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 MySpace, Reverbnation or Facebook) and Last.fm (or equivalent).
Enfold Darkness are a band that I’ve been keeping an eye on for a while (their “Our Cursed Rapture” album was superb), so I jumped at the chance to download a brand new track from them. The track (a demo master) is called “Banishment” and is available by clicking here. Grab it, listen to it and, if you like it, go “like” the band on Facebook.
Hailing from Nashville, Tennessee amidst an array of old music and southern hospitality, Enfold Darkness unleashes an ungodly European sound, combining the melodic riffs and technical precision of Gothenburg death metal with the ferocity and morose darkness of Norwegian black metal, creating a skillfully crafted blackened masterpiece that is their debut album, “Our Cursed Rapture.” Recorded in part by Jamie King (Between the Buried and Me, Through the Eyes of The Dead), “Our Cursed Rapture” gives Death Metal and Black Metal fans alike a new experience.
As most bands experience constant lineup changes during their formative years, Enfold Darkness has had it’s fair share. After solidifying a lineup in 2008, the band was discovered by Mike Keene of The Faceless while opening for them in their hometown.
Enfold Darkness sets themselves apart from most of today’s extreme metal through delivering a soulful yet haunting performance – not relying on flashy playing alone. The dark and macabre lyrics leave one feeling as they have just read a chapter from an unearthed ancient demonic manuscript while leaving all of the cheesy, Satanic metal cliches behind.
After seeing the release of “Our Cursed Rapture” in November, 2009 on Sumerian Records, Enfold Darkness embarked on several nationwide tours with the likes of The Faceless, Dying Fetus, Goatwhore, and Burning The Masses just to name a few – all the while spreading their name and sound.
[Written by Micah Moses]
Justin Corser – vocals
Matt Brown – vocals, rhythm/lead guitar
Elijah Whitehead – rhythm/lead guitar
James Turk – bass
Today Keep Of Kalessin release the new digital EP “Introspection”. The EP is available on all digital music services (well, apart from Bandcamp… but it’s easy to grab from Amazon and/or iTunes… and Spotify, I believe…).
“Introspection” is the first of several new EP’s and singles that will be released throughout the year, in wait of the new album due in October 2013.
The new EP marks the transition from the old and into a new era for the band, with longtime main man Obsidian C. now also handling the vocal duties after the band separated from singer Thebon in March 2013.
In addition to the new single “Introspection”, which was released with a video on YouTube just over a week ago, there are two new tracks on this EP namely “Flight of the Hatchling” and an extreme version of “The Dragontower”.
Frontman Obsidian C. comments on all three tracks:
“The new digital era opens some opportunities for bands and releasing digital EP’s makes it possible for such a diverse band as Keep Of Kalessin to release some tracks and new versions of tracks that would not necessarily fit on an album.
Introspection is a very personal song for me and deals with some issues I guess many can relate to when they start questioning themselves and what’s really important in their lives. As a musician you’re always sacrificing personal life for the band and lately I’ve been wondering if it’s all worth it. Girlfriends, friends and family have always come second and I guess it’s only natural that some priorities change as you grow older. So….basically I guess this is my midlife crisis caught on tape.” the front man laughs.
“Flight of the hatchling is our first instrumental song and shows the band from a very different side. As the title suggests this is our own type of Flight of the bumblebee kind of song, even though it’s not a cover version, but a song entirely written by me.
We also added a version of The Dragontower, which I’ve wanted to release for some time now. The only change to this version is in fact how the drums are playing and shows that the song is very much Keep Of Kalessin and now sounding more like The Divine Land or Ascendant type of songs.
On Reptilian we had mostly blastbeat songs and the reason why we chose the “slower” version of The Dragontower was simply to make it stand out and to give the album more diversity.
The extreme version is the same tempo and same recordings as previously released except from the drum tracks which have been re-recorded with more of Vyl’s furiosity.”
Keep Of Kalessin released the new video ”Introspection” at the Indie Recordings Label Night at the Inferno Festival this easter. The video can be seen below:
SŁAWEK „MORTIFER” ARCHANGIELSKIJ IS DEAD
At night 5th/6th April near a German town of Munchberg, our friend, best comrade and longtime bass player unexpectedly passed away. After the show in Stuttgart last night he went to sleep and never woke up. We found him lifeless early in the morning and immediately called an ambulance. He was reanimated, but to no avail. Results of Sławek’s autopsy should be known soon. In this situation, we decided to cancel the remaining shows and return home. We gave detailed testimonies to the German police. We are shocked and shattered by his sudden, unexpected death. We mourn together with Slawek’s family and friends.
Adam, Konrad, Stanislaw, Daniel /HATE
My thought’s go out to Sławek’s family, friends and bandmates. You will be missed.
THE undisputed champions of ‘Swamp Metal’ return to the scene with new studio album, ‘Seventh Swamphony’, the follow-up to 2010′s ’12 Gauge’ release.
After 15 years together, with six full length albums under their collective belt, 2013 sees the Finnish musicians delivering Album No. 7 – an eight-track release showcasing this Oulu outfit’s trademark frantic, yet melodic death metal style, tempered here by a new-found ‘epic mournfulness’.
Set to be released on June 17th 2013 via Spinefarm Records, ‘Seventh Swamphony’ was recorded at Tico-Tico Studios in Kemi, Finland, and features a selection of brand new tracks, mixed & mastered at Sweden’s Fascination Street Studios by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Soilwork, Paradise Lost, etc.)
Antti Kokko, Kalmah’s lead guitarist, says:
“This album marks a milestone in our careers. We have a new keyboard player, which has given a fresh edge to the music, and we are of course very satisfied with the new material. That is why we wanted to give the songs the best possible chance without compromise; we feel very lucky and privileged to have worked with Jens Bogren.”
On of the new tracks, “Windlake Tale”, can be heard below:
You may remember that a few months ago I got rather excited about a relatively new Blackened Death Metal band called Sidious. Well, now it’s time to get REALLY excited, because their EP is now available to order!
A trailer for the album can be viewed below:
You can grab the EP from the Katoxin Bandcamp page – just click here! Alternatively, you can stream and buy this little beauty by utilising the sexy widget below. The EP is available either as a CD or a download – plus you can get a CD and t-shirt combo deal. What more could you ask for? Oh yeah, you also get an immediate download with your CD too. Wicked!