Karmøygeddon Metal Festival 2016 – A Review

Author: Jan Vermund Jakobsen

Photo Credits: Freimen (Link to photographer’s page)

Festival: Karmøygeddon 2016

Karmøygeddon has become a staple in the Norwegian metal scene by now, arranged every year since 2004 with big bands such as Behemoth, Hammerfall, Helloween and Paradise Lost as previous headliners. Its as close to local as possible for me, with only a ten-minute drive from my hometown to the city of Kopervik in western Norway. I’ve been going since 2011, this means this year was my sixth year in a row attending. There were twenty-nine bands in total playing, some as far as possible away from my preference, so the review will only be of the bands I saw. Also, my memory of the last couple of bands on each day may be a bit hazy considering there was beer, and a lot of it, involved.

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Yuma Sun – Watch Us Burn (2016)

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Author: Jan Jakobsen

Band: Yuma Sun

Album: Watch Us Burn

Label: Membran

Genre: Occult Rock/Post-Punk/Country

Is occult country-rock a thing? Should it even be a thing at all? Well, Yuma Sun, the Bergen based quintet is as close to occult country-rock as it is possible to come. Gothic country or death country is already a thing, but those tags do not do accurately reflect on what Yuma Sun tries to embody with their music. The underlying theme of Yuma Sun and especially on Watch Us Burn and their previous two albums is the occult side of US southern evangelical Christianity and by combining elements of 60’s and 70’s occult rock together with a dark and mysterious country sound they manage to nail the sound of impending doom.   Continue reading

Zhrine – Unortheta (2016)

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Author: Jan Jakobsen

Band: Zhrine

Album: Unortheta

Label: Season of Mist

Genre: Black/Death Metal

Born from the ashes of brutal death metal band Gone Postal, rises Zhrine as a dissonant and highly experimental death metal phoenix. With a member from Svartidauði and ex-member of Naðra you can probably tell what they’re going to sound like if you’re somewhat familiar with the Icelandic black metal scene that’s been growing and become famous in the underground metal scene in the last few years. What Zhrine brings to the table is a highly technical, dissonant and experimental sound that’s unlike most others. I reviewed Devouring Star early last year and gave them a fairly favorable review and Zhrine seems to have added a more death metal edge to the sonic explosion, but there certainly are elements that they both share. Continue reading

50 Death Metal Albums You Need to Hear Before You Die

50 death metal albums you need to hear before you die

Author: Jan Jakobsen

I love making lists, especially long lists with tons of new albums and new information on them. This list will not be an introduction to death metal, nor will any of the essential albums like Altars of Madness, Onward to Golgotha or Leprosy be included. Why not you may ask, well, this is a list for those of you who have already started your putrid journey but are looking to travel further down the bottomless pit. To add some variety, I’ve decided to not only include old school death metal, but you’ll also find technical, progressive, brutal, cavernous death metal and death/black metal on the list.

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Deströyer 666 – Wildfire (2016)

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Author: Jan Jakobsen

Band: Deströyer 666

Album: Wildfire

Label: Season of Mist

 

K.K. Warslut and his merry gang of satanic thrash metallers have finally returned with fresh material seven years after the somewhat disappointing fourth album Defiance. We did however get the excellent compilation To the Devil His Due in 2010, but now with Wildfire we get 9 brand new tracks. Let’s make this clear right at the start, Deströyer 666 are one of the finest bands in the entire heavy metal genre and their three first albums are seen as legendary for a reason. The vicious riffing, the pummeling drums and the songwriting in general showcased by the mighty Deströyer 666 serves as a reminder of how mind-bogglingly awesome thrash metal can be. With these superlatives thrown around I expected great things from Wildfire and my hype level reached unfathomable levels after they released their first single, Live and Burn, back in January. It was everything I wanted in a Deströyer 666 song. Continue reading

The Good The Bad and the Zugly – Hadeland Hardcore (2015)

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Author: Jan Jakobsen

Band: The Good the Bad and the Zugly

Album: Hadeland Hardcore

Label: Fysisk Format

 

I am by no means a hardcore punk expert, I wouldn’t even go as far and say I’m a particularly big fan of hardcore punk, but I know what I like and The Good the Bad and the Zugly is definitely one of my favorite bands within the genre. Their music is firmly rooted in hardcore punk, but they’ve also got some hard-rock influence that’s very noticeable on certain tracks on this new album, Hadeland Hardcore and their discography in general. In many ways I would say they’re Turbonegros more chaotic and heavier little brother. Continue reading

Triumvir Foul – Triumvir Foul (2016)

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Author: Jan Jakobsen

Band: Triumvir Foul

Album: Triumvir Foul

Label: Blood Harvest

 

If there is one specific style of extreme metal that has really caught a hold of me over the last years, it’s cavernous death metal. Real fucking’ death metal, played with passion and with the intent of not giving a shit about being the fastest, the most technical or the most progressive. It’s about taking the style back to its roots when the riffs were all that mattered. Triumvir Foul is another one of these cavernous death metal bands that have started popping up. Their style is very much in the same vein as Cruciamentum, Dead Congregation or Incantation. Formed by the two members of the atmospheric black metal band Ash Borer you might think that it should be more atmospheric or progressive considering the style of Ash Borer, but fear not. Triumvir Foul is pure death metal, no frills, no bullshit, all riffs. Continue reading