Leviathan is a one-man black metal project from Oakland, CA. The man behind the band is Wrest (real name Jef Whitehead). Whitehead was a teenage troublemaker who became an international…
For this week’s Black (metal) Friday, I give you the 2012 concert film, Opus Diaboli from Swedish Black Metal juggernauts Watain, in it’s entirity. The film mixes concert footage of the band’s elaborate black mass ritual show and interviews with singer Erik Danielsson who explain the band’s philosophy.
On June 22, 2014 Emperor made a very rare festival appearance at Hellfest in France to commemorate the 20th anniversary of their masterpiece, debut album, In the Nightside Eclipse. One of black metal’s most groundbreaking bands proved that (even though they are still officially dormant) they remain one of the most relevant bands in the genre 20 years on. This set is absolutely amazing and makes me pissed that I couldn’t make it to Europe for these reunion festival appearances this summer. These guys seriously need to tour North America! I would travel to anywhere on the continent to catch that.
Screw saving the best for last… our first installment of Black (metal) Friday is a stunning performance from the greatest black metal band of them all, Sweden’s Dissection. Filmed in Stockholm on October 30th, 2004 as part of the band’s final tour, this clip appears on the “Rebirth of Dissection” DVD.
In memory of Dissection leader/singer/guitarist Jon Nodtveidt, 1975-2006.
New Orleans blackened death metal kings, Goatwhore continue their tradition of brutal, kick-ass metal with yet another song that has a great title and really, really stupid lyrics. “Fucked By Satan” is to be the first single from their highly anticipated sixth album, Constricting Rage of the Merciless.
Have you ever seen the episode of South Park where they lampoon Family Guy by saying that the plots are chosen by dolphins pushing balls with random phrases to the surface? I swear, Goatwhore must use a similar technique for their lyric writing, because it all just seems to be random blasphemous phrases thrown together haphazardly. Don’t get me wrong, I loves me some good old-fashioned blasphemy, but for the Antichrist’s sake, please reference the Behemoth playbook and tell a story or something that makes some sense guys!
Having finished that rant, all that I can say is the track is killer otherwise, featuring a ton of tasty riffs from Sammy Duet. I look forward to hearing the rest of the album!
Constricting Rage of the Merciless will be available worldwide July 8th via Metal Blade Records