Immortal – Northern Chaos Gods

All good things come to an end, and as of March 2015, the legendary Black Metal double act of Abbath Doom Occulta (real name Olve Eikemo) and Demonaz Doom Occulta (real name Harald Nævdal) reached its disappointing and unfortunate conclusion. For years, Demonaz had acted the straight man, a perfect foil for his gurning, crab-walking, tongue-waggling partner, but since the pair went their separate ways, he has now chosen to step forward and take centre stage in what appears to be a more focused and serious vision of Immortal. Continue reading

Pain, Orphaned Land, Voodoo Kungfu Tour Dates

Holy shit. Pain is finally coming our way. The Swedish industrial-metal powerhouse, led by Peter Tägtgren, will make their first ever North American appearance this upcoming September with Orphaned Land, and special guest Voodoo Kungfu. Continue reading

Watch A New Video From Pain For The Track Coming Home

 

Pain, the industrial rock band led by legendary multi-instrumentalist and producer Peter Tägtgren (Hypocrisy, Lindemann) just released a new music video. You can watch the clip for the track ‘Coming Home’ below: Continue reading

Music Video: Lindemann – Praise Abort

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Lindemann is streaming the music video for “Praise Abort,” off of their debut album Skills In Pills, out June 23, 2015 via Warner Brothers. The digital single is out May 29th. The project unites vocalist Till Lindemann (Rammstein) and vocalist/guitarist Peter Tagtgren (Hypocrisy/Pain).

LINDEMANN – Praise Abort (official Video) from LINDEMANN on Vimeo.

Lindemann Releasing Skills In Pills On June 23rd in US

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Lindemann, the new project featuring lead singer Till Lindemann (Rammstein) and Peter Tägtgren (Pain, Hypocrisy) will be releasing their long awaited debut album Skills In Pills on June 23, 2015 via Warner Bros Records in the US and June 19, 2015 internationally. The first single “Praise Abort” will be released on May 29, 2015.

The project combines the Rammstein singer’s often hilarious yet utterly filthy lyrics with Tägtgren’s super-modern studio skills and instrumentation.

Skills In Pills Track Listing:
01: Skills In Pills
02: Ladyboy
03: Fat
04: Fish On
05: Children Of The Sun
06: Home Sweet Home
07: Cowboy
08: Golden Shower
09: Yukon
10: Praise Abort
11: That’s My Heart (Bonus Track)

Skills In Pills will be available in the following versions:
Standard (Digipack)
Special Edition (Blu-Ray-packaging, high-quality booklet, bonus track)
12″ Vinyl (gatefold cover, 28-page booklet, bonus track, album-download-code)
Digital
Super Deluxe (Coffee-table-style book with 80 pages, high-quality package, CD with bonus track)

SKILLS IN PILLS will be available in the following configurations:1. Standard Edition(2panel digipack, 28pages…

Posted by Lindemann on Friday, April 24, 2015

Sabaton – Heroes

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Over the top (in both senses of the term) and once more into the breach, Sabaton unleash their seventh war-themed opus Heroes (Nuclear Blast), another slab of bombastic power metal.

After the unbridled success of 2012’s Carolus Rex, Sabaton find themselves in a new position, feeling the pressure of following up a massive album, not only their career-best but a genuine genre-classic, and with an all new lineup; only band leaders vocalist Joachim Brodén and bassist Pär Sundström remain. When faced with following up truly great albums, many bands choose to tinker with their approach (think Slayer on South Of Heaven). Sabaton have puffed up their chests and roared “More of the same!”

Fans of the Swedish machine will not be disappointed. Choosing to focus on different heroes of war scenarios, each song has its own tale to tell. ‘Soldier of 3 Armies’, a standout, pounding, pacy track tells of Lauri Törni, soldier of the Finnish army, the SS and the US army; ‘No Bullets Fly’ recounts the Charlie Brown/Franz Stigler incident to a soundtrack that kicks off with a classic Judas Priest riff before strafing into a huge chorus enhanced by Peter Tägtgren’sslick, dynamic production; ‘Resist And Bite’ calls to mind AC/DC’s ‘Thunderstruck’ while celebrating Belgian resistance to overwhelming odds; ‘The Ballad Of Bull’ is epic and choral, reminiscent of Manowar’s ‘Crown And The Ring’, honouring Leslie “Bull” Allen who single-handedly saved 12 wounded comrades; ‘To Hell And Back’, with a distracting and odd Wild-Western whistle, fetes Audie Murphy; while ‘Inmate 4859’ is a fitting epic in the vein of ‘The Caroleans Prayer’, paying tribute to Witold Pilecki, who volunteered to be imprisoned at Auschwitz as part of an undercover mission.

Such stories are fittingly backed by the trademark Sabaton sound; powerful, everything louder than everything else with lashings of Ride-of-The-Valkryian drama, all topped by Brodén’s distinctive gruff melodies. While Heroes doesn’t quite live up Carolus Rex or The Art Of War, it is still definitely and defiantly Sabaton and will delight those who have already joined the army.

8/10

 

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STEVE TOVEY

 

Tales From The Thousand Lakes – An Interview With Amorphis

AmorphisThe previous Amorphis record was something of a dud. It wasn’t a particularly bad album, but it wasn’t exactly an inspired effort either. However, the band is firing on all creative cylinders again on their latest musical offering, entitled Circle. Guitarist Tomi Koivusaari was more than happy to give his two cents on the new album, his personal attachment to the subject matter, playing acoustic shows and the importance of the Kalevala. Continue reading