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Amon Amarth release details about ninth studio album

Posted in Featured, News with tags , , , , , , , on 16th April 2013 by Nico Davidson

Swedish Viking-themed death metallers Amon Amarth recently unveiled the details of their ninth studio album. Titled Deceiver of the Gods, the epic offering of Viking-styled death metal was recorded at Backstage Studios in Derbyshire, UK, produced, mixed and mastered by Andy Sneap (Opeth, Megadeth, Exodus, Arch Enemy, Killswitch Engage). The cover art was, once again, completed by Tom Thiel and depicts a mythical battle between the Norse deities Loki and Thor (Editor’s note: The artwork looks partially like a scene from the movie, Thor). Fans will also recognize a special appearance on this album with Messiah Marcolin (Candlemass) providing guest vocals for eighth song, Hel (Whom in Norse mythology is the goddess of the dead and ruler of Helheim). Deceiver of the Gods will be released in the UK via Metal Blade Records 24th June, along with the rest of Europe and the album will be released in Germany, Austria and Switzerland on 21st June.

The band’s vocalist Johan Hegg comments:

We feel very excited about this new album, and personally I feel that Deceiver of the Gods is the strongest album we’ve ever done. By far! I’m confident that all our fans will enjoy this ‘punch-in-the-face-of-a-record!

Opening title track and first single, Deceiver of the Gods is currently streaming at the band’s official Metal Blade page, where you’ll also find special pre-order info. You can also listen to the track below.

Deceiver of the Gods Track Listing:
01. Deceiver of the Gods
02. As Loke Falls
03. Father of the Wolf
04. Shape Shifter
05. Under Siege
06. Blood Eagle
07. We Shall Destroy
08. Hel
09. Coming of the Tide
10. Warriors of the North

Described as a compelling synthesis of buzzsaw riff work, melodic harmonies and soul-severing rhythms punctuated by vocalist Johan Hegg’s callous Viking roar and gripping accounts of Norse battles and treachery, Deceiver of the Gods is the follow-up to the band’s critically lauded 2011 Surtur Rising full-length. Finding placement on multiple charts worldwide the record is among the band’s fastest-selling albums to date. Surtur Rising sold approximately 15,000 copies in the United States in its first week landing the band at #34 on the Billboard Top 200 and #1 on the Billboard Top Hard Music Albums. Around the world Surtur Rising also charted in Germany at #8 on the Top 100 chart, #19 on Canada’s Top 200 Chart, #12 on Austria’s Top 40 Chart and Switzerland’s Top 100 at #20.

Amon Amarth will be opening the main stage of this year’s edition of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Fest set to commence June 29th in San Bernardino . Prior to that they’ll be at the 2013 edition Download, sharing the stage with the likes of Airbourne, Rival Sons and Limp Bizkit!

Amon Amarth’s summer 2013 European festival tour dates are as follow:
06/01 Nijmegen, NL Forta Rock Festival
06/06 Solvesborg, SE Sweden Rock Festival
06/07 Nurburgring, DE Rock Am Ring
06/08 Amnéville, FR Sonisphere
06/09 Nurenberg, DE Rock Im Park
06/11 Prague, CZ MeetFactory
06/12 Wroclaw, PL Eter Club
06/14 Copenhagen, DK Copenhell
06/15 Nickelsdorf, AT Nova Rock
06/16 Donington, UK Download Festival

Amon Amarth online:


Interview with Stefan Keller [Neaera]

Posted in Featured, Interview with tags , , , , , , on 25th March 2013 by Freya

With the release Ours Is The Storm through Metal Blade earlier this month, which is Teutonic metal outfit Neaera’s sixth studio album, Freya Cherlet grabs hold of the band’s guitarist Stefan for a chat about all things Neaera and more.

Freya: What gave you the inspiration for your new album? Or people who inspire them?

Stefan: I think it is always the same thing that inspires you. To me it really doesn’t matter which record it is, I think the motivation and inspiration is always the same more or less. The question simply is, why are you a musician? I am playing guitar and writing music and lyrics because I use it as an extension of my soul – and that’s pretty much it! There is input and then there is output. We have a strong desire for output and that’s why we are putting out records quite frequently. To me this is the best part about playing in a band. To see it grow and evolve and being put together until finally a little, insignificant piece of art or expression has been put out into the world.

Freya: How does the song writing process go for the band?

Stefan: After the first record we decided to work together in a group of three, that is our drummer Sebastian and the other guitar player Tobias. Tobias and I create riffs and melodies at home, mostly without making songs of it. Then we present our ideas to the other two and write a song together. After we’re done with a few songs, we show them to the others and play them together. The lyrics are mainly written by myself as well as by our bass player Benjamin.

Freya: Are there any bands or artists you’d like to work with or go on tour with?

Stefan: I have been dreaming of a German US tour with Rammstein, Heaven Shall Burn, Caliban and us. I fear that will never happen though…

Freya: How does the rest of 2013 look for you?

Stefan: Well, we have been confirmed for a large number of great festivals, including Summer Breeze and Wacken, two of the most brilliant festivals in Germany. Apart from that we will do something special for our tenth anniversary in summer and will also play a tour again in Autumn. Maybe some songwriting as well.

Freya: Neaera is the name of multiple figures in Greek mythology, including an Oceanid and one of the Niobids. Why did you pick this to be the band’s name?

Stefan: I have never heard any of these names, to be quite frank. We found the name in John Milton’s book Paradise Lost. Neaera has been sexually enslaved and later in life freed herself from this burden by using courage and wit. It is a metaphor for oppression and freedom, which can be found in multiple ways and forms and variations on our planet everyday and everywhere… but often without the happy end.

Freya: Which is your favourite album out of the six albums have released so far?

Stefan: They all have something particular. I like to think back to the recording process of our first new records. Everything was so goddamn exciting and new! Today we have gained some more routine and professionalism – the flipside is that it is not that exciting anymore, I must admit. I pick our latest record because it really is our most focused, mature and most versatile effort.

Freya: Which do you enjoy more: Being in the studio or being on tour?

Stefan: We are not really a studio band. I, for my part, love trying out things and leaving the studio with something unplanned or unexpected, a solo or melody or something. But our singer Benjamin and Tobias don’t like studio work and wanna leave as soon as possible. I think we are more tour band, yeah.

Freya: If you weren’t in Neaera, what do you think you’d be doing instead?

Stefan: I have studied to be an English and Educational Science teacher during the band’s career and I have also just finished a two-year teacher training for high school. This was very time-consuming and led the fact that I had to be replaced by a very nice (though ugly) but unfortunately way better guitar student. So the answer is: I would teach kids. But of course, I will always write and play and listen to metal music.

Freya: What hobbies do have away from music?

Stefan: Well, I have been a hobby photographer since my early youth. I also like to swim and go the gym. I also go to classical symphony concerts and the theatre a lot. Does drinking count as a hobby?

Freya: How would you describe your fans? And what do they mean to you?

Stefan: Our fans are very committed and faithful. On the show in Munich a fan called Jochen brought us a cake which had our new album cover on it. He said it was his 63rd Neaera show. I think this is unbelievably great. We have gathered some very cool fans over the years who seem very interested in what we do and how we do it. That’s just fantastic! We are smart enough to know that it is these people who keep us as a band alive and active.

Freya: Anything you’d like to say to our readers?

Stefan: Finally, I wanna say thanks to everyone at Valkyrian Music who bought (or downloaded) our new record. We really hope we didn’t disappoint your expectations. We have become very god friends with Southampton-based metalcore powerhouse Bury Tomorrow and I hope we’ll tour the UK with them sometime soon.

Ours Is The Storm is now available via Metal Blade Records.

Neaera – Ours is the Storm

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , on 15th March 2013 by Freya

Ours is the Storm
Released 5th March 2013
Melodic Death Metal
Released via Metal Blade

After three years of silence Neaera strikes again with Ours is the Storm. The German band has been busy touring throughout 2012, and if this album truly is a hurricane, 2013 won’t be a quiet year either.

After a short intro the album kicks into a higher gear with Ours is the Storm, which is also the title song. With this song the band proves that melodic death metal can be quite catchy. I caught myself humming the tune a few times during the day. After this powerful opener, the album rages on and the band carries on the legacy they established with earlier records: songs filled with raw energy and heartfelt lyrics.

Walk with Fire and Guardian of Ashes are two examples of songs who have a powerful and unique intros. They show of the harmony between guitars and drums and their ability to paint a picture ready to be completed by powerful vocals.  Slaying the Wolf Within turns out to be the eye of the storm thanks to guest vocalist Nathan Gray from Boy Sets Fire. His clear, almost pained voice contrasts against the pounding drums and diverse guitar lines. This song about people on the verge of giving up and slaying their inner wolf is something many people will relate to.

And yet it seems like something is missing. It all sounds like a well-oiled machine, which subdues the elements of surprise, the few treasures buried in this melodic monsoon.

In the end, this album is a worthy successor for Forging the Eclipse, and Benjamin Hilleke proves yet again that he can master his voice like no other. Ours is the Storm is raw and almost hypnotizing with powerful guitar work and crashing drums. The entire time music and vocals clash into each other and it’s difficult to pick a side because the combination of these two elements sounds spot on.


Freya Cherlet


Pyrithion announce debut EP; The Burden of Sorrow set to be released 15th April

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 5th March 2013 by Nico Davidson

It’s a struggle for some bands to get started, while others appear to seamlessly come together. With years of perspective and experience, the three members of Pyrithion have created a dark and intense death metal record almost overnight. The individual members’ prior success aside, the music speaks for itself.

Frontman Tim Lambesis, who is best known for his work as the front man of As I Lay Dying, explained: “I have wanted to do a heavier and more traditionally metal band for a while. Being that I own a recording studio, I thought a great place to start was by asking my engineer who the best guitar player is that he has recorded. I wanted to team him up with one of my favorite guitar players growing up.

Shortly thereafter, Ryan Glisan from Allegaeon and Andy Godwin (formerly a member of The Famine and Embodyment) began sending ideas back and forth. Those ideas would form the foundations of the first three Pyrithion songs. Glisan elaborates further on the band’s expedited origin, “When Tim first reached out to me to ask if I was interested in starting a new project, I was really intrigued as to where the overall sound would go. Given the short time frame we had to work with, the “newness” of all the members, and an uncertainty of an overall direction, I wasn’t initially 100% confident in how the end product would turn out. After spending a weekend collaborating, recording these initial 3 songs, and beginning to write new songs going forward, I can say with absolute confidence now that this band will be a major force in the metal scene.

Pyrithion‘s debut release, The Burden of Sorrow, stands as a showcase of what the members are capable of putting together over what merely amounted to an extended weekend. The total potential in Pyrithion is incredible and there is much anticipation for how the band will continue to develop as they prepare for a full length record.

Watch the lyric video for The Invention of Hatred below and pre-order your copy from this location.

The Burden of Sorrow will be released in the UK on Metal Blade Records on April 15th, 2013.


Memory Garden complete recording of Doomain

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 5th February 2013 by Nico Davidson

Swedish epic doom metal band Memory Garden have finished the recordings for their upcoming fifth album Doomain. The album was recorded at Annoying Sound Factory and SolnaSound Recording by the band with a little engineering assistance from Mike Wead (King Diamond) during the lead guitar sessions. The mix was done by Dan Swanö at Unisound.

Memory Garden elaborate on the project: “The recording of Doomain must be the most relaxed album session we’ve ever done. We recorded most of the album ourselves in our own studio and took the time we wanted and needed to get it done. Dan Swanö helped us getting the rig together and he provided us with the tools to do it and from there we did it ourselves. The lead guitar sessions were done at SolnaSound Recording by Simon & Mike Wead. When it all was done it was sent to Dan Swanö and Unisound for mix and mastering. The final album is amazing and we are so thrilled to get it out to all of you.”

The band comment on the album title: “We wanted a short and effective title to this album. It’s a little game of words referring to the style of music we play “doom metal” and the actual word “domain”. We see this album as a statement of what Memory Garden stands for music-wise and this album is certainly down our alley, it’s in our Doomain.”

Doomain will be released the 12th/15th of April via Metal Blade Records in Europe on vinyl and as a Digi-CD and on April 15th in North America via all digital music retailers.

Memory Garden has just recently resigned to Metal Blade Records. Memory Garden was found in 1992 in Sweden and have since then released four albums, two of them under the flag of Metal Blade Records (Verdict Of Posterity in 1998 and Mirage in 2000).

Memory Garden:
Stefan Berglund – Vocals
Simon Johansson – Lead Guitars
Andreas Mäkelä – Guitars
Johan Fredrikson – Bass Guitar
Tom Björn – Drums

Album art, track listing, and music from Doomain will be released soon. Stay tuned!


Metal Blade announce signing of Beyond The Shore

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 23rd January 2013 by Nico Davidson

Metal Blade have announced the signing of upcoming metalcore act Beyond The Shore. Formed in 2008, the Lexington-Fayette, KY quintet when the members were still in high school. Whilst relentlessly booking shows, touring and balancing school at the same time, Beyond The Shore have had the privilege of sharing the stage with acts such as: Born Of Osiris, Shai Hulud, MyChildren MyBride, Of Machines, After The Burial and many more. Beyond The Shore created quite a buzz in the short time they have been a band.

The band’s first release, The Arctic Front EP (2009), was produced by Kelly Cairns and recorded at Lambesis Studios (As I Lay Dying, War Of Ages, Austrian Death Machine, Impending Doom) in San Marcos, California. The band’s debut release helped to build an impressive internet buzz, starting with the release of the first single Shotgun Sunrise. After playing several shows in support of the debut EP, Beyond The Shore began working on their full-length, Ghostwatcher.

In 2012, Beyond The Shore headed to Lowell, NC where they could record Ghostwatcher – their first full-length, which was produced, engineered, mixed, and mastered by Kevin Newland of Newland Recordings. Ghostwatcher, the band’s debut full-length, will be released on April 2nd, 2013 through Metal Blade Records. The first single, Half Lived, is available now on iTunes. Music, videos, and pre-orders are available now at this location.

Beyond The Shore is:
Andrew Loucks – Vocals
Chris “The Lieutenant” Stinnett – Drums
Zach Hunter – Guitar
Jared Loucks – Guitar
Eli Masharbash – Bass

Follow Beyond The Shore at the following locations:


Amon Amarth ready to pillage Download Festival

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 16th January 2013 by Nico Davidson

Swedish melo-death metallers Amon Amarth, who are known for the Viking themes throughout their music, have been confirmed for Download Festival later this year. They’re amongst the 37 bands that were announced today on the official Download Festival Facebook page.

Download Festival will take place at Donington Park on 14th-16th June. Tickets and further information can be found at this location.

Amon Amarth’s latest album Surtur Rising was released in March 2011 via Metal Blade Records.

King Diamond sign worldwide deal with Metal Blade Records

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 4th December 2012 by Nico Davidson

Metal Blade Records is pleased to announce that Grammy Award nominated King Diamond has signed a new 3 album worldwide record deal with the label.

King Diamond released the following statement: “This is gonna be awesome! Another perfect piece of the puzzle. We have the full backup of Metal Blade, and there’s an understanding between us that goes much, much deeper than before.

Our new business setup will noticeably benefit the fans in so many ways. You must have already noticed some of all the cool new stuff that is happening.

Now we can’t wait to get out there and start touring again!

King Diamond is quite possibly the most recognizable and prolific personality ever in heavy metal. Revered by icons as big as Metallica and Pantera to inspiring new upstarts like Goatwhore; King Diamond, the man and the band, have left an indelible mark on the history, and now again, the future of heavy metal.

In August of 2008, King Diamond joined Metallica on stage at Ozzfest in Dallas to perform the Mercyful Fate medley made famous from the Garage, Inc. album. Additionally, King Diamond was featured alongside Motorhead‘s Lemmy Kilmister as a playable character in Guitar Hero: Metallica in 2009.

By 2012, King Diamond was prepared to return to the stage for a select number of shows. The band’s triumphant return to the stage were the highlights of both the Hellfest and Sweden Rock festivals in France and Sweden. Fans at these festivals were treated to the largest and most involved stage production in the band’s storied history. Horror concepts from multiple albums were used in the décor; fans can rest-assured that this show will only get larger and more impressive at future performances.

King Diamond‘s 30+ year musical career is one of the most storied in history of heavy metal, but the tale is not yet over. The most recent release, 2007’s Grammy nominated album Give Me Your Soul…Please, stands as one of the most critically-acclaimed albums in an already iconic discography. Future albums will feature entirely new horror stories, concepts, haunting orchestrations, and the band’s signature brand of heavy metal from the mind of King Diamond and the talented group of musicians in tow: Andy La Rocque, Mike Wead, Hal Patino, and Matt Thompson. Many more albums, tours, and ventures lay ahead.

For news, updates, and all things King Diamond, click here.


Greek symphonic metallers Nightfall post cover artwork, track list and lyric video for new album ‘Cassiopeia’!

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 20th November 2012 by Nico Davidson

Greek symphonic metallers Nightfall have launched a landing page featuring the artwork and a new song off their upcoming new album Cassiopeia! Please surf over here to check out the pre-order possibilities and the lyric video for Oberon & Titania!

Singer Efthimis Karadimas regarding the concept of Cassiopeia: Cassiopeia has a specific thesis and though its name is linked to both the constellation and the mythical character of Andromeda´s mother, it refers to arrogance as leading characteristic of the human race; the outcome of this and the overweening state of affairs are so popular these harsh days everywhere. The entire world seems to be shifting from its previous position to a new one and all and each one of us that used to feel like masters of our destiny are now starting to wonder about when, where and how this transition will end. It may be a punishment like Cassiopeia and Andromeda who claimed themselves more beautiful even to nereids suffered, or it may be just another change. Time will certainly tell.”

And about Oberon & Titania: “The song is based on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream couple; He is the king of fairies and She is the fairy queen. Despite their apparent close relationship, they end up forcefully using their powers and skills against each other; like maniacs blinded by light of passion and haughtiness they drag themselves to the lowest dungeons of nature. It is the ceaseless passion between two beings; passion that unites before it destroys anything around it once unleashed. It is true we are nothing when it comes to sustaining our gratefulness in front of desire. We are born broken in a dilute world poets’ admiration cannot disguise. And none can break the broken.”
Cassiopeia will be released the 21st of January, 2013 via Metal Blade Records in the UK!

The recordings for Cassiopeia took place in four different places, something Nightfall is quite familiar with. Vocals and keys were recorded in Greece (Soundflakes studios & Cyberia) while the drums got hammered down in Germany in the Soundlodge studios. Guitars and bass were recorded in the U.S. in Nashville, Tennessee in the Boomcave studios.

More than on the previous album Astron Black & The Thirty Tyrants, in Cassiopeia the spirit of old school Heavy Metal larks in almost every riff, with Mercyful Fate´s and King Diamond´s guitar style having its top notch, always the Nightfall way.

Cassiopeia track list:

1. Phaethon
2. Oberon & Titania
3. Colonize Cultures
4. The Nightwatch
5. Stellar Parallax
6. Hubris
7. The Reptile Gods
8. Hyperion
9. Akhenaton, the 9th Pharaoh of the 18th Dynasty
10. The Sand Reckoner
11. Astropolis

Nightfall is:
Efthimis Karadimas – vocals
Evan Hensley – guitars
Constantine – guitars
Stathis Ridis – bass
Stathis Kassios – keys
Jörg Uken – drums


Aeon – Aeons Black

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , on 14th November 2012 by hammersmashedlauren

Aeons Black
Released: 20th November, 2012
Death Metal
Released via Metal Blade Records

I didn’t think that it was possible for Aeon to sound heavier than they already do, but they have proven me wrong with their newest album, Aeons Black. Aeon makes the kind of death metal that digs deep into your soul and is just a prime example of all things blasphemous and heavy. Their neck breaking riffs and punishing vocals definitely make this, in my opinion, one of the must have metal albums of 2012.

Starting with Still They Pray, you’re instantly hit with a wall of sound that gets you pumped up and instantly sucks you into this 15 track album. Usually I have a problem with so many instrumental songs being thrown onto albums, but I can honestly say that all 4 instrumental songs on Aeons Black only add to its shear awesomeness and brutality. Mixed with the heaviness of all the other tracks, it creates a spine-tingling buildup that makes you feel evil and inhuman.

The one song that stuck out to me the most on this album was I Wish You Death, which you can tell is definitely not a love ballad. Just the tempo and use of the whammy bar makes it stick out from the rest and really, to me, defines what this whole album is trying to portray: death metal with a bit of an added groove to it. Even though that was my personal favourite  I thoroughly enjoyed the album as a whole and think that every second of every song is worth listening to.

Being my favourite band for the last few years, Aeon definitely did not disappoint with this album. I’m thoroughly impressed with their musicianship and their drive to stick true to their sound. Their passion is shown in their songs, and I believe they will continue on to create more hard-hitting death metal that will make the death metal community and Satan himself proud.


Lauren Gowdy

Aeon premier new track exclusively on MetalSucks

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 13th November 2012 by Nico Davidson

Today MetalSucks offers up an exclusive premiere of The Glowing Hate, the latest single of iniquity from Swedish death metal unit, Aeon. The track comes off the band’s forthcoming new full-length, Aeons Black, scheduled to drop this week Friday!

Comments guitarist Daniel Dlimi of the tune: “My goal with ‘The Glowing Hate’ was to write a really diverse song containing all sorts of elements and influences. Personally, I think it turned out great and it’s also the song that I am most satisfied with of the ones I wrote for the album. I also think [vocalist] Tommy [Dahlstöm] managed to write really great lyrics and awesome vocal patterns for it, and as usual it’s all about our everlasting hate against religion. The spoken parts at the end were something that Tommy and I came up with over a piss-warm beer in the studio after we were done with the main vocals of the song. It sounded cool so we decided to keep it.”

Get down with The Glowing Hate here.

Already crowned, “one of the best death metal albums of 2012,” by Revolver Magazine and, “a masterpiece of goddamned death metal,” by The Metal Observer, Aeons Black is slated for release on November 16, 2012 through Metal Blade Records. The meticulously executed slab of sacrilegious sickness was recorded at Empire Studio in Östersund, Sweden, engineered, mixed and mastered by Ronnie Björnström at Garageland Studios and features striking cover art by Kristian “Necrolord” Wåhlin (Bathory, At The Gates, Dissection, Emperor, et al).

Check out the title track, in-studio video footage and pre-order info here.

Tommy Dahlstöm ˆ Vocals
Zeb Nilsson ˆ Guitar
Daniel Dlimi ˆ Guitar
Arttu Mallki ˆ Drums
Marcus Edvardsson – Bass

Aeon issue new studio update

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 7th November 2012 by Nico Davidson

Today, the second in a series of studio clips from Aeon‘s blazing Aeons Black recording session has been posted to the band’s official landing page, which can be found here. Sneak a peek at drummer Arttu Mallki punishing his kit for what would become the gargantuan Aeons Black full-length.

Already called “one of the best death metal albums of 2012” in a 4/5 review from Revolver Magazine, Aeons Black is set for release in North America on November 20, 2012 through Metal Blade Records. Aeons Black was recorded at Empire Studio in Östersund, Sweden, engineered, mixed and mastered by Ronnie Björnström at Garageland Studios and features striking cover art by Kristian “Necrolord” Wåhlin (Bathory, At The Gates, Dissection, Emperor, et al).

In related news, Metal Hammer Germany recently premiered the record’s opening track Still They Pray. If you missed it, feel the wrath here.

Aeons Black is the follow up to 2010’s Path of Fire, which called “a juicy slab of prime-cut blasphemous death metal,” that, according to, “doesn’t let up in terms of insanely fast tempos, chugging guitars, and demonic vocals,” landing the album an 8 out of 10 score. Aeon is already confirmed for a UK tour which will take place in January 2013 with more dates for Europe and North America in the works. Prepare yourselves…

Aeon are:
Tommy Dahlstöm ˆ Vocals
Zeb Nilsson ˆ Guitar
Daniel Dlimi ˆ Guitar
Arttu Mallki ˆ Drums
Marcus Edvardsson ˆ Bass

Catch Aeon on tour in UK and Ireland in January 2013.

AEON + Dyscarnate + Ageless Oblivion

January 2013

16th   LONDON – Garage
17th   CARDIFF – Bogiez
18th   LIMERICK – Venue TBC
19th   DUBLIN – The Pint
20th   BELFAST – Voodoo
21st   LIVERPOOL – the Lomax
22nd   BRISTOL – The Croft
23rd   PLYMOUTH – White Rabbit


Aeon release lyric video for Aeons Black

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 2nd October 2012 by Nico Davidson

Aeon, are pleased to unveil the Aeons Black lyric video on their official landing page. The tune comes off the band’s forthcoming new studio offering of the same name. Set to drop via Metal Blade Records on November 19, 2012, the mammoth 15-track Aeons Black was recorded at Empire Studio in Östersund, Sweden, engineered, mixed and mastered by Ronnie Björnström (Garageland Studios) and features cover art by Kristian “Necrolord” Wåhlin (Bathory, At The Gates, Dissection, Emperor et al).

Notes founding guitarist Zeb Nilsson of the album: “This is definitely our most varied albums to date; it has heavier songs yet it also has lots of fast blastbeats and double bass drumming. It’s groovier this time, which I think we lacked on our last album, Path of Fire, which was fast paced almost all the way through. And no, we have not gone softer in any aspect; it’s just easier to catch with all this grooviness. It’s metal right up your ass!

Catch AEON in the UK and Ireland in 2013

AEON + Dyscarnate + Ageless Oblivion

January 2013

16th         LONDON – Garage

17th         CARDIFF – Bogiez

18th         LIMERICK – Venue TBC

19th         DUBLIN – The Pint

20th         BELFAST – Voodoo

21st         LIVERPOOL – the Lomax

22nd         BRISTOL – The Croft

23rd         PLYMOUTH – White Rabbit

Aeon prepared to unleash the sonic severity of their fourth full-length

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 24th September 2012 by Nico Davidson

Aeon, are pleased to unveil the details of their fourth studio offering , Aeons Black. Set to drop via Metal Blade Records on November 22, 2012, the mammoth 15-track Aeons Black was recorded at Empire Studio in Östersund, Sweden, engineered, mixed and mastered by Ronnie Björnström (Garageland Studios) and features cover art by Kristian “Necrolord” Wåhlin (Bathory, At The Gates, Dissection, Emperor et al).

Notes founding guitarist Zeb Nilsson of their latest offering of irreverence: “This is definitely our most varied albums to date; it has heavier songs yet it also has lots of fast blastbeats and double bass drumming. It’s groovier this time, which I think we lacked on our last album, Path of Fire, which was fast paced almost all the way through. That and the amazing mix by Ronnie Björnström makes me feel pretty confident that this album will appeal to more people than our previous albums. And no, we have not gone softer in any aspect; it’s just easier to catch with all this grooviness. It’s metal right up your ass!”

The first single, title track Aeons Black, premieres today via the band’s official landing page. Comments guitarist Daniel Dlimi of the tune: “‘Aeons Black’ is the first song that I started to work on as we began writing for this album, and it’s also one of the very last to get finished. My goal was to create a somewhat heavier, odder, not-so-typical Aeon song. Once happy with the musical arrangement, I handed it over to [vocalist] Tommy [Dahlstöm] to let him write some lyrics and vocal patterns for it. He managed to get it even darker and more eerie. The lyrics are all about how everything living eventually must face the inevitable, which is death. There will be no savior, no heaven nor hell… just a pitch black, silent empty void.

Witness the sonic severity of Aeons Black as well as pre-order info here.

Aeons Black track listing:

01. Still They Pray
02. The Glowing Hate
03. The Voice of the Accuser
04. I Wish You Death
05. Garden of Sin
06. Neptune the Mystic
07. Nothing Left to Destroy
08. Passage to Hell
09. Aeons Black
10. Dead Means Dead
11. Sacrificed
12. Aftermath
13. Blessed By the Priest
14. Maze of the Damned
15. Die By My Hands

Catch Aeon live in the UK and Ireland in January:

Aeon + Dyscarnate + Ageless Oblivion

January 2013

16th LONDON – Garage

17th CARDIFF – Bogiez 18th


19th DUBLIN – The Pint

20th BELFAST – Voodoo

21st LIVERPOOL – the Lomax

22nd BRISTOL – The Croft

23rd PLYMOUTH – White Rabbit

Interview: Jonas Albrektsson [King Of Asgard]

Posted in Interview with tags , , , , , , on 24th September 2012 by Nico Davidson

Since forming in 2008. the musical warband that is King of Asgard have seen nothing but success, inking a deal with Metal Blade Records in 2009, followed by the release of their debut album [Fi’mbulvintr] in 2010 and the release of their latest album …To North earlier this year. Nico has a quick chat with the bass wielding warlord Jonas Albrektsson about the new album, the meaning behind the band’s name and Norse mythology.

Nico: Is there a meaning behind the band’s name; King of Asgard?

Jonas: The first and foremost reason for picking this name up was just that we wanted a brand that at its first look tell what we’re dealing with so to say. King of Asgard is one of a thousand names for one of the major Gods in Norse mythology, of whom you all probably already know; Odin, the mightiest of the æsirs. The band name somewhat represents our musical approach and even more targeting our part lyrical concepts as well as it is sure a powerful [image of] what to expect, a first quick impression of what you’re imagining or rather what you’re about to explore. We thought it well represented and worked as a band name and that’s all behind it actually. So there’s no deeper meaning or thought that is to be revealed in its first direct approach. Also we want the abridgement, KoA, to work as our name which kind of comes natural as people want to write as brief as possible.

N: What are the main themes and concepts on the new album “…To North”?

J: On …to North we continue in the tracks we started to stroll with Fi’mbulvintr, no bigger differences really. A continuation and furthermore a broader way of presenting it as well as we have taken another step away from the direct and obvious theme/concept presentation. But for sure our main source of lyrical inspiration is based upon Norse mythology, legends and sagas and thus the majority of our songs still deal with such concepts. There’s no absolute concept in King of Asgard or on …to North specifically that we’re bound to follow nor is the albums content strictly characterized by only one subject. There are main themes that is Norse mythology based, prehistoric tales and/or believes as well as, of course, more to that. It could be retelling of such or simply reflections of destinies and the struggles of the specific era. Still we do not limit ourselves on just these topics so there are other matters to reflect upon and we do. It is probably or certainly the name King of Asgard that has kind of made us pain ourselves into that corner, no doubts on that but we‘re aware of it. There are already lyrics that extend outside the subject on both albums but maybe more on …to North where for example one of mine, Plague-ridden Rebirth is more or less a plain black/death metal lyric. Anyway, we’re open for almost whatever as long as we can stand behind it and present it under the King of Asgard moniker, limitation is futile, and thus our tentacles reaches far!

N: How do you feel that …To North differs from the debut album Fi’mbulvintr?

J: Well it’s not really breaking any boundaries nor is there any greater key changes; it’s rather protecting the ways of old which is something we’re focusing on! The base of King Of Asgard is the same, both musically as lyrically, but the album as a whole is way much better than Fi’mbulvintr when one really gets into it though.

When we started working on the songs for …to North we just let creativity flow and didn’t set any boundaries. We appointed some small goals of what we wanted to accomplish and achieve, such as building atmosphere, power, aggression – alone or combined. We wanted to build sensations and more of a feel to the songs of …to North and hopefully, I our eyes a success, we delivered it in such a way as well. So the base really are just making strong songs that we can all stand behind and from there it goes in different directions, which also was the case on the predecessor, Fi’mbulvintr. What differs North from the debut is basically as I said, that it is a much better album and the songs are much more thought through as well as worked through. We’re proud of our achievements on this one and feel we’re doing something out of satisfaction and worth both for us and our fans.

N: Where do you see the band in five years?

J: I never look very far into the future to be honest but sure some speculations on possibilities could well fit in here. I guess King Of Asgard, if nothing drastically changed,  probably would be around releasing its fourth, astonishing, album. Hopefully followed by a promotional tour this time around, meeting up all the King’s followers. Well, what more… our sound will of course still be close to origin but surely there will be things happening there as well, we’re talking five years which is for sure a long time. Hope our future look bright and interesting, with kept heart and devotion… the one who liveth may see.

N: As King of Asgard‘s lyrics deal with Norse mythology and all things Viking, what would you say is your favourite Nordic myth or folktale?

J: The mythology as a whole I would say if so. I believe all the myths and mythological elements are of importance, as far as my interest goes, based upon the Poetic Edda for example. The mythic past, present and the future, covering more or less everything. From the inception of the universe until its very destruction. Could be that the more destructive and darker moments get more personal attention though if I should be more precise. I’m far from any expert or oracle on these subjects and thus maybe this vivid and wide answer.

N: If could replace the sound track to any film, which one would it be and why?

J: Hrafn Gunnlaugsson’s Icelandic film trilogy Hrafninn flýgur (the Raven flies), Í skugga hrafnsins (the shadow of the Raven) and Hvíti víkingurinn (The White Viking) would for sure be honourable to be featured in and probably very appropriate at certain moments as well. That’s what first comes to mind at least. The TV series, Game of Thrones would probably be Karl’s sound track of choice at the moment I believe, which would provide additional authority to the scenes set in the north illustrating the frostbitten landscapes and such…

N: Are there any plans for a UK tour in the future?

J: We always try to do as many shows as possible it’s just that we have fully booked private lives as well to say it in short, especially lately. We’ll try our very best to come out as much as possible as the music of King Of Asgard is one that really is powerful with a live setting. Easiest for us is one off shows like festivals and such but we sure want it to happen as often as possible! So, hopefully we’ll make it to UK within the near future but for now there’s none on schedule unfortunately. Actually there are a short one on request in UK but still nothing we can confirm. So keep your eyes open.

N: As Norse mythology was written down by Christian scholars, do you find it challenging to separate the actual myth from the Christian influence when writing new lyrics?

J: Ah, no not really, never seen upon this as a problem or something that is bothering when writing lyrics. Christianity has for sure had great impact and twists in a lot of these matters unfortunately and has harmed way more than just the mythological writings. This could bother me more or rather does but it doesn’t affect my lyrical writings. Sure, if it should be to the core one need to think twice maybe but the lyrics for King of Asgard isn’t really the ones going to the depths in that sense, they’re rather retelling, reflecting or exploring, which still of course could be or probably are affected anyhow, whether you like it or not. They get their share in return, lest we forget! As said in the song; Snake tongue, “ See through the lies of the snake tongue.”

N: Is there any you’d like to say to our readers?

J: Well not more than thanks a bunch to you and all the Valkyrian readers and the followers of the King – for supporting King of Asgard! If you haven’t checked us out, our albums and channels, make sure to give it a try! Hope for some shows ahead, to meet our followers and that the album get the attention we believe it deserves. Horns up!

King of Asgard’s new album …To North is out now via Metal Blade Records and can be ordered here.

Metal Blade 30th anniversary campaign with

Posted in News with tags , , on 19th September 2012 by Nico Davidson

Metal Blade Records have teamed up with to celebrate the label’s 30th anniversary to bring you almost a hundred titles in great prices starting from £4.99 each.

Classic albums from the following are all included:

Across The Sun



Amon Amarth


Arch / Matheos

As I Lay Dying


Austrian Death Machine

Barn Burner


Bison BC

Bolt Thrower


Cannibal Corpse

Cattle Decapitation

Charred Walls Of The Damned

Corrosion Of Conformity

Darkest Era


Eryn Non Dae

Evergreen Terrace



Glorior Belli


God Dethroned


Hail Of Bullets

Hammers Of Misforntune

Hate Eternal

In Solitude

Job For A Cowboy

King Diamond

Lazarus AD

Lightning Swords Of Death

Lizzy Borden

Mercyful Fate

Molotov Solution








Six Feet Under


Soilent Green

The Absence

The Black Dahlia Murder







Snap them up here.

Tyr sign to Metal Blade

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 18th September 2012 by Nico Davidson

Metal Blade Records is proud to announce their latest signing, the Faroe Islands natives, Týr! The deal was signed in Hollywood, CA on Wednesday, September 12th at the Rainbow. The band are currently on tour with Korpiklaani, Moonsorrow and more. The tour will wrap up this Sunday in Worcester, MA, after which the band will return home to Europe for several shows and to begin production on their next album. Additionally, a video was released on Metal Blade TV in which Brian Slagel interviews the band. The video can be seen now here.

As I Lay Dying – Awakened

Posted in Review with tags , , on 13th September 2012 by Pieni

As I Lay Dying
Released: 25th September 2012
Released via Metal Blade Records


The metalcore community can rejoice as one of its most appraised sons are about to release another hit-album. It’s not like they’re reinventing the wheel, but they’re upgrading it.

So what’s different in this “Awakened”? Well, the structure remains pretty much the same. It’s its sharpness that’s grown – the riffs are thrashier, the solos are more elaborated, the melodic parts are more enthralling, the gang vocals are more rebellious.

The first track and also first single, “Cauterize”, released last June, couldn’t be a better example of that. Fast and furious right from the start, it only slows down a bit for the catchy chorus.

“A Greater Foundation” is similar when it comes to speed, but it has a much heavier vibe to it. The gang vocals are heard in the pre-chorus, while the chorus itself is quite melodic but not exactly delicate. And the effect is that it brings out the fierceness of the song as a whole.

Like the initial guitar work of “Whispering Silence”, which sounds more like alternative rock than actually any kind of metal. But then it stops and the drums dive into a blast-beat pace, and the typical As I Lay Dying metalcore kicks in, sounding faster than ever after that intro.

Same effect, different genre: the melodic intro in “Overcome” would make you raise up a lighter in any given concert. But of course the “ballad-moment” doesn’t last even one minute and the contrast between that and the fury that comes next is just great.

“Defender” starts with a strong bass line that sadly fades away and gets drowned by the other instruments way too soon. It’s still a cool song, though.

They left “Tear Out My Eyes” to the end, the closest to mainstream that this album gets. Catchy to the point of being considered radio-friendly (as long as it’s a hard’n’heavy radio station, of course), still I’m not sure if it’s powerful enough to be played live. But if they decide to do so, I’m sure the crowd will participate gladly with loud sing-alongs and rhythmic headbanging.

4.5 / 5

Renata “Pieni” Lino

Satan’s Wrath unleash new track Slaves Of The Inverted Cross

Posted in News with tags , , , on 11th September 2012 by Nico Davidson

Today the third track of sacrificial torment from blackened thrash legion, Satan’s Wrath is unleashed. Entitled Slaves Of The Inverted Cross, the hymn comes off the band’s forthcoming Galloping Blasphemy full-length, set for UK release through Metal Blade Records on September 24!

Comments multi-instrumentalist Tas Danazoglou simply: "Death to posers!"

Witness pure sonic necromancy here.

Satan’s Wrath have launched the first single and pre-orders for their new album Galloping Blasphemy just a short while ago. Head over here to stream Between Belial And Satan. Also make sure to check out the pre-order links.

Formed in 2011 by Danazoglou and guitarist Stamos K, SATAN’S WRATH deal in a style of heavy metal music which harkens to the times when the death, black and thrash genres were all considered one in the same, and only leather, spikes and bullets were real!

Galloping Blasphemy track listing:

1. Leonard Rising ˆ Night Of The Whip
2. Between Belial And Satan
3. One Thousand Goats In Sodom
4. Hail Tritone, Hail Lucifer
5. Galloping Blasphemy
6. Death Possessed
7. Death To Life
8. Slaves Of The Inverted Cross
9. Satan’s Wrath

Galloping Blasphemy will be released September, 24th on CD and LP!

Bison B.C unveil artwork and tracklisting for new album Lovelessness

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 11th September 2012 by Nico Davidson

Vancouver metallers Bison B.C. have completed work on their new album Lovelessness. The album, which is the band’s third release on Metal Blade Records, will be available on October 22nd. Today Bison B.C. have revealed the album artwork, tracklisting and released the first single from Lovelessness!

The band worked with acclaimed producer Sanford Parker at Soma and Electrical Audio Studios in Chicago on Lovelessness. Parker is best known for his work with bands such as Yob, Pelican, Rwake, Yakuza, Nachtmystium, Zoroaster, Unearthly Trance, and more. Needless to say, Parker is more than qualified to put-to-tape the raw, furious energy that is BISON B.C.

Lovelessness tracklisting:

1. An Old Friend
2. Anxiety Puke / Lovelessness
3. Last and First Things
4. Blood Music
5. Clozapine Dream
6. Finally Asleep

Bison B.C. got their start in Vancouver, BC and describe themselves as “Canadian dirtbags” in addition to being veterans of Vancouver’s deep thrash and indie scenes. Known for their aggressive and intense live shows, the band has built a strong following and has toured with bands including Baroness, Priestess, The Ocean and Genghis Tron to name a few. With their new effort Lovelessness, Bison B.C. will surely cement themselves as one of Canada’s finest metal exports.