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Whorion – Fall of Atlas EP

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , on 6th January 2014 by izaforestspirit

Whorion
Fall of Atlas EP
Released 17th January 2014
Symphonic Death/ Black Metal
Released via: Eternal Sound Records

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‘Fall of Atlas’ is the first EP from the Finnish symphonic black metal band Whorion. The band was originally formed back in 2009. They describe their style as “brutal” and “symphonic”, creating a feeling of listener being “sucked into a dark matter of space, slowly waiting for the world’s end”.

So here it is, my first review in the new year. The terms “brutal” and “symphonic” don’t usually mix as far as extreme metal is concerned, so I’m a little intrigued as to how this combination could work… The opener Great Mass Suicide definitely fits the “symphonic black metal” -bracket. Comparisons to mid-career Dimmu Borgir spring to mind, though this also features death metal -style growls and guitar patterns. The Dimmu Borgir elements are present in the orchestral style synth melodies and vocal samples particularly audible on tracks such as Vortex of The Dead. By the time this second track comes on, the vocal style seems to have switched completely moving away from growling towards a more black metal sounding screaming or shouting.

One thing which spoils the effect is the use of the stop-start guitar technique and the somewhat odd-sounding vocals which seem to vary in style depending on the song. Sadly it is the title track which embodies all these problems offering a bizarre mix of technical guitar patterns, brutal blackened death metal and symphonic, orchestral style synths. The result is a rather confusing mess that leaves the listener hanging, and you are not quite sure where this is heading.

Symphonic, brutal and technical? Yeah, I still don’t quite get it.

3/5
Iza Raittila

Starkill about to set out on first Euro tour with Amorphis

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 4th November 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Chicago’s Starkill will embark on their first ever European tour this week, supporting Amorphis. The tour starts in Cologne, Germany tomorrow. Full tour dates are available below:

05.11.2013 – (DE) Cologne, Essigfabrik
06.11.2013 – (DE) Bochum, Zeche
07.11.2013 – (DE) Ludwigsburg, Rockfabrik
08.11.2013 – (DE) Munich, Backstage
09.11.2013 – (DE) Frankfurt, Batschkapp
10.11.2013 – (CH) Geneve, L’Usine
12.11.2013 – (ES) Barcelona, Apolo
13.11.2013 – (ES) Valencia, Rock City
14.11.2013 – (ES) Sevilla, Sala Custom
15.11.2013 – (PT) Lisbon, Paradise Garage
16.11.2013 – (ES) Madrid, But
17.11.2013 – (ES) Bilbao, Kafé Antzokia
19.11.2013 – (FR) Toulouse, Connexion
20.11.2013 – (FR) Paris, Divan Du Monde
21.11.2013 – (DE) SaarbrÙcken, Garage
22.11.2013 – (DE) Dresden, Tante Ju
23.11.2013 – (CZ) Zlin, Winter Masters Of Rock
24.11.2013 – (AT) Vienna, Szene
26.11.2013 – (IT) Milan, Alcatraz
27.11.2013 – (CH) Pratteln, Z7
28.11.2013 – (DE) Osnabrueck, Hyde Park
29.11.2013 – (NL) Uden, De Pul
30.11.2013 – (BE) Vosselaar, Biebob
01.12.2013 – (UK) London, O2 Academy Islington
03.12.2013 – (NL) Haarlem, Patronaat
04.12.2013 – (DE) Hamburg, Markthalle
05.12.2013 – (DK) Odense, Posten
06.12.2013 – (SE) Gothenburg, Brewhouse
07.12.2013 – (NO) Oslo, John Dee
08.12.2013 – (SE) Stockholm, Klubben

While most of their peers were listening to and playing to the “core” US-based bands, the members of Starkill spent their days cutting their chops to European metal – and the band makes no qualms about wearing their influences on their sleeves. Inspired by the likes of early Children Of Bodom à la the now classic Hatebreeder and Follow The Reaper, in addition to Nightwish, Amon Amarth, Dimmu Borgir and Dragonforce, Starkill aims to pay homage to these acts, while also putting their own spin on Euro-metal – and their new album, Fires of Life, does just that.

Starkill online:

http://facebook.com/StarKillOfficial

Ol Drake leaves Evile

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 30th August 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Ol Drake has announced that he’s leaving Yorkshire thrash unit Evile. His full statement can be read below:

It’s been half my life (15 years) since I started jamming in a room with three other guys, in a group in which I didn’t know would grow to be Evile, go through what Evile has gone through and achieve what Evile has so far achieved.

Since 1999, I’ve put 100% of my time and life into the band we formed, while us all had/have to sacrifice a lot financially and personally along the way.

I’ve had some of the best times of my life in the past 15 years and met some amazing and fascinating people. I’ve had the huge honour to play a part in so many things I’d never have dreamed of: paying tribute to Dimebag [Pantera] by covering Cemetery Gates in Metal Hammer; supporting Megadeth, Exodus and many bands I grew up listening to; playing and recording with Destruction; touring/seeing places in the world I’d never have got to see otherwise and many more.

Over the past year, I’ve, unfortunately, found myself becoming more and more detached from the touring/band lifestyle.

In my opinion, the music business for a band of our genre and ‘level’ determines a very unrealistic way of life to me, and I personally find it difficult to make a living and have a ‘normal’ life. This is not a plea for sympathy, I’m simply being honest.

I’ve reached a point where I want a family/kids, a house, a steady and definite income and everything in between, and in regard to my personal preferences, a touring band’s income and uncertainties, in the state that I feel they would continue to be in, has become incompatible with how I feel and what I want/need.

There is no animosity between the rest of the band and I. This is purely a personal and financial decision I’ve been mulling over for a while and I wish them all the best for the future. “I am not unappreciative of the position Evile has in the music world; I know a lot of people would love to be where Evile are.

I want to thank each and every person who supports the band, and I want to extend a special thanks to Digby and the Earache Records crew.

Huge apologies to anyone this disappoints, but I have to do what makes sense to me.

I am not quitting writing or playing; I do plan on continuing to record and write my own music (solo project, general composing/recording etc), I just won’t be touring etc.

I’ll still be playing the two upcoming festival shows Evile have.

You can keep up to date with what I’ll be doing on my Twitter or on Facebook. A big thank you to everyone!

Evile released their fourth album Skull on 27th May in Europe on Earache Records and in North America via Century Media/Earache Records. The follow-up to 2011’s Five Serpent’s Teeth was once again recorded with producer Russ Russell (Napalm Death, Dimmu Borgir) at Parlour Studios in Kettering, England. The artwork for the album was painted by artist Eliran Kantor (Testament, Sodom, Hatebreed).

Evile online:

http://www.facebook.com/evileuk

Carnifex ink deal with Nuclear Blast; Plans for new album announced

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 10th July 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Deathcore act Carnifex have recently inked a deal with Nuclear Blast, which is home to bands such as Dimmu Borgir, Children of Bodom and Epica, as well as bands such as Fleshgod Apocalypse. Frontman Scott Lewis comments on the recent signing:

Signing with Nuclear Blast is a career defining moment for Carnifex. To be aligned with the largest metal label on earth is a true honour. This world-wide deal signals a turning point for us as a band and individuals. Together with Nuclear Blast you will see CARNIFEX like you have never seen us before. Prepare yourself for an album that crushes any and all expectations. An album that will stand as the definitive mark for modern metal.

Carnifex will begin recording their Nuclear Blast debut this July at Audio Hammer Studios in Sanford, FL with famed metal producer Mark Lewis (The Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel, DevilDriver). The band stated that fans should expect a release tentatively sometime in the first quarter of 2014.Carnifex also welcomes long-time friend of the band Jordan Lockrey as their new lead guitarist.

Carnifex online:

http://facebook.com/carnifexmetal

 

Evile confirmed to support Suicidal Tendencies at London show

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 23rd May 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Yorkshire’s young guns of thrash, Evile have confirmed a show in London with legendary crossover thrashers Suicidal Tendencies.

Evile will be supporting Suicidal Tendencies at the Electric Ballroom in the UK’s capital on Sunday, 7th July.  Evile‘s new album, Skull, is due to be released on Monday, 27th May in Europe via Earache Records, and on June 11th in the USA via Century Media/Earache Records. Evile’s bassist Joel Graham comments:

A show with Suicidal Tendencies?  Yes please!  Really looking forward to this one.  We have played a couple of festivals with ST, and watched on as they tear stages apart.  Such a great, influential and groundbreaking band.  We jumped at the chance to play with them at this only UK show.

Tickets for the show are available now from Alt Tickets at this location.

Evile‘s new album, Skull, was recorded with producer Russ Russell (Napalm Death, Dimmu Borgir) at Parlour Studios in Kettering, England.  The artwork for the album was painted by artist Eliran Kantor (Testament, Sodom, Hatebreed).

Skull is available to pre-order now in a huge selection of formats and bundles from the Earache Webstore in Europe at this location and in North America at this location.

Skull is also available on iTunes, including an instant-grat track which you receive as soon as you pre-order the album.  Pre-order Skull now on iTunes here.

See Evile live at the following shows:

Jun. 14 – Wervik, Belgium – SkullFest
Jun. 28 – Lesmahagow, UK – Les Fest
Jul. 07 – London, UK – Electric Ballroom (w/ SUICIDAL TENDENCIES)
Aug. 24 – Werrington, UK – Scar Fest
Sep. 26 – Cardiff, UK – Cardiff University
Sep. 27 – Dublin, Ireland – Button Factory
Sep. 28 – Manchester, UK – Academy 2
Sep. 29 – Glasgow, UK – Audio

Evile online:

http://www.evile.co.uk
http://www.facebook.com/evileuk
http://www.myspace.com/evileuk
http://twitter.com/evileuk
http://evile.tumblr.com

Evile to perform special intimate show at Crash Records in Leeds tomorrow

Posted in Featured, News with tags , , , , , , , on 19th April 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Yorkshire thrashers Evile are celebrating this year’s Record Store Day with a number of treats for fans, including an intimate live show at Crash Records in Leeds tomorrow (Saturday, 20th April).

The band will be performing live in the store at 4pm, giving fans the chance to see them in a unique, up-close and personal setting.  Evile are also releasing a split 7″ picture disc with Swedish death metal legends Entombed, featuring Entombed‘s classic 1990 track, Drowned, along with Evile‘s incredible 2012 cover version.

Evile drummer Ben Carter recently commented:

Evile are looking forward to making some stupidly heavy noise at Crash Records in Leeds on Saturday, 20th April in support of Record Store Day!  We’re going to start destroying ears at 4pm, so make sure to get in early as space will be VERY limited!  We guarantee this show will be utter carnage and something very different than the norm.  We can’t wait to see how a circle pit will work in a record store and need our fans there to show us!!!  To mark the occasion, we’ll be selling our new exclusive 7″ split of our cover of Entombed‘s Drowned, with Entombed’s original on the flipside.  All this is to show support to indie retailers, so get yer asses down to Crash and show your support for the old school!!!

Space for the show is limited, but fans who buy the 7″ from Crash Records on the day will get free entry to the show (space permitting).

Record Store Day takes place each year on the third Saturday of April, bringing together artists and independently-owned record stores around the world to celebrate the art of music.  Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day and sold in independent stores.

For more information and to see which stores are participating in Record Store Day in the UK, head to this location.

Evile‘s new album, Skull, is due to be released in Europe on Earache Records on May 27th, and in the USA via Century Media/Earache Records on June 11th.  The album was recorded with producer Russ Russell (Napalm Death, Dimmu Borgir) at Parlour Studios in Kettering, England.  The artwork for the album was painted by artist Eliran Kantor (TESTAMENT, SODOM, HATEBREED).

Pre-order Skull now from the Earache Webstore in Europe at this location or in North America at this lcoation.

Skull is also available on iTunes, including an instant grat track which you receive as soon as you pre-order the album.  Pre-order Skull on iTunes now at this location.

See Evile live at the following shows:
Apr. 20 – Leeds, UK – Crash Records (Record Store Day UK show)
Apr. 26 – Dublin, Ireland – The Academy *
Apr. 27 – Manchester, UK – HMV Ritz *
Apr. 28 – London, UK – HMV Forum *
Jun. 14 – Wervik, Belgium – SkullFest
Jun. 28 – Lesmahagow, UK – Les Fest
Aug. 24 – Werrington, UK – Scar Fest
* with KREATOR

Evile online:
http://www.evile.co.uk
http://www.facebook.com/evileuk
http://www.myspace.com/evileuk
http://twitter.com/evileuk
http://evile.tumblr.com

 

Interview with V’gandr [Helheim]

Posted in Interview with tags , , , , , , , on 15th November 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Helheim have been a lasting and destructive force on the Norwegian metal scene, while not achieving the same amount of commercial success as other black metal acts from Norway such as Dimmu Borgir or the infamy achieved by Varg Vikernes, the band have continued their reign of Norse-influenced terror in their own way. Regarded as pioneers of the Norwegian Viking Metal scene, Helheim have been apart of the scene for 20 years and with the release of Heiðindómr ok mótgangr last year, the band show no signs of slowing up.

Nico: Helheim is the abode of the Norse deity Hel, daughter of Loki. What inspired you to adopt this as the band’s name?

V’gandr: We adopted the name back in 92 after numerous of other names. We wanted to have a Norse approach to our lyrics where we had focus on the darker and more sinister parts of the Norse mythology and thus we chose Helheim as our name.

N: Heiðindómr ok mótgangr is the band’s latest album, what are the main lyrical concepts behind the album?

V: The main focus are circled around the four viten & mot parts which are based on the words of the wise (Odin) and his håvamål. Other than that the lyrics deal with human nature and its lacking of truthfulness towards the pagan. It’s all about longing as well as restrained hate. Heathendom is resistance and that’s what we’re all about.

N: What would you say are your favourite tracks from Heiðindómr ok mótgangr and why?

V: I’m proud of the whole album and every song got its moments, but the opening track kind of sets the mood and standard, so I really like that one.

N: Helheim have been a dominating force in both the Norwegian metal scene and the international metal scene. What do you feel has been the key to the band’s long-lasting career?

V: A dominating force? That’s the first time I’ve heard that, but thanks, hehe. I’ve always felt a bit aside the scene as we’ve never strived for fame or acknowledgment, but rather being truthful towards ourselves. Well, we’re a little family now and none of us are ready to leave it just yet. We have no recipe to how, we just have been around for 20 years and we have more to say.

N: Even though Heiðindómr ok mótgangr was released last year, do you have any plans for a new release?

V: Oh yes. All the material for our next release is ready and we’ll record it next year. Beware!

N: As we’re nearing the end of 2012, does the band have any plans for 2013? Providing the world doesn’t end on 21st December.

V: Release a new album and continue playing live. No more, no less.

N: What song do you feel defines Helheim as a whole?

V: Hmmm, a hard one. I can’t only pick one actually. There’s a few tracks that kind of adds up Helheim and that is: Jormundgand, Jernskogen, Dualitet Og Ulver and maybe Åsgards Fall 2.

N: When it comes to writing new material, where does the band draw inspiration from? And how does songwriting happen for Helheim?

V: We are our own inspiration believe it or not, but for Åsgards Fall MCD we were directly inspired by Bathory. Myself and H’grimnir creates music pretty much the same way we did 20 years ago and that is with and none-amplified electric guitar, hehe. And so the writing begins. Inspiration come from the inside and one song or idea can lead to another.

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

V: That movie haven’t been made yet.

N: How would you describe your music to new listeners?

V: Passionate, serious, dark and beautiful. A view into the Norse.

N: As Helheim have been around for 20 years, you’ll obviously have a wealth of experience and wisdom. Is there any that you’d like to pass on to the new bands that emerging on the scene?

V: Nah, not really. Bands should do what the fuck they think is right for themselves. We learned the business the hard way and got nothing for free and I’m glad it was like that. It made us rise up and keep on going and learning from our mistakes. I think this is the right way for most bands to do it as then you see who got it and who’s not. Well, that was an advise after all…more or less. Hohohooo!

N: If you could be any hero or deity from Norse mythology, which one would it be and why?

V: I really can’t answer such a question as it wouldn’t make any sense. I never look to heroes or deities or gods or whatever. That’s what we’re trying to say in Helheim, you know. The gods are the tools of the trade.

N: Is there anything you’d like to say to our readers?

V: As I’ve said before, I say again; heathendom IS resistance. Remember that kids, now go eat a kebab.

For further news and updates about Helheim:

http://helheim.com/
https://www.facebook.com/helheimnorway
http://www.myspace.com/helheimnorway