Saturday, 25 August 2012

New Releases - August 2012

Having recovered from a fantastic weekend at Bloodstock last week I have finally found time to summarise the releases for August 2012.  Strictly speaking one of them is a live album and one is a re-release of older material but all of them are released this month and all of them have been added to my music collection.

Eluveitie - The Early Years
Vocals, Flute & Hurdygurdy - Anna Murphy

Vocals & Fiddle - Meri Tadic

The Early Years incorporates the bands debut album Spirit along with a completely re-recorded version of their first EP.  I have not heard either of these releases previously so this will be a real treat for me.  The release marks the bands 10 year anniversary and builds from the release of their 5th album release, Helvetios early this year. I recently discovered that the band are supporting Sabaton on tour in the UK during November and have of course purchased tickets for the event.  I am stupidly excited about seeing Eluveitie live.



Tarja Turunen - Act I : Live in Rosario

This album is the first live audio/video release from Tarja and was filmed in March 2012 at the El Circulo Theatre in Rosario, Argentina.  The track listing is particularly impressive with a choice of DVD or Audio CD (or indeed both) to choose from to keep most Tarja fans very happy indeed.



Saturnian - Dimensions
Soprano Vocals: Lydia Bateman

Saturnian are an extreme symphonic metal band from the UK.  They release their debut album Dimensions this month; an album release certainly long awaited by me.  I first saw them live last August on the New Blood Stage at BOA11 and saw them again at BOA12 opening the festival on the Sophie Lancaster stage on the Thursday evening.


Saturday, 4 August 2012

Build up to Bloodstock 2012


With Bloodstock just a week away now it seems an appropriate time to start thinking about what there is to look forward to and which bands I am really looking forward to seeing.

Obviously I am looking forward to many mugs of tea at Mr Tea's, posh nosh from Deli Kates and a whole weekend with the most awesome of people, listening to the most awesome of live music!  I am not even concerned about the forecasted rain.  But what femet bands am I really excited about?  Who have I already earmarked as *must see* femet bands for the weekend?

First off, and opening the Sophie Lancaster on the Thursday night is Saturnian. I discovered Saturnian at BOA 2011 where they played the New Blood Stage. They are a fantastic live extreme symphonic metal band and have recently signed to Indie Records. Their new album is due out on 24 August this year and the first single from that album is available to listen to here. Saturnian move up from their relative unknown status to the Sophie Lancaster stage as well as releasing their album. August must feel like be a pretty awesome month for the band!


Another band I am looking forward to seeing on the Sophie Lancaster Stage are Pythia who take the stage on the Friday.  Pythia are a UK heavy metal band with classical influences from lead singer Emily Ovenden of Medieaval Baebes fame.  Their latest album, The Serpents Curse, was released earlier this year and combines power, heavy and classical metal.  I am really looking forward to seeing the band perform live after following Emily on Twitter for some time and playing the album considerably since its release.

Last year the New Blood Stage was filled with awesome new music from around the country - this year looks to be no different with dark melodic power metallers, Gone Til Winter performing on the Saturday.  I am certainly feeling the power metal at the moment and when these guys were announced I was intrigued.  With a couple of self released recordings already out, Gone Til Winter will release a new album, Hiding from the Sun, later this year.


Last, but by no means least are Andraste, folk metallers from Manchester.  I came across this band thanks to a message from one of the members asking me to check their stuff out.  Within a few weeks I had their album, which I adore and they had been announced for Bloodstock.  All I need now is the announcement that they will play a gig in Sheffield with Northern Oak and my life will be complete! Andraste are playing semi-acoustically on the Jagermeister Stage on the Friday afternoon.


So all that remains is 3 days of work, a frantic packing and checking of tent session and a short drive to Catton Hall.  Then a frantic check of the line up times (to ensure there are no clashes) and then the kicking back, ale, metal, friends and good times can begin.  \m/