In 2009, Norway’s MANES put out a six-song compilation called Solve Et Coagula, which featured a new song plus old demo material from the band’s black metal days. MANES got none other than the uber talented Niklas Kvaroforth from SHINING (SWE) to sing guest vocals for the title track. [Update: The song also features XASTHUR's Malefic. Thanks to MANES for the correction. Proof that websites don't have all the answers.] Listen to this masterpiece of doom laden darkness:
Sweden’s melodic death/thrash kings, DARKANE, recently posted their new video for “Mechanically Divine.” It’s more or less a standard metal video filmed inside an empty, darkened warehouse but who cares. The song is very good and there is no typical metal video cheese.
If you haven’t done so already, check out their latest release, The Sinister Supremacy. Good shit.
Were you one of the lucky people over in Germany last year to watch TESTAMENT play a great set at Wacken 2012? Well, most of us weren’t there so via the magic of the web, here is their entire set.
It’s great to see drum god Gene Hoglan with his drastic weight loss and still playing as great as ever.
In related news, TESTAMENT took some time to share their favorite Christmas memories while growing up. Check out all the videos at their Youtube page.
If you were into underground metal back in the late 90′s, then you were probably into an excellent Swedish band called SACRAMENTUM. If DISSECTION were the number one Swedish black/death metal band, then SACRAMENTUM were the number two. Back in 1996, the band had their classic debut, Far Away from the Sun, released on France’s Adipocere Records. To this day, the album is untouchable.
Since Far Away from the Sun has been out of print for a long while, the good people at Century Media in Europe have recently reissued it with improved artwork and liner notes. Additionally, they have released this previously unreleased video for “Fog’s Kiss.”
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.