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August 7, 2014

By Ian Chainey


Satanic Warmaster, the solo Finnish black metal act with alleged ties to National Socialist Black Metal (NSBM), were set to play a show in The Netherlands. The show was canceled after organizers were, according to sole member Werwolf, pressured to pull the plug by anti-fascist organizations. Then, sole member Werwolf took to Facebook:

It is our unpleasant duty to inform our fans that the band will not perform in The Netherlands this summer despite earlier plans.

As a result of discussions with the organizers, an agreement was made that we will pull out from the show. This is due to continuous threats and pressure put onto the organizers and booking agencies by Antifa. This is also why we will not publish the name of the organizer.

The band is used to being smeared by Antifa, but this time it seems that there is a new strategy: threatening third parties (the agencies), who have absolutely nothing to do with us, of being 'collaborators' if the bands they represent are on the same bill as Satanic Warmaster, as if our performance would be damaging to them in one way or the other. This crooked and cowardly behaviour is nothing more than extortion, and something only swindlers and small-minded people would do.

Satanic Warmaster would like to respectfully express our sympathies to the targeted agencies and the organizers. It is most unfortunate that they too have to deal with this kind of trash.

You can read the full, long statement below. To drive the point home that Satanic Warmaster weren't part of the NS movement or racist -- despite dealing in Nazi-related imagery/lyrics and releasing splits with known NS bands such as Aryan Blood -- Werwolf posted an infographic in the comments regarding his lyrical themes over the past 15 years. Surprisingly -- shockingly, even -- racism and national socialism haven't been mentioned.

The show cancellation announcement came a couple days after Werwolf held an open Q&A on Facebook. Lowlights:

Robert Lavey - Do you fold your toilet paper, or crumple it?

Satanic Warmaster - Fold.

Kendall Abel - If you come to the US come to Arkansas I will slaughter all my goats in your name lol

Satanic Warmaster - This is not a question.

Remi Salou - are u a wizard ?

Satanic Warmaster - No, I am not.

Remi Salou - Cool mate.

Danny Ariza - how can you control or manipulate the sexual energy?

Satanic Warmaster - In my own case I cannot control it. It can be channeled effectively to various purposes/atrocities, though.

Satanic Warmaster's illuminating infographic (probably too small to appreciate, here's the big version) and full Facebook statement below.

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August 6, 2014

by Ian Chainey

An artist rendering of 'Kingnites diamondi' at its fossil unveiling

Professor Mats E. Eriksson, a paleontologist, discovered a 420-million-year-old worm fossil and published a paper about it in 2012. Being the metal nut that he is, he named the worm Kingnites diamondi. (Question: Will King now play Give Me Your Soil... Please on his North American tour?) But the nerdity didn't stop there. Mats hooked up with Science Slam Sonic Explorers, which the barely coherent PR memo explains like this: "The SSSE group was formed in 2013 to bring published scientists together with published musicians, and combine their talents to create a new form of sound and visual art -- one that specialized in distilling complex scientific ideas into a language all could understand, set to music and complemented with visual art." Okay, so what does that mean for Kingnites diamondi?

How about At the Gates' Tomas "Tompa" Lindberg singing about the worm over tunes supplied by industrial BMers Invertia? Sure. That's exactly what I expected. Ohm Resistance have cobbled together an EP of material, including the song mentioned above, a take of Tompa reading the Kingnites diamondi paper's abstract, a death metal version from Denata, and a dubby remix pitting Invertia against Submerged. I'd hesitate to call it, you know, "good," but if your collection is made up of metal curios, it's now incomplete without this weird specimen.

Stream the EP below...

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August 5, 2014

by Ian Chainey


Wacken Open Air Festival, Germany's all-out metal extravaganza, happened over the weekend. Interested in attending next year? Too late, Wacken's 75,000 tickets for 2015 sold out in about 12 hours. However, maybe you can take solace in watching the decently shot videos that have made their way online from 2014, including full sets from Carcass, Motörhead, Amon Amarth, the Devin Townsend Project, and Emperor, whose frontman Ihsahn answered some of Invisible Oranges' questions last month. Check out those videos and a few others below.

Speaking of Motörhead, they were part of a feature by Joseph Scafer on "critic-proof" bands. The IO article takes on a number of artists that are nearly universally loved, yet are no longer critic darlings. It's an interesting take and one that has already generated its fair share of conversation.

Also included as a critic-proof example was Overkill, who will be playing the, uh, "eclectic" Heavy Montreal this weekend. Then, in September, Overkill hit the road with groovers -- and something of a critic-proof entity themselves -- Prong. Though Overkill won't be making a stop in NYC, Prong will. They'll play the Gramercy Theatre on September 30. Tickets are on sale.

All of the Wacken videos -- including Devin Townsend transforming the pit into a group hug (d'aw!) -- appear below.

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by Ian Chainey

Death To All at Irving Plaza in 2013 (more by Wyatt Marshall)

Death to All (Death DTA), the touring Death tribute frequently featuring ex-members, will be touring in November. The Swamp Leper Stomp Tour will also include Massacre, Rivers of Nihil, and Obituary, who are also playing East Coast Tsunami Fest. The tour will hit locations like Seattle, Chicago, and Boston. On November 30, the bands will land in NYC's Best Buy Theater. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday, August 8 at noon. The full list of dates -- including a handful featuring just Death DTA -- can be found below.

Though a lineup for the North American dates hasn't been announced, Death DTA toured Europe in June with Paul Masvidal (Human), Sean Reinert (Human), Steve DiGiorgio (Human, Individual Thought Patters, Symbolic), and Max Phelps. The tribute will also be hitting South America in September and you can find those dates on the flyer below. The original Death came to a halt with the passing of leader Chuck Schuldiner in 2001.

As for the others, Massacre, who have been an underground name in death metal since 1984, released Back from Beyond, their first album since reforming in 2011. Young bucks Rivers of Nihil cut their LP debut, The Conscious Seed of Light, last year. And Obituary are working on releasing their crowdfunded effort Inked in Blood through Relapse Records sometime in late October. They're currently making the rounds on the Euro festival circuit.

All dates are listed, along with a Death DTA live video, below...

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by Rob Sperry-Fromm

Myrkur showing just a bit of her face

Mysterious Danish "one-woman black metal project" Myrkur already released one excellent track from her debut EP on Relapse (due 9/16), and now she's released another new song, titled "Latvian Fegurö." She also officially released her short film (which you may have seen some screenshots of) that features music from the EP and, while keeping her face shrouded, depicts her walking around in nature and talking about how she always dreamed of being an elf girl.

It's an effective piece of media, continuing to flesh out the nordic mystique that has building around her. The song, like the first one she released, is simply a really awesome slice of atmospheric black metal, highlighting her ethereal vocals and is able to abruptly shift gears without missing a beat. The drumming is also particularly fantastic. No word on yet if she'll be playing any shows, but we'll have any updates as they come in.

You can check out the short film and the song stream below...

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Industrial metal greats Godflesh put out their Decline and Fall EP, their first new music since 2001, earlier this year which we said hit the spot for many fans, us included. And they're not slowing down at all. The band have now announced that they'll follow it with a full length album, A World Lit Only By Fire, on October 7 via their own Avalanche Recordings label. Album opener "New Dark Ages" is out now, and it sounds at least as promising as their EP that Godflesh still have it. Check that out below.

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August 1, 2014

By Ian Chainey

behold...the Mastadong (via @bhinds)

Mastodon's Brent Hinds carved a giant penis out of wood. That part is fine, it's the fact every metal news site lead with the. . . hard hitting story this week. So remember, whenever you get sick of the omnipresent coverage of an over-hyped band: one giant wooden wiener will always trump them all. Metal!

More dick news: Belgium's Brutal Fest was canceled due to bands battling with the promoter. The concert was set to bring together Vader, Aeon, Aborted, and others, but it was KO'd, in the words or both Aeon and Aborted, "Due to the unprofessional and fraudulent acts of the promoter. . . " Brutal Fest's Facebook followed up with, "I can't continue any longer with this event due medical reasons and that's probably the main reason for the cancellation." Probably the main reason? Is the medical reason Mementosis?

Elsewhere: Can't make a Meshuggah show? Worry not, it's coming to the comfort of your own home. The tech-y Swedes are putting out another concert CD/DVD package called The Ophidian Trek out on September 30 and this one is pretty expansive. You can check out the details below. And, because the internet, Meshuggah also received the "Space Jam" mash-up treatment courtesy of Analog Staple. Seems there is an entire subreddit dedicated to pairing songs with the Quad City DJ's, uh, classic.

A few artists/bands have new irons in the fire: Post-metallers Minsk are set to hit the studio soon. They're eying 2015 for their next album. PHILM, one of the current projects of Dave Lombardo, will release their sophomore album Fire From The Evening Sun on UDR Music on September 16. Num Skull, the cult-adored '80s thrasher, are getting Ritually Abused back out on Relapse Records on September 16 (preorder). You can check out a remastered track below. And Dee Snider is putting on Titus Andronicus with puppets. What do you wanna do with your life? I wanna put on Shakespeare plays with puppets! Look what you did, now your mother can't stop crying. Check out Snider's segment on Fox News' 411 below.

Concert madness: Leprous, the Norwegian progsters famous for backing Ihsahn, will be playing nerd-metal-haven ProgPower on September 12 in Atlanta, Georgia. Then, they'll stay in the states for a bit. They'll check into NYC's Webster Hall on September 20 with the Binary Code (tickets). Their full list of dates appears below. Pyrrhon have a tour coming up and they'll also be playing a show at NYC's Saint Vitus on August 18 with Revocation, Artificial Brain, and Psalm Zero. Tickets are available now. And in the rarely used "Metallica does cool thing" bucket, there's a neat documentary available on YouTube detailing Metallica playing a Netherlands date in 1984. You can watch it below.

Don't forget to keep up with the rest of our metal coverage during the week.


Now that you're, ahem, fully briefed, let's recap all of the A/V transmissions.

For the full-album previews: Appalachian black metallers Panopticon are streaming Roads to North at NPR. That record is also out today. Thrashers Algebra crunched the numbers on Feed the Ego and have released the solution. Their album is out on September 2 through the perfectly named Unspeakable Axe (preorder). The seriously pissed Columns have put up all of Please Explode (August 5, Relapse Records - preorder). Lastly, tradsters Saturn are showing off all of Ascending (Live In Space) (August 5, Rise Above Records - preorder). Check out Algebra, Columns, and Saturn streams below.

For single tracks and teasers, the noisy Rabbits dropped another track from Untoward (August 12, Lamb Unlimited - preorder). Death metallers Lago loosed "Concede To Oblivion" from Tyranny (September 16, Battleground Records). Ragers Old Wounds put up "Dead Beat Blues" off of Death Projection (September 16, Good Fight Music - preorder). Bay Area doomers Cardinal Wyrm laid down the nasty "Born In A Barren Land" from Black Hole Gods (August 5). And mind-effers Big Black Cloud decided two premieres were the way to go in supporting Lessons In Fuck You 2 (August 5, Eolian Empire - preorder). All tracks can be heard below.

Finally, to close things down, Electric Wizard now have a video for "I Am Nothing." Surprise: DRUGS! Time To Die is out on September 30 via Spinefarm Records (preorder). Activate that sixth circuit below.

Got it? Good. To shows we go:

TODAY (FRIDAY, 8/1): The Acheron has classic dooooooooom with Blackfinger, Beelzefuzz, and Kings Destroy (tickets). Kings Destroy are also playing the upcoming Invisible Oranges-presented Black Cobra/Lo-Pan show.

SATURDAY (8/2): The Acheron strikes again, this time with crusty sludge: Noothgrush, Ruine, Show of Bedlam, and Grudges (tickets).

SUNNNNNNNDAY (8/3): One of the premier tickets of the summer hits the Bowery Ballroom. Boris, the Atlas Moth, and SubRosa will deafen all comers (tickets). The next day, Boris play a drone set at Saint Vitus.

Looking for late adds and dates ahead? NYC Metal Show Calendar has got you covered.

Let's talk IO: We were juggling tons of features this week. As we always do, we tracked the week's new stuff in Upcoming Metal Releases. We went all music television with two video premieres: Music Blues and Below. Ah, now I'm sad. We premiered two albums: the Dogma/Corrupt Leaders split and a Sarcofago repress. We hit the reviews hard with Coral Cross and Fallujah. Dave Hall put his Canadian citizenship in doubt with a rant against the Polaris Prize. And we interviewed Aðalbjörn Tryggvason of Sólstafir.

Alright, consider the decks cleared. What did we miss? What are your plans? Let us know and catch all of the dates, reams of streams, and other noted details below...

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July 31, 2014

by Wyatt Marshall

Nachtmystium at Saint Vitus in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)

One day after Nachtmystium streamed a new (good!) song from their supposed final LP, The World We Left Behind, Nachtmystium front man and mastermind Blake Judd told Metal Mayhem Underground that Nachtmystium actully isn't finished. From the interview:

"I decided that after all the shit hit the fan, I needed to get out of the spotlight for a while, get myself some help, and start a new and more normal life. At the time, I really felt like Nachtmystium needed to end for that to happen. Now that I have had a good nine months to clean myself up as far as my drug problem goes, and have regrouped mentally and made a new life for myself, I've been able to really think about what I'm doing and where I'm going with music. Due to the immense amount of feedback I have received from fans on our Facebook page telling me how sad they were that I was bringing the band to an end, I decided that ending the band was not what needed to happen in order to live a new life. I just reprioritized how the band is going to be present in my life, and I have also decided that I will no longer be touring at all. But just hanging up the name, all the momentum and success I've had with the band doesn't seem logical to me now that I have had time to do everything I've mentioned. I don't really care what people say or think about my decision to continue on with the band after announcing that it was coming to an end. I'm sure some people will talk shit, but that is nothing new for me or this band. I'm looking at The World We Left Behind as the end of a chapter in Nachtmystium's history. What I do next will be something new, theme-wise and musically. I'm not sure what direction I will take, but it's definitely going to be something new and different."
So, to summarize, it looks like there may be more Nachtmystium in the future, but no tours.

We've followed the ups and downs of Nachtmystium over the last year or so, including Judd's arrest on theft charges, canceled shows, and more. In the interview with Metal Mayhem Underground, Judd also addressed the allegations that he ripped fans off, selling merchandise that he never delivered.

I fell behind on many orders in late 2012 and a lot in 2013 due to my drug problem. Orders were made or taken and never filled, or weren't filled for a long time. I admit to that absolutely. I was a fucking mess and this is one of many areas in my life that problems were arising from as a result of my drug abuse issues. Since then, I have worked extremely hard to get these old orders either filled or refunded in an effort to repair the damage to my reputation and most importantly, get my fans taken care of. I hope that through these efforts, and the fact that I have been selling merchandise again through our Facebook page, and filling orders promptly, that I will be able to achieve that goal.
While we wait for the next chapter, stream Nachtmystium's new song, "Tear You Down," below...

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July 30, 2014

by Wyatt Marshall

Nachtmystium at Saint Vitus, 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)

Despite debating calling it quits before finally calling it quits, Blake Judd's black metal band Nachtmystium lives on with one final LP, The World We Left Behind, due out on Century Media on August 5. "Tear You Down" is the first song off the album, and, as is often the case with Nachtmystium's work, it's good -- creeping, brooding and blasting, with electronics that stutter in and out over the track. Judd's vocal delivery is whispered and, later, hysterically barked. A maniacal laugh ushers the track out.

Stream "Tear You Down" (via Pitchfork) below...

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July 29, 2014

by Wyatt Marshall

Prurient at Saint Vitus in January (more by Greg Cristman)

NYC label Hospital Productions is hosting a special, non-Wednesday, early (8PM) Nothing Changes party at Home Sweet Home on Sunday, August 10 in mark of the 21st anniversary of the death of Euronymous of the forerunning Norwegian black metal band Mayhem, who was notoriously killed by Varg Vikernes of Burzum. Prurient, Clay Rendering, Lussuria, Dual Action, Sandness and DJ Akitsa (of Montreal black metal band Akitsa) will perform. That's a pretty good smattering of Hospital heavyweights, touching on ambient and noise, and it's a relief for NYC area people who didn't get the chance to catch the "Summer Always Summer" tour with Clay Rendering, Lussuria, and Dual Action, which skipped the area. They'll be playing Mayhem's classic debut album De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas in its entirety at midnight.

Without having to make a case for links between noise/PE and black metal, Hospital Productions has many direct ties to black metal, having released records by Sargeist, Akitsa and Dominick Fernow's own Ash Pool, to name a few, and not to mention that the Hospital store was a trove of black metal obscurities. Also noteworthy is the relatively recent news that Prurient signed to the influential metal label Profound Lore, and Prurient's next album will be produced by Arthur Rizk, who has worked with Power Trip in the past.

Mayhem, and Øystein "Euronymous" Aarseth in particular, were massively influential in shaping black metal as we know it today. Aarseth ran the record label Deathlike Silence Productions, responsible for the earliest releases of second wave black metal, and owned the record store Helvete, a nexus of the early Norwegian black metal scene, in Oslo. Euronymous was notoriously murdered by Varg Vikernes, of Burzum, who had recorded with Mayhem and released records on Deathlike Silence. Vikernes served about 15 years of his 21 year sentence in prison for the murder of Euronymous, and was recently found guilty of "inciting racial hatred and glorifying war crimes" in France.

As Hospital sometimes does for live performances, there will be two new tapes released at the show, a Dual Action 8-cassette box titled nightmare angel of the expressways, and Various Algae - Civic Occult Biology, a comp of, presumably, Hospital artists. The show appears to be Prurient's last before heading to Russia, Norway and Austria.

Flyer for the Euronymous tribute show below...

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