Underground Gems: DAWN’s Epic Masterpiece, Slaughtersun (Crown of the Triarchy)

As part of the unending well of magical albums coming out of Sweden, DAWN released what ended up being their final album, Slaughtersun (Crown of the Triarchy).  The sentiment among fans is that DAWN nor this album got their just due with the media or underground scene as a whole.  While the album is not flawless, it is undoubtedly a gem in the pantheon of classic Swedish black/death metal of the 90’s.

The band’s first full-length, Nær sólen gar niþer for evogher, had a cool sound and showed plenty of promise but things did not gel overall.  However, they took things to the next level with a greater singular focus on creating an epic, unrelenting album with 10+ minute songs.  The riffs were much better, sharper, and the sense of urgency that was not omnipresent on on DAWN‘s debut was in full effect.  Maybe it’s the penultimate front cover artwork but Slaughtersun (Crown of the Triarchy) has an ominous atmosphere that is deeply embedded into the album.

There are few album openers that come in like a thundering storm like “The Knell and the World” do.  It is far and away the most poignant track.  The folk influences were intact from their debut as shown on “To Achieve the Ancestral Powers“.  The distinctly Swedish melodies are excellent as demonstrated on the riff that carries “The Aphelion Deserts.”  Keyboards appear here and there to accentuate riffs and create atmosphere.  Amongst the seven tracks, “Stalker’s Blessing,” is probably the weakest as it carries the least momentum.  However, DAWN close it out in blasting style with “Malediction Murder.”

Slaughtersun (Crown of the Triarchy) was out of print for over a decade with the demise of issuing label, Necropolis Records, driving the prices of the CD on ebay.  Century Media Records came to the rescue by re-releasing all of their albums, including a compilation of their early demos entitled The Eternal Forest, on CD and vinyl back in 2014.

Video of the Day: AT THE GATES Release Video for Title Track to To Drink From the Night Itself

The first taste of AT THE GATES‘ new album, To Drink From the Night Itself, comes in the form of the video for the title track.  It sounds like a return to the style of Slaughter of the Soul.  The video was directed by Patric Ullaeus/Revolver.se who has worked with virtually every upper echelon metal band in the business.

AT THE GATES frontman Tomas Lindberg checked in to comment about the track as follows:

“So, for the first song to present to the public, we chose the title track of the album. Which is also the opening track of the record. To us, this gives a presentation of the attitude of the album: raw, hungry and desperate. It also gives an introduction to the whole concept of the record. We live through our art, and the whole album deals with the concept of art. Art as a tool either for revolution, or suppression. To drink from the night itself is just that, a metaphor for living and breathing through art. Of course the concept goes deeper than that, but this song is the heart of the concept, the fierce call to arms so to say. We are still at war, but this time we are fighting the abyss, the abyss of apathy and oppression. It is an aggressive song, but also contains a lot of the other elements of the band´s sound on this record. Melancholia, desperation and struggle. For the first video we chose to use Patric Ullaeus again, as he is good at capturing the raw energy of the band playing live. In the video you can also see glimpses of the art used for the cover, so it binds it all together nicely. Enjoy.”

To Drink From the Night Itself is due out May 18th, 2018 via Century Media Records.

Video of the Day: DIMMU BORGIR’s Return

DIMMU BORGIR have been gone for a long time, seven years to be exact.  Today, they mark their return with the first single and video for the song, “Interdimensional Summit,” off of their upcoming album, Eonian.  The album is set for a May 4, 2018 release via Nuclear Blast.

The band have turned in their white fur coats for black leather trenchcoats.  Who else smiles as much as Galder (guitar) does in this video?

Video of the Day: A Hilarious Compilation of Axl Rose On-Stage Meltdowns

There are few, if any, frontman quite like our friend, Axl Rose.  Here is a monumental 28+ minute compilation of his on stage meltdowns in response to rowdy fans throwing objects at or spitting on the band.  This is pure unintentional comedy.  What frontman routinely brings songs to a sudden halt during a show?

It’s cute when he asks for an interpreter but they do not end up translating the English cuss words.  Also, check out Axl‘s highly entertaining rant about James Hetfield not being a fan of black people and Lars being Lars at the 15:00 mark.

Video of the Day: Never Forget that Dan Swanö Was a Member of the Original GHOST

While the masses are currently swooning over GHOST BC AKA GHOST, let’s point out that the original GHOST was formed in the early/mid 80’s by metal god Dan Swanö (drums) and his older brother Dag Swanö (guitars).  Check out this appearance of the band on Swedish TV:

As a bonus, check out this music video they did for the song, “3002.”  Wait for the 2:20 and see these little kids go off!

Video of the Day: SHINING (No) Left for Dead in “House of Control”

SHINING (Norway) have released some really cool videos in the past couple of years.  With their new one for “House of Control,” frontman Jørgen Munkeby finds himself in a limo full of gorgeous women as well as left for dead on the side of the road.

“It’s so great to finally have a video for our song ‘House of Control,’ since it means so much to me,” explains Munkeby. “Not only are the lyrics very personal, but musically the track was also a bold step into a more varied and melodic landscape. We had no idea how that new direction would work out, but it has ended up being my favorite track off the album. I had so much fun shooting the video, and I’m very happy to present this steaming hot new clip!”

The song is off their last album, International Blackjazz Society, which we highly recommend.

Video of the Day: Words of Wisdom from Tony Iommi

As a devotee to heavy music, the words of Tony Iommi are always sacred.  Check out this extensive interview, Inside Black Sabbath With Tony Iommi, in which he discusses the history of SABBATH, the origins of his sound, and even demonstrations of the band’s most well-known riffs.  As always, he’s down to earth and honest in his assessments of SABBATH history.  While a good portion of the info is universal knowledge, it’s always nice to hear it again straight from the grandmaster.

The interview appears to be recorded prior to the Dehumanizer sessions around 1990.

 

Song of the Day: VADER’s Iron Times EP is Excellent as All VADER EPs Are

This month saw the release of VADER‘s latest EP, Iron Times, via Nuclear Blast. In keeping with their tradition, Iron Times is another excellent release that is meant to tide us over till their next full length entitled The Empire.  Let’s check out Track 2, “Prayer to the God of War.”  If only VADER could ghostwrite for SLAYER

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.