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

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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/

Rammstein enter the studio

Posted in Industrial, Metal, Misc., News, Studio Report with tags , on 21st April 2018 by izaforestspirit

It’s been almost a decade since Rammstein‘s last offering ‘ Liebe ist für alle da’. They have been touring extensively and they have treated to their fans to a few welcome distractions ranging from live DVDs, a music video and side-projects. The Lindemann album was very good but let’s face it, nothing beats the real thing – a new Rammstein album…

Now it looks as though the wait might finally be over. The band have recently posted some photos from the studio. Here’s a few:

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A new album is in the works. No other details have been announced yet. Stay tuned for more.

In the meantime check out:

https://www.rammstein.de/en/

https://www.facebook.com/Rammstein/

Mortiis to re-release ‘Perfectly Defect’ album

Posted in Metal, Misc., News with tags , on 18th April 2018 by izaforestspirit

Good news for Mortiis fans… The Norwegian industrial metal band has decided to re-release their ‘Perfect Defect’ album which has been long out of print. The album was originally released back in 2010 as free digital download available exclusively from the band’s website and a very limited CD version available at the band’s shows.

Here’s what the band’s front-man had to say about it:

“At the time of the initial release, I had given up on working with a label as I was super pissed off with previous negative experiences in the record industry and decided I’d rather give the album away for free as a gift to our loyal fans during the comeback tour. It was a big fat ‘fuck you’ to certain industry vampires! I have since then calmed down and I’m super stoked to finally be able to give ‘Perfectly Defect’ the proper release it deserves on my own label! Just wait until you see the strictly limited vinyl editions.”

 

Unlike the earlier editions, the re-issued version will feature all twelve of the original tracks from the recording session.  The re-issue of ‘Perfectly Defect’ is scheduled for 1st June 2018 via their own label Omnipresence Records.

Check out the track-listing below and artwork:

1. Closer to the End
2. Perfectly Defect
3. The Sphere
4. Sensation of Guilt
5. Sole Defeat
6. Thieving Bastards
7. The Punished
8. Halo of Arms
9. Impossible to Believe
10. This Absolution
11. Hermaphro Superior
12. Contrition
For more details go to:
https://www.facebook.com/officialmortiis
https://mortiiswebstore.com/

Powerwolf announce new album title

Posted in Metal, News with tags , , on 12th April 2018 by izaforestspirit

The German wolfpack have returned…

Powerwolf have just announced that their new album, the follow-up to ‘Blessed & Possessed’ will be called ‘The Sacrament of Sin’. The release date has been set for 13th July 2018 via Napalm Records.

You can check out the cover art below:

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For more details go to:

http://www.powerwolf.net/

https://www.facebook.com/powerwolfmetal/

Straight Terror – Between The Lies

Posted in Metal with tags on 7th April 2018 by izaforestspirit

Straight Terror
Between The Lies
Released 16th February 2018 (Europe)
Thrash Metal
Self-Released

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‘Between the Lies’ is the debut album from the Chilean thrash metal band Straight Terror. They have been around since 2012 and they have toured with bands such as Kreator.

Thrash metal is having a revival and there’s been lots of new bands appearing especially from Latin American countries. Last year I discovered the Brazilian all-female thrash metal trio Nervosa when the supported Destruction. Now it’s Straight Terror’s turn…

I’m guessing that these guys are big fans of Slayer since some of their songs sound a lot like old Slayer. That’s by no means a bad thing though. If you are looking for Slayer-esque shouting vocals and aggressive guitar riffs, then you have come to the right place. These guys aren’t quite as fast but they sure know how to deliver the punches, hitting where it hurts. Take Metal Madness for instance, it’s one big shout fest with the guitars and the drums adding to the aggressive stance. It’s angry and a little chaotic at times, in other words the ideal track to play to get a mosh-pit going.

This album does contain one wild card, though, As I Claim For Resurrection. It is the longest track on the record as well as one of the most complex. Not only are there changes in pace but also in general style and structure. This song is more melodic than the others and it features some progressive style guitar riffs which reminded me of mid-career Megadeth. Great for those who enjoy that type of thrash metal; personally I prefer the faster songs such as the aforementioned Metal Madness and the Slayer-style aggressive thrash metal of Hallowed Destruction.

In summary, ‘Between The Lies’ isn’t flawless but it is a good effort for a debut album. If you’re into thrash metal then there is a good chance that you will enjoy it. What Straight Terror still need is something distinctive that will make that them stand out within the scene but that will hopefully come with time.

3.5/5

Iza Raittila

 

 

 

DevilDriver to release outlaw country covers album

Posted in Metal, Misc., News, Studio Report with tags , , , on 31st March 2018 by izaforestspirit

The American groove metal band DevilDriver have decided to stir things up in the metal scene by releasing an album of outlaw country cover songs. So if you want to hear Dez Farara’s take on Johnny Cash or Stan Jones’ classic ‘Ghost Riders in The Sky’ you’re in for treat.

The covers album will be called ‘Outlaws ‘Til the End’ and it is scheduled to hit the shops worldwide on 6th July 2018 via Napalm Records. You can see the cover art and the track-listing below:

1. Country Heroes (Hank Williams III cover)    
2. Whiskey River (Willie Nelson cover)    
3. Outlaw Man (Eagles cover)    
4. Ghost Riders in the Sky (Stan Jones cover)    
5. I’m the Only Hell (Mama Ever Raised) (Johnny Paycheck cover)    
6. If Drinking Don’t Kill Me (Her Memory Will) (George Jones cover)    
7. The Man Comes Around (Johnny Cash cover)    
8. A Thousand Miles from Nowhere (Dwight Yoakam cover)    
9. Copperhead Road (Steve Earle cover)    
10. Dad’s Gonna Kill Me (Richard Thompson cover)    
11. A Country Boy Can Survive (Hank Williams Jr. cover)    
12. The Ride (David Allan Coe cover)

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For further details go to:

https://www.facebook.com/devildriver/

http://www.devildriver.com/