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Katla’s compelling new “Nátthagi” premieres at Metal Injection

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 7:58 PM (PST)

Katla is an Icelandic band featuring ex-Sólstafir drummer and visual artist Guðmundur Óli Pálmason and singer/multi-instrumentalist Einar Thorberg Guðmundsson (Fortíð, Potentiam).

From a press release:

Named in tribute to one of Iceland’s greatest active volcanos, Katla creates powerful, panoramic music where shimmering guitars, crushing melodies and atmospheric density meet dark, entrancing power. Katla‘s debut album, Móðurástin, will be released on October 27 via Prophecy Productions (Alcest, Dool).

In advance of the record’s release, Katla debuts the new song “Nátthagi” which features “dark, post-hardcore vocals from Guðmundsson”, “strong hooks” and “a unique, entrancing quality.” Hear Katla‘s “Nátthagi” at THIS location (via Metal Injection).

Wow. I LOVE this tune. Really great tempo and the melody and drums really propel it and capture attention, stirring emotions. I know Pálmason’s split with his old band was hard and they are a big group to exit, but if we have two bands now this excellent I have to say that seems like a pretty good thing for the metal scene (another example of this would be Khorada and the fucking excellent Pillorian record).

So yeah, support Katla, cuz this is really good stuff so far. 

 

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Valborg stream new album “Endstrand” at Decibel

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 3:17 PM (PST)

Valborg, once described by the quite choosy yet very metal authority Tom G. Warrior himself as “abundantly original and unique“ and “a mixture of Bohren und der Club of Gore, early Black Sabbath and Hellhammer”, have returned with their latest curious offering.

Produced by Markus Siegenhort (Lantlôs), Endstrand is a 13 song end-time vision hosting apparitions of empty beaches, bunkers in the dunes, novel biological phenomenon, washed up artifacts, noise distorted signals and omnipresent whirring, all of which float above the backdrop of VALBORG’s utterly barbaric death crunch.

Sounds cool to us. We liked their last one Romantik. Between this and the news that Neurosis is supporting Fires Within Fires with Converge and Amenra along for the ride, it is a good week for fans of experimental heavy music as we prepare for Saturn to turn retrograde tomorrow.

Endstrand will be out this Friday, April 7th! Check it out first at Decibel HERE. They certainly have a lot of bellowing and militaristic, thumping and near industrialized low end.

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  Critically acclaimed Bay Area post rock collective AMBER ASYLUM will release its new album, Sin Eater, on December 4 via Prophecy Productions. The band’s seventh studio album was recorded at Ear Hammer Studios (OM, Pallbearer, Vhol) in Oakland, CA and produced, mixed and mastered by frontwoman, multi-instrumentalist and soprano vocalist Kris T. Force. The subject matter that helped inspire the album is the cleansing ritual of “sin eating”. Today, Noisey premieres the new AMBER ASYLUM track, “Executioner”; listen now at this location.

“Sin Eating still exists as a death ritual where the Sin Eater consumes a meal or ‘corpse cake’ that is passed over the body of the deceased or laid on the chest,” Force explains. “The meal represents the sins of the deceased and once consumed by the Sin Eater the sins are released thereby allowing the soul to rest in peace. The album speaks of this process of taking on the pain of others to set them free.”

In honor of 20 years of the mystifying group, the label Prophecy Productions will also be releasing a new set  Anthology  at the same time as the Bay Area chamber group’s new Sin Eater record. It consists of twelve CDs, containing the band’s entire work including numerous compilation tracks, singles and more partially unreleased bonus songs, topped by an accompanying 80-page book bound in leather with all lyrics.

Album Review: Nhor – ‘Momenta Quintae Essentiae’

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 10:03 AM (PST)

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The UK’s elusive and deeply talented Nhor returns with another record that encompasses a certain holistic wholeness of self, from artwork, naturalism and awareness of space that is a hallmark of each release from this artist. Whether nature illustrations with attention to every line to black metal that mines a stone strong heart for courage to a philosophical current between the records of a respect for the massive, interconnected Universe, this project could easilly find fans among the appalachian meets black metal set or wolves in the throne room types or traditional fans of pagan metal. There is nary a hint of dogma here, orthodox and anti-cosmic types be damned (which, they’d be into, haha)

Momenta Quintae Essentiae is a beautiful, sparse and contemplative record. It’s closest cousin in the Nhor catalogue is Upon Which Was Written In The Stars, an early, gentle piano driven EP.

Momenta Quintae… is equally thoughtful yet more seasoned. The effortlessness of the compositions is pretty astounding, as you really sort of by default slip into allowing the music to happen as an experience without picking it apart. “Ante Primam Lucem”, for example, rolls calmly for 6:09 of very unselfconscious and to the matter piano playing. Fans of Helen Money, Solstafir, Alcest or other bands who develop through tempo control will appreciate the lack of a rush to the material. It exists, almost like classical compositions, on its own firm terms. Unlike some classical, however, nothing is ever overstated. “Hedera” is simple and beautiful enough to be part of a hand binding ceremony. I also like “Nosce Te Ipsum” because the music slightly reminds me of the quiet intro riff to “One” by Metallica.

This is a much less dark release than the brilliant and breath taking Within The Darkness Between The Starlight, a BM record I’d highly recommend as an all time favorite of recent years. However, the light play of music here is a welcome body of work, like ripples on a lake you are relaxed and burdens can be released in a less abrasive and more natural way.

Another big creative victory for Nhor and perfect for reading at 2am or a lonely autumn day.

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Parisian Post-metal duo ALCEST has announced a fall North American headlining tour. The critically-lauded group, called “half-gauze, half-iron” by The New York Times, will launch the month-long trek on September 19 in Mexico City. The scheduled 23-city, major market jaunt will run through October 17 in Philadelphia, PA. Support on the ALCEST tour will come from singer-songwriter and visual artist Emma Ruth Rundle. ALCEST continues to perform globally in support of its most recent album, Shelter, which has been hailed as “capable of great feats of mood and beauty” by Pitchfork and “intoxicating” by Rolling Stone.

“We are very happy to announce that Alcest will tour in Mexico and North America in September and October of 2015,” comments Neige. “It’s been three years since we played in North America as headliners, so we are very excited to be back. Our support guest on this tour will be the talented Emma Ruth Rundle (Marriages, Red Sparrowes). Be sure to catch us on one of these dates!”

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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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Interview: Nhor – Between the Starlight

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 9:42 PM (PST)

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“If you read in an old fairy tale that someone; a witch perhaps, was able to communicate with whoever they wished, no matter where on the Earth, would that not be considered a great deal of sorcery? Because science has found a way to imbed many of it’s discoveries seamlessly within our lives they become overlooked. Yet we still look for magic in the world when it’s beneath our noses.”- Nhor

Nhor from the UK is the essence of what I love about challenging metal, an artistic reprieve from the mundane and an evocative yearning for pure reflection. Art that will ripple through your psyche like a stone thrown into a pool creates waves to topple vanity. Not since Agalloch’s Ashes Against The Grain have I been so moved by a recent work of black metal. Layers are stripped raw, mercilessly, but it is a blessing.

Nhor creates stunning work in various mediums, whether gorgeous merchandise, nature photography or metal that features lush piano for the truly somber soul as well as potent black metal and ambient inertia. I admire the kind of post-modern, do as you please Lansing Dreiden-esque unity of aesthetic between all of Nhor’s endeavors. It was a thrill to pick the brain of the mastermind behind the life enrichening (seriously!) new release Within The Darkness Between The Starlight. I am very thankful.

For the interview click HERE.

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Alcest announces spring tour through Europe

Posted by GageT on Friday, September 6, 2013 at 8:09 AM (PST)

220px-AlcestYour favorite blackgaze band, Alcest, have just announced that they’ll be touring throughout Europe next spring in support of their upcoming record, Shelter, which doesn’t have a release date yet.

The band said on their facebook: “”We will be accompanied by our friends from Hexvessel, the Finnish folk/psychedelic sorcerers whom we’ve played with several times already. Also with us will be the Fauns, a great shoegaze/dream pop act from UK, signed on Impavida, the label runned by Geoff Barrow (Portishead). We worked a lot on this package to make it as diverse and interesting as possible and hope you will enjoy it!”

You can check out the European dates and the band’s upcoming fall US dates here.

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Cover Art Battle Royale 2012!

Posted by JDKleinhans on Monday, January 7, 2013 at 3:57 PM (PST)

And it all comes down to this. The two finalists Cover Art Battle Royale 2012.

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Amber Asylum sign with Prophecy Productions

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, December 23, 2012 at 5:13 PM (PST)

For more than 15 years now, Amber Asylum from San Francisco have been forging a style which is hard to pinpoint, described by multi-instrumentalist Kris Force, the artistic leader of a shifting pool of studio- and live-musicians, as a mixture between Neoclassic and Dark Ambient with hints at Neofolk, Industrial and Doom Metal. Right from the beginning, sinister string-arrangements and female vocals in combination with dragging rhythms of the hypnotic kind have been the main characteristics of Amber Asylum, which according to the band tackle the core of being and achieve a cathartic effect.

Today, Prophecy Productions proudly announce their collaboration with Amber Asylum in order to re-release the band’s entire back catalogue as well as three further albums. The follow-up to 2009’s “Bitter River” is currently being recorded and will most probably be released in 2013 alongside the new editions of the earlier albums.

Says Kris: “I am very pleased to come aboard Prophecy with the entire back catalogue. It is Amber Asylum’s personal singularity and the end to a long journey home. I hope to devote more time to the craft of actual music making and production while trusting the amazing team at Prophecy Productions to bring it to the world. On behalf of the entire collective of Amber Asylum we move forward with enthusiasm and gratitude.”

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Music Video: Alcest – “Les Voyages De L’Âme”

Posted by SeanB on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 7:50 AM (PST)

The awesome French ambient black metal group Alcest have just released a video for the title track to their latest album Les Voyages De L’Âme.  Unless you’re totally sheltered from nature the video isn’t really anything special, but the song is beautiful.

To see for yourself click here.

Les Voyages De L’Âme is so good that it was actually our top staff pick from January so you should definitely check it out if you haven’t yet.  Alcest have also just begun their North American tour which you can find out more about right here.

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Alcest Announce Second Set of North American Tour Dates

Posted by JDKleinhans on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 10:53 PM (PST)

Today, Prophecy Production announces the second set of Alcest‘s North American tour dates. Touring in support of their just-released Les Voyages De L’Âme masterpiece (our top Staff Pick from January) and sponsored by Hails & Horns magazine and BrooklynVegan.com, Alcest will begin their latest headlining North American trek on March 17th, at the esteemed South by Southwest fest, and then will tour throughout the duration of April, as the second set of dates revealed today.

Support for this first set of dates will be provided by Deafheaven.

Get the confirmed tour dates thus far here.

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MR Staff Picks: Top Albums of January 2012 (MetalRiotJD)

Posted by JDKleinhans on Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 10:07 PM (PST)

This is one hell of a start to a new year. Usually I’m not enamored with an album until the first thaw of the Midwest winter, but not this year my fellow cretins. Mind you I haven’t listened to every single album that has come out this month. Who has that kind of time!? I wish I did.

Anyway, I’m rambling. Head on over here to see what I boldly declare as this month’s top metal albums. Let the harassing criticism begin!

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