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Epica announce Calgary show

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

Sirenia–The Seventh Life Path

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on 22nd April 2015 by Nico Davidson

Sirenia
The Seventh Life Path
Released 8th May 2015
Symphonic/Gothic Metal
Released via Napalm Records

Norway is the perfect setting for the dusk-coloured symphonies written by Sirenia. Following on from jump to Napalm Records, the band announced the release of The Seventh Life Path, the follow-up to their previous album which was released via Nuclear Blast.

The Seventh Life Path begins slow with the track Seti, painting a crepuscular image in the mind of the listener with a tragic choir and a solemn orchestration. Serpent has a chilling introduction with what sounds to be the twisted speech of children before waves of guitars and symphonic sounds come crashing down with Ailyn’s haunting voice sailing atop them. Morten’s harsher demonstration of vocals adds the final piece to the twilit essence of the song. Once My Light sees an interesting use of synths in work, melding with the howls of Morten’s and Jan’s guitars. The song has it calmer passages that allow for smooth sailing between the raging flurries of guitars and drums.

The guitars on Elixir sound dignified and imposing, giving the track a far more august atmosphere. The use of clean vocals as well as choirs and the occasional bestial snarls deliver a fresh course of unrelenting misty notes. Sons of the North stands out prominently, like a peacock in shades of Gothic colours seeking a new mate. The first verse, growled by Morten, describe a cold, unforgiving setting which is perfect for the song. The symphonies that are placed ever so masterfully in this track are sharp, and biting, as if they were shards of ice falling from the darkening skies during a wintry storm.

Earendel explodes with fierce lashes from the guitars and powerful, lyrical orchestral notes. Ailyn’s and Morten’s vocals are virtually poetic throughout this track, displaying why they make such dynamic partners on the microphone. Consealed Disdain frequents the use of technical compositions that chart the way for the rest of the track, especially the venom-laced screams and the calculated riffs. Insania – which fortunately isn’t a cover of that awful Peter Andre song – isn’t as heavy as other tracks on the album but it still bludgeons the listener with raging guitars that would put even the Hulk to shame and intricate orchestration. Contemptuous Quitus is a melodic track, summoning forth a tactful placement of notes and harmonies, to create a shroud of thick darkness that only Sirenia can pull off. The piano medleys blend in an awe-inspiring manner between the other instruments, sealing the track together into one magnificent musical portrait.

The Silver Eye sails the album towards its end with an introductory of a cluster of everything, ranging from the vicious execution of the guitars to the dual vocals. After that storm, the song eases into smoother sailing, allowing each element its chance to be heard. Sirenia make port with the final track of the album, Tragedienne, a song that weeps with heartbreaking sounds as the chilling vocals of Ailyn are heard within. The piano medley that floats throughout the track offers up a bleak sense of emotion as each note gently steps away.

Sirenia have been on the scene for a number of years now and The Seventh Life Path is possibly one of the greatest albums to be have been recorded within symphonic metal. It offers up a range of elements from the gothic to the mysterious as well as a number of Cimmerian emotions. The musicianship is flawless and the vocals are mesmerising. Forget this being the album of the year, this deserves to be album of the decade.

5/5

Nico Solheim-Davidson

Sirenia online:

http://sirenia.no

Epica announce small run of UK shows

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 22nd April 2015 by Nico Davidson

The Dutch titans of symphonic metal, Epica, have announced that they will return to the UK in November for a small run of shows. The UK tour will be in support of the band’s most recent masterpiece, The Quantum Enigma, which saw a change of style for the band which modernised their sound while sticking to their roots in symphonic metal. Epica’s mainman, guitarist and vocalist Mark Jansen comments:

We had such a great time when we played an one-off UK show at The Forum last year that we will come back for a short run of UK dates this autumn. We will be joined on this run by Eluveitie and Scar Symmetry. I am very pleased to tour with this strong package. I’m sure you all won’t regret coming out to one of these shows and partying with us. See you!!!

Support comes from 2 Nuclear Blast label mates. Switzerland’s Eluveitie released a new album last year, the Celtic Folk influenced ‘Origins’, which they performed at a string of sold-out UK dates last Autumn. Swedish melodic Death Metal band Scar Symmetry complete the bill, performing their first UK dates since the release of their new album ‘The Singularity Phase I: Neohumanity’ , also released in 2014.

Tour dates are as follow:

11-11-2015 UK-Bristol O2 Academy
12-11-2015 UK-Manchester Ritz
14-11-2015 UK-Glasgow Garage
15-11-2015 UK-London Forum

Epica online:

http://epica.nl
http://facebookc.com/epica
http://twitter.com/_epica

Leaves’ Eyes announce UK tour

Posted in Uncategorized on 13th April 2015 by Nico Davidson

 

Norwegian-German symphonic metal outfit Leaves’ Eyes have announced the dates for their 2015 UK tour, which will be in support of their new album. Details of the new album are still to be announced.

Leaves’ Eyes, who are fronted by exceedingly talented Liv Kristine, will be in the UK in November later this on the following dates:

03.11.2015 UK – Southampton, Talking Heads
04.11.2015 UK – Bristol, Marble Factory
05.11.2015 UK – Wolverhampton, Slade Rooms
06.11.2015 UK – Sheffield, Corporation
07.11.2015 UK – Glasgow, The Audio
08.11.2015 UK – Manchester, Academy 3
10.11.2015 UK – London, 02 Islington Academy

Tickets for the tour go on sale on Thursday 16th April. And if you can’t wait that long to see Leaves Eyes in the UK, they’ll be headlining the second night of The Dames of Darkness Festival in Bilston on Sunday 10th May.

Leaves’ Eyes online:
http://leaveseyes.com
http://facebook.com/leaveseyesofficial

Details and first band announced for final Valkyrian Festival

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 11th April 2015 by Nico Davidson
Midlandic melodic metallers Winter Storm are the first (and currently only) band to be announced to play the Valhalla Stage for the 2015 edition of Valkyrian Festival, which is also set to be the last ever Valkyrian Festival.

Valkyrian Festival: The Requiem For Valhalla will take place at both The Venue and The Riverside on Ousegate in Selby, North Yorkshire with the Valhalla Main Stage being hosted in The Venue and the Danelaw Stage being hosted in The Riverside.

The event will take place from 14:00 on Saturday 21st November. Tickets are available for the price of £10 from this location. An additional 13 bands, including headliners, are still to be announced with a few other surprises as well.

Winter Storm online:

http://winter-storm.com
http://facebook.com/winterstormUK

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

Enslaved reveal details about thirteenth studio release

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 15th December 2014 by Nico Davidson

Norwegian progressive black metal horde Enslaved have finally revealed details about their thirteenth studio album, In Times, which will be released in the UK on 9th March 2015 via Nuclear Blast. Hand-painted artwork is by long-time collaborating artist and “sixth Enslaved member” Truls Espedal.

Enslaved guitarist & composer Ivar Bjørnson shares the following about the band’s latest creation:

I was so deep into the songs and ideas for such a long time (or have my head so far up my own ass, if you prefer more direct language) that it is hard to have any ‘opinions’ about them that is anything else than the high-flying mumbo-jumbo of the introvert song-smith.  The songs are extensions of my inner and outer life, the thoughts I am aware of having, as well as those that lie too deep to register in everyday consciousness.  The songs are the resounds of grandiose altered states and mundane tiny micro-events.  In addition, they are, of course, also the result of inspiration from other music and art.  I do think this new album is the most consistent body of work we have so far: It incorporates our ‘blacker’ past with our influences from prog rock, our present sense of absolute freedom, and the joy of being in this band, if that makes any sense… Ha, ha, ha.  It is higher in energy, more aggressive, yet more beautiful and subtle.  It simply sounds inspired.

The track list for In Times is as follows:

01 – Thurisaz Dreaming
02 – Building With Fire
03 – One Thousand Years Of Rain
04 – Nauthir Bleeding
05 – In Times
06 – Daylight

The new album’s total running time is fifty-three minutes.

Main recordings for In Times took place at Duper Studios to Solslottet Studio in Bergen, Norway with additional recordings sessions at Conclave & Earshot Studios (presided over by Enslaved members Larsen and Ice Dale), and Ivar Bjørnson’s Personal Sound Studios.  Additional experimentation and sonic exploration was conducted deep in the woods of Valevåg south of Bergen where a mobile studio recorded additional sounds.

In Times was produced by band members Ivar Bjørnson, Grutle Kjellson and Herbrand Larsen together with Iver Sandøy.  Mixing was completed by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden.

Enslaved will play Bloodstock Open Air next Summer held in Catton Park, 6th-9th August.

Enslaved online:

http://enslaved.no
http://facebook.com/enslaved

Phal:Angst release new haunting clip for Hardwire

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 15th December 2014 by Nico Davidson

Austria’s premier industrial mobsters Phal:Angst have recently unveiled the new clip for their upcoming single Hardwire. The track is taken from the band’s new album Black Country. Having worked tirelessly to make a name for themselves in their homeland of Austria, Phal:Angst are now setting their sights on bigger game.

A stark and frightening clip, the band had this to say regarding the clip, which can be viewed down below:
The first video to the new Phal:Angst album Black Country is to the song Hardwire and it was shot in the legendary Viennese café/bar Café Stadtbahn which enjoys a perfect reputation with local bohemians, (sub)cultural people & heavy drinkers. So, a perfect ambience for Phal:Angst.
Also note the sign for "Kat’s Caravan" which was a regular event there and refers to the legendary radio show by Jim Lowe & John Peel. The "story" of the video is social alienation, boredom, voicelessness but also a glorification of slowness. It might not be a coincidence that this one comes out of the city of Vienna, well known for it’s morbidity, leisureliness and psychoanalysis.
It took the viewers of the test screenings usually about 5 minutes to start asking themselves "what the fuck?!”
At the end all questions should be answered.
Phal:Angst is an Industrial/Post-Rock-Band from Vienna, Austria. Formed in 2006, they sit between Industrial, EBM, Post-Rock and Doom; taking influence from bands like Earth, Mogwai, Coil, Front 242 and Neurosis.

Phal:Angst online:

http://facebook.com/phalangst

Hrizg reveal new line-up and begin work on next album

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 15th December 2014 by Nico Davidson

Hrizg have returned with fresh news. Following ten years of solitude, Hrizg’s main man, Erun Dagoth, has conscripted three wandering souls into the band’s ranks: Enserune (Enserune, Neverendinghate, ex-Lucifuego) on bass guitar, Kaornekan (ex-Bittencross, ex-Fatal Portrait) on guitar, and Varkhen (ex-Bittencross, ex-Forestdome, ex-Fatal Portrait) on drums.

Individualism, the third album of Hrizg, released this summer by Moribund Records, has set an end to an era. As Erun Dagoth stated:

This album marks an epoch, an unholy trinity with Oaken Path of Grief [2007] and Anthems to Decrepitude [2011]. Now begins another age. I think the music and essence will go to the next level.

Hrizg online:

http://facebook.com/hrizgofficial

Enslaved release studio update

Posted in News with tags , , on 15th October 2014 by Nico Davidson

Norwegian progressive black metal warband Enslaved are currently in the studio recording their thirteenth full-length studio album. The band have offered fans the following update:

As always, it is hard to formulate an exact direction Enslaved is or is not heading in with the new album.  This duality is part of the essence of the band: The ability to maintain consistency and a strong identity and, at the same time, surprise both the oldest fans and even ourselves with new musical directions.  The new material is darker and rawer, more aggressive and direct, yet continues the exploration deeper into progressive, softer, and more melodic territories with at times complex song structures, combined with unusually immediate (for Enslaved, at least) elements.  The high level of energy in the songs reflects both an inspired and an ever-harder working band that keeps pushing their own and their associated genres’ limits.

Main recordings for the as-yet-untitled new album are taking place at Duper and Solslottet Studios in Bergen, Norway with additional recordings done at Conclave & Earshot Studios (presided over by Enslaved members Larsen and Ice Dale), and Ivar Bjørnson’s Personal Sound Studios.

Additional experimentation and sonic exploration will be conducted deep in the woods of Valevåg south of Bergen where the band took a mobile studio to record the infamous Thorn 7” single in 2012. The new album is being produced by band members Ivar Bjørnson, Grutle Kjellson and Herbrand Larsen together with Iver Sandøy.  Mixing will be done by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden.

Cover artwork will once again be illustrated by long-time collaborating artist and “sixth Enslaved member” Truls Espedal, who has painted the band’s every album cover since 2001’s Monumension.

Enslaved online:

http://facebook.com/Enslaved

Moonsorrow announce exclusive UK headline show for 2015

Posted in News with tags , , , on 12th September 2014 by Nico Davidson

Asgard Event Promotions have announced another stellar show to take place in York during the Jorvik Viking Festival (JVF). Since 2012, where they hosted Faroese metal jarls Tyr, Asgard Event Promotions have organised one brilliant show after another to mark the Jorvik Viking Festival. For 2015, Asgard are proud to announce Finnish epic heathen metal band Moonsorrow for an exclusive UK headline show.

Support will come from Sheffield-based champions of flute-orientated folk metal Northern Oak, as seen at festivals such as Bloodstock and Warhorns, and local mercenary metal troupe Sellsword.

The show will take place on Friday 20th February 2015 at Fibbers in York. Tickets for the show are priced at £16 and will be available from Asgard’s website http://www.asgardonline.co.uk and other ticket outlets. The show 14+. Further details on the show can be found at http://www.fibbers.co.uk

Electric Wizard unveil title of forthcoming album

Posted in News with tags , , on 10th September 2014 by Nico Davidson

Doom legends Electric Wizard have announced that Time To Die will be the title of their forthcoming album which is set to be released internationally through Spinefarm Records. The band’s eighth studio album will also be their first release since signing a worldwide deal with Spinefarm Records. Electric Wizard founding member Jus Oborn comments:

All of our albums in the past have had a theme – revenge, drugs, black magick – and the theme of this one is death. Of course, death to us really means rebirth, so this album is a manifestation of a very primal occult belief in the final sacrifice. We have gone full circle – it was inevitable, but we had to do it. We had to kill the band so we could be reborn. It was the only way to ensure we could come back even stronger.

Electric Wizard online:

http://facebook.com/electricwizarddorsetdoom

Within Temptation announced to headline Bloodstock plus Opeth announced as special guests

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 9th September 2014 by Nico Davidson

In a surprise announcement earlier today, Bloodstock Festival have announced Within Temptation as one of the main stage headliners. This marks a triumphant return for the Dutch symphonic metal legends, following their UK tour earlier this year with Delain and the band’s first ever UK festival appearance at Bloodstock 2005! Frontwoman Sharen den Adel enthusiastically comments:

We’re thrilled to play Bloodstock again!  We had such a great time before and can’t wait to take Hydra to the stage at Catton Park.  It’s a really exciting time for us right now and we’re looking forward to bringing the fire!!

Slotting in to the Saturday night special guest slot are Swedish progmeisters, Opeth.  Having landed at #14 on the UK album charts last week, their highest chart position to date for new studio album, Pale Communion, OPETH are looking forward to returning to Bloodstock.  Comments frontman Mikael Akerfeldt:

We’re happy to confirm that we’ll be back at the Bloodstock festival next year!  I don’t know how many times we’ve played there now, but it’s a real great place, a nice festival run by nice people.  Too bad it’s like….a year or so away!?

Early bird weekend tickets with camping are on sale now, priced £120 (plus booking fee) from this location.  Campervan pitches are also already on sale and these move very quickly, so pick yours up ASAP to avoid disappointment.

Bloodstock will be held at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 6th-9th August 2015.  Keep up to date with the very latest info on Bloodstock’s official sites at Blodostock’s Facebook and the festival’s official website.

Capture The Crown unleash new track

Posted in News with tags , , , on 31st July 2014 by Nico Davidson

Aussie metalcore thugs Capture The Crown are set to release their new album Reign of Terror via Artery Recordings on 5th August. In celebration of the upcoming album’s release, the band have unleashed their new track Make Love, Not War online. The new song can be heard below:

Capture The Crown online:

http://facebook.com/capturethecrown

Nightwish unveil second album trailer titled The Lake

Posted in News with tags , , , on 31st July 2014 by Nico Davidson

Finnish titans of symphonic metal, who now feature Floor Jansen (ReVamp, MaYaN, ex-After Forever) as their vocalist, recently banded together to begin work on the bands next album, which will also be the band’s first studio album to feature Floor. The album is scheduled for a Spring 2015 release via Nuclear Blast. Nightwish recently posted the second trailer for the new album. The trailer can be viewed below:

Nightwish online:

http://facebook.com/nightwish

Terror present new video for Shot Of Reality

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 14th July 2014 by Nico Davidson

LA’s hardcore heroes Terror have recently presented their new video for the song Shot Of Reality. The track is taken from their current album Live by the Code, which was released in April 2013 via Century Media Records. The video can be seen below.

 

Terror online:

http://terrorlahc.com/
http://facebook.com/terrorhardcore
http://twitter.com/terrorhardcore

Ensiferum announce plans to record sixth studio album

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 10th July 2014 by Nico Davidson

Finland’s heroes of folk metal, Ensiferum will be returning to the studio later this year to record the sixth album in their ongoing saga. Whilst touring Europe recently, the band have been crafting new battle hymns for the sixth album which will be acting as their debut on Metal Blade Records.

Ensiferum plan to record the new album in September and October of this year with producer Anssi Kippo at Astia Studio in Finland. The release date is tentatively scheduled for early 2015. Bassist Sami Hinkka has offered the following update:

Hi folks! They say that time flies when you are having a good time and we couldn’t agree more. We have been quite busy touring around the world since our previous album came out few years ago. Between tours we have worked hard with new songs and now we are very proud to announce that Ensiferum will hit studio again right after summer festival season.

On the new album we will take everything to eleven, it’s going to be fast, furious, epic and full of surprises but of course there will be classic Ensiferum elements included.

We will do the album with the one and only Mr. Anssi Kippo. Pre-production is already going really well and in few weeks we will record another demo of all new songs. Then it’s time to continue twisting and turning all the details so that in early 2015 our fans on every continent can be sure to get in their hands the best folk metal album ever made. Stay tuned for more info!

Ensiferum online:

http://ensiferum.com
http://twitter.com/EnsiferumMetal
http://facebook.com/Ensiferum

Eluveitie post new song to YouTube titled The Call Of The Mountains

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 10th July 2014 by Nico Davidson

Switzerland’s pioneering folk metallers Eluveitie will be releasing their next album Origins next month – 4th August to be exact – via Nuclear Blast. In anticipation of the band’s sixth studio album, they have posted a new track online, which can be heard below.

Origins was recorded at the New Sound Studios in Switzerland with producer Tommy Vetterli (Kreator, Coroner)andfeatures artwork by the band’s frontman, Glanzmann.

The track list for Origins reads as follows:

01.  Origins
02.  The Nameless
03.  From Darkness
04.  Celtos
05.  Virunus
06.  Nothing
07.  The Call Of The Mountains
08.  Sucellos
09.  Inception
10.  Vianna
11.  The Silver Sister
12.  King
13.  The Day Of Strife
14.  Ogmios
15.  Carry The Torch
16.  Eternity

Eluveitie online:

http://eluveitie.ch
http://facebook.com/eluveitie
http://twitter.com/eluveitie
http://youtube.com/eluveitieofficial

Dark Fortress announce seventh studio album plus Euro tour dates

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on 1st July 2014 by Nico Davidson

Dark Fortress frontman and lyricist Morean asks:

What happens to life on earth if the fragile laws of nature are altered even by a little bit? How can the human psyche deal with the perspective of inevitable extinction? How far can the human soul be stripped before its essence vanishes completely? Can we contain the implications of forced and radical evolution and the insanity it brings?

These questions are raised by the band’s seventh studio alum Venereal Dawn, which like most previous Dark Fortress albums will be a concept album, focusing on the themes of survival, betrayal and sacrifice in an extremely hostile environment. The tracklisting is as follows:

1. Venereal Dawn
2. Lloigor
3. Betrayal And Vengeance
4. Chrysalis
5. I Am The Jigsaw Of A Mad God
6. The Deep
7. Odem
8. Luciform
9. On Fever’s Wings

Venereal Dawn is scheduled for a release on the following dates:

Europe, Australia / NZ: 1st September 2014
USA, Canada: 2nd September 2014

To spill the coming vicious blackness that is Venereal Dawn, an album which has been three years in the making, Dark Fortress have also announced their unholy campaign across Europe with Secrets of the Moon and Schammasch in October. The dates of this unholy campaign across the European continent are as follow:

16.10.14 (DE) Munich – Feierwerk
17.10.14 (CH) Vevey – Rocking Chair
18.10.14 (DE) Trier – Exhaus
19.10.14 (FR) Paris – Point Ephemere
20.10.14 (UK) London – Underworld
21.10.14 (NL) Nijmegen – Doornroosje
22.10.14 (DE) Essen – Turock
23.10.14 (DE) Berlin – Magnet
24.10.14 (AT) Vienna – Viper Room
25.10.14 (CH) Winterthur –  Gaswerk
26.10.14 (DE) Nürnberg – Rockfabrik

Dark Fortress online:

http://www.darkfortress.org/
http://www.facebook.com/officialdarkfortress

Crooked Lizard – Ink

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 29th June 2014 by Nico Davidson

Crooked Lizard
Ink
Released 11th July 2014
Blues/Rock
Self-Released

Hull, voted to be the City of Culture 2017, is home an interesting amount of talented bands and solo acts but one band is slowly rising from the depths of Hull’s murky musical talents. Describing themselves as a rock ‘n’ roll band, come the bluesy rock trio Crooked Lizard, who are set to bring about something fresh, new and exciting to not only Hull but the rest of the UK as well.

The album is opened by the track Devils Lullaby, a song laden with hypnotic vocal melodies and riffs more infectious than the common cold. The bass workings of Mike Sheriff parades through the song like a leprachaun on a rainbow. Motormouth follows closely in a fashionable manner, focusing on the vocals on Tom Hennings‘ vocals in the beginning before displaying his slick style of guitar playing later on in the track.

Chasing Gold comes across as a more laid back song, weaving the distinct talents of all three members as well as combining their voices for the occasional awe-inspiring chorus where as Cheeky Fly paints a sound that would be described in the vein of Kate Nash and Lily Allen. The vocals of the band’s drummer Roberta Lawson can heard in parts of the song, adding a new dimension to the sound. I Wish I Knew makes a staunch use of memorable lyrics performed in a manner that will leave you singing it for weeks to come. The combination of guitar, bass and drums helps add to the catchy and poignant elements of the song, defining the track as one of the best tracks of the album.

Oh Jonny belts out in a good ol’ fashioned rock ‘n’ roll fashion, keeping a steady pace with glossed up guitar melodies and smooth rhythm sections. The artful sounds of Whispered Mistakes carry a solemn yet calming atmosphere through the embroidered musicianship and vocals.  The album closes with the touchingly passionate song Monster, which is built up from moving basslines, poignant guitar passages and rhythmic drum sections.

Ink might be the debut album of the young Crooked Lizard but it rings out like the greatest hits of a band that has been around longer than what this talented trio has. Each track has its own distinct sound, allowing for a new listening experience throughout the album. Crooked Lizard’s live sound has translated well into a studio sound, providing that the band can sound just as good in the studio as they do live.

4.5/5

Nico Solheim-Davidson