RAM & Portrait
Roadkill Tour 2018 präsentiert von:
Dragon Productions, Metal Blade Records, DEAF FOREVER, metal.de, Guitar Magazin, SLAM Magazine, Rock It! Magazine, Legacy – The Voice From The Dark Side, Wacken Brauerei
20.02.2018 – Jena – F-Haus
Einlass: 19:00 Uhr
Beginn: 19:30 Uhr
RAM was created in 1999 by Harry Granroth, who wanted to form a real, true heavy metal band; he was sick of the misinterpretation of metal that ruled the scene at the time, and had a pile of material that he wanted to bring to life. He soon found Daniel Johansson, a young but experienced and very talented guitar player who wielded a traditional metal guitar style. The two started working on some of Harry’s earlier material and began to write new songs. After a long and tiresome search, Harry then found Oscar Carlquist; a powerful heavy metal vocalist with a mutual hatred for the current metal scene. Oscar quickly became involved in the song-writing process and crafted interesting lyrics to accompany the music. The backbone of RAM was formed. Oscar brought in drummer Morgan Pettersson, one of the few drummers left who still played the 70/80’s hard and heavy drumming style. They then recruited the legendary Leif Larsson, an icon in Gothenburg metal as he had previously been a member of Frozen Eyes. The five members started to rehearse and write new songs, and in 2003 they released their first EP, Sudden Impact, through partly their own label „Black Path Metal Recordings“. The EP created an immediate impact on the underground metal scene; the first 1000 copies were sold out in a few months. RAM hit the road and played a number of festivals in Europe and went on tour as support for Sebastian Bach. The band was also recognized by Germany’s Rock Hard magazine as one of the best newcomers of 2004. In 2018 RAM plan to tour extensively in support of ROD. So expect some devastating attacks of Heavy Metal Tyranny!
Swedish heavy metal band PORTRAIT unleashed their fourth full-length album Burn the World (Metal Blade Records) in August 2017 and have received great reviews in both underground and mainstream media, as well as entering the German album charts at position 65. The band has been spreading their dark heavy metal since 2006 when their first demo Welcome to my funeral was released, and has since managed to keep the essence of the music intact while at the same time expanding it further and wider with every release. PORTRAIT’s conviction to heavy metal should be evident to every listener and act as a proof of the true power that the genre still possesses, a power reaching far beyond any aspect of nostalgia or superficiality if composed by musicians with honest intent and strong visions. Expect nothing less than an outburst of heavy metal darkness!
Die Schweden Trial fanden 2007 zusammen, nachdem sie ihre vorigen Bands ad acta gelegt hatten, um gemeinsam etwas Neues zu schaffen. Durch ihre Jugend zur Ruhelosigkeit verdammt schrieben sie während ihrer bescheidenen Anfänge zahlreiche Songs, die dem Zahn der Zeit bis heute trotzen. Zwei Jahre lang probten Trial, komponierten und standen harte Zeiten durch – bis sie 2009 Linus fanden, der die Band, die längst als Trial bekannt ist, zur Einheit machte.
Presented by: Metal Hammer, Musix, Metaltix, metal.de
“A Tour For The Demented 2018”
+ special Guest
19:00 Einlass, 20:00 Beginn
Since 1989, Canada’s ANNIHILATOR have not stopped putting out records and touring the world. Despite the ever-changing climate of the Metal World (and releasing a series of “different” Metal records with various lineups along the way), Jeff Waters and company have consistently delivered strong albums since the band’s debut “Alice In Hell”. Then there was 1990’s best-selling “Never, Neverland”, 1995’s “King of The Kill”, “Schizo Deluxe” in 2005 and many other critically-acclaimed releases up until 2015’s “Suicide Society.” The ‘under-the-radar’ influence of this band, and writer/guitarist/vocalist Jeff Waters, has been felt throughout the entire realm of the metal world by a ton of well-known musicians and bands; that influence even stretching into the hard rock and instrumentalist genre.
ANNIHILATOR’s main man Jeff Waters, in his usual humble manner, offers this in response: “ANNIHILATOR’s music has been influenced by a good hundred of my favorite bands and musicians; you can hear their contributions to what I have been doing all throughout ANNIHILATOR’s catalogue. It’s a bonus and an honor when bands and musicians I love mention that I had something to do with their playing or songs!”
Which all leads to the fact that ANNIHILATOR’S 16th studio release, “For The Demented”, is certainly their most complete and definitive statement yet.
“It was time to analyze what a lot of fans over the years have kept telling me,” says Waters. “It was time to sit down and figure out “why” ANNIHILATOR’s early “thrash-meets-melodic” caught the ears of so many AND to try to sweep the “fan” part of my writing/playing/singing out the door and welcome back the mostly-original Waters writing that was to be the first four ANNIHILATOR albums.”
Waters didn’t venture back alone, while looking back through ANNIHILATOR’S history. “I was well aware that trying to re-capture the past usually fails, or at least won’t come close. So I decided to bring in fresh ears, both musically and physically with Rich Hinks, my bassist for the last few years. And doing most all of the records by myself, including writing and playing most all on my own, as well as mixing, mastering, engineering, etc…, well it can become routine and can often hinder you from being objective and more creative.
Rich came in and co-wrote the music with me, as well as co-produced the beginning stages of the record. His background of classic thrash metal meets a newer “math” metal style was the perfect combination for me to simply ask, “What do you think of this?” He would most-often reply with “not the ANNIHILATOR style I like”, so we would keep going until we both felt that core ANNIHILATOR riffing and writing style presented itself.
“Bottom line, “For The Demented” captures some feel from ANNIHILATOR’s 1985-87 demos mixed with the first 4 ANNIHILATOR records. Back to the thrash meets melody but with some pure Waters guitar riffing, up-graded lead guitar shredding and vocals back to the demo-days meets the “King of The Kill” record.
Lyrically, I placed a theme on the record: the human mind and all of its glory, complexity, diversity, weaknesses and insanity! Pretty much the craziness of the music is matched by the lyrics.”
“I think Metal Fans are going to hear much of what they have been waiting for from ANNIHILATOR.”