Sunday, 22 October 2017

Beast In Black `Berserker’ Album Review


Beast In Black, a name unfamiliar with too most, yet Anton Kabanen may not be. Anton parted ways with previous band Battle Beast in 2015, it wasn’t too long until he decided to commence with a new challenge. 

Having already made their live debut, not as some pub band or trailing around the tiny venues of back water holes, they supported Nightwish.

So on to their debut album, entitled `Berserker’, does it bear any hallmarks of the Battle Beast sound or has Anton moved off into a new direction?

The album opens with the band’s self-titled track `Beast In Black` and in full fashion it kicks in with full on blasting Power Metal, the song really does inform you of how the rest of the album is set to go.

The song is incredibly bombastic all round, `Beast In Black` utilizes intricate guitar sections which repeats to keep an element of melodic simplicity, it brings in high soaring vocals which recite those grand epic tales of beasts, dragons and brave heroes, which yes really does typify all the major aspects of Power Metal. Yes it’s a little clichéd but its fun and really that’s the point. 

`Blind And Frozen’ is a particularly interesting example of where Power Metal can sit within metal, although the song still sticks to a specific structure within Power Metal, it does show off how there can be a softer side and less energetic guitar work. It’s far simpler and definitely with the vocals of Yannis it’s perfect for those huge arenas and massive festivals. If this band gets their break, we should expect a killer live show from this lot. 

Most Power Metal albums will contain a song that’s less balls out bombastic and far more acoustically lead, think Blind Guardian’s `Bard’s Song’. Well without missing a beat on hitting every cliché on the Power Metal check list, Beast In Black hands us `Ghost In The Rain`. This opens with chimes, reverb and acoustic guitars; it’s a nice slow down from a rather speedy album. Perhaps on a future album, coupling Yannis vocals with a female pairing would be incredible to hear. This song is definitely a lighter in the air moment. 

Beast in Black’s debut album is as power metal as you can get, through and through. With hell of a lot of widdley guitar solos and varied uses of the keyboard to create atmosphere litter throughout `Berserker` along with absolutely nut crunching high pitched vocals.

Its songs are all very upbeat, choruses very bombastic and ultimately designed for the massive crowds at Wacken to belt out when rip rousingly drunk. 

Yes it’s not exactly straying from the formula of what Power Metal is but above all else it’s meant to be FUN!

If you love bands like Blind Guardian, Battle Beast or pretty much anything that has emanated from our European cousins in terms of Power Metal then this is most definitely right up your castle path. 

8/10 – Berserker keeps to the path well trod but fun none the less. 

Stand out tracks: 
`Blind And Frozen`, `Zodd The Immortal` and `Ghost In The Rain’

Track Listing: 
1. Beast In Black
2. Blind And Frozen
3. Blood Of A Lion
4. Born Again
5. Zodd The Immortal
6. The Fifth Angel 
7. Crazy, Mad, Insane
8. Eternal Fire
9. End Of The World
10. Ghost In The Rain

Beast In Black online:

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Cannibal Corpse `Red Before Black` Album Review


Cannibal Corpse, they really need no introduction. They are one of the few bands who’ve truly transcended their peers to where even your mum might be aware of them. However the band remain constantly grounded to their original vision, that of creating stunningly aggressive death metal, which not unlike their visual aids strike a certain emotion from those who are uninitiated. 

`Red Before Black` announces the return of producer Erik Rutan whose fine work can be heard on previous seminal Cannibal Corpse albums `Kill`, 2009’s `Evisceration Plague` and 2012’s `Torture`. 

With Cannibal Corpse now nearing their 30th anniversary and `Red Before Black` marking their 14th album, does `Red Before Black` signify any sort of step down in quality? 

There’s only one answer, No! This is 12 songs of sheer audio obliteration. 

From the album opener `Only One Will Die` through to `Code of the Slashers` and beyond, each song is Cannibal to a T. 
`Only One Will Die` launches at record pace and from 1st to last second, showcasing Paul’s ridiculously impressive and aggressive drum patterns which lay the foundation and then coupled with obliterating frenzied guitar sections however in all this chaos and ferocity, structure does remain and everything has its place with a song structure, there is a purpose for everything. 

The title track for the album `Red Before Black` showcases an important aspect of recent Cannibal albums, and that’s clarity. 
For example, George’s vocal delivery produces the same intensity and aggressive tendencies yet you can pick out specific lyrics especially on the chorus `Red Before Black`. The band themselves have mentioned that that the actual lyrics take a side step and it’s more about the rhythms and hitting in the beat with the rest of the music. Some may get a little put off by this, yet the way in which the band lock in and tight, the intensity and aggression just takes the music to another level and little concern is placed on lyrics when it’s hitting their primary mandates of intensity and aggression. 

`Code of the Slashers` is the lead single, what this track does is exemplify exactly what to expect from the rest of `Red Before Black`. You get Cannibal Corpse through and through, nothing is watered down, whether it’s track 1 or track 12, or as a “single”, it’s always fucking intense. Its guitar and bass tracks are incredibly aggressive and good luck trying to teach either Pat, Rob’s or Alex’s guitar parts they are damn near impossible. 

OK, so I know this is the 3rd song on the track list but to continue discussing the tracks would be simply going over the same superlatives. This is Cannibal Corpse, you know what you are going to get and if you don’t like insane technical death metal played with aggression, intensity and passion then we got two words for you...Fuck Off!

It’s almost impossible to sit here and pick just 3 tracks from `Red Before Black` to choose as firm favourites as they all possess what Cannibal Corpse do so well and have done better than anybody else for almost 30 years now. They create absolutely mind destroying brutal death metal. `Red Before Black` never lets up for a second, it’s fast, relentless, frenzied with clarity in attack and tightness. This album is a true testament to what Cannibal Corpse has been, who they are and who they will remain to be until time in memoriam. 

9.5/10 – Red Before Black is a pure statement from Death Metal’s finest and never lets up its intensity for second! Brilliant! 

Stand out tracks: 
`Only One Will Die`, `Red Before Black` and `Corpus `Delicti`

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

Cannibal Corpse online:

Thursday, 19 October 2017

SEPULTURA announce 'Machine Messiah Tour 2018'


In early 2018, Brazilian thrash metal legends SEPULTURA will head out on a lengthy and extensive European headline tour in support of their highly acclaimed album ‘Machine Messiah’, which was released in early 2016 via Nuclear Blast. Be prepared for a full 90 minute onslaught of pure SEPULTURA, with a set list featuring new hits as well as some timeless classics.

After an extremely successful tour with KREATOR and a raft of festival shows in 2017, SEPULTURA will return to the UK, Ireland and Europe with their most powerful billing yet. German technical death metal masters OBSCURA are confirmed as direct support, followed by US-based death/black metallers GOATWHORE and New Jersey's finest deathcore outfit, FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY.

Andreas Kisser states:
"Sepulnation Europe, I’m very happy to announce our first headline tour for the Machine Messiah album in February/March 2018! I couldn’t be more excited with the bands that are going to be with us, such amazing acts like Obscura, Goatwhore and Fit For An Autopsy! So be ready, the Messiah is on the move, see you all soon! DESTROY!!!!”

‘Machine Messiah Tour 2018’
w/ OBSCURA, GOATWHORE, FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY
23.02.2018 DE - Leipzig, Conne Island
24.02.2018 CZ - Zlin, Masters of Rock Cafe
25.02.2018 HU - Budapest, Barba Negra
27.02.2018 IT - Rome, Orion Club
28.02.2018 IT - Milano, Magazzini Generali
01.03.2018 AT - Graz, Explosiv
02.03.2018 SK - Bratislava, Majestic Music Club
03.03.2018 PL - Warsaw, Proxima
04.03.2018 PL - Gdansk, B90
06.03.2018 DE - Berlin, Columbia Theater
07.03.2018 DE - Hamburg, Docks
08.03.2018 DE - Saarbrücken, Garage
09.03.2018 DE - Stuttgart, LKA Longhorn
10.03.2018 DE - München, Backstage
11.03.2018 NL - Utrecht, Tivoli Ronda
20.03.2018 FR - Paris, Elysee Montmartre
21.03.2018 DE - Bochum, Zeche
22.03.2018 DE - Nürnberg, Hirsch
23.03.2018 AT - Salzburg, Rockhouse
24.03.2018 CH - Solothurn, Kofmehl

More SEPULTURA dates:
20.10. AR Buenos Aires - Groove
21.10. CL Santiago - Teatro Cariola
22.10. CL Coquimbo - Blumer House
24.10. PE Lima - Cc. Festiva
26.10. GT Guatemala City - Forum Majadas
27.10. MX Leon - Motofiesta 2017
11.11. BR Sao Paulo - Clube Atlético Juventus
08.12. TH Bangkok - Fortune Sky Arena
11.12. ID Denpasar - Hard Rock Café
16.12. BR Porto Alegre - Bar Opinião


More on ‘Machine Messiah’:
'Phantom Self' OFFICIAL VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0mDeaivvi8
'I Am The Enemy' OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCEe44CgyAM

SEPULTURA are:
Andreas Kisser | guitars
Derrick Green | vocals
Eloy Casagrande | drums
Paulo Jr. | bass

More info:

36 CRAZYFISTS ANNOUNCE UK AND EURO HEADLINE TOUR

Photo credit: Bobby Bates 

NEW ALBUM ‘LANTERNS’ OUT NOW VIA SPINEFARM RECORDS

New video for ‘Better To Burn’, watch it here: 

36 CRAZYFISTS have announced an extensive UK and European tour for January/ February 2018, starting in Glasgow and finishing in Berlin.

Having just released their deeply personal album ‘Lanterns’ on September 29th via Spinefarm Records, this tour marks the first opportunity for fans to experience new tracks such as ‘Death Eater’ and ‘Better To Burn’ live.

36 Crazyfists frontman, Brock, says, “We couldn't be more excited to Come back to the U.K. And Europe in support of our new album ‘Lanterns’ and jam for all of our people across the pond!!”

The tour dates are as follows…
1/18/2018 GLASGOW, SCOTLAND @ CATHOUSE
1/19/2018 MANCHESTER, UK @ ACADEMY 3
1/20/2018 BIRMINGHAM, UK @ ACADEMY 2
1/21/2108 LONDON, UK @ ISLINGTON ACADEMY
1/23/2018 PARIS, FRANCE @LA MAROQUINERIE
1/24/2018 AMSTELVEEN, HOLLAND @ P60
1/25/2018 BRUSSELS, BELGIUM @ AB CLUB
1/26/2018 COLOGNE, GERMANY @ JUNGLE
1/27/2018 EINDHOVEN, HOLLAND @ DYNAMO
1/28/2018 KARLSRUHE, GERMANY @ DIE STADTMITTE
1/29/2018 ZURICH, SWITZERLAND @ WERK 21
1/31/2018 BARCELONA, SPAIN @ SALA RAZZMATAZZ 2
2/1/2018 MADRID, SPAIN @ SALA CARACOL
2/2/2018 BILBAO, SPAIN @ SALA ROCKET
2/4/2018 MILAN, ITALY @ LEGEND
2/5/2018 BOLOGNA, ITALY @ LOCOMOTIV
2/6/2018 MUNICH, GERMANY @ BACKSTAGE HALLE
2/7/2018 VIENNA, AUSTRIA @ CHELSEA
2/8/2018 BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA @ RANDAL
2/9/2018 WARSAW, POLAND @ HYDROZAGADKA
2/10/2018 PRAGUE, CHZ @ ROCK CAGE
2/11/2018 BERLIN, GERMANY @ MUSIK AND FRIEDEN

Tickets will be available from Friday 20th October at 10am (GMT) via all the usual outlets.

Music often functions as that proverbial light at the end of the tunnel and provides shelter during any storm and calm in the middle of tumult. 36 Crazyfists understand this phenomenon first-hand. In fact, the Anchorage quartet—Brock Lindow [vocals], Steve Holt [guitar], Mick Whitney [bass], and Kyle Baltus [drums]—find catharsis within chaos on their aptly titled seventh full-length, ‘Lanterns’.

‘Lanterns’ is available to listen to and purchase here: https://SpinefarmRecords.lnk.to/GOFsU