Children of Bodom drop some artwork, a name, and a track list. I can't help but be excited in at least some capacity. (more…)
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…)
They start them young with the black metal. Here is a band comprised mostly of 13 year olds playing "Freezing Moon" the classic black metal track by the legendary Mayhem. See also: Band of 10 year olds cover Metallica [link]
Watch a full report and more live clips from Barge To Hell at http://bit.ly/UUP9FF
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…)
Yay for Youtube. Some kind soul took the 2008 black metal documentary, Until The Light Takes Us, which we've previously reviewed here, and uploaded the full thing for your viewing pleasure. Learn about black metal legends like Mayhem, Darkthrone, Burzum, Immortal, Emperor and others important to the scene.
Before you feel too guilty watching this, the official site of the documentary also has the whole thing up, but cut into a bunch of pieces, so if you don't feel like clicking too much, and love black metal, this is the video for you. Take a peek: (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…)
Last week, Norwegian Air announced an advertising campaign that would put one deceased Norwegian hero on its planes in honor of the airline's 10th anniversary. Well, it didn't take long for Øystein Aarseth, also known as Euronymous of Mayhem, to take the lead position in the poll. Even though he was winning the vote but quite a large margin, his family requested the airlines remove his name from the campaign, and the airline respected their wished. So it looks like we won't be seeing the murdered former Mayhem frontman gracing the skies anytime soon. Are you surprised? [via The Gauntlet]
Oh, silly Norwegian Airlines. Did they really think they would'n't be trolled when they set up a public vote asking customers to pick a famous Norwegian historical figure to paint on their aircrafts in celebration of their 10th anniversary. Guess who is currently sitting at #1? Øystein Aarseth, more famously known as the murdered frontman of Mayhem, Euronymous. The voting ends tomorrow, so do your part and bring the black metal to the skies! It will be interesting to see if Norwegian Air actually goes through with it.
[via Thrash Hits]
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…)
For me personally, Aura Noir is that band I always go back to and rock out in any circumstance or mood. In fact I probably have listened to them in literally every situation imaginable including weddings and funerals. In the past several years this band has not only solidified a spot as one of my favorites, but they're also the ONLY band I've ever spent more than $100 USD on a limited edition vinyl pressing shipped to my house from the dark nether regions of a local record shoppe in Norway. Yes I actually paid for music, they're that fucking awesome. So what's new with this awesome super group most of 'merica hasn't caught on to yet? They made more awesome music is what! (more…)
We asked Metal Injection Photographer Aline Miladinovich to reflect on her Top 5 Shows in 2011. You can check out some of her favorites, as well as all her other photos in our gallery section.
Whittling all the epic shows I was fortunate enough to see in 2011 into only five choices, then prioritizing them in order of awesomeness was more of a challenge than I anticipated it would be. In all honesty, these truly are "in no particular order" with the exception of #1, which is for obvious, and outstanding reasons. (more…)
We got giddy with excitement when we learned that Mayhem's insane bassist Necrobutcher was going to be excorsized on live national TV. Now that I've actually seen the clip (above, duh!), I'm a bit disappointed. Ultimately it's just a showdown between a crazy Christian and a crazy non-Christian to out-crazy each other. Somehow the religious excorsizer comes off looking more loony than Necrobutcher. Do you know how hard that is to accomplish? I guess that's a feat in and of itself, so we tip our hat to you kind sir! The most interesting moment of the whole back and forth is when Necrobutcher admits that the band is just entertainment, and not really serious about their satanic message. Dude, don't sell out your band like that to some daughter-peddling preacher! You're Necro-fucking-butcher of May-motherfuckin-hem…YOU RULE!
Here's something I never thought I'd be writing about: Mayhem bassist Necrobutcher (or Jorn Stubberud as his mother yells up the stairs when he's done something wrong) has agreed to submit to a live excorsism on national television with famed evangelist Bob Larson. If that name sounds familiar, it's the same guy Glen Benton has sent numerous prank calls to. When pressed about why he's doing it, here is what Necrobutcher had to say: (more…)