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Thursday, 31 July 2014

NEW Stencil Mag Issue 28 - 31st July 2014! Feat Rise Against, Finch, In Flames & More!

 
 
 
The mighty new issue of Stencil Mag has landed featuring as you can see main feature, Rise Against! You can also check out my review of their new album here: http://issuu.com/stencilmag/docs/issue26/173
 
Also featured is a Reading/Leeds preview including my sections on Paramore, Young Guns, Crossfaith & Of Mice & Men, which can be seen here! http://issuu.com/stencilmag/docs/issue26/127 
 
In a new VS feature, kicking of with Bring Me The Horizon. I pick their latest album, 'Sempiternal' which goes up agaist their previous album, 'There Is A Hell Believe Me I've Seen It..' - which is your favourite?! http://issuu.com/stencilmag/docs/issue26/143
 
Also check out my reviews of the following:
 
Mastodon and Linking Park latest albums: http://issuu.com/stencilmag/docs/issue26/159
 
And lastly my reviews of Casket Of Cassandra and The Moderates: http://issuu.com/stencilmag/docs/issue26/169
 
Check out the whole mag in its all its glory here: http://issuu.com/stencilmag/docs/issue26
 
 
Carina


Alestorm - Sunset On The Golden Age Album Review (Napalm Records)

 
 
Scottish Metallers, Alestorm are known for their pirate themes and are back after three years with their fourth album and follow up to, 'Back Through Time', so are you ready to board the swash buckling pirates boat again?!..



Opening song, 'Walk The Plank' opens on an upbeat triumphant note and showcases a more symphonic epic sound, which displays a more serious and refined side to them immediately, all the while embracing their catchy wonderful pirate sound! Enjoying yourself on their quest, stick around for 'Drink', which could well compete with their best and most infectious anthems to date! You will find you can't stop listening to this and will have found your new weekend tune to get merry to and have a blast with your mates!
'Magnetic North' again demonstrates their slight change in sound, possessing their nautical elements but mixed with heavier sections also.


'1971 (The Battle of Cartagena)' is an truly epic surprise featuring growly fierce vocals, highlighting a more dark heavy sound with lots of superb well structured tempo changes, displaying the bands impressive musicianship!

Just based on the title 'Mead From Hell' you can tell it will be a good classic Alestorm song! In yet another alcohol based fun and seriously addictive track, which again will rank high in the Alestorm catalogue!


'Surf Squid Warfare' continues on from their typical fun pirate anthems along with 'Quest For Ships' again this 'flows' on 'swimmingly' from previous tracks, 'Mead From Hell' and 'Surf Squid Warfare' as all tie in nicely, and keep things consistent and coherent, being faster paced and more thrashed based and features some impressive technical guitar work!


The comically titled, 'Wooden Leg!' also continues to entertain throughout with ridiculous but brilliant lyrics which will make you smirk endlessly, such as how the Japanese and Spanish resulted in getting 'wooden legs'. The chorus rampages and screams aggressively, expressing the anger behind this in a silly but wonderful fashion!
 
'Hangover' is a cover version of Taio Cruz’s song, and considering the original is a pop dance song, Alestorm stamp their signature moves all over this, resulting in a very catchy fun track which comes complete which a pirate rap part - what more could you want?!..

 
So we reach the end of this mad and exciting quest of debauchery in the title and closing track, 'Sunset On The Golden Age' which also is the longest track in an epic manner as you would hope! Compared to the earlier particularly epic, 1971 (The Battle of Cartagena"), here its more slower and sinister in parts but equally stunning, and end on the notion that the band have a hell of a lot to offer, more than just their silly pirate antics (not that I'm complaining as this is something they do superbly and effortlessly!)

This latest venture shows the Alestorm which we love and expect, without ever a dull moment, but this time with more of a dark side and more focus on folk elements. Although lyrically humorous, it is very well written as usual and the music is serious and technical! This is the perfect album to get seriously drunk to, as well as musically and creatively admire. It marks their most dynamic and epic album to date with signs of refinement without losing their fun pirate inspired massive anthems! They proof here that not only are they unbeatable when it comes to pirate metal, but in contrast that they are also more than that - a force not to be reckoned with! So hop on board and let their music wash over you and enjoy the epic journey!



 


http://www.alestorm.net/
https://www.facebook.com/alestormband
www.napalmrecords.com/





Release Date:

01.08. GAS, FIN & BENELUX
04.08. UK & Rest of Europe
05.08. USA/CAN
06.08. ESP/NOR/SWE


 

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Divine Chaos pull out of MammothFest 2014! Find out who will replace them!

 
 

Unfortunately thrash metallers from Slough, Divine Chaos have had to pull out of MammothFest 2014 which takes place at the Green Door Store, Brighton between Saturday 30th August and Sunday 31st August. But although this is a shame, the band replacing them is instrumental progressive act from Brighton, thedealwasforthediamond, who are returning after a break with their upcoming sophomore album and as a result of working on their new album they haven't played live for a while, so MammothFest 2014 marks their come back show of the year! Be sure to check out the band and their epic instrumental sound; to be a instrumental band solely relying on the music to portray the emotion and passion, as well as keep your interest can be hard to achieve, but this band pull it off extremely well! Get your tickets to the festival now to witness them perform live on the Sunday between 5:15-5:45pm, as well as all the other brilliant acts. The line-up is not to be missed!





Get your tickets here!! http://vanitasdirect.com/556-mammothfest

Check out the band here:
https://www.facebook.com/thedealwasforthediamond

http://www.mammothmetalfestival.co.uk/

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

MammothFest 2014 Surprise Announcements - 2 extra acts added!



 
 
Brighton's heavyweight intense festival, MammothFest has today released some new announcements, including a shock surprise of two extra acts, to what was meant to be a full bill! (see full line up above). The two extra acts are Acoustic duo Tom & Ash and Acoustic virtuoso Sean De Burca who will perform as part of the weekend.
Organiser Steve Dickson was so impressed by them both at recent
shows that he walked up onstage to offer them spots as soon as they finished their gigs! That is quite a compliment and means attending festival goers are in for an even more epic time! (See links and video below to check out new acts added!)


If that wasn't already exciting enough MammothFest have also announced a Apolcalypse Club Night DJs playing on the Saturday between bands and DJ Demonize Debs on the Sunday. So even more reason to get down to this mighty event!

Also some of the bands featured on the line-up have been busy creating new music and videos which they have unleashed upon us, from the likes of Saturday 31st's penultimate band Meta-Stasis, who have released their first ever video for 'Fathomless' (which is also currently my featured video of the week on home page - so worth watching!) and Progressive metallers, Stone Circle have released a much anticipated new song/video for 'Easter Island', check it out here:

 
 
 
It's all getting a bit crazy now so hurry up and get your tickets while you still can here: http://www.mammothmetalfestival.co.uk/
 
 
See below video from new act just added of guitar virtuoso Sean De Burca! Impressive!
 
 

 
 
Bands featured Links:

https://www.facebook.com/#!/tomashofficial?fref=ts
https://www.facebook.com/sdbguitar
https://www.facebook.com/sdbguitar#!/metastasis666?fref=ts
www.stonecirclemetal.com
 www.facebook.com/stonecirclemetal
 www.twitter.com/stonecircleuk

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Basement Fest 2014!




If you are in the West Midlands area then this Festival is a must (or even if your not)! Check out the awesome line-up above and below! Arc Event Management presents - BASEMENTFEST 2014 - BIGGER and BETTER than before returning for another round! This time it's a full weekender! For just £10 witness 3 days of mighty talented metals bands, such as the weird and wonderful grunge act that is WEAK13, the operatic gothic metal geniuses of Calatrilloz or the original and talented progressive metallers, Eight Great Fears, plus many many more brilliant bands! Taking place between August 29th to the 31st August at The Roudhouse in Birmingham. Check out all the fantastic bands playing below as well all the information you need on the festival!

Basementfest 2014 Tickets are priced as follows:- Friday night £5, Weekend Ticket (Saturday and Sunday) £10. Saturday £8 Sunday £8

SATURDAY MAIN STAGE
10.30 Gypsy Pistolero’s https://www.facebook.com/pages/GypsyPistoleros/378204642215891
9.40 Calatrilloz https://www.facebook.com/calatrillozmusic
8.50 Left for Red https://www.facebook.com/leftforreduk
8.00 Valous https://www.facebook.com/valous.birmingham
7.10 A Thousand Enemies https://www.facebook.com/athousandenemies
6.20 The Mighty Wraith https://www.facebook.com/themightywraithuk
5.30 Spiral Dive https://www.facebook.com/SpiralDiveMusic
4.40 Eight Great Fears https://www.facebook.com/EightGreatFears
3.50 SkullFox https://www.facebook.com/pages/Skull-Fox/120305994139
3.00 Red Rum https://www.facebook.com/redrummetal

SATURDAY ACOUSTIC STAGE
3.30 – 3.50/4.00 Wasteland (Unplugged)
4.20 – 4.40/4.50 Corey Young
5.10 – 5.30/5.40 David Young
6.00 – 6.20/6.30 Esme Knight
6.50 – 7.10/7.20 Martin Jackson (Emperor Chung)
7.30 – 8.00 Civil Disobedience

Doors from 3pm
This e-ticket link is only valid for Saturday's Basementfest event.
Friday E-ticket (£5) link is - http://www.theroadhousebirmingham.com/?q=node/896
Sunday E-ticket (£8) link is -
Full weekend tickets at £10 each are available direct from the promoters - NOT THE ROADHOUSE. Email arceventmanagement@gmail.com if you wish to purchase the £10 weekend ticket.
Date:
Saturday, August 30, 2014
Price: £8.00

Basementfest 2014 Age restrictions:-
Friday 18+
Saturday 18+
Sunday 14+

To get more details visit main facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/145350795569195/?fref=ts

Monday, 7 July 2014

New Song from Progressive Metallers Stone Circle!




Progressive Metal band from Brighton, Stone Circle are back and mean business! Check out their new offical lyric video for new song, 'Easter Island' taken from upcoming album. The lyric video was created by Bassist, James Pearce so praise where its due! The band are looking to make a huge impact with their return so are currently on tour now which is sponsored by the mighty return also of Brighton's only dedicated metal festival, MammothFest! Of course Stone Circle are playing at the main festival which takes place on the 30-31st August. Stone Circle have the honour of being on the MammothFest line-up again following their successful slot at the first ever MammothFest back in 2010! So this marks a great return all round! Also it has just been announced that the band are playing Tech-Fest on the Saturday 12th July on Second stage at 3pm! So there are plenty of chances to witness their awaited return! See all tour details below!


Here is the awesome new song/video:

 
 
 
Stone Circle Tour Dates:
 
11th July - Nottingham - Old Salution - Headline/W Dire
12th July - Tech-Fest, Newark Showground at 3pm on Second Stage http://uktechfest.com/
24th July - Brighton - Green Door Supporting Evil Scarecrow
9th August - Worthing - Bar 42 Supporting Mask Of Judas (also at Mammothfest)
30th August - Mammothfest 2014, Green Door Store - with Savage Messiah/Meta-stasis http://www.mammothmetalfestival.co.uk/ 

 
 

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

MammothFest Sponsored Tours - Stone Circle (starts 5th July 2014)



 
 
 
Stone Circle formed in 2004 with Joe Ashwin (Lead Guitar/Vocals), James Pearce (Bass) & Sam Hill (drums), the lineup was then completed when Tom Skelton (Rhythm Guitars) joined in 2005. Over this time the band developed their sound into the progressive metal that they play today, inspired by Opeth, Katatonia, Morbid Angel, Gojira, Amorphis and more.
 
The band are back to play round two of the return of MammothFest having played at the first one back in 2010 and they went down a storm with their epic progressive metal, so are not to be missed this time round!
 
If you can't wait to see them at the main festival you can luckily also catch them on their our tour which is sponsored by MammothFest. The tour begins this Saturday 5th July at The Unicorn in London, supporting Felix Martin (14 string guitarist) both acts of which the next day on Sunday 6th July are playing at the biggest MammothFest warm up show so far in a MammothFest & Tech-Fest UK collaboration show taking place at the actual MammothFest event, at Green door store in Brighton! To wet your hungry savage appetites for the Main event on the 30-31st August!
 
Tickets £5 in advance, more on the door and available from:

http://vanitasdirect.com/home/713--mammothfest-warm-up.html
 
See the rest of Stone Circle tours date above! (Please note that the Bristol & Birmingham date is cancelled!)
 
Also here is a awesome blast from the past of the band performing at the origins of MammothFest in 2010:
 










 
To keep up to date with with the band and to check out their music visit there site:
 
 
 
 

Grave Digger - Return Of The Reaper Album Review (Napalm Records)


 

This German heavy metal band formed back in 1980, being part of the German high speed power metal to emerge in the early to mid-1980s. The band has toured all over and have released many albums over the three decades, and with their latest release, 'Return Of The Reaper' the heavyweights show why they still are at the forefront, with their best and darkest offering yet to be released via Napalm Records..


Opening intro song fittingly titled, 'Return Of The Reaper' portrays just that with its sorrowful piano and vibe, setting the theme of the grim reaper on his horse with the sound of hooves and screams, making it very atmospheric and then the instruments blast out!..

'Hell Funeral' strikes you with its classic 80s sound and has the makings of an hit anthem with its particularly melodic chorus and fast rhythms showing some stand out guitar work from Axel Ritt!

'Wargod' boasts good lyrics which are delivered superbly by Chris Boltendahl, who really has a voice to suit this style of metal! This one is heavier than previously, embracing the nature and context of the song by going on a wild rampage with its dark sounds.

'Tattoed Rider' is very old school sounding in a great sense; with sound effects to enhance this, such as sirens blaring out, and has a huge chorus which is a definite highlight and can imagine the masses singing out loudly! 'Ressurrection Day' opens immediately with technical complex riffs and features many brilliant tempo changes and transitions showing how dynamic and skilled the band are!

'Season Of The Witch' begins on a more mellow tone than we are used too, although slower paced they show they can 'execute' this wonderfully and provide great structure and arrangement, proving them highly worthy musicians and still maintaining a fierce sound! The gang vocals add more power to heighten further which has the desired effect. Another stand out track, especially as shows more diversity.

'Road Rage Killer' picks up the pace again quite appropriately given the title, and does so in a insane fashion churning out memorable riffs along the way! This one certainly packs a punch, or perhaps more apt, 'hits hard' and shows evilness at its best, with more effects of sirens to help give more depth! The morbidly titled, 'Grave Descartor' makes good use of repetition, creating a very catchy chorus which will 'dig' deep down into your head!

'Satans Host' opens on an evil laugh to set the scene and then all guns blazing dives into fast tuneful riffs which will have you headbanging, and again as you may expect contains some skillful complex guitar work along with strong gang vocals keeping up the momentum of the album!

'Dia De Los Muertos' translates from Spanish for Day Of The Dead which the lyrics reflect well and the chorus with unified vocals helps to show the celebratory side of the day and its meaning. 'Deaths Smiles At All Of Us' opens with fast haunting and progressive keyboards from H.P. Katzenburg before the rest of the instruments kick in and grim fierce vocals to compliment.

So we reach the end with 'Nothing To Believe' treating us to some peaceful and slightly woeful piano music with isolated more stripped back vocals from Chris, which are filled with emotion and passion before all instruments come into play for the chorus, making for a very powerful and ambient sound resonating out. This is a strong powerful ending showing all their best traits and excellent structure!

The band after all this time can still reign supreme with their true 80s heavy metal sound. Showing it at its best but with modernisation entwined, making it powerful and highly enjoyable throughout. This whole album is extremely coherent and flows effortlessly with every song keeping up the standard and momentum, but with their experience and expertise in their field this is to be expected! Grave Digger stick to their roots and pay homage to their classic albums such as "Heavy Metal Breakdown" (1984), "Witch Hunter" (1985) and "The Reaper" (1993) but perhaps even surpass this with its dynamic and unique sounds also. I think old fans and new fans alike will embrace this 'return' and follow them down their dark path quite happily!






 
Check out the bands latest new video for 'Hell Funeral' taken from upcoming album!



http://www.grave-digger.de/


Release Dates:11.07.2014 GAS, Finland & Benelux
14.07.2014 UK & Rest of Europe
15.07.2014 USA & CAN
16.07.2014 Spain, Sweden & Norway