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Satyricon tapped Oslo Faenskap and Vredehammer to support the “The Dawn Of A New Age 2015” tour in April.

Satyricon has always supported the Norwegian underground scene and will bring two potent new Norwegian bands out with them in April.

Oslo Faenskap is a young band signed to Indie Recordings. Their self released album “Give credits where credits is due”, was produced by Anders Odden (Cadaver, Magenta, Order, Satyricon). This album got the attention of Indie Recordings, and they are currently working on their record label debut.

They have supported various acts such as Mayhem, Kvelertak, Avenged Sevenfold and Satyricon on gigs in Norway. They mix all kinds of metal into their own blend and bring on a potent live show.

Vredehammer is fronted by Per Valla who has been involved with various extreme metal bands in the past such as Allfader and Elite. Their latest album, “Vinteroffer”, was nominated in the best metal album category at the Norwegian Spellemannprisen this year. They have one foot in the old school and one in the modern extreme metal category. Vredehammer is a name to look out for.

 

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Norway’s Truls Espedal is a painter of extraordinary ability, able to capture the serene yet feral grace of the desperate yet consistent natural world. Espedal has also been instrumental in shaping the recent visual legacy of one of heavy metal’s greatest bands, Enslaved. Their latest record In Times is bold and captivating. “One Thousand Years Of Rain” is melodic edged riffing and eerie harmony. I’m listening to “Building With Fire” right now  and it essentially unbridled by limitations. The music pairs well with Espedal’s art as it is real and somehow frozen and yet evolving. It was a rare treat to get to discuss nature, art and music with Truls Espedal. Read the whole interview BELOW.

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Album Review: Barrowlands – “Thane”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 10:32 AM (PST)

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Barrowlands keep it fairly simple on their new release . I’m not super familiar with their demo but this release is really up my alley. From a unique band name and cool art to a way with songcraft, the band show that you can make fairly traditional black metal with slight post-rock musings (and the Pacific Northwest’s flair for the natural world) still interesting by, y’know, having great riffs. Who da thunk it? All that and a record title Thane that makes me want to re-read the Dragonlance Dwarven Nations triology.

“Alabaster” opens things up on a determined note, though the album gets stronger from there. “Peering Inward” evokes the best dissonance of Aosoth with killer slightly off kilter, insistent drumming while  “Mother Of Storms” is of those songs you fear to write about for worry of somehow ruining the perfect balance of styles at play if the band get more blog notice and hellions and trolls start to hyper critique them. Just keep doing what you are doing, Barrowlands. This is music you could blare at the skies and stand atop any metaphorical mountain peak silently professing your will to the cosmos to. Strong shit.

1349’s recent Massive Cauldron Of Chaos was much more speed and flash than this release, but I’d bring up that band’s song “Exorcism” as another BM song currently that is served immeasurably well by letting the song do its’ own work instead of trying too hard to out-Agalloch (or in prog’s case Opeth) the next band on the “charts”, for example. But really, “On Bent Boughs” is a cello enhanced respite of acoustic meets dirge that live must be very moving and would fit just fine if Barrowlands did happen to open for John Haughm’s more famous Oregon collective someday (shit, maybe they have already. Those bands all seem pretty tight out that way).

I don’t want you all to be too upset that I have the new Enslaved album (holy shit is it awesome!) already, so please be pleased that I am going against my better judgement and telling you about Barrowlands even though they might have to fend off one or two new fans. Listen to Thane now, here:

http://barrowlands.bandcamp.com/

Dark Funeral release “Nail Them To The Cross” video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 10:17 AM (PST)

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Swedish black metal stalwarts Dark Funeral are at it again.

After signing with Century Media Records in 2012 and rounding out their line-up, these Swedes are preparing to re-conquer the world.

A 7″ with “Nail Them To The Cross” and another song is expected in early 2015.

Check out the video for “Nail Them To The Cross” and Dark Funeral tour dates here.

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Late to the party: Barghest release new old song…in October

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, December 1, 2014 at 3:46 PM (PST)

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Baton Rouge black metal tempest Barghest recently put up news about a cool two song split with Withering Light. That and a new Myrkyr song today have me feelin’ black not blue. The Barghest news is old-ish (I just found out about the split), but the Myrkyr demo of her new song “Skaði” is only like three hours old, so my coolness creds are restored. Phew. Close one.

Anyway, all the bands mentioned in this article rule. This is the split announcement from Barghest’s Facebook (Oct. 20th, haha):

We’ve recorded a rough new vision of one of the first Barghest songs written back in 2006-7. This track is our contribution to a split with a new band from our area called Withering Light that deserve your attention and support. You can listen to and purchase the split here: http://witheringlight.bandcamp.com/ 

A 7″ will be released in the near future with art by Rotting Graphics. Lastly, we have two shows before the end of the year. Baton Rouge on December 11th with Cloud Rat and December 20th in Dallas, TX at Reno’s Chop Shop as part of Ides of Winter II.

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1349 release “Slaves” music video from MCoC LP

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, September 19, 2014 at 9:56 AM (PST)

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Norwegian black metal tyrants 1349 have premiered their new video for “Slaves”. “Slaves” is the lead track from the bands forthcoming new album Massive Cauldron of Chaos.

Massive Cauldron of Chaos will be released in North America on September 30, and will be available across multiple CD, vinyl, and cassette formats. Pre-orders are available here.

Click HERE if you can handle being dropped head first into the cauldron. The thundering intro, subterranean imagery and ferocious drumming ritually wed to dire vocals and near perfect guitar tones is one of the undisputed best black metal voyages of 2014.  This WILL tear your soul out of your face holes. of particular note is the 2:06 mark, a stirring and gloomy onslaught into dark osmosis.

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There are about a million reasons why the new cover art from Crucifixion BR‘s pending Destroying The Fucking Disciples Of Christ is all win (and pure sin). I’m gonna go with the man tits on that Baphomet though. And the stud and B-grade porn factor of some of the seraphim. This just made my day. On top of it, the release will be on the awesome Horror Pain Gore Death Productions and the band rules! Out Oct 7th, below is the official description from the label:

Horror Pain Gore Death Productions welcomes Brazil’s blasphemous Black Metal bulldozers Crucifixion BR to the roster with their debut album “Destroying The Fucking Disciples Of Christ”. Formed in 1996 in the Rio Grande by Lord Grave War an DarkMoon, Crucifixion BR finally unleash this beast of brutality, a release full of pure hatred, raw energy and intense aggression. With the aim of creating original, diabolic Black Metal, a heavy influence of 80’s Thrash Metal and Death Metal are thrown into the mix further expanding Hell’s horizons, and also re-animating the Brazilian scene. With the combination of powerful riffs and brutal blasts by a talented female drummer, the result is the sheer essence of evil! “Destroying The Fucking Disciples Of Christ” was mixed and mastered at Hurricane Studio, a renowned studio southern Brazil… follow Crucifixion BR’s path into the Obscure Arts! For fans of Astarte, Bathory, Behemoth, Celtic Frost, Dark Funeral, Deicide, Emperor, Hellhammer, Krisiun, Mayhem, Morbid Angel, Sepultura and Venom

Click HERE to check out the angel ass ripping title track. And how could you not, really?

Anaal Nathrakh new scorcher “Monstrum In Animo” debuts at Decibel

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 12:16 PM (PST)

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Long running UK extreme metal duo/recent Metal Blade signees, ANAAL NATHRAKH, are pleased to soil your day with the repugnant sounds of “Monstrum In Animo,” now playing at Decibel Magazine.

The ferocious new hymn comes by way of the band’s soon-to-be detonated Desideratum full-length. Produced by guitarist/bassist/programmer Mick Kenney, with vocals recorded at Necrodeath Studios in Birmingham, and music tracked and mixed at The Black Flamingo in Orange County, California, Desideratum flaunts eleven fantastically mischievous odes of agony and despair. Declares Decibel Magazine, “the ridiculously consistent Birmingham black metallers are simply one of the most utterly fearsome and inventive outfits currently operating in the modern extreme metal scene. Elite level mind-fuckers. Aural devastators…”

Click HERE for the premiere. And as always, ride the snake to the lady of the lake.

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Krieg “Ruin Our Lives” with a music video

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 3:39 PM (PST)

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Krieg and Decibel have teamed up to bring you this “Ruin Our Lives” video business…HERE.

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Wolvhammer tour dates with Mortals announced

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 10:51 AM (PST)

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Wolvhammer are leaders of the pack because of consistent quality, even more so than quantity. That is not a penis joke. Clawing Into Black Sun has the attention to minor details yet larger surrender to the music that makes it one of the top black metal releases in recent daze. Now the band have announced tour dates with Mortals and you should be frothin’ at the mouth, rockers.

Click HERE for dates.

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Interview: Two Fisted Law – Late nights and wrestling tights

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 9:18 AM (PST)

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“My match with Booker T as the Enforcer for the champ in Spring Valley, NY… Booker punched me in the ear with his rings on. It rang for like 3 hours” – Jym Parrella

Not many punk bands can open a Goatwhore show, but Altercation Records rockers Two Fisted Law recently did just that. The group possess the rare blend of insanity, working class truths and melodic power to capture the attention of most crowds, even grizzled black metaller followers of the ‘Whore. Listen to the Law! The Two Fisted Law!

Did I mention Jym Parrella is also a wrestler? This gets interesting real quick.

Click HERE for George Carlin, Lifetime from NJ, Upstart Fest and much more.

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Interview: Krieg – Transient nature in tangible fires

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 9:17 AM (PST)

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“We treat each other like shit. We’re selfish and short sighted. We hold prejudices that no civilized person should hold. We’re fucking ruining the planet.” – Imperial

Krieg, the black metal baby of band leader/founder Imperial (aka Neill Jameson) have a certain essence missing in many metal bands, a sense that they exist much like the inevitable forces of nature around us. The music is vast and often unwelcoming, but at other times bleakly comforting, like snow blanketing a corpse. The band exist on a plane of discontinuity with trends, more likely to be found dealing with larger issues like the role of the lone soul amidst the march of  time, contrasted to the cacophony of bullshit that clamors for attention in the blogosphere and commercial entertainment realms. While Imperial is known as a popular writer for Decibel, his band is much more focused on letting the music talk.

In the following exclusive, Imperial communicated to me from the record store he works at about life after black metal “super group” Twilight, the essence of new album Transient and methods of conquering depression. Click HERE to read it.

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Album Review: Nachtmystium – The World We Left Behind

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 12:04 AM (PST)

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Nachtmystium‘s The World We Left Behind is going to fly over people’s heads, but not for lack of scrutiny on their parts. I could make a bad joke and say it will fly over heads because the guy who wrote it was really fuckin’ high a lot, but…it’s truly because it can’t be properly accessed in a context of snark or outcry at the “Blake Judd” controversies surrounding the record. The addict struggling to be clean, in the true throes of a bottoming out, is in a desperate vertiginous hell. It is like being underwater and being (to name drop a great Albany, Ny band) Surrounded By Teeth.

The essence of the looming pressure to make a final Nachtmystium record was very real. The outcry over Blake’s handling of money from the public as well as angry former band mates (who say they will never work with him again) was a very palpable thing. It’s interesting that Jeff Wilson’s Wolvhammer have made the killer black metal album, Clawing Into Black Sun, that many people wish had been The World We Left Behind. I did the first interview on this record awhile before the arrest scandal broke, for Metal Riot.

Judd was in great spirits then…about getting his life on track and working with the musicians who he had found to be in TWWLB-era line up. I also spoke extensively with Blake during the cold winter while this album was coming together.My own life was falling apart at this time and a lengthy relationship. Blake and I ended up deeply discussing addiction , stress and and personal goals in our lives, friends we missed and other cool matters from trivial to deadly serious.

I believe he was being genuine during that time.

Click HERE to read more.

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Triptykon are exclusively premiering their new video, the first since the death of close friend and collaborator H.R. Giger at decibel magazine online. Melana Chasmata is powerful enough without visuals but the vertigo inducing brave strength of this dirge nearly defies death itself. To, respectfully, witness more metal history in the making…Click HERE

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Streaming “Roads To The North” by Panopticon at NPR

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, July 28, 2014 at 4:27 PM (PST)

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NPR is currently streaming Panopticon‘s new full-length, ‘Roads to the North – check out the tunes and the writeup here,

I recommend The Long Road Part 1 #onelastfire for the last Hunger Games adaptation. It’s the best song.

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