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Sweden’s Shining debut track from new album

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 28th August 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Sweden’s Shining, who are fronted by the infamous Niklas Kvarforth, have debuted a track from their upcoming album 8 ½ – Feberdrömmar I Vaket Tillstånd which is due for release through Dark Essence Records. The album features tracks that date back to the band’s Livets Ändhållplats and Angst era. 8 ½ – Feberdrömmar I Vaket Tillstånd is described as a rare foray for the band, in that all the tracks bar one, feature vocalists hand picked by Shining founder and frontman Niklas Kvarforth. Some of the tracks are sung in the native language of the guest vocalists that have taken part in the album. The fourth track, Selvdestruktivitetens Emissarie, of the six track release features Gaahl (God Seed, Wardruna, ex-Gorgoroth) on vocals and is currently being streamed by Metal Hammer at this location.

The tracks on 8 ½ – Feberdrömmar I Vaket Tillstånd are still in their original pre-production format to which have been added newly recorded bass and guitars, as well as keyboards by  Lars Fredrik Fröslie (Angst), whose sound is a relatively new addition to Shining‘s releases. , having not being used before the sixth album. The track listing plus guest vocalists are as follow:

  • 1. Terres Des Anonymes featuring Famine of Peste Noire
  • 2. Szabadulj Meg Önmagadtól featuring Attila Csihar of Mayhem and Tormentor
  • 3. Ett Liv Utan Mening featuring Pehr Larsson of Alfahanne
  • 4. Selvdestruktivitetens Emissarie featuring Gaahl of God Seed, Wardruna, Trelldom, ex-Gorgoroth
  • 5. Black Industrial Misery featuring  Maniac of Skitliv, ex-Mayhem
  • 6. Through Corridors Of Oppression featuring Niklas Kvarforth himself

Shining online:

Shining – 8 ½ – Feberdrömmar i vaket tillstånd

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , , on 22nd August 2013 by izaforestspirit

8 ½ – Feberdrömmar i vaket tillstånd
Released 23rd September 2013
Suicidal Black Metal/ Raw Black Metal
Released via Dark Essence Records

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‘8 ½ – Feberdrömmar i vaket tillstånd’ is the new album from the Swedish suicidal black metal band Shining fronted by Niklas Kvarforth. It is the follow up to last year’s ‘Redefining Darkness’. This particular album features re-recorded versions of old tracks by the band featuring guest vocals from Attila Csihar (Mayhem), Gaahl (ex-Gorgoroth, God Seed, Wardruna), Maniac (ex-Mayhem, Skitliv) amongst others.

First up is Terres Des Anonymes, a lengthy and extremely grim sounding piece of raw black metal. There’s no mistaking that signature Shining sound; it’s eerie, nihilistic and depressing which is precisely what you’d expect to hear. The vocals resemble howling whilst the guitars have a coarse sound to them and music has that droning feel to it. That pretty much sets the tone for the rest of the album as the subsequent tracks only add to the grimness.

Szabadulj Meg Önmagatól continues along the same path, though the keyboard parts at the start gives a certain melodic undertone which sets it apart from its predecessor. Yet do not be fooled into thinking that the keyboards make the track any less grim-sounding. Oh no, guest singer Attila’s haunting vocals ensure that eeriness and that bleak feeling of impending doom remain an integral part of the song. Another noteworthy track is Selvdestruktivitetens Emissarie which features a surprisingly melodic guitar and keyboard instrumental part complemented by whispers in the early stages of the song. The piano-like, melodic Through Corridors of Oppression features elements of Chopin’s famous sonata.

Overall this is a fine example of raw black metal. In terms of the rating, I would class this album in the same way that I regard other raw black metal bands such as Burzum and Xasthur. Would I listen to it all the time? Hell no, it would drive me insane. Is it intriguing enough to warrant another listen? Yes, very occasionally, in small doses and only when I’m in the right frame of mind.


Iza Raittila

Yorkshire black metallers Severed Heaven added to Valk-Fest 2013 line-up

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

Yorkshire-based black metallers Severed Heaven are the latest additions to the line-up for this year’s Valkyrian Festival – And without a doubt, they’re also the heaviest band on the bill so far.

Formed in 2007, the five piece black metal band expertly combine the finest elements of black and death metal to create a powerful and passionate sound which is lacking in today’s male-dominated metal scene. Having shared the stage with the likes of Gorgoroth, Gallhammer, Hecate Enthroned and more in the past, Severed Heaven are more than capable of bringing terror supreme at each show they play. With the follow-up to Incessant Darkness currently in the works, Severed Heaven will no doubt leave a trail of blood, guts and destruction at this year’s Valkyrian Festival.

Valkyrian Festival 2013 is in aid of RapeCrisis and will take place at Shades Nightclub in Bridlington, East Yorkshire between 29th November – 1st December. Weekend tickets are available online at this location for the low price of £5 and anyone who orders tickets before 31st August will be entered into an exclusive raffle draw. Further details for this year’s Valk-Fest can be found here.


Cradle of Filth w/Support @ Klubi, Tampere (Finland)

Posted in Gig, Live, Metal with tags , , , , , , on 16th November 2012 by izaforestspirit

Dark End, Rotting Christ, God Seed, Cradle Of Filth
Klubi, Tampere, Finland
15th November 2012

Klubi is a medium sized gig venue located in the heart of the Tampere city. Last night it was packed full of goths and metalheads who had all come to witness the nightmare that is the Finland leg of Cradle of Filth’s ‘Creatures From The Black Abyss’ tour.

Dark End
This Italian symphonic black metal band really likes their stage props. Their performance featured amongst other things: a blood stained cloth, burning incense and some twig-like gloves for the singer. They were also planning to use some live pyrotechnics but the venue owner didn’t give them permission to do so. Sadly, in spite of all the props, their show lacked in energy and most of the songs were slow and not particularly memorable.

Rotting Christ
These guys proved that you don’t need any corpse-paint or fancy stage props to put on a great show. Rotting Christ’s energetic, no-frills approach to black/melodic death metal won them several new fans as they entertained the crowds with a set packed full of fast metal tunes. I’m not familiar with their work but after that performance I’m tempted to check out some of their stuff.

God Seed

I’ve actually seen this band live before, albeit very briefly at Hellfest a few years ago. The only things I remember about them was that they play black metal and feature two former members from Gorgoroth. Anyway, this time their show was a case of hit and miss. Some of the black metal tracks they played were good but then they had these slow ambient style songs featuring some weird, pop-esque keyboard which didn’t fit the music at all.

Cradle Of Filth
This was my third Cradle Of Filth gig and once again they did not disappoint. Their set was packed full of hit songs which have left their mark in the band’s long history including: ‘Summer Dying Fast’ (one of my personal favorites), ‘Funeral In Carpathia’, ‘Cruelty Brought Thee Orchids’, ‘Nymphetamine’, ‘Lilith Immaculate’ and two tracks from the new album. Interestingly enough they did not play ‘Her Ghost In The Fog’ or any other track from the ‘Midian’ album but instead they ended their set with a performance ‘From The Cradle to Enslave’. Another thing that had changed since the last time when I saw them live was that the female backing vocals were sung by the keyboard player at times, and from play-back on certain songs. This made some of the older Cradle of Filth tracks sound a bit different to the way they do on the albums. Nonetheless I’m really glad that they chose to play the older stuff and I hope to see them live again in the future.


Waylander – Kindred Spirits

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , , on 7th June 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Kindred Spirits
To Be Released: 16th July
Folk Metal/Celtic Metal
Released via Listenable Records

Waylander have been influencing and pillaging the folk metal scene since their formation in 1993. The last 19 years has seen the band release two demos and three albums, with the fourth album, Kindred Spirits, to be released in July (unless you’re unlucky enough to be living in North America, then you’re waiting until August).

The album kicks off with Echoes of the Sidhe, which has an appealing introduction, being composed of melodic tin whistles and snarling guitar riffs. The vocals are astringent and unrelenting, adding to the vicious sound of the guitars and drums while the flute medleys add a more harmonious effect to the song. The guitar solo and the folky section that follow have a very defined, august sound. Lámh Dearg begins with a beautifully played acoustic section before the roaring guitar riffs make themselves heard. The acoustic sections are quite dominant throughout the song, creating a unique sound with the more heavier sections of the song and the harsh vocal work. Some of the melodic licks and riffs are pleasant to hear, giving the song a very varied sound. Twin Fires of Beltine begins sounding like a semi-heavy power metal anthem with Celtic influences. Compared to the last two tracks, Twin Fires is relatively more laid back, portraying more of a Celtic hard rock sound than a folk metal sound. The melodic use of tin whistles add a certain beauty to the song whilst the cleaner vocals in the chorus add some folky flavouring to the track. The most interesting part of the track is the combination of narration and an instrument I can’t quite recognise.

Of Fear And Fire teases the listener with a slow and dark acoustic passage before the menacing and fierce riffs echo through the speakers. The first vocal passage sounds like an early Gorgoroth before taking on the death metal guise. The tin whistles blend in majestically with everything else in the track. Grave of Giants bewitchingly soothing melody whilst the monologue speaks of beautiful landscapes and untainted rivers, far from the “over-populated, polluted and so-called civilised” cities. The following track, A Path Well Trodden, changes the pace and sound rom the last track into something more hostile and warlike yet alluring and statuesque at the same time, however, the tin whistles are the one part that really do stick out in this magnificent painting of sounds. The album steps up a few levels with the heaviness in the form of Quest for Immortality, a song that utilises a staunch use of both harsh and clean vocals with a charming use of tin whistles and barbaric drum patterns. The guitars combine a near-perfect use of melody and aggression that dances well with the tin whistles.

The haunting sound of Erdath gently rings out next, complete with almost-choir like vocals and a dark atmosphere, before the sudden transformation into a raging beast of double bass drums, energetic riffs and thunderous vocals. Of course, the track is full of aggression and speed as there is a section in the second half where it remains heavy but is relatively slower and gloomier, much like a doom metal track. The album ends with the title track, Kindred Spirits, which begins with an alluring tin whistle medley before the assault of guitars and drums begin. The vocals sound raw and much more harsh than on the other tracks, which I think really does add to the sound of the song. The tin whistles add the beauty to the beast that are the guitars and vocals, making the song harmonious yet chaotic – In the good sense of course. Kindred Spirits really is the stand out track of the album.

After listening to the album, I see why Waylander are an influential band. I’ve never really listened to the band before so Kindred Spirits was something new for me and it definitely displays Waylander’s sound perfectly. Everything just seemed to fit together in the album to create a folkin’ masterpiece and Celtic goodness.


Nico Davidson

Schattenlicht – Erinnerung

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , on 28th May 2012 by izaforestspirit

Due for release: July 2011
Black Metal
Seelengreif Klangwelten

‘Erinnerung’ is the debut EP from the Austrian black metal band Schattenlicht.

The opening track/intro ‘Am Abgrund’ can be summed up in a few words as eerie, slow and melancholic which is quite befitting for black metal. With ‘Ein Blick die Tiefe’ come the guitars and the standard, guttural black metal, Mayhem-style vocals. The overall mood, however, stays the same maintaining the eerie atmosphere even when the guitar picks up the pace adapting a somewhat more catchy style.

The title track ‘Erinnerung’ has a deceptively slow, soft guitar intro which then gives in to more black metal. This particular song has some melodic undertones, especially in the guitars which remind of old Gorgoroth or possibly even Satyricon at times. Another noteworthy track is the Ragnarok-esque ‘Gefangen’ which, once again, draws attention towards the guitars with a few solos added to the mix. The biggest surprise on here is ‘Frei’ which has a very long, slow guitar intro akin to that of the title track before a return to black metal although on this particular song the guitars sound disjointed at times.

3.5/5 – definitely a step in the right direction.

Iza Raittila

Arcite w/Support @ Hollywood & Vine, Hull

Posted in Gig, Live with tags , , , , , , , on 16th May 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Bands: Arcite, Broken, Righteous Indignation, Reflection In Exile, Bulletproof, We Are Carnivores, Fable
Location: Hollywood and Vine, Hull
Date: 12th May 2012

It had been too long since I’d been at Hollywood and Vine. In fact, the last time I was there was for my own show back in February for the celebrations of Valkyrian Music’s first year of existence in this dark corner of the ever growing internet, so I was more than happy to return for a long night of rock, metal and whatever the hell else was on the bill.

Opening the night up were Hull’s own rockers Fable, a band who I haven’t seen since their debut gig at this same venue months ago. The first thing I noticed was that their bassist Katie was absent, with a replacement bassist stepping in for the night. The band opened up their set with a pleasing to the ears rendition of Go With The Flow by Queens Of The Stone Age. Straight away, I noticed that Gary’s vocals had become more defined and stronger. A few songs into their set, the sound went completely though this issue was soon resolved. Their performance of Kryptonite, originally by 3 Doors Down, sounded different to the original version but a good kind of different. It had more of a fresh sound to it. Disappointingly, Fable’s set was filled to the brim with covers again, making it hard to know what their own sound is. Alas, hopefully they’ll have some original material for the next time round.

When We Are Carnivores took to the stage, I really wasn’t sure what to expect. I’ve heard mixed things about the band and their music. When they first started up, I was ready to write them off as a pop punk act due to the heavy pop punk influences in their first couple of songs though when they performed Carnivores, a song named after themselves, I soon changed my mind. The song had more of an alternative hard rock sound with several hints of old school punk thrown in. Later on in their set, they performed an entertaining version of Katy Perry’s Last Friday Night, which strangely suited the frontman’s vocals. Towards the end of their energetic and lively performance, We Are Carnivores’ set grew into something more violent sounding, displaying some beastly post-hardcore and death metal influences.

Bulletproof, who were third on the line-up, impressed me with their punchy bass riffs and dominating percussion sections, while the guitars were raw, overwhelming and more vicious than a bear with a headache. The guitar solos flowed like a mighty and fearsome river and were definitely the best part of the band’s set but it was the vocals that disappointed me. They seemed to have taken on a very death metal-style but simply didn’t suit the hard rock sound of the band and didn’t seem to be too well performed – It’s a shame really since I think the band do have potential.

Reflection In Exile, a band described as blackened thrash metal, were scheduled to play after Bulletproof and they did catch my attention, both visually, with their corpse-painted appearance and audibly. Their set was dominated by Gorgoroth and Mayhem sounding riffs with the odd bit of Dimmu Borgir and Testament slung in for good measure. The vocal style of the band’s frontman was typically black metalesque yet original sounding at the same time. The band’s live show was energetic and charismatic, working well with their punishing riffs and demonic vocal work. If you’re going to Bloodstock this year, I heavily recommend watching these guys.

Hull already has a strong thrash metal scene going on thanks to the likes of Pastel Jack and XIII, so I’m surprised that I hadn’t seen Hull’s other premier thrash metal act Righteous Indignation before. Their sound can only be described as a love-child spawned from the likes of Testament, Sepultura and Destruction with a carefully balanced blend of snarling vocals, drum work that’s tighter than a duck’s ass and a general all around brutal sound. The frontman, Joe T-Bone, displayed a solid combination of high amounts of energy and heavy-duty vocal work while the rest of the band proved to be capable and talented musicians. Could Righteous Indignation be Hull’s answer to Evile? Quite possibly. The main support came in the form of heavy rockers Broken.Their set consisted mostly of an alternative hard rock sound and some sweet solos, though I did feel that the vocals were a bit generic sounding for their style though you can’t fault the frontman’s ability to whip the crowd up into a frenzy. The last song of their set, 20 Years, was the best song of their entire set. Not because it was the last song but because it sounded well composed and masterfully mixed softer riffs with a heavier style of guitar playing and the vocals even had a unique sound to them. After watching Broken, I see why they’re playing Download.

By the time Arcite started up, I was feeling a bit tired and weary though the first couple of seconds into their first soon made me feel awake again. Their riffs hit the crowd harder than what a bus and monster truck colliding could do while the drum work was just as destructive yet very technical sounding at the same time. The vocals were harsh, raw and powerful while the cleaner vocal style were quite staunch. There was a certain aura of excitement that radiated from the band. The band looked to be in their element as their early hardcore punk roared throughout the venue. Sadly due to logistical reasons, I had to leave part way through Arcite‘s set, which really did disappoint me since I felt they were the most talented and impressive band of the night.

Nico Davidson