Monday, September 12, 2011

Featured Today! "Enslaved, Ravenscry..."

Hello L&D listeners!

Working hard to give you the best, the new, the Indie and the classic! You guys ready for the new albums to be released this week? L&DR is ready and getting better than ever and is all thanks to you! I'll keep this brief this are the Featured bands of today!~~

Enslaved (NO) - Enslaved was formed in June 1991 by Ivar Bjørnson and Grutle Kjellson (also known as Kjell Grutle) when they were 13 and 17 years old, respectively. The band name was inspired by an Immortal demo track, "Enslaved in Rot". After many line-up changes throughout their career, Bjørnson and Kjellson are the only remaining original members. By 2004 the line-up solidified with guitarist Arve "Ice Dale" Isdal, drummer Cato Bekkevold, and keyboardist/vocalist Herbrand Larsen. Bjørnson and Kjellson had been playing in a death metal band called Phobia, but like many in the burgeoning extreme metal movement, they were looking for new sources of inspiration and expression. Though Enslaved began as a prototypical Norwegian black metal band, they always incorporated song structures unusual for the genre, with several of their early songs expanding past the ten-minute mark. As such, the band has rejected the black metal genre label and prefers the term 'extreme metal'. The album Eld (1997) is often considered to be the beginning of the band's shift towards progressive metal. The band's shift toward progressive viking metal was rendered complete withMardraum (2000), which contained several multi-part epics such as "Større enn tid - Tyngre enn natt" and "Entrance - Escape"; from that point onward, the band's influence from progressive rock became stronger on each successive record, with several tracks (most prominently, "As Fire Swept Clean the Earth" from Below the Lights) even using mellotron Mardraum, Monumension (2001), and Below the Lights (2003) can be regarded as having somewhat similar styles, although there is a clear progression of sound between the albums regardless; however, Isa (2004) and Ruun (2006) show a marked departure from previous sounds, most notably, with inclusion of sharp dynamic shifts. Although the band has used mainly English lyrics since Monumension, their albums before that were mostly recorded in Norwegian except on their first full-length album, where three songs had Icelandic lyrics, while the lyrics on Heimdallr was an Old Norse excerpt from Gylfaginning by Snorri Sturluson. Most of their lyrics relate to Norse mythology. In 2007-2008 Bjørnson, Kjellson, and Isdal collaborated with the Norwegian noise duo Fe-Mail, under the name Trinacria. Enslaved released the album Vertebrae in September 2008. On this particular album, many of their techniques, particularly harmonies, have been compared to Pink Floyd. After touring Europe extensively, Enslaved embarked on a North American tour with the progressive death metal band Opeth in May 2009. Enslaved released their eleventh studio album, Axioma Ethica Odini, on September 27, 2010 in Europe and the following day in North America. Enslaved will be starting their 20th anniversary tour "Circling Above and Within North America Tour Part IV" in September 2011 with Ghost and Alcest in the United States and Canada. 

Ravenscry (IT) - The project started in August 2008, near Milan, from the encounter between guitarist Paul Raimondi (ex-drummer Hyperion) Fagio on bass and Simon Carminati behind the drums, joined shortly thereafter by guitarist Mauro Paganelli. A month and several hearings after the four musicians are captured by the voice of Giulia Stefani, talented vocalists come from Rome who joined the project. Giulia fits perfectly the idea of Ravenscry: a voice full of intensity and heat, capable of many shades. Added value for the band's music, which was able to double the range of accessible emotions, intertwining granitic 8 strings-guitar riffs with the pleasing melodies drawn by the voice. Deliberately modern style, incorporating the influences of very diverse components (primarily attributable to all of rock and metal) and at the same time leaves room for new influences, such as electronics. Numerous and strong are the themes in the lyrics: the base is a cry of protest against a system where meritocracy does not exist and the sacrifice has a purpose often illusory; difficult relationships between parents and children, but also finding themselves , physical pleasure and alienation. Nothing is left out, because music is life and tells every aspect of it. Once completed the line-up Ravenscry got back to work, composing 12 original songs in a few months. In March 2009 the band recorded the entire repertoire at Fear Studio in Ravenna (Italy); an informed choice, consistent with the intent to seek the utmost professionalism. The competence of Simone Mularoni (Empyrios, DGM) and Simone Bertozzi (Empyrios, The Modern Age Slavery), combined with the quality of the studio will give songs that sound that Ravenscry were searching for. Then registrations were completed with the vocal parts recorded at Suonovivo (Bergamo, Italy), with the expert Dario Ravelli. All material is assigned for the mixing process to Fabrizio Grossi of Sounds Of Pisces (Los Angeles, CA), a producer whose collaborations are difficult to balance in both quantity and quality (among others: Steve Vai, Steve Lukather, Slash, Laura Pausini, Cypress Hill, Alice Cooper as well as labels like EMI and Warner). Met months before at a clinic, Grossi is the link to Tom Baker of Precision Mastering (Judas Priest, Sevendust, Marilyn Manson, Megadeth and many others), who takes care of the mastering. In summer 2009, Ravenscry are engaged in several live dates in the meantime are published site ( official myspace ( and pages on Facebook and Twitter, in addition to its Street Team (Scandinavia, U.S. and Russia the most active). Photos and graphics were edited by Diego Di Guardo and Beatrice Di Stefano (Irene Grandi). All the way done it embodies the December 1, 2009 with the release of their self-titled EP, sold through the official website, iTunes and Amazon. This release is an extract from a forthcoming full-length and contains 5 tracks: Nobody, Calliope and the suite of three pieces entitled Redemption. Following the publication of the Ep excerpts are broadcast on various independent radio stations and university. The work received the first reviews, the most important stands to Rock Hard Italy in April, where the band receives the mark of 8.5/10, complete with interview. Spring 2010 is full of commitments for Ravenscry, starting from the video - and a photoshooting - of Nobody, directed by Salvatore Perrone, former director for bands like Exilia, From Autumn to Ashes, August Burns Red, Sick Of It All to name few. The video has been presented in Milan during a concert in May 2010. For the occasion, the band got the endorsement of EMP-Italy, the largest distributor of rock/metal/alternative clothing and accessories in Europe. Ravenscry received a very good review (8.5/10) on Rock Hard Italy, published with an interview of Mauro. Ravenscry signs for Wormholedeath/Dreamcell11 on October 1st 2010 for the publishing and distribution of the first full length entitled “One Way Out” which will be available on April 15th 2011. In November 2010 Ravenscry went on a 7 gigs tour across UK and Belgium, playing in 7 different cities: Antwerp (Belgium), Bristol, Carlisle, Wakefield, Stockport, Barnsley and London.

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