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Serpent Sermon Release Info and Song (Marduk)

Posted in release info, sweden with tags , , , , on March 27, 2012 by blackmetallurgy

So everyone on here has heard me go on and on and on about how Marduk has a new album coming out called Serpent Sermon. Well, I have release info (it’s actually been out for a few days now). According to their website, you’ll be able to get it in cd, vinyl, or limited edition media book (that’d be me. I’m all about limited edition.) with a bonus track called “Corum Satanae.”

The tracklisting is:

1. Serpent Sermon
2. Messianic Pestilence
3. Souls For Belial
4. Into Second Death
5. Temple Of Decay
6. Damnations Gold
7. Hail Mary ( Piss-soaked Genuflexion)
8. M.A.M.M.O.N.
9. Gospel Of The Worm
10. World Of Blades

(Those are some great song titles there.)

Release dates are as follows:

Monday, May 28, 2012.
SPAIN / ITALY: Tuesday, May 29, 2012.
SWEDEN / FINLAND / HUNGARY: Wednesday, May 30, 2012.
AUSTRALIA / NEW ZEALAND: Friday, June 1, 2012.
USA/CAN, June 5, 2012

So the unfortunate thing is that I have to wait until June 5th to get it. *sigh* But the awesome thing is that I get to see them live the week the album drops in the States. And that will be a great time.

This is the cover art:

[from Marduk’s Facebook page]

Also, the German Metal Hammer has posted up a sample track from the album. This is “M.A.M.M.O.N.,” Track 8.

I love it. It’s different, but it’s a good kind of different. I love that chime in the middle of it, and those bell-tones. And of course, that great Marduk bass sound and Mortuus’ lovely, lovely vocals.

And now, off I go to wait anxiously for June 5th.



[all album info cited from Marduk’s official website,]


Swedish Black Metal (Part III)

Posted in black metal history, musings, sweden with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 26, 2012 by blackmetallurgy

**Edited for clarity, typos (I took French, not German. My apologies for my misspellings), and slight modifications. Thanks to X for additional info**

Previously, I discussed the reason that Swedish black metal has been largely ignored in the metal world (Swedish death metal) as well as how it developed a unique sound (again, mostly death metal). In this installment, I will address some common themes found in Swedish black metal. And also I haven’t discussed Satan yet, and he’s kind of a big deal. So with that said, let’s press forward, shall we?

Themes of Swedish Black Metal

I. Satan 

I don’t know how I made it this far into this thing without discussing Satanism, but it’s long overdue. Black metal has always had an interesting relationship to Satanism that is more or less pronounced depending on where the band is located, who is in it, etc. So let’s dissect it a bit, shall we? (No pun intended. Well, not with too much intent.)


The Norwegian scene often gets conflated with Satanism, primarily because of the church burnings. In the early 90’s, Varg Vikernes set a lot of churches on fire, which people in the media took to mean that he was a Satanist due to the large scale “Satanic panic” that had been going on for a time, alleging that Satanists were committing horrible crimes. He’s not, although he claimed to be in the early days (and now vehemently denies any association with Satanism, just like he likes to vehemently deny a lot of things). He seems to lean more towards paganism, and was torching churches as a statement against the Christianization of Norway. But unfortunately, he was about 500 years too late, and people were understandably confused.

[Not a Satanist]

Plenty of bands were using Satanic imagery as a stick-it-to-the-man kind of thing, but few of them viewed it with any level of seriousness. Dead of Mayhem was fascinated by Satanic ritual but doesn’t seem to have actually practiced it, and some bands that claimed to be Satanists in their early years (i.e., when they were teenagers) eventually abandoned that train of thought.

[Like Emperor’s Ihsahn. This song is perfect, by the way.]

That’s not to say that there weren’t a few practicing Satanists in Norway. Euronymous from Mayhem claimed himself a theistic Satanist (see my earlier post this week and GO VOTE TO HAVE EURONYMOUS’ FACE PUT ON A PLANE:, as does Infernus of Gorgoroth (theistic Satanism viewing Satan as a deity as opposed to the atheistic Church of Satan which promotes individuality and self-gain without the religious stuff). All of them seemed to think atheistic Satanism was stupid, with the exception of the couple of them who were atheistic Satanists.

The main theme however was anti-Christianity, which everyone could agree on. The pagans were sore because they were forcefully converted, or their ancestors were, the theistic Satanists were sore because… because Christianity, and they were all teenagers who were struggling to find an identity, which Satanism facilitated through its focus on individuality.


Sweden is different. The Swedish black metal bands did, and still do, take their Satanism VERY seriously. Apparently there was a Satanic “black circle” in Sweden as well, though I’ll be damned if I can find anything on it. Satanism had a hold in Sweden in a way that it never did in Norway. While everyone in Norway was running around panicking about Satanists, who were often not actually Satanists, lighting churches on fire, the Swedish black metallers were actually Satanists and were generally behaving themselves.

There seems to be two major schools of Satanic thought in Sweden. One is anti-cosmology, maintained by the Misanthropic Luciferian Order (MLO), or the Temple of the Black Light. Their big focus is on Chaos, and bands with a link to them are Dissection and Watain.

[This album in its entirety describes anti-cosmology better than I ever could]

Dissection has especially close connections with the MLO. Jon Nödtveidt was one of their first members, I believe (though not a founder), and he sported a “MLO Warrior” patch on his battle jacket. Also, one of Dissection’s bassists actually quit the band to focus more on his esoteric studies. Dissection aptly labeled themselves “Anti-Cosmic Metal of Death.”

[Anti Cosmic Metal of Death]

There is also a camp of Satanism in Sweden that seems to follow the more traditional approach. Marduk is one of these. When the band started in 1990, Morgan claimed he wanted to create “the most blasphemous band in the world.” While he claims now that that was just something he said when he was seventeen, Marduk has continuously churned out Satanic themes.

[Some of them less mature than others (a cover, yes, but nonetheless. This is one of the reasons I love Marduk, though)]

Although I can see parallels between the two, Marduk’s Satanism seems to not be as centered on anti-cosmology as just good ol’ fashioned anti-Christian Satanism. They use a lot of Biblical imagery, and they’ve upped the ante on that ever since Mortuus joined the band.

[Mmm. That’s such a tasty riff.]

Mortuus’ (who goes by Arioch the rest of the time) utilizes much of the same kind of Satanic imagery in his other projects. Arioch has famously said that to him, black metal is “music with a Satanic, destructive message, or a devil-worshipping message. That’s it, nothing else.” (Blabbermouth interview).

[Triumphator is mind-blowingly good. I’ll elaborate more on Arioch’s stuff later]

Of course, Nifelheim also uses Satanic imagery (and I totally forgot them in my first edition of this thing. Ah well. I guess they fall in the same camp as Dissection).

[“Storms” also show up a lot, I’m noticing.]

And of course, these guys. Though I hear some of them are LaVeyans. (Shhh.)

[Not any less serious about the Satan business, just in a different way]

Of course, that’s not the only theme. There are also…


Wolves seem to crop up a lot in Swedish black metal too. It may be because they tie in well with the Satanic themes- wolves as opposed to sheep, for example, a metaphor that E of Watain once put beautifully. Wolves are also majestic, and at least here, they are endangered (I am unsure of the wolf population in Sweden). They are pack animals, and they are vicious and excellent hunters. I’m sure you’re getting the gist.

[Watain really likes wolves. A lot. Lots of their merch has wolves on it, including the awesome hoodie of theirs that I want]

[taken from Watain’s Facebook]

[Fairly straightforward.]

Marduk also has an insignia that’s a pentagram with guess what on top of it?

[Yes, that’s my shirt and yes, it’s on me. It was a Marduk kind of day.]

And Morgan has yet another side project, thought less black metal, whose name has nothing to do with wolves.

[Or everything, rather.]

Also, apparently Lord Ahriman of Dark Funeral is in another band called Wolfen Society. I have known of this band for all of three minutes, and they’re actually based in Ohio, but it only helps to prove my point. Where there are associations with Swedish black metal, there are often wolves.

Even Amon Amarth has a song about wolves, but now I digress. Besides, there’s another point I haven’t addressed yet, that point being…

III. War

War is another big theme in Swedish black metal, although it, like the other two themes, is not limited to the Swedish scene. Of course, “Black Metal ist Krieg” according to Nargaroth, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that war is a common theme. There’s the concept of an army or a band of brothers type thing too, which goes along with wolves in the pack mentality as a group of individuals working together to form a single destructive force. Watain uses the slogan “Black Metal Militia,” and Marduk refers to their fanbase as the “Marduk Legion” and often has war imagery in their songs.

Marduk in particularly loves their war history. They’ve devoted concept albums to Vlad the Impaler and his conquests and Third Reich history. …Anyone see where this is becoming potentially problematic?

[They like tanks. BIG ones.]

Because of the small yet noticeable presence of neo-Nazi black metal, using Nazi imagery can often cause people to start talking. Panzer Division Marduk caused some fuss- I’m guessing Marduk lost some fans who thought they were Nazis, and the NSBM bands were stoked because, well, not a lot of them get big (for obvious reasons) and they thought they had finally gotten one of the big names in black metal on their side. Until Morgan dismissed the claims in an interview, which pissed off the NSBM folks and lost them too. Plus, to be fair, the whole album… kind of sounds like that. It’s short, it’s sweet, it’s to the point, and it’s a little repetitive. It sounds exactly like machine-guns firing, however.

[War and Satan. It’s a thing.]

WWII imagery seems to always come up with the Swedish bands- though their music has nothing to do with it, Watain got in a lot of trouble once for something involving swastikas. Their response? They’re not Nazis, because those people lack vision and are too short-sighted.

Ponder that a second. Watain are not Nazis because Nazis are not nearly evil enough.

*cough*…Anyway. Marduk has never quit using WWII imagery and the like, and personally I don’t think they need to. They’ve shot down the rumours that they’re a Nazi band. They just really like big tanks. And that’s okay. It is also worth noting that these guys are from Sweden (I suppose.)

[…And that’s the first and last time you’ll ever see power metal on here. *shudder*]

[I’m sorry. Here, quick! have some Bathory as a palate cleanser]

Though these are by far not the only themes that exist in Swedish black metal, they are some of the more prominent ones and crop up a lot, often in conjunction with one another- both war and wolves can be linked with Satanism. Which can, incidentally, be linked with Bathory.

So next time will be the last installment, I think. I’ll get to the new bands on the scene in depth, finally, because holy crap there is some great stuff coming out of Sweden right now. Until next time.


Hey You Guys!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on March 24, 2012 by blackmetallurgy

I just found this. Apparently there’s a contest to decorate a Norwegian airline with a cultural icon from Norway- and Euronymous is on the list! He’s in 3rd place right now! GO VOTE! This needs to happen.

Here’s the website: . Click on the heart to vote!

More information (and where I got this from) here:

Do it! The fact that Euronymous is SO CLOSE to the top is astounding. I’m not sure if you can vote every day, but I’m going to try it at least (you can’t vote more than once per day, I see). Voting ends March 28th.

More tomorrow, as per usual.

**Edit** In case anyone needs the info, he is listed by his real name, Øystein Aarseth. Now you have no excuse. Go vote.

**Edit** He’s up to 2nd place now. I just voted again (you can vote multiple times, but only once per day).


Inaugural Decibel Tour (Behemoth, Watain, The Devil’s Blood, In Solitude)

Posted in concerts with tags , , , , , on March 19, 2012 by blackmetallurgy

I managed to procure a ticket to the brand spanking new Decibel Tour this Spring, and I’ve convinced at least two other people to come along with me. Apparently I have a geeky and fun laminate waiting for me when it happens too, since I bought my ticket through their website ( Behemoth is headlining with Watain opening, but there are two other bands opening too, and since I’ve now done my research on them I decided I’d do a bit on this thing, because it’s less than a month away now and I’m really looking forward to it.

First of all, I want to commend the people at Decibel on the way they arranged this tour. It’s really a cool idea- instead of having a slew of bands that all sound the same (which admittedly, if you’re into this kind of thing, is not a bad thing), they’ve gone with an occult theme. So all of the bands fall under the same kind of occultist banner, but they all sound radically different.

I. Behemoth

Behemoth is headlining, and I cannot wait to see them. I’ve been told by tons of people over the past several years going on and on about how awesome Behemoth is live, and so I’ve got a lot of expectations. If their sound is half as grandiose live as it is on their albums, I expect I will not be disappointed.

[I mean, come on. That’s crazy]

This will be a great tour to see them on too, since it’s their first time back in the U.S. (and first real big tour, I think) since their frontman Nergal recovered from leukemia. He seems healthy and happy and ready to tear things up, so I hope all goes well for them so they can do just that. Behemoth also totally digs the theatrics (clearly), so I’m hoping for lots of flame and bombast.

Speaking of flames…

II. Watain

I cannot really express in words how excited I am to see Watain onstage (TWICE, might I add- they’re playing Des Moines the next night and guess who’s got tickets?) that I’m not even going to try. I only hope that they’re able to bring as much fire as they want to. They have a habit of yelling about it in their songs.


I also have been forewarned to keep an eye out for black boxes and make sure I am not standing downwind of them when they open them if they are there. Watain likes to cart around buckets of blood and rotten meat, and I’m not sure they re-stock. They dump it all over themselves for sure, and then, if the venue will let them, they dump it on the crowd too. Wellies and raincoats and what my friend terms “arts and crafts” clothes are in order for sure, because I will not miss this spectacle live. Of course, I don’t plan on getting bloodied, but I hear the smell is a souvenir that follows you home.

[The Waters of Ain is my favorite Watain song and one of my favorite songs ever. If they play this, I will surely die]

I also hear that they bust out Dissection tunes randomly, since half of them were in Dissection at some point. I would totally be okay with that.

III. The Devil’s Blood

Here’s another opener I am really excited for. The Devil’s Blood is from the Netherlands, and they are doing the same kind of psychedelic stoner-doom retro-occult thing that Ghost has going. Only they have a female vocalist.

Apparently, they also like blood (these venues are going to smell really special). I’ve also heard that their vocalist will do some kind of meditation during their shows and that she can stand perfectly still for a long while. Either way, I am really excited to see these guys. Looking forward to buying their album and helping them out.

IV. In Solitude

In Solitude is more traditional metal. They are from Sweden too, Uppsala in fact. Wonder if they’re friends with Watain. I don’t know as much about them as I’m not big into traditional metal, but I do like the music of theirs that I’ve heard.

They’re following with the same occult theme as the other bands. Looks too, according to Encyclopedia Metallum, like they have a Samhain cover (“Mother of Mercy”) through Decibel with their Flexi-series, which is a free vinyl that comes with their magazines now (perhaps I should start subscribing to Decibel. Hmm). Maybe it will be available at the show?

[They look young, too. That’s good. We need fresh blood in this business]

So that is that. I’m really looking forward to this thing, as it will be nice to see a traditional metal band, a stoner/doom band, the cream of the crop in modern black metal, and the mighty Behemoth all on one night. There will be something for everyone and it will be a good spread of music from across the metal spectrum.

(More occultishness coming soon on Swedish black metal Part III…)


Swedish Black Metal (Part II)

Posted in black metal history, musings, sweden with tags , , , , , , on March 16, 2012 by blackmetallurgy

**Edited to fix some things. Thanks to X for suggestions/corrections**

It’s finally here! Episode II of Swedish black metal! Had a good day today, minus having my sinuses attacked by the weather/pollen- purchased Gorgoroth’s Quantos Possunt Ad Satanitatem Trahunt and Satyricon’s Now, Diabolical with some graduation money from my family. About to go do some more shopping on Amazon’s Metal Month ( I need the new Napalm Death. But in the meantime, I have a long-overdue sequel to my initial post on Swedish black metal, so…

Onto Part II! (Roman numerals are more kvlt). How Sweden got its sound!

The Swedish Black Metal Sound (featuring three staples of the early Swedish scene)

At the same time that Swedish death metal detracted attention away from the black metal scene, it was incredibly important in creating the Swedish black metal sound. Today I will discuss three important early bands, two of which are still in existence (well, Dissection’s around in spirit). Two of them are black metal. One is… yeah. Something special. Onward!

I. Dissection

Swedish black metal managed to gain from the Gothenburg scene in that it drew off of some of the elements that were being implemented by the death metal kids. One of these influences was melody, something that was not big in the Norwegian scene.

[Norway was busy doing this]

Gothenburg death metal was also often more melodic than U.S. death metal, so Sweden had that sound down already. Implementing melodic lines helped to distinguish Sweden’s black metal scene from their big rivals in Norway, and no one did that better than Dissection.

[In Flames got started after Dissection, but they’re pretty indicative of the sound I’m talking about, and it’s easy to hear the similarities between these two bands]

Another factor you will notice upon listening to Dissection is guitar solos. Norway was flat out against them. The production would have to be too clean to get the solo sound, and they were a little too close to traditional death metal, something that Norwegian black metal owes more to than it will ever admit. Solos were a major proponent of the melodic death metal sound that erupted out of Gothenburg (and Norway hated those guys. Like, death threats and stuff). Dissection was probably friends with all of those dudes, living in the same place and all. They didn’t have any qualms about using solos. There are a large number of people in the black metal community who believe that solos have no place in black metal, but that’s because everyone they’ve ever listened to was from Norway. Dissection was highly, highly influential, and you can hear some of this solo-y melodic stuff in later bands like Watain.

[More on these kids later]

Also, you will notice the clarity of sound and the fact that you can actually hear the solos. The Somberlain, from which the song above was taken, was Dissection’s first full length album. That gritty, low-fi, “we recorded this on a headset only because cell-phones were not popular until about ten years later” sound from Norway was not as big a deal in Sweden. Dissection’s really early material is fuzzy, but it’s likely more because they were poor than because they were trying to sound grim.

The only early Norwegian band I can think of that was doing as melodic stuff at the time is Emperor, but unlike Dissection, Emperor’s early material is hard to hear under the low-fi noise, at least until you train your ears to listen to it. Dissection is clean, on the other hand.

So Dissection was clearly influenced by Gothenburg death metal. However, they retain the black metal sound. The tri-tone is there (the “Satanic” chord), as well as the blast beats. The melodic aspects and guitar solos just helped Dissection to churn out a more accessible form of black metal.

II. Marduk

Of course, that’s not to say that the thrashy side of black metal wasn’t making it somewhere in Sweden. Marduk is one of the thrashiest black metal bands out there. It makes sense; Morgan and Co. were good pals with the “black circle” in Norway, and the Norwegians, who hated Gothenburg death metal only slightly more than they hated regular death metal, were listening to a lot more thrashy stuff, namely Venom. Maybe that’s the difference- more time spent hanging out with the guys in Mayhem and less time spent hanging out in Gothenburg.

[Hear it? (Ha! I managed a Mayhem reference so I could put them up here)]

Marduk has their own sound too, slightly more influenced by the Norwegian scene but still more melodic and still less low-fi. However, Marduk too is inspired by death metal. Wheras their Norwegian brethren hated Florida death metal, as apparently it had gotten “cute” and “fun,” with bands allegedly running around in Hawaiian shirts (Seriously. If anyone knows what death metal bands actually did this, will you please let me know? This is the traditional Norwegian Black Metal gripe about Florida death metal and I have no idea what they’re talking about), Marduk rather liked Morbid Angel, etc. You can hear some of that in their sound, especially the early stuff.

Marduk has developed their own sound with specific elements that have remained throughout their LONG career, mainly Morgan’s signature guitar riffs and the drums that sound like machine gunfire.

[Marduk ist kreig]

Between the two of them, Dissection and Marduk created a sound for Swedish black metal. Dissection covered the clean and melodic front, and Marduk outdid themselves in sheer brutality. Both were greatly inspired by death metal, though they took different approaches. Using these elements, they created a black metal sound that was distinct to Sweden.

III. Abruptum

… And then there’s Abruptum (this episode of Swedish Black Metal is late because I almost forgot Abruptum, and that cannot be). Abruptum has links with Marduk, and Euronymous of Mayhem fame was a HUGE fan. Abruptum featured IT, All, and Ext, to begin with. They recorded their first two demos in 1990, and fired Ext (bass), and All had to leave about a year later because of heavy drinking. So it was up to IT (see what I did there?). IT then became pals with Evil, who also played in Marduk (Morgan. I don’t think he sleeps).

Abruptum was not a black metal band, per se. If you want to watch black metal geeks bicker, start a discussion as to whether or not Abruptum is real music. Talk about introducing new sounds into the sonisphere- Abruptum introduced sounds that were never supposed to be heard by anyone or anything anywhere. Abruptum’s sound falls under the label of dark ambient; the members are actually credited with “noises” and “sounds” on their albums. Euronymous loved Abruptum, and described their “music” as “the audial essence of pure black evil.” This is what that sounds like:

[Warning: Abruptum probably shouldn’t be played anytime near to when you plan on sleeping]

[You thought I was kidding]

IT had to leave Abruptum in 1996. Being a member of the Swedish Satanic Black Circle (I know so little about this it’s not even funny. I will have to do research. Satan will have to wait until Chapter III anyhow as this is getting long again), he managed to piss off the wrong people and was receiving death threats, apparently a pastime of early 90’s Scandinavian kids. Fearing for his family and himself, he vanished, and left Evil to continue Abruptum alone.

[Yup. That’s something about blood in Latin]

It’s important to note how this… atmosphere, we’ll call it, was created as well. Apparently, the members of Abruptum (maybe just IT; I’ve read that also) actually tortured and cut themselves in the studio during the recordings so that those anguished screams would be as genuine as possible. That, my friends, is some serious dedication to creating some seriously messed up dark ambient music.

[Made from 100% Real Tortured Screams. Actual musicians were harmed in the making of this track]

Evil continued Abruptum, which according to is still active, just in limbo while Marduk goes about destroying things. And that’s because there’s a whole lot more Abruptum material lying around unreleased.

Which may be the most impressive thing about Abruptum- the sheer amount of recordings that they’ve done. They have five full length albums and several demos and EPs. This was not a cute, one-time, let’s-try-our-hand-at-really-freaking-people-out stunt. Abruptum was and is an actual thing that these guys actually did with gusto for a while. It was inspirational to the kind of people who are inspired by that sort of thing. It’s frightening and ugly and magnificent.

All three of these bands were incredibly influential, and all greatly inspired the current Swedish black metal scene. They also established several major themes, which I’ll do next time.

Until then…


Serpent Sermon US/Canada Tour!

Posted in concerts, sweden with tags , , , , on March 12, 2012 by blackmetallurgy

**Edited to be more coherent and accurate- I think I thought it was a world tour and right now it’s only North America- on March 12. Jamie says I need to be more grim and frostbitten and less fangirlish. Marduk has that effect on me. So does Mayhem**

I SWEAR I am working on the Swedish black metal thing. I was ready to go and realized I’d forgotten Abruptum (as if anyone could ever truly forget Abruptum). So I am doing some tweaking and it will be up ASAP. Sorry too that there wasn’t the promised extra post this week to make up for it. I’ve been in Florida at an academic conference and did not realize how completely mentally exhausted I would be at the end of the day. These next couple of weeks are sketchy for me because of the thesis being due and trying to stay on top of other things. But I will do my best, and I will always post something on Sunday.

In the meantime, MARDUK RELEASED TOUR DATES! They still haven’t told the album release date, but there’s a tour in the works. And they will be playing St. Paul, which means I get to go! And on a Saturday! Near my birthday, which I think is very thoughtful of them.

Dates are here:

[Clicking should enlarge it, methinks]

If you haven’t seen Marduk live, you totally should. They absolutely destroy. My friend Jamie says those guys go as hard as they can, and it’s true. I saw them in 2010 at the incredibly tiny Vaudeville Mews in Des Moines, and it was fantastic. There was really dim lighting, mostly red, and it was pretty much a wall of sound. They don’t do a lot of banter with the crowd, instead they just kick your ass for an hour and then go home. Mayhem did the same thing. You certainly get your money’s worth though. I can’t imagine how they do that every night.

It was an amazing first black metal show. Here a vid that the nice young lady next to me took at the show:

So, as you can see, you should go see Marduk. Because they are awesome. Withered from Georgia was with them last time and they were a good band as well. 1349 is one of my favorite later bands from Norway- I hope Frost will be able to make it over. I think he smashed someone’s face in a bar once and now he has trouble with visas. Or something. Don’t quote me on that.

Marduk is back! (Provided they can get visas squared away. They have a lot of trouble getting into the US for some stupid reason, even though none of them have rap sheets, which is usually the case when that happens). Go see a really awesome black metal show! And if you go June 9th, I’ll see you there!


Concert: Hate Eternal/Goatwhore (3/2, Des Moines, IA. House of Bricks)

Posted in concerts, death metal with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 5, 2012 by blackmetallurgy

Taking a break from the Swedish black metal history lesson because I was busy with school all week and didn’t get much written. I churned this out rather quickly, whereas that I’d like to spend a little more time on. More is coming. I promise. I’ll try to do two posts this week and get Part II up.

In the meantime… So the other night I decided to go see Goatwhore and Hate Eternal all sudden-like. I really hadn’t planned to go (April is going to be an expensive month), but I was stressed and desperately wanted to bang my head a bit, so I did. And boy am I glad! It was a great show.

Show was at the House of Bricks in Des Moines. Two local bands, Astral Space and Cranial Decay played. They were good, but their vocalists need to act a little more like they’re having fun up there. I think a few more live gigs will do them good, and Cranial Decay’s drummer said they may be opening for Watain at the Mews, so that will be nice.

[Astral Space is death metal, and sometimes they use keyboards, which is really nice. That eyeball on their drum kit is also rad]

[Cranial Decay reminds me of Nile]

Unfortunately, Fallujah, who was supposed to open also, flipped their van and trailer and trashed all their gear. (If you would like to donate to help them out, you can do so by buying some merch. There’s also a PayPal link that I’ve discovered, but I don’t have any way to verify it. I’ll let you know if I find out.):! They’re a really great band, and they could use your help!)

[This song reminds me of the Kirby’s Dream Land games. That is not a bad thing! I like prog and my SNES]

Cerebral Bore also didn’t play our date, which bummed me out because they have a spectacular female vocalist, and I was really looking forward to meeting her (I do not mean this in a creepy way. I don’t have a Y chromosome either).

In replacement of Fallujah, however, they got Battlecross from Detroit. I met one of their guitarists before hand and signed up on their mailing list, not knowing anything about them, and they freaking SLAYED. It was fantastic. Their bassist is amazing, and he finger-picks everything! Also the little dude on guitar is great, and he was wearing an Emperor shirt so he automatically won me over. Battlecross also donated some of their proceeds to help Fallujah, which I thought was really great of them. I can see a future post dedicated to these guys, so watch for it.

Hate Eternal. Ye gods. They were terrifying. That dude on guitar is the scariest guy I think I’ve ever seen (he might tie with Mortuus from Marduk). I got to shake his hand. Hate Eternal I had heard of but not heard; Metalion interviewed them once, but I hadn’t gotten that far in The Slayer Mag Diaries yet. They played the most brutal set I’ve seen, and I’ve seen Mayhem. Someone had dropped a beer can down by the speakers, and it was bouncing and rattling because it was that loud. The hair on my arms was vibrating. If you get a chance to go see them ever, do it. They are unreal.

Last was Goatwhore, who I saw open for Amon Amarth in 2009 (my first death metal show. Ah, memories). They were every bit as fun as I remembered them. Their vocalist has great stage presence, and he is my new friend. He kept fist-bumping me and giving me the horns, and he mussed my hair up once. Goatwhore may not be the most original USBM band, but they’re a great time and super friendly guys (and it is really awesome, good ol’ fashioned black metal). Maybe Summer Slaughter will come near here and I’ll get to see them again. Their shows are great fun (their t-shirts are also as fantastic as you’d expect). I’m sure I’ll be a Goatwhore regular.

This tour is a great one, and you should go if you get a chance!

I’ll be back sometime this week (hopefully) with more Swedish black metal. In the meantime, take heart, because Marduk’s new album Serpent Sermon is done being recorded!

Until next time.