ALBUM REVIEW: Månegarm – Ynglingaättens Öde


Flying the Viking flag since 1995, Swedish folk/black metallers Månegarm return with their tenth full-length studio album, Ynglingaättens Öde (Napalm Records). Loosely translated as “the fate of the Ynglinga kin” and based on an old Norse poem entitled Ynglingatal, the band keeps with their tradition of songs recalling paganism, ancient myths, warriors, and kings, their latest offering telling the story of the house of Ynglinga, an old Nordic dynasty.Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: Abbath – Dread Reaver


Upon hearing there was a forthcoming third Abbath album about to drop, to say I was excited would be a serious understatement. The first two really kicked some ass but, with that being said I always try to approach every new album I get whether doing a review or not with a completely open mind. I do my best to try and not compare it to anything and just let it stand alone. Dread Reaver (Season of Mist) will definitely stand on its own.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Nervosa – Perpetual Chaos


With only founding guitarist Prika Amaral remaining from their original 2010 line-up, Brazilian thrashers Nervosa return with a much more international look on their fourth full-length studio release, Perpetual Chaos (Napalm Records). Joining Amaral this time is Spanish vocalist Diva Satanica, Greek drummer Eleni Nota, and former Abbath bassist Mia Wallace.

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Immortal’s Demonaz and Horgh Are In a Fight Over Rights To Band’s Name


Immortal’s members Harald “Demonaz” Nævdal and Reidar “Horgh” Horghagen are involved in a legal dispute over the rights to the band’s name. One of Norway’s first and most successful black metal acts, Immortal was formed by Demonaz and Olve “Abbath” Eikemo in 1990. Horgh joined the group in 1996. Six years ago, Abbath and the rest of the group went through a bitter breakup.Continue reading


Abbath Has Been Nominated For Two Independent Music Awards


 

Abbath has announced that the band has been nominated for two awards in the 18th annual Independent Music Awards for the 2019 album Outstrider, out now via Season of Mist. They are nominated for Outstrider in the category of Best Metal / Hardcore album and for

‘Harvest Pyre’ in the Best Metal / Hardcore song category. Abbath had their North American co-headline tour with fellow legends Mayhem, The Decibel Magazine Tour, canceled due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), pandemic. Check out this message from Abbath and vote for the band to win!

A small bit of news in the chaos of the times… Abbath has received 2 nominations in the 18th annual Independent Music Awards in a few categories. They are as follows:

* Outstrider in the category of Best Metal / Hardcore album

* Harvest Pyre in the Best Metal / Hardcore song category

Voting is allowed in the song category, and if you’d like to you can do so here – https://fans.independentmusicawards.com/song_category/metalhardcore

Voting does require a sign-up however.

Work continues behind the scenes. We look forward to sharing more news soon,

Be safe,

Abbath had previously sent a message to fans thanking them for their support and about his excitement for a 2020 full of tour dates.

Outstrider is out now and can be purchased here from the Season of Mist Shop: http://smarturl.it/AbbathOutstrider

Available formats:

Digipak

Clamshell box + extra’s

LP in various colours

Casette

The coverartwork, which is created by Kim Holm and Olav Iversen, and the track-list for Outstrider can be found below.

Track listing:

1. Calm in Ire (Of Hurricane) (04:32)

2. Bridge of Spasms (03:49)

3. The Artifex (04:09)

4. Harvest Pyre (04:12)

5. Land of Khem (04:08)

6. Outstrider (05:39)

7. Scythewinder (04:17)

8. Hecate (04:25)

9. Pace till Death (BATHORY cover) (03:41)

Total: 38:52

 

Abbath is:

Abbath – Vocals & guitars

Ole Andre Farstad -Guitars

Ukri Suviletho – Drums

Rusty Cornell – Bass

 

Abbath online:

http://www.abbath.net/

https://www.facebook.com/abbathband

https://www.instagram.com/abbath_official


Hellfest 2020 is Officially Canceled, 2021 Fest Announced


Faith No More in Boston, by Meg Loyal Photography

Crushing news for the summer festival season in Europe, as France’s legendary Hellfest, has been canceled due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The festival announced today it was unable to host the festival, which takes place in Clisson, France, outside of Paris. Hellfest 2021 is already announced for next summer. The 2020 edition was to have had Faith No More, and Down will be joined by Deftones, System Of A Down, Incubus, Korn, Mastodon, Opeth, Deep Purple, Judas Priest, The Offspring, Infectious Grooves, The Darkness, Obituary, Death DTA (the Death tribute featuring members of Death), At The Gates, Entombed AD, Sacred Reich, Devin Townsend, Meshuggah, The Black Dahlia Murder, Dying Fetus, Misery Index, Mayhem, Abbath, Rotting Christ, Primordial, The Great Old Ones, Wardruna, The Hu, Taake, Watain, Alcest, Borknagar, Gaahl’s Wyrd, Electric Wizard, Baroness, Om, Witchcraft, Black Mountain, Elder, ASG, Envy, Mono, John Garcia & the Band of Gold, High On Fire, Pelican, Killing Joke, Perturbator, Life of Agony, 3TEETH, Inter Arma, Body Count, Suicidal Tendencies, Youth of Today, Slapshot, Jesus Piece, Higher Power, Social Distortion, Anti-Flag, Agnostic Front, Reverend Horton Heat, Grade 2, Code Orange, and more. Dumb and Dumbest Podcast had an episode dedicated to the fest last summer. Continue reading


GHOST CULT’S ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Steve Tovey: Top 20 of 2019


2019 seems an odd year for me to be writing a post about my albums of year, and to have so many albums I want to name-check or mention. See, early in the year I stepped down from my role within Ghost Cult – nothing the Cult did wrong, just a question of life and balance. Stepping back from direct exposure to every rock, metal or alternative release should have meant I had fewer albums to care about, but, actually, it’s afforded me more time with each of the albums that I have connected with.Continue reading


Mayhem, Abbath, Gatecreeper and Idle Hands Booked for The Decibel Magazine Tour 2020


Big tour news for the spring! Mayhem, Abbath, Gatecreeper, and Idle Hands have been announced for the 9th annual Decibel Magazine Tour! The dates begin March 13th in Dever and run through April 10th in Chicago! Included in the run of dates is a stop at Decibel’s flagship Metal and Beer Festival in Philadelphia April 3rd. All tickets are on sale at the link below!Continue reading


Ghost Cult Album of the Year 2019 Part 2 (40-21)


Continuing our celebration of the releases from 2019 that hit the hardest with our team of metal-loving maniacs, we bring you Part 2 of the official Ghost Cult Albums of the Year and count down from 40 to 21…

You can find Part 1, containing our coverage of the albums that charted from 75 through to 41, here.Continue reading