Thursday, October 20, 2016

Dark Suns - The Fountain Garden

DARK SUNS is a German progressive metal band formed in 1997. It is currently composed of guitarists Maik Knappe and Torsten Wenzel, with Maik's brother Niko performing the vocals and drums. The band has released one demo, one EP, and five studio albums as of 2016.

The band was founded in 1997 by Tobias Gommlich and Niko Knappe, two well known players of the local metal scene in Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Germany. DARK SUNS was initially planned to only be a side project for Knappe and Gommlich, but they spent more and more time on it, eventually finding themselves absorbed in this "side project". In 1998 they recorded a demo called "Below Dark Illusion". During that time they had numerous band member changes. Their first EP, Suffering the "Psychopathic Results of Daily Blasphemy" was released in 1999, and contained only one, 14-minute song.

The band began to write their first album "Swanlike", in 2001, and self-released it in 2002. In 2003, guitarist Gommlich left the band, to be replaced by Torsten Wenzel. This lineup would remain the same through the 2005 release of the band's second, album, "Existence". This album showed a change in musical style, including the dropping of the death growls used in "Swanlike", and a change from the death/doom style to a progressive metal style. A remastered version of "Swanlike" was released the same day, through Prophecy Productions.

In 2006, Christoph Bormann left the band, leaving them without a bassist. As of 2007, the band did not yet have a bassist, instead relying on PAIN OF SALVATIONs Kristoffer Gildenlöw as a session artist to perform the bass parts on the new material they were recording. "Grave Human Genuine" was released on February 22, 2008.

After the release of "Grave Human Genuine", keyboardist Thomas Bremer left the band, with Ekkehard Meister joining the band taking over keyboard duties. Around the same time, Jacob Müller joined the band as the new bassist. With a complete band in hand, DARK SUNS started work on their next album "Orange", which was released in 2011. The new album explored a different direction for the band, taking on a 70's progressive rock sound. This radical departure in style is similar to what OPETH and Steven Wilson did in "Heritage" and "Grace For Drowning" respectively, both of which were released in the same year as "Orange". Now they are back with a new and fifth album "Everchild", still progressive, but with a more down to earth feeling, it's modern and very well executed.

Yes it's released on Vinyl

DARK SUNS consist of:

Niko Knappe - Vocals
Maik Knappe - Guitars
Torsten Wenzel - Guitars
Ekkehard Meister - Piano, Organ
Dominique Ehlert - Drums
Jacob Müller - Bass
Evgeny Ring - Sax
Govinda Abbott - Trumpet

Today's tune "The Fountain Garden" is taken from the latest album "Everchild", The Video was filmed by Philipp Gründig. Music and Production by DARK SUNS.
All paintings used in the video drawn by the wonderful Alina Fontain.
Mixed by Peter Junge, London

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Meshuggah - Clockworks

The Violent Sleep of Reason is the eighth studio album by the Swedish extreme metal band MESHUGGAH, formed 1987 in Umeå. MESHUGGAHs line-up consists of founding members vocalist Jens Kidman and lead guitarist Fredrik Thordendal, drummer Tomas Haake, who joined in 1990, rhythm guitarist Mårten Hagström, who joined in 1992 and bassist Dick Lövgren since 2004.

The album's title was loosely inspired by The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters, an etching by Spanish painter Francisco Goya. The album's title and lyrical themes are a commentary on terrorism, extremist views on ideals, religious dogma, and the violent implications of "being asleep, so to speak, or not reacting to what's going on in the proper way". Concerning the album artwork, Tomas Haake stated:

"It was a hard one in the sense that you don't immediately have a visual to the title The Violent Sleep of Reason – how do you portray that? 

"So when discussing this with Keerych Luminokaya, who also did the artwork for our 25th anniversary box set along with the artwork for Koloss, we just let him loose on that idea and how to portray that.

"What you're seeing on the artwork is basically a human being that's been in stasis for a long time. The vines were the original idea – they're growing into him. But it's a body that's been asleep for so long that it's been taken over by something else."

In an attempt to depart from the production on previous albums like Koloss and obZen, this album was recorded live. According to Haake, this allowed the band to capture their sound more "honestly" and to capture the "rawness" of albums from the '80s and early '90s that "inspired us when were growing up." Haake elaborated:

"If you put it all together using computers then you often have to fix problems after the fact. I've gone back to records where I've not known every drum part. And once you do that you can start with drums and then just add layers of guitars and then bass and it all sounds perfect.

"ObZen and Koloss are great albums but, to me, they are a little too perfect. It didn't really capture what we sounded like honestly. "But where we recorded live you get to hear the push and pull, one person might be a little ahead and the other might be a little behind. If you kill that, you can kill the energy."

Today's tune "Clockworks" is a single taken from the latest album "The Violent Sleep of Reason", released on 7 October 2016 on Nuclear Blast. Official music video (produced by Julius Horsthuis).

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Green Carnation - Sweet Leaf

GREEN CARNATION is new a new acquaintance, a band that was formed as early as in 1990, but after Terje "Tchort" Schei joined EMEPEROR for the "Darkside Eclipse" album shortly after, the band was put on hold until the debut album, "A Journey To The End Of The Night" was released in 2000. "Light of Day, Day of Darkness" followed in 2001, before the band took a change in direction, with "A Blessing In Disguise" (2003) and "The Quiet Offspring" (2005) before the band went all-acoustic with "Acoustic Verses" (2006). GREEN CARNATION established their cult status among progrock and avantgarde metal fans all over the world in the early 2000s with their 60-minute masterpiece Light of Day, Day of Darkness and have been critically acclaimed throughout their career for their artistic creativity and astonishing musical concepts.

That's about it, no more records, but the future looks bright.

On August 12, 2016, it was announced that EMEPEROR would be reunite again in 2017 for a special set of performances to celebrate their 20th anniversary second studio album "Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk". So I guess more will come (: On the bands homepage you can read following lines:

GREEN CARNATION will be available for festivals and special shows in the foreseeing future.

The band line up.

Vegard Sverre "Ihsahn" Tveitan – vocals, guitar, bass guitar, keyboards
Tomas "Samoth" Haugen – guitars, drums, vocals
Kai Johnny "Trym Torson" Mosaker – drums

Light of Day, Day of Darkness - Live 2016

Kjetil Nordhus,
Stein Roger Sordal,
Michael Smith Krumins,
Bjørn Harstad,
Endre Kirkesola,
Jonathan Alejandro Perez.

Today's tune "Sweet Leaf" is taken form the bands last album "Acoustic Verses" (2006), enjoy!

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Opeth - Sorceress

Monday and a new week, time to introduce "Record Of The Week".

"Sorceress" is the twelfth studio album by the Swedish band OPETH. The album was released on 30 September 2016 via record label Nuclear Blast and the band's own imprint Moderbolaget. The album was recorded at Rockfield Studios in Wales. Following the album's release, the band will embark on a world tour with American band THE SWORD as support, see tour dates below.

2016 marks the monumental return of one of heavy rock’s most unique, revered and fearless bands of the last three decades, OPETH. Over the years, the experimental, prog veterans have continuously reinvented themselves, pushing the boundaries of their craft and expectations of fans and critics alike.

"Sorceress" is the 3:rd album that follows the new path of progressive folk rock and is album with great material and with more creative control from a band that dares to take new steps. "Sorceress" is even wider than "Heritage" and "Pale Communion".

The album have many excellent tunes like the gorgeous folksy "Will O the Wisp" to the RUSH alike "Era" or the more traditional outfit in "The Wilde Flowers". The title track "Sorceress" could have been on "Pale Communion", great piece. There is a few real highlights, like "The Seventh Sojourn" where some world music slips in with some grandiose sitar and strings, very beautiful. The duelling organ and guitars of "Chrysalis" and with Åkerfeldt’s confidence singing with a embraced control. "Strange Brew" could be the albums strongest tune with it's spacey masterclass of riff-centric hard prog glory. "Sorceress" is a really good album!

”The new album "Sorceress" is our 12th studio album since our beginnings in 1990,” says Åkerfeldt. “I find it difficult to understand that we’ve been going on for 26 years, let alone that we’ve made 12 records now, all of which I am very proud of. ”Sorceress” is no exception. I love this album, as does the whole band. I wrote the music during 5-6 months and we spent only 12 days recording it at Rockfield studios in Wales. I find that once again we’ve taken a step forward. Or sideways, Or backwards. Somewhere!? It’s different! It’s extremely diverse. And if I may say so myself, extremely good. I feel the right to say that since I like to think I know this band better than anyone on the planet. Also, I always manage to detach myself from the record and listen as a fan. It’s a fine little record. My favorite in our discography right now. Of course. That’s how it should be, right? It’s both fresh and old, both progressive and rehashed. Heavy and calm. Just the way we like it. Hopefully there’ll be others around the globe sharing this opinion. It was a joy to make it. A fucking joy to record it, and a sheer joy listening to it. So there you have it!” 

Sum: The 2016 OPETH is heavier than ever and that needs to fit in your record shelf!

Today's tune is the title track from "Sorceress", enjoy!

Upcoming Tour Dates:

Oct 15 Gas Monkey Live! w/ The Sword Dallas, TX Sold Out
Oct 16 KNOTFEST MÉXICO Toluca, Mexico
Oct 18 Brooklyn Bowl w/ The Sword Las Vegas, NV
Oct 19 Marquee Theater w/ The Sword Tempe, AZ
Oct 20 The Belasco w/ The Sword Los Angeles, CA
Oct 21 Ace of Spades w/ The Sword Sacramento, CA
Oct 22 Warfield w/ The Sword San Francisco, CA
Oct 24 Roseland Theater w/ The Sword Portland, OR
Oct 25 Moore Theater w/ The Sword Seattle, WA
Oct 26 Orpheum w/ The Sword Vancouver, Canada
Nov 05 Annexet Stockholm, Sweden
Nov 06 Konserthus Oslo, Norway
Nov 07 DR Konserthuset Copenhagen, Denmark Sold Out
Nov 08 Docks Hamburg, Germany
Nov 10 Arena Vienna, Austria
Nov 11 LKA Longhorn Stuttgart, Germany
Nov 12 Theaterfabrik Munich, Germany
Nov 13 Volkshaus Zurich, Switzerland
Nov 14 Alcatraz Milan, Italy
Nov 16 E-werk Cologne, Germany
Nov 17 Ancienne Belgique Brussels, Belgium
Nov 18 013 Tilburg, Netherlands
Nov 19 SSE Arena Wembley Wembley, United Kingdom
Nov 21 Le Trianon Paris, France Sold Out
Nov 22 Le Trianon Paris, France
Nov 23 Den Atelier Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Nov 24 Astra Kulturhaus Berlin, Germany
Feb 02 Powerstation w/ Caligula's Horse Auckland, New Zealand
Feb 04 Tivoli Theatre w/ Caligula's Horse Fortitude Valley Qld, Australia
Feb 06 Sydney Opera House Sydney, Australia Sold Out
Feb 07 170 Russell, MELBOURNE w/ Caligula's Horse Melbourne, Australia Sold Out
Feb 08 170 Russell, MELBOURNE w/ Caligula's Horse Melbourne, Australia
Feb 10 Thebarton Theatre w/ Caligula's Horse Adelaide, Australia
Feb 11 Metro City w/ Caligula's Horse Northbridge, Australia

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