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Music Review: Free Fall CD: Power and Volume

Music Review: Free Fall

CD: Power and Volume

Label: Nuclear Blast Records

Available: Now

by: TJ Fowler

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If I was a great heavy metal chef and I could take ingredients of different bands and mix them together to come up with delicious heavy metal dishes then Free Fall would be one of my main dishes.  When you take a big portion of Bon Scott AC/DC, a sprinkle of Led Zeppelin, just a pinch of Blackie Lawless from W.A.S.P. and a whole lot of salty 70’s hard rock, you get served up Free Fall. Continue reading Music Review: Free Fall CD: Power and Volume

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Music Review: Deception EP: Break The Silence

Music Review: Deception

EP: Break The Silence

Label: Independent

Available: Now

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I’m going to make a prediction here and I may have to eat my words later but I think I just listened to a band that could possibly be one of the next big names in the metal world.  I say this not to boost egos or anything but because I think with the band Deception they have all the right ingredients to be that next big metal band.  I will also add I have just a few caveats to my bold prediction which I will get to in a moment. Continue reading Music Review: Deception EP: Break The Silence

CHILDREN OF BODOM: New Album Title, Track Listing, Cover Artwork Revealed

Finnish metallers CHILDREN OF BODOM have set “Halo Of Blood” as the title of their eighth studio album, due on June 11 in North America via Nuclear Blast Records. The cover art was created by Sami Saramäki, who was responsible for the artwork on previous CHILDREN OF BODOM albums “Follow The Reaper”, “Are You Dead Yet?” and “Hate Crew Deathroll”.

CHILDREN OF BODOM‘s new CD was recorded at Danger Johnny Studios in Helsinki. For the recording of the LP, CHILDREN OF BODOM has teamed up with recording engineer Mikko Karmila, who worked with the band on their fan-favorite albums “Hatebreeder”, “Follow The Reaper” and “Hate Crew Deathroll”, as well as Swedish producer Peter Tägtgren (MARDUK, AMON AMARTH), who oversaw production of both vocals and keyboards on the record. The album was mixed at Finnvox Studios in Helsinki.

Commented CHILDREN OF BODOM guitarist/vocalist Alexi Laiho: “‘Halo Of Blood’ is the eighth studio album from CHILDREN OF BODOM, and believe it or not, but we still managed to keep it fresh and new while still maintaining the elements that make COB sound recognizable. It’s got the fastest and the slowest song we ever made and lyrics wise there are themes we had never had before. It’s 10 new songs of pure Nordic metal and whether you enjoy it with a beer or a glass of water, I’m sure you will have a good time.”

Added CHILDREN OF BODOM bass player Henkka Seppälä about the artwork: “We wanted to have a winter scene. Somehow it fits well with the atmosphere of the music and the composing session. It could be Lake Bodom, actually, frozen, with people trapped under the ice. Very Finnish looking scene. We were really happy how Sami created the whole imagery!”

“Halo Of Blood” track listing:

01. Waste Of Skin
02. Halo Of Blood
03. Scream For Silence
04. Transference
05. Bodom Blue Moon (The Second Coming)
06. The Days Are Numbered
07. Dead Man’s Hand On You
08. Damage Beyond Repair
09. All Twisted
10. One Bottle And A Knee Deep

“Halo Of Blood” is expected to feature a guest appearance by ANNIHILATOR mainman] Jeff Waters.

“I played on ANNIHILATOR‘s album ‘Metal’ in 2007, so the way I see it, Jeff Waters owes BODOM a solo or two! It’s payback time,” Laiho told Soundi magazine.

FIREWIND’s Gus G. Confirms Clinics In Russia, Estonia, Ukraine

FIREWIND guitarist/founder Gus G. (also OZZY OSBOURNE has announced a string of clinics in Russia, Estonia and the Ukraine in May.

Dates include:

May
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

Music Review: Stygian Ascent- Memories

by: Juuso Viljanen

 

Melodic death metal is a very large genre. It includes a huge variety of bands with all sorts of vocals and lyrics. If you want to have a simple and fast preview of the whole genre, you should listen to Swedish band Stygian Ascent and their debut album ‘Memories’. It combines the main elements of the genre and use it to create their own sound and way to write songs.

 

Although melodies make this kind of music sound beautiful and passionate, they don’t take away the aggressiveness and the heavy sound of metal. Sweden even has their own melodic death metal sound (at least here in Finland it’s known as Göteborg sound), but Stygian Ascent don’t sound like they should be categorized as typical Swedish death metal band.

 

Most famous names of Göteborg style of metal are propably In Flames, Soilwork and Dark Tranquillity. In my head Stygian Ascent is much more closer to bands like Children Of Bodom and Eternal Tears Of Sorrow. Their sound is a diverse mix of “the beauty and the beast”; melodies and hard sounding death metal.

 

Songs are results of careful composing and hard training. They make me bang my head in my living room, playing my air guitar and singing along, even though I can’t sing. ‘Memories’ contains 5 songs, all together making it to 30 minutes of pure and talented melodic death metal. This is exactly the main reason why I love Swedish music: they just know how to do it!

 

GRADE: 5/5

Official Sites:

http://www.youtube.com/user/StygianAscent
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Stygian-Ascent/347626245290276