May 162012

Over the last 24 hours I saw different kinds of web teasers about new music from four bands whose past material I’ve really liked, and by coincidence I found out about all of them through Facebook posts by the French label, Listenable Records (even though Listenable is not currently the label for all the bands).  So it made sense to collect all those teasers in one post, right?


Last September I featured (here) the new official video from this French band for a song called “Above All Hatred”, which was then due to appear on their second album, Signs of Decay. The music reminded me of Behemoth-style blackened death metal with some DevilDriver groove in the mix, and man, did it have one motherfuckin’ head-smasher of an opening riff. Actually, the whole song was a sweet head-smasher. Signs of Decay was a wonderful album, too — one of many I just never got around to reviewing last year.

Livarkahil are following up Signs of Decay with a free digital EP named Wrath of God, which will be released later this month. I like that strategy of following a full-album release with a free EP.  Today, Listenable and the band started streaming a track from the EP called “Through Hatred and Devotion” — and yes, hatred is a consistent theme for Liverkahil. The song proves once again that Livarkahil know how to start a song strong — and how to follow the intro with pummeling rhythms, blistering vocals, and catchy melodies. Have a listen to this brutal beast right after the jump. Continue reading »

Feb 142012

You may be having the time of your life on this 2012 edition of Valentine’s Day or you may be a straight razor away from ending it all, but either way, the day just got better.

Listenable Records has just made available for FREE download a 22-track sampler featuring music from past and present Listenable artists, including Gojira, Svartcrown, Hate, Heavenwood, Izegrim, Kruger, Panzerchrist, Cavus, Darkane, and Livarkahil, just to mention some of my favorites. You’ll need to surrender a working e-mail address to get the download, but that’s a small price to pay, because there’s some very nice tunage on this sampler.

The full track list is after the jump, along with a link to the Listenable page where you can (a) stream the whole sampler, end to end, and (b) get the download link. Continue reading »