Profile: Humbaba of Saudi Arabian Black Metallers AlNamrood

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Folk metal has a tendency to be an insular, European-centric genre, particularly so at the intersection of folk and black metal.  But looking past the acts that have gained mainstream attention yields many and sundry iterations of folk metal as diverse as the cultures across the world that make them.  Since 2008, Saudi Arabia’s AlNamrood have blended black metal’s staunch anti-religion focus and dark aggression with the folk melodies and instruments of their native Middle Eastern home.  Ahead of the release of their newest album, 10 Years of ResistanceAlNamrood’s vocalist Humbaba was gracious enough to answer our set of Profile questions.  Read on below the cut.

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Profile: Algras of Hypnotic Black Metallers Aornos

Aornos

Hungary’s Aornos play a style of black metal that recalls the viciousness in the genre’s early warriors but wraps it up in a blanket of whirling guitars and wickedly dark atmosphere. My initial take away from their recently released full length, The Great Scorn, was that there’s so many layers to unpack yet this collection of songs is almost immediately hypnotic. Complicated but well worth the time to sit with it and get acquainted. It pulls you in very early and nearly 50 minutes tick by before you even know what happened. Just behind the album’s release we had the chance to ask mastermind Algras our set of Profile questions and his answers just might qualify for the longest we’ve ever featured. Don’t believe me? Read on. Continue reading

Profile: Fabio DeDominicus of Germany’s Hardcorists Traced By Enemies

Traced By Enemies
Traced By Enemies

Traced By Enemies play a style of hardcore that’s as melodic as it is hard hitting and back in April of this year they released their second EP Where the Sun Turns Gray. This EP is a continuation of their last, Unity In Diversity, and instead of switching up the game or changing gears completely they stay the course and come away with six more densely layered tracks that fans of melodic hardcore will appreciate. We recently had the oportiunity to ask guitarist Fabio DeDominicus our set of Profile questions to get inside the band’s head a little. Stick around and see what he had to say. Continue reading

Profile: England’s Old School Black Metallers Arrogant Destruktor

Arrogant Destruktor
Arrogant Destruktor

Arrogant Destruktor have been busy putting out teasers since their inception in 2011 but have recently unveiled their debut full length, Commandments of War and Necromancy, which sees the duo tighten their ferocious early wave black metal chops. Their 2014 compilation Amidst the Blackest Void was raw, fierce and untamed —- all qualities black metal purists love to hear. However, this time out they’ve taken all that energy and channeled it into an even bigger beast but with better production and a fuller sound that takes advantage of their knife edge style. The album is out digitally and on cassette and will be released soon on CD by Total Death Records. In the midst of these releases we had the opportunity to ask the band our set of Profile questions so head inside to see what they had to say and be sure to grab a copy for yourself. Continue reading

Profile: X and Scotty McRib of Bay Area Experimental Metallers Gürschach

Gürschach
Gürschach

Experimental metal wears many faces and can mean wildly different things depending on each individual listener and their tastes. Bay Area band Gürschach has been around since 2011 and on their debut EP Beautiful Nightmares were considered a thrash band. Fast forward to now and their debut full length Dark Matter shows a band that has moved way beyond their origins and are mining the experimental, forward thinking arena but also have put together an album that takes full advantage of and is a spot-on look back into each members varied paths to metal and rock. More on that later as we recently had the chance to ask X (lead guitar, vocals) and Scotty McRib (bass, vocals) our set of Profile questions. Read on to see what they had to say and how their influences crept in and took over. Also, hang around for their, just released, video for “The Night the Sky Rained Nukes.” Continue reading