Read our review of Djevelmaky by Kampfar: http://www.thrashhits.com/?p=46078 #Kampfar #Djevelmakt #IndieRecordings #Odin #Norse
For those not aware, Kampfar is apparently an old Norse war cry meaning “Odin”, with a probable alternate meaning of “we’re going to disembowel you”. If you already knew that, you’re probably also aware of the Norwegian black metal band bearing that name. They have just released Djevelmakt, the follow up to 2011’s Mare, which was all about witches. Djevelmakt is all about “the muck and bile of the underworlds” which is, as concepts go, a pretty damn suitable one given their music.
While Watain’s Erik Danielsson is an affable, articulate and charming character, it’s very clear that to him black metal is life and death. For some, that kind of confidence is both disturbing and off-putting. For Danielsson, who grew up and into a scene that at the time was much reviled and demonised, it makes sense that he would have such strong and personal opinions on how black metal and in particular, Watain is viewed. We asked Cheryl Carter to sit down with Danielsson prior to his band’s December show here in London, to ponder those issues at length.
So…err…this new You Me At Six album then: http://www.thrashhits.com/?p=46043 #YMAS #YouMeAtSix #CavalierYouth #ThrashHits
So then there was that time we got Behemoth played on Radio 1 outside of the Rock Show, and made Angel Haze listen to it while we did.
The new album from Indian is EVIL: http://www.thrashhits.com/?p=46083 #indian #fromallpurity #relapse #relapserecords #thrashhits
If You Buy One Thing This Week, make it Bedfellows pt.2 – The Forgotten Daughter by Bastions: http://www.thrashhits.com/?p=46160 #bastions #holyroar #thrashhits
Thrash Hits have reviewed BEHEMOTH!'s forthcoming album 'The Satanist' and scored it 6 out of 6! Check out what they had to say about the album, here: http://bit.ly/1b0dnDx
'The Satanist' is out 3 Feb in the UK and 7 Feb in the EU - order your copy, here: http://smarturl.it/BEHEMOTH-Satanist
If you’re setting out to write a record with such an obviously blasphemous message, then you better have the balls and knowledge to back it up. Behemoth have both in deliciously heathen spades and The Satanist swirls with a current of dark, deep, fiery understanding of the underworld and its many denizens.
THIS YEAR’S GHOST
From: London (via Edinburgh), UK
Lazy equation: (British Alt Rock) x fresh ideas ÷ a smidgeon of grunge
Thrash Hits verdict: We first met This Year’s Ghost’s guitarist and lead songwriter, Paul McKenzie, in the pub. He had just tattoo’d a quite frankly obscene gesture onto one of our friends – his Day Job being a tattooist, that sort of thing comes with the trade – and he mentioned that he happened to be in a band. We dutifully went and checked them out, and yes sir, we were impressed. This Year’s Ghost have a fierce grunge heart, tempered with the progressive mindset of a young Biffy Clyro – making them one of 2014′s most interesting prospects. The band has just released their new Winter Earth EP, so we figured now was as good a time as ever to make McKenzie answer to our Future Hits interrogation.
Credit where it’s due though - when things do get silly on the album is when some of the best results are produced. The sort of piano tinkling on 'Dark Days' may be the sort of thing you expect to hear in the background when you pop round Dani Filth’s for a cup of tea and cake, yet it adds some welcome atmospherics to the song. While the moody interlude of 'Reflection of the Forgotten' offers the sort of pomp to make tr00 metal fans stop painting their Warhammer figures and take note.
There’s a fair amount of experimentalism on display here, with longer arrangements and breathing space that allows Dismemberment’s more melodic side to really shine through. Songs like 'Labyrinth' and ’Aura Of Obscurity’ feature extended instrumental bridges and intros, giving the whole thing a more thoughtful, dynamic feel than the initial rawness of sound points towards. Whilst not quite hitting the same degree of psychedelia-inspired lunacy that Tribulation showed it’s possible to delve into last year, there’s a definite willingness to reach further than strict genre boundaries would perhaps attempt to dictate.
Oi, Carcass fans! The band recorded a live session for the BBC Radio 1 Rock Show with Daniel P. Carter recently and that show will be live on air TONIGHT! Tune in after midnight to hear the session plus an interview with guitarist Bill Steer. Details as follows:
FM: 97.7 MHz - 99.7 MHz (UK)
97.1 MHz (Jersey)
DAB: 12B - BBC National DAB
Or alternatively, you can tune in online: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006wq4s
British followers: 100% go use the iPlayer to listen to this. Unbelievably good!