Monday, December 22, 2014

Paul Lawler: Review of new Arcane album posted.


A review of the new Arcane album Revenants has been posted to the Synth & Sequences website. The review was written by Sylvain Lupari and an excerpt is given below:

"Revenants" sets the tone to an album that plunges us literally in these years when Tangerine Dream amazed the circle of cinema, movie makers, with hard-hitting soundtracks. From Flashpoint to Thief, while passing byWavelength and even Near Dark, for the effects of fright, without forgetting Green Desert for the analog perfumes this last album of Arcane follows the moments of madness of Holocaust 300 and offers 8 tracks where the rhythms have the upper hand over the ambiences and where the melodies, the harmonies tame an apocalyptic vision which fits closely to its rather significant artwork. If "Revenants" rocks the house down, "Contagion" brings us to a more sinister level, just like "Unnatural Selection" which presents an even more unpredictable structure. A line of sequences stretches its keys which skip hurriedly in the shadow of others, moulding a heavy stroboscopic filet which goes and comes through intriguing and lugubrious synth pads. The ambience is like being in a video game where the hero has to search tunnels full of traps. The percussions are sober and feed a rhythmic heaviness. And if the rhythm is ambient, it remains decorated with threats and with elements of fear where riffs, metallic jingles and howling voices intensify a sepulchral climate. The sequences eventually keep a pulsing fixation, forging a linear and livelier rhythm from where emerge other sequences among which the harmonious approach, as well as the addition of more lively percussions, accentuate the pace of "Contagion" which preserves nevertheless its threatening envelope. A mood which overflows on the sinister "Fire and Rain" and its rivulet of sequences which sparkle under the thunders and in the knocks of heavy muffled pulsations. The rhythm livens up in the form of a slow gallop where are fluttering crystalline keys in the mist of foggy synth pads. We swim at height ears in ambiences, rhythms and melodies stamped by the influences of Tangerine Dream and it is not the very beautiful "From here to Oblivion" that is going to deny it. It's a charming e-ballad with nervous sequences a la Flashpoint, just like those lively of "Sunrise on a Desolate Freeway" which swirl and lose of their brightness in a heavy and slow tempo, always soaked with a vision of threats. I quite enjoyed "The Returned" and its heavy rhythm bombarded by muted pulsations and torn by riffs of a guitar, which is also capable of good solos in "Sunrise on a Desolate Freeway", from which its curt and edgy chords make contrasts with these silvery sequences which shake a cloudy rhythm. A rhythm which little by little accepts the swiftness from the flight of sequences to become as much harmonious than lively. There is a scent of Near Dark here. "Deadly Skyline" ends with an a little less darker approach. The rhythm is slow and raised on sequences of which the crystalline tones shine in the pulses of sober percussions. These sequences get loose to form a line of orchestral jolts, always adding this filmic weight which characterizes “Revenants”. A little like Edgar, Paul Lawler tortures his electric six-strings and places some evasive solos which melt into an artificial voice. And, according to the rules of the seven other tracks of “Revenants”, the rhythm exorcises its passivity. Dusting out its mortuary atmospheres, it gets hit of more lively percussions and runs away with the strange harmonies of this feminine voice which steals us a few seconds of those suave solos from which we distinguish with difficulty the nuances between a synth and a guitar. And always, we have this delicious impression to walk on the sonic, the musical paths of Tangerine Dream. And this, Arcane is not offended! After all, don't they come from this wonderful time when EM could has been as well secret and intriguing than be charmingly mesmerizing and lively?

To read the full review go here:

Sonata Arctica: To perform at Graspop Metal Meeting in June 2015.


Sonata Arctica to perform at Graspop Metal Meeting 2015
We are very excited to go back to the Graspop Metal Meeting and play for you all on June 20th, 2015!

Xerath: Announce new London date.


Symphonic metal band Xerath have posted the following message:

In-case you missed the announcement this morning, we are returning to the London Barfly on Friday the 27th of February! This is going to be pure symphonic groove destruction! Do not miss this! Get your tickets here!

Lifesigns: To headline second day of the Prog Dreams IV festival at the Boerderij in the Netherlands.


New progressive rock band Lifesigns have posted the following message:

It appears we are headlining the second day of the Prog Dreams IV festival at the Boerderij in Zoetermeer in the Netherlands.
We are most proud and honoured  Sunday 5th April


More details here:
http://cultuurpodiumboerderij.nl/en/programme/progdreams-iv-2/

Tangerine Dream: Another excellent video tour of Ulrich Schnauss' studio.


Here's another excellent video tour of Ulrich Schauss' recording studio which is situated somewhere in London and is chock full of vintage electronic gear. Check it out below:


Ulrich Schnauss @ Electric Independence from Zdravo Mladi! on Vimeo.

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