Up and coming rock-act Rylos has released it’s much anticipated second album called ‘Planet’. The album is a follow-up to their debut ‘Game Theory’ which was released last year. A lot has happened over the past year: numerous gigs, changes in line-up, Game Theory´s release in China etc. However probably the biggest event was when young super-talented drummer Misca Muhli, who has been blind all his life, joined the band. Misca is a very good example of what you can achieve when you firmly believe in your dreams and are ready to do some real hard work.
Finnish alternative rock band Red Eleven has released a new single “Back In Time”. The track is at it’s best on shaking the people in middle of their autumn depression. Track presents a bit easier side of Red Eleven and leads the listeners to take a look at the mirror and rethink their values.
“TUHKA” EP is the second release from the Finnish rock band KARMIA after changing their lyrics from English to Finnish. In the early 2010’s while forming the band they took influences from the Japanese Visual Kei scene, but have recently shifted closer towards their melancholic Finnish roots.
Before the recent language change KARMIA warmed up shows for a few Visual Kei artist’s visiting Finland, performed at Anime conventions and released a bunch of self-financed songs and videos in English and even in Japanese. After releasing a single called “Mistakes” combining English and Finnish lyrics together in one song, their native one started to feel more appealing. “After a long search we feel we have found our own style. Welcome to the world of KARMIA, where you can always see the dark at the end of the tunnel”, comments the band’s lead guitarist ANA.
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REVIEW: Emptybrook – Self titled EP by Carina lawrence / Dark Art Conspiracy
Emptybrook are a sludge metal act from Finland who formed in 2015. They are inspired by Finnish low budget movies from the 1970’s and 80’s and the short summers in their home country. They inject an organic and raw sound into their sound and showcase this in their debut self-titled EP…
Opener ‘Repeat’ pulls you in with bouncy groovy tuneful riffs, accompanied by crashing drums, and belligerent vocals that are short and make a high impact. This is a hard hitting and surprisingly melodic introduction to the band…
The brilliant comically titled, ‘The Grand King Of Fuckery’ is heavy as hell, with its stomping sludge sounds offering a complimentary backdrop to the evil harsh vocals – this will surely have you head banging and will be a great extreme live anthem.
‘A Song For The End Of Days’ features drawn out sinister guitars, and sounds like something serious is going down. This is the most beastly song so far with vocalist, Ollijuhani sounding very pissed off and fed up. This has a slower pace, driven by a heavy rhythm that is almost chilled out, in contrast to the full on vocals, and finishes on some nice ambient guitar work, making it memorable.
The winner for funniest titled song goes to ‘Smoking Weed With Numbskull Emptybrook’ poking fun at themselves, and not being too serious lyrically. Initially they look to cause your ears distress with a high pitched alarming sound, before it batters you with its heavy sludge weight. It turns out to be rather upbeat sounding musically for this genre, due to its tone and fast pace, giving it a lighter vibe in this short offering.
Closing song, ‘Hit The Wall Or Hit The Ground’ takes things down a notch, before picking up to deliver a pummelling final blow to end this debut EP.
This is a solid and rather enjoyable EP, the band should be proud of their inception, especially with them getting the right balance of humour, seriousness and melodies to soften the harshness of the genre, making it must hear for sludge metal fans.
Score: 3.5 / 5
Emptybrook’s Self-titled debut cassette/digital release is released on April 17th 2017.
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My Own Ghost released their second album “Life on Standby” today via Secret Entertainment.
The album is produced by Hiili Hiilesmaa (HIM, Apocalyptica, Amorphis, etc..) and mastered by Svante Forsbäck (Rammstein, Sunrise Avenue, Bullet For My Valentine, etc.)
The band toured last month with Tarja Turunen and the feedback from the tour has been very positive. The band start their own Eastern European tour today and here are all confirmed dates:
07/04 – Sosnowiec (PL) – Underground Club
08/04 – Oleśnica (PL) – Sciema Club
09/04 – Ostrava (CZ) – Chacharkovo Doupe
10/04 – Praha (CZ) – Musik Club Jižak
11/04 – Brno (CZ) – RC Brooklyn
12/04 – Banská Bystrica (SK) – Klub 77
13/04 – Kosiče (SK) – Tabačka
23/04 – Eindhoven (NL) -FemMe
28/04 – Esch-sur-Alzette (LU) – Release Party KUFA
01. Life On Standby
02. Everytime I Break
04. 10 Weeks Of Summer
05. If I Stay
06. Don’t Say You Love Me
07. No Air
08. The Night Before I Die
09. When Love Is Not Enough
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