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This news story was originally published here: http://www.prog-sphere.com/specials/lautreamont-epitaph-studio-performance-premiere/
Lautreamont

Hailing from Novorossiysk, a port city on the Black Sea in Southern Russia, avant-garde extreme metal trio Lautreamont explore decadence and dissonance on their upcoming album Silence of the Deceased, set to be launched on May 7th. Prog Sphere is thrilled to exclusively premiere a studio performance of the song “Epitaph,” ahead of the album release. Watch it below.

‘Epitaph’ is the closing song of the album and it summarizes pretty much everything Lautreamont offers on ‘Silence of the Deceased’: the sinister, crawling and deadly atmosphere delivered by vortex riffing, ambience and variative complex rhythmic approach,” commented singer and bassist Alex “Dread” Zarotiadi.

He continues: “The song is based on the great poem ‘L’Epitaphe’ written by master Maurice Rollinat and it is some kind of quintessence of the album’s lyrical concept: madness, anticipation and solemn embrace of the end.

The band’s decision to release a studio performance video is to introduce Lautreamont visually, showing their approach of playing live and delivering the music in their specific way.

We’re going to express the music by another different visual forms in the future indeed,Zarotiadi admits.

Silence of the Deceased has been in the works for a few years; Lautreamont took their time to produce an album that is worth of listeners’ attention, but they also believe that there is a big room to evolve in the future, which is bright.

No boundaries and no compromises, those who have ears must hear. Just give it a listen. No tour plans for the moment but this topic is open for discussion. If we feel that we should do it – we will do it.

Silence of the Deceased is out on May 7th and is available to pre-order from Bandcamp.

Silence of the Deceased Track Listing:

1. Evil (Зло)
2. Father (Отец)
3. Silence of the Deceased (Молчание мёртвых)
4. The Hour (Час)
5. Psalm (Псалом)
6. Epitaph (Эпитафия)
7. Coda (Кода)

Lautreamont line-up:

Alex “Dread” Zarotiadi – vocals, bass
Denis “Agony” Paschenko – guitar
Vladimir “Wrath” Fomenko – drums

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Silence of the Deceased

This news story was originally published here: https://www.prog-sphere.com/specials/lautreamont-epitaph-studio-performance-premiere/
Lautreamont

Hailing from Novorossiysk, a port city on the Black Sea in Southern Russia, avant-garde extreme metal trio Lautreamont explore decadence and dissonance on their upcoming album Silence of the Deceased, set to be launched on May 7th. Prog Sphere is thrilled to exclusively premiere a studio performance of the song “Epitaph,” ahead of the album release. Watch it below.

‘Epitaph’ is the closing song of the album and it summarizes pretty much everything Lautreamont offers on ‘Silence of the Deceased’: the sinister, crawling and deadly atmosphere delivered by vortex riffing, ambience and variative complex rhythmic approach,” commented singer and bassist Alex “Dread” Zarotiadi.

He continues: “The song is based on the great poem ‘L’Epitaphe’ written by master Maurice Rollinat and it is some kind of quintessence of the album’s lyrical concept: madness, anticipation and solemn embrace of the end.

The band’s decision to release a studio performance video is to introduce Lautreamont visually, showing their approach of playing live and delivering the music in their specific way.

We’re going to express the music by another different visual forms in the future indeed,Zarotiadi admits.

Silence of the Deceased has been in the works for a few years; Lautreamont took their time to produce an album that is worth of listeners’ attention, but they also believe that there is a big room to evolve in the future, which is bright.

No boundaries and no compromises, those who have ears must hear. Just give it a listen. No tour plans for the moment but this topic is open for discussion. If we feel that we should do it – we will do it.

Silence of the Deceased is out on May 7th and is available to pre-order from Bandcamp.

Silence of the Deceased Track Listing:

1. Evil (Зло)
2. Father (Отец)
3. Silence of the Deceased (Молчание мёртвых)
4. The Hour (Час)
5. Psalm (Псалом)
6. Epitaph (Эпитафия)
7. Coda (Кода)

Lautreamont line-up:

Alex “Dread” Zarotiadi – vocals, bass
Denis “Agony” Paschenko – guitar
Vladimir “Wrath” Fomenko – drums

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Silence of the Deceased

This news story was originally published here: http://www.prog-sphere.com/reviews/divine-intervention-liminal-review/
Divine Intervention - Liminal

Just when I thought all of the fresh talent in prog metal was hiding towards the more extreme side of the spectrum, I am introduced to this band, the San Pedro, CA five-piece Divine Intervention. Although I was expecting DI to fall into the same rut of Dream Theater or Symphony X that so many melodic prog metal bands do, the change of pace here is refreshing, and while not an entirely new breath of fresh air than what I have already heard in the style, Divine Intervention do plant themselves as one of the last vestiges of hope in a style that I personally think got tired over a decade ago.

My personal cynicisms for melodic prog metal aside, Divine Intervention are a truly impressive act, and the fact that I find myself so endeared to them with all things considered should be a testament to their strength as an act. Musically, Divine Intervention’s music is heavy at times, but always melodic, and resists the temptation to become an overly technical wankfest a la Dream Theater. Instead, Divine Intervention bases their debut EP, Liminal, around the long lost art of proper songwriting; their music uses sometimes complex musicianship, but it is always based in a tight composition, and this really grabs my attention. The vocals here are often the center of attention atop tasteful instrumentation, the atmosphere is kept somewhat melancholic throughout, and — coming as a surprise to someone that was expecting a metal album — tastefully mellow. Divine Intervention is instead heavy prog rock throughout most of this, although I would have to say that the vocals keep a metallic tinge to the music. The vocal delivery by Alex Madrid on Liminal is something refreshing.

The songwriting here is generally the highlight of the release. Everything is beautifully produced and polished, but the sound stays organic; a sure sign of a successful studio job. The songwriting really caught my attention from the first listen onwards though

Opening “By Your Decree” and its follow-up “Creature of Habit” are two of the most memorable tracks here, using some lively riffs to create a hook. The title track makes perfect use of those mid-to-high-register vocals that Alex Madrid does so well, and gets punkishly heavy. The highlight moments on Liminal are brilliant. The EP is one of the most consistent releases I have heard since the beginning of the year. It gets me excited to see what else that the band has in store.

Liminal is out now; order it from Bandcamp. Follow Divine Intervention on Facebook, and visit their website for more info. You can read our interview with the band here.

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Divine Intervention

This news story was originally published here: https://www.prog-sphere.com/reviews/divine-intervention-liminal-review/
Divine Intervention - Liminal

Just when I thought all of the fresh talent in prog metal was hiding towards the more extreme side of the spectrum, I am introduced to this band, the San Pedro, CA five-piece Divine Intervention. Although I was expecting DI to fall into the same rut of Dream Theater or Symphony X that so many melodic prog metal bands do, the change of pace here is refreshing, and while not an entirely new breath of fresh air than what I have already heard in the style, Divine Intervention do plant themselves as one of the last vestiges of hope in a style that I personally think got tired over a decade ago.

My personal cynicisms for melodic prog metal aside, Divine Intervention are a truly impressive act, and the fact that I find myself so endeared to them with all things considered should be a testament to their strength as an act. Musically, Divine Intervention’s music is heavy at times, but always melodic, and resists the temptation to become an overly technical wankfest a la Dream Theater. Instead, Divine Intervention bases their debut EP, Liminal, around the long lost art of proper songwriting; their music uses sometimes complex musicianship, but it is always based in a tight composition, and this really grabs my attention. The vocals here are often the center of attention atop tasteful instrumentation, the atmosphere is kept somewhat melancholic throughout, and — coming as a surprise to someone that was expecting a metal album — tastefully mellow. Divine Intervention is instead heavy prog rock throughout most of this, although I would have to say that the vocals keep a metallic tinge to the music. The vocal delivery by Alex Madrid on Liminal is something refreshing.

The songwriting here is generally the highlight of the release. Everything is beautifully produced and polished, but the sound stays organic; a sure sign of a successful studio job. The songwriting really caught my attention from the first listen onwards though

Opening “By Your Decree” and its follow-up “Creature of Habit” are two of the most memorable tracks here, using some lively riffs to create a hook. The title track makes perfect use of those mid-to-high-register vocals that Alex Madrid does so well, and gets punkishly heavy. The highlight moments on Liminal are brilliant. The EP is one of the most consistent releases I have heard since the beginning of the year. It gets me excited to see what else that the band has in store.

Liminal is out now; order it from Bandcamp. Follow Divine Intervention on Facebook, and visit their website for more info. You can read our interview with the band here.

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Divine Intervention

This news story was originally published here: http://www.prog-sphere.com/interviews/piercing-immortality-interview/
Keith Pearson

A metal project by Keith Pearson haling from Bristol in Connecticut, Piercing Immortality has recently launched a three-track EP titled ‘Systematic Global Poisoning.’ Pearson spoke for Prog Sphere, and below is what he had to say about the music on the EP, as well as his opinion on technology in music, and more.

Define the mission of Piercing Immortality. 

To continue to grow as songwriters and to reach as many people as possible and to maintain a strong and loyal fan base.

Tell me about the creative process that formed your EP “Systematic Global Poisoning” and the themes it captures. 

I would come up with a riff, lay it down on my computer and listen to it. Then try and feel how the next riff would go and would continue in this way until the song felt like it was completed. Then I would show the structure of the song to John (drums) and he would write his drum patterns to fit the riffs. After the songs were structured lyrics were easier to write.

What is the message you are trying to give with “Systematic Global Poisoning”?

That there are all forms of global poisoning. Whether it be social, chemical, environmental, religious, or political. Getting people to be more aware of what is going on and around them.

Systematic Global Poisoning

How did you document the music while it was being formulated? 

I would record the band practices to my computer and get rough demos. That way I would get an idea of how the songs were going to be.

Is the dynamic flow of the pieces carefully architected? 

Yes they are because I want the end result to be able to have a flow to the music and I want to be happy with it as well and for it to have a replay value to it so that people will want to listen to it over and over again.

Describe the approach to recording the EP. 

Me and John went in first and recorded in the same room as if we were jamming together and went about doing my scratch guitar tracks that way. I then went and then recorded my guitars and bass tracks. Then Scott (Vocals) came in and did his vocal tracks along side his wife Jeanne who provided background vocals. My guitar solos were the last to be recorded.

How long “Systematic Global Poisoning” was in the making? 

I would say that it took about 4 months to complete the EP.

Which bands or artists influenced your work on the release? 

Death, Carcass, Dissection, At the Gates.

What is your view on technology in music? 

If it helps you achieve your creative goals then so be it. But I feel as though people overuse today’s technology to saturate what creative ideas the originally had.

Do you see your music as serving a purpose beyond music? 

Absolutely.

What are your plans for the future? 

To film a video for one of the songs on the EP and to also continue to promote it while also getting started on our full length to get it out for next year.

For more information about Piercing Immortality visit the project’s official website.

This news story was originally published here: https://www.prog-sphere.com/interviews/piercing-immortality-interview/
Keith Pearson

A metal project by Keith Pearson haling from Bristol in Connecticut, Piercing Immortality has recently launched a three-track EP titled ‘Systematic Global Poisoning.’ Pearson spoke for Prog Sphere, and below is what he had to say about the music on the EP, as well as his opinion on technology in music, and more.

Define the mission of Piercing Immortality. 

To continue to grow as songwriters and to reach as many people as possible and to maintain a strong and loyal fan base.

Tell me about the creative process that formed your EP “Systematic Global Poisoning” and the themes it captures. 

I would come up with a riff, lay it down on my computer and listen to it. Then try and feel how the next riff would go and would continue in this way until the song felt like it was completed. Then I would show the structure of the song to John (drums) and he would write his drum patterns to fit the riffs. After the songs were structured lyrics were easier to write.

What is the message you are trying to give with “Systematic Global Poisoning”?

That there are all forms of global poisoning. Whether it be social, chemical, environmental, religious, or political. Getting people to be more aware of what is going on and around them.

Systematic Global Poisoning

How did you document the music while it was being formulated? 

I would record the band practices to my computer and get rough demos. That way I would get an idea of how the songs were going to be.

Is the dynamic flow of the pieces carefully architected? 

Yes they are because I want the end result to be able to have a flow to the music and I want to be happy with it as well and for it to have a replay value to it so that people will want to listen to it over and over again.

Describe the approach to recording the EP. 

Me and John went in first and recorded in the same room as if we were jamming together and went about doing my scratch guitar tracks that way. I then went and then recorded my guitars and bass tracks. Then Scott (Vocals) came in and did his vocal tracks along side his wife Jeanne who provided background vocals. My guitar solos were the last to be recorded.

How long “Systematic Global Poisoning” was in the making? 

I would say that it took about 4 months to complete the EP.

Which bands or artists influenced your work on the release? 

Death, Carcass, Dissection, At the Gates.

What is your view on technology in music? 

If it helps you achieve your creative goals then so be it. But I feel as though people overuse today’s technology to saturate what creative ideas the originally had.

Do you see your music as serving a purpose beyond music? 

Absolutely.

What are your plans for the future? 

To film a video for one of the songs on the EP and to also continue to promote it while also getting started on our full length to get it out for next year.

For more information about Piercing Immortality visit the project’s official website.

This news story was originally published here: http://www.prog-sphere.com/specials/rock-music-casino-games/

When making casino games, software providers often utilise themes from movies and music. One of the current popular themes, particularly when it comes to slot games, is that of the rock music genre. Many people are rock fans and the addition of this exciting, fiery and somewhat uplifting theme has seen great success at many casinos. There are a number of different rock-related slots, some of which we will outline here.

First up is the popular Motorhead slot. This game comes from the popular provider NetEnt and offers hard rock and heavy metal lovers a fun time alongside some of their favourite tunes. Upon opening the game and seeing the reels, the rock ambience is palpable. The slot makes it look like you, the player, are amongst thousands of other rock fans watching Motorhead on stage and, of course, The Ace of Spades is the song that players are brought into the game with. There are a number of their top songs available, which just adds to the feeling of being at one of their concerts.

In a similar vein, there is the Guns N Roses slot, which also offers players a chance to immerse themselves in some of their favourite band’s music. The Guns N Roses slot, also from NetEnt, provides a stunning set of symbols, all of which are fully linked to the band. There are five different top songs to choose from so that players can alternate the soundtrack as they enjoy the game.

Other notable rock slots include Kiss, Rock Star and Elvis the King Lives. These all strive to bring various aspects of the rock n roll world to life. Rock Star in particular offers this opportunity, as it is more about becoming a rock star than actually watching one. All offer a number of bonus features and winning opportunities to pulsating rock beats.