Sometime yesterday the new video by those Renaissance Rockers Blackmore’s Night made its first appearance and I wanted to make sure that we gave it a little love here on the website. For you newbies that is the band formed by former Rainbow guitar god Richie Blackmore and his Folk Queen Candice Night. It’s the title of the band’s new album “All Our Yesterdays” which comes care of Frontiers Records.
PiercingMetal Thoughts: As far as music video clips go this one was very simple in terms of its content. We find the group performing to the camera in a forest which totally goes with what is expected of them and there is some dancing here and there. That’s about it but I liked it since there is a lot of Candice Night who remains one of the most stunning of all the female lead singers I have ever enjoyed watching do their thing. Okay, relax I am not trying to gush here but it does add to the appeal of watching a clip such as this. The song is also a very straightforward rousing tune by the band and didn’t break any new ground for me personally but I will have a better handle on that once I get around to reviewing the full on album. It’s a nice taste of what is to come and if you like the band already I think they will keep you satisfied with it. If you have not yet been schooled on them then this lets you walk into the waters with ease. If you don’t like them I am afraid I don’t know what to tell you. Click another link on the site, find something you go crazy for. What do you readers think of this particular clip?
Artist: Blackmore’s Night Title: “Shadow Of The Moon” Label: Minstrel Hall Music Release Date: 2/9/2010 Genre: Folk Rock Rating: 4/5
Originally released on Steamhammer SPV records in 1997, the debut release by Blackmore’s Night “Shadow Of The Moon” has been remastered and now comes care of Minstrel Hall Music. The album is essentially the introduction to the world of the new phase in musical life that was being presented by former Deep Purple and Rainbow axe slinger Ritchie Blackmore who is joined by his then companion, the lovely Candice Night (the couple would eventually marry in 2009). Together they would play an interesting blend of Classical music with a very strong Folk and Renaissance flavor to it and depending on what your tastes are this might be just what you are looking for because it is very, very different from what the conventional Blackmore fans were expecting him to do. In today’s music realm I admit to being a fan of what the band does for the world, but I had to say that when this release was initially distributed I hardly cared what it was all about for my head was in a different place and of course twelve years younger as well. Since that time I have grown to appreciate all of the wonderful melodies and arrangements that they do so it was very interesting to hear the debut release so long after it first came to us. Blackmore plays all of the guitars, be they acoustic or electric, on the album and even offers up a little tambourine and some drums while Candice handles all of the vocals. The end result is a number of great songs that take you to a different place and time and that is very effective when the music can do that to you from just a single listen. There is a warmth to the style of Blackmore’s Night that is not easily duplicated and while the debut release is largely acoustic in nature there are some rocking moments and more up tempo pieces that work out rather well. Continue reading “Shadow Of The Moon” by Blackmore’s Night→
Gather ye Lords and Ladies fair, come with me to the Renaissance Faire, hurry now we’re almost ready to be taken on the Secret Voyage that only a band like Blackmore’s Night can take us on. Don’t be tardy lest the oil in the Village Lanterne run out on you for we are ready to partake in mintrel’s playing and some dandelion wine. Make haste my friends – for the clock ticks on.
Artist: Blackmore’s Night Venue: The Fillmore NY (New York, NY) Opener: Minstrel Albert Date: 10/29/2009 Label: SPV Records
This has been an interesting week for me so far and had begun with some crushing Black Metal at this very same venue courtesy of Satyricon. I followed it up with some Melodic Doom on Monday, a little Glam Rock on Tuesday and now here I was ready to experience for the first time in person the Renaissance Rocking might of Blackmore’s Night. This would probably be the most unique out of my experiences this week for while tomorrow would be the Dethklok show and a Halloween Haunting with The Misfits on Saturday, I had seen those acts before. That means tonight I would be walking straight into the past in some sense based on all of the period garb that was surrounding me. You might not know this but the audience all get suited up in lavish gowns, tights, kilts and ruffled puffy shirts like something out of a movie based on the olden days or “Ye Olden Days” for that matter. Sadly I’ve no kilt, because I probably would have gotten into the spirit of things and since I was dressed head to toe in black attire myself, I told those who raised a curious eye to me that I was playing the part of the Metal Black Knight this evening. It seemed to work. The show was held at The Fillmore NY and would be a seated show in the main level area and a standing room only set up at the back bar and upstairs region. It was my first seated show at this space so it was slightly tricky to navigate for the purposes of photos. Opening up the night’s festivities would be Minstrel Albert who played a wide variety of wind instruments. He would be preceded by Earl Grey who played a string instrument but I did not catch a single moment of his brief set. Continue reading Blackmore’s Night @ Fillmore at Irving Plaza (10/29/2009)→
Artist: Blackmore’s Night Title: “Paris Moon” Label: SPV Records Release Date: 11/6/2007 Genre: Renaissance Rock Rating: 4/5
For just about a decade now Ritchie Blackmore and Candice Night have taken their group Blackmore’s Night around the world to play wonderful shows at Concert Halls and Renaissance Fairs much to the delight of their ever growing fan base. The live DVD “Paris Moon” presents them in concert at the famed Olympia Theatre in Paris France during their 2006 appearance where the band was celebrating the latest album in their catalog, the SPV Records release “The Village Lanterne”. This DVD is actually the second such issue in a row from the group but there are some significant differences between the two that make each one something that the viewer can enjoy without finding too much in the way of repetition. The first one was called “Castles And Dreams” and on this we found them appearing at a Renaissance Festival in Germany. The band was performing under the stars in front of an audience that was largely decked out in traditional Ren-Faire garb while “Paris Moon” gives you the chance to see them do their thing in a beautiful theatre indoors. Having viewed both of the DVD’s I was happy to see a theatrical presentation of the band because I had not yet been able to attend a concert myself and felt that this was the next best thing until I can get around to doing so. While one can agree that a live DVD is not as good as actually being at the show you cannot argue about their effectiveness in reaching a larger audience than any one gig affords them to. Like the previous DVD this one does its job commendably and brings the viewer straight to the front row and center stage as the wonders of Blackmore’s Night unfold before their very eyes. Continue reading “Paris Moon” by Blackmore’s Night→
Artist: Blackmore’s Night Title: “The Village Lanterne” Label: SPV Records Release Date: 4/4/2006 Genre: Classical/Medieval Rating: 8/10
Following their excellent live recording “Castles & Dreams”, Blackmore’s Night would once again return to bring your musical mind to a different place and apparently a different time as well. I looked forward to this new studio recording because the live CD/DVD was just incredible and a refreshing change for me as a fan of interesting musical adventures. The accomplishments of Richie Blackmore are well documented and now along with his Partner, the lovely Candice Night he continues to write in this book by bringing Medieval and Renaissance styled themes to a totally modern world. One does need to separate themselves from his work in Deep Purple and Rainbow as while he might surprise you with a rendition or two of a classic, there is a different feel to them under the Blackmore’s Night treatment. Showcasing his skill level as a guitar player and musician; Blackmore finds himself not only handling the traditional guitar, but acoustic instruments and lutes as well as a hurdy gurdy. Candice sings lead and backing vocals, but also plays various tambourines and the recorder and flutes. Together they form the core of this unique troupe of minstrels and the more you listen to the record the more you wish you were outside at a Festival among friends drinking good wines and enjoying stories of life and fun times. Continue reading “The Village Lanterne” by Blackmore’s Night→