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.
“Burzum Is My Painful Past in a Reeking Bog”
“Burzum was never my choice of life. I didn’t even want to become a musician.”
Varg Vikernes has announced that Burzum is no more after giving away his only copy of the project’s 1992 self-titled debut album.
The disc went to a fella named Nathan B, who beat Varg in a challenge of getting from 0-100 kmh (0-60 mph) in their 4×4 vehicles.
Burzum was active between 1991 and 1999, and then again from 2009 until now. The project has 11 studio albums in its discography, the final of which came out in June 2014 under the title of “The Ways of Yore.”
Genre: Black Metal
Themes: Anti-Cosmic Luciferianism, Death, Darkness, Chaosophy
I’m not sure what a “Stellarvore” is, but like a “Carnivore,” I imagine it is some cataclysmic beast that feeds off the stars and destroys the cosmos.
With the strength of the mountains
Come forth from the North; Agios Daimon!
With the hunger of oceans
Come forth from the West; Agios Daimon!
As fire and flame
Come forth from the South; Agios Daimon!
As thunder and storm
Come forth from the East; Agios Daimon!
In the darkness
In the nothingness of absent light
Where no life force is permitted to exist
From far beyond the borders
Where god not dares
The Serpent gloats in hunger
No star will shine tonight
No star, no matter how bright
Across the firmament goes its flight
A great darkness devouring the light
God of Death. Manifest
God of Doom. Move and appear!
Spread thine countless tentacles
Across the universe
Let them spasm throughout
The labyrinth of trembling stars
Strangle their flickering flames
Eat them whole
Wander ancient Dragon
Across the cursed heavens
Themes: Corruption, War
A metal song that speaks with the tongue of a Syrian child. A rough translation is offered below:
LYRICS IN ENGLISH:
What’s that sound, father?
I’m so afraid!
Don’t be, close your eyes,
I want to go home,
We will, son,
Filthy and itchy,
But no doubt my filth has more honor than you,
Rulers and politics, the source of defilement,
My house is not the camp,
Give it back,
God have mercy, your test has become long,
You burn me with their fire, where is yours?
Turned the childhood into a curse,
Weak, actively take your decision,
With the creed, they made me homeless,
With the knife, compelled me to it,
Oh, judgment day, arrive!
Blow your horn, Israfil,
Your trumpets await you, Israfil. (The angel in charge of blowing the horn that announces judgment day).
watch me on the screen,
Film my empty dish, sucking my fingers,
My dream is dead on the top of the canons, consolidate me,
Father, if I wake up, put me back to sleep.
Don’t wake me up.
My heart’s beloved, wake up….wake up.
(Voice of a preacher in the background)
Genre: Brutal, technical death metal
Location: United States
Themes: Ancient Egyptian Mythology
I love this song because it’s a great embodiment of what the band Nile does well, create an expansive, over-the-top soundscape with an impossible to remember title that fuses cinematic, Ancient Egyptian-esque instrumentals with the mind drilling riffs of modern death metal. It’s beautiful. If I were summoning Cthulhu, I’d want to do it to this.
This is the 10th and last track from the album Annihilation of the Wicked.
I Hath Dreamed Black and Grim, Desolate Visions
Of the Pre-Human Serpent Folk and Communed with Long-dead Reptiles.
Silently Watching Through the Ages in Cold, Curious Apathy.
The Unending Sorrows and Suffering of an Abysmal Humankind.
I Dare Not Again Surrender to the Deep Sleep Which Ever Beckons Me.
Lest I in Dread.
Shudder at the Nameless Things.
That May at this Very Moment.
Be Crawling and Lurking.
At the Slimy Edges of My Conciousness.
Slithering Forth from the Bowels of Their Infernal Pits.
Worshipping Their Ancient Stone Idols and Carving Their Own Detestable Likenesses On Subterranean Obelisks of Blood-soaked Granite.
I Await the Day When the Claws of Doom Shall Rise.
To Drag Down in Their Reeking Talons the Weary and Hopeless Remnants of a Jaded, Decayed, War-despairing Mankind.
Of a Day When the Earth Shall Open Wide and the Black, Bottomless, Yawning Abyss Engulfs the Arrogant Civilizations of Man.
Chthonic Retribution Shall Ascend.
Amidst Universal Pandemonium and Those Who Slither and Crawl Shall Rise Again Once More to Inherit the Earth.