Monday, 25 March 2019

1914 - The Blind Leading The Blind


New week, time to introduce "Record Of The Week".

1914 was the year that saw the beginning of what became known as World War I, after an heir to the Austrian throne was assassinated by Serbian nationalist Gavrillo Princip. It is also known as the First World War or the Great War, was a global war originating in Europe that lasted from 28 July 1914 to 11 November 1918. Contemporaneously described as "the war to end all wars", it led to the mobilisation of more than 70 million military personnel, including 60 million Europeans, making it one of the largest wars in history. It is also one of the deadliest conflicts in history, with an estimated nine million combatants and seven million civilian deaths as a direct result of the war, while resulting genocides and the 1918 influenza pandemic caused another 50 to 100 million deaths worldwide.

That warfare is the most consistent topics in the metal world is a fact, there are thousands of bands whose lyrics are all about war in all its forms, but I have never heard a band that lived into this historical madness and executes it as well as 1914. The band's musical style is Blackened Metal, grinding death metal riffs, doomy melodic layout, fluctuate tempos and fermenting death.

1914 is a Ukrainian Blackened Metal, hailing from the Ukrainian city of Lviv, a band that is totally obsessed with the barren World War I, as far as with their second full-length "The Blind Leading The Blind" was released at the 11th hour on November 11th in order to be released at the exact moment of the 100th anniversary (Armistice Day) of the end of the war. Pretty cool indeed, especially if you want to get some headlines and get some attention which they did.

"The Blind Leading The Blind" is a heavy piece of war history and really shocking at the same time. The album is an emotional rollercoaster and if you let the music take you it can be a really uncomfortable journey were you can feel the bullets fly in the air, the bang of bombs makes you almost completely deaf, body feels completely stiff in the cold nights and the skin completely wobbly with the trapped moisture in the hideous trench, you feel the scent of all corpses sink into the mud, you can feel the death everywhere so completely lose reality when you are stuck and have nowhere to go, just raise your head and you will be killed, almost that you will do it to end this misery, it’s just war, trenches, fear, hopelessness and endless death around of you. But you don't have to take it so literally, then this is a really damn good album.


Where death becomes absurd and life absurder.

"War In" is British recruitment propaganda, probably 100 years old that gives us some false data about joining the war opens the album before the first real tune takes place of "Arrival. The Meuse-Argonne" where the band kicks of some heavy musical firepower and extreme artillery, is an eight minutes armoured barn burner. The heavy German tank is moving slowly against the enemy in "AV7 Mephisto", a deadly atmosphere with blasting drums, harsh vocals and furious riffing make this tune a highlight and it's not the only one. Bullets, screams, and death is the intro of "High Wood. 75 Acres Of Hell", an extreme piece of music, blasting madness with a very melodic part in the chorus. The cover on THE EXPLOITEDs "Beat The Bastards" manages to just flow along, a bagpipe opens the tune before it explodes into an inferno to win the fight. The ex-BOLT THROWER vocalist Dave Ingram makes a visit on "Passchenhell", the tune is a real slaughter, raw and unpredicted. The narrating start of "C’est Mon Dernier Pigeon" make you chipping breath or the ten minutes long closer "The Hundred Days Offense" that builds up slowly with an acoustic intro, heart-wrenching monologue clip from "All Quiet On The Western Front" a real highlight of forgiveness, absolutely epic ending. 1914 is tackling the historic subject in a serious way, it's powerful and intelligent riff-machine that found a unique way to conqour our bloodstained history. An album that you should not miss.


Sum: A excellent lesson through the recesses of our bloodstained history, this album is essential in your collection.


Members:

Vocal - 2.Division, Infanterie-Regiment Nr.147, Oberleutnant – Ditmar Kumar
Guitar - 37.Division, Feldartillerie-Regiment Nr.73, Wachtmiester - Liam Fessen
Guitar - 5.Division, Ulanen-Regiment Nr.3, Sergeanten - Vitalis Winkelhock
Bass - 9.Division, Grenadier-Regiment Nr.7, Unteroffiziere - Armin von Heinessen
Drums - 33.Division, 7.Thueringisches Infanterie-Regiment Nr.96, Gefreite - Rusty Potoplacht

Today's tune "The Hundred Days Offensive" is the last song on their latest album "The Blind Leading The Blind", enjoy!



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Sunday, 24 March 2019

Bathory - One Rode To Asa Bay


Sunday, time for a classic!

"One Rode to Asa Bay" is a song by BATHORY about the Christianization of Scandinavia and appears on the 1990 album Hammerheart.

BATHORY were an extreme metal group formed in Vällingby, Sweden, in 1983 named after Hungarian Countess Elizabeth Báthory. The band's frontman and main songwriter was Quorthon (Tomas Forsberg). Considered to be one of the most influential acts in heavy metal, BATHORYs first four albums are considered to be "the blueprint for Scandinavian black metal". The band departed from this style on their fifth album, "Hammerheart" (1990), which is often cited as the first Viking metal album. BATHORY continued in the Viking metal style throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, although the band experimented with thrash metal on the albums "Requiem" (1994) and "Octagon" (1995). BATHORY ended when Quorthon died from heart failure in 2004.



Quorthon dedicated the song to C. Dean Andersson, who had earlier sent some of his books to Quorthon. The village's name in the song, Asa Bay, comes from pseudonym Asa Drake which Andersson used in some of his books.

The music video was filmed in a suburb of Stockholm to complement the story idea of the song. The video contains scenes of the band performing and a back story of settlers bringing a new religion to the land. BATHORY guitarist and vocalist, Quorthon, paid $5,000 to film the music video. Quorthon explained, "I have never seen it and I didn't get to see any of the 60 hours of film we had worked on for several weeks." He elaborated, "the guy who was responsible for the whole filming just went on holiday once the last shot was made and he was unheard from and impossible to reach." After several months later "he eventually did send us something", but it was 18 minutes of the 60 hours that were filmed. Meanwhile, it was assumed "the rest of the material is probably erased" and the final product was to remain the edited video that did not represent Quorthon's song idea. Ultimately, it became the first and last video BATHORY would make. Even so, the video received play of MTV's Headbangers Ball, which got Quorthon interviewed on MTV and introduced the band to American audiences. The video had only been available as a bootleg until 2006, when Black Mark Records released a tribute to Quorthon which contains a DVD with Quorthon footage and the video itself.

Cover versions of the song have been recorded by OPERA IX and MYSTIC CIRCLE.

Enjoy today's tune "One Rode To Asa Bay", the tune is taken from their fifth album, "Hammerheart" (1990)



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Saturday, 23 March 2019

Death Angel - Humanicide


San Francisco Bay Area thrash metal veterans DEATH ANGEL will release their long-awaited ninth full-length album, "Humanicide", on May 31 via Nuclear Blast Records.


Since 2010, we've been able to count on DEATH ANGEL putting out a new album every three years. The tradition rages on with "Humanicide", the next full length and they've just unchained the first single and the title track, which can be seen and heard below.

DEATH ANGEL will celebrate the record's release by undertaking a European tour later this year, which includes a Sweden performance at Sweden Rock Festival on June 5. DEATH ANGEL on tour supporting Overkill starting in April, see all the dates below.

Today's tune is the title tune from the upcoming album "Humanicide" by DEATH ANGEL, Enjoy!



OVERKILL 2019 U.S. Tour Dates With DEATH ANGEL, ACT OF DEFIANCE

April 19 Reno, NV (Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor) US
April 20 Salt Lake City, UT (The Complex) US
April 21 Colorado Springs, CO (The Black Sheep) US
April 22 Kansas City, MO (The Riot Room) US
April 24 Huntington, WV (V Club) US
April 25 Baltimore, MD (Soundstage / Rams Head Live!) US
April 26 Philadelphia, PA (Theater of Living Arts) US
April 27 Pittsburgh, PA (The Rex Theater) US
April 28 Cleveland, OH (House of Blues) US
April 29 Louisville, KY (Mercury Ballroom) US
April 30 Detroit, MI (Saint Andrews Hall) US
May 01 Grand Rapids, MI (The Intersection) US
May 02 Chicago, IL (House of Blues) US
May 03 Minneapolis, MN (Varsity Theater) US
May 04 Milwaukee, WI (The Rave) US
May 05 St. Louis, MO (Delmar Hall) US
May 06 Nashville, TN (Cannery Ballroom) US
May 08 Cincinnati, OH (Bogart’s) US
May 09 Rochester, NY (The Montage Music Hall) US
May 10 New York, NY (PlayStation Theater) US
May 11 Boston, MA (Paradise Rock Club) US
May 12 Poughkeepsie, NY (The Chance Theater) US
May 14 Oklahoma City, OK (89th Street) US
May 15 Lubbock, TX ( Jake’s Sports Cafe) US
May 16 Albuquerque, NM (Launchpad) US
May 17 Phoenix, AZ (Club Red) US
May 18 West Hollywood, CA (Whiskey a Go-Go) US
May 19 San Francisco, CA (DNA Lounge) US

Summer European tour:

June 02 Pilsen (Metalfest Open Air) CZ
June 03 Wroclaw (Centrum Concertowe A2) PL
June 05 Sölvesborg (Sweden Rock) SE
June 07 Aalborg (AR&M Nordic Festival) DK
June 08 Kiel (Max Nachttheater) DE
June 09 Bremen (Tower Musikclub) DE
June 10 Erfurt (From Hell) DE
June 12 Martigny (Sunset Bar) CH
June 13 Milan (Legend Club) IT
June 14 Ljubljana (Orto Bar) SI
June 15 Cham (L.A.) CH
June 16 Mannheim (MS Connexion Complex) DE
June 18 Esch-sur-Alzette (Rockhal) LU
June 19 Siegburg (Kubana) DE
June 20 Hagen (Kultopia) DE
June 21 Dessel (Graspop Metal Meeting) BE
June 23 Clisson (Hellfest) FR
Aug 09 Derby (Bloodstock Open Air) GB
Aug 10 Vagos (Vagos Metal Fest) PT
Aug 11 Leeuwarden (Into the Grave) NL
Aug 12 Osnabrück (Bastard Club) DE
Aug 13 Pratteln (Z7) CH
Aug 14 Dinkelsbühl (Summer Breeze) DE
Aug 16 St. Nolff (Motocultor Festival) FR
Aug 17 Chiaromonte (Agglutination Metal Festival) IT
Aug 13 Los Angeles, CA (MegaCruise) US

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Friday, 22 March 2019

Kampfar - Ophidian


"Ofidians Manifest" represents KAMPFAR anno 2019. 25 years on from their foundation, only willing to release new music if they felt it would surpass all they had done before, it is a condensation of the immense struggles of the last few years. Everything that has been hidden behind the music and the live performances is laid bare, though told in the only way the band can portray themselves, through songs. It is immensely honest yet wrapped in their own folklore, the snake tongues splitting every truth into two deeper truths, every word sung dominated by the weight of all those sung before. To Ofidian.




KAMPFAR is a black metal band from Fredrikstad, Norway. According to their singer, Dolk, their name is an ancient Norse battle cry which means Odin or Wotan. The music of KAMPFAR can be described as Black Metal inspired by Norwegian folklore and nature. The band is currently signed to Indie Recordings.

Today's tune "Ophidian" taken from the upcoming album "Ofidians Manifest". To be unleashed by Indie Recordings (CD/LP/MC) on May 3rd, 2019.

The madness of Medusa was chosen as a visual clue to the record’s themes, represented by two different paintings to be explored on the physical releases. And again, the band decided to travel to Poland to record a music video, this time with director Dariusz Szermanowicz of Grupa 13. The video, hinting at the many underlying stories of the album, is a chaotic depiction of the road back to equilibrium, a place no one knows yet all walk towards. According to Ask Ty, the choice of song proclaiming the band’s return was made because “it tells you everything you need to know about KAMPFAR today, distilled down to four and a half minutes of intense breaks and turns, it is the beginning and the end and the new beginnings after that, and it is the sound of a band that is alive and well.”

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