17 – NAMM – MusikMesse, Expocenter Krasnaya Presnya – Moscow, Russia
18 – NAMM – MusikMesse, Expocenter Krasnaya Presnya – Moscow, Russia
19 – Music Market Store – Tallinn, Estonia
21 – Jam.ua Store – Kiev, Ukraine
In celebration of its upcoming North American release this Tuesday, Metal Army America is currently streaming VREID’s Welcome Farewell in its entirety for a limited time! Fittingly crowned “energetic, infectious, virulently catchy, and furiously, belligerently aggressive,” by No Clean Singing, Welcome Farewell was recorded at bassist Hváll’s own Studio 1184 and is set for North American release via Indie Recordings, March 5, 2013.
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And be sure to vote for VREID’s Welcome Farewell in Magnet Magazine’s “What Record Are You Most Looking Forward To Next Week?” poll HERE.
Formed in 2004 following the demise of ‘’Sognametal” legends Windir and described by Metal Hammer UK as a “unique time-travel in metal,” VREID seamlessly merge the prime tenets of ‘70s rock, ‘80s classic metal and Norwegian black metal into a difficult-to-pinpoint, expertly arranged sound implosion. Notorious for their well-researched, historically-inspired lyrics, the band’s third and fourth offerings, I Krig and Milorg, were both concept albums based around the liberation work in Norway during World War II. Liberation was also the keyword on VREID’s last offering, V, but placed in a broader historical/philosophic perspective. The lyrics onWelcome Farewell describe a lifecycle through a series of short stories, seen from an existential point of view and, inspired by Hváll’s own local community with its nature, architecture and historical artists such as Arne Garborg and Otto Valstad, are more personal than ever before.
“A black metal time bomb packed with fearsome riffage, punishing grooves and masterful fretwork, Welcome Farewell effortlessly claims a spot among the best to date in 2013.” –Joedaly.net
“…a solid disc that offers a little of everything. If you like a good balance, where the black metal has a unique atmosphere and identity without diving all the way into the symphonic realm, definitely give this one a listen.” – Metal Underground
“Welcome Farewell is one more step along a road that will help cast VREID’s legacy in the darkest stone.” – Ave Noctum
“VREID have done it again, coming up with a great record that keeps you tied into the storyline and once again refining their style of black metal. Welcome Farewell is a very well done record that sounds sharp, is always exciting, and shows these guys at the top of their game.” – Meat Mead Metal
“VREID are ostensibly a traditional BM band – the screeched vocals, sawtooth ascending/descending riffs and icy demeanor are all there – but latter day work by the group frequently plods along at an early 90’s death metal pace, and their most accessible songs (ie. “The Reap”) have a tendency to veer unexpectedly toward vintage thrash. In other words, they don’t play by the rules but on the other hand the material doesn’t necessarily rise to any premeditated snubbing of those rules, either. In less talented hands, the VREID formula would be a calculated mess.” – Metal Injection
Guitar legend YNGWIE MALMSTEEN is featured in a new video interview with Seymour Duncan discussing his career, how he achieves his guitar tone, and some playing tips for guitar players.
Malmsteen recently announced a string of North American tour dates in support of his new album, Spellbound. Continue reading YNGWIE MALMSTEEN – Gear Talk With Seymour Duncan In New Video Interview
The fourth episode of Raven Lord TV from multinational metallers RAVEN LORD can be seen below. George Karafotis gives a brief update on RAVEN LORD activity, announces and demonstrates his new endorsed instrument. George Karafotis is proudly endorsed by VGS Guitars.
Raven Lord TV – Episode 04: http://youtu.be/wLvWpShG7zw
RAVEN LORD recently added current POWER QUEST drummer Rich Smith to the group’s ranks.
RAVEN LORD are:
Csaba Zvekan (Killing Machine) – Vocals
Joe Stump (Holyhell, Reing of Terror) – Lead Guitar
Jamie Mallender (Tony Martin) – Bass
Rich Smith (Power Quest) – Drums
George Karafotis (Vermillion Days) – Guitar
Alessandro Duo (Voodoo Highway) – Keyboards
Press Quote: “…Raven Lord and one of the best power metal albums in the last couple years…the power metal masterpiece that is ‘Descent to the Underworld‘ …” (Metal Delirium)
RAVEN LORD confirmed festivals R-Mine METALFEST in Belgium 2013 and Netherlands Summer shows:
15. June Palma de Mallorca, SPAIN
22. June R-Mine Metalfest 2013,Tongeren, BELGIUM
28. June P3, Purmerend, NETHERLANDS
29. June In the mix, Uithoorn, NETHERLANDS
more shows to be announced very soon…
RAVEN LORD recently released their debut album, “Descent To The Underworld“ worldwide via Mausoleum Records. The CD was mixed by acclaimed Swedish producer Fredrik Nordström (AT THE GATES, ARCH ENEMY, NIGHTRAGE, IN FLAMES, DREAM EVIL, OPETH) and was mastered by U.S. mastering engineer Maor Appelbaum (SEPULTURA, HALFORD, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, ANGRA, DOKKEN). The cover artwork was created by Brazilian artist Caio Caldas of CadiesArt, who has previously worked with DORO, PAUL DI’ANNO, SEVEN KINGDOMS, DOMINANZ and VIOLET SUN among others.