SEEN AND HEARD: KAMPFAR, ALCEST, BABY METAL, TREPALIUM, ELEMENTAL NIGHTMARES
I may have mentioned that I’m on vacation through December 8. In addition to not writing much for NCS, I’ve also largely abandoned my daily routine of reading press releases and roaming the web looking for metal news and video or song premieres to feature on the site. However, today some of my NCS comrades gave me a slew of links that together make a tidy package of extremely diverse new things worth writing about.
First, Andy Synn wrote me as follows: “New Kampfar. Put that in your pipe and smoke it”. I tried to smoke it, but the song smoked me instead. It’s name is “Mylder”, and it will appear on this excellent Norwegian band’s new album Djevelmakt, due for release on January 21 via Indie Recordings.
If I could shriek “Helvete!” like Kampfar’s vocalist, I would, because that’s what I want to do when I listen to “Mylder”. It’s an electrifying, dynamic song — with plenty of reaping, roaring, stomping, and jabbing, but also infiltrated with an ethereal flute melody (among other unexpected elements). It’s a great combination of black metal savagery and memorable songwriting. Djevelmakt can’t come soon enough.
Check out the lyric video for “Mylder” below.
My colleague BadWolf provided a link to a new video by the French band Alcest that premiered at Stereogum. The video is for a song named “Opale”, which is the first single from Alcest’s new album Shelter (which was recorded with Sigur Rós producer Birgir Jón Birgisson and is set for release in January).
As Alcest’s Neige forecast last year, the music has largely been stripped of metal elements, and what remains is shimmering and bright, like sunlight on flowing water. And the rippling melody sticks like glue. Or like rainbow dust.
Stereogum has restricted the geographic regions where an embed of the video can be seen, not wanting certain people to see it other than on the Stereogum site. So if you can’t view the embed below, go HERE to check it out.
Alcest – “Opale” from stereogum on Vimeo.
My comrade DGR provided me a link to a new video of our favorite J-pop/metal band, Baby Metal, performing live at at a Japanese metal and rock festival named Summer Sonic 2013. If you can’t get into this, your ass is too tight. Get your goddamned kitsune up and watch:
TheMadIsraeli sent me a link to a video of Harun Demiraslan, guitarist for the French band Trepalium, working on a new song for an upcoming album. It’s really short, but I’m including it here anyway, because man, this jazzy little clip swings.
Actually, none of my NCS comrades sent me anything about this final item. I learned of it through a link on our FB wall. It’s a teaser of music from four songs that will appear on the vinyl series known as Elemental Nightmares.
I have discovered to my amazement that some NCS readers actually don’t read every word we post on the site as if they had been carved in stone tablets by bolts from the heavens. Therefore, it’s possible some of you reading this now will have missed my numerous other posts about the Elemental Nightmares project. Rather than repeat what this is all about, allow me to send you HERE — along with my renewed plea that you contribute to this project so it will become a reality. Because, holy shit, the bands that are participating in it are . . . wonderful.
The new teaser features excerpts from the following new songs:
Porta Nigra – “Haut und Knochen”
Obitus – “Panoticotopia”
Satyros – “Mother of Most”
Will of the Ancients – “The Apex”
Babymetal video got removed :(.
Lol, the company clamps down HARD. Holy shit.
I just embedded the shorter clip from this concert, for however long it lasts.
the new Kampfar is excellent!!
I appreciate Neige’s creative intent chose to drop all reference to Black Metal. But i seriously do believe the juxtaposition of the two genres was where he was best. Ecailles De Lune was where it was at for me.
Oh, shit. This new Trepalium is excellent. I can’t wait for it 🙂