The obsessive Mortiis fanbase will most probably find much to enjoy on Spirit Of Rebellion, and there are genuine fragments of inspired dungeon synth that could be reworked and moulded into a new and spirited beast given the time and attention.
With this 20th anniversary reissue via Napalm Records, Rebel Extravaganza has finally been given the time and care it craved, and Satyricon earn more non-conventional stripes by continuing to stand behind it and allowing it to blow new minds.
Mayhem have produced an album of legendary quality with Daemon (Century Media Records), music that will both excite the fan and entice the novice.
If you’re searching for a metal album this year that marches to its own d-beat and kicks ass on every level, look no further than Old Star (Peaceville Records) – it’s Darkthrone, baby, and that’s all you really need to know.
Norwegian rockers, Pristine released their latest album, Road to Ruin, on April 19th via Nuclear Blast and, from the very beginning of the very first song, “Sinnerman,” these guys had us hooked!
Nordjevel should pat themselves on the back; their second album, Necrogenesis, out via Osmose Productions, is outstanding and destined to both create more opportunities, and garner more fandom throughout this album’s life cycle.
As intensely personal as it is universally accessible, Fedrespor’s sophomore effort, Fra en Vugge i Fjellet, out now via Nordvis Produktion, is an exercise in overcoming grief and searching for hope.
Putting the needle to the groove on Tre, the new, magnificent bastard of a record from The Devil And The Almighty Blues, is going to pour thick, syrupy goodness down your ears and into the greedy stoner corners of your soul.
Lords of Chaos is Jonas Åkerlund’s entertaining look at the raw, violent and bizarre birth of true Norwegian black metal in the late 1980’s, out now via Century Media.
The last day of Midgardsblot ended with a pagan ceremony reenacting a sacrifice. Rad, right? We also caught amazing bands like headliners Watain and Ensiferum, not to mention Årabrot, Vanvidd and Resjemheia.
We asked Norway’s Attan to break down the 9-track vitriolic attack of their début album End Of. Featured within: televangelists, going nuts, and guitars for four-year-olds.
Day 2 of Midgardsblot hit and, as soon as the gate opened, we hit up Metal Yoga, an epic viking battle, and lots of great bands including Acyl, Kaunan, Apocalypse Orchestra, Nexion, Garmana, Rotting Christ and Dimmu Borgir.
Midgardsblot is not your typical metal festival, it’s a cultural experience. Check out some of the highlights in photos, including the music of Mork, Abyssic and Bergtatt.