Rockpages.gr: How would you describe the sound of the new album, comparing to what you’ve done so far. It might sound a bit more mainstream than you previous works, some might say…
Daniel Cavanagh: Mainstream is not a word that I ever use. It’s not in my musical vocabulary if you like. I don’t really know what mainstream means or anything. All I know is that it sounds like I wanted it to. It sounds beautiful, full of light, expansive, and heavy, and intense, passionate, and emotional, deep, and real, and honest, but mainstream? I don’t know!
Rockpages.gr: The album is called “We’re Here Because We’re Here”, and that is the song title for a tune the soldiers used to sing in World War I. why did you chose this album title?
Daniel Cavanagh: World War I seems to me like a useless exercise. Those boys were walking into bullets, and there was craziness, there was chaos. It was insanity on a global scale; it was the first time the world has seen such destruction. And there was no real reason for it. The guys in the field knew there was no real reason. There was no reason for them to be there. So, they were singing “We’re Heer, Because We’re Here”, because it was their defiance, it was their song of defiance.
Florida based death metal legends MALEVOLENT CREATION are happy to present,in conjunction with Bloody-Disgusting.com, the too shocking for Youtube video clip for “Slaughterhouse” (http://www.bloody-disgusting.com/news/music/1170)! The track comes from the bands 11th studio outing entitled Invidious Dominion, andwas shot in Florida and Central City Studios in Los Angeles by young up-and-coming director Chris Cullari (WESTLAND, THE APPRECIATION POST).
“We shot a video for ‘Slaughterhouse’ the week in between our headlining tour and the ‘March of Brutality’ tour with EXODUS,” commented the band previously. “It is both a brutal homage and clever twist on horror films such as Hosteland The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,using MALEVOLENT CREATION’s music as a soundtrack to madness. 20 plus years and still no one can destroy this MALEVOLENT CREATION!”
Invidious Dominion was released on August 24 in North America via Nuclear Blast andwas produced and recorded by Erik Rutan (CANNIBAL CORPSE, VITAL REMAINS, KRISIUN, GOATWHORE) at Mana Studios in Florida. The cover art (attached) was brought to life this time around by renownedartist Pär Olofsson (THE FACELESS, IMMORTAL, ABYSMAL DAWN).
Earache Records is pleased to announce its free 2010 Xmas Party, which is due to be held in Nottingham, UK on Saturday, 11th December.
Earache’s yearly festive metal gathering is the most extreme Christmas party around! The party is open to the public with free entry and always provides a riotous, alternative way to celebrate the holiday season.
This year’s party is being held at Doghouse Studios in Nottingham, a guerrilla-style setting located in an old warehouse. The party is set to feature live performances from Earache’s very own Swedish heavy metallers ENFORCER and UK thrashers SAVAGE MESSIAH, along with special guests ANNOTATIONS OF AN AUTOPSY and CEREBRAL BORE.
The Earache 2010 Xmas Party is open to everyone of all ages (ID required for bar wristbands) and entry is completely free!
ALICE COOPER talked to MSN /ROCK METAL TV Spain about his new DVD “Theatre Of Death – Live At Hammersmith”, his views about Spain, the next European tour, etc. Also we can see footage of his recent live shows.
MSN /ROCK METAL TV is the new rock television in Spain directed by Mario Ruiz from Krea Films and veteran Spanish journalist Rafa Basa from www.RafaBasa.com.
In support of their 10th studio album To The Metal!, German Metal powerhouse GAMMA RAY will do five shows at the start of 2011 in North America. These will be the only dates the band play in North America all year, so make the trip to join the party! Tickets are on sale through Enterthevault.com. Also, as a special bonus, the band will offer VIP tickets, which give the fan entrance to the venue 1 hour before doors and a special meet & greet opportunity with GAMMA RAY.
GAMMA RAY North American Tour Dates:
1/28/2011 Gramercy Theater – New York City, NY
1/29/2011 Cafe Campus – Montreal, QC
1/30/2011 Imperial – Quebec City, QC
2/01/2011 Key Club – Los Angeles, CA
2/03/2011 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL By far one of the strongest offerings from GAMMA RAY in their storied history, their tenth studio album To The Metal! proves there is no band better when it comes to classic heavy metal! The special edition of the album features a bonus DVD, The Making of To The Metal!, filmed in HD with interviews, rehearsals, live studio sessions and 3 video clips!
To The Metal! is out now in North America on EarMusic through Dismanic Distribution/Knife Fight Media.
ROCK ‘N’ ROLL FANTASY CAMP ROCKS THE BAHAMAS AT ATLANTIS, PARADISE ISLAND IN FEBRUARY 2011
First-Ever Tropics Camp Features Special Guest Counselors
Tommy Lee, Ace Frehley and Lita Ford
The Who’s Roger Daltrey Slated to Host New York City Rock Camp in January
LOS ANGELES (November 11, 2010) — Can you imagine playing lead guitar for Crüe drummer Tommy Lee or jamming alongside KISS icon Ace Frehley and pioneering Runaways rock goddess Lita Ford in front of a live, screaming and standing-room-only crowd? For many people, this is a lifelong fantasy; at Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp, it becomes reality. From February 17th to 20th at the world-famous Atlantis, Paradise Island in The Bahamas, rock enthusiasts and amateur musicians from all walks of life will have the opportunity to interact with, learn from, jam with and perform alongside their idols as part of the rock camp that became the centerpiece of VH1 Classic’s new series – also called Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp – whichdebuted October 16th as the most watchedseries premiere in network history.
Over the four-day camp, counselors will kick-start campers’ hearts – and rock skills – transforming them from rock hobbyists into arena maestros. In addition to guest counselors Lee, Frehley and Ford, Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp at Atlantis will feature several of the rock star counselors from the Mark Burnett-produced VH1 Classic show, including Rudy Sarzo of Quiet Riot, Kip Winger of Winger, and renowned singer/songwriter Mark Hudson (Aerosmith), plus Alan White of YES, George Lynch of Dokken, and many others.
“The Bahamas is going to rock like never before when Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp invades Atlantis Resort with an unprecedented line-up of some of the most celebrated rockers on the planet, all there for one reason: to make rock ‘n’ roll magic by transforming amateurs into rock stars,” says Rock Camp founder/CEO David Fishof. “Where else can someone with a passion for music spend four days playing with and learning from rock icons like Tommy Lee, Ace Frehley and Lita Ford? Our Bahamas camp will be one of our most life-changing events ever produced.”
From the minute campers arrive in the Bahamas, their rock ‘n’ roll adventure begins. Campers will form their own bands; meet, jam with and receive intensive and ongoing instruction from the rock star counselors; spend over 10 hours a day in-studio jamming and creating original music under the guidance of a famous rock musician; take a variety of specialized master classes conducted by rock icons; break bread with industry insiders; and play live before a jam packed crowd at Atlantis, Paradise Island.
There are three packages – the four-day Rock Star package, and six-day Headliner and the Groupie packages – allowing campers a variety of options to tap into their inner Robert Plant.
“Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp premiered as the most watched show in VH1 Classic history for a reason,” added Fishof. “Our Atlantis camp this February will be one of our most star-studded camps ever.”
Prior to the Bahamas camp, Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp takes New York City by storm January 12th to 17th with help from special guest counselor Roger Daltrey of The Who, one of the most iconic front men in rock history. Additionally, this fall, in conjunction with the VH1 Classic series, Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp is criss-crossing the nation, bringing a series of “Weekend Warrior” Camps to several cities. The tour, which kicked off in Philadelphia on October 22nd, is led by Allman Brothers legend Dickey Betts and ends in Chicago (Nov. 19-21). Spots are still available in Chicago.
Learn more about Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp, tour dates and pricing at www.rockcamp.com.
About Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp
Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp was founded by David Fishof in 1997 as the ultimate music experience for the amateur or aficionado, pairing music lovers of all levels together with rock icons for a first-hand immersion in the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle. Camp attendees move from spectator to band member, sharing the stage – and limelight – with rock icons for an once-in-a-lifetime experience. More details are available at www.rockcamp.com.
About Atlantis, Paradise Island resort, The Bahamas
Atlantis, Paradise Island is the flagship resort of Kerzner International, a leading international developer and operator of destination resorts, casinos and luxury hotels. This unique, ocean-themed destination is located on Paradise Island, The Bahamas, and features a variety of accommodations, all built around a 141-acre waterscape comprised of over 20 million gallons of fresh and saltwater lagoons, pools and habitats. Home to the largest open-air marine habitat in the world, there are over 50,000 marine animals in lagoons and displays, including The Dig, a maze of underwater corridors and passageways providing a journey through ancient Atlantis. Atlantis is home to Aquaventure, a non-stop water experience consisting of thrilling water slides, a mile-long river ride with high intensity rapids and wave surges, and never-before-seen special effects. Dolphin Cay, the resort’s interaction and education center, was created with the goal of enlightening visitors about the wonders of these remarkable ocean inhabitants. The Cove Atlantis, a 600-room resort, features oversized rooms with a step down living space, spectacular designs by acclaimed interior architects Jeffrey Beers and David Rockwell, unprecedented services and amenities, private all-adult and family pools, lavish cabanas and breathtaking views of the ocean. Atlantis is also known as THE culinary destination in The Caribbean with a collection of restaurants from world-renowned chefs including Nobu Matsuhisa, Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Bobby Flay. The resort boasts an impressive collection of luxury boutiques and shops, and the largest casino, conference center, meeting and convention facilities in The Caribbean.
For further information about Atlantis, Paradise Island; telephone 954-809-2000, or visit Atlantis.com. For reservations, call your travel agent or 800-ATLANTIS.
“Zombies, March!” now available for download on the TTR3 iphone app!
Listen up human filth! You could have the chance to battle metal masters, GWAR, in a live, online game in Tap Tap Revenge 3! Just download and play “Zombie’s March!” in TTR3 between now and Sunday night. The top 30 scorers will be invited to a private, LIVE, TTR3 fight to the death with a member of GWAR!! You better start practicing…
About Tap Tap Revenge 3:
With more than 15 million downloads, Tap Tap Revenge is by far the most popular game on the iPhone and iPod touch. Tap Tap Revenge 3 is the first major game to tap into the App Store’s new in-app commerce capabilities to offer a catalog of great music from top artists.
Tap Tap Revenge 3 is also the most fun social game on the App Store, offering awesome new online gaming with bombs and weapons to distrupt competitors, integrated chat rooms and profile browsing, avatars, achievements and levels. Other special features in this exciting new release include:
– Awesome new online mode including bombs and weapons, integrated chat, profile browsing and private messaging
– A new system of avatars, achievements and levels to let gamers stand out among the crowd
– Dozen of new features and game enhancements, including 90-second Quick games, game replay, and integrated chat rooms
– A fresh look and feel, terrific performance
– Over 130 free downloadable tracks
– A catalog of premium tracks featuring Lady Gaga, Coldplay, Blink 182, Smashing Pumpkins, Fall Out Boy, Foo Fighters, Asher Roth, Tiësto and dozens of other great artists spanning a broad range of musical genres
The Zombies, March! video was shot on location at The National in Richmond, VA by acclaimed Fangoria Director Dave McKendry.
Every week, AUX takes two music videos and puts them head to head – you vote for your favorite and the winner airs in power rotation on Aux TV. It’s a battle between songs, bands and fans – vote for your favorite video now!
Bloody Pit Of Horror is out now and you can get it at LoudTrax.com for the low low price of 6.66! LoudTrax will also be running a contest to win a GWAR pack including 1 pair of drum sticks signed, Guitar and bass picks, 2 tour shirts, 2 T’s, 1 tour poster signed by the whole band and slaves and 1 signed drum head art work!
It has been 25 years since the heavy metal holocaust known as GWAR burst upon our world in an explosion of blood, guts, and screaming steel. In this time they have revealed themselves not only as the un-disputed masters of “shock rock”, but also as an international cultural icon that has both touched the lives, and in some cases ruined the clothing, of many thousands of people. Often copied, never tamed, GWAR has set a standard of consistency in their work that is unmatched in rock and roll history. This year sees GWAR release their 12th original album, GWAR’s Bloody Pit of Horror, and continue in their non-stop tour schedule until the world is finally brought into groveling submission.
“Bloody Tour Of Horror” with The Casualties, Infernaeon and Mobile Deathcamp
11/11 – Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theater
11/12 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
11/13 – Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theater
11/14 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theater
11/15 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
11/16 – West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
11/17 – Ventura, CA @ Majestic Ventura Theater
11/18 – Chico, CA @ Senator Theater
11/19 – Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory
11/20 – Bend, OR @ Midtown Music Hall
11/21 – San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
11/22 – Pomona, CA @ The Glass House Concert Hall
11/24 – Magna, UT @ The Great Salt Air
11/26 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
11/27 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory Concert House
Jeff and Frank from Tesla stop by to chat on the next episode of VH1 Classic’s That Metal Show. Here’s some quotes:
Frank Hannon explaining to everyone that the Guns ‘n Roses song “Patience” was a rip off of a Tesla demo called “Better Off Without You.”
Frank Hannon: “Let me tell you something: “Patience”, we were label mates with Gun ‘n Roses on Geffen, there’s a demo of a song that we wrote called “Better Off Without You”. It is “Patience” note for note.”
Eddie Trunk: “Sue their asses”
Don Jamieson: “Breaking news on “That Metal Show””
Jim Florentine: “And I got something else, he whistled on the song dude. You don’t whistle on a song, you sing a song.”
BEATALLICA CONTINUES THEIR MASTERFUL MYSTERY TOUR AND LAUNCH AN IMPENDING VINYL CAMPAIGN
North Palm Beach, FL – Beatallica, that other band on the run, keeps the Masterful Mystery Tour on the road with a set of midwest and west coast tour dates throughout November and December. Continuing their infamous bash-up of Metallica and The Beatles, Masterful Mystery Tour is Beatallica’s second full length studio album and features the hits “Hero of the Day Tripper” and “Fuel On The Hill” as well as the fan favorite “I Want To Choke Your Band”. The official Beatallica catalog now includes the studio albums, Masterful Mystery Tour and Sgt. Hetfield’s Motorbreath Pub Band, over 40 speech tones, All You Need Is Blood and the Holiday EP, Winter Plunderband, featuring the debut of the first ever Beatallica originals.
After their world-wide crowd-sourced translation campaign for “All You Need Is Blood”, Beatallica is utilizing Kickstarter to mobilize their international fan club, aka Beatalli-bangers, again for a fan funded campaign to create limited edition vinyl for Masterful Mystery Tour and Sgt. Hetfield’s Motorbreath Pub Band.
“The first time I heard Kill ‘Em All and Revolver, they were on vinyl. Hell, I can proudly say I was the first kid in Milwaukee to own Master of Puppets on vinyl. I waited outside Rushmor Records all damn day for the shipment to arrive! So, man, it is with great pleasure Beatallica announces that we’re working on getting Sgt. Hetfield’s Motorbreath Pub Band and Masterful Mystery Tour out on vinyl as well. At first, I thought the only thing vinyl in this band would be Ringo’s “naughty boy” pants! Now, we can fully say we are looking to gladly join the 21st…I mean 20th century! – Jaymz Lennfield
Forthcoming U.S. Tour Dates include:
Thursday November 11 – Scottsdale, AZ at Martini Ranch
Friday November 12 – Los Angeles CA at Paladino’s
Saturday November 13 – Pomona CA at Friar Tucks
Sunday November 14 – Las Vegas NV at Cheyenne Saloon
Monday November 15 – Los Angeles CA at Key Club
Thursday November 18 – Portland OR at Music Millennium in-store
Friday November 19 – Portland OR at Dante’s
Saturday November 20 – Seattle WA at Silver Platters in-store
Saturday November 20 – Seattle WA at Tractor Tavern
Sunday November 21 – Billings MT at Railyard Ale House
Tuesday November 23 – Fargo ND at Nestor’s Tavern
Wednesday November 24 – Minneapolis MN at Robert’s
Friday December 3 – Milwaukee WI at Club Garibaldi
Saturday December 11 – Janesville WI at The Back Bar
Thursday December 16 – Butler PA at Ghost Riders 2
Friday December 17 – Pittsburgh PA at The Altar Bar
Saturday December 18 – Wapakoneta OH at Rhythm And Brews
Virginia-based melodic tech death metal masters, ARSIS, have announced a very special addition to the bands on their upcoming headlining tour this upcoming December! ARSIS will be performing the title track from A Diamond For Disease in it’s 12+ minute entirety! ARSIS vocalist/guitarist Jim Malone commented:
“We have been scheming among ourselves for quite a while about this, and now it’s finally going to happen. We rehearsed the full version of ‘A Diamond For Disease’ last week and it came together even better than we had hoped! It needed the right tour and the right point in the life of the band, and we would not do it at all unless it was perfect. We’re finally there. So everybody who’s been asking us to play the entire thing every night for years and years… you finally get your (poisonous) medicine this December!”
“A Tour for the Sick” is presented by MetalInjection.net and will include 8 bit metal heroes POWERGLOVE and the Sumerian Records touring juggernaut CONDUCTING FROM THE GRAVE.
ARSIS, POWERGLOVE, CONDUCTING FROM THE GRAVE
12/01/10 Championship Bar & Grill – Trenton, NJ
12/02/10 Evening Star Music Hall – Niagara Falls, NY
12/03/10 Pirates Cove – Cleveland, OH
12/04/10 I Rock – Detroit, MI
12/05/10 Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL
12/07/10 Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO
12/08/10 The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
12/09/10 The Venue – Boise, ID
12/10/10 Studio 7 – Seattle, WA
12/11/10 Branx (Loveland) – Portland, OR
12/12/10 Thee Parkside – San Francisco, CA
12/13/10 The Whisky – Hollywood, CA
12/14/10 The Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ
12/15/10 El Cien – Amarillo, TX
12/16/10 The Marquee Theatre – Tulsa, OK
12/18/10 Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA
Starve For The Devilwas released in North America on February 9th anddebuted at No. 13 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
The video clip for the ARSIS song “Forced To Rock” can be viewed on YouTube and below:
The innovative Finnish metal sensation CIRCLE OF CONTEMPT are best known for their brutal assault of technical precision and unhinged rage, but the band will now harness this energy in a different way as they prepare to join the military in order to serve their country.
CIRCLE OF CONTEMPT states: “It’s a very tricky time in camp Contempt right now, with Finland law forcing a military trip for numerous members in January that will result in six months of service. However, until then we are currently hard at work in the rehearsal room laying down the sections for our second album that will definitely turn some heads. We are determined to create a more aggressive, dynamic and mature offering showing our continued growth as a band. Stay tuned to www.myspace.com/circleofcontempt for frequent updates and we will be back in your face before you know it.”
Management representative Carl Sewell adds: “It’s an exciting, yet tricky time right now with members having to take time off touring for their mandatory military session, which means they will be out harder than ever come summer to make up for lost time. The new album is a real step forward and summer 2011 will see the CIRCLE OF CONTEMPT wave of brutality unleashed worldwide.”
CIRCLE OF CONTEMPT’s unrelenting debut album, Artifacts In Motion, afforded the band the opportunity to decimate the masses across the world and garner a devoted legion of diehard fans, but in 2011 they will put their definitive mark on the extreme metal genre.
“THE CLANS WILL RISE” EUROPEAN TOUR 2011 PART ONE feat. Special guests Grand Magus & Sister Sin
24.03.2011 Th Germany Hamburg-Markthalle
25.03.2011 Fr Germany Speyer-Halle 101
26.03.2011 Sa Germany Memmingen-Kaminwerk
27.03.2011 Su Germany Frankfurt-Batschkapp
28.03.2011 Mo Germany Berlin-C-Club
29.03.2011 Tu Germany Bochum-Zeche
30.03.2011 We Germany Ludwigsburg-Rockfabrik
31.03.2011 Th Germany Munich-New Backstage
01.04.2011 Fr Germany Glauchau-Alte Spinnerei
02.04.2011 Sa Germany Lichtenfels-Stadthalle
03.04.2011 Su Swiss Pratteln-Z7
04.04.2011 Mo Italy Milan-Alcatraz
05.04.2011 Tu Slov Ljubljana-Gala Hala Metelkova
06.04.2011 We Croatia Zagreb-Mocvara Club
07.04.2011 Th SK Bratislava-Randall
08.04.2011 Fr Czech Zlin-Masters of Rock Cafe
09.04.2011 Sa Germany Andernach-Live Club
10.04.2011 Su Belgium Vosselaar-Biebob
11.04.2011 Mo France Paris-Divan du Monde
12.04.2011 Tu France Lyon-Nikasi Kao
13.04.2011 We Travel Travel
14.04.2011 Th Spain Barcelona-Salamandra 1
15.04.2011 Fr Spain Pamplona-Navarra (Totem)
16.04.2011 Sa Spain Madrid-Caracol
17.04.2010 Su Portug Lisbon-Cine-teatro de Corroios
Earache Records is proud to announce EARACHE EXTREME STAGE DIVING, an essential free app for all metalheads which is coming to the Apple App Store on November 29th.
Available for iPhone and iPod Touch, with an iPad version due to be released in the near future, EARACHE EXTREME STAGE DIVING sees you dive into the familiar festival experience as you throw a pesky stage invader as far into the crowd as possible.
Play along to a raging soundtrack of thrash, death and heavy metal as you fling the stage diver into the air while trying to avoid objects such as bottles, merch stands and of course the festival favourite – the portable toilets!
Throw the stage diver as far as you can and try to get a high score on the global leader boards.
EARACHE EXTREME STAGE DIVING includes full music tracks from such killer bands as EVILE, AT THE GATES, DEICIDE, OCEANO, WHITE WIZZARD, DECAPITATED, BONDED BY BLOOD, THE HAUNTED, BRUTAL TRUTH and WORMROT.
All tracks are included in a fully integrated music player, allowing you to play along to the tunes you want. The app also includes an exclusive, secret unlockable music track which can’t be found anywhere else!
Get your hands on EARACHE EXTREME STAGE DIVING for free by searching for “extreme stage diving” on the App Store on November 29th.
Crossover thrash legends SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, who are currently pummeling cities throughout the U.S. on the Join The Army/ Deja Vu Tour, recently posted two new video updates from the trek. Witness the mayhem HERE.
The band will perform another week’s worth of dates, including a show at New York City’s Terminal 5 with the Cro-Mags and Underdog, before winding things down at the Sunshine Theatre in Albuquerque. Just two days after their return, ST funk metal alter ego, INFECTIOUS GROOVES, will perform a very special show in Hollywood! Sponsored by KROQ, the performance will take place on November 23 at the House Of Blues and mark the band’s only U.S. appearance in 2010!
Check out footage of the band performing at the SWU Music and Arts Festival in October at the Maeda Farm in Itú, Brazil HERE. SUICIDAL TENDENCIES U.S. Tour 2010 Join The Army/ Deja Vu Tour 11/12/2010 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
11/13/2010 Palladium – Worcester, MA
11/14/2010 Terminal 5 – New York, NY 11/15/2010 Altar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA
11/17/2010 Metro – Chicago, IL
11/18/2010 Cabooze – Minneapolis, MN
11/20/2010 Summit – Denver, CO
11/21/2010 Sunshine Theatre – Albuquerque, NM
Ireland’s DARKEST ERA releases recording update including studio photos, announces title of upcoming Metal Blade debut
AGOURA HILLS, Calif. – November 11th, 2010 – DARKEST ERA, the heavy metal band based in Northern Ireland and one of Metal Blade’s newest additions to its artist roster, have recently completed work on their forthcoming album titled The Last Caress of Light and have issued the following update:
“It is with great pleasure that we announce we have finished work on our debut album; to be titled The Last Caress of Light. The album is a work of dark, stormy, epic heavy metal that we are proud to release upon the world. Chris Fielding did a fantastic job in capturing the Celtic atmosphere of our songs while bringing out our heavy metal influences from bands like Warlord. We are very excited about it” comments vocalist Krum. Guitarist Sarah Wieghell adds; “It has been an incredible experience recording our debut album for Metal Blade, the songs came out better than even we were expecting. I think we’ve made a really strong record to be proud of, I can’t wait for people to hear it!” In the coming weeks, Metal Blade Records will release more info on DARKEST ERA’s debut release The Last Caress of Light, including street date, track listing, cover art, and song premiers.
“As evident from the likes of ‘Visions of the Dawn’, the group have hit upon a very traditional Metal sound that suits them, and deserve to be commended for it…They’re undoubtedly one of the most promising young bands in the country if you’re a metal maniac in the most traditional sense of the words.” MetalIreland.com
“Darkest Era isn’t folk in the traditional sense of folk metal… Darkest Era instead go down a more straightforward route and blend elements of doom and folk into a classic heavy metal fold… complete with galloping rhythms, powerful clean vocals, and epic chord progressions… Fans of Primordial and those who like their metal epic need to hear this band.” SputnikMusic.com
“Some great pounding and powerful Epic Metal with some Power Metal references enforced by killer guitars and crystal clear vocals… There is a dark touch spread in all the compositions something that in my opinion is with no doubt the ‘key point’ in the music of this band. Straight in your face and memorable pounding riffing, brilliant lead themes and a skull crushing rhythm section are some more good pieces of their musical puzzle… do not miss this band… TO BATTLE!” Metal-Invader.com
The band formed under the name “Nemesis” in mid 2005. They wrote their first song, “Battle of Cul Dreimne” at their first full practice. The song had an unintentional Celtic leaning which was to permeate the band’s writing from then on. Originally taking influence from early Iron Maiden, Thin Lizzy and Irish folk music, their self titled demo Nemesis was released in mid 2006. A collection of raw, energetic and twin guitar driven songs, it began to bring the band to the attention of the European true metal underground.
In April 2007, the band decided to change their name to Darkest Era; due mainly to the increasing number of bands using the Nemesis moniker, and also to reflect the changing direction of songwriting. Influences from Doom, Black, and Pagan Metal crept their way into the band and songs became darker with a more epic leaning.
In winter 2007, the band entered the studio to record their 4 song debut EP The Journey Through Damnation. In February 2008, a deal was signed with German label Eyes Like Snow, who produced a run of the EP and distributed it worldwide. The subsequent year saw the band step onto the international stage with hugely successful appearances at a number of European festivals including Fist Held High in Germany, Up the Hammers in Greece and Made in Hell in Italy.
In March 2010, the band announced a limited edition self released digi-pack entitled The Oaks Sessions Containing 3 songs, it once again ignited the interest of the European underground with many new fans from Australia and North America racing to snap up a copy.
With a now Europe wide reputation for their intense, ferocious and engaging live performances, and an original sound which draws fans from the Pagan, Folk and True metal genres, Darkest Era stand ready to bring their epic, Celtic metal to the world stage.