EMPEROR Kicks Off Nightside Eclipse Anniversary Shows at Sweden Rock 2014

Black metal kings, EMPEROR, played their first show performing In the Nightside Eclipse as part of the album’s 20th anniversary at the Sweden Rock Festival this past Saturday. Hopefully, you were one of the lucky ones at the show.

Let’s pray for a full, official band reunion as we enjoy these clips from the show. Cheers to Niclas Johansson for the footage.

EMPEROR Announce First Ever Japan Dates Celebrating In the Nightside Eclipse

The kings of black metal, EMPEROR, have announced that they will be visiting Japan for the first time this July.  They will be performing the classic, In the Nightside Eclipse, in its entirety for the two shows in Tokyo and Osaka.  Ticket info can be found here.  Here is what the band said:

“2014 marks the 20th anniversary of ‘In The Nightside Eclipse‘ and we are finally ready to announce that we are coming to
Tokyo (July 17) and Osaka (July 18) to celebrate this occasion with you.

Faust will be performing with us for the European shows, but due to visa issues he will not be able to join us in Japan. However, Trym has kindly agreed to step in and perform with us exclusively for these two shows!

“We have both had the great pleasure of performing in Japan previously, but never before as Emperor. Band and crew are all very excited about this and we all look forward to seeing you there.

“Emperial regards,

Ihsahn and Samoth

In related news, In the Nightside Eclipse has been reissued as a 20th anniversary 2-CD set in a digibook.

Ihsahn Issues Clarification on EMPEROR Reunion

As reported earlier, EMPEROR have announced that they will reunite to perform In the Nightside Eclipse at Wacken Open Air festival 2014 with drummer Faust.  However, what was not clear was whether the band would be reuniting for good or simply for more reunion shows.  Ihsahn provided the clarification we all asked for:

EMPEROR will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of ‘In The Nightside Eclipse‘ at next year´s Wacken Open Air. Ihsahn and Samoth will be joined by Faust on drums, and they will perform the album in its entirety.

“There will be no new studioalbum or a world wide tour, only a few exclusive festival appearances next year, to mark the celebration of this landmark album.”

EMPEROR to Reunite for Wacken 2014 with Faust

This past Friday, August 2, 2013, EMPEROR announced that they will reunite once again to perform at Wacken 2014.  To add to that, former drummer Faust will be joining the band to perform In the Nightside Eclipse in its entirety.

From the Wacken website:  “Come 2014, the band will celebrate the 20th anniversary of ‘In The Nightside Eclipse‘, with a few exclusive performances. Beyond that, the future, as ever, is a mystery waiting to be unravelled…”

Let’s hope that this performance is recorded so the poor souls who can’t fly over to Germany next year will get to see.  In any case, let us rejoice!

Release Date Set for ABORYM’s Psychogrotesque

Four years after the critically acclaimed Generator, Italian electro/post black metallers ABORYM are back with their fifth album. Set for a November 8th release, the new full-length is entitled Psychogrotesque and is made of one story, a single song written four-handedly by the band’s mastermind Malfeitor Fabban and talented new guitarist Hell:IO:Kabbalus.

ABORYM describe the album as a “realistic story about the horrific human aridity and its fragile impotence. A social metaphor, uncomfortable but very current, treated cynically by bassist-singer Fabban through a story set in a mental hospital, which suggests that he used his pen with an absolute commitment and the determination to keep off ABORYM from the banality and clichés both ideological/aptitudinal and musical that saturate the extreme metal scene.”

Psychogrotesque was recorded, mixed and mastered at Fear No One Studios by Emiliano Natali, with the sound consulting of Marc Urselli (founder of Memory Lab and sound engineer for artists like JOHN ZORN, LAURIE ANDERSON, LOU REED, ERIC CLAPTON) at the prestigious Eastside Sound Studios in New York.

BLOOD TSUNAMI – Thrash Metal

Often times, you never know what you’re gonna get when you buy an album from a band you really don’t know much about. However, BLOOD TSUNAMI clearly make their intentions known via their band name, album title, and cover artwork. These Norwegians say what they mean and mean what they say. Thrash Metal is pure, ugly, aggressive old school thrash metal. BLOOD TSUNAMI waste no time as they rip through the songs with a fine variety of prime riffing at a high speed pace. Though the band’s line-up may be most notable for vocalist/guitarist Pete Evil (host of MTV Nordic’s Headbangers Ball show) and drummer Faust (ABORYM, SCUM, ex-EMPEROR), the hearty contributions of guitarist Dor Amazon and bassist Bosse should not be overlooked. The band mix things up in terms of giving their songs good individual character so as to not become a monotonous blur. However, the biggest strength of BLOOD TSUNAMI is their ability to conjure up that true spirit and energy that made classic thrash metal so great and exciting to listen to. While the album progresses at a fireball’s pace, averaging around five minutes in length, the titantic “Godbeater” slows things down a tad and really takes the album to new places. The 10:02 instrumental is a journey filled with twists and turns on a grander level, almost like the way MAIDEN and METALLICA would get epic. There’s even a riff that easily could have been on SABBATH’s Vol. 4. While Thrash Metal may be BLOOD TSUNAMI’s debut album, they sound like seasoned veterans. Aren’t those the best kind of debut album? (Candlelight Records/Nocturnal Art Productions)