Here’s a collection of items I saw and heard yesterday while surveilling the interhole. The featured bands are Ulcerate (New Zealand), Twilight of the Gods (multinational), Craven Idol (UK), Cryptopsy (Canada), and Evoken (US), .
The new album from New Zealand’s Ulcerate has been high on our “most anticipated” list for this year, and yesterday finally brought a lot of fresh news. The title of the album is Vermis, it includes 9 tracks, it’s nearly 55 minutes long — and it will be released by Relapse on September 17 in North America (September 13 in Germany and the Benelux countries and September 16 in the rest of the world). Pre-orders for the album and related merch are being fielded at this location. You can see the newly unveiled album cover above.
Yesterday also brought a video teaser for Vermis. It includes just an itty-bitty, teenie-weensie snippet of music, but it was enough to rattle my teeth. I think, just to be safe, I’ll make a dental appointment for the day after I get my hands on this album. The teaser is next.
TWILIGHT OF THE GODS
Okay, here’s something you won’t often see at this site — some old-school, classic heavy metal. It comes from a band named Twilight of the Gods, whose members are drawn from other well-known groups. Unusual to find such music here, but damn, I can’t help it: this shit rocks very hard.
Twilight of the Gods consists of Alan “Nemtheanga” Averill (Primordial)(vocals), Rune Eriksen (Aura Noir, ex-Mayhem)(guitar), Patrick Lindgren (Thyrfing)(guitar), Frode Glesnes (Einherjer)(bass), and Nick Barker (Lock Up, ex-Dimmu Borgir, ex-Cradle of Filth)(drums). They began playing Bathory covers years ago and have now written their own original songs, in which pagan spirits still live despite the change in style. They’ve signed with Season of Mist for release of a debut album entitled Fire on the Mountain (due for release in NorthAm on October 1).
Today the band premiered a lyric video for the album’s title track, and it’s the real deal. Killer riffs and killer vocals = killer song. Here you go:
Craven Idol are a London-based band who have recorded a debut album that will be released on October 15 by Dark Descent. It features cover art by one of my favorite metal artists, Paolo “Madman” Girardi. Today I listened to one of the new tracks which premiered earlier this week — a song called “To Summon Mayrion”, and it has blown me away.
The music is thundering, epic, crushingly heavy, melodic black metal that moves from passages of choir-assisted majesty to eruptions of black thrashing hellfire, and that heavy low end infuses the music with an undercurrent of death metal might, too. Listen below.
(I found this song through a link by NCS supporter Vonlughlio — thanks again dude.)
OBSCENE EXTREME VIDEOS
The 15th edition of the Obscene Extreme festival took place at Trutnov in the Czech Republic on July 3-7. A helpful dude named Rudolf Sadke appears to have filmed most of it, and he has been uploading full sets of band performances to his YouTube channel — including performances by Napalm Death, Anaal Nathrakh, Aborted, Grave, Exhumed, Krisiun, Haemorrhage, Mumakil, Antigama, Horsebastard, and the two bands whose videos I’m embedding in this post — Cryptopsy and Evoken.
I could have picked any two videos — both the video and the audio quality of the ones I’ve sampled are good — but these two I randomly watched at some length. These two (like some of the others) are also slightly marred by the fact that some people at this festival obviously had NO FUCKING IDEA about the etiquette of stage diving. People get up on stage and parade around endlessly as if they’d been invited to join the bands, and security did virtually nothing about it. One fucked-up dude reached the stage and promptly fell flat on his face.
Anyway, check out these performances; Evoken is absolutely crushing, and Crytopsy is eviscerating. Unless you enjoy sound checks and pre-recorded intro music, you’ll want to skip to 2:00 for the Cryptopsy set. To see the rest of Rudolf Sadke’s videos, go HERE.