Archive for September, 2018

REVIEW: Dynazty – Firesign

Posted in CDs, Music, Uncategorized with tags , , , on September 25, 2018 by Sara Hammerzmith

Finally. You guys know that Dynazty is one of my all-time favorite bands these days, and every time there is a little shed of news about them it makes my heart pop. So ever since I heard of them getting to work on their third album I was beyond stoked. And finally, it is here!

The album starts off great with a heavy, melodic and rather big arrangement in “Breathe With Me” which serves well as an opening track. The only disappointing thing to find here – is the chorus falling a little flat as compared to the rest of the song, but it can’t all be perfect huh?

The album continues with the dramatic yet powerful “The Grey” which got one of those amazing melody lines that I just love, before launching into heavier tones with “In the Arms of the Devil” which got a little different lyrical theme as to what we have become used to when it comes to Dynazty – a love-related song for the first time in like forever.

And it’s after this the first highlight of the album comes for me – “My Darkest Hour”. It is one of those epic, big and heavy tunes that creates a thin line between epicness and melancholy, together with that kind of lyrics. And here, the chorus is what really makes it, in the veins of symphonic metal. I can’t really describe the ultimate feeling, although I try my best.

The album moves on to “Ascension” which is a pretty good tune – it’s a lot less than the previous mentioned, perhaps more raw if you like, with fewer things happening around it.

However, what is coming next is the biggest highlight of the entire album. The title track itself. With electronic elements that bring thoughts more toward Rammstein than Amaranthe, and the melodies we have gotten used to with Dynazty they deliver what is most certainly the best track of the album. The chorus will make ANYONE get out of their seats and jump around, seriously.

“Closing Doors” are following up, but sadly falling a bit flat. For me, this is more of a filler track, especially when it’s being followed up by “Follow Me” which is probably one of the heavier tracks on the album – the chorus is almost like a punch in the gut. Or at least whiplash damages in your neck material. Going back into the electronic elements, we get “Let me Dream Forever” which is a rather sweet song actually. It’s got a very nice and sweet melody to it and a very nice chorus.

The album is wrapped up with the heavy tune “Starfall” and later on the movie-esque epic kind of “The Light inside the Tunnel” which serves as a pretty decent wrap-up. It might fall a little flat compared to the rest of the album, but it feels like a nice ending you know?

Overall, I think this album is really, really good. I can’t get enough of it. Unlike “Titanic Mass”, this album is becoming a very strong contender in the competition to “Renatus”, which I still consider being one of those perfect albums made by a band.

Favorite song: “Firesign”
Least Favorite: Hard to choose, but I have to say “Starfall” in that case.
Dance-friendliness:  6/11
Headbang-friendliness:  10/ 11
Crowd-friendliness: 6/11


(Label: AFM Records)

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// Sara

 

Kamelot @ Pustervik, Gothenburg, Sweden 20/9 – 18

Posted in Concerts, Music, Uncategorized with tags , , , on September 20, 2018 by Sara Hammerzmith

So here we go again. After one of the biggest bloghiatuses of my life, it’s time to get on it to write about a concert too, on top of everything! How great is that?

Festivalseason is behind is, and tourseason is upon us – so September was set to be a rather quiet month. Except from this little bad boy right here. Kamelot. Well, I’ll admit to you that I have barely ever heard Kamelot. After some discussion with Toivo we came to the conclusion that I have heard one song, and I’ve seen a song or two live with them some years ago when Kobra Paige was touring with them – but aside that – I’m completely blank as far as Kamelot goes. So why was I here?

Dynazty and Leaves’ Eyes. That’s why.

Dynazty as you know is one of my top favorite bands these days, and they aren’t particularly easy to catch live either. So when they show, you simply go. As far as Leaves’ Eyes goes, they are a rather new band to me. So, I’m just starting to see them.

So, since this concert was in Gothenburg, I simply got in my car and drove down. Toivo was coming in with the bus from where he lives, and we met up at the busstation in Gothenburg. So, you know how I’ve written about some very long time ago that I get a bit anxious driving somewhere, because I don’t know exactly where and how to go? And then I got to Gothenburg and surprise! Road constructions. But gladly, it was very well re-directed, and no major issues. We ran by Lush Cosmetics real quick to pick up some small stuff (Rose Gourmet Soap, Ectoplasm packaging free shower gel and Aromatic deodorant, for those whom it may concern)

After that, Toivo took the wheel and we headed over to Pustervik. Quick, the quickest I ever had, dinner at Burger King before going to the doors, where we found our friends Dennis and Susanna, as well as Cyril! Haven’t seen him in ages, so that was amazeballs. The doors was a bit delayed, which was great for us since that meant we made it, and I ended up at the front together with Cyril, his friend and Toivo. Couldn’t be better!

Dynazty

So, with that said, the wait was rather short before Dynazty enter the stage and started off their set with “Breathe With Me”, the first single of their upcoming album “Firesign”. The audience… besides us, I mean, was a bit lukewarm. Kind of expected, but still a lot more than I thought it would be.

“The Northern End”, seriously, the best song this band has ever written – followed up. May they NEVER take this song out of their setlist. I’ll literally murder someone if they do. And it was as magical as always.

“The Grey”, second single from the new album followed suit, and I was surprised.. I think? To see that this was the song that most people seemed to know. “Firesign” came up next, and I can’t tell you enough how much I love this song. Easily the best song on the new album, and magical live. Seriously.

“The Human Paradox” and “Titanic Mass” wrapped up the show tonight, a very good and energetic show – it was some time since I saw them be this on the game, so that was nice!

Leaves’ Eyes

So… The intro started rolling, and Toivo and I was caught up in a conversation, right? So, I stand there, with my back sort of turned to the stage, and then, by the corner of my eyes, I look toward the stage and I have a minor heart attack.

Because there, was full fledged vikings on stage alright. They did not have those on 70.000 Tons of Metal (which is well understandable) but jesus I did not expect that.

With that said, the band walked on stage and opened with “Sign of the Dragonhead”. The energy was on top, and it seemed like they had quite a few fans in the audience as well!

“Across the Sea” was the next song, and the whole audience was lit! And so was the band, if I may say so! It’s nice to see Elina really get out of her shell. “Swords in Rock” was next song on the list, followed by “Edge of Steel”. Seriously, am I the only one considering this song being extremly magical live?

My very own personal favorite – “Riders on the Wind” was the next song, and I don’t think I’ve had this much fun to this song ever as I did tonight. Seriously, this song was the highlight of the evening. And everybody seemed to have a lot of fun to it as well – not just me!

“Hell to the Heavens” followed suit before they wrapped it all up with “Blazing Waters”.  The band, as well as the vikings, thanked for the show and left the stage. And wow.. I mean wow! They were soo good, better than I remember them from the boat! I really hope they tour relatively soon again so I can see them. Again and again.

Kamelot

So, as I mentioned earlier in this post, I have never actually really listened to Kamelot prior to this show, but I was still looking forward to see it. I did catch an eye on the setlist, so don’t get confused by the fact I can still name some songs, hehe!

They started off the song rather ferioucously “Phantom Divine” and the arena practically exploded. Was happy to see them get such a good reception!

Well. I’m not going to sit here and pretend I know all about this band, so I’ll keep it rather short. On this tour, they had Lauren Hart from Once Human with them, an Australian singer who is supertalented. They put on a very good and entertaining show to watch, will definitely look more into the band!

Another fun thing that happened was just two or three songs in, when the bassplayer handed me a pick. I motioned for Toivo to take it, because he is a bigger fan, or well, a fan, which I wasn’t, but the bassplayer just shook his head and put it in my hand. I pretty much squealed out a thank you, not really knowing what to say. Gladly, Toivo got one himself just a minute or so later.

After the show, we headed over to the merch where I picked up a Leaves’ Eyes shirt, finally! Caught up a bit with Susanna and said good bye to Cyril one last time before heading out, toward a 7-11 to buy some snacks and then home to Toivo for a good nights rest.

// Sara

 

Neito

Posted in Uncategorized on September 16, 2018 by Sara Hammerzmith

Another week is coming to it’s end. It has been a pretty good week – with all the ups and downs that comes with it. I’m one week closer to my trip, and that is creeping me out a little, in all the right ways. Most things are underway to be finalized in the bookings, which is soothing to know.

Just a few more details and we’re on the go. So, right now, I’m focusing my energy toward packing. It’s ironic in a way – I’ll be gone for almost a month, and that is the time I want to bring as little as possible. I mean, it makes sense, the less I have to carry around the better of course, but still. My biggest issue as of right now is choosing what to wear for the concerts. So far, I have three outfit options for three different shows. I am planning to perhaps look into a few more, but then again – travel light, right?

Here are my first spontaenous ideas for outfits, all going together with black jeans or black leather pants. But the thing is, it’s a long time until the show actually happens, so I have time to change my mind and then change it again until then.

BUT, as a sidenote, I did get myself a travel sweater today. I wanted a “knitted” long sweater with high neck to use on those very very long bus travels I’ll be making. And I found the perfect one at Cubus!

I’m not sure exactly how much you can see, but I’m in love. Perfect for the trips. I am so ready.

// Sara

True Survivor

Posted in Uncategorized on September 15, 2018 by Sara Hammerzmith

Today is a gooood day. And I guess, on top of that, that the title fits very well, huh?

First and foremost, yesterday, I finally recieved the long awaited The Cruel Intentions album. I can barely remember exactly when I pre-ordered it, but damn I’ve been waiting for this! I’ll give it a few proper listens, although I’ve heard half of it, and then give you my opinion of it!

Another great thing, which is on a sidenote, is that I found all my missing albums. I had misplaced three albums and I couldn’t for the life of me understand where. But gladly, I found them.

AND ON TOP OF THAT.

HOLD YOUR HORSES.

My booking and first payment was confirmed today! I’m going back on the boat! And I can’t fucking wait for it!

This I seriously can’t wait for. The line up so far is good, not perfect, but I can’t wait to get back on board. They just rebuilt the ship, so now we will have a lot of additional other fun activities we can do. Seriously, I love this!

With that said, I should start getting ready to head for work. How else should I pay for all of this?

// Sara

Lords of the Hunt

Posted in Uncategorized on September 12, 2018 by Sara Hammerzmith

Stressful and busy days ahead, I’m trying to keep up with the blog as good as I can. The good note though, is that my tour is falling in to place, piece by piece.

These past couple of days I’ve been booking up some bus tickets from destination to destination, but today I finally bought the more fun part – the concert tickets! Or two of them.

HammerFall in Budapest, and Serenity in Vienna. This should be real good. Hopefully tonight I’ll finish booking the Vienna stay and mine and Marias vacation in Vienna is a fact!

I hate saying I’m excited and look forward to something since it sometimes feel like I’m wasting my days waiting for others, but on the same time, this is going to be so good.

// Sara

Lush Life

Posted in The Sims, Uncategorized on September 9, 2018 by Sara Hammerzmith

I’ve spent this weekend taking it relatively easy. I’ve been heading over to Misa’s and Glimon’s, accompanied by William for sort of a gaming weekend, merged together with an election watch.

It’s been a great weekend – a lot of laughter, a lot of randomness, a lot of politics and a lot of progress on Aria.

She’s finished the doctors career, finally, and have now officially started the detectives career. After she’s done with that, she’ll be doing the gardening challenge. So at this point I’d be better off trying to install yet another one of the expansions pack to discover. I’ve been around Seasons now and it’s nice. My next plans are to potentially move her to a different house.

Another nice thing is me recieving my order from Lush that I placed together with Misa.

These are the items I got, The Experimenter, Intergalactic, Sunnyside och MMMelting Marshmallow Moment. I’m really excited to try these products, while I do realize it won’t really happen until after tour.

 

Chasing The Dragon

Posted in Uncategorized on September 4, 2018 by Sara Hammerzmith

Very well. Here we go again. Today has actually been relatively calm as far as touring booking goes, besides me potentially adding another date. I mean, I shouldn’t, because fuck me already with this tour, but why destroy a winning concept? And it’d save me a hotel night anyway.

We learned today that Brothers of Metal has signed with AFM Records. This makes me beyond happy! I’m glad to see more is going to be coming from them, although I was a little disappointed to see that the first release will be, basically, a re-release of “Prohpecy of Ragnarök”. But good for everyone who doesn’t have it!

I can’t really believe it’s just a little over a month left until I leave for the tour. It’s an unreal feeling that this what was just scribbled on paper, is finally happening. But I can’t wait to get back on the road, get back down on the continent, and seeing all my friends again. That is the most important part, you know?

// Sara