Summing up as a fifth release, "Welcome Farewell" is definitely a fine piece of work from Norwegian black metallers VREID.
From the very start, I can say the album is darker and even more aggressive than their 2011 release "V" (also a brilliant album). The manner in which the album is written leaves no room for interpretation though, everything is done with precision and care, restless construction of riffs, menacing blasts and powerful bass tones.
It is a bit hard to avoid talking about "V" in order to relate impressions for "Welcome Farewell", there are elements the band are accentuating and trying to bring up front, like the "thrashiness" of the riffs and a more...
Damnation Festival is next week, and for most people it's payday this weekend. There's still tickets available for just £32, seriously that's a bargain you'd be looking at £15-£20 plus booking fee to see Electric Wizard in London and with this you're getting 23 bands, a free programme and a peaceville CD upon entry!!
Also Damnation have just released their bar prices, check this out:
Available ALL day at the festival - including the after-show party:
Tuborg Can - £2.50
Tetleys Can - £2.50
Vodka & draught mixer - £2.50
Bacardi & draught mixer - £2.50
Double up of house spirits for £1 (Vodka, Bacardi, JD, Bombay Sapphire, Southern Comfort, Malibu, Archers)
Pint draught soft drink £1.50
How many festivals or gigs do you go to where the drinks are that reasonably priced. We managed to pick up a hotel room for £28 so that's £14 each, and return fares from London are as cheap as £11 if you are willing to travel at ungodly o'clock. There's really no excuse not to go, this is a true rarity, a music festival that won't leave you crying all the way to the bank.
We figured for those of you still debating going, or those of you who have already purchased and are not too familiar with all of the bands you might find it useful to have links to all of them in one place. So we've done the hard work for you and gathered a selection of links for all the bands playing.
One slight disclaimer, these are not our videos, we've just embedded them from youtube, if any labels or bands are unhappy with it please get in touch and we'll immediately take down your videos on the news post.
Electric Wizard - Headlining this year's Damnation Festival is the mighty doom legends
Tags: Hawk Eyes, Devil Sold His Soul, Textures, Gama Bomb, Primordial, My Dying Bride, Electric Wizard, The Atrocity Exhibit, Hang The Bastard, Winterfylleth, Extreme Noise Terror, ENT, Vreid, Aura Noir, Belphegor, Pig Destroyer, Ravens Creed, Witchsorrow, Wodensthrone, Blacklisters, Bossk, 40 Watt Sun, Maybeshewill, Amenra, Damnation, Damnation Festival
There's been more announcements for Damnation Festival, happening at Leeds University Union on 3rd November 2012.
The following press release reveals the new editions:
London's death n' hardcore infusion HANG THE BASTARD and Leeds' very own aural acid trip BLACKLISTERS also join the eclectic three-stage event which will be hosted in Leeds University Union on Saturday, November 3, 2012.
Paradise Lost + Insomnium + Vreid
The Brook, Southampton, Tuesday 17th April
Words by Nicholas Holmes
Photos by Tess Donohoe www.tessdonohoe.com
Days after the anniversary of Titanic's demise, it is perhaps vaguely appropriate that one of the greatest gloomy bands in British music history land in Southampton, the city from which the doomed vessel sailed just over 100 years ago. However, Paradise Lost have proved to be far from a sinking ship as they approach their quarter century next year. The nearest they have come to steering off course has been the departure of three drummers. That particular role has been ably filled since 2009 by possibly the busiest sticksman in metal, Adrian Erlandsson, who also plays for Nemhain, Brujeria and Swedish legends At The Gates. Phew! On what is their