So whilst Metallica have had the utmost joy in becoming the first band in the world to play on all seven continents, The Defiled however have found solace by becoming the first band in the world to perform on an iceberg.
Before we turn our attention to the London industrialists, we at GMA would like to draw your attention to the band Arctic Spirits and their music video "Assiliarsuaq" which can be seen below. Arctic Spirits are one of the first ever metal bands from Greenland, yeah we bet Kerrang! and the like didn't tell you that!
Right well back to The Defiled, so an iceberg was transformed into not quite exactly a 'gig venue' per se, more like the most literal open-air concert you'll ever see and this all took place in the Greenland Sea (all in aid of the Jägermeister Ice Cold Gig, which if you like pits artists under jaw-dropping temperatures i.e. -30*C).
Rocking out in temperatures to a number of locals from nearby Kulusuk (of which is near Kulusuk Airport and features direct flights to Reykjavik in Iceland), all of whom attended the gig in Amon Amarth fashion via standing and watching the band perform from an array of fishing boats and leisure craft.
The Defiled's journey began with flying from London to Reykjavik (Iceland) and then got their connected flight to Kulusuk Airport, where they then traveled across ice and sea to their base on the neighbouring island of Tasiilaq (just over 2000 inhabitants).
Before taking the challenge head on, front-man Stitch D, along with keyboardist The AvD, bassist Vincent Hyde and drummer Needles spent time mingling with local musicians and watching them perform their own traditional music, before inviting them and other residents to come and witness their unique one-off performance. The choice of set? 30 minutes of insane music taken from their latest album "Daggers" (Nuclear Blast)
To thank the locals for making the gig happen, The Defiled donated their equipment to the local community hall, this happened upon hearing that the Kulusuk village music hall, and all of their equipment, had burnt down in a fierce winter storm. The donations included strings from Mapex and Blackstar, a donated drum kit and guitar amp to contribute to the rebuilding of the facilities.
Stitch D admitted that this performance was one of the most insane they have ever done, adding that "you see these things on TV documentaries but it’s not until you get to see them in real life that you realise just how big and amazing icebergs are. Although it was cold, I don’t think any of us noticed once we got started as the stage location literally takes your breath away."
He goes on to further add that:
“As a group of mates we’ve shared some amazing experiences together but this has been an adventure that has bought us closer together and something that we all feel really privileged to have been part of. We’ve made a lot of friends during our short stay here and donated some music equipment to the local people, so we look forward to coming back one day and playing a joint gig out here next time – maybe the first ever gig with two bands playing on two icebergs at the same time!”
In order to capture the gig and the breath-taking surroundings, the expedition team turned to the latest technology to film and photograph the gig – utilizing state-of-the-art ‘octocopter flying drone cameras’ to hover above and alongside the iceberg which are controlled remotely from the flotilla of boats nearby.
Tom Carson, Jägermeister music manager, added:
“As far as stage backdrops go, I don’t think you’ll find anything more impressive than this. We’re used to staging events at music venues and summer festivals, so it made for an interesting change to be checking ‘berg suitability’ as part of the pre-event checks as opposed to the typical band riders and sound systems."
“We’ve worked with The Defiled for a number of years now as part of our Jägermusic programme and we’re extremely grateful to them for accepting the Jägermeister Ice Cold Gig challenge and staging one of the most unique sets we’ve witnessed – we hope the locals of Kulusuk enjoyed it as much as we did.”
View pictures of The Defiled taking on the Jägermeister Ice Cold Gig Challenge here
The Defiled tour dates:
Tickets for all shows available at http://kililive.com/artists/the-defiled
Blastfest has accepted the challenge and has delivered! It is official, Blastfest will be even bigger! With very positive results and excitement of a recent poll, the Bergen, Norway festival have decided 3 days of metal madness wasn’t enough and have expanded the festival into a 4 day event with a total of 60 bands! That’s 4 days, 4 venues, and 60 bands! Yes. 60 BANDS! The festival is now running from Wednesday February 18th to Saturday February 21st.
And that’s not just the only announcement the festival will make today because just like the recent spate of updates the festival are keeping form and have just confirmed another 4 bands to the already exploding poster! So without further adieu, we are pleased to report the addition of true Norwegian black metal veterans Gehenna, British symphonic black metallers Hecate Enthroned, Norwegian death metal titans Blood Red Throne and death thrashers Wyruz!
Alfahanne | Asphyx | At The Gates | Baptism | Blood Red Throne | Bolzer | Borknagar | Byfrost | Craft Crib45 | Cryptopsy | Dark Funeral | Dark Tranquility | Dead To This World | Decapitated | Demilich | Den Saakaldte | Djevelkult | Destroyer 666 | Destruction | Endstille | Esoteric | Finntroll | Gehenna | Hecate Enthroned | Impaled Nazarene | Melechesh | Moonsorrow | Morgoth | Paradise Lost | Primordial | Rotting Christ | Samael | Sarke | Sarkom | Satan | Saturnus | The Sickening | Tortorum | Tsjuder | Vallenfyre | Wyruz + more yet to be announced.
4 Days | 4 Venues | 60 Bands | Exhibitions | Clinics | Stand Up Comedy | Tattoo Convention | Theme DJ's
Tickets on sale now: http://blastfest.no/?page_id=60
Sylosis recently announced "Dormant Heart" as the title of their fourth studio album. It’s about a powerful force unleashing anger against everyday injustice and a sleeping society that lets these things wash over them.
Today we have the first taster from the forthcoming release - watch the official video for new track 'Mercy' here.
Front man Josh explains the background behind their first single off of "Dormant Heart", it features
"a pretty dark and heavy vibe to it but it's one of the most melodic tracks on the album at the same time. It's got a big slow, doom outro with an octave pedal on the guitars so that's going to rumble some guts live".
As for the video Sylosis wanted it "dark and claustrophobic, with the album artwork and inlay illustration involved as well".
Regarding the artwork theme, Josh explains that it "relates to sacrifice" and that "the looming, oppressing figure in the background represents corruption and being forced into something against your will"
Josh adds his thoughts about the album, that whilst they've retained the unmistakable Sylosis melodic and progressive elements, it is in fact "the most pissed-off, aggressive and intense album we've done", adding that they have "been through a lot as a band and individuals and we've made our darkest album to date".
“The title refers to people going through life on autopilot and being one of the herd, how a lot of people simply accept the way things are just because it's 'tradition' as opposed to taking a good look at the world around you and thinking for yourself. Sometimes there are catalysts that happen and change our perspective or consciousness.”
Formed in 2005, Diablo Blvd hail from Antwerp, Belgium, the band is named after a Corrosion Of Conformity song and is lead by stand-up comedian and singer Alex Agnew. With current and ex-members of bands like A Brand, Born From Pain and Meuris, this eclectic five-piece quickly started to turn heads and play shows to appreciative crowds all over Belgium and The Netherlands.
Building on groovy riffs, catchy choruses and a charismatic stage presence, Diablo Blvd offers what made their heroes great within a wide range of influences from the heavy genres (like Danzig, The Cult, Guns 'N' Roses, Black Label Society and Type Of Negative), classic rock and even blues.
After two full-length albums and numerous shows around Europe Diablo Blvd visited ICP studios in Brussels with producer Ace Zec to record the brand new album "Follow The Deadlights" in collaboration with the American duo Jay Ruston (mix) and Paul Logus (mastering) who have previously been behind the sound of Anthrax, Stone Sour, Meatloaf and Steel Panther.
Naturally the band expressed their thrill with the news, adding that "Signing to Nuclear Blast is like getting the hot chick everybody wants. They were our first choice when we started looking for a deal and to see it actually coming through still feels unreal".
"Follow The Deadlights" is planned for release on January 23, 2015 via Nuclear Blast.
The official lyric video for the first single off the album, 'Rise Like Lions', can now be streamed here.
Alex Agnew - vocals
Andries Beckers -guitar
Dave Hubrechts - guitar
Kris Martens - drums
Tim Bekaert - bass
Make sure to catch them live:
10.10.2014 - NL Den Haag - Paard Van Troje
11.10.2014 - NL Goes - 't Beest
17.10.2014 - B Lebbeke - CC De Biekorf
24.10.2014 - B Aarschot - Club De Klinker
31.10.2014 - NL Tilburg - 013
07.11.2014 - NL Groningen Vera
21.11.2014 - B Vosselaar - Biebob
22.11.2014 - NL Eindhoven - Speedfest
28.11.2014 - NL - Hilversum Podium De Vorstin
20.12.2014 - B - Pandfest
Dutch Black Metal warlords Carach Angren release new song from their forthcoming as-of-yet-untitled album
Carach Angren are unveiling the first new song taken from their as-of-yet-untitled forthcoming new album, which has a tentative release date of early 2015. The Dutch Black metallers have chosen the track "There Is No Place Like Home'" to serve as an appetiser for their forthcoming full-length and the following official media partners for the exclusive streaming:
Kronos Mortus (HU)
Metal Wani (IN)
Marunouchi Muzik (JP)
Lords of Metal (NL)
The band share their thoughts on the unveiling and are "proud to present to fans the opening track of our upcoming album", they go on to say that the track will offer a hint to what the album's story is all about, adding "it is definitely not for the faint hearted"
"There Is No Place Like Home" was recorded by Patrick Damiani and Carach Angren during June 2014. Both the song and album were mixed by Peter Tägtgren and mastered by Jonas Kjellgren.
Pre-order sales have started for At The Gates’ upcoming and much anticipated new album, “At War With Reality”, due out worldwide on October 27th, 2014 via Century Media Records!
Pre-order your format of choice from CM Distro HERE
“At War With Reality” is available in the following versions:
- Jewel case CD (20 page booklet)
- Ltd. media book CD (40 page booklet; 2 bonus tracks; patch, CM Europe)
- Digipak CD (20 page booklet; 2 bonus tracks; patch, CM USA)
- Ltd. 3-disc art book (48 page booklet; 4 bonus tracks; 5.1 surround mix DVD; patch) - limited to 3000 copies
- Cassette (limited to 500 copies worldwide)
- Digital download
- Ltd. 2x10" vinyl box set (20 page booklet; poster) - limited to 1000 copies worldwide via CM Distro
- Gatefold 180gr. LP (20 page booklet; poster)
The 12" LP format will be available in the following colored vinyl editions:
- Black (unlimited)
- Transparent red (limited to 300 copies via CM Webshop EU)
- Dark green (limited to 500 copies via CM Distro EU)
- Clear (limited to 500 copies in Sweden)
- Lilac marble (limited to 100 copies via CM Distro USA) *sold out*
- Blue marble (limited to 200 copies via CM Distro USA) *sold out*
- Magenta marble (limited to 200 copies via CM Distro USA) *sold out*
- Ash grey marble (limited to 500 copies via CM Distro USA)
- Silver (limited to 400 copies in the USA)
- Gold (limited to 1500 copies in the USA)
- White (limited to 100 copies; exclusive 2015 MDF edition in the USA)
The track-listing for the standard album version is as follows:
At The Gates - “At War With Reality”:
1. El Altar Del Dios Desconocido
2. Death And The Labyrinth
3. At War With Reality
4. The Circular Ruins
5. Heroes And Tombs
6. The Conspiracy Of The Blind
7. Order From Chaos
8. The Book Of Sand (The Abomination)
9. The Head Of The Hydra
10. City Of Mirrors
11. Eater Of Gods
12. Upon Pillars Of Dust
13. The Night Eternal
Next to an expanded, artistic booklet, the limited edition Media book and also the Digipak format will include the bonus tracks “Language Of The Dead” and “The Skin Of A Fire” as well as a vintage ATG-logo patch. The 3-disc Art book format (Attention: Only 3,000 copies worldwide!) will also include the patch and those same two bonus tracks as well as a cover version of Canadian cult Thrash Metallers Sacrifice with the track “Re-Animation” and a demo version of “Eater Of Gods”. The 3rd disc is an exclusive bonus DVD featuring a special 5.1 surround mix of the album.
With the classic line-up of their latest masterpiece, “Slaughter Of The Soul” (1995), At The Gates recorded “At War With Reality” with Fredrik Nordström at Studio Fredman (In Flames, Arch Enemy, Dimmu Borgir) and mixed with Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios (Opeth, Amon Amarth, Kreator). Never compromising their vision, this is an album that once again captures the honesty and integrity that has defined At The Gates, making them one of the most significant extreme metal names of the past 25 years. True devotees have always been excited by the band’s willingness to be diverse; “At War With Reality” continues that tradition after 19 years of anticipation.
With this long-awaited album, “the greatest Swedish Death Metal band ever reclaims their rightful throne” (Decibel Magazine).
Here is a list of all upcoming At The Gates live-shows:
AT THE GATES, TRIPTYKON, MORBUS CHRON:
04.12.2014 - London (UK) - Forum
05.12.2014 - Manchester (UK) - Academy 2
06.12.2014 - Glasgow (UK) - Garage
07.12.2014 - Birmingham (UK) - The Oobleck
08.12.2014 - Cardiff (UK) - The Globe
10.12.2014 - Essen (Germany) - Turock
11.12.2014 - Hamburg (Germany) - Markthalle
12.12.2014 - Eindhoven (The Netherlands) - Eindhoven Metal Meeting
13.12.2014 - Leipzig (Germany) - Conne Island
14.12.2014 - Wien (Austria) - Arena
16.12.2014 - Aarau (Switzerland) - Kiff
17.12.2014 - Munich (Germany - Backstage Werk
18.12.2014 - Antwerpen (Belgium) - Trix
19.12.2014 - Cologne (Germany) - Essigfabrik
20.12.2014 - Berlin (Germany) - Postbahnhof
AT THE GATES - live 2015:
08.01.2015 - Istanbul (Turkey) - Garajistanbul
09.01.2015 - Athens (Greece) - Stage Volume 1
10.01.2015 - Thessaloniki (Greece) - Principal Club
16.01.2015 - Bologna (Italy) - Estragon
17.01.2015 - Rome (Italy) - Orion
18.01.2015 - Trezzo Sull'Adda / Milano (Italy) - Live Club
31.01.2015 - Dublin (Ireland) - Academy
21.02.2015 - Bergen (Norway) - Blastfest
26.02.2015 - Oslo (Norway) - Vulkan Arena
27.02.2015 - Karlstad (Sweden) - Nöjesfabriken
28.02.2015 - Umeå (Sweden) - House Of Metal
01.05.2015 - Örebro (Sweden) - Ritz * New show!
02.05.2015 - Sundsvall (Sweden) - Pipeline
29.05.2015 - Johannesburg (South Africa) - Carfax
30.05.2015 - Johannesburg (South Africa) - Carfax
Ensiferum have been locked away at the Astia Studio in Lappeenranta, Finland with producer Anssi Kippo for three weeks. Drums, bass, and most of the guitar parts have been recorded. At the end of last week, guest musician Timo Väänänen tracked some takes with his kantele, and over the weekend, vocalist Petri Lindroos began tracking vocals!
Bassist Sami Hinkka has this message for their fans:
"Hi folks! For the last few days, Mahi and Pete have sweated their asses off whilst recording guitars. Songs sound, like our friends in UK would say, bloody awesome! Today (Friday, September 26th) we recorded kantele and some special guitar tracks. Tomorrow it's time to set up a microphone and start recording the vocals. Things are proceeding as planned."
The album is tentatively scheduled for release worldwide on Metal Blade Records in early 2015.
Cannibal Corpse, Sepultura, Cryptopsy, Decapitated members join forces on Nader Sadek's free "The Malefic: Chapter III" EP
Multi-media artist Nader Sadek's new four-song EP "The Malefic: Chapter III" will be released as a free CD insert this November and December via Decibel Magazine (#122), Terrorizer Magazine in the UK (#254) and Legacy Magazine in Germany (#94). The Decibel release has a different mix and master from the UK and German versions. The album will also be released digitally in December.
1. Deformation by Incision
2. Carrion Whispers
3. Entropy Eternal
Returning to the fold are main songwriters Flo Mounier of Cryptopsy, master composer and guitarist Rune Eriksen of Aura Noir and multi-voiced growler Travis Ryan of Cattle Decapitation. Bobby Koelble, whose jazz-influenced technique mixed with tinges of Eastern passion, brings a fresh flare into the sound. Depending mostly on what sounds like millions of notes being touched at sensational speed, Koelble is best known for his work with genre creating band Death, as he collaborated in creating their most revered record, "Symbolic". Lastly, the solos of Brazilian guitarist Andreas Kisser from yet another genre defining band, Sepultura bring an emotion that is both chaotic and yet full of feeling, and whose whammy-bar twisting and dragged notes introduce a wicked counterpoint to Koelble's style. Shimmering on the surface are the angelic sirens of Carmen Simoes formerly of the Ava Inferi and current Moonspell backing vocalist, who conjures a sense of depth to the song "Descent".
Musically, the EP runs through a variety of emotions and styles, resulting in a schizophrenic sound that nonetheless yields a tight, cacophonous, and nightmarish unit, serving the album's concept of a man's struggle with the self-defeating consequences of his own decisions. It can be said that each track leans towards a different sub-genre of extreme metal, starting with mid 90's style Death metal, coursing through Black metal, going back to late '80s era Death metal and finally concluding with a Doom metal track. However, the general feel of the EP is an undeniably intense Death metal vibe.
The album concept conjures an unknown time and place from which God has withdrawn, and even his arch-nemesis has resigned from his post due to inactivity, stranding all souls in Limbo. In order to rescue his loved ones, and all the souls of humankind, from this afterlife, a nameless protagonist journeys to the sacred mountain of the divine. Convinced by the righteousness of his mission, he believes that his enthronement on the divine mountain will release all souls to eternal bliss. Yet blinded by his own arrogance, he realizes only too late that he has reactivated and occupied the throne of the devil, condemning all souls, even those of his family, to an eternal inferno. Chapter III signifies the final act and conclusion of the story, which is set to be re-released as a graphic novel in the future along with Chapters I & II
The fantastical imagery and vocabulary of "The Malefic: Chapter III" conceals a combative political allegory in that the journey of the nameless protagonist replays the journey of most politicians. Seeking power to serve righteous ends, their arrogance and access to the corridors of power corrupts them until they pursue personal gain above all else, even to the point of destroying the very things they originally desired to save.
Other important production choices amplify this wide-ranging sonic palette. For example, almost each song uses a different bass player.
As artist / lyricist / producer Sadek notes:-
"While the composition of a song is the most important part of its architecture and aesthetic success, I believe that bass is the agent that congeals all the instruments, giving it backbone and weight. That's why I have chosen some of the hardest working and original bassists who I personally find to be the most important members in their respective and former bands."
These include the prodigy, newcomer to the project and permanent bassist Martin Rygiel, formerly of Decapitated, who also mixed and mastered the EP, plays a highly controlled yet grinding low end frequency; and guests Cannibal Corpse chief-songwriter Alex Webster, adds his signature sound of truly sickening rhythms to the song "Deformation by Incision"; while the young Olivier Pinard, formerly of Neuraxis and currently touring bassist for Cryptopsy, brings a dark and foreboding vibe to "Carrion Whispers".
Adds Flo added that:-
"Rune, Nader and I really wanted to create something unique with this release. Our styles adapted to form this new direction and sound that was only touched upon for "In This Flesh". We've grown to have total confidence in each others musical and creative abilities which allows us to try anything we want. I think it was our differences that made this what it has become. And all the rest of the unique talents on this release and you pretty much have a global effort like none other! The perfect elements and chemistry to create the hybrid which is The Malefic: Chapter III."
While Sadek is well-known for curating this musical collective and hand-drawing all the artwork, for this EP he has also written all the lyrics and composed most of the vocal phrasings delivered by Ryan.
Fresh-faced Devilment, fronted by veteran Black / Dark Metal vocalist Dani Filth (Cradle of Filth), took time out to record a music video for their forthcoming second single ''Even Your Blood Group Rejects Me', taken from the band's forthcoming debut "The Great And Secret Show". The video stills can be seen above.
Director Sam Scott-Hunter offered his thoughts on the new video, admitting that he "wanted to capture the intensity of the song, and then shove it in your face to get the heart pounding - the visual equivalent of listening to it loud on your headphones in a dark room".
In order to do this the band and Sam headed to Suffolk, locked themselves in and had fun with both the lights and volume. Ultimately he wanted to combine the darkness and sound together, so that whilst the brutality and visual-representation was present, he wanted an element of "mystery and mysticism in what the band are doing, and to capture that we enlisted an incredible dancer, NagaSita, who has a wonderfully different and exotic take on the track".
Similarly, Dani Filth had the same vision and acknowledged that they wanted to "create something very visually disturbing, yet stunning to look at, in a minimalistic monochrome context", bringing out phantasmagorical images via the usage of strobe-effects, fire, smoke, exotic dancing, silhouettes and Theban masks.
He feels that both Sam and his assistant for the day, Devilment photographer Dex Jezierski (formerly of Echoes Fall and Thames Burial), locked forces to conjure up a video of horrid artistic proportions. Moreover he admits that "we even enlisted the help of my wife Toni and daughter Luna for hair, angle-grinding, make-up and costume, all for the benefit of keeping our cinematic occult activities a closed secret from the unsuspecting human world"
"The Great And Secret Show" has a scheduled release date of November 3rd via Nuclear Blast.
The track list for "The Great And Secret Show":
01. Summer Arteries
02. Even Your Blood Group Rejects Me
03. Girl From Mystery Island
04. The Stake In My Heart
05. Living With The Fungus
06. Mother Kali
07. Staring At The Werewolf Corps
08. Sanity Hits A (Perfect) Zero
09. Laudanum Skull
10. The Great And Secret Show
11. Beds Are Burning (MIDNIGHT OIL cover)
12. Psycho Babble
13. Even Your Blood Group Rejects Me (Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Pre-order the album here
Pre-order the album on Limited Edition Double Blue Vinyl here
Devilment will be touring for the first time later this year and have announced a string of live dates with Lacuna Coil and Motionless In White:
31.10.14 UK Bristol - Anson Rooms
01.11.14 UK London - The Forum
02.11.14 UK Glasgow - 02 ABC
04.11.14 UK Manchester - The Ritz
05.11.14 UK Birmingham - The Institute
Buy tickets here
You have been warned....
Earlier this month Belgium's Saille revealed details of their forthcoming record ‘Eldritch’ which will be released on 10th November via Code666 Records.
Now they offer their teaser video for fans, covering all aspects of the forthcoming album, click here to watch it
Speaking about the new album, keyboardist Dries Gaerdelen admits that it "differs quite a bit from our two previous albums" in as far as they "wanted the new songs to be more guitar oriented and more edgy, so we worked on the songs in a different way than we used to".
He goes on to add that their guitarists "Reinier Schenk and Jonathan Vanderwal started writing the songs from a guitar perspective adding the keyboards and drums later on. On our two previous albums ‘Ritu’ and ‘Irreversible Decay’ the songs were created the other way around.”
Furthermore he admits that the band's "new drummer Kevin De Leener had a big impact on the creation of this album, as his input from a drummers perspective was higher than we're used to. These factors, songs being based on drums and guitars, form a solid base for haunting melodic black metal songs".
Saille vocalist Dennie Grondelaers was sole writer for all of the lyrics on the forthcoming album, this time they focus on the topics of horror literature from the turn-of-the-20th century and modern era, additionally they accidentally introduced a Lovecraft based album, although unintended it is "noticeable throughout the whole record, and can't be ignored. Even stronger, the source of every song, except for ‘Walpurgis’ (based on Goethe's Faust), can be considered as proto-, post- or pure Lovecraftian"
With respect to the limited digipak edition of the album, Saille went for gold and contacted " all currently living writers (or their heirs) of the books we based our lyrics upon", this lead to them gaining permission from writers such as Stephen King, thus allowing them to use any quote they wished from any of the books, the quotes that Dries are talking of "will be displayed next to our lyrics for our fans to compare / embrace"
Colin Marks, designer of the forthcoming album's artwork was giving his commandments on what the band wanted, but when this was done he was free to add in anything to the artwork itself.
He goes further into depth by saying that
“The band requested something quite dark, with hints of horror, so I wanted to give the image a fairly vast and ominous atmosphere. An initial suggestion referred to certain lyrical themes of an ancient library of sorts and / or occult characters, so I took this as a good starting point and constructed this huge dark old structure built into a large cave-like rock formation. It was important to keep the tone dark and mysterious, with a tiny barely noticeable figure within the entrance, which people can read into however they wish. The additional artwork in the layout ties in with the cover concept and further explores the surroundings. I wanted it to represent not only the music, but also the bands various influences, and hopefully we've achieved that quite accurately."