Archive for July, 2014

Album of the Day: Panopticon – Roads To The North

Posted on Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Lovingly pinced from About.com: Heavy Metal: Austin Lunn has always maintained a visionary take on black metal with his Panopticon project. The last few albums have seen him perfect the combination of a folksy atmosphere with the jagged fury of raw black metal. That pairing is further experimented on during the band’s fifth album Roads to the North. Though not as outgoing as Kentucky was with its covers of traditional folk tunes, the integration of Lunn’s melodic side is just as profound.

Panopticon - Roads To The North

Like every Panopticon release, Lunn handles most of the instrumental work. This doesn’t just include the guitar, bass, and drums, but also the banjo, mandolin, and even a Native American flute.

A few guest vocalists, plus the return of violinist Johan Becker, accentuate the music. Having this much control proves to be a defining method to the album’s success, as every note leads to something monumental. Sometimes it takes a few minutes to reach that plateau, while some songs hit it instantaneously.

There will be attention given to the three-parter ‘The Long Road’, which together takes up almost 24 minutes. Starting out with the acoustic-only ‘One Last Fire’, which is the closest thing the album gets to a sound akin to ‘Bernheim Forest in Spring’ from Kentucky, the trilogy spreads out to include a euphoric sense of mystery in ‘Capricious Miles’ and an edgy riff that trades in dissonance for tuneful attributes in the last part.

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Album of the Day: Black Anvil – Hail Death

Posted on Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from Sea of Tranquility: There’s been a bit of positive press lately (promotional stuff, mostly) about Black Anvil‘s cover of Kiss‘s ‘Under the Rose.’ The praise is well deserved: not only is the cover superb, it gives the classic song a slightly harder edge. It’s worth a listen. […]

Album of the Day: Mamaleek – He Never Spoke a Mumblin’ Word

Posted on Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from Meat Mead Metal: There is no question metal has changed a lot on the past 10 years. Hell, in the last five. A lot of different things fit under this massive umbrella, and that tends to bother some of the rank-and-file, who want this to be one […]

Album of the Day: The Great Sabatini – Dog Years

Posted on Monday, July 28th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Montreal’s The Great Sabatini are one of the latest additions to the excellent French label Solar Flare Records’ roster, and with label mates ranging from Sofy Major to Pigs, you could probably hazard a guess before hearing them that they’re going to enjoy damaging […]

Album of the Day: Blues Pills – S/T

Posted on Friday, July 25th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from Ave Noctum: If you’ve either followed this site, or for some unknown reason followed my mad ramblings, you’ll be well aware of the massive regard I hold for Blues Pills, having previously given glowing reviews for their EPs Devil Man and Live at Rockpalast, both of which […]

Album of the Day: The Order of the Solar Temple – S/T

Posted on Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from Ave Noctum: There is something about the retro-sounding rock and metal which just grips you and this Vancouver based trio, created by Matt “Macarbe” Emery, The Order of the Solar Temple has it all. The proto-metal styled sounds of the legendary Blue Öyster Cult with healthy doses […]

Ivar Bjørnson of Enslaved and Wardruna’s Einar Kvitrafn Selvik To Curate Roadburn Festival 2015 ; Special shows by Enslaved and Wardruna

Posted on Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

We’re beyond thrilled to announce that Ivar Bjørnson of Enslaved and Wardruna‘s Einar Kvitrafn Selvik will curate the 20th edition of Roadburn Festival, on Friday, April 10, 2015 at the 013 venue in Tilburg, The Netherlands. As curators, both Ivar and Einar will personally select the bands for their curated […]

Album of the Day: Monarch – Sabbracadaver

Posted on Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Lovingly pinched from Meat Mead Metal: There are certain sounds and styles of music that can induce nightmares. You experience these sounds that are out of the ordinary, maybe even in conflict with your own psyche, and they can lead to you experiencing terrifying stories in your head while you […]

Hear It Here: Roadburn Festival 2014 Audio Streams Online; YOB, Indian, Obliteration and Morne Among Others

Posted on Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

How to summarize the 2014 Roadburn Festival? The name of one of the many fantastic bands that performed comes to mind: Promise and The Monster. The festival promised to be something special, and like always there were some monster clashes to deal with! Many of us made a promise to […]

Enslaved and Wardruna To Perform The Premiere of Skuggsjá at Eidsivablot (NO) On Sept 13th

Posted on Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

This year, Norway celebrates the 200 year anniversary of the Norwegian Constitution all over the country. Norwegian metal has developed from its rebellious roots into the highly acclaimed artistic expression of a complex music genre, under their constitutional right to freedom of speech and on Saturday, September 13th, the anniversary […]