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Vagos Open Air 2015 – 1st day

Posted in Festival, Live with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 12th August 2015 by Pieni

Within Temptation, Amorphis, Heaven Shall Burn, Vildhjarta, Moonshade, Scar For Life
Quinta do Ega, Vagos (PT)
7th August 2015
Promoted by Prime Artists

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Within Temptation

There’s a handful of great metal festivals in Portugal, but Vagos Open Air is the one that focus on international acts (without disregarding the local ones) and reaches out to a broader, not always so-extreme audience. This year we even had Within Temptation headlining the first day, while Bloodbath had the honor of doing so on the third. And if you’ve read some of my previous articles, you might know how one of my favorite quotes is “diversity is the spice of life”.

It was precisely due to Within Temptation’s busy schedule that the festival was anticipated one hour. I don’t know why they simply didn’t swap slots with Amorphis – it’s not like they’d lose the headliner status – but in the end I was glad they didn’t. Vagos is a somewhat windy town, but this year one could drop the “somewhat” out of the sentence. And add cold. So that extra hour in the sun was more than welcome, for a change.

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Moonshade

Not sure if Scar For Life share my opinion though. But then again, despite their 7-year-old career and 4-album discography, they’re not exactly the most popular alternative/groovy metal band around here – even if they’d got on stage at 5 p.m., as originally announced, I doubt there would be a lot more people attending their show. And then they had some sound problems, which may have (or may have not…) led singer Rob Mancini to go often out of tune, and the crowd eventually got even scarcer. It’s a shame, really.

www.facebook.com/scarforlife

Moonshade, on the other hand, proved worthy of V.O.A.’s stage. “A small band”, as singer Ricardo Pereira described themselves, when thanking the crowd for coming and seeing them, but with a good live posture and performance. I was at the release party of their latest EP (see here), so I knew what to expect; still, it was a positive surprise to see how well it worked in a less intimate atmosphere and before such a more numerous audience.

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Vildhjarta

I was a little puzzled by Vildhjarta’s presence in this festival. A Meshuggah-like band who hasn’t released anything new in two years nor have near-future plans except for a vinyl edition of their only full-length “Måsstaden”. An experimental metal band who doesn’t even appear to play live that much, Brutal Assault in Czech Republic and Vagos itself apparently being the only dates this year. I guess that “little puzzled” is an understatement after all. But you know what? The crowd loved them! What I and many were skeptical about ended up in a big party, not only for the exquisite music but for the amusing guys who performed it. One of them – not sure if Vilhelm or Mynd – asking if we’d like some tea was kind of priceless.

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Heaven Shall Burn

But it was Heaven Shall Burn who swept Vagos off its feet. Literally. The moshers and crowdsurfers had a field day. And the screamers too, as I believe this was the show with the loudest chorus sing-alongs in songs such as “Forlorn Skies”, the Edge Of Sanity cover of “Black Tears” or “Like Gods Among Mortals”. 15 years had passed since the last (and actually first) time the Germans had played in Portugal but as soon as singer Marcus Bischoff announced “Voice Of The Voiceless”, the fans knew exactly what to do and aligned for a wall of death, with no need for further instructions.  Still regarding that first show, it seemed that no one had been there. Well, almost no one. One hand was raised when Marcus asked about it, joking then with the guy in response “oh yeah, you’re old enough”. But they also had the “youngest metal fan”, a 6-year-old kid who they called on stage close to the end. The kid was a bit confused, but headbanged his long hair here and there, marking the cutest moment of the whole festival.

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Amorphis

Amorphis‘ show was as brilliant as HSB’s, but on another kind of level – whereas the Germans exceled in adrenaline, the Finns did it in intensity. The main reason is, obviously, the nature of each band, but the fact that Amorphis were celebrating 20 years of the legendary “Tales From The Thousand Lakes” added an unmatched emotional weight. Performed in its entirety in such a flawless, heartfelt way, you even forgot that Tomi Joutsen wasn’t the singer who recorded the album. The setlist was completed by a couple of songs from the very first “The Karelian Isthmus” (“Signs From The North Side” and “Vulgar Necrolatry”) and the most classic tracks from “Elegy”.

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Within Temptation

Then Within Temptation soothed the moods down. Well, the “most metal” fans’ moods that is. The ones who liked the band were quite hyped by the pop-ish vibrancy of the Dutch. As headliners, they had enough time to promote their latest album, “Hydra”, and still visit all the others (except for the debut “Enter”, which I doubt they’ll ever play again, given the so much different style). One of the old ones was “Memories”, that Sharon den Adel said they hadn’t played in a long while and liked to dedicate to us. Among the newest we could hear “Paradise (What About Us?)”, “Dangerous” and “Covered By Roses”, and the Lana Del Rey cover of “Summertime Sadness”. No, not a metal gig, but that proverbial expression “they rocked!” was brought to life. Plus, Sharon is still able to jump around and sing at the same time without missing a note, not to mention the interaction she engages on with the crowd. So give it up, haters. It was a good show, that ended with the mandatory “Ice Queen”.

Text & photos by Renata “Pieni” Lino

Note: we weren’t granted access to the photopit, so no gallery this year.

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Bleed From Within launch video for I Am Oblivion

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 10th December 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

After playing the UK leg of Metal Hammer’s Defenders of the Faith tour with the likes of Carcass, Amon Amarth and Hell, and a recent European tour with Heaven Shall Burn, Bleed From Within have launched the video for their new single I Am Oblivion. The video can be viewed below. The song is taken from the band’s current album Uprising.

Unfortunately BLEED FROM WITHIN were forced to cancel the last two shows on the Heaven Shall Burn tour due to problems with their van. The next tour is already locked in for the spring when they will be on the road with DevilDriver and Sylosis.

Bleed From Within

31.03.2014 (DE) Munich – Backstage
01.04.2014 (FR) Paris – Le Trabendo
03.04.2014 (UK) Cardiff – Solus
04.04.2014 (UK) London – Electric Ballroom
05.04.2014 (UK) Wolverhampton – Wulfrun Hall
06.04.2014 (UK) Glasgow – Garage
08.04.2014 (IE) Dublin – The Academy
09.04.2014 (UK) Manchester – Academy 2
10.04.2014 (UK) Southampton – Mo’club
12.04.2014 (DE) Herford – X
13.04.2014 (DK) Aarhus – Voxhall
15.04.2014 (SE) Stockholm – Klubben
16.04.2014 (SE) Gothenburg – Sticky Fingers
17.04.2014 (DE) Hamburg – Gruenspan
18.04.2014 (BE) Antwerp – Trix

Other shows:
29.03.2014 (UK) Liverpool – 02 Academy
30.03.2014 (UK) Newcastle Upon Tyne – O2 Academy

Bleed From Within online:

http://www.bleedfromwithin.com
https://www.facebook.com/bleedfromwithinband

 

Deformation of Man – Self-Titled

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , , , , , , on 21st May 2013 by hammersmashedlauren

Deformation of Man
Self-Titled
Released 11 February, 2013
Groove Metal
Self Released

 

Hailing from Sheffield, Deformation of Man have come together to make hard-hitting metal that is loud and aggressive in every possible way. With the release of their self-titled debut album, they’ve compiled 10 tracks that are diverse in sound and will keep you headbanging whether you listen to it in the car, sitting at your computer, or even are your grandmother’s funeral.

What really impressed me most about this album were definitely the guitars. Melodic and groovy riffs are heard throughout every song which, to me, is important since all the songs didn’t sound like they ran together. Not only were they super catchy, they also were not overly technical. Technical metal has been on the rise lately so it’s nice to hear a band who keeps it simple but more importantly keeps it brutal.

A couple of my favorite tracks for me were Down in the Filth and Perfect Lie. These two songs had the most memorable riffs on the entire album. Both songs had awesome choruses and gave me the feeling of wanting to listen to more to the album. To be honest, I was not fully into this album when I first started listening to it, but as I listened to it more, it grew on me and I actually enjoyed it.

One flaw in this album though is definitely the vocals. To me, they seemed monotonous and would really sometimes drown out the rest of the music. If there were more high vocals added to this album, it would’ve made it that much better. The vocals are probably the reason why it took me longer to get into the album, and it’s not like the vocals were completely unbearable either. For some reason, bands with one-level vocals like Hatebreed make it harder for me to enjoy the songs.

However, I would say that is album is an overall hit. If you’re a fan of bands like Heaven Shall Burn, Hatebreed, or Thy Will Be Done, you will definitely enjoy this band and this album. The fact that the guitars sounded absolutely incredible on this album was enough to win me over, and I hope to hear more!

3.5/5

Lauren Gowdy

Deformation of Man online:

https://www.facebook.com/deformationofman

 

Interview with Stefan Keller [Neaera]

Posted in Featured, Interview with tags , , , , , , on 25th March 2013 by Freya

With the release Ours Is The Storm through Metal Blade earlier this month, which is Teutonic metal outfit Neaera’s sixth studio album, Freya Cherlet grabs hold of the band’s guitarist Stefan for a chat about all things Neaera and more.

Freya: What gave you the inspiration for your new album? Or people who inspire them?

Stefan: I think it is always the same thing that inspires you. To me it really doesn’t matter which record it is, I think the motivation and inspiration is always the same more or less. The question simply is, why are you a musician? I am playing guitar and writing music and lyrics because I use it as an extension of my soul – and that’s pretty much it! There is input and then there is output. We have a strong desire for output and that’s why we are putting out records quite frequently. To me this is the best part about playing in a band. To see it grow and evolve and being put together until finally a little, insignificant piece of art or expression has been put out into the world.

Freya: How does the song writing process go for the band?

Stefan: After the first record we decided to work together in a group of three, that is our drummer Sebastian and the other guitar player Tobias. Tobias and I create riffs and melodies at home, mostly without making songs of it. Then we present our ideas to the other two and write a song together. After we’re done with a few songs, we show them to the others and play them together. The lyrics are mainly written by myself as well as by our bass player Benjamin.

Freya: Are there any bands or artists you’d like to work with or go on tour with?

Stefan: I have been dreaming of a German US tour with Rammstein, Heaven Shall Burn, Caliban and us. I fear that will never happen though…

Freya: How does the rest of 2013 look for you?

Stefan: Well, we have been confirmed for a large number of great festivals, including Summer Breeze and Wacken, two of the most brilliant festivals in Germany. Apart from that we will do something special for our tenth anniversary in summer and will also play a tour again in Autumn. Maybe some songwriting as well.

Freya: Neaera is the name of multiple figures in Greek mythology, including an Oceanid and one of the Niobids. Why did you pick this to be the band’s name?

Stefan: I have never heard any of these names, to be quite frank. We found the name in John Milton’s book Paradise Lost. Neaera has been sexually enslaved and later in life freed herself from this burden by using courage and wit. It is a metaphor for oppression and freedom, which can be found in multiple ways and forms and variations on our planet everyday and everywhere… but often without the happy end.

Freya: Which is your favourite album out of the six albums have released so far?

Stefan: They all have something particular. I like to think back to the recording process of our first new records. Everything was so goddamn exciting and new! Today we have gained some more routine and professionalism – the flipside is that it is not that exciting anymore, I must admit. I pick our latest record because it really is our most focused, mature and most versatile effort.

Freya: Which do you enjoy more: Being in the studio or being on tour?

Stefan: We are not really a studio band. I, for my part, love trying out things and leaving the studio with something unplanned or unexpected, a solo or melody or something. But our singer Benjamin and Tobias don’t like studio work and wanna leave as soon as possible. I think we are more tour band, yeah.

Freya: If you weren’t in Neaera, what do you think you’d be doing instead?

Stefan: I have studied to be an English and Educational Science teacher during the band’s career and I have also just finished a two-year teacher training for high school. This was very time-consuming and led the fact that I had to be replaced by a very nice (though ugly) but unfortunately way better guitar student. So the answer is: I would teach kids. But of course, I will always write and play and listen to metal music.

Freya: What hobbies do have away from music?

Stefan: Well, I have been a hobby photographer since my early youth. I also like to swim and go the gym. I also go to classical symphony concerts and the theatre a lot. Does drinking count as a hobby?

Freya: How would you describe your fans? And what do they mean to you?

Stefan: Our fans are very committed and faithful. On the show in Munich a fan called Jochen brought us a cake which had our new album cover on it. He said it was his 63rd Neaera show. I think this is unbelievably great. We have gathered some very cool fans over the years who seem very interested in what we do and how we do it. That’s just fantastic! We are smart enough to know that it is these people who keep us as a band alive and active.

Freya: Anything you’d like to say to our readers?

Stefan: Finally, I wanna say thanks to everyone at Valkyrian Music who bought (or downloaded) our new record. We really hope we didn’t disappoint your expectations. We have become very god friends with Southampton-based metalcore powerhouse Bury Tomorrow and I hope we’ll tour the UK with them sometime soon.

Ours Is The Storm is now available via Metal Blade Records.

CENTURIAN set to record new album

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 27th January 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

The Dutch death metal formation that are CENTURIAN will start recording their third full-length album, titled Contra Rationem, on April 27th together with producer/sound-engineer Jo Peeters (Aborted, Heaven Shall Burn, Severe Torture) and Ralph Timmermans (Mindpark) at the We Are (Music) Junkies recording studio in Eindhoven. The album will be released by Listenable Records and will be the first studio release after 11 years – way to make us wait for a new release, eh?

Rob Oorthuis, founding member and writer/composer of CENTURIAN, commented: “The new record should appeal anyone who is prepared to die for his stands. Believe nothing, dare all!”

A few song titles include: Judas Among Twelve, Adversus, The Will Of The Torch, Thou Shallt Bleed For The Lord Thy God, Antinomian, Feast Of The Cross.

Click here for the video of Centurian rehearsing the new song: Judas Among Twelve.