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Alestorm announce release date for Sunset On The Golden Age

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , on 16th April 2014 by Nico Davidson

Metal privateers Alestorm have set the date for the release of their new album, Sunset On The Golden Age. The album, which will be the band’s fourth album, is set for release via Napalm Records on 1st 2014 in Europe, 4th August 2014 in the UK and 5th August in North America. The album’s artwork, as seen above, was designed by Ingo Römling, who worked on the artwork of Alestorm’s previous albums. The album’s title is in reference to the golden age of piracy which was roughly between the years of 1680 and 1720. Like all good things, this age had to come to an end, and the band used that as a general theme for this album. As the band stated on Facebook, in their own words: “there’s also songs about drinking and partying too.

Alestorm will also be releasing more details about the album on the lead up to its release but the band’s captain Chris did say the following on Facebook regarding the track titled Hangover:

Hangover is a cover of the dance-pop anthem by Taio Cruz and Flo Rida. It works… Trust me!

No doubt the more elite metal fans will hope this a joke but given Alestorm’s history of cover songs, including Lazy Town’s You Are A Pirate, there is a massive chance Chris is being as serious as Blackbeard plundering the Caribbean.

The tracklist for the album will be as follows:

1 – Walk the Plank
2 – Drink
3 – Magnetic North
4 – 1741 (The Battle of Cartagena)
5 – Mead from Hell
6 – Surf Squid Warfare
7 – Quest for Ships
8 – Wooden Leg!
9 – Hangover
10 – Sunset on the Golden Age

Alestorm online:

http://www.facebook.com/alestormband

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Darkest Era set to release Severance via Cruz Del Sur Music

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 6th March 2014 by Nico Davidson

Cruz Del Sur Music are pleased to announce their recent inking of a deal with former Metal Blade artist Darkest Era. As such, the band will be releasing their next album Severance via Cruz Del Sur Music.

Since their formation in 2005, Darkest Era have progressed their special and original ‘Celtic Heavy Metal’ formula, with epic compositions influenced by the darker side of Irish folklore as well as the classic, double twin-guitar duelling of bands like Thin Lizzy and Iron Maiden.

Darkest Era guitarist Ade Mulgrew comments:

We are excited to be working with Cruz Del Sur to finally get this beast uncaged. The label has put out some amazing records in recent years and we feel we are in very good company.

Severance will be released 13th June in Europe and 3rd June in the US digitally and physically (CD/Vinyl).

Darkest Era are also confirmed for a headlining appearance at this year’s North of the Wall Festival in Glasgow, which will take place on 29th March. Further information on the North of the Wall Festival can be found here.

Darkest Era online:

http://darkestera.net
http://facebook.com/darkestera
http://twitter.com/darkestera

 

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Concerns grow larger over missing landlord of metal pub

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

Earlier this week, in the early hours of Monday morning (2nd December 2013), the landlord of a rock and metal pub in Nottingham was reported missing. Alastair Brown, aged 24, who runs the Hole in the Wall pub, in North Sherwood Street, was last seen at around 5am on Monday morning. Alastair, also known as Al, is described as tall, with a stocky build, long brown hair, a beard and facial piercings.

His friends have described his disappearance as completely out of character and a missing person’s poster has been shared on social media sites Facebook and Twitter. The police said a man had been reported missing and they were investigating. Over the years Al has supported many of the Rock scenes pubs and events within the Nottingham area, he’s also worked hard behind the scenes at the Bloodstock Festival.

If anyone does have information relating to Alastair’s disappearance, please contact Nottingham Police immediately (Tel: 101 with REF #860 02/12/13) or message the Facebook group at this location.

 

Hollywood Heads release debut track

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 8th November 2013 by Nico Davidson

Russian band Hollywood Heads recently released their debut single, titled Blood City. The track is described as being a good example of modern metal and represents itself as a preface to the band’s debut EP. The EP is pencilled for a December release.

Blood City can be purchased at this location.

Hollywood Heads online:

http://www.facebook.com/HollywoodHeads

 

Ol Drake leaves Evile

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

Huddersfield Heavy Metal Festival completes line-up

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 8th August 2013 by Contra Mundi

The Huddersfield Heavy Metal festival now boasts a wholesome and intimidating line-up, headlined by symphonic death metal legends Fleshgod Apocalypse and Polish extreme death metal icons Hate. Within the diseased ranks as support acts are a selection of bands that are a true showcase of talent. First of all Scottish Death Metallers Scordatura, whose bludgeoning sound showcase all of death metal’s finer qualities and creates a symphony of madness. Joining them are Southerners Bound By Evile who will unleash their destructive brand of death metal upon the already tainted public and make them run for cover.  Grieve, with their groovy and heavy riffs encourage headbanging in the most seasoned of metal fans and hearken back to the likes of Black Sabbath.  Londoners Hades Lab offer blackened Grind and a suffocating cacophony of impressive technicality . Also featured are Yorkshire Old school Death metal plague Narcotic Death whose embodiment of possession and misery will make fans wish they’d never graced the good earth. Scouse Black Metal artists Ninkharsag also grace the line-up and offer the early 90’s Black metal scene nostalgia with a modern twist in their unique brand of frozen metal. As an ode to Thrash Yorkshire-men Redmist Destruction will bring down the walls with their furious music and fellow Grim Northerners Wort will serve to provide a melancholy and sludgy form of doom for the audience to be slowly murdered by. Huddersfield Heavy metal Festival, although still in its infancy, is already a pioneering festival and will undoubtedly attract a legion of a crowd to Huddersfield’s most impressive venue; The Parish.

The festival organiser Luke Diesektor, had this to say:

We only wish we could make this bigger, were looking at possibly taking this outside next year, if not, well be having it at another location. Works are already underway in terms of getting licensing and looking at sites but if we don’t have enough PR time well be doing another indoor event next year but at a much bigger venue and the open air in 2015. We’re hopeful to make this one of the premier metal festivals in Yorkshire and the quality of bands we have on is fantastic. Tickets are selling really well so folk need to get in quick to avoid disappointment. Everyone including the bands has been working really hard to make this a success so we predict it’s going to be a great day. People can check us out and the bands via our Facebook, Twitter and the usual places.

The festival takes place on sat 12th October at the Parish Huddersfield and is £20 advance or £25 OTD.  For any enquiries or more information please email: huddersfieldheavymetalfest@gmail.co.uk

Huddersfield Heavy Metal Festival online:

http://www.facebook.com/huddersfieldheavymetalfest2013
http://www.facebook.com/HuddersfieldHeavymetalfest
http://twitter.com/HH6662013

 

Common Gods reveal artwork for new EP; Helveien to be released 4th August

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 31st July 2013 by Nico Davidson

Glaswegian metal monsters Common Gods have revealed the artwork for their upcoming four-track EP Helveien which will be released this Sunday (4th August 2013) for free through BandCamp. The four track EP was recorded and produced at Devil’s Own Studio in Glasgow and the artwork was produce by Norderobring drummer and North of the Wall Festival organiser Alasdair Dunn. The release of Helveien coincides nicely with the band’s next gig at Pivo in Glasgow on Sunday.

Common Gods online:

http://www.facebook.com/CommonGods/
http://soundcloud.com/commongods

 

A Feminist In The Metal Scene

Posted in Editorial/Opinionated with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 30th June 2013 by Contra Mundi

The aim of this article is to be honest and unapologetic in the expression of my thoughts and experiences while being involved in the metal music scene and how these relate to feminism. I have often thought of documenting my experiences, but I was afraid of doing so in case I was branded with the label ‘man-hater’ and my points were therefore considered irrelevant. It is not my intention to express hatred towards men as individuals. I love men. I love a lot of men, but it pains me to be so aware of the cultural constructs that have divided men and women effectively into ‘us’ and ‘them’ and made any hope of equal footing in the world seem very distant. As well as talking about my own experiences as a woman and a woman in the metal scene, I have included some online articles that have been of interest to me and I have commented on. The links can be found in their relevant paragraphs.

I’ve been involved in the metal scene as a musician and a spectator for almost 10 years. I formed my band while I was in my first year of college and it has been going for 6 years. I have been the only female member and being the front woman is seen as something of a novelty. As we play Old School Death Metal that is in the same vein as bands such as Entombed, Autopsy and Suffocation, we attack the stereotypes around the ‘Female-Fronted Metal’ genre.

For the most part, during my involvement in metal, my experiences have been positive and rewarding, but also through my experiences, I have become a feminist. I imagine such a confession is met with a degree of indignation. It certainly has been in the past and I think this a severe situation. In recent years, feminism has become something of a dirty word and its true meaning of equality for men and women has been lost and manipulated into a slogan for man-hating, a lack of feminine traits and ‘not knowing how good you’ve got it’ as a modern woman. A fellow feminist that I interviewed as research for this article summed up the true meaning of feminism:  ‘I think a lot of people are misinformed really, it’s basic. It’s just equal rights for men and women. It’s not that women are better than men; that’s just femi-nazism, but I think a lot of people see it like that.

From a society that on the surface prides itself on free speech and extensive rights for women, there is obviously a sickness somewhere and it has its roots in the formulation of culture and I feel the brunt of it not just in metal, but in my everyday life. I stand at around 6 foot tall and throughout my life I have been targeted for ‘being too tall to be a woman’ and being a ‘he-she’. As a woman, I was expected to conform to society’s expectation of how I should look and behave. I was even met with this attitude from members of my family. I deserved my treatment because I chose not to conform and I was often greeted with ‘gifts’ of ‘normal clothing’ and make-up to make my appearance more appealing. Of course, this led to a negative body image, low self-esteem and my belief that I was a mistake that had to be corrected. The bullying died down when I left school, but I still get comments made at me when I walk down the street, or after I’ve been onstage.

People have approached me in the past and said ‘I thought you were a man until I heard you speak.’ It is difficult to maintain a positive and appreciative attitude of such comments. It seems at those times that to them, I was a puzzle to be solved, an anomaly that had to be corrected, and they were letting me know that they had solved the puzzle of my appearance and my gender and that I was accepted, but not entirely. I am uncertain too as to why people feel the need to share their observation with me. Do they expect me to be grateful for such a thing? I know that it is society that has constructed gender binaries and it is deemed unacceptable to embody traits from both genders, and so anybody that does is met with hostility, or ignorance disguised as compassion.

Another thing I want to address is the attitude towards sexual violence that I have found to be wanting. While I have been involved in metal and being the front woman of a band, I have had a lot of attention from men that was inappropriate and extremely un-nerving, but the thing was, every time I talked about this to other people it was called ‘harmless’ and they said ‘he’s only messing about.’ I think this stems from an attitude in our culture, or rather a misunderstanding as to what advocates sexual violence. I am not free game, but the attitude seems to be that because I am a woman, I am available and desperate for sex and I want to know all about what men would do to me if they were given the chance. I have been asked when I’m going to ‘visit’ people on my own and being stalked by different people on Facebook who do not understand that no means no. These people take advantage of naivety and the casual indifference of our culture. I up until recently did not realise that I had being sexually assaulted by one of my partners several times when I was younger as I believed that he could do what we wanted with me when he wanted because I had not been taught by anybody that I had a right to decide what happened to my body. In fact, people seemed more concerned that I had actually got a boyfriend considering my appearance and non-conformity. Because he was paying me attention and showing me what I thought was love, I didn’t challenge him but I didn’t consent either. I was just his property to do with as he pleased. I have since mentioned my experiences in counselling, and I was asked if I had reported it. I said no, because I thought it was normal. My idea was it didn’t constitute sexual assault as it wasn’t ‘proper’ rape, but I couldn’t have been more wrong and it made me think just how many other women or men do not fully understand what constitutes sexual assault and that it is serious; no matter what other people say.

While I have been conducting interviews with people within my local metal scene and I addressed the fact that I am stalked by people on Facebook, I was surprised to hear that other women were too. When we started naming names, it turns out that we were all getting stalked by the same people and they were saying the same things to all of us. That isn’t harmless, but calculating and desperate and evidently an on-going problem, but there’s only so much can be done when other people’s attitudes about it are indifferent.

This all constitutes why I am a feminist and as I’ve said before it does not mean to hate men and all they stand for, it stands for equality in all things. If men and women were equal, the attitude towards men and women suffering sexual violence would be more accepting as opposed to humiliating and we could do away with rape culture and not present men and women in a hierarchy as ‘us’ and ‘them’. In another interview I conducted, a woman told me about when she had been threatened on a bus by a drunken man and when another man had come in to help, the drunken man had punched him in the face. My interviewee told me that she had felt really guilty that he had come to harm because if she hadn’t been there, it wouldn’t have happened. This is quite a common occurrence across the board; women are made to feel responsible for the crimes committed against them because they are women. You need only glance into the media to see how crimes against women are manipulated in their representation in order to make the woman look like she deserved it. A prime example is the Steubenville Rape case, where in the media it was commented on that the perpetrators were going to lose out on illustrious football careers because they were convicted for having raped an unconscious woman. The victim was also attacked on Twitter and videos of her assault were put on Youtube. There is an article which can be found here – It sheds a light on the severity of rape culture in the context of the Steubenville case, but also in the wider world.

A lot of bands that have women in tend to be more of the symphonic metal genre that is favoured by bands such as NightwishEpica and Tristania and although it is liberating that women have carved out a genre all for themselves, it is doing it by effectively being cut off from the rest of the metal world and functioning separately. They have achieved a lot, but I cannot help but think they are doing that music because it is easier to be accepted and it is expected of you if you’re a woman to be involved in that genre. There are not many women at all involved in the more extreme branches of metal, and I can understand why. I have been told that people have walked out of gigs before we’ve played because they realised I was a woman and ‘would not be as good as a man’. On the other side of the coin though, we have received a lot of compliments and interest for the band because we have surprised people by not conforming to their expectations of the music and by performing crushing Death metal. However, if everyone were a feminist and men and women were on an equal par, it wouldn’t matter that I was the only female vocalist for miles around, or that I had chosen to play a form of metal that is usually dominated by men. The focus would be ultimately on my ability and what I’ve created as opposed to my biology.  The music I’ve made with my band mates is a brutal testimony to the fact that attitudes can be overturned and a whole generational thinking about sexual violence, relations and the role of men and women is capable of being changed with education and a dispelling of stereotypes.

metal and its associated subcultures pride themselves as being unique and different from the ‘normality’. Unfortunately, they still embody the practices of the culture they belongs to as there is no escaping the way gender is taught and patriarchal systems are enforced. In the aftermath of the Download festival, an article was written about women flashing their breasts to cameras. According to the article, the women were encouraged to do so by the crowd and were met with approval when they did so. If they chose not to however, the attitude of the crowd changed and ensuing peer pressure made the women buckle, or people in the crowd exposed them against their wishes. You can read the article here. The article sparked an intriguing debate about women enjoying freedom in a social setting and celebrating their bodies, but it was also commented on that they are being pressured into doing so and it is expected of them to do it even if they don’t want to. I agree more with the latter. It is shameful behaviour to berate a woman for not doing as someone else wants her to do, in this case expose herself in front of thousands of people. If she resists she is considered to be ruining the fun of the people watching her, most of which probably were men. A lot of the comments on the article claimed to be supporting the freedom of the woman and her ‘choice’ to show her breasts, but when the choice receives approval or disdain, how much of what she chooses to do actually depends on personal choice? It is difficult to make a judgement because we cannot know what the woman was thinking or how she was made to feel in that situation, but the conformity expressed in the crowd to a woman being exposed in public highlights a disturbing attitude in culture being played out i.e. the woman is an object to be looked at and she serves no other purpose. Should she resist the gaze, she is humiliated and made to feel as if preserving her integrity was a bad choice.

Another article I have read and wish to respond to is entitled Top 6: Ways metal treats women really badly.  Although I think the article was intended to be sympathetic and raise the flag for women’s rights, there were points made that I disagreed with or simply needed to be expanded upon so the initial and intended point about supporting equality for women in metal was not missed.

The first point that the article made was about the term ‘female fronted metal’ and how it is essentially a whitewash over genres and individual talent. This I can agree with, although usually in my experience, the term ‘female-fronted’ is usually followed by a genre that the music would fit into. For example, ‘female fronted old school death metal’, so in this way, it is what it is; a label to help describe something. It isn’t however always helpful as the term ‘female fronted metal’ forms assumptions about what kind of woman you’re going to be and it detracts from the seriousness of the endeavour. Instead of the woman being seen as a musician, she is seen as a gimmick and something that the band can exploit in terms of standing out from the crowd.  The bottom line is that it shouldn’t matter that it is a woman that fronts the band, but that is the society that we live in. If women had an equal foothold in representation, it wouldn’t be deemed necessary to highlight the fact there’s a woman in the band and that it is something unusual.

In light of the growing following for bands with female members in them, there are a number of festivals that feature only bands with female members. This can be received in a number of ways, but first of all it can be seen as showcasing women’s talent that may not be taken as seriously in another environment and having all the same sort of bands in one place allows potential fans to see bands they may not have heard of before. However, they can be seen to be excluding bands with men in them just because they are men and seemingly get enough attention as it is. These festivals also tend to favour bands that are symphonic metal and show a degree of bias against more heavy forms of metal such as Death and Black Metal. There are also problems with the naming of these festivals specialising in bands with female musicians; for example: Dames of Darkness and Metal Female Voices. They raise the flag for supporting women and encouraging equality, but at the same time they are only managing to do that by discriminating against men and certain women. The names also give the impression that the women at these festivals are going to be meek and beautiful and be exceedingly feminine when that’s not what is important; it should be the music that they are playing.

Point number two from the article was ‘Assume if you’re not dressed like you’re metal that you’re only there with your boyfriend.’ The problem with this point was the assumption that most men are full of presumptions and go out of their way to keep metal a male dominated subculture. Feminism is about equal rights, so by not drawing attention to the men that treat women as equals at gigs and engage them in conversation and share their opinions with them is doing them an injustice. I have had experience of this before when my band have played gigs. I’ve been told to ‘move out of the way, love’ when I was helping set up or received complaints that my voice is too feminine when I speak to the crowd while I’m onstage. I have also been asked to name three songs of a band who’s t-shirt I was wearing, so I am well aware of these assumptions, however what the article doesn’t even mention is that women like me fight against that sort of behaviour when it is directed at us. The article makes us out to be victims, and this is a common problem also with some feminist propaganda. Another point is that I couldn’t care less if anyone present at one of our gigs didn’t know who we were or wasn’t primarily interested in metal; they came to a show, which speaks for itself.

In the article, the third point was to do with ‘Hottest women in metal awards/features/specials’ that basically advertise women as sexual objects for the male gaze. In contrast, the other side to this is that through there being a medium for a woman to show off how she looks and be appreciated for it says a lot about the developing freedom of women and their rights to do as they please with their bodies.  However, no matter what the reasons behind a woman posing in photographs or for being in a band for that matter, there is always the fact that their image is always going to be exploited in some way. For example, I am always privy to pictures of barely dressed ‘Black Metal girls’ appearing on my news feed on Facebook, courtesy of fellow metal heads. The problem with it is, although it seems to be encouraging the development of the black metal scene and celebrating the fact that women are getting involved, in most instances it is little more than pornography. Whether the women choose to be like that, encourage pictures like that to be taken, or are celebrating their body image all becomes meaningless as they are just images; an image of how women are expected to behave and clearly it works as far as promotion and attention goes.

The attitude towards men appearing in the same awards/features/specials is more socially acceptable. Winning an award for his looks is almost seen as a badge of honour, even though his body image is also being exploited. A lot of men I know within the metal scene do get preyed upon by women, but from a personal viewpoint, it happens a lot more the other way around. I have often been told to ‘get my tits out’ or pose differently for the band pictures in order to appear more feminine, and effectively exploit being a woman in metal, but that way I would be doing the band for the wrong reasons. I care about the music I have made with the band and in a way, I don’t want the focus to be on me as a woman; I want it to be on the music I have helped create.

With ‘she’s really good for a girl’; the article exposes the gender binaries that keep men privileged above women. Of course, it depends on the context of the comment being made. I know that people don’t mean to be sexist or rude when they make such observations, but as you wouldn’t say ‘he’s really good for a man’ in the same context, it puts it into perspective. It also suggests that there is no real focus on the woman’s musical abilities as it always boils down to her sex and she is limited by that in the view that others take of her. There is a clear hierarchy between men and women being implied because the woman cannot hope to secure the same position and respect as a male musician even though onstage, their abilities are the same.

The point made about groping is relative to a wider issue of sexual violence that involves both women and men and how it is perceived. Metal is a huge subculture and is male dominated; so as with the rest of the world, while there are plenty of reasonable and respectful men, there are also plenty of lecherous ones. Other experiences include groping happening to people at concerts and them trying to get rid of the person and very rarely anyone stepping in to help and this echoes the crowd attitude seen at Download with women exposing their breasts to a baying crowd. I think therefore that groping is a symptom of a larger, more alarming problem that goes on and isn’t any closer to being stopped. I have seen it happen from the other side too. I know that some male musicians have stalkers that take photos of just them at gigs and follow them on Facebook and up and down the country. Overall, I think it is something that is far more common than is thought and reflect s our culture badly as a place where there is no free platform for addressing sexual violence in as serious a manner as it deserves.

Finally, considering the point of the ‘hot girl in the band getting the interviews’, that says more about the interviewer than it does about the band and is very common practice. However, those women usually have extremely constructive and interesting things to say and are involved more readily in the formulation of music and endorsing ideology than it may appear. With regards to my band, I am the one usually approached to do interviews. That may be because I am the vocalist, so I may be the one that people pay attention to first, but when I do conduct interviews, I make sure that the other members of the band have some input into what is said and are there in person if possible. It is usually the vocalist of a band that is approached first by magazines, but this definitely applies to men as well. I’m not sure anyone bats an eyelid at the vocalist in an all-male band getting all the interviews. I guess it relates again to metal being a male dominated sub-culture; as there are more men, naturally, when a woman appears it is seen as something unusual. That is not the way it should be, and in an ideal world both men and women would be fairly represented and treated exactly the same, however it is seldom the case.

I am certain that there will be a lot of negative response from this article. Nobody has to agree with what I‘m saying as it is how I feel. I wanted to talk about my experiences here not for the sake of self-indulgence, but so you get a real perspective from a real person. It was very difficult for me to write about some aspects of this, but I know that only when I saw what had happened to me through an objective stance did I really see what goes on in the world around me and how a lot of what people go through is because of inequality and cultural constructs dictating who we should be and how we should behave. It is hard admitting what has happened when there are a lot of instances on show where women or men talking about sexual violence, or casual misogyny and sexism are shouted down by others as nonsense, but it does happen and you need to see that. It may not have ever happened to you and if so, you’re one of the luckiest people in the world, but there should be more like you and I am trying to do my part to make that so.

Anaal Nathrakh release statement about apparent UK tour with Fleshgod Apocalypse

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 22nd June 2013 by Nico Davidson

Following the recent announcement that Anaal Natkrakh are touring with Fleshgod Apocalypse later this year, the band have stated that they had not confirmed they could play the dates. The full statement was posted on their Facebook page and as is as follows:

For anyone hoping to see us in the UK in October: It appears we have been announced for a string of UK dates with Fleshgod Apocalypse in October. We did NOT agree to play these shows. Repeat: at no point have we ever said that we would play these dates, or that Mick would even be in Europe at the time. We are currently looking into whether we can do them for the sake of those who may have already bought tickets. But the dates have been announced without our participation or consent, and we cannot guarantee at this stage that we will be playing. We thought it best to let people know the situation as quickly as possible rather than waiting for a final confirmation. Further information will follow as soon as it is available.

Fans appear to be pointing the blame at The Nazgul Agency who are responsible for the booking of the tour while promoters are pointing the finger at Nuclear Blast for announcing the tour before everything was properly set in stone. Obviously there had been a mix up in communication down the line somewhere and both fans and promoters alike are advised to not jump to any conclusions until the situation has been solved.

Anaal Nathrakh online:

https://www.facebook.com/Anaalnathrakhofficial/

 

Cryptic Age announce new flautist as addition to the line-up

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 16th June 2013 by Nico Davidson

York’s premier prog. Celtic metal band Cryptic Age have announced the addition of new flautist and backing vocalist Shendie to their line-up. Cryptic Age are also currently working on their next release – Details to be announced.

Cryptic Age online:

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

 

Pete Dimov departs from Kobra and the Lotus

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 13th June 2013 by Nico Davidson

Bassist Pete Dimov announced via his personal Facebook page (See image below) that he has left Canadian metal band Kobra and the Lotus. Pete has not stated his reasons for his departure from the band, only stating in his announcement that “[it’s] time for a change” and Kobra and the Lotus haven’t made an offical announcement as of yet. Fans are hoping that Pete’s departure from the band won’t affect KATL’s upcoming US tour with Amaranthe – New dates for the tour were announced hours before Pete’s announcement.

Kobra and the Lotus online:

http://www.kobraandthelotus.com
http://www.facebook.com/KobraAndTheLotus
http://www.myspace.com/kobraandthelotus

Alt. rockers My Misspent Youth release new video for Beyond the Bitter End

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 6th June 2013 by Nico Davidson

Norwegian alternative rock outfit My Misspent Youth have release the video for Beyond the Bitter End which is taken from their 2012 album Colours Gone Cold. The video can be viewed below. Colours Gone Cold was released via Indieco Records in 2012.

My Misspent Youth online:

http://www.facebook.com/mymisspentyouth

 

Legendary UK drummer Shaun Taylor-Steels joins Severed Heaven

Posted in Featured, News with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 26th May 2013 by Nico Davidson

Shaun Taylor-Steels, better known by his pseudonym and stage name Winter, has recently replaced Hayley Morgan as drummer for Yorkshire black metal act Severed Heaven. The announcement was made on the band’s official Facebook page. Shaun is best known for his work with Yorkshire doom metal bands Anathema and My Dying Bride, whom he is currently the studio drummer for. Shaun commented on his newly appointed position as Severed Heaven’s drummer:

I’m really happy to be involved with Severed Heaven and I’m looking forward to recording and playing their particular brand of darkness!

Severed Heaven are currently working on the follow-up album to their 2011 album, Incessant Darkness. The band will also be appearing at Khaos Festival in August in Rotherham and Valkyrian Festival in December in Bridlington.

Severed Heaven online:

http://www.severedheaven.com/
https://facebook.com/severedheaven/
http://myspace.com/severedheaven/

Týr announce European tour with Skalmold and Finntroll

Posted in Featured, News with tags , , , , , , , on 25th May 2013 by Nico Davidson

Viking metallers Týr have announced a European tour with Skáldmöld and Finntroll. The announcement was made on the band’s official Facebook page.

Tour dates are as follow:

06.09.13 Fri NO Haugesund Byscenen
07.09.13 Sat tba
08.09.13 Sun DK Aarhus Voxhall
09.09.13 Mon D Hamburg Markthalle
10.09.13 Tue D Nürnberg Hirsch
11.09.13 Wed PL Wroclaw Alibi
12.09.13 Thu PL Krakow Kwadrat
13.09.13 Fri HU Budapest Club 202
14.09.13 Sat RO Brasov Rockstadt
15.09.13 Sun RO Bukarest Silver Church
16.09.13 Mon travel
17.09.13 Tue HRV Zagreb Mochvara
18.09.13 Wed AT Wien Szene
19.09.13 Thu CZ Prag Nova Chmelnice
20.09.13 Fri tba
21.09.13 Sat D Bochum Matrix
22.09.13 Sun D Augsburg Kantine
23.09.13 Mon AT Wörgl Komma
24.09.13 Tue IT Milano R´n´R Arena
25.09.13 Wed CH Pratteln Z7
26.09.13 Thu D Aschaffenburg Colos-Saal
27.09.13 Fri D Speyer Halle 101
28.09.13 Sat D Jena F-Haus
29.09.13 Sun BE Brugge Factor
30.09.13 Mon UK Norwich Waterfront
01.10.13 Tue UK Glasgow Classic Grand
02.10.13 Wed UK Manchester NQ Live
03.10.13 Thu IE Dublin The Pint
04.10.13 Fri UK Bilston Robin 2
05.10.13 Sat UK London The Garage
06.10.13 Sun FR Lille Le Splendid
07.10.13 Mon tba
08.10.13 Tue FR Strasbourg La Laiterie
09.10.13 Wed FR Lyon La Salle Du Kao
10.10.13 Thu CH Geneve L´Usine
11.10.13 Fri FR Istres L´Usine
12.10.13 Sat NO Skien 1001 Watt Festival (Headlining)*
13.10.13 Sun ES Madrid Rockkitchen/Caracol
14.10.13 Mon FR Toulouse Le Bikini

*Finntroll and Skalmold will not be playing.

Týr are also working on their next album, which is currently untitled. The album will feature Leaves’ Eyes vocalist Liv Kristine on the track; The Lay of our Love. The album’s release date is yet to be announced but will be released via Metal Blade Records. The album will also feature legendary metal drummer George Kollibus on drums following the departure of Kari from Týr.

Tyr online:

http://www.tyr.fo/
https://www.facebook.com/tyrband
http://twitter.com/tyrband

 

Leaves’ Eyes issue recording update; vocal recordings complete

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 18th May 2013 by Nico Davidson

Norwegian-German symphonic folk metallers Leaves’ Eyes announced recently on their Facebook page that Liv Kristine has finished recording her vocals for the upcoming album, Symphonies of the Night. The full announcement is as follows:

Dear Fans and Friends,

Good news from Mastersound Studio: The vocal recordings for all songs of our up-coming release Symphonies of the Night have just been completed. Moreover, Alex is already busy with the mix of the album.

We have taken a great inspirational step since the production of Meredead, both sound-wise and vocal-wise. It has been such a pleasure evolving in my singing techniques and knowledge and I thank my band members for ‘giving me an inspirational kick’ when I needed to gain momentum behind the microphone. Symphonies of the Night is hauntingly dream-like and heavy to the core!

In related news, Liv Kristine will be featured on the upcoming, currently untitled Tyr album, on the track The Lay of Our Love where she’ll be performing a duet with Tyr frontman Heri Joensen.

Leaves’ Eyes online:

http://www.leaveseyes.com
https://www.facebook.com/leaveseyesofficial/
http://twitter.com/Leaves_Eyes
http://www.youtube.com/user/LeavesEyesOfficial

 

Preachers of the Night artwork revealed

Posted in Featured, News with tags , , , , , , , on 2nd May 2013 by Nico Davidson

Teutonic werewolf metallers Powerwolf have unveiled the artwork to their upcoming album Preachers of the Night, which is the follow up to the band’s 2011 album, Blood of the Saints, which was released via Metal Blade.

Preachers of the Night is due for a summer release this year via Napalm Records. The tracklisting for the album is as follows:

01. Amen & Attack
02. Secrets Of The Sacristy
03. Coleus Sanctus
04. Sacred & Wild
05. Kreuzfeuer
06. Cardinal Sin
07. In The Name Of God (Deus Vult)
08. Nochnoi Dozor
09. Lust For Blood
10. Extatum Et Oratum
11. Last Of The Living Dead

Powerwolf online:

http://www.powerwolf.net/
https://www.facebook.com/powerwolfmetal

 

Vektor’s debut album, Black Future, now available on CD and vinyl

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 29th April 2013 by Nico Davidson

Black Future, the debut album from Philadelphia-based sci-fi thrash outfit Vektor, has been re-issued and is out now on CD and limited edition LP.

Originally released in 2009, Black Future saw Vektor emerge as one of the few genuinely innovative young thrash bands around, and with 2011’s Outer Isolation and a recent prestigious US tour with Napalm Death and Municipal Waste also under their belt, the band are fast becoming one of the underground’s hottest names.

Black Future features nine tracks and is available now on CD, as well as on double gatefold vinyl in the following quantities and colours:

100 – Oblivion Clear (SOLD OUT)
200 – DNA White
300 – Nebula Purple
400 – Future Black

Get Black Future now from the Earache Webstore in Europe at this location or in North America here. Black Future is also available now on iTunes here.

Black Future features the following tracks:

1. Black Future
2. Oblivion
3. Destroying the Cosmos
4. Forests of Legend
5. Hunger for Violence
6. Deoxyribonucleic Acid
7. Asteroid
8. Dark Nebula
9. Accelerating Universe

See Vektor live at the following shows:

May 24 – Stockton, CA – Plea for Peace (w/ Warbringer)
Jun. 21 – Clisson, France – Hellfest

Vektor online:

http://facebook.com/VektorOfficial
http://myspace.com/vektor

 

Carcass announced as Damnation Main Stage headliner

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 14th January 2013 by Nico Davidson

England’s extreme metal legends Carcass will return to headline the ninth Damnation Festival for their only UK appearance following the release of their first album in 17 years.

The death and grind standard bearers have promised another historic set which will feature cult classics alongside unexpected old gems and brand new material when they take the stage at Leeds University Union on Saturday, November 2nd of this year.

And after helping to sell out Damnation Festival in advance back in 2008, guitarist Bill Steer is looking forward to performing to a packed house on their return to the event. He said: “We’re very excited about the prospect of returning to Damnation Festival this year. Our appearance there in 2008 was a major highlight for us and this time around, people can expect to hear a fairly different Carcass set. The old favourites will be in there, of course, but we’re also planning to play a couple of the less obvious tracks from our past, as well as songs from the album we’ve just completed. Join us!

With 22 more bands to be announced across three stages, festival director Gavin McInally, said fans can look forward to the melting pot of diverse styles of music Damnation Festival is known for from black metal to post-rock. He added: “It was a coup to land the first UK Carcass show in 13 years in 2008 when fans snapped up every ticket going before we made it to the day itself and it’s another coup having the band return following the release of their first new album in 17 years. But even with the mighty Carcass topping the bill, we won’t be satisfied until we’ve pieced together a more challenging and brilliant day of music than the eight successful years we’ve already had the pleasure of hosting, so expect a lot more to come from 2013.

Tickets for Damnation Festival 2013 are on sale now and will be held at last year’s price of £32 for a limited period. So get your bank cards at the ready as tickets will no doubt be selling fast.

To buy tickets, visit this location, the official Damnation Festival website at this location or the official Damnation Facebook.

 

Fleshgod Apocalypse release new video for The Forsaking!

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 22nd December 2012 by Nico Davidson

Fleshgod Apocalypse have released their new video for The Forsaking, taken from their most recent album Agony.

The video was originally meant to premiere on Metal Hammer’s website but  the band released the video via Nuclear Blast’s YouTube channel. The video can be viewed below. The band stated the following on their official Facebook regarding the change of plans for the video’s release: “Folks! Apparently we must fix this Fleshgod Apocalypse style. The wait is enough for everybody. Since nothing seems to move on Metal Hammer, we decided to release the video through the Nuclear Blast channel! It’ll be featured on many zines and portals. We want to thank you all for being patient and for keeping on supporting us. We’re sure the wait has been worthy. Now it’s up to you: SHARE AND MAKE SURE ALL THE FUCKING PEOPLE YOU KNOW SHARE IT!!! \,,/”

 

Official memorial fund for Mitch Lucker online now at the Suicide Silence site

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 7th November 2012 by Nico Davidson

Suicide Silence have set up an official Mitch Lucker memorial fund in favour of the family of the band’s late singer. Lucker passed away last Thursday, November 1st after a motorcycle accident during Halloween night. The total amount of the collected money will go straight to the educational fund of Lucker’s five-year-old daughter, Kenadee.

Those who donate $20 or more will receive a commemorative t-shirt. If you donate $20 or more, please be sure to include a name, shipping address and shirt size (S-4XL) in the comment box at time of donation. If you donate $5 or more, please be sure to include your full name as your name will be added to a tribute page coming soon on the band’s site.

The band closes: “We thank you for your continued love and support through this devastating time.

Surf over to here to place your donation.

The site crashed immediately after being announced late last night due to unexpected amounts of traffic. If you experience similiar problems, please head over to the band’s Facebook page.