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Mayhem announce headlining European tour

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

Legends and royalty of the Norwegian black metal scene Mayhem have announced a headlining tour of Europe which will take place in May. The tour, which celebrates 30 years of Mayhem, will kick off in Hamburg’s famous Markthalle before heading through ten countries and concluding in Denmark’s capital of København (Copenhagen) at Pumpehuset. The tour dates are as follow:

14th May – Hamburg (DE) @ Markthalle
16th May – Bochum (DE) @ Matrix
17th May – Köln (DE) @ Essigfabrik
18th May – Eindhoven (NL) @ Effenaar
20th May – Bruxelles (BE) @ AB
21st May – London (GB) @ Electric Ballroom
22nd May – Paris (FR) @ Le Divan du Monde
23rd May – Winterthur (CH) @ Gaswerk
24th May – Milan (IT) @ Factory
26th May – Bratislava (SK) @ Randal
27th May – München (DE) @ Backstage Club
28th May – Berlin (DE) @ C-Club
29th May – Warsaw (PL) @ Proxima
30th May – Plzen (CZ) @ Metalfest Open Air Festival
31st May – København (DK) @ Pumpehuset
8th August – Øya (NO) @ Tøyenparken (Øya Festival)

Mayhem online:

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Nasty Idols frontman Andy Pierce dies aged 45

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 8th December 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Frontman of legendary Swedish rockers Nasty Idols Anders Persson, better known by his stage name Andy Pierce, died on Thursday 5th December suffering from a brain haemorrhage at his girlfriend’s home in Denmark. He was aged 45 at the time of his passing. Nasty Idols guitarist Peter Espinoza told the Swedish newspaper Sydsvenskan:

We, the band members, have been talking a lot and it is a shock. It goes up and down. One second you’re not thinking about it, and then the next second, it hits you like a bomb. It’s terribly sad. Andy was a very funny human being. We were always having minor quibbles at gig time. My hair is falling off, it happens to most people sooner or later, and he always said, ‘It’s cool that you’re going bald, but wouldn’t it be cooler with a baseball cap?’ We were always giving each other friendly jabs like that. He was a truly wonderful and funny person.

Formed in Malmö in 1987 by Pierce and bassist Dick Qwarfort, Nasty Idols released their first single, Don’t Walk From Love, the following year. The band’s debut album, Gigolos On Parole, came out in 1989, earning them the status of one of the hottest new rock acts in Scandinavia. Their second album, Cruel Intention, was recorded in 1990 between gigs and tours just as the L.A sleaze and glam rock scene was at its peak. Following the release of Cruel Intention in 1991, Nasty Idols became icons in the genre and their music videos for Cool Way Of Living, Can’t Get Ya’ Off My Mind and Trashed N’ Dirty were in rotation on MTV’s Headbangers Ball.

Nasty Idols disbanded in 1995 following the recording of their fourth album, Heroes For Sale. They eventually reunited in 2006 for the Rejects On The Road Tour and issued a comeback album, Boys Town, in 2009. Their final studio album, Kalifornia, came out in 2012.

Nasty Idols online:


Chthonic announced as main support to Satyricon on 36 date Euro tour

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 16th September 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Symphonic orient metallers Chthonic have been announced as main support on Satyricon‘s 36-date European tour which will kick off on 7th November in Copenhagen, Denmark. The tour will see Chthonic visiting a number of European cities as well as their return to the UK since their Download appearance earlier this year. Chthonic‘s bassist Doris Yeh comments:

This is our first European tour following the release of our current album, Bu-Tik, and it’s great to be able to visit so many places. For some countries, like Sweden, Denmark, Slovakia, Slovenia, Poland, Italy and Spain, it will be the first time Chthonic has been there, so we are very excited to play for those fans we haven’t had the chance to reach in the past.

UK tour dates are as follow:


Chthonic online:


Týr release Valkyrja studio video

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 21st August 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Faroese Viking metallers Týr have been working hard on their seventh studio album, Valkyrja, which is due for release in the UK on 16th September via Metal Blade. Fans can now get a small glimpse of the creative process that is driving Valkyrja towards completion while Týr have been recording at Hansen Studios in Ribe, Denmark. You can watch the video below.

The opening track, Blood Of Heroes, is streaming at this location where the album is also available for pre-order. The limited edition pre-order bundles include Týr pendants, t-shirts, vinyl LP and the CD.

Týr are also pleased to announced that Amon Ellingsgaard will be drumming for Týr on their European tour with Finntroll later this month. Amon is the current drummer for Heri‘s side project: Heljareyga. Many fans will most likely be familiar with Amon, as he is also the nephew of former Týr Kari.

Tyr online:


The Temperance Movement announce full European tour

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 13th August 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

British rock ‘n’ rollers The Temperance Movement have announced recently the full list of tour dates for their forthcoming European tour. The tour is set to kick off on 17th September here in the UK before they go to mainland Europe on 17th October and then return to the UK for more shows on 15th November.  The tour will be in support of the band’s highly anticipated debut album which will be released on 16th September via Earache Records. You can catch The Temperance Movement at the following shows:

Sep. 17 – Liverpool, UK – O2 Academy 2
Sep. 18 – Glasgow, UK – Oran Mor
Sep. 19 – Aberdeen, UK – Tunnels
Sep. 21 – Ullapool, UK – Loopallu Festival
Sep. 22 – Newcastle, UK – Warehouse 46
Sep. 23 – Leeds, UK – Cockpit
Sep. 24 – Bristol, UK – Thekla
Sep. 26 – Reading, UK – Sub89
Sep. 27 – Norwich, UK – Waterfront
Sep. 28 – Leicester, UK – O2 Academy 2
Sep. 29 – Portsmouth, UK – Wedgewood Rooms

Oct. 10 – Cologne, Germany – MTC
Oct. 11 – Hamburg, Germany – Molotow
Oct. 12 – Copenhagen, Denmark – KB18
Oct. 13 – Gothenburg, Sweden – Pustervik
Oct. 15 – Halmstad, Sweden – Kajskjulet
Oct. 16 – Oslo, Norway – Cross Road
Oct. 18 – Falkenburg, Sweden – Grand Hotel
Oct. 19 – Uppsala, Sweden – Katalin
Oct. 20 – Stockholm, Sweden – Akkurat
Oct. 21 – Orebro, Sweden – East West
Oct. 23 – Umea, Sweden – Scharinska
Oct. 24 – Sundsvall, Sweden – Estreet
Oct. 25 – Ostersund, Sweden – Blues Festival
Oct. 26 – Avesta, Sweden – Bjurfors Hotel & Konferens
Oct. 28 – Berlin, Germany – White Trash
Oct. 29 – Munich, Germany – Strom
Oct. 30 – Frankfurt, Germany – Zoom
Oct. 31 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Bitterzoet
Nov. 02 – Luxembourg, Luxembourg – Soul Kitchen
Nov. 03 – Stuttgart, Germany – Kellerclub
Nov. 04 – Vienna, Austria – Chelsea
Nov. 06 – Milan, Italy – Factory
Nov. 07 – Montpellier, France – Secret Place
Nov. 08 – Madrid, Spain – Moby Dick
Nov. 09 – Bilbao, Spain – Azkena
Nov. 12 – Paris, France – Boule Noire

Nov. 15 – Stoke, UK – Sugarmill
Nov. 17 – London, UK – KOKO
Nov. 18 – Cardiff, UK – Globe
Nov. 20 – Birmingham, UK – O2 Academy 2
Nov. 21 – Edinburgh, UK – Liquid Room
Nov. 22 – Manchester, UK – Club Academy

The Temperance Movement online:

Blodarv release 3-tape limited edition box set in regular and diehard leather versions

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 7th June 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Denmark’s premier black metal unit Blodarv are set to release a 3-tape limited edition box set titled Storms of the Past which features the Soulcollector album and the first two Blodarv demos Murder In The Name Of Satan and MysteriisStorms of the Past comes in both a regular version, limited to 30 boxes, and a diehard leather edition strictly limited to 15 units.  As well as the three pro tapes, the boxes will also include a booklet, patch, badge and poster which are only available with the sets, whilst the leather box will additionally include a sticker for the box, a Mysteriis and a Lang vaek fra livet sticker, and a large (23×10 cm) booklet  which will have 4 extra pages with handwritten lyrics for SoulcollectorStorms of the Past will be released on Atramentum Productions on the 18th September, and will also be available to purchase direct from the band at this location where advance orders are currently being taken.  Full details of both editions as follows:

Blodarv – Storms of the Past Regular Box Set Includes:
1.PRO TAPE 1: “Murder In The Name Of Satan” demo 1999
1.PRO TAPE 2: “Mysteriis” Demo 2000
1.PRO TAPE 3: “Soulcollector T.T.Y.T.” Album
1.THREE-TAPE BOX with “Storms Of The Past” Cover
1.LARGE BOOKLET (16 x 10 cm) 8 Pages
1.PATCH 9 x9 cm ”BLODARV Pentagram”
1. A2 POSTER, BLODARV “Storms Of The Past”
1.Badge “BLODARV Pentagram”

Blodarv – Storms of the Past Box Set – Die Hard Leather edition – Includes:
1.PRO TAPE 1: “Murder In The Name Of Satan” demo 1999
1.PRO TAPE 2: “Mysteriis” Demo 2000
1.PRO TAPE 3: “Soulcollector T.T.Y.T.” Album
1.HUGE BOOKLET 12 Pages (10 x 23 cm!) 4 xtra pages with the handwritten “Soulcollector” lyrics)
1. PATCH  9 x9 cm ”BLODARV Pentagram”
1. A2 POSTER,BLODARV “Storms Of The Past”
1. Badge/button  “BLODARV Pentagram”
1. STICKER, “BLODARV Pentagram-Storms of the past sticker (for front of leather box If you wish)
1.STICKER “Mysteriis”
1.STICKER “Lang Vaek Fra Livet”

Blodarv online:


Blodarv debut second track from new album

Posted in News with tags , , , on 11th August 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

With a new album Gâst set for release later this year on Selfmutilation Services, Danish Black Metallers Blodarv have debuted a second track from what will be the band’s fourth full-length album.  Unlike the previous track I Blaek Og Blod, which recently had its debut as a music video, the lyrics to the new track, Surrounded by Dust, are in English and the track can be heard on BLODARV’s SoundCloud page here.

The music and lyrics of Blodarv have always represented a very personal aspect of founder and front man Hugin’s life and beliefs.  Writing both in English and Danish he gives voice to his deepest thoughts and emotions through his poetry, which in turn becomes the lyrics to his music.  According Hugin  Surrounded by Dust is in a way much more representative of the album as a whole: “The I Blaek Og Blod video caught some of our fans by surprise as the track is not as dark as they have come to expect from us, but as always in Blodarv we create various atmospheres, to fit the music to the lyrics, and Surrounded by Dust takes us firmly back into the darkness.   It is, in fact, one of the slower tracks on the album and is one of my personal favourites.  We finished recording the guitars for the track on the 5th of August and mixed and engineered it over the next few days, so it’s ‘smoking hot” in every sense of the word”.

Blodarv’s next live appearance will be at the Club Sick in Odense, Denmark on the 15th September supporting Impaled Nazarene.

More information about Blodarv can be found on the band’s Facebook page.

Interview: Pepe [2011]

Posted in Interview with tags , , , , , on 9th November 2011 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Danish thrash-death metal outfit Hatesphere have been a big part of the European metal scene for several years now. Nico has a chat with lead guitarist, Peter “Pepe” Lyse Hansen.

Nico: Do you feel that the new album, The Great Bludgeoning, differs from your previous albums? If so, how?

Pepe: We still sound like HateSphere no doubt about it. But as on all of our other albums it’s the small details that make the difference. I think we have returned a bit to more old school sounds on the new album, both musically and lyrically.

N: Do you have any plans for a UK or European tour in support of the new album?

P: As we speak we are touring on the first of two small headliner runs around Europe in the fall of 2011. The tour should take us to the UK in December on a couple of dates. Furthermore we have plans on a European tour in the spring of 2012 as well, before concentrating on Scandinavia in April and May of 2012. During the summer we will play festivals before returning to the US in the fall of 2012. So, we should have enough to do.

N: Since 2010, there have been two line-up changes in terms of bass and vocals, do you feel these line-up changes have helped develop a new sound for the band?

P: Absolutely. Not only sound-wise but also internally in the band we feel better than ever. The members fit way better in HateSphere. They have tried lots of stuff before, they therefore know what to expect and what not to expect. They are both HateSphere fans, so they also know the music and how they want it to sound. Furthermore we know them from before, so they also fit personally in the band. We are all about the same age, we have tried some of the same things, and this make us stronger as a unit for sure.

N: [Reader’s question] What made you want to play music and how did you come to play metal?

P: I went to school with this guy who played guitar in a band. I got drawn towards it, started listening to hard rock and metal and then finally got my own guitar and started playing. I never dreamed of ever doing albums and touring but having achieved that is just fantastic. The first couple of years I just played by myself but then got into the band that actually later became HateSphere. That was in 1993, so I have been in the band for almost 20 years! It took us 7 years to finally record and album and get good enough to get a record deal but since then things have just developed.

N: As a band, what has been the highlight of your career so far?

P: Touring the US, Japan and China… And to play at some of the biggest festivals in Europe for sure!

N: Are there any bands in Denmark that you would recommend that our readers check out?

P: No new bands have really caught my attention. But check out the older brigade of Danish quality bands like Raunchy, Mercenary, Mnemic, Illdisposed, etc.

Mercenary – Metamorphosis [2011]

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , , , on 27th February 2011 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Band: Mercenary
Album: Metamorphosis
Release Year: 2011
Genre: Melodic Death Metal


“Metamorphosis” is the sixth studio album by Danish death metalheads “Mercenary”. This is the first album to feature Morten Løwe on drums.

“Through the Eyes of the Devil” is the first track. It begins with an eerie keyboard riff followed by a brutal yet melodic guitar riff. The vocals sound partially “metalcore” throughout most of this track and the drums seem softly played compared to the guitars and bass. The guitar retain its melodic riffs  as well. The use of clean vocals about half way through the track brings a very calming atmosphere to the track. The drums become slightly heavier towards the end of the track.

The next track is “The Follower”. The drums have increased drastically in terms of heaviness since the previous track. The clean vocals aren’t too impressive on this track. The guitar seems to have gone less melodic as well and there isn’t much use of keyboard on this track either. The track does turn brutal in some parts with some more metalcore sounding vocals. “In A River Of Madness” is next. it begins with heavy guitars and semi-heavy drums. The vocals again have that metalcore element to them as well. The guitar retains a certain amount of brutality for the majority of this track with some subtle use of keyboards here and there. The use of a breakdown about two minutes into the track gives the album more of a metalcore sound. However, the use of a guitar solo helps the album retain some of it’s death metal elements.

Next is “Memoria”, it begins with a brutal and melodic intro. The melodic riff continues when the vocals come in. The cleans vocals,  aren’t overly impressive and they have a slight pop-punk sound to them. The harsher vocals still have the metalcore sound. The drums sound softly played again. The guitar solo sounds choppy and poorly composed in parts. “Velvet Lies” comes next, beginning with a soft guitar riff as an intro. The cleans vocals, again, sound like pop-punk vocals. The guitar riffs seem to be going along the same line as the vocals with a pop-punk sound. The drums sound overpowered as well in sections of this track.

“In Bloodred Shades” is next. It begins with a brutal chugging of guitars mixed with a subtle use of keyboards, making for a great intro. The vocals soon follow and they sound more metalcore than the previous tracks. The drums sound heavy and brutal in sections of this track but sound softer when the clean vocals and keyboards make appearances. Following after is “Shades of Grey”. It’s intro sounds old skool metal and pop-punk influenced. The drums again sound soft. The clean vocals have that pop-punk sound again, something similar to “You Me At Six”. There is a subtle use of harsh vocals, faded out during in the clean vocals. The track itself, overall, is too soft to be any kind of metal.

Next is “The Edge of Sanity”. It begins sounding very death metal. Even the drums sound heavy. The vocals sound metalcore still though, almost along the lines of something you’d expect to hear on a “Bring Me The Horizon” release.  The cleans again, sound pop-punk, taking away the metal element of the track drastically. The guitar solo sounds poorly composed and choppy at best. “The Black Brigade” is the final track. It begins with drums before a semi-heavy guitar riff comes in. The harsh vocals in, bringing a very metalcore element to the track. The guitar riffs remain melodic for most of the track, which is a good thing. The guitar solo on this track is the best one of the entire album, though it didn’t have much to compete with in terms of the other solos. The drums retain a certain amount of heaviness and brutality for the most part.

While it’s not the best album to come of out the Danish metal scene, it’s not the worse. “Metamorphosis” seems to be signalling a new sound for “Mercenary”, a new sound for them needs a fair bit of work. Whilst the metalcore elements weren’t bad, they weren’t great either and sometimes didn’t seem to fit in with the music at all. The pop-punk styled vocals ruined a few tracks as well. The album is well produced, but poorly composed in parts.


Nico Davidson