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EDENFALL announce release date for second album

British gothic doom metal band Edenfall have announced the release date of their second Under Sultry Moons And Velvet Skies. The release date was announced via an exclusive interview with Black Phoenix Rising Metal Forums, who are the sponsors of this year’s Valkyrian Festival. The full interview can be read at this location.

Under Sultry Moons And Velvet Skies will be released via Ravenheart Music on 12th May later this. Edenfall will also be playing the Bridgaard Metal Fest on Saturday 26th April at Basement (Formerly known as Shades Nightclub) in Bridlington, where they will be supporting Finnish prog lords Constantine.

Edenfall online:

http://www.edenfallband.co.uk
http://facebook.com/EdenfallMusic

 

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DELAIN reveal details of new studio album

Dutch symphonic rockers Delain have revealed the details and album art of their upcoming album “The Human Contradiction”. The album art – as seen to the left – is a stunning visualisation which features Delain frontwoman Charlotte Wessels.

In their initial announcement, moments ago, Delain stated that the new album will feature guest musicians. The tracklisting is as follows:

1. Here Come The Vultures
2. Your Body Is A Battleground
3. Stardust
4. My Masquerade
5. Tell Me, Mechanist
6. Sing To Me
7. Army Of Dolls
8. Lullaby
9. The Tragedy Of The Commons

The Human Contradiction” will be released via Napalm Records on the following dates for the following locations:

Germany/Austria/Switzerland: 4th April 2014
UK, Rest of Europe: 7th April 2014
USA and Canada: 8th April 2014
Japan, ANZ, South America, Russia: TBA

Delain online:

http://delain.nl
http://facebook.com/delainmusic

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THY WORSHIPER – Cnarza Dzika Czerwien

Formed in Wroclaw by Marcin Gasiorowski in the year of 1993, Thy Worshiper achieved cult status in Poland’s metal but went off the radar after 2005, only to re-emerge in 2010 with the new demo “Opowieść Jednej Nocy”, which translated into English means “A Tale of One Such Night”. The demo stayed true to Thy Worshiper’s signature sound, which mixed metal with Eastern European folk melodies.

Piach” (meaning “Soil”) opens up “Cnarza Dzika Czerwien”with an eerie and icy sound, composed of the haunting sound of ravens cawing and the ethereal vocals of Anna Malarz. As the song progresses, other elements are introduced such as a the hypnotic vibe of the tribal-like percussion and crunch of the guitars. The use of Polish lyrics, as is customary in Thy Worshiper’s music, adds a very Slavic spirit to the song.

The album sails on through more folk-inspired seas of metal, making a powerful use of the folky elements  mixed in with the fierce, bestial growls, as performed by Marcin. The vocal duets between Anna and Marcin add a new dynamic into the music, one that isn’t usually found in the folk metal scene, which is highlighted subtly throughout the sixth song on the album, “Wiatr” (“The Wind”). The track titled “Drzewa” (“Trees”) makes for a calming, if somewhat mystifying, interlude before leading into the fury of “Zniwa” (“The Harvest”), a song that also makes use of some interesting elements.

One of the most exciting pieces on the album has to be the high-paced “Na Pohybel”, which has the perfect contrast of folk-inspired elements, extreme metal influences and fast paced playing. “Ogien” (“The Fire”) is tragic, even by Shakespeare’s level of tragedy whereas the final track “Zima” (which translates as “The Winter”) finishes the album with a more ethnic-yet-metal orientated sound.

Cnarza Dzika Czerwien” demonstrates a remarkable amount of talent possessed by Thy Worshiper. Each song is laden with their own signature sound and a unique touch that is rarely found in folk metal. Why aren’t they touring with the likes of Turisas or Korpiklaani?

4.5/5

Cnarza Dzika Czerwien” will be released on 18th February 2014 via Pagan Records.

Thy Worshiper online:

http://www.thyworshiper.com
http://facebook.com/thyworshiper
http://www.youtube.com/user/opowiescjednocy
http://www.myspace.com/thyworshiperband
http://twitter.com/Thy_Worshiper
http://www.reverbnation.com/thyworshiper

 

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