different but ultimately pleasing.

For as technically capable the songs are written, the big downfall on this record is that it’s really not all that engaging,  it’s fun to listen to whilst some of the songs are playing, such as the song Unfinished, but the majority of the album is largely forgettable.   A lot of the songs are mostly album filler and have nothing more to offer than what is presented at face value.

In summary, it’s hard for me to love this album fully.  It’s very well written and you can clearly tell a lot of effort went into creating this record.  However, the album just doesn’t grab my attention in the right way; I suppose if you’re a hardcore lover of thrash or if you’re a fan of smaller melodic metal bands, than this might be well worth checking out.  If you’re looking for something big and innovative, than there a so many other bands with similar sounds and ground themselves with more of an identity.

3/5 (just because of the kick ass guitar solos)

Mick Birchall

The Antiquity – A Colossal Infliction Of Hate [EP]

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on 6th June 2014 by Pieni

The Antiquity
“A Colossal Infliction Of Hate” (reissue) [EP]
Technical deathcore
Self-release date: 6th June 2014

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I’m always a bit skeptical when I read the word “technical” – not because I doubt its accuracy but because I doubt my appreciation for it, as this kind of guys tend to throw their skills all over the place. Not these five youngsters from Scarborough, though. The Antiquity know how to excel without overwhelming you.

It kicks off with the title-track “A Colossal Infliction Of Hate”, in an old school slower-tempo, almost doom death track. Then “Quarantine” gets faster and comes forward justifying the “technical” term in their genre description, with its exquisite riff patterns. There’s a reason for “BLAST” to be spelled in capital letters in “BLASTthehorse”, as this short track is of a much sheerer violence. Enhancing their more ‘core side, “Tales Of Anguish” (my favorite) comes next. And finally “Path Of The Ascetic” gathers a bit of all of the above, entwined with some thrash metal licks.

Originally released last summer, “A Colossal Infliction Of Hate” is now being re-issued with the new singer Luther Williams and an improved production. Because the EP is just that good and it surely deserves a revamped second round.

4,5 / 5

Renata “Pieni” Lino

Wolf Release New Single “My Demon”

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on 5th June 2014 by Mickelrath

So Wolf are back with the first sample of what we are going to get in the follow up to 2011’s Legion of Bastards.  The song is called My Demon and it a true monster of a tune.

For those not familiar with Wolf, they are a true as any, heavy metal band hailing from Sweden, writing about a variety of topics from mythical creatures, to tyrannical leaders, to pagan sacrifice and other abstract subjects. This new single will be on the the new seventh album entitled Devil Seed and it sounds like it’s going to be a great record if this is a peak at what is to come. The album will be produced by Jens Bogren, who’s worked with names such as Kreator and Opeth, so you know no one THAT big.

It’s a little more toned down than their older stuff but I still thinks it gets the job done, the riff is solid but I would have like to have heard a better guitar solo. It has a decent melody and the chorus is quite catchy, albeit a little repetitive.  However the band seems to like it, in fact founding member Niklas Stålvind has said ”I haven’t been this pleased with the songs on a Wolf album since the release of Black Wings,  I really think we have taking our songwriting to the next level on this one and I hope that the metal fans will love it as much as we do”.  If that’s the case than we should be in for a treat with this new record, and in all honesty I’ve liked the last few albums from Wolf.  Check out the lyric video for My Demon below.

Devil Seed will be released via Century Media, August 25 in Europe and September 2 in North America
Also Wolf will be playing a UK tour in September, dates below:

11.09.2014 Sound Control, Manchester

12.09.2014 Rock N’ Metal Circus, Northampton

13.09.2014 Rescue Rooms, Nottingham

14.09.2014 Borderline, London, UK

 

Website: http://www.wolf.nu/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/officialwolf

Sorrows Path release lyric video of song featuring Snowy Shaw

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 5th June 2014 by Pieni

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“Doom Philosophy” is the title of Greek doomsters Sorrows Path updoming second album, which Iron Shield Records will release on 12th September. Its 5th track, “Everything Can Change” features Swedish multi-talented Snowy Shaw on vocals and it’s been chosen to promote the album in the form of a lyric video:

Full track list as follows:
1. First Beam of Darkness into Light (Intro)
2. Tragedy
3. A Dance with the Dead
4. Brother of Life
5. Everything Can Change
6. The King with a Crown of Thorns
7. The Venus and the Moon
8. Epoasis
9. Clouds Inside Me
10. Darkness
11. Damned (O)fish/L.S.D.

Website: www.sorrowspath.net
MySpace: www.myspace.com/sorrowspathmusic
Facebook: www.facebook.com/sorrowspath
ReverbNation: www.reverbnation.com/sorrowspath

Moonshade to release physical format of “Dream | Oblivion”

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 4th June 2014 by Pieni

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Portuguese melodic death metal act Moonshade has recently released on Bandcamp (link here) their second EP “Dream | Oblivion” (the first being “The Path Of Redemption”, from 2010). And even though the date is not certain yet, the band announces now that a physical format will be available “soon”.

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I. A Bleak Sunrise (Intro)
II. Dawn Of A New Era
III. Goddess Eternal
IV. The Depths Of Despair (Interlude)
V. Genesis 3.5
VI. Fall To Oblivion
VII. Into The Abyss (Outro)

Early last month, they’ve also released a lyric video for the first single “Goddess Eternal”:

www.facebook.com/moonshadeofficial

De Profundis – Frequencies [EP]

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on 4th June 2014 by Paul Macmillan

De Profundis
Frequencies
Released June/July 2014
Progressive death metal
Self released/Released via Terrorizer magazine

Frequencies De Profundis

As I sit down for a third listen to the second offering from De Profundis, their Frequencies EP, I’m acutely conscious that this is also the third time I’ve got too caught up in the song-writing to actually put finger to keyboard and construct a review. Some music just draws you in so you forget about everything else for a while, but I guess instead of getting so engrossed I should concentrate on tackling the task at hand.

From the offset, this stands out as something a bit different. It’s as if De Profundis have crafted a recipe for metal cake: 1 part ‘80s Maiden, 1 part Death circa Human, baste liberally with Vader (a nudge and a wink to those who find the band name familiar), and top with a generous helping of secret sauce, possibly handed down from an old Swedish relative.

Having leaked some of the tracks on-line, they have received a mainly positive reception, but a few seem to have found it complex and confusing. I may just be more acquainted with the technical side of metal, but I’m certainly not suffering from a similar affliction. Yes, the musical ability is of a high calibre, but the ebb and flow of each song is natural and there are hooks galore for the more experienced(?) listener. I would prefer to use the word ‘unpredictable’ rather than ‘confusing’ as a descriptor here: It is far more appropriate to suggest intelligence than self-indulgence in conjunction with this release. I say detractors be damned! Sometimes, this kind of epic is just what the doctor ordered.

I was really impressed with De profundis’ last full-length The Emptiness Within, more so than their early doomy back catalogue. However, this selection of new tracks – most of which will be featured on another upcoming album – reflects a rising maturity which could well see them take the step to the next level in the UK scene. I’d expect, or at least hope, to see festivals sniffing around their door in the next year or so, because this material would easily translate to that environment.

Initially, I wasn’t that enthused by the production. It wasn’t that I thought it was poor, it just seemed to be missing the biting point. Until I had to whack up the volume to drown out the crazy noise of my surroundings, and BOOM! Suddenly it all made sense! This just sounds better LOUD! The thrashing sounds thrashier, the growling sounds…growlier..? Quiet just doesn’t do it all justice, and there’s no way around that. It’s just one of those recordings.

It’s also the first to feature the talents of newest member Paul Nazarkardeh, and one has to wonder if this has had any influence on the increased speed and ferocity. If so, long he remain with them! Personally, I can’t wait to hear the full album if it hits the ears like this does, but in the meantime, impatient people can grab the digital copy of the four track Frequencies as of June 19th, but if you prefer something solid, then a physical release will be available to subscribers of Terrorizer magazine in July. I’ve got my promo copy and it is getting cranked up as far as my skull can handle!

4/5

Paul Macmillan

Mayhem – Esoteric Warfare

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on 3rd June 2014 by Paul Macmillan

Mayhem
Esoteric Warfare
Release date: 6th June 2014
Black Metal
Released via Season Of Mist

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I feel I have to be brutally honest here: Although I do own and enjoy a fair amount of black metal records, as a genre much of it sounds pretentious and lacking in impact to me.  What everyone else hears as extreme, bears a striking resemblance in ethic to the pop industry in my mind. Everyone has to dress this way, everyone has to play this riff and this riff only, displaying any genuine talent is a cardinal sin and originality is to be spat on. Just like any other style, there are gems, but in BM there is an abundance of bumph.

Asked to name a great BM album, I’d invariably suggest something like Emperor’s Prometheus: The Discipline of Fire & Demise, Satyricon’s Age Of Nero or Evangelion by Behemoth. Purists may say these aren’t really BM albums, slating them as the turning point in selling out for these artists. I simply think they demonstrate bands reaching a stage at which they really came to grips with their identity in extreme music.

Esoteric Warfare, the fifth studio album from genre progenitors Mayhem seems unlikely to come under that heading. It opens up with the full bore, traditional intensity associated with the genre, single note guitar thrashing and constant blast beating aplenty. Thankfully, at least from my perspective, that isn’t all there is to it. By breaking up the flow of discordant white noise with intricate arpeggios and poignant moments of brief silence, a more percussive, heavier sound is achieved.

While this is undeniably Mayhem, it is tighter and more refined than any of their past efforts. The sound quality is unbelievably good to boot, offering the vocal experimentation an extremely pleasant amount of breathing space. If you’re familiar with the Japanese cinematic horror classic The Grudge, you might recognise the noise at the start of Milab, for example. This is by far my favourite track (with penultimate number Posthuman running a close second). The lyrics themselves are an improvement on what has been minimalistic up to this point, delving deeper into the album’s running themes of scientific terror and invasive evil entities.

In truth, it is well worth wading through the first (almost) half of the album to get to what is essentially the second movement, as it is more creative, more diverse, and consequently far more brutal. I hope this is intentional. A band who celebrates their 30th anniversary this year must surely have learned a thing or two about picking a running order. The concept has me considering giving the whole thing a second run from the beginning, to see if it has changed my perspective. And it has. The first few tracks seem more alive with anticipation of what is to come further along the line.

A natural and significant progression from Ordo Ad Chao, this is still a solid three-out-of-five for me – definitively middle of the scale (you might want to add a point if BM is your thing – I’ll meet you half way). I’m not going to be upset in the slightest if I listen to it in its entirety multiple times, but neither would I shed a tear if it was wiped from the face of the Earth. It could well be a grower, but I doubt it will make my top twenty. If trve/kvlt blck metal is what you’re after, this should hit you right between the eyes, but be warned – the production’s really, really good.

3.5/5

Paul Macmillan

King Of Asgard to release third album on 18th July

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 2nd June 2014 by Pieni

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Swedish Vikings King Of Asgard have recently released the new single “The Runes Og Hel” in advance of their third upcoming album “Karg”. The release date for the latter is set for 18th July, via Metal Blade Records. This will be its track list:

01. The Runes of Hel
02. The Trickster
03. Highland Rebellion
04. Remnant of the Past
05. Omma
06. The Heritage Throne
07. Huldran
08. Rising
09. Total Destruction (Bonus Track)

Recorded once again by Andy LaRocque at Sonic Train Studios, bassist Jonas Albrektsson and singer/guitarist Karl Beckman state: » After well over a year of intensive writing, we finally reached the point where everything is put into finish. When countless hours of hard work and careful consideration has been completed. This completion, being our third album which at an early stage was titled to “Karg”, in English, “Barren”. A word which later on came to form the atmosphere of the whole album and a sense that meanders through more or less all the material. It’s darker, it is harsher and more stripped down than our previous releases. More mature, precise and well thought out. A challenge both for us as well as for the observer. Lyrically, we have come closer to our own immediate surrounding and ancestral heritage, based on old legends and tales from our home region, a tribute to our fair and historical countryside. Yet again everything was recorded and mixed in Sonic Train Studios with Andy LaRocque at the helm assisted by Olof Berggren. Even in the phase of recording we used the word Karg as a guideline… and thus, it is upon thee! «

Check the band’s profile at the label’s website (www.metalblade.com/kingofasgard) to stream the aforementioned single “The Runes Of Hel” and see the pre-order options.

http://www.kingofasgard.com
http://www.facebook.com/kingofasgard
http://www.myspace.com/kingofasgardsweden

Svart Records go “Funeral Doom-O-Rama”

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 2nd June 2014 by Pieni

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Friday the 13th of June won’t be an unlucky day for funeral doom lovers, as Svart Records will release a double treat for them – Profetus‘ third album “All Seasons Die” and Rippikoulu‘s first release in 21 years, “Ulvaja”. Artwork and track lists as follows:

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1. The Rebirth of Sorrow
2. A Reverie (Midsummer’s Dying)
3. Dead Are Our Leaves Of Autumn
4. The Dire Womb Of Winter

https://www.facebook.com/SaturnineDoom

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1. Ulvaja
2. Loputon
3. Jää hyvästi kaunis kesä

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rippikoulu/296025933828209

www.svartrecords.com
www.facebook.com/svartrecords

“Adapt & Survive” release party @ Metalpoint, Porto (PT)

Posted in Gig, Live with tags , , , , , , , , , on 1st June 2014 by Pieni

Equaleft, Colosso, Tales For The Unspoken, Forbidden To Fly
Metalpoint, Porto
31st May 2014

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“Adapt & Survive” was the album we were celebrating last night, but it could have well been the motto of the event. The main reason I avoid gigs at Metalpoint is safety – unless you stay in the back (which I’m not fond of at all) or you lean against one of the side walls, you have nothing to hold on to when the mosh circles start rolling. The second reason is the sauna-like heat the venue generates with just a half-full house. Now Equaleft’s debut release party managed to sell out the place a few days prior to the event – a record in Metalpoint’s 6 years of existence, by the way. You think you can imagine how hot it must have been, but trust me – you just can’t.

Equaleft invited three bands to join the party. The first one was metalcore act Forbidden To Fly. They’re currently preparing their upcoming debut album, meaning not only writing songs but also gathering the financial means for it. And since they’re young students, that may take a while. There’s a 2-track demo and a single on bandcamp already though, and I saw a few people singing along.
They were pretty comfortable on stage, although singer Ricardo seemed a little nervous at first. But soon he loosened up and was moving around the little free space the stage offered. Around the third song or so the power went down. Still not sure what the hell happened, but luckily the blackout didn’t last long, people even joked screaming stuff like “take your hand off my wallet!”, and it didn’t happen again.
MP Marcelo from the band Monolyth joined in for the last song, but I honestly didn’t hear the title. In fact, I only took notice of “Reflections” and “The Tides”, and that was early in the gig. One way or another, those kids did very good. (4 / 5)

www.facebook.com/forbiddentofly

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I really enjoyed Tales For The Unspoken at Moita Metal Fest a couple of months ago (read report here) but for some reason, and despite the heat and smaller venue, I liked this gig more. Nothing much has changed since that gig – bass player Nuno is still very expressive, singer Marco still curses like a mf (sorry, couldn’t help it)… Marco dedicated “Soul For A Soul” (which he announced “Soul For A Fucking Soul”) to Hugo Gama, drummer in Spectral Flood, who’s recently passed away, and for “I, Claudios”, a song to be featured in the next album, he called on stage “someone who’s not very famous” – which obviously turned out untrue, as it was Miguel Inglês, the singer in the band hosting the event.
The crowd singing the tribal chanting in the last song “N’Takuba Wena” was stronger and the moshing more intense, so maybe that’s what made the difference – the empathy between band and audience. Whatever it was, it was great. (5 / 5)

www.facebook.com/talesfortheunspoken

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Colosso‘s sound was way too loud – so much that a shrill feedback was heard at some point. But no one seemed to mind – the intricate patterns still pleased the prog and experimental fans, while the brutality was all the mosh horde really cared about. Personally, I’m not a fan of experimental death metal and everything sounded too much of the same. Singer/guitarist Max didn’t speak much either – and one time when he did the mike wasn’t working – , nor did they have a setlist that I could take a look at, so I really don’t have much technical details to give you. I can say though that in the three years they’ve been around, a full-length CD (“Abrasive Peace”) and an EP (“Thallium”) were released and highly acclaimed, and a new EP, “Foregone Semblances”, is on its way (25th June). So given the proximity between the three release dates, I’m quite sure the setlist had a little bit of them all.
Despite my slight boredom, that was obviously on me, as the majority was thrilled with the performance. And even if sometimes doesn’t feel like it, this is still a democracy and so the majority wins – therefore, Colosso were awesome. (4,5/5)

www.facebook.com/colossometal

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But not as awesome as Equaleft. True, it was their night, that certainly was hard to compete with, but I’ve been seeing these guys live for the past 5 years and the stage is definitely their element – release party or not, everybody knew what a blast that show would be.
They played “Adapt & Survive” in full, by the same order of its track list, and you know the expression “all hell broke loose”? Well, even in the temperature those were the accurate words to describe what was going on. Miguel is usually the one who joins the mosh pit and goes crowdsurfing while performing – this time was no exception – but even bass player Mike stepped off the stage to play among the first rows and guitarist Malone jumped into the hands of the fans (although he put aside the guitar first – he wasn’t that reckless in his crowdsurf adventure).
Since none of the three guest musicians that are featured in “Adapt & Survive” could be there that night, Equaleft decided to invite some other friends over for the older songs, which were played after the official presentation of the album. “Cynical Plague” was the first one, having Danny from Forbidden To Fly playing a third guitar. Then as Marco from Tales For The Unspoken was called, what I feared would happen to me, ended up happening to drummer Marcos – he got sick from the heat and had to leave for fresh air, before he passed out. Miguel, always the entertainer, tested the vocal skills of the crowd. Then he himself went behind the drums and did a very basic act, that the audience still cheered enthusiastically. So Sérgio, drummer also in Tales For The Unspoken, took his place and jammed a bit with Equaleft. Until Miguel had the idea of changing the order of the setlist and call the next guest Filipe from Gates Of Hell (who was their previous bass player) and his drummer Afonso, since  the latter helped them out in the past and so he knew how to play the drums in their older songs. They played “Denial”, and as Marcos was still recovering, Afonso stayed for “Erased” as well. Even though he claims – as usual – that he sucked because it had been a long time and he was unprepared, he did a hell of a job – also as usual.
Marcos came back, not exactly good as new but close enough, and so Marco was called back to sing along “Alone In Emptiness”. At some point Miguel left him alone on stage, to mosh a little.
In order to spare Marcos, they wanted to cut the set one song short and so “Sleep When I’m Dead” – a song that “means a lot to me”, said Miguel – would be the last. But Marcos was determined to give it all and so “Uncover The Masks” was performed as originally planned, even if not in that order.
They later said there were no words to describe what they felt that night and I must say the same, as “brilliant” doesn’t quite cover it. One thing is accurate though – it was unforgettable. (5/5)

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Text & photos by Renata “Pieni” Lino

Kismet – Shades of Clarity

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on 1st June 2014 by izaforestspirit

Kismet
Shades of Clarity
Released 23rd May 20134
Alternative Rock
Released via Dust on The Tracks Records

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‘Shades of Clarity’ is the second album from the Italian rock band Kismet. It is the follow up to their debut ‘Trudging Down Your Soul’. The band cite Led Zeppelin, Alice in Chains and Tool amongst their influences.

First up is Cobweb which comes complete with a somewhat unusual mixture of guitar sounds. There’s hints of the gritty Soundgarden-style grunge along with some experimental, psychedelic melodies. The pace tends to shift depending on the song and even mid-song in some cases. The vocals are melancholic and very much in line with the ’90s grunge scene.

The guitars on Aeternal Blame and the ambient synth intro to Time are good examples of the experimental style. These parts are confusing because they sound as though they were created during a jamming session which somehow found its way on to the final recording of the album. Another thing that I wasn’t expecting was the slow ballad Carry Me Down. It features a violin and softer sounding guitar riffs making it one of the more pleasant tracks to listen to. Then there’s the heavier, more aggressive and faster Quit which has a much simpler construction compared to its predecessor. The guitar riffs on that particular track are heavier and more akin to a hard rock song than a grunge one. The final track that caught my attention is Fill The Vacuum due to the energetic sounding guitar riffs mid-way through the song.

Overall, Kismet’s style is not an easy one to classify. Their music has a general melancholic feel to it and their sound is a unique blend which incorporates elements of ’90s grunge, ’70s psychedelic rock and hard rock. The result is confusing at times and I feel that it might be a bit too experimental for my liking.

3/5

Iza Raittila

Hard Riot’s second album to be released tomorrow

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 1st June 2014 by Pieni

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German hard rockers Hard Riot will release the successor to their debut “Living On A Fast Lane” (2012) tomorroe, 2nd June, via Pitch Black Records. Its title is “The Blackened Heart” and it contains 11 tracks, 12 if you get the physical CD. Track listing as follows:

1. Blackout
2. Suicide Blues
3. Devils BBQ
4. The End
5. Count On Me
6. Not Alone
7. The Enemy Within
8. Dirty Games
9. Last Goodbye
10. High Society Bitch
11. Hit The Ground
12. The End (CD Bonus – feat. Richard Sjunnesson of The Unguided)

For more info visit www.pitchblackrecords.com and the band’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/hardriot