Trivium: Share our albums online

By Elric on 5:45 PM on 29 April 2009

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There are bands who are against illegal music downloading but there are also bands who understand that music sharing can make their music available to a wider base of fans and in the long run this is beneficial for both the fans and the band.

Trivium frontman Matt Heafy has urged fans to spread their music around the internet.

"Let's recreate the 'tape trade' virally," he said in an online statement. "Grab those CDs, rip them, copy them, compile them, cut out the shit you don't like!"

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Eluveitie - Evocation I: The Arcane Dominion (2009)

By Elric on 2:58 PM on 20 April 2009

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When I learned that Eluveitie are recording their new album I was really excited. And how cannot be. I saw them live recently as a support act to Kreator and they kicked some serious ass while their previous album Slania was amazing. In addition I had already heard Omnos which was a real good appetizer.


Evocation I: The Arcane Dominion is an acoustic album that has nothing to do with their previous works. Don’t expect to hear any drums, electrics guitars or the brutal vocals of Ghrigel Glanzmann. In this album Eluveitie explore the different sides of European folk/pagan music. They succeed to create a very nice, and sometimes dark, atmosphere. However, this is, probably, the only positive element of Evocation I: The Arcane Dominion.

After a short intro, the album starts with Britcom, an interesting and cheerful song ala Folkearth style (when they play acoustic). And then…nothing. Indifferent songs comes one after the other. A lot of instrumentals or whispering vocal based songs (Carnutian Forest, The Cauldron Of Renascence). I had to wait until the 8th song to hear something worthy (Omnos) which is with difference the best song of the album. However, the rest of the song are equally indifferent as the first ones with exceptions of Memento, Voves in Mori and Ne Regv Na

In general I was totally disappointed by Evocation I: The Arcane Dominion. I think that it has nothing to offer to a metal fan. Even if it has its moments in the end I was tired-out! On the other hand if someone likes to listen to only folk/pagan music then I guess he will find Evocation I: The Arcane Dominion a really interesting album. But still ,I would prefer the works of Folkearth or Haggard.

The entire
Evocation I: The Arcane Dominion can be streamed in Eluveitie's MySpace page.


Rating: 50/100


The Band

  • Chrigel Glanzmann – Vocals, mandola, guitar, gaita, etc.
  • Meri Tadic – Fiddle, Vocals
  • Anna Murphy – hurdy-gurdy, vocals
  • Pade Kistler – gaita, bagpigpe
  • Kay Brem – Bass
  • Ivo Henzi – Guitar
  • Simeon Koch – Guitar
  • Merlin Sutter – Drums


Tracklist

01. Sacrapos - At First Glance
02. Brictom
03. A Girls Oath
04. The Arcane Dominion
05. Within The Grove
06. The Cauldron Of Renascence
07. Nata
08. Omnos
09. Carnutian Forest
10. Dessumiis Luge
11. Gobanno


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Necronomicon - The Time Is Now - Video

By Elric on 11:49 PM on 19 April 2009

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"The Time is Now", the new video from Quebec's black/death metal trio Necronomicon, can be viewed below.

"The Time is Now" comes off Necronomicon's new album, "Return of the Witch", which was recently mastered with reputed engineer Maor Appelbaum.

The band previously stated that the follow-up to 2003's "The Sacred Medicines" would "probably be the fastest and most brutal" CD the group has released thus far.

Other songtitles set to appear on the album include "Into the Fire", "Alpha Omega", "The Awakening", and "Return of the Witch".






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Eluveitie - Omnos - Video

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Here is the music video from the brand new Eluveitie album Evocation I: The Arcane Dominion. Unlike previous from Eluveitie, Evocation I: The Arcane Dominion is an acoustic album. Below you watch their new video from the song Omnos.






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Exilia - Are You Breathing? - Video

By Elric on 7:14 PM on 15 April 2009

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"Are You Breathing?", the new video from the Italian female-fronted quartet Exilia, can be viewed below. The clip was shot on December 17, 2008 with director Tobias Dannappel. The song comes off the band's new album, "My Own Army", which was released on February 20 via AFM Records.


The CD was recorded at Principal Studios in Ottmarsbocholt (near Munster), Germany. Ill Nino drummer Dave Chavarri joined the band in the studio to produce a selection of songs and Ill Nino singer Cristian Machado contributes guest vocals.




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Corroded - Time and Again - Video

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"Time and Again", the new video from Swedish post-grunge heavy rockers Corroded, can be viewed below. The clip was filmed and edited by Chris Rehn (Angtoria).


"Time and Again" comes off Corroded's new album, "11 Shades of Black", which is scheduled for release in Sweden on May 13 via Ninetone Records. The CD was produced by Swedish multi-platinum-selling producer Patrik Frisk. Release dates for the rest of Europe, Japan and U.S. will soon be announced.

Corroded's musical style is described by press as "heavy aggressive rock peppered with a taste of grunge."

For more information, visit the band's MySpace page.




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Khors - Red Mirrors - Video

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"Red Mirrors", the new video from Ukrainian black metallers Khors, can be viewed below. The song comes off the band's third album, "Mysticism", which was released in December via Paragon Records.

Formed by former Astrofaes bassist Khorus, and later joined by Helg (Runes of Dianecht) and Khaoth (Tessarct, ex-Astrofaes, ex-Hate Forest)
(Why all black metal bands have names like that?), Khors plays black metal in the Ukrainian style that combines a somber atmosphere with rich melodies.

"Mysticism" was issued in a deluxe digipack and also features bonus live video tracks.

The track listing is as follows:

01. Through the Rays of Fading Moon
02. Raven's Dance
03. Milk of Heavens
04. Winterfall
05. In the Cold Embrace of Mist
06. Pagan Scars
07. Mysticism
08. Red Mirrors

For more information, visit www.myspace.com/khorspagan.




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The Gathering New Songs Availiable For Streaming

By Elric on 5:16 PM on 14 April 2009

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Dutch rock outfit The Gathering has confirmed a couple of "try-out" gigs prior to the start of the festival season in June. The group's schedule is shaping up as follows:

Jun. 19 - De Nieuwe Nor - Heerlen, NETH
Jun. 20 - P3 - Purmerend, NETH
Jun. 26 - Graspop Metal Meeting - Dessel, BEL
Jul. 17 - Amphi Festival - Cologne, GER
Aug. 01 - Sazavafest - (near Prague) , CZR
Aug. 07 - Alliance Fest - Aveiro, POR


The fourth new track from The Gathering, entitled "No Bird Call", is available for streaming on the band's official webshop. The track comes off the The Gathering's long-awaited new album, "The West Pole", which is scheduled for release in North America on June 2 via Season of Mist. The CD will be issued in most of Europe on May 4 via the band's own label, Psychonaut Records. More information is available here.

"The West Pole" will mark the recording debut of The Gathering's new singer, Silje Wergeland from the Norwegian band Octavia Sperati. Drummer Hans Rutten says, "Silje has been the singer of Octavia Sperati for eight years, including several other projects. She did a superb job. This album also includes two very talented guest singers: the Dutch Anne van den Hoogen and Mexican Marcela Bovio (from Stream Of Passion), and some other guest musicians."

Hans continued, "What can we say about 'The West Pole'? It's a very vital, atmospheric and extravert rock orientated album, with all the quality and power The Gathering is so famous for, also with many new elements. The sound is guitar driven, alive and urgent; a strong and beautifully coloured album with haunting female vocals. It's produced by guitar player Rene Rutten and mixed and mastered by Zlaya Hadzich (who also did the production of 'Souvenirs') and Rene."

"The West Pole" track listing:

01. When Trust Becomes Sound
02. Treasure
03. All You Are
04. You Promised Me A Symphony
05. The West Pole
06. Capital Of Nowhere
07. No Bird Call
08. Pale Traces
09. No One Spoke
10. Constant Run

The songs "All You Are", "Treasure" and "The West Pole" are available for streaming on The Gathering's MySpace page.

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Voivod New Album Infini Info

By Elric on 7:39 PM on 13 April 2009

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Canadian metal legends Voivod have set set "Infini" as the title of their final album, due in North America in early July via Relapse Records and Germany on June 12 through Nuclear Blast (the rest of Europe is expected to receive the CD on June 15).

Regarding the album title, Voivod drummer Michel "Away" Langevin said, "There were many titles thrown around, but I thought of 'Infini' and everybody liked it. Also, it looks great in sci-fi fonts."

The track listing for the CD is as follows:

01. God Phones
02. From The Cave
03. Earthache
04. Global Warning
05. A Room With A V.U.
06. Destroy After Reading
07. Treasure Chase
08. Krap Radio
09. In Orbit
10. Deathproof
11. Pyramidome
12. Morpheus
13. Volcano

Total running time: 57:57

The follow-up to 2006's "Katorz" will mark the second album in the band's 20-plus-year career that did not feature founding guitarist Denis "Piggy" D'Amour working alongside his bandmembers in the studio.

Former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted is still very much part of the Voivod family and he did lay down all the bass tracks on the new record. However, he is unable to perform live at this point.

Voivod won the "Best Metal/Hardcore Album" award for "Katorz" in September 2007 at the annual Quebec Independent Music Awards (GAMIQ) in Montreal, Quebec.



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Primal Fear New Album 16.6 Info

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Frontiers Records proudly announces the release of Primal Fear new studio album 16.6 (Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead) on May 22nd, in Europe and June 9th in the USA.

Anticipated by a successful listening session held in Cologne, Germany, attended by the cream of the European Metal press, the new album is about to bring back Primal Fear, to the throne of Heavy Metal.


16.6 is easily the most powerful, ambitious and interesting album in the band’s history. The vibe of songs like the opening track “Riding The Eagle”, “Killbound” or “Under The Radar” are reminiscent of the “Nuclear Fire” album but the whole album features all the trademarks of the Primal Fear sound a the total dedication to pure Metal. There is also a new approach mixed with the trademark PF riffs in tracks like ,“Six Times Dead (16.6)”, “Soar”, “Smith & Wesson” as well as the epic stories, consummate musicianship, courage and fantastic melodies in songs like “Black Rain”, “No Smoke Without Fire”, “Torn” and the stylistically new ballad “Hands Of Time” with 4 band members all sharing the lead-vocals.

“Our target was to write and produce the most diverse and interesting album in the history of Primal Fear and combine our past with the future” says Mat Sinner. ”The result went truly beyond our expectations and it will be a huge challenge to play these new songs on stage ! The entire band is very proud of 16.6 and we hope all our old and even new fans will be totally satisfied!”

The album was recorded the House Of Music studios with engineer Dennis Ward, mixing engineer Achim Koehler and producer Mat Sinner.

16.6 tracklisting :

01. Before the Devil Knows You`re Dead
02. Riding the Eagle
03. Six Times Dead (16.6)
04. Black Rain
05. Under the Radar
06. 5.0 /Torn
07. Soar
08. Killbound
09. No Smoke Without Fire
10. Night after Night
11. Smith & Wesson
12. The Exorcist
13. Hands of Time

The first pressing limited edition in digipak will include two exclusive bonus-tracks:
14. Cry Havoc
15. Scream

Plus a multimedia videoclip of Six Times Dead (16.6)

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My Dying Bride Tour Dates

By Elric on 2:01 PM on 01 April 2009

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My Dying Bride have announced the following European shows & festival appearances for the coming months in support of their newly released doom metal opus, For Lies I Sire - currently making waves across the metal world.

For Lies I Sire was released on Peaceville Records on March 23rd as a special edition CD version, containing a guitar tablature booklet & plectrum, alongside the standard version of the album.


MAY 2009

Fri 29 LEIPZIG WAVE GOTIK TREFFEN, Germany

JUNE 2009

Sun 28 HELSINKI TUSKA FESTIVAL, Finland

JULY 2009

Sat 04 EINDHOVEN, EFFENAAR, Holland
Sun 05 LÖBNITZ WITH FULL FORCE, Germany
Mon 06 NÜRNBERG, HIRSCH, Germany
Tue 07 TOLMIN METALCAMP, Slovenia
Thu 09 PÉCS, ROCKMARATON festival, Hungary
Fri 10 NOVI SAD EXIT FESTIVAL, Serbia
Fri 17 SIBIU ARTMANIA FESTIVAL, Romania

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