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[ALBUM REVIEW] Caladmor – Of Stones and Stars

Band : Caladmor

Album : Of Stones and Stars

Genre : Epic Folk Metal

Release Date : 30.08.2013

Record Label : Self-released

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Caladmor is a band from Pale, Switzerland. The band was formed in 2001. The meaning of the name – ‘dark light’ – is a significant paradox marking the music of CALADMOR.

The band’s first album “Midwinter”, which was released on 2010 via Twilight Zone Records, already made the band quite convincing and successful and now the band continues their musical journey with their second album “Of Stones and Stars”, which features the famous musicians Chrigel Glanzmann (Eluveitie) and the virtuoso Joel Gilardini (The Land of The Snow, Lunatic Fringe and Mulo Muto).

Epic tunes creating epic wideness, thundering guitar riffs and striking melodies meet the vocals of Babs and drummer Maede, leading the listener on a philosophical path through the land of myths from exhilarating heights down to the edge of the abyss.

The band has caught my attention as soon as I read that the new album was going to be released and how I enjoyed the album!

Album Review

The first song „Curse of the Gods“ greets the listener with an awesome melody and powerful riffs. At first listen, the song has a strong resemblance  of the early Ensiferum era – especially the Ensiferum songs “Iron” and “White Storm” . I really loved how the female and male vocals are in perfect harmony; the listener will especially admire the female vocals sung by Babs. I always love metal female vocalists who are a bit different and unique from the typical female singers and Babs can also be counted in this category.

With “The Raid”, the vibe of the album gets a bit ‘harsher’ and the successful and smooth growls sung by Maede definitely matches with the song title.

One song, that can be considered as a highlight is definitely “Dawn of the Deceiver”. The song is special since Eluveitie’s Chrigel Glanzmann took part in it and I think this shows, because the song has a huge Eluveitie resemblance. Furthermore, the clean vocals totally surprised me and I am sure the listener will really enjoy how smooth these vocals are and how they add another flavor to the essence of the band’s sound.

Another highlight of the album, which is also the first video, is “Alvissmal”.  Compared to the previous songs and also the rest of the album, this song can be considered as one of the harshest songs along with “Mimirs Born” and “A Nymph’s Lure”. Surely the melodic elements are there but the strong black metal influences make “Alvissmal” and the other two songs quite different and catchy for the lovers of the darker side of metal.

With “Loudine’s Lement”, the listener will – once again- be surely amazed by Babs’ voice. I think this song also represents the symphonic/melodic/folk side of the band and it shows just how diverse and entertaining this album is. Speaking of diversity, something has to be said about “Heralds of Doom”. For a folk metal fan like me, who loves bagpipes and male choirs, this song is just undescribable and it made me shiver for sure. Apart from that, “Taberna Trollis” can be considered as the most joyful song in the album; its fast rhythm and the power of the e-guitars will make the listeners dance and headbang for sure!

Generally, “Of Stones and Stars” is an album full of beauty and diversity. What I liked most about the  was how the band managed to create this diversity with the male and female vocals rather than the folk instruments or the e-guitars. While listening to the album, I got that feeling that the female vocals and the clean male vocals/choir, which are truly unique, represented the symphonic/folk/softer side of the band whereas the growls, which resemble the vocals of Chrigel Glanzmann (Eluveitie) and Jari Mäenpää (Wintersun), represented that harshness and brutality and this made the album much more entertaining and catchy. Surely, the same thing can be said about the different styles throughout the album; some songs have black/death metal influences while the other songs have the pure folk/symphonic atmosphere and I think that this is something that Caladmor has successfully managed to do by integrating different styles into their essence.Another thing I liked was the stories told within each song. This is always a plus for me with bands like Caladmor.

 “Of Stones and Stars” is definitely one of my favorite metal albums of 2013. I am so glad to have discovered this band. If you love melody, harshness and that folk atmosphere, you will love Caladmor!

Rating : 9/10

Tracklisting :

  1. Curse of the Gods
  2. The Raid
  3. Of Stones and Stars
  4. Dawn of the Deceiver
  5. Alvissmal
  6. Laudine’s Lement
  7. Mimirs Born
  8. A Nymph’s Lure
  9. Heralds of Doom
  10. Taberna Trollis
  11. Helios Sky

CALADMOR is :

Barbara – Vocals
Maede – Drums, Growls, Clean Voice, Synths
Nick – Guitar
Mäsi – Guitar
Mäcka – Bass

http://www.caladmor.ch

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AYREON – Cover Art And Tracklist Of New Album Revealed

According to Bravewords.com, AYREON mastermind Arjen Lucassen has revealed the cover art and tracklist of his forthcoming album, The Theory Of Everything.

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Tracklisting :

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Read more HERE.

OPETH – New Album Is On The Way!

According to an interview done with the guitarist Fredrik  Åkesson, Swedish progressive metallers Opeth are currently writing a new album.

In the interview, Fredrik stated that “the next record will go “in a somewhat different direction to Heritage. It won’t be a step back, but it will be different. Maybe more intense in a way. You’ll have to wait and see! I was in the studio today and put down my solos and I was very happy about it. The song I heard that Mikael [Åkerfeldt] wrote today sounds very cool. I think that’s all I can say at this point!” He says the band is planning to re-enter the studio this fall, perhaps at the end of September. Stay tuned!

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Latest Update on the BLACK SABBATH Album : TONY IOMMI ‘Wouldn’t Let His Illness Interfere With This Album’

Source : blabbermouth.net
BLACK SABBATH bassist Geezer Butler said in a new interview with Guitar World magazine that “13″, the band’s new album — the first in 35 years to feature Butler, guitarist Tony Iommi and singer Ozzy Osbourne — is also the first that the original members of the band have made while completely sober. Butler explained, “This was a million times better than that last album, where everyone was coked out of their brains!” Added singer Ozzy Osbourne, “[1978’s] ‘Never Say Die!’ should have been called, ‘We Should Be Fucking Dead!’SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi was diagnosed with the early stages of lymphoma at the end of 2011. Lymphoma is a cancer of the lymphocytes, a type of cell that forms part of the immune system. Production on “13″ stopped while Iommi began chemotherapy, but it wasn’t long before he requested the band move operations from producer Rick Rubin‘s Shangri-La studio in Malibu, California to England so he could work on material between treatment sessions.“Tony‘s the kind of bloke that doesn’t want to let us down,” Butler told Guitar World. “He wouldn’t let his illness interfere with this album. He wanted to get it done.”Iommi‘s illness was not the only setback to befall BLACK SABBATH during the creation of “13″. Despite spending a year writing with the band, drummer Bill Ward opted out of the reunion in early 2012 over some well-publicized contractual disagreements. After much fan speculation regarding Ward‘s replacement, it was finally revealed this January that Brad Wilk — best known for his work with RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE and AUDIOSLAVE — had been brought in by Rubin to handle the album’s drum duties.“We’d have loved to have Bill on the album,” Butler said. “But suddenly something came up. I went to Hawaii when Tony started his treatment, and when l came back, Bill wasn’t in the band anymore.”

“The only sad thing is that Bill couldn’t keep it together,” Osbourne told Revolver magazine. “It would have been great to have Bill with us. I’ve never understood the business side of this. I don’t choose to go there. My wife does that for me, and Geezer‘s wife is his manager, and Tony‘s got his manager. So, I keep my nose out of it. But they couldn’t come to an agreement with him. I mean, I still love him, and I wish him well, but…”

Although the band was skeptical at first about enlisting Wilk to lay down the drum tracks on “13″, he proved up to the task.

“I was really surprised,” Butler told Guitar World. “He had that Bill Ward kind of jazzy swing feel, rather than heavy metal bashing.”

The new BLACK SABBATH album — the band’s 19th overall — is due out in June. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include three seven-plus-minute behemoths “End Of The Beginning”, “God Is Dead” and “Epic”, as well as a track about killing pedophile priests (“Dear Father”) and another about the scourge of methamphetamine addiction (“Methademic”).

BLACK SABBATH last month released a behind-the-scenes video online that takes viewers into the studio for a glimpse of the making of “13″. All three original members seem enthusiastic about finally working together again after 35 years, with Iommi saying about the album, “You can’t always repeat what you’ve done, you’ve just got to go on. It’ll be today’s version of how it was 40 years ago, I suppose.”

Elsewhere in the video, Ozzy said, “This BLACK SABBATH album is quite possibly the most important album of my career,” while Butler added, “We’ll probably all be dead soon, so while we still can play and sing, then we’ve got to do it.”

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