The Wolves of Avalon is the embodiment of the ancient British spirit, a reflection of a time past and of an age now demolished by the modern chaos that has erupted between the many religious and political factions that poison the cultures of the Earth. – Metatron
The Meads of Asphodel mainman, Metatron, has returned with his pagan black metal project, The Wolves of Avalon, and an all star cover of Venom’s old school classic ‘Die Hard’ featuring Mantas himself, Amebix’s Rob Miller (now of Tau Cross), Primordial’s Alan Averill and Sigh’s Mirai!
To say that I was excited about this is bloody well an understatement. The grit and attack here is nearly unprecedented until you remember the dedication to metal of those involved. Moonlighters go home. This will flat out kill the unfaithful. Die hard!!! Orders for true warriors are available HERE.
Read BELOW to find out what is going on with the band in the future and the genesis of this killer 7″.
How did the Wolves Of Avalon come about? The 7″ feels raw and dangerous like early metal but the recording quality is super solid. How did it feel updating the Venom song in such a successful manner? That’s not easy!
Metatron: The Wolves of Avalon is the embodiment of the ancient British spirit, a reflection of a time past and of an age now demolished by the modern chaos that has erupted between the many religious and political factions that poison the cultures of the Earth. The first album was about the Celtic Arthur, and the second album about, the war queen Boudicca. This pagan spirit exists outside the perimeters of my other band, The Meads of Asphodel, which has a more genocide and world view lyrical agenda.
We had thought about covering, ‘Die Hard’ for a while, and when Mantas said he would lay the guitars down, the song finally came into being. Slightly slower and less rough than the original, but I think the production makes the atmosphere more in tune with what we do. It is pure METAL, a simple, effective riff that was born originally from the NWOBHM where Venom originated.
So the live band is different and you got the guests just for this recording or is it a blend of everyone? Where do you want this project to go henceforth?
The new Wolves album ‘Of Corpses Grey’ will be out later this year and I wanted a pre album single on Vinyl, and that is why we did the ‘Die Hard’ song. We tried to make it a bit different, so I asked some people I know to do the vocal verse parts, Rob [Amebix], Alan [Primordial], and Mirai [Sigh], all do a verse, and Mantas does his chorus parts. It makes the song stronger in my opinion. Having Mantas do the guitars really adds some authenticity to the track and you can feel that Venom spirit in the atmosphere. We wanted to create a great tribute to a great band and I hope we have at least achieved that.
Absolutely! I think all the names attached to this particular release are people who, years from now, will actually be remembered. Why are so many content to piss their own voices away pursuing trends?
I do not know that answer. I think the guests on the ‘Die Hard’, do a fantastic job and we are all honoured to show our respect to a band that changed the Metal world many moons ago. I have always with my band, Meads of Asphodel, and with, The Wolves of Avalon, remained true to the underground spirit and have no desire to court the mainstream trends that come and go year after year. I see bands appear, and bands die, but we are still here..
What made you decide to re-record and re-arrange your dark epic “Carrion Crows Reprise”? I like the crows pecking out the eyes of Kings lyric, as we are leading up to an election year in America and it’s getting gross already.
We needed an exclusive b side to the single and thought a re working of an old track would be a good idea. We ended up chasing this track [Rob Darken [Graveland] features on it in places as he did on the original version. The lyrics deal with the final battle of the Celtic wars with the Saxons, a conflict that brought an end to the British resistance, and the rise of Anglo Saxon England. It was in this dark age era that the real, Arthur existed. The new album. ‘Of Corpse Grey’, will appear in late Nov/ dec this year after a long creative process, this will feature one 30 minute track plus some cover versions.