Archive for Victory Records

Taproot releases new music video for The Everlasting

Posted in News with tags , , , on 11th September 2012 by Nico Davidson

Taproot has released a music video for The Everlasting from theirsixth studio album The Episodes(due for release in October). Watch the video exclusively through VEVO here.

 

The Everlasting is an ongoing story from Taproot’sprevious music video No Surrender that follows a younger version of the same character. The character in The Everlasting is waking up in a safe environment and wants to venture into the hellish world outside, where as in the previous music video it was an opposite scenario. Both videos have the characters heading to the park where they share fond memories. Watch The Everlasting and No Surrender side by side and notice the cinematic elements that are fused together to create a timeless storyline with lifelong memories. It’s easy, it’s beautiful, it’s simple, “The Everlasting”.

 

Catch Taproot on tour starting September 19 with their friends in Nonpoint. See the tour dates here. The Episodesis available on iTunes and Amazon or through the Victory Records’ webstore.

Victory Records signs Parisian progcore band

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 4th September 2012 by Nico Davidson

Victory Records is proud to welcome French progressive metalcore outfit As They Burn to their roster.

Emerging from the streets of Paris, France, As They Burn was formed by bassist Ronald Pastor, guitarist Fabio Meschini and drummer Milton Bakech in 2007. Vocalist Kévin Traore, known for his chillingly aggressive vocals, was enlisted shortly thereafter along with guitarist Hoby Arinosy. As They Burn was complete and ready to bring their music to the masses.

 

Bakech comments “Being part of the Victory Records family is such a great pleasure and honor. We’ve been giving it our best for a long time trying to make our dreams come true. We want to thank everyone who has supported us over the years. This means the people behind, on and in front of the stage, you are a part of this and it is just the beginning! Love is the law.

Their first album Aeon’s War was digitally released on June 20, 2011 and was the start to a colourful beginning. The band recently added Bastien Jacquesson on keys and machines, finalising their line-up as they prepare for their Victory Records’ debut album, due out in early 2013.  They’ve honed in on their skills and sound to bring fans a powerful and intense album that demonstrates fierce vocals, insane rhythms and catchy melodies that will captivate the metal community worldwide.

As They Burn recently toured France, Belgium and Switzerland with their good friends Betraying The Martyrs, shared the stage with Emmure at Hellfest and successfully completed their first European headliner tour. They will head back out on The Age of Horus tour in October and November that will take them throughout Europe before making their way to the US in 2013. Check for updates here.

Ill Nino join Emmure and Static X on the Noise Revolution tour and release new track for streaming

Posted in News with tags , , , on 30th August 2012 by Nico Davidson

For nearly fifteen years, Ill Nino has gained a loyal and dedicated fan base while creating their own unique style of Latin-influenced, aggressive metal. They are preparing for the release of their sixth full length album titled Epidema, out October 22nd. Utilizing bilingual vocals, Latin/tribal rhythms and powerful melodies, Epidemia is bound to spread worldwide. Listen to their brand new track The Depression here.

Ill Nino will join Emmure and Static X on the Noise Revolution tour beginning September 19th in Billings, MT. The tour will hit over twenty-one cities throughout the US before wrapping up in Lubbock, Texas on October 17. Fans will a chance to see new songs from Epidemia performed live on stage.

Tour Dates as followed

9/18- Cheyenne, WY @ Atlas Theater **
9/19- Billings, MT @ Babcock Theater
9/22- Fargo, ND @ The Venue
9/23- Omaha, NE @ Sokol Auditorium
9/24- Bloomington, IN @ Castle Theater
9/27- Joliet, IL @ Mojoe’s
9/28- Circle Pines, MN @ Bamboo Betty’s
9/29- Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
9/30- Jackson, MI @ Rak’s
10/01- Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note
10/03- Louisville, KY @ Headliner’s Music Hall
10/04- Green Bay, WI @ Riverside Ballroom
10/05- Traverse City, MI @ Ground Zero
10/06- Flint, MI @ Machine Shop
10/07- Portage, IN @ Camelot Arena
10/9- Fayetteville, AR @ George’s Majestic Theater
10/11- Shreveport, LA @ Riverside Warehouse
10/12- Little Rock, AR @ Downtown Music Hall
10/13- Dallas, TX @ Palladium Ballroom
10/14- Farmington, NM @ Top Deck
10/17- Lubbock, TX @ Cactus Courtyard

**Ill Nino will not be performing

Blackguard work on pre-production for album and announce North American tour dates!

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 15th August 2012 by Nico Davidson

Blackguard is hard at work on pre-production for their fourth album, Storm. Vocalist Paul Zinay has the following to say:

 

“Hey everyone!

 

We are currently hard at work and pre-production is coming along very nice. Everyone here is ecstatic over the material we have. Our new guitarist Louis is a riff machine and working his ass off to help make this the best Blackguard album to date. The writing process this time around is unlike anything we’ve done before.  In the past, one or two people would make up the vast majority of material for the album. This time, however, everyone is contributing ideas and music and the results are beyond my expectations.

 

We will be heading into studio in September to start tracking and we’re hoping to have the record out in early 2013. Lyrically, I’m taking a step into new territory by trying my hand at writing a concept album. This won’t be as intricate or vast as “The Emerald Sword saga” or “The Metal Opera”, but this will be an exciting and new challenge for me nonetheless.

 

That’s it for now. We’ll try to update everyone as often as possible. In the meantime, keep your eyes open for some exciting tour news that will be announced in the coming weeks.

 

Cheers!”

 

Blackguard’s critically acclaimed album Firefight was released on March 29, 2011 via Victory Records, which Revolver praised for its “epic, cinematic presence… filled with explosions, breaking glass, warrior chants and foreboding drumming.”  Firefightis available until the end of August on Amazon MP3 for $5. Order here.

 

Catch Blackguard on tour this fall for a month long tour starting October 7 in New York City. They will join Epica starting October 23 and will wrap up in their hometown of Montreal, Quebec.

You can view tour dates here.

A Hero A Fake – The Future Again

Posted in Review with tags , , , , on 3rd August 2012 by underthenorthernstar

A Hero A Fake
The Future Again
Released July 2012
Post-Hardcore
Victory Records

Allow me to start off by saying that I cannot stand Post-Hardcore. I regard it, along with a multitude of various other Kerrang-cover-adorning subgenres as whiny, mindless, poseur dribble. Listening to such scene bands is about as fun as bathing in napalm and then going for a roll in a lovely salt pit. Regardless, I have listened to A Hero A Fake (missing a semicolon there, lads) on their new album, “The Future Again”, and you get to read my thoughts on the matter. How very lucky.

Well, speaking positively, the production isn’t bad. The instruments are clean-sounding, and everything is well enough mixed. This is probably due to the band being instantly marketable to the hordes of scene kids that follow such music, so the label will have splashed out on a nice studio. And fair play to them, it does sound nice on that front.

But OH MERCY. Breakdowns. Breakdowns everywhere. The default “let’s be all heavy hurrdurr” breakdown makes a stunning appearance on this album. But EVERYWHERE. All is standard, chug chug guitars, China cymbals and quick bursts of double bass… nothing new, whatsoever. It just sounds repetitive, not to mention gob-smackingly unoriginal. What makes it worse is that in places, this is accompanied by the most painful-sounding, horribly generic “shout-along” lyrics… And on that note, I must say, the lyrics in general? Good Lord. It was painful. I’m sure, if this sort of thing is your cup of tea, then they must be very meaningful, but honestly? It just sounds childish to me. Not at all helped by the absolutely pathetic vocals… from what I can hear, they appear to have two vocalists, one of whom does a fairly decent scream, but the other does one of the most pitiful sounding “loud talks”. I can’t call it anything else, because he just sounds like he’s talking loudly the whole time. It’s interesting to note that when all the “Metal” press began to slate Metallica and Lou Reed’s “Lulu”, the same kids who love this music hated it. But the vocal style sounds very very similar, and is based around an Identical idea. It sounds horrific.

The artists themselves are skilled. Yes. They have the ability to play their own instruments, and do so well. But then again, it should be expected of a band to do that. Writing good music is where real talent lies, and I’m afraid there was absolutely nothing here of any particular artistic merit. For example, Quorthon couldn’t really sing, and most of the songs Bathory wrote are not particularly technically complex. But that music was brilliant, and Bathory stand out, because their songwriting was immaculate. A Hero A Fake are EXACTLY the same as every other band of their kind, and will be forgotten by next year, having ridden on the crest of what is currently fashionable, and then drowned in an ocean of mediocrity and terrible songwriting.

I’ve heard nothing today to change my opinion of Post-Hardcore, ad if that’s what you enjoy, then sure, go and spend your money on this. You’ll be delighted, because it’ll sound exactly the same as every other band you listen to, and we wouldn’t want anything different, would we?

Just don’t get annoyed when I spend MY 12 quid on something that won’t make me want to burn out my ears with my own stomach acid.

1/5

Alasdair Dunn of Norderobring

God Forbid Release Part 2 of “The Making of Equilibrium” Video Series

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 28th February 2012 by Nico Davidson

The Making of Equilibrium video series gives an exclusive first look at God Forbid’s upcoming album from inside the studio. Part 2 features exclusive footage with bassist John Outcalt working on and discussing Equilibrium. “This album’s our best one yet – it’s head and shoulders above the previous records.” – Let’s hope so, John!

 

Pre-orders and package deals for Equilibrium, featuring brand new merch, are now available here.

 

Tour Dates with Overkill:

04/20/2012 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
04/21/2012 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
04/22/2012 – Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon
04/23/2012 – Columbus, OH @ Screamin Willies
04/24/2012 – Detroit, MI @ Blondie’s
04/25/2012 – Chicago, IL @ BOTTOM LOUNGE
04/26/2012 – Kansas City, MO @ Beaumont Club
04/27/2012 – Denver, CO @ BLUEBIRD THEATER
04/28/2012 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
04/29/2012 – Seattle, WA @ EL CORAZON
05/01/2012 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
05/02/2012 – San Francisco, CA @ The Grand Ballroom At The Regency
05/03/2012 – Los Angeles, CA @ Club Nokia
05/05/2012 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s
05/06/2012 – Dallas, TX @ TREES
05/08/2012 – Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
05/09/2012 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ CULTURE ROOM
05/10/2012 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
05/11/2012 – West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
05/12/2012 – New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater

 

Cornered Official Audio Clip from Equilibrium

 

For more information on GOD FORBID, please visit the following:

http://www.facebook.com/officialgodforbid

http://www.victoryrecords.com/godforbid

Bonecrusher Fest @ Moho LIVE, Manchester

Posted in Festival, Live with tags , , , , , , , , on 18th February 2012 by Nico Davidson

Bands: Carnifex, Beneath The Massacre, Within the Ruins, Molotov Solution, Betraying the Martyrs
Location: Moho LIVE, Manchester
Date: 15th February 2012

The sparse crowd slowly trooped into Moho, bringing with them a sense of excitement. This was my second time at the Moho (the first time being when I saw Epica) and I’ll admit, I was pretty excited myself. I’d briefly listened to three of the bands (Carnifex, Within the Ruins and Betraying the Martyrs) on the bill over the weeks leading up to the show so that I’d be at least have some clue to if I’d enjoy them or not.

Betryaing the Martyrs

By the time that the Franco-Anglo sextet Betraying the Martyrs had come on stage, the crowd has increased in size. The band are described on their Facebook page as “positive metal from the City of Love” which is certainly a unique take on the modern alternative music scene. I can safely say that Betraying impressed the hell out of me. Their live show energetic and exciting, none of the members seemed to be able to stay still on stage. The vocals were overwhelming like a stampeding horde of blood thirsty Vikings with a very Forever Never-esque sound. The use of titanic riffs and destructive drumwork just seemed to blend so perfectly well with one another and with the energy that just oozed from the frontman. Betryaing the MartyrsThough Betraying’s positive sound could be heard quite clearly, some of the keyboard sections were quite doom-and-gloom sounding (which to be fair was pretty cool). Surprisingly, I only found one thing wrong with the band’s performance and that was the clean vocals – They are brilliant, just the sound system didn’t do them any justice!

Molotov Solution

Molotov Solution brought some face-ripping, brutalising riffs with driving basslines and crunchy drum work. One of the songs they performed, The Final Hour, had a very nu-metal like sound at the beginning before transforming into a song of pure lycanthropic-like aggression. There was a certain buzz of excitement radiating from the band, it was no surprise since this was apparently their first time touring the UK. Before their performance of The Harbinger, Molotov’s frontman encouraged, well, more along the lines of commanded, the crowd to stick their middle fingers in the air and scream “Fuck the police” with him. The band’s live performance did lack a fair bit compared to Betraying the Martyrs.

Within the Ruins

And then came the halfway point of the show in the form of none other than Within the Ruins. I missed the beginning of their set due to having to relocate the photographer’s car [trying to find a decent parking spot near Moho Live is an absolute pain]. I got back in time to see them perform a track from the Creature album, unfortunately I never caught the name of it. One thing that really kept me in awe was the band’s use of melodic and technical riffs along with the bonecrushing drum work [See what I did there?]. Within are one band I’d happily see again. Beneath the Massacre came next with their fast-paced tracks at an almost Dragonforce-like speed. Musically, the guys are pretty damn awesome with their punishing riffs and drum work, topped with the demonic vocals but their live performance was like being subjugated to watching the X Factor.

Carnifex

The main event in the form of Victory Records heavyweight death metal act Carnifex couldn’t have come any sooner. Carnifex frontman Scott Lewis brought a atmosphere of power with him while the other members brought that good ol’ death metal barrage of riffs and drums which came down on the crowd like an executioner’s blade [See what I did there as well?]. Slit-Wrist Saviour (from the first record) went down extremely well with the crowd as Scott screamed his heart out on the stage, mesmerising the audience like some sort of death metal prophet. In Coalesce with Filth and Faith and The Diseased and the Poisoned had to have been the two most exciting tracks performed by Carnifex but obviously all the tracks they performed were exciting.

Carnifex

The Bonecrusher Fest Tour has a reputation for bringing more brutality to Europe than an ECW match and all the bands helped Bonecrusher live up it’s reputation that night though there were only three that lived up to the Bonecrusher name. Wanna guess which three?

If you guessed Betraying the Martyrs, Within the Ruins and the all-mighty, all-fierce Carnifex then you win the grand prize (which I’ve lost) but on a serious note, the three aforementioned bands were the best bands of the night and if I could, I’d follow them around on the rest of the tour, so if they ever come near you get a ticket and rock out.

Nico Davidson

Photography by Melissa Adams.