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 Last.fm (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…


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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%




I’m rather gutted about this…

Norwegian Black Metallers RAGNAROK have announced an amicable parting of the ways with their frontman Hans Fyrste. Fyrste, who has been with the band since 2005 and performed vocals on two of their seven full length albums – 2010′s “Collectors of the King” and the latest release “Malediction” – is cutting back on his musical activities due to other personal and job-related commitments, which had already affected his ability to tour with RAGNAROK at the end of last year. His last live appearance with the band was at this year’s Blastfest festival in February.

In a statement the frontman explained his decision:

The decision to leave RAGNAROK, has been an extremely hard one to make. Jontho and Brigge brought me in to the horde in 2005, and this still stands as my biggest achievement as a musician. Personal circumstances have made it so that I will not be able to dedicate myself to RAGNAROK, as much as it requires. It is with a heavy heart that we have come to an agreement, and I am pulling out of the band.

All words fall short compared to how grateful I am for have taken part in this journey.Over the years we have experienced so many great achievements, and I would never have been without any of them. Being able to tour around the world, from Siberia to Rio de Janeiro, with supporting, passionate and faithful friends and fans in every city, has been a humbling experience. Every step of the way has also brought with it impressions, educating me to be a stronger person. Also learning so many new things, evolving to be the vocalist and human being I am today.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody who has made this journey possible. Without all my great friends and fans out there, nothing of this could have ever happened. Thank you! And finally, of course, thank you Jontho, DezeptiCunt and Bolverk. Thank you for all the great times on and off the stage. Thank you for everything we have gone through together. Thank you for the brotherhood and support! I leave RAGNAROK as a humble man, and wish my brothers all the best in the future.

Hans Fyrste

Founder and drummer Jontho had this to say about Fyrste’s departure “After 20 years you come to expect these things as an inevitable part of being in a band. Sooner or later there comes a time when all musicians must take a hard look at their lives and take decisions based on family and work commitments. Hans Fyrste felt that he could not give the amount of dedication that RAGNAROK asks of its members, and that it would be fairer all round to call it a day, and that is very much to his credit. He has been a real asset to the band. We have watched him grow over the years to become a great frontman and we wish him all the best for the future”.

Formed in 1994, and celebrating their 20th Anniversary this year, RAGNAROK are unfazed by the departure of their frontman and have begun work on what will be their eighth full-length album. The band played their first North American show in November last year, and are scheduled to headline at the Sick Midsummer Festival in Austria in July. They have not yet disclosed who will replace Hans Fyrste in the lineup, which, aside from Jontho on drums, includes DezeptiCunt on Bass and Bolverk on guitars. “Let’s just say that we are looking at various options, some of which might come as a bit of a surprise to RAGNAROK fans, but we’re not prepared to say more at this time”, commented Jontho.

The official video for the title track from “Collectors of the King” can be seen below


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