FEATURED IN HOUR 2
HOUR 2 - Norwegian metal wizards, Madder Mortem, meld some powerful doom elements with prog metal majesty in this LP, Deadlands, rel;eased in Europe on Century media records back in 2002 in Europe and 2003 in North America. Featuring the awesome, amazing, and arresting vocals of Agnete M. Kirkevaag, who used to wield bass for the band.
HOUR 3 - The Road Of Bones, the latest LP from UK's seasoned prog rockers IQ! Hand picked by Lady Death for you! We hear all of disc 1 - but none of the bonus discs.
This fill -in from back in March bears zero resemblance to anything ever heard on The Mixtape before but you gotta work with what ya know. Metal, Punk' n' Roll rules! You can also find Mikey D at http://doobyburger.ca
The Mixtape rules, too.
This week's show we OD on albums mainly metal, but with an alt pop digression. This week the "Helsinki Spotlight" shines on Turku's Severnica. The Reverbnation artists of the week, are Dubai-based grunge-alt rockers White Spade (now known as Extremity).
Sabaton : "HEROES"
Sabaton, Sweden's masters of historical power metal. hail from Falun. Heroes, their 7th studio album, is both rousing and excellent.
Psychotic Gardening: "HYMNOSIS"
Ferocious blackened death-doom, from the depths of Winterpeg. :-).
Nightwish : "MADE IN HONG KONG (AND VARIOUS OTHER PLACES)"
Fine Finnish symphonic metal - this is their live CD release.
Ivory Hours: "TWO KEYS"
Plus two tracks from their soon-to-drop LP "Mary".
Witty, dark & bent alt-pop from London, Ontario.
Woods of Ypres: "PURSUIT OF THE SUN & ALLURE OF THE EARTH"
Ontario's blackened doom legends wax poetic on this, their 2nd album.
Hour 1: Epic symphonic metal greatness from Holland''s Epica. Select tracks curated by Our Dearest Lady Death.from their latest LP "The Quantum Enigma",
For the zombie aficionados, we have Industrial act Beauty In The Suffering's latest single, "Reveille".
Hour 3 features the entirety of Lindsey Stirling's stunning crossover debut LP,. "Shatter Me"
Some fine punk from this week's Reverbnation Band of the Week, Vancouver's female-fronted Kill Matilda. 3 tracks form their debut EP "#PUNK #ZOMBIE #ROCKNROLL"
This week's Helsinki Spotlight artists are electro-pop artists Rain Diary. We hear tracks from their EP. "The Lights Are Violent Here.". produced by Iconcrash's frontman & principal songwriter, Jaani Peuhu
Music & Lyrics - Rain Diary
HOUR 1: INCULTUS - Xanthochroid. 'Cinematic' black metal from lake Forest California. They also do some mean covers. :-)
HOUR 2 features Music Inspired By The Life And Times Of Scrooge - Written And Produced By Tuomas Holopainen - Tuomas Holopainen
Also a new track from Deathstars' coming album.
HOUR 3 The Human Contradiction (Limited Edition) Delain
Hour 4: with other music by The Bloody Nerve (Nashville rock), Tyler Kealey ;
Hour 5: more Tyler Kealy - and from Ontario: City Of A Hundred Spires; & Monsoon Season;
"think Fields of the Nephilim had a love child with The Sisters of Mercy - and Rammstein was the crazy uncle" -Christopher Compton, Frostbite
Georgia doesn't sound like a place you'd catch Frostbite but you'd be wrong. Atlanta's dark metal lord Christopher Compton chats up e.V.. about his solo gothic metal project, Frostbite.
e.V. For people who may not have heard your music or heard only a song or two, please describe your project and name 2 of your songs for people to listen to first, just to get an idea of where you are coming from as a musician. And tell us a bit about the genesis of Frostbite...
C.C. Frostbite is a project that's been brewing for quite some time. While I was living in Seattle, WA., the last band I started was firmly rooted in the "Gothic Rock" genre, for lack of a better term (think Fields of the Nephilim had a love child with The Sisters of Mercy and Rammstein was the crazy uncle). After that band split, I moved to Los Angeles for a few years. During my time in California, I worked for a company that produces guitar amplifiers and amp modeling software. I worked with several musicians and our company gatherings always turned into big jam sessions so, every few months, I was able to get on a stage and make some noise. When I left that company, and moved from LA, I no longer had that outlet and I began to miss it pretty quickly. I realized that I had all of these song ideas floating around in my head that had never been recorded or flushed out completely so, I started work on the song Valentine, which was a logical progression from what I had been doing in Seattle. Still very much a "Gothic Rock" sound, but heavier this time. I finished Valentine and just kept going. I wasn't planning on recording an entire album but, eventually, I had several songs that went together quite nicely. I decided to release what I had, just to see what might happen. The response has been very positive, a bit overwhelming and completely unexpected!
I suppose the best song to start with would be "Valentine" as it was the first and sums up the feel of the "Valentine and Other Stories of Hope" album pretty well. The second song I would suggest would be from the next album, "Everything That I Crave", the song is called "Everything I Crave" and I think it's a good representation of that album (to be released soon!).
e.V.. You released an album a few years ago, and also have a sampler and a single out - please tell us more about those!
C.C. Valentine and Other Stories of Hope was released in 2011 and was the culmination of several ideas I'd had over the years that finally came to fruition. Doing (almost) everything myself allowed me to create exactly what I had been hearing in my head for a long time! Valentine is a very personal album for me and the story it tells (minus the two bonus track) is mostly true. Of course it's not completely autobiographical. If that were the case it would have never been written and I wouldn't be here to answer your questions ;)
The Venus in Furs single came out in 2012. The song was originally done by The Velvet Underground and I've just loved it since the first time I heard it! I really enjoy taking songs that mean something to me, from outside my particular genre, and seeing what I can do with them or, more appropriately, how I can mess them up ;)
The sampler was not put out for general audiences. I had a few radio stations asking what was happening with the new album so, I put together a mix of a few of the songs I was working on as a sort of teaser. I also wanted them to know (yourself included) that I was, indeed, working on the follow-up to Valentine.
e.V. What are your favorite genres and what drew you to them? Do you have a genre you enjoy that might shock others given the genres you typically play?
C.C. When I was growing up, I was a complete metal head! As to what drew me to that, it's hard to say. Prepubescent angst?? Actually, I mostly listened to what would now be called Power Metal, I suppose, so I think it was the amazing vocalists and the crazy guitar playing that I really enjoyed. While I still loved my metal, everything changed when I heard the Sisters of Mercy for the first time. I had never heard anything like it and the sound really struck a chord with me. Something about the low vocal (which I wasn't used to at all) and the dark subject matter seemed to suit my personality and I started seeking out similar bands. I found The Fields of The Nephilim and I immediately connected with the sound. I can't explain what it is about them that I find so appealing. I only know that there are some bands that move a person and The Fields do that for me. Unfortunately, I didn't find these bands until either they weren't putting out music anymore or, they had broken up. Then there's Skinny Puppy!!! What can I say except BRILLIANT!!! One of the first Industrial (cont.)
Put up your feet and pour yourself a virtual horn of mead, as Canada's Viking metal bard speaks with e.V. about Bathory, Burzum, breakfast cereal, Primordial, the soul, thinking up things in the dark - and most importantly, about SIG:AR:TYR's coming album "Northen', their indepth follow-up to the epic Godsaga.. SIG:AR:TYR's creator and driving force, Daemonskald, is the possessor of one powerful pagan metal muse., forging lyrically vivid and melodically evocative atmospheric, often acoustic, metal, 'though he describes himself as a part-time musician.
blackened folk metal, thunderous and poetic by turns. doom fans who love Saturnus can give it a go as well \w/
SIG:AR:TYR on Bandcamp
SIG:AR:TYR Official Website
e.V. For people who may not have heard it (or who have heard only a song or two), please describe your music and name 2 of your songs for people to listen to first, just for new listeners to get an idea of where you are coming from as a musician.
Daemonskald: I would describe it as atmospheric pagan or viking metal. In the beginning the main influences that I wanted to combine were the viking metal aspects from Bathory's Hammerheart and Twilight of the Gods albums, and the neoclassical style of Yngwie Malmsteen, mixed in with a little black metal atmosphere like Burzum. That was it, really. If I had to choose two songs that fully represent what I've always tried to express, it would be the tracks "Blood of the North", and "Godsaga" from the Godsaga album. The earlier stuff is a little more stripped down, a lot of acoustic instrumentals and ambience, a few metal tracks, but I think these songs combine the best of all these aspects.
'In Which e.V. grapples with The Dread Laryngal Frog'
"...in which e.V. triumphs over the station's possessed, wayward & insubordinate ninja on-air computer #1."
Do you know how many bands are out there? Me neither.. Waaaay too many with little talent, it often seems. In fact, I would say that most bands should simply give it up. But hereabouts we like to play the true artists - the ones that kick serious ass..
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So this week we have 2 very cool bands for you. First up is the Finnish Melodic death/folk metal band Frosttide's album 'Awakening', in Hour 1.. Joni and the rest of you - you seriously rock! \w/ Perkele! Ihana!
In Hour 2 you will hear a bunch of Within Temptation plus we also feature A Light In The Sky, the new album from Roanoke, Virgina alt-rock/metallers, Madrone . You can hear half of this excellent album in hour 2 and almost all the rest (minus the last track) in Hour 5. Our playlist may kick serious ass e.V.'s memory, not so much... So many band names, so little time... MaDrone, not Marone & so no damn wonder I couldn't find it! Apologies and big thanks to the bands for making such shockingly great music. :-) Rock on!
In Hour 3, our dearest Lady Death send some beautiful acoustic tuneage for you on this, your end of St. Patrick's Day show, 2014. She selected these from the soundtrack of the new period drama TV series 'REIGN'.
The Sepiachord Band Of The Week is Scott Bradlee's brilliant cover band Postmodern JukeBox, who gleefully stand mainstream rock and pop standards on their head via genius arrangements. This week's Helsinki Spotlight Artists are Cherry and the Night, who I first heard of because of Hard Rock Cafe.'s Hard Rock Rising Global Battle Of The Bands. The ReverbNation Artist of the Week is rocker & singer-songwriter Hannu Lepisto, who has a new single out "Abuse Me To Soothe Me" available on Bandcamp - with 2 bonus tracks - you can hear one of those. bonus tracks plus the single itself on this week's show.
Do you know a kickass band with that special something that just connects with your soul, who have a radio worthy track or 2? Let us know! Perhaps you in such a band. One that other people say is great. People not in your band, family, and friends nor those who want to drag you off to a secluded corner. . Excellent!! Click here and scroll to the bottom!
FEATURED This Week: Anydoll (Finland) "Electruc Heart" LP , Janani (USA) "Three-Step System" EP , Electric Ruin (s/t) EP, King Swan (S/T) EP (Both From Canada)
Almost the Ides of March & e.V. is back - along with her voice!. ;) New music for you, from all over the place. Faroese and Greek doom, Israeli 'oriental' metal, Russian goth rock, Swedish-Dutch darkwave, some very fine Finnish, American, and Canadian stuff of various genres. As per usual, mostly metal, hard rock and electro, but hour 5 features some seriously great vocal and writing talent from Toronto that sits solidly outside, genre-wise, what usually gets played here.
Hour 3 Feature: Hard rock cut with a jazzy feel from Florida alt-rock songstress, Janani. on her debut EP "Three-Step System"; Finnish electropop rockers Anydoll's LP "Electric Heart", available for free download on their website. After that some brand new rock from One Pretty Minute and Saints Of Rebellion
In Hour 4: The Reverbation Band of the Week is Madrone, altrock from Roanoke Virginia, USA.
This week's Helsinki Spotlight Artists are Siberian Jay, and Indi Loveless.. You can see their videos here. , to the left.
Tyr's magnificent "The Lay Of Our Love" has a newish but not-so magnificent vid featuring the ugliest damned Viking I have ever seen, and a ginormous and pissed off statue of Skuld, one of the Norns. Why they didn't forgo the bruiser and just have Heri or Gunnar or Terji be the Viking is beyond me. :-)
Hour 4 & 5: On with the heavy! Stoner metal supreme from Ottawa's own Electric Ruin and King Swan, both with self-totled EP's out on Bandcamp. and both finalists in the Carleton U Battle of The Bands, co-sponsored by CKCU-FM! Plus single silliness from Joel Martin (Toronto). And we end it all on a sweet, soulful note from Kendal Thompson, also from Toronto..
e.V., Queen Of Doom
Hostess of e.V.'s Underground, CKCU-FM, 93.1
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