Dec 162012

From me to you, new things discovered today . . .


I became an acolyte of Ghost after witnessing their live ritual twice in the last year. The music was already growing on me before those shows, but they sealed the deal.

Now we have a new Ghost song and a new live video performance of the song to go with it. Ghost began rolling out the song on-line, one recording track after another, and now the entire song is available for listening — and it’s also a free download.

“Secular Haze” has the rhythm of a waltz and fancifully begins and ends with the sound of a calliope. Like so many of the band’s songs, it’s poppy and catchy, and yet moments of ominous tension find their way into the melody. The song didn’t grab me as fast as some of the tracks on Opus Eponymous, but by the third listen I was hooked.

To hear the song and get it for free, go to this location and enter your e-mail address. You’ll then receive a download link by e-mail. To watch the new video, continue on past the jump.



I’m a Vanessa Nocera fan, principally through her band Skeletal Spectre. She’s also a member of Scaremaker and Wooden Stake. But I’ve now discovered that she also lends her vocal talents to a new project named Howling, in which she’s joined by Tony Proffer (Beyond Hell) on guitar and bass and drummer Elektrokutioner (Scaremaker, Wooden Stake, Beyond Hell, Encoffination, Father Befouled, etc.).

Howling have recorded a debut album that will be released by Razorback Records in early 2013. Today I saw that Howling have established a Bandcamp page, and on that page they’ve begun streaming and selling a song from the forthcoming album called “As Man Becomes Lycanthrope”. It’s a black, wolfish brute of a rocking, thrashing, lumbering, bloody, death-shrouded beast of heavy metal carnage.

Actually, I have no idea what that means, but I’m not editing it.

Vanessa Nocera’s vocals continue to knock me down, I’m mightily digging the song’s guitar solo, and the whole song is just . . . beastly.

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I’m going to stay with female-fronted bands.

Today I saw that Russia’s Arkona have premiered two tracks that will appear on Decade of Glory, a live two-CD album that Napalm Records has scheduled for release on February 22, 2013. This is going to be a massive release. It’s the entirety of a 10th anniversary concert recorded last February, and the two CDs will total more than 2 1/2 hours of music.

Like Ghost, Arkona are a band who sealed the deal for me based on their live show. These first two tracks from the live album are (and I really do hate to use this word, but no other will do) . . . epic. And it has occurred to me again that there’s something about Slavic languages that just make metal songs (and maybe especially folk metal songs) sound even more metal.




  1. Wow. I’m excited for all three of these.

  2. …Vanessa and Electrokutioner have another band as well – Loathsome (shes only on bass here..hes on guitar)

    Seriously, you’ll make yourself nuts trying to keep up with all their different projects

  3. Ghost is the most rad band to bring back traditional heavy metal in a really original and fun way. Plus their outfits are awesome. XD Love the new track, cant wait for the new album!

    I’ll have to check out more Arkona. Kinda sounds like Ensiferum and Rhapsody (of Fire), two folk/power bands I’m quite fond of.

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