Behemoth mastermind Adam “Nergal” Darski and his dark folk/blues/Americana influenced solo project ME AND THAT MAN just released the soulful blues-rock ballad “Angel of Light” featuring the compelling voice of Myrkur – setting another milestone within the scene and following the millions of streams of his previous tracks.Continue reading Behemoth’s Nergal Releases ME AND THAT MAN’s Second Single + Official Video “Angel Of Light” (ft. Myrkur)
Danish death metal soloist MOTHER OF ALL is proud to reveal “Autumn,” the first single taken from his debut album Age of the Solipsist.
Premiering via NO CLEAN SINGING, the site called the track “a song of sharp contrasts and changing moods” and said “the music combines jet-fueled drumming and hurtling bass lines with riffing conflagrations, as well as piston-like rhythms and pulsating chords that seem to radiate exultation.”Continue reading MOTHER OF ALL (ex-Myrkur) Unveils Debut Single “Autumn” Feat. Testament’s Steve Di Giorgio
Before bands update, firstly some information for the next 25th anniversary. In near days, there will be new options added to our e-shop regarding the festival services like tribunes, camps, parking, hotels. Now some stuff about the bands.
MYRKUR has canceled the show this year due her late stage pregnancy, but the next year we will withness her for the third time. Hopefully with no issues as the last time when the show was stopped by fire fighters intervention. From black metal waters, can expect faster show of DARK FUNERAL or the other classic, VENOM.
Thrash metal followers will be happy for ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS performing Vulgar display of PANTERA. Other band mostly dwelling in undergroud, while perfroming next to Slayer for example, is Canadian RAZOR.
For some death metal fan‘s satisfaction ASPHYX or interesting NOCTURNUS AD with their keyboard implementation and interesting spacy feeling shall be playing. Even more extreme, WORMROT is going to slay us with their grindcore. With a little additive of death metal, funeral doom EVOKEN will perform.
DESPISED ICON will fill the place with their modern core music and new Purgatory album. ATARI TEENAGE RIOT also joins the festival.
From the home Czech bands, we will see provocative HENTAI CORPORATION with their mix of hardcore, pop, thrash.
Stay tuned for more.
Photography & Report by Pavel Kovalančík / Dark Art Conspiracy
DAY 3 – FRIDAY
Friday had a pretty busy schedule for me. Czech band Cuttered Flesh started early at half past ten with their sledge hammer hard death metal and they surely enjoyed being at Brutal Assault as much as we did. In the early afternoon, death metal squad from California appeared at one of the main stages. Sadistic Intent spat some good old school death metal at us. Rick Cortez, the guitarist was the main star of this band for me. His leather armor which resembled the time of 80’s and 90’s with the combination of B.C. Rich Warlock which was very popular instrument for metal players that era and although it looks weird it is very comfortable to play. A few hours after, another death metal band was showing us their horns. Guys from Polish Hate were very good with the delivery of black and death metal combination. For some time, blacked death metal from this country has its similar sound as some kind of a trademark. The same could be said about another band Azarath, where mighty drummer of Behemoth, Inferno, dwells as well. But again, at the later hour at the Metalgate tent… Music was, of course, real delicacy.
The best of the day and for me personally of the festival has been waiting for the prime time that night . Behemoth was the main band I was there for and even while waiting near bars for about two hours to keep a decent spot (far from perfect anyways) was damned annoying, as my photopass into the photo pit was given only for few chosen bands, it could be described still as a worthy turn. I am very glad for my height in cases like this. Music wise, the songs from the Satanist album were, in my opinion, the strongest of the performance. The set was interleaved with other old ones as well as the new ones from upcoming album I Loved You At Your Darkest. Those songs were Wolves Ov Siberia and God=Dog. The presentation was really flawless. Nergal acted like some hellish little imp on amphetamine, with great attitude and with voice from (anti)gods. The stage presence was strong, heavy and dark but was not overdone or fake. The show also contained many fire geysers with musicians near them, including some blood and masks at the end as well for O Father, O Satan, O Sun. As I said, top band, top music, top performance. As with Myrkur’s case, Behemoth shall get additional space and bigger exclusive gallery.
I mentioned light of bands like Marduk or Carpathian Forest before. After heretics from Poland, it was Carpathian Forest’s turn. Besides the impenetrable wall of blue and red light CF was actually entertaining by themselves as the frontman is really little funny guy and does not give a damn about anything. When he came up full of energy, probably with the help of some booze or coke or both, and presented the bands with words: “We are Carpathian Forest and we play rock ‘n’ roll, oh Jesus Christ!” I just had to laugh, almost dropping on my knees which made methink about another funny black metal character who does not take it too seriously – Abbath. Yeah, that was a great moment. As I love very dark stuff, this approach makes my other half happy. 🙂
The Friday was closed for me by Slovakian cocktail of heavy metal mixed with slight black metal scent – Malokarpatan. Those guys know how to play and how to deliver energy from themselves to the crowd. Also maybe because of a bottle of wine which ended up empty in the singer’s throat by the end of the concert. Music was rich and old school. Thrashy rhytm drums, thrills on guitars and heavy metal or rock solo parts are what makes this band very, very interesting. Playing at the Metalgate tent very late night, it was hard to see anything, but the music was great and I highly suggest it to anyone who likes metal which is not very modern or djenty…
Photography & Report by Pavel Kovalančík / Dark Art Conspiracy
DAY 2 – THURSDAY
Thursday was a much more interesting day for me at the main stages. I am not so into thrash metal. I practically never listen to it at home, but when I am somewhere, I usually enjoy it. And thanks to my friend Marek, who owns many old casettes at home, Exhorder was suggested to me. As I know only some known big names this was totally new to me. Hell, this was great. Superb music, entertaining musicians. Many compare this band to Pantera, many say Pantera has even been influences by Exhorder who have been playing since the 80’s. Many fans are having a beef between each other. No matter what, this is highly recommended even if their last albums are from early 90’s.
When SÓLSTAFIR asked their friends and label mates, ÁRSTÍÐIR to join them on their current European tour, the Icelanders had of course no strings attached. As it turns out, there are some keys in it though…
ÁRSTÍÐIR keyboarder Ragnar Ólafsson has happily accepted to give a helping hand or rather two to the enigmatic Icelandic rockers. This is of course a temporary arrangement, so don’t miss your chance to see this special touring line-up on the road right now.
As shows have already been sold out and tickets are running low in others venues, we strongly recommend to book in advance.
SÓLSTAFIR have successfully embarked on the second leg of their 2017 European tour. The enigmatic Icelandic rockers have been joined by MYRKUR and Icelandic label mates ÁRSTÍÐIR. The final curtain of this massive journey will fall at Debaser Strand in Stockholm, Sweden on the 20th of December.