Today is the last day of February and thus concludes another awesome round of Black Metal History Month. If you missed any of our frostbitten and grim coverage, here is a look back at what we posted:
The Fix, our music video show, went ALL BLACK METAL with videos from Gorgoroth, Dimmu Borgir, Emperor, Satyricon and Ancient. Watch it here.
We also posted two other black metal related videos, The King of Metal, Dave Hill reviewed some black metal videos and only really liked the Immortal one we showed him, and we took a peek into a day in the life of the Necrosexual.
We reviewed both new and classic black metal albums including:
- LIGHTNING SWORDS OF DEATH Baphometic Chaosium
- DIMMU BORGIR Enthrone Darkness Triumphant
- ULVER Bergtatt
- HELLHAMMER Apocalyptic Raids
- VREID Welcome Farewell
- DRKTHRONE The Underground Resistance
- ENSLAVED Mardraum: Beyond the Within
- BATHORY Under the Sign of the Black Mark
- GORGOROTH – Ad Majorem Sathanas Gloriam
We explored the stage name origins of 10 black metal artists, caught the commercial prog-rock band Muse getting down with Black Metal History Month, found our favorite new Tumblr blog, Bargain Bin Blasphemy and had some fun with a few silly black metal caption contests.
We were also incredibly stoked to announce the release of our very own Black Metal History Month T-Shirt designed by our good friend Mike Wohlberg, which is still available for purchase.
Don't forget just because February is over doesn't mean you can't wear your new Black Metal History Month T-Shirt proudly as we continue our Black Metal coverage year-round. For even more coverage, check out our 2012 Black Metal History.
Following my post on the origins of 25 Heavy Metal Stage Names, I thought what better sub-genre to focus the next iteration of the column on than black metal? It is after all the genre where stage names are taken so seriously, I wouldn't be surprised if some of these musician's mothers were given a pseudonym at some point.
Shroud in mystery, and the nature of their own seriousness, most black metal stage name origin stories are still kept secret. Although there are many more to dig through, I have compiled 10 for this year's Black Metal History Month. In this piece we will reveal the identities of members from bands such as Dimmu Borgir, Mayhem, Emperor, Burzum and more. (more…)
In honor of Black Metal History Month, Metal Injection asked Dave Hill – The King Of Metal to review black metal music videos from Dimmu Borgir, Cradle of Filth, Immortal, Liturgy and Necronomicon. Watch more from The King of Metal.
As part of Black Metal History Month, we will be spotlighting classic albums that we feel are essential for any fan of black metal. This album is a part of that series. Make sure to pick up our limited edition Black Metal History Month t-shirt.
For many American metal fans, Dimmu Borgir opened the gates to the dark romanticism and despair of Black Metal. I can remember back in 2004 when all of us high school kids were blown away by "Progenies of the Great Apocalypse" (and rode around feeling like we were riding in the Batmobile!) and got hooked to other catchy tunes like "Puritania". By then, I had been introduced to inner-circle Black Metal bands like Emperor, Darkthrone, and Mayhem; but for a metal fan who was still working off the taste pallet of big 4 thrash metal, a band like Dimmu Borgir was easier to digest at that moment in time. Now, you may be saying to yourself, "Drew, you don't mean to say that Dimmu is a gateway metal band in the same sense that we'd say Korn or Slipknot is? Like in the way we enjoyed the cartoons we enjoyed as a child?" While I'm sure there are some elitists who would now elect to put Dimmu in this space (you know…God forbid more than 10,000 people on planet Earth can relate to a band), this is definitely not what I mean, as the band has a wealth of brilliant material to its name, particularly 1997's soaring masterwork, Enthrone Darkness Triumphant. (more…)
"The Chosen Legacy", the new video from Norwegian symphonic black metallers DIMMU BORGIR, can be viewed below. Directed by Tod Junker
Video by: Katapult Films / Director Sandra Marschner – Guest vocalist Agnete Kjolsrud (Djerv, ex-Animal Alpha). ABRAHADABRA out on September 24, 2010 (Europe) and October 12, 2010 (North America)
off the album Stormblast
Off the album Abrahadabra, released on Nuclear Blast records
Before you read the recap, browse the massive photo gallery from Bloodstock
This being my third Bloodstock in a row, it felt much more like a yearly traditional visit with an old friend than it did “work”. Boasting what was described by many as being their “best line-up yet” and also the best weather I’d ever seen in this little corner of Derby, BOA 2012 was a beautiful experience, without a doubt.
Regardless of the fact that Bloodstock is steadily growing in attendance and might, it is one of the few festivals that still feels “intimate” – like you’re among family. (Not the dysfunctional, embarrassing, “bat shit insane family” that you consistently try to avoid every holiday season, but the GOOD kind of “family”.) The ones you have obscene amounts of fun with, and can’t wait to see every summer. (more…)
This is certainly a treat for European Dimmu Borgir fans. The band has announced, as a result of fan voting, they will be playing their classic 1997 album, Enthrone Darkness Triumphant, in it's entirety during their November European run. They will play an additional set of material from their entire discography. The losing options up for voting were For All Tid and Stormblåst. Uh, hey Dimmu, how do you feel about boarding a plane to the US and bringing this tour package with you? Here is the current routing: (more…)
Wow, Dimmu Borgir's been around for 20 years now? That's a bit of a shocker to me. The band have been relatively quiet as of late, since the release of Abrahadabra last year but that doesn't mean they have been inactive. Quite the contrary. According to their Facebook page, the band has "had several studio sessions lately, and have lots of new material for the upcoming
20th Anniversary album." No release date has been announced, but as soon as we have any more info, we'll surely post it here.
Once upon a time there was a magical symphonic black metal super group (try saying that 5 times fast) that spent the better half of 1998 inside my disc-man. Yeah, remember those!? Covenant originated as a two man group in 1993 with Nagash, and Blackheart , but it wasn't until they signed a deal with Nuclear Blast and released their sophomore album Nexus Polaris that they caught the attention of the entire metal world. The Album, consisting of members Nagash (Dimmu Borgir, Troll), Blackheart (Troll), Astennu (Dimmu Borgir), Sverd (Arcturus), Sarah Jezebel Deva (Cradle of Filth) and Hellhammer (Mayhem), led to the band's Norwegian Grammy nomination and eventual win, making them the first metal band in history to win a Norwegian Grammy. This had a lot to do with one simple fact, this album fucking rules! (more…)
How can you make Dimmu Borgir more epic? Bring out the orchestra! The Norwegian Radio Orchestra specifically, the same one the band has recorded with on their last album, Abrahadabra, for a special one-time only performance. By the looks of this fan footage, it was awesome. I see some camera guys running around the stage, leading me to believe a full-on DVD release is in order. Count me in. More bootlegs coming right up: (more…)
You've already seen the epic first video from the band for the track "Gateways", now you can make a fully formed opinion of the new material, as Dimmu Borgir is streaming their album, Abrahadabra in full on their MySpace page for the next few days. I am listening to it now and it sounds pretty decent so far. Listen in and leave your opinions in the comments.
A/V Roundup: New ALICE IN CHAINS Interactive video, new music from JOE SATRIANI, DIMMU BORGIR, TORCHE & TRENT REZNOR
The weekend is upon us and we get you started right with some sweet new tunes…
Alice In Chains are big on trying out new things. They have released a "interactive video" for the track “Acid Bubble” on their official site. The interactivity comes at certain points in the video allowing you to browse enviornments in 360 degrees. Decent concept but the execution could've been way better.
Master shredder, Joe Satriani has posted a free MP3 download of his new single, "Light Years Away" at this location. Fans are asked to tweet or "like" on Facebook before getting the track.
Dimmu Borgir has posted another new track, “Born Treacherous” on their Myspace page. The song is the second track to be released from the groups new album Abrahadabra, out on October 12th on Nuclear Blast.
Torche’s entire new (awesome) album, Songs For Singles, is up for streaming on the band's Myspace page. The album comes out this Tuesday, 9/21.
Trent Reznor has made a few tracks available from his upcoming score of the Facebook movie, The Social Network.