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Finsterforst -#YØLØ

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , on 3rd September 2016 by izaforestspirit

Finsterforst
#YØLØ
Released 14th September 2016
Folk Metal
Released via Napalm Records

The German folk metal band from the “Dark Forest” region is back with their latest offering; a limited edition EP titled ‘#YØLØ’. This is a party album for the “dancing metal fan” featuring four covers of songs by pop, hip-hop and punk artists. Based on some of the song titles, this is fairly similar to what you might expect to see from their beer-loving, fellow countrymen Tankard. I am not too convinced about the choice of covers, but each to their own…

So let’s see what we have here — The party starts with Bottle Gods, a highly entertaining folk metal tune which made me think of Finntroll and Ensiferum for some reason. No trolls though, just a simple catchy chorus and some catchy accordion melodies accompanying the metal instruments. So far, so good…Now where’s that beer? Ah, here it comes. Not just one either but several as the bar starts to fill up and more of your friends join the party. And what better anthem for this occasion than Auf die Zwölf – a German-language track with a lot of the same atmosphere as the super-catchy opener. More accordion noise and a chorus so catchy that you want to dance and sing along to the tune even if your German is as bad as mine is.

Things start to go a bit haywire by the time we reach the title track. Folk metal and trumpets? Oh dear, clearly someone has had one beer too many. Well clearly someone did because the Hangover is immense. It’s so sad, such a great party and now everyone feels like crap. Oh look, there’s a karaoke machine over there, let’s all have a go at singing some random songs. Yeah… In all honesty the Finsterforst cover of Miley Cyrus’s Wrecking Ball is actually quite decent. They actually put some effort into the vocals and their metalized version works surprisingly well. However the same cannot be said for the Michael Jackson cover or the cringe-worthy hip-hop track. ‘Wild Rover’ is a fairly obvious song to end the party with. It’s been fun but now it’s really time to go home.

Overall, you can clearly tell that Finsterforst had lots fun recording ‘#YØLØ’. It’s clearly a party album that is not meant to be taken too seriously. The whole thing is a bit of a joke but luckily for the most part a good one.

3/5
Iza Raittila

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Kreator announce string of UK dates with Arch Enemy

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 15th April 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Teutonic thrash overlords Kreator have announced a string of UK dates in December, as part of their huge European tour, with Swedish melodic death metal unit Arch Enemy.

When Kreator released Endless Pain in 1985, they single-handedly established Germany as a thrash nation and continued to sustain and influence the subgenre via their own Violent Revolution. In 2012, Kreator released their latest studio album – the killer Phantom Antichrist which brought the band superb chart entries and sold-out venues all over the planet. This triumphant march was recently immortalized in the highly acclaimed live DVD/Blu-Ray Dying Alive. Footage from the DVD can be viewed below.

Frontman and icon Mille Petrozza comments:

A lot of our European fans voiced their discontent over the fact that the band hardly does European club tours – apart from our festival shows. In 2013 we were mainly busy playing for our fans overseas. We want to change this now. In time for the reissues of Endless Pain, Pleasure To Kill and Extreme Aggression in all kinds of formats – finally on vinyl again too –  we`ll end the Phantom Antichrist tour cycle in Europe with a massive string of shows. This will be your last chance to see Kreator live in clubs for quite a while, because we’ll be busy working on a new album in 2015 and only play carefully selected shows. Right now we`re working on a new multimedia stage show and we’ll also have a bunch of surprises in the setlist.  Our friends of Arch Enemy are part of the trek to present their new album War Eternal, and so will Vader and our old companions Sodom. This tour will be KILLER!!

Kreator’s UK tour dates are as follow:

16.12.2014 UK – Leamington, Assembly Rooms
17.12.2014 UK – Bristol, Academy
18.12.2014 UK – London, The Forum
19.12.2014 UK – Manchester, Academy
20.12.2014 IR – Dublin, Academy
21.12.2014 UK – Glasgow, QMU
22.12.2014 UK – Newcastle, Academy

Kreator online:

http://kreator-terrorzone.de |
http://facebook.com/KreatorOfficial

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Dragonforce announce new album

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 3rd April 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Titans of British metal Dragonforce are on the verge of completing their sixth studio album, titled Maximum Overload. Produced by Jens Bogren at Fascination Studios in Örebro and Varberg, Sweden, the new album will be the band’s first ever album involving an outside producer, having historically opted to record themselves in association with Karl Groom.

Maximum Overload will be the band’s debut album for new label earMusic, part of the German Edel music group, who will release the album in the UK on 18th August and in Germany on 15th August.

Dragonforce online:

http://dragonforce.com
http://facebook.com/dragonforceofficial
http://twitter.com/DragonForceHQ

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UK prog metallers Threshold reveal details of upcoming album

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 27th March 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

British progressive metallers Threshold have recently revealed the details of their upcoming album, which will be titled For The Journey. The album is set for release at the end of September through Nuclear Blast and is the successor to the band’s highly successful 2012 release March Of Progress.

The album is currently being produced at Thin Ice Studios in Surrey, England, by band members Karl Groom (guitars) and Richard West (keyboards). Richard West comments:

Our recording sessions have been wonderful, we’ve really enjoyed making this record. All the basic parts are recorded so now it’s just a case of finishing our solos, compiling the vocals and adding more production moments. I think we’ve made a solid record, we’re really looking forward to putting it out there!

The band will take a short break from the studio in April to perform shows in Germany and Holland before commencing the final mixing at Thin Ice Studios in May. Dates are as follow:

11.04 – NL – Ittervoort – Rock Ittervoort
12 04 – D – Rheine – Hypothalamus

Threshold online:

http://thresh.net
http://facebook.com/threshold

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Helloween return home with Nuclear Blast

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 25th March 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Hailing from Germany, Helloween have been an influential driving force on the power metal scene for 30 years, as well as one of the most internationally successful acts. This year, the Hamburg-based quintet celebrate their 30th anniversary. The band’s latest studio album Straight Out Of Hell, charted at a sensational #4 in Germany, and held their position for five weeks. Additionally they made another five top ten entries in Europe and also cracked the US Billboard Charts.

Now the Teutonic power metal force have returned to their old label home, Nuclear Blast, where the band released 2000’s The Dark Ride and 2003’s Rabbit Don’t Come Easy. Both of these albums have been recently reissued with additional bonus content. Label owner Markus Staiger comments:

We are more than proud, that Helloween is part of the Nuclear Blast family again. All those years we had a friendship-like connection and ways crossed on a regular basis at concerts and festivals. Helloween to us is a matter of the heart, there’s not only the two records to mention, but an act that influenced me and many of our employees. Together there are big plans and we are looking forward to having another productive and successful cooperation.

Helloween’s vocalist Andy Deris also adds:

As a label, Nuclear Blast is “heavy metal to the bone”, and we are really looking forward to working together with a lot of familiar faces.

Helloween online:

http://helloween.org I
http://facebook.com/helloweenofficial

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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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Alestorm announced for Sonisphere 2014

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 13th February 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Scottish pirates Alestorm have been announced for this year’s Sonisphere Festival, which already boasts the likes of Iron Maiden, Metallica, Slayer, Carnifex and more.

Sonisphere will be held at Knebworth Park on 4th – 6th July 2014.  Keep up to date with the very latest info on Sonisphere’s official sites at this location.

Alestorm have just arrived at Lasse Lammert’s LSD-Studio in Lübeck, Germany,  to record their 4th full-length album, which will be titled Sunset on the Golden Age.

Alestorm online:

http://facebook.com/alestormband/

 

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