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Grey Heaven Fall – Black Wisdom

Grey Heaven Fall - Black Wisdom

Grey Heaven Fall [Russia]
Black Wisdom
2015
Full Length
Aesthetics of Devastation
Black/Death Metal

Over the last few years, Russia may have spawned quite a number of class extreme metal acts such as Pyre and slamming brutal death metal band Aborted Fetus. Yet this land is not the first thing on one’s mind when the metal genre is brought up. Coupled with the lack of exposure to extreme metal for a couple of months now, Grey Heaven Fall managed to be one such act that has managed to enchant me with their sophomore full length, Black Wisdom.

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George Kollias – Invictus

George Kollias - Invictus

George Kollias [Greece]
Invictus
2015
Full Length
Season of Mist
Death Metal

With his reputation as the drummer for such acts as Nile, it is hard to shake off that association even when it comes to George Kollias‘ solo band. This year sees the release of his debut, solo full length album, Invictus and on top of handling the drums, George Kollias proves his ability as a versatile musician through handling all instruments and vocals on Invictus as well, giving fans of his works even more reason to accord him the highest levels of respect.

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BEHEMOTH To Release Its Own Brand Of Beer, Sacrum

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Polish extreme metallers BEHEMOTH have collaborated with Polish brewery Perun on the band’s own brand of beer, dubbed Sacrum. With 6.2 percent alcohol by volume, this Belgian IPA-style ale will be available on May 11.

A video clip promoting the Sacrum release can be seen at this location.

A number of other bands have previously expanded their brands to include a signature beer. Among the most recent ones is MASTODON, who teamed up with Signature Brew in the U.K. to create Mastodon‘s Black Tongue, a brew that is an 8.3% double black IPA and was called Signature Brew‘s “biggest and most powerful creation to date.”

IRON MAIDEN famously released its Trooper ale, with its malt flavor and citric notes with a subtle hint of lemon. AC/DC‘s beer was a German premium lager called Australian Hardrock, which promised to “fire up your tongue like TNT.”

MOTÖRHEAD came out with Bastards lager, which was described as “a fruity beer with a wonderful character of light malt.”

PEARL JAM‘s Faithfull Ale, whose release coincided with the 20th anniversary of the band, was a Belgian golden-style brew that came with 10 incremental additions of black currents.

SEPULTURA‘s signature Weizen beer contained “the aroma and flavors of banana and clove,” while MUNICIPAL WASTE‘s Toxic Revolution was a signature oatmeal stout.

AMON AMARTH offered the honey and smoked malt Ragnarok Porter, while CORROSION OF CONFORMITY came out with Corrosion Of Conformity Imperial Porter, which is aged in a rum barrel while boasting a raisin base.
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BEHEMOTH: ‘Messe Noire’ Video Released

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“Messe Noire”, the new video from Polish extreme metallers BEHEMOTH, can be seen below. The clip was helmed by Brooklyn-based director Zev Deans, who brings a visually dark and surreal atmosphere to a song and album that is one of BEHEMOTH‘s most bleak. To add to the atmosphere, costumes were provided by fashion designer Sharon Toxic. The combination of these visual and auditory talents could not be more ideal.

Deans says: “The story of Lucifer’s fall, followed by his defiant rebirth, reminds me of [BEHEMOTH frontman] Nergal‘s own personal struggles of recent years.

“Like Lucifer, BEHEMOTH has recovered from hardship, and they are stronger than ever.

“With ‘Messe Noire’, I was lucky enough to work with some of the most talented people in the genre.

“I owe the success of this project to the intense sacrifice that Sharon and the rest of team gave to this work.”

Adds Adam “Nergal” Darski: “It was actually our drummer Inferno‘s idea to work with Zev Deans. He showed me a PORTAL video that literally blew my fuckin’ mind!

“For a long time, we’ve attempted to reach a new ground and artistically leave the comfort zone. ‘The Satanist’ is THE record that challenges us on so many levels… and here we are, exploring new grounds with a video producer who is a genuine visionary!

“The ‘Messe Noire’ video surely adds new quality to our art and makes it even more transcendental… I am proud!”

BEHEMOTH‘s latest album, “The Satanist”, sold around 10,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 34 on The Billboard 200 chart.

The band’s ninth full-length studio CD, 2009’s “Evangelion”, opened with around 8,500 units to land at No. 56.

The definitive BEHEMOTH biography, “Behemoth: Devil’s Conquistadors” by Lukasz Dunaj, was released in February via Metal Blade. The 490-page, hardcover tome includes quotes and anecdotes from current and former members that provide context and details in addition to the author’s narrative, plus interviews with Tomas Krajewski, Rob Darken, Graal, Havok, and more. The artistically presented pages are splattered with old photos of the band, flyers, lyric sheets, etc.

The English-language version of BEHEMOTH frontman Adam “Nergal” Darski‘s autobiography, “Sacrum Profanum”, was released on March 31 via Jawbone Press. The book received editorial assistance from Mark Eglinton, co-author of Rex Brown‘s memoir, “Official Truth, 101 Proof – The Inside Story Of Pantera”.

Originally released in Poland in October 2012, “Sacrum Profanum” was previously described by Darski as “a really long in-depth interview.”


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Sulphur Aeon – Gateway to the Antisphere

Sulphur Aeon - Gateway to the Antisphere

Sulphur Aeon [Germany]
Gateway to the Antisphere
2015
Full Length
Ván Records/Imperium Productions
Death Metal

I remember being thoroughly enchanted by Sulphur Aeon‘s debut full length, Swallowed by the Ocean’s Tide back when it was released in 2013. The German trio managed to create a sound so massive and crushing at the time that it was easily one of my favourite albums of the year. When it was announced that the band was finally working on a follow-up to what was a remarkable debut, I was extremely excited and here we are finally with Gateway to the Antisphere, 2 long years later.

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BEHEMOTH To Release Official Biography Via Metal Blade Records

Behemoth: Devil’s Conquistadors by Łukasz Dunaj serves as the definitive BEHEMOTH biography. The book, officially blessed, or rather damned, by BEHEMOTH, serves as an in-depth look at the history of the events that materially influenced the band. As Dunaj points out in the intro, this isn’t, “Poland’s response to Motley Crüe’s biography The Dirt.” Simply put, Behemoth: Devil’s Conquistadors is the story of BEHEMOTH, their music, their ultimate rise to the upper echelon of metal and becoming a household name in their native homeland, Poland.

A 490-page, hardcover tome that is being released by Metal Blade Records in February, Behemoth: Devil’s Conquistadors includes quotes and anecdotes from current and former members that provide context and details in addition to the author’s narrative, plus interviews with Tomas Krajewski, Rob Darken, Graal, Havok, and more. The artistically presented pages are splattered with old photos of the band, flyers, lyric sheets etc. Preorders are available now atmetalblade.com/behemoth, and include a bundle with an exclusive shirt available ONLY with this preorder. The passages below serve as previews of the book.

From the foreword by Krzysztof Azarewicz: “If, as a cultural anthropologist, I were to point to a single cosmic force which BEHEMOTH‘s music expresses, I would name it not Satan but Dionysus. A deity that represents not only the intoxicating influence of cosmic energies and earthly benefits, but also their benevolent healing properties. A deity of strength and pride. A deity of creative might.”

Nergal discusses the acquisition of his first electric guitar: “The first communion was a very important moment for me. I know this sounds ridiculous, but it’s true. Of course, not as a religion experience – I didn’t understand anything and couldn’t care less. Same as all the other kids. We all stood there with our votive candles and waited for one thing. Cash. The first communion must be one moment when you get the most money you’re ever going to get as a child. And for this money, I bought myself my first electric guitar. Not a bike, no Legos – a guitar.”

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BEHEMOTH: ‘Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer’ Video Released

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“Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer”, the new video from Polish extreme metallers BEHEMOTH, can be seen below. The first performance clip BEHEMOTH was helmed by the band’s longtime video collaborators, Grupa 13, who previously worked with AMON AMARTH and ENSIFERUM.

BEHEMOTH will hit the road in April 2015 for 15 shows in Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Greece, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary and in Czech Republic.

Commented BEHEMOTH singer/guitarist Adam “Nergal” Darski: “We are already eagerly awaiting our second coming to European shores in spring 2015! We are teaming up for this run with some of the most exciting extreme metal acts — Swiss BÖLZER and Polish THAW — a must-see jewels that you can not miss out! A two-week trek will cover territories we haven’t explored with the first leg of the tour. Expect the best! We’ve never been in a better shape and we’re gonna prove that once again!”

BEHEMOTH released a limited-edition, hand-numbered 12-inch EP called “Xiadz” in November. The EP was made avaialble in three vinyl colors.

“Xiadz” is strictly limited to 500 vinyl copies worldwide and was not made available on CD. Black vinyl, black-gold splatter, and gold vinyl gatefold, 180-gram editions containing the previously unreleased tracks “Xiadz” and “Towards The Dying Sun We March”, as well as a re-recorded version of “Moonspell Rites” were made available to order at this location.

BEHEMOTH‘s latest album, “The Satanist”, sold around 10,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 34 on The Billboard 200 chart.

The band’s ninth full-length studio CD, 2009’s “Evangelion”, opened with around 8,500 units to land at No. 56.

“The Satanist” was released on February 3 in the U.K., February 4 in North America and Poland, February 5 in Japan, and February 7 in the rest of the world.


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Album Review: Dying Out Flame – Shiva Rudrastakam

Dying Out Flame - Shiva Rudrastakam

Dying Out Flame [Nepal]
Shiva Rudrastakam
2014
Full Length
Xtreem Music
Death Metal

Mention the genre of Vedic metal, and immediately Singapore’s Rudra comes to mind, having created a sound that is uniquely theirs since 1992. Yet few bands have managed to really emulate a style close enough, with the closest comparison so far being Purvaja and they still lean closer to the black metal end of the spectrum. This year sees Nepalese band Dying Out Flame burst out into the scene with Shiva Rudrastakam, and with the band’s sound being described as being rather similar to Rudra, it got me extremely excited.

Opening track Praise of the Omnipresent One is a rather psychedelic experience, with the opening moments sounding more like what Cynic or Atheist would come up with, hinting towards the technicality and complexity in their playing. But soon enough the band brings in their Vedic influences, with the accompanying traditional instruments and the haunting female vocals chanting “Hara Hara Shankara Shiva Shiva Shankara”, lines familiar to fans of Rudra.

Enough of the Indian influences in the music, what about the actual death metal itself? Rather than completely emulating the blueprints as set by RudraDying Out Flame ensures that their death metal is as brutal as possible, and the riffs of Bikalpa and Saujanya immediately reek of the crushing brutality of bands such as Nile and Behemoth, strengthened by that slightly blackened elements that are aplenty throughout the album. Vocalist Aabeg’s gruff growls even help to bring in some Deicide comparisons, making the experience all the more intense. Prachanda’s drumming is relentless as well, and one is constantly under the battery of his merciless punishment on the skins.

Of course, the thing that everyone is curious about is whether Dying Out Flame manages to fuse the Vedic elements nicely into their death metal. Similar to Rudra, they have managed to incorporate Eastern scales into their riffs, and along with the traditional instruments and chants that intertwine with the death metal, one often finds himself almost drifting off into a trance as the album progresses before the next hard-hitting riff pulls one back to reality. Songs like Eternal Mother of Great Time even bring in some nice, epic moments for the listener.

The name of the band, Dying Out Flame might signify the end of an era, but the quality of the music that is written on Shiva Rudrastakam instead points towards the beginning of a new era of Vedic metal. Fans of Rudra who prefer something more brutal and more chaotic will certainly embrace Dying Out Flame‘s debut.

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BEHEMOTH To Release ‘Xiadz’ Limited-Edition Vinyl EP

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

Polish extreme metallers BEHEMOTH will release the limited-edition, hand-numbered 12-inch EP called “Xiadz” in November. The EP will be made avaialble in three vinyl colors.

“Xiadz” is strictly limited to 500 vinyl copies worldwide and will not be available on CD. Black vinyl, black-gold splatter, and gold vinyl gatefold, 180-gram editions containing the previously unreleased tracks “Xiadz” and “Towards The Dying Sun We March”, as well as a re-recorded version of “Moonspell Rites” are available to pre-order at this location.

BEHEMOTH‘s latest album, “The Satanist”, sold around 10,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 34 on The Billboard 200 chart.

The band’s ninth full-length studio CD, 2009’s “Evangelion”, opened with around 8,500 units to land at No. 56.

“The Satanist” was released on February 3 in the U.K., February 4 in North America and Poland, February 5 in Japan, and February 7 in the rest of the world.


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Album Review: Nader Sadek – The Malefic: Chapter III

Nader Sadek - The Malefic

Nader Sadek [USA]
The Malefic: Chapter III
2014
EP
Independent
Death Metal

My first encounter with the petrophiliac band Nader Sadek was last year on their live album, Living Flesh, which got me extremely interested in the entire concept that mastermind Nader Sadek was able to conjure up, both in studio and under live settings. This year sees the band finally releasing new material, with some shifts in the lineup, with their brand new EP The Malefic: Chapter III.

With the strong comparisons to bands like Ulcerate and Steve Tucker-era Morbid Angel on In the Flesh, I almost expected the band to retain similar stylistics as before, yet on The Malefic Nader Sadek and co. show their growth and evolution as musicians and as a a band. The most obvious is the inclusion of new vocalist Travis Ryan, whose deeper vocals add a slightly more brutal death metal touch, and this is noticeable right from Deformation by Incision.

The shift in direction of the band can also be heard in the playing of Rune Eriksen, and on The Malefic, his riffs and guitar lines seem to be of a more melodic nature, rather than the completely oppressive and suffocating material that was on In the Flesh. This is definitely not a bad thing, with the band even bringing in some slight Hour of Penance and even Behemoth comparisons at times on this short 4-track release.

Yet this isn’t to say that the focus on atmospherics is gone, as Nader Sadek proves that music doesn’t always have to be heavy to keep the listener feeling out of breath. For instance, Rune’s guitar lines often bring in a slight blackened touch, and moments towards the end of songs like Carrion Whispers and the opening moments of Descent are good examples of how the band can conjure a haunting atmosphere among the madness going on around.

The Malefic also qualifies as an all-star project, and apart from the high profile of the band members, the EP also boasts appearances from prolific and established musicians such as Alex Webster, Andreas Kisser and more.The leads that Andreas and Bobby Koelble add to the tracks for instance, give them a nice touch, adding to the overall chaos and anxiety that one feels.

Nader Sadek‘s The Malefic: Chapter III will be released as a free CD insert this November and December via Decibel Magazine issue #122, so fans of death metal should not miss this opportunity to treat your ears to some quality death metal.

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