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Lay Siege - Hopeisnowhere

Monday, January 19, 2015 - Posted by Lifeforce Records, in Albums, News

Hailing from the heart of England – the Midlands – LAY SIEGE create their own distinctive heavy sound. The Northampton quartet mixes core-elements with post- and sludge-metal to achieve riff-orientated songs with heart and depth. Formed in January 2010, LAY SIEGE debuted with mini-album “Obolus” in 2012. The well received six track EP was noted for standing out because of its fresh sound and approach. This is something the quartet continues to address on its first full length album and debut for LIFEFORCE RECORDS – “hopeisnowhere”.

The record sees LAY SIEGE introducing new vocalist Carl Brown and strengthen the direction of playing massive, voluminous songs in between metal and modern post-core. With “hopeisnowhere” the British four-piece is heading in the direction of a consolidated, overlapping heavy-sound that surprises with ruthlessness and sudden grace at the same time. One of the song titles can be used as perfect summary for LAY SIEGEs first album: ‘Souldrinker’. There is no turning back, if you once started to listen to “hopeisnowhere”.

  • 01.  Irebot
  • 02.  Glass Veil
  • 03.  Hollow Hands
  • 04.  The Illusion of Choice
  • 05.  Souldrinker
  • 06.  Hopeisnowhere
  • 07.  The Afflicted
  • 08.  Black Cloud
  • 09.  Blue Pill
  • 10.  March The Flock
  • 11.  A Fictional Sound

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Battle Beast - Unholy Savior

Saturday, January 17, 2015 - Posted by Nuclear Blast, in Albums, Vidéo, News

Hailing from the southern edge of Finland, BATTLE BEAST were founded in 2008 and soon established themselves with their trademark of pure crunching riffs, high screams, blistering solos and strong choruses. Taking the best elements of traditional heavy metal, the sextet is never afraid to add its own flavour to the recipe. After winning the 2010 Wacken Open Air “Metal Battle”, and shortly after Finland’s “Radio Rock Starba” competition, BATTLE BEAST soon caught the attention of Nuclear Blast. The worldwide release of the highly acclaimed debut album »Steel« in January of 2012 and a successful support tour with fellow Finns and label mates NIGHTWISH followed.   

September 2012 saw the original singer, Nitte Valo, leaving the band, to be replaced by a beautiful new front beast Noora Louhimo as they embarked on a tour with SONATA ARCTICA. With the refreshed line-up and an ever-growing hunger, BATTLE BEAST continued their march of success with their eponymous sophomore release in May 2013. Following the success of »Battle Beast«, charting at an amazing #5 in their native Finland and cracking the German Top 100, the band embarked on an extended European tour alongside German metal  band POWERWOLF in late 2013 and then hit the road in Sweden and Norway opening for German metal institution U.D.O.   

Having spent the year playing headlining shows in their native Finland, as well as invading some of the biggest festivals in 2014 (among them the renowned Loud Park in Japan, German Metalfest and Sabaton Open Air in Falun, Sweden), plus supporting their German labelmates ACCEPT during their Finland tour in September, BATTLE BEAST now return to what they do best: to take it to the next level! 

I thirst to go further as a human being and the music on this album represents a part of the ongoing spiritual journey - that's what I tend to I call it - which is my road onward. Music-wise the songs have been expanded to a wider area as an effort to call out emotions close to those I myself had during the times of birth of these songs,” commented guitarist & vocalist Anton Kabanen about the upcoming new BATTLE BEAST album.  

»Unholy Savior« has been influenced by everything the band has been facing during the past months and clearly displays their increased hunger to succeed as a band. Trying to explain the topics of the third BATTLE BEAST record, one will have to go deeper as the songs lyrics were born through an emotionally violent and bloody struggle, that main composer Anton Kabanen was going through at the time: Questioning his whole existence step by step, wondering if his dream had betrayed him. »Unholy Savior« reeks of death, agony, pain, hate, confusion, fear and insecurity, but it speaks of deep gratitude, longing, consolation and love.    

The album had to be done this way - through emotional hell. Having transferred these "things" and emotions into songs I feel that I'm ready to move on.  But like always, I wrote songs about the series "Berserk", as well, and the reason behind writing songs about that particular series is that I can strongly relate to that, especially to certain characters and to their way of thinking and feeling,” Anton adds.  

While with their previous album the young Finns did all the recording, producing and mixing themselves, »Unholy Savior« was produced by Anton Kabanen and co-produced by keyboardist Janne Björkroth and mixed by Matias Kupiainen at 5by5 Studios. Mastering was once again done by Mika Jussila at Finnvox Studios and the actual recordings took place at Sound Quest Studio and JKB Studios.  

»Unholy Savior« will be released on January 09, 2015. On the very same day BATTLE BEAST will return to the European roads, along with the band that has been supporting them since day one. Swedish metal heroes SABATON did not only invite the band to play at their very own Sabaton Open Air, but also featured a cover version of BATTLE BEAST’s ‘Out Of Control’ as a bonus track on their current charting success »Heroes«.   

Prepare yourselves for the return of the beast!   

Line up:
  • Noora Louhimo – lead vocals
  • Anton Kabanen – lead guitar, vocals 
  • Juuso Soinio – rhythm guitar 
  • Janne Björkroth – keyboards 
  • Eero Sipilä – bass 
  • Pyry Vikki – drums  
  • 1 - Lionheart 
  • 2 - Unholy Savior 
  • 3 - I Want The World….And Everything In It 
  • 4 - Madness 
  • 5 - Sea Of Dreams 
  • 6 - Speed And Danger 
  • 7 - Touch In The Night 
  • 8 - The Black Swordsman 
  • 9 - Hero’s Quest 
  • 10 - Far Far Away 
  • 11 - Angel Cry 

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Whispering Woods unveil Perditus et Dea's cover artwork

Saturday, January 17, 2015 - Posted by Loud Rage Music, in Albums, News

Symphonic Gothic Doom Metallers WHISPERING WOODS are proud to unveil Perditus et Dea, their upcoming album's covert artwork masterfully crafted by Romanian artist Bogdan Pop.

Perditus et Dea's tracklist is as follows:
  • 1. Perditus
  • 2. Original Sin
  • 3. Demon Blood
  • 4. Călușarii
  • 5. Autumnal
  • 6. My Altar
  • 7. Farewell Ladybug
  • 8. Poetica
  • 9. If Ever
  • 10. Timeless
  • 11. Circle Complete
  • 12. Dea

"Perditus et Dea" was recently mixed and mastered by World-known Finnish producer Hiili Hiilesmaa (HIM, Amorphis, Swallow The Sun, etc.) and will be released by Loud Rage Music in February 2014!

WHISPERING WOODS are currently preparing their first European Tour.

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Darkyra Black 'Fool' Cover Artwork, Track Listing Revealed

Saturday, January 17, 2015 - Posted by Rock N Growl, in Albums

Australian female symphonic metal singer DARKYRA BLACK reveals album artwork and track listing for the upcoming album ‘FOOL’, to be released April 2015.

The new album feature Achillea musicians: Garry King, Fab Jablonksi & Betovani Dinelli and was produced by George Boussounis (Online Recording Masters, Athens). Special Guests include Tony Dolan (M-Pire Of Evil) bass on “Truth Or Dare” and a few other surprises.

Track listing:
  • 01. Behind Closed Doors
  • 02. Who are they to Judge You
  • 03. Truth or Dare
  • 04. Of Fools and Gold
  • 05. Where Will I Be
  • 06. Bleed
  • 07. The Wish Never Fades
  • 08. Desperation
  • 09. Flawless
  • 10. It Takes All Kinds of Fools
  • 11. Fountain of Frozen Dreams

DARKYRA BLACK‘s unique vocal is far from predictable as she has a way of blending together all the different colors of her voice taking you on an emotional roller coaster unlike any other female artist.

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Solefald - World Metal. Kosmopolis Sud

Friday, January 16, 2015 - Posted by Indie Recordings, in Albums

World Metal. Kosmopolis Sud sees Solefald return to 1999’s postmodern album Neonism both lyrically and musically, entailing massive complexity. At the centre of the new album concept lies the idea of the Kosmopolis, or the World City. In Antiquity, Athens and then Rome were seen as the capitals of the world; in modern times, cities such as Paris, London and Berlin have all competed to be the Kosmopolis.

Over the last decade, Solefald have developed an epic, Norse-oriented expression. While writing World Metal, fellow composer goats Lars Are Nedland and Cornelius von Jackhelln took a good, long look in the mirror, and discovered that in their narrow focus on the Northern hemisphere, they had forgotten about much of the world. Thus, World Metal attempts at filling that rather considerable gap.

Lars Are Nedland comments: «Solefald has always been an adventurous band. With the band turning 20 in 2015, we found it was time to let our music travel and explore the world. And boy, did it travel; To the icy north for the cold metal that we hold so dear. To the hot, colourful continent of Africa for the intense rhythms that form the fundament that all rock music stands on. To India for the electronic beats that accompany the hallucinogenic trips of fat European tourists in batik sarongs, and to some obscure places that we really still have no clue about for just a touch of madness. Our music has travelled, our music has come home, and World Metal. Kosmopolis Sud is the result.»

Cornelius von Jackhelln comments: «World Metal. Kosmopolis Sud is an ecstatic album exploring widely different sounds, styles and languages, yet attaining oneness through Solefald’s Mysterious Song writing Ways. The guitar sound has been beefed up and stomped on, with twin Rat and Metal Zone distortion and Wah putting the axe back in power. In a tense world situation, World Metal has Solefald rediscover their initial playfulness and experimentation. We want to make our listeners laugh and cry, to make them attain ecstasy through music.»

Lars has gone out of his way to enrich the band’s layered sound with programming and techno beats, two other components that hark back to Neonism. As with the album’s precursor Norrønasongen. Kosmopolis Nord, the mercenary crew at work totals ten, with the rhythm section expanded by drummer Baard Kolstad (Borknagar, ICS Vortex), bassist Alexander Bøe (In Vain) and guitarist Petter Hallaråker (Rendezvous Point). 

Recorded in Norway and Tanzania, World Metal features the kalimba and guitar playing of Anania Ngoliga of Zanzibar, a renowned player in the World Music scene. By reaching out to the South, Solefald aim at obtaining a warmer, radiating sound. 

«Back to Africa, returning to the Source/Neonism revived, connecting to the Force» are the opening words of World Music With Black Edges. Densely merging Norwegian Metal, Dutch Techno and Zanzibari guitar strum, the song indulges in a vital, confident celebration of World Culture.

The Germanic Entity delivers a bone-crushing comment on power play in the Norwegian social democracy, indulging in a parodic conspiracy theory casting an informal leader as an emperor of a timeless Germanic dynasty. The guilty pleasure of 1990‘s eclecticism is at work in this song, where the friendly kalimba faces death metal growls, thundering drums and a wall of distorted guitars.

Bububu Bad Beuys is a merry impro piece conceived in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, where Cornelius ran about in the studio backyard chasing chickens. World music percussionist Gunnar Augland sets the beat with local percussionist Raz, giving the Norwegian Gringo-singer sufficient wingroom for an assault of total chicken chic. The song ends with a hard-hitting stadium atmosphere developed by Lars. You got it: The letter is B!

Future Universal Histories is a Solefald microcosmos in the song writing style from the days of Neonism, containing a variety of atmospheres and soundscapes within the same song. The lyric describes our world as seen from the pre-World War II days, with a Modernist and a Prussian voice.

As always, Solefald’s sun worship is present in the song Le Soleil, where electro beats, death metal vocals by Sindre Nedland (In Vain, Funeral) and traditional black metal riffs score Edvard Munch’s monumental painting Solen («The Sun»), accompanied by a French/Norwegian poetic rendering by Cornelius - the band’s first French lyric in 12 years.

2011, Or A Knight Of The Fail. When writing Solefald lyrics for the first time since 2010, the need arose to address the terror attacks on Oslo and Utøya on July 22nd, 2011. The crime caused a national tragedy that redefined the Norwegian self-image. The narrator in the lyric expresses helplessness and grief, as well as anger at the idea of someone attacking innocent teenagers at summer camp.

String The Bow Of Sorrow commemorates a departed parent, and expresses sorrow with choirs, tremolo guitars and blazing drum beats. The music carries the hallmark of early Solefald, infused with black/thrash riffs and synth strings. The song contains the 1995 poem that gave the band its name, set to Theodor Kittelsen’s drawing «Solefald». 

Oslo Melancholy is an ambient hymn to the Norwegian capital and endless summer days on land and at sea.

World Metal is painstakingly mixed and tape mastered by Jaime Gomez Arellano at Orgone Studio in London, UK. The result is a massive, majestically sounding album combining analog and digital means of production. Solefald have never sounded better, as badwolfed, as bigmouthed bananas as the Bububu Bad Beuys can be. 

World Metal. Kosmopolis Sud to be released in 2015 via Indie Recordings on the 26th of January in NOR and EU and on the 30 th of January in GSA!

Track list
  • I. World Music With Black Edges (Kosmopolis Sud) - 7.57
  • II. The Germanic Entity (Kosmopolis Nord) - 8.12
  • III. Bububu Bad Beuys - 4.21
  • IV. Future Universal Histories (Umgangskrigen) - 6.50
  • V. Le Soleil - 5.48
  • VI. 2011, Or A Knight Of The Fail (Toteninsel) - 7.00
  • VII. String The Bow Of Sorrow (Solefald, 15.9.1995) - 6.38
  • VIII. Oslo Melancholy (Den Norske Sumaren) - 3.34

  • Lars Are Nedland: Song, Choirs, Synth, Programming & Beats
  • Cornelius von Jackhelln: Voice & Verse, Guitar, Melodica & Kazoo
The Kosmopolis Crew
  • Alexander Bøe: Bass Guitar
  • Petter Hallaråker: Lead & Rhythm Gitar
  • Baard Kolstad: Drums, Percussion
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