Martyr Defiled unveil No Morality
September 20th, 2014 at 12:05am

Martyr Defiled have released a video for No Morality – a track lifted from this year’s No Hope No Morality album.
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Threat Signal, Opeth and more on tonight’s Metal Hammer Radio Show
September 19th, 2014 at 9:06pm

Tonight on the Metal Hammer Radio Show we’re spinning the best bits from Canadian power metallers Threat Signal’s debut album.
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Scar Symmetry trail preview
September 19th, 2014 at 6:05pm

Swedish death metal outfit Scar Symmetry have premiered a trailer for their latest album, The Singularity (Phase I – Neohumanity).
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Mysticum (all members) interviewed
September 19th, 2014 at 4:59pm

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** Mysticum have mystified black metal purists for decades. The Norwegians’ debut album, In the Streams of Inferno, split black metal into tiny shards, its fans wondering what the fuck in its wake. Originally slated to be released on Euronymous’ Deathlike Silence Productions, the ground-breaking, genre-defying release found a home on American black metal label, Full Moon Productions. Even today, now reissued by Peaceville Records, In the Streams of Inferno makes black metal cower under its innovation and otherworldly presence. The Norwegians, inactive for a spell, are now back with follow-up album, Planet Satan. No less frightening, elusive, and powerful than its predecessor, Planet Satan is another album for black metal to digest and misunderstand with great frequency. Perhaps not. It’s been 18 years between albums. Actually, time doesn’t matter. Mysticum still mystifies!

What’s Mysticum up to lately? New album, Planet Satan, is coming out soon, right?
Mysticum: Yes, Planet Satan is being released by UK company Peaceville Records the 27th of October. Besides the upcoming release we’re just about to enter the rehearsal studio again and rehearse the new songs and also make more new music for further releases, so great things are happening with the band nowadays.

Will Planet Satan be a continuation of In the Streams of Inferno or something entirely different?
Mysticum: In many ways it will and in many ways it also reminds us of the debut because the style of it is the same in much of it. It also is a lot like the later stuff like “Eriaminell” and “Black Magic Mushrooms”, so there is nothing to fear about this release. This release will surprise you over and over again and your favorite song will probably change all the time. We are satanically proud of this release and think it our best work.

In the Streams of Inferno was re-reissued this year. What’s different about the Peaceville version?
Mysticum: The whole thing is different, like the artwork that includes more pictures of the band and individual pictures of each member. The front cover is giving away the atmosphere of what Mysticum is about in that album and the audio of the album is re-mastered to get the more correct sound that was actually meant for it. We were much younger at the time this album was recorded and very eager to get it out as soon as possible because of all the delays made be the tragedy of Euronymous. The guy mixing the album was not into any kind of metal music at all, but more into pop and rock so he did not have a clue about what we wanted so that’s why it sounded that way. Now Mathias and Tom at Strype Audio did the re-mastering and the sound turned out as good as it can possibly get we think. Yes the reissue also contains the very first live show we did under the name Mysticum.

What do you think of the album after all these years?
Mysticum: We still think it kicks shit and no one actually has understood what we are about to clone us and that is a good thing we think, or perhaps it is just the respect out there keeping it from being cloned. It is raw cold and a massive sound and gives away an atmosphere we’ve not heard before, so we’re very satisfied with it still.

The Norwegian scene became insular after Euronymous’ death. What do you recall about Norway, as a scene, from 1993 to, say, up to the release of In the Streams of Inferno?
Mysticum: Yes, it got insular because people were pretty much shocked about what happened to him. It was the greatest tragedy in black metal history and it divided the Norwegian black metal scene and the hatred grew insanely huge against the ones involved in the participation of his murder. People from the Norwegian scene got involved with the Swedish black metal mafia “the inner circle” and things went really crazy… People wanted to avenge his death. This whole shit really delayed our release of the debut album at that time which was supposed to be titled Where the Raven Flies.

Do you remember why you changed the album title from Serpent Mysticism and then Where the Raven Flies to In the Streams of Inferno?
Mysticum: Serpent Mysticism is something we totally have forgotten about and I can’t still remember that title [Laughs] Where the Hell did you get this from? But the title seems very realistic because of the earlier band name Sabazios, which was an old Greek snake worshiping sect. Thank you for reminding us about this.

Mysticum had an unorthodox approach to black metal. What was your vision, if you remember?
Mysticum: Our vision about that approach now called industrial black metal was to make music like we did and actually more like you hear it on the later stuff and the up-coming album Planet Satan. Industrial sounding guitar and electronic/computer programmed drums and samples were the idea, mixed together with black and death vocals and a bit of psychedelics too. Unorthodox yes but who the Hell gives a shit but us. [Laughs]

At the time, a lot of people didn’t know what to make of In the Streams of Inferno. Now, it’s a cult classic. Is there such thing as the right place at the right time?
Mysticum: It was very ‘new’ at that time and the normal kind of Norwegian black metal was still growing, I guess. I think as you mentioned in the last question it was unorthodox and perhaps a bit ‘blasphemous’ towards this Norwegian black metal receptive that had developed and that is why Euronymous probably liked it so much because he could sense the value and dark position out of this essence we were cooking up. He said that he believed this was going to be huge in the right time further into the future and the morons complaining about this did not understand shit about what all this was about. [Laughs] He was a brilliant man.

I’m sure the drum machine threw people. What do you remember about the decision to use a drum machine rather than, say, a drummer like Hellhammer, who was briefly part of the lineup?
Mysticum: I answered parts of this question on your last question, so I’m not gonna repeat myself again. Hellhammer was never part of Mysticum, but we rehearsed with him for a little while to see how it sounded and we thought that it was not cool with organic humanized drumming so we went back to the old ways with programmed drums. Hellhammer also wanted to turn Mysticum into Mayhem at that time, but we turned down that offer too.

** Mysticum’s new album, Planet Satan, is out October 27th on Peaceville Records. Pre-orders can be made HERE if you’re sci-fi and into the blackest metal from the outermost parts of the galaxy. Yes, this is all true.


Decibel Magazine

Mysticum (all members) interviewed
September 19th, 2014 at 4:59pm

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** Mysticum have mystified black metal purists for decades. The Norwegians’ debut album, In the Streams of Inferno, split black metal into tiny shards, its fans wondering what the fuck in its wake. Originally slated to be released on Euronymous’ Deathlike Silence Productions, the ground-breaking, genre-defying release found a home on American black metal label, Full Moon Productions. Even today, now reissued by Peaceville Records, In the Streams of Inferno makes black metal cower under its innovation and otherworldly presence. The Norwegians, inactive for a spell, are now back with follow-up album, Planet Satan. No less frightening, elusive, and powerful than its predecessor, Planet Satan is another album for black metal to digest and misunderstand with great frequency. Perhaps not. It’s been 18 years between albums. Actually, time doesn’t matter. Mysticum still mystifies!

What’s Mysticum up to lately? New album, Planet Satan, is coming out soon, right?
Mysticum: Yes, Planet Satan is being released by UK company Peaceville Records the 27th of October. Besides the upcoming release we’re just about to enter the rehearsal studio again and rehearse the new songs and also make more new music for further releases, so great things are happening with the band nowadays.

Will Planet Satan be a continuation of In the Streams of Inferno or something entirely different?
Mysticum: In many ways it will and in many ways it also reminds us of the debut because the style of it is the same in much of it. It also is a lot like the later stuff like “Eriaminell” and “Black Magic Mushrooms”, so there is nothing to fear about this release. This release will surprise you over and over again and your favorite song will probably change all the time. We are satanically proud of this release and think it our best work.

In the Streams of Inferno was re-reissued this year. What’s different about the Peaceville version?
Mysticum: The whole thing is different, like the artwork that includes more pictures of the band and individual pictures of each member. The front cover is giving away the atmosphere of what Mysticum is about in that album and the audio of the album is re-mastered to get the more correct sound that was actually meant for it. We were much younger at the time this album was recorded and very eager to get it out as soon as possible because of all the delays made be the tragedy of Euronymous. The guy mixing the album was not into any kind of metal music at all, but more into pop and rock so he did not have a clue about what we wanted so that’s why it sounded that way. Now Mathias and Tom at Strype Audio did the re-mastering and the sound turned out as good as it can possibly get we think. Yes the reissue also contains the very first live show we did under the name Mysticum.

What do you think of the album after all these years?
Mysticum: We still think it kicks shit and no one actually has understood what we are about to clone us and that is a good thing we think, or perhaps it is just the respect out there keeping it from being cloned. It is raw cold and a massive sound and gives away an atmosphere we’ve not heard before, so we’re very satisfied with it still.

The Norwegian scene became insular after Euronymous’ death. What do you recall about Norway, as a scene, from 1993 to, say, up to the release of In the Streams of Inferno?
Mysticum: Yes, it got insular because people were pretty much shocked about what happened to him. It was the greatest tragedy in black metal history and it divided the Norwegian black metal scene and the hatred grew insanely huge against the ones involved in the participation of his murder. People from the Norwegian scene got involved with the Swedish black metal mafia “the inner circle” and things went really crazy… People wanted to avenge his death. This whole shit really delayed our release of the debut album at that time which was supposed to be titled Where the Raven Flies.

Do you remember why you changed the album title from Serpent Mysticism and then Where the Raven Flies to In the Streams of Inferno?
Mysticum: Serpent Mysticism is something we totally have forgotten about and I can’t still remember that title [Laughs] Where the Hell did you get this from? But the title seems very realistic because of the earlier band name Sabazios, which was an old Greek snake worshiping sect. Thank you for reminding us about this.

Mysticum had an unorthodox approach to black metal. What was your vision, if you remember?
Mysticum: Our vision about that approach now called industrial black metal was to make music like we did and actually more like you hear it on the later stuff and the up-coming album Planet Satan. Industrial sounding guitar and electronic/computer programmed drums and samples were the idea, mixed together with black and death vocals and a bit of psychedelics too. Unorthodox yes but who the Hell gives a shit but us. [Laughs]

At the time, a lot of people didn’t know what to make of In the Streams of Inferno. Now, it’s a cult classic. Is there such thing as the right place at the right time?
Mysticum: It was very ‘new’ at that time and the normal kind of Norwegian black metal was still growing, I guess. I think as you mentioned in the last question it was unorthodox and perhaps a bit ‘blasphemous’ towards this Norwegian black metal receptive that had developed and that is why Euronymous probably liked it so much because he could sense the value and dark position out of this essence we were cooking up. He said that he believed this was going to be huge in the right time further into the future and the morons complaining about this did not understand shit about what all this was about. [Laughs] He was a brilliant man.

I’m sure the drum machine threw people. What do you remember about the decision to use a drum machine rather than, say, a drummer like Hellhammer, who was briefly part of the lineup?
Mysticum: I answered parts of this question on your last question, so I’m not gonna repeat myself again. Hellhammer was never part of Mysticum, but we rehearsed with him for a little while to see how it sounded and we thought that it was not cool with organic humanized drumming so we went back to the old ways with programmed drums. Hellhammer also wanted to turn Mysticum into Mayhem at that time, but we turned down that offer too.

** Mysticum’s new album, Planet Satan, is out October 27th on Peaceville Records. Pre-orders can be made HERE if you’re sci-fi and into the blackest metal from the outermost parts of the galaxy. Yes, this is all true.


Decibel Magazine

Gwar add frontwoman Vulvatron
September 19th, 2014 at 3:06pm

Gwar have announced Kim Dylla, aka Vulvatron, will join Blothar on vocal duties in the band.
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The German Panzer detail debut
September 19th, 2014 at 12:05pm

Supergroup The German Panzer issues details of their upcoming debut Send Them To Hell.
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1349 reveal stunning new video
September 19th, 2014 at 9:06am

True Norwegian black metal belongs in the underground, and who better than the movement’s current standard bearers, 1349, to take that quite literally?
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Let Abazagorath Rekindle Your Spirit of Hate For Mankind
September 19th, 2014 at 8:58am

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New Jersey-based brazen black metallers Abazagorath have sprinkled the last six or seven years with splits and an EP, but October 7th of this year will see the release of their first album in ten years.  What does the band have in store for you on their nearly-dawned The Satanic Verses?  How do you feel about losing limbs, face flesh and copious amounts of blood from your neck?  Abazagorath promises all this (with occasional interludes so you can fully absorb what is happening to you) and threatens to turn your brain into an inescapable hall of dark rituals.

A month ago, Invisible Oranges threw us all a bone with a premiere of the new album’s lead track, “Mahound,” and now you can hear “The Angel Gabriel” here at the Deciblog.  Read below and find out about the band’s plans, influences, and why the next album will not take another ten years.

Can you talk a little about the members of Abazagorath, what your lives consist of, and how that affects the band’s recording/performing schedule?

The black cult of ABAZAGORATH consists of three demonic entities: Warhead (Thermonuclear Drums of Doom, Verbal Hate Amplifier), Ciemnosc (6 String Razorwire Decapitation) and Aversario (Subsonic Volcanic Emanations). As far as our personal lives it’s no one’s fucking business what we do in our personal time, all you need to know is Abazagorath practices on a weekly basis and we continue to create music we enjoy Christ Raping US Black Metal.

What was the drive behind starting Abazagorath in the first place?  What do you think has changed musically/conceptually about your songs over the past 10 or 20 years?

In June of 1995, ABAZAGORATH was formed with the intention of creating original Black Metal with a dark and haunting atmosphere. ABAZAGORATH reflects the initiates’ deepest fantasies of hatred, war, melancholy, darkness, evil, the occult and death.  The sonorous magick of ABAZAGORATH represents a union of warlike ferocity with an eerie, mystical aura. As far as the songs over the last 19 years, real simple we have all matured as musicians. But it is also due to a desire from all the bands members to create and release music that is constantly fresh and constantly taking things a step forward. Abazagorath is a band that has never done the same album twice and we have always been looking for ways to advance and improve our sound while still retaining the fierce, hateful, uncompromising attitude that has defined Abazagorath throughout our career.

What bands or experiences do you think have influenced your writing/playing style?

VENOM was my personal inspiration and what got me into Black Metal, but you can hear early 90s Norwegian / Swedish Black Metal as well as the original early to mid-80s Black / Thrash movement in our music. While we still refer back to these points of inspiration, we are not content to churn out a mere re-hash of these styles, but are trying to build up on the influences to create something that is not so simple to classify as just stereotypical Black Metal.

How did The Satanic Verses come together?  What was the writing process like for these songs?  Was recording a straightforward or difficult process this time around?

The writing for the new album was just like the last 2012 self-titled EP. The guitar tracks were recorded with a drum machine and then handed out to each member to learn. I would add my own drum style and Ciemnosc would then add harmonies, solos, etc. Once everybody learned the material we would start practicing the material live.  The recording was straight forward and relatively easy. All the drums were done in one take, plus we had the luxury of recording at Ciemnosc’s studio Wrong Planet.

What tour plans do you have to support The Satanic Verses?

As far as shows for the year we only have 2 live rituals scheduled. Signature Riff presents Friday December 5 The Acheron Brooklyn, NY (Abazagorath record release), with fellow Eternal Death artists Sangus and One Master. We will also be playing Baltimore MD Saturday Dec. 20 with long time war brothers Bloodstorm and Kult Ov Azazel. I am currently working out tour dates for 2015 so stay tuned.

Do you anticipate an extended break after The Satanic Verses, or do you expect more     immediate future work with Abazagorath?

NO.New material is being crafted and honed to lethal precision and previously unreleased hymns may force their way unto the world. Once again the Horns of ABAZAGORATH will Impale the Heavens!!!   Arrogance & Wrath….

The album can be ordered from Eternal Death here.  Be sure to check out all things Abazagorath at the band’s Facebook page and their Bandcamp site.


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Sharon Osbourne: I slashed my wrists to impress Ozzy
September 19th, 2014 at 6:05am

Ozzy Osbourne’s wife Sharon has admitted she once slashed her wrists in a “stupid” attempt to impress the Black Sabbath singer.
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