Hailing from the land of Hans Christian Andersen, Vikings and Lego, Danish melodic death metal act Defacing God exist in the world of witchcraft and the occult, their debut album The Resurrection of Lilith (Napalm Records) a monstrous slab of European extremity with a heavily symphonic touch.
The Ashen Abhorrence (Debemur Morti Productions) is the debut album from Finnish duo Pestilence Hex, who delivers a full-on blast of heavily old-school Norwegian-influenced black metal. The project brings together vocalist M.Malignant (Corpsessed / Tyranny) and multi-instrumentalist L.Oathe (Desolate Shrine / Convocation) two musicians better known in death/doom circles, but who certainly appear to also know exactly what they’re doing when it comes to the black stuff.
Flint, Michigan, might be known for the crime, cars, and crisis. Yet this down-and-out town has more to offer than that. Music fans know it best for being home to The Machine Shop. This nationally acclaimed music venue has been hosting, supporting, and celebrating bands for twenty years. This special concert lounge has gained its reputation because of their genuine love of live music and doting on its patrons. They bring to mid-Michigan audiences an enthusiasm and care most venues don’t bother with anymore. It was a bright, spring evening last weekend when a group of goth kids formed a line outside this beloved hall’s doors. They were exposed to more sunlight than what they were probably used to, but it was worth it because the Symphonic Black Metal Titans, Cradle of filth, werein town. Continue reading →
When it comes to acrimonious splits within bands, some music fans have long memories. Tending to side with one party over the other, many loyal devotees can either be unwilling or simply unable to let go of the past no matter how much water has passed under the bridge in the meantime. The faint hope of some future reconciliation usually remains among the embittered faithful but when death becomes part of the story a grudge often turns into something unforgivable and can last a lifetime.
Symphonic Metal Super-duo Torn Between Two Worlds (members of Cradle of Filth, Hecate Enthroned, The Kovenant, Therion, Mortiis, Dreamstate, Takida, Abyssos, Angtoria, Evergrey) will release their debut EP, As If We Never Existed June 3rd, 2022. The five-song EP brings the best of Sarah Jezebel Deva’s timeless enchanting vocal performances with Chris Rehn mind-blowing orchestrations to create some of the most memorable music in this genre in ages. Today, the band has shared a fantastic lyric video for the track “Transparent” – which you can watch now at Ghost Cult!
British extreme metal legends Cradle Of Filth have booked an extensive European tour for next fall. Alcest will be accompanying them on the road as support for 22 dates across the continent. Tickets will go on-sale this Friday 29th April @ 10am BST11am CEST, via the links below. The band will also kick off a tour supporting Danzig in the USA next week.
Not exactly the most prolific of bands, Swedish black metal act Dark Funeral have been around for virtually three decades but their latest album We Are the Apocalypse (Century Media) is only their seventh full-length studio release in that time. With more former members than overall releases, it’s easy to see why there has been so much inconsistency over the years. The only remaining original member is guitarist Jan Michael Svanberg (aka Lord Ahriman).
Danzig has announced a headline tour of the USA this spring in which he and his bandmates will perform the entire 1990 album Danzig II: Lucifuge (American Recordings). The two week tour will feature Cradle Of Filth and Crobot, will launch May 5 in Reno, Nevada and end on May 19 in Austin, Texas. The May 7 concert in Ontario, California will include the aforementioned “Danzig II: Lucifuge” performance, as well as a support set by Tiger Army.
If there’s a silver lining thus far into 2022 it’s that at least we don’t have to wait too long for some good old-fashioned spine-busting metal. We’re barely out of January and we already have fresh releases from the likes of Enterprise Earth, Shadow of Intent and Fit for an Autopsy. Yes, I am aware that Omicron is all the rage back home and some folks are still under lockdown but believe me new riffs and blast beats go a long way in lifting one’s spirits.
Cradle of Filth has just announced a second live stream on March 20th 2022. The Infernal Vernal Equinox Deastream, in which they will play Dusk… and Her Embrace in its entirety. It marks the 25th anniversary of the bands’ second album.Continue reading →