Album Review: Skuggsjá – “A Piece for Mind & Mirror”

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Ivar Bjørnson and Einar Selvik’s Skuggsjá is a musical collaboration that came together as a celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Norwegian Constitution. In 2014. But after positive reception at the Eidsivablot festival in Norway and then later at Roadburn 2015, it was decided that the piece needed to be recorded; to be made available for a the masses. And am I ever grateful this… experiment, I suppose, reached this point. Centered around traditions and tales of their Norse background, with A Piece for Mind & Mirror, Skuggsjá have created what is undoubtedly the most mesmerizing collection of sounds so far in 2016. Nestled somewhere in the intersection of folk, black metal, and post metal, it is a true masterpiece that is capable of enticing audiences of all genres. Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Fleurety – “Min Tid Skal Komme”

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Norway’s black metal scene is not where you’d expect to find a lot of hidden gems. The output of their premier bands (Emperor, Mayhem, etc.) is standard knowledge for any fan of the genre. Even without their musical excellence, media has been all over the scene’s surrounding drama for a quarter of a century. Because of this, there weren’t many places to hide for bands associated with black metal at the time. But for this Throwback Thursday, we shine our light on a release that still got less praise than it deserved: Fleurety‘s Min Tid Skal Komme. Continue reading

CANTO: Motörhead’s new tour (yes, please), Behemoth’s new beer (yes, please), and Disturbed’s new song (no, thanks)

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It’s midweek for me. And I don’t care about the rest of you.

  • I guess we should start with Motörhead’s upcoming U.S. tour. It’ll be this summer, and I will say that if you get a chance to see them, you really should.
  • You know what I like? Beer. You know what else I like? Behemoth. I’m in a good mood today because Behemoth announced plans to brew a black IPA. This couldn’t get any better. My favorite band releasing my favorite style of beer? Hell yes.
  • Megadeth‘s debut album, Killing is My Business…And Business is Good! somehow came out 30 years ago. To mark the occasion, it looks like we’re going to be getting a 30th anniversary edition of the album. Thanks, Dave! (Said nobody ever)
  • So I guess Mastodon guitarist Brent Hinds doesn’t like heavy metal? Weird. No matter, Mastodon has pumped out some great stuff recently, and I wouldn’t exactly call it heavy metal. So I guess that works?
  • Disturbed released a new song today called “The Vengeful One.” I bet you can guess what it sounds like.
  • More importantly, check out this clip of Shining playing on top of a fucking cliff!

Norway seems wonderful.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– Corey

The Horns Up Podcast: Episode 39 (February 13, 2015)

It’s time for Episode 39 of The Horns Up Podcast, your weekly catch-up on all things metal!

This week, the guys discuss new albums from Thulcandra, Hæthen and Misthyrming, Dan describes his experience at last week’s Eyehategod show in Brooklyn, Corey laments the winter weather assault that’s been plaguing greater New England–multiple times!

All that and much, much more in Episode 39, so check it out!

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