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Epica – The Essence Of Silence [Single]

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 14th March 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Epica
The Essence Of Silence
Released March 2014
Symphonic Progressive Metal
Released via Nuclear Blast

Formed by former After Forever guitarist and vocalist Mark Jansen, Epica have been dominating the symphonic metal scene for the last decade. With six studio albums under their belt already, Epica have been busy recording the seventh album which is set to kick start a new decade for the band. The Essence Of Silence is the first single to be released from The Quantum Enigma, which is set for release in May.

Beginning with a mystifying strings and piano arrangement, the song soon throws the listener into a maelstrom of heavy riffs and Mark’s terrifying vocals and Simone’s more tragic yet angelic voice. The choir adds a new depth to the song, sewing the other elements together. The guitar passages, as performed by Mark and Isaac, exceed the strength and heaviness of previous Epica elements, showing a definite evolution in the band’s sound since Requiem For The Indifferent. The rhythm section, made up of Rob van der Loo on bass and Ariën van Weesenbeek on drums, lay down a strong foundation for the song while Coen’s keyboard medleys sprinkle the track with the typical dramatic flavourings found in Epica’s music.

The Essence Of Silence is only a small glimpse into what awaits on the new album but it shows a distinctly positive change in the band’s sound. If the rest of the album is anything like this track, then it’ll no doubt be a masterpiece.

5/5

Nico Davidson

Epica online:

http://epica.nl
http://facebook.com/epica

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Sonata Arctica unveil second single from upcoming studio album

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 6th March 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Sonata Arctica are set to release their eighth studio album, entitled Pariah’s Child, at the end of the month. The album is the follow up to the band’s 2012 release Stones Grow Her Name. The band recently release a single from the new album titled Wolves Die Young and the band have now released the second single from the album. The single, titled Cloud Factory, is available for listening down below. The official video for wolves Die Young can be viewed down below as well.

Pariah’s Child was recorded and produced by the band at Studio 57 in Alaveteli, Finland. The mix was done by the band’s new bass player Kauppinen.

Sonata Arctica online:

http://sonataarctica.info
http://facebook.com/sonataarctica
http://twitter.com/SonataArctica
http://youtube.com/user/SonataArctica

 

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Týr – Valkyrja

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on 28th August 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Týr
Valkyrja
Released 17th September
Viking Metal
Released via Metal Blade

Hailing from the Faroes come Týr, one of the the biggest and most influential Viking metal bands of today. Following their jump from Napalm Records to Metal Blade, the four piece soon would finish Valkyrja, the band’s seventh full-length studio album. The album’s main concept is the story of an unnamed warrior who leaves his wife in order to impress a Valkyrie so that he can gain entry to either Folkvang or Valhalla.

Blood Of Heroes opens up the album in a truly powerful manner. The opening passage signals a change of sound in Týr‘s music whereas the chorus is typically catchy, something that has become a trait in Tyr‘s music over the last couple of releases. Mare Of My Night follows, which Heri describes as being the song that he has ever written the most sexually explicit lyrics for. The song focuses on a strong driving sound with an equal measure of melody to accompany the propulsive riffs. Hel Hath No Fury, which is a brilliant play on words regarding the supposed Nordic goddess of death Hel, has a cold and furious streak woven into the guitars and a hook in the chorus.

The Lay Of Our Love begins with the typical elements of a ballad, something which is enforced by both Heri‘s and Liv Kristine‘s vocals. The guitars paint a near-romantic image with different shades of emotion contrasting with the vocals where as Nation  is the complete opposite, charging in for a frontal assault of melodious passages and aggressive vocals with reinforcements from a heavy bombardment of drums. Another Fallen Brother focuses on a more thrash-like use of guitars, with near-power metalesque vocals and a cumbersome use of bass and drums.

Grindavísan starts with a folk-like choir before the majestic riffs domineer the song. As the song becomes heavier, so do Heri‘s vocals while the folk choir make an appearance for the chorus, adding a new spin on the song and keeping it traditionally Týr sounding. Into The Sky makes for a somber metallic dirge before leading into the highly melodic and medieval sounding Fánar Burtur Brandaljóð, which is sung in a Nordic language, presumably Faroese. Lady Of The Slain, which is one of the names given to the deity Freya, comes racing in like a horde of warriors drunk on blood and glory. The guitars cut through the track like a knife through butter, allowing for the bass and drums to leave their own path of devastation.

The title track, Valkyrja, has one of the most solemn introductions on the whole album, allowing varying levels of emotion to ring out through each note. Where the faster paced aspects of the track bring a vast amount of power with them, allowing the snarling use of riffs to roar fiercely throughout the song. The album ends with two covers: Where Eagles Dare (Iron Maiden) and Cemetery Gates (Pantera) – Both of which are performed superbly with Týr‘s own unique twist on them.

Valkyrja is a change in direction for Týr, stepping forward with their sound but allowing for some room for certain sound sand elements from previous albums, making for a fusion of old Týr and new TýrValkyrja is probably the best album they’ve released thus far and definitely shows how much their sound has evolved since How Far To Asgaard.

5/5

Nico Davidson

Týr online:

http://facebook.com/tyrband

 

New Behemoth album postponed until 2014

Posted in Metal, News with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 7th August 2013 by izaforestspirit

The legendary Polish blackened death metal band Behemoth have just announced that their upcoming tenth studio album The Satanist, which was previously scheduled for release this fall/autumn, has now been postponed to early 2014. It will be accompanied by an extensive headlining tour – further information including the exact dates to follow soon!

Until then, you have two chances to catch the band live in Europe: their forthcoming show at Brutal Assault Festival in Czech Repulic on August 10 and their exclusive show at the German Metal Hammer Paradise from November 15 to November 16. For further information, check out www.metal-hammer-paradise.de.

Behemoth online:

http://www.behemoth.pl
http://www.facebook.com/behemoth

 

Counterparts release third studio album

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 23rd July 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Counterparts have recently release their third studio album titled The Difference Between Hell And Home. After rounding out their US tour with Hundrenth, Counterparts will be heading to Canada for an album release tour, with a European tour alongside August Burns Red and BLESSTHEFALL following shortly after. A full list of tour dates can be found at this location.

Counterparts online:

http://www.facebook.com/counterpartshc
http://www.victoryrecords.com/counterparts

 

iwrestledabearonce reveal details for third studio

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 10th June 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Los Angeles based experimental-heavy-rock band iwrestledabearonce have announced they will release their highly anticipated, third studio album Late For Nothing, on 12th August in Europe via Century Media Records.

Late For Nothing was self-produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by the band’s guitarist and programmer Steven Bradley at the band’s home studio in Los Angeles.  It also marks IWABO’s first record with their fiery new singer Courtney LaPlante who joined the band with only a day’s notice during last summer’s Vans Warped Tour.

Newly recharged with the addition of LaPlante, Bradley and cohorts John Ganey (guitar and programming), Mike “Rickshaw” Martin (bass) and Mikey Montgomery (drums) are set to keep their fans guessing with Late For Nothing. While the band’s signature, avant-garde style is well intact on the new album; their style has progressed immensely.  By far their boldest and most accessible release to date Late For Nothing rips and roars with blunt force intensity, incorporating their brain joggling breakdowns with a unique blend of electronics, jazzed-out time signatures and break neck riffage. Bradley affirms this:

The entire album came together as a result of us wanting to do something different. We didn’t want to make another weird IWABO album or whatever people were expecting.  We set out to make something different and better than anything we’ve ever released.  It’s a more evolved version of the band.  We explored new styles and genres as well—especially in terms of the more spacey, epic, and beautiful parts. It’s got the most melodic moments of our career as well as the heaviest.

Featuring the forthcoming, schizophrenic first single Thunder Chunky, Late For Nothing scales the summit of heavy rock and metal with twelve teeth gnashing tracks that find a happy medium between crushing metal and beautifully orchestrated melody. The album’s opener, Thunder Chunky, sets the tone for the album as they slash their way through songs like Letters To Stallone, that showcases LaPlante’s incredible balance of full throttle screams and melodic choruses, and Carnage Asada which features a guest solo from the legendary Steve Vai.

Iwrestledabearonce online:
www.iwrestledabearonce.com
www.facebook.com/iwrestledabearonce
www.twitter.com/iwabo

 

Iwrestledabearonce nearing fully recording third studio album

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 26th April 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Experimental-metalcore act Iwrestledabearonce have announced they’re almost finished with tracking their forthcoming, third studio album, which is due out later this year.

Currently held-up in their band-compound and recording studio in Los Angeles, Iwrestledabearonce are pushing themselves musically like never before.  While known for their schizophrenic sound and unconventional song structure, Iwrestledabearonce is approaching their next record with a new focus and a determination to deliver an album that will surprise fans and entirely re-define who they are as a band. Guitarist Steven Bradley comments:

Well damn! After another two years of non-stop touring, some unexpected twists, and getting to visit some new and amazing places, we’re finally back in the studio working on full length number three! I’ve 100% NEVER been this excited about an IWABO album, because it feels like we’ve finally reigned in “our sound” even further and really hit a stride in terms of songwriting.  We’ve always admired bands like Deftones, Cynic, Thrice, Glassjaw, Mr. Bungle, Dredg, Cephalic Carnage, The Mars Volta, et cetera because they’ve never made the same album twice, and aren’t scared to keep evolving while still maintaining their signature styles. Obviously I’d never compare us to the greatness of those bands, but, in keeping with that mentality, we’ve progressed a bit more and put together our best collection of songs so far.

Bradley who is producing, engineering, mixing and mastering the album himself also adds:

The heavy parts are heavier and more interesting, the choruses are stronger, and the “weird twists” that people have come to expect in our music are way more thought-out than in the past and definitely hit harder than ever.  Long story short – we’re very excited about getting this album finished and released, and we hope you enjoy it as much as we do. Thanks for listening, and keep in touch with us on our facebook/twitter/etc where we will be posting frequent updates!

Iwrestledabearonce’s upcoming album will also be the debut of the band’s electrifying new scream-sing queen Courtney LaPlante, who joined the band with only a 24 hour notice in between shows on the band’s run with Warped Tour in 2012.  Her contributions to the new music have not only re-energized the band but have also allowed them to explore new growth as a cohesive unit. LaPlante comments:

Since the day I joined this band, I’ve been anticipating this album! I was pushed to the limit creatively and technically, and I’ve never been more proud of myself or my bandmates. We’ve been through alot this year, and this is the pay-off; the result of our experiences. Most importantly, I think IWABO fans both old and new will really enjoy these songs, and we can’t wait to play them live for you this summer!

Keep up with the band’s progress in the studio at this location.

Iwrestledabearonce online:

https://www.facebook.com/iwrestledabearonce
http://www.iwrestledabearonce.com/
https://twitter.com/iwabo