Refreshing, Cold, Epic, and Folky are just a few words that come to mind when I first listened to Borknagar’s tenth studio album “Winter Thrice”. With an exquisite diverse line up Borknagar have managed to capture the essence of the word progressive. There is so much going on with this release between Vintersorg’s growls, ICS Vortex’s sweeping vocals, Lars key melodies, Øystein’s prominent rhythm, Jens leads, and Baard’s fluid drumming I almost found myself at a loss for words to describe this masterpiece. “The Rhymes of the Mountain kicks things off with ICS Vortex’s all-encompassing vocals and mingled with Vintersorg’s growls, this song definitely sets the pace for the whole album. “Winter Thrice” featuring vocals by Garm (Ulver) is a definite treat, it is so catchy and is one that has stuck with me. The final track “Terminus” also graces the ears with Garm’s Vocals.
I happened to come across this band after a message was sent to me through Facebook. Now I am a big fan of anything Epic, Folky, Melodic, and Metal so I was happy to hear that Aethyr was in the process of releasing an album as such. Towards the Realm of Nothingness embraces the genre with full force and that can be heard in the longest track “Awaken the Northstar”. The whole album features sweeping guitars, harsh vocals, and looming orchestrations that give off the vibe of coldness and winter. “Lullaby to a Mourning Moon” is just as epic and it manages to set the course for the rest of the album. For a band that is unsigned, Aethyr has managed to release a sound that is familiar to fans of Wintersun and others alike in the genre. I recommend that anyone who is a fan check this up and coming band out, they most definitely do not disappoint.
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When Carach Angren announced that they would be joining Italian Metallers Fleshgod Apocalypse on a USA tour I knew this would be a treat! This was a sold out show and the band absolutely delivered. The ominous intro track “Once Upon a Time…” set the mood for what would be an energetic “hauntingly” epic set. The crowd gave them a warm welcome and once the first notes of “There’s No Place Like Home” echoed the audience was instantly hooked. Mingled with the harsh vocals of Seregor, the beautiful yet looming presence of Ardek’s orchestrations, Namtar’s pounding drums, and Diogo’s guitar the next songs flowed into motion. “The Sighting is a Portent of Doom”, and “Lingering in an Imprint Haunting” soon followed. By this time there was already a hefty amount of moshing going on but this was not enough.
What happens when you combine the minds of Ivar Bjørnson (Enslaved) and Einar Selvik (Wardruna) together for a musical collaboration? Well you get a project named Skuggsjá and their debut release set for March 11th 2016 through Season of Mist. This was originally written for the Eidsivablot Festival in honor of the 200th Anniversary of the Norwegian Constitution. Both members decided that this project needed to thrive so here we are. A music video for the title track has been released and there is no doubt that this album will take the listener on a journey.
What can we say about this show, Abbath!! The Norwegian Black Metal Icon formerly of Immortal has gone solo and has just released a new album through Season of Mist. This is sure to be a treat for metal fans and when you throw in High on Fire and Skeletonwitch into the mix you have quite the lineup. Even if you are not a fan of these bands I suggest you go and check it out! There will be something for everyone’s musical tastes.