WARDRUNA:- YGGDRASIL

”What can i say about this album?? To put it bluntly is ear carressingly sublime!! An awesome listen, spine chillingly brilliant!! Uplifting!! Energising!! I feel alive as if the universe is speaking to me through the mediums of primitive deer-hide frame drums, Kraviklyra, tagelharpe, mouth harp, goat horn, lur and etc.There is something pure about this music that transcends all pretentions!! This is music made from the heart!! It sounds very Norse but very Greek too and at times very Native American!! What all the aformentioned have in common is the cultivation of dreams, they open doors into the other world! Time slows and problems splinter and all seems fine. I can listen to this for hours with or without stimulation because i am already suggestible!”

 

”This album is part of a trilogy called Runejod which is a music interpretation of the 24 runes or what some would call the Elder Futhark. Some of the recording was done outside in places that are significant to the individual rune and this gives each piece an added gravitas! Multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Einar Kvitrafn Selvik , vocalists Kristian Espedal (aka Gaahl) and Lindy-Fay Hella have come together and created a piece of pure magic  without veering off into tedium. Yggdrasil’ is also graced with guest appearances by renowned Icelandic composer Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson and Iceland’s leading rímur singer Steindór Andersen.”

If you like a heady mix of earthy and otherworldly atmosphere then i recommend this!!

 

10/10

 

 

http://www.wardruna.com

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CAULDRONATED LIVE!!!

With Schadegeddon, Lady Janes Revenge and Salt

Venue:- The Urban Bar, Whitechapel, London.

Date:- April 2nd 2016

©ClaudiaBlack2016

 

 

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Cauldronated

 

 

 

”The last time i saw Cauldronated they were bedding in a new bass play, a chap by the name of Andy Duke. The bass added to the sound but at that stage he felt like a session musician brought in to round out the sound, someone on the periphery! Tonight though Andy had melded into the duo, he had been ”Cauldronated” The alchemy had been completed, the sound was full, rounded and tight and everyone performed their task like the components in a well oiled machine! All the tracks sounded fresh to my mind, they were given fresh impetus, I was reminded of a Roman Legion, drilled and drilled and drilled until everyone is on message! All working together to push forward incrementally! Small but determined steps turning into giant leaps!! Blinkered determination, the world will be conquered, resistance is futile, you will submit!! The venue was empty, the venue filled and then emptied again! The magic was cast, the ritual was fulfilled, nothing else was wanted or needed, time to go….

 

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Cauldronated

 

……The warm up acts did  their work though! Schadegeddon with their punky folk cabaret played mostly to a small crowd who enjoyed the set, there was no cock on show tonight though, the sex ferret was covered up for some reason, maybe the band have modified their show to not cause offence and to attract a bigger audience or maybe bacchanalian show cockery is now old hat, who knows! Lady Jane’s Revenge are from Cornwall and they sound like Faith No More and i have not heard of them before! I was reminded of Nirvana, Mudhoney, the guitarist looking Cobain/Gilmouresque and the singer doing an impression of an Imam on speed!! Not really my cup of tea but i found the band enteraining!! I did not see Salt, i was satiated!! I’ll check them out another time.

 

Schadegeddon

Schadegeddon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Schadegeddon

Schadegeddon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Schadegeddon

Schadegeddon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lady Janes Revenge

Lady Janes Revenge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LadyJanesRevenge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LINKS:-

 

Cauldronated

 

 

https://www.cauldronated.net

 

Schadegeddon

 

http://www.facebook.com/schadegeddon/info

 

http://www.soundcloud.com/schadegeddon

 

 

Lady Jane’s Revenge

 

https://soundcloud.com/ladyjanesrevengemusic(SoundCloud)

 

https://twitter.com/ljrevenge(Twitter)

 

ladyjanesrevengemusic(Instagram)

 

http://www.youtube.com/ljrmusic(YouTube)

 

http://www.ladyjanesrevenge.com/

 

MY DYING BRIDE LIVE!!

Venue:- The Islington Assemby Rooms, Upper Street, Islington, London, UK

Date:- 31/3/2016

All Photos:- ©ClaudiaBlack2016

 

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My Dying Bride

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

”The Islington Assembly Rooms are very convenient! I live just a 10 minute walk away so if anything worth seeing is happening at this venue i can get there quickly and the bonus is if i get too drunk i can roll in my front gate hahaha! The building is built in the art deco style and has been in use since the 1930’s. The building is used for weddings, private functions, jumble sales, political events and of course bands. I like the venue, it’s pleasing to the eye, big but not cavernous and when filled there is a good atmosphere. What is also handy is the fact that there is a bus stop next to the venue that takes you to The Angel/King X/The West End and there are a few pubs opposite handy for a post gig drink or two. Or there is also The Hope & Anchor up the road if more live music is what you crave! Tonight my visit was to see metal Legends My Dying Bride who i was seeing for the first time. First up were 40 watt Sun who i never saw so this is all i can write about them, and Oceans Of Slumber, a Texas based female fronted band that sound like metal, like jazz, like hard rock, a fusion of differing ingredients that are performed with virtuoso skill! They can play i tell you, they can play!! I have listened to their music online and it is definitely worth delving into more deeply, unfortunately the sound in the venue did not do them justice in my opinion and the atmosphere was a bit flat from the crowd, it was lacking in enthusiasm, Polite applause was the order of the day, the crowd saving their energy and enthusiasm for the main attraction. And guess what? The sound quality for the main attraction improved considerably with the click of a finger! No longer thin but rich and booming, the sound filled the auditorium like musical treacle flowing and then covering all in its path! I was instantly hooked and drawn into the MDB experience. I love the mix of dark but clean vocals interspersed with the guttural unclean version. I particularly liked the track ”Erotic Literature”! I can’t remember how much i paid for the ticket but it was worth it!! I left the venue contented!!!”

 

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My Dying Bride

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Dying Bride

My Dying Bride

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oceans Of Slumber

Oceans Of Slumber

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oceans Of Slumber

Oceans Of Slumber

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Dying Bride Setlist:-

1:- Your River

2:- From Darkest Skies

3:- And My Father Left For Ever

4:- My Body, a Funeral

5:- Feel The Misery

6:- The Raven Wings

7:- The Prize Of Beauty

8:- Erotic Literature

9:- To Shiver In Empty Halls

10:- The Cry Of Mankind

11:- She Is The Dark

12:- Like A Perpetual Funeral

 

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LINKS:-

https://www.facebook.com/My-Dying-Bride-Official-uk

http://www.mydyingbride.net

http://www.40wattsun.com

 

http://www.oceansofslumber.com

 

http://www.islington.gov.uk/assemblyhall/about-us/Pages/default.aspx