MARDUK – Souls For Belial (OFFICIAL VIDEO). Taken from the album "Serpent Sermon". Century Media 2012. Directed by Håkan Sjödin
Fans of Marduk and Moonspell, get pumped. The two groups are teaming up for a North American tour in 2013 and they're bringing Inquisition, The Foreshadowing, and Death Wolf with them. Tour dates were just announced today, moments before I checked out for the year. Here's the routing: (more…)
It’s been a hell of a rewarding Spring/Summer for me as far as kick-ass shows and festivals, and it seems as though the moment I recover from one grand metal adventure, I’m busy preparing for another one. (Hence my delay in getting these tour reports out to you all, so, many apologies…) My suitcase is never really “unpacked”, I just “rotate” through the contents, and leave it perpetually by the door, and ready to go these days.
Immediately after finishing up the Decibel tour, I spent two weeks at home slaving at my “real job” then headed out to Baltimore, Maryland to spend some time covering the Marduk/1349 “Serpent Sermon” tour. Obviously, I’ve seen 1349 more than a few times, but this would be my first time ever seeing Marduk live (I know, what gives?) and I was stoked to have one of my favorite bands ever, directly supporting another epic band whom I have been waiting eons to see. There was no way this was going to be disappointing.
And it wasn’t. (more…)
We have all heard the legend that Per 'Dead' Ohlin's skull fragments were sent to various musicians by Euronymous shortly after Dead's suicide. Now, however, we have actual confirmation that this is actually 100% fact. Who confirmed this you ask? Well of course it's none other than Marduk's guitarist, Morgan ‘Evil’ Steinmeyer Håkansson! In a recent interview with Loudwire Morgan was questioned face-to-face about the rumors and not only did he confirm that he owns skull fragments, but also lead fragments from the shot that killed Dead and a piece of his brain matter. GROSS! (more…)
I was a bit overwhelmed by the staggering amount of big releases out this week; but it's true, the metal gods are just, and where there was a void of empty space last week there must now be a huge slab of metallic mayhem. I've pushed my review quota up from five to nine in hopes of covering them all, but I've still barely scratched the surface. Spanning all genres and more than a few countries; from both legendary vets and up and coming hopefuls, this week we'll take a look at solid releases from Be'lakor, Candlemass, Kreator, Marduk, Ulver, Fear Factory, and more. Here are the new releases for 6/5: (more…)
Sweden’s Marduk has long been one of my favorite Black Metal acts. While they are rightly criticized for their overuse of blast-beats and other genre-specific tropes, their best work stands as some of the finest Black Metal produced. And though they have produced many many albums, some of which are difficult to distinguish from one another, others like Panzer Division Marduk, Opus Nocturne, and Plague Angel are definite classics. So with a new album out this year entitled Serpent Sermon, which way has the band turned? Have they crafted another memorable assault of Scandinavian Black Metal? Or have they merely created, well…just another Marduk album? (more…)
A/V Roundup: New Music from Dave Lombardo's PHILM, MARDUK, RWAKE, TRASH TALK/TOUCHE AMORE Project and more
Get over your hump day with some epic new tracks and some killer videos all curated in today's A/V Roundup:
First, let's talk about PHILM, the new project from Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo. I've been dying to hear some new music from the band and now we got our first taste, courtesy of Terrorizer magazine and I love it. I love the sound they're going for and how it sounds absolutely nothing like Slayer…
It's Tuesday and it's around that time where you need a quick break from your daily routine…the perfect time to check in with today's A/V Roundup:
Here is live video of Cattle Decapitation frontman Travis Ryan joining Soulfly onstage for a live rendition of the track "World Scum" from Soulfly's new record, Enslaved. Ryan provides guest vocals on the recorded track, and goes up on stage to perform the track live. Fun times! (more…)
Marduk are always a really fun band to see live. I love their incorporation of groove with classic black metal tendencies. Looks like I can get to see it live an in person very soon, as they have announced a pretty stellar tour with fellow satanists 1349, Withered and Weapon. All the raping and pillaging goes down this June, making this the blackest summer of them all! Here are dates: (more…)
As some of us intelligent people might know, there have got to be a few reasons why black metal weapons look so primitive and are being used as part of many a band's fashionable poses in black metal photo shoots. To cut a long and analytical lecture short, these reasons can be basically broken down into three parts: (1) Culture & Politics (2) Artistic Expression and possibly (3) The Mojo Factor. Without weapons, black metal would be un-black black metal (reminding one of bands like Abigail Williams, Wolves In The Throne Room etc.), because it just wouldn't be the same! It's like taking a dump in the toilet without bringing in the newspaper. (more…)
Both black and death metal embody the most misanthropic, morbid, depressing, sickening, and rebellious traits of mankind—yet they are quite different from each other. While death metal is often cartoonish and easy to separate from reality, black metal is often grotesquely grim and starkly realistic. In particular, the war-obsessed brand of black metal popularized by Swedish black metal fireteam, Marduk’s iconic 1999 release, Panzer Division Marduk, fits the above description perfectly.
Although not a black metal band, Germany’s long-lived Destruction was probably the first underground metal band to utilize modern war-like imagery (such as their donning of bullet belts in their early days) and war-themed lyrics (although it was always about the pure pwnage of mankind and holy forces by unholy forces, and military jargon like “panzer” was never used). Panzerchrist from Denmark may be a younger band than Marduk, but they started peddling war-themed blackened death metal since their first full-length album, Six Seconds Kill, which was released in 1996—a good 3 years before Marduk’s first war-themed album, Panzer Division Marduk. Could these two bands have inspired Marduk to write this record?
Here’s the funny thing: Whether Destruction and Panzerchrist had inspired Marduk to write this album or not, both of them are not remembered by most extreme metallers for modern war-themed extreme metal music and imagery. Marduk is. (more…)
War-obsessed Swedish black metal veterans Marduk have entered the studio to record the follow-up to 2009's Wormwood.
The as-of-yet untitled new album is scheduled to be released in early summer 2012. The band have posted up some teaser pictures of their studio sessions in the "Gallery" section of their official website, and you can check them out by clicking here. (more…)
It's Wednesday, and there is a ton of new metal out in the wild wild webs, so we thought we'd provide a service for you guys round 'em all up in one location so you can give your ears a little fix of metal to get you through the day. Let's begin, shall we?
Damn, everything I'm hearing from the new Morbid Angel album sounds incredible. A new MP3 is now streaming at Decibel's blog for the track "Nevermore." The ripping track comes off the band's new album Illud Divinum Insanus,out June 7th, 2011 (more…)
DANZIG to bring POSSESSED, MARDUK, TOXIC HOLOCAUST and WITHERED out for the Blackest of the Black Tour
Fresh off the heels of releasing his new music video for "On A Wicked Night", Danzig has announced a 3 week Blackest of the Black tour (mostly West Coast/mid-west dates) with a strong support staff featuring Marduk, Possessed, Toxic Holocaust and Withered. Here are the dates… (more…)
By Ryan Buege
After being held off of the MAYHEM's Metal Injection-sponsored Blackenedfest tour due to visa issues last year, MARDUK finally returned to North America last month for a Metal Injection-sponsored tour of their own! Now coming to the country under the banner of their U.S. Plague Tour, the conditions in Minnesota have turned much colder, snowier, and harsher since those scheduled dates in July – yet I guess the frigid atmosphere is all the more appropriate for a show featuring some of the some of the finest names in modern black metal. The recent release of MARDUK's bleak and bludgeoning new album Wormwood was surely a drawing point for most of those in attendance, and there's no doubt that everyone who attended left satisfied by the loud, oppressive explosion of hate that MARDUK unleashed. (more…)