Jan 312018

Switzerland’s new mystic sound force Cellar Darling, the new band featuring former Eluveitie members Anna Murphy (vocals, hurdy-gurdy), Merlin Sutter (drums) and Ivo Henzi (guitars, bass) – Checked in with the following announcement:

We are beyond excited to announce our first headline tour visiting Ireland, Scotland and England! We can’t wait to rock out with you all! **Tickets go on sale this Friday, 02.02.2018!** Continue reading »

Eluveitie – “Evocation II: Pantheon”

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Dec 062017

For those who are familiar with their name know what to expect from this review, for the others less fortunate let me take a moment to apprise you of the wonder that is Eluveitie. Founded by Chrigel Glanzmann back in 2002, this Swiss Folk metal band is known for incorporating traditional instruments such as the likes of Hurdy Gurdy,  flutes, violin, bagpipes, tin whistles to name a few.  Their sound has a blend of Celtic folk melodies with Gothenburg styled Melodic death metal and vocals often written in English and ancient extinct Gaulish.

Often referred to as the The New wave  folk metal, “Eluveitie” is interpreted in the Etruscan language as “The Swiss” and ever since its formation has known to have huge line-up (An average of 9 members). “Evocation” a project that was conceptualised in 2008, started off with its first part “Evocation I: The Arcane Dominion” which was released in April 2009. A second part of the Evocation project “Evocation II: Pantheon” was announced in September 2016 and was released in August 2017 under the record label Nuclear Blast.

This album is nothing like its predecessors, having a tremendous blend of Wind and string instruments to recreate the sound of earth. All of the 18 songs have been named after Celtic gods, sounds like a lot of research went into the making of this album. Continue reading »

Aug 102017

Canadian hardcore/punk outfit Comeback Kid have released a third trailer for their upcoming album,“Outsider” out on September 8th via New Damage Records in Canada and Nuclear Blast throughout the rest of the world. The video can be seen below.

“Outsider” is now available for pre-order in various formats and editions. Secure your copy here
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Jul 292017

Canada’s finest hardcore/punk outfit, Comeback Kid, talk the writing process of their upcoming sixth studio album in this new video, check it out in the video below.

“Outsider” is now available for pre-order in various formats and editions. Secure your copy here

“Outsider” is going to be released on September 8, 2017 via Nuclear Blast (world / on New Damage Records in Canada). Continue reading »

Jul 292017

The debut album from Cellar Darling is perhaps perfectly titled . This is the Sound introduces the band and their unique blend of folk, metal, and rock and showcases the talents of the band in a way that should create a sizable fan base.

Cellar Darling traces its roots back to the Swiss folk metal legends Eluveitie and the summer of 2016 when Anna Murphy, Ivo Henzi, and Merlin Sutter left the band but realized they still wanted to craft music.  Fusing metal, folk, and alternative styles with traditional instruments like the hurdy-gurdy, ethereal vocals, powerful drums, and heavy riffs, Cellar Darling began crafting their songs of lyrical tales of old.  In fall of 2016, the singles “Challenge” and “Fire, Wind & Earth” were released and the band signed to Nuclear Blast Records in January 2017.  Three more singles followed and This is the Sound was released at the end of June 2017.

One of the great things about reviewing albums is when you get a new artist you haven’t heard of, to just fire up the album and start listening.  That’s what I did with Cellar Darling’s This Is the Sound and this is one of those albums that grabs you immediately.  After seeing they are on Nuclear Blast, I had a feeling I likely knew something about the band, and after a bit of google, suspicions were confirmed as the band is made up of former Eluveitie members.  While they can’t escape that, make no mistake, this is not Eluveitie-style folk metal.  I would best describe this as folk-influenced almost hard alternative or perhaps radio-friendly metal, heavy enough to keep the metalheads engaged  but not heavy enough to drive off the casual metal listener. Continue reading »