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Songwriters Team Up for Ancient News

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Local singer/songwriters Andrea Cefalo and David Kisor have teamed up for an interesting new project dubbed Ancient News. Plus, The Almighty Get Down will be recording a performance Saturday night at Woodward Theater.   
by Nick Grever 02.18.2016 101 days ago
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REVIEW: Siegelord’s ‘Ascent of the Fallen’

Cincinnati's symphonic Death Metal band Siegelord finally unleashes its powerful, anticipated debut album

Since its formation in Feb. 2013, Siegelord has been biding its time and waiting for the right moment to strike. After several sound, image and name shifts, the Cincinnati-based Metal band finally found its footing and began building a legion of fans. The quartet (vocalist Ulfr, guitarist Therod, drummer Sieven and bassist Warg) may have taken its sweet time releasing its first full-length, Ascent of the Fallen, but spinning the 12-track debut is enough to get any listener prepped to strap on some armor and go to war, even if it is just in the mosh pit.Fans of Ulfr, Sieven and Warg’s previous band, local Folk Metal crew Winterhymn, can definitely hear some stylistic similarities. But where Winterhymn focuses its efforts on the Folk aspects of its formula, Siegelord leans more heavily upon Black and Death Metal to craft its battle anthems. Both bands weave orchestration into their songs, but Siegelord trade in the violins and keys for powerful blasts of horn and sprawling synths to give their tracks a more tribal and feral edge. These are not odes to honorable warriors but to conquerors and bloodthirsty warlords. and the musicianship reinforces that distinction.Each members’ individual inspirations permeate every track. Ulfr’s love of Behemoth and Gwar fills every growled and shrieked line, Sieven’s Hardcore background can be heard in his bombastic cymbal crashes and heavy-handed pounding. Therod’s thrashy riffs, reminiscent of Amon Amarth and similar acts, along with Warg’s classically constructed bass rumbles fill the rest of the bloody picture. Throughout, the synth and horns add a flourish to each song and enhance each track’s intended mood. The driving, violent call to arms of “Gatebreaker” just wouldn’t be the same without a bellow from the horn, calling the fighters to one singular purpose — in this case, a massive, track-ending breakdown.<a href="http://siegelord.bandcamp.com/album/ascent-of-the-fallen">Ascent of the Fallen by Siegelord</a>While the music itself is suitably brutal, Ulfr’s lyrics are what sets Ascent apart. The album is autobiographical in many ways, as Ulfr weaves a tale of the four characters banished from their realm and exiled to an inhospitable desert, ultimately finding a way to make their new homeland truly theirs. Sprinkled throughout are several interludes where Ulfr expands on the story he weaves. These tracks avoid feeling like filler due to Ulfr’s savage, spoken delivery, which elicits a shiver or two from the listener. Furthermore, “Siegelord” and “Warchief of Fallen Spirits” take time to develop Ulfr, Sieven, Warg and Therod’s individual backstories.Buried within the fantastical saga that Ulfr shares are some true-to-life revelations regarding deception, lies, love lost and overcoming exceptional odds at all costs. In many ways, Ascent of the Fallen is a literal title and the band’s material benefits from not relying simply on classical fantasy tropes or focusing too heavily on creating a concept album to construct its tale.Siegelord’s inception was a tumultuous one, coming out of very real, personal schisms. While most of these divisions have healed with time, their memory helped fuel the creation of an album that ties together many familiar influences and mechanics, but ultimately is able to rise above them. The intelligent use of Ulfr’s commanding vocals, riffs that cut like a broadsword, drumming and bass that crashes across your chest and driving orchestration has led to an album that may have taken several years to finally complete, but was worth the wait. Local Metal fans need only to listen to the album before exclaiming, “Praise the fuckin’ Lord.”Siegelord's new album can be purchased (digitally or on CD) here. 

Music: Whitey Morgan and the 78's

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Well, looky here. The CMA Awards derned got turnt around this past November when the corporate Bro-Country boys and girls got to sit in their chairs and watch a true Honky Tonk hero, Chris Stapleton, win three top honors.   

Music: Bill Frisell

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Guitarist Bill Frisell, to dredge up an all-too-often used description, is a “musician’s musician.”   

Music: Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown seem well on their way to following fellow Nashville-area crew Kings of Leon into the mainstream spotlight.   

Sounds and Furies, Signifying Everything

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 17, 2016
The rise of Wussy over the past 11 years may ultimately stand as one of the most improbable yet inevitable success stories in Cincinnati music history.  

The Wussification of America

With national and international attention at an all-time high, Cincinnati rockers Wussy prep new album, Forever Sounds

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 17, 2016
The group’s last album, 2014’s Attica!, amped up the noisy elements that have defined the band from the beginning, but Forever Sounds unleashes a sonic arsenal unlike anything in Wussy’s acclaimed catalog.   

Sound Advice: Anderson East

Thursday • 20th Century Theater

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Pop culture’s microscopic focus on fame and celebrity means that Anderson East’s recognition has risen more because of his recent status as Miranda Lambert’s boyfriend than for his incredible musical abilities.  

Sound Advice: Voivod with Vektor and Eight Bells

Tuesday • Southgate House Revival

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Voivod could be considered the musical equivalent of the post office: The Canadian Progressive Metal quartet cannot be stopped by wind, rain, snow, sleet, dark of night (in fact, they rather prefer it), death, break-ups, lawsuits or stylistic shifts.  

Sound Advice: Mickey Avalon and Dirt Nasty with Lazy Ass Destroyer, DJ Brizo and The Nightbeast

Monday • Bogart’s

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Hip Hop sensation Mickey Avalon has experienced enough life drama to fill a dozen albums and a string of Law & Order episodes.