Archive for Australia

Calea Dreaming – The Rainforest Canopy

Posted in Instrumental, Metal with tags , , on 4th February 2019 by izaforestspirit

Calea Dreaming
The Rainforest Canopy
Released 9th December 2018
Atmospheric Post Black Metal / Ambient
Self-Released

Calea Dreaming - The Rainforest Canopy

‘The Rainforest Canopy’ is the debut album from the Australian post-black metal one-man project Calea Dreaming. All his music is instrumental and it is inspired by nature, specifically the landscapes surrounding the New South Wales region of Australia where the musician is based.

I’m not all that well versed in post-black metal but based on my limited exposure to this sub-genre, anything with a “post” prefix, be it metal or rock tends to imply that it is a mixture of that style with some added ambient. This is definitely the case here. Aside from the guitar riffs and some of the drum work, this album has very little to do with black metal. As stated in the intro, there are no vocals on this album. The songs are melodic, atmospheric and very long, with the shortest track Rivers of Rosewood clocking in at over nine minutes. This is what I would describe as “chill-out” music, the kind that you might want to put on when you want to relax, enjoy a hot drink and a good book. I almost dozed off in my chair while writing this review!!

If any of you suffer from insomnia I would recommend that you give this album a go. It creates this tranquil mood, inviting the listener to close his or her eyes and picture themselves in one of the landscapes referred to in the songs. You can actually hear the sound of rain falling in the background on A Storm In The Mountains. There are also violins and other string instrumentals present on here, all contributing to the relaxing atmosphere.

Overall, ‘The Rainforest Canopy’ is a very atmospheric album which I would recommend to those who enjoy ambient and instrumental metal. It’s very relaxing and pleasant to listen to. It is not really my type of music though so I am unlikely to play it again unless I have trouble sleeping.

4/5

Iza Raittila

Perfect Blue Sky – The Eye of Tilos

Posted in CD, Folk, Rock with tags , , , , , , on 6th May 2017 by mickbirchy

 

Perfect Blue Sky

The Eye of Tilos

Soft Rock, Psychedelic Rock

Released: 19th May 2017

via Scarecrow Music Group (SE) Right Recordings (UK)

Perfect Blue Sky, is the highly anticipated collaboration between one of the founding members of the Swedish metal act Netherbird Pontus, Pna Andersson and Australian solo rock vocalist, Jane Kitto. Together they formed the band in 2014 based out of Stockholm, Sweden. I have to say going into this album, The Eye of Tilos, I knew little to nothing about them. With that, I had absolutely no expectations when first playing this. On first listen I had no idea what I was in for.  Just vague non-descriptors from a PR statement. With a clear mind I listened on and found that this is one of the most pleasant sounding albums I’ve listened to in a while.

I was hit with tight songwriting and smooth production.  The music was this 70’s style soft rock, you know the kind of stuff that we don’t usually cover here on Valkyrian Music. This really beautiful soft acoustic soft rock, with light elements of psychedelic indie rock music. The sounds are so fluent and cerebral.  It has this way of getting lodged in your brain. It’s not catchy as such, there are no real ear worms here. More just beautiful tones that sink into your memory without you even realising it.  There’s some creative riffs and superbly simplistic, but effective, writing ideas. The harmonies really grab your attention in a way that you wouldn’t think.  All of the songs are designed so that you pay attention to them as a whole, instead of nitpicking the individual aspects. It’s the same joy I feel from listening to stoner metal or outlaw country music.  Just music that switches off my overthinking capacity and switches on my pure enjoyment.

I don’t want you to think that this production is small scale or under planned.  There’s a lot of work that goes into making music that sounds like this.  To achieve this the duo have recruited a pretty nice backing band that really bring all of the elements of this album together. Names like, Frank Bessard (Joe Satriani, Stanley Clarke) and Dave Getz (Big Brother Holding Co.) on Drums. Danny Oakhill on Keyboards (Queen Tribute, Turk Tresize).  Jerry Donahue on Guitar (Fairport Convention, Hellecasters). All of them bring their energy to the album, yet like I’ve said the production never lets any one member really over shine the others.  There is is this really nice balance to it all. So the listener never feels overwhelmed by any one part of the production.

Genuinely, I have loved this album. It’s a beautiful sounding record with a lot to offer in its production and in its songwriting. With songs of passion, abstract concepts and social commentary. The Eye of Tilos is such a nice sounding album.  It mixes old school hippie jams with classic rock and adds some modern style production to really keep it in today’s market. I am really liking this band.  Hopefully this won’t be the last I hear from them. Also, it makes for awesome driving music.

5/5

Mick Birchall

Testament part ways with bassist Greg Christian and announce replacement

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on 13th January 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Bay Area thrash heroes Testament recently parted way with bassist Greg Christian. The announce reads as follows:

It is with much respect that we announce our mutual parting with bassist Greg Christian. Metal fretless bass pioneer Steve Di Giorgio will be returning to Testament. Steve previously was a member of Testament on The Gathering (1999) as well as First Strike Still Deadly (2001). He will be joining Testament on their upcoming shows in Australia on the Soundwave Festival, Japan and Mexico City. Steve will also be taking part in the new Testament album.  We are looking forward to continuing the momentum you, the fans, have made possible.

Testament online:

http://testamentlegions.com
http://facebook.com/testamentlegions

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Cripple Bastards release first track from new album

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , on 8th January 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Long running Italian band Cripple Bastards have released the first punishing track from their new album Nero In Metastasi, which is due out mid-February. Crushing everything in its way with almost three minutes of total bombardment, the album’s opening track Malato Terminale immediately lets the band’s devoted following know they’re in for an ultra-metallic neckbreaker of expected chaos, and lets newcomers know to join their movement or get out of the way. The song can be heard down below and you can pre-order the album at this location.

Cripple Bastard will also heading out on later this month. You can catch them at the following shows:

11/1/2014 Cueva Rock Live – Cagliari, Italy
14/1/2014 Viper Theatre – Florence, Italy
25/2/2014 Kingcobra Squat – Osaka, Japan w/ Red, Riverge, Ramone Takayama & The Students, Palm, Masterpeace
26/2/2014 Huck Finn – Nagoya, Japan w/ Black Ganion, Not A Name Soldiers, Hell And Hell, Sacred Aeolia, Top Breeder
27/2/2014 Bar El Puente – Yokohama, Japan
28/2/2014 Asakusa Kurawood – Tokyo, Japan @ Obscene Extreme Asia w/ Jig-Ai, Contrast Attitude, Butcher Abc, Brain Corrosion
02/3/2014 Asakusa Kurawood – Tokyo, Japan @ Obscene Extreme Asia w/ Doom, Framtid, Systematic Death, Gore Beyond Necropsy
05/3/2014 Blackwire Records – Sydney, Australia w/ Jig-Ai
06/3/2014 The Basement – Canberra, Australia w/ Jig-Ai
07/3/2014 The Reverence Hotel – Melbourne, Australia @ Obscene Extreme Australia w/ Jig-Ai, Captain Cleanoff
08/3/2014 The Corner Hotel – Melbourne, Australia @ Obscene Extreme Australia w/ Doom, Nowyourefucked, The Kill
22-25/5/2014 Maryland Deathfest – Baltimore, MD

Cripple Bastards online:

http://cripple-bastards.com
http://facebook.com/cripplebastard

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Doom confirmed to headline Obscure Extreme Japan, Australia and Czech Republic

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 10th December 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

No Obscure Extreme event is complete without a big portion of filthy crust. With a history older than grind itself, a band often cited as an early precursor to the genre and one which are considered pivotal in the rise of crust punk. The legend that is Doom, from England, will grind the Obscene Extreme 2014 stages. Doom will be playing at 3 of the 4 Obscene Extreme World Tour locations including Japan, Australia & 4 years on from their OEF appearance in 2010, Doom will return to Czech Republic.

Obscene Extreme organiser Curby comments:

We are definitely looking forward to this as they will come with their brand new album Corrupt Fucking System that is currently in production and will be put out at the end of 2013. Honestly, good old Doom are still in an excellent form!!!

Tickets are now available from this location.

Doom online:

https://www.facebook.com/doomcrustpunk

 

Oceano announce Australian headline tour

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 21st August 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Chicago band Oceano have announced a headline tour of Australia, due to kick off in Adelaide on 4th October. Having being forced to postpone their trip to Australia last year, Oceano will be making up for it to their fans in October with a nine-date headlining tour in support of their new album Incisions. Joining Oceano as support will be Aversions Crown and Feed Her To The Sharks (Well, there’s plenty of sharks down under for her to be fed to). Oceano vocalist and frontman Adam Warren comments:

Finally Oceano is headed to Australia!  To our Aussie fans, we told you we’d make it up to you from the last time we couldn’t make it, and now the time is upon us!  We are very, very delighted and grateful to have this opportunity.  We plan to leave Australia bruised from circle pits and necks sore from hair spins and head bangs every show.  See you soon!

See Oceano on tour in Australia at the following shows:

OCEANO w/ AVERSIONS CROWN, FEED HER TO THE SHARKS
Oct. 04 – Adelaide, Australia – Blackmarket (18+)
Oct. 05 – Melbourne, Australia – Bang (18+)
Oct. 06 – Melbourne, Australia – Phoenix Youth Centre (all ages)
Oct. 08 – Canberra, Australia – The Basement (18+)
Oct. 09 – Newcastle, Australia – Cambridge Hotel (18+)
Oct. 10 – Sydney, Australia – Hot Damn (18+)
Oct. 11 – Frenches Forest, Australia – YoYo’s Youth Centre (all ages)
Oct. 12 – Brisbane, Australia – Thriller (18+)
Oct. 13 – Brisbane, Australia – Tall Poppies Studios (all ages)

Oceano online:

http://facebook.com/oceanometal
http://twitter.com/oceanometal

Epica thanks fans for support and begin to look to the future

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 10th July 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

In a recent statement released by Dutch symphonic metal band, Epica, the band thanked fans and began discussing their future plans. The full statement is as follows:

Our show at Graspop on the 30th of June marked the end of the “Requiem for the Indifferent” touring cycle. We would like to thank all our loyal fans who have, once again, carried Epica to the next level. Our world-tour promoting Requiem for the Indifferent has given us a ton of wonderful new memories. We played a lot of new places like Australia, China, Taiwan, Indonesia, Belarus and Dubai and welcomed new fans at every one of the 100+ shows of this world-tour. A new milestone for us was reached during Retrospect, the celebration of our 10th anniversary! We will never forget being on stage with this huge orchestra and choir in front of the 4500 fans from all over the world.

As you know we will take a step back from playing live shows for the upcoming months since Simone & Oliver and Coen & Linda are expecting children.

During this period we will be finalizing our live CD, BluRay/DVD Retrospect, which will be released in the autumn of this year. Besides that we are in the pre-production phase of the 6th Epica studio album which we will start to record at the end of this summer and which will be released in spring 2014.

We can’t wait to share the Retrospect show and our new music with you all and we hope to see you on the road in 2014!!

Love, EPICA

Epica online:

http://www.epica.nl
http://www.facebook.com/epica
http://www.youtube.com/epica
http://www.twitter.com/epica
http://www.myspace.com/epica