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Enforcer - From Beyond

Saturday, January 24, 2015 - Posted by Nuclear Blast, in Albums, Vidéo

Founded 2004 in the secluded town of Arvika, Sweden, ENFORCER have established themselves as the leaders of the new generation metal bands: devoted to the roots of real metal in any conceivable way, weather its spirit, sound or authenticity. After unleashing their debut »Into The Night« (2008), a sophomore attempt »Diamonds« (2009) and their relentless and energy-driven touring onslaughts, ENFORCER found their destined path with the 2013 album »Death By Fire«. 2015 sees the release of the fourth ENFORCER record, entitled »From Beyond«. 

The intention of the song writing of »From Beyond« was to continue the path we started with »Death By Fire«. To exaggerate our own sound and to write direct and uncompromising metal songs. In opposite to most of the other new bands, we don't decide to play a certain type of music and therefore limit ourselves in the song writing. We do whatever we want and feel totally free in composing songs,“ commented ENFORCER vocalist & guitarist Olof Wikstrand. 

Inspired by eastern European metal bands from the late 80s and early 90s, such as CREDO, MAGNIT, POKOLGEP and KAT, the song material for »From Beyond« was collected and worked on in March 2014, right after the band returned from their European headlining tour. With writing and composing being a constant progress for ENFORCER, the new songs were done quickly.  Compared to its predecessor »Death By Fire«, there is no clear red line in the lyrics of »From Beyond«, but still the album has a much darker and something of an anti-existential atmosphere to it. Sound-wise the band focused on a more melancholic way of exaggeration. 

In the beginning of our carrier the lyrics were more concentrated on teenage fantasies about living wild and screwing girls and similar things. But the older you get and the more you experience of all these fantasies you had as a kid, the more you realize how earthly it is,” Olof explains.

With this sophisticated creative approach, ENFORCER still emphasize the vibe and atmosphere of their music and with the more serious and melancholic path they have chosen, the lyrics evolved accordingly.  Altogether, for the band this just a natural development, showing they are still inspired and developing into new realms. It is also a way of not repeating oneself album after album.

Just as on »Death By Fire«, all of the production, recording, mixing and mastering of »From Beyond« was handled by Olof and Jonas Wikstrand. This way, the band makes sure they will get exactly the type of sound and production that is needed for an ENFORCER album. Again, the Swedes spent ten days in Leon Music Studios with Rikard Löfgren for the vocal production, and after the tour with labelmates OVERKILL, the Wikstrand-brothers returned to the studio to finalize the sound.

Every sound wave you hear on »From Beyond« is 100% ENFORCER.

Line up:
  • Olof Wikstrand | vocals, guitar
  • Joseph Tholl | guitar
  • Tobias Lindqvist | bass
  • Jonas Wikstrand | drums
  • 01. Destroyer
  • 02. Undying Evil
  • 03. From Beyond
  • 04. One With Fire
  • 05. Below The Slumber
  • 06. Hungry They Will Come
  • 07. The Banshee
  • 08. Farewell
  • 09. Hell Will Follow
  • 10. Mask Of Red Death
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Bleeding Gods - Shepherd Of Soul

Friday, January 23, 2015 - Posted by Punishment 18 Records, in Albums, News

Grooving and shredding death metal from The Netherlands!

From the foundations of several Dutch metal acts like Sinister, Houwitser, Supreme Pain and Deadcell, Bleeding Gods was born in late 2012. 

After he had left Houwitser in 2012, Ramon started to write a basic demo album.
When the pre-production demo was done, the time was there to look for the right people to join in. Some fellow metal-musicians, contacts from the past years on several festivals, club shows and tours were asked. The former bands of all the guys and girl were (technical) death metal and industrial bands, so the challenge to do something different this time was attractive. Less technichal, more groove and most of all; heavy.

 Bleeding Gods plays grooving and shredding death metal with some thrash influences in it. 

After a couple of rehearsals in the beginning of 2013, Bleeding Gods recorded their 4-track promo in early April. The lyrical theme of Bleeding Gods is about Ancient Gods, wars and history like the Mayans, Inca’s , Ancient Egyptian and Greek Gods.

With this 4-track promo entitled ‘Blood Symphony’, Bleeding Gods introduced themselves worldwide to the press, labels and audience. With the pre-production demo, Bleeding Gods got worldwide endorsement deals with ENGL Amps, Serpent King Guitars (SKG), Balbex and Cympad.

 In September 2014 Bleeding Gods recorded their (10 track) new (debut)album ‘Shepherd of Souls’ in the German Soundlodge Studio together with the producer Jorg Uken.

Shepherd of Souls  tells the story about the creation of life as we know it according to the words written in the ‘Popol Vuh’, which is all about the Mayan population. After several attempts, the God Huracán succeeded in creating mankind.”

  • Mark Huisman (Vocals)
  • Ramon Ploeg (Guitars)
  • Erwin Harreman (Guitars)
  • Gea Mulder (Bass & Backing Vocals)
  • Edwin van den Eeden (Drums)

Track list:
  • 01 Abyss of the World
  • 02 Into the Depth of Misery
  • 03 Shepherd of Souls
  • 04 Rise from Ashes
  • 05 Ixmucané (I)
  • 06 Lords of Xibalbá (II)
  • 07 Glorious relentless Destiny
  • 08 Empire of the Immortals
  • 09 Human Weakness
  • 10 Symbolic Sculptures

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Blind Guardian - Beyond The Red Mirror

Friday, January 23, 2015 - Posted by Nuclear Blast, in Albums, News

Even before the dawn of our space age, humanity had the audacity to conceive of ourselves as a life form not bound to the planet that birthed us. More than anything, leaving terra firma required all of our amassed knowledge, talent, and imagination. Such is the case with BLIND GUARDIAN, a band from Krefeld, Germany that refuses to be bound to the genre of music that spawned them and whose accumulated knowledge, talent, and imagination have created portals into senses beyond the five we experience in common, ordinary life.

With that background established, prepare yourself for a trip that will overwhelm all your known senses and reveal something truly extraordinary.

Greatly inspired by life experience, world myths, legends, and their own fervent creativity, metal’s most epic storytellers BLIND GUARDIAN continually aspire to define themselves on a whole new level.  With their highly-anticipated, orchestral tenth studio album »Beyond The Red Mirror«, they have successfully captured the scope of their essence with unprecedented accuracy.  

By far, the most important fact about the new album is this: there are no compromises.  Not one.

This is not a typical soundtrack or musical or rock opera. It is, simply, typical BLIND GUARDIAN. Set for release in early 2015, »Beyond The Red Mirror« has raised the bar on the gold standard trajectory the band had set themselves on when they first formed. Contemplating the band’s extremely successful thirty-year career when asked to describe the band’s guiding principles for the creation of this new release, BLIND GUARDIAN guitarist André Olbrich shares: “We want to surprise and impress with our music. Nowadays, music tends to be arbitrary and predictable. But we want to keep developing our music.”  This strategy has been followed to the letter and there will be nothing comparable to this anywhere in the panorama of music until BLIND GUARDIAN decides to record again.

It’s been over four-and-a-half years since the release of 2010’s world-renowned »At The Edge Of Time« album (which debuted at #2 on the German album charts and at #1 on the American Billboard Heatseekers chart & #108 on the American Billboard Top 200 Albums chart).  In October of 2012, the band settled into Twilight Hall Studios in Grefrath, Germany with producer Charlie Bauerfeind (SAXON, HAMMERFALL, HELLOWEEN) to begin recording »Beyond The Red Mirror«. For the next two years, the band worked relentlessly at infusing their inimitable, emotion-rich music with classical orchestrations within and throughout. 

Seeing how orchestra songs come alive is a very special and intense moment for us,” confesses BLIND GUARDIAN vocalist & lyricist Hansi Kürsch.  “Thanks to ‘Sacred Worlds” and ‘Wheel Of Time’ [from 2010’s »At The Edge Of Time« album], I can say that we have learned a lot about scoring, recording, and mixing when it comes to such music.  You will notice a great improvement when you listen to the final result of this adventurous trip we have started so long ago.

Working with three different classical choirs – one from Prague (the Czech Republic), one from Budapest (Hungary), and one from Boston (United States) – plus two grand orchestras featuring 90 musicians each, the brilliant, cumulative talents captured on »Beyond The Red Mirror« have generated absolutely spellbinding results that - at key moments - mimic the feeling of flying, making this new album everything BLIND GUARDIAN fans have been hoping for.

Gracing the cover and pages of this musical masterpiece is artwork by long-time collaborator Felipe Machado.  “I have never worked with an artist who is so much into things and who is so quick on the uptake at the same time,” Hansi reveals. “He truly is a magician. Whenever I throw in a few mumbling words, he comes back with art. It is amazing.”

These ten new tracks will transport the listeners - via a mysteriously powerful red mirror - into an otherworldly dimension that includes tyrants, gods, and the Holy Grail. And it’s no coincidence that »Beyond The Red Mirror« bears strong lyrical ties to 1995’s »Imaginations From The Other Side«, for we are reunited with the young protagonist we first met twenty years ago in the songs ‘Bright Eyes’ and ‘And The Story Ends’ who stood before a magic door, unsure whether to make the leap into a new, unknown world or to stay in his own.  Now an adult, the impact of this important moment in the protagonist’s life is the launching point for the entire album.

Opening with a surging tidal wave of emotion created by a spine-tingling choir and a full orchestra is »Beyond The Red Mirror«’s first gem, the nine-and-a-half minute ‘Ninth Wave, a consciousness-expanding palette of landscapes and moods bearing the message of an urgent mission still desperately searching for a resolution. 

A story between science fiction and fantasy,” explains Hansi. “The story begins with our 1995 album, »Imaginations From The Other Side«. The two worlds described therein have changed dramatically for the worse since then. While there used to be several passages between the worlds, there is only one gate left now: The Red Mirror. It has to be found at any cost.

An endeavour demanding that attention be paid to the lyrics as much as to the music, what follows is a desperate search for truth, an exploration of the relativities of good and evil, the consequences of lost opportunities, a glimpse into a distant universe’s dystopian society, a prophecy, a promise of revolution, a plot for revenge, and a miracle machine with powers far beyond what mere mortals could have dreamed possible.

Closing with an explosion of heroic harmonies & choral glories with a second nine-and-a-half minute, self-contained saga named ‘Grand Parade’ (cited as “the best song we have ever written” by Olbrich), BLIND GUARDIAN’s grandiose, uplifting, and ingenious storytelling is guaranteed to leave you breathless.  

With »Beyond The Red Mirror«, you will experience why BLIND GUARDIAN is so undeniably influential and absolutely without equal in the pantheon of heavy metal music.

Track Listing:
  • 1. "The Ninth Wave"   9:27
  • 2. "Twilight of the Gods"   4:49
  • 3. "Prophecies"   5:24
  • 4. "At the Edge of Time"   6:53
  • 5. "Ashes of Eternity"   5:38
  • 6. "Distant Memories" (Bonus track on limited editions and vinyl versions) 5:51
  • 7. "The Holy Grail"   6:02
  • 8. "The Throne"   7:53
  • 9. "Sacred Mind"   6:21
  • 10. "Miracle Machine"   3:02
  • 11. "Grand Parade"   9:27
  • 12. "Doom" (Bonus track on Earbook version)    5:51

Following a rather unusual start to the year at the 70.000 Tons Of Metal cruise, BLIND GUARDIAN will embark an extended European tour from April to June, presenting »Beyond The Red Mirror« live on stage. All tourdates are listed below: 
  • 10.04. NL Eindhoven - Effenaar
  • 11.04. BE Antwerps-Borgerhout - Trix Zall
  • 12.04. UK London - The Forum 
  • 14.04. FR Paris - Bataclan 
  • 15.04. FR Strasburg - La Laiterie 
  • 17.04. ESP Bilbao - Santana 27 
  • 18.04. ESP Barcelona - St Jordi Club 
  • 19.04. ESP Madrid - La Riviera 
  • 21.04. CH Pratteln - Z7 
  • 23.04. D Trier - Europa Halle 
  • 24.04. D Frankfurt - Batschkapp 
  • 25.04. D Düsseldorf - Mitsubishi Electric Halle
  • 26.04. D Bamberg - Brose Arena
  • 28.04. D München - Zenith 
  • 30.04. D Leipzig - Haus Auensee 
  • 01.05. D Stuttgart - Liederhalle Beethoven Saal 
  • 02.05. D Hamburg - O2 Arena 
  • 05.05. I Milan - Alcatraz 
  • 06.05. I Rome - Atlantico 
  • 08.05. GR Thessaloniki - Principal Club 
  • 09.05. GR Athens - Gagarin 205
  • 10.05. GR Athens - Gagarin 205
  • 13.05. TR Ankara - Jolly Joker Ankara
  • 14.05. TR Istanbul - KüçükÇiftlik Park 
  • 15.05. RO Bucharest - tba
  • 16.05. BG Sofia - UNIVERSIADA HALL
  • 21.05. SLO Ljubjana - Kino Siska
  • 22.05. AT Graz - Explosiv
  • 23.05. AT Vienna - Gaswerk
  • 24.05. CZ Zlin - Masters of Rock Café
  • 26.05. PL Warsaw - Progresja Music Zone
  • 27.05 D Berlin - Huxley´s Neue Welt
  • 29.05. S Gothenburg - Trädgårn
  • 30.05. S Örebro - Metallsvenskan Festival
  • 31.05. NOR Oslo - Rockefeller
  • 02.06. FIN Helsinki - Nosturi
  • 04.06. RUS St.Petersburg - A2 Club
  • 05.06. RUS Moscow - Ray Just Arena
  • 07.06. RUS Ekaterinburg - Tele Club
  • 09.06. RUS Samara - Metelitsa
Line up:
  • Hansi Kürsch | Vocals 
  • André Olbrich | Guitars 
  • Marcus Siepen | Guitars 
  • Frederik Ehmke | Drums 

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Furyon Announce UK 'Lost Salvation' Tour Dates, Endorsement Deal

Friday, January 23, 2015 - Posted by Rock N Growl, in News

UK rockers FURYON have confirmed dates for a UK headlining tour in March 2015, in support of their second album release ‘Lost Salvation‘, due out on February 23, 2015 via Dream Records in UK/Europe. US/CANADA/JAPAN release dates to follow.

The dates are as follows:
  • March 20 – The Square, Harlow, UK
  • March 22 – The Concorde 2, Brighton, UK
  • March 24 – The Audio, Glasgow, UK
  • March 29 – The Barfly, London, UK
  • March 30 – Bannerman’s Live, Edinburgh, UK
more dates t.b.a.

FURYON recently have struck up a collaboration/endorsement deal with EU/US based clothing company Rock-n-Roll Gangstar. With the hot rock/metal look of Rock-n-Roll Gangstar, the band looking forward to performing in this new wardrobe.

What’s to be expected is more explosive guitar riffs and solos in well-crafted song form. Expressive vocal delivery and melodies to scream along to. A possibly darker sound still with progressive elements and a grungy edge.
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Gehenna to tour Europe in spring

Friday, January 23, 2015 - Posted by Indie Recordings, in News

The Norwegian cult black/death metal band GEHENNA will tour Europe - for the first time in several years - promoting their latest album "Unravel" (Indie Recordings, 2013). Support will come from the Swedish death metal force DEMONICAL and the upcoming Finnish death metal battalion I SAW RED.

GEHENNA + DEMONICAL + I SAW RED - Unravel Europe tour 2015
  • 30.04 (GER) Greifswald - Klex
  • 01.05 (GER) Bitterfeld - Festung
  • 02.05 ((NL) Leeuwarden - Poppodium Romein
  • 03.05 (NL) Rotterdam - Baroeg *
  • 04.05 (BEL) Waregem - Gasolina
  • 05.05 (GER) Weinheim - Cafe Central
  • 06.05 (GER) Aalen - Rock It
  • 07.05 (CZE) Prague - Modra Vopice
  • 08.05 (POL) Poznan - Club U Bazyle
  • 09.05 (GER) Erfurt - From Hell

Gehenna is: 
  • Dolgar – Bass 
  • Sanrabb - Giutar & vocals 
  • Skinndød – Guitar 
  • Slaktaren – Drums

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