Eventful night indeed, as the Rock History Bar was shaken already by Aire Como Plomo’s excellently executed performance that left the audience completely broken-necked and exhausted while engaging in furious moshing, it was time for Nonsense Premonition to take the stage and continue spreading the havok in waves of total death metal progressiveness.
This past Saturday, Agosto 22nd, and after a very long week indulged in work, I finally had the time to pack my things and travel to Bogotá to assist to the double debut release event featuring headliners Aire Como Plomo and Nonsense Premonition, two acts that I have been following for quite some time now, and fortunately I already had the chance to see Aire Como Plomo live at 4 Cuartos. Nonsense Premonition, however, until the event my knowledge regarding their sound was constituted by YouTube videos, nevertheless, I was eager to see them live for the very first time as they sounded quite of a solid death metal act.
This is the very first time we have the opportunity to write and introduce two of the most professional acts presently preparing to release their newest efforts to a wider audience in an event that promises to blow up everyones head. We are talking about Aire Como Plomo and Nonsense Premonition, two bands that follow their own path musically but play along just fine. This Saturday both bands will introduce their full studio album each: Aire Como Plomo with ‘A.C.P.’, and Nonsense Premonition with ‘Metratilithon’.
After a very long afternoon of listening to different bands and looking at strange faces, of witnessing the peculiar and yet interesting behavior among attendants at Rock Al Parque Festival, right when your body is about to give in to tiredness, not only of the day, but of the entire week, I was waiting for the last band of the day in the hopes that my inner battle with fatigue was not a complete waste of my energy. And that was the moment Behemoth took the stage, and blew the mind of everyone that was there at scenario Plaza.
Saturday, right in the twilight of the day, that’s when Melechesh took the stage at Plaza Scenario in Bogotá. A band known by few metal heads in the tropics, it is safe to say that most of us went there without many expectations. Whatever that was coming our way that day, would be surprising whether it’s good or bad. But Melechesh’s impression in the audience of Rock Al Parque Festival that day was mainly positive.
Discrimination is a daily obstacle that has to be dealt with accordingly while living in Colombia, and to be quite honest, I never gave much thought to discrimination while living in Europe, mostly because we are more open-minded toward differences and proper structures are provided for those truly in need. It was not until I decided to move to Colombia that I abruptly understood how a disability can become a tremendous burden, both personally and professionally. I meant not only being misunderstood but being rudely mistreated by concert promoters.
On Saturday afternoon, there were endless lines to get in, Rock Al Parque Festival was starting its day dedicated to extreme sounds under the always uncertain weather of the Colombian high plateau. After I passed the security belts around the entrance of the Plaza – the biggest of the three stages at Simon Bolivar’s Park – it was just a matter of time to reach the frontline of this stage. As a custom amongst metalheads in Colombia, and I must say a very bad custom, Plaza Scenario had a bit less than the third of its full capacity with young metalheads waiting for the performance of one of the local bands that fought and won their place in the festival, Mortuorum.
Germany is rather known for their old-fashionable thrash metal, crossover gothic metal or modern electronic dark wave that plunges the scene through successful heartbeats. Formed in 2014, Erlangen, Bavaria-based Alkaloid on the other hand, surfaces as a powerful and extreme musical manifesto that dwells the ascertainment of musicians such as frontman, vocalist and guitar player Morean (currently in Dark Fortress, Noneuclid), guitar player Christian Muenzner (currently on Spawn Of Possession, and former Obscura, Necrophagist), guitar player Danny Tunker (current Aborted, and former God Dethroned), bass player Linus Klausenitzer (current Obscura, and Noneuclid), and ultimately, founder Hannes Grossmann (current Blotted Science, and former Obscura, Necrophagist) compose this single collective.
Colombian melodic death metallers Mortuorum are fitting to pillage the stage of Rock Al Parque Festival this coming Saturday, August 15th. They will be sharing the stage with Poland’s blackened sacrilegious Behemoth and middle-eastern Mesopotamians Meleschech. Truth be told I was dazzled by their hasty professionalism approached via Facebook to forward their information so that I could labor an article and consequently propose the act colossal sonority to a far-reaching audience. If you are not particularly familiar with the technical sourness, yet progressive grandeur sanctioned on their lavish sonority, Mortuorum is definitely one of those Colombian acts that can raise high the Colombian flag and proudly, stand out of the emblematic norm.
The long-anticipated state-of-the-art full-length studio record from San Diego grinding death metal auteurs, Cattle Decapitation, goes by the mayhemic title of ‘The Anthropocene Extinction’ and it came out on August 7th, through Metal Blade Records.
British doomsters, earlier laced with a muscular insinuation of death metal to their top-notch concoction, yet lately venturing with caution into gothic ambiances that sorrowfully ensued throughout their recent compositions, entombed My Dying Bride are at the epitome of pioneering doom metal with an eloquent quintessence of their own.
Atmospheric black metal pioneers Negură Bunget, an act from deep Timișoara, Romania initially settled at the end of 1994 under the name Wiccan Rede, as a duo consisting of Gabriel Mafa on drums and Edmond Karban on guitars, vocals, and keyboards, whose sonority embraces musical elements of progressive metal and traditional folk with peculiar nostalgic, by some means lethargic and perhaps strictly sinister melancholy, yet stylistically varied. In the news is that Negură Bunget, Romania’s darkest export have just confirmed their forthcoming North American Tour, which will earn place on this autumn equinox alongside with Icelandic atmospheric black metal sensation Dynfari (Reykjavik-based duo), and Romanian emotional metal troupe Grimegod as supporting acts.
Every year, hundreds of simultaneous media sources unearth in virtual designs and dejectedly skirmish the will to withstand through enmity. There is an unmistakable propensity penchant to sovereign above others. Nonetheless, the feasible discrepancy and unpractical methods prematurely neared while doing so, may not be reinforced throughout the demeanors chosen to harvest a noteworthy acceptance among the elder extreme media press hastily.
Colombian Southern Roots gave yesterday a small concert to celebrate two main events in the band’s life: the debut of their video ‘Vagabond’, and to give a very warm welcome to their new harmonist.
Nonpoint will take part of the cruise festival known to the world as ShipRocked on its eighth edition. It will be the first time for Florida metallers on the cruise, and the experience that awaits them is remarkable according to fans and bands alike.
The third and highly anticipated edition of Housecore Horror Festival seems to be attaining some inescapable expectancy amidst metal aficionados and upholders of controvertible Philip Hansen Anselmo. It is argumentative if the former leader of Pantera, and ongoing Down vocalist, remains undisturbed with the said “love and hate” propeller that both eldest and youthful audiences heave at him in such a relentless manner through social channels. Nevertheless, there is no evidence that suggests the deceleration of this forty seven year old man respecting co-extending activeness.
Avatar, Swedish metal meeting the creepiness outfit, has toured long and far to support their latest album ‘Hail The Apocalypse’, which was released May 13th 2014 via eOne Music. With the first video single ‘Vultures Fly’, the band gained even more recognition among fans in the United States. It was only proper that Avatar wanted to end the promotion of their fifth studio album once again in the United States.
The bygone month was of resolution, as we intended to strengthen and consolidate our workflow by tightening and synchronizing our daily schedule, activism was in order and it took us quite a few experiments to achieve a perfect symmetry and obtain the results we were anticipating. As many may or may not have perceived, from July 1st to 13th, we embarked in a series of attempts to determine which were the best times to share our content to a wider audience as well as to educate the readers with a more cultural, yet straightforward brutality in regards to our publishings. Definitely, many of the articles we published during July were not aimed to the faint-hearted, as we indulged in a constructive criticism that in much, and again, gained controversy.
It has been a few months since I last examined another heavy metal news site, just the sheer curiosity as I am admittedly not quite an avid follower of other sources of the genre mostly due to boredom. Although, in my cybernetic journey I despair seeking for any useful information that I have not read beforehand, and in one of my searches I encountered what I considered to be a contradictory approbation. It was said that in today’s modern journalism, there is no practical need to express sentences or contextual interpretations in the particular way that I and a minority, subjectively have nurtured while representing ourselves throughout our writings.
Trivium is unveiling their new video ‘Silence In The Snow’, the title track from their upcoming 7th album. As a band that has been around for 15 years, in a modern age where if an artist doesn’t find new ways to express themselves, especially in the music universe, they would be doomed to fail. In this album, Trivium is exploring the noble art of clean singing as the main vocals, or at least that is the case for this first single.
From Savannah Georgia, Kylesa come with their perfect blend of sludge and stoner metal with a more progressive and coherent psychedelic sound. This time, to show how they are changing their parameters and becoming more tight in the process, Kylesa have released a new single as a teaser for their upcoming 8th album ‘Exhausting Fire’ due to be released on October 2nd through Season Of Mist.
Hungarian groovers Ektomorf are finishing the recording of their yet-to-be-named 11th album which includes a guest appearance of Cannibal Corpse’s very own George Fisher in the track ‘Evil By Nature’. Recording started at the beginning of June and it has been a fast and furious pace for Ektomorf as the first session at the studio went for ten days, just enough time for the band to get ready to go on tour through Europe starting in the Czech Republic in the Basinfirefest, then the RockHarz Open Air in Germany.
For some acts, taking the road is essential and part of getting themselves to be known and to be heard overseas. For acts that are not native English speakers, touring takes a whole new meaning. Voivod, born in the Quebec area 33 years ago, really appreciate going on tour overseas because of the significance it has as being embraced by people that don’t speak their native tongue (except for the French and half Belgium, but that’s relative). On October, Voivod will tour again as part of Deathcrusher tour with Carcass, Obituary, Herod and Napalm Death.
As some of you have already read on previous posts, we have done some coverage regarding open air festivals; and for a week or so now, we have focused on Rock Al Parque Festival, one of the biggest open air free festivals on South America. Of course, a festival that has been around for more than twenty years creates expectations regarding the edition’s acts selection. For most of us here in Colombia, it has been the chance to see bands that otherwise would never have made it here. However, with an increase in audience, and an increase of visibility of Colombia as a suitable stage for metal and rock acts, the subject of selections for the festival has become more of a sensitive issue.
Disapproval is not a judgmental fusillade to be conveyed as a conclusive endeavor in order to change pragmatic artefacts carefully layered when plagiarism surfaces as an utmost stratagem for creativity. When it comes to Colombian spectators, in fact, any warm-hearted critique is somehow scarcely admissible by their culture and it can quickly backlash and escalate dramatically, invading your personal life instead of enduring at a professional degree. Truth be told, Rock Al Parque Festival has been of late, overwhelmingly targeted with dreadful criticism, mainly throughout social networks in which groups have surfaced against the selection of acts chosen for this year’s edition. Whence their official poster was publically published on July 22nd, both music enthusiasts and comic book aficionados snatched their Kusaris (name of the weapon Lobo carries) and publically exhibited their depicted discontent regarding the illustration appointed. Why all the calamity? The said poster sinfully portrays Greek Cthulhu with an iconic Lobo look alike comic book cover, most respectfully Lobo’s Back: Volume 1 - The Final Fragdown, published by DC Comics on May 1st, 1992.
Two months after another successful edition of Maryland Deathfest, the organizers seem to be of those early birds when it comes to setting up a lineup. This grandiose extreme music festival that has a very intricate logistic system (three stages in four days), already has arranged to have 95 bands, with a few more to round up a proper lineup for 2016.