Hellfest 2020 Books Faith No More, Deftones, System of A Down, Korn, Judas Priest and More!

Hellfest has announced its 15th-anniversary lineup for summer 2020, and it looks like a dream! Already announced Faith No More, and Down will be joined by Deftones, System Of A Down, Incubus, Korn, Mastodon, Opeth, Deep Purple, Judas Priest, The Offspring, Infectious Grooves, The Darkness, Obituary, Death DTA (the Death tribute featuring members of Death), At The Gates, Entombed AD, Sacred Reich, Devin Townsend, Meshuggah, The Black Dahlia Murder, Dying Fetus, Misery Index, Mayhem, Abbath, Rotting Christ, Primordial, The Great Old Ones, Wardruna, The Hu, Taake, Watain, Alcest, Borknagar, Gaahl’s Wyrd, Electric Wizard, Baroness, Om, Witchcraft, Black Mountain, Elder, ASG, Envy, Mono, John Garcia & the Band of Gold, High On Fire, Pelican, Killing Joke, Perturbator, Life of Agony, 3TEETH, Inter Arma, Body Count, Suicidal Tendencies, Youth of Today, Slapshot, Jesus Piece, Higher Power, Social Distortion, Anti-Flag, Agnostic Front, Reverend Horton Heat, Grade 2, Code Orange, and many more. Hellfest takes place June 19-21 in Clisson, France near Paris and ticket info is coming soon! Continue reading

Damnation 2018 Adds Napalm Death, Entombed AD, Vader And More

Damnation Festival has added six more bands to its growing 2018 lineup! Napalm Death, Entombed AD, Vader, Ohhms, A Forest Of Stars, Leeched have been added to a bill that already includes Anaal Nathrakh, Mol, The Ocean, and NeObliviscaris. Six more bands will be announced this fall. Damnation will take place over four stages at Leeds University Union on Saturday, 3rd November 2018. Continue reading

Firespawn – Shadow Realms

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The concept of the “Supergroup” may date back to the sixties with bands like Cream and Humble Pie, but it’s one which only began to infiltrate the heavier end of the music spectrum in the late ’80s. It wasn’t until Down arrived with NOLA (Elektra) in 1995 that Metal fans started to recognise its increasing validity.

These days, Supergroups have been popping up with such regularity that you can barely get out of bed for tripping over one. The term has also been stretched enough over the years to incorporate smaller bands as well as the more famous names, even reaching into unlikely genre-specific corners such as Black and Death Metal.

Hailing from sunny Sweden, Firespawn (known until recently as Fireborn) consists of guitarists Victor Brandt (Entombed AD) and Fredrik Folkare (Unleashed), bassist Alex Friberg (Necrophobic) and drummer Matte Modin (ex-Dark Funeral). However, it is vocalist L.G. Petrov who will be the most recognisable face, being the long-serving frontman of Death Metal legends Entombed.

Shadow Realms (Century Media) opens with ‘The Emperor’, a track which hisses and boils with pure Blackened Death Metal aggression. Those more at home listening to Petrov’s distinctive “Death’n’Roll” style vocals will be punched squarely in the ears by the bladder-loosening ferocity of his untamed Death Metal roar. The more mid-paced ‘Imperial Burning’ stomps its way across your face next, it’s punishing groove just as effective as the slashing speed of the preceding track. ‘Lucifer Has Spoken’ will be familiar to some listeners as the band originally released it back in August. Another slow to mid-paced affair, a nicely atmospheric chanted Latin section and a great guitar solo make this one of the better tracks on the album.

The unrelenting speed returns with the brutal but fairly forgettable ‘Spirit of the Black Tide’ and is followed by the short acoustic interlude ‘Contemplate Death’. ‘All Hail’ is up next with its big drums and bigger chorus, and things continue forward in a positive, albeit straightforward direction. ‘Ruination’ is all bluff and bluster, however. Fast and aggressive but leaving the memory the moment it  finishes, while ‘Necromance’ looks set to be another throwaway track until it suddenly kicks into life halfway through. Bizarrely, ‘Shadow Realms’ is one of the album’s weaker moments. Considering title tracks are so often the lynchpin of a whole album, this one just doesn’t grab you at any point. It’s fast and heavy, but contains nothing to really sink your teeth into.

Instrumentally speaking, the Behemoth-esque ‘Ginnunga’ sounds great, but Petrov’s vocals really don’t do the song justice. Not poorly performed or particularly weak, his voice is just nowhere near as fearsome as it should be for a song like this. Closer ‘Infernal Eternal’ is another decent, if unspectacular cut but it does feature a magnificent played guitar solo, quite probably the best on the album.

Although certainly not a bad record, Shadow Realms is pretty basic, generic stuff which never really pushes itself as far as you would like. It’s ferocious enough, tightly played with a strong production, and there are moments when everything sounds like it’s suddenly going to fall into place and move up a couple of gears. Unfortunately, it never quite does.

 

7.0/10

 

GARY ALCOCK

Metal Alliance Tour Confirms More Dates

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The Metal Alliance Tour featuring Deicide, Entombed AD, Hate Eternal, Black Crown Initiate, Lorna Shore and Svart Crown will be hitting the road later this month. Confirmed dates are posted below.

May 26: Theatre Corona – Montreal, QC
May 27: theUNDERGROUND – Hamilton, ON (w/Hate Eternal and Black Crown Initiate only)
May 28: Alrosa Villa – Columbus, OH
May 30: Emerson Theater – Indianapolis, IN
May 31: Metro – Chicago, IL
Jun 01: Amsterdam – St. Paul, MN
Jun 02: Riot Room – Kansas City, MO (w/Deicide, Hate Eternal, Black Crown Initiate, Lorna Shore)
Jun 02: Vaudeville Mews – Des Moines, IA w/(Entombed A.D., Svart Crown)
Jun 03: Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
Jun 05: The Pin! – Spokane, WA
Jun 06: Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
Jun 07: Tonic Lounge – Portland, OR
Jun 08: Metro Opera House – Oakland, CA
Jun 09: The Regent Theater – Los Angeles, CA
Jun 11: LVCS – Las Vegas, NV
Jun 12: Club Red – Mesa, AZ
Jun 13: Mesa Music Hall – El Paso, TX
Jun 14: Depot “O” Bar Live – Lubbock, TX (w/Deicide, Hate Eternal, Black Crown Initiate, Lorna Shore)
Jun 14: TBC – Houston, TX (w/Entombed A.D., Svart Crown)
Jun 15: Empire Garage – Austin, TX
Jun 16: Gas Monkey Live! – Dallas, TX
Jun 18: Gramercy Theater – New York, NY
Jun 19: Ottobar – Baltimore, MD
Jun 20: Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC
Jun 21: The Earl – Atlanta, GA (w/Entombed A.D., Svart Crown)
Jun 21: West End Trading Co. – Sanford, FL (Hate Eternal only)
Jun 22: The Orpheum – Tampa, FL (w/Entombed A.D., Svart Crown)

2015 Metal Alliance Tour Adds More Dates

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The 2015 Metal Alliance Tour have confirmed more dates. The tour features Deicide, Entombed AD, Hate Eternal, Black Crown Initiate, Lorna Shore and Svart Crown.

May 26: Theatre Corona – Montreal, QC
May 28: Alrosa Villa – Columbus, OH
May 30: Emerson Theater – Indianapolis, IN
May 31: Metro – Chicago, IL
Jun 01: Amsterdam Bar – Minneapolis, MN
Jun 02: The Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
Jun 03: Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
Jun 05: The Pin! – Spokane, WA
Jun 06: Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
Jun 07: Tonic Lounge – Portland, OR
Jun 08: Metro Opera House – Oakland, CA
Jun 11: LVCS – Las Vegas, NV
Jun 12: Club Red – Mesa, AZ
Jun 13: Mesa Music Hall – El Paso, TX
Jun 14: Depot Obar Live – Lubbock, TX
Jun 15: Empire Garage – Austin, TX
Jun 16: Gas Monkey Live! – Dallas, TX
Jun 19: Ottobar – Baltimore, MD
Jun 20: Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC

Lorna Shore Added To Metal Alliance Tour

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Lorna Shore has been added to the 2015 Metal Alliance Tour with Deicide, Entombed AD, Hate Eternal, Black Crown Initiate and Svart Crown.

May 26: Theatre Corona – Montreal, QC
May 28: Alrosa Villa – Columbus, OH
May 30: Emerson Theater – Indianapolis, IN
May 31: Metro – Chicago, IL
Jun 01: Amsterdam Bar – Minneapolis, MN
Jun 03: Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
Jun 05: The Pin! – Spokane, WA
Jun 06: Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
Jun 07: Tonic Lounge – Portland, OR
Jun 11: LVCS – Las Vegas, NV
Jun 12: Club Red – Mesa, AZ
Jun 15: Empire Garage – Austin, TX
Jun 16: Gas Monkey Live! – Dallas, TX
Jun 19: Ottobar – Baltimore, MD
Jun 20: Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC

First Dates Confirmed For Metal Alliance Tour 2015

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The first batch of dates on the 2015 Metal Alliance Tour with Deicide, Entombed AD, Hate Eternal, Black Crown Initiate and Svart Crown has been confirmed. More dates are expected to be announced soon, but here is what has been announced so far:

May 26: Theatre Corona – Montreal, QC
May 28: Alrosa Villa – Columbus, OH
May 30: Emerson Theater – Indianapolis, IN
May 31: Metro – Chicago, IL
Jun 03: Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
Jun 05: The Pin! – Spokane, WA
Jun 06: Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
Jun 11: LVCS – Las Vegas, NV
Jun 12: Club Red – Mesa, AZ
Jun 15: Empire Garage – Austin, TX
Jun 16: Gas Monkey Live! – Dallas, TX
Jun 19: Ottobar – Baltimore, MD
Jun 20: Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC

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