If you’re looking for a fresh sound in black metal, check out CODE‘s new album, Augur Nox. These Brits have released a new video off of the album for “Glimlight Tourist.” Check it out below.
These guys may not grace the cover of the big metal mags but who cares. Do you really need to gush over the same bands rehashing their previous albums?
The new album from Finland’s BEASTMILK, Climax, is a mighty fine album. Check out the song, “Love in a Cold World.”
We can try to label it as “post-punk” or “gothic rock” or whatever. The important thing is that it’s a good song. Review coming soon.
Recently, original MERCYFUL FATE guitarists Michael Denner and Hank Shermann got together for the 30th anniversary of the band’s monumental debut, Melissa. Check out this video of them jamming on a bunch of riffs from the album. Inspiring!
Guitarist Bill Steer and drummer Dan Wilding sat down to provide some insight into the songs on CARCASS‘ new record, Surgical Steel. Check them out below.
The most important thing to note is that you should purchase this record.
The world is always in need of great bassists, who are not only audible but have a great playing style. BEYOND CREATION‘s Dominic “Forest” Lapointe is one of those special individuals. Check out him playing of the track, “Coexistence.” This progressive tech death epic can be found on the band’s The Aura album.
Here’s a bonus in the form of his playthrough of ”Omnipresent Perception.”
Fretless lefthand bass + no pick = Dominic “Forest” Lapointe rules.
With the recent news that EMPEROR will reunite for Wacken Open Air next year (as well as Bloodstock 2014), it got me in the EMPEROR/EMPEROR-related mood. Thus, let’s check out IHSAHN‘s performance at this year’s Wacken Open Air earlier this month.
It’s a pretty good set. It helps tremendously that Ihsahn‘s backing band are Norwegian progsters, LEPROUS. Good shit.
In the deluge of metal that come out each month, it’s easy to overlook or just miss good releases. One band that should always be on your radar is Sweden’s SHINING. Aside from mainman Niklas Kvarforth‘s extreme on stage performances, the band’s unique style of suicidal black metal is damn good. In many ways, they are like a dark version of OPETH.
So last year they released an EP entitled, Lots of Girls Gonna Get Hurt, via Spinefarm Records. This all covers releases showed a different side to the band, one that embraces sad, melancholic music that wasn’t in the “extreme metal” category. With this release, Niklas Kvarforth shows the world his talent with clean vocals.
The band opens with a cover of KATATONIA‘s “For My Demons” from the classic, Tonight’s Decision. It’s not that much from the original but sounds damn good.
Then the band go into more dark rock territory starting with ”Utan dina andetag” by Sweden’s KENT. You don’t have to know Swedish to feel the power and soul of this one. Next up is a cover of another Swedish language song, “Kung av jidder,” by IMPERIET. SHINING add some extra meatiness to this great new wave song. Lots of Girls Gonna Get Hurt ends on a high note with “Carnival of Rust” by POETS OF THE FALL. The original is great but SHINING slow it down just a hair to add more power, and give it a more desperate, darker feel.
In conclusion, there are two things you must do: 1) appreciate the fact that SHINING is one of the best metal bands on earth; 2) purchase this EP.
DARKANE have posted a series of videos documenting the recording process for their latest masterpiece, The Sinister Supremacy. We’ll have our review of the album soon.
As you watch the videos, you can’t help but think how easy it looks for them.
After a few lifetimes of waiting, a new CARCASS song has been posted online. Our friends at Nuclear Blast have informed us that their comeback album, Surgical Steel, is really, really good. Judging from “Captive Bolt Pistol,” I have to believe that they aren’t lying. Grind!
Without a doubt Swedish death metal legends HYPOCRISY have written many excellent songs through out their career. However, one song stands alone as their absolute best. No, it’s not something from early days with Masse Broberg or the doomy period but from their more melodic era.
On their self-titled sixth album, released in 1999, HYPOCRISY dig from within with “Elastic Inverted Visions.” The song is simply epic in its feel and mainman Peter Tatgren puts out a great vocal performance. The melodic guitars and the balls out guitar solo in the middle are so damn good. Check out the song and let us know if you agree.