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Satan – Life Sentence

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , , , on 24th April 2013 by Nico 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.

 

Svart Crown stream new album via VS

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 22nd April 2013 by Nico 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 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 Uncategorized 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 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 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 Review 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

 

Acheron ink deal with Listenable Records

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 12th October 2012 by Nico Davidson

Listenable Records are delighted to announce the signing of long revered genuinely evil death metal legendary act Acheron!

The infamous underground legends have been a cult band for over two decades and have released a number of recordings throughout their existence. Band founder and frontman Vincent Crowley commented on the band’s signing by saying : “Archeron has been a thriving entity for many years now. We never got a proper push from any of our past labels to get to the next level. The band has received a lot of interest within the last year. When Listenable Records talked with me about signing Archeron, I was indeed interested. The reason being is that he was a fan of Archeron a long time ago. He believes in our music and wants to finally give Archeron the push we deserve. We are not just a band, we’re a fucking diabolic War Machine!

The new album Kult Des Hasses is scheduled for a Spring 2013 release.

 

For over two decades Archeron has been unleashing their blend of blackened deathened thrash-doom metal to the metal community. When bands like Morbid Angel and Deicide were getting pushed by their big record labels, Archeron was in the shadows on smaller labels relying almost solely on the underground support of their fans. As time passed on this would take the band to a somewhat legendary cult status. In plain words, if you didn’t know who Archeron was or at least heard of them you were not truly underground! Band founder Vincent Crowley (Formerly: The Reverend) formed the band in 1988, after he left the Tampa, Florida-based group Nocturnus.

Crowley lived in a variety of places and worked with a number of different musicians to release 5 full-length albums, 2 mini-albums as well as a lot of other various material. The band became somewhat infamous with their link to real Satanic groups and their outrageous anti-religious antics. Unfortunately, many people let their blasphemous image over-shadow their music and many critics loved to bash the band just because of their beliefs. But Archeron prevailed and still moved on with the support of their loyal fans.

Archeron presently working to release their next planned album Kult Des Hasses. There is still a lot of wind left in the band’s sails and Hell will indeed be released again! The underground is much more than just another scene, it is a fierce group of warriors fighting to keep the metal flag held high!

“We are Legion, we are few, but we are many! Support Archeron, for they will never turn their backs on you!”

 

Incantation announce title for new album

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 24th August 2012 by Nico Davidson

After a very successful tour in Brazil and an amazing  European summer fest campaign , Incantation is back in the U.S .

John commented “I would like to thank everyone on behalf of incantation for making this festival run our most successful to date. To get the opportunity to play for so many diehard death metal fans was absolutely amazing. We are especially thankful to all our supporters for giving us a warm welcome at all the festivals, you guys were amazing and totally raging every day. Most of all we would like to thank Sam (Mortician/Funerus) for doing a phenomenal job filling in for Kyle on drums. Without you this run would probably not be able to happen.”

Chuck also said“To the hoardes of thousands that littered the fests of this past run. Old friends and new, brothers whom we shared a stage, and the  unmatched support of the staff of each fest respectively. It’s my hope that our performance reflected the metal rage that you gave us, Hails!’

 

The band have now revealed officially that their new album will be titled Vanquish in Vengeance . It will be a conceptual album and the release date has been scheduled for November via Listenable Records.

John’s comments “The title track is about the massacre of Saxons in the town of Verdun in 782, called on by order of King Charlemagne. As a album title it has a different meaning to me. Vanquish in Vengeance symbolizes the long history of the band. We have fought many battles over the years to keep things going. We have always stayed true to our original vision and have never caved into trends. After a long wait between albums we are back with a Vengeance with some of our darkest and heaviest material to date.”

Zonaria – Arrival Of The Red Sun

Posted in Review with tags , , , on 8th June 2012 by Pieni

Zonaria
Arrival Of The Red Sun
To be released: 23rd July
Melodic death metal
Released via Listenable Records

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If you had lost all hope in Zonaria, it’s time to find it again. Without new releases in four years nor a solid tour in two, one could think the band wouldn’t get to suffer from the “difficult third album syndrome”. Well the third album is here, but I think they dismissed that infamous syndrome – “Arrival Of The Red Sun” is the “most defined” (in their own words) and most mature (my words) of them all.

The opening track is the richest in thriving guitars, maybe the reason why the album is named after it.

The drums are massive throughout the whole piece, but if I needed to choose one song to advertise Cebbe Isaksson’s skills, “Full Spectrum Dominance” would get the gold medal, as it has a lot more than just speed. And “Gunpoint Salvation” would probably get silver.

“Silent Holocaust” is a more heavy metal tune than death metal, with a strong chorus and worked-up guitar solo. And “Desert Storms” also has that “classic-heavy innuendo” to it, although it’s definitely a melodic death metal song.

“Liberation Zero” is pure rage, and “A Lullaby To Those Still Alive” is anything but. But of course it sounds a lot more poetic to say “lullaby” than “angry hymn” or something like that. And speaking of poetic, I think “The Blood That Must Be Paid” classifies as the epic track.

Renowned Jonas Kjellgren was in charge of the production, and I could bet that a handful of the arrangements and details in this album came from his mind. Like the keys/synths in “My Vengeance Remains”, for instance – I could be wrong, but those are just like his style. This song has also some of the coolest shredding moments, really mosh-friendly, to contrast with those keys. It’s my favourite, by the way.

The album finishes with the darkest track, “Face My Justice”, but if you get your hands in the limited edition of the cd, then you have an 11th song called “CC Cowboys”.

In a nutshell… don’t miss this!

5/5

Renata “Pieni” Lino

Noctiferia Confirmed For Festivals

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 19th March 2012 by Nico Davidson

Noctiferia hav been confirmed for the UK’s number on metal festival Bloodstock Open Air. The band will also be playing Metalcamp in Slovenia and Zonk Festival in Austria.

The band commented:”We are really excited to perform at this year’s Bloodstock festival together with some of the great names in metal! This will be one of our final shows promoting “Death Culture” album [which is available via Listenable Records]. It’s been six years for us since we’ve toured UK as support to Hypocrisy and we are really looking forward to finally return! Expect one hell of a show from us!”

Currently, the band is in their studio finishing the pre-production for the upcoming album scheduled for late 2012.

Moonloop Sign To Listenable

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 7th March 2012 by Nico Davidson

The ever-growing Listenable Records (home to acts such as Betraying the Martyrs, Sarah Jezebel Deva and Gorod) have announced the latest addition to their family, none than the Spaniard progressive death metal out Moonloop.

Moonloop were formed in Barcelona, roughly 11 years ago in 2001. Their sound is said to be characterised by powerful guitar riffs and atmospheric passages.  In 2011 Moonloop recorded their debut album Deeply From the Earth. After a long process, the record was mixed at The Room studios by Gorka Dresbaj and mastered at Mastering Room AB (Sweden) by Goran Finnberg. The album concept is based on Mother Earth, as well as on life experiences.

Moonloop are:

Eric Baule – vocals, guitar
Juanjo Martin – rhythm guitar, vocals
Raul Payán – drums
Vic Granell – bass

Outcast Launch Exclusive EP

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 6th February 2012 by Nico Davidson

Although their new album Awaken The Reason will be available via Listenable Records, Outcast are now giving away a FREE EP entitled Circles of Motion available via French webzine: Violent Solutions.

Circles of Motion features two brand new tracks off Awaken the Reason, Allegiance from the band’s second album Self-Injected Reality which features guest Jochem Jacobs of Textures, a Gojira cover recorded live in 2005, and a far fletched sounding studio instrumental David Winkle’s Terrible Adventure.

The latter track is pushing the idea of an instrumental Wagnerian alike composition to its limits as no musical idea is repeated twice, yet building up a story with a standard beginning, its developing stage and an ending. It’s going against the usual and common song structure. As the band  says “It’s a track that you have to accept as it plays by,  without much thought, it tells about  David’ s growth, often mentioned as ‘Commander Winky’ into a sort of Jackass hero (could also be a character in an X file series). This track was written with Frank Zappa’s trademark songwriting in mind, yet obviously displaying more violent and progressive sounds.”

Track listing is as followed:

1. Abysmal (from upcoming LP ‘Awaken the Reason’)
2. Remembrance (Exclusive EP track – Live GOJIRA cover)
3. Elements (from upcoming LP ‘Awaken the Reason’)
4. David Winkle’s Terrible Adventure (Exclusive EP track)
5. Allegiance (from ‘Self-Injected Reality’ – feat. Jochem Jacobs de TEXTURES)

WAYLANDER Announce New Album Title

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 3rd February 2012 by Nico Davidson

Legendary folk‘n’celtic metal outfit Waylander have revealed the title of their next album, which is to be called Kindred Spirits and will be released via Listenable Records in spring, later this year. Kindred Spirits was recorded at Stone Circle Studio, Lurgan, Co. Armagh.

Tracklisting for Kindred Spirits is as follows:

1. Lamh Dearg
2. Echoes of the Sidhe
3. Twin Fires of Beltíne
4. Quest for Immortality
5. Of Fear and Fury
6. Kindred Spirits
7. A Path well trodden
8. Erdath
9. Giant’s Grave

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CENTURIAN set to record new album

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 27th January 2012 by Nico 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.

Sticky Boys listening hard!

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

The explosive French hard rock trio The Sticky Boys have recently signed a multi-album deal to Listenable Records. The dynamitic live act have rocked cities and clubs all over their native land and gathered mosh pits at HELLFEST back in 2011. The band have even had one of their songs chosen to appear in a TV advert [which can be viewed here] by the French national railroad company (SNCF), which was filmed live at Paris Eastern.

http://www.stickyboys.eu
http://bandcamp.stickyboys.com
http://www.facebook.com/stickyboys
http://www.twitter.com/stickyboys
http://www.myspace.com/stickyboys

SJD To Continue ANGTORIA Project

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 25th December 2011 by Nico Davidson

On Christmas Eve, Sarah Jezebel Deva announced that she and Chris Rehn [Co-founding member & co-song writer of Angtoria] will be continuing from where Angtoria left off some five years ago. According to the update, the project will follow in the same vein as “God Has A Plan For Us All”. The full update reads as followed:

Chris Rehn & Sarah Jezebel Deva, both founding members & songwriters of the band Angtoria, will be continuing where Angtoria left off some 5 years ago. The music will continue in the same vein as “God Has A Plan For Us All”, blending the world of epic IMG_4433orchestral music with metal, HOWEVER!, we sadly have to change the name due to reasons beyond our control. Writing for the new album will start in January and of course, we will update you with the new name & our progress.

In other SJD related news, Sarah also announced that she will be working with her former band, Cradle of Filth, on the orchestral album “Midnight In The Labyrinth”. Sarah stated the following in her the update on her official Facebook:

In 2008, I parted ways with COF, to pursue a life in Australia, bum some Kangaroos & to go it alone as a solo musician. I know a lot of fans were disappointed with the departure & until now, when ever a fan asks “Will you ever work with COF again”?, the answer has been NO!! Well, last week, Mr Filth sent me an email & after many chats, I have decided to take him up on his offer to participate on the new Orchestral album “Midnight In The Labyrinth”

For more updates and news about Sarah Jezebel Deva, head on over to her official Facebook page. Don’t forget that SJD will be touring the UK again in May. Dates will be announced in January. SJD’s latest album “The Corruption Of Mercy” is also available through Listenable Records.

Don’t forget to read our interview with SJD’s bassist, Ablaz, by clicking here.

Photo by David Taylor.