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Flotsam and Jetsam w/ support – Glasgow, Scotland

Posted in Gig, Live with tags , , , , , , , on 12th July 2015 by Paul Macmillan

Circle Of Tyrants, Black Talon, Bliksem, Flotsam And Jetsam
Stereo, Glasgow (UK)
20th May 2015

Flotsam And Jetsam

It’s been over a month since Flotsam and Jetsam returned to Scotland – the first time in a couple of decades, none-the-less – and yet, their performance at Glasgow’s Stereo venue is still stuck in my mind, firmly holding one of the top spots in the list of memorable events. It seems only justified to put pen to paper, or text to internet in this case, to spread the good word.

Holding only a capacity of 300, the venue’s main gig room provided a very much up-close-and-personal atmosphere, aided in no small part by the fact that there are no crowd barriers for the three foot high stage, and members of Flotsam were quite happily mingling with the rest of the crowd. It’s testament to their down to earth nature that a band who have featured former members who went on to join the likes of Metallica and Prong, and who have played to massive audiences all over the world, still clearly see themselves as ‘one of us’.

Bliksem live - Stereo, Glasgow

The supports for the night are all very apt; Circle Of Tyrants step up first, receiving a warm response for their Testament-meets-Beholder stylings, followed closely by technical street-thrashers, Black Talon, promoting their fresh debut Endless Realities. There’s a constant stream of stage diving on the go, with enthusiastic thrashers repeatedly braving the possibility of cranial damage from the support pillars on the dance floor. When Bliksem take the stage, it’s much to the surprise of those few in the audience who have checked them out in advance. They blast out a sterling performance, which, according to the opinions of those in the know, surpasses the recorded works available from them online.

Of course, the crown absolutely and positively goes to Flotsam and Jetsam themselves. They know their audience well, and don’t try to push newer material on them as hard as some others may do in a similar position. In fact, it only seems to be Gitty Up which makes an appearance from 2012’s Ugly Noise. The initial focus is firmly on the early classics, and it’s a decision that sets necks a-snapping; No Place For Disgrace, She Took An Axe, Desecrator – even Der Fuhrer makes an appearance later in the set. Surprisingly, the crowd erupts even further when mid-nineties number, Smoked Out, comes powering in with its iconic opening riff.

 Flotsam And Jetsam live - Stereo, Glasgow

While it is a little sad that Jason B Ward and Kelly Smith (formerly bass and drums respectively) couldn’t make this outing, but the lack of their presence is more than made up for by the sheer enthusiasm of Michael Spencer and Shadows Fall’s Jason Bittner (again, bass and drums respectively). Throughout the performance, there’s no slacking. No making do. When it’s full force thrash, it’s full force thrash, no quarter asked or given. Where frontman Eric A K maybe can’t quite hit some of the high notes he could in his youth, he has developed equally as effective means of delivering the same power. The riffing is as fast, tight and furious as ever on all fronts, and younger bands could learn a thing or two here about dedication and determination. Flotsam and Jetsam may be a band that’s getting grey, but this ain’t no placid dinosaur! It’s a sabre-toothed cat the size of a school bus!

by Paul Macmillan

Darkest Era reveal artwork and tracklist for new album Severance

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

Northern Ireland’s own Celtic warriors of metal, Darkest Era, have recently revealed the artwork and tracklisting for their forthcoming album Severance. The new album is set for release in June via Cruz Del Sur. The album was recorded at Data Recording Studios in Ballyheigue, Ireland and produced by Chris Fielding and Darkest Era. The artwork was created by Costin Chioreanu. Guitarist Ade Mulgrew comments:

We are really pleased with the artwork which totally captures the atmosphere of this album. Costin has a unique style and immediately got what we were looking for. Severance was recorded during what was a pretty stormy time in the band and against the backdrop of some very atmospheric natural scenery in one of the remotest parts of the west of Ireland. I think all that certainly comes across in the music and we are looking forward to finally unleashing it this summer!

The tracklisting for Severance is as follows:

Sorrow’s Boundless Realm
Songs Of Gods And Men
The Serpent And The Shadow
Beyond The Grey Veil
Trapped In The Hourglass
The Scavenger
A Thousand Screaming Souls
Blood, Sand And Stone

Darkest Era will headline North Of The Wall which takes place at The Classic Grand in Glasgow on Saturday 29th March 2014. Also on the bill are Dread Sovereign, Toledo Steel, Bonesaw, Firebrand Super Rock, Amok, Plague Rider, Storm Of Embers, Bacchus Barecus, Norderobring, Nolti Nan Gana Nan Nolta and Disaster Area. For tickets and more info, head to this location.

Darkest Era online:

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

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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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Lonely The Brave announce UK Tour Support and TBS Show Support

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , on 13th January 2014 by Nico Davidson

After what was a huge 2013 for them, Lonely The Brave have announced Scottish newcomers Fatherson as the support act for their first ever headlining UK tour, which will include a hometown show at Cambridge. Having sold out their previous London gig at The Lexington, the band is booked to play Cargo on 30th January and last month announced 9 additional nights to that original show making up the bands first headline tour.

Lonely The Brave have also been confirmed as the only support act to Long Island rockers Taking Back Sunday at their already sold out show in London at Camden’s Koko on 26th February.

Tour dates and links to tickets are as follow:

January

26th      Glasgow, King Tuts
27th      Manchester, Deaf Institute
28th      Leicester, Academy 2
30th      London, Cargo
31st      Aldershot, West End Centre

February

1st        Nottingham, Rock City Basement
4th        Southampton, Joiners
5th        Leeds, Cockpit
7th        Norwich, Open
8th        Cambridge, Junction 2 / SOLD OUT

http://lonelythebrave.com
http://facebook.com/lonelythebrave
http://twitter.com/lonelythebrave

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First bands announced for North of the Wall 2014

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 12th January 2014 by Nico Davidson

Morgul, the organisers of North of the Wall, Scotland’s only metal festival featuring only Scottish metal acts, have announced the first bands for this year’s North of the Wall Festival which will take place on Saturday 29th March at Classic Grand in Glasgow. Firebrand Super Rock, old school death metallers Bonesaw, thrash unit Amok and Nolti Nan Gana Nan Nolta are the first four bands to be announced for the festival.

Ticket information is to be announced and further news on the festival can be found at this location.

 

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Voodoo Six confirmed as main support to Santa Cruz on upcoming UK tour

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 9th January 2014 by Nico Davidson

Voodoo Six have proudly announced that they have been booked as the main support on Santa Cruz’s upcoming UK tour. Finnish rockers, Santa Cruz, who are also signed to Spinefarm Records, played in the UK last summer and then returned later in the year to tour with Kobra and the Lotus. Tour dates are as follow:

12 March – Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton
13 March – Sound Control, Manchester
14 March – Audio, Glasgow
15 March – Buskers, Dundee
17 March – The Cluny, Newcastle
19 March – Warehouse 23, Wakefield
20 March – Rock City Basement, Nottingham
21 March – The Underworld, London
22 March – The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
23 March – The Joiners, Southampton

Tickets are available from See Tickets and the venues.

Voodoo Six online:

http://voodoosix.com
http://facebook.com/VoodooSixBand

 

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Heaven’s Basement announce UK headline tour for 2014

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on 4th December 2013 by Nico Davidson

Gearing up for their support stint with Black Veil Brides next week, British rockers Heaven’s Basement have announced a full tour of the UK and Ireland for 2014. The Welcome Home tour will take place in 15 locations over 18 days, beginning in Norwich on 14th March and ending in Brighton on 30th March. Drummer Chris Rivers comments:

We’re heading out on our first ever full length European headline tour this March! After having such a great time on the July UK headline tour, we’re looking forward to coming home and stepping things up even more on this one.

Glamour Of The Kill and The Dirty Youth are support on all dates. Tour dates are as follow:

13 March – Norwich, Waterfront
14 March – Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
15 March – Southampton, Takedown Festival
16 March – Leeds, The Cockpit
18 March – Newcastle, Newcastle University Union
19 March – Glasgow, Cathouse
20 March – Belfast, N. Voodoo
21 March – Dublin, Voodoo Lounge
22 March – Manchester, Academy 2
24 March – Chester, The Forum
25 March – Bristol, The Fleece
27 March – London, Electric Ballroom
28 March – Plymouth, White Rabbit
29 March – Birmingham, Academy 2
30 March – Brighton, The Haunt

The band’s latest single I Am Electric is set for release on 16th December, in support of the reissue of their awesome, highly acclaimed debut Filthy Empire available now via Red Bull Records.

Heaven’s Basement online:

http://heavensbasement.com
http://facebook.comheavensbasement

 

Andy Sneap, Kev Bower and Bill Steer discuss ultimate tour line-up

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 12th November 2013 by Nico Davidson

Legendary British metal acts Hell and Carcass kick off their UK tour with none other than Swedish Viking death metal maestros Amon Amarth today. As such, the bands’ label Nuclear Blast decided to get Carcass’s Bill Steer and Hell’s Andy Sneap and Kev Bower together to discuss their ultimate tour line-up and why they want to see those bands on the same line-up. The discussion can be viewed below.

Catch Carcass, Hell, Amon Amarth and Bleed Within in the cities below:

Nov 12 – Birmingham o2 Academy
Nov 13 – Manchester o2 Academy
Nov 14 – Glasgow Barrowland
Nov 15 – Bristol o2 Academy
Nov 17 – London Forum

Motörhead reschedule European tour

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

Venue change for Cardiff date of American Head Charge UK tour

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

With the sudden and very unfortunate closure of Bogiez in Cardiff, the Cardiff date of American Head Charge‘s UK tour has been moved to The Globe. The date and time will remain the same and all tickets will be valid for entry. Full UK tour dates are as follow:

13th Nov – The Haunt – Brighton, UK
14th Nov – The Garage, London, UK
15th Nov – Legends – Newcastle, UK
16th Nov –  Audio – Glasgow, UK
17th Nov – Sound Control – Manchester UK
18th Nov – ScholarBar / Academy 2 – Leicester, UK
19th Nov – The Fleece – Bristol, UK
20th Nov –  The Globe – Cardiff, UK – Venue Change
21st Nov –  White Rabbit – Plymouth, UK
22nd Nov – Crauford Arms – Milton Keynes, UK
23rd Nov –  Roxx, Southampton – UK
24th Nov – The Met – Peterborough, UK

American Head Charge online:

http://www.facebook.com/AmericanHeadCharge

 

Angelus Apatrida’s Evil Unleashed/Give ‘Em War 2CD set details unveiled

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

Thrash metal band Angelus Apatrida will soon release a 2CD set, dubbed Evil Unleashed/Give ‘Em War, which will feature their first two albums Evil Unleashed (2006) and Give ‘Em War (2007). The 2CD set will also contain plenty of bonus material. The CD set will be released on 18th November throughout Europe, via Century Media, making this the first time that these two albums are properly available outside the band’s home turf of Spain.

The 2CD set will be available for the price of a standard album and boasts new artwork (as can be seen above) by Gustavo Sazes (Arch Enemy, Firewind), linear notes and a grand total of 13 pre-production demo tracks as a special bonus. In total, there will be 37 tracks on the set, equating to over 2.5 hours of thrashtastic listening for your pleasure.

In order to celebrate the release of this upcoming release, the title track Angelus Apatrida’s Give ‘Em Hell album has been launched online and can be heard below.

Here is the complete tracklisting (for both the 2CD and the Digital Download formats) of this special re-release:

CD1 / “Evil Unleashed”:
1. Overture: The Dictate (0:54)
2. Versus The World (5:10)
3. Fuck You (4:24)
4. Backbone Crusher (4:17)
5. Gone Away (5:14)
6. Time To Rise Hell (4:03)
7. Negotiating The Clowns (4:08)
8. The Thornmaker (3:51)
9. Sons Of Revolution (4:55)
10. Hereditary Genius (4:08)
11. Killers And Killed (4:45)
12. Domination (5:04) – Pantera Cover Version

Bonus Tracks:

13. Backbone Crusher (Demo 2003) (4:31)
14. Supremacy In Chaos (Demo 2003) (3:32)
15. Sons Of Revolution (Demo 2003) (4:34)
16. Unknown Human Being (Demo 2003) (4:33)
17. Give ’Em War (Demo 2006) (3:00)
18. Energy (Demo 2006) (2:34)

CD2 / “Give ‘Em War”:

1. Vomitive (3:59)
2. So Unjustly (3:15)
3. Corruption (3:09)
4. Free Your Soul (4:23)
5. Never Forget (5:28)
6. Energy (4:40)
7. Give ’Em War (2:57)
8. Collateral Damage (4:23)
9. Room 237 (3:41)
10. Thrash Attack (4:22)
11. In The Heart Of Nations (4:09)
12. The Calm (4:31)

Bonus Tracks:

13. Vomitive (Demo 2006) (4:07)
14. Collateral Damage (Demo 2006) (4:25)
15. Room 237 (Demo 2006) (2:41)
16. Free Your Soul (Demo 2006) (4:31)
17. In The Heart Of Nations (Demo 2006) (4:28)
18. The Calm (Demo 2006) (4:58)
19. So Unjustly (Demo 2006) (3:10)

In order to support this special re-release but also to continue promoting Angelus Apatrida’s most recent studio album, The Call, the band will be embarking on a next European tour in November-December together with Havok and Savage Messiah. Here is a full list of upcoming dates:

HAVOK, ANGELUS APATRIDA, SAVAGE MESSIAH:

23.11.13 Edegem (Belgium) – JH Nootuitgang
24.11.13 Eindhoven (The Netherlands) – Distortion Fest *
25.11.13 London (England) – Underworld
26.11.13 Cardiff (England) – Clwb Ifor Bach
27.11.13 Norwich (England) – Epic Studios
28.11.13 Glasgow (Scotland) – Cathouse
29.11.13 Plymouth (UK) – White Rabbit
30.11.13 Châlons en Champagne (France) – Contre Point
01.12.13 Nantes (France) – Le Ferrailleur
02.12.13 Toulouse (France) – Le Saint des Seins
03.12.13 Bilbao (Spain) – Kafe Antzokia
04.12.13 Madrid (Spain) – Sala Caracol
05.12.13 Valencia (Spain) – Rock City
06.12.13 Barcelona (Spain) – Music Hall
07.12.13 Bresso/Milan (Italy) – Blue Rose Saloon
08.12.13 München (Germany) – Feierwerk
09.12.13 Wien (Austria) – Arena
10.12.13 Salzburg (Austria) – Rockhouse
11.12.13 Ljubljana (Slovenia) – Orto Bar
12.12.13 Borkovany (Czech Republic) – Republica San Bonigo
13.12.13 Leipzig (Germany) – Conne Island
14.12.13 Essen (Germany) – Cafe Nova
15.12.13 Berlin (Germany) – Magnet

* Havok and Angelus Apatrida only!

Angelus Apatrida online:

http://www.angelusapatrida.com
http://www.facebook.com/angelusapatrida
http://twitter.com/angelusapatrida

 

Nile release trailer for At The Gates Of Sethu Tour Part II trailer

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

American pharaohs of technical death metal, Nile are coming to British shores for Part II of the At The Gates Of Sethu European Tour next week. Karl and the guys are looking forward to hitting some new cities with their Roman comrades in arms Ex Deo and French black metallers Svart Crown. the band have put together a trailer to encourage fans to come to the shows. The trailer can be viewed below:

Nile w/ Ex Deo and Svart Crown tour dates are as follow:
10.09.2013 (UK) London / The Garage
11.09.2013 (UK) Manchester / NQ Live
12.09.2013 (UK) Glasgow / Audio Glasgow
 13.09.2013 (IRE) Dublin / Button Factory
 14.09.2013 (UK) Dudley / Rock Zombie
 15.09.2013 (UK) Brighton / The Haunt
 16.09.2013 (UK) Cardiff / Bogiez Rock Bar

Nile online:

http://nile-catacombs.com
http://facebook.com/nilecatacombs

 

Common Gods – Helveien

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 14th August 2013 by Nico Davidson

Common Gods
Helveien
Released 4th August
Trve Glasgy Death Metal
Self-Released

Hailing from Scotland, a land whose metal scene goes unnoticed the majority of the time, Common Gods have been dwelling within the darkest and grimiest depths of Glasgow. Having made an appearance at the first ever North Of The Wall Festival, Common Gods has been a name that is slowly making its way onto the lips of Scottish metal lovers from John O’Groats to Hadrian’s Wall and even to the lands south of the wall.

A crushing wall of riffs and a barrage of drums begins I Used To Pray, the first track on the EP, and is soon joined by a wrecking ball of vocal passages. Some slivering melodic pieces find their way into the song, taking away from the crushing effect of the guitars but adding to the fiercely sharp feeling of the song. Extinction parades a heavy, somber sound allowing for the guitars to create an almost doom-like atmosphere while the drums create that devastatingly brutal effect for the track – Something which is only enhanced by the sirenic keyboards.

Severed Tongue is begun with a colossus-sized wave of riffs, which are soon accompanied by the bloodthirsty vocals. Overall, the track is a snarling beast who’s bite is worse than the initial bark. A gentle passage opens up the title track, Helveien, before a sudden metamorphosis into a heavier, dulcet piece of guitar craftsmanship. The vocals, for the first two vocal passages, sound blunt but soon become a horrendous wailing of aggression later on in the song.

Helveien not only embodies the talent of Common Gods but the sound that makes up Scotland’s fiercely vehement extreme metal scene. Combining an iron wall of titantic riffs and melodic passages, with bestial vocals and cumbersome drums, Common Gods could easily become one of the best acts Scotland has to offer.

4.5/5

Nico Davidson

Common Gods online:

http://facebook.com/CommonGods

 

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

 

Nile announce second part of At The Gates of Sethu Euro Tour

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on 10th July 2013 by Nico Davidson

The pharaohs of metal, Nile, have announced the second part of the At The Gates of Sethu European Tour. Karl and the guys are looking forward to play some new cities with metal legionnaires Ex Deo and French band Svart Crown. The UK/IRE Dates of the European tour are listed below:

10.09.2013 (UK) London / The Garage
11.09.2013 (UK) Manchester / NQ Live
12.09.2013 (UK) Glasgow / Audio Glasgow
13.09.2013 (IRE) Dublin / Button Factory
14.09.2013 (UK) Dudley / Rock Zombie
15.09.2013 (UK) Brighton / The Haunt
16.09.2013 (UK) Cardiff / Bogiez Rock Bar

Nile online:

http://www.Nile-Catacombs.net
http://www.Facebook.com/NileCatacombs
http://www.Twitter.com/NileCatacombs
http://www.YouTube.com/user/NileCatacombs

 

Finnish rockers HIM announce UK tour dates

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

Finalnd’s top goth rockers HIM have announced their UK tour. HIM also announced that fans can get a CD/DVD deluxe edition of Tears On Tape when they purchase a ticket.

Tickets are available from this location and tour dates are as follow:

22nd Oct. – Newcastle – O2 Academy
24th Oct. – Manchester – Manchester Academy
27th Oct. – Cardiff – Cardiff Student Union
28th Oct. – Southampton – Guildhall
29th Oct. – Norwich – UEA
31st Oct. – London – Koko

HIM’s latest album Tears On Tape is now available and was released 26th April through DoubleCross/Cooking Vinyl.

HIM online:

http://heartagram.com
http://facebook.com/theheartagram

 

Finnish rockers Reckless Love announce headline UK tour

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

The flamboyant rockers from Finland, Reckless Love have announced a headlining UK tour in October, later this year. The tour follows on from the Finnish quartet’s month long UK tour in autumn last year.

Tour dates are as follow:

1st October – Manchester – Academy 3
2nd October – Newcastle – Academy 2
3rd October – Glasgow – Cathouse
4th October – Leeds – Cockpit
5th October – Nottingham – Rescue Rooms
6th October – Wolverhampton – Slade Rooms
8th October – Norwich – Waterfront Studio
9th October – Bristol – The Fleece
10th October – London – Islington O2 Academy

Reckless Love’s single Night On Fire is out now via Spinefarm Records. The song is taken from the band’s upcoming album, which is currently untitled. The video for Night On Fire can be viewed below.

Reckless Love online:

http://www.recklesslove.com
https://www.facebook.com/RecklessLove

 

Delain announced as support on Within Temptation 2014 tour

Posted in Featured, News with tags , , , , , , , on 25th April 2013 by Nico 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.

 

Storm Of Embers – I

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on 14th March 2013 by Nico Davidson

Storm Of Embers
I
Released 19th January 2013
Progressive Metal/Rock
Self-Released

Storm Of Embers are a three piece band from Glasgow in Scotland. The I EP is their debut release and features five tracks of the band’s own brand of progressive rock and metal. This band are diverse and their sound is hard to pigeon hole as they draw influences from across the spectrum of the genre. It says on their official Facebook page under genre: You Decide, and after listening to the EP it’s easy to hear why.

A piano intro opens the first track Only In Memory which soon gives way to a solid guitar riff as the band launch into a mid paced rocker of a song with some quality guitar work, bass runs, solid drum beats with heartfelt vocals. This theme carries over into the second track The Cage, for me it’s easily the best track on the EP, which shows a definite harder, faster metal edge to the band’s sound.

The next two tracks Esh and Beyond The Pyres Of Night see the band change style completely – two longer, slower paced almost ballad like songs with a far more progressive feel to them due to a few harder guitar passages and a couple of nice solos thrown in for good measure. Bringing the EP to close is the faster paced Signs Of Remorse which see’s the band return to their harder rock and metal styles of the first two tracks, a great way to bring things to an end.

The quality of the production is top notch resulting in a crystal clear sound with a perfect balance between the music and the vocals. If you are a fan of all genres of rock and metal, Storm Of Embers are certainly worth a listen. Quality songs, quality musicianship. A solid debut EP.

3.5/5

Ian Foster

Cnoc an Tursa – The Giants of Auld

Posted in North of the Wall, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 2nd March 2013 by underthenorthernstar

Cnoc an Tursa
“The Giants of Auld”
Released: 25th February 2013
Folk/Black Metal
Released via Candlelight records

I’ve been waiting for the new Cnoc an Tursa album to be released for a good while now; their 2008 demo has sterling songwriting, and their sound was begging for a bigger release. So when I heard that they had been signed to Candlelight Records in October last year, I started getting excited; the number of folk/black metal bands who have released near-perfect albums on candlelight is staggering – Winterfylleth, Wodensthrone, Falloch, Altar of Plagues, the list goes on. So, what was the result of such an immaculate pairing? The newly released The Giants of Auld, of course.

With a scream of “Sons of Alba, rise in the face of tyranny!” the album begins. And what an album; the sound is an intense blend of folky melodies, intense black metal and haunting, deeply emotional choirs and flute – the closing track, Blаr na h-Eaglaise Brice, is a purely instrumental, minimalistic celtic folk piece, and one of the best of its kind that I have heard – bringing together a hugely immersive atmosphere. Despite Cnoc an Tursa not being a band in quite the same pigeonhole as their contemporaries, the achieve a very similar sound that, to me, is equally conveying of the band’s passion for its country’s history. One could be forgiven for worrying, having listened to the 2008 demo, that their earlier songs (which, for the most part, comprise the first half of the album) could have become over produced, too clean. Thankfully, this is not a problem; the album is not without an edge, not without its humanity.

The songwriting (let me leave no doubts about this) is flawless. The Lion of Scotland and Hail Land of my Fathers are completely full of hooks, and you will find yourself humming each and every individual melody in those songs, which is something very hard to achieve on what is very predominantly a black metal album. Something that this album “gets”, is that you can have huge, catchy melodies without being at all cheesy. I never for one moment found myself saying that a particular section was misplaced. In addition to this, the band never lets melody cheapen the album; a problem that many bands have is they oversaturate their sound with keys, making the songs “catchy”, but far less powerful. Keys are definitely present in this album, but they very much provide a supporting role, building the sound from the foundations up.

So, I have not been disappointed; more encouraged. Cnoc an Tursa continue to be a fantastic band. This album is consistent, immersive, and above all, genuine. Very few metal bands can communicate quite this level of passion through their music, and I will come back to this album time and time again. Fantastic work, and one of the best releases of the year from one of the best bands to come out of Scotland.

5/5
Alasdair “Scotch Egg” Dunn