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Tartarus – Of Grimness and Atrocity

Posted in Review, Uncategorized with tags , , on 24th August 2014 by izaforestspirit

Of Grimness and Atrocity EP
Released 31st July 2014
Black Metal
Released via Haarbn Productions

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‘Of Grimness and Atrocity’ is the debut EP from the Dubai based black metal band Tartarus.
There are many things that spring to my mind when I hear the words “Dubai” or “United Arab Emirates” but black metal isn’t one of them. Then again, music knows no boundaries and based on a quick search on the Metal Archives, Tartarus are not the only band from that region and there is a small metal scene in there.

After the eerie, dark ambient style intro featuring some unintelligible shrieks, comes the first real song ‘Axes (of Hatred)‘ which sounds like a homage to the Nordic black metal bands. I can detect two very distinctive influences in the song: Immortal for the vocal style and Gorgoroth for the ferocity and speed of music. The title track is true to its namesake thanks to the haunting howl-vocals which remind me of early Mayhem. The pace tends to vary a lot during the course of the track, ranging from ferocious pummeling of the guitars and drums to a slower, more melodic style of black metal. Last but not least is their cover of Emperor’s I am The Black Wizards – a very good interpretation of the song which is very close to the original in terms of style.

Overall this is a very promising black metal EP. I’m looking forward to hearing more from these guys in the future.

Iza Raittila

Epica thanks fans for support and begin to look to the future

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

In a recent statement released by Dutch symphonic metal band, Epica, the band thanked fans and began discussing their future plans. The full statement is as follows:

Our show at Graspop on the 30th of June marked the end of the “Requiem for the Indifferent” touring cycle. We would like to thank all our loyal fans who have, once again, carried Epica to the next level. Our world-tour promoting Requiem for the Indifferent has given us a ton of wonderful new memories. We played a lot of new places like Australia, China, Taiwan, Indonesia, Belarus and Dubai and welcomed new fans at every one of the 100+ shows of this world-tour. A new milestone for us was reached during Retrospect, the celebration of our 10th anniversary! We will never forget being on stage with this huge orchestra and choir in front of the 4500 fans from all over the world.

As you know we will take a step back from playing live shows for the upcoming months since Simone & Oliver and Coen & Linda are expecting children.

During this period we will be finalizing our live CD, BluRay/DVD Retrospect, which will be released in the autumn of this year. Besides that we are in the pre-production phase of the 6th Epica studio album which we will start to record at the end of this summer and which will be released in spring 2014.

We can’t wait to share the Retrospect show and our new music with you all and we hope to see you on the road in 2014!!


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