7/29/2014

Senate of Prevail releases video for the versatile track "Illusion"

A while ago Senate Of Prevail released a music video for the song "Abandon all hope", a fully story driven movie without showing much of the band themselves. The video was captured in the good old VHS style which added to the atmosphere in my eyes.

In the meantime the band continued his path and did a liveshow at the past weekend as the support of Trail of Murder at a local event in Bollnäs called "Rockaway 2014". 
They also used the time on that very same weekend to film a new video for the track "Illusion", this time focussing more on the band's performance.

Some hours ago the result was posted by the band on Facebook. The band did work again together with Johan Bodell and it turns out that he is very modern in filming but happily doesn't forget to keep close to the song and catches up a lot of the emotions of the band while playing the track.

For me this made this tuesday a very special day to be remembered. This track is absolute amazing and outstanding! Love the riffing plus the melodies and most of all the changes and diversity of this one. The details are outworked very fine and if you listen to it several times you will still find new details.
The ending is something very special, like it if a song leaves with some soft notes and some thoughts behind...

Make sure not to miss out on the further activities of the band and follow them on Facebook or check them out on Instagram.

7/28/2014

Wacken Open Air 2014 internet streams and TV shows announced

Yeah, I am pretty sure a lot of you guys outta there are preparing for the biggest event of the year in the world of Heavy Metal: the legendary Wacken Open Air!!!

For all those who cannot make it there I have good news at hand: also 2014 there will be the chance to see some of the shows! The organisers announced at the festival homepage that there will be a webstream available directly at wacken.com as well as on the sites of the media partners 3sat and arte. The streams will have no region-lock so everybody should be able to see the stuff that will be broadcasted. Read the full announcement right here.

Update 2014/08/07: Timetable for the TV broadcasts of the after-festival specials has been changed so I updated them. You can find them at the very end of this article. Think this is mostly interesting for the german visitors of my blog so I kept the german timestamps in there.

Update 2014/08/04: BIG UPDATE! Added all the links to the streaming on-demand service that the TV station ARTE offers for a limited time of 30 days. So if you missed out a show just click on the band name and a new window will open up with the stream. Added also the timetable for the TV broadcasts on german TV at the very end of the article. Have much fun!

Update 2014/08/01: Last night was great! Accept were my favorites, was a good show that simply put a smile on my face. If you missed the stuff out just click on the bandnames in the streaming schedule below. The shows have been added to the online streaming archive of the TV station!

Update 2014/07/31: These bands have been confirmed to be streamed today (Thursday 31th July 2014, all times german time). You can watch it right below in the embedded stream window of ARTE. Thanks to the people out there putting up such fine goodies as the webstream for us, you rock!

17:00h Skyline
18:00h Hammerfall
19:30h Steel Panther
21:00h Saxon
22:30h Accept

For the other days these bands are currently scheduled for streaming:

Friday 01.08.
16.45h - Heaven Shall Burn
18.00h - Children of Bodom
19.30h - Apocalyptica
21.25h - Carcass
22.30h - Santiano (Recording after Artist-Approval)
00.00h - Saltatio Mortis

Saturday 02.08.:
16.00h - Devin Townsend Project
17.30h - Emperor
19.00h - Amon Amarth
20.30h - J.B.O.
22.00h - Knorkator (Recording)
23.30h - Motörhead (Recording)
00.15h - Kreator
01.45h - Schandmaul

Sunday 2014/08/02:

Update 2014/08/02: In addition 3sat will also broadcast a big round up of the festival on 2th of August 2014. The broadcast will be shown on TV and also as a free webstream at this location.

The timetable for this extra stream goes like this:

20.15h – Slayer (Recording)
20.30h – Apocalyptica (Recording)
21.00h – Motörhead (Recording)
21.35h – Saxon (Recording)
22.00h – Avantasia

Update 2014/07/30: This year it seems to be okay and legal to put the stream also on your own page. I've found this embed code on the ARTE homepage so you'll be able to watch Wacken 2014 also here on my blog. Very cool, so everyone can watch right here. :-)
The exact time-tables are still to be confirmed so please check back at this article from time to time since I will update it with as many information as possible. Some more details (in german language) can be found at the websites of 3sat and ARTE.
You can also have a look at the running order on the festival homepage to see which band is on stage or will be soon.

Some shows have been confirmed to be streamed. Those are listed below:

Hammerfall on Thursday July 31 from 18:00 to 19:15 CET
Accept on Thursday July 31 from 22:30 to 24:00 CET
Children Of Bodom on Friday August 01 from 18:00 to 19:15 CET
Carcass on Friday August 01 from 21:15 to 22:15 CET
Kreator on Saturday August 02 from 00:15 to 01:30 CET

After the festival there will be the chance of watching selected shows through the media channels 3sat and ARTE. 10 shows have been set up for broadcasting through these german TV stations. Under the confirmed bands you can find names like Hammerfall, Accept, Children of Bodom, W.A.S.P., Kreator and Amon Amarth. These have announced to be aired on  9th of August at ARTE and the 11th of August at 3Sat. More info to come...

Update 2014/08/02: The first broadcast times (2 TV stations will sned them on different days and times) of the after-festival shows with recorded concert stuff have been released:

Samstag, 9. August in ZDFkultur
20.15 Uhr Accept
21.15 Uhr Apocalyptica
22.15 Uhr Heaven Shall Burn

Samstag, 9. August in ARTE
23.30 Uhr Slayer

Sonntag, 10. August in ZDF Kultur
20.15 Uhr Saxon
21.15 Uhr Children Of Bodom

Montag, 11. August in 3sat
02.00 Uhr Hammerfall
03.00 Uhr Accept
04.00 Uhr Apocalyptica
05.00 Uhr Heaven Shall Burn

Freitag, 15. August in 3sat
01.45 Uhr Amon Amarth
02.45 Uhr Steel Panther
03.45 Uhr Schandmaul
04.45 Uhr Kreator

Samstag, 16. August in ZDFkultur
20.15 Uhr Hammerfall
21.15 Uhr Amon Amarth
22.15 Uhr Steel Panther

Samstag, 16. August in 3sat
03.40 Uhr Saxon
04.40 Uhr Children Of Bodom

Sonntag, 17. August in ZDFkultur
20.15 Uhr Schandmaul
21.15 Uhr Kreator

7/22/2014

Urban Breed's new project Serious Black releases first trailer and tourdates

These days a lot of so called supergroups form together. They mostly consist out of ex-members that once played in bigger, well known bands.

One of these bands just surfaced some days ago of Facebook. They are called Serious Black and feature Roland Grapow (Guitar/Masterplan, Ex-Helloween), Thomen Stauch (Drums/Savage Circus, Ex-Blind Guardian), Mario Lochert (Bass/Emergency Gate), Jan Vacik (Keyboards, Ex-Dreamscape) and Dominik Sebastian (Guitar/Edenbridge), together with the well-known vocalist Urban Breed (Trail of Murder/ex-Tad Morose).

The debut album will be released via AFM in the beginning of 2015 but the band has put out a first trailer so we can already have a idea of what is to come.



The band has also been confirmed to play a long list of live shows as a support on the upcoming Hammerfall tour in Europe along with various festivals in 2015. Just check out the trailer to see the exact dates.

Update 2015/01/17: The album should be out now. The first videoclip has been released.

Update 2014/12/13: The second full song called "Sealing my fate" has been uploaded.


Update 2014/11/21: The first full song of the record has been released as a lyric video online.


Update 2014/11/07: More details about the album have been released!

You can preorder the album "As Daylight Breaks" on Amazon, Nuclear Blast Shop, Emp or in each record store world wide already!

Limited Edition (14 Songs): http://amzn.to/1xcrSRl

Standard Edition (11 Songs): http://amzn.to/10DWorV

and as Special Box Set - Limited to 100 pieces (Limited Edition, 3 guitar picks, handsigned autograph cards, T-Shirt - M, L or XL and a merch pass which will get you 10 % discount on tour. Everything will come in a metal box.

Size M: http://amzn.to/1xoxjfk
Size L: http://amzn.to/10xDcf7
Size XL: http://amzn.to/1xcrwdC

If you want to stay up to date on the further activities of the band just check in here from time to time or follow the band on Facebook or through their official homepage.

7/16/2014

Swedish Rockaway Festival 2014 to present local scene round-up

The swedish metal scene features a lot of great bands. One town seems to have a lot of those bands: Bollnäs. It's this place where such great bands as Morgana Lefay or Tad Morose have their origins.

Happily the scene is still alive and active today. Some people grabbed a heart and have now set up a proper two days event to help promote these bands directly in the town of Bollnäs, Sweden: the Rockaway 2014 festival is born.

The shows will take place at different locations along with some additional stuff going on while the festival, e.g. BBQ, Merch stand or Vinyl wall. On day one the focus is set more on Metal, while the second day is dedicated to punk music. Here's some info about the event and links to the bands:


Friday 25.7.2014 (Rock Night @ Nygatan 1 - Rockpuben)

21.00 - 22.00 Happy Hour
21.00 - Dj Two Headed Dawg - True Metal
22.30 - Senate Of Prevail
23.30 - Trail of Murder

Entry fee: 100 SEK

- Vinyl wall
- Possibility to buy Merch

Band info:

Senate of Prevail

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Senate-Of-Prevail/170519615357
Spotify: http://open.spotify.com/artist/2QGf9Ud1HXuhG9ShfIj9EX
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoRxDkth-f6SSuemFyKuxXA

Trail of Murder

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TrailOfMvrder
Spotify: http://open.spotify.com/artist/0qvNG66CX9A3Y8IpmufmxT
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIU2rkhibZo
Homepage: http://trailofmurder.com/

Saturday 26.7.2014 (Rockaway Punkrock @ Lokomotiv - Lokstallarna)

20.00 - 21.00 Happy Hour
20.00 Drei Trocaderos
21.00 Dj Two Headed Dawg
22.30 Doka
23.30 Besserbitch

Entry fee: 130 SEK

- BBQ - Rockaway burger, Toast and Baguettes
- Graffiti artists
- Lounge
- Vinyl wall
- Possibility to buy Merch

Band info:

Besserbitch

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Besserbiitch
Spotify: http://open.spotify.com/artist/02knlNC3MhCnMdjOQs5peG
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7TjYoJTscE
Homepage: http://www.besserbitch.com/

Doka

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Dokapunkrock
Spotify: http://open.spotify.com/artist/31YS7heM0M1kKJKVzRmYi2
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/dokapunkrock
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/Dokapunknroll?feature=watch

2 days ticket 200 Swedish crowns (Limited Edition!)
Presale at the Appertiff Workshop Bollnäs (2 days tickets only)

For additional info on this festival make sure to check the event page at Facebook.

7/14/2014

A Light Within returns with snippet from the upcoming EP

A while ago we here at metalunderdogs had a interview with the Post/Progressive Alt Rock band "A Light Within". The band also gave a little info about what to expect from the upcoming EP the band was preparing at those days.

By now the songwriting and recording process made some progress and the band recently revealed a first short, but in my eyes very cool teaser so we can have a idea of what's going on. Just sit back and enjoy the little preview below.

If you want to stay up to date about further developments just make sure to pick the RSS feed featured on the top of this blog or have a look at the bands Facebook page or the bands presence on Bandcamp.

Update 2014/07/25: I oversaw that there's another teaser for the track "Glaso" online so I added it here today.



7/10/2014

CD Review: RECLVSE - Reclvse

Note: If you have a own band or project that you think might fit in well here for a review or as a presentation / introduction please drop me a line or two here in the comments section or please see my profile for my E-Mail adress. I appreciate new suggestions very much!

Short introduction

The band RECLVSE formed in Wales in 2013 and features members of the band Ghast, They play traditionell Doom Metal with a lot of heavyness in their music and fine leads which come out very powerfull. Their first selftitled 3-track-demo was recorded in 2014 by the band themselves and comes with cover artwork by Bvrzerk and band logo by Christophe Szpajdel. The demo was released online May 4th 2014.

RECLVSE are fands of Pentagram, Warning, Candlemass, Cathedral, Reverand Bizarre, Electric Wizard, Witchcraft, Gallow God, Moss, a fact that can be heard in their music I think.


Short Summary / Player / Purchase Link

If you're into Doom Metal you should definitely give the demo tape a round of listening. It comes with a raw sound but that's something that even more adds to the atmosphere of the tracks, it gives them something very smokily and breathes with a lot of atmosphere right through. The tape makes me curious on what to expect from the band. Would like to know how their sound evolves, a lot of promising sounds and ideason this one. Hope they will keep the good stuff up!

The full demo comes as a free download offer on Bandcamp to you, so there's no hidden catch at all. Inside of the zip file you'll also find the cover to make your own disc of it. Anyway, you may also choose to pay as much for the demo as you think it's worth on Bandcamp.

Sadly the options for embeding the player have changed on Bandcamp. They don't fit on my blog anymore so I decided to put the Soundcloud player here instead. If anybody knows a workaround please let me know!


Currently a distro service based in the UK also gives you the chance to get a phsyical copy of the record as a CD-R if you prefer to hold something in your hands. You can order a copy there for only 1 GBP plus shipping and handling. 

If you'd like to know how the band continues head over to Facebook and like them. There you'll also find announcements about a second leg of the Limited Edition of the record the band is thinking about at the moment.

Track by Track Review

1. Temptress!
Mighty and powerfull opening with bright guitars and drums, reminds a bit of Black Sabbath. Vocals come in and add a lot of spirit to the song. Some faster movement, before a change to some slower part builds a bridge to a very riffing and hard and faster part ending in a guitar solo. Very fast going again with some shred guitars before vocals come back again. The refrain stays in my mind. The song ends with a lot of distortion and powerful guitars like in the beginning. Great opening up for the demo!


2. Of Many Names
No long intro, the song kicks right in with vocals and the band playing a midtempo song. A short part builds up leads over to the refrain, very melodic vocals all over in this one. A much shorter track than the previous one but very direct and with fine melodies. Let's see what track three has to offer, getting curious even more...


3. Bewitch The Sky
The longest track of the demo opens up again with a lot of atmosphere and power. Majestic opening up with a lot of guitars and cymbals, moves onwards slow. A lot of drum patterns in this one, along with much guitar work give a wall of pulsating sound. Very unique, think I've not heard something like that before. The end climates into some silence and a softer part, very melodic and only with few drums put inside. In the end some more silence and fade-away. A very cool way to end the record.

7/03/2014

Summer sampler from Roadrunner Records up for free download

Summer is my favorite time of the year. Everythings much better in this season - weather, the people are more happy and you feel more powerfull.

Roadrunner Records seems to be in a good mood as well and gives us a free label sampler for download. Check this location for the download.

The tracklist reads as follows:

1. Stone Sour - 'House of Gold & Bones'
2. Killswitch Engage - 'A Tribute To The Fallen'
3. Trivium - 'Through Blood And Dirt And Bone'
4. Gojira - 'The Axe'
5. King 810 - 'Fat Around The Heart'
6. The Amity Affliction - 'Pittsburgh'
7. Theory Of A Deadman 'Drown'
8. WeAreHarlot - 'Denial'
9. Black Stone Cherry - 'Me and Mary Jane'
10. Marmozets - 'Why Do You Hate Me'
11. Dream Theater - 'The Enemy Inside'
12. The Devil Wears Prada - 'Sailor’s Prayer'
13. Heartist - 'Pressure Point'
14. Kvelertak - 'Kvelertak'
15. Opeth - 'Cusp of Eternity'

You can also check out the songs by clicking on the song widget below. Enjoy summer! :-)