What a glorious year in metal we just experienced. After the sheer amount of quality albums that were released in 2018, there is no question that the genre is as healthy and full of life as ever. Thus, making our top albums lists harder than usual.
For the APESHIT goons, 2018 was the year where the legends all shined. JUDAS PRIEST led the charge with their best album since 1990’s Painkiller. DIMMU BORGIR finally emerged from a long slumber and did not disappoint. VOIVOD remain the gods that the mass metal media won’t acknowledge as such. We can’t really think of any letdowns. Can you?
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?
VESANIA, the Polish symphonic black metal act that features current and former members of BEHEMOTH, DIMMU BORGIR, VADER, and DECAPITATED, have been toiling for over a decade. The band’s fourth full-length album, and first since 2007, Deus Ex Machina, is finally scheduled for release on October 28, 2014 via Metal Blade Records. The brand new track, “Innocence,” can be heard below.
VESANIA is: Orion – guitars and voices Daray – drums Siegmar – synths and samples Heinrich – bass Valeo – guitars
There’s no singular unifying lyrical concept on Deus Ex Machina, but there’s a main theme, a coherent and deliberate thread running from the title through the music. The title of the album is a term from ancient Greek tragedy and translates to “god from the machine”. The idea for the concept was that a machine, typically a rudimentary crane, would lower a thespian playing god onto the stage to solve the seemingly unsolvable conflict in the plot. In modern entertainment, the term has evolved to primarily refer to a cheap solution in a poorly written script or novel. Alternatively, VESANIA‘s Deus Ex Machina is a call for any kind of help or intervention because all of the lyrics on the album are hopeless and show characters in situations that leaves them powerless.
In regards to the change, King stated: “All members of GOD SEED have been carefully picked for their musical skills and devoted personalities. We aim to release an album which will sound different than what we have done in the past. The new members have been very important for creating a sound that hopefully will come across as unique and defining the new GOD SEED sound. From this moment, GOD SEED should not be viewed as a duo anymore, but as a band with six members.”
The band is currently at work on a new album — their official studio debut — for which no release date has yet been set. So far, all of the music has been written and recorded at various locations in Norway, and Gaahl is currently working on completing lyrics and vocal arrangements. GOD SEED will reveal material from the upcoming album this week during a two-hour lecture at the Inferno Music Conference during the Inferno Metal Festival. Attendees will not only be able to hear material from the upcoming album, but the lecture will also include a discussion with King and Geir Bratland on their recording process and the philosophy behind the upcoming release.
King commented: “I’m really looking forward to presenting the new music I’ve been working on for the last two years. We have put a lot of work into creating something very unique. We will give some previews from the GOD SEED album, but more importantly, we will give a detailed presentation on how we have made the songs. Geir will demonstrate how he has created the noise and key arrangements on the recordings.”
Before THE KOVENANT morphed into a full on industrial band, they were COVENANT. Back in 1997, the band made their debut with In Times Before the Light. The album was a very cool symphonic and atmospheric style of Norwegian black metal. Dark and mysterious, lush synthesizers played a large role in creating its signature sound that would later be expanded upon by DIMMU BORGIR, who Nagash was a member of for a few years.
This release is quite rare to find and is definitely worth checking out if you’re a fan of Norwegian black metal. It should also be noted that THE KOVENANT re-recorded the album in their present industrial musical style. Who knows why. We just know they shouldn’t have done so.
It was back in the late 90’s when I was discovering Norwegian black metal alongside roycifer and big johnson and we got to OLD MAN’S CHILD. In the U.S., we got the Century Black (aka Century Media Records) digipak/new artwork version of OLD MAN’S CHILD debut album, Born of the Flickering. The original version was released on Shagrath‘s Hot Records.
While it wasn’t a monumental album, it was still really cool. DODHEIMSGARD‘s Aldrahn shared vocal duties with mainman Galder (aka Grusom in those days). The album had that mysterious, mystical, and exciting vibe to it and still does to this day. Check out the album if you haven’t already done so. After Born of the Flickering, the band went on to be more thrashy and then morph into a DIMMU BORGIR wannabe.
Oscar Martinez (credit: Sarah Vanessa Photography)
Metal t-shirts – we all own them and likely have amassed a lot of them in our closets as the years have gone by. Behind those shirts are hardworking, dedicated people who do their best to supply this essential part of metal culture. We caught up with our good friend, Oscar Martinez, to not only learn about what’s going on with the merchandise business but also about his over 10 year journey through the music industry. In our interview, he schools us on the multidimensional aspects and considerations of being a touring band trying to make a profit in this day and age, and shares some of his surreal rock ‘n roll adventures. Continue reading →
ICS Vortex, former DIMMU BORGIR and current BORKNAGAR and ARCTURUS member, has announced that his debut solo album, Storm Seeker, will be released on August 22nd, 2011 in Europe and August 23rd, 2011 in North America via Century Media Records.
BORKNAGAR has announced that former vocalist ICS Vortex has returned to the band as bassist/vocalist. He will be sharing vocal duties with vocalist Vintersorg. The band plan to headline this year’s Inferno Festival in Norway, which was founded by BORKNAGAR guitarist, Jens Ryland.