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Turbowolf – The Free Life

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on 20th February 2018 by mickbirchy

Artist: Turbowolf

Album: The Free Life

Genre, Psychedelic, Punk, Electronic

Released: 09 March 2018

via So Recordings

The Bristol based psychedelic punk rockers, Turbowolf, are back with their third album, The Free Life. They’re definitely one of those bands that are so different and distinct that you either love the sound or hate it. I personally, love what they produce. I like bands that really challenge their listeners and do something different and Turbowolf have that spark, something that their fans can connect with which leaves casual fans with intrigue (and I’m sure some confusion). I loved their 2011 self-titled debut so much. It was a burst of creativity and really delivered a full package of excitement, not bad for a first outing. Their 2015 album, Two Hands, left me a little disappointed, maybe it was just the victim of over-hype, but it just wasn’t as good. Some great songs individually but the album wasn’t as well put together for my liking. However, early demos and singles from this album sounded interesting enough for me to want to get the whole album and a proper spin.

The album sparks with energy straight off of the bat, with the infectious No, No, No. The synth, guitars and bass all meld together to create this delicious soup of electronic noise. Exactly how you want a record to open, with a punch of punk right in the senses. Across the board Turbowolf seem to have more of a toned sound on this album. Guitarist Andy Ghosh and bassist Lianna Lee Davies bring the heavy riffs that feel heavier. When they kick into full punk mode you feel this rush of psychedelic electronic sounds. The riffs are tight and the basslines are highly enjoyable. Every second of this album hits hard and fast with all of the verbose and intricate sounds that Turbowolf have become known for. Chris Georgiadis’s vocals fit well. He delivers the lyrics in such a way that you have to pay attention to what he’s saying. Then when the vocal harmonies come in, it leaves an impact. On a sound design level The Free Life impresses and on writing level it’s excellent. Turbowolf do everything in their power to bend the very concept of music to their whims.

Also, with this album comes a slew of featured musicians to collaborate on this project. Joe Talbot of fellow Bristol band Idles, lends his vocal talents to Capital X. Sebastian Grainger of Death From Above adds his musical mind to the track Cheap Magic. Mike Kerr of Royal Blood trades lines with Chris in the mind melter of a tune Domino. Finally, Chantal Brown of acclaimed psyche-metallers Vodun adds her flair to the song Very Bad. Usually I would say having this many featured guests cheapens a record. However every single one adds something unique to their respective song and makes the album all the more varied and diverse. One thing is for sure, you will not be bored with this album in a hurry. There is so much to appreciate and the talent on display is immense.

Now like I said Turbowolf are a very distinct band, so this will not be to everyone’s taste. If you’re not into this type of music then this album will do very little to change that mindset. They have definitely chosen their direction. Whereby they push the medium further with every release. I mean they do have some crossover appeal and casual audiences will probably take to the singles, as they do get radio play. However, the albums go full on weird mode and it can be a little much for the average listener. They’ve always had that effect though, so nothing new there. I’m very much into the sound on display here. There’s a creativity and splendor to the album that makes it sound so interesting. From its most intense punk moments to the mind-bending distortion and synths that gives them their signature sound. You will not mistake Turbowolf for anyone else, they hit the mark perfectly here.

5/5

Mick Birchall

Royal Republic – Weekend Man

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on 25th January 2016 by mickbirchy

Royal Republic
Weekend Man
Garage Rock, Alt. Rock
Released: 26 February 2016
via Spinefarm Records

The Swedish rockers, Royal Republic return with a new powerhouse of an album in the form of “Weekend Man”.  Such an appropriate title as I haven’t listened to an alt. rock album in quite some time that makes me want to just get up and dance as much as this one does. The energy is just contagious, the band sounds like they’re having the time of their lives while making this album and it really shows because I’m having so much fun just listening to it.  “Weekend Man” is for people who want to switch off and just have fun, with the crazy lyrics and the light production work so the music isn’t really in your face.  Also, the simple but incredibly catchy hooks will have you singing and dancing all night.

It feels like a Britpop album, in the way that the sound is very cerebral and impactful but at the same time it has that thumping beat that Euro-pop seems to favour.  All wrapped up in a rock’n’roll style sound.  So there are lots of layers here. With all that mix of styles it’s nice that the songwriting is so simple, standard verse-chorus structure with catchy hooks and a hefty amount of repetition, it all makes for an album that will stick in your head for a while.  Songs like “Walk!” and “My Way” bring that heavy garage-rock style that made them popular to start with. Yet, tunes such as “Kung Fu Lovin” and “ When I See You Dance With Another” have that pop style that makes them such a versatile band. “Kung Fu Lovin” in particular is an interesting specimen with its rock sound very much downplayed for an upbeat tone.  Come to think of it, there isn’t a somber moment in the album, it’s all very much get up and go.

My own personal favourite tracks and the songs I would recommend checking out are the title track “Weekend Man” and “Baby”.  Both of these songs are tunes that would give you a good insight into what this album, and indeed the band, is all about.  Upbeat fun tunes that you can bop and groove along to.  Thinking of these songs makes me realise how much the funk genre must have influenced their sound, as they have that mid-80’s disco funk sound to them as well. Really, I can’t sing this album praises enough.  In a time where most hard and alternative rock music is deep and brooding, Royal Republic have made a fun party album. Only a few songs really deviate from this on this album. “American Dream”, “Follow The Sun” and “On Any Given Sunday” all have a more serious tone to them.  It’s definitely not unwelcome, in fact it’s really where my Britpop comparison stems from.  These are the songs that carry that cerebral sound.  It also has a jangly college rock sound that’s pretty endearing.

This is a cracking album and something that I think may brighten up your day no matter what mood you’re in.  Superb music and something I would be comfortable recommending to anyone.

5/5

Mick Birchall

Venom to release new album later this month

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 12th January 2015 by Pieni

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Black metal veterans Venom are back, with their 14th studio album. The follow-up to “Fallen Angels” will be called “From The Very Depths” and it’s schedule to be released on 26th January, via Spinefarm Records, and will feature the following powerful tracks:

1. Eruptus
2. From The Very Depths
3. The Death Of Rock N Roll
4. Smoke
5. Temptation
6. Long Haired Punks
7. Stigmata Satanas
8. Crucified
9. Evil Law
10 .Grinding Teeth
11. Ouverture
12. Mephistopheles
13. Wings Of Valkyrie
14. Rise

Frontman Cronos says: “This album is perfect, all three members are totally over-the-top confident with the new songs and the production. We had a great atmosphere in the studio while we were recording, Dante created pure thunder from his drums, while Rage tears the flesh off your face with his riffs, making everything fall into place so well… it’s a strong release and really shows the band maturing into an unstoppable force of pure Black Metal. We can’t wait to play the new songs live for the Legions… Hell Yeah!”

A double vinyl will be also available afterwards.

www.venomslegions.com

www.spinefarmrecords.com

Amaranthe – Massive Addictive

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on 2nd November 2014 by mickbirchy

Artist: Amaranthe
Album: Massive Addictive
Genre: Melodic Metal/Power Metal
Released on 20th October 2014
Via Spinefarm Records / Universal Music

Amaranthe Massive addictive

So after The Nexus did really well for them, Amaranthe comes back with their new record “Massive Addictive” and I’m not going to lie, this is not the best of follow ups.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s a decent album but I feel they could have delivered so much more.  However, there is still a fair share of absolute belters. There are some well some well constructed riffs and melodies that keep this album interesting and fun.

The album opens on the track “Dynamite” which is a big sounding tune with a very pretty decent chorus, but it’s not really impressive, it’s  just an OK tune.  In fact I feel that’s the biggest compliment and the biggest insult I could give this album, it’s just OK.  With the exception of a few tunes it’s just mediocre with no surprises.  The next couple of songs are the two that served as the lead in, to this album, and both a catchy, fun tunes.  “Drop Dead Cynical” & “Trinity” just simply glorify everything that Amaranthe strive to be.  Solid riffs and a catchy chorus with alot of synth sound-fx that just elevate these song to great songs.  There some other really great tunes like “Digital World” and “Danger Zone”, which again capture that fun essence that Amaranthe is all about.

However with the good comes the average, and to be honest there’s a lot of that on this album.  I don’t hate any of these songs, hell, I don’t even dislike them.  Nevertheless, when you know what a band is capable of you want them to get better, and so many of these songs don’t really work all that well.  The two ballads of this record “True” and “Over and Done” just drudge along and don’t really give you anything interesting to keep you in the song.  Other tracks on this record just feel like generic power metal and offer little else.

All in all, this is an OK album. I enjoy it fine, but after The Nexus, I feel the band could have done more.  The songs that are good are really good and fun.  I look forward to anything this band puts out, and I look forward to seeing them live. This album however will tide me over, I would recommend this to fans of the band and the genre only, I don’t think this album could reach anyone else.

3/5

Mick Birchall

Sparzanza – Circle

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on 20th September 2014 by Pieni

Sparzanza
“Circle”
Heavy rock
To be released on 26th September 2014
Via Spinefarm Records / Black Cult Records

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Sparzanza are back. Well, have been back since March, when this 7th album of theirs, “Circle”, was released in the Northern countries. Now the stores in the rest of the world will have the pleasure of delivering it as well.

They’ve been gradually hardening their sound in the last albums, so seeing them pushing the envelope and releasing their heaviest album so far, that wasn’t a real surprise to me. Yet “Circle” has Sparzanza’s typical dark groove embroidered all over it.

Right from the start you get that impression with the opening track “Pine Barrens”. Heavier riffs, sharper beats, faster rhythm, rougher vocals… and then the chorus comes out in such a dark melody – not melancholic but rather ominous, menacing. After all, they’re singing about the “devil being back every century”

With all that but featuring a more easy-going melody comes the next track “Underneath My Skin”, which was the rightful choice for first single, precisely due to the melodic part – it gives a more accurate idea of the album as a whole, which I believe is the main goal of a promotional single. “Black” would have been great for that purpose as well, its stronger bass making it somewhat heavier and the “church choir” hinting some spiritual sense to the melody.

As for speedy songs, I must mention “Death Don’t Spare No Lives”. A very lively but groovy song, meaning the rhythm will hit your eardrums and embrace it at the same time.

“Breathe” could have been featured in the soundtrack of a thriller, as the words I find to describe it are the same – exciting and suspenseful. And taking “suspenseful” as cue, let me tell you about the second single “Into The Unknown”. Now this is quite a piece of melancholic darkness! The double tracking of Fredrik Weileby voice, in a grave pitch and a higher one, is one of my favorite details, giving such richness to the sound. Especially when it’s not a through and through event, it only happens in some carefully chosen parts, enhancing the beauty of this song.

The sadness in “As I Go Away” is a lot stronger, though, the piano and strings making sure to produce a melody as heartbroken as Weileby’s voice. Powerful ballad, this one.

“A circle is not something that has one specific meaning – it has several, so let the interpretation of this be in the eyes of the beholder”, say Sparzanza regarding the title of this album. Well I choose the meaning of “completion” as this is what “Circle” is – a successful achievement by this great band.

5/5

By Renata “Pieni” Lino

 

 

 

Interview with Johan Carlsson of Sparzanza

Posted in Interview with tags , , , , , , , on 14th September 2014 by Pieni

 photo 10558040-origpic-fe62b6_zps3b638754.jpgI’ve been a Sparzanza fan for some five years, since I’ve first heard “My World Of Sin”. That song was featured in their 4th album “In Voodoo Veritas” and they’ve released three more after that, none of them ever disappointing me. So I was more than thrilled for this chance to interview bassist Johan Carlsson and get to know a little bit more about their latest “Circle”, among other things.

RL: Since this is the first time Valkyrian Music is talking to Sparzanza, I’d like to go back in time a bit. So my first question is… what does Sparzanza mean?
JC: Well, it comes from some old Blaxploitation movie from the 70’s. I believe it was the name of a very unpleasant pimp. Although, it was a long time ago. It was the first singer (Peter Eriksson) who came up with the name for a song first, and then the band used it as a band name. Do not ask me what movie it was, ‘cause I have absolutely no idea!

RL: You’ve been hardening your sound for some time now, but “Circle” is definitely your heaviest album so far. Was that intentional, at the beginning of the songwriting process, or it just turned out that way?
JC: This time it was really not intentional. It has been intentional on some of the albums, but not this time. This time we wanted to make a great record and have absolutely no boundaries. We have experimented a bit more this time, different guitar sounds, tunings, double bass drums and stuff, but in the end the song is what is in focus. And has always been.
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RL: Still, you manage to always keep that “something” that identifies it as a Sparzanza song. How would you describe the Sparzanza sound to someone who has never heard you before? What would you say it’s your best quality in order to convince that person to go and listen to it?
JC: I would say that it lies within the melancholy of the melodies. We have very strong melodies, which are very dark most of the times. Especially on the former album “Death Is Certain, Life Is Not” when we really dug us down into darkness. Still it’s not goth- or depressing music. It is really heavy hard rock/metal with great melodies. And with one of the best and most various rock and metal singers available (Fredrik Weileby).

RL: That “trademark” sound is also heard in covers – five years ago, you’ve released your own version of Billy Idol’s “Rebel Yell”. How did that idea come about, to release it at that particular time and why that song?
JC: We did it because we needed some attention at that time, actually. I don’t remember why we chose that particular song, but it might have to do with us thinking Mr. Idol is pretty cool. Also, since we wanted to do a cover a lot different than the original (otherwise don’t do it) and the production of that song is a bit lame, we thought we had something to work on. Our cover version, unlike other cover versions of that song, is very dynamic and has a cool Sparzanza feeling over it.

RL: And if Sparzanza would ever do something like that again, what song would you like to cover?
JC: Oh, that is a hard question. We actually talked about it the other day but never decided anything. Personally, I would like us to try a cover we did about 15 years ago – “Skirtlifter” by a band called Buffalo.

 photo sparzanza-circle-cover2014_zps895cce4d.jpgRL: Like it’s said on the website, “a circle is not something that has one specific meaning”. Is that why it was chosen as title for the album? For its diversity?
JC: Our street team, called The Black Cult was actually an inspiration. We wanted something on the cover that could be interpreted as a cult, something that is boiling underground without the public really knowing about it. The title is chosen out of that, and it’s a good title since it can be interpreted in several different ways.

RL: Of all the meanings it can have, which one is your personal favorite?
JC: The occult thing – a circle unknown to all!

RL: And still speaking of favorites… which song of “Circle” do you like to listen to the most and which one do you like to play live the most?
JC: Personally I think “Black” is a great song. It turned out one of the heaviest songs we have ever written. “Pine Barrens” is the coolest song to play live I think. The riffs are cool to play and it’s a great… no, it’s an amazing show opener!

RL: Why did it take so long for “Circle” to be released worldwide? (Note: “Circle” was released in the Northern countries in March and is set to be released worldwide on the 26th September)
JC: There are only 24 hours in a day and 7 days in a week! We concentrated on the Scandinavian countries first and needed some more time to plan the release outside of Scandinavia. We are doing a lot of work ourselves. We have our own label who releases the albums outside of Scandinavia and with all the touring and stuff we did not have the time to release it properly until now. I hope it was worth the wait!

RL: And can we expect live shows outside the Northern countries?
JC: Hell yeah! Right now there are plans for shows in Germany, Spain and UK in 2014. Then we will do the Benelux countries as well as China in 2015. That is the plan now, but there might be additions to that tour schedule.

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RL: You’ve mentioned on Facebook that there’s a new song already, “Plainfield”. Was it born spontaneoulsy or are you already working hard on the next release? Is it too early to ask if you’ll keep on the heavy path of “Circle” or keep moving into something else?
JC: We’re always writing songs. This time, though, it was a spontaneous thing. We have not started to write a lot for the next record, but there are always plenty of ideas to be worked on. I think it might be a little premature to talk about how the next record will sound, but it won’t be less heavy than “Circle”, I can guarantee you that!

RL: In the band’s bio the drums are mentioned as being “in your face” in this album, and that the sound is different due to the “use of alternate tunings of the guitars”. Does this include the bass guitar or would you like to add something else about the input of your bass in “Circle”?
JC: Well, since the guitars are tuned different I had to tune the bass different too sometimes. But I have been trying to keep the low tuning that I always use on my basses. It sometimes makes it harder to play the songs but the sound stays heavy. Otherwise than that I really like to keep both the playing and the gear pretty simple. Just the amps I always use, my Sandberg basses and a pre-amp, that’s it. Me and Anders (the drummer) also rehearsed by ourselves a lot this time before recording, to make it even heavier.

RL: Well it’s been a pleasure talking to you! All the best with those plans!
JC: Thanks!

www.sparzanza.com

Interview by Renata “Pieni” Lino

Electric Wizard unveil title of forthcoming album

Posted in News with tags , , on 10th September 2014 by Nico Davidson

Doom legends Electric Wizard have announced that Time To Die will be the title of their forthcoming album which is set to be released internationally through Spinefarm Records. The band’s eighth studio album will also be their first release since signing a worldwide deal with Spinefarm Records. Electric Wizard founding member Jus Oborn comments:

All of our albums in the past have had a theme – revenge, drugs, black magick – and the theme of this one is death. Of course, death to us really means rebirth, so this album is a manifestation of a very primal occult belief in the final sacrifice. We have gone full circle – it was inevitable, but we had to do it. We had to kill the band so we could be reborn. It was the only way to ensure we could come back even stronger.

Electric Wizard online:

http://facebook.com/electricwizarddorsetdoom

The Cadillac Three to play one-off headlining show in London

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 24th June 2014 by Pieni

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Nashville rockers The Cadillac Three will be playing an intimate one-off headlining show at The Lexington, London, on the 7th July – right after their appearance at Sonisphere. Quoting vocalist/guitarist Jaren Johnston: “We can’t wait to get back across the pond! The first two trips were some of the best times of our lives. We look forward to playing Planet Rockstock, as well as Sonisphere and our upcoming headline tour. Hide your women and your cold beer… The Cadillac Three are coming back to the UK!”

They have recently recorded a cover of Mötley Crüe’s “Live Wire” which will be featured in the upcoming “Nashville Outlawes”, a tribute album to the legendary rock band involving TC3’s US Big Machine label, plus The Crüe camp itself.

Also, Spinefarm Records has re-issued their debut album “Tennessee Mojo” with two bonus tracks, and a new single featuring both “White Lightning” and “Back It Up” will be released to coincide with the aforementioned Sonisphere show.

https://www.facebook.com/TheCadillacThree

Finntroll to release first live album

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 18th May 2014 by Pieni

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“Natten Med De Levande Finntroll” (Night with the living Finntroll) is the title chosen for the upcoming debut live album of the Finnish folk masters. Recorded at the famous Melkweg in Amsterdam and mixed & mastered by the even more famous duo Mikko Karmila and Mika Jussila, this album gathers 19 anthems of Finntroll‘s “unholy hybrid style” and proves that is “onstage and in the raw” that they function best.

Scheduled for release on the 16th June via Spinefarm Records, the track list is as follows:

1. Kitteldags
2. Slaget vid Blodsälv
3. Blodnatt
4. Nedgång
5. Nattfödd
6. Ursvamp
7. Eliytres
8. Aldhissla
9. Jaktens Tid
10. Rivfader
11. Korpens Saga
12. Trollhammaren
13. Fiskarens Fiende
14. Svartberg
15. Försvinn Du Som Lyser
16. Midnattens Widunder
17. En Mäktig Här
18. Det Iskalla Trollblodet
19. Segersång

www.finntroll-music.com
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Decade: official live video + UK headlining tour

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 16th May 2014 by Pieni

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Following the release of their debut album “Good Luck”, Bath rockers Decade embarked on a tour supporting Mayday Parade. Footage from those good times on the road last January is now compiled in the official video for the song “Coffin“:

Also, starting TOMORROW in their hometown, Decade will play a 6-date tour, their first as headliners. According to frontman Alex Sears, “Good Luck” will be performed in its entirety, also for the first time, along with some oldies. Joe reckons he’s going to stage dive at every show too, so that alone is worth coming down to see…”, he adds.

Dates and locations are as follows:
Saturday 17th May – The Nest, Bath
Sunday 18th May – Barfly, London
Monday 19th May – Epic Studios 3, Norwich
Tuesday 20th May – King Tuts, Glasgow
Wednesday 21st May – O2 Academy2, Newcastle
Thursday 22nd May – Sound Control, Manchester

www.decadeofficial.com

www.twitter.com/decadeofficial

www.facebook.com/decadeofficial

Japanese Vamps confirmed for Download Festival 2014

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 13th April 2014 by Pieni

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Japanese rock duo Vamps (featuring HYDE from L’Arc-en-Ciel and K.A.Z. from Oblivion Dust) will make their third appearance in the UK this Summer, at Download Festival (Donnington Park between 13th and 15th of JuneVamps playing on the 14th). They’ve recently played a headline show at Koko (March 28th) and last October they hit British ground for the first time at a sold-out Islington Academy.

» We just finished the show at Koko, London, and already we plan to come back and play for you guys at Download Festival in June! We will do our best to come back to the UK as many times as we can this year! Come to the festival and check out our performance, if you get a chance! «, says HYDE.

“Sex Blood Rock’N’Roll” is already their third album, the first to be released in Europe through Spinefarm Records. Follow them on Facebook (link here) for more information on what they’re up to.

The Treatment: big in France

Posted in News, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on 4th April 2014 by Pieni

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Following the release of their second album “Running With The Dogs”, British rockers The Treatment have been making quite a fuss in France: several “Album Of The Month” reviews, a live appearance on L’Enorme TV and also on the French number 1 music TV show Taratata. The performance at the latter consisted of “I Bleed Rock + Roll” and their cover of AC/DC‘s “Hightway To Hell” and it can be seen on the following link: http://live.mytaratata.com/emission/taratata-n488

Given all this, it comes as no surprise that The Treatment have now confirmed a headline show in Paris, at the famous Bus Palladium. The show will take place on the 28th of June and a French tour, also headlining, is planned for later this fall. The band had played in France before, supporting Alice Cooper in 2011, but this is their first time as headliners. Singer Matt Jones says: “To visit another country and be part of an established show like ‘Taratata’ was something really special for us. And now we’re going back for headline dates – it just goes to prove the power of rock music. When we struck the first chord to ‘Highway To Hell’, everyone in the studio knew what was coming!”.

They are also booked for some European summer festivals such as Rock Am Ring/Rock Im Park (Germany), Rock The Ring (Switzerland) and Graspop (Belgium), and Download back in their homecountry.

A new single/video will be released later this month, along with three previously unreleased acoustic tracks, so make sure to stay tuned.

www.facebook.com/TheTreatmentOfficial
www.twitter.com/TheTreatmentUK

Brother Firetribe stream new single For Better Or For Worse

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 27th March 2014 by Nico Davidson

Finnish melodic rock maestros Brother Firetribe, who boast Nightwish guitarist Emppu Vuorinen amongst their ranks, have made their brand new single, titled For better Or For Worse, available for streaming via Soundcloud for a limited time only. The song is taken from their third and upcoming album Diamond In The Firepit which is set for release through Spinefarm Records in May for the UK, Finland and Europe and in June for North America. Singer Pekka Ansio Heino spoke about the band’s upcoming release:

We’re thrilled to be back in action after 5 years which seems like a life time! We wouldn’t be THIS thrilled if the new album hadn’t turned out be exactly how we wanted it to be. It’s just as bold, big, polished, hooky and sticky as we pictured it. A lot of hard work was spent making it happen and now it’s time for the best part of making music; taking it out and playing it live. We can’t wait to meet our old friends again and hopefully make some new ones along the way. Hope you enjoy Diamond In The Firepit. Thanks for still being there and sorry for the delay, let’s have some serious fun!

 

Brother Firetribe online:

http://facebook.com/brotherfiretribeofficial

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Amaranthe confirm new album is in the works and set for autumn 2014 release

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

Swedish modern metal sextet Amaranthe have confirmed an autumn 2014 release for their currently untitled new album which will be released via Spinefarm. This latest piece of modern metal craftsmanship will be the follow-up to the band’s 2011 Amaranthe and 2013 The Nexus releases. Guitarist Olaf Morck comments:

2014 will indeed see the release of the next Amaranthe record. We don’t want to reveal any details yet, apart from this album representing a big step forward for Amaranthe musically – where Amaranthe and The Nexus were closely connected, this new album is bolder and more different… But, of course, with the trademark Amaranthe sound throughout! See you all on tour this spring with our last Invincible shows – and expect blown minds in 2014!

Amaranthe online:

http://amaranthe.se
http://facebook.com/AmarantheBand

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Third Brother Firetribe studio album set for release

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

Finnish melodic rock maestros Brother Firetribe who boast Nightwish guitarist Emppu Vuorien amongst their ranks have announced the release date for their third studio album Diamond In The Firepit. The twelve track rock offering will be released on 5th May this year through Spinefarm Records.

Diamond In The Firepit will be the bands first studio album in six years, since the release of the previous studio album Heart Full Of Fire in 2008, which was a gold record in their native homeland of Finland. Brother Firetribe’s back catalogue is completed by the band’s 2006 release Breakout and their 2010 DVD Live At Apollo.

Brother Firetribe have also been confirmed for Firefest at Rock City in Nottingham on 26th October, meaning the band will be bringing their freeway anthems to British shores for the first time this year. UK headline tour dates are also in the works.

Brother Firetribe online:

www.facebook.com/brotherfiretribeofficial

 

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Voodoo Six confirmed as main support to Santa Cruz on upcoming UK tour

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

Voodoo Six have proudly announced that they have been booked as the main support on Santa Cruz’s upcoming UK tour. Finnish rockers, Santa Cruz, who are also signed to Spinefarm Records, played in the UK last summer and then returned later in the year to tour with Kobra and the Lotus. Tour dates are as follow:

12 March – Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton
13 March – Sound Control, Manchester
14 March – Audio, Glasgow
15 March – Buskers, Dundee
17 March – The Cluny, Newcastle
19 March – Warehouse 23, Wakefield
20 March – Rock City Basement, Nottingham
21 March – The Underworld, London
22 March – The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
23 March – The Joiners, Southampton

Tickets are available from See Tickets and the venues.

Voodoo Six online:

http://voodoosix.com
http://facebook.com/VoodooSixBand

 

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Dregen releases self-titled solo album this Monday

Posted in News with tags , , , on 5th October 2013 by Pieni

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Swedish guitarist Dregen, most famous for his work with The Hellacopters and Backyard Babies, will release his debut solo, self-titled album this Monday, October 7th, via Spinefarm Records.

“I was staring at my records for over a year, thinking, ‘How the f**k can I get the vibe from KISS, Slayer, the Beastie Boys and Miles Davis into one single record?’ But I did it, and it sounds very much like me. It’s a high energy rock ‘n’ roll album with the greatest songs I have written and recorded”, says the man himself.

Dregen does all the guitar and vocal work, with Danko Jones and Tityo adding some occasional vocals. The bass will be on Sami Yaffa (Hanoi Rocks, New York Dolls, Joan Jett, Michael Monroe) and John Calabrese (Danko Jones) hands, while drums are taken care of by Karl Rockfist (Michael Monroe / Danzig) and Nicke Andersson (Imperial State Electric, ex-Entombed, ex-The Hellacopters). The latter also writes and plays bass and rhythm guitar on three tracks, and this is the reunion that has more significance to rock fans: “Something magic always happens when we play and write together. I don’t know what it is, but there is definitely something special there. Nicke is one of my all-time favourite drummers, and we haven’t really worked this closely since the early Hellacopters days…”

“Dregen” track listing is as follows…

  1. Division Of Me
  2. Just Like That
  3. Flat Tyre On A Muddy Road
  4. Gig Pig
  5. Pink Hearse
  6. Bad Situation
  7. One Man Army
  8. 6-10
  9. Refuse
  10. Mojo’s Gone

… and you can listen/see the video for the single “Just Like That” here:

Pre-order the album at Amazon or iTunes.

http://www.dregen.se
https://www.facebook.com/DregenOfficial

Protest The Hero reveal “real” artwork for “Volition” through interactive experience

Posted in News with tags , , , on 4th October 2013 by Pieni

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Famous for their marketing skills, Protest The Hero have come up with yet another original idea. The band has announced that the artwork revealed a couple of weeks ago is in fact just the image for the digital download of their new album “Volition”. To see the “real” cover you will need to get an app and interact with other fans:

» Today (1st October) we launch a unique, interactive fan-sourcing experience to reveal the Jeff Jordan-created artwork for our forthcoming album, “Volition”.  Playing off the night vision-equipped vultures featured in the artwork, each fan’s visibility is restricted to the immediate area surrounding their cursor, giving them limited access to the illustration.  Each visitor’s viewfinder moves simultaneously amongst the others, forming a real-time flock of crowd-sourced clarity – fans must work together to expand their collective vision and reveal the artwork in its entirety.  The link for the app is:http://volition.protestthehero.ca «

“Volition” will be released on October 28th via Spinefarm Records and is now available for pre-order at the following locations:
Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Volition-Protest-Hero/dp/B00F9NC1A0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1380532500&sr=8-1&keywords=protest+the+hero
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/pt/album/id708399938?affId=1736887

The UK dates of their European tour will be supported by Tesseract & The Safety Fire and Intervals:
01.02.14 UK Brighton @ Concorde 2
02.02.14 UK Birmingham @ O2 Academy2
04.02.14 UK Sheffield @ Corporation
05.02.14 UK Glasgow @ Classic Grand
06.02.14 UK Manchester @ Academy2
07.02.14 UK London @ The Electric Ballroom

Protest The Hero online:
www.protestthehero.ca
www.facebook.com/protestthehero
www.twitter.com/ProtestTheHero

Swallow The Sun to play “The Morning Never Came” in full

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 23rd September 2013 by Pieni

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In celebration of the 10th anniversary of their debut full-length, “The Morning Never Came”, Swallow The Sun will play it in full on September 26th at Klubi, Tampere. And if you’re not anywhere near Finland by then, you can always purchase a 5,00 € ticket and get access to the live online streaming of the show that LiveMusicStage will provide. Get your tickets and more detailed information at: https://www.facebook.com/events/539304169482318/ or http://www.livemusicstage.com/events/132/swallow-the-sun/6

Afterwards, the band will embark on an European tour with Antimatter and The Foreshadowing, dates as the following flyer informs:

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Swallow The Sun online:
http://www.swallowthesun.net/site/
https://www.facebook.com/swallowthesun
https://twitter.com/swallowthesunfi

Chthonic announced as main support to Satyricon on 36 date Euro tour

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 16th September 2013 by Nico Davidson

Symphonic orient metallers Chthonic have been announced as main support on Satyricon‘s 36-date European tour which will kick off on 7th November in Copenhagen, Denmark. The tour will see Chthonic visiting a number of European cities as well as their return to the UK since their Download appearance earlier this year. Chthonic‘s bassist Doris Yeh comments:

This is our first European tour following the release of our current album, Bu-Tik, and it’s great to be able to visit so many places. For some countries, like Sweden, Denmark, Slovakia, Slovenia, Poland, Italy and Spain, it will be the first time Chthonic has been there, so we are very excited to play for those fans we haven’t had the chance to reach in the past.

UK tour dates are as follow:

SUN 10 NOVEMBER / ACADEMY 3/ MANCHESTER
MON 11 NOVEMBER / THE LIMELIGHT / BELFAST
TUE 12  NOVEMBER / BUTTON FACTORY / DUBLIN
THU 14 NOVEMBER / O2 ACADEMY ISLINGTON / LONDON

Chthonic online:

http://www.CHTHONIC.tw
http://facebook.com/CHTHONIC
http://facebook.com/CHTHONICtw
http://youtube.com/CHTHONICtw