Nightrage – Wolf To Man

Started by a couple of friends nearly two decades ago, Nightrage is a band that has been through a lot of changes over the years. One of the founders, the guitar hero Gus G moved on to other things, but the other creator, Marios Iliopoulos has been faithful in making monumental Metal with this act since the early 2000s. The evolution of this Greek/Swedish hybrid group has sculpted their sound into something uncommon and exceptional. Their eighth full-length album, Wolf To Man (Despotz Records) presents their particular music with severity and soul. Continue reading

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO PREMIERE: Nightrage – “The Damned”

Ghost Cult is proud to bring you the premiere of the new video from legendary Melodic Death Metallers Nightrage, for their new single ‘The Damned’. The track is available to purchase and stream from Despotz Records, at the link below. The track and the video are incredible, just classic Nightrage. We have also included the inspirational lyrics to the song below, so get ready to headbang like crazy and scream your guts out! Continue reading

Former Opeth Keyboard Player Per Wiberg To Release Debut Solo Album In 2019

Per Wiberg (Opeth, Spiritual Beggars, Kamchatka) has announced his signing to famed metal label Despotz Records, for the release of his debut solo album in 2019. Per released a statement about launching his solo career and what to expect from the album. Continue reading

Liv Sin Enters The Studio To Work On Album #2

Liv Sin, the rock band featuring former Sister Sin singer Liv Jagrell has entered the studio this week to begin working on the follow-up to her well-received debut album, Follow Me. Liv Jagrell Producer Emil Nödtveidt (Deathstars) will helm the album at Black Syndicate studios. The album will release via Despotz Records in 2019. Continue reading

ThunderMother – Road Fever

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One of the great conceits about reviewing music is just how awfully seriously people can take it: I know, for I am one of the worst culprits. Each new release is often treated as if it were the Second Coming with journalists falling over themselves in the search for innovative epigrams or snarky turns of phrase that underscore just how enamoured they are of the latest release from someone you’ve never heard of and are unlikely to hear of again. Similarly, the attempts to shoehorn a pretty mediocre record into the fabled canon of classics is another default setting of those who would seek to “criticise music”.

Sometimes, it’s a relief to go back to basics and consider a record as unfettered entertainment: no airs, no graces, just solid rock n roll that makes you bang your head and punch the air in vicarious delight. So let’s do just that, kids.

Stockholm’s ThunderMother are a rip snortin’, hard drinkin’, ever flirtin’ rock n’ roll outfit with more nods to AC/DC than an Angus Young headbanging session. This is the sort of rock ‘n’ roll that fuels a Friday night after a hard week at work, when you’re looking to let your hair down and have a damn fine time. It’s the aural equivalent of a Jaegerbomb.

The AC/DC influence is palpable and worn as a badge of honour. In some respects, this could be a female version of Airbourne but without the grating insufferableness of the Antipodeans. With songs like ‘It’s Just a Tease’ (a great putdown of boorish males);  ‘Deal with The Devil’, ‘Roadkill’ or ‘Thunder Machine’ you know that ThunderMother aren’t looking to win the Booker prize, but there is an energy and a wit to the song-writing and the playing: this is an album that gallops along breathlessly, stopping only for another beer and a shot of bourbon.

Road Fever (Despotz) has no qualms or anxieties about whether you think that this is a record that matters or will be changing the world. It is a record that comes in, does a bit of a turn, shouts a bit and then leaves. It has a pile of energy and a feisty set of lyrics that conjure an infectious image of the last-gang-of-girls-in-town, partying all day and night and rightly belittling the male population for being idiots: in many ways, this is Lena Dunham’s Girls with a hard rock soundtrack.

 

7.0/10

 

MAT DAVIES

Album Stream: Nightrage – The Puritan

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Nightrage is streaming their sixth studio album The Puritan in its entirety, out April 24, 2015 via Despotz Records here. The album was produced by Daniel Bergstrand (Meshuggah, Devin Townsend, Soilwork) and George Nerantzis at Dugout Productions in Uppsala, Sweden.

Nightrage is…

Marios Iliopoulos – Guitar
Ronnie Nyman – Vocals
Anders Hammer – Bass

Music Video: Nightrage – Stare Into Infinity

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Greek/Swedish melodic death metallers Nightrage is streaming the music video for “Stare Into Infinity,” off of their upcoming sixth studio album The Puritan, out April 24, 2015 via Despotz Records. Stream it below.

Album number six was produced by Daniel Bergstrand (Meshuggah, Devin Townsend, Soilwork) and George Nerantzis at Dugout Productions in Uppsala, Sweden.

01: The Puritan
02: With a Blade of a Knife
03: Desperate Vows
04: Endless Night
05: Foul Vile Life
06: Stare into Infinity
07: Lone Lake (Instrumental)
08: Son of Sorrow
09: When Gold Turns to Rust
10: Fathomless
11: Kiss of a Sycophant

Nightrage is…

Marios Iliopoulos – Guitar
Ronnie Nyman – Vocals
Anders Hammer – Bass

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Album Stream: Lancer – Second Storm

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Swedish metallers Lancer is streaming their forthcoming album Second Storm in its entirety here. The album is out April 10, 2015 via Despotz Records.

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Second Storm Track Listing
01. Running from the Tyrant
02. Iwo Jima
03. Masters and Crowns
04. Behind the Walls
05. Aton
06. Children of the Storm
07. Steelbreaker
08. Eyes of the Liar
09. Fools Marches On

Lancer is…

Isak Stenvall – Vocals
Fredrik Kelemen – Guitar
Per-Owe “Ewo” Solvelius – Guitar
Emil Öberg – Bass
Sebastian Pedernera – Drums

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Video: Lancer – Iwo Jima

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Swedish metal quintet Lancer is streaming the music video for “Iwo Jima,” off their sophomore release Second Storm, out April 10, 2015 via Despotz Records below. It was recorded at Leon Music Studios with producer Gustav Ydenius (Enforcer, Sister Sin) and artwork comes courtesy of Dimitar Nikolov (who has previously made artwork for Steelwing and Katana).

01. Running from the Tyrant
02. Iwo Jima
03. Masters and Crowns
04. Behind the Walls
05. Aton
06. Children of the Storm
07. Steelbreaker
08. Eyes of the Liar
09. Fools Marches On

Lancer is…

Isak Stenvall – Vocals
Fredrik Kelemen – Guitar
Per-Owe “Ewo” Solvelius – Guitar
Emil Öberg – Bass
Sebastian Pedernera – Drums

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Nightrage Streaming “Desperate Vows”

Nightrage. Photo Credit: Magnus Ewald

Nightrage. Photo Credit: Magnus Ewald

Greek/Swedish melodic death metallers Nightrage is streaming “Desperate Vows,” with guest vocals by Lawrence Mackrory (Darkane, F.K.Ü.), off their upcoming sixth album The Puritan, out April 24, 2015 via Despotz Recordshere.

The Puritan – an uncompromising, eerie, dramatic and melodic death metal journey in its purest essence – welcomes new Nightrage vocalist, Ronnie Nyman, to the mix. Nyman joins founding member, guitarist Marios Iliopoulos, and bassist, Anders Hammer, after performing with the band last year on its Japanese and Russian tours.

Album number six was produced by Daniel Bergstrand (Meshuggah, Devin Townsend, Soilwork) and George Nerantzis at Dugout Productions in Uppsala, Sweden.

01. The Puritan
02. With a Blade of a Knife
03. Desperate Vows
04. Endless Night
05. Foul Vile Life
06. Stare into Infinity
07. Lone Lake (Instrumental)
08. Son of Sorrow
09. When Gold Turns to Rust
10. Fathomless
11. Kiss of a Sycophant

Nightrage is…

Marios Iliopoulos – Guitar
Ronnie Nyman – Vocals
Anders Hammer – Bass

Nightrage on Facebook
Nightrage on Twitter
Nightrage on YouTube
Nightrage on Instagram
Nightrage on Tictail
Despotz Records on Facebook
Despotz Records on YouTube