Once again I find myself awash in new music discovered over the last 24 hours that I want to share with you. I’ve picked three new songs to feature in this collection, and you know I must really like them since I have to send you to other sites to hear two of them.
Every death metal fan worth his or her salt has to be salivating over the prospect of a new Hate Eternal album — and that’s what we’re about to get. The new record is named Infernus and it’s set for North American release by Season of Mist on August 21. In addition to the fact that it will contain Hate Eternal music, it’s also adorned with painted cover art by the masterful Eliran Kantor. And now we also have a new song to hear.
The track premiered at DECIBEL today, and its name is “Pathogenic Apathy”. It’s as brutal and voracious, and as technically head-twisting, as we’ve come to expect from Hate Eternal over their long career, and Erik Rutan also sounds as scary as usual. The song is also loaded with some deliciously head-bangable grooves, so limber up your neck muscles.
Go here to listen:
As you may know, Hate Eternal are also participating in the Metal Alliance Tour along with Deicide, Entombed A.D., Black Crown Initiate, Lorna Shore, and Svart Crown. I’m fucking sick to my stomach that I will have to be away from Seattle when this thing rolls through my fair city. Here are the dates:
HATE ETERNAL TOUR DATES:
*** Hate Eternal headlining show
### No Entombed A.D, Svart Crown
June 3 Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
June 5 Spokane, WA @ The Pinnacle Northwest
June 6 Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven Seattle
June 7 Portland, OR @ Tonic Lounge Portland
June 8 Oakland, CA @ Oakland Metro Opera house
June 9 Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent
June 11 Las Vegas, NV @ LVCS
June 12 Mesa, AZ @ Club Red Theaters
June 13 El Paso, TX @ Mesa Music Hall
June 14 Lubbock, TX Depot “O” Bar###
June 15 Austin, TX @ Empire Control Room
June 16 Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live
June 18 New York, NY @ The Gramercy Theater
June 19 Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
June 20 Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
June 21 Sanford, FL @ West End Trading Co.***
I guess there are still people out there who don’t think Myrkur or the Danish woman behind the band are kvlt enough. I guess they probably still won’t be converted even after learning that Myrkur’s new album includes session work by members of Mayhem, Dodheimsgard, and Nidingr, plus a guest appearance from Christopher Amott of Arch Enemy. I don’t worry very much about such things — I really liked Myrkur’s debut EP, and I’m excited to hear the debut album as well.
The new album is named M, and it’s due for release by Relapse on August 21. The woman behind Myrkur wrote the music and the lyrics and performs piano, guitars, and vocals on the new album, but yes, there are some notable other appearances on the record:
Teloch (Mayhem): Additional guitars & Bass
Øyvind Myrvoll (Nidingr): Drums
Ole-Henrik Moe: Íslensk fiðla, hardingfele & violin
Håvard Jørgensen: Acoustic guitar
Tone Reichelt: Horn
Martin Taxt: Tuba
Chris Amott (Arch Enemy): Additional guitars on “Mordet”
Also, the album was co-produced by Garm of Ulver.
And you can now listen to a new song from the album named “Hævnen“. I’m including it in two player types below. The song is a study in contrasts. It’s both slow and melodic (in a very grim, sombre way) and it’s hell-ripping; and Myrkur shrieks like a banshee and sings in an ethereal voice, like a ghostly spirit.
I discovered Colorado’s Khemmis for the first time when I caught their set at the Denver Black Sky festival last summer, and they made a really big favorable impression on me (see musings about their show here). Recently it has been officially announced that the band have signed with 20 Buck Spin for the release of their debut album Absolution, which was produced by Dave Otero (Cobalt, Nightbringer). That was a very exciting development, and now you have the chance to hear one of the album’s six new songs — “Torn Asunder”.
The band were nice enough to give me an advance listen to the track before it became public, and I’ve been a big fan of it since the very first listen. It’s a deft combination of huge, vibrating doom riffs and flickering/serpentine melodic lead guitar, massive stomps and swaggering rock ‘n’ roll. The song also includes a wonderful, squalling guitar solo — and the vocals are also really good, from the high, clear clean song reminiscent of classic doom to the harsh howls and bellows. I’m really looking forward to hearing the rest of the album, and to seeing this band live again (they will soon be announcing a western U.S. tour that will include Seattle).
DECIBEL again got the privilege of doing the premiere. So, use this link to go check it out:
The album can be pre-ordered via the Bandcamp link below.