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At The Gates announced as mainstage headliner for Northern Darkness

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

Swedish death metal legends At The Gates have been announced as the headliners for this year’s Northern Darkness Festival, marking the band’s first Newcastle show in almost 20 years. Other bands on the bill include, but are not limited to: Dyscarnate, Bloodshot Dawn, Old Corpse Road, Decapitated, Napalm Death and many more.

The festival will take place at the Northumbria University in Newcastle on Sunday 8th December. Tickets are available from this location.

The Northern Darkness Festival online:

http://www.northerndarkness.co.uk/
https://www.facebook.com/NorthernDarknessFestival

 

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.

 

Enforcer kick off UK tour tonight with Angel Witch

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 7th November 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Swedish heavy metallers Enforcer are due to kick off a UK tour tonight  (Wednesday, 7th November) with British heavy metal legends Angel Witch.

The bands will also be joined by UK metallers Age Of Taurus on the five-date Into the Dark tour, which starts at The World Headquarters in Newcastle.

Enforcer frontman Olof Wikstrand recently commented: “After the very successful Scandinavian dates this spring, we now take this tour package to Britain, bringing you the best of the past and present.  This will, as well, definitely mark the end of our ‘Diamonds On the Road’ world tour and is also the last chance for all of you to see this era of Enforcer.

See Enforcer live at the following shows:

ENFORCER w/ ANGEL WITCH, AGE OF TAURUS
Nov. 07 – Newcastle, UK – The World Headquarters
Nov. 08 – Manchester, UK – Academy 3
Nov. 09 – Birmingham, UK – Temple
Nov. 10 – London, UK – The Victoria
Nov. 11 – Bristol, UK – The Fleece

Enforcer‘s 2008 debut album, Into The Night, is due to be reissued on Earache Records on November 12th.  The album will be available on CD, as well as limited edition coloured vinyl in the following quantities and colours:

100 – City Lights (White & Yellow)
200 – Into the Night (Blue & Black Marble)
300 – Mistress from Hell (Red)
400 – Black Angel (Black)

Pre-order INTO THE NIGHT now in Europe here or in North America here.

Into The Night is available now on iTunes here.