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Resistanz Festival 2016

Posted in Alternative, Festival, Industrial, Live, Metal with tags , , , , , , , , on 4th April 2016 by izaforestspirit

Grendel, iVardensphere, Godflesh
The Corporation, Sheffield, The United Kingdom
Saturday 26th  March 2016

 
Resistanz was one of those festivals that I’ve wanted to return to. I’ve been there once before; in 2011 which was the very first time that it was held and one of the few times that it didn’t sell out. Since then the dates have been moved to the Easter weekend, which meant that it usually clashed with a family gathering making it impossible for me to attend. This year was an exception, I just happened to be in the U.K. that weekend and within easily commutable distance of the city where it was being held.

I missed the first band, Neonsol. The next band was a local band Randolf & Mortimer, who played a mixture of EBM, techno, punk and early Ministry -style industrial rock. It was catchy at times and definitely a good way to start to the night. 3/5

Terrolokaust were one of the main bands that I was looking forward to. They’re essentially a Harsh Electro / Aggrotech band, similar to the likes of Combichrist but the vocal style is different from most of the bands of that genre. They played some tracks from their upcoming album along with older tracks plus a few covers including their take on The Prodigy’s ‘Spitfire’. I had only heard a handful of tracks by them before the gig so most of the stuff they played was unfamiliar. I enjoyed the show so much that I bought two of their albums afterwards. 4/5

Next up was the British EBM band Cyferdyne. They played some catchy and mostly dancefloor-friendly electro. It was fun to dance to and some of my friends also really enjoyed it. Personally I preferred Terrolokaust to them. 3.5/5

Grendel was the main band that I came to see. I’ve been a fan of their music for years and I’ve missed several opportunities to see them live. So, needless to say that I was really looking forward to their show. And they didn’t disappoint. They had two guitarists with them on stage along with the usual industrial synths and JD’s harsh electro vocals. They played all the hit songs including: ‘Chemicals & Circuitry’, ‘Timewave Zero’, ‘Hate This’ along with some older material including one of my favorites ‘Pax Psychosis’ and two new tracks from the upcoming EP ‘The Age of the Disposable Body’. I had a great time dancing and singing along to all the songs. This was my favorite performance of the whole night. 5/5

I had no idea what to expect from iVardensphere. I assumed them to be an experimental industrial noise band, which is the type of stuff that tends to give me a headache. I was initially reluctant to see their show. Then one of my friends convinced me to give them a try, saying that their style was more power noise mixed with some tribal music influences. I have a much better experience with power and rhythmic noise bands such as SAM, X-RX and Memmaker. This sub-genre tends to sound good live, so I decided to give iVardensphere a try. What I heard turned out to be a lot better than I expected. Their music is a fascinating mix of techno, industrial and power noise along with some tribal music. They even did a cover of Sepultura’s ‘Roots Bloody Roots’. Their performance was very energetic, great to dance to and the additional tribal elements made the songs sound all the more intriguing. 4/5

Now, I like my metal and I like my industrial music. I also like some industrial metal so in theory Godflesh should have been right up my alley. The thing is, they seemed a little out of place at Resistanz Festival being the only metal band there. They also happened to be the headlining act, playing after a very catchy power noise band whose fans packed the venue. It’s not that I hated Godflesh’s performance; it was decent-sounding industrial metal but not as memorable as some of other industrial metal bands I’ve seen in the past such as Ministry. 3/5

I spent the rest of the night dancing and hanging around with friends, some of whom I haven’t seen in years. Overall this was an intense, exhausting but also really fun way to spend Easter Saturday. I finally got to see Grendel live, Terrolokaust were really good and I discovered the delights of iVardensphere. It’s really a shame that this was the last Resistanz Festival. I’m so glad that I got to attend it, even if it was just for one day after such a long break.

Iza Raittila

 

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Dark metal band Foscor enter studio; Begin work on fourth album

Posted in Featured, News with tags , , , , , , on 11th March 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Dark metallers Foscor are in the Nautilus Studios in Barcelona to begin recording their fourth full-length album. The new album, to be titled Those Horrors Wither, is the follow up to 2009’s Groans to the Guilty and marks an expansion in the band’s musical direction, away from the strict confines of black metal. Work has already started on the drum tracks, and Foscor will be posting regular updates and photos from the recording sessions on their Facebook page at this location.

With a current line-up that comprises Falke (Soul Aside, Fayrierie, ex-Lux Divina) and A.M. (ex-Vidres A La Sang) on guitars, Fiar (Melangia, Dawn Of Hate, Cabestro, live session vocalist for Graveyard) on bass and vocals, and Nechrist (ex-Shemhamphorash) on drums, FOSCOR was formed in Barcelona in 1997 and spent their first decade blending the best of ‘90’s Old School Black Metal with both traditional and modern extreme metal styles. With three full-length albums, three splits, and appearances on Katatonia and Enslaved tributes under their belts, the band released a live DVD in 2012 to commemorate their 10th Anniversary. But more than just a commemoration, the DVD also represents the end of one era for the band, whilst Those Horrors Wither, for which a label is being sought, represents the beginning of the next.

Commenting on the new direction, Foscor founders Falke and Fiar had this to say: “We have been developing our direction and sound since the very beginning, and now I think we have reached the stage where our musical abilities have increased to the extent where we can express ourselves fully though our music in the way we always wanted and we have truly come into our own. I don’t really know how you would classify the new direction, but we have expanded our musical horizons, dipping into doom, and even moments of prog, whilst keeping the claustrophobic black atmosphere. I guess you could say that the new album will be much more multi-dimensional. Fans who have been with us from the start will have probably had some kind of inkling as to the direction we will be taking, and we hope they will be very satisfied with what they are going to hear. There’s a lot of work yet to be done and we will try to keep everyone updated every step of the way. Darkness will speak again…

Foscor’s next live appearance will be on the 21st May at the Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona where they will support Godflesh at the Sala Apolo. More information about Foscor can be found on the band’s official website: http://www.foscor.com

Foscor’s entire set from their 2012 appearance at the Aurora Infernalis Festival in Arnhem can be seen below:

 

Soulstorm – Fall of the Rebel Angels

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , on 12th September 2012 by izaforestspirit

Soulstorm
Fall of The Rebel Angels
Due for release/Released: September 2012
Death Metal/ Industrial Metal
Released via Label: Metal Blade Records

‘Fall of The Rebel Angels’ is the third album from the Canadian industrial death metal band Soulstorm. The band was originally formed back in 1991 but the project was on hold from 1999 after the release of the EP ‘Under The Killing Sun’ until 2006. According to a recent press release ‘Fall of The Rebel Angels’ joins together “the brutality of classic Death Metal with the eerie coldness of Godflesh inspired industrial madness.”

Industrial noise seems like a fitting way to describe the raw intro to the opening track ‘Soulless’. The other thing which struck me about this song is that it doesn’t really sound much like death metal at all. I mean, ok… sure the vocals fall in the death metal category but the programming gives it that raw industrial metal feel. Looks like the description in the press-release was very accurate as this really does remind me of Godflesh. There’s a certain uneasiness about the tracks. Take title track ‘Fall of the Rebel Angels’ for instance, the guitars and programming create this grim, haunting atmosphere whilst the vocals maintain help to maintain a sense of discomfort in the listener.

Then there’s that creepy yet powerful guitar solo at the start of ‘Kingdom of Rats’. Other noteworthy tracks include the bleak, lengthy ballad ‘Control. Suppress. Deny’ which really puts the emphasis on the droning guitar riffs; the atmospheric ‘Descent to Desolation’ and ‘The Nihilism Quotient’ which sees a haunting duet between the singer and guest vocalist Rob Urbinati (Sacrifice).

3.5/5 – this album makes for some very uneasy listening but if Godflesh is your thing then I would strongly recommend it.

Iza Raittila

Iza Raittila

Hour of 13 added to Dublin Doom Days festival line-up

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 30th August 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

East Coast doom metallers Hour of 13 have been confirmed for this year’s edition of the Dublin Doom Days festival in Ireland.

The fourth edition of the festival takes place over two days, September 28th and 29th, at The Pint in Dublin.  Also included on the bill are the likes of Urfaust, Tome, Weed Priest, The Veil, Weeping Ulcer and more.

Hour of 13 guitarist Chad Davis comments: “Hour of 13 are pleased to be a part of the 2012 instalment of Dublin Doom Days.  A little over 2 years to the date, it will be great to play our second-only European appearance in the birthplace of our first ever live show.  The people in the Irish scene are extremely amazing, and we would like nothing more than to bring our music back to them for round two.

Hour of 13 vocalist Phil Swanson adds: “It’s very last minute with not much time for preparation.  I’d never consider this for anyone but Mark and nowhere else but Dublin.

For more information about the Dublin Doom Days festival, join the official event page on Facebook.

See HOUR OF 13 live at the following shows:

Sep. 29, 2012 – Dublin, Ireland – The Pint
Oct. 26, 2012 – New York, NY – Saint Vitus
Apr. 18, 2013 – Tilburg, Netherlands – Roadburn Festival

HOUR OF 13’s new album, 333, is available now worldwide.  Get the CD in Europe here or in North America here.

333 is also available on iTunes.

Hour of 13 confirmed for Roadburn Festival 2013

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 17th July 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

North Carolina doom metallers Hour of 13 have been confirmed for the 2013 edition of Roadburn Festival in the Netherlands.

The festival takes place at Het Patronaat in Tilburg from April 18th to April 21st, 2013. Hour Of 13, who have just released their new album 333 in Europe, will be performing on the first day of the festival on Thursday, April 18th.  Also confirmed for the festival are the likes of Godflesh and Electric Wizard.

HOUR OF 13 guitarist CHAD DAVIS comments: “Hour Of 13 are extremely honoured to be a part of Roadburn 2013, the most important music festival in existence today.  We guarantee a spot-on performance of our brand of gloomy heavy metal.  As an avid admirer of this festival, it brings me great pleasure to become a part of this festival’s legacy.

For more information about Roadburn, go to http://www.roadburn.com

Get Hour Of 13‘s new album, 333, on CD in Europe here.

The album is also available on iTunes.

333 is due to be released in North America on July 30th.  Pre-order the album now here.

Get more Hour of 13 news and info at:
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/HourOf13
MySpace – http://www.myspace.com/hourof13doom