Archive for October, 2016

Sonata Arctica – The Ninth Hour

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , , on 14th October 2016 by mickbirchy

Sonata Arctica
The Ninth Hour
Power Metal, Symphonic Metal
Released: 7th October 2016
via Nuclear Blast

The last time I talked about Sonata Arctica on this site I gave them a relatively positive review. I enjoyed “Pariah’s Child”, it was a fun record with a lot of good tunes. It got me into the band and I’ve considered myself a fan ever since. So I snapped up the opportunity to take a listen to the new record, “The Ninth Hour”.

Straight from the first song, “Closer To An Animal”, I knew I was listening to a bolder product with more focus and solid songwriting.  Every element of the album is alive and energized. The synth is just uplifting and makes for a nice atmosphere with its diversity. The songwriting is beautiful and is filled with emotion and passion. From slow and somber songs to the heavy and faced paced straight up metal songs. They just make an impression on every song.

The lyrical content is pretty simple when you think about it. The message of the album is life a good life, be kind to people and stop killing the planet. It sounds simplistic and something you’d sing to your kids. Yet, just because you learned it when you were young it does make these morals false. Sometimes you need simple things just said to you and Sonata Arctica really sell it. Tony Kakko’s voice sounds absolutely amazing on this album. He always seems to manage to match his voice to the emotion of the song and it sounds so sweet every time.

This is an excellent album. In my opinion, Sonata Arctica are the undisputed kings of power metal. If I were to recommend songs from the album, firstly “Life”. This is a belting track with a genuinely inspiring and cheerful chorus that sounds glorious. The other song I’d recommend is “We Are What We Are”, which sound sorrowful and passionate.  It’s a beautiful album that really live up to their reputation as one of the best. I love it

4/5

Mick Birchall

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The Answer release new video and announce U.K. tour dates

Posted in Misc., News, Rock with tags , , , , on 11th October 2016 by izaforestspirit

The Northern Irish rock band The Answer have recently release a new video for their latest single ‘Solas’. ‘Solas’ is the title track of their new album which is scheduled to hit the shops on 28th October 2016 via Napalm Records.

Here is the cover art:

The new album is inspired by the band’s Celtic background and sees them incorporating elements of Irish instrumentation, vocal style and Gaelic chanting into their music.

You can check out the new video here:

The Answer have also announced that they will be touring The U.K. next month with The Dead Daisies. So if you would like to hear some Irish rock n’rock then you can catch them live on the following dates:

NOVEMBER TOUR 2016
Sat 12th – The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen
Sun 13th – The Classic Grand, Glasgow
Mon 14th – Corporation, Sheffield
Tues 15th – Riverside, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Wed 16th – Picturedrome, Holmfirth
Fri 18th – Diamond Live Lounge, Doncaster
Sat 19th – Academy 2, Birmingham
Sun 20th – Concorde 2, Brighton
Tue 22nd – Waterfront, Norwich
Wed 23rd – Electric Ballroom, London

For more information visit:

https://www.facebook.com/theanswerrock/

http://www.theanswer.ie/

 

 

As Lions announce new EP and video

Posted in Metal, Misc., News, Rock with tags , , , on 4th October 2016 by izaforestspirit

The British hard rock band As Lions have just announced that their debut EP will be released soon. Their first piece of work will be entitled ‘Aftermath’ and it is scheduled to hit the shops on 14th October 2016 via Better Noise Records. The CD version will be available in Europe and there will be digital copies available for purchase in The U.S.A.

You can check out the cover art and the track-listing below:

  1. Aftermath
  2. White Flags
  3. Deathless
  4. World on Fire

As Lions was formed last year by Austin Dickinson (son of the Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson) after the his previous band Rise to Remain call it a day.

You can listen to the title track ‘Aftemath’ here:

 

For more information visit:

http://aslionsband.com/