Fiona Stephens

Iron Maiden unveil world first in mobile gaming

Global rock icons Iron Maiden embark on the final leg of The Book of Souls world tour this weekend, simultaneously launching a synergistic PvP battle arena for their mobile game, Legacy of the Beast. The game offers players a unique way to interact with the band’s real world activities, by introducing not only a replica of one of the tour stage productions, but also the debut of The Book of Souls ‘Shaman Eddie’ into the game, in his Mayan themed incarnation as featured on the band’s most recent studio album. Other characters from The Book of Souls are set to follow.

Needless to say, Iron Maiden are the first metal group to release a mobile platform game, but will other groups follow suit?

Sibling reveal new single ‘Love/Sick’

Sibling is a new band from the south of the UK founded by ex-Hindsights vocalist, Benio Baumgart, along with friends Sam Correa and Lewis Pickering. They’ve announced the release of a new EP Dream You Away via Close To Home Records on 30th June and you can hear Love/Sick from the record now. The release will be followed by a special Dream You Away release show on 8th July at Thousand Island in London featuring support from itoldyouiwouldeatyou, Lightcliffe and Bodyheat.

Harlott – Extinction

Opening with the title track, Australia’s Harlott immediately deliver with full blown metal. From a 30 second instrumental introduction, to launching into a heavy riff with matching vocals, the vocalist’s harsh lyrics cut over the guitar playing the same melody. It’s been a while since a metal group have pulled off one riff played over several different parts, but Harlott do it well. Similar tracks are Final Weapon and No Past.

Following Extinction with First World Solutions, at first the track sounds like the other, but different riffs and one incredible solo later and the listener is already invested in the album. By the time The Pentinent comes on, even the most casual metal fan is excited for the top quality production of Harlott‘s album.

However around halfway through the album a casual fan would get overwhelmed with all the full on metal tracks, some melodic tracks to break up the fast paced riffs might be a good idea. However the hardcore metal fans would really enjoy all the riffs, excellent solos and the vocals that make the listener want to join in. A live show from Harlott would be absolutely brilliant, not only for a first person glimpse of their talent, but for the undoubtable effects that would come with it.

Conflict Revelation begins with a meaty bass hook before launching into the guitar riff. The track bounces along, morphing from verse to chorus flawlessly. However it would be nice if the bass hook returned at any point throughout the song, considering it grabbed the listener’s attention as something different and then seemed to disappear under the guitars.

And Darkless Brings Light follows in the same vein as Extinction: a short instrumental introduction before all the heavy instruments come in together. However this track is more focused on melody and is slower than the others, giving the listener a welcome reprieve from the fast pace of the album.

Extinction is musically a fantastic album. The mixing and mastering is flawless and individually each track could be appreciated by casual metal listeners. However, stacking each fast paced heavy track one after another wears the listener out. For their next album it would be great to see Harlott focus on developing their instrumental tracks, even if they’re only short interludes placed strategically throughout the album.

[8/10]

ShrEdmonton Line Up

Featuring some of the heaviest acts from across Canada to rumble the Alberta prairies, this year’s ShrEdmonton will be headlined by Vancouver power titans Unleash The Archers, Winnipeg’s doom funeral Psychotic Gardening and Edmonton gore masters Bleed from Friday, 12tt May to Sunday, 14th May 2017 at the Mercury Room. This year’s festival also features an all ages event on the Sunday date, as well as the return of the all-ages industry conference aspect, which includes panels on publicity & promotion, festival booking plus vocal, guitar and recording / live sound clinics. It really is not one to miss!

Friday, May 12

Show (18+) 
Doors 7:00 pm

8:00 – 8:45 – Days I Die (Calgary, AB)
9:00 – 9:45 – Osyron (Calgary, AB)
10:00 – 10:45 – Sleeping in Traffic (Edmonton, AB)
11:00 – 11:45 – Leave The Living (Red Deer, AB)
12:15 – 1:00 – Psychotic Gardening (Winnipeg, MB)

Saturday, May 13 Seminars (ALL AGES)

Publicity/Promotion Clinic – 1:00-1:30 pm
Vocal clinic 1:30-2:00 Guitar Clinic – 2:00-2:30 pm
Stage Moves with Jesse Valstar – 2:30-3:00 pm
Festival Seminar – 3:00-3:30 pm
Recording/Live Sound Clinic – 3:30-4:00 pm

Show (18+)
Doors 6:00 pm

7:00 – 7:45 – Valyria (Edmonton, AB)
8:00 – 8:45 – Burning Effigy (Calgary, AB)
9:00 – 9:45 – W.M.D. (Calgary, AB)
10:00 – 10:45 – Gatekeeper (Vancouver, BC)
11:00 – 11:45 – Eye of Horus (Edmonton, AB)
12:15 – FIN – Unleash The Archers (Vancouver, BC)

Sunday, May 14

Show (All Ages)
Doors 3:00 pm

3:00 – 3:45 – Disturb The Dead (Devon, AB)
4:00 – 4:45 – Scarlet Serenity (Edmonton, AB)
5:00 – 5:45 – Krepitus (Calgary, AB)
6:00 – 6:45 – Voltang (Hamilton, ON)
7:00 – 8:00 – Bleed (Edmonton, AB)

God Dethroned release new single and video for title track ‘The World Ablaze’!

On 5th May, God Dethroned will release their new album The World Ablaze via Metal Blade Records! Catch the title track below.

You can catch the Dutch death metal band at the following venues:

05/05/17 DE – Oberhausen – Helvete w/ Lifeless & Visionary 666
06/05/17 DE – München – Backstage w/ Revel In Flesh & Commander & Visionary 666
11/05/17 BE – Kortrijk – De Kreun w/ Visionary 666 & Fractured Insanity
12/05/17 NL- Lelystad – Poppodium w/ Visionary 666 & Disquiet
13/05/17 NL – Groningen – Vera w/ Visionary 666 & The Herintance
22-24/06/17 DE – Gräfenhainichen – With Full Force
13-15/07/17 DE – Neukirchen-Vluyn – Dong Open Air
10-12/08/17 DE – Schlotheim – Party.San Open Air
02/12/17 DE – Dresden – Skullcrusher

A Killer’s Confession announce release of debut album ‘Unbroken’

A Killer’s Confession, the new band led by former Mushroomhead vocalist Waylon Reavis is set to release it’s debut album April 28th via EMP Label Group, the label founded by Megadeth bassist David Ellefson.

A Killer’s Confession consists of Waylon Reavis (vocals), Jon Dale (drums), JP Cross (bass), Matt Trumpy (guitar), and Paul Elliott (guitar).

Unbroken will be released on 28th April!

Pigeon Lake sign with Wormholedeath

Norwegian metallers Pigeon Lake have joined forces with Wormholedeath for the release of their next album Barriers Fall.

The band say the following:

We are extremely happy, proud and psyched to officially announce our record deal with Wormholedeath Records. We’ve kept this under the lid for a fair amount of time, working on our upcoming album – writing, recording and planning. The pieces are finally put together and we are so hyped and ready to show you what we’ve been working on
We can’t wait to play, say hello and share special moments with each and every one of you, listening to our music. It’s time to repay the faith being put in us!