venerdì 20 aprile 2018

Spiritual Front - Amour Braque

"Amour Braque"

Release Date: on 23 March 2018

Label: Prophecy Productions

Country: Italy

Genre: neo folk

Track List:
01. Intro / Love's Vision 
02. Tenderness Through Violence -
03. Disaffection -
04. The Abyss of Heaven 
05. Children of the Black Light 
06. Pain Is Love 
07. Beauty of Decay 
08. Devoted to You 
09. This Past Was Only Mine 
10. Battuage 
11. An End Named Hope 
12. The Man I've Become 
13. Vladimir Central 

Prosegue il cammino musicale degli Spiritual Front, snodandosi tra le macerie di un folk apocalittico di grande suggestione, ormai da tempo lasciato alle spalle, e l'innata armonia che da sempre contraddistingue la miglior musica cantautorale del nostro Bel Paese. Amour Braque arriva cinque anni dopo l'ottimo Open Wounds, anche se non sono certo gli album d'indubbia bellezza a scarseggiare nella carriera del trio romano.

Ecco allora tredici nuove tracce che delineano un percorso al tempo stesso lineare e affascinante, tra sperimentazioni romantiche e arrangiamenti minimali. Non mancano i momenti ostici, dove il cantato perversamente marziale di Simone Salvatori si libera della camicia di forza e ne brucia i resti sulla pira funeraria della darkwave più dolente. Amour Braque non abusa degli stilemi più classici, ma si allinea perfettamente alla contemporaneità della scena gotica, le cui trame sintetiche si fondono col calore folkloristico delle carovane zingaresche, trasportandoci nei cunicoli della depravazione e dell’oblio.

Il sipario si chiude sulla ritmica sincopata del manifesto d'intenzioni Pain Is Love, un ennesimo saggio delle capacità tecniche e interpretative di Salvatori. Oggi più che mai, un Hellvis che sembra sogghignare malizioso come i sex symbol immortalati nei poster che adornavano le nostre camerette negli anni 80.

Michela (Anesthesia)

Simone "Hellvis" Salvatori (voce e chitarra)
Andrea Freda (batteria)

Riccardo Galati (chitarra elettrica)

Official Site

Follow The Cipher pubblicano il terzo singolo

Dimenticate tutto ciò che pensavate di sapere, perché i FOLLOW THE CIPHER sono pronti a inaugurare una nuova era della musica e ad attraversare le varie dimensioni del nostro universo per lasciarvi senza fiato. Nonostante la loro diversità stilistica, questa band metal svedese crea un’atmosfera coesa, mixando un sound di prima classe con un magico carisma, idee innovative, presenza scenica e una talentuosissima cantante.

I FOLLOW THE CIPHER pubblicheranno il loro debutto omonimo l’11 maggio su Nuclear Blast. La copertina è stata realizzata da nientepopodimeno che da Chris Rörland dei SABATON.

Dopo avere pubblicato di recente il terzo singolo, 'Carolus Rex' scritto dal cantante dei SABATON Joakim Brodén e dal chitarrista dei FTC Ken Kängström alcuni anni fa oggi nel quarto trailer dell’album i FOLLOW THE CIPHER svelano maggiori dettagli sulla canzone.

MORTIIS svela altri dettagli su 'PERFECTLY DEFECT' e sull’album di remix gratuito. Pre-ordini attivi

L’album di MORTIIS ‘Perfectly Defect’, pubblicato originariamente nel 2010 durante il tour europeo in compagnia degli amici COMBICHRIST e da tempo fuori catalogo, verrà ristampato il 1° giugno dall’etichetta di MORTIIS Omnipresence Records.

I pre-ordini sono attivi da ora. Chi pre-ordina il disco sullo store di MORTIIS riceverà gratuitamente il disco in digitale contenente i remix di 'Perfectly Defect'.

Inoltre MORTIIS offre ai fan tre tracce di 'The Perfect Reject' QUI

'PERFECTLY DEFECT' 2018 track-listing:
1. Closer to the End
2. Perfectly Defect
3. The Sphere
4. Sensation of Guilt
5. Sole Defeat
6. Thieving Bastards
7. The Punished
8. Halo of Arms
9. Impossible to Believe
10. This Absolution
11. Hermaphro Superior
12. Contrition

MORTIIS sarà in Italia dal vivo per un’unica data il 25 maggio 2018 alle Officine Sonore di Vercelli!

giovedì 19 aprile 2018

SKINDRED – New video/single "That 's My Jam" from the upcoming new album released – new record "Big Tings" coming out on April 27th

UK Ragga Rockers SKINDRED have released a new single/video "That's My Jam" from the upcoming new album "Big Tings" which will be released on April 27th via Napalm Records.

Watch the video HERE!

The Video for the new single features a special appearance by Hollywood actor and all round bad guy Patrick Bergin best  known for his roles in the classic films Sleeping with the Enemy & Patriot Games  as well as recently starring in the UKs biggest TV show EastEnders as Aidan Maguire.
"That 's My Jam" is an infectious metal pop beast of a track which still retains the Skindred ragga swagga metal trademark sound of the band. "That's My Jam" is how Rock music in 2018 should sound: unique, trend setting and straight to the point!

mercoledì 18 aprile 2018

AURI - Interview with Johanna Kurkela

Interview by Michela (Anesthesia)
Editing by Margherita (MEG)
photo Credits by Tim Martindale

LFdM: AURI! It's a pretty unusual name for a band. Did you take it from the book “The Name Of The Wind” written by Patrick Rothfuss? How did you come up with it?
Johanna Kurkela: Hi Michela! And thank you for your questions! The name of the band wasn't decided until last year, when we started delving deeper into the album making and realised we needed a name for our band. We tossed around with ideas, and finally thought of Auri, which felt like the perfect name. Deriving from the word "aura", meaning, golden, emanation, atmosphere, a soft breeze. It is used in Finland as a girl's name. And, it also happens to be the name of a character in Patrick Rothfuss' books which we love, a character who lives in her own world, almost in another dimension compared to the rest of the world, for the way she perceives life and keeps to herself, only to come out at moonlight to sit on the rooftops of the world. She is a deep deep mystery, and an achingly beautiful and infinitely intriguing one at that. Just like the magic of music.

LFdM:When did you start to think to form this band?
JK: In essence, the band Auri was born out of the sheer desire to hear music still missing from the world. We've all been close friends for years now, and fans of each other's music from the very first note we heard, collaborating on each others musical projects on many occasions in the past. In that sense, the spirit of collaboration has been ever present. Throughout the years it just developed into this shared dream of a unique, fearless, infinite open world of music, which we three might be able to bring to life together. I guess one could say, this band is, in effect, our friendship translated into music. An audible assortment of things we feel strongly about.

LFdM: Everyone knows who Tuomas Holopainen is in symphonic and metal scene, so I don't want to talk about him. I would like to know instead: if you should introduce and explain the new record to a totally profane kind of audience, having the opportunity to choose only one song to do it, which track would you pick up?
JK: To me this album is such an entity that whenever I listen to it, I always do it from start to finish, as one would watch a film or read a book. For anyone yet to enter the world of Auri, rather than to visit just one continent, I'd definitely recommend to go for the whole nine yards. Otherwise, any song, I'm sure, would serve nicely to yield a little glimpse.
Even to this day, it's hard for me to categorize the music of Auri. We didn't really have any particular genres or languages in mind making the music, quite the opposite. Overall, I think we were all just instinctively following the paths of music that felt right to us, not really caring if it was orthodox or not to combine things the way we did. It felt very liberating, working in this mind set, not having any pressure or expectations to confine us, not caring at all what other people might think or how they might feel about the final result. We didn't have a concept, no main songwriter, no producer. The only thing we strived to do was to make music which made us three go completely ecstatic over, and have massive fun at it. And that's exactly what we did.

LFdM: How important are the lyrics in your kind of music, made for the live dimension?
JK: In Auri, one can most certainly hear many influences, but rather than try to pinpoint them all, we'd prefer the listener to just shut the mind, and let one's heart listen instead. For me, the magic of music has never been something that can be generalized or captured with only words. It's always a very personal journey, a coloring book, the outlines of a scenery to be filled with each listener's own emotions. There is no right or wrong in interpreting a song, if it jerks out something profound, beautiful and renewing inside the listener. For me the oceans of music are all connected. If it were up to me, I'd rather not categorize Auri at all, or any other music for that matter, but if need be, "Celestial Metal" as Troy playfully put it, or “World Music”, would do nicely.

LFdM: Is there any particular message that you’re trying to delivery with your songs?
JK: Skillful use of words, clever poetry and insightful lyrics are things I'm sure we all find joy and comfort in. However, words alone are often prone to unfortunate misunderstandings and misinterpretations. This is probably one of the reasons I enjoy wordless music so much, such as film score soundtracks for instance, where instead of using our minds to follow the words, one can be whisked off on a more subconscious journey, to let one's own story and emotional scenery unravel onto the waves of sounds. Still, words can be powerful tools in conveying things more specific. For me, whenever there are lyrics in music, it's paramount that both elements support and complement one another in service of the song. This is often times a very delicate art, but always an infinitely rewarding one after you happen to stumble upon the perfect balance.

LFdM: Where does the inspiration to write such emotional music come from? You’re really unique, compared to other metal acts in the world, what's the moving force here?
JK: In Auri, I feel like I've finally found my home as an artist, a perfect outlet for my creativity, being able to record and edit my own vocals independently, feeling completely at home in the music, finding such likeminded people to work with, and an environment without pressure or judgement, that you don't have to hold anything back or make compromises, which usually, naturally occurs when working alongside other people with different opinions and goals. Being able to work seamlessly together, while being completely open and channeling your deepest emotions through music, has been one the most life changing things for me to discover in Auri. A sort of altruistic connectedness, which hopefully is something others listening to this music can also tap into.

LFdM: Do you think you will continue with this project in the future?
JK: When we headed out on this marvellous adventure of Auri, we didn't really have any expectations or plans for the future, other than just to release an album and see what happens. But pretty quickly, as things started to evolve, and due to the immense fun we had while making this album, it soon became obvious, that instead of being just a one album project, Auri was becoming a real band. In the future, we're definitely hoping to carry on making more albums for Auri and even head out on a tour at some point. But for now, on the immediate horizon, there are other more pressing matters keeping us all busy for the next approaching years. Still, luckily for us, we're not in a hurry, time is just an illusion, and already, ideas for the next Auri album are starting to gently take form in our heads.

Kind regards,


The Swedish pioneers of timeless slowness are back in top form, distilling the essence of epic doom metal!

It only takes a few short bars of the title track ‘House Of Doom‘ to feel that familiar sensation again: yes, Leif Edling aka the undisputed king of minor key songwriting has returned. With him, he brings frenzied riffing, melancholy made sound and warm Hammond organ tapestries that form the pillars of every CANDLEMASS classic!  

CANDLEMASS  is back in top form with this killer doom epic. ‘The House Of Doom’ EP comes with 3 bonus tracks, is raw and in your face and today is available for PRE ORDER

The Swedish pioneers of timeless slowness managed once again to distill the essence of epic doom metal – and at the same time they make waiting for the next long player (to be released in fall 2018) even harder...

NAILED TO OBSCURITY – firmano per Nuclear Blast e lavorano al nuovo album!

Photo Credit: Kerstin Bruemmer

Cercare il proprio posto nel mondo, trovarlo e occuparlo può essere un'impresa piuttosto faticosa, ma che molte band devono affrontare per trovare la loro nicchia creativa. I NAILED TO OBSCURITY ovviamente non solo hanno trovato la loro nicchia, ma anche una nuova casa discografica. Ecco perché Nuclear Blast è lieta di annunciare che il gruppo del nord della Germania è stato aggiunto al proprio variegato roster.

Per oltre dieci anni, i NAILED TO OBSCURITY hanno con successo sviluppato il proprio stile distintivo, qualcosa che sta tra il death metal melodico e il doom con influenze progressive. Il loro debutto “Abyss…” ha messo in luce questi barlumi, ma i loro dischi “Opaque” (2013) e “King Delusion” dello scorso anno hanno mostrato una reale evoluzione delle loro sonorità, consentendo loro di spiccare un balzo in avanti.  Le loro canzoni malinconiche non sono mai prive della necessaria brutalità e creano sempre una distinta dinamica che mesmerizza l’ascoltatore, il quale sperimenta profondamente ogni nota e ogni parola. Questa magia ha già conquistato il pubblico di festival come Wacken Open Air, Summer Breeze e Party.San Open Air e tutti coloro che hanno visto la band in azione durante il tour europeo di spalla a DARK TRANQUILLITY e nelle date in compagnia di ARCH ENEMY e PARADISE LOST.