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1349 Shows Range With New Single “Dødskamp”

For most black metal devotees the mention of 1349 conjures up images of kvlter than thou, crude production, raw, Urgehal style aggression and Belphegor-esque aesthetics. The sound is war hungry, orthodox black metal with death metal blasts and thrashy licks — a simple, albeit unmemorable, blitzkrieg cocktail no true black metal fan could complain too much about.

While 1349’s prior release, “Massive Cauldron of Chaos,” does show their progression throughout their 20 year career by emphasizing song writing, speed and melody, their most recent single, “Dødskamp” shows an even more unique growth for the band.

The song is a bit of an ode to famous Norwegian painter of “The Scream” fame, Edvard Munch. Guitarist, Archaon expressed admiration for the acclaimed painter’s dark and depressive style and named the track after Munch’s painting “Dødskamp” (which translates to death match).

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Dødskamp: Munch

Black Metal has always maintained a close relationship with fine art, as is evidenced by its dramatic aesthetic and attention to atmosphere and mood. The documentary “Until the Light Takes Us” largely takes place at a black metal themed exhibit by Norwegian artist, Bjarne Melgaard, featuring Satyricon founder and 1349 member, Frost.

His performance art alone is as grim as a kiss to the perineum, complete with fire and bloodletting.  Fenriz discusses the controversial works, as well as the history of black metal, throughout the film.

Even Gaahl is a former art student and prolific painter. Although intensely private about his art, Gaahl does showcase a few of his pieces in a popular Noisey documentary. 1349 transcends mediums, however, by writing a dark hymn in honor of Dødskamp and encompassing the balance of melancholy and anxiety that characterizes Munch’s work within the complex progressions of the track.

That said, this is still 1349, in all their bullet belt steeped, raw ferocity. What we have here is a sign of true progression within the 5 years since their last release. With “Dødskamp,” 1349 has arguably become a bit more intelligent since their earlier, more image obsessed days. They’re focusing more melody and atmosphere while not deviating so far from their classic thrashy appeal they become unrecognizable.

Dødskamp” is available for digital purchase on Bandcamp now. The 10″, including the live bonus track, “Atomic Chapel,” will be available for purchase on April 5, 2019.

 

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Dismember Reunites For an Exclusive Show

scandinavia deathfest official flyer

The metal community is reeling after a jaw dropping announcement that Swedish melodic death metal powerhouses, Dismember, will be reuniting with the original lineup for an exclusive show at Scandinavia Deathfest in Stockholm.

The band has been on hiatus for over 7 years and has not released new material for over a decade so this is huge news for fans of Swedish death metal, of whom Dismember is among the most celebrated acts.

Dismember has had one of the most consistent track records within the melodic death metal genre; never waning in intensity from the heavy hitting classic “Like an Everflowing Stream” in 1991 to their most recent full length release “Dismember” in 2008.

The band couldn’t pick a better time to reunite as fans are hungrier than ever for the crushing sounds of old school death metal and recent trends in the genre have been going in heavier, more orthodox directions. Bands such as 1914, Tomb Mold and Monstrosity showcase this drift back to a rawer, more pure death metal sound. Will 2020 be the year of Dismember?

Though the band has not dropped any hints of plans to return to the studio or write new material (yet),  Fred Etsby (drums), David Blomqvist (guitars), Robert Sennebäck (vocals/guitars), Matti Kärki (vocals) and Richard Cabeza’s (bass) return to the stage should leave fans anticipating great things to come. Dismember knows how much this reunion will mean to fans and their choice to headline, arguably the largest death-fest in their region, is a massive teaser for what the future holds for the band.

Dismember will share the stage with Nuclear Assault, Demilich, Benediction and Undergang among others for what’s shaping up to be a massive event. Scandinavia Deathfest is scheduled for October 11-12 in Stockholm. Americans get your passports ready now, this is going to be one hell of a show you’re not going to want to miss.

 

 

Nasheim Streaming New Track!

Swedish one man atmospheric black metal project Nasheim is set to release his second full length LP Through indie label Northern Silence Productions on February 22. “Jord och Aska” (Swedish for “Earth and Ash”) will be the first effort from Nasheim mastermind, Erik Grahn in almost 5 years. Luckily for fans, Grahn gave us a sneak peek of the new album via Bandcamp and so far it does not disappoint!

The 20 minute long epic,”Att sväva över vidderna” takes the listener on a melancholic journey into the gravelly pits of utter hopelessness and despair with its heavy-handed ambiance and thick, guitar driven melodies.

Nasheim stands alongside depressive and blackgaze contemporaries such as Alcest, Agalloch and Thy Light. What sets their sound apart is the fearlessness to delve into realms outside the typical milieu of the genre by implementing epic, clean vocals and undistorted guitars into the mix without detracting from the mournful elements that give this project its overall appeal.

Despite its 20 minute length, “Att sväva över vidderna” leaves listeners wanting more. The track entirely cuts off at the end as though it’s supposed to move directly into the next track effortlessly. To me this entails “Jord och aska” will be the kind of album that’s meant to be taken in as a whole, and if fans can predict anything from Nasheim’s previous efforts, this will definitely be the case.

Frankly, I’m in love with song and can’t stop smashing the repeat button. If this is any indication of the quality of the full album, I can safely say we have a lot to be exicted about. You can pre-order “Jord och aska” on Bandcamp. Seriously, give this guy your money. This is true art.

Up and Coming Thrashers, Vanik, Streaming New Track on Decibel!

Vanik II Dark Season

Cleveland’s own Vanik has been making waves lately with 2 kick ass, teaser tracks from their upcoming album, entitled II Dark Season. The tracks, “Jack’s Lantern” and “Heresy Undertow” are currently streaming on Decibel.com. What caught the Decibel editors’ attention was the vocalist and guitarist, Shaun Vanak’s previous work as a live musician for popular blackened, thrash and roll band, Midnight.

The fact is, all the members of the band have an impressive metal resume in the Cleveland area. Guitarist, Vic Stown and bassist Ed Stephens are former members of the Cleveland thrash band Vindicator and drummer, Al Biddle is a former member of both Toxic Holocaust traditional heavy metal band, Cauldron. One could say this is a super group, and based on the chops in the 2 teaser tracks, one can’t argue they sound like one.

What caught my immediate attention was the perfect balance of grit and clarity in the production along with the sheer catchiness of the riffs. These tracks are packed to the brim with sick riff magic and shreds — not to mention anthemic choruses that invoke fist pumping. The influence from both Midnight and Toxic Holocaust is obvious, but these guys get a little uglier — a little grimier. These tracks have the hungry appeal of a sick demo elitists brag about owning. I must say, I can’t wait for this album to drop. II Dark Season will be released on Shadow Kingdom Records on October 26.

You can pre-order the new release and all things Vanik here. Before you do, though, prepare yourself for the inevitable whiplash that will ensue.

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Limbsplitter Vocalist Drinks His Own Piss

Late Friday night, Limbsplitter vocalist, Devin Swank wrote a particularly enticing Facebook post that read “if this post gets 100 likes I will drink my own pee and live stream it” compelling hoards of the band’s supporters and friends to react accordingly. Fortunately for everyone, (except Devin of course) the post received the necessary 100 likes in less than an hour and he was forced to drink his warm, dark yellow words.

A man of his word, Swank began preparing for the task ahead by drinking copious amounts of fluids and creating suspense and anticipation for those following the events on social media. Just when everyone was beginning to doubt him, the time came for him to drink his own piss.

The Limbsplitter vocalist donned a mournful expression as his friends mocked him on his way to the bathroom. Nervously, he dropped trou and peed into what appeared to be a Gatorade bottle. He retched as he gazed upon the warm, goldenrod liquid that nearly filled the bottle halfway . His disgust emanated through the screen.

In true brutal death metal fashion, though, Swank gulped down the piss as though it were a shot of strong whiskey (or a Chloroform Cocktail *wink wink*) and chased the putrid liquid with spicy jalapeno mustard. Whether or not he swallowed is unconfirmed as it was not caught in the shot, but this leaves fans wondering just how brutal the vocal tracks on the next release will be, given the singers vocal chords are now lubricated with pee.

The band released their debut album, Chloroform Cocktail, in November of 2017 and is already hard at work on the next effort, but it’s antics like this that really set Limbsplitter apart from the droves of mediocre brutal death metal bands that upload their albums to Bandcamp everyday. These guys live the metal lifestyle take brutal to a whole other level. Fans can only wonder what’s next in Limbsplitter’s arsenal of comedic antics; farting on old ladies, drinking gasoline? Who knows. All I know is these guys keep it professional.

If you’re still having trouble believing this actually happened, watch the video below. You can purchase Chloroform Cocktail here.

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Doom Heads Leave Your Caves, DESCENDANTS OF CROM is Raging in Pittsburgh this Weekend

Decendants of Crom Flyer

Steel City ragers and dedicated out of towners prepared for a road trip should head to Cattivo nightclub in Pittsburgh, PA this weekend for a doom fest unmatched since the last Doomed and Stoned Fest.” Featuring talent from a variety of genres encompassing the doom/stoner tier: including sludge, stoner and even psychedelic rock, Descendants of Crom is keeping it professional by booking only the best talent; young and old, for two hazy days of pure doom bliss.

Weed smoke and the acrid stench of patchouli and Mir will permeate the air as a sea of bearded doom heads sway to the reverberations of bands such as: Lo Pan, Doomstress, Come to Grief, Cavern, Toke, GeezerFreedom Hawk, The Generator, as well as so many more that are scheduled to hit the stage during this 2 day celebration of all things slow and heavy.

DoC Pre Show Flyer

Attendees should also be sure not to miss the pre-gala tonight at Howlers, featuring Mires, Rebreather and Destroyer of Light among others.

Tickets are first come first serve. You can pre-order tickets to the pre-gala here and tickets to the fest here.

Is Hypoxia the Death Metal Band to Watch in 2018?

Back on August 4, 2018, up and coming New York death metal band Hypoxia unleashed their latest effort upon unsuspecting jaded metal fans. The music video for Hypoxia’s latest track, entitled “Condemned to the Abyss” is the band’s first sneak peek into the newest album rumored to be released later this year on Ultimate Massacre Productions.

Hypoxia’s latest music video has been proliferating within the underground digital space since its release and creating a lot of buzz despite the band’s relatively obscure status. They’ve been featured in mainstream publications such as Metal Injection and the band was even invited to play on the largest metal festival in Latin America, Rock Al Parque last night. So what is it about Hypoxia that makes them stand out so much among the droves of DIY death metal bands churning out riffs each day? I checked out the band’s 2015 release, “Despondent Death,” to find out.

There is something really special about Hypoxia, indeed. While their sound isn’t highly experimental and their musicianship isn’t steeped in technicality, the band’s sound does bring listeners back to a simpler era in death metal while still remaining relevant in 2018 by injecting just the right amount of brutality and tech elements into their classic, old school death metal sound. The production on their 2015 release gives them an explosive quality that is capable of penetrating through even the most cynical of ear drums.

Hypoxia’s riffs may be formulaic to a certain degree, but they rely on tried true methods to create the kind of neck breaking riffs fans of Malevolent Creation or Immolation have grown to cherish. Their newest single is just as explosive as anything on the band’s prior release and their image is just as huge to match. Vocalist, Mike Hrubovcak is practically demon possessed as he emits blood curdling growls spawned from the deepest levels of hell while ominously wielding a flaming torch and female drummer Carolina Perez’s blasts have the power to eviscerate the souls of the weak with their pummeling intensity. Hypoxia emanates a level of sickness uncommon among the hordes of new bands — many of whom have succumb to mediocrity due to over-saturation within the death metal genre. With catchy riffs and extreme power to boot, these guys are just doing it better. This is definitely the band to watch this year.