“Ashes to Ashes” is the latest release by Utah death core band Chelsea Grin. Oh how I love these sub genres. Wait, scratch that, we are just going to say they are metal. This record is the bands third full-length and it is a very diverse brutal metal soundtrack. The band entered the studio in November 2013 and their first single was released December 17, 2013. This built much anticipation with the fans.. Read all!
Fozzy’s the previous effort, Sin and Bones, turned out to be a turning point for the heavy metal formation. The record was received positively by the press and they gained a lot of new fans. Now, the American rockers, led by former professional wrestler Chris Jericho, are back with the album’s successor: Do You Wanna Start A War. Can this sixth full length meet the expectations that were set with the release of Sin and Bones? Read all!
It is almost two years since the last Grave Digger album Clash Of The Gods came out. So that’s about time for the band to release another one. Return Of The Reaper is album number sixteen since the band was formed in 1980. Obviously a highly productive band throughout the years. And in all that time they never really let us down. Read about that here!
Switzerland! The land of quality chocolates, overpriced cheese, pretty ladies and more than a few extreme metal bands.
Abinchova is one of them, but they’re a tidy bit different. When I was told about a “Folk Death Metal” band from Switzerland, the first band that came to my mind was obviously Eluveitie, which bear similar characteristics (Swiss, Death/Folk, a-lot-of-band-members, etc’) but at the moment Wegweiser, the band’s new release, started to spin – every similarity went to the bin, which is quite good since I feared I might find a clone. Read all
Naturbål – which, incidentally, is the third part in their four-album series about the natural elements. Jordpuls was dedicated to the element of earth, while Orkan focused on air; Naturbål is all about fire. What’s tripping me up here is the fact that Naturbål is so similar to its predecessors, and yet, it’s different in a myriad of ways. Read all
Insidiae, Sons of Seasons and MaYan
Romein, Leeuwarden (NL)
After reading only positive reviews and watching people drool over an album cover with a bunch of goats I was really curious about the new band of Mark Jansen ‘MaYan.’ Luckily for me, they were just about to start a co-headlining tour with Sons of Seasons. So on the day that the world ended I found myself travelling far far north with a friend to check out both bands.
The Frisian band Insidiae had the bad luck of playing a show only a few hours after the world was destroyed by a big, fat earthquake. This is probably the reason why the turn-up was poor (it was all evening, not just during Insidiae.) I managed to see only one song of this band because of interview obligations. (Interview) The music of Insidiae is best described as a blend between progressive and melodic death metal. In 2010 they released an EP, of actual decent quality. There isn’t much to say about a show of in total one song so the best thing you can do is check out the pictures below and listen to some songs on Myspace.
The first time I saw Sons of Seasons was on their tour with Epica some years ago. Back then, I don’t recall it to be very impressive, this time was the exact opposite.
During the intro, a girl in a wedding dress entered the stage (and later in a more vampire like outfit) as a showelement (honestly, not a very great one) after this, they played the song Bubonic Waltz and the band instantly put on a strong show. There weren’t a lot more people then during the first band and the crowd present wasn’t very cooperative when it came to clapping along and those kind of things. This didn’t hold Sons of Seasons back to still give it 100%. Henning Basse is besides an talented singer a charismatic perfomer. When performing live, details in the music of Sons of Seasons you can hear on the albums seem to get lost in translation, but the power of their live show makes up for that effortlessly.
It wasn’t a suprise when the band called on a special guest to perform the song Wintersmith with them (a song based on Terry Pratchett’s novel). After a little bit of a false start for Simone Simons and Henning Basse gave away a fine duet.
Slowly a bit more people gathered around in front of the stage for MaYan, which isn’t that odd with being half of Epica and having more great musicians at your disposal. Mister Mark Jansen proved to be a born frontman, he never once stopped interacting with the crowd or stopped having fun while performing, the same goes for the rest of the band!
Running on and off stage were Henning Basse (Sons of Seasons), Simone Simons and at-first-unknow-but –not-anymore Italian opera talent Laura Macri. The stage in the venue was a little bit to small for the full family of MaYan, which almost resulted in members tripping over each others feet. Musicwise MaYan reminded of Epica sometimes, but with a bit more technical death metal influences. The show and the songs gave me a postive impression.
Songs like Drown the Demon and Bite the Bullet resulted in a small mosh/dancepit, with a bunch of very wasted people. The audience made up for their lack of activity during MaYan, like Mark said ‘a small crowd, but enthousiastic.’ For MaYan the gig was another succes!