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.

naðra confirmed for next year’s inferno

Norway’s Inferno Metal Festival announced three additions to next year’s line up today.

The Swedish death metal machine Grave, the Dutch avantgarde black metal maestros Dodecahedron and last, but not least, Iceland’s brightest black metal star, Naðra.

Which means the number of Icelandic bands announced is up to two, with Auðn already having been announced.

Can the Inferno crew beat last year’s number? Do they want to? Only time will tell.

the funeral of myrkur and chelsea wolfe

The band / project / person so many seem to hate. Denmark’s very own daughter of darkness.

Myrkur’s second album is out in a few days through Relapse and here we have a very nice preview.

Oh, and if you are in Copenhagen in december you can catch Myrkur with Sólstafir and Árstíðir at Pumpethuset. Good times.

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)
NYIÞ (IS)
Rebirth of Nefast (IRL/IS)
Sinmara (IS)
Slidhr (IRL/IS)
Sortilegia (CA)
Vemod (NO)

ORATION2018A

frumsýning: merrimack – the falsified son

Mynd: Alizee Adamek

Í dag, sumardaginn fyrsta, frumsýnir Andfarinn lag með frönsku djöflarokksveitinni Merrimack en nýjasta breiðskífa hennar, Omegaphilia, kemur út hjá Season of Mist níunda júní næstkomandi.

Perversifier, gítarleikari hljómsveitarinnar, stofnaði Merrimack 1994, rétt eftir að black metal sprengjan reið yfir heimsbyggðina. Síðan þá hefur hljómsveitin gefið út ógrynni af kassettum, vínil og geisladiskum og farið í gegnum slatta af breytingum á meðlimaskipan.

En þrátt fyrir breytingar á liðsskipan keyrir hljómsveitin ennþá sitt klassíska franska djöflarokk af fullum krafti og stefnir ekki á neinar breytingar þar.


ný tónlist: svartsyn – seven headed snake (og næstum nýtt með ofermod)

Það er gaman að sjá eldri hljómsveitir snúa aftur með góð lög, því þá leyfir maður sér að vona að komandi breiðskífur verði eitthvað meira en skugginn af því sem áður var.

Svartsyn sleppti í dag nýju lagi í loftið, tekið af In Death, sem væntanleg er í byrjun júní. “Seven Headed Snake” Lagi sem hljómar eins og það sé ekki samið af einstaklingi sem er í sífellu að reyna að skapa aftur það sem áður var.

Það mætti segja það sama um Sol Nox, þriðju breiðskífu Ofermod, þó þar sé svo sannarlega dansað á línunni.