[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

 

[ALBUM REVIEW] Anathema – Distant Satellites

August 29, 2014 § Leave a comment

Band : Anathema

Album : Distant Satellites

Release Date : 04.06.2014

Record Label : KScope

Genre : Progressive Rock

Reviewer : G. Damgacı – Sense of Tune

 

 

Anathema is a progressive rock band from UK. Anathema is also known for being one of the first doom metal bands. The band was formed in the name of Pagan Angel in 1990 by Cavanagh brothers and Darren White as a death/doom metal band. After several changes in their line-up and a change of their name,  Cavanagh brothers became prominent figures in the band. Musical style of the band changed from doom metal to alternative rock and eventually to progressive rock throughout their history. But despite of this massive stylistic change,  Anathema continues being successful in their career.

“Distant Satellites” is the tenth studio album of Anathema. It was released in June 2014 via Kscope. The album was recorded in Oslo with producer Christer-André Cederberg. Also some of the songs were mixed by Steven Wilson. The artwork of the album was designed by Korean artist Sang Jun Yoo based on his installation called “Distant Light” .

Album Review

When I first listened to this album, I immediately think that Anathema repeated their trend of 2-3 part songs as in their last album “Weather Systems”. But the album itself wasn’t that similar to it. Since you hear some themes over again throughout the album, this actually let them create a melodically concept album. Anathema has a distinctive progressive style which consists of lots of piano and keyboards parts, sound effects and electronic music elements. This shows that they are not afraid of experimenting while composing. Usually progressive songs have blurred musical form but it seems that Anathema found their own way of composing their songs. There are lots of piano and string parts that they incorporated in previous albums too. They don’t usually play with tones like some other progressive bands. They often variate their own chord progressions with several rhytmic and instrumental changes.

The songs in this album have all the potential for being commercially successful. Because they are listenable. You don’t have to be a prog lover or an old Anathema fan to listen to these songs. They have almost an universal quality and a solid background. They have old Anathema ambience with new Anathema ideas. One of the best features of Anathema is that they feel their songs, not just sing or play them and record them, sell them and play them in shows. They really feel their songs. You feel it, you feel that they love their songs, they want to express themselves with them. Because they are sincere, warm, sensible. I love the fact that their composing strategy takes them through new and uncharted areas but they don’t get lost in progressiveness of their sound. They have certain purposes and certain themes that they like to reflect to us. So you will feel this intimate feelings both in their singing and playing their instruments. They are almost like Pink Floyd in their own Anathema territory. But also they have a modern sound. They are not afraid of creating perfect synthesis of different genres. In this album you will see a lot of electronic aspects too. They used them wisely. Also I really would like to mention that vocals of Lee Douglas fit perfectly with Anathema’s sound and Vincent’s vocal parts. I mean it’s hard to get this chemistry in most bands.

“Distant Satellites” is going successfully in the way that Anathema opened in previous albums “We’re Here Because We’re Here” (2010) and “Weather Systems” (2012). Although they don’t want to associate this album with previous ones, you will see the similarities. But this doesn’t mean that they repeat themselves. Maybe a bit with songs with parts. But they more likely put more and more on their musical foundation with each album. I like “The Lost Song” series, “Ariel”, “Distant Satellites” the most. But I really recommend you to listen to all of them. Buy the album and see where it will take you. Ambiance is there, “beauty, intensity, drama, quietude and extra musical dimensions” is there as they mentioned of the album before.

Reviewer’s rating : 8/10

Tracklisting

1. The Lost Song, Part 1
2. The Lost Song, Part 2
3. Dusk (Dark is Descending)
4. Ariel
5. The Lost Song, Part 3
6. Anathema
7. You’re Not Alone
8. Firelight
9. Distant Satellites
10.Take Shelter

Anathema is :

Vincent Cavanagh – Lead vocals, electric guitars, acoustic guitars, bass guitars, keyboards, programming, backing vocals
Daniel Cavanagh – Co-lead vocals, electric guitars, acoustic guitars, bass guitars, keyboards, piano.
John Douglas – E-drums, percussion, keyboards, programming
Lee Douglas – Lead vocals, co-lead vocals, backing vocals
Daniel Cardoso – Drums

Additional musicians

Christer-André Cederberg – Bass guitar

Anathema Official

[ALBUM REVIEW] Opeth – Pale Communion

August 27, 2014 § Leave a comment

Band : Opeth

Album : Pale Communion

Release Date : 25.08.2014

Record Label : Roadrunner Records

Genre : Progressive Rock

Reviewer : G. Damgacı – Sense of Tune

Opeth is a Swedish progressive rock/metal band which was formed as a death metal band in 1990 in Stockholm, Sweden by former vocalist David Isberg when he asked former Eruption member Mikael Åkerfeldt (16 years old at the time) to join the group as a bass guitarist. Bands name is derived from Wilbur Smith’s novel The Sunbird.
Throughout its history Mikael Åkerfeldt became Opeth’s prominent driving force and today he actually evolved the band from black and death Metal boundaries to an experimental and progressive project. Today Opeth’s music is well-known and critically acclaimed by metal music listeners all over the world with its incorporated progressive, folk, blues, classical, jazz and even 70’s pop and flamenco influences.
“Pale Communion” is the eleventh studio album by Opeth which was released on 25 August 2014 through Roadrunner Records. Producer of the album is Mikael Åkerfeldt himself and mixer is Steven Wilson who is known for his works in progressive rock genre and of course with Porcupine Tree.  Cover art of the album is designed by Travis Smith who has designed several previous Opeth album covers.
Album Review
Since I don’t want to review this album song by song, I will write about its musical aspects. First and most important of all, “Pale Communion” is not a conventional metal album. So if you are looking for lots of growl or death metal vocals, you will be disappointed almost instantly. Since Mikael Åkerfeldt previously said of the album, “I wanted to do something more melodic with this album, so there’s stronger vocal melodies and more melodies overall for this album.” it is as it is. I can safely assure you that you will be taken to a journey through the history of both progressive rock as a genre and Opeth’s most progressive albums throughout the album. As Mikael Åkerfeldt  heads the band’s direction of musical style, you will surely hear influences from 1970’s progressive bands such as Camel, Emerson, Lake & Palmer and so on.
As you may guess from the word “Progressive” album’s musical structure is complex.  Most of the songs were not developed within  the span of a conventional three-minute popular music single. They are extended with a web of complex and interesting compositions. Although songs can be distinguished from one another unlike for example Opeth’s early albums “Morning Rise” or  “My Arms, Your Hearse” and there is no distinct bridge between songs that makes the album more of a concept one musically, you will find that Opeth is pushing the limits of their sound one more time.  For example, they are using oscilator sounds too now, probably as a Steven Wilson effect on them. 70’s influences on them are crystal clear with Rhodes partitions, unpredictable turns. They even used some soundtrack-like melodies for God’s sake. I actually wonder if they see any musical boundaries around them. Some of the songs are certainly not like Opeth’s. I think this is a good thing about the band actually. They are not repeating themselves so much. You will always have to wait for what kind of musical ideas they come up with. This creates a certain anticipation amongst the band’s fans. I can say songs are all over the album. They are individual songs which are extended with blurred musical forms one may expect from a progressive band. Otherwise you will absolutely say “Oh this is an Opeth album. Did you hear that? It is one of Opeth’s trademark tone modulation.  And yeah, here comes a beautiful guitar solo. This acoustic part is exquisite.” as usual. But you will say “Wait, what?” for most of the songs too. Isn’t it great? Songs in this album are full of surprises. They are meticulously composed and some of you may think they are  weird. Oh yeah, you will go “Ok this was weird. But this is weirder.” when you first listen to this album. Then you will listen to it over and over again and find more things in it. So be open minded while listening to it. It will take you somewhere else out of your comfort zone. Let it be and enjoy it.
“Pale Communion” is while continuing Opeth’s recent “Softer, more progressive, more melodic, less aggresive and less louder” musical trend, it certainly carves its way to a more innovative and experimental kind of musical style. This is no surprise for progressive listeners but some of the fans who are waiting more of a metal album probably won’t like it very much.  But overall I find this album excellent.  Surely it has some songs thay are similar somehow to the ones in band’s “Heritage”, “Damnation”, “Ghost Reveries” albums. But not in a way of repeatation. In fact I don’t agree with people who say “This is a bridge between this and that album”. No, it is not. You can’t actually compare progressive albums with each other properly. They are all different from each other in many ways. This is a music genre where everything is possible and acceptable. So this album is more of another waypoint into Opeth’s progressive music career. Certainly a must have album. I don’t want to give any more spoilers about songs. I really want you to experience it by yourself.   Because this is one of the best if not the best album of 2014.
Reviewer’s rating : 9/10
Tracklisting 
1. Eternal Rains Will Come
2. Cusp of Eternity
3. Moon Above, Sun Below
4. Elysian Woes
5. Goblin (Instrumental)
6. River
7. Voice of Treason
8. Faith in Others
9. Solitude (Live) (Deluxe Edition Bonus Track, Black Sabbath cover)
10. Var Kommer Barnen In (Live) (Deluxe Edition Bonus Track, Hansson de Wolfe United cover)
Opeth is :
Mikael Åkerfeldt – Vocals, guitar, production, art direction
Fredrik Åkesson – Guitar
Joakim Svalberg – Piano, keyboards
Martín Méndez – Bass guitar
Martin Axenrot – Drums, percussion
Additional personnel
Steven Wilson – Mixing
Travis Smith – Cover art
More info 
The cover artwork contains Latin text. On the left  panel there is a quote of Axel Oxentierna who was a Swedish statesman. He is said to be considered as a brilliant pragmatist and an influential person in Swedish history.  The quote is : “An nesci, mi fili, quantilla prudentia mundus regatur?” meaning “Don’t you know, my son, with how little wisdom the world is governed?” in English. It is said that this quote was in a letter to his son Jonah. The words are intended to encourage his son, a delegate to the negotiatons that would lead to the Peace of Westphalia which will end Thirty-Years War.
The middle panel quotes Terence (Publius Terentius Afer) who was a playwright of the Roman Republic. The quote is “Hoc tempore obsequium amicos, veritas odium parit” (from his play Andria, vv. 67-6) meaning “In these days friends are won through flattery, the truth gives birth to hate.” in English.
The right panel quotes  Marcus Valerius Martialis who was a Roman poet from Hispania best known for his twelve books of Epigrams, published in Rome between AD 86 and 103.  The quote is “Ille dolet vere qui sine teste dolet” (from Epigrams) meaning “He grieves truly who grieves without a witness.” in English.
**SPECIAL THANKS to my awesome musician friend G. Damgacı for writing this review. You must check out his brand new blog SENSE OF TUNE! ** 

[LIVE REPORT] Rock Off Festival

August 24, 2014 § Leave a comment

rockoff_afis

As the summer is coming to an end,  I thought I would share my impressions of this year’s first Rock Off festival, which was held in Istanbul, Turkey! This festival was quite important for a ‘regular’ Turkish metalhead since the festival had some quite promising names like MEGADETH, AMON AMARTH, TURISAS, GOJIRA and… HIM!  Apart from the foreign bands, the line-up also included Turkish acts such as MURAT ILKAN, MURDER KING and much more!

Day 1 :

Since I was there as a visitor and not as a journalist, I decided to skip acts (and tour Istanbul a little bit) so the first band I could see was the German act HAGGARD. Known for their symphonic melodies and the ‘crowded’ appearance on stage, the band had generally a good energy. It was also a good start to the festival for me; I always have a thing for violin + the mixture of the female and male vocals and Haggard did indeed satisfy the audience. The band has played in Turkey for more than 3 times so they were quite relaxed on stage!  The sound system this time was also (surprisingly) good so it was possible to hear almost every element – from the violin to the harsh male vocals- in the band’s music. The highlight of the show was surely “Herr Mannelig” which is the band’s classic!

Haggard

After some symphonic metal, power metal madness was awaiting the metalheads. The excitement arose as STRATOVARIUS started the show. It was such a great feeling seeing this legendary band on stage; I am not a huge fan of the power metal scene but Stratovarius is definitely one of those bands that every metalhead can enjoy. The band started the setlist with “Speed Light” so it was clear that the setlist was gonna be colorful and it was indeed so! The band continued the show with songs like “Eagleheart”, “Deep Unknown”, “Legions” and “The Kiss of Judas”. However, my favorite of the whole show was definitely “Hunting High and Low”.This song had a great energy within the audience and it was surely the highlight of the performance. As the band closed the set with “Black Diamond”, they finished the show with smiles on their faces. :D

Stratovarius

Soon after Stratovarius finished the show, the warm (and extremely humid) weather had a sudden change and we faced with a quite aggressive rain shower.. When I say rain shower, it was a shower indeed. The shower did not intend to stop and this put a question mark in everyone’s face.. Was the next band , HIM, gonna perform at all?! This was an anxious moment for all the HIM fans. We later learned that the stage was flooded as well so this got us even worried a lot more.

After a delay of about 1 hour and after the rain eventually stopped, the Finnish love metallers were finally able to perform. As a person who has seen this band a few times in different countries, I was quite interested how this would turn out; HIM’s performances were either extremely awful or amazing so what was it gonna be this time? As the band started the set with “Buried Alive By Love”, I knew this show was gonna be fucking amazing. It was quite surprising to see the headliners had a happy mood overall; it was not just about Ville Valo but everyone was rocking on stage! The band had a great setlist overall; some songs like “Join Me In Death” , “Kiss of Dawn”, “Your Sweet 666” were some of the classics that the band played.

Despite an amazing performance, the band could only play for 40 minutes (normally, the band was going to play a 105 minute show) and they had to finish the show with “Wicked Game”. This was such a disappointment for the hardcore HIM fans. Surely this was the organisation’s fault ; apparently, the stage was flooded so much – including the PA system- that it was risky for the band to play on stage.. Well, such a shame!  I hope the organisation learned its lesson and will not repeat a mistake like this again.. Nevertheless, it was an amazing feeling to see these guys in Turkey after 10 years. Who knows? Maybe next show will be organised more professionally!

HIM1

Day 2 :

A sunny second day was awaiting the ‘fierce’ metalheads. Why ‘fierce’? Because it was the day of fucking viking metal!

Today for me started with the Turisas signing session. It was especially surprising to see those kinds of sessions in a Turkish festival but this time it was clear that everybody was quite excited for the signing session. I also gotta mention that the queue was quite long; Turisas surely had lots of fans in Turkey but I also kinda saw that the previous signing session of Amon Amarth was taking longer than usual and each fan, who got an autograph from the band left with a smile on his/her face! :D

Meanwhile, the legendary MURAT ILKAN was already on stage. From what I have heard, the former Mezarkabul vocalist was diagnosed with MS, which was quite sad to hear. However, as a person who saw him on the stage for the first time, I was impressed to the core. Surely, we are talking about a very talented and professional vocalist but this time, it seemed like he did beat MS (in a way) and he was definitely back on track. As for the crowd, the warm humid sunny afternoon did not matter to them and Mr. Ilkan was definitely appreciated.

Aaaand the moment (most of) the fans had been waiting for.. TURISAS in Turkey for the first time! :D My first impressions of the show were undescribable of course.. The band started the show with a little intro and then one of the classics ; “To Holmgard and Beyond”. This was a perfect start to the show as it gave just the right amount energy and motivation to keep the crowd going. That was not the only classic they played though ; “One More” and “Battle Metal” were also some of the amazing songs in the setlist. For the fans of the new stuff, the songs “ We Ride Together” and “No Good Story Ever Starts With Drinking Tea” were played with joy. The mainman Mathias Nygard was quite obvious though; throughout the show, he greeted the crowd three times saying ‘We are Turisas from Finland.. How are you?’ :D But I could see why they were so excited and I am sure any Turisas fan will know as well. The city of Istanbul (or Constantinopolis back then) is significant for the band. For that matter, they finished the show with “Miklagard Overture”.

Overall, this was an amazing Turisas show filled with excitement and lots of little circle-pits :D It was definitely different, watching this band in Istanbul… Well, they need to be back so soon! Istanbul will surely miss them!

Turisas

It was time for some heavy/power metal… The Norwegian mastermind JORN on stage.. I remember reviewing one of his albums many months ago and his voice definitely captivated me at the first listen. I was tired as hell after the Turisas gig so I decided to chill with friends at the back  and listen to him from a bit far away.

When we are talking about a performer like Jorn, who has worked with many bands like Masterplan, Ark, Beyond Twilight and The Snakes,  the professionalism and perfectionalism were surely there. He definitely is one of those artists who always performs awesome shows live. Let’s not forget the most important element about him : the vocals of course! Some of my friends even said “Well.. This guy sounds like Dio!” and it was indeed so. For metalheads who were craving those old days, Jorn was the answer. However, the other half (who was waiting for the headliners, Amon Amarth) were really bored and just wanted it to be over.. Well.. Personally, it was soothing for me to listen to Jorn but I wish the audience could have been a bit more motivating and enthusiastic.

Jorn

AMON AMARTH at last! I especially moved to a bit front to see the guys live for the first time.. (yes, for the fucking first time after all these years :D). What can I say? After the little intro, it was time for some mindblowing viking metal. The Swedish vikings started the set with “Father of the Wolf” and I could already hear that almost everybody was singing (or growling) along and headbanging.. It was a crazy atmosphere there! :D

The band had a great setlist for the fans in general; some of my favorites were the intro song “Father of the Wolf”,  “Deceiver of the Gods”, which can also be regarded as one of the audience’s favorite songs, “Cry of the Black Birds” and of course “Guardians of Asgaard”. However, the higlight of the setlist happened before the last song “The Pursuit of Vikings”; the mainman/vocalist Johan Hegg held a huge Mjölnir high and then the band finished their amazing performance with the last song.

I guess there is nothing to say more; Amon Amarth definitely killed it. I can definitely say that they were my favorites of the festival. They were the great headliner and their show was filled with the whole viking spirit and I guess this was just what everyone needed!

AmonAmarth

Day 3:

Going to the festival at the last day was a bit of a last-minute decision for me. However, after wandering around the city, I decided to head to the venue to see the last two bands, GOJIRA and the headliners MEGADETH.

The French death/groove metallers GOJIRA were already playing when I entered the venue! I remember listening to this band long ago; the band was not my style back then. But I have to say that their live show this time did manage to convince me. I really like the overall dark atmosphere that the band created, not to mention their technical sound. It was Gojira’s first time in Turkey and they were also surprised to see so many Gojira fans in the venue!

Gojira

As the festival’s last band, the headliners MEGADETH were next. I was a bit skeptic about this performance since I know for a fact that mainman Dave Mustaine’s vocals are not always the best recently. However, this performance was better than I have expected and the setlist included (almost) everything that a Megadeth fan needed ; “Symphony of Destruction”, “Hangar 18”, “Tornado of Souls”…. You name the others  :D As a matter of fact, I was quite surprised that the band did not play so many songs from their  recent albums.. I guess they also knew that the fans wanted to hear the classics more than the ‘new’ and ‘totally different’ Megadeth stuff.

The higlight of the show was definitely the huge screen on stage. During every song, there were images, videos related to the song performed and since some of the Megadeth songs are political, the fans were able to see lots of images of politicians and political situations. This was surely quite meaningful; especially in a country like Turkey.

 

All in all, I can say that, Rock Off Festival was a great start when it comes to metal festivals in Turkey. Surely, there were some (huge) mistakes that the organisation made and need to avoid at next year’s festival (yes, it’s happening indeed!). Apart from those mistakes, everyone seemed to have a great time and both the bands and the audience were satisfied. We just gotta hope that Freebird Agency – the organization- is a bit more careful regarding weather conditions ;)

 

AT THE GATES: “At War With Reality” Cover Artwork And More Album Details Launched

August 21, 2014 § Leave a comment

AT THE GATES, the pioneering band of the “Gothenburg style” melodic death metal sound, are launching more details about their highly anticipated “At War With Reality” comeback album, which will be released on October 27th, 2014 in Europe and October 28th, 2014 in North America via Century Media Records.

Today, AT THE GATES are revealing the front cover artwork for “At War With Reality”, which was designed by Costin Chioreanu / twilight13media.com. Chioreanu, who has previously also worked with bands such as ARCH ENEMY, MORGOTH or DARKTHRONE, gave the strong lyrical theme of “At War With Reality” an outstanding conceptual togetherness with the visuals he crafted for this project.

At The Gates

AT THE GATES vocalist and lyricist Tomas Lindberg checked in with the following comment, explaining the album’s theme: “The concept of ‘At War with Reality’ is based on the literary genre called ‘Magic Realism’. The main style within this genre is the notion that ‘reality’ is ever-changing, and needs to be constantly re-discovered and re-conquered. We felt that Costin’s artwork style would be the perfect visual contribution to this album, so he became the natural choice…”

And AT THE GATES guitarist and main songwriter Anders Björler further explained: “I got in touch with Costin a few years back. I was immediately impressed with his dark and original style. He collaborated on some T-shirt designs for AT THE GATES as well as designing the album artwork for my Instrumental Project. We realized pretty early on that his style would accompany the music and the concept perfectly.”

Additionally, Costin Chioreanu checked in with the following words: “I have been waiting for this album for almost 20 years and it’s the biggest honor for me to illustrate it – As there is no greater achievement for a dreamer than the moment when the dream becomes reality. “At War With Reality” is by far the most complex visual story I have ever created, from all points of view. From the very first moment the band presented the concept, I found it extremely stunning and at the same time super-challenging. I like to think that visual art and music are tools to explore our minds – to create, to discover and to push the limits. AT THE GATES, one of my all-time favorite Metal bands, offered me a chance to explore a new dimension.

Some of the songs included on “At War With Reality” are the following: “Death And The Labyrinth”, “The Circular Ruins”, “The Conspiracy Of The Blind”, “Order From Chaos”, “Eater Of Gods” or “Upon Pillars Of Dust”.

On the live-front, AT THE GATES have recently announced two more shows for February 2015 in their Swedish homeland (Karlstad on the 27th and Umeå on the 28th). Here is an overview of all upcoming AT THE GATES live-dates:

AT THE GATES + Support:
TH 20.11.2014 Tampere (Finland) – Klubi
FR 21.11.2014 Jyväskylä (Finland) – Lutako
SA 22.11.2014 Helsinki (Finland) – Nosturi

AT THE GATES, GRAVE, MORBUS CHRON:
TH 27.11.2014 Göteborg (Sweden) – Trägårn
FR 28.11.2014 Stockholm (Sweden) – Arenan
SA 29.11.2014 Malmö (Sweden) – KB

AT THE GATES, TRIPTYKON, MORBUS CHRON:
TH 04.12.2014 London (UK) – Forum
FR 05.12.2014 Manchester (UK) – Academy 2
SA 06.12.2014 Glasgow (UK) – Garage
SU 07.12.2014 Birmingham (UK) – Academy
MO 08.12.2014 Cardiff (UK) – Solus
WE 10.12.2014 Essen (Germany) – Turock
TH 11.12.2014 Hamburg (Germany) – Markthalle
FR 12.12.2014 Eindhoven (The Netherlands) – Eindhoven Metal Meeting
SA 13.12.2014 Leipzig (Germany) – Conne Island
SU 14.12.2014 Wien (Austria) – Arena
TU 16.12.2014 Aarau (Switzerland) – Kiff
WE 17.12.2014 Munich (Germany – Backstage Werk
TH 18.12.2014 Antwerpen (Belgium) – Trix
FR 19.12.2014 Cologne (Germany) – Essigfabrik
SA 20.12.2014 Berlin (Germany) – Postbahnhof

AT THE GATES – Live 2015:
TH 08.01.2015 Istanbul (Turkey) – Jolly Joker

FR 09.01.2015 Athens (Greece) – Stage Volume 1

SA 10.01.2015 Thessaloniki (Greece) – Principal Club

SA 31.01.2015 Dublin (Ireland) – Academy

TH 26.02.2015 Oslo (Norway) – Vulkan Arena

FR 27.02.2015 Karlstad (Sweden) – Nöjesfabriken

SA 28.02.2015 Umeå (Sweden) – House Of Metal

FR 29.05.2015 Johannesburg (South Africa) – TBA

SA 30.05.2015 Cape Town (South Africa) – TBA

More touring as well as details for “At War With Reality” will be revealed soon…

ANAAL NATHRAKH – Reveal The Title Of The Upcoming Album

August 21, 2014 § Leave a comment

Yes, you read it right :D

British metallers ANAAL NATHRAKH have finally revealed the title of the upcoming album.

According to the band, the album will be named “Desideratum”. You might wonder what that means… Well, it means “something that is needed or wanted”. That sounds quite right about the upcoming album, don’t you think? :D

What does the band say about the album then? :

“Finally, we are reaching the stage where things are coming together for the impending release of our new cacophony. For now, we can divulge that the title will be Desideratum. Everything is in Metal Blade’s hands ready for pressing, artwork is finalized, and the release date is pencilled in pending final confirmation.

“Expect an update approximately this time next week with release date, preorder information, and a streaming track from the album. Following that, more information and hopefully preview tracks will be made available in the run up to the day itself. Preparations for triage and all emergency measures should be made now. Nearly there…”

Hang in there, guys! The album will be out soon ;)

Laakso’s Photography Exhibition “Gods, Heroes and Fragile Stars” Is Up and Running in Kuopio, Finland

August 21, 2014 § Leave a comment

Originally posted on Kuolemanlaakso:

Kuolemanlaakso’s founder, guitarist/keyboardist Laakso has been shooting rock stars for a decade for music magazines as well as for personal pleasure. “Gods, Heroes and Fragile Stars” is his first solo exhibition. It features live shots from clubs and festivals as well as portraits from backstages, bars, hotels and tour busses. Some of the pictures have been previously published in magazines, but many of them have never before seen the light of day.

The facade of Laakso's "Gods, Heroes and Fragile Stars" photo exhibition. Kauppakeskus Apaja, Kuopio, Finland.

The facade of Laakso’s “Gods, Heroes and Fragile Stars” photo exhibition (shot with an iPhone 4). Kauppakeskus Apaja, Kuopio, Finland.

Music is channeling different emotions to the listener through artistic expression. This is what I aim to achive with my pictures, too. I try to reflect the artist’s music through my photographs, as well as capture something real about his or her persona: strenght, sauciness, vulnerability. Same as in music, capturing the emotion is the key element“, states Laakso.

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