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Blue Pills announce release of Live At Rockpalast EP

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 6th January 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Upcoming multicultural blues rockers Blue Pills have announced plans for the release of a new live EP, Live at Rockpalast, on 27th February via Nuclear Blast.

Live At Rockpalast will feature four songs from what is described as the band’s euphorically celebrated gig at Germany’s WDR Rockpalast on 18th October 2013. The live EP will be made available as a limited edition gatefold 10″ white vinyl and digital download.

The tracklist for Live At Rockpalast is as follows:

1. In The Beginning
2. Black Smoke
3. Little Sun
4. Mind Exit

Blue Pills online:

http://bluepills.com
http://facebook.com/bluepills

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Silent Jack announce release date for Snakebite EP

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 5th December 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Brummie hard rockers Silent Jack are set to release their first EP, entitled Snakebite. The release will consist of the band’s previously released singles and some new cuts. Recorded by Alex Cooper of Arkham studios, and Richard Wood of The Old Smithy, the EP will consist of 7 tracks of simple, driving, hard rock.

To coincide with the release of Snakebite, Silent Jack will be holding an EP launch party at Scruffy Murphy’s in Birmingham as apart of the band’s HARD ROXX events. The band will perform the EP in its entirety. Support acts include Stone Cold Kill, Black Star Bullet and Uncle Jim.

Snakebite is released on 22nd December 2013, and will be available digitally for purchase through iTunes, Amazon MP3 and other online stores, as well as streaming from Spotify, Deezer, and other services. CDs will be available directly from the band.

Silent Jack online:

http://www.Silent-Jack.com
http://www.facebook.com/silentjackband
http://www.reverbnation.com/silentjackband

Hell – The Age of Nefarious

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 3rd November 2013 by Paul

Hell
The Age of Nefarious
Released October 25th 2013
NWOBHM
Released via Nuclear Blast
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Hell are one of the greatest success stories in the recent renaissance of NWOBHM. Of all the bands that have come back from the dead to play the oldest style of Heavy Metal, Hell has been one of the most successful. This EP, The Age of Nefarious offers a new song as well as three live performances from their Human Remains album. Hell have a style that goes beyond the simple punk rock/Motorhead formula that typifies NWOBHM, being more theatrical and epic, like Dante’s Divine Comedy played through a Heavy Metal filter. I managed to catch the end of Hell’s set at Bloodstock 2011, and it was clear that the band are very talented performers, the recordings here sound just about as good as they do in the studio, however the problem is that the audience is very quiet in the mix here, so it doesn’t feel like there is all that much point in listening to these over the album versions from Human Remains. It’s a good release though and a good, though short preview of what is to come on the next album. The Age of Nefarious doesn’t deviate much from the sounds on Human Remains, which is largely a good thing. It sounds like Hell are getting ready to release a great album, and I look forward to hearing it.

3/5

Paul Gibbins

Hell online:

http://facebook.com/hellofficial

 

Lost Effect return to studio; confirmed to support Breed 77 at local show

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

Gothic melodic metallers Lost Effect have recently returned to the studio to record their follow up to their critically acclaimed Embrace The Silence EP. The band are aiming to release the currently untitled record sometime in 2014.

Lost Effect have also announced that they will be returning to their local scene in York for a show where they bill be supporting Breed 77 at Fibbers on 25 November, later this year. Tickets are available for £10 from this location.

Lost Effect online:

http://losteffect.co.uk
http://facebook.com/losteffect

 

Her Dying Regret stream Legacy in full at Two Guys Metal Reviews

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 12th September 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

With less than a week until the release of LegacyHer Dying Regret have teamed up with the guys at Two Guys Metal Reviews to stream the EP in its entirety.

The EP can be streamed at this location.

Legacy Track Listing:
01 Intro
02 Ashes
03 All Judge, No Jury
04 The Shallow
05 Legacy
06 The Last Lie
07 The Filthy Truth

Her Dying Regret online:

http://facebook.comherdyingregret

Hell announce new EP; The Age of Nefarious

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 12th September 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

British occult metal legends Hell who saw a revival a few years ago have finally unveiled details about the lead single to be released from their upcoming album Curse And Chapter. the band’s current incarnation which features Andy Sneap and David Bower alongside original members Kev BowerTony Speakman and Tim Bowler will release their follow-up to the 2011 release Human Remains on 25th November, later this year through Nuclear Blast.

The Age of Nefarious EP will be released on 28th October via Nuclear Blast. It will be released as as a 10″ vinyl, in several different colours and one exclusive colour for the UK. The EP will include the title track, The Age Of Nefarious, plus three live tracks from the band’s recent performance at this year’s Bloodstock Festival.

The tracklist of The Age Of Nefarious reads as follows:

Side A:
1. The Age Of Nefarious
2. On Earth As It Is In Hell (live)
Side B:
1. Blasphemy And The Master (live)
2. The Oppressors (live)

String and keyman Kev Bower commented:

In a world dominated by conflict, disease, corruption, poverty, disaster and crime – much of which has religion at its source – this is truly the dawning of The Age Of Nefarious. The song was always going to be the perfect opener for the new Curse And Chapter album since it lays the foundation for everything which follows, but when we were approached by our friends at Nuclear Blast with the idea of producing a lead-off EP, we also decided that out of four possible EP album track candidates – this song should also be the one. It represents everything which Hell represents – it powers along in awe-inspiring majesty, but takes lots of unexpected twists and turns before reaching its inevitable conclusion. The artwork is once again the result of our collaboration with Dan Goldsworthy, and it shows just a tiny fraction of the artwork he has created for Curse And Chapter. With regard to the additional live tracks – where better to have recorded these than from the main stage at Bloodstock Open Air 2013 – the spiritual home of UK metal, during one of the best shows we have ever played, and in front of 10,000 of the most dedicated metal heads in the world. We are proud to be giving you a glimpse into the second Chapter……

Hell will also be touring with their label mates Carcass this coming November as well as Amon Amarth on the Metal Hammer: Defenders Of The Faith tour. Tour dates are as follow:

12.11.13      Birmingham – Academy
13.11.13      Manchester – Academy
14.11.13      Glasgow – Barrowlands
15.11.13      Bristol – Academy
17.11.13      London – Forum

Hell online:

http://hell-metal-band.com
http://facebook.com/hellofficial

Ben Parcell – Expectations

Posted in CD, Folk, Pop Punk with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 5th September 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Ben Parcell
Expectations

Released 14th September 2013
Acoustic/Folk/Pop Punk
Released via By The Sea Records

Since becoming a solo act, Ben Parcell has gained a relative amount of fame through the East riding area and beyond for his soul-fuelled songwriting, distinctive voice and hard working attitude. Ben has clocked over 250 shows around the UK, playing both gigs and festivals. Taking influence from a wide range of different acts and genres such as Frank Turner, The Beatles and Green Day, Ben has established his own sound whilst staying true to his roots.

Opening up the album is the title track, Expectations, which proves to be a gentle yet honest song filled with emotive lyrics as well as distinctive accompaniment of piano. Out Of Here has a different sound all together, with a new pulse added to it by the use of percussion while the lyrics and vocals a certain tension to the music that rings out with all the strength of church bells minus the inducement of headaches. The use of guitar has a slight jig to it, blending in elements that are hard to explain. Gracie Falls‘ vocals inject a docile but rare touch into the song.

Forget The Pain has a misty, Stygian atmosphere that is reflected gracefully through each note and dances seductively with the lyrics. Given the darkish sound of the song, would it be safe to classify this as doom folk? Painted By Numbers is the upbeat number that appeared on Ben‘s EP of the same name (the review of which can be found here). The backing vocals, as provided by Edwina Hayes, adds a pillar of strength to the song while Ben‘s vocals and guitar work laid the foundations. I Don’t Need You continues with the upbeat tempo though the lyrics and vocals leave a trail of dusk and solemn feelings in their wake – A contrast that clearly works well for Ben. The piano medleys add a handsome sound to the song, keeping it fresh yet gloaming.

Undertow sails down a similar route to that of the opening and title track Expectations but some interesting changes of course throughout its journey whereas Jetsam a stable and silky campaign from beginning to end – A perfect chill out song. Stay In Touch is another song from Ben‘s Painted By Numbers EP and makes for easy and pleasant listening, though the pace picks up ever so slightly after the introduction. Too Late To Say Goodbye also appeared on Painted By Numbers, capturing the sobering and reflective side of Ben‘s music. The last song to feature on the album from Painted By Numbers is Love Song, which rings out with emotional lyrics and soul-filled music.

The album finishes up with Light At The End Of The Tunnel. The guitar passages whistle out a partially majestic sound, underlying the subtle emotional tones in Ben‘s voice. The organ sounds summon up a thoughtful, somber sound that makes the song almost infused with doom-flavoured elements which are eventually added by the grave use of Black Sabbath-based electric guitars.

Since his career began as an acoustic act, Ben Parcell has slowly become one of the well known musicians of East Yorkshire’s acoustic and folk scene and Expectations is a testament to Ben‘s talent and is one of the most important albums in the East Yorkshire’s folk scene – If not, the UK’s. Blending influences and elements from different genres and musicians, Expectations also clearly shows an evolution in Ben‘s sound and style.

5/5

Nico Davidson

Ben Parcell online:

http://www.benparcell.com
http://benparcell.blogspot.com
http://gplus.to/benparcell
http://benparcell.bigcartel.com
http://benparcell.bandcamp.com
http://www.twitter.com/benparcell
http://www.reverbnation.com/benparcell
http://www.myspace.com/benparcell
http://www.soundcloud.com/benparcell