Heavy Metal News – January 09, 2013

VOICES: Debut Album Release Date Announced

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

VOICES, the new U.K. black metal project featuring AKERCOCKE/MY DYING BRIDE drummer David Gray alongside AKERCOCKE members Peter Benjamin and Sam Loynes (also of DIMINISHED FIFTH), will release its debut album, “Voices From The Human Forest Create A Fugue Of Imaginary Rain”, in Europe on March 11 via Candlelight Records. The CD was recorded at Legacy Studios, located in the heart of the historic Old Street in central London.

VOICES were formed in London in 2011 as a new experiment from Benjamin, Gray and Loynes, also joined by London producer Dan Abela of Legacy Studios. The mission is to create a deep brand of cold and confronting music, part hypnotic yet often disturbing, focusing from an avant-garde take upon black metal, whilst always striving to explore a wide musical spectrum.

As the band state: “We have some immense plans for future creativity, ruling out no potential musical style or influence. We hope to never be bound by convention and thus remaining truly extreme through this unique and open-minded disposition.”

Setting out head-first into new and daring terrain from the notorious past musical outfits, VOICES promises an extraordinary ride using the albums 55 minutes of playing time as a vessel by which our negative journey into the human forest can be witnessed. Expect moments of intense brutality, frenzied 360bpm blasts beats conjoined with crippling caveman guitars juxtaposed with subliminal dissonance. Vocals that articulate the insanity of despair, contrasted with ethereal glimpses of melancholic beauty through bold and layered singing. Destructive yet fragile, VOICES resonate a new direction and individual take upon the often constrained arena of extreme metal. Lyrically, the debut album deals in themes spawned from being truly outside of conventional points of view and a certain disconnect with any form of human emotions. The self-destructive streak within us, in turn drives us and all these torturous burdens have created this first set of intense and uncompromising songs.

“Voices From The Human Forest Create A Fugue Of Imaginary Rain” track listing:

01. Dnepropetrovsk
02. Eyes Become Black
03. Fragmented Illustrations Of Anger
04. Unawareness Of Human Emotion
05. Sexual Isolation
06. This Too Shall Pass
07. Everything You Believe In Is Wrong
08. Creating The Museum Of Rape
09. Endless


FIREWIND’s Live Album To Arrive Before Summer

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

Melodic metallers FIREWIND, who feature in their ranks current OZZY OSBOURNE guitarist Gus G. (real name: Kostas Karamitroudis), successfully wrapped up the calendar year 2012 with four packed club shows in their native Greece (two nights in Thessaloniki and two nights in Athens), commencing the celebration of the band’s 10th anniversary. Additionally, and right before the end-of-the-year festivities, FIREWIND entered the studio in order to mix recordings from last year’s “Few Against Many” tour for an upcoming live album, to be released before the summer.

Expanding FIREWIND’s live agenda for 2013, the band will next hit the road with TURISAS and STOLEN BABIES on the “Guards Of Glory – North American Tour 2013” and will perform at this year’s Summer Breeze (Germany), PPM (Belgium) and Rock In Den Ruinen (Germany) festivals. More shows will be announced soon.

Prior to the North American tour dates, Gus will appear at Jason Becker’s “Not Dead Yet 2” benefit concert on January 23 at Slim’s in San Francisco alongside Uli Jon Roth, Ritchie Kotzen, Steve Morse and many other guitar legends. Gus will also announce special NAMM appearances and signing sessions in the coming days.

As previously reported, Gus G. has begun collecting ideas and recording demos for his first solo album, to be released sometime in 2013. The CD will feature instrumental tracks as well as songs with guest singers.

FIREWIND’s new album, “Few Against Many”, entered the official chart in Greece at No. 42 and in Germany at No. 90. Released in Europe on May 21, 2012 via Century Media Records and in North America on May 22 through DisManic, Inc. via eOne Distribution, the CD was mixed by Jason Suecof and Eyal Levi at Audiohammer Studios (TRIVIUM, ALL THAT REMAINS, DEATH ANGEL) in Sanford, Florida.


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