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Lacuna Coil in studio to record follow-up to Dark Adrenaline

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 11th September 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Inspired by the massive amount of positive feedback for Dark Adrenaline, Italian symphonic goth rockers Lacuna Coil are now in the studio to record the follow up to their 2012 release Dark Adrenaline. The Italian sextet recently started the recording process for the upcoming album with producer Jay Baumgardner, who has worked with a list of renowned and diverse acts that includes Papa RoachEvanescenceSevendust and P.O.D. Following the first days of recording, the band’s vocalist Cristina Scabbia happily commented:

I am so excited to work on new stuff… I am sure a lot of people will be mesmerized by the cinematic vibe of the new album that’s underway. I’m very happy to have the chance to work with Jay. Not only is he a pro in what he does, but I am just loving the fact we are going to experiment with new sounds and are getting a different point of view about our art. We’re swamped with the music already… Lacuna Coil is back baby!

Co-vocalist Andrea Ferro also commented:

We met Jay a few years ago in L.A. and had a really positive feeling about him, as he has produced and mixed some of my favourite records and some very relevant rock/metal albums. We have decided to work with him, because he has the ability to work together with the band towards a common vision without driving the band away from their sound.  In the studio there is the right energy that allows common people to achieve uncommon results!

Guitarist Cristiano “Pizza” Migilore also had something positive to say:

Yeah, and we’re very excited about finally recording new songs –  and I can assure you that the new stuff kicks ass!

Lacuna Coil will also be joining Paradise Lost on their 25th anniversary tour next around the UK. Dates are as follow:

30.10.2013 (UK) Wolverhampton – Wulfrun Hall
31.10.2013 (UK) Glasgow – O2 ABC
01.11.2013 (UK) Manchester – Ritz
03.11.2013 (UK) London – Roundhouse

Lacuna Coil online:

http://www.lacunacoil.it
https://www.facebook.com/lacunacoil
http://www.myspace.com/lacunacoil
http://www.twitter.com/lacuna_coil

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Heaven’s Basement hit the road with Seether

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 24th August 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Having earned the title of one of the UK’s most promising hard rock acts thanks to their relentless touring schedule Heaven’s Basement announce their appearance as main support to Seether on their Autumn European tour, including four UK dates.

The band has built their reputation of setting Britain’s underground alight with an uncompromising attitude and tireless work ethic and not wanting the fun to stop this tour follows directly on from their impending stint with Halestorm.

After much success with their independently released EP, Unbreakable, Heaven’s Basement are currently putting the finishing touches to their forthcoming debut album. Their first Red Bull Records release, produced by John Feldmann (The Used, Papa Roach, Black Veil Brides), is due out early 2013.

Catch Heaven’s Basement at the following shows supporting Seether:

November

15 London, Electric Ballroom
16 Manchester, Manchester Academy 2
17 Edinburgh, Liquid Room
18 Birmingham, Academy 2

Lostprophets–Weapons

Posted in CD, Rock with tags , , , , , on 20th June 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Lostprophets
Weapons
Released 2nd April
Alt. Rock
Released via Epic Records (UK)/Fearless Records (US)

Lostprophets have been one of the most successful alt. rock bands in the British music scene in the last decade, which has seen them receive several Kerrang awards and nominations and have two singles reach the top ten in the UK charts. Weapons, released earlier this year, is the fifth studio album from the Welsh alt. rockers.

Bring ‘Em Down begins in true Lostprophets fashion with a catchy riff and vocals that hook the listener’s ears almost instantly. The riffs prove to be hypnotic, blending several different alternative sounds together. The breakdown spins in a new, almost nu-metallic sound for the track, keeping it exciting. We Bring An Arsenal rings out previous stylings of previous Lostprophets releases with fresher influences and sounds. The chorus is very poignant, becoming one of the more memorable additions of the album. The keyboard opening of Another Shot is eerie yet enchanting, while the guitar sections and drum patterns belt out the typical LP sound that has made the band so famous (or infamous, depending how you look at it).

I’m a bit skeptical when it comes to songs that have “Jesus” in their title but Jesus Walks is a pretty cool track that radiates a very relaxed atmosphere through the guitars while the keyboards add a very lively sound to the song. A Song For Where I’m From takes a turn in the album, adding a different but enjoyable sound. The lyrics are still typically those you’d expect to find on any LP record. A Little Reminder That I’ll Never Forget is another track with a unique sound, especially in terms of the vocal work. The guitars add a new, fresh sound which displays the developing sound of the band.

The album is given an extra notch of heaviness and unique vocal melodies in the form Better Off Dead, a track that sounds like an old Papa Roach song mixed in with the fresher sound of Lostprophets. The bass and drum work really shines in this part of the album as well. Everything melds together brilliantly during Heart On Loan, bringing about some catchy keyboard sections and staunch bass work as well. The acoustic passages of Somedays blends perfectly with the soothing vocals and the keyboards add a subtle gentleness to the song.

Can’t Get Enough is the lengthy grand finale of Weapons. I’m not sure if majestic is the right word to describe this track as it contains some truly epic riffs and technical drum work, topped off with a beautiful use of vocals and even a sagaic use of keyboards. The track seems to embody everything musical about Lostprophets and then some. If I had to choose a favourite track from this album, Can’t Get Enough would be my first choice.

I’ll be honest, I’ve never truly been satisfied by any previous releases from Lostprophets, aside from the singles such as A Town Called Hypocrisy, Burn Burn and Rooftops, but after listening to Weapons, I think I might have found an album by the Welsh rockers that really has more than satisfied.

5/5

Nico Davidson