Thursday Tune: GRÁ

I missed Tuesday Tunes again. Whoops… but here’s a Thursday Tune instead!

“Where Shadows Dwell” is the new single from Swedish Black Metal band Grá. Check it out below:

I love Grá. And their t-shirt model looks damn familiar… I’m sure I have that hat…


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Freebie of the Week – Worsen

In case you’re not familiar with the concept of “Freebie of the Week”, here’s a brief explanation… Each week I go on a little hunt through the vast wastelands of the Internet in search of FREE and LEGAL downloads. So, all of the downloads featured here will be obtainable through trustworthy means… and they’ll be guilt-free. For example, I will only ever feature music available from official band websites, profiles (such as Bandcamp, MySpace, Reverbnation or Facebook) and (or equivalent).



Found out this band (and their EP) today. Completely in love with it already. You can stream it below (and buy it if you want) or you can download it for free (and legally) here.


Charlotte NC, United States (2012 – present)

Worsen is a black metal band from Charlotte, NC formed in 2012. Since forming, Worsen has independently released one EP called “Blood” in February 2014.

Worsen is part of the AC//13 collective and shares members with Young and in the Way, Ayr and Votnut.


Rick Contes – All instruments, Vocals (2012-present)
… as far as I know…



Devilish Impressions release artwork for the “Adventvs” EP

Earlier today, this wonderful piece of news popped up on my Facebook newsfeed…

Scheduled for a May 8th release ‘Adventvs’ EP, a follow up to the critically acclaimed ‘Simulacra’ album (2012), will feature two brand new tracks that perfectly portray the band’s present state and its recently re-defined sonic path as well as the group’s 2002 never-published-before demo ‘Eritis sicvt Devs’. Over 60 minutes of the band’s new and old music. ‘Adventvs’ will be available in exclusive digipack edition with a 20-pages booklet wrapped in amazing layout / artworks by Black Moon Design.

Track list:

1. Adventvs Regis – 10.08
2. Meteoron – 06.51
3. Moon – 19.50
4. Var – 14.24
5. Dies Irae – 11.39

Comments the band’s mastermind, Quazarre:

“You’ll definitely see a huge distance between the opening tracks of ‘Adventvs’ and those from the ‘Eritis sicvt Devs’ era, especially on a technical level. But hey, that’s the whole point as we’d like to leave you with a glimpse into what Devilish Impressions was doing in the years it was created and compare it to what we do presently. And although ‘Eritis…’ was in a way created to pay homage to all those acts that so strongly influenced our creation, it was also a brave reach out and search for ways to the band’s very individual expression. As for the new songs, not only we have redefined the ideas behind our sonic path but have also come up with a different approach toward the sound and production. We’ve introduced 7-strings guitars and reduced synthesizers to the absolute minimum. Moreover, in order not to spoil a natural groove of the drums, for the first time ever we’ve decided to use no triggers at all.”

Once again, the band has worked with different sound engineers and used several recording studios to produce the new songs, incl. the famous Hertz Studio (drums – Wieslawski Bros), Icaros Studio (guitars), Flumen Studio (additional synth / fx) and Sound Division Studio (vocals; guitars’ re-amping), where it was also mixed and mastered by Arkadiusz Malczewski (Behemoth, Decapitated, Hate etc.).

Also appearing on the record are Contemplatron – overtone chanting, dril bu (ritual Tibetan hand bell) and Chinese Chau gong as well as Wojciech ‘Flumen’ Kostrzewa (Asgaard) – additional synth / fx.

‘Eritis sicvt Devs’ originally recorded by Paweł Wołczyk at D.J. Wolkos 666 Studio, has been digitally re-mastered at the beginning of 2014.

In support to the ‘Adventvs’ premiere Devilish Impressions will tour Poland in May. Tour dates as follow:

08.05 Olsztyn / Nowy Andergrant
09.05 Warszawa / Progresja
10.05 Bialystok / ACK Sepularium
11.05 Chelm / Atmosfera
12.05 Rzeszow / Vinyl
13.05 Krakow / Lizard King
14.05 Bielsko-Biala / RudeBoy
15.05 Tychy / Underground
16.05 Wroclaw / Liverpool
17.05 Opole / Muzosfera

The artwork can be seen here:



Lou hears Hryre’s track. Gets all giddy with excitement.

Last night I was scrolling (almost) endlessly through Facebook with my phone and I noticed that Slaughter Throne had shared a link to an (up until this point unknown) Black Metal band called Hryre (FYI, Slaugther Throne are also well worth checking out).

Hryre have just released a track for streaming. The track is called “Heretéam fram Anweald (Devastation of Empires)”. Hryre describe it as a “blistering assault of aural warfare” and I think that’s pretty much spot on. Judge for yourself by having a listen to the track below:

I can’t wait to hear more!


The Infernal Sea / Old Corpse Road – “Insidious Art and Serpentine Rites”

Last week I reviewed two bands that I am currently obsessed with (Cruelty’s Heart and Frostwork) and now I get to review another two! When I say ‘review’, I actually mean ‘write exceedingly nice and excited things about’. I’ll try to remain as neutral as possible though.


Each band has offered up one new track for this split and we’ll start with The Infernal Sea’s “Tannis Root”. This track has The Infernal Sea stamped all over it – from its chilling and tension building intro to Dean Lettice’s face-ripping vocals. The music is drenched in evil; the sounds of a dark and unyielding creature, slithering its way out of whichever circle of Hell it called home and into your soul. Wonderful stuff.

Old Corpse Road do things a little differently; they do Black Metal the OCR way. “The Sockburn Worm” makes use of the band’s selection of vocalists, each with their own distinct style. The result is a heady mix of shrieks, growls and chants – guaranteed to keep you on your toes. As with OCR’s previous work, “The Sockburn Worm” contains more than a nod to the band’s Folk influences with traditional sounding melodies combined expertly with frantic Black Metal riffs.

At only two tracks, this release is a bit of a tease. It pulls you into each band’s world and leaves you hungry more (and, if this is the case for you, I highly recommend buying the previous releases from both bands – you won’t be disappointed).

Rating: 99%

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