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Toothgrinder – Nocturnal Masquerade

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , , , on 24th January 2016 by mickbirchy

Toothgrinder
Nocturnal Masquerade
Progressive Metal
Released 26 January 2016
via Spinefarm Records

The American prog-metallers hit us with their newest offering Nocturnal Masquerade and I’ll say this before anything else: this is one amazing record.  Never before have I listened to such brutality-meets-musical-brilliance like I have with this album.  At first it was a little jarring and I wasn’t too sure what to make of it, but I kept listening on and I really got into it once I knew where it was going.  

The album has a very mixed range of styles, as you would full well expect on a prog-metal album.  The opening track “The House (That Fear Built)”, like an overture, sets the mood pretty well for what is to come and the power and intensity is displayed throughout the whole album. The intricate guitar work makes for some great riffs and well crafted melodies. The broken riff patterns are great and coupled with the excellent drum work from Wills Weller; it creates a dynamic and powerful listening experience. The songs just have that hardcore and intense feel to them which is fun to listen to, being a fan of hardcore myself, at the same time the wonderful melodies just grab hold of you and the passion in Justin Matthews and Matt Arensdorff’s vocals just shine through so well.  To be honest, it’s hard to believe that there are only 4 members, there’s just so much going on.

For the more heavy of the performances on this album, Toothgrinder just really came together and created some spectacular tunes like “Blue” and “Coeur d’Alanse” which have this really relentless approach to them and I was left hooked. It really is difficult to fully grasp how interesting and diverse this album is, once you think you’ve got this band figure they go and add something into the song you just didn’t see coming.  Such as the odd quiet and unsettling moment before they kick straight back into gear, the anthemic clean vocals just cut off so suddenly by the rough guttural vocals.  This can be a little jarring and I did have a sense of tonal whiplash at times and this could throw some people off them.  

Overall, I have really enjoyed rocking out to this record and it has so many aspects that I love.  The technical mastery of the band is great and the music is so tight that it will just grab your attention and won’t let go. Fantastic work!

4.5/5

Mick Birchall

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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 Solheim-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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Dead By April reveal track-list and cover art for “Let The World Know”

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 9th December 2013 by Pieni

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Dead By April have shown the world today how “Let The World Know” will look like:
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The album will hit the stores on February 12th and the track-list is as follows:

1. Beautiful Nightmare
2. Abnormal
3. Empathy
4. Done With Broken Hearts
5. As A Butterfly
6. Same Star
7. Let The World Know
8. Peace Of Mind
9. Freeze Frame
10. Infinity x Infinity
11. My Tomorrow
12. Hold On
13. Replace You

Three of these tracks are already available on iTunes and Spotify – “As A Butterfly”, released last Friday, and “Freeze Frame”, with its B-side “Empathy“, which were released in May. The whole album is available for pre-order at http://www.bengans.se/minishops/deadbyapril/. “Let The World Know” is the third album of the pop-metal band (fourth if you count with the compilation of remixes and bonus tracks “Stronger”), first with screamer Christoffer “Stoffe” Andersson.

https://www.facebook.com/deadbyapril

New single of Dead By April

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 8th December 2013 by Pieni

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Swedish pop metal act Dead By April has released a new single called “As A Butterfly”. You can check it out at any of the following links:

Spotify: http://open.spotify.com/track/3arrwFOqurcmrPQJb2kPSb
WiMP: http://wimpmusic.se/album/23756653
iTunes: http://smarturl.it/asabutterfly
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ege8iRsCgGQ

This single will be featured in the band’s upcoming album, “Let The World Know”, due on February the 12th. Pre-orders can be made on this link.

https://www.facebook.com/deadbyapril

Turbogeist stream new EP via SoundCloud

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

London’s up-and-coming rockers, Turbogeist, release their brand new 5-track EP, Ancient Secrets, today via Spinefarm Records.

In celebration of the release, Ancient Secrets will be available to stream via SoundCloud for a limited time. To stream the EP, go to this location.

Vocalist and guitarist Jimmy  comments: Ancient Secrets pertains to our obsession with all things fantastical and cryptic. It’s an abstract title, but these are abstract times. We didn’t wanna make an oi oi punk angst record, although that’s how we started out. We wanted to make something more tongue-in-cheek, more weird. We were always turned on by a splatter-gun of influences. We didn’t want to make a punk or hardcore or glam or thrash record; we didn’t wanna make anything that felt sonically linear. If the EP were a drug it would probably be acid, as it could go in a few directions. It could be scary, but it could also make you laugh or cry, or make you realise that nothing is real and we are all just a collection of atoms moving very fast to no discernible end.”

 

Other guitarist and vocalist Luis adds: “Being a youth in the ’90s, with Brit Pop, Grunge, Hip Hop and great rock bands emerging on the radio and music television, we were spoilt for choice. Nowadays, everything seems too polished. However, if you look beyond the void of Mercury Awards and Coldplay B-sides, there are great underground scenes/bands emerging…”

The debut Turbogeist album is already in the can, and will follow later in 2013, once again through Spinefarm.

 

Spinefarm expand street team plus free goodies

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 19th October 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Our good friends over at Spinefarm Records (Home to bands such as Ensiferum, Jettblack and many more) are expanding their street team. Amongst receiving stuff like free tickets to Spinefarm gigs, meet and greet opportunities, etc aren’t enough to make you wanna join the Spinefarm street team, we’ve got some good news for you: Spinefarm will randomly select ten new sign-ups to receive the following:

Redlight King – Something For The Pain (Album)

Tarja – What Lies Beneath (Album)

Five Finger Death Punch – American Capitalist (Album)

Jettblack – Raining Rock (Album)

Ensiferum – Unsung heroes (Album)

A Spinefarm poster

Alice Cooper face paint

Of course, even if you don’t win the stuff above, when you sign up to the Spinefarm street team, you’ll still be in for a chance at free tickets to Spinefarm gigs, meet and greet sessions with your favourite Spinefarm bands and a lot more. So, to sign up, just click here. Or here. Or here.