CD review MORTEM ‘Ravnsvart’

(8/10) ‘Ravnsvart’ is the title of Mortem, a new outfit with well-known musicians. Steinar Sverd Johnsen (g) (Arcturus, Covenant, Satyricon), Marius Vold (v) (Stigma Diabolicum, Thorns, Arcturus) Hellhammer (d) (Mayhem, Covenant, Arcturus) and Tor R. Stavenes (b) (1349, Svart Lotus, Den Saakaldte) are all experienced Black Metal pioneers. The guys found together under the banner... Continue Reading →

CD review BORKNAGAR ‘True North’

(8/10) ‘True North’, that’s the title of Borknagar’s next album the band add to the books. Three years after ‘Winter Thrice’ has been released it’s the new album being the second one after having inked a deal with Century Media. Borknagar, started in 1995 and are one of the many Norwegian bands hailing from Bergen... Continue Reading →

CD review VERHEERER ‘Monolith’

(9/10) Asking Wikipedia about 'Monolith' delivers a definition that looks like this: "A monolith is a geological feature consisting of a single massive stone or rock, such as some mountains, or a single large piece of rock placed as, or within, a monument or building." 'Monolith' is also the title of Verheerer's new longplayer and one thing's for sure, the... Continue Reading →

CD review ORM ‘Ir’

(8/10) Minimalistic when it comes to the amount of songs and maximizing intensity on the other hand is how the new longplayer of Danish Black metal outfit Orm can be described best. The band, formed in 2015, worked on their sophomore album, following the 2017 debut and the result will be available in stores end... Continue Reading →

CD review BATUSHKA ‘Hospodi’

(9/10) It was in 2015 when Polish Batushka took a step out of the shadows and went straight into darkness. That's at least how you could describe the beginning of one of the most disruptive Metal bands these days. Batushka, that's art and art needs to challenge borders and limitation. The Polish powerhouse is doing... Continue Reading →

CD review ABBATH ‘Outstrider’

(8/10) If you think about Norwegian Black Metal the name of Abbath crosses your path for sure more than once. The break-through came in the ‘90s with Immortal and it’s genre defining album s such as ‘Sons of Northern Darkness’ that are timeless documents of the earlier days of Black Metal. In the meantime Abbath... Continue Reading →

ROTTING CHRIST & VARATHRON will release a split-7″

Hells Headbangers will release a split 7" with two bands being the forerunners when it comes to Greek Black Metal. Rotting Christ and Varathron recorded one track each for this release, entitled 'Duality of the Unholy Existence'. Fans should certainly check out this special EP. Release date is June 28th, 2019.

KNOEST released ‘Dag’

Knoest is a trio hailing from Gelderland in The Netherlands. The trio released on June 14th their new album 'Dag', a record that features four songs reflecting one day. 'De Ochtend' (the morning), De Middag (noon), 'De Avond' (the evening) and 'De Nacht' (the night). As you can see with song titles, that album is... Continue Reading →

Live report ROCK HARD FESTIVAL 2019 – Day 1

Whit weekend means Rock Hard Festival since 2004. The open air festival at Amphitheater Gelsenkirchen has kept its family spirit with many fans of Metal and Rock returning to Gelsenkirchen every year. Also Markus‘ Heavy Music Blog is present and here‘s the report of the great 2019 edition.  It is with Vulture a local act... Continue Reading →

CD review DARKTHRONE ‘Old Star’

(9/10) Darkthrone, that's Fenriz and Nocturno Culto, both a well attuned duo in harsh Black Metal. Seventeen longplayer over the period o more than 30 years speak volumes and in contrary to the title of their newest release these guys are for sure no 'old stars'. As if there would be no tomorrow that duo... Continue Reading →

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