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Stream Of Passion premiere video for A War Of Our Own

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 15th April 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Dutch-Mexican symphonic metallers, Stream Of Passion have recently premiered the video for their latest single A War Of Our Own, which can be viewed below. The song is taken from the band’s upcoming album of the same name, which will be released 18th April 2014.

Stream Of Passion will also be headlining the Dames of Darkness Festival on 10th May 2014 in Bilston at The Robin 2.

Stream Of Passion online:

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Xandria unveil album details and artwork

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on 10th January 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

German symphonic metallers Xandria, who are now fronted by the talented Dianne van Giersbergen (Ex Libris), are set to release their sixth studio album Sacrificium via Napalm Records on 5th May, later this year. Five days after the release of the album, the band will headline the Dames of Darkness Festival in Bilston, near Wolverhampton.

According to Xandria, the follow-up to 2012’s Neverworld’s End will continue the musical journey and direction of the last CD but will bring in even more of everything people liked about Neverworld’s End. The album artwork can be seen above.

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Full line-up for Dames of Darkness Festival 4 announced

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 15th December 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Dutch-Mexican symphonic metallers Stream Of Passion and German symphonic metallers Xandria, who are now fronted by Dianne Van Giersbergen, have been confirmed to headline the fourth edition of the Dames of Darkness Festival. They will be supported by hosting band Apparition, who will be fronted by American vocalist Grace Meridan, and Jaded Star, which is former Visions of Atlantis vocalist Maxi Nil’s new project. Filling the last slot for the European quota at the festival are electro-industrial metallers Skeptical Minds.

Joining Apparition to represent the UK female-fronted metal scene are Divided We Fall, Incarnadine Coven and Dyonisis. The festival will take place at The Robin 2 in Bilston near Wolverhampton on Saturday 10th May 2014. Tickets are available for £25 in advance or £30 on the door. Further information can be found here and tickets can be purchased from this location.

Apparition announce UK shows with new vocalist

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , on 5th December 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet


Gothic metallers Apparition have announced their UK dates with their new vocalist Grace Meridan. The UK shows that will take place in both February and May next year include the fourth edition of the Dames of Darkness Festival. Grace who is apart of the Eve’s Apple group – a network of female vocalists around the world – has also worked with the likes of Vita Nova and most recently Candlelit. Tour dates are as follow:

Saturday 15th February – The Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton with Upon Descent
Sunday 16th February -The  Robin 2, Bilston with Edenbridge
Friday 9th May – Camden Underworld, London with TBA
Saturday 10th May -The Robin 2, Bilston for The Dames of Darkness Festival

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Delain announce special release

Posted in Featured, News with tags , , , , on 26th February 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Symphonic rockers Delain have announced the release of a special record in May called Interlude. Interlude is will be made up of a blend of brand-new songs, special versions and mixes of popular Delain tracks, covers, and the single Are You Done With Me. The album will also include a special DVD featuring exclusive live footage and clips from the band’s career.

Interlude is not only a must for loyal Delain fans, but also for those who have not experienced the music by Delain so far. It is the perfect introduction to the world of Delain and the starting point to an emotional and bombastic journey.

Tracklisting is as follows:

1. Breathe On Me
2. Collars And Suits
3. Are You Done With Me (new single mix)
4. Such A Shame
5. Cordell
6. Smalltown Boy
7. We Are The Others (new ballad version)
8. Mother Machine (live)
9. Get The Devil Out Of Me (live)
10. Milk And Honey (live)
11. Invidia (live)
12. Electricity (live)
13. Not Enough (live)

Bonus DVD:
1. Invidia (Video Live @ MFVFestival)
2. Electricity (Video Live @ MFVFestival)
3. We Are The Others (Video Live @ MFVFestival)
4. Milk and Honey (Video Live @ MFVFestival)
5. Not Enough (Video Live @ MFVFestival)
6. Backstage footage
7. Get The Devil Out Of Me (Videoclip)
8. We Are The Others (Videoclip)
9. April Rain (Videoclip)
10. Frozen (Videoclip)

Interlude will be released in the UK on 6th May, later this year, just five days before the band headline the Dames of Darkness Festival. For more updates on the new album, head over to Delain’s official Facebook page.


Interview with David Homer [Apparition]

Posted in Interview with tags , , , , , on 31st January 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Created 16 years ago by David Homer, Apparition have sailed through the UK’s underground scene, supporting more well-known acts such as ReVamp, Delain and Sarah Jezebel Deva.

With a performance coming up at The Dames of Darkness Festival and their recent album released through Ravenheart Music, David Homer, bassist for Apparition has a chat with Valkyrian Music’s Nico Davidson.

Nico: Your album For Vengeance… And For Love… was released recently, what are the main concepts on the album?

David: They are just different stories sang to music. No real concept except maybe ‘freedom’.

Nico: How does For Vengeance… And For Love… differ from previous Apparition releases?

David: Well, I was the only person on this album that was on the debut Drowned in Questions. The songs on For Vengeance are a lot heavier, better production because we took more time and I did the keyboards on all but two of the songs. I visited this keyboard player called Adam a few years ago and by watching him picked up tips on how to be creative with the keys instead of just playing simple chords. Thankfully, he is in the band now.

Nico: You’re playing the Dames of Darkness Festival in May. How are you feeling about that?

David: As we are hosting the show I am just hoping it all works out and that the bands and fans leave happy with good memories. If it is a success we might do others.

Nico: I understand you’ve shared the stage with Delain in the past. Are you looking forward to sharing the stage with them again at Dames of Darkness?

David: Yes because when we played with them the first time I didn’t really know them or their music. When I watch them this time it means the day is nearly over and I can relax.

Nico: How would you say that Apparition differs from the other “female-fronted” bands on the scene?

David: We are classed as symphonic metal and goth metal and we use live keyboards and not backing tracks like most bands both big and small. I feel there is enough creativity in the band to show that we don’t need orchestras or choirs. Not to say I don’t like bands that do have these parts because I do but it’s just not for us.

Nico: How would you describe your music to a potential fan?

David: If we jammed without vocals and keyboards we could be seen as a Metallica type band. By adding Sakara’s [Apparition‘s new frontwoman] wonderful singing and Adams keyboards we give the music atmosphere and feeling.

Nico: Apparition have played a number of different shows, some of which have been in support of acts like Sarah Jezebel Deva, ReVamp and Tarja Turunen. Which show would you say was the best one you’ve played?

David: My favourite show by far was with Sarah Jezebel Deva in Liverpool. We were really tight and had so much energy that night. The Tarja show was good because we played in front of many people and it was good to meet the lady herself.

Nico: Aside from the aforementioned Dames of Darkness Festival, what other plans do the band have for 2013?

David: We’re going overseas to play again. Last year we played at Angels Rock festival in Belgium with Azylya and ExLibris which was very cool. Before that we need to work hard at practices with new guitarist Nick and hopefully new drummer Alex.

Nico: What’s the meaning behind the band’s name, Apparition?

David: There isn’t one, it just sounds right for a gothic kind of metal or rock band.

Nico: Excluding yourselves, which band from the UK would you say are the best on the current British metal scene?

David: I am not saying this because we toured with them but I really love Sarah Jezebel Deva‘s band because they have great songs. Each night after we played I would still enjoy watching them even after ex amount of shows. Also Saturnian, a symphonic black metal band we played with at the Liverpool show were amazing. Everyone who knows our then guitarist Owen will tell you he never shuts up  BUT he was quiet for about the 30 minutes that they played. At first we thought he had gone to the lap dancing club next door but nope, he was transfixed!

Nico: Thanks for your time, David. I look forward to seeing you all at Dames of Darkness in May.

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Interview with Gaz [Chemikill]

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

Hailing from Birmingham, the birthplace of metal, Chemikill have forged themselves a a long-lasting career upon the anvil of British underground metal scene. Confirmed to support Delain at The Dames of Darkness Festival in May, Nico interrogates the band’s bassist Gaz.

Nico: Chemikill have been on the scene for over 20 years, what’s been the highlight of the band’s existence so far?

Gaz: Well, I suppose it’s just staying power. Twenty seven years this year and we’ve had a fair few highlights, [such as] winning the Tamworth Battle of the Bands in 1995 and also supporting all American girl thrash band Wench. We’ve played along some great bands last year like Beholder, Blaze Bayley, Apperition, Dakesis, Tytan and more. We’re just glad to be doing what we do.

Nico: You’ve been confirmed to play the Dames of Darkness Festival next, where you’ll be supporting Delain. How are you feeling about that?

Gaz: Really happy and stoked to the hilt! I can’t wait for it! I saw Delain a few years back at Leamington Spa and hadn’t seen ‘em before and only was going for the support band Serenity but god when Delain came on my jaw hit the floor and been a fan ever since – They’re a great live band!

Nico: Are there any other bands you’re looking forward to playing with at the Dames of Darkness?

Gaz: Yeah! Everyone to be honest. It will be great catching up with Apparition whom we thank for getting us on the bill, Whyzdom too but all the bands to be honest. I just love live music.

Nico: In your own opinion, how does Chemikill differ from t’other “female-fronted” bands on the scene?

Gaz: I think we have our own little genre going on. It’s like old school eighties metal with a twist of today’s metal scene, so it covers Sabbath, Priest, Metallica, Slayer, Slipknot and Pantera. I suppose we really can’t say who and where we belong but it’s metal and that’s all that counts. Natalie brings a voice that can be singing like a song bird one minute and the next growling like Angela from Arch Enemy, so we can cover two different bases in one song if we wish and to see peoples’ faces when she does it is so funny as they don’t expect it at all.

Nico: What’s the meaning behind the band’s name, Chemikill?

Gaz: There isn’t a meaning really. We just decided it was going to have the word kill in the name, so in the end it was a toss up between Nu-Killer or Chemikill. This is way before Exodus did their track by the same name too. So Chemikill came out the hat first but I suppose it could stand for being honest pure driven British heavy metal!

Nico: Excluding yourselves, which band from the UK would you say are the best on the current British metal scene?

Gaz: Well, I wouldn’t call us one of the best. We just do what we do and if people like it, fair enough. We’re glad if you’ve had a good time at a Chemikill show then we hope you come back again and bring some friends but bands at the moment who are doing well are Beholder, Hostile and Absolva, but there’s so many good bands out there at the moment, it’s getting round to see ‘em all but with all this NWOBHM thing kicking off again looks like we could be in the 2nd wave of it, if it picks up, so let’s all get ready for the ride.

Nico: If you could replace the soundtrack to any film with your own music, which one would it be and why?

Gaz: I always look on our tracks as film music anyway. Each one tells a story which could easily be a film, but we have our track Psycho, which speaks for itself really with the film, and our new mini epic Wych, the original old way of spelling witch, which (no pun intended) could fit into any hammer horror type film on witches or something. It would just be an honour to get the offer of adding one of our songs I suppose to a film track but if i had to pick just one then it would be Demons, all about the wolf man because it explains the torment of the curse, the hunger and the lost soul which as the chorus goes: What was will be, what is will be no more – So, it covers the changing of the human part to animal and back again, so yeah.

Nico: Is there anything you’d like to say to our readers before we finish?

Gaz: We all hope to see you all soon at The Dames of Darkness Festival. Cheers all and we wish you the best, Gaz and the rest of the Chemikill crew.

Chemikill are:

Natalie: Vocals
Damo: Lead Guitar
Wayne: Lead Guitar
Gaz: Bass
Luke: Drums

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Five reasons to get your ass to Dames of Darkness

Posted in Misc. with tags , , , , , , , on 30th December 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

With The Dames of Darkness Festival return in less than six months time, we decided it would be a great reason to list a few reasons to as why you should get your asses to it.


That’s right, folks. Austrian symphonic metallers are finally playing a UK festival.


Yeah, I said boobs. But let’s get serious now. You can everyone you talk to on Facebook at the event. C’mon, don’t lie. We all know you talk to other fans of “female-fronted metal”.


Because you won’t need tents for the fest, which means less time setting up and more time drinking!


So then we can start seeing bigger bands from the UK and Europe (i.e. Leaves’ Eyes, Epica, etc)


And they’re playing for over an hour from what we’ve been told.

The Dames Of Darkness Festival will take place at The Robin 2 in Bilston, near Wolverhampton on Saturday 11th May. Advance tickets are available for £22 from this location. Hopefully, we’ll see you guys there.