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Darkest Era reveal artwork and tracklist for new album Severance

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on 27th March 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Northern Ireland’s own Celtic warriors of metal, Darkest Era, have recently revealed the artwork and tracklisting for their forthcoming album Severance. The new album is set for release in June via Cruz Del Sur. The album was recorded at Data Recording Studios in Ballyheigue, Ireland and produced by Chris Fielding and Darkest Era. The artwork was created by Costin Chioreanu. Guitarist Ade Mulgrew comments:

We are really pleased with the artwork which totally captures the atmosphere of this album. Costin has a unique style and immediately got what we were looking for. Severance was recorded during what was a pretty stormy time in the band and against the backdrop of some very atmospheric natural scenery in one of the remotest parts of the west of Ireland. I think all that certainly comes across in the music and we are looking forward to finally unleashing it this summer!

The tracklisting for Severance is as follows:

Sorrow’s Boundless Realm
Songs Of Gods And Men
The Serpent And The Shadow
Beyond The Grey Veil
Trapped In The Hourglass
The Scavenger
A Thousand Screaming Souls
Blood, Sand And Stone

Darkest Era will headline North Of The Wall which takes place at The Classic Grand in Glasgow on Saturday 29th March 2014. Also on the bill are Dread Sovereign, Toledo Steel, Bonesaw, Firebrand Super Rock, Amok, Plague Rider, Storm Of Embers, Bacchus Barecus, Norderobring, Nolti Nan Gana Nan Nolta and Disaster Area. For tickets and more info, head to this location.

Darkest Era online:

http://darkestera.net
http://facebook.com/darkestera
http://twitter.com/darkestera
http://youtube.com/darkesteraofficial

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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.

 

Waylander reveal lyrical meanings behind select songs on new album

Posted in News with tags , , , on 18th May 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Waylander-cover-1400x1400-72dpiFreshly mastered at the Finnox Studio in Finland, where acts such as Children of Bodom and Nightwish have recorded, Irish folk metal band Waylander are releasing their brand new and fourth full length album Kindred Spirits on July 16th (EU) and August 14th (North America)

The band have described lyrics for the two first songs: Echoes of the Sidhe and Lamh Dearg, which we feel are very interesting topics.

Echoes Of The Sidhe deals with the enduring fascination in Celtic countries with the the Fairy folk which has survived the coming of Christianity as well as the modern age of enlightenment. The belief in the old Gods and the existence of higher planes of existence has endured and will continue to do so.

LÁMH DEARG,  meaning Red Hand, the symbol of the northern province of Ulster of which Northern Ireland makes up two thirds. For the first time since our debut demo, the conflict in Northern Ireland is used as a subject for one of our songs. This song is about love for the land which transcends politics, where the land itself is sacred while mankind are merely the custodians for the generations to come. Concentrate on what unites us as it’s a lot more than people have knowledge of due to a blinkered mindset. In effect, this song is a modern pagan perspective on the conflict we have endured.

Kindred Spirits track listing:

1. Echoes of the Sidhe
2. Lámh Dearg
3. Twin Fires of Beltíne
4. Of Fear and Fury
5. Grave of Giants
6. A Path Well Trodden
7. Quest for Immortality
8. Erdath
9. Kindred Spirits