Posts Tagged ‘The Sign Records’

If there’s something that the Killchain definitely considers a guilty pleasure, it’s some great, bluesy hard rock. Well, that and a bit of K-Pop too. The Riven are the latest Swedish bluesy hard rock band to stride from the frozen north with some good old RAWK in their pockets. I enjoyed their ‘Blackbird’ EP  a few years ago, so this should be pretty decent too. It’s out March 1st through The Sign Records.

Opener ‘The Serpent’ has everything you need immediately; catchy riffing, a soulful gravelly vocal and some major hooks. The electrifying ‘Far Beyond’ sends some serious Mount Salem shivers down your spine, while the proto-doom of ‘Fortune Teller’ brings the heavy 70s influence to the fore. There’s a deliciously fuzzy guitar tone that dances along the strings, giving everything that old school feel. The Riven have absorbed the style of smoky backrooms, whiskey soaked bars and the essence of what makes this kind of record great. It’s full of undeniable hooks, but the gloomy ‘Finnish Woods’ is probably the finest track here, showcasing the full realm of The Riven’s talents.

At times infused with a wistful melancholy and others with fist raised in the spirit of rock, The Riven balance these elements into a record that will inspire and delight. With some of the finest vocals in the business, The Riven have everything going for them to be the next big thing.

https://theriven.bandcamp.com/releases

https://www.facebook.com/TheRivenMusic/

https://freighttrain.se/sv/the-sign-record/the-riven/

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‘The Resistance’ is a 7″ accompaniment to Danish rockers Demon Head’s last record, ‘Thunder on the Fields’, and provides a fitting epilogue to that piece. An old fashioned, sinister rock two tracker due on on the 28th of April via The Sign Records, and is a haunting change to my usual heavy soundtrack.

The dusting off of old tape machines, instruments and themes provides opener ‘Rivers of Mars’ with a soulful, desert groove. Aching vocals croon over clean guitar that teases artful country and folk rock influences from a soft electric sound. Framed as a tale against tyranny, the cool factor of ‘The Resistance’ is almost overwhelming. You can imagine it playing over a smoky 60s movie, with motorcycles roaring down highways of endless sand. I’ve never come across these guys before, but these two tracks have spun repeatedly in my head since I first heard them.

Hunt out this two track piece, then find the album it finishes. Demon Head are ghostly, oozing with a quiet swagger and a fragile openness. When amidst all the headbanging and throatshredding comes this beautiful tour de force, it is more than welcome. Drift away amongst hazy smoke and grass blowing in the wind, and allow your resistance to leave you.

https://www.facebook.com/Demoncoven/

http://thesignrecords.com/?p=292

http://demonhead.bigcartel.com/

Swedish heavy metallers Night have just released their third record, ‘Raft of the World’ through The Sign Records, and it sees them heading towards a bit of a more overt hard rock direction, despite retaining their classic heavy metal edge. Get ready to head back to those early heydays where rock and metal were beginning to split apart.

Opener ‘Fire Across the Sky’ oozes with a classic 80s charisma, from the land of Priest and Dio with a dose of grandeur and no little catchiness. Instantly gratifying, the songs are melodic and have dashes of Angel Witch about them which I’m all about. The driving ‘Surrender’, the anthemic ‘Under the Gallows’ and the soaring, psychedelic ‘Time’ are a stunning trio that would take on any three song grouping in classic metal without fear. ‘Strike of Lightning’ is an instant hit, while the ghostly power balladry of ‘Coin in a Fountain’ is the perfect set up to the moody closer ‘Where Silence Awaits’.

The amalgamation of the earliest days of hard rock/NWOBHM and some Seventies proto metal has given ‘Raft of the World’ a wonderful organic feel. It feels like four guys sitting jamming in a room, kicking out great classic metal songs with joyful abandon, not a Pro-Tools attempt to recapture the glory days. Built for the stage, but crafted for the soul, Night are kicking ass on this and you deserve to hear it.

https://www.facebook.com/nightbandofficial/

http://heavymetalinthenight.com/

http://freighttrain.se/sv/the-sign-record/night-raft-of-the-world-pre-order.html