Valkyria – Tierra Hostil

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Valkyria – Tierra Hostil
Fighter Records
Release Date: 10/10/2019
Running Time: 46:30
Review by Mark Pritchard
8/10

Back in March I received Spanish Melodic Heavy Metal band Valkyria’s second album “Tierra Hostil” to review. I am going to be totally honest; I had heard of them but had never actually heard their music. After listening to “Tierra Hostil” as much as I have I regret that. I have taken longer than usual to write this review but I have been listening to the album ever since I received it. I don’t speak Spanish so not knowing what they are saying was a problem but, nevertheless, I don’t see it as much of a hindrance because if the lyrics were in English it could take away from how good the vocals are!

Comprising of Jon Romero (Drums), Gorka Pérez (Bass), Borja Aguirre (Guitar) and Yeray Hernández (Guitar / Vocals), Valkyria are a great band, the four members combine really well, and they have produced some really great songs on “Tierra Hostil”. I might not know what they are saying but the music, the rhythms and Yeray’s nice vocals are really hard not to like and influences such as Iron Maiden and Warcry shine through in the songs. “Tierra Hostil” contains ten tracks which are all really good and a great listen. One of my favourite tracks is ‘Selenelion’ and the reason for this is because it’s a slower song within an album of heavy, intense songs! The beat, the pace and the awesome voice of Yeray Hernandez makes the song really standout to me. Another song I really like is album opener ‘Codigo de Honor’. It starts nice and slowly with only the guitars and then just comes at you full force with no relenting!

(Check out the video on YouTube -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1fNOMscy8Y).

“Tierra Hostil” on the whole is really good, hard hitting and fast paced. Headbanging along to this was a must and with that I rate it 8/10. It’s a great album which I would readily share with friends. As for my favourite song, well that is the aforementioned ‘Selenelion’. I enjoy listening to it so much that I sometimes click on the song again after it has finished. That gets a 9/10 rating!

Valkyria are an awesome band and you should definitely check them out on the links below.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Codigo de Honor
02. Abatido
03. Tierra Hostil
04. Rencor
05. Selenelion
06. Identidad Perdida
07. Vida Eterna
08. Ecos del Manana
09. Dunas de Sal
10. Tuareg

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/Valkyria_Oficial-888081191289641

https://www.instagram.com/valkyria_oficial/
https://fighter-records.bandcamp.com/album/tierra-hostil

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJlh_5jJz4DB76rPYFO5q8A

 

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The Quireboys – Amazing Disgrace

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The Quireboys – Amazing Disgrace
Off Yer Rocka Recordings
Release Date: 05/04/2019
Running Time: 46:25
Review by Paul Monkhouse
Rating: 10/10

The Quireboys aren’t strangers to the knocks and scrapes of rock ‘n’ roll but it’s been an unbelievably long, hard road to get this album out due to the ongoing issues with Pledge Music, initially the chosen platform for this release. Thankfully you can’t keep a good band down and due to the immense hard work by the band, their team and the fans this has now come out and stands as a testament to their street fighting spirit. Driven by a passion to stretch themselves, “Amazing Disgrace” shows a band that’s both fearless and incredibly fresh, highlighting their undoubted flair for writing great and timeless songs.

From the opening notes of ‘Original Black-Eyed Son’, this is something really special. The song wastes no time in getting into a great riff and it just keeps on growing with some superb keys, Stax-like brass and female backing vocals adding to a fantastic, dirty rock ‘n’ roll barroom number that has both grit and polish. Really setting their stall out, you know that just two minutes into this that it’s an album The Quireboys can be proud of. Whilst the band can really rock out when they want to, as anyone who’s seen their electrifying live shows can attest, this release broadens their palette and adds some real colour but doesn’t sacrifice any of their fire. Next track ‘Sinner’s Serenade’ perfectly highlights this with it’s powerful, big start and yet more layers of sound as it really drives along, propelled by some teeth rattling drums and some superb slide guitar at the end.

Already a firm live favourite, ‘Seven Deadly Sins’ has a funky strut and the peerless guitar work of Guy Griffin and Paul Guerin as they show off the sonic swagger that has a real stake in proving their confidence whilst not being too flash. This is also echoed in the titular ‘Amazing Disgrace’ that boasts a real late 60’s / early 70’s vibe as Spikes distinctive vocals dances throughout and the track ends by morphing into Southern Hard Rock. Yet another bold change of pace comes with ‘Eve of the Summertime’, a beautifully crafted ballad, that is ice cream sweet and sparkles with sunshine whilst retaining an edge. Very evocative of that season, you could hear it any time of the year and immediately be transported to those hazy, lazy days where life just consisted of sitting on a beach, drinking beer with your friends.

‘California Blues’ picks up the pace again and is a perfect reminder of why the band was chosen to support Guns ‘n’ Roses and the Stones. This would be the perfect soundtrack to cruising along Sunset Strip and you can clearly picture the band whipping up the crowds at the Whisky in downtown L.A. ‘This Is It’ brings an almost country feel and expands on the great storytelling that Spike and Co excel at. Boasting some more very fine keys from Keith Weir, this also benefits from some excellent fiddle playing and if you wince at the mere mention of that instrument then this track will surely convert you. ‘Feels Like A Long time’ brings back a Rolling Stones feel and is tailor made for playing at massive stadiums to a sea of people, waving arms held aloft in appreciation of its grandeur.

Yet more swagger and stomp form the brilliant ‘Slave Number One’, its chugging riff building into a juggernaut that shows that you don’t need to be full-on to be heavy. ‘Dancing in Paris’ is another great ballad, its fragile and tender vocals matched perfectly to the tasteful and tasty guitar work. The album closes with a bang as ‘Medusa My Girl’ boils out of the speakers. Incredibly powerful, this is a maelstrom of instruments that warn of a coming storm that continues to get darker as Spikes howls through the wind and rain. With a real Celtic feel, the Quireboys have chosen the perfect track to end the album and yet again show why they are one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll bands this country has ever produced. The Quireboys may, at times, have been heavier than this release but they have never been better. As they say themselves: “This is Rock ‘n’ Roll”. One of the most vital albums of the year, you need ‘Amazing Disgrace’ in your collection.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Original Black Eyes Son
02. Sinners Serenade
03. Saven Deadly Sins
04. Amazing Disgrace
05. Eve Of The Summertime
06. California Blues
07. This Is It
08 Feels Like A Long Time
09. Slave #1
10. Dancing In Paris
11. Medusa My Girl

LINKS:

Home


https://www.facebook.com/quireboys/

https://www.instagram.com/thequireboys/

 

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Hecate Enthroned – Embrace Of The Godless Aeon

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Hecate Enthroned – Embrace Of The Godless Aeon
M-Theory Audio
Release Date: 25/01/2019
Running Time: 53:11
Review by ‘Dark Juan’
8/10

This is nice. This I am enjoying. A Black Metal band that have not given themselves stupid names like ‘Stormbeast Fangmeister Murderwort’ or ‘Vvvvvvvnorthweit The Insalubrious’. This has already gained Hecate Enthroned bonus marks.

Good evening, Ever-Metal.com, I’m Dark Juan and I am very, very drunk. I have had a hard weekend of trying to interest my septuagenarian neighbour Helene in the latest releases from Gunship and Corpsefucking Art to no avail and busily defiling young women on the altars of the nearest Catholic churches in the area (there’s one at the top of my road, but before my father disappeared in the strange accident involving a crop dusting aircraft, Mossad and the song Josin E Spazjin (Google it and watch the attendant video. Immediately. I’ll wait…… Well, that’s something you’re not going to forget in a hurry, is it?) he told me to not shit in my backyard, so I go to Ploerdut 3 miles up the road and defile their altar instead) and doing that most metal of activities, DIY. Or in my case, swearing at various tools, drinking more beer and finding excuses to avoid it in the future. I bet Hecate Enthroned don’t do DIY…..

And with that extremely tenuous link to the band I am actually supposed to be reviewing, we shall plunge headlong into the cold, black waters of “Embrace Of The Godless Aeon”, being the first album release from these famous brutish British Black Metal bruisers for five years. The last time I heard Hecate Enthroned was in 1994 when they were on a bill at the original Bradford Rio’s (directly opposite a mosque. It made queuing to get in entertaining as Muslim gentlemen were waiting to get in to their prayers at the same time, and neither community quite knew what to do with the other. We became friends eventually. And then Rio’s moved into the centre of Bradford and lost all its charm) with other estimable (and indeed seminal) bands Bal Sagoth, Bonewire and a little known headline act called Cradle Of Filth. There is a point to this rambling, because Hecate Enthroned’s sound owes a lot to early Filth (think of the sound of “The Principle Of Evil Made Flesh” and “V Empire”) and Emperor circa “In The Nightside Eclipse”. To take the Cradle Of Filth influence ever further to the fore the record even enjoys a guest vocal appearance from the always wonderful Sarah Jezebel Deva, well known for her work with Cradle Of Filth, Therion, strange little goblin creature Mortiis and Angtoria.

So yeah, here we have Gothic Black Metal of the most atmospheric kind. There are the kind of keyboards normally played by a misshapen manservant called Igor in a draughty castle somewhere in Transylvania, guitars that can remove limbs at twenty paces, such is their speed and sharpness, bass which dislodges internal organs and forces them out of your nose, drumming at a pace that you would normally associate with heavy calibre assault weapons firing at full auto and a vocal that veers wildly from the kind of shriek that makes bats crash into trees to the low pitched growls that even wild boar would avoid for their own safety (wild boar are a thing here in France. I hit one with the Metal Machine [yeah, all right, it’s a particularly knackered Volkswagen Passat. It has a Hellbastard sticker on the boot. It’s metal. Scruff approves and that’s all that matters to this hellpriest] the other day. It got up, glared at me and ran off. It took most of the front end of the car with it. They are like prehistoric pigs with major anger management issues and appear to be utterly indestructible) and turns your lungs to jelly. All this is underpinned with the glorious mezzo-soprano of Deva enhancing three tracks in her own inimitable style.

Every song is high quality, blistering black metal in the classic sense of the words, right down to the slightly dodgy production and occasional total incomprehensibility of the lyrics when Joe (vocals) utterly loses his shit and disappears off into octaves where only dogs can hear him and bats enjoy a second flying rodent/ cellulose interface due to sonar interference. Standout song on the record is ‘Goddess Of Dark Misfits’. It’s incendiary.

The whole thing is a bombastic, joyful experience and a damned fine record.I love Hecate Enthroned. If you like Classic Gothic Black Metal, you will too. Well worth expending spondulicks on.

The Patented Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System awards Hecate Enthroned 8/10 for a splendid evening’s entertainment although Mrs. Dark Juan is unhappy about the bloodstains on the sofa.

TRACKLISTING:
Be warned. I find Black Metal song titles absolutely hilarious. However, these are comparatively tame, so you can be spared my usual acerbic marginalia.
01. Ascension
02. Revelations In Autumn Flame
03. Temples That Breathe
04. Goddess Of Dark Misfits
05. Whispers Of The Mountain Ossuary
06. Enthrallment
07. The Shuddering Giant
08. Silent Conversations With Distant Stars
09. Erebus And Terror

LINE-UP:
Nigel – Guitars
Andy- Guitars
Dylan – Bass
Gareth – Drums
Pete – Keys
Joe – Vocals

LINKS:
https://hecateenthroned.wixsite.com/home
https://www.facebook.com/HecateEnthroned/

https://www.instagram.com/hecateenthronedofficial/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCp-egXDZlUUI-Cn4V44xHYg

 

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Sister Shotgun – Fragments

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Sister Shotgun – Fragments
Pavement Entertainment
Release Date: 19-04-2019
Running Time: 49:31
Review by Paul Monkhouse
9/10

They say the best things in life are worth waiting for and this is certainly true of “Fragments”, the full-length debut of these Midlands metallers. Having released a pair of EPs and a single since forming five years ago, their incendiary live shows and strong songwriting has brought them ever growing acclaim, leading to the band recently signing to American record label Pavement Entertainment. Having worked with famed record producer Romesh Dodangoda (Bullet For My Valentine, Bring Me The Horizon, Motörhead et al) previously on the ‘No Hope’ single he was the obvious choice by both band and record company and so it proves it be here, as the relationship works brilliantly with a bright, modern sound given to great material.

Lead single ‘Sacred Heart’ kicks off the album with some brutal riffing and singer Chloe Ozwell’s compelling voice giving the track that mix of heaviness and commercial edge that many strive to have but seldom as successfully as this. The song dips and weaves as guitarist Niall Wills provides growling vocals leading to a soaring chorus where the band just seem to take flight. This upbeat feel fits perfectly with the songs theme of coming through the dark into a better place and nothing puts it better than the brilliant and striking lyric “The dirt under my fingernails, is the sign of someone who prevails, when I had to dig my way out of my grave”. The punch of the guitars is hefty as Wills and Benji Tatlock shred as if their lives depended on it and it all provides a breathless start to the release.

The following tracks ‘She Lives’ and ‘From the Ashes’ show once again that ability to write an instantly accessible tune, with the latter featuring some truly grinding guitar and both benefitting from Ozwell’s voice that is reminiscent of some of the best American rock singers whilst not falling into the trap of trying to sound Trans-Atlantic. Hers is a voice that is versatile and she can go from a “don’t mess with me” Amazonian warrior to the tenderest and most fragile of tone in a heartbeat. There is so much feeling and power in her voice and Dodangoda captures this perfectly. This is a whole band effort though and the dual guitars of Wills and Tatlock can similarly gently caress between the brutal riffing and the rhythm section of Tim Chambers on bass and Dave Harvey on drums are absolutely rock solid, adding their own flair and groove to the material.

All this is perfectly illustrated in title track ‘Fragments’, one of the many highlights of the album. Gentle, rippling guitar accompany sweet vocals in the verses which transforms into a gutsy and emotive chorus, double bass drums underpinning everything. The songwriting and production are second to none and this demands to be played loud. It’s also certainly recommended to listen to the tracks in headphones so you can pick up every little nuance and fully appreciate the work that has gone into it all. There are many fine moments, such as Ozwell’s scream in ‘Miss Fortune’, that really need to be heard up close and personal for the full effect.

Next track ‘For the Love of Hate’ has long been a fan favourite, partly due to the brilliant promo video that features a previous line-up and is without one of the very best things the band has written so far. In this new, re-recorded version it is stripped of the delicate piano but lacks none of the passion and the production really brings out layers only touched on by the original. Following that the band switch to a different form of drama with the old school thrash of ‘Kill The Lights’ which is a maelstrom of frenetic bass and drums that propels this driving track. Again, the production on this brings a modern, visceral sheen to this song that threatens to tear the listener limb from limb. It does have its own sense of melody too though with another anthemic chorus and the huge sense of dynamics in the track add to the heaviness. At times you feel that Ozwell could have ripped into the vocals a little more but then the danger is that this may have seemed somewhat contrived and forced.

Another previous single makes it onto the album in the shape of ‘Silhouettes’ and it’s obvious why it was highlighted as it shows the knack the band has of writing beautifully structured songs. With the great chorus it adds to the canon of instantly memorable tunes on an album that is all killer, no filler. ‘Mourning Iris’ and ‘Scorn’ bring a heady brew together with their blend of passion and yearning on the former and the defiance of the latter. Both burst out of the speakers and highlight how this album should immediately elevate Sister Shotgun into the same league as their old friends Stone Broken, a band they played with many times in both bands’ early years.

Album closer ‘No Hope’ rampages along over a fiery riff and is the perfect way to end the thrill ride of this debut, making you want to play it all again from the start. Debut albums are notoriously hard to follow, packed as they usually are with songs that have been honed over the previous few years so it will be interesting to see what Sister Shotgun do next. That’s all in the future though, so in the meantime just plug in, sit back and let ‘Fragments’ blow you away.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Sacred Heart
02. She Lives
03. From Ashes
04. Fragments
05. Miss Fortune
06. For The Love Of Hate
07. Kill The Lights
08. Silhouettes
09. Mourning Iris
10. Scorn
11. No Hope (Bonus Track)

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

https://www.instagram.com/sistershotgunuk/
https://sistershotgun.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/missozwell/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmvjsUPzWWja-VzXkK2hZ6A

 

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The Crawling – Wolves And The Hideous White

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The Crawling – Wolves And The Hideous White
Grindscene Records
Release Date: 16/11/2018
Running Time: 34:13
Review by Sheri Bicheno
9/10

I had seen the name of this band pop up many times over the last year or so and after seeing them play Mammothfest 2018, I jumped at the opportunity to review this album.

I was not disappointed.

The Crawling are a three piece Northern Irish Metal band forming in 2014 with the release of debut single “Choking on Concrete” in January 2015. EP “Light of Dark Days” was then released in October 2015, followed by debut album “Anatomy of Loss” in 2017.

Combining elements of Doom and Melodic Death Metal, The Crawling have a perfect balance of absolute chaos within their style.

Upon hearing the first track of this album; title track ‘Wolves And The Hideous White’ – I am immediately hit with the velocity of what this album is about to bring. No going in easy here. Full pelt, mate… and I am drawn in!

The vocals are deep and dark, there is storytelling throughout the album, the riffs are beautifully ever changing – from slow and deep in ‘Drowned In Shallow Water’ to the harsher and more demanding tones in ‘Rancid Harmony’, with the skills behind that growling bass and intense double pedal, I imagine visions of being surrounded by black silk.

Focusing on the lyrics, in this example, particularly in the title track:
“Dragging sunlight across my skin. Glide so soft; seven heart strings on the violin.
Sadness song, for all to hear. A final wish to end it all and make you disappear.
Tell the wolves I’m home.
Drowning in rats.
Tell the wolves I’m home.”

There is a story behind this album – some beautiful song writing flares up as you listen to each track and really pricks your ears up to what you interpret the story to be.

Relatable or not, the pure energy and emotion behind the voice is undeniable.

This is a beautiful, dark and diverse album and one that I am going to be holding on loop for some time.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Wolves And The Hideous White
02. Still No Sun
03. Drowned in Shallow Water
04. A Time For Broken Things
05. Rancid Harmony
06 Promises and Parasites

THE CRAWLING ARE:
Andy Clarke – Guitar and Vocals
Stuart Rainey – Bass and Vocals
Gary Beattie – Drums

LINKS:
http://thecrawlingband.co.uk
https://www.facebook.com/thecrawlingband/

https://www.instagram.com/thecrawlingband/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCH3BctSUcu444jfMp0MDY1A

 

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Tank – Sturmpanzer

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Tank – Sturmpanzer
Dissonance Productions
Release Date: 16/11/18
Running Time: 56.38
Reviewer Tsarina Wilson
6/10

The long-awaited album “Sturmpanzer” by Tank has finally been released but has it been worth the wait?

Tank, who have been going for many years, were often compared to Motorhead as both bands are fronted by bass playing vocalists and play with hard core riffs and heavy vocals, typical of the 80’s metal scene but Tank have added a bit of a modern twist.

This album was announced way back in 2006 by founder member Algy Ward and, as the finishing touches were being added, Ward stated the album would be released in early 2016. This was then pushed back to the present day and, going back to my first question, was it worth the wait?

I definitely think it was for the established fan base they have but it might not appeal to everyone. Despite this, “Sturmpanzer” is a very strong album, it’s heavy and non-stop throughout, with a few colourful lyrics thrown in for good measure.

Formed in 1980, the band ploughed on through the years with line-up changes before being disbanded in 1989. Algy Ward resurrected it in 1997, playing tour dates around Europe and Japan for a few years.

In 2008 a new line up was once again announced, while in 2012 the band announced a Live DVD recording from their previous summer tour of Poland. The band also released details of the return of former drummer Steve Hopgood, along with information of a forthcoming album “War Nation”, released on 4th June on Metal Mind Productions.

I can see where the comparison to Motorhead lies, but during “Sturmpanzer” it’s just with the vocal style and that’s as far as it goes. There are times where you wonder exactly what you are listening too, as there is a rock, fast punk and aggressive style similar to a lot of bands of the 80’s.

‘Revenge Of The Filth Hounds’ is a confusing track as it sounds like it is on a loop and is a mishmash of different bits put together, with added excerpts from various television series sound tracks thrown in for good measure. The last track ‘Field Recording Of The Field’, which was mainly a telephone ringing, seemed pointless to me but may mean something to others who have been fans for many years.

Tracks
1-Two Thousand Miles
2-March
3-No More War
4-Liannes Crying
5-First They Killed The Father
6-Sturmpanzer Pt 1&2
7-Living In Fear of….
8-Which Part Of F.O. Don’t U Understand
9-The Last Soldier
10-Little Darling
11-Revenge Of The Filth Hounds Pt 1&2
12-Field Recording Of The Field

Links:
https://www.tankofficial.com/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/556235897916772/

 

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Ascendant-A Thousand Echoes

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Ascendant-A Thousand Echoes
Pure Steel Publishing
Release Date: 20/04/2018
Running Time 60:40
Reviewer Tsarina Wilson
10/10

Work on this album started in late 2014 and was completed in 2017, and I’m so glad it was, as this is an album you can really get your teeth into. It is just a joy from the first song to the last. At first, I thought I had pressed play on the wrong song and was listening to Manowar so had to check my files. But I was definitely listening to this album.
The band was formed in 2012 by Alaa, Puneet and Ashish, with Aram and Younmi added a few months later to complete the line-up.

The album consists of eight tracks (not including the intro track) and by track three I was totally hooked; the drumming alone is just immense.

The album is inspired by true experiences of the band, with three of the five members having grown up in war-torn Syria, experiencing loss and tragedy and seeing first-hand things that no one should have too. It is the unseen victims of war and the innocent people suffering who are the main themes of this album.

There are some welcome special guests contributing to the album, including brothers Simon and Elias Abou Assali, who feature on the track ‘Land Of A Thousand Echoes’ which tells the story of people risking their lives to brave dangerous seas and escape their war-torn country, seeking refuge in a safe place. This is a personal experience of the brothers, who managed to do just that a few years ago. The album also features Lindsay Schoolcraft from the legendary Cradle Of Filth on the track ‘Light’ and Hadi Sarieddine (Solo & Benevolent) lent his talents to the intro arrangement for ‘Twilight Of Eden’ and ‘Fog Of War’.

The band line up is Youmni Abou Al Zahab on vocals, Puneet Sharma on bass, Alaa Abousaada on guitars, Ashish Shetty on guitars, and Aram Kalousdian on drums, and together they are a pure joy to listen to. If you are not playing either air guitar or air drums by track six, then I would be shocked!

If you listen to the lyrics you can almost imagine the terror these guys have been through and putting these stories to a great rock music backing really gives it the wow factor, the expression in their music is excellent. You need to realise these lyrics are not written by someone with no knowledge of facts. These guys have actually been there and endured horrors that most of us cannot even begin to imagine.

Thankfully, they survived and have now given us this incredible album and you could mistake them for a band who have been around many years, not just the short time they have been. They have poured their heart and soul into this album, and then a little bit more. I could honestly listen to this album all day.

The drums on “Land Of A Thousand Echoes” are awesome and the guitar riffs are crystal clear and mixed with the powerful vocals, this band is one I know we will be hearing a lot more of in the future.

‘Tears Of His Majesty’ leads you into a false sense of security, starting as a “lighters in the air” track but then suddenly launching itself into pure rock. (Have I commented how much I so love this album?!!) And even when you think they have given everything, the last track will definitely leave you out of breath, as it is almost 13 minutes of pure heaven!

I honestly have nothing bad to say about this album and, in fact, I only gave it a 9 to start with! I adjusted this to a 10 and I can’t wait for future music from these guys. They definitely have a new fan to add to the many they already have and, sorry guys, but you now have a new groupie…. keep rockin’ lads.

TRACKLIST:
1 Twilight Of Eden (Intro)
2 Doomsday Machine
3 Walls Between Us
4 Fog Of War
5 Morning Light
6 Land Of A Thousand Echoes
7 False Illusion
8 Tears Of His Majesty
9 At The End Of The World

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/ascendanttheband/
https://www.instagram.com/ascendanttheband/
https://ascendanttheband.bandcamp.com/releases

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQuRd-a–qM6bBvBKMQ7f0Q

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A Gathering Of None – One Last Grasp At Hope

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A Gathering Of None – One Last Grasp At Hope
Independently Released
Release Date: 06/04/2018
Running time: 44:00
Review by Vikkie Richmond
7/10

American hard rockers A Gathering Of None are no strangers to the music scene; having been around since 2012, in this transigent day and age, that could class them as veterans. “One Last Grasp At Hope” is their third release and their second full length effort.

I don’t like to pigeonhole bands, because the music a group of people create is unique and should not be put into a box labelled as one thing or another, however my first listen to this album (and my first listen to them as a band, full stop) had them partly in the ‘alt rock’ category and partly in the hard rock camp. It doesn’t really matter, the important point is whether the album is any good.

I confess I wasn’t set on fire by the first track, the speedy ‘What For’; featuring some nice guitar licks and some nifty percussive highlights, with a time signature change or two, but it did have me tapping my toes and nodding my head, so it can’t be all bad. Next up, ‘No Stone Unturned’ started off with a lick that was worthy of Thin Lizzy and continued with some nice vocal harmonies, despite a ‘vintage’ whiff about it. Tracy Byrd’s vocals don’t do a lot for me, but he does have a fair set of pipes on him.

Out of a total of eleven tracks, I didn’t dislike any of the songs, they were all listenable, with those worthy of further mention being the soaring ‘Break My Stride’ and the slightly dirty ‘Dissolution’.

Special mention goes to ‘You Stagnate’, which was worthy of Alice In Chains, or any other band that arose out of the dark ashes of the hair metal age at the start of the 90’s. In fact, I felt like I was listening to different albums at times, such were the style differences between some of the songs.

I liked this album; I feel that A Gathering Of None are competent musicians and having listened to some of their back catalogue, they are honing their craft as they go, album by album. It’s not an album I would listen to on repeat, but that’s just my choice. Take a listen yourself and make your own mind up; I suspect you’ll like it.

TRACK LISTING:
01 What For
02 No Stone Left Unturned
03 Break My Stride
04 Fabulous Mishap
05 You Stagnate
06 Reaching Out
07 Dissolution
08 Something You Should Know
09 Predatory Male
10 I Hope I’m Wrong
11 Move Along

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

https://www.instagram.com/agatheringofnone/
https://agatheringofnone.bandcamp.com/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeIEuZl2EvKKRkMakpH0yJw

 

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Drawn And Quartered – Hail Infernal Darkness

 

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Drawn And Quartered – Hail Infernal Darkness
Krucyator Productions
Release Date: 03/04/2018
Running Time: 36:46
Review by Dawn “The Metal Priestess” King
6/10

One of the things you cannot do as a reviewer (or at least you shouldn’t do!) is stay inside your comfort zone when it comes to music. Reviewing the same genre time and time again will make you unappreciative of the music and your reviews will all start to sound the same. (well, that’s my opinion of it anyway!)

So, being the thrash/power/traditional heavy metal fan that I am, I decided to take a huge leap out of my comfort zone and review a death metal album. But, before I tell you what I think of the album, I will give you a little history of the band.

Drawn And Quartered were originally formed over two and a half DECADES ago, in 1993, under the name of Plague Bearer. Since changing their name, this Seattle based band have earned themselves huge admiration from critiques and listeners alike because of their unconventional and dark structured song-writing.

Now, six highly acclaimed full-length releases and numerous demos and EP’s, show why their existence in the underground is invulnerable and indestructible, and they have mastered the influences of bands such as Immolation, Incantation, Morbid Angel and Autopsy in their own way.

Even their own publicity notes say they “push the boundaries of traditional death metal by infusing technically complex riffs, while retaining the dreadful and raw environs with dexterity.”

“Hail Infernal Darkness” was the band’s third full length album, originally released on CD by Moribund Records, in 2006, having been mixed and mastered by Jesse O’Donnell at The Autopsy Rooms. Now, for the very first time this timeless masterpiece has been released on 12″ vinyl format by Krucyator Productions.

So, as I said at the start of this review, I am completely out of my zone with this album as I am not a fan of death metal in anyway BUT having given this a few listen throughs, there are some positive points to the whole genre.

While the guitars are fast, and the drums are pounding, the music is anything but a noise. The guitarists are obviously very talented musicians as there is some great guitarwork hidden under all the speed and growling vocals and riffs galore punch you in the stomach so hard they reverberate around your very being from some time after the track has finished. The drummer, who also possesses a LOT of talent, must lose a gallon of sweat during a live performance as the drumming is so fast it’s any wonder he keeps up.

Death metal vocals have always been a bug-bear of mine, always preferring clean vocals no matter what the speed or ferocity of the music, and this album is no different. Some may argue it’s the vocals that make death metal what it is, but I don’t think anything in the world could make me change my mind.

Musically, I loved this album. Its fast, its intricate and its raw. This album is brutal for brutality’s sake, yet it is also very atmospheric. Darkness, death and extreme violence are images conjured up while listening to this and, although that could just be my overactive writer’s imagination kicking into play, with title tracks such as “Blind, Torture, Kill”, “Throne Of Desolation” and “Nightghoul of the Graveyards” I think this is precisely the reaction they were looking for.

Despite my limited death metal knowledge but relying on my intense research as I reviewed this, I think this will appeal to a lot of death metal fans. But don’t take my word for it, go and grab yourself a copy and see for yourself!

TRACK LIST
1. Procession of Pain
2. Genocide Advocacy
3. Hail Infernal Darkness
4. Blood of a Million Martyrs
5. Throne of Desolation
6. Suffer a Traitor’s Fate
7. Escape to Cremation
8. Bind, Torture, Kill
9. Nightghoul of the Graveyards

SOCIAL MEDIA
https://www.facebook.com/drawnandquartered
https://drawnandquartered1.bandcamp.com
http://krucyatorproductions.com

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Brothers of Metal – Prophecy Of Ragnarök

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Brothers of Metal – Prophecy Of Ragnarök
Label: AFM Records
Release Date: 16/11/2018
Running time: 51:23
Review by Lotty Whittingham
10/10

It was easy to regard them as Sweden’s best kept secret until now. Due to their recent signing to AFM Records, Brothers of Metal have re-released their mighty debut “Prophecy of Ragnarök”, potential warriors eager to hear the stories of their quest, and this album is a worthy quest of strength, power and determination.

It’s very rare nowadays to find an album that displays great anthems from start to finish but Brothers of Metal achieves this mighty feat. For any fans of Sabaton, Manowar and Powerwolf, I highly recommend this album to you, and after one listen, you will want to ride into battle with them.

The album doesn’t beat around the bush. It goes straight into battle with the song ‘The Death Of Light God’. The rapid drum beats and guitar riffs will make anyone want to get up, don their battle garments and charge. It gives you the first taste of what the band can give the listeners. It also gives a first taste of the vocal power between the singers. Ilva Eriksson’s vocal range covers a wide spectrum from powerful to sensitive, providing the perfect contrast to Joakim Lindbäck Eriksson’s roaring and rough vocals. Last but not least, there is Mats Nilsson, who provides the tongue of the gods. A great vocal technique that works in favour of these warriors.

It’s a given cliché to say there is something for everyone, yet that statement applies to this album. There is an eclectic selection of powerful songs that could all be anthems in their own right. From the sweeping ballad ‘Yggrasil’ to the merry shouts of ‘The Mead Song’, there is something to suit every mood under the sun. Noted, another cliché but it’s true!

‘Son Of Odin’ is as mighty as the track name itself. It starts off with a stately roar of thunder and the rest is just as grand. It’s a great song to go into battle with. The lyrical content is also fantastic, getting the balance of posing a threat and a light comic side spot on. The battle lyrics include “I am the son Odin, I bring lightning from the sky” and “Fire, blood and magic leaves me with a thirst”. The comical lyrics include “Loki is my brother, he has no sex appeal” and “I want to ride to battle, but now I’ve lost my horse.” Given this description, this mighty song is easily a favourite on the album.

No album is usually complete without a slow track and ‘Yggrasil’ provides the perfect calming down before heading into battle again. It’s a beautiful ballad that will bring Vikings and shieldmaidens together for some much-needed intimacy and contains a combination of powerful voices.

Fans of Viking Metal and all other sub genres alike now have a new party song, titled ‘The Mead Song’ and it will encourage non-stop partying and letting down of hair. Everything from the merry beats to the shouting chants screaming “MEAD” and “ANOTHER” will go down well with fans and new listeners alike. Theoretically, this song will go down a treat with those experiencing it live.

It ends on a triumphant note with the song ‘We Believe In Metal’. This song is a grand climax to the album, yet it still leaves you wanting more. With this re-release, it’s evident that 2019 will be the year Brothers Of Metal invade the airwaves and venues alike to spread their powerful message.

AXE TIME, SWORD TIME are the battle cries everyone will be hearing and chanting before you know it.

Tracklist:
1. The Death Of The God Of Light
2. Son Of Odin
3. Prophecy Of Ragnarök
4. Defenders Of Valhalla
5. Concerning Norns
6. Yggdrasil
7. Tyr
8. Siblings Of Metal
9. Gods Of War
10. Freya
11. The Mead Song
12. Sleipnir
13. Fire Blood And Steel
14. We Believe In Metal

Links:
https://www.facebook.com/brothersofmetalofficial/
https://www.instagram.com/brothersofmetalofficial/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjTRADohcFt4lKeVrd0Kuxg

 

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