May 152015


Kaos Vortex are a German band who hit our radar screen when we learned in 2013 that Fredrik Huldtgren from the fantastic Swedish band Canopy had become their new frontman. The band have recorded a debut album named Seeds of Decay that’s set for a May 22 release on CD and digitally by Bret Hard Records. Not long ago we featured a killer single from the album named “Terrorizer”, and now we bring you the premiere of an official video for another track: “Tomb of the Undying“.

It’s becoming increasingly apparent that Kaos Vortex can be relied upon to deliver the kind of death metal that grabs you by the neck and shakes you all the way down to the soles of your feet. “Tomb of the Undying” begins hammering and howling right from the start, but it moves in different directions before reaching its finale. It includes jolting grooves, rapidly jabbing riffs, and slithering, serpentine lead guitar work that shrouds the punishing attack in a thoroughly morbid and sinister atmosphere. As expected, Fredrik Huldtgren’s deep growls and harrowing howls are beastly and voracious. Continue reading »

May 092015


I have a goal this weekend. I have a dozen new songs that I came across since mid-week that I want to commend to your ears. Rather than put them in one humongous post, the plan is to divide them into four posts, with three songs in each one — two posts today and two on Sunday. This is a goal, mind you, not a guarantee. I could be hit by a car, or a fifth of whiskey, before finishing.


The first song in this collection is named “Askebundet” by a Norwegian band named Svartelder. I listened to it because of an e-mail which explained that the current line-up of the band includes members of Carpathian Forest, In the Woods, Den Saakaldte, Pantheon I, and Old Forest, in addition to founder and frontman Doedsadmiral. The e-mail didn’t disclose which particular individuals from those bands are now part of Svartelder — they’ve taken new names for this purpose: Maletoth (bass, guitars), AK-47 (drums), Kobold (keyboards). But those band names were enough inducement to check out “Askebundet” — and it turns out to be fantastic. Continue reading »

Jan 022014

(As we have in the past, we asked our friend Fredrik Huldtgren, vocalist for both Sweden’s Canopy and Germany’s Kaos Vortex and the man behind the exciting Elemental Nightmares vinyl project, to share with us his favorite albums of 2013, and here’s his list.)

I always have trouble coming up with these lists, mainly because I can never remember what was released when, and usually once I find something I truly enjoy, I tend to get stuck on it and miss out on a lot of the other albums that came out. So, after going through what I had bought this year, here is a list of the 10 albums I enjoyed the most.

10. The Ruins of BeverastBlood Vaults – The Blazing Gospel of Heinrich Kramer

To follow up an album such as Foulest Semen of a Sheltered Elite is no easy task, and while Blood Vaults … does not quite live up to its predecessor, it is one hell of an album. Brooding, dark, and filled with some great riffs. Continue reading »