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Watain announce video trailer for All That May Bleed from upcoming album The Wild Hunt

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on 4th June 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Swedish black metallers Watain have released All That May Bleed, the first single from their upcoming album, The Wild Hunt. Head below to get your first impressions of the single. The band commented:

All That May Bleed shows but one facet of a quite diverse album, but we chose this song as a first glimpse into The Wild Hunt because of its bombastic lunacy and white-eyed malevolence which could be said to constitute a main foundation for the album. The lyric is an invitation to sacrificial blood letting, ecstatic zealotry and human sacrifice. The salt of Satan in the wounds of Christ!

Side B is a track called Play with the Devil originally recorded by the Black/Heavy Metal band Taiwaz in 1988, in Watain‘s hometown Uppsala. Gottfrid Åhman from In Solitude participates on solo guitar in Watain‘s version. The All That May Bleed  single will be out June 21st, 2013 in the following formats:

*Black 7″ vinyl – limited to 2,000 copies worldwide
*Red 7″ vinyl with sticker (only available from limited to 500 copies worldwide
*7″ Picture disc limited to 500 copies worldwide available from and
* Digital Download

Watain’s upcoming album The Wild Hunt will be released 19th August in Europe and 20th August 2013 in North America by His Master’s Noise, via Century Media Records. On the 24th of August, Watain will conduct the grand opening of The Wild Hunt world tour in their hometown Uppsala. For those who want to see Watain‘s infamous live ceremony taken to a new level; this is your chance. COmmenting on the tour, the band stated:

The plan is to make this concert everything we have ever wanted our concerts to be. In a touring scenario it is impossible to drag along all the horrors and infernal machinery we need for that, but performing in our hometown allows for a much more grandiose and spectacular stage show and performance. Mark our words, this will be one to remember!

The venue chosen for this night of unchained metal magic is Svandammshallarna, located in the heart of the city. Tickets will be released on Friday the 7th of June.

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Svartsyn – Wrath Upon The Earth [2011]

Posted in Review with tags , , on 16th February 2011 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Band: Svartsyn
Album: Wrath Upon The Earth
Release Year: 2011
Genre: Black Metal

Svartsyn (Norwegian for “Black Sight”) are a Swedish black metal band with a career spanning over 17 years. Coming into 2011, they now release their 13th release: Wrath Upon The Earth.

“Wrath Upon The Earth” begins with the generically titled track “Intro”, which isn’t much of a track as it is just composed of random orchestration along with some percussion. Straight after “Intro” comes “Wrath of Leviathan”, which begins with a combination of double bass pedals and distorted guitars. The vocals are what one would expect to find on a black metal album, though they seem soft compared to the music and in some parts of this track, they sound like they’re almost being drowned out by the music.

“My Mountain” comes blasting after wards and the music carries on it’s reign of brutal heavyness. Again, the vocals sound soft compared to the actual music. This track stays interesting with the change of tempo and direction of the drums and guitar, which is good considering the length of the track.

“Deathsworned” soon follows and it’s beginning sounds slightly similar to “My Mountain”. The music remains heavy and the vocals sound slightly stronger than the previous two tracks. The guitars anmd drums retain a constant, droning riff throughout most of this track and the vocals go pretty deep half way through.  This is possibly the worse track on the album.

Moving onto “Dawn of Triumph”, the guitars sound as if they’ve given a little tweak to the technical side of the riffs at the beginning of this track. The vocals remain weak and barely audible compared to the music. “Pyramids of Deathlight” comes on after with a slightly more technical guitar riff, which could possibly be a guitar solo though the distortion makes it difficult to tell. The vocals sound more aggressive and brutal, which is a huge improvement compared to the other tracks.

“Blood Temple” is next and it’s tempo is rather slow compared to the previous tracks. The riffs sound basic compared to the last two tracks and the drums sound slightly louder. The vocals have gone back to being weak, but as weak as they are on some of the other tracks. The track, overall, seems slightly weaker compared to the rest of the album. The final track, “He Who Knows” sounds a tad heavier than the previous track and the vocals seem to have regained the strength and brutality that they had on the track “Pyramids of Deathlight”. There are a few tempo changes on this track but it remains relatively fast. Overall, the track is uninteresting.

Overall, the album is mediocre at best. Musically, for the most part, it’s extremely good but vocally, it’s as bad as a Justin Bieber album. The composition of black metal has gone downhill since the 90s and this album proves that point. It’s not worth buying unless you’re a hardcore Svartsyn fan.


Nico Davidson