Archive for September, 2014

Moonsorrow announce exclusive UK headline show for 2015

Posted in News with tags , , , on 12th September 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Asgard Event Promotions have announced another stellar show to take place in York during the Jorvik Viking Festival (JVF). Since 2012, where they hosted Faroese metal jarls Tyr, Asgard Event Promotions have organised one brilliant show after another to mark the Jorvik Viking Festival. For 2015, Asgard are proud to announce Finnish epic heathen metal band Moonsorrow for an exclusive UK headline show.

Support will come from Sheffield-based champions of flute-orientated folk metal Northern Oak, as seen at festivals such as Bloodstock and Warhorns, and local mercenary metal troupe Sellsword.

The show will take place on Friday 20th February 2015 at Fibbers in York. Tickets for the show are priced at £16 and will be available from Asgard’s website http://www.asgardonline.co.uk and other ticket outlets. The show 14+. Further details on the show can be found at http://www.fibbers.co.uk

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Electric Wizard unveil title of forthcoming album

Posted in News with tags , , on 10th September 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Doom legends Electric Wizard have announced that Time To Die will be the title of their forthcoming album which is set to be released internationally through Spinefarm Records. The band’s eighth studio album will also be their first release since signing a worldwide deal with Spinefarm Records. Electric Wizard founding member Jus Oborn comments:

All of our albums in the past have had a theme – revenge, drugs, black magick – and the theme of this one is death. Of course, death to us really means rebirth, so this album is a manifestation of a very primal occult belief in the final sacrifice. We have gone full circle – it was inevitable, but we had to do it. We had to kill the band so we could be reborn. It was the only way to ensure we could come back even stronger.

Electric Wizard online:

http://facebook.com/electricwizarddorsetdoom

Within Temptation announced to headline Bloodstock plus Opeth announced as special guests

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 9th September 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

In a surprise announcement earlier today, Bloodstock Festival have announced Within Temptation as one of the main stage headliners. This marks a triumphant return for the Dutch symphonic metal legends, following their UK tour earlier this year with Delain and the band’s first ever UK festival appearance at Bloodstock 2005! Frontwoman Sharen den Adel enthusiastically comments:

We’re thrilled to play Bloodstock again!  We had such a great time before and can’t wait to take Hydra to the stage at Catton Park.  It’s a really exciting time for us right now and we’re looking forward to bringing the fire!!

Slotting in to the Saturday night special guest slot are Swedish progmeisters, Opeth.  Having landed at #14 on the UK album charts last week, their highest chart position to date for new studio album, Pale Communion, OPETH are looking forward to returning to Bloodstock.  Comments frontman Mikael Akerfeldt:

We’re happy to confirm that we’ll be back at the Bloodstock festival next year!  I don’t know how many times we’ve played there now, but it’s a real great place, a nice festival run by nice people.  Too bad it’s like….a year or so away!?

Early bird weekend tickets with camping are on sale now, priced £120 (plus booking fee) from this location.  Campervan pitches are also already on sale and these move very quickly, so pick yours up ASAP to avoid disappointment.

Bloodstock will be held at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 6th-9th August 2015.  Keep up to date with the very latest info on Bloodstock’s official sites at Blodostock’s Facebook and the festival’s official website.

Lucifer – Desensitize to Oppression

Posted in Metal with tags , , , on 8th September 2014 by izaforestspirit

Lucifer
Desensitize to Oppression
Released 21st May 2014
Thrash Metal/ Death Metal
Self-Released

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Desensitized to Oppression’ is the debut album from the Lithuanian thrash metal band Lucifer. The band formed back in 2006 and have also released two demos ‘Agony’ and ‘Feeding the Machine’.

First up is the ultra aggressive and brutal-sounding Killchain which highlights the band’s death metal influences – the growling vocal style and the blastbeat drumming. The guitars and the overall feel of the music is very much thrash metal. Whilst the drums are mostly just steamrolling their way through the song, the guitars add more depth to it thanks to the melodic riffs and changes in the pace. This pretty much sets the tone for the rest of the album.

The death metal elements remind me of early Entombed, only these guys are much faster and the thrash metal guitars add an extra boost of energy to each track. Harmony and Connection Failure are good examples of how this combination works; the drums are blasting away at full speed whilst the guitar riffs and solos ensure that the songs retain that catchy element. One track that caught my attention is Feeding the Machine mostly due to ultra fast, almost punk-esque and at times incomprehensible vocals. It’s also the only song on here that has more of the thrash metal elements than death metal ones. In fact the only death metal aspect that I can detect in here are the drums.

Generally speaking I have very little reason to dislike this album. Lucifer’s signature hybrid of death and thrash metal is like a cross between Entombed, Helltrain, Grimfist with the guitar riffs of bands like Toxic Holocaust. The mixture is a good one but I have a feeling that it might be have been better had there been more variation between the songs. Most of them follow the same pattern of fast drumming, growls with some melodic guitar riffs half-way through the song. Once you have heard one song you have pretty much heard them all.

3/5

Iza Raittila

Spires announce crowd-funding campaign for upcoming album

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

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Manchester progressive metallers Spires have launched a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign for their forthcoming full length album, “The Whisperer”. After the critically acclaimed “Spiral of Ascension” (2010), and the equally praised acoustic mini-album “Lucid Abstractions” (2012), “The Whisperer” is planned to be released in early November, with the Kickstarter campaign ending on 4th October. If you wish to take part of this, please click the following link: ttps://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1250333601/spires-second-album-the-whisperer-t-shirt-campaign

The album will initially be a limited edition run of 500 copies, on 6 panel digipak, featuring extensive artwork by Daniella Morrison, and a full lyric booklet. The 7 track release will feature over an hour of progressive metal, and expands upon the foundations laid on the band’s previous releases.

“This album is going to be even more expansive and wide reaching,” vocalist/guitarist Paul Sadler explains, “with more varied instrumentation including cello, violin, piano and female vocals, as well as a guest spot on guitar from Tymon Kruidenier from Exivious / ex-Cynic The overall dynamics are pushed to further extremes in both directions. We’re all extremely excited about how it’s sounding. We decided to launch a Kickstarter campaign to give us that helping hand to produce a physical product that’s really worth having. In this day and age we feel this is necessary to convince people its worth parting with their hard earned cash for something you have created.”

The band is also producing a limited run of T-shirts to coincide with the release, featuring artwork from the album, also available through Kickstarter. A small UK tour is also in the pipeline for the end of the year, of which we’ll inform you as soon as the dates are confirmed. They play a one off show alongside Falloch and Jordan Reyne on 17th September at The Flapper in Birmingham .

Spires online:
http://www.facebook.com/spiresofficial
http://www.spiresband.co.uk

In Flames – Siren Charms

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , , , on 4th September 2014 by Pieni

In Flames
“Siren Charms”
Melodic Metal
To be released on 5th September 2014
Via Epic Records

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A smile lit up on my face when I heard that In Flames would release a new album. That smile still glowed when the first single “Rusted Nail” was available. Not a spectacular track but good enough – the guitar licks in the intro flow pretty easily through your ears; Fridén’s vocal tone – mainly clean but harsher here and there and backed by occasional screams – sounds quite pleasant; an exquisite bridge preceding the first chorus, and the catchy melody of the latter…  There’s something standard in the riffing, though, hence the “not a spectacular track”.

Then the aforementioned smile got wider with the release of “Through Oblivion”, a melancholic song, almost depressive, that stirred something in the darkest side of me.

But then I listened to the whole album and the smile faded, almost completely. We already knew the “melodic” was growing stronger and the “death” was dimming, so it isn’t a big surprise that “Everything’s Gone” is the only true heavy song in “Siren Charms”. What disappoints me is that it’s not a very good song. The heaviness of “When The World Explodes” is better, but the softer parts are weak, not because they’re, well, soft and slow, but because they don’t seem to have any spirit in them. This one features soprano Emilia Feldt, who has a beautiful voice but doesn’t help this track at all. Weren’t sirens supposed to have an enthralling vivid chant? Feldt uses a very languid tone here.

Also “Paralyzed” and “Dead Eyes” make justice to their titles, being quite dull tracks. “With Eyes Wide Open” is a nice ballad, though, and “Filtered Truth” has a rock-ish vibe, a lively sound that’s refreshing to hear in the end.

The production is amazing, but something’s missing in “the whole musical picture”. And it’s not the more melodic approach that bothers me. It’s its lack of ability to embrace my senses and leave a positive remark.

3 / 5

By Renata “Pieni” Lino

Divided We Fall – Dreamcrusher

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , , on 3rd September 2014 by mickbirchy

Divided We Fall
Dreamcrusher
Symphonic/Melodic Metal
Self-released  11 May 2014

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After seeing this band at Dames of Darkness this year I was immediately impressed; it was a genuinely enjoyable performance. I have tried to listen to bits and bobs, here and there from them, in between my stupidly long “new music” playlist, and from what I have heard, I’ve been reasonably entertained. Now I’ve had the chance to listen to their debut album Dreamcrusher, I can give some semblance of a coherent opinion about it. Anyway, after listening to it several times all the way through, I can honestly say, it’s very good, there’s nothing groundbreaking though. If you’re not into melodic/symphonic metal this album does very little to change your mind in that regard. However for the fans of the genre, this is a well put together record with some decent tunes on it.

Opening on the title track Dreamcrusher you get a good sense of the tone of album you are going to get and that carries on throughout the record. It has a power metal vibe to it and the keys/synth create an awesome atmosphere and adds a lighter sound to the heavy metal, making an interesting contrast. Philippa Ricketts vocals are absolutely beautiful, having a lot of texture and power giving the lyrics great depth and weight. There a lot of interestingt melodies created by Lee Mulcahu on keyboard which are backed up with the impressive guitar rhythms and basslines. So for casual listeners this album is very approachable, but for a more demanding music lover, there’s a rich atmosphere and a lot of subtlety that makes this a very pleasant listening experience. There are some killer tracks on this album, my favourites being so far, A Date With Darkness, Escaping Wonderland, Dream My Life Away and the awesome Until I Win, which all have a nice sound and the lyrics are well written and interesting.

However, like I said before, there is nothing on this record that stretches the boundaries, and maybe it’s not meant to. I feel though, that a first album is the time to test the water and experiment a bit, at the end of the day though, the people who are going to like this music are going to like it and vise versa.

Overall, this is a really good album and I’m enjoying it. With substantial writing, production, heavy melodies and an atmospheric tone this is one really fun album. It’s well written and you can tell have worked hard to create a debut that will impress and it does. I would say it’s one to pick up if you’re interested.

3.5/5

Mick Birchall