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Oslo library praises “METALION: The Slayer Mag Diaries”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 7:21 AM (PST)


The Oslo Public Library, Norway’s oldest and largest literary institution, has recognized and praised Jon “Metalion” Kristiansen‘s monumental METALION: The Slayer Mag Diaries (ISBN 978-0979616341, Bazillion Points Books) as a “unique and important” book in Norwegian history and culture.

Get the book HERE.

Oslo librarian Terje Haugsgjerd writes: “Which is the heaviest book published in Norway the past few years? No, it’s not [Karl Ove] Knausgård’s My Struggle even if the title would be a fitting one for this book too. The book in question is Metalion: The Slayer Mag Diaries. The period is depicted from the point-of-view of the author and paints a personal, but certainly non romanticizing, picture of an astonishingly creative period in Norwegian metal, a period that was also dangerous and controversial with its murders, suicides and church burnings.”

“In short, this is, for me, a unique Norwegian book, both physically with all its kilos, but especially for its content. In one hundred years, this will be a book about what once was.”

Comments Jon Kristiansen: “From the start, I made Slayer Mag as honestly and as well as I could. I never knew any other way. I hope that I have produced something that will stand the test of time.”

In 756 pages, METALION unravels thirty years of underground metal history, centered on the unique Norwegian black metal music scene of which author Kristiansen was a central figure. The book includes reproduction pages from every issue of the Slayer Mag metal fanzine, spanning from the early 1980s through 2010. In addition, Kristiansen recounts his personal experiences in tumultuous “diary” section.

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Album Review: Mayhem – “Esoteric Warfare”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 9:05 AM (PST)


I have been listening to Esoteric Warfare quite a bit, trying to let it sink into my brain, to let it confuse me.Other than the “MILAB” track’s great structural twists and out of body drift through chaos clouds, it is a more straight forward fair than I expected, though still incredibly engaging. While it may not be their violently rawest or most idiosyncratic/experimental release, it is in some ways the most ambitious Mayhem release of all. Whether that ambition is realized is up to the listener.

A more triumphant album marrying raw rage and esoteric philosophy with moments of inspired weirdness would be Inquisition’s masterful Obscure Verses For The Multiverse (yet now, much like most of Mayhem’s career, tragically overshadowed by recent controversy the band seemingly brought on themselves). Mayhem have spent the better part of their career being known for a relatively brief, yet massively infamous period. People can’t listen to them without thinking of it (much like how Nachtmystium’s amazing music takes a back seat to debates about if it is ok to like Blake or who really wrote what on which Nachtmystium album, for another sad example).

Mayhem should not be punished for having more self-awareness as writers and people these days than the early days of their raw as fuck, shoot from the hip, hack and slash approach (an unintentionally horrible metaphor since former members actually killed themselves or others). Esoteric Warfare doesn’t feature my favorite line-up (blasphemer/rune is the best guitarist for Mayhem ever), but it nonetheless is a killer album that seems to attempt to unify various parts of the band’s career into a palatable whole. The “fuck you” spirit remains, but it is a fairly cohesive record. The question is, is that enough?

My answer is yes.

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Interview: Arkan – Somber Secrets of “Sofia”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, June 9, 2014 at 11:25 AM (PST)


The evolution of our music to Sofia is natural for us. We must take into account the emotional background where the loss of a loved one allows a whole entity to forgather and compose an album. We didn’t intend to adapt our composition to a specific musical style. It was rather a question of writing a love letter, both sad, poignant and sincere. Everyone of us has experienced this tragedy in his own way, and like many things, an event that affects one of us, affects us all. Sofia is a reflection of our state of mind today. As Salam represented our concerns of the moment. – Foued Moukid

Arkan caught my ear a few years back with their debut full length Hilal, an adventurous journey into metal with an Oriental influence. Foued (drums) was once a member of The Old Dead Tree, of whom I am still a big fan to this day, so when ARkan was getting off the ground I had to know more. As it was, a few years passed and I hadn’t heard much from the group, though admittedly they were very busy. It is my own fault due to helping raise a child, being crazy busy all the time and other factors in no way related to the quality of Arkan’s music. Shit, I wish I had kept closer tabs on them but it was a nice surprise to be floored with a new promo of their latest effort Sofia, an album of tight arrangements, melancholy sentiment and attention to finest details.

Somehow Arkan’s shifting music can manage to hold a light up to the world and illuminate hope, sorrow and personal growth amidst the yawning void of time. Click HERE to learn more about this always evolving, superb metal act.

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Mayhem stream “Esoteric Warfare”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 8:16 PM (PST)


Legendary Norwegian black metal pioneers MAYHEM are streaming the band’s forthcoming new album, ‘Esoteric Warfare’ with Pitchfork. While not my favorite line up of the band sans Blasphemer, this record has some great, if not their most forward thinking, black metal tracks.

MAYHEM will see the release of ‘Esoteric Warfare’ on June 10th in North America. The album will be available as a CD, Limited Edition box set, and various Lp formats here.

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Cynic’s Paul Masividal and Sean Reinert out of the closet

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 1:00 PM (PST)


I just saw on the Advocate  that Cynic members Paul Masividal and Sean Reinert have come out. Good for them. The band have opened minds since inception and continue to write great music, so who cares what their sexual preferences are. SImply some of the most talented dudes in metal. It goes to show how people are people and regardless of gender or sexual orientation, we shouldn’t be biased towards them as music fans.

People were shocked by Rob Halford years ago or recently when Mina Caputo transitioned, but it doesn’t in any way diminish their greatness as artists. Hopefully in 2014 we can have more of a sane environment wher people can be accepted for the quality of their work alone, male or female, straight or gay.

“Gay people are everywhere, doing every job, playing every kind of music and we always have been,” Reinert told the L.A.Times. “It’s taken me years to finally be brave enough to say, ‘If you have a problem with that, then throw out our records. That’s your problem, not mine.'”

As someone who identifies as bi myself, thank you Cynic for helping to state the case eloquently as to why archaic ways of thinking have no place in a modern society.

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Album Review: Floor – Oblation

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 9:50 PM (PST)


Floor‘s long overdue sophomore full length (after an endless series of smaller format releases) delivers on everything that made this band great the first time. Massive riffs, bomb string earth moving rumble and Steve Brooks’ vocals either spacey and laconic or engaged and up front but always catchy.

Most fans know Steve more for his Torche achievements than the great band that preceded them, but hopefully Oblation will change that. This record is just as good as anything Floor have done before, with “Rocinante” a real anthem that may be my favorite new song from the band. There are just so many good riffs here. Like Season Of Mist label mates Hark (basically Taint 2.0), Floor have made a record that clearly represents a love of playing together. The songs have that vital organic feel, with every snare hit energetic and every song offering great passages.You’ll thrill to each shifting tectonic surge of power from the two downtuned guitar/no bass attack.

“Lord knows, she’s never wrong,” sings Brooks on the massive “Trick Scene”, which rocks like, well, Torche meets Melvins. The awesomely titled “Love Comes Crushing” is also super liberal with a heavilly maxed out daily allowance of doomage. The music sounds like the hull of a huge ship ripping in half and sinking. Then the drum hits crack down. Other high energy songs like the upbeat ‘War Party’ are serious head nodders and easy to lose yourself in. This album has a very high repeat listen factor, with the songs really growing on you. It’s not as raw as the S/T and still feels a bit more subdued than a band with these frequencies would live, but it is nonetheless a real keeper and my favorite thing Floor have done yet.

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Summer Slaughter announces line-up

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 7:03 PM (PST)


Summer Slaughter is bringing back the heavy in 2014.

Summer Slaughter was arguably the heaviest national tour that tears across North America until the Decibel Magazine Tour started last year.

And in a year when Mayhem Festival is bringing Cannibal Corpse and Warped Tour is bringing Born of Osiris and Chelsea Grin Ash Avildsen and co. seemed to have stepped up their game.

With bands like death metal stalwarts Morbid Angel, the brutal Dying Fetus and the relentless Goatwhore, Summer Slaughter is prepared to thrash and pillage this summer.

Check out the full line-up as well as comments from Morbid Angel’s David Vincent here.

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Septicflesh release 2nd “Titan” behind the scenes video

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, March 24, 2014 at 6:03 PM (PST)

Greek metal masters SEPTICFLESH have unveiled a second behind-the-scenes look at the making of their upcoming Prosthetic debut Titan, which will be released in North America on June 24. In this episode, follow drummer Fotis Benardo during his tracking session.

You can also view the previous episode, featuring the band’s collaboration with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and a full children’s choir, HERE.

As previously reported, Titan will consist of 10 songs that were recorded once again at Devasoundz Studios in Athens, Greece and in the Czech Republic with the collaboration of the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir. From there, the album was mixed and mastered in Los Angeles by acclaimed producer Logan Mader (Gojira, Fear Factory, Cavalera Conspiracy). More information on the album will be revealed in the coming weeks.

SEPTICFLESH has earned extensive international praise for their eight albums to date, as well as their performances on tour alongside the likes of Cradle of Filth, Amon Amarth, Gorgoroth, Satyricon and Children of Bodom.


To watch the new behind the scenes video click HERE.



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Gorguts gets new drummer as well.

Posted by tyrusrunyan on Friday, March 14, 2014 at 3:13 PM (PST)

gorguts1Canadian death metal band Gorguts have announced that they have replaced drummer John Longstreth with drummer Patrice Hamelin.

The gist of it seems to be scheduling problems but I will let the guitarist/vocalist Luc Lemay explain:

“I’m writing today to share with you that we will now have a new drummer sitting behind the kit for Gorguts. Unfortunately, John [Longstreth] won’t be playing with us anymore.

“When I first asked John, Colin [Marston, bass] and Kevin [Hufnagel, guitar] to join me to be part of Gorguts, rule number one, for me, has always been that each of their respective bands and solo career would always come first.

“John, having a very busy touring schedule with Origin, brought Patrice Hamelin in the picture to replace him on more than several occasions. This being said, I was not going to get a replacement for each players. Then, as tour offers came in, we ended up playing more shows with Patrice than John. Seeing the new Origin record coming along and being released this year, John is also developing his solo career with drum clinics; I was apprehending the complexity of orchestrating schedules for future Gorguts tours. Having a very busy schedule planed for 2014 already, thing would eventually get impossible to work out.

“As far as Patrice being in demand with a lot of different projects, I could have ended up with no drummer available at all to push Gorguts. Patrice and I living close to each other, we can work on music together on a weekly basis and that’s an important factor for me as well. John and I shared on this way before our December tour in 2013 and I really insisted that he played that tour with us since he was part of ‘Colored Sands’ since the very beginning and I wanted to perform the record live with the Original lineup.

“All I can say is that I had a great experience playing and making a record with John. He’s a very creative, curious, polyvalent player and a great person to be around. I will miss our long conversations while driving to New York City to Colin’s place. 

“It’s not a question of personality or whatsoever; it’s a question of each of us pushing our individual goals and plans as artists. I want to whish him all the best and in the end, what’s most important for me, is when we’ll see each other in 5, 10 or 20 years, we won’t be talking about not doing a tour together in 2014… we will talk about our friendship through music and how happy and proud we are of having made a wonderful record together.”

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Mayhem stream new song “Psywar” via Decibel

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 7:57 PM (PST)


Black metal legends Mayhem have finally returned with “Psywar”, the controversial group’s first new song in seven years. Everybody is posting about it today and what kind of metal site would we be if MR didn’t chime in with praise? While musical genius Rune is still missed on guitar (there’s always Aura Noir), the new track really burns and has one of those spooky ass Atilla as dying poetic goblin from hell atmospheric bridge sections we know and love.

Click HERE to listen to “Psywar”, streaming now via Decibel.

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Interview: Chaostar – Les Réminiscences Extatiques

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, February 17, 2014 at 9:50 PM (PST)


“Compromising with things already done is not something that attracts our interest.” -Androniki (vocals)

Greece’s Chaostar began as a classical influenced offshoot of the always cutting-edge and generally well-revered Septicflesh. When the death metal act flirted with more and more classical influences on their crucial, evolutionary album (and recently reissued) A Fallen Temple, Christos Antoniou of Septicflesh decided to cast the dice and start another project to further explore that direction parallel to the metal thrust of  his “main” band. Within the span of several albums (and a short hiatus), Chaostar made their own mark via a masterful synthesis of heavy music’s pedigree with true opera (not just symphonic metal’s often great but select borrowing of high soprano vocals). Lush strings, mournful brass, percussion and world instruments eloping in a post-modern blender under a cloud of Gothic splendor? Most bands might make a hot mess of such varied combinations and source material, but Chaostar’s recent Anomima is breathtaking in scope, a real odyssey. In my opinion, the current Chaostar line-up is their strongest yet.

Kurt Vonnegut asked in his “self-portrait” Palm Sunday ,” Are many novelists schizophrenic – at least marginally so? Do they hallucinate, seeing and hearing things that healthy people cannot sense? Do they turn disordered perceptions into gold in the literary marketplace…or if writer’s themselves aren’t crazy, perhaps a lot of their ancestors were?”

This would certainly also apply to those rare musicians in it for the right reasons, panning for gold in an industry cluttered with acts who make lifeless, flaccid and watered down imitations of once great genres. Not so with trailblazers like Chaostar. This is a group who restlessly work to create alchemy that will permanently mark and alter your consciousness. Jung would have had a field day with this band!

Most recent Chaostar vocalist Androniki Skoula is frighteningly talented, a gorgeous chameleon with a voice from Olympus. It was an honor to interview her about Chaostar’s Anomina as well as other matters.

Click HERE to read the interview!

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Septicflesh have earned the right to title next LP “Titan”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 5:45 PM (PST)


Greek symphonic death metal group SEPTICFLESH have chosen “Titan” as the title of their highly anticipated Prosthetic debut, due out this summer. The group has also posted the first in a series of exclusive behind-the-scenes videos documenting the making of the album, which sees them collaborate with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and a full children’s choir. Check it out HERE .

 The band has earned extensive international praise for their eight albums to date, as well as their performances on tour alongside the likes of Cradle of Filth, Amon Amarth, Gorgoroth, Satyricon and Children of Bodom. The group, who recently headlined the “Conquerers of the World” North American tour, is currently touring Japan and will tour Australia this spring.

Stay tuned for further information on “Titan” in the coming weeks via:

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Cynic premiere “Kindly Bent To Free Us”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 11:23 AM (PST)

Progressive, hard rock innovators CYNIC (guitarist/vocalist Paul Masvidal, drummer Sean Reinert, bassist Sean Malone) have premiered their new full-length album, Kindly Bent To Free Us. This musical doozy is s
treaming now, via Pitchfork Advance,.

Regarding the album premier, band founder/visionary Paul Masvidal (DEATH) said “Leap before you look. Kindly Bent To Free Us is an epic album, full of cosmic riddles, alien transmissions and tasty riffs. Play it loud and play it often.”

About the new album, drummer Sean Reinert said: “It’s a bold new sound for CYNIC and marks a gigantic leap in the band’s progression. We’ve had a lot of time to let this material develop and gestate, and it finally feels ready to be unleashed on the world. I’ve been in trio mode with Malone and Masvidal flushing out a zillion and one details, and couldn’t be happier about what’s happening with these songs. They are truly alive!”

Kindly Bent To Free Us is scheduled for a North American release date on Feb. 18, 2014 (Feb. 14 worldwide). The album will be available as a CD-Digipack a limited edition collector’s box, limited edition Double-Lp here, and digitally here.

The track listing can be found below.

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Album Review: Endstille – Kapitulation 2013

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 9:55 AM (PST)

endstille kapitulation cover

Endstille return with more patented German war-themed black metal ferocity. Kapitulation 2013 is one of the band’s best executed and darkest records yet, a grim portrayal of unflinching war. You can practically feel winter’s cold bearing down on soldiers as they place one foot towards another marching toward’s death. The band are often accused of Nazi sympathy because they sing about German history but they have distanced themselves from such pathetic allegiance. This is about humanity’s folly and the ugly truths of history. From the “Blasphemer” Sodom cover to the ripping ‘Sick Heil” or the vertiginous “Stalin Note”, this is both top notch metal and nauseatingly powerful when you think of what it is about.

This is perhaps my favorite war metal album of 2013, though the newest from Panzerchrist might have taken the cake if they hadn’t biased me by never returning my email questions for another publication (but no hard feelings). But yeah, Endstille kill it on here. My only complaint is that, like Turisas2013, I am not really a fan of year dates in album titles (except for Public Enemy’s Apocalypse ’91: the Enemy Strikes Black. PE it is still cool when Chuck D says “1989, a number! Another summer…” on “Fight The Power”. With metal or, the worst, emo bands singing about summer in the late 90’s or  early 00’s, it isn’t as cool). But, to get back on track…Black metal or war metal fans alike need to check this out. It is completely engrossing. “Reich an Jugend” will give you chills of the power of propaganda, while “The Refined Nation” is like a careening punk-infused black metal train off course and bearing down on you. L. Wachtfels perhaps delivers a career performance on “Nostalgia”.

If you can’t handle harsh BM with an oppressive examination of history, go back to your Five Finger Donkey Punch and steer clear. Otherwise, this will fucking grab hold of you and not let go, like a dying hand at your throat.



Kylsea have released a video for the song “Low Tide”

Posted by tyrusrunyan on Friday, November 15, 2013 at 6:28 AM (PST)

kylesa goldSavannah sludge metal band Kylesa have uploaded a video for the song “Low Tide.” The song is off of the bands most recent release, Ulltraviolet. Ultraviolet is the bands third album was was released in May via Seasons of Mist.

You can see the video here.

Guitarist/vocalist Laurie Pleasants had the following to say about the album: “All of our studio albums have their own unique identity and we’ve always been a band who strives for something different than what current fads suggest. With ‘Ultraviolet’, we took a step inward and wrote music that we felt we had to write; this album centers around the multiple themes of loss and you can feel it in the music. Everyone goes through it during their lifetime and this record reflects that experience.”

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