France has the capacity to offspring a variety of oddly oriented metal musicians, being atmospheric blackened occultans Blut Aus Nord one of foremost prominent and disharmonious dominations that within haste, strives to capture our attention in a very delicate manner from afar.
I proudly abstain from listening to black metal in more than one social occasion, in most instances I rather not even listen to it other than extremely well executed Swedish, Finnish or Norwegian darkened sounds in the likes of Dissection, Emperor, Dødheimsgard, Immortal, Old Man’s Child, Carach Angren, Naglfar (perhaps more Viking oriented), Satyricon, In The Woods (even thus this now deceased Norwegian Pagan act is not entirely honorable beneath such flag), etcetera.
Unavoidable, when referring to the Portuguese metal scene, somber goth-is melodramatic Moonspell is the top-notch exponents of an entire country, or at least, the foremost recognizable act arising from my country in the past decade, alongside with the doom gothic eloquence of Heavenwood, and the insanely fresh and brutalization of Holocausto Canibal.
Pragmatic avantgarde Ulver have finally unveiled details on their upcoming long-awaited box sets, the ‘Trolsk Sortmetall 1993 - 1997’, which tentatively collects their earlier releases altogether, namely the studio records ‘Bergtatt’ (1994), ‘Kveldssanger’ (1995), and ‘Madrigal Of The Night (Nattens Madrigal)’ (1996), collectively know as ‘The Trilogy - Three Journeys Through The Norwegian Netherworld’, a trilogy which was released under this title as a limited edition of 1,000 copies triple picture vinyl box set in mid 1997.
Vesania is a Polish symphonic yet theatrical black metal five-piece act that collects the talents of Tomasz Wróblewski (Behemoth) and Dariusz Brzozowski (Dimmu Borgir, and Vader) into a truly exquisite, top-notch musical endeavor unlike any other of its kind.
Poland’s extremist blackened death metallers Behemoth are in a constant battle to overcome tour dates boycotts and Christian activists protests. Following Adam Darski and company detention and deportation from Yekaterinburg, Russia, back in May for violating the country’s visa regulations, Behemoth is at present in the hands with obstacles in their domicile nation.
If you are looking for an epic warfare, then Dublin’s Pagan metallers Primordial shall be delivering their long-anticipated studio record, ‘Where Greater Men Have Fallen’, to you later on November 25th via Metal Blade Records.
As an unconditional affectionate of melodramatic publications printed by Dark Horse Comics, I simply couldn’t pass the chance to pen an article about next year planned edition of the Frankenstein Underground five-issue miniseries.
Briefly after the American and Australian release of their newest offspring, the ‘Exilium’ studio record which was unleashed through Prosthetic Records, Iberian blackened Noctem have recently gifted us with a new promotional video to support their magnificent and alas, far more violent and coercive opus.
His eyes were blazing with Devilment whence infamous Britain’s Cradle Of Filth front-man, Daniel Lloyd Davey, took into his embrace the spawning of a musical side project of such witchery kind.
Finnish melodic, progressive death metallers Omnium Gatherum have come forth with saddened news regarding their Japanese entanglement with the event promoter:
Bands like Slipknot takes pride in the fact that they protected their identity fiercely, to keep the mystery going. Even so, the band members' faces have been exposed several years ago, those masks remain as a sign of each of their alter egos. So, with new members, comes the trail of speculations about who are those new members, but in times like this with most musicians tattooed in visible parts, it makes the speculations grow closer to the truth.
Back in April we all heard that Mikael Akerfeldt was no longer the vocalist for Bloodbath. Rumors quickly stormed over the social media and spit-fire when they announced a new studio record for a mid November release, yet keeping in a secretive aura who would be undertaking the position as the band's frontman on vocals.
It is never easy from the point of view of an editor to handle obituaries, as it is by far the toughest category to print, especially when the main subject is dying itself, in one direction or another. This morning we got the tidings of the passing of Tobias Graf, the former drum player of the German melodic death metal act, Deadlock.
Italian technical uber-brutal death metallers Hideous Divinity, a group that features musicians from infamous Hour Of Penance and usurpers Ghouls, are gearing up to release their second full-length studio record entitled 'Cobra Verde', via Unique Leader Records this upcoming month ahead of us.
Chimaira call it quits after all members but the sole founder decided to leave the band. The events of this week have surprised fans all around the world, especially after the moderate success of Chimaira’s latest album 'Crown Of Phantoms'. Apparently things just do not work that way.
Australian envisioned metallers Ne Obliviscaris have recently unveiled the secrecy lay behind their forthcoming new studio record, the highly anticipated full-length entitled 'Citadel'. Their newest offering is set to be unleashed by mythical record label, Season Of Mist on November 7th at a worldwide scale, to then follow in North America on November 11th.
Progressively blasting technical death metallers Beyond Creation have announced November dates for their coming tour in Australia, a country in which the stripe will be divvying up the stage with Season Of Mist label comrades, Ne Obliviscaris.
While the scene appears to be quite prolific for some, for others it calls for either a sack or some forcefully hiatus. Last week we received sad news regarding the dismembering of Shadows Fall, which was announced pubicly during their Hell On Earth Tour.
Polish diehard fans of leading scene outcasts Decapitated can now rest with ease as the band just announced a series of concerts to take place during their Blood Mantra Tour 2014.
Back in the days when death metal decided to go a bit melodic, it took the natives of Gothenburg At The Gates opened the door for other Swedes to experiment with their sound and aesthetics. This time, a little bit older and a bit wiser, after 19 years without releasing a new studio album, At The Gates will released ‘At War With Reality’ in October 28th via Century Media Records and as preparation they are giving us the artwork that you can see below.
Canadian technical death metal veterans Cryptopsy from Montreal, Quebec, are gearing up to engage in a full-length European tour at the remainder of this month.
British liturgical death metallers Carcass has announced their return to North America this coming October and November alongside with death metal militants Obituary, abstract murder metal suspects Macabre, death and crushing grinding metallers Exhumed, and newcomers Noisem.
Opeth, release another single to prepare all of us, and tease us a little bit with what we can expect from their latest album 'Pale Communion'.
And the time arrived for those of us that were waiting for the new album of Ill Niño, and what a wonderful way to break the fast tang with a new video from their latest work.
I came across with an email this morning promoting the new EP from a band called Arcturon, which to date was pretty unknown to me. Arcturon welcomes us from Switzerland. They are presently celebrating their 10th year anniversary in the scene, besides offering us with a brand new EP release entitled 'Expect Us'.
Hammerfest is a festival held every year in the Pontin's Holiday Village, Prestatyn, Wales, notwithstanding, it is not to be mislead with the white supremacist groups that went under the same name.
Colombian grooving thrash metallers Patazera are one of the most remarkable acts in their country that are gearing up to burn off the stage as hard as they can at this year's edition of Rock Al Parque, which coincidences with the 20th Anniversary Celebration of the event in question.
Wacken, oh Wacken! Holy land for three days where every metaller would pilmigrate if they have the chance at least once in a lifetime. You, biggest metal festival in the world, you seem not to forget those of your followers, despite the fact they are not in person.
American death metal veterans Deicide is celebrating the fast paced one year anniversary release of their death skull crushing and highly acclaimed studio record, 'In The Minds Of Evil', an album that manages to captivate both old and new devotees of the band's sound by taking back some former old-school vibe into their most recent offering.