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Ann My Guard – Ourania

Posted in Alternative, CD, Metal, Rock with tags , , , on 14th January 2017 by izaforestspirit

Ann My Guard
Ourania
Released 13th January 2017
Melodic Metal/ Alternative Rock
Released via Rock’N’Growl Records

‘Ourania’ is the second album from the Hungarian metal band Ann My Guard. The band was formed in 2007 by singer-bassist Eszter Anna Baumann-Toth. The singer has described their new album as “mixing the ethereal feminine vocals with heavy guitar riffs and dark melodies”. I am not very fond the term “female-fronted metal” so I’ve decided to classify this as melodic metal for the purpose of this review.

Based on the album titles, there seems to be a fair few references to mythology, most notably Greek in songs such as ‘Callisto’ and ‘Hekate’. Let’s talk about Callisto first, shall we? It’s a very melodic track that really highlights Eszter Anna Baumann’s vocal skills. Now I have a better understanding what she meant by the “ethereal” vocals, for her voice has a certain celestial or dare I say it nymph/siren-like quality to it. I’ll probably just stick with the nymph analogy as references to “heaven” or “angels” do not seem to fit here. The vocals and the playful guitar riffs make this track one of the most catchy on the album. You could definitely picture yourself dancing along to this tune. Obsidian Tears caught my attention as one of the more ‘metal-sounding’, guitar-driven tracks on here. The guitars seem to act as a contrast, representing Ann My Guard’s harsher, heavier side while the vocals symbolize the melodic, more ‘innocent’ side. Then there is Hekate – a really well executed mix of heavy metal guitars, the aforementioned ethereal vocals with the sombre sounds of a string quartet.

Overall, listening to ‘Ourania’ has been a pleasant and somewhat uplifting experience. It’s refreshing to hear a new band with a female singer who isn’t trying to join the already rather full club of Nightwish-wannabes playing the same symphonic/Gothic metal with their best attempt at operatic vocals. Ann My Guard actually reminded me more of the early works of Evanescence and to some extent folk metal bands such as Dalriada.

4/5

Iza Raittila

Seether announce cellist Vyvienne Long to join them at ‘An Intimate Night With Seether’

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

Hard rockers Seether released Seether 2002-2013 digitally this week. The two-disc, 27-song career retrospective includes Seether’s 11 Number 1 singles, their greatest songs, three new tracks and rare B-sides (track listing is below).

To celebrate the release, the band are set to embark on a unique semi-acoustic storytellers-type tour. The An Intimate Night With tour will begin at the sold-out Union Chapel in London tomorrow night (5th November). Today, Seether are pleased to announce the addition of cellist Vyvienne Long to the special event.

After touring for many years with Damien Rice and releasing various albums and EP’s, incredible cellist Long will now be joining Seether to make what is sure to already be a memorable evening even more so. The band comments:

We’re really looking forward to this acoustic tour and to finally be playing Union Chapel, it’s such a beautiful venue. And to be joined by someone as talented as Vyvienne makes for a very special occasion. I think it’s going to be a truly memorable show.

Seether has sold millions of albums and singles worldwide, has over 63 million YouTube views and are mainstays in the touring circuit averaging more than 275 performances per year. They have had 11 Number 1 singles and 17 Top 5 hits across multiple formats at radio. Originally founded in Johannesburg, South Africa, by Shaun Morgan and Dale Stewart, Seether made its initial impact on U.S. hearts and eardrums with the Gold album Disclaimer (2002). The album’s first single, Fine Again was a pensive ballad that resonated with fans worldwide. Seether gained nationwide live exposure with a spot on that year’s Ozzfest tour.

Seether re-recorded the acoustic track Broken as an electric version featuring Evanescence vocalist Amy Lee. Broken became a massive international hit for the group. In 2004, Seether remixed and re-mastered Disclaimer, adding eight new songs and new cover art to create the two-disc set Disclaimer II, which is now Platinum. In 2005, Seether released Karma & Effect, which is certified Gold, approaching Platinum and followed that release up in 2006 with a live, acoustic CD/DVD, One Cold Night, which is now approaching Gold.

In 2007 Seether released the Platinum Finding Beauty In Negative Spaces. The album was reissued in 2009 with a cover of George Michael‘s Careless Whisper, and became another Platinum single release for the band. In 2011 Seether released Holding onto Strings Better Left to Fray.  That album is approaching Gold status.

Seether 2002-2013 Tracklisting

Disc 1:

1. Fine Again
2. Driven Under
3. Gasoline
4. Broken (feat Amy Lee)
5. Remedy
6. Truth
7. The Gift
8. Fake It
9. Rise Above This
10. Breakdown
11. Careless Whisper
12. Country Song
13. Tonight
14. No Resolution
15. Here and Now

Disc 2:

1. Seether (New Track)
2. Safe To Say I’ve Had Enough (New Track)
3. Weak (New Track)
4. Out Of My Way
5. Hang On
6. Blister
7. Innocence
8. Let Me Go
9. No Shelter
10. Burn The Bridges (demo)
11. Butterfly With Teeth (demo)
12. Melodious (demo)

Seether online:

http://seether.com
http://facebook.com/seether

 

Lacuna Coil in studio to record follow-up to Dark Adrenaline

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 11th September 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Inspired by the massive amount of positive feedback for Dark Adrenaline, Italian symphonic goth rockers Lacuna Coil are now in the studio to record the follow up to their 2012 release Dark Adrenaline. The Italian sextet recently started the recording process for the upcoming album with producer Jay Baumgardner, who has worked with a list of renowned and diverse acts that includes Papa RoachEvanescenceSevendust and P.O.D. Following the first days of recording, the band’s vocalist Cristina Scabbia happily commented:

I am so excited to work on new stuff… I am sure a lot of people will be mesmerized by the cinematic vibe of the new album that’s underway. I’m very happy to have the chance to work with Jay. Not only is he a pro in what he does, but I am just loving the fact we are going to experiment with new sounds and are getting a different point of view about our art. We’re swamped with the music already… Lacuna Coil is back baby!

Co-vocalist Andrea Ferro also commented:

We met Jay a few years ago in L.A. and had a really positive feeling about him, as he has produced and mixed some of my favourite records and some very relevant rock/metal albums. We have decided to work with him, because he has the ability to work together with the band towards a common vision without driving the band away from their sound.  In the studio there is the right energy that allows common people to achieve uncommon results!

Guitarist Cristiano “Pizza” Migilore also had something positive to say:

Yeah, and we’re very excited about finally recording new songs –  and I can assure you that the new stuff kicks ass!

Lacuna Coil will also be joining Paradise Lost on their 25th anniversary tour next around the UK. Dates are as follow:

30.10.2013 (UK) Wolverhampton – Wulfrun Hall
31.10.2013 (UK) Glasgow – O2 ABC
01.11.2013 (UK) Manchester – Ritz
03.11.2013 (UK) London – Roundhouse

Lacuna Coil online:

http://www.lacunacoil.it
https://www.facebook.com/lacunacoil
http://www.myspace.com/lacunacoil
http://www.twitter.com/lacuna_coil

Lost Effect – Embrace The Silence

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , , on 23rd January 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Lost Effect
Embrace The Silence
Released: 10th January 2013
Melodic Metal/Yorkshire Metal
Self-Released

Lost Effect are one of the few bands that I’ve been following with an intense passion – which has probably bordered on obsession more than a few times – for the better part of two years. When the Embrace The Silence EP arrived in my letter box, I was more than happy to finally have my hands on it.

On my first listen of the EP, I thought I’d started spinning the wrong CD due to the soft beginning of the opening track, Leap Of Faith. Fortunately, the rising beast of guitars rise from the depth, signalling the beginning of the blasphemous onslaught of heavy, destructive and somewhat melodic music. Emily’s vocals are quite literally sweet music to the ears, soaring out majestically like an eagle flight while keyboardist Dave’s vocals display a vast surge of opposition, allowing the two differing vocal styles to meld together artistically.

The guitars, performed by Steven and keys twin poetically aside one another, constructing a gothic softness and sonorousness which is particularly broadcasted throughout the EP’s title track, Embrace The Silence and We Are The Damned, whilst they seem to sing out a more melancholy set of harmonic, dulcet dirges through the rest of the EP. Of course, the rhythm sections, which are belted out by drummer Pete and bassist Shaun, shouldn’t go without note as they provide a subtle thunderous roar to the music, helping blend it all together to give Lost Effect a fresh, original sound.

Embrace The Silence clearly isn’t the work of an amateur band, it’s the carefully crafted art of a band that has the potential to go toe-to-toe with bands like Lacuna Coil and Evanescence. Lost Effect will soon be masters at their craft and if Embrace The Silence is a sign of what’s to come from the band, then we’re all in for a treat.

5/5

Nico Davidson

Lost Effect are:

Emily Burt – Vocals
Dave Wells – Keys & Growls
Steve Wells – Guitar
Shaun Wainman – Bass
Pete Rutherford – Drums

Follow Lost Effect at:

http://losteffect.co.uk
https://www.facebook.com/losteffect
http://www.youtube.com/user/losteffectband
http://www.myspace.com/losteffectband
https://twitter.com/losteffectband