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Gus G – Brand New Revolution

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , , on 21st June 2015 by mickbirchy

Gus G
Brand New Revolution
Power Metal/Heavy Metal
Released: 24th July 2015
via Century Media

Gus G should be no stranger to any heavy metal fan. The amount of work he has put out over the last 10+ years is shearly staggering – be that with Firewind, Dream Evil or the prince of darkness himself Ozzy Osbourne.  In early 2014 we got his debut solo record ‘I Am The Fire’.  I did like this album but it was missing a spark. I couldn’t put my finger on exactly what I couldn’t get into, but it just didn’t feel right.  At least not to me. However, with this new album on the horizon Gus G takes it above and beyond. ‘Brand New Revolution’ is nothing short of amazing. Every song feels complete and Gus takes everything he has learned over the years and capitalises on it tenfold. Also the album boasts feature guest vocal appearances from Jeff Scott Soto (Yngwie Malmsteen, Journey, Talisman), Elize Ryd (Amaranthe), Jacob Bunton (Adler, Lynam) and Mats Levén (Candlemass, Yngwie Malmsteen, Treat).

Opening on the blistering instrumental tune ‘The Quest’, where Gus just shows off his skill and displays amazing fret control. Just an air guitar fest of a song. After this, every song features a vocalist, so I think it would be best to tackle this album by each singer. Jacob Bunton brings an energy and a charisma to the songs he performs on, including the title track ‘Brand New Revolution’. These songs are played very much to his strengths, just good rock ‘n’ roll style songs with tight riffs and packed solo’s. If there’s one thing Gus knows how to do is pack an amazing solo into a short space on a track with ease.  Jacob has a great voice for these songs and sings with a great amount of confidence. Particularly on the track ‘Burn’, which I feel he was really comfortable singing. I can hear why Gus wanted him to sing on the majority of the album. Singing on 5 of the 12 songs on the album.

Next on the plate we have Jeff Scott Soto, who does a decent job with the songs he’s given. These tunes have a NWOBHM vibe about them and feel like throwback tunes.  Soto has a pretty recognisable voice and I feel he’s utilised pretty well on the songs.  Distinctly on ‘Generation G’. Although I like Soto, I think his songs are the weakest on the record and generally feel rushed.  He’s definitely having fun, so that energy he’s bringing to the tracks works pretty well here.

Elize Ryd is one of my favourite singers of the last few years.  I’m a big fan of Amaranthe, and any generally anything she’s on. She seems to be the queen of collaborations at the moment. She’s done featuring guest vocals on so many tracks from Kamelot to Nergard, and it’s pretty cool to hear her pop up here.  This is one of the few times she has a song completely to herself, as she is usually singing with someone.  Let me tell you now, she can carry a song easily on her own.  Gus has given her this dirty sounding almost tech metal song. ‘What Lies Beneath’ is a great tune with a fun beat and fits Elize’s vocals well. Her vocals just soar here.

Mats Levén, in my opinion, gets some of the strongest songs on the album. He is also the one who sounds the most comfortable on this album. ‘Come Hell or Highwater’ is a fun power metal tune, with some decent rock n roll ideas thrown in. The other two songs he features in are pretty great too. Especially the album’s closing song ‘The Demon Inside’, in which his performance is impeccable. Just great stuff.  Something also has to be said for the backing band on the album too. Gus G regulars, Jo Nunez (Firewind) on drums and Marty O’Brien (Lita Ford) on bass, sound awesome as always. The chemistry just shows on the album making the music even richer.

Overall, I freaking love this album. It far surpasses Gus’ previous solo album, as there’s more consistency and just more fun. He has a passion for metal like no other. Just a rip roaring fun record, made for any fan of heavy metal. Can’t believe I’m awarding my second five out of five this year, but this one has earned it.

5/5

Mick Birchall

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Terror present new video for Shot Of Reality

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 14th July 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

LA’s hardcore heroes Terror have recently presented their new video for the song Shot Of Reality. The track is taken from their current album Live by the Code, which was released in April 2013 via Century Media Records. The video can be seen below.

 

Terror online:

http://terrorlahc.com/
http://facebook.com/terrorhardcore
http://twitter.com/terrorhardcore

Insomnium launch video for While We Sleep

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 9th April 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Insomnium have launched the video for their new single While We Sleep, which is taken from their upcoming album Shadows Of The Dying Sun. The album is due out on 28th April in Europe and 29th April in North America. The video, which can be seen below, was directed by Dariusz Szermanowicz and produced by Grupa 13. Insomnium’s Ville Friman says:

Couple of weeks ago we travelled to Wroclaw, Poland, to shoot the first music video from Shadows of the Dying Sun. This time we decided to work with a Polish production company, Grupa 13, whose work includes new Behemoth video amongst others. The song we chose for the video is called While We Sleep. It’s a wistful song with all typical Insomnium elements included – riffs, melodies, aggression, sorrow, grandeur and hope. We shot everything within one day and it was really a pleasure to work with such a professional film group. Everything went smoothly and we are amazed and very happy with the ending result. You really can’t complain when the film group provides you vodka schnaps between the takes. We sincerely hope that you’ll like the ending result as much as we do.

More details are being made available on Insomnium’s Shadows Of The Dying Sun release. The album will contain 10 tracks, the official track listing is as follows:

1. The Primeval Dark
2. While We Sleep
3. Revelation
4. Black Heart Rebellion
5. Lose To Night
6. Collapsing Words
7. The River
8. Ephemeral (album version)
9. The Promethean Song
10. Shadows Of The Dying Sun

Insomnium online:

http://insomnium.net
http://facebook.com/insomniumofficial
http://twitter.com/insomniumband
http://myspace.com/insomniumband
http://vf-insomnium.blogspot.com

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Bleed From Within launch crowdfunding campaign

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

Bleed From Within have just launched their crowdfunding campaign, to help fun  a very special four track EP. The special release will bridge the gap between their latest release Uprising and their busy tour schedule as well as their upcoming album.

Since the band has already written new material for the next album, which is loosely scheduled for a release in early 2015 on Century Media Records, they are working on the following content for their crowdfunded EP:

–       2 brand new songs feat. guest musicians
–       2 covers, one of the covers voted by the fans

Head directly to this location for all relevant information including different options and perks available. The band about the campaign:

This is something new for us and we want you guys to be as big of a part of this release as we are.

Bleed From Within online:

http://bleedfromwithin.com
http://facebook.com/bleedfromwithinband

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Additional details revealed for Eyehategod’s upcoming album

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

More details have been made available on Eyehategod’s upcoming self-titled release. The European version, which sees itself release through Century Media, will come in a CD digipack while the LP will be a single slab of vinyl in a gatefold jacket. The first pressing will be limited to 2,000 copies and made available in the following colours:

• Black (1,500 copies)

• Gold (500 copies, available exclusively at www.cmdistro.com – Europe only!)

The album will contain 11 tracks, the official tracklisting is as follows:

1. Agitation! Propaganda!
2. Trying to Crack the Hard Dollar
3. Parish Motel Sickness
4. Quitter’s Offensive
5. Nobody Told Me
6. Worthless Rescue
7. Framed to the Wall
8. Robitussin and Rejection
9. Flags and Cities Bound
10. Medicine Noose
11. The Age of Bootcamp

The CMDistro preorder will start 28th April 2014 and also includes exclusive t-shirt bundles. The band has also announced a string of US shows next month, marking their return trip to Japan (with Venom and Morbid Angel) and 3 Floyd Beer’s annual Dark Lord Day festival as well as various US West Coast shows and the previously announced Baltimore, MD show with High on Fire and COC. A European tour is planned for Fall 2014.

Eyehategod’s first album in over a decade assembled and financed entirely by the band and will be released on 26th May by their partners Century Media Records in Europe and 27th May by Housecore Records in North America.

Eyehategod online:

http://eyehategod.ee
http://facebook.com/OfficialEyeHateGod
http://youtube.com/user/EyeHateGodTV
http://twitter.com/EyehategodNola

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Lacuna Coil – Broken Crown Halo

Posted in CD, Metal, Rock with tags , , , , , , on 24th March 2014 by mickbirchy

Lacuna Coil
Broken Crown Halo

Released 31st March 2014
Gothic Metal/Pop Metal
Released via Century Media

To be perfectly honest, I have had an on-off relationship with Lacuna Coil over the years and was seriously impressed with the 2012 release “Dark Adrenaline”, because of this, I was hoping that this was the start of them coming back to the more Gothic sounding symphonic metal rather than the alt. rock sound they’d been going with, but, this isn’t the case with Broken Crown Halo.  It’s another rock record, which is fine, but this leaves little the atmosphere, the tone and overall makes you wish for something a little extra.

Although it’s not what I was expecting, there is still a lot to like with this album, it starts quite well with the song Nothing Stands in Our Way.  A nice opener with a heavy tone and some cool synth in the back of the production, it’s almost a throwback to the previous album.  Then it goes downhill and fast with onslaught of, quite frankly, lazy sounding music and there is nothing to keep you invested in the songs.  At times there is interesting, even beautiful imagery in the lyrics such as in Hostage to the Light and it’s that imagery that kept me somewhat hooked into the album as the music itself was lackluster.  The band have said “We’ve always been fascinated by the differences and comparisons between real life and fairy tales, and on this album we decided to mix the two worlds when writing our lyrics”  and they do manage to write this in to some of the songs to great effect, giving a sense of wonder, however the music never complements it.

It is only by the halfway point of the album that I become interested in the music again, particularly with the song I Forgive (But I Won’t Forget Your Name), it’s only by this track that the actual music captures my interest rather than the lyrics alone and it seems they keep building on it as the last part of the album is really good.  Sure, there is nothing ground-breaking, but there seems to be a passion during these song.  I became fascinated with the tonal shift, the synth wasn’t just there to sound pretty, it creates an atmosphere whilst the guitars drive the songs forward.

If I were to recommend any of the tracks, definitely check out Infection & In The End I Feel Alive, simply put, these are the two track I found the most interesting.  They are not just throwing old sounds at you nor are the songs boring.  The lyrics are deep and I feel show off what the band was trying to achieve with this album the best.

As one of the bigger names signed to Century Media records they show no sign of slowing down now, this being their seventh record and although this wasn’t the dark and Gothic symphonic metal I had hoped for, it is still a good album.  This is by no means is this a good “jumping on point” if you have never listened to Lacuna Coil before, but the fans of the band and the genre there is clever imagery and enough of a heavy tone to keep your interest.

3/5

Mick Birchall

Lacuna Coil online:

http://lacunacoil.it
http://facebook.com/lacunacoil
http://twitter.com/lacuna_coil
http://myspace.com/lacunacoil
http://youtube.com/lacunacoil

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Arch Enemy present title track for upcoming album

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on 20th March 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Swedish death metallers Arch Enemy announced earlier this week the withdrawal of Angela Gossow from the band’s line-up as well as her replacement, Alissa White-Gluz, formerly of The Agonist. Gossow will now be involved in the management side of things with Arch Enemy. As such, it is now time to lift the veil and see what unholy blasphemous music Arch Enemy have in store with their new vocalist. The title track for the band’s upcoming album, War Eternal, can be heard down below.

Arch Enemy will unleash their 9th studio album, War Eternal, worldwide via Century Media Records and Trooper Entertainment in Japan in early June 2014. War Eternal was recorded in various studios during Winter 2013/2014 and produced by the band themselves. Jens Bogren (Opeth, Paradise Lost, Kreator) mixed and mastered the album at Fascination Street Studio. Arch Enemy will start their War Eternal world tour in May with an extensive run through Europe. A US tour is planned for Fall 2014. Tour dates are as follow:

23.05.2014 Turbohalle, Bucharest, Romania
24.05.2014 Metal Summer Festival, Istanbul, Turkey
25.05.2014 Mixtape 5 , Sofia, Bulgaria
27.05.2014 Majestic Music Club, Bratislava, Slovakia
29.05.2014 Rock and Roll Arena, Romagnano Sesia (Novara), Italy
30.05.2014 New Age Club, Roncade, Italy
02.06.2014 L’Etage, Rennes, France
03.06.2014 Le 106, Rouen, France
04.06.2014 La Laiterie, Strasbourg, France
05.06.2014 Rosenhof, Osnabrück, Germany
07.06.2014 Sweden Rock Festival, Sölvesborg, Sweden
09.06.2014 Studio USF, Bergen, Norway
10.06.2014 John Dee, Oslo, Norway
11.06.2014 Copenhell, Copenhagen, Denmark
13.06.2014 Colos-Saal, Aschaffenburg, Germany
14.06.2014 Conrad Sohm, Dornbirn, Austria
15.06.2014 Nova Rock – Nickelsdorf, Austria
27.06.2014 Rock am Härtsfeldsee, Dischingen, Germany
09.07.2014 RockMaraton, Pecs, Hungary
11.07.2014 Rock Harz Open Air, Ballenstedt, Germany
12.07.2014 Masters Of Rock, Vizovice, Czech Republic
13.07.2014 Seven Festival, Wegorzewo, Poland
19.07.2014 Dong Open Air, Neukirchen-Vluyn, Germany
02.08.2014 Wacken Open Air, Wacken, Germany
07.08.2014 Getaway Rock, Gävle, Sweden
08.08.2014 Leyendas Del Rock, Alicante, Spain
09.08.2014 Alcatraz Metal Festival, Kortrijk, Belgium
14.08.2014 Summer Breeze, Dinkelsbühl, Germany
17.08.2014 Alt-Fest, Kettering, UK
22.09.2014 Re:Republic, Minsk, Belarus
23.09.2014 Yunost’, Kiev, Ukraine
25.09.2014 Arena Hall, Krasnodar, Russia
27.09.2014 Glav Club, Moscow, Russia
28.09.2014 Zal Ozhidaniya, Saint Petersburg, Russia
30.09.2014 Otdykh Club, Novosibirsk, Russia
01.10.2014 Angar Club, Omsk, Russia
03.10.2014 Tele Club, Yekaterinburg, Russia

Arch enemy online:

http://archenemy.net/
http://facebook.com/archenemyofficial
http://youtube.com/user/archenemyofficial
http://twitter.com/archenemymetal

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