EP Review: Ancient Ascendant – Into The Dark

Into The Dark Ancient Ascendant Review

Hailing from Reading and signed to Siege of Amida records in 2011, Ancient Ascendant are following rather hot on the heels of their excellent debut album ‘the grim awakening’ with this fantastic EP ‘Into the dark’. 

They are a refreshing blend of black, death metal and more than a casual nod to traditional Heavy Metal. When listening to AA, they immediately reminded me of modern version of late Finnish outfit ‘Gandalf’, but with guitar work which hints strongly at ‘Melechesh’. It is also immediately clear that AA are more than capable of writing songs you’re going to remember for a long time, and probably with a sore neck. 

Opening track ‘The veil’ is a rather nice, if sadly short, instrumental piece, which builds gradually, with some lovely guitar work. It’s evident immediately that there’s a

 

By | September 30th, 2012|CD Reviews|0 Comments

Review: Windfaerer – Solar

Windfaerer Solar EP Review

This E.P is the follow up to this U.S band’s debut album containing melodic black metal with folk influences. The debut seemed well received in the underground press and this new release continues on from where their first full length left off.

It opens with an instrumental track ‘The Mortal Flare‘, one of two on the release, which the very start reminded me of Primordial’s ‘Imrama’ album before changing tack. Once the main body of music kicks in you get the picture of what this band are all about. Fast paced drumming and guitar riffage proceeds the mid range rasping vocals, that at times become emotive and almost change genre in style, which carry you along on a melodic wave but far from being repetitive it interjects the speedier sections with folk elements; acoustic guitar finger picked, subtle hand patted drums and most notably the violin sections. New violinist Valcek, a change from the debut album, sweeps 

By | September 30th, 2012|CD Reviews|0 Comments

Bosse De Nage III review

Bosse De Nage III review Profound Lore

Bosse-de-Nage is a dog-faced baboon who can speak no human words but "Ha Ha", a traveller accompanying Dr. Faustroll who happens to be a man born fully-grown at the age of 63 who travels in a bed, which is not a bed but a boat and is not in actuality a boat but rather, a sieve that floats like a boat. Confused yet?  Bosse-de-Nage is also a Bay Area based 4 piece who play a very particular and rather peculiar take on the black metal sub-genre and indeed, the latter is named after the former - a character from the French surrealist novel "Exploits and Opinions of Dr. Faustroll, Pataphysician" by Alfred Jarry

The Bosse-de-Nage I speak of in 2010 released their debut and self-titled full-length and soon after, in 2011, released their second outing "II" - each put out by San

By | September 30th, 2012|CD Reviews|0 Comments

Chelsea Wolfe – live at Roadburn Vinyl

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In 2012 alone Chelsea Wolfe released a collection of acoustic tracks under the title "Unknown Rooms" alongside a digitally released tribute to Rudimentary Peni, a Daytrotter live session and lastly, a recording of her performance at this year's Roadburn festival, put to wax as a gold coloured LP by Roadburn Records.  Busy. 

Here we have a set clocking in at roughly 40 minutes and being comprised of songs primarily taken from her 2010 and 2011 studio releases, "The Grime and the Glow" & "?ποκ?λυψις". Songs differ little from their original renditions aside from in atmosphere and intensity along with some musical additions most clearly exemplified on the performance of "Movie Screen", featuring an almost Tubular Bells sounding keyboard led introduction intermitted with bursts of heavily distorted guitar and crashing drums (sounding not too dissimilar to Menace Ruine), before shaping into the 

 

By | September 26th, 2012|CD Reviews|0 Comments

Huntress confirm first ever UK shows

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HUNTRESS will play their first ever UK shows in October 2012 including a London appearance at Metal Hammer’s Halloween party. 

The LA outfit will play Bournemouth and Cardiff before joining Black Spiders at Islington Academy on October 29, 2012. 

All proceeds from the London show (Metal Hammer Halloween Party) will go to two awesome charities – Childline and Health Partnership Nepal – and with tickets coming in at just £3.50 and shots of Kraken and pints of Hobgoblin at recession-slaying prices; you really have no excuse not to be there. Huntress will be on stage at 7:30pm. Tickets are on sale here now:  

HUNTRESS

October 2012 DATES:

By | September 17th, 2012|Gig News|0 Comments

Achren confirm 2012 UK tour

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'Scottish 'blood metallers' Achren have confirmed that they'll  be tearing it up around the UK this Autumn.

Dubbed  ‘The Forgotten Tour’ after the hell that became 2011 delayed plans to tour in support of debut album, ‘The Forgotten King.' which is available to purchase via the bands official webstore at http://achren.bigcartel.com/product/the-forgotten-king

Don’t miss Achren at your closest venue.  

Dates & Venues:

Dundee HoB Festival Sat 22nd Sep 2012

Nottingham Pit & Pendum Thu 4th Oct 2012

By | September 17th, 2012|Gig News|0 Comments

Desertfest 2013 early bird tickets on sale this Friday

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Desertfest 2013 will take place in Camden, London, between the 26th and 28th April 2013. With earlybird tickets going on sale this Friday we decided to have a very quick catch up with Desertscene Dan to get a few questions answered about next year's festival.  After last years amazing festival with the likes of Church Of Misery, Corrosion Of Conformity, Black Pyramid, Orange Goblin, Karma to Burn and loads more we wanted to find out more...   

By | September 12th, 2012|Gig News|0 Comments

Mono announce UK tour

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Japanese post rockers are returning to the UK to play ATP Nightmare before christmas curated by Shellac.  The show also features Neurosis, Melt Banana, Red Fang and many more.  

Making the most of the long trip over from Japan they have announced a string of UK dates around country as follows:

Friday 30th November – Shellac’s ATP, Camber Sands
Saturday 1st December – Bristol, The Exchange
Monday 3rd December – Glasgow, Oran Mor
Tuesday 4th December – Belfast, Mandela Hall
Wednesday 5th December – Cork, Cyprus Avenue

By | September 12th, 2012|Gig News|0 Comments

Live Evil promoters announce Angel Witch UK tour with Enforcer and Age Of Taurus

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Mythology Agency and Live Evil have teamed up with Metropolis Music and Bro (UK) to arrange for one of the most powerful UK heavy metal tours of recent times. The 5 date ‘Into the Dark’ tour is headlined on all dates (apart from London) by pioneering heavy metal legends Angel Witch.

With a lineage dating back to 1977, South London’s Angel Witch were leading lights of the now legendary New Wave Of British Heavy Metal movement. The band have decimated stages around the world in recent years with arguably their best ever line-up. Angel Witch will mix all their classic numbers with choice cuts from lauded latest album released on Rise Above Records ‘As Above, So Below’.

Main support on all dates (and London headline) is provided by the high energy Swedish heavy metal act Enforcer. 

By | September 11th, 2012|Gig News|0 Comments

Damnation add Amenra, Witchsorrow and Maybeshewill to 2012 lineup

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BELGIUM sludge kings AMENRA have promised their "most memorable" UK show in 13 years as they head to Damnation Festival to headline the Eyesore Stage.

They'll join English post-rockers MAYBESHEWILL and purveyors of doom Witchsorrow at Leeds University Union, on Saturday, November 3, 2012, for an exclusive appearance.

The band said: "Everyone in Amenra is really excited about performing at this year's Damnation Festival.

"This is now already our most memorable UK show in our 13 years of existence.

"We will make this one last forever in the memories and mouths of everyone who will be there." 

By | September 4th, 2012|Gig News|0 Comments