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!
For those of you who may be unacquainted with the raw, blackened doom driven behemoth that is Crypt Lurker, then you are missing out on one of the most innovative debuts to grace the year 2013. Blending painstakingly slow doom progressions with tortured frequencies and scathing vocal prowess, this is a band that will destroy speakers, minds, and expectations.
The opening moments of the album build from a dull roar into a full blown funeral-esque driven melody that lulls the listener into a false sense of security just before dropping the hammer to unleash a torrent of inexplicable noise. However, beneath that torrent is an intellectually structured disparaging narrative, clashing old and new influences alike to create a stark reflection of man’s bestial nature. Of course this may often be missed by the fact that your skull is split into several pieces by the mind-crushing depth that carries over into the totality of the album itself. Creating a heavy-as-fuck vibe that draws you into an atmosphere that visually resembles the last wave of mankind ushering in their final march.
Judging from the cover (thou shalt never do!) and the first few reverb’ish notes that one gets to hear on Soulship, I immediately put AGNES VEIN into the Post-Metal/Doom pigeon-hole. And although this attribution isn’t completely wrong – the band is surely influenced by bands like Neurosis or Isis - it’s just one single ingredient of the dish served. In fact, this Greek outfit has at least as many musical roots in the ice-cold depths of Black Metal as well as in dark, strongly emotional Hardcore in the vein of bands like His Hero Is Gone.
Needless to say, Soulship isn’t exactly an exhilarating record. The bitter and hopeless emotions it evokes damp all light and positive thoughts in your head, making everything nice seem extremely bleak and colourless. Yet all this darkness doesn’t appear to be some kind of set image – everything AGNES VEIN does on this album has a very pure, honest undertone.
Oranssi Pazuzu are redefining the borders of reality. Their psychedelic approach to black metal has already spawned two full-lengths, Muukalainen Puhuu (2009) and Kosmonument (2011), along with a split album with Candy Cane. Now they return with their third record, entitled Valonielu, which explores even further the capabilities of the band and unfolds their full potential in all its glory.
Ontto, bassist of Oranssi Pazuzu, found some time to answer some of the fundamental questions regarding the origins of the band, their influences, the production stage of Valonielu and the band’s future plans.