Best of Metal 2019!

Posteado en Inicio el 21 d-03:00 December d-03:00 2019 por RISE!

These are our picks for the Best 20 Metal Songs of 2019!

Turn up the volume and enjoy some CANDLEMASS, DARKTHRONE, TOOL, INSOMNIUM, JINJER, MAYHEM and many more!!




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Concert Reviews: MOONSPELL / ROTTING CHRIST at Parkteatret (Oslo, Norway)

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MOONSPELL / ROTTING CHRIST at Parkteatret (Oslo, Norway)

Special Guests: SILVER DUST

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

by Jorge Patacas


The Portuguese dark titans Moonspell visited Oslo as part of “The Fall of Darkness” European tour which also includes the Greek masters Rotting Christ and the four-piece Silver Dust as special guests. Due to personal reasons, I couldn’t arrived on time to see the performance of the steampunk goth outfit from Switzerland, but I’ve heard only good comments from the attendees at the sold out venue.
It’s always a pleasure to see Rotting Christ live. The Athens-based band has always delivered great albums and they always give 100% on their live show and this was no exception. Earlier this year, they released their latest album, “The Heretics”, which also got positive reviews from fans and media worldwide. Unfortunately, they could play just two songs from this album (“Fire, God and Fear” and “Dies Irae”) since they only had a one-hour set, but nobody would complain about this when they open their performance with “666” and its hypnotic beats. That wasn’t the only song we got to hear from “Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy”, the album they released in 2013. They also played the title track as well as “In Yumen-Xibalba” and “Grandis Spiritus Diavolos” which was one of the highlights having the audience singing those three words out loud.

They concluded their intense performance with the classic “Non Serviam”, which is also the name of the book they published last year, in which they tell the official story of the band.
Under the same publishing company (Cult Never Dies), Moonspell just released a book as well. It’s called “Wolves Who Were Men”, they tell in detail every period of the band from the very beginning with their previous name Morbid God to this day. Two large crosses were lying on the stage, one on each side, when the vocalist Fernando Ribeiro appeared carrying a big lantern in his hand while they started to play the first song of the evening, the dramatic sounding “Em Nome Do Medo”, from their latest conceptual album “1755” (2017). This album is based on the Lisbon earthquake of that year and it’s written entirely in portuguese, their native language. The theatrics were there too, he even wore a plague mask for the title track and there were going to be more surprises on that sense. After playing “In Tremor Dei”, it was time for “Opium”, a Gothic Metal classic track taken from their “Irreligious” album from 1996.
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Concert Reviews: DEVIN TOWNSEND at Sentrum Scene (Oslo, Norway)

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DEVIN TOWNSEND at Sentrum Scene (Oslo, Norway)

Special Guests: HAKEN

Sunday, November 24, 2019

by Jorge Patacas


Creative genius Devin Townsend returned to Oslo after eight months where he performed acoustically as part of the “An Evening with Devin Townsend” tour. This time the focus was his latest solo album called “Empath” which was released earlier this year via InsideOut Music label.
The evening started with the opening act Haken, hailing from London, England. This six-piece outfit has been around since 2007 and have released five full-length albums so far with a great reception from fans and media. And that night wasn’t an exception as they played in front of an enthusiastic crowd who showed up early to see their concert too. Their style is clearly rooted in the Progressive Metal, but they play it in a modern way which means they have influences from the likes of Meshuggah specially on the riffs, and they even throw some jazz influences on the mix which are always praised by the fans. Highlights of the show were “Cockroach King” which they call their “hit” and the final song “1985” which features synthetizers that really take us on a journey to the 80’s.
After some minutes, it was turn for Devin Townsend and his current solo band that consists of ten members from which the first to come out on stage was mexican Diego Tejeida who is actually keyboardist for Haken, so he manages to play two complex sets every night. He appeared on stage with a hawaiian shirt and began mixing piña coladas to serve to the other musicians who were also dressed as if they were on vacations. That’s what Devin actually said when he took the mic for the first time in the evening, they would take us on vacation for two hours. They started the show with “Borderlands” and “Evermore”, two songs from his latest release while a caribbean beach was displayed on the big screen behind the stage.
As the setlist went on, we were transported to snowy landscapes, the night, the day, and even the Northern Lights. The visual part on his show is as important as the music, and the images adapt in a perfect way to each climate on the songs, they even change in every change of tempo in perfect timing, no failures. Really impressive.
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Interview: VOLUSPÁ

Posteado en Inicio el 25 d-03:00 November d-03:00 2019 por RISE!

Inspired by mythology and folklore, Voluspá was founded by vocalist Sól Geirsdóttir and bassist Stefan Roke in 2012 and now it’s a four-piece that also includes Hilde Stenersen on backing vocals and Varg Saastad on guitars and other additional instruments.
This Norwegian folk rock band started out as a studio project and finally took the stage with two great performances at Midgardsblot festival this year. They’re currently working on new material and we talked with the band about this as well as their history, the instruments they use and more!


RISE! – When and why did you decide to start with this project?

Voluspá: It was Sol who started the project by herself back in 2007. It was then the songwriting began. Sol later met our bassist Stefan Roke who has been producing and arranging the songs in studio from 2013. Since then, Voluspá has been a studio project – until now.
Sol started this project from a need to express herself musically and artistically through lyrics, melody and style. The need to connect with the past and to create something that later could end up as a music career.

R!: – What’s your musical background? Have you been involved in other bands in the past?

V: When it comes to the band, we have different musical backgrounds. Varg is the creator of the neo-folk project Fedrespor and earlier drummer and composer in the black metal band SEKT that was active between 2007 and 2012. Varg has also been involved in other underground music projects that probably will never be released. Stefan has worked as a sound-tech in Demningen studio with Erik Grønner. He has also been involved with the rock band Plinth from Bergen. Sol has classical vocal training as well as traditional folk vocal training (kveding). She attended a folk high school in Voss back in 2007/08 where she began writing several of the songs that we released and developed for the “Trollbunden” release this year.
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Concert Reviews: SONATA ARCTICA at Parkteatret (Oslo, Norway)

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SONATA ARCTICA at Parkteatret (Oslo, Norway)


Tuesday, November 12, 2019

by Jorge Patacas


After their acoustic tour that landed in Oslo last March, the Finnish power metallers Sonata Arctica returned to the Tiger City, this time with an electric set as part of their European leg of the tour in support of their latest album “Talviyö” (Finnish word for “Winter Night”).
Doors opened at 19 hs. and half an hour later, the first opening band took the stage. What a great feeling it is to discover a good band in their live show. That was the case for me with the Finnish quintet Temple Balls who play Hard Rock in the vein of the 80’s Glam scene. They were formed in 2009 and have released two albums, latest one is called “Untamed”, from which they played some songs that night including “Ball and Chain” and “Distorted Emotions” which undoubtedly would have been radio hits if we were living in the 80’s. They have catchy tunes, good riffs and the right attitude to conquer audiences. Let’s keep an eye on them!
The other band opening for Sonata Arctica on this tour is Edge of Paradise. The Los Angeles-based outfit has played in Europe only once at the Femme Festival in the Netherlands back in 2017, so this was their first show ever in Norway and the second of their European tour. Personally, I have followed this band since the beginning and saw how they evolved at all levels over the last eight years. Their new album called “Universe” is an example of this. It was released by Frontiers Records on November 8th, so we got to hear some of the new songs live, including the catchy singles “Universe”, “Face of Fear”, “Alone” and “Fire”, for which they also made great videos. The charismatic frontwoman Margarita Monet has a powerful and large vocal range, while the other original member, Dave Bates, showcase his skills on the lead guitar, specially on the solos where one can clearly notice his classical influences.
The rest of the current lineup consists of David Ruiz (guitar), Mike Bear (bass) and Jimmy Lee (drums), and they all together had a great performance which concluded with a cover of “Bad”, originally by Michael Jackson. Looking forward to seeing them again soon!
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