Showing posts with label Swedish metal. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Swedish metal. Show all posts

Monday, August 26, 2013

NOCTUM Reveal Album Artwork and Track Listing for New Full-Length Album Final Sacrifice

Available October 29th on Metal Blade Records

Swedish rockers NOCTUM have confirmed an October 29th release date for their Metal Blade Records debut Final Sacrifice.  Today the artwork and track listing have been revealed. The cover art was painted by Timo Ketola (Sunn o))), Arktau Eos) and fits perfectly with the album's raw, natural sound.

In the town of Uppsala, Sweden in the year 2009 a band called Séance was formed.  Moving at breakneck speed the band formed in September, recorded a two-song demo after adding guitarist Per Wikström to the lineup in October, and by November had changed their name to NOCTUM. Within those three months, the band signed an LP deal with High-Roller Records, and a CD deal with Stormspell Records.

NOCTUM's debut album, The Séance, was released in September 2010 via High-Roller and in December by Stormspell. The band finally embarked on their first European tour in July of 2011, and followed that up with a new EP, The Fiddler.

By August of 2011, NOCTUM created enough buzz in the underground to gain the attention of Metal Blade Records, which led to a new worldwide record deal.

With a new record deal in place with a global label, NOCTUM spent the majority of 2012 refining their sound and writing new songs. Their search for original and interesting material led them to a heavier and darker sound. The progression came very naturally for the band and differs from the typical 70's vibe. The new material successfully evokes a heaviness and emotion one might not expect from a "retro" sounding band.

Noctum toured Europe again in 2012, and then welcomed the addition of drummer Fredrik Jansson after Gustaf's departure. Jansson, who spent time in Witchcraft, Count Raven, and Abramis Brama, was added to the lineup in time to record Final Sacrifice in April 2013.

Final Sacrifice is a fictional horror story where each song communicates a portion of the overall narrative. The "final sacrifice" is like a red thread that ties the songs together and is the concept behind the art. Final Sacrifice is an analog piece of art in both audio and visual aspects.

The track "Liberty in Death" can be previewed HERE.

Final Sacrifice Track Listing:
1. Conflagration
2. Liberty in Death
3. Resurrected in Evil
4. Deadly Connection
5. Void of Emptiness
6. The Revisit
7. A Burning Will
8. Temple of the Living Dead
9. Azoth

Noctum Lineup:
David Indelöf - Guitar/Vocals
Daniel Johansson - Guitar
Tobias Rosén - Bass
Fredrik Jansson - Drums

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Friday, February 22, 2013

TONIGHT: Swedish Metal Band Meshuggah Rock HOB Chicago (all ages) #originalshowshots

ChiIL Live Shows--Meshuggah at House of Blues, Chicago 5/15/2012

ChiIL Live Shows caught their show last May at Chicago HOB, and they were excellent.   Highly recommended if you dig extreme, genre jumping, experimental metal!

Sweden has the most metal bands per capita in the world!  

And these Swedes know how to bring it LIVE.   They've played world tours for years and show no signs of stopping soon.   

Chi-town metal fans are world class and HOB Chicago is sweet venue for shows, with great sound.

Scion Presents: Meshuggah
Scion Presents: Meshuggah
Scion Presents: Meshuggah concert tickets for the show at House of Blues Chicago
Friday 02/22/2013
Doors: 06:00 PM
Show: 07:00 PM 
$27.50 - GA - Advanced by Section
$30.00 - GA - Day Of by Section
Ages: all

House of Blues Chicago
329 N. Dearborn
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 923-2000
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Headlining Artist:


Other Artists at this Event:

Event Info:

Animals as Leaders

*All support acts are subject to change without notice

Additional Info:

• tickets subject to all applicable facility fees and service charges
• applicable fees and charges apply to all ticket sales
Listen to Meshuggah Songs

All signs point to the House of Blues for concert tickets, great food and special events.

Check out Meshuggah's main site here for more info.

Heard their latest release from 2012?

Tour dates:

Meshuggah  Metaltown!
Meshuggah is doing their only Swedish festival appearance this summer at Metaltown!
Get your tickets here!

Meshuggah - Devin Townsend Project
Meshuggah and Devin Townsend Project coheadlining the Brixton Academy in London May the 3rd!
Don't miss this!!
Get your ticket HERE as they will surely run out fast!

2013 European Tour Dates!
2nd slithering of The Ophidian Trek tour through Europe is starting April 21st.
Check Alive for ticket links or go to theMeshuggah Facebook for more info!

2013 North American Tour!
North American headlining tour with support acts Animals As Leaders and Intronaut starting February 11 in Orlando FL.
Advanced presale tickets & V.I.P bundles are available via Artist Arena.
Check Alive or the Meshuggah Facebook for further info on dates!
Tickets will go on sale through normal ticketing outlets on Friday, November 30th.

Meshuggah Announce 2013 Scandinavian Tour!
MESHUGGAH will be taking their sonic arsenal and production that has already bulldozed UK and USA to Scandinavia on “The Ophidian Trek” tour, which launches April 18th in Seinäjoki, Finland. Support acts are to be announced.
Tickets will be released Friday 16th of November, please visit Meshuggah's sites and the Alive section for details.

Brutal Assault Festival 2013!   
Yes, Meshuggah is coming back to the lovely Brutal Assault Festival in 2013! 

Monday, February 4, 2013

INCOMING: Graveyard at Lincoln Hall THIS TUESDAY #metal

Tuesday, February 05 2013
8:00 PM | 21+

We dig Swedish metal and although we haven't caught them live before, Graveyard sounds like our kind of people!   Can't wait to check 'em out live tomorrow night.   I've been to Orebro, Sweden and still have a friend from there I've known almost all my life and consider family.   

Here's what Lincoln Hall's site says about the band:  From the combination of being a great live act and having the ability to write and record great songs the future is looking really bright for Graveyard. The band is standing on a solid foundation of classic rock but Graveyard is more than just your average rockband. The band's open mind towards adapting and bringing in different musical influences - from everything in between hard rock, rock, blues, folk and jazz – makes the band stand out in the crowd. And the good thing for a band like Graveyard is that ……. you don’t have to put a label on being great.

Here's what Graveyard says:

Graveyard was formed in Gothenburg 2007. Joakim and Rikard played together in a band called Norrsken nack in Örebro. First Joakim moved to Gothenburg, then Axel and then Rikard. Joakim, Axel and a bunch of other guys started a band called Albatros, which Rikard soon joined. On guitar! 

After a while they decided that they wanted to take a different direction musically, and play more straight forward rock, so they started Graveyard. With that said it didn’t take long before things started to happen for Graveyard and before we knew it we were about to record and release our first album. (released on Transubstans in Europe and Tee Pee in North America). During the recording of the first album guitarist Truls Mörck left the band and was replaced by Jonatan. 

After the release of the first album we did what most ordinary rockband do to promote ourselves and our albums – extensive touring in crappy vans all across Europe and the US. And now that we have got our second album Hisingen blues out (Nuclear Blast  and Universal in Sweden) we are believe it or not excited to bring the new songs out to the public. By doing this we will hopefully get to see some of our favorite places again and also visit other countries and continents to which the first album didn’t take us – cos no matter how much fun it is to write and record albums it’s is in the live environment that we feel totally at home as a band.

The musical plan and an important piece of the puzzle …..

When we started the band we did so without a plan ever to come this far – but with that said we started Graveyard with the ambition and intention to take it as far as we could. Graveyard as a band wasn’t gonna be about mocking around in the rehearsal room, cos we knew what we wanted to do and that we also had the musical skills and the dedication to write and record great songs that could and would take us places. 

All ready from the start we knew what kind of music we wanted to play and how we wanted it to sound.  About our sound it’s one thing to write and rehearse songs but it’s a totally different thing to go into a studio and get the right production to back them up. In this area we really struck gold when we met Don Alsterberg. Don has produced both our albums and has done an amazing job. The thing with Don was that he right from the start really understood us as individuals and as a band, and managed to take our creative vision and put it into a production that really brings out the best of both Graveyard as a band and our songs. The production sometimes goes even beyond what we had it sounding like in our minds and it doesn’t get much better than that. But don’t think that we are happy with Hisingen and that’s it, in this department both Graveyard and Don are ready and can’t wait to get started on the next album. We just need to get a “little” bit of touring done before we get started – so as far as the bands “one year plan” goes there will be no rest for the wicked.

Summary and no future? ….

To sum it up and end the story of Graveyard this far we would like to once again inform the reader that we don’t really have a plan except to keep on doing what we do in the best way that we can. And on this note we would like to be a little bit non-Swedish and add that we’re really proud of what we have done as a band this far. Without a grand plan there are still a couple of things that we can say and guarantee about the future, and that is that we will probably be around for as long as we feel that we have the musical creativity and the drive to keep on pushing ourselves in our songwriting, in the studio and live. So with that said all you fans of Graveyard can just keep your fingers crossed, buy our albums and come to our shows and time will tell how long this circus will continue. Cos we don’t know, can’t tell and don’t care too much about the future – we’re just here to entertain and provide the world with some great music according to our book.

All for now and keep supporting good music!
Joakim, Rikard, Axel and Jonatan – aka GRAVEYARD

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Swedish Rockers MUSTACH to Release Sounds Like Hell, Looks Like Heaven February 26th on Metalville Records #metal

It's quite impressive what MUSTACH has achieved: seven albums, a huge hit with "Double Nature", sold-out tours of Scandinavia, opening- and headline tours with Motörhead, Gluecifer and cult-band Rose Tattoo in Europe as well as three Swedish Grammy Nominations and a Grammy Award for "Metal Album of the Year" in 2008.

After all this, the band reached a turning point. It would be full speed ahead focusing on the band or nothing at all. No half-hearted solutions, no compromises. All or nothing!

"That's the way I work as a person, Ralf Gyllenhammar (guitarist/vocalist) explains over a cup of coffee a Tuesday morning in Stockholm. Drunk or sober, angry or happy, all or nothing, there are no in-betweens in my world."

This time Ralf Gyllenhammar sat firmly in the producer´s chair, Martin Westerstrand did the artwork and Stefan Glaumann (Rammstein, Paradise Lost, Within Temptation) mixed the tracks.

Sounds Like Hell, Looks Like Heaven already has gold achieved gold status in Sweden. With the new drummer, Jejo Perkovid, MUSTACH bring their straight forward Heavy Rock to the rest of the world! In addition the 2011 10th anniversary album The New Sound of the True Best is released by Metalville Records at the same time

Ralf Gyllenhammar - Vocals and Rhythm Guitar
David Johannesson - Lead Guitar
Stam Johansson - Bass Guitar
Jejo Perkovid - Drums

Sounds Like Hell, Looks Like Heaven Tracklisting:
1. Speed Metal
2. The Challenger
3. It's Never Too Late
4. Cold Heart Mother Son
5. Morning Star
6. Dead Again
7. Your Father Must be Proud of You
8. Destroyed by Destruction
9. I Don't Hate You
10. Northern Link

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