ALBUM REVIEW: Necronomicon – UNUS

Honest question: Who started the whole let’s get an orchestra or symphony type shit behind extreme metal? I know Dimmu Borgir has made some serious bank behind it with the fabulous Death Cult Armageddon and Fleshgod Apocalypse has obscured their lack of riffs with said gimmick, but can we let that trend die? I think I’ve had my fill. But what the hell do I know as Necronomicon has an album worth in Unus (Season of Mist) of synths and faux orchestrations designed to elevate death metal from simply crushing to the upper echelons of the avant-garde.Continue reading

Marduk Continues To Suffer From Visa Issues, Misses Some US Tour Dates

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Marduk, by Susanne A. Maathuis Photography

 

Marduk once again experienced issues with their Visas and cannot get in to the US for the start of their tour this weekend. Support bands Rotting Christ, Carach Angren and Necronomicon will start the tour on their own.

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On The Road… with Earth and Elder

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There are few things we love more at Ghost Cult than some great drone and doom music. Add to that and entire convention celebrating HP Lovecraft’s 125th birthday, well you know we’re gonna be in full-bliss freak out mode. All these things came together at the NecronomiCon in Providence, RI. The Lovecraft convention also coincided with the launch of Earth’slatest headline tour, so what a treat for folks in the northeastern US to see them on our coast. Led by Dylan Carlson, Earth’s dizzying blend of drone, doom, folk rock and other weirdness is just immaculate in a live setting. The band continues to tour behind their acclaimed 2014 release Primitive and Deadly (Southern Lord). Joining them are local doom masters Elder, who recently released Lore (Stickman Records), possibly their best album yet. Elder is really just too good to be a mere cult favorite and really deserves wider renown then they have earned. Both venerable bands were joined by The Assembly of Light Choirand Owlfood to round out this all around great evening of music and mysticism. Thanks to Hillarie Jason for these great photos of the proceedings.

Earth, by Hillarie Jason

Earth, by Hillarie Jason

 

Earth, by Hillarie Jason

Earth, by Hillarie Jason

Elder, by Hillarie Jason

Elder, by Hillarie Jason

Elder, by Hillarie Jason

Elder, by Hillarie Jason

Assembly of Light Choir, by Hillarie Jason

Assembly of Light Choir, by Hillarie Jason

Owlfood, by Hillarie Jason

Owlfood, by Hillarie Jason

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A New Chapter In The Book Of The Dead – An Interview With Necronomicon

Necronomicon band 1Quebecois extreme metal stalwarts Necronomicon have been plying their trade for fifteen years now, amassing a wealth of material and garnering a loyal hardcore of fanatical followers. With their latest album, Rise Of The Elder Ones (Season Of Mist), just released, we thought it was time to catch up with guitarist/vocalist Rob ‘The Witch’ Tremblay. He shared with Ghost Cult the connection between their new album and 2010’s The Return Of The Witch, and explained why for him, it’s still all about the fans. Continue reading