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CD review PARADISE LOST "Host" (Remastered)

Veröffentlicht am 19. März 2018 von Markus W. in Death Metal, Paradise Lost, Host, Gothic, News, Nuc

CD review PARADISE LOST "Host" (Remastered)

(7/10) "Host" was Paradise Lost's 7th longplayer and it was a controversially discussed released. The album was though a logical next step in a direction that loomed already with "Draconian Time" and "One Second".

Paradise Lost went further away from their raw death metal roots, left the "Gothic" days behind and started to experiment with more melodies and a gothic vibe instead. It's almost irony that the new gothic direction was almost in contradiction to the "Gothic" album. This trend wasn't much in favour of fans from the early days even though the album still reached high chart positions. To date it's the only Paradise Lost album that entered the Top 5 in Germany's longplay-charts.

19 years after the original version hit the shelves it's a remastered disc that sees the light of day this spring. One benefit of such a re-issue is the fact that the album is available for the first time in vinyl. Furthermore the remastered version of "Host" brings the quality of songs like "So Much is Lost", "Nothing Sacred" and "Ordinary Days" much more to the open. Paradise Lost's seventh record is a good album, featuring songs that all have a gloomy and cold atmosphere in common. Maybe it would have been smart to release it under another banner than under Paradise Lost.

However, retrospectively I think that "Host" was an important album for band and band members. Paradise Lost wouldn't be where they are today if they wouldn't have had this period in the late 90's / early 2000th.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. So Much is Lost
  2. Nothing Sacred
  3. In All Honesty
  4. Harbour
  5. Ordinary Days
  6. It's Too Late
  7. Permanent Solution
  8. Behind the Grey
  9. Wreck
  10. Made the Same
  11. Deep
  12. Year of Summer
  13. Host

 

Label: Nuclear Blast

Genre: Gothic

Release Date EU: March 16th, 2018

 

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New video from PARADISE LOST

Veröffentlicht am 3. September 2017 von Markus W. in Paradise Lost, News, Nuclear Blast, Heavy Metal, Dark Metal, Gothic, Death Metal

Paradise Lost newest album is charged with great song of which "Until the Grave" is one of them.

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CD review PARADISE LOST "Medusa"

Veröffentlicht am 28. August 2017 von Markus W. in Paradise Lost, Nuclear Blast, News, CD Review, Gothic, Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal, Dark Metal, Death Metal

CD review PARADISE LOST "Medusa"

(10/10) Wow. I can’t say much more than that when it comes to the newest Paradise Lost disc. Following the band over the last decades partly felt like a rollercoaster. Rooted in the early British death metal, the band included more and more gothic elements to their music and released with “Host” the most controversially discussed longplayer in the entire career which also marked a turning point.

“Paradise Lost”, released in 2005, showed already some elements of the earlier days of the band, a progression that's ongoing till the here and now. Discs like “Tragic Idol” and the latest release, “The Plague Within”, became excellent metal records, showcasing a band that gets back to the basic roots of their music and sound. Listening to the newest longplayer, “Medusa”, feels like each of these records has been a step towards this metal masterpiece. “Medusa” feels like the album that many fans expected in the beginning of the 90’s as a successor of the “Shades of God” album. Listening to "Medusa" is a throwback into a time when songs like “As I Die” gained momentum.

The start into “Medusa” is slow and intense. “Fearless Sky” is a slo-mo track that comes very close to funeral doom. It features the typical Paradise Lost guitar sound with mighty riffs and a huge intensity. Next to this it’s the fact of Nick Holmes growling again, that emphasizes the heaviness of the opener – and the entire album. The clean vocals, that are still partly embedded, feel more like an add-on rather than the base on this record. The next song, “Gods of the Ancient” doesn’t change the described basic pattern but comes with exciting twists and breaks which makes it to another highlight on the album. With “From the Gallows” the band shifts gears. Things get a bit faster with this three minutes smasher that could have been easily a part of the mentioned “Shades of Gods” album.

Rain and the screech of the raven kickstarts “The Longest Winter”. The music reflects the title in a perfect fashion. Dark and gloomy the tune spreads a foggy and cold atmosphere that also shows the fascination of darkness.

With more than six minutes it’s the title track that’s next in the order. In contradiction the most of the other songs the vocals are kept clean. Still it includes a wistful vibe that’s created by slowly roaring riffs and a heavy pounding beat. This song is jaw-dropping good and deserves being the name-giver for the album. Immense riffs is what you also  get with “No Passage for the Dead” before the uptempo “Blood and Chaos” brings back the “Icon”-spirit. The same does the closer “Until the Grave”. Greg Mackintosh clearly shows why he's the master of Paradise Lost, also providing awesome leads that are, together with Holmes' raspy vocals, key characteristics for this closer that rounds off an exciting metal record.

To sum up: Expectations have been high when it comes to “Medusa” and after having heard the eight songs I must say that these expectations have been exceeded. This longplayer showcases Paradise Lost at another peak. It seems that the entire journey up till now had just one aim: writing, producing and releasing this masterpiece. Can’t wait to hear the songs live.

 

(10/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Fearless Sky
  2. Gods of Ancient
  3. From the Gallows
  4. The Longest Winter
  5. Medusa
  6. No Passage for the Dead
  7. Blood and Chaos
  8. Until the Grave

 

Label: Nuclear Blast

Genre: Death Metal

Release Date EU: September 1st, 2017

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CD review VALLENFYRE "Fear Those Who Fear Him"

Veröffentlicht am 30. Mai 2017 von Markus W. in Vallenfyre, Paradise Lost, News, Death Metal, Heavy Metal, Doom Metal, Funeral Doom, CD Review, Century Media

(9/10) “Fear Those Who Fear Him” is already Vallenfyre’s third release and I’m not sure if such a successful continuation was planned from the very beginning. Greg Mackintosh, guitarist and founding member of Paradise Lost, started Vallenfyre in 2010. Working on the debut helped the guitarist to handle the death of his father; it was a helpful outlet in a period of sadness and grief work. I think that this made the debut “A Fragile King” to something special. It was more than just an album, it was a release that was build on human emotions. What followed the release have been very positive fan reactions and excellent media feedback. Vallenfyre unveiled again the roots of death metal while Mackintosh’s main band Paradise Lost shifted more towards gothic influenced dark metal.

Based on these positive reactions Vallenfyre continued their work and released the sophomore “Splinter” in 2014. Two years later, on June 2nd 2017, the band will reveal their newest record “Fear Those Who Fear Him”.

Let’s start from outside in. The first thing that’s genius is the name of this record that also goes very well together with the artwork, done by Hal Rotter. Both, title and artwork, provide a perfect framework for what you can expect from the music. Each of the twelve songs is a heavy and rude masterpiece. Vallenfyre doesn’t pay any attention to compromises or conformity. This album isn’t made for gaining new fans. A growing fan base results more out “Fear Those Who Fear Him” being an authentic matter of heart. It’s loud, it’s brutal, it’s angry, it’s fragile … it’s human.

The before mentioned describes the basic mood on the album, a vibe weaved into each of the tracks. What varies though quite a bit is the length of each of the songs. On the one hand there is the short and aggressive “Dead World Breathes” which is a one minute metal attack per excellence and there are more of those. The album comes with additional brutal assaults like “Nihilist” being another example.

Next to these spot-on wrecking balls there are the elegiac numbers present on the album too. Songs like “An Apathic Grave” and “Cursed From the Womb” are slowly paced doom death numbers that get close to funeral death. Is it the brutality that characterizes the fast tracks, it’s the baleful melancholy and sadness that creates fascination for the epical songs.

To conclude: “Fear Those Who Fear Him” has a lot to offer. It’s Vallenfyre’s third longplayer, standing for a seamless continuation of what the band started in 2010. This album is big, something you shouldn’t miss.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Born To Decay
  2. Messiah
  3. Degeneration
  4. An Apathetic Grave
  5. Nihilist
  6. Amongst The Filth
  7. Kill All Your Masters
  8. The Merciless Tide
  9. Dead World Breathes
  10. Soldier Of Christ
  11. Cursed From The Womb
  12. Temple Of Rats

 

Label: Century Media

Genre: Death Metal

Release Date EU: June 2nd, 2017

CD review VALLENFYRE "Fear Those Who Fear Him"
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CD/DVD review PARADISE LOST " (Live in Plovdiv 2014)"

Veröffentlicht am 18. November 2015 von Markus W. in Paradise Lost, Dark Metal, Gothic, Heavy Metal, Death Metal, CD Review, News, Live

(8/10) Plovdiv is a city in Bulgaria and some of you might have the ideaof having heard this name already earlier. This could be the case since prog rockers of Anathema went there a few years ago for an outstadning concert that was filmed and released as a DVD.

The city has a beautful old Roman theater which provides an outstanding scernary for all kinds of events - also rock and metal shows. It seems that the major of Plovdiv is a real metal fan and it was last year, when UK death/goth metal flagship Paradise Lost has chosen this city and its venue for a special concert.

The concert was split in two sections. The very special part, next to the location itself, was the first half of the show. Paradise Lost decided to include an orchestra for the first eight songs. The guys worked together with Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra led by conductor Levon Manukyan, a guy who had already collaborations with, amongst others, Alice Cooper and Judas Priest. The result has been eight re-arranged songs - from old to new (the band played even "Victim of the Past" for the very first time) - that stay Paradise Lost, but also come with a new expression. The orchestra sound adds some more volume to the tracks and makes them more epical. Sometimes, like in the mentioned "Victim of the Past", it feels almost like a soundtrack. And even one of the older pearls, "Gothic", works in such a re-arranged version very well. Especially the female choir adds a total new layer to the track.

The second half of the set was more traditional - will say: Paradise Lost only. The songs preformed are a kind of 'best of...', including the indispensable "As I Die" -THE song that brought me to Paradise Lost many many years ago.

The whole show is spilt up into two CD's as an audio version. The DVD/BluRay contains, next to the show also an eleven minutes long documentary. This DVD gives some more background informations around the gig, explained in several interviews with all band members, production team and so on. It's an interesting add-on, but it's the music and the show itself that is the real thrilling part of this release.

This CD/DVD is the capturing of a unique Paradise Lost concert, that is far more than a collectors item only. This release is pure entertainment for metalheads.

 

(8/10)

 

DVD:

  1. Tragic Idol
  2. Last Regret
  3. Your Own Reality
  4. Over The Madness
  5. Joys of Emptiness
  6. Victim of the Past
  7. Soul Courageous
  8. Gothic
  9. The Enemy
  10. Erased
  11. Isolate
  12. Faith Divides Us, Death Units Us
  13. As I Die
  14. One Second
  15. True Belif
  16. Say Just Words
  17. The Last Time

CD 1:

  1. Tragic Idol
  2. Last Regret
  3. Your Own Reality
  4. Over The Madness
  5. Joys of Emptiness
  6. Victim of the Past
  7. Soul Courageous
  8. Gothic

CD 2:

  1. The Enemy
  2. Erased
  3. Isolate
  4. Faith Divides Us, Death Units Us
  5. As I Die
  6. One Second
  7. True Belif
  8. Say Just Words
  9. The Last Time

 

Bonus DVD:

Documentary 

 

Label: Century Media

Genre: Death Metal

Release Date EU: November 20st, 2015

CD/DVD review PARADISE LOST " (Live in Plovdiv 2014)"
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Live review PARADISE LOST / LUCIFER, Utrecht, 07.10.2015

Veröffentlicht am 8. Oktober 2015 von Markus W. in Paradise Lost, Lucifer, Doom Metal, Occult, Rock, Dark Metal, Goth Metal, Live Review, News

Utrecht is one of the bigger Dutch cities and almost located in the middle of the country. This means that it's one of the most busiest spots in Holland when it comes to traffic. But since this isn't enough, it's also a city that goes through a lot of construction works right now. It feels like they decided to turn the whole city center upside down.

Why do I tell you all this? Even though considering all this, it took more than an effort to get to the venue. Traffic jams all over the place and pure chaos. Due to all this I lost that much time that I missed half of Lucifer's show, which was a pity.

However, the Tivoli/Vredenburg is a pretty new venue in Utrecht. It's a modern building with various stages with different sizes. Paradise Lost was supposed to play on one of the smaller stages in the top of the multilevel building that was big enough tp host alle the fans of the iconic band.

But before the masters of Goth metal entered the podium it was up to Lucifer to warm up the crowd. The four-piece released a few month a fantastic debut that's full of outstanind occult rock songs. Johanna Sadonis, one of the two girls from The Oath, and Gaz Jennings from Cathedral are the driving forces behind Lucifer. With such experienced musicians and thta good songs in the bagpack, the band put down a thrilling set that got quite some attention from the Paradise Lost fans. As I said, thanks to the traffic, I have just seen the second half, but I was impressed and I guess it wasn't the last time we have seen these guys in Holland.

 

 

 

After a quite short break it up to Paradise Lost to emphasis the good impression they left with their latest album "The Plague Within". And they did. From the first song on the five-piece had obviously a lot of fun playing live.

The first time I have seen the band was in 1994 in the good old Longhorn in Stuttgart, Germany and since that moment on I went with them through all their ups and downs, but I have never seen the guys enjoying themselves so much by being on stage. I can remember an earlier show in the old Tivoli in Utrecht when Nick Holmes almost didn't talk to the crowd. 

Anyhow, the songs played during this show came mostly from the latest album. I have to admit that my favorite Paradise Lost records are "Shades of God", "Draconian Times" and "One Second". But the new tunes are excellent and I didn't miss most of the 'old' tracks. Some of those early highlights did become part of the setlist, like "Enchantment", "Say Just Words" and, of course, "As I Die". It would have been great to hear "Mercy" live again, but the raw and crunchy new songs, with Holmes being close to growls, created a thrilling atmosphere. The fans have had a great time and you could see quite some happy faces during the show and afterwards.

Paradise Lost 'cemented' with this performance that they are one of the best and most influencial Goth Metal bands on this planet. Forgotten are the times when "Host" shocked the fans. Paradise Lost is back with full force and they came back to stay. Thanks you guys for such a great time that was worth every traffic jam.

Live review PARADISE LOST / LUCIFER, Utrecht, 07.10.2015

Setlist

Paradise Lost:

  1. No Hope in Sight
  2. Widow
  3. Gothic
  4. Terminal
  5. Erased
  6. Praise Lamented Shade
  7. Victims of the Past
  8. Enchantment
  9. Cry out
  10. Beneath Broken Earth
  11. As I Die
  12. Requiem
  13. Return to the Sun (Encore)
  14. Faith Divides Us - Death Unites Us (Encore)
  15. An Eternity of Lies (Encore)
  16. Say Just Words (Encore)

 

Location: Tivoli/Vredenburg, Utrecht, The Netherlands

Date: 07.10.2015

 

 

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ROADBURN FESTIVAL confirms NEUROSIS and PARADISE LOST as headliners, plus LEE DORRIAN as festival curator

Veröffentlicht am 7. August 2015 von Markus W. in Roadburn, Paradise Lost, Cathedral, Neurosis, Death Metal, Heavy Metal, News

The iconic, California-based band have planned just two events to mark this career milestone - one of which will be in San Francisco (March 4 & 5 at the Regency Ballroom), the other at Roadburn. NEUROSIS will in fact perform twice at Roadburn 2016 - as headliners on both Saturday 16 April, and on Sunday 17 April. The two sets will span the band's entire career, showcasing NEUROSIS’ comprehensive evolution from their primitive beginnings to the seminal, epic outfit they are today. Each set will be completely different, and each album will be explored, allowing the band and the audience alike to revisit various parts of the band’s history.

Pioneering Yorkshire doom legends PARADISE LOST will headline Roadburn Festival 2016 on Thursday 14 April 2016 playing their highly influential second album, Gothic, in celebration of its 25th anniversary. The band will play their masterpiece from start to finish, alongside tracks from their latest album, The Plague Within.

ROADBURN FESTIVAL is incredibly proud to announce that our 2016 curator will be musician, label owner and sonic pioneer, LEE DORRIAN.
Having headlined the first Roadburn Festival in 1999 with Cathedral, and celebrated Rise Above Records' 20th anniversary at Roadburn in 2008, not to mention the bands that he has guided our
way over the years, Lee's history is very much entwined with that of Roadburn Festival.

ROADBURN FESTIVAL confirms NEUROSIS and PARADISE LOST as headliners, plus LEE DORRIAN as festival curator
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CD review PARADISE LOST "The plague within"

Veröffentlicht am 7. Juni 2015 von Markus W. in Paradise Lost, Death Metal, Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal, News, CD Review

(9/10) It was more than two decades ago when I heard "As I die" for the first time. This song made me listen to Paradise Lost's "Gothic" and "Shades of God". The first time I have seen the band live was in 1994 when the five-piece played a show at the Longhorn in Stuttgart, Germany. 

Going with the band's releases through all the up's ("Draconian times") and downs ("Host") I arrived at "The plague within". From "In requiem" on Paradise Lost found step by step back to their old strength that cumulates on their newest release - a slightly different one again. Moving away from gothic metal towards doom and death is something that fits the band very well. You could never press Paradise Lost into a certain framework. The five guys did and do what they think feels best at a certain moment. This time it's playing heavier stuff which is excellent but harder to diguest. "The plague within" needs a few rounds in your player to reveal the full pleasure. Like also with the artwork of the record it's the details that makes it special.

It's amazing how fast time goes by. "The plague within" is already album number fourteen of the British band; filled with ten brand new songs. With the addition of the above mentioned new shades the disc reflects still most the unique trademarks of Paradise Lost. It's the dark vocallines like on the opener "No hope in sight" and "An eternity of lies" that makes Paradise Lost recognisable from the first note. Than there are the typical guitar lines like on "An eternity of lies" that also include the clean vocals of Holmes - another trademark of the band.

This time Paradise Lost also decided to place one of their slowest songs ever on the record. "Beneath broken earth" is a mighty doom song that slowly rolls over you. It's a slightly new side of Paradise Lost that the guys present to us with this number - and it's a great side too. This track is a clear example that the gothic influences moved into the background while death metal took the place in the forefront. Songs like the mentioned "Beneath broken earth" underline this and the doom factor makes the track even more evil.

"The plague within" confirms that Paradise Lost are back in old strength embedded in a slightly new interpretation of their sound. It seems that they had to go through the 'Host'-times in order to write an awesome album like this. I also think that side projects like Bloodbath (Holmes) and Vallenfyre (Mackintosh) lit the spark for a death metal fire of Paradise Lost. "The plague within" is a merciless and depressive piece of metal that shows a development I like. I'm already looking forward to see the band live on stage again in autumn this year. Thumbs up.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. No hope in sight
  2. Terminal
  3. At eternity of lies
  4. Punishment through time
  5. Beneath broken earth
  6. Sacrifice the flame
  7. Victim of the past
  8. Flesh from bone
  9. Cry out
  10. Return to the sun

 

Label: Century Media

Genre: Death Metal

CD review PARADISE LOST "The plague within"
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PARADISE LOST on tour

Veröffentlicht am 23. Mai 2015 von Markus W. in Paradise Lost, Tour, News, Death Metal, Thrash Metal

... here are the dates:

PARADISE LOST on tour
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CD review ENGRAVED DISILLUSION "The eternal rest"

Veröffentlicht am 26. Oktober 2014 von Markus W. in Engraved Disillusion, In Flames, Paradise Lost, Death Metal, Heavy Metal, CD Review, News

(7/10) Engraved Disillusion is a fairly new band from the UK. The four-piece plays melodic death metal and has released so far the debut album "Embers of existance" and the new "The eternal rest". 

What sticks out first is the great cover of the album. It transports exactly what you can expect from the music too - a melochcolic and dark vibe in a rough and heavy environment. 

The guys recorded ten songs which are a mix of rough ones combined with more silent tones. "Lost" is a good example for this. The track has some heavy, but melodic riffs, and some growls. But there are also more fragile parts embedded in the middle of the song with some clean vocals. Since the track has a six minutes length it's a well placed break.

The most straight forward songs are "Embrace the fire" and "Into oblivion". Both are pure death metal tracks, performed with a lot of power. Without knowing I also would say that Engraved Disillusion also heard already about Paradise Lost. In some of the tunes, like "No tomorrow", parts like the guitarline remind very much to the guys from Halifax, UK.

The end of the disc is reserved for the longest track on the album. The title track "The eternal rest" is a nine minutes long highlight that starts very silent with some piano parts. There is a kind of underlaying depressive feeling esp. when the guitar joins. The song slowly builds up into a metal track with mostly clean vocals. There are some screams as well but more in an epic surrounding. Towards the end the song gets acoustic again and the piano, that kicked-off the track, also finishs it. 

I can't really understand why the band haven't got a deal yet. The album sounds pretty good and I guess it is just a matter of time when one of the labels will sign them. Check it out.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Life is...
  2. Embrace the flames
  3. Lost
  4. Curse the sorrow
  5. Shadow run black
  6. No tomorrow
  7. Into oblivion
  8. In aeternum
  9. Echoes from a silent sky
  10. The eternal rest

 

Label: Independed Release

Genre: Melodic Death Metal

CD review ENGRAVED DISILLUSION "The eternal rest"
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New BLOODBATH singer announced

Veröffentlicht am 16. September 2014 von Markus W. in Bloodbath, Paradise Lost, Katatonia, Death Metal, News

New singer from death metal icons Bloodbath is announced. Read here the official Peaceville statement:

"Following the departure of Opeth’s Mikael Åkerfeldt and months of speculation and rumour Metal Hammer have revealed Paradise Lost’s Nick Holmes as the new vocalist of Bloodbath.

Blakkheim (guitars): Little did I expect to be working with the voice behind the death metal classic 'Lost Paradise', or the genre defining 'Gothic' and yet here we are decades later, fulfilling another death metal dream. With his sinister and ominous vocal delivery, it's an absolute pleasure to make Old Nick the bell-ringer in Bloodbath's grand morbid funeral!”

Jonan Renske (bass): "Ever since I got into 'Lost Paradise' back in '90, Nick Holmes has been one of my fave growling vocalists out there. He was always audible and articulate but still deep and definitely morbid. It is a great pleasure to work with him some 25 years later after I was introduced to his thunderous roar!"

Bloodbath is a titan of death metal from Stockholm, Sweden, notable for the inclusion of Katatonia ,Opeth and now Paradise Lost members.

Formed in 1998 with a mutual fascination for horror & the glory days of death metal (especially the old Florida & Stockholm ‘Sunlight’ scenes), the band has remained a leading light of extreme metal since their Breeding Death EP was unleashed back in 2000, and a formidable force for 15 years, further cemented by their devastating - and most successful album to date – ‘The Fathomless Mastery’ in 2008.

Recorded once again at Ghost Ward Studios and the City of Glass Studios in Stockholm, and mixed by David Castillo, ‘Grand Morbid Funeral’, Bloodbath’s fourth full-length studio release, is undoubtedly the band’s darkest and dirtiest opus yet; an organic collection of filth-ridden tracks straight from the grave, boldly eschewing the approach of somewhat over-produced modern death metal in favour of something altogether more rotten to the bone.

With eerie doom-like melodies mixed with raw and savage riffing, and featuring a number of guest appearances including Chris Reifert and Eric Cutler from US gore-masters Autopsy, ‘Grand Morbid Funeral’ is a new high-point of brutality for Bloodbath.

Bloodbath is set to appear on a string of festivals throughout 2015, including Inferno festival (Norway), Neurotic Deathfest (The Netherlands) and Maryland Deathfest (USA) with more tba."

www.peaceville.com   

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Photo: Promo

Photo: Promo

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CD review VALLENFYRE "Splinter"

Veröffentlicht am 9. Mai 2014 von Markus W. in Vallenfyre, Death Metal, Thrash Metal, Paradise Lost, Triptykon, CD Review, News

(9/10) The foundation of Vallenfyre is a very special one. The initiative was taken by Paradise Lost guitarist Greg Mackintosh. He started Vallenfyre as something to compensate the grief about the death of his father. Greg started to write down things and create songs which transport very much the sadness  and anger of such a situation. He put all this into the funnel and the result was an album called "A fragile king". At that time I didn't know much about the story behind the album. The more exciting thing for me was, that the rawness of the material was more recall to the early days of Paradise Lost. But however, it was really strong debut disc.

The second remarkable things was, that Greg did also the lead vocals. We know him as a brilliant guitar player, but nobody could really say how this experiment would work. Actually it work really well. I think that the secret in this is, that nobdy except him could express things in such a brutal emotional way than he could - based on what he went through.

Now the band released their second album called "Splinter". It is the next step and a further develop of Vallenfyre. They kept the unwillingness to compromise and the straight forward approach of their songwriting. But they also managed to make the songs a bit more complex and ambitious. This combination fits very well. The unwillingness to compromise is actually also the base for the entire atmosphere of the album. Eventhough it's not the grief anymore which mainly drives the emotions on the album it's Mackintosh's disappointment on many things in daily life, which led to the pissed-off and angry vibe on "Splinter".

Already the opener "Scabs" became one of my faves on the album. It is a raw death metal beast which has with its simplicity even a bit of a punk reference. What I like with the vocals here (and on the entire album) is that they are very rough, but not the extreme way of growling like e.g. Six Feet Under does it. In my point of view it adds something to the songs. Also to mention the variety of tracks on the album. Amazing to see how many faces rage and dejection can have. "Instinct slaughter" is e.g. an ultra short and fast tune with grindcore references. Before you're into the song it;s already over. At least that is how it feels. On the other hand there is doomy and almost Celtic Frost based title track which takes you on a six minutes long trip though depression. Next to that there are the tracks with the death metal appearance like "Dragged to Ghenna" which steamrolls everything in it's way. So watch out.

Mackintosh found with Vallenfyre an ideal playground for the more aggressive side of music. This allows him to focus with Paradise Lost more on dark and gothic influenced metal, which fits them as well. "Splinter" is, together with the new Triptykon album, one of the best releases in the genre so far.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Scabs
  2. Bereft
  3. Instinct slaughter
  4. Odious bliss
  5. Savages arise
  6. Aghast
  7. The wolves of sin
  8. Cattle
  9. Dragged to Gehenna
  10. Thrist for extinction
  11. Splinters

 

Label: Century Media

Genre: Death Metal

CD review VALLENFYRE "Splinter"
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