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Order Of Voices premiere video for Hand In Hand

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 12th March 2014 by Nico Davidson

Yorkshire alternative progressive rockers Order Of Voices have released the music video for their latest single Hand In Hand. The single is taken from the band’s album Constancy which is set for release later this year. The single can be heard below.

Hand In Hand was produced by guitarist Ash Homar and mastered by UE Nastasi (AC/DC, Panic! at the Disco, Lamb of God) at Sterling Sound in New York. Vocalist Leigh comments:

We’ve moved on from the first album, distilled what we do to make it stronger in every sense.  We’re very happy with the results and look forward to people hearing it!

Order Of Voices online:

http://orderofvoices.com
http://facebook.com/orderofvoices
http://twitter.com/orderofvoices

 

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Nico’s Highlights of 2013

Posted in Editorial/Opinionated, Featured with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 31st December 2013 by Nico Davidson

So, it’s that time of year when everyone picks out their highlights of the year. I figured that this year, I’ll jump on the bandwagon. So here are my highlights of 2013… Including a few non-metal releases!

Best Albums Of 2013:

1. Leaves’ Eyes – Symphonies Of The Night

2. Azylya – Sweet Cerebral Destruction

3. Wretched Soul – Veronica

4. Seduce The Heaven – Field Of Dreams

5. Hecate Enthroned – Virulent Rapture

Best Live Acts of 2013:

1. Re-Armed

2. Azylya

3. Delain

4. The CockRockets

5. Bharghest

Best Yorkshire Bands of 2013:

1. Severed Heaven

2. Bharghest

3. Narcotic Death

4. XIII

5. Skull Branded Pirates

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Best Non-Metal Albums of 2013:

1. Janet Devlin – Hide & Seek

2. Kelly Clarkson – Wrapped In Red

3. Ben Parcell – Expectations

Former Evile guitarist Ol Drake signs worldwide deal with Earache Records

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on 12th December 2013 by Nico Davidson

British guitar wizard, Ol Drake, who is best known for his work with Yorkshire thrash lords Evile, recently inked a worldwide, mutli-album recording deal with Earache Records. Ol Drake is currently working on his debut solo album, which is due to be released in 2014 under the project name of Old Rake and is set to include a number of guest musicians. Ol Drake comments:

Very excited to announce signing a solo deal with Earache Records.  I established a great friendship with the guys at Earache over the years while I was with Evile and I was happy to hear they wanted to work with me in a solo capacity.  This will be a studio project entitled Old Rake.  I won’t be touring, and I’m thankful to Earache for being understanding of this and for giving me this opportunity; I wouldn’t rule out doing a few clinics here and there though.

I’ve always been inspired by Steve Vai, and I’ve always wanted to do something in a similar approach orientated around metal with injections of other styles and ideas which interest me.  After recently seeing the film Not Dead Yet about the amazing and inspiring genius, Jason Becker, it really kicked me into gear to do something with my playing; music is all I can really do, so I’m thankful for the opportunity and ability to still create music for people to hear.  Looking forward to getting the music out there.

Ol Drake made his name as lead guitarist for Huddersfield thrashers Evile, during which time the band released four critically-acclaimed albums, scored a top 10 album in the UK Rock charts, toured around the world with such high-profile bands as Megadeth, and won numerous accolades including a prestigious Metal Hammer Golden God award.

In 2010, Ol Drake was asked to join Australian comedian/musician Tim Minchin on stage at the UK’s Sonisphere Festival to help perform his track, Rock N Roll Nerd, and in 2012 was nominated in the Dimebag Darrell Shredder Award at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods, alongside the likes of Devin Townsend and Fear Factory‘s Dino Cazares.

Old Rake online:

http://www.oldrake.co.uk
http://www.facebook.com/theoldrake
http://twitter.com/old_rake

 

First bands announced for Valkyrian Festival 2014

Posted in Featured, News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 30th November 2013 by Nico Davidson

The fourth edition of Valkyrian Festival has been confirmed for Friday 21st November through to Sunday 23rd November. Tickets are currently available for pre-order from this location and are priced at £20 (excluding P&P). Valk-Fest 2014 will be in aid of Rape Crisis.

Scottish blackened folk royalty Cnoc An Tursa have been confirmed to headline the opening night of Valkyrian Festival 2014 on Friday 21st November. Hailing from the historic settlement of Falkirk, Cnoc An Tursa have become one of the most respected and well known bands from north of the wall and without a doubt will bring something new to the masses at Valkyrian Festival 2014. Joining Cnoc An Tursa on Friday 21st November will be Yorkist metallers Pantheon who have been confirmed as main support.

Confirmed as the headlining act for Saturday 22nd November are Belgian gothic metallers Azylya, who made their UK debut at a sold out Dames of Darkness Festival earlier this year, where they supported Dutch symphonic rockers Delain. Since then, Azylya have played a few more times in the UK and were featured at Belgium’s Metal Female Voices Festival earlier this year in October. Azylya frontwoman Jamie-Lee comments:

It is an honour to be headlining Valkyrian Festival, especially in aid of such a worthy charity. We’re looking forward to playing to our UK fans again. We hope to see you all there.

Solo artist Sakara will be main support on Saturday 22nd November. The alternative pagan solo artist, who spent a brief stint as frontwoman for Apparition earlier this year, released her debut album Blood & Stone via Ravenheart Music in 2011 and since then has received positive reviews. The follow-up album will be released in 2014 via Ravenheart Music. Sakara also comments:

I am over the moon to have such a great opportunity to play Valk-Fest 2014. I look forward to seeing you all there. I’m also looking forward to sharing the stage again with Azylya!

Also added to the Saturday line-up are West Midlandic symphonic metallers Divided We Fall and Yorkshire metal mobsters Hamerex.

Valkyrian Festival 2014 is sponsored by Black Phoenix Rising Metal Forums and custom Gothic jewellers The Crypt of Curiosities. Weekend tickets are available from this location for £20. The event is in aid of Rape Crisis.

 

Interview with Phil Cross [Continents]

Posted in Interview with tags , , , , , , , , , on 18th November 2013 by Nico Davidson

Phil Cross - Continents

Nico catches up with Continents frontman Phil in Bridlington, on the band’s UK tour, to discuss the new album, Idle Hands, touring, the music scene in Wales and Phil’s porn star name.

Continents online:

http://continentsband.com
http://facebook.com/continentsband

 

Hamerex – IX

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 12th November 2013 by Nico 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

 

Northern Oak set to launch Kickstarter campaign to fund new album

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

 

Five reasons why you must go to Damnation 2013!

Posted in Editorial/Opinionated with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 3rd October 2013 by Nico Davidson

It’s under a month now until 2013’s edition of the UK’s darkest festival Damnation tears Leeds a new one, so Valkyrian Music editor and general Yorkshire patriot Nico Davidson has listed five reasons why you must attend Damnation 2013.

5. Yorkshire!

As you already know, Damnation is hosted in Leeds, West Yorkshire which is another reason that Yorkshire is the best county in all of the UK and of course, Yorkshire has contributed a bit to the history of metal, which pioneering bands such as My Dying Bride and Paradise Lost hailing from Yorkshire, as well as NWOBHM Saxon. Throw in Damnation into the mix and Yorkshire is definitely one of the most metal places in the UK.

If you’re unsure why Yorkshire is great or metal as fuck, then you’re probably a Lancastrian.

4. Value For Money

Given the epic line-up that is gracing this year’s Damnation, which festival director Gavin McInally described as “the best line-up so far”, the event offers a damn lot more for your money than a lot of UK events – Especially at £34 a ticket!

3. The Fourth Stage

So, unless you’ve been living in a hole or under a rock in the middle of Lancashire, you’ll be aware that this year, Damnation has added a fourth stage, which will be a blasphemous temple dedicated to doom and sludge, which means more kick ass bands to go see. Or less bands if doom and sludge aren’t your cup of tea, but they’re mostly likely are.

2. Probably The Heaviest Festival In The UK

Yeah, I said it. Damnation is probably the heaviest festival in the UK, as well as being the darkest. Anyone who’s ever been to Damnation before knows exactly what to expect but if a Damnation virgin and love your music heavy and dark, then this year’s edition is not one to miss! Plus, with it being held in Yorkshire, what more could you ask for… Aside from…

1. Carcass!

So, Carcass recently released their new album, Surgical Steel via Nuclear Blast. So, that means there’ll be a lot of new material as classic tunes that they’ll be blasting out as they lay unholy waste to the Jagermeister stage this year. Of course, if Carcass aren’t your thing then there’s other bands you can get hyped up about, but we’ll discuss that in another article.

Damnation Festival will take place on 2nd November at Leeds University Union. Tickets are priced at the low price of £34 and are available at this location.

Happy Yorkshire Day! Yorkshire’s Top Five Bands

Posted in Editorial/Opinionated, Featured with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 1st August 2013 by Nico Davidson

In celebration of Yorkshire Day (WOO!), we decided – Well, more like our Yorkshire loving editor – that instead of drinking (Yorkshire) tea and eating (Yorkshire) pudding and just being generally Yorkshire, to compile a list of Yorkshire’s top ten bands. Of course, it probably would have been more appropriate to compile a list of ten reasons to as why Yorkshire is official more metal than Lancashire.

5. BAL-SAGOTH

From their ridiculously long album and song titles to having once boasted Dan Mullins (My Dying Bride) and Dave Mackintosh (Dragonforce) amongst their ranks, this band have remained underrated and largely unknown compared to other acts. Also, vocalist Byron Roberts’ lyrical stories are soon to be expanded into short stories and graphic novels, written by Byron himself and illustrated by fantasy artist Martin Handord. Also, they look rather metal in the below picture.

4. EVILE

Hailing from the lovely market town that is Huddersfield, Evile pretty much burst onto the scene, kicking as much ass as humanly possible – Which by Yorkshire standards is a lot. Having toured extensively through the UK from 2004 – 2006, as well as the Netherlands in 2006, Evile managed to land a contract with Earache and since then have toured with the likes of Kreator and Megadeth and supported bands like Machine Head and Sabbat, Evile are keeping Yorkshire on the metal map.

3. PARADISE LOST

Perhaps one of the most influential bands to ever appear on the British doom metal scene, Paradise Lost, who hail from Halifax, were pretty much worshipped by Katatonia – As stated by Jonas Renske  that Katatonia started off as“ Paradise Lost fanboys” – Pretty metal, huh?. Being apart of the Peaceville Three, alongside fellow Yorkshire doom band My Dying Bride, Paradise Lost pretty much pioneered what has become to be known as gothic metal.

2. MY DYING BRIDE

Dark, dreary and typically northern, My Dying Bride embody all the qualities of Yorkshire in their Yorkshire, from their sorrowful violins to the mournful vocals. Regarded by some as the “Godfathers of Doom”, My Dying Bride, alongside fellow Yorkshire folk, Paradise Lost, were at the core of the gothic metal movement – Though none of the newer gothic metal bands even hold flame to My Dying Bride.

1. SAXON

Originally known as Son of a Bitch, Saxon are the front-runners of the NWOBHM scene and probably are the most successful Yorkshire metal band on the scene. They’ve also established themselves as one of Europe’s biggest acts!

Teras – Infection: Terror Metal

Posted in Review with tags , , , , on 17th July 2013 by Nico Davidson

Teras
Infection: Terror Metal
Released: July 2013
Death Metal/Thrash Metal/Yorkshire Metal
Self-Released

Teras are a relatively new band to the scene but have already being tearing the scene a new one. Following a few line-up changes and a change of name, Teras have began making a name for themselves on the Yorkshire. With support slots confirmed for acts such as Gone Til Winter and Finnish death metal band Re-Armed, the band recently released their debut EP.

The crushing, forceful riffs that make up Sovernguarde open up the EP. The sound of bass cuts its way through the track like a knife through butter, supporting the cumbersome weight of the guitars and dancing alongside the drums. The vocals though bestial and tinged with aggression they don’t sail in the right direction over the waves of domineering guitars. The introduction to Outlaw is memorable enough but it doesn’t sound like a lot until the full driving force of the track comes into full effect. The drums and bass hammer down throughout the song laying a solid foundation for the guitars and wolfish vocals to tear the listener’s ears a new one.

Scythe Of War continues down a similar vein to the previous track. Though not quite as domineering, it still is a song that will get the blood boiling and fists pumping. The vocals shine the most throughout this track, keeping that vicious bite in the mouth of the music. Triggerman finishes the EP with precision and a sound that means business. The beast-like vocals are flanked by a weighty assault of guitars, which in turn are reinforced by the acute use of bass and drums, allowing for destructive finish to Infection: Terror Metal.

For a debut release, Infection: Terror Metal displays the potential and talent that Teras have. Whilst they may have only been on the live circuit for a few months, the EP makes it sound as if they’ve been on the scene for a decade. The EP paints a bloody and grisly image of the band’s sound with the colours of heavy, brutal and violently metal elements.

4/5

Nico Davidson

Teras online:

http://www.facebook.com/TerasOffical
https://www.youtube.com/user/TerasOfficial

 

Further three bands to Valkyrian Festival 2013

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 16th July 2013 by Nico Davidson

Already bolstering a line-up that spans from viking metal to industrial and touching on other genres in between, Valkyrian Festival have announced a further three bands to this year’s bill. Confirmed for the Friday are Nottingham’s very own buccaneers of pirate metal Red Rum, who have also recently been confirmed for the Warhorns Festival. Red Rum will be joining Ravenage, Dead Man’s Conspiracy and Scotland’s djentlemen Storm of Embers on the first night of Valk-Fest.

Added to the more extreme metal stylings of Saturday are Leeds-based extreme metal tyrants Lammergeier who will be bringing their devilishly heavy sound which will no doubt go down well alongside the other other extreme metal acts on the bill such as Scottish corporate black metallers Maelstrom and fellow Yorkshire band Narcotic Death whose vocalist can apparently castrate a cat from a distance of 400 yards. And for industrial fans, Sheffield-based industrial duo The Gifted have been confirmed to play the final night of Valk-Fest 2013 with acts such as Spekulus, Powercake, Dakesis and Yorkshire’s most violently brutal band Severed Heaven.

With another four bands to be announced, this year’s Valk-Fest is already shaping up to be its most diverse line-up.

The full Valkyrian Festival line-up is as follows:

Friday 29th November:

Ravenage (Headliner)
Dead Man’s Conspiracy
Red Rum

Storm of Embers

Saturday 30th November

***Headliner TBA***
Nya
Narcotic Death (Special Guests)
Aonia
Old Corpse Road
Lost Effect
Shades of Avalon

Maelstrom
XIII
Lammergeier

Sunday 1st December

***Headliner TBA***
Alice In Thunderland
Innersylum
Severed Heaven
Dakesis
Spekulus
The Antiquity
Powercake

Terra Omnia
The Gifted

This year, Valkyrian Festival is in aid of RapeCrisis. Information on RapeCrisis can be found at this location. Donations can be made direct to the charity via the Valkyrian Festival JustGiving page which can be found here. Weekend tickets can be found at this location for the low price of £5 (excluding P&P).

Valkyrian Festival 2013 is now officially sponsored by online gothic and custom-made jewellery store, The Crypt Of Curiosities.

In related Valkyrian Festival news, Aonia will be headlining a Valk-Fest fundraiser at Shades Nightclub, in Bridlington on 7th September with support from Powercake, Spekulus and Penance, the latter of which [performed at last year’s Valk-Fest. Further support acts to be announced and a lot more bands are still to be announced for Valkyrian Festival 2013. Further Valkyrian Festival announcements and info can be found here.

 

The northern barbarians return to Valk-Fest second year in a row

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 18th June 2013 by Nico Davidson

The northern barbarian metal quartet Shades of Avalon have been confirmed to return to this year’s Valkyrian Festival following their headline performance at last year’s Valk-Fest. The band, who have been described as Conan The Barbarian meets Amon Amarth, are excited to be return to the coast of Yorkshire on the second day of the event. Festival organiser Nick Taylor, better known by his pseudonym Nico Davidson, stated:

It’s an honour to have Shades of Avalon return for this year’s Valk-Fest – Especially after they saved last year’s following a long string of problems that popped up a week before. I’m looking forward to seeing the northern barbarians wreak havoc once again in Bridlington.

The full Valkyrian Festival line-up is as follows:

Friday 29th November:

Ravenage (Headliner)
Dead Man’s Conspiracy
Storm of Embers

Saturday 30th November

***Headliner TBA***
Nya
Narcotic Death (Special Guests)
Aonia
Old Corpse Road
Lost Effect
Shades of Avalon

Maelstrom
XIII

Sunday 1st December

***Headliner TBA***
Alice In Thunderland
Innersylum
Severed Heaven
Dakesis
Spekulus
Powercake
Terra Omnia

This year, Valkyrian Festival is in aid of RapeCrisis. Information on RapeCrisis can be found at this location. Donations can be made direct to the charity via the Valkyrian Festival JustGiving page which can be found here. Weekend tickets can be found at this location for the low price of £5 (excluding P&P).

Valkyrian Festival 2013 is now officially sponsored by online gothic and custom-made jewellery store, The Crypt Of Curiosities.

In related Valkyrian Festival news, Aonia will be headlining a Valk-Fest fundraiser at Shades Nightclub, in Bridlington on 7th September with support from Spekulus and Penance, the latter of which [performed at last year’s Valk-Fest. Further support acts to be announced and a lot more bands are still to be announced for Valkyrian Festival 2013. Further Valkyrian Festival announcements and info can be found here.

Shades of Avalon online:

http://shadesofavalon.com/
http://facebook.com/ShadesofAvalon

Azylya confirmed for pre-Scarfest show with Apparition

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 3rd June 2013 by Nico Davidson

Belgian goth metallers Azylya, who recently supported Delain and Visions of Atlantis at The Dames of Darkness Festival last month, have been confirmed for a pre-Scarfest show in the UK on 23rd August where they will be supporting Apparition. The show will take place at Lucy’s Bar in Hednesford, Staffordshire.

Azylya will then play Scarfest in Stoke-On-Trent on 24th August, where they’ll be playing with acts such as Triaxis, Apparition, Evil Scarecrow and Yorkshire’s finest thrash unit Evile. Scarfest will take place over 24th – 26th August at Victoria Hall in Stoke-On-Trent. Further details can be found at this location.

In related news, Apparition will be joining Aonia for a couple of dates in the north of England in July. Dates are as follows:

12th July – SHEFFIELD – The Dove and Rainbow
13th July – BRIDLINGTON – Shades Nightclub

Apparition will also be joining Azylya in Belgium later this year at the Kraken Metal Festival on 2nd November. Further details can be found here.

Azylya online:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/AZYLYA/108712706476
https://twitter.com/AZYLYA

Legendary UK drummer Shaun Taylor-Steels joins Severed Heaven

Posted in Featured, News with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 26th May 2013 by Nico Davidson

Shaun Taylor-Steels, better known by his pseudonym and stage name Winter, has recently replaced Hayley Morgan as drummer for Yorkshire black metal act Severed Heaven. The announcement was made on the band’s official Facebook page. Shaun is best known for his work with Yorkshire doom metal bands Anathema and My Dying Bride, whom he is currently the studio drummer for. Shaun commented on his newly appointed position as Severed Heaven’s drummer:

I’m really happy to be involved with Severed Heaven and I’m looking forward to recording and playing their particular brand of darkness!

Severed Heaven are currently working on the follow-up album to their 2011 album, Incessant Darkness. The band will also be appearing at Khaos Festival in August in Rotherham and Valkyrian Festival in December in Bridlington.

Severed Heaven online:

http://www.severedheaven.com/
https://facebook.com/severedheaven/
http://myspace.com/severedheaven/

My Dying Bride set to release new EP entitled The Manuscript

Posted in Featured, News with tags , , , , , , on 28th March 2013 by Nico Davidson

Yorkshire’s very own lords of unending doom, My Dying Bride, have been imposing their legacy for over two decades, since their debut album As the Flower Withers surfaced in 1992 and took hold of the doom scene with the band’s unique brand of ice-cold doom. Now the Yorkshire titans return with their latest work, The Manuscript, set for release on Peaceville Records on May 13th on both CD and vinyl.

The Manuscript will contain four new and exclusive songs; taking you on a dark voyage spanning over 27 minutes of supreme doom in the unmistakable My Dying Bride style of heaviness mixed with dark tales of foreboding. The EP was recorded and mixed at Futureworks Studios in Manchester, UK with the band’s long-time producer, Mags.

As the band comments: “The Manuscript features four monstrous tracks of brilliantly crafted metal that only My Dying Bride can do, with swathes of doom laden melancholy, harmonic beauty and thundering death metal all combined in their trademark sound. Four tales of tragedy, loss and bitter vengeance greet the listener with an added assault on the emotions too, leaving the soul grey and limp. There is beauty here, but it’s carrying a dark blade. 2012 saw the release of undoubtedly one the band’s finest, & most epic works of late, ‘A Map of All Our Failures‘; capturing the imaginations of metal fans & doom lovers alike with their foreboding journeys through love & death, religion & folklore.” The album artwork for The Manuscript can be seen below.

The band will also be embarking on a short South American tour next month. The dates are as follows:

10th April 2013 – Rival Petrobras, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
12th April 2013 – Teatro Flores, Buenos Aires, Argentina
14th April 2013 – The Metal Fest Chile, Movistar Arena, Santiago, Chile

Interview with Aaron and Hamish [My Dying Bride]

Posted in Interview with tags , , , , , on 6th November 2012 by Nico Davidson

Nico interviews Aaron and Hamish from My Dying Bride at Damnation 2012, where the three talk about A Map of All our Failures, the band’s inspirations and the Yorkshire and Lancashire metal scenes.

 

Warhorns 2013 confirmed

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 14th October 2012 by Nico Davidson

Following this year’s Warhorns Festival, the organisers at Warhorns are happy to confirm 2013’s instalment of the UK’s best folk, Viking and black metal festival to take place once again at The Duchess in York. Happening over the 27th and 28th, with Yorkshire band’s Northern Oak and Infernal Creation already confirmed alongside Scottish black metal suits, Maelstrom.

The organiser’s have promised the “most epic of headliners” as well so be prepared to raise your flagons of mead for another another epic event. Tickets will be available soon with more bands, including the aforementioned headliners, to be confirmed. For further details, click here.

 

DreamCatcher–Never Look Back

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , , on 19th July 2012 by Nico Davidson

DreamCatcher
Never Look Back
Due for release: 13th August
Melodic Metal
Released via Rising Records

Leeds power-riffing atmospheric metallers DreamCatcher, who are appearing twice at this year’s Bloodstock, have released their new, Never Look Back, taken from their, ‘SoulDesign‘, out now on Rising Records. In the past, the band have supported acts such as Delain and Pythia, as well as PowerQuest and have even gone onto sell-out two shows at the Cockpit in Leeds.

The EP begins with the title track Never Look Back, that starts sounding like a track taken from a Rhpasody album. The vocals are typically power metal-based, something that is emphasised by the use of keyboards and vicious snarls of the guitars add an almost Odyssean feel to the track. The following track is the instrumental piece known as Foresight. The synth intro is vaguely familiar, like the sensation of deja vu. The guitars that follow scream with a certain metallic fierceness, echoing out in similar veins to the music of Epica. I keep expecting their to be vocals in certain sections but sadly, there isn’t any. The single ends with what is a longer version of the first track, despite being a little lengthier, it’s just any epic.

I never figured any Yorkshire band could create a beautiful mixture of atmospheric sounds and power metalesque riffs but it seems DreamCatcher have managed to it and Never Look Back really does display the bands abilities at creating a perfectly balanced sound. Hopefully, they’ll be flying the flag for Yorkshire on bigger stages in the near future!

4.6/5

Nico Davidson

My Dying Bride Commence Work On New Album

Posted in News with tags , , , on 2nd April 2012 by Nico Davidson
My Dying bride

My Dying Bride (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My Dying Bride have just entered the studio to commence the recording of the follow-up to 2009’s epic For Lies I Sire, with the album currently scheduled for an Autumn 2012 release on Peaceville Records.

With the tracks to be laid down at Futureworks Studios, Manchester with long-time production partner Mags, the new album will feature more punishing doom from the legendary Yorkshire metallers. My Dying Bride have been deep into the writing process since last year when they marked 20 years of existence with the special orchestral Evinta release, plus the dose of supreme doom metal that was The Barghest O’ Whitby; a single 27 minute track exploring the dark and immensely heavy side of the band, ranking among their heaviest and most ferocious material ever written, as well as being the first studio recording to feature new keyboard/violin player Shawn McGowan.

Obsolete Tomorrow – The Burden Of Forever

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , on 24th February 2012 by Nico Davidson

Band: Obsolete Tomorrow
Album: The Burden Of Forever
Genre: True Yorkshire Death Metal
Release Date: N/A
Label: eMortal Records

Obsolete Tomorrow is the solo project of Driffield-based metal overlord Lee Rule [Ravenage, Windrider, ex-Divine Sinn]. Now, I’ll be honest, the debut release from Obsolete Tomorrow, that was released back in 2010, literally made me wet myself with excitement like a pre-pubescent teenager. The second I found the newest release, The Burden of Forever, I wet myself again in excitement. Unfortunately, I have no clean underwear now… Not that your innocent minds needed to know that, eh? I think I’ve prattled on enough about my lack of bladder control, so how about some prattling about The Burden of Forever?

The raw guitars and vocals that introduce the title track, The Burden of Forever, take the listener surprise and launch them into a passage of grand and majestic sounding guitar work which progresses into a savage and terrifying onslaught of demonic vocals and barbaric guitars which scream through the speakers like a metallic choir of hard rocking angels. The drums act like a palpitating heartbeat, transitioning perfectly with each change of the track, adding that extra crunch with the bass. The keyboards are quite dramatic and sinister sounding, almost like something you’d hear in a horror flick though they bring a solemn sound toward the end of the track.

Resurrected sounds to be the love child of the thrash and death metal genres, without the nasty parts of either. The choir voices give the song an almost God of War-like epic feel. The vocals are much like the raging snarls of a beast unleashing its fury upon the unsuspecting listener. The breakdown just feels perfect with the choir voices injecting the eerie sound of grandeur. And the grand finale of the EP is none other than The Art of Catharsis. The slow intro acts as a powerful crescendo that leads into monstrous train wreck of brutality unimaginable to the average metal fan. Everything seems to fit together like a thousand piece jigsaw. The clean vocals are a shock but a good one. The keyboards seem to add a certain Epica or MaYaN sound, as does the radio voiceover. The guitars are the most impressive part of the track as they seem to change like the waves of the ocean while unrelenting in their impact on the ears. The super heavy part of the song is definitely the biggest highlight of the EP as well.

The Burden of Forever takes the brutality of Beauty Through Chaos and multiplies it ten times over while taking the musicianship to a whole new level. Obsolete Tomorrow is just what the doctor ordered for the dying metal scene that’s being replaced with bands more concerned about their hair than the music and The Burden of Forever is one hell of a heavy side effect of this mighty prescription. And on that note, all I have to say is: Use caution, one does not simply listen to this without earplugs… Unless you really want to hear the full extent of it!

5/5

Nico Davidson