First of all, I feel I should offer my apologies for the lateness of this review. I’ve had a lot going on lately. (Speaking of which, please check out this post.)
Norse’s “All is Mist and Fog” had been tempting me on Bandcamp for quite some time. When I initially discovered the band’s Bandcamp page, I was immediately intrigued. Surely this release had everything? A fantastic band name, a terrific title, haunting artwork, a promise of something Black Metal flavoured… I was going to love it, right? In fact, I was so confident of the fact that I was going to love it, that I popped it straight onto my Wish List without even giving it a listen.
But, alas, my Wish List is freakishly long. I think if I were to buy every single item on my Wish List I would be able to repair the economy in most countries. It would cripple my bank account, but the rest of the world would be fine. So, because I apparently want EVERYTHING, buying this Norse album got put temporarily on the backburner. Luckily, I have a rather lovely contact who signed the band to his label and so offered me the album for review. I immediately took him up on the offer… but then life got in the way and I’m only just getting around to reviewing the album now. Better late than never…
My first listen to “All is Mist and Fog” was somewhat surprising. In my (rather unique little) mind, I’d built it up to be something world changing. Without ever having listened to a single note of it, I’d decided that it was going to blow my mind and be one of my favourite albums of all time. As a result, my first listen was a little disappointing. It didn’t change the world. It didn’t change my life. I didn’t suddenly sprout wings and fly to the moon in search of a cheese that didn’t have any calories in, but still retained its flavour. It was just an album.
However, that was just my first listen. Upon further inspection, this album proved to be a thing of absolute wonder. While it still didn’t alter reality, it did help to escape it – if only for a short time. In fact, it’s bloody brilliant.
Norse are not what you would expect. For a start, they hail from Australia – not that that’s obvious from their music. Based on their music, they could well come from the moon (I’ll have to ask them about that cheese). A name like Norse conjures up stereotypical images of Vikings or, at very least, Black Metal created in caves. As much as I love both Vikings and Black Metal created in caves, Norse have created something equally as impressive. It’s Black Metal, it’s Death Metal, it’s extreme, it’s progressive and it’s obscure. The first hit may not have got me, but the listens beyond that have lured me in. I’m now very much caught in Norse’s sticky, and slightly odd, web.
Tracks like “Towards the Shining Sky” were, at first, difficult for me to listen to. Although I can appreciate the technical playing of music like this, I tend to usually go for atmosphere. On having listened to this album a few times, I was soon able to get drawn in. Norse have created an atmosphere. Once I was used to the interesting riffage, I was able to lose myself in the music. I was able to close my eyes and imagine my own little visual accompaniment for Norse’s soundscape.
“All is Mist and Fog” may not be life changing, but it is mind blowing. Give it a listen via the widget below and judge for yourself.
Oh, and “Plaguewhore” is genius. As is “Black Ocean”.
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Ok, so this is a couple of days late… but I have been busy… with things and stuff
The absolutely fantastic Behemoth have posted the following on their Facebook page:
BEHEMOTH have been holed up in Hertz studios working on their tenth full-length album. As the band continues to record, they have been posting images and what appear to be lyrics for portions of new songs.
While we wait patiently for new music to be completed, Nergal has offered the following update:
“Every piece of art is born in pain…and so is ours. We’ve spent last couple of months on pre-production and tracking down the songs in Hertz studio. We are producing the album collectively with help of Wieslawscy brothers and Daniel Bergstrand. We are driven by a mystery… exploring territories that have been unknown to us up until now. It feels exciting and very refreshing to redefine our style and yet make a strong fuckin’ statement. Wait and hear…”
BEHEMOTH also announced a bunch of European and US festival appearances. See below.
European Summer Festivals
04/18 Audincourt, FR Impetus Festival
05/25 Hünxe, DE Extremefest
06/04 Warsaw, PL IMPACT Festival
06/08 Amneville, FR Sonisphere
06/15 Bergen, NO Bergenfest
06/21 Graz, AT Seerock Festival
08/09 Jävle, SE Getaway Rock
08/10 Jeromer, CZ Brutal Assault
w/ Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Fest 2013
06/29 San Bernardino, CA San Manuel Amphitheater
06/30 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
07/02 Nampa, ID Idaho Center Amphitheatre
07/03 Auburn, WA White River Amphitheatre
07/05 Phoenix, AZ Desert Sky Pavilion
07/06 Albuquerque, NM Isleta Amphitheatre
07/07 Englewood, CO Fiddler’s Green Ampitheatre
07/09 Grand Rapids, MI The Intersection w/ Children of Bodom, Amon Amarth, Job for a Cowboy, Battlecross, Huntress (tickets)
07/10 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
07/12 Burgettstown, PA First Niagara Pavilion
07/13 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion
07/14 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
07/16 Mansfield, MA Comcast Center
07/17 Bangor, ME Bangor Waterfront
07/19 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
07/20 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
07/21 Hartford, CT The Comcast Theatre
07/23 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
07/24 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
07/26 Noblesville, IN Klipsch Music Center
07/27 Tinley Park, IL First Midwest Bank Ampitheatre
07/28 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
07/29 Louisville, KY Expo Five w/ Children of Bodom, Amon Amarth, Emmure, Motionless In White, Born of Osiris, Job for a Cowboy, Battlecross, Huntress (tickets)
07/30 Atlanta, GA Lakewood Amphitheatre
07/31 Tampa, FL Live Nation Amphitheatre
08/02 Austin, TX TBA
08/03 The Woodlands, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
08/04 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion
I am a happy bunny!
Tampa based, one man extreme metal band Element of Eclipse has revealed the artwork for his fourth full-length release. The artwork can be seen below:
The following message was left on Element of Eclipse’s Facebook page:
Cover art for the New Element Of Eclipse 2013 album, Divine Masque Revelation. This will be Element Of Eclipse’s forth album release. Prepare yourselves this coming winter. -Archangel Sin Scythe
Tracks from Element of Eclipse’s previous releases can be heard below:
I first spotted this album towards the tailend of 2012, when its incredibly eye-catching orange artwork jumped out at me from the CD Baby website. Due to the fact that I rarely have any money, I wasn’t able to pick up the album straight away, but I mentally filed it in my “To Buy” folder (it used to be a mere list, now it’s a folder… a big, huge, overgrown folder). Fast forward a couple months and I happened to notice that the album was sitting in my Haulix account, just waiting for me to give it a go. So I did.
“Towards the Baphomet’s Throne” is pretty much a straight forward Black Metal album with Death Metal touches. Fiends at Feast seem to wear their influences on their collective sleeve and throughout the album I’m reminded of Black Metal greats such as Marduk, Taake, Carpathian Forest and Dissection. These influences are not over the top, but you can clearly hear where these guys are coming from. It’s a path well-travelled, but it produces fantastic results. That’s not to say that Fiends at Feast are just going through the motions – Nope, these guys know what they’re doing and they certainly bring their own stuff to the table.
Fiends at Feast have successfully created a tremendously harsh and frozen atmosphere on this album, which is completely at odds with the band’s Californian location. It’s an unforgiving listen that demands your full and undivided attention. The tracks are very well written and suck you in from start to finish. I think it’s the combination of full blown evil, combined with insane tremelo picking and a hearty dose of catchy riffage that makes this album so damn addictive. I’m seriously beginning to think that “Towards the Baphomet’s Throne” is the Black Metal equivalent of a tube of Pringles – once you pop, you really can’t stop. This is the reason why Satan will need to go to rehab.
Although the whole album is worth a listen, there are some tracks that stand out more than others. At the moment, my current favourite has to be “Hedonistic Heresy”. Not only does it have those addictive qualities that I mentioned in the previous paragraph, but it is also home to an amazing guitar solo. It’s definitely one of those ‘jaw to the floor’ kinda moments.
At the beginning of this review I told you that I grabbed this little beastie from my Haulix account. After listening to it numerous times, I’m pleased to say that I fully plan on tracking down a physical copy and adding it to my collection. Damn good stuff.
You can listen to the album via the Bandcamp widget below – if you like it, buy it!
That’s right folks, ZORORMR’s sophomore record “IHS” was released yesterday by SEVEN GATES OF HELL! You can already order it for a special price here: hellshop.eu/zorormr-ihs.html. Orders from around the world are possible! So don’t hesitate because the album is limited to only 500 copies.
The album features guest appearances from the following:
- Cezar (CHRIST AGONY), Shadow (BLACK ALTAR), Virian (LILLA VENEDA) –
- Icanraz (DEVILISH IMPRESSIONS) – drums,
- Roman Bereznicki (LECTER) – acoustic guitars,
- Quazarre (DEVILISH IMPRESSIONS, ASGAARD, CRIONICS) – guitar leads.
1. In Hoc Signo Vinces
2. Abandon All Hope
3. Harrowing Of Hell
4. At The Heart Of Darkness
5. The Sacrifice
6. Thy Kingdom Come
7. Upon The Blood Red Throne…
8. Show No Mercy!
9. The Ninth Circle
10. Morning Star Rising
11. I Am Become Death
A review of the album can be found here!