metal talk
facebook
Type band name, album name, artists name etc here...
Search all our articles by typing band name, album name, artists name etc here...
news now
metal talk

  STEVE GÖLDBY'S METAL CHRONICLES

ABSOLVA
'Anthems To The Dead'
and...
Highbury Garage, London
Thursday 1st May 2014


steve goldby



absolva

Absolva's second studio album, 'Anthems To The Dead', is fast, frenetic, furious and fierce as well as being packed full of seriously excellent songs, tremendously skilled musicianship and threateningly positive attitude.

'Anthems To The Dead' is indeed full of anthems and every one of them resonates. Every single track on this magnificent opus is a winner and quite simply, the band have absolutely excelled themselves here.

There's variety on the album too. You'll find more than one epic in amongst the numerous skull-cracking, blistering numbers and one slow, mystical track which demonstrates well the versatility that Absolva have.

Article continues below...


iron maiden


It's hard to believe that Absolva only formed two years ago and the impact they have made on the European Metal scene in that time is very impressive. As well as the two studio albums, they've also got a live album/DVD out called 'Beyond Live'.

They're a three piece from Manchester led by guitarist and lead singer Chris Appleton with bass player Dan Bate sharing the lead vocals on several tracks and all backed by the solid and dependable Martin McNee on drums.

'Anthems To The Dead' contains soaring riffs and rousing beats throughout the whole album, all topped off with thought-provoking lyrics.

'The Devil's Mouth' starts proceedings and is one of the album's standout tracks with it's rousing melody and clever key changes while 'Victimiser' is another key moment. This track spits and snarls with venom and fury (UK).

'Never Back Down' is an absolute classic and a song that could go on to define Metal of this generation while the album's title track is utterly compelling listening.

'In Some Wild Universe' is a heartfelt, pain ridden, emotive scream of defiance while 'The Altar And The Cross' takes us down a completely different road altogether with it's mystical imagery.

The bass line on 'Live For The Fight' is absolutely pounding and driving and never lets up once while 'Killing Season' is a journey of clever interchanges wrapped in a frightening storyline.

'Taste The Blood' is a gripping track with a blistering riff and killer chorus while 'Soul Remains' is just an excellent track in every way.

The album ends with 'Silent Sacrifice', a seven-minute epic ode to the warrior on a quest and it's the perfect track to end the album and I guarantee the hook-line/chorus will stay in your head long after you've finished listening.

I'll be surprised if I hear a better album than 'Anthems To The Dead' in 2014 and we're not even half-way through the year yet. It's extremely well produced, brilliantly arranged and is a massive statement from a band who are defining the future of British Metal.

'Anthems To The Dead' costs just ten British pounds from the Absolva store, here. I paid more than that for the new Iron Maiden album in 1999 and I'm still playing it today.

I'm pretty damn sure I will still be playing 'Anthems To The Dead' in 15 years time which would make it 75p per each year's unlimited listening. That is probably the best value you will ever get, anywhere, anytime. Here's the link again...

Tracklisting:
The Devil's Mouth
Victimiser
Never Back Down
Anthems To The Dead
In Some Wild Universe
The Altar And The Cross
Live For The Fight
Killing Season
Taste The Blood
Soul Remains
Silent Sacrifice






beer beer beerbeerbeer


ABSOLVA: HIGHBURY GARAGE, LONDON
Thursday 1st May 2014


The first night of the tour and what an absolutely blistering gig this was. This was near-perfect Heavy Metal of the 21st Century and the clear message was that our music is alive and screaming and has a massive future.

The volume was a throwback to the old days when you used to leave a gig with your ears ringing. That simply doesn't happen any more but Absolva took us right back to Metal's glory days while making it crystal clear that they are the torch carriers for the future and the defining sound of the modern day.

The sound quality was near perfect too and frontman Chris Appleton involved the Garage crowd from the off. Not that they needed much encouragement as this band are good enough to let the music do all the talking but Chris has become the complete and expert frontman who can easily have a large crowd hanging on his every word.

He's the lead and rythym guitarist as well, plus chief songwriter and band leader and his talent appears to know no boundaries. I wouldn't be surprised if he drives the tour bus and cooks the breakfast as well.

It's not all about Chris though as Dan Bate and Martin McNee also shine on stage. Dan is a blistering player, both visually and soundwise. He must be using specially reinforced instruments, the way he hammers his bass.

Drummer Martin McNee not only demonstrated his worth with his dependable and brutal beat-keeping but with his drum solo. Drum solos usually mean it's time to go to the bar to refuel but he kept this crowd captivated with a skilled and captivating display.

The bottom line is that these guys totally mean it and the way they relay their message is infectious, uplifting and impossible to ignore.

The set-list below should have contained three more tracks but the gig ran slightly late and Absolva had to slightly adapt their set. That means that when you catch them on the rest of the tour, you get more than we got in London.

Surely Absolva will be playing high up the bill at large festivals sooner rather than later. They certainly deserve that.

Cream always rises to the top so you'd be well advised to catch them in the mid-sized venues this tour. Tickets are selling fast and some of these venues have already sold out as word is spreading fast now. Absolva won't be staying on this level for long, that much is a given.

Setlist:
The Devil's Mouth
Victimiser
Anthems To The Dead
Killing Season
From Beyond
Never Back Down
Free
Soul Remains
Only When It's Over
Taste The Blood
Drum Solo
Flames Of Justice
Empires Code Red


Pictures by Sean Cameron: Click on image for full size version...
absolva  absolva  absolva  absolva
absolva  absolva  absolva  absolva
absolva  absolva  absolva  absolva
absolva  absolva  absolva  absolva
absolva  absolva  absolva  absolva
absolva  absolva  absolva  absolva
absolva  absolva  absolva  absolva



beer beer beerbeerbeer


MAY
1st UK London The Garage
2nd UK Birmingham Asylum 2
3rd UK Burnley Sanctuary
4th UK Kendal Bootleggers
9th UK Newcastle Trillians
10th UK Carlisle Brickyard
11th UK Wakefield Snooty Fox
16th UK Great Yarmouth The Oakwood
17th UK Brighton Green Door Store
18th UK Swindon The Victoria
23rd UK Grimsby Yardbirds
24th UK Selby Riverside
28th UK Bristol Gryphon
29th UK Southampton The Joiners
30th UK Ebbw Vale Odin's
31st UK Manchester Sound Control
JUNE
8th HR Zadar Underwall Festival
JULY
19th UK Manchester SOS Festival
SEPTEMBER
5th FR Arras Blue Devil's Bar
6th DE Waldronn Sound Check One
7th BE Namur Magick
10th PL Poznan Klub U Bazyla
12th DE Berlin Blackland
13th PL Bielsko-Biala Rude Boy Club
14th CZ Litvinov Attic Rock Club
19th NL Amsterdam The Cave
20th NL Eindhoven The Jack
21st NL Emmen Blanko
27th BE Aalter Wizz's Autumn Fest
OCTOBER
2nd DE Mulhausen Kulturfabrik
3rd DE Herdorf Rattenloch
4th FR Fismes Underground Investigation Festival
9th CH Zurich Hey City Club
10th FR Luynes Le Korigan
11th FR Bartenheim Caf Conc
16th DE Balingen Sonnenkeller
18th NL Nijmegen Rockcafe Backstage
19th BE Roeselare De Verlichte Geest
25th BE Soignies Kraken Metal Fest


Absolva are:

Chris Appleton: Lead vocals, lead and rythym guitar
Daniel Bate: Bass guitar, lead and backing vocals
Martin McNee: Drums


beer beer beerbeerbeer


6.5.14

Steve's Heavy Metal Chronicles index page...









iron maiden



 

hrh nwobhm RAVEN AND DIAMOND HEAD TO PLAY HRH NWOBHM 2017 - FULL LINE-UP IS HERE
"HRH are proud to announce that HRH NWOBHM will make its thunderous, triumphant return in 2017..."

gojira GOJIRA MARCH 2017 HEADLINE TOUR DATES ARE HERE
The band's latest album, 'Magma', is already notching up number one positions in the 2016 end of year Top Album polls...

xandria WORLD PREMIERE: XANDRIA UNLEASH FIRST TRACK FROM FORTHCOMING NEW ALBUM ON MetalTalk
The band around charismatic Dianne van Giersbergen unleashes the very first music video from 'Theater Of Dimensions'...

blaze bayley WORLD PREMIERE: BLAZE BAYLEY RELEASES BRAND NEW CHRISTMAS SONG AND VIDEO, 'CRAZY CHRISTMAS'
Blaze Bayley has released a brand new Christmas song and the video is premiering here on MetalTalk today...

marillion WAS BREAKING NEWS: ZZ TOP TO HEADLINE RAMBLIN' MAN 2017
"Without a further a do here are the first acts we can proudly announce for Ramblin' Man Fair 2017!!"

marillion WAS BREAKING NEWS: DEEP PURPLE 2017 UK TOUR DATES ARE HERE
Tickets have started to go on sale already right here.

matt starr ACE FREHLEY AND MR BIG DRUMMER MATT STARR RELEASES 'MUST-SEE' DVD
"Educating and empowering other musicians around the world is something very important to us both..."

hereza STATUS QUO CONFIRM LAST OF THE ELECTRICS TOUR WILL CONTINUE INTO 2017
"The tour will run alongside a series of Aquostic shows already planned for 2017..."

hereza UK PREMIERE: HEREZA LAUNCH SECOND MUSIC VIDEO FROM 'I BECOME DEATH'
Croatian death-punk duo HerezA are making waves around Europe and when you see this, you'll know exactly why...

status quo UK EXCLUSIVE: STATUS QUO KEEP ROCKIN' ON: DATES WITH ZZ TOP PLUS 2018 GIG ANNOUNCED
According to RP Online, tickets will be available from Thursday 1st December at 10:00am...

ted nugent TED NUGENT CELEBRATES FIDEL CASTRO'S DEATH
"I'm giddy the son of a bitch is dead. It's time to celebrate..."

unleash the archers WORLD PREMIERE: UNLEASH THE ARCHERS UNVEIL THIRD AND FINAL VIDEO FROM 'TIME STANDS STILL'
"We are so excited to finally share this video with everyone! It's our thank you to all the fans we've met and made on our first European tour..."

marillion WAS BREAKING NEWS: MARILLION TO PLAY THEIR FIRST EVER SHOW AT ROYAL ALBERT HALL
"Conscious of the venue's history and having seen one or two first-rate shows there myself, we will make a show worthy of this hallowed space."

deep purple DEEP PURPLE TO HEADLINE HELLFEST - FULL BILL IS HERE
Just as they did last year, Hellfest have announced the full bill in one hit and the 2017 line-up is varied and incredibly strong...

kiss WAS BREAKING NEWS: KISS 2017 UK TOUR DATES ARE HERE
We love Kiss because when their fans shout, they listen and take action...

stone sour STONE SOUR TENTH ANNIVERSARY EDITION OF 'COME WHAT(EVER) MAY' IS COMING: NEW VIDEO FOR 'ZZYZX RD' ACOUSTIC IS HERE
'Come What(ever) May: Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition' has been remastered and now includes an array of bonus material...

nightlord WORLD PREMIERE: NIGHTLORD RELEASE VIDEO FOR 'SIN EATER' - WATCH IT HERE
This is a pulsating and gripping track and you can see it for the very first time right here...

kiss WAS BREAKING NEWS: KISS 2017 EUROPEAN TOUR DATES ARE HERE
This will be the first time the band have hit Europe since 2015s sold out festival and arena shows...

deep purple DEEP PURPLE TO RELEASE NEW STUDIO ALBUM, 'INFINITE', IN 2017
"This is primarily an instrumental band. I just climb on board and write it along."

manowar MANOWAR ADD EXTRA GERMAN DATE TO THE FINAL BATTLE WORLD TOUR
"Our German Army Of Immortals is faithfully devoted and strong in numbers. We had to give them an additional show to saturate their thirst for True Metal!"

queen QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT TO RELEASE 'LIVE IN JAPAN'
"When we saw the video, we thought that it was great and the interaction with the crowd was great."

def leppard DEF LEPPARD TELL FANS 'AND THERE WILL BE A NEXT TIME - LIVE FROM DETROIT'
"From the second the house lights went down, we could see the sun setting from the stage, and the energy from the crowd just seemed to intensify..."

donald trump MUNICIPAL WASTE ACCUSE DONALD TRUMP OF HACKING THEIR TWITTER ACCOUNT
Surprisingly the band are not deleting these posts and they are still there for all to see...

ghost GHOST UK AND EUROPE TOUR DATES ARE HERE
These dates mark the band's return to UK shores following their extremely special seated show last March...

absolva ABSOLVA CONFIRM RETURN TO THE STUDIO AND 2017 PLANS
"We see the new record as a mix of what we did with 'Anthems To The Dead' and 'Never A Good Day To Die'..."

marco mendoza MARCO MENDOZA TO RETURN TO THE UK IN FEBRUARY
Some new material will be offered up on the tour along with some of the greatest hits Marco has played...

saiichi sugiyami SAIICHI SUGIYAMI TO PLAY TWELVE DATE SPRING 2017 UK TOUR
'Melting Away' was one of Andy Fraser's last ever recordings and you can check it out right here...

accept ACCEPT RELEASE FIRST TRAILER FOR 'RESTLESS AND WILD LIVE' - WATCH HERE
'Restless And Live', will include the entire show Accept played at Bang Your Head Festival 2015...

paul shortino EXCLUSIVE: PAUL SHORTINO GIVES STELLAR CAREER PERSPECTIVE TO BE AIRED THIS MONDAY
Being introduced to Ronnie James Dio was a total life changer: "I felt like I was living in a dream."

billy sheehan BILLY SHEEHAN ISSUES DAVE LEE ROTH DENIAL
"I shared the post because it was about Sammy getting back in VH. I have since deleted it..."

saxon WAS BREAKING NEWS: SAXON TO HEADLINE STEELHOUSE WITH EXCLUSIVE 'EAGLE' PRODUCTION: INGLORIOUS ALSO ON THE BILL
"We're bringing the Eagle back to the mountain, so bring on the Heavy Metal thunder."

glenn hughes WAS BREAKING NEWS: GLENN HUGHES NEW UK/EUROPEAN TOUR DATES ARE HERE
"I am happy to announce my UK and European tour. My team have been hard at work to make this happen..."

nightlord NEW NIGHTLORD ALBUM IS ON THE WAY - DETAILS HERE
'Reborn In Darkness' features the first new Nightlord tracks since the band reformed in 2010...

van hagar WAS BREAKING NEWS: VAN HAGAR AND DAVE LEE ROTH'S EAT 'EM AND SMILE LINE-UPS TO REFORM
The members have refused to deny such a thing is happening. Instead Billy Sheehan cheekily re-tweeted the RothArmy article...

magnum WAS BREAKING NEWS: MAGNUM TO RELEASE 'THE VALLEY OF TEARS – THE BALLADS' ALBUM ON 6th JANUARY
"Magnum have so many beautiful quiet numbers, why don't you put together a compilation highlighting some of the most powerful tracks?"

elo JEFF LYNNE'S ELO ARE STEPPING OUT FOR SHEFFIELD ARENA SHOW
Presale for the Sheffield show starts on Wednesday and go on sale proper this Friday...

the king lot THE KING LOT/THE JOLLY BOYS AIM FOR CHRISTMAS NUMBER ONE WITH TYKETTTO COVER FOR MS SCOTLAND
"As The MS Society is The Jolly Boys chosen charity for 2016, we wanted to do something that would raise the most money and awareness..."

sertraline SERTRALINE ARE TRYING TO MAKE YOU FEEL GUILTY WITH SECOND EP
"This has been a long time coming! We're so grateful for everyone's support, thanks for sticking with us!"

deep purple DEEP PURPLE 'CALIFORNIA JAM 1974' AND JON LORD 'GEMINI SUITE' NEWLY RESTORED AND ON THEIR WAY TO YOU
"It's big, it's grandiose, it's funky, it's rock... it's Mk III in all its glory."

quireboys THE QUIREBOYS ARE COMING - FULLY PLUGGED AND FULLY LOADED
"We made this record with a full-on rock'n'roll show in mind..."

accept ACCEPT REVEAL 'RESTLESS AND WILD' FROM 'RESTLESS AND LIVE' - WATCH HERE
This package will include the entire show Accept played at Bang Your Head Festival 2015...

overkill OVERKILL TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM, 'THE GRINDING WHEEL', IN FEBRUARY
"Grinding on! Here we come again kids, strapped to the Grinding Wheel! Bang your head."

guns n roses GUNS N' ROSES SLOT FEATURES IN TOP ROCK THEMED GAMES
Gunners fans can now listen to their favourite band's music and win big prizes on the reels...

hard rock hell AIRBOURNE, Y&T, GUN, SYTERIA AND THE NEW ROSES TO ROCK HARD ROCK HELL 2017
2017 is going to be the biggest adventure yet! We're taking the HRH experience out to Australia, NZ and Singapore...

helloween KISKE AND HANSEN BACK IN HELLOWEEN: PUMPKINS UNITED WORLD TOUR 2017/18 IS OFFICIAL
Weikath, Kiske, Hansen, Grosskopf are going to play Helloween classics live and on a joint tour. Massive news. Awesome...

motorhead MOTÖRHEAD 'WAKE THE DEAD' BOX-SET AND 'BAD MAGIC' SILVER VINYL AVAILABLE TO ORDER NOW
The main cover image highlights one of Lemmy's rough-draft thumbnail sketches...

anthrax ANTHRAX ANNOUNCE 2017 UK HEADLINE TOUR
"Finally! We've been looking forward to headlining in the UK for so long!!! We have a killer set planned..."

devildriver DEVILDRIVER PREMIERE NEW VIDEO FOR 'TRUST NO ONE'
"The pit was giant for us and it was killer to see such a massive crowd participating in the madness!"

tyketto TYKETTO REACH OUT TO FANS ONCE AGAIN WITH RESCHEDLUED TOUR DATES
"Save a handful of venues, we will be hitting most of the same markets as we had planned for in November and December..."

aerosmith AEROSMITH 'AERO-VEDERCI BABY' FAREWELL TOUR DATES ARE HERE
"Aerosmith just got done ripping through South America like true ambassadors of rock... the band is unstoppable right now..."

death dealer HAS DONALD TRUMP ASSASSINATED DEATH DEALER?
"Shut the fuck up and play guitar, that's what matters, not your opinion..."

diablus in musica WORLD PREMIERE: DIABALUS IN MUSICA UNLEASH 'INVISIBLE' FROM 'DIRGE FROM THE ARCHONS'
Diabulus In Musica have an extraordinary ability to merge Metallic heaviness with symphonic catchiness...

kiss KISSCLUSIVE: KISS KRUISE VI - QUALITY VIDEO OF EXCLUSIVE SONGS INCLUDING A PREVIOUSLY UNHEARD PAUL STANLEY TRACK
"We are proud to be part of such a great, noble and worthy cause. Please support the Heavy Metal Helps The Heroes Campaign."

inglorious LIMITED EDITION EXCLUSIVE INGLORIOUS 2016 COMMEMORATION T-SHIRT LAUNCHED
We're doing just one run of these to ensure that all Inglorious fans who purchase one have a limited edition exclusive collector's item...

roger waters ROGER WATERS ANNOUNCES 2017 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
"It will be a cool show, I promise you. It'll be spectacular like all my shows have been."

tom petty JEFF LYNNE, DON HENLEY AND FOO FIGHTERS HAVE NO SECOND THOUGHTS PERFORMING AT TOM PETTY MUSICARES AWARD
"I have so much respect for this organization, which really does care about the people in our industry..."

rhino edwards FOR STATUS QUO FANS: RHINO'S REVENGE ANNOUNCE NEW NEW NEW BATCH OF TOUR DATES
The tour is in support of the 'II' album which was released late last year...

grand magus WAS BREAKING NEWS: GRAND MAGUS ANNOUNCE UK/IRELAND TOUR DATES
"By Odin's beard! The Magus will be returning to the British isles for a headline tour with all that it entails in 2017..."

wildfire festival WILDFIRE FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES TWENTY BANDS FOR 2017
"For anyone that wants to discover and back new bands there is one place to be next June – Wildfire Festival..."

kiss KISSCLUSIVE: KISS REVIVE CLASSIC 'CREATURES OF THE NIGHT' SET ON KRUISE VI
The setlist was based around the 1982 'Creatures Of The Night' tour list but with some amazing surprises thrown in...

trivium TRIVIUM UNEARTH RARE DEMO AHEAD OF RE-RELEASE - LISTEN HERE
'The Storm' is a Trivium track of legend. It's been completely absent from the world for ages since it was only very briefly available on 'Caeruleus'...

bullet for my valentine BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE RELEASE BRAND NEW SINGLE/VIDEO, 'DON'T NEED YOU' - WATCH/LISTEN HERE
"We wanted it to look really grand and ornate, but underneath it all, it's a bit dirty."

bristol deathfest VADER AND IMMOLATION CONFIRMED FOR BRISTOL DEATHFEST
Bristol Deathfest is one of the must attend events for any fan of death Metal in the UK next year...

steelhouse festival STEELHOUSE FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2017 SATURDAY HEADLINERS
"After the success of last year's event we are delighted to be pulling the kind of acts that will really maintain our upward trajectory!"

amon amarth AMON AMARTH TO HEADLINE BLOODSTOCK FRIDAY - TICKETS ON SALE NOW
Amon Amarth will headline the Friday night of Bloodstock 2017 in what is certain to be a very serious horn raising spectacular...

killit WORLD PREMIERE KILLIT UNVEIL 'AIN'T PLAYING YOUR GAME' VIDEO, LIVE AT THE UNDERWORLD
"There is no way to get any video to actually make people realise how it felt that night in The Underworld... but this is as close as it gets."

mick ralphs BAD COMPANY AND MOTT THE HOOPLE GUITARIST MICK RALPHS SUFFERS STROKE
"Mick is receiving excellent medical care and is recovering in hospital, although all his public engagements are necessarily on hold..."

meat loaf EXCLUSIVE ANDREW POLEC, 'BAT OUT OF HELL - THE MUSICAL' LEADING MAN: "EVERYTHING HAS LED TO THIS MOMENT"
"Considering there's a huge bike accident in this play and my life karmically changed because of my bike accident, I feel blessed."

tank WORLD PREMIERE TANK UNLEASH SUPERB NEW VIDEO FOR 'VALLEY OF TEARS'
"Not exactly ideal conditions when you've got a stinking hangover. Nothing we couldn't deal with though. Job done!"

ded daisies THE DEAD DAISIES UNLEASH SHORT MOVIE FOR 'A SONG AND A PRAYER'
"This song turned out to have a special vibe to it, very accessible, which is really cool. But the lyrics are rather dark..."

download DOWNLOAD 2017 HEADLINERS ANNOUNCED
Download mainman Andy Copping has established for himself a new status as the bravest promoter in the business...

deep purple DEEP PURPLE 'FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY' PERFECTLY CAPTURES KNEBWORTH 1985 PERFORMANCE
This hardback 128 page book is a strictly limited edition of 300 with each one individually numbered...

beermageddon BEERMAGEDDON MAKE FIRST 2017 BAND ANNOUNCEMENTS
It's game on for Beermageddon and there's a whole host of fabulous acts playing the 2017 edition of the booziest festival in the UK...

rush RUSH TO RELEASE 'TIME STAND STILL' DOCUMENTARY
Dave Grohl: "Rush built their following the right way. Their legacy is incredible and their influence undeniable."

titanfest EXCLUSIVE FAST EDDIE CLARKE JOINS SAXON ONSTAGE FOR MOTÖRHEAD CLASSIC
Biff: "It's great to see Eddie playing again..."

glenn hughes GLENN HUGHES CANCELS ENTIRE UK/EUROPEAN TOUR
"I am saddened and disappointed that I will not be able to perform for my UK and European fans as I had originally intended..."

metal talk
© All written site content is copyright MetalTalk.net 2008-2016, unless otherwise stated, and is not to be used without prior permission.
Ads raid data recovery