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?

Poland’s VESANIA Returns with New Music After Seven Years

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.

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.

GOD SEED Announce New Album & Full Line-Up

GOD SEED have revealed plans for a new album and also unveiled a new line-up. Founding members Gaahl (ex-GORGOROTH) and King ov Hell (ex-GORGOROTH) will now be joined by:

Sir (TRELLDOM, DJERV) – Guitar
Kenneth Kapstad (MOTORPSCHYCO) – Drums
Geir Bratland (DIMMU BORGIR) – Keys & Noise
Lust Kilman (THE BATALLION, GRIMFIST) – Guitar

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.”

Song of the Day: COVENANT’s “From the Storm of the Shadows”

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.

Check out “From the Storm of the Shadows“:

Song of the Day: OLD MAN’S CHILD’s “Born of the Flickering”

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.

Here’s the title track:

Industry Profile: Oscar Martinez

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.
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ICS Vortex’s Debut Solo Album, Storm Seeker, Coming Out August 2011

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.

Check out the track, “The Blackmobile,” below:

The album’s line-up reads as follows:

ICS Vortex – Vocals
Asgeir Mickelson – Drums (SARKE, SPIRAL ARCHITECT, ex-BORKNAGAR)
Terje “Cyrus” Andersen – Guitar (SUSPERIA)
Jens F. Ryland – Guitar (BORKNAGAR)
Steinar “Azarak” Gundersen – Bass (SPIRAL ARCHITECT, SATYRICON)

ICS Vortex Rejoins BORKNAGAR After 10 Year Absence

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.

Click here for the official press release.