Archive for Abigail Williams

Shannon Lucas releases statement regarding his departure from The Black Dahlia Murder

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 7th November 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Shannon Lucas had been sitting out of the current Black Dahlia Murder tour with Alan Cassidy (Abigail Williams) standing in for him (or in this case, sitting in for him). Shannon released a video statement saying that he’s departing from drum duties in The Black Dahlia Murder to focus on other things in life. The video statement can be viewed below. The short version of the statement is that Shannon is leaving the band, he helped BDM pick Alan Cassidy as the replacement and that Cassidy is not a permanent replacement.

This is the second time this year that The Black Dahlia Murder have had a new member on tour with them without any prior announcements – The first being Max Lavelle who made his debut with the band back in January, three months prior to it being announced that Ryab “Bart” Williams would remain in the band as a collaborator for writing and recording.

 

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Gorgoroth European Tour Officially Cancelled

Posted in News with tags , on 1st May 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

The update came via Facebook just hours ago. Personally, we’re all distraught since we were looking forward to seeing Gorgoroth as well Abigail Williams.

The update, via Gorgoroth’s Facebook, is as followed:

As many of you may have noticed, there has been no official statement from Gorgoroth confirming a European tour in May 2012, despite the fact that there have been several listings for such a tour on various non-band related websites, and there have even been tickets available for some of the supposed shows.

Since January 2012 we have intended to go on a 21-24 concert May tour of the UK, Germany, Slovenia, Poland, Hungary, Austria, etc. And we have gone through a long process where ASP Concerts & Tourbooking (represented by Marcus Schreiber) were supposed to book this tour. It has been a nightmare process from day one, as Marcus Schreiber has shown a massive amount of both ill will and lack of ability in regards to arranging this in a professional and believable fashion.

I have waited as long as I possibly could in the hopes that this project would be possible to go through with after all, but after today it was clear to me that we have no other choice but to make a statement where we confirm that there will be no European tour in May 2012. This is of course very regrettable for the band, for the local promoters who have got involved in this mess, and for all those who wanted to see us perform in May. For this I am sorry. It was a mistake ignoring other people’s warnings about working with ASP and Marcus Schreiber. Both booking companies and other bands have warned us against this. We will never again work with him, and would not recommend anyone else to do so either.

To our audience: Do NOT buy tickets for any Gorgoroth concert in May 2012. These concerts will not take place. If you have already done so, you should check with the local promoter or ticket vendor for a refund.

Infernus, 30.04.2012

Massacre On Broadway w/Support @ Shades Night Club [Live Review]

Posted in Gig, Live with tags , , , , , , , on 24th September 2011 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Bands: Massacre On Broadway, Unlimited, The Colour Line
Location: Shades Night Club, Bridlington
Date: 22nd September

Massacre On Broadway’s UK tour brought them to Shades Night Club, the venue which has become the heart of Bridlington’s alternative music scene. Starting off the night were Hull-based hardcore outfit The Colour Line. This was their second show in Bridlington, the first being at Home From Home Fest. They played an energetic set for the packed out crowd, which was to be expected. The highlight of their set was a song called ‘Lads’, which had a slight Abigail Williams sound to it. The Colour Line received a massively positive reaction from the crowd.


The main support for the night were Canadian hardcore band Unlimited. Unfortunately, their guitarist couldn’t get to the UK for the show due to visa troubles, so the guitar sections were played back – the only downside to Unlimited’s set. Their set was still a brutalising and immense set, despite the generic sounding clean vocals. The highlights of Unlimited’s performance were ‘Shut Up And Smile’ and ‘Breeding New Machines’.


The headlining act Massacre On Broadway weren’t overly impressive. Their set was composed of aggressive and mellow parts and the band interacted well with the crowd, that had thinned out quite a bit since the interval. They played well enough but they didn’t seem to be very entertaining. The night was enjoyable for the most part though it is surprising that the supporting acts were better than the headliner.

Nico Davidson

Photos by Cardinal Photography.

Alestorm – Back Through Time [2011]

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 5th June 2011 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Band: Alestorm
Album: Back Through Time
Release year: 2011
Genre: Folk Metal/Power Metal/Pirate Metal

“Back Through Time” is the latest chapter in the legacy of Scottish pirates “Alestorm”.  It was released through Napalm Records earlier this month.

Beginning with the title track “Back Through Time”, this album already begins to sound promising. The track starts with the sound of waves followed by a pirate warning his captain of Vikings approaching. The track is then dominated by a fast paced drum section which is soon accompanied by a power metal-influenced keytar riff combined with an aggressive guitar riff. The track soon turns into a typical Alestorm track. The vocals retain their rough sound from previous Alestorm releases, giving this track a very piratey feel. The guitar solo is very hypnotic and old-skool sounding while the keytar solo brings more of a folk metal element to this track. “Back Through Time” has proven itself to be a worthy choice as he opening track of the album.

The second track is “Shipwrecked”. Its intro riff has a very raw sound to it, which is soon overpowered by the intelligent keytar riffs. The vocals are strong, keeping that pirate touch. However, the thing that stands out the most about this track are the drums as they seem to have more power than the guitar and bass and are virtually as loud as the keytar riffs. The next track is “The Sunk’n Norwegian” which begins with a very Celtic styled riff. The vocals sound more raw and aggressive, whilst the keytars have taken on more of an epic power metal sound. The guitar riffs seem more simplistic but heavier compared to the previous track. The bass work has improved since the previous track as well.

“Midget Saw” is the fourth track of the album, beginning with a more folkish keytar riff. The guitars and drums dominate this track in terms of aggression and heaviness whilst the keytar riffs bring some immense melodies. The bass sections are the most impressive thing on this track however, followed of course by the brilliantly composed guitar solo. Blasting its way next is “Buckfast Powersmash” which certainly does live up to its name with a fast paced, aggressive guitar intro. A keytar riff eventually joins it, bringing that folk sound to the track. However, the impressiveness of this track soon dies out. “Scraping The Barrel” comes next, bringing a very calm Celtic sound before the guitars and drums blast their way in. This track has a very solemn sound yet there’s a little bit of humour to found in this track as some of the lyrics have a very straight forward stab at the Alestorm haters. The guitar solo has a majestic touch to it, which pretty much completes this track.

The next track, titled “Rum”, starts with a very thrash styled riff before the keytars bring a piratey sound. This track has the potential to become a modern day drinking song, likely to be heard in pubs all around the world. “Swashbuckled”  blasts its way next with a combination of keytars and double bass pedals. The guitars bring the metal element to this track, whilst the vocals add an aggressive touch to the track. Despite been slow paced compared to some of the other tracks, this is one of the best tracks on the album, which is proven by the masterfully played guitar solo. “Rumpelkombo” speeds its way next in the space of six seconds, leading straight into the next track “Barrett’s Privateers”, which is originally performed by Stan Rogers. Alestorm have virtually made this track one of their own with their unique pirate sound.

“Death Throes of the Terrorsquid is next, featuring Ken Sorceron of Abigail Williams. The track begins with a very power metal sounding keytar intro riff which is soon accompanied by an immense and melodic guitar riff. The vocals seem to have much more power than the previous tracks. Some sections of this track seem poorly composed but overall the vast majority of it has been soulfully written for an extremely epic sound. Ken’s vocals bring a very black metal sound to the track, especially as the music turns dramatic. While this is an unusual sound for Alestorm it works brilliantly well!

The next track, a bonus track and a Wurzels cover all in one, is next in the form of “I Am A Cider Drinker”. Its intro sounds like an Irish jig while the vocals make it sound like a drinking song. This is a most suitable track for the album and one can only imagine Strongbow drinkers all around singing along to this. The last track of the album is a cover of Lazy Town’s “You Are A Pirate”. Surprisingly it sounds great. It certainly has a very piratey feel and is clearly superior to the original version. The only downside to it is that it’s too short.

Alestorm have proven themselves to still be ready to crank out the pirate metal with “Back Through Time”. Despite a few not so good parts of the album, it is a jewel in the folk metal scene. So, kick back and enjoy a shot of rum or bottle of cider with “Back Through Time”. It’s certainly worth it.

4/5

Nico Davidson