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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Receiving the Evcharist: Cosmic Church and Mountain Rescue Session Ale

Receiving the Evcharist

Receiving the Evcharist is our weekly feature where we pair choice albums with our favorite libations.  Drink from the cup of heresy.  This week’s offering: Cosmic Church’s Täyttymys and GoodLife Brewing Company’s Mountain Rescue Session Ale.   Continue reading

Profile: Algras of Hypnotic Black Metallers Aornos

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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: England’s Old School Black Metallers Arrogant Destruktor

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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

Receiving the Evcharist – Sleepwalker & Maker’s Mark

Receiving the Evcharist

Receiving the Evcharist is our weekly feature where we pair choice albums with our favorite libations.  Drink from the cup of heresy.  This week’s offering: Sleepwalker’s Ichi-go, Ichi-e and Maker’s Mark Bourbon Whiskey.   Continue reading