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Stream of Passion join Epica UK tour

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 24th July 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

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Stream Of Passion will join Epica on seven UK dates in December 2012, as part of their “Requiem for the Indifferent” tour. See them here:

Epica + Stream Of Passion

December 2012

11th NOTTINGHAM – Rescue Rooms

12th SHEFFIELD – Corporation

14th NEWCASTLE – Academy 2

15th GLASGOW – Classic Grand

16th MANCHESTER – Ritz

18th WOLVERHAMPTON – Robin 2

19th LONDON – Electric Ballroom

Metallica drummer in documentary “Mission To Lars”

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 19th April 2012 by colmcasserly

Mission to Lars is a documentary like no other, a disabled man breaks out of his care home with the help of his brother to travel to America to meet his hero, Lars Ulrich of Metallica. Tom Spicer suffers from Fragile syndrome X, which is a type of Autism, and a massive case of obsession with Lars Ulrich. His filmmaker brother and journalist Sister spring him and take him on a journey to meet his hero. The group undergo trials and tribulations due to their Brothers disability and their dysfunctions but soldier on through gigs and backstage areas just hoping for a glimpse of the man himself.

The movie which will have a limited run is a look into the lives and those who live with disabilities and all money raised will be donated to charity. Any and all music and media used was donated free, from bands like Kasabian and Huey from the Fun Loving Criminals.

Mission To Lars is looking like the surprise documentary of the year and is touching and moving, it will be released later in 2012.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGsMaaIeqdc

Interview: Tim Goergen [Feb 2012]

Posted in Interview with tags , , , on 16th February 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Nico Davidson and Melissa Adams have a quick chat with Within the Ruins frontman Tim Goergen at Bonecrusher in Manchester.

Interview: Scott Lewis [Feb 2012]

Posted in Interview with tags , , , on 16th February 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Nico Davidson and Melissa Adams catch up with Carnifex frontman Scott Lewis at the Bonecrusher show in Manchester.

An Evening With Dimmu Borgir [Live Review]

Posted in Gig, Live with tags , , , , , , on 21st November 2011 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Bands: Dimmu Borgir
Location: The Cockpit, Leeds
Date: 19th November 2011

In celebration of “Enthrone Darkness Triumphant”, an album released 14 years ago, Dimmu Borgir embarked on their “An Evening With” tour which took them to the musically diverse heart of West Yorkshire known as Leeds. With a band as well-established as Dimmu Borgir, there comes a certain expectation of their performance and judging by the crowd’s reaction, they lived up to those expectations.

As they took their place on the stage, they looked somewhat sinister, almost demonic, thanks to the smoke and the lights, which helped add to the ethereal and mystifying atmosphere that had come over the crowd in the Cockpit. The first set of the night was composed entirely of the tracklisting from “Enthrone Darkness Triumphant”. Starting with “Mourning Palace”, Dimmu progressed into “Spellbound (By The Devil)” in which Shagrath encouraged, demanded even, the showing of horns in the air, to which the crowd happily obliged. “The Night Masquerade” was the most entertaining song of the first set.

After a short interval, Dimmu Borgir soon returned to the stage – Well, it was more like Daray at first who entertained the crowd with a drum solo before the band fully returned to the stage blasting their way through “Vredesbyrd”. After that, Shagrath recited the words “Left are the kings of the carnival creation, carrying out the echoes of the fallen” to announce the next song, which was “Kings Of The Carnival Creation”. The next three songs were taken from the new album “Abrahadabra” – The first of which was “Dimmu Borgir”, which hagrath described as a song about “strength, unity and the ever lasting flame flame that is Dimmu Borgir”. The band finished the set with a great rendition of “Puritania” which wasn’t enough for the horde of Dimmu fans who demanded more.

The encore was comprised of only three songs, “The Serpentine Offering” – which sounded strange with Vortex’s vocals being played back – “Progenies Of The Great Apocalypse” and “Perfection of Vanity”. It was strange seeing Dimmu in such a small venue considering their status as one of the biggest international black metal bands, whch was one of two down sides to the show. The other being the poor sound system which clearly wasn’t suited for the band. Aside from those two issues, it was a truly mystifying performance and a show of epic proportion. Hopefully, Dimmu will tour the UK again next year.

Nico Davidson

The Saxons Are Coming (Again!)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on 2nd September 2011 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

In October, the UK will see the return of mighty Saxon, Viking and Celtic warriors on the Warhorns Over Aengland tour. Nothgard will be touring for three days around England with support from Hull’s own Ravenage, Windrider and Infernal Creation along with Ireland’s very own Celtic Black Metal quintet Celtachor.

Dates confirmed so far are 29th October at Rios in Bradford and Relentless Garage in London on 30th October. Tickets for the Bradford show are available here for a mere £6. Tickets for the London show will soon be available.

Wolfthorn – Echoes Of A Forgotten Past EP [2010]

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , , on 13th June 2011 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Band: Wolfthorn
Album: Echoes Of A Forgotten Past
Release year: 2010
Genre: Black Metal

”Wolfthorn” are a black metal quintet from Lancaster, United Kingdom. They describe themselves as “True Lancastrian Black Metal”. British folklore from the times before the Roman and Saxon invasions is to be the inspiration for their music, including their debut EP “Echoes Of A Forgotten Past”.

“Sworn In Blood” is the first track of the EP and begins in true black metal style with a merciless guitar riff and brutal double bass pedals. The vocals are beastly, bloodthirsty and aggressive which is to be expected of any of black metal band. The track is fast paced mostly, aside from the section half way through where the pace decreases a fair bit. One thing that makes this track unique compared to most black metal releases is the use of a face-melting guitar solo. “Sworn In Blood” is a great opening track.

The second track is “Twilight In Valinor”. The intro is slow paced paced yet heavy, though it seems to be lacking of a certain musical element. However, the track improves when the tempo increases and the vocals come screaming in like a berserker. The drums are sharp and intense whilst the riffs are violent. The use of whispered vocals adds a touch of eeriness to the track. “The Mists Of Avalon” comes next with the sound of water and an echoed narration. A soft, acoustic riff follows after which is then replaced by the more aggressive electric guitars, drums and bass. The acoustic guitars reappear again, mixed with clean vocals which make the track sound more folky but the screams can still be heard on the majority of this track alongside the more brutal sections of the track, making for a contrast of sheer brilliance. “The Mists Of Avalon” is probably the best track of the album.

”Thousand Blades” is the second to last track of the EP which begins with an unrelenting riff and an aggressive yet acute drum section. The vocals are still going strong, sounding more raw and bloodthirsty than the previous tracks, which is always a good thing. The last track of the EP is “Thus Spoke The Morrigan”, which begins with the sound of footsteps treading on snow and the cawing of ravens. A calm piano medley slowly lures the listener into a ruthless onslaught of guitars, drums and screams. “Thus Spoke The Morrigan” is the perfect end to a great EP.

Wolfthorn mix a variety of old skool black metal influences combined with good ol’ fashioned British aggression to make some seriously beasty music. Wolfthorn have got the potential to usher in and pioneer the next generation of black metal and “Echoes Of A Forgotten Past” proves just that.

4.5/5

Nico Davidson

Aonia – City Of Shadows EP [2009]

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 12th June 2011 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Band: Aonia
Album: City of Shadows EP
Release year: 2009
Genre: Symphonic Metal/Power Metal

Aonia, named after the land held sacred to the Muses in Greek mythology, are a six piece female-fronted symphonic/power metal band from Worksop, United Kingdom.

The title track “City Of Shadows” is the first track of the EP. The introduction is very dark sounding, with a combination of a dark symphonic section and a light guitar riff. The track only gets better when the guitars turn aggressive. The drums give the track that extra edge as well. The vocals have are greatly contrasted from high-pitched operatic vocals to more hard rock-styled vocals. The guitar solo keeps the track interesting as well. “Gift of the Curse” comes next with a melodic intro riff. A second guitar, keyboards and drums soon join in leading into the onslaught of metal that is due to come. The drums are extremely intelligently played on this track. The guitar solo is masterfully performed on this track. It’s good to see that the epic sound from the first track has carried on.

The next is ”Prophecy of the Fallen Kingdom”. The intro, straight away, sounds sagaic. The riffs are powerful and astounding. This track, in terms of vocals, has more emphasis on the operatic vocals, which is a pleaser for anyone who is a fan of operatic vocals in metal. The fourth track of the EP is “Rabbit Hole”, which begins with a different sound to the previous three tracks. The riffs sound slightly more violent. Piano medleys can be heard through out the track, which contrast well alongside the cutthroat riffs and aggressive drums. The piano medley just over half way through is perhaps the best section of the track, bringing a certain calm before the storm that is the guitar solo shreds its way in.

“Liberate Mei” is the second to last track of the EP. The guitars domineer their way in straight from the start, along side the drums. The vocals contrast beautifully from an aggressive styled vocal section to the angelic operatic vocals. The guitar solo is expertly performed, making the track more fast paced and brutal. The final track of the EP is “The Song”, which starts with a heavy, slow-paced melodic intro. The track eventually turns fast paced, with some technical sections from the guitars. The keyboards bring a very symphonic sound to the track, working well with the brutal onslaught on the guitars and drums. The vocals are still going strong as well, thankfully.

It would be a mistake to describe Aonia as a band similar to Nightwish, as Aonia clearly have their own defined sound. With masterfully composed riffs and powerful vocals, City Of Shadows is a must have EP for any fan of female-fronted metal.

5/5

Nico Davidson

Children Of Bodom w/Special Guests @ Manchester Academy [Live Review]

Posted in Live with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on 3rd April 2011 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Bands: Children Of Bodom, Amon Amarth, Ensiferum, Machinae Supremacy
Location: Manchester Academy, Manchester
Date: 2nd April 2011

The atmosphere in Manchester Academy was buzzing with excitement. As far as the eye could see there were plastic horned helmets, Mjollnir pendents and band t-shirts with the occasional topless bloke. The first to band to take the stage was alternative metal quintet Machinae Supremacy. They worked their way through a five minute set which consisted of “Truth of Tomorrow”, “Force Feedback” and “Through The Looking Glass”. Despite it being such a short set, the crowd were appreciative enough.  The second band to enter the four way metal foray were Finnish folk metalheads “Ensiferum”. They provided a very energetic performance beginning with “From Afar”. The crowd went wild when they began to play “Into Battle”.  Ensiferum finished off their set with “Iron” and even had the crowd singing the chorus with them.

The third band to play were the main support act Amon Amarth. As they made their way on stage, the crowd went ballistic. Amon Amarth began their set with “War of the Gods” and moved onto “Runes To My Memory”. They also played “The Beast Am I”, “The Destroyer of the Universe” and “Twilight Of The Thunder God” much to the pleasure of their fans. After Amon Amarth left the stage, the crowd began chanting “Bodom, Bodom, Bodom” throughout the interval. When Bodom finally came on stage, cheers echoed throughout the Academy. They began with “Not My Funeral” followed by “Bodom Beach Terror”. Towards the end of their set they performed “Blooddrunk” and “Follow the Reaper”, those these weren’t enough to satisfy the fans who demanded an encore. Bodom happily obliged by performing “Was It Worth It?” and “Hate Crew Deathroll” as the encore.

All four bands put on brilliant performances, though the highlights of the night had to have been the charismatic and energetic performances by Amon Amarth and Children of Bodom. It was also a disappointment that Machinae Supremacy had so little time to perform. Either way, it was a brilliant night for Bodom, Amarth, MS and Ensiferum fans alike.

Nico Davidson

Epica w/ ReVamp @ The Moho [Live Review]

Posted in Live with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 14th March 2011 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Bands: Epica, ReVamp
Location: The Moho, Manchester
Date: 13th March 2010

Anticipation hung in the air as the crowd eagerly awaited the start of the gig after a long wait for the doors to open. The venue was silent until the sounds of an orchestra boomed through the speakers mixed with the sounds of the drums. At that moment the crowd went wild. Most of ReVamp soon made their entrance onto the stage and began playing “Here’s My Hell”, which was soon followed by Floor’s strong vocals. Floor proved herself to be brilliant show-woman, encouraging louder and louder cheers from the crowd. “Fast Forward”, “Disdain” and “Head Up High” were the best performed songs of the night by ReVamp.

After a half-hour interval, it was Epica’s turn to take the stage.  “Samadhi” began booming out of the speakers as Epica began to make their way to stage. They soon began blasting their way through “Resign to Surrender” and “Sensorium”. The crowd reacted excitedly when the band began playing “Fools of Damnation” and their tribute to Star Wars in the form of “The Imperial March”. Time seemed to fly by extremely fast as Epica made their way through the setlist. At the end, the crowd began shouting for more from Epica, so they happily obliged, finishing off with “Sancta Terra” and “The Phantom Agony”. The highlight of the encore however was when Floor came up and sang “Sancta Terra” with Epica.

All in all, it was a brilliant and energetic gig which got the blood pumping. Anyone who hasn’t seen either Epica or ReVamp, you want to see them as soon as possible, it will be one of the best gigs you’ll ever go to.

Nico Davidson