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Kraken Metal Fest announces date of second edition

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 3rd March 2014 by Nico Davidson

The organisers of the new Belgian metal festival, Kraken Metal Fest, have announced the date for the second edition of the festival as 25th October 2014. The organisers also announced that the festival will feature eight bands from Belgium and three bands from other countries, meaning the festival will boast eleven bands overall. Further details are to be announced.

Last year’s Kraken Metal Fest featured the likes of Azylya and Apparition, amongst others.

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Full line-up for Dames of Darkness Festival 4 announced

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 15th December 2013 by Nico Davidson

Dutch-Mexican symphonic metallers Stream Of Passion and German symphonic metallers Xandria, who are now fronted by Dianne Van Giersbergen, have been confirmed to headline the fourth edition of the Dames of Darkness Festival. They will be supported by hosting band Apparition, who will be fronted by American vocalist Grace Meridan, and Jaded Star, which is former Visions of Atlantis vocalist Maxi Nil’s new project. Filling the last slot for the European quota at the festival are electro-industrial metallers Skeptical Minds.

Joining Apparition to represent the UK female-fronted metal scene are Divided We Fall, Incarnadine Coven and Dyonisis. The festival will take place at The Robin 2 in Bilston near Wolverhampton on Saturday 10th May 2014. Tickets are available for £25 in advance or £30 on the door. Further information can be found here and tickets can be purchased from this location.

Apparition announce UK shows with new vocalist

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , on 5th December 2013 by Nico Davidson

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Gothic metallers Apparition have announced their UK dates with their new vocalist Grace Meridan. The UK shows that will take place in both February and May next year include the fourth edition of the Dames of Darkness Festival. Grace who is apart of the Eve’s Apple group – a network of female vocalists around the world – has also worked with the likes of Vita Nova and most recently Candlelit. Tour dates are as follow:

Saturday 15th February – The Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton with Upon Descent
Sunday 16th February -The  Robin 2, Bilston with Edenbridge
Friday 9th May – Camden Underworld, London with TBA
Saturday 10th May -The Robin 2, Bilston for The Dames of Darkness Festival

Apparition online:

http://facebook.com/apparitionband

 

Former Seduce The Heaven vocalist confirmed to front Apparition on upcoming UK shows next month

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 23rd July 2013 by Nico Davidson

Former Seduce The Heaven vocalist Elina Laivera has been confirmed to replace Sakara, who recently left Apparition to continue with her solo project, on the band’s upcoming UK shows next month. The dates are as follow:

23rd August – The Asylum, Birmingham (Pre-SCARFest show with Azylya)
24th August – SCARFest, Stoke-On-Trent
25th August – The Bird In Hand, Stafford

Commenting on the upcoming shows, Elina said:

It is great joy to announce that I will be fronting the UK band, Apparition for their upcoming shows next month! This is going to be my first time in the UK so I am extremely happy and cannot wait to hit the stage in August and meet my UK friends! BE THERE! \m/

Elina provided vocals for Seduce The Heaven’s debut album Field Of Dreams which is out now.

Apparition online:

https://www.facebook.com/apparitionband

Azylya confirmed for pre-Scarfest show with Apparition

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 3rd June 2013 by Nico Davidson

Belgian goth metallers Azylya, who recently supported Delain and Visions of Atlantis at The Dames of Darkness Festival last month, have been confirmed for a pre-Scarfest show in the UK on 23rd August where they will be supporting Apparition. The show will take place at Lucy’s Bar in Hednesford, Staffordshire.

Azylya will then play Scarfest in Stoke-On-Trent on 24th August, where they’ll be playing with acts such as Triaxis, Apparition, Evil Scarecrow and Yorkshire’s finest thrash unit Evile. Scarfest will take place over 24th – 26th August at Victoria Hall in Stoke-On-Trent. Further details can be found at this location.

In related news, Apparition will be joining Aonia for a couple of dates in the north of England in July. Dates are as follows:

12th July – SHEFFIELD – The Dove and Rainbow
13th July – BRIDLINGTON – Shades Nightclub

Apparition will also be joining Azylya in Belgium later this year at the Kraken Metal Festival on 2nd November. Further details can be found here.

Azylya online:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/AZYLYA/108712706476
https://twitter.com/AZYLYA

Aonia recruit keyboardist after extensive search

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on 30th May 2013 by Nico Davidson

After a long search for a new keyboardist, the UK’s goth-opera metal band Aonia have recruited Tim “The Machine” Hall to take on keyboard duties. Tim will be making his début with Aonia tomorrow night at The Hall Cross in Doncaster. Aonia vocalist and founding member Melissa comments on the recent recruitment of Tim:

He’s a really nice and talented guy with spades of experience and is immeasurably professional – he’s going to add a whole new dimension to the music while still keeping it Aonia – and it’s going to be epic! With Slick‘s talent and creativity and Jo‘s angelic voice, the three new members we’ve added in 2013 are going to take us to a whole new level of awesome.

Aonia’s full show schedule for this year is as follows:

31st May – DONCASTER – Hall Cross Pub
29th June – HULL – Metieval Festival
12th July – SHEFFIELD – The Dove and Rainbow
13th July – BRIDLINGTON – Shades Nightclub
27th August – NOTTINGHAM – The Maze
29th August – REDCAR – The Apsire
7th September – BRIDLINGTON – Valk-Fest Fundraiser
2nd November – WHITBY – Whitby Goth Weekend
30th November – BRIDLINGTON – Valkyrian Festival 2013

Aonia online:

http://aonia.co.uk
http://facebook.com/aoniauk

The Dames of Darkness Festival 2013 – Bilston, UK

Posted in Festival, Live with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 24th May 2013 by Nico Davidson

Delain, Visions of Atlantis and more
The Robin 2, Bilston, UK
Saturday 11th May 2013

For the first time in five years, The Dames of Darkness was set to return with one hell of a line-up. Featuring Delain as the headliners and Visions of Atlantis as main support, what more could be asked for? Well, how about six more bands from all around the UK and Europe, including Azylya, Ex Libris, Chemikill and more.

Beginning the day were melo-power metallers Incarna. Fronted by the innocent looking Emily, the four piece band stood out from other bands on the bill, dropping the use of keyboards (as is found with so many “female-fronted” bands on the scene) for a sound with more balls, more emotion and more crunchy riffs. Belting out enchanting melodies and a near operatic vocal sound, the 400 plus crowd were clearly mesmerized by Incarna; and who wouldn’t be after such a powerful and emotive performance? [5/5]

Chemikill brought a more thrashy, in-your-face sound with them – sort of what Megadeth would sound like if Mustaine was born a chick. The riffs were gritty and violent, contrasting with the ruthless drumming and the thundering bass and even during in the performance of the more calm track Wych, Chemikill were proving themselves to be a force to be reckoned with. The band’s frontwoman, Natalie, certainly knew how to work the crowd; whipping them into a near-bloody frenzy, with fist pumping and chanting. Natalie’s vocals were definitely one of the most impressive things about Chemikill’s set; incorporating growls and cleans vocals, as well as a more belting style as well. [4/5]

Following Chemikill were the Dutch powerhouse Ex Libris (Latin for “from the books”), fronted by the soprano Dianne, who took to the stage like a Gothic Aphrodite. The band sound was heavier and darker than could have been expected for anyone who wasn’t familiar with their music and it was made more mystifying by the overwhelming vocal range of Dianne, which was demonstrated to its full an extent during in their softer songs. The use of the ethereal keyboard passages and melodic guitar sections helped to emphasise the band’s dark sound that was beautifully portrayed throughout their performance. [4.5/5]

Playing the UK for the first time, Azylya brought with them a heavy Gothic sound mixed with in frontwoman Jamie-Lee’s performance art. Jamie-Lee’s vocals came out a like a siren’s call, luring the crowd into the rocks that was the band’s guitar-driven sound blended with the more death metal-based vocals of Yohann. Disappointingly though, the keyboards that make up the Gothic part of Azylya’s sound were played back, though it still helped to the eerie atmosphere of their performance. [4/5]

Apparition, the host band of The Dames of Darkness, belted out their own distinct brand of darkened rock and metal, with vocals that resembled the likes of Floor Jansen, Amy Lee and Anette Olzen. The cumbersome use of bass differed from the calmer yet aggressive use of guitars, though there were parts during in Apparition’s set that the guitars were barely audible due to technical issues. Barring the tech issues, Apparition still played a blistering set. [4.7/5]

With powerful and refined vocals and stage presence aplenty, Whyzdom went down a treat. The French “philharmonic metal” sextet blasted their way through an aphotic set with staunch symphonic elements and colossal riffs. The male vocals weren’t very inspiring and sounded flat compared to grandiose sound of Whyzdom. Lead vocalist Marie appeared to be in her element as she kept the crowd entranced with her soothing voice, one that added a certain Cimmerian touch to the performance. [4.5/5]

This was the second time that Visions of Atlantis had come to the UK, but the first time that they played a British festival and they were definitely one of the most anticipated bands of the night. Despite the fact that Maxi mistook Bilston for Birmingham, she worked to the crowd to her favour as did co-vocalist, Mario. The symphonic passages had a certain hypnotising and overwhelming effect to them, strengthening the band’s overall sound and making up for a lack of bass. Mario and Maxi proved to be a great duo, vocally; adding a new depth of emotion to VoA’s music though there were some issues with the microphones that Mario was using. The guitar sections were played with razor-sharp precision and energy, working well with the keyboards and drums. [5/5]

And then came Delain, who proved to have a strong live presence as well as a solid live sound, that made their studio work pale in comparison. Playing a set that featured songs from all four of their albums, everything seemed to meld together in perfect harmony. Charlotte sounded to be on top form as the keyboards, courtesy of Martijn, beautifully accompanied Charlotte’s vocals. The guitar and bass passages belted out harder than a leather belt being struck across the face. See Me In The Shadows was definitely one of the best parts of Delain’s performance at Dames of Darkness, though some of their newer material was extremely enjoyable as well. [4.5/5]

The Dames of Darkness Festival certainly had some of the UK’s and Europe’s best “female-fronted metal” bands with a great crowd from beginning to end. Hopefully we won’t have to wait another five years for the next one. And while it might be a bit adventurous to say at the moment, with festival season only around the corner, The Dames of Darkness might go down in the books as the best UK festival of 2013.

Nico Davidson

Interview with David Homer [Apparition]

Posted in Interview with tags , , , , , on 31st January 2013 by Nico Davidson

Created 16 years ago by David Homer, Apparition have sailed through the UK’s underground scene, supporting more well-known acts such as ReVamp, Delain and Sarah Jezebel Deva.

With a performance coming up at The Dames of Darkness Festival and their recent album released through Ravenheart Music, David Homer, bassist for Apparition has a chat with Valkyrian Music’s Nico Davidson.

Nico: Your album For Vengeance… And For Love… was released recently, what are the main concepts on the album?

David: They are just different stories sang to music. No real concept except maybe ‘freedom’.

Nico: How does For Vengeance… And For Love… differ from previous Apparition releases?

David: Well, I was the only person on this album that was on the debut Drowned in Questions. The songs on For Vengeance are a lot heavier, better production because we took more time and I did the keyboards on all but two of the songs. I visited this keyboard player called Adam a few years ago and by watching him picked up tips on how to be creative with the keys instead of just playing simple chords. Thankfully, he is in the band now.

Nico: You’re playing the Dames of Darkness Festival in May. How are you feeling about that?

David: As we are hosting the show I am just hoping it all works out and that the bands and fans leave happy with good memories. If it is a success we might do others.

Nico: I understand you’ve shared the stage with Delain in the past. Are you looking forward to sharing the stage with them again at Dames of Darkness?

David: Yes because when we played with them the first time I didn’t really know them or their music. When I watch them this time it means the day is nearly over and I can relax.

Nico: How would you say that Apparition differs from the other “female-fronted” bands on the scene?

David: We are classed as symphonic metal and goth metal and we use live keyboards and not backing tracks like most bands both big and small. I feel there is enough creativity in the band to show that we don’t need orchestras or choirs. Not to say I don’t like bands that do have these parts because I do but it’s just not for us.

Nico: How would you describe your music to a potential fan?

David: If we jammed without vocals and keyboards we could be seen as a Metallica type band. By adding Sakara’s [Apparition‘s new frontwoman] wonderful singing and Adams keyboards we give the music atmosphere and feeling.

Nico: Apparition have played a number of different shows, some of which have been in support of acts like Sarah Jezebel Deva, ReVamp and Tarja Turunen. Which show would you say was the best one you’ve played?

David: My favourite show by far was with Sarah Jezebel Deva in Liverpool. We were really tight and had so much energy that night. The Tarja show was good because we played in front of many people and it was good to meet the lady herself.

Nico: Aside from the aforementioned Dames of Darkness Festival, what other plans do the band have for 2013?

David: We’re going overseas to play again. Last year we played at Angels Rock festival in Belgium with Azylya and ExLibris which was very cool. Before that we need to work hard at practices with new guitarist Nick and hopefully new drummer Alex.

Nico: What’s the meaning behind the band’s name, Apparition?

David: There isn’t one, it just sounds right for a gothic kind of metal or rock band.

Nico: Excluding yourselves, which band from the UK would you say are the best on the current British metal scene?

David: I am not saying this because we toured with them but I really love Sarah Jezebel Deva‘s band because they have great songs. Each night after we played I would still enjoy watching them even after ex amount of shows. Also Saturnian, a symphonic black metal band we played with at the Liverpool show were amazing. Everyone who knows our then guitarist Owen will tell you he never shuts up  BUT he was quiet for about the 30 minutes that they played. At first we thought he had gone to the lap dancing club next door but nope, he was transfixed!

Nico: Thanks for your time, David. I look forward to seeing you all at Dames of Darkness in May.

You can follow Apparition at these locations:

https://www.facebook.com/apparitionband
http://www.myspace.com/apparitionworld