Bombus – Repeat Until Death

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Formed in Gothenburg in 2008, and surely the only band who can claim to be purveyors of “Heavy Duty Bomboozle Bonanza” (their words, not mine), Bombus are all set to release their third album Repeat Until Death (Century Media) into unsuspecting ears. Their previous records, 2010’s self titled Bombus (Mourningwood Recordings) and The Poet and the Parrot (Century Media) from 2013 were both solid, if unspectacular, releases. Energetic and enthusiastic, but lacking that certain something special.

Although Repeat Until Death isn’t a massive leap forward, it’s one certainly big enough to show a significant improvement in the band’s style and songwriting. The slow and mid-paced songs don’t drag, and the faster ones don’t sound like they’re in a race to get to the finish line any more.

Opener ‘Eyes on the Price’ picks up where the previous album left off, with its Motorhead meets Rob Zombie riffs with a pinch of Iron Maiden thrown in for good measure. ‘Rust’ follows next, a punchy little number with a big Tool influence. ‘Deadweight’ continues the album’s fine start with its big drums, big guitars and big chorus. There’s a Mastodon vibe to the song which carries over into fourth track ‘Head of Flies’ but is soon replaced by a chanted mid-section and a guitar melody more than a little reminiscent of fellow Swedes, Ghost.

Virtually the polar opposite of its punky, sludgy counterpart from their debut album, ‘I Call You Over (Hairy Teeth Pt 2)’ begins with gentle keyboards and clean vocals and evolves into one of the strongest songs, not only on the album, but from the band overall. An excellent representation of how they’ve already progressed from their earlier days. The pace picks up again with the catchy and quite brilliant title track, but falters straight after with arguably the weakest cut on the album, ‘Shake Them For What They’re Worth’. But even then, not by any stretch of the imagination could that be called a bad song.

The Tool/Mastodon influences return on ‘You The Man’ which features some particularly strong work from bass player Ola Henriksson, and the album closes with the rather dark ‘Get Your Cuts’, which features a melody that sounds like it could have been taken from Fabio Frizzi‘s soundtrack to Zombie Flesh Eaters.

One of the first surprises of the year, Repeat Until Death is heavy, catchy and confident in its execution. The band’s influences are numerous and varied and the production is spot on. The guitars sound great, the drums are robust with some nice patterns, and the excellent shared vocals range from clean and smooth to the sound of Lemmy (RIP) clearing his throat.

8.0/10

GARY ALCOCK

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Tuska Music Festival Adds More Bands, Tickets On Sale Now

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Finland’s #1 metal festival of summertime, Tuska 2015, has announced a slew of new acts to join the bill. Among the additions are Stormwarrior, Architects, Alfa Hanne, Dr. Living Dead!, Mokoma, Alfa Hanne, At The Hollow, Tryer, The Cold War, Adamantra and many more to come. The show takes place June 26th to June 28th in Suvilahti, Helsinki.

 Single day tickets and passes are on sale now from the festival website, with VIP packages to be announced soon. The full bill will be announced later this spring with the line-up for each day so far

Friday June 26th
Sabaton, Lamb Of God, Architects, Exodus, Krokodil, Blues Pills, Ghost Brigade, Alfa Hanne, Enforcer, Foreseen, Death Toll 80k, Ape

Saturday, June 27th
In Flames, Amorphis, Loudness, Ne Obliviscaris, Bloodbath, The Sword, Einherjer, Bombus, Atomic Rotta, Morbid Evils, Tryer, Red Moon Architect, Adamantra, Dark Side Of The Mime

Sunday June 28th

Alice Cooper, Opeth, Stratovarius, Stormwarrior, The Sirens, Warmen, Dr. Living Dead !, At The Hollow, The Cold War

For more information:
http://www.tuska-festival.fi
http://www.fme.fi
http://www.facebook.com/TuskaOpenAir
https://twitter.com/tuskafestival
http://instagram.com/tuskafestival

Download Festival announces King 810, In Flames, L7 + 20 more

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The full line up of the UK’s Premier Summer festival, Download Festival, is beginning to take shape with the addition of 23 more acts including Thrash Metal Kings Testament and legendary Brit Rockers Thunder.

The most high profile of today’s announcements, King 810 are confirmed a year after they had to cancel their spot on the bill due to the arrest of vocalist David Gunn.

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In Flames, Lamb Of God, Amorphis On 2015 Tuska Open Air Metal Festival

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Tuska Open Air Metal Festival 2015 has announced its lineup to include In Flames, Lamb Of God, Amorphis, Stratovarius, The Sword and Bombus. More acts will be announced shortly.

Stratovarius will be doing their set around their Visions album, while Amorphis will doing their 20th Anniversary of their Tales From the Thousand Lakes album set.

Tuska-festival will be held from June 26th to 28th at Suvilahti, Helsinki.

The Tuska Pre-party will feature Judas Priest and Five Finger Death Punch at Helsingin Jäähalli on June 4, 2015. The concert is part of Judas Priest’s ”Redeemer of Souls” tour and the show will be held three weeks prior to Tuska-festival.