Former BATHORY drummer turned film and music video director, Jonas Åkerlund, is set to direct the film based on the 1998 book, Lords of Chaos, which covered MAYHEM‘s history and the infamous deaths and church burnings in Norway in the early 90’s. The book is interesting but is by no means the be all end all of that era of the Norwegian black metal scene.
Rolling Stone spoke with MAYHEM co-founder/bassist Necrobutcher to get his reaction to the announcement:
“This book Lords of Chaos is fucking crap and that some stupid Swedes are gonna make a movie out of it is not OK…I will do everything I can to stop this film…. Tell the Swedes and the Hollywood people to go fuck themselves.”
You gotta love Necrobutcher.
Armed to the teeth with a vast array of weaponry, ABYSMAL DAWN go all out on Obsolescence. With the modus operandi of always pushing forward, the band successfully push its boundaries of musicality and intensity.
Obsolescence has the sophistication and dynamic range of latter era-DEATH balanced with sheer heaviness and brutality. With their chops, it’s too easy to take for granted the plethora of excellent riffing. The agility and precision involved is inspiring to musicians. ABYSMAL DAWN also incorporate a good blend of straight forward, simple riffing/song structures harkening back to old school/classic death metal.
Speaking of songs, they always come first here. The sheer intensity and sense of urgency evoked is something to behold. The track listing also plays a pivotal role in keeping the listening experience varied and compelling. Peaks and valleys in all facets of songwriting are so important.
Vocalist/guitarist Charles Elliot‘s vocals take prominence in each song, commanding a lead presence. It’s clear that his phenomenal performance on BEREFT‘s debut album has carried over to Obsolescence. His long, high screams hit at the most intense parts of songs. Certain vocal lines are accented by dual vocals (ala DEICDE) to nice effect.
The band’s cover of the DISSECTION classic, “Night’s Blood,” will bring a tear to any DISSECTION fan’s eye. It’s not only a flawless tribute but fitting that the first song on Storm of the Light’s Bane serves as the album closer.
As a music listener, a good rule of thumbs is to leave labels behind (i.e. “technical death metal”). Enjoy ABYSMAL DAWN‘s Obsolescence for what it is – fine music. (Relapse Records)
BABYMETAL–the Japan-based all-girl-fronted “Kawaii Metal” band–has signed with RAL/Sony Music Entertainment for the U.S. release of their 2014 critically acclaimed self-titled debut album. The album’s re-release will feature two bonus tracks (cover art and tracklisting below) and be available digitally on Tuesday, May 12 and physically on Tuesday, June 16.
Since forming in 2010, BABYMETAL–the young trio of 17-year-old Su-Metal (vocal, dance) and 15-year-olds Yuimetal (scream, dance) and Moametal (scream, dance), backed by a four-piece band packing a heavy metal arsenal–have already achieved two major debut singles: “Ijime, Dame, Zetta!” and “Megustine,” both of which ranked in the Top 10 Oricon Chart in Japan. Their first studio album BABYMETAL also earned the #1 spot on Japan’s album chart and Billboard’s World Album Chart.
2014 saw BABYMETAL headline numerous sold-out shows from New York to London, including the 20,000 capacity Saitama Super Arena in Japan. They performed at major festivals in multiple countries such as the UK’s massive Sonisphere in front of 65,000 festival-goers and supported LADY GAGA on her “Artrave: The Artpop Ball” tour. The band will gear up for an equally busy 2015 when they kick off their “The Dark Knights Begin” World Tour 2015 on May 9 in Mexico City.
Since the world should no longer wait for any form of new MERCYFUL FATE-related music, guitarists Michael Denner and Hank Shermann have announced their new name simply entitled, DENNER / SHERMANN. Additionally, former MERCYFUL FATE drummer Snowy Shaw is part of the band. Marc Grabowski (DEMONICA) and Sean Peck (CAGE and DEATH DEALER) will be on bass and vocals, respectively.
Their first release will be an EP, Satan’s Tomb. The band state, “These songs were crafted with the Mercyful Fate worldwide legion of fans at the forefront of their collective minds. From the first riff to the last wail, one cannot help but feel the magic newly recaptured once again.”
Hank Shermann comments: “We have been writing and recording with an incredible line up of musicians and the fans are in for a dark, classic, heavy metal treat for sure. We wanted to get back to the essence of what we created back in the early 80s” “The music inevitable sounds like you would hope it to be, fans of our early work should be very excited”.
While there seems to be subpar bands popping up every second, it only hurts when the really good ones go. Sweden’s IN SOLITUDE announced today that they are calling it a day after 13 years. It was an amicable break up and the band point to bigger priorities in life that have taken precedence.
Here’s the band’s announcement:
“2002 – 2015
“Dear friends. It is with great sadness that we inform you that we have chosen to end In Solitude here.
“This is something that’s been taking shape for a long time and suddenly the day came when we had to evaluate our positions in life and find a solution.
“The reasons for our departure are not hostile in any sense and our love for each other and the music is stronger than ever before. But it is with respect for that music and that love between us that we choose to end it at this point.
“Changes in our personal lives demanded that we treated this as carefully as we could and with our deepest respect and reverence for all personal feelings, and for the aim of our journey.
“This has been one of the hardest decisions we’ve ever had to make and we’ve had to investigate every inch of our beings in order to make this right. In Solitude has been the center of our lives for 13 years and we’ve invested everything we have in this and to make this decision was to rip us up by ours roots and make us re-evaluate our entire lives and our future…[read more]”
At the very least, IN SOLITUDE went out on a high note with the most excellent, Sister.
The first song from ARCTURUS‘ new album entitled “The Arcturian Sign” has been posted online. The song comes off of Arcturian, the band’s first album in 10 years, which comes out this May.
Here’s to hoping ARCTURUS redeem themselves for the terrible Sideshow Symphonies.
IMMORTAL vocalist/guitarist Abbath has announced that IMMORTAL will once again go on hiatus because the band members could not come to an agreement regarding their dispute over ownership of the band’s name. Abbath will move forward with a solo band with new music, and performances, which will include IMMORTAL songs.
Check out the official statement here.
It should be cool to hear what Abbath as well as the other members of IMMORTAL cook up in terms of new music.
ENSLAVED get straight to the point with their most straight forward and catchy album in years. Incorporating a strong influence of their early era, In Times is the band’s most direct and blackest work since Isa and Ruun, or even Blodhemn. Don’t worry, their trademark prog stylings, instrumental interludes, and ice cool guitars remain intact.
What also stands out about In Times is the lack of meandering song sections or weak material. It’s all lean and optimized. Six flawless and dynamic songs, each clocking in at a minimum of 8+ minutes, are all that is necessary to make their statement. The great part is that ENSLAVED glide through each song with ease.
If you wanted to introduce someone to ENSLAVED, “Building With Fire” might be the first song you play for them. It showcases their dynamic range and songwriting strengths. The transitions and hooks are excellent. The group chants in “One Thousand Years of Rain” conjures up nostalgia for the early sword-wielding ENSLAVED. The title track has a great building and release of tension in epic fashion. Album closer, “Daylight,” has sweet nods to PINK FLOYD.
It should be noted that vocalist/bassist Grutle Kjellson‘s bass lines are wonderfully audible and find a great place in the mix. Also, drummer Cato Bekkevold‘s performance here (as well as previous ENSLAVED records) should never be taken for granted. His great sense of feel, tasty fills, and Mikkey Dee-like power help make In Times special.
Most bands are a shell of themselves by a 13th album…not ENSLAVED. (Nuclear Blast Records)
Finland’s BEASTMILK have been extremely busy these days. First, they have parted ways with co-founding guitarist Johan “goatspeed” Snell. Thus, the remaining members felt the need to change the band’s name to GRAVE PLEASURES moving forward.
ORANSSI PAZUZU guitarist Juho Vanhanen also joins the ranks for live/studio purposes. The band will have two guitarists now, including Linnea Olsson (THE OATH, SONIC RITUAL).
Additionally, GRAVE PLEASURES are working on their major label deal debut.
Read the rest of the details at the band’s Facebook page.
The APESHIT goons have raved about the post-apocalytic cowboys from Reykjavík, Iceland for a few years now. Their last two studio albums, Svartir Sandar (2011) and Ótta (2014), are epic pieces of atmospheric soul. If there was ever a band to rightfully take on the mantle of FIELDS OF THE NEPHILIM while also leading the Icelandic metal scene, SÓLSTAFIR are the chosen ones.
We finally got in touch with vocalist/guitarist Aðalbjörn Tryggvason during their recent (mostly sold out) European tour to talk about their volcanic rise in the scene.