German Hardrockers BERSERKER will donate 18.000€ to the Berlin cancer charity for children on May 25. November 2011 BERSERKER front man Schröder was diagnosed with cancer, now he is cancer-free. In 2012 the band collected money for this charity at their concerts and will also continue to do so in the future. Slayer´s Jeff Hanneman is dead: he passed away at about 11AM on May 2nd near his Southern California home because of liver failure due to an infection after a spider bite. More info: www.facebook.com/slayer
R.I.P. Jeff! Festivals cancelled: ROCK AM SEE (GER) takes a break in 2013 "lacking attractive headliners"; BURNING SEA in Croatia had to succumb to a new tax regulation; yet purchased BS-tickets can also be used to visit METALDAYS in Slowenia.
The Siberian Jay music video "I´m Holding" featuring Mikko Sirén from Apocalyptica on drums - we reported about the videoshoot in our "1h with" Special - can be watched here: http://youtu.be/C-hSNurZVcs
The band name alone makes clear that this is not music you´d combine with Lady Gaga or Justin Bieber... Melancholic, with a touch of Prog and a lot Melodic Death, this could be the definition how this Swedish act sounds like. Occasionally you can also her influences of Power Metal a la Sverige and even symphonic-dramatic Black Metal, for example when they screech and rattle off brutally to introduce „Isle of Solace“, or when during „From A Tidal Sleep“ those blasts rather make you wake up. Otherwise In Mourning have channelled a lot of their neighbours, some parts remind me of Swallow The Sun (those catchy riffs in slow motion or the clean vocals), others of Amorphis (e.g. keyboard sound on Convergence) or Dawn of Solace. After listening through it all two, three times you feel like listening once again, because you heard stuff you had not noticed earlier, because the songs – despite the focus on brutal growling – have this ear candy effect, because those songs appeal with variety but don´t get on your nerves, they have those nice melodies – and a ballad like Celestial Tear is simply beautiful. Difficult to pick a fave or a hit here: The Drowning Sun grooves like hell and has those cool muted riffs, the final Voyage Of A Wavering Mind has hypnotic qualities … in short, that band rocks, that album rocks, buy it.
1. Colossus (09:33)
2. A Vow To Conquer The Ocean (07:24)
3. From A Tidal Sleep (06:52)
4. Celestial Tear (07:43)
5. Convergence (08:35)
6. Sirens (01:31)
7. Isle Of Solace (04:54)
8. The Drowning Sun (08:40)
9. Voyage Of A Wavering Mind (05:49)