Sunday, 24 September 2017

Marilyn Manson `Heaven Upside Down` CD Review


He’s back, the one and only Mr Marilyn Manson has a new album on the horizon. With Pale Emperor’s release almost 3 years ago, it’s definitely time for one of America’s most influential and certainly most controversial artists of the past 20 years to release an album when the world has become well a little upside down to say the very least. 

Mr Manson has been in this wonderful world of music for a long time now; he wasn’t just a blip on the radar that most right wing and hardcore religious zealots wanted. 

Forming almost 3 decades ago as Marilyn Manson & The Spooky Kids, it was however in the late 90’s that Manson really became the poster child of hate and controversy. Adhering himself to the youth of America and further afield, much to the dismay of parents. 

Yet in recent years, his notoriety has fallen by the way side, the right wing and media outlets that lambasted Manson have just moved onto the next thing that upsets the supposed status quo, so in 2017 is Manson still as relevant? 

Simple answer is no, not in terms of pop culture, however we are not so fickle you and I, those of us that stay true to artists or genres and do not just jump ship when they aren’t flavour of the month. 

So is `Heaven Upside Down` Manson’s return to bite back and return to the helm of parents most hated individual? 

Let’s go through some of the tracks, so track 1 `Revelation #12’, feels a little strange. Quite honestly, it feels like a much extended song opening and doesn’t really feel that it goes anywhere. It’s a track that builds brilliantly but just feels anticlimactic when it reaches its high point on the choruses. However, it’s overall an interesting beginning; let’s see where it goes to next.

Track 2 is `Tattooed In Reverse` or as I will call it `The Stripper Song`. It has that industrial electronic vibe that Manson can do just as well as adding in a tonne of metal. The song has a slow and driving beat that’s wholly seductive that quite honestly will be perfect for the dark, gothic inspired strip club.

Track 3 `We Know Where You Fucking Live`, ok now this is where we hear what we want and that’s full on fuck you attitude, more what can class as classic Manson. Opening with an eerie charisma, which launches into a full blown roar in your face chorus shouting `We Know Where You Fucking Live`. This is the track that really kicks the album off and takes what was a little bit of a let down from the first track and tosses it aside. 

Track 4 `Say10’, has perhaps the best choruses and brings in that full on Manson fuck you, I say what I want attitude, `You say God, I say Satan`. Although, his shall we say pop-culture standing has somewhat diminished, he doesn’t give a shit on that and will still shout from the rooftop whatever he fucking wants, whether you like it or not. 

A nice touch is track 10, `Threats of Romance` opens up with what can only be described as an industrial steroid version of the famous `Children of the Revolution` by glam rock legend T-Rex. However, the track itself, for the most part is far softer and more melodic, which is a nice treat to hear from such a heavy hitter as Manson. 

Overall, `Heaven Upside Down` does throwback towards what I personally fell in love with back in the days of `Mechanical Animal` or `Antichrist Superstar`. It has more of a raw energy and less polished feel, what it lacks in its “Metalness”, Manson takes it through a more of an electronic/industrial vibe to make the album less organic, less human and more machine like vibe, yet his raw voice is really a great counteraction to that machine like atmosphere. 

Worth picking up, yes definitely, it’s not quite to that level of how Manson achieved his true notoriety, yet he creates what he wants and whether you like it or not, he does what he wants and for that admiration is always due. 

8/10- Manson bringing the noise, not quite Metal but more Industrial, this is 100% Manson through and through. 

Stand out tracks:
`We Know Where You Fucking Live`, `Say10` and `Threats of Romance`.

Track listing: 
1. Revelation #12
2. Tattooed In Reverse
3. We Know Where You Fucking Live
4. Say10
5. KILL4ME
6. Saturnalia
7. JE$U$ CRI$I$
8. Blood Honey
9. Heaven Upside Down
10. Threats of Romance

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Saturday, 23 September 2017

Satyricon `Deep Calleth Upon Deep` Album review


They are the dynamic duo of the Black Metal world; both Satyr and Frost have cut a menacing presence throughout their 25 year existence. 

Forming back in the heady heights of Norwegian Black Metal’s rise to the infamous, 1991 was a good year for metal, especially when you consider that across the pond Metallica was pretty much kings of their carnival. 

`Deep calleth upon Deep` is only the 9th album for Satyricon in 25 years, produced again by Mike Fraser, whose work can be heard on Satyricon’s `Now, Diabolical` album from 2006. `Satyricon` certainly aren’t ones to shy away from pushing the envelope, especially on what we consider black metal.

The production values are top notch yet Satyricon never lose that essential atmospheric quality of “black metal”, certainly having core members of Satyr and Frost that atmosphere shines through, even when coupling their black metal hearts with the Norwegian National Opera. 

`Deep calleth upon Deep` has 8 tracks that are full of what you want from Satyricon. Not exactly the fastest within their pile of peers, they use more than just speed to personify intensity and darkness.

The first track `Midnight Serpent` is however a detachment from the rest of the album, it has far more of a thrasher experience than the slower beasts of songs on this album, it has a downright aggressive feel that would be perfect for the opening number on their live extravaganza. 

Here’s where Satyricon really excel (personal opinion of course), the second track `Blood Cracks Open the Ground`, is a far slower affair than the opening number, Satyr’s vocals are very clear, precise and with his unique growl. This compared to other vocalists with the metal world is a strange affair, Satyr’s vocals are audible and a great invitation to those who wouldn’t dare step foot into this territory. 

Satyricon’s impressive drummer Frost seems to have quality in abundance, on songs like `The Ghosts of Rome` he brings that quality to the fore. The song has more of a catchy sensibility, especially for the Black Metal genre. 

The ability of said drummer on this track is incredible, for him to be able to drum with that intensity on a song that has more of a catchy vibe. Added to that the guitars, background vocals and Satyr’s rock n roll vocal approach exemplifies how capable Satyricon are at adding more catchy elements into a extremely undervalued genre.

Satyricon are what could be coined more of a rock n roll based black metal outfit, not one to simply lay down an aggressively quick riffs and spitfire blast beats. They settle for more atmospheric, slower paced tracks that still have growling vocals that are very much audible compared too much of what we consider to be black metal. 

`Deep calleth upon Deep` continues that strategy further, memorable songs and a strange sense of harmonious dissonance seem to be the way `Satyricon` like to do things and boy it work well. 

`Deep calleth upon Deep` never misses a beat, from first to last track, this album shows off Satyricon at their very best and just how they are ahead of the pack they truly are. 

10/10- `Deep calleth upon Deep`- Satyricon at their very best, dark and harmoniously dissonant. Kings of Black Metal! 

Stand out tracks: 
`The Ghost of Rome`, `Black Wings and Withering Gloom` and `Blood Cracks Open the Ground` 

Track Listing:
1. Midnight Serpent
2. Bloody cracks open the ground
3. To your brethren in the dark
4. Deep calleth upon Deep
5. The Ghost Of Rome
6. Dissonant
7. Black wings and withering gloom
8. Burial Rite

Satyricon online:

Thursday, 21 September 2017

SATYRICON Announce Live Stream Of Special Album Release Show In Oslo!


Only one duo is able to evoke sinister settings like the world of bleak woods lurking behind Norwegian wafts of mist. And that duo is legendary SATYRICON. Formed in Oslo in 1991, SATYRICON made an immediate and enduring impact when they emerged from the flourishing Norwegian black metal scene.

With their brand new opus titled 'Deep calleth upon Deep', the iconic masters Satyr and Frost properly dispense the darkest art of metal. SATYRICON's highly anticipated ninth studio album will be coming out this Friday, September 22nd, on Napalm Records. 
To celebrate their upcoming record, the band will play an exclusive and very special album release show – on the rooftop of the KLP building in the heart of Oslo! 
300 fans will exclusively experience SATYRICON live at this very special event, but the release concert will also be streamed live to fans around the world, before the band leaves for an extensive world tour!

"I always thought the Beatles gig on top of the Apple building in London, 1969, was such an intriguing thing and it really feels like a privilege to be able to do something like this ourselves. In our hometown too! Since this is to celebrate the release of "Deep calleth upon Deep", we don't want to exclude those who can't be there with us that night, so I'm glad it's being streamed worldwide. We'll play the whole record and we'll do it in style!" SATYRICON frontman & visionary Satyr informs us. 

Save the date and make sure to check into SATYRICON's Facebook page THIS FRIDAY, September 22nd at 9pm CEST, when the masters of dark art will take over the city of Oslo for one of their most special shows to date!

Coming out on Friday September 22nd in digital format, CD digipak and gatefold vinyl options, SATYRICON's new opus 'Deep calleth upon Deep' is available to purchase HERE!

In support of 'Deep calleth upon Deep' the band is set to tour on the following dates:
24.09.17 DE - Hamburg / Grünspan
25.09.17 DE - Essen / Turock
26.09.17 NL - Tilburg - 013
27.09.17 BE - Vosselaar / Biebob
29.09.17 UK - London / Heaven
30.09.17 FR - Paris / La Maroquinerie
01.10.17 FR - Nantes - MJC De Reze
02.10.17 FR - Toulouse / Le Metronum
04.10.17 ES - Madrid / Sala But
05.10.17 ES - Barcelona / Razzamatazz
06.10.17 FR – Montpellier / Rockstore
07.10.17 IT - Bologna / Zona Roveri
09.10.17 CH - Zurich / Dynamo
10.10.17 DE - Munich / Backstage Halle
11.10.17 AT - Vienna / Szene
12.10.17 CZ - Prague / Akropolis
14.10.17 PL - Krakow / Kwadrat
15.10.17 PL - Warsaw / Progresja
16.10.17 DE - Berlin / SO36
17.10.17 DK - Copenhagen / Pumpehuset
19.10.17 DK - Aarhus / Train
20.10.17 SE - Gotherburg / Pustervik
21.10.17 SE - Stockholm / Klubben
31.10.17 MX - Guadalajara / C3 Stage
01.11.17 MX - Mexico City / Circo Volador
02.11.17 CR - San Jose / Pepper’s Club
07.11.17 CL - Santiago / Blondie
08.11.17 AR - Buenos Aires / Uniclub
10.11.17 BR - Belo Horizonte / Stonehenge
11.11.17 BR - Sao Paulo / Clash Club
12.11.17 BR - Rio De Janeiro / Teatro Oddiseia
22.11.17 NO - Molde / Gamle Kulturset
23.11.17 NO - Trondheim / Byscenen
24.11.17 NO - Oslo / Sentrum Scene
25.11.17 NO - Tromso / Driv
29.11.17 NO - Bergen / Hulen
30.11.17 NO - Stavanger / Folken
01.12.17 NO - Kristiansand / Kick
02.12.17 NO - Hamar / Gregers

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MARILYN MANSON DROPS NEW SINGLE “KILL4ME” FROM FORTHCOMING ALBUM "HEAVEN UPSIDE DOWN", OUT 6TH OCTOBER


MARILYN MANSON DROPS NEW SINGLE “KILL4ME” FROM FORTHCOMING ALBUM HEAVEN UPSIDE DOWN, OUT 6TH OCTOBER

LISTEN HERE: 

HEAR MANSON’S CANDID CAREER-SPANNING INTERVIEW ON THE HOWARD STERN SHOW ON SIRIUS XM: 

Marilyn Manson releases “KILL4ME”, the second single from his forthcoming album Heaven Upside Down(Oct 6, Loma Vista Recordings). Manson asks his fans to brutally pledge their devotion on the industrial rock anthem. The new single follows the release of “WE KNOW WHERE YOU FUCKING LIVE”, which "trolled the dark frenetic territory that made Manson a God-live figure to so many" (Bloody Disgusting) and is matched by a sinister NSFW video.

Yesterday, Manson gave candid career-spanning interview on The Howard Stern Show on Sirius XM. He talked matching back tattoos with Johnny Depp, his reconciliation with Trent Reznor and even let Howard read his text messages from Justin Bieber.

Listen to some clips here:

Manson's sensationalist music and art that rejects conservative values created an icon who has infiltrated fashion, television, film and music, and whose fingerprints coat modern culture. 20 years into his career, Manson is still a lightning rod of controversy and the pageantry and debauchery of his life are perfectly intact.

MARILYN MANSON UK 2017 TOUR DATES:
DEC 04 - MANCHESTER, UK @ O2 APOLLO
DEC 05 - GLASGOW, UK @ O2 ACADEMY
DEC 06 - WOLVERHAMPTON, UK @ CIVIC HALL
DEC 08 - NEWPORT, UK @ NEWPORT CENTRE
DEC 09 - LONDON, UK @ SSE WEMBLEY ARENA

MARILYN MANSON ON THE WEB:

DRAGONFORCE reveal "Midnight Madness" video


International metal superstars DRAGONFORCE have unveiled a new video for “Midnight Madness”. Taken from latest album ‘Reaching Into Infinity’, the video drops just ahead of the UK & European legs of their massive ‘Reaching Into Infinity’ World Tour.

Giving fans a rare glimpse into the making of a DRAGONFORCE album, the video takes fans behind the scenes with the band when recording the album. 

Guitarist Herman Li explains:
'Many fans have asked us over the years what’s it like working in the studio on an album. The music video from the latest song to be released from the 'Reaching Into Infinity' album - 'Midnight Madness', has the perfect vibe to take the fans behind the scene and see what we get up to!’

Check it out here: 

Catch them at the following shows:
Reaching Into Infinity World Tour – UK October 2017 with special guests POWERQUEST:
Wed 4th Glasgow The Garage Tickets
Thu 5th Newcastle Riverside Tickets
Fri 6th York Fibbers SOLD OUT
Sat 7th Sheffield Corporation Tickets
Sun 8th Manchester Sound Control SOLD OUT
Wed 11th Birmingham O2 Academy 2 Tickets
Thu 12th Cardiff Globe SOLD OUT
Fri 13th London Electric Ballroom Tickets
Sat 14th Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms Tickets
Sun 15th Tunbridge Wells Forum SOLD OUT
Mon 16th Dover The Booking Hall Tickets

‘Reaching Into Infinity’ is out now via EarMUSIC.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

ENSLAVED- Grutle and Ivar discuss the recording process


On October 13th, true avant-garde Norwegians ENSLAVED will unleash their highly anticipated studio album Eand herald a new era of their career. The band’s 14th opus melds mesmerising prog with jarring extreme metal and epic musical landscapes; and today, the band unveils the third album trailer. Watch as guitarist and songwriter Ivar Bjørnson guides you through the recording studio where E was created, while singer and bassist Grutle Kjellson explains the band’s working relationship with co-producer Iver Sandøy:

The track list for the new album racks up as follows:
01. Storm Son (10:54)
02. The River’s Mouth (5:12)
03. Sacred Horse (8:12)
04. Axis Of The Worlds (7:49)
05. Feathers Of Eolh (8:06)
06. Hiindsiight (9:32)
Bonus tracks available on the digipak:
07. Djupet (7:39)
08. What Else Is There? (Röyksopp cover) (4:44)

Witness ENSLAVED perform their new material live for the first time when they support Opeth on their forthcoming UK tour:
15.11 UK Manchester - o2 Ritz
16.11 UK Glasgow - Barrowlands
17.11. UK Belfast - The Limelight 1
18.11. IRL Dublin - The Academy
19.11. UK Nottingham - Rock City
21.11 UK Bristol - o2 Academy
22.11 UK Birmingham - o2 Institute

The band will also be performing a special headline set in London:
24.11. UK London - Islington Assembly Hall

Buy tickets for all of the above dates, here: enslaved.no/tour

Watch the official music video for the 10 minute long single, 'Storm Son': https://youtu.be/GRlhMyXmTYQ 

"'Storm Son' deals with the duality of man and nature, how important and basic that relationship is", explains songwriter and guitarist Ivar. "Everything we do and create are imitations of nature; as we evolved from nature, that is how it must be – yet modern man thinks he and she is independent of nature, that we somehow are so superior that we do not have to take nature into consideration other than as a backdrop for shitty movies. Or festivals. Losing touch with nature is basically to lose touch with being human."

CANNIBAL CORPSE reveals details for new album, 'Red Before Black'


Launches video for first single, 'Code of the Slashers'; announces European tour with The Black Dahlia Murder, No Return, In Arkadia!

On November 3rd, CANNIBAL CORPSE will release their 14th full-length, 'Red Before Black', via Metal Blade Records. For a first preview of 'Red Before Black', the band has launched a video for the single, 'Code of the Slashers'. Directed by Zev Deans (panoramaprogramming.com - who created videos for Behemoth's "Messe Noire", Ghost's "Square Hammer", Portal's "Curtain"),

 'Code of the Slashers' can be viewed at: metalblade.com/cannibalcorpse - where the record can also be pre-ordered in the following formats:
--digipak CD (US exclusive)
--limited edition 2CD digipak (EU exclusive)
--jewelcase CD (EU exclusive)
--opaque red vinyl (USA exclusive - limited to 700 copies)
--coke bottle clear vinyl (USA exclusive - limited to 500 copies)
--white vinyl (FYE exclusive - limited to 300 copies)
--transparent red / clear split vinyl (USA exclusive - limited to 500 copies)
--translucent blue vinyl (Hells Headbangers exclusive - limited to 300 copies)
--180g black vinyl (EU exclusive)
--olive green marbled vinyl (EU exclusive - limited to 500 copies)
--blood red / black marbled vinyl (EU exclusive - limited to 300 copies)
--blood red / white splattered vinyl (EMP exclusive - limited to 200 copies)
--white / red splattered vinyl (Ebay exclusive - limited to 200 copies)
--opaque wine red marbled vinyl (Napalm exclusive - limited to 200 copies)
--box-set (limited to 1500 copies): limited edition 2CD digipak, 'Blood Covered' white / red marble vinyl, cassette, back patch, sweat band, guitar picks, and poster in a black cardboard box (~12.5" x 12.5" x 1.25")
* exclusive bundles with a shirt, plus digital options are also available!

Zev Deans comments: "After crawling through abandoned buildings, crashing our van into a tree in the middle of a scene, witnessing a real stabbing and drenching ourselves in fake blood in a derelict park at 5am, we can safely say this was a proper introduction to the slasher genre for Panorama Programming. We brought a slab of fresh meat back from a rotting metropolis, and we're serving it to you raw. Come and get it."

Many words come to mind when you hear the name CANNIBAL CORPSE, but one truly defines the soon-to-be thirty-year death metal veterans: Unstoppable. Produced by Erik Rutan (Hate Eternal,Goatwhore), Red Before Black serves to not only reiterate this but to once more raise the stakes, making it very clear who sets the standard when it comes to always compelling music that is equally brutal and complex. Moreover, the band have pushed themselves again, ensuring that it stands out from their catalog. "Throughout our career we've tried to improve the precision of both our musical execution and our album production, while still maintaining full-on aggression. 'Red Before Black' continues in that direction, but might go even further on the aggressive side of things. It's definitely precise, but it has a rawness to it that goes beyond anything we've done recently," asserts bassist Alex Webster. "We really worked super hard crafting these songs, practicing them, and getting them where we wanted to be more so than on any of our previous albums," adds drummer Paul Mazurkiewicz. "And as Alex said, musically I think it's the most raw sound we've had - and at the same time I think it's our most focused, tightest and catchiest record."

'Red Before Black' track-listing
1. Only One Will Die
2. Red Before Black
3. Code of the Slashers
4. Shedding My Human Skin
5. Remaimed
6. Firestorm Vengeance
7. Heads Shoveled Off
8. Corpus Delicti
9. Scavenger Consuming Death
10. In the Midst of Ruin
11. Destroyed Without a Trace
12. Hideous Ichor

In support of 'Red Before Black', CANNIBAL CORPSE will head out overseas in early 2018 for a European trek with The Black Dahlia Murder, No Return, and In Arkadia. See below for all dates.

Cannibal Corpse tour dates
w/ The Black Dahlia Murder, No Return (Feb. 9-25), In Arkadia (Feb. 27-Mar. 18)
Feb. 9 - Hannover, Germany - Musikzentrum
Feb. 10 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega
Feb. 11 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Sticky Fingers
Feb. 12 - Stockholm, Sweden - Klubben
Feb. 13 - Oslo, Norway - Parkteatret
Feb. 15 - Kolding, Denmark - Godset
Feb. 16 - Hamburg, Germany - Gruenspan
Feb. 17 - Geiselwind, Germany - Music Hall
Feb. 18 - Bochum, Germany - Matrix
Feb. 20 - Kassel, Germany - 130bpm
Feb. 21 - Prague, Czech Republic - Palac Aropolis
Feb. 22 - Bratislava, Slovakia - Majestic Music Club
Feb. 23 - Munich, Germany - Backstage
Feb. 24 - Magdeburg, Germany - Factory
Feb. 25 - Stuttgart, Germany - im Wizemann
Feb. 27 - Geneva, Switzerland - L'Usine
Feb. 28 - Milan, Italy - Live Club
Mar. 1 - Grenoble, France - Belle Electric
Mar. 2 - Toulouse, France - Le Metronum
Mar. 3 - Bilbao, Spain - Santana 27
Mar. 4 - Madrid, Spain - Penelope
Mar. 6 - Barcelona, Spain - Razzmatazz 2
Mar. 7 - St. Etienne, France - Le Fil
Mar. 8 - Caen, France - Cargo
Mar. 9 - Antwerp, Belgium - Trix
Mar. 10 - Cologne, Germany - Essigfabrik
Mar. 11 - Eindhoven, Netherlands - Dynamo
Mar. 13 - Norwich, UK - Waterfront
Mar. 14 - Manchester, UK - O2 Ritz
Mar. 15 - Glasgow, UK - O2 ABC
Mar. 16 - Bristol, UK - Bierkeller
Mar. 17 - Nottingham, UK - Rock City
Mar. 18 - London, UK - O2 Forum Kentish Town
Mar. 19 - Dublin, Ireland - Tivoli*
Mar. 20 - Limerick, Ireland - Dolan's Warehouse*
Mar. 22 - Belfast, Ireland - Limelight 2*
*= no The Black Dahlia Murder