Sunday, October 16, 2011

Featured Today! "Insomnium, Amon Amarth..."

Hello L&DR Listeners!

Been really busy lately, so I apologize for the delay posting the featured bands as I wrote before this posts will be 2 times a week so I get time to breath a bit and give bands that weren't Featured yet to increase their play, also if you want to help me out with this posts or a small street team feel free to contact me! Without making this longer I leave you with the Featured Bands of this week!

Source: Insomnium Official...
Insomnium (FI) - (updated) Over the last decade Insomnium has slowly but surely made itself a household name among the melodic deathsters. Formed in 1997 in a somnolent town of Joensuu, in eastern Finland, these stern men have ever since redefined the boundaries of the genre. Two highly acclaimed demos already set the standard and in 2001 the band signed to UK label Candlelight Records. At this point the founding members Markus Hirvonen (drums), Ville Friman (guitars) and Niilo Sevänen (vocals and bass) attached guitarist Ville Vänni to the band. The triumphant line-up had been born. Debut album In the Halls of Awaiting (2002) introduced a young and fierce band that combined aggression and violent riffing to melancholic atmosphere. Marriage of Scandinavian death metal and traditional Finnish tunes, catchy but progressive, melodic but brutal – these have been the Insomnium trademarks ever since. Debut was praised all over the metal world but the band still remained the Finland’s best kept secret. With Since the Day It All Came Down (2004) the band moved further from the beaten paths of the genre. Album was darker, more challenging and the songs took meandering pathways: a rewarding journey for those who dare to take it. Exaltations followed, the prestige grew. In 2005 Insomnium made its first real tour outside Finland as they hit the shores of UK. The road had been long, narrow and rocky, but now things started to roll. Third album Above the Weeping World (2006) was the breakthrough. Compositions and arrangements had reached a new pinnacle and the overall sound was heavier and richer. Album was tighter, meaner and more menacing than ever. Long-time friend Aleksi Munter did the epic keyboard parts which added a whole new layer to the songs. Album took the 9th spot on the Finnish album charts, Mortal Share video blared in MTV and Insomnium made long tours in Europe and North America with bands like Amorphis, Katatonia, Enslaved and Satyricon. With Across the Dark (2009) shows a band that knows its strenghts but isn’t afraid to evolve. Crux of the music is still melodic death metal but nuances are giving it a unique flavor. Keyboards are overwhelmingly epic and there are some stunning clean vocals by Jules Näveri. Bit of folk metal, pinch of doom, some thrashing, a whole lot of timeless melodies and progressive twists and there you have it: ingredients of the masterpiece. Their Newest album "One For Sorrow" is one of their best albums so far and was released on Oct 12 (FI) Oct 17 (Eu) and Oct 18 (US) 2011...

"Amon Amarth"

Source: Amon Amarth Official...
Amon Amarth (SE) - It was nearly two decades ago when an unlikely collective from Tumba, Sweden affectionately known as Scum reared its callow head upon an unsuspecting underground. Initially a death/grind group made of jagged riffs, dark atmospheres, untethered vitriol and copious amounts of mead, Scum prowled the burgeoning Stockholm metal scene unnoticed before enlisting vocalist Johan Hegg to their ranks in 1992. Little did the young warriors know that Hegg’s imposing stature, Thor-like growl and treasure-trove of Viking-related lyrical themes would inevitably help shape the very core of their sound. The band later changed their name to Amon Amarth – “mount doom” in J. R. R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth legendarium – and unleashed the five-song Thor Arise demo. Though raw and uneven in sound and execution – it was their first demo, after all – their infectious brand of epic-sounding brutality and unadorned conviction caught the attention of vigilant metallers searching for a new variety of extreme. Amon Amarth continued to sharpen their warring death metal skills with The Arrival Of The Fimbul Winter demo and subsequent Sorrow Throughout The Nine Worlds EP and by 1997 found themselves on Metal Blade Records, where they remain to this day. A compelling fusion of buzzsaw riff work, melodic harmonies and soul-crushing rhythms punctuated by Hegg’s callous black/death roar and accounts of Norse battles and treachery, Amon Amarth’s 1998 Metal Blade debut, Once Sent From The Golden Hall, earned the band international accolades by critics and fans alike. For the next ten years and an astounding six full-lengths, Amon Amarth marched on, longswords in hand, pillaging their way through countless tours and festival appearances stateside and abroad. With each passing recording came a discernable growth in musicianship and a deeper connection with the Nordic myths that make their already brutalic sound all the more absorbing. A record Metal Hammer called “the biggest and most powerful” the band had ever recorded, 2008′s heroic Twilight Of The Thunder God was applauded around the globe. The record landed at position #6 in the official German album Charts as well as #10 in Finland, #11 in Sweden, #14 in Austria, #21 in Switzerland, and #48 in the difficult to crack US. Time Out New York commended the Swedes for playing ” some of the most unabashedly epic metal you’re likely to find these days,” while popular online music portal MetalSucks called the offering “[a] bottomless gauntlet of riffs that the band endlessly takes gargantuan swigs from, sounding both lush and emotive as well as skull crushingly heavy..” The Village Voice agreed stating, “the Viking war metal Of Amon Amarth is limitless.” Twilight Of The Thunder God earned the #7 position in Revolver Magazine’s Top 20 Albums that year and was met with numerous European tours/fest appearances as well as a victorious North American headlining tour in October 2008. In 2009 the band returned to the states for another successful stretch of dates with Goatwhore, Skeleton Witch and Lazarus AD and again in 2010 with Holy Grail and Eluveitie! In addition, Amon Amarth was crowned “Best Breakthrough Act” at Metal Hammer’s prestigious Golden Gods Awards and earned a support slot on the European leg of the Unholy Alliance Chapter III tour featuring Slayer. The band even made their way to India for the first time, headlining the Deccan Rock Festival in Bangalore as well as tours in China and Taiwan! In May of 2010, Amon Amarth – Hegg, guitarist Olavi Mikkonen and Johan Söderberg, bassist Ted Lundström and drummer Fredrik Andersson – began writing what would become Surtur Rising. Recorded at Park Studios and Fascination Street Studios and produced at Fascination Street Studios by Jens Bogren, the offering is named in tribute to Surtur, leader of the fire giants of Muspelheim (“flame land”) and the oldest being in the nine worlds of Norse mythology. According to legend, when Surtur lights his sword in the Eternal Flame, he will be given the power to raze the nine worlds. It’s a gripping story – both visually and thematically – for what is easily Amon Amarth’s most sonically monolithic offering to date. “It was a cool story and character,” elaborates Hegg, “and one we knew we could write a really brutal song around.” The eighth long-player in Amon Amarth’s winding discography, Surtur Rising offers ten tracks of fist-raising, peck-flexing, hyper climactic fight anthems led by the fiery lungs of Hegg, searing rhythms and a volatile twin riff assault with a courser, more organic-sounding production to add more depth to their already consuming tone. “A major change for us on this album was the sound and production,” comments the frontman. “It was one of the main things we had discussed before going into the studio. We thought we needed to be a bit more aggressive and rougher than the previous two. We wanted a harder, tougher sound and I definitely think we got that.” Each track writhes under the weight of its own valiant heaviness with the band’s signature Viking themes pulling it all together. From the first world war between the two clans of gods in “War Of The Gods” to the return of Loke, the god of treachery, in “Töck’s Taunt – Loke’s Treachery Part II,” (Loke first appeared on 2006′s With Oden On Our Side studio offering in “Hermod’s Ride To Hel – Lokes Treachery, Part 1″), Amon Amarth manage to keep the Norse gods glued to their headphones for 48 minutes. “We basically deal with Loke’s actual deceit on ‘Loke’s Treachery Part II.’ When he totally told the gods to go fuck off,” laughs Johan. “Then there’s the title track which talks about Surtur and his fight against Frej [the ruler of peace and fertility and the son of the sea god Nj”rd] at the end of the world,” he continues. “It’s told from the perspective of Surtur himself. Then we did something kind of cool and have ‘The Last Stand Of Frej,’ which is derived from the same Norse myth but told from a totally different perspective. I thought that was pretty cool to do. to have that kind of mirror effect.” Surtur Rising was released in North America on March 29, 2011 and was followed by a headlining tour in April and May...

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