Category: Metal

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.
Rating (out of 5):

Stars(4)

Despised Icon

Deatchcore pioneers Despised Icon are back after a four year hiatus. Fans have been excited about the fact that these lords of brutality have been back performing shows but now they cement their comeback with the awesome new release ‘Beast’ (available through Nuclear Blast).

Dave G sat down with Despised Icon vocalist Alex Erian to chat about the band’s comeback and all the ins and outs of ‘Beast’, but Alex also dropped some surprising tour news for Aussie fans during the interview.

You can listen to or download our Despised Icon interview right here.

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You can listen to or download our Soilwork interview right here.

Symphony X

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You can listen to or download our Symphony X interview right here.

Silverstein

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You can listen to or download our Silverstein interview right here.

David Ellefson

Subculture Entertainment’s Dave Griffiths chats to Megadeth’s David Ellefson as he is about to head to Australia for his My Life With Deth spoken word tour in which he explores his life story, his faith and his music.

You can listen to or download our David Ellefson interview right here. All the details for his spoken word tour can be found below.

THURSDAY MARCH 19TH  – THE HI FI, MELBOURNE 18+

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FRIDAY MARCH 20TH THE FACTORY THEATRE SYDNEY 18+

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SATURDAY MARCH 21ST – THE HI FI , BRISBANE 18+

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SUNDAY MARCH 22nd  –THE GOV, ADELAIDE 18+

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WEDNESDAY MARCH 25TH  –THE CIVIC HOTEL, PERTH 18+
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