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Satan – Life Sentence

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , , , , , on 24th April 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Satan
Life Sentence
Released 29th April 2013 (Europe)
NWOBHM
Released via Listenable Records

Hailing from the city of Newcastle, in the north of England, come NWOBHM outfit Satan. Whilst staying near enough obscure throughout their career, the band are noted as being influential for playing a form of proto-thrash metal that was advanced by the standards of the early 80s. Following several European festival performances in 2011 and 2012, Satan are officially back, with their new album Life Sentence to be released in less than a week.

Straying from the usual sound of the NWOBHM, Satan shred through each track on the album with an unrelenting and unbridled fury that can only be found in the metal of the north, and a few subtler pieces of musicianship thrown in for good measure. The solos are memorable, much like the somewhat melodic guitar passages. The elements of thrash are noticeable, helping create an NWOBHM sound that’s morphed into something more sinister and packed with more bite. The vocal work is astounding, adding a different edge to the album. The guitars take on a quite primal form during the track, Testimony, before the catchier anthem known as Tears of Blood kicks in. The title track, Life Sentence, is a stand-out track due its poignant lyrics and staunch riffs. The album has what is made out to be a calmer, more dreary finale, compared to how it began but Another Universe soon changes gear and gets a bit more hard hitting.

With gritty but soaring vocals and thrashtastic (Is that even a word? No? Well, it is now) riffs, Life Sentence embodies all that’s good about the UK’s NWOBHM and thrash scenes, whilst displaying the brilliant musicianship of Satan.

4/5

Nico Davidson

Satan online:

http://www.satanmusic.com/
https://www.facebook.com/officialsatanpage
http://twitter.com/satanmusic_com

Satan’s album Life Sentence will be released 29th April via Listenable Records.

 

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Svart Crown stream new album via VS

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 22nd April 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

French dark metallers Svart Crown are exclusively streaming their new album, Profane, via VS Webzine. The album can be streamed here.

Profane, the latest album from Svart Crown, was released today via Listenable Records.

Svart Crown online:

http://svartcrown.net/
http://svartcrown.bandcamp.com/
http://www.facebook.com/pages/SVART-CROWN/141662170999?fref=ts

 

Waylander announce plans for new album to commemorate 20 year anniversary

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

ArdChieftain O’Hagan, vocalist of the influential Northern Irish pagan metal band Waylander has announced that the band are planning on a new release late 2013 to commemorate their 20 year anniversary.

As many of you may be aware of, 2013 sees Waylander celebrate two decades of existence, an impressive milestone in anyone’s book. We plan to have a new release out towards the very end of 2013, which, we hope will please fans both old and new.

We will write and record a concept mini album which will deal with the Four Fire Festivals of the Irish Pagan calendar, expanding on the subject matter dealt with in Twin Fires of Beltíne. As well as reworking Twin Fires of Beltíne, slightly, the other 3 songs will deal with Imbolg, Lughnasadh and Samhain. As a bonus we will include an interview DVD, explaining the history of the band and revealing the truth behind the trials and tribulations of the turbulent lifespan of the beast that has become known as Waylander. We hope also to include some live footage and some behind the scenes Hallionry which will reveal the personalities of the various band members.

The band’s latest album Kindred Spirits was released on July 16th in Europe and August 14th in North America 2012 through Listenable Records and has gained worldwide acclaim.

 

Blood Of The Sun – Burning On The Wings Of Desire

Posted in CD, Rock with tags , , , , , , , on 17th January 2013 by Pieni

Blood Of The Sun
“Burning On The Wings Of Desire”
Released: 11th November 2012
classic hard rock / groove
Released via Listenable Records

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Saying Blood Of The Sun is a 70’s-hard-rock-inspired band is quite an understatement – Blood Of The Sun is a time machine set to take you to that decade. The only hint of the current millennium is probably the cleaner, sharper sound of the instruments, product of the latest technology.

All eight tracks are filled with loose guitars, groovy beats and colourful keyboards – the organ kind of keyboards, no synths or even piano. Like I said, ‘70s.

The first track, “Let It Roll”, makes justice to its title, mixing the aforementioned elements in a happy rocking tune. It also contains one of the best guitar-vs.-keys solo in the album – even if it lasts 1/3 of the song.

Up next comes the title-track, its pace a notch slower. Until minute 1:45, give or take a second, the melody is based on the same riffs, sounding too repetitive and almost annoying. But then, as if an “end of the first act”, the music changes into a clear memorial to Jon Lord and his work with Deep Purple. The song remains instrumental from there until the end, and unlike its first part, it provides a wide diversity of chords and hooks.

“Can’t Stop My Heart”, “The Snitch” and “Rock Your Station” resume the straightforward ‘70s hard rock of “Let It Roll”. As for “Good Feeling”, “Good And Evil” and especially “Brings Me Down”, the feeling of Southern blues has a strong hold.

This album manages to combine simple and complex passages, making it pleasant to both demanding and “light” listeners – as long as they’re into this retro essence.

4 / 5

Renata “Pieni” Lino

 

Listenable Records seal pact with NWOBHM legends Satan

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 4th December 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Listenable Records have signed a deal with NWOBHM legends Satan. The band are currently in the studio putting the finishing touches to an album entirely of new material written over the last 18 months. This is the culmination of a process that began when the original Court In The Act album line-up got together for an exclusive ‘one-off’ re-union show at Germany’s Keep It True Festival last year.

This line-up had not performed together in 28 years. The band were somewhat overwhelmed with the response – 10 minutes into headliners Crimson Glory’s set, the crowd could still be heard chanting “Satan! Satan!” Satan immediately booked more shows in Germany, Holland, Belgium and London, and have since kept in close contact with each other, writing songs and making demos.

The new album, to be titled Life Sentence is scheduled for release March April 2013. The full track listing is as follows:

1. Time To Die
2. Twenty Twenty Five
3. Cenotaph
4. Siege Mentality
5. Incantations
6. Testimony
7. Tears Of Blood
8. Life Sentence
9. Personal Demons
10. Another Universe

Fittingly, this will mark the 30th anniversary of their greatly acclaimed debut Court In The Act.

Satan Line-up:

Brian Ross – vocals
Steve Ramsey – Guitar
Russ Tippins – Guitar
Graeme English – Bass
Sean Taylor – Drums

 

Listenable sign French metal innovators Supuration

Posted in News with tags , , , on 15th November 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Don’t be fooled by the band moniker, Supuration do not specialize themselves in unleashing short grind-gore blasts but deliver more of measured yet muscular balanced metal through a more profound, subtle and enigmatic musical world.

Born in Valenciennes in the North of France in 1989, Supuration or their more progressive incarnation S.U.P., have been releasing a numerous amount of records over their 20 year career, developing a series of conceptual albums called The Cube .

The Cube 3 will see its release in 2013 – 20 years later after the debut album release initiating the story about The Cube and 10 years after the similar in concept and powerful Incubation in 2003

Popular for their massive wall of guitars and tasteful vocal delivery making them sound like an unexpected mixture of a crushing Carcass and an intimate Pink Floyd, Supuration have made themselves a cult recognition in the live circuit for not playing too often in the recent time but delivering mesmerizing and unique performances.

Often tagged as progressive death metal, Supuration (or S.U.P. for their extra conceptual albums), is a very interesting proposition to the metal world in 2012. Some European festivals have already showed interest and The Cube 3 is a very strong offering that will rip quite a few minds next year on Listenable.

 

Ruins – Place of No Pity

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , , on 24th October 2012 by izaforestspirit

Ruins
Place of No Pity
Released: November 2012
Black Metal/ Blackened Thrash Metal
Released via Listenable Records

‘Place of No Pity’ is the fourth album from the Australian black metal band Ruins.

After the melodic intro, ‘Inhabit The Twilight’ reveals its true colors as an interesting mix of black metal guitar rhythms, death metal-style drumming and clean Celtic Frost -esque vocals. There’s even hint of thrash metal added making for a complex mixture of styles. ‘A Lesson In Ruthlessness’ features guitar structures and muted sound atmospheres similar to current Satyricon.

‘Death Lends The Ultimate Touch’ is slower and more melodic in nature. The vocals have this haunting feel to them which works well with the melodic guitars and steady drumming. Yet it’s the atmospheric, dark ambient style part towards the end of the track which cements its position as one of highlights of the album. Similar things can be said about the next track ‘Winters Will’; though this time the guitars are more droning and the vocals sound even more creepy. Speaking of the vocals, one thing that’s unusual about most of the tracks on here is that there’s actually have very few vocalized parts on them. It’s almost as though the band were striving towards creating an instrumental album but then they changed their minds and decided to add some limited vocals during the first few minutes of each track.

Other noteworthy songs include: the title melodic track ‘Place of No Pity’ which places the band firmly in the blackened thrash metal category and the eerie and melancholic ‘Desolation’ which is one of the few tracks on here that features vocals throughout. Then there’s ‘Oath’ which picks up the pace towards the latter half of the track mostly as a result of the drums.

Overall Ruins have a very unique sound and this album takes some getting used to. However if you’re not afraid to try something a bit different and you like any of the current works of Satyricon then I would recommend giving ‘Place of No Pity’ a spin.

3.5/5

Iza Raittila