Archive for June, 2015

My Dying Bride reveal more details about the new album

Posted in Metal, News with tags , on 30th June 2015 by izaforestspirit

The British Gothic doom metal band My Dying Bride have recently announced that their new album, the follow up to ‘A Map of All Our Failures’ will be entitled ‘Feel The Misery‘. The album is being recorded at Academy Studios in Dewsbury West Yorkshire, which has played an important role in the band’s history as many of their earlier works were created there. ‘Feel The Misery’ also marks the return of the band’s original guitarist Calvin Robertshow after a long absence.  You can check out the cover art here:

The tracklisting will be as follows:

1. And My Father Left Forever
2. To Shiver In Empty Halls
3. A Cold New Curse
4. Feel The Misery
5. A Thorn Of Wisdom
6. I Celebrate Your Skin
7. I Almost Loved You
8. Within A Sleeping Forest

‘Feel the Misery’ is expected to hit the shops on 18th September 2015 via Peaceville Records. It will be available in the following versions: standard CD, vinyl, plus a special edition 2CD/2×10” vinyl set in deluxe earbook format, with exclusive music and an expanded booklet.

http://peaceville.com/bands/2340

http://www.mydyingbride.net/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/My-Dying-Bride-Official-uk/282179138510618?fref=ts

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Cradle of Filth – Hammer of The Witches

Posted in CD, Metal with tags on 28th June 2015 by izaforestspirit

Cradle of Filth
Hammer of The Witches
Released 10th July 2015
Extreme Gothic Metal
Released via Nuclear Blast Records

Cradle Filth doesn’t need much of an introduction. Whether you love them or hate them, you cannot deny that they have left their mark on the metal scene. With a long career spanning over two decades, they have given us numerous Gothic horror videos, poetic lyrics, both shocking and beautiful imagery and a variety of music styles. Their music has evolved a lot over the years: from the death metal demos to black and symphonic black metal to the latest incarnation – extreme Gothic metal (according to The Metal Archives). I’ve been into their music since the late 90s and I have observed the various transformations, not just in music style but also in the line-up. Currently Dani Filth is the only original member left. All this means that Cradle of Filth in 2015 is a very different beast compared to band I grew to love after hearing ‘Dusk And Her Embrace’ and ‘Cruelty And The Beast’. Their latest opus ‘Hammer of The Witches’ is the follow up to ‘The Manticore’ and Other Horrors’ and it’s a concept album about witchcraft and the treatment of witches over the ages. The title is a reference to the medieval document about the persecution of witches called ‘Malleus Maleficarum’.

We’re entering familiar territory with the first track; a violin-infused, symphonic intro ‘Walpurgis Eve’, which sounds like a fairly typical opener for a Cradle of Filth album. The next song that caught my attention is the enchanting Gothic horror delight that is Enshrined In Crematoria which reminds me of the band’s ‘Nymphetamine’ -era due to the similarities in the guitar patterns and the keyboard style. Dani’s vocals haven’t really changed much, he’s still combining the black metal shrieks with growling and the clearer, semi-growl vocal style.

Deflowering The Maidenhead, Displeasuring The Goddess is an abomination when it comes to genre and style. As a song it’s a cacophony of the following: symphonic “black metal”, Gothic metal keyboards and backing vocals, Marthus’s relentless pummeling drums along with the thrash metal style guitar riffage halfway through the track. Luckily it’s not long before the vocals and keyboards re-enter the fold as if to remind you of which band you’re listening to. The guitars, both the lead, rhythm and the bass, really come into the spotlight on ‘Blackest Magick In Practice; while the title track is a ferocious monster filled with rage and brutality. Yet there’s no doubt as to which track on here is my favourite – Right Wing Of The Garden Triptych is an absolute beauty of a song, featuring a delicate balance of classic Cradle Of Filth symphonic keyboard melodies, Dani’s shrieks, Marthus’s furiously fast drumming and some skillfully executed guitar work with Lindsay Schoolcraft’s Gothic backing vocals acting as the icing on the cake.

Overall this album reflects a modern Cradle of Filth style. As far as the music goes it’s like a mixture of ‘Nymphetamine’ and ‘Manticore’. So, if you stopped listening to them after ‘Midian’, then you will probably dislike this album. Personally I have mixed feelings about it. There’s a handful of great songs on here and several weaker ones that aren’t memorable in any way. While it’s not another masterpiece like ‘Dusk and Her Embrace’ but it’s not their worst album either.

3.5/5

Iza Raittila

Epica announce Calgary show

Posted in News with tags , , on 28th June 2015 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Dutch metal titans Epica have announced their first show in Calgary in five years. The event will take place on 20th September at MacEwan Hall with support from Eluveitie and special guests The Agonist. Tickets are available from this location.

Epica online
http://epica.nl
http://facebook.com/epica

Lindemann – Skills in Pills

Posted in CD, Industrial, Metal with tags , , on 24th June 2015 by izaforestspirit

Lindemann

Skills in Pills

Released 23rd June 2015

Industrial Metal

Released via Warner Music

‘Skills In Pills’ is the debut album from Lindemann, a new project featuring Till Lindemann of Rammstein and the Swedish multi-instrumentalist and producer Peter Tägtgren (Hypocrisy, PAIN). Now, for those who don’t know, I’m a huge Rammstein fan so naturally I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this…

After a quick glance through the booklet, I’d like to warn you all that each of the ten tracks on here is paired up with a suitably bizarre-looking image matching the grotesque and satirically funny nature of the lyrics. Then again if you’re a long-time Rammstein fan like me, you would know that controversial and bizarre is what Mr. Lindemann does best. So that’s the introduction done, now on to the music…

The lineup is comprised of just two individuals – Peter Tägtgren plays all the instruments and Till Lindemann accompanies with his signature baritone vocals. There are two things that set this apart from Rammstein: short duration of the songs and the fact that all the lyrics are in English. It’s a great start with the title track featuring some simple but easy to sing along to chorus and distorted, industrial metal style guitar riffs and keyboards. Fat combines the ironic and over-the-top lyrics with a pompous orchestral style melody and a catchy chorus. If Rammstein’s ‘Keine Lust’ had a long lost English or American cousin, it would be this song.

Then we move on from obesity and morbid fetishes to nautical themes, with Fish On offering more catchy choruses complemented by powerful drumming and industrial-style keyboards akin to Tägtgren’s own band Pain. Yet not all the songs are fast and catchy; for example Home Sweet Home shifts to a much slower pace while emphasizing the creepy atmosphere and profound lyrics. Then this hellish duo decides to lighten up the mood a little with songs about cowboys and “water-sports” (you know what I mean). Last but not least is Praise Abort which is about as controversial as it can get. The lyrics are misanthropic and misogynistic but they are also ironic and hilariously funny. So rather than feeling offended by it I actually found myself singing along to the tune and laughing.

Overall, I’ve really enjoyed this album. It’s like Rammstein, only in English and stripped down to the bare essentials. It takes you on a journey during which you will experience a whole range of emotions including fear, laughter and disgust. With the prospect of having to wait at least two years for a new Rammstein album, this makes it easier to bear.

4.5/5

Iza Raittila

Of Pig Faced Gods – Purify The Horror set for two date live debut

Posted in News with tags , , , on 21st June 2015 by Paul Macmillan

Purify The Horror double live debut

Back in 2013, Brummie grind troupe, Purify The Horror unleashed an exemplary display of filthy noise, but as yet, they have not hit a single stage. Made up of three anonymous underground UK luminaries, PTH present a vision of the genre less susceptible to making any effort to impress with technicality than their modern contemporaries. Instead, they match the short, sharp shocks of the likes of Brutal Truth with the mastered riff writing of Napalm Death, all watched over with a wry glint in their beady little eyes.

July will see the trio – Lord Pig, Bear Pig, and Sergeant Squeal – take to the stage for their first ever shows, most likely with horrific swine faces included. With a catologue of dirty, thrashy grind, lyrics covering the bizarre to the critical, these debut dates will be something different for the UK underground to behold, and since they’ve gone 3 years without playing live already, there’s no real knowing when they’ll next raise their heads from the trough to venture forth into the realms of those who walk on two legs.

Gus G – Brand New Revolution

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , , on 21st June 2015 by mickbirchy

Gus G
Brand New Revolution
Power Metal/Heavy Metal
Released: 24th July 2015
via Century Media

Gus G should be no stranger to any heavy metal fan. The amount of work he has put out over the last 10+ years is shearly staggering – be that with Firewind, Dream Evil or the prince of darkness himself Ozzy Osbourne.  In early 2014 we got his debut solo record ‘I Am The Fire’.  I did like this album but it was missing a spark. I couldn’t put my finger on exactly what I couldn’t get into, but it just didn’t feel right.  At least not to me. However, with this new album on the horizon Gus G takes it above and beyond. ‘Brand New Revolution’ is nothing short of amazing. Every song feels complete and Gus takes everything he has learned over the years and capitalises on it tenfold. Also the album boasts feature guest vocal appearances from Jeff Scott Soto (Yngwie Malmsteen, Journey, Talisman), Elize Ryd (Amaranthe), Jacob Bunton (Adler, Lynam) and Mats Levén (Candlemass, Yngwie Malmsteen, Treat).

Opening on the blistering instrumental tune ‘The Quest’, where Gus just shows off his skill and displays amazing fret control. Just an air guitar fest of a song. After this, every song features a vocalist, so I think it would be best to tackle this album by each singer. Jacob Bunton brings an energy and a charisma to the songs he performs on, including the title track ‘Brand New Revolution’. These songs are played very much to his strengths, just good rock ‘n’ roll style songs with tight riffs and packed solo’s. If there’s one thing Gus knows how to do is pack an amazing solo into a short space on a track with ease.  Jacob has a great voice for these songs and sings with a great amount of confidence. Particularly on the track ‘Burn’, which I feel he was really comfortable singing. I can hear why Gus wanted him to sing on the majority of the album. Singing on 5 of the 12 songs on the album.

Next on the plate we have Jeff Scott Soto, who does a decent job with the songs he’s given. These tunes have a NWOBHM vibe about them and feel like throwback tunes.  Soto has a pretty recognisable voice and I feel he’s utilised pretty well on the songs.  Distinctly on ‘Generation G’. Although I like Soto, I think his songs are the weakest on the record and generally feel rushed.  He’s definitely having fun, so that energy he’s bringing to the tracks works pretty well here.

Elize Ryd is one of my favourite singers of the last few years.  I’m a big fan of Amaranthe, and any generally anything she’s on. She seems to be the queen of collaborations at the moment. She’s done featuring guest vocals on so many tracks from Kamelot to Nergard, and it’s pretty cool to hear her pop up here.  This is one of the few times she has a song completely to herself, as she is usually singing with someone.  Let me tell you now, she can carry a song easily on her own.  Gus has given her this dirty sounding almost tech metal song. ‘What Lies Beneath’ is a great tune with a fun beat and fits Elize’s vocals well. Her vocals just soar here.

Mats Levén, in my opinion, gets some of the strongest songs on the album. He is also the one who sounds the most comfortable on this album. ‘Come Hell or Highwater’ is a fun power metal tune, with some decent rock n roll ideas thrown in. The other two songs he features in are pretty great too. Especially the album’s closing song ‘The Demon Inside’, in which his performance is impeccable. Just great stuff.  Something also has to be said for the backing band on the album too. Gus G regulars, Jo Nunez (Firewind) on drums and Marty O’Brien (Lita Ford) on bass, sound awesome as always. The chemistry just shows on the album making the music even richer.

Overall, I freaking love this album. It far surpasses Gus’ previous solo album, as there’s more consistency and just more fun. He has a passion for metal like no other. Just a rip roaring fun record, made for any fan of heavy metal. Can’t believe I’m awarding my second five out of five this year, but this one has earned it.

5/5

Mick Birchall

E-Force – Demonikhol

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , on 20th June 2015 by izaforestspirit

E-Force
Demonikhol
Released 19th June 2015
Thrash Metal / Extreme Metal
Released via Mausoleum Records

‘Demonikhol’ is the new album from the Canadian thrash metal band E-Force. It is a concept album about the devastating effects of alcohol abuse. The band was formed back in 2001 after the singer Eric Forrest left Voivod. Their debut album ‘Evil Forces’ was released two years later after which Forrest relocated to France, resulting in some changes in the lineup.

The album kicks off with Grievance, offering a barrage of ferociously fast guitar riffs and equally brutal-sounding drums. At first it seems like your average thrash metal, then the vocals enter the frame and they really aren’t at all what I expected to hear. Not that thrash metal as a genre is known for its pleasant-sounding singers, but this guy’s angry shouting reminds more of ‘Slaughter of the Soul’ -era At The Gates or even Children of Bodom than old school thrash metal acts. I guess it’s all about capturing the raw emotion and that uncomfortable feeling that you get after a heavy night’s drinking.

Double Edged Sword stands out due to the brutal drumming and the aggressive guitar work. If you like your thrash metal fast and furious, you might enjoy this track. Debauchery is true to its namesake in that it’s completely chaotic and slightly mad as far as the song structure goes but the guys sound like they are having fun. On the plus side there’s the occasional decent guitar riff on there which makes the track more memorable. State of Delusion has more of the thrash metal vibes in the guitars which makes the song one of the more catchy ones on here. Even the abrasive vocals don’t bother me as much thanks to the skillfully executed guitar work.

Overall, this album proves that E-Force doesn’t want to conform to one specific style. Their signature sound comprises two key aspects: speed and brutality. So if it’s old school thrash metal you’re after then you probably wouldn’t enjoy this. If however, you’re happy to check out something more extreme or experimental than you might want to give ‘Demonikhol’ a try.

3/5

Iza Raittila