Symphonic black metal band Welicoruss has published a documentary about history of their band, entitled “15 years Of Madness” and dedicated to the band’s 15th anniversary.This film shows band from its inception to the present day, including many rare footage, backstages. Documentary is divided into two parts – in the first part – Alexey, the leader and founder of Welicoruss, and the former members tell what they have come to go through during the Russian part of their biography, and the second period – after Alexey’s relocation to Europe and next studio and tour activities. The film touches theme of development of metal music and metal scene in Russia and Siberia, as well as the reasons why Alexey left his native land.Continue reading Welicoruss Release Documentary “15 years of madness”
…And Oceans recently underwent some major changes. From their initial resurfacing after over a decade, to signing with Seasons of Mist, a drastic lineup change, and the release of their fifth studio album Cosmic World Mother, 202 is going to be a very interesting and active year for them.
So what’s going on at the …And Oceans camp right now? Timo Kontio (guitarist), talks about the process that follows the completion of the album. Now they’re focusing on securing gigs and tours both in Finland and abroad, and about to start shooting the video for their second single off the album. Aside from waiting for Cosmic World Mother to be released (May 8, 2020), they have actually even began writing new material, and although Kontio mentions they don’t feel rushed or in a hurry to write another album he says “…we don’t want too much time between albums now, we’re getting older.” Specially since the last album Cypher came out in 2002.
On the subject of the departure of their vocalist Kena “Kenny” Strömsholm, Kontio mentioned they had already been demoing the songs before the decision came to part ways with him, so they were in a bit of a rush to finalize the songs. Luckily, Mathias Lillmåns was able to step in and help complete the album quickly. Lillmåns says that since the songs were pretty much already constructed, the only thing he had to do was write the lyrics and come up with the concept and that luckily he had enough free time to work on …And Oceans material since he was having a break from his other bands (specifically Finntroll who are set to release a new album this year as well after a bit of a long silence). “Half of the lyrics are written while I’m traveling, in airplanes and trains, I have the best inspiration in trains for some reason…”. He states although he was very familiar with the themes of previous lyrics, he went in a completely opposite direction, and although tentative to give concrete examples of the lyrics and themes he hints,“I’m not gonna go too deep into it, people should think for themselves, but the album is kind of about energy and how energy changes”. Kontio also mentions that the album artwork will provide a really good visual representation of each song individually and the concept of the lyrical theme.
Lillmåns has quite a long history with the …And Oceans. Since he is from the same town as Kontio and their other guitarist Teemu Saari, he has known the band and been a fan since the 90s. “We come from a small city, and there aren’t that many bands, specially metal bands, that have made an impact on the metal scene [from there] except And Oceans, and of course, as a black metal fan when I was younger, if there’s a good black metal band from your hometown, of course you’ll get into them and want to support and promote them.”
Lillmåns’s main band Finntroll, is also set to release a new album after a long silence (not as long as …And Oceans but still a significant seven years in the realm of album releases). He says at the moment there wasn’t much schedule conflict between the bands, with writing and gigs and whatnot, but later in the Autumn, he had to strategically plan the tours for the two bands so it would work. When it was just Finntroll and his smaller bands it was easier to work the smaller bands around Finntroll’s schedule, but now its a bit more challenging. “But”, he says ” I think also with Finntroll we’ll try to take it a bit easier now, between 2010 and 2015 we did so much touring, and we’re not that young anymore so we don’t really want to be on tour 180 days of the year… Although I will be 180 days anyway now between And Oceans and Finntroll… But it will be fun because I’ve been friends with AO for a long time so it will be like just traveling with old friends.” Along with taking on …And Oceans, Lillmåns also took Kena’s place in their other band Festerday. Kontio mentioned that they are also working on new material and have a few shows planned.
When asked what they were listening to at the moment, Lillmåns basically said he has so much music around him on a daily basis between practicing and writing …And Oceans and Finntroll that in his spare time he prefers silence or TV or something other than music. Kontio tries to find new and interesting bands but is sticking to old classic black and death metal while also branching out to music like Queen and David Bowie.
With the recent closure of many well known venues in Finland, I was curious what their thoughts were on the live situation. Lillmåns replied, “Live music in Finland is going down, venues are closing and in Finland they don’t pay the bands to come play anymore, no gas money, or accommodations offered. If you go far from your home, you have to pay for accommodation and food and gas yourself. The band might be compensated a few drink tickets and maybe 50% of ticket sales. It’s kind of hopeless for small bands right now but of course bigger bands like Amorphis or something are doing good.”. Kontio adds that one thing herein Finland is also that this system of not getting paid still works to some extent because the smaller bands are willing to settle for those circumstances. “It’s a strange situation,” he adds “for example, Festerday is a small band but somehow, some organizer from London is willing to pay our flight tickets and everything for us to come play a gig but here in Finland we wouldn’t even get gas money.”
As for planned live gigs, they mentioned there will be an album release tour, and dates will be announced soon both in Finland and abroad “Come to the gigs! Lets have a beer!” Lillmåns exclaimed.
The band was recently added to the Turku Saatanalle (March 6 & 7 in Turku, Finland) lineup, to replace Sickness, and promise more live dates to come soon! Stay tunned!
INQUISITION will kick off their massive European tour in support of the American duo’s latest masterpiece, ‘Bloodshed Across The Empyrean Altar Beyond The Celestial Zenith’ tonight at the Backstage in the Bavarian capital, Munich. The US black metal trailblazers will be joined by their amazing label mates, Greek symphonic metal demons, SEPTICFLESH.
CARACH ANGREN are premiering a stunning new video for the track “Charles Francis Coghlan” taken from their new album, ‘Dance and Laugh amongst the Rotten’, which is hitting the stores today, 16th of June.
The horror clip of of cinematic quality is now streaming via the Season of Mist YouTube channel and may be freely spread at and from the link below.
CARACH ANGREN comment: “After months of incredible hard work, we are extremely proud to present our official horror video for ‘Charles Francis Coghlan’. Together with director Rick Jacops, we have relentlessly pushed all creative limits to transport the viewer into another terrifying dimension. Everything you see is real and produced as well as co-directed by us. Prepare to be obsessed and possessed!”
Produced by Carach Angren & Backstage Film Productions
Directed by Rick Jacops & Carach Angren
Actress: Amber Delahaye
Sound Design by Clemens Wijers Music Productions & Backstage Film Productions
Team: Brendan Gijzen, Stefan Wijers, Julien Wijers
Special thanks: Paul Kops, Ria Hendriks, Transportbedrijf Chris Wijers, Het Leukermeer, Merith Rooden
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April 10th 2017th Los Angeles, CA-Symphonic Black Metal artists Dawn of Ashes announces the release of their new album Daemonolatry Gnosis.
Daemonolatry Gnosis is a diabolical musical milestone & Dawn of Ashes’ most brutal fusion of Extreme Symphonic Black Metal to date. Like Dawn of Ashes’ previous album Theophany, Daemonolatry Gnosis was mixed & produced by Mick Kenney of AnaalNathrakh. Features a cover of Black Metal legend Mayhem’s Freezing Moon, as well as guest vocals from Cradle of Filth’s Lindsay Schoolcraft.
01. The Initiation
02. Gods of The Antinomian Path
03. Smash Thy Enemies
05. Core of The Black Sun
06. The Ritual
08. Sermon From The Horned God
09. I Am Nephilim
10. Rulership Of The Inner World
11. Magick For The New Aeon (featuring Lindsay Schoolcraft)
12. Freezing Moon
In support of Daemonolatry Gnosis, Dawn of Ashes will set out on a heading North America tour called “Fire Of The Phoenix” with Projekt F. VIP packages are available and can be purchased HERE
April 27th Los Angles,CA @ Complex
April 29th Sacramento, CA @ Blue Lamp
May 1st Portland, OR @ Lovecraft
May 2nd Seattle, WA @ Studio 7
May 4th Boise, ID @ The Eclypse
May 5th Salt Lake City, UT @ Club X
May 7th Omaha, NE @ Lookout Lounge
May 8th Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
May 10th Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s
May 13th Toronto, Canada @ Coalition
May 14th Montreal, Canada @ Piranha Bar
May 16th Buffalo, NY @ Evening Star Concert Hall
May 17th Cleveland, OH @ Phantasy
May 19th Cincinnati, OH @ The Venue Events Centre
May 20th New York City, NY @ Drom
May 21st Wilmington, DE @ Bar XIII
May 22nd Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery
May 23rd Richmond, VA @ Fallout
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