Norway's Sarpedon are finally ready to unleash themselves onto the metal scene. A long-time project of guitarist Torgeir P. Krokfjord, the band have been working together for several years – and whilst all members have been pursuing other projects and careers throughout, the Sarpedon project has now finally come to fruition.
Although relying heavily upon influences such as Savatage, Nevermore, Symphony X, Emperor, and Queen, Sarpedon intends not only to take these impulses one step further, but also to combine them into a whole new beast altogether – and in the process, declaring war on Prog Metal as we
know it today. Trying not to sound too much like a bearded freelance nothing describing overpriced coffee, Sarpedon’s music is an uncompromising blend of the immediate and the sophisticated, with a
slight topping of Broadway to go with it.
Torgeir is the musical catalyst of the band, his guitar playing combining the finest of melodic Scandinavian shredding, and Southern chugging. His brother Eirik P. Krokfjord (all vocals) once started singing with Sarpedon in mind – and now, more than ten years and two singing degrees from the Norwegian Academy of Music later, he is ready to race out of the blocks of a promising career at the front of one of Norway’s most exciting Metal exports. Drummer Carl Engstrøm has extensive experience from the Extreme / Black Metal scene (currently also playing and touring with Troll, Endezzma, Astaroth, and Attentat), and contributes virtuosity at the back, with both Andreas Wærholm and Eirik producing haunting sound landscapes at the keys.
Having signed with Inverse Records, Sarpedon are ready to become more than just a distant rumbling. Imagine Dimebag Darrell reborn, falling from the sky onto a moving tank wearing green war paint underneath an opera phantom’s mask. This is a ride you’ll want to be on. Debut album “Anomic Nation” is released December 5th.
A track "Anomic Nation" from the upcoming album can be heard here
01. Anomic Nation
02. The Lusk Letter
03. The Claustrophober
04. Dead Birds
05. A Seed of Evil
06. The Carnival
07. My Mysteries Unwind – Part I
08. My Mysteries Unwind – Part II
Eirik P. Krokfjord: Lead & backing vocals, keys
Torgeir P. Krokfjord: All guitars & bass
Carl Engstrøm: Drums
Andreas Wærholm: Keys
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.
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