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Black Sabbath live on Jim Marshall Stage at Download Festival, 2012 : A review in pictures

The title says it all. Possibly Black Sabbath‘s last performance of their career, and as expected drummer Bill Ward was replaced by Tommy Clufetos (drummer Ozzy Osbourne, ex-Alice Cooper).  They headlined Jim Marshall Stage on the final day of Download Festival 2012. Even after almost forty three years of the band’s formation, Black Sabbath showed more than a hundred thousand of us why they are still one of the greatest metal bands that’s ever walked the earth.

Black Sabbath’s set-list for Download Festival, 2012

Black Sabbath
The Wizard
Behind the Wall of Sleep
Into the Void
Under the Sun
War Pigs
Sweet Leaf
Symptom of the Universe (instrumental)
Drum Solo
Iron Man
Fairies Wear Boots
Tomorrow’s Dream
Dirty Women
Children of the Grave


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YOB in pictures : Live at I’ll Be Your Mirror, London 2012

Fans of stoner doom rock n’ roll music benefited the most out of this year’s I’ll Be Your Mirror in London. Out of the six bands on the line-up, four were very closely related to the genre. YOB‘s front-man Mike Scheidt could not contain his feelings about being able to deliver a performance alongside some big names, even though they themselves are able to attract a lot of crowd, and they sure did live up to expectations.

YOB’s set-list for the night –

Prepare the Ground
Burning the Altar
Adrift in the Ocean

This is how the band looked on-stage. Click to enlarge

A Storm of Light’s set at I’ll Be Your Mirror, London 2012 : In pictures

Day one of this year’s I’ll Be Your Mirror was opened by United States of America’s A Storm of Light. Meticulously planned with a video backdrop for every song, à la Roadburn, the first impression was already created by the festival as well as the band, and it was a very deluxe one. I had thought the video backdrop would in some way make up for me not being able to attend Roadburn earlier this year, but as the day passed by I realized the backdrop was only part of A Storm of Light‘s performance. A festival line-up as varied as this one at this one, any sort of complaint would fall on deaf ears. What with YOB, Wolves in the Throne Room, Melvins, Sleep and Slayer warming up back stage.

Animated members of the band ASOL slit open their bag of doom sounds, giving the festivites a gloomy start. A Storm of Light lapped up this opportunity by putting out a memorable performance.

A Storm of Light’s set-list for the night

Wretched Valley
Black Wolves

Here are some pictures shot during their set. Click on them to enlarge

album review : Lillie: F-65 (2012) – Saint Vitus

album : Lillie: F-65

artist : Saint Vitus

genre : Doom Metal

year : 2012

The next time someone comes to you and weeps that there is no band in this world that has been consistent, or there is not a single metal act who have not given in to stupid trends that tend to influence them in their career, make sure you hold that person by the neck, rush to the nearest wall and bang their head against it to produce a loud thud. Then make them listen to Saint Vitus.

Just so that you know Saint fucking Vitus are a revolutionary band from California who paved their way to success through chunks of creeping riffs and thought provoking lyrics, making a point and leaving a mark with every song. Today, after seventeen years, Saint Vitus have decided to pour some more wisdom into the closed minds and have yet again laid down the foundations for the upcoming doom metal bands. Originally inspired by Black Sabbath, and that was evident in their music, Saint Vitus have derived only the sound from the said band which was then refined by heavy slabs of their own, thereby setting a benchmark in doom metal that would remembered across generations.

Lillie: F-65 makes up for all the years we’ve had to wait, and how! This album also marks the return of Wino on vocals, and is a celebration of all things pure. Without as much as an ounce of change in their approach, Saint Vitus give you simultaneous orgasms in their own old school fashion. Worrying becomes the least important thing in your life, when a band like them brush aside the dust and still look fresh and prepared. The constant reverb is ever-present on Lillie: F-65, so is their original heart-winning style of songwriting combined with an attitude that only these veterans could possess.

The ambiguous melody keeps you on the edge of your seat which is Saint Vitus‘s strong trait, can be seen on every track from their discography and is no different on Lillie: F-65. The album has its own share of speedy sections, flawlessly executed solos and a deeply indulging envelope of heavy metal that fills every gaping hole there is by the use of crunchy guitar tone, swift movements up and down the speed scales and having a strong hold on the issue in hand. Nobody is in a rush on the record, and so you shouldn’t rush through things too. The album definitely merits several listens, and you’ll see that the album grows on you each time you play it.

Separating out favorites is done for albums that require the audiences to decide whether to pick up the album or not, but in this case it is the entire album’s vibe that make the clouds move faster. Bands come, and bands go but only a notable few are able to give you a dose of life in a way you want it. The return of Saint Vitus with Lillie: F-65 is a sign of good things to come, as the lords of life-pausing doom hit the bull’s eye one more time.

Rating : 4.5/5

Vallenfyre live at Boltfest, London 2012 : A review in pictures

Making the metal-heads go bonkers like a dynamite is up their arse, Boltfest‘s line-up was the most excellent in a longtime and I don’t think it is going to be easy to beat such a lethal line-up. Dedicated entirely to the cause that was driving this entire festival, Boltfest was organized so that us metal-heads can go there, pay a menial amount – the proceeds of which were being sent to the Teenage Cancer Trust – and then witness five of the most definitive death metal artists out there. Bolt Thrower had announced that the show was sold out within a matter of minutes and all this happened, quiet silently, when I was back in India. Buzz started doing the rounds when Bolt Thrower started adding support bands to the line-up one-by-one. The final line-up, take a look –

Bolt Thrower

Once here in UK, the moment this gigantic piece of news reached my ears I instantly knew that I had to be there, even if I had to sell my own self. That wasn’t really required as I got in touch with the management, and they were kind enough to offer me a guest entry to the gig. Boltfest was clashing with day 2 of The DesertFest, but I was left with no choice. You already read the names up there. I fucking had to go!

Band number one was Vallenfyre. Formed by members of My Dying Bride, Paradise Lost, At The Gates and Brujeria (actually the list is never-ending), Vallenfyre is relatively newer only in terms of its formation because the experience in the band’s musical ingredients makes it one of the most sought after bands today. I back up my words by a mere mention of The Fragile King. The debut blew my nuts away. 6 p.m. and the band was on-stage. When discipline and death metal go together you get a pinch, exactly what I needed to make myself believe that the gig has begun. This was Vallenfyre‘s second show ever, after their live debut in Finland which happened on February 2nd, 2012.

Gregor and co. began churning out tracks from The Fragile King, and the sound was echoing from all corners of the indoor venue – HMV Forum, Kentish Town, London – hitting each death head inside like a stone drenched in doom metal. Vallenfyre surpassed my expectations by not only sounding super tight, but they also had an eerie feeling surrounding them which went well with the groovy death metal. Almost no bright lights during their performance, they demolished the stage and left. There was very little interaction between the band and the audience, but I remember Gregor talking about the cause this festival was supporting.

In fact the doom quality of Vallenfyre‘s music becomes more evident during their live show. From the entire Vallenfyre set it was the last few moments of the song Desecration which really stuck with me. Those minutes were grand and the lights were completely off. I couldn’t have asked for more.

Vallenfyre‘s set-list for the night –

All Will Suffer
The Divine Have Fled
Ravenous Whore
Cathedrals of Dread
The Grim Irony
Humanity Wept
As the World Collapses

Vallenfyre’s performance in pictures. Click to enlarge –


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album review : A Eulogy for the Damned (2012) – Orange Goblin

album : A Eulogy for the Damned

artist : Orange Goblin

genre : Doom Metal, Stoner Metal

year : 2012

Can’t believe Orange Goblin keep releasing top-notch albums and ‘A Eulogy for the Damned’ is a notch higher.

Forever improving Orange Goblin do not know what making bad music is. From where I see it they have always been on the rise, and they deserve a lot more attention than they have been getting since their inception. They are a rare species in the metal world with their own description of stoner doom going on. A kind of stoner doom that helps you appreciate the finer aspects of life, notice the cloak of bliss that the nature around you has to offer and picks you up when you are feeling low.

Again on A Eulogy for the Damned these true rockstars have created a sound that will not stimulate everybody’s nerves. One can either really like Orange Goblin, or simply hate them and I can say that for a major portion of the genre too. That’s how it is. Much like the fourth track’s name the followers of this genre are the filthy ones and they are fewer.

Allow your ears to absorb some scintillating groove that melts in your face with Red Tide Rising, Acid Trial and Return To Mars or the bathetic solos on Stand for Something and Bishop’s Wolf. The flexible guitar work that is accompanied by the right attitude on Save Me From Myself and Death of Aquarius or the relaxed doom-kissed mood on The Fog and A Eulogy For The Damned.

The songs on this record too have fumbled notes, making you and me feel elated about everything that’s messed up in our lives. The band has taken their oft-chosen path but have come out with a refreshing set of sparkling gems once again, that contain influences from genres that have ruled each decade of the last century. Be it rock ‘n roll, heavy metal or hard rock. Also, its time for the poser community to celebrate as vocalist Ben Ward has a little gift for y’all in the picture below. Hint – It resembles his middle finger. Click on the picture to claim your gift.

With their appearance at this year’s Desertfest as well as Bloodstock Open Air confirmed, I cannot wait to watch them unleash their music upon me. I’d be flying to their tunes, and dancing in the air. Oh, my, what did I just say? I think I’m already dazed and confused. Alright, I don’t want to spoil my voyage into Orange Goblin‘s unknown world so you better concentrate on the their new album A Eulogy for the Damned. Trip safely.

Rating : 4.5/5

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