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ReVamp announce release dates for second album

Posted in Featured, News with tags , , , , , , , , , on 8th May 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Dutch metal band ReVamp – who are fronted by Floor Jansen, who recently accompanied Nightwish on their world tour – have announced the release dates for their second album, which is to be released via Nuclear Blast. The album will hit mainland Europe first on 6th September, followed by the UK on 9th September, Japan on 12th September and finally the US on 17th September. Vocalist Floor comments:

Never before in my career I faced a situation like the one we were in with this album. It was a huge challenge because of several reasons. My sickness caused a major break between the first album and tours plus the writing of the first ideas for the second album and the actual finalization of those songs and the album. And right at the moment we started to pick everything back up after I was sick I joined Nightwish. Like a winter and a summer storm, they bring unexpected things, some nasty ones and some amazingly wonderful!

Also the recording of this album was unlike any I did before because I was on tour with Nightwish most of the time. Guided by Joost van den Broek (ex-After Forever, songwriter first for the ReVamp album) the talented musicians of ReVamp recorded all the instruments and when I came back to The Netherlands I stepped into the studio to find a rough diamond. A shiny dark crystal: ready for my vocals. That was magical! The singing went smoother than ever before. The lyrics are like a roadmap through our storms and through my personal detours and horrors.

The result of this trial will be released on album in September 2013. With pride we can announce our partner in crime from the first album will again join forces with us! Metal and rock giant Nuclear Blast will again make sure ReVamp’s new album reaches YOUR music collection wherever you are on this metal loving planet!

ReVamp online:

www.revampmusic.com
http://www.facebook.com/ReVamp
https://twitter.com/ReVampOfficial
http://www.nuclearblast.com/revamp

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Delain announce US tour dates with Kamelot

Posted in Featured, News with tags , , , , , , , on 15th March 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

The good news just keep on coming for Delain fans around the globe. After announcing their Japanese tour, and their South American dates, Delain, who are proving to be the hottest band on the symphonic metal scene, have announced that they’ll be joining Kamelot on a full-blown North American tour. The band comments: “It has been way too long since our last tour with our friends from KAMELOT! We’re hugely looking forward to joining them on tour this fall and we’re hugely looking forward to meet YOU on our first ever full-blown US Tour. See you there, you don’t want to miss this!

Tour dates for both Japan and North America and other countries are as follows:
18.03.13 JP – Tokyo / Club Quattro
19.03.13 JP – Osaka / Akaso
13.04.13 NL – Hilversum / Vorstin
20.04.13 SU – Paramaribo / Unkies Open Air
23.04.13 AR – Buenos Aires/ Salon Reducci
24.04.13 BR – Sao Paolo / Carioca Club
05.05.13 NL – Zwolle / Bevrijdingsfestival Overijssel
11.05.13 UK – Wolverhampton / Dames of Darkness Festival
18.05.13 NL – Uden / De Pul
01.06.13 NL – Nijmegen / Fortarock
22.06.13 NL – Dokkum / Dokk’em Open Air
12.07.13 DE – Ballenstedt / Rockharz Festival

Delain on tour with Kamelot in North America:
02.09.13 US – Columbus, OH / Alrosa Villa
03.09.13 US – Baltimore, MD / Soundstage
05.09.13 US – Philadelphia, PA / The Trocadero Theatre
06.09.13 US – New York, NY / Stage 48
07.09.13 US – Worcester, MA / The Palladium
08.09.13 CA – Montreal, QUE / Club Soda
10.09.13 CA – Toronto, ON / The Opera House
12.09.13 US – Chicago, IL / Mojoe’s
13.09.13 US – Kansas City, KS / The Granada
14.09.13 US – Denver, CO / Bluebird Theater
15.09.13 US – Salt Lake City, UT / In The Venue
17.09.13 US – Seattle, WA / El Corazón
18.09.13 US – Portland, OR / Hawthorne Theater
20.09.13 US – San Francisco, CA / Slim’s
21.09.13 US – Anaheim, CA / The Grove
22.09.13 US – Phoenix, AZ / Joe’s Grotto
24.09.13 US – Dallas, TX / Trees
25.09.13 US – San Antonio, TX / Backstage Live
27.09.13 US – Louisville, KY / Diamonds
28.09.13 US – Atlanta, GA / The Masquerade
29.09.13 US – Orlando, FL / House Of Blues

 

Gorod announce Japan tour dates

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 5th December 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

French progressive technical death metal act Gorod  will embark on their first Japanese tour in June 2013 in support of their latest album A Perfect Absolution.

Gorod will be supporting The Crown on this tour, along side Japanese tech. death outfit Gotsu Totsu Kotsu and more.

The band  commented on the upcoming run: “We can’t wait to meet our Japanese fans !! We’re so happy we can make it !!Thanks to Pascal (our manager) and Beneth (Chaotic Tapestry Japan) to make this dream come true !!

GOROD – The Spring Is Gone Tour dates

June 11 – SENDAY – “Flying Son”
June 12 – NAGOYA – “3Stars”
June 13 – OSAKA – “Pangea”
June 14 – FUKUOKA – “Graf”
June 15 – SHIZUOKA – “Sunash”
June 16 – TOKYO – “Cyclone”

Testament announce exclusive Japan shows with Destruction and Death Angel

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on 5th December 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Bay Area thrash metal legends Testament have scheduled two exclusive shows in Japan in March, 2013 with thrash legends Destruction and Death Angel. The shows will take place on 9th and 10th March, 2013 at Club Citta in Kawasak-Shi, Japan.

Fans can pre-reserve their tickets at this location this coming Saturday (8th December). Tickets will then go on sale everywhere on Saturday 22nd December. Further information on the exclusive shows can be found at this location.

Japan tour dates as followed:

March
9 – Club Citta – Kawasak-Shi, Japan
10 – Club Citta – Kawasak-Shi, Japan

Testament also recently announced their first US headlining tour in support of their new album, Dark Roots of Earth. The trek promises to be one of the best thrash metal line-ups of the year, with support coming from the world renowned Overkill and Flotsam And Jetsam, as well as Australian thrashers 4ARM.

VIP packages are now available for each show but will be on a limited basis per gig. Act now before they’re all gone!

VIP ticket packages will include the following:
– Meet and Greet with members of Testament.
– Photos with members of Testament.
– Special VIP collector pass.
– 8×10 photo of Testament.
– 1 Merchandise item.
– Discount Coupon for online shopping.
– VIP purchasers will receive a raffle ticket. Two lucky raffle winners per show will get to watch a portion of Testament’s set side stage with the opportunity to sing background vocals on ‘Into The Pit’!
– All VIP purchasers will be in an end of the tour drawing for a signature Eric Peterson Dean guitar signed by Testament.

US tour dates are as followed:

January
30 – The Filmore – San Francisco, CA*
31 – House of Blues – Anaheim, CA*

February
1 – The Marquee – Tempe, AZ*
2 – House of Blues – Hollywood, CA*
4 – Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM*
5 – Emo’s – Austin, TX
6 – House of Blues – Houston, TX
7 – House of Blues – Dallas, TX
9 – Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
10 – The Filmore – Charlotte, NC
12 – The Filmore – Silver Spring, MO
13 – Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
14 – Best Buy Theatre – New York, NY
15 – The Paramount – Huntington, NY
16 – The Palladium – Worcester, MA
17 – Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY
18 – Phoenix Concert Theatre – Toronto, ON
20 – Bogart’s – Cincinnati, OH
21 – The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI
22 – The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
23 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
25 – The Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
26 – In The Venue – Salt Lake City, UT
27 – Knitting Factory – Reno, NV
28 – Ace Of Spades – Sacramento, CA

* Denotes Flotsam And Jetsam will not be playing

 

Bloodshot Dawn release video for free single Godless

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 1st August 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Bloodshot Dawn Photo noLogoUK Death Thrashers Bloodshot Dawn have released there second video Godless from the debut 2012 self titled release. This video has been released in there lead up to there second appearance at the UK’s biggest metal fest: Bloodstock Open Air on August 9th 2012.

You can download “Godless” for free from the band’s Bandcamp!

The band have now begun pre-production on Album number 2 currently unnamed with no date of released planned, they will continue to tour throughout the Autumn and Winter, with tours planned in the UK, Japan, India and Western Europe expect to see them obliterating a venue near you soon!

www.BloodshotDawn.Bandcamp.com
www.YouTube.com/BloodshotdawnUK
www.Facebook.com/BloodshotDawn
www.BloodshotDawn.Bigcartel.com
www.BloodshotDawn.co.uk – *Coming Soon*

Katana – Storms of War

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , , , on 14th May 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Band: Katana
Release: Storms of War
Release Date: 2012
Genre: Traditional Metal
Label: Listenable Records

Sweden – Known to be the home of acts such as Arch Enemy, In Flames, Bathory and Abba. The last of which is probably the most known musical export from the Scandinavian nation. Yet Sweden is also home to the metal quintet that is Katana. The band have been described as being in the same vein as the early days of the NWOBHM era. Having only heard of them recently, in my dark corner of the interwebs, I have not set familiarised myself with their sound.

The Reaper is the starting track of the album and straight away the Paul Dianno-era Maidenesque riffs begin roaring blended with a deeper sounding style of Rob Halford-sounding vocals mixed with a slight hint of Manowar influenced vocal melodies. The drums race along the guitars, keeping that old school, hard rocking energy flowing. The solo is insanely played, making you want to bust out the air guitar and begin rocking out in your bedroom. As the track comes to its close, it’s finished off with the addictive classic screams, conjuring up fond memories of the golden days of the NWOBHM scene.

The intro for Wrath of the Emerald Witch sounds eerily like the main riff in Maiden’s song Wasted Years. The vocals take a new form, this time in the form of Yorkshire’s own NWOBHM heroes Saxon. The guitar sections morph, somewhat lycanthropically, into a more thrashier assault of riffs and crunchy bass work. The lyrics take up more of an early day power metal feel, fortunately without the extra side dish of cheese. The third track, Kubilai Khan, rings in a similar vein to Priest’s song Victim of Changes, only faster paced while the vocals have that power metal feel echoing through them. A lot of the riffs are catchier than the cold – the bonus being that they’re a damn sight lot better than having a snotty nose and feeling like death warmed up.

Lyrically, The Samurai Returns, fits in perfectly with the band’s name and the album art while musically and vocally, it almost embodies those old school attitude and sounds that the band demonstrate ever so well in their music. City on the Edge of Forever literally screams with NWOBHM era influences from Saxon and Maiden to Judas Priest and a tasty dash of Blitzkreig. The lyrics provide the paint and the music provides the canvas for what the vocals turn into a beautiful song that is so vibrant and powerful that very few songs can ever compare to it. No Surrender feels more chilled out compared to the other tracks yet it still brings a certain thundering war-like sound to the eardrums. The vocals certainly bring a charismatic tone to the song, blending creatively with the music.

The Land of the Rising Sun is one of the more creatively genius songs on the album, with the Asian styled riffs softer use of percussion yet I feel it doesn’t quite live up energy and magnitude of the rest of the album when it first begins. The vocals still do a great job at telling a story with masterfully penned lyrics. The song progresses, eventually, into a very Maiden-stylised piece, almost feeling like Katana’s own Rime of the Ancient Mariner. The most obvious difference being that it doesn’t last as long as the aforementioned song. The Asian based riffs make a second appearance in the song, keeping the concept of the song alive and kicking like an underdog boxer who refuses to go down.

The Gambit tears its way through, like a toned down version of Motorhead topped with the usual lyrics that dominated the 80s metal scene. Modesty Blaise is another song on the album bringing about the classic power metal musicianship. The bass work has a nice sounding twang to it, giving the song a very distinct appeal. And finally the album comes to a hard rocking halt with The Wisdom of Emond’s Field, that oddly sounds like the previous track before almost recreating a faster version of Tyr’s Hold The Heathen Hammer High. Fortunately, Katana soon bring the song back into its classic metal groundings with a brilliant use of melodic riffs and memorable hooks. The second half of the song brings about a vocal section similar to that of Maiden’s Charlotte The Harlot before morphing back into its old high energy anthem self.

In recent years, it seemed like the only good thing to come out of Sweden was Kopparberg. It would seem, that after listen to this album, I’ve been proven wrong. I’ve always liked classic and traditional metal and Katana have come so close to virtually perfecting the old school sound in one album, which is Storms Of Wars. I think Sweden now have their own Iron Maiden.

4.8/5

Nico Davidson