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Stream Deafheaven’s Sunbather on Pitchfork

Posted in post-black metal, release info, united states with tags , , , , , on May 30, 2013 by blackmetallurgy

MDF update (Part I of Satan-knows-how-many) tomorrow. In the meantime, Pitchfork has put Deafheaven’s Sunbather on their Advance Stream. The album comes out June 11. It is a nice mashup of black-metally sounding things and post-rock, and also it is pink. Love it, hate it, what have you, you can listen to it here.

-Hagalaz

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New Watain Single “All That May Bleed” To Be Released June 21st (With Musings from Yours Truly)

Posted in black metal, musings, release info, sweden with tags , , , , , on May 15, 2013 by blackmetallurgy

This morning Watain issued a press statement on Facebook about their new single from their new album, which I gushed about on here recently. The single will be called “All That May Bleed,” and it will appear on the album The Wild Hunt later this year. Said single will come forth on June 21st (the summer solstice, of course. Which makes me realize that Walpugisnacht just flew right past me this year without me noticing. I was going to see Ghost; I was distracted.) That’s also just in time for my birthday (woo).

I’m going to be skeptical for once, even though I love Watain, because I am curious about some things. Namely:

1)     1)  “The lyric is an invitation to sacrificial blood letting, ecstatic zealotry and human sacrifice.” This is really interesting to me, especially coupled with the pyramid and sacrifices on the cover. It doesn’t seem like Watain’s usual schtick, so I’m both intrigued and cautious about the experimentation that this move implies. Is this going to be a new way of approaching the Chaos-Satanism their music usually addresses, or is this something else?

2)     2) The artwork is really cool, but E usually does their artwork and he didn’t do this one. It seems like somewhat of a deviation from the Watain that is responsible for the whole package, which is what I’m used to seeing. That puts me on edge, and it makes me kind of sad because I really like E’s work. Hopefully he will still do most of the artwork for the album.

Artwork by Bp. Necropolitus Cracoviensis Zbigniew Bielak II.

Artwork by Bp. Necropolitus Cracoviensis Zbigniew Bielak II.

3)     3) “Gottfrid Åhman from In Solitude participates on solo guitar” on the B-side track. I am skeptical about a lot of things, but not this. This makes me very excited. In Solitude are amazing, and they are so young and have so much potential, I’m really happy that Watain is choosing to perform with one of their members on this single. It’s a kind gesture. Hooray for solidarity.

4)      4) Only available in vinyl and digital download? Really guys? For a single? Pssssh.

All that being said, I am excited to hear this thing when it comes out.  I’m nervous, especially with having someone else do the artwork and the shift in lyrical content, but I am also looking forward to hearing what is in store on this new record. Some of my favorite albums of last year were the ones that were trying new things (Serpent Sermon, RIITIIR). Plus, I really want this single/album to go well to prove to the haters that Watain aren’t selling out just because they signed with a bigger label. Because I wrote a post defending you guys, Watain, so don’t mess this up.

Anyway, we shall see, I suppose. [Still working on that other stuff. More soon. I’ve been so long with no time to blog, and now I have too much time].

-Hagalaz

[All of the quotes, artwork, etc., came from the above post which appeared on Watain’s Facebook earlier today]

New Watain Album This Year!

Posted in black metal, release info, sweden with tags , , , , on May 1, 2013 by blackmetallurgy

So yesterday, Watain announced on their Facebook that there will be a new album this year! The album will be called The Wild Hunt, and dates are August 19 in Europe and August 20 in the U.S.

I am very glad that I heard of this while in the privacy of my own home, as I may have embarrassed myself if I’d learned it while out in public somewhere.

I am going to be working up a review of the new Ghost album, as well as going to see Ghost this weekend (and reviewing that), so I will be posting again soon. I am going to have to relinquish my battle jacket for a bit after this weekend, though (my friend and I are flying to Maryland Deathfest, and I don’t want complications on the plane), so I am madly sewing in my spare time trying to get it as done as possible before the end of the week. Pictures will, of course, follow.

Until then, listen to this song because I am obsessed with the main riff, particularly at 5:10, when it shifts a little.

-Hagalaz

Throwback Thursday: New Devil’s Blood, New Ghost

Posted in release info, retro occult rock, sweden with tags , , , , , on April 11, 2013 by blackmetallurgy

Thought I’d share with you what I’ve been listening to today as I work on this post I’ve been writing for what feels like years. (Sorry for my absences. Life and school happened.)

First of all, the new Ghost album comes out Tuesday, in case you have been living under a rock and didn’t hear about it. It’s been leaked, it’s out there, you can get a hold of it already. But if you haven’t, you can also stream it at Pitchfork right now. And you should do that. Because oh my goodness the intro was enough to convince me to get it on Tuesday. Plus, the Pitchfork stream has the album artwork, so you can look at pictures as you listen.

Also, I’m sure you all know about my mourning for The Devil’s Blood, who are one of my favorite bands and who broke up in January. Well, the band is going to release the remnants of the album that wasn’t later on this month in Europe (no news yet as to when we are getting it in the States/Canada), and they posted a link on their Facebook earlier today with a track from said album. It’s a rough mix, but to be honest, I really like the sound of it. It’s very visceral, somehow. You can listen to it below, and then if you are so inclined, you could go read the accompanying note on The Devil’s Blood’s Facebook page, as it’s very nice.

Paganfest IV tomorrow with Ensiferum (hooray!), which I will review, plus my post on Nachtmystium that I promise will be done soon. Have a retro evening.

-Hagalaz

Metaldudes Cats Book!

Posted in black metal, blackened death metal, books, death metal, doom, DSBM, folk metal, grindcore, neo-folk, post-black metal, release info, thrash, united states, viking metal on March 11, 2013 by blackmetallurgy

It occurred to me the other day that I should totally do a post about the Metaldudes Cats Book. I have been following this project on Facebook since shortly after it started, and the time is nigh for the release of the book! Alexandra Crockett started the Metaldudes Cats Book project in an effort to “’[challenge] stereotypes of masculinity and the metal culture. I think we can all agree that cat photos and videos are an integral part of the Internet. Metaldudes Cats Book combines three loves that have a global reach: Kitties, Metal, and Dudes. A love of kitties binds the entire world together, even tough guys who listen to brutal, harsh music.” [from the official press release on Bloody-Disgusting.com]. Personally, I think this is a great idea. It’s always good to see metal dudes just being dudes; also, cats are awesome.

I'm not a metaldude, but this is my metalcat, Leander.

I’m not a metaldude, but this is my metalcat, Leander.

The book will be a coffee table book and will have pictures of some famous metal musicians with their cats, like Malefic (Xasthur), as well as a slew of pics of the tons of metal fans with their beloved pets. As I post this (and I don’t know why I didn’t do it earlier- I didn’t think of it until recently), the book is in the final stages of its production, and it should be coming out in April. Alex has been holding benefit shows for the book and for no-kill cat shelters, and is always updating the Facebook page with info about how to support local shelters and lost animals, etc. In other words, she is a stand-up lady as well as a genius and artist and you should support her work! If you’d like to make a direct donation, you can do so at her PayPal (aleksan@u.washington.edu) or Indiegogo or you can buy things from her Etsy store. I bought a poster from one of the benefit shows (it is really nice. Printed on cardstock) as well as buttons for my battle jacket and Leander’s battle jacket. It also came with a thank you note signed by Alex.

It's a nice size, too.

It’s a nice size, too.

Buttons!

Buttons!

I’ll be posting more about this project when the book comes out, because I’m totally buying one. If you’ve got some spare cash, consider supporting the Metaldudes Cats Book. Because everyone knows cats are totally metal.

-Hagalaz

[info from Bloody-Disgusting.com and the Metaldudes Cats Book Facebook]

So Godseed is Coming Back…

Posted in black metal, release info, true norwegian black metal with tags , , , , , , , on September 2, 2012 by blackmetallurgy

Once upon a time, there was a band called Gorgoroth, who had a nasty fight break out, the end of which was that the bassist and vocalist, King ov Hell and Gaahl respectively, tried to kick out founding member Infernus and take the Gorgoroth name for themselves. The courts ruled in favor of Infernus (he had, of course, been there since the beginning), and pointed out that by excluding Infernus from their band, King and Gaahl had actually excluded themselves from Infernus’ band. Most people, I gather, think that the ruling was fair, and King and Gaahl have kind of gone down in history as rather mean people for doing that to poor Infernus.

It has to be said, though, that regardless of your opinion on the Gorgoroth fiasco, King is a really, really good composer, and Gaahl a fantastic vocalist. I mean, listen to this.

[That’s also a really cool video that person made there]

They did that. Good stuff. Well, they had written two albums worth of lyrics and music, and so the two decided to start their own band and call it Godseed. Unfortunately, Gaahl decided he was done with metal before the project got too far, and Godseed has been sitting on hold for a long time.

Well, good news everyone! Gaahl has decided to come back to metal (hooray!). Godseed is apparently working on a new album, which has me all kinds of anxious. Excitement and worry simultaneously. Because I heard that the songs that were supposed to be the first Godseed album became The Underworld Regime by Ov Hell, an all-star band featuring King ov Hell, Shagrath (Dimmu Borgir), Ice Dale (Enslaved), Teloch (Teeth and Thorns, Mayhem, The Konsortium, and a whole slew of other bands) and Frost (Satyricon, 1349). That album was perfectly all right. Besides the cast playing on it, though, I really didn’t find it that special- it’s Norwegian black metal. It’s fine.

[Perfectly all right Norwegian black metal. To be fair, I think this album’s faults might have arisen from a number of reasons]

I hope the new Godseed album is as amazing as Gorgoroth’s Ad Majorem Sathanas Gloriam. That’s what I want. Something of that caliber of ugly, because that was really, really well done.

Also I want Gaahl to bring back Trelldom, because it was awesome.

We shall see what happens. The album will be called I Begin, and is slated for a Oct. 30 release date in Europe and Oct. 23 in the US (how we are getting it first I have no idea). No matter what happens, I’m happy to see both these guys back in the scene, as they are both extremely talented musicians.

(And no, I don’t have that thing on French black metal done yet. I need to listen more, as I don’t know the bands well enough over the span of their careers to really comment on them yet. Also, I forgot Mütilation in my grand schemings somehow, and need to figure that out).

Later.

Hagalaz

Up and Coming/ Local Legends: False (Minneapolis, MN)

Posted in black metal, featured artist, local, new artist, release info, underground, USBM with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 12, 2012 by blackmetallurgy

Great news, everybody! The greatest band you’ve never heard of is going back on tour! False is an excellent little black metal band from Minneapolis, MN, and I have never managed to see them live so this news is great for me. They were supposed to open for the Wolves in the Throne Room show that was cancelled in August last year, so I missed them then, and then I had planned to see them in Oklahoma while I was home for the holidays and never could get the address in time (I had communicated with their drummer online but between them being on tour without internet access and me unable to leave to make it to the venue in time it didn’t happen). Just recently they opened for Negură Bunget in St. Paul, and neither me nor my friend Jamie knew about it (they weren’t listed on the bill). So FINALLY, I will get to see them.

False is straight up, underground black metal. They follow the Wolves in the Throne Room method of really, really long songs, and their self-titled EP, which featured two of them, was no. 14 on Decibel’s 40 Best Albums of 2011.

[This is one]

False is determined to maintain the DIY and underground ethic, too. Their albums are only on vinyl for physical copies, although I downloaded the EP online for $5 (which you might can still do as well. I do plan on getting the vinyl sometime, maybe when I see them, and *hopefully* get it signed. I think it’d be great to have a piece of local lore like that, especially from a band I love). They have been playing primarily DIY venues, so they can be hard to find sometimes. They also don’t publicize well, so I had no idea they were opening for Negură Bunget. I suppose, however, that will just make seeing them in August that much sweeter. I’ve been waiting for this for a year now.

[When they opened for Negură Bunget. Yes, their vocalist is a tiny girl. Which is AWESOME]

False has a new song out on a split with Barghest through Gilead Media that you can listen to at good ol’ Decibel. The split (on vinyl only) will be available in August, but it looks like you can pick up False’s EP from Gilead Media.

Give False a listen (and then get thee hence and to the nearest date to you!). Trust me. You won’t regret it.

Later,

Hagalaz

[Also, if you enjoyed my post on black metal lyrics (or even if you hated it and completely disagree with me), my friend Jamie posted a response on his blog. You can find that here: http://jimmymacworld.wordpress.com/2012/07/09/metal-lyrics-and-authorship/]