Profile: Haukur Már Guðmundsson of Iceland’s Kavorka

Kavorka

The words Iceland or Icelandic generally are followed by black metal since black metal from there is insanely good. But, Icelandic metal and even heavy rock are equally amazing as evident by Kavorka‘s debut full length, Internal Rituals, which was released late last year. The lyrical themes are dark and extremely personal while the music is a cohesive mix of metal, rock, blues, doom, and sludge—a mouthful for sure but this band is flat out powerful, period. This is an amazing debut from a band that sounds far beyond their years. We recently caught up with vocalist Haukur Már Guðmundsson and asked our set of Profile questions to dig deep in the minds of Kavorka so keep reading to get the scoop and please support the band through the links contained within. Continue reading

Profile: Coleman Bentley of Fliege

Fliege

Brooklyn’s Fliege take box office smashes and turn them into industrialistic black ‘n roll masterpieces and their latest, The Invisible Seam, comes off as epic as its subject matter, Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal. It’s always a challenge to make a project like this work AND be a project that garners a rabid fan base but Fliege has done it with their excellent attention to detail and superb skills behind their instruments. Unsettling black metal splayed across industrial rhythms and dark 80s inspired rock make for a picture perfect vision of the chosen subject and as you’ll read in the Profile answers below, multi-instrumentalist Coleman Bentley is as down to earth about it as you can get. Our very own Ian covered this album in depth so go here to read all about it but first, check out what Bentley has to offer about the band and their music. Also, don’t forget to hit those links and show them some support! Continue reading

Album Review: Fliege — “The Invisible Seam”

Fliege - The Invisible Seam

I would like to start this review by talking about, as we usually do, Jeff Goldblum.  Ever eccentric, Goldblum’s career has reached a peak of absurdity as of late, allowing his je ne sais quoi to permeate internet, TV and even metal culture.  When Brooklyn’s Fliege released their debut that was entirely based on David Cronenberg’s The Fly and featuring gratuitous samples of Goldblum, it was clear that at least part of the concept was humor.  However, deep down, the songs had merit, and on Fliege’s full-length debut, The Invisible Seam, the band shows they are way more than a joke. Continue reading

Initial Descent: January 26 – February 1, 2020

Bütcher
Bütcher

The recent turn of events for the incredible Tanagra is unfortunate at best and absolute bullshit in its entirety. At its core, it shows a company – that no one’s ever heard of – that will stop at nothing to cripple a band that has nothing to do with said company nor had any intentions of crossing paths in any way. If you do nothing else today, go here and buy all you can to show the band support and hopefully give them a fighting chance to rebuild or whatever their next step will be. In other news, we’ve got tons of new metals this week beginning with the old school blackened speedsters Bütcher, an industrialized and cinematic take on The Seventh Seal from Brooklyn’s Fliege, soul touching darkness from Deathwhite, and vermin infested death from Proscrito. Beyond that, tons more entries await. Do it. Continue reading

Album Review: Blessed Black – “Beyond the Crimson Throne”

Up and coming doom metal band, Blessed Black, made a powerful kick-down-the-door type of entry into the metal scene with their debut two-track EP Beyond the Crimson Throne and now return to flesh those two tracks out into a full length album of the same name.  The group, formed in 2017, is comprised of four very skilled musicians from Ohio.  Since the band’s start, they have worked tirelessly to develop their sound and produce a pretty killer debut album.  Beyond the Crimson Throne showcases the musicians’ technical talents through catchy riffs, guitar and vocal harmonization, crisp drum lines, and bass lines that beg for head banging. Continue reading