When you think about Finnish black metal, bands such as Beherit, Sargeist, Behexen, Horna and Satanic Warmaster come to mind. Bands of the trve kvlt ilk, bands that deal in an unholy and orthodox sound, bands that lather the corpse paint on and wear spikes longer than is necessary and shout about Satan. All that stuff is definitely great, but Oranssi Pazuzu do not fall into that category at all. This Finnish quintet are an entirely different breed of black metal and their third full length, Valonielu is a trippy, psychedelic journey that is awash with colour and experimentation. It’s absolutely bonkers and for a lot of the running time you won’t have any idea what’s even happening to your ears. And that’s OK.
“Vino Verso” gets things underway with a steady pulsing rhythm that takes in glitches of electronic weirdness that flit in between a wonderfully crunched down guitar sound that cycles through the same sound in a repetitive and hypnotic measure. It’s a tad unnerving on first listen and Valonielu is certainly a record to spend some time with. Layers slowly reveal themselves through repeated sessions and the strangeness of it all soon becomes familiar, but no less nightmarish in scope and achievement.
Nothing is Heavy & CVLT Nation are stoked to present WOLVSERPENT, Haggatha, Addaura & Harrow at The Astoria Pub in Vancouver, BC on Oct. 26th! This show is going to be a feast of heavy with a lineup like this! CVLT Nation is super stoked to be relocating our HQ to Vancouver just in time to witness these bands destroy the DTES! Stay tuned for features, mixtapes and more coming soon…check out the event page HERE.
NOTE: These hard working fellows are looking for a label of some kind that would be interested in releasing this record in physical form, so I’m putting the word out. If you think you could help them out I suggest you contact them (firstname.lastname@example.org) because this is a record I’d very much like to see on wax or tape or something. A release very much deserving of a physical home.
I’m excited! The new Night Heir album has finally appeared. It’s funny because I was wondering a few months ago if this year we’d see something new from Night Heir. Their last album Wind In My Dream Mist In My House is a sleeper gem of 2010, it’s impression grew on me significantly since I first heard it — so I’ve been wondering what exactly this now growing collective would come up for a follow-up.
Well, it’s quite brilliant. Overall it’s stronger and more generous than the aforementioned record. This new effort quickly ensnares you with it’s charm, unique atmosphere and bold approach which has been refined and expanded since last we encountered Night Heir.
A Maze Of Evenings brings more members (or contributors) into the circle, and with them more sounds and textures along with extended life; it hits about an hour and twelve minutes. While it was largely a one and two person project last time this record brings a swath of different vocal contributions and styles which enhance their tradition of wide scope in that arena, smoothly buttressing the swooning progressions both in the traditional guitar/bass/drums threesome, but also in the synth/keys and noise. These last two elements come to play an even bigger role than last time overall.
All of this thickens the already eerie atmosphere, new and larger amounts of varied, layered vocals add new dimensions to this records sound. The production was handled by the band rather than Colin Marston resulting in a more coarse, lo-fi quality compared to a surprisingly finer one on the previous record. This leaves the distorted and loud moments sounding grittier and the quiet valleys are a little more crisp.
Get a pen and write down this date: Oct. 1st. On this day, IMPERIAL TRIUMPHANT will release their new EP Goliath via Vatican Records, and you will realize this band are on some next level shit when it comes to the dark arts! Just like the life we will one day leave, IMPERIAL TRIUMPHANT songs take you on a journey that you just might not survive. CVLT Nation is freaking honored to be streaming their new song “Gomorrah” below. All hail NYC Black Metal!
Before the massive Sepulchral Doom Over Europe tour, Necros Christos have decided to do a few warm-up shows with their new line-up. This will be the third show of the band for 2013, after Hell’s Pleasure Metalfest in Germany and the Beyond The Gates festival in Norway. With them, also set to appear were brand new Greek black metal act Akrotheism, veteran black/death band Embrace of Thorns and historic Italian black metallers Necromass.
At about 8.40, dark figures appear at the stage of Kyttaro. The guitarist and bassist wearing corpsepaint and hoodies are getting ready and after their intriguing intro the band starts unleashing their black metal fury. With their tracks, generally fucking fast and brutal, Akrotheism are found closer to the black metal sound of the early 90s, but with a few interesting twists, such as the use of a theromin in one of their tracks, which offers some additional variety. The general impression that the band left me was that they are really serious about what they are doing. Their appearance on stage was sending quite a mystical vibe, something that was further enhanced by their intros and interludes, while the singer was screaming at the top of his lungs. Combined with the release of a split with famous Greek black metal outfit, Order of the Ebon Hand, and their upcoming debut full-length, it seems like things are looking very good for them.
Bells. Ritualistic chants. A timbal. What we hear is not some arcane field recording of a mysterious pagan ritual but the intro of FYRNASK’s Eldir Nótt. The German one-man Black Metal outfit, whose sole member Fyrnd takes care of all the instruments, arrangements an the vocals, is around for about five years now. And to pre-empt the essence of this review: Eldir Nótt is not only the best record of FYRNASK up to date, but one of the best Black Metal records this aging year has seen.
Directly from the start Eldir Nótt creates a very palpable, shadowy atmosphere. Or better, Eldir Nótt is pure atmosphere itself – listening to the 56 minute long album is like a journey to a forgotten past, through endless forests underneath the cold and immemorial stars. To enable this terrifying experience, FYRNASK makes use of nothing but the classic elements that have been established in the Black Metal genre in the early to mid 90ies. There’s a very Scandinavian vibe to the record, the production is quite sparse, the riffs are often reminiscent of Norwegian cvlt bands like Mayhem (De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas era) or Darkthrone (Transilvanian Hunger era), exploring the blackest melodies and harmonies there are without wimping out. The drumming is kept simple but highly hypnotic due to its affection for lengthy blast-beat passages.
Listen to two tracks of the album:
During and between the songs there are a lot of quiet, almost ambient-like moments, the constantly recurring calm before the storm. I dare to say that these calm passages are not too far away from what’s happening in a lot of USBM these days, Ash Borer for example. These tracks and moments, quiet as falling leaves, help to condense the overall vibe of Eldir Nótt, making it like a soundtrack to the journey your mind might take while listening. Needless to say, FYRNASK’s new record is giving you the best experience when you take the time and listen to the whole thing from start to finish.
When it comes to bands coming from Australia, the same rule always applies: quality over quantity. Temple Nightside is one of the newest additions to the extreme metal scene down under. The band’s inception goes back to 2010, and since then the duo have released an EP, entitled Prophecies of Malevolence, and a split album with Canadian black/death overlords Antediluvian. And 2013 marks the year when Temple Nightside decide to summon all of their might and malice in order to spawn their debut full-length, Condemnation.
As to who is Temple Nightside: the band comprises of two members, Basilysk on drums, also of Backyard Mortuary, Rookwood and The Slow Death, and IV on vocals, guitars, bass and keyboards, also of Ill Omen, Perdition Oracle and previously of Funeral Mourning, Pestilential Shadows and Woods of Desolation. Oh! And I forgot to mention that both these guys are also part of Nazxul, one of the best black metal acts to be set loose upon this world. With such a resume, the anticipation for an album such Condemnation is definitely high, and these guys do not disappoint.
CVLT Nation is stoked to be offering an exclusive stream of ENDSTILLE‘s track “The Refined Nation” off their upcoming release Kapitulation 2013, coming out via Season of Mist November 8th, 2013 in Europe and November 12th, 2013 in North America. Endstille brings the cold with this track, honing their rage over the endless war state into an icy blast of pure hatred! If you feel like having your skin ripped from your living body, sit back and press play below!…Pre-order Here!
Kayo Dot celebrate one decade of activity with their new album, Hubardo, a monstrous one and a half hour-long ordeal of beautiful and mesmerizing avant garde blackened doom. The album is a triumph for the band and a towering achievement in their ten year history for three reasons mainly. First of all it embodies perfectly, all in one place, everything that Kayo Dot is and has ever been. In recent times, the band had ventured into more goth-tinged and abstract post-rock composition leaving much of its metal roots behind. Hubardo maintains the trend but also brings back the crushing heaviness of albums like Choirs of the Eye and Dowsing Anemone with Copper Tongue, while even taking things even further on the heavy side of things, packing the album with an extra load of weird, twisted and mind-blowing heaviness and sonic evil we had not witnessed in their music ever before. Elements of Deathspell Omega, Gorguts, Beherit, and even Portal can be heard throughout the work, and all this horrific load of heaviness is once again beautifully wrapped in Kayo Dot’s notorious avant-jazz and free-form composition musical cocoon.
Southwest Terror Fest 2013 is in less than a month, and the lineup is all fucking killer and no fucking filler! Four days of epic bands is what is going to whip through the Arizona desert like a massive sandstorm of awesomeness. Bands like…well, there will be so many good bands there’s no point in me naming my favorites…just check out the lineup below and stay tuned for some rad features on CVLT Nation and maybe a giveaway if you’re lucky? More info and RSVP here!