Archive for October, 2013

Funeral Mist Releases a Box Set!

Posted in black metal, funeral mist, marduk, sweden, underground with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 24, 2013 by blackmetallurgy

** UPDATE: I have learned that apparently the drop date will be sometime in December (no word on an exact date yet). Also, the Havok demo will NOT be packaged with the Devilry EP like on the CD.**

*Edited because I didn’t put an exclamation point at first. And Funeral Mist deserves at least one exclamation point)

Guys. YOU GUYS. A friend of mine shared an image on Facebook yesterday telling me that Noevdia is issuing a Funeral Mist box set sometime in November/December!

This is the image making the rounds on Facebook

This is the image making the rounds on Facebook

That’s right, kids. Gatefold double LPs (I’m intrigued to know if the Devilry album will also have the demo material on it like the CD version). Also, there is going to be a 28 page booklet of… something. What do you make a booklet of if the band doesn’t perform live? Arioch’s artwork? Because that would be really cool. And a poster, and a patch. Finally! So all the other little Funeral Mist fan-boys and girls don’t have to make their own Funeral Mist patch out of an oversized shirt.

As I’m sure you know, Funeral Mist is pretty much my most beloved metal band alongside Mayhem. And therefore, I’m sure you also have inferred that I’ve already pre-ordered my copy (there’s no official release date yet that I know of). Overseas folks, talk to Noevdia. US fans, the Ajna Offensive’s got us covered (to ship to Minnesota it’s going to cost me about $12, or at least that’s the estimate). This is a huge deal, guys, as these things (I assume) are pretty limited, will sell like hotcakes, and will be a rare chance for those of us who don’t have any Funeral Mist vinyl to get our hands on really nice editions.

Concert: Anathema/Alcest/Mamiffer (9/22, Mill City Nights, Minneapolis, MN)

Posted in blackgaze, concerts, doom, doom metal, england, france, mill city nights, minneapolis, minneapolis/st. paul, post-black metal, united states with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 13, 2013 by blackmetallurgy

As I mentioned last time, Alcest had to hurry out of the store so they could make it to the venue in time to do sound checks, etc. I got to Mill City nights a little bit before the show started and browsed merch for a while- Mamiffer had an amazing tank top with a cat on it. Also, Anathema and Alcest had some pretty cool shirts and merch. The crowd for this show was varied; I saw people I had never seen before, and lots of people brought their significant other (metal is not usually romantic. But if it was, it’d sound like Alcest).

Mamiffer was a really excellent opening act. Eerie and atmospheric, they provided the perfect intro to a band like Alcest. They consistent of a female vocalist/keyboardist and a guy guitarist, and it reminded me somewhat of a post-rock set in that they would use feedback between songs to give the illusion of no downtime. I really enjoyed their set, and I look forward to hearing more from them.

Alcest was the next band on this shortened bill, and they were absolutely incredible. The highlight of the night for me, Alcest played a lot of songs off their latest album, Les Voyages de L’Âme (incidentally, that was the first ever review to appear on Blackmetallurgy). They also briefly touched on the older albums, and debuted some new material for the upcoming record. I will admit, I was in tears; it’s been a rough year for me, and Alcest has gotten me through a lot of it as Alcest plays the happiest songs I know. It was incredible to see them live, and an absolute honor to meet Neige.

Anathema finished up the night as co-headliners. Their set was very impressive- I can tell that the members of Anathema are all very talented and natural musicians. However, the music was really not my style at all. Anathema used to be big into doom, but their newer material has moved to a poppier sound, barely even metal at all. At one point they said they’d play an old song, but alas, it wasn’t old enough. Those of us who hoped that Anathema would cater to fans of the older material left feeling dissatisfied with the Englishmen’s set.

I didn’t buy a t-shirt this time. The only shirt that Alcest had that I was somewhat interested in was only available in L and XL by the time I got up to the booth to buy something. I ended up getting a record, as I absolutely love Écailles de Lune and didn’t own a physical copy of it, and I knew how hard it would be to track down an Alcest record (Into the Void, for instance, doesn’t have any). I am really, really glad I got the record. I saw Neige standing by the merch tables after I bought my record and borrowed a pen from a security guard so I could see if he’d sign it too. He did, of course, and I got to thank him for the music and tell him that it helps my mental state a lot when times are bad.

:D

😀

The vinyl itself is beautiful too. Like pale blue marble.

The vinyl itself is beautiful too. Like pale blue marble.

Although Anathema was a bit disappointing (for me, anyway), I thoroughly enjoyed Mamiffer, and Alcest made an absolute mess of me. I had wondered how well they’d do on Mill City Nights’ big stage, but the turnout was really excellent. Great night, great show, great company, great band/guys. Three weeks later I’m still trying to shake the daze.

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Upcoming things- I saw Saint Vitus last week, so I’ll talk about that soon, and also I am going to be reviewing a couple of albums that my buddy over at Ars Magna Recordings sent me. Then, of course, there are reviews of the new Watain and Woe, and I am planning on snagging the new Inquisition as soon as it drops and work on tracking myself down a copy of Gris’ new one. I might be doing a review of the new Ensiferum as well. I’ve also got some other things in the works, and Watain on Wednesday (!!!). Still incredibly busy, but I’m going to make it my goal to work on the blog at least 30 minutes every day so I can hopefully stay on top of things.

 -Hagalaz

Alcest In-Store Appearance at Into the Void Records! (St. Paul, MN)

Posted in france, local, minneapolis/st. paul, post-black metal with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 2, 2013 by blackmetallurgy

Last week I got to be a part of something REALLY cool- a special in-store appearance at Into the Void Records with Alcest! They played a short acoustic set (just a couple of songs; they had to get on over to the venue) and then hung out for 15-20 minutes for a meet and greet and to sign people’s stuff.

It was an awesome experience to get to meet Neige and get my own stuff signed as well. He was also kind enough to sign a CD booklet for my friend Jamie, who recently moved back to Georgia (and who needs to blog more now that he has time). The event was also really good for the store- it’s a good thing we were stocked up on Alcest albums. I counted 40 people there before the set, and I think a few more wandered in during the performance. Before the band left for the venue they signed a poster that a friend had made for the store. It was a really lovely time, and Into the Void is going to try to host a band each month, at least for signings/meet and greets if not actual sets. (Right now I am pushing for Exhumed in October.)

Pics/vid are below.

The stage is set

The stage is set

Alcest playing their acoustic set.

Alcest playing their acoustic set

Me and Neige

Me and Neige

Neige signing the banner

Neige signing the banner

Tofu forever!

Tofu forever!

:D

😀

[Yeah, so I guess I have a YouTube now. I can’t imagine I’ll use it much, ‘cept for maybe stuff like this.]

Review of the actual Alcest concert coming as soon as I can get it typed.

-H