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I was introduced to Orange Goblin a few years back via their Healing Through Fire release and from that moment on I became a hardcore fan. That said, I’ve been anticipating this record for a while and let me tell you it was WELL the wait; I absolutely love the entire disc. A Eulogy For The Damned picks up right where Healing Through Fire left off and carries on the trademark heavy, sludgy, stoner sound that myself and so many others have come to know and love.

Perhaps it’s time we started calling this new thrash metal revivalism movement “new school thrash metal”. After all, with excellent bands like Havok and Revocation manipulating the old school style of thrash metal into something so creative and fresh, they deserve to be the next batch of “thrash pioneers” since they have pretty much redefined what it means to be playing “thrash” in the modern era of metal. “Havok” is sure to replace the ubiquitous “Slayer” comparison in metal album reviews from now on!

One-man black metal projects typically have a bad reputation for being solipsistic and goddamned-boring-as-hellishly “old school fuck-modern-metal-esque raw black metal”. Three-man or more however, almost always bring about a conflict of interests amongst band members after some time, or always effectively end up being the frontman’s “solo project” with the other members being there simply to provide instrumental support. What about two-man teams then?

Today an exclusive premiere of “Nordbundet,” the third track off Taake’s soon-to-be-unleashed ‘Noregs Vaapen’ full-length is online. ‘Noregs Vaapen’ was produced by Bjørnar E. Nilsen (Dead To This World, The Batallion, Helheim, Vulture Industries, etc.) and features guest appearances by Nocturno Culto (Darkthrone), Attila Csihar (Mayhem) and Demonaz (Immortal). Check out the song HERE.

Today, Metal Injection hosts the premiere of Havok’s latest video for “Covering Fire.” Shot in Tyler, Texas, produced by Mike Gillespie and directed by Brian Jaynes, “Covering Fire” is the fifth track off the band’s critically-lauded ‘Time Is Up’ full-length, released earlier this year via Candlelight Records. You can watch the music video HERE.

Upon receipt of Healing Through Fire by Orange Goblin, I looked at the cover and title and was thoroughly expecting to be writing a review on a Death metal band, especially with song titles such as “Beginners Guide To Suicide” and “Hot Knives And Open Sores.” Man, was I surprised when I popped it in my player and was greeted by good and raucous, ruff-around-the-edges, straight forward Metal. There are no pretenses here, this disc is not super polished and glossy but it seriously kicks ass.