Acrimonious – Sunyata

January 1st, 2013
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Reviewed: January 2013
Released: 2012, Agonia Records
Rating: 3.0/5
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Acrimonious are a 5 piece black metal band from Athens, forming in 2003. “Sunyata” is their 2nd full length album after their full length debut, “Purulence” released in 2009. These occult, black metallers have returned with more of a rock influence with their new release but still maintaining their ritualistic vibe.

I had never heard of this band before, I heard good things so gave it a chance. It’s not as good as I thought it would be. The album kicks off with a very haunting intro. I only wish that the album actually sounded just like this. With “Glory Crowned…” you get a slight early grunge feeling, except that there just feels like a bit too much going on. “Adharma” is one for the cradle of filth fans.

The rest of the album, although it is a good sound, just seems a little uninteresting and all sounding very much the same. “The Sloughted…” is much more melodic, probably one of the strongest off the album I feel. “The Hollow Wedjat” has the potential to be a single but again, the song itself is a tad drawn out.

The overall sound and production on the album is very good and the band’s sound is there, but not just to its full potential yet. It’s still a good listen but maybe when you really feel like it.

Review by: Lianne Alice


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Track Listing:
1. Nexus Aosoth
2. Lykania Hekate
3. Adharma
4. Glory Crowned Son Of The Thousand Petalled Lotus
5. The Hollow Wedjat
6. The Sloughted Scales Of Separation
7. Vitalising The Red-Purple In Asher-Zemurium
8. Black Kundalini

Lineup:
Akhkhar – Bass
C. Docre – Drums
Semjaza 218 – Guitars
Cain Letifer – Guitars, vocals
Ar-Ra’d al-Iblis – Lyrics, vocals (live)

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Saille – Ritu

January 1st, 2013
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Reviewed: January 2013
Released: 2013, Code666 Records
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team

If you’re already familiar with their work, it seems there isn’t a great deal you can say about Belgium’s Saille (correct pronunciation Sahl-Yeh,) which hasn’t been said before. Having constantly drawn comparison to bands such as Emperor, this symphonic black metal outfit certainly raised the bar for the proponents of the sound today with their first full length, ‘Irreversible Decay’ and here have done so again with the soon to be unveiled ‘Ritu’.

Upon first play, I was instantly struck by the seemingly effortless blend of intense, Marduk-like aggression coupled with subtle symphony – superbly structured – undoubtedly to give reprieve and a sense of respite but then immediately you are stabbed in the gut by sublime blast-beat, tremolo-picked fury and dragged back down to the icy pits of hell, and it’s a wonderful feeling. With album opener ‘Blood Libel,’ the tone set is a feeling of apprehensive terror, a tone which chimes for the duration but manages not to get lost through familiarity. Whether this is due in part to the symphonic undertones which provide that balance, or due to the fact that this is a superbly crafted body of work, set forth by what are clearly some extremely talented musicians, I will let you decide.

Formed in Ghent in 2008 by keyboard player and songwriter Dries Gaerdelen, Saille have set about creating a threatening, bludgeoning form of black metal, which though firmly rooted in the dark, glorious past of the genre, is not afraid to take things forward to new levels of depraved cacophony. With ‘Ritu’ I believe they have executed this perfectly. Neither too rough in sound nor too clinical, the finely layered guitars resound with utmost intensity whilst Gert Monden’s drums alternate between keeping a blistering pace and laying low under more atmospheric parts. All the while Dennie Grondelaers vocal approach, while nothing new, is everything you would hope for from a band so rooted in traditional black metal values. Known for using real instruments (as opposed to samples) to create their sound, the orchestration is dark and understated rather than theatrical (or even comical,) something which has been missing of late but in my eyes is very welcome to return. By the time we reach the second half of the album we are treated to slow, brooding instrumental piece ‘A Titan’s Sacrifice’ (recalling the bleaker parts of the Alien soundtrack) which again works to offset the slightly more Dimmu-influenced ‘Haunter Of The Dark.’ It is a masterful contradiction of sounds.

If there has been a lull in the genre of late, we can only hope that Saille are ready to grab the guttering torch of symphonic black metal, bend it to their will and shove it back into corpse-painted faces. I can only hope they will be playing a venue nearby sometime soon, because if their live performance matches the quality of the material and production found in ‘Ritu,’ Saille will be set to rise to great heights and further earn their name uttered in the same sentence as bands such as Emperor.

Review by Kevin Griffiths


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Track Listing:
1. Blood Libel
2. Subcutaneous Terror
3. Fhtagn
4. Upon the Idol of Crona
5. Sati
6. A Titan’s Sacrifice
7. Haunter of the Dark
8. Runaljod
9. Ritual Decent

Lineup:
Dennie Grondelaers – vocals
Reinier Schenk – guitars
Jonathan Vanderwal – guitars
Gert Monden – drums
Didier Vancampo – bass
Dries Gaerdelen – keyboards

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Deathtale – Apocalyptic Deadline

January 1st, 2013
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Reviewed: January 2013
Released: 2012, Terrasound Records
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team

The album opens with a heart beat in a hospital setting, followed by an intricate melodic piece, with your mind set that somethings going to kick in and kick in heavy. As the heart beat dies away and the flatline of the monitor fade away, the second track \”Suffering Rain\” kicks in with a thrashy on set before Jan comes in and the music turns to a darker tuning. A real central european sound with Jan growling away, thrashy undertones with death metal overture. Dethtale\’s debut album is a strong dose of European Death Metal that is often needed. A less than fresh idea, they don\’t put a foot wrong however.
On into the next track \”Blood Trail\”, Jan\’s vocals become a little more varied and with hints of dissonance in the guitar playing, it adds an extra dimension to the music. The drums are still the typical fast and pounding as you\’d expect, the vocals are gutteral with the odd scream. The self titled track has a decent sized intro, selling itself as a \”single\” type of song. More of the same, not that I\’m complaining. You can tell that it\’s ex member of Demolition\’s new baby, just by the general sound, although it does indeed stand out on its own and has its own merrit.

Jan comes out with what can only be described as a Dalek impression midway through the song. Infact that must be where the inspiration has come from. If not I\’d be honestly surprised and dumbfounded. Kicking through into a Super Nintendo style solo, making the music seem more 80\’s than 2010\’s. The solo is immense in quality and sound though, coming into a nice build up, before the song finishes quite abruptly, just how I like it.
Another death intro with hints of America\’s Mid-west. This track definitely brings something different to the table, especially in the first half. Some quite disturbing vocal mixes alongside the slow damning sound of the music. Bang into another solo, then back to the slow and dark piece.

A standout track in my eyes, very different and varied while keeping you headbanging away. \”05\” opens with something you\’d expect off a Power Metal band, that is, until the strange but effective distortion comes in. Another epic piece to bring you into a heavy death ridden track. Jans barks down the mic as the drums power through the track. Just over half way through the song and a piercing solo from the axe master, This is one of my favourite songs on the album, classic death elements mixed with European guitar tones and slamming drums.

To celebrate the second half of the album we are given a delight in \”Imagine The Pain\”. Real Elements of modern death metal in not only the vocal style but the increased aggressiveness. Something Akin to Job For a Cowboy or more recent Dying Fetus.
Jan\’s harrowing screams throughout give me a chill much like when I first listened to Deicide. Throughout parts of the song there\’s an amazing riff that makes this song.
Deep and throbbing it instantly gets stuck in your mind leaving you unable to do anything else apart from banging your head. \”Erased\” gives us much of the same, the two songs interlinking in style, aggression and ferocity. \”Back in Anger\” changes it up a little.

From the outlay the guitars are frantic and is something I can imagine listening to driving down a massive American highway at 90mph, hair flowing in the wind of my open topped convertible with the sun beating down, forcing all the wildlife to listen to some brilliant death metal.

The last 2 tracks are much of the same. Some classic death metal with modern overtones. Alot of thrashy influence with some amazingly varied vocals which to me is always a bonus. A good listen if Thrashy Death Metal is your thing, but give it a listen even if it isn\’t, because if you want it smashed into your face as a tester, this is the album for you.

Review by Chris Rossiter


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Track Listing:
1: Apocalyptic Deadline
2: Suffering Rain
3: Blood Trail
4: Deathtale
5: Suspicious Behaviour
6: 05
7: Imagine the Pain
8: Erased
9: Back in Anger
10: 15 Dead
11: This Bullet

Lineup:
Tom Kräutner – drums
Phil Späth – bass
Jan Geyer – vocals
Peter Musch – guitars
Max Dengler – guitar

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Orden Ogan – The Things We Believe In [EP]

January 1st, 2013
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Reviewed: January 2013
Released: 2012, AFM Records
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Having been quite a seasoned and revered band since their formation in 1996 , Orden Ogan have been held up in the same way as Blind Guardian have been; and their current discography and well established sound both validate that. This recent Promo EP is a brief yet satisfying venture into the band’s next stage of growth which is further evoked through the full length album that was recently released.

Opening with, ‘The Things we Believe in’ strums out in a Neo-classical acoustic vibe with wind effects resonating in the back ground. The track bursts out with a metal crunch of solid drumming, gliding riffs and group vocals, giving a euphoric sense of unity. The lyrical passages lament a well-ground story telling balance between the verse/chorus sections.

‘The End’ the catchy riffs break in with full vibrancy with some intricate lead running alongside the tight drumming. The chorus comes with a cathartic sing-along quality that should have venues singing aloud at live shows. Meanwhile, the fret board wizardry found in the songs crescendo comes with plenty of face-melting finger tapping that keeps everything soaring high in the skies above.

Finally, the Promo CD comes with a music video of the track. Visually, everything comes together well with a cold and snowy depiction of the band playing in an abandoned room. Meanwhile, in terms of narrative, the video portrays several characters who appear to be dying in the bleak desolation outside but who later become revived by a glowing character.

Overall, quite an interesting offering from a band who have conjured up all the positive aspects of Power Metal but have avoided lapsing into pretensions or over indulgent solos that so many other acts have done in the past. The sound is well refined and memorable, even those who are not into the genre may find themselves getting roped in.

Review by Ben Spencer


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Track Listing:
1. The Things We Believe In
2. To The End
3. The Things We Believe In (Music Video)

Lineup:
SEEB – vocals, lead-guitar, keyboards
TOBI – lead-guitar
SPOONY – bass
DIRK – drums

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Blood Legion – Self-titled EP

January 1st, 2013
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Reviewed: January 2013
Released: 2012, TFHM Productions
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Facing various line-up changes and tightening a sound that begun back in 2008, Blood Legion have set their mark firmly on the Death Metal scene, with various tours in the pipeline and a full-length debut album on the horizon for 2013 they certainly have shown dedication to what they do. With this in mind, their 3 track Promo CD offers a brief insight into the fruits of their labour.

Opening with, ‘God of Lies’ a husky deep growling and thrash style riffs pummel with muddy bass and steady drumming, that erupts into double kick explosiveness. An expected melodic break down leaks into the mix before bursting back into savage guitars and scornful vocals.

Next up, ‘Against the Sun’ pervades with catchy guitar hooks and head banging groove, whilst the growling remains as infernal as ever throughout. The guitar lead section works well with a ascending drum roll before speeding up into an all out attack of metallic mayhem.

Closing off with, ’Blood Legion’ which comes loaded with adrenaline fuelled drums and a muddy bass run, tightly woven into the vocals and guitar drone before pulling you into a weighty stomp-like procession of sludgy riffs.

This was an enjoyable listen to a band whose ability to write some solid material cannot be denied. The music is well thought out and instantly accessible to ears of any Death Metal loyalist. However, the only thing that lets this record down is the production which does feel a bit rough around the edges and at times a strain to contend with. Other than that good work guys, hoping to hear more of this promising sound in your follow-up.

Review by Ben Spencer


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Track Listing:
1. God of Lies
2. Against The Sun
3. Blood Legion

Lineup:
Shan: Vocals
Jai: Guitars
Hann: Guitars
Pathman: Bass
Black: Drums

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Darkthrone – A Blaze in the Northern Sky (20th Anniversary Reissue)

January 1st, 2013
by Aaron Yurkiewicz

Reviewed: January 2013
Released: 2012, Peaceville Records
Rating: 5.0/5
Reviewer: Aaron Yurkiewicz

While it’s true that there are other black metal bands that pre-date Darkthrone, it’s also true that their 1992 sophomore release A BLAZE IN THE NORTHERN SKY was unquestionably the blueprint for the black metal genre as we know it today. It’s hard to believe that it was 20 years ago that I first popped this cassette into my stereo, but my feelings about this album remain the same today as they were two decades ago; A BLAZE IN THE NORTHERN SKY is black metal’s finest hour. Every riff, every trademark associated with what you know about black metal today can trace its roots to this album, that’s a fact. And the six songs on the album sound just as uncompromisingly raw and downright scary at times now as they did then; evil doesn’t age, it just gets more evil.

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of this landmark release, Darkthrone and Peaceville Records have reissued A BLAZE IN THE NORTHERN SKY in a 2 CD special edition that’s sure to make fanboys smear their corpsepaint with tears of joy. CD 1 is the album as you know it and love it. No remixes, no remaster, just the original bleak, cold musical onslaught as it was intended to be heard. I’m not going to bore you with a review of the original six songs, because that’s a waste of time for both of us. These tunes are exceptional in their original form, and you should just accept that.

CD 2 contains commentary from Fenriz on top of the original tracks, sharing memories of the recording experience, inspiration for the each song, dissecting riffs, and drum patterns; it’s a kind of “Behind the Music” for black metal fans. And as much as I thought I knew about this band and this album, hearing Fenriz speak to the guts of each track was riveting. From the Bathory and Celtic frost influences, to the incorporation of punk rock drum patterns, to the fact that much of what you hear was originally intended to sound like traditional death metal, to the amps used to record the guitars…it’s an amazing insight into a classic record.

But wait, there’s more! The whole thing comes in a GORGEOUS hardbound digi-book format; complete with expanded liner notes and some great hi gloss photos of Darkthrone in their prime. Additionally, there’s a video interview with Nocturno Culto and Fenriz from 2003 on top of everything else. Sufficed to say folks, this is 110% the right way to do a proper reissue. So many reissues are just the same album touched up with some spit and polish, but this 20th anniversary edition of A BLAZE IN THE NORTHERN SKY is an entirely new way to experience and engage in the album, and is worth every cent of its sticker price (which is completely reasonable, for what it’s worth). Whether you’re already a fan of Darkthrone or have ever been curious to hear what all the fuss is about, this is the kind of release that I cannot endorse enough.


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Track Listing:
Disc 1:
1. Kathaarian Life Code
2. In the Shadow of the Horns
3. Paragon Belial
4. Where Cold Winds Blow
5. A Blaze in the Northern Sky
6. The Pagan Winter
Disc 2:
1. Kathaarian Life Code (w/ Commentary from Fenriz)
2. In the Shadow of the Horns (w/ Commentary from Fenriz)
3. Paragon Belial (w/ Commentary from Fenriz)
4. Where Cold Winds Blow (w/ Commentary from Fenriz)
5. A Blaze in the Northern Sky (w/ Commentary from Fenriz)
6. The Pagan Winter (w/ Commentary from Fenriz)

Lineup:
Nocturno Culto – Vocals, Guitars
Zephyrous – Guitars
Fenriz – Drums
Dag Nilsen – Bass

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Adrenechrome – Hideous Appetites

January 1st, 2013
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Reviewed: January 2013
Released: 2012, Independent
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Whilst a feast of classic thrash and progressive technicality can leave one a little worried about indigestion, dial up your appetites to 11 because Adrenechrome have concocted a winning recipe. This four-piece from Ontario, Canada clearly know their way around thrash’s greats but show no fear in chucking in some modern flair. And I don’t mean crash, bang, wallop, what the hell – you only have to hear the opening riff to ‘Titans Fall’ to get those saliva glands going.

It’s a groovy slab of a track that makes for easy and immediate listening but doesn’t necessarily plot a straight course, moving seamlessly from riff to hook to solo. Perhaps it’s just the shared geography but for me Chris Friesen’s vocals sound like a slightly slowed down version of Cancer Bat’s Liam Cormier. It makes for a great marriage against the musical backdrop – a voice that isn’t too polished but conveys just the right gravity.

‘Winds Of The Void’ is a melodic but heavy track in that when-thrash-was-young way – kind of Megadeth-y in fact – with guitars that stir up one heck of a breeze. The folky jaunt of ‘Hymn For The Heathens’ shows Hideous Appetites to be more than a one-course meal, whilst ‘The Horror’ tries a pair of rock-n-roll’s shoes on for size. With some random cries of Marlon Brando slipped in – it’s not a lyrical theme I saw coming I’ll be honest.

The rock vibe remains at the start of ‘Six Guns’, but the throbbing heart of thrash still beats away underneath. The interspersing low slightly out-of-earshot spoken snippets remind of Phil Anselmo’s vocal on ‘Living Through Me (Hell’s Wrath)’, but on the whole this is a less sinister affair. The spoken word also takes centre stage in the verses of ‘Locust Wings’, which opens like Metallica long back when the notion of Lulu was thankfully far from minds.

For my money there’s nothing hideous at all about this album. What it does do is seriously wet my appetite to see what might come next on Adrenechrome’s menu. I’m hopeful this won’t be the only good meal we get from the band – but for now I’m more than happy to pay the bill and so should you.

Review by Kirsty Birkett-Stubbs


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Track Listing:
1. Titans Fall
2. Six Guns
3. The Horror
4. Hymn For The Heathens
5. Winds Of The Void
6. Locust Wings
7. Hobbled

Lineup:
Chris Friesen – Guitar and lead vocals
Tim Kehoe – Guitar and backing vocals
Matt Copeland – Drums and backing vocals
Mike Van Dyke – Bass

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DIABOLICAL – Neogenesis Tour – First Chapter – tour announcement

December 31st, 2012
by EvilG

DIABOLICAL will tour Europe in March in support of the new album “Neogenesis”, that will be released early 2013. This is the first chapter of the Neogenesis tour, and it will be joined by Souldrainer and Warheim. The tour will cover Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Germany. More dates will be announced soon.

Follow the development on diabolical.se and the band’s facebook page which is updated frequently facebook.com/diabolicalofficial

A pre-production/demo preview of “Neogenesis” was uploaded some month ago:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlMNkMtM-4k

Tour poster: http://diabolical.se/img/diabolical_neogenesis_tour_first_chapter_01.jpg

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RAVEN LORD to announce release date of debut album

December 31st, 2012
by EvilG

Heavy Metal weights RAVEN LORD announce in their second Episode of “RAVEN LORD TV” video podcast the release date for their debut album “Descent to the Underworld“. The singer for the band RAVEN LORD Csaba Zvekan reveals in the video that February 1st 2013 is to be the start date for European Sales. On the North American market it will be available on February 12th 2013.

While the band is priming themselves for some touring in Spring 2013 followed by Summer Festivals as well as some high profile shows.

RAVEN LORD TV – Episode 2 – Release date and shows” can be watched online here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pvbr3Y-yz8k

RAVEN LORD recently added Alessandro Duo (Voodoo Highway) as their keyboarder to the band.

The CD was mixed by acclaimed Swedish producer Fredrik Nordström and was mastered by U.S. mastering engineer Maor Appelbaum. The cover artwork was created by Brazilian artist Caio Caldas of CadiesArt, who has previously worked with Doro, Seven Kingdoms, Dominanz and others.

RAVEN LORD are :

Csaba Zvekan (Killing Machine) – Vocals
Joe Stump (Holyhell, Reing of Terror) – Lead Guitar
Jamie Mallender (Tony Martin) – Bass
Lawrence “Larry” Paterson (Blaze Baley) – Drums
George Karafotis (Vermillion Days) – Guitar
Alessandro Duo (Voodoo Highway) – Keyboards

“Unashamedly wearing their heavy metal roots on their leather-studded sleeves ,RAVEN LORD combine the classic metal feel of the past with the fresh aggression of the present,” according to a press release. “Thunderous bass lines, pounding drums and explosive riffs blend with distinct heavy, melodic vocals to create driving and memorable songs.”

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www.myspace.com/raven-lord
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AMON AMARTH Completes Writing New Album

December 31st, 2012
by EvilG

Swedish death metallers AMON AMARTH have issued the following year-end update:

“We want to thank everyone that has supported and helped us in 2012.

“2013 will be another intense year for AMON AMARTH, and looks like it will be slightly unpredictable and mischievous…

“We’ve just finished writing all the songs for the next full-length album, and we’re ready to enter the studio to start recording them in the New Year.”

AMON AMARTH has tapped British producer Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, EXODUS, MACHINE HEAD, ARCH ENEMY, ACCEPT) to helm the band’s next studio album, tentatively due in June 2013 via Metal Blade Records.

Regarding AMON AMARTH’s decision to work with Sneap after utilizing Jens Bogren for the band’s last three studio efforts (2006’s “With Oden On Our Side”, 2008’s “Twilight Of The Thunder God” and 2011’s “Surtur Rising”), AMON AMARTH guitarist Olavi Mikkonen told Decibel magazine, “We were looking for a change, and Andy has been in our thoughts for some years now. After meeting with him, we felt a good connection. We think this is going to be a ripper.”

AMON AMARTH’s eighth studio album, “Surtur Rising”, sold around 15,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 34 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band’s previous CD, “Twilight of the Thunder God”, opened with more than 11,000 copies back in 2008 to land at No. 48.

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STRATOVARIUS – Sample Of Title Track To Nemesis Streaming

December 31st, 2012
by EvilG

EarMUSIC will release the long-awaited new studio album by STRATOVARIUS called Nemesis, as standard 11-track edition as well as 13-track special edition on February 22nd. Check out a sample of the title track below:

 

Stratovarius - Nemesis

Stratovarius – Nemesis

Nemesis will include the following tracklisting:

‘Abandon’

‘Unbreakable’

‘Stand My Ground’

‘Halcyon Days’

‘Fantasy’

‘Out Of The Fog’

‘Castles In The Air’

‘Dragons’

‘One Must Fall’

‘If The Story Is Over’

‘Nemesis’

 

Another sample of the track ‘Unbreakable’ can be heard below:

 

Stratovarius are hailed as one of the most influential and successful symphonic metal bands in the world and they have managed to establish themselves as one of the metal scene’s heavy names. The new album, Nemesis, unites all the best traits of the band’s melodic, powerful, fresh and technically elaborated metal, all spiced up with an incredible sense for melody.

The album was produced and mixed by Matias Kupiainen and mastered by Mika Jussila from Finnvox studios, who has a long history with the band.

Nemesis has a dark and more modern sound compared to the band’s last album, Elysium. It clearly shows how much the band has matured and grown as songwriters. At the same time, the band focused all their attention and work into creating and recording Nemesis. Singer Timo Kotipelto has spent three weeks recording the vocals in a cottage in the Finnish countryside.

Matias Kupiainen adds: “I have more or less lived in the studio for four months, obsessing over every detail. I feel very relieved that we are done and I am very happy with the material and the sound.”

Timo Kotipelto agrees: “Making the album this time was easier because we gave it as much time as it needed. We have worked our asses off to make this and we hope the fans will like it.”

Without doubt, the fans will love it! The album has it all. From the typical melodic and powerful Stratovarius sound in ‘Abandon’, to the aggressive and energetic ‘Stand My Ground’, the album represents the new style of the band mixed with good old melodic power metal. Stratovarius’ musical approach is today wider and richer than ever. The song ‘Fantasy’ sounds almost ABBA-esque with its catchy pop tune, but it’s powered by the famous Stratovarius metal sound, louder than ever. ‘Out Of The Fog’ integrates some folk music elements, with lyrics telling the story of a young person forced to march blindly into battle. The only ballad on the album, ‘If The Story Is Over’, is a very emotional song with a grand arrangement that builds up to using the full band and ends with a small female choir. The title track ‘Nemesis’ is a typical Stratovarius song, with echoes of medieval melodies with powerful double bass drumming and the catchy pop melodies from this side of the millennium.

Says Timo Kotipelto: “The title track of the album; with its modern twist on the myth of Nemesis, tells a story of a preacher who gives each one what they deserve, good or bad. The song has a very nice riff, cool melodies and a great good old Stratovarius style chorus.”

To shorten the waiting period for the album, January 25th finds the release of the limited edition EP, Unbreakable. It features five songs: the new album leading track ‘Unbreakable’ and a selection of four songs from previous albums, remastered by Mika Jussila. Songs like ‘Falling Star’ (taken from Polaris) and ‘Freedom’ (taken from Infinite) show a different, catchy side of Stratovarius and guide the way to the new masterpiece Nemesis.

Matias Kupiainen about the new song: “’Unbreakable’ is a very important song to me and the lyrics have a lot of personal meaning. Sometimes you can snap out of your day to day fog and see what is important. And when you are in that special moment, when you have that special feeling, you are invincible, unbreakable; you should really stop and enjoy the feeling. Even, if the whole world falls apart tomorrow.”

Timo Kotipelto adds: “This album has a darker and more modern sound. We, as a band, have gone through a lot and we have matured as songwriters. The making of this album was easier than before, because we could give it as much time as needed.”

 

Unbreakable tracklisting:

 

‘Unbreakable’ (taken from the brand new studio album Nemesis)

‘Falling Star’ (taken from Polaris)

‘The Game Never Ends’ (taken from Elysium)

‘Freedom’ (taken from Infinite)

‘Why Are We Here’ (taken from Intermission)

 

(Songs 2-5 remastered by Mika Jussila in 2012)

 

Stratovarius and AMARANTHE are teaming up in a double headline bill next spring. The Nordic Nexus Of Nemesis Tour 2013 will kick off in Munich, Germany on March 20th.

 

Confirmed dates include:

 

March

20 – Backstagehalle – Munich, Germany

21 – Stadtgarten – Erfurt, Germany

22 – Masters Of Rock Cafe – Zlin, Czech Republic

23 – Club 202 – Budapest, Hungary

24 – Majestic Club – Bratislava, Slovakia

26 – Szene – Vienna, Austria

27 – Hirsch – Nürnberg, Germany

28 – Matrix – Bochum, Germany

29 – Grünspan – Hamburg, Germany

30 – De Pul – Uden, Netherlands

31 – La Cigale – Paris, France

 

April

2 – La Laiterie – Strasbourg, France

3 – Le Kao – Lyon, France

5 – Razzmatazz 2 – Barcelona, Spain

6 – Arena – Madrid, Spain

7 – Rock Star – Bilbao, Spain

9 – Z7 – Pratteln, Switzerland

10 – Alcatrazz – Milan, Italia

11 – Rockfabrik – Ludwigsburg, Germany

13 – PPM Fest (Festival) – Mons, Belgium

 

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Twenty Years In The Making….ROXY BLUE Returns with 3 new releases

December 31st, 2012
by EvilG

In 1992, Hard Rock fans were hit broadside with a momentous hard rock album, entitled Want Some, that seemed to come out of nowhere. The band was Roxy Blue, and while they were relatively unknown outside of their hometown of Memphis, music industry insiders knew that there was something about this band that set them apart from all the pretty boy hair bands that were currently being signed on a daily basis. So much so that everyone wanted to work with Roxy Blue and be a part of their magic! When the smoke cleared, Motley Crue’s management team was chosen to head the ship, Guns N’ Roses Producer (Mike Clink) was chosen to produce their debut album, and Geffen Records was the label that would release it.

Word spread quickly that Roxy Blue was the hottest new band around and they became the darlings of the hard rock media. Management was gearing up to break Roxy Blue as ‘The Next Big Thing’. With constant comparisons to Van Halen, Warrant, and even Motley Crue everyone was feeling the energy and momentum surrounding this band. The bands album, Want Some, immediately broke the Top 40 on Billboards AOR chart and was even reported to be the ‘Most Spun Rock Record Of The Summer’ by Record and Review Magazine. A tour with Babylon A.D. and Wildside kicked off the summer party while MTV constantly kept the bands videos in rotation on shows like the “Top Twenty Countdown”, “Most Wanted”, and” Headbangers Ball”. The band was on a rocket-ride winning masses of fans in the process.

Just like a summer love affair, Roxy Blue was here and gone in the blink of an eye. It all came and went too quickly and fans were left wanting more! But something funny was going on in the music industry and a whole legion of hard rock hair-band fans were left scratching their heads as a genre they heavily supported was systematically being deconstructed… And the band would be left holding the distinction of ‘The Last Successful Hair Band Of All Time’ according to the novel “The History Of Rock-n-Roll”.

Where did it all go? How could a band with such a huge momentum and powerful live show and tons of fans all of a sudden be gone? The fans were definitely left Wanting Some More; and twenty years later that’s what the fans are getting with the release of WANT SOME MORE, STRIPPED, and LIVE AT NIGHTMOVES all available through FnA Records (www.fnarecords.net).

FnA Records has formed an alliance with Roxy Blue to pick up where they left off. The best way to do this is to raid the vaults and pull out all the unreleased studio recordings, demos, b-sides, rarities, and live tracks recorded before and during the early Roxy Blue Days.

FnA Records is proud to bring you these three albums available individually, as a three-pack (at a reduced price), and as autographed fan packs with a limited edition Roxy Blue guitar pic. However, as a present to the die-hard fans, anyone buying a three-pack (all 3 albums) prior to Christmas will receive a limited edition Roxy Blue guitar pic as well.

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SYLO – Unveil “Monument of Nothing” EP Cover Art

December 31st, 2012
by EvilG

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Texarkana, Texas metal act SYLO has unveiled the new cover art for their forthcoming EP entitled “Monument of Nothing”, set to be released via The Metal Den Records tentatively in March/2013. View it above. More details will be revealed soon.

In June of 2012, SYLO’s bassist Jared McCasland passed away due to drowning. He was replaced by Wallace Gholson. Having just been crowned The Metal Den’s first ever battle of the bands champion in 2011, this devastating musical act has been unloading the ultimate sonic destruction in live shows that need to be seen to be believed and “Monument of Nothing” will be a game changer.

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RIGOR MORTIS Frontman Remembers Guitarist MIKE SCACCIA

December 31st, 2012
by EvilG
RIP MIKE SCACCIA

RIP MIKE SCACCIA

RIGOR MORTIS and WARBEAST frontman Bruce Corbitt spoke to Jay Nanda of the San Antonio Metal Music Examiner about the passing of MINISTRY and RIGOR MORTIS guitarist Mike Scaccia, who died on December 22 while performing with RIGOR MORTIS at The Rail Club in Fort Worth, Texas at Corbitt’s 50th-birthday celebration.

 

“If I picked the one most important person of my life, not counting my own family and brother, it would be Mike Scaccia,” Corbitt said. “I’ve said it from the beginning: I would’ve never been in a band or started singing in a band if I didn’t become friends with Mike. And now here I am 30 years later, I’m still doing tours and making albums. I owe everything to him. Because when I met him, I was just a fan, into music. I had dreams like everybody. Veteran air guitarist, but never bothered to learn to play an instrument and kind of too shy to try to sing. But we became close friends, and I realized this was a guy that was put on this earth to play his guitar. Somebody with greatness, who had a gift. I wanted to be in a band with him so bad because he would make us all look good. I didn’t even know how to sing, but somehow, because I had long hair (and) I could party all night. [laughs] It’s a true story. That’s kind of how I got the job. I’m talking about our first band called SPECTRUM. It didn’t last too long, and Mike went his own way. We stayed in touch here and there, but a few years later, when he started RIGOR MORTIS with Casey Orr and Harden Harrison, again I wanted to be in a band with Mike so bad, I did everything I could. He was such a humble guy. He was never going to brag about himself, but I always said, “Man, I’m Mike Scaccia’s No. 1 fan,” and I sure didn’t have any trouble going out and telling everyone what a great guitarist he is. I’m going to miss him every day for the rest of my life.”

He added: “When you’ve got someone like that with such a talent to not have an ego at the same time, that’s a rare combination. You just don’t find that very often. That’s the thing, you know. Such a great guy, great friend. He had such a sense of humor. He made our lives more fun when we were around him. He was such a family-oriented guy with his parents and his sisters and his wife and kids. Can’t say anything bad about Mike Scaccia, man, you know? He was always there for everyone, and I’m blessed to have known him.”

 

Regarding the circumstances behind Mike’s passing, Bruce said: “Now, looking back, at first, you’re like, ‘Wow, what if I would have not asked him to play on my birthday? Would this have happened? Would he still be here?’ It’s a 32-year-old friendship — agreeing to give up some time for Christmas with his family to come practice with us and do a show. And then we’re on stage together; it was going to be one of the best shows I remember. There’s just so many, but at the time, everyone was in great spirits, celebrating. And the new material, that was what’s so cool. We got to play some of these new songs with Mike. And that’s the thing. You never understand why this happened, but I think I said that last night, if Mike himself could have wrote the perfect ending, this would be it. He was still gripping that guitar, and we took it out of his hands when we were trying to help him. It’s a devastating thing to deal with and see, but over time, I’m going to be thankful that it happened the way it happened — as bad as that sounds. I don’t know. I’m glad I was by his side ’till the very last minute.”

Read the entire interview from San Antonio Metal Music Examiner.

The official memorial for Mike Scaccia will be held today (Sunday, December 30) at 3:00 p.m. at Aristide Event Center in Mansfield, Texas. The event is open to the public.

Aristide Event Center
570 North Walnut Creek Drive
Mansfield, TX 76063

MIKE SCACCIA dead (Rigor Mortis, Ministry)

MINISTRY/RIGOR MORTIS Guitarist Michael “Mike” Scaccia

 

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Gojira with support at L’Enfant Sauvage World Tour 2012-13 European Tour Mejeriet Lund Sweden

December 30th, 2012
by Anders Sandvall

 Gojira

L’Enfant Sauvage World Tour 2012-13

Klone – support act
Trepalium – support act

Mejeriet, Lund, Sweden, 1/11-2012

Review and live pictures by: Anders Sandvall

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