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Dead By Wednesday – Darkest of Angels

Posted in Metal with tags , , , , on 20th May 2016 by izaforestspirit

Dead By Wednesday
The Darkest of Angels
Heavy Metal
Released: 15th July 2016
via EMP Label Group

‘The Darkest of Angels’ is the new album from the American Heavy Metal band Dead by Wednesday. The band was originally formed back in 2005. Since then they have gone through a number of line-up changes, the most recent being the departure of their singer Joe Morbidelli last year due his addiction problems. This album was recorded with the help of several guest vocals including: Brian Fair (Shadows Fall), Rob Dukes (Generation Kill, ex- Exodus) and Jon Arch (Arch/Matheos, ex-Fates Warning) as well as their new singer Rob Roy on one track. All the songs are centered around the theme of addiction.

The departure of the frontman is the type of thing that can make or break a band. As this is my first encounter with Dead By Wednesday, I don’t know much about how they used to sound prior to the line-up changes. Based on what I’ve read, their older material was a mixture of metal and hardcore. This new album is said to be heavier with more emphasis on metal. So let’s see what we have here…

Well for starters, there’s eleven tracks on here each featuring a different vocalist. The music itself is fairly consistent, melodic and mostly guitar-driven heavy metal. Some of the songs incorporate guitar patterns from both groove metal and even the odd metalcore-style break-down added in the mix.  Self-Medicate (feat. Paul Stoddard) is a good example of how all these elements can be successfully combined to produce something memorable. Sadly it’s the vocals that put me off some of the songs such as Power Troopers (feat. Ceschi & David Ramos) which is a mish-mash of System of Down -esque progressive wailing and shouts. Similar things can be said about the cacophony that is Phoenix Rising (feat. Kris Keys). It’s a shame because the guitar riffs are actually pretty good at times.

Highlights include the title track featuring John Arch and The Surgeon featuring the band’s new singer Rob Roy. Out of these, Darkest of Angels is one of the more melodic songs on here which has a certain power metal feel to it due the playful guitar tunes and Mr. Arch’s melodic vocals. What a relief to my sore ears! The other track that I enjoyed is, oddly enough; an acoustic song The Surgeon, the only song to feature the band’s new singer. Based on this I can see that he’s a good vocalist who seems comfortable and more importantly fully capable of clear vocals. It would have been interesting to hear him have a go at the more aggressive vocal styles that are present on this album. Other notable songs include Defining Fire (feat. Antony Hämäläinen & Waylon Reavis) and the thrash metal -tinged Break When I’m Dead (featuring Eric A.K. of Flotsam & Jetsam)’.

Overall this album is probably not the best one to tune into as an introduction to Dead By Wednesday. With so many different singers and a wide variety of different vocal styles it’s really difficult to deduce what these guys actually sound like. I would have preferred to hear more songs with their new singer Rob Roy. Instead this album feels like the band is still trying to find their feet again and establish a new identity.

3/5

Iza Raittila

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Huntress announce new album Starbound Beast

Posted in Featured, News with tags , , , , , , , , , on 2nd May 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Huntress are back with the follow up to their debut album Spell Eater, which was released in 2012. The album entitled Starbound Beast has been confirmed for release on July 1st in the UK via Napalm Records.

The artwork was created once again by Vance Kelly (Slayer, Ghost B.C., Mastdon). The band recorded the album at Hobby Shop Studios in Los Angeles, CA, working with famed producer Zeuss (Shadows Fall, Hatebreed, Agnostic Front). In support of Starbound Beast the band will be touring across North America this summer as part of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival and will play Download 2013 in June. More updates with regard to Starbound Beast will be issued soon.

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Shadows Fall announce UK tour with Ill Nino

Posted in Metal, Misc., News with tags , , on 7th January 2013 by izaforestspirit

Massachusetts metal outfit Shadows Fall return to the UK for a series of dates in April 2013.

The ‘Epidemic Tour 2013’ will see the five Special Guesting with the founding fathers of Latin Metal, Ill Nino – an exciting double-header that brings SF back to the UK following an appearance at Download 2012.

Shadows Fall is incredibly excited to be returning to the UK! We have been waiting since Download to come back to play a full set covering our entire catalogue and raging with all of our friends. These won’t just be shows, they will be parties! Come down and help us celebrate as the “Fire From The Sky” World Tour continues to roll.” – Brian Fair.

The full list of shows is below:-

APRIL UK DATES:

02 Talking Heads, Southampton.

03 Underground, Stoke.

04 Rescue Rooms, Nottingham.

05 Academy 2, Birmingham.

06 The Garage, London.

07 NQ Live, Manchester.

09 Bogiez, Cardiff.

10 White Rabbit, Plymouth.

11 Concorde 2, Brighton.

Prior to the ‘Epidemic Tour’, Shadows Fall will be taking part in an extensive European run with Testament, starting in Italy in March 2013.

SF’s seventh studio album, ‘Fire From The Sky’, is available now via Spinefarm Records; a new/second single from the album will be released in advance of the ‘Epidemic Tour’.

http://shadowsfall.com/