Kalidia – The Frozen Throne

The Frozen Throne Cover

Kalidia – The Frozen Throne
Inner Wound Recordings
Release Date: 23/11/2018
Running Time: 46:17
Review by Mark Pritchard
9/10

Around two weeks ago I asked Italian Melodic Power Metal band Kalidia about the possibility of doing a review of their new album “The Frozen Throne” and was given the go ahead which was an amazing reaction and so here I go. Most might not know, but I have been a big fan of this band since I first heard them and to have the opportunity to review them is an honour, however, being a fan and friend of the band will have no effect on this review.

I have been listening to “The Frozen Throne” since I had my copy delivered a few weeks back and I will say that with the title track ‘Frozen Throne’ being first it really opens up for what the rest of the album can be. I know that with many albums some people, not all, tend to pass over songs to listen to the title track if it’s further down the track list. I, admittedly, have done this myself but this album starts with it and the song is an amazing opening to the album. “The Frozen Throne” is fast paced, has good intensity and added with the beautiful vocals this is a head-banger of an album and gives fans of both Melodic Metal and Power Metal an awesome aural experience for their ears! Whilst listening you can hear the passion Kalidia put into their music!

There are a good mix of tempos on display, some fast paced and intense tracks but also some slower and less intense which gives “The Frozen Throne” such a good balance as a whole! Having said that my favourite song on this album is in fact one of those slower songs and that song is ‘Midnight’s Chant’. It is very soothing to listen to and the lyrics really put my mind at rest even when I am upset and feeling down. I would definitely put this song as one of my top 10 favourite songs to listen to when I am down.

Now comes the rating and I shall be scoring the album as a whole as well as rating my favourite song separately. “The Frozen Throne” album gets 9 out of 10. It contains 11 awesome songs with mixture of fast and slower tracks and is an absolute top album to listen to! As for my favourite song, the aforementioned ‘Midnight’s Chant’, well, I can’t rate it anything but a 10 out of 10, such an amazing song which really lifts me up, not something that is always easy to do!

I would like to thank each member of Kalidia, Dario Gozzi (Drums), Roberto Donati (Bass), Federico Paolini (Guitars) and Nicoletta Rosellini (Vocals) for giving me the opportunity to review this amazing album and I can’t wait for any new releases they have planned, they make one hell of a band to listen to!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Frozen Throne
02. Circe’s Spell
03. Black Sails
04. Orpheus
05. To The Darkness I Belong
06. Myth Of Masada
07. Midnight’s Chant
08. Go Beyond
09. Amethyst
10. Lotus
11. Queen Of The Forsaken

LINKS:
https://www.kalidia.com/
https://www.facebook.com/KalidiaOfficial/

https://www.instagram.com/kalidia_official/

https://www.youtube.com/user/KalidiaBandOfficial

 

Kalidia Pic (Photo Credit - Andrea Endryus Pensalfine, Endryus Music Photography)

 

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All photos courtesy of Andrea Endryus Pensalfine and Endryus Music Photography

 

Left For Red – Human Complex

Human Complex Cover

Left For Red – Human Complex
FATangel Records
Release Date: 06/04/2019
Running Time: 56:35
Review by ‘Dark Juan’
8/10

Greetings and salutations, my fiendish hordes! Hopefully you have all been following my true word and way and destroying effigies of Christ and defiling His house in unspeakable and indecent ways. If you haven’t, then I hope you have enjoyed a sumptuous Sunday lunch and are now struggling to stay awake because of the rigours of digestion… I myself have opted to cock a snook at the so called day of rest and have been busy painting stuff, inventing a quite astonishing breakfast food involving lashings of chipotle chillies and vegetarian bacon and am now drinking beer and experiencing the stylings of Black Country metallers Left For Red. This bunch of remarkably hirsute and impeccably coiffed gentlemen have been playing together for 10 years and I am casting a slightly drunken eye over their latest offering, “Human Complex”.

“For fans of Tool, Deftones, Iron Maiden, Pantera and Rage Against The Machine.” This is how the band describe themselves. I disagree somewhat. But this is not a bad thing. I don’t hear too much RATM in their sound. Instead I hear quite a lot of Mastodon in some of their musical arrangements, especially in the twin guitar lines and the backing vocals. Opening track ‘Dancing With Misery’ opens with some perfectly apt miserable, minor guitar chords before opening out into the kind of melodic metal I was not expecting, which I must admit is a welcome and refreshing change from the roaring speed of much modern metal. There’s a lot to be said for melody and allowing the music you play to breathe and become an organic thing. It is a fine tune. Also, and this is another thing to LFR’s credit, there is a concept behind “Human Complex” and its songs. The record focuses on different emotions and also on how negative metal health can change your decision making ability. Now, believe it or not, but Dark Juan struggles with issues of brain chemistry and other disorders of personality (difficult to believe, I know, what with my jocularity and general sunny demeanour when defiling virgins and their mothers, daubing atheistic/ Satanic slogans on church altars, or repeatedly making Mrs. Dark Juan’s life a misery by variously ruining furniture/ underwear/ curtains or all of the above with excitement when I review a new record) and to have a band tackle the issue head on is a GREAT fucking thing and earns them some bonus points for being dudes and understanding about it all, man.

The music on offer is intriguing. It is a kind of cross between Maiden, Deftones and Mastodon and makes for a most interesting listen although in my opinion the lead vocal is too high in the mix. The guitar and bass work is very groovy indeed and has occasioned me to have a response that has caused my underpants elastic to snap and catapult them across the room to land on Hodgson The Incredible Canine Fart Machine’s head, to his chagrin and probable disgust, considering the look I’m currently getting off him. The drums are difficult to hear at times as they are buried at the back of the production and the general balance of the sound is just a bit off, which is a shame as the music is fucking well written, exciting and interesting. LC’s voice is also of interest as it is a mix of various Mastodon singers (I know I keep coming back to them but it’s true, I hear a lot of them in Left For Red) and Klaus Meine of German trad metallers Scorpions. I SOOOOOOOOOOO want to hear Left For Red cover Rock You Like A Hurricane! That would cause me to instantly suffer trouser area explosions of joy and increase my laundry bill exponentially. As far as this album and the music goes though, my favourite tracks are ‘Switchblade Romance’ with very Deftonesy, almost hip hop vibes at points, ‘The Circus’, which is a hairy fucking beast of a track going straight for your throat (it’s about the horrors of social media and how life is distorted through it) with fangs dripping venom and your imminent murder on its mind. I really like ‘Leech’ as well, which has a more muscular sound than my other favourites. ‘Leech’ makes me want to go and do animal, shocking things to attractive ladies so I hope it doesn’t come on at any clubs I’m at. That could make my evening not go quite the way I planned.

So, then, I like Left For Red. “Human Complex” is a very good album that’s going to take many listening to get the full measure of, but I have problems with the production on it, the occasional dodgy note and the fact I feel that there is a LOT more to come from LFR and this record is just a stepping stone to what they are truly capable of. If they reach their full potential, they could be a gigantic, heavily armed metal colossus with a very uncertain temper. We should all support them by buying their shit, boys and girls. This is top class British metal and I want more of it.

The Patented Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System is feeling all patriotic and shit and flying a union jack from the garden shed. Next to the skull and crossbones. I award Left For Red 8/10 for a damned good record that has caused distress to one of my dogs and given me underwear trauma. Fine work, gentlemen. Fine work. And I managed to get through the entire review without calling you yam yams once! Oh, wait… Fuck.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Dancing With Misery
02. Switchblade Romance
03. Slaves To Causality
04. Leech
05. The Circus
06. Hand Of God
07. The Storm
08. Journey Within
09. Tame The Tides
10. Sunrise, Bring Serenity

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/leftforreduk/

https://www.instagram.com/leftforredband/


https://www.youtube.com/user/TheLeftforred/videos

 

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EMQ’s with IN SILENCE

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EMQ’s with IN SILENCE

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Swedish Modern Melodic Metal band In Silence! Huge thanks to them for taking part!

What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

We are In Silence, We play Modern Melodic Metal. Long story short, the band was created from the remains of another band that split up and searched for new members, found our new guitarist Daniel and became In Silence!

How did you come up with your band name?

Like a genie in a bottle, Sebastian and Mikael rubbed a few cans of beer and came up with the name.

What country are you from and what is the metal scene like there?

We are from Sweden and the metal scene is great. We are mostly known for the infamous “Gothenburg Sound”. The most successful bands are from Gothenburg and have a distinct sound.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single or Video)

Our latest release is our new EP “One for All” and our next single Will be released later in May so stay tuned! (The single is ‘The Worst Liar’ and is out now)!

Who have been your greatest influences?

Oh that’s a tough question because we have so many different individual influences for example:
Erika: If I have to choose one influence I choose Kobra Paige vocalist in “Kobra And The Lotus” mostly because she is so humble. She, also like me, is trying to spread love and metal to the world.
Daniel: My biggest influence is probably Trivium. Mostly because they seem like a genuine and kind bunch of guys and their music is amazing and so inspirational.
Rasmus: In Flames! Because it’s simple and earfuckable.
Mikael: Steve Harris from Iron Maiden. Cuz he fucking rules!!
Sebastian: Sami from Kreator because he plays with so much soul and playfulness.

What first got you into music?

Different answers yet again:
Erika, Sebastian and Rasmus all have fathers who have played drums during the years, Mikael’s music interest started during his first music lessons in school and Daniel’s journey into music started with playing Guitar Hero and an uncle who played a lot of guitar.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

Still differences in opinion but we can all agree on Lena Scissorhands from Infected Rain!

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Finally an easy question: Wacken Open Air! It’s a big ass Festival with lots of people and bands and the crowd in Germany is crazy!

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

We never receive any gifts from our fans 🙁

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Love and Metal!

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

We need these two back right now, Cliff Burton and Ronnie James Dio!!

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

What we love the most is to play live. It’s like therapy for all of us and all the great response we get from our fans. The worst thing about it is the time between the gigs.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

That it’s harder for the musicians to get cred and money for their work. We like it better how it was “back in the day”!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Erika: I rarely listen to a whole album but if I need to pick I’ll say “Time Stands Still” by Unleash The Archers. I listen to almost every song
Sebastian: Favourite album ever… probably “Phantom Antichrist” by Kreator!
Mikael: “We Are One” by The Bloodline!
Rasmus: “Clayman” by In Flames of course!
Daniel: My all-time favourite album? “The Sin and the Sentence” by Trivium!

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

If you want the authentic sound we think Vinyl is better but streaming has made it easier to find and listen to new music.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Last year at a small Festival in Forshaga in Sweden called “Raise Your Fist For Metal 2018” Amazing gig and fantastic atmosphere!

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

We would be lying in the gutter drinking a lot of whisky after trying and failing to get careers as Pornstars!!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Freddy Krueger, The ‘Grudge’ girl, Marilyn Manson, Donald Trump and Håkan Hellström. May the best man win!

What’s next for the band?

A music video in the making and a gig at Sweden’s biggest Festival, Sweden Rock Festival!!

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

https://www.facebook.com/Insilencesweden/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/4WNpduvpWAAH8rGu8UK5Ov

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

We don’t know but it sounds like a biscuit!

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Thank you for YOUR time and of course:
Love and Metal!

 

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Seventh Wonder – Tiara

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Seventh Wonder – Tiara
Frontiers Records
Release Date: 12/10/2018
Running Time: 01:09:56
Review by Lotty Whittingham
9/10

It’s no secret that Sweden is a vast breeding ground for rock and metal giants. Most notable names include Sabaton, Amon Amarth and In Flames. Could Seventh Wonder be joining this list of legends? Judging from the strength of their album “Tiara”, it’s more than safe to say that there is a place on this list awaiting them. Imagine if Avantasia and Kamelot jammed together, that would be Seventh Wonder.

Seventh Wonder are familiar to me as their lead vocalist Tommy Karevik also fronts Kamelot and they are personal favourites of mine. So naturally I was curious to get to know Seventh Wonder and find out what their sound is all about.

The album is a portfolio of epic, bombastic melodies that sit with you the moment you press play. The tracks are memorable and once you listen to this record, just looking at the name will bring excerpts of these songs to the mind instantly.

The opening tracks ‘Arrival’ and ‘The Everones’ entice you in instantly. I found that the songs have a strong ambience and contain strong sounding melodies. Scar Symmetry and Kamelot come to mind when listening to the songs.

‘Against The Grain’ is a soaring track that sat very well with me. The backing vocals accompanying Tommy Karevik remind me of Eden’s Curse and Avantasia, particularly because these choral vocals provide concrete backing. I also found that the song had a strong eighties vibe to it. This track is just one of the highlights of the album.

‘Victorious’ is the ear worm of the album. The powerful verses and infectious chorus will ensure you remember the song hours after hearing it. I only have to read the title and the song gets stuck in my head. The title alone is an empowering word and the bold musical arrangements match this perfectly. The song gives you strength and hope, even in times riddled with uncertainty.

I like the acoustic tribal tones from ‘The Truth’. It shows a different side to the band and gives us a break from the heaviness for the majority of the song. It then gives us their iconic, bombastic sounds that familiar across the album. I also like the empowering and uplifting tones throughout the song.

With albums you tend to come across a short opening track that leads to the first main track. With “Tiara” you also get that at the end. The song ‘Procession’ is a beautiful short track with a stunning vocal melody from Tommy Karevik. This is the lead up to the mind-blowing closer ‘Exhale’.

When you have experienced something that is so intense it leaves you breathless, you let out a huge breath. So, this track is appropriately named. “Tiara” leaves you breathless and ‘Exhale’ is the final chapter of this fantastic record.

From the exhilarating ride that “Tiara” gave me, I think it is more than safe to say Seventh Wonder will be added to my music collection. Fans of Kamelot and strong melodic metal, I recommend you do the same.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Arrival
02. The Everones
03. Dream Machines
04. Against the Grain
05. Victorious
06. Farewell (Part 1: Tiara’s Song)
07. Farewell (Part 2: Goodnight)
08. Farewell (Part 3: Beyond Today)
09. The Truth
10. By the Light of the Funeral Pyres
11. Damnation Below
12. Procession
13. Exhale

LINKS:
http://www.seventhwonder.se/
https://www.facebook.com/seventhwonderofficial/

https://www.youtube.com/user/officialSW

 

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