I have quite a lot of new music I’d like to recommend, but am short on time in what’s left of my blogging day, so I’ll just throw the following three items your way and save the rest for this weekend. Enjoy….
I learned about this first video through a Facebook post by a Scandinavian musician friend, who introduced it this way: “This is how you thrash… not the sorry excuse of music Metallica just released.” Well, I must confess that made me smile. Putting to one side whether the slap at Metallica is warranted, Kreator’s new song is definitely a scorcher, with a made-to-shout-along chorus and a solo that ought to get lots of clawed fingers thrust toward the sky.
The song is the title track to the band’s new album Gods of Violence, which will be released by Nuclear Blast on January 27. The video is NSFW (boobs and gore, displayed both separately and together, in orgiastic ecstasy). There’s also a sanitized version of the video, which may still be NSFW despite the absence of nipples. Below you’ll find both the uncensored and the censored versions. The video was made by Grupa13 as the first part of a trilogy of videos that are linked to the album’s concept, and “visualizes the birth of the Kreator demon”.
The album is available for pre-order HERE.
At the end of October I wrote here about the first advance track from the new, self-titled album by the resurgent German black metal band Bethlehem. Yesterday, Stereogum premiered a second one, entitled “Die Dunkelheit Darbt” (“Darkness Starves” in English).
There’s a comedic introduction to the song at Stereogum by the band’s mainstay, bassist Jürgen Bartsch, and I’ll let you go there to read it — but I will crib from Doug Moore’s apt commentary about the song:
“Built around a rollicking rock refrain but never sitting still for more than a few seconds, “Die Dunkelheit Darbt” provides a good sense of both Bethlehem’s remarkable versatility and just how bone-smashingly heavy they can get.”
To conclude this little round-up I have a new single from a band I’ve been following for many years, Denmark’s Deus Otiosus. The song is “Disturbing the Dead”, and it’s from the band’s forthcoming fourth Opposer.
There’s a bloodthirsty, frenzied quality to this death/thrash song thanks to its swarming riffage and acetylene-hot soloing, but it hammers, gallops, and furiously jabs, too. It makes for a nice bookend to a trio that began with that Kreator song.
Opposer will be released in the spring of next year by the French label Great Dane Records, with distribution by Season of Mist. Danish artist Claude Wit has created the cover artwork. Here’s the track list:
2) Disturbing the Dead
3) Stand Your Ground
5) Towering Flames
6) The Opposer
7) To the Graves
8) Return To Slavery
9) Greater Horror
10) March Of The Unworthy