[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!

FAITH NO MORE To Release First Album in 18 Years + Plans US Tour

September 2, 2014 § Leave a comment

According to ROLLING STONE, the legendary FAITH NO MORE is returning after 18 years with a brand new release.

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The upcoming album will be the 7th album of the band after 18 years and it will be released on April 2015. The record will be a totally independent product — produced by Gould, recorded in their Oakland rehearsal space and released on their own imprint, Reclamation Records (which will be distributed by frontman Mike Patton’s long-running label, Ipecac Recordings).

The name has to do with the fact that we realized we were free from our recording obligations,” says Gould. “We weren’t touring, we have these songs that we were working on — that we think are pretty cool — and why don’t we just do our own imprint and kind of reclaim our future, in a way? We own the future more than we ever have.”

Though no dates have been booked, the band is planning a full U.S. tour around the album’s release. Since their return to the stage in 2009, they’ve only played five American cities.

The album’s first single, “Motherfucker,” a song they premiered in London’s Hyde Park in July, will be released on a seven-inch due for November 28th release and limited to 5,000 copies as part of Record Store Day’s Black Friday. The B-side will be a remix by electronic art-pop sound designer J.G. Thirlwell.

Rolling Stone has recently interviewed Gould to find out more about the album. Check out the interview here! 

 

HELLDONE 2014 – Line-Up, Dates and Prices Announced

September 2, 2014 § Leave a comment

HIMsters! This news will make you happy and excited!

Helldone 2014 is happening indeed! This year, some interesting and kick-ass names are included in the line-up. According to the management of HIM, Helldone will take place in Tavastia (Helsinki) as usual and it will be between 29-31 December 2014. Soo who will play this time apart from HIM?

Dec 29: Paradise Lost (UK), The 69 Eyes
Dec 30: Children Of Bodom, Reckless Love
Dec 31: HIM, t.b.a.

There will be special guests and truly rare performances spread out over all three nights.

Doors open: 8 p.m.
Closing time: 3 a.m. (except Wed 31 Dec 4 a.m.)
Venue: Tavastia Club & Semifinal
Address: Urho Kekkosen katu 4-6, 00100 Helsinki, Finland
Age limit: strictly 18 years and over only (no exception even accompanied by parents etc.)

Ticket price: 60 € (Dec 29 & 30), 70 € (Dec 31) + possible order processing fees

There will also be a limited amount of three day VIP passes for 250 € + possible order processing fees.

The tickets will be on sale at all Tiketti outlets

Tickets can be reserved through the call center +358108431611, reservation time 2 days.

Tickets will be available on Mon 8 Sep at 12:00 CET (13:00 local time)

Ticket limit: max 2 tickets per customer and per card

The tickets are personal. They will be named at the time of purchase, and the identity of the ticket owner will be verified when entering the venue.

As one of the people who was there on 2012, I advise you guys to act really quick regarding ticket sales.. Last time, it took 10 minutes for the festival to be sold-out! :O

[ALBUM REVIEW] Vintersorg – Naturbål

August 30, 2014 § Leave a comment

Band : Vintersorg

Album : Naturbål

Release Date : 27-06-2014

Genre : Melodic black metal

Record Label : Napalm Records

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Vintersorg is a Swedish metal band . Formed in 1994 by , the band had mainly the black metal approach in the beginning  but over the years, this approach evolved into folk/progressive metal so with the change/mixture of different musical styles, Vintersorg’s music has always been unique in the metal scene. Surely, different styles also mean that with each album, the listener faces many surprises! :D

The band has released 9 studio albums so far. However the last three albums are quite different; the albums Jordpuls (2011), Orkan (2012) and the latest album Naturbål (2014) are all connected to each other. All these three albums symbolize the 3 elements (earth, air and the fire) so the latest album “Naturbal” is the continuation of the past two albums.

Album Review

The first element that catches my attention is definitely the ‘melodic’ part of the album. While listening to Naturbål , you will hear the mixture of melodic metal through orchestrations in the background that totally reflect the whole Scandinavian vibe that the band creates. Add the clean vocals sung by Mr. V and you will have a musical feast mixed with folk-ish melodies. This apprach also makes the songs quite catchy and will make the listener go through a journey in the element of ‘fire’. Let’s not forget the black metal approach though; songs like “Lagornas rov” and “Elddraken” reflect the ‘raw’ side of the band, which make the album a bit darker so I can say that the ‘raw/black-metal’ and the ‘melodic’ side of the album create a beautiful contrast. The same can also be said about the combination of ‘raw’ harsh vocals and the clean vocals or even male and female vocals.

As a person who likes the mixture of different elements in an album, I really enjoyed listening to Naturbål. I must also mention that the vibe that the album gives off does indeed symbolize the element of fire; the album has a dynamic and ever-changing approach and this will surely attract the listeners. Although I liked the contrasts within the album, I enjoyed the songs in which raw vocals were featured more; I  found the clean vocals too ‘catchy’ for this album. One thing that also caught my attention is the fact that the first half of the album is much more captivating and colorful than the second half. Nevertheless, I am sure that everybody will enjoy listening to this album; especially if you love a bit of everything! My favorite from the album is “Överallt och ingestans” ; I fell in love with the melody in the beginning and listening to this song still send shivers down my spine!

Naturbål is energetic, dynamic and melodic! Give it a shot!

Review : 7/10

Naturbål Tracklisting :

  1. Ur aska och sot
  2. Överallt och ingestans
  3. En blixt fran klar himmel
  4. Lagornas rov
  5. Rymdens brinnande öar
  6. Natten visste vad skymningen sag
  7. Elddraken
  8. Urdarmane
  9. Sjal i flamma

Vintersorg is :

Mr. V – Vocals, Guitars (acoustic, lead, rhythm), Bass, Keyboards, Programming 

Mattias Marklund – Guitars (lead), Guitars (rhythm)

Guest musician :

Helena Sofia Lindman – female vocals

Links :

Vintersorg Facebook

 

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