Sunday, 28 February 2016

Desolators Spawn of Misanthrophy


Now and Then I get these amazing pearls like Desolators new ep Spawn of Misanthropy
meaning those ep/albums where everything is perfect! what we have here is some of the best death metal coming neutrally from Stockholm Sweden the home of extreme metal,
although the sound is more similar to the american scene! of early 90s
Baphomet, Dismember , and some part even slight early in flames, perhaps mostly the use of tremolo picking guitars alongside ferocious riffing of the rhythms ,
Spawn of Misanthropy is a real feast for the death metal heart! every track has that in your face vibe, I would not have guessed this came from Sweden unless someone told me.
The sound of this little ep is just far beyond amazing.
the songs are mixed from fast blasts to more slow groovy the ep still deliver strong and its the american old school death metal sound that I personally love!

from start to Finish the album delivers strong without compromise Desolator are no new comers in death metal and you can tell how well each song is written, the guitars sings beautifully along with the drums , for fans of bands like mentioned above this is a real treat
for the listeners, everything about this album is just perfect ! its one of those record like last years Terminal reckoning by Incision thats stands along.
this macabre and astonishing release. its sort of takes the listeners into a trance kinda with its powerful feel nothing for the newcomers perhaps but something all Death metal fans of ether 80s or 90s will enjoy!


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"Spawn of Misanthropy" is the new EP from swedish death metal band Desolator. The band was started in 2009 and released the full length "Unearthly Monument" in 2013.

00:01 Illusions of Grandeur
05:12 The Faceless God
09:18 Sectarian Breed
14:56 Dark Epitaph

Desolator is:
Stefan Nordström - Vocals/Guitar (Soliloquium, Ending Quest)
Joakim Rudemyr - Vocals/Guitar (Within the Fall)
Jonas Bergkvist - Bass (Ending Quest, Wolfcross)
Victor Parri - Drums (Isole, Eosphorus, Hadriel)

Sunday, 21 February 2016

Raubtier – Bärsärkagång

             Raubtier – Bärsärkagång

The album “Bärsärkagång” by Raubtier has recently come out and it's full of energy. The musical style of Raubtier is easy to recognise here with the clear articulation of the lyrics, the northern accent and the way some of the songs tenatiously stick to the brain. The lyrics are mainly focused on the pride, the survival instinct and sense of duty of northern warriors and hunters. 

“Den sista kulan” Faces a heavy subject as it tells us of someone who has prepared for his last stand as he has saved his last bullet for himself. It's a moving story and the song is Definitely one of my favourites.
My other favourite is “Brännmärkt”, a song about prosecution and facing conformity. It's a catchy song with a striking intro, and it's strangely relatable.
I liked “Röd snö” for its chorus. There's just something about the way it sounds that puts the listener right in the mood of the song.

I'll have to give this an 8 out of 10 because not all of the songs blew my mind, but in all I think the album was good enough to live up to the Raubtier standard and I can imagine these songs being fantastic live. Some would even be just as good acoustic. They have a good use of language and  The songs are worthy of playing on repeat and it's a lot of fun singing along with the lyrics.

Rebecca Rose

Friday, 19 February 2016

New 7 track EP out pretty soon

Not many of you knows about this, but we have to reviel it; since Feb 13th we've been done with a 7-track EP. Soon enough It will get released on CD with two different cover-arts and this is the second one, made by Tim Nordstedt: 

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Hordes of the apocalypse – By sword, by pick, by axe, bye bye


Hordes of the apocalypse – By sword, by pick, by axe, bye bye

From the very first moment of the first song I'm thrown back into the 70's and 80's with their silly, yet gruseome style of horror and frankly excellent guitar riffs. There is an ongoing theme of old fashioned, Voodoo type zombies and dark, immersive settings, and the artwork is beautifully grotesque.

If there's one thing I would like to criticize it's their English. They use a nice, large vocabulary, but at times they could work a little on the grammar. It's understandable to use a bit of artistic license when writing lyrics, but none of the grammatical errors here seem intentional. There is however no doubt they can improve on it with a bit of effort.
Over all it's a nice homage to the old horror movies, and a time when rock music and metal was at it's finest. Rough, with a lot of ambition, it is often the simple things that are the most efficient. This band does a good job of entertaining the listener and of painting a picture with their music.
I'll give it a 8 out of 10 for its strong sense of nostalgia and for its colourful and strikingly dramatic artwork, but next time, do a triple spellcheck because the slightest error can risk taking away from the immersion.

Rebecca Rose

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Shining Interview 2015 – Ix Everyone Everything Everywhere ends


Your new album IX / Everyone everything everywhere Ends is soon to be out! How did you come to that name ?
Niklas The title has followed me since 2006 but didn’t feel compatible with how things were going back then. The title itself should be self-explanatory. And maybe give a hint where things are heading with this band, who knows? I like the idea of a title that can mean several things, depending on who reads it.
How was the recording process working with Andy La Rocque ?
Extremely easy-going compared to last time. When we recorded “Redefining Darkness” we spent eleven weeks in the studio, whilst this time around three weeks was enough. Andy is not only a fan of what we are doing but he also understands and knows how to work with the kind of schizoid material he’s being given. Also, it’s very good that he, unlike most others we have worked with throughout the years, has an opinion about things and therefore pushes you extra hard to give it your best in times of uncertainty and delusion.
Most of your lyrics are written in your native tounge ! Do you find it easier to express yourself in that way or has it just become a natrual thing ?It depends from time to time really. Lyrics are very important to me as an artist but unfortunately, because of this godforsaken internet-age, there have circulated several incorrect translations made by so called “fans” of ours, which ultimately resulted in me having to publish a book a few years back with my own, correct ones. The second edition is actually almost sold out now but I’ll publish a third one in a near future which also will include the new lyrics. To sum up, yes, it is easier to write in my native tongue but as said, it’s nothing I am in control of. What’s being put on paper is what is being put on paper, regardless of language.
Over the past years many people have come and gone in Shining , would you say that the musicans are tools that you use to express your work that is Shining , since Shining is Kvarforth?   As I clearly defined my fellow musicians as a “toolbox” since the very early days, yes, that was the case, and several of these people had to be replaced repeatedly. Just as with a real toolbox, the instruments lose their effectiveness and you throw them away, getting new ones. However, the current line-up has remained pretty much the same for the last three years so nowadays I would actually consider Shining as having grown into a real band, whatever that means.
Your new album cover is quite different who was artist behind it ?Yes, the cover is distinctly different from any past album of ours, which is more of a coincidence than a choice really. As with everything else I do with the band, I just go where my gut takes me, and this time around there were no existing ideas that I found suitable for where this album was heading so I therefore contacted one of my favourite contemporary painters, Daniele Serra, asking to use an older canvas of his for the cover. Unfortunately at the time, that very painting was unavailable so he then offered to make something from scratch based on the themes of the album. I think it turned out perfect. However, there are people who seem to disagree, saying it does not look like a Shining cover, but who the hell are they to tell me what a Shining cover looks like?
Could you walk us through your live / studio gear like do you have any special gear that you just can’t live without in the studio?No.
There are a lot of blues influences in your music where did they come from?
I’ve always been a huge fan of blues so of course the genre itself has had an influence on my own writing, as have other types of music not related to what we are doing. 
You mentioned in many interviews you’d like to do a tour with Opeth, Alice cooper, King Dimond  is that something we might expect for the future ?Too early to tell, but yeah, I would rather tour with bands like that so that we can expose ourselves to a new kind of audience. Don’t get me wrong, we’re perfectly fine with what we currently have but the need for expansion is always there and I believe that in order to reach a certain audience, the Opeth one for instance, we would have to tour with them as most of their fan-base wouldn’t even consider having a listen to what we do because of all rumours, things that have happened in the past and so on. And most fans of these other bands probably believe we sound like Darkthrone or something you know.
Many people praise the album Halmstad as your best work! Have you ever considerd doing a full tour playing that album from start to end! ?  Actually yes, we’re considering doing a “Halmstad” tour on the 10th anniversary of the album release. I understand why people consider this a milestone of our discography, and I do too, and it would be fantastic to bring the whole thing on stage with acoustic instruments and strings included.
Is there any chance of seeing any covers from Alice cooper or mabye Guns n roses?We already recorded a Alice Cooper cover which was used as B-side for the first single we released with the seventh album. We have also discussed doing a cover of “November Rain” or “My Michelle”, but as things look now we won’t record any covers whatsoever in the nearest future.
How does the writing process work for you ? Are you the person who can just grab a guitar and start pumping out tunes ? Or do you build all music inside your head  first ?   I mostly complete a full album in my head before even touching a guitar. This time around though, things worked a bit differently as it was Euge, and not me, who kick-started the writing process by contributing his own ideas.
Can you name some movies that really inspired you ?  I  watch a lot of movies and must say I have been inspired by countless ones throughout the years. But I guess the one that have made the biggest impression is “Blue Velvet” by David Lynch. There is a certain darkness hidden within that film which no one else has ever come close to conjuring.
Both  jazz and blues seem to be some major influences in your music is that  something you plan to continue with ?As said, I am not really in control of what direction my music is taking when I write it. I just follow my heart and never think twice about where the darkness leads me. So, if there is a jazz thing here, or a blues thing there that has manifested during the process it’s meant to be there regardless of whether people find it “suitable” or not.
Shining is no longer just swedish members but also have gotten some Finnish blood in
Could you tell us how you meet each member ?No.
Looking back at the early records the sound it has changed quite a lot
since Within deep dark chambers to Redefining darkness ,
would you say that the change was a natural progression as a musician or was it intentional?Definitely. As I said, I just follow my heart and considering I was twelve years old when I started this band and now am in my early thirties it’s not that odd that my writing has progressed quite dramatically from “Within Deep Dark Chambers”. I mean, the sinister and melancholic aura of Shining has always, at least in my ears, remained the same. And that’s really all Shining needs to be.
How long was the writing process for the new record ? Two weeks.
what  were your musical influences  when growing up ? Guns N’Roses, John Carpenter and Burzum.
At what age did you pick up the guitar also did you take any basic lessons? Or self tought ?I   am self-taught, although I did participate in a “how-to-group” for about 2 lessons. I think that was when I was eight or nine if I’m not mistaken.
What are your thoughts on socialmedia is it a good tool for bands  to utilise in order to spread your music!  It’s definitely a good tool in terms of promotion but nothing I want to partake in. When we travel for example, all the others talk through Facebook and stuff like that, and get this endless stream of meaningless information that I want absolutely nothing to do with. Personally, I think it has somewhat destroyed the basic foundation of anticipation and mystery but yes, it is definitely a good tool to use when promoting something.
From what I've read all members contributed to the new album ? No. Euge and I wrote the album. Huss arranged the intro. But yeah, when you’re in the studio everyone more or less contributes by adding their “colour-scheme” to the result.
Whats the best and worst experience that you’ve had while being on tour?  You have to wait for the documentary to find out about things like that. There are just too many fucking bad things that have happened for me to mention in a brief interview you know. There are hundreds of rumours out there that I am aware of but most don’t know the worst and that’s why Martin Strandberg has decided to make this film, or at least one of the main reasons.
Since half of the new line up are Finnish , how are you able to practice together ? And how often ? We have never practised together. They show up, we perform.
Do you have any festivals planned for this summer? Yes. We’ll play a couple of festivals during the summer. Though, momentarily I cannot recall the names but be sure to check out our website frequently for updates on things like that.
Do you have any last words before we wrap this interview up  ? Thank you for the support! Hope you’ll “enjoy” the new album and make sure to attend any future ceremony held in your area, or travel to wherever we might appear.

Album cover IX Everyone Everything Everywhere Ends

Special Thanks to
Patricia Thomas Mangement !
for the help  and arrangement!
and Thanks to Gunnar of Season of mist!

Alastor - Waldmark

Alastor - Waldmark Review by Caleb

Alastor is the modern expression of that old school 90's black metal. The cold guitars, roaring drums, pulsing bass and wrenching vocals tipped off with chilling choirs and keyboards. The atmosphere of songs like "Fellwood" and "Old Glacial Lake" really bring you back to that original black metal sound with the dark, demonic guitar riffs, tremolo leads and the drums are beefy, clear and tight as fuck. The songwriting on this album is flawless with perfect transitions, huge sections and every riff makes me want to bang my head! I also really enjoyed the clean vocal narrations a that gives a bit of a break from the traditional black metal vocals. The range of the vocals is very impressive as well from ear piercing highs to full lows. The track "Lord of the Bohemian Forest" is by far the most epic track on the album in my opinion. The clean vocals towards the middle and melancholic guitar 

melodies really bring an atmospheric feel to this song for me, my favorite on the album. There is even a clean guitar intro in the song "Alpine Obscurity" which also features an intro with the drums and bass accompanying the clean guitar and it just works so well. The production on this album is perfect for the genre. The vocals and guitars are very clear, the kick drum clearly cuts through all the other tracks and the drums are thunderous. Also you can actually hear and feel the bass guitar and the rhythm has a really nice low balance to it which enhances the riffs quite a bit! The choirs and keyboards are there but not overwhelmingly loud like a lot of black metal, they are more of a supporting element to the epic guitar riffs. Overall amazing album from Waldmark, cant wait to hear more!

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

A tasty blend of Blackend death metal with elements of Symphonic metal, Murdryck new album Antologi MMXV new album out on CD March 31 on Black Lion Productions Cd version coming march 31th!

Band : Murdryck 

A tasty blend of Blackend death metal with elements of Symphonic metal,

Murdryck new album Antologi MMXV new album out on CD March 31

on Black Lion Productions

Cd version coming march 31th!

Country : Sweden

Genre : Semi-melodic necro-inspired black metal

Title : Antologi MMXV 
Label : Black Lion Production
Type : Full album
Release date : 2016-JAN-25

Homepage :

Contact : band[at]
Twitflaps : No Twitflaps page
Instacum : No Instacum page

Official members : Skärseld (guitar, bass, music). Gast (vocals,lyrics)

Session guitar : Peste track 2,3,6

Antologi MMXV Tracklist

01 - Intro - The Sombre Angel (Skärseld)

02 - As The Moon Bleeds... (Peste/Skärseld/Gast) 
03 - The Ascension (Skärseld) 
04 - Swallowed by the Ages (Skärseld/Gast)
05 - Slaves Under a Dying Sun (Skärseld/Gast) 
06 - Metamorphosis (Skärseld/Gast) 
07 - Blood on the King's Hands (Skärseld/Gast)
08 - Hymnens Svarta Toner (Skärseld/Gast) 
09 - Under Torn Constellations (Skärseld/Gast) 
10 - Throne of Shattered Divinity (Skärseld/Gast)

Saturday, 13 February 2016

PRE-ORDER the new ALASTOR album "Waldmark" now for an incredible price

PRE-ORDER the new ALASTOR album "Waldmark" now for an incredible price from

Item will ship out around 1st of May!

ALASTOR is a black metal band from Austria which has already been around for 20 years. They can be considered an essential member of the local underground scene by now. ALASTOR play a classic style of black metal with only some modern aspects. I would compare it to something like Satyricon on "Volcano", if I had to.

"Waldmark" will be released on black vinyl in fully coloured cardboard sleeve on the 1st of May 2016. You can already pre-order the vinyl from our bandcamp page for the ridiculously low price of 11€...but be quick - only 30 copies are available before the price goes up! (It will still be a better deal than after the release date but surely not as aswesome as the 11€ offer)

The pre-order includes the immediate download of the full digital version from bandcamp, so you can already listen to the original master files while you wait for the vinyl to be shipped!