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Gates Of Paris – Gates Of Paris

Posted in CD, Metal, Rock with tags , , , , on 28th December 2018 by mickbirchy

Gates Of Paris

Gates Of Paris

Symphonic Metal, Progressive Rock

Released: 30th November 2018

 Self Released


I have to say I’m pretty damn impressed by this French symphonic metal act, and their new self-titled record is something to shout about. I have to admit, I don’t go hunting for new symphonic metal acts, but they always seem to find me, one way or another. Gates Of Paris are a metal outfit, funnily enough, from France and they bring everything that is interesting and fun about this genre to the forefront on this record.  Their debut album is quite interesting, mixing a variety of different styles of music to create their own unique blend of what I can only call, evil-metal carnival music. It’s epic and weird all at the same time.

I was hooked from pretty much the first moments. The stylistic atmosphere is excellent and sound beautiful right out of the gate. The sound of the band is great with excellent riffs and wonderful musical progressions. I like all of the musical elements that they include on the record, in particular, the Spanish guitar which makes it on to the record on several occasions. It’s always pleasant and great to hear whenever it comes in. Every level of the production is smooth and well integrated. From the great guitar licks, the powerful bass lines to the commanding drums, it all feels so glorious. I really like the way the album flows together, it almost has a serial or concept nature it and every song flows into the next seamlessly.

The album also has interesting musical cues here and there. All of these moments really shine a light how much fun this band can be. Such as having their own version of circus music in there. There really isn’t a lot here that bugs me or annoys me. Really, the only thing that got under my skin is that I never felt the need to return to the album once I listened to it. The music doesn’t have that “re-playability” factor, at least not for me. If you really like this style of music, then maybe there’s more “re-playability” in this for you, but this is a once in a while record for me.

In summary, I do like this album. Gates Of Paris are seriously impressive, considering that this their first record. The sound is crisp and well put together. The production is excellent and overall it’s really a well put together record. It may not be overly captivating to me but I can definitely hear other people really getting into this style of music. If you like your symphonic rock and progressive grooves this is certainly a record that you sink your teeth into.

4/5

Mick Birchall

Protest The Hero release video for Tilting Against The Windmills

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

Protest The Hero have revealed a video for the track Tilting Against Windmills. This is the fourth video and single released from Volition. The video was filmed throughout the band’s most recent UK and European tour in January. The video can be viewed below.

The band have also been confirmed to play at this year’s Sonisphere Festival in the UK. Further details of the festival can be found at this location.

Protest The Hero will also be appearing at other festivals around Europe this year including Hellfest in France and Germany’s With Full Force Festival and many more to be announced.

Protest The Hero online:

http://protestthehero.ca
http://facebook.com/protestthehero
http://twitter.com/ProtestTheHero

 

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Motörhead reschedule European tour

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

Following the statement released by Motörhead’s mainman Lemmy where he said that he’s not quite ready to hit the road yet, Motörhead have rescheduled their upcoming European tour.

New tour dates are as follow:

February
13 – Glasgow, Scotland Academy
14 – Newcastle, UK – City Hall
16 – Manchester, UK – Apollo
17 – Wolverhampton, UK – Civic Hall
19 – London Brixton, UK – Academy
20 – Nottingham, UK – Royal Concert Hall
22 – Paris, France – Zenith
24 – Deinze Belgium – Brielpoort
25 – Germany, Hamburg – Sporthalle
27 – Germany, Munich – Zenith
March
1 – Frankfurt, Germany – Jahrhunderthalle
2 – Berlin, Germany – Velodrom
4 – Dusseldorf, Germany – MEH
5 – Stuttgart, Germany – Schleyerhalle
8 – Linkoping, Sweden – Cloetta Center
10 – Horsens, Denmark – Forum Horsens
12 – Oslo, Norway – Sentrum Scene
14 – Helsinki, Finland – Hartwell Arena

Motörhead‘s new album, Aftershock, is giving the band some of their highest chart positions ever around the world!

Germany – #5 *
Finland – #5 *
Norway – #6 *
Switzerland – #6 *
Austria – #7 *
Sweden – #8 **
France – #12 *
Denmark – #14
USA – #22 *
Canada – #22 *
Spain – #23
Italy – #24
Belgium ( Wallonia) – #35
Belgium (Flandern) – #61
Holland – #64

* – notes highest chart position ever
** – highest ever since 1982’s Iron Fist

Motörhead online:

http://imotorhead.com

Sharon Den Adel to perform with Delain at MFVF XI

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

Sharon Den Adel, frontwoman of world renowned symphonic rock act Within Temptation, has been announced as a special guest for Delain’s performance at this year’s Metal Female Voices Festival in Belgium.

Aside from Delain, Tarja, Anneke van Giersbergen and Stream of Passion, amongst many others will be performing at this year’s edition of MFVF. The festival takes place from the 18th – 20th October at the Oktoberhallen in Wieze, Belgium. You can get your tickets this location.

For more information on the festival and the complete line up, check the Metal Female Voices Fest website.

In related news, Delain have also been announced as support for the first leg of Within Temptation’s world tour next year. Dates as follow:

January
16 – Lyon, France – Radiant
17 – Paris, France – Zenith
20 – Toulouse, France – Bikini
21 – Nantes, France – Zenith
22 – Lille, France – L’Aéronef
24 – Birmingham, UK – Academy
25 – London, UK – Wembley Arena
27 – Manchester, UK – Apollo
28 – Glasgow, Scotland – Academy
29 – Newcastle, UK – Academy

February
1 – Berlin, Germany – Columbiahalle
2 – Hamburg, Germany – Sporthalle
3 – Köln, Germany – Palladium
5 – Ludwigsburg, Germany – Arena
6 – Frankfurt, Germany – Jahrhunderthalle
7 – München, Germany – Tonhalle
11 – Antwerp, Belgium – Lotto Arena
14 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Heineken Music Hall

Delain online:

http://delain.nl
https://www.facebook.com/delainmusic

Within Temptation online:

http://www.within-temptation.com/
https://www.facebook.com/wtofficial

Delain will also be headlining the Dames of Darkness Festival next month in Bilston, near Wolverhampton. Further details can be found here. Delain’s next album, Interlude, featuring remixes of classicDelain tracks as well as new and exclusive tracks and DVD footage will be released through Napalm Records next month and can be pre-ordered here.

 

Delain announced as support on Within Temptation 2014 tour

Posted in Featured, News with tags , , , , , , , on 25th April 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Dutch symphonic metallers Delain, who have become one of the biggest sensations on the symphonic scene, have been announced as the support act on Within Temptation’s 2014 world tour. Delain will open up for Within Temptation at their shows in France, Germany, the UK, Belgium and the Netherlands.

Tour dates are as follow:

January
16 – Lyon, France – Radiant
17 – Paris, France – Zenith
20 – Toulouse, France – Bikini
21 – Nantes, France – Zenith
22 – Lille, France – L’Aéronef
24 – Birmingham, UK – Academy
25 – London, UK – Wembley Arena
27 – Manchester, UK – Apollo
28 – Glasgow, Scotland – Academy
29 – Newcastle, UK – Academy

February
1 – Berlin, Germany – Columbiahalle
2 – Hamburg, Germany – Sporthalle
3 – Köln, Germany – Palladium
5 – Ludwigsburg, Germany – Arena
6 – Frankfurt, Germany – Jahrhunderthalle
7 – München, Germany – Tonhalle
11 – Antwerp, Belgium – Lotto Arena
14 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Heineken Music Hall

Delain online:

http://delain.nl
https://www.facebook.com/delainmusic

Within Temptation online:

http://www.within-temptation.com/
https://www.facebook.com/wtofficial

Delain will also be headlining the Dames of Darkness Festival next month in Bilston, near Wolverhampton. Further details can be found here. Delain’s next album, Interlude, featuring remixes of classic Delain tracks as well as new and exclusive tracks and DVD footage will be released through Napalm Records next month and can be pre-ordered here.

 

Epica confirmed for Asia shows in 2013

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 20th December 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Dutch symphonic metal outfit Epica, who have just finished their France and UK tour with Stream of Passion, have been confirmed for three shows in China and Taiwan in April 2013. All three shows will be the first ever Epica shows in China and Taiwan.

Dates are as followed:

April 2013

11 – Yu Gong Live House, Beijing, China.
13 – Mao Live House, Shanghai, China.
14 – KHS Hall, Taipei, Taiwan.

Further info on Epica’s 2013 shows and tour dates can be found at this location.

 

Victory Records signs Parisian progcore band

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 4th September 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Victory Records is proud to welcome French progressive metalcore outfit As They Burn to their roster.

Emerging from the streets of Paris, France, As They Burn was formed by bassist Ronald Pastor, guitarist Fabio Meschini and drummer Milton Bakech in 2007. Vocalist Kévin Traore, known for his chillingly aggressive vocals, was enlisted shortly thereafter along with guitarist Hoby Arinosy. As They Burn was complete and ready to bring their music to the masses.

 

Bakech comments “Being part of the Victory Records family is such a great pleasure and honor. We’ve been giving it our best for a long time trying to make our dreams come true. We want to thank everyone who has supported us over the years. This means the people behind, on and in front of the stage, you are a part of this and it is just the beginning! Love is the law.

Their first album Aeon’s War was digitally released on June 20, 2011 and was the start to a colourful beginning. The band recently added Bastien Jacquesson on keys and machines, finalising their line-up as they prepare for their Victory Records’ debut album, due out in early 2013.  They’ve honed in on their skills and sound to bring fans a powerful and intense album that demonstrates fierce vocals, insane rhythms and catchy melodies that will captivate the metal community worldwide.

As They Burn recently toured France, Belgium and Switzerland with their good friends Betraying The Martyrs, shared the stage with Emmure at Hellfest and successfully completed their first European headliner tour. They will head back out on The Age of Horus tour in October and November that will take them throughout Europe before making their way to the US in 2013. Check for updates here.