Monthly Archives: July 2017

Eluveitie - Evocation II - Pantheon - Artwork

Year: 2017

Label: Nuclear Blast

Track Listing:

  1. Dvressu
  2. Epona
  3. Svcellos II (Sequel)
  4. Nantosvelta
  5. Tovtatis
  6. Lvgvs
  7. Grannos
  8. Cernvnnos
  9. Catrvix
  10. Artio
  11. Aventia
  12. Ogmios
  13. Esvs
  14. Antvmnos
  15. Tarvos II (Sequel)
  16. Belenos
  17. Taranis
  18. Nemeton

Subculture Entertainment Eluveitie:  Evocation II: Pantheon Review:

It’s not many bands that can boast that their latest album is 2,000 years in the making… nor can many say that their album had to have the help of scientists and history professors when it came to the lyric writing – but that is exactly what has happened with Swiss Folk Metal masters Eluveitie. While putting together an album that meant spending countless hours with professors of language and the like sounds like an ordeal upon itself the band also had to deal with the fact that three members had left the band to form Cellar Darling while five new members joined the band (four were returning after a brief hiatus) including a new clean vocalist Fabienne Erni.

Fans of Eluveitie at their most extreme should be warned that Evocation II: Pantheon does fall more on the side of folk than does to metal – largely due to the fact that the band have chosen to not only record the album in the Gaulish language but also because they have chosen to record with the instruments that were around 2000 years ago. The result is folk music written as it was intended but with the power of a metal band… and it is one of the best things I have heard all year.

The emotions that Eluveitie manage to conjure up during this album really does show that true emotion in music comes through the music itself and not through any digital enhancements that can be done using computers and such. The atmospheric feel of tracks like ‘Belenos’ show the true skills of Eluveitie, while the infusion of a true tribal and haunting feel of ‘Catvrix’ and ‘Esvs’ is a true beauty that will stick with the listener.

The metal grunt of Eluveitie comes to the fore with the faster paced tracks – ‘Lvgvs,’ ‘Taranis,’ ‘Nantosvelta’ and ‘Cemvnnos’ – but is the fact that slower tracks – ‘Artio,’ ‘Aventio’ and ‘Antvmnos’ – work alongside other tracks of spoken word that really show that Evocation II: Pantheon truly captures its audience. Of course the most amazing track on this album is lead single ‘Epona’ which for me is one of the best songs of 2017, the instrumentals behind it are amazing while on the album it serves as a great introduction to the vocals of Fabienne Erni. Her amazing voice really comes through on the track and throughout the album you are constantly reminded of what she know brings to the future of Eluveitie.

Evocation II: Pantheon is truly a masterpiece. Close your eyes while listening to this album and you are transported back to the Celtic times of 2000 years ago. There is a power in the music here that is rare in modern day music. Eluveitie have created a work of art with this stunningly beautiful album.

 

 

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Thy Art Is Murder - Dear Desolation - Artwork

Year: 2017

Label: Nuclear Blast

Track Listing:

  1. Slaves Beyond Death
  2. The Son Of Misery
  3. Puppet Master
  4. Dear Desolation
  5. Death Dealer
  6. Man Is The Enemy
  7. The Skin Of The Serpant
  8. Fire In The Sky
  9. Into Chaos We Climb
  10. The Final Curtain

Subculture Entertainment Thy Art Is Murder:  Dear Desolation Review:

Take a bow Thy Art Is Murder because you boys have delivered one of the most brutal albums of 2017. I could use all the traditional clichés when it come to talking about Dear Desolation – it’s in your face, it’s the kind of album that your Mum doesn’t want you to listen to yada yada – but really this album is a lot more than that. Yes it’s brutal, yes it’s in-your-face but an album this unrelenting is extremely rare.

Opening track ‘Slaves Beyond Death’ doesn’t just start playing when you hit play this bloody thing erupts and explodes from your speakers. The drumming work of Lee Stanton is off the scale and when CJ McMahon’s (welcome back to the fold, mate) suddenly hit this album goes to a whole new level. ‘The Son Of Misery’ is a wall of sound that shows that Thy Art Is Murder is a band that just continually keeps pushing the boundaries while McMahon’s vocals on the title track drift from deathcore through to manic growls.

The early instrumentals of ‘Death Dealer’ build like an air raid siren before launching into the best track of the album which has a real feel of tribal cries while that tribal sound returns on ‘Into Chaos We Climb’ which also features some fine melodic guitar sounds from Andy Marshthat sweep through the track from time to time. Marsh’s work also makes ‘The Final Curtain’ a stand-out as everything comes together while the guitars soar above them all.

The wall-of-sound element that Thy Art Is Murder manage to achieve with Dear Desolation is nothing short of amazing. The sheer brutality of tracks like ‘Man Is The Enemy’ is rare while the creativity that allows the band to let ‘The Skin Of The Serpent’ and ‘Fire In The Sky’ just build and build until they reach new epic heights of deathcore separates this band from the pretenders once and for all.

Dear Desolation is the pinnacle of deathcore music. While people in the past have compared Thy Art Is Murder with bands like Behemoth and Cannibal Corpse this album plants them in that exclusive club right beside them.
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Don Broco

DON BROCO have released their brand new single ‘Technology’, out now through SharpTone Records. ‘Technology’ is another huge rock anthem from the Bedford four-piece, with hard-hitting riffs and massive choruses. The single premiered on the BBC Radio 1 Rock Show, receiving its first play from Frank Carter who sat in for Dan P Carter.

Regarding the single frontman Rob Damiani says, “‘Technology’ is about a casual swipe through Instagram that ended up in me unfollowing a load of mates. In reality my friends are not vain, self obsessed, PDA loving show offs so I’m blaming social media and the habitual nature of sharing every waking moment of your life online.”

The out-of-this-world video accompanying the track focuses on the band through the point of view of a social media-scrolling smartphone, as DON BROCO play a show during a catastrophic alien invasion, to the oblivious attention of the smartphone owner… until their own untimely demise. It is genuinely unlike anything you’ve seen before!

Speaking about the video Rob continues, “We’re all addicted to our phones, so for the video we thought it would be fun to see if an alien invasion was enough for us to put the phones down for a minute… turns out it’s not. In the video game you get to fight off the alien army as each band member and I shoot microphones out my hands which is pretty awesome.”

Fans will be able to immerse themselves in the ‘Technology’ experience with the interactive release of Technology – The Video Game through www.donbroco.com and the IOS and Android app stores. The platform game, reminiscent of Super Mario or Megaman, will allow fans to play as DON BROCO’s Rob Damiani (vocals), Matt Donnelly (drums), Simon Delaney (guitar) or Tom Doyle (bass) as they fight their way out of Alexandra Palace and into the streets of London while shooting invading aliens.

Alexandra Palace will be the scene of DON BROCO’s biggest headline show to date on November 11th. The band are proud to announce their recent US touring partners STATE CHAMPS and London quintet COUNTERFEIT as the support acts.

Their performance at this iconic venue sees DON BROCO truly taking a step into the big league, as they continue to cement themselves as one of the most exciting and adventurous rock bands in the UK right now.

For more information contact John Howarth riotman@bigpond.com

Since 2015’s Top 10 album »Automatic« propelled the band to mainstream consciousness, DON BROCO have forged a unique path. Having headlined Brixton Academy and played arenas throughout the UK and Europe with both BRING ME THE HORIZON and 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER, the band signed a brand new, worldwide deal with leading US independent label SharpTone Records.

This led to the release of the 2016 single ‘Everybody’ and a sold-out headline tour of the UK where they played consecutive nights in ten cities, performing both »Automatic« and their debut album Priorities in full.

In February 2017 DON BROCO spread their wings beyond their European fanbase and headed over to Osaka for two arena shows with Japanese superstars ONE OK ROCK, and in April toured the United States for the first time in support of STATE CHAMPS. They followed these shows by performing as the main support at Slam Dunk Festivals in the UK and the release of ‘Pretty’, the first single from their upcoming third album… which will also feature ‘Technology’ and ‘Everybody’.

 

Technology by Don Broco on VEVO.

Wind River_Prize Pack_Admit2+DVD

Thanks to our good friends at Icon Films we have a very special Fight For Survival pack to giveaway to celebrate the release of Wind River in cinemas on August 10th.

The pack contains a double pass to go and see Wind River (starring Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen) and DVD copies of Beasts Of The Southern Wild, Crash, Once Were Warriors, Edge Of Darkness, The Captive and The Grey.

To win simply go to our Facebook page or our Twitter page and tell us in a private message what your favourite Jeremy Renner movie is.

 

Gravemind Tour

Early July saw Melbourne Deathcore outfit Gravemind unveil that they were behind mystery website thedeathgate.com. The site countdown eventually revealed that their EP ‘The Deathgate’ will be released on Friday August 11 (Pre-Orders here).

Today, they are rolling out second single from the EP, Echo, which continues the story of the astronaut who journeyed through The Deathgate. The track also features band-of-the-minute Alpha Wolf‘s Aidan Ellaz on guest vocals.

They also are revealing their EP release tour, which sees them heading out on a three date jaunt in Brisbane, Melbourne and Launceston that brings along fellow Deathcore crew Blind Oraclefor the Brisbane and Melbourne shows.

First single from The Deathgate, Anaesthesia, has been received well by the heavy music world, with it being played upwards of 20000 times on Spotify and Youtube alike – and being added to both the US Spotify playlist Deathcore and Australian spotify playlist Homegrown and Heavy.

Punters can look forward to seeing Gravemind on tour, having developed their sound and bone-rattling live show in shows with bands such as ArchitectsHouse Vs HurricaneI Killed the Prom QueenKing ParrotHollow World, Iconoclast, A Night in Texas and Justice for the Damned.

Gravemind’s EP ‘The Deathgate’ will be released on Friday August 11 - pre-orders open now. Singles ‘Anaesthesia’ and ‘Echo’ are available now in iTunes and Spotify and all online retailers.

Melbourne’s Acolyte have been on a meteoric rise in the past 12 months. The release of their ‘Shades of Black’ EP saw them support Twelve Foot Ninja, tour Australia in support of the record and begin to really dominate the prog/rock scene in Melbourne.

Of the record, AAA Backstage said, “[Shades of Black] feels more like a listening experience than just an album” and Heavy Mag called it “Mightily impressive”, while on the live side of things, The Music called Acolyte “…a hard rock outfit brimming with confidence”, Rogue Inc posited that Acolyte are “…the next big thing in the magical world of prog” and Heavy Mag states that they “…definitely proved to not only myself, but the entire crowd that they are one band in particular that we all need to keep an eye on, as I see big things for Acolyte in the future.” With all that positivity out there in the world, it’s time that they hit the road in support of the final single to be released from that EP.

Today, they are unleashing an 8-minute, epic prog masterpiece filmclip, set in desert dunes and featuring the mesmerising vocals of Morgan-Leigh Brown and an undulating, light and shade track that showcases all the talents of the musicians within for SPACE AND TIME and announcing that throughout September to November, they will be touring it to Adelaide, Mount Gambier, Canberra, Newcastle, Sydney, Warrnambool and Melbourne. This will be the last of the album cycle for “Shades of Black” before the band releases new music in 2018 – so get in at the ground level before this prog starship takes off….

Acolyte recorded what became “Shades of Black” in November 2014 with award winning Australian Producer Ben Ehrenberg (Shihad, Calling all Cars). The result of the sessions are sprawling, vast, epic and peppered with incredible vocal runs and instrumental pieces and resulted in their album release in August 2016. Space and Time is the final track on “Shades of Black”.

Space and Time is out now in all good digital outlets and tickets are on sale now at acolyte.com.au.

 

Acolyte Tour

NE OBLIVISCARIS frontman Tim Charles comments on Intra Venus on behalf of the band: “After almost three years of honing our craft in every way that we possibly could, we finally present to you the first track from an album of which we could not be more proud of. ‘Urn’ feels like the culmination of all our years of hard work; the delivery of everything that we have wanted to create. Music and art as our imaginations see it fit to be. ‘Intra Venus’ is more concise than much of our work and is in fact the only song on ‘Urn’ under ten minutes, but one that we feel is a great introduction to the record. We hope that you will enjoy it.

NE OBLIVISCARIS third album, ‘Urn’ is bound to be a career defining moment.
The Australian extreme prog shooting stars have honed and re-balanced the key elements of their unique sound to a razor sharp musical edge.
The dynamic entwining of fierce growls and emotive clean vocals, the contrast between devastating et intricate guitar riffs and thundering drums against an unleashed violin and gorgeous string parts as well as the perfect blending of epic progressive and intense extreme metal forms of expression are all marking a new peak in the steep rise of the band.

Founded in the beautiful Australian coastal city of Melbourne, Victoria in the year 2003, NE OBLIVISCARIS took the inspiration for their name from the proud motto of Clan Campbell based in Argyll, Scotland, which means “forget not”.
From the start, this collective of exceptional musicians made it clear that they did not intend to follow any trends or walk on well-trodden paths. Their first demo, ‘The Aurora Veil’ (2007) had a massive impact in the metal underground far beyond the fifth continent and already their debut full-length ‘Portal of I’ (2012) reached mainstream music press, which praised a unique array of influences and the characteristic virtuoso violin.

NE OBLIVISCARIS immediately climbed remarkably higher on the ladder with sophomore opus ‘Citadel’ (2014) by adding avant-garde approaches including jazz, flamenco, progressive rock, and many other wide-ranged influences to their solid metal base.

Parallel to their success on a critical level and with an ever-growing host of die-hard fans, the Australians increased their reputation as an excellent live act with extensive touring literally around the globe.
The financial base for this was laid by NE OBLIVISCARIS’ ground-breaking use of modern day crowd-funding campaigns. This includes an ongoing Patreon membership scheme under the moniker The Ne Obluminati,
which is revolutionising the relationship between band and fans by using the ancient concept of patronage in today’s democratic setting.

‘Urn’ will take NE OBLIVISCARIS to the next level. Outstanding musicianship meets excellent songwriting and a firework of brilliant ideas. Evening out the scales between extreme and progressive metal, the Aussies carve their own path.
Spin ‘Urn’ on heavy rotation and NE OBLIVISCARIS will take you to a whole new dimension of musical delights.

Brisbane’s Lavidius are today announcing the release of their brand new LP, “Helisma” on Friday September 1st. The five-piece brutal crew out of Brisbane premiered their new single ‘Days Get Darker’ (featuring  from massive Swedish metal act Soilwork on guest vocals!)  on The Racket with Lochlan Watt and online with Hysteria Mag. The band released first taste of Helisma with single Cold and Alone last month.

The new single ‘Days Get Darker’ will be available in Spotify this Friday, as will the pre-order for ‘Helisma’ in iTunes, Google Play and all other online outlets. Physical product pre-orders will be available at the band’s Big Cartel online store same day.

2014 saw Lavidius enter studio Anders Debeerz to record their debut EP “Prison Within”. It was mixed by Adam Merker and mastered at Fascination Street Studios by Jens Bogren and released on September 20, 2014. In June 2016, Lavidius entered studio Anders Debeerz again with Adam Merker to record this, their debut album “Helisma”. It was through Adam Merker that the connection Soilwork’s Björn Strid was made.

Jon Shedden, guitarist for Lavidius, said this about the collaboration. “We are absolutely stoked to have been able to work with Björn, Soilwork have been a massive influence on all our lives and our music journeys. Soilwork are personally one of my all time favorite bands. We all really hope everyone digs the direction of this album – because we couldn’t be happier with how it’s all sounding!”

Lavidius have supported and played shows with Spanish thrash band Angelus Apatrida and Australian legends Orpheus Omega, Witchgrinder, DarkCell, Chronolyth and Vanishing Point.

Days Get Darker will be available online this Friday 28th July in Spotify and the album ‘Helisma’ will be available to pre-order on iTunes, Google Play and all online outlets same day at at Big Cartel for physical products.