A lot has gone on in the world of Folk Metal sensations Eluveitie since we last witnessed their unique brand of musical assault and if you’ve been a fan for any longer period of time and are not up to date, then the musicians you see in the first clip from their upcoming album will be a bit of a mystery to you. Yeah it seems as though a number of the favorites have gone on to other adventures and as someone who has loved them since the “Slania” days can say with truth that I look forward to hearing their next chapter. Speaking of next chapter, Eluveitie is back with an album that will be called “Evocation II: Pantheon” and it will come from their longtime label Nuclear Blast Records. I’ve embedded the video clip for “Epona” below.
It’s Independence Day here in the USA and I wasn’t really planning on doing much in the way of website posting since this is a good day to reflect on our nation and the freedoms that we have. It’s also a great day to spend with the loved ones be they closer or distant family and friends. However when a valued press resource shared the existence of a new live video from the Dead Daisies that fell right in line with the day I knew that bringing it to your attention was paramount. I’ll start with the bands statement on the clip and then follow said video with some closing thoughts.
“We first did “American Band” by Grand Funk Railroad for our troops in South Korea. We wanted to bring a little bit of something “American” to our men and women in uniform, and give them a taste of home. So, what better way than a classic American tune by a legendary American band. The song went over so well we decided to keep playing it and subsequently recorded it for our “Live and Louder” album. Enjoy the Daisies version, the video, and your FREEDOM the troops are fighting for on this celebration of our independence as a young, sovereign nation!!!”
The Press Copy:
2017 marks the year of the great return of Norwegian symphonic black metal giants, DIMMU BORGIR. The band will release their highly-anticipated double-DVD, Forces Of The Northern Night, on April 28th via Nuclear Blast Records. Available in different formats, the release will contain two live rituals: Their legendary concert in Oslo, showing DIMMU BORGIR on stage with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and a bombastic choir as well as the entire performance at Wacken Open Air with almost 100 musicians in action from the Czech National Symphonic Orchestra. Here is the bands performance of “Progenies Of The Great Apocalypse”
PiercingMetal Thoughts: I don’t recall if I mentioned this way back in one of my many years old reviews of the bands catalog but this song “Progenies Of The Great Apocalypse” was the tune that first sold me on the bands incredible power and sound. It was actually based on my watching the original video for this clip which I was watching while on a break at a boring as Hell corporate job. I had the headphones on since one couldn’t easily blast this sort of thing in an investment banking atmosphere but despite that I remembered the visuals of what was happening was causing some great distress in the minds of my workaday colleagues. As a Metalhead this pleased me considerably and since I was only just beginning my journalistic adventures for a site from a faraway land, I decided to look more into this band. The rest was history and I’ve been following them ever since. Watching this song being performed with a full orchestra is nothing short of incredible as it brings the grandiose to a new level of macabre majesty. I cannot wait to get myself a copy of this release and while I was not going to share another clip for it and instead just wait to do a full review, the offering of this tune made me break my oath. Soon we shall all be cloaked in the thunders of the north wind once more as Dimmu Borgir’s true return is imminent and their 20th Anniversary also approaches. Don’t forget that this release will continue the celebration of thirty years of Nuclear Blast Records. A milestone to be toasted again and again.
1. Progenies Of The Great Apocalypse
The Press Copy:
2017 marks the year of the great return of Norwegian symphonic black metal giants, DIMMU BORGIR. The band will release their highly-anticipated double-DVD, Forces Of The Northern Night, on April 28th via Nuclear Blast Records. Available in different formats, the release will contain two live rituals: Their legendary concert in Oslo, showing DIMMU BORGIR on stage with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and a bombastic choir as well as the entire performance at Wacken Open Air with almost 100 musicians in action from the Czech National Symphonic Orchestra.
PiercingMetal Thoughts: As a reminder, this tune originally hailed from the bands “Abrahadabra” album and features singer Agnete Kjølsrud from the band Djerv (who I am absolutely clueless about at this time). This particular clip hails from the Oslo concert and since I’ll be offering up a full-on review of the DVD release when I get my hands on it I will simply leave this review notation as “FANTASTIC”. I’ve long felt that the music of Dimmu Borgir was perfect for a live orchestrated performance and I’m so excited that they have a couple of different full shows for fans to enjoy. Kudos to the Norwegian Radio Orchestra on this one and The release comes at the end of April, so get thee ordering care of the Amazon.com link below and stay tuned for the review when I get mine. This release will continue the celebration of thirty years of Nuclear Blast Records. A milestone to be toasted again and again.
It was a little over a month ago that I shared the news about Wednesday 13 signing onto the Nuclear Blast Records roster and if you missed that post just click onto THIS LINK to see the whole scoop.
About The Video: (from the official press) “I’m really excited to unveil the new video for ‘What the Night Brings,’ the first track from our upcoming album, Condolences,” Wednesday 13 said.”It kicks off our new album and really sets the tone for the rest of it. We worked on the video with director Matt Zane (Society One) and he really helped bring a spooky vibe. The song reminds me of a heavy metal version of ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ theme!” He continued, “It was also a lot of fun filming the extra scenes, too, where I get to dress up like a demon at a ritual! I never knew that singing with fangs would be so difficult, but I made it work!” Continue reading Nuclear Blast Presents: Wednesday 13’s “What The Night Brings” Official Video→