Fiona Stephens

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.


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!

Orden Ogan announce new album ‘Gunmen’ & special live release shows!

Power metallers Orden Ogan have set Gunmen as the title for their highly anticipated new studio album, which will be released on 7th July.
Thhe band has also announced three live release shows with support from Mob Rules and Human Fortress. Tickets are exclusively available in the AFM webshop. The ticket owners will receive an exclusive Orden Ogan live CD on show day!

07.07.17 Hamburg, MS Stubnitz
08.07.17 Bestwig, Fort Fun
09.07.17 München, Backstage

Mouthbreather release video for Mysteries of Nature

Mouthbreather have released a video for their latest track Mysteries of Nature.

The group said of the track:

Our new track “Mysteries of Nature” speaks for Mouth Breather – politically, socially, passionately, romantically. A track that, like lighting at a dive bar, illuminates crucial features while still leaving many mysteries to be discovered.“Mysteries of Nature” grew out of a funky bass-line I laid down while jamming with some friends last summer. Simple, yet catchy enough that every other part of the song just seemed to naturally fall into place. There wasn’t much planning that went into the video either. The director, William Wilkinson, and I used an old TV zoom lens and a sequin curtain to capture a glossy, zoom-heavy 70s visual accompaniment.