Music

New Amon Amarth – Mjolner, Hammer of Thor – Review

Genre: Melodic Death Metal (though this particular song is more heavy metal in my opinion)

Location: Sweden

Themes: Vikings, Norse mythology

Two weeks ago Amon Amarth released their new music video for “Mjolner, Hammer of Thor,” from their new Berserker album.

Of all the Amon Amarth stuff I’ve heard, this is their most different sounding content yet. It sounds more heavy metal than their stuff in the past. Though I’m not sure if I’m a fan, because in my opinion, I like it when a band retains something of their signature sound, while changing it up in various ways. Behemoth, for example, does a great job of that. The Satanist was very different, but if you listened to it, you could definitely tell that it was Behemoth.

With this song, and some of the other songs I’ve listened to from Berserker, I wouldn’t be able to tell it was Amon Amarth (if not for the vocals). And this particular song sounded too much like a generic heavy metal song, of which there are already plenty.

My suggestion to Amon Amarth for their next album is to get back to their signature sound, what makes them them, what makes them unique, and find new ways to evolve that sound, rather than turning into a different band entirely.

 


New Rammstein Video “Ausländer” NSFW

New Rammstein video!

It examines some of the darker moments of Germany’s history in Africa.

“Ausländer” is German for “foreigner.”

NSFW because there are boobs…like no one’s ever seen a boob before. *Rolls eyes*

 


Rotting Christ – In the Name of God – (Official animated video)

Genre: Black Metal/Gothic Metal/Melodic Black Metal

Location: Greece

Themes: Anti-Christianity, Occultism, Mythology, Satanism

Enjoy the (relatively) new Rotting Christ video above! Released a couple of weeks ago. I personally enjoy the music better without the video, but maybe that’s just me. Their new album The Heretics  was released in February 2019.

Rotting Christ is a Greek black metal band formed in 1987. They are noted for being one of the first black metal bands within this region, as well as a premier act within the European underground metal scene. They are also responsible for creating the signature Greek black metal sound prevalent in the early 1990s.

 


Cinematic Music – ‘Falls of Glory’ BrunuhVille

 

BrunuhVille is an independent composer from Portugal who creates a world of magic and fantasy between the fusion of Gothic, Orchestral, Celtic, Folk, Movie, Ethnic and World music.

I think those of you who like folk music and cinematic composers, such as “Two Steps from Hell,” will really like this song.

 

LINKS

Bandcamp

YouTube

Facebook

 

 

 


Metal to Come in 2019

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Happy Fucking New Year, Metal Heads!

Here’s a list of all the new tunes to expect in the new year.

Let me know if I’ve missed anything.

January

Day Artist Album
4 Callejon Hartgeld im Club
Festerday Iihtallan
John Garcia and the Band of Gold John Garcia and the Band of Gold
Legion of the Damned Slaves of the Shadow Realm
Mark Deutrom The Blue Bird
11 Born of Osiris The Simulation
Jinjer Micro (EP)
Soilwork Verkligheten
18 A Pale Horse Named Death When the World Becomes Undone
Arch Enemy Covered in Blood (compilation album)
Cane Hill Kill the Sun (EP)
Flotsam and Jetsam The End of Chaos
Lemuria The Hysterical Hunt
Malevolent Creation The 13th Beast
Oomph! Ritual
Papa Roach Who Do You Trust?
Raven Screaming Murder Death from Above: Live in Aalborg (live album)
Rifftera Across the Acheron
21 Oblivion Oblivion
25 Bring Me the Horizon Amo
Carnal Forge Gun to Mouth Salvation
Evergrey The Atlantic
Hecate Enthroned Embrace of the Godless Aeon
Incite Built to Destroy
Jetboy Born to Fly
Kane Roberts The New Normal
King 810 Suicide King
King Diamond Songs for the Dead Live (live album)
Quiet Riot One Night in Milan (live album)
Starbreaker Dysphoria
Swallow the Sun When a Shadow Is Forced into the Light
26 Corroded Bitter

February

Day Artist Album
1 Metallica Helping Hands… Live & Acoustic at the Masonic (live album)
Soen Lotus
Within Temptation Resist
8 Beast In Black From Hell with Love
Herman Frank Fight the Fear
15 Avantasia Moonglow
Born from Pain True Love
Rotting Christ The Heretics
22 Attila Villain
Candlemass The Door to Doom
Delain Hunter’s Moon
Dream Theater Distance Over Time
Imperia Flames of Eternity
Last in Line II
The Moth Gatherer Esoteric Oppression
Overkill The Wings of War
Rhapsody of Fire The Eighth Mountain
Rock Goddess This Time
Tora Tora Bastards of Beale

March

Day Artist Album
1 Demon Hunter Peace
Demon Hunter War
In Flames I, the Mask
Mark Morton Anesthetic
Mike Tramp Stray from the Flock
Queensrÿche The Verdict
While She Sleeps So What?
8 Children of Bodom Hexed
Doro Backstage to Heaven (EP)
Misery Index Rituals of Power
The Raven Age Conspiracy
15 Any Given Day Overpower
22 Battle Beast No More Hollywood Endings
29 Anthem Nucleus (compilation album)
Nightrage Wolf to Man
Whitechapel The Valley

April

Day Artist Album
5 Enterprise Earth Luciferous
19 Per Wiberg Head Without Eye
26 Månegarm Fornaldarsagorna

August

Day Artist Album
16 HammerFall Dominion

 


Goatwhore “Nocturnal Conjuration of the Accursed” (Death/Thrash Metal)

Genre: Death/Thrash/Black Metal

Location: United States, New Orleans Louisiana

Themes: Satanism, Darkness, Anti-religion, Armageddon

If there was ever a band that had a very satisfying combination of death and thrash in their sound, it is Goatwhore. Goatwhore masterfully combines the brutality of death, with the fun, drunken brawling sound that is thrash. They’re definitely a fun band to just head-bang and drink to.

Yet their sound isn’t as simple as it seems. They do enjoy switching up time signatures, or playing a riff 7 times instead of 8 randomly.

LINKS 

Goatwhore (Official Site)

Goatwhore (Encyclopedia Metallum)

Facebook

Twitter

 


Behemoth – O Father O Satan O Sun! (Official Video)

Genre: Black Metal (early), Black/Death Metal (later)

Themes: Paganism (early), History, Satanism, Luciferianism, Thelema (later)

Location: Poland

I know I’ve posted a lot of Behemoth videos from the Satanist album before. But that’s just because that album is so good. I won’t profess to know the exact meaning of this video. But I think I recognize some of the symbolism. Prometheus shackled to the cliff while birds circle overhead, ready to eat out his organs to punish him for gifting mankind fire. One-eyed Odin, the wanderer, with a raven. Both are figures who are similar to Satan in a way, they brought knowledge to humanity and suffered for it. Is that what Behemoth was going for in this video? I don’t know, those are just my guesses.