Archive for December, 2012

Live review from London Garage with Lawnmower Deth

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Beholder are known as one of the hardest working bands in the UK today. They should also be known as one of the most ass-kickingly brilliant too. I know a fair few people in bands who’ve either seen or played with Beholder. Everyone has had great things to say about them. Personally, I’d never seen them. Another regret. Holy-Mother-Of-God how good are Beholder? Why are they not bigger. It’s funny because I often ask the question “Who’s going to be the big festival headliners in 20 years time?”. If the right person is out there, and they come across them – Beholder is an answer that I can be in complete agreement with. If you like your Metal Heavy.

 

If you like Thrash. If you like what is musically essentially British to its core, I beg you, listen to or go and see Beholder.   Nobody could have put the crowd in a better place than Beholder. Primed for Thrash…

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Dean Hocking RIP

Beholder would like to send their condolences out to the friends and family of Dean Hocking, the bass player of the band, Nightvision. A nice guy and talented musician who Simon met on a couple of occasions whilst on the road. A true talent.


The Order Of Chaos – Powerplay Review

BEHOLDER

“The Order Of Chaos”

Genre: Heavy Metal

Razorline

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As anyone who’s caught Beholder live will surely confirm, they are an utterly devastating proposition on stage.  “The Order Of Chaos” doesn’t quite capture the beer ‘n’ sweat-fuelled carnage of their live shows, but it’s still an almighty statement of intent.

Surprisingly for an album possessed of such bile and venom, it actually takes a while to get going and find its feet.  With boundless energy and defiant attitude, Beholder have taken a few cues from Pantera and Machine Head, but many of these tracks are slow-burners without the immediacy of, say “Mouth For War” or “Davidian”.

But as soon as the band do hit their stride with ‘Splinter’ the results are impressive.  It’s a momentum that’s sustained for the rest of the record that stands as a rallying cry for underdogs everywhere.  “The Order Of Chaos” has bloody knuckles from all the punches it throws, but it chooses its victims carefully and deservedly.

The groove and mass-appeal melodies of songs like “Killing Machine” may win over the Lamb of God crowd, but theres more to be found here, as beholder draw on metal’s rich past and take inspiration from titans like Testament and even old-school Metallica.

Lyrically, the album is intelligent, passionate and incisive, as politicians, bankers and other assorted scum find themselves on the receiving end of a well-earned tongue-lashing.  Power to the people.

With groove, melody, refreshing dynamism and a big middle-finger salute to ignorance everywhere, you still need to see Beholder live to get the full picture, but this will do nicely on the nights that you can’t.

 

Powerpoints 7

MARCUS JERVIS – POWERPLAY


On the twelfth day of Christmas Beholder gave to me 12 DRUMMERS DRUMMING, 11 BANDS A GRIPING, 10 BUCKS A REAPING, 9 LADS A DANCING, 8 MAIDS A MILKING, 7 LORDS A SKIMMING, 6 FAKERS PRAYING – 5 FALLEN KINGS !!! – 4 RANCID TURDS, 3 BEST FRIENDS, 2 STINKIN GLOVESand a DOWNLOAD SINGLE FOR FREE.

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So here we are – Christmas morning and hangovers, entertaining relatives and the obligatory over eating are order of the day. 

 

So at camp Beholder we want to offer you all a belated festive box that’ll start the year with a bang.  On Jan 4th we’ll be releasing a limited number of ‘Pre Sale Chaos Fan Packs’ which will land through your door no later than 1 week prior to the official release.  Not only will they include ‘The Order Of Chaos’ but you’ll also get a signed photo, Beholder Key Ring, bespoke Beholder Guitar Pick – not only that but each purchase will stand the chance of winning a brand spanking new ML XM Guitar courtesy of our good friends at Dean.

 

Not only that but if anyone can video themselves singing the Beholder alternative Christmas 9from beginning to end) then we’ll send you a free copy of the album, along with a fully stocked goodie bag.

 

So have yourselves a great holiday folks and remember KEEP IT HEAVY & SPREAD THE WORD!

 

Profit Of The Lie and Toxic Nation (Live at Bloodstock Open Air) GET YOUR FREE COPY NOW – http://beholder.bandcamp.com

Taken from ‘The Order Of Chaos’ available on Razorline Records for pre-order on Jan 4th 2013 from beholder.bigcartel.com with official release on Feb 1st.


On the eleventh day of Christmas Beholder gave to me 11 BANDS A GRIPING, 10 BUCKS A REAPING, 9 LADS A DANCING, 8 MAIDS A MILKING, 7 LORDS A SKIMMING, 6 FAKERS PRAYING – 5 FALLEN KINGS !!! – 4 RANCID TURDS, 3 BEST FRIENDS, 2 STINKIN GLOVESand a DOWNLOAD SINGLE FOR FREE.

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Support Live Music!  A phrase that, to many fans, needs no explanation; the reasons for supporting live music are instantly and painfully obvious. But increasingly, the relevance of live music is often ignored, and real music from living, breathing artists is dropped entirely in favour of much cheaper DJs, Juke Boxes and themed venues.  Yet by making the trip to a venue to see a band play is telling that venue and the band, that you care about quality in music and trust us when we say it makes all the difference.   

 

Beholder have worked with countless venues, promoters and agents over the years and on the whole they work tirelessly for making the show happen, yet licensing laws, noise abatement restrictions and bands insistence on thinking facebook and twitter are the be all and end all of promoting your band needs to change.

 

Not only that, but fans insistence on ‘genre picking’, and therefore narrowing their field of vision is a negative symptom of pigeon holing and something that’s about as relevant as Simon Cowle’s enormous trousers.

 

“We’ll taste your flesh as you turn to stone – the blooded stain

As the curse now takes full control

Yet we still remain – primordial pain

As we feast on those who fall”

–       Lyrics from KILLING MACHINE (The Order Of Chaos)

 

Profit Of The Lie and Toxic Nation (Live at Bloodstock Open Air) GET YOUR FREE COPY NOW – http://beholder.bandcamp.com

Taken from ‘The Order Of Chaos’ available on Razorline Records for pre-order on Jan 4th 2013 from beholder.bigcartel.com with official release on Feb 1st.


On the tenth day of Christmas Beholder gave to me 10 BUCKS A REAPING, 9 LADS A DANCING, 8 MAIDS A MILKING, 7 LORDS A SKIMMING, 6 FAKERS PRAYING – 5 FALLEN KINGS !!! – 4 RANCID TURDS, 3 BEST FRIENDS, 2 STINKIN GLOVES and a DOWNLOAD SINGLE FOR FREE.

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At a time when hard-pressed families struggle desperately against soaring petrol, food and energy bills, the cynical avoidance by major corporations and the super-rich of an estimated £32billion in tax is nothing short of immoral.  By shifting their profits offshore, giants like Google, Amazon, and Starbucks suck untold billions out of the British economy each year, but put almost nothing back.   And what’s worse, every pound they dodge has to be made up by honest, ordinary taxpayers to pay for schools, hospitals, and other public services.   It’s not just private individuals who suffer. Corporation tax avoidance on such a massive scale is also contributing to the slow death of the high street. Businesses who pay all their taxes simply can’t compete with the prices of those who don’t.

 

So what are the tax authorities doing about this corporate rip-off?  Very little to be honest because they’ve been aware of it for years so it’s up to you as a consumer to make the change.

 

We say buy your coffee from your local cafe, because at least they pay their fair share in taxes – simply because like the rest of us normal folk – we have no choice!

 

“But if there be a truth in what they say – the angels form that we cannot see

To guide us on our way then surely death is with us here (cant you feel it drawing near)

But do we feel the spirit draw – the morning mist grows thin and clear

The silent choke – the end of days”

Lyrics from MORPHINE SERENITY (The Order Of Chaos)

 

Profit Of The Lie and Toxic Nation (Live at Bloodstock Open Air) GET YOUR FREE COPY NOW – http://beholder.bandcamp.com

Taken from ‘The Order Of Chaos’ available on Razorline Records for pre-order on Jan 4th 2013 from beholder.bigcartel.com with official release on Feb 1st.


On the nineth day of Christmas Beholder gave to me 9 LADS A DANCING, 8 MAIDS A MILKING, 7 LORDS A SKIMMING, 6 FAKERS PRAYING – 5 FALLEN KINGS !!! – 4 RANCID TURDS, 3 BEST FRIENDS, 2 STINKIN GLOVES and a DOWNLOAD SINGLE FOR FREE.

On the nineth day of Christmas Beholder gave to me 9 LADS A DANCING, 8 MAIDS A MILKING, 7 LORDS A SKIMMING, 6 FAKERS PRAYING – 5 FALLEN KINGS !!! – 4 RANCID TURDS, 3 BEST FRIENDS, 2 STINKIN GLOVES and a DOWNLOAD SINGLE FOR FREE.

Yet again the band has proven to be an innovator and trend setter and this year has seen the rise of Beholder’s very own Stealth Bumming!!  Unsure how the craze started, or quite why, but this act of covert intrusion has seen engineers, road crew, band members and fans alike all fall foul of this most humorous of pastimes.  Countries such as Croatia, Norway and of course the UK have all embraced the bumming and we now look to you for some back door action.

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So do you think your sneaky enough to stealth bum someone over the festive season?  Then get your photo’s to us and we’ll choose the best of the bunch and the winner will get themselves a free Beholder Hoodie!!

Please be aware Beholder takes no responsibility for any possible reactions to any stealth bumming manoeuvres – such as a smack in the nose, poke in the eye or full blown relationship emerging from your actions!!  Choose your location and your victims wisely.  Entries must be in by Jan 4th.

“Look at yourself – you’re a shallow disgrace

Its time to tear away the mask – leave the masquerade

Look at yourself – beggars, thieves and lies

Remove the plank that hides the mask or would it splinter the eyes”

Lyrics from KILLING MACHINE (The Order Of Chaos)

Profit Of The Lie and Toxic Nation (Live at Bloodstock Open Air) GET YOUR FREE COPY NOW – http://beholder.bandcamp.com

Taken from ‘The Order Of Chaos’ available on Razorline Records for pre-order on Jan 4th 2013 from beholder.bigcartel.com with official release on Feb 1st.


On the eight day of Christmas Beholder gave to me 8 MAIDS A MILKING, 7 LORDS A SKIMMING, 6 FAKERS PRAYING – 5 FALLEN KINGS !!! – 4 RANCID TURDS, 3 BEST FRIENDS, 2 STINKIN GLOVES and a DOWNLOAD SINGLE FOR FREE.

On the eight day of Christmas Beholder gave to me 8 MAIDS A MILKING, 7 LORDS A SKIMMING, 6 FAKERS PRAYING – 5 FALLEN KINGS !!! – 4 RANCID TURDS, 3 BEST FRIENDS, 2 STINKIN GLOVES and a DOWNLOAD SINGLE FOR FREE.

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In fact we’re only focusing on the one maid – Kate Middleton – who really should have milked her man, wiped it on the tapestry curtains, and not took hold of his demon seed!  The country now has to face up to nine months of banging the royal drum and speculation from the press along with the inevitable “what they gonna call it” – we’d like to offer up the suggestions of Damien, Kthulu or “The one with the extremely large forehead”.

 

In fact Ms Middleton herself has reportedly called for surgeons to “cut this monster out of me” stating “I can feel it gestating inside me, a malformed abomination wrought from centuries of inbreeding and an ancient pact of unspeakable evil.”

http://www.theonion.com/articles/cut-this-monster-out-of-me,30602

 

The readers of OK Magazine, Vogue and Vanity Fair may be hanging on to every word from the palace but frankly we couldn’t give a fuck less.   

 

Yet who was this vision – this victim – so taunted in life

Silently screaming in torment – stranded alone

Holding her hands out believing that someone will hear

A mother, a sister a daughter – a withering rose

Lyrics from THE TALE OF ELEANOR GREY (The Order Of Chaos)

 

Profit Of The Lie and Toxic Nation (Live at Bloodstock Open Air) GET YOUR FREE COPY NOW – http://beholder.bandcamp.com

Taken from ‘The Order Of Chaos’ available on Razorline Records for pre-order on Jan 4th 2013 from beholder.bigcartel.com with official release on Feb 1st.


On the seventh day of Christmas Beholder gave to me 7 LORDS A SKIMMING, 6 FAKERS PRAYING – 5 FALLEN KINGS !!! – 4 RANCID TURDS, 3 BEST FRIENDS, 2 STINKIN GLOVES and a DOWNLOAD SINGLE FOR FREE.

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So as we all take a collective sigh of relief that the expenses scandal is long gone and well behind us, that it exposed and tried all those guilty of fleecing the system, and that we can all sit back and know that our taxpaying money is in safe hands and it’ll never happen again right? 

Wrong! 

Nothing has changed and most of them are back in the Lords or paid off and wallowing in stately retirement.  Take for instance Tower Hamlets resident Baroness Pola Uddin who reclaimed her House of Lords seat despite not paying back over £125,000 in false expenses.   Why should somebody suspended from legislature for fraud, be given the right to act as a lawmaker, whilst making no effort to pay back the money she has obtained?  It sure as hell wouldn’t happen to me or you.

Point in case is that one member of Beholder actually lost his job due to using spare meal vouchers to get a Breakfast Burrito and a can of Cherry Coke – FACT!   Having said that it does serve him right for drinking Cherry Coke! 

 

“Brain stem technology – a microscopic host – Impulsing base humanity – lashed to the whipping post

Parasites infect the brain – a myoclonic sin – The virus spreads the net is cast – contagion burns the rotting skin”

Lyrics from KILLING MACHINE (The Order Of Chaos)

 

Profit Of The Lie and Toxic Nation (Live at Bloodstock Open Air) GET YOUR FREE COPY NOW – http://beholder.bandcamp.com

Taken from ‘The Order Of Chaos’ available on Razorline Records for pre-order on Jan 4th 2013 from beholder.bigcartel.com with official release on Feb 1st.


On the sixth day of Christmas Beholder gave to me 6 FAKERS PRAYING – 5 FALLEN KINGS !!! – 4 RANCID TURDS, 3 BEST FRIENDS, 2 STINKIN GLOVES and a DOWNLOAD SINGLE FOR FREE.

On the sixth day of Christmas Beholder gave to me 6 FAKERS PRAYING – 5 FALLEN KINGS !!! –

4 RANCID TURDS, 3 BEST FRIENDS, 2 STINKIN GLOVES and a DOWNLOAD SINGLE FOR FREE.

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Skimming through the internet it’s become apparent that it’s not just the usual suspects that can be classed as ridiculous religious beliefs – but there are some real corkers.  Raelism – the belief that humans were created in an alien lab from alien DNA 25,000 years ago.  Pana Wave – where its essential to wear white masks and coats to protect from Electromagnetic Waves and their claim to fame included trying to kidnap a famous seal? (the equivalent to trying to steal Ling Ling the Panda!).  Yet our own favourite is the Prince Philip Cult where the old fart is seen as a god in the south pacific – marvellous.

 

So that got us to thinking – Beholder should become a religion!!  BEHOLDERISM!  We celebrate all things related to facial hair, extremely loud music and the excessive drinking of alcohol – WHO’S IN?

 

“But greed has drawn us in—yet we deny our sin

As our blackened intentions are scars carved into the bone

As we build false thrones—reaping fortune denies—as we follow the blind

Is this weakened existence fulfilled—as it consumes us all”

–       Lyrics from THIS BLACKENED EARTH (The Order Of Chaos)

 

 

Profit Of The Lie and Toxic Nation (Live at Bloodstock Open Air) GET YOUR FREE COPY NOW – http://beholder.bandcamp.com

Taken from ‘The Order Of Chaos’ available on Razorline Records for pre-order on Jan 4th 2013 from beholder.bigcartel.com with official release on Feb 1st.