Archive for black metal

Sunday Metal Video: Mayhem, “Freezing Moon (live at Wacken)”

Posted in Sunday Metalhead Minute with tags , , , , , , , on Sunday, June 7, 2009 by Ryan Buege

Blackened Fest is here! Weak-minded fools would do best to stay away from Station 4 on Tuesday, when the black metal lords and their legions come out to lay siege to Minneapolis for the first time in over a decade.

LIVE VIDEO: Mayhem, “Freezing Moon (live at Wacken 2004)”

Destroy Destroy Destroy’s “The Wretched Forest” music video is intense

Posted in Video with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on Wednesday, May 27, 2009 by Ryan Buege

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Nashville’s Destroy Destroy Destroy just premiered their new video for “The Wretched Forest” from their second album, the brilliantly named Battle Sluts, and I have just one word: INTENSE!!

Honestly, I have no idea how to categorize this band beyond ‘metal’ and that brings a huge smile to my face. In any case, I believe I have finally found my fun high-speed driving record for the summer!

MUSIC VIDEO: Destroy Destroy Destroy, “The Wretched Forest”

Concert Photo and Video Recap: Wolves in the Throne Room, Zebulon Pike, Krallice, Empires @ Triple Rock Social Club

Posted in Concert Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , on Thursday, May 21, 2009 by Ryan Buege

Wolves in the Throne Room live at the Triple Rock Social Club

Truth be told, May has been a month where Minneapolis has already hosted an almost excessive amount of the unbelievable shows from psychedelically minded metalheads and rockers — the must-see Mastodon/Kylesa/Intronaut bill that ended last month, a stellar Mogwai performance at First Avenue, Thrones desecrating the Triple Rock, and even the expansive progressive death metal of Gojira at Station 4. And now Wolves in the Throne Room and Krallice come to the city for a gig with local favorites Zebulon Pike and Empires? Really, someone needs to thank some booking agents.

Still, even with such a crazy amount of awesome shows going on, the crowds were still strong last Friday (May 15, 2009) for a night of all types of psych-metal (with a heavy emphasis on the black metal). The performances that night were spotless and were definitely just as mind-blowing as I expected they might be, each band immersing the crowd beneath their own monstrous demonstration of ear-splitting blackened, progressive waves of noise. If that sounds enticing, then you really should’ve been there.

Anyway, the Triple Rock was surprisingly pretty packed, so I wasn’t moving around much once I took my spot, but I tried to capture some photos and videos when I could — something rather difficult for a dude with a point-n-shoot and a flash and plumes of fog billowing from the stage throughout Wolves in the Throne Room’s entire otherworldly set.. Either way, enjoy.

VIDEO: Wolves in the Throne Room, Live at the Triple Rock Social Club, 5/15/09

Wolves in the Throne Room live at the Triple Rock Social Club(Wolves in the Throne Room)

Wolves in the Throne Room live at the Triple Rock Social Club(Wolves in the Throne Room)

Wolves in the Throne Room live at the Triple Rock Social Club(Wolves in the Throne Room)

Wolves in the Throne Room live at the Triple Rock Social Club(Wolves in the Throne Room)

Wolves in the Throne Room live at the Triple Rock Social Club(Wolves in the Throne Room)

VIDEO: Zebulon Pike, Live at Triple Rock Social Club, 5/15/09

Zebulon Pike live at the Triple Rock Social Club(Zebulon Pike)

Zebulon Pike live at the Triple Rock Social Club(Zebulon Pike)

Zebulon Pike live at the Triple Rock Social Club(Zebulon Pike)

Krallice live at the Triple Rock Social Club(Krallice)

Krallice live at the Triple Rock Social Club(Krallice)

Krallice live at the Triple Rock Social Club(Krallice)

Krallice live at the Triple Rock Social Club(Krallice)

Krallice live at the Triple Rock Social Club(Krallice)

Empires live at the Triple Rock Social Club(Empires)

Empires live at the Triple Rock Social Club(Empires)

Empires live at the Triple Rock Social Club(Empires)

More blackened photos for you after the jump… Continue reading

Xasthur’s All Reflections Drained LP prepared for May release

Posted in Music News with tags , , , , on Friday, April 24, 2009 by Ryan Buege

Xasthur

Underground ambient US black metal entity Xasthur has finished putting together the All Reflections Drained LP that has been recorded throughout 2007 and 2008 (with M.H. as guest vocalist), and Hydrahead is now prepared to release the album on May 26th in 2xLP, 2xCD, and even as a cassette tape. As with all Hydrahead releases, the packaging is looking very impressive for the vinyl with cover art from Tim Lehi and photography by Faith Coloccia – the 2xCD is encased in a DVD style digipack and features a second disc of bonus material, including alternate versions, unreleased material, and several covers. Knowing how reclusive Xasthur’s Malefic (Scott Connor) is, I didn’t expect that we’d get to hear much from the release before Hydrahead officially sent it out, but thankfully there has been some media uploaded from the release. If you’re in the mood for new Xasthur, head over to the newly launched, HH-run MySpace Preview page for the release here to listen to all but two songs from the All Reflections Drained!

1. Dirge Forsaken (5:38) – LISTEN
2. Maze Of Oppression (5:12) – LISTEN
3. Achieve Emptiness Part II (4:56) – LISTEN
4. Masquerade Of Incisions (15:30)
5. Damage Your Soul (4:50) – LISTEN
6. Inner Sanctum Surveillance (6:58) – LISTEN
7. Obfuscated In Oblivion (5:22) – LISTEN>
8. All Reflections Drained (7:44)

Metal A/V Roundup: Slayer, Isis, Glorior Belli, Converge and more

Posted in Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on Tuesday, March 31, 2009 by Ryan Buege

Slayer, Psychopathy RedThe thrash legends in Slayer have planned to issue their newest song, “Pyscopathy Red”, as a 7″ vinyl release as part of the annual Record Store Day on April 18th! Only 5,000 of these limited edition blood-red vinyl 7-inch vinyls will be made available, the first sounds that were recorded in a Los Angeles studio last October for Slayer’s forthcoming untitled full-length record of back-to-basics RiB thrash. So don’t forget to get out to support Record Store Day on April 18 and listen to the new “Psychopathy Red” online now while you wait. The list of participating stores is here.

LISTEN: Slayer, “Psychopathy Red” (from Psychopathy Red LE 7″)

Anyone who knows me well, knows that I’m a total Isis nut. I’m following the release of Wavering Radiant closely (and not allowing myself to listen to a leak until its sent to my doorstep), and have been anticipating every minute. The new song “20 Minutes / 40 Years” has me confident that this album tops their most recent ouput, and now they’ve got a new in studio video that making me just itch when I wonder if it’s true. The clip sounds more like House of Low Culture than Isis, but it serves to prove that the band has only further fell in love with their art of heady psychedelics.

French black metallers Glorior Belli just announced the release of their next album, Meet Us of the Southern Sign last week, and now they have graced us with a new track of aural psychosis entitled “In Every Grief – Stricken Blues”. Taking a page from the book of Opeth, they play one of the more alluring adaptations from black metal that I’ve heard recently; a far different approach than much of the very raw BM that has been predominant the last few years. This song is a slow, gorgeous, heavily-layered buildup (with clean vocals!) rather than the blasting chaos you might expect, and could find a welcome audience outside BM in the same way that their fellow Frenchmen in Gojira have found crossover appeal outside of death metal. Give it a listen at MetalKult, and don’t forget to catch them on tour at Station 4 with Absu in June!

LISTEN: Glorior Belli, “In Every Grief – Stricken Blues” (from Meet Us of the Southern Sign, available 6/2)

NEW CONVERGE MUSIC!! FULL SONGS LIVE!! My buddies over at MetalInjection were kind enough to bootleg the recent Converge show in Brooklyn, and were able to record the entire set. Every day they’ll be posting more videos online, and they start with two brand-fucking-new still-untitled songs of brilliant hardcore. Chicago, here I come!

WATCH: Converge live at Club Europa in Brooklyn, NY 03/28/09 (exclusive from MI)

LISTEN: ZAO, “What Will You Find?” (from Awake?, available 5/5)

WATCH: War From A Harlots Mouth, “Crooks at Your Door” (from In Shoals, available 4/28)

WATCH: In Flames, “Delight and Angers” (from A Sense of Purpose)

LISTEN: God Dethroned, “Under a Darkening Sky” (from Passiondale, available 4/24)

Sunday Metal Minute: Krallice, “Wretched Wisdom”

Posted in Sunday Metalhead Minute with tags , , , , , , , , on Sunday, March 15, 2009 by Ryan Buege

I already clued you all in on the fact that we’re having some brilliant black metal tours coming to the Twin Cities this summer, but now things are just getting ridiculous. This week, the announcement was made that the visionary BM minds of Wolves in the Throne Room and Krallice would join together in what is sure to be THE “must-see” underground metal tour to pass through Minneapolis this spring. On May 15th, Wolves in the Throne Room will be playing at the Triple Rock Social Club with Krallice supporting. While I’ve already mentioned the scathing-yet-epic majesty that is WITTR on the site, Krallice is a band that has not gotten enough attention from me so far (besides the one sentence I gave them in my end of 2008 honorable mentions list). Reading descriptions of the band, you might think that their entrancing style of progressive black metal would already have an established predecessor. However, upon hearing Krallice’s fervent, psychedelic, rampaging, technically superior sound, it doesn’t take long to pick up on the freshness of this band’s delivery. Metal has never sounded so simultaneously brutal, ferocious, and atmospheric, which is certainly saying a lot. Krallice is a underground band that is literally pushing the limits of sound. This is a band to watch out for, and the free “Wretched Wisdom” track we have linked below will show you why.

MP3: Krallice, “Wretched Wisdom” (from Krallice, 2008)

Keep reading for all the Krallice and Wolves in the Throne Room spring tour dates (including several shows with A Storm of Light)… Continue reading

Sunday Metalhead Minute: Skeletonwitch, “Sacrifice for the Slaughtergod”

Posted in Sunday Metalhead Minute with tags , , , , , on Sunday, March 8, 2009 by Ryan Buege

Skeletonwitch premiered an awesome new video for “Sacrifice for the Slaughtergod” this week, and since I’m too bogged down by homework, I’ll let you proceed to the awesomeness without further commentary.

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