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Iza’s Highlights of 2016 (Part 2: Metal)

Posted in Editorial/Opinionated, Metal, Misc. with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 31st December 2016 by izaforestspirit

Time for the second part of my highlights of 2016, the metal edition. This part was much harder to write than the first because it took me a long time to chose my top ten metal of albums and even longer to decide on the winner. So here are my top ten favourite metal releases of 2016:

1. Vader – The Empire
Genre: Death Metal

This year, Vader strikes back with ‘The Empire’… Let’s face it, they were kind of asking for comments like this with that kind of an album title. Star Wars jokes aside, this is a really good piece of work. If you’re looking for some new death metal to check out, I would strongly recommend this album. Unlike their previous work, the masterpiece that was ‘Tibi et Igni’, ‘The Empire’ shows a back to basics approach. No complex structures or atmospheric intros, just good, old-school thrashy death metal. Best tracks: ‘Iron Reign’, ‘No Gravity’ and ‘Army-Geddon’.

2. Rob Zombie – The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser
Genre: Hard Rock/Industrial Metal

This year’s runner up deserves an award for coming up with the one of the longest album titles in years. I tend to refer to it simply as ‘The Electric Warlock’… Whilst still no match for his first two albums, ‘The Electric Warlock’ is Rob Zombie’s best work in years. Favourite tracks ‘The Hideous Exhibitions of a Dedicated Gore Whore’, ‘In the Age of the Consecrated Vampire We All Get High’ and the ultra cheesy but super catchy ‘The Life and Times of a Teenage Rock God’.

3. Devilment – II- The Mephisto Waltzes
Symphonic Gothic Metal/ Groove Metal

For those of you who read my highlights of 2015, you might remember my comments on the latest Cradle of Filth album. This year their vocalist Dani Filth has been busy working on the second album for his other band Devilment. ‘II- The Mephisto Waltzes’ is a delightful opus which happily mixes a variety of metal genres including Gothic, symphonic and groove metal. There’s even a touch of humour in the lyrics and several references to horror movies, modern horror literature and art – most notably Alfred Hitchcock and Stephen King. Best tracks are ‘Hitchcock Blonde’, ‘Dea Della Morte’ and ‘Full, Dark No Stars’.

4. Mortiis – The Great Deceiver
Genre: Industrial Metal

Ever since the Norwegian musician Mortiis started his own band in the mid ’90s, there has been some debate as to what category their music fits into. The older works are very much dark ambient, followed by the synth-pop period of ‘Smell of Rain, turning into the latest era of industrial rock. Their latest effort, the ultra creepy -sounding ‘The Great Deceiver’ is undoubtedly their heaviest and most complex album to date which is why I chose to include it in my metal top 10. Best tracks: ‘Doppelganger’, ‘Demons are Back’ and ‘Shining Lamp of God’.

5. Moonsorrow – Jumalten aika
Genre: Pagan Black Metal

Moonsorrow caught my attention after I saw them live at Tampere Metal Meeting Festival in the summer. I like some of their older material and after hearing some of the new songs live I decided to check out their newest album ‘Jumalten aika’. This is one of those releases where there are no real outstanding tracks, but rather the whole album is worth listening to in full. It’s one of the best pieces of pagan black metal that I’ve heard in a long while.

6. The Vision Bleak – The Unknown
Genre: Gothic Horror Metal

German Gothic horror metal duo The Vision Bleak are back with a new album. ‘The Unknown’ struck me as being somewhat “Lovecraftian”, both in the visual concept of the cover art and the the lyrical themes. Musically it is in every bit that you can expect from a Vision Bleak album; eerie Gothic horror metal with some doom influences added creating the soundtrack to your worst nightmare. Best tracks ‘The Kindred of The Sunset’ and ‘Into the Unknown’.

7. Metallica – Hardwired…To Self-Destruct
Genre: Thrash Metal/Heavy Metal

Just in case anyone is wondering why the new Metallica is so low down on this list, the truth is that I expected it to be better than it turned out to be. After all, it’s been eight years since their last studio album. Needless to say that the expectations were high. I wasn’t expecting this to be another ‘Master of Puppets’ or ‘Ride the Lightning’ but I was hoping for something along the lines of ‘Death Magnetic’ which I really enjoyed. Luckily ‘Hardwired…To Self-Destruct’ isn’t as bad as ‘St. Anger’ but it’s hardly a masterpiece. To be honest I think that it would be have been better off as an EP with just four or five tracks instead of the 12 songs and 13 music videos. I definitely like the first disc more than the second one and my favourites include: ‘Moth To The Flame’, ‘Dream No More’ and ‘Spit Out The Bone’.

8. Sabaton – The Last Stand
Genre: Power Metal

Sabaton are one of the very few power metal bands that I like. I’ve always enjoyed their live shows and I’m very fond of the concept album ‘Carolus Rex’. As with all Sabaton albums, their latest piece of work doesn’t disappoint as far as the historical themes go. This one tells the stories of eleven defensive “last stand” battles. Each song focuses on a different battle from various historical events ranging from ancient Greece, medieval Scotland, the two World Wars to Japan at the time of the samurais. That sounds awesome in principal, if only the actual music was that good. Sadly it isn’t. It’s ok but not great and most of the time Sabaton are just recycling old ideas, changing the themes but making similar music. The only tracks that I liked are: ‘Shiroyama’, ‘The Last Battalion’ and ‘Blood at Bannockburn’.

9. DevilDriver
Trust No One
Genre: Groove Metal

DevilDriver - Trust No One

The only real groove metal entry on this list, ‘Trust No One’ is DevilDriver’s best work in years. It is an aggressive beast of guitar-driven groove metal made all the more powerful thanks to Dez Fafara’s vicious growls. Best tracks: ‘Trust No One’ and ‘Daybreak’.

10. Theatres des Vampires – Candyland
Genre: Gothic Metal

It’s been a while since the Italian Gothic metal band Theatres des Vampires have released anything new. I’ve been a fan of their music for many years and so I was keen to get my hands on a copy of their latest piece of work. ‘Candyland’ is somewhat more metal-sounding than its predecessor ‘Moonlight Waltz’. There are notably less vampire themes on here compared to the previous album but other than that not much has changed. Sonya Scarlet is still the key figure in Theatres des Vampires. Whilst I still prefer their older works, back when Lord Vampyr was still a member of the band, I did enjoy this album. Best tracks ‘The Morgana Effect’ and ‘Resurrection Mary’.

 
Biggest New Discovery: Powerwolf
Best live show of 2016: Powerwolf live in Tampere
Most anticipated albums of 2017:
Ex Deo – The Immortal Wars
New albums from Cradle of Filth and (hopefully) Behemoth.

That’s all from me for now. Happy New Year!

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Theatres des Vampires return with new album

Posted in Metal, Misc., News, Studio Report with tags , on 28th September 2016 by izaforestspirit

Good news for fans of the Italian vampire themed Gothic metal band Theatres des Vampires. Their new album, the long awaited follow up to ‘Moonlight Waltz’ will be entitled ‘Candyland’.

You can check out the cover art and the track- listing below:

1. Morgana Effect
2. Resurrection Mary
3. Delusional Denial
4. Parasomnia
5. Candyland
6. Your Ragdoll
7. Pierrot Lunaire
8. Photographic
9. Opium Shades
10. Seventh Room
11. Autumn Leaves

‘Candyland’ will hit the on 14th October 2016 via Scarlet Records. There will also be a new music video for ‘Morgana Effect’ coming very soon. 

For information visit: https://www.facebook.com/TheatresDesVampires/

Two New Additions For Northern Symphony 2016

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , on 20th January 2016 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Two more bands have been announced to join the likes of Theatres des Vampires, Old Corpse Road and Alwaid at the second edition of the UK’s leading symphonic metal festival: Northern Symphony.

Scottish suited-and-booted black metal corporation Maelstrom, who have supported the likes of Alestorm and Tyr in the past, have been announced to headline the Infernal Orchestra stage on 16th April this year. The band’s keyboardist Jaime Cross comments:

It’s a massive honour to have been picked to headline the Infernal Orchestra stage. We’re all excited about the festival and we always enjoy our shows in England. We look forward to seeing you all there!

Joining Maelstrom on the Infernal Orchestra stage are Ward XVI, who describe themselves as theatrical avant-garde rock. Mixing haunting melodies and female vocals with heavy guitar passages and the occasional segment of accordions, Ward XVI are an interesting addition to the festival.

Northern Symphony Festival will take place on Saturday 16th April at The Venue in Selby. In total, there will be 14 bands across 2 stages. The Midnight Waltz stage will be headlined by Italy’s legendary vampire-themed metal band THEATRES DES VAMPIRES.

Advance tickets are available for £15 from the festival’s BigCartel store.Further information is available at the festival’s official Facebook page.

Theatres des Vampires set to return to the UK after five years

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 29th September 2015 by Nico Solheim-Davidson
Theatres Des Vampires – Italy’s leading metal band for all things vampyric – are set to return to the UK in April 2016 for their first UK show in five years. The vampire metal coven, fronted by Sonya Scarlett, have been announced to headline the Midnight Waltz at the Northern Symphony Festival, where they will join the likes of Alwaid, Suddenlash and Orpheum plus a whole range of bands that are still to be announced.
Formed in 1994 by former vocalist Lord Vampyr, Theatres Des Vampires have rose through the ranks of Europe’s metal scene and have gone onto release several studio albums with another currently in the works.
The line-up for Northern Symphony Festival is currently as follows:

Midnight Waltz Stage:

Theatres Des Vampires
Alwaid (Special guest appearance)
Orpheum
Suddenlash (UK festival debut)

Infernal Orchestra Stage:

TBA
Further bands are still to be announced.
A limited number of early bird tickets are still available for £10 from this location. Tickets will be priced at the full price of £15 at midnight 15th November or when all early bird tickets sell out.
Northern Symphony Festival is the UK’s only symphonic metal festival and will take place on Saturday 16th April 2016 at The Venue and The Riverside in Selby, North Yorkshire.
The event is 14+. Further details can be found at the festivals Facebook page.

Theatres des Vampires online:

http://facebook.com/TheatresDesVampires

Italian vampire metal act Lord Vampyr signs to Crank Music and announce new album

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on 9th June 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Italian gothic-vampire metal band Lord Vampyr – whom are fronted by former Theatres Des Vampires founding member and vocalist Alessandro Nunziat, better known by his stage name and pseudonym Lord Vampyr – recently signed to the Crank Music Group and are set to release their first album in three years. The album is titled Gothika Vampyrika Heretika and was recorded at KK Digital Recording Studio in Cosenza, Italy. The album art was made by Mathias Rat. Gothika Vampyrika Heretika, which is described as being a mixture of fear and sadness and a return to the first glories of Lord Vampyr’s productions, will be released later this year on 21st September.

Lord Vampyr online:

http://www.lordvampyr.net/
http://www.myspace.com/lvampyr/
http://www.reverbnation.com/lordvampyr

 

TDV suffer issues with Latin American tour and rebook for next year

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 24th September 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Following a string of issues with what was meant to be their 2012 Latin American tour, Theatres Des Vampires have been forced to rebook their Latin American tour for next year due to issues with customs in Venezuela. The issues first began when Venezuelan Customs Officers deported the band back to Italy, after the passports, belonging to all members of Theatres Des Vampires were marked as “INAD” – Inadmissible, meaning they aren’t allowed entry to the country, though no reason for this marking has been shown on the databases.

Theatres Des Vampires’ Latin American tour has been rescheduled for February and March next year, beginning 23rd February in Buenos Aires, Argentina and will end 3rd March in Bogotà, Argentina, with other dates to be announced. The band offer their deepest apologies to all their fans who had bought tickets to the shows and express that they hope to see all their fans on the rescheduled tour.

Frontwoman Sonya released the following statement on her personal Facebook page, explaining the situation: “Dear friends, as you know Theatres Des Vampires has been victims of a deportation last week in Caracas, where we were supposed to start our Latin American Tour.

The Venezuelan authorities refused us to enter Venezuela, and even to go ahead with the tour flying to Buenos Aires, deporting us back to Italy. For this reason we had no choice than cancel the show in Caracas and suspend the shows in Buenos Aires and San Paolo. Our Management has been working all these days together with the Latin American Promoters in order to let us fly to Mexico tomorrow and save at least the shows in Mexico, Guatemala and Colombia but a new problem came up yesterday:
During the “issue” with the Venezuelan Border Police, Simon’s passport has been damaged , once back to Italy he went to the Italian Passports Office to ask for a new one with “urgency matter” to have the new one on time for tomorrow (in order to leave again on Tuesday) but during the procedure of the release of the new passport, we discovered that ALL the TDV passports has been marked by the Venezuelans as “INAD” (Inadmissible in Venezuela as not welcome in that country), the mark was not visible on the passport pages because it goes on the international database that is visible only when the passport is scanned through the electronic chip.

The reason because they are considered “INAD” is not shown in the database, so once at the passports control of any country the Custom Police can’t see the reason why they were not admitted in Venezuela and it can be for any kind of reason (terrorism, criminal or whatever) so the risk now is that we buy new flights to fly back to Latin America to play Mexico, Guatemala and Colombia and once there, because of this passports problem, the Mexican or Guatemaltese or Colombian Border Police could not accept us and deport us to Italy again because previously marked as INAD in Venezuela. As you can understand this is a risk that we can’t take. Our manager has been at the Urgency Affairs Office of the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs for the whole day trying to find the way to fix this unfortunately, even if they are very cooperative with us and they completely understand the situation (that we are not talking about terrorists or criminals) they need a lot of documents and paperwork that we are not able to provide in just one day, because this process will take a few weeks. For this reason the only solution we have is to POSTPONE the whole Latin American tour in a few months. This is mean that all the shows are suspended and will be rescheduled between February and March. The new tour will start from Buenos Aires on February 23rd and will finish in Bogotá on March 3rd. The other rescheduled dates will be announced very soon. All the tickets bought for the concerts in September will be valid for the rescheduled concerts in February/March or eventually refundable. We want to thank our management (Swex Booking) and all the promoters involved in this tour (NWM Productions, Beauty in Darkness Productions, Hominis Nocturna Productions, Helado Productions, Vintage Music and Bogotá Gothic Fest) for their understanding and all their efforts to save these concerts and then we want to thank all our Latin American fans, you’ve been waiting for us for many years and we were very close to come back, we will just have to wait a few months then we really hope to see you all there!”

Everyone at Valkyrian Music wishes Theatres Des Vampires luck for the rescheduled tour.

Theatres Des Vampires @ Asylum [Live Review]

Posted in Live with tags , , , , , , , on 9th June 2011 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Bands: Theatres Des Vampires
Location: Ayslum, Birmingham
Date: 29th May 2011

It had been a couple of years since the return of the vampyric Italian five piece. Theatres Des Vampire had returned to the UK, and with local legislation banning them from what is a ‘routine’ performance for them, (Lead singer Sonya Scarlet, cutting herself to freely let her fans drink in exchange for immortablity), maybe that was a good idea for the faint hearted! and with a few UK dates (Newcastle and Islington) under their belt there was only Birmingham left for the final leg of the Moonlight Waltz European Tour and eagar with new stuff from their debt album Moonlight Waltz they were sure to leave their mark!

The first song started off with “Keeper Of Secrets” and as each member slowly appeared onto the front on the stage wearing masks similar to John Carpet’s horror villian “Michael Myers”. They stood into positions to where Sonya Scarlet made her appearance from behind the stage covered from head to toe (including head dress) in black, glided across the stage until the guitar kicked in, removed her arms and attended to her microphone. The next song was Bring Me Back, a song off there 2007 live album Desire of Damnation. This saw Sonya going up to the audience and touching and stroking their heads. The removal of the masks started at the beginning of the song revealing band members Stephan Banfante, Fabian Varesi, Zimon Lijoi  and Gabriel Valerio, though Sonya kept most of the attention by twisting and swerving her body around, it would be very difficult not see the sex appeal especially after dressing down to some PVC bras and knickers, New Rocks, ripped tights with loose chains dangling from her body, it is amazing how comfortable Sonya was, especially with a male dominated audience.

The next two songs were off previous albums Suicide Vampire (Lilith Mater Inferorum) and Nightbreed of Macabria (Angel of Lust), before returning to Sangue a new song featuring on the new album, Sangue translate to the Italian word ‘blood’ so the chorus consisted of “Blut… Blood… Blood …. Blood” which got alot of the crowd singing along to and again Sonya returning to swirving her body. The next two songs that they performed were La Grand Guignol (Moonlight Waltz 2011) and Wherever You Are (Anima Noir 2008). The next song was ‘Rain’ which got a lot feedback from the audience and at the end of the song saw Sonya leave while the band continued to play “Dracula”. The return of Sonya to the stage saw her dressed in a  Medusa style of costume, as well as some more PVC bras (with straps across her stomach) and pants. This when we saw them perform another song “Medousa”, from their new album though once the song was done with and moved to the next.

The next two songs, Unspoken Words and The Gates of Hades, were a success with the audience singing along, though Blood Addiction seemed to be the best performance of the night. The song  began with Sonya encouraging the audience to clap along with Zimon Lijoi throwing his fist up in the air to the rhythm of the song, we seemed obliged to do so, as well as sing along. This is one of the few songs that that the audience could hear Stephan Banifante’s vocals and they sounded exactly as they do on each of the albums. During the instrumental part of this song, Sonya was seen retreating to the centre of the stage by the drums were she quickly returned, it appeared that she was choking on stage before spitting out a mouthful of fake blood, then covering herself with the remainders onto the audience while they cheered on in delight. There was a quick costume change again for Sonya into a long white dress. As Sonya continued to sing under a veil of white she soon discarded it just after the chorus and decided to come to one of the sides of the stage.

That was meant to be the Theatres Des Vampire set finished until one of the members of the audience decided to start singing La Danse Macabre du Vampire to which led the band to smile and continued performing this song as an encore, Sonya sang most of the song but when it chorus Sonya passed it down to sing to the audience which brought them to a Grand Finale in which to end their European Tour. It was a brilliant performance and one that will be remembered for a long time to come.

Danielle Eley