KEEP OF KALESSIN Announce New Album “Epistemology”

December 17, 2014 § Leave a comment

One of Norway’s leading extreme metallers KEEP OF KALESSIN have today announced the release of the upcoming album, “Epistemology”.
The album will be released on February 16th 2015 via Indie Recordings and the pre-order is already available at this link.

The epic artwork is a result of a cover contest hosted by Keep Of Kalessin earlier this year. Here’s vocalist and guitarist Obsidian‘s winner-announcement

“This time around we wanted to do something different when it came to choosing the cover for our new album. So instead of hiring a designer ourselves, we wanted to include our facebook community in the process.

We decided to make a contest on facebook where designers could upload cover designs and our fans could vote for their favorites. The band would then choose the final design amongst the top 3 designs voted by the fans.

Not sure if this would work in regards to bringing good designers onboard and enough engagement from our fans, we’re now simply amazed of the turnout in this contest!

With more than a hundred covers submitted and simply mind-blowing designs as well as tens of thousands of votes we’re humbled and extremely grateful for the engagement our community has shown. We have discovered new, amazing talents and we have found the perfect cover artwork for our new album!

As we’re now ready to announce the winner of the contest, we first want to say the following about the winning designer:

  1. The design fits perfectly with the album title “Epistemology” and is literally a mind-blowing design!
  2. The designer has proven to be extremely helpful and reliable to work with.
  3. Within just a few days, the designer has put together full booklet and artwork for several versions of the album incl. CD, Digipak and Vinyl with a great focus on building a design that fits to the lyrics.

So with this, we could not be more happy with the turnout of our contest and we hereby give you the winning design made by Designations Artwork – Jean Michel.

Like his page and check out his other works on his Facebook page!

Now, let’s get this album out to the world!”

 

SEPTICFLESH- Drummer KERIM ‘KRIMH’ LECHNER Joins The Band

December 15, 2014 § Leave a comment

Source: blabbermouth.net

Greek extreme metallers SEPTICFLESH have recruited Kerim “Krimh” Lechner (DECAPITATED, BEHEMOTH) as their new drummer following the recent departure of Fotis Benardo (a.k.a. Fotis Gianakopoulos).

Commented Krimh: “I feel very honored to join such a great band which has been one of my favorites since years.

SEPTICFLESH‘s music is outstanding and unique. It is melodic and heavy but with groove. Exactly how I like it!

“I can’t wait to start a new chapter with SEPTICFLESH and see you on the road.”

SEPTICFLESH Recruits Former DECAPITATED Drummer KERIM 'KRIMH' LECHNER

SEPTICFLESH‘s latest full-length album, “Titan”, was released on June 24 via Season Of Mist in Europe and Prosthetic in North America. The new CD consists of 10 songs that were recorded once again at Devasoundz Studios in Athens, Greece and in the Czech Republic with the collaboration of the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra And Choir. From there, the album was mixed and mastered in Los Angeles by acclaimed producer Logan Mader (GOJIRA, FEAR FACTORY, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY).

Says the band: “We worked hard with Logan to bring you the ultimate death metal soundtrack for your darkest dreams. The compositions are progressive with a lot of emotional peaks, while at the same time the songs sound very aggressive and powerful. We also had the chance to work for the first time with a full children’s choir besides the regular adult choir, and that helped us dive deeper into darker cinematic atmospheres. We have achieved a new level of extreme emotions.”

 

ENSLAVED – “In Times” Cover Artwork and Tracklisting Revealed

December 15, 2014 § Leave a comment

More details have been revealed regarding the upcoming album “In Times” from the Norwegian progressive extreme metallers,  ENSLAVED!

“In Times” will be the title of the band’s 13th studio album and for the cover artwork, the band has collaborated with the long-time ‘collaborating’ artists and “sixth Enslaved member”, Truls Espedal. The album will be released on March 6th, 2015 via Nuclear Blast.

ENSLAVED - In Times Album Artwork, Tracklisting Revealed; Release Date Confirmed

Enslaved guitarist & composer Ivar Bjørnson shares the following about the band’s latest creation:

“I was so deep into the songs and ideas for such a long time (or have my head so far up my own a**, if you prefer more direct language) that it is hard to have any ‘opinions’ about them that is anything else than the high-flying mumbo-jumbo of the introvert song-smith. The songs are extensions of my inner and outer life, the thoughts I am aware of having, as well as those that lie too deep to register in everyday consciousness. The songs are the resounds of grandiose altered states and mundane tiny micro-events.

In addition, they are, of course, also the result of inspiration from other music and art. I do think this new album is the most consistent body of work we have so far: It incorporates our ‘blacker’ past with our influences from prog rock, our present sense of absolute freedom, and the joy of being in this band, if that makes any sense… Ha, ha, ha. It is higher in energy, more aggressive, yet more beautiful and subtle. It simply sounds inspired.”

The tracklisting of “In Times” has also been revealed!

In Times tracklisting:

“Thurisaz Dreaming”
“Building With Fire”
“One Thousand Years Of Rain”
“Nauthir Bleeding”
“In Times”
“Daylight”

Main recordings for “In Times” took place at Duper Studios to Solslottet Studio in Bergen, Norway with additional recordings sessions at Conclave & Earshot Studios (presided over by Enslaved members Larsen and Ice Dale), and Ivar Bjørnson’s Peersonal Sound Studios. Additional experimentation and sonic exploration was conducted deep in the woods of Valevåg south of Bergen where a mobile studio recorded additional sounds.

“In Times” was produced by band members Ivar Bjørnson, Grutle Kjellson and Herbrand Larsen together with Iver Sandøy. Mixing was completed by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden.

(Photo – Tim Tronckoe)

[ALBUM REVIEW] Arcade Messiah – Arcade Messiah

December 14, 2014 § Leave a comment

Project Name : Arcade Messiah

Album : Arcade Messiah

Release Date : 01.12.2014

Record Label :  Stereohead Records

Genre : Progressive Metal

Reviewer : G. Damgacı 

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Arcade Messiah is a new progressive metal album project of John Bassett, an English multi-instrumentalist, singer – songwriter and producer who is known for his works with the progressive rock act KingBathmat.

Album Review

There are not a lot of instrumental projects going on in today ‘s metal music. Also, for today’s listeners who are almost used to lyric-oriented music, it is not easy to listen to a whole instrumental project without any prejudice. I usually have no issue about it and I like instrumental projects more than others. But when I listened to Arcade Messiah for the first time, I got to say that it didn’t sink in easily. The reason that I wasn’t so comfortable with the album was that it’s not about its instrumental nature, but mostly about John Bassett‘s combining elements from lots of different genres. It is not a bad thing; especially for a musician with a background in progressive music. But I thought the whole album was a mess of genres when I first listened to it. I couldn’t understand what exactly he wanted to do. Gathering a bunch of different ideas in a single project or experimenting on sub-genres and go with them? I wasn’t sure about it. Having said it didn’t sink in easily, it is not a bad album at all. My musical taste is about acoustic phrases, ambient textures, minimalist guitar partitions which are almost blended in to the whole concept even if it is a rock sub-genre or not. Within this ambient concept, I like the progression of sounds and instrumental parts. I don’t like too much technical music since I have been raised with Pink Floyd and others and so I saw that the less can be more. Maybe this is why my ears didn’t accept Arcade Messiah when I listened to it for the first time. But then I remembered that I loved “Unearth” (March 2014) so I said to myself “Why don’t you give it another chance and listen to it more?” So I did.

Although I can say after “Unearth” I wasn’t expecting such a different album, the more I listen to Arcade Messiah, the more I like it. It is from another dimension of progressive world. It is harder, heavier, darker, almost abstract, full of despair and anger. As John Bassett said, it has “enormous riffs, sorrowful, yet powerful musical refrains”. Some riffs repeat themselves too much for my taste but it appeals to listeners from various sub-genres including Stoner Rock, Sludge Metal, Progressive Rock, Progressive Metal, Doom metal and Post-Rock.

“Arcade Messiah” is a nice instrumental progressive metal album which is rich in sub-genre elements. You will see darker side of John Bassett in this album. So if you are looking for another “Unearth” or more acoustic guitar phrases then you will be disappointed. But if you are into instrumental phrases which echoes darker, heavier, more technical side of progressive music, you will definetely like this album. Regardless of your musical taste, you will find something that appeals to you. “Aftermath” is my favourite song in this album.

Rating : 8/10

Tracklisting

  1. Sun Exile
  2. Your Best Line of Defence
  3. Traumascope
  4. Aftermath
  5. Everybody Eating Everyone Else
  6. The Most Popular Form Of Escape
  7. Roman Resolution

More info :

Arcade Messiah Official

[ALBUM REVIEW] Liv Kristine – Vervain

December 13, 2014 § Leave a comment

Artist : Liv Kristine

Album : Vervain

Genre : Symphonic/gothic/metal

Release Date :24.10.2014

Record Label : Napalm Records

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There are a few female vocalists that I truly respect in today’s music industry and Liv Kristine is one of them. Some of you may know her from Theatre of Tragedy,  Leaves’ Eyes or from her solo work – since 1998- but let’s not forget that she has collaborated with many artists. Considering all of this, with her velvet voice and her confident attitude on stage, Liv Kristine is definitely not only ‘pretty’ but also very talented.

As a huge fan of Leaves’ Eyes, I gotta admit that I never truly paid attention to her solo work; I wasn’t a big fan of her previous record “Libertine” (2012) for example. But as soon as her latest record,  “Vervain” has been released, I decided to give it a listen and it was totally beyond my expectations!

“Vervain”, for metal lovers like me, is full of interesting elements from different genres. In this sense, “Vervain” is not a typical ‘female vocalist’ album but the listener will find elements from gothic music, symphonic metal and even pop/electro. Combine this with Liv’s magical voice and there you have the highlight of the album. Overall, the album is quite dynamic; it starts quite “metallish” and gets a bit slower towards the end but never loses its essence and this should be appreciated. “Vervain” is an album that is easy and smooth to listen from beginning to the end.

Musically, as mentioned above, the album offers a wide range of genres. Songs like “My Wilderness” and “Love Decay” contain the dark and gothic elements which will entertain the symphonic/gothic metal lovers for sure. Especially, “Love Decay” mesmerized me because the combination of Liv Kristine’s voice with Michelle Darkness(END OF GREEN) deep voice  adds a perfect dimension to the album. I cannot say the same for “Stronghold of Angels” (feat. Doro Pesch) though; I really respect Doro but I think that a song like “Love Decay” fit better to the album as a whole than “Stronghold of Angels”. For the lovers of 80s pop/electro, songs like “Hunters” and “Elucidation” will satisfy their cravings; as a matter of fact, the listeners will recognize just how amazing Liv’s voice is in “Hunters” and I can definitely say it’s my favorite song along with “Love Decay”. On the other hand, with “Lotus”, we see the romantic side of the album; the combination of piano and Liv’s voice is truly magical.

“Vervain” is dynamic but soothing. I am sure everyone will find his/her favorite song; it’s musically really good. I personally loved the first half of the album since it’s more metallish and diverse but overall, I can say that the album is really successful and definitely one of the best of 2014!

Rating: 9/10

VERVAIN tracklisting:

  1. My Wilderness
  2. Love Decay (feat. Michelle Darkness)
  3. Vervain
  4. Stronghold of Angels (feat. Doro Pesch)
  5. Hunters
  6. Lotus
  7. Elucidation
  8. Two and a Heart
  9. Creeper
  10. Oblivious

More info :

Liv Kristine Official

Liv Kristine Facebook

 

 

FROSTTIDE To Release New Album on February 27th

December 11, 2014 § Leave a comment

The epic/folk metallers FROSTTIDE have today announced the release date of the upcoming album “Blood Oath”. According to the band’s statement in their official Facebook page, “Blood Oath” will be released on 27th of February,2015 via NoiseArt Records and the cover artwork has also been revealed.

Here is the band’s statement regarding how the album will be like :

The album follows the same air as “Awakening” as these are both connected. But this is all taken to the next level! It is going to be aggressive, heavy, melodic, bombastic and with very deep and beautiful atmospheres.”


Also, the band kept their trademark and returned with another concept album: “When recording “Awakening” we decided to make a set of brother albums. We saved one song from “Awakening” to be on the second record. So, even though this is our second record, we decided to base the lyrics on the story that occurred before “Awakening”. Making this a prequel. The story allows the listener to know where everything originated and what led to the arrogant and greedy attitude that can be seen in the protagonist of “Awakening”.”

 

Furthermore, the fans in Europe will get to see the band live in PAGANFEST 2015. Here are the dates :

Paganfest:

19.03. Ludwigsburg, Rockfabrik
20.03. Leipzig, Hellraiser
21.03. Oberhausen, Turbinenhalle
22.03. Tilburg, O13
23.03. Hamburg, Markthalle
24.03. Pratteln, Z7
25.03. Saabrücken, Garage
26.03. Frankfurt, Batschkapp
27.03. München, Backstage
28.03. Wien, Arena
29.03. Berlin, Postbahnhof

[ALBUM REVIEW] Nachtblut – Chimonas

December 5, 2014 § Leave a comment

Band : Nachtblut

Album : Chimonas

Genre : Dark metal

Release Date : 17.10.2014

Record Label : Napalm Records

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Nachtblut is a dark metal band from Germany. Founded in 2005, the band’s style can best be described as black metal with melodic elements. Thus, the genre “dark metal” would be the best description for these German metallers. The themes of their songs are also interesting; the band’s songs (which are in German) are mainly about social problems and politics.

The band has released 4 albums in total; the last album “Chimonas” was released on October 2014 and as a fan of the darkness of the metal itself, I decided to give this album a chance :D

The first thing that catches my attention is the mix of different genres throughout the album.It’s clear from the first song “Gotteskrieger”; Nachtblut manages to give the listeners the blend of gothic/industrial, black and even death metal which should be appreciated! However, “dark” metal would describe their style the best; there is a dark atmosphere within the album which reflects the character of the band and the overall vibe of the songs.

Speaking of the mix of the genres, I have to say I liked the black/death metal aspect of the band more than the gothic elements they used. The use of black/death elements can be heard in the songs “Gotteskrieger”, “Schwarz” and “Wien 1683” and they seem to be my favorites as well! I really liked the aggression of the vocals mixed with the riffs and the orchestrations. “Wien 1683” especially stands out since there’s a historical background to the song and it’s a typical ‘war’ song filled with power. The orchestrations/symphonic elements in these songs also add another dimension to the album, making it much more interesting.

In contrast to the powerful and aggressive black/death metal approach, the songs “Wie Gott sein” and “Kalt wie ein Grab” reflect the gothic/symponic/industrial side of the band. However, as I mentioned before, these songs  somehow seemed weaker to me when I listened to them. Gothic/dark elements are quite hard to use and I found that the band used the ‘cliche’ gothic elements in these songs, making them less interesting even though the overall vibe of these songs are really catchy. So in this sense, I think the band is better and stronger without the gothic aspect being used; those raw vocals and aggressive riffs are definitely more impressive when the band has more of a ‘raw’ approach to the songs.

“Chimonas” is recommended for everyone who likes the symphonic but the dark and aggressive side of metal. It might not be the best record of this year but it surely has some interesting  elements. Personally, I liked the first half of the album a lot better; it’s definitely more captivating and it reflects the true character of Nachtblut than the second half. I liked the black/dark side of the band a lot better but who knows? Maybe the gothic/symphonic metal fans will like the other side of the band a lot better! :)

Rating : 7/10

Tracklisting:

  1. Gotteskrieger
  2. Wien 1683
  3. Wie Gott sein
  4. Kalt wie ein Grab
  5. Und immer wenn die Nacht anbricht
  6. Schwarz
  7. Dort wo die Krähen im Kreise fliegen
  8. Märchen
  9. Töte mich
  10. Chimonas

NACHTBLUT is:

Askeroth – Vocals
Trym – E-Bass
Skoll – Drums
Lymania – Keyboard
Greif – Guitar

Links:

Nachtblut Official

Nachtblut Facebook

 

 

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