Each year at Easter, when the western and Christian world celebrates the rebirth of Jesus over the dates of an ancient fertility festival, in Norway’s capital the mandatory days off are used by the metal community to celebrate a darker get together: Inferno Metalfest. The festival and the connected Inferno Metal Conference celebrates Norway’s role and focus on Metal Music from its own stables as well as new things and greats from abroad.Continue reading →
The spring festival season kicks off in earnest this weekend in Oslo, Norway with the amazingly kvlt experience that is Inferno Metal Festival. The four-day festival of extreme music and culture takes over one of the birthplace cities of heavy music in the world. The fest is sold out once again, adding to the excitement. It’s great to see this scene surviving and thriving after many years. Continue reading →
Enigmatic Swedish metal band Shining has been added to Inferno Festival 2018, as a replacement for Katatonia, who canceled their appearance after going on hiatus. Shining is still touring in support of their tenth album X , Varg utan flock (Dark Essence/Season Of Mist) from 2016. Inferno Metal Festival is the longest-running and most extreme metal festival in Norway and one of the most important extreme metal festivals in the entire world. The festival still has 8 more bands to add between now and March 29t,h. When the fest kicks off. Continue reading →
Asher Media Relations has a new holiday sampler Happy Metal Annihilation Vol. 5 available as a free download below.
The track listing is as follows: 01: Accursed Spawn – Clotheshanger Abortion 02: Adrenechrome – The Lead Elephant 03: Aggression – Cut Your Sins Off (Galy Records) 04: Arrival Of Autumn – Like Fire 05: BLEED – Hate March Kill 06: BornBroken – A Nation of Ignorance 07: Cryptic Hymn – Revel In Disgust 08: Defect Designer – Crusaders (Sleaszy Rider Records) 09: Display of Decay – Created To Kill 10: Elderoth – Black And Blue 11: Éohum – Equatorial Rains 12: [Evertrapped] – Palace of Injustice (Hellstorm Recordz) 13: Evilheart – Decimated Opposition (Test Your Metal Records) 14: Exes For Eyes – Done For Good feat Speed Strid of Soilwork 15: Fall City Fall – Love And Art 16: Fallen Angels – Nightmare (Cyberdyne Records) 17: False Flag – Nest Of Vipers 18: FUCK THE FACTS – Solitude (Noise Salvation) 19: Gomorrah – A Disaster’s Nightmare (Test Your Metal Records) 20: Haiduk – Syth 21: Helleborus – Coils 22: Hibria – Pain (Test Your Metal Records) 23: id. – Sagittarius A 24: Infalling– Distorted Visions 25: Inverted Serenity – Everscending 26: Keychain – Shock Rock City 27: Leave The Living – Word of a Whore 28: Meridius – Walk the Plank 29: MUTANK – Corporate Child 30: New Jacobin Club – Parade of Innocents (Manticore Music Group) 31: Odium – Return to Form 32: Psychostick – Obey The Beard 33: Puttin’ On The Foil – Giver To The Liver 34: Pyramids On Mars – Heaven’s Gate 35: Saints of Death – Blood Vendetta 36: Scissortooth – 10 30 (Galy Records) 37: Seven Year Storm – Dyatlov 38: Silent Line – Black and White 39: Striker – Too Late 40: The Apex – Glass Walls 41: The Order of Chaos – Apocalypse Moon 42: Them County Bastardz – No Easy Way 43: Titans Eve – War Path 44: Train Bigger Monkeys – Lack of Morality 45: Tylor Dory Trio – Time The Beholder 46: Van Halst – Save Me 47: Vantablack Warship – The Pit 48: Vesperia – The Western Tempests 49: WILT – Illusion of Hope (Bindrune Recordings) 50: Windy City Slaughter – A Grave For Two 51. XUL – Orbit of Nemesis
Another day, another reunion. For the unaware, German quintet Morgoth created a reasonable buzz back in the early 90s with the solid if unspectacular duo of Cursed and Odium. Then they went and spoiled it all by doing something stupid like releasing Feel Sorry for the Fanatic, a bizarre jaunt into experimental electronic territory which appalled fans and led to the band breaking up in 1998. However, like so many others they have returned from the grave and Ungod (all Century Media Records) is the fruit of their labours. Is it worth it?
On first impressions, the answer is a baffled “No!” as the naked Obituary rip-off of ‘House of Blood’ comes lumbering out of the speakers. New vocalist Karsten ‘Jagger’Jäger sounds so much like John Tardy you’ll be wondering if there’s been a mistake at the pressing plant. Thankfully things improve on the catchy mid-paced ‘Voice of Slumber’ which makes good use of those morose yet subtle melodies that were just enough to give Morgoth their own identity back in the day. Further tracks such as the measured riffing and familiar satanic lyrics of ‘Snakestate’ and the more aggressive attack of ‘Descent into Hell’ are pretty much exactly what the doctor ordered; middle of the road, no-frills death metal that sounds exactly like it was recorded in Florida circa 1993.
Honestly, were you expecting anything different? It’s hardly surprising that Morgoth have retreated to their classic sound (comfort zone) after such a disastrous backfire all those years ago, and they certainly know how to pen a decent death metal tune. However, like Massacre’s comeback record last year which shamelessly traded on former glories, Morgoth seem to think that just turning up and acting like nothing’s changed will be enough. Unfortunately the world of extreme metal is a far more diverse, cut-throat entity than it was in their heyday and it’s difficult to see them standing out from the herd this time round.