There I was, looking for a Top/Best of list to post on the blog today, and when I looked in the mailbox things got a whole lot easier when I discovered that my, just delivered, Decibel issue 69 contained a Top 5 Swedish Black Metal Albums list. So here is is:
- Bathory – Under The Sign Of The Black Mark (1987, Black Mark)
- Marduk – Opus Nocturne (1994, Osmose)
- Watain – Sworn to the Dark (2007, Anja Offensive)
- Satanic Slaughter – Satanic Slaughter (1995, Necropolis)
- Setherial – Nord (1995, Napalm)
I managed to find all the above, except Satanic Slaughter’s debut, on Spotify.
Yesterday, I received the latest issue (197) of Terrorizer in the mail. Flicking to the albums section it seems that Watain have made Album Of The Month with Lawless Darkness and also scored a 10 (which is pretty unusual in that particular magazine)
- Death’s Cold Dark
- Reaping Death
- Four Thrones
- Wolves Curse
- Lawless Darkness
- Total Funeral
- Hymn to Qayin
- Kiss of Death
- Waters of Ain
Imhotep – http://www.imhotep.no/?did=9098051
Forbidden Magazine – http://forbidden-magazine.com/2010/05/watain-lawless-darkness/
- Black Metal
- Funeral Mist
- Glorior Belli
- Deathspell Omega
@Website – http://www.templeofwatain.com/
@MySpace – http://www.myspace.com/watainofficial
@Wikipedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watain
On reading Johan Hegg’s (Amon Amarth) playlist in the current issue of Terrorizer, #196, it inspired me to check out Primordial. They are a band who I have been meaning to listen to for a long time, but never got around to.
How foolish I was to wait, as I have been totally blown away by the 2005 release, The Gathering Wilderness. I’ve been playing it everywhere: as I work in the garden, while driving, while relaxing in the evening and while writing this blog. It’s awesome. So, check it out!
The Gathering Wilderness on Spotify – http://open.spotify.com/album/6jNqRpVwEVNvoTEfdyI1E9
- The Golden Spiral
- The Gathering Winderness
- The Song of the Tomb
- End of All Times (Martyrs Fire)
- The Coffin Ships
- Tragedy’s Birth
- Cities Carved in Stone
Metal Observer – http://www.metal-observer.com/articles.php?lid=1&sid=1&id=7548
Sputnik Music – http://www.sputnikmusic.com/album.php?albumid=9165
Global Domination – http://www.globaldomination.se/reviews/primordial-the-gathering-wilderness
Metal Archives – http://www.metal-archives.com/review.php?id=67040
- Black metal
- Celtic metal
- Pagan metal
- Folk metal
- Mael Mórdha
- Negură Bunget
@Website – http://www.primordialweb.com/
@MySpace – http://www.myspace.com/primordialofficial
@Wikipedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Primordial_(band)
Triptykon is the most recent musical project of Thomas Gabriel Fischer, the founding member of the pioneering extreme music bands Hellhammer, Celtic Frost and Apollyon Sun.
The Triptykon line-up consists of V. Santura (guitar, vocals), Norman Lonhard (drums, percussion), Vanja Slajh (bass), and Tom Gabriel Warrior (voice, guitars).
Further information – www.triptykon.net
- Celtic Frost
- Ov Hell
- The Wounded Kings
- Dark Fortress
As previously posted https://newmusicexcess.wordpress.com/2010/01/15/dark-fortress-ylem/, Dark Fortress have a new album out, Ylem.
Check out the just released video for the track ‘Hirundineans’. CRANK IT UP!!!!!
1. Captivating Solitude
3. Ain’t No Lovin’
4. On The Banks Of The Mississippi
5. Circle Of Agony
6. Wayakin (The Guardian Spirit Of The Nez Perce)
7. Dark Prophets, Black Hearts
8. Sombre Fall, Burdened Winter
On In Vain’s second album, Mantra, the band, in my opinion, have captured a complete listening experience. I would strongly suggest setting aside enough time to listen to the album all the way through, in a single sitting, as listening to individual tracks or part of the album does not get the full effect. The album has very high production values and has a wonderful crushing sound when the band go full tilt. However, amidst the bands effortless combination and execution of Black, Doom and Progressive Metal are bluegrass/folk and some of the most wonderfully melodic phrases I have heard on an extreme metal album. If you are in the UK/Europe and have a membership, you can check it out on Spotify.
Sputnikmusic – http://www.sputnikmusic.com/album.php?reviewid=34513
Encyclopaedia Metallum – http://www.metal-archives.com/review.php?id=259208
02. As The World Keels Over
07. Satan Bled
10. The Valley
German black metal band Dark Fortress release their latest album, "Ylem" (Century Media Records) on the following dates:
- Germany, Austria, Switzerland: January 22
- Rest of Europe: January 25
- USA: February 9
Here are the 2 parts of the Electronic Press Kit as posted on YouTube:
Tucked away as track 11 on Carpathian Forest’s 1998 album Black Shining Leather is an excellent and chilling cover of The Cure’s, A Forest. It’s been posted on YouTube with a basic picture of the cover and a quick change to a photo of the band, with obligatory inverted cross.
This is not the only cover of the track and a search on YouTube or in Google will reveal that several artists, both famous and not so, have covered it over the years. For example, it was covered by Bat For Lashes as part of the Perfect As Cats: A Tribute To The Cure album released in 2008 it was also released as the B-side to Daniel. Here is a mashup with Vampire Hunter that has been posted on YouTube.
The Cure also performed it ‘acoustically’ in 2001 for inclusion on a bonus disc in their 2001 Greatest Hits release and managed to make a great song ever better!
And, just for completeness, here is the original from way back in 1980.
1 Pain and Sexual Overdose Delusion
2 The Suicide of Thoughts
3 A Peaceful Moment
4 White Noise In a Monochrome Night
5 Grand Final
6 You’ll Hope I Had Died
The Skaden’s new album You’ll Hope I Had Died is an interesting combination of post Black Metal and Shoegaze. Both grim and female vocals sit atop this unique combination of styles with the themes very much in the area of solitude, despair and desolation. There have been combinations of alternative music and black metal before but this often just extends to covering, although well, songs by bands such as The Cure or sounding like you are covering songs by The Cure. There is an entirely different approach in use here and it works really well.
More information here:
The Omega Order – http://www.theomegaorder.com/SKADEN-THE-You-Will-Hope-I-Had-Died
The Skaden’s MySpace Page – http://www.myspace.com/eikenskaden