live report: belphegor, enthroned, svart crown & nervochaos at pumpehuset


Last Thursday it was time to make the trek once again to Pumpehuset, this time to see Belphegor, Enthroned, Svart Crown and Nervochaos.

Due to a traffic jam I arrived later than I had hoped and only caught the last few seconds of Nervochaos’ set. Svart Crown became my introduction to last night’s festivities and by the way the band was performing things were looking good. The band delivered a solid show, managing that fine line of band / audience interaction pretty well.

After Svart Crown it was time for Enthroned to show us the way of the old school Belgian black metal. Now, I wasn’t a big Enthroned fan back in the days of Blackend compilation albums, but I enjoyed the last two albums pretty well so I was looking forward to seeing the band this time in Copenhagen. I have to say, though, that this was one of the most “meh” performances I’ve seen from a black metal band in a long time. I don’t know what was off, why we just weren’t clicking, but as I looked over the venue it was obvious that my opinion was not shared by most. Where I saw cliches others saw the opportunity to bang their heads towards the Skullthrone of Satan. Was it because of the Jesus Christ Pose?, the Baphomet pose or the Satanic priest pose? I don’t really know, all I know is it’s didn’t click.

However, me and Belphegor, we clicked. We clicked good. Fingerlicking good, even. The playing was tight and not a fault to be found. The band played quite a few numbers from the new album, Totenritual, as well as some golden oldies and Helmuth’s witch-like ramblings in between songs were highly enjoyable.

All in all a pretty enjoyable show, even though I missed Nervochaos completely and Enthroned just didn’t do anything for me.

marketing 101 in black metal

Create music. Music must sound necro or kvlt.
Release it online with promise of cassette edition to be released.
Put a photo of you or another guy in mundane settings on the cover.
Watch people tear this apart with more ferocity than Blake Judd’s 2nd comeback.

Result: Many online views.

Somebody get me high tonight!
– Danny Lilker at Dynamo ’99

the preparation for the vallenfyre / implore gig continues

As I have already familiarized myself with Vallenfyre it’s time to check out Implore, the other band playing tomorrow night in Copenhagen.

Fast and furious, blackened deathcrust, the kinda band I think would go well with Iceland’s very own masters of brutality, Une Misere!

Although this international band is only five years old a handful of releases are already out there and in a few days their second album (first for Century Media) will be released.

Celebrate this by checking out this unpacking video CM just uploaded of the band describing the vinyl of “Subjugate”. Was it a good move of them to include a cd with the lp? Should they have included a digital code instead? Does anyone listen to cds in their cars any longer or are we Bluetooth exclusively?

new music: apologoethia, mork and moonspell

A lot has happened today, Mork and Moonspell released new tracks from their upcoming albums, and Killtown Bookings announced Slaegt as the support for the january 18th gig of Execration and Reptilian in Pumpehuset, Copenhagen. I am excited.

However, what I am most excited about today is this new track by Invictus published by Apologoethia. A band I had not heard about before today. It is killer Irish death metal, might even be the best one I have heard yet from those shores. The band’s debut album, which I guess will be self-titled, should be out by the end of november Through Invictus.

oration prepares for third, and last, edition

It is a sad fact that all things must come to an end, especially those that we want to stay here forever.

Next year the Icelandic Black Metal festival Oration will be held in Reykjavík for the third, and last, time. For it’s first installment in 2015 the organizers showed what they were capable of when they plucked the best of the Icelandic Black Metal scene along with a handful of international Black Metal acts, putting together a line up that held its own against bigger, more established festivals.

If anyone would have thought that this could not be bested, the organizers proved them wrong, bringing acts like Aosoth, Mgla and Ruins of Beverast to Iceland.

Next year’s edition promises to be a good one, even though we have yet to see a full list of the artists performing there. Below you can see the acts that have already been confirmed.

Abominor (IS)
Abyssal (UK)
Almyrkvi (IS)
Asagraum (NO/NL)
Auðn (IS)
Inferno (CZ)
Mannveira (IS)
Misþyrming (IS)
Rebirth of Nefast (IRL/IS)
Sinmara (IS)
Slidhr (IRL/IS)
Sortilegia (CA)
Vemod (NO)


af ævintýrum max og iggors í ameríku…

Eins og alþjóð veit munu bræðurnir Max og Iggor Cavalera koma fram á Eistnaflugi og flytja þar lög af frægustu skífu Sepultura, sem bræðurnir stofnuðu fyrir þrjátíu og þrem árum, þá rétt skriðnir yfir fermingaraldurinn.

YouTube rásin Digital Tour Bus stundar það grimmt að heimsækja tónlistarmenn á ferðalögum um Bandaríkin og um daginn var kíkt í heimsókn til bræðranna þar sem þeir voru á túr með Íslandsvinunum í Immolation og Full of Hell.

Myndbandið hér fyrir neðan er frá því innliti. Það hefur kannski ekkert í glamúrinn sem einkennir Falleg heimili en hefur þó eitt umfram, Gatecreeper peysuna sem Max er í. Það er enginn minibíósalur í Njarðvík að fara að keppa við slíkt!