Archive for January, 2015

Diesel King – Concrete Burial

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on 30th January 2015 by Paul Macmillan

Diesel King
“Concrete Burial”
Sludge/hardcore/death metal
Release: 02nd February 2015
Via When Planets Collide Records

Diesel King - Concrete Burial

Having only heard the freely available sample track from this release, Brainhammer, I immediately knew I had to hear the full thing as soon as possible. Cue pestering Diesel King’s manager for an advance copy for the purpose of this review. It was the right move, too, as I’m already on a second spin, and loving every minute of it.

The overall character of Diesel King comprises a collision of sludge, 1990’s hard-core, death, and straight up extreme metal, with none of these losing out to the other. Some influences seem obvious, such as Crowbar and Stampin’ Ground, but there is an individual atmosphere pumped into every living note, and it far exceeds the heaviness of either of those aforementioned artists. Think more in the realms of Nile or Dying Fetus, but with a penchant for Earth-crushing doom in place of the need to shred, and you’ll be somewhere near the level of musical obesity incorporated.

Unbelievably guttural, yet comprehensible, vocals drag, determined, across a shattered wasteland of churning riffs and tank-heavy bass. There’s nothing overly complex or technical, here. Just well written music that reaches out, grabs you by the soul, and drags you into the maelstrom. When at speed, this is a gunship opening fire on endless hordes of the undead; when slumping back into a groove, it’s Unicron colliding with the Death Star. Either way, destruction ensues, though swamped in waves of emotion. Hell, they even make the occasional beat-down sound like full-on, intelligent, real music!

Concrete Burial is the band’s first full-length, and it’s some way to introduce yourself as a potential major player on the UK extreme metal scene. Although their previous Ep – The Grey Man – is nothing to be sneezed at, it does pale a little in comparison to this new beast. Having already graced the stage alongside Eyehategod, Corrosion Of Conformity, and Entombed at UK and European gigs and festivals, the groundwork is already laid for them to launch an attack further afield, and it would be no big surprise to see them landing slots at many of the growing fests these fair isles have to offer in 2015.

If I sound a little like a kid in a candy store here, that’s pretty much bang on the nose. I just recaptured one of those golden rays of youthful excitement, and I’m absolutely buzzing. All in all, this album has totally blown me out of the water. One of the heaviest and most addictive things unleashed in some time. Absolute classic. Absolute keeper. Keep a close watch on these guys!

5/5

Paul Macmillan

Vader “blitzing over Europe” in March

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 29th January 2015 by Pieni

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“VADERMANIAX!!! The European part of Blitz! is COMING !!!! Together with ‘Rock The Nations’ agency we are pretty much ready to visit 19 cities in March 2015. This first part of the VADER tour – promoting the last album ‘Tibi et Igni’ released by Nuclear Blast in 2014 – includes 11 countries (as well as England , Scotland and Ireland). We come together with our dudes from HATE. We can’t wait to bring Hellfire to you soon. THE GATES OF HELL OPEN JUST NEXT TO YOUR HOUSE!” – no one better than frontman Piotr “Peter” Wiwczarek to announce Vader‘s ‘Blitz! Over Europe 2015’ tour. Still promoting their latest killer album “Tibi Et Igni”, this tour includes five dates in the UK and Ireland (click links for ticket information):

17th March – UK Plymouth, The Hub
18th March – UK Nuneaton, Queens Hall
19th March – UK Glasgow, Audio
20th March – IRE Dublin, Voodoo Lounge
21th March – UK London – Underworld

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Death Angel to play 4 shows in the UK this Summer

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 28th January 2015 by Pieni

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Thrashers Death Angel will return to Europe this Summer, both for festivals and a string of indoor shows. The latter include four gigs in the UK, one of them as headliners (Wolverhampton) and the other three supporting progressive heavy metal act Queensrÿche. All dates listed below:

Jul 16th – Germany, Bang Your Head Festival
Jul 18th – Netherlands, Dynamo Metalfest
Jul 23rd – Slovenia, Metaldays
Jul 25th – Germany, Headbangers Open Air

Jul 27th – Oslo (NO), Revolver
Jul 28th – Gothenburg (SE), Sticky Fingers
Jul 29th – Stockholm (SE), Debaser Medis

Jul 31st – Germany, Wacken Open Air

Aug 4th – Wolverhampton, Slade Rooms (headline show)
Aug 5th – Bristol, Marble Factory (supporting Queensrÿche)
Aug 6th – London, Electric Ballroom (with Queensrÿche & Armored Saint)
Aug 7th – Brighton Concorde (supporting Queensrÿche)
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Aug 8th – Belgium, Alcatraz Metal Festival
Aug 12th – Germany, Summer Breeze

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Blind Guardian – Beyond The Red Mirror

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on 27th January 2015 by Paul Macmillan

Blind Guardian
Beyond The Red Mirror
Release: 30th January 2015
Symphonic progressive metal
Released via Nuclear Blast records

Blind Guardian - Beyond The Red Mirror

I really have to be in the right mood for music centred on specific themes throughout a band’s career. Battle, pirate and fantasy focussed discographies don’t feature highly on my radar, and those that do lose out to more varied catalogues. However, it’s the same as any other genre (or sub-genre) on the go: if it’s done well, it’s done well. Few could argue that Blind Guardian imitators rather than progenitors of their own bombastic soundscapes, but in all honesty, I half lost track of them after the turn of the century.

Beyond The Red Mirror is massively produced to great effect, and displays a new stage of development in Blind Guardian’s sound. Much like A Twist In The Myth and At The Edge Of Time (incidentally, one of the track titles), this new offering is equal parts Iron Maiden, Wagner and Pirates Of The Caribbean, although it has stripped away yet more of the speed metal element that had been at least partially retained from their early incarnation. It favours, instead, bombastic moments which would put Heavy Devy’s most overblown tongue in cheek moments to shame.

There are still plenty of thrashier sections throughout, particularly from the album’s mid-way track Ashes Of Eternity onward, but equally, a surprising industrial edge is brought to bear in songs such as ludicrously epic opener The Ninth Wave, and it’s a good thing! If nothing else, Blind Guardian have always had their own sound, and these changes appear to have further exemplified this. The old dogs have learned new tricks, indeed.

Penultimate number, Miracle Machine, is one of the most genuinely old fashioned pieces I have heard in a crow’s age, harking back to the golden age of hard rock. Strongly reminiscent of Queen (seemingly a major influence on Blind Guardian), it stands alone as a truly intelligent musical interlude between the riffing and heavy orchestral power of the rest of the album.

The whole release has a far more upbeat, positive atmosphere than I was expecting. It lends the affair a very heroic bent, leaning away from the darkness of previous releases. It’s hard not to feel lifted while giving this platter its day in court, and as much as it’s not going to make my top ten, it is both accessible and powerful, and for that reason alone, it is definitely worthy of repeat listenings. If power metal and its ilk is your game, this may well make it into your memorable releases of 2015. Personally, while it’s a good release, I’ll hold my breath a while longer.

3 / 5

Paul Macmillan

Six Gun Saints – Ashes [EP]

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on 24th January 2015 by mickbirchy

Six Gun Saints
“Ashes” (EP)
Hard Rock
Released 14 October 2011
Via Dead Island Records

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Six Gun Saints, are a hard rock quartet hailing from Concord, CA.  Their debut EP “Ashes” is influenced by so many sources, yet it comes off a just standard metal.  Described to me as follows “Their EP ‘Ashes’ was shaped by drawing from various musical influences of each band member, forming their unique sound”, yes it’s quite cliché and I feel like I’ve heard this sound somewhere before.  Don’t mistake that as bad; it’s just being advertised incorrectly.

The EP itself is a fun heavy metal romp and feels like a Bullet For My Valentine/Avenged Sevenfold-esk type sound.  The riffs are well structured and easy to listen to, this isn’t something that’s going to challenge you as a listener but it’s good all the same.  The track “Spotlight” opens with a gorgeous bit of very atmospheric music and kicks right back into the same vibe.  The reason I point this out is that, for only the second track on their first EP this is really well composed and feels really nice.  The twin guitar is pretty pretty cool too and complements the overall sound nicely with the bass and drums creating a great framework for the band to shine.

The production quality varies throughout and some points are really night and they hit just mark that’s needed, but other moments it feels really disjointed and and the timing feels weird too. The riffs are always nicely structured and when it comes to transitioning between chorus and verse it just feels like they stopped playing for a little while then started again and someone just mixed it badly.  I can imagine these songs sound a great deal better live, or hell, this might even just be their style.  I don’t know, the disadvantage of reviewing a debut is you don’t know what you can and can’t criticise, as it could just be the way I listen to music.  For some parts to sound so good and then the other parts are sloppy, it just sounds disjointed in my head.

Overall, this is a good EP.  I couldn’t say it’s any more than good.  Six Gun Saints show a lot of promise and I do genuinely look forward to more from them, they could be the next big rock band they have all the necessary skills, they just need a little tighter production and more focus and they could be set.

3/5

Mick Birchall

Despite announce new bass player

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , on 23rd January 2015 by Pieni

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After enrolling Zoran Panovic last month for the third guitar, prog/melodeath metallers Despite have now announced Anthony Cui as their new bass player, replacing Mathias “Matte D” Dagerhed, who left the band in November due to lack of time and other personal reasons. With the line-up complete, the band from Gothenburg, Sweden, is ready to hit road, while writing the follow-up to their latest EP “Epic”.

Says singer Peter Tuthill: “It feels absolutely killer to have Anthony on board! I had a gut feeling about him right from the get go, and I’m positive he will be a fresh blood injection into the veins of Despite.”

As for the man himself, he claims: Despite is a killer ride and I’m absolutely stoked to be on board. Home is where the gut tells you it is, and thanks to Despite‘s warm welcome I know where I’ll be. The future is NOW!”

“Epic” was released in January 2014 and in November the band brought to light the single “Chaos Trigger”:

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Remember When People Could Wear What They Wanted To Gigs Without Been Mocked Online? – A Response To Paul Cooke

Posted in Editorial/Opinionated with tags , , , on 21st January 2015 by Nico Davidson

Edit: The original article by Paul Cooke has been removed from the online publication that published it. This article will remain up for archive purposes only.

An article came to my attention as it flooded my newsfeed on Facebook. The article, titled Remember When Metal Gigs Were Populated By Metal Fans? – A Rant by Paul Cooke, appears to have invoked the ire of a lot of my metal loving Facebook friends. Paul took it upon himself in the article to begin moaning about various going ons by people at one of the recent shows on the SlipknotKorn Prepare For Hell UK tour. So, Paul, my question for you is, if you are reading this, what makes it acceptable for you to “rage” about people not wearing the typical attire of gig goers? Do you remember the days when people could wear what they wanted at gigs without fear of been mocked online by the press? I certainly do.

Remember the days when metal gigs were populated by metal fans? I mean people who actually looked like they were into metal? There are still gigs like this but Slipknot etc attract a fair share of the NEXT, TOP SHOP, TOP MAN, MISS TWATTIN’ SELFIDGE brigade and it winds me the fuck up. Are you so ashamed of the music you like that you can’t even be arsed to look remotely like a metal fan?

Any real metal fan will tell you that they couldn’t give a damn what they dress in as it’s the music that matters. So what if Slipknot attract people that wear clothes that are typically sold at outlets like Next and Top Shop? I’m sure Slipknot don’t care, since these are the people who have come to see them play live, not strut down the proverbial catwalk to see who looks the most metal.

Last night I sat next to a (young) couple who looked like they’d just walked out of Top Shop and Top Man respectively. Taking selfies of themselves, they never spoke a word to each other as they fannied with their phones and fooked about on Facebook between bands.

Le gasp! How dare people take photos of themselves! Oh, the inhumanity! And they “fooked about on Facebook” between bands? Oh no! They should be locked up for life! I mean, it’s not like Facebook is probably more interesting to do than watch the stage crew set things up for the next band.

Just before Slipknot hit the stage they pulled matching Slipknot t-shirts from a carrier bag and slipped them on over their clothes. They left 2 songs before Slipknot ended, removing their tees and placing them back in the bag. Total Cocks.

People do this a lot at shows. Some people – myself included – have been known to change shirts numerous times throughout a show or festival to show support for the different bands on the bill.

And to the woman in front of me who was just following Chelsea FC’s Twitter feed all night – I hope you die a horrible obesity related death.

That’s really mature. Maybe she wasn’t into the music and she was accompanying her friend/family member/significant other? But what I’d like to really know is, why did you spend so much time and energy paying attention to which Twitter feed she was following “all night”? Surely, by your logic, you should “die a horrible obesity related death” as it’s apparent you didn’t watch the bands that much.

And one the bus home I felt compelled to watch an irritating couple going through all the shit images they’d taken that night on their phones. I nearly banged their heads together. It didn’t help that she had a set of teeth that could eat an orange through a fence plus an annoying face.

I’m sure a lot of people, just like me, are wondering what this actually has to do with the show. So what if a couple were going through “all the shit images” they’d took? Why did that mean you almost banged their heads together? And why does her teeth and face have to come into the equation?

Really, Paul, are these your gripes at shows? When people go to shows, they go to enjoy themselves, not to write an article afterwards about how people just aren’t metal any more. To say that watching bands, by your logic, is more important than Facebooking or following feeds on Twitter, you certainly watched a lot of non-band stuff go on.

With no due respect, your article comes off like the whining of a 14 year old kid that’s been told by their parents that they’re banned from the X-Box for a week. All I can suggest is that next time you go to a show, ignore everyone around you and just keep your attention on the bands and the amount of beer in your glass.

Sincerely
Nico

Nebelfront – Only In My Dreams

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on 20th January 2015 by izaforestspirit

Nebelfront
Only In My Dreams
Released 12th January 2015
Atmospheric/ Depressive Black Metal/ Dark Ambient
Released via Cursed Records

‘Only In My Dreams’ is the second album from the Austrian black metal band Nebelfront. It is the follow up to their debut ‘Pour ma sœur’ which was released back in 2010.

The opening instrumental Memories caught me by surprise with its melodic guitar intro and strangely pleasant but sombre feel. There’s nothing even remotely close to black metal on there; in fact it sounds more like dark ambient. River on the other hand, is an entirely different beast with its nihilistic black metal screams and a dramatic shift towards a much faster pace particularly in the drums. Oh yes, now this is what I call “black metal”.

This sets the tone for the rest of the album. All the tracks that come after River share the same bleak atmosphere and the pace is similar. Yet unlike that song, the others are considerably longer and more complex in structure. For example, the tile track starts off a little slower than its predecessors and the guitar sounds less bleak and more atmospheric. The vocals however, are just as haunting as on the previous tracks. Then there’s XII. I with its tranquil intro, which marks a brief return to the dark ambient style just before the creepy vocals kick in. Last but not least there is Somewhere, which features a female singer along with some melodic parts sandwiched between the bleak screams.

Overall this album requires some patience from the listener. I wouldn’t recommend this to fans of raw black metal. However if you’re a fan of both black metal and dark ambient or the earlier works of Caïna then you should give this a try.

3.5/5

Iza Raittila

Reign Of Fury to headline Hordes Of Belial 6

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 19th January 2015 by Paul Macmillan

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Running at the end of every September for the last 5 years, Dundee based underground metal showcase Hordes Of Belial will be headlined in 2015 by Midlands thrashers Reign Of Fury.

Spending the major part of 2013 and 2014 on stage as part of their own Headbangers Balls tour – in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust and raising awareness of testicular cancer – they’ve honed their craft to perfection, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Lawnmower Deth, Hatebreed, Onslaught and Xentrix.

Meanwhile, behind the scenes, they’ve also been hammering out the follow up to 2012 album World Detonation. Their second full-length, Death Be Thy Shepherd, is set for release on Friday, February 27th this year.

Here are the event details:

Hordes Of Belial 6 – The 6th Verse

Saturday September 26th

Beat Generator Live!, Dundee

4:30pm

Ages 14+

Advance tickets £10 (subject to booking fee), available from www.wegottickets.com

Super group Motor Sister to release debut album in March

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 17th January 2015 by Pieni

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It all started when Anthrax-Scott Ian turned 50 and invited some friends over for a jam. “I wanted to cherry-pick a set list of my favorite Mother Superior songs and get these guys together and have the concert at my house”, says Ian. And since his wife Pearl Aday has been working on her solo career with Mother Superior front man Jim Wilson for years now, it didn’t take long for Motor Sister to take shape –  a dream-team comprised of Wilson on vocals & guitar, Ian on guitar, Aday on backing vocals), Joey Vera on bass and John Tempesta on drums).

Ian called producer Jay Ruston (Anthrax, Steel Panther) and in two days – yes, you’ve read it well: TWO DAYS – the album was done! “Ride” is its title and Metal Blade Records will have the honor of release it on 9th March. Track list is as follows:

1. A Hole
2. This Song Reminds Me of You
3. Beg Borrow Steal
4. Fool Around
5. Get That Girl
6. Head Hanging Low
7. Fork in the Road
8. Little Motor Sister
9. Pretty in the Morning
10. Whore
11. Doghouse
12. Devil Wind

A special show will take place on 12th February in Brooklyn, NY, at Saint Vitus.

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Halestorm to tour the UK and Ireland while promoting new album

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on 14th January 2015 by Pieni

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The release date of Halestorm‘s long awaited third album is finally known: “Into The Wild Life” is its title and it will hit the stores in April (3rd in Europe, 6th in the UK and 7th in the US), although you can already pre-order it. The 13 tracks go by the names:

  1. Scream
  2. I Am The Fire
  3. Sick Individual
  4. Amen
  5. Dear Daughter
  6. New Modern Love
  7. Mayhem
  8. Bad Girls World
  9. Gonna Get Mine
  10. The Reckoning
  11. Apocalyptic
  12. What Sober Couldn’t Say
  13. I Like It Heavy

» “Into The Wild Life” is not a departure « says frontwoman Lzzy Hale. » It’s an invitation to all things Halestorm. Lyrically and musically, we explored everything that makes us tick. We set a new standard for this record and gave ourselves no choice other than to be unapologetically ourselves in every way. Peel away at the onion that is our third record if you dare and let us drag you deeper into our world. «

Prior to the release, Halestorm will headline a tour through the UK and Ireland on the following locations, with Wilson as a support act:

Fri 27th Feb – DUBLIN Academy
Sat 28th Feb – BELFAST The Limelight
Mon 2nd Mar – NORWICH UEA
Tue 3rd Mar – NOTTINGHAM Rock City
Thu 5th Mar – LEEDS Academy
Fri 6th Mar – GLASGOW Barrowlands
Sat 7th Mar – INVERNESS Ironworks
Mon 9th Mar – WOLVERHAMPTON Civic
Tue 10th Mar – LONDON Roundhouse
Thu 12th Mar – SOUTHAMPTON Guildhall
Fri 13th Mar – CARDIFF University Great Hall
Sat 14th Mar – MANCHESTER Apollo

The first single, “Apocalyptic”, has almost 90.000 plays on Youtube, in just the two days that it’s been out:

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Furyon – Lost Salvation

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on 13th January 2015 by izaforestspirit

Furyon
Lost Salvation
Released 23rd February 2015 (Europe), USA/ Japan release date TBA
Hard Rock/ Heavy Metal
Released via Dream Records

‘Lost Salvation’ is the second album from the Brighton based, British heavy metal band Furyon. It is the follow-up to their highly acclaimed debut ‘Gravitas’ which was produced by Rick Beato (Shinedown, Fozzy) back in 2010.

First up is ‘All That I Have‘, a melodic track which offers an interesting mix of clear, story-telling, hard rock vocals with powerful, heavy metal guitar riffs. The pace is rather slow but the skillfully executed guitar melodies make it memorable. The title track is much heavier and faster in comparison and the aggressive, “shredding” guitars and a catchy chorus only add to the appeal.

Yet there’s more to these guys than just your average hard rock music. The album also features some dark, groove metal undertones in both the drumming and the guitar riffs as evident in tracks such as ‘Scapegoat‘. Other memorable songs include: ‘Good Sky‘ which has some of best and the most energetic guitar solos on here and ‘Wiseman‘ with its “playful” rocking guitars, catchy solos and an easy to follow chorus. I can foresee the latter becoming a crowd favourite at the live shows.

Overall, this is a very well produced album from a promising band. I appreciate the variety in their sound and the fact that they don’t just play it safe. Their signature mix of hard rock, melodic heavy metal, groove and even elements of progressive metal is refreshing to hear.

4/5

Iza Raittila

Amon Amarth about to embark on European tour

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 13th January 2015 by Pieni

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Still promoting their latest album “Deceiver Of The Gods” (released in June 2013 via Metal Blade Records), Swedish Vikings Amon Amarth will raid the UK, France and the Iberian Peninsula between January and February, supported by Huntress and Savage Messiah. Their own words are as follows:

“UK, Portugal, Spain and France…get ready this January for a Viking invasion! We’ll be making an extensive UK expedition where we’ll be pillaging smaller clubs in virtually every nook and cranny of the country. We’re also making a more in depth raid of France, Spain and Portugal. Finally! As support on this mission we’re bringing our friends in Huntress and up-and-comers Savage Messiah. Don’t miss this awesome night of metal and we will take no prisoners!”

Here are the targets of this pillage:

15/01/15 FR – Lille – Le Splendid
16/01/15 UK – Brighton – Concorde 2
17/01/15 UK – Plymouth – The Hub
18/01/15 UK – Bristol – Thelka
19/01/15 UK – Nottingham – Rescue Rooms
21/01/15 UK – Norwich – Waterfront
22/01/15 UK – Colchester – Arts Center
23/01/15 UK – Oxford – Academy2
24/01/15 UK – Stoke – Sugarmill
25/01/15 UK – Manchester – Academy2
27/01/15 UK – Glasgow – Classic Grand
28/01/15 UK – Leeds – Stylus
29/01/15 UK – Newcastle – Uni
30/01/15 UK – Lemmington – Assembly
31/01/15 UK – Southampton – 1865
02/02/15 FR – Rouen – Le 106
03/02/15 FR – Reims – Le Cartonnerie
04/02/15 FR – Nancy – L´Autre Canal
05/02/15 FR – Nimes – La Paloma
06/02/15 ES – Bilbao – Santana 27
07/02/15 ES – Barcelona – Razzmatazz1
08/02/15 ES – Madrid – La Riviera
10/02/15 PT – Lisboa – Paradise Garage
11/02/15 PT – Porto – Hard Club
12/02/15 ES – Santiago – Captol
14/02/15 FR – Clermont-Ferrand – Le Cooperative De Mai
15/02/15 FR – Strasbourg – Laiterie

Last autumn, Amon Amarth launched a video for the title-track of “Deceiver Of The Gods”, which is believed to be the most remarkable video of the band so far, as it features clips from the upcoming film “Northmen – A Viking Saga” – a movie where Johan Hegg himself stars as Valli.

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http://deceiver.amonamarth.com

Saints Trade to release debut album next month

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 13th January 2015 by Pieni

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Italian Saints Trade will release their debut album “Robbed In Paradise” on the 10th February. Featuring 11 tracks influenced by the ’80s golden age of hard rock, “Robbed In Paradise”, every one of them explores the complexity of the human soul and feelings. The title itself expresses the frustration and unfairness of being confronted by something unpleasant in an otherwise perfect place/situation.

If you have the chance to drop by Alchemica Music Club in Bologna (IT) on 7th February, the release party will be held there.

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01. To The Light
02 Feel The Fire
03. Inside
04. Allied
05. Like A Woman
06. California
07. Dreams Running Wild
08. Siria (Dawn Breaks In)
09. Rock ‘n’ Roll Man
10. Into Your Eyes
11.The Game

https://www.facebook.com/saintstrade 

New record by Skarlett Riot

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 13th January 2015 by Pieni

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Alternative rockers Skarlett Riot are ready to sway their fans with another dose of “riff-packed songs with memorable choruses”. The new piece will hit the stores on 18th February, under the title “We Are The Brave”, but already next week we’ll get a sneak peek on it through the single “Rising”, which will be released on 19th January.

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1. “Divide Us”
2. “Cascade”
3. “Wake Up”
4. “Rising”
5. “Are You Alive”

The CD will also feature the lyric video for the stand-alone single “House Of Cards”, which was released four months ago, as well as the upcoming promotional video of the aforementioned “Rising”.

https://www.facebook.com/skarlettriotuk

Evyltyde – debut album and new video

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 12th January 2015 by Pieni

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Evylyde, the latest wonder in female-fronted bands from London, will release their self-titled debut album on Monday, 19th January. For this whole week that precedes it, the band has made the whole album available for free streaming on their Soundcloud account:

The first video off this album, “Chastity”, was posted yesterday on YouTube. Using the band’s own words: “Inspired by the world of exotic dancing, the video features a number of sensual dance scenes more akin to a Mötley Crüe video”. Check it out:

www.evyltyde.com

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www.twitter.com/Evyltyde

Darkend to participate in Nokturnal Mortum tribute

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 12th January 2015 by Pieni

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Last year Ukraine’s finest Nokturnal Mortum completed their 22nd anniversary. Now, in order to celebrate it, a bunch of hand-picked bands will record a tribute album – among them, Italian extreme ritual metallers Darkend (or “extreme obscure symphonic horror”, as they like to call themselves). There’s yet no date for this release, but the song Darkend will record is the classic “The Forgotten Ages Of Victory”, featuring their past band member, composer and multi-instrumentalist Saturious on keyboards and orchestral arrangements.

Meanwhile, Darkend are working on original songs as well, the plan being the release of the follow-up to “Grand Guignol – Book I” this year.

www.darkend.it
https://www.facebook.com/darkendofficial
https://www.youtube.com/user/DarkEndBand

Venom to release new album later this month

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 12th January 2015 by Pieni

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Black metal veterans Venom are back, with their 14th studio album. The follow-up to “Fallen Angels” will be called “From The Very Depths” and it’s schedule to be released on 26th January, via Spinefarm Records, and will feature the following powerful tracks:

1. Eruptus
2. From The Very Depths
3. The Death Of Rock N Roll
4. Smoke
5. Temptation
6. Long Haired Punks
7. Stigmata Satanas
8. Crucified
9. Evil Law
10 .Grinding Teeth
11. Ouverture
12. Mephistopheles
13. Wings Of Valkyrie
14. Rise

Frontman Cronos says: “This album is perfect, all three members are totally over-the-top confident with the new songs and the production. We had a great atmosphere in the studio while we were recording, Dante created pure thunder from his drums, while Rage tears the flesh off your face with his riffs, making everything fall into place so well… it’s a strong release and really shows the band maturing into an unstoppable force of pure Black Metal. We can’t wait to play the new songs live for the Legions… Hell Yeah!”

A double vinyl will be also available afterwards.

www.venomslegions.com

www.spinefarmrecords.com

Rammstein frontman launches new project with Peter Taegtgren

Posted in News, Uncategorized with tags , , on 10th January 2015 by izaforestspirit

Rammstein singer and frontman Till Lindemann has started a new project called Lindemann in collaboration with producer Peter Taegtgren (Hypocrisy, Pain). So far they have created a band logo and the band’s Facebook page has been launched.


https://www.facebook.com/Lindemann

Black Star Riders: new album and UK tour

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , on 9th January 2015 by Pieni

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Recorded in Nashville, Tennessee, the sophomore album by all-star Black Star Riders will hit the stores next month (on the 20th in Europe, 23rd in the UK and 24th in North America), courtesy of Nuclear Blast. Its title-track, “The Killer Instinct”, saw the light of day as a single three weeks ago, along with a lyric video:

The full track list is as follows:

1. “The Killer Instinct”
2. “Bullet Blues”
3. “Finest Hour”
4. “Soldierstown”
5. “Charlie I Gotta Go”
6. “Blindsided”
7. “Through the Motions”
8. “Sex, Guns & Gasoline”
9. “Turn In Your Arms”
10. “You Little Liar”

Also a UK tour is getting close, with Swedish legends Europe:

Mon 2nd Mar – DUBLIN Olympia Theatre
Tue 3rd Mar – BELFAST Ulster Hall
Thu 5th Mar – GLASGOW O2 ABC
Fri 6th Mar – GLASGOW O2 ABC
Sat 7th Mar – NEWCASTLE O2 Academy
Sun 8th Mar – LEEDS O2 Academy
Tue 10th Mar – NOTTINGHAM Rock City
Wed 11th Mar – CAMBRIDGE Corn Exchange
Fri 13th Mar – MANCHESTER O2 Academy
Sat 14th Mar – WOLVERHAMPTON Civic Hall
Sun 15th Mar – EXETER Great Hall
Mon 16th Mar – BRISTOL – O2 Academy
Wed 18th Mar – BOURNEMOUTH O2 Academy
Thu 19th Mar – NORWICH UEA
Fri 20th Mar – LONDON Shepherds Bush Empire
Sat 21st Mar – LONDON Shepherds Bush Empire

www.blackstarriders.com
www.facebook.com/BlackStarRidersOfficial
www.twitter.com/BlackStarRiders
www.youtube.com/BlackStarRiders