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CAMDEN ROCK GIG REVIEW
Bands: TRAJECTORY, CURVATURE & CONSCIOUS AUTOPSY
Starting the evening was London Towns own Conscious Autopsy. Their ballsy, gratuitously violent opening set went down as well as the Jack Daniels at the bar. They oozed passion and energy and looked the part daubed in evil war paint, shirtless and charging through their set. Described on their facebook as being influenced by ‘extreme brutality’ and creating ‘repulsive experiences’; these parts were certainly evident in their set.
Second to the chopping block were Aylesbury’s finest Curvature who’s epic, operatic and delightfully atmospheric Goth metal show was hugely well received. Matt Jones is a towering presence and a terrific guitar player, simply layering songs with crunchy riffs while at the same time not undermining the effortless operatic nature of the genre. Curvature brought the theatrical aspect to their show with dreamy keyboard sections and wonderful samples served up from Matte Black. Vocalist Lisa Swatton’s vocals were spot on, nailing the vocals to the wall through the beautiful introduction to ‘Have no Fear’. The song was haunting and devoured by the circling crowd. ‘Blinded’ was another definite highlight of the bands all too short set, but what really stole the show was cover of the Lady GaGa hit ‘Bad Romance’ which reduced the crowd to pandemonium, a well adapted Goth metal version of this song was immensely enjoyable and added a level of light heartedness you rarely see from similar acts. [4/5]
The next band to take the stage was to take us on a temporal prog metal adventure. ‘Djent’ is a word to describe a palm muted chug noise that goes along with insane immeasurable time signatures originally made famous by the likes of Meshuggah. Tradjectory set to take us down the road of modern tech metal carved bands like TesseracT and Chimp Spanner. They play with a little less focus on the downright weird than their counterparts but the sound is there.
Songs such as ‘Into the Darkness’ add wonderfully polyrhythmic shifts in the seismic dynamic of the set. The break downs in their songs are delightfully proper and intensely heavy. The clean vocals twinned with the melodic lines below the dark rifferey were outstanding, however the balance between clean/growl did not come off as seamlessly as aurally desired often losing the momentum built in the rest of the set. The band also chooses to forego the traditional backline in favour of the more modern guitar pod. This detracts a significant amount from their show, there is no kick or texture from a stack and the guitar sound lacks individuality. The band devour the chance at the headline and make full use of it really playing out of their skin, the technicality is all there but where they excel at technicality they are let down by the lack of showmanship. It certainly seems with this headline they are in an upward ‘Tradjectory’ (...ahem). There is a lot of work to do but judging from the grins plastered on the face of the band, they are in it for the long haul. [3/5]
CAMDEN ROCK GIG REVIEW By James Meakin
If you have ever wondered what it would be like to merge early Rammstein with colossal, dirty Down-esque riffs then look no further, Dark Karma Soul are here! There is very little more one can say about the band themselves other than listening to them before everyone else does is a must. The performance is flawless. 30 minutes of cracking rifferey from Brian Glover worthy of being the sound track to a bar brawl in a biker dive somewhere south of the Mason-Dixon. The rifferey emanates from his axe with liquid like efficiency while the click and snap of the programmed drum tracks send the audience to a gigantic post apocalyptic German beer hall/munitions factory. Props sent to Drummer Andy Scott whose skin twatting is second to none and all the more impressive with the juxtaposition from the samples. ‘Pressure’ is most definitely the bands most fully realised track, and a must for any fans of Nine Inch Nails with a ferocious and towering melodic vocal performance from Chris Westcott. [4/5]
To close another spectacular evening of music are headliners Broken Links. There are times when you see bands in small shows up and down the country that are trying their best and yet come up significantly short of the yard marker. This is most definitely not the case with these three lads. Broken Links fuse Muse-esqe modern prog/indie with dark Gary Numan electronic beats with aplomb. The band is masters of the effects stamping and changing their sound from song to song on oceans of footswitches in front of them. More often than not when a band plays a small show without amps, relying completely on sending effects straight into the PA system some aspect of the show is lost. With Broken Links their sound is well crafted and fully appreciated by the audience. Stunning vocals from vocalist Mark Lawrence, outstanding performances from Lewis Betteridge and Phil Boulter add to it. There are times when you see bands who do not meet the mark but Broken Links destroy it. The best is yet to come for Broken Links 2012 will be colossal. [4/5]
Dead By April
Once notorious for spawning some of the most brutal and majestic names in melodeath, Sweden's Gothenburg scene is, judging by tonight's perky, pop-laden line-up, moving in increasingly commercial circles. Still, as evidenced by the sizeable number of teenage whippersnappers gathered here tonight, these local players are nevertheless bang on trend with a crowd-pleasing repertoire of rap, dance and pop-infused trimmings.
Emerging in a flurry of melody-rich hooks and shampoo commercial-worthy hair-tossing, an immaculately dressed One Without peddle painfully unoriginal metalcore. Big on enthusiasm but sadly far from pitch-perfect, Swedish songstress Catrin Feymark offers up high-volume, almost Alanis Morissette-flavoured vocals that regrettably lack the expertise of her more musically adept band-mates. But, with face-melting solos and pummelling beats in thick and fast supply, the sum of these energetic parts makes for mildly entertaining pop-metal.
Despite being somewhat muddied by imperfect sound levels, there's no mistaking Marionette's fine-tuned balance of melody and blastbeat-driven aggression. With a choice, distinctly In Flames-tinged selection of monstrous grooves and epic melody lines, these fiery Swedes tread familiar but nonetheless deliciously brutal territory that soon sparks off a circle pit among the wildly excited punters. Having ironed out much of the set's early sound gremlins a couple of songs later, it's only the band's tendency toward emo-style cleans that dampens this otherwise explosively aggressive live stint.
Mere notes into their opening number, Dead By April stir up an instant fan frenzy that sees the Garage transformed into a turbulent sea of ecstatic, pogoing chaos. But despite this hectic scene and the quintet's rather thuggish, baseball-capped attire, theirs is an altogether more controlled, studio smooth-sound that owes as much to melodeath as it does to the likes of, erm, 'N Sync. Drenched in poppy harmonies and sentimental lyrics sickly enough to shame J.Timberlake himself, it's an overwhelmingly syrupy formula that's likely to raise a dry heave among many an extreme metal fan. Purist quibbles aside, DBA dole out an undeniably tight set that's pulled off with bags of passion and backed up by no shortage of pummelling, melodic death metal.
Plucked from the band's awaited new full-length, title track 'Incomparable' is awash with crystalline harmonies and sing-along choruses that leave DBA's adoring fans hanging on their every heartfelt word and electrifying note. Balancing this generous side of sugar with a satisfyingly heavy follow-up in the form of 'Lost,' the five-piece waste little time in proving their mettle (so to speak) with an ultra-violent mix of pummelling blastbeats and skull-splitting riffs. From the Linkin Park-ish rap metal insanity of 'Dreaming' to 'Calling's' sublime, choir boy hooks, this is pop-metal at its most shamelessly commercial. But, with electrifying band chemistry and a fiercely infectious style that's taking today's alternative metal world by storm, DBA commands due appreciation.
Insomnium at The Underworld 15th Nov 2011
Finally Insomnium has a Headlining show in London,meaning this is a full set of this great Finnish melodic death metal band, and I have to admit Insomnium was my number one band for 2011!
I first came across them last year when they did support Dark Tranquility, and I was blown away, so it is with high excitement I am walking to the venue tonight.
When I finally secure a spot by the stage, I am surrounded by fans from Canada, and one who did the special trip from Newcastle! He said “5 hours drive it took me and 5 more to go back but for them Hell Yeah I’ll do it again tomorrow!”
Lights off, the Intro “Inertia” starts playing, fans are shouting and ready to explode already!
You can understand straight away, why they have a cult status as their tight play is all you can dream for!
When the notes of “Unsung” start, it is absolute mayhem, even more than what it was already!
Finishing the setlist of this incredible evening with “One For Sorrow”, it feels too short even after 14 songs, but as all good things always have an end…it’s now time to hit the merch stand and get myself a nice tshirt!
LOCK UP – THE ROTTED – DRIPBACK
22nd December 2011
Review by Sabrina Dersel
This so called “Mini Xmas Tour” is as much of a treat as a traditional Xmas pudding! Play Fast or Die could be the title or this evening’s feast!
After creating mayhem and destruction during this summer at Download and Bloodstock Festivals, Dripback is back in hometown London to give us an early Grindcore Xmas cheer!
Ferocious, brutal and ruthless are just a few adjectives to describe this Mob‘s sound, and they certainly know how to release Hell on and off the stage.
You would do yourself a nice gift by checking out Dripback “Kick Out Time” video on www.dripback.co.uk
Dripback set list:
Then it is time for The Rotted.
Their new opus “Ad Nauseam” has just been released, and tonight we are told we will all be part of their new upcoming video, which is going to be filmed right here right now at The Underworld.
Of course, to get everybody ready to deliver their best performance they give two large bottles of Jagermeister to the audience! “Lets show the world we still got it” yells vocalist Ben McCrow. It is with no surprise to see that after a few shots the fans are moshing like beasts!
The Rotted set list
Finally, after so much mayhem and carnage, Lock Up takes possession of the stage. Lock Up is quite a colossal line up with ex members of Napalm Death, Dimmu Borgir, Cradle Of Filth, At The Gates, Pentagram…
The songs and sound are violent fast and brutal, which makes each song pretty short but you get what you came for : The best heavy brutal and merciless sound your ears will ever get!
This show was actually nearly cancelled at the last minute due to a pneumonia infection contracted by Nick Barker, the drummer. “As we couldn’t t find anyone to replace him, we decided to get on with the show” tells frontman Tomas Lindberg.
So I give Nick metal horns and kudos for delivering a great performance tonight and hopefully he will recover fully very soon.
What a fantastic pre-xmas night !!!
Lock Up setlist
Review by: Kirsty Birkett-Stubbs
Long long before Lady Gaga’s Little Monsters, the Misfits had their Fiends, and they continue to walk among us . Tonight though, they are gathering to pay tribute to that original bunch of American psychos.
First to try their luck with these mischief-makers are Those Furious Flames, a hard rock band hailing from Switzerland. With half the band looking like they were kitted out at Modern Western, they are perhaps an ill fitting choice for such a crowd, and indeed although they get some heads a nodding it’s clear the crowd’s attention is elsewhere.
For those music industry haters who believe bands are needlessly cosseted need to take a look at JuiceheaD , who as well as tuning up and running the merch stand, find time to squeeze in playing a set – fuck the entourage it would seem. You have to admire a band that are clearly in it for pleasure, rather than pounds. At times the songs sound like Rancid’s hand-me-downs, but it’s hard to fault JuiceheaD in keeping alive the American punk flame.
In the case of horror punk though, this is a fire the Misfits started and perhaps no one expected it to burn as long as it has. As Jerry Only, the only remaining original member, points out he first came to London in 1978 at the age of 17, yet more than 30 years on he’s still finding new material in B movie monsters.
This is one of his few conversational bursts though – this is a night given over to the loud rumble of evil, and possibly a worldwide achievement for the greatest use of ‘whoa’ in song. Although there have been more prolific bands than the Misfits, the set isn’t lacking in classic hits to choose from including ‘Skulls’, ‘Scream’, ‘Dig Up Her Bones’, ‘Mommy Can I Go Out And Kill Tonight’, ‘We Bite’ and a good smattering from new release The Devil’s Rain. Sidestepping the Danzig/Graves best-vocalist issue, Jerry delivers lyrics with the confidence of a man who was here from the start.
From their notable absence earlier on it’s not hard to guess the trio making up tonight’s encore - ‘Descending Angel’, ‘Saturday Night’ and ‘Die, Die My Darling’, the Misfits’ signature song, are as enthusiastically met as expected. Although for some face paint is perhaps best left to kids, as Jerry jumps off stage to meet his crowd, there’s no doubt that Misfits are still famous monsters in these parts.
Review & Photography by Sabrina Dersel
Tonight Eluveitie plays as part of the magnificent “Neckbreakers Ball”,including performances from Omnim Gatherum,Mercery Gurd,Varg,Death Angel and the headliners Dark Tranquility.
Opening with “Andro” from their first album “Spirit” released in 2006,followed by “Everything Remains As It Never Was” , their new title track album,it is quite a sight to see the 8 band members on the little stage of the Relentless Garage in Islington London. Due to the lack of tickets sold, the “Neckbreakers Ball” has been moved from the Hmv Forum.
Eluveitie is a Swiss Folk/melodic Death Metal band, meaning “The Helvetian” in Gaulish.
Originally formed by mastermind Chrigel Glanzmann in Winter 2002/2003 as a mere studio project, their first full length album came out in 2006.
The band now includes 8 members:
The loud melodic Death Metal vocals are neat and sound,
The highlights of tonight includes “Quoth the Raven”, one of the stronger track off their new album, the omnipresent “Inis Mona” which has the place jumping around as an old pagan camp fire night, and closes with the epic “Tegernako”.
Like most of Folk Metal gigs, you can’t help but feeling good, there is this little something that reminds you of a time long long ago…
Seth Lakeman & Jackie Oates @ The Orchard Theatre, Dartford
3rd December 2011
Review & Photography by Martin Hobby
Some readers may be wondering why a folk artist is being reviewed in IV Ezine?
I hope to bring you more coverage of folk bands in the coming months, thanks to Brandywine Music for booking some of the best and biggest names in contemporary folfolk to play at the Orchard, Dartford.
This is venue not usually known for live music, and as such this was a seated show, with the ushers reminding people to stay in their chairs when a few people started dancing in the aisles during the main set of headliner Seth Lakeman, however I must complement the venue on the sound and lighting.
From a photographers point of view, the lighting was fantastic, and from a fans point of view the sound was awesome. Perfect. Every instrument crystal clear and defined.
You could have heard a pin drop during the quieter moments of opener Jackie Oates set as the audience sat spellbound, entranced by her vocals, accompanied by a selection of weird and wonderful instruments. The phrase “It’s the quiet ones you have to watch...” springs to mind, Jackie seems so innocent and pure until you realise she is singing such dark and twisted ballads of death and violence.
Seth Lakeman really does have something for everyone in his sound, with a crowd ranging from Rockabilly hotties to your grandparents, and every subgenre of music fan in between including a few local heroes from Intransient and Gunner Sgt in attendance.
Most of tonight’s set is made from Seth’s latest self released album “Tales from the barrel house” a cracking set of new tunes, not quite a rocking as some of his other stuff but certainly up there with his best in song craft.
I think as this was the first time most of the audience had heard these new songs it didn’t matter too much that it was a seated show, we could all just sit back relax and appreciated the musicianship on display, but by the time of main set closer, foot stomping, fiddletatsic “Kitty Jay” you could feel the tension in the air, like the build up to a tantric orgasm.
Thankfully we didn’t have to wait too long for the encore, and this time there was nothing the ushers could do, the whole venue was on its feet, whooping and stamping along.
This was the best night out I’ve had in Dartford for a long, long time!
Sisters of Mercy
Review by Viki Walden
An unusual set up with no support, some might consider the 2 hours of popular cult movie clips before the main act egotistical, few bands can get away with this, but Sisters are undoubtedly legendary and the crowds of people crawling out of the dark for this intimate gig truly expresses the longevity of the band's popularity.
This year sees the 30th anniversary of 'Sisters' and the set-list didn't disappoint, after the industrial building was filled with smoke, Eldritch and co took to the stage and performed a non-stop trail of classic hits, from the brooding, haunting melodics of Something Fast to the grinding guitars of Vision Thing, this was a journey through the 'Greatest Hits' of Sisters of Mercy. Having not released anything since 1993 (A Slight Case of Overbombing compilation), they are still able to inspire an army of fans to join together in a harmonious ritual of appreciation; screaming out every lyric in unison; dancing on shoulders; creating an atmosphere that only dedicated fans can, and illustrating the sheer dominance Sisters of Mercy still have over the Gothic Rock scene- an inspiration to many, yet never truly matched.
Despite this, the modern-line up emphasises more than ever Eldritch's determination that Sisters were never 'Gothic', but always a Rock band with Ben Christo bringing a new focus on guitar riffs, updating the older classics with a rockier, grittier edge. For Sisters traditionalists, the harsher guitar sound and Christo taking Patrica's Temple of Love vocals may seem alien and a betrayal to the Sisters essence... however Sisters of Mercy have never had one pure sound, they have always taken themselves in different directions, despite having no releases for 18 years they are still adapting their live sound, making even the most classic of Sisters tracks seem new and refreshed. Ending with Temple of Love both in the main set and reprising it for the encore animated the entire venue, creating a euphoric end to the performance- Sisters are not gone yet, and I imagine they are still going to be reminding us of their esteemed place in the alternative music scene for many years to come.
Soil and Puddle of Mudd
Puddle of Mudd are co-headliners for tonight’s gig which unsurprisingly means the Electric Ballroom is sold out, jammed with hot sweaty metallers ready for a night to remember.
The Black Dahlia Murder @ Camden Underworld, London
Fleshgod Apocalypse (6/10), are a little slower out of the traps. The crowd not quite getting it at first perhaps, but they soon have the crowd like a roomful of nodding dogs, and the pits open.
The same however, could not be said for Skeletonwitch (7/10) who fly straight into top gear; battering the crowd with an assault of unrelentingly heavy and fast riffs that they just lap up.
This proves to be nothing though as the floor explodes when The Black Dahlia Murder (9/10) come on!
Ritual has had an amazing response online from the fans, but nothing shows it just as well as the fans losing their minds to it and singing every word back. Not even a pause for minor technical difficulties can de-rail the train that is TBDM tonight, the band take it in their stride, engaging in a bit of banter with the crowd before ploughing on and melting more faces.
Next time they roll into your town, go and see them, because they’ll come at you like a fucking bulldozer and leave nothing but destruction in their wake!
Michael Monroe & Wednesday 13
Photos & Review by Sabrina Dersel
Welcome to the most Glam Rock and Roll night of the year:
The Electric Ballroom in Camden is invaded by the entire London Glam scene. When I arrive I only manage to catch the last couple of songs of the King of Glam Michael Monroe who pushes his stage time but for the great benefit of the crowd. “If you want one more song then make some noise” he tells. Of course the crowd is dying to hear more of former Hanoi Rocks legendary frontman. During the encore songs he ends up crowd surfing! At 50 year old, this man is in better and younger shape than most current bands!
Helped by Sami Yaffa on bass, Steve Conte on guitars and Karl Rockfist on drums, Michael Monroe’s band has welcomed Sweden s most popular guitarist Dregen. Truth to be told, if you re into Rock Music you don t need a further presentation.
When Wednesday 13 takes on the stage, the crowd is warm and ready to party again.
Joseph Poole, better known as Wednesday 13 is a Rock musician from Charlotte, North Carolina. He is most famous for his role as the frontman of the Murderdolls.
The Hard Rock / Punk / Gothic band has a new album out titled “Calling All Corpses”,the fourth studio album.
The show is very well delivered, alot of energy and great unity on stage. As well as getting a few props like a skull on a stick to sing with, Wednesday wears his trademark Hats.
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Collision Process Interview
[Photos by Matt Frederick]
Proving that age doesn’t necessarily come before talent, progressive metallers Collision Process appear to have become an accomplished act with just 18 months under their belt as a live fixture. Bassist and vocalist Dan Willet elaborates on the conditions behind this rapid evolution...
Above This - Interview By Kirsty Birkett-Stubbs
Having released a sneaky peek of their upcoming album with new track ‘One Up’, vocalist Shawn O’Brien talks about how far bass-maestros Above This have come since debut ‘7L7’...
From what I’ve read about the band, Above This stands for pretty much rising above all the crap life can throw at you – is this sentiment at the heart of the band?
Shawn O’Brien - Above This is of no doubt "a simple band name" it's short catchy, and easy to understand. You pretty much already have the basics of what we stand for, about standing above tough times in life. But another thing that we try to make our fans understand is that being "Above This" doesn't just mean saying that whenever something happens you will have the "strength" to pull through... Because let's be honest a lot of stuff can happen in one's life that can change your direction completely. So when we say ABOVE THIS, we mean that you have to be mentally strong and physically strong. And always to remember that tomorrow is a new day, and a year from now you will be nowhere where you are right now.
Lyrically therefore I assume you don’t struggle too much for material given the current state of most things...?
Shawn - The lyrics written for Above This are what you can call somewhat "over exaggerated". Yes, a lot of the words and stories come from my personal experiences, but I tweak them up to make them sound more interesting and fun for the audience to be able to sing along to and keep a positive attitude. My life is great, I love life! But I can write some pretty harsh lyrics for the better of my music and still maintain my personal normal life. I think of it as "going into my own world".
Was writing your upcoming album (for which I haven’t heard a title yet) quite a different experience to your debut?
Shawn - Yes, heaviness wise the albums will have some similarities, but that is of course "our style". Expect a lot more technical electro gut busting drops and plenty of memorable punch lines.
I believe the album is expected to be released in the summer – but what can you tell me about it in advance of that?
Shawn - The album is supposed to release early summer. But until then we will be releasing a couple of new songs that you will see on the new album.
Certainly the Youtube video for ‘One Up’, the first song from the album, is pretty epic – is the rest of the album following suit? I assume it’s safe to say you won’t be mellowing too much!
Shawn - All I can say is that after 7L7, you can only go harder and heavier.
One of the main things that people seem to focus on in your music is the bass – does that get frustrating? What are your motivations behind the ‘bring back the bass’ campaign?
Shawn - Mainly with our bass drops we like to make them different and fit perfectly with the music. People tell us that we have created our own genre that they like to call "bassdropcore". The bass will always be brought by us, and I think that it will be a way for people to identify us from other bands.
As someone based in Norfolk in the UK I couldn’t help but notice this is listed as one of your hometowns on Facebook – is this in the UK or US?
Shawn - Norfolk is located in Virginia, US. I myself live there, and my music partner Thomas lives in Germany.
It also says that Above This are a band representing ‘two countries’ – can you elaborate? How does this impact upon the bands working?
Shawn - It's a tricky and different process that the scene has definitely not seen yet, but we hope to make our music bigger and introduce the scene to a futuristic band that started from one single guy.
Is there an advantage to not always being in each other’s pockets as such during the writing process?
Shawn - We don't spend a single penny on our recordings. We work with the equipment we have, and until we get noticed and bigger, progress will come.
You appear to have an interesting array of influences listed so in order to separate fact from fiction who or what is inspiring you?
Shawn - My imagination is the only inspiration that motivates me today. Back in the day I used to look up to other vocalist and guy's who screamed better than me. But now, I am my own image, and making my fans happy with MY music is all I care about. Other artist's I do support, but I do not idolize them in anyway, I am my own person.
Whilst I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions as such, is there anything that you particularly want to achieve in the months ahead?
Or on the flip side are there any habits that you’d like to break?
Shawn - Rushing a song into recording it and finalizing it into two days has always been a habit for us. Mainly because it is fairly easy for us to record our songs. And we feel that we can do so much better if we just took our time and expanded our recording times.
Finally, given the brutal rage that has been come associated with the band, is there anything about yourselves that people may find particularly surprising? Any unconfessed knitting habits or love of daytime soaps?
Shawn - One thing, when you take a look at our members. You will see flat our normal guys that you would NEVER expect to be in a band like this. We hope to prove to people that you don't have to have long hair and tattoos and tight clothes to be in a band. Anybody can step up to the plate, because those who look "ordinary" are the ones you have to look out for because they are the ones that will sneak up on you in the end.
Thank you for the interview! It was my pleasure answering these questions! Hope you guys get to hear the new album when it drops! Stay tuned!
The Black Dahlia Murder – Interview with Ryan Knight
It’s the first night of the Black Dahlia Murder’s latest tour of 2012’s “Ritual”. They’re doing a two-night stint in London, and before the first show, guitar master Ryan Knight invited me onto the band’s tourbus to chat about it.
Your last album, Ritual, came out last summer. Was there any particular direction you wanted to go in when you went into the studio? Was it a fun album to make?
Have you got any plans for 2012, maybe a new album?
So, who’s the best?
Do you have any rituals you have to keep entertained whilst out on tour?
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Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
Year – 2010
Let’s face it, love sucks. Like every good drug, with a break-taking high comes a devastating low and Valentine’s Day is there to remind us that we are either loved, in love or unloved. But let’s not dwell on that! It’s also a great time to revisit the movies that make you feel all fuzzy inside, so rather than watch The Notebook (2004) with a razorblade and a bottle of whiskey, why not watch something a little more... fun.
Scott Pilgrim is based on the graphic novel of the same name and Wright makes a point of this influence throughout the film. The visual style is a mixture of graphic novel and computer game, both of which are central to the lead character. Many sequences will incorporate either comic book style colours and speech, or video game icons, all of which add to the originality of the final product. Throughout his previous work, Wright has always championed the pop-culture reference and this is no exception. The entire film is marinated in references to retro video games, the most recognisable being the Ninetendo Zelda series. Hearing a recognisable sound clip or subtle word from the script (that only a true fan would understand) feels like winning the lottery. It is a geek’s dream and a feeling no other film can recreate.
However, it is not only the gaming references or comic book visuals which make Scott Pilgrim such a wonderful experience. Films are nothing without a story or character and both of these are crafted superbly by Wright and fellow scriptwriter Michael Bacall. The script is charming and bursting with hilarious moments (my favourite being Scott’s interaction with his emails…) whilst also nurturing some unique characters. Culkin is a scene-stealer as the gay room mate, Wallace Wells, and Scott’s love interest, Ramona Flowers (Winetead) is an edgy but insecure young woman who dyes her hair to stand out, but clearly wants to fade into the background. It is Scott’s responsibility to defeat her Seven Evil Exs in order to be with her, a task which involves the likes of Chris Evans (Captain America), Brandon Routh (Superman Returns) and Jason Schwartzman (just totally awesome). The fight sequences are astounding as Wright combines video game visuals with comic book action, all the while making sure it looks painfully real.
The best thing about the film is without a doubt the way it straddles the line between a dream world and reality. We are all connected to something in our everyday life, whether it’s a laptop, work computer, games console, music player or mobile phone – ultimately we are all escaping something. Reality is painful and boring, but so much more interesting when you add a little magic or music, and in this way Scott Pilgrim is a snap shot of a generation.
Still, it’s a love story which is at the centre of the film. The Seven Evil Exs are something a lot of us can relate to. We’ve all got baggage, maybe not evil past lovers, but something we take with us into every new relationship with total dread. Scott Pilgrim makes this idea literal and then laughs at it, inviting the characters to stand up to their past and be even more powerful at the film’s end. It’s a love story that isn’t an obvious will-they-won’t-they or a soppy exercise in unrealistic expectations, but instead about making something happen and sharing your imagination with someone else.
So, this Valentine’s Day, whether you’ve got plans loving yourself or sharing your love with someone else, why not join Scott Pilgrim on his own quest for love… and then play some Zelda… you’ll definitely want to!
Model Name: NaTyMeTaL
NaTyMeTaL [Naty] aka Natalia is a 21 year old model from Costa Rica.
Naty is a lovely, sweet and friendly girl who has a love for metal and spends her time promoting bands and helping alternative models get published and recognised and is proud to support the Metal and Alternative Scene…Worldwide!
I first started to chat to Naty online around 4 years ago when I first started publishing my own photography and I found many of my modelling shoots being published on her site.
When did you start to take up Modelling?
You’re publication Gorgeous Freaks is doing really well, how did it all start?
What advice would you give anyone else wanting to start a career in Modelling?
You design all your own T-Shirts and Accessories, where do you get your ideas and inspiration from?
You have a strong love for metal, how do you find the metal scene in Costa Rica?
Do you have a good following locally, or do you find your items selling more internationally?
Do you have anything exciting happening for 2012?
What would you like to achieve in the Future?
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Thank you so much for your time Naty and for always supporting myself and Altercarnated Photography, which will also be featured in the next Gorgeous Freaks Publication, so stay tuned for more updates!!
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Emma Horsfield ‘aka The Countess’ By Jo Blackened
Emma Horsfield ‘aka The Countess’ is an Alternative Portrait and Dark Artist, based in Pontefract, near Leeds, UK.
She specialises in painting people who follow an alternative lifestyle, such as Goth and Steampunk as these subjects are a particular interest to her.
It is a pleasure to chat to her today regarding her work and lifestyle.
Hey Emma, thank you so much for this Interview… I have to start by asking;
Where do you get your inspiration from, is it always from your imagination or photos?
I work from clients' photos usually, but totally redesign backgrounds and can mix and match images to produce the best composition. In fact l can virtually do whatever the client requests with their image, imagination can take you anywhere! I get clients wishing me to paint them in the form of a Vampire, Witch, Mythical Creature or even a Zombie! One couple wanted me to paint them as Dracula and his Bride, which was not a problem at all!
Your Art is amazing, did you study Art at school/college?
I completed my GCSE and A Level Art & Design achieving grade A’s.
I left school at 18, and considered going to Art College but decided against it as I didn’t want to be moulded.
Travelling must have been exciting! Where you able to paint there too, or have you always kept your painting based in the UK?
It was there I met my husband, got married and started a family which ‘temporarily’ curtailed artistic aspirations (though this curtailment was to last many more years than first anticipated!).
After years of working in many laborious part-time jobs and after all my children began full-time school l began painting again and had a particular skill for portraiture, so I spent a year developing my technical skills in oils and pastels.
Have you always been into the Alternative Scene?
What are your favourite subjects to draw?
What are your goals in the future & what would you like to achieve?
What advice would you give someone who was looking into taking up Art?
Where has your worked been Featured?
It’s been a long journey and now eighteen years after leaving school, at 36 I am now ready for my art career to take off!
Where can people find your work?
Thank you so very much Jo!
Anything we hear, that we think you might wanna hear!
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ANCIENT VVISDOM MAKES UK DEBUT
Satan’s acoustic doom mongers ANCIENT VVISDOM have announced their debut UK shows.
Friday 13th April 2012 will see the Texan four piece take to the stage for the first time in the UK in Brighton, kicking off a seven date tour of the country.
Comments frontman Nathan Opposition:
"Ready to rampage through UK and Europe! Soul destruction is our creation. Your devastation, our delight. VVe're coming for you. So you be forewarned"
ANCIENT VVISDOM took shape in 2009 when former INTEGRITY members Nathan Opposition and Michael Jochum joined forces with IRON AGE bassist Justin "Ribs" Mason. The trio immediately began sharpening their darkened craft using acoustic guitars to create music with an organic connection to the nefarious rites they begat while incorporating electric guitar effects, synth sounds, vocal harmonies and abstract percussion to give a deeper, ethereal quality to their minimalist arrangements. Nathan Opposition's powerfully honest voice casts lyrics that conjure "mysteries of the occult, paganism, satanic philosophies and forbidden knowledge".
The album “A Godlike Inferno” - released earlier this year via Shinebox Recordings - was met with rave reviews, with the band receiving high accolades for their deeply dark and original sound, and these shows will be highly anticipated.
Initiate yourself into the VVorld of VVisdom at the following shows in April 2012:
Iron Maiden guitarist Adrian Smith & former SikTh front-man Mikee Goodman have joined forces for a brand new studio project PRIMAL ROCK REBELLION, and their debut album, ‘Awoken Broken’, will be released on 27th February 2012 through Spinefarm Records…
VERY OFTEN, musicians – especially established ones – like to remain within their musical comfort zone, preferring to walk the tried an’ tested path rather than breaking out in search of pastures new. Primal Rock Rebellion don’t fit that bill.
The brainchild of Adrian Smith and Mikee Goodman, UK musicians with different stories to tell, this is a fresh new project that manages to be both reassuring and unexpected at one and the same time…
On the one side, there’s Adrian, a key member of the Iron Maiden set-up, a band he first joined back in 1980; and since that time, Maiden has gone on to become one of the biggest hard rock bands the world has seen, playing to vast and staunchly committed crowds all over the world, opening exciting new doors in parts of the globe many people will never even have heard of! Their last studio album, ‘The Final Frontier’, hit the No 1 slot in over 28 countries!
With Maiden’s reputation having been forged through their ability to blend well-crafted vocal & guitar melodies with the sheer brute force of prime heavy metal, it will surely come as no surprise that the debut Primal Rock Rebellion album, ‘Awoken Broken’, delivers fully on both fronts, but with an extra nod to the underground, the alternative and the downright edgy – an aspect of the music that is enhanced from start to finish by the presence of one-time SikTh frontman / lyric-writer / spoken word maestro, Mikee Goodman.
With SikTh now universally lauded as one of the major inspirations of the new ‘Djent’ movement, it’s perfect timing for Mikee to return to the music scene in full force, following that band’s decision to take
a break after their second ‘Death Of A Dead Day’ album back in 2006; Mikee’s unique vocal approach – an arresting, signature blend of spoken word plus a wide variety of vocal tones (some dark and disturbing, others that owe a debt to the world of animation) was very much a part of what made SikTh stand out from the chasing pack, and fans will be delighted to know that his key vocal mannerisms have been both retained and honed for Primal Rock Rebellion, in a form tightly bound to the structure of the songs themselves.
Yes, there are spoken word elements, and yes, there are more extreme vocal moments peppered throughout the tracks, but generally speaking, this is a more mature and experienced Mikee, showcasing a strong, melodic voice plus an impressive vocal range, using the more ‘adventurous’ end of his repertoire as a way of providing contrast and effect.
In essence, Primal Rock Rebellion is the meeting of different minds, different mentalities and different musical backgrounds, but the end result is very much a cohesive, self-produced whole… albeit one that reflects the individual talents of the musicians involved: Adrian provides the guitars, the bass and the advanced song-writing skills – the sense of drama, of light and shade, of music designed to stir the senses, all of them.
Right from the start, it’s been very much a labour of love…
Adrian: “It was great working at my own pace and in my own studio with no time constraints. I think during the making of this album I went around the world twice with Maiden, working on the project in between. In the process, it allowed for a bit more of an experimental approach.”
Meanwhile, Mikee goes head to head with this renowned player as a full writing & production partner, adding new (sometimes surprising, often experimental) layers to the tracks, and ensuring that the music glistens with an inherent contemporary sheen.
Mikee: "Adrian inspired me in many ways. I learnt the importance and the power of choruses in songs. Adrian also gave me a lot more belief in myself melodically. I think we pulled each other out of our comfort zones, creating something fresh and exciting along the way. We co-produced the album together, and the whole recording process was very relaxed – no deadlines, just honing the songs naturally as we recorded them, a new experience for both of us.”
IN ADDITION to the Primal Rock Rebellion pair, there are backing vocals on three of the tracks (delivered by Tarin Kerry, discovered by Mikee while he was acting as producer for a band she was in), viola on the bulk of the songs (provided by Abi Fry of Bat For Lashes), plus original SikTh member Dan ‘Loord’ Foord on drums.
‘Awoken Broken’ was produced by Adrian and Mikee, and mixed by Simon Hanhart , whose previous credits include everyone from Tin Machine to Saxon. The album features 12 tracks top to tail, and it will be available on digi-pak CD, digital download and double coloured vinyl in gatefold sleeve. The track-listing runs as follows:-
1. No Friendly Neighbour 4.53
2. No Place Like Home 3.06
3. I See Lights 4.59
4. Bright As A Fire 6.21
5. Savage World 3.38
6. Tortured Tone 5.08
7. White Sheet Robes 5.16
8. As Tears Come Falling From The Sky 0.47
9. Awoken Broken 4.58
10. Search For Bliss 4.13
11. Snake Ladders 4.43
12. Mirror and the Moon 5.04
Those who like their music with power, passion and the occasional twist ‘n’ turn will certainly be in for a double-headed treat! You can hear and download for free the album track ‘I See Lights’ by simply going to www.primalrockrebellion.com
Woods of Ypres frontman David Gold was tragically killed in a road traffic accident on 21st December, outside Barrie, in his home country of Canada.
METALFEST 2012 announces a killer Desert/Doom/Occult-package! Legendary Kyuss are back, plus five more superb acts! Riffs, rock and coolness!
Kyuss Lives!, Grand Magus, Graveyard, Orange Goblin, Witchcraft and My Sleeping Karma confirmed!
Presented by: Noizeletter, Legacy, Hellraiser, Piranha, Musix, Metalflirt.de, Rock Tribune, Metallian, Earshot.at, Lords of Metal, Biker, Blast!
If there had never been the legendary KYUSS, we wouldn’t know this present form of today’s stoner rock we love so much! The Californian masters belong to the true pioneers and trailblazers of this savoury subgenre in the landscape of heavy but hearty rock-music. Cult releases such as „Blues For The Red Sun” and „Welcome To Sky Valley” still make the mouth of rock-fans damned water. Due to John Garcia - bandleader, mastermind and singer – fans of psychedelic groove-sounds get the chance to enjoy the band’s first-class-stoner-hymns since a very long time. Under the obvious declared banner KYUSS LIVES! the charismatic frontman reached to reconstitute almost the complete line-up (inter alia with Nick Oliveri and Brant Bjork) for performing kind of „Best of KYUSS”-sets at some selected festival- and concert-shows. Now you’ll get the offer to live the „stoner-dream” at METALFEST to get your blood boiled. If you miss this unique show, you better bury yourself alive!
When the auspicious wolves of GRAND MAGUS start to rock, every skull begins to crumble. The Swedish group around frontman Janne „JB” Christoffersson catapults the hammer of the North towards METALFEST and announces a brute doom/stoner metal storm, that´ll take your live away. Black hearted and driven by old school attitude, this trio infernal copes with topics like nature, death and the history of Sweden within their Songs. Inspired by these dark backgrounds, GRAND MAGUS create apocalyptic rock, which sounds as if it comes out straight from hell. Rapturing guitar-riffs, electrifying bass-lines and murderous grooves make stoner-fans feel bigger than the devil. This is obviously one of the reasons why GRAND MAGUS reached to become a cult-act within the doom/stoner-scene. Get bitten by these mad wolves at METALFEST!
GRAND MAGUS Video „Hammer of the North“:
With their tremendous songs, which definitely rip off your skin, the creative quartet of GRAVEYARD makes clear that Sweden is not only home of death metal. Especially the band’s wide-ranged repertoire of styles, which consists of classical rock, jazz and blues music, leaves you astonished. Within their sound, GRAVEYARD unleash emotions, feelings and moods, which could neither be more manifold nor more far-reaching. It’s not a surprise when the press refer GRAVEYARDs music as follows: Black Sabbath meets Led Zeppelin meets Rolling Stones! While a lot of other bands of the stoner and 70ies rock genre focus a neo-satanic imagery, GRAVEYARD follow the traditional path. Do you fancy a wide retro-rock-performance, now? Then get your ass to METALFEST…!
GRAVEYARD “Hisingen Blues” live clip:
It’s time to get the guitars smashed and indulge the mighty horned god! The party-possessed Brits of ORANGE GOBLIN couldn’t live out the music and lifestyle of rock more authentically. Wherever they appear, the rock’n’roll-barometer reaches highest levels. ORANGE GOBLIN represent all things you associate with heavy metal. Sex, drugs and rock’n’roll - if you’re looking for an overdose of rock music, these crazy booze’n’groove-maniacs let your dirtiest dreams come true. ORANGE GOBLIN never hesitate and live the heavy-metal-spirit in its purest form. Their sources of inspiration are unmistakable elements in the combo’s sound, which remind on classics like Motörhead, Thin Lizzy, Danzig, Black Sabbath or Celtic Frost. Be sure, these bastards know how to break through your auditory canals. The way’s free for an excessive rock-party at METALFEST! Hell fuckin’ yeah!
ORANGE GOBLIN video „Aquatic Fanatic“:
Cursed should be those, who do not believe in the power of psychedelic heavy/doom metal. WITCHCRAFT is and will always be a cult-formation, who knows how to indulge your senses with extraordinary rock-flavours. The master of doom himself – Lee Dorian – ignited the flame of this Swedish act burning with his label Rise Above Records. WITCHCRAFT stands for heavy rock that takes your soul on the way to the underworld. Funky but occult the band makes you feel suffer like a drug addict with their Seventies-flavoured style of stoner rock. WITCHCRAFT sound like Satan being on cocaine… Let this sound-experience flow through your veins…
WITCHCRAFT Live Clip:
MY SLEEPING KARMA
MY SLEEPING KARMA combines the organic aspect of psychedelic groove rock with emotional shades of aphasian landscapes. That was the intention of the debut album and it still remains. Guitar, bass and drums in love with a soundboard. On MY SLEEPING KARMA´s album, time is the major keyword in the context of "Satya". The conditioned mind is always moving between the past and future, and this movement activity creates the illusion of time. Use your illusion and you will discover the voice within. MY SLEEPING KARMA is enlightenment.
MY SLEEPING KARMA live clip:
So far these bands have been confirmed to play METALFEST 2012:
Megadeth > – exclusive festival shows 2012!
Kreator– exclusive festival shows 2012!
W.A.S.P - 30th Anniversary Show!
Hypocrisy – exclusive festival shows 2012!
Legion Of The Damned
Moonspell - Album-Release-Show „Alpha Noir“
Death Angel – “The Ultra Violence” Set!
Lake Of Tear
Swallow The Sun
My Sleeping Karma
+ many more!
TICKETS and FANPACKS:
Order the Metalfest fanpack for only 69,00 Euro, including Ticket, shirt and CD now at www.hardticket.eu
METALFEST 2012 dates:
31.05.-02.06.2012 Mining, Metalfest Austria
31.05.-02.06.2012 Dessau, Metalfest Germany/East
01.06.-03.06.2012 Jaworzno, Metalfest Poland
02.06.-05.06.2012 Zadar, Metalfest Croatia
05.06.-07.06.2012 Milan, Metalfest Italy
07.06.-09.06.2012 Loreley, Metalfest Germany/West
07.06.-10.06.2012 Pratteln, Metalfest Switzerland
08.06.-10.06.2012 Plzen, Metalfest Czech Republic
2012 again the motto is: IN METAL WE TRUST!
Agonia Records signs ENTHRONED!
ENTHRONED has two full-length releases on the horizon after signing a deal with Agonia Records.
The black metal combo recently finished recording their follow-up album to Pentagrammaton (out on Regain Records in 2010).
It is expected for an early 2012 release and entitled Obsidium.
Located in Brussels (Belgium), band's current line-up is:
Nornagest - vocals, guitars
Neraath - guitars, effects
Phorgath - bass, vocals
Garghuf - drums
Noens - live guitarhttp://www.facebook.com/pages/ENTHRONED/126142654307
PARADISE LOST - reveals new album cover artwork and tour dates
PARADISE LOST are now unveiling the cover artwork for their much anticipated new studio album “Tragic Idol” set to be released on April 23rd, 2012 in Europe via Century Media Records. The album's artwork was designed by Parisian designer Valnoir (www.metastazis.com), who has not only worked on this band's release, but also with artists such as Morbid Angel, Laibach, Ulver, Watain and more than 150 others.
Furthermore the band will be touring the UK this April performing tracks from their forthcoming album “Tragic Idol”. To celebrate the event PARADISE LOST will have a very limited number of VIP tickets available (10 per show) which you can purchase online on Wed 1st February 2012 from the band’s website www.paradiselost.co.uk Nick Holmes comments on the tour as follows: "This is a pretty extensive UK tour for us, I'm speechless and excited. It's nice to know there's a WH Smith in every town we play"
Here are the dates:
16.04 Cardiff – Great Hall 2 (www.seetickets.com)
17.04 Southampton - The Brook (www.wegottickets.com)
18.04 Folkestone - Quarterhouse (www.seetickets.com)
19.04 Colchester - Arts Centre (www.colchesterartscentre.com)
20.04 Stoke - Sugarmill (www.seetickets.com)
22.04 York – The Duchess (www.ticketweb.co.uk)
23.04 Glasgow - King Tuts (www.gigsinscotland.com)
24.04 Sheffield - Corporation (www.seetickets.com)
25.04 Wolverhampton - Slade Rooms (www.kililive.com)
26.04 Nottingham - Rescue Rooms (www.seetickets.com)
27.04 Manchester - Club Academy (www.kililive.com)
29.04 London - Scala (www.kililive.com)
30.04 Norwich - Waterfront (www.ueaticketbookings.co.uk)
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METALCAMP 2012 – SODOM confirmed!
Since the 80ies SODOM are considered one of the most important german bands in thrash metal and also play an important role in the world´s metal business. This three-headed thrash monster still shows those youngsters out there how to do it real good, still killing it!
SODOM are more than welcome to devastate METALCAMP´s stage 2012, and they´ll surely do so with their full-blown attack of old-school thrash metal! Beware!
SODOM „City of God“ video:
So far these bands have been confirmed for 2012:
+ many more!
The early-bird package (week ticket, t-shirt, CD for only 119 Euro) which was limited to 1.000 is already completely sold-out! Now the 3-day and one-week fanpacks incl. T-Shirt as well as as regular tickets are available!
Order your tickets here:
August 5 – 10, 2012
Exciting Music News!
WHAT: Signing session with Meat Loaf!
WHERE: HMV London, 150 Oxford Street W1
WHEN: Tuesday 28th February 2012 at 6.00 pm
Fans of rock legend, Meat Loaf, get the rare chance to ‘greet the Meat’, in person, when he visits HMV’s flagship 150 Oxford Street store in London W1, on Tuesday 28th February 2012 to sign copies of his new album, ‘Hell In A Handbasket.
Meat Loaf will be at the store from 6.00 pm, to meet fans and sign copies of his new album which is released the previous day Monday 27th February 2012.
‘Hell In A Handbasket’ will be Meat Loaf’s twelfth studio album to date, and was produced by Neverland Express guitarist Paul Crook. The legendary Chuck D co-wrote and performed on the amazing track ‘Mad Mad World/The Good God Is A Woman and She Don’t Like Ugly’.
Be there...you won't want to miss it!
Taproot Announce New Album; Pre-orders Now Available!
Taproot will release their sixth full length album, The Episodes, on April 10th, 2012.
The forthcoming effort is produced by Tim Palatan who previously worked with the band on 2010’s highly successful Plead the Fifth.
The Episodes, nearly six years in the making, is a complexly developed concept album. Bassist Phil Lipscomb spoke on the band’s creative process for this record, “I think our fans have come to expect the unexpected from us. Having written the story for this album before the music, this record sounds more like a soundtrack than a typical album, with the songs flowing together and taking you on a journey.”
This year marks the 15th anniversary of the group, demonstrating their strong reputation atop the modern hard rock empire. Lipscomb talked about the longevity of the band, “I’ve spent almost half of my life in Taproot traveling the world and I would sum up the whole experience as: I love my job!”
Watch Taproot’s entire statement as they talk about their 15th year as a band in this new video.
Pre-orders and package deals for The Episodes, featuring brand new merch,are now availablehere.
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A Portrait of Margaret Thatcher: "The Iron Lady" (2011)
Directed by Phyllida Lloyd Screenplay by Abi Morgan
by Hayley Alice Roberts.
"The Iron Lady" as a title for the portrayal of Britain's longest-running Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in itself is ironic. Viewing through the eyes of someone who did not experience the conservative society of the 1980's the film presents an image of a strong-willed yet sympathetic feminist icon during the political aspects of the film.
However the majority focuses on Mrs Thatcher's mental decline in recent years; therefore is it a story of an elderly woman and her family coming to terms with mental illness rather than the achievements and mistakes of one of the most influential leaders in history? Although what can be said is Meryl Streep who takes on the main role does a stunning job at re-creating the 2oth Century's most loved yet most hated political figure in appearance and in mannerisms.
As a protagonist she engages the audience in a wave of empathy as she recalls her days in parliament and how she got there while struggling with day to day life. The fact that controversy has been generated surrounding the film is no surprise as opinion has always accumulated a divide among the public when it comes to Thatcher. Its fair to say and understandable that her real life children Carol and Mark were against the film's production describing it as a "left-wing fantasy".
Perhaps a film in general on Margaret Thatcher has been released too soon, taking into consideration the woman is suffering with dementia to this day does ignite a sense of disrespect. Despite this it was an interesting approach at portraying the time through Thatcher's perspective. Many films such as Shane Meadows "This is England" (2006) showed how the government policy's and war affected the working classes therefore in terms of viewing history it proved insightful and different.
The main issues as in the Miners strike and the Falklands War are touched on depicting Thatcher's reactions, one of the most poignant scenes being where she decided to write to all the casualties families of the Falklands.
Due to the main focus being on Thatcher's later decline the political issues weren't given a lot of depth. This acted as a shame for the film-makers as concentrating on the impact of these historical events and how she dealt with them as Prime Minister had the potential to create something much more powerful rather than personal.
The use of the real footage from the time did provide an impact, reminding the audience of the reality of what was happening and adding grit to the piece. At times by showing her vulnerable side it was as if the motivation of the film-makers was an attempt at endearing her to the public after all these years. An alternative approach to the narrative with removing the flashbacks would have been effective taking the audience through the beginning of her life, what led to her ambition, her time in parliament then closing on her resignation allowing a fascinating depiction of 1980's history.
For what "The Iron Lady" does convey is an emotional story with a thin historical backdrop, however depicting the personal nature of a human being's mental state especially the hallucinations of her late husband Dennis (Played by Jim Broadbent) made an uncomfortable watch. Its strength lay in the way it acted as a vehicle for feminism through the message of never giving up and fighting for your beliefs.
Thatcher was brave to stand up and fight to get where she wanted to be in a male-dominated world and succeeding.
The film does overall give out a mixed reaction through being interesting on one hand and distasteful on the other, but there is no denying Meryl Streep's performance was touching and engaging and ultimately carries the film.
REPO ! The Genetic Opera
I finally came accross REPO! The Genetic Opera during the Christmas holidays, and what a nice surprise!
The idea came to Darren Smith in 1996 as a friend of his was going through bankruptcy and whose possessions were going into foreclosure.
Smith and Terrance Zdunich worked fast on ideas and plot lines to create "The Necromerchant's Debt", the first version of REPO.
It was first performed at the “John Raitt theatre” on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles. After being such a success, creators Smith and Zdunich expanded on the universe to create all of the storylines that became Repo! The Genetic Opera.
The mini film starred:
Finally it was then picked up by a studio to make REPO as a movie.
This Goth Opera takes place in the not so distant future, 2056 to be precise, in a chaotic world where a mysterious epidemic of organ failures has taken over society. Geneco is an insatiable company which profits on selling transplants to those in need through a trusty payment plan.
However, if one can not afford to make payments, they will have their organs repossessed by “Repo Man” Nathan, a man who is forced to take the gore-filled job by the evil Geneco President Rotti Largo in order to save his very sick daughter, Shilo. Mayhem,Heavy metal and blood ensues!
The cast is made by:
Repo! The Genetic Opera holds the record for the most songs ever composed into one film, with a total of 64. A 22-track cd soundtrack is now available.
Originally, a different actress was cast as Blind Mag, but due to the film's low budget the actress dropped out and Sarah was chosen. She is better known as the original character “Christine Daaé” in the west end musical show “The Phantom Of The Opera” by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
The film took in an average of $3,250 per screen on its opening day.
A Repo! Road Show was announced on January 28 in 10 cities.
In an email interview for chaoscontrol.com, co-creator/ co-writer / cast member Terrance Zdunich tells “Repo was never a concept geared toward the mainstream.
So it is with no surprise that major mainstream critics are absolutely not in favour of this movie!
Having said that, Repo! The Genetic Opera has a unique style,it is fresh and exciting, as well as mind blowing on a visionary level. This movie breathes with originality and creativity.
The first 15 minutes of this horror musical are absolutely mind blowing on a visionary level. It sets the tone for the rest of the film and the audience is offered a film that blends in the perfect elements from films such as Blade Runner, Rocky Horror Picture Show, and Phantom of the Opera.
Repo! had gained a cult film following. Still today, people are actually shadow-casting the movie in theatres, meaning they act out in front of the movie in a theatre dressed as the characters.Some fanatics even got Repo themed tattoos on them.
On the movie website www.Repo-Opera.com ,there is an excellent Podcast to download, involving discussions about the movie and all the tribulations to make it happen by the creators and cast of the incredible movie.
Watch it, listen to it, and you will understand everything about the reasons why the Grave Robber “can’t get it up if the girls breathing”!
The DVD and Blu-ray were released January 20, 2009.
DVD extras includes:
The Blu-ray includes:
The CD 22 soundtracks includes:
FILM REVIEW : SERIAL MOM
Dvd Review by Sabrina Dersel
I can remember very well the first time I encountered this movie, and never fell out of love of it! It was 1995, the video tape just got to the video club and got brought to my house. For the next hour and a half I was smitten and didn’t move from my chair. Since that time I have seen this movie at least three hundred times; it’s a real obsession!
Imagine: A picture perfect middle class family is shocked when they find out that one of their neighbours is receiving obscene phone calls. The mom (Kathleen Turner) takes slights against her family very personally, and it turns out she is indeed the one harassing the neighbour. As other slights befall her beloved family, the body count begins to increase, and the police get closer to the truth, threatening the family's picture perfect world.
Serial Mom is a 1994 American dark satire written and directed by John Waters, starring Kathleen Turner as the title character, Sam Waterston as her husband, and Ricki Lake and Matthew Lillard as her children. Patty Hearst, Suzanne Somers, Joan Rivers, Traci Lordsand and Brigid Berlin make cameo appearances in the film.
Director John Waters rose to fame in the early 1970s for his transgressive cult films,
Patricia Hearst plays a member of the jury; if you have never come across her name, she is a well known American newspaper heiress, socialite, actress, who was also a kidnap victim, and later was convicted to bank robbery.
If you are a L7 fan; the American GrungeRock band, you will see them performing on stage as Camel Lips and make quite an interesting use of their alcohol!
This is definitely a movie to watch and maybe have in your collection if it isn’t there already & never underestimate your neighbours…especially the ones who seem to have a perfect life!
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Cast your mind back to the 1970’s. Yes, yes it’s 2012, but play along will you? (And for those who weren’t born then – it’s imagination time children)
This was a time when a lot of today’s major artists cut their teeth (or at least were teething) creating straight-up rock n roll with a bluesy underbelly. This is where Dynamo Hum belong. Does that mean they’re dated? Only if you think rock should hang up its battered boots and go pick itself out a nice plot. In which case, what are you doing here?
Now that’s sorted out – the fact that they’ve named themselves after a Frank Zappa song tells you what you need to about their own likes, so it won’t surprise you to hear that Dynamo Hum also sound like regulars at the Led Zeppelin altar. In fact comparisons to the latter are made all the easier by the high-flying vocal style of Matthew Carter, and nifty guitars of Benjamin Johnson.
Stepping through the door with the easy swag of a cocksure cowboy, ‘Sorry Voltaire’ oozes sexy groove that will make girls roll their hips and boys reach for their shades. It’s a hard one to top, but ‘You Wanted It All’ has a keen edge to its high-ranging vocals that just pips it by managing to combine fist-pumping rhythm with lyrics that feel more emotionally personal. It makes you wonder whether to bang your head or sway your arms – perhaps you should just settle for waving all extremities because live you’re going to want to get involved.
What makes Dynamo Hum work is that they manage to retain that early spark without sounding contrived – the band has a loose but connected sense about them that makes you feel like you can pick up individual threads but will always find they lead back to one centre;
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Band Name: Alcest
Alcest latest release ‘Les voyages de l'âme’ (‘The Journeys of the Soul’) is the bands third album after their debut EP in 2005.
The album holds a dreamy atmosphere throughout with chilled sounds and some great melodies, with the songs mainly consisting of smooth clean vocals, with very few black metal elements in there.
For me personally I found there to be something missing from this album…maybe it needs another ingredient to hold the songs together, but I did still enjoy many of the tracks with afew of them standing out amongst the rest and liked the fact some of the tracks were over 8minutes long. ‘Là où naissent les couleurs nouvelles’ was one of my favourites but would’ve been better if the black metal vocals had been used throughout instead of just for one verse, but that’s my personal preference as the vocals did seem to remain the same in most tracks and I was waiting for more black metal to return.
This is still a beautiful album which is well produced and one that should be checked out, especially if you are looking for something to chill to in doors on these long cold winter nights.
All Else Fails – The Oracle, What Was, Is And Could Have Been
Taking influences from Killswitch Engage, In Flames, Alexis On Fire, Cancer Bats, Five Finger Death Punch this twelve track album is creative with some amazing tracks, with a great sludge metal track at the end!
These guys have already played with some major bands, such as Fear Factory, City of Fire, 3 Inches of Blood, Threat Signal, Decapitated, Suffocation, and Arise & Ruin, as well as playing the Ernie Ball stage on the 2009 Vans Warped Tour, that featured Bad Religion, Alexisonfire, NOFX, Devil Wears Prada, Underoath, aswell as many more.
With powerful vocals and the band showing elements of aggressively dark Punk, Metal, and Rock with even a touch of classical, this band do have an original sound!
These guys have shared the stage with Fear Factory, City of Fire, 3 Inches of Blood, Threat Signal, Decapitated Suffocation and Cancer Bats, they have played may Festivals and Tours and won the 2011 Nominated ‘Artist to Watch’ at Edmonton Music Awards.
All songs were written by the band and produced, mixed & mastered by Barrett Klesko and this is definitely an album that needs to be checked out!
Band Name: Allele - Next To Parallel
Band Name: Asking Alexandria - Stepped Up and Scratched [Remix Album]
1. A Single Moment Of Sincerity (KC Blitz Remix)
Belladonna - And There Was Light
Review by: Jo Blackened
Belladonna are a female fronted emotionally-charged, soft rock band from Italy.
The band are doing great and showing a fast following with over 1.000.000 music views alone on MySpace, and is no surprise seeing as they have done shows with Dita Von Teese at Erotica 07 in London, gigs with Scars On Broadway and even with Siouxsie & the Banshees aswell as performances at the Dubai International Film Festival.
Whilst the band were back in Italy, they played with some major acts like Nine Inch Nails, Mars Volta, Staind and Korn, just going on the strength of their first single off “The Noir Album”– the relentless rock noir tale of love/hate ‘Till Death Do Us Part’
In October they went back to L.A. to play a showcase at the Fonda Theater, and then to the UK - where Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson championed Belladonna by broadcasting the trackon his BBC radio show – with a sold-out headline show at The Garage in London!
In December 2010 the band released "Let There Be Light"; a single written in collaboration with English composer Michael Nyman and based on his "The Heart Asks Pleasure First"from the soundtrack of the Oscar-winning movie “The Piano”.
Although this album will not appeal to everyone or fans who like metal/rock fast or filled with aggression, this is still a band that deserves to be heard and with so much support it is no doubt these guys will go from strength to strength. This really is a great album and one that is great to listen to after a long day with calming and relaxing effects, so give it a try!
Band Name: Christina Vantzou - No.1
1. Homemade Mountains
2. Prelude for Juan
3. Super Interlude Pt.1
4. Super Interlude Pt.2
5. Small Choir
7. Your Changes Have Been Submitted
8. And Instantly Take Effect
Falloch - Where Distant Spirits Remain
Review by: Jo Blackened
1. We Are Gathering Dust
Falloch were formed in Glasgow, Scotland in 2010 by Andy Marshall and Scott McLean, the only two members in this band.
I loved this album, showing many different directions in their songs and with their lyrics focusing around nostalgia, sorrow, nature and longing, with the band showing their deep connection with their homeland; the Scottish landscape. The band took their name from the Falls of Falloch waterfall in Crianlarich,
The guys started recording their debut album 'Where Distant Spirits Remain' in 2010, after completion they managed to secure producer Ronan Chris Murphy (Ulver, King Crimson) to master this album in early 2011, with the signing to Candlelight Records which followed shortly after.
This is such a beautiful album, with tracks long and slow before bringing in faster drumming & heavier sounds. The vocals are soft and clean throughout the album, with no growling but it’s the music that mixes up the metal elements but still has the use of great acoustic sounds.
This is a great album to listen to late at night, where you can totally lose yourself to the amazing atmosphere these guys managed to create!
CONFESSION - The Long Way Home
Review by: Jo Blackened
Release Date: February 6th 2012
Label: Lifeforce Records
Crafter - Vocals
Dan - Guitar
Tim - Bass
Adam - Guitar
Shane – Drums
3. I Created This Horror
4. Piece By Piece
5. Asthma Attack
6. Gimme A.D.D
7. Nearly 30
8. Die To Live
9. The True Shine Through
11. The Long Way Home
Australia’s hardcore band Confession have just released their new and second full-length album ‘The Long Way Home’ Europe via Lifeforce Records following the 2009 debut album ‘Cancer’.
Although not a fan of a lot of ‘metalcore’ there are some bands I can tolerate and at first I was pretty ok with the start to this album. With good intro and I have to admit I really enjoyed Track 2. ‘Confused/Hopeless’, probably cause it hit under the hardcore genre, but when listening to track 4 ‘Piece By Piece’ I was ready to throw the album out the window!
Yeh, yeh I know ‘metalcore’ is so super cool right now [prob voted by a bunch of 14 year old’s who have no idea what real metal is!] but does every band have to do this?
Am I the only one to think that it doesn’t go with the tracks on this album?!
I have to say I am really disappointed with this album, and I actually liked the ‘hardcore’ aspects…if they had left the ‘metalcore’ out I would be giving this album 3.5/4 but it aggravated me so much it went down to 2/5, so please leave the ‘metalcore’ out, unless you can actually make it work in an album.
If you totally disagree with me you can see these guys on their European Tour with Parkway Drive, The Ghost Inside & Miss May I in April 2012!
Band Name: Cornerstone
‘Cornerstone’ are a female fronted Rock/Power Pop/Indie band from Austria.
For me personally this band would be much better with a male vocalist, giving it a more gritty rock feel because the way the album is at mo it sounds like something my parents would listen to!
This is the tackier/pop side of Melodic Rock and it’s clear to say this album really wasn’t for me. I have nothing more to add.
Band Name: Dark Suns - Orange
Dark Suns have always been committed to prog, with their previous albums, the melancholic ‘Existence’ (2005) and the highly complex ‘Grave Human Genuine’ (2008), they gave fresh impetus to progressive metal, and the direction of impact in the year 2011 clearly is rock.
‘Orange’ won’t appeal to everyone, but they have a great prog rock sound especially with their 70’s feel, great production and sound this is one experimental album with every track having something different.
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Eyvind Kang - The Narrow Garden
Ipecac Release: 30 January 2012
1 Forest Sama'l
Well I was looking for something different and with this album I certainly found it!
I fell inlove with this album instantly, even though with the first track wanting me add the lyrics ‘My Milkshake Brings all the boys to the yard….’ And without lyrics this album is more like a soundtrack…reminding me of Indiana Jones!
But jokes aside, The Narrow Garden is the full length album from composer Eyvind Kang which was be released on Ipecac on January 30th 2012, which was recorded in Barcelona with a group of 30 musicians all helmed by Kang.
With Eyvind arranging and performing with other musicians, he is known as the well-known string player who has worked with Mr. Bungle [Mike Patton], Sun City Girls and Lou Reed, and he has previously released many recordings of original music notably the acclaimed choral piece "Athlantis" (Ipecac) and "The Yelm Sessions" (Tzadik) and I have to agree that ‘The Narrow Garden’ is no exception, offering one of his most original and perhaps one of his most playful, impressive recordings to date.
True to form, the album is composed of full-bodied pieces of music that evolve from minimal song structure to more grandiose musical statements throughout, 'Forest Saman'i' is a great example of this. 'Pure Nothing', 'Mineralia' and 'Nobis Natalis' to the choral tones on Athlantis and show definite eastern influences, whilst 'Usnea' and 'The Narrow Garden' experiment with some truly eerie samples.
This is an amazing album, with a great atmosphere with elements rich in Eastern culture album and if you fancy something different then definitely check this one out!
ZOMBI - Escape Velocity
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With the release of Escape Velocity saw the Pittsburgh, PA duo ‘Zombi’ return to their roots in 2011 with the band using synth, bass, and drums to create stirring melodies and moving cadences.
The album reminded me of a mixture of Pink Floyd mixed up with the Blade Runner soundtrack.
With no lyrics, the sweeping synth sequences and pulsing rhythms of each track are trippy and dancey, with every track being very effective and hypnotic.
Band Name: Design the Skyline
Kick starting with ‘Crystal Swords Kill The Hordes’ elements of heavy metal, hardcore, soaring melodies and symphonic grandeur corrode together in a melting pot to provide the listener with a quite a challenging listen. Nonetheless this is a quite rewarding piece of music in itself. Deep throat tearing shrieks, growls chasing riffs and daring drumming all build together to form a powerful lead guitar crescendo.
Much can be said for ‘Destroyer’ in its techy wake of destruction it definitely serves as a testament that they are by no means a band who confines themselves to simple song structures and the radio friendly sensibilities.
One of the album’s highlights can be found in ‘Break Free From Your Life’, which is strongly reminiscent of Underoath’s They’re Only Chasing Safety album. From the high pitched vocals, elevated synth sections and galloping drums, this song alone propels the album forward in an unexpected and headstrong direction.
In a nutshell, this is perhaps a good place for haters to revise their opinion of Design the Skyline. Although the album does feel a bit strained and it does lapse into pretentiousness in parts, they are a daring and energetic group who are buzzing with creative vitality. Like them now or like them in a few years time. I personally think these guys may be on to something, with the shards of brilliance that lay scattered throughout Nevaeh.
Review By Ben Spencer
Band name: Above This
Whoever coined the term less is more hadn’t reckoned with Above This. Packing bass like it’s not only going out of fashion, but also about to be gathered up and shot into the stratosphere, the band bring new meaning to speaker distortion.
In case you hadn’t realised this from the off, Above This have kindly signposted you in the right direction with their ‘Bring Back The Bass’ campaign. Therefore there is absolutely no sniff of prizes for guessing debut album 7L7 is big, bold, and host to a whole heap of in-your-face swag.
At times frontman Shawn O’Brien sounds as though he’s even pissed off with his own existence, let alone that of everyone around him, such is the relentless nature of those low end roars. Combine this with the chugging guitars, and of course, that bass, means that if you’re looking for a soundtrack for mindless destruction this fits the bill perfectly.
The downside of all that use of the big ‘B’ is that the production quality of the album suffers a little as a whole, plagued by the all familiar buzzing of struggling speakers. It’d be good to hear just what Above This might sound like in the hands of a state-of-the-art studio. That said the tracks do lead nicely into one another without any breaks to interrupt the unrelenting fury at hand. Slightly dubious production can be forgiven though when you factor in that Above This are a band of two countries, with members in the US and Germany trying to create music across the gulf.
It’d be simple to write Above This off as unimaginative, but their commitment to this single vision is endearing in its own way, as you cannot underestimate the entertainment factor of cathartic brutality every now and then. With the band already releasing teasers for their new forthcoming album, this level of proficiency suggests that they haven’t found any cause to mellow just yet.
Band name: Blessed By A Broken Heart
Strutting in like the local biker gang of an apocalyptic sci-fi world, Blessed By A Broken Heart (BBABH) have seen a few twists and turns in their eight year trail as a band. Culminating in the release of third album Feel The Power, which has been three years in the making, the band now know a thing or two about guitar-led power metal with more than a hint of glam’s shine.
The strange thing about Feel The Power is it’s erratic nature. An example you say? Almost-album-closure ‘Innocent Blood’ could easily be an Avenged Sevenfold song cooked up during a glam-heavy jamming session, and it’s one of the best songs one offer here – full of tight guitar and itching-to-be-shouted lyrics. Album opener ‘Deathwish’ also seems to be forging its own path with its exploration of drug abuse, but it’s one that BBABH don’t follow down. Whereas in the case of ‘Rockin’ All Night’ – note the lack of G on Rockin’ – even Kiss might baulk at including it in their classic set list.
‘Shut Up And Rock!’ - which maybe their ‘Death To All But Metal’ but without Steel Panther’s wink-n-grin pastiche – sounds a little too much like the closing number to some High School Musical/watered down Disney Bill & Ted story where on reaching the end of their journey and becoming a ‘band’ the protagonists rip up the school hall and shove one in the eye of their haters. This feeling was not helped by the fact that my MP3 player decided to shuffle in the tooth-meltingly-sweet ‘I’ve Got You’ ballad in after, which could only have a place in the soundtrack of a teen film... I’ll write the screenplay if you like Mr Mouse.
There’s nothing fundamentally wrong with BBABH, and they’re certainly not the first to dabble in cheese, but it’s just that even by those standards this is warm and gooey. Apparently this album is ‘less cheesy and more mature’ than their previous efforts – which if true makes you wonder quite what sugary horrors lurked behind each spin of those discs. Yet the band are clearly capable of more given the musical ability that so often breaks through in the form of solo or riff.
They may wish us to feel the power, and when they muscle up you can almost sense where they’re coming from, but unfortunately for BBABH those 80’s-heyday bands still do it so much better.
To be honest I have never really been a Lacuna Coil fan, I find their vocals to be too repetitive with their sound too ‘mainstream’ and lack the aggression I like in the ‘metal genre’ or the darkness needed in the ‘gothic genre’ making it hard where to place this band, but there is no doubt Lacuna Coil are a great band and I loved seeing them live when they were in London.
After hearing the album afew times now I have to say this is a great album and one that I feel all Lacuna Coil fans will love and enjoy, but their sound won’t appeal to everyone especially those who like their Metal hard and their Goth darker as this band do have the ‘mainstream’ label stamped all over it.
The band will be doing a world tour in support of their new album, so be sure to check them out…I may even attend myself to see these guys play live again as they are great on stage and with 15 years experience behind them it’s good to see the band showing no sign in slowing down!
Review by: Jo Blackened
Band name: Nephelium
Alex Zubair – guitars
The wonderful thing about odd combinations is how they often strangely work. Case in point – deep-fried Mars Bars, meerkats and insurance (who’d have thought it), and JLS condoms (if your aim was to put people off using them, which it probably wasn’t). Lou Reed and Metallica – well that’s just a lesson in how straying from the track can get you so very lost.
Treading their own unique path are Nephelium who have swapped the sands of Dubai for the snow of Canada over a career that has seen them touted as one of the first death metal bands to emerge from the region. Perhaps this extreme change in temperature is the reason behind the brutal overtones of the band’s debut release Coils of Entropy. Luckily though the cold hasn’t affected their ability to give their instruments a good thrashing.
Although only six tracks long, Coils of Entropy still manages to reach the 40 minute mark, in part due to the monstrous ten-minute title track lurking at the end, like some deepwater leviathan. Getting there though means taking on the preceding five tracks and as they range between five and eight minutes a piece that equals a lot of down-ear buggery. Best use protection then.
Most of the album runs ahead at a first-out-of-the-blocks pace but has the restless stride of John Cleese in the ‘Ministry Of Silly Walks’ sketch, preferring to move between time changes faster than the hands of a clock. By death metal standards Nephelium aren’t as difficult to understand vocally as some, but Coils of Entropy is unlikely to make it as a karaoke classic. The album will hopefully please both new and old fans of the death metal scene alike through its old school brutality served with a touch of modern complexity.
Picking the best from the bunch, as so many like to, ‘Malediction’ deserves your attention for its blinding guitar solo alone, but will hold it thanks to its punishing energy and incredible closing scream. As with the movies these days – do not leave before the end of the credits.
Anyway, apparently written as a concept album about an entity witnessing the demise of the earth through the ages, Coils of Entropy makes you wonder if Nephelium know a little more about the 2012-end-of-the-world rumours than the rest of us...
Band Name: Deprevate
Band line-up: Richard Sumner - Vocals & Guitar
Album Tracklisting: 1. Element of Truth
Formed in late 2009, they spent 2010 gigging (including the Hard Rock Hell Road Trip to Ibiza sharing the bill with Skindred, Evile, Arthemis, Grand Magus and more), self-producing a music video, and promoting their 3 track demo. They are a young and exciting upcoming metal band and have recently gained industry support through endorsements with Blackstar Amplification, Dovetail Strings and Stageclix Wireless systems.
Opening track “Element of Truth” sets the tone for the rest of the EP to follow. Jack’s melodic guitar lines coat over some relentlessly paced, aggressive riffing with pounding drums that are almost hypnotic lying underneath, creating a full and rich sound.
Using breakdowns that somehow manage not to sound clichéd (no mean feat, considering the total rinsing of them in the metalcore and post-hardcore heavy era of late!) and some catchy hooks that could have been written by Bullet for My Valentine; the big choruses ring out, and are perfect to have any crowd singing along to them. A very well written and produced effort, it’s infectious and will win over any potential fans on the first listen. They could stand shoulder-to-shoulder with some much bigger bands with a lot more experience. A great taster, and really whets the appetite for when Deprevate eventually hit the studio to produce a full length album. You will definitely hear a lot more from these guys, a hard-working bunch who the labels will find it hard not to sign - a prime example of yet another bright star amongst British metal’s upcoming talent.
Review by: Ollie Thomas
Kick starting with ‘Bastinado’ the band waste no time in delivering the goods. With catchy choruses, crystal clear bass grooves and a drumming section that will get fans clapping along at live shows, these guys should have no problem filling floors and swaying crowds.
The slow riff intro of ‘A Necessary Evil’ turns things down, but not for long. A punchy bass guitar takes the lead, this powerhouse of a song charges forward before dispersing into a blues guitar solo meandering its way in flawlessly.
Polishing of the record is the jaw dropping, immeasurable ‘Lights on blues’, a ten minute long journey which feels like an album within itself. Opening with a tribal drumming with guitars slanting back and forth, there is something of an expectation to be had here. And needless to say the guys surpass it. Slow, weighty and atmospheric there isn’t a single note that feels out of place in the composition of this anthem. The last two minutes race ahead with galloping riffs, thunderous drums and an overwhelmed sense of achievement.
In all, Zodiac N Black are a much needed refreshment there really isn’t any filler in this well worth the wait record. They appear to have struck the right balance between solid song writing and experimentation, that doesn’t fall victim to becoming over indulgent. Fans will rejoice and newbie’s will kick themselves for not discovering them sooner.
Band Name: Mortad
Band Website: http://mortad.net
A personal highlight would be the technicalities of ‘Discipline and Distortion’. A slight moment of relief is found in an eerie intro that soon bursts into a maelstrom of noise. Relentless and colossal, these guys have cloaked themselves in a dark and sinister aura, as well as throwing in more jaw dropping solo’s into the mix.
The EP’s fourth track ‘Stricken’ sweeps through with thought provoking lyrics “Is reality just in our minds?” a dialogue that is well scripted with a powerful composition of instrumentation. Some serious fret board wizardry kicks in, propels the song and is guaranteed to leave you breathless.
Overall, this is indeed a solid release, passionate and dedicated: everything from the record’s production to song writing moulds together into a cohesive whole. Even though some may feel the record suffers from a lack of diversity it more than makes up for it by the band’s precision and focus. One that I’m sure will be further utilised in their 2012 debut album.
AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED / Despise You split album - And On and On...
Review by Jo Blackened
With the release of And On and On…we see East Coast meets West Coast in this pairing of American grindcore/punk titans AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED and DESPISE YOU.
If you love your grindcore with a touch of punk elements then this is definitely for you! Some great tracks, providing immense energy and aggression with some fantastic guitar riffs too!
Review by Jo Blackened
Following their success of their two debut singles, and only forming in 20o9, British metallers Akarusa Yami have recently released their eagerly awaited debut album Ouroborous.
It is obvious why these Nottingham guys are doing so well!
With 6 tracks in total the album did seem to finish soon, which shows how much I was enjoying it with track 4 ‘Change Reflects’ being a beautiful short track using only acoustic guitars which gave the album something different before track 5. Third Eye, Wide Open’ bring back the pure aggression!
It is no surprise this band are doing well with great air play throughout UK aswell as Holland and Switzerland and receiving some great reviews.
The album was mastered by world-renowned engineer Tim Turan (Emperor, Plan B), and seems to be appealing to many metal genre lovers!
With high expectations on this release I think the fans will be happy with ‘Ouroborous’!
Aiden - Some Kind of Hate
I have to admit that it is really hard reviewing a band in a genre that you really can’t stand, but deciding not to be judgemental I thought id give Aiden’s new album ‘Some Kind of Hate’ a go!
This being their 6th full length album after only their fifth less than a year ago they put themselves in the Rock/Goth [????]/Punk category, I found these guys to be more like American Horror Rock/pop…?
Aiden are not a ‘bad band’ they obviously do have talent but I did find all the songs to be the same going over & over, with no depth to them or originality, but alas I can understand why the younger generation may find them to be great, with their horror aspect amusing!
Maybe it’s because I like REAL metal & don’t really get all this horror punk/post-hardcore/metalcore genres, that are all mixed up that I find to be immature and too simple but I will admit there was one track that did get my attention & that was track 8. Transmission & 4 – ‘London Dungeon’; a cover from The Misfits, so just goes to show I did find songs I liked on this album.
I have never liked anything from these guys before, but yet I have not been following them but I have to admit this album was better than I thought it would be, it has a great sound and production and the vocals are pretty good, so if you’re open minded & willing, id say yehhhh….have a listen, you may just like it!
Against The Flood - Home Truths
Review by Jo Blackened
Label: Siege Of Amida Records
Against the Flood are a metal band forming in 2009 from South London & Surrey UK, and have gained a lot of attention the last 6months after releasing the self-titled EP and have since then now been signed and gained a great fan base.
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Name of Band: Neverworld
Name of Band: Cyconine
Name: James Meakin
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CLUB ANTICHRIST PRESENTS STEAMPUNK SPECIAL ON MARCH 9TH 2012
Massive 10 zone steam-themed party! Feat. live sets from BB Blackdog & Sunday
Driver, The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing album launch
PLUS - AC promoter Missy’s Sponsored Striptease!
"One of our favourite club nights" - Bizarre magazine
"Downright deviant and gloriously goth" - TheGuardian
"Surely the most sinful way to spend your weekend"- Time Out
"Colourful, vibrant and accessible" - Skin Two magazine
Grab your goggles and get ready to party like it’s 1895, as Club AntiChrist presents a steam-powered soiree this Spring! After hosting its first 'uber-sized' 10-zone party on December 30th under the banner ‘Not New Year’s Eve’, London’s largest and most creative alt. fetish night is kicking off 2012 as only it could - taking over the ground floor at the Colosseum Club again, and taking clubbers back to a future engineered in Victorian fiction.
Taking aesthetic cues from H.G Wells’ Time Machine, Jules Verne’s flying machines and Shelley and Stevenson’s monsters of pre-modern science, the steampunk subculture which AntiChrist celebrates on March 9th is now developing as fast as its cog ‘n’ copper-clad disciples are multiplying, spawning a dizzyingly diverse range of artistic, sartorial and musical interpretations. Representing the broad spectrum of the steamy sound, AC’s THEATRE OF SIN stage hosts BB Blackdog’s strictly sepia take on psychedelia, which does the desert rock trail in pith helmets, and Sunday Driver, whose unlikely arrangement of sitar, harp, clarinet, tabla and even a pair of dessert spoons pitches them as purveyors of world music, filtered through the world view of Verne’s …80 Days! Meanwhile Stills' futuristic hard alt. electronica is what Wells' Time Traveller might have heard had he set the controls for the next century.
Back in AC's own anachronistic Victorian past, the job of winding up the wheels of copper and selecting tracks between acts goes to The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing, a band seeking to ‘put the punk into steampunk’ who launch their second album at the club. To mark the March 12th release of the tongue-twistingly titled This May Be The Reason Why The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing Cannot Be Killed By Conventional Weapons bassist and comedian Marc Burrows will be giving away five advance copies - as well as one grand prize bundle including the band’s entire catalogue and merch range - as he acts as compere on the Theatre stage.
On any given night steamy shenanigans of another sort are of course to be expected at AntiChrist, and on the full-frontal front, March 9th again ups the ante as, for one night only, the guys and girls of Satan’s Strip Show are joined by Missy - one half of the husband and wife promotions team behind AC’s 8 year success story. Raising more than temperatures, Missy’s sponsored strip concludes a three month fundraising campaign to privately finance a RSV vaccination for one-year old Alfie - a friend’s poorly son refused the potentially life-saving jab by his local primary care trust. Although Missy’s personal target of £300 has now been reached you can still read Alfie’s story, and continuing donating to help his parents hit their overall total of £2,000, at www.facebook.com/missydoesSSS
With Missy’s act sure to be a tough one to follow, she and husband Dom have called on a couple of trump cards to complete the line-up of strip shows that will seen in March. Marnie Scarlet’s new routine ‘Voodoo Apocalypse’ promises to serve another slice of the deliciously off-beat and theatrical grotesque burlesque that has impressed at ACs past, but it’s fellow returning favourite, Mouse who really puts the cream on the cake… and for that matter the front rows, to go on previous performances! Anything goes (and comes!) when this Erotic Awards winner is onstage, so while it’s impossible to say exactly what could happen in the course of tonight’s ‘Milk You Like A Cow’ skit, it should suffice to say that sploshing and squirting are Mouse specialities! Last but not least to entertain the Theatre audience then is Sarge, of the Metal Fatigue Performance Collective - a pro-piercer, artist and master of suspensions.
With so much happening in the Theatre in March, you’d almost be forgiven for forgetting there are another nine decadent zones to delve into at this extended AC. To re-cap, those with a thirst for more filth will find themselves amply catered to in THE DEVILS PLAYROOM - where house mistress Rebekka Raynor is equipped with the whips, canes and expertise for kink lovers get their kicks on the room’s array of Playpenz gear, while the COUPLES DARKROOM offers sofa beds and complimentary condoms and tissues. Alternatively, whether or not you have a partner in tow, you could burn off the booze (a sin not to indulge when happy hour runs 8pm to 11pm!) on one of AC’s three dance floors. After a great response to extended opening in 2011, well-loved trad-goth and alt anthems arena THE HELLFIRE ROOM will be playing classics from doors at 8pm to close at 6am again in March, while PUREFUCKINGINDUSTRIAL takes over the ground floor, enabling it to blast the beats 10pm through to 5.30am and present new self-contained bar, THE INDUSTRIAL LOUNGE, plus a second heated, seated and enclosed smoking area. After the Theatre shows upstairs, AC's newest dancefloor THE HELLHOLE also opens, getting rock and metal fans moving from 2am, and finally the CHILLOUT ROOM offers free tea, coffee and cookies from 3am, care of the saucy maid service, and sustenance from the Thai food stall and ample seating throughout the night!
AntiChrist continues to pride itself on going above and beyond, to cater to the desires of a diverse and welcoming regular crowd who frequently liken it to 10 great club nights all rolled into one. To get all that’s on offer at AC’s steamy shindig elsewhere in a night you could tinker with the time machine to make it round the city in 10 hours, but the best party plan is a bit of a no-brainer. Start turning the cogs on your outfit and we’ll see you at the Steampunk Special…