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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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Nothing confirm European debut at Roadburn Festival

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , on 7th March 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Continuing on from the release of their debut album, Guilty Of Everything, earlier this week, Philadelphia four piece Nothing have confirmed their debut European performance at the legendary Roadburn Festival in Holland. The festival will be hosted in Tilburg, Holland next month.

Guilty of Everything has been gaining recognition and acclaim in both the US and Europe, with OOR magazine in the Netherlands hailing the record as “…the album My Bloody Valentine should have written,” whilst Rock-A-Rolla in the UK describe it as “a remarkably dense and heavy yet gentle and elegant shoegazey dream pop opus“. Roadburn.com said that the album was “a winning mix of ethereal, aurorean shoegaze coupled with infectious riffs and hooks” – making the festival the ideal platform for their European debut.

Nothing will be joining an eclectic mix of artists at Roadburn, ranging from Candlemass through to Loop. They will be playing alongside fellow Relapse Records artists; -(16)-, ASG, Indian, Inter Arma, Locrian, Lord Dying, Windhand, and True Widow. Nothing will perform on Thursday 10th April at Het Patronaat. Roadburn Festival takes place 10th – 13th April at the 013 venue and Patronaat in Tilburg, Netherlands. The festival is sold out, however tickets to the Afterburner event on 13th April are still available. More information can be found at this location.

Nothing online:

http://bandofnothing.com
http://facebook.com/BANDOFNOTHING
http://twitter.com/BandofNOTHING
http://instagram.com/bandofnothing
http://wearenothing.bandcamp.com

 

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Ex Libris – Medea

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 13th January 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Ex Libris
Medea
Released 18th January 2014
Progressive Metal/Symphonic Metal
Self-Released

Holland has become a country known for its female-fronted talent, such as Within Temptation, ReVamp, Epica and Delain, so it won’t come as a surprise to many when I say that’s the country that progressive powerhouse Ex Libris hail from. Having played as support to a few of the above mentioned bands, Ex Libris, who are fronted by the talented Dianne van Giersbergen, are slowly building a reputation for themselves on the international metal scene for their unique and bombastic sound sound. Whilst Medea is their second album, the band have achieved a lot more than most bands have.

Named after the Medea of Greek mythology, the album is kick started by the title track, Medea, which is a raging storm composed of swaying guitar passages and crashing waves of percussion, lined with vocals sharp enough the cut Mount Olympus in two. The lashings of orchestration help add to the tragic and dramatic character of the song. Sailing from the seas of the tragic Medea into the fearsome ocean that is Murderess In Me, the album’s atmosphere morphs into something more sinister, allowing for the music to become more cut-throat whilst retaining its classical and mythic vibe. The riffs have a sharper edge than the previous track, allowing for Dianne’s vocals to glide swiftly over the ocean of the music without hindrance.

On The Ocean’s Command begins with the soothing sound of the sea and the creaking wood abroad a ship as the climatic use of guitars, courtesy of Paul, make themselves heard before the vivid keyboards, as supplied by Koen, make their striking entrance. The song builds itself up into a tense masterpiece, tightly knitting each element of the song together. Dianne’s vocal work is particularly impressive during this track, changing like the winds, expectedly and unexpectedly. The following song, My Dream I Dream, focuses more on the emotion than the dramatics, allowing for a vast river of feeling to flow through each aspect of the track. Peter’s basswork sound more profound, making itself known from beginning to end, especially in sudden thrilling and heavy portion of the track, colliding smoothly with Eeclo’s clear-cut and strict drumming.

Song Of Discord marches in like a column of hoplites on their way to war. There is a powerful and harrowing atmosphere conjured up throughout the song, giving the music more punch than would be expected. The vocal duet of Dianne van Giersbergen and Damien Wilson opened up new possibilities for this song, not just vocally but throughout its performance in which the two vocalists play the parts of Medea and her husband, the hero Jason. It will be interesting to see how Ex Libris can pull this one off live. A Mother’s Lament begins straight away with a hook, grabbing attention from every angle and refusing to let go. The guitars and rhythm sections hammer away, fortifying the song whilst the vocals and keyboards add the glitz and the glam to the song, keeping it from becoming a dull affair.

Daughter Of Corinth sees another drastic change in the pace and sound of Medea, turning into a fearsome hydra of progressive riffs, eerie vocals and hypnotic drum passages while other aspects of the song are more shadowy, keeping withdrawn like a Gorgon hunting their victim. A Tale Told makes use of other elements but remains true to Ex Libris’ overall sound as well before the album moves onto the ten minute and fifty second long epic From Birth To Bloodshed which like some of the previous tracks paves way for a drastic change in the album. The riffs during this track are callous, leaving no room for mercy whilst the vocals are at their pinnacle, adding emphasis to the rest of the song. The instrumentation throughout the song take sup the spirit of the ocean, changing from the violent crashing of waves to gentler sailing.

Ex Libris have a knack for writing good music and Medea takes you down more twists and turns than the Labyrinth, keeping focus on the music as new life is breathed into Medea’s impressively tragic story by one talented band.

5/5

Nico Davidson

Ex Libris online:

http://exlibrismusic.com
http://facebook.com/exlibrismusic

 

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Azylya announce first ever Holland show

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 5th December 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Belgium’s up-and-coming heavy hitters of the symphonic metal scene Azylya have announced their first ever show in The Netherlands. The event will take place place on 22nd February 2014 at Popcentrale in Dordrecht, Holland. The band will be supporting Dutch opera metallers Ex Libris, who they played with at this year’s Dames of Darkness Festival in Bilston near Wolverhampton.

In related news, Azylya have also been announced for an exclusive UK headline show at the Valkyrian Festival in Selby on 22nd November 2014. Tickets for Valkyrian Festival are available at this location for £20 (excluding P&P costs).

Azylya online:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/AZYLYA/108712706476?fref=ts

 

Epica announces Dutch album release show

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 12th September 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Dutch symphonic metal titans Epica will be returning to the stage on 30th April next year at 013 in Tilburg, Holland for what can only be described as an intense album release show. After taking a break from the live circuit following the pregnancy of frontwoman Simone Simons, the publication of the band’s upcoming live DVD Retrospect in November via Nuclear Blast and writing and recording the new upcoming album, the Dutch sextet will come back will full momentum and full power; so fans can expect Epica at their best and to put on a memorable show to feature old and new tracks alike.

the band are currently finishing off the pre-production stage of the follow-up to 2012’s Requiem For The Indifferent and shall begin recording in October with former After Forever and current Aryeon keyboardist Joost van den Broek (Stream Of PassionReVamp) as producer.

To make the release show at their native even more special, fans will not only be able to purchase regular tickets, but there will be two exclusive bundles available for this event. The first bundle contains a signed version of the upcoming album and the second larger bundle will consist of a goodie bag, containing a signed copy of the upcoming album, an exclusive T-shirt, Flag, Lanyard, VIP Laminate and a limited edition Poster.

Tickets and bundles will be available for sale this coming Saturday (14th September) at 10am CET (9am GMT) from this location.

There will be a special ‘early bird’ tickets available at reduced price. This offer is valid until 28th September 2013.

On the 8th November Nuclear Blast will release Retrospect as a deluxe hardcover book with 48 pages. Both as a 2DVD/3CD and 2Blu-ray/3CD version.

Epica online:

http://epica.nl
http://facebook.com/epica

 

Mikael Åkerfeldt to curate Roadburn Festival 2014

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

Opeth‘s Mikael Åkerfeld has agreed to curate the Roadburn Festival 2014 on Friday 14th April at the 013 venue in Tilburg, Holland. This means that he will personally select bands for his special event and play a headline show with Opeth.

Opeth‘s body of work is highly respected by the Roadburn crowd, which has made Mikael an ideal choice to carry on the tradition that started in 2008 with David Tibet (Current 93) and has continued with the likes of NeurosisTom G. WarriorSunn 0)))Voivod and Jus Oborn (Electric Wizard). Mikael commented:

It’s with great honour that I accepted the invitation to be the curator for the 2014 Roadburn Festival. I’m pretty damn far from being a professional booker/promoter, and I’ve never been part in choosing bands for an event apart from bands that Opeth has toured with. So this is a first for me, but I have to say I’m very excited.

I’ve reached out to a handful of my favourite bands from the past and present. As of now it looks like it will be an amazing musical event. Still brainstorming about possible bands for this glorious festival but I already know that I’m going to be like a kid at Christmas. It will be amazing! Plain and simple. Obviously Opeth will perform as well, but to be quite honest with you, our own performance doesn’t get me nearly as excited as the thought of experiencing the bands that have shown interest. It will be remarkable and memorable. A celebration, bitches!

Opeth online:

http://opeth.com
http://facebook.com/Opeth

Winter in Eden confirmed as support for Maiden United

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

British symphonic rockers Winter In Eden have been announced as support for Maiden United later this in Europe. Winter In Eden will be playing acoustic sets during in their short stint with Maiden United. Dates are as follow:

8th September – Beatnik, Beerse, Belgium
13th September – Extase, Tilburg, Holland
14th September – P3, Purmerend, Holland

Winter In Eden online:

http://winterineden.com
http://myspace.com/winterineden
http://twitter.com/WinterInEden