So Marduk released a new track entitled “M.A.M.M.O.N.“ on the good ol’ Soundcloud today. The track is just nasty and I fully enjoy it. The track will be on their new album which goes by the name of SERPENT SERMON. So be on the look out for that.
Black metal usually is best when it comes from the northern European countries. Very rarely do you hear of an amazing black metal act from the United States. Well from the quiet state of New Hampshire comes a blackened force so loud and full of doom you will be flabbergasted at what you’ve heard. Vattnet Viskar provides us with some of the best black metal/doom so far this year and their label, Broken Limbs Recordings, just put out their latest journey through time and space; life and death. The 3 song EP will not disappoint and the talent from these gentlemen is unimaginable. They are within a genre that is currently flooded with bands trying to imitate and perfect a certain sound yet Vattnet Viskar stands above the rest with their frantic howls and seemingly daunting guitar work. It’s good shit and it’s this weeks Wreckommendation!
For fans of Woods of Ypres, Abigail Williams, Agalloch & other epic blackened ambient doom metal acts of the sort.
Blackened thrash band Melechesh will be releasing a 3 song EP called “Mystics of the Pillar II” on April 27th in Europe and May 1st in North America via Nuclear Blast Records.
01. Mystics Of The Pillar (Alternate Ending)
02. Sacred Geometry (Instrumental)
03. The Epigenesis (Instrumental)
Ashmedi of Melechesh commented: “We recorded two different ending version of ‘Mystics Of The Pillar’ — this one changes tempo and picks up steam. Why? Because we felt like it; a song with two different endings is not too common in this day and age. Last minute we chose one to be included on the album, thus the second version was not mixed and mastered ’till a much later date. We also decided to release a couple of instrumental versions to our songs, namely ‘The Epigenesis’ title track, which is a 12-13 minute epic, and ‘Sacred Geometry’. Both are multifaceted and work perfect just as instrumental works. We actually have an instrumental version of the entire album mixed and mastered so enjoy these couple of tracks.”
Straight from Skulls n Bones:
Cradle Of Filth has revealed the cover artwork for their new orchestral album, “Midnight In The Labyrinth”, and you can check it out below. This album includes reinvented tracks from CRADLE OF FILTH‘s first four albums and includes choirs, strings and some narration. The release will hit stores on Record Store Day, April 21st, in participating countries and as a strictly limited-edition two-disc set of delectable magic in the rest of the world. Here’s more from the press release:
Taking the most requested tracks from the first four official releases, Cradle Of Filth have fulfilled audience desire by creating an album based on their most popular older tracks, but one that is delivered orchestrally to create a rich, haunting sonic landscape in the vein of soundtrack composers such as JERRY GOLDSMITH, DANNY ELFMAN and HANS ZIMMER.
Ten songs make up this 78 minute meisterwerk (including the addition of a thirteen minute exclusive aural séance on CD1), indulging such COF classics as ‘Funeral In Carpathia’, ‘The Twisted Nails Of Faith’ and ‘Summer Dying Fast’, which has already been showcased on last year’s Evermore Darkly EP to a more than rapturous audience response.
Check out the cover artwork below!
Blackened Hardcore? Never thought I would see those two words together. Never thought they would work so well together too! Unsacred, hailing from Virginia, produce an almost entirely new sound of metal. With the epic feel of black metal, the violent behavior of hardcore tempos, Unsacred mesh together a sound that is frighteningly good. The EP they have on their bandcamp is great and I fully enjoyed it from start to finish. The vocals are loud and obnoxious like a good hardcore/punk band, the riffs are superior and the drum work holds things down really tight. I love it when the band slows it down just a little bit and adds that third element to the party, sludge. This band nails 3 genres really well and blends them all together to produce something new, something great. Check them out on their bandcamp and their Facebook page! \w/
Behemoth…..what can I say? They are the best blackened death metal band out there…almost the best band out there period. They work hard, create great tunes and kick cancer in the balls. They are rock n roll, man. Here are a couple of videos from yesterday’s performance at Neurotic Deathfest in the Netherlands. Songs are “Slaves Shall Serve, Chant For Ezkaton 2000 & Lucifer“. \w/
My homeboys at American Aftermath have a new track from their homeboys Hetfield and Hetfield and this circle of bromance can only mean one thing, good music. Hetfield and Hetfield is new to me and as I listen to the new song entitled “Mega Shark” I can’t help but think this would be one of those opening bands that would be a perfect fit on any prog line up. Well while they aren’t touring with Mastodon right now, they are hitting the road with Vattnet Viskar in March so if they are coming to your town next month be sure to go see them.
Head on over to No Clean Singing to listen to the new track by Swedish death metal lords Noglfar entitled “An Extension Of His Arm And Will“. The track is chaotic and beautiful. I’m definitely looking forward to listening to the new album, “Teras“, in full. The album will be out March 26th through Century Media.
From the black depths of America hails a mysterious band with little known information about them. Obolus has recently released another EP entitled “Lament“, a follow up to last years 2 song demo release. The depressive black metal pouring from my speakers fills my soul with dread, despair and total fuckin misanthropy. That’s how you should feel while listening to this music. Vocals are barely understood and are desolate, guitars are heavily distorted and fuzzy, drums are intense with blast beats from hell and overall song writing, while not entirely original, is executed very very well. “Five tracks of misanthropic ritualistic blackness mixed with melancholic guitars” is one good way to put it.
Sound quality isn’t all there and the picture is small but this fucking rules. I’ve always wanted to see GoreSkinCoffin perform and they do a damn good job. This was filmed in Santa Rosa, California @ The Transient Lounge opening for Pathology on Jan. 21st, 2012.
Today I wanted to show you some live black metal. Hope you enjoy.
Inner Fear is a band consisting of artists from already existing different bands across Europe. Inner Fear have been around since 1997 but on the back burner so they can focus on their main bands. However, they have recently come back together to create and release their latest album, First Born Fear. The sound is similar to most other melodic/symphonic metal bands out there. There are two vocalists, Serg covers the lows and evil screams and Vic Anselmo covers the womanly elegant singing. It’s not your usual Evanescence shitty vocal structures and patterns, Serg is mainly on the mic. Khopec holds it on guitars fairly well. There are no mind blowing riffs or solo’s happening on the album and most of the riffs are palm muted power chords and some tremolo picked parts too. He keeps it heavy but it’s convoluted, uninspired and boring most of the time. Bass guitar is the same, nothing extravagant happening and it’s just following the guitars rhythm. Keys are reminiscent of 90′s Cradle of Filth/Dimmu Borgir. The keys are always going and is one of the main things you’ll notice throughout the entire album. The best part about the album is the drumming. Marthus has tons of fills, beats, rhythm patterns and tempos to keep those interested in the kit happy.
The album as a whole is average. Music isn’t particularly bad but it’s just shit I’ve heard before. Nothing stands out and catches my attention. It’s a fine album to listen to as background noise. I’d say it’s a damn good band to get those interested in symphonic metal. You could go from Inner Fear to Cradle of Filth to Vesania. It’s not an annoying album by any means, the music played is actually good…it is just one of these situations where I am in a “been there, heard that” mentality and I cannot shake it. Give it a listen and find out for yourself, it does deserve atleast one or two spins on the ol MP3 player. It’s a decent album, I just can’t get into it. I neither like it nor hate it.
Pros: Great intro band to better symphonic metal, drums and vocals are the best part
Cons: It’s a band you’d expect to hear opening for Dimmu Borgir, Guitars are just boring, keys can get annoying at times.
2.5 out of 5
Inner Fear, a band hailing from Europe and built from artists from many different bands including Cradle of Filth, Preternatural and Neglected Fields, bring you a sound that is semi-familiar yet refreshingly new. Inner Fear is like a take symphonic black metal but with 2 singers, one female and one male and it’s way better than your usual male/female duet. The music is relatively heavy and not over the top cheesy.
Check out their Facebook page and official site (The site seems to hate my Firefox) to listen to their music and download their album for free! All you have to do is recommend a friend and the new album, First Born Fear, is yours!
Psycroptic’s “The Inherited Repression” is streaming over here at Guitar World and it’s a must listen to. I’m barely into and I’m liking what I am hearing. Great song writing and technical death metal.
I have not listened to Bleeding Through since 2005, I just grew out of them and into more death metal. What I’m hearing now off of the “The Great Fire” sounds like they have dipped their toes into the murky unholy waters of black metal with a touch of Hatebreed fueled hardcore. Check out their new album at AOL!