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The northern barbarians return to Valk-Fest second year in a row

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 18th June 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

The northern barbarian metal quartet Shades of Avalon have been confirmed to return to this year’s Valkyrian Festival following their headline performance at last year’s Valk-Fest. The band, who have been described as Conan The Barbarian meets Amon Amarth, are excited to be return to the coast of Yorkshire on the second day of the event. Festival organiser Nick Taylor, better known by his pseudonym Nico Davidson, stated:

It’s an honour to have Shades of Avalon return for this year’s Valk-Fest – Especially after they saved last year’s following a long string of problems that popped up a week before. I’m looking forward to seeing the northern barbarians wreak havoc once again in Bridlington.

The full Valkyrian Festival line-up is as follows:

Friday 29th November:

Ravenage (Headliner)
Dead Man’s Conspiracy
Storm of Embers

Saturday 30th November

***Headliner TBA***
Nya
Narcotic Death (Special Guests)
Aonia
Old Corpse Road
Lost Effect
Shades of Avalon

Maelstrom
XIII

Sunday 1st December

***Headliner TBA***
Alice In Thunderland
Innersylum
Severed Heaven
Dakesis
Spekulus
Powercake
Terra Omnia

This year, Valkyrian Festival is in aid of RapeCrisis. Information on RapeCrisis can be found at this location. Donations can be made direct to the charity via the Valkyrian Festival JustGiving page which can be found here. Weekend tickets can be found at this location for the low price of £5 (excluding P&P).

Valkyrian Festival 2013 is now officially sponsored by online gothic and custom-made jewellery store, The Crypt Of Curiosities.

In related Valkyrian Festival news, Aonia will be headlining a Valk-Fest fundraiser at Shades Nightclub, in Bridlington on 7th September with support from Spekulus and Penance, the latter of which [performed at last year’s Valk-Fest. Further support acts to be announced and a lot more bands are still to be announced for Valkyrian Festival 2013. Further Valkyrian Festival announcements and info can be found here.

Shades of Avalon online:

http://shadesofavalon.com/
http://facebook.com/ShadesofAvalon

Old Corpse Road – ‘Tis Witching Hour… As Spectres we Haunt this Kingdom

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , , , , on 5th December 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Old Corpse Road
‘Tis Witching Hour… As Spectres we Haunt this Kingdom
Released in November 2012
Black/Folk/Atmospheric Metal
Released via Godreah Records

Old Corpse Road are one of those bands that have carved themselves a dark and haunting career since their formation whilst avoiding too much exposure. Keeping true to the mythology of Great Britain, OCR are known in the underground scene for breathing a new and somewhat twisted life into British folklore and mythology. ‘Tis Witching Hour… As Spectres We Haunt This Kingdom is but the newest chapter in the band’s mystifying and haunting career.

Upon the first listen, the album takes you gently by the hand and takes you down a long and winding path that greets you with dark yet grand orchestration that is emphasised by the poetic narration as portrayed in the opening track: ‘Tis Witching Hour whilst other parts of the album come screaming out like the hellish hounds of one’s own nightmares – Of course, this isn’t a bad thing, if anything, it’s the opposite. The Cauld Lad of Hylton is one of the must-listen tracks of the album; sending forth a screaming barrage of hungry riffs with a more gentle, elegant orchestration, the track embodies all that is Old Corpse Road.

The brooding use of keyboards echo lyrically throughout the album, especially in the aforementioned The Cauld Lad of Hylton, Hag of the Mist and Isobel – Queen of Scottish Witches – The latter of which quite literally oozes with a certain magic quality that floats ever soothingly across the vast ocean of riffs and vocals yet whisked almost violently by the drums. A fair few of the tracks scream out with an essence of Cradle of Filth, from the Dusk… And Her Embrace era but building upon that sound and creating it into some sort of atmospheric enchantment that never fails to mesmerise and entrance the listener.

The Wild Voice Came is an unexpected interlude during the album but still as beautiful as the other tracks whilst I find the final track As Spectres we Haunt this Kingdom to be the highlight of the album and my new personal favourite Old Corpse Road song. Bringing a chilling atmosphere, the song is an enthralling piece of music that is the perfect way for the album to come to its sirenic finale.

Old Corpse Road are to metal, what Edgar Allen Poe is to literature – Composers and conjurers to truly dark and ethereal creations. ‘Tis Witching Hour… As Spectres We Haunt This Kingdom is no doubt an ominous classic that will echo throughout the ever darkening ages, like the timeless myths of days gone by.

5/5

Nico Davidson

 

Band Of The Month [October, 2011]: Old Corpse Road

Posted in Band Of The Month with tags , , , , , on 1st October 2011 by Nico Solheim-Davidson


The voting for October’s Band Of The Month began as a fierce competition between The Colour Line and ReVerbed, however, Darlington-based blackened folk metal quintet Old Corpse Road swooped in at the last minute and snatched victory quite unexpectedly gaining the majority of the votes. Old Corpse Road avoid the cliché black metal style of Satanic imagery, instead, their songs are about British folklore with masterfully written music and lyrics. Old Corpse Road have shared the stage with the likes of Hecate Enthroned, Northern Oak, Windrider and Skyclad.

Rating: 5/5

Links:

Official site: http://www.oldcorpseroad.co.uk/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Old-Corpse-Road/22944789821
Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/oldcorpseroad

Band Of The Month [October – Voting]

Posted in Band Of The Month with tags , , , , , , , on 24th September 2011 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

It’s that time of the month, where you get to vote for the next Band Of The Month!

Voting will last for one week [24th September – 30th September].

The nominees are:

Heat-Ray
Obsolete Tomorrow
Old Corpse Road
[in:audium]
Lost Effect
ReVerbed
The Colour Line

Old Corpse Road – The Bones Of This Land Are Not Speechless [2010]

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , , , , , on 4th August 2011 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Band: Old Corpse Road
Album: The Bones Of This Land Are Not Speechless
Release year: 2010
Genre: Black Metal/Folk Metal


Old Corpse Road are a blackened folk metal band hailing from Darlington located in the north-east of England. Throughout the years they’ve been together, they’ve shared the stage with the likes of Windrider, Skyclad and Hecate Enthroned as well as creating musical history by being one of the first British black metal bands to do produce a spilt with another black metal band [The Meads of Asphodel]. Their most recent release, “The Bones Of This Land Are Not Speechless”, is the first part of the previously mentioned spilt.

The eerie and dramatic piano medley of “Hob Headless Rises” comes first which is slowly replaced by the shredding guitars. The vocals are strong and raw, with a hint of a Cradle of Filth sound in them. The keyboard sections are beautifully played and add a very tense atmosphere to the music. The drums are masterfully and intelligently played but retain a certain ruthless aggression at the same time. The guitars are impressive, being both shredding and heavy. The acoustic sections brings a very folk-like element to the track which works well with the rest of the track. The clean vocals also help bring about a folk-like element.

“The Devil’s Footprints”, named after an incident in 1855, begins with sound of fast-faced guitars fading in before the introduction of the drums. The spoken vocals add a very archaic and epic feel to the song whilst the screams and grunts bring the aggressive element to the track. The keyboards, blending well with the guitars, bring a certain mystique to the track whilst the drums slowly become more rage-fuelled in their playing. The keyboard sections are both enchantingly and beautifully played, add a dash of calm of the furious metal storm within the song. The softer played guitar and drum sections also bring a touch of calm to the song as well.

The final track is “The Witch Of Wookey Hole”, named after the infamous witch. The song begins with a dark, haunting synth intro which is gradually accompanied by the sound of acoustic guitars and drums. The track turns brutal with the introduction of the feral guitar riffs and the beast-like vocals. The drums are almost machine-like in their playing, very precise yet savage at the same time. The synth sections bring an immense eerie sound to the track as well, helping the music fit in with the lyrical theme of the song. The vocal-keyboard-drum section is simply brilliant, adding a fresh sound to the sound. The narration, which quotes the words spoken by the priest who confronted the Witch of Wookey Hole, adds a very epic and sagaic sound and feel to the song. the choir-like vocals that follow place emphasis on the epic feel.

“The Bones Of This Land Are Not Speechless” may only be three tracks but it lasts long enough to make it feel more like an EP. The way that Old Corpse Road mix narration with screams and grunts is amazing and the music is masterfully composed. “The Bones Of This Land Are Not Speechless” greatly demonstrates the talent and ability of Old Corpse Road. the production values are astounding as well. It’s certainly a release that fans of folk and black metal should get their hands on.

5/5

Nico Davidson