Archive for May, 2018

Sick N Beautiful – Element of Sex

Posted in Alternative, CD, Industrial, Metal, Rock with tags , , , , , , on 31st May 2018 by mickbirchy

Sick N Beautiful

Element Of Sex

Shock Rock, Nu Metal, Electronic Metal

Released: 29 June 2018

via Rosary Lane Records

Sick N Beautiful are a shock rock band that took me by surprise. Their new album Element of Sex is absolutely superb. Mixing elements of rock, metal, pop and electronica and combining it with sci-fi themes. In my book this makes it a real winner. They have so much personality and they really use this album to express themselves. For people who may not be well versed in this style of music, it’s meant to be loud, heavy on the distortion and has character driven lyrics. So if you enjoy Lordi or Rob Zombie, you’ll more than likely get into this. I have listened to the album a few times now and I have to say I’m really enjoying the sound. It’s weird enough to be abstractly enjoyable but conventional enough to garner a wide audience. I think it’s a good place for them to sit.

Their music is this great fusion of rock and electronica with a gothic edge. It puts me in mind of German industrial music with its distorted guitars and well put together arrangements. The production is sharp and the unique sounds of the band truly engross you. Their sheer charisma is matched by an intense energy that persists throughout the record. The riffs come thick and fast, they really sound great. With the electronica influences the songs sound other worldly and give the guitars and bass a slightly weirder tone. It’s almost an orchestral vibe, intercut with nu-metal undertones. I have to give a lot of credit to the vocal performance of Herma. She sings the songs with such passion and conviction; every moment of her performance on the album is absolutely captivating.

Their lyrics are fun as well invoking scenes of sex, violence, space and ritual. All cleverly tied together with the use of imagination. They manage to use their lyrics to create scenes in your mind where they can tell their story. They sound like they’re having a lot of fun with the lyric writing and use their imaginations to tell stories and that’s what I like here. There’s never a feeling of being talked down to. You go for the ride with them and I can appreciate musical escapism.

Overall, I have really loved listening to Sick N Beautiful. They’re a strange band but very likeable. Their music is enjoyable and with their use of genre hopping and mixing it really feels like something fresh and new. Even though there’s nothing really different the way they piece it all together feels new and it’s a bit of fresh air in a genre that hasn’t progressed in a while. They make music they clearly enjoy and their not going to let anyone tear them down or make them feel ashamed. It’s a fun album and in my opinion definitely one to pick up.

4/5

Mick Birchall

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The Black Dahlia Murder coming to Europe this summer

Posted in Metal, Misc., News with tags , , on 29th May 2018 by izaforestspirit

Shortly after finishing their tour with supporting Cannibal Corpse, the American death metal band The Black Dahlia Murder will be hitting European shores this summer. The schedule will include a series of festivals including Brutal Assault in The Czech Republic and Party San Open Air in Germany.

For more details, check the poster below.

In the meantime you can enjoy their newest video ‘Kings of The Night World’, taken from their latest album ‘Nightbringers’ which came out last year.

For more information visit:
http://www.tbdmofficial.com/

https://www.facebook.com/theblackdahliamurderofficial

 

Escape The Fate – I Am Human

Posted in Alternative, CD, Rock with tags , , , on 26th May 2018 by Pieni

Escape The Fate
“I Am Human”
Alternative Rock
Released: 30th March 2018
Via Eleven Seven Music

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Escape The Fate have conquered a few million fans over the past decade with their modern alternative rock. That’s still the best way to describe their sound, although with “I Am Human” it has lost a bit of its original edge. One could say it’s heading towards a more mainstream direction, but let’s face it – they’ve always been down that road. But now there’s a refinement to it, a maturity that gives texture to all the catchiness and class to the briskness. Some of the guitar work has even hints of the eighties, the solos in “I Will Make It Up To You” and “Beautifully Tragic” being the most notorious.

On the other hand, we have more “up-to-date” tunes, such as “Empire”, featuring this decade’s trend of blending the most spirited anger with the most fetching melody. Speaking of melodies, the mandatory ballad comes in the form of “Bleed For Me”. Not exactly extraordinary, but it serves its purpose of touching your heart.

Touching are also the lyrics of “If Only”, contradicting the chirpy acoustic chords provided. The kind of song you associate with Summer camps, even if these usually don’t bear so much regret. “Let Me Be”, however, is lighthearted enough to make you want to dance to its rhythm and sing-along cheerfully.

The title-track is quite seductive, but my personal favorite is “Do You Love Me” – the bass in this album is so overlooked that it’s refreshing to feel its vibrancy in this song.

All in all is a pretty pleasant record. Its new path didn’t take such a dramatic detour – especially when you’re able to recognize the step forward it represents in song-writing – but indeed some of the most hardcore fans of the band may be disappointed. At the sane time, “I Am Human” is prone to gain them a handful of new ones.

3,5/5

by Renata “Pieni” Lino

Hanzel und Gretyl reveal new album details

Posted in Metal, Misc., News, Studio Report with tags , , on 25th May 2018 by izaforestspirit

The American industrial metal band Hanzel und Gretyl are back and they have recently announced that their new album is coming this summer. The long-awaited follow-up to ‘Black Forest Metal’ will be entitled ‘Satanik Germanik’ and it is due to hit the stores on 6th July 2018 via Metropolis Records.

You can check out the cover art below:

For more information go to:

https://www.facebook.com/hanzelundgretyl/

https://www.hanzelundgretyl.com/

https://www.metropolis-records.com/artist/hanzel-und-gretyl

 

Dew-Scented call it a day

Posted in Metal, Misc., News with tags , , , on 22nd May 2018 by izaforestspirit

Sad news for fans of Dew-Scented. The German thrash metal quintet have announced that they will be splitting up this autumn. Here’s an extract from an official statement from the band:

DEW-SCENTED are no more!

A message from the band themselves…

DEW-SCENTED are no more!

All good things must come to an end…

And it’s now been 26 (!) intense years of sacrifices for the thrash metal cause for us. Despite numerous setbacks, DEW-SCENTED never split up or even stopped for any significant amount of time. We were always blessed with great opportunities and a strong will to soldier onwards.

All in all, we have had an amazing ride with this music we love and not only played countless great shows across the globe, but released ten (!) albums and most importantly, we made tons of life-long friendships along the way because of the band.

But it’s time to realize that we won’t be able to forge ahead much further because DEW-SCENTED just won’t work without complete and constant dedication. And giving such a full-time commitment simply isn’t possible anymore because of how life otherwise evolved throughout the years.”

 

Before they call it a day they will complete one final tour in Germany. This will include the last show in their hometown of Walsrode.

Here is the schedule:
SA 23.06.2018 Protzen (Germany) – Protzen Open Air / Sold Out!
FR 24.08.2018 Nucknitz/Bautzen (Germany) – Nukstock Open Air
SA 25.08.2018 Wiernsheim (Germany) – Riedler Open Air
FR 05.10.2018 Paderborn (Germany) – Metal Inferno Festival
SA 06.10.2018 Walsrode (Germany) – JZ Mittendrin / Final Show!

 

For more details visit:

http://www.dew-scented.de/

https://www.facebook.com/dewscented

Volster – Perfect Storm

Posted in CD, Rock with tags , on 20th May 2018 by izaforestspirit

Volster
Perfect Storm
Released 20th April 2018
Melodic Hard Rock
Released via ROAR Rock of Angels Records

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‘Perfect Storm’ is debut album from the Swedish melodic hard rock band Volster. The band name dates back to the mid-90s when Ulf Andersson and Henrik Lundberg (former members of Masquerade) recorded a demo titled ‘Volster’. Several years later, in 2013 they decided to form a band under that name. Their style has been summed up by their bassist as “…melodic hard rock as it’s supposed to be.”

Melodic is the keyword here. This album is definitely all about melody. The title track is a good example of modern-sounding hard rock – good guitar harmonies and a skillfully executed chorus. Then other influences shine through with tracks including Heaven or Hell featuring some groove-style bass guitar structures. That particular song reminded me of Black Label Society for some reason. Speaking of groove; the slower, more ballad-like Babylon is packed with bluesy guitar riffs giving it a considerably darker tone compared to many of the other songs on here. The vocals and the overall style on Games of War made me think of Ozzy Osbourne.

I’m not going to bother going through every track even if there would be good things to say about all of them. Volster seem to happily borrow from a variety of both metal and hard rock styles. There are elements of everything from classic hard rock, glam/sleaze rock to melodic heavy metal and even groove metal. Surprisingly enough it all works well as a whole.

In summary, ‘Perfect Storm’ shows a band who wear their influences on their sleeves; acknowledging and in some ways paying homage to their past, but also moving forward and embracing a more modern style. What started as a short demo in the 1990s is now a fully fledged beast, alive and ready to rock in 2018.

4/5

Iza Raittila

 

Slayer’s Final World Tour comes to Europe this autumn

Posted in Metal, Misc., News with tags , on 14th May 2018 by izaforestspirit

The legendary thrash metal titans Slayer announced at the start of this year that they will be calling to a day. Before that takes place they will embark on one final world tour which has already started.

This autumn The Final World Tour will continue in Europe starting in November 2018. Lamb of God, Obituary and Anthrax have been announced as the supports. You can see the full schedule below:

Final World Tour: Europe 2018

NOV 1
Dublin 3 Arena – Dublin, 07, Ireland

NOV 3
Wembley Arena – London, United Kingdom

NOV 5
Cardiff Arena – Cardiff, X5, United Kingdom

NOV 7
Birmingham BCA – Birmingham, A7, United Kingdom

NOV 9
Manchester Arena – Manchester, United Kingdom

NOV 10
Newcastle Metro Radio Arena – Newcastle, United Kingdom

NOV 12
Glasgow Hydro SSE – Glasgow, V2, United Kingdom

NOV 14
Westfalenhalle – Dortmund, 07, Germany

NOV 15
IJsselHal – Zwolle, Netherlands

NOV 17
Vistalegre – Madrid, Community Of Madrid, Spain

NOV 18
St. Jordi – Barcelona, 56, Spain

NOV 20
Mediolanum Forum – Milan, Italy

NOV 21
Halle 622 – Zurich, ZH, Switzerland

NOV 23
Stadthalle – Vienna, Vienna, Austria

NOV 24 SAT
Freiburg SICK ARENA – Freiburg, 01, Germany

NOV 26
Barclaycard Arena – Hamburg, 04, Germany

NOV 27
ATLAS ARENA – Lodz, Poland

NOV 29
Olympiahalle – Munich, Germany

NOV 30
Messehalle – Erfurt, Thuringia, Germany

DEC 2
Mercedes-Benz Arena – Berlin, Germany

DEC 3 Royal Arena
Copenhagen, Capital Region, Denmark

DEC 5
Hovet – Stockholm, Sweden

DEC 6
Spektrum Oslo, Norway

DEC 8
Ice Hall – Helsinki, Finland

 

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For more information visit:

https://www.slayer.net/welcome/

https://www.facebook.com/slayer/