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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

Pieni’s highlights of 2016

Posted in Editorial/Opinionated, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 31st December 2016 by Pieni

This year it was really REALLY tough to choose just 5 shows (Sam Alone, The Mission and Heavenwood should also be there somewhere):
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  1. Hills Have Eyes at Canecas Bar (Paços de Ferreira)
  2. Sonic Syndicate at Göta Källare (Stockholm)
  3. Moonspell at Pavilhão Multiusos (Guimarães)
  4. More Than A Thousand at Time Out Market (Lisboa)
  5. Testament at Coliseu (Porto)

The albums were easier:
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  1. “Stand Up, Forward, March!” by Sister
  2. “Confessions” by Sonic Syndicate
  3. “Atoma” by Dark Tranquillity
  4. “When Patsy Cline Was Crazy…” by Ricky Warwick
  5. “Brotherhood Of The Snake” by Testament

My video top-5 is “lighter” than last year’s: two emotional, one a kind of tribute, and two funny as hell:

  1. “The Beat” by Satan Takes A Holiday
  2. “Make It Right” by Hills Have Eyes
  3. “I Apologize” by Five Finger Death Punch
  4. “The Great Disillusion” by Betraying The Martyrs
  5. “Call Me” by Pain

Anticipations/expectations for 2017:
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  1. Infraktor – a “gourmet thrash metal” all-star project who I’m proud of being close to, hence keeping tabs on. Let’s see how others will receive them.
  2. Hills Have Eyes – saw some new pictures of the boys in the studio. Needless to say I’m thrilled.
  3. Equaleft – yep, something’s still brewing…
  4. Five Finger Death Punch – “Got Your Six” isn’t my favorite 5FDP album but it’s still good enough. Let’s see if what they’re up to now pleases me more.
  5. Guns N’ Roses – this is a live expectation. I’m having totally mixed feelings about this reunion. Not even sure if I’ll go to the Portugal show, so I’m also expectant on what my final decision will be…

Happy New Year peeps!

Renata “Pieni” Lino

Sister – Stand Up, Forward, March!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on 26th December 2016 by Pieni

Sister
“Stand Up, Forward, March!”
sleaze rock
Released: 25th November 2016
Via Metal Blade Records

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Sister’s debut “Hated” is a sleaze punk treat. Then for their sophomore “Disguised Vultures” they went heavier and wilder. And now with “Stand Up, Forward, March!”, they stood somewhere in-between, glamming up the sleaze and the wild.

I don’t think it’s a coincidence that this happened after Martin Sweet joined the ranks – after all, he’s responsible for all those juicy guitars in Crashdïet. But I don’t want to give him all the credit as the rest of the band has proven their writing skills aren’t raw. Still, once you hear the guitar solos in songs such as “Trail Of Destruction”, “Carry On” or “Endangered Species”, you sense a refinement which you can’t help but associate with Sweet’s work.

The album kicks off with the fiery “Destination Dust” and wraps it up with the joyful “Piece Of Shame” (“I’m too perfect to die” is a hell of a chorus to be sung at any party) – pretty much Sister style. But they also took a few new things and used them in their own way, like the hints of blues they’ve twisted for “Unbeliever”, the ritualistic chants and melancholy that “Let It Bleed” features, or the somewhat old school goth outline melody – as in The Sisters Of Mercy and such – upon which “Liberation Song” was built. And in the end, it all sounded like Sister just the same.

Sister’s best album so far? Probably. Best album of 2016 on my personal list? Definitely!

5/5

Renata “Pieni” Lino

Sister w/ Killus – Barcelona, Spain

Posted in Gig, Live with tags , , , , , on 10th March 2015 by Pieni

Killus, Sister
Sala Rocksound, Barcelona (ES)
4th March 2015
Promoted by Kivents

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After releasing “Disguised Vultures” early last year, Sister toured around in support of other bands. Now the vultures decided it was time to fly as headliners and I caught up with them in Barcelona.

 photo _DSC1174_zpsf14lq4kt.jpgKillus were their special guests, a Spanish industrial metal band that I had never heard of before. Damn, what I’d been missing! Those guys are freaking good! They’ve been around as long as Sister have (since 2005) but have a bigger discography (four albums already). Their latest effort, “Feel The Monster”, was released in May 2013, and Killus’ choice to focus on it was only natural. Still they showed us a little bit of all previous albums. “Dead Revolution”, from the debut “God Bless Us”, was even given that special task of ending the show. And what a show that was. Rocksound’s stage is small but they made it look huge with their restless stage attitude – which included synched jumps from guitarist Ruk and bass player Premutoxx. And yes, the photographer in me just fell in love with the crazed faces soaked in makeup, the poses in such typical industrial garments… but the music lover in me was also having a blast. It’s really a shame that they only supported Sister on the Spanish dates, as they deserved the full pack of dates.  (5/5)

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https://www.facebook.com/Killusband

It was precisely in Spain, although in Madrid, that I’ve heard/seen Sister for the first time. They blew me away then, and they still blow me away now, with their mix of dark punk and dirty sleaze.

 photo _DSC1361 copy_zpslreyfity.jpgWith only two albums out (and a couple of Eps, although only “Deadboys Making Noise” seems to count, given the way-too-glam nature of the very first one, “Shock Rock Party Pop” ), the setlist was more balanced than Killus’ when it comes to new and old stuff. Well, less new – “Hated” was released in the Summer of 2011, so it’s not exactly old.

One by one, the boys got on stage. Singer Jamie was the last, wearing a mask like I saw him do in London last year – meaning that “My Enemy” would kick off the show. “Disguised Vultures” would follow suit, then “Bullshit & Backstabbing”… killer song after killer song! But a good rock’n’roll band always has its ballads and I was more than happy when Sister played both of theirs – “Would You Love A Creature” and “Naked”. With only Tim on an acoustic guitar and Jamie on vocals, “Would You Love A Creature” sounded better somehow. Nothing to do with the lack of the piano keys from the studio version, as I actually find those lovely. It was really Jamie’s voice that sounded steadier and cleaner.

 photo _DSC0005 copy_zpspukgnlgr.jpgAt some point, Jamie left the stage and bass player Rikki approached the mike, asking us if we liked Sepultura. They would then start playing “Refuse/Resist” and for a moment I thought Rikki would sing it too. But we weren’t that lucky – it was just a brief instrumental moment.

After going back to the aforementioned “Deadboys Making Noise” EP through “Crash Boom Bang” (no, not a Roxette cover, even though that would be cool som fan), they finished the gig with “Please Kill Me”. I was a bit sad that they only played for an hour, but I assure you every minute was worth it. And given the fiery reaction of the crowd, I believe I speak for everyone who was there.

The tour resumes tomorrow, in the UK, and goes on until the 21st, in Germany. If you have the opportunity to see them, don’t waste it. You won’t be sorry. (5/5)

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https://www.facebook.com/sisterband

Text & photos by Renata “Pieni” Lino

Sister added more dates to European headlining tour

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 8th January 2015 by Pieni

Having recently toured through Europe as a support act for Skid Row, Swedish Sister announced recently a second round, this time as headliners. Today were added four other shows and there’s the promise of more to come. Here are the dates of Vultures Across Europe so far (click image for larger resolution):

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This is the first European headline tour we do in a while after heavily touring Europe as a support to a lot of great bands the last 3-4 years. We’re really looking forward to playing whole sets every night and going through all the material we have on our three releases from the EP “Deadboys Making Noise” to the latest album “Disguised Vultures”. Will be killer nights for sure! See you out there!

On their facebook page, the band has asked what songs the fans would like to hear on this tour, so if you’re one of them, make sure to make your opinion heard!

https://www.facebook.com/sisterband
http://www.sisterofficial.com/

Last October, in London, was like this:

Check out also their latest official video, for the track “Slay Yourself”:

Skid Row to tour the UK once again

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 1st July 2014 by Pieni

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Rock legends Skid Row will tour the UK again, after the successful visit last year, co-headlining with Ugly Kid Joe (read our report on the sold-out gig in London HERE). This time they’re single-headlining, but bring along The Last Vegas and Sister. Dates and locations as follows:

Fri 17 Oct – Bristol, Bierkeller
Sat 18 Oct – Cambridge, The Junction
Sun 19 Oct – Hull, The Well
Mon 20 Oct – Edinburgh, Liquid Room
Wed 22 Oct – Bournemouth, Old Fire Station
Thu 23 Oct – Stourbridge, River Rooms
Fri 24 Oct – Wakefield, Warehouse 23
Sat 25 Oct – Buckley, Tivoli
Sun 26 Oct – Nuneaton, Queens Hall
Tue 28 Oct – London, Underworld

Skid Row

Sister

The Last Vegas

Sister stream new track Naked

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 9th January 2014 by Nico Davidson

Swedish sleaze punks Sister have begun streaming their new single Naked via Revolver Magazine. The song is taken from the band’s upcoming album Disgusted Vultures, which will be released through Metal Blade Records on 27th January.

Disguised Vultures was recorded with Martin Sweet and Linus Nirbrant. Fans can listen to the first single, Sick, watch videos, and pre-order Disguised Vultures at the band’s Metal Blade landing page. The album will be available on CD, LP (Europe only), and digitally worldwide. The band comments:

Naked is a slow and powerful song that was written during some dark times. It reflects the feeling of being exposed and how life sometimes can be cruel to you. Naked is kind of different from all the other singles we’ve released and it feels like the right time for doing something like that. This album will give you even more suprises further on!

Sister online:

http://sisterofficial.com
http://facebook.com/sisterband
http://twitter.com/sister_official
http://youtube.com/sisterofficial

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Sister to release new 7″ single “Sick”

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 19th October 2013 by Pieni

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In anticipation of their long awaited second album – scheduled for release in early 2014 – sleaze/punk/metal act Sister will release a new single on October 28th. “Sick” will be available digitally, but also in a 7″ vinyl version, limited to 500 copies, with an exclusive cover of Roky Erickson‘s “Two Headed Dog” as B-side.

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This single comes out just before the band goes on tour across Europe, once again supporting Wednesday 13. Also The Defiled has been recently added to this For Those About To Rot tour:

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In addition to the dates on the flyer above, Sister will play a headlining show in London, at The Garage, on November 30th.

Sister online:
http://www.sisteronline.net
http://www.facebook.com/sisterband
http://www.youtube.com/sisterofficial
http://www.twitter.com/sister_official

Sister annoucned additional UK shows, plus appearance at Hard Rock Hell VII

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 12th July 2013 by Nico Davidson

Swedish sleaze punks Sister have announced two additional shows at the end of their European tour with Wednesday 13 in November. The Swedish outfit will play an intimate London headline show at Upstairs at The Garage on 30th November. Tickets are available from this location.

After the amount of success the band had in March, Sister are more than eager to return. The band stated:

In November it’s time for the UK again. The tour last March with our new friends in Wednesday 13 was a truly great time and the crowds really made a big impact on us. It was two memorable weeks for sure so it’s awesome that we got the opportunity to return once again this year!

See ya in November! /SISTER

Sister will also make an appearance at Hard Rock Hell VII which takes place at Hafan Y Mor in Pwllheli between 28th November and 1st December. They’ll join Black Star Riders, Airbourne, Nazarath, Michael Monroe and a host of others. More info and tickets here at this location.

Sister online:

http://www.sisteronline.net
http://www.facebook.com/sisterband
http://www.youtube.com/sisterofficial
http://www.twitter.com/sister_official

 

GWAR Set To Rock York

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 22nd October 2011 by Nico Davidson
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Image via Wikipedia

The city of York is certainly one of the most cultural and historic cities within Yorkshire, as well as the north of England. Being home to several different invaders and a long legacy of history, York is slowly becoming a hot spot for the British metal scene with bands such as Sylosis, Soulfly and Uriah Heep already having played gigs there.

Now thrash metal outfit GWAR are set to play The Duchess in York as part of their UK tour. Joining them will be British metallers Viking Skull and Swedish punk rockers Sister! Several residents of York and the surrounding areas have already expressed their excitement about this. Tickets are only a mere £13 in advance or £15 on the door. The event is due to take place 19th January 2012.

More info on the event (and other shows happening at The Duchess) can be found on The Duchess’ website: http://theduchessyork.co.uk/

Sister – Hated [2011]

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on 13th June 2011 by Nico Davidson

Band: Sister
Album: Hated
Release year: 2011
Genre: Punk Rock

Sweden is known, musically, for two things: Pop and death metal. However, there is a strong punk rock scene growing in the depths of Sweden and “Sister” are one of the pioneers, with their recent release “Hated”.

The short-lived “Radioactive Misery” is the first track of the album, composed of a distorted guitar section and various sound effects. “Body Blow” comes next, beginning with a violent riff. The vocals are strong and bloodthirsty, adding that hint of raw energy to the track. The drum work is acute and the riffs are sheer brilliance. The third track “Bullshit & Backstabbing”, begins in a similar to the previous track with a rough and raw riff, though the intro riff is more heavier and aggressive – The way punk rock should be. The vocals keep the track interesting, whilst the riffs are most impressive.

The title track, ”Hated”, blasts its way next with a ferocious intro. The track seems lighter compared to the previous tracks, which is a little bit disappointing, though the drums are well-played and in time. The guitar solo, however, makes up for the lightness of the track. “Motherfuckers (Like You)” begins with a merciless riff, which increases in tempo and aggression with the introduction of the drums. The vocals sound like a rough form of pop-punk vocals, which takes away the rough energy of the track slightly. Next is “Werewolves On Blackstreet”, beginning with an in-your-face, take no prisoners styled riff. The vocals have improved since the previous track and the drums seem more acute. This is certainly one of the best tracks on the album.

”Spit On Me” has a brilliant slow-paced riff to start with which transforms into something more technical and fast paced. The vocals have more of a hardcore sound to them which gives the track extra edge. “The Unlucky Minority” seems to have more an old-skool punk feel, especially in terms of the vocals and drums. The guitar sections aren’t as aggressive as they could be. The last three tracks, “Would You Love A Creature”, “Too Bad For You” and “Drag Me To The Grave” are brilliant tracks, showing the full abilities and skills of the band, though “Would You Love A Creature” would have to be the best of the last three tracks due to its emotional atmosphere and use of acoustic guitar and piano.

”Hated” is one of the best albums to be released in the punk rock scene since the glory days of bands like UK Subs and Anti-Nowhere League. The vast majority of the album contains the raw, aggressive, middle finger in the air kind of energy one expects to find in punk music. Great things are clearly on the horizon for “Sister”.

4/5

Nico Davidson