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ON TOUR: Posthum supporting Obituary in Europe (jan 2015)

Friday, January 02, 2015 - Posted by Indie Recordings, in Albums, Vidéo, News

The unique melancholic Norwegian black metallers Posthum to join forces with Obituary, supporting them on tour through Europe in January 2015!

"Going on tour with Obituary and M:pire of Evil is something that we really look forward to! We have never been a band that is comfortable in just one specific genre, and we don`t want to be put in one either. So going on tour with thrash and death bands both makes it more interesting to us, and we think it makes the show more interesting for the audience as well!" - Posthum

Tour dates:

15.01. Essen, Germany - Turock
16.01. Alkmaar, Holland - Victory
17.01. Bremen, Germany - Tivoli
18.01. Prague, Czech Republic - Futurum
19.01. Krakow, Poland - Fabryka
21.01. Budapest, Hungary - Dûrer Kert
22.01. Wien, Austria - Szene
23.01. Innsbruck, Austria - Weekender
24.01. Romagnano, Italy - R & R Arena

 
Founded in 2004, Posthum is in no way a band that hide themselves in a scene. Nor are they constellation of members you will see in other bands. They`ve carefully created their own unique sound and way of thinking as an isolated band, located in the forests north of Oslo. Their self-titled debut record is highly acclaimed as a hard, but yet atmospheric and beautiful album, with a cold sound and strong arrangements constantly growing on the listener.

Combined with their introvert and honest image they made a distinct impression on the scene. Posthum accomplish what many bands are merely attempting, which is to deliver a work of art that is complete in itself; and it needs to be said that they did this brilliantly” – Metal.de review of “Posthum” 8/10

Having spent five years without even thinking about performing live, they suddenly found themselves on a massive tour across Europe in 2009 to promote their debut record. Invited to join Satyricon and Shining the tour was a huge success inspired the band to do more live-shows.

Their next effort “Lights Out” also received praise from a unified press core: “…the beauty of Lights Out stems from Posthum having their own clear identity and distancing themselves from the ‘true’ Norwegian scene. It’s deeply refreshing” - Metal Hammer UK

This time around, the band breaks the surface with their third album, «The Black Northern Ritual». One would most likely expect something ambient and gloomy from the Norwegian trio, something similar to their more experimental second album «Lights Out». That is though not the case. «The Black Northern Ritual» tears you apart with the opening «Demon Black Skies». Jon`s voice is more aggressive, the guitars more up front and drums has a more thrashy approach than ever before. This new mix is certainly a poisonous blend.

«I really felt the urge to write something powerful and I wanted to follow up on the themes from our debut. I truly think we`ve awakened the true sound of ourselves after a decade as a band» -Jon, vocalist and guitarist 



Lyrically, the album is a rebellion against the false and corrupted values in the modern western world, which is so tempting and easy to believe in and follow. 

«The lyrics are to me a purifying ritual, an inner journey to keep myself in balance, kind of a safe-place where I never have to escape from. I also seek inspiration from the forever-pure nature, and the frustration on how we blindly let it suffer. Sometimes it`s like the universe speaks to me, then I just write down the lyrics as I listen to the arrangements which flows around inside my head» -Jon, vocalist and guitarist

The talented Kjersti Mortensen once again created the artwork. An upfront album like «The Black Northern Ritual» needed a concrete and hard expression. The skull on the front cover is a classical rebelling symbol, which is perfect for an album filled with aggression, and old school inspired riffing.

«To have George Tanderø mixing the album was an easy choice. We needed a person with not only skills, but also talent and an open mind. George has the worked with a variety of artists spanning from A-ha, Satyricon, Travis to Cat Stevens. We knew he was the person who was up to the task and to get the best out of the songs we had written and recorded. What we got back was nothing else but perfection, groove and just the right sound for the songs» -Morten, drummer.

In support of the new record Posthum is going on tour in Europe supporting the Sognametal tour-package featuring Vreid, Windir and Ulcus. You do not want to miss out on Poshum`s live performance. After their show at Inferno 2013 Metal Hammer Norway concluded, « A modest band by the looks, but the venue was packed and there was a massive cue outside. When they went on stage, we understood why. Rock solid arrangements and a fat groove not common amongst black metal acts. They certainly have something that appeal to more than the regular BM-fanbase, and we understand why. » Metal Hammer Norway

Posthum is
Jon Kristian Skare – Vocal, Bass, Guitar
Mats Kjeserud – Guitar
Morten Edseth – Drums

Album credits
Recorded by Morten Opsahl Thomassen and Posthum
Mixed by George Tanderø
Mastered by Peter In De Betou
Cover art by Kjersti Mortensen

Tracklist
1. Demon Black Skies
2. Condemned
3. To The Pits
4. The Black Northern Ritual
5. Vinter
6. A Disappearing Sun
7. North

Discography
Posthum 2009
Lights Out 2012
Black Northern Ritual 2014


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Hateful Abandon - liars/bastards

Friday, January 02, 2015 - Posted by CANDLELIGHT, in Albums, Vidéo, News

Hailing from Bristol in 2004, Vice Martyr (the sole member of Hateful Abandon at this time) was frustrated with the musical landscape, uniform copycats and scene-politics of the era, and started writing for a project with the intention of blurring genre stereotypes. Using influences ranging from post-punk (Killing Joke, Swans, PiL, Suicide), the first wave of industrial bands (Einsturzende Neubauten, Cabaret Voltaire), black metal (Burzum, Krieg), anarcho-punk (Crass, Amebix) and krautrock (Kraftwerk, Can) he started swapping demos with friends and underground labels.
 
In late 2006 one of these demos caught the attention of Swine (of black metal solo project Swine and rock & roll bruisers Salute) and he was drafted into the project as percussionist and engineer. Hateful Abandon was born. The duo were soon studio-bound and debut album 'Famine', predominantly written and performed by Vice Martyr, was released on indie label Todestrieb Records in December 2008.
The album was well received in the underground but, although it pioneered the so called 'post-punk black metal' movement, the band were not satisfied. They felt that they could blur the lines much further, both musically and conceptually and started to work on the follow up, 'Move', this time writing and performing together as a team.
 
After a series of false starts and live experimentation 'Move' emerged in July 2011 once again on Todestrieb Records. The first album that fully realised their vision, it was a feast of melodic hooks and barbed industrialism, floating sci-fi soundtracks and cigarette-end filth.

The new album 'LIARS/BASTARDS' to be released in 2014 improves and refines these themes, once again warping the idea of what alternative music should be in 2014.




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Voodoo Vegas say No More

Friday, January 02, 2015 - Posted by Self Release, in Vidéo, News

Voodoo Vegas UK rockers release new lyric video for 'No More' - taken from critically acclaimed debut album, ‘The Rise Of Jimmy Silver’.
 
'No More' captures Voodoo Vegas's full throttle driven, hard rock style perfectly. 

Following their sold out headline London show in October, Voodoo Vegas played an extensive number of shows in the UK/Europe as special guests to Y&T and Status Quo.

The band have also just confirmed they will support Status Quo this December.
 
Already winning accolades early on in their career (Best New Band at Pure Rawk Awards 2014 / No.1 in Classic Rock Magazine poll as voted for by the public) and receiving critical acclaim from music press and fans alike - Voodoo Vegas have honed their skills sharing stages with Glenn Hughes, Uriah Heep, Fozzy, The Wildhearts and Gilby Clarke.

Bournemouth's finest recorded their debut album at legendary Rockfield studios and was produced by Multi-Brit award winning producer Pedro Ferreira (The Darkness, Therapy?, Joe Strummer, Enter Shikari).
 
'No More' is the final single to be released from Voodoo Vegas's debut album - with the band heading back into the studio in 2015 to record new material.
 
Voodoo Vegas are:
 
Lawrence Case – Vox/Harmonica
Nick Brown – Guitars
Merylina Hamilton – Guitars
Ash Moulton – Bass
Jonno Smyth - Drums

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Soul Rape - Endless Reign

Friday, January 02, 2015 - Posted by Punishment 18 Records, in Albums, News

Soul Rape
Endless Reign

Punishment 18 Records
Release: 25 January 2015



Soul Rape began their carreer in 2007 when Larry (guitars), and Maurizio (drums) started the band. After the line-up had been completed in 2007 (Guglio on bass, Moloch on vocals) the band started with their first demo ‘Primodial Paradox’ that got recorded in April 2008 at Diana Studio run by Davide ‘Axhell’ Colombo. After their first gigs Tambo joined the band in January 2009 as a second guitarist. Tambo also became the singer after Moloch left the band. 2010 saw another line-up change with Maurizio leaving the band, and Peter Bat taking his place behind the drums. As it turned out, both line-up changes added quite some force and power to the band!

After all those changes the band entered the studio (Dedolor Recording Studio, Turate) in July 2010 to record their 2nd demo ‘Gargoyles’. The demo was well received, but also showed that there was still potential for improvement. 2011 saw another line-up change with Guglio leaving the band to give him more time to improve his skills with the Cello. The place behind the bass did not stay vacant for long though with Dema taking over as the new bassist. Then, in September 2012, after several live gigs the band began to record the drum parts for their first album (RecLab Studio, Milan; Sound Engineer: Larsen Premoli). When the rest of the band entered the Alpha Omega studios something surprising happened: Guglio rejoined the band!

‘Endless Reign’ (Studio: Omega Studio; producer: Alex Azzali) features 8 tracks and can be considered a treat for every Old School Metal fan who likes the idea of a Heavy, Progressive, Black, and Thrash elements coming together in one single album. Two further treats are Dan Seagraveís (Morbid Angel, Hypocrisy, Malevolent Creation, and many more) and an outstanding guitar solo of a very special guest, namely Jeff Loomis (ex Nevermore) himself!

SOUL RAPE Line-up:
Guglio – Bass, Vocals (backing)
Larry – Vocals (lead), Guitars
Tambo – Guitars, Vocals (backing)
Peterbat – Drums





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