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When you have bands of the ilk of Nightwish, Lacuna Coil, HIM and Cradle Of Filth claiming that you inspired them and their careers to date you know as a band that you are doing something right. To be honest Paradise Lost have been doing that ‘something right’ since the late 1980s and once again they have delivered something very special with their new album Obsidian.

When I chat to frontman Nick Holmes about the new album he is safely away in lockdown and is quick to admit that the band never went out of their way to do anything ultra special with this album. “When we start working on an album we always use the last album as a benchmark. Now our last album was a very specific death-doom album, every track had a death-doom vibe to it and this time we just wanted to shape it up a little and do an album that was just a little more varied.”

“I mean I think every song is very typically Paradise Lost,” he goes on to explain. “There is no getting away from that, but there is much more variation with the vocals and the vocal styles and the guitar styles, but yeah we just wanted to mix it up a little more really.”

There is no mistake though when you take a first listen Obsidian it is very obvious that the album has a slight throwback to the 1980s Goth scenes and Holmes says that was something that the band were very aware of. “Yeah, we grew up listening to that stuff,” he says. “We grew up around those times, in the early 1980s we were really coming of age…. yeah we are that old now. We do have a lot of nostalgia from those times and the music of that time. We were really just getting into heavy music at that time, stuff like thrash and that is very much imprinted on our minds. It just reminds us of that time.”

“Also the Gothic music of that time nobody is doing it anymore, nobody makes that kind of music anymore,” he says continuing. “It is still very much back there in the 80s, it is still very underground and no new bands have really run with that band. So it is kind of nice to be able to mix it up and kind of put it into the sound that we use and the sound that people know us for. We have been able to put it into a modern context with modern production.”

As Holmes and I both start thinking back to the 1980s we begin to talk about the kinds of bands that got us into heavy music to start with. “I was always into bands like Motorhead and AC/DC,” he says. “There was about five heavy rock bands in the world at that point and I must have liked three of them. And then from there I got into Venom, GMBH and then into Metallica and then that was it, the rest is history. After Slayer the rest really is history, after that I was into thrash and death metal for at least ten years after… I became absolutely obsessed by it.”

“Yeah it was so exciting to hear that first wave of thrash and that first wave of black metal,” he says still reflecting. “It was just so good and I feel so lucky that it feels that I was born at the right time.”

Aside from the music that he grew up listening to Holmes says the other big influence on this album was just everything around us. “Really it was just about life,” he explains. “When you look at life things can just change – there is no map. I think only a fool writes a map for life because it can change at any point. Just when you think that something is going well there is a shit storm, and I find that aspect of how things can just change on the roll of a dice really fascinating. Of course I am in the same situation as everybody at the moment but you never really know what is around the corner and I just find that really interesting. I find consequence interesting. I care about now but when I was younger I just didn’t care about things, I didn’t care what happened to me and I didn’t really care what was around the corner… but now it is all I think about. So yeah even that is fascinating and I just look at life things and then I write about them in three year increments because I do it every three years.”

 

Obsidian will be out through Nuclear Blast Records on May 15th.

 

 

The Ukrainian Progressive Groove Metal wrecking machine known as JINJER caused a huge stir with the announcement of their Australian tour that due to popular demand 2 new shows have been added to the run! Adelaide at the Lion Arts Factory (Licensed AA) on Tuesday 3rd March and Canberra on Wednesday 4th March at The BasementAdelaide and Canberra join the already announced Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. Their new album Macro drops this Friday, 25th October.

In less than 10 years, JINJER have carved their very own place in the Heavy Metal landscape and are poised to go even further in 2019 and beyond.

Hailing from Donetsk, this Ukrainian musical phenomenon formed in 2009 but consider the official start of the band with the addition of the incredible vocalist and femme fatale Tatiana Shmailyuk in 2010. The band laboured intensively and honed their sound in practice rooms and local stages relentlessly, culminating in their now cult, first album release Inhale, Don’t Breathe in 2012. The following year JINJER were nominated and won Best Ukrainian Metal Band. They would be awarded this prize again a few years later.

While most bands from a country not exactly known for its Heavy Metal exports would be content to enjoy the little recognition received in those first few years, it was clear that JINJER craved more and were willing to go the extra mile to make this happen. It was this attitude and clear vision that pushed the band to quickly write and release their second album Cloud Factory (2014), and venture into the international touring market for the first time, booking their own shows and building their reputation face to face, fan to fan and more importantly under their own terms.

It was this intensity that caught the attention of Napalm Records, who quickly signed JINJER leading to the release of their critically acclaimed third album King Of Everything (2016). As well as the release of their game-changing single and video for “Pisces”, which gained the band new fans, over 20 million of views/streams and countless reaction videos on YouTube. King Of Everything showcased the musical prowess and growth of the entire band while opening the floodgates to a bigger international touring circuit, which JINJER gladly took advantage of. By the end of nearly two years of non-stop touring in Europe, JINJER added new territories such as Israel, Philippines, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, America, Canada and most of Latin America, while sharing the festival stages and touring with the likes of Arch Enemy, Cradle of Filth and DevilDriver, to mention a few.

Somewhere between touring vans, roadside pit stops, backstage rooms, soundchecks, hotel rooms, visa applications and flights to tour destinations, JINJER buried themselves in the rehearsal room once again to compose 5 brand new tracks for what would become the Micro EP – written not only for the fans but for themselves, as they needed something new to keep their sanity on the road.

Released on the 11th of January 2019 and coinciding with the start of their European Tour together with Soilwork and Amorphis, the Micro EP was received with open arms from fans and critics alike. Songs “Ape” and “Perennial” became instant favourites, climbing to the top of many industry charts and radio station lists worldwide. And once again showcased the musical depth and phenomenal songwriting talent of the band, as well as Tatiana’s amazing vocal range.

 Get ready for March 2020… with their new album Macro on the airwaves, Australia is set to be blown away by JINJER – face-meltingly impressive live… Don’t miss your chance to see some of Metal’s absolute finest.

Cradle of Filth keyboardist and female vocalist LINDSAY SCHOOLCRAFT is embarking on her first ever solo tour, and has chosen the far-flung and haunted shores of Australia for a round of DJ sets in Sydney, Perth and a world-first solo headline show in Melbourne.

Brought to you by INCURSION ALTERNATIVE PARTIES and OVERDRIVE TOURING, Schoolcraft’s tour will hit Sydney, Melbourne and Perth, beginning with a very special New Year’s Eve performance! Next she hits Melbourne for a show at the renowned Evelyn Hotel, before finally making her way West to throw down with her Perth fans.

Best known for her beguiling keyboard and vocal performances with Cradle of Filth, taking on classics such as Nymphetamine and Her Ghost in the Fog live, as well as performing on latest studio albums ‘Hammer of the Witches’ and ‘Cryptoriana: The Seductiveness of Decay,’ Schoolcraft breaks away from the Filthy mould (and spores, mildew and fungus) to perform her own decadent works. With deft hands flying as gracefully over her electric harp as her keys, Lindsay Schoolcraft brings a sonic spectacle of Gothic rock, Nu Metal and subtle electronics not to be missed.

This is a rare opportunity for Australian fans to be among the first to witness such a momentous event! Schoolcraft’s new band, featuring former Evanescence drummer ROCKY GRAY, are ready to tour with their debut EP ‘Martyr’ to be released very soon.

After a rousing reception for Cradle of Filth in May, Schoolcraft and her band will be expecting a very warm welcome Down Under!

Tickets for Schoolcraft’s headline show in Melbourne available now!

Limited VIP meet and greets available in Melbourne! VIP Meet and Greet package to include:
– One(1) General Admission ticket to see Schoolcraft.
– Pre-Show Signing & Photo Session with Lindsay Schoolcraft.
– One(1) A3 Schoolcraft Tour Poster

TOUR DATES:
SYDNEY: December 31 – Incursion Alternative Parties New Year’s Eve
Tickets: TBA
MELBOURNE: January 4 – Evelyn Hotel
Tickets: https://bit.ly/2OfwDLn
PERTH: January 5 – TBA
Tickets: TBA

Cradle Of FilthCradle Of Filth are about to return with their brand new album Cryptoriana: The Seductiveness Of Decay so Dave Griffiths sat down with frontman Dani Filth for a little Dani. Amidst a London storm Dani chats to us about the Victorian gothic horror that inspired this album and also lets us know whether Australia can expect a Cradle Of Filth tour anytime soon.

You can listen to or download our Cradle Of Filth interview right here.

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Cradle Of Filth are back with an all new line-up and a brand new album. So to talk about fans can expect on this new album, titled Hammer Of The Witches, Subculture Entertainment’s Dave Griffiths caught up with Lindsay Schoolcraft.

You can listen to or download our Cradle Of Filth interview right here.

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After having worked with the band for several years in the United States already it is with great pleasure that Nuclear Blast Records can officially announce the worldwide signing of Great Britain’s most visionary, sickening and disturbing outfit: legendary CRADLE OF FILTH.
Iconic vocalist Dani Filth had this to say on the eminent subject… : “Nuclear Blast owner Markus Staiger has been trying to snare the band ever since I flew over to see him way back in 1996 as a viable label option, after we left Cacophonous records. He barely missed out due to the close proximity to the band of Music For Nations, the label that CRADLE stayed with until 2001. Now, not only do Nuclear Blast have offices all over the world, but the one in London is actually dead opposite to the old MFN building! Which is weird!

For the full frontal assault we have planned for the awesome new album, Nuclear Blast are the perfect war stallion to carry us screaming into the heart of the next chapter of COF’s dark, enigmatic history. Next year is going to be a massive year for the band and the black flags start flying here, with the announcement of our unholy union with Nuclear Blast who have already done great things with my Witch County band, DEVILMENT.”

CRADLE OF FILTH have just returned from their successful run through Russia and will hit the studio to begin recording the successor of 2012’s ‘The Manticore And Other Horrors’ later this month.