Nightwish reveal 2018 plans

It’s been a bit of a fallow period for news on here recently but I did hear some good news from Floor Jansen’s Twitter feed the other day. The band begin a 9 month world tour in March 2018, starting with 34 shows in North America. The tour is being called Decades and it will feature music from the band’s history but with a new twist. Their record label Nuclear will also be releasing a 2 disk compilation CD called Decades as well, this will be out on the 9th March 2018.

Nervosa replace drummer

I heard this news the other week, the excellent all female Brazilian thrash band Nervosa have replaced their previous drummer Fernanda Terra with a new drummer Jully Lee. The only thing I’ve read about the change is that it was due to personal and musical differences, which doesn’t say anything really.

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Upcoming: Kroh

I have read about this band in Metal Hammer and have watched a few videos on YouTube. I am excited about the band, they have a unique sound largely due to their Polish vocalist Oliwia Sobieszek (I have no idea how she pronounces her surname but I assume Oli-via is how you say her forename). The band are from Birmingham and have a doom laden sound with ethereal vocals. Their album Altars is out. They are playing the UK’s Bloodstock festival in August. I look forwards to hearing and reading more about this band.

Mastodon: Emperor Of Sand

I read a review of this album in Metal Hammer and was looking forward to picking it up some day. Then I was in a new record shop that has opened recently and saw the vinyl version so I asked them to get me a copy of the CD but they already had one, so I bought it there and then. Glad I did because it is a great album. I like the Mastodon sound very much and this is their best to date I think.

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Arch Enemy: As The Stages Burn

My pre-order arrived on a day I booked off as annual leave. It was perfect timing because I did a school run and got home just as the postman was writing a card out. I was able to watch it that morning and what a great DVD it is. The music is excellent but also the quality of the live footage. Lots of angles and great shots but none of it feels over-edited, there is real respect for the band. It is a great reminder of what the live shows are like. I just hope that the band takes a good long rest after this tour ends, otherwise they will burn out. The whole package is excellent, great photographs in the booklet and an accompanying CD of the show as well. So glad I ordered this.

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The Charm The Fury: Sick, Dumb and Happy

I bought this album from Fopp! in Manchester because I couldn’t wait to receive it by post. I’m glad I did, the album is very good. What stands out is the variety of the songs and the excellent vocals of Caroline Westendorp. Check out the variety between the first two songs, Echoes will be a great live song. The band have released a couple of videos from the album, the first of these was from the first track Down On the Ropes where Westendorp appears in full trailer trash outfit and makeup. Very different to what she is actually like in normal appearance but that was the point. The songs are great head bangers on this album, anyone into heavy songs will enjoy it. I don’t think all the reviews I’ve read do it justice. What everyone seems to agree on is that this is an album that shows a big progression from their first album and the band are developing into a great act. Definitely one to watch. I love the cover art.

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