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No.10 April/May 2019

 

Welcome!

Sometimes things don’t quite go to plan – hey, there’s been a lot going on! – and May’s issue of Echoes got so delayed we decided to roll the contents into issue 10 and make up one bumper edition of the newsletter to see you through June.
 
So, what have we got? It’s been a long time coming – it’s been almost five years since their last album – but we’re all really excited about Amulet’s ‘The Inevitable War’ (see the feature for more details). Also interviewed this time around are Quartz’s Malcolm Cope, Mindwars’ Mike Alvord and Dave Brunt from Deathwish, and Blitzkrieg’s debut album ‘A Time Of Changes’ goes under the spotlight for our Classic Album.
 
See you next month!
John Tucker

Amulet's Marek 'Heathen' Steven on 'The Inevitable War'...

“We all agreed that we loved Martin Birch’s work with Iron Maiden, Deep Purple, Blue Öyster Cult and Eighties’ Sabbath etc – the sound and the clarity of the vocals and all the instruments and heaviness without being over-
bearing. That was the broad idea and Tom was a dream to work with... The aim was to come away with something we could be proud of for the rest of our lives – which is the idea with albums, right?”
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STREET FIGHTING MAN

Quartz’s drummer Malcolm Cope reminisces about the band’s early days

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MIND OVER MATTER

Mike Alvord tells tales of Mindwars

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BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU (DEATH) WISH FOR

Dave Brunt on the trials and tribulations of Deathwish’s debut, ‘At The Edge Of Damnation’

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CLASSIC ALBUM

Blitzkrieg’s ‘A Time Of Changes’ started life as a studio project and ended up giving the famous New Wave Of British Heavy Metal band a new lease of life
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MAY/JUNE 2019 RELEASES

Barbe-Q-Barbies 'BORROWED TIME'  -  Out Now! 
The Barbies’ fourth album, with a handful of surprises
 
Grotesque 'IN THE EMBRACE OF EVIL' -  Out Now! 
A compilation of the Swedish death metal band’s studio recordings
 
Amulet 'THE INEVITABLE WAR'  -  Out Now! 
The long-awaited and hugely anticipated second album by the British metal band
 
Desolation Angels 'DESOLATION ANGELS'  -  Out Now! 
Re-issue of the band’s debut, with bonus live disc
 
Full Catalogue at dissonanceproductions.co.uk
MORE NEWS STORIES
Primitai’s ‘Ten Years With Guy And Srdjan’ Celebration
Desolation Angels Record New Album
Acid Reign Sign On The Dotted Line
ALBUM REVIEWS
What the critics have been saying about Dissonance releases:
ARTILLERY – ‘Fear Of Tomorrow’ & ‘Terror Squad’ (joint review)
“The best thrash metal ever forged in Europe...”
Wolfram Kuper, Rock Hard 384, 8/10 for each album
 
CAULDRON – ‘New Gods’
“Eighties’ metal meets catchy hard rock – well done!”
Andreas Stappert, Deaf Forever, 7/10

“Cauldron pay homage to their musical role models and they do it extremely well. Check it out - it's worth it!”
Jens Peters, Rock Hard, 8.5/10

“Cauldron fans will love ‘New Gods’ from the first note! Honest and old school music!”
Powermetal.de 8.5/10

“Like Judas Priest in the mid-Eighties, the Canadians tread the fine line between traditional metal and hard rock. Classic songwriting!”
Legacy 10/15
 
NEURONSPOILER – ‘Second Sight’
“‘Second Sight’ is heavy metal for people who dislike pretension and enjoy strong, powerful songs played with an obvious passion.”
Alan Holloway, Fireworks 81

QUARTZ – ‘Quartz & ‘Live Quartz’
“Quartz were definitely a blue-collar British metal outfit, cut from the same cloth as future giants Maiden, Saxon and Leppard. These albums prove that they deserved a lot more attention than they got as the NWOBHM flourished.”
Malcolm Dome, Classic Rock 261

TOLEDO STEEL – ‘No Quarter’
“Toledo Steel really aren’t pushing any boundaries…  However, they have turned out eight blazing, authentic, no-nonsense and no-frills NWOBHM songs. The fact they have done it forty years after the fact matters not one jot.”
Helen Bradley Owers,  Fireworks 83
AVENGER – ‘Blood Sports’ & ‘Killer Elite’ (joint review)
 “Tight and energetic… Meat with potatoes is on this menu, no garnish, but if that’s what you want, this is very satisfying. And in ‘NOTJ’ they have an important sounding wannabe epic.” [‘Blood Sports’]
“It’s perhaps a little more sure of itself, this second release…” [‘Killer Elite’]
Steve Swift, Powerplay 211, 7/10
 
KILL RITUAL – ‘All Men Shall Fall’
“Sun-drenched Californian metal tie-dyed in ‘Super Collider’-era Megadeth  with a penchant for mind-bending riffs, a vocal performance that packs a punch even modern metal’s heavyweight vocalists can’t always reach and the ability to simply be a kick-ass heavy metal album in a world that takes itself far too seriously. That is Kill Ritual’s fourth studio outing in a nutshell.”
Jack Press, Fireworks 82
 
PRIMITAI – ‘The Calling’
“…The excellent cover art was designed by Claudio Bergamin, the man also responsible for Judas Priest’s ‘Firepower’ design, and the mighty Priest are also the perfect example for a comparison to Primitai’s sound, along with the unmistakable Iron Maiden, Saxon, et al twin guitar references.  Eschewing the routine, high-tempo power metal route, Primitai are firmly rooted in the more traditional NWOBHM/classic heavy metal style yet succeed in dragging the genre into the present day with modern production techniques. Yes, there is the occasional brief foray into power metal and even thrash territory, along with a definite progressive edge throughout the excellent arrangements of the nine full songs on offer, but most importantly, Primitai never lose sight of the crucial element – that the melody is king – and that is ultimately where their strength lies.”
Ant Heeks, Fireworks 83
 
Full Catalogue at dissonanceproductions.co.uk
Tour & Gig Dates
New dates for Toledo Steel and Barbe-Q-Barbies, amongst others.
AMULET
1 June - OBERNDORF
Metalheadz Open Air, Germany
31 Aug - ATTEINS
Hard & Heavy Fest VIII, Austria (with Seven Sisters)
3 Oct - MANNHEIM
New Wave Of Heavy Metal, MS Connexion Complex, Germany (with Seven Sisters)


DESOLATION ANGELS
8 June - LONDON
Cart & Horses, Stratford, UK
6 July - LUTON
George III Cyberfest, UK


TOLEDO STEEL
7 June - SHEFFIELD
RS Bar, UK
13 June - BREE
Ragnarok, Belgium (with Eliminator)
14 June - OLDENBURG
MTS Records, Germany (with Eliminator)
15 June - HAMBURG
Bambi Galore, Germany (with Eliminator)
16 June - KIEL
Schaubude, Germany
13 July - PRESTWICH
SOS Festival, UK
2 Aug - DIEST
Moonlight Music Hall, Belgium
3 Aug - OSTEND
OHK, Belgium
12 Sept - NEWCASTLE
Head Of Steam, UK
13 Sept - SOUTHAMPTON
The Firehouse, UK
14 Sept - LONDON
The Black Heart, UK
27 Sept - LENS
Titans Club, Belgium
28 Sept - LAIGNEVILLE
Le Black Pearl, France
29 Sept - PARIS
Le Klub, France
10 Oct - MANCHESTER
The Star And Garter, UK
11 Oct - SOUTHAMPTON
The Firehouse, UK
12 Oct - LONDON
The Devonshire Arms, UK
24 Oct - MARBURG
Szenario, Germany
25 Oct - KOBLENZ
Florinsmarkt, Germany
26 Oct - OBERHAUSEN
Helvete Club, Germany
3 Nov - ILFRACOMBE
Ilfracombe Rocks Festival, UK
BARBE-Q-BARBIES
28 Jun - SEINÄJOKI
Provinssi, Finland
29 Jun - MANAMANSALO
Gneissirock, Finland
19 Jul - PORVOO
Tirmo Blues, Finland
20 July - TAMPERE
Tammerfest, Finland
26 July - KUOPIO
RockCock, Finland
27 July - OULU
Qstock Oy, Finland
17 Aug - HELSINKI
Lekafest, Finland
6 Sept - JYVÄSKYLÄ
Hemingways, Finland
7 Sept - IISALMI
Graceville, Finland


SEVEN SISTERS
1 June  -  OBERNDORF AM LECH
Metalheadz Open Air, DE
25 July  -  BRANDE-HORNERKIRCHEN
Headbangers Open Air, DE
31 Aug - SATTEINS
Hard And Heavy Fest VIII, Austria
3 Oct - MANNHEIM
New Wave Of Heavy Metal, MS Connexion Complex, Germany (with Amulet)


ELIMINATOR
13 June - BREE
Ragnarok, Belgium (with Toledo Steel)
14 June - OLDENBURG
MTS Records, Germany (with Toledo Steel)
15 June - HAMBURG
Bambi Galore, Germany (with Toledo Steel)


PRIMITAI
8 Jun - VRSAC
Lake Rock Festival, Serbia
29 Jun - READING
Afterdark, UK
20 July - EASTINGHTON
Amplified Festival, UK
23 Aug - MACHYNLLETH
Rock And Metal Circus, Y Llew Coch, UK
14 Sept - NEWCASTLE
Think Tank Underground, UK
15 Sept - MANCHESTER
Twatterfest 2019, Rebellion, UK
6 Oct - SOUTHAMPTON
Joiners, UK
14 Dec - ABERTILLY
Rock And Roll Circus, Dolls House, UK
Full tour dates at dissonanceproductions.co.uk
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