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Behemoth’s official biography to be released later this month

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 5th February 2015 by Pieni

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Lukasz Dunaj gathered in 490 pages what he considers to be “Poland’s response to Mötley Crüe‘s biography ‘The Dirt’. “Behemoth: Devil’s Consquistadors” tells the history of the (in)famous blackened death metal band, with quotes and anecdotes from current and former members, old photos, flyers, lyric sheets and even interviews with Tomas Krajewski, Rob Darken, Graal and Havok, to name a few. Here are a couple of glimpses at it:

From the foreword by Krzysztof Azarewicz:
“If, as a cultural anthropologist, I were to point to a single cosmic force which Behemoth‘s music expresses, I would name it not Satan but Dionysus. A deity that represents not only the intoxicating influence of cosmic energies and earthly benefits, but also their benevolent healing properties. A deity of strength and pride. A deity of creative might.”

Nergal discusses the acquisition of his first electric guitar:
“The first communion was a very important moment for me. I know this sounds ridiculous, but it’s true. Of course, not as a religion experience – I didn’t understand anything and couldn’t care less. Same as all the other kids. We all stood there with our votive candles and waited for one thing. Cash. The first communion must be one moment when you get the most money you’re ever going to get as a child. And for this money, I bought myself my first electric guitar. Not a bike, no Legos – a guitar.”

Metal Blade Records is proud to release this work of art on the 24th February, pre-orders already available at metalblade.com/behemoth

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Decapitated announce new drummer and enter studio to record sixth album

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on 13th March 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Three days ago, on 10th March, Polish metal extremists Decapitated entered Hertz Studio’s, located in Bialystok, Poland, to record their sixth record. The yet untitled creation is set for a release in September via Nuclear Blast. The band have also announced that Michal Lysejko has joined the band as full-time drummer. UK fans of Decapitated will already be familiar with Michal following the band’s recent UK tour with US metal bands Lamb Of God and Huntress. Guitarist Waclaw ‘Vogg‘ Kieltyka comments:

We would like to share news with you. All you know that we’ve been quite busy lately. We had some personal changes in the band and also we did I guess the best tours we had; with Meshuggah, Lamb Of God and Children Of Bodom.  First of all we want to introduce you Decapitated new drummer Michal Lysejko. Some of you had a chance to meet him already during tour with Lamb Of God this January. Also I want to say THANK YOU to the rest of the people who took a challenge and sent their video for an audition.

Also since January this year we signed worldwide management contract with Continental Concerts & Management. That’s for sure big step and opportunity for us and big challenge. But I guess the most important news for most of you is that after almost nine years we back to Hertz Studio (albums: Nihility, The Negation, Organic Hallucinosis) to record new album which will be released autumn this year. We will inform you about details soon. Keep it touch!!

Decapitated will also be hitting UK shores once again this summer on Saturday 9th August when they annihilate Bloodstock! They’ll be joining their label mates Hatebreed, Children Of Bodom, Carcass, ReVamp and Biohazard at Bloodstock for what is looking to be the hardest hitting metal-filled weekend of the year.

Decapitated online:

http://decapitatedband.net
http://facebook.com/decapitated

 

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Vader finish recording new album Tibi Et Igni

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 7th March 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Legendary Polish extreme metal outfit Vader have just completed the recording process of their new album Tibi Et Igni, which is the follow-up to their 2011 release Welcome To The Morbid Reich. The new album is pencilled for release on 2nd June via Nuclear Blast. The band recorded the album at Hertz Studio in Bialystok, Poland and it was produced by Wojtek and Slawek Wiesawski. The band comments:

The Fire was released!! The word made flesh and new Vader album – Tibi Et Igni – is done! We were working four weeks in Hertz Studio between December and February. 10 brand new songs plus 4 bonus tracks are recorded and ready for YOU. Two songs in special mix versions shall be released as 7” yet in April. The whole album at the end of May. In April and May Vader and Nuclear Blast are preparing some videos to close up the process of work and the album itself. Be ready for interviews and other surprise until Tibi Et Igni will be in your hands. The absolute heaviest Vader album in the history!!!! Demons are knocking to your door now!

Vader online:

http://vader.pl
http://facebook.com/vader

 

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Mourning Beloveth unveil their first ever music video

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 27th November 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Ahead of their upcoming show in Dublin this weekend on Saturday (30th November), Mourning Beloveth have released their first ever music video to accompany their track Theories of Old Bones. The video can be viewed below.

The video – which lasts fifteen minutes – is a black and white cinematic opus, directed and filmed by Lukasz Jaszak in Poland. Vocalist Darren Moore, talks through the video concepts:

It wasn’t going to be an easy task to shoot a video for one of our songs, in the main due to their length. The story was already there in the lyrics of the song it was a matter of putting visuals to it. The lyrics ask questions on our existence, are we just here to pass time or to use it, is it a mere heavy existence we go through each day counting the days to our death or is there a purpose to all this…or do we have a choice? I read somewhere about Christians in the old days who carried a pouch made of newborn lambskin around their necks to carry the nails for their coffin upon their death and it struck a chord of how fatalistic some people are.

The video itself is perhaps a journey through a half dream, a moment in the pit of existence where life has drifted away to some far off point inside leaving the body to automatic ruin. It is about time slowly gnawing at the entrails and the shadow of a silent death forever lurking through the ether.

The track, Theories of Old Bones, is taken from Mourning Beloveth’s latest piece of musicianship Formless. The album – which clocks in at one hour and twenty five minutes – was recorded in October 2012 at Foel Studio, Wales and was released in February 2013, via Grau Records, to high critical acclaim. The album is available to purchase, along with other Mourning Beloveth merchandise here.

This coming Saturday, 30th November, Mourning Beloveth will play their last gig of the year, in Dublin. Support bands for the show are Dread Sovereign and Nomadic Rituals. Bassist Brendan Roche comments:

Having spent the 10 months since the release of Formless dragging its heart and soul, blood and guts around the stages of Europe, we are delighted that we shall put 2013 to rest with the first Dublin show we have played in nearly 2 years. It’s a headline show, so expect 90+ minutes of the least worst of MB, something from every era, but with a heavy Formless influence. Just like us…

Mourning Beloveth online:

http://mourningbeloveth.com/
http://facebook.com/MourningBelovethBand

Sabaton reveal formats for Swedish Empire Live and cover artwork

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 31st July 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Sabaton – the stars of Sweden’s heavy metal scene – have recently revealed not only the cover art for their upcoming DVD/Blu-Ray live release Swedish Empire Live but also the list of formats it will be released as plus tracklisting.

Swedish Empire Live – which is the band’s first ever DVD/Blu-Ray release – features their stunning performance at the renowned Woodstock Festival in Poland last year where over half a million had gathered to watch Sabaton. Besides that overwhelming main feature, Swedish Empire Live will also feature footage of Sabaton performances in London, Gothenburg and Oberhausen on their extensive Swedish Empire Tour.

Swedish Empire Live will be released on September 23rd, 2013 and will be available as:

2Blu-Ray Digi
2DVD Digi
CD Digi
2LP (limited black vinyl in gatefold + poster)
Earbook
(2Blu-Ray + 2DVD + CD + exclusive bonus CD, 48 pages Earbook)

Sabaton online:

http://www.sabaton.net
http://www.facebook.com/sabaton
http://www.twitter.com/sabaton
http://www.youtube.com/sabaton

 

Bonemud announce UK and Poland tour dates

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 1st February 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Continuing with their hectic and busy live schedule, which saw appearances at both Brisfest  and New Hour Festival  in 2012, Bristol based alternative metal orientated rapcore merchant extraodinaires Bonemud have announced a number of UK shows and a trio of shows in Poland for later this year.

The four piece nu-metal outfit can be seen at the following shows:

February 16th – Bristol – The Exchange w/ Mad Hatter 2.0
March 1st – Birmingham O2 Academy – w/ Carrion – POLISH ROCK LIVE
March 2nd – Northampton – Polish Club w/ Carrion – POLISH ROCK LIVE
March 3rd – Bristol – Polish Club w/ Carrion – POLISH ROCK LIVE
March 21st – Krakow, Poland – Lizard Kings w/ Carrion
March 22nd – Lodz, Poland – Stereo Krogs w/ Carrion
March 23rd – Radom, Poland – G2 w/ Carrion
March 30th – Gloucester – Brunswick w/ Mad Hatter 2.0
July 4th – Cardiff – Bogiez w/ Mad Hatter 2.0
July 6th – Gloucester – Brunswick w/ Mad Hatter 2.0
July 13th – London – Nambucca w/ Mad Hatter 2.0

Their new EP Challenge Accepted (Renata’s review of the EP can be found here) was released recently on December 12th via Genepool Distribution through the usual channels such as Amazon, iTunes, Spotify and more.  The band’s track Lil Whore  was included on the Monsters Of 2012 covermount CD on Big Cheese Magazine Issue#151. Tracks from the EP have recently been receiving heavy airplay on Berlin’s Shouted FM with Homiez currently being in it’s 6th week on The Listeners Chart show top 20 and Homiez and U&I  also receiving play on the Pedal To The Metal show.

Bonemud can be checked out at the following locations:

http://www.youtube.com/user/BoneMud

https://www.facebook.com/bonemud

Masachist – Scorned

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , , , on 27th October 2012 by -Scorpius-

Masachist
Scorned
Released: 2011
Death Metal
Released via Selfmadegod Records

Masachist are a 5 piece death metal band from Poland and have an impressive array of members from some very notable bands, On vocals they have Pig a.k.a Wojciech Wąsowicz from Decapitated, on bass is Heinrich from Polish Black Metal band Vesania, On drums Daray who is an ex Vader drummer, Aro can be found on Rhythm guitar and founding member Thrufel is the Lead Guitarist.

All in all an impressive line up and expectations of a quality album is high. The Album itself is entitled Scorned and it’s promised to be, “40 minutes of your agony, 9 songs about your demise”.

The first track, Drilling Your Nerves powers in with a nice rhythmic piece on guitars and drums which is quickly followed by a thundering vocal that screams brutality through and through. Various influences are immediately evident and I would like to desist from comparisons with other notable polish bands, Behemoth being the main one as the similarities are stark which is to be somewhat expected with the close links to the band. The track itself is an exciting mix of death metal pounding and a surprising almost black metal feel to it, which is a nice blend of influence and musicianship, the rhythm of this track is by far its defining quality and it pounds you into musical submission!

The Second offering is entitled, The Process of Elimination and straight away I am caught by the blast beats and double bass pedal work on the drums, the guitar playing is blisteringly fast and choppy and the vocals lend an almost ethereal quality to the music, if you like a mosh and a head-bang then this track is most definitely for you. I am struck by the interesting contrasts throughout the track with rhythm and melodic brutality, if such a term exists! It does now!

Straight and Narrow Path is the third track on the album and it has a dredging, guttural feel to it. Which is then intersected by a middle 8 which gives way to a chorus effect on the guitar, this track is one that you can turn loud and annoy the neighbours with as the bass is punishing and the drums only increase the intensity that is equally matched by the guitars and vocals, an interesting track indeed.

Track 4, Manifesto starts off incredibly brutal and then has a brief melodic guitar part which quickly gives way to yet more unrelenting brutality, this track would induce a brain aneurism if you turned it up loud enough! That’s how unrelenting and punishing it is, if you like your music to punish your senses then this track certainly does that.

Next up is a track called, Higher Authority which to me is a blend of old school death metal and sliding guitar chords, the vocals really chop this track up and the blast beats on the drums really give an added element. There are some very interesting chords in this track and this track really gives you an idea of how good these musicians really are, the skill level is incredibly high and the track really gives the listener a taste of what these guys are all about.

Opposing Normality is track 5 and it starts off with a distorted organ sound and some interesting distorted/reverbed vocal effects, this soon ends and the guitars, bass and drums usher in a very old school style riff. Mid way through the song the brutality relents for a moment and then it smacks its way back in.

Track 7 is entitled Liberation and wow, this track is by far the fastest on the album, the double bass pedal and blast beats are nothing short of incredible, quarter way through the track is slows down marginally and gives the listener a mix of rhythm and interesting chord progressions, the track then speeds up to 1000mph again and the listener is left absolutely dazed!

Liberation II is the eighth track it is entirely with distorted sounds although this time it’s a mix of distorted vox/choral, it’s a momentary departure from the overall theme of the album, call it a auditory break.

Finally we have track 9, Inner Void. Which starts off with a very slow droning old school death metal feel to it, very cool! This track at the beginning almost reminds me of Celtic Frost but that is soon replaced by yet more old school idea’s, there are clearly many influences in this track and I feel this may well be a nice jumping point to where Masachist can launch their next album.

My overall thoughts on this album is that it is a very well thought out album, there are many influences and ideas going on within it and each member clearly brings aspects from their other bands to this one. If you think Masachist is merely a side project or plaything for these musicians then you would be sorely mistaken, it is very much it’s own entity and creation and the quality of musicianship is clear.

The production of this album is perfect, I cannot fault it, every sound is as I believe it should be and the overall mix is just right.

If I were to sum this album up in one word, which is incredibly easy to do in fact that word would be, unrelenting.

Each track pummels the listener into an auditory submission of sorts and they are perfectly placed lending an added quality to the next.

I am incredibly impressed by this album and the name of the band says it all, Masachist You have to have some masochistic tendencies to allow yourself such an assault on your senses, and I love it!

5/5

~Scorpius~