Sensational satanists and extreme metal trailblazers, Behemoth, are back with their twelfth studio release Opvs Contra Natvram. Each of the ten tracks brings hellfire with face melting riffs, abrasive vocals, killer drumming, and all the energy and attitude of a live performance. The album title meaning “going against the current” perfectly summarizes the intent of this release which is to give a big “fuck you” to the destructive propensities in popular culture and social media. It would not be a Behemoth album if it didn’t raise a few eyebrows from passersby and act as an righteous piece of rebellion. This release is something only Behemoth could have created and it is not to be missed.Continue reading
I can only imagine what wonders will unfold before us this week.
- We’ll start with Hell-Born, the extreme metal crew out of Poland. They have a new album, Natas Liah, set for a January 26th release through Odium Records. Check out the recently release new track, “Blakk Metal”, which features Nergal of Behemoth.
- Nuclear Blast has added a new name to their roster. Danish blackgazers MØL have officially signed on with the label. Not too many details have emerged just yet, but it looks like their second studio album, and debut with Nuclear Blast, will be out later this year.
- Trial (Swe) are releasing a short 2-track EP on January 29th, titled Sisters of the Moon, through Metal Blade Records. Check out a preview here, and feel free to click that pre-order button if you feel so inclined.
- And lastly, a new video from Thy Catafalque. The new clip for “Napút” can be seen below, a track taken from Naiv, which dropped last January through Season of Mist.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
Hey! I’m finally done editing Fire In The Mountains photos! Now what do I do?
- Black Tusk have announced some November dates here in the U.S. with Child Bite. Mostly east coast stuff. They’ll also be on the road with Cloak next month in the midwest-ish, if that works better for you.
- This is terrible news, but it’s reported that a Slipknot fan died after falling in the mosh pit at the Chicago-area stop on the Knotfest Roadshow. The exact cause is still to be determined, but witnesses noted that he looked totally fine leading up to the incident. Sad, sad stuff.
- To switch gears, this is definitely on the lighter side. Nergal (and I believe the rest of his Behemoth bandmates) were booted from a YMCA while on the same Knotfest Roadshow. Not because, well, he’s Nergal. But because he was wearing a Darkthrone shirt, and when asked if he worshiped Jesus… you can probably figure it out. This is literally why I love wearing my Churchburn shirt everywhere.
- Four Stroke Baron have announced some live dates in the U.S. this coming November in conjunction with some fresh new live footage at Dogwater Studios. Check it out.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
Oh boy. Honestly, I probably should have waited until all my year end lists published before diving into albums I had lofty expectations for. Oh well. The good news is, out of the five albums I previewed (which is definitely the wrong word to use here) back in January, four of them have been released and the fifth definitely won’t be anytime soon. If ever. So I can talk about most of these! Shall we? Continue reading
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery then Behemoth must really love 2014’s The Satanist. And with good reason – you couldn’t write a a better story if you made it up: coming off their best album to date, leader of prominent anti-Christian death metal band gets hit with leukemia, refuses to compromise his beliefs, bounces back and crafts a massive “comeback” album that tweaks the formula and invites just enough to turn another great album into their masterpiece. Is it any wonder they’d want to mine that vein again? Unfortunately, I Loved You At Your Darkest feels like imitation, hitting all the touch points the previous album did but without the sincerity to push the album past its limitations. Continue reading