Archive for March, 2015

Sister w/ Killus – Barcelona, Spain

Posted in Gig, Live with tags , , , , , on 10th March 2015 by Pieni

Killus, Sister
Sala Rocksound, Barcelona (ES)
4th March 2015
Promoted by Kivents

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After releasing “Disguised Vultures” early last year, Sister toured around in support of other bands. Now the vultures decided it was time to fly as headliners and I caught up with them in Barcelona.

 photo _DSC1174_zpsf14lq4kt.jpgKillus were their special guests, a Spanish industrial metal band that I had never heard of before. Damn, what I’d been missing! Those guys are freaking good! They’ve been around as long as Sister have (since 2005) but have a bigger discography (four albums already). Their latest effort, “Feel The Monster”, was released in May 2013, and Killus’ choice to focus on it was only natural. Still they showed us a little bit of all previous albums. “Dead Revolution”, from the debut “God Bless Us”, was even given that special task of ending the show. And what a show that was. Rocksound’s stage is small but they made it look huge with their restless stage attitude – which included synched jumps from guitarist Ruk and bass player Premutoxx. And yes, the photographer in me just fell in love with the crazed faces soaked in makeup, the poses in such typical industrial garments… but the music lover in me was also having a blast. It’s really a shame that they only supported Sister on the Spanish dates, as they deserved the full pack of dates.  (5/5)

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https://www.facebook.com/Killusband

It was precisely in Spain, although in Madrid, that I’ve heard/seen Sister for the first time. They blew me away then, and they still blow me away now, with their mix of dark punk and dirty sleaze.

 photo _DSC1361 copy_zpslreyfity.jpgWith only two albums out (and a couple of Eps, although only “Deadboys Making Noise” seems to count, given the way-too-glam nature of the very first one, “Shock Rock Party Pop” ), the setlist was more balanced than Killus’ when it comes to new and old stuff. Well, less new – “Hated” was released in the Summer of 2011, so it’s not exactly old.

One by one, the boys got on stage. Singer Jamie was the last, wearing a mask like I saw him do in London last year – meaning that “My Enemy” would kick off the show. “Disguised Vultures” would follow suit, then “Bullshit & Backstabbing”… killer song after killer song! But a good rock’n’roll band always has its ballads and I was more than happy when Sister played both of theirs – “Would You Love A Creature” and “Naked”. With only Tim on an acoustic guitar and Jamie on vocals, “Would You Love A Creature” sounded better somehow. Nothing to do with the lack of the piano keys from the studio version, as I actually find those lovely. It was really Jamie’s voice that sounded steadier and cleaner.

 photo _DSC0005 copy_zpspukgnlgr.jpgAt some point, Jamie left the stage and bass player Rikki approached the mike, asking us if we liked Sepultura. They would then start playing “Refuse/Resist” and for a moment I thought Rikki would sing it too. But we weren’t that lucky – it was just a brief instrumental moment.

After going back to the aforementioned “Deadboys Making Noise” EP through “Crash Boom Bang” (no, not a Roxette cover, even though that would be cool som fan), they finished the gig with “Please Kill Me”. I was a bit sad that they only played for an hour, but I assure you every minute was worth it. And given the fiery reaction of the crowd, I believe I speak for everyone who was there.

The tour resumes tomorrow, in the UK, and goes on until the 21st, in Germany. If you have the opportunity to see them, don’t waste it. You won’t be sorry. (5/5)

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Text & photos by Renata “Pieni” Lino

Black Star Riders – The Killer Instinct (Deluxe Edition)

Posted in CD, Rock with tags , , , , , , on 8th March 2015 by mickbirchy

Black Star Riders
The Killer Instinct
Hard Rock
Released: 20th February 2015
Via Nuclear Blast Records

So the second record from the old school rockers is here – “The Killer Instinct”, released on the 20th February 2015 via Nuclear Blast Records, is the follow up to 2013’s “All Hell Breaks Loose”. The album is produced by Nick Raskulinecz, and recording took place in Nashville, Tennessee in September 2014. This is also the first BSR album to feature bassist Robbie Crane. The first single to be released from the album is the title track, “The Killer Instinct”.

The album is a refreshing change of pace from the first album, and it doesn’t seem to be as hastily put together. There is a lot of really nice tunes that are just easy to listen to. I wasn’t to keen on the production style of the first album, but here I think everything works, each song flows nicely in to the next and it’s just a really pleasant experience to hear. The riffs are tight and solos are easy on the ear. The music more emcompasses your head rather than penetrating your hearing. I just get lost in the sounds that this album makes. I bet this would sound amazing on vinyl.

I can’t really fault this record. The only thing I can think of is that, it’s a bit too familiar to older rock n roll, and all it does is remind you of all the bands that have been before. Not that this is really a bad thing, but it can be distracting if you are coming in to this record expecting something fresh and new. Also, some of the riff and solo choices seem a little lazy, but a few bad moments, not even songs, doesn’t spoil this for me. Genuinely all this paragraph was my nitpicking, not actual problems.

I have to say, if I were to recommend songs to sell you this album, the first would have to be “Finest Hour”. This is just a great upbeat rock tune that makes me smile everytime I listen to it.  It has a solid riff and a really catchy chorus. Also I’m really feeling the tune “Sex, Guns & Gasoline”, again a great little riff and it’s got a funky rhythm and again it’s really quite catchy. Also, since I got the “Deluxe Edition”, there are some really nice acoustic renditions of the songs on the album. “The Killer Instinct (Acoustic)” is actually better than the electric version, in my opinion.

In summary, this is a fantastic rock record that I don’t really have anything against. It’s better than the first album, full of great riffs and solos, it’s catchy and fun. Also I recommend getting the “Deluxe Edition” to get all of the bonus content, because the acoustic reworking is really nice. This has been my favourite album of the year so far!!

5/5

Mick Birchall

Lindemann releases the first preview of the new album

Posted in Industrial, Metal, News, Studio Report with tags on 4th March 2015 by izaforestspirit

Till Lindemann and his new partner in crime Peter Taegtgren have released the first teaser for the upcoming Lindemann album. Here it is:

No tile or track-list has been mentioned yet but album is expected to hit the shops this May.

https://www.facebook.com/Lindemann

Sanctuary European tour kicking off today with Nick Cordle on the guitar

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 3rd March 2015 by Pieni

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After their reunion last year, with the release of “The Year The Sun Died”, Sanctuary are now about to embark on an European tour, where they’ll perform a classy mix of old and new stuff. The tour starts tonight with a headlining show in London, and from tomorrow on, the band will ride as Overkill support. Sanctuary will resume their role as headliners for the two last gigs, in Greece. Check all dates here:

03.03.2015 (GB) LONDON / Underworld (headline show) *
04.03.2015 (D) BRAUNSCHWEIG / Meiers Music Hall**
05.03.2015 (D) LEIPZIG / Hell Raiser**
06.03.2015 (D) MEMMINGEN / Kaminwerk**
07.03.2015 (A) WÖRGL / Komma VZ**
08.03.2015 (A) VIENNA / Szene**
09.03.2015 (SRB) BEOGRAD / Dom Omladine**
10.03.2015 (SLO) LJUBLJANA / Kino Sisak**
11.03.2015 (HR) ZAGREB / Tvornica**
13.03.2015 (HU) BUDAPEST / Club 202**
14.03.2015 (PL) KATOWICE / Mega Club**
15.03.2015 (PL) GDANSK / B90**
17.03.2015 (NL) ZWOLLE / Hedon**
18.03.2015 (F) METZ / Les Trinitaires**
20.03.2015 (GR) THESSALONIKI / Eightball Club
21.03.2015 (GR) ATHENS / Gagarin205
22.05.2015 – 24.05.2015 (DE) GELSENKIRCHEN
* supported by Metasoma and Monument
**supporting Overkill

 photo Nick-Cordle_zpsi0iyx4kh.jpgWith the departure of Brad Hull, Sanctuary found in Nick Cordle the perfect live replacement: “We are excited to welcome Nick Cordle from Arch Enemy and Arsis to the Sanctuary team. Nick is an amazing musician and we believe he will bring a fresh energy to the line-up. You can see Nick Cordle with Sanctuary this March touring Europe on the Killfest tour”, says guitarist Lenny Rutledge.

Cordle himself adds: “It’ll be a great pleasure to join Sanctuary on tour in Europe! I’ve admired the band for a long time and ‘The Year The Sun Died’ is a breath of fresh air. It’s a welcome challenge to work up these songs and I’m excited to get moving!”

SANCTUARY online: 
www.EnterTheSanctuary.com
www.facebook.com/sanctuaryfans
www.twitter.com/sanctuarymetal

Thomas Manell leaves The End Of Grace

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 1st March 2015 by Pieni

On April 10th, The End Of Grace will support Skitarg at the legendary Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg. This will be drummer Thomas Manell‘s last show:

 photo _DSC0821_zpsef2a8dvs.jpg “Hey guys!

The time has come for me to move on in my musical endeavours. Metalcore was a new genre for me when I joined and as it has turned out its not what I’m looking for.

I want to thank the guys for a great time with everything I have experienced and lots of love to all the people I have met out there and through fb/instagram. I know that The End Of Grace is going to go far so support them just as awesome as you’ve done so far. smile emoticon

See you in Gothenburg- witch I will still attend on.

/Thomas

Thomas also recorded the band’s latest single, “Final Burden”, which will be released soon. The “B-side” for this single will be a remix of “Beneath The Waves” done by TEoG‘s friend Frodd.

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