Article by Ludvig Boysen.
Wintersun has finally finished the second half of their 2012 album Time I. Jari Mäenpää, the composer and founder of the band, announced the record was finally finished and will be released “sooner or later.” Mäenpää crowdfunded an entire new home studio and sauna to complete the record. Wintersun released their self-titled debut album in 2004 which became a hit among lower testosterone fans of power and Gothenburg metal due to Wintersun’s use of death metal and black metal technique. In 2012, after years of delay, Wintersun released half of their second album, called Time I which was the first half of the upcoming Time II.
Tags: autism, mainstream metal, melodeaf, nuclear blast records, pop metal, power metal, wintersun
From April 7-16, 2017, Avulsed and Mercyless with be touring Europe with Savage Annihilation supported as the opener. They have already been confirmed at the Frankfurt Deathfest on the 8th of April 2017.
Tags: avulsed, mercyless, Savage Annihilation
Serpent Ascending announced that their debut album Aṇaṅku is going to be released by I, Voidhanger Records on September 16th. Serpent Ascending is the solo-project of Desecresy vocalist Jarno Nurmi and previously released two extremely promising demos, Serrpent Ascending and The Mournful Pilgrimage, that were compiled with one new track in The Enigma Unsettled anthology CD. From the label’s press release:
Tags: ananku, Aṇaṅku, Black Metal, compact disc, death metal, Finland, i voidhanger records, Jarno Nurmi, Serpent Ascending, Speed Metal, upcoming release
A limited amount of copies of Morpheus Descends‘ all-encompassing CD compilation, From Blackened Crypts, are back in stock at Dark Descent Records. This is only a small number of copies being found in storage, not a reprint. Morpheus Descends are also currently working on material for a comeback album.
Tags: anthology, compact disc, compilation, dark descent, dark descent records, from blackened crypts, morpheus descends, news
Cirith Ungol’s final and worst album, Paradise Lost is finally being reissued for the first time since its release in 1991. Metal Blade Records was unable to secure the rights to the album back when they released the first CD versions of the rest of the Cirith Ungol catalog in 1999. The CD, LP, and merchandise may be preordered from Metal Blade’s website and the band posted a press release their Facebook page:
Tags: 1991, cirith ungol, Heavy Metal, metal blade records, paradise lost, reissue
Gnarly black/core band Morbosidad have gotten the SJW treatment that has precluded their UK tour, according to the promoter in Glasgow:
Tags: animal rights, antifa, antifascist, metalgate, morbosidad, sjws
Axl Rosenberg (Matt Goldberg) of metalcore blog MetalSucks recently reaffirmed his website’s social justice warrior stance in an editorial entitled “Stop Saying Politics Have No Place in Metal”. Rosenberg points out that Tony Iommi’s guitar tone was a direct result of the socioeconomic circumstances of his upbringing but incorrectly assumes that Black Sabbath’s lyrics were written by Ozzy Osbourne’s even rougher childhood when they were in fact primarily written by Geezer Butler who was obsessed with the occult, the work of Aleister Crowley, and horror fiction and films. Rosenberg then uses the lyrics from “War Pigs” to attempt to show that Black Sabbath had strong political undercurrent. All dedicated fans of the band know that the song was originally titled “Walpurgis” about the Witches Sabbath on Walpurgis Night and the label forced them to change the title as they thought it too overly satanic. The anti-war lines are just expressing that politicians and generals sending off young men to die for only the benefit of the leaders in the rear is evil too and actually reflects popular opinions of World War I as much as Vietnam. Attempting to attach any political significance to these is preposterous.
Tags: Axl Rosenberg, communists, identity politics, idiots, metalcore, metalgate, MetalSucks
Nigromante’s Profundidades, recently reviewed by David Rosales, has been released for free download in MP3 format by experimental ambient label Spheredelic along with the earlier The Euphonies album:
Our second release in July is a double feature including the brand new album “Profundidades” as well as the reissue of the EP “The Euphonies” by Nigromante.
All music and ideas by Ebvleb. The picture for the cover layout was created by Marvin Narciso MMXV
The project Nigromante was founded between 1997/98. The shadowy figure behind Nigromante is inspired by and operating in the most deteriorated graveyards of Guatemala. Nigromante is to be listened to in the darkness of night, with pure candlelight, in order to feel the sound unleash specific emotions. It is the music of graves and the next dimension aiming at a direct contact with the lost souls of those who wander between the next dimension and this one. Nigromante is UNIQUE, a medieval modern aura of necroespiritual compositions.
Nigromante describes his music as “Necrospiritual Occult and Ethereal Nostalgia”. He uses sounds of medieval pianos, oboes, strings, etc. – all created with synths.
Tags: Ambient, dungeon synth, mp3s, Nigromante, Profundidades, Spheredelic