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

 

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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:

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Vlad in Tears live Tampere

Posted in Gig, Live, Rock with tags , on 12th May 2018 by izaforestspirit

There are lots of fun events happening in Helsinki this weekend. For example one of my favorite bands is playing two shows. It’s a shame that I can’t make it to any of them…

So I had a look at what was available locally and I came across Vlad in Tears. They’re a Berlin-based Italian Gothic rock band whose music sounds similar to the likes of HIM and The 69 Eyes. I only recently discovered them and I’m probably not alone in thinking that they are somewhat underrated. Assumedly low early ticket sales meant that this event actually became a free show but the venue wasn’t busy at all.

First up was up was the Finnish dark wave band Rain Diary. I quite enjoyed their set. Their music is melodic and good to dance to. So not a bad start to the night. 3.5/5

Next was Psyyke, an old and well established post-punk band who are apparently one of pioneers of the Finnish Goth scene. The crowd wasn’t big this time either, but these guys did their best to keep the audience entertained. There’s not much I can say about their show. It was good, old school post-punk and everyone seemed to be having fun. 4/5

The night’s headliners came on stage with a slight delay. I kind of felt sorry for them having to come all this way to play a free show to a limited audience. This was apparently their first time in Finland. The performance was really good. They played most of their hits including the most recent ‘Sorrow’, ‘Bleed Me Dry’ and ‘The Devil Won’t Take Me Home’. 4/5

Overall, I had a good time. I like Vlad in Tears and I hope that they will visit Finland again at some point. They do deserve a bigger audience.

Iza Raittila

More details about the new album from Lord of The Lost

Posted in Metal, Misc., News, Rock, Studio Report with tags , , on 4th May 2018 by izaforestspirit

Just one year after the release of their orchestral album ‘Swan Songs II’, the German Gothic industrial metal band Lord of the Lost are hard at work putting the finishing touches on their latest opus –  ‘Thornstar’.  This will be a concept album focusing on the myth of a doomed high civilization. Here’s what the band’s front-man Chris Harms had to say about it:

“From the beginning it has been a big vision we had with ‘Thornstar’- the concept demands a lot of responsibility. And the final result overtook us completely.”

‘Thornstar’ will be out worldwide on 3rd August 2018 via Napalm Records.

 1. On This Rock I Will Build My Church
2. Loreley
3. Black Halo
4. In Our Hands
5. Morgana
6. Haythor
7. Naxxar
8. Cut Me Out
9. The Mortarian
10. Under The Sun
11. In Darkness, In Light
12. Forevermore
13. Ruins

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In the meantime you can check out their latest video from the opening track ‘On This Rock I Will Build My Church’.

For more information go to:

https://www.facebook.com/lordofthelost/

http://lordofthelost.de/

 

Karma Violens – Serpent God

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , on 29th April 2018 by izaforestspirit

Karma Violens
Serpent God
Released 13th April 2018
Black Metal/Extreme Metal
Released via Growl Records

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Serpent God’ is the third album from the Greek extreme metal band Karma Violens. These guys have been around since 2002 and they have toured with bands such as Judas Priest and Arch Enemy. They initially started out playing metalcore but this album marks a shift in style towards black metal direction with a “gloomy and dark atmosphere” and it is recommended for fans of Emperor, Behemoth, Mayhem and Batushka. That description looks promising, let’s see how it sounds…

This is one of those cases when it’s fairly easy to detect where these guys are from even if I hadn’t read the information about them. Greek black metal has a rather distinctive sound – it tends to be fairly atmospheric and usually has at least some melodic parts. Rotting Christ, Astarte and Naer Mataron are good examples of this style. So Karma Violens are in good company.

There’s more than just a hint of black metal. There’s the slower, gloomy, atmospheric tracks like Serpent God which reminded me of early Mayhem due to the raspy vocal style. Then they occasionally pick up the pace with more aggressive-sounding, faster songs such as The Constractors where the guitars and the pummeling drums really take the reins. A Letter to the Worthless Chamber caught my attention as one of the more memorable songs on here, it’s got this “still creepy but almost catchy” black metal feel to it that made me think of the later works of Immortal mixed with some elements of Naer Mataron.

Overall, I am relieved that this wasn’t metalcore. Karma Violens were clearly aiming to create an atmospheric black metal album, and in that they have succeeded. ‘Serpent God’ isn’t a ‘flawless album’ but it definitely has its moments.

4/5

Iza Raittila

Insomnium + Tribulation – Porto, Portugal

Posted in Gig, Live with tags , , , , , on 28th April 2018 by Pieni

Insomnium, Tribulation
Hard Club, Porto (PT)
9th April 2018
Promoted by Prime Artists

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“Winter’s Gate” is the name of Insomnium’s latest album and therefore the name of the tour – even if the release is one-year-and-a-half old. Plus, given the cold wave that’s been washing over Europe when Spring was supposed to be settling in, “Winter’s Gate” sounds pretty fitting.
Monday night, the crisp weather, the 2-band bill instead of the usual 3, the ticket price somewhat higher than normal… I confess I was expecting a poor crowd in terms of numbers. Well sometimes it feels good to be wrong and see that, after all these years, your hometown can still positively surprise you.
DSC_0054 copyWhat I didn’t like to be wrong about was the duration of Tribulation’s gig. Sure, I knew this wasn’t a co-headlining tour, but since there was no other band on the bill, I was hoping for a little more than 45 minutes – especially when they have a new album to promote as well. “Down Below” was released in January and only a third of its fantastic tracks were performed – “Lady Death”, “Nightbound” and “The Lament”. Of course we wanted to hear everything else they’ve played, from their previous works, but we wanted more – hence the 45-minute slot not being enough. I remember the first time Insomnium played here, eight years ago, asking us to buy something at the merch stand in order to “help the little guys”. Here they were this night, not so little anymore, so let’s cross fingers that next time Tribulation come here they’ll be headlining their own show. And that it won’t take that long – even if there’s only 5 years left to complete the 8 since the first time they’ve played in Porto.
The “Down Below” artwork is in shades of red and black but the lights during Tribulation gig were green. And black. Too much black. It was pretty hard to capture those enthralling movements of Jonathan and the devilish faces of Adam; but then again, no still image can truly show what one experiences at a Tribulation gig.

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DSC_0448 copyThe darkness came back in full when the Police Academy theme echoed – Insomnium’s intro – but then went on. And on and on. There were only glimpses of a weak light during the whole performance of “Winter’s Gate” (in case you don’t know, the new album has just one 40-minute-long track, divided in 6 parts, although the second, “The Golden Wolf”, is subdivided in two). If the idea was to illustrate the long winter nights they have in Finland, congratulations, you’ve made it! Wasn’t the spirited vibrancy of their performance – and the matching feedback from the crowd – and it would’ve been pretty depressing.
After Insomnium closed their winter’s gate, “The Primeval Dark” lived up to the exact opposite of its name and the room lit up like a summer day. By then I had retreated to enjoy songs like “Mortal Share”, “Weather The Storm” or “The Promethean Song” in the far back – so no bright pics, sorry.
The photographer in me left the venue frustrated, but the music lover had her heart full – and a pleasant smile for the first chords of Moonspell’s “Alma Mater” that preceded the encore “Only One Who Waits”.

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Text & photos by Renata “Pieni” Lino

The Raven Age announce European tour with Killswitch Engage

Posted in Metal, Misc., News with tags , , , on 26th April 2018 by izaforestspirit

It’s busy times for The Raven Age. They recently completed their UK tour with Savage Messiah and gained a new singer. Now the British groove metal  band have announced that they will be joining Killswitch Engage on their European tour this summer starting in Sweden late next month.

In addition to this, they will also be supporting Iron Maiden as well as playing a show with Shinedown and another date with Tremonti.

Here’s the full schedule:

MAY
Thur 31st – Gothenburg Pustervik, Sweden (w/Killswitch Engage)

JUNE
Sat 2nd – Olso Rockefeller, Norway (w/Killswitch Engage)
Sun 3rd – Tronhelm Rocks, Dahis Arena, Norway (W/ Iron Maiden)
Wed 6th – Hamburg Gruenspan, Germany (w/ Shinedown)
Thu 7th – Solvesborg Sweden Rock Festival (w/ Iron Maiden)
Sat 9th – Munich Rockavaria, Germany (w/ Iron Maiden)
Sun 10th – Hannover Expo Plaza, Germany (w/ Iron Maiden)
Mon 11th – Cologne Live Music Hall, Germany (w/ Killswitch Engage)
Thu 14th – Krakow Kwadrat, Poland (w/ Killswitch Engage)
Sat 16th – Budapest Akvarium, Hungary (w/ Killswitch Engage)
Sun 17th – Nickelsdorf Nova Rock, Austria (w/ Iron Maiden)
Tue 19th – Warsaw Proxima, Poland (w/ Killswitch Engage)
Wed 20th – Prague Letnany Airport, Czech Republic (Iron Maiden)
Fri 22nd – Dessel GMM, Belgium
Sun 24th – Clisson Hellfest, France
Mon 25th – Luxembourg Den Atelier (w/ Killswitch Engage)
Tue 26th – Zwolle Hedon, Holland (w/ Tremonti)
Thu 28th – Sopron Volt Festival, Hungary
Sat 30th – Freiburg Messegelaende, Germany (w/ Iron Maiden)

JULY
Thu 5th – Paris AccorsHotel Arena, France (w/ Iron Maiden)
Fri 6th – Paris AccorsHotel Arena, France (w/ Iron Maiden)
Mon 9th – Milan Ippodromo San Siro, Italy (w/ Iron Maiden)
Thu 12th – Resurrection Festival, Spain
Fri 13th – Lisbon Altice Arena, Portugal (w/ Iron Maiden)
Tue 17th – Trieste Piazza dell’Unita d’Italia, Italy (w/ Iron Maiden)
Fri 20th – Athens Rockwave Festival, Greece (w/ Iron Maiden)
Sun 22nd – Plovdiv Hills of Rock, Bulgaria

AUGUST
Wed 1st – Dublin Academy, Ireland (w/ Killswitch Engage)

In the meantime you can check out their new video here:

For more details visit:

https://www.theravenage.com/

https://www.facebook.com/TheRavenAge/