6/30/2014

Acrassicauda offering free and early download of first single to Facebook supporters

As I wrote some time ago legendary ex-Iraq Thrash band Acrassicauda is currently raising funds for the recordings of the first album. So far the campaign has already helped the band to get nearly half of the amount they need to reach their goal.

However there is still a good part of the money to be fund in the remaining time of 9 days. In support of the campaign the band has decided to offer the first single of the album entitled "Gigamesh" to everyone who shares the post with the link from their Facebook page for free download once the song if done of course. If that's still not enough you may be happy to read that this gift will be given to the supporters at a very early point, 10 days prior to the official release of the single to be exactly.

If you want to support the band diretly with a pledge you can do so at the Kickstarter campaign page.
The band's new to you? No probelm just check out some songs below from their first EP "Only the dead see the end of the war".
 

6/29/2014

Senate Of Prevail presents video for the brand-new song Abandon all hope

The brandnew video from Senate Of Prevail is finally here! As I told in a previous post the band currently is recording their second studio album. In support to the upcoming record the band shared a video to the brand-new track "Abandon all hope". It was recorded using the good-old VHS equipment.
 
For me it's a great song and video! This track breathes a lot of atmosphere and a style of it's very own. It's hard and riffing but at the same time also catchy, melodic and won't leave your ears for quite some time. The VHS style perfectly fits to the story of the video. It's a fine mixture between today's cutting techniques and the old characteristic of a VHS production. I think many of you out there who ever did a video with that stuff will walk a bit down memory lane with this one and maybe see that it even fit's properly for today's needs.



To stay in touch with the band make sure to hit the like button on the band's Facebook page or head over to Instagram and follow the making of the new album there. The Soundcloud page of the band is also worth a look and moreover listen. ;-) If you carefully look around on all of the mentioned sites you'll find some very cool and nice stuff.

The line-up of the band:

Erik Lund Jonsson - Vocals 
Peter Jonsson - Guitar  
Anton Forsman - Guitar
Thomas Perrsson - Bass
Pecka Wexell - Drums   

6/28/2014

Graspop Metal Meeting webstream broadcasts several band performances

This weekend another big, fat classic of the festival season is taking place in Belgium. It's time for the Graspop Metal Meeting. For all those of you like me who can't be there I have a little goodie. I've looked a bit around and found out that there's a official stream for the festival running. They also show of interviews and reports of the festival so you should get a good impression of what's going on over there.

At the moment the infopage says that for today Civil War, Trivium, Gojira and Satyricon will be broadcasted. The table a little further down the page even speaks of a broadcast of the show from Alter Bridge.

Tomorrow shows from Tiamat, Comeback Kid, and Schirenic plays pungent are announced for the stream. The only little cumber so far seems that you'll need to have Silverlight installed to watch it. Anyway, if you like these bands just jump over to the site where the stream and the information table with playing times is located and enjoy it.

6/25/2014

Full shows from Rock Hard Festival 2014 up for watching online

After putting out the live-stream as well as the big two round-up packages the german TV station WDR surprises us with a bunch of full shows added to the streaming archive of the legendary Rockpalast website.

You're now able to see legendary performances from Sacred Reich, Carcass or Obituary by just clicking on the corresponding link. A new window will open up and you can watch the show or select single songs from the set. The video from Blue Pills has been announced to be added later, I'll put the link here when it's online. Enjoy. :-)

Carcass

Sacred Reich

Obituary

Solstafir

Insomnium

Screamer

Triptykon 

Die Apokalptischen Reiter

Monster Magnet

Annihilator

Orphaned Land

Blue Pills


6/23/2014

Pro-shot footage from Hellfest 2014 online

The festival season is running on full power. Last weekend the Hellfest 2014 was taking place in France. The TV station ARTE took the chance to capture some of the bands playing at the festival with professional equipment. They've set up a archive where you can watch the bands if you've missed them or want to re-live some of the memories of the festival.

Just head over to the overview page of the archive. There you'll find stuff from SEPULTURA, SABATON, THERAPY?, EMPEREOR, SHINING, DAGOBA, SOULFLY, M.O.D and ELUVEITIE. Just click on the play button in one of the preview pictures to enjoy the show.

6/13/2014

Round up of Rock Hard Festival 2014 to be broadcasted in two parts

This years Rock Hard Festival was massive, no question. I enjoyed the shows from Sacred Reich and Annihilator a lot. These bands know how to rock. :-)

German TV station WDR will broadcast a round up of the festival in their legendary Rockpalast concert series. It will be divided in two parts. Part 1 will be shown on the upcoming weekend in the night from the 15th to the 16th of June 2014 starting around midnight. Each issue will have a length of over three hours so there's a big bunch of music coming our way.

The following bands are included:

TRIPTYKON
DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER
MONSTER MAGNET
ANNIHILATOR
ORPHANED LAND
BLUES PILLS

Part 2 is set for broadcasting in the night from the 22th June to the 23th of June 2014 also starting around midnight. These bands are announced for the show:

CARCASS
SACRED REICH
OBITUARY
SOLSTAFIR
INSOMNIUM
SCREAMER

The TV station has a webstream of their programm running on the internet. You can find it here. I don't know about any region lock in there so you need to figure out for yourselves if it works. If you know anything certain please let me know in the comments below.

Update 2014/06/20: If you missed it you might have the chance to watch Part 1 of the best of show anyway. The TV station has uploaded it to the Rockpalast streaming archive. Have fun!

Heavy Metal Home TV were also at the festival to document the shows that were done at Friday. Besides some impressions from the festival and the camping site they also captured footage of the performances from NOCTURNAL, MIDNIGHT, ZODIAC and DECAPITATED. Check it out below:

6/10/2014

Interview with A Light Within


Short introduction

With this interview a new section on metalunderdogs is opened up. Here we'd like to talk to new, young and upcoming bands about their current or past releases and take a little look behind the scenes.

Today we had the pleasure to speak with Jeff from the band A Light Within. Recently we did a review of their first EP called "Preface" and now it was time to take a closer look upon this band. Hope you all enjoy this new section of the site. Please let us know in the comments below or drop a E-Mail with your suggestions. If you're interested in setting up a interview I'd appreciate a E-Mail as well. Thanks!

Band introduction / player

(c) A Light Within, used with kind permission
A Light Within, are a Post/Progressive Alt Rock band from Kansas City, MO USA. The band started as did so many other bands before, from the demise of the band members previous bands. With no planned direction, a bond was formed and a voice/sound began to develop and be defined. The first EP “Preface “ was recorded by the band in 2012 and was mixed by Kyle Brandt and released in 2013.

The EP is a concept based upon a reflection of one’s life as the end draws near. “Aged eyes gaze upon the vast ocean through the window in the living room. Attempts to recollect life start with what little is known of birth. As these memories strive to keep the lungs breathing, and the heart beating, they slowly trickle from the mind one by one; releasing the will of existence. As questions of life arise, so do questions of death; for the first has been experienced and the latter may be welcome.”. (These notebook pages contain substance of a persons mind, body, and soul while their time was spent on earth.)



The Interview

Thank you for taking the time to do this interview. Can you tell our readers something about the equipment you use? Is there something special in instruments you use to create the sounds that can be heard on "Preface"?

Thanks for wanting to know more about us. We appreciate the support. Our equipment is nothing out of the ordinary. Guitars, bass, vocals and drums. Our setups are somewhat different. For starters, we have too many pedals (don’t think that can ever be said). Each guitarist has a multitude of pedals, the bass has a good amount and Kyle, singer, uses a couple of pedals for his voice as well as a microphone made from a old school payphone. It’s these different sounds/elements that helped to create our sound.


Did you record the whole album for yourselves? Did you also create the package on your own? The recording has a fine quality!

Both Kyle and I (Jeff, guitar) have home studio setups and since we’re using ProTools, we can easily pass files back and forth. The drums and vocals were done in his studio and the guitars and bass were recorded in mine. Kyle spent many hours mixing, so it’s always good to hear that people like quality of the recording. We’ve both learned a lot since then and can’t wait to get to recording the new EP. I’m a graphic designer and enjoy having the chance to create an interesting package for our music.

(c) A Light Within, used with kind permission
Where do you get your inspirations from?

It’s really difficult to pinpoint where an exact inspiration comes from, I know this may be cliche, but inspiration is all around you, whether it be a sound, a smell or something you see. We’re are inspired by the music we listen to, the people in our lives, our heroes we look up to or just the way your dog looks at you. In practice someone may be fiddling around with an idea and 20 minutes later a song is born. Sorry to be so abstract.

Was there a discussion in the band before recording the EP about the lyrics or how did it come together? Who works on the lyrics anyway?

(c) A Light Within, used with kind permission
The music was mostly written before Kyle was officially in the band, well 2 partially written songs. We’d send him the ideas and he started doing vocal demos and had this concept idea that we all really liked and went with it. Kyle writes all the lyrics.

How is the songwriting going on? Is there one band member that comes around with a idea for a song or is it more done as a collaboration between all the band members? Do you often jam around to find new sounds?

We are pretty organic when it comes to songwriting. Someone may have an idea that they start playing and we jam on it and see where it takes us. We all work on ideas outside of practice, but there’s not one main songwriter, it’s a full on collaboration. We have a few complete song ideas for the next EP and have 2 more that partial thoughts that we’ll finish up to complete it. We started recording drums and we’re really excited to get this EP completed.

The numbers of the songs refer to pages. Why aren't they set in line on the EP, or is it just that the songs fit better this way on the record?

The songs are sequenced how they are because of the way they flow together. There wasn’t a plan on how to place them on the EP, it just felt right.

Is the artwork also somehow involved in the lyrical concept? The backside image of the inlay has some relation to them with the clock and the lyrics in them.

I had the main idea of the artwork completed in my head way before the songs were recorded. I added the clock as a design element to tie into the lyrical concept a bit more. And I thought adding the lyrics was just another layer/texture to add to the visual aspect of our package to coincide with the layering/textural aspect of our music.

What are your plans for the future? Can you already give a little sneak peek on how the lyrical concept of the EP will be continued on the next record?

Right now we are writing and recording our next EP, writing new ideas with our new(ish) bassist and just trying to build our audience and get as much exposure as we can. We are extending the concept of the 1st EP into this one as 2 of the songs were written around the same time as the songs on the 1st EP.

Are there plans to visualise the concept with animations or something else in upcoming shows of the band?

(c) A Light Within, used with kind permission
We did a small visual teaser before the 1st EP was done and we plan on doing another one once we get a song or 2 recorded for the 2nd one. Maybe even do a full lyric video or full concept video, that would be nice. We’ve also talked about projecting some sort of animations on top of us while we’re playing live. We like the whole idea of stimulating all of the senses.

Where does the band play next? I am sure many people would like to experience the songs in a live concert.

We’ve had a few shows in the last couple of months out of town and we play next at Californo’s in KC in June. Then we play in St. Joseph, MO in July at Cafe Acoustic and back in KC in Aug at the recordBar.

Can people out there book the band if they have a event/Open Air where they would like to see the band playing?

We’re definitely open to play anything. I really think our music would sit well in the festival setting, just something about the expanse of playing outside really fits well with our sound. We missed a chance to play the Euroblast festival last year by the skin of our teeth in an online voting competition. (Now that would have been something amazing to have been a part of) Thanks… visit us online at facebook.com/ALWaudio or alightwithin.bandcamp.com

6/09/2014

Best of Rock am Ring 2014/2013 shows to be broadcasted online and on TV

So, this is the day after... Is it all already over now? Metallica blew me away last night. This band is really tough and they still kick a lot of ass today. Respect from me to you, after all of the years that the band is still going strong.

There's one glimpse of light anyway: there will be some best of shows broadcasted in the upcoming days so you'll be able to relive some of your (hopefully) sweet memories on the website called dasding.tv. Just click over to the website of the stream on the following days:

BTW: There's currently already some stuff there online, but it's mostly non-metal shows.

Update 2014/06/17: Part 1 of the Best Of Rock am Ring 2014 is also available as a stream on demand, so if you missed it, it's still up there for watching. Just click on the link below.

Best of Rock am Ring 2013

10.06.2014 13.15 h

Rock am Ring 2014 Special Part 1

13.06.2014 20.15 h & 23h
14.06.2014 05.30h, 13.45h, 19.45h
16.06.2014 05.30h
17.06.2014 13.15h

Rock am Ring 2014 Special Part 2

20.06.2014 20.15h & 23h
21.06.2014 05.30h, 13.45h, 19.45h
23.06.2014 05.30h
24.06.2014 13.15h

If you have access to german TV you can turn on the channel Eins Plus and check some festival footage on these days & times:

10.-12.06.2014   17.00 – 20.15h
13.06.2014    17.00 – 20.05h

6/06/2014

Watch Rock im Park 2014 liveshows through internet webstream

The little twin of the well know Rock Am Ring Festival kicks off today, one day after the big brother started last night. This festival features mostly the same bands as the bigger one just with a little time gap in between.

The best of all: you can be there also if you don't have a ticket to the show. Just go to the internet livestream that is directly provided through the official homepage of the festival.

For a detailed list of bands and stage time please check in at the schedule on the proper subpage of the event. Have a good time everybody! :-)

6/04/2014

Rock am Ring 2014 stream will broadcast many shows online

Wow, this is going to be a massive weekend! Just found out that this year happily once more a live stream featuring a lot of the bands playing at Rock am Ring 2014 has been set up for all those who cannot be there.

You can find the stream as well as all updated info on bands and broadcasting times at this location.

Update 2014/06/05
If you're having problems with the stream like I had this evening (but happily found this alternative plus legal site) just go over to this place, hope it works like it did for me. Maiden was great, enjoyed the title-track from Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son so much. Added Metallica since they are set up for streaming on Sunday, hope it will stay this way. (all bands/times are subject to change as the owners of the stream wrote on their site)

As for now the timetable lists the following bands along with times (only internet livestream bands are listed, there is more stuff that is broadcasted through a german TV channel called Eins Plus that can be found at this point .)

Thursday 05.06.14
21h Iron Maiden

Friday 06.06.14
22:20h Kings of Leon

Saturday 07.06.14
19:10h Opeth
20:15h Heaven shall burn
22:55h Linkin Park

Sunday 08.06.14
20:05h Avenged Sevenfold
21:25h Alter Bridge or Milky Chance (tbc)
22:00h Metallica

6/03/2014

Rock Hard Festival 2014 live stream shows selected shows

On the upcoming weekend Friday 6th to Sunday 8th June 2014 the Rock Hard Festival will take place. This annual festival is organised by the well-known german Rock Hard megazine and the focus is set on smaller bands playing in the beautifull surroundings of the Amphitheater Gelsenkirchen, Germany.

Once again there will be a internet live stream this year showing some of the shows. The stream can be found at the side of the Rockpalast webpage. The following bands have been confirmed so far to be broadcasted along with the timetable:

Update 2014/06/06: Solstafir & Screamer added to the time-table on Saturday since they have been announced to be streamed as well.

Update 2014/06/10: Single videos from the performances of the bands have been uploaded to the Rockpalast homepage. Just click on the band names to jump to the site with the stream.
More stuff like interviews or pictures can be found on the main page of the event. Click on the band name and category to get the stuff you want.


Friday 06th June:

19:45h APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER.

21:30-23:00h TRIPTYKON


Saturday 07th June:

15:45- 16:30h SOLSTAFIR

14:45- 15:25h SCREAMER

18:15- 19:15h OBITUARY

19:45- 21:00h SACRED REICH

21:30- 23:00h CARCASS


Sunday 08th June:

13:00- 13:40h BLUES PILLS

14:05- 14:50h ORPHANED LAND

15:15- 16:00h INSOMNIUM

16:30- 17:40h MONSTER MAGNET

18:10- 19:20h ANNIHILATOR