Archive for the ‘Metal World’ Category

Hello music fans,

Putting my iTunes on shuffle, today’s bringer of melody is Italian gothic rock band Lacuna Coil. The original lineup in 1994 consisted of vocalist Andrea Ferro and bassist/composer Marco Coti Zelati, Raffaele Zagaria on guitars, and Michaelangelo on the drums, with which they released two demos. They originally called themselves Sleep of Right. After some lineup changes that included inviting singer Cristina Scabbia and second guitarist Claudio Leo, in addition to switching out Michaelangelo with drummer Leonardo Forti, the band changed their name to Ethereal in 1997. They came to soon find out that the name ‘Ethereal’ was already taken by a Greek band, so they decided on their current moniker.

Shortly after the release of their self-titled EP, Zagaria, Leo and Forti were replaced by Cristiano Migliore and Cristiano Mozzati and the group went on tour with Moonspell. In 1999, after a second European tour, the band released their first full length album In a Reverie to not great, but adequate reviews. They continued touring and went on to record four more albums. Off of their 2006 release Karmacode came today’s feature on this blog To The Edge. This song is a great example of this band’s vocal dynamic: not quite a call-and-answer, but definitely setting the male and female singers opposite one another. Scabbia sings each verse, while the male voice (Andrea Ferro) accompanies her in the chorus and it creates a powerful harmonic sound. Give it a listen:

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From the oft-frozen land of Finland comes one of the best power metal bands among the many from this particular area of the world. Celesty was formed in 1998 in Seinäjoki, Finland. The original lineup of the band included bassist Ari Katajamäki, drummer Jere Luokkamäki, and in 1999 guitarist Tapani Kangas. This quartet apparently released a demo that was never released, nor saw the light of day. According to the band’s website, Katajamäki and Kangas had to depart the band due to military obligations in 2000, after which the band’s search led them to add guitarist J-P Alanen and vocalist Kimmo Perämäki. It was with these final two additions that Celesty got in the studio and released their first official demo, “Warrior of Ice” in 2001. Though I was able to dig up no audio, the demo has been described as “typical power metal vocalist soaring over the double bass and speedy guitar riffs filling for an epic atmosphere much like you would find on Destiny-era Stratovarius.” With the release came the addition of keyboardist Juha Mäenpää.

Their second demo Times Before the Icewas released in 2002 to “even better reviews” [than of their previous demo] and the band’s popularity began picking up steam. That same year, they signed with Spanish label Arise Records and released the Reign of Elements album to wide acclaim. As the band crept more and more into the consciousness of the metal world, their success and popularity grew, as did their catalog of music. After another change in label and lineup (as with all bands), Celesty released Vendetta in 2009. From this most recent release comes today’s Metal World/Melodic Mondays installment: “Like Warriors.” I chose this song because it excellently displays the blistering guitar solos that metal lovers have come to expect and because of its sheer epic sound. Judge for yourself and leave a comment:

Hailing from Moscow, Russia, Dark Princess reminds me of all of the great gothic metal bands of Scandinavia. There is a great list for you to check out on Facebook. Formed in 2004, the blistering guitar work of guitarists Aleksandr Lubimov and Ilya Klokov compliments the seemingly love-hate nature of the lyrics in the powerful track The Deepest Fall off of their 2008 release Stop My Heart. Unfortunately, Due to the nature of this particular feature on this blog bringing you obscure bands from around the world, as well as the fact that the Dark Princess website is in Russian, there was not much else in the way of background on them. So, just sit back, relax and enjoy the music video for The Deepest Fall by Dark Princess:

Continuing with our theme this month, today’s band comes to us from Armagh, Northern Ireland. Formed in 1993 by brothers Cíaran and Dermot O’Hagan, Waylander originally envisioned their style to resemble that of an ’80s metal band. As if by accident, or perhaps fate, the first song they wrote turned out to be more in the Celtic style. Indeed, according to the metal-archives website, most of the band’s lyrics focus on Celtic mythology, folklore, and history. Though obscured in many biographies found online, the group endured several lineup changes before settling on Cíaran O’Hagan (vocals), Dermot O’Hagan (guitars), Den Ferran (drums) and Jason Barriskill (bass) and recording their debut demo, “Once Upon an Era” in late 1994.

In late 1995/early 1996, the band recorded their second demo “Dawning of a New Age” after removal of bassist Jason Barriskill. He was replaced by Michael Proctor and the band went on to add Máirtín Mac Cormaic on the tin whistle to give their sound a decidedly Celtic-folk feel. This turned out to be a boon for the band’s popularity throughout Ireland, Scotland and England. Then in 1998, they hooked up with Century Media Records and renowned producer Andy Classen at his Stage One Studios in Germany. They recorded and released their debut album “Reawakening Pride Once Lost” to ‘excellent reviews,’ according to their website. By 2008, Waylander had released their latest album Honour Amongst Chaos.

Check out “Born to Fight” from their 1998 Reawakening Pride Once Lost album.

Hey there music lovers,

This week I bring you The Very End, a melodic death/thrash metal band from Ruhrgebiet, Germany. Unfortunately, since they formed in 2005 (?) and do not seem to be a very well known band, there isn’t much information out there to share with you. So, just check out their video for the single A Hole in the Sun off of their 2011 release “Mercy & Misery”. Enjoy!

Hey people of the midpoint,

Today I bring your attention to a great metal band that kind of blew me away. Dark Tranquility is a melodic death metal band hailing from a country that has served as a reliable bastion of great metal music: Sweden. Starting out under the name Septic Broiler, this band has been around for more than 20 years, so I feel kind of ashamed not having heard of them before now. I guess I wasn’t worldly enough when I first got into the metal music not too long ago. While their song Misery’s Crown is quite good, it does sound strangely similar to Only Happy When It Rains by Garbage. You be the judge:

I realize this type of music may not be for everyone. If the growling/screaming throws you, just listen for the musical talent these guys clearly display. When the singer is not growling in some of their other songs, it sounds a little like David Gahan from Depeche Mode. While these other bands may have been influences on them, Dark Tranquility is certainly on the Metal World radar!

Rock on, Mediocrites,

This latest installment comes to you once again from the plentiful resources on YouTube. German power metal band Freedom Call blast back onto the scene with their first album since 2007. Off their January release Legend of the Shadowking, Thunder God tells the story of war between the Prussian army and France. Compelled by the bounds of treaty, the Bavarian troops are forced join the fray. After their French allies are defeated, the German empire survives under the leadership of the Prussians. Not bad to cover all that in about three and a half minutes, ay?

From their website:

The video could be a bit more entertaining, but I prefer to pay attention to the music. The song is great for anyone who loves both the classic sounds of Guns ‘n’ Roses (listen for it at the beginning) and the hard rocking of Billy Idol, all the while maintaining its constantly driving power metal edge. I will be posting more from these guys for sure, so if you like what you hear, stay tuned!

-The Dead Peasant