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Studio update from Mother Feather

Posted in Misc., News, Rock, Studio Report with tags , , on 15th April 2017 by izaforestspirit

The American glam/pop rock band Mother Feather have recently entered the Mission Sound studio in Brooklyn, New York where they will begin recording their second album. This time they have teamed up with Grammy-nominated producer Joshua Valleau and Jay Ruston, who has mixed and produced albums for Anthrax, Meatloaf and Steel Panther.

Here is an official update from their singer Ann Courtney:

The newest songs for the album were written last fall and winter in the midst and aftermath of the US presidential election. The political climate and outcome were personally devastating, but it also re-ignited my sense of purpose. I locked myself away to write, face my depression, and stare down some uncomfortable feelings. Truthfully, I went to some very dark and lonely places. So there’s a lot of fever – and intimacy – in the new music. When I emerged from my self-exile, I discovered my band waiting for me on the other side, so there’s exuberance and catharsis there too. It’s good to have friends, ya know?! Together, the five of us worked to develop the songs and shape them into some of Mother Feather’s best, most eclectic work yet. We couldn’t be more excited for this opportunity to continue our work with Metal Blade.

This will be the band’s second album with Metal Blade, following their critically acclaimed, self-titled debut which came out last year.

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Sister – Stand Up, Forward, March!

Posted in CD, Metal, Rock with tags , , , , , on 26th December 2016 by Pieni

Sister
“Stand Up, Forward, March!”
sleaze rock
Released: 25th November 2016
Via Metal Blade Records

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Sister’s debut “Hated” is a sleaze punk treat. Then for their sophomore “Disguised Vultures” they went heavier and wilder. And now with “Stand Up, Forward, March!”, they stood somewhere in-between, glamming up the sleaze and the wild.

I don’t think it’s a coincidence that this happened after Martin Sweet joined the ranks – after all, he’s responsible for all those juicy guitars in Crashdïet. But I don’t want to give him all the credit as the rest of the band has proven their writing skills aren’t raw. Still, once you hear the guitar solos in songs such as “Trail Of Destruction”, “Carry On” or “Endangered Species”, you sense a refinement which you can’t help but associate with Sweet’s work.

The album kicks off with the fiery “Destination Dust” and wraps it up with the joyful “Piece Of Shame” (“I’m too perfect to die” is a hell of a chorus to be sung at any party) – pretty much Sister style. But they also took a few new things and used them in their own way, like the hints of blues they’ve twisted for “Unbeliever”, the ritualistic chants and melancholy that “Let It Bleed” features, or the somewhat old school goth outline melody – as in The Sisters Of Mercy and such – upon which “Liberation Song” was built. And in the end, it all sounded like Sister just the same.

Sister’s best album so far? Probably. Best album of 2016 on my personal list? Definitely!

5/5

Renata “Pieni” Lino

New Vesania video ‘Notion’

Posted in Metal, News with tags , , on 11th February 2016 by izaforestspirit

The Polish symphonic black metal band Vesania have released a new video for the track ‘Notion’ from their fourth album ‘Deus Ex Machina’ which was released back in 2014 via Metal Blade Records.

Here’s a statement about the video from their singer and guitarist Orion (also in Behemoth):

“This video we made for ‘Notion’ is not a typical music video clip. It’s more of a motion picture, and it’s over 6 minutes long, so get ready for lots of details. It’s a cinematic variation based on the idea behind the song. It tells a story of a follower, a story of being fascinated and making things you dream of, real for yourself. Becoming what you once called an idol for yourself. And then, the perspective changes once you reach this new different point of view. You realize you have more power than you can handle and at the same time, the art you create is just a way of fighting things you’re too weak to fight anywhere else. There’s a deceit in being the audience and the actor at once.

Check it the clip here:

 

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Pentagram to release “When The Screams Come” on vinyl

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 5th April 2015 by Pieni

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In 2011, Pentagram released a live DVD recorded at Sonar, during the Maryland Deathfest VIII, at the end of the Liebling / Griffin reunion. Named after one of their most popular and oldest tracks, “When The Screams Come” will now (17th April, via Metal Blade Records) be released in vinyl, in three different versions – 180 g black, clear/blue splatter and red. All of them include a free poster.

The concert was too long to fit in just one record, but not long enough to fill two. So the B-side of record no. 2 features five bonus track, recorded at Heavy Halloween Show last October, Arts Riot, Burlington. The full tracklist is as follows:

Side A:
Day Of Reckoning
Forever My Queen
Ask No More
Run My Course
You’re Lost, I’m Free
Review Your Choices

Side B:
Petrified
Relentless
All Your Sins
Total

Side C:
20 Buck Spin
Sign Of The Wolf
When The Screams Come

Side D:
Death Row
Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood (cover)
Vampyre Love
Nothing Left
Relentless Reprise

Pre-order your copies at EMP or Metal Blade‘s EBAY-STORE.

In May, Pentragram will be playing live in central Europe:
May 21 – Antwerpen, Belgium
May 22 – Rock Hard Festival, Gelsenkirchen, Germany
May 23 – Backstage Halle, Munich, Germany
May 24 – Club Vaudeville, Lindau, Germany
May 25 – Arena, Vienna, Austria
May 27 – UT Connewitz, Leipzig, Germany
May 28 – SO36, Berlin, Germany
May 29 – Klubsen, Hamburg, Germany

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Behemoth’s official biography to be released later this month

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 5th February 2015 by Pieni

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Lukasz Dunaj gathered in 490 pages what he considers to be “Poland’s response to Mötley Crüe‘s biography ‘The Dirt’. “Behemoth: Devil’s Consquistadors” tells the history of the (in)famous blackened death metal band, with quotes and anecdotes from current and former members, old photos, flyers, lyric sheets and even interviews with Tomas Krajewski, Rob Darken, Graal and Havok, to name a few. Here are a couple of glimpses at it:

From the foreword by Krzysztof Azarewicz:
“If, as a cultural anthropologist, I were to point to a single cosmic force which Behemoth‘s music expresses, I would name it not Satan but Dionysus. A deity that represents not only the intoxicating influence of cosmic energies and earthly benefits, but also their benevolent healing properties. A deity of strength and pride. A deity of creative might.”

Nergal discusses the acquisition of his first electric guitar:
“The first communion was a very important moment for me. I know this sounds ridiculous, but it’s true. Of course, not as a religion experience – I didn’t understand anything and couldn’t care less. Same as all the other kids. We all stood there with our votive candles and waited for one thing. Cash. The first communion must be one moment when you get the most money you’re ever going to get as a child. And for this money, I bought myself my first electric guitar. Not a bike, no Legos – a guitar.”

Metal Blade Records is proud to release this work of art on the 24th February, pre-orders already available at metalblade.com/behemoth

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Gehennah – Metal Police

Posted in CD, Metal, Rock with tags , , , , on 1st February 2015 by Paul Macmillan

Gehennah
“Metal Police”
street metal
Release: 06th February 2015
Via Metal Blade Records

Gehennah - Metal Police

Straight out of the gate, this fast dirty rock ‘n’ roll with a hefty chunk of thrash metal vomited against the wall for good measure. Fans of High On Fire should be ready and willing to welcome Gehennah with sweaty, beer-soaked open arms, although you may want to leave the expectations of Lemmy-esque vocals right there, by the door, before you step inside.

I got a little tired of tongue-in-cheek, humourous thrash a while back, but there’s a bit more to this lot to appeal to the urge to snap one’s neck in the pit. For starters, there’s a filthy, punk element, pulling Gehennah out of sharing the same predictable pool as the majority of ‘laughs only’ fast-and-heavy acts. It also embraces the more rock side of affairs, as do the likes of Airborne, albeit with a hammer rather than a plectrum in the case of Gehennah.

For a certain audience, the track titles alone will be a selling point – Carve Off Your Face (And Shove It Up Your Ass) and Piss Off, I’m Drinking are great examples of how to pre-set the audience for high spirits and shenanigans. Not relying on this as the only card in their hand, Gehennah have stacked the deck with hooks and licks aplenty, and masses of heavy-but-catchy choruses.

I could be mistaken, but I’d have these guys pinned as a bunch who spent as much time listening to Venom and Raven as they did Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin. There are a multitude of influences openly on display, but although Metal Police is rife with reference to many of the past greats of old school metal, it does have its own identifiable character. Scruffy and undeniably European in sound, listeners with a more refined ear may even be able to narrow the geographical origins of this band down to Scandinavia, despite their blatant love of British heavy classics.

Memorable, energetic and genuine, I doubt Metal Police is going to win a Grammy, but it’s a cracking album! Add it to your party playlist.

4/5

Paul Macmillan

Super group Motor Sister to release debut album in March

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 17th January 2015 by Pieni

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It all started when Anthrax-Scott Ian turned 50 and invited some friends over for a jam. “I wanted to cherry-pick a set list of my favorite Mother Superior songs and get these guys together and have the concert at my house”, says Ian. And since his wife Pearl Aday has been working on her solo career with Mother Superior front man Jim Wilson for years now, it didn’t take long for Motor Sister to take shape –  a dream-team comprised of Wilson on vocals & guitar, Ian on guitar, Aday on backing vocals), Joey Vera on bass and John Tempesta on drums).

Ian called producer Jay Ruston (Anthrax, Steel Panther) and in two days – yes, you’ve read it well: TWO DAYS – the album was done! “Ride” is its title and Metal Blade Records will have the honor of release it on 9th March. Track list is as follows:

1. A Hole
2. This Song Reminds Me of You
3. Beg Borrow Steal
4. Fool Around
5. Get That Girl
6. Head Hanging Low
7. Fork in the Road
8. Little Motor Sister
9. Pretty in the Morning
10. Whore
11. Doghouse
12. Devil Wind

A special show will take place on 12th February in Brooklyn, NY, at Saint Vitus.

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