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TETRARCH release “Stich Me Up” official video

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 2:44 AM (PST)

If you ever wondered what it might look like if the Nolanverse Scarecrow was bullied in school, the new video from buzz band of the moment TETRARCH has got your Nu Metalcore social anxiety fix covered…in rage and rags! The Unstable release continues to have the power to draw in new listeners in droves and I have a feeling this will be a pretty major gateway band for a new generation of kids into heavy music. Which is not to say by “gateway” that they suck but rather that they will probably open a world of heavy to some people who are gonna need it, and that is a great thing. Whereas “Negative Noise” had kind of a Linkin Korn Chamber vibe going on, this one leans more towards Korn on the Core, lol.

Get your boogie on.

Lead guitarist Diamond Rowe says: “Shooting the video for ‘Stitch Me Up’ was super fun and we are honestly thrilled with how it came out. The way the storyline was shot has such a cinematic feel to it and the finished product just looks awesome. The theme of this video is kind of about being an outcast in your everyday life. You can sometimes feel like a complete freak when it seems like no one else sees things the same way that you do or has common interests, but finally meeting up with people that are like you can make you feel safe and whole. It reminds me a lot of all of us in the heavy music community and how we may be looked at in strange ways, but when we’re all together we are just one big happy family sharing our love of music.”

 

By now it is safe to say most metal fans are counting down the days to August 27th when the new Jinjer release drops. The band have always been cool but the new material finds them considerably upping their game, technicality, intensity and emotional impact to new heights and dark depths. You’d have to be a pretty cynical fucking snob to not be able to grab ahold of some of the intensity of this banger and get taken for a thrill ride. Precision, groove, melody and even some Gojira-worthy clobber…it’s all there!

Jinjer state: “With years getting older, we often realize that the world around us is far from what we expected it to be. Through the eyes of a kid everything seemed way more colorful, better and optimistic, didn’t it? When did it all turn wrong? When did it all turn so gray? Is this really the world’s fault? Or it is only about us chasing the wrong goals… the wrong careers, ambitions and achievements, rather than embracing one important truth… Rephrasing John Lennon, if one chases something else other than happiness, then they didn’t understand life at all …”

No word yet from Tatiana Shmaylyuk and company if, as Sepultura and Metropolis have taught us, the “Mediator” Between Head and Hands Must Be the Heart. We’re too dumb from headbanging right now to be philosophical!

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CREDIT: Marc Signer (Stardust Visuals)

Ok, let’s have some fun. Taking a break from being unsure how the hell the NBA finals are gonna play out anymore (kind of vibin’ with the Clippers lately, weirdly enough!) to promoting some metal for you goons! Summertime is here and it is time for some fun video fuckery! Entitled ‘FuVkery’ from now on (not to be confused with Cofvefe, ever) thanks to our new band of note…Defenver!

I guess this band was called Defender and changed the name to be more Korny? Not sure.

The Swiss post-hardcore outfit DEFENVER gives a shit about the enviroment and they think you should too. The band just dropped a music video for the third single off their sophomore album, Blank Bouquet, which will be released on July 16th. Shot at gorgeous botanical garden in Zurich, “Unsustainable” is a song about our relationship with the environment and plea to stop destroying it.

“The song deals with the struggle of overcoming our egocentricity and overthink our consumer behavior and the conviction that the only way forward is by moving together to a more sustainable lifestyle,” explains vocalist Kevin Zeier. “Earth is the Mother of all life that we know of. The failure to appreciate and sustain her will lead to our demise. In the video, we tried to bring the songs lyrics to life by having a women incarnating mother earth and being consumed by the parasites that represents our unsustainable and destructive lifestyle.”

I am all about bands singing more about the environment lately. And please stop fucking eating meat, everyone. We are facing such a fucked world if we don’t radically change our habits. I work at a gym overnights and it makes me think these douche jocks are more interested in vanity than health cuz literally no one recycles. No one will care about your gun show when we all die in a heap of plastic waste, asses!

Anyway, this “Unsustainable” song sounds very good on 11. Crank it!

Crypta! A “Dark Night Of The Soul” full band playthrough for you maniacs. Obviously one of the coolest releases of the year and a band fully capable of making their own mark regardless of how beloved their old projects already were. Crypta keep kicking total ass and making greater impressions on me and they all seem cool af. Luana has some of my favorite drum videos on Insta (and also Eloy from Sep , of course). Support everything this band does! Catch them with Deicide and Krisiun! FUCK!!! SICK TOUR.

Obviously a lot of you have probably seen the new Jinjer clip already since it premiered on the 17th and they are well on their way to being fucking huge. But let’s pretend I didn’t work my shitty night job and then sleep for two days unable to barely post anything and that we posted this promptly, ok!? “Vortex” sounds fucking great and Jinjer seem to be ever-shifting into weirder guitar patterns like some odd mix of Nu Metal and Deathcore flirting with fucking Gorguts and I am ALL FOR THAT FLIRT! Basically this is quite the genre tech mash in a very rad way. One of their best songs yet. Fucking dominant and amazing band I pray I get the chance to see live one of these days finally. This video is racking up views faster than you can say Tatiana Shmailyuk, Roman Ibramkhalilov, Eugene Abdiukhanov
and Vladislav Ulasevich!!! Hails!

 

 

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 ALIEN WEAPONRY have returned, announcing the release of their upcoming sophomore album, Tangaroa, out September 17, 2021 via Napalm Records! The first track has big melodies and an obvious Korn influence. Like Gojira, the band have also opted not to discuss stupid shit during this time of unprecedented environmental threat and are instead focusing on world issues for this song – illegal fishing practices. Through raising this awareness, ALIEN WEAPONRY hope to support the important work and efforts of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. If you recently watched Seaspiracy but that wasn’t somehow enough to make you stop eating fish, maybe this video will at least empower you to donate. 

 

Lead vocalist and guitarist Lewis de Jong says about the track:
“We decided to write this song about how the ocean is being suffocated by humans and their waste. The ocean is an important part of my life, and it’s important to protect it.”

 

Drummer Henry de Jong adds:
“‘Tangaroa’ is a heavy and angry message about how we are destroying the ocean with pollution and overfishing. The video ties in with this message, with us drowning in plastic conveying the struggle of ocean life.”

 

Henry de Jong says about Tangaroa:
“The album is tied together with the message of ‘Tangaroa’ – the whole album is more a snapshot of the band’s brains during the writing process. We have also written songs that are about some of our first tūpuna (ancestors) who were here in Āotearoa (New Zealand). Hatupatu, who is very famous in Māori history, as well as Īhenga, who named a number of places in Āotearoa during his travels.”

 

Lewis de Jong adds about the album’s artwork and thematic details:
“The album is named after the track ‘Tangaroa’, and we went with this theme on the artwork. The album is drawn from some new experiences we’ve had as well as some ancient Māori tales. I think we have stepped things up from the last album.”

 

Bassist Tūranga Morgan-Edmonds also adds:
“This album’s use of even more traditional Māori sounds and styles is a very exciting step forward for us.”

 

Tangaroa tracklisting:
1. Titokowaru
2. Hatupatu
3. Ahi Kā
4. Tangaroa
5. Unforgiving
6. Blinded
7. Kai Whatu
8. Crooked Monsters
9. Buried Underground
10. Dad
11. Īhenga
12. Down The Rabbit Hole

POWERWOLF have released the epic first single from forthcoming  July 16, 2021 album Call Of The Wild.

Matthew Greywolf on the new single: “We are more than proud to present “Beast of Gévaudan,” the first song off our upcoming album, Call Of The Wild. The story behind the song couldn’t fit better into the world of POWERWOLF: It’s about a mysterious beast that killed countless people in the south of France at the end of the 18th century. The beast was never caught and there have always been many legends surrounding the events, up to the interpretation of the clergy, who saw the beast as ‘God’s punishment’ or even as a ‘savior of mankind from the worldly and sinful existence.’”

“Call Of The Wild” track listing:

01. Faster Than The Flame
02. Beast Of Gévaudan
03. Dancing With The Dead
04. Varcolac05. Alive Or Undead
06. Blood For Blood (Faoladh)
07. Glaubenskraft
08. Call Of The Wild
09. Sermon Of Swords
10. Undress To Confess
11. Reverent Of Rats

Various formats (2-CD mediabook, 3-LP vinyl box, 3-CD earbook, digital) of the new album include the bonus album “Missa Cantorem” — a survey of tracks with newly recorded vocals by friends and companions of the band. The collaborator list is, simply put, fucking impressive.

“Missa Cantorem” (bonus album) track listing:

01. Sanctified With Dynamite – feat. Ralf Scheepers (PRIMAL FEAR)
02. Demons Are A Girl’s Best Friend – feat. Alissa White-Gluz (ARCH ENEMY)
03. Nightside Of Siberia – feat. Johan Hegg (AMON AMARTH)
04. Where The Wild Wolves Have Gone – feat. Doro Pesch
05. Fist By Fist (Sacralize Or Strike) – feat. Matthew Kiichi Heafy (TRIVIUM)
06. Killers With The Cross – feat. Björn “Speed” Strid (SOILWORK)
07. Kiss Of The Cobra King – feat. Chris Harms (LORD OF THE LOST)
08. We Drink Your Blood – feat. Johannes Eckerström (AVATAR)
09. Resurrection By Erection – feat. Christopher Bowes (ALESTORM)
10. Saturday Satan – feat. Jari Mäenpää (WINTERSUN)

POWERWOLF is:

Attila Dorn – vocals
Falk Maria Schlegel – organ
Charles Greywolf – guitar
Matthew Greywolf – guitar
Roel van Helden – drums

Photo credit: Matteo Vdiva Fabbiani / VDPICTURES

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Believe me when I say that once you hear “Starvation” from one of my favorite new powerhouse metal combos CRYPTA you will be STARVING for…MORE CRYPTA!

I have been watching the Brazilian/Dutch death metal band ramp up their promo on social media and the hype is well-founded for this group!

CRYPTA will release their debut album, Echoes Of The Soul, on June 11 via Napalm Records.

Formed in June 2019, the four-piece consists of vocalist and bassist Fernanda Lira and Luana Dametto on drums (both former members of Brazilian thrash metallers NERVOSA), plus  guitarists Sonia Anubis (COBRA SPELL, ex-BURNING WITCHES) and Tainá Bergamaschi (ex-HAGBARD). I was already amazed by Sonia’s talent and also a Nervosa fan and it has been rad to discover Tainá as well. Hope you enjoy this group as much as I am. Their chemistry is no joke!!

I have a lot of respect for Fernanda Lira’s transparency in how it has meant a lot to brave the daunting task of starting over after a long time in another band and to still have love and support from real fans. “I should thrive not die from starvation,” howled in her intense snarling death voice is a highlight of the year for us over here so far, for sure! Solid mantra!

Check out the new lyric video HERE!

Bodom After Midnight – ‘Paint The Sky With Blood’ EP

Posted by Ralka Skjerseth on Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 11:46 PM (PST)

 

When it comes to Finnish death metal, I could go on talking for hours about it. Renowned big names such as Abhorrence, Demigod, and Amorphis have helped the scene build a continuous worldwide legacy that will forever prevail. And speaking of Finnish death metal, of course we can’t forget the legendary, off-kilter Children of Bodom with their viciously hell-raising sounds. Unfortunately, the band didn’t last more than 25 years (even though it’s probably best for them and it’s meant to be so I can’t complain, considering the situations). Moreover, the passing of Alexi Laiho has definitely left everyone actively involved in the metal scene devastated.

As for me personally, Children of Bodom opened the gates of discovery towards the Finnish death metal scene for me as a 12 year-old back in 2010, therefore hearing the news about his passing shocked me to a great extent. Just right before passing away, Alexi Laiho, together with Bodom After Midnight, left his one last legacy in the form of a sonic thrashing, which is this Paint the Sky with Blood EP that I’m reviewing.

Bodom After Midnight itself is a new act in the Finnish metal scene that Alexi Laiho and Daniel Freyberg proceeded to form, not so long after the disbanding of Children of Bodom. Together with bassist Mitja Toivonen (of Santa Cruz fame) and drummer Waltteri Váyrynen (of Paradise Lost fame), they went on to create ferocious resonances that bear an inclination towards persistence and heavy rhythms. Posthumous works (in this case, music) are always heart-wrenching to listen to, mostly if you have a profound attachment towards the late musician. So whenever I listen to this EP, somehow fragments of reminiscence towards Children of Bodom would still replay itself in my head. I can sense some Blooddrunk-ish hints here and there, and the album artwork of this EP reminds me of Hate Crew Deathroll. But enough reminiscence for today, I guess.

This EP consists of three tracks, in which, two of them are original tracks, and one of them is a cover of Dissection’s very own “Where Dead Angels Lie”. The title track is one hell of a far-out wonder; it presents intricate chord progressions, frantic drumming, and chorus with enchanting melodies. The fast paced guitar solo also helps build an intense nuance that makes the tune even more ghastly.The second track, “Payback’s a Bitch”, is quite strong on thrash influences. Aggressive riffs and barrelling rhythms are two of the qualities I noticed first when I came across this track for the first time. The distortions on the vocals really got me hooked as well. And finally, the Dissection cover. They took a bold step by attempting to cover a song by these Swedish extreme metal einherjar, and that bold step turned out to be a good step. It starts off as tranquil with its intro that features orchestral instrumentation, but then strikes like a malevolent thunder, and while Bodom After Midnight presented their own kind of eclectic authenticity in a cover, they still retain the dark and atmospheric ambience that Dissection has.

Even if Bodom After Midnight is not going to continue on with the absence of Alexi Laiho, I’m already satisfied enough with the release of this impeccable EP. It explores
many sides of death metal converging with a bit of thrash and the way they keep their sounds consistent throughout the whole EP is one of its good sides. Thank you for your last riffs, Alexi Laiho. Rest in power.

Perpetual Chaos continues to turn heads for thrashers Nervosa. While Fernanda Lira and Luana Dametto are missed, the new record slays and now we have multiple good bands instead of one (Crypta is fucking awesome). Diva Satanica is really doing an admirable job at what seemed impossible, much like Floor from Nightwish managing to carry on for an already respected institution.

Schmier from Destruction appears on the new single, “Genocidal Command” which has some clear Slayer influences from the opening scream.  Prika Amaral has done a great job ensuring the group stayed formidable despite the major line-up changes.

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Disheartening DELAIN news as band members splinter

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Monday, February 15, 2021 at 10:08 AM (PST)

World shattering news for fans of alternative symphonic metallers Delain today as we learn the powerhouse and incredibly intuitive and creative group are essentially breaking up, at least as we have known them. While the band will continue on as Martijn’s band, the important components of Charlotte, Timo, Otto and relatively new Joey are out. I am reeling from the news as a fan.

At least with Fear Factory while the loss of Burton is fucking intolerable and the most famed rhythm section have been gone forever you know the highly and admirably driven Dino is still surrounded by guys who have been in the band awhile and are passionate about industrial metal. With Martijn taking the reigns completely here and not only the loss of the one of a kind Charlotte but also especially Timo, Delain is in my mind a completely new band and should just change the name rather than pretend otherwise.

Charlotte has a statement HERE and Martijn HERE, in the interest of fairness. Regardless of my personal opinion, we here at MetalRiot wish all the members the best and thank them for the many memories and amazing songs and smiles that the Delain we have loved in this incarnation brought us. Despite the careful language there is clearly frustration and it doesn’t sound fully amicable.

If you didn’t pick up the recent Apocalypse & Chill please do so and let’s show the band we appreciate what they have given us.

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Unleash The Archers continue to stake their claim as the most consistently brilliant heavy metal band with their momentous new song “Soulbound”, the latest single from pending album Abyss (pre order here). This Vancouver band of true believers are heavy on both imagination and skill, capable of becoming one of metal’s next truly great bands in the long run.

Featuring 10 new tracks, this record is a concept album and sequel to 2017’s Apex, and was once again recorded with legendary producer Jacob Hansen of Hansen Studios in Denmark. Abyss is out 8/21 via Napalm. Hails.

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Band Spotlight: Warbringer

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at 6:25 PM (PST)

California thrash upstarts Warbringer have returned to settle the score and cement their long term legacy fully with sixth album Weapons of Tomorrow. “Firepower Kills” probably ought to open all their future shows, just a complete stage setter for chaos. “Crushed Beneath The Tracks” and “Power Unsurpassed” in particular show this band would have ruled 1988 with ease and contain maximum neck injuring/ fist pumping potential (along with notable Slayer-worthy wraith shrieking). I am not 100% on the semi-thin snare sound but it hardly distracts the band’s performances are all monstrous on this bad boy. Exodus, Annihilator fans or of course fans of more new school speed thrash bands should get all over this one. \m/

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Hey clowns. We have had some technical sorting out to do on the server the last few days and the site was out of action as a result. We missed you though and SO MUCH DAMN GOOD STUFF HAPPENED in metal in the meantime. I am gonna endeavor to catch us up on a bunch in posts the next few days.

This morning I am going to throw a few cool recent video clips your way!

Buzz band of the moment, Jinjer have been crushing skulls and gaining major traction for awhile now. The band seem unstoppable. Finally the anticipated clip for tech groove metal onslaught “Noah” crashes down on us like some waves too bad news to surf. This is sure to be one of the most popular and immense clips of the year and the band did an incredible job conveying the tensions and emotions of the song in a mixture of performance and artsy/dark imagery.

Symfobia are up next, a dope ass symphonic metal project with great energy and songwriting. Loved this one. “Smog Of Tomorrow” captivates with romantic, epic fortitude against the odds energy and stirring arrangements. I love the intro, harmonies and big chords. A band to watch from Slovakia. Bad ass.

 

Lastly, here’s some Static-X candy for ya! “All These Years” (from Project Regeneration) can be consumed in all types of bittersweet, nostalgic glory below. We are lucky to have this last puzzle piece of musical blessing from the industrial groovers to round out Wayne’s legacy. The clip is fun and the intro recalls classic 80’s vibes of scolding parents and rebellion.

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Cover Story: OTEP

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Saturday, May 9, 2020 at 5:56 AM (PST)

Sitting around quarantine and thinking back to bands I have been in that had members who would argue if it was cool or not to play covers made me think it might be neat-o to showcase some covers by one artist on the site today. OTEP seemed like a good pick because A. She rules as a person and has always been cool to our site and B. Just look at that “Shelter In Place” message behind the band photo. Wise choice during Covid-19, fam. And I think that photo is older than last year? Prophetic!

Anyway, OTEP rocks and the real best reason to choose some of the band’s best covers is that THERE ARE A BUNCH OF DOPE ONES TO SHOW YOU. Seriously, some bands are so snobby but it is cool to show your influences. I thought it was cool how when Chester from Linkin Park died even Chris from Coldplay wasn’t too “big” and covered “Crawling” in his memory.

Here’s four tunes poet and nu-fusion groove metal activist Otep Shamaya chose to cover with her band over the years.

  1. ‘Breed’ by Nirvana is an iconic grunge punk tune and the high energy video disturbs and taunts and plays appearances like David Lynch took the class on a Nu Metal field trip to hell.

2. ‘Not To Touch The Earth’ by the Doors is my favorite OTEP cover because as a poet Shamaya really vibes with Jim and respects the material and also because it is cool to hear one of the most intense “bad trip” doors songs ever (and not the most obvious cover choice from the band’s tunes) become straight up metal!

3. ‘Wake Up’ by RATM. Otep certainly vibes with smashing the control machine/Matrix and critiquing capitalism’s worst excesses, so this makes perfect sense. Also, hello…rap rock. ‘Nuff said.

4. Lorde’s ‘Royals’ lyrically is a great choice and this one remains a fan favorite in the Tribe. We’re in this together so hope this makes quarantine or whatever you are going through a little more bearable as we have money fears and the future is even more uncertain, fam. One love. PMA.

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Hey folks. Hope you have all bought an Integrity facemask and are enjoying Ice T destroying the morons in Trapt on Twitter today. Fucking nu metal vanilla energy drink gym buddy system band thought they could talk shit? I have to laugh. Y’all were probably too scared to listen to Body Count growing up like it was saying Candyman 5x and Ice would appear and Home Invasion album cover your parent’s goofy asses. Then you’d have had no one to buy your gear or give you rides, lmao. Headstrong can = obstinate and moronic, just sayin’. Anyway, buy the new Body Count album!

While Maga folks pissed at sane quarantine rules block Ambulances from saving lives in Michigan I am home in Upstate, NY today listening to “Thick Skin” by Limp Wrist, trying to find my cat’s laser pointer mousey chase toy before she kills me and pondering a lot how many musicians unable to tour right now are going to be adjusting to the harsh reality that the music industry was even less propped up than they thought. Your rock star illusions are a vanity in 2020 and we need to all get back into the idea of punk as an activist lifestyle community rather than a series of exchangeable personality cults. That said, plenty of great bands are hurting right now so please hit up some Bandcamp’s if you can. Plenty of bands (Darsombra especially has been killing it and shout out to White Hills as well), have had cool live streams going on. Saint Vitus Bar has had cool programming as well.

We’ve got brutal almost punk energized death metal from Centinex today to kick some music news off for you. Pre order some killer vinyl options of the band’s forthcoming Death In Pieces from Agonia HERE today. The album is out May 29th, 2020 and will likely make quarantine more of a crime scene.

SoCal thrash metal force Warbringer will release their highly anticipated full-length follow up to 2017’s acclaimed Woe To The Vanquished, entitled Weapons of Tomorrow, on April 24 via Napalm Records. The band has now unleashed a new video for the grandiose album closer track “Glorious End,” which in theme with the album’s concept, presents itself as a war epic narrated by an exchange between two close heroes – father and son.

Check out the brand new lyric video below, and witness the somber tale and splendiferous sound of “Glorious End.”

Warbringer vocalist John Kevill says: “‘Glorious End’ is the grand finale of Weapons of Tomorrow, and a first-person narrative war epic. The verse is done as a father-son dialogue, in which the son promises the father that he will live up to his ancestor’s legacy of courage, honor, and duty. The song and title have a cruel twist of irony, as the protagonist’s bravery is rendered useless by the horrific new weapons of his time, and he questions the virtues of his father as he dies. This kind of narrative storytelling element is something we feel is pretty unique to Warbringer among thrash metal bands. The music is hard-charging and aggressive, but also somber, grandiose, and well, glorious. The epic side of Warbringer is something we haven’t shared in a single yet, and we thought it was long overdue. Now onwards, brave sons.”

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Album Review: Candlemass – ‘The Door To Doom’

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Friday, February 8, 2019 at 4:04 PM (PST)

It was a cool week for underground music as far as I am concerned. Industrial act Front Line Assembly dropped a killer new record Wake Up The Coma with a hysterical but bold “Rock Me Amadeus” cover featuring Jimmy Urine that I cannot get out of my head (plus a cool title track feat. Nick Holmes from Paradise Lost/Bloodbath).  Obliteration’s Cenotaph Obscure was nominated for a Norwegian Grammy. AND most importantly on a personal level and relevant to being able to write this review, I also finally got to sit, drink tea and then become completely engrossed in the new Candlemass opus The Door To Doom until I grabbed the sides of my head and howled. Holy crow! Everyone just give up now. Don’t release anything else this year. It is over. You aren’t topping this. This is the essence of pure doom brilliance. Johan Langquist (who left the band after singing on the legendary 1986 debut Epicus Doomicus Metallicus) has returned! Much like Sabbath or Vitus or even Alabama Thunderpussy, people love different singer’s eras – but the buck really stops with Johan in this band’s case. Leif Edling and unmerrymen have outdone themselves and made a fucking modern masterpiece of the genre.

The much hyped collaboration track with mighty Tony Iommi of course lives up to the hype. “Astorolus – The Great Octopus” is like the Poseidon arranged wedding between the “Children of The Sea” and something from even darker and heavier depths. It’s way stompier and doomier than “Children…” with absolutely no uplifting parts, haha…but maybe I just needed an oceanic comparison to house the giant tentacles mass of this tune.  Iommi plus Candlemass is obviously a match made in Heaven and Hell (see what I did there?) and fans are going to be shook. For real, this album surpasses Sabbath’s 13 with ease (and I liked plenty of moments on that record even with the flaws and shamefully no Bill Ward). I am SO glad this collab happened.

“Bridge of The Blind” is a reprieve song of sorts, a dreamy sad song with incredible guitar tones. Johan takes the relatively straight-forward closing lines ,”What would I find, if I open my eyes? Will you be waiting on the other side?” and injects so much emotion into them that you feel a huge gulf of loss or like you have just listened to a traditional ballad people have held close to their heart’s for hundreds of years. “Death’s Wheel” is an anthemic war charge from the opening riff, pulverizing everything in sight and getting heavier and more dizzying as it goes. The solo on that song shoots vertically into the sky, defying the heavens boldly. “House Of Doom” like Cathedral’s Swan Song The Last Spire recalls medieval despair via cool sound effects (a tolling bell here) before thundering home. The organ drenched bridge of the song is one of the most epic moments of many on the album.

I honestly would be startled as hell if anything tops this in 2019. It just hits so many checkmarks from hot anticipation to a triumphant reunion of classic members to, most importantly, completely bad ass NEW songs that only add to the band’s legacy forevermore whilst perfectly nailing what is best in a genre. Ghost, who have a history of taking out top notch talent from the much missed Purson to Marissa Nadler, have Candlemass with them in Europe at present on the road. No offense to Ghost but I am really glad some of their more genre-tourist fans are gonna get their fucking asses schooled by some OG doomage of the purest molten kind.