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Quinphonic Festival 2016

Posted in Festival, Live with tags , , , , on 11th April 2016 by mickbirchy

Wildpath, La-Ventura, Alwaid, Beneath My Sins
The Roadhouse Birmingham, Birmingham (UK)
27th March 2016
Promoted by BIP Medusa

Quinphonic Festival is one of those days that I just love.  The mere concept is great, five exceptional acts each to perform a full headline set.  It’s just great.  I attended the first one last year and had a ball of a time.  With all of the acts bringing their A game to the stage.  So imagine my surprise when I find out that the second edition of festival would take place on my birthday.  All I had was glee.  Getting to some of my favourite acts, such as Wildpath, was one hell of a way to celebrate. Leading up to the festival two acts sadly dropped out, Evenoire and Hydra were replaced with French bands Beneath My Sins and Alwaid.  Then upon arriving to the festival I find out the Dakesis sadly had to pull out as well. Leaving only four bands for the day, with extended setlists.  Luckily there were no more drop-outs or difficulties so the day began.

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Beneath My Sins, previously known as Evolvent, hit the stage. As the first band of the day they have the easiest and the hardest job. Easy, as there are no expectations to live up to yet but it’s a hard job as you are the pace setters for the day. They absolutely nailed it. Even though the live production wasn’t the best as not everything came through clear, I still feel they did a really good job.  Vocalist, Emma Elvaston really grabbed my attention and trust me she had it to the bitter end of their set.  Her vocals were pure and beautiful and there was so much power behind her it was really great to hear.  The band behind her, consisting of Clément Botz and Jonathan Connell on guitars and Boris Devon on the drums, put on a great performance as well. The melodies flowed from them and the the technical work was awesome to watch. They just gelled so well together and made the set feel massive.  The crowd warmed to them almost instantaneously and gave them a great atmosphere to work with.  Always clapping to the beat and giving them heartfelt and well deserved cheers.  The only problem I had with their set was that their live production was a little muddy and unclear here and there and that really was a black spot on what was an otherwise fantastic set. This was a great introduction to them and I look forward to hearing more from them.

https://www.facebook.com/Beneath-My-Sins-132380570453385/
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Clearly one of the big names of the day and with an upcoming UK tour it only made sense for Alwaid to get such a huge reaction.  I first discovered them at Valkyrian Festival in 2014 and I knew I was going to see them again one way or another and I knew they were going to blow minds, and they did.  The crowd was already anticipating the set, I think most of them already knew what was coming.  However no one could’ve predicted such a storm of a set. Alwaid walked on stage like they owned the place and burst into one hell of a set, despite the fact the band had been traveling from France overnight.  Playing massive tunes off of their album Lacus Somniorum such as ‘Hei! Aa-Shanta Nygh!’ and ‘In The Darkness of Daylight’.  The whole set had that it factor that just put them over the top. Every instrument and the vocals came through as clear as crystal and sounded great.  I was too busy rocking out to notice the actual stage performance but from the glimpses I caught, Marie and Max were very much the centre of the show whilst the rest of the band played around them. All of their songs got massive responses, the band had nearly finished when the crowd insisted on one more song, when in fact we got two more. Again showing their popularity. This was one hell of a set and for many the height of the day.

https://www.facebook.com/Alwaid.music/
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After what felt like a long interval, the fourth band of the day La-Ventura hit the stage.  Once again they were absolutely brilliant and their set was quite refreshing.  As they do not play your standard symphonic style metal but rather a more nu-metal/alt rock type sound. This was most welcome to my ears as the bass relentlessly pounded and the guitars roared away.  Singer, Carla Van Huizen descended from the stairs above the stage and performed a corker of a show. The whole thing felt much more casual than the previous two.  As La-Ventura’s sound doesn’t go for that epic flair that the previous sets have done. Instead their songs are much more grounded and hard hitting, just some good old fashioned rocking out was going on.  Again the crowd was into it but clearly burned out by this point it, the cheers were still coming though. However I felt like something was missing from the set, it was almost like there was no real atmosphere which was a bit of a shame.  The band marched on with the set including big songs like ‘White Crow’, ‘Falling Down’ and the big single ‘Song for an Idiot’, this got the crowd going and by the end of the set, the crowd was hooked and so was I. The crowd screamed breathing that missing life into the final songs of the set.  Which relieved me, because I really wanted them to do well. Their performance was great.  They had a great stage presence and brilliant personalities.  They just looked like they were having fun and that’s the most important thing.  I liked this but not as much as the previous two. Still well worth the watch and hope to see them back on UK shores soon.

https://www.facebook.com/La-Ventura-official-bandpage-465553533488503/
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Well, this was the set it was all building up to for me and for many of the day’s patrons. Wildpath are a music lover’s dream. They fun, they have wild and imaginative songs and they can’t be pinned to one genre. You want to know what else? They’re bloody fantastic live as well.  They’re energetic and their set flows so well. Mixing and matching all of their songs to form one glorious super playlist of metal, jazz, funk, rock and overall good music. All encapsulated in the symphonic metal sound. The band just sound and look like they’re having so much fun and I’ve said it before, if the band is having fun then the crowd is more likely to have fun with them. My eyes were glued to the stage for the whole show, there was so much to watch, from the technical skill to the dancing and jumping to the comedy of the band just being themselves on stage. Marjolaine Bernard is a fantastic front woman. Making sure the crowd is involved and happy and singing to absolute perfection. Also, she wished me a happy birthday on stage which totally made my day.  What else can i say but was a fantastic end to an awesome day.

https://www.facebook.com/Wildpath.metal.band/

In summary this was an amazing day with some exceptional performances.  The symphonic metal fans here in the UK are loyal and fun to be around.  You know it’s always going to be a good day.  With Quinphonic Festival 3 around the corner in October of this year I’m sure that will be another day to remember.

Text by Mick Birchall
Photos by Laura “Lorath” Piggford (more pics here)

Quinphonic Festival Announces 2016 Line-Up

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , on 14th June 2015 by mickbirchy

After the success of this year’s festival, the world’s premier Quintuple header festival returns. ‘The Quinphonic Festival 2’ will feature five outstanding international symphonic / melodic / power / prog metal bands all, playing full one-hour sets. We happily announce the bands that are performing next year:

The enigmatic Evenoire from Italy

http://www.evenoire.it/

https://www.facebook.com/evenoire

 

The wondrous Wildpath from France

http://www.wildpath-music.com/

http://www.facebook.com/Wildpath.metal.band

 

The lavish La Ventura from the Netherlands

http://la-ventura.com/

http://www.facebook.com/LaVenturaNL

 

The hypnotic Hydra from Germany

http://www.hydraofficial.com/

https://www.facebook.com/OfficialHydra

 

The dynamic Dakesis from England

http://www.dakesis.com/

https://www.facebook.com/Dakesis

The day of metal goodness will take place at The Roadhouse in Birmingham, UK on Bank Holiday Sunday, 27th March 2016 from 3pm till 11pm.

Information regarding ticket sales will follow in due course.

Absolva announce UK dates with Babylon Fire

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , on 16th December 2013 by Nico Davidson

British metal unit Absolva have announced their first string of UK dates for 2014 and they will be joined by special guests and label mates Babylon Fire for said dates. The UK tour schedule confirmed so far is as follow:

May 1st: London, The Garage,
2nd: Birmingham, Asylum 2,
3rd: Burnley, Sanctuary,
10th: Carlisle, Brickyard,
11th: Wakefield, Snooty Fox,
16th: Great Yarmouth, The Oakwood,
17th: Brighton, Green Door Store,
23rd Grimsby, Yardbirds,
24th: Selby, Riverside,
31st: Manchester, Sound Control.

Absolva online:

http://absolva.com

 

Judas Priest’s Rob Halford makes surprise appearance with Five Finger Death Punch on stage

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 6th December 2013 by Nico Davidson

Last night, metal legend Rob Halford, frontman for Judas Priest, surprised fans as he jumped on stage to join Five Finger Death Punch for a performance of their song Lift Me Up at the LG Arena in Birmingham. Halford is featured on the studio version of Lift Me Up, which appears on the first installment of Five Finger Death Punch‘s masterwork titled The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell, released in July.

Later that night the band, Ivan Moody (vocals), Zoltan Bathory (guitar), Jeremy Spencer (drums), Jason Hook (guitar) and Chris Kael (bass), announced they would be returning to Europe next Spring for their most expansive headline tour of Europe yet.  The tour kicks off with a performance at the just announced Bandit Rock Awards in Stockholm, Sweden on March 8, 2014. UK tour dates are as follow:

March 2014
Friday 28th            Birmingham Academy
Sunday 30th          London Forum
April 2014:
Tues 1st                 Manchester Academy

The band wrapped up their European arena tour with Avenged Sevenfold last night and finish the year in Russia with four headline shows. They kick off 2014 at Florida’s ShipRocked in January, before heading over to Australia for the Soundwave Festival.

Five Finger Death Punch online:

http://fivefingerdeathpunch.com

 

Silent Jack announce release date for Snakebite EP

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

Brummie hard rockers Silent Jack are set to release their first EP, entitled Snakebite. The release will consist of the band’s previously released singles and some new cuts. Recorded by Alex Cooper of Arkham studios, and Richard Wood of The Old Smithy, the EP will consist of 7 tracks of simple, driving, hard rock.

To coincide with the release of Snakebite, Silent Jack will be holding an EP launch party at Scruffy Murphy’s in Birmingham as apart of the band’s HARD ROXX events. The band will perform the EP in its entirety. Support acts include Stone Cold Kill, Black Star Bullet and Uncle Jim.

Snakebite is released on 22nd December 2013, and will be available digitally for purchase through iTunes, Amazon MP3 and other online stores, as well as streaming from Spotify, Deezer, and other services. CDs will be available directly from the band.

Silent Jack online:

http://www.Silent-Jack.com
http://www.facebook.com/silentjackband
http://www.reverbnation.com/silentjackband

Napalm Death confirmed as UK support for Children of Bodom

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

Pioneers of the UK grindcore scene Napalm Death were recently announced as special guests on Children of Bodom’s upcoming Halo of Blood UK tour. Formed in 1981 in Birmingham, Napalm Death have consistently released groundbreaking albums since their now legendary 1987 debut release Scum and they show no signs of slowing down as they continue to tour in support of their current Utilitarian release which came out in 2012. Children of Bodom stated:

Touring the UK and Ireland with Napalm Death feels great! We are honoured to have these pioneers with us and looking forward to seeing them live every night!

Tour dates are as follow:

7th October – BOURNEMOUTH, O2 Academy
8th October – BRISTOL, O2 Academy
10th October – DUBLIN, Vicar St.
12th October – SHEFFIELD, O2 Academy
13th October – NEWCASTLE, O2 Academy
14th October – MANCHESTER, Academy
15th October – LONDON, O2, Shepherd’s Bush Empire

Napalm Death online:

http://www.napalmdeath.org
http://twitter.com/NAPALM_DEATH
http://facebook.com/napalmdeathofficial

 

Incassum confirmed for Bloodstock and announce winter 2013 dates

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 29th July 2013 by Nico Davidson

Manchester’s top melodic metal act Incassum have been confirmed for this year’s Bloodstock where they’ll play the Jagermeister Acoustic Stage at 6:40pm on Saturday 10th August. Incassum have also announced their first dates for the winter of 2013 including a special Hallowe’en show in their hometown of Manchester with Evil Scarecrow.

As well as Bloodstock and the Winter shows, the band also has a small number of other summer festival appearances. The schedule so far is as follows, with plenty more dates to be added….

August

3rd : Rotherham, Khaos Festival
10th : Derby, Bloodstock Open Air
23rd : Bromsgrove, Beermageddon

October

5th : Great Yarmouth, The Oakwood (w/Babylon Fire)
18th : Birmingham, Asylum 2 (w/Triaxis)
30th : Manchester, Grand Central (w/Evil Scarecrow and Bloodyard)

November

3rd : Lancaster, Yorkshire House (w/Bloodyard)

Incassum online:

http://www.incassum.com
http://www.facebook.com/Incassum

 

Hard rock band Silent Jack present HARD ROXX

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 26th July 2013 by Nico Davidson

Hard rockers Silent Jack are set to host a series of monthly gigs at Eddie’s Rock Club in Birmingham. Each Hard Roxx will feature not only the best in local talent, but the national talent as well – be it tribute acts or up and coming bands. The opening night of this monthly event is August 16th at 7pm, and is a local showcase. The evening includes performances from Pretentious Class, The Remedy, and event hosts, Silent Jack. It also acts as a
launch party for Silent Jack’s next single, Love Factory, which goes on sale that day!

Confirmed as the headlining act for September is the mighty Guns Or Roses, one of the leading GNR tributes in the UK. In addition to the show, each event is being broadcast live by XRP Radio, who have behind the scenes access to the night to provide interviews and competitions! Tickets for Hard Roxx also include FREE entry to the Twisted club night after party!

Hard Roxx Events 2013:

August 16th – Silent Jack, The Remedy, Pretentious Class
September 20th – Guns Or Roses, Silent Jack, Artist TBC
October 18th – Artists TBC
November 15th – Artists TBC
December 20th – Christmas EP Launch party; Silent Jack, Artists TBC

Silent Jack online:

http://www.Silent-Jack.com
http://www.facebook.com/silentjackband

 

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

Dakesis confirmed to play New Disorder Festival

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

Birmingham prog. power metallers Dakesis have been confirmed for the New Disorder Music Festival in Birmingham. Dakesis will join the likes of Evil Scarecrow and Eyes Of The Raven on Saturday 30th March at The Roadhouse in Birmingham. The event is set to raise money for RACPA UK and further details can be found at this location.

You can follow Dakesis at the following:

https://www.facebook.com/Dakesis
https://twitter.com/Dakesis

 

First band announced for Sophie Fest

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

Birmingham death metal masters Morgue Orgy have been announced as the first band to be added to this year’s Sophie Festival. After their epic headlining show back in 2011, Morgue Orgy are set to return to The Sophie Festival by popular demand. They’re known for putting on what is described as “a damn good show” and are highly rated by both press and fans alike. The organisers of The Sophie Festival have stated that they’re honoured to have Morgue Orgy return for this year’s edition of the festival.

The Sophie Festival will take place on 2nd November. The festival’s location will be announced at a later date. All proceeds go to the Sophie Lancaster Foundation.

Trillium post new video reports from the UK

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 5th December 2012 by Nico Davidson

Trillium, featuring vocalist Amanda Somerville, have been on the road supporting veteran British rockers Magnum on their UK tour. Somerville has posted the third and fourth in a series of her traditional on-tour video reports. All instalments of her video reports can be viewed below:

PART ONE

PART TWO

PART THREE

PART FOUR

 

Enforcer kick off UK tour tonight with Angel Witch

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

Swedish heavy metallers Enforcer are due to kick off a UK tour tonight  (Wednesday, 7th November) with British heavy metal legends Angel Witch.

The bands will also be joined by UK metallers Age Of Taurus on the five-date Into the Dark tour, which starts at The World Headquarters in Newcastle.

Enforcer frontman Olof Wikstrand recently commented: “After the very successful Scandinavian dates this spring, we now take this tour package to Britain, bringing you the best of the past and present.  This will, as well, definitely mark the end of our ‘Diamonds On the Road’ world tour and is also the last chance for all of you to see this era of Enforcer.

See Enforcer live at the following shows:

ENFORCER w/ ANGEL WITCH, AGE OF TAURUS
Nov. 07 – Newcastle, UK – The World Headquarters
Nov. 08 – Manchester, UK – Academy 3
Nov. 09 – Birmingham, UK – Temple
Nov. 10 – London, UK – The Victoria
Nov. 11 – Bristol, UK – The Fleece

Enforcer‘s 2008 debut album, Into The Night, is due to be reissued on Earache Records on November 12th.  The album will be available on CD, as well as limited edition coloured vinyl in the following quantities and colours:

100 – City Lights (White & Yellow)
200 – Into the Night (Blue & Black Marble)
300 – Mistress from Hell (Red)
400 – Black Angel (Black)

Pre-order INTO THE NIGHT now in Europe here or in North America here.

Into The Night is available now on iTunes here.

 

For All Those Sleeping ready to hit the road with IWrestledABearOnce

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on 3rd September 2012 by Nico Davidson

Post-Hardcore quintet For All Those Sleeping are about to hit the UK for a run of 7 shows supporting I Wrestled A Bear Once. The tour is kicking off in Birmingham on September 8thh, will take them to London on Sep 13th, and finishes in Brighton on September 14th.

FATS formed in St. Cloud, MN in 2007. The band issued the independent EP The Lies We Live in 2008, and then signed with Fearless Records in 2009, leading to their 2010 full-length debut, ‘Cross Your Fingers’. The band hit the road hard in support of these releases, including tours with Falling In Reverse, Asking Alexandria, Motionless In White, A SkylitDrive, Breathe Carolina, Sleeping With Sirens, The Word Alive to name a few.

For All Those Sleeping (supporting I Wrestled A Bear Once)

08 Sep      Birmingham, O2 Academy 2
09 Sep      Newcastle, O2 Academy 2
10 Sep      Leeds, Cockpit
11 Sep      Manchester, Sound Control
12 Sep      Plymouth, White Rabbit
13 Sep      London, Garage
14 Sep      Brighton, The Haunt

For All Those Sleeping’s second album Outspoken is set for UK release early next year.

Dakesis to tour with Axenstar

Posted in News with tags , , , on 21st July 2012 by Nico Davidson

Birmingham’s power-prog metallers Dakesis have announce that they’ll be supporting Axenstar on their UK Aftermath Tour.

See tour poster for dates.

We Are The Others [Delain Tour Review]

Posted in Gig, Live with tags , , , , , , , on 17th May 2012 by vmteam

This year I was able to follow Delain around the country on their We Are The Other Tour (I swear, I’m not a stalker!), celebrating the individuality of people known as the ‘others’. The album concept was inspired by the tragic case of Sophie Lancaster, where she was brutally murder because of stereotyping. This tour saw Delain’s fourth tour around the United Kingdom, joining Delain on the road were American metallers Halcyon Way, a band that seemed almost wasted on this tour and would probably of benefitted more from touring with the likes of Dragonforce or Arch Enemy. Also, on the tour were Amada Somerville’s own solo band Trillium. The UK tour in the started at the HMV Institute in Birmingham, situated just 5 minutes from the Bull Ring Shopping Centre. The city saw Delain’s first ever UK show at the Femme Metal Festival in 2009 and like Charlotte said ,and I agree, it was like coming home.

Starting up the shows were Halcyon Way, their name being said differently to how it’s spelt, a band like I said before I felt were a bit wasted on the tour and should of really toured with the likes of Dragonforce and would appeal to fans perhaps more to fans of Bullet For My Valentine or Malefice or other acts along those lines. Their music saw a heavier and more violent approach to music, hinting towards the metalcore and post-hardcore styles. Their performances were heavier than that of Trillium and Delain. With their performance totalled in a full six songs on their set list, although I could not seem to find where the songs ended and started during the first two shows and they seemed to be doing a never ending amount of songs. The Birmingham show saw that the band came straight from Paris to Birmingham to perform. Halcyon did have a strong reaction from the crowd but the performance felt to be lacking something. The last song, On Black Wings (taken from their album Inctrination), which for me, was the best. This was the same for the Sheffield show as well. The third night I saw them, in Manchester, was in a small and more intimate venue which saw them bloom and do a far more powerful performance than the previous nights with more input from the crowd. I think they are a band to watch for future reference but I feel that they weren’t anything too special, but as I said they’re a band to look out for. I would be surprised if we see these in the UK anytime soon. However, it is safe to say that the Delain Nation (a name for Delain fans), got a massive shock when it came down to it.

Like most people in the Delain crowd they had probably heard the most notable song for Trillium which is their promotional single Coward. The first time hearing this, it felt as if it was something that just didn’t click with me but it had grown on me over time. This tour saw lead singer Amanda quite sick with a doctor having to come and see Amanda just before the Sheffield show, which did mean a slight decrease from her performance over the next two shows: Sheffield and Manchester but at least she was able to carry on. Like Halcyon Way, it saw the same set list through out the tour, however with just one album to play tracks from, and the unlikely hood of hearing an Epica song, there wasn’t a vast selection of songs for them to perform. The HMV Institute was Amanda’s first show in the UK, even after touring all over the world with other acts like with Epica and Kamelot. I was surprised by how much I actually liked Trillium live during the first night we were able to see the curvy Amanda jump up and down on the stage and become in her element with the music, something that unfortunately was not seen at the Manchester show. I, however, would recommended checking out Trillium.

During this tour I have been able to encounter Delain’s performance at all different angles from being right at the front to far at the back and of course, slap bang in the middle. Delain have been one of my favourite bands to go and see live since I experienced of their live shows at Rio’s in Leeds back in 2010. Unlike other bands, after seeing them, they start to lose their touch, such as when I saw Lacuna Coil in Stoke-on-Trent and Manchester after seeing them in Liverpool, however this certainly was not the case with Delain. I was surprised as to how much I actually enjoyed all of the concerts on this tour, despite having the same set list throughout the tour. Being at the back for the first show I was able to see everything that they show had to offer as well as the very vibrant audience. The show saw new songs from Delain’s third album We Are The Others, scheduled for release June 4th here in the UK. Delain kicked off the set with a song from the new album, which I failed to remember the name of.

From here the band performed a mixture of songs which surprised me when I heard a lot of tracks from their first album Lucidity and as many new songs from We Are the Others. One of the first songs that were played during any of the shows was the title of the new album and the tour, We Are the Others, a song that celebrates indifference and uniqueness. A lot of songs made it is obvious that Delain have taken a sort of turn from what would be considered their typical sound, as the new songs tended to have more meaning surrounding life.

The Sheffield show celebrated Charlotte’s 25th Birthday. Unlike I had originally expected no one came out with a lit up cake on the stage for the audience to sing like with other bands, but I suppose they have their traditions and other bands have theirs. The same structure was given to the show and had the same songs involved as the first night with the same jokes but good.

As a rule, I don’t usually like shows in Manchester but unlike the others, the Manchester show seemed to have shined through with the crowd. Unlike previous nights, it seemed that See Me in Shadows was performed better, as in Birmingham is seemed that given the emotion of the song it was not that well delivered. The Manchester show also saw better lighting than the previous nights and had more energy throughout this show.

The Gathering was the best song of the night and the last, it saw the audience jumping up and down, more so than at the Sheffield show, although the best song of the Sheffield show was The Gathering, along with April Rain. The Manchester show, also saw people involved with the Sophie Lancaster charity premier the new songs from the album that were inspired by the tragedy of her death.

In total the best show out of the three was the Manchester show, despite the band slightly putting their foot in it with the remarks about Manchester City winning the title and losing to Manchester United, with the Birmingham show not even close, it really was the best show that I have seen in a while. Anyone who missed out, should definitely keep an eye out for the next time Delain tour in the UK.

Danielle Eley


Band Of The Month [February, 2012]: Dakesis

Posted in Band Of The Month with tags , , , , , , , on 1st February 2012 by Nico Davidson

And Dakesis are this month’s Band of the Month! Dakesis are a five piece prog-power metal outfit from the birthplace of metal… Birmingham. 2011 saw the release of their debut album Trial By Fire, which has been praised by critics and fans alike. This year is clearly the year for Dakesis as they will be supporting German power metal legends Edguy this coming Friday and headlining Valkyrian Festival on 24th November at the Lamp in Hull.

Dakesis are definitely one of the finest power metal bands on the scene and there are clearly big things in store of these guys and gals.

Dakesis to support EDGUY at HMV Institute, Birmingham

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 24th January 2012 by Nico Davidson

Birmingham prog-power metallers DAKESIS have been confirmed for the highly coveted opening slot with German metal legends EDGUY on the Birmingham date of their February UK Tour. This is no doubt another epic chapter to be written in the band’s ever growing saga.

Having been fans of EDGUY for many years, DAKESIS are understandably excited about the prospect of sharing a stage with their heroes. Front-man Wayne commented: “We’re just so overwhelmed to be given the opportunity to share a stage with a band as influential on our sound as EDGUY. We’re going to bring a great show to kick off what promises to be a truly memorable night!”

With DAKESIS recently releasing their début album [review can be found here], and planning a string of live dates, festivals and tours for 2012 [including the headlining slot at our very own Valkyrian Festival this year, which will be in aid of Autism Plus], this opportunity is a great way to kick off the year for one of the UK’s finest metal acts.

Dakesis are Wayne Dorman, Gemma Lawler, Matt Jones, Amie Chatterley and Adam Harris. The band’s web-page has photos, upcoming dates and bio information on the band
members.

Dakesis are also in the voting for February’s band of the month. You can vote for them here.

You can find their website at www.Dakesis.com.

Tickets for the event are available from http://www.kililive.com/gigs/edguy

For more information
www.Dakesis.com/Press
www.Edguy.net
www.venues.meanfiddler.com/hmv-institute/home

Abercion – Depth And Perception [2011]

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , on 3rd October 2011 by Nico Davidson

Band: Abercion
Album: Depth And Perception
Release year: 2011
Genre: Melodic Progressive Hardcore

Abercion are a five-piece hardcore out from Birmingham, UK. 2011 saw the release of their EP “Depth And Perception”.

”Words Can Only Hurt From The Inside” is definitely not a song you want to be listening to via headphones on full volume when it begins, due to the sheer of aggression of the introduction. The vocals are raw, bloodthirsty and untameable, while the guitars are full of pure angst and anger, adding to that heavy hardcore sound. The vocals do sound frail in one or two small sections of the song but the drums make up for that. The acoustic section comes as a massive surprise, putting a halt to the brutality of the song.

”See You Next Tuesday” follows after, starting with a unique sound. The guitars eventually kick in properly, though this song is lacking in comparison to the opening song. The guitars just don’t seem to be as aggressive or have that certain bite and the vocals seem to be extremely strained for the most part. The drums are the more interesting aspect of the song. The EP finishes with “From dusk ‘Till Dawn” which brings the angst and energy back onto the EP fortunately. The acoustic section is probably something that should have been expected yet wasn’t, the heavy section that follows after it brings the energy back into the song and the vocals add that extra bite to the song.

”Depth And Perception” is an interesting EP, as it displays a mixture of progressive, melodic and hardcore elements and influences. Abercion show potential, at least, with this EP and with some more hardcore they’ll definitely fuse the different elements and influences together for a truly unique sound – Hopefully they’ll be less acoustic passages.

3/5

Nico Davidson