INTERVIEW Weapon delivers chakra bending black metal

Today was a beautiful sunny day, a great day for black metal. Tonight I will see Marduk, 1349, Withered and Weapon at Sonar at the first stop on their Serpent Sermon World tour.Weapon, from Edmonton, Alberta was visiting Black Mess Records in Baltimore, Md., so I thought I would stop in and find out a …

Pentagram Chile guitarist talks first US gig, new drummer and first studio album

Pentagram Chile is not the first band in the world to place a country designation after their name to avoid confusion with another well known group. Usually this is required because of copyright, but in this case, the group did it out of respect to the doom metal band Pentagram that started in the late …

Countdown to MDF X: (8) Sargeist

Sargeist is another musical endeavor of Shatraug of Horna and Behexen. According to the Encyclopaedia Metallum, the term "Sargeist" is derived from two German words, "Sarg" (coffin) and "Geist" (spirit).Unlike Horna, which I find more melodic and meditative, Sargeist seems to be a more traditional and much thrashier type of black metal. The production of Sargeist …

INTERVIEW: Mortuary Drape want to know if US metals heads are as crazy as Watain claims

If you go to the 2012 Maryland Deathfest on Sunday, May 27 you must make one promise: that you will stay to the very end to hear and see Mortuary Drape. After all, they came all the way from Italy to play for you! But more than that, you will regret it if you miss …

INTERVIEW with Tsjuder’s drummer Anti-Christian

Anti-Christian of TsjuderIn the quest to remain "trve kvlt," Norwegian black metal stalwarts Tsjuder have persevered since 1993. They will perform at the 2012 Maryland Deathfest on Saturday, May 26 in the main room following a string of other satanic black metal bands, making Saturday night something of a "ritual" kind of night for the festival.Tsjuder is …

Countdown to MDF X: (23) Tsjuder

Norwegian true black metallers Tsjuder (pronounced shoe-der) have a mission statement posted on their Facebook page: "to create the rawest form of Black Metal, and continue that for the lifetime of the band." No doubt, Tsjuder plays relentlessly raucous, blasphemous music designed to promote all that is evil, impure and brutal. The fact that the …

Countdown to MDF X: (26) Horna

I would like to think that Horna is the music that would have been created, had early pagan cultures had access to electrified instruments.  The roots of this Finnish group's music certainly dates back to bygone centuries and old "country" ways.Formed in 1993, this highly melodic black metal group stays true by singing in their …

Countdown to MDF X: (28) Black Witchery

Somehow in the sunny, Disney-fied, land of Florida (or perhaps because of it), one of the most wretched, satanic, and brutal black metal bands in existence has been spawned. Listen to Black Witchery and you'll be convinced that they have crept directly from the pit of hell. I think this is the effect they are …

Countdown to MDF X: (29) Archgoat

The satanic black metal band, Archgoat, hails from Finland and has been performing their blasphemous rituals since about 1989. They will perform Saturday evening, May 26, at the 2012 Maryland Deathfest.The trio that is Archgoat plays fairly straightforward, traditional black metal, but with more death metal vocals and certainly better recording techniques. Expect serious blastbeats …

Countdown to MDF X: (36) Dragged Into Sunlight

Sometimes you hear music that makes your jaw drop. I did that the first time I heard Dragged Into Sunlight (DIS). The second time I listened to them, I knew I would never be the same. Dragged Into Sunlight will perform mid-day at the 2012 Maryland Deathfest on Saturday, May 26. I hope they are …

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