Video of the Day: INTRONAUT Explore Dolphin-Human Relations

In a world where most metal videos are simply terrible, INTRONAUT has come to save the day with their new video for “Fast Worms.” The video does in a brilliant job in taking the piss out of the metal video genre along with being the most over the top, ridiculous video possible.

It greatly helps that the song rules.  A great nod to the past and present of INTRONAUT.

Talking about the new music video, Sacha Dunable (vocals, guitar) comments, “This video is ridiculous. Please don’t hate us now. Much thanks to Pat Lascu for making it. We’re on tour getting ready to meet up with BTBAM, Enslaved, and Native Construct, as well as a bunch of our own headlining dates. Check our facebook for those, and go buy our record! Thank you to everyone who has bought it so far, we love you guys!”

OBSCURA to Release Akróasis February 2016

It has been five years since the release of OBSCURA‘s universally acclaimed Omnivium album. Now the progressive metal masters return with their strongest and most dynamic release to date. The aptly named Akróasis (Greek for “hearing” or “listening”) draws on all the various elements of OBSCURA’s signature sound and combines those qualities into a cohesive and mind-blowing whole. Check out the trailer:

Akróasis will be released February 5, 2016 via Relapse Records. The album will be available in CD, 2xLP and digital download.

“With Akróasis, we produced our grand opus featuring eight songs of fluent arrangements, odd time signatures never heard before in metal, and the most high end production in the history of the band. Without question Akróasis is the heaviest, most complex record we have made to date. We cannot wait to perform live again and bring this excellent music to stages around the globe,” says OBSCURA founder and frontman Steffen Kummerer.

CRYPTOPSY – The Book of Suffering Tome 1

Cryptopsy - The Book of Suffering Tome 1Three years ago, CRYPTOPSY retook their rightful place atop the extreme metal pantheon with Cryptopsy. The band have since become a four-piece after the latest departure of founding guitarist Jon Levasseur. Despite that, it only takes a few seconds into The Book of Suffering Tome 1 to know that CRYPTOPSY are still reigning.

As the first in a series of crowdfunded EPs, the The Book of Suffering Tome 1 does exactly what it’s supposed to do: brutalize you in the most succinct manner possible and leave you wanting more. The Book of Suffering Tome 1 is essentially flawless with CRYPTOPSY at the top of their game. Their trademark sound is there (manic blasts, off the wall time changes, breakdowns, etc.) but also with shades of darkness and violence.

In keeping with the band’s pledge for quality over quantity with these releases, the production is absolutely flawless, which is perfect given the top-notch performances of each member. Big ups to guitarist Chris Donaldson, Jason Suecoff, and Alan Douches for their work.

The bottom line is that The Book of Suffering Tome 1 is a mandatory release for all extreme metal fans. Flawless victory. (self-released)

BLITZKRIEG BABY – Cannibal Commando

Blitzkrieg Baby - Cannibal CommandoReality is always harsher than fiction. Topics such as cannibalism, war crimes, and pre-pubescent murderers are all real world phenomena. Oslo, Norway’s BLITZKRIEG BABY are simply the messengers. The band features musician and artist Kim Sølve of Trine + Kim Design Studio, MANIMALISM, and record label, Adversum.

BLITZKRIEG BABY‘s Cannibal Commando EP is a disturbing listen. It’s like being drugged, kidnapped, and held in a room to witness some of atrocities of mankind first hand. The band’s self-described “Ultra Negative Industrial Pop” is based on unsettling beats, whispers that speak louder that screams, and pure eerie, noir atmospheres.

Each song offers something different. The title track opens things up with the feel of predator hunting its unsuspecting prey. “There Will Be Casualties” sounds like brainwashing propaganda soundtrack. “This is Where Empathy Comes to Die” is an instrumental, short track that serves more as a segue piece. “Spit” is straight forward with variations on one theme. It sets things up for the finale and best song, “Cut. Slash. Maim. Kill.” By far the most musical song on Cannibal Commando, the scope is monstrous yet eerie with its entrancing beats. The instrumental is an eruption of what was bubbling under the surface during the prior four tracks, which are significantly more subdued.

Cannibal Commando is a strong progression for BLITZKRIEG BABY and shows a band that can only get more sick and disturbing. (Beläten)

Video of the Day: KARYN CRISIS’ GOSPEL OF THE WITCHES No Frills Video for “The Ascent”

KARYN CRISIS’ GOSPEL OF THE WITCHES have launched a video for the song, “The Ascent.”  The song comes off of their powerful debut, Salem’s Wounds, which was released earlier this year via Century Media Records.

On the nature of “The Ascent” specifically and the release of the new video, Karyn Crisis comments: “The Ascent is about the transformative ancient rite of Death and Resurrection. It also alludes to the wisdom attained through attuning to the nature of energies which often appear to us as illusions of opposites. To be incarnated again we must first go through the death transition; we must enter the darkness to find the light; to hear the voice of the Universe we must go within, turning attention away from the physical world. Opposites are merely halves of a whole: masculine and feminine energies, the macrocosm and the microcosm, life and death.

“In pen and ink I drew a storyboard of the video that I sent to Bob Vigna, who filmed and edited the entire video. I explained to him I wanted to depict this rite of dying unto oneself, represented by the Hanged Man Tarot card.. For our story, I felt it was important to have the male Druids taking action in the first part of the story which is about a seeker in the physical world, and for the female Priestesses to complete the creative inward rebirthing process.

“I was inspired by a story authored by Carlo Napolitano where a character seeking answers to the Great Mysteries was hung upside down on a tree, with a mask tied to his face, gaining a previously unknown view of the world around him as pagan rituals took place around him. Bob elevated these ideas and turned them into a cohesive storyline that’s both tangible and earthly, dreamy and spiritual.”

It should be noted that KARYN CRISIS’ GOSPEL OF THE WITCHES features the IMMOLATION writing core of Ross Dolan and Bob Vigna.

DIABOLICUM – Ia Pazuzu (The Abyss of the Shadows)

diabolicum.iapazuzuDIABOLICUM have never been a household name but they have certainly carved out their own niche in the underground metal scene. Fourteen years since the release of their last album, The Dark Blood Rising (The Hatecrowned Retaliation), the band are back and better than ever.

Recruiting none other than SHINING (Sweden) frontman Niklas Kvarforth to add his unmistakable charisma as well as the excellent talents of guitarist Likstrand to lay down solos, this is the most “complete” DIABOLICUM have ever sounded.

Like its title implies, Ia Pazuzu (The Abyss of the Shadows) is the soundtrack to a free fall into the abyss. While DIABOLICUM may have the “industrial black metal” tag attached to them, they are so much more than that. The band have created a multi-dimensional and complete journey.

After the blasting violence of “Void of Astaroth,” “Silent Spring” starts in a mid-tempo stomp before transcending into a dreamlike state with female lead vocals. Fourth track, “Genocide Bliss,” begins with the epic feel of early EMPEROR then transitions into a short section with industrial beats before ghostly keyboards kick in with movie samples. The song then just drifts off into the distance. “Salvation Through Vengeance” is awesome with Niklas Kvarforth‘s roar leading the crescendo in the mid-point of the song and Likstrand‘s fretboard melting guitar solo.

One Man’s War” is apex of Ia Pazuzu (The Abyss of the Shadows). Hearing Niklas Kvarforth proclaim, “This is my war. A one man’s war,” is absolutely powerful. Truly a godly performance for him.  The song’s ending is reminiscent of EMPEROR‘s “Inno A Satana” with it’s triumphant horns and marching beat. “Angel Maker” follows the track with a perfect example of how a simple, hypnotic riff can provide the backbone for a good song.

The use of forte and piano, extreme heaviness and speed with atmospheric ambience are tools which DIABOLICUM use to great effect.  The necro production gives the album a definite underground sound from the 90’s.  There are also lots of cool synth/programming along with the programmed drums, which gives the album a cold, industrial feel.  Try to spot the guest appearances by Malfeitor Fabban (ABORYM) and Vargher (NAGLFAR, BEWITCHED, ANCIENT WISDOM).

All in all, DIABOLICUM have done more than enough to rise out of obscurity and become renowned band in the underground scene.  Hail. (Code 666/Aural Music)

More Great Black Metal on the Way: THE DEATHTRIP Announce Second Album

In great news, UK/Norwegian black metallers, THE DEATHTRIP, have announced that they will release a follow up to their excellent debut album, Deep Drone Master:


“Okay, a few words from the Deathtrip camp to break the silence & show we have not been swallowed up in the abyss, hah. The songs for the second album are written, and recording will commence in the next few months now. Music will follow closely in the vein of Deep Drone Master; hypnotic, repetitious and raw. It marks a further step in concept and depth, yet without deviating from the essence of the band. These are all new songs, plus maybe a re-recording of Global Exit could end up on there (which was itself originally intended for Deep Drone Master)……and we can safely predict no orchestras.

“Thanks to all who supported Deep Drone Master.”

SATYRICON’s Satyr Reveals Brain Tumor Diagnosis

SATYRICON‘s Satyr recently announced that he has been diagnosed with a brain tumor. The unfortunate news comes during the demo sessions of the follow up to Satyricon. He announced the news on his Instagram:

“I’m going home. I got extremely sick 8 days ago and was rushed to hospital. Scans have shown that there is a blind passenger in my head. Most likely it is benign. I can live with it as long as it does not grow bigger. Removing it is extremely complicated and should only be done if it grows into a size where it is a matter of life and death. We all get our set of cards and this happened to be one of mine. There are so many people who have to deal with much worse things than I do, so I do not feel sorry for myself. I have a great family, lots of friends, Satyricon, Wongraven Wines and many people who support my endeavours all over the world. I will spend the next two weeks trying to get my strength back, then try to starting writing on the new Satyricon again and pick up where I left on all my wine projects…#thankyou”

We wish for a speedy and full recovery for Satyr!

Stockholm Super Group FIRESPAWN Announce Debut Album

FIRESPAWN, the new Swedish super group featuring current and former members of ENTOMBED A.D., NECROPHOBIC, UNLEASHED, DARK FUNERAL, have announced that their debut album, Shadow Realms, comes out November 13, 2015. The music that has been released so far sound very promising.

Check out the track, “Ruination“:

Also, check out the official video for the title track of their 7″, Lucifer Has Spoken:

FIRESPAWN line-up:

Fredrik Folkare – guitar (NECROPHOBIC, UNLEASHED)
Victor Brandt – guitar (ENTOMBED A.D., SIX FEET UNDER (live))
A. Impaler – bass (NECROPHOBIC, NAGLFAR (live))

Video of the Day: Live Recording of ABBATH’s “Fenrir Hunts”

While the world awaits for ABBATH‘s first solo album, the band launched a video of a live version of “Fenrir Hunts.”  This version will be different from the version that will appear on the album.

The band states: “We have performed ‘Fenrir Hunts‘ live since our debut concert at Tuska Festival in Finland. This led to the decision to record a few live songs properly. With the aid of a camera team, we have recorded three tracks in a live setting at the beginning of September. Along with ‘Fenrir Hunts‘, which you can see today, there will be two cover versions coming up soon. Now, here is ‘Fenrir Hunts‘, the first glimpse from our upcoming debut album!”

The band also features King ov Hell (ex-GORGOROTH) on bass.  Spot the CONVERGE Jane Doe tattoo in the video.