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Neige et Noirceur – Les Ténèbres Modernes

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on 26th May 2016 by izaforestspirit

Neige et Noirceur
Les Ténèbres Modernes
Released 24th June 2016
Raw Black Metal/Ambient
Released via Sepulchral Productions

Neige et Noirceur (French for ‘Snow and Blackness’) is a French Canadian raw black metal project which was formed by the singer and multi-instrumentalist Zifond in 2005. It’s part of the growing Quebequois black metal scene or “le métal noir québécois” as it is known as within the francophone metal community. His latest effort ‘Les Ténèbres Modernes’ is a concept album about World War I and it features Schimaera (Industrie Chimère Noire, Portal, Profound Lore) on guest vocals.

The opener Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum sets the scene with its haunting guitars and grim vocals. It’s an interesting mixture of raw black metal similar to Burzum with some ambient and atmospheric elements such as keyboards and operatic-style choir samples at the start. Yet this is actually one of the slower and more melodic tracks on here. What follows is a barrage of nihilistic, harsh and eerie raw black metal that’s as bleak as its subject matter. Even the dark ambient parts such as the keyboard intro to La Saison des Morts or the end of Ciel d’Acier have that ghastly tinge, making the listener feel like one of the survivours of a battle, walking through a desolate field littered with blood and dead bodies.

Then there’s Felgrau – an instrumental which is mostly dark ambient with the only “metal” element being the faint sound of a distorted guitar in the background. Perhaps this marks the point when the battle has ended and the rain has started to wash away the blood from the trenches…The avantgarde-style, ambient final track Adieux acts as a good summary of the overall theme with the sounds of gunfire, bomb blasts, radio broadcast, alarm sirens and absolutely no black metal elements at all.

Overall, to say that I’ve enjoyed this album would an inaccurate assumption. One does not enjoy raw black metal but rather it is something to get engrossed into and admire. It’s just as grim and nihilistic as I expected it to be. Even when sang in French, a supposedly more melodic language, it sounds harsh and bleak.

Iza Raittila

Rival Sons announce Canadian headline tour

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

Rival Sons have just announced a headline tour of the land of maple syrup; Canada, following their recently completed US tour with included dates with legendary rocker Sammy Hagar. The tour will kick off on 24th October.

Rival Sons recently checked in from the road:

We’ve had an absolute blast so far on our jaunt through America.  Sammy Hagar has been a saint of hospitality to us.  And got to rock to some significant audiences – on our own as well.  We swam in the highest pond in the Appalachian mountain range.  Nashville rocked our worlds (and vice-versa, haha!).  After we wrap up this American tour, it’s a couple weeks and back to Canada for a headlining tour.  Canada has been one of our strongest supporters, so we’re looking forward to gettin’ back.  Thanks y’alls!!!

Rival Sons Canadian tour dates are as follow:

Oct. 24 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre
Oct. 25 – Peterborough, ON – The Venue
Oct. 26 – Ottawa, ON – Tailgators
Oct. 28 – Kingston, ON – Merchant Tap House
Oct. 29 – Montreal, QC – Le Petite Campus
Oct. 30 – Quebec City, QC – Le Cercle
Nov. 01 – London, ON – Norma Jean’s
Nov. 02 – Hamilton, ON – Bay City Music Hall
Nov. 03 – Owen Sound, ON – The Harb

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Airbourne Canadian headline tour dates confirmed

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 14th June 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Aussie hard rockers Airbourne have confirmed a string of headline tour dates around Canada. The dates are as follow:

8th August – Le Cercle – Quebec City, QC
9th August – Red Dog – Peterborough, ON
14th August – Encore Nightclub – Chatham, ON
15th August – Norma Jeans – London, ON
16th August – Mansion – Kingston, ON
17th August – Mavericks – Ottawa, ON
21st August – Crocks – Thunder Bay, ON
22nd August – Garrick Ctr – Winnipeg, MB

The dates listed above are in addition to Airbourne‘s previously announced participation in Monster Energy’s Rock Allegiance Tour alongside Volbeat, H.I.M., and All That Remains. Dates are as follow:

23th August – St. Paul, MN – The Myth
24th August – Twin Lakes, WI – Shadow Hill Ranch Festival
25th August – Cincinnati, OH – US Bank Arena
26th August – Hamilton, ON – Copps Coliseum
28th August – Sterling Heights, MI – Freedom Hill
29th August – Bloomington, IL – US Cellular Coliseum
30th August – Kansas City, MO – Midland Theatre
31st August – Tulsa, OK – Convention Center

3rd September – Salt Lake City, UT – Maverick Centre
4th September – Las Vegas, NV – The Joint at the Hard Rock
8th September – Abbotsford, BC – Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Center
9th September – Calgary, AB – Big 4 Building
10th September – Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place
15th September – Sacramento, CA – Aftershock Music Festival
16th September – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium
18th September – Grand Prairie, TX – Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
19th September – Houston, TX – Bayou Music Center
22nd September – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
26th September – Philadelphia, PA – Skyline Stagge at The Mann
27th September – Lowell, MS – Tsongas Arena
28th September – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Waterfront

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Wintersun confirm shows in Spain for 2013

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 7th December 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Finnish metallers Wintersun have confirmed three shows for Spain for 2013. Locations and dates of the shows are as followed:

24 – Bilbao, Spain – Rockstar
25 – Madrid, Spain – Caracol
26 – Barcelona, Spain – Apolo 2

Wintersun are currently on a North American tour with Eluveitie and Varg. The band are also confirmed to play Metalfest and Beastival in Germany as well as Tuska Open Air in Helsinki, Finland.
Below are the remaining dates on the North American tour:

7 – Louis’ Pub – Saskatoon, SK
8 – West End Cultural Centre – Winnipeg, MB
9 – Station 4 – Saint Paul, MN
11 – Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL
12 – Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
13 – The Opera House – Toronto, ON
14 – Mavericks – Ottawa, ON
15 – Club Soda – Montreal, QC
16 – Imperial – Quebec City, QC
18 – Water Street Music Hall (at The Club) – Rochester, NY
19 – Mr. Small’s Theatre – Millvale, PA
20 – Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
21 – Royale Boston – Boston, MA