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.


ARCH ENEMY to Celebrate Loud Park 10th Anniversary with Very Special Guests

Loud Park festival is celebrating it’s 10th anniversary this year.  The two-day festival is set to for October 10-11, 2015 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.  Juggernauts in the Japan, ARCH ENEMY will be headlining the Ultimate Stage on the first night.  To celebrate the occasion, the band will be joined by former/original members, Christopher Amott and Johan Liiva.

Time to book those flights to Japan!

CRYPTOPSY Launch Video for “Detritus (The One They Kept)”

Montreal’s CRYPTOPSY have posted their official video for the song, “Detritus (the one they kept)“:

While diehard fans may have been justifiably concerned that new CRYPTOPSY music would suffer without guitarist/songwriter Jon Levasseur, this song is killer.    “Detritus (the one they kept)” is the first song released from the band’s upcoming EP, The Book of Suffering Tome 1.

Pre-orders are available here: http://cryptopsyofficial.bandcamp.com/. The Book of Suffering Tome 1 will be officially released on October 30, 2015.

The EP is a first in a series of EP that the band will crowdfund on indiegogo.com.

Song of the Day: INTRONAUT’s “Fast Worms” is Their Tour De Force

The new INTRONAUT single, “Fast Worms,” is an awesome encapsulation of the band’s history as well as future.  The song embodies the awesome dynamic range that the band are known for as well as the brutality of the early era.  What more could you ask for?

Frontman Sacha Dunable comments on the song, “Here’s one of my favorite songs off the new record, Fast Worms. It’s a real banger and a great representation of the whole record. We can’t wait to get out and jam these new songs live!”

INTRONAUT‘s fifth album, The Direction of Last Things, comes out November 13, 2015 via Century Media Records.  Don’t miss their November/December 2015 U.S. tour with BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME, ENSLAVED and NATIVE CONSTRUCT.

BORIS and MERZBOW’s Latest Collaboration Entitled Gensho

Renowned Japanese artists BORIS and MERZBOW have completed recording a new collaborative full-length LP entitled Gensho (Japanese for “phenomenon”) under the name BORIS WITH MERZBOW. Gensho is a unique release featuring over 150 minutes of new music spread across two discs. The BORIS tracks are new reinventions of the band’s classic songs, while the MERZBOW songs are new compositions. BORIS and MERZBOW have each contributed exactly the same amount of music, with the two discs intended to be played at the same time on physical speakers at varying volumes so that the listener can experience their own “gensho/phenomenon” every time. The artists also commented, “Of course you can enjoy both albums separately, as a separate work.” Gensho is slated for a February 2016 release via Relapse Records.

Though the artists have an extensive history of collaborating with one another, this latest effort was born out of a one-off show in 2014 for Boiler Room TV, when the two acts decided that their set from that day was worthy enough to perform in the context of a proper studio recording. As with every BORIS and MERZBOW release, the only thing to expect is the unexpected. Each artist’s individual contribution to Gensho weaves through countless disparate textures with a varied sonic palette, to say nothing of the effect when both records are played simultaneously. The unique presentation of the album lends it near-infinite potential for aural discovery, and encourages direct interactivity with the listener rarely found in such unconventional music.

BORIS WITH MERZBOW have also announced an exclusive one-off show in Tokyo on November 27, 2015 at JP Fever in support of Gensho this November.


Video of the Day: MY DYING BRIDE’s “Feel the Misery” Highlights the Tragedy of Asylum Seekers

MY DYING BRIDE has released a music video for the title track off its upcoming 12th opus, Feel the Misery.

Using “The Raft of Medusa” by French romantic painter Théodore Géricault as visual inspiration, as well as taking cues from the band’s own bleak and foreboding music, MY DYING BRIDE‘s latest video is a harrowing tale of tragedy and loss.

Filmed on the stunning Pembroke coast of South Wales, and in particular St. Govan’s Chapel, the scenes were set to play out the narrative as vocalist Aaron Stainthorpe takes the role of a lone musician and poet who stumbles upon a fallen maiden while combing the seascape for curiosities. Clearly the victim of a recent shipwreck, she is gathered up and removed to a suitable, somber resting place, all the while the mournful “Feel the Misery” plays alongside, marrying the rich visuals with the melancholic song.

Directed by James Sharrock and Ryan Mackfall, Sharrock explains: “The concept for ‘Feel the Misery’ has been in my head for a while. It is loosely based on the famous painting ‘Raft of Medusa‘ by Theodore Gericault painted in 1819, and when I heard the song it invoked the creative idea I had been thinking about.

“In May this year I read in the news reports of a ‘Ghost ship’ carrying 350 starving Rohingya Muslims vanishing off Thailand. Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand refused to engage in search-and-rescue operations, instead pushing the boats back to sea, letting the people starve and refusing to accept the asylum seekers – similar to the story behind ‘Raft of Medusa.’ It was only later in the year as we were filming the music video down around the Pembrokeshire coast that the media took a greater interest in the deaths of asylum seekers in the Mediterranean. The song has allowed me to bring to life not only issues that are currently facing us all, but a masterpiece that reflects a similar tragedy from centuries ago.”

Feel the Misery, the band’s 12th album, comes out today. It can be ordered on CD, vinyl, plus a special edition 2CD/2×10 vinyl set in deluxe earbook format with exclusive music and expanded booklet, online at: https://burningshed.com/store/peaceville/.