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Perfect Blue Sky – The Eye of Tilos

Posted in CD, Folk, Rock with tags , , , , , , on 6th May 2017 by mickbirchy

 

Perfect Blue Sky

The Eye of Tilos

Soft Rock, Psychedelic Rock

Released: 19th May 2017

via Scarecrow Music Group (SE) Right Recordings (UK)

Perfect Blue Sky, is the highly anticipated collaboration between one of the founding members of the Swedish metal act Netherbird Pontus, Pna Andersson and Australian solo rock vocalist, Jane Kitto. Together they formed the band in 2014 based out of Stockholm, Sweden. I have to say going into this album, The Eye of Tilos, I knew little to nothing about them. With that, I had absolutely no expectations when first playing this. On first listen I had no idea what I was in for.  Just vague non-descriptors from a PR statement. With a clear mind I listened on and found that this is one of the most pleasant sounding albums I’ve listened to in a while.

I was hit with tight songwriting and smooth production.  The music was this 70’s style soft rock, you know the kind of stuff that we don’t usually cover here on Valkyrian Music. This really beautiful soft acoustic soft rock, with light elements of psychedelic indie rock music. The sounds are so fluent and cerebral.  It has this way of getting lodged in your brain. It’s not catchy as such, there are no real ear worms here. More just beautiful tones that sink into your memory without you even realising it.  There’s some creative riffs and superbly simplistic, but effective, writing ideas. The harmonies really grab your attention in a way that you wouldn’t think.  All of the songs are designed so that you pay attention to them as a whole, instead of nitpicking the individual aspects. It’s the same joy I feel from listening to stoner metal or outlaw country music.  Just music that switches off my overthinking capacity and switches on my pure enjoyment.

I don’t want you to think that this production is small scale or under planned.  There’s a lot of work that goes into making music that sounds like this.  To achieve this the duo have recruited a pretty nice backing band that really bring all of the elements of this album together. Names like, Frank Bessard (Joe Satriani, Stanley Clarke) and Dave Getz (Big Brother Holding Co.) on Drums. Danny Oakhill on Keyboards (Queen Tribute, Turk Tresize).  Jerry Donahue on Guitar (Fairport Convention, Hellecasters). All of them bring their energy to the album, yet like I’ve said the production never lets any one member really over shine the others.  There is is this really nice balance to it all. So the listener never feels overwhelmed by any one part of the production.

Genuinely, I have loved this album. It’s a beautiful sounding record with a lot to offer in its production and in its songwriting. With songs of passion, abstract concepts and social commentary. The Eye of Tilos is such a nice sounding album.  It mixes old school hippie jams with classic rock and adds some modern style production to really keep it in today’s market. I am really liking this band.  Hopefully this won’t be the last I hear from them. Also, it makes for awesome driving music.

5/5

Mick Birchall

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Vanhelga release video for track taken from upcoming album

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 1st April 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Swedish band Vanhelga recently unveiled the video for Där Evigheten Inväntar Mig, which is taken from their third and upcoming album, Längtan. The video itself tells the disturbing story of a man who wakes up in a confused state and with the dawning realization that he probably tortured and killed his best friend the day before. The video can be viewed down below.

With artwork by the Spanish artist Juanjo Castellano, Längtan is set to hit the streets through Germany’s Art of Propaganda label on the 28th April, and later in vinyl format through Sweden’s Carnal Records.  The twelve-track album, whose title means Longing, explores the concept that death is not to be feared, but rather longed for, because it is the beginning of true freedom,  where man is no longer shackled by what society finds acceptable. Track listing for Längtan, which is available to pre-order at this location, as follows:

1. Svartsint ömhet
2. Där evigheten inväntar mig
3. Evig förändring
4. Med mina andetag
5. Joyless
6. Låt snön falla
7. Kärleksförklaring
8. Vansinnesvardag
9. Narkotisk uppgivenhet
10. Eternal night
11. Förbarma
12. Exploderande känslostorm

Vanhelga online:

http://vanhelga.com
http://facebook.com/officialvanhelga
http://vanhelga.bandcamp.com

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Vanhelga reveal details and artwork for Längtan

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 24th March 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

With Längtan set for release on 28th April, Swedish band Vanhelga have recently unveiled the details and artwork (which can be seen above) for the upcoming album. Längtan, which will be the band’s third studio album, takes longing and death as the theme, exploring the idea that death is more of a beginning than an end, allowing one to be free from the restrictions of society that are placed upon us. The album also explores the idea that death is not something to be feared but rather to be longed for.

The album will be released in CD format on the Art of Propaganda label on the 28th April, and in vinyl format on Carnal Records on a date as yet to be confirmed.  Artwork for Längtan is by the Spanish artist Juanjo Castellano. Tracklisting as follows:

1. Svartsint ömhet
2. Där evigheten inväntar mig
3. Evig förändring
4. Med mina andetag
5. Joyless
6. Låt snön falla
7. Kärleksförklaring
8. Vansinnesvardag
9. Narkotisk uppgivenhet
10. Eternal night
11. Förbarma
12. Exploderande känslostorm

Vanhelga online:

http://vanhelga.com
http://facebook.com/officialvanhelga
http://vanhelga.bandcamp.com

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Deathstars reveal details on upcoming album The Perfect cult

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

Swedish industrialist rock band Deathstars will be returning with a huge blast with the release of their highly anticipated upcoming album The Perfect Cult. The album was documented in several studios: drums, guitars and bass were recorded in Bohus Sound Recording, Kungälv Sweden, vocals in Gig Studios in Stockholm, Sweden and keyboards, orchestration and editing was done in Black Syndicate, Stockholm. Mixing was handled by legendary Stefan Glaumann (Rammstein, Within Temptation). For the drum, guitar and bass-production, guitarist/keyboardist Nightmare worked together with Roberto Laghi (Emtombed, In Flames) at Bohus Sound Recording. The Mastering was done by Svante Forsbäck (Volbeat, Rammstein) at Chartmakers, Helsinki, Finland.

Commenting on the theme of the lyrics, vocalist Whiplasher said:

All the tracks are about our lives. Each song is a reflection on a situation or a topic that deals with our experiences, usually from a jet black perspective.

The tracklisting for The Perfect Cult is as follows:

01. Explode
02. Fire Galore
03. All The Devil’s Toys
04. Ghost Reviver
05. The Perfect Cult
06. Asphalt Wings
07. Bodies
08. Temple Of The Insects
09. Track, Crush & Prevail
10. Noise Cuts

Deathstars online:

http://deathstars.net
http://facebook.com/deathstars

 

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Sabaton release studio trailer displaying the making of Heroes

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 7th March 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

19th May will see the release of the new album, Heroes, from Swedish power metal overlords Sabaton. In anticipation of the band’s seventh studio album, they have released the first video in a series of trailers showing the making process of the new album. The trailer can be viewed below.

Sabaton online:

http://www.sabaton.net
http://facebook.com/sabaton
http://www.twitter.com/sabaton
http://www.youtube.com/sabaton

 

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Arch Enemy release details of new album War Eternal

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

Swedish melodic death metallers Arch Enemy have begun the mixing of their new album, War Eternal, at their 9th studio with Jens Bogren (Opeth, Paradise Lost) in Sweden, following their most successful world tour to-date and three years after the release of their previous album Khaos Legions. Guitarist Michael Amott comments:

We’ve been producing ourselves, as we did on Khaos Legions. We have a clear vision of what we want Arch Enemy to sound like, and we can actually achieve it without the help of outside producers. We also have the advantage of having two talented sound engineers among our ranks in Daniel Erlandsson (drums) and Nick Cordle (guitar).

We’ve been tracking at a few different studios here in Sweden, the drums at Fascination Street Studio and guitars and bass in another room. We just finished vocals in a third studio with engineer Staffan Karlsson (Khaos Legions) and the mix and mastering will done by Jens Bogren at his Fascination Street mixing facility.

Musically, this album is going a few places we haven’t visited before. As our fans have come expect, our albums have all had their own vibe and War Eternal will leave its own mark. Lyrically it’s a much more personal record, and I feel the songs have more dynamics and depth than ever before. The songs are loaded with strong and vicious metal, drenched in tons of melody and emotion. All the trademarks of Arch Enemy are present, just more in your face and turned up to 11.

The new album, as mentioned above, will be titled War Eternal. Michael explains:

A lot of times life is a struggle, a war against what I like to call ‘mental chains’ in society that try to prevent you from living life the way you want, that try to stop you from making your dreams come true. I have always resented that and I always will. The title sums up our collective attitude a band as well; stages will be destroyed, eardrums will bleed. There will be no choice. This, ladies and gentlemen, is  War Eternal

Arch Enemy will debut new material on a short eastern European tour before the album is released in early June 2014; this trek will then be followed by an extensive run of European summer festivals, including Sweden Rock, Wacken and many more. A full headlining tour in North America, Europe, and the UK will take place in fall/winter 2014. Arch Enemy will once again tour nearly every corner of this world to spread the sound of War Eternal! European tour dates are as follow:

23.05.2014 – TURBOHALLE – Bucharest, Romania
24.05.2014 – Metal Summer Festival – Istanbul, Turkey
25.05.2014 – Mixtape 5 – Sofia, Bulgaria
27.05.2014 – Majestic Music Club – Bratislava, Slovakia
07.06.2014 – Sweden Rock Festival – Sölvesborg, Sweden
14.06.2014 – Copenhell – Copenhagen, Denmark
15.06.2014 – Nova Rock – Nickelsdorf, Austria
27.06.2014 – Rock am Härtsfeldsee – Dischingen, Germany
11.07.2014 – Rock Harz Open Air – Ballenstedt, Germany
12.07.2014 – Masters Of Rock – Vizovice, Czech Republic
13.07.2014 – Seven Festival – Wegorzewo, Poland
19.07.2014 – Dong Open Air – Neukirchen-Vluyn, Germany
01.08.2014 – Wacken Open Air – Wacken, Germany
07.08.2014 – Getaway Rock – Gävle, Sweden
08.08.2014 – Leyendas Del Rock – Alicante, Spain
09.08.2014 – Alcatraz Metal Festival – Kortrijk, Belgium
14.08.2014 – Summer Breeze – Dinkelsbühl, Germany
17.08.2014 – Alt-Fest – Kettering, UK
23.09.2014 – Yunost’ – Kiev, Ukraine
25.09.2014 – Arena Hall – Krasnodar, Russia
27.09.2014 – Glav Club – Moscow, Russia
28.09.2014 – Zal Ozhidaniya – Saint Petersburg, Russia
30.09.2014 – TBA – Novosibirsk, Russia
01.10.2014 – TBA – Omsk, Russia
03.10.2014 – Tele Club – Yekaterinburg, Russia

Arch Enemy online:

http://www.archenemy.net
http://www.facebook.com/archenemyofficial
http://www.youtube.com/user/archenemyofficial
http://twitter.com/archenemymetal
http://myspace.com/archenemy

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Vanhelga release digital single ahead of full-length album

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 24th February 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Today (24th February) sees Swedish band Vanhelga release their new digital single Där Evigheten Inväntar Mig ahead of their upcoming full-length album Längtan. Där Evigheten Inväntar Mig, which translated from the Swedish means “Where Eternity Awaits Me“, sets the tone for Längtan, which is scheduled for release in Europe on the 28th April in CD format on the Art of Propaganda label, and in vinyl format on Carnal Records on a date as yet to be confirmed. Där Evigheten Inväntar Mig is available direct from Vanhelga on Bandcamp at this location.

Vanhelga was formed in Linköping, Sweden in 2001 by J. Ottosson, aka 145188 (ex-Lifelover (live session musician), ex-Skogstron), who, unable to create the kind of music he really wanted to, found a group of like-minded musicians and together they set about bringing their vision to life.   Aside from Ottosson on Bass, Guitars and Vocals, Vanhelga‘s lineup consists of J. Gabrielson (Eskapi, ex-Lifelover) on Vocals, J. Ejnarsson (Taketh) and Wadström (ex-Skogstron) on guitars and D. Franzén on drums.

Vanhelga online:

http://vanhelga.com
http://facebook.com/officialvanhelga

 

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