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Cannibal Corpse’s European summer tour

Posted in Misc., News with tags , , on 10th June 2019 by izaforestspirit

The American death metal outfit Cannibal Corpse have started their summer onslaught on Europe. They will be playing in Budapest, Hungary tonight (10th June 2019). Here is the rest of the schedule:

10.06.2019 (HU) BUDAPEST / A38
11.06.2019 (RS) NOVI SAD / Novosadski Sajam
12.06.2019 (RO) CLUJ-NAPOCA / Form
13.06.2019 (RO) BUCHAREST / Quantic
14.06.2019 (BG) SOFIA / Mix Tape 5
15.06.2019 (GR) THESSALONIKI / Principal Club Theater
16.06.2019 (GR) ATHENS / Piraeus 117 Academy
18.06.2019 (MK) SKOPJE / MKC
20.06.2019 (HR) ZAGREB / Boogaloo
21.06.2019 (AT) SALZBURG / Rockhouse
22.06.2019 (CH) AARAU / KiFF
23.06.2019 (FR) CLISSON / Hellfest
24.06.2019 (FR) LYON / Ninkasi Kao
25.06.2019 (IT) PARMA / Villa Del Fulcino
27.06.2019 (DE) LINDAU / Club Vaudeville
28.06.2019 (DE) GRAEFENHAINICHEN / Full Force
29.06.2019 (NL) DOKKUM / Dokk’em Open Air
30.06.2019 (DE) ASCHAFFENBURG / Colos-Saal
02.07.2019 (DE) BREMEN / Tivoli
03.07.2019 (DE) KIEL / Pumpe
04.07.2019 (CZ) TRUTNOV / Obscene Extreme
05.07.2019 (DE) STUTTGART / LKA Longhorn
06.07.2019 (FR) LIMOGES / CCM John Lennon
07.07.2019 (ES) BARCELONA / Rock Fest Barcelona

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Cannibal Corpse live in Tampere

Posted in Gig, Live with tags , on 17th July 2018 by izaforestspirit

Mörbid Vomit, Pillorian, Cannibal Corpse
Pakkahuone, Tampere, Finland
16th July 2018

Last night was hot. Finland is experiencing a heatwave at the moment and the temperatures don’t seem to show any signs of cooling down. I was still technically recovering from Lumous Gothic Festival and in this heat I would not normally want to leave the house. This time however, I had a good reason – the world renowned death metal band Cannibal Corpse were in town. I’ve been a fan of their music for several years so I was really excited about the show.

The Finnish death metal band Mörbid Vomit were the opening act. They put on an entertaining show that seemed to go down well with the local crowd. Their music reminded me somewhat of the Swedish death metal band Unleashed. A good start to the night. 3,5/5

I couldn’t really get into Pillorian. Their sound can be best described as a mixture of black metal and atmospheric doom metal with occasional progressive elements. It’s the kind of stuff that would probably sound decent when you listen to it at home but not live. I wanted something a bit more energetic. 2.5/5


Luckily the headliners did not disappoint. Energy is one thing that Cannibal Corpse has in spades. This was the second time that I’ve seen these guys live, so I knew what I was in for. Right from the opening riff the mosh-pit was in full swing. It didn’t take long until I too was headbanging along with the rest of the audience. When it comes to headbanging, no one can keep up with the band’s frontman George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher. That guy is a real headbanging professional. They played some of my favorites including ‘Kill or Become’, ‘Hammer Smashed Face’ along with some new material from their latest album. 5/5

In summary, I keep stating that death metal sounds great live. Cannibal Corpse definitely lives up to that description. I’m really glad that I decided to brave the hot weather and attend their show.

Iza Raittila


Iza’s Highlights of 2017 part 1: Metal

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on 29th December 2017 by izaforestspirit

2017 is almost over which means that it’s now time for my annual “Best of” or “Highlights” as I prefer to call them. This year’s edition will be in two parts – metal and industrial. So without further ado here are my top ten metal releases of 2017:

1. Kreator – Gods of Violence
Genre: Thrash Metal



2. Cradle of Filth – Cryptorina: The Seductiveness of Decay
Genre: Extreme Gothic Metal


3. Lacrimosa – Testimonium
Genre: Gothic Rock/Symphonic Metal

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4. Lord of the Lost – Swan Songs II
Genre: Dark Rock/Gothic Rock/Classical

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5. Ex Deo – The Immortal Wars
Genre: Symphonic Death Metal

Ex Deo - The Immortal Wars

6. Cannibal Corpse – Red Before Black
Genre: Death Metal

7. Mono Inc.- Together Till The End
Genre: Dark Rock/Gothic Metal

Together Till The End

8. Doyle – As We Die
Genre: Heavy Metal

Doyle - As We Die

9. Barathrum – Fanatiko
Genre: Black Metal/Doom Metal

Barathrum - Fanatiko

10. Eisbrecher – Sturmfahrt
Genre: Industrial Metal

EISBRECHER - Sturmfahrt


Marilyn Manson’s ‘Heaven Upside Down’ didn’t make my top ten list but it’s still a good album which I would recommend. I haven’t been to too many gigs this year but out of the metal shows I’ve attended my favorite would have to be Destruction live in Tampere.

Biggest New Discovery: Mono Inc.

Most anticipated albums of 2018

New albums by Powerwolf, Devilment and hopefully Behemoth.

That’s all for now. Stay tuned for the industrial/other non metal edition coming soon.

Cannibal Corpse unveil new album title and cover art

Posted in Misc., News with tags , on 26th September 2017 by izaforestspirit

The well renowned  American death metal band Cannibal Corpse have recently announced that their new album, the follow up to ‘A Skeletal Domain’ will be called ‘Red Before Black’.

Here is the cover art:

The track-listing will be as follows:

1. Only One Will Die
2. Red Before Black
3. Code of the Slashers
4. Shedding My Human Skin
5. Remaimed
6. Firestorm Vengeance
7. Heads Shoveled Off
8. Corpus Delicti
9. Scavenger Consuming Death
10. In the Midst of Ruin
11. Destroyed Without a Trace
12. Hideous Ichor

‘Red Before Black’ is scheduled to hit the shops worldwide on 3rd November 2017 via Metal Blade Records. This will be followed by a European tour starting in early February next year. Stay tuned for more details.

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Blasphmachine – Salvation (demo)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on 26th July 2015 by izaforestspirit

Slavation (demo)
Released 10th August 2015
Death Metal/ Black Metal
Released via Dunkelheit Produktionen

‘Salvation’ is the latest demo from the Malaysian death metal band Blasphmachine. Like all their previous releases, it is strictly limited to 300 copies of the CD version, fifty hand numbered cassettes and digital downloads.

Temple of Desolation starts off with a deceptively slow ambient intro before the guitars and drums blast their way through. The pace of the music and the guttural growls makes me think of Cannibal Corpse, however Blasphmachine’s signature sound has that raw brutality which is a rarity in death metal these days.

Whilst most of the tracks on here tend to be rather short and fast, Commandments caught my attention due to the variations in both pace and the vocal style. Unlike its predecessors, this song is a bit slower at times and the guttural vocals have been replaced by rasping snarls akin that of early Morbid Angel. The same death metal style is present in ‘Leviathan’, only this time the drums sound even more aggressive and brutal. Last but not least is the most primitive and ferocious track on here, a cover of Black Witchery’s ‘Into Damnation Eternal‘ which comes complete with ultra-fast blast beat drums and raw guitar riffs.

In summary this is a decent-sounding death metal demo. I need to emphasize the term “demo” here, because the production quality is not the greatest. Whilst I appreciate the raw brutality of the music, there were times when I actually struggled to hear the guitars amidst the incessant barrage of pummeling drums and growling.

Iza Raittila

Five new additions announced for Damnation Festival

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , on 25th June 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Germanic titans of doom Ahab and Icelandic progressive metal unit Solstafir are amongst the latest names to be added to the tenth edition of Damnation, which already is boasting the likes of Bolt Thrower, Saint Vitus and Cannibal Corpse.

The headline set will be an exclusive UK performance by Ahab and the first the band have played outside London, while Solstafir arrive in for their debut UK festival show in support of their stunning new album Otta.

They will be joined at Leeds University Union on Saturday, November 1, by Welsh heavy-rock trio H A R K, Dutch post-metallers Atlantis and London’s blackened doom three piece Bast. Ahab said:

We’re delighted to celebrate our 10-year anniversary with the only Ahab UK Show 2014 at Damnation Festival. Headlining the doom stage is an honour and a great birthday present for us!

Solstafir revealed they are "stoked" to be part of Damnation’s tenth anniversary show:

We picked Damnation Festival for our debut UK festival performance, after countless offers from other UK festival promoters, so what better way to celebrate Damnation’s 10th anniversary than joining us in Leeds? And you even get to see Bolt Thrower. We’re stoked!

JimBob of H A R K added:

Damnation has to be one the UK’s best festivals, so we’re over the moon to be added to such a great lineup. We’ve been taking Crystalline out all across Europe since its release, and can’t wait to show the amazing Damnation crowd what we’ve got. This will be a great day.

And Glison Hetinga of Atlantis said:

Playing Damnation Festival is something that we as a band always wanted to do. So being invited for this year’s edition is an great honour.

Bast are also looking forward to playing Leeds for the first time. The band said:

As patrons and fans of Damnation in previous years, it’s with particular honour and excitement that our inaugural performance in Leeds be at the festival’s 10th anniversary – being part of a line-up that’s already promising to be one of the most memorable in recent times.

With ticket sales going at a rate not witnessed since 2008, Damnation Festival’s tenth anniversary promises to be an event to remember. Tickets for Damnation Festival are priced £36 and on sale NOW from Damnation’s official website and Facebook page and Leeds Tickets.

Cannibal Corpse confirmed for Damnation 2014

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 1st April 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

America’s most vulgar death metal band Cannibal Corpse have been confirmed as the Terrorizer stage headliners at this year’s Damnation Festival on 1st November at Leeds University Union. They will be joining the likes of Bolt Thrower, Saint Vitus and Raging Speedhorn for what is looking to be the heaviest and most extreme line-up in Damnation’s ten year history. This will also be the first time the band play Damnation Festival. The band comments:

We’ve been hearing about the Damnation festival from our fans for a while now, so we’re really excited we’re going to get the chance to play it this year. It’s clearly a killer festival and we’re stoked to be a part of it. See you all this fall!

Terrorizer publisher Miranda Yardley is also delighted to see death metal royalty top the stage the magazine has endorsed for the past decade. She added:

Terrorizer is thrilled to be supporting Damnation Festival for the tenth year, and to host a stage headlined by Cannibal Corpse truly is an honour.

Tickets are available for the low price of £36 from this location.

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Tombs reveal title, artwork and tracklist for new album

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 29th March 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Hailing from Brooklyn, in the state of New York, America, Tombs have confirmed Savage Gold as the title of the band’s third album to be released through Relapse Records. The album is set for release in June and the artwork (as seen above) and track listing have been revealed. The stunning artwork was created by renowned tattooist Thomas Hooper who has created the band’s previous album covers.

Savage Gold will be focusing on the awesome strength of Tombs‘ previous works into one brilliantly dark post-punk and extreme black-metal masterpiece. Recorded and produced by Hate Eternal‘s Erik Rutan (Cannibal Corpse, Goatwhore), Savage Gold both expands upon the moody post-punk foundations that Tombs‘ prior albums explored while also bringing out the band’s most traditionally metal moments yet. Once every few years a record comes along that sets a new benchmark for what can be done in heavy music. This is that moment and this is that record. The Savage Gold Track Listing is as follows:

1. Thanatos
2. Portraits
3. Seance
4. Echoes
5. Deathtripper
6. Edge of Darkness
7. Ashes
8. Legacy
9. Severed Lives
10. Spiral

Savage Gold is one the most anticipated underground metal album of 2014 as stated by Decibel Magazine, Revolver Magazine, Noisecreep and numerous other outlets. The band’s sophomore LP Path Of Totality unanimously topped 2011 end of the year metal lists (everyone from Decibel to Pitchfork to NPR, and more, dubbed it their top album of that year).

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Tombs begin work on next album

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on 12th November 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Brooklyn band Tombs announced that today is the day they enter the studio to begin the recording process of their new album, which will the follow up to their 2011 release Path To Totality. The three piece unit will be working with famed produced Erik Rutan (Morbid Angel, Cannibal Corpse, Hate Eternal) over the next two weeks at his Mana Recording Studio in St Petersburg, Florida. Tombs vocalist and guitarist Mike Hill comments:

The new material is darker and more extreme than the last record. The addition of bassist Ben Brand and guitarist Garett Bussanick have really stepped up the playing and musicianship to a new level.

Tombs have released two full-lengths and one singles/rarities collection via Relapse Records, all of which are available for streaming via Bandcamp here.

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Belphegor premier new video for In Blood – Devour This Sanctity on YouTube

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on 1st November 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

In time for the age-long celebration of All Hallow’s Eve, European black and death metal royalty premiered the video for their new single In Blood – Devour This Sanctity last night on The clip was filmed at Moskva Hall in Moscow and was recorded and edited by Andrey Kovalev. The song itself is taken from Belphegor‘s latest offering of black and death laced metal Blood Magick Necromance, which was released in January 2011. Commenting on the video, vocalist and guitarist Helmuth said:

What a brutal concert; extreme, obscene and memorable. For the new video I decided to take In Blood – Devour This Sanctity with visual live sequences from the Moscow ritual. Authentic and insane. One of my fave tracks in a live situation. Musick wise inspired by The Hungarian Dances by the classical composer Johannes Brahms ( 1833-1897 ). You also find there all the Belphegor trademarks. Shredding guitars, fast drums and heretical grunts. Enjoy!

The band’s highly anticipated 10th studio album was recorded and mixed at Mana Studios with producer Erik Rutan (Cannibal CorpseGoatwhore, Hate Eternal). The as-of-yet-untitled record is tentatively scheduled for a May 2014 via Nuclear Blast Records. This will be band’s first album since Helmuth’s near death experience, which caused the band to cancel several tours in 2011/2012.

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Warbringer unveil new album artwork and further details announced

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 6th September 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

LA’s metal monsters Warbringer are back with their fourth studio offering, programmatically entitled IV: Empires Collapse. The band have also confirmed the new street date for the album’s release as 28th October in Europe and 29th October in North America via Century Media.

IV: Empires Collapse, the studio recording debut for former Mantic Ritual members Jeff Potts (Guitar) and Ben Mottsman (Bass) rounding off Warbringer’s five-piece line-up, was recorded with producer Steve Evetts (Sepultura, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Suicide Silence), mixed by Brett Eliason (Pearl Jam, Heart, BoySetsFire) and mastered by Alan Douches/West West Side Music (Cannibal Corpse, Hatebreed, Converge). The album’s cover artwork, which can be seen above, was designed by Adrienne Rozzi.

The band checked in to comment about the artwork as follows:

The artwork for Empires Collapse came about from wanting to take a much more focused and simplistic approach. Previous Warbringer album covers are extremely detailed, busy works, so it was a conscious decision to have art that was the antithesis of what we had done before. John Laux came up with the concept, so we had our friend Adrienne Rozzi make up a sketch, which led to us having her follow through with the final piece. It’s incredibly different from what most fans would expect for a Warbringer album cover, but we wanted the art to visually reflect the music. The piece reminds me of a Tarot Card illustration and sets a very cryptic, somber vibe which associates well with the music that ties into the album’s title.

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Cannibal Corpse inducted into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame

Posted in Misc., News with tags , on 17th July 2013 by izaforestspirit

American death metallers Cannibal Corpse have been selected selected for induction in the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2013. Cannibal Corpse is the latest addition to the Hall of Fame, which also includes Buffalo natives the Goo Goo Dolls, Billy Sheehan, 10,000 Maniacs, and many more. The announcement of the inductees was filmed and can be seen here:

Founding member and bassist Alex Webster comments on the band’s induction: “We are extremely excited to hear about our induction into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame. We never could’ve imagined something like this would be possible back when we were getting started at places like the River Rock Cafe or the Skyroom. We are truly honored and humbled by this.”

The Class of 2013 will be inducted into the BMHOF at its 30th Anniversary Induction Gala which will be held October 3 at the Tralf Music Hall in Buffalo NY. More information about the BMHOF can be found at

Jungle Rot – Terror Regime

Posted in Review with tags , , , , on 10th April 2013 by izaforestspirit

Jungle Rot
Terror Regime
Released 19th March 2013
Death Metal
Released via: Victory Records

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Terror Regime is the new album from the American death metal band Jungle Rot. It is the follow up to the 2011 album ‘Kill on Command’.

Straight from the offset you’re in for some old school death metal. The first track Voice Your Disgust offers the stereotypical growls, fast guitar riffs with the odd thrash metal tinge added for good measure. Think Vader with hints of Cannibal Corpse and you will have a pretty good idea of the type of death metal I’m referring to. The title track sees more thrash metal guitar melodies enter the fold as well as a decrease in pace making the song better suited for head-banging.

This pretty much sets the tone for the rest of the album. As the subsequent tracks stick to the same tried and tested formula of orthodox death metal mixed with the occasional thrash metal guitar riff. The guitar patterns shift from fast to mid-paced depending on the track, the drumming is steady and the vocals are consistent with what you would expect from this genre. Noteworthy tracks include: the slow-paced, Vader-esque Rage Through The Wasteland, Ruthless Omnipotence which features a healthy balance of fast riffage and skillfully executed guitar solos, and the fast and furious I Don’t Need Society.

Overall this is a solid, well produced death metal album. Whilst Jungle Rot may not offer anything new to the genre, one is for sure – they are good at what they do.


Iza Raittila


Gorod confirmed for Southeast Asia’s biggest metal festival

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 4th February 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

French jazz-death metal act Gorod have been announced for the Hammersonic Jakarta international Metal Festival, which is billed as the Biggest Metal Festival in Southeast Asia, on April 27th and 28th.

The band are absolutely excited to be part of one of Asia’s biggest metal festival alongside bands like Cradle Of Filth, Cannibal Corpse, As I Lay Dying, Lock Up, Epica, Dying Fetus, Hour of Penance, and more. This will also be the first time ever that the band will play Asia.

Gorod will also play the Bonecrusher Fest European tour, in March, with Job For a Cowboy, Beneath the Massacre, War From a Harlot Mouth, As They Burn and Make Them Suffer.

01.03.13 Germany Köln @ Underground
02.03.13 Holland Drachten @ Iduna
03.03.13 UK Nottingham @ Rescue Rooms
04.03.13 UK Glasgow @ Cathouse
05.03.13 UK Leeds @ Uni Mine
06.03.13 UK London @ Underworld
07.03.13 Belgium Antwerpen @ Trix
08.03.13 France Savigny le Temple @ Empreinte
09.03.13 France Montauban @ Rio
10.03.13 Spain Madrid @ Sala Caracol
11.03.13 Spain Badalona @ Sala Estraperlo
13.03.13 Luxembourg Esch-Alzette @ Kulturfabrik
14.03.13 Switzerland Yverdon-les-Bains @ L’Amalgame
15.03.13 Switzerland Aarau @ Kiff
16.03.13 Germany München @ Backstage
17.03.13 Austria Graz @ Explosiv
18.03.13 Germany Würzburg @ Posthalle
19.03.13 Germany Berlin @ Lido
20.03.13 Poland Warsaw @ Progresja
21.03.13 Czech Rep Brno @ Melodka
22.03.13 Germany Chemnitz @ Talschock
23.03.13 Germany Rostock @ Alte Zuckerfabrik
25.03.13 Finland Helsinki @ Nosturi
27.03.13 Sweden Stockholm @ Göta Källare
28.03.13 Sweden Gothenburg @ Brewhouse
29.03.13 Denmark Copenhagen @ Pumpehuset
30.03.13 Germany Bochum @ Matrix


Old Corpse Road – ‘Tis Witching Hour… As Spectres we Haunt this Kingdom

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , , on 5th December 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Old Corpse Road
‘Tis Witching Hour… As Spectres we Haunt this Kingdom
Released in November 2012
Black/Folk/Atmospheric Metal
Released via Godreah Records

Old Corpse Road are one of those bands that have carved themselves a dark and haunting career since their formation whilst avoiding too much exposure. Keeping true to the mythology of Great Britain, OCR are known in the underground scene for breathing a new and somewhat twisted life into British folklore and mythology. ‘Tis Witching Hour… As Spectres We Haunt This Kingdom is but the newest chapter in the band’s mystifying and haunting career.

Upon the first listen, the album takes you gently by the hand and takes you down a long and winding path that greets you with dark yet grand orchestration that is emphasised by the poetic narration as portrayed in the opening track: ‘Tis Witching Hour whilst other parts of the album come screaming out like the hellish hounds of one’s own nightmares – Of course, this isn’t a bad thing, if anything, it’s the opposite. The Cauld Lad of Hylton is one of the must-listen tracks of the album; sending forth a screaming barrage of hungry riffs with a more gentle, elegant orchestration, the track embodies all that is Old Corpse Road.

The brooding use of keyboards echo lyrically throughout the album, especially in the aforementioned The Cauld Lad of Hylton, Hag of the Mist and Isobel – Queen of Scottish Witches – The latter of which quite literally oozes with a certain magic quality that floats ever soothingly across the vast ocean of riffs and vocals yet whisked almost violently by the drums. A fair few of the tracks scream out with an essence of Cradle of Filth, from the Dusk… And Her Embrace era but building upon that sound and creating it into some sort of atmospheric enchantment that never fails to mesmerise and entrance the listener.

The Wild Voice Came is an unexpected interlude during the album but still as beautiful as the other tracks whilst I find the final track As Spectres we Haunt this Kingdom to be the highlight of the album and my new personal favourite Old Corpse Road song. Bringing a chilling atmosphere, the song is an enthralling piece of music that is the perfect way for the album to come to its sirenic finale.

Old Corpse Road are to metal, what Edgar Allen Poe is to literature – Composers and conjurers to truly dark and ethereal creations. ‘Tis Witching Hour… As Spectres We Haunt This Kingdom is no doubt an ominous classic that will echo throughout the ever darkening ages, like the timeless myths of days gone by.


Nico Davidson


Interview with Paul Mazurkiewicz [Cannibal Corpse]

Posted in Interview with tags , , , , , , , , , on 30th November 2012 by hammersmashedlauren

Being arguably one of the most respected and founding bands of death metal, Cannibal Corpse are still going strong with the release of their newest album, Torture, which came out in March of this year. Before performing at The Met in Pawtucket, RI, I got a chance to chat with Cannibal Corpse’s drummer, Paul Mazurkiewicz, about some highlights from this past year, inspiration for their lyrics, and some inspirational advice for any upcoming bands.

Cannibal Corpse is currently on their US Torture Tour with Misery Index and Hour of Penance which ends in December. They will then be touring with Devildriver for a full headlining tour in Europe.

Interview with Tommy Dahlström [Aeon]

Posted in Interview with tags , , , , , , on 13th November 2012 by hammersmashedlauren

After releasing their debut album Bleeding the False back in 2005, Swedish death metal band Aeon have taken off in the metal scene and are favored by bands such as Cannibal Corpse. Being one of my personal favorite metal bands ever, I was ecstatic to have the privilege of interviewing front man Tommy Dahlström about the band’s new album Aeons Black, a possible U.S. and Canadian tour, and the perks of being on tour.

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Lauren: Who do you consider to be big influences on your music?

Tommy: We grew up listening to Deicide, Cannibal Corpse, Morbid Angel and a few more bands. They were a big influence back then and still are.

L: Is there any major differences music wise between your newest album, Aeon’s Black, in comparison to your previous albums?

T: No I don’t think so. We still deliver death metal the Aeon way; aggressive but with groove.

L: Aeon seems to always play in Europe. Any plans for a U.S. or Canada tour in the future?

T: We have been offered many U.S tours over the years but had to turn them down because of financial problems. But we are working on it and I hope we can do Canadian and a U.S tour with this album in our back.

L: How did you come up with the video concept for Forgiveness Denied and do you plan on doing another video for your new album?

T: We made the video from the lyrics of the song. As simple as that. Yes, we are talking about making a video but it’s way too early to say anything about that here.

L: Where did the band’s hate for Christianity come from?

T: From my heart and soul. It’s not only the Christians, it’s all gods followers.

L: What do you enjoy most about touring, and what do you dislike the most about them?

T: The girls, hahaha. I enjoy touring, that’s what I want to do. It’s awesome to meet people that like death metal as much as I do. To stand on stage and play the music that I love and have sacrificed most of my life to is a dream come true. If the tour goes as planned then I don’t have any dislikes.

L: Your house is on fire and you only have time to grab 3 things: what would you grab?

T: Only need my rifle so I can shoot the asshole that did set my house on fire.

L: What’s your favorite Swedish food dish?

T: Blodpudding.

L: Anything you would like to say to your fans?

T: I hope to see you at our shows. Stay metal.

Aeon’s new album, Aeon’s Black, will be released on 20th November, 2012, make sure to get yourself a copy!


Kamelot w/Support @ The HMV Forum, London

Posted in Gig, Live with tags , , , , , , on 8th November 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Kamelot, Xandria, Triosphere, Blackguard
HMV Forum, London
7th November

Usually when I go to gigs, the doors will open at 7pm and the first band will be on around 8pm – but not this gig. I walked in at 7:40pm after having been held up by the awful traffic through London (no surprise there, really), and I was shocked to find that I had actually missed Blackguard. Now, I’m not sure whose idea it was to put the first band on as soon as the doors opened, but it certainly was not a good one. I had heard good things about Blackguard, so I was actually looking forwards to seeing them. It would appear that I was not the only one to have missed the first band entirely as when asking members of the audience what they thought of them, most people said “I was in the pub”. However, the very few people who were lucky enough to have seen Blackguard said they were brilliant.

The second band on the bill was Triosphere, and it would appear that not too many people were bothered about them. The HMV Forum usually holds between 2,000 and 3,000 people. Tonight, there were maybe 200 people (and that isn’t a typo!). Never before in my life have I walked into a gig forty minutes after the doors opened and gone straight to the front row. I can promise you I am not exaggerating. Triosphere played well, but the emptiness of the room affected the sound drastically, causing too much reverb off of the walls. It sounded like we were in a cave. The crowd reaction wasn’t brilliant either, but that wasn’t the band’s fault as it’s hard to interact with an audience that’s barely there.

Next up was Xandria, who can only really be describes as diet-Nightwish. There were a few more people in the crowd by this point, but that didn’t mean the band played well. There was no definition in the guitar sound, which was incredibly disappointing. I would like to have blamed that on the emptiness of the room, but the previous band’s guitars had sounded superb, and there were less people then. The vocals were lacking too – some parts sounded like they were on a backing track and other parts were slightly out of key. Now, don’t get me wrong, I thought they tried very very hard, but they just weren’t that great. The crowd did, however, react fairly well to them.

The room filled up a little more whilst the stage crew put away the small drum kit, revealing Kamelot’s rather expansive kit. By this point, the venue was maybe a quarter full. Due to the lack of hot bodies jumping around, it was rather chilly in the venue and I was struggling to keep warm. I definitely think Kamelot were being just a little ambitious when booking such a large venue; had they been at the O2 Academy in Islington, it would have been practically sold out. Eventually, Kamelot came onto the stage, one member at a time. They opened with Rule The World, which would have been okay had the sound actually been decent. The show of lights was wonderful, but that really isn’t the point of a gig, is it? A few songs in, the sound improved and the crowd (small as they were) were making a lot of noise and singing along. Despite the blinding halogen lights flashing in their faces every millisecond, they seemed to be enjoying it. Seven songs in, they slowed it right down with a ballad off of their newest album, which really sounded like it should be in a Disney movie. Song For Jolee was hardly bearable, and to make it even worse, Tommy Karevik said (and I quote directly) “Let me see your lighters. I want to see all the screens from your mobile phones!”. Really? REALLY? After this catastrophe came the drum solo. Now, I do like watching a talented drummer show off his skills, but this was just taking the piss. This drum solo was more of a “watch how fast I can play my kick drums” than anything else, and to top it all off, Casey Grillo finished by bashing his cymbals with his fists. I was half hoping one of the cymbals would split and cut his hand open, as that would have been far more entertaining than what he was actually playing. The next few songs were okay, not to my personal taste, but the crowd enjoyed it. The penultimate ‘song’ was in fact a keyboard solo. This baffled me slightly as it really did not fit the mood. They finished with Forever, which was played well, and at the end the band just walked off. Chants of “KAMELOT” coaxed the band back on stage for their encore, which included a bass solo. This truly was a gig of firsts for me, because I have never seen anyone include a bass solo in a set, never mind an encore, and I had never seen anyone try to play a bass as if they were soloing on a guitar. The final song of the night was March of Mephisto, with a guest singer. I am still not sure who he was, but he seemed to add loads of energy to the band for their final song.

I had gone into this gig with a completely open mind, with no prejudice or bias towards any of the bands, but I was highly disappointed. The venue was too big for how many tickets had been sold, the sound was awful and the lights were, frankly, too bright. The last time I was at the HMV Forum, I was there to see Cannibal Corpse and Triptykon, and I could barely move.


Sophiey Cherry

The Black Dahlia Murder announced for Cannibal Corpse/DevilDriver tour

Posted in News with tags , , , on 13th August 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

The Black Dahlia Murder will join DevilDriver and Cannibal Corpse on their co-headlining tour, which kicks off in Oulu, Finland on February 9, 2013.

The Detroit outfit, now featuring Max Lavelle who replaced Ryan Williams on bass earlier this year have just finished a brutal festival run in Europe in support of their highly acclaimed Ritual album released last year on Metal Blade Records.

Also joining the tour will be Winds Of Plague. Catch them all here:


09/02/13         FI         Oulu – Teatrie Oulu
10/02/13         FI         Tampere – Pakkahuone
11/02/13         FI         Helsinki – Nosturi
13/02/13         SE         Stockholm         – Göta Källare
14/02/13         SE         Gothenburg – Brewhouse
15/02/13         DK         Copenhagen – Amager bio
16/02/13         DK         Aarhus – Train
17/02/13         DE         Hamburg – Grünspan
19/02/13         NL         Tilburg – 013
20/02/13         DE         Köln         – Essigfabrik
21/02/13         DE         Karlsruhe – Substage
22/02/13         DE         Geiselwind – Music Hall
23/02/13         BE         Antwerp – Trix
24/02/13         FR         Paris – Le Bataclan
26/02/13         IT         Milan – Alcatraz
27/02/13         CH         Lausanne – Les Docks
28/02/13         CH         Zurich – Komplex 457
01/03/13         DE         Chemnitz – Südbahnhof
02/03/13         CZ         Ostrava – Garage Club
03/03/13         DE         Berlin – Columbia Club
05/03/13         DE         München – Backstage
06/03/13         DE         Saarbrücken – Garage
07/03/13         UK         LONDON – THE FORUM
08/03/13         UK         NOTTINGHAM – ROCK CITY
09/03/13         UK         MANCHESTER – HMV RITZ
10/03/13         UK         GLASGOW – ABC

Check out the video for “Moonlight Equilibrium” here.

Lazarus Syndrome – Flatline

Posted in Review with tags , on 29th June 2012 by vmteam

Lazarus Syndrome
Released March 2011
Melodic Metal

Lazarus Syndrome are a five piece melo-metal outfit from Liverpool, whose influences include Queen, Slipknot and Metallica. The band recently played Download Festival.

Forsaken initially starts off sounding very much like it could evolve into a death metal track with heavy, down tuned guitars and bass, growly vocals and good solid drumming with some handy double bass footwork from Matt Gregson. Instead, after the first verse and into the chorus, we are greeted with very melodic guitars and some great ‘clean’ vocals by Peter Ford. My initial listen to this did take me by surprise but, in a good way, really quite original I thought. Then after the chorus it’s back to the deathly style vocals for another verse, closely followed by a slightly extended chorus and afterwards, moves into a cool lead guitar section that’s executed very well. After this, it then moves into a rather delightful section which has some great guitar licks, shortly followed by the chorus. Overall, I thought of this track to be a very memorable one and really quite catchy.

The next track, Devoured By Conflict, is introduced by some clever guitar work and cymbal stabs – kinda reminding me of early At The Gates – then, with the vocals, progresses into an anthem of total and utter rage, with Peter screaming ‘need to get this poison outa my head’; this guy sounds angry. We are then introduced by some clever guitar work by Jamie and Mike along with some great vocal work by Peter, switching from ‘clean’ vocals to growls. At this point the track reverts back to the intro at the beginning, tearing down and destroying anything that may happen to unfortunately cross its path. With another heartfelt repetition of the chorus we may get the impression that these guys are upset about something, very upset, and they are not scared to shout about it… And so ends track number two.

A Path Less Travelled without a doubt is certainly the most melodic track on this EP, guitar wise and vocal wise too. Peter Ford is a great vocalist and this track contains some excellent vocal melodies and harmonies. Also some very good tom work by Matt Gregson in unison with Tom Parkers bass work, really quite impressive. After a repetition of verse and chorus we are then pinned up against a wall with more of Peter’s ferocious, deathly style vocals; the only time to make an appearance in this track but, don’t despair, this is a great song and in my opinion, stands well above the previous two tracks.

Last but not least, Blameless Creator a song that is much faster than any other on the EP, and after a short guitar intro, the ensemble come blazing in with guitars on fire, snare on double-time and vocals that Cannibal Corpse would certainly be proud of. The guitar riffs on this partially remind me somewhat of early Kreator, and I like that very much. There’s great vocal and guitar harmonies again during the chorus along with some great drum work by Matt. After another verse, chorus and bridge, we have the privilege of an alternative chorus which signifies the end of track 4. This track is another favourite of mine.

Overall, I find this a great EP. I can see a promising future for these guys.


Shaun “Winter” Taylor-Steels (My Dying Bride/Ex-Anathema)