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Amon Amarth w/ support – Porto, Portugal

Posted in Gig, Live with tags , , , , , , on 13th February 2015 by Pieni

Savage Messiah, Huntress, Amon Amarth
Hard Club, Porto (PT)
11th February 2015
Promoted by Prime Artits

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Amon Amarth are very dear in my country, but it still positively surprised me that the show in Lisbon sold out a couple of weeks before the event. It didn’t sell out in Porto but it was close enough. And considering that both venues hold 1.000 people each, we’re talking about almost 2.000 metalheads “deceiving the gods” in this little corner of Europe. Not bad, huh?

 photo _DSC0110_zpsv9f8aanv.jpgEven though they could have pulled that off totally on their own, they obviously didn’t, bringing along two other bands. First one was Savage Messiah, who were playing in Porto for the first time. I don’t know how popular they were around here, but Portugal has a fair share of thrashers. And since Savage Messiah were formed in 2007 and last year were awarded as part of the Music Export Growth Scheme by the British Government, I’m pretty sure that many had at least heard of them. Still I didn’t notice the lyrics being sung along, hence my doubt. But I did listen to how loud they screamed their “Hey! Hey!” and how high they raised their fists, so if they didn’t know them before, they certainly do now, and in a very good way. Really a shame that they’ve played for such a short time – so short that photographers were rushed out of the photopit after just two songs instead of the usual three, as three would have literally meant half of the show. So it’s understandable that they’ve only played songs from their latest album, “The Fateful Dark”, even though they have two more in their baggage. The half-an-hour setlist included the opener “Iconocaust”, the “inspired by Satan” song “Hellblazer”, the title-track and “Minority Of One”, which was the last one. (5 / 5)

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 photo _DSC0343_zpsblrxhhrr.jpgI wasn’t so stoked about Huntress and remained that way when the show was over. No, wait, I was stoked at the end BECAUSE it was over. At the time of their debut album, I wrote a review for another webzine and rated it 4/10. I’m looking at it right now and the first paragraph reads: « Huntress is a Californian heavy metal band highly overrated. Napalm Records took them in as “the undisputed newcomer of 2012” and I’m still wondering why. But then again, heavy metal always works on stage, and if you have a hot blonde with a very exposed cleavage screaming her lungs out, well, that surely calls a lot of attention. My question is – in the end of the show, do you remember any song? Did any solo, chorus or even a simple riff stick to your brain? Probably not. At least that’s what happened to me after listening to their debut “Spell Eater”. » What would you know? I was so right! Except for “I Want To Fuck You To Death”, that is, as the chorus is not just explicit but really catchy. But then again, as Jill Janus was so happy to inform, the song was co-written by Lemmy from Motörhead – so maybe the reason why it sounds distinctive.
Anyway, Jill was very energetic (as an aerobics instructor, as a friend would point out) but sadly her high pitch was far from steady. And the long screams were supported by the microphone effects. Then the guitar-hero poses of both guitarists were way too much for my personal taste. Mine and about a dozen friends who I’ve exchanged ideas with afterwards. But I guess we were a minority as the crowd gave a fiery response to Huntress (“We’re from California and we smoke a lot of weed”). So I can’t say that it was a bad concert, just that I didn’t like it.
Jill said “obrigada”, very pleased with herself by knowing the difference between “obrigada” and “obrigado” (it’s a gender thing – as a woman, she had to say the first, the latter is for men). She failed later, however, when she dedicated a song (“Zenith”, I think) to the girls, whom she called “muchachas”. That’s Spanish, Jill. But the crowd was hyped, and a crowdsurfing girl was praised by the singer: “that’s right, sister!”.
A new song, “Flesh”, was also introduced, and the set ended when “it was time to call the witches”“Eight Of Swords”. They left the stage with Jill saying “stay high”. Quite the advice… (3,5 / 5)

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 photo _DSC0497_zpsvsxejzdr.jpgWe always associate Iron Maiden’s “Run To The Hills” to Indians and cowboys because of the music video. But if we look into the lyrics – “one man came across the sea…” – it could be any invader. So given the Vikings’ history, it was only suitable that this song served as intro for Amon Amarth.
Whatever I say about this show, it won’t do it any justice – regarding both the band and the crowd. It was the fifth time I was seeing these Swedes and I’ll make sure it wasn’t the last – they’re THAT kind of band. Right on the first song, “Father Of The Wolf”, I felt a boot on my head, as the crowdsurfers got into action practically in sync with the first riff.
It also didn’t take long for Johan Hegg to say good evening and welcome us to their party – in perfect Portuguese! Trust me, it’s not easy to catch our accent. That he took the time to practice meant a lot to everyone in that room. photo _DSC0458_zpsqxdwuax7.jpg
For one hour and a half, the frenzy only slowed down when Hegg introduced the songs, drank to us from his horn, and the few moments that followed “Victorious March”, marking the encore. Notice that I said “slowed down”, not “quieted”, because the crowd kept screaming and applauding, such was the frenzy. And even despite the heat, that spiked to sauna-levels.
The aforementioned encore started with the sound of thunder, the lights still dim. Then the band returned, with Hegg holding a Mjölnir in the air. Then he hammered the ground with it, Thor-like, before starting to sing “Twilight Of The Thunder God”. In the end he said it had been the last song, getting a desolated roar as response. To get one more, we had to scream our lungs out loud enough. I think it was the first time I saw a singer satisfied with our loudness on the first take. “Of course we have one more song for you!”, Hegg said, asking bassist Ted Lundström to take the lead. As expected, “The Pursuit Of Vikings” echoed, and in the last chorus, Hegg wasn’t as easily pleased with our vocal performance, pushing us further… and achieving his goal, of course.
The whole band had a smile of their faces when they left the stage, with Hegg claiming we were “fantastic” and promising to come back. The next day, they posted a thank-you little video, with the caption “Oporto should now be called Oparty”. For this kind of pun, I didn’t mind the stupid “O” that, for some reason, the English language added to the original name of my hometown. (5 / 5)

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Text & photos by Renata “Pieni” Lino

Amon Amarth about to embark on European tour

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 13th January 2015 by Pieni

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Still promoting their latest album “Deceiver Of The Gods” (released in June 2013 via Metal Blade Records), Swedish Vikings Amon Amarth will raid the UK, France and the Iberian Peninsula between January and February, supported by Huntress and Savage Messiah. Their own words are as follows:

“UK, Portugal, Spain and France…get ready this January for a Viking invasion! We’ll be making an extensive UK expedition where we’ll be pillaging smaller clubs in virtually every nook and cranny of the country. We’re also making a more in depth raid of France, Spain and Portugal. Finally! As support on this mission we’re bringing our friends in Huntress and up-and-comers Savage Messiah. Don’t miss this awesome night of metal and we will take no prisoners!”

Here are the targets of this pillage:

15/01/15 FR – Lille – Le Splendid
16/01/15 UK – Brighton – Concorde 2
17/01/15 UK – Plymouth – The Hub
18/01/15 UK – Bristol – Thelka
19/01/15 UK – Nottingham – Rescue Rooms
21/01/15 UK – Norwich – Waterfront
22/01/15 UK – Colchester – Arts Center
23/01/15 UK – Oxford – Academy2
24/01/15 UK – Stoke – Sugarmill
25/01/15 UK – Manchester – Academy2
27/01/15 UK – Glasgow – Classic Grand
28/01/15 UK – Leeds – Stylus
29/01/15 UK – Newcastle – Uni
30/01/15 UK – Lemmington – Assembly
31/01/15 UK – Southampton – 1865
02/02/15 FR – Rouen – Le 106
03/02/15 FR – Reims – Le Cartonnerie
04/02/15 FR – Nancy – L´Autre Canal
05/02/15 FR – Nimes – La Paloma
06/02/15 ES – Bilbao – Santana 27
07/02/15 ES – Barcelona – Razzmatazz1
08/02/15 ES – Madrid – La Riviera
10/02/15 PT – Lisboa – Paradise Garage
11/02/15 PT – Porto – Hard Club
12/02/15 ES – Santiago – Captol
14/02/15 FR – Clermont-Ferrand – Le Cooperative De Mai
15/02/15 FR – Strasbourg – Laiterie

Last autumn, Amon Amarth launched a video for the title-track of “Deceiver Of The Gods”, which is believed to be the most remarkable video of the band so far, as it features clips from the upcoming film “Northmen – A Viking Saga” – a movie where Johan Hegg himself stars as Valli.

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Savage Messiah to headline European tour this autumn

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 29th June 2014 by Pieni

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In order to promote their latest album “The Fateful Dark”, Savage Messiah will headline an European tour, kicking off in later September and finishing in November, after a full UK leg:

Sep. 26 – Hillegom, Netherlands – OJC Solution
Sep. 27 – Dijon, France – Rising Fest
Oct. 04 – Brescia, Italy – Circolo Colony
Oct. 06 – Barcelona, Spain – Rocksound
Oct. 07 – Madrid, Spain – Wurlitzer Ballroom
Oct. 08 – San Sebastian, Spain – Le Bukowski

Oct. 25 – Oxford, UK – The Cellars
Nov. 11 – London, UK – The Garage
Nov. 15 – Sheerness, UK – The Ivy
Nov. 18 – Southampton, UK – The Joiners
Nov. 19 – Bristol, UK – Exchange
Nov. 20 – Winchester, UK – The Railway
Nov. 21 – Cambridge, UK – Portland Arms
Nov. 22 – Birmingham, UK – Institute

“We’re pleased to announce that we’ll be out on the road again this Sept/Oct and November once the festival season is over. This is the biggest headline tour for us so far so we’ll be pulling out all the stops! Expect lots of visuals, lights, popes and of course METAL!!! We’re even thinking of chucking a new song in the set (!!) as we’ve been busy crafting the follow-up to ‘The Fateful Dark’ for a few months now. Get your tickets early, and we’ll see you at the front for a UK heavy metal extravaganza!!!”, says frontman Dave Silver.

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Savage Messiah give away last album for free on Bittorrent

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

London metallers Savage Messiah are giving away their last album for free via Bittorrent ahead of the release of their upcoming album The Fateful Dark.

Plague Of Conscience was originally released in 2012 and is available now on BitTorrent, with the first three tracks available instantly and the full album available after entering your e-mail address.  You can download Plague Of Conscience now for free on BitTorrent at this location.

Savage Messiah’s new album, The Fateful Dark, is due to be released on 10th March in Europe, 18th March in the USA and 7th April in the UK. The album is available to pre-order now from the Earache Webstore on CD with an exclusive bonus disc featuring three cover tracks, and is also available on limited edition coloured vinyl LP in the following quantities and colours:

100 – Iconocaust Clear
200 – Hellblazer (Red & Yellow Splatter)
300 – Cross of Babylon (Transparent Red)
400 – Black

All vinyl orders of The Fateful Dark also include a bonus 10″ vinyl featuring four cover tracks.  See an image of the different vinyl colours at this location. You can pre-order The Fateful Dark now from the Earache Webstore in Europe at this locationor in North America at this location.

The Fateful Dark is also available to pre-order now on iTunes, including three bonus tracks and three instant grat tracks, at this location.

Savage Messiah online:

http://facebook.com/SavageMessiahMetal
http://twitter.com/savagemessiah

 

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New Savage Messiah track streaming online

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

London metallers Savage Messiah have posted a new song from their upcoming album The Fateful Dark, which is set for release on 10th March in Europe via Earache and 18th March in North American via Century Media and Earache.

Savage Messiah, who were recently banned from entering the Freemason UK headquarters in London for a photo shoot after the society deemed the band’s name offensive, are releasing three instant grat tracks on iTunes which can be downloaded in advance of the album’s release.

The new track, called Minority of One, is available now as an instant grat download and can be heard below, along with a previously-released track, Cross of Babylon.  A further track, Hellblazer, will be available as an instant grat download on iTunes on 10th February. Savage Messiah frontman Dave Silver comments:

The title for this song comes from a famous saying by Ghandi, who said that even if you’re in a minority of one, the truth is the truth.  Which is a good message to people about breaking the mould and not getting sucked into ‘group think’ mentality.  Standing up for what’s objectively right and not compromising for the sake of social acceptance.  Musically, this is my favourite Savage Messiah track ever; we’ve managed to marry the thrash and heavy metal elements into a cohesive track, which is catchy and melodic, but still fast and thrashy.  Enjoy!

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Savage Messiah banned from United Grand Lodge

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 24th December 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

British metallers Savage Messiah found themselves banned from the United Grand Lodge of England, the oldest Masonic Grand Lodge in the world, after attempting to hire the building for a photo shoot. The reason behind the banning was that the Freemasons find the band’s name to be offensive, citing:

There are concerns over the group’s name and we have to be conscious of our members.

Savage Messiah’s third album, The Fateful Dark, which is to be released on 10th March 2014, thematically covers some of the rituals and controversy of the that surrounds the secret society of Freemasonry. Cross of Babylon, the third track makes reference to a highly secretive Masonic ritual called The Red Cross of Babylon, whilst the eye-catching album artwork, as seen above, depicts themes of greed, power and corruption alongside Masonic iconography. Savage Messiah frontman Dave Silver said:

Once more the dubiously hypocritical nature of religious groups has reared its head. We’ve been denied access to a building due to our apparently “offensive” name. I’m assuming that the word “Savage” is the root of the consternation in question. This I find amusing from a group of people that adhere to a book that promotes Slavery, Genocide and celebrates a single human sacrifice as if it had any baring what so ever in the eradication of “sin” or whatever that is supposed to be. If the band was called “arse-fucked Messiah” I might understand their concern, however the very nature of the biblical myths is based on the most savage of human behaviours. Ironically most Christian churches depict the effigy of a brutal murder, the most violent of image of a man strung up, maimed, humiliated and sacrificed, yet us long haired, peace loving, free-thinking heavy metal louts are too “Savage” to enter a building… Such is the way of the world!

Savage Messiah release their second album via Earache Records entitled The Fateful Dark available on CD and limited edition coloured vinyl and has been available for pre-order since 6pm GMT on Friday 20th December, at the following locations:

European webstore US webstore

Savage Messiah online:

http://savagemessiah.net
http://facebook.com/savagemessiah

Savage Messiah reveal details for new album

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

London shred lords Savage Messiah have revealed details for their new upcoming album which is set for release via Earache Records on 10th March next year in Europe and 18th March via Earache/Century Media in North America. The album will be titled The Fateful Dark. The follow-up to 2012’s Plague Of Conscience was recorded at Grindstone Studios in Suffolk, England with producer Scott Atkins (Amon Amarth, Sylosis, Behemoth) and features artwork created by Peter Sallai (Sabaton). The band’s frontman, Dave Silver, comments:

We’re finally ready to unleash this record on the world!  After the months of hard work and preparation, we are proud to announce all the details for the forthcoming record.  This is easily our best record to date and we’ve been playing most of it live since we toured with Wintersun in July and the reaction to the songs in a live environment has been killer!  Hopefully you’ll all enjoy listening to this one, and we look forward to seeing you all out on tour in 2014!!!

The full track list for The Fateful Dark is as follows:
1. Iconocaust
2. Minority of One
3. Cross of Babylon
4. Hellblazer
5. Live As One Already Dead
6. The Fateful Dark
7. Zero Hour
8. Hammered Down
9. Scavengers of Mercy
10. The Cursed Earth
11. Be Quick or Be Dead *
12. Lightning to the Nations *
13. Killers *
* Earache Webstore/iTunes exclusive bonus tracks.

The Fateful Dark is available to pre-order now on iTunes, and includes three instant grat tracks which will be available to download on the following dates:

December 11th – “Cross of Babylon”
January 10th – “Minority of One”
February 10th – “Hellblazer”
Pre-order THE FATEFUL DARK now on iTunes at this location.

See Savage Messiah on tour at the following shows:

SAVAGE MESSIAH w/ HAVOK, ANGELUS APATRIDA

Dec. 11 – Ljubljana, Slovenia – Orto Bar
Dec. 12 – Borkovany, Czech Republic – Republica San Bonigo
Dec. 13 – Leipzig, Germany – Conne Island
Dec. 14 – Essen, Germany – Cafe Nova
Dec. 15 – Berlin, Germany – Magnet

SAVAGE MESSIAH

Feb. 25 – London, UK – Borderline
Mar. 05 – York, UK – Fibbers
Mar. 07 – Manchester, UK – Sound Control
Mar. 08 – Wolverhampton, UK – Slade Rooms

Savage Messiah online:

http://www.facebook.com/SavageMessiahMetal
http://twitter.com/savagemessiah