Album Review: Rhapsody of Fire – “The Eighth Mountain”

rhapsody of fire - the eighth mountain

And so it was written…Rhapsody charged the plains of battle out of Italy, begetting symphonic power metal the likes of which had never been seen.  But lo, the Beast of Trademark trampled forth, and thus Rhapsody begat Rhapsody of Fire, which continued to blaze the sky alight with neoclassical lightning from the fingers of Luca Turilli and the gilded vocal cords of Fabio Lione.  But Fate is a fickle mistress, and in 2011 Turilli left to form…Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody, leaving the original Rhapsody, now called Rhapsody of Fire, to continue the charge.  Except that Fabio Lione left in 2016 and is now forming a new band with Luca Turilli called…Turilli/Lione Rhapsody?  It boggles the mind, but fear not, for the original Rhapsody, now called Rhapsody of Fire but missing almost all its original members is still here, and the amazing thing of it all is that their latest album The Eighth Mountain is not only good, but it kicks all sorts of power metal ass. Continue reading

Wake Up and Smell the Satan! – August 10, 2018


All the Satan news paused for a week out of respect for the Behemoth album announcement. However, the Bringer of Light was busy the last few days…

  • The Satanic Temple, this week, broke into full-out public warring over its retention of a lawyer representing neo-Nazi and other clients. Into the fray have included national leaders, those who have left the organization, and those who have stayed. Salacious at points, it is one of the more intriguing looks at the Satanist group that actually does not necessarily believe in Satan.
  • Speaking of politics, Italy’s far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini is feuding with a Catholic publication that compared him to Satan for his stance on immigration.
  • Theistic Satanist Marie Ravensoul has a new book, which she recently talked about on the Dark Illumination podcast.
  • Peru is reeling from a grisly murder reportedly inspired by Satan.
  • On a lighter note, I am wondering which of you did it.
  • And also going lighter, if you have not seen the TV show Preacher‘s portrayal of Satan as part of the season’s storyline, you may be missing out. He has a hired gun rounding up Hitler, who escaped from Hell.

Out this week in black metal, Detroit’s Divine Ecstasy summons Mayhem and Master’s Hammer in its new album, Strange Passions, streaming here:

Speaking of that raw style, Ill Omen released The Grande Usurper this week. The Australian act put forth just under half an hour of fire on this:

Japan’s Abigail are out with a new album as well. Far East Black Metal Onslaught sees frontman Yasuyuki Suzuki going all out as always:

– EA



Profile – Haruspex of Selvans


April 21st of this year saw the limited edition cassette reissue of Lupercalia from Italy’s black metal band Selvans. The album was originally released in 2015 on Avantgarde Music but with the Folkvangr reissue, now is the perfect time for those who missed it initially to experience the band’s take on cults and folklore from their home country set to wildly expressive, expansive and — at times — epic music. We recently had the opportunity to ask Haruspex our set of Profile questions so read on to see what he had to say and don’t forget to grab your copy before they’re gone. Continue reading

Album Review: Cioran – “Bestiale Battito Divino”


Caligari Records is really carving out a nice little niche for itself in the analog world of metal on cassettes. Between the doom thrash of Obscure Evil and the blackened doom of Mindkult (notice a trend here?) Nine Circles has been in the bag for the type of music Caligari puts out for some time now. Judging by their credo that “Only True Music Is Real” and Bestiale Battito Divino, the new mini-album by Italian blackened punk band Cioran it looks like the trend of quality underground metal is going to continue. Continue reading

Profile: Borys Crossburn of Italy’s Barbarian


The Italian power-trio, Barbarian, has been rocking underground heavy metal since 2009 Cult of the Empty Grave, their latest work, is an aggressive, heavy metal assault. With distorted bass lines, drums that sound like they are being beaten with the bones of the enemy and a double-tracked guitar that both synchronize and harmonize its assault, Barbarian deliver an album which you can murder your enemies as well as chug beers with your pals to.  We had a chance to chat with Borys Crossburn about the current state of metal. Pick up a copy of their new album (and some sweet merch) at the Hells Headbangers shop.
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