Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Seether, LTNT & Sons of Texas Concert review Kentish Town Forum 16/10/2017

Sons of Texas
Photo credit: Nathan Kerridge-Porter

Ah Sunday once again! Is it the start of the week or the end? Either way, we all know work or school is only a short few hours away. So why not finish or start in with a head banging concert? 

Kentish Town is the setting, and the O2 forum the venue of choice, for a South African band to take centre stage. Some may remember tonight’s headliners as that lot that did something with that singer Amy Lee from Evanescence?” Well you’d be right, although that was 15 years ago. 

Anyway, Seether on the strength of tonight’s showing is not just that band who did that one song with Amy Lee. The South African’s can bring it and bring it fucking hard. 

OK, so Seether did not come alone for their UK leg of the tour. The festivities kick off with `Sons of Texas` (7) whose infectious Texan grooves almost Pantera like in their tone, do eventually warm the emerging swarm of black clad masses into a frenzy, their patience and determination shine through to get the crowd into gear for tonight’s next attraction.

The same unfortunately cannot be said about LTNT (5) whose wacky visuals and especially amusing use of opening music, seem to get the crowd somewhat interested. Regrettably, the rest of LTNT’s set does not do the band any justice. Perhaps, it’s a case of wrong time and place, yet the band just do not seem to hit the spot until whether out of sheer frustration or a what the hell moment when LTNT’s front-man decides to smash one of his guitars up, which certainly got a huge cheer from tonight’s very patient crowd. 

Seether
Photo Credit: Nathan Kerridge-Porter

Finally, on to tonight’s headliners, Seether (9) who tonight very assuredly show off their crowd pleasing chops. 

Seether has never really been at the forefront of any emerging scene or leaders of any musical movement yet they’ve received enough airplay and TV play over the years to garner a decent following to headline the Forum. They are above all else crowd pleasers and crowd beaters, songs like `Fake It` and the rip roaring `Remedy` really picks up the crowd from its previous lull into a full frenzy, occupied with the art of moshing and belting back lyrics louder than the band’s PA.

Of course, they played ` Broken`, which without Amy Lee as the added vocalist is definitely a little shall we say different however the band have probably played this song a million time in this way, but it gives the song a diverse flavour and it goes down well. Plus it’s always strange peering down and seeing what was once a writhing sea of sweat be transformed into a choir although yeah the choir is still full of sweat but doesn’t it sound pleasant. 

Overall a strange mix of bands but all showcasing different aspects from our beloved genre spanning music known as Hard Rock, above all it was Seether’s night and boy did they kick us into the new week! 

Bands online:
Sons of Texas

LTNT

Seether

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

ARCH ENEMY debut new music video for "The Race"


Having just completed a successful run of dates across Eastern Europe on the "Will To Power International Tour", extreme metal giants ARCH ENEMY are back with another ripping single from their recently released album, "Will To Power", with the music video single for "The Race".

Founding member Michael Amott commented:
 "This was actually the last song written for the 'Will To Power' album. Listening through all the material we had up to that point we agreed that the album needed one more song that would be a relentless and fast paced counterpoint to some of the more epic compositions we already had. We sent Alissa the music and she came up with a thought provoking set of lyrics with an intense vocal arrangement that complemented the music perfectly. We've been having a blast playing this song on the current tour and we had our video director Patric Ullaeus come out to capture the mayhem at our recent show in Helsinki, Finland... Enjoy 'The Race'!"

Watch "The Race" streaming below or here: 

ARCH ENEMY will bring their "utterly enchanting melodies and savage riffs" (Metal Injection), to audiences across North America later this month as they join Trivium for a co-headlining tour from October 27 to December 6 featuring support from While She Sleeps and Fit For An Autopsy. The band will continue to spread their power in early 2018 as they have announced a Winter tour with Wintersun, Tribulation and Jinjer across Western Europe. Full dates can be found listed below. Tickets are available at www.archenemy.net

ARCH ENEMY live

ARCH ENEMY “Will To Power Tour 2018” w/ Wintersun, Tribulation & Jinjer
12.01.2018 Munich (Germany) - Tonhalle
13.01.2018 Stuttgart (Germany) - LKA Longhorn
14.01.2018 Prague (Czech Republic) - Forum Karlin
15.01.2018 Zurich (Switzerland) - Komplex
17.01.2018 Milano (Italy) - Alcatraz
18.01.2018 Lyon (France) - Transbordeur
19.01.2018 Barcelona (Spain) - Razzmatazz
20.01.2018 Madrid (Spain) - La Riviera
22.01.2018 Toulouse (France) - Le Bikini
23.01.2018 Paris (France) - Bataclan
24.01.2018 Antwerp (Antwerp) - Trix
26.01.2018 Oberhausen (Germany) - Turbinenhalle
27.01.2018 Geiselwind (Germany) - Music Hall
28.01.2018 Tilburg (Netherlands) - O13
29.01.2018 Hamburg (Germany) - Große Freiheit
31.01.2018 Malmö (Sweden) - KB
01.02.2018 Oslo (Norway) - Rockefeller
02.02.2018 Stockholm (Sweden) - Arenan
03.02.2018 Gothenburg (Sweden) - Trädgarn
05.02.2018 Berlin (Germany) - Huxleys
06.02.2018 Wiesbaden (Germany) - Schlachthof
07.02.2018 Saarbrücken (Germany) - Garage
09.02.2018 Glasgow (UK) - ABC*
10.02.2018 Nottingham (UK) - Rock City*
11.02.2018 London (UK) - Koko*
13.02.2018 Manchester (UK) - Ritz*
14.02.2018 Bristol (UK) - Academy*

*without Jinjer

Tickets for all shows are available here: http://www.archenemy.net

ARCH ENEMY online 

NECROPHOBIC announce New 2018 Studio Album


Swedish satanic sacrificers NECROPHOBIC have announced the release of their yet untitled eighth studio album for 23 February 2018 via Century Media Records.

NECROPHOBIC are currently in the studio to continue their journey along the dark path they have chosen with their recently released “Pesta” EP - they will never bow down, never betray the cause, and will always stay true to the vision of ancient northern evilness.

Prepare for true satanic death metal!

NECROPHOBIC line-up:
Anders Strokirk – vocals
Sebastian Ramstedt – guitars
Johan Bergebäck – guitars
Alex Friberg – bass
Joakim Sterner – drums

NECROPHOBIC online:

Saturday, 14 October 2017

HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD release new video for "We Own The Night"


Hollywood Undead have just released “We Own The Night,” the fourth track/video from their upcoming album FIVE.

Watch the new clip here:

Hollywood Undead’s first three videos from FIVE have now amassed over 10 million combined views.

You can watch “California Dreaming” here: http://smarturl.it/CaliforniaDreamingV

“Whatever It Takes” here: http://smarturl.it/WhateverItTakesVEVO

& “Renegade” here: http://smarturl.it/RenegadeVevo

The band are currently in the middle of a North American tour in support of FIVE. Tickets and VIP Packages for all shows are on sale now. For all U.S. headline shows, Butcher Babies will serve as direct support. European dates will begin on January 24th in Glasgow, UK at the O2 Academy.

The number five holds a deep significance. We have five senses. Five points adorn a star. Five represents man in theology. For the five members of Hollywood Undead—Johnny 3 Tears, J-Dog, Charlie Scene, Funny Man, and Danny—the digit perfectly encapsulates their fifth full-length offering—FIVE [Dove & Grenade Media/BMG] out October 27th. Fans can pre-order the new album from here: http://smarturl.it/HUFive

“We’re five brothers, and this is our fifth record,” affirms Johnny 3 Tears. “Nothing gets to the essence of the music like this number does. Numerology has a lot of power. When we said Five, it just made sense. The fact that we could all agree on one word codifies who we are. It also nods back to ‘No. 5’ from our first album, because it was our fifth song. Moreover, it hints at this secret society of fans supporting us for the past decade. The number is significant, and this is a significant moment for us.”

Known for atomic live performances, the quintet regularly sells out shows around the world from Massachusetts and Miami to Moscow and Manchester. They’ve toured alongside the likes of Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, and Stone Sour in addition to notching features from Billboard, Rolling Stone, Alternative Press, Revolver, and more. 

HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD 2018 UK TOUR
24 Jan - Glasgow, O2 Academy Glasgow
25 Jan - Manchester, Manchester Academy
26 Jan - Birmingham, O2 Academy Birmingham 
27 Jan - Norwich, The LCR - UEA
29 Jan - London, Koko
30 Jan - London, Koko *SOLD OUT*

To stay current on all things Hollywood Undead be sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or their official site.

BEAST IN BLACK release 'Beast In Black' lyric video!


International heavy metallers BEAST IN BLACK will unleash their debut album Berserker, in three weeks via Nuclear Blast Records. To give their fans another musical taster of what to expect from this 10-track power package, the band founded by BATTLE BEAST guitarist Anton Kabanen have launched a lyric video for 'Beast In Black', over on YouTube. Based on a picture by Anato Finnstark / Finnstark Illustration, the clip perfectly underlines the energy of the album's opening track. 

Check it out now: 

Anton commented:
"As well as the band name, this track was inspired by a character from the 'Berserk' manga. Though the lyrics are directly connected to that character they are also speaking in metaphors about something personal. It's one of the most powerful songs on the album and Kasperi's guitar solo in this one is probably the best one on the whole album!"

Pre-order Berserker now in various formats: http://www.beastinblack.com/

More on Beserker:

Berserker - Track Listing:
01. Beast In Black
02. Blind And Frozen
03. Blood Of A Lion
04. Born Again
05. Zodd The Immortal
06. The Fifth Angel
07. Crazy, Mad, Insane
08. Hell For All Eternity (Bonus Track- DIGI only)
09. Eternal Fire
10. Go To Hell (Bonus Track- DIGI only)
11. End Of The World
12. Ghost In The Rain

The five-piece, Helsinki based heavy metal band BEAST IN BLACK was founded by Anton Kabanen soon after he had parted ways with BATTLE BEAST in 2015. By the end of 2015 the band had played their first gig, as the opening act for NIGHTWISH.

Berserker was produced by Anton in his Sound Quest Studio. Its cover artwork marks the return of the collaboration between Anton and Roman Ismailov who was the original illustrator and graphic artist for BATTLE BEAST.

Berserker maintains the style of Anton's previously composed works which include the first three BATTLE BEAST albums. Influenced by 80’s metal bands such as JUDAS PRIEST, MANOWAR, W.A.S.P., BLACK SABBATH and ACCEPT, the record is nothing but a great heavy metal album. "It’s very straightforward, catchy and powerful and occasionally mixed with some symphonic influences," Anton adds. Lyrically, Kabanen also continues his previous style: "Many songs such as the title track, 'Beast In Black', and 'Zodd The Immortal', are strongly influenced by the Japanese manga and anime »Berserk«."

BEAST IN BLACK is:
Yannis Papadopoulos | vocals
Mate Molnar | bass
Sami Hänninen | drums
Kasperi Heikkinen | guitars
Anton Kabanen | guitars, vocals

More info:

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HELLOWEEN reveal 'Pumpkins United' single + lyric video; 10" pre-order live!


Earlier this year German Power Metal legends HELLOWEEN announced that they would be reuniting with former members Kai Hansen (guitar) and Michael Kiske (vocals) for a World Tour under the banner of “Pumpkins United”. It would mean bringing together the classic line-up of the band that recorded the seminal ‘Keeper Of The Seven Keys Parts 1 & 2’ albums (1987/88).

HELLOWEEN’s upcoming Pumpkins United World Tour will be nothing short of incredible. The super-tour, with plenty of dates being sold out for a while now, will be witnessed by more than 10,000 fans in Mexico City, 16,000 Brazilians rocking out in São Paulo, 9,000 fans in Santiago de Chile while in Stuttgart there'll be 6,000. In Milan, 8,000 Pumpkinheads eagerly await the arrival of the tour and finally – the ultimate mayhem in Prague with 12,000 tickets sold as well as in Madrid where, believe it or not, 14,000 Spanish Pumpkinheads will gather for this special show.

The news doesn’t stop there. The band, whilst busy in their rehearsal room have also written and recorded an exclusive song together. The aptly titled track 'Pumpkins United' blends everything that has made this band world-famous and a true trailblazer of an own sub genre: power guitar riffs, three-part guitar solos, double bass thunderstorms, and melodic choruses soaring above all else. The track is also performed by all three singers of the band's history - a dream hardly anyone thought would come true and as a thank you to all fans for a quarter of a century of HELLOWEEN mania and decades of loyalty, 'Pumpkins United' will be available via helloween.org from October 13 as a FREE DOWNLOAD!

Watch the 'Pumpkins United' lyric video, here: 

Pre-order the 10" vinyl single now (release: December 8th, 2017): http://nblast.de/PumpkinsUnited

Pumpkins United World Tour 2017/18
19.10. MEX Monterrey - Escena *SOLD OUT*
21.10. MEX Mexico City - Arena Ciudad de Mexico
23.10. CR San Jose - BN Arena
25.10. CO Bogotá - Gran Carpa Américas
28.10. BR São Paulo - Espaço das Américas *SOLD OUT*
29.10. BR São Paulo - Espaço das Américas
31.10. BR Porto Alegre - Pepsi on Stage
02.11. RA Buenos Aires - Luna Park
03.11. RCH Santiago - Teatro Caupolican *SOLD OUT*
05.11. RCH Santiago - Teatro Caupolican *SOLD OUT*
10.11. CH Zurich - Samsung Hall
11.11. D Stuttgart - Porsche Arena *SOLD OUT*
12.11. D Munich - Zenith
14.11. UK London - o2 Brixton Academy
15.11. F Paris - Zenith
18.11. I Milan - Mediolanum Forum
20.11. NL Tilburg - 013 Poppodium
24.11. D Bochum - Ruhrcongress *SOLD OUT*
25.11. CZ Prague - Tipsport Arena
26.11. SK Bratislava - Aegon Arena
28.11. PL Warsaw - Hala Kolo
30.11. FIN Helsinki - Black Box *SOLD OUT*
02.12. S Gothenburg - Partille Arena
04.12. D Berlin - Tempodrom
09.12. E Madrid - Wizink Center
14.12. BG Sofia - Arena Armeec
15.12. RO Bucharest - Romexpo

16.03. J Tokyo - EX Theater Roppongi
18.03. J Sapporo - Zepp
21.03. J Osaka - Zepp Bayside
23.03. J Tokyo - Zepp
24.03. J Tokyo - Zepp
25.03. J Nagoya - Zepp

07.04. RUS Moscow - Stadium
09.04. UA Kiev - Dvorets Sporta

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