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NYC’s celebrated Gramercy Theatre was host to a plethora of true metal fans of various stripes, from denim jackets to hipsters to black t shirts to hairbags. The occasion was the inredible package tour of Witch Mountain, Ecstatic Vision plus headliners Yob and mighty black metal/prog legends from Norway, Enslaved. The tour is a celebration of much of what is good about metal right now, deep roots of Yggdrassil extending into the past, present and future.

I was really excited as I’d yet to see any of these great bands live. I’ve been an Enslaved fan since my artist pal Simon Ampel gave me a mix cd years ago with “Entrance Escape” on it along with Malevolent Creation (who turned out to be racists, unbeknownst to me and Jewish Simon at the time, so I never listen to them anymore).Enslaved, however, have left a long lasting impression on me and were pretty much my introduction to black metal. Their viking/Bathory influence interested me a lot more than groveling in the dark for Satan bands and since they have remained a tour de force for pushing metal into new territory. I love their new stuff as much as the old and it was so fucking cool to finally bask in their onslaught.

It was awesome to see the marquis saying “Enslaved Tonight”, like some crazy bondage party was about to go down. It was also cool to catch up with metal scribe Kim Kelly who was holding down the merch table for Yob.

Witch Mountain were up first and Kayla Dixon, the new vocalist, had the job of winning over the toughest crowd of snobs in the world (NYC music fans). Uta Plotkin was a tremendous talent but Kayla amply filled her shoes and people were talking about her all night! At first she seemed a touch nervous and admitted as much at the merch table later but she ended up killing it! I’d say Dixon has a more soulful voice than Plotkin, who is a bit eerier. Kayla kind of stalked the stage like Angela Bassett making grim, contorted faces in American Horror Story one minute and suddenly her face looking like a quite sweet and comely model the next. It was very theatrical. It will be awesome to hear what she brings to the next Witch Mountain record. Kayla really brought the massive sound the band was putting out down from the rafters and into her body, channeling it out in stark wails.

Click HERE for the full review.

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Album Review: Carach Angren – “This Is No Fairy Tale”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 8:57 PM (PST)

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Carach Angren‘s This Is No Fairy Tale is a frightful blend of horror and metal with symphonic elements akin to a Tim Burton score. These hell-forged songs are at times vertigo inducing as well as insane. Definitely a niche band but fans of Septicflesh on a much more horror bent will thrill to it. This is a blackened and death infused updated version of Hansel and Gretel that has heroin abuse and domestic violence (“There’s No Place Like Home”) and a much sicker tone or darker flare than the recent silly, if fun, action movie “Witch Hunters” (give me Monica Bellucci in The Brothers Grimm instead any day).

Anyhow, the Netherlands based band are very tight and complete professionals here, though at times it is usually less about the song than how it feels in relation to the whole story piece. Still, there are way worse things. Many bands can’t come close to the skill of Carach Angren in heavy metal and they obviously don’t give a fuck what anyone thinks. Horns to them for their full embrace of over the edge, dark creativity to shed light on the horrors of the ill nature of deranged psychosis out there. Sickening candy addiction is a metaphor for perhaps shallow culture, the material working on many levels of the psyche. We are lonely in a forest and hunger for blood, convenience or even a deeper, damaged sense of family are all examined.

For more see BELOW.

Hypothermia and Agonia Records reveal “Svartkonst”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 9:54 AM (PST)

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The first song from Hypothermia‘s new album is available to consume HERE. This initial title track from pending record “Svartkonst” is an ocean of guitars, a controlled and intelligent drum performance and verbed out trancy power. The Swedes newest track is so good it is impossible as background music, if you get my drift. You’ll be pulled adjacent to the beachfront of cold waves before your gaze inexorably goes to the soul’s within. Yes, I was impressed by this song. Thanks, Agonia Records!

RIYL Sonic Youth, Wolves In The Throne Room, Red Sparowes

The track features on the band’s upcoming new album under the same title, set to be released on May 15th in Europe and May 19th in North America. Pre-order here.

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Helen Money has been confirmed as direct support for the Agalloch U.S. tour dates in June (starting on June 6th in Sacramento). She continues to support her current release, Arriving Angels (Profound Lore), which was recorded and mixed by Steve Albini at Electrical Audio and features drummer Jason Roeder (Neurosis, Sleep). Cellist/composer Alison Chesley, a.k.a. Helen Money, merges her classical training with a lifelong affinity for punk rock and a taste for heavy metal. In addition to her own material Chesley has also performed and/or directed string arrangements for artists like Anthrax (Worship Music), Russian Circles (Geneva), Broken Social Scene (Forgiveness Rock Record) and Yakuza. For her previous album, In Tune, she worked with Greg Norman (Pelican, Russian Circles, Neurosis), Sanford Parker (Pelican, Chris Connelly, Yakuza, Buried at Sea).

Click HERE for dates and music.

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Anaal Nathrakh announce “Desideratum” European tour dates

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 10:27 AM (PST)

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Anaal Nathrakh have announced a big European tour including dates in Estonia, Sweden, France and Poland. The band are touring in support of the epic Desideratum, one of last years sickest albums by far. The industrial strength and insanely creative black metal influenced havoc of opener “Acheronta Movebimbus” into the cathartic “Unleash” will peel back your skin and pour steel shavings onto your red hot insides, for no good reason. Ok, so I just wanted to write something gory and metal sounding, but really the record is sure to confound people with no imagination but thrill fans of the edges of extreme metal’s pioneering spirit of expression and embrace of the ferocity and beauty of the vast cosmos.

I definitely am often still listening to Desideratum when I am supposed to be reviewing newer albums that have come out since, let’s put it that way. \m/

Find more info HERE. The London show is sold out, the band commenting: “We look forward to a blast furnace of an evening.”

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Mortals return with “Ten Years of Filth”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 9:41 AM (PST)

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Brooklyn’s Mortals manage to combine some of the most dour yet inspiring extreme metal elements into a new sound. It’s kind of a punker, more melodic style of black metal that is just plain furious and go for the throat with occasional doomy excursions. Cynical? Somehow missed the more prophetic than Cassandra long player Cursed To See The Future? Check out the new Mortals song “Ten Years of Filth” right HERE.

“Ten Years Filth” is Side A of the Mortals/Repellers Split 10,” released on Broken Limbs Recordings. Art by Mike Bukowski. Recorded at Developing Nations with Kevin Bernsten in 2014.

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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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