venerdì 8 dicembre 2017

Mechanical Animals: Interview with Priest


"Priest drops their full-length debut `New Flesh´on November 17. Like a Delorean DMC-12 it will take you back to the colorful future of the 80´s." (Lövely Records)

Interview by Michela (Anesthesia)

LFdM: It shouldn't be easy to write music and lyrics according to your traditional synth pop roots and the urgency of your modern influences (industrial rock, EBM, science fiction soundtracks). What's your chemistry in rehearsing, composing, arranging and – if applicable – playing live?
Priest: The writing process looks a little different for each song, sometimes an idea emerges first, then lyrics before you add the musical composition. More often the music comes first and then we try to define what it´s about. The most important thing is that everything fits naturally together.
We´re in rehearsals right now and it´s a lot of programming involved. We used a large amount of big ol´synthesizers on the record and we obviously can´t bring everything on the road, so we have to make the rig a lot simpler than we want and still keep good quality sounds. It´s a challenge.

LFdM: Since Italy has always been a “virgin country” for Priest, would you describe your sound to someone who never heard you before? Which are your major influences? Did you experience any funny episode during the recording of New Flesh?
Priest: We like to think we approach synthpop and electronic music from a different angle, since all members been active in a large variety of bands from different genres. But we listen to new underground techno a lot. Depeche Mode, Skinny Puppy and Orbital are big influences, but we like a large variety of stuff – even Italian prog! We love bands like Le Orme, Alphataurus, Museo Rosenbach and so on..  On “The Cross” the writer was inspired by Goblin, especially their soundtrack for Suspiria, when writing the main theme for the song.
Since we have a strong visual image we can move between genres more easily, and our sound will change from record to record.
One fun thing: since Mercury sings too good we had to use another band member to do the main vocals on “Nightmare Hotel”, in order to get the right approach.

LFdM: You are used to combine fetish and sensual images with mechanical and futuristics  elements, creating an atmosphere of sensuality disguised by a cold and impersonal attitude. What's the reason behind this choice?
Priest: Well, when I was a human child I dreamt of replacing body parts with bionic ones, as a teenager I dreamt of having sex with glowing robots in the dark.. I still have human parts in me but my goal is to go all artificial. It´s a fetish for sure, maybe even a religion? The masks and costumes is just an exaggeration I think.

LFdM: Did you keep any songs in your pocket, just because they were too different? Will you twist them in the future according to your natural evolution or will you preserve them just like they are, maybe in order to stay true to your roots?
Priest: Oh yes. There´s enough material in the drawer to cover an entire human career-span, but since we are not, new melodies and songs are generated on almost daily basis. If you write a lot, something´s gonna turn out good, right?

LFdM: Is there any New Flesh's song whose lyrics mean a lot to you, according to your thoughts/believes and maybe your personal life? Do you always succeed to express the feelings you want? Do you believe that maybe a fictional concept might work even better, in order to reach the hearts and the minds of your potential fans?
Priest: Yes, I try to remember how it was to be human, and different hardships that came with it. I take those feelings and try to write something that can be understood by many without give away too much. I like when you find your own meaning.
We have high expectations on ourselves and we like being perfectionists, so if something’s coming out from the grinder we´re pretty confident that it´s good and that many people will like it.

LFdM: Talking about the stylistic side, can we say that Priest are walking a totally new path through this album? I mean, in terms of rhythmic dynamics (sometimes so close to EBM) and, above all, a twisted kind of “erotic catchiness”.
Priest: Well, it´s a blend of different electronic genres for sure.. And it´s consciously made to sound retro. We used a lot of hardware synths from the 70´s and 80´s for example, even a Stylophone from the 60´s, but also a lot of new technology in terms of mixing and mastering (Thx Niklas and Magnus for a great job!). When you combine many styles from the past and integrate it with new thought patterns, maybe something new happens?

LFdM: Do you care more about keeping your artistic peculiarities as a band, or maybe exploring your expressive urgency as single musicians? Is there any borderline between your personality as artists and your attitude as people?
Priest: Priest is a band with a pretty clear path and image, but the opportunities of what you can do are still endless. If a member wanting for individuality happens to be too off grid, maybe a side project would be more suitable. Since I´m planning to have the same puppets in the band for a very long time, I´ve programmed them to be nice and open to each other.

LFdM: The new album will be produced by Simon Söderberg with the help of Mauro Rubino (both of them ex-Ghost). Do you think the success around Ghost will play an important role over the perception and expectations of your audience?
Priest: Simon (Alpha) is a fantastic producer, very open minded and always comes to the studio with new ideas and great energy. Mauro (Airghoul) was the first choice to play a synth solo on the album since he is one of the greatest keyboardists in our country. …and yes, it was a conscious, mutual decision to trampoline the band with the ghost connection.

LFdM: As we discussed before, back in the mid-eighties synth pop/rock reached it's artistic peak, contaminating every kind of music, even heavy metal. In your opinion, what's the health status of this genre nowadays? Do you believe it will have a future only mixing together with other genres?
Priest: We love synthpop, EBM and industrial but it faded in the mid-90´s and is now only, more or less, enjoyed by smaller groups of enthusiasts. This is absolutely fine but we want to reach more people with our gospel. I think Rammstein have already reached the point of perfection with the rock/synth-blend, and maybe NIN, Manson in the 90´s as well.. Synths, cyberpunk and techno is the coolest things there is according to us. We´re on a different path.

LFdM: Will you ever play live? How would you imagine the stage scenography, maybe a futuristic and/or minimal one? Will you let any session musician help you? Will you keep your fascinating and bizarre outfit?
Priest: Yes! We start out minimal but the ideas are grandiose. We want to integrate more lazers, visuals, special effects and fashion designers in the future. Maybe even some ghoulish guest appearances..
ciao

LFdM: ciao

New Flesh REVIEW

MEGAHERZ - Unveil Initial Details of New Album!

Photo Credit: Kai Swillus / Gestaltungskommando Buntmetall

MEGAHERZ are back, with full force and sweeping passion! They are digging deeper on their brand new studio album "Komet" than ever before!   

MEGAHERZ went straight up and rocked the boat with their latest releases “Zombieland" (2014, Napalm Records) and EP "Erdwärts" (2015, Napalm Records).

Now is the time for the next big MEGAHERZ step into completely new spheres! With their upcoming studio album "Komet" they deliver a perfectly blended mosaic of metal, rock, gothic and sensitive and heavy weighted sensible lyrics. 

The soul of "Komet" is clearly tangible: "Uncompromising and emotional." Hard, musically as well as lyrically. "On the other hand also incredibly touching," nods Lex satisfied about the opening to more depth, to change in his own cosmos. The genre term Neue Deutsche Härte has shaken off MEGAHERZ over the years. 

Today the very first details of “Komet” have been unveiled: album artwork, release date, track listing and available formats. 


Komet track listing: 
1.    Vorhang auf
2.    Komet
3.    Scherben bringen Glück
4.    Horrorclown
5.    Von Oben
6.    Tiefenrausch
7.    Schwarz oder Weiß
8.    Heldengrab
9.    Nicht in meinem Namen
10.  Trau Dich
11.  Nicht genug

Bonus CD track listing: 
1.    Jagdzeit (Live)
2.    Glorreiche Zeiten (Live)
3.    Roter Mond (Live)
4.    Gegen den Wind (Live)
5.    Himmelsstürmer (Live)
6.    Für Immer (Live)
7.    Unbesiegbar (Bonus)

Following the album’s release on February 23rd MEGAHERZ will be hitting the road in March and April throughout Germany and special shows in Austria and the Switzerland! 

MEGAHERZ comments on the upcoming headlining tour: 
Finally we are back on the road and out of our recording studio! We are beyond thrilled to meet all of you on our upcoming shows! New album, new shows, bigger, better, louder!!!“      

Hark say goodbye to their fans


HARK have sadly announced the breaking-up of their band. Mastermind Jimbob Isaac explains the reasons behind this decision, which will be mourned by many fans of powerful, hard-hitting rock music:  

"HARK 2010 - 2017
After seven years of hard work, commitment, sweat and toil, and of course some irreplaceably great times together - we're glad to share with you that HARK has now come to it's logical and final conclusion. While we're immensely proud of ‘Machinations’ and everything that we've achieved since it's release this year, we collectively feel that this is the furthest point that we can take this band. From releasing the 'Mythopoeia' 7" along with our first show at Morrowfest in 2012, through to touring with CLUTCH and shortly after releasing 'Crystalline' in 2014, and throughout all subsequent tours and lineup changes, it's fair to say that each member has been lucky enough to take everything that they wanted from being in this band. While we respect any outsider or fan/supporter who might question this decision, let's just say that being in a band isn't always the easiest of endeavours. External, personal situations, interpersonal dynamics and personalities, fatigue on/off the road, maintaining relationships and family commitments, weaving in and out of the pitfalls of the music industry, all the while maintaining creative flow, and personal happiness…it's certainly no picnic. HARK was formed with two main reasons, to investigate creating music with new and different people, and to simply tour more. We absolutely achieved all of the above, and are extremely proud of all our achievements. Ending this now will preserve our friendships and our modest legacy with little to no collateral damage. We'd like to thank every good soul and friend that we've come across on this journey. Thank you so much to all of our co-conspirators that we've worked closely with on the albums, videos and tours, and thank you to all the fans and supporters we've picked up along the way. Our merch is still available from our store. Our Facebook page will remain active, and any future developments from any HARK members will be shared here.
Thank you,
JBI

Hark 2017: Jimbob Isaac, Simon Bonwick, Joe Harvatt, Tom Shortt"


VISIONS OF ATLANTIS REVEAL ALBUM DETAILS! And Premiere First Video!


Symphonic metal masters VISIONS OF ATLANTIS once more set sail to oceanic myths and the eternal dream of the sunken continent! Titled 'The Deep & The Dark' and set for a release on February 16th 2018 on Napalm Records, with their upcoming seventh studio album VISIONS OF ATLANTIS showcase all musical facettes of the genre with a breathtaking classic Symphonic Metal album. 

Now the band fronted by the fascinating voice of Clémentine Delauney unveiled their album artwork and track list for 'The Deep & The Dark'!
Says the band: "This is the album we have always dreamed of making. It is everything fans of this genre love and Visions Of Atlantis was founded for. This is the heart & soul of this band and Symphonic Metal. We are proud and excited that after over 4 years we put out the best 10 tracks the band has to offer. This is Visions Of Atlantis - this is Symphonic Metal!” 


The track list reads as follows:
1. The Deep & The Dark
2. Return To Lemuria
3. Ritual Night
4. The Silent Mutiny
5. Book Of Nature
6. The Last Home
7. The Grand Illusion
8. Dead Reckoning
9. Words Of War
10.Prayer To The Lost

Hauntingly beautiful duets between vocalists supreme Clémentine Delauney and Siegfried Samer meet classic power metal infusions, embodying the symphonic metal cake: A must-have for all genre-fans and beyond! With 'The Deep & The Dark' VISIONS OF ATLANTIS created their most powerful and perfectly executed magnum opus to date, waiting to be performed live at the „Symphonic Metal Nights“ in February 2018:

mercoledì 6 dicembre 2017

SPARZANZA - Announcing the End

"Announcing the End"

Release Date: 27 October 2017

LabelDespotz

Country: Sweden 

Genre: Hard Rock 

Tracklist:
1. Announcing The End
2. Damnation
3. Whatever Come May Be
4. Vindication
5. The Trigger
6. Breathe In The Fire
7. One Last Breath
8. To The One
9. The Dark Appeal
10. We Are Forever
11. Truth Is A Lie

In Italia sono pressochè sconosciuti, ma gli svedesi Sparzanza sono sulla breccia da ormai 20 anni, e questo è già il loro ottavo lavoro. Attivi prevalentemente in ambienti underground, in madrepatria sono riusciti comunque a crearsi un buon seguito, grazie anche ad un’intensa attività live che li ha visti supportare bands come Black Sabbath e Motley Crue. 

Con questo Announcing The End i nostri puntano a raggiungere un pubblico più vasto, magari mettendo un po’ in disparte l’aggressività in favore di un suono più melodico. Se in precedenza i punti di riferimento potevano essere individuati nei Pantera e nei Metallica del Black Album, adesso le songs sono sicuramente più ruffiane, vicine al post-grunge e adatte al pubblico americano.
Qualche influenza Nickelback è udibile in Announcing The End e nel singolo “Vindication”, rispetto alla band di Chad Kroeger il tasso di elettricità si mantiene comunque più elevato. In “The Trigger” fanno capolino i Metallica di “Load”, il timbro di Fredrik Weileby d’altra parte è molto vicino a quello di James Hatfield. Altrove tornano a farsi sentire i Pantera, come in “The Dark Appeal”, non distante dalle sonorità polverose the “The Great Southern Trendkill”. Personalmente ho un debole per “Whatever Come May Be”, una semi ballad con una melodia un po’ western.

Non sappiamo se gli Sparzanza riusciranno a conquistare il pubblico americano, ma sicuramente con Announcing The End firmano un lavoro di indiscutibile qualità!

7,5/10
Andrea

Line-up:
Fredrik Weileby – vocals
Magnus Eronen – guitar
Calle Johannesson – guitar
Johan Carlsson – bass
Anders Aberg – drums

MYLES KENNEDY - reveals track list and cover artwork of his first solo album "Year Of The Tiger"


Myles Kennedy, one of rock music’s most distinct voices, is set to release his debut solo album, Year Of The Tiger on March 9, 2018. The album will be released worldwide via Napalm Records.  

The acclaimed singer/songwriter known for his work with Alter Bridge as well as with Slash and the Conspirators recently completed the highly anticipated record.

The album is available for pre-order in various bundle configurations HERE

On Year Of The Tiger, Kennedy embarks on his first venture as a solo artist by embracing musical elements and influences he hasn’t explored until this point in his career. His appreciation for the blues and acoustic based music can be heard throughout the 12-song concept record inspired by the loss of his father when he was a child. 

The multi instrumentalist played lap steel, mandolin, banjo and bass in addition to the guitar on the record. This shift in instrumentation helped create a new sonic canvas that some might consider a departure from the high gain wall of sound Kennedy has been associated with. Examples of this can be heard throughout the record, from the hypnotic drone of the title track, to the intricate finger style approach of "Haunted By Design" and "Ghost Of Shangri La".

Year of the Tiger is a personal story framed in a new context from an artist willing to take chances. It’s also a story that took decades to summon up the courage to tell.

The track listing for Year Of The Tiger is:             
1. Year Of The Tiger
2. The Great Beyond
3. Blind Faith
4. Devil On The Wall
5. Ghost of Shangri La
6. Turning Stones
7. Haunted By Design
8. Mother
9. Nothing But A Name
10. Love Can Only Heal
11. Songbird
12. One Fine Day


HEIDEVOLK - Unveil First Track & Music Video From Upcoming Album “Vuur van Verzet"!

Album artwork by Awik Balaian

After having released details of their forthcoming HEIDEVOLK album including the title, artwork, track listing and release date, it’s time to get a first listen to the new record!

The first track of the record as well as first single to be released is “Ontwaakt” (awaken), the band gives a deeper insight of the track and story behind:
"Awaken, the Roman Empire is falling! The internal battle for power tears the Empire apart. Legions turn against each other, emperors bleed and Rome burns. It is time for the tribes of the Northern lands to unite and rise against the tyrant. To take back what is theirs and drive the invaders back to Rome. Every battle that is fought by my people resounds in Rome. With sword and shield the Empire will be banished and the voice of my people will be heard!"

Furthermore songwriter Rowan Roodbaert comments:              
Ladies and gentlemen, brothers and sisters, we proudly present the first single of our new album. This is “Ontwaakt” (“Awaken”), the opening track of “Vuur Van Verzet”. An in-your-face metal song that tells the ageless story of revolt and resistance set against the backdrop of the historic collapse of the Roman empire. Heavy guitars, thundering drums and Heidevolks’ trademark dual vocal harmonies will catapult you back in time. Imagine a battlefield where Romans are being pushed back by Germanic warriors. Well, this is the soundtrack. Now awaken, the Pagan Metal Brotherhood is on the rise!!!”



Vuur van Verzet" is set to be released on January 12th 2018 – what a perfect start in the New Year! In case you missed the latest news on track listing and available formats, take a look below and get your exclusive pre-order!               

Full “Vuur van Verzet" track listing:
1.    Ontwaakt
2.    A Wolf In My Heart
3.    Onverzetbaar
4.    Yngwaz Zonen
5.    Britannia
6.    The Alliance
7.    Tiwaz
8.    Het Oneindige Woud
9.    Gungnir
10.    Woedend
11.    Het Juk der Tijd
12.    Drink op de Nacht (Bonus Track)
13.    Een Wolf in mijn Hart (Bonus Track)


“Vuur van Verzet" will be available in the following formats:
1 CD 6-pages Digipack incl. 24 pages booklet
1 LP Gatefold, black and limited golden vinyl 
Ltd Edition Album Bundle incl. 6-pages Digipack, Leather wristband, flag, patch
Digital Album Download