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Existance – Breaking the Rock

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , on 22nd October 2016 by izaforestspirit

Existance
Breaking the Rock
Released 15th October 2016
Heavy Metal
Released via Black Viper Records


‘Breaking the Rock’ is the second album from the French heavy metal band Existance. The band was formed back in 2008 by Julian Izard (son of Didier Izard from the speed metal band H-Bomb). Existance expressed their aim to “keep the spirit of the 1980s heavy metal alive”. Their music has been compared to the likes of Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Saxon.

First off is Heavy Metal Fury with a deceptively slow and melodic guitar intro paving the way to some classic heavy metal in which most of the emphasis is on the guitar riffs and Izard’s melodic vocals. The 80s heavy metal influences are fairly easy to detect; the guitar patterns, riffs and vocal style reminds me of the more prominent bands from the NWOBHM movement such as Judas Priest and Iron Maiden. If it’s retro-style, heavy metal guitar riffs you’re after, you will find them in abundance on tracks such as All Is On Fire, Pain In Paradise.

As with most classic heavy metal albums, there’s usually at least one slow ballad to show the band’s ‘softer’, more melodic side and (hopefully) underline the skills and vocal range of their singer. On here we get Sinner of Love in which it’s definitely the vocals that enter the spotlight. Izard’s vocals are a good match to the guitar melodies giving the song a pleasant vibe. By contrast there’s the adrenaline-packed title track which really speeds things up in the riff department.

Overall, ‘Breaking the Rock’ is more than just a homage to 80s heavy metal. Existance did a great job of replicating the sounds of that era in metal music and their influences are fairly evident. It’s practically a genre-defining album. This is classic heavy metal in its purest form.

3.5/5

Iza Raittila

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Judas Priest’s Rob Halford makes surprise appearance with Five Finger Death Punch on stage

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 6th December 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Last night, metal legend Rob Halford, frontman for Judas Priest, surprised fans as he jumped on stage to join Five Finger Death Punch for a performance of their song Lift Me Up at the LG Arena in Birmingham. Halford is featured on the studio version of Lift Me Up, which appears on the first installment of Five Finger Death Punch‘s masterwork titled The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell, released in July.

Later that night the band, Ivan Moody (vocals), Zoltan Bathory (guitar), Jeremy Spencer (drums), Jason Hook (guitar) and Chris Kael (bass), announced they would be returning to Europe next Spring for their most expansive headline tour of Europe yet.  The tour kicks off with a performance at the just announced Bandit Rock Awards in Stockholm, Sweden on March 8, 2014. UK tour dates are as follow:

March 2014
Friday 28th            Birmingham Academy
Sunday 30th          London Forum
April 2014:
Tues 1st                 Manchester Academy

The band wrapped up their European arena tour with Avenged Sevenfold last night and finish the year in Russia with four headline shows. They kick off 2014 at Florida’s ShipRocked in January, before heading over to Australia for the Soundwave Festival.

Five Finger Death Punch online:

http://fivefingerdeathpunch.com

 

Diamond Plate’s Pulse out now; Streaming on Terrorizer

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 19th August 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Chicago metal unit Diamond Plate have recently released their new album Pulse and is out now on all formats in Europe. Pulse was recorded with producer Neil Kernon (Judas PriestNevermore3 Inches Of Blood) in the band’s home town at Studio Chicago. The artwork was created by Gustavo Sazes (Morbid AngelArch EnemySepultura).

An exclusive bonus track, which is a cover of Power Thrashing Death originally performed by New Jersey thrash band Whiplash, is available on the iTunes format of Pulse. The iTunes version of Pulse is available at this location.

In celebration of the release of Pulse, UK magazine Terrorizer are streaming the full album at this location.

Diamond Plate online:

http://www.diamondplateband.com
http://www.facebook.com/diamondplate1
http://twitter.com/diamondplate

 

Kobra & The Lotus announce headline UK & Europe tour dates

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 13th August 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Fronted by vocal power house Kobra Paige, Canadian hard rockers Kobra & The Lotus have announced a headlining tour of the UK and Europe for October and November, later this year. The band will be touring in support of their latest, self-titled album: Kobra & The Lotus – an album that is regarded as 11 tracks of dramatic heavy metal that proves Kobra Paige is more than capable of holding her own against the HalfordsDickinsons and even the Dios in the metal world.

In related KATL news, the band will also be chronicled for US TV show Rock City, which will premier on Spike TV this autumn. The eight episode long season will follow the daily dramas of the rising metal outfit on their world tour, documenting their thoughts and deeds.  European and UK dates are as follow:

Europe

Oct. 19 Metal Female Voices Festival, Oktoberhallen, Belgium
Oct. 20 Cologne Underground, Germany
Oct. 21 Tilburg 013, Netherlands
Oct.22 Berlin White Trash, Germany
Oct. 24 Hamburg St. Pauli Rock Cafe, Germany
Oct. 26 Milan Factory, Italy
Oct. 27 Zurich Klub, Switzerland
Oct. 28 Paris Le Batofar, France

United Kingdom

ct. 30 London Borderline, UK
Oct. 31 St. Albans Horn, UK
Nov.1 Birmingham Academy 3, UK
Nov. 2 York Fibbers, UK
Nov. 3 Sheffield Corporation, UK
Nov. 5 Manchester Alter Ego, UK
Nov. 6 Bristol The Exchange, UK
Nov. 7 Southampton Cellar, UK
Nov. 8 Nottingham Rock City Basement, UK

Kobra & The Lotus online:

http://www.kobraandthelotus.com
http://www.facebook.com/KobraAndTheLotus

Grand Magus announce UK and Ireland 2014 tour dates

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

After the highly-celebrated release of sixth studio album, The Hunt, Swedish gods of the riff Grand Magus are heading back to the UK and Ireland to embark on a 5 date tour in March 2014. The Swedish trio have always stuck to their own path of natural evolution – they’ve never casted off their early days’ groove nor their love for epic doom and extreme metal. These trademarks are now being paired with traditional riffs and melodies that rock in the same qualitative league as Judas Priest or Dio.

With a new album due for release early 2014, this will be a great time to catch these Vikings at their finest! The band had a few words to say about this upcoming tour:

Warriors! When we last ventured across the sea to bring our steel to the UK and Ireland, our hearts were filled with joy from your response. It gave us such a rush that we wanted to come back as soon as possible. Well… We’ll be back in March! Expect the most ferocious viking power shattering the clubs and the, for us, aptly-named Hammerfest! Valhalla awaits!

The tour dates are as follow – Click the links for tickets!

12-Mar-14 UK NQ MANCHESTER

13-Mar-14 IRE The Pint DUBLIN

14-Mar-14 UK HAMMERFEST

15-Mar-14 UK Slade rooms WOLVES

16-Mar-14 UK UNDERWORLD LONDON

Grand Magus online:

http://www.grandmagus.com/
http://www.facebook.com/grandmagusofficial

Epitaph added to Metieval 2013 line-up

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 13th June 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Hard rocking metal band Epitaph from Sheffield have been added to this year’s Metieval Festival which boasts the likes of opera-goth metal band Aonia, trad. metallers Alice In Thunderland and NWOBHM legends Avenger, amongst others. The all-day event will take place at The Piper Club in Hull on 29th June. Tickets are available for £10 in advance. The festival will also feature the first ever Metieval Aftershow party hosted by DJs Skullcrusher and Paul Brady.

Epitaph online:

https://www.facebook.com/Epitaph2011

 

Witherscape reveal artwork and tracklist for debut album The Inheritance

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 6th June 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Witherscape, the stunning new dark metal outfit formed by Swedish singer, multi-instrumentalist and producer extraordinaire Dan Swanö together with fellow Swedish multi-instrumentalist Ragnar Widerberg, will be releasing their debut album The Inheritance on July 29th 2013 in Europe and August 6th 2013 in North America via Century Media Records.

After having recently launched a first song sample for Witherscape to much online acclaim, it is now time to reveal the artwork and tracklisting details for The Inheritance:

1. Mother Of The Soul
2. Astrid Falls
3. Dead For A Day
4. Dying For The Sun
5. To The Calling Of Blood And Dreams
6 .The Math Of The Myth
7. Crawling From Validity
8 .The Wedlock Observation
9. The Inheritance

The Inheritance is a pretty thick concept album split into different episodes and very briefly, the Witherscape story takes place in a remote village in northern Sweden in the late 1800’s. The central character lives in Stockholm and comes from wealth, and upon the death of his family he’s informed by the family lawyer that he has inherited a large estate up north. Having been oblivious to the estate’s existence, he decides to investigate, and once he’s there all kinds of weird shit happens…, according to Dan Swanö.

The hauntingly beautiful cover artwork for The Inheritance, which can be seen above, was created by Travis Smith, who has worked with bands like Opeth, Nevermore, Death and also Katatonia before.

Dan Swanö also checked in to comment about the artwork as follows:

Both me and Ragnar are fascinated by old abandoned buildings and it was pretty clear from the start that we would have the estate our main character inherits on the album cover. We used Travis Smith as a “medium” for our visual ideas and he did a spectacular job transforming our written wishes into a real image.

Witherscape marks the long overdue return as active composer and recording artist for Dan Swanö in the world of extreme metal, after having mostly been involved on the studio mixing end of things in these past years. Granted, The Inheritance is not purely a Death Metal release, but it smoothly showcases both the heavier and the mellow sides of Swanö’s creativity and should consequently not only please fans of his earlier efforts like Moontower or the Edge Of Sanity catalogue, but also attract friends of progressively atmospheric contemporary Metal in the vein of Opeth, Katatonia or Amorphis.

According to Swanö, Witherscape has been in planning for a long time, spawned as a result of his working relationship with Widerberg, which began at a Swedish music store. The two multi-instrumentalists discovered that they had so much in common musically that brainstorming for a full-on metal project of their own was the next logical step. Widerberg quotes acts like early Judas Priest, Rush, King Crimson and Mercyful Fate as far as his inspirations in regards to Witherscape and Swanö elaborates his list to also include Judas Priest (1975-1989), Voivod, Queensryche, Rush, Marillion and Mercyful Fate.

Witherscape’s The Inheritance is the first release under a longterm worldwide recording deal signed between Dan Swanö and Century Media Records earlier this year.

Witherscape online:

http://witherscape.com
http://danswano.com
http://facebook.com/witherscape