Oh Fuck! New MARDUK!

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.

WRECKOMMENDATION! VATTNET VISKAR – 2012 EP

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.

Check out their Facebook, Bandcamp and Broken Limbs Recordings page.

MELECHESH To Release Digital EP

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.

EP tracklist:

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.”

CRADLE OF FILTH Show Off Their Artwork For “New” Album

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!

Don’t You Just Love Finding A New Band And They Kick Your Ass? UNSACRED Does Just That!

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/

Amazing Footage Of BEHEMOTH Playing At The Neurotic Deathfest Yesterday

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/