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Amidst all the pig squeals and face shredding tech-death, there’s plenty of music to be found in the metal world that borrows from (or even relies on entirely!) a symphonic sound. These acts aren’t afraid to show off their melodic side, creating unique songs that blend heavy guitars and even screams with more traditional stringed instruments and keyboards.
If power metal isn’t your thing but you still want music with more melody than the standard death metal troupe, check out this week’s crop of bands as we unearth more of the metal underground.
This Ukraine-based group has existed off and on since the ‘90s, but it wasn’t until last week that it finally dropped a debut full-length album titled “Wind of Freedom” via Svarga Music. If the name didn’t tip you off, the lyrics and themes of the music are based heavily on pagan traditions and are dedicated to the history and folklore of the band’s homeland.
Although Paganland describes itself as a “pagan black metal” band, this is much more on the symphonic and folk side than the black metal side of things, and fans of Tyr will be right at home with much of the new disc. Get a sampling of what the band has to offer through the title track available below, or hear more over at Facebook.
Solo artist StarofAsh (Heidi S. Tveitan from Peccatum) has announced she will be releasing a series of tracks online throughout the year as the follow-up to her 2011 full-length album "Lakhesis" (reviewed here).
Today the first two tracks, "Silva Magna" and "Walk With Me," are now available for streaming online. Check out the songs at the StarofAsh website here.
As a follow-up to previous album "Lakhesis" (reviewed here), StarOfAsh will be recording and releasing a series of tracks each month throughout the year. StarOfAsh has now checked in with the following update about progress on tracks to be released later this month:
"January flew passed, greeted me swiftly with his cold hands, and all of a sudden the more tranquil February was on my calendar. Albeit it was not tranquility I felt, as I had composed close to nothing, and all of a sudden was short on my promise by two musical pieces. Deadline: The shortest month of the year… Thoughts: Calm panic…It´s not like I have been lazy or anything, but it has been a busy period with our friends from Leprous and Ørkenkjøtt doing their magic in the studio all of January.
"Fortunately I am a fast writer. Unfortunately I do not always have inspiration to write. So within these parameters I just had to start working from scratch. With these bad odds (totally self inflicted I know) I am happy to say that I have already written and recorded one piece, while working on the chord progression on the other.
"The way I interpret January and February, are that they are both dark and bright, have a 'hibernation' kind of feel and you need to be able to dance to them to keep warm. At least here in Norway you do! So I have composed my music to sound like that, or at least it sounds that way to me. I hope to present them both to you within this far too short month.
"Warm hugs to everyone out there feeling cold xx."
Andy Winter is behind several noteworthy releases in the more progressive and avant-garde spectrum of the Norwegian post-black metal scene, and now he has released his own new album "Incomprehensible."
The album was produced by Andy Winter himself, mixed by Shaun Thingvold, mastered by Maor Appelbaum, and features artwork by Travis Smith. Samples from all the tracks on the album are now available for streaming via Amazon here.
The track listing is as follows (guest musician appearances listed in parentheses):
1. Reversed Psychological Patterns (Agnete M. Kirkevaag of Madder Mortem)
2. My Illusions Are My Own (John Haughm of Agalloch)
3. Perfection Is The Blank Page (Kjetil Nordhus of Tristania, Trail of Tears & Green Carnation)
4. Somewhere Else To Disappear (Dan Swanö of Nightingale & Bloodbath)
5. Through The Eyes Of A Surrealist (Lars A. Nedland of Borknagar, Solefald & Age of Silence)
6. Far Beyond Autopilot (Heidi S. Tveitan of Star of Ash & Peccatum)
7. The Transversal Conjecture (Paul Kuhr of Novembers Doom & Subterranean Masquerade)
8. Back To Square Two (Lars E. Si of Winds, Before the Dawn & Sensa Anima) More...
Candlelight Records today confirms June 19th as the North American release date for "Eremita," the anticipated fourth album from Norwegian-born vocalist/guitarist Ihsahn. Recorded and produced at Telemark’s Ivory Shoulder Studios, with additional tracking completed at Notodden’s Juke Joint Studio and Seattle’s Envisage Audio, "Eremita" was mixed by Jens Bogren (Opeth) at Fascination Street Studios in Orebo, Sweden.
Alongside Ihsahn, the album features performances from drummer Tobias Ornes Andersen (Leprous), saxophonist Jorgen Munkeby (Shining-Norway), guitarist Jeff Loomis (ex-Nevermore), and vocalists Devin Townsend, Einar Solberg (Leprous), and Heidi S. Tveitan (StarofAsh). The album’s packaging has been created by award-winning Spanish designer Ritxi Ostariz. A teaser trailer for the album can be found below. More...
February 14th is a date that means different things to different people. For some, Valentine’s Day is that special occasion to show someone how much you care, while for others it’s an unfortunate reminder of just how long that unused condom has been stashed in your wallet. For every lucky gentleman who has found the lady he can sexually accost without fear of court mandated harassment classes, there’s that lonely soul who will spend Valentine’s Day with nothing but music out the speakers and a bottle of Jack.
No matter which side you fall on, heavy metal has got a song to match your mood and help you head bang through the gooiest of all the holidays.
Whether any given track is purposefully over the top and funny, depressing enough to make you pull out the eyeliner and candles, or just plain outright disturbing, metal is no stranger to the anti-love song. So for those of you will be spending Valentine’s Day alone, or just simply think the holiday is nothing more than a marketing ploy to sell chocolates and greeting cards, here’s a series of anti-love anthems to get you through the day.
For those who still have a heart and haven't devolved into extreme cynicism, you can also check out our companion listing of pro-love heavy metal music at this location.
Metalunderground.com is no stranger to aberrant sexual behavior, as we have the honor of being home the infamous “I’d put my tongue in her butt” forum thread. The following, um, “tongue-in-cheek” songs are all dedicated to everyone who has ever contributed a post to that thread.
Whether 80’s glam rock parody/tribute act Steel Panther is singing love songs or anti-love songs is a matter of some debate. What could be more loving than each band member’s willingness to sleep with anything that moves, regardless of VD status? Take the particularly touching song “Turn Out The Lights,” in which we are informed that front man Michael Starr is in desperate need of some physical attention, even though his partner actively disgusts him. What’s a horny rock star to do? Look no further than the title for the answer:
StarofAsh has issued the following update about streaming samples online from the upcoming album "Lakhesis:"
"The new Starofash Lakhesis album by artist Heidi Solberg Tveitan is now available for pre-order in Europe through Mnemosyne Productions and North America through The End Records. The official release is on December 9th and it is going to be also available in all the major digital stores, like iTunes and Amazon. Early reviews and feedback indicate that this album will live a long and happy life!
"The album features German musician and composer Markus Reuter playing Touch Guitars® U8 as well as Tobias Ø. Andersen and Einar Solberg, the evil twins from Leprous. Lakhesis album and book are both designed by Ritxi Ostáriz and Maria Picassó at Ideophony took charge of sites and merch. Photography by Bjørn Tore Moen, as usual in Mnemosyne Productions. Three tracks of Lakhesis have been posted for fans to have an idea about the direction of the album. You can check them out at Mnemosyne Store and here in Myspace."
The new Starofash album by artist Heidi Solberg Tveitan, titled "Lakhesis," is confirmed for release in North America and Europe on December 2nd, 2010 through Mnemosyne Productions (NOR)/The End Records (US). Owned and operated by partners Ihsahn and Heidi since 2003, Mnemosyne Productions was established as an outlet for the duo's musical collaborations.
This is the third album from the Norwegian songwriter. "The album is in it’s last stages now, and I am quite happy with the direction it is all taking. Lakhesis differs somewhat from my earlier work in Starofash, mostly due to the composition techniques used. I have tried to make a more uptempo album, with more traditional songwriting influences, but within the Starofash experimental parameters. My music is all about heart, when and where I can find it, and what feels real there and then," says Heidi.
On this album, Heidi’s collaborators again with German musician and composer Markus Reuter, with design by Ritxi, t-shirts by Maria Picassó, and photos by Bjørn Tore Moen.
Starofash, the solo band from Heidi Solberg Tveitan of Peccatum, has announced her new album will be titled "Lakhesis." Heidi issued the following update about the recording of the album:
"In the last weekend of January, all drums for the forthcoming Starofash album was recorded in Juke Joint Studio Notodden, with session drummer Tobias Ørnes Andersen (Leprous). This particular studio holds a special retro atmosphere, with artefacts and studio equipment from the 50s and 60s, some of it even from the legendary Stax studio in Memphis. The recordings continue at Symphonique Studio/Juke Joint, and the plan is to finish the album sometime this spring."
Starofash, the band featuring Heidi Solberg Tveitan of Peccatum, has announced the new album will be titled "Lakhesis." The album is scheduled to be released early in 2010.
Heidi had this to say about the new album: “I am approximately half way there in the song-writing process, and quite happy with the direction it is taking. Musically this album will be more up-beat and rock oriented than before, and also more vocal driven. I spent more time on the compositional stage, exploring different compositional techniques and forms. All material is written on piano, pen and paper to focus fully on the actual song rather than production."
Andy Winter (Winds, Age of Silence, Sculptured) and Starofash (aka Heidi Solberg Tveitan) recently completed a collaboration project creating website music for Cage XXI Enterprises, a Florida-based video production company specializing in music videos, narratives and experimental film production.
Cage XXI has filmed projects for the American Cancer Society, Lennar Homes, the Sarasota Film Society, and most recently a music video and DVD for the Chicago-based metal band Novembers Doom.
The Cage XXI website is designed by Salt Lake City-based design firm Gesture Studio, and can be found at this location, where the soundscape created by Winter and Tveitan can also be heard: www.cagexxi.com
Andy Winter is a long time THE END RECORDS artist having released numerous albums with Winds, Age of Silence and Sculptured throughout his career. Aside from working periodically on new material and recordings with his main bands, he is also currently writing and recording a solo album.
Heidi Solberg Tveitan and Mnemosyne Productions have recently released 300 hand-numbered special edition CDs with the soundtrack by Starofash for the Irish film Ulterior. THE END RECORDS will distribute the album for North America, and it is now available for sale through the web store.
Starofash has issued the following update about the upcoming release of the soundtrack to the Irish movie Ulterior:
"Mnemosyne Productions are releasing 300 hand-numbered special edition CD’s with the soundtrack by Heidi Solberg Tveitan/Starofash for the Irish film Ulterior. The high-end minimalist design is done by many times over award winning designer Ritxi Ostáriz. To ensure top quality every step of the way, we have used two different printers in two different countries (Spain and Germany). This is a pilot project for us at Mnemosyne, as this will be the first release printed by us.
"The overall soundtrack is a musical extension of the film’s minimalist visual style, measured pace and dark irony and together they explore themes of disclosure, solitude and sanity.
"The album is set for release in May. The End Records will distribute the album for North America, and have already set up a pre-order in their web store. For Europe, long time partner, PHD, will take care of our distribution."
The cover artwork for the soundtrack can be viewed here.
Starofash recently produce the soundtrack for the Irish film "Ulterior." A video clip from the movie featuring the song "Sophie's Theme" has been posted online, which can be viewed below. Starofash also issued the following statement about the video:
"Starofash would like to share the music video for Ulterior with you. This is the main theme, and appropriately named 'Sophie’s theme.' Sophie is the main character in the movie, played by actress Marlene Marleaux, and it is her journey we follow throughout the film. This is no music video in the traditional sense, as director Jason Mehlhorn has used footage from the movie to illustrate the song." More...
Mnemosyne Productions has announced that Heidi Solberg Tveitan/Starofash has just finalized the soundtrack to the Irish film “Ulterior” by writer/director Jason Mehlhorn.
“With this being my first soundtrack, I was faced with quite a few challenges when adapting to the format. However, after working my way through the more technical aspects, I was pleasantly surprised to find it very natural to just follow the pace and content of the movie when writing the actual music. Jason has been a very open minded and constructive director, which has made my job all the more easy.
"Strangly, I have never been so honest in my music as with this soundtrack; this is music straight from the heart”, says Heidi.
Ulterior could probably be best described as a psychological thriller in a similar vein to Vertigo, Caché, Repulsion and La Femme Infidèle. It utilises a minimalist visual style, measured pace, sparse dialogue and often dark irony to explore themes of disclosure, isolation, empowerment, obsession and sanity within the film's 'open' plot. These characteristics were imbued into the film's original soundtrack which was provided by Starofash.
Ulterior is a low-budget debut feature film from Irish writer/director Jason Mehlhorn. It was shot in just 12 days in Dublin with a skeleton crew of 5 people in August 2008. It is nearing the end of post-production and upon completion will hopefully start it's life by entering film festivals in various countries. The film was shot digitally in HDV and has a running time of approximately 73 minutes.
For more information, check out the film's MySpace page.
StarOfAsh, featuring musician and songwriter Heidi Solberg Tveitan, also known as Ihriel from the experimental metal act Peccatum, has posted a new e-card online.
The e-card is in support of StarOfAsh's latest album, "The Thread" (Candlelight Records/Mnemosyne Productions), Heidi’s collaborators include the German musician and composer Markus Reuter and the Japanese cyber-punk writer Kenji Siratori. Musically this album explores new ground in instrumentation and structure, yet continues the cinematic and elegant atmosphere of previous recordings. Over constantly changing sonic sceneries, the compelling melody is still the leading thread from beginning to end.
"The World Spins For You", from the new STAROFASH album has been posted on the Candlelight Records MySpace page. Behind the name STAROFASH is musician and songwriter Heidi Solberg Tveitan, also known as Ihriel from the experimental metal act Peccatum. After several years of releases and tours in Europe and USA with Peccatum, she debuted as a solo artist in 2001 with the record “Iter.Viator” (Jester Records/VME). In the years following “Iter.Viator” she has been busy with the last Peccatum releases, the Hardingrock project and have together with Vegard Tveitan been running the production company Mnemosyne and Symphonique Studio. In addition to this she has actively worked with band tutoring and concert arranging for youth in her local community.
On her upcoming album, THE THREAD (Candlelight Records/Mnemosyne Productions), Heidi’s collaborators include the German musician and composer Markus Reuter and the Japanese cyber-punk writer Kenji Siratori. Musically this album explores new ground in instrumentation and structure, yet continues the cinematic and elegant atmosphere of previous recordings. Over constantly changing sonic sceneries, the compelling melody is still the leading thread from beginning to end.
Behind the name STAROFASH is musician and songwriter Heidi Solberg Tveitan, also known as Ihriel from the experimental metal act Peccatum. After several years of releases and tours in Europe and USA with Peccatum, she debuted as a solo artist in 2001 with the record “Iter.Viator” (Jester Records/VME). In the years following “Iter.Viator” she has been busy with the last Peccatum releases, the Hardingrock project and has, together with Vegard Tveitan, been running the production company Mnemosyne and Symphonique Studio. In addition to this she has actively worked with band tutoring and concert arranging for the youth in her local community.
The debut album "ITER.VIATOR" was described as a melancholic movement over strings, guitars, keyboards, drums and voices, resulting in a fine blend of esoteric rock and soundtracks. It pushed the boundaries of traditional genre categorization and instrument usage, while remaining true to a soulful pattern that is Heidi’s alone.
On her upcoming album, "THE THREAD" (Candlelight Records/Mnemosyne Productions), Heidi’s collaborators include the German musician and composer Markus Reuter and the Japanese cyber-punk writer Kenji Siratori. Musically this album explores new ground in instrumentation and structure, yet continues the cinematic and elegant atmosphere of previous recordings. Over constantly changing sonic sceneries, the compelling melody is still the leading thread from beginning to end.