SLAYER – Album Title and Release Date Announced!

May 22, 2015 § Leave a comment

Yes! That moment has come!

Slayer has released a video statement regarding the new album! It’s named “Repentless” and it will be released on September 11, 2015 via Nuclear Blast!

RIP B.B. KING, The King of Blues…

May 15, 2015 § Leave a comment

A big loss for the music world…

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The statement from BBC:

“The ‘King of the Blues’ guitarist and singer, BB King, has died aged 89, his lawyer says.

King, known for his hits Lucille, Sweet Black Angel and Rock Me Baby, died in his sleep in Las Vegas.

Born in Mississippi, King began performing in the 1940s. He went on to influence a generation of musicians, working with Eric Clapton and U2.

Once ranked as the third greatest guitarist of all time, he had been suffering ill health in recent months.

He was recently taken to hospital with a diabetes-related illness.

A former farmhand, King was awarded his 15th Grammy award in 2009 for his album One Kind Favor.

He was also inducted into both the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Rolling Stone magazine placed him behind only Jimi Hendrix and Duane Allman in its list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time.

Until recently, King performed in at least 100 concerts a year.”

Rest in peace, you will never be forgotten!

[ALBUM REVIEW] Tharaphita – Ülestõus

May 1, 2015 § Leave a comment

Band: Tharaphita

Album: Ülestõus

Release Date: 2014

Record Label: Vaarang Records

Genre: Blackened Pagan Metal ylestous_CDcover1400x1400px_300dpi

Tharaphita is a blackened pagan metal band from Estonia. Created as a solo project of the vocalist/guitarist Ank in 1993, the band has become one of the most influential and unique bands in the Estonian metal scene. The name of the band comes from the Estonian fire god Tarapita. According to legend, Tarapita landed at Estonia’s biggest island Saaremaa. The ancestors had seen this fire in the sky and started to worship it. The first gig of Tharaphita took place in 1996. For now, there have been more than 100 gigs, also in other Baltic states, Finland and Norway, besides the homeland Estonia. The stage has been shared with the bands like Paradise Lost, Hypocrisy, Katatonia, Rotting Christ, Ensiferum, Arkona, Skyforger and Susperia.

The band has released their latest record “Ülestõus” last year and as soon as I had the chance to review it, I was blown away! We are not exactly talking about a usual “blackened pagan metal” band to begin with. From the first song, which carries the same name as the album, the deadly dance of black/thrash/pagan metal will catch attention. The riffs throughout the record are really catchy and deliver us that aggressive sound that will entertain the listener. Add the ‘raw’ vocals to the sound and there you have the essence of the band. The sound is also quite straightforward; there is no atmospheric vibe but just the aggression and that harsh, “straight-to-the-face” approach that will definitely make the lovers of that raw sound happy!

Generally, although the influences from some big names in pagan/thrash scene can be seen, “Ülestõus” can be considered as a great achievement in the band’s career. Influences are surely always there and I think this added another dimension to the sound. This is definitely recommended for lovers of pagan/black/thrash metal. My personal favorites are “Ülestõus” and “Tuhandeaastase orjaöö tuhast” but I gotta say that the whole record draws in the listener and especially if you love this genre, you won’t be able to pick out a favorite!

If you are craving for that aggressive and straight-to-your-face approach, give this record a listen! You won’t regret it!

Rating: 8/10

Tracklist:

  1. Ülestõus (Uprising)
  2. Viimsepäeva koidik (The Dawn of Armageddon)
  3. Luupainaja (The Nightmare)
  4. Tuhandeaastase orjaöö tuhast (From the Ashes of a Thousand Years of Slavery)
  5. Sõnad sõlmedesse (Knotting the Words)
  6. Surma-arbujad (Sorcerers of Death)
  7. Tuuled rändavad ringi (Winds Wander)
  8. Terasest taotud teel (On a Road Made of Steel)

THARAPHITA is:

Ank – vocals, guitar

Benton – guitar

Draconic – guitar synth, vocals

Brutalis – bass

Melu – drums

More info:

Tharaphita Official 

Tharaphita Facebook

An Interview With CELTACHOR: “We Are Really Happy With How The New Album Has Turned Out!”

April 26, 2015 § Leave a comment

Blackened folk metallers CELTACHOR have recently released their brand new album “Nuada of the Silver Arm”. I must say that the album has impressed me from the first listen (click here to read the album review) and surely, I wanted to know more about the album and learn a bit more about these Irish metallers! Here’s my e-mail interview with the vocalist Stephen Roche and drummer Anaïs Chareyre!

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Hello guys! How are you?

Anais: Hi there, we’re all good!

Steve: Keeping well Basak, thanks for asking! Hope you are well!

Firstly, for the readers that do not know the band that well, can you tell us shortly about the history of the band? How did the idea of CELTACHOR arise?

Steve: The idea for the band started in 2007, myself and the guitarist David wanted to showcase the sagas of Irish Mythology in our way, we wanted to make it darker, more brooding but at the same time majestic and full of wonder. We played our first gig on August 27th 2010 supporting Cruachan. Shortly after that gig, Anais joined us on drums and Fionn soon after as second guitarist. Oliver has been our new bass player last few years, and we have all gelled well together.

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The brand new album “Nuada of the Silver Arm” has recently been released! Can you tell us a bit more about this album?

Anais: This album focuses on the Tuatha’s High King Nuada, he was an important character of Irish Mythology. We tell his story from his arrival to Ireland with his people, the battles he fought, his kingship lost and taken back, until his death on the battlefield.

Steve: As Anais said above, this deals with some of the major events for Nuada of the Silver Arm from losing his arm at the battle of Magh Nia, to his new arm being forged at Tara. Nuada and Lugh setting out with their men to fight and defeat the Fomorian Leader Balor of the evil eye. Nuada is killed but the Tuatha rise up to avenge him and they win out over the Fomor(The Second battle of Magh Tuiread). Looking forward to continue the sagas and work on the next work, some work has already begun.

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When you compare the upcoming album and the previous record “Nine Waves From The Shore”, what are the main differences?

Anais: When we started to write “Nine Waves From The Shore” (2012), we were a four-piece band, Fionn joined as second guitarist later. So Daithi was the main composer of the first album, whereas Fionn is the main one for the second. Since the last album, we learnt to play and write better together, and we improved individually as musicians. We also went for a real recording studio (Sun Studios in Dublin) and worked with an excellent sound engineer and producer, Ola Ersfjord. This choice made another dramatic difference in our sound. I think our fans will notice all of this…

Steve: The difference is like night and day, I think once you have worked in a good studio you will never go back to doing things by yourself. Depends on the situation really but we are really happy with how the new album has turned out!

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Were there any new challenges or difficulties during the recording process? Were there any highlights?

Anais: During the recording there was a few difficulties there and there, but nothing we couldn’t fix at the end. We couldn’t afford to record for as long as we would have wished, but sure, we would spend an entire year in a studio if we were allowed, it’s such a cool toy! For me, hearing ourselves back with a big sound was the overall highlight, as well as getting a cello player (Rama Block) for some parts, and an amazing Uilleann Pipes player (Ian Lynch). And we got ourselves some real strong chanting with the help of Carl King (ex – Two Tales of Woe).

Steve: Too much coffee! It was an enjoyable experience and we have a better idea of how we will tackle stuff and organization in future. It pushed me much farther as a singer too,but I think for everyone collectively it was a great experience and one we cannot wait to do again.

The album artwork caught my attention from the first glance. What’s the story behind it?

Anais: I chose to make an image of Nuada while he watches his new Silver Arm in the fires of Teamhair. He had lost his kingship when his arm was cut during the first battle of Magh Tuireadh, as the Tuatha’s law says their leader must have a perfect health and body. With his new arm, he will be whole again, and will take back his kingship. Behind him his people are standing far from the flames, as they cannot take its overwhelming heat and brightness. In the fire I depicted the three Goddesses of Ireland, Fodla, Eriu and Banba.

“Nuada of the Silver Arm” is also an interesting title. What is the meaning behind it?

Anais: It is the way Nuada was called since he got his new Silver Arm made by his druid Dian Cécht. He was also called Nuada Airgead Lamh.

 

You guys have toured abroad last year for the first time in Germany and your performance in Dark Troll Festival was really fantastic. Did touring abroad add any experiences to the band’s progress in general? What were your impressions in general?

Anais: It wasn’t a proper tour sadly, but we play in Germany, UK and France. We LOVE to travel abroad to play, and we give it all our energy! The German crowd was so strong, so into it! We would love more of it…

Steve : It was a really great experience, we felt so welcome, it is always great to play to a new crowd and we spent a few days with our label Trollzorn. Really great guys and we hope that we can come back to Germany to play again soon as we get a chance!

Speaking of touring, what are your next destinations and which has been the most memorable touring experience that you had?

Anais: We are soon going to Arnhem to open for our good friends of Heidevolk, on May 2nd, and it will be a party and a half! My best gig memory is probably our gig in Paris for Cernunnos, packed room, crowd on fire… Unforgettable!

Steve : Cernunnos fest in France and Dark Troll Festival in Germany were great experiences and great to finally get out and start playing Europe, which was the main goal for us that year and we hope more opportunities come out of it! Also we were welcomed so well and was great to hang out with our label heads Trollzorn for a few days for plenty of beer and fun!

In the world of pagan/folk metal, there are many newcomer bands as well as the ‘legends’ trying to improve their sounds without repeating themselves. What are your favorite bands from the genre/Do you have any favorites?

Anais: To name a few ; Nokturnal Mortum, Skyforger, Absu, Moonsorrow, Bathory, Belenos, Heol Twelen, Primordial. But if I think of it too much I will write for too long.

SteveSkyforger,Arkona,Metsatoll, Bathory,Falkenbach, Summoning.Ildra,etc.

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What are your plans after the album release?

Anais: Get gigging! And get writing the next one too, we already have the next concept and the guys started writing riffs, I can’t wait to rehearse them!

Steve : Play as many gigs and fests as we can! If there are any promoters reading this that would be interested in having us, please send us a message to celtachorbooking@hotmail.com

 

Lastly, any last words to your fans?

Anais: Thank you for your support over the years! We hope you will enjoy this album as much as we enjoyed writing it!

Steve: Thank you for the interview Basak and we hope everyone will enjoy our new album! Support us when it comes out and pick up a copy! Cheers!

Special thanks to : Steve and Anais! 

More info:

Celtachor Official

Celtachor Facebook

Get the new album : https://celtachor.bandcamp.com/album/nuada-of-the-silver-arm

HEIDEVOLK Part Ways with REAMON and MARK

April 26, 2015 § Leave a comment

The Dutch pagan folk metallers HEIDEVOLK has some sad news for the fans. The band has recently announced via Facebook that they are saying goodbye to REAMON (guitars) and MARK (vocals). The good thing is that there are no hard feelings so the decision has been made mutually. Here is the band’s statement:

Ladies and gentlemen,

With a heavy heart Heidevolk says good bye to both Reamon (guitars) and Mark (vox). After 12 intense years with Heidevolk they have decided that it is time to move on. We thank them for the great times both on and of stage and we wish them both the very best for all their future endeavors. The album release show May 2nd @ LuxorLive (Arnhem, NL) will be their last live performance with Heidevolk.

Although both members will be missed, HEIDEVOLK will continue to perform live and work on new songs. All upcoming shows after May 2nd will be played with session-members Kevin Storm (guitars) and Jacco (vox) who’ve already proven themselves live at the PAGANFEST 2015 tour.

Reamon’s statement:

After twelve fantastic years I am announcing my departure from Heidevolk. I would like to express my gratitude to the fans around the world for all their support over the years: you are amazing. I would also like to thank the Heidevolk members and crew (past and present): it has been a honour working and partying with you. I am proud of what we have achieved over the years. This is an extremely difficult decision for me to make, but the last year my heart hasn’t been in it 100% anymore. I strongly believe that when you’re part of a band you have to give it 100% or don’t do it at all.
What will the future have in store? I’ve been working on a project for a while now. It’s going to be heavy and manly as f*ck! I’ll keep you posted about that.
Thank you all. I am going to miss your fantastic response during and after our live shows. That I am certain. Best, Reamon

Mark’s statement:

“After nearly 12 years of parties, beer and adrenaline kicks I’ve decided to leave Heidevolk. Mainly because I cannot combine the band with my new day job, but also because I’ve noticed that the last couple of years my taste in music differs from the other band members. I would like to thank everyone who supported Heidevolk, the bands we’ve played with and of course our fans. I have a lot of beautiful and awesome memories of this band and I wish everyone in Heidevolk good luck and success. May 2nd will be the last time I wield the mic on stage with Heidevolk. With kind regards, Mark”

As a huge Heidevolk fan, I wish all the best and success to Reamon and Mark for future works and to their contribution in Heidevolk!

STRATOVARIUS To Release New Album “Eternal” on August 14th

April 26, 2015 § Leave a comment

STRATOVARIUS have broken their year long silence to reveal they are in the studio completing a new record. Its release will be preceded by a performance at Wacken Open Air Festival and followed by a full tour soon after release.

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Eternal” is the fourth studio album by the Finnish symphonic metal originators for the earMUSIClabel.
The trilogy of albums “Polaris”, “Elysium” and “Nemesis” were released close to each other as the consequence of the renewed creative energy the band gained following the arrival of new members to support the historical members Kotipelto, Johansson and Michael. The previous three albums by Stratovarius showcased the many talents of guitarist Mattias Kupianen (prolific songwriter and producer of all the albums, including “Eternal”), virtuoso bass player Lauri Porra and, on the third of the three, the young talent Rolf Pilve, one of the best drummer of his generation who had to replace Jörg Michael after the latter decided to move into a new role in Stratovarius management.

The most recent album “Nemesis” included the single “Unbreakable”, which became one of the most streamed songs ever released by Stratovarius.

Kotipelto and Johansson proudly carry the torch of the glorious Stratovarius tradition, but now many fans of the band consider the current line-up “classic Stratovarius”. The new album “Eternal” has been the longest album in the making from the band.

“Since ‘Polaris’ we have released a new studio album pretty much every two years” – reflects Jens Johansson – “but after ‘Nemesis’, we all decided to take a little bit of time off after we finished the world tour. Now we’re all tanned and rested and it’s about f***ing time to get back into the saddle. Everybody has been busy the last few months writing lots of new songs, and only the best has been recorded for ‘Eternal’”.

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In rest of the World, the first shows in support of “Eternal” are as follows:

ETERNAL WORLD TOUR
With Special Guests

10/05 Tallinn – Factory (EST)
10/06 Riga – Melna Piektdiena (LIT)
10/07 Vilnius – Galaxy Event Hall (LIT)
10/09 Cracov – Fabryka (PL)
10/10 Warsaw – Progresja (PL)
10/11 Berlin – C-Club (GER)
10/13 Vienna – Szene (AT)
10/14 Budapest – Club 202 or Barba Negra (HUN)
10/16 Geiselwind – Musichall (GER)
10/17 Lindau – Vaudeville (GER)
10/20 Munich – Backstage (GER)
10/21 Milano – Live Club (IT)
10/23 Bilbao – Santana (ESP)
10/24 Madrid – Sala BUT (ESP)
10/25 Sevilla – Custom (ESP)
10/27 Valencia – Koh-Tao (ESP)
10/28 Barcelona – Razzmatazz (ESP)
10/30 Pratteln – Z-7 (CH)
10/31 Besancon – La Rodia (F)
11/01 Paris – Trabendo (F)
11/03 London – O2 Islington Academy (UK)
11/04 Vosselaar – Biebob (BE)
11/05 Eindhoven – Effenaar (NL)
11/06 Cologne – Essigfabrik (GER)
11/07 Bochum – Matrix (GER)
11/09 Frankfurt – Batschkapp (GER)
11/10 Stuttgart – LKA (GER)
11/11 Hamburg – Gruenspan (GER)
11/12 Karlsruhe – Substage (GER)
11/13 Kufstein – Kulturfabrik (AT)

Song details and formats (including a limited deluxe edition as in the Stratovarius tradition) will be revealed in the next weeks as well as details for a tour in Finland.

NIKLAS KVARFORTH’S SHINING ANNOUNCES GERMAN TOUR DATES AND EXPLAINS THE BAND’S FUTURE TOURING PLANS

April 20, 2015 § Leave a comment

Originally posted on PATRICIA THOMAS BAND MANAGEMENT:

With SHINING’s ninth full-length album  “IX / Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends” hitting the streets world-wide on Season of Mist, the band has announced that it will play a series of dates in Germany in November.  Supporting SHINING on the tour will be German bands IMPERIUM DEKADENZ and DER WEG EINER FREIHEIT .  Tickets for the tour will go on sale on the 21 April.  Routing as follows:

12 Nov:  Backstage, Munich
13 Nov:  Keller Klub,  Stuttgart
14Nov:   Turock,  Essen
15 Nov:  Underground, Cologne
17 Nov:   Schlachthof , Wiesbaden
18 Nov:   Magnet,  Berlin
19 Nov:   Logo, Hamburg

As frontman and founder NIKLAS KVARFORTH explains, the band has eschewed the idea of long tours through several countries  in favour of shorter tours in individual countries:  “Basically we want to be able to give our audience the best show possible each time we are on stage.  And weeks on the road stuck on a cramped…

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