ALBUM REVIEW: Black Crown Initiate – Violent Portraits Of Doomed Escape – Century Media

After a four year absence (a handful of single releases aside), Pennsylvania-based Black Crown Initiate return with their third full-length release, Violent Portraits of Doomed Escape (Century Media). From black metal to progressive rock via blasts of technical death metal, BCI effortlessly combine a whole range of differing styles resulting in their most captivating and assured record to date.

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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

PODCAST: Episode #84 – Wolfheart’s Tuomas Saukkonen on “Wolves of Karelia”

We caught up with Wolfheart leader Tuomas Saukkonen recently for a new interview. The band has unleashed its amazing new album (review here) Wolves of Karelia, out now via Napalm Records. The follow up to the acclaimed 2018 release Constellation Of The Black Light, Wolves… is a sprawling conceptual masterpiece about the “Winter War” between Finland and Russia. Tuomas spoke at length about the research that went into the album, his view of concept albums in general, how the band continues to be so prolific over time, the travails of making their excellent ‘Hail of Steel’ music video, and how the band plans to stay active and connected to fans during the coronavirus quarantine. Interview by Keefy. Purchase Wolves of Karelia here: Continue reading

Vader to Release New Album “Solitude In Madness” In May

Long-running death metallers Vader will release their new album Solitude In Madness May 1st via Nuclear Blast Records. Pre-orders are live now in an array of bundles. The band has also announced a big tour of Europe, on top of their current tour dates, The band will also team up with Hotel Radio for live stream of their London show on Monday! Continue reading

GIVEAWAY: Win Concert Tickets and a Prize Bundle from Rotting Christ and Ghost Cult!

Rotting Christ is getting ready to kick off their major North American Tour soon, The Devastation On The Nation Tour featuring Borknagar, Wolfheart, Abigail Williams and Imperial Triumphant! On the strength of their excellent 2019 album Heretics, the band is going to slay audiences from coast to coast, including two shows at the legendary Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn, New York! Ghost Cult has partnered up with the band and their label Season of Mist to give away a pair of tickets to any show on the tour (travel and lodging not included) and a sick merch bundle below! To enter simply comment on our Facebook or Instagram posts with your favorite song from the “Heretic” album and tag one friend you want to bring with you! Rules and resrtictions apply! The Sweepstakes begins at 5 pm (ET) on March, 2nd, 2020 and ends at 11:59 pm (ET) on March 18th, 2020. Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Arkona – Age of Capricorn

You’ve got to hand it to Poland’s Arkona, flying their black metal freak flag for over twenty-five years, weathering changes in tastes, technology, and personnel without wandering a smidge from their original Mephistophelian masterplan. Their unique blend of earthy black metal and fancypants symphonic trappings has corrupted many a vulnerable mind over the last couple of decades, leaving their victims humming wicked hooks long after the chaos has ended. The combination of beaut and brute still can’t be slowed by conventional weapons, despite their mix of Polish/ English lyrics and their release history of obscure splits and full-lengths on tiny labels – this is a band fighting the good (bad) fight. Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: 1349 – The Infernal Pathway

 

Norweigian plaguebourne Black Metal act 1349 unforgivingly unveil their new album, The Infernal Pathway (Season Of Mist), a long-awaited LP for 2019. Their centralized coherency has stayed true to its path since 1997. Their construct of aggressive black metal has remained consistent as they’ve impressively demonstrated a threshold of effective releases. 1349 is nothing short of innovative, corpse paint driven, and a cause to exist, ultra-aggressive, that is to put in simpler words, well-executed. Continue reading

A New AI Has Created a Stream of Non-Stop Death Metal

The future may indeed include robots gaining sentience and taking over humanity, but in the meantime, we’ll settle for some AI generated death metal. According to Engadget, CJ Carr and Zack Zukowski and their Dadabots AI band project uses a recurrent neural network to identify patterns in the music, predict the most common elements and reproduce them. They just launched a YouTube channel to share the results, a never-ending, AI-generated stream of precision death metal. While there is a definitely a blackened death feel and relentless robotic lack of feeling to the songs, it is still pretty damn badass! Check it out! Continue reading

EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Vessel of Iniquity – “Babalon”

Ghost Cult is proud to bring you the premiere of the newest track from Vessel of Iniquity! ‘Babalon’ is an unrelenting Blackened Death Metal assault on the senses, representing true modernity in kvlt music, while having a throwback aesthetic. The track comes from their new album Void of Infinite Horror coming out next Friday, January 25th via Sentient Ruin in the United States and Xenoglossy Productions in Europe. Continue reading

Languish – Unworthy

Supergroups can typically be a swing and miss in my experience, usually due to too many differing styles being mixed together. This is like when mixing too many colors just leaves you with a murky brown. Having said that, Languish is certainly one of the better sounding collectives that make it work with their Blackened Death Metal meets Grindcore approach. Their sophomore efforts are out now under the title Unworthy via Prosthetic Records, and it is mighty impressive. Continue reading