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Sabbath Assembly premiere new video for I, Satan

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 25th March 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

The ever singular Sabbath Assembly have recently premiered the new video for their latest single, I, Satan, from their third album Quaternity. The album is set for international release via Svart Records this Friday (28th March 2014). The video for I, Satan, which can be viewed below, was created entirely by the band themselves. The song itself features text from sacred Process Church of the Final Judgment scriptures, all written from the standpoint of the Lord of the Underworld. The song delivers a brutal assault with lines such as “Burn the chaff of humanity, dance proud around the leaping flames,” and “Put aside your litanies, priest, Satan does not retreat.” Additional lyrical inspiration comes from Inno A Satana, a classic poem used in Satanic liturgies since it was published in 1865, written by Italian Nobel Prize Winner Giosue Carducci.

Sabbath Assembly online:

http://sabbathassembly.com
http://facebook.com/sabbathassembly

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Blodarv release 3-tape limited edition box set in regular and diehard leather versions

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 7th June 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Denmark’s premier black metal unit Blodarv are set to release a 3-tape limited edition box set titled Storms of the Past which features the Soulcollector album and the first two Blodarv demos Murder In The Name Of Satan and MysteriisStorms of the Past comes in both a regular version, limited to 30 boxes, and a diehard leather edition strictly limited to 15 units.  As well as the three pro tapes, the boxes will also include a booklet, patch, badge and poster which are only available with the sets, whilst the leather box will additionally include a sticker for the box, a Mysteriis and a Lang vaek fra livet sticker, and a large (23×10 cm) booklet  which will have 4 extra pages with handwritten lyrics for SoulcollectorStorms of the Past will be released on Atramentum Productions on the 18th September, and will also be available to purchase direct from the band at this location where advance orders are currently being taken.  Full details of both editions as follows:

Blodarv – Storms of the Past Regular Box Set Includes:
1.PRO TAPE 1: “Murder In The Name Of Satan” demo 1999
1.PRO TAPE 2: “Mysteriis” Demo 2000
1.PRO TAPE 3: “Soulcollector T.T.Y.T.” Album
1.THREE-TAPE BOX with “Storms Of The Past” Cover
1.LARGE BOOKLET (16 x 10 cm) 8 Pages
1.PATCH 9 x9 cm ”BLODARV Pentagram”
1. A2 POSTER, BLODARV “Storms Of The Past”
1.Badge “BLODARV Pentagram”

Blodarv – Storms of the Past Box Set – Die Hard Leather edition – Includes:
1.PRO TAPE 1: “Murder In The Name Of Satan” demo 1999
1.PRO TAPE 2: “Mysteriis” Demo 2000
1.PRO TAPE 3: “Soulcollector T.T.Y.T.” Album
1.THREE-TAPE LEATHER BOX
1.HUGE BOOKLET 12 Pages (10 x 23 cm!) 4 xtra pages with the handwritten “Soulcollector” lyrics)
1. PATCH  9 x9 cm ”BLODARV Pentagram”
1. A2 POSTER,BLODARV “Storms Of The Past”
1. Badge/button  “BLODARV Pentagram”
1. STICKER, “BLODARV Pentagram-Storms of the past sticker (for front of leather box If you wish)
1.STICKER “Mysteriis”
1.STICKER “Lang Vaek Fra Livet”

Blodarv online:

http://facebook.com/blodarvofficial
http://youtube.com/huginofblodarv
http://soundcloud.com/blodarv
http://blodarvshop.bigcartel.com/
http://twitter.com/blodarv
http://reverbnation.com/blodarv
http://myspace.com/blodarv

 

Satan – Life Sentence

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , , , , , on 24th April 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Satan
Life Sentence
Released 29th April 2013 (Europe)
NWOBHM
Released via Listenable Records

Hailing from the city of Newcastle, in the north of England, come NWOBHM outfit Satan. Whilst staying near enough obscure throughout their career, the band are noted as being influential for playing a form of proto-thrash metal that was advanced by the standards of the early 80s. Following several European festival performances in 2011 and 2012, Satan are officially back, with their new album Life Sentence to be released in less than a week.

Straying from the usual sound of the NWOBHM, Satan shred through each track on the album with an unrelenting and unbridled fury that can only be found in the metal of the north, and a few subtler pieces of musicianship thrown in for good measure. The solos are memorable, much like the somewhat melodic guitar passages. The elements of thrash are noticeable, helping create an NWOBHM sound that’s morphed into something more sinister and packed with more bite. The vocal work is astounding, adding a different edge to the album. The guitars take on a quite primal form during the track, Testimony, before the catchier anthem known as Tears of Blood kicks in. The title track, Life Sentence, is a stand-out track due its poignant lyrics and staunch riffs. The album has what is made out to be a calmer, more dreary finale, compared to how it began but Another Universe soon changes gear and gets a bit more hard hitting.

With gritty but soaring vocals and thrashtastic (Is that even a word? No? Well, it is now) riffs, Life Sentence embodies all that’s good about the UK’s NWOBHM and thrash scenes, whilst displaying the brilliant musicianship of Satan.

4/5

Nico Davidson

Satan online:

http://www.satanmusic.com/
https://www.facebook.com/officialsatanpage
http://twitter.com/satanmusic_com

Satan’s album Life Sentence will be released 29th April via Listenable Records.

 

Enforcer – Death By Fire

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , , , , , on 28th January 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Enforcer
Death By Fire
Released 1st February 2013
Heavy Metal
Released via Nuclear Blast

Dominating the Swedish metal scene for almost a decade, Enforcer have proven that old school metal isn’t dead yet. With two albums already under their belts, Death By Fire, which is the band’s latest album, is due to be released through Nuclear Blast next month.

I’m not familiar with Enforcer’s previous material and I’m not going to pretend that I am either. Death By Fire really did take me by surprise as the last “old school” Swedish metal album I listened to was basically a copycat version of Iron Maiden. Passing on from the eerie introductory track that is Bells Of Hades, Enforcer’s Death By Fire takes you on a rollercoaster ride of neck breaking tracks and 80’s styled metal, in the same vein as bands like Judas Priest and Saxon, only with more speed and fury. Some of the tracks have infectious choruses and melodies which feature prominently while some of the other tracks take a slight change in musical direction but still wail out the old school influences. Take Me Out Of This Nightmare is definitely a favourite of mine on the album due to the memorable hook and catchy lyrics. Crystal Suite offers a break from the vocals and instead offers up a palate of fast and furious musicianship. Another track that I find to stand out is Death Rides This Night because of the typically classic sounding vocal work and the violent onslaught of percussion and guitars that would no doubt causes faces to be melted at the right volume.

Sacrificed has a gentler yet more majestic approach in the opening few bars before the fierce snarling guitar playing kicks in like a bulldog with anger management issues. Another track that caught my attention was Satan, not because of the name but because of howling fiery energy that just explodes with each lyric, each riff and each hit of the drums. Seven the solo has a vehement turbulence that just wants to burst out and smash things up. The album finishes with A Break From Tradition and it is quite literally a break from the band’s traditional sound. The melo-death sound of the song really is a wake up call for the listener – in this case, a damned brutal one.

As I mentioned earlier, I’m not familiar with Enforcer’s previous material but after hearing Death By Fire, I really wish I was familiar with their music now. The album offers up a grand feast of truly classic riffs and hooks, as well as vocals that rival the likes of Judas Priest’s Rob Halford or Manowar’s Eric Adams and has enough thrills to keep your ears on the edge of the proverbial seat.

5/5

Nico Davidson

 

Listenable Records seal pact with NWOBHM legends Satan

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

Listenable Records have signed a deal with NWOBHM legends Satan. The band are currently in the studio putting the finishing touches to an album entirely of new material written over the last 18 months. This is the culmination of a process that began when the original Court In The Act album line-up got together for an exclusive ‘one-off’ re-union show at Germany’s Keep It True Festival last year.

This line-up had not performed together in 28 years. The band were somewhat overwhelmed with the response – 10 minutes into headliners Crimson Glory’s set, the crowd could still be heard chanting “Satan! Satan!” Satan immediately booked more shows in Germany, Holland, Belgium and London, and have since kept in close contact with each other, writing songs and making demos.

The new album, to be titled Life Sentence is scheduled for release March April 2013. The full track listing is as follows:

1. Time To Die
2. Twenty Twenty Five
3. Cenotaph
4. Siege Mentality
5. Incantations
6. Testimony
7. Tears Of Blood
8. Life Sentence
9. Personal Demons
10. Another Universe

Fittingly, this will mark the 30th anniversary of their greatly acclaimed debut Court In The Act.

Satan Line-up:

Brian Ross – vocals
Steve Ramsey – Guitar
Russ Tippins – Guitar
Graeme English – Bass
Sean Taylor – Drums

 

Aeon – Aeons Black

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

Aeon
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.

5/5

Lauren Gowdy

Interview with Tommy Dahlström [Aeon]

Posted in Interview with tags , , , , , , on 13th November 2012 by hammersmashedlauren

After releasing their debut album Bleeding the False back in 2005, Swedish death metal band Aeon have taken off in the metal scene and are favored by bands such as Cannibal Corpse. Being one of my personal favorite metal bands ever, I was ecstatic to have the privilege of interviewing front man Tommy Dahlström about the band’s new album Aeons Black, a possible U.S. and Canadian tour, and the perks of being on tour.

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Lauren: Who do you consider to be big influences on your music?

Tommy: We grew up listening to Deicide, Cannibal Corpse, Morbid Angel and a few more bands. They were a big influence back then and still are.

L: Is there any major differences music wise between your newest album, Aeon’s Black, in comparison to your previous albums?

T: No I don’t think so. We still deliver death metal the Aeon way; aggressive but with groove.

L: Aeon seems to always play in Europe. Any plans for a U.S. or Canada tour in the future?

T: We have been offered many U.S tours over the years but had to turn them down because of financial problems. But we are working on it and I hope we can do Canadian and a U.S tour with this album in our back.

L: How did you come up with the video concept for Forgiveness Denied and do you plan on doing another video for your new album?

T: We made the video from the lyrics of the song. As simple as that. Yes, we are talking about making a video but it’s way too early to say anything about that here.

L: Where did the band’s hate for Christianity come from?

T: From my heart and soul. It’s not only the Christians, it’s all gods followers.

L: What do you enjoy most about touring, and what do you dislike the most about them?

T: The girls, hahaha. I enjoy touring, that’s what I want to do. It’s awesome to meet people that like death metal as much as I do. To stand on stage and play the music that I love and have sacrificed most of my life to is a dream come true. If the tour goes as planned then I don’t have any dislikes.

L: Your house is on fire and you only have time to grab 3 things: what would you grab?

T: Only need my rifle so I can shoot the asshole that did set my house on fire.

L: What’s your favorite Swedish food dish?

T: Blodpudding.

L: Anything you would like to say to your fans?

T: I hope to see you at our shows. Stay metal.

Aeon’s new album, Aeon’s Black, will be released on 20th November, 2012, make sure to get yourself a copy!