• QUESTIONS

    26. Feb. 2009, 15:52

    1. How did you get into 29? (Judas Priest)
    Well when I first got in to heavy metal, things started with iron Maiden, Iron Maiden led to Judas Priest, and so on....

    2. What's the first song you ever heard by 22? ( For Against)
    'Sabres' i think, can't really remember.

    3. What's your favourite lyric by 33? (Cloven Hoof)
    Hmmm, probably 'Astral Riders' or something, I don't pay too much attention to their lyrics. Their music is too awesome.

    4. How did you get into 49? (God Module)
    Recommendation from the legend that is EvilInvader.

    5. How many albums by 13 do you own? (Paradise Lost)

    On Vinyl

    Lost Paradise
    Shades of God

    On CD

    Gothic
    Icon
    Draconian Times
    Paradise Lost
    In Requiem

    6. What is your favourite song by 50? (Fields of the Nephilim)
    'Last Exit for the Lost'. The best goth song. Ever.

    7. Is there a song by 39 that makes you sad? (Massiv In Mensch)
    I don't think post-industrial electro act is meant to make you sad =s

    8. What is your favourite song by 15? (Clan of Xymox)
    Ooooh, 'Stranger'?

    9. What is your favourite song by 5? (VNV Nation)
    Cliched, but has to be 'Standing'. It's beautiful.

    10. Is there a song by 6 that makes you happy? (The Birthday Massacre)
    emmm not really. Not really a happy band =s

    11. What is the worst song by 40? (The Cruxshadows)
    They have quite a few arse tracks, so can't really choose.

    12. What is your favourite song by 10? (Anathema)
    Ahhhhhhhh, so hard to choose. 'Temporary Peace'. Probably changes tommrow though.

    13. What is a good memory you have involving 30? (Agalloch)
    Hearing 'The Mantle' for the first time. Fell in love with it. Beauty on a disc.

    14. What is your favourite song by 38? (Alice in Videoland)
    Ladykiller

    15. Is there a song by 19 that makes you happy? (Sabaton)
    'Aterro Dominatus' BERLIN IS BURNING. Wacken 08. Nuff said.

    16. Is there a song by 25 that makes you sad? (Echo And The Bunnymen)
    All of them. At the thought of all the idiots who call themselves 'indie kids' today who don't even know about these geniouses, one of the fucking founding bands and biggest reasons why their fucking 'scene' exists.

    17. What is the first song you ever heard by 23? (And Also The Trees)
    'Slow Pulse Boy'. Haunting stuff.

    18. What's your favourite lyric by 11? ('Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds)
    The lyrics to 'Oh My Lord'

    19. Who is your favourite member of 1? (The Sisters of Mercy)
    well they only really have one member ;p

    20. Is there a song by 14 that makes you happy? (God Is An Astronaut)
    Beyond the Dying Light. So thought provoking and reflective. Makes me happy =)

    21. What is a good memory involving 27? (Blutengel)
    Errr, none?

    22. What is your favourite song by 16? (Velvet Acid Christ)
    'There is No God.

    23. What is the first song you ever heard by 47? (Edguy)
    Hmmm, probably 'Tears of a Mandrake'.

    24. What is your favourite album by 18? (The Mission)
    Umm, 'Kingdom Come (forever and Again)'

    25. What is your favourite song by 21? (Icon of Coil)
    Former Self

    26. What is the worst song you ever heard by 26? (L'Ame Immortelle)
    99% of the latest album. It's fucking shit.

    27. What is your favourite album by 3? (Ghost Dance)
    'Gathering Dust'

    28. What is your favourite song by 2? (Ladytron)
    'The reason why'. the vocals harmonies at the end are just sex musicified. If thats even a word,.

    29. What is the first song you ever heard by 32? (Blind Guardian)
    Lost in the Twilight hall. Still my favourite song ever by them. PLAY IT LIVE

    30. What is your favourite song by 9? (Lights of Euphoria)
    True Life.

    31. How many times have you seen 17 live? (Interpol)
    Never. FUCK YOU SHELDON

    32. Is there a song by 44 that makes you happy? (mind.in.a.box)
    Run for your Life maybe.

    33. How did you get into 12? (A Place to Bury Strangers)
    Sheldon. Love them.

    34. What is the worst song by 45? (Skeletal Family)
    Anything with the new snger. wE LOVE YOU ANNE MARIE.

    35. What was the first song you ever heard by 34? (Running Wild)
    black Hand Hill maybe.

    36. What was the first song you ever heard by 48? (Assemblage 23)
    House on Fire

    37. How many times have you seen 42 live? (Rosetta Stone)
    None, haha

    38. What is your favourite song by 36? (Joy Division)
    Decades

    39. What was the first song you ever heard by 28? (Enforcer)
    Evil Attackers!

    40. What is your favourite album by 7? (Apoptygma Berserk)
    Welcome to Earth

    41. Is there a song by 31 that makes you happy? (White Lies)
    Not really a happy band =/

    42. What is your favourite album by 41? (Lifelover)
    Erotik

    43. What is your favourite song by 24? (Inkubus Sukkubus)
    Eternity.

    44. What is a good memory you have involving 46? (Nightwish)
    Ummm, 'the Pharaoh Sails to orion'. best song they ever done, Best song ever in the 'operatic' metal genre.

    45. What is your favourite song by 35? (:Wumpscut)
    Wreath of Barbs

    46. Is there a song by 9 that makes you happy? (Pagan Altar)
    Not a happy band either, says alot about my music taste =p

    47. What is your favourite album by 4? (The Chameleons)
    Script of the Bridge. Unrivalled.

    48. Who is your favourite member of 37? (Joy Division)
    Ian Curis I suppose.

    49. What is the first song you ever heard by 43? (Destroyer 666)
    witch hunter. Fucking destructive.

    50. What is your favourite song by 20? (She Wants Revenge)
    Out of Control
  • QUESTIONS

    26. Feb. 2009, 15:51

    1. How did you get into 29? (Judas Priest)
    Well when I first got in to heavy metal, things started with iron Maiden, Iron Maiden led to Judas Priest, and so on....

    2. What's the first song you ever heard by 22? ( For Against)
    'Sabres' i think, can't really remember.

    3. What's your favourite lyric by 33? (Cloven Hoof)
    Hmmm, probably 'Astral Riders' or something, I don't pay too much attention to their lyrics. Their music is too awesome.

    4. How did you get into 49? (God Module)
    Recommendation from the legend that is EvilInvader.

    5. How many albums by 13 do you own? (Paradise Lost)

    On Vinyl

    Lost Paradise
    Shades of God

    On CD

    Gothic
    Icon
    Draconian Times
    Paradise Lost
    In Requiem

    6. What is your favourite song by 50? (Fields of the Nephilim)
    'Last Exit for the Lost'. The best goth song. Ever.

    7. Is there a song by 39 that makes you sad? (Massiv In Mensch)
    I don't think post-industrial electro act is meant to make you sad =s

    8. What is your favourite song by 15? (Clan of Xymox)
    Ooooh, 'Stranger'?

    9. What is your favourite song by 5? (VNV Nation)
    Cliched, but has to be 'Standing'. It's beautiful.

    10. Is there a song by 6 that makes you happy? (The Birthday Massacre)
    emmm not really. Not really a happy band =s

    11. What is the worst song by 40? (The Cruxshadows)
    They have quite a few arse tracks, so can't really choose.

    12. What is your favourite song by 10? (Anathema)
    Ahhhhhhhh, so hard to choose. 'Temporary Peace'. Probably changes tommrow though.

    13. What is a good memory you have involving 30? (Agalloch)
    Hearing 'The Mantle' for the first time. Fell in love with it. Beauty on a disc.

    14. What is your favourite song by 38? (Alice in Videoland)
    Ladykiller

    15. Is there a song by 19 that makes you happy? (Sabaton)
    'Aterro Dominatus' BERLIN IS BURNING. Wacken 08. Nuff said.

    16. Is there a song by 25 that makes you sad? (Echo And The Bunnymen)
    All of them. At the thought of all the idiots who call themselves 'indie kids' today who don't even know about these geniouses, one of the fucking founding bands and biggest reasons why their fucking 'scene' exists.

    17. What is the first song you ever heard by 23? (And Also The Trees)
    'Slow Pulse Boy'. Haunting stuff.

    18. What's your favourite lyric by 11? ('Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds)
    The lyrics to 'Oh My Lord'

    19. Who is your favourite member of 1? (The Sisters of Mercy)
    well they only really have one member ;p

    20. Is there a song by 14 that makes you happy? (God Is An Astronaut)
    Beyond the Dying Light. So thought provoking and reflective. Makes me happy =)

    21. What is a good memory involving 27? (Blutengel)
    Errr, none?

    22. What is your favourite song by 16? (Velvet Acid Christ)
    'There is No God.

    23. What is the first song you ever heard by 47? (Edguy)
    Hmmm, probably 'Tears of a Mandrake'.

    24. What is your favourite album by 18? (The Mission)
    Umm, 'Kingdom Come (forever and Again)'

    25. What is your favourite song by 21? (Icon of Coil)
    Former Self

    26. What is the worst song you ever heard by 26? (L'Ame Immortelle)
    99% of the latest album. It's fucking shit.

    27. What is your favourite album by 3? (Ghost Dance)
    'Gathering Dust'

    28. What is your favourite song by 2? (Ladytron)
    'The reason why'. the vocals harmonies at the end are just sex musicified. If thats even a word,.

    29. What is the first song you ever heard by 32? (Blind Guardian)
    Lost in the Twilight hall. Still my favourite song ever by them. PLAY IT LIVE

    30. What is your favourite song by 9? (Lights of Euphoria)
    True Life.

    31. How many times have you seen 17 live? (Interpol)
    Never. FUCK YOU SHELDON

    32. Is there a song by 44 that makes you happy? (mind.in.a.box)
    Run for your Life maybe.

    33. How did you get into 12? (A Place to Bury Strangers)
    Sheldon. Love them.

    34. What is the worst song by 45? (Skeletal Family)
    Anything with the new snger. wE LOVE YOU ANNE MARIE.

    35. What was the first song you ever heard by 34? (Running Wild)
    black Hand Hill maybe.

    36. What was the first song you ever heard by 48? (Assemblage 23)
    House on Fire

    37. How many times have you seen 42 live? (Rosetta Stone)
    None, haha

    38. What is your favourite song by 36? (Joy Division)
    Decades

    39. What was the first song you ever heard by 28? (Enforcer)
    Evil Attackers!

    40. What is your favourite album by 7? (Apoptygma Berserk)
    Welcome to Earth

    41. Is there a song by 31 that makes you happy? (White Lies)
    Not really a happy band =/

    42. What is your favourite album by 41? (Lifelover)
    Erotik

    43. What is your favourite song by 24? (Inkubus Sukkubus)
    Eternity.

    44. What is a good memory you have involving 46? (Nightwish)
    Ummm, 'the Pharaoh Sails to orion'. best song they ever done, Best song ever in the 'operatic' metal genre.

    45. What is your favourite song by 35? (:Wumpscut)
    Wreath of Barbs

    46. Is there a song by 9 that makes you happy? (Pagan Altar)
    Not a happy band either, says alot about my music taste =p

    47. What is your favourite album by 4? (The Chameleons)
    Script of the Bridge. Unrivalled.

    48. Who is your favourite member of 37? (Joy Division)
    Ian Curis I suppose.

    49. What is the first song you ever heard by 43? (Destroyer 666)
    witch hunter. Fucking destructive.

    50. What is your favourite song by 20? (She Wants Revenge)
    Out of Control
  • Ladytron - Glasgow, ABC, 26/11/2008

    28. Nov. 2008, 0:56

    "Who is it playing in there tonight?" stuttered an old intoxicated man as I was waiting outside the venue, to which the girl in front replied: "Ladytron". "Is that that rave music? I'm not into that bleepy stuff, no talent in it I tell ya!" he proclaimed, which arose a laugh out of me and my fellow gig goers. Indeed I was going to see Ladytron, but not the 'rave music' the slightly drunk prophet had proclaimed his disdain for. Maybe he actually meant the ever so talented (read:shit) 'Taio Cruz' and 'The saturdays' who happened to be gracing the ABC 2 that night. Who knows?

    Having only been in the ABC once before for a gig, one which we will never talk about ever again, I wasn't sure as to what to expect sound wise, especially for a band who had been getting such mixed reviews for previous gigs in the tour. Some would claim the sound was crap and the band would constantly be gesturing to the sound man so frequently and rapidly and end up looking like they're dancing in a rave, and other reviews have claimed the sound being perfect. I guess one could only hope that they would be alright on the night.

    First band on were, not 'Asobi Seksu' as once thought, had no name apparently. They came on, didn't announce their name, and left the stage without telling anyone their name. Either that or I'm incredibly deaf. I might as well have been deaf, four monkeys in a trash can would have been more pleasent on the ears that this tripe, whoever they were. Now I'm not one to judge bands by how they look, but these guys looked like complete fruit-loops. They all had a variety of jumpers on, from which I could see were all from the same manufacturer, but just on different colours. A yellow one, a red one, a green one and a blue one. The Teletubbies go indie? From what I can remember at least two of them had those typical 'indie' thick rimmed glasses on, and lets be honest, probably didn't even have bad eyesight in the first place. Apparently it's 'hip' to wear them these days. Still, not as bad as the prune in the audience later on with lenses literaly the size of fucking petri-dishes. Anyway enough of the scathing attack on their image, I'm not Gok Wan. Yet. The music seemed to be a mix between what they call 'Twee' and generic indie rock with a singer who should be put up for crimes against music: an even worse sounding version of morrisey. The guitars just seemed to be your generic indie toss while the drums followed the typical 'bom tish bom tish bom tish bom tish..... yadda yadda' pattern. Give that man a prize for his innovations I say. The singer even dared try to do what looked like the 'Foals dance' at the extended keyboard parts. He looked like he had just had a metal rod shoved up his ass and was looking for something on the floor. It looked like most people were glad to see the back of these nameless guys when they finally upped and left. Twenty five minutes of my life which i could have spent doing something slightly less tedious.

    Anyway, after a while, Salvation arrived, not in the form of Jesus unfortunately, but the next best thing, albiet slightly more noisy, 'Asobi Seksu', who are habitants of New York City. The singer, Yuki, cuts a small, slender figure on the fairly large stage and is dwarfed by the rest of the band and looks lost in a way. The band seem to have a few teething problems at the start and take a while to get going, but when they do, they split the crowd in half. You have one half, the generic scene kid type and most females, sort of standing wondering why there's so much noise and they either wander off for a pint, cover their ears, or head for a smoke. The other half, a bizarre mixture between guys with long hair, a bunch of pvc clad goths and shoegaze fans love it. The guitarist sits up on the right of the stage and looks like he's having a blast causing so many peoples ears to hurt. The songs would start off quite mild and calm, although that isn't saying much, and then degenrate into a maelstrom of filthy feedback and chaotic drumming, while Yuki emerges from the middle of the racket with her strangely unique, almost heavenly voice. The closest you could describe her voice would be to that of Bilinda from shoegaze godfathers 'My Bloody Valentine', but even more relaxed, and even more divine. Her voice is perfect, sounding exactly the same on stage as it does in the studio. The instruments on the otherhand, are even more scuzzy and in your face than the studio. The band play a variety of songs from their two albums, and they play the fan favourites, 'Walking on the Moon' and 'New years'.
    For such a small band, they absolutely oozed energy and enthusiasm, and they quite clearly were out there on a mission, to make an impression, of which they certainly did. On the last song the band got up, everyone thought it was over, until Yuki proceeded to take control of the drum kit and played a pretty nifty drum solo to close out the set. Absolutely fantastic choice for a support band in my opinion. And for such a small band, you wouldn't think they'd be capable of creating such a bloody racket. Lets just hope Taio Cruz was in the middle of one of his 'soulful' moments upstairs.

    All of a sudden the venue was packed, very little room to move about, and everyone talking about what songs they wanted to hear. The kit got set up on stage, the keyboards, guitars, drumkit and the whole shebang. So now everyone staring blankly at the stage waiting for the roadie to quit testing everything about five million fucking times. I know there is a need to make sure everything is pitch perfect, but jesus christ it shouldn't have taken 45 fucking minutes. Eventually he pisses off to the side of the stage and out emerge Reuben and Danny, the drummer and second guitarist, and a few moments later Mira and Helen. They go straight into the genious 'Black Cat', the opener off their new album, 'Velocifero' which Mira sings in Bulgarian. I would love to know the lyrics to this song to translate it. Mira looks as if she's in her own world on the keyboard, Helen on the otherhand seems a bit more lively, occasionally jumping around a little bit. Reben and Danny seemed happy to sit in the shadows doing their part ,letting the two ladies have all the limelight. The second song is the last single off the album, 'Runaway' which with it's repetitive, in your face rhythm and shimmering synths, gets the whole crowd jumping about and they seem to know that it is going to be a great gig. Now they enter straight into the more relaxed song, 'Ghosts'. The band retain the song's icy, dark atmospheric feeling that the song holds on the album and comes across very well live with the twangy bassline and Helen's soft, breezy voice. After that, Helen proceeds to mention that her grandmother is somewhere in the crowd, at her first ever Ladytron gig, who is 90. Lets hope to god she wasn't there for 'Asobi Seksu'. 'High Rise' is the next song, the first one not from the new album, a concert staple from what it seems now, and due to be for a while to come. The band then step up a gear on 'True Mathematics', which isn't one of my favourite Ladytron songs, but It was my favourite song of the night. Mira again sings in her native language and works so well over the dense, heavily synthesized bassline with keyboard breaks towards the end of the song. Coupled with the impressive lightshow, definately my favourite song of the night. Back to Witching Hour, 'Soft Power' is next, keeping with the disjointed, eerie feeling it has on the album. We then get 'Season of Illusions' and 'International Dateline', both fantastic but not much to be said about them that I haven't said before. Next up is the one I have been anticipating all night. 'Fighting in Built Up Areas'. Mira goes into 'dance' mode here, and starts prancing around the stage like a kid, twirling about and jumping around. It's quite quaint in a way. Another song in Bulgarian, and sounds alot more dynamic when heard live. Arguably the best sing off Velocifero, they play 'Burning Up' as the next song and it is an absolute stormer, getting the whole crowd going mental, the thumping bassline, Mira's backing vocals, definately one of the band's best songs yet, and another major highlight of the night. 'Seventeen' was always a song I was never keen on. It is one of the band's biggest songs as well. I just don't get the appeal to it. It was slightly better hearing it live but still didn't change my opinion of it. 'Sugar' would have been a better choice.
    The band then proceed to leave with a 'Thank you, and goodnight!' only to come on for what is probably the quickest interval between the set and an encore ever, and start with Klevta, which is a rather strange tune, not like any of their other stuff, it gives me the impression of a traditional Bulgarian folk song or something. An odd choice for an encore but not bad either. Now I am starting to realise they aren't going to play 'Deep Blue', and when they go straight into their future single, a little bit of me dies inside. Still a great song though and slower than the rest, all most ballad-esque. The next song is fairly obvious, it can only be the one and only (no not the Chesney Hawkes song unfortunately) 'Destroy Everything You Touch'. The bands signature song in a way. Their most popular song to date and it's easy to see why. The pounding bassline and almost artic like atmosphere entwined with the insanely catchy chorus make this song an absolute stormer to end the night with. Some of the crowd are expecting another encore, but it's not to be, the lights are back on.

    Everything about the band was on form tonight, Reuben and Danny were as cool as a freezer in Siberia as usual, and Mira's and Helen's voices were perfect. I especially liked the way Mira's Bulgarian singing came through live. I My only gripe about the night? I would have liked them have played a bit longer, and have heard 'Deep Blue' as in my opinion it is their best song yet. Fact is though, they have so much quality material, it isn't physically possible to play everyone's favourites. Still, regardless, it was a fantastic night and I will definately go to see them again, and so should you, even if just to be one of the people who catches one of Mira's icy stares.

    Props the guy beside me who, for the whole gig, was dancing like he was at a trance rave and bouncing all over the fucking show. Pupils the size of dinner plates. More winged than your mothers cupboards I suspect. And a big 'wtf' goes out to the three goths who proceeded, half way through, to head to the middle of the floor and start dancing like they were at a Combichrist gig, not Ladytron. Props to that though, you got a fair few odd looks.
  • Top Albums

    21. Nov. 2008, 17:12

    Memnarchthe59th's top albums
    1. Ladytron - Velocifero (277)
    2. Ladytron - Witching Hour (243)
    3. Ghost Dance - Stop the World (221)
    4. Ladytron - Light & Magic (212)
    5. The Sisters of Mercy - Some Girls Wander by Mistake (202)
    6. Ghost Dance - Gathering Dust (188)
    7. A Place to Bury Strangers - A Place To Bury Strangers (173)
    8. Paradise Lost - Lost Paradise (158)
    9. The Sisters of Mercy - Floodland (156)
    10. VNV Nation - Empires (153)
    11. The Birthday Massacre - Walking With Strangers (152)
    12. Lights of Euphoria - Krieg Gegen Die Maschinen (144)
    13. Interpol - Turn on the Bright Lights (134)
    14. Velvet Acid Christ - Fun With Knives (130)
    15. Blutengel - Seelenschmerz (121)
    16. Clan of Xymox - Clan of Xymox (112)
    17. The Birthday Massacre - Nothing and Nowhere (103)
    18. Rosetta Stone - Adrenaline (100)
    19. Alice in Videoland - Outrageous (90)
    20. Anathema - Judgement (90)
    21. God Is An Astronaut - Far From Refuge (83)
    22. Enforcer - Into the Night (81)
    23. Apoptygma Berzerk - Soli Deo Gloria (81)
    24. Icon of Coil - Machines Are Us (80)
    25. The Sisters of Mercy - Rare Obscurities (78)
    26. The Sisters of Mercy - Vision Thing (78)
    27. Apoptygma Berzerk - 7 (77)
    28. VNV Nation - Futureperfect (72)
    29. The Crüxshadows - ...Night Crawls In (71)
    30. Cloven Hoof - A Sultans Ransom (68)
    31. Inkubus Sukkubus - Belladonna and Aconite (68)
    32. The Sisters of Mercy - Wide Receiver (67)
    33. Skywave - Synthstatic (66)
    34. Manilla Road - Crystal Logic (66)
    35. Clan of Xymox - Medusa (65)
    36. God Is An Astronaut - All Is Violent, All Is Bright (63)
    37. Grendel - Harsh Generation (63)
    38. :Wumpscut: - Wreath Of Barbs (63)
    39. God Module - Viscera (62)
    40. And Also The Trees - (Listen For) The Rag And Bone Man Digipak (61)
    41. I:Scintilla - Optics (61)
    42. She Wants Revenge - She Wants Revenge (59)
    43. Lifelover - Konkurs (59)
    44. Municipal Waste - Hazardous Mutation (59)
    45. Hour of 13 - Hour of 13 (58)
    46. And One - Bodypop (57)
    47. Lost Horizon - Awakening The World (56)
    48. Hibria - Defying the Rules (55)
    49. Apoptygma Berzerk - Sonic Diary (55)
    50. A Spectre Is Haunting Europe - Astonishing Tales of the Sea (55)

  • Captivating

    20. Nov. 2008, 15:36

    Northern Ireland? Yes, you heard right. This one man black metal project originates from an area not exactly famous for its spiteful, scuzzy black metal, but don't dismiss it as yet another forgettable 'run of the mill' bedroom black metal project. Contrary to the drum machines many solo black metal bands use, the drums on this record are done by Sam himself, along with all the other instruments. This short, two track ten inch is, to put it bluntly, an asphyxiating journey through a despondent mind, a manifestation stoked by anger and despair.


    The A side, "Last Cast", starts off with a few seconds of feedback then a short count in on the sticks and immediately we are then thrown into a pounding bass drum rhythm at an ominously slow speed, with the buzzing, raw guitar work weaving in and out between each beat, immediately hypnotising you and submersing you in the blackness. The vocals emerge, a menacing, typical low black metal growl, not unlike that of Wrest from Leviathan's vocals on his older work. The song continues with this pulsating rhythm until about four minutes in, whereupon we're greeted with a harsh guitar lead until, at around six minutes, everything cuts out except the guitar. It goes on picking a soft, dissonant melody for a minute or so, then crashes into more chaos and back to almost the same rhythm as before except this time, the guitar riff is slightly faster until it fades out to the end of the song. The menacing drumming and relentless guitar work create this atmosphere of grief and regret over the loss of a loved one, it draws you in and refuses to let go, inducing you into a trance you can't escape from until the very end.


    The next song, Speaking to Darkness, is my personal favourite. Starting off with some very slow, trudging guitar work, then morphing into a malicious, slow riff. The vocals in this song are slightly different to the last, more shrieked than before, with some slight effects used on them, creating a psychotic, terrifying aura. This song also contains some very good guitar leads, which is unusual for black metal, serving to convey this atmosphere of dread. Towards the end of the song things move up a gear and the terror becomes insanity, finally breaking down and creating the impression that everything is worthless, nothing but a forlorn and destitute spirit is left as the last notes fade out. The music could almost be described as black/doom in a way, although it's difficult to think of a comparison, as it isn't particularly Depressive Black or Funeral Doom.


    The production for this EP is the usual low-fi production associated with black metal bands such as this - raw and crude. My only gripe about this release would be that the drums could be a bit lower in the mix and the guitars a bit higher; the vocals are perfect in my opinion. The bass can barely be heard, but that doesn't bother me too much. If you are a fan of slow-paced black metal then definitely try and check this out as it is a fine piece of work and deserves a lot of attention. Keep an eye out for this project in future, it could be due for great things.
  • Evil Attacker, Metal Fight!

    20. Nov. 2008, 15:35

    I must admit that at first I was pretty skeptical of these guys. Thinking, "Ah this will just be another forgettable thrash act hopping on the 'new age of thrash' bandwagon. Far from it in fact. This four- piece hail from Sweden, and they wear their influences on their sleeves. If you imagine what you would get from the spwan of Exciter, 'Kill Em All' era Metallica and Cloven Hoof then you may be coming close to what these guys sound like, with more emphasis on the Exciter comparison than the others.

    The album couldn't start off in a better way, opening with a short bit of noodling on the bass and then tearing straight into a vicious riff which obliterates all sense of doubt about this quartet. The first thing I noticed was that the vocals were very high-pitched, akin to that of Dan Beehler of Exciter fame, although not quite as rough. In fact these guys might as well be Exciter mark II, and that's definitely not a bad thing. We then get a taste of what's to come around the 2:10 mark, a pure face melting solo, something the new breed of thrash bands are missing: good fucking honest solos. Next song, 'Mistress from Hell' appeared on the 'Speed Kills' compilation released by Heavy Artillery in 2007 along with labelmates Warbringer, Avenger of Blood, Hatred and Toxic Holocaust. With the exception of Toxic Holocaust, this album destroys everything any of those other bands have ever done. The current version of the song is far better produced and beefier than the original version. The title track continues in the same fashion as before and you will find it hard to resist the temptation to shout along to the chorus. Catchy is an understatement. "Speed Queen" ploughs in about as subtle as a fist to the face, and to be honest, if you even tried to headbang to this song you'd end up contracting a brain aneurysm, it's that fucking awesome. The next song, "On the Loose" would probably be my favourite on the album if I had to pick one. It is the slowest song on the album, although that isn't saying much. It is a bit more rocky, less chaotic than the rest of the songs, and sounds a bit like something Cloven Hoof would have produced in their early career, instrumental- wise anyway. The chorus here is so infectious it's not funny. Why can't all modern speed metal be this good? Next up is 'City Lights', an instrumental, and also the longest song on the album. It reminds me a lot of 'Transylvania' at the beginning, and has a very NWOBHM sound to it, sounding pretty much like something Iron Maiden could have easily come up with, only a slight bit faster. At the end the song slows down, and all emphasis is on the lead guitar which closes out the song. I tend to find most instrumentals boring, but definitely not this one. "Scream of the Savage" easily sounds as if it an outtake from "Kill 'em All" . Second last song "Curse the Light" continues as before with some great vocal lines, and half way through we get what is probably the best solo of the album. Closer "Evil Attacker" is pure unrelenting thrash. If this doesn't even get a slight bit of vertical motion from your neck then you should just revoke your metal licence and stop listening to metal altogether.

    One of the first things I noticed about this album is that the bass plays a very prominent role. It is much more audible than in most thrash outfits today, and it doesn't just follow the guitars either, the bass is actually allowed to do it's own thing for once as well as provide a foundation for the rest of the music. Steve Harris seems to be a big influence on Joseph's playing, which utilises the 'galloping' sound alot, but instead of just ripping him off, he adds his own unique touch to the playing as well, creating some very interesting bass lines.
    The drums are also well-executed, and keep well away from being repetitive.
    The vocals also need mentioning. Much different from that of their peers, as mentioned before, Olof Wikstrand's vocals are very high pitched and are the forefront of the music, ranging from mid range to falsetto. And not forgetting the infectious choruses.

    The album is an unrelenting onslaught of destructive riffs; every single one makes you want to headbang along, and every single solo is very well thought out and executed, something that thrash metal these days is severely lacking in.

    So dig out your air guitar, stick on a pair of drainpipe jeans, Nike Hi-Tops and sleeveless shirt, and do yourself a favour and obtain this album at all costs, as it is the best thing to come out of the new thrash scene yet. No, it isn't in anyway original, but hell, what is these days anyway? What it is, is a blitzkrieg of pure neck-wrecking, vigourous speed/thrash metal and if you're a fan of bands such as Exciter, Agent Steel and Razor then you'll love these speedsters. My personal album of the year.


    98%
  • Seen Live

    9. Nov. 2008, 23:59

    And So I Watch You From Afar
    LaFaro
    Judas Priest
    Testament
    Anathema
    Demians
    Alestorm,
    Alba Gu Brath
    Concept of Time
    Pelican
    Torche
    Mogwai x 2
    Errors
    Fuck Buttons
    At the Gates
    Avantasia
    Carcass
    Children of Bodom x 2
    Ensiferum
    Holy Moses
    Iron Maiden x 2
    Kreator
    Negură Bunget
    Nightwish
    Obituary
    Opeth
    Primordial
    Sabaton
    Sonata Arctica
    Warbringer
    Blind Guardian
    Dimmu Borgir
    Grave Digger
    Iced Earth
    Kampfar
    Possessed
    Sabbat
    Sacred Reich
    Stormwarrior
    Stratovarius
    Suidakra
    Pagan Altar
    Mael Mordha
    Sirocco
    Overoth
    Condemned
    Abbadon Incarnate
    A little bitter
    Runecaster
    Witchcraft
    Danava
    gentlemans Pistols
    Cold War Kids x 2
    Pink Mountain Tops
    Megadeth x 2
    Diamond Head
    W.A.S.P.
    Dragonforce x 2
    Triggerman
    Fireland
    The Mission x 2
    Balam and the Angel
    Mastodon
    VNV Nation
    Kloq
    Desecration
    NFD
    Amon Amarth
    finntroll
    Slayer
    Lamb of God
    Willy Mason
    Sorrowfall
    Ladytron
    Asobi Seksu
    A Place to Bury strangers x 2
    Make Model
    The Sisters of Mercy


    All I can remember so far...
  • Anathema @ The Cathouse, Glasgow

    7. Nov. 2008, 15:49

    Fresh from their date the night before in Manchester, tonight Glasgow's Cathouse is graced with the presence of the gloomy rock/metallers Anathema on tour in support of their latest album 'Hindsight'. They are backed up by the french band 'Demians' who kick off the night to a half empty crowd, and don't really do much to get them excited, bar the strange soul up front who breaks in and out of a headbang spontaniously. They play a sort of prog-rock/metal hybrid and are quoted by Steve Wilson as "One of the most assured and accomplished debut albums I’ve ever heard, the textures and dynamics within the music are breathtaking. A must for everyone that appreciates the art of epic and ambitious 21st century rock music”. To be perfectly honest, I don't have a clue where he is coming from, the crowd are bored, no crowd interaction whatsoever from the frontman, they sort of just stood there and well, played, without any sort of presence whatsoever. The music itself was pretty average, it is clear they are talented musicians, but having a group of talented members does not automatically equate to good music. I suppose the best way to describe the music would be just as being 'there'. Nothing stood out, nothing was exceptionally bad as such. Although they could do with a new vocallist, the vocals were very whiney and almost sounded 'emo-ish' is the best way I can describe it. It is quite clear that the crowd are getting restless, in the anticipation of what's to come.

    The venue eventually fills up towards the end of Demians set, and the venue is packed to the rim of it's 350-400 capacity. Eventually the lights dull blue, and 'A Natural Disaster' starts playing through the venue speakers. The band pretty much run on stage, and break open with 'Judgement' opener 'Deep' which has the crowd going pretty much crazy. The song builds up to its singalong ending, then they traverse straight into 'Closer', and it has to be said, I wasn't too keen on this song on the album, but live it comes across superb, the vocoder effects work without a hitch, and the song is brought to a whole new level once it is heard live. Next up is 'Far Away' from the 'Eternity' album which again is another song which comes across as better live than on CD. The next duo of songs we are presented with are a couple of new ones presumably from the upcoming album, 'Angels Walk Among Us' and 'A Simple Mistake'. Both sound absolutely fantastic, and the crowd agree, although I would have to say I prefer the latter a slight bit, but only a slight. 'Anyone Anywhere' is next and everything just steps up a notch, and the whole crowd join into sing the ending chrous. The best moment of the night so far. The band roll straight into the spiteful and angrier number, 'Empty'. Towards the end of the song the lyrics change, at first it is hard to make out, but then it finally dawns on me what he is chanting, "Obama, Obama, Obama". Some of the crowd join in, others not-so keen. A little bit suprising, nice to see the band having fun though. Next we get 'Judgement/Panic' but what's more important is what comes next, arguably one of the bands greatest creations, 'Shroud of False'. It's a pity this song is so short otherwise it would be the band's best song bar-none. They merge in 'Lost Control' into the end of this, and you can't really do much but close your eyes and listen to vincent as he sing's the lyrics with such conviction, it almost looks as if he is crying. Unbelievable, stunning. 'Inner Silence' keeps the bar high, and the band go into 'Hope'. Up next is 'Temporary Peace', another absolute highlight of the night. Again for this song I just closed my eyes, let the soothing vocals sink in and embrace the sheer tranquility of the song and just "Drift in and out". One of the most beautiful songs ever and just as good hearing it live. Stunning. After that we have 'Flying', another one from 'A Natural Disaster'. Then something strange happens, the band all leave bar Daniel who is still playing the fadeout to 'flying'. Are they leaving for the encore, or going for a piss? Who knows, everyone looks around them, bemused for a whle, then Daniel proceeds to pick up an Acoustic guitar to which he thens begins to play 'Are You there?' which is a big suprise. Not as big a shock as what comes next though, expecting the rest of the band to come, the crowd wait. They don't though. Only Vincent comes on, who takes up an acoustic while Dan hits the keys. There's no mistaking the introduction to 'One Last Goodbye'. They proceed to play an acoustic version, somewhat similar to that on 'Hindsight', but better. Another highlight of the night, hearing Vinny singing "Somehow I knew, you would leave me" was simply beautiful. One of my personal favourites.

    Eventually the rest of the band re-appear and they proceed to kick into probably the best song off 'Eternity', 'Angelica'. After this we finally hear 'Sleepless', for which many requests have been heard ringing about the venue through the duration of the gig. This is the oldest song they play, from the 'Serenades' album. Next we have a completely new song called 'Hindsight' which is an instrumental with some really spectacular guitarwork from the brothers.

    As the cliche goes, all good things must come to an end, and so the gig is almost done, but what better way to end it than with 'Fragile Dreams'? The whole crowd join in and sing along to one of the bands most famous songs. The atmosphere is absolutely rapturous.

    Everybody knows that it's over now. The band get a massive round of applause, and quite rightly so, as I would say that is the best gig many people there have witnessed in a long time, if not ever. Certainly the best gig I have seen for a while. The sound tonight was perfect, every seperate component of the band could be heard crystal clear, and the voice was perfect, Vincent's vocals were pretty much spot on, as never having seen the band before I was skeptical if he could pull of the emotion the same as he does on CD, but I had no reason to be so. The vocals came across perfect live. Also I managed to meet Vincent and Danny after the show and had a brief chat with them and they were sound guys, really seemed to have enjoyed the whole spectacle. My only slight gripe of the gig? I would have liked to hear 'A Dying Wish'. I know it's the only song off 'the Silent Enigma' they still play these days, and would loved to have heard it, but not tonight. But that was only a minor complaint.

    So effectively, you should go and see these guys live at the first chance you get. Even if you aren't too sure about their studio work, give them a shot live, you might just be converted. Fact is, these guys are unparalleled at what they do and so unique. In short: Go see them. You wont regret it.

    - Chris C.

    AnathemaDemians
  • Because I was bored!

    30. Okt. 2008, 23:41

    1. What are you listening to right now?

    Svartsyn - Timeless Reign

    2. What song makes you sad?

    Quite a few I suppose. Different ones for different circumstances. 'Lief Erikkson' by Interpol always gets me for some reason, just the general disjointed feeling I get from it. "Sur L'Autre Rive Je T'Attendrai" by Alcest as well, but that is for totally different, personal reasons. Although that still doesn't retract from it being one of the best songs ever. The saddest song I have ever heard would probably be 'La Dryade' by Gris though, a very unknown black metal band from Canada. They play Black Metal but this happens to be a neo-classical instrumental, vastly different to anything else they have done. The violins and Cellos coupled with the acoustic guitar just creates an atmosphere of total sorrow.


    3. What is the most annoying song in the world?

    There's alot of shit out there. Too much. Lets just say 99% of what comes out of the mainstream industry today.

    4. Your all time favorite?

    The Sisters of Mercy. No contest. Even though metal is my main genre, and always will be, I'll never forget the day I discovered this band. Probably the 2nd biggest band of the post punk scene next to joy Division, and rightly so. There's just something about those vocals, they go from haunting to harrowing to punk to relaxing in the click of a finger. From the balls out 'post punkiness' of their debut and singles, to the ponderous, relaxing 'goth-teetering on Darkwave' of floodland, to the not-so goth Vision Thing, there's no denying Andrew Eldritch was a class apart in those days. You can go and shove your Nightwish's and Within temptations and shitty excuses of 'goth-metal' bands. This is the real deal.

    5. Your newly discovered band is?

    Tyrant's Reign, an obscure US thrash band from the 80's.

    6. Best female voice?

    Depends, different voices for different genres.
    In the Goth genre, probably Anne-Marie from Skeletal Family. And only her Skeletal Family work. As good as Ghost Dance were, they weren't goth. Close between her and the very awesome Siouxsie. Pity about the abortion of a singer singing for 'Skeletal Family' these days though. Honourable mentions to Anja Huwe of X-Mal Deutschland and Elizabeth Fraser of the Cocteau Twins.
    In the metal genre, it is a considerably hard choice. Probably Anne Boleyn of Detente or MArta Gabriel of 'Crystal Viper'.
    Indie/Electro, 'Helen Marnie' from Ladytron. Her voice is so fucking soothing and relaxed and strangely sexy at the same time.
    Female Industrial/ EBM vocallists can go fuck themselves. They're all undeniably shit. No-one needs your "HAY LOOK IM A GOFF COCK TEASE" shit around here. Fucking die.

    7. Best male voice?

    Stupid question. Andrew Eldritch. No-one else comes even close.

    8. Music type you find yourself listening to most?

    Heavy Metal. At the minute primarily Black Metal, which is my 'main' genre of metal, you could say.

    9. What do you listen to, to hype you up?

    Nothing like a good bit of cheesy power metal to hype you up, for a game of squash, get the adrenaline flowing.

    10. What do you listen to when you want to calm down?

    Some post-rock usually. Namely some 'Godspeed' or 'God is an Astronaut' or something similar.

    11. Last gig/concert you went to?

    Mogwai, Errors and Fuck Buttons in the Corn exchange, Edinburgh

    12. Band you find yourself listening to the most right now?

    "And Also the Trees". A criminally unkown post-punk band from England in the early-mid 80's with their heels firmly into Nick Cave and Joy Division. Check out 'Virus Meadow' or their new one, '(Listen for) The Rag and bone man'. Two of the most sombre Post-punk albums ever.

    13. Most hated band?

    ISIS. Namely for the breed of 'music fan' they have spawned in recent years. These people are your typical pseudo indie kid, but worse. I don't mind genuine indie music fans, but these guys are a bunch of trend-whoring bastards who disregard any metal bands with 'traditional metal dress', and not regarded as 'hip' by some pretentious wanker (cough: looking at you Aaron turner, Steven O'Malley) or online rag, as 'unintelligent shit' . I have no problem with not following the 'metal-norm' , to be quite frank i think traditional metal garb in general is fucking bland, I look almost like an indie 'kid' at times, minus the hair. I don't know where to start on these guys. They don't have an opinion of their own, it is always formed by someone else and spreads like wildfire. They only listen to what they deem is 'Intellectual metal', aka whatever is the next big thing on Hydrahead or fucking Southern Lord or whatever, and regard everything else as "moronic metal". This is the epitome of poser. Not your average 'Cradle of Filth' fan down the local skatepark. Since when were bands like 'Om' or 'Sleep' or 'Xasthur' intelligent? "yeah lets get stoned and commit fucking suicide!" get a fucking grip.
    As I say, these people are the scum of the music society, pseudo-indie kids trying to be 'open-minded' by listening to a genre of music they don't 'get' or even know a fucking thing about.
    That's not to say I don't like some of the bands deemed hip. I do. But I sure as hell fucking hate 90% of their fans.


    14. Song that makes you think?

    In what way? as in create images in my mind? Alot. Far too many to name.
    If it's think as in Nostalgia wise then agian, too many.

    15. Music that you think the world should love as much as you do?

    'And Also the Trees'. i really can't see why they weren't as big as the other goth bands of the 80's such as 'Fields of the Nephilim' and such.

    16. Coolest music video?

    Ladytron - Ghosts. I could watch it all day long o)

    17. Music video with the most babe watch?

    uhhhh, Any David Hasselhoff.

    18. What do you play/would you play in the bedroom to spice things up?

    The Sisters of Mercy - Flood II
    The Sisters of Mercy - Driven like the Snow
    Ladytron - The Reason Why (Namely for the last minute or 2)
    Ladytron - Deep Blue
    The Merry Thoughts - Will You?
    The whole 'Loveless' album by My Bloody Valentine.

    yeah as you can tell, metal isn't a very sexual genere for me o), although I can throw some Necros Christos or Demilich on, whatever floats your boat I guess.


    19. Can you play a musical instrument?

    used to play guitar, but not for very long. Would love to take it up again, but money is a problem now that I am at university.

    20. Ever been in a mosh pit?

    Haha, what a stupid question! Most brutal one I was ever in was at Amon Amarth probably. Bruised ribs and a split lip? Yes please.

    21. Are you in a band?

    Nope. Unless you count my imaginary post-rock band with sheldon.

    23. Ever dated a musician?

    Nope.

    28. Do you wish that you were a musician?

    Yeh sorta...

    29. Best chick band you know of?

    Eh.... Astarte?

    31. Last song that you heard on the radio?

    Oh balls, it's been so long I listened to the radio I can;t rememeber.


    32. What do you think of Classical music?

    I personally don't listen to it. but that's for one good reason. I haven't got a clue where to start. theres so much out there, I wouldn;t have a clue. I would if I could be bothered getting my ass in gear trying to check some stuff out, but alas, I'm a lazy fucker. I may not listen to it, but I respect classical musicians more than anyone else out there.

    33. What do you think of Country music?

    Pure, utter garbage.

    34. What do you think of Death metal?

    Good question. I could give a long answer or a short one. o)
    Short: Basically, I fucking love the genre, while it isn't my favourite metal genre (that would be black) I would still consider myself a very big fan of it. Favourite Death metal band of all time? Tough one but either Death or Incantation or Immolation.

    35. Last BIG band that you saw live?

    Depends on your definition of big. but for all extensive purposes then:
    Mogwai


    36. Are you a groupie?

    haha no.

    37. Do you listen to music in foreign languages?

    yep. because metal is such a vast and varied genre, it's inevitable. Some bands just sound more 'natural' when singing in their native tongue.

    38. What famous musician would you like to sleep with?

    MIRA AROYO PLEASE

    39. Worst concert moment? / 40. Funny concert moment? / 41. Sad concert moment?

    WORST: Being trampled at Iron Maiden at Wacken and almost getting hospitalised.
    FUNNIEST: Shouting abuse at Trivium a few years back at the Iron Maiden gig in dublin, and almost being lynched by a bunch of fans
    SAD: The last ever gig by the Mission in london.


    42. Best local act you can think of?

    The whole of Ireland, well it's no contest, Primorial by far. Northern ireland, not much to chose from but either Chambercraft or darkest Era.
    In Scotland, errrr, at the minute probably Alestorm. Purely because they have made the effort to actually get out there and do something. Something which many local bands lack, bands who are content with playing grotty 'old man' pubs the rest of their lives.

    43. If you were a musical instrument what would you be?

    Mira's Korg keyboard please.

    44. Do you listen to the radio?

    Nope.

    45. Do you watch music TV?

    Hell no. Apart from the daily escapades to try and find the Blackout crew and Scooter.

    46. Do you follow the music charts, like the top 40?

    Nope. I think that anything and everything associated with the mainstream music industry is total faff.

    47. Have you met any famous musicians?

    All of Witchcraft
    All of the Cold War Kids
    ZP form Dragonforce


    48. Are any of your friends/family/etc. musicians?

    Nope

    49. Song that best describes your feelings right now?

    I dunno, is there a 'bored' song?
    Anyhting by Sun 0))) just because I'm completely bored.


    50. Song that describes your life?

    A bit too early for that I think, but up until now I suppose something about shitty fucking luck and shitty fucking people.

    51. Do you know the names of all the band members that you listen to?

    No. I don;t see it as important.

    52. Does a musician’s physical attractiveness play a role in the music that you listen to?

    No. if it does, then you can go and jump under a train in my opinion.

    53. What famous musician do you want to marry?

    did I mention Mira Aroyo by anychance?
    No?


    53. Favorite movie soundtrack?

    none. If I had to pick, then 28 days later, purely because of Godspeed.

    55. Any musician pet hates?

    Well I'm not a musician, so......


    56. What do your parents listen to?

    My mum has a shit music taste, basically whatever my sisters listen to, although has some redeeming artists such as Leonard Cohen. my dad is the one who a credit for getting me into the music I am these days though. Especially rainbow, Fleetwood Mac, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and the such.


    57. What are you listening to right NOW?

    Absu - Stone of Destiny
  • Hellfest 08

    20. Dez. 2007, 0:06

    Maybe going to this as well if I get the cash, so far we have

    ANATHEMA
    ANAAL NATHRAKH
    ANGRA
    AT THE GATES
    BENIGHTED
    BORN FROM PAIN
    CARCASS
    CULT OF LUNA
    ELUVEITIE
    FORBIDDEN
    GHOST BRIGADE
    LEGION OF THE DAMNED
    MESHUGGAH
    MINISTRY
    MY DYING BRIDE
    PARADISE LOST
    SEPTIC FLESH
    SHINING
    SICK OF IT ALL
    SONATA ARCTICA
    TESTAMENT
    THE OLD DEAD TREE