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Dark Funeral part ways with Dominator

Posted by Metal Riot on Monday, November 13, 2017 at 11:33 AM (PST)

Swedish black metal masters, DARK FUNERAL, have just announced that they are parting ways with their drummer Nils “Dominator” Fjellstroem.

Lord Ahriman comments: “We must sadly inform you that we have agreed to let Nils ‘Dominator’ Fjellstroem take a much needed timeout from the band to handle personal matters. We of course wish him the best!

Yet the world keeps turning and so DARK FUNERAL will stride on. We have hired an extremely talented drummer that will fill in Nils’ position until further notice.

All scheduled shows and tours will take place as planned! Stay tuned for further announcements!

2018 will be an epic year as we have two celebrations to make, our classic album “Vobiscum Satanas” turns 20 years old and DARK FUNERAL celebrate 25 years as a band. More news to follow, stay tuned!”

 

DARK FUNERAL live:
12/2   Leeuwarden, NL – Into Darkness Festival
3/29   Oslo, NO – Inferno Metal Festival

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Glorior Belli sign with Season Of Mist

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at 8:46 AM (PST)

This Halloween is proving very black metal friendly as French black metallers Glorior Belli have signed with Season Of Mist AND Watain have a new video out.

Glorior Belli are one of our favorite dark acts and are currently in the studio recording their seventh album, which will be released worldwide in 2018.

Regarding their signing Glorior Belli comment: “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with our home country based fellows at Season Of Mist. Since 2002, Glorior Belli have played black metal in its most daring form. Now it is time for Season Of Mist to house one of our stronger efforts to come.”

More updates as we get them. Meantime, revisit their most recent masterful effort Sundown (the flock that welcomes) HERE.

 

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Forgotten Tomb’s 360 video for new song ‘Second Chances’

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 12:33 PM (PST)

Another new Forgotten Tomb song, this one an 8 minute inspired dirge called “Second Chances”, is now online. The  new song is from their upcoming studio album We Owe You Nothing, due out on October 27th in Europe and November 10th in North America via Agonia Records.

FORGOTTEN TOMB commented: “Our discography has always been divided by trilogies. ‘We Owe You Nothing’ closes the third trilogy which started with ‘…And Don’t Deliver Us From Evil’ followed by ‘Hurt Yourself And The Ones You Love’ and it’s the heaviest among the 3 albums, with an emphasis on slower/mid tempos and a sludgier approach while retaining also our trademark melodies and dissonant arpeggios, plus some twists which open new doors to the next era of the band. Due to circumstances surrounding it, it’s been an extremely painful album to make and therefore it’s one of our darkest, while being also filled with raw energy”.

 

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Show Photos: Venom Inc. , Goatwhore at Gramercy (9/2/17)

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 5:03 PM (PST)

Our friend Ignacio Orellana over at ArmyOfOnetv.com caught Goatwhore and Venom Inc. (all ex-Venom members who pretty much smoke Cronut’s Venom at this point) performing impressively surly sets to the ravenous Gramercy Theater crowd a few nights back in NYC and was chill enough to send some of the shots with us over here at the Riot of all things METAL.

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Thank the unholy darkness: 1349 announce US tour dates!

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, September 1, 2017 at 9:51 AM (PST)

I was just reading an email with 36 Crazyfists publicist when I saw a new message that esteemed black metal legion 1349, in my opinion one of the top 10 black metal bands in the world as far as consistent quality goes, are touring the US. What does one have to do with the other? Nothing except they are next to one another in my iTunes, so that is an odd coincidence. Though not as odd as the time former Coheed bassist Mic Todd and I sang karaoke years ago and he sang ‘Alison’ and I sang ‘Suspicious Minds’ and then months later when I saw Elvis Costello (this was like ten years ago or more) Elvis combined those two songs in his Central Park set into a medley! I had no idea he did that sometimes and it hella tripped me out. Anyway, tangent…bear with me. Drinking a Guinness Extra Stout lunch and blasting 1349’s lightning fast brain scouring “Slaves” as I try and type meaningful sentences for other  humans to consume.

Ok, 1349 are fucking touring in the United States. Hopefully they will bring the black plague along and wipe out all the idiots who don’t believe in global warming, though if 1349 did this it is doubtless some mega church people would just see it as the work of the devil. Whatever, just get it done!

1349 have announced U.S. dates surrounding this year’s Ozzfest (they are def the most extreme band playing). 1349 will tour the South supported by TOMBS for a very cool and slightly disparate pairing. Additionally, the band will play as main support to KREATOR on select dates! How anyone will not have their head ripped clean off by the sheer speed of Kreator and 1349, at times both two of the fastest bands on the planet, is beyond me. That is going to kick major goat butt.

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Blake Judd talks return, homelessness, opiods and ‘Resilient’

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 8:20 PM (PST)

 .The wrongs I committed to support my addiction…I paid for in mental scars that I can never wipe from my mind. All I can do is make sure, every day, that I never, ever make the decision to bring that awful garbage back into my life to ensure that I never have to see or experience anything like that ever again. And through being of service to people who are in the shoes I used to be in today, maybe I can use these awful experiences as a deterrent for others to stop before they go through the hell I experienced.

…I did not “kill” my girlfriend. I did not “use” with my girlfriend. And I certainly did EVERYTHING I could to save her when I found her….but it was just too late. – Blake Judd

We talk about mental health stuff briefly after a celebrity dies and the rest of the time try to ‘trigger’ one another with memes. No wonder some people choose to drop out of society any which way they can. Not that every conversation in life needs to be “are you ok?”, but generally it seems rites of separation are more commonplace than a gathering of those with allegiance to forging deeper opportunities in metal to make the extremity mean bonds, healing and conversation .  At live shows I usually see unity for the most part amongst metal crowds. Though cynicism might mainly be in the world of online trolls, it is good to address stuff head on rather than in the self churning bowels of the comments sections of metal sites and Facebook at times.

I just saw Katie Von Schleicher live in a small venue and was taken out of my daily stress and into a reflective moment, moved by the soulful music. Life is such a fast house of mirrors sometimes and we shine in some and stumble through others, cutting ourselves and fragmenting in the eyes of those around us. Sometimes the process is completely painful and other times it leads us to seeing ourselves differently or more completely as shards are swept up.

Blake Judd is back with a very unexpected EP called Resilient.  They have signed a new 2 album global deal with a new home that includes the Resilient EP as well. Full announcement in late August / early September, but the Resilient EP achieves Blake’s goal of creating an album experience in 3 songs. I have heard it and longtime fans will be thrilled with the variety. Early darker experimental black metal is paired with some of the deepest places you have heard different incarnations of the band go to yet, but as a logical extension of where things left off on the previous few releases.

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All photos courtesy of Nachtmystium.

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TRIPTYKON
 have made the following statement announcing upcoming festival appearances and their search for a new drummer:

“We feel very honoured to have been invited to play Spain’s Leyendas del Rock and Germany’s Party.San festivals this August. Both festivals hold a unique significance for Triptykon: our concert at Leyendas del Rock will mark the first time Triptykon will play in Spain, fulfilling a desire we have had for quite some time.

The return to Party.San is equally important for us. Triptykon’s first appearance at the festival, in August of 2011, was heavily marred by the unexpected shutdown of the main stage due to storm damage, and by a number of local organizational issues. Party.San is a truly extraordinary festival in our eyes, and we feel privileged and delighted to be given the opportunity to finally honour it with a proper concert.

But these two festivals are significant to us for yet another, far more personal reason. These will be the final concerts we will play with our drummer, Norman Lonhard.

Norman joined Triptykon in December of 2008, thereby completing the freshly formed band. He recorded two acclaimed albums, an EP, and a single with the group, appeared in all of Triptykon’s video clips, and performed uncounted concerts around the globe with us.

We are proud of Triptykon’s exceedingly stable line-up, not least in light of some of the events that transpired in Triptykon’s predecessor, Celtic Frost. It reflects Triptykon’s internal spirit of harmony that this first departure of a member of the group occurs in true friendship and deep mutual respect. After eight and a half years of invoking supreme darkness with Triptykon onstage and in the studio, Norman has indicated his desire to explore different musical avenues in the future. It is a wish we fully understand, of course, but also one we bemoan on a personal level.

We all wish Norman the very best for any and all of his future endeavours. He will forever remain one of us.

Triptykon is thus now looking for a new drummer, before continuing work on the group’s third album and returning to the world’s stages. We are taking the required technical capabilities for granted, and we are completely open with regard to age and female and male applicants. Of decisive importance to us, however, are uniqueness, an unrestricted musical horizon, creativity, artistic courage, a stable and professional personality, and an appearance that reflects the group’s music and unique historic background.

Interested parties may contact Triptykon through this e-mail address:triptykonswitzerland@gmx.ch

[Please note that this e-mail address will only respond to serious inquiries regarding the above mentioned topic.]

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“Everyone is your enemy Everyone’s your friend. Every possible series of
events is happening all at once,” says Aidan Gillen (Pertyr Baelish) on Game Of Thrones at one point this season. I’m starting off this first post on the site about Nachtmystium in a few years with this quote because I always believe there can be many potential outcomes to a story or at least believe in rehabilitation. I also believe people can change but that sometimes they really hurt one another along the way and that often healing never happens.

I guess what I am trying to say is we all have the capacity to really let one another down or to choose a different path.

I didn’t cover a lot of Blake Judd’s near death spiral, robbing of fans and months spent homeless much the past few years. We had been pretty good friends at one point and regularly communicated during the middle to end stages of The World We Left Behind album. It really was a big bummer, as someone who kicked dope a long time ago but knows how wretched and self-erasing an addiction it can be, when I learned that my friend had bottomed out worse than ever. One of the last times I had talked to him he needed money and wanted to sell some artwork and I mentioned it to a popular occult artist friend of mine in Chicago, which never happened. But in hindsight for awhile felt really lousy wondering if it had been a hustle on Blake’s part, especially since he had never wronged me but I had learned he had obviously wronged others.

I also am friendly with some of his former Twilight band mates who had some major static with him towards the end of his tenure with the band and at other points. I’d never want to willfully upset those dudes as I love Stavros from Atlas Moth and we have met in person and get along pretty well. I also like Neill from Krieg who has arguably had the biggest rift with Blake and who was very kind to me with some good advice when I was not drinking for a few years around the time my dad passed. We communicate every so often and I have been loving the shit out of the Poison Blood record.

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Watain announce new album for January 2018 release

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 2:49 PM (PST)

Infamous black metal horde Watain have announced a new album for Jan. 5th, 2018. The band are sure to continue in an uncompromising direction while furthering their pursuit of the dark ideal. Stay tuned for more details as they are forthcoming. But start getting psyched now!

 

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Band Spotlight: Forgotten Tomb

Posted by Metal Riot on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 3:48 PM (PST)

Italian black/doom metallers FORGOTTEN TOMB have finished recording their new album, “We Owe You Nothing”. It will include 6 songs for approx. 40 minutes of music. The album recording-sessions started in December 2016 with drums being tracked at Big Pine Creek studio in Italy, but were abruptly interrupted when singer/guitarist Ferdinando “HM” M. was involved in a life-threatening car accident that left him unable to play for months. Recording-sessions were resumed and completed in May 2017 at SPVN Studio in Italy, while mix and mastering were done in June 2017 at Planet-Z studio (Hadley, Massachussets, USA) by Chris “Zeuss”Harris (Rob ZombieSix Feet UnderCrowbarSoulflyHatebreed, etc.). The album is due in fall 2017 on Agonia Records.

Photos from the recording sessions can be found HERE.

In the words of the band, “The new album is another step into our constant evolution. Our trademark sound is still there but this record is heavier than anything we’ve done before. It’s a varied one and it includes some new solutions that might catch some people off guard. It’s a pissed-off record but also extremely gloomy”. 

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Five must hear 2017 releases that don’t overstay their welcome

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 11:38 AM (PST)

Poison Blood

Some albums are simply better as a less is more statement. It doesn’t mean the music is bad, rather that the record goes for maximum impact. Hardcore is usually pretty traditionally on point about this but metal is not always adept at reeling back on the grandiose enough to actually trim enough fat to make some records all killer. I doubt half as many people would have hated Load by Metallica for example if it wasn’t so B-load-ted at over an hour of music. “Bleeding Me” is a kick ass song and over eight minutes long by itself. Does anyone even really remember how “Poor Twisted Me” goes other than that it had a so so blues intro? “Wasting My Hate” is not exactly up there with the band’s classics either. Only die hards can sing along to that or “The House That Jack Built” despite a few cool riff progressions in each, but everyone knows the damn words and every note of “Sad But True”, get me?

Below are a handful (list kept intentionally short on purpose in lieu of the topic at hand) of 2017 albums that are short, sweet and leave you wanting more.

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Marduk announce North American Fall Tour

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at 4:16 PM (PST)

Black metal agitators Marduk will buck the odds and  return to North America once again as they have revealed dates this fall for the “Frontschwein North America Tour: Part 2”. Fresh off an Antifa controversy, it will be interesting to see if this tour goes off without a hitch. I personally hate anti-semitism but Marduk have said they before that they write about the horror of war and  Morgan Steinmeyer Håkansson has been nowhere near as obtuse or opaque on the subject when pressed as more evasive bands. Lemmy sang about WW2 and collected a wide array of historical stuff from different sides of the conflict and he was not a Nazi, for example.

Honestly I am more concerned by Incantation on this tour who I have often dug the music of but have heard various rumors about regarding closeted racism that I hope are not true. If anything, Marduk underscore how terrifying the world can be.

That said, I happen to really enjoy Marduk’s music and am not generally fond of boosting things I think are maybe problematic without at least mentioning it. Marduk are not on that list and Abysmal Dawn fucking rule.

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Norway’s Legacy Of Emptiness stream “Over The Past”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, June 4, 2017 at 7:48 PM (PST)

June 12th will see Norwegian band Legacy Of Emptiness release Over The Past via Black Lion Records  (order digitall and physical copies HERE). The symphonic black metal project has Over The Past was mixed and mastered by Dan Swanö at Unisound Studios and features fantastic cover artwork created by Alex Tartsus that compliments the musical work perfectly and will draw you in.

The album features lots of new material and has a total run time of 48:45 minutes with nary a sleeper in the batch. It’s really a very strong and significantly gripping record that reminds us of the days when we all didn’t have 800 options by half invested here and gone again bands and so had to choose what albums to buy wisely, the point being that this is one you would likely play again and again and get your money’s worth. If nothing else, at least make sure you hear “Evening Star” feat. a cameo from Swanö and a compelling and melodic sound that will coerce Old Man’s Child, Katatonia and Dark Funeral fans alike.

The band comments:

As the title will hint we are now writing a new chapter. This album as been a journey to hell and back for us all. Accidents,cancer and other illnesses has been thrown our way from the day we started writing and recording this beast… Over the past! 

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Agonia Records $3 Bandcamp Sale til June 30th

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, May 26, 2017 at 11:04 AM (PST)

Agonia Records, home of some of the best extreme and esteemed metal bands on planet Urf, has a sick $3 Bandcamp sale on. If you area fan of bands and can’t even be bothered to shell out $3 for some of these releases, you suck. I mean, unless you are actually homeless or in a seriously dire life situation financially. But still. DIE FOR METAL! Rob a poseur for $3, yo.

Some records we really fucking love that we recommend from the bunch include The Regal Tribe by Usurpress, Incubus by Malfeitor or Shibalba’s new freaky as heck Psychostasis – Death Of Khat. If you had twenty bux you could get all three of those and still take ya girl for a tuna melt AND tip the waitress. Don’t be a loser!

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Being a closet Nazi does not make you a cool force of evil lurking in the shadows or whatever nonsense people tell themselves while listening to Skrewdriver alone and hating “weaker groups” but secretly wanting to be dominated by Terry Crews these days. Want a competing arena or marketplace of ideas and freedom? Fine. But many are simply too afraid to own their racist shit in public for fear of being ostracized by reasonable human beings. And yet you mock people closeted in the gay community or other  minorities who’ve feared for lives through history?

Some people praise Halford for being brave enough to come out in metal yet still help nurture conditions that make it hard to do so. Black metal has a massive problem with the cult of ambiguity. Black metal, for example, historically covets a sense of murky ambiguity often that can create occult or moral mystery or in actuality simply enable room for a lot of bs to go down.

Yes, it is easy on paper to agree with Trevor Noah when he says that Ann Coulter’s free speech must be protected, but when GOP groups, people with serious self-hate denial issues like Milo or goofy Proud Boy dorks are willingly going where they are overwhelmingly not wanted and the President is dog whistling Andrew Jackson enthusiasts because he is too much of a little slug to actually admit he is a racist piece of shit, there is a problem. The enabling of a larger platform at private institutions or elsewhere for controversy seeking scum who want to incite violence and then blame the oppressed groups for protesting is the epitome of gaslighting. It is generations of racism, white supremacist prison industrial complex prison for profit free labor crushing the spirits of black communities and then blaming them for their own unrest while simultaneously profiling and shooting them disproportionately. Go fuck yourself.

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