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Dakesis to support EDGUY at HMV Institute, Birmingham

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

Interview: Ablaz [2011]

Posted in Interview with tags , , , , , , , , on 30th August 2011 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Nico has a chat with Ablaz [Bassist for Sarah Jezebel Deva and Gods Army] about the upcoming SJD tour, his career with SJD and Gods Army and alcohol.


Nico: Thanks for taking the time to talk with us today, Ablaz. I hope you’re in good health. You’re due to tour the UK with Sarah Jezebel Deva in October. How are you feeling about this? Excited? Nervous?

Ablaz: You’re welcome. I feel good and I can’t wait to hit the stage again! Our last show was in June in Germany on the Wave-Gotik-Teffen and that’s way too long ago. I’m nosy on how the fans react to our new songs live. We only played some of them on a few festivals and I loved that feeling.

N: Sounds like the stage is like your second home then. Do guys have any plans for festivals next year?

A: Oh yeah it really is and I guess you can see that when you watch our live show. I couldn’t be a studio musician, there’s no special feeling for me – I do music because I love to play gigs and for the after show parties of course. Even after a lot of live shows the feeling is still unbelievable. When I write new songs, I always imagine how they work live. Unfortunately I don’t have any news about festivals next year, but I hope we’ll play some nice ones! Guess the planning starts after our UK tour in October.

N: Well, the tour sounds like it’s going to be awesome. This next question is from one of our readers. What’s it like playing music with Sarah?

A: I guess Sarah will read this, so I have to be careful… [laughter] – I’m joking. This is one of the most asked questions and I have to admit Sarah really is a nice person. Before I ever met her, I was a bit unsure if she may is arrogant, complicated or whatever. But when I met her and especially when we spent a lot of time on our first tour together, I just realised that my fear was unnecessary. I love to work with Sarah and of course also with the rest of my band. I was listening to Cradle of Filth when I was 14 years so at the  beginning it was a kind of strange feeling, playing with someone you  know from other well-known records. But now it’s more than just a musician relation, it’s friendship, too. And when I listen to her old Cradle of Filth stuff now, I always think, that OUR new songs with real lyrics fit much more to Sarah then “ohhh” and “ahhhh”.

N: That’s true. It’s good to know that Sarah is able to use her vocals more freely now. Speaking of music, do you feel that the music you play with Sarah is different to the sort of stuff you play with Gods Army?

A: Yeah it definitely is! With SJD we’re doing Symphonic Metal, God’s Army is a kind of Industrial Rock. Also in God’s Army I don’t play bass, I play the guitar. So there are no overlaps, nor in the music style nor in song writing. And I love doing both.

N: Speaking of Gods Army, a quick Google search on them usually provides our readers with information about the band written in German – A language that not all of our readers can understand. Is there any information you could give to our readers about the band?

A: The most important point: We definitely should do our new homepage in German and English… I joined Gods Army in 2007, but due to BIG line-up problems and a few female vocalist changes we still haven’t released our first album. In 2010 I was very busy with SJD, but now we’re working again on our GodsArmy release and hopefully will have a release next year. If you like to be up-to-date just add us on Facebook: “GodsArmy”.

N: I’m sure your fans will be eagerly awaiting any news on the GodsArmy release – As will us [Valkyrian Music]. This next question is a bit random, on the official SJD website, your favourite beer is listed as “Traugott Simon”. How does British beer compare to it, in your opinion?

A: [laughter] The people who know that German beer will have a laugh now. It’s one of the cheapest beer in Germany – 8 litres for about 5 Euro, that’s about 4 pound – and I love it. Your next question is an easy one: Never ever compare German beer with others, in my opinion the others can’t win. When I came to our very first SJD tour, I tried a lot of new British beer in the pubs every night. At the end of the tour I was asked which is the best British beer. I answered: “There really is one beer I like. It’s much better then the rest…it’s called Foster’s”…  For those who don’t know: Foster’s is an Australian beer. But every beer is better than “no beer”.

N: I’ll drink to that! Or at least I will when I go to the pub. Just a few more questions now. This is one is somewhat random, if you could take the soundtrack from any movie and replace it with your own music, which movie would it be? And why?

A: I guess I wouldn’t replace any film soundtrack or at least I have no idea right now. If  I would, the music and the lyrics should fit into the movie. And I love Zombie movies most, but Sarah’s lyrics are not about zombies [laughter]. But I think “The Corruption Of Mercy” would be a great soundtrack for a sad movie, with a lot of rain.

N: Hmm, true. Okay, final question and once again, thank you for taking the time to talk with us. Are there any bands on the UK and German underground music scenes that you’d recommend to our readers?

A: I have to admit, I don’t listen much to the underground scene at the moment, except for some black metal bands [Nargaroth and Fäulnis]. But I guess I will see some nice supporting bands on our next UK tour in October and I also hope to see many of you there!

Ablaz will be touring with Sarah Jezebel Deva in October. For tour dates, click here. More for info on the upcoming tour, check out the Official Sarah Jezebel Deva Facebook page.

Also, to check out Ablaz’s other band, GodsArmy, click here.

Sarah Jezebel Deva – The Corruption of Mercy [2011]

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , , , , on 12th July 2011 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Band: Sarah Jezebel Deva
Album: The Corruption Of Mercy
Release year: 2011
Genre: Symphonic Metal/Gothic Metal

Sarah Jezebel Deva, well known for her work with bands such as Cradle Of Filth, Therion, Mortiis and Angtoria, is certainly one of the most impressive vocalists within the Gothic Metal and Symphonic Metal communities. Following the success of “A Sign Of Sublime”, Sarah is back with her second solo album “The Corruption Of Mercy”.

”No Paragon Of Virtue” starts the album with an electro-symphonic introduction which is soon replaced by a brutalising guitar section combined with a dramatic orchestrated section. The vocals, as expected, are strong, powerful and immense. The orchestrated medleys blend well with the heavy barrage of drums guitars and bass. “No Paragon Of Virtue” certainly leaves the listener wanting to hear more. “The World Won’t Hold Your Hand” follows after. The intro, for a few short seconds, sounds to be a very slow, calm medley but turns out to be the calm before a terrorising and violent guitar section. The drums are precise to the beat working well alongside the guitar and bass. The orchestration can only be described as epic. Again, the vocals are powerful, which is to be expected. The guitar solo, however, completes the track, making it one of the best on the album.

The third track, “A Matter Of Convenience” starts with a more softer riff compared to “No Paragon of Virtue” and “The World Won’t Hold Your Hand” and it is more synth-heavy as well. The vocals match the softness very well, bringing a very solemn feel to the track. The drum and guitar sections are well composed. “Silence Please” comes next with a very dark, symphonic intro, setting a very tense and dramatic atmosphere for the listener. The vocals sound eerie alongside the orchestration which adds to the tense atmosphere. Unfortunately, the guitars and drums are faded to begin with, struggling to make themselves heard. As the track progresses the guitars and drums can be heard more and more, fortunately.

Like the previous album, “The Corruption Of Mercy” also features a cover. This time the cover is a song called “Zombies”, originally by “The Cranberries”. It is a brilliant cover and Sarah has worked well to make it sound like her own. “Pretty With Effects” follows after being entirely composed of a beautiful piano medley combined with some very impressive vocal work. It certainly is a perfect example of Sarah’s vocal talent. “What Lies Before You” is the only interlude on the track, bringing a touch of eeriness to the album with its orchestration and choirs.

”Sirens” begins with an aggressive and somewhat violently fast paced riff. The drums are precise and intelligently played, while the vocals are still going strong and the guitar sections are most impressive. The second to last track is “The Eyes That Lie”. The intro is different to the rest of the album, beginning with a barrage of double bass pedals and vocals. The track eventually turns heavier with the introduction of a more bloodthirsty guitar riff. However, this track seems lacking compared to the rest of the album. The final track, which is also the title track, “The Corruption Of Mercy” begins with a heavy yet calm intro. The vocals are still going strong and the drums are as good as they have been on the rest of the album. The use of a piano and vocal section about half way through is both unexpected and brilliant. The track does go back to being heavy, which is fortunate for those who prefer heavy riffage compared to calm medleys. “The Corruption Of Mercy” is a perfect end for the album.

It’s clear that Sarah Jezebel Deva has been able to establish her own sound since leaving Cradle of Filth and this album is proof of that. It mixes her wide vocal range and talent with an immense mix of Gothic and Symphonic Metal to create a masterpiece of an album. Hopefully, there will be more releases from Sarah in the near future.

5/5

Nico Davidson