Apr 272012

As explained previously, I’ve been catching up on what I missed in the metal world over the last couple of weeks while being otherwise occupied. So much happens every day that I can’t include everything I’ve discovered, but I’ve been trying to feature a mix of news and stylistically divergent new music that might have escaped your attention as well as my own. This is the final installment.

Some of what’s in here is VERY recent. And yes, this is long . . . but just treat it like six posts in one. Just pretend that it dribbled out all day long, like posts on some other metal sites that don’t want to tax their readers’ attention spans. Or you could set your alarm to go off once an hour and come read another piece of this as if it had just appeared. Or I could just shut up and get on with it.


Actually, I suspect this didn’t escape many people’s attention, because it’s Nile, after all. Thanks to Metal Sucks and TheMadIsraeli, I found out yesterday that Nile has now released the cover art for their next album (above), At the Gate of Sethu, which Nuclear Blast plans to release in Europe on June 29 and in the U.S. on July 3. The artwork is by Seth Siro Anton of Septic Flesh.

The central figure looked familiar, and after a bit of  research at The Font of All Human Knowledge, I confirmed that it’s the Egyptian god Thoth, which The Font describes as a god who, in the later history of ancient Egypt, “became heavily associated with the arbitration of godly disputes,the arts of magic, the system of writing, the development of science, and the judgment of the dead.”

Karl Sanders is quoted as saying that Anton’s cover is the best that Nile has ever had, and I agree. Here’s a statement by Anton about the artwork: “It is no secret that I admire the powerful stylistic lines of the magical symbols that still transmit the aura of ancient Egypt, preserving in time the ancient mysteries. Also, I am fascinated from the final frozen moment of the flesh captured in an eternal sleeping stasis, at the completion of the mummification process. So, with a great pleasure I accepted the challenge, to visualize the new masterpiece of Nile ‘At The Gate Of Sethu’.”

MS linked to a video, which I also missed at the time it surfaced, of the band performing a new song (“Supreme Humanism of Megalomania”) on tour. The quality isn’t great, but it’s Nile and it’s a new song, and so I damn well am going to include it here:



I’ve been meaning to say something about this NYC band for a while. What I heard in my catching-up phase finally put me over the edge. So, here’s a recap: Mutilation Rites have a debut album called Empyrean that Prosthetic Records intends to release on May 22 (they’re taking pre-orders here). As you can see, it has a very eye-catching album cover by Reuben Sawyer at Rainbath Visual, who also did the killer cover for that Wildernessking album I raved about earlier this year.

It also includes music that Prosthetic says will appeal to fans of Darkthrone, Wolves In The Throne Room, Discharge, Nachtmystium, Dissection, and Immortal. I usually take these kinds of band references with a grain of salt, and sometimes with a whole shaker of salt. But I’ve previously heard this band’s 2011 demo, I Am Legion, and I’ve now caught up with two songs from the new disc, one of which Brooklyn Vegan premiered over the last week and one of which Pitchfork premiered in March, and this band flat-out rules.

Just focusing on the new tracks, this is thick, corroded, corrosive, dynamic black metal. It rocks like a nasty punk and it rolls on tremolo waves and it jumps around in the tempos while the sulfuric vocals spit fire all over you. The distorted guitars slither like snakes, slam like bear-traps, and hit one catchy riff after another.



Last September, TheMadIsraeli provided a short review of a three-song EP by this Stockholm band (here), calling it “djent of the highest order, taking a step back from modern conventions and going back more to the established sound of Textures and Meshuggah than anything else”. Since then (as I recently learned from TMI), Means End have acquired a new second guitarist (Henrik Gennert), and he has re-mixed that EP. Like the original version, Means End have recently made the remix available for free download.

They’ve also created a new video for one of the remixed songs, “Ominous Notions”. The video shows the band rehearsing the song over the re-mixed track. The song bounces back and forth between hammering rhythms and vicious vocals, sweeping melodies and cleanly voiced choruses, and passages that verge on progressive jazz. Cool song, which sounds great on the remix.


You can find Means End on Facebook here, and you can download the remixed EP for free via this link to Bandcamp.

P.S. Means End’s vocalist Robert Luciani used to be the vocalist for Vildhjarta, and the band’s drummer Christian Schreil used to be the drummer for Uneven Structure.


I’m going to wrap up this catching-up with a French band who’ve been around since 1998. The news that Season of Mist plans to release their new album MachinatioN on June 21 (July 17 in NorthAm) is what caught my eye — that, and the occult album cover above.

The band’s name rang a bell in my empty head, but I didn’t think I’d ever heard their music, so I checked out the two songs that are embedded for streaming at the end of this post — the official music video for “Vector G (Gravity XVI)” and “PsychoActive Satan” — and of course I liked them, or you wouldn’t be reading about Blacklodge here. These songs are from the band’s T/ME (2010) and Solarkult (2006) albums, respectively. The music is industrial black metal, a fusion of compelling beats, cutting guitars, and acidic atmospheres. It’s both chaotic and pneumatic. I dig it.




  1. I’m really looking forward to that Kataklysm dvd. They’re one of those bands in my list of ultimate touring partners. One day perhaps.

    Particularly anticipating the documentary portion, as those are always good. The one on the latest Hypocrisy dvd is worth every penny.

    • I buy very few band DVDs because I can’t watch them with my non-metalhead spouse and there’s not much time available to watch them by myself, but I’m making an exception for this one. I’ve had so damned much fun at every Kataklysm show I’ve seen and I really admire this band’s unwavering dedication to what they do.

      And I just ordered the Hypocrisy DVD on your recommendation.

      • It’s the drunken conversations with Peter and Masse (original singer) that do it for me.

      • I never bought a metal DVD either because yeah my wife isn’t a metalhead, I detest live albums and I don’t want to watch a live performance one TV, I WANT TO BE THERE.

        Weird pet peeve of mine. LIVE MUSIC in the flesh or studio albums with that nice bottom end 🙂

  2. Wow..as someone who liked Psychopathic Terror’s 230204, those new tracks do nothing for me. Thats just a direction I think I’ll pass on

  3. Mutilation Rites sounds pretty good. This caused me to wonder why a site called Brooklyn Vegan is writing about them, so I looked at the site. I didn’t expect a site with that name to have a tab for metal.

    • They focus on NY bands and bands who come through the City to play (which is a lot, of course), but I like their taste in music (mostly), the writing is excellent, the show photos are fantastic, and they get a lot of very good song premieres.

  4. As you read this I am writing a post about how NILE is a folk metal band. Let the flamewar commence!

  5. Really looking foward to Nile’s new record, alongside with Ihsahn’s and Gojira’s as well. Witch my spouse will give them as gifts. Shit is going to be a killer june!!!

  6. Saw Mutilation Rites earlier this year. Total crust punks-loving-Emperor. A good band, but not anythign I’m going to go out of my way to see.

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