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The Moth Gatherer – The Earth is the Sky

The Moth Gatherer - The Earth is the Sky

The Moth Gatherer [Sweden]
The Earth is the Sky
2015
Full Length
Agonia Records
Atmospheric Doom/Sludge Metal

The first time I heard of The Moth Gatherer was 2 years ago with their last album, A Braight Celestial Light. Not knowing better then, the Swedes were a novelty in terms of the epic soundscape that they managed to create and the fusing of post rock elements into their style of metal. 2 years later, the band returns with their brand new effort The Earth is the Sky, which led me to revisit A Braight Celestial Light resulting in new insights, and better appreciation of these Swedes.

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Heavy Metal News – April 11, 2013

SPIRITUAL BEGGARS: Another New Song Available For Streaming

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

“Kingmaker”, a brand new song from SPIRITUAL BEGGARS — the Swedish band featuring ARCH ENEMY guitarist Michael Amott and bassist Sharlee D’Angelo, along with vocalist Apollo Papathanasio(ex-FIREWIND) — can be streamed at this location. The song comes off the group’s eighth studio album, “Earth Blues”, which will be released on April 16 (one day earlier internationally) via InsideOut Music.

“Earth Blues” track listing

01. Wise As A Serpent
02. Turn The Tide
03. Sweet Magic Pain
04. Hello Sorrow
05. One Man’s Curse
06. Dreamer
07. Too Old To Die Young
08. Kingmaker
09. Road To Madness
10. Dead End Town
11. Freedom Song
12. Legends Collapse

The “Wise As A Serpent” video can be seen at this location.

Commented Amott: “We chose this particular song as the first video off‘Earth Blues’ ’cause it’s an explosive track and also the shortest song on the album! I filmed and directed the video myself and Anders Björler(AT THE GATES) did a great job on the edit. We’re more than pleased with the end result; it’s done in true DIY spirit…raw and authentic.”

Amott previously stated about the upcoming CD: “I had the idea for this artwork from my time as a child, seeing posters of two young lovers watching a romantic sunset on the beach — just your typical tacky bedroom art in the ’70s, really… Also, growing up in what is now referred to with some nostalgia as the Atomic Age — the threat of nuclear war was always looming over our heads it seemed. I wanted to combine these two images of my youth in one paradoxical image and Per Wiberg ofHippograffix (and SPIRITUAL BEGGARS keyboardist) really managed to capture the melancholic feeling perfectly. Earth Blues, indeed.”

Regarding the making of “Earth Blues”Amott said: “We started the recording process of ‘Earth Blues’ with an eight-day-long session at Fat Guitar Studios (Sweden) with knob-twiddler Roberth Ekholm, a truly great dude who really knows how to capture a band jamming live, sadly a rare quality in recording engineers nowadays! We continued with some overdubs at various studios in Sweden, and it’s all come together super easy this time. Sonically, I think this might be our finest hour yet. It’s a raw, heavy and honest record.”

In order to promote this upcoming release as well as the band’s anniversary, SPIRITUAL BEGGARS have confirmed a European tour for April with support by German rockers ZODIAC, as well as some European summer festivals.

SPIRITUAL BEGGARS 2013 is:

Michael Amott (ARCH ENEMY, CARCASS) – Guitar
Ludwig Witt (FIREBIRD) – Drums
Per Wiberg (OPETH) – Keyboards
Sharlee D’Angelo (ARCH ENEMY, MERCYFUL FATE) – Bass
Apollo Papathanasio (FIREWIND) – Vocals

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DEMONICAL Parts Ways With Drummer, Guitarist

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

Swedish death metallers DEMONICAL have parted ways with drummerFredrik Widigs and guitarist Johan Jansson due to “personal and priority-related matters.” The remaining members of the band write in a statement: “These decisions have been in the making for quite some time but now all parties consider them final and official. Both Johan andFredrik have been loyal soldiers and we thank them for their participation. However, rest assured, as the main songwriters are still in the band the mission, goal and outcome of DEMONICAL stays determined and intact.”

They add: “Currently we are looking to secure new members and we are hoping to present an updated lineup within the nearest future (applications are welcome, although we are already trying out a couple of potential candidates).

“We are soon rounding up the recordings of our fourth album, ‘Darkness Unbound’, at Necromorbus Studios in Stockholm but we have decided to postpone the release date to August in order to better match our upcoming live activities and anticipated world tour.”

Regarding the musical direction and visual presentation of “Darkness Unbound”DEMONICAL previously said: “The new material is clearly our most sinister, vicious and dark work up until to date and we are confident that ‘Darkness Unbound’ will be an important milestone not only for us as a band but also an album that will have a certain impact on the current death metal scene and especially the Swedish old-school wave.

“The artwork and visual concept of the album follows the same somber path as the music making it a solid entity of perpetual death metal darkness.”

DEMONICAL last year announced the addition of guitarist Daniel Gustavsson to the group’s ranks.

The band’s third album, “Death Infernal”, was released in April 2011 viaCyclone Empire.

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REVOCATION Completes Work On New Album

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

Massachusetts metallers REVOCATION have completed work on their new album for a late 2013 release via Relapse Records. The follow-up to 2011’s “Chaos Of Forms” will be the first full-length album with bass player Brett Bamberger who joined the band in 2012 and was featured on the group’s last EP, “Teratogenesis”, which was released by Scion A/V.

Commented REVOCATION frontman Dave Davidson: “We’re very pleased to announce that the new record is completely finished and is now in the hands of the good people over at Relapse. This release features our best playing to date and we cannot wait for it to be released this summer. RevoManiacs will not be disappointed!”

REVOCATION will take a quick break from working on their new album this spring when it hits the road with GOATWHORE3 INCHES OF BLOOD and RAMMING SPEEDREVOCATION joins the tour in Bucksport, Maine on April 28 and will play six shows, winding things down in Toronto on May 3.

REVOCATION’s latest album, “Chaos Of Forms”, was released in August 16, 2011 in North America and September 5, 2011 internationally viaRelapse. The follow-up to 2009’s “Existence Is Futile” was recorded atDamage Studios in Southbridge, Massachusetts with engineer Pete Rutcho and features 12 tracks with a running time of a little over 45 minutes.

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AMORPHIS: ‘Circle’ Album Audio Snippets, Track-By-Track Commentary

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

“Circle”, the eleventh album from Finnish melancholic dark metal forerunners AMORPHIS will be released on April 19 via Nuclear Blast Records. Production and mixing duties for the follow-up to 2011’s “The Beginning Of Times” were handled by HYPOCRISY and PAINmastermind Peter Tägtgren, who has previously worked with such bands as CHILDREN OF BODOMCELTIC FROSTIMMORTAL and DIMMU BORGIR. The recordings took place at Petrax Studio (NIGHTWISH,CHILDREN OF BODOMKORPIKLAANI) in Hollola and 5K Studios in Helsinki. The cover artwork was created by Tom Bates (BLEED FROM WITHINDEVIL SOLD HIS SOUL) and can be seen below.

A six-minute video clip containing snippets of all songs on the album, as well as a track-by-track commentary by guitarist and founding memberEsa Holopainen, can be seen at this location.

Commented AMORPHIS vocalist Tomi Joutsen: “The mystic, androgynous person on the cover represents a spiritual guide. This character was sent from another time and place to help the album’s protagonist find a new path for his life.”

“Circle” track listing:

01. Shades Of Gray
02. Mission
03. The Wanderer
04. Narrow Path
05. Hopeless Days
06. Nightbird’s Song
07. Into The Abyss
08. Enchanted By The Moon
09. A New Day
10. Dead Man’s Dream (bonus track)

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SUIDAKRA: New Song ‘Inner Sanctum’ Available For Streaming

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

“Inner Sanctum”, a brand new song from German melodic folk/death metallers SUIDAKRA, can be streamed in the YouTube studio clip at this location. The track comes off the band’s new album, “Eternal Defiance”, which will be released on May 24 via AFM Records. The CD’s cover artwork was created by Kris Verwimp and can be seen below.

“Eternal Defiance” track listing:

01. Storming The Walls
02. Inner Sanctum
03. Beneath The Red Eagle
04. March Of Conquest
05. Pair Dadeni
06. The Mindsong
07. Rage For Revenge
08. Dragon’s Head
09. Defiant Dreams
10. Damnatio Memoriae
11. Mrs Mcgrath (bonus track)

Commented SUIDAKRA singer Arkadius Antonik: “As on the previous two releases, it will be a concept album again, created by [famous Belgian graphic artist] Kris Verwimp in cooperation with us. Our new concept includes a lot of new elements and suprises which will be reflected in the music as well.”

In a 2012 interview with Metal KaozAntonik stated about SUIDAKRA’s new material: “The songs … are bombastic and we also finished the first song with Tina’s [Stabel] female vocals. This time, it’s gonna be a faster song with a real epic and catchy chorus.”

Bassist Marcus Riewaldt last year announced his departure fromSUIDAKRA. He said in a statement, “After more than 250 shows and 10 years being in the band, I feel that now time has come to change my priorities a bit and see what else life has to offer for me. No hard feelings involved; it’s just that I cannot motivate myself for another writing-rehearsing-recording-promoting-touring cycle and that I’m really annoyed by some of the music business mechanisms that one has to deal with in order to continue this beautiful and exciting, but at the same time very time- and energy-consuming hobby. I wish SUIDAKRA much luck and success for the future — it would all be well deserved!”

SUIDAKRA has already secured a replacement bassist in Tim Siebrecht, who was a stand-in guitar player for SUIDAKRA on several occasions in recent years.

SUIDAKRA’s tenth album, “Book Of Dowth”, was released on March 25, 2011 via AFM Records.

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SODOM: New Song Available For Streaming

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

“Stigmatized”, a brand new song from German thrash metal veteransSODOM, can be streamed at NPR.org. The track comes off the band’s new album, “Epitome Of Torture”, which will be made available on April 29 in Europe and May 7 in North America via SPV/Steamhammer. Vocalist/bassist Thomas “Angelripper” Such, guitarist Bernd “Bernemann” Kost and new drummer Markus “Makka” Freiwaldrecorded a total of twelve new tracks (plus a MOTÖRHEAD cover) which “present SODOM as more diverse and multi-faceted than ever,” according to a press release.

The band recently filmed a video for “Stigmatized” in Berlin with director Ronald Matthes and Roax Media (SODOM’s “Lords Of Depravity” volumes 1 and 2, VOLBEATMOB RULES).

SODOM haven’t had an official video clip for some time, so it’s about time we did one,” Angelripper said. “That’s why the mini film will be uncompromising, a shocking clip which our fans can look forward to!”

“Epitome Of Torture” track listing:

Limited-edition digipak:

01. My Final Bullet (04:40)
02. S.O.D.O.M. (03:46)
03. Epitome Of Torture (03:31)
04. Stigmatized (02:56)
05. Cannibal (04:19)
06. Shoot Today – Kill Tomorrow (04:01)
07. Invocating The Demons (04:25)
08. Katjuscha (03:43)
09. Into The Skies Of War (03:51)
10. Tracing The Victim (04:46)
11. Waterboarding (05:06) (bonus track)
12. Splitting The Atom (04:28) (bonus track)

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KYLESA: New Song Available For Streaming

Genre-defying southern quintet KYLESA have premiered a new song from their forthcoming album, ‘Ultraviolet’. The song, titled “Vulture’s Landing,” is streaming via multiple locations throughout Europe in various languages across the continent.

For an English link, please visit Terrorizer.
For French, Radio Metal.
For Italian, Rockerilla.
For Greek, Rocking.gr.

‘Ultraviolet’ is now available for pre-order via Season of Mist’s E-shop.

Previously, KYLESA premiered the tracks “Quicksand” here, and “Unspoken” here.

One of the most anticipated hard rock releases of 2013, and the follow-up to their critically-acclaimed album ‘Spiral Shadow’, KYLESA is set to release ‘Ultraviolet’ on May 24th. The Savannah-based quintet recorded ‘Ultraviolet’ at The Jam Room in Columbia, SC with the band’s guitar player/songwriter, and sought-after producer, Phillip Cope (BARONESS, BLACK TUSK) once again overseeing production.

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Neoclassical outfit CHAOSTAR, the worldly musical project of SEPTICFLESH main-man Christos Antoniou, has debuted a new song off of their forthcoming record, ‘Anonima’. The track, “Truth Will Prevail” is streaming now at Alarm Magazine’s site.

CHAOSTAR (Antoniou – instruments, composition, Androniki Skoula – vocals, Fotis Benardo – percussion, George Diamantopoulos – traditional instruments, Charalampos Paritsis – electric violin, and John Thermos – synths) is born out of Antoniou’s love of both classical and challenging music. The projects influence ranges from the aforementioned neoclassical works, to ancient Byzantine and Far Eastern sounds, and covers a wide range of soundscapes, languages, and vocals. This truly worldly project is fronted by the amazing Androniki Skoula and features guest vocal appearances by David Vincent (MORBID ANGEL) and Fernando Ribeiro (MOONSPELL).

The first pressing of ‘Anomima’ will be a limited edition, deluxe double digipack that will include a one-hour bonus DVD entitled ‘Anomimata’ as well as an exclusive bonus track titled “Canticles 2.” ‘Anomima will see release on May 10th in Europe and the rest of the world.  Pre-orders are now available at the Season of Mist E-Shop.

“Anomima” tracklisting:

1. 間 (MA)
2. Un pensiero per il destino
3. Sorrow Descending
4. Medea
5. Dilate the Time
6. Les réminiscences extatiques
7. Truth Will Prevail
8. Όμορφη κόρη
9. The Charmer
10. L’idée fixe
11. Misery’s King

Updated CHAOSTAR news will be made available at the Season of Mist website and Facebook page, and at the CHAOSTARFacebook page.

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THE MOTH GATHERER Streaming New Album In Full

Unconventionally and emotionally sounding metal duo THE MOTH GATHERER have made their entire new album available for streaming prior to release date. The debut full-length entitled “A Bright Celestial Light” will hit the shops on CD and vinyl on the 16th of April worldwide via Agonia Records. It can now be listened to in full at the link below.

https://soundcloud.com/agoniarecords/the-moth-gatherer-full-album-stream

THE MOTH GATHERER is recommended for fans of music in the vein of NeurosisPelicanBreach or Cult of Luna“We just want our music to be an emotional explosion” – comments Alex, co-founder. “A lot of the songs is about death, missing people you loved who have passed away and losing hope in mankind. We want the music to make you feel like you can move mountains with it. I wish for that when people hear our recording, they start to dream away.”

Due to the non-one-dimensional approach towards the created songs, the band’s playing style is hard to label. While it’s moving on the verge of the Experimental/Progressive metal etiquette, at the same time it introduces emotional and doomy compositions. The debut offers up long and complex tracks, but still surprisingly simple and compelling, with an abundance of tempo changes and variations. The end result basks in an emotionally charged recording, progressive, yet filled with utterly melodic slower-sections, addictive enough to stimulate the imagination. ”Hypnotic, lusciously heavy and breathtaking” – Rock N Reel Reviews“You really should not miss this one” – Cvlt Nation.

Tracklist:

1. The Water That We All Come To Need
2. Intervention
3. A Road of Gravel and Skulls
4. The Womb, The Woe, The Woman
5. A Falling Deity

The band is: Alex Stjernfeldt and Victor Wegeborn – who both handle: guitars, bass, electronics, vocals and drums.

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Album Review: The Moth Gatherer – A Bright Celestial Light

The Moth Gatherer - A Bright Celestial Light

The Moth Gatherer [Sweden]
A Bright Celestial Light
2013
Full Length
Agonia Records
Experimental/Progressive Metal

Agonia Records has been signing quite a few rather unique bands lately, deviating from their usual trend of black and death metal acts with some stoner and doom bands such as Beissert and Tombstone HighwayThe Moth Gatherer is one of the label’s latest offerings, and while many metalcore bands have gone under the guise of the progressive metal and experimental label, the band’s debut A Bright Celestial Light seems rather promising.

The label describes The Moth Gatherer‘s music as one that is hard to define and defies genre classification, and this is rather obvious as the album starts off with The Water that we All Come to Need. Starting off rather slowly, the band introduces their music to the listener with a rather calming section, complete with acoustic guitars. But with little warning, everything comes crashing down as the first heavy riffs of the band hits the listener, and the doom pace that the band goes at ups the intensity and the feeling of doom and hopelessness in the listener. The vocals on the album are tortured as hell, and this definitely helps to add to the overall ominous atmosphere on the album.

The entire listening experience of A Bright Celestial Light is a rather disturbing one, and the band often suddenly breaks into sections filled with dissonant chords, ensuring that the listener is kept in a state of unease as often as possible. Moments such as these also bring in a slight nod to the weird, French black metal sound such as Blut aus Nord and Deathspell Omega. Furthermore, the band switches between different styles often without warning, going from calm to complete and utter chaos and destruction at times least expected, and this is certainly part of what makes listening to A Bright Celestial Light an exciting experience. There are even moments where the band layers disturbing guitars with melodic and soothing keyboards together, and this certainly messes with the listener’s mind.

The wide variety of genres that The Moth Gatherer have drawn inspiration from when writing the music are also surprisingly done so tastefully, and while I usually like few bands that fuse electronic elements into their music, the band has certainly done so nicely on A Bright Celestial Light, complementing the mood and atmosphere of the music. There are even some slight post-metal moments on Intervention, providing some moments of quiet retrospection for the listener. The surprises that the band has put in place on A Bright Celestial Light, and the superb execution of the songs ensure that the journey is one that will keep the listener enchanted throughout.

The Moth Gatherer on the internet:
Official website
Facebook
Agonia Records