Freitag, 24. Januar 2020

„In Control“ is the title of the second album by the Dutch rockers HARDLAND. Even more than with the self-titled debut of 2017, the band has managed to create a completely different MELODIC ALTERNATIVE ROCK sound from very different influences.
This ranges from Heavy Rock, AOR over 80s-Wave to accessible (Power)Pop, with a special love for music from the 1970s and 1980s.
The very well done cover „Are Friends Electric“, which was a big hit for the British synthesizer formation Tubeway Army in 1979, further underlines this. „In Control“ otherwise only contains own compositions: hard Rock songs interspersed with a single ballad.

[ Pic: DCH Photography ]
Paul • Guitar, Vocals
Aeilko • Guitar, Vocals
Remi • Bass, Vocals
Marco • Keyboards
Eric • Drums
HARDLAND’s story is something special anyway. The band started as a project by the two singers and multi-instrumentalists Aeilko Venema and Paul Evers. The two musicians shared the same musical preferences, started working on songs together and finally felt the need to record them in a studio. In 2017, the first long player „Hardland“ was created, which was mainly recorded with friends of musicians.
Quality immediately had top priority: veteran Sean Magee took over the mastering at the legendary Abbey Road Studio in London. He worked with greats like Rush, Gary Moore and Deep Purple, but was booked by HARDLAND primarily for his collaboration with Pink Floyd, David Gilmour and The Beatles. Thanks to Magee’s contribution, the first CD immediately developed an international appeal.
On May 18, the current album successor „In Control“ was preceded by the single „The Nation’s Biggest Enemies“, which is also the opener of the album. The song was immediately positively received and supported by Rock Rage Radio, one of the largest Rock stations in America.

[ Cover art: Frans Mensink ]
01. The Nation’s Biggest Enemies 03.27
02. Are Friends Electric 05.16
03. The Powers Within 05.15
04. Rise & Shine 03.15
05. Haunted 03.20
06. Dazzled By The Presence Of Love 03.45
07. Love, Love, Love 04.46
08. Pleasure & Pain 03.54
09. Still Dreaming 04.52
10. Last Goodbye 04.06
total: 41:58 min.
In the continuation of the musical history of HARDLAND, the best of the 1970s and 1980s is once again transformed into the present:
striking melodies, varied vocals, beautiful keyboard parts and tasteful guitar work.
2017 • Hardland (Full-length)
2019 • The Nation’s Biggest Enemies (EP)
2019 • In Control (Full-length)
And this time there is the whole thing from a real band, which has now optimally merged. Although the main tone of the music is once again determined by rock-solid, classic (Hard) Rock, HARDLAND deliberately deviates from it several times – for example with the cover „Are Friends Electric“. Or also with a song like „Love, Love, Love“, in which the fascinating spirit of the good old Beach Boys and their tears roams in the morning.
„Everything comes back in our sound universe“, says Aeilko. „We love giants like Led Zeppelin, Journey and Whitesnake. At the same time, we have a weakness for songs that were produced in the 80s by unforgettable acts such as Tears For Fears, Talk Talk and Tubeway Army. In the choirs of certain songs on the second album you can also hear that we really adore the polyphonic vocals in which the Eagles as well as Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young were so immensely good. Yes, the list of musicians and groups that inspired us is endless.“ (Markus Eck)
 HARDLAND are available for interviews via phone, Skype & e-mail

HARDLAND • Online:

8 / 10
„… good songwriting …“
(Metal Temple)
8 / 10
„… loads to like here …“
75 / 100
„… HARDLAND brings catchy music with which they will undoubtedly score live … due to the wide influences there is enough variety to fascinate.“
74 / 100
„… positive feeling … the group knows how to fascinate … HARDLAND is an asset to the Dutch Melodic Rock.“
(Metalfan NL)
7 / 10
„… very solid album on which Melodic (Hard) Rock still predominates, but on which time and time also nice experiments are made with alternative influences … there are also a number of songs on ‚In Control‘ that will certainly appeal to traditional Rock fans.“
(Arrow Lords Of Metal)
„… HARDLAND has taken multiple musical risks on ‘In Control’, adding seventies synthesizers sounds into the mix together with more contemporary Rock … in a way musical daredevils … served with a twist and some spin … for the more adventurous type of rocker something to dive into!“
(HeadBangers LifeStyle)

Straight from within

When the fellows launched HANGATYR in spring 2006, the stylistic direction of the idealists from Saxony and Central Thuringia was immediately clear:
cold, Nordic guitar riffs, paired with typical Thuringian melodies and German lyrics, inspired by the mythology that lives deep inside the creators, should shape the music.
The inspiring band name pays tribute to Odin, the father of the gods – ‚Hangatyr‘ is its epithet in the rune’s song. He sacrificed himself and hung on the world ash Yggdrasil for nine days to learn the runes. HANGATYR see the meaning behind this in that you have to give something to gain knowledge and wisdom.

[ Pic: Ute Ruhmann ]
Silvio • Vocals
Ali • Guitar
Basti • Guitar
Micha • Drums
By autumn 2007, the musicians had been working on the songs for the very first self-titled demo CD, which was produced with complete self-energy. A start was made, a brand was set.
Before the recordings for the debut album „Helwege“ could begin, the drum stool had to be occupied in the truest sense of the word. With Michael, a dedicated drummer could be found quickly, who was ready to record in the studio after a short period of familiarization. At the end of February 2010 the time had come: the outstanding „Helwege“ could be released.
In the following time, various guest performances were celebrated on suitable stages and further ideas for new songs were collected. HANGATYR set out well prepared in April 2012 to record the album successor „Elements“. In February 2013, the last fragments were put together. Alexander Dietz, known from Heaven Shall Burn, mastered the material in his Chemical Burn Studios. In early 2014 the disc was thrown into the scene.
HANGATYR, motivated even more by increasing encouragement and recognition in the genre, continued to pursue their very own vision of violently-biting but firm Black Metal with a clear focus.
The common path separated in 2017 when founding member Tele and long-time companion Marco left the group. In the same year Basti offered to get on the guitar, which turned out to be a real stroke of luck. His dedication and the experience he brought with him gave HANGATYR a different soundscape.

[ Cover art: Ute Ruhmann ]
01. Niedergang 06:20
02. Entferntes Ich 06:35
03. Firnheim 07:22
04. Blick aus Eis 04:24
05. Kalter Grund 06:19
06. …kalt 02:05
07. Mittwinter 07:52
08. Verweht 07:05
total: 48:13 min.
In October 2019, the route once again led to Chemical Burn Studios in Bad Kösen. Together with Alexander Dietz, the new compositions were refined, which can now be heard on „kalt“:
relentlessly hard-hitting, uncompromising BLACK METAL anthems, from which the eternal spirit of the old and the true proudly emerges.
For example, it is lasting impressive and close to nature to experience how fatal the fervent outbreak „Cold Ground“ penetrates under the skin. Because also in terms of lyrics, those involved in the publication stand together for timeless depth – in this sense, a captivating concept was developed for „kalt“. In principle, the album is all about the oppressive cold that arises when you have to suffer painful loss.
Official Preview for „kalt“:
With „kalt“HANGATYR offer substantial Black Metal. Songs of pure power, inspired by darkness and spirituality, which rise so imposingly that often a real feeling of triumph arises, which in the end wants to despair of icy loneliness. (Markus Eck)
2010 • Helwege (Full-length)
2014 • Elemente (Full-length)
2020 • kalt (Full-length)
 HANGATYR are available for interviews via phone, Skype & e-mail
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Dienstag, 14. Januar 2020

Gut <> Böse
„Infernum“ ist der erste Teil der „Memoria“-Trilogie, in der die Geschichte des 2017 veröffentlichten Debütalbums „Civitas Interitus“ weitergeht.
Mit „Memoria“ wagt sich die Schweizer Band an eine komplexere Geschichte heran. INFINITAS gehen davon aus, dass jeder Mensch selber entscheiden kann, ob das Leben gut oder böse ist. Die Geschichte geht nun in 3 parallelen Zeitsträngen weiter.
„Infernum“ ist das bislang düsterste und härteste Werk der Muotathaler. Aufgenommen und produziert wurde das Album bei Tommy Vetterli (Coroner, ex-Kreator) im New Sound Studio.
Und es gibt einen prominenten Gastsänger auf „Infernum“ zu erleben: Chrigel Glanzmann von Eluveitie!

[ Cover art: Franz Föhn ]
01. Afanc 08:08
02. A Manifested Nightmare 00:35
03. Antahkarana In Flames (Avnas Prelude) 00:52
04. Avnas 04:08
05. Utukki 05:53
06. Infernum Overture (Lilith Prelude) 00:46
07. Lilith 09:21
08. Rahu 04:25
09. A Starless Universe (Tiamat Prelude) 01:30
10. Tiamat 06:37
11. Vadatajs 06:40
12. The Seeker Of Truth 00:51
13. Consultus (Memoria I) 02:45
total: 52:31 min.
Im Griff der Sehnsucht!
Als Appetithappen für das kommende neue Album „Infernum“ veröffentlichten INFINITAS am 31. Oktober 2019 ein neues Musikvideo zum Albumsong „Rahu“, der auch als Single ausgekoppelt wurde.
Die Band kommentiert dazu:
„Jemanden zu verlieren ist nie einfach und kann tiefe Gefühle wecken. Ganz besonders hart ist es, wenn von einer geliebten Person Abschied genommen werden muss. Mit dem neuen Song ‚Rahu‘ bringen wir genau diese Gefühle zum Ausdruck. ‚Rahu‘ ist in der indischen Mythologie ein Dämon, der für die Mond- und Sonnenfinsternis verantwortlich ist. Er bringt Schatten über die Erde, so, wie der Abschied von etwas oder jemandem Schatten über unsere Leben bringen kann.“

[ Cover art: Infinitas ]
Als Appetithappen für das kommende neue Album „Infernum“ veröffentlichten INFINITAS am 12. September 2019 ein neues Musikvideo zum Albumsong „Avnas“, der auch als Single ausgekoppelt wurde.
Die Band kommentiert dazu:
„Avnas – in der Mythologie ein Dämon in Feuergestalt, der Schätze entdeckt und Wissen über die menschliche Seele liefert. Genau der passende Dämon, um INFINITAS‚ Botschaft an die Welt in einen Song zu packen:
Wer dieses innerliche Feuer verspürt, diesen Drang, etwas zu bewirken in dieser Welt, soll diesem Zeichen folgen. Nur wer wagt, gewinnt. Wer nie wagt, weiß nie, ob es geklappt hätte.“

[ Cover art: Infinitas ]
INFINITAS brennen für ihre Sache, wie sie proklamieren, und das innere Feuer treibt die beständigen Muotathaler immer weiter an, ihre gross gesteckten Ziele zu erreichen. Immer mit Blick nach vorne, stehen sie wieder auf, wenn sie fallen. „Dieser Mut, der Wille und diese Energie soll all diejenigen erreichen, die noch an sich selber zweifeln“, lässt die Formation verlauten.

[ Foto: Infinitas ]
Andrea Böll • Vocals, Percussion
Selv Martone • Guitar, Virtual Instruments
Savannah Childers • Violin
Pirmin ‚Piri‘ Betschart • Drums, Vocals, Percussion, Clarinette
Live-Session Musicians:
Marcel ‚Camel‘ Koller • Bass, Background Vocals
2015 Self-Destruction (EP)
2017 Civitas Interitus (Full-length)
2018 Skylla (EP)
2019 Avnas (Single)
2019 Rahu (Single)
2019 Infernum (Full-length)
 INFINITAS sind verfügbar für interviews via Phone, Skype & E-mail


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