Underrated Norwegian avant garde black metallers SOLEFALD recently traveled to the nation of Tanzania to record their album, Kosmopolis. The band are no strangers to travelling to different countries to conjure up inspiration as they travelled to Iceland for the recordings of Red for Fire: An Icelandic Odyssey, Part 1 and Black for Death: An Icelandic Odyssey, Part 2.
Check out this awesome video of Cornelius doing some recording with guest musicians:
By the look and sound of it, it looks like another interesting album from SOLEFALD!
After more than two decades, Total Fucking Darkness, the infamous third demo from extreme metal pioneers, CRADLE OF FILTH, will be unleashed on gatefold double LP and digipak CD via Mordgrimm May 5, 2014.
The undertaking was helmed by vocalist Dani Filth, former guitarist Paul Ryan (currently of THE KING IS BLIND) and Cacophonous Records founder Frater Nihil, who first signed CRADLE OF FILTH, in an effort to bring fans old and new a remastered version of the demo along with material that had been sitting in the vaults for twenty years.
Given new life at Turan Studio in Oxford with engineer Tim Turan (who has worked on everything from EMPEROR to THIN LIZZY), Total Fucking Darkness commences with “Spattered In Faeces,” the only surviving track from the now mythical Goetia sessions, followed on Side A and the rest of Side B with the recordings from the Total Fucking Darkness demo. Side C offers up another previously unreleased hymn with “Devil Mayfair (Advocatus Diaboli),” recorded in a rehearsal studio on Samhain 1992, followed by three more tracks from the same session, a further hint of the material that would have featured on the aborted Goetia album. Two short instrumental movements from former CRADLE OF FILTH keyboardist Ben Ryan are also included.
Housed in a heavy gatefold sleeve with paintings featuring the perverse visions of Radio 1 Presenter and occult artist, Daniel Carter, the legendary recording will be released in an initial mail-order edition of 666 copies, unleashed in an unholy trinity of three two-color, 180-gram vinyl variants limited to 222 copies each; orange/black, blue/grey and grey/black. Each copy includes a limited edition booklet with a foreword by Dani Filth and formerly unseen photos from the band archives. A retail version in blue vinyl with insert, and a digipak CD, will be available from Amazon and other outlets on May 5, 2014, with the limited edition version slated for release two weeks earlier.
Under appreciated death/grind extremists MISERY INDEX have announced The Killing Gods as the title of their forthcoming new full-length. The band’s fifth studio album will hit the stores on May 23rd (May 27th in North America).
Frontman Jason Netherton issued the following update: “After an extended writing and recording process we have finally completed ‘The Killing Gods’. It is the longest, most diverse and most complete album we have ever created, and it represents the blood, sweat and beers of four dudes trying to make the best songs they can. We think we have succeeded and we hope you do as well. Look for this metal beast to drop in May!”
The Killing Gods was recorded at Wright Way Studios in Baltimore, MD and engineered by Steve Carr (DYING FETUS, SLIPKNOT, SOILWORK). The drum parts were tracked with Scott Hull (PIG DESTROYER, AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED) at Visceral Sound in Bethesda, MD.
The band recently announced a special live date as part of this year’s Maryland Death Fest pre-show, on May 21.
Following the band’s recent appearance on the inaugural voyage of the Progressive Nation at Sea cruise, doom metal pioneers turned progsters, ANATHEMA, has announced a U.S. tour for March as special guests of Finland’s HIM. The tour marks just their second proper North American run after a successful tour last September/October.
Commented lead guitarist/vocalist Daniel Cavanagh:
“ANATHEMA is delighted to return to the United States as special guests of our personal friends Ville Valo and HIM. It’s always a great occasion playing with our Finnish mates – as we’ve known each other’s music for many years and have been sharing stages together on a number of occasions since our main support to them in the UK for ‘Dark Light‘ in 2006. To do this in the United States, the birthplace of rock and roll and one of ANATHEMA‘s true musical and spiritual homes, is just a fantastic prospect – especially so soon after our first headlining tour last autumn which was a success beyond our expectations. We hope to really provoke a strong reaction from the audience, and I’m sure we will perform a song or two from our brand new album, which is being finished as I write. HIM in the USA? Bring it on!”
Norwegian black metal legends MAYHEM will release their long-awaited new album on May 23rd (May 27th in North America). Entitled Esoteric Warfare, MAYHEM’s fifth full-length will be the follow-up to 2007′s excellent Ordo Ad Chao. Esoteric Warfare will be preceded by the release of new single Psywar as a 7” vinyl on April 25th (April 29th in North America). A lyric video of the song is below:
The B-side of the Psywar 7″ vinyl is made of the From Beyond the Event Horizon demo, a non-album track taken from the band’s 2012 Budapest sessions. The single will come in different editions featuring art from Zbigniew Bielak (WATAIN, GHOST, BEHEMOTH) and Costin Chioreanu (ULVER, VADER, IHSAHN). It is available for pre-order at Season of Mist’s e-shop. Here are all four versions:
In other news, the reissue of the iconic and controversial Grand Declaration of War, originally released in 2000, will be released this April. The album will a second CD, which includes 2001’s European Legions, made of live tracks and pre-production versions of songs from Grand Declaration of War.
Osaka, Japan’s CROSSFAITH have posted their new video for the song, “The Evolution,” off of their excellent new one, Apocalyze. Check it out:
The band are currently kicking ass on tour in the UK right now. Wish we were there.
Long-running Floridian death metal band and recent Old School Metal Records signees, RESURRECTION have announced the departure of bassist/vocalist Damian Chavez. The announcement comes less than a month before the band’s March of Death European Tour. RESURRECTION has recruited Jeff Surmell of SOLACE OF REQUIEM to fill in for the tour. The band had the following to say regarding the split with Chavez:
“As of today (Feb. 18, 2014) RESURRECTION vocalist/bassist Damian Chavez is no longer with the band. Many reasons went into the decision to part ways, but all that needs to be said is that Damien is on a different level musically as well as personally, than the rest of the band. Our priorities just no longer aligned. Without going into excessive and unnecessary detail, and as hard as it is this close to the European tour, the band had to make the tough decision to cut our losses and move on.
“Jeff Sumrell, front-man for the technical Death Metal band SOLACE OF REQUIEM will be handling the vocal and bass duties during the upcoming ‘March Of Death‘ European tour. Jeff toured with the band in 2010 during the ‘Resurrected In Europe‘ Tour and kicked-ass every night of the tour. Jeff‘s vocal style and power dramatically add to the brutality of our live performance and we’re excited about what the future might hold with Jeff and Resurrection. We would like to thank our fans for the continued support.”
RESURRECTION has made their newest song, “Rain of Ashes,” available for streaming here. The song comes off the band’s upcoming Soul Descent – March of Death. Due out in March, the album will be released in conjunction with the March of Death European Tour. The tour kicks off on March 14 in Germany and will take the band through Germany, Belgium, Holland, Czech Republic and Poland.
It was inevitable. The worlds of metal and people who love cats have finally converged in a new book, Metal Cats. The book features photos of musicians, fans, and promoters of metal with their cats, including members of ISIS, AKIMBO, GHOUL, LUDICRA, EXHUMED, MORBID ANGEL, MUNICIPAL WASTE, NAUSEA, PHOBIA, and NAPALM DEATH.
A portion of the proceeds from this book and a series of benefit shows held along the West Coast will go towards one no-kill shelter in each of the four main cities visited.
Photographer Alexandra Crockett had the idea to give accolades to local musicians and artists in the metal scene, while also bringing to light no-kill shelters and their importance for animal rights.
Pre-order the book at Amazon.com.
As demonstrated by TESTAMENT‘s Chuck Billy, it is possible to make a strong comeback from cancer and resume a successful career. Thankfully, BEHEMOTH‘s Nergal has followed suit and returned to form. The Satanist is the sound of a band ready to resume their upward trajectory in the metal world.
The album takes a new approach to that of the fist-in-the-face attack of albums past. This one is about “feel” and atmosphere rather than simply pummeling the listener. But it still sounds 100% like BEHEMOTH. They call more upon their black metal beginnings than ever in sound and style. The Satanist is perhaps the band’s most dynamically rich work to date because of all the various song parts. Horns, synthesizers, and choirs help to add flavor. Most of the songs have a mid-tempo foundation with plenty of clean electric guitars, and fast parts here and there. However, the action never feels slow per se. Thematically, there are tons of references to the bible as well as, you guessed it, Satan.
Opener, “Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel,” sets the tone with its blackened ritualistic atmospheres and predominantly mid-tempo pace. Second track, “Furor Divinus,” starts out like the MAYHEM classic, “Funeral Fog.” ”Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer” is The Satanist‘s catchiest track with its simple, straight forward structure that just glides forward. A song like “Amen” demonstrates their growth as there is a quiet, dark interlude in the middle of the blasting fury. The same could be said of “In the Absence ov Light.” ”O Father O Satan O Sun!” is one hell of a closer and is the album’s most powerful track.
All in all, The Satanist is a good album. Does it break barriers or is a game changer? No, but it is a step forward in growth for BEHEMOTH. And moving forward is paramount. (Metal Blade Records/Nuclear Blast Records)
In 2009, Norway’s MANES put out a six-song compilation called Solve Et Coagula, which featured a new song plus old demo material from the band’s black metal days. MANES got none other than the uber talented Niklas Kvaroforth from SHINING (SWE) to sing guest vocals for the title track. [Update: The song also features XASTHUR's Malefic. Thanks to MANES for the correction. Proof that websites don't have all the answers.] Listen to this masterpiece of doom laden darkness: