Title Track from DARK FUNERAL’s Upcoming Where Shadows Forever Reign Released

The excellent title track from DARK FUNERAL‘s upcoming album, Where Shadows Forever Reign, has been posted online:

Where Shadows Forever Reign” sounds like pure classic DARK FUNERAL and new vocalist Heljarmadr sounds very good.  He enunciates each word very clearly ala David Vincent.

Band leader/guitarist Lord Ahriman comments: “I’ve said it before, but in case you missed it, I will say it again. WE ARE BACK!!! And to prove that we’re really back to reclaim the throne once and for all, we now have the privilege to let you all get a taste of what is to come in the form of the epic title track of our long awaited new masterpiece! Sit back, put your speakers on max and enjoy the ride through ancient realms so forlorn and cold, the majestic realm where shadows forever reign.”

Vocalist Heljarmadr further adds: “The lyrics to ‘Where Shadows Forever Reign‘ deal with self sacrifice. To reach further on my spiritual path I must give something from myself. Be it material or a piece of my heart and soul, as long as it’s something that deeply matters. To truly reach the world of shadows I must summon my inner shadows, my inner darkness and allow no light.”

Six years after the release of their last album, DARK FUNERAL will finally release their new album on June 3rd, 2016 via Century Media Records.  Album cover artwork was done by Necrolord and looks like a masterpiece.

Founding DARK TRANQUILLITY Member Martin Henriksson Announces Departure

Photo credit: Sinners ArtFounding DARK TRANQUILLITY member, Martin Henriksson, has announced his departure from the band.  Whether it was through his bass playing in the earlier years to his guitar playing, he helped start a revolutionary new style of metal and put Gothenberg, Sweden on the map for the past 26 years.  Here is the official statement:

“While putting the finishing touches on the material for our next album, we have to inform you that guitarist and original member Martin Henriksson sadly but amicably left the band a couple of months ago. Here is his statement:

“Dear Dark Tranquillity fans,

“I recently quit the band. I feel I have lost the passion for playing music, and Dark Tranquillity deserves to have members that are 100% committed to the art. Therefore I decided it’s in everyone’s best interest to step aside and leave the band with the best possible ability to grow and get even stronger. I’ve had 26 years filled with wonderful memories and we made a lot of great music together, and for that I’m forever grateful. Thanks to all the fans, crew and other people involved that supported Dark Tranquillity through the years!
“Yours,
Martin Henriksson

RIP Friend and Comrade, Brandon Stratton (aka Rawknrollchef13)

Brandon StrattonIt is with a heavy heart that we report the passing of our friend and brother in music, Brandon Stratton (Rawknrollchef13).  He passed away this past Friday after a sudden and shocking illness.

We first met Brandon back in the late 90’s as an awesome guy with great taste in music.  He had a particular affinity for Scandinavian rock ‘n roll (i.e. HELLACOPTERS, GLUECIFER) and stoner rock before those bands and scenes became widespread knowledge.  Like some of us music lifers, he graduated from working in record stores to working behind the scenes at record labels.  Brandon started out in the retail/distribution sides of things at Century Media Records and moved up to helping to run sub-label, Liquor and Poker Music, which focused on rock ‘n roll.  You can thank him for bringing you great albums by the HELLACOPTERS, CRASH KELLY, HANOI ROCKS, and SCOTT REEDER.

He was always great to work with and had the kind of passion for the music that brought you energy each day at the office.  You didn’t have to spend much time with Brandon to know that he was a straight shooter, trustworthy, and someone who would make sure you knew he respected you and your passion for music.  When he called you “brother,” you knew it to be true.

After he left the music biz, Brandon moved onto his passion for the culinary arts and most of all, being a proud husband and father of two boys.  Man, was he proud of being a family man.  He worked the only way he knew how, as hard as possible, to provide for them.  When we initially spoke to him about joining the APESHIT goons, he was super stoked about contributing in a myriad of ways but alas, his obligations to his family took precedent.

During this difficult time for his family, we would greatly appreciate it if you could donate to assist his family: https://www.gofundme.com/52vpeuqs

Brandon Stratton, you touched a lot of lives and we’ll always remember the brotherhood that we shared.  RIP.

THE WRETCHED END Return with New Album, In These Woods, From These Mountains

After four long years, Scandinavian supergroup THE WRETCHED END, featuring Samoth (EMPEROR, ZYKLON, SCUM), Cosmo (MINDGRINDER, SCUM, SOURCE OF TIDE), and Nils Fjellström (DARK FUNERAL, IN BATTLE), have announced the April 22, 2016 release of In These Woods, From These Mountains.  The album was recorded by the band themselves and mixed with producer Marius Strand in Norway.  Mastered at Fascination Street in Sweden, it is without doubt the strongest and most varied of the extreme metal band’s growing sonic portfolio.  Artwork was handled by Trine + Kim Design Studio.

Old friend Attila Csihar (MAYHEM, TORMENTOR) lends a hand on “Old Norwegian Soul” while LEPROUS vocalist/keyboardist Einar Solberg and RED HARVEST’s LRZ contribute on the band’s unexpected adaptation of BEL CANTO’s “Dewy Fields” for the album’s epic closer.

Samoth comments: “It’s great to finally have this album ready for release. It took us some years for various reasons; different things in our every day and professional lives that took a lot of focus on our parts. We never felt any great pressure.  Looking back, I think the whole process affected the album in a positive way. I personally feel I’ve almost come full circle with this new album, bringing more elements rooted in the darkness of black metal.”

Check out the opening song, “Dead Icons“:

Video of the Day: Jello Biafra Shares Some Thoughts on Donald Trump

With the whirlwind of publicity that U.S. presidential candidate, Donald Trump, has been receiving, Jello Biafra (JELLO BIAFRA AND THE GUANTANAMO SCHOOL OF MEDICINE) shares additional thoughts on Mr. Trump on his latest edition of What Would Jello Do?

Jello reveals some new examples of ridiculousness and racism that may not necessary be widespread public knowledge.  And speaking of racism, here is an image that sums up how BRUJERIA feel about the presidential candidate.

 

SATYRICON Perform for the First Time Since Satyr’s Brain Tumor Diagnosis

SATYRICON took the stage for the first time this past weekend at Rockefeller in Olso, Norway to perform the first of several shows to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the masterpiece, Nemesis Divina.  The show had special significance in that it was the first time the band had performed since Satyr announced his brain tumor diagnosis back in October 2015.

Check out two highlights from the show:

Cheers to Rudy S for posting them.

Here’s what Satyr had to say about the show:

“Thanks for coming out last night. A few months ago I wondered if it was the end of Satyricon. To be back on stage again, in front of my people, was obviously powerful. I have a long way to go, but last night was a solid first step. #thankyou ?Jorunn”

ABBATH – Abbath

abbath.abbathLess than a year after leaving the mighty IMMORTAL, Abbath emerges with the debut of his second solo album (counting I‘s Between Two Worlds).  Naturally, Abbath picks up where 2009’s All Shall Fall left off with the type of battle hymns that has been IMMORTAL‘s bread and butter.  Additionally, he injects some death, thrash and classic metal influences.  The result is an album that is not only epic and cold but also, arguably, more brutal in parts than IMMORTAL has been for a very long time.  The hills and valleys throughout Abbath embody the characteristics of any classic metal album.  For, virtually, every slower song, there is a scorcher that follows.  The anthems, memorable choruses, and the hooks always just hit at the right points.

Joining Abbath are bassist King ov Hell (ex-GORGORTH, AUDREY HORNE, SAHG) and drummer Creature (BENIGHTED, DISAVOWED).  Both members put on integral, stellar performances.  It should be noted that King ov Hell‘s bass is loud as fuck, the way bass should be.

Opening track, “To War!,” starts off like recent SEPULTURA and KRISIUN before blazing forward with an epic storm of blasts.  The chorus on “Count the Dead” sounds like it could fit onto an early OZZY album.  The spirit of BATHORY can be proudly found throughout.

Make sure to pick up a version of the album with the bonus tracks.  Their cover of PRIEST‘s “Riding on the Wind” is so balls out.

Going solo can often lead to less than stellar results.  Thankfully, that is not the case with Abbath.  One of the best albums of the year for sure.  (Season of Mist)

Video of the Day: MACHINE HEAD’s Robb Flynn Poignantly Calls Out Phil Anselmo on “White Power” Remarks

In response to the controversy surrounding Phil Anselmo‘s Nazi salute and “white power” remark onstage at the end of his performance at Dimebash last week, MACHINE HEAD‘s Robb Flynn has posted a video that provides additional facts of what happened at the show and his opinion of  Phil Anselmo‘s latest and past racist remarks.  Robb‘s new facts provide additional context and meaning to Phil Anselmo’s antics.  Watch as he brings the hammer down:

Be sure to watch this in its entirety.  Go, Robb!

APESHIT’s Top Metal Albums of 2015

motorheadWhen looking back at 2015, the only thing that seems to matter is the passing of Lemmy Kilmister. Of course losing Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor in November was sad but Lemmy was on another level – one of the pillars of the entire rock ‘n roll universe. Thankfully, he left a voluminous legacy for us to enjoy for eternity, including some of music’s best interviews and quotes possible. Cheers, Lemmy.

Other than that, 2015 was a remarkably strong year for the pioneering, long-running bands in the metal scene.  Everyone from KILLING JOKE, MY DYING BRIDE, FEAR FACTORY to AMORPHIS put out fantastic records. This past year also saw some very good super groups in TAU CROSS and FIRESPAWN make their debuts.  You’ll find that many of them made it to our respective lists.

Additionally, we’ve recruited some fresh blood in Charles Elliott, Andrew Sample, and Jeff Wagner. These industry vets have been in the trenches with us for years and years, and have helped bring you many of the greatest records ever released for the past 20+ years.
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