Anathema’s Daniel Cavanagh Has Released an Extended Version of his “Monochrome” Album

Anathema songwriter Daniel Cavanagh has released an extended edition of his 2017 solo album Monochrome titled Monochrome / Colour via the Kscope label. The new edition features four additional tracks, including the new single, ‘The Silent Flight of the Raven Winged Hours (Acoustic)’ you can listen to right now. Anathema is currently working on the follow up to their acclaimed album The Optimist. Continue reading

Angelus Apatrida – Cabaret De La Guillotine

Despite what their 1980s influenced, Bay Area sound might lead you to believe, Angelus Apatrida are a modern Thrash band hailing from Spain. Recorded at their home studio in Albacete, Cabaret De La Guillotine (Century Media) is their sixth album, their debut seeing the light of day twelve years ago, and is a continuation of their sociopolitical charged Thrash awash with tasty riffs and plenty of solos.Continue reading

Anneke Van Giersbergen’s New Band VUUR Details Debut Album

Anneke van Giersbergen, long known for her work formerly with The Gathering, her impressive solo career, and work with both Devin Townsend and Aryeon, has a new rock/metal band dubbed VUUR. They have released the cover artwork and tracklisting for their forthcoming debut album, In This Moment We Are Free – Cities due out October 20th via InsideOut Music. You can hear the first track, ‘Days Go By – London’ below.Continue reading

Angelus Apatrida Streaming Hidden Evolution

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Angelus Apartida is streaming their new album Hidden Evolution in full here. The album will be released on January 27, 2015(digital only) in North America via Century Media Records.

The artwork for Hidden Evolution was handled by Gyula Havancsák / Hjules.com, who has also created album covers for bands such as ANNIHILATOR, DESTRUCTION, STRATOVARIUS, GRAVE DIGGER and NIGHTINGALE. The standard track-listing for the album, which was once again recorded in Moita, Portugal at Ultrasound Studio with producer Daniel Cardoso (ANNEKE VAN GIERSBERGEN, ANATHEMA, etc.), reads as follows:

Hidden Evolution track-listing:
1. Immortal
2. First World Of Terror
3. Architects
4. Tug Of War
5. Serpents On Parade
6. Wanderers Forever
7. End Man
8. Speed Of Light
9. I Owe You Nothing
10. Hidden Evolution

“Speed Of Light” features a lead guitar guest appearance by Chris Amott (ARMAGEDDON, ex ARCH ENEMY).

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Angelus Apatrida Releasing Hidden Evolution in January, Euro Tour Dates Announced

Spanish thrashers Angelus Apatrida are releasing their fifth studio album Hidden Evolution on January 19, 2015 in Europe and January 27, 2015 in North America (digital only) via Century Media Records. Check out the Hidden Evolution album teaser here:

The record was recorded at Ultrasound Studio in Moita, Portugal with producer Daniel Cardoso (Anneke Van Giersbergen, Anathema) and artwork was created by Gyula Havancsák / Hjules.com (Annihilator, Stratovarius, Destruction, Grave Digger, Nightingale).

Hidden Evolution track-listing:
1. Immortal
2. First World Of Terror
3. Architects
4. Tug Of War
5. Serpents On Parade
6. Wanderers Forever
7. End Man
8. Speed Of Light
9. I Owe You Nothing
10. Hidden Evolution

See below for a series of videos from Hidden Evolution‘s recording sessions:
Video #1, drums
Video #2, guitars
Video #3, bass
Video #4, vocals & solos

ANGELUS APATRIDA live:
Dec 20: Sala Casa Del Loco – Zaragoza (Spain)
Dec 26: Sala Sonora – Bilbao (Spain)
Jan 22: Sala Penelope – Madrid (Spain) * Album release show!
Jan 23: Sala Bóveda – Barcelona (Spain) * Album release show!
Jan 24: Sala Rock City – Valencia (Spain) * Album release show!

SUICIDAL ANGELS, DR. LIVING DEAD!, ANGELUS APATRIDA live:
Feb 11: Musikbunker – Aachen (Germany)
Feb 12: Mezz – Breda (The Netherlands)
Feb 13: De Klinker – Aarschot (Belgium)
Feb 14: Turock – Essen (Germany)
Feb 15: Romein – Leeuwarden (The Netherlands)
Feb 16: Bastard Club – Osnabrück (Germany)
Feb 17: Marx – Hamburg (Germany)
Feb 18: K17 – Berlin (Germany)
Feb 19: Progresja – Warsaw (Poland)
Feb 20: Fabryka – Cracow (Poland)
Feb 21: Masters Of Rock Café – Zlin (Czech Republic)
Feb 22: Viper Room – Vienna (Austria)
Feb 24: Colloseum Club- Kosice (Slovakia)
Feb 25: Durer Kert- Budapest (Hungary)
Feb 26: Orto Bar- Ljubljana (Slovenia)
Feb 27: Club Sloga- Sarajevo (Bosnia And Herzegovina)
Feb 28: Dom Omladine- Beograd (Serbia)
Mar 01: TBA- Zagreb (Croatia)
Mar 03: TBA- Bratislava (Slovakia)
Mar 04: TBA- Graz (Austria)
Mar 05: Blue Rose Saloon- Milano (Italy)
Mar 06: Backstage – Halle- München (Germany)
Mar 07: Met Bar- Lenzburg (Switzerland)
Mar 08: TBA- Toulouse (France)
Mar 10: Razz2- Barcelona (Spain)
Mar 11: Garaje- Murcia (Spain)
Mar 12: Shoko- Madrid (Spain)
Mar 14: Alterax- Nice (France)
Mar 15: Glazart- Paris (France)
Mar 17: Cafe Zentral- Weinheim (Germany)
Mar 18: Rock it – Aalen (Germany)
Mar 19: TBA- Dornbirn (Austria)
Mar 20: TBA- Nürnberg (Germany)
Mar 21: Hellraiser- Leipzig (Germany)
Mar 22: MTC- Köln (Germany) –

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Anathema – Mother’s Cake: Live at 013, Tilburg NL

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The Austrian band Mother’s Cake seem to enjoy disregarding genre boundaries. While on the one hand they have a very funky sound due to the bass, which is often played with slapping and popping, they guitar tends to have a more punk-rock style. The vocals are pretty high in pitch with that classic hard rock squeeze, but the drummer seems to prefer playing progressive music. Then again, they also incorporate unexpected reggae or ska breaks, and play a very good Hendrix-style blues. The dissonance between the various musical instruments and the vocals as well as the occasional very high pace means this band does not qualify for easy listening. Sometimes it seems as if we are witnessing three separate musicians rather than a band.

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However, the band attack their instruments with great enthusiasm, and in those sections of songs where the diverse elements fall into place they are actually really, really good. Because of the diversity of sound they remind of a number of different bands, The Music being one of the first that popped into my mind. The end of their set was really strong, with vocals similar to those of Robert Plant and on the whole an almost Led Zeppelin quality to the music.

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While I personally didn’t enjoy all of their musical experiments, I liked their skill in various fields and the risks they take in playing so many different genres. I think if they can move towards a greater coherency in their music they will be a band to keep an eye on.

 

Anathema, the masters of dramatic tension have once again returned to Tilburg, and judging by the size of the crowd the venue is very nearly sold out. This year saw the release of the band’s tenth studio album, Distant Satellites (KScope). Distant Satellites is much closer to heavy progressive than Weather Systems, which was rather ambient in sound, and these new songs provide a very strong opening to the show. Anathema do not play only their new works, however, and it is very interesting to hear ‘Untouchable part I and II’ played with the intensity of Distant Satellites. Other older songs include ‘A Natural Disaster,’ ‘Fragile Dreams,’ and ‘Universal.’

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I was glad to see backing vocalist Lee Douglas present on stage from the very start, and especially to see how much her stage performance has improved. She is really starting to take her space in the spotlight, which is well deserved considering her strength as a solo singer as well as the beautiful harmonies she provides that match both Vincent and Daniel Cavanagh’s voices. Vincent’s vocals, while not flawless, have a very intense and emotional quality about them, and it is truly impressive how he manages to sing in a completely different rhythm from what he plays on his guitar. Daniel’s voice is softer and is usually only present when he is playing keyboards instead of guitar.

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Although Daniel Cardoso is capable of great subtlety it’s great to have John Douglas present on percussions as well. John is also quite adept at the keyboards, which he proved during ‘The Beginning of the End.’ When they played ‘Storm Before the Calm,’ we saw Vincent behind yet another keyboard backlit like some kind of dark lord. Eventually, Daniel Cavanagh started playing his guitar with a violin bow.

 

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The band has a wonderful stage presence, and certainly great audience interaction, since Danny can speak a few words of Dutch, Vinnie a few phrases, and Jamie lives in the Netherlands so he can hold entire conversations with the spectators.

The band announced that they were going to play a very special festival in the 013, which means that we are likely to see them perform at Roadburn 2015.

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WORDS: LORRAINE LYSEN

PHOTOS: SUSANNE A. MAATHUIS PHOTOGRAPHY