Genre: Melodic Death Metal (though this particular song is more heavy metal in my opinion)
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!
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*
Genre: Black Metal/Gothic Metal/Melodic Black Metal
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.
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.
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.
|4||Callejon||Hartgeld im Club|
|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|
|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|
|Papa Roach||Who Do You Trust?|
|Raven||Screaming Murder Death from Above: Live in Aalborg (live album)|
|Rifftera||Across the Acheron|
|25||Bring Me the Horizon||Amo|
|Carnal Forge||Gun to Mouth Salvation|
|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)|
|Swallow the Sun||When a Shadow Is Forced into the Light|
|1||Metallica||Helping Hands… Live & Acoustic at the Masonic (live album)|
|8||Beast In Black||From Hell with Love|
|Herman Frank||Fight the Fear|
|Born from Pain||True Love|
|Rotting Christ||The Heretics|
|Candlemass||The Door to Doom|
|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|
|In Flames||I, the Mask|
|Mike Tramp||Stray from the Flock|
|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|
|19||Per Wiberg||Head Without Eye|
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.
Genre: Black Metal (early), Black/Death Metal (later)
Themes: Paganism (early), History, Satanism, Luciferianism, Thelema (later)
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.