Posts Tagged ‘Black Metal’

MI0002497429One of my earliest memories of Norweigan Black Metal was through a picture of Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo who was wearing a Transylvania Hunger shirt from Darkthrone on a poster that I received from Metal Edge Magazine when that was still a thing. So of course, I became curious about Darkthrone and they instantly became one of my favorite Black Metal bands. The band which was made up of Nocturno Culto (Lead Guitar/Vocals), Zephyrous (Rhythm Guitar), Fenriz (Drums), and Dag Nilsen who played bass for the last time on the band’s 1992 album A Blaze In The Northern Sky which was self produced. The album is considered the first chapter in the band’s Unholy Trinity which also included Under a Funeral Moon and Transilvanian Hunger which are the band’s most popular albums. The album had some controversy surrounding it because it was the first black metal record after originally being a death metal band. The decision caused bassist Nilsen to agree to record his bass parts as a session musician because he was done with the band. The band’s label Peaceville Records also disliked the change and would only release the album of the band agreed to allow them to remix it. The band threatened to have the album released with a different label and then Peaceville succumbed to their threats. The album was voted the 46TH greatest metal album of all time out of 50 by Loudwire.com which is why I am reviewing it.

MI00014803031. Kathaarian Life Code– A 10 minute track to open the record which starts with a very evil and ominous intro with someone saying something before the band kicks in with some face melting riffs. I’m not 100% positive on the lyrics, but it seems to be about the creation of what was good and evil. 4.5/5

2. In the Shadow of the Horns– A bad ass metal track with poor production sound in a seven minute track is what we have here in this track that touches upon Ancient Egypt and other evil topics. 5/5

3. Paragon Belial-an interesting track lyrically which explores a man that comes face to face with a being that tells him that what the Christians had been telling him is wrong and to create his own “devil”. 4.5/5

a-blaze-in-the-northern-sky-500cf616bfd494. Where Cold Winds Blow– another track that just sonically rips your face off as they sing about the one and only evil one. The track features some pretty sick guitar solos. 4.5/5

5. A Blaze In The Northern Sky– The title track hits you right from the start as it doesn’t let up in this interesting story of how they lived a thousand years as pagans before Christianity came storming in looking to erase their history. 5/5

6. The Pagan Winter– I feel like this track just is a continuation of the same story as the last track, but in a sense of how terrible the time was when it happened. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– There is a line in the last track and I swear that is how Phil Anselmo named his side project Superjoint Ritual. Anyways, this was a ballsy album for the band and it paid off for them in the long run as it’s a highly recommended black metal album and number 46 on Loudwire’s list. My favorite tracks on the album was definitely the title track and In The Shadow Of The Horns while my least favorite track was The Pagan Winter. I am going to give the album 4.58 stars out of five for a final grade.

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mayhemThere is always a point in life when we ask ourselves whether or not there are examples of life imitating art especially in the entertainment business. There has always been a mystery to outsiders who do not understand Norwegian Black Metal and what it meant to the many bands that were the forefathers of the genre. One of the bands that is a huge example of this argument is the legendary and notrious kings of Black Metal in Mayhem. The band which was made up of Per “Dead” Ohlin (vocals), Øystein “Euronymous” Aarseth (guitar), Varg “Count Grishnackh” Vikernes (Bass), and Jan Axel “Hellhammer” Blomberg (Drums). The band together began writing their first album titled De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas, but instead of the album being released in 1987, it didn’t see the light of day until 1994. The reason for this is for the fact that Dead decided one day to commit suicide and then Euronymous who had gone to the local store to buy a camera to take pictures of him. Eventually, Euronymous was killed and Attila Csihar was brought in to sing vocals for the album. While the album may not have charted, it is often praised as one of the influential black metal albums and it made Loudwire’s Top 50 Metal albums of all time at number 49 which is why I chose ti as this week’s album of the week.

mayhem-de-mysteriis-dom-sathanas1. Funeral Fog– a fierce in your face track that is just relentless and the instrumentals are great and then they turn up the ante when the lyrics kick in on this track that I believe is about Dracula. 5/5

2. Freezing Moon-an interesting track where they flex their metal abilities in the beginning of the track that Hellhammer claims is supposed to make you want to commit suicide. 5/5

3. Cursed in Eternity– an awesome in your face track about walking through hell with the devil as your tour guide as he welcomes you to your cursed eternity. 4.5/5

4. Pagan Fears– an awesome metal track that is all about Norway’s culture before the Christians took over and forced them into Christianity. 5/5

41q-xoQdq0L._SX355_5. Life Eternal– Another fierce track that kind of has a dark meaning to it in my opinion, I feel like Dead was talking about suicide in the track like he’s contemplating it throughout the song. 5/5

6. From The Dark Past-a horror influenced track (in my opinion) about a man that returns from the dead to tell his tale, but everyone in the village is terrified. 4.5/5

7. Buried by Time and Dust– a hammering track about a vampire which was probably based off of Bram Stoker. 4.5/5

8. De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas– the title track is a six minute epic that proves that these guys had chops whether they believed it or not. The title alone is pig Latin because the proper Latin title would be De Mysteriis Domini Satanae which means About the Mystery of the Lord Satan. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– It’s too bad that Dead’s vocals didn’t end up on the album, but there is a live album that features him singing some of the tracks. As I said before, these guys have some chops and are a metal band whether they like it or not. Life Eternal, Pagan Fears, and Freezing Moon are my favorite tracks on the album. I don’t have a least favorite, but if I did it would be Buried by Time and Dust. This is definitely a must listen to album if you are looking to get into black metal. I am giving the album 4.7 stars out of five for a final grade.

17498847_1430758220309198_7445967711751034253_nI just wanted to take the time once again to thank everyone who has gotten involved in the voting process because without you this is not possible. The Pedal Cup which is our metal version of the World Cup has had some surprising results since the first round and the quarterfinals went without a hitch. As usual, we gave you three ways to cast a vote in the tourney with one being the Facebook page, the second being my Twitter page, and the third being right here on the blog site. One of the matches that took advantage of most of the ways I gave you was the BABYMETAL vs Sepultura match and what a weird outcome it turned out to be as all BABYMETAL needed was the Twitter count to win. Morbid Angel’s win was the most lopsided of the tournament as Confess was the only band that failed to gain a vote. The semifinals are now set, but you’ll have to wait until later to be able to participate and vote for the two teams that will move on tot he championship. Check out the box scores down below:

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17498847_1430758220309198_7445967711751034253_nHere is the moment you have all been waiting for, it is the quarterfinals of the Pedal Cup which is the World Cup of Metal. You guys came to play in the knockout stage and I want to thank every single one of you guys for that because without you none of this is possible. Now we have some interesting matches moving forward like Morbid Angel (rep. USA) taking on Confess (of Iran) and while our cultures may be different from each other, there is one thing they have in common and that is they live and breath metal. Literally they do because Confess are in Jail for playing “Satanic music” and there is nothing more metal than that. Arch Enemy (Rep. Sweden) look to repeat the same success they had in the previous round, but they have one heck of a challenge ahead of them in Behemoth (rep. Poland). The legends of Brazil in Sepultura are going to need all the votes they can get when they take on BABYMETAL who scored the highest amount of votes in the last round. Last, but certainly not least Portugal’s own Moonspell face a heavy task as they take on Norwegian legends Dimmu Borgir in what should be one heck of a clash. You guys have 24 HRS to vote so vote for the bands you love and have some fun with it. As always, there are three ways to vote with one being on the Facebook page, the other on Twitter, and the last way to vote right here on this blog.

Pedal Cup Bracket 2

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Alright Metal heads, today is a day to be excited because the first half of the knockout stage round of the Pedal Cup has commenced. The Pedal Cup is our alternative to the Pedal To The Metal Tournament this year as it is our World Cup styled tournament. The matches for today are Portugal (represented by Moonspell) taking on Egypt (Crescent), France (Rep. by Gojira) taking on Norway (rep. by Dimmu Borgir), Brazil (rep. by Sepultura) taking on Germany (rep. by Kreator), and Belgium (rep by Leng Tch’e) taking on Japan (rep. by BABYMETAL). We have given you guys several options as far as ways to vote in this tournament with one by visiting the Facebook page and the second by visiting my twitter page @Themonsterhour. Now you can go ahead and do it that way or you can also vote here, but you only have 24 hours to do so. So support your favorite metal bands and let the best bands win. Phase two of the first round matches will come tomorrow.

17498847_1430758220309198_7445967711751034253_nThis year, we didn’t do a Pedal To The Metal March madness styled tournament and that was my decision based on how busy I was with various other projects and lack of participation at the time. Although with the 2018 FIFA World Cup happening right now in Russia, I thought now was the perfect time to introduce a new tournament. The only difference between the Pedal Cup (short for Pedal To The Metal) and the World Cup is that we have 16 bands from all over the world instead of their 32 teams. If any country was left out of this tournament, hopefully in four years we’ll see you in it the tournament then. The way I chose what countries would be represented here was basically based on who had made it to the knock out stage of the world cup. Now there were some countries I had to sub out because I couldn’t find bands for those countries so I either added a country that wasn’t in the real world cup or chose some teams from the group stage. The countries (and their bands in parenthesis) are England (Cradle Of Filth), Portugal (Moonspell), Belgium (Leng Thc’e), United States (Morbid Angel), Germany (Kreator), Sweden (Arch Enemy), Norway (Dimmu Borgir), Japan (Babymetal), France (Gojira), Denamrk (Hatesphere), Poland (Behemoth), Brazil (Sepultura), Switzerland (Samael), Russia (Catharsis), Iran (Confess), and Egypt (Crescent).

pedal cup bracketfirst roundThe bands that I am most excited about seeing how well they do are the Middle Eastern bands in Confess who we support their right to creative freedom and Crescent who have been throwing it down for quite some time. The way the brackets are going to be done is exactly the same as the world cup with the teas that are obviously not in the tournament or who did not make the knock out stage placed in the spots that we couldn’t finds for. There is also going to be a new way for all of you guys to vote on this. One way is to visit the Facebook page for Moshpits and Movies and you can vote there (we are going to be setting up the matches there very soon). The other way is that you can click on the article on this page and vote there as well.The matches are only going to last 24 hours which means you only have 24 hours to vote for the band/country that you want to see move on to the finals. Check out the bands and their flags down below and stayed tuned here for more info as it comes.

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satyriconThere are genres in this world that if something in your catalog changes at all during your career it is blasphemous. The band that I chose for today is a band that is constantly suffering from that with every release that they make. Norweigan Black Metal legends Satyricon is a band that since making the conscious decision to change their style after their fourth album has been getting crap for it. They are a kick ass band that has added elements of traditional heavy metal to their repertoire and it has paid off in my opinion. The album that I am covering for today is the band’s sixth studio album Now, Diabolical which was released on April 17, 2006 via Roadrunner Records.  The band at the time was made up of Satyr (Sigurd Wongraven) (Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards, Horn Arrangements, Production) and Frost (Kjetil-Vidar Haraldstad) (Drums) with session players Lars K. Norberg (Bass) and Øivind Westby (Horn Arrangements). The album has never charted on the Billboard Top 200, but the album did peak at number two in Norway. Nonetheless, the band has love from it’s fanbase so it does not need the approval of the Billboard Charts.

71sIPh0gu3L._SL1500_1. Now, Diabolical– The opening track has an amazinfg metal intro before it goes into the blast beat heavy music. I feel like part of the track is Satyr is talking about how advanced he and everyone like him is because they think clearer than the “Christian” world. 5/5

2. K.I.N.G.– This was the first single off the album that talks all regaining power that was once lost and feeling like a king. The track tries to maintain some black metal elements with a more groove oriented sound. 5/5

3. The Pentagram Burns– a pretty cool track from the band that could be about Satan rising to take over the world. I could be wrong, but with lyrics like From the slumber arise/Triumphant beast/Of forgotten times/The pentagram burns/And the clock strikes the hour/The final hour. 4/5

4. A New Enemy– This is a track on the album that also features vocals from John Wozniak (John Woz). This is a definite headbanger that sees those metal beats laid right in their with the black metal force. It could be a track that is talking about war and how it never ends because there is always someone else. 4.5/5

Encartes (10)5. The Rite Of Chaos– This is actually an amazing track that starts off very melodic, but it gets heavy when it needs to be. It has that perfect metal balance to it in a track that is talking about the coming of the apocalypse. 5/5

6. The Darkness Shall Be Eternal– a cool track that seems to talk about how Darkness may seem like it’ll last forever, but the day will soon come to an end. This track kind of reminds me of a Venom styled metal track. 4/5

7. Delirium– The beginning has a little bit of a layer gloom and doom feel to it before it launches into a metal romp. The track seems to be about a man who is at his wits end and someone is just like hey let’s ride it out. 4.5/5

8. To The Mountains– The last track on the album that is all about not giving up and climbing to the top of the mountain in whatever you do. Frost’s playing on this track is absolutely insane! 4/5

My Final Thoughts– There are many that argue that this may be one of the band’s weakest albums in their catalog, but even I think that isn’t bad then because I really like this album. This is essentially the album that introduced me to the band and while it’s easy to pick a favorite track, it’s harder to pick a least favorite track. So, I am going to go with The Rite Of Chaos and K.I.N.G. as my favs while I would pick The Pentagram Burns as my least favorite one. I am going to give the album 4.5 stars out of five for a final grade.