Although hardly a recent phenomenon, duos are still quite the novelty in rock and metal. While often lazily lumped into that category, acts such as Satyricon, Anaal Nathrakh, and Alcest tend to utilise session musicians when it comes time to record or tour, while those who operate strictly within the parameters of two permanent members and nobody else are still pretty much a rarity in the field. However, thanks to the likes of doomsters Mantar, and Eagle Twin, the drone pair of Nadja, synthwave crew Zombi, and space-rockers Black Asteroids, there does seem to be an apparent rise in the number of genuine duos.Continue reading →
A début EP can be a very worthwhile investment for a new band, indeed. A chance to introduce the world to their sound and style, without having to commit to (or wait until you’ve written) a full albums worth of material; a chance to not just test the water, but begin to feel out what really works and what doesn’t within a band’s prospective oeuvre. And in the case of Godthrymm, boasting a cast of talented beasts a-plenty, they’ve more than made the most of the opportunity to plant their dark and melancholic flag. Continue reading →
Crucialfest 5 will be held June 18-20, 2015 in Salt Lake City, UT. The confirmed line will include:
Goatsnake Dead Meadow Royal Thunder Rosetta Mothership Kowloon Walled City Giant Squid Captured! By Robots Uzala Norska Black Pussy Ides of Gemini Demon Lung Castle Lesbian Wild Throne Ghetto Blaster Eight Bells Cold Blue Mountain Throes
With Locals: Eagle Twin SubRosa Cult Leader Settle Down Baby Gurl Worst Friends Agape God’s Revolver Eons Dethrone the Soverign Dark Seas INVDRS Cicadas Disforia Odium Totus The Wasatch Fault Turbo Chugg The Ditch and the Delta Oxcross Filth Lords Die Off Top Dead Celebrity Anthems Stickfigures D∅NE Exes Hard Men Magda-Vega
Schedule Thursday June 18th Area 51 / 4pm / $10 / 18+ Stage Baby Gurl Eons Throes Cicadas The Wasatch Fault Filth Lords
Area 51 / 4pm / +$5 / 21+ Stage INVDRS Eight Bells Ghetto Blaster Cold Blue Mountain Hard Men
Area 51 / 9pm / $10 / 21+ Royal Thunder Wild Throne Settle Down Top Dead Celebrity Friday June 19th Area 51 / 4pm / $10 / 18+ Stage Cult Leader Rosetta Ides of Gemini Norska Dethrone the Soverign Disforia
Area 51 / 4pm / +$5 / 21+ Stage The Ditch and the Delta Castle Demon Lung Oxcross Odium Totus
Urban Lounge / 9pm / $15 / 21+ Dead Meadow Black Pussy Dark Seas D∅ne Saturday June 20th Area 51 / 2pm / $15 / 18+ Stage SubRosa Kowloon Walled City Captured! By Robots Giant Squid Mothership Worst Friends Anthems Stickfigures
Area 51 / 2pm / +$5 / 21+ Stage God’s Revolver Agape Lesbian Die Off Exes Danger Hailstorm Magda-Vega
Urban Lounge / 9pm / $20 / 21+ Goatsnake Eagle Twin Uzala Turbo Chugg CrucialREST – Sunday June 21st FREE / ALL AGES / FOOD Kids & Dogs Welcome! No Alcohol Please Bands and Venue TBA *Schedule subject to change. Accomodations
Northern German two piece monster Mantar is releasing their debut album Death By Burning on May 19, 2015 via Brutal Panda Records. The LP versions will include a full download of Death By Burning along with an exclusive 8 track live set from the band’s German St. Pauli Sessions. Footage from those sessions can be viewed below.
Recorded in 2013 and titled Death By Burning, the album was originally released to immense critical acclaim in Europe in 2014 by Svart Records, and is a raw, self-produced, and 100% DIY display of power. Managing to sound even heavier than most five-piece bands, in spite of the fact that no bass guitar was used on the record, Death by Burning channels early Melvins, Motorhead, and Darkthrone, to deliver a deliciously evil blend of blackened punk. A music video for the song “March of the Crows” can be viewed below.
The half-German/half-Turkish duo, consisting of vocalist/guitarist Hanno Klaenhardt and drummer Erinc Sakarya, are currently on their first US tour with American black metallers Mutilation Rites.
Mantar Tour Dates:
Mar 15: The Sandbox – El Paso, TX (with Mutilation Rites) Mar 16: The Korova – San Antonio, TX (with Mutilation Rites) Mar 18: Club Metropolis – Austin, TX (SXSW Heavy Metal Pool Party) Mar 19: Dirty Dog Bar – Austin, TX (Metal Injection Showcase) (with Veil Of Maya, Cancer Bats, KEN Mode, Full of Hell & more) Mar 21: Yellow Jacket Social Club – Austin, TX (Rock Of Ages Tattooing Party)( with Goatsnake, Eagle Twin, Coliseum and more) Mar 23: Gasa Gasa – New Orleans, LA (with Mutilation Rites) Mar 24: Pug’s Live – Tallahassee, FL (with Mutilation Rites) Mar 25: Local 662 – St. Petersburg, FL (with Mutilation Rites) Mar 26: Churchill’s Pub – Miami, FL (with Mutilation Rites) Mar 27: Hourglass Brewery – Orlando, FL (with Mutilation Rites) May 21: Maryland Deathfest – Baltimore, MD
Psycho California is now set for May 15, 16 and 17, 2015 at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA with Sleep, Pentagram and Cult Of Luna as headliners.
The rest of the previously announced acts include:
Kylesa Earth OM Russian Circles Orange Goblin Bedemon Conan Eyehategod Indian Earthless Pallbearer Crowbar Stoned Jesus Old Man Gloom Cave In Acid Witch Truckfighters Tombs Bang Electric Citizen Coffinworm SubRosa Eagle Twin Mammatus True Widow Anciients Bellwitch Lord Dying Death By Stereo Radio Moscow Ancient Altar Samsara Blues Experiment Elder Mothership The Well Deathkings Wo Fat Rozamov Destroyer of Light Highlands Bloodmoon Slow Season Crypt Trip Lords of Beacon House Tumbleweed Dealer Sinister Haze Blackout Red Wizard Banquet Loom
Roadburn Festival have announced Wovenhand, Russian Circles, Wardruna and a second Enslaved performance amongst the latest additions to the 2015 edition.
Wovenhand will be headlining the 013 stage, and Russian Circles in the main hall on Thursday, April 9th, 2015. Guitarist Ivar Bjornson of Enslaved and Einar Selvil of Wardruna has been previously announced to curate the event on Friday, April 10th at the 013 venue.
Enslaved will be doing a second show at Roadburn 2015 on Saturday, April 11th. Already announcing the Enslaved/Wardruna collaborative effort Skuggsja, the sound of Norway’s Norse History, Enslaved will also perform a show dubbed House of Northern Gods, consisting of a set list specially put together for Houses of the Holistic, featuring songs from the band’s entire catalogue, accompanying visuals created by Romanian artist Costin Chioreanu.
Wardruna will be doing a special performance dubbed House of the Spinning Seer on Friday, April 10th as part of Houses of the Holistic.
Argus, Bell Witch, Darkher, Eagle Twin, Helms Alee, Sun Worship, Terminal Cheesecake, Tombstones, Brimstone and Uzala have also been confirmed for the 20th edition of Roadburn Festival.
Curated by Ivar Bjørnson (Enslaved) and Wardruna‘s Einar “Kvitrafn” Selvik, Roadburn Festival 2015 (including Fields of the Nephilim, Anathema, Skuggsjá, Enslaved, Wardruna, Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin performing Dawn of The Dead and Susperia in its entirety, Zombi, Sólstafir, White Hills, Bongipper, Floor, Eyehategod and The Heads as Artist In Residence among others) will run from Thursday, April 9 to Sunday, April 12 at the 013 venue in Tilburg, The Netherlands.
“The Friday show during Roadburn 2015 will indeed be a special one. We have named the concert ‘House of Northern Gods’ and it will consist of a walk-through of an imaginary, magical house. It is a mental construction that could represent the mythological Valhalla with its inhabitants – or in Jung’s school of psychology: the archetypical roles of the human psyche. This will be the foundation for the set-list and the framework around the concert; there’s a stem of thematic songs from ‘Allfadr Odinn’ (the Paternal archetype) on ‘Hordanes Land’ in 1993 up to ‘Materal’ (the Maternal archetype) from 2012’s ‘RIITIIR’ where various characters/ roles in the ‘House of Northern Gods’ are represented and materialized into music. These are the songs that will make up the Friday show at Roadburn 2015!
“As if it wasn’t a big enough honour to play one show at Roadburn 2015, we get to play a second show Saturday! We are already hard at work with planning to turn these into the most spectacular two Enslaved shows possible, as we know that this double-Roadburn-whammy is not likely to happen again (we’ve heard of lightening striking twice, but thrice?). This second show will be one of the first European shows where we present our new album, that will be released something like a month prior to Roadburn 2015. We don’t like to brag; but be prepared for something monumental! We will also make use of the fact that Tilburg will be loaded to the brim with friends and colleagues at this point, so don’t be surprised if the show culminates in Enslaved having good friends on stage to make sure we go out with a blast! He who lives will see…
“We are very excited as well as honored to be back to perform at Roadburn 2015 and so we plan to use this occasion to give the audience a concert out of the ordinary. It will be a Wardruna concert in an all-new form. With almost twice the amount of musicians that we normally have on stage our sonic threads of old and new shall be majestically spun and our soundscape carefully woven on the loom of the spinning seer.
Turning in another formidable line up which featured some very safe bets, attendance-wise, on the main stages but a fantastic representation of extreme music with a clutch of acclaimed Doom, Stoner, Death and Black Metal acts on the Temple, Altar and Valley stages France’s premier metal event Hellfest showed once again the blueprint many U.K. festivals would do well to follow. When it comes to carefully staggering stage times with two adjacent main stages and the two tents containing three other stages, the only excuse for missing any of the action is purely because of the exhaustion of rushing between catching so many scintillating sounds. The headline acts may have been fairly average yet at least the appearance of Danish rockers Volbeat in a coveted headliner role was a bold move even though the band is clearly unready to occupy such a position.Continue reading →