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Band Spotlight: Sabbath Assembly

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, April 16, 2017 at 1:48 PM (PST)

Led by vocalist Jamie Myers (ex-Hammers of Misfortune), Sabbath Assembly anno 2017 features guitarist Kevin Hufnagel (Gorguts, Dysrhythmia), who has been with the band since 2011; original drummer Dave Nuss; bassist Johnny Deblase, who also played on the band’s self-titled album; and the new addition of second guitarist Ron Varod (Kayo Dot, Psalm Zero, Zvi).
We have been thrilled by the group’s endeavors since the early albums, yet not they continue to evolve and excite as a far more progressive and at times heavier beast than when they first arrived, steeped in interpreting the hymnody of the Process Church of the Final Judgment.  One of the most consistently good and unique bands in modern rock and metal, Sabbath Assembly are no mere faux-cult or yet another pretend wizard band. The new album Rites Of Passage draws from much deeper wells and is one of their most dynamic releases. The songs on Rites of Passage include stories of losing one’s religion (rather than initiation), dissolution of a relationship (rather than marriage), and managing the dementia and physical decline of a loved one (as more profound than a funeral rite).

 

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Ensiferum offer studio update

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 11:30 AM (PST)

Helsinki heavy metal band Ensiferum  may look like they need a little more sun, but that is because Finnish people are usually pretty darn pale and also because the respected band recently entered the Astia studio in Lappeenranta, Finland to begin work on their seventh full-length, produced once again by Anssi Kippo (Children Of Bodom, Impaled Nazarene, Entwine etc.)! Set to be released September 2017 via Metal Blade Records, the quintet has now issued an update about the recording process for the follow up to the bloody excellent One Man Army from in the studio.

Sami Hinkka (bass) comments: “Hi, folks! Greetings from the Astia studio!
For this album, we wanted to catch our live energy on a totally new level with the best possible sound. So every song was played together while recording drums. Most of the bass lines were also taken from those live takes to guarantee the maximum groove. There are songs on the album we recorded without a click so get ready for some serious rocking, people!
Since Anssi Kippo is such a studio wizard, he has synced his legendary Otari MTR-90mk2 2” 24 -tape recording machine (recognizable, for example, from Metallica‘s ‘Nothing Else Matters’ -video) with his computer, so we will record drums, bass, rhythm guitars and lead vocals on tape, and the rest that can’t fit on the tape, we’ll record on computer. Also the mixing will be done the analogue way on tape to make sure that the sound will remain as raw, punchy and as unprocessed as possible.
The second week is almost over and we are perfectly on schedule: drums, bass lines and half of the rhythm guitars are done.
We are doing ~12 hour long days, so unfortunately this time there won’t be ‘beer of the week’ or any fooling around video diaries, but there will be plenty of time for that after the album is done and the touring starts again. 😉
Stay tuned for more news! Cheers!”

Before the album’s release, European fans will be able to catch Ensiferum at various festivals this summer. See below for all dates, with more shows to be announced soon!

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Sólstafir stream new track, “Bláfjall”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 10:16 AM (PST)

Outlandish and mysterious Icelandic rock band SÓLSTAFIR are streaming the second new track off their new album Berdreyminn. The  album closer titled “Bláfjall” is streaming now both at the indie music outlet Brooklyn Vegan and metal site Invisible Oranges

It seems the Guðmundur Óli Pálmason situation, though certainly stressful for all parties, did not stop the remaining members from creating new, strong art. This latest song is more driving than recent material with am interesting, proggy/classic rock bent. The vocals seem more pained. I can’t stop listening to it, frankly. Very cool.

Regarding the new track, SÓLSTAFIR vocalist/guitarist Aðalbjörn Tryggvason comments on the personal meaning behind the track and its intent: The meaning of ‘Bláfjall’ is blue – as in a black, black mountain, and it revolves around man’s battle against his own mind and those inner demons that often lead to self-destruction and harming one’s loved ones. I have myself struggled with alcoholism and it remains a never-ending battle and continuously walking further up a mountain in foggy darkness. But this is also about hope, because there is a way out, but you have to grab that rope when it comes swinging towards you and hold on to it as tight as you can. Everybody can end up lost on the black mountain, or ‘Bláfjall’ in this case.

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MoonSorrow premiere “Non Serviam” video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 4:19 PM (PST)

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Finnish pagan metallers MoonSorrow have released a video for their cover of Rotting Christ’s “Non Serviam”.

“Non Serviam” comes from the band’s upcoming seventh album Jumalten Aika which comes out on April 1 via Century Media Records.

Check out the video for “Non Serviam” here.

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Elvenking’s DVD/live album “The Night of Nights” OUT NOW!

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, December 6, 2015 at 9:29 AM (PST)

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Elvenking‘s DVD/live album “The Night of Nights” is OUT NOW!
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Watch the lively and catchy “Pagan Revolution” clip! We dare you not to feel those “woaaaahhhh” parts.

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“Death to false country metal” 

I knew only Kevin Sharp and his merry bandits of Red Neckromancer could be trusted with the high stress sacred task of writing the only werewolf song on this most Halloween of comps. Ok, so maybe I just didn’t have enough money to pay the surviving members of Type O, all great dudes, to use their classic “Wolf Moon (Including Zoanthropic Paranoia)” track. I can get Kevin a few PBRs and a hi five next time I see him and we will be straight cuz he’s down for the cause like that.

Fight the beast, indeed. Listen HERE.

The song was tracked by solid gentleman and probable werewolf Pete Robertson (who has done FoH for bands ranging from Dropkick Murphy’s to Cannibal Corpse) at 721 Media Center in Kingston, NY.

This quite sophisticated ditty sits proudly alongside other monster themed songs from Golden Torso, Night Viper, Shadow Witch and more on our new Metal Riot bandcamp! Only two more songs to reveal after this as we lead up to Halloween!

This comp has been a dark stormy blast to put together and I love my crazy friends.

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From the get go I have adamantly often held that Sabbath Assembly is one of the most crucial projects in modern music. I could say underground, fringe or occult or metal, to be precise. That feels really almost insulting, though. Would you reign in Kylesa? Would you throw a cap on the cosmic bottle that is Blues Pills? Could you fit, say most absurdly, fucking Neurosis in a box? The massive wall of sound of universal themes in the West Coast legend’s sound is way too vast and powerful an EXPERIENCE to insult with consistently marginalizing tags/signifiers. Sabbath Assembly fall exactly into such a category, to ironically use categories. Whether composing at times frail, foreboding or forlorn adaptations on Process Church hymns to Christ and Lucifer or getting really heady with conceptual photos or videos, the band has evolved fluidly under the expanding consciousness of founder David Christian Nuss.

Whenever Sabbath Assembly has released something I can’t help but submit questions or give in to curiosity, eager to see where the lengthening strange trip is headed. As it turns out, right now the often “smart” Sabbath Assembly kind of just want to fucking rock. And that’s more than OK! “The Firey Angel Of Desire” is evidence alone they are on to something really exciting as they cross a new threshold. It almost sounds like Maiden playing Sabbath Assembly!

Results are in and the new Sabbath Assembly record is a fucking wallop, by far their heaviest brew yet. It proves they could tour with perhaps a much wider array of bands than previously people may have expected, though I hope they won’t ditch their more mercurial early Hymn based material while henceforth writing original rock music. You can hear two new tracks from the forthcoming self-titled “new birth” HERE.

Read our fresh interview with David and vocalist Jamie Myers BELOW.

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KORPIKLAANI-Ensiferum-Tour

The drums sounded. The horns blew. Battle paint adorned, bladed weapons drawn, beer upon their breath, the tribesmen of Finland and their Norwegian allies charged through Chicago, laying waste to the those who sought to oppose them, raising their fists proudly in mutual purpose to those who joined them in the sounds and revelry of battle lust.

The Trolls zealously feasted upon the slain and fallen. The Forest Clan danced upon bloodied flesh and crippled bones. The Sword Bearers left nothing in the brutality of their crushing wake. All those who witnessed the carnage and what remained will surely remember the day Trollfest, Korpiklaani, and Ensiferum came marching through their town.

For further details of the Bottom Lounge Battle of Chicago, click here.

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Album Review: Ensiferum – “One Man Army”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, April 20, 2015 at 12:45 PM (PST)

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Ensiferum‘s One Man Army is a melodic folk metal fan’s delight if you don’t mind higher end production with still gritty sounding guitar. That said, there is still a raw and very real attack to the material. Think at times of a trace of
Slaughter Of The Soul sped up through symphonic Helsinki bombast and warcry screams mixed with folk metal. A thirst for history, warmetal and spirited endeavors will be quenched but an at times thin guitar sound but you’ll also experience a lot more variety in material and even genre as the record progresses through epic to speed to folky dreams.

“Axe Of Judgement” gets things off to a determined gallop after the intro mood setter “March Of War”. Ensiferum play a lot of their strengths right on “Axe…” with a short but lightning lead, seeming black metal influence and speed paired with epic metal touches. “Heathen Horde” is one of the best songs from the band yet and would surely appeal to fans of Hammerfall or Turisas, easilly. The mid section quiet “traditional” part of the song is glorious while the drums thunder beneath spoken shouts and a riff that’d make Estonia’s Metsatoll jealous. Man, I’d kill to see those two live. “Lady Of The Slain” by Tyr comes to mind asanother recent battle field epic that kindles the spark of heroism in the heart of the epic metal fan in a similar way.

Click HERE for the full review.

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Cellist Helen Money (aka Alison Chesley) creates music that enrichens the full being, the totality of a soul’s range of emotions often seeming to hang on each bow stroke. Her unorthodox approach to “doom cello”  on her critically acclaimed Arriving Angels record (as well as a tremendous recent collaboration with none other than her royal majesty of awesomeness Jarboe) plus a lengthy career working on dozens of records supplying more texture to the music of artists as wide ranged as Anthrax, Bob Mould, Disturbed, Mono or Russian Circles, has netted her the sole opening slot on black metal/post-rock darlings Agalloch’s upcoming tour as well as a growing body of awestruck fans.

It was a real pleasure to speak with Chesley about the impact and “feeling” of meaningful music, mortality, touring and other subjects.

Enjoy BELOW.

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Ensiferum tour with Trollfest and Korpklaani

Posted by Andrew Johann Datoush on Friday, February 20, 2015 at 11:40 AM (PST)

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Finnish folk metal titans, ENSIFERUM, will return to North America this Spring on a co-headlining tour with country-mates, Korpiklaani. Scheduled to commence on May 6th in Los Angeles, the band will level nearly two dozen cities with the trek coming to a close on May 29th in New York City. Additional support will be provided by Trollfest. The tour follows the band’s European march alongside Insomnium and Omnium Gatherum next month. Tickets are on sale today. See all confirmed dates below.

ENSIFERUM will be touring in support of their One Many Army full-length, set to drop in North America this Tuesday via Metal Blade Records. Crowned “warlike and fiery” by MetalSucks, ENSIFERUM’s predominantly analog-recorded One Man Army wields eleven stunning tracks of the band’s signature synthesis of Viking, folk and power metal swathed in fantastical themes of Scandinavian lore, captured by award-winning producer Anssi Kippo (Children Of Bodom, Impaled Nazarene, Entwine etc.) at Astia-Studios in Lappeenranta, Finland.

In anticipation of its release, the band recently partnered with Spotfiy to bring fans a stream of the record in its entirety. Hosted by Decibel Magazine, each day Spotify added an additional One Man Army track to their player leading up to the record’s final descent. Listen to One Man Army, now streaming in its entirety, at THIS LOCATION.

 

 

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Interview: Primordial – Where Greater Men Have Fallen interview

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, January 5, 2015 at 5:47 AM (PST)

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Primordial are far more than just the most respected extreme metal band from the Emerald Isle. Record after record the band have skewered expectations, ripped down false idols and mourned (yet demanded we learn from) the horrors of human folly. Newest Metal Blade long player Where Greater Men Have Fallen is no exception, more proof that it is better to make art you can stand by than to cater to shifting whims and trends. The opera Thespis once pondered if men would do as good a job as the Gods of Olympus if they switched place. Primordial similarly hold our choices up to the light yet eschewing the vanity of any pantheon or limited religious orthodoxy. They illuminate through exposing shadow, howling at and through the abyss of human hypocrisy. “Our world, like a charnel-house, is strewn with the detritus of dead epochs,” said Le Corbusier in the 1920’s. Primordial, more than pretty much any other band, remind us where we have been, where we could be and the cost of willful ignorance.

 

 “I sat in Babel’s tower and judged the world/Said I spoke the language of saints and sinners/But preached the world was flat/And slipped between the cracks” – From “Babel’s Tower” by Primordial.

 

Click HERE for an interview with vocalist Alan Averill.

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Ensiferum to release new album in February

Posted by longhairedpoet on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 10:45 AM (PST)

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Finnish folk metal masters Ensiferum are preparing to release a new album in the new year. This, their sixth studio album, will be entitled One Man Army. It will be the bands first album since signing to Metal Blade Records. Sammi Hinkka, bassist, had this to say about recording the album:

“Recording process was long, hard, rewarding and full of incredible moments. Instruments were actually played and left as they were instead of creating tracks from hundreds of different takes, moving them to the grid and modifying things. Of course computers were used but overall we made everything as analog as possible. Listeners can experience a better sound and natural groove, something that we think most metal albums lack these days. Overall, the album sounds much more like a band playing live rather than ‘midi-metal.'”

Hinkka went on to say:

“On the new album, we took many things musically to the next level so we decided also to try something new graphics-wise. Gyula Havancsák did a phenomenal job! For the first time it was really nice to be more involved with designing the cover and all details. Our humble gratitude to Gyula for all the patience and really amazing results. We couldn’t be more satisfied!”

One Man Army will officially be released on February 24.

Check out tour dates here as Ensiferum hits the road (and sea) with the likes of Insomnium and Omnium Gatherum.

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Human Cray: CIA agent Scott Stapp vs. Obama

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, December 12, 2014 at 12:03 PM (PST)

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Scott Stapp is kind of crazy, folks. Not just Jesus crazy anymore but REALLY having a hard day at the “I have no” office, crazy. Apparently he thinks he is in the CIA and has to kill Obama. Or it is a troll to get press (and it is working).

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Yep, just when he was homeless and on drugs and stuff, now a buncha people will surely donate to Scott and his ‘with ahhhmmms wide opuhhhhnnn’ fundraising attempts. Scott doesn’t have Obamacare, so it is rough out there for the religiously hypocritical and bi-polar types.

As someone who has been crazy, broke and on drugs (but not as crazy as this dude) , i feel for another human being. but this is pretty entertaining. Scott has raised the bar (no pun intended) from when he was just trying to fist fight members of 311. I respect entertainers who think they are in the CIA, though. I mean, DMX was in the FBI, right? And Rogen is gonna save us from North Korea. The gong show guy was a spy, right? ‪#‎humancray‬

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I think with “Phoenix” I wanted to write a hymn to that within us that recognizes the human being in others, so close, so familiar to ourselves that we are willing to sacrifice for something greater than our own selves. That image of man, teeth clenched, fists bleeding and bruised fighting to stay alive, and retain his humanity and inner light in the face of despair is deeply inspiring to me. – Bard Oberon

We’d all like to calculate infinity at times, to muse on the grand nature of things and the purpose to the cosmic wheel, as if it couldn’t be more evident. We are amidst a brilliant array of stars but smother our own inner lights. Prophecy Productions has come through with a new Oberon release Dream Awakening, to coax you out of your shell. After hearing the sweeping neo-folk with plaintive and deeply stirring lyrics from Bard Oberon on this, the first new music from the project in 13 years, one is inclined to stroke Faustian deals in hopes of earning Heavenly forgiveness through good works done with the knowledge gained from the bargain struck. A sense of worth in diving into the challenge of learning to awaken not only a knowledge of self and the soul, but the science of mystical energy that surrounds us at all times.

We talk gnostic poems, Bill Miller, Ebola, 80’s movies, “Phoenix” and more HERE.

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