Mar 302013

On this lazy Saturday morning, I found these items of interest while surfing the waves of our metallic ocean.


I’m still having trouble typing “Ghost B.C.” instead of “Ghost”. And as if legal problems with their original name weren’t enough bullshit to endure, this Swedish band seem to have encountered fresh new bullshit in getting the CDs produced for their new album, Infestissumam.

According to, release of the album has been delayed from April 9 to April 16 because four different U.S. compact disc manufacturers have refused to print a piece of artwork (shown above) that was destined for the deluxe version of the album. More from

“We kept on getting turned down because of the CD art, which is basically a 16th century illustration of an orgy,” a source close to the band told SPIN. The NSFW illustration, inspired by the work of Gustave Dore, showcases what looks like a forest nymph orgy, but it’s the religious iconography at the top that convinced manufacturers to turn off the printing press.

“Even though the Infestissumam booklets had all been printed, the band struggled to find anyone in the States to print the CD for them. “They weren’t surprised. The comment was ‘Well, I thought this would have happened sooner,'” the source said. “The artwork was meant to provoke some sort of thought, but it’s been one obstacle after another.” reports that to avoid delaying the album release any longer, Ghost B.C. is reusing the CD art that will appear on the standard edition of their album. “The artwork, a collaboration between Polish artist Zbignew Bielak II and a Nameless Ghoul, is key to an elaborate deluxe package that features each song’s lyrics accompanied by a illustration to form a narrative within the music.”

The “offensive” art will still appear on both the vinyl and European copies of the Infestissuman CD. According to the band’s spokesperson, “Vinyl manufacturers don’t have a problem with the artwork. Neither does Europe.”

I’m guessing Ghost B.C.’s label didn’t try to hire the kind of label manufacturers that make most of the CDs I buy. Then again, they’re probably planning on selling more than 100 copies.

(via Lambgoat)



Pandemonium have been a long-running fixture of the Polish metal underground; their first demo dates back to 1991. They’ve played hundreds of concerts with big-names such as Slayer, Celtic Frost, Morbid Angel, Behemoth, Cannibal Corpse, Vader, Samael, Unleashed, and Asphyx. Their last album, Misanthropy, was released by Pagan Records in the spring of 2012, and this morning they unveiled an official video for one of its songs, “Everlasting Opposition”.

The song kills. It’s a ravenous, howling beast, a cross-bred mutation of black metal and death metal with grooves that punch like cannonballs and an eerie melody that flits through the music like a wraith. There’s also a breakdown in the song that got my head banging so vigorously I nearly smashed my keyboard to pieces.

The video kills, too. It’s a montage of live performance shots, with the visuals altered in various ways to enhance their occult feel. Enjoy:



I have a lot of Facebook friends (as well as bands I follow) who post about music they’re listening to. I don’t have time to check out much of it, but this morning I randomly listened to a track that a friend posted by a French band named Arkhon Infaustus. It blew me to smithereens. I immediately began hunting for a digital copy of the album — 2007’s Orthodoxyn — and downloaded it from Amazon mp3.

Orthodoxyn is the band’s latest album; unfortunately, Archon Infaustus have been “on hold” since two of the members left the band in 2009. But Orthodoxyn has been a great discovery for me.

I’ve developed a strong taste for blackened death metal over the last two years, and these guys fully satisfy that hunger. They unleash a warlike onslaught of blasting percussion and ripping guitars, with a tremendously powerful grinding low end and a bestial vocal tandem that takes turns going from bearlike lows to banshee highs.

But there’s more to the music than a mauling sonic attack — lots of tempo dynamics, riveting rhythms, ghoulish melodies, crazy guitar and bass work, and a creative drummer. Think evil, blackened death metal with progressive and even experimental touches.

Here’s the song that hooked me this morning on Arkhon Infaustus — “Behind the Husk of Faith” — plus one more, “Anunciation to the Holy Ghost”.



  1. A cross turned upside down – oh the horror. I can’t believe this is happening 2013, but then again I’m not surprised that it happens in the states.

  2. I’m not surprised one bit by this stuff with Bison B.C.’s artwork, America for the most part is full of religious prudes who get upset at something like this. Who’s distributing the record in Europe? I’ll gladly reward them with some money for some great music!

  3. Is there any chance this is just a publicity stunt? I mean, isn’t Ghost the exact band that would pull something like this?

    • I’ve been seeing speculation along the same lines, but I’m still inclined to believe this is real. On the one hand, it does strain credulity to say that FOUR CD manufacturers are turning away paying business because of moral qualms about printing that artwork. But maybe they’re manufacturers who don’t typically work with metal releases. Also, if this were just made-up, it seems like something that could really blow up in the band’s faces when the truth comes out, ie, a lot more potential down-side than up-side from fabricating the story.

  4. I’m just gonna buy Ghost’s new CD from the EU Metal Blade store. It may take longer to get here and cost more, but that’s sadly what it has come to. America for the most part (sans a few parts of society, us metalheads included) is nothing but a bunch of prudes, especially in the Southern parts.

  5. Is this an early April Fool’s joke or had you really not heard of Arkhon Infaustus? They are awesome. Your description (“evil, blackened death metal with progressive and even experimental touches”) is right on. They’re also featured extensively in Bill Zebub’s movie “Black Metal: A Documentary.” Check it out. They take their satanism seriously.

    And there’s no “C” in their name.

    • Thanks for pointing out my typos, which I’ve now corrected. And yeah, no joke, I’m pretty sure this was the first time I’d seriously listened to their music. So glad I finally discovered it.

      • Glad you did too. They are/were most definitely in black metal’s upper eschelon. I’m just sad they may never release anything else.

        Also glad you accept copyediting of your posts in good spirit. That being said, NCS is one of the best-written blogs out there. As a professional copy editor, I can really appreciate it!

        • Thank you. And hell yes, I want to be corrected! I spend a lot of time editing the writing of other people in my day job, but don’t seem to be as careful in proofing my own work. I seem to make some kind of mistake every day here, and getting it right is important to me.

  6. Good post. It’s a shame Arkhon Infaustus is not more appreciated. Orthodoxyn is just how Immolation would sound if they were more into black metal and Satan.
    There’s also Black Flame’s album Imperivm (2008) — it doesn’t match the qualities of Orthodoxyn but it’s still a great record!

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