There are a number of bands that slot neatly into what I fondly call my ‘heritage’ catalogue. Ireland’s Primordial…
Telemark (Candlelight Records) is Ihsahn’s personal love letter to his roots, geographically and musically: five tracks that blend black metal, avant-garde experimentalism, Norwegian folk melodies, and surprising cover versions in a Valentines Day EP like no other.
Fresh off the release of their new Century Media Records album Heart Like A Grave, we spoke with Insomnium vocalist Niilo Sevänen about the new record, lengthy history together, and depressing Finnish music.
Zatokrev frontman Frederyk Rotter discusses his band’s gnarly live show, all things noise, the re-release of their self-titled album, and the music scene in Basel, Switzerland.
The sound of true epic battlefield doom turn your cranks? Good, because Coltsblood is here to conquer, and nothing less is adequate.
Texan occult legends in ABSU made a stop in Minneapolis last weekend and it was a mystical experience.
Emotion, to me, is a key factor in doom and Demon Lung’s newest album, A Dracula, has plenty of it. It’s angry, dark, sad and most of all, Satanic.
You could say that Orange Goblin are something of a British heavy metal institution in so much as there won’t be a heavy metal fan on this fair isle who hasn’t seen, heard of, or is at least aware of this bunch of hairy reprobates. They’ve spent years sweating their collective bollocks off on the UK gig circuit and, with a raft of critically acclaimed albums under their belts, the ‘Goblin’ seem content spending their days stomping around the UK and Europe churning out solid, riff-filled albums like this one.
London, England-based heavy metal/hard rock quartet, Orange Goblin, are set to release their latest offering, Back From The Abyss, on October 7, 2014 via Candlelight Records. The 12-track recording is, per usual, an addictive and punishing affair that will leave the band’s fans hysterically happy. So as to promote said release, we got “Quick & Dirty” with lead singer Ben Ward.
I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Denver thrash band Havok. Lead guitarist and vocalist Reece Scruggs talked with me about his favorite amp that he uses while on tour.
Woe blend churning, dissonant chords with tremolo-picked ferocity and couple that with machine gun blast beats and high pitched shrieking screams. In other words, textbook definition black metal. End of story.
It’s hard to believe what an outstanding year 2012 has been for heavy music. Literally every week I seem to get something that could be an album of the year contender. Baroness, Cattle Decapitation, Demon Lung, Devin Townsend, Paradise Lost, Enslaved, Mortum and Testament have all presented phenomenal offerings. Now, yet another superior record has reared it’s head, this time in the form of A Frail Becoming by american band Daylight Dies.
Ihsahn once again takes us on a musical odyssey of sorts with his fourth solo release. After an amazing trilogy of albums, The Adversary, angL, and After, the Norwegian composer and multi-instrumentalist continues to surpass expectations with the masterpiece, Eremita.
Corrosion Of Conformity’s self-titled new studio offering is out now. Released via Candlelight Records, ‘Corrosion Of Conformity’ was recorded at Dave Grohl’s Studio 606 in Los Angeles, produced by the band in cooperation with long-time collaborator John Custer, mixed by John Lousteau (Foo Fighters) and features artwork by Seldon Hunt (Melvins, High On Fire). Featuring the esteemed Animosity lineup of vocalist/bassist Mike Dean, guitarist Woody Weatherman, and drummer/vocalist Reed Mullin, the album’s release closes a six year recording gap and completes over a year of concentrated writing and recording for the band.