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Whorion announce UK tour dates

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , on 19th January 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Finnish symphonic death metallers Whorion have announce a string of UK dates in support of their debut EP Fall Of Atlas. Support for the varying UK dates comes from Old Corpse Road, Necrogrinder and Hades Lab.

Tour dates are as follow:

17 May – The Basement, Bridlington (with Old Corpse Road)
18 May – South Sea Live, Sheffield (with Necrogrinder and Old Corpse Road)
19 May – The Snooty Fox, Wakefield (with Necrogrinder and Old Corpse Road)
21 May – The Roadhouse, Birmingham (with Necrogrinder)
22 May – Satan’s Hallow, Manchester (with Necrogrinder)
23 May – The Zombie Hut, Corby (with Necrogrinder)
24 May – Club 85, Hitchin (with Hades Lab)
25 May – New Cross Inn, London (with Hades Lab)

Whorion online:

http://www.whorion.com

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Absolva announce UK dates with Babylon Fire

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , on 16th December 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

British metal unit Absolva have announced their first string of UK dates for 2014 and they will be joined by special guests and label mates Babylon Fire for said dates. The UK tour schedule confirmed so far is as follow:

May 1st: London, The Garage,
2nd: Birmingham, Asylum 2,
3rd: Burnley, Sanctuary,
10th: Carlisle, Brickyard,
11th: Wakefield, Snooty Fox,
16th: Great Yarmouth, The Oakwood,
17th: Brighton, Green Door Store,
23rd Grimsby, Yardbirds,
24th: Selby, Riverside,
31st: Manchester, Sound Control.

Absolva online:

http://absolva.com

 

Hamerex – IX

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 12th November 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Hamerex
IX
Released 7th October 2013
Metal
Self-Released

Yorkshire has a tradition of popping out some talented metal bands from the well known acts such as Saxon, My Dying Bride and Paradise Lost, to the lesser known bands such as Sworn Amongst, Lost Effect and Bal-Sagoth. Hailing from the western reaches of Yorkshire, from a town known as Wakefield, come modern metallers Hamerex who blast out with an old school twist on their music.

The album opens up straight away with the title track IX Circles (the title sounding like a reference to the nine circles of Hell in Dante’s Divine Comedy). A cryptic use of whispering begins the track before leading in a repetitive riff. The song itself isn’t exactly inspiring, failing to entice with any sort of flavouring save a bland use of guitars and other instrumentation but it does give a small teaser of what’s to come. The Life Of Death marches in with a stronger style, taking on a Megadeth sounding fashion in the bass workings with a use of melodic guitars and typical NWOBHM vocals.

Inferno carries on the subtle humming of melodic riffs with the bass ringing out more prominently. The throaty use of vocals doesn’t match up to the style of riffs during in the verses but goes down a treat throughout the chorus. Edge Of Madness belts out a stronger Megadeth sound than The Life Of Death, slipping in some pleasant licks in there. The flow of drums, back and forth, keep the song as fresh as bread that’s come straight out of the oven, allowing the guitars and bass to do their thing in an old school manner.

The Extremist is probably the most extreme track of the album, with the vocals nearly going through a metamorphosis into a raspy death metal style and the the riffs taking a turn down a road of heavier bombardment where as Mortuary goes down the highway of hard rock anthems, screaming with catchy passages and soaring vocal sections. The Stranger (Anyone else automatically think of Game of Thrones just then? No? Just me? Bugger.) isn’t quite as dusky as would be expected, parading strong NWOBHM elements and some vicious bites from the guitars.

Descent Of Angels thrashes about, becoming as extreme as The Extremist and possessing an essence of Venom in the music. The Night Of Samhain differs from the rest of the album completely, easing its way in a combination of acoustic guitars and thundering yet distant bass workings. The hidden use of keyboards in the background add a certain atmospheric embrace to the song, gently dancing between the guitar and bass. The vocals sound their best throughout this song. The shifting phases of the track makes it easy to mistake it for multiple tracks, as opposed to one long epic. The album is finalised with the last track; Still The wall Remains. A gentle piece in its beginnings, with soft, harmonic vocals, the song does take a turn down a heavier route before going back to gentle sailing. The guitar solo is the highlight of the song though, adding some chaos to the harmony.

Hamerex prove that Yorkshire’s metal scene is well and truly thriving. Whilst the album had a bumping start to its journey, it soon made up for it with the differing elements each member bring to the band and the music. From Megadeth sounding bass lines to roaring NWOBHMesque vocals and everything in between, IX is certainly one album to grab for the collection.

4.5/5

Nico Davidson

Hamerex online:

http://www.hamerex.com
http://www.facebook.com/hamerex

 

Film maker to accompany Niklas Kvarforth’s Shining on tour

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 12th November 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Swedish film maker Martin Strandberg will embark on tour with Niklas Kvarforth’s Shining around Europe where he will film more footage and interviews with the band for the upcoming documentary he is making about the band. Work on the documentary, which traces Shining’s often turbulent history, was begun earlier this year, and is expected to finish in time for a general release towards the end of 2014. A second teaser for the documentary has been released and can be viewed below.

Whilst being the subject of the documentary, founder and frontman Niklas Kvarforth is keen to emphasize that Shining itself has no input or influence whatsoever on the content, commenting:

The documentary was entirely the idea of Martin Strandberg, and, other than being interviewed for it ourselves, we have no hand in it at all.  All we know is that family, friends, former band members and who knows who else are contributing, but what they’re contributing we will have to wait to find out along with everyone else.

The Razors Across Europe tour will hit the road on the 22nd November, and accompanying Shining, whose latest release 8 ½ – Feberdrömmar I Vaket Tillstånd appeared on Dark Essence Records in September, will be fellow management roster members Crest Of Darkness from Norway, also touring with their latest release In the Presence of Death, as well as Germany’s Sterbhaus.  Routing for the tour as follows:

NOVEMBER
22 –  Tiyatrom, Berlin, Germany
23 – Skullcrusher, Dresden, Germany
24 –  Viper Room, Vienna, Austria
25 – Gala Hala, Ljubljana, Slovenia
26 – Freak Out Club, Bologna, Italy
27 – Alte Kaserne, Zurich, Switzerland
28 – Ninkasi Kao, Lyon, France
29 – Secret Place, Montpellier, France
30 – Nouveau Casino, Paris, France

DECEMBER
01 – Effenaar, Eindhoven
02 – Magasin 4, Brussels, Belgium
03 – Electrowerkz, London, England
04 – Lomax, Liverpool, England
05 – Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton, England
06 – Voodoo Lounge, Dublin, Eire
07 – The Snooty Fox, Wakefield, England
08 – Ivory Blacks, Glasgow, Scotland

Shining online:

http://shiningasylum.com
http://facebook.com/shiningofficial

Old Corpse Road announce plans for 7″ split with The Infernal Sea

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on 3rd November 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

British dark folk metallers Old Corpse Road have announced plans for a 7″ split release with The Infernal Sea, set to be released in 2014. The split will be released through Three Swords Records and will be the precursor to the next Old Coprse Road release.

In related news, Old Corpse Road will also be supporting Niklas Kvarforth‘s Shining on 7th December at The Snooty Fox in Wakefield, with Narcotic Death.

Old Corpse Road online:

http://oldcorpseroad.co.uk
http://www.facebook.com/OldCorpseRoad
http://twitter.com/OldCorpseRoad

Northern Oak set to launch Kickstarter campaign to fund new album

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on 21st October 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Classy dressed Yorkshire folk metallers Northern Oak are set to launch a Kickstarter campaign to fund the recording of their third album, which currently remains untitled and will be the follow-up to their 2012 release Monuments.

To help promote this campaign, Northern Oak will be embarking on a campaign of the UK next month with Eibon La Furies. The tour, known as The Astral Chaos Tour withh begin with a Terrorizer Magazine Grindhouse Show at the Firebug, Leicester on 15th November. Northern Oak guitarist Chris Mole comments:

We’re really excited about using Kickstarter to raise the money – it’s a great way to communicate directly with our fans and get their support in making this album the best it can possibly be.

Flautist Catie Williams added:

We’ve been working on these songs for a long time, so it’s important to us that they sound perfect – we owe it to everyone who has supported us so far, whether that’s been buying a CD, coming to a gig or even just telling a friend to give us a listen!

Confirmed tour dates are as follow:

15 November – Firebug, Leicester
22 November – The Asylum, Birmingham
23 November – The Unicorn, London
06 December – The Snooty Fox, Wakefield
07 December – Corporation, Sheffield

Northern Oak online:

http://northernoak.co.uk
http://facebook.com/Northern.Oak

 

Huddersfield Heavymetalfest 2013 cancelled due to cancelled Fleshgod Apocalypse UK tour

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , on 27th August 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

The first ever Huddersfield Heavymetalfest, which was to take place on 12th October at The Parish in Huddersfield has been cancelled. The reason given was that Fleshgod Apocalypse have pulled out of their upcoming UK tour with HateScordatura and Bound By Exile. The UK tour had already been under scrutiny following Anaal Nathrakh being announced as touring main support without confirming.

No statement regarding the cancellation has been made by Fleshgod Apocalypse yet however Hate, who were booked as co-headliners made the following statement via their official Facebook page:

UK TOUR CANCELLED !

We do regret to inform you that The Fleshgod Apocalypse/Hate tour in the UK has been cancelled. The reason for this is just bad organization of the shows and incompetence of the agency that was responsible for it in the first place.

Stephen Moss of Nuclear Blast Touring said “We tried to rescue the tour after the previous agent who was booking it made many errors, but in the past weeks we had more trouble as promoters were confirming shows with us that the promoter had not confirmed with the venues. So shows were being cancelled. (…) The only option is to cancel the tour and re-organize something for the future, which of course I am not happy about, with Nuclear Blast I have tried to rescue the tour, but we have failed.”

We are sure that many of you will find this disappointing. All we can do is to assure you that together with our agent we will be working on another tour in the near future. We totally appreciate your support to the band and we hope to find another opportunity to come on a UK tour fairly soon. Until then Rest in HATE!

The Nazgul Agency who were the agency that booked the tour are still yet to make a statement regarding the tour’s cancellation and the accusations of poor organisation.

The festival organiser, Luke Diesektor, is aiming to launch the Huddersfield Heavymetalfest in February of next year and already has a headliner confirmed.  The full statement regarding the festival can be found here.

Fleshgod Apocalypse will be returning to the UK in January next year, supporting Kataklysm. Dates can be found at this locationFleshgod Apocalypse‘s latest album Labyrinth  was released recently via Nuclear Blast.

Fleshgod Apocalypse online:

http://facebook.com/fleshgodapocalypse