I’ve been listening to this pretty solidly this week (with a wee break for some Blackfoot and some Wolfsbane). Animus is an incredibly powerful debut and I’m excited to read that the Welsh band is back in the studio now recording the follow up. If Eliran Kantor’s depiction of a rapist being fed his own dismembered boaby isn’t enough to give you the… err… willies, then Venom Prison’s punishing mix of death metal and hardcore will. The muscular, groovy and inventive riffing is driven home with tight editing, tasty melodic guitar lines and Larissa Stupar’s intense vocals. Real force of character here and I can’t wait to hear what they come up with next.
There’s been a wee flurry of upcoming releases announced recently so I thought I’d round up the ones I’m most looking forward to.
The King Is Blind
The King Is Blind’s debut album Our Father was one of last year’s big hits round here and I’m pleased to see they are keeping the momentum going. Their second album seems set to be called We Are The Parasite, We Are The Cancer and is due out in October 2017 on the band’s own label Calva Records. All we have to go on at the moment is a tantalising teaser clip but it sounds like we’re in for some political rage on album number two, maybe even tipping into grindcore. Definitely a serious vibe about this one… I’m excited.
Never heard of this band before but I’ve saw their name popping up recently. Turns out they’re a Norwegian black metal duo that have just been signed to Peaceville (home of all sorts of good stuff) and are due to release their third album Eremittens Dal on the 13th October. I’ve had a listen to the track I Hornenes Bilde and it’s right up my street. Very reminiscent of old Darkthrone stuff like In The Shadow Of The Horns: properly icy and primitive with some great catchy riffing. And for added authenticity it has pencil artwork by Jannicke Wiese-Hansen who penned classic covers from the likes of Burzum and Satyricon. Speaking of whom…
The black metal legends are set to follow-up their self-titled 2013 album in September with Deep Calleth Upon Deep. The band reckon this album continues the musical reinvention and exploration they started with the previous album. That won’t please everybody but it works for me cause I’ve become quite fond of the last one. I thought it was a proper grower with some excellent, atmospheric stuff on it. So I’m intrigued to see where this classy, ever-evolving band goes with this new release. Love that Edward Munch cover too.
Not much to go on here but satanic terrors Watain have thrown some posters up on their Facebook page, announcing an imminent as-yet-unnamed album which will be due in January 2018. Seems like ages since they released their last album, the slightly disappointing The Wild Hunt. But that album has been the only blip in an otherwise-stellar discography so I’ve got high hopes for this band’s return.
Thanks again to everyone that voted! The winner this week goes to Memoriam for their incredible cover for For The Fallen. I thought it was going to be a clear winner but it was a very close race between them and the two runners-up Me And That Man and Blood Divisions.
So commiserations to the runners-up and congrats to Memoriam, Nuclear Blast and the legendary artist Dan Seagrave for their superb work.
Join me tomorrow for more new releases and another poll.
Thanks to everyone that voted! Svart Crown take the win for the cover of their latest album Abreaction. Congratulations to them, their label Century Media and especially the winning artist Stefan Thanneur for his excellent work.
Come back tomorrow for another batch of new releases and another chance to vote for your favourite cover.
You can usually rely on metal albums to have stunning, provocative artwork and, even in the age of iTunes and Spotify, this doesn’t seem to be changing. And now, thanks to Alex Milazzo, the world of metal has its first and only art magazine dedicated to its artwork and artists. It’s called Heavy Music Artwork and its first two issues are available to buy at the magazine’s Indiegogo page.
I received my issues last week and they are beautiful things. Each issue is themed. The first issue Dark Nouveau covers artists and performers such as Ghost, John Dyer Baizley, Matt Vickerstaff and Zbigniew M. Bielak that have embraced the Art Nouveau style. And the second issue Folklore covers themes of cultural identity and heritage: featuring relevant artists and acts such as Adam Burke, Enslaved, Costin Chioreanu and Primordial. This second issue also introduces more general essays on heritage and epic tales by Dayal Paterson and Gallen-Kallela respectively, with a smattering of live reviews and Top 10 articles in both issues too.
It’s an interesting, refreshing change to read interviews with the visual artists behind all these amazing covers and the band interviews have an artistic, creative slant that makes for fresh reading too. There has been a lot of love put into these: both are excellent reads and I imagine will become very collectable too.
The third issue Human is out in January 2017 and the pre-order for that is now live here (and the first two issues as well). This upcoming third issue will include an article on Grammy-winning creative agency Turner Duckworth, covering the making of the upcoming Metallica album, as well as articles on Dave McKean, Anaal Nathrakh, Opeth, Alter Bridge and loads more.