Posts Tagged ‘Van Records’

Album of the Day: King Dude – Songs of Flesh & Blood – In The Key of Light

Posted on Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from Ave Noctum: King Dude has quite a colourful musical history; starting out in metal band before embarking on a solo career that would romanticise everything to do with the devil and all his demons. If we look back over TJ Cowgill’s earlier works we are treated to dark and gloomy neofolk with lo-fi production quality that actually seems to enhance the music, rather than take away from it.

The accessibility of 2014 release Fear is what really ingratiated him into the hearts of the masses; the gothic style of his neofolk was seemingly left by the wayside as he picked up a guitar to sing us upbeat post-punk numbers about how fear is all you know and inform us that demons are watching over us.

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While this new approach to his music may have gained lots of fans, it alienated just as many – the murky and brooding tones of songs such as ‘Barbara Anne’ seemed lost forever. What made it all the more confusing was that on his most recent tour, hordes of ‘Johnny Come Lately’ fans thronged the stage, hoping to hear sing along numbers such as ‘Lay Down in Bedlam’ and were left confused when he opted for setlists entirely of old material (circa ‘Jesus in the Courtyard’).

Latest release Songs of Flesh and Blood: In The Key of Light heals the rift between fans old and new; there’s enough post-punk to please those who enjoy the Nick Cave and Death in June aspects of the music, while still retaining much of Rome-esque gothic folk sounds of old. While there are many who may only be aware of King Dude due to his collaborations with Chelsea Wolfe, this should be the release that lights the way to realisation that TJ Cowgill is every bit as deserving of praise and admiration as a singer / songwriter on his own as he is when collaborating.

What makes this album so remarkable is the diversity throughout; King Dude’s ability to switch between the swinging, dance-along piano of ‘Rosemary’ to the moody acoustic numbers such as ‘Silver Crucifix’ at the drop of a hat is impressive and it will make turning this album off of repeat a difficult task indeed.

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Album of the Day: King Dude – Fear

Posted on Sunday, June 1st, 2014

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: There’s a corner of the music world that doesn’t quite fit anywhere; it’s not mainstream enough to reside in the Top 40 and it isn’t heavy enough to lurk in the murky depths of metal, yet somehow manages to possess more might and more […]

Roadburn Festival 2014 in Collaboration With Cortonville Introduces: Dario Mars and the Guillotines, Sat, April 12th at Cul de Sac, Tilburg (NL)

Posted on Saturday, April 12th, 2014

In collaboration with Cortonville, an independent Dutch music platform (think: rock meets alternative), and led by well known radio DJ TV presenter and musician Eric Corton, we’re excited to announce the fifth installment of ‘Roadburn Festival Introduces’. The original idea is to present promising Dutch bands that have their own […]

Roadburn Festival 2014: Hardrock Hideout with Death Alley! Wednesday, April 9th at Cul de Sac, Tilburg (NL)

Posted on Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

In keeping with tradition to grab a brew and honor the gods of high energy, hard rockin’ action we will kick off Roadburn 2014 at Cul de Sac in Tilburg, The Netherlands, the festival’s official fourth location, with our traditional Hardrock Hideout on Wednesday, April 9th. Doors open at 8pm […]

Album of the Day: Dread Sovereign – All Hell’s Martyrs

Posted on Monday, March 10th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from Sea of Tranquility: Dread Sovereign is the old school doom project of vocalist / bassist Nemtheanga (Alan Averill) from Primordial, with help from Dubh SOL (Simon O’Laoghaire, also of Primordial) on drums and Bones (Wizards of Firetop Mountain) on guitar. Nemtheanga has long been one of the […]

Album of the Day: Selim Lemouchi and His Enemies – Earth Air Spirit Water Fire

Posted on Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from Dead Rhetoric: Among the saddest bits of news that came out of 2013 was the sudden and entirely unexpected dissolution of The Devil’s Blood. I remember sitting agape in my chair when reading that the band, at the time underway with their third album, had unexpectedly and for […]

Album of the day: The Ruins Of Beverast – Blood Vaults – The Blazing Gospel of Heinrich Kramer

Posted on Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Lovingly pinched from Heavy Metal: The Ruins of Beverast have been an impressive one-man band since their wrenching Unlock the Shrine debut. Former Nagelfar drummer Alexander von Meilenwald has been stretching the limitations of black metal with much success, and he’s now gone four for four with Blood Vaults […]

Unexpected Highlights of Roadburn 2013 Pt.8: The Ruins of Beverast

Posted on Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Certain performances at this year’s festival had something extra, something not easily defined, that made an indelible impression on us. What were the unexpected highlights of Roadburn 2013? We have compiled a  ten-part series to share them with you. Here is part 8. See for yourself why The Ruins of […]

Album of the day: Attic – The Invocation

Posted on Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

Lovingly pinched from Apoch’s Metal Review: Back in the early eighties, Heavy Metal act Mercyful Fate took the Metal world by storm with their debut album, 1983′s Melissa. Unfortunately, for those faithful to the coven, a long waiting game began come the turn of the century, as vocalist King Diamond […]

Album of the day: Year of the Goat – Angels’ Necropolis

Posted on Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

Lovingly pinched from MetalMouth: Having released two heavily successful E.P’s, Year Of The Goat are here to raise hell, literally. This is a band who take the best of 70′s / 80′s rock…(Sabbath / Blue Oyster Cult), and shape it into something that is modern, something that is dark, something […]