Archive for New Wave of British Heavy Metal

Scotland’s NWOBHM legends Holocaust confirmed for headlining appearance at Canadian metal festival

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on 30th January 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Scottish NWOBHM legends Holocaust have been confirmed for their first ever show in North America. Holocaust will be headlining the Canadian metal festival Wings Of Metal in Montreal. The festival will take place on 29th and 30th August. Holocaust will be playing all the tracks from both their 1980 single/EP Heavy Metal Mania, which was released via Phoenix Record & Filmworks, and their 1981 album The Nightcomers, which was also released via Phoenix Record & Filmworks.

Day tickets are available for the festival from this location for $45. Weekend tickets are sold out.

Holocaust online:

http://facebook.com/holometal

 

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Cauldron announce London headline show plus Brofest appearance

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 8th January 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Canadian metallers Cauldron have announced a string of new shows including a headlining show in the UK’s capital London. The headlining London show will tkae place on 3rd March at Birthdays with Volture, Toledo Steel and Amulet.

The Canadian trio have also been confirmed the NWOHBM and classic metal festival Brofest in Newcastle on 2nd March alongside Jaguar, Pagan Altar and more. Cauldron will also be playing a headline show in their hometown of Toronto on 21st February. Cauldron vocalist and bassist Jason Decay comments:

Pumped to be returning to the UK so soon, and to be playing with such rad bands as Amulet, Volture, and the rich British metal heritage that is taking place at Brofest in Newcastle.  Stay tuned for more tour dates and other announcements coming soon!

You can catch Cauldron live at the following shows:

Feb. 21 – Toronto, ON – Sneaky Dee’s
Mar. 02 – Newcastle, UK – Brofest
Mar. 03 – London, UK – Birthdays

Tickets for the London show in March are available from this location.

Cauldron online:

http://facebook.com/cauldronmetal
http://cauldronmetal.tumblr.com
http://twitter.com/cauldronmetal

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Hamerex – IX

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 12th November 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Hamerex
IX
Released 7th October 2013
Metal
Self-Released

Yorkshire has a tradition of popping out some talented metal bands from the well known acts such as Saxon, My Dying Bride and Paradise Lost, to the lesser known bands such as Sworn Amongst, Lost Effect and Bal-Sagoth. Hailing from the western reaches of Yorkshire, from a town known as Wakefield, come modern metallers Hamerex who blast out with an old school twist on their music.

The album opens up straight away with the title track IX Circles (the title sounding like a reference to the nine circles of Hell in Dante’s Divine Comedy). A cryptic use of whispering begins the track before leading in a repetitive riff. The song itself isn’t exactly inspiring, failing to entice with any sort of flavouring save a bland use of guitars and other instrumentation but it does give a small teaser of what’s to come. The Life Of Death marches in with a stronger style, taking on a Megadeth sounding fashion in the bass workings with a use of melodic guitars and typical NWOBHM vocals.

Inferno carries on the subtle humming of melodic riffs with the bass ringing out more prominently. The throaty use of vocals doesn’t match up to the style of riffs during in the verses but goes down a treat throughout the chorus. Edge Of Madness belts out a stronger Megadeth sound than The Life Of Death, slipping in some pleasant licks in there. The flow of drums, back and forth, keep the song as fresh as bread that’s come straight out of the oven, allowing the guitars and bass to do their thing in an old school manner.

The Extremist is probably the most extreme track of the album, with the vocals nearly going through a metamorphosis into a raspy death metal style and the the riffs taking a turn down a road of heavier bombardment where as Mortuary goes down the highway of hard rock anthems, screaming with catchy passages and soaring vocal sections. The Stranger (Anyone else automatically think of Game of Thrones just then? No? Just me? Bugger.) isn’t quite as dusky as would be expected, parading strong NWOBHM elements and some vicious bites from the guitars.

Descent Of Angels thrashes about, becoming as extreme as The Extremist and possessing an essence of Venom in the music. The Night Of Samhain differs from the rest of the album completely, easing its way in a combination of acoustic guitars and thundering yet distant bass workings. The hidden use of keyboards in the background add a certain atmospheric embrace to the song, gently dancing between the guitar and bass. The vocals sound their best throughout this song. The shifting phases of the track makes it easy to mistake it for multiple tracks, as opposed to one long epic. The album is finalised with the last track; Still The wall Remains. A gentle piece in its beginnings, with soft, harmonic vocals, the song does take a turn down a heavier route before going back to gentle sailing. The guitar solo is the highlight of the song though, adding some chaos to the harmony.

Hamerex prove that Yorkshire’s metal scene is well and truly thriving. Whilst the album had a bumping start to its journey, it soon made up for it with the differing elements each member bring to the band and the music. From Megadeth sounding bass lines to roaring NWOBHMesque vocals and everything in between, IX is certainly one album to grab for the collection.

4.5/5

Nico Davidson

Hamerex online:

http://www.hamerex.com
http://www.facebook.com/hamerex

 

Hell – The Age of Nefarious

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 3rd November 2013 by Paul

Hell
The Age of Nefarious
Released October 25th 2013
NWOBHM
Released via Nuclear Blast
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Hell are one of the greatest success stories in the recent renaissance of NWOBHM. Of all the bands that have come back from the dead to play the oldest style of Heavy Metal, Hell has been one of the most successful. This EP, The Age of Nefarious offers a new song as well as three live performances from their Human Remains album. Hell have a style that goes beyond the simple punk rock/Motorhead formula that typifies NWOBHM, being more theatrical and epic, like Dante’s Divine Comedy played through a Heavy Metal filter. I managed to catch the end of Hell’s set at Bloodstock 2011, and it was clear that the band are very talented performers, the recordings here sound just about as good as they do in the studio, however the problem is that the audience is very quiet in the mix here, so it doesn’t feel like there is all that much point in listening to these over the album versions from Human Remains. It’s a good release though and a good, though short preview of what is to come on the next album. The Age of Nefarious doesn’t deviate much from the sounds on Human Remains, which is largely a good thing. It sounds like Hell are getting ready to release a great album, and I look forward to hearing it.

3/5

Paul Gibbins

Hell online:

http://facebook.com/hellofficial

 

SPV/Steamhammer sign NWOBHM cultic act Battleaxe

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 9th July 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

SPV/Steamhammer have recently signed a worldwide deal with Newcastle’s NWOBHM cult act Battleaxe. The deal includes the release of Heavy Metal Sanctuary which is due in early 2014, as well as the deluxe re-releases of the classic albums Burn This Town (set to be re-released in October 2013) and Power From The Universe (scheduled for a 2014 summer release) with new covers, extended booklets and lots of bonus material.

The current line-up consists of the original members Dave King (vocals) and Brian Smith (bass) as well as Mick Percy (guitar) and Paul Atkinson (drums). Dave King and Brian Smith comment about the signing:

We think speaking for the whole band that we are all elated to be joining the SPV family. A label with great worldwide distribution and also featuring some of our favourite bands.  It is wonderful to have the opportunity to re-release our old classic albums again as well as introduce our fans to our new more powerful sound. After a long and hard struggle we have finally managed to complete our new album Heavy Metal Sanctuary which we know will delight our fans worldwide. We do not think it will disappoint in either the songs or the production, and we feel that although it sounds modern and 21st century, it is still classic Battleaxe! We thank all our loyal fans all over the world who encouraged us to reform (indeed some even demanded it), even though some of you were not even born when the original albums were first released. Now because of this new deal, we will be able to see many of you in 2014 on the European festival scene and possibly around the world.  Finally of course many many thanks to Olly Hahn and all the staff at SPV for making this dream come true!

SPV/Steamhammer A&R representative Olly Hahn adds:

Sometimes you have to do something… And I did. As a child of the NWOBHM due to the lack of information you had to buy by the cover. In some cases the covers were good but the music average. In other cases the cover weren’t really that good but the music was killer. This happened to me when I bought Burn This Town. The whole album, as well as the second one, Power From The Universe, are classics for me and I know for many metal fans too. And I heard the new songs which are really strong and will surprise a lot of people. Yes, the band is ready to deliver… So are we!

Battleaxe online:

http://www.battleaxemetal.com/
http://www.facebook.com/battleaxemetal
http://www.reverbnation.com/battleaxeband

 

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.

 

Korotory – Chapter III: The Conquering

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , , , , on 6th December 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Korotory
Chapter III: The Conquering
Released: Early 2013
Thrash/Death Metal
Self-Released

Hailing from across the pond in the state of New York, come Korotory. Described as “the alternative to the alternative”, the band have been slicing their way through the US underground metal scene and have even gone to open up for black metal legends Satyricon. Chapter III: The Conquering is the next step in Korotory’s ever expanding career.

After the soft and alluring sounds of the opening track Hell’s Gate, the band unleash hell with the following track Spineless, a track that belts out hard-hittin’ riffs that you can really sink your teeth into. Fortunately, the rest of the album shows the same amount of ferocity, if not more. The vocal work sails smoothly across the roaring tides of ravenous guitars and behemoth sounding drums. Absolute Zero stands out as one of those tracks that would easily be a mosh pit anthem, given the right marketing while Ophidia, being another stand out track, is more akin to a stripped down Lamb Of God track – With an extra portion of vitamin heavy.

One notable feature about the album is the strong range of influences, from subtle NWOBHM sounds to the more defined thrash and death metal sections in the guitars while each track retains its own unique sound at the same time, avoiding becoming a pool of generic sounding metal. The last few tracks of the album, namely Dehumanization and Sanctified belt out the heavier thrash elements, leaving the other compounds of the band’s music behind – Of course, this doesn’t take away from the energy and aggression that bursts out through the riffs and barbaric drum work.

In today’s metal scene, there’s too many bands that end up sounding like an exact replica of their influences. Fortunately, Korotory do the exact opposite – They take their influences and recreate them into something fresh and such is the case with Chapter III: The Conquering. While their influences can still be heard in the background, the band have done well to morph the album into their musical vision and truly raise hell with this album. I can see this being the soundtrack to the apocalypse!

5/5

Nico Davidson

Korotory are:

Ray Truhn – Vocals
Darren Markoff – Drums
Chris Clemente – Lead/Rhythm Guitars
Brett Weatherston – Bass
Matt Scriva  -Lead/Rhythm Guitars