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Pieni’s highlights of 2019

Posted in Editorial/Opinionated with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 31st December 2019 by Pieni

2019 was a bumpy ride and despite attending fewer shows and writing less for Valkyrian Music, this past year still had plenty of memorable moments. Here’s my favorite live ones:

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  1. Samael at Laurus Nobilis Music Famalicão (Louro)
  2. Infraktor at Vagos Metal Fest (Vagos)
  3. Equaleft at Hard Club (Porto)
  4. D.A.D. at Hard Club (Porto)
  5. Overkill at Hard Club (Porto)

Records:

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  1. “Rust” by CrashDïet
  2. “We Defy” by Equaleft
  3. “Verkligheten” by Soilwork
  4. “West End” by The 69 Eyes
  5. “I, The Mask” by In Flames

Thank you Ozzy for filming the kind of music video I like the most – with an actual story to it. In the absence of that, something amusing and/or featuring visual impact will do:

  1. “Under The Graveyard” by Ozzy Osbourne
  2. “Idiots” by CrashDïet
  3. “Deutschland” by Rammstein
  4. “Trve As Fvck” by Hills Have Eyes
  5. “Already Dead” by Hollywood Undead

I have a handful of expectations for 2020 but, at the moment, I believe these are the ones I’m most eager about:

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  1. The Hills Have Eyes new album and its release show (no date announced yet but hopefully it won’t be postponed much longer).
  2. The Hollywood Undead new album, “New Empire, Vol. 1”, and their gig in Madrid which I’ll be attending in a couple of months.
  3. W.A.S.P. will embark on a tour where they’ll only play songs out of their first four albums. Already got my ticket for the Barcelona show.
  4. Sister posted something on their Facebook page which included a #newalbum, so I’m looking forward to that as well.
  5. Seems like Kiss are saying goodbye to the stages. Whether this is indeed their last tour or not, I won’t miss it.

Happy New Year!

Renata “Pieni” Lino

Rammstein live in Tampere

Posted in Gig, Live with tags , , , , on 10th August 2019 by izaforestspirit

Duo Jatekok, Rammstein
Ratina Stadium, Tampere, Finland
9th August 2019

Last night Tampere’s Ratina Stadium was literally on fire. But not to worry, there is no need to call the fire brigade. The world-renowned industrial metal legends Rammstein were in town. Words cannot describe how much I love this band. They have been my obsession since my early teens. I have seen them live twice before. This time they came to play at my local stadium so this was an opportunity not to be missed.

This was the first out of two sold-out shows at Ratina Stadium in Tampere. The support was a French group called Duo Jatekok who played piano instrumental covers of Rammstein songs. While it was interesting to hear alternative versions of these well known Rammstein classics, the band didn’t do much to entertain the crowd. It acted as a pleasant background noise.

The night’s headliners, Rammstein had a bit of a slow start. The first few songs, bizarrely enough including the usual crowd pleaser ‘Links 2 3 4’, failed to agitate the audience. It wasn’t until ‘Mein Herz Brennt’ came on that things really got going. These guys are known for their elaborate pyrotechnics and they definitely lived up to the hype. I’m not the biggest fan of the song ‘Puppe’ but the massive burning pram on stage was a quite the sight. ‘Ausländer’ was really good too. The real highlights for me though were ‘Deutschland’, ‘Du Riechst So Gut’ (a personal favourite) and the classics ‘Sonne’ and ‘Du Hast’. The only minor downside of the flames and the light show was that, at this time of the year in Finland, the darkness doesn’t fall soon enough. Once it got dark the flames and the light show were all the more visible to the fullest effect.

In summary, this was another amazing show by Rammstein. I’m really glad that I got to see them live again. Like an old diesel engine, it takes a while to warm up but when it gets there the engine is roaring.

Iza Raittila

Rammstein – Rammstein

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on 6th June 2019 by izaforestspirit

Rammstein
Rammstein
Released 17th May 2019
Neue Deutsche Härte/ Industrial Metal
Released via Universal Music

It’s been a decade since the world renowned Neue Deutsche Härte band Rammstein last released a studio album. For a long-time fan like myself that is a very long time to wait. Needless to say that my expectations for this were very high. After all it took them this long to record so surely it ought to be worth the wait right? Let’s see…

Well, we’re off to a good start with Deutschland. The video might be a bit too much for some people to handle but the song itself is an absolute gem. I cannot get enough of it. It acts like an anthem for the band, combining all the elements that make Rammstein so special. Till Lindemann’s powerful and emotional vocals, Flake’s delightful keyboard work and the guitars. The chorus works a treat too. What a tune; “Radio, Mein Radio…”, that’s about as much as I can make out from the lyrics without consulting a German dictionary or online translating service but that has never stopped me from enjoying this song. I have had that chorus stuck in my head for weeks. Radio is a wonderfully catchy piece of industrial metal that is bound to be a big hit both live and on the dance floors. Then there’s Ausländer with its disco-esque vibes and somewhat cheesy-sounding chorus.

Basically it’s all good until the fifth track comes along and things slow down a little. It is not so much that the rest of the album is bad, it is not. There are lots of well executed, emotional vocal performances from Mr.Lindemann, there is nothing wrong with guitar riffs or the keyboard melodies. And yet it feels a little lacking in energy. As much as I appreciate the dark lyrical themes and creepy music of tracks such as Puppe, Rammstein are capable of so much more. This suffers from the same issues as their mid-career period albums ‘Reise, Reise’ and ‘Rosenrot’, which have a handful of very good songs each and lots of okayish, but not particularly memorable tracks. The only exception is the ultra creepy and sombre-sounding Hallomann which seems like a fitting way to end the album.

In summary, I am sad to say that this album is a bit of a letdown for me. The first four tracks are great and I absolutely love them. Sadly the rest are a little too slow and ballad-like for my taste. It feels almost like Rammstein are tired of making this kind of music and they are preparing to move on to something new.

3.5/5

Iza Raittila

More details about the new Rammstein album

Posted in Misc., News, Studio Report with tags , , on 26th April 2019 by izaforestspirit

The long-awaited new album from Rammstein is expected to hit the stores worldwide on 17th May 2019. No official album title has been announced but it is possible that it will be a self-titled record.

Here is what the band have confirmed – the album now has a cover and a track-listing. Here are the details:

 

1. DEUTSCHLAND

2. RADIO

3. ZEIG DICH

4. AUSLÄNDER

5. SEX

6. PUPPE

7. WAS ICH LIEBE

8. DIAMANT

9. WEIT WEG

10. TATTOO

11. HALLOMANN

The yet-to-be-titled new album will be out on 17th May 2019 via Universal Records. In the meantime you can check out their latest video for the track ‘Radio’.

For more details visit:

https://www.rammstein.de/

https://www.facebook.com/Rammstein/

Rammstein enter the studio

Posted in Misc., News, Studio Report with tags , on 21st April 2018 by izaforestspirit

It’s been almost a decade since Rammstein‘s last offering ‘ Liebe ist für alle da’. They have been touring extensively and they have treated to their fans to a few welcome distractions ranging from live DVDs, a music video and side-projects. The Lindemann album was very good but let’s face it, nothing beats the real thing – a new Rammstein album…

Now it looks as though the wait might finally be over. The band have recently posted some photos from the studio. Here’s a few:

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A new album is in the works. No other details have been announced yet. Stay tuned for more.

In the meantime check out:

https://www.rammstein.de/en/

https://www.facebook.com/Rammstein/

Lindemann – Skills in Pills

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on 24th June 2015 by izaforestspirit

Lindemann

Skills in Pills

Released 23rd June 2015

Industrial Metal

Released via Warner Music

‘Skills In Pills’ is the debut album from Lindemann, a new project featuring Till Lindemann of Rammstein and the Swedish multi-instrumentalist and producer Peter Tägtgren (Hypocrisy, PAIN). Now, for those who don’t know, I’m a huge Rammstein fan so naturally I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this…

After a quick glance through the booklet, I’d like to warn you all that each of the ten tracks on here is paired up with a suitably bizarre-looking image matching the grotesque and satirically funny nature of the lyrics. Then again if you’re a long-time Rammstein fan like me, you would know that controversial and bizarre is what Mr. Lindemann does best. So that’s the introduction done, now on to the music…

The lineup is comprised of just two individuals – Peter Tägtgren plays all the instruments and Till Lindemann accompanies with his signature baritone vocals. There are two things that set this apart from Rammstein: short duration of the songs and the fact that all the lyrics are in English. It’s a great start with the title track featuring some simple but easy to sing along to chorus and distorted, industrial metal style guitar riffs and keyboards. Fat combines the ironic and over-the-top lyrics with a pompous orchestral style melody and a catchy chorus. If Rammstein’s ‘Keine Lust’ had a long lost English or American cousin, it would be this song.

Then we move on from obesity and morbid fetishes to nautical themes, with Fish On offering more catchy choruses complemented by powerful drumming and industrial-style keyboards akin to Tägtgren’s own band Pain. Yet not all the songs are fast and catchy; for example Home Sweet Home shifts to a much slower pace while emphasizing the creepy atmosphere and profound lyrics. Then this hellish duo decides to lighten up the mood a little with songs about cowboys and “water-sports” (you know what I mean). Last but not least is Praise Abort which is about as controversial as it can get. The lyrics are misanthropic and misogynistic but they are also ironic and hilariously funny. So rather than feeling offended by it I actually found myself singing along to the tune and laughing.

Overall, I’ve really enjoyed this album. It’s like Rammstein, only in English and stripped down to the bare essentials. It takes you on a journey during which you will experience a whole range of emotions including fear, laughter and disgust. With the prospect of having to wait at least two years for a new Rammstein album, this makes it easier to bear.

4.5/5

Iza Raittila

Rammstein frontman launches new project with Peter Taegtgren

Posted in News, Uncategorized with tags , , on 10th January 2015 by izaforestspirit

Rammstein singer and frontman Till Lindemann has started a new project called Lindemann in collaboration with producer Peter Taegtgren (Hypocrisy, Pain). So far they have created a band logo and the band’s Facebook page has been launched.


https://www.facebook.com/Lindemann

Deathstars reveal details on upcoming album The Perfect cult

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on 11th March 2014 by Nico Davidson

Swedish industrialist rock band Deathstars will be returning with a huge blast with the release of their highly anticipated upcoming album The Perfect Cult. The album was documented in several studios: drums, guitars and bass were recorded in Bohus Sound Recording, Kungälv Sweden, vocals in Gig Studios in Stockholm, Sweden and keyboards, orchestration and editing was done in Black Syndicate, Stockholm. Mixing was handled by legendary Stefan Glaumann (Rammstein, Within Temptation). For the drum, guitar and bass-production, guitarist/keyboardist Nightmare worked together with Roberto Laghi (Emtombed, In Flames) at Bohus Sound Recording. The Mastering was done by Svante Forsbäck (Volbeat, Rammstein) at Chartmakers, Helsinki, Finland.

Commenting on the theme of the lyrics, vocalist Whiplasher said:

All the tracks are about our lives. Each song is a reflection on a situation or a topic that deals with our experiences, usually from a jet black perspective.

The tracklisting for The Perfect Cult is as follows:

01. Explode
02. Fire Galore
03. All The Devil’s Toys
04. Ghost Reviver
05. The Perfect Cult
06. Asphalt Wings
07. Bodies
08. Temple Of The Insects
09. Track, Crush & Prevail
10. Noise Cuts

Deathstars online:

http://deathstars.net
http://facebook.com/deathstars

 

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Rammstein’s Till Lindemann publishes poetry book

Posted in Misc., News with tags , , on 5th September 2013 by izaforestspirit

Ever wondered what famous rock stars like to do in their spare time? Well Rammstein‘s singer and frontman Till Lindemann has spent the past 20 years writing poetry.

He has just published his second poetry book entitled “In Stillen Nächten” (“In silent nights”). This is Mr. Lindemann’s second book of poems, the first being “Messer” (“Knife”) which came out back in 2002. “In Stillen Nächten” will be available from 2nd October via Kiepenheuer & Malevich and has an estimated price of around 16.99 euros.

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Download 2014 dates announced

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 17th June 2013 by Nico Davidson

The biggest weekend in the UK rock calendar took place this weekend as 90,000 people rocked out in Donington Park to headliners Slipknot, Iron Maiden and Rammstein plus a host of other bands across the weekend, which included acts such as Amon Amarth, Huntress, Black Dogs, Heaven’s Basement and more. Crowds of rock, metal and hardcore fans packed out Donington Park as the opening day of Download saw Asking Alexandria, Papa Roach, Architects, Korn and Bullet for My Valentine all perform, what were described as, mind blowing sets throughout the day, while bands like Fearless Vampire Killers, Fidlar and The Algorithm ripped up the Red Bull Bedroom Jam Stage.

Download Festival promoter Andy Copping commented:

It’s been an amazing weekend. We’ve had over 150 bands across five stages and a trio of ground breaking, world class headliners. Having Iron Maiden back 25 years after they first headlined Donington was an incredible moment. Slipknot as usual delivered an unforgettable set, and Rammstein tonight will be the first time the band have played Donington.

Fans don’t need to be too down about the fact that the weekend is almost over, as the festival organisers have announce the dates for next year and a special early bird offer as a thank you to fans. Download Festival 2014 will take place 13th – 15th June, and as a thank you to fans for a limited time Download is offering £10 off the current 2013 prices for 5-day camping tickets, 3-day camping and weekend arena tickets. All tickets go on sale at 9am on 21st June with the offer closing on 1st July. There are only 5,000 available, so visit the official Download website to get yours.

 

b.o.s.c.h. – apparat

Posted in Review with tags , on 11th May 2013 by izaforestspirit

b.o.s.c.h.
apparat
Released 24th May 2013
Industrial Rock/ Metal
Released via Dust On The Tracks Records

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‘apparat’ is the second album from the German industrial rock band b.o.s.c.h. The band regard themselves as part of the Neue Deutsche Härte movement and cite Rammstein, Prodigy, Nitzer Ebb among their influences.

Ok, this time it looks like my instincts were correct. Let’s just ponder over the following terms for a second and think of what bands pop into your head. “German industrial” …. Neue Deutsche Härte… hmmm… I’m thinking… Oomph, Rammstein, possibly Eisbrecher to start with. Oddly enough that’s precisely what b.o.s.c.h. sounds like – a combination of each of these.

Take Engel for example, I doubt that the name choice is a coincidence, even the keyboards sound similar to Rammstein. Each track features a mixture of heavy metal guitars, pounding drums, industrial/techno-esque keyboards and aggressive vocals. The aforementioned keyboards offer a sharp contrast to the abrasive vocals and the metal guitar riffs which are especially audible on tracks such as Amok. Then there’s harsher, metal sounding Schwarzer Sonne which reminds me of the early works of Rammstein. Another noteworthy track is the melodic ballad Der Sturm which features a duet with female vocalist giving the song a somewhat Gothic tinge.

Sadly for these guys, their album has fallen into the hands of an avid Rammstein fan. Whilst I like their sound, there are way too many similarities to their famous countrymen for the music to stand out.

3/5

Iza Raittila

Eisenherz – Fluch Der Zeit

Posted in Review with tags , on 4th March 2013 by izaforestspirit

Eisenherz
Fluch Der Zeit
Released: March 2013
Gothic Metal
Dust On The Tracks Records

Fluch Der Zeit is the second album from the German gothic metal band Eisenherz, who see themselves as part of the ‘Neue Deutsche Härte’ movement. It is the follow up to their self-titled debut album. The band’s sound has been described as “somewhere between Rammstein, In Extremo and Unheilig”. The edition I received also features a song from their debut album, Die Seele Brennt as a bonus track.

Now, why is it that whenever I hear of a band being compared to Rammstein I automatically assume that it is going to be industrial? Particularly if the said band also happens to be German. Don’t get me wrong, I love German industrial music but there’s no industrial influences on this album. This is not another Rammstein-influenced industrial rock/metal group akin to the likes of Eisbrecher and current Die Apokalyptischen Reiter (both great bands by the way).

In fact, the only Rammstein element I can hear on this album are the vocals. From the second track Die Nacht onwards, the singer really does remind me of Rammstein’s Till Lindemann. The music itself has more of a Gothic tone it with some symphonic, melodic parts with keyboards and even the occasional operatic style female vocals added to the mix. This combination with the standard heavy metal guitar riffs is a very powerful one. The guitars and the symphonic keyboards really stand out on songs like the title track Fluch Der Zweit where it gives the music a certain catchy feel.

There’s also slower-paced, more melodic tracks like Licht Der Welt which sees the female singer, Yvonne takes the spotlight in a pleasant-sounding, ballad-esque duet with the male singer, Heinz Zürl. By contrast the next track Du Bist So Kalt is faster, very much guitar driven, with just a hint of the keyboard in the background and it doesn’t feature the female vocals. My personal favorite, the undisputed highlight of the album, is the eerie-sounding Vampir which features some spooky keyboards, haunting vocals and catchy guitar riffs. What more could you want from a song?

Another noteworthy track is the keyboard infused, symphonic metal -style Schlampenball which features one of those incredibly catchy choruses that is likely to stay in your head for a while.

4.5/5 – German gothic metal has a future and it goes by the name of Eisenherz!!

Iza Raittila

Rammstein to release video collection and new single

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 30th November 2012 by Nico Davidson

Sex and crime, blood and fire, monsters and mutations…

What sounds like a compendium of midnight movies is really just a collection of music videos. If we call them clips, at least Americans will think of the gun magazines they use to reload their weapons. That suits the explosive content.

With just a small creative core to set the agenda, Rammstein have consistently created stunning image sequences that are unparalleled internationally. Directors working with the band have demonstrated a clear sense of vision, tremendous courage, plus a unique refusal to compromise – and no box-set to date can attest to this as gloriously as the forthcoming box set, Videos 1995-2012 (editor’s note: You think they could have thought of a more creative title for the video collection), released through Spinefarm Records in the UK onDecember 17th 2012.

Almost a decade after the arrival of their first video retrospective, Lichtspielhaus (2003), an up-to-date and more complete picture of the band has finally emerged. While the clips show Rammstein in their purest form, a few lesser-known facts also come to light, primarily via the behind-the-flames footage from the individual shoots, plus the many interviews with the various people involved and of course the band members themselves.

A high point is the new clip for Mein Herz Brennt (My Heart Burns), lead track on the seminal Mutter album (2001), and the story behind it. So time-consuming was the promo to get right, that some of the band members started to see it as the ‘eternal video’, one they would be working on until their collective death. It ultimately took several attempts and the work of two directors to get this monumental piece off the ground.

Not only did this result in one of the most unusual videos in the history of a band notorious for their output in this area (Du Hast, Sonne, Links 2 3 4, Mein Teil, Mann Gegen Mann, Pussy, etc.); but as a reward for all the hard work, some extra footage was shot featuring front-man Till Lindemann in a solo performance of the ‘piano version’ of Mein Herz Brennt – the clip will premiere on the Rammstein website onDecember 7th 2012.

 

This ‘piano version’ of the song will be released as a singlevia Spinefarm UK on December 10th 2012; the single will be available on7” vinyl & CD Maxi, with both formats featuring the previously unreleased studio recording, Gib Mir Deine Augen.

Videos 1995 – 2012, meanwhile, is available as a Digi-pack Box Set with 3 DVDs or two Blu-ray discs; all 25 videos, including the makings-of (24), have been recently  updated – a full eight hours of official content complete with a detailed, 56-page booklet plus lenticular cover.

With this box set, Rammstein presents itself in all its glory: larger than life, larger than Hollywood.

Mein Hertz Brennt preorder:

VinylCD

Singles 1995 – 2012 preorder

DVDBlu-Ray

 

Interview with Nya

Posted in Interview with tags , , , , , on 21st November 2012 by Nico Davidson

Having blasted onto the British rock and metal scenes at the beginning of 2012, Nya have become a rising star in the UK, gaining a slot at Download 2011 and confirmed for Metal Days Festival in Slovenia for 2013. With their new EP, Driving The Nails In, released, Nya are set to reach new heights. Nico has a chance to chat with the band about their future plans and the new EP.

Nico: Are there any concepts or lyrical themes that revolve around the new EP, Driving The Nails In?

Nya: The whole concept for the EP artwork and visual theme came from the song ‘Driving The Nails In’ so the lyrics here inspired the imagery. We didn’t take a concept based approach lyrically on this EP and each song has it’s own meaning which I’m sure people can relate to when listening.

Nico: You’ve been confirmed to play Metal Days in Slovenia in 2013. How are you feeling about that?

Nya: We’re definitely excited about that one, we should have a run of European dates building up to this one so it’s going to be good fun.

Nico: Aside from the aforementioned Metal Days festival, what are the band’s plans for 2013?

Nya: To play in front of as many new people as we possibly can, get new material flowing in our veins and take no prisoners along the way.

Nico: Is there a meaning behind the band’s name, Nya?

Nya: We keep getting told new meanings by fans for the word Nya such as how it means ‘new’ in Swedish as well as our personal favourite; ‘meow’ in Japanese. The real reason behind the name is we just thought it was a cool word and liked the sound of it.

Nico: How does a typical song writing session go for the band?

Nya: There isn’t too much of a ‘typical’ song writing session for us as no 2 songs ever come together in the same way. Usually ideas are developed individually or between 2/3 people before they reach full rehearsal stage and by that point we have a good idea of where the song needs to go. It’s then a case of demoing it so we can work on the structure, textures, harmonies and layers.

Nico: If could replace the soundtrack to any film with your own music, which one would it be and why?

Nya: Every fight scene from Expendables 2 with some of the new tracks we will be playing live next year – because fire and explosions make everything better, just look at Rammstein! And whilst we’re at it we have to finish up some faster songs that would go well in any of the ridiculous stunt scenes Fast and Furious 6 is bound to have – just for the hell of it.

Nico: Where do you see the band in five years?

Nya: Bigger, better and tearing it up on tour – Stronger than ever and living life to the fullest!

Nico: Given the chance, which band would you like to tour with?

Nya: ar too many to list but it would be awesome to see the massive productions of the likes of Muse or Slipknot every night – Music is an art form and we are all into the visual side of things and putting on a show for the fans so this would be incredibly inspiring to witness day after day.

Nico: How did Nya form?

Nya: Like most bands Nya has been through various lineup changes as we find members that aren’t only dedicated to taking this as far as possible, but also who can eat, sleep, work, breathe and live together without wanting to rip each other apart (too much!). Musically and artistically we are all on the same page these days, which is only making us stronger as a unit with bigger, better songs and ideas in the pipeline. We all have big plans for the future of Nya.

Nya: It’s worth saying we are currently seeking a permanent drummer to join us and anyone interested in auditioning can contact us at nyaofficial@gmail.com

Nico: What’s the metal scene like in your local area?

Nya: We keep relocating so I’m not 100% on where our local area is right now but London and the South West has an abundance of talented bands in the metal and rock scenes!

Nico: What are the band’s biggest influences?

Nya: If it grooves, makes us feel something we can relate to and sticks in our heads we’re in!

Nico: When it comes to writing new songs, where do you find your inspiration?

Nya: It could be a new record, day to day events, a new sound, tone or groove – basically anything happening around us in life is inspiring us, sometimes it’s a positive thing and at other times it can be quite dark or negative. It’s sometimes just that desire to create that sound we have in our heads with something that is new and a part of us that leads us to new ideas.

Nico: Do you have any plans for a UK tour? If so, any indications to as where you’ll be playing?

Nya: Keep an eye out for info on UK Dates for late February and early March! We are planning on hitting quite a few places but are just waiting on the details now.

Nico: Are there any bands, aside from yourselves, you’d like to recommend to our readers?

Dead Letter Circus – Seriously worth checking these guys out, they sound huge!

Nico: What was the last album you bought?

Nya: That would be the new Deftones album Koi No Yokan – Really getting into this one so far with all its epic guitar and vocal layers backed up by some chunky riffs!

Nico: Do you have anything you’d like to say to our readers?

Nya: Thanks as ever for continuing to support what we do and we hope to see you at a show in 2013!

Nya’s new EP: Driving The Nails In is now available from http://nyaofficial.bigcartel.com

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