FOREVER PLAGUED RECORDS sets April 7th as the release date for SEPTUAGINT’s debut MCD, Negative Void Trinity. Another prospective band from the fertile Greek black metal scene, SEPTUAGINT play a fast black metal style that knows when to pace itself – not much different from some bands under the moniker of orthodox BM, but with their own Mediterranean flair. Lyrically, SEPTUAGINT are very religious, but the duo also distance themselves, to a certain degree, from being absorbed completely in any particular theological train of thought. Since 2006, Codex has been trying to compile his work to no avail. It’s taken seven years to get all his work together for their debut EP, Negative Void Trinity, which is being proudly released by FOREVER PLAGUED. Highly recommended to anyone who is following the Greek scene, firstly, then of course, bands like of Aosoth, Ascension, Avichi, Acherontas, Nightbringer, etc. The first taste of SEPTUAGINT can be heard HERE, in a pre-release teaser video. Cover and tracklisting are as follows:
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The last twenty one years has seen the reign of the UK’s black metal kings Hecate Enthroned, who during in their lengthy reign have released five stunningly brilliant albums, the most recent of which is their guitar driven masterpiece Virulent Rapture. Having played four UK shows in support of the new album, Virulent Rapture, last year the legendary black metal sextet are pleased to announce their only show in England this year, making it one of two UK shows.
Hecate Enthroned will play Basement (formerly Shades Nightclub) in Bridlington, East Yorkshire on 19th July. This will also be the band’s first show in East Yorkshire in over three years. The last the band played in East Yorkshire was at the Metieval Requiem in April 2011 where they joined bands such as Skyclad, Alice In Thunderland, XIII and Northern Oak.
Supporting Hecate Enthroned in Bridlington will be northern black metal coven Old Corpse Road. Joining them as supports will be special guests Wretched Soul and Verdelet, as well as Leeds-based death metal titans Lammergeier.
Tickets for the show are priced at the ridiculously low price of £6 and are already going fast. Tickets are available for purchase from this location. The show is an 18+ event so valid ID may be required for entry on the date of the event.
70000 tons Of Metal is the biggest heavy metal cruise on the planet. It has gained and created a loyal and fanatical following amongst metal fans around the globe in a short few years. Even though there were a lot of discussions, and even some outrage on the official 70000tons forum and social media, about the long silence while waiting to hear about the booking of the bands. However, the whole cruise was a surrealistic experience for journalists and fans alike. Spirits were not dampened by a rainy day which whipped the Caribbean sea and the ship, Majesty Of The Seas, about. The metallic mayhem on the sea sailed from Miami, Florida to Costa Maya, Mexico and back. Here is the brief write-up of all these bands who appeared on the ship.
Article by Arto Lehtinen and Timo Hanhirova
Pics by Arto Lehtinen
Interview with Roope Latvala of Children of Bodom
3.1.2014 at the House of Blues in Hollywood
Interviewed by Metalette
Before Children of Bodom headlined a sold-out show at the Hollywood House of Blues with Death Angel and Týr as support, I got to interview guitarist Roope Latvala! Read the rest of this entry »
NAMM 2014 – Gear of Metal
I covered NAMM 2014, checking out all the wicked gear metal artists are using. From sound, to strings, to pick-ups, NAMM was full of metal goodies – and there were metal artists everywhere!
Interview with Terji Skibenæs and Gunnar H. Thomsen of Týr 3.1.2014 at the House of Blues in Hollywood
Interview with Terji Skibenæs and Gunnar H. Thomsen of Týr
3.1.2014 at the House of Blues in Hollywood
Interview by Metalette
Before they played a sold-out show with Children of Bodom and Death Angel at the Hollywood House of Blues, I got an interview with Terji and Gunnar of Týr! Read the rest of this entry »
Children of Bodom with Tyr and Death Angel at the House of Blues Hollywood March 1, 2014 Halo of Blood over North America tour 2014
Children of Bodom with Tyr and Death Angel
House of Blues Hollywood March 1, 2014
Halo of Blood over North America tour 2014
Review and photos by Metalette
When I heard that Children of Bodom, Death Angel, and Týr were touring together, I was stoked. What a dream line-up! I saw them on a Saturday night at the House of Blues on the Sunset Strip, and the show was even more awesome that I imagined it would be. And I knew it was going to be awesome, so that’s saying quite a bit. Read the rest of this entry »
Interview with Evertale
Evertale burst onto the international scene in late 2013 with an incredibly well-recieved independent debut album, OF DRAGONS AND ELVES. It ranked highly on a number of Metal webzines year-end lists including #6 on my own Top 20 list here at Metal-Rules.com. I contacted this powerful act to learn more.
Tell us briefly about how Evertale evolved from the band Blackened?
Blackened was originally a Metallica Coverband but we never really managed to get rid of the name when we were already writing our own songs. The BG Open Air in 2003 marks the biggest success of this band, but afterwards nothing really happened and the band fell apart. I knew already back then that Blackened had no future and the songs I was writing at that time needed a new label so to say. So I sat down with J.Schumacher(Drums) and David Baumann (Bass) and showed them my ideas for a new band name. To my surprise they liked the name Evertale the most although I favorited another one and so we changed the name.
Is the Evertale debut EP still available?
I think we have about 50 copies left – but they’re not available in our shop at the moment. We might put them online in our shop, if people are really interested.
How did you manage to get Felipe Machado for your cover art?
I simply asked him! We were a little desperate as our former cover artist screwed us over by selling our artwork to “empire merch” who were already printing posters of it and we had to get a new one. After that I did a quick research about who’s that guy who made all the great covers that were around and found his website. I sent a short message and asked if he would be interested and he agreed. He has done a really awesome job with the cover of “Of Dragons and Elves”.
How important in this modern, digital age how important is it to have a physical product and strong image?
Well if you asked one of the big players in the pop-music business I think they would answer, that it is not very important. In the metal scene I think it is very important. I think most fans still buy CD´s for the reason to get a booklet that has all the lyrics and band pictures in it or just because it sounds much better. Also you won´t sell a single T-Shirt if you have a crappy artwork. So to stick out of the masses of bands, a great artwork, really helps.
How did you get Ralf Scheepers to contribute?
Actually it happened pretty much the same way it did with Felipe. Marco, our bassplayer, is a huge Primal Fear fan and I was looking for guest vocalists to be featured on 1 or 2 songs on our album. We talked about who would fit best and he came up with Ralf´s name. I sent him a message and asked politely and he agreed to do it. He´s really a great down to-earth guy and delivered brilliant vocals for “Brothers in War” which brought this song to another level.
Why did you choose to release the album so close to Christmas? In my experience sometimes those albums that get released late in the year miss the cut-off for many publications ‘Year-in-Review’ lists.
Honestly I had no idea about all the reviews and the best of-lists. We just wanted to get it out as soon as possible since we had postponed the release so many times before. We were thinking that we would lose a great amount of credibility if the album would get delayed further as it was announced for 2013. If we had known about all this before, we surely would have waited till January. Well, this was some kind of beginner’s mistake but we learned something for the next release and we hope we made our fans worldwide very happy with it.
Are you looking for a record deal or do you prefer to stay independent? I think you would fit perfectly on a label like Limb Records for example.
We were looking for a deal, yes. There was also a bigger record company that contacted us but the deal offered was really not what we expected. Unfortunately that deal is the only kind of deal you will get as a newcomer these days. We had decided before, that we would rather release the album by ourselves than sign a contract just for the sake of having a label. And a 360° deal where the company even claims exclusive rights on our merchandise was no option for us. That is why we released the album by ourselves. We try to make ourselves a good name in the scene and then we can hopefully negotiate a better deal for the next album.
There is a huge amount of buzz around your albums, with a number of the world’s largest webzines rating OF DRAGONS AND ELVES very highly. Are you surprised by this sudden success?
Totally yes, we knew that we had some good songs and were eager to see and hear how people would react to it or if they would react to it at all. I mean there are so many new bands out there and so many releases each month that it is really hard to get your music heard. The amazing feedback we got so far from all over the world really surprised us – or at least me. Woody kept telling me, when I showed the other guys a new review with 10/10p points: “See? I told you…”. So he kinda guessed or hoped something like that could happen but I didn´t see it coming.
Despite the recent popularity in concept albums, as a percentage of Metal albums released, they are still quite rare. Why did you decide to have your debut as a concept album?
It wasn´t a real decision it rather was like a decision of fate. I started out with two songs (Tale of the Everman and Into the Dragon´s Lair) that dealed with the Dragonlance setting already. I guess it was while writing the lyrics for these songs that I realized again how great the story is and more ideas kept coming in so it just happened along the way. To make it all work in the end and to align the songs chronologically with the story and their sequence on the CD itself was a totally different story and a lot of work.
When writing the concept for the album, which came first, the music, lyrics or the fantasy concept?
Actually I didn´t write the concept story for the album by myself. It´s all inspired and based upon the “Chronicles of the Dragonlance” by Margret Weis and Tracy Hickman. I just picked certain characters and their fate in certain events in the story and wrote songs about them as they travel along on their journey in the tale. As for writing songs I also have no rule what comes first. Sometimes you find a great vocal line and then write the melody and riffs for it. Sometimes you have a great riff and add vocals…it´s never really the same process.
Power Metal in consistently ignored or discriminated against by much of the Metal media and industry, especially in North America. What are your thoughts on this?
Of Course that’s a problem for bands of that genre like us. People sometimes tend to judge a band without ever listening to the music. On the other hand we don’t fell influenced by such things that much and we don’t really feel discriminated. We do our type of art in music, lyrics und visual appearance. If people don’t understand what we are doing, it’s a pity, but we won’t change the direction of the band to please some narrow-minded wannabes, who are afraid to be ‘uncool’ if they would admit listening to our stuff.
Do you have any touring plans in the near future?
Yes, we want to get a support tour with a bigger act for fall 2014. Besides that we plan to play some smaller gigs on weekends in middle Europe. If someone reading this has a good offer for us, don’t hesitate to contact us. We are ready to visit every spot on this planet.
Any last words for the fans?
We just wanna thank every single one of you who like our music, buy our CD, hopefully come to our concerts and support us in every imaginable way. You are metal and we are glad having such great fans! We hope to meet you all one day.
Visit https://www.facebook.com/EvertaleOfficial for more information.
The “America Under Plague” tour kicks off in Tulsa, Oklahoma on April 11th, just days after DIAMOND PLATE wrap up their current five-week US tour with EAST OF THE WALL. Also appearing on the America Under Plague tour are Colorado power metallers CELLADOR.
DIAMOND PLATE comment:
“Back in the early days of us playing shows in Chicago, Hatchet would always be the band from California that we looked forward to bringing out to our scene the most. They even played Konrad’s 18th birthday show. Years later, we’re pumped to finally hit the road with our friends and bring heavy music to new scenes across the USA. The road for Diamond Plate doesn’t end in 2014!”
Polish extreme metal band VADER have completed their work at Hertz Studio in Bialystok, Poland recording their twelfth studio album, TIBI ET IGNI, which was produced by Wojtek and Slawek Wiesławski.
VADER frontman & guitarist Peter W. shares:
“VADERMANIAX!!! The fire was released!!! The word made flesh and the new VADER album – TIBI ET IGNI [Latin for ‘For You and Fire’] – is done! We’ve been working for weeks in Hertz Studio between December and February… 10 brand new songs plus 4 bonus tracks are recorded and ready for YOU. In April we plan to release a video report from the studio and some interviews with the musicians in VADER. Some more info about the cover graphics will be made known as well. You’ll be able to hear some new tracks from the upcoming album during summer festivals. Be ready for other surprises until TIBI ET IGNI is in your hands. The absolute heaviest VADER album in the history!!!! Demons are knocking to your door now!!! \m/” Read the rest of this entry »
2013 was truly an eventful year for DEW-SCENTED! The band released the special anniversary compilation “Insurgent”, toured Europe with Testament in April, played several outstanding festival events (including the inaugural Full Metal Cruise as well as Wacken Open Air) and then finished off by touring Europe (10 countries) again with Death Angel. What a blast! Read the rest of this entry »
Avid war historians & Swedish heavy metallers SABATON have released the first album trailer to their upcoming seventh studio release, Heroes, due out in North America in Spring 2014. Shot during a listening session in Stockholm and produced & edited by David Havlena of Spark Magazine, the video can be viewed on the Nuclear Blast YouTube Channel:
Heroes was recorded at Abyss Studios with Peter Tägtgren (CHILDREN OF BODOM, AMORPHIS, IMMORTAL); album art was created by Péter Sallai.
LOST SOCIETY, one of the most promising up-and-coming Finnish bands of our time, presents the second installment in their hilarious track-by-track video series. In this episode, Samy, Arttu, Mirko and Ossi provide you with background information regarding the tracks “Game Over” and “Attaxic”. Watch it here: http://youtu.be/x738CMMciyE
IRREVERENCE are entering NADIR MUSIC STUDIOS in Genova (IT) with producer Tommy Talamanca (Sadist) to start the recording sessions of the new album “SHREDS OF HUMANITY”, fifth studio-work of the italian thrashers. The release, the first with a new guitar player (Eros Melis) and new bass player (Stefano Trulla), is scheduled for MAY 2014.
The band will also start touring from the end of April. For the first time in their long career, the combo will hit Sardinia and warm-up live engines before the new album official release show that will be announced soon. To follow all confirmed gigs:
Desertfest, the greatest stoner/doom festival known to man, is soon returning to the shores of England and with headline acts like, Spirit Caravan, Kvelertak and Boris, it’s looking to be one hell of a party.
Taking over London’s Camden Town for a weekend of the 25th – 27th April 2014, Desertfest will take place in such venues, like The Electric Ballroom, The Underworld, and The Black Heart, giving you the opportunity to drink beer, stage dive, headbang, and have the time of your life.