S-Tool and Battle Beast live in Tampere

Posted in Gig, Live, Metal with tags , , , , on 9th October 2017 by izaforestspirit

Profane Omen, S-Tool, Battle Beast

Olympia, Tampere, Finland

7th October 2017

At last a metal gig… It’s been a while. I haven’t seen any metal bands live since Destruction at the beginning of the year.

The show was part of Lost in Music Tampere, a city festival with a series of music events happening in several venues across the city centre. It was also organized by Nummirock Festival. This time the venue was a place called Olympia. It was my first time at this particular venue.

We missed the first band, Ikinä but we managed to catch most of Profane Omen. I’ve heard of them before but I’m not too familiar with their music. They were entertaining to watch at times but it wasn’t really my style. I’ve never been a massive fan of groove metal. 3/5

I’m a fan of Sentenced and Poisonblack, so needless to say that I was keen to check out Ville Laihiala’s new band S-Tool. Sadly their performance didn’t really live up to my expectations. They had a slow start and it took them a while to get going properly. Things improved a bit later on, and I enjoyed one of their songs – ‘Back to Zero’. They were also playing a few cover songs towards the end of the set including Metallica’s ‘Hit The Lights’. 2.5/5

 

The venue was packed by the time the night’s headliners took to the stage. It was already well past midnight by then, but luckily Battle Beast were worth the wait. Great show! The singer reminded me of Doro. Their lyrics are cheesy, almost Manowar-esque but the performance was very energetic and entertaining. Best tracks were ‘Black Ninja’ and ‘Touch in The Night’. 5/5

Overall it was a good night out even if it did finish rather late. S-Tool turned out to be a disappointment but Battle Beast were great live. I’m not too familiar with their music but after that performance I’m definitely going to check it out.

Iza Raittila

http://lostinmusic.fi/home

http://www.nummirock.fi/

 

 

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Interview with Ben Blutzukker

Posted in Interview, Metal with tags , on 5th October 2017 by izaforestspirit

Iza had a little chat with Ben Blutzukker to discuss Lego, heavy metal and his new EP ‘Ripide’.

Iza: What is behind the name ‘Blutzukker’?

Ben: It’s a song from the Swedish Vampire-Metal-Band Notre Dame. It should have that name, but it was never released. But I liked the spelling and so I named my first band after it. A short time later my own name transformed then to “Ben Blutzukker”.

Iza: Earlier this year you decided to put an end to your dark electro project Blutzukker to focus on your heavy metal project. What led to this decision?

Ben: I just felt like that. Since the last Blutzukker album in 2012 I no longer had  ideas to do new electronic tracks. And as the solo projekt “Ben Blutzukker” was my only focus for the last years I decided to tell everyone that “blutzukker” is over now.

Iza: Aside from the obvious differences in genre (dark electro vs. heavy metal), what other differences do you see between Blutzukker and Ben Blutzukker?

Ben: Hmm. That is a difficult question. I think there are many things that are the same in both projects. The vocals are absolutely the same. I also did not change my lyrical writing. So yes, mainly only the musical genres are the mail difference.

Iza: Let’s talk a about your new EP ‘Riptide’. Based on the cover art and the title track I’m guessing that it has something to do with the sea. Can you tell us a little bit about the themes for this release?

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Ben: When I was searching for a great artwork for this EP I saw this one and felt in love with it. Until then the EP should have a total different name. But I saw that artwork and it directly reminds me to when I wrote the lyrics for the song “Riptide”. So I decided to make “Riptide” the main song of this EP.

Iza: I’ve noticed that your sound has changed slightly since the first EP ‘Analog Blood’; the new songs seem darker, with a hint black metal in addition to the thrash metal guitars. Are you a fan of black metal, if so which bands do you like?

Ben: That is trve. I like a lot of black metal bands, especially Abbath and Winterfylleth. The recording of the EP was done by myself as I did it on “Analog Blood”. But this time I gave the job of mastering to the same studio where also the Abbath album was mastered. Nevertheless I like to mix the styles of black, death and thrash. And maybe next time there will also be a bit of Goth Metal in it.

 

Iza: On the EP, there is a cover of Illwill’s song. What made you decide to choose that particular band and song?

Ben: To push that great song, because no one knows it! Just a joke… My favorite musician is Snowy Shaw from Sweden. He was involved in Illwill (and he was also the main-figure of Notre Dame). And with “blutzukker” we played this song on stage several times. So I wanted to close the circle by recording my own version now.

Iza: Also, there is a collaboration with Pale Violett on backing vocals on the same cover track. What made you decide to work with her?

Ben: Pale Violett was part of “blutzukker”, so we made a lots of stuff together over the years. But to be honest: her recordings for this song are now 10 years old.

Iza: You have recently released a new video for the title track ‘Riptide’ which features a Lego pirate ship. This is the second of your videos to feature Lego figurines. You even have Lego USB-sticks available. I have to ask, what is it with the Lego?

Ben: I love it! I always loved it! Don’t you still love Lego?

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Iza: Your previous band featured lots of humour in the lyrics, mostly connected to vampires and horror stuff in general. Is this humour element something you plan to continue with as Ben Blutzukker or is this more serious?

Ben: I think I will automatically continue like that, because that is just a part of my person. For me it is normal to not take everything too serious. Not even the blackest metal.
Iza: Is Ben Blutzukker a studio only -project or do you plan to play some live shows in the future?

Ben: I see, this question is the one I hear the most. But no, currently I like it to just be a studio project.

Iza: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions.
Ben: Thank you! 
For more information visit:

http://facebook.com/BenBlutzukker

Iron Maiden comic book series ‘Legacy of the Beast’ coming soon

Posted in Metal, Misc., News with tags , on 2nd October 2017 by izaforestspirit

Iron Maiden are about to launch their won comic book series entitled ‘Iron Maiden Legacy of The Beast’. The series is based on their popular mobile role-playing game ‘ Iron Maiden: Legacy Of The Beast’ and it will focus on the band’s mascot Eddie as the main protagonist. The story has been written by Llexi Leon and Ian Edginton and illustrated by Kevin J. West, Jason Gorder, and Santi Casas.

Here is a more detailed outline of the plot:

The comic book series expands on the video game narrative. As dark forces conspire to corrupt the fabric of reality, Eddie’s immortal soul is shattered and strewn across the cosmos – leaving a weakened, primal Eddie to battle across space and time facing off against the twisted legions of The Beast, seeking out the lost shards of his soul, and bringing order to the realms. With each victory, and with the aid of old friends, Eddie will restore his fearsome powers as he draws ever closer to facing the Unholy foe behind his fall… and thwarting a plot to unravel all of Creation!

There will be five issues of the comic in total, the first of which is due to hit comic shops worldwide via Heavy Metal Publishing on 11th October 2017.

You can check out the cover here:

For more information visit:

http://ironmaiden.com/

http://www.heavymetal.com/

 

Cannibal Corpse unveil new album title and cover art

Posted in Metal, Misc., News with tags , on 26th September 2017 by izaforestspirit

The well renowned  American death metal band Cannibal Corpse have recently announced that their new album, the follow up to ‘A Skeletal Domain’ will be called ‘Red Before Black’.

Here is the cover art:

The track-listing will be as follows:

1. Only One Will Die
2. Red Before Black
3. Code of the Slashers
4. Shedding My Human Skin
5. Remaimed
6. Firestorm Vengeance
7. Heads Shoveled Off
8. Corpus Delicti
9. Scavenger Consuming Death
10. In the Midst of Ruin
11. Destroyed Without a Trace
12. Hideous Ichor

‘Red Before Black’ is scheduled to hit the shops worldwide on 3rd November 2017 via Metal Blade Records. This will be followed by a European tour starting in early February next year. Stay tuned for more details.

For more information visit:

http://cannibalcorpse.net

https://www.facebook.com/cannibalcorpse

 

As Lions announce tour dates and new video

Posted in Misc., News, Rock on 25th September 2017 by izaforestspirit

The British hard rock band As Lions have recently announced that they will be joining Alter Bridge as special guests on their European tour next month.

You can check out the dates below:

OCTOBER TOUR DATES W/ ALTER BRIDGE

5th – Edinburgh, Usher Hall

7th – Dublin, Olympia

8th – Belfast, Ulster Hall

10th – Paris, Elysee Montmarte, FR

11th – Groningen, Oosterpoort, NL

12th – Stuttgart, Porsche Arena, DE

15th – Hannover, Swiss Life Hall, DE

16th – Oberhausen, Tubrinenhalle, DE

18th – Vienna, Gasometer, AT

20th – Warsaw, Progesja, PL

22nd – Budapest, Sportarena, HU

24th – Zurich, Samsung Hall, CH

26th – Barcelona, Razzmatazz, ES

27th – Madrid, La Riviera, ES

29th – Lisbon, Coliseu, PT

UK fans can also catch them live in November supported by Greyhaven and the winners of the ‘Nine Lives’ competition, who will have a chance to play at the respective home venues. For the full schedule, see the poster below:

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In the meantime you can check out their new lyric video ‘Pieces’.

For more information visit:

https://www.facebook.com/AsLionsBand/

http://www.aslionsband.com

 

Headliners announced for Northern Symphony 2018

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 23rd September 2017 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Coming up to its fourth year, Northern Symphony – the UK’s premier symphonic metal event – is set to take place on Saturday 21st April at its home The Venue in Selby North Yorkshire. Having featured the likes of Winter In Eden, Alwaid, Old Corpse Road and more on its line-up in the past, Northern Symphony is already looking to have another great line-up following the announcement of French philharmonic metallers Whyzdom as the headliners for the 2018 edition.

Whyzdom was founded by guitarist and orchestrator Vynce Leff in early 2007, already well known in the progressive sphere having produced several successful albums for the British label Cyclops Records. After recruiting the band members, a first EP Daughter Of The Night was recorded less than 6 months from the band’s inception. It got instant acclaim from reviewers and music fans around the world.

Although still a young band, Whyzdom were invited to play in several festivals in France – most of the time as headliner – and won the Metal Female Voices Fest Contest in Belgium in October 2008. They played in the 7th edition of this great Festival and also played as official support to Delain to launch their début album in 2009, released by the British label Ascendance Records.

In June 2010, Telya Melane, lead vocalist left the band. Lisa Middelhauve, former Xandria singer, accepted to be “guest lead vocalist” for performances at the Raismes Festival in 2010 and for their concert in Paris as support for Tarja.

While touring in France, Belgium, UK, Switzerland, the band composed their new album BLIND?. Elvyne Lorient joined Whyzdom in February 2012 and recorded all the songs as lead vocalist. The album was released late October, by one of the most important European metal label: Scarlet Records.

The band are now fronted by the talented Marie Rouyer, who joined in 2013, starting with the “Blind?” European tour. Since then, Whyzdom have gone onto play various festivals around Europe including The Dames of Darkness.

Tickets for Northern Symphony 2018 can be found at this location for £15.

Autograph – Get Off Your Ass

Posted in CD, Rock with tags , on 22nd September 2017 by izaforestspirit

Autograph
Get Off Your Ass
Released 6th October 2017
Hard Rock
Released via EMP Group

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‘Get Off Your Ass’ is the new album from the American hard rock band Autograph. The band was originally formed back in the 1980s. They disbanded in 1989 and have remained inactive until some of the founding members got together in 2013, and decided to re-activate the band. Sadly their original vocalist Steve Plunkett was unavailable for the reunion, so they enlisted the former Jailhouse singer Simon Daniels instead. With this new line-up they released an EP last year, and now a full album.

The album title seems appropriate for a band who has recently re-formed after a long hiatus. The title track acts as the perfect opening song – energetic, catchy with a positive vibes oozing from the guitars and bluesy-hard rock vocals. Meet Me Halfway caught my attention due to the rocking and swinging guitar tunes and the super catchy chorus. Like the opening track, this one also has a positive feel to it, putting the listener in a good mood. “Can’t you see, it’s your lucky day!” It’s time to sing, dance, swing or possibly even jump along to the chorus…

As with most good hard rock albums, you get some radio-friendly slow ballads – in this case the somewhat melancholic-sounding All On My Own. Unlike its predecessors, this track reflects a more glam rock style and it is easily the most melodic song on here. Personally I preferred the more energetic tunes such as All Emotions, where the guitars really take to the spotlight. Last but not least, we get a live version of one their classics – Turn Up the Radio.

Overall, ‘Get Off Your Ass’ is a fine piece of classic hard rock. Band re-unions are very much in vogue these days but not all are successful. In Autograph’s case they seem have a rekindled an old flame and shot it up into the sky. Rock on!

4/5

Iza Raittila