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Album Review: Delain – “Lunar Prelude”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 12:32 PM (PST)

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Delain are one of the funnest bands around and have always had an endearing ability to cross over to different fan basses with catchy vocals, strings, big rock guitar and unbridled ambition. The Human Contradiction was a recent win and tours in support of the record with Sabaton and Within Temptation (in particular) found the band playing to some of the biggest crowds of their lives. One gnarly testicle injury aside, things have been pretty awesome for the band.

My appreciation for the group has grown since I reviewed their last album here and said I wished it had more shredding. All around awesome guitarist Timo Somers became my friend and sent me videos showing he could shred his ass off. But that isn’t always what is best for a song. The band really act as a team, and that is more evident than ever before on this EP. I interviewed Charlotte Wessels for New Noise a year or so back also and not only was she nice and professional but her answers were very thoughtful.

These are genuine, cool people who rather than preach “rock aint dead” simply prove it by kicking ass. Once they draw you in it is hard not to keep rooting for them.

Two new songs and some excellent live renditions greet fans here. It isn’t essential but it sure aint unwelcome either. “Suckerpunch” has a few clunky lyrics but the sweeping, cinematic opera metal of “Turn The Lights Out” and a new, more futuristic sounding version of “Don’t Let Go” that is sure to add awesome dynamics to any concert make this worth purchasing.

On top of the new and re-imagined studio tracks you also get some live songs from this ever hustling and bustling band of rock warriors.

“Stardust” , a newer fan favorite is delivered to a huge sounding audience along with takes on “Lullaby” , “Army Of Dolls” and even an additional live version of the new single”Suckerpunch”.

This is surely worth your time.

 

Chaostar studio news. (add this to “most anticipated” in my book)

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 12:45 PM (PST)

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“Few months are left for Chaostar to enter the studio again, after almost 3 years.

The rehearsals for the new album are getting more intense and we truly believe that the result won’t let you down.

We keep in touch.”

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Leaves’ Eyes post 2015 Latin America tour report: El Salvador

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, January 3, 2016 at 10:38 AM (PST)

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Liv from Leaves’ Eyes is always having interesting adventures and she talks about her astounding metal band’s recent days in El Salvador  with loads of photos HERE

NO SLEEP FOR THE WICKED
Atrocity & Leaves’ Eyes across Latin America 2015
A report by Liv Kristine

14. May
San Salvador, El Salvador, greeted us with warm weather and sunshine. Great to have a nap at the hotel’s pool. The friendly staff provided us with coconut-pineapple-mango juice non stop. After three espressos on top our promoter team picked us up to take us to the venue. We knew it would be hot, but that gig was one big sauna! Two very friendly police officers paid us a visit, however, not to tell us about restrictions; they were interested in Joris’ blast beat drumming and life on the road, moreover, life in Europe. We were very happy to meet & greet out metal audience in El Salvador for the first time. In the backyard of the venue the mangoes were falling down every 2 minutes as we were taking photos and doing signings every. I wish this sweet, awesome fruit would grow in my own garden! 

To be continued!

 

LEAVES’ EYES „KING OF KINGS” – OUT NOW: http://tinyurl.com/nfg28ls

featuring
Simone Simons (Epica)
Lindy-Fay Hella (Wardruna)
London Voices Choir (Lord of the Rings, Star Wars)
White Russian Symphony Orchestra

“The Waking Eye” Video:
https://youtu.be/GWQQ1Gxo7sc

“King of Kings” Video:
http://youtu.be/c_vYIT2sxo0

“Halvdan The Black” Video:
https://youtu.be/KNqfIxjKFjo

LEAVES’ EYES
Tourdates & tickets: http://www.leaveseyes.de/tour

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  Critically acclaimed Bay Area post rock collective AMBER ASYLUM will release its new album, Sin Eater, on December 4 via Prophecy Productions. The band’s seventh studio album was recorded at Ear Hammer Studios (OM, Pallbearer, Vhol) in Oakland, CA and produced, mixed and mastered by frontwoman, multi-instrumentalist and soprano vocalist Kris T. Force. The subject matter that helped inspire the album is the cleansing ritual of “sin eating”. Today, Noisey premieres the new AMBER ASYLUM track, “Executioner”; listen now at this location.

“Sin Eating still exists as a death ritual where the Sin Eater consumes a meal or ‘corpse cake’ that is passed over the body of the deceased or laid on the chest,” Force explains. “The meal represents the sins of the deceased and once consumed by the Sin Eater the sins are released thereby allowing the soul to rest in peace. The album speaks of this process of taking on the pain of others to set them free.”

In honor of 20 years of the mystifying group, the label Prophecy Productions will also be releasing a new set  Anthology  at the same time as the Bay Area chamber group’s new Sin Eater record. It consists of twelve CDs, containing the band’s entire work including numerous compilation tracks, singles and more partially unreleased bonus songs, topped by an accompanying 80-page book bound in leather with all lyrics.

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Epic symphonic soundtracked battle and the ethereal vocals of Liv Kristine combine for a Norse-themed adventure video in the new, quite elaborate lyric video for Leaves’ Eyes new album’s title track. Make all the LARP jokes you like, but this band remains one of the best and most pro at what they do. Few but the most cynical will fail to be swept up at the 3:26 mark when the song leaps up a notch, Liv’s voice reaching for the stratosphere as A. Krull and the rest of the band march on to “reign invincible”.

Dear fans and friends,
here it is the official lyric video for the title song of our new album, “King Of Kings”. Enjoy, share & help us spreading the word! “King Of Kings” is out now in Europe and will be released in North America this Friday (September 18th)!

featuring
Simone Simons (Epica)
Lindy-Fay Hella (Wardruna)
London Voices Choir (Lord of the Rings, Star Wars)
White Russian Symphony Orchestra

Watch it BELOW.

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Interview: Rasputina – Curse Tablets and Unknown Pleasures

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at 9:44 PM (PST)

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“I don’t have any physical problems or back pain. I think yoga helps with
that. Everyone over practices. I don’t think you have to practice that much
but it comes from classical music and insecurities. If you have skills, chops
and inspiration you just have to get your energy together with the group.”
Melora Creager

Heavy cello theatrical institution Rasputina have always been daring, playful
or downright brazen, though new album Unknown is nonetheles one of founder
Melora Creagor’s most liberated records in a lengthy discography of triumphs.
Recorded in record time yet with physical release only through Melora’s
website and no digital release, the record makes a point about intimacy,
ownership and interaction in this age of voyeuristic entitlement.

Known to feminists, Nirvana and Marilyn Manson fans who know the history of
those bands, Cregor has been a high class costume designer for Vogue, an NYC
innovator in the performing arts scene and an influence on free folk and steam
punk. She’s even a mom. Those are fancy ways of saying she is awesome.

On top of all that, Rasputina are about to go on tour with a fabulous current
line up to some great US venues. The new record Unknown is highly recommended
and has some beautiful music on it that must be lived and taken in to your
bosom, just awesome, awesome songs.

Now I know this isn’t like symphonic metal bombastic Within Temptation
charging into the pink sunset (which I think is awesome. I love that band),
but Rasputina are more than quirky, spooky and technically skilled to thrill
even casual listeners who aren’t to uncouth to appreciate some dramatic flare.

I talked on the phone to Melora a few weeks ago and it was awesome. She lives
in the Hudson Valley like me. I told her about Troy Savings Bank Music Hall,
which has some of the best acoustics in the world and where I saw Andrew Bird
play an amazing show a few years ago that showed how highly versatile he is.
Fuck, I hope Rasputina could play that venue sometime. It’d be amazing.

Anyhow. Here is my chat with this true artist and treasure BELOW.

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I think when you bring an album out, our job’s done. You’ve recorded it.
It’s that moment in time. When the record is released people need sound bytes
and a reason to buy a record. We’ve seen that. It’s always something. This
time around it’s “return to the roots”. That wasn’t what we were thinking when
we were writing it. – Greg Mackintosh

Paradise Lost are one of the most important metal bands of all time. Their
influence is hardly measurable, the sign of a next level tier of influence
occupied by bands with revered names like Candlemass, In Flames, Emperor,
Christian Death, Moonspell, Type O Negative or Celtic Frost. Bands who all
were or are so unique yet deeply affected the sound of the era they are mostly
associated with. Often imitated but never duplicated,so to speak (Did I
mention Draconian Times just turned 20?!)

It was an honor to speak, very early in the morning my Upstate, NY time, with
UK metal hero Greg Mackintosh about The Plague Within. This high charting and
no fucks given record is a later career milestone for the band, proof that
their morose glory still melts “Flesh From Bone”, to mention a newer song.

Read our discussion BELOW and be sure to purchase the new, brilliantly dark 14th album!

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In one of the better lyric videos I’ve seen, Paradise Lost and Century Media have revealed a song sure to thrill fans of the long running metal institution. It’s on the slower Type O and PL doom side of things, a powerful number with a bridge to fight for. I’m still reeling from seeing Vallenfyre crush live so this PL song is very welcome. I’m also allegedly related to Milton who wrote Paradise Lost, so I’m always into this band’s stuff. It makes little red demons in my skull dance in a cartoon field of flames. I’ve followed them sporadically since Draconian Times and they always have a good visual element to their design as well.

You can feel the song build in your veins watching the lyric video HERE.

PARADISE LOST comments: “Check out the first track from our new album “The Plague Within”. “No Hope In Sight” was one of the first tracks we wrote and it reflects a blend of styles. From death metal to gothic to classic rock. It’s like all eras of PL wrapped up into one track.  We hope you all like it!

“No Hope In Sight“ is already available on all digital outlets and you can pre-order the digital album here:

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Album Review: Moonspell – “Extinct”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 11:38 AM (PST)

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The shadows part again and reveal a glimpse to the other side of mirrored realms, or perhaps the reflection of horrors we see is actually the truth? Portugal’s Moonspell  have proven through their career they are one of the most ambitious bands metal has EVER produced and their newest Extinct continues this. It’s deep reunion with their gothic tendencies but still full of anthemic black clouds of brooding riffs (such as the title track “Extinct”).

“Breathe in, breathe out. You’ve reached the top of the chain”. Opening cut “Breathe (Until We Are No More)” captures the striving yet destructive poles humankind’s pendulum swings between , set to a knife-edged hard rock soundtrack with symphonic gusto.

On this album, Guitarists Ricardo and Pedro deftly set up cunning and exciting momentum for poetic vocalist Fernando’s moody, low croon or the times he lets go and unleashes one of the heaviest and blackest screams in heavy metal. The keys, strings and as always the excellent drumming of Mike Gaspar really make this a very even listeing experience you can enjoy the whole way through. “Medusalem” is one of their more brilliant songs in years, really triumphant and practically sending imagery and pathos leaping from the speakers, especially during the otherworldly almost Moroccan sounding solo section, which is hard to even describe.

This is not their heaviest album by any means. Fans looking for those should check out Night Eternal or Memorial, which will rip your faces off though also contain more mist shrouded numbers as well. Extinct however is a very potent and somewhat different brew. “Funeral Bloom” is one of the best songs they’ve ever written, a big rock statement that floats way above genre limits to feel like they just made some death rock song to rival U2 for stadium grandeur (I wish).

Click HERE to read more.

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White Empress is off to a great start after an amazing beginning in 2014. We released Rise of the Empress Sept. 30th via Peaceville records and it’s been received incredibly well. We’ve spent 2014 establishing our presence as a new band, released 2 music videos, have had tons of press, reviews, interviews, played our first live dates to completely packed houses and that’s only scratching the surface of what is to come for this band! Thank you everyone for welcoming us in 2014, and in 2015 expect only bigger, better and more!! “ – Mary Zimmer

Paul Allender plus Mary Zimmer and ex-members of Coal Chamber and The Awakening made a mark on me this year, as well as many other new fans. The former Cradle Of Filth guitar player has maybe trumped himself with this new group. I interviewed White Empress earlier this late Summer and it has been great to see them exploding more as people gain awareness of their symphonic yet blackened and gothic musical icy reign.

There is already a White Empress Royal Court fan page on Facebook.

Photo by Sweeney Photography

Click HERE and get down to new live vid “The Ecstatic And The Sorrow”. It’s way too awesome, gritty and dark, growling and ethereal plus everyone is darn sexy. Kick ass metal of quality!

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The Birthday Massacre returning with 6th album “Superstition”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, November 7, 2014 at 6:05 AM (PST)

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Great news for fans of gothy, poppy hard rock cult band The Birthday Massacre! A band who straddle emotional impact, great hooks and somber swells of melancholy with ease, Toronto’s The Birthday Massacre return with 6th album Superstition this Nov. 11th via respected industrial label Metropolis Records.

This is a special record funded by a Pledge campaign that blew past the 100% goal in a scant 24 hours. This is a great live and studio band who really have discourse with their fans. With some of the most catchy and yet real songwriting out there today, TBM should be back on everyone’s radar and we are excited for this release over here.


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Interview: The House Of Capricorn – “Morning Star Rise”, baby

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 8:55 AM (PST)

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Please consider the following interview, in which we discuss New Zealand’s The House of Capricorn‘s latest movements and influences in the world of shadows. Anyone who  knows me knows that from August to the end of any given year it is hard to be around me because I am endlessly pondering my year end “best of” list. Well, it’s November and just when I thought I had it sewn up House Of Capricorn come along with fucking album of the year level material delivered with the ferocity and dark vision to almost fill the void left behind by the supernova of The Devil’s Blood’s passing (but in a more angry rock context). This really turns things upside down for me. Thanks, assholes!

Check it all out here in the great BELOW.

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Ex-Cradle Of Filth guitarist Paul Allender has returned to focus full time on White Empress, a symphonic band featuring ex- Coal Chamber and Luna Mortis members (to name drop just two more past bands of members). This, however, is a new beginning. Already creating a storm of fan excitement, the visually striking and musically arresting fury of the group is spreading like a blizzard to blanket the Earth.

We checked in with Paul to find out how he writes those kick ass riffs that made Cradle fans go crazy for so many years, the band’s Pledge music campaign and what goes on in the new frontiers charted by White Empress. Click HERE to read more!

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Interview: Tarja – Classical and Rock, Beauty and The Beat

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, July 5, 2014 at 9:12 AM (PST)

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It was very demanding, really demanding for me as a vocalist. But it’s finally an opportunity for me to show that this is what I am…For me, I’ve never had the barrier in my soul, even being in very different genres of music like rock and classical. – Tarja Turunen

Operatic metal songbird Tarja Turunen has paired with respected drummer Mike Terrana to create an unforgettable listening experience in Beauty & The Beat.  Originally intended as a novel, one-time event in 2011, the show garnered critical adoration from fans and media alike. In the Spring of 2013,former Nightwish songstress, Turunen, and drummer Terrana, brought these eclectic sounds to the stage again, touring throughout the world, from Poland to Russia to Mexico, all captured on the 2XCD set, Beauty & The Beat.

The compositions comprising Beauty & The Beat include classic pieces by Bach, Strauss, Mozart and Rossini, without neglecting pure rock numbers from Led Zep, Queen and Tarja’s own work. It’s all combined with an orchestra and choir with more than one-hundred musicians on stage, an enormous sound, spirited drum work and her  angelic voice. Turunen and Terrana complement each other musically. Whereas Terrana bangs his drums with rock attitude, Tarja shines with her crystal clear voice and majestic stage presence all lulled with the warm, full sound of an orchestra.

Turunen elaborates: “The idea of having a symphonic orchestra, choir and Mr. TERRANA on drums was originally mine. Mike has done a recording with drums over classical pieces that I think is great. I immediately imagined it performed live on a stage with a real orchestra as a part of a bigger concept. Ibelieve this kind of combination of instruments, particularly playing mainly classical music, is very unique. I have been making collaborations withorchestras before and I could foresee a great outcome. Our main goal with these kind of concerts is that the younger audience experiences the beauty and power of a symphonic orchestra and choir. Hopefully it will serve as an introduction to classical music for some of our fans.”

It is more evidence that Tarja is doing just fine without Nightwish, who have done well with other singers but as much as I respect those other ladies, none of them come near Tarja’s level of chameleon-like range, vocal strength of such resonant beauty and glass shattering range.”You Take My Breath Away” is less just the opening cut of cd 2 for Beauty & The Beat, but also serves as a statement from fans awestruck at Tarja’s range, composure and beauty. Tarja singing “Kashmir” fully backed by strings is intense. Lot of power there and a must hear experience. I also want to make a side note here and say much respect to Turunen for taking great bands who are younger like Sepiroth or Intérprete out on her rock tours and giving them a big break.

But back to this amazing new collection with Terrana. “Swanheart” from Nightwish is stunning here. The arrangement is mellow, pastoral, sweeping, haunting, and more. Full of golden sorrows, tenderness and longing. If it catches you in the right moment, you will be melted and deeply moved. There are also many great moments of drumming from Mike Terrana, who for the most part manages to really command a lively interraction between his kit drums and the great many string and choir players he at times must help steer or playfully showboat with from behind the kit. A version of the well known “Barber Of Seville” is particularly spirited and fun, a successful merger of worlds. Dave from Megadeth should take some lessons from Tarja and Mike on how to actually play with classical musicians.

It was a pleasure to roll out of bed, make coffee and then talk to Tarja on the phone the other morning. She is just in a league all her own.

Click HERE for the interview.

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Symphonic metal top sellers  Within Temptation have released a new video from their Hydra release, a very sci-fi enhanced production for the song “And We Run”, which features rapper Xzibit. Startlingly, the sort of baritone barrage rap style of Xzibit sounds pretty cool over the crazy string arrangements and vocal chants of “I can do this epic shit in my sleep” mega talented chanteuse Sharon den Adel.

Hydra features some of the band’s catchiest and most realized material and is one of the most exciting releases in the genre in recent memory (along with tourmate’s Delain’s The Human Contradiction).

The band unleashed the following statement:

The song is about the fact we sometimes get caught up in a situation where we can’t be ourselves; breaking loose and moving on can be difficult but it’s necessary to stay true to who you are. The video is about escaping darkness, solving your issues and moving into a brighter future. Check it out now!

Click HERE to watch the very over the top video. I mean, Xzibit punches down a wall! It’s awesome.

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