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‘Baldur’ was mostly a Viking story, ‘Börn Loka’ was more about the Norse Gods and the old belief and the new album is a story of Iceland itself…the metal scene is a great pact of people, fans and bands alike. Being a metalhead is probably the safest and most fun thing you can do with your life.- SR

Snæbjörn Ragnarsson, bassist and lyricist of Skálmöld, is one of the more well spoken ambassadors of heavy metal. The Icelandic band have a 3rd voyage Með vættum (Among Vættir in Icelandic) out now on mighty Napalm. The epic feel of this band is something you cannot feign. They are one of the finest modern metal bands with incredible arrangements, hefty and metal/punk heart on sleeve riffing and a sense of self purpose.

The songs on the 3rd record continue the band’s success as a group with strong narrative to their tales. This excerpt is from Wikivikingpedia:

Með vættum tells of a woman, Thorin, born on the north coast of Iceland. During her life, she travels around the island from north, to east, to south, to west. As she does so, she grows older and dies. On each coast she must fight a battle against enemies coming in from sea. She acts as a guardian to the island. In each battle she is aided by a wight, of which there are four traditional versions in Icelandic mythology: bird from the north, dragon from the east, giant from the south, and a bull from the west.

The protagonist was named after the daughter of the band’s keyboard player, Gunnar Ben. Songwriter Snæbjörn likes to use names for the characters which are familiar to him and to which he has some connection.

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Cavalera Conspiracy’s Pandemonium drops November 4th and it is a bold injection of street-wise thrash adrenaline into the bloated heart of music and society (Pre-order the album on

“I take it seriously with every record. I don’t get out of the studio unless I am happy with it,” says metal legend Max Cavalera about this third collaboration with brother Igor under the Cavalera Conspiracy banner. “We try and make the fans happy by working hard. I try to make the best record I can make.”

Where Blunt Force Trauma and Inflikted were heavy studio low end killers, Pandemonium is pure, rip roaring chaos. This feels as close to being in a metal riot as anything we have written about on this site. Pure speed, a raw approach and some of the most guttural and at times even industrial/death sounding vocals from Max.

Nate Newton of Converge/Doom Riders lends hoarse screams to “The Crucible” as a vocal guest (and plays bass on the whole record like a beast), put the real core of the album is the ferocious pandemic of Max and Igor blazing with their best feet forward, determined to give the fans a real experience of speed and adrenaline in 2014. Throw in the craziest leads I have ever heard from Soulfly’s Marc Rizzo and you get an explosion of reality. Between this, Savage Messiah, Iron Reagan and the new Exodus, I really can’t complain at all about thrash this year (though I’m pretty sure this takes the cake, in my book).

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Tom Sutton from The Order Of Israfel may have cut his teeth in Church Of Misery, but his new band has perfected a more overall vocally melodic brand of Doom with classic appeal on their impressive Napalm Records debut full length Wisdom. This baby, Mournful Congregation’s latest and Bled White from Novembers Doom pretty much school everybody in that genre so far this year, with The Order lads really hitting a grand slam for fans of classic stuff seeped in the bong water of Deep Purple, Cathedral and many quirkier folk metal or even hints of classical and thrash influences.

Not just a retro wanna be act, the songwriting on Wisdom will pull you in like a tractor beam or a hypno-gaze from a wizard’s crystal. Voices warning you to turn back in your head go ignored as you enter into the wild magic of this Gothenburg band’s charm. It’s swirling classic rock elements and vocal harmonies merge with rivers of spilled battlefield blood and bongwater to create an impossibly heady brew.

Sweden does it yet again.

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Ereb Altor to decimate Summer Breeze 2014

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, July 5, 2014 at 11:50 AM (PST)


So, this news is a month old, but I am looking for any reason to post about Ereb Altor today. I am stoned and listening to “Nifelheim”. More people simply need to appreciate the majestic, vast strength of this band.

The festival announcement update from the Summer Breeze folks recently proclaimed:

All fans of harsh, yet epic sounds are already familiar with our next confirmed band: EREB ALTOR are coming to SUMMER BREEZE 2014!
The Swedes can be considered the legitimate successors of Bathory, because, just as the viking metal pioneers, EREB ALTOR know too well how to perfectly combine snappy melodies with epic song structures. Add to this a bit of ice-cold nordic atmosphere and what you get is a sonic brew that grabs you and won’t let you go. As an example, may we mention their 2013 album ‘Fire Meets Ice’, the title of which is a pretty accurate description of EREB ALTOR’s music, and that belongs in every proper metal collection. Check it out!


Some of the other confirmed acts this year include Alcest, Bodyfarm, Of Mice & Men, Enforcer, Biohazard and too many more to list!


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Grave Digger release “Hell Funeral” video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 11:34 PM (PST)

Grave Digger

German master’s of metal Grave Digger have released a new music video for the song “Hell Funeral” off of their upcoming album Return of the Reaper.

Return of the Reaper will hit the UK on July 14 and Canada and the US on July 15 via Napalm Records.

Grave Digger have previously released a music video for the song “Season of the Witch” and a Return of the Reaper album sampler.

Check out all three videos here.

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Grave Digger release “Season of the Witch” lyric video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 7:22 PM (PST)

Grave Digger

German metallers Grave Digger have released the lyric video for their song “Season of the Witch”.

“Season of the Witch” is off of Grave Digger’s upcoming album Return of the Reaper available July 15 in North America via Napalm Records.

The album will be available on July 14 in the UK.

Return of the Reaper will be Grave Digger’s seventeenth album.

Check out the “Season of the Witch” lyric video here.

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Timo Somers posts sweet Aristedes 070 guitar video

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 7:03 PM (PST)
For everyone asking me what guitar I am using this tour: the Aristides 070! Check me shredding it here! – Timo Somers via Facebook

Delain‘s awesome axe man Timo is a fan favorite known for melding skill and great melodic sense into the backbone of the Delain sound. The band are currently on an enviable tour with fellow sympho-maniacs Within Temptation and are killing it. I would love to follow that tour around with grilled cheese sandwiches like a hippie on Grateful Dead tour! I’d see every stop!

Anyway, Delain’s new album The Human Contradiction is awesome and I loved the way it explores human intentions. Here is my review. I’d only wished foor a bit more soloing on it, but here is Timo playing his ass off in a video demonstrating his chops on the guitar he is using on this kick ass tour.

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Xandria premiere lyric video for “Dreamkeeper”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 3:01 PM (PST)


German symphonic metallers Xandria have premiered the lyric video for their song “Dreamkeeper” off of their forthcoming album Sacrificium.

Sacrificium will be released on May 5 in Europe and on May 6 in North America.

Check out the video for “Dreamkeeper” here.

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Delain premiere new video for “Stardust”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 4:25 PM (PST)


Symphonic alternative metal band Delain have released a magical new video for their song “Stardust”, one of the best tracks from new album The Human Contradiction (out any day now on Napalm Records ). The clip features gorgeous vocals, cosmic energy, taxidermy and the solid heavy rock Delain are known for.  There is a sense of adventure to it that reminds me, actually, of Neil Gaiman’s Stardust, where through a small breach in a wall a whole new universe could be awaiting you.

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Album Review: Conan – Blood Eagle

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 5:15 PM (PST)


Finally, an avalanche you can nod your head to. UK doom band Conan are back and somehow heavier than ever. This is impressive, since they already are currently pretty much the heaviest band in the world. Imagine early Melvins with a bass tone that sounds like a Valkyrie’s distended anus after a long, drunken bestial weekend in Valhalla with Odin’s Eight legged horse Sleipnir (yet the bass never gets ploppy like bloop blop blub older Korn tone). Like my technical terms? These guys are even heavier than Crowbar is of late. It’s like stupid. You stop and wonder if you really need to be listening to music that feels like it is cracking your ribs and has bellowed, slightly melodic vocals you can’t decipher. Shit is either English, Cave Troll or German. Song names like “Total Conquest” and “Gravity Chasm” pretty much say it all. Conan are the band you put on when you just want your brain wiped in a volano of blood after a long day at the office or when the news is just too shitty to think about any more. It’s all fuzz, guts and monotone riffing with slight tectonic shifts that hurl boulders through the empty space of your white noise hissing mind. Don’t be startled to find more than one song lumber past nine minutes.

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Album Review: Delain – The Human Contradiction

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 8:50 PM (PST)


2014 is already a great year for symphonic metal. Top tier bands in the genre are not only surpassing some of their best established works but really in an organic fashion while not losing sight of what already makes them great. Within Temptation’s Hydra is fucking fantastic (especially the Howard Jones guest vocal hyper-duet “Dangerous”).Pending effort Argia from Diabulus In Musica is thrilling. The mid paced melodically soaring song
“Eternal Breeze” is a dramatic, pop tinged victory for the Pamplona 5 piece, as is the hard charged forthcoming whirlwind “Mechanical Ethos”. Guess something is in the air. The first song I heard off of Dutch alternative/gothic/sympho-metal rockers Delain‘s latest The Human Contradiction was called “Tell Me, Mechanist”. Ok, so that is a pretty nerdy mouthful, but if you are 5 tracks deep into Delain’s latest album, chances are you don’t mind metal that is pretentious in the best way.

Charlotte Wessels isn’t the most over the top front woman and Timo Somers surely isnt the flashiest guitarist, but both are self-aware enough to build on their strengths and chart a solid course for the group. The only reason I am not giving it a higher rating is that these songs beg for some really innovative guitar solos to really push them over the top. After Stratovarius made my top 5 albums of 2013 with Nemesis, I am spoiled on that shit.

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The Graviators premiere “Narrow Minded Bastards” video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 2:33 PM (PST)


Swedish doomsayers The Graviators have premiered the video for their song “Narrow Minded Bastards”.

“Narrow Minded Bastards” comes off of the forthcoming album Motherload.

Motherload will be released on March 31 in Europe and on April 8 in North America.

Check out the track listing for Motherload as well as the video for “Narrow Minded Bastards” here.

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Conan premiere ‘Foehammer’ on Pitchfork

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 2:19 PM (PST)


English doom droners Conan are preparing to release their newest album Blood Eagle on March 11 via Napalm Records.

They are currently streaming the song “Foehammer” off of the upcoming album via Pitchfork.

They will release a video for the song next week.

Check out Foehammer, as well as trailers for the video and Conan tour dates here.

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Delain to release ‘The Human Contradiction’

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 2:27 PM (PST)

Dutch symphonic metallers Delain are preparing to release their newest album The Human Contradiction in North America on April 8.

The album is their fourth and will be released via Napalm Records.

In addition to the release of the album, the band is going to be touring North America with Sonata Arctica and Xandria.

Check out the track listing and tour dates here.

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Bloody Hammers sign with Napalm Records

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 1:30 PM (PST)


South Carolina metallers Bloody Hammers, bringing back a really classic-bluesy, down-tuned feel, have signed with Napalm Records.

Check out comments on the signing from the label and Bloody Hammers vocalist and bassist Ander Manga here.

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