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Meshuggah’s “Immutable” Album Review

Meshuggah’s “Immutable” Album Review by: Mayaz Dimashki

As someone who is a fan of djent, I never really got into Meshuggah, and when I decided to listen to this album I was expecting the famous 0-0-0-0 guitar chugs, and I was not surprised when this is what I got. Starting from the first riff in the first song “Broken Cog”, I realized that this album will not be surprising me with any genre defying music. 

While this album did not change the usual tone of Meshuggah as a band when it comes to their playstyle, it was also not even remotely bad, even for a person like me who is not that into the band. I actually enjoyed it! The technicality of their riffs, the blast beats by the beast Tomas Haake and Jens’s vocals are top notch. I usually judge an album by how many of its riffs get stuck in my head after I’m done with it and at least 5 riffs and sections have stuck with me here, which is more than some of my favorite bands’ new albums (looking at you Dream Theater.)

We start off with Broken Cog that sets the tone for the whole album, while not as complex and fast as the other songs, it still fits perfectly as a first track that eases the listener and grabs their hand leading them to the pits of hell that is the next track. The Abysmal Eye comes next starting with an immediate blast beat after the whispering outro of the previous track. I immediately fell in love with the guitar solo here, it made me feel entranced with how it fits wonderfully with the ominous vibe the whole song gives off. The same could be said about the next song on the list, Light The Shortening Fuse, which slows down a bit in the middle adding a tone of melancholy before Jens growls his way out of that vibe back to the general ominous tone the album has built up until now.

While the songs so far have been a bit on the extreme/djent side, the next song Phantoms adds some groovy riffs to the mix while maintaining the feeling of extremity and power. Going to a complete halt half way through with a nasty breakdown (I can already feel myself getting injured in the mosh pit at this exact moment.) Ligature Marks returns to the djenty vibes but adds some lead riffs that add a terrifying mood to the song before the vocals assert the fear. The next track, God He Sees In Mirrors, sounded the most Meshuggah to me, with a super complex solo line, deadly blast beats and overall harsh vocals.

Almost halfway through the album, we are welcomed with a calming clean guitar intro in the longest song on the album, They Move Below. This is in my opinion the crown jewel of the whole album, although it’s an instrumental. A lot of feelings get invoked throughout the song and the genius arrangement just gets better every minute as it gets heavier and heavier and more technical. Following that amazing trip, we are grabbed by the throat and pulled back down to the heavy riffs and vocals of Kaleidoscope, the highlight of this song is the technical solo around halfway through. Black Cathedral is 2 minutes of scary guitar riffs. I can imagine a 15th century church burning in the background, which culminates into the next track. 

Unfortunately, this is where the album starts feeling repetitive and boring, the songs quickly become very familiar and very predictive. While generally not a bad thing because they maintain the same theme throughout the album, it still feels like the album ended and is repeating the previous songs again. Up until the last track Past Tense which begins with a clean riff that takes you out of the repetitiveness and into a confusing and ominous feel for about 3 minutes then back to the “how long is left in this song still?” feeling.

Overall, I’d say the album is not a masterpiece, but it is also not bad. It is worth a listen if you’re not a fan, but you’ll love it if you are. The mixing and mastering is of high quality and the band is excellent in their instruments. I would give this album a 7 out of 10.

 

Album Art Cover and Track-listing:

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. “Broken Cog” Mårten Hagström Hagström 5:35
2. “The Abysmal Eye” Tomas Haake Dick Lövgren 4:55
3. “Light the Shortening Fuse” Hagström Hagström 4:28
4. “Phantoms” Haake

Haake – Lövgren

4:53
5. “Ligature Marks” Hagström Hagström 5:13
6. “God He Sees in Mirrors” Haake Lövgren 5:28
7. “They Move Below” (instrumental) Hagström 9:35
8. “Kaleidoscope” Haake

Haake – Lövgren

4:07
9. “Black Cathedral” (instrumental) Hagström 2:00
10. “I Am That Thirst” Haake Hagström 4:40
11. “The Faultless” Haake Hagström 4:48
12. “Armies of the Preposterous” Haake

Haake – Lövgren

5:15
13. “Past Tense” (instrumental) Hagström 5:46



James Labrie’s New Single “Devil In Drag”

On March 18th, Dream Theater’s front man James Labrie releases his latest single “Devil In Drag” from the latest album “Beautiful Shade Of Grey”

Here’s his band introduction as posted on his Facebook page:

Introducing my stellar band for ‘Beautiful Shade Of Grey’ (L to R):
The undeniably genius guitarist and long time partner Marco Sfogli on Lead Guitar, my partner in crime and co-writer Paul Logue (Eden’s Curse) on Acoustic Guitar & Bass, my son Chance LaBrie (Falset) on Drums and Christian Pulkkinen (@Eden’s Curse, Simulacrum) on Keyboards.

 
The album’s first single and opening track, “Devil In Drag”,  is now out, you can watch the video here: 
 
‘Beautiful Shade of Grey’ will be released on Inside Out Music on 20th May 2022 as a Limited CD Digipak, 180g LP + CD & as Digital Album.
Pre-order now here: https://jameslabrie.lnk.to/BeautifulShadeOfGrey
 
 

The complete track-listing:

1.     Devil In Drag
2.    SuperNova Girl
3.     Give And Take
4.     Sunset Ruin
5.     Hit Me Like A Brick
6.     Wildflower
7.     Conscience Calling
8.     What I Missed
9.    Am I Right
10.  Ramble On
11.  Devil In Drag (Electric Version)

‘Impera’ Tops The Charts, GHOST’s New Album

Swedish rockers GHOST released their firth studio album “Impera”on March 11. One week later, “Impera” has registered the following first-week chart positions in Europe, according to the band’s record label, Loma Vista Recordings:

Germany: #1 (highest-ever in Germany)
Sweden: #1
U.K.: #2 (highest-ever in the UK)
Netherlands: #2 (highest-ever in Netherlands)
Belgium: #2 (the band’s highest-ever position in Belgium)
Norway: #2
Australia: #3 (the band’s highest-ever position in Australia)
France: #5 (the band’s highest-ever position in France)
Ireland: #5 (highest-ever in Ireland)
Italy: #20 (highest-ever in Italy)

“Impera” was produced by Klas Åhlund and mixed by Andy Wallace.

GHOST‘s co-headlining tour with VOLBEAT kicked off on January 25 at the Reno Events Center in Reno, Nevada and concluded on March 3 in Anaheim, California.

In March 2020, at the final show of GHOST‘s “Prequelle” tour in Mexico City, Mexico, the band introduced Papa Emeritus IV, the new character who is fronting the act for its “Impera” album phase.

Tobias Forge performed as a “new” Papa Emeritus on each of the band’s first three LPs, with each version of Papa replacing the one that came before it. Papa Emeritus III was retired in favor of Cardinal Copia before the release of “Prequelle”.

“Impera” Cover art was designed by Zbigniew M. Bielak

Impera track listing
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. “Imperium” Tobias Forge 1:40
2. “Kaisarion” Forge, Joakim Berg 5:02
3. “Spillways” Forge, Salem Al Fakir, Vincent Pontare 3:16
4. “Call Me Little Sunshine” Forge, Max Grahn 4:44
5. “Hunter’s Moon” Forge, Grahn 3:16
6. “Watcher in the Sky” Forge, Al Fakir, Pontare 5:48
7. “Dominion” Forge, Al Fakir, Pontare 1:22
8. “Twenties” Forge, Al Fakir, Pontare 3:46
9. “Darkness at the Heart of My Love” Forge, Al Fakir, Pontare 4:58
10. “Griftwood” Forge, Peter Svensson, Klas Åhlund 5:16
11. “Bite of Passage” Forge 0:31
12. “Respite on the Spitalfields” Forge, Berg 6:42
Total length: 46:21

Mille Petrozza: Real War Is NOT Metal!

Recently, a huge argument has been going around and brought to you by today’s MINGNONS of the internet.

It is about the metal bands who are coming out against the WAR in Ukraine. These bands perform music that includes WAR oriented lyrics and themes, so how can they be ANI-WAR!

German legends KREATOR’s front man Mille Petrozza has spoken out against the Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, this is what he had to say in his latest Instagram post:

 

Stop the war in Ukraine! Stop all wars on earth! Now!!

In the year 2022 we should be on the edge of a spiritual transformation, but it seems like we are moving back into the Neanderthal.

War can never be justified! And to those that give me the „ ….but what about your lyrics? Flag of hate? You are not metal, etc.“. Understand one thing: where there is war, there is no concerts, festivals, music.

We were about to play a tour for our fans in both Ukraine and Russia next month. And now? Nothing but pain, death, fear and suffering on both sides. The people are the ones that have to pay for this insanity. Like so many times in the history of mankind. Again!
Kreator stands for peace, music and a worldwide unity of like minded individuals, regardless of cultural, religious or material background.
Call me a naive hippie or find a new favorite band.
Real war is NOT Metal! It’s hell on earth!
Have a nice day!

Check out Kreator’s new epic single: “Hate Über Alles.” Their new album Hate Über Alles comes out June 3rd on Nuclear Blast, and is available for preorder.

 

Kreator’s Hate Über Alles:

1. Hate über alles
2. Killer of Jesus
3. Crush the Tyrants
4. Strongest of the Strong
5. Become Immortal
6. Conquer and Destroy
7. Midnight Sun
8. Demonic Future
9. Pride Comes Before the Fall
10. Dying Planet
11. Sergio Corbucci Is Dead

New Releases Calendar… What to expect in March and April 2022

 

March 18, 2022
Aeviterne – The Ailing Facade (Profound Lore)
Agathodaimon – The Seven (Napalm)
Chip Z’Nuff – Perfectly Imperfect (Frontiers)
Cypress Hill – Back In Black (MNRK)
Dark Funeral – We Are The Apocalypse (Century Media)
Eric Wagner – In The Lonely Light Of Mourning (Cruz Del Sur)
Erra – Erra Deluxe Edition (UNFD)
FM – Thirteen (Frontiers)
Friends Of Hell – Friends Of Hell (Rise Above)
Gauntlet Rule – The Plague Court (From The Vaults)
Hellfrost And Fire – Fire, Frost And Hell (Transcending Obscurity)
Hell In The Club – Kamikaze – 10 Years In The Slums EP (Frontiers)
Hell Militia – Hollow Void (Season Of Mist)
Hot Water Music – Feel The Void (Equal Vision)
Landmvrks – Lost In The Waves (The Complete Edition) (Arising Empire)
The L.I.F.E. Project – Big F.O.U.R. EP (Blood Blast)
Moonlight Haze – Animus (Scarlet)
Shewolf – Shewolf (Frontiers)
Shining Black – Postcards From The End Of The World (Frontiers)
Slaegt – Goddess (Century Media)
Stabbing Westward – Chasing Ghosts (COP International)
Trench – Encased In Chrome EP (New Damage)
Tyr – A Night At The Nordic House DVD/CD (Metal Blade)
Without Waves – Comedian (Prosthetic)

March 25, 2022
Abbath – Dread Reaver (Season Of Mist)
Absent In Body – Plague God (Relapse)
Animals As Leaders – Parrhesia (Sumerian)
Architects – For Those That Wish To Exist At Abbey Road (Epitaph)
BillyBio – Leaders And Liars (AFM)
Bomber – Nocturnal Creatures (Napalm)
Capricorn – For The Restless (Wild Kingdom)
Crystal Viper – The Last Axeman (Listenable)
Flotsam & Jetsam – Iron Tears/Metal Shock Re-Release (Vic)
Hardcore Superstar – Abrakadabra (Self)
Ignite – Ignite (Century Media)
Incite – Wake Up Dead (Atomic Fire)
Killing Joke – Lord Of Chaos EP (Spinefarm)
Lucifer’s Child/Mystifier – Under Satan’s Wrath Split (Agonia)
Michael Romeo – War Of The Worlds, Part 2 (InsideOut)
MWWB – The Harvest (New Heavy Sounds)
Night Demon – Year Of The Demon (Century Media)
Nite – Voices Of The Kronian Moon (Season Of Mist)
Placebo – Never Let Me Go (Rise)
Soul Glo – Diaspora Problems (Epitaph)
Svartsot – Kumbi (Mighty)
Various Artists – Legacy: A Tribute To Leslie West (Provogue)
Witchpit – The Weight Of Death (Heavy Psych Sounds)

April 1, 2022
Aldo Nova – The Life And Times Of Eddie Gage EP (Self)
Bhleg – Fäghring (Nordvis)
Black Death Cult – Diaspora (Profound Lore)
Carpenter Brut – Leather Terror (Universal)
Centinex – The Pestilence EP (Agonia)
Evil Invaders – Shattering Reflection (Napalm)
The Hellacopters – Eyes Of Oblivion (Nuclear Blast)
Kublai Khan TX – Lowest Form Of Animal EP (Rise)
Lords Of The Trident – The Offering (Self)
Meshuggah – Immutable (Atomic Fire)
Misfire – Sympathy For The Ignorant (MNRK Heavy)
Nekrogoblikon – The Fundamental Slimes And Humours (Self)
Pattern-Seeking Animals – Only Passing Through (InsideOut)
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Unlimited Love (Warner)
Satan – Earth Infernal (Metal Blade)
Violet Blend – Demons (Eclipse)
Wolf – Shadowland (Century Media)

April 8, 2022
Black Swan – Generation Mind (Frontiers)
Destruction – Diabolical (Napalm)
Dynazty – Final Advent (AFM)
Envy Of None – Envy Of None (Kscope)
First Signal – Closer To The Edge (Frontiers)
Hallas – Isle Of Wisdom (Napalm)
Health – DISCO4 :: PART II (Loma Vista)
Inglorious – MMXXI Live At The Phoenix (Frontiers)
Jack White – Fear Of The Dawn (Third Man)
Linda Lindas – Growing Up (Epitaph)
Lux Incerta – Dark Odyssey (Klonosphere/Season Of Mist)
Mors Principium Est – Liberate The Unborn Humanity (AFM)
Papa Roach – Ego Trip (New Noize)
Therion – Beyond Sanctorum Re-Release (Hammerheart)
Therion – Lepaca Kliffoth Re-Release (Hammerheart)
Therion – Symphony Masses: No Drakon Ho Megas Re-Release (Hammerheart)
Tool – Fear Inoculum Vinyl Re-Release (RCA)
Treat – The Endgame (Frontiers)
Wet Leg – Wet Leg (Domino)

April 15, 2022
Alunah – Strange Machine (Heavy Psych Sounds)
Armored Saint – Delirious Nomad Re-Release (Metal Blade)
Armored Saint – March Of The Saint Re-Release (Metal Blade)
Armored Saint – Raising Fear Re-Release (Metal Blade)
Axel Rudi Pell – Lost XXIII (SPV/Steamhammer)
Darkher – The Buried Storm (Prophecy)
DeVicious – Black Heart (Pride & Joy)
Fozzy – Boombox (Century Media)
Manegarm – Ynglingaättens Öde (Napalm)
Monuments – In Stasis (Century Media)
Nazareth – Surviving The Law (Frontiers)
Semblant – Vermilion Escape (Frontiers)
Stone Broken – Revelation (Spinefarm)
These Arms Are Snakes – Duct Tape & Shivering Crows (Suicide Squeeze)

April 22, 2022
Aldo Nova – Aldo Nova 2.0 Reloaded (Self)
Amenra/Cave In/Marissa Nadler – Songs Of Townes Van Zandt Vol. III (Neurot)
Audrey Horne – Devil’s Bell (Napalm)
Caliban – Dystopia (Century Media)
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter – Wilde Kinder (Nuclear Blast)
Huntsmen – The Dying Pines EP (Prosthetic)
Kirk Hammett – Portals EP (Blackened)
Ocean Grove – Up In The Air Forever (UNFD)
Radiant – Written By Life (Massacre)
Ruby The Hatchet – Live At Earthquaker EP (Magnetic Eye)
Shinedown – Planet Zero (Atlantic)
Somali Yacht Club – The Space (Season Of Mist)
Speckmann Project – Fiends Of Emptiness (Emanzipation)
Static Abyss – Labyrinth Of Veins (Peaceville)
Udo Dirkschneider – My Way (Atomic Fire)
Undeath – It’s Time… To Rise From The Grave (Prosthetic)
Wardruna – Kvitravn – First Flight Of The White Raven (By Norse)

April 29, 2022
Ann Wilson – Fierce Bliss (Silver Lining)
Devil Master – Ecstasies Of Never Ending Night (Relapse)
Kaipa – Urskog (InsideOut)
Lament Cityscape – A Darker Discharge (Lifeforce)
Rammstein – Zeit (Universal)
Robin Trower – No More Worlds To Conquer (Provogue/Mascot)
Ted Nugent – Detroit Muscle (Pavement)
Thunder – Dopamine (BMG)
Velcrocranes – What If I Die (InsideOut)
Watain – The Agony & Ecstasy Of Watain (Nuclear Blast)

ZEIT is Rammstein’s New Album, First Single Released.

Rammstein announced their new album, Zeit, will be available on April 29, and have unveiled the title-track as the first glimpse of their eighth album.

Directed by Robert Gwisdek, the video is available on the band’s YouTube channel now.

The album cover was photographed by Canadian musician and photographer Bryan Adams – as in, (Summer Of 69), Yes you heard that right.

You can watch the video here:

Rammstein – Zeit (Official Video)

Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal From Sons Of Apollo Talks Touring With Dream Theater And The New Album

During Hellfest, we had the chance to sit down and talk to Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal from Sons Of Apollo about the current tour, the new album, and so many other things, you can read the whole conversation below and view the photos from their performance.

Metal Bell: Thank you so much for this opportunity to chat during the first show in Europe, it was a great show, congratulations.

Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal: Thank you so much.

Metal Bell: So how does it feel to play your first show at Hellfest?

Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal: Oh it is a great way to start a European tour, that’s for sure, no better way to start so we are very happy, to start a tour in front of 30,000 people I guess it’s ok (laughs).

Metal Bell: Have you ever played Hellfest before?

Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal: Yeah six years ago with Guns, we headlined it, it is nice to be here doing it with people that are close to you, friends with whom we wrote together, we recorded together, and it’s great.

Metal Bell: Your tour started in February, how is the reception so far?

Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal: Oh it is wonderful, this is our 42nd show I believe, it’s been great. We started off on the cruise to the edge, and then from there we went to the east coast and did like a week and a half of shows. And then April and May we did a big US tour, actually, we did South America, Mexico, Canada, and all around in the US. Nothing beats getting on the road, that’s what every band used to do to become who they are, being together every night and do it.

Metal Bell: How do I put this question, tell me how did

you come up or assemble The Avengers of Prog?

Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal: (laughs) That was very easy, we all knew each other and played together over the years.
Me and Billy were playing for years doing these jams with Ray Luzier from KORN and with Mike. Me, Mike, and Billy would be this core band and we’d play like big events in New York, with guys from Anthrax and Kiss joining us. I laid guest solos on Metal Allegiance’s first album with Mike and another album that Billy produced for Madame Mayhem, a great artist that I laid 4 guitar solos for her album.

Me, Mike, Derek, and Billy played together at Prog Nation 4 years ago, so we all have this background and we’ve done things together, so it was a no-brainer. When Mike wanted to do this band, he sent me an email, it was January 2017, he said: hey, how we always talked about putting a band together! Well me and Derek have this idea and we want to go into the studio in March and just write on the spot, record on the spot, we all play together and mark it, record it the way bands used to do it, the right way, it’s the real thing. And we’ve written spontaneously, we did that, we spent 10 days at the studio, we wrote, recorded and made the album in 10 days.

So it was me, Mike, and Derek in the studio, and then Billy cut off his Mr. Big’s tour halfway through and joined us, then we all just recorded. Jeff finished his touring, then he recorded his vocals at my studio where I laid my

guitar solos on everything, and that was it. And then we just waited for the right moment to go out and announce the band and put out the album. The label is wonderful (Inside Out), they’ve been a fantastic record label, so supportive and really a good team.

Metal Bell: So basically You, Mike, and Derek wrote the majority of the album?

Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal: Yeah it started with us and then Billy joined, then Jeff wrote everything you hear sung, that’s Jeff, he was really the key ingredient to turn it from a cold prog album to songs, things you can sing along you know, melodies that stick, that’s what Jeff does, he’s the guy.

Metal Bell: Today the band is less than a year old, considering all of your projects and involvements, will Sons Of Apollo be a long-term project?

Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal: That’s the question everyone has, is this another quick project or is it a band that’s gonna be around.

Our intentions are for it to be a band that’s gonna be around, but at the same time, we can’t completely neglect everything else we have, we can’t do that. It is also not fair for the other people in our life that are waiting for us so we still have to do other things. This year we’ll do a lot of Sons Of Apollo, next year we’re gonna have to do some other things, but you know we are already writing for the second album, it really goes down to business, not amongst each other, but we can’t just afford to be in a start-up band, put everything else aside, and get this off the ground. We are not 20-year old kids in a van you know, so it’s tough, but we are giving it our best and our intentions are to be a band that puts out a lot of albums and keeps on going and going. So as long as everyone on our team does the right thing, you know we are depending on managers, the label and on each other, all it takes is one person to fuck it all up and then we are all screwed, it could be anybody that we are depending on if they don’t do the right thing.

What we want for this band is to continue and we are doing everything possible to keep that going even when odds are against us, we want to keep going, we do.

Metal Bell: We do hope so too, you know how prog fans are so attached.

Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal: Sure yeah, and we made a pact with them, we said this is a band, we are obligated to keep our words to them and to ourselves.

Metal Bell: The history between Derek, Mike, and Dream Theater, would you ever consider a tour with them?

Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal: I would love to do it, I have such tremendous respect for Dream Theater as a band and individuals. I love John Petrucci, we’ve met before, we’ve chatted, he’s a wonderful guy. I also played on Jordan’s solo record in 2009, he was just incredible. That would be a wonderful thing.

And honestly I feel like there would be no Sons Of Apollo if there was no Dream Theater, you know you have to respect where this came from and everything that leads up to it, the influences and the history, and I do, I tremendously do.

It’d be wonderful to play together, I doubt it would ever happen, that would be really something interesting to the fans to see that. I would love it to be taken not as a competition in any way, we are all branches of Dream Theater’s tree and I’m grateful to them, I respect and admire them.

Metal Bell: Your second album is called Sophomore, is there already a date in mind?

Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal: Well I mean Derek has written things, he sends me videos and things like hey check out this riff I came up with, and we’ve talked to the label about it but nothing is definite yet. Right now, it’s just let us finish up what we have here and once it’s all clear and done, everything goes ok, we will then think about the next step. Even though now is the time to think about it, we are just staying focused and looking ahead, so we are thinking about this leg of the tour, then the next leg, and the leg after that so there’s no definitive time. We’ve talked about November going into the studio but I know Mike has something to do in November so it might be January, but hopefully not too far too long.

Metal Bell: Well thank you very much for the chat, it’s been wonderful talking to you and the best of luck for the rest of the tour.

Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal: Thank you very much. It was an absolute pleasure.

Interview and Photos by Sharbel Kanoun

Motor Militia World in Flames Album Launch

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Motor Militia World in Flames Album Launch

Motor Militia World in Flames Album Launch: After much blood and sweat and toil Motör Militia will finally be launching our highly anticipated new album ‘World in Flames’!

To celebrate the landmark we will be performing a special 12 track set including the new album in its entirety at “Cloud 9” in the ‘Juffair Grand Hotel’! We are very proud to be supported by our friends and special guests Hellionight!

Check out the venues page: Cloud 9 Bahrain

During the event we will also launch the video for our new single “Supremacy”. The new album will be available for purchase at the event as CD in digipack with 12 page full color booklet. We will also have all new exclusive band T-Shirts for sale.

There will also be time set aside for band meet and greet and autograph session.

To pre-order a digital download of the album please follow one of the following links:

Bandcamp

iTunes/Apple

Amazone

There will be an entry fee of BD5
There will be special offers on the night to be announced shortly
The event will be age restricted 18+

Motor Militia World in Flames Album Launch

Kaoteon Strikes Again!

After much awaited time, the band beloved by the entirety of the local scene, Kaoteon, has finally released a new album. The band has had a great start this year, releasing the album as part of Complexity Fest in the Netherlands. “Damnatio Memoriae” is a twist on death metal, with the wicked elements of atmospheric black metal and the brutality of death metal. Kaoteon has taken on what bands like Behemoth have created and weaved into a unique blend. This separates the band’s release from others and lets it shine out due to the gloomy atmosphere it sets.

Kaoteon Damnatio Memoriar

Formed in late 1998 as a one-man band by guitarist Anthony Kaoteon (and then later joined by Walid Wolflust (also known as Walid Choughari) on vocals, the band has gone through multiple lineup changes often revolving around them. On their latest album, two session musicians, Linus Klausenitzer from Obscura and Fredrik Widigs from Marduk, were featured.

The album, in my opinion, is a great representation of what Kaoteon’s music is all about. Instrumentally, “Damnatio Memoriae” isn’t your usual blast beat only metal riffs, but a balance between the latter and great melody. The bass isn’t following the guitar but rather doing its own thing and the drums are just a complex merge of technicality with a drop of groove. With such a musically diverse-in the sense-background, the vocals cover anything from haunting shrieks to hardcore growls. The album opens up with two emotionally contrasting songs. While “Damnatio Memoriae” starts out with enraged vocals that sear hearts and instruments that roar with uncontrollable fury, the next track “Barren Lands” gives a more openly aggressive sound similar to that of modern black metal artists. And thus unfolds the album as a harmonious combination of total mayhem and melody.

Yet throughout the album, the band keeps the composition and structure efficient with the instruments building up upon each other and aggravating until they all erupted, as the vocals stared in the eyes of “the man” and spit blood onto them. With a consistent nod of oriental background and a touch of progressive music, Kaoteon slowly soared above ending the record with a glorious resurrection of what the band is all about. The album sheds light on themes such as political corruption and religious intolerance, topics to which they have been often faced in their country. And if that’s not enough, the band has released the album on its own with the help of great mixer Daniel Bergstrand.

Support the band and order their album for only 6 bucks!

Kaoteon’s Damnatio Memoriae Tracklisting:

Damnatio Memoriae
Barren Lands
Raging Hellfire
Venom Of Exalt
The Will
Non Serviam
Light Of Compassion
Into The Mouth Of Kaos
A Breath


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Kamelot Premiere First Track & Lyric Video For RavenLight

KAMELOT are one of metal’s most unique, influential, and prestigious acts that blend symphonic metal, prog, power metal, and world music – so it comes as little surprise that the whole metal world is holding its breath in anticipation of “The Shadow Theory”! The band have already unveiled the first info and details on their new masterpiece. The band have unleashed the first world premiere of the single and lyric video for the track RavenLight as a worldwide exclusive via Loudwire.

“The album offers many diverse songs, here is one of the mid tempo tracks being offered as an IG for the fans, enjoy this one, more to come!!” Thomas Youngblood on “RavenLight”

RavenLight

“The Shadow Theory” was produced by acclaimed music producer Sascha Paeth and mastered by Jacob Hansen. Guests on the album include Lauren Hart (Once Human), Jennifer Haben (Beyond The Black) and Sascha Paeth. The amazing cover and artwork was created by Stefan Heilemann. (Find all details on track listing and available formats below)

Following the release of “The Shadow Theory”, KAMELOT will embark on a massive World Tour with label-mates DELAIN and Battlebeast, starting in North America during April and May, followed by European festivals in Summer 2018. No rest for the wicked as the band will return to Europe in September/October 2018 for their biggest headline tour to date. (scroll down for dates)

For Kamelot Diehard fans, if you want to be part of a live DVD shooting, you only have to scroll down and check the date of the concert that will be filmed in its entirety and buy your tickets NOW to secure a place. (scroll down for info)

The full “The Shadow Theory” track listing reads as follows:

  1. The Mission
  2. Phantom Divine (Shadow Empire)
  3. RavenLight
  4. Amnesiac
  5. Burns To Embrace
  6. In Twilight Hours
  7. Kevlar Skin
  8. Static
  9. MindFall Remedy
  10. Stories Unheard
  11. Vespertine (My Crimson Bride)
  12. The Proud and The Broken
  13. Ministrium (Shadow Key)

A 2-CD edition is available with the digipack version and the following additional track listing:

  1. Phantom Divine (Shadow Empire) (Instrumental version)
  2. RavenLight (Instrumental version)
  3. Amnesiac (Instrumental version)
  4. Burns To Embrace (Instrumental version)
  5. Kevlar Skin (Instrumental version)
  6. The Proud and The Broken (Instrumental version)
  7. The Last Day of Sunlight (bonus)

Enjoy “RavenLight” HERE!

“The Shadow Theory” will be available in the following formats:

LTD DELUXE WOODEN BOX includes

CD Digipack
Flag
Tri K Logo pendant
Tri K Key
Signed autograph card
Tri K Logo patch

2CD EARBOOK
2CD Digipack
CD Jewelcase

2LP Gatefold
Editions:
LTD Red – NPR D2C mailorder shop (EU)
LTD Gold – NPR D2C mailorder shop (EU/USA)
LTD Silver (Reprint) – NPR D2C mailorder shop (EU/USA)
LTD Neon Pink – Universal
LTD White – ADA/ Sony CAN
Black (for all outlets)

Pre-Order your copy NOW!

TOUR DATES

RavenLight

North American Dates
/w Delain and Battlebeast

16.04.18 US – Louisville, KY / Mercury Ballroom
17.04.18 US – Charlotte, NC / Fillmore Underground
18.04.18 US – Silver Spring, MD / The Fillmore
20.04.18 US – New York, NY / Irving Plaza
21.04.18 US – Worcester, MA / New England Metal & Hardcore Festival
22.04.18 US – Montréal, QC / CA Métropolis
23.04.18 US – Toronto, ON / CA The Opera House
25.04.18 US – Albany, NY / Upstate Concert Hall
26.04.18 US – Pittsburgh, PA / Cargenie Concert Hall
27.04.18 US – Chicago, IL / Concord Music Hall
28.04.18 US – Minneapolis, MN / The Cabooze
29.04.18 US – Des Moines, IA / Wooly’s
01.05.18 US – Denver, CO / Ogden Theatre
02.05.18 US – Salt Lake City, UT / The Complex
04.05.18 US – San José, CA / City National Civic
05.05.18 US – Anaheim, CA / The Grove
06.05.18 US – Phoenix, AZ / Marquee Theatre
08.05.18 US – Dallas, TX / House of Blues
09.05.18 US – Houston, TX / House of Blues
11.05.18 US – Atlanta, GA / Center Stage Theater
12.05.18 US – Orlando, FL / House of Blues
13.05.18 US – Fort Lauderdale, FL / Revolution Live

Festivals:

12 Jul 18 Vizovice, CZ Masters of Rock
08 Aug 18 Villena, ES Leyendas del Rock Festival
10 Aug 18 Derbyshire, UK Bloodstock Open Air

The Shadow Tour

14.09.18 NL – Tilburg / 013
15.09.18 FR – Paris / Elysee Montmartre
16.09.18 DE – Aschaffenburg / Colos-Saal
20.09.18 SE – Gothenburg / Pustervik
21.09.18 SE – Malmö / KB
22.09.18 NO – Oslo / Sentrum Scene
23.09.18 SE – Stockholm / Fryshuset Klubben
25.09.18 FI – Helsinki / Nosturi
26.09.18 FI – Tampere / Pakkahuone
28.09.18 DE – Hamburg / Markthalle
29.09.18 DE – Munich / Backstage
30.09.18 CH – Pratteln / Z7
02.10.18 DE – Mannheim / MS Connexion Complex
07.10.18 FR – Lyon / CCO Villeurbanne
09.10.18 HU – Budapest / Barba Negra
12.10.18 UK – London / KOKO
more dates to be announced!
TICKETS & INFO HERE!

September 14th 2018 – NL – Tilburg / 013

KAMELOT will be shooting this show as part of the band’s long-awaited DVD! Don’t miss this very special event and be part of it! Grab your tickets now, as pre-sales are up and running!
Tickets Tilburg HERE!

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