Aug 232012

I thought this artwork was cool. It’s name is “Ocean In Motion” and it was created by Oana Cambrea. It has nothing to do with the rest of this post. I just wanted to put it someplace where I wouldn’t lose it. It did make me think of synchronized swimming, though something like this would have been much more fun than the event as it’s performed at the Olympics. Anyway, at the end of this post I have the only example I know of where synchronized swimming was metal. But onward to other new metal things I saw and heard recently.


Speaking of cool album art, I saw the cover of the next album from NOLA’s haarp. It’s called Husks and it’s set for release on September 18, 2012 through Housecore Records. I didn’t really dive deeply into this band’s last album (2010’s Filth). I remember listening to one track at a time when I was in a hurry, I didn’t immediately fall in love with it, and I moved on to something else.

This new one was recorded by Housecore’s Phil Anselmo (Down, Pantera) and mastered by Pig Destroyer’s Scott Hull, and that gets me interested in giving this band a second chance. Based on a press release, it appears there may be some new twists in this album, in addition to the band’s core mix of hate-filled sludge and grind. Check out the cover after the jump, and one more piece of related artwork created for haarp.


Skálmöld is a Viking/folk-metal band from Iceland. This is another band whose music I haven’t really explored yet, but the fact that they are from Iceland pretty much automatically makes me interested, since over the last year I’ve discovered a dozen Icelandic bands for the first time and have yet to be disappointed.

The band’s debut album, Baldur, was initially released only in Iceland and the Faroe Islands, but was eventually picked up by Napalm Records and re-released worldwide last summer. The band have now recorded their second album, Börn Loka, and today I saw the artwork for the album cover:

Based on the song titles, I’d say the band will continue their thematic focus on Norse lore (though I only recognize three of these names):

1 Óðinn
02 Sleipnir
03 Gleipnir
04 Fenrisúlfur
05 Himinhrjóður
06 Miðgarðsormur
07 Narfi
08 Hel
09 Váli
10 Loki

The album is scheduled for release by Napalm on October 26. Skálmöld’s Facebook page is here.


It wasn’t long ago at all that we featured this Finnish band for the first time at NCS. Their debut album Lifebound is scheduled for release tomorrow by the Finnish label Spinefarm. Today they premiered a music video for one of the tracks from the album, “Speed Superstar”. The song is a screaming, thrashing, groove-heavy blast of melodic stomp. I enjoyed the video, too. It comes with a bit of a twist at the very end. Check it out:


Okay, I said I’d be coming back to this, and so I have. This video shows Natalia Ischenko (with 15 world titles) and Svetlana Romashina, a synchronized swimming duet team from Russia performing a routine at the Aquatic Centre in Olympic Park, London, in April of this year. What’s kind of surprising is the music that accompanied this part of their routine: It’s music from the soundtrack to the movie Suspiria created by the Italian band Goblin. Interesting . . .




  1. Fuck yes! More Skálmöld!

  2. Sleipnir is Odins 8 legged horse and is also one of Loki’s kids..
    Gleipnir is the chain that holds the Fenris wolf…
    Váli is the name of one of Odins sons…he takes vengeance on Hoder for killing Baldur, and he’ll survive Ragnarok

    ..and new Skálmöld is always awesome news

    • Dude, that info makes me even more enthralled by the idea of this album. I clearly need to find some amount of time to study more deeply into Norse legends. Excuse me, I didn’t mean “legends”; I meant “the history of our world”.

  3. Yeah, I like that first pic. Really, any swimming event with fit females should be done in the nude – that might help with some of the fugly ass swimsuits some swimmers (solo, team or synchronized) have to endure. Until then, we have to rely on artists, underwater porn shoots and pics of the occassional Olympic gold medalist from Austrailia swimming nekkid.

    What three Skálmöld song titles did you recognize?

    • First, you and I are clearly of the same view when it comes to swimming events. The day may come, hopefully in our lifetimes, when swimming events fully realize the art of the human body and require that all competitors wear no clothing.

      Second, I recognized Óðinn, Loki, and Hel (though I thought Hel was a place and not a person).

      • Yeah, Hel is the chick on the front cover of the album who looks half-dead. Also one of Loki’s kids (either birthed by him or a giantess), she was cast down when young by the rest of the gods into the realm of the dead to rule over it, cos she was an unnatural freak. Poor kid, really. Ultimately a foe of the gods, along with her father and wolf and serpent siblings.

        Really looking forward to this release. Icelandic music is generally quality, in my experience.

  4. haarp!!!!

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