Posts Tagged ‘Black Metal’

war of the covers hallowed be thy nameLast week, we had all of you battle it out to decide who covered Alice Cooper’s He’s Back (The Man Behind The Mask) for War Of The Covers. You guys voted and you decided that One Man Army and the Undead Quartet had he better version. This week we have a monumental battle between two bands from very different backgrounds in metal united for one simple reason and that is their love of Iron Maiden. The song I chose for you guys to battle it out over has been in the news lately because of a little controversy called a songwriting dispute. In 1982, Iron Maiden released the album The Number Of The Beast which contained a track that would be played in almost every concert since then in the track Hallowed Be Thy Name. If you want to read all about the controversy, then you can do so here at NME.com because it’s no longer being played live. Anyways, there are two bands that have covered the song with one being a black metal band from England and the other being a metal band from Oakland, CA. In 2002, UK Black Metal legends Cradle Of Filth recorded a cover of the track for a compilation album that had two discs in Lovecraft & Witch Hearts. In 2007, Oakland metal outfit Machine Head recorded a cover of the song as part of a bonus disc to their sixth album The Blackening. Now as you know, only one cover can come out triumphant and make to the radio playlist for later this year. So, choose wisely, but most importantly just vote and let your voices be heard. You have until next week to decide!

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2017-headerIt is officially here, it is time for everyone’s favorite heavy metal march madness style tournament, the 2017 Pedal To The Metal Tournament. The division that we are looking at today has produced the last two Pedal To The Metal Tournament champions with Kreator winning in 2015 and Destruction winning in 2016. This is one of those divisions that we look forward to, but also have a hard time deciding who to choose to participate because there are so many great Extreme Metal, Black Metal, and Death Metal bands out there. I think we may have nailed it down and I think we have a great class this year. Defending champions Destruction have the task of trying to slay tournament mainstays Entombed A.D. in their first round match. Newcomers Amon Amarth and Witchery will have their first match ever in the tournament against each other. Former champions Kreator are looking to get back into the hunt, but they’ll have to defeat the mighty Vader if they look to do so. Tournament newcomers Behemoth are looking to make a statement this year and they’ll have to do so against Death Metal giants Cannibal Corpse. This is a first round that is going to be worth checking out to see if there’s any upsets or not. You have until March 18TH to vote.

destruction vs entombed

amon vs witchery

kreator vs vader

cannibal corpse vs behemoth

witchery_in-his-infernal-majesty-serviceAs promised here on Moshpits and Movies, we have covered the album of the year (Post Pop Depression), the rock album of the year (Gore by Deftones), and the metal album of the year (Dystopia by Megadeth) from the Sixth Annual Monster Entertainment Awards. Now we are tasked with covering the last album from the awards show and it’s one of our favorites in the Extreme Metal Album of the Year and it’s from an artist we feel is extremely underrated. Swedish Thrash Metal band Witchery won the award for Extreme Metal Album of the Year for their record In His Infernal Majesty’s Service which is also the band’s sixth album to date. The album is also the first to feature Angus Norder (Vocals) and Chris Barkensjö (Drums) as they replaced Emperor Magus Caligula (Never recorded an album with the band) and Martin Axenrot respectively. The rest of the band is rounded out by Patrik Jensen (R. Guitar), Rille Rimfält (Rhythm and Lead Guitar), and Sharlee D’Angelo (Bass). The album was released on November 25, 2016 and was produced by the band themselves.

witchery-in-his-infernal-majestys-service-2016-eu-red-lp-21. Lavey-athan– The track is an all out metal assault that gives you the best of both worlds with the fierce thrash metal with a touch of black metal. This is what thrash bands should sound like today. 5/5

2. Zoroast– a thrash track with a little more of a punk attitude in the beginning, but that fierceness is still there with an amazing guitar solo towards the end. The track sort of sounds like what would happen if Shagrath from Dimmu Borgir sang thrash metal. 4.5/5

3. Netherworld Emperor– a kick ass trash track that sounds like a tribute to German thrash and Slayer. This would definitely be Satan’s theme song if he marched with troops. 4/5

4. Nosferatu– A clear tribute to Late 80’s Slayer (it has a flow like Mandatory Suicide) on this one about the famous silent era vampire that does kick ass. 4/5

5. The Burning Of Salem– A face melting thrash track with a little speed/death metal influence on the track that is about the village of Salem. 4.5/5

6. Gilded Fang– Another in your face speed metal track that reminds me of Slayer’s Jesus Saves because it doesn’t waste time and it cuts out the fat. 5/5

max1481450599-potlaccd-cover7. Empty Tombs– a straight up thrash metal track with a little groove metal in it that reminds me of early Sodom, but I love Norder’s vocals in this track because he gives it that black metal feel to it. 5/5

8. In Warm Blood– A cool trash track that has a little Mercyful Fate mixed into it as far as the metal feel to the track. 4.5/5

9. Escape from Dunwich Valley– I love the intro to this track with the creepy organs before the band hits the red button and explodes into your speakers. 4/5

10. Feed The Gun– A hard charging supercharged thrash track that is guaranteed to start a moshpit and be a live anthem for the band. This may be my favorite track on the album or at least one of them because it makes you want to slam dance and the solos kick ass. 5/5

11. Oath Breaker– The last track on the album that that competes with the best out of Germany as far as modern day thrash is concerned. It has the fast double bass playing of death metal with the thrash guitars and the Slayer esque solos. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– These guys are one of the most kick ass bands on the scene who have definitely done their homework on Thrash metal and German Thrash metal. As I said, this album sounds like what would happen if Dimmu Borgir had a baby with every thrash metal band in the world. I say that because the vocals are black metal esque with the thrash metal sounds. This was definitely a pleasure to listen to, lovers of Thrash should check it out. I am going to give the album 4.6 stars out of five for a final grade.

dimmu_borgir_abrahadabraFor a very long time growing up, I was not a fan of black metal until the first time I saw Norwegian Black Metal group Dimmu Borgir on Ozzfest 2004. I was completely mesmerized by everything that the band was doing that day and it was awesome. They were in my opinion different than anything I had ever heard before. The band which in 2010 was made up of Shagrath (Vocals, Keyboards, Programming), Galder (Guitars), Silenoz (Guitars), Daray (Drums), Snowy Shaw (Bass), and special on the album Abrahadabra (which we are covering for today’s album of the week) was the Kringkastingsorkesteret (Norwegian Radio Orchestra) and the Schola Cantorum Choir. The album was produced by Dimmu Borgir and mixed by Andy Sneap as it was released on September 22, 2010 via Nuclear Blast Records. The title Abrahadabra translates into “I will create as I speak” and it’s taken from Aleister Crowley’s Liber AL vel Legis (The Book Of The Law) while the album cover was derived from H.P. Lovecraft’s Elder Gods.  The album did pretty well as if peaked at number 42 on the Billboard Top 200 Charts as well as a couple of top 10 finishes in various countries.

abrahadabra1. Xibir-This is an instrumental track that kicks off the album in style. If you’re not used to it, it might creep you out with it’s eerie dark tones, but it’s amazing. 5/5

2. Born Treacherous– The metal takes over with this track as the band launches an all out symphonic metal assault complete with blast beats and razor fast shredding. The song just seems to be about someone who defies conventional laws. 4/5

3. Gateways-The first single released from the album and an interesting one to say the least. It’s all about being free from the conventional thinking that society has you trapped in. The track also features guest vocals from Agnete Kjølsrud and Garm. 5/5

4. Chess with the Abyss– The beginning of the track almost seems opera like with the choir like vocals that come in on this song. The track seems to be about fighting that feeling of being trapped in a world that seems like a nightmare. 4/5

5. Dimmu Borgir-Every great band in the history of metal has a song that is titled after the band’s name. The beginning has the chanting again, but it’s cool cause I feel like I’m in a temple. The song is a full on metal assault with the Schola Cantorum Choir earning their money. I love the guitar parts in this track, some of my favorite work on here. 5/5

abrahadabra-2-picture6. Ritualist-Very eerie beginning with some backward messaging to start the track off before the all out symphonic metal assault takes over in a track that seems to be preaching about truly being free and reborn. 4/5

7. The Demiurge Molecule– A very metal track that is different for the most part than most of the other songs before. The horns in this track are a nice touch. 4/5

8. A Jewel Traced Through Coal-The intro has a very cinematic feel to it hen it opens before the amazing orchestral section and the band take over. The track does get a little over the top during the middle section with the orchestral arrangements. Overall a decent track. 4/5

9. Renewal-It’s an all out metal assault on this track with some of the most amazing guitar work on the album in general. The track seems to be about someone who understands his path and is renewed by it because he knows who he is. 4/5

10. Endings and Continuations– The last track on the album that has hints of the old days of Dimmu Borgir and mixes it nicely with the new era of the band to make this track. Its definitely the way to close out an album for sure. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– I know that this album has taken a lot of criticism over the years because I looked it up online and maybe they are justified in thinking so. Is it the band’s strongest effort? Maybe not, but I became a fan of the band very late in the game when they became the new Dimmu Borgir like many have said. I for one enjoyed the record which is why I am giving it 4.35 stars out of five for a final grade.

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When I heard the news that Fenriz, one half of legendary Black Metal outfit Darkthrone, had released the single Tundra Leech I was instantly excited. Darktrhone is responsible for some of my favorite Black Metal releases like Transilvanian Hunger and Circle The Wagons. Now the band has also announced that they are going to be releasing their 16TH studio album Arctic Thunder which comes out October 14TH via Peaceville. Initially, he released the single with commentary on the track (which you can check out here), but for this blog, I wanted to give it to you uninterrupted. In the commentary, he tells us that the track is a return to the band’s early and more primitive sound which should excite hardcore fans. He also goes on to tell us that the riffs of the song were inspired by bands like Dream Death, Necrophagia, Sadistic Intent, Poison Idea and more. The “Bomb Shelter” is a place from 1988 to 1990 where the band would rehearse and it’s the setting where the band recorded this album recapturing that old sound that we all love from them. You definitely need to check out this track because it’s fierce and punishing. You can pre-order the album as we speak with cool vinyl options like this one. Check out the track below:

Venom-Black-MetalThere are albums in the world that have been released that you can deny the influence and power they can have on a genre or generation. Some albums are so powerful in influence that sometimes they actually start a genre just from an album title. You can definitely say that it certainly was the case when English heavy metal band Venom released their second album Black Metal in November of 1982. If you haven’t guessed what genre it is that the album title influenced then you are absolutely hopeless or just not a fan of metal at all. The band which was made up of the classic lineup in Cronos (Bass/Vocals), Mantas (Guitar), and Abaddon (Drums) self produced the record alongside Keith Nichol. The album was so influential that various tracks from the album have been covered by the likes of Cradle Of Filth, Dimmu Borgir, Mayhem, Vader, Blitzkrieg, Hypocrisy, and to many more to list on here. The album artwork itself was created by Cronos and was an iconic image that has stood the test of time. The album is on the 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die book by Robert Dimery and it was voted #68 best British album of all time by Kerrang! readers.

Venom-BlackMetalBack1. Black Metal– The title track kicks off the album and it showcases the band’s brand of speed metal with those guttural vocals from Cronos. This was the track that influenced the genre, but you can hear elements of Thrash in the track. 4/5

2. To Hell and Back– An incredible straight up metal track from the band about a man who has danced with devil and lives to talk about it. 4/5

3. Buried Alive– The track starts off with audio of a man speaking about a body and you hear them digging up the dirt and dumping it on the coffin. Very melodic intro with heavy breathing with sinister talking from Cronos before the band kicks in and things get heavy. 5/5

4. Raise the Dead– This could be considered the continuing of the last track with a heavy Motorhead influence on the track. 4/5

5. Teacher’s Pet– A very funny track that talks about a sexual fantasy with a teacher. Check out the lyrics to the track. There is a huge blues influence in this track especially near the guitar solo. 4/5

6. Leave Me in Hell– This harder than hell thrash masterpiece is a track that talks about the Antichrist. 4/5

venom-black_metal-CD7. Sacrifice– The lyrics to this track are pretty self explanatory, but the music is where it’s at with it’s thrash/Motorhead styled madness. 4.5/5

8. Heaven’s on Fire– A speed metal classic that talks about a war between heaven and hell, but it looks like Heaven has been taken over. 4/5

9. Countess Bathory– A pretty kick ass metal track about the world famous and controversial Countess Elizabeth Bathory who was a serial killer. 4.5/5

10. Don’t Burn the Witch– a cool metal track from the band with a bad ass guitar intro that is a fight song for not burning witches. 4/5

11. At War with Satan (preview)– Just an intro track introducing the next album which would come two years later. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– I can definitely see and hear why bands were so influenced by these guys as they were so important to the Thrash Metal and Black Metal genres. Besides most of the subject matter which I could care less for, this was actually a kick ass album that I am glad I gave it a chance. I am going to give the album four stars out of five for a final grade.

For this week’s Unsigned Band Of The Week, we are heading to the beautiful state of Vermont for something dark and sinister.When I think of Black Metal, I immediately think of Norway which is arguably the birthplace of Black Metal as a genre. The idea of the name resonates from England and the band Venom who named their album Black Metal. One state that you wouldn’t associate Black Metal with is the state of Vermont which is known more for bands like Phish or at least that is what us Massholes believe anyways. So, when I was looking at an article on Metalinjection.net that was called The United States Of Black Metal, you can believe the look of surprise that came over me, but also the look of intrigue when I saw the band Peucharist and that they were from Vermont. Peucharist formed in 2011 and they describe their sound as “Barbaric black thrashing death.” The track I chose for you guys to check out is the band’s 2015 demo track Immolated Faith which is black metal at it’s finest. It’s enough to scare the crap out of you rover religious family members. Check them out on Facebook and check out their website.