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Music Review: Dead Soul Communion Album: MMXVII

 

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Label: Self Released/ Def2Music Records

Official Websites: 

https://www.facebook.com/thedeadsoulcommunion

 

Ok I am bit late with this one.  I apologize to Dead Soul Communion for this review taking as long as it had but…well….here is the review now!

It is a bit rare to hear a band that mixes doom elements, some modern, albeit minor elements of modern emo bands and also have a very nice clean production.  Rarer still is for such a mixture to all actually come together in a nice accessible package.  However after listening to Dead Soul Communion’s ‘MXVII’ the band really has put together a nice musical offering that should engage and purist metal head while also maybe bringing in a more ‘modern’ audience.  The best I can describe the band is that they have traditional doom elements, perhaps like my co=worker thought Paradise Lost and some goth sounds like The 69 Eyes.

The band hosts ex members from several other bands such as 13 Candles, Pain Control, Organ Grinder and several others. To be honest, I have no idea about those other bands or what they sound like.  But if those bands are similar to Dead Soul Communion they might be something worth checking out as I feel Dead Soul Communion really put out a really solid album that is real joy to listen to.

Another thing I have to really give credit to the band on is that for an independent band their production on this album is really something to be envied.  I have heard more professional acts have shittier sound.  So my hats off to the producer and band.

If you have a chance to listen to ‘MMXVII’ or check out Dead Soul Communion live I really think you need to jump on that boat and give these guys a chance.  Great stuff to be heard here.

PENTAGRAM Confirm North America, European Tour Dates

Heavy metal legends, PENTAGRAM, will be returning to the road in 2013 in Europe, as well as North America, for select shows and festivals. The band will once again perform at Maryland Death Fest as well as Farmageddon Records Music Festival, Metaldays (Slovakia), Barroselas Metalfest XVI (Portugal), and more. Pentagram will have new merchandise designs available exclusively at these shows. Also, the band has listened to their fans and will be performing some classics and fan favorites that have never before been performed live!

Pentagram dates:

April
16 – Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus Bar
25 – Berlin, Germany – Astra, Desertfest 2013
26 – Barroselas, Portugal – Barrosela Metalfest XVI
28 – London, UK – Electric Ballroom, Desertfest 2013

May
26 – Baltimore, MD – Forme Sonar Compound, Maryland Deatfest 2013

July
20 – Warsaw, Poland – Days Of Ceremony 2013
22 – Tomlin, Slovakia – Metaldays 2013
25-28 – TBA, Montana – Farmageddon Records Music Festival

For more info visit Facebook.

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IRON MAIDEN’s STEVE HARRIS Pays Tribute To CLIVE BURR In Gothenburg; Photos, Review

Images and words by Mats Andersson

It was a sombre moment for the first time on IRON MAIDEN bassist STEVE HARRIS’ tour in support of his new solo/side project BRITISH LION. The metal world had learned just a few hours before the concert that original Maiden drummer Clive Burr had passed away at 56, after a long battle with Multiple Sclerosis. Playing to over 500 people at the Brewhouse in Gothenburg, Sweden, Harris and his band played a memorable 90 minute set including the new song ‘A World Without Heaven’ dedicated to Burr who changed the metal world with his pounding rhythms on Iron Maiden, Killers and The Number Of The Beast. In typical Maiden fashion, Harris continued to perform the same set as with previous European gigs, showcasing all of the new British Lion opus, with the classic UFO cover ‘Let It Roll’ to close off festivities. Despite the air of sadness, Harris was in a great mood being out of his revered Maiden machine, quite comfortable in these tight-knit settings, although his long-distance prancing around the stage reduced to just a few feet in club-mode.

Although Harris kept the set-list clean of any Maiden material, the crowd was appeased with the likes of ‘Do You Want It ‘, ‘Karma Killer’ and closer ‘ Eyes Of The Young’. And not shy to wear his influences on his sleeve, the nod to the UFO classic ‘Let It Roll’ was a welcome break from the barrage of the new material, which sounded better live than on record. And singer Richard Taylor was clearly in a moment with his soaring vocals satisfying the Swedes on a chilly March evening in Scandinavia.

Check out more photos in a gallery at this location.

Steve Harris British Lion performed the following set-list:
‘This is My God’
‘Lost Worlds’
‘Karma Killer’
‘Father Lucifer’
‘The Burning’
‘The Chosen Ones’
‘These Are the Hands’
‘Guineas and Crowns’
‘Last Chance’
‘Us Against the World’
‘World Without Heaven’ (dedicated to Clive Burr)
‘Do You Want It’
‘Judas’

Encore:
‘Let It Roll’ (UFO cover)
‘Eyes Of The Young’

Steve Harris British Lion tour dates:

March
14 Norway Oslo, Norway – Rockerfeller
16 Sweden Stockholm, Sweden – Klubben
18 Finland Helsinki, Finland – Cirkus
22 Holland Amsterdam, Holland – Melkweg
23 Belgium Vosselaar, Belgium – Biebob
24 France Paris, France – La Trabendo
26 – London, England – O2 Academy Islington
27 – Birmingham, England – O2 Academy 2,
29 – Glasgow, Scotland – Garage
30 – Manchester, England – Club Academy