Friday, 7 September 2012

Witchsorrow - God Curse Us (Cd Review)

01.Aurora Atra
02.God Curse Us
03.Masters Of Nothing
04.AB Antiquo
06.Breaking The Lore
07.Den Of Serpents

Necroskull (Guitar/Vocals)
Emily Witch (Bass)
David Wilbrahammer (Drums)

Formed in Hampshire in 2005 Witchsorrow are purveyers of Doom, ladend with slow pounding chords which blast from the Gibson SG, backed by powerfull bass and drumming!

Each song just builds up the tension in typical fashion, then with 'AB Antiquo' you get an atmosphereic couple of minutes before launching into the haunting 10 minute masterpiece 'Megiddo' which has a Triptykon edge about it.

Perhaps somewhat expected the Judas Priest mis-titled 'Breaking The Lore' is a fast paced metal tune.

Finally 12 minutes (Yes!!!!) of excellent Doom, just scream it out loud "DOOM!" awesome stuff PLAY FUCKING LOUD!

Rating 10/10

For Fans Of : Cathedral, Serpent Venom, Triptykon, Electric Wizard

Cauldron - Tomorrows Lost (Cd Review)

01.End of Time
02.Born To Struggle
04.Summoned To Succumb
05.Burning Fortune
06.Endless Ways
07.Relentless Temptress
08.Fight For Day
09.Tomorrows Lost (Sun Will Fail)

Cauldron the Canadian heavy metal band formed in 2006 in Toronto, take their influence from the NWOBHM scene of the early 1980's.
They were formed following the breakup of Goat Horn, with guitarist Brandon Wars leaving to form a new band, Zuku. Cauldron consists of Jason Decay on vocals and bass and Ian Chains on guitar.
Since forming, Cauldron has toured both North America and Europe, including a performance at the Keep It True Festival in Germany. In early 2007, they released a four-song EP, Into The Cauldron. It was composed of material originally intended for the next Goat Horn album.
Cauldron's song "Restless" is featured in a DC Shoes video of professional skateboarder Danny Way.
Drummer Al Chambers left the band in 2008 to join Relapse Records' Toxic Holocaust, and the position was filled briefly by Steelrider, the original drummer of Goat Horn. He was then replaced by Kill Cheerleader/Zuku/Crystal Castles drummer, Chris Rites. After Rites' departure from the band in 2009, Chris Steve of Canadian band Aggressor took over the role of drummer until December 2011. Chris Rites temporarily returned for the recording of Tomorrow's Lost.
In July 2012 Cauldron announced Myles Deck as their new drummer.

Tomorrow’s Lost was recorded in Spring 2012 with producer Jameson Elliott. Despite stating that it’s not a concept album as such, Cauldron guitarist Ian Chains explains: “As an album title it refers to varying degrees of hopelessness that we can somehow relate to.  It means striving hard to achieve something that may never see the light of day, or making poor decisions that come back to ruin everything for you.” Despite the bleak sounding influences, the nine album tracks pulsate with classic heavy metal licks and urge you to fist-pump with NWOBHM-inspired vocals.

Cauldron are a band who remain true to their heavy metal roots, and yet have the unique ability to span genres, continents and cliques with their irrepressible enthusiasm and style. Counting the likes of Alice Glass (Crystal Castles) and Lady Gaga’s best friend and DJ Lady Starlight among their high profile fans, Cauldron have a universal charm that has seen their legions of fans swell with every tour and record.

Cauldron’s anthemic songs really come to life on Tomorrow’s Lost; dripping with attitude and soaked in melody. Deliberately shunning modern production values, and transcending scenes and fads, Cauldron take you on a gloriously retro ride through the annals of heavy metal, inviting you to join them in believing that true heavy metal is more than a passing movement; it is a way of life.

Easily their best album to date, this tribute to NWOBHM is well executed, oh wait its not a tribute??? Damn i could have sworn that this was for Angelwitch and Witchfynde fans!

So if you want an authentic taste of what used to rock the UK in the good old days then this is a pretty good one to add to the collection.

Rating : 9/10
For fans Of : Amulet, Angelwitch, Witchfynde, Witchfinder General

VOIVOD - signs with Century Media Records; European tour announced for October

VOIVOD Line-Up (from left to right on bandpic):
Daniel “Chewy” Mongrain - Guitar
Jean -Yves “Blacky” Theriault - Bass
Michel “Away” Langevin - Drums
Denis “Snake” Belanger - Voice

Century Media Records is proud to announce the worldwide signing of Quebecois progressive metal pioneers VOIVOD! To coincide with the band’s 30th Anniversary - the band was founded in late January, 1983 - VOIVOD’s own company, Iron Gang Factory, joins with global powerhouse Century Media Records to release Target Earth on January 21st, 2013 throughout Europe and the 22nd in North America.

The band comments: “Our goal has been to find a partner for Iron Gang Factory to help get new VOIVOD music to the world and Century Media, we are proud to say, is the right company to do so globally. We can't wait to release tour and promote Target Earth.”

VOIVOD’s career path has endured as many shifts and disturbances as the music itself. From major label deals and big-time tours to slogging it out in clubs while metal went through growing pains in the mid 1990’s; from high profile bass players to unknown substitutes, the Quebecois prog metal pioneers have persevered through thick and thin to arrive at a comfortable place in 2012 -- a place of rebirth, rejuvenation and respect.

VOIVOD’s 30th anniversary celebrates their career as one of metal’s most influential bands. The handful of live albums, reissues and DVDs that began to surface in the past ten years proved how beloved this band really is, and now comes another album of inspired fresh material that proves VOIVOD still have many new paths to travel. What band continues to redefine and reinvent themselves 13 studio albums and 30 years into their career? There is only one answer to that question: VOIVOD.

VOIVOD have just announced a next European tour for October 2012 including the following headlining dates, as well as support shows with new label mates Arch Enemy in Spain:

VOIVOD – European Tour 2012:
Wed 03.10.12   The Exchange - Bristol
Thu 04.10.12   NQ Live - Manchester
Fri 05.10.12   The Well - Leeds
Sat 06.10.12   The Village - Dublin
Sun 07.10.12   Garage - London

Mon 08.10.12    Magasin 4 - Brussels, Belgium
Tue 09.10.12    Doornroosje - Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Wed 10.10.12    Turock - Essen, Germany
Thu 11.10.12    Loppen - Copenhagen, Denmark
Fri 12.10.12    Betong - Oslo, Norway
Sat 13.10.12    Brew House - Gothenburg, Sweden
Sun 14.10.12    Hafenklang - Hamburg, Germany
Tue 16.10.12     Cassiopeia - Berlin, Germany
Wed 17.10.12   Progresja - Warsaw, Poland
Thu 18.10.12     HooDoo Club - Prague, Czech Republic
Fri 19.10.12      Dürer Kert - Budapest, Hungary Tickets
Sat 20.10.12     Bloom Club - Mezzago (Milan), Italy
Sun 21.10.12    Bad Bonn - Düdingen, Switzerland
Mon 22.10.12    Le Korigan, Luynes, France
Tue 23.10.12     Totem - Pamplona, Spain + Arch Enemy
Wed 24.10.12   Cine Teatro - Corroios, Portugal
Thu 25.10.12     Capitol - Santiago de Compostela, Spain + Arch Enemy
Fri 26.10.12      La Riviera - Madrid, Spain + Arch Enemy
Sat 27.10.12     Razzmatazz 2 - Barcelona, Spain + Arch Enemy
Tue 30.10.12     MILK Club - Moscow, Russia
Wed 31.10.12   Nosturi - Helsinki, Finland

Magica - Centre Of The Great Unknown (Cd Review)

01.Center Of The Great Unknown
03.King Of The World
05.The Earth Is Young
06.Step Into The Night
07.No Horizon
08.One Angry Gaia
09.Mark Of Cain
10.Under The Auroras
11.Daca 2012 

Ana Mladinovici (Vocals)
Bogdan Costea (Guitar)
Tibi Dutu (Bass)
Emilian Burcea (Guitar)
Sebastian Natas (Drums)

Founded in 2002 by guitarist Bodan Costea MAGICA shortly after recorded their debut album “The Scroll Of Stone”. After two months of hard work this concept album was ready to be released. Despite the lack of promotion the album got airplay on several big radio stations and also the print magazines showed huge interest in the band. Voted by readers of the “Heavy Metal Magazine” as “best newcomer of the year 2002” the band did not remain hidden from the international scene. The results were contract offers that also covered the French and South American territories, starting with “Lightseeker”, MAGICA´s second album from 2004. Then “Bittersweet Nightshade” became the band´s first video clip and the year 2006 saw them touring with After Forever and Nightmare. Several concerts with Leaves´ Eyes, Vanden Plas and Apocalyptica followed. A new video clip for the song “All Waters Have The Colour Of Drowning” has been unleashed in May 2007 and their first worldwide release “Hereafter” secured the international breakthrough for MAGICA.
Just ne and a half years later the fourth album “Wolves & Witches” received critical acclaim for being “the link between traditional teutonic Metal, female-fronted Metal and Symphonic Metal like Kamelot”. In 2010 MAGICA released “Dark Diary”, again praised by journalists and fans alike.

“The Center Of The Great Unknown” is a logical successor to MAGICA’s previous works, but even more fresh and with a better sound quality. The mixing was handled by Seeb Levermann (Orden Ogan). Tracks like “King Of The World”, “One Angry Gaia” or “No Horizon” show that MAGICA are a true constant when it comes to quality in this genre. Even more, they have developed their signature sound to a new level. And by the addition of a second guitarist (to replace the previous keyboard player), the new MAGICA is the most rocking ever

Bandleader Bogdan Coesta comments:
“The album’s concept is based on "The Diary of Admiral R. E. Byrd", "Godess of Atvatabar" by W. Bradshaw, "Beasts, Men and Gods" by F.A. Ossendowsky and a few more authors and adventurers.

Pretty much typical of the genre, euro power metal riffs in the style of Helloween, Ed Guy etc, female vocals in the style of Epica etc.

So not massivley original or outstanding, basically it does the job, so if this is your kind of music then its perfect for you.

Rating : 6/10

For Fans Of : Within Temptation, Epica, Achilla, Nightwish