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Vulture Industries, Dordeduh and Blutmond set to hit road together

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 18th March 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Three of extreme metal’s most exciting and innovative bands, Vulture Industries, Dordeduh and Blutmond are set to hit the road together in May for an eleven date European tour. The tour will take all three bands to countries such as the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Greece and Slovenia. As well as tickets being available from the usual ticketing agencies, special personalised tickets designed by the Romanian artist Costin Chioreanu,  will be sold exclusively through the webshops of the individual bands.  Each ticket will feature the name of the purchaser and will be signed by all the bands.  Routing for what will be known as the Branches tour as follows:

21 May:  Modra Vopice,  Prague (CZ)
22 May: Melodka,  Brno (CZ)
23May: Tirish Pub , Banska Bystraica (SK)
24 May: Blue Hell, Budapest (HUN)
25 May: Daos Club,  Timisoara (RO)
26 May: TBA,  Cluj (RO)
27 May: Fabrica Club, Bucharest (RO)
28 May: 8 Ball Club,  Sofia (BUL)
29 May: Eightball Club,  Thessaloniki (GR)
30 May: TBC
31 May: MC Pekarna, Maribor (SLO)


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Savage Messiah reveal details for new album

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 11th December 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

London shred lords Savage Messiah have revealed details for their new upcoming album which is set for release via Earache Records on 10th March next year in Europe and 18th March via Earache/Century Media in North America. The album will be titled The Fateful Dark. The follow-up to 2012’s Plague Of Conscience was recorded at Grindstone Studios in Suffolk, England with producer Scott Atkins (Amon Amarth, Sylosis, Behemoth) and features artwork created by Peter Sallai (Sabaton). The band’s frontman, Dave Silver, comments:

We’re finally ready to unleash this record on the world!  After the months of hard work and preparation, we are proud to announce all the details for the forthcoming record.  This is easily our best record to date and we’ve been playing most of it live since we toured with Wintersun in July and the reaction to the songs in a live environment has been killer!  Hopefully you’ll all enjoy listening to this one, and we look forward to seeing you all out on tour in 2014!!!

The full track list for The Fateful Dark is as follows:
1. Iconocaust
2. Minority of One
3. Cross of Babylon
4. Hellblazer
5. Live As One Already Dead
6. The Fateful Dark
7. Zero Hour
8. Hammered Down
9. Scavengers of Mercy
10. The Cursed Earth
11. Be Quick or Be Dead *
12. Lightning to the Nations *
13. Killers *
* Earache Webstore/iTunes exclusive bonus tracks.

The Fateful Dark is available to pre-order now on iTunes, and includes three instant grat tracks which will be available to download on the following dates:

December 11th – “Cross of Babylon”
January 10th – “Minority of One”
February 10th – “Hellblazer”
Pre-order THE FATEFUL DARK now on iTunes at this location.

See Savage Messiah on tour at the following shows:


Dec. 11 – Ljubljana, Slovenia – Orto Bar
Dec. 12 – Borkovany, Czech Republic – Republica San Bonigo
Dec. 13 – Leipzig, Germany – Conne Island
Dec. 14 – Essen, Germany – Cafe Nova
Dec. 15 – Berlin, Germany – Magnet


Feb. 25 – London, UK – Borderline
Mar. 05 – York, UK – Fibbers
Mar. 07 – Manchester, UK – Sound Control
Mar. 08 – Wolverhampton, UK – Slade Rooms

Savage Messiah online:


Malevolent Creation replace Suffocation at Brutal Assault Festival 2013

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

Malevolent Creation have replaced death metal legends Suffocation at this year’s Brutal Assault in the Czech Republic. The replacement came about after, according to an update of Brutal Assault’s official website, that Suffocation had cancelled their summer tour, including their performance at the festival. Suffocation have not made an announcement surrounding the news.

Suffocation online:


Absolva announce Beyond Live European Tour, plus live DVD and CD release

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

British metal trio Absolva have announced their upcoming European Tour which will promote the Beyond Live DVD and CD release scheduled for September. The live release will feature the band’s sell-out headline show recorded at Wizzfest in Belgium earlier this year as well as some backstage footage and special bonus features.

Absolva was born in May 2012, in the wake of Fury UK bassist Luke Appleton joining US powerhouse Iced Earth, and from inception the new band earned a reputation as an inspiring live act. Following a debut show at SOS Festival in the band’s home town of Manchester, the band played 3 shows as special guests with Iced Earth followed by a memorable performance at Bloodstock Open Air. The debut album Flames Of Justice was released in November 2012 and promoted with a 16 date European tour including a special show at London Underworld. A further 33 date European tour was completed February-June 2013 which included 8 shows as special guests on the Michael Schenker Temple of Rock and Lovedrive Reunion Tour. So far, with 53 shows under their belt in the 10 months from July 2012 and a debut album which has earned undoubted critical acclaim, Absolva has made an immediate mark on the British and European metal scene.

The tour schedule confirmed so far as the following:

31st August – UK, Burnley, Sanctuary
6th September – UK, Newcastle, Trillians
14th September – Belgium, Hamme, Rock Fest Hall
15th September – Belgium, Roeselare, De Verlichte Geest
19th September – UK, Ipswich, Railway
20th September – UK, Bromsgrove, Rock and Metal Circus
21th September – UK, St.Helens, Pool Saloon
5th October – Norway, Trondheim, Rock Heaven
12th October – UK, Leeds, Full Moon Dog Festival
16th October – UK, Manchester, Ritz (special guests with Queensryche)
17th October – UK, London, Barfly
18th October – France, Arras, Blue Devils Bar
19th October – Netherlands, Nijmegen, Rockcafe Backstage
20th October – Netherlands, Tilburg, Little Devil
25th October – Germany, Muhlhausen, Kulturfabrik
26th October – Germany, Berlin, Blackland
27th October – Czech Republic, Litvinov, Attic Rock Club
1st November – Poland, Tychy, Underground,
7th November – Netherlands, Eindhoven, The Rambler
8th November – Germany, Herdorf, Rattenloch,
9th November – Belgium, Namur, Magick

Further dates to be added soon. Prior to the above tour dates Absolva will play these summer festivals:

15th June Belgium, Wervik, Skull Fest
10th August Belgium, Erpe-Mere, Summerrock
17th August UK, Wakefield, Fox Fest
24th August UK, Stoke, SCARfest

The live DVD and CD will be available with a special pre-order fanpack option – more details soon. Following the Beyond Live tour, Absolva will enter the studio in November and December to record a second studio album for release in 2014.

Absolva online:

Leaves’ Eyes and Atrocity confirmed for unique double bill at Masters of Rock 2013

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

Both Leaves’ Eyes and Atrocity have been confirmed for this year’s Masters of Rock in Vizovice in the Czech Republic. The two acts, the former of which is composed of members of the latter, will take to the stage for 70 minutes in one concert. The announcement was made on the official Leaves’ Eyes Facebook page.

Masters of Rock 2013 will take place over the weekend of 11th – 14th July in Vizovice, which is located in the Czech Republic.

In related news, Leaves’ Eyes are also working on their next album, Symphonies of the Night, which is expected for a late 2013 release through Napalm Records.

Leaves’ Eyes online:


God Seed to tour Europe in November & December

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 21st September 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

God Seed are heading out to tour Europe in November and December with Cradle of Filth on the Creatures From The Black Abyss Tour 2012! You don’t want to miss this! Check out the dates below.

God Seed release the new album I Begin October 22nd in North America, October 26th in Norway & GAS and October 30th in the rest of Europe.

Creatures From The Black Abyss – European Tour 2012:

07 Nov – Holland, Haarlem – Patronaat
08 Nov – Holland, Leeuwarden – Romeein
09 Nov – Germany, Osnabrück – Hyde Park
10 Nov – Denmark, Aarhus – Train
12 Nov – Sweden, Gothenburg – Trädgarn
13 Nov – Sweden, Stockholm – Klubben
15 Nov – Finland, Tampere – Klubbi
16 Nov – Finland, Helsinki – Nosturi
17 Nov – Estonia, Tallinn – Rock Cafe
19 Nov – Belarus, Minsk – Re:Public
20 Nov – Ukraine, Kiev – Bingo
22 Nov – Poland, Warsaw – Progressja
23 Nov – Poland, Krakow – Kwadrat
24 Nov – Czech Republic, Zlin – Winter Masters Of Rock
26 Nov – Italy, Bologna – Estragon
27 Nov – Italy, Milan – Alcatraz (Small Hall)
29 Nov – France, Montpellier – Rockstore
30 Nov – Spain, Bilbao – Santana 27
01 Dec – Spain, Santiago De Compostela – Capitol
02 Dec – Portugal, Porto – Hard Club
04 Dec – Spain, Madrid – La Riviera
05 Dec – Spain, Barcelona – Salamandra
07 Dec – Germany, Geiselwind – Musichall
08 Dec – Germany, Bochum – Matrix
09 Dec – Switzerland, Pratteln – Z-7
11 Dec – Czech Republic, Prague – Meet Factory
13 Dec – Slovakia, Bratislava – Majestic Music Club
14 Dec – Germany, Munich – Theaterfabrik
15 Dec – Austria, Wels – Schlachthof
16 Dec – Germany, Berlin – C-Club
19 Dec – UK, London – Forum

Darkest Era set to play pre-Euro tour warm up show at Ireland’s biggest metal club

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 7th September 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Darkest Era has announced a very special late night performance at Ireland’s biggest metal club night, Dublin’s Club Poison, on Thursday September 20, 2012. The show is as a warm-up for the band’s 16 date European tour with Russian Folk Metal titans Arkona which kicks off at the end of this month.

Darkest Era guitarist Ade Mulgrew said: “This is going to be a really killer show and a great way to warm-up for the tour. We’re doing an Axl Rose and not hitting the stage until well after midnight, by which time the Poison faithful should rearing to go and ready to help us tear the place apart. There’s such a great vibe around Dublin right now about Club Poison and we’re really excited about hitting the place while it’s so hot.”

Darkest Era’s first ever European Tour (supporting Arkona) kicks off in the Czech Republic on September 27, 2012 and will see the band play 16 shows in 10 countries.

Club Poison is Ireland’s Biggest Metal night and takes place every Thursday at Andrew’s Lane Theatre, Dublin 2, between 10pm and 3am. Entry on September 10th  is €5 before 11 and €7 after. Check Club Poison’s Facebook page for more info.

For full Darkest Era tour listings, click here.

Nothgard Announces New Line-up

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 6th July 2012 by izaforestspirit

An official update from the German melodic death metal band:

Hey NOTHGARD followers!!!
It has been a while since we have announced official and important changes. Today we can confirm a great step concerning the bands’ line-up. Last year our keyboard-player and the rest of NOTHGARD went separate ways what led us into a four-man-group. Now we hired a fifth member again – no, not a new keyboard player, but rather another virtuous string-raper. None else than WOLFCHANT‘s lead guitarist Skaahl. Our Czech friends were already able to get a picture of what is new due to NOTHGARDs performances during the „Dawn Of Heathen Warriors”- Tour in March 2012. What does it mean to play with 3 guitars and 1 bass? Follow the link below and check it out or: Visit the first official NOTHGARD-show with the new strong line-up on 07-14-2012 at the Eternal Hate Fest in Czech Republic -> Stage time: 10.15 pm.

Here you can watch our latest video recordings, which show NOTHGARDs variable 3-guitar powers:

Stay Heavy!

Barren Earth – The Devil’s Resolve

Posted in Review with tags , , , , on 12th February 2012 by bkemeny92

Band: Barren Earth
Album: The Devil’s Resolve
Release date: March, 2012
Genre: Psychedelic/70’s Prog Rock/Death-Doom Metal
Label: Peaceville

Barren Earth! Their awe-inspiring godlike debut, “Curse Of The Red River” has already taken the album of the year title from me in 2010, and once again, I’ve expected an album that will blast away all the other releases this year. And how right I was! It would be too early to announce it as the album of the year, as I’m expecting some more delicious material, but I guess, in the end I’ll crown “The Devil’s Resolve” the best album of 2012.

But why is it so great? Their secret is their unique mix of genres. I’d say the most important element of their formulae is 70’s psychedelic prog rock with all it’s beautiful cleverness, twisted melodies straigtening out to beautiful stillness, and of course, the excessive trademark use of Hammond, Mellotron and Moog synths. So take this, put it into your musical mortar and mix it with grunty death metal, deep doom metal, and throw in some folky catchiness played on beautifully crawling lead synth sounds and some great pianowork evoked by keyboard wizard Kasper Mårtenson.
Of course there is some resemblance with some old-school Amorphis material, but it’s natural as bassist/founder Olli-Pekka Laine and also keyboardist Kasper Mårtenson were defining members of the legendary finnish band by that time.
As I’ve already mentioned two members, let’s take a look at why people are calling Barren Earth a ‘supergroup’. Besides the aforementioned great ex-Amorphis members, there are four other legendary musicians. Genius drummer/backing vocalist Marko Tarvonen (Moonsorrow/October Falls) was present on almost all albums of the year for me in the past 5 years. Doom fans surely love the amazing voice of Mikko Kotamäki (Swallow the Sun), and I’m glad he utilised more of his great clean vocals. The totally unique and oldschool guitar work is provided by Sami Yli-Sirniö(Waltari, Kreator) and Janne Perttilä (Rytmihäiriö, Moonsorrow – session). The lead guitar work of Sami is totally amazing, he is one of the rightful kings of oldschool shredding. I don’t think anyone could doubt the musicianship of this great line-up, it’s simply perfect.

The Devil’s Resolve delivers us 8 perfectly composed tracks, without fillers, or a track that would stand out in a positive or negative way. The album starts on the top and maintains perfection until the end of the last second of the last song. I cannot even pick a favourite, I simply love all the tracks, but if I really have to pick a favourite, I’d pick fourth track “As it is written”, which features some really tasty guest bagpipe performance by Korpiklaani’s Hittavainen.
The record starts much like “Curse Of The Red River”, with a short tension-building introduction implemented in the first song. Soon all the awesomeness gets unleashed, and it won’t let you quit listening the album until you’ve listened to it at least 3 times in a row, and still if you manage to escape, you’ll still sing around the melodies all day.
Is it better than “Curse Of The Red River”? No it’s not. Is it worse? No it’s not. It is different, yet it’s familiar. Barren Earth has managed to reserve all their trademark sounds yet create a new atmosphere. Mikko uses much more of his clean vocals this time, yet “The Devil’s Resolve” is more aggressive than the debut. Interesting dualities everywhere.

Please dear readers, do yourself a favour, and purchase this masterpiece, you won’t regret it. Put the cd in your hi-fi, lie back on your favourite sofa, pour a glass of your favourite wine and wonder if life could be any better.

– perfect genre combination
– perfect songwriting
– perfect musicianship
– perfect sound

– I suppose there will be only a very few live show dates again (I had to travel to the Czech Republic to be able to see them)

I rarely come across a 100% perfect album


Bálint Kemény

Cruadalach – Lead – Not Follow [2011]

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , on 22nd October 2011 by Pieni

Band: Cruadalach
Album: Lead – Not Follow
Release year: 2011
Genre: Folk Metal


Since their formation in 2008, Cruadalach have been busy guys (and gals): a tour through their home country Czech Republic and neighbour Slovakia; a demo in 2010 (“V Rytmu Staré Krve”); an EP early this year (“Agni – Unveil What’s Burning Inside”); and now the debut album “Lead – Not Follow”.

Most folk metal bands I know have this “happy feeling” to them: they pick up medieval instruments and recreate the melodies which the Celts used to play around bonfires, adding some fast and heavy electric guitars to make it sound metal. Cruadalach use those same instruments but the result is quite opposite, as they sound pretty obscure instead of party-like. “Nezlomi” and “Cruadalach” are two perfect examples of that, while “The Promise” over-steps the boundaries of doom metal.

“Living With Pride” and “For My Bleeding Friends” are more aggressive, but it’s “Rage Starts Here” that, living to its title, show us just how raw and shredding this band can be. Also the vocals are rougher, pure death metal style.

Besides the instrumental intro, “Dubh”, “Blejanje Na Mjesec” is also a reminder of the original folk that inspired Cruadalach in the first place. The music makes you feel like you’re in the middle of a magic Pagan ritual, and the lyrics (in Czech) are either spoken or chanted, rather than sung.

Speaking about lyrics, Cruadalach’s are more than the usual stories about ancient gods, bloody battles and/or fallen heroes (except for “Morrigan”, maybe). In general, they put into songs their personal experiences, and “Lead – Not Follow” focus on their struggles against society’s preconceptions. Hence the cover art, where you see a sheep in a typical wolf pose, as if howling at the moon. Interesting, don’t you think?


Renata “Pieni” Lino

Odraedir – Pagan Forest [2011]

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , on 11th September 2011 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Band: Odraedir
Album: Pagan Forest
Release year: 2011
Genre: Folk Metal/Pagan Metal

The Czech Republic, a nation drenched in both Germanic and Slavic history, tradition and culture, as well as home to the forgotten mythologies of the Slavs is undoubtedly a land full of inspiration for the unknown Czech metal scene. Such is the case with the young folk metal project “Odraedir” and their recent demo “Pagan Forest”.

The demo begins with the title track “Pagan Forest”, which has a melodic intro which sounds like Iron Maiden meets folk metal. The vocals are raw and aggressive, bordering on death metal grunts. The drums are masterfully played, keeping the rhythm flowing throughout the song. The vocals become more death metal sounding as the song progresses whilst the guitars stay melodic yet brutal. “The Dawn of Odin’s Horde in Pagan Forest” starts with an acoustic section, creating the folky feel for the song. The song progresses into a heavier riff, which is very Ensiferum-esque. The vocals have taken on more of a death metal element as well. The riffs remain very melodic throughout the track. The drums are mediocre in their playing, but at least are audible.

”Occultism And Mystic Practises in Pagan Forest” has a very dark and grim sounding acoustic intro riff, setting a sombre mood for the listener. Like the previous track, it progresses into a heavier riff. There is a great use of cymbals, adding to the metal element of the song and the vocals are more bloodthirsty in their use as well. The riffs aren’t quite as melodic on throughout this song, which is disappointing for those who enjoy melody as opposed to aggression. The more light heartedly named “Asterix and Obelix in Pagan Forest” comes next with a more cheery sounding riff. The use of melodic makes its return to the demo during this song. The vocals sound quite gruff, contrasting well with the music. The drums are well played also. The demo finishes with the track “Fine Odraedir Mead” which has a very interesting intro, sounding more folky than the previous songs on the demo. The song has more of a rock element to it as opposed to a metal element, though this doesn’t ruin the song in any way, fortunately.

”Pagan Forest” is certainly an interesting demo to listen to. The sound quality might not be brilliant but it adds to the raw energy of the music. Whilst there is a heavy lack of keyboards and other folk-like elements, the demo is still enjoyable.


Nico Davidson