MOONSPELL Announce European Headline Tour

October 13, 2014 § Leave a comment

Portugal, Lisbon based dark metallers MOONSPELL have announced the European Headline tour:

When blackness casts a veil over the lands and death and bane reach out for the defenseless mortals‘ souls with claws cold as ice, the end is near… or rather the beginning of Dark Metal‘s pitch-black triumphal march through Europe, led by the vanguards of their genre and flagship of their native country: MOONSPELL!

Worshiping darkness since the early 1990‘s, Portuguese metallers MOONSPELL have been imprinted in the hearts of all connoisseurs of metallic melancholy through more than a dozen of high-class releases, from the venerated debut EP “Under The Moonspell“, their breakthrough record “Irreligious“ and the chart topper “Memorial“ to their latest output, 2012‘s double album “Alpha Noir / Omega White“. Now that it‘s been a while since the last extensive tour of the Continent, it‘s high time to let the crowds taste some bittersweet damnation again, as founding member and front man Fernando Ribeiro agrees: “We are thrilled to announce to all the Moonspell fans out there that we‘ll be touring together with our brothers in Septicflesh. In doing so, we‘ll be supporting our upcoming brand-new album ‘Extinct‘, an emotional, existential journey reflecting on the hour of man‘s passing away and the prospect of no return. A very dark yet soulful album with some of the most heartfelt songs we‘ve ever written. We‘re excited about sharing this original darkness with you soon!“

The Southern Europeans will be accompanied by their Greek companions in SEPTICFLESH, who‘ve let their new steam hammer ‘Titan‘ off the leash this June, impressively proving that even though some twenty years have passed since their inception they‘re still carrying the early days‘ blazing fire in their hearts. Those who‘ve already had the chance to experience the Greeks‘ bombastically orchestrated Symphonic Death Metal live in the past know what being kissed by a juggernaut feels like!

There‘s not just a storm but a proper apocalyptic thunderstorm brewing, as March 2015 will see MOONSPELL and their comrades in crime descending upon Europe like a cataclysmic tempest. Get your hands on your tickets in time and let yourselves be drowned by the thunder!

12.03.2015 NL – Nijmegen / Doornroosje
13.03.2015 NL – Haarlem / Patronaat
14.03.2015 BE – Vosselaar / Biebob
15.03.2015 DE – Darmstadt / Steinbruch Theater
16.03.2015 DE – Essen / Turock
17.03.2015 DE – Hamburg / Knust
18.03.2015 DE – Berlin / K 17
19.03.2015 DE – Munich / Feierwerk
20.03.2015 CH – Pratteln  / Z 7
21.03.2015 CH – Vevey / The Rocking Chair
22.03.2015 IT – Romagnano Sesia / R´n´R Arena
23.03.2015 FR – Lyon / CCO
24.03.2015 FR – Toulon/ Vox
25.03.2015 ES – Barcelona / Razz 2
26.03.2015 ES – Madrid / Shoko
27.03.2015 PT – tbc
28.03.2015 PT – tbc
29.03.2015 ES – Santiago de Compostela / Capitol
30.03.2015 FR – Toulouse / Metronum
31.03.2015 FR – Paris / Trabendo
01.04.2015 LU – Esch sur Alzette / Kulturafabrik
02.04.2015 UK – London / Underworld *without Septicflesh

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PROGRESSIVE POST-BLACK METALLERS FEN DEBUT VIDEO OF TRACK FROM UPCOMING ALBUM

October 9, 2014 § 1 Comment

Originally posted on PATRICIA THOMAS BAND MANAGEMENT:

With “Carrion Skies”, their fourth-full length album ready to hit the streets on the 22nd November, Progressive Post-Black Metallers FEN have released a video for a track taken from the album.  Made by bassist Grungyn to evoke the supernatural atmosphere of the track, the video for ” Menhir – Supplicant”, the fifth track on the six-track album, can be seen below and at http://youtu.be/MqDGA1DqF0U

“Carrion Skies” will be released on Code 666, a sub-label of the Aural Music Group, in four different versions,  including a standard jewel box CD, a DLP Gatefold color vinyl which includes one bonus track and is limited to 500 copies, and two different limited edition wooden boxed sets, one of which is limited to only five copies.  Details for the two boxed editions as follows:

The Maniac Collector edition,  strictly limited to 5 hand-numbered copies comes in an 18 x 18 x 4 cm handcrafted black…

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AC/DC To Release New Album, Guitarist Malcolm Young Retires

September 24, 2014 § Leave a comment

The legendary band AC/DC have some and good and bad news for the fans!

Soo let’s begin with the good news; the band will release their 15th studio album on November 28th. The upcoming album will be titled “Rock or Bust”. The band will reveal further details about it quite soon.

The bad news is.. the guitarist Malcolm Young has officially retired from the band. So this means that “Rock or Bust” will not feature Mr. Young and this will be the first album without the guitarist in the band’s 40-year career..

AC/DC announced earlier in 2014 that the founding rhythm guitarist was “taking a break from the band due to ill health.”,

The world tour in honour of Rock Or Bust and their 40th anniversary, will see Malcolm Young’s nephew Steve joining as guitarist.

 

[ALBUM REVIEW] Scissorjack – Be The Wolf

September 16, 2014 § Leave a comment

Band : Scissorjack

Album : Be The Wolf

Genre : Heavy metal/ Hard rock

Release Date : 20.08.2014

Record Label : Self – released

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Barreling down the heated South Texas asphalt like a souped -up ‘68 Charger comes San Antonio’s Scissorjack.  The band has been honing its unique brand of southern melodic heavy rock for over 2 years.  The original idea and music of Scissorjack are the brain child of guitarist Jake Lewis along with the help of longtime music comrade bassist Richard Perez.

Originally the concept was to get together and play heavy down tuned doomy riff rock like some of their heroes Black Sabbath, Down, and Clutch just to name a few.  Music was then written and it wasn’t long before they found other members to round out the lineup.  Their first EP entitled “The Scissorjack EP “ was released in the summer of 2012.  Although just a blueprint to what was to come,  the EP did take notice by being featured on heavy rock blogs and webpages.  The band spent the rest of the year playing shows in and around the San Antonio area.

After a few lineup changes, Scissorjack was ready to step into the next phase of the project with drummer Drew Odell and vocalist Edward Gonzalez.  The band now has broadened the sound of the music all while keeping the original vision and template.  Never wanting to sound like a one trick pony, the members of Scissorjack are bringing in even more of their early influences like Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, Life of Agony, and more.

It’s been a while since I listened to a groovy heavy metal album. As soon as I got the album from Scissorjack, I was a bit surprised and excited! Surely, the band might not be known but the album definitely caught my attention from the first song “Haunt Me”. From the beginning, the album is full with doomy – not on an emotional but on a musical level- and groovy heavy metal riffs. The second song “Be The Wolf”, which happens to be my favorite as well, is no exception either. Especially in these two tracks, the listeners will also get to see the great potential and that true “heavy-metal” vibe in the vocals. What attracted me the most in “Be The Wolf” is the bass guitar though; that’s when I felt that true hard rock atmosphere! :D

Soundwise, the album is filled with great heavy metal riffs that will make you dig the album a lot more! With each song, the listener will encounter the harmony of the e-guitar riffs/solos, the bass and the vocals of course. In this sense, the album is not repetitive and quite catchy. The production of the album is also quite successful. The only element that needs improvement are the vocals; in the second half of the album, I did not feel the soul and the potential in the vocals as with the first half. It was as if the full energy in the first song kind-of faded away towards the end of the album. Nevertheless, “Be The Wolf” is a great album to listen to live in a rock bar with beer in hand! ;) It definitely shows the potential of the band and I am sure they will keep on improving and rocking with the upcoming albums!

Rating : 7,5 / 10

Tracklisting:

  1. Haunt Me
  2. Darkest Days
  3. Godzilla vs. Everyone
  4. Damage
  5. Our Doom
  6. Blame

SCISSORJACK is :

Jake Lewis- Guitars
Richard Perez – Bass
Drew Odell- Drums
Eddie Gonzalez – Vocals

Links :

Scissorjack Bandcamp

Scissorjack Facebook

BLOODBATH Reveal New Vocalist

September 16, 2014 § Leave a comment

Source : Metal Hammer

After months of speculation, wild guessing and scurrilous rumour, Bloodbath – Sweden’s horror-gorged death metal supergroup featuring Katatonia’s Jonas Renkse and Anders Nyström, as well as past member Per Eriksson and Opeth’s Martin Axenrot –can exclusively reveal here the successor to former frontmen Peter Tägtren and Mikael Åkerfeldt. The new frontman for Bloodbath will be…

NICK HOLMES! 

The Paradise Lost singer might be known these days for his sonorous tones, but Bloodbath’s forthcoming album, Grand Morbid Funeral released by Peaceville Records on November 17, will see the return of the ravenous and cavernous growl that marked Paradise Lost’s debut album, Lost Paradise, so expect an outpouring of sonic dread, blood-soaked riffs and monstrous grooves, dragged even deeper into the lair of the awesome by the guest appearances of Chris Reifert and Eric Cutler from supreme US filthmongers, Autopsy.

“Ever since I got into Lost Paradise back in 1990,” says Jonas Renkse, “Nick Holmes has been one of my favourite growling vocalists out there. He was always audible and articulate but still deep and definitely morbid. It is a great pleasure to work with him some 25 years later after I was introduced to his thunderous roar!”

Adds Anders ‘Blakkheim’ Nyström: “Little did I expect to be working with the voice behind the death metal classic Lost Paradise, or the genre-defining Gothic and yet here we are decades later, fulfilling another death metal dream. With his sinister and ominous vocal delivery, it’s an absolute pleasure to make Old Nick the bell-ringer in Bloodbath’s grand morbid funeral!”

Death metal fans, your prayers have been answered. Hail Nick Holmes and raise your bloodied fists to the godless skies!

Bathe in Bloodbath’s Facebook page here!

Ester Segarra

 

[ALBUM REVIEW] Crimson Hill – Denied

September 13, 2014 § Leave a comment

Band : Crimson Hill

Album : Denied

Release Date : 2014

Genre : Melodic death metal

Record Label : Self-released

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Crimson Hill is a melodic death metal band from Turkey. Formed in 2011 by Ahmet Aydemir and Hasan Hüseyin Uçma, the band released their first song “Wings of Death” in 2012 and shortly after the release, the band shot a video to their other song “Broken Mirrors”. These two releases surely made the band quite known in the death metal scene in Turkey.

In 2013, the band started the recording process for their debut album, “Denied”. During the recording process, the bass guitarist Umut Batuhan Kızıltepe parted ways with the band and he was replaced by Gürkan Yücel. With the final line-up, the band released “Denied” earlier this year.

Normally when it comes to death metal bands, I am always a bit skeptic since the genre itself is a bit broad and sometimes too repetitive. However, my first impressions (and my opinions after listening to this record a few times) is definitely positive! “Denied” is not a dull and repetitive death metal record but it is full of interesting and catchy riffs. In this sense, the fans of ‘classic’ death metal will enjoy this record a lot mainly because of the record being quite technical. Surely, a death metal record has to be aggressive and “Denied” is no exception; the aggression/hatred is reflected through the impressive guitar riffs, vocals and the blasting drums!  I also couldn’t help but notice that in some songs like “Truth Within” and “Message To Continue”,  there are some eastern/Turkish melodies in the riffs; I think this made Crimson Hill quite unique and the songs interesting!

Musically, “Denied” is a well-produced album considering that it’s self-released. It’s not too raw but it’s not too ‘clean’ either. The highlight of this record is definitely the e-guitars which also form the essence. Each song has its own character – either through the guitar riffs or melodic guitar solos. I would have liked to hear more bass guitar in this record but since the band had a line—up change during the recording phase, it would be maybe a bit too much to expect perfection from the beginning :D Another element that needs improvement is the vocals; although the emotions reflected through the vocals are aggressive and form the other essence of the album, I sometimes found them too ‘raw’ for this record. Nevertheless, these are just little imperfections in a successful death-metal record. My personal favorites are definitely “Blind With Hatred” and “Twisted Fate”.

“Denied” is aggressive and melodic and quite unique! It will be surely a favorite for death-metal fans! I cannot wait to see what the band will come up with the next record! Well done!

Rating : 8/10

Tracklisting :

  1. Truth Within
  2. White Turns to Black
  3. Message To Continue
  4. Blind With Hatred
  5. Twisted Fate
  6. My Bloody Lover
  7. Broken Mirrors
  8. Wings of Death
  9. Salvation

CRIMSON HILL is :

Mete Aker – vocals

Can Ersalıcı – guitar

Ahmet Aydemir – guitar

Gürkan Yücel – bass guitar

Hasan H. Uçma – drums

Links :

Crimson Hill Official

Crimson Hill Facebook

 

BLOODBATH To Release “Grand Morbid Funeral” On November 17

September 11, 2014 § Leave a comment

You might have been wondering what happened to the Swedish death metallers Bloodbath… Well, they are back with a brand new album! :D

 

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Bloodbath’s upcoming album “Grand Morbid Funeral” will be the band’s first album after the departure of Mikael Akerfeldt, the former vocalist. For those of you wondering who the new singer is, Metal Hammer will reveal the new singer on September 17.

So how will the new album be like? “Grand Morbid Funeral” is the band’s fourth full-length studio album and comes on the back of 2008’s The Fathomless Mastery and guitarist Anders ‘Blakkheim’ Nystrom says fans can expect “destructive, raw, heavy, organic and sludgy death metal.”

He says: “We’re proud of all these different styled releases and we loved doing each and every one of them, but the objective was never to settle with a certain style, so our time has come to shift once more.

“It was already decided right after the last album that the next record would not become The Fathomless Mastery part two, but in certain aspects it would actually become its antithesis.

“So prepare for an ultimate blueprint of destructive, raw, heavy, organic, and sludgy death metal.”

The band are due to appear at several festivals in 2015, including Inferno in Norway and the Maryland Deathfest in the US.

The album’s tracklist will be issued closer to launch.

Let’s wait and see! I am sure it will be awesome!

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