ULVER to Release Covers Album, Childhood’s End, May 28th, 2012

Norway’s ULVER will release a cover album, Childhood’s End, of various classic psychedelic songs on May 28th, 2012 via Kscope.

The band’s cover of BEAU BRUMMEL‘s “Magic Hollow” can be streamed below:

A video interview with band leader, Kris Rygg (AKA Garm, Trickster G) has been posted online:

Further details on Childhood’s End can be found here.

APESHIT’s Top Metal Albums of 2011

2011 was a very productive and enjoyable year for extreme music, perhaps the best in years. Thus, it was not an easy task choosing what we enjoyed best since they were just so many. 2011 also gave us unforgettably bad albums by LOU REED and METALLICA, flops by THE HAUNTED as well as controversial ones by MORBID ANGEL.

We look forward to another strong year in 2012 in which we will celebrate our 10 years online. Cheers for all of your support in 2011! Radikult!!
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NIDINGR – Wolf-Father

Despite the fact that Norway is no longer the “big” thing in metal does not mean that the nation is lacking in a new generation of black metal bands. With a five year hiatus between their debut release, Sorrow Infinite and Darkness, and their brand new album, Wolf-Father, NIDINGR has quickly gained ground in the hierarchy of new Norwegian black metal bands. Wolf-Father is distinctly and proudly Norwegian with its high frequency raging guitars, precise blast beats, and black feel. However, do not mistake NIDINGR for sounding old or derivative as they manage to give a fresh take on the famous Norwegian black metal sound.

Teloch (1349, ORCUSTUS, GORGOROTH) and Blargh (DØDHEIMSGARD) dish out the catchy, and, often, simple riffs that are not too far removed from bands such as 1349, DØDHEIMSGARD, and THORNS. The guitars in particular have a sweet resonance, and the perfect tone that you want for this type of metal. Vocalist Cpt. Estrella Grasa’s shouts and proclamations are reminiscent of Aldrahn (THORNS, ex-DØDHEIMSGARD) in a good way. Drumgod Hellhammer lays down his usual top-notch performance that, at times, seems too easy for him to run through. “Baldrs Draumar” explores a different vibe with its doomy section featuring ULVER’s Garm on vocals.

Wolf-Father is a very consistent in tone, style, and approach. On one hand, this characteristic holds the album back from really breaking out into greatness. On the other hand, being consistently good with no discernable drop off is a compelling reason to listen to it. The next release from NIDINGR should be even better. (Jester Records)

ULVER Performs Live for the First Time in 15 Years at the Norwegian Festival of Literature

Norway’s ULVER performed live this past weekend for the first time in 15 years. The eclectic band who have dabbled in everything from black metal to electronic to ambient/experiemental to art rock played at the Norwegian Festival of Literature at Maihaugsalen in Lillehammer, Norway on Saturday, May 30th.

ULVER provided a brief statement on the decision to return to the stage: “Last year Mr. Stig Sæterbakken approached us with an offer to play live at the Norwegian Festival of Literature, and after long consideration we have decided to accept the invitation. We go to the job with great humility and horror.”

Check out fan-filmed footage of ULVER’s performance…

HEAD CONTROL SYSTEM’s Daniel Cardoso Reveals Solo Album

Daniel Cardoso of HEAD CONTROL SYSTEM, also featuring Kristoffer G. Rygg (a.k.a Garm of ULVER), has announced that a solo album under the band name, DEL, is on course for completion.  Cardoso issued the following statement:

“For those who have been waiting for the new HEAD CONTROL SYSTEM record, and mailing us asking for more music, we have to be honest and say it might take a little longer than we expected. We know we promised you some updates on the new record some time ago, and the truth? is that part of it is already written, but this time we are finding it really hard to match? both our (me and KrisGarm from ULVER ) availability. He both had other personal business at the side to take care off, as some people may know I’m really busy at the studio producing new bands and Kris is such a busy bee. We all have other matters to attend. But we need you, the fans, to know we both still believe in this band and we only need to get the proper mindset and timing to fix logistics and get the job done.

“In the meantime, I’ve been stepping some new ground with my solo effort, DEL. I’ve always been comfortable playing all sorts of instruments but never really felt able to share my voice with the world. Well, this is the time. DEL‘s debut is believed to come out before the new HEAD CONTROL SYSTEM album and there’s not much else I can say about it RATHER than go check it out. Next week I’ll start producing the new OBLIQUE RAIN album and next month? its the new W.A.K.O. (fuckin’ redneck death/thrash rockers!) record. It never stops, and it’s all good! ”

Check out DEL‘s MySpace page for some samples, including a cover of Terence Trent D’arby‘s “Sign Your Name“: http://www.myspace.com/delonline

ULVER Cover Prince’s “Thieves in the Temple”

ULVER have posted a cover of Prince‘s “Thieves in the Temple,” a track originally released on Prince‘s 1990 album, Graffiti Bridge.  For the cover, ULVER collaborated with female soul singer and Wyclef Jean protégée, Siri Stranger.

The Norwegian outfit downplay their own participation and relationship to Prince stating, “Prince is not our familiar, but we appreciate his spirituality and sensibility, manifest in this song. We are thieves in his temple.”

ULVER‘s cover is part of a massive 81-track, 5-CD tribute titled, Shockadelica: 50th Anniversary Tribute to the Artist Known as Prince, released on C+C Records.

Info on the label website about the release reads: “An overwhelming compilation by the finest Norwegian artists doing their all-time favourite Prince songs. Shockadelica is a genre-breaking compilation where all musical categories are represented. We have gathered Norway’s finest jazz musicians, heavy metalists, pop, electro, rock, country, blues, gospel choirs, Norway’s most famous boy choir, avantgarde, soul, funk, jazz-rock, noise, humourists, singer/songwriters, hip hop-producers, Prince cover bands and dance artists. Even the national symphony orchestra KORK is represented. This is more than just a Prince tribute album. This is actually EVERYTHING the Norwegian musical scene has to offer 2008. All is made with love to the world’s greatest artist ever, Prince. The 5 CD-compilation is one time offer, 5000 copies limited edition only.”

For full tracklisting and artists involved, click here:
http://www.ccrecords.musikkonline.no/shop/displayAlbum.asp?id=34576

FLEURETY: New Tracks Recorded for Upcoming EP

Norways’ FLEURETY have completed recording two new tracks, “The Animal of the City” and “Summon the Beasts“, to be released as a forthcoming 7” EP. It’s the band’s first new material to be properly recorded since 1998.

The lineup for this EP consists of guests Ayna B. Johansen (who also performed on the Last-Minute Lies EP) on vocals and Andreas Barsleth (THE WHITE TIGER PREPADE, EN) on drums, as well as the usual suspects, Alexander Nordgaren on guitars/bass and Svein Egil Hatlevik (ZWEIZZ, ex-DØDHEIMSGARD/DHG) on vocals.

The new songs were recorded at Crystal Canyon Studios (TURBONEGRO, EUROBOYS, SCUM) with the assistance of Tore Ylwisaker (ULVER).

2 CD ULVER Tribute Album Available for Free Download

An ULVER tribute album entitled, My Own Wolf: A New Approach, has been released by Asphyrical Asphyxia to commemorate the Norwegian band’s 15 year anniversary. The 2 CD set has been posted as a free download, and will receive an physical release on May 8th. The tracklisting is as follows:

CD 1:
01. UNFURL – Lost in Moments
02. AVATHAR – Utreise
03. MURA HACHIGU feat. NOKTURNES – Blinded by Blood
04. SMOHALLA РLe Tr̫ne de la Trag̩die
05. ASMODÉE – Wolf and Hatred
06. SELVMORD – Wolf and Devil
07. SAEL – Wolf and Passion
08. OTZEPENEVSHIYE – Wolf and Destiny (Forest Fire version)
09. WARDAEMONIC – Nattens Madrigal
10. FB[FORCE] – Graablick Blew Hun Vaer
11. KARNA – Naturmystikk
12. FLUORYNE – Not Saved
13. YEAR ZERO – Nowhere / Catastrophe
14. SINESTESIA – Tomorrow Never Knows

CD 2:
01. PRYAPISME – In the Red
02. JOEY HOPKINS MIDGET FACTORY – Catalept
03. AIDAN BAKER – Eitttlane
04. PANACEA ENTERPAINMENT – Porn Piece or the Scars of Cold Kisses
05. PROJECT:A – Ulver (medley)
06. CATAPLUS – Høyfjeldsbilde
07. JÄÄPORTIT – Gnosis
08. WHEEL OF KNOWLEDGE – Lyckantropen Themes (medley)
09. ZWEIZZ – Kledt I Nattens Farger
10. BOSQUE – Utreise
11. NOISES OF RUSSIA – Darling, Didn’t We Kill You?
12. ASHTAR – The Marriage of Heaven & Hell (medley) (bonus track)

Download the album at the official site: http://panacea.msk.su/ulver/

APESHIT’s Top Metal Albums of 2007

It’s been a grossly successful 2007 for APESHIT, and though we find it hard pressed to make that same general claim for metal in 2007, a handful of albums did manage to leave a strong impression on us. We here at APESHIT individually compiled our own top 10 metal albums of 2007 lists for a new “blog” category that we look forward to experimenting with in 2008. Let us know what you think and post your own top 10 metal albums of 2007 in the comments section below. Cheers!

dr.park’s top 10

1. MANES How the World Came to an End

This album really just came out of nowhere and turned out to be one of the best albums in recent years. The album is so deep in its scope, ambition, and execution and is a winner in every facet. Ideally, this should be an underground/indie hit. [Read our full review]

2. ULVER Shadows of the Sun

It’s sounds tired to say but ULVER have done it yet again. Shadows of the Sun is another creative gem. The strong melancholic, subdued atmospheres make for some of the best mood music you can find. [Read our full review]

3. TURBONEGRO Retox

Retox is far better and more solid than their recent efforts. Finally, fans have been given an album that comes as close to their zenith, Apocalypse Dudes, as the band can get. Retox is also prime party music. [Read our full review]

4. MAYHEM Ordo Ad Chao

Just when you thought Norwegian black metal had grown too safe, accessible, and popular, MAYHEM makes an essential album that crushes all. Ordo Ad Chao is a powerful statement of true Norwegian black metal the way it used to be: pure, dark, raw, and evil. [Read our full review]

5. SHINING V: Halmstad

SHINING are one of the best underground Swedish death/black bands that many underground fans have yet to hear. Great riffs, flow, balance and strong vocal presence from band leader and raging maniac, Niclas Kvarforth. V: Halmstad is some of the best (Swedish) metal not coming from Gothenburg. [Read our full review]

6. DIR EN GREYThe Marrow of a Bone

Though most of their U.S. fans are teenage girls with Japanese pop culture fever, don’t let that subtract and detract from this quality album. The Marrow of a Bone is ugly, dark, and has the right balance of hooks and brutality that has allowed it to be another worldwide hit for the band. [Read our full review]

7. WATAIN Sworn to the Dark

To steal a thought from shady rajah: This is the album that DISSECTION should’ve written as their final album. WATAIN keep the flame of classic Swedish black/death metal burning with no peers in sight. [Read our full review]

8. PRIMORDIAL To the Nameless Dead

Ireland’s premier metal band, PRIMORDIAL, have written yet another excellent album of folk/black metal that is so much grander, powerful, and spirited than so much else out there. [Read our full review]

9. MELECHESH Emissaries

If you haven’t heard this band or this album, you are missing out on a lot. There’s nothing like MELECHESH‘s Mesopotamian metal and Emissaries is easily their best album. NILE is good and all but MELECHESH are better at conjuring the ancient rhythms, spirits, and mythology of the gods. [Read our full review]

10. PARADISE LOSTIn Requiem

It’s always a great thing when underground legends can continue to make high quality music so deep into their careers. In Requiem is not your flavor of the month underground metal but who cares…it’s timeless stuff. [Read our full review]

shady rajah’s top 10

1. WATAIN Sworn to the Dark

As the only worthy successor to the departed DISSECTION, WATAIN has carved their own bloody path to black metal glory. Sworn to the Dark is an album filled seething aggression and evil atmosphere that is complex in details, but undeniable in song craft. WAITAIN are a band that’s made black metal dangerous again. [Read our full review]

2. DOWNIII: Over the Under

DOWN‘s third album couldn’t have had a more fitting title, as the band overcame a mountain of adversity. Over the Under successfully captures all the pain, sweat and struggle with all the heat and density of an Louisiana swamp, resulting in 2007’s most heartfelt, honest and real album. [Read our full review]

3. EXODUSThe Atrocity Exhibition Exhibit A

A recent thrash metal trend has surfaced ushering hordes imitators still trying capture that classic 80’s sound. EXODUS isn’t it making it any easier for these wannabes as The Atrocity Exhibition drove shards of razor sharp thrash in to the jugular of pretenders everywhere. Nearly thirty years later, these Bay-area bruisers just seem to keep getting heavier, and are keeping true thrash alive and killing. [Read our full review]

4. SHININGV: Halmstad

Niklas Kvarforth has kept the flame of darkness and hatred burning for a decade now, with each album becoming increasingly more complex and intricate while retaining the feeling dread and despair that has existed since the band’s beginning. V: Halmstad is the band’s masterwork, engulfing the listener in darkness. Suicide has never sounded better. [Read our full review]

5. MIDDIANAge Eternal

Formed from the ashes of YOB, MIDDIAN was the vision that continued Mike Scheidt‘s path of doom metal mastery, laying the foundation for the future of sludge. Age Eternal brought the power of slow and the strength of the riff. Unfortunately the band was dropped and forced to change their name, but in their brief moment time, MIDDIAN created a small piece of doom metal history. [Read our full review]

6. DIMMU BORGIRIn Sorte Diaboli

Norway’s premier black metal(ish) super group, DIMMU BORGIR delivered yet another powerful entry in their already considerable catalog, with a driving guitar heavy album that was catchy as it was complex. Having Hellhammer on board didn’t hurt either, as Jan Axel carved layer of intricate drum patterns to enhance the band’s already ambitious anti-Christian concept album. A successful anti-Christian concept album…how awesome is that? [Read our full review]

7. ABORTEDSlaughter and Apparatus: A Methodical Overture

Sven De Caluwe may have lost all his original members, but nothing detered the growling machine. He simply assembled a new death squad and delivered another precise, surgical slaughter of bludgeoning death metal. Relentless and furious yet containing some of the catchiest songs about mutilation written in recent memory, Slaughter and Apparatus continues the band’s excellent carnage. [Read our full review]

8. MACHINE HEADThe Blackening

After dabbling in bland nu-metal for a spell, MACHINE HEAD came roaring back with their return to form, Through Ashes of Empires. But that was just the warm up. The Blackening is the main course, with the band firing on all levels, encompassing MACHINE HEAD‘s most challenging work to date. The Blackening serves as both a defining moment in the band’s history as well as one of 2007’s finest albums. [Read our full review]

9. IMMOLATIONShadows in the Light

These death metal veterans helped shape and form death metal in it’s earliest stages, but the Yonker’s natives still show they have plenty of tricks up their sleeve. IMMOLATION deliver an intricate maze of riffs, complex drum patterns, and heapings of sinister atmosphere…not to mention an ample amount of guitar shredding. Their legacy of death continues to grow. [Read our full review]

10. SOILWORKSworn to a Great Divide

Despite losing a pivotal member with the departure of Peter Wichers, the band nonetheless stepped up to the plate, dove in to their considerable arsenal of hooks, and soldiered on with one of the year’s catchiest records. Balancing song craft and drummer Dirk Verbeuren‘s well thought out drum patterns, Sworn to a Great Divide is full of hooks that stick in your head. [Read our full review]

roycifer’s top 10

1. HIM Venus Doom

These Finns have always been top-notch songwriters, and they succeed again while under the delicious influence of doom. Ville Valo‘s singing and songwriting don’t miss a step, and the band sound at home with the heavier vibe. “Sleepwalking Past Hope” is a magnificent epic of “November Rain” proportions.

2. MAYHEM Ordo Ad Chao

With Ordo Ad Chao, MAYHEM made black metal sound exciting and totally fucking evil again! The album trembles with such unnerving, nihilistic ferocity not heard since the inception of black metal. Hellhammer‘s best performance. [Read our full review]

3. QUEENS OF THE STONE AGEEra Vulgaris

Josh Homme is a music making beast with such a distinct style and vision. Everything he touches, turns into gold. Their best album since Rated R. [Read our full review]

4. SCARVE The Undercurrent

Guitar music hasn’t been this exciting since SOILWORK emerged onto the scene. But SCARVE are not merely a guitar band. Drummer Dirk Verburen really helps shapes the band’s sound and provides a necessary dynamic with his drumming. [Read our full review]

5. CHIMAIRA Resurrection

This was the album that should have followed The Impossibility of Reason. CHIMAIRA have always had a lot of potential and are continuing to show their steady growth as musicians and songwriters. Move over LAMB OF GOD, CHIMAIRA are the true heir to PANTERA‘s throne. [Read our full review]

6. SHINING V: Halmstad

V: Halmstad is uniquely black metal in that it draws a lot of influence from rock and classical music but is pieced together in a very progressive manner. The excellent songwriting is topped by the tortured vocals of Niclas Kvarforth. Suicide never sounded so damn inviting. [Read our full review]

7. MANES How the World Came to an End

How the World Came to an End is an eclectic album for the ages that spans rock, electronic, and hip-hop while still feeling every bit metal. ULVER, eat your heart out. [Read our full review]

8. AMORPHIS Silent Waters

Silent waters was where the band was treading about for a few releases. But their latest album is solid collection of timeless listening. Singer Tomi Joutsen has breathed new life into a group of vets making waves once again. [Read our full review]

9. MARDUK Rom 5:12

Black metal’s ever-black sons of Swedish blackness keep getting better (and blacker) with age. New singer Mortuus‘ is ferocious and has a voice all his own. To quote dr.park, “it sounds like he’s gurgling blood.” Rom 5:12 also marks a newfound reach to diversify and expand their style…and those risks certainly pay off. [Read our full review]

10. ION DISSONANCEMinus the Herd

While the bees were busy buzzing about JOB FOR A COWBOY, ION DISSONANCE were having a ho down of their own. Minus the Herd tops JOB FOR A COWBOY‘s Genesis on technicality, dynamics, and lasting interestingness. [Read our full review]