A few days ago I got into it with a Season Of Mist bigwig for their dumb claim that it was virtue signaling for scenesters to call known NSBM flirting DRUDKH overtly nationalist years ago when the above shirt came out. They probably now want to reprint to grift on during the Ukraine crisis, but that is not the worst part. Fucking don’t act like Hate Forest was never a thing. Don’t assume that people are idiots and don’t know the band glorified the Ukrainian Insurgent Army, a formation from World War II that committed ethnic cleansing.
This is not hearsay. Also, I unfollowed you. Maybe you banned me afterwards. Idk or care. Fact is, fucking duh. I never even outright called them Nazis, I just cut through your gaslighting. You chose that word, lmao. If the boot fits!
I get it, they had some sweet riffs over the years. Who fucking cares. Don’t use the invasion and a humanitarian crisis to gaslight and try to whitewash (pun intended) the reputation of one of your roster’s sketchiest bands. And yeah, don’t try to act like I am just virtue signal addicted either. I have friends in Ukraine and the rest of that part of the world right now and am also an Estonian American and know very well (my dad fled Stalin) how scary and shitty Russian aggression can be. Solidarity with the people and not with bullshit.
Also, as for the “you don’t know them” argument…maybe they should do some fucking interviews then sometime and have some accountability instead of you giving them cover. Sick of this level of misdirection in the metal scene. Eat my whole ass.
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Black metal anti-hero Abbath has released a new Francisco Munoz crafted video that finds our titular imp stomping around some gloomy terrain and bringin’ the no fux given vibes to the start of 2022. Dread Reaver will arrive on March 25th. This album art is the closest I have seen to Abbath cosplaying the Tim Curry devil Darkness from Legend, and I aint mad at it!
Our last interview of 2021 is with the enigmatic black metal outfit IRAVU from Malaysia. The occasion is to highlight the excellent Like Shades Of Night recent EP (one of our very favorite EPs this year along with also the hardcore band Move’s Freedom Dreams from the USA). And of course we want to spread the word on a very cool up and coming artist as we celebrate worldwide metal. I cannot wait to hear more black metal from this anti-fascist and focused one person group, the brain-child of talented musician Hareesh Kumar Shanggar.
It is honestly an honor to boost new bands like this who are so good and work hard on their craft and from the heart. It gives me hope for the music scene and creativity to create communication and foundations for change.
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German black metal experimentalists Der Weg einer Freiheit will be releasing a brand new-full length, Noktvrn, on November 19 via Season of Mist! The band is now sharing the official music video for their deep, dark new track, “Immortal,” which features guest vocalist Dávid Mako of THE DEVIL’S TRADE.
DER WEG EINER FREIHEIT vocalist Nikita Kamprad comments on the collaboration: “Early 2018, I was asked by Crippled Black Phoenix to fill in on guitars. After two shows in the Netherlands and Germany we started our journey through the eastern parts of Europe and in Budapest we were joined by a Hungarian dark singer-songwriter I never heard of back then. This was the first time I met our friend Dávid Mako aka The Devil’s Trade who’s one of those artists being able to move you to tears solely through his voice. Ever since I saw him performing his doomy folk songs for the first time I knew there’s something absolutely unique about him and on top he’s just one of the nicest and most humble human beings I know.
“Having finished the instrumental of the song I was pretty sure, it needed a ‘different’ kind of vocal for the verse parts. Being a song that is quite different already, combining a simple song structure with new approaches in sound design and using synthesizers for the very first time, I had a feeling to make the song even more special by giving it a guest vocal performance. Without hesitation we asked Dávid for this and he immediately accepted our invitation.”
We hope you are as excited about the song as we are, as after the 1st and 2nd single this is probably not the typical Der Weg einer Freiheit song you would expect!”
Dávid Mako adds: “I love Der Weg Einer Freiheit. Every single one of them. To take part in their vision is among the best things ever happened to me.”
Some big news today which will make everyone hold tomorrow slightly less in scorn, as we learn mighty LUDICRA will reunite for NORTHWEST TERROR FEST 2022! The selection of bands thus far was already thrilling, but this puts it way over the fucking top!
NORTHWEST TERROR FEST, the Pacific Northwest’s only destination extreme music festival, announce an exclusive reunion performance from San Francisco black metal band, LUDICRA. The band, who disbanded in 2011, made this statement about their performance:
“We are pleased to announce that Ludicra will be returning to the stage at NWTF 2022. All five of us are looking forward to sharing the stage again and we hope to see you there!”
NORTHWEST TERROR FEST organizers shared the following comment about LUDICRA’s anticipated performance:
“This was a long time coming. We at NWTF have been working toward booking Ludicra since our very first edition back in 2017. A big part of the mission of our festival is to both honor and preserve the tradition of black metal from the United States in general and from the Pacific Northwest specifically – bands like Wolves in the Throne Room and Panopticon. Ludicra absolutely belongs on the Mount Rushmore of USBM. Ten years ago their live shows were the stuff of legend, the kinds of concerts that sent metal’s truest lovers streaming onto comment threads and message boards (remember those?) to say ‘I just saw my new favorite band.’ As it happens, many of the people who fell the most under their spell never had the opportunity to experience their power face to face. Giving these five tremendously talented musicians a reason to return to the stage is an honor and a privilege.”
Earlier this week, NORTHWEST TERROR FEST announced the first round of amazing bands joining in 2022:
REPULSION, SUFFOCATION, WINDHAND, OBSEQUIAE, MIZMOR, RINGWORM, CLOAK, GRAYCEON, HAUNTER, XIBALBA, VILE CREATURE, EXULANSIS, RACETRAITOR, SQUALUS, CARTILAGE, ORYX, SUCCUMB, FUNERAL CHIC, WORMWITCH, DISEASE.
The festival will take place over three days – June 30th to July 2nd 2022 – at two of Seattle’s premier venues, Neumos and Barboza, located in Seattle’s historic Capitol Hill neighborhood. For three days, the festival will showcase metal, hardcore punk, and experimental music from almost 40 acts from the underground and beyond.
After two years of forced hibernation due to the global health crisis, NORTHWEST TERROR FEST promises a triumphant return, with double-headlining sets each night. This edition of the festival showcases the diversity of the international extreme music scene with a renewed focus on the best of the Pacific Northwest’s bustling underground metal community.
Mayhem’s famed vocalist Attila Csihar has been on some of my favorite records but I shouldn’t be surprised he is sharing transphobic imagery given he is in a band with noted unapologetic shit troll Hellhammer (who has never walked back “adequately” numerous super fucked up racist or homophobic comments over the years). Sorry you think dressing like an evil tree is somehow more valid than actual gender identity.
The meme he shared is of some chud with a shirt that says- “Transvaccinated- I am not actually vaccinated but I identify as someone who is vaccinated”. Csihar shared it in the context of being detained in Norway because of some quarantine rules and saying it is the New World Order.
First of all, it is a total false equivalency and secondly trans people don’t deserve to be stigmatized by people who don’t understand sex and gender are both a spectrum and that viruses evolve around vaccines if given room to grow.
I believe in giving people a chance to improve in society but it is super discouraging as a trans person to see people just not give a flying fuck about the harm they are causing us. I even ended up defending myself from friends of his in the metal scene like Kim Dylla saying I was bringing my politics into a post and ignoring what her friend Atilla wrote about his situation. WELL…the issue is also that regardless of one’s stance on his “situation” he paired HIS POLITICS with a transphobic as fuck meme, so gaslighting me about it doesn’t change that photo which I can see with my own two eyes.
Even Shane from fucking Napalm Death liked dude’s post. WTAF. I feel like throwing up. I am so fucking bummed out.
Glad at least Cattle Decapitation and Vile Creature members and a few others besides just me told him the post was shite.
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From the Northern Sky blazing /Silencing Machine-meld to the meaty Enslavedy prog metal meets almost stoner riffing to the expansive WITTR-esque bleak cosmic pastoral synth enhanced bridge, the new video “Shapeshifter Huntsman” from Canadian band Crystal Coffin will rock your face off before you can say “Paragon Belial” three times! This band has come back out the gate with a bang and sound hungry and ferocious with the vibe and chops to back it up!
The Starway Eternal drops later in the year, but check out the first substantive taste below. A Beast in the Field announces October 15th as the release date. This band is the shit.
Tracklisting for Crystal Coffin’s The Starway Eternal
1. Shapeshifter Huntsman
2. The Starway Eternal
4. Console of Horror
5. The Red Forest
6. Cremation: Between Fire and Ice
7. The Descent
8. Mega Tomb (including Tomorrow’s Ghost)
I was raised by the wolves, ate ’til they full (I was raised by…), Runnin’ through the night, playin’ with your life, Go against the pack, that’s risking your life!
Today’s big black metal news is that boscage and boss riff enthusiasts WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM have released another single from their highly anticipated Primordial Arcana record (due out August 20th, 2021 on Relapse Records (North America) and Century Media Records (outside of USA and Canada). They are always reliable but “Spirit Of Lightning” is maybe my favorite tune from them in awhile. There is just enough audible Bathory infused charm paired with harsh vocal perfection which seemingly attempts nothing less than to make some primal sense of existence and convey a reverence for the connective awe we can share through music, nature worship and deep diving into the collective unconscious. It all melds together into one of their catchiest and most emotion stirring songs yet.Add to My Radar
Taking a break from listening to TrueAnon Podcast roast the crap out of Elon Husk to tell you about some inspiring black metal news for your Pride and mine! Big Kickstarter launch today for a project that includes many people whom I admire and love, Black Metal Rainbows! Kickstarter launch for this project is HERE.
I can already hear D666 fans calling us pooftahs for posting this!
Black Metal Rainbows is a 400-page, full-color anthology of radical, queer, and leftist writings and artworks that uncover black metal as a genre of openness and inclusivity.
Black metal is a paradox. A noisy underground metal genre brimming with violence and virulence, it has captured the world’s imagination for its harsh yet flamboyant style and infamous history involving arson, blasphemy, and murder. Today black metal is nothing less than a cultural battleground between those who claim it for nationalist and racist ends, and those who say: Nazi black metal fvck off!
Black Metal Rainbows is a radical new vision of black metal – a book like no other: a unique collection of stunning artworks and thought-provoking writings by a wide range of 80+ writers, artists, activists and visionaries, including Drew Daniel of Matmos/The Soft Pink Truth, Kim Kelly, Hunter Hunt-Hendrix of Liturgy, Margaret Killjoy of Feminazgul, Laina Dawes of What Are You Doing Here? A Black Woman’s Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal, Espi Kvlt, Charles Forsman of The End of the Fucking World, Eugene S. Robinson of Oxbow, Svein Egil Hatlevik of Fleurety and Zweizz, an oral history of Dødheimsgard‘s album 666 International, a Tridroid Records label profile, and much more.
Across essays and interviews, artworks and comics, this gorgeously-designed full-color book foregrounds black metal’s evolution and celebrates its long-term anti-authoritarian spirit. Black metal Rainbows is a necessary conversation-starter, a destroyer of gates and gatekeepers. Because beyond the clichés of grimness and hate, lies a musical genre rich in creativity, humor, and all the colors of the rainbow. We see black metal as open, inclusive, and unlimited: a musical genre whose vital spirit of total antagonism rebels against the forces of political conservatism. All hail the golden age of pluralistic black metal!
From the crypt to the cloud, Black Metal Rainbows unearths black metal’s sparkling core and illuminates its prismatic spectrum: deep within the black, far beyond grimness, and over a darkly glittering rainbow. Nothing is trve, and everyone is permitted. Long live black metal’s trve rainbow!
“Black Metal Rainbows? But of course! Behold a treatise of the unholiest order. These pages unravel the densely layered alchemy that is black metal, and its undeniable relationship to the rebellious queer spirit we as a community so desperately need to resurrect. Rainbow hails to all involved for digging deep and unearthing a fabulous piece of f^ggot witchery. May the seance begin!” —Paul Masvidal, Cynic
“Despite being there in the moment during the ascent of the Venoms, the Bathorys, and the Hellhammers, I’ve tended to fidget warily from afar since black metal partly curdled into a mess of homogenized inhumanity. So, I welcome this collective liberating howl beyond the stereotypes of icy forests and puerile hatred. Bravo!” —Barney Greenway, Napalm Death
“Black metal is a fascinating genre—in part because of its complicated (and bloody) history but also because of the rigorous theory and deep thoughts buzzing around it. If you were to put together a perfect black metal book, one that captures that essential complexity while also providing historical and personal insights, it would be Black Metal Rainbows, a sprawling collection of essays, interviews, band and label profiles, and all kinds of art for both the true kvlt and the curious. It sets the new standard for how we should think about this music.” —Brandon Stosuy, The Creative Independent
“Black metal is the ultimate outsider musical genre, so it makes sense that us queers and weirdos would build a home within its barren fields. Black Metal Rainbows is a necessary anthology documenting the strong anti-oppressive backbone being woven into black metal’s very fabric.” —KW Campol, Vile Creature
“Usually discussions related to black metal devolve into a mad-libs sameness: throw together “grim,” “obscure,” and a glancing reference to (anything) polar-adjacent, and somehow a complicated product of diverse personalities, locations, and influences are presumed to be adequately described and defined. When any field of creative activity is skeletonized down to a brief sketch or caricature, all the contradictions and the mess of human endeavor are leached out of the discussion, and the sameness and monolithic quality of our broader culture that black metal was deployed to resist, ultimately creeps its way back in. Black Metal Rainbows tries to re-center the conversation back into the messiness and contradictory impulses that make black metal a touch point for so many independent/disparate artists, writers, and others.” —Banks Violette
“Somewhere in the distance, I can hear the keyboard warriors blubbering: ‘Mom, the pool’s dirty!’ But mom is too busy listening to Myrkur and slamming Mai Tais at the gay bar. Besides, she knows what the rest of us know: Black metal’s white bread phase is over. Black Metal Rainbows is all the colors of the dark.” —J. Bennett
“Groups that prize authority and enforce homogeneity are inherently vulnerable to dull extremism; a fascistic, fetishistic process as easily observed in such factions of black metal as in any church a banal black metal might burn. Of course the idea that art should belong only to one privileged class of people is as plunged in hubris as the idea of owning god. In shattering the flatly ludicrous and ludicrously flat illusion of black metal as some immutable orthodox mirror for white/western/cis/hetero/abled/male supremacists, Black Metal Rainbows is a milestone that we, as participants in disturbing said illusion and enthusiasts of punching upward in all its forms, can only celebrate.” —Gazelle Amber Valentine, JuciferAdd to My Radar
Two decades into their journey as ritualistic black metal conjurers, WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM have emerged from the forest with Primordial Arcana, their most majestic album to date, and their first release via Relapse Records (North America only) out August 20th.
Watch the “Mountain Magick” music video, directed by Wolves in the Throne Room, on YouTube HERE.
“Mountain Magick was shot in the northern reaches of the Olympic Mountains and the ancient forests that shroud the foothills. We wrote the story, created the costumes, shot the footage and did the editing ourselves, so it is a true product of our hearts and souls. Creating our own videos has been a long standing dream and now It’s very exciting to bring these Visions into the Cinematic Realm.”
Primordial Arcana is the band’s first completely self-contained work: In addition to composition and performance, brothers Aaron and Nathan Weaver alongside guitarist Kody Keyworth handled all aspects of recording, producing and mixing at their own Owl Lodge Studios in the woods of Washington state.
Primordial Arcana is out August 20 on DLX 2xLP/2xLP/LP/CD/CS/Digital via Relapse Records (North America) and available through Century Media in Europe. Physical pre-orders are available via Relapse.com HERE and the band HERE. Digital Downloads / Streaming HERE.
Primordial Arcana super limited Deluxe 2LP boxset includes the deluxe 2LP featuring the bonus track “Skyclad Passage” pressed on black inside translucent gold and tan half ‘n half with black, oxblood and olive green splatter housed in a deluxe boxset with gold foil stamping. Boxset also includes a 3′ x 3’ album art flag, a custom 12-sided dice set with velvet pouch, a 3.5″ embroidered patch and a die-cut medallion with chain. Exclusively available through Relapse.com and alternate vinyl colorway available direct from the Wolves In The Throne Room webstore.
Primordial Arcana super limited, one time pressing Deluxe 2LP is cut at 45rpm featuring the bonus track “Skyclad Passage” not contained on the core 1LP album. North American colorways of this version available through Relapse.com and direct from the Wolves In The Throne Room webstore and live performances.
Primordial Arcana Tracklist:
WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM’s new album title Primordial Arcana is a reference to the band’s ongoing reach back to the most ancient, archetypal energies.
Leadoff track “Mountain Magick” sets the august tone with alpine guitar melodies cresting skyward in triumph. “Spirit of Lightning” returns briefly to the earthly plane as a tribute to the human connections forged in music. Meanwhile, “Primal Chasm (Gift of Fire)” is an explosion of cosmic grandeur, a symphonic rendering of the hermetic maxim “as above, so below” as envisioned by Keyworth. In fact, Primordial Arcana is the first WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM record in which Kody was a part of the writing process from the start, so it benefits from his background in cosmic funeral doom.
Always uncompromising, Primordial Arcana sees WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM stay true to their unique vision. An album born out of the DIY ethos, Primordial Arcana proves to be the band’s most genuine and focused. One of the year’s most ambitious recordings, Primordial Arcana cements WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM’s legacy as one of US Black Metal’s most daring, unique, and quintessential bands.
WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM Is:
Nathan Weaver – Lead Vocals/Guitar
Aaron Weaver – Drums/Synth/Voice
Kody Keyworth – Vocals/Guitar
Swedish black metal cultists Wormwood have announced a new release date for their upcoming record Arkivet:
“Due to the spring’s problems in the Suez Canal and Covid-19, we unfortunately have to announce that the Arkivet release will be postponed. This is because the vinyl pressing plant hasn’t been able to deliver on time, due to a lack of materials from the factories.
This is terribly sad news for us, but unfortunately beyond our ability to speed up. The new release date is set for August 27th. We apologize to all of you who have pre-ordered the album, but urge you to wait another month. It will be worth it.”
Pre-order the album here.
“End Of Message”
“My Northern Heart”
“The Slow Drown”
“The Gentle Touch Of Humanity”
“The Archive” video, a moody and compelling piece, can be seen below:
SVART records signees I Am The Night have released a chilling yet seductive video for the pummeling and dark “Hear Me O’ Unmaker” track. The group have very old school black metal influences with strong original material and arguably quite a bit more polish which nonetheless does not detract from the rage.
The band release new mini LP on June 11th 2021.
The group consists of a wide pool of talent, Markus Vanhala (Insomnium, Omnium Gatherum), Janne Markkanen (ex-Omnium Gatherum), Okko Solanterä and Walteri Väyrynen (Paradise Lost, Bodom After Midnight).
“Black metal art has been a continuous and serious pursuit in my personal life since my early teenage years”, explains guitarist Vanhala, and he continues; “In The Nightside Eclipse, Storm Of The Light’s Bane and De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas opened the gate to the dark side for me years ago, as can be heard from the music we make with I Am The Night.”
Some things are better left alone and not changed once perfect (for example, when Marvel in the obnoxious AXIS event stupidly retconned The Scarlet Witch’s origins again as not a mutant and instead we find out later she is a pet project of the High Evolutionary’s dumb experiments. Fuck off. I want her back as Magneto’s kin, way more impactful). While many bands in black metal have experimented with core sounds and principles to great or even superior results in an ongoing process of discovery, there is nothing quite like the original sonic influences done right! It just rings true on some bleak level.
Vanhala states that: “Our debut record, the result of a yearning for ancient darkness, turned out to be just the time capsule we wanted it to be, far removed from modern metal. I’ve seldom found anything interesting in post nineties Black Metal. We wanted to realize this in the underground way that felt fitting to the music, and chose to work with Svart Records.”
When I purchased the digital version of the Awenden/Feminazgul split (out today) via Tridroid I got extra good temperance karma because there was only one copy of the limited first edition tape version of the release left but I left it for some other lucky metalhead.
I hit play on “Sam Slater Lighting Candles” earlier and fell into the lush and drifting opening sounds like Alice down the rabbit hole. A lot of us have been really crossing our fingers this inspired split (from two of the current most actually relevant bands in black metal) was really happening. Stop pinching yourselves, comrades. Or pinch harder? Either way… it is here and lives entirely up to the low key, best kept secret buzz that preceded the arrival of this release. Meredith Yayanos theremin power is never a bad thing!
So yeah, dig into this and get the foul taste of Belphegor using homophobic slurs out of your mind and into the dustbin where hate speech belongs. A better world is indeed possible.
Heavy metal provocateurs Darkthrone have been many styles, but always devoted to the metal. Now a new album is expected entitled Eternal Hails. With a title like that it is a safe bet they have not switched to Weird Al style polka comedy medleys (though I bet Fenriz could pull that off).
We look forward to another masterpiece from these grim heroes of the underground resistance.
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Escuela Grind is one of the most intense AND fun bands out right now in the extreme metal scene. Anyone who has seen the outfit live knows they put on a careening and death-defying show, blending elements of many of the heaviest sub genres into a world changing charge. It has been awesome discovering truly fired up and creative acts such as them, Habak or Hostilities this year, giving me hope for the next generation of ass kickers. When I heard Indoctrination I was hooked and feel blessed Escuela Grind were one of the first bands I caught live when shows revved up again. Long may they reign.