Music

Goatwhore – To Mourn And Forever Wander Through Forgotten Doorways

Genre: Death/Thrash/Black Metal

Location: United States, New Orleans Louisiana

Themes: Satanism, Darkness, Anti-religion, Armageddon

That title is definitely a mouthful. I don’t think I’ll remember it. Either way, eerie song. Worth checking out.


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.


Varg Vikernes Has Ended Burzum for Good

“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.”


Watain – Stellarvore (Intense Black Metal)

Genre: Black Metal

Themes: Anti-Cosmic Luciferianism, Death, Darkness, Chaosophy

Location: Sweden

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.

LYRICS:

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

LINKS: 

Official Watain Page

Watain Facebook

Encyclopedia Metallum Page


Syrian Metal: Abadie – Deadly Asylum

Genre: Thrash

Themes: Corruption, War

Location: Syria


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,
We will,

Hungry,
Cold,
Disgusted,
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,

*The son*
Father, if I wake up, put me back to sleep.
Don’t wake me up.

*The father*
My heart’s beloved, wake up….wake up.

(Voice of a preacher in the background)


Nile – Von Unaussprechlichen Kulten (Ancient Egyptian Death Metal)

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.

LYRICS

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.

 


Olane Interview – Primal, Spontaneous Music

Genre: World, Spontaneous, Primal

Location: Lyon France

Group Members: Héli Andrea and Quentin Thomas

When Héli Andrea put the first song of her band Olane on the Metal-Gaia facebook, I was pleasantly surprised to find a musical project that reminded me heavily of Dead Can Dance, and somewhat of Wardruna. The song I listed above is their first, but there is more to come.

Below is a discussion I had with Héli about the project.

MG: First of all, what are your influences in your music? And what themes are you trying to convey?

HA: I listen to many types of music, a lot of metal, ambient, classical, jazz… And I love to travel in my imagination when I listen to world music like Indian Carnatic songs, Mongol voices, strong ethnic drums or even Celtics songs. I composed Olane with Quentin Thomas, and we both share a passion for film music too.

What I try to do in Olane is to create spontaneously, without any thought about what it means. I’m not trying to talk about concrete issues. I just want to share a feeling. In Olane I want to spread this feeling of strength coming from the earth under our feet. Like something really deep-rooted in us.

When I sing this song, I feel like I’m traveling somewhere, far away.

MG: Are you influenced by groups like Dead Can Dance?

HA: To be honest, I know Dead can Dance since yesterday! Someone told me that Olane was in the same style, so I checked this out and it’s great! I was not influenced by them, but being compared to their style is really nice.

MG: Haha yes, that’s what your style reminded me of as well. What are you and Quentin’s plans for future songs?

HA: Now we are working on another song which will be maybe more epic. To me, it will be interesting to put other types of voices in this one. We consider this as a musical crash test, everything is possible, we can move from a country to another, from a period to another in our music.

I want to try many types of voices, many instruments. We are like kids who have eaten too much sugar. We don’t think about what we do, but it’s really fun! Plus, for the next song I would love to make a video with “Above Chaos,” who is a talented artist. He made all the visuals for the current project.

LINKS

OLANE FACEBOOK

VIDEO ON YOUTUBE


Mesmur’s “S” – Funeral Doom Metal Sound of the Universe’s Demise

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Funeral Doom Metal

Location: USA

Themes: Entropy, Space, The Cosmos, Destruction, Chaos

“A singularity is the point in a black hole where density becomes infinite, space-time bends, and the laws of physics as we know them cease to operate.

This is the perfect way to describe Mesmur’s newest album “S,” an infinitely dense soundscape that bends space and time around the listener. A meandering funeral dirge through the chaotic void that is the universe. A universe that was doomed from the start.”

This is a review I did for Dark Art Conspiracy. Check out the rest of my review HERE

What I didn’t get to mention in my review is that entropy has four phases. I think that this album has four songs to reflect the four phases of entropy. Entropy is represented by “S” and is the measurement of disorder in a system. The idea of having an album focused on creating the sound of entropy is fucking brilliant in my humble opinion.

 


New Arch Enemy – “The World is Yours”

Genre: Melodic Death Metal

Location: Sweden

Lyrical Themes: Darkness, Humanity, Anti-religion, Rebellion, Society

Brand spankin’ new Arch Enemy, fresh off the presses. Up beat and killer. Love Alissa’s outfit too (I want it). The only thing I can criticize is the one problem that I usually have with Arch Enemy songs, that the transition between some of the riffs seems odd, but overall, good stuff with a positive message.


REVIEW: AZARATH (WITH BEHEMOTH DRUMMER) – IN EXTREMIS

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A review I did on the Polish metal band Azarath on the Dark Art Conspiracy website. A great band for those who love Behemoth and Vader.

CHECK OUT REVIEW: REVIEW: AZARATH – IN EXTREMIS

GIVE THE BAND A LISTEN


Gorgoroth – Sign of an Open Eye

Genre: Black Metal

Themes: Satanism, Anti-Christianity, War, Darkness

Location: Norway


Eerie. Dark. Atmospheric. Primordial. All good terms for this song.

Gorgoroth is a Norwegian black metal band formed by guitarist Infernus. The band has drawn controversy by performing concerts featuring impaled sheep heads and mock crucifixions.

Here’s more on the name:

“Gorgoroth ‘Dreadful Horror’ (The Sindarin or Grey-elven tongue) – A word in the Grey-elven tongue, used for two different locations, distinct in time and space…. the second instance is the name of the ‘Haunted Plains’ of Mordor; the great plateau which occupied the north-western area of that country, a desolate, arid land, pocked with craters and fuming pits and riven with many deep crevasses. In the centre of the plain rose the smouldering cone of the volcano Orodruin.” (Encyclopedia Metallum)


RELATED LINKS

Gorgoroth Official Site

Gorgoroth Facebook

Concerts


Rainbow – Man on the Silver Mountain (Happy 420)

Band Country of Origin: The UK

Genre: Heavy fucking metal

Lyrical Themes: Fantasy, Rock (early), Relationships, Love

Happy 420 metal heads! I hope you all left out cookies and weed for Snoop Dog yesterday on 420 Eve. On this special day I’d like to play for you one of my favorite stoner songs. Technically Rainbow is not “Stoner Rock,” but the themes of this song are certainly pretty drugged out.

Rainbow is a combination of the heavy metal titans Dio and Ritchie Blackmore, although was mostly Ritchie Blackmore’s solo project.

I posted a live version of this song. Even though the sound quality is not the best you can certainly feel the power and the energy. You can sense the band feeding off the electric energy of the crowd.

If you’re looking for some stoner rock suggestions, I’d definitely say check out Sleep’s Holy Mountain, Temple Ufomammut, and Fairies Wear Boots Black Sabbath


Nightwish – Last of the Wilds

Country of origin: Finland

Genre: Symphonic Power Metal

Lyrical themes: Love, Nature, Astrology, Religion, Fantasy, Beauty

This is a folk-metal-esque song with strong Celtic elements. Even though there are no words, it definitely tells a fantastical story.


Cemican – “Mixteco” (Aztec Metal!)

Country of origin: Mexico

Genre: Heavy/Thrash/Power Metal with Folk elements

Lyrical Themes: Aztec-Mayan Mythology

Cemican means “All the Life” in Náhuatl. The Náhuatl are members of a group of peoples native to southern Mexico and Central America, including the Aztecs.

I think Mixteco refers to the Mixtec. The Mixtec are indigenous Mesoamerican peoples of Mexico inhabiting the region known as La Mixteca of Oaxaca and Puebla as well as the state of Guerrero’s Región Montañas, and Región Costa Chica, which covers parts of the Mexican states of Oaxaca, Guerrero and Puebla.

I can’t find the lyrics for this song, and in my limited knowledge of Spanish I can understand they’re singing something about death (muerta) and something for the heavens (cielo)? I don’t know, my one year of Spanish in college isn’t a terribly reliable resource to count on.

Whatever they’re singing, it’s a tight song. I’m surprised that encyclopedia metallum classified these guys as power metal, because this song to me sounded like a mixture of thrash and folk instrumentals (but maybe I should listen to more of Cemican’s stuff). The video is also pretty brutal if you like blood and Aztec corpse paint.

It’s a powerful thing to see the ancient traditions resurface via the world of metal. The old ways are like weeds, you can cut them down, but they’ll always grow back.

Also check out: Aztec War Poetry


Huntress – Harsh Times on Planet Stoked

Country of origin: Murica baby!

Genre: Heavy Metal

Lyrical Themes: Fantasy, Occult, Witchcraft, Hunters, Weed, Interplanetary Travels

Album: Static

One of the things I love about Huntress is that they are one of the few modern metal bands I can think of that are just flat out heavy metal. So much contemporary metal these days has to be wrapped within 50 different sub-genres that usually end with the word ‘core.’ Like I don’t know, what’s next? Nano-burrito-vulcan-fire-death-fist-core? Actually…that would be kind of cool.

But point aside, Huntress is a rare modern day Heavy Metal band inspired by the likes of Judas Priest and Iron Maiden.

Vocalist Jill Janus (who has been awesome enough to talk with me on more than one occasion) has said that this album, “Static,” channels the “crone” aspect of the Goddess (in terms of the whole Maiden/Mother/Crone archetype), a dirty, lusty, nasty old crone.

In terms of my reviews on all three of their albums in order of release; Spell-Eater was when they were first figuring out their sound. Starbound Beast was the most exciting album, with lots of punch you in the face awesome riffs, intense Rob-Halford-esque vocals, and headbanging solos. And Static was more of a laid back, groovy type album that you listen to when you’re smoking weed and eating cheetos. All good stuff though. If you love heavy metal, you won’t be disappointed with Huntress.


Bathory – The Lake

Country of origin: Sweden

Genre: Viking/Black Metal

Lyrical Themes: (Earlier Bathory) Satanism, Evil – (Later Bathory) Vikings/Paganism

Album: Blood on Ice

In this song, the narrator is told to give up his eyes so that he can “truly see.” That’s an interesting concept. The lyrics of this song also refer to a “one eyed old man,” no doubt Odin. And it was Odin who gave up his eye so that he could know the secrets of the Runes. Perhaps those who are less distracted by what they physically see, can truly see into the spiritual realm. There’s an expression that goes, “Only in the darkness can you see the stars.”

Lyrics: 

“The one eyed old man told me that the face that I will see
Has paralysed a thousand brave men sure of victory
I cannot fight blindfolded and I’d freeze if I should see.
So I need to sacrifice my eyes to see all from within.”

Read the rest of the lyrics here

 


Celtefog – The Rain Is Coming From The North

Country: Greece

Genre: Pagan Black Metal

Lyrical Themes: Respect for nature, winter, revenge against humanity.

Damn. When Greece makes black metal they definitely know how to make it dark and intense. Another big Greek Black Metal band to pay attention to is Rotting Christ.

The style of Celtefog also reminds me of the style of atmospheric black metal bands from the American North-West, like Agalloch.

This is definitely a haunting song to listen to as nature around us darkens and we prepare for the winter months


RELATED LINKS

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Encyclopedia Metallum

Facebook

Official Website


Within the Ruins – Enigma – And Surprise Inspector Gadget and Mario Riffs?

Location: Westfield, Massachusetts

Genre:  Metalcore (early), Progressive Metalcore (later)

Themes: Life, Inner struggles

This song, “Enigma,” certainly has the right name. While I’m not necessarily an avid fan of metalcore, I have to say these guys are amazing. And this song itself is definitely an interesting listen. As I was listening, at one point I said to myself, “WTF? Is that the Mario theme?” (at around 1:30) And then I heard something else familiar start up at (2:20). For a few seconds I had to think it through before I realized, “Oh! That’s Inspector Gadget!” So this is definitely a fun listen.

LINKS

Official Website

Facebook