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Visigoth Live At The Moth Club

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Visigoth returned to the UK’s shores last Sunday as part of a fantastic line up, to perform at the Moth Club in Hackney. Before them were Skyryder who delivered an absolutely phenomenal set, Amulet who were par for the course, and then Bewitcher who took the moshpit central with a broken string and a Motorhead cover.

Visigoth came in all guns blazing starting with “Dungeon Master,” and “Warrior Queen,” both of which got roars from the crowd. They then moved into those absolute master pieces “Fireseeker,” and “Abysswalker,” from their new E.P. both songs are of such high quality the crowd was already cheering them on.

In tribute to being in London, they performed a cover of Iron Maiden’s “The Evil That Men Do,” that got people going. “Outlive Them All,” and “Hammerforged,” delivered a killing blow and ensured the crowd was rearing to go for more.

“Traitor’s Gate” and “The Revenant King,” finished things off nicely, and ensured the punters went home energised and happy.

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Visigoth Interview

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On Sunday night, Visigoth played a headline set at The Moth Club, and before that gig, I got the chance to interview them.

  1. How have the songs from the new album been received?

“Quite well, they’re quite popular. There are about three or four songs that are mandatory to be in our sets such as “Steel and Silver,” “Traitor’s Gate,” “Outlive Them All,” so yeah definitely very popular.

2. What’s your favourite song to play live?

“As a band it varies. Either “Traitor’s Gate,” or “Outlive Them All,” or “Dungeon Master,” or “The Revnant King,” that’s a good closer.”

3. You’ve got a new E.P out just now, could you tell me a bit about that?

“So our new E.P. Bells of Awakening was something that we wanted to do separately from the two albums. The songs are slightly shorter, and it’s a bit of a concept release.”

4. The songs on Conqueror’s Oath and Bells are quite short in length compared to the songs on your first record was this deliberate?

“Yes. We were getting a bit of flak for playing only five or so songs when we were opening up for other bands on our first album tour, and so we decided to write slightly shorter songs. Enough to fit on a traditional 12 inch format and go from there. That was the challenge we set for ourselves.”

5. What plans have you got for the future?

“So, we’ve already begun writing for the new album, we’ve got some songs written down, and we’ll likely take it from there.”

 

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They stormed the world with Conqueror’s Oath and now they return with Bells Of Awakening. Visigoth truly are delivering on the spectrum of hard hitting heavy metal.

“Fireseeker,” comes out of the gate with some sharp rhythms and melodies interweaving their space together. The lead guitar does some serious damage, bringing things forward and then back. The vocals are always haunting and powerful, soaring onto great heights.

“Abysswalker,” shifts and turns this way and that, bringing with it some fascinating melodies and chordal progressions. Galloping at a thousand miles an hour before twisting and turning this way and that. The vocals are once more powerful.

The 7” is out on 24th May via Metal Blade Records.

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Visigoth-Conqueror’s Oath Review

Visigoth, the name itself invokes images of hardened warriors fighting in the humid land of Hispania, fighting off invaders and each other. The band’s style and lyrical content seem to fit such an image. Their debut album, released in 2015, was a great introduction, inspiring themes of fantasy and games, and now they’re back. The front cover of this album paints an accurate picture of a Warrior Queen, and enables the listener to really get to grips with is about to come.

The opening number is the anthemic Steel and Silver. With its big vocal lines, it driving rhythms, and solid guitar leads, this is a song that is meant to be played loud and live. A true metal anthem. Warrior Queen follows next, with big walls of guitars, hard-hitting melodies and lyrics about a bad ass warrior woman intent on bringing all to heel before her. The soft melodies in the middle, belie the hardness of the track. Outlive Them All is another fast number, singing praises to living and dying by the sword. Well, not quite dying, but earning glory and living through the ages. Hammerforged enters with harmony guitars, before moving into a clean guitar break, as vocalist Jake Rogers belts out a haunting melody. It then progresses into an absolute headbanger, continuing the epic nature of the album.

The album continues on its metal anthem cruise with Traitor’s Gate, a song that contains heavy riffs, melodious intervals, big broad vocal lines, big choruses and an epic solo or solos to boot. Salt City is a rocker, a tribute to the band’s home. Blades In The Night and the title track, Conqueror’s Oath continue the charge, bringing the album to a roaring close.

With Conqueror’s Oath, Visigoth has more than made up for the three-year gap between their albums. It is filled with songs that will carve their names into metal history, and ensure that the band develops a big rapport when playing live. Get the album when it comes out on February 9th.

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Visigoth Interview

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In December, I was fortunate enough to speak with Jake, the vocalist of rising metal stars, Visigoth:

 

1. What inspired the name of the band and what are your influences?

“We had a big list of names, and we checked through all of them. Visigoth was the first name that wasn’t taken, or at least not by any band that was still active. The name was also pretty cool as it had historical connotations with its links to the historical Visigoth people. As for our influences, well bands like Omen, Manilla Road, Cirith Ungol, Riot, Jag Panzer, Solstice, Candlemass, Running Wild and Scorpions were big influences for us.”

2. Could you talk us through the writing process for the new album?

“Our music was primarily written by our guitarist Lee, who would write parts or a whole song. I think Jameson our other guitarist wrote one song, we’d work together once the initial songs were created, to tighten them and make them perfect. That was the process for all the songs, I think on the record songs that stand out the most to me include Warrior Queen and Traitor’s Gate. The lyrics for these songs were always written last, usually on the day of recording.  As for what we wanted to achieve for the album, we wanted to journey to another place and time. The integral themes of the album were fantasy storytelling, and you know, finding the inner strength to deal with the challenges of life.”

3. What plans have you got for the future?

“Our album comes out in February, then we’re heading out on tour. We want to release our third record much quicker than our second one, we’ve already started putting songs together.”