Archive for April, 2012

Corretja – ‘American Ragnarok’

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , , , , on 30th April 2012 by tobiasgray

Band: Corretja
Album: American Ragnarok
Release date: October 2011
Genre: Metal
Label: Unsigned   –  http://corretja.net

 

 

Melodic death metal, with viking imagery and titles such as ‘A Battle For Lundene’; deathly vocals and blastbeats…this isn’t the new Amon Amarth album, but it’s a worthy addition to the (battle)field.  From Virginia USA, igniting the fires of European pagan metal – electronics included – on their home shores, Corretja have produced an album celebrating both American history and Norse mythology.  The tracks are concise (the longest clocking in at 3.55), and relentless in their energy.

From the American civil war to London’s bloodstained streets, ‘American Ragnarok’ is constantly throwing surprises and new ideas forward.  The opening tracks set the tone with pounding blasts, epic twin leads and atmospheric keyboards, then ‘Bull Run II’ introduces clean, electronically harmonised vocals intermittently – and the sample of a bull!

After 5 tracks of similarly powerful melodic DM (with thrash elements), ‘Throne of Bebbenberg’ appears with a minute long blast of old school, no frills death metal, minus keyboards.  It provides a quick detour from the established sound and nicely sets up the closing numbers ‘Enjoy the Violence’ and ‘Thrashowar’ – a drastically reimagined cover of Depeche Mode’s ‘Photographic’ and a fitting tribute to Manowar’s drummer Scott Columbus respectively.

Corretja have an admirable DIY ethic, and while the programmed drums and prominent keyboards lack the ‘polish’ of major label releases, this does not detract from the charm, energy and aggression of the album.  The songs are well written, the instruments played well and the delivery is consistent.  The band want to pay tribute to metal and they have totally succeeded.

With eight tracks in 20 minutes, there’s no danger of getting bored, the variety of riffs on display and the catchy melodies keep you enthralled until the end.

4.5/5

Tobias Gray.

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Interview: Before My Damnation

Posted in Interview with tags , , on 29th April 2012 by Demolithia

Before My Damnation is a 5 piece act, hailing from northern Sweden. Since the band was formed in autumn 2010, they have achieved alot! In 2011 their selfreleased debut EP – Drowning My Daughters was edited, and the band have also performed at several venues – Once as opening act to metal veterans In Flames!

Hereby I present  Before My Damnation to Valkyrian Musics readers:

What would make you participate in a firefight? – If tacos were banned by the government.

What makes you most vicious? – Anti-taco people.

What do you want to convey with your music? – We don’t have a real message with our music. Just fuck shit up!

Dream venue to perform a ritual show at were: – Tingan (a local place where most metal concerts are held in the bands residental town)

Describe a utopian existence.. ( world / society) – A world where mankind has been obliterated.

Most source of inspiration? – The world, everything, nothing.

Most remarkable place you have found yourselves in? – * Järpen

Please share your views on religious fanatics .. – They can do whatever the fuck they want, if they just don’t bug me.

Appetizing plate of death (best death metal album)? – THOSE WHOM THE GODS DETEST.

Undermined bang (worst albums)? – In Waves.

Most Extreme metaldemon is? – Nergal.

The ultimate venom (favorite drink / food): – Booze.

Favourite beast (animal)? – Minotaur.

Vokiller, who would you would like to make a duet with? – Aaron Matts [Betraying the Marytrs].

Drummer, who you would like to challenge in a pounding speed test? – Mario Duplantier.

Guitar/bass strangler, with who, would you feel compelled to duel with in a battle? – Buckethead.

Where do you think Before My Damnations will be in about 10 years? – In space.

Northern icy cold, subterranean heat wave, east or west thunder storm? – The cold, because we are vikings, and space is cold aswell..

Any last word .. – check us out at. www.facebook.com/beforemydamnation !

* Järpen is a village in the county Jämtland in northern Sweden.

EMPTINESS Releases Video For “It And I”

Posted in Metal, News on 29th April 2012 by markssonofjorvik

Belgium’s oppressive death metallers, EMPTINESS, featuring members of Enthroned, have released a video for the track “It and I,” taken from their newest full-length Error. The video, which was shot in the band’s own Blackout Studios, can be viewed at this location. Error is now available for order through Dark Descent Records.

EMPTINESS – IT AND I

Brooding and venomous, progressive and blackened, EMPTINESS’ Error is a  journey into descending madness. Forward-thinking black-doom insanity  wrapped in a groove-laden burl of off-kilter rhythms and disharmonic  melody collide with a poisonous tongue; Phorgath’s agonizing spoken rasp  claws at the mind and fuels the nightmare within. Embrace sorrowed  oblivion. Error delivers nine new tracks of killer death/black noise with a layout (done by Brussels-based Blackout Media) featuring a four-panel digipak on upgraded matte finish card stock with an eight page booklet.

“Error is a hungry, lurking beast avid to fill with fear the 40 minutes  descending darkness. This outing is encapsulated within the walls of  extreme sonicity, wrapping up around death metal, black, doom and  ambient in a way other Entombed worshipers do not work.” – Path To Oblivion

 

 

PHORGATH: Bass/Vocals
OLVE j.LW: Guitars / Backing Vocals
PHIL PIETERS SMITH: Guitars
JO SANDERS: Drums

Experimental Black Metal: Svarga Music to release SVYATOGOR’s Doctor Veritas on May 7th

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 29th April 2012 by markssonofjorvik

On May 7th Svarga Music will release Doctor Veritas,  the third album from Ukraine’s SVYATOGOR, an Experimental Death/Black  Metal album, one quite unusual for this style. Along with melodic  fragments and penetrating vocals, the solos smack of classical Heavy  Metal and the saxophone gives the music Jazz and Art-rock tendencies,  all of which is rooted in Black Metal. Lyrics are written in Russian,  Ukrainian, English and French languages and devoted to the problems of  society, preparation of human emotions, reflection on the subject of  contemporary history, structure of the universe, and macrocosm.  SVYATOGOR features Amorth I.M. (ex-DRUDKH, ex-ASTROFAES, UNDERDARK) and  Master Alafern (QUINTESSENCE MYSTICA, TRIGLAV, THUNDERKRAFT). Doctor Veritas is officially distributed by Australis Records (Chile), Casus Belli  Musica (Russia), Dead Shop (Ukraine), Fono (C.I.S.), My Kingdom Music  (Italy), Rock Inc/Bertus (BeNeLux), The End Records (North America) and  Code7/PlasticHead (UK & Worldwide).

An album teaser for Doctor Veritas has been posted at this location 

1.    Памяти мёртвых Героев [In Memory Of Fallen Heroes]
2.    Word hard. Eat. Watch.
3.    Манифест [The Manifesto]
4.    Doctor Veritas
5.    Нi вогню, нi меча… [Nor Fire, Nor Sword…]
6.    AWOKE / INCOMING (Antarctic solitude)
7.    Плюнуть и забыть [Spit And Forget]
8.    Неизбежность [Inevitability]
9.    La concupiscence [Lust]
10.    Реинкарнация дум [Reincarnation Of Thoughts]
The band is currently streaming the track “Work hard. Eat. Watch.” on Svarga Music’s Soundcloud Page.

Praise for SVYATOGOR:

“Svyatogor is a newcomer for which we definitely see a bright future  ahead. Yes, these four thoroughly experienced guys know exactly how to  make an interesting album from start to finish, without a single moment  of monotony.” – Rock Tribune (Belgium) [85/100]
“The truth is that these guys do not have any limits, and they don’t  seem to want do it anytime soon either, which is something that makes  them outstand and also make about them a really unique band. A  surprising album, of a well performed surprise.” – Queens of Steel (Spain) [8.5/10]
“The most amazing track is “La concupiscence” which is performed in French!” – AtmosFear Magazine (Ukraine) [8.5/10]
“It’s  pleasantly surprising. SVYATOGOR have taken two styles which, on their  own, can be suffocating, i.e. boring, and blended them into a  stimulating album well worth the time to listen to.” – Voices from the Darkside (Germany)
“Enjoyable and crushing from start to finish, ‘Doctor Veritas’ is as close to aggressive perfection as you can be!” – Valkyrian Music (UK) [4.5/5]
“An album filled with original and a creative genius because SVYATOGOR  drifts away from all the clichés of the genre and it is difficult to  compare it to any other existing band. Recommend to all who are tired of  hearing the same music again and again, but still remaining in the  Extreme Metal range.” – Metalland (France)
“There is everything, there is harmony, there is fluidity of sound, there is epic magniloquence and evil Black Metal.”- MetalHead Webzine (Italy) [7.5/10]
“It twists and turns all over the place and the musicianship really does impress.” – Ave Noctum (UK) [7/10]
Biography
SVYATOGOR  was founded by Arius (guitar) and Konstantin (vocal) in the autumn of  1999. At the beginning of its existence the songs “Battle beyond the  forest” and”Immediate Vengeance” were created. They later became the  basis of the band`s debut album. In the years 2000-2001 the band was  completed by Odalv (drums), Master Alafern (guitar, THUNDERKRAFT,  TRIGLAV), Paulus (bass) and actively began rehearsal and concert  activities.
In the summer of 2002 the recording of the debut album …With Wolfish Stalk and by Wings of Black… was started in the band`s home studio. Due to force majeure connected  with some faulty equipment the album was lost. And only in the spring of  2004 the band tries again to record the lost album, but now in a well  known Kharkov studio (audioALchemia). The attempt was successful and in  the spring of 2005 the first full-length album …With Wolfish Stalk and by Wings of  Black… (6 tracks, 33 minutes) was finally recorded. The style of the album can be characterized as Pagan Black Metal.
Having  recorded the album Odalv, Paulus and Konstantin leave the band. Arius  takes up vocals, a session drummer Vsesvit joins the band which makes it  possible for the band to continue rehearsals and take part in concerts.  With this team in 2006 the band records its second album
Energy-Freedom: Force is Strong, Power is Imperious (7 tracks, 51 minutes) in audioALchemia and XC-Records studios. The style is Death-Black Metal.
In  the autumn of 2007 the permanent drummer Amorth I.M. (ex-DRUDKH,  ex-ASTROFAES, UNDERDARK) and bass guitarist Duk join the band. During  the years 2006-2011 the band has active concert activities and takes  part in such festivals as Svarogovo Kolo, Navja Noch, Metal Point,  Svarogov Den etc., also supports many different European Death/Black  Metal bands. SVYATOGOR has also been invited to many concerts as a  headliner.
In the summer of 2011 SVYATOGOR completes its studio work on the third album
Doctor Veritas (10 tracks, 52 minutes). This album will be released on 7th of May 2012  by Ukrainian underground label Svarga Music. Currently the band is  working on their 4th album. The recording sessions are planned for  summer 2012.
Band line-up:
Arius – vocal, guitar
Master Alafern – guitar, violin
Duk – bass
Amorth I.M. – drums
Contact:

Warriors Of Metal Fest V Open Air Releases Official Fest Poster

Posted in News on 29th April 2012 by markssonofjorvik
Amelia, Ohio.  April 23, 2012.  Warriors of Metal, Inc. proudly releases this year’s Warriors Of Metal Fest V Open Air festival poster custom designed by Dragonfyre Studios in Defiance, Ohio (http://www.angelfire. com/indie/dragonfyre/home.html) who also designed the 2012 Double CD Fest Compilation released 2 weeks ago.  The original Warriors of Metal Fest logo was conceptualized by Justin Lucas of Chillicothe, Ohio’s Greenman imagery ( http://www.greenmanimagery.deviantart.com)  and made manifest to its full glory by Jean Paul Torres of Florida’s Lord Crusan Design ( http://www.lordcrusan.com).  The Lord Crusan Design logo of the crossed axes and Warriors of Metal banners on Justin Lucas’ stylized W is the official logo of Warriors of Metal, Inc. and the Fest logo has now been further bloodied & Metalized thanks to Dragonfyre Studios!
 Tickets for the festival are on sale at http://www.warriorsofmetalfest.com.  Weekend passes for adults (17 and up) are just $50 and Weekend 4-Packs for adults (groups of 4 people) are only $40 per person. Adult single day tickets are $30 for each day and $25 per person in a 4-Pack for a sigle day ticket. Teenager tickets (11-16) are only $15 for the whole weekend, Friday only or saturday only. Kids under 11 get in for free. Camping is free from Thursday, June 28th to Sunday, July 1st and ticket buyers can also pre-order their Fest t-shirts at the time of their ticket purchase.
For more information visit the Warriors Of Metal Fest’s website at
www.warriorsofmetalfest.com
and for new updates visit the Fest’s Facebook page at
http://www.facebook.com/ warriorsofmetal

UNCANNY’s The Path of Flesh 7″ Now Available Through Dark Descent Records

Posted in News on 29th April 2012 by markssonofjorvik

Formed  in 1990, Sweden’s Uncanny was an early progenitor of the Swedish death  metal scene.  After a couple demos, a split and an oft-overlooked  full-length in 1994, Uncanny faced an untimely and unfortunate demise. Eighteen years after their lone debut, Splenium for Nyktophobia,  Uncanny returns with two brand new tracks featured on this 7″.  This is  not a reformation without merit.   “Creation’s Tomb” and “The Path of  Flesh” are authentic slabs of death metal done the old way.

This 7″ has three editions.  Black vinyl version with matte finish glue  pocket and insert, the green vinyl version which is exclusive to the  UK’s Me Saco Un Ojo Records and the white vinyl version exclusive to  Dark Descent Records.  Cover art was skillfully provided by Rafał  Kruszyk.

“The Path of Flesh.” is now streaming online at this location

UNCANNY 2012:
Jens Törnroos – Vocals
Fredrik Norrman – Guitars
Kennet Englund – Drums
Johan Jansson – Guitars
Mattias Norrman – Bass

UNCANNY released  two demos (1991’s Transportation to the Uncanny and 1992’s Nyktalgia), a split release in 1993 with ANCIENT RITES  and one full-length in 1994 titled Splenium For Nyktophobia. In 2011, Dark Descent Records released all one and a half hours of this classic-era Swedish death  metal together on one double-disc package. Like the limited run 3LP Uncanny box set  released by The Crypt in 2010, this 2CD is titled MCMXCI –  MCMXCIV and features original artwork from Splenium For Nyktophobia as well as artwork from the demo era.

MCMXCI – MCMXCIV is as near a perfect document of Sweden’s legendarily fertile death metal scene as you’re going to get in 2011; an unfuckwithable memorium to one of the country’s best bands who never ‘made it’ to levels of their peers, the mighty Uncanny… Consider this a must-purchase release if your tastes even BEGIN to bend towards the dead heavy, dead evil DEATH METAL. Rating: A (rrrrrrrrrgh) + – Metal Army America

…a must have for collectors. 9.5/10 – Queens Of Steel

…the golden age of Swedish Death Metal. – Heavyhardes.com

  

VORE Signs With Germany’s AFM Records

Posted in News on 29th April 2012 by markssonofjorvik

Death metal veterans VORE is proud to announce that they have just signed with Germany’s AFM Records. The deal will see a re-release of VORE’s most recent album, Gravehammer (which was released by the band in December of last year) on July 20th on CD and vinyl formats. The iron fist of the underground is now poised for world domination!

 
Barely a month after its release, Gravehammer reached the #4 spot on Amazon.com’s death metal downloads chart and received praise from critics around the world. The long-awaited follow up to 2005’s MaleficusGravehammer, sees VORE’s battle-ready brand of death metal taken to a new level of intensity and aggression. 

“Gravehammer unfolds as a storm of swarming, chopping, chainsaw riffs, driven by a volatile rhythmic butchery.– MetalInjection.com

“Gravehammer…is simply amazing and flawless death metal.” -Dead Void Dreams

 

“The production is clear and hefty, and the vocals are bare bones deep growls, but Vore need no window dressing as Gravehammer is all about the riff. Huge, thunderous almost doomy death metal riffs  that lumber and lope like WWII battle tanks and covering machine gun  fire.” – TeethOfTheDivine.com

VORE has been cranking out their unique blend of crushing, doom-laden death metal since 1994. VORE draws upon death, thrash and traditional metal influences to create an onslaught of titanic power and heaviness. VORE‘s  mid-paced rhythmic style is built around strong riffs and songcraft,  rather than all out speed, which sets them apart from current trends in death metal. Over this soundscape, themes of doom, darkness, conquest and sorcery

roar in a savage vocal attack.

VORE consists of guitarist/vocalist Page Townsley, drummer Remy Cameron and  bassist Jeremy Partin. The band has independently released four self  financed cd’s – Dead Kings Eyes in 1997, Lord of Storms in 2001, Maleficus in 2005 and their latest opus, Gravehammer, is being unleashed in late 2011.

VORE has worked hard to promote their metallic wares in the metal  underground and beyond. All of their releases have garnered accolades in  the metal press, and despite remaining independent and unsigned to a  label all these years (many argue criminally so!), they have sold  thousands of cd’s worldwide and charted at metal radio.

VORE is always at their best within the live realm, pummeling audiences with  their thunderous sonic assault and tight energetic performances. Over  the years VORE has performed with bands such as MORBID ANGEL,  CANNIBAL CORPSE, OBITUARY, DEICIDE, SIX FEET UNDER, NILE, IN FLAMES,  MONSTROSITY, MALEVOLENT CREATION, HALFORD, ORIGIN, GOATWHORE, CATTLE  DECAPITATION, MANOWAR, CARCASS and many others. VORE are also veterans of the infamous Milwaukee Metalfest.

Page Townsley – Guitar & vocals Remy Cameron – Drums Jeremy “Skullcrusher” Partin – Bass & vocals

www.vore.org

www.facebook.com/vorefare

www.myspace.com/vorefare

www.youtube.com/vorefare

www.reverbnation.com/vore