Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Featured Today! "Soilwork, Dark Moor..."

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Source: Soilwork
Soilwork (SE) - There are few artists that need no introduction, but Sweden's SOILWORK are definitely one of them. Hailing from the town of Helsingborg, their reputation as one of the country's finest exports is well-deserved. Few bands have melded the aggressiveness of metal with genuinely catchy choruses to such impressive results. Before you start name-dropping the latest metalcore sensation, let's just get one thing straight: SOILWORK did it first, and better! One listen to the band's latest, The Panic Broadcast, makes it obvious that they're still miles ahead of the competition. SOILWORK – which is not a reference to cultivation, but to working their way up from the ground – have established a solid reputation alongside fellow countrymen prodigies like In Flames, Meshuggah, Arch Enemy, Dark Tranquillity and The Haunted. Surfacing in 1997 with a five-track demo, In Dreams We Fall Into The Eternal Lake, SOILWORK commenced with four individuals, expanding members prior to their first full-length release. Steelbath Suicide, the band's official debut, saw the light of day in 1998 and immediately caused a major positive stir in the metal underground. Undergoing a small line-up change, the band once again entered Studio Fredman and created The Chainheart Machine, one of the year 2000's most intense and remarkable metal releases. Exploring more dynamic structures, the album showcased evident musical growth and provided the necessary elements to commence sculpting the SOILWORK sound. In 2001, A Predator's Portrait hit the metal scene with ferocity, capitalizing on the songwriting strengths and diverse musicianship of the band and taking fans and critics by surprise. Continuing to smash metal boundaries through melodic chaos and high-speed delivery,SOILWORK's expanded sound set them apart from the rest of the Swedish contingent, opening their music to a wider prospective audience. Highlights for the band that year included their performance at Wacken Open Air in front of more than 20,000 fans, as well as their first-ever American appearance at the Milwaukee Metalfest. Hitting a potent blend of aggression and melody, SOILWORK stepped it up like pros for the critically acclaimed Natural Born Chaos. Released in 2002 and produced by Strapping Young Lad mastermind Devin Townsend (Stuck Mojo, Lamb Of God), SOILWORK reached a whole new level on their referential fourth outing. The album showcased a staggering performance from frontman Björn "Speed" Strid, ranging from the thrashy vocals he established on previous works to the harmonic arrays of choral stability, and displaying enough talent, ability, dexterity and confidence to take SOILWORK's music into virtually any direction. This highly successful release landed the band's first American tour supporting Hypocrisy, Killswitch Engage and Scar Culture. Never slowing down, SOILWORK birthed Figure Number Five in the following year. Yet another step ahead for the Swedes, this potent piece of energetic metal led to two more massive American tours alongside acts such as Chimaira, In Flames, As I Lay Dying and Bleeding Through, as well as highly successful tours in Europe, Japan and Australia. With new drummer Dirk Verbeuren on board, 2005 saw the release of the band's sixth album Stabbing The Drama. Followed by some aggressive US touring with the likes of Fear Factory, Darkest Hour, Strapping Young Lad, Dark Tranquillity, Hypocrisy, Mnemic, Darkane, Threat Signal and highlighted by a spot on Ozzfest's second stage alongside headliners Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden on mainstage, the record quickly became their most successful so far. In December of 2005, in the midst of all this road warrior madness, longtime guitarist and founding member Peter Wichers left to pursue a career in producing. But nothing could stop SOILWORK's bulldozing momentum as they soldiered on with the help of several fill-in guitarists. After some rigorous auditioning, a suitable replacement was found in the form of Dimension Zero/Pathos guitarist Daniel Antonsson. With a strong line-up in place once again, SOILWORK released their seventh album Sworn To A Great Divide in the Fall of 2007. For the first time since Natural Born Chaos, Björn "Speed" Strid collaborated again with musical genius Devin Townsend, resulting in some of his most diverse vocals ever and ultimately some of the band’s strongest material. Massive touring ensued: after supporting Lamb of God and Killswitch Engage on a full-blown US arena tour, SOILWORK conquered Eastern territories such as Russia, Taiwan and Malaysia, followed by headlining stints in Japan and Australia as well as a plethora of Summer festivals, culminating in a direct support slot for Metallica in Madrid in front of 50,000 crazed fans. After a short but well-deserved break, the news came that former guitar player Peter Wichers was ready to join the forces again.SOILWORK welcomed him back with open arms, reinforcing their strength and hunger in the process. Dirk Verbeuren's bandmate in Scarve, guitarist Sylvain Coudret, completed the new line-up which instantly embarked on a European tour and an 8 week North American marathon, before starting work on what was to become their ultimate masterpiece. Set for release in July 2010, The Panic Broadcast showcases a newly energized SOILWORK, steering clear of all conventions and, as Speed eloquently put it, fully embracing the “bigger than life” ethos. Everything on this eighth album is indeed bigger, better and stronger, from the massive real-life production courtesy of Peter Wichers and Jens Bogren, to the catchy yet adventurous songwriting and the stellar musical performance of what is without a doubt the band’s strongest line-up to date, including longtime members Ola Flink on bass and Sven Karlsson on keys. A living proof that SOILWORK have matured without losing their edge, The Panic Broadcast will most certainly take the world by storm! SOILWORK are a masterful incarnation, taking modern metal to the next level and thus generating a whole new genre of prolific music. Even the legendary metal god Rob Halford (Judas Priest) named them a band to watch for in the new millennium! With eight albums behind them, SOILWORK have managed to create a distinctive sound in metal, effectively building a dedicated fanbase with each successive release and displaying the accomplishments of a rigorous and persistent devotion. They prove to be the living embodiment that a propitious act can turn out to modernize the face of music.

"Dark Moor"
Source: Dark Moor
Dark Moor (ES) -It was during the complicated crisis of the early '90s, in 1993, when Dark Moor is born under Enrik Garcia´s hand. In 1999, Dark Moor achieves its first contract. It is the right momento to record the first album of the band "Shadowland", thanks to the interest of Arise records, wich makes them loyal to this label to launch their posterior works. The record get better results than expected,reaching to the point of being edited in central Europe or Brazil, and letting the doors open to make a memorable Spanish tour with Demons & Wizards. In august 2000 the band records their international confirmation "The Hall of the Olden Dreams". The next tour includes with great succes some festivals,like Viña Rock and Mijas Rock. The band received some awards from the critics and also took part on the tribute album to Helloween,named "The keepers of Jericho",contributing with "Halloween", acover that made the band achieve the respect and recognition from half of the world,this song would also been included in the EP "The fall of Melniboné" for Spain. In November 2001, Dark Moor record their third long lenght," The Gates of Oblivion, being edited in new countries like USA and Canada, and managing to get a deal with JVC Multinacional for the distribution of the cd in the asian market. The tour following this record permited the band to make itself a remarkable room in festivals like Rock Machina, Viña Rock, Nit de Reis or Metal Christmas. In August 2002, Dark Moor gets again into the studio in Madrid to record 4 acoustic songs which will be included in the EP "Between Light and Darkness". After this EP a change ocurred that would be fundamental for the new sound of Dark Moor and for its definitive international renown. The entry of Alfred Romero as the new lead singer. Alfred gives his personality and unique voice and they all travel to Italy one more time in order to record "Dark Moor", the fourth long-lenght, cd of the band. With a rawer and improved sound achieving a touch of international quality thanks to the contributionnof Alfred´s special voice. They finaly got an international tour,conquering Spain,Belgium,and France with After Forever. Besides this tour,the band also makes a tour around Spain and participates in a few festivals,emphasizing their performance in Viña Rock,where thousands of people have the chance of watching them. The moment of this new confirmation comes during summer 2004,with the recordings of the fifth album of the group,"Beyond the Sea",which will see the light on early 2005.The record keep strong in all marquets, despite of the international crisis. With this album, Dark Moor also make their first video clip of the single "Before the Duel" with more than a half million people see it in youtube. Starting afterwards their usual Spanish tour and playing in several festivals in Spain,Italy,France and Switzerland. In this important moment they receive bad news, their label Arise records announce their dissolution. In summer 2006, between negotiations for the future, the recordings of their sixth work start. For this new record, named "Tarot" they will rely on the new drummer of the band Roberto Cappa. With the new album, Dark Moor soon get a new label for Europe AND America: Scarlet Records. They also get a deal with Avalon Marquee for the distribution of the cd in the Asian Marquet. Dark Moor now record the videoclip for the new single,called "the Chariot". Soon after being released,"Tarot" receives the best critics of the band´s history, being considered best album of the month by Metal Hammer(Spain),Powerplay(UK),Metal reviews(USA),Heavyowl(Germany),and best album of the year by Heavylaw(France). The band gets now on tour all around Spain to introduce the new album, and from this tour a new clip is born:"Wheel of fortune", mixing live sound with studio sound. Thanks to the great impact caused by "Tarot", the band travels to South America for the first time, performing in Chile, Peru, and Brazil. So Dark Moor becomes the first Spanish band playing in Brazilian stages. They complete this with some festivals in France and Spain. In August 2008 with a great expectancy from the fans, Dark Moor come back to Italy with their producer Luigi Stefanini, in order to record what is going to be the seventh long-lenght album of the band. Following the release of the critically-acclaimed "Tarot" which confirmed their status as one of the leading forces in the European metal scene, the Spanish power/symphonic metallers Dark Moor are ready to come back with a new, exciting album, the sevent in their prestigious career ,the new masterpiece is called "Autumnal" full of powerful symphonic metal and with new sounds like celtic athmospheres of "Phantom Queen" gothic -oriented of "The Enchanted Forest" or arabian melodies of"When The sun is Gone" ,following the release of the album, the band film another clip for the song "On The Hill of Dreams" with the new bass player Mario Garcia. With this new album, they play again in France and achieve new goals in Russia or Chequia after presenting it in Madrid, Valencia o Vitoria, so that they become the most international band born in Spain in the symphonic metal. In november 2010 its new work will born. It is recorded as the others in the New Sin Studios, commanded by Luigi Stefanini and supported by the italian company Scarlet Records. Its title, « Ancestral Romance » is a sing to Spain, its art and artist. It contains ten songs, among them, « Alaric de Marnac » brights with its own light, a powerful theme and a tribute to the famous character Paul Naschy, the terror actor known worldwide recently died. « Alaric de Marnac » was presented in october 23 in the Heineken Hall in Madrid. The new album is a new step in the carrier of the group and it contains its identity signs: musical excelence, big symphonic themes, full of catchy chorus and memorable melodies that, for sure, their fans will be crazy about all over the world.

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