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February 23, 2019, 7:20 pm

 

FORGOTTEN LANDS

Band:BOOZE CONTROL
Album:FORGOTTEN LANDS
Label:GATES OF HELL
Format:LP
Genre:HEAVY METAL

Formed in 2009 in Braunschweig, Germany, Booze Control came together at the spur of the moment when guitarist/vocalist David Kuri, bassist Steffen Kurth and drummer Lauritz Lord Jilge, were asked to assemble a band for a local event. The trio quickly gathered in a local rehearsal room to write songs in preparation for the show, thinking all along the band would be short-lived. But, to their surprise, more gigs followed, as did second guitarist Jendrik Seiler. Soon, their debut EP, Wanted, was released in 2009, followed up by 2011's Don't Touch While Running. However, leading up to the creation of their 2013 album Heavy Metal, Kuri and Jilge had a revelation while watching Iron Maiden's Beast Over Hammersmith live video. The conviction in which Bruce Dickinson sings, the energy of the band and the charisma they displayed while on stage needed to be followed in Booze Control. Prior, Booze Control was riding the somewhat clichéd boozed-out rock band angle a bit too hard with their first releases. While the songs were there, the delivery wasn't, so the band made a concerted effort to improve their songwriting and stage presentation for Heavy Metal. They succeeded in doing so, setting them on a path for the ensuing 2016 The Lizard Rider album and their latest and first LP for Gates of Hell Records, Forgotten Lands. Forgotten Lands finds Booze Control successfully bridging the gap between NWOBHM and old-school American and European metal. The band also parlays more serious lyrical content into songs that are filled with spiraling melodies, driving rhythms and catchy vocal lines from Kuri. The band's songwriting diversity is on display with Of the Deep as well as Attack of the Axeman, songs that peddle an epic flair with a classic metal foundation. Now ten years into their career, Booze Control has already gone well beyond their humble origins and party-time ethos. Booze Control invites you to take part in their continued evolution on Forgotten Lands.

 

 

FORGOTTEN LANDS

Band:BOOZE CONTROL
Album:FORGOTTEN LANDS
Label:GATES OF HELL
Format:CD
Genre:HEAVY METAL

Formed in 2009 in Braunschweig, Germany, Booze Control came together at the spur of the moment when guitarist/vocalist David Kuri, bassist Steffen Kurth and drummer Lauritz Lord Jilge, were asked to assemble a band for a local event. The trio quickly gathered in a local rehearsal room to write songs in preparation for the show, thinking all along the band would be short-lived. But, to their surprise, more gigs followed, as did second guitarist Jendrik Seiler. Soon, their debut EP, Wanted, was released in 2009, followed up by 2011's Don't Touch While Running. However, leading up to the creation of their 2013 album Heavy Metal, Kuri and Jilge had a revelation while watching Iron Maiden's Beast Over Hammersmith live video. The conviction in which Bruce Dickinson sings, the energy of the band and the charisma they displayed while on stage needed to be followed in Booze Control. Prior, Booze Control was riding the somewhat clichéd boozed-out rock band angle a bit too hard with their first releases. While the songs were there, the delivery wasn't, so the band made a concerted effort to improve their songwriting and stage presentation for Heavy Metal. They succeeded in doing so, setting them on a path for the ensuing 2016 The Lizard Rider album and their latest and first LP for Gates of Hell Records, Forgotten Lands. Forgotten Lands finds Booze Control successfully bridging the gap between NWOBHM and old-school American and European metal. The band also parlays more serious lyrical content into songs that are filled with spiraling melodies, driving rhythms and catchy vocal lines from Kuri. The band's songwriting diversity is on display with Of the Deep as well as Attack of the Axeman, songs that peddle an epic flair with a classic metal foundation. Now ten years into their career, Booze Control has already gone well beyond their humble origins and party-time ethos. Booze Control invites you to take part in their continued evolution on Forgotten Lands.

 

 

MYSTICAL THIEVES

Band:LIGHTFORCE
Album:MYSTICAL THIEVES
Label:SOUNDMASS
Format:CD
Genre:HEAVY POWER SPEED METAL

Soundmass are happy to announce their CD release of the LIGHTFORCE album Mystical Thieves. First released by US label Pure Metal in 1989, original copies of this heavy/power/speed metal classic have been hard (and expensive!) to find in any format for many years. 30 years on, all the members of the band having been tracked down, Mystical Thieves is being made readily available again on vinyl and CD, remastered for a superior metal experience. Everybody knows Lightforce as the predecessor to Mortification, the Australian death/thrash band fronted by Lightforce bassist Steve Rowe. However, Lightforce was a totally different beast, heavily influenced by the early 80's metal of bands like Iron Maiden and Judas Priest. Rowe s driving bass lines emulating Steve Harris, combined with Murray Adams adept guitar playing and Errol Willenberg s technical drumming are homage to the bands that inspired them, while still putting their own spin on the style. The quality musicianship on display here didn t go unnoticed either, seeing them gain support slots for the likes of Stryper, Whitecross and Leviticus, but this line-up didn t see the year out and their follow-up album, though written, was never recorded. A new line-up, a new style, new songs... and Mortification was born! The 12-page booklet for this 30th Anniversary Edition of the Mystical Thieves CD contains an array of previously unseen photos and flyers. And to top it all off, we have also included 6 bonus live tracks recorded during a show supporting label-mates Whitecross in 1989 (4 of which they intended to record on the next album!) TRACK LISTING 1. Mystical Thieves 6. Searching 10. Back To Basics 2. Crossfire 7. Fast Lane 11. Children Of Sorrow 3. City Streets 8. Babylon 12. Epidemic Of Injustice 4. Metal Missionary Bonus Live Tracks 13. Metal Missionary 5. Children Of Sorrow 9. Trinity 14. God Rulz

 

 

MYSTICAL THIEVES

Band:LIGHTFORCE
Album:MYSTICAL THIEVES
Label:SOUNDMASS
Format:LP
Genre:HEAVY POWER SPEED METAL

Soundmass are happy to announce their LP release of the LIGHTFORCE album Mystical Thieves. First released by US label Pure Metal in 1989, original copies of this heavy/power/speed metal classic have been hard (and expensive!) to find in any format for many years. 30 years on, all the members of the band having been tracked down, Mystical Thieves is being made readily available again on vinyl and CD, remastered for a superior metal experience. Everybody knows Lightforce as the predecessor to Mortification, the Australian death/thrash band fronted by Lightforce bassist Steve Rowe. However, Lightforce was a totally different beast, heavily influenced by the early 80's metal of bands like Iron Maiden and Judas Priest. Rowe s driving bass lines emulating Steve Harris, combined with Murray Adams adept guitar playing and Errol Willenberg s technical drumming are homage to the bands that inspired them, while still putting their own spin on the style. The quality musicianship on display here didn t go unnoticed either, seeing them gain support slots for the likes of Stryper, Whitecross and Leviticus, but this line-up didn t see the year out and their follow-up album, though written, was never recorded. A new line-up, a new style, new songs... and Mortification was born! TRACK LISTING SIDE A SIDE B 1. Mystical Thieves 1. Children Of Sorrow 2. Crossfire 2. Searching 3. City Streets 3. Fast Lane 4. Metal Missionary 4. Babylon

 

 

QUOD ERAT FACIENDUM

Band:EUCLIDEAN
Album:QUOD ERAT FACIENDUM
Label:DIVISION
Format:LP
Genre:BLACK METAL/POST METAL/DOOM/SLUDGE

Hailing from Neuchâtel in Switzerland, Euclidean is acting since 2010. They deploy a progressive Black metal that focuses on the creation of bitter and somber feelings, breeding black, hypnotic atmospheres, enriched with doom and sludge metal rhythms. The album illustrates four conceptions of the universe, from its creation and to its ruin. The first one develops a strictly pagan, Pythagorean, view. The second consists in a Christian exposition of the transmigration of the souls, their origin and their destiny, mixed with pagan features, as in Macrobius’ Commentary upon Scipio's Dream. The third is a medieval lecture of the World’s end, mainly based upon the Book of Revelation. The last one digs a neo-pagan theory, this one containing a reflection about the Christian decadent cosmology.

 

 

WISDOM OF THE DEAD

Band:GRIMOIRE DE OCCULTE
Album:WISDOM OF THE DEAD
Label:DUNKELHEIT
Format:CD
Genre:Death Metal

In this digital age where everybody is interconnected to the point of saturation, it s getting harder and harder to shy away from the public eye and let the ancient magic do its thing. Yet GRIMOIRE DE OCCULTE have been pretty good at it: formed in the early 10 s in Aachen, they ve managed so far to keep a on purpose low profile, with only scattered and limited releases and four live shows only. But in 2017, a more widely available and professional split EP with Peruvians doom masters MIRTHLESS paved the way for a new and exciting chapter... Even to the chosen few who knew the band from before, Wisdow of the Dead will come as a surprise. The trio always had a taste for the epic but as spearheaded by the super limited and daring 2017 rehearsal demo Ritual Before Thy Fullmoon (a 27 minutes long instrumental drums/synth duel!), their first proper album reaches an almost ritual sense of foreboding, as if with it the listener was treading on uncharted, solemn yet majestic territories. And this is no accident, considering the slow process that gave birth to GRIMOIRE DE OCCULTE. The band has always been about bordering to the other side, the afterlife and building a bridge between dreams, death and the occult concedes their founding member and drummer, Baal. Many things come to me in dreams. That s where I found the band s name and also where I envisioned our very first recording, more in a drone and ritual vein. I originally was on my own and talked about that concept with a longtime friend of mine, frontman Philsoph. He took he photo I ended up using for our first demo cover, done in a local cemetery with a small lake at its center, with the water symbolizing the inter connection in between the land of the living and the land of the dead. We had such a good connection that I asked him to join and later on, we recruited Viator Noctis on guitar and bass as he shared the same interests. Now a real band , they focused more on their death metal roots, citing respected signatures such as ANTHROPOMORPHIA, ETERNAL DARKNESS, DEAD CONGREGATION OR NECROS CHRISTOS as influences, as well as some more obscure ambient and ritual acts. This being said, as the five tracks (plus one intro) featured on the album will testify, there s no room here for any complex nor bizarre arrangements. Some will even probably deem GRIMOIRE DE OCCULTE as too primitive as their music crawls more than it obliterates. Far from saturating the listener s ears with a relentless assault, Wisdow of the Dead is doomy and creepy. Like a curse you can t really escape and that growing sense of unease when you first deal with occult forces... In the end, why run when you know that no matter what, death will welcome you in its cold arms no matter what? Hence a very stern musical approach, with repetitive riffs and growled chanting that feel like ancient incantations presiding over forbidden rites. Down to its songs titles ( Rotten Flowers , Necromantic Invocation etc.), everything on this album is set to glorify this special tie linking this world to the other. The songs are on purpose quite epic yet don t bother challenging the listeners, instead it s all about putting forth a trance-like form of aggression. The album s intro s quite revelatory as the you re feeling like stepping by mistake in some kind of hidden chamber with walls covered by magical symbols and where some ancient ritual is being conducted before the sludgy guitars of Below the Ground do, indeed, take you... Somewhere else for a 44 minutes trip. No wonder then that the album s artwork, designed by no less that Italian master Paolo Girardi, is following the same red thread. In ancient Rome and Greece, necromancy was a very common ritual.

 

 

THE PATH OF SEVEN SORROWS

Band:SCARS IN PNEUMA, THE
Album:THE PATH OF SEVEN SORROWS
Label:PROMETHEAN FIRE
Format:CD
Genre:Black Metal

“The Path Of Seven Sorrows” is the debut album of THE SCARS IN PNEUMA (“The Scars in the Soul” – from “πνεύμα”, ancient Greek word for “breath”, “breath of life” and, in a religious context, for “spirit”, “soul”), a newcomer black metal act based in Brescia, Italy. This is also the first of release of Promethean Fire (side-label of Kolony Records). The record is a visceral, multi-faceted flow that often blurs the line between black, death and melodic death-doom metal.

 

 

DISCIPLINE

Band:CALCINED
Album:DISCIPLINE
Label:GREAT DANE RECORDS
Format:CD
Genre:Death Metal

Second act for CALCINED who practices an old-fashioned Death Metal, relying more on crushing riffs, a cavernous voice and an energetic drummer who does not exceed 150 bpm to let the heaviness of the music spread.
For fans of ELECTROCUTION, old-CANNIBAL CORPSE, INTERNAL SUFFERING, MALEVOLENT CREATION.

 

 

OF RUINS AND AGONY

Band:WARKUNT
Album:OF RUINS AND AGONY
Label:GREAT DANE RECORDS
Format:CD
Genre:Death Metal

Formed in 2016, Warkunt practices an Old School Death Metal, processing the masters of the genre's influences to spit better their big riffs right in the face. Since then, the band overflows stage performances very wild. For Gun Launcher Fans, Beginning Corpse, Gorefest, Blessing, Sinister.

 

 

SOUTHERN CROSSROADS

Band:TEVERTS - EL ROJO
Album:SOUTHERN CROSSROADS
Label:KARMA CONSPIRACY
Format:CD
Genre:STONER ROCK

Southern Crossroads is the result of the meeting between two bands from southern Italy, Teverts and El Rojo. In a world where music is becoming more and more something individual, to live alone or even virtual bands, which exist only on social networks, the two bands claim the sociality of music and rock in particular, sharing emotions, notes, sweat and live. The album is a combination of psychedelic and stoner / fuzz rock, two pieces, one by band, for a total of almost 20 minutes, where the two bands claim the language of the desert (social and landscape) so dear to the founding fathers of the genre which can be easily expressed by those who live in the depths of southern Italy. The splendid artwork is once again the work of "SoloMacello". The record will out for Karma Conspiracy Records for the beginning of 2019. TRACK LISTING 1. TEVERTS ROAD TO AWAKENESS 2. EL ROJO THE LONGEST RIDE

 

 


 
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