Nergal’s blackened-blues project Me And That Man have teamed up with Emperor frontman Ihsahn on the release of new song “By The River”. Check it out here.
On Heir to Despair, Japan’s Sigh have, as usual, taken the road less travelled and released yet another fresh, genre-defying album of progressive, avant-garde black metal. This approach may not guarantee popularity, but they can definitely sleep the sleep of the artistically fulfilled.
A swarm of underground metal and rock bands invaded Leeds University Union once again this month for the fourteenth installment of the UK’s Damnation Festival. PureGrainAudio was there to experience the now-legendary energy and diversity for which the festival is known.
Ihsahn’s newest release, Ámr, continues his musical journey, delving into rock, electronica, new wave and synthpop influences, resulting in something far transcending mere guitar-driven metal. An engaging, provocative listening experience.
Norwegian metal royalty, Ihsahn and Polish black metal pilgrims, Batushka are the first acts announced for this year’s Damnation Festival.
From hardcore to grindcore to progressive metal, Ritual Festival returned to Leeds and gave extreme metal fans everything it promised it would. Check out our photos and review here…
Ritual Festival comes to Leeds on April 8th and, ahead of the all day extreme metal event, we spoke to the festival organisers about headliner Ihsahn, future plans and more…
2016 has brought plenty of new Metal music and of course, plenty of awesome album covers. And Justice For Art continues its exploration of some of the most interesting artworks adorning recordings released this year!
Day one of Bloodstock Festival featured a line-up that included Ihsahn, Raging Speedhorn, Overkill, Sabbaton and headliners Trivium. Check out a selection of photos from the first day of the UK metal extraveganza.
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This is the second part to our “A Guide to (some of) the Best Metal Album Covers of 2012” posting last week. As we know, cover artwork was a big thing for Metal music in 2012. Many of them were epic, cryptic, nightmarish and more importantly, artfully executed. They helped to both enrich many listeners’ imaginations and to enhance the music itself; and this is why we’re covering them! In the second part to our guide, we keep exploring the stories behind some of these magnificent visual pieces. We’ve interviewed some of the designers and musicians involved with said art and they in turn opened for us new worlds of imagination an awe. Check it out!
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.
For many, Ihsahn could easily be considered one of the most important metal musicians of the past 20 years. Yes it may sound like an overstatement, but the Norwegian’s groundbreaking work with Emperor, Peccatum, or on his previous formidable solo albums, is undeniable proof of his immense musical talents. His latest effort Emerita (his fourth under the “Ihsahn” moniker) only confirms that his desire to keep contributing to the advance of extreme music is as fervent and urgent as it was two decades ago. This is not a formulaic or “by the book” metal album, and although there’s a plethora of elements taken from traditional genres, this is foremost an avant-garde venture.