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Thyrfing tillbaka efter åtta år

29 maj, 2021

Ta mig hem.

Thyrfing har börjat röra på sig. I mars kom en förstasingel, Döp dem i Eld, och nu i maj släpptes en andrasingel genom låten Jordafärd – en riktigt långsam sorgsen tung epsik låt med cello, vilket ger den fin karaktär. Allting ska så småningom mynna ut i ett helt nytt album – det första sedan 2013.

Hooded Menace flaggar för nytt album – med cover på W.A.S.P.

20 maj, 2021

The Surprises Never Stops.

Stabila Hooded Menace ger ut nytt album i augusti, döpt till The Tritonus Bell, via Season of Mist. Tritonus syftar så klart på det så kallade djävulsintervallet som vi alla håller så kärt.

Första singeln från The Tritonus Bell är Blood Ornaments, som du kan lyssna på här nedan. Andy LaRocque har producerat och mixat albumet, och det fantastiska omslaget är skapat av Wes Benscoter som bland annat gjort mängder av omslag till Cattle Decapitation. Bandet bjuder dessutom på en överraskning i form av en cover av W.A.S.P., den mörka låten The Torture Never Stops med sitt assnygga gitarrsolo, hämtad från W.A.S.P.s bästa album – debuten.

”I am sorry I have let you down and will strive to continue to become a better man”

19 maj, 2021

/Austin Lunn.

…Austin Lunns band Panopticon har släppt sin tionde fullängdare, .​.​.​and Again into the Light (vilket också är deras tredje album som börjar med tre punkter, kan nörd av detaljer notera).

Albumet är en fin mix av Lunns atmosfäriska black metal och hans mer bluegrass/american folk music. Första intrycket av andra låten Dead Loons var att sången var lite för lågt mixad, men man vänjer sig, och musiken växer – även om det ibland blir lite kaos med black metal, fioler och den låga frasiga sången som hänger lite löst mellan alltihop.

Förresten, låten Moth Eaten Soul samplar Ingemar Bergman-filmen Smultronstället, en monolog av Isak Borg.

På bandcamp har Austin Lunn låtit citera vad som finns att läsa i albumets så kallade liner notes:

”To those I have let down or dissapointed in my 37 years on this earth, please accept this work as my recognition of a need to change, grow and to atone for failures. I am sorry I have let you down and will strive to continue to become a better man each and every day I have left on this earth. 

A portion of the profits from this record will be donated to help folks living with severe mental illness. 

This record is dedicated to all who refuse to give up and continue to struggle for light and beauty in this world 
and is in memory of John Prine, who gave us so much in his lifetime, and to Reva Myers Shemanski who lives on in our cherished memories of her radiant personailty, brilliant art and infectious laughter.”

Lordi släpper sju album på en gång – påhittade album blir verklighet

18 maj, 2021

Monsturöst många.

Monsterbandet Lordi, Finlands svar på Masked Singer, har annonserat ett något udda släpp: I oktober kommer hela sju album på en gång.

Bandet, som vann allas hjärtan när gruppen vann Eurovision år 2006, förklarar galenskaperna så här på Facebook:

– Within a week when the Killectour was cut short in March 2020, I realized we’re gonna have to use the sudden extra time somehow. It was clear that it is the time to start planning the new album, even though Killection was released not even two months before.

– I was thinking that the most boring thing we could do after Killection, is to do another basic Lordi album. And I was very much enjoying the different styles of song writing, recording and production on Killection, but another boring idea would have been to do a part 2. Since Killection is a fictional compilation album from a fictional back catalogue that doesn’t exist, I got the idea that the only thing that could top that, is to record and release that fictional back catalogue. […]

– My original idea was to release 10 albums, but the label said that is insane. But 7 is a number they felt that is somewhat sane, hahahaha!

Sammanfattningsvis: Lordis elfte album blir album nummer 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 och 17. Frågan är i vilken ordning? Och hur bra kvalitet blir det på musiken?

Dordeduh tillbaka efter nio år

18 maj, 2021

Lång paus.

Rumänska Dordeduh släppte debutalbumet Dar de duh, ett konceptalbum runt numret sju, för nio år sedan. Sedan dess har det inte kommit några fler släpp, och som livet i allmänhet så sköts framtida planer gissningsvis upp med nåt halvår i taget. Men under 2020 spelade bandet in och mixade färdigt uppföljaren, och nu är den här: Har, Dordeduhs andra fullängdare.

Har är mixat och mastrat av Jens Bogren, och ges ut genom bolaget Prophecy Productions. Gillar du atmosfärisk folk- och black metal med inslag av progressivt kan detta vara något för dig. Gillar du rensång och texter på ett annat språk än engelska ska du definitivt inte tveka.

KK Downing i pole position – trots allt

16 maj, 2021

Inte så pjåkigt läge.

KK Downing lämnade, eller kände sig tvingad att lämna, Judas Priest år 2011. Ett drygt decennium senare har han fått blodad tand igen, om det beror på misslyckade kapitalinvesteringar i golfbanor eller ett återuppväckt intresse för heavy metal – vem vet? Han är tillbaka, men inte i Judas Priest. Istället har han startat sitt eget Judas Priest, och det finns en hel del i detta som talar till hans fördel. Till att börja med: Bandnamnet. En del tycker att KK’s Priest är osmakligt, eller fantasilöst. Det är ingendera. Det är ett perfekt namn på ett band som ska vara en fortsättning på Judas Priest, hur det bandet hade låtit om KK Downing var enda kvarvarande originalmedlem. KK Downing vill förmedla det, men utan att låta som ett billigt coverband döpt efter någon klassisk albumtitel i stil med Jugulator eller Defenders. KK’s Priest öppnar ögonen på folk.

Till detta är rekryteringen av Tim Ripper Owens ett genialiskt drag ur ett rent musikhistoriskt perspektiv. Det finns, så klart, ingen annan sångare på jorden som kan förknippas mer med Judas Priest är Ripper. Ni känner till hans historia, en gång i tiden ersatte han Rob Halford, men när Judas Priests hårdrock blev omodern och bandet körde fast idémässigt fick han sparken. Nu har det gått så pass lång tid att det känns naturligt och respektfullt att höra honom sjunga igen (vi bortser från pinsamma låten When the Eagle Cries och all indoktrinering från Jon Schaffer). 

I dagarna släppte KK’s Priest sin första singel, en habil hårdrockslåt som riffmässigt låter Judas Priest men inte så mycket mer. Lagom perfekt (men ljudeffekterna – Herregud!). Den låten, och kommande skivsläppet, krattar manegen åt KK’s Priest att boka in sig som ett givet band på 2022 års metalfestivaler. Bandet spelar förmodligen till 90 % Judas Priest-låtar live, och slänger in en eller två nya låtar för att hålla skenet uppe. En mycket billigare bokning, särskilt för de mindre festivalerna som inte har råd att boka in Judas Priest. KK’s Priest kan räkna med stort intresse kommande åren.

Rent musikaliskt, bort från business, har dock KK’s Priest en del att bevisa på kommande albumet. Judas Priests album från 2018, Firepower, var ett av det årets bästa (och mest överraskande) släpp. 

Albumet Sermons Of The Sinner släpps 20 augusti. Låtlistans titlar ser ganska förutsägbara ut, förutom Return Of The Sentinel – vad ska det antyda? 

01. Incarnation

02. Hellfire Thunderbolt

03. Sermons Of The Sinner

04. Sacerdote Y Diablo

05. Raise Your Fists

06. Brothers Of The Road

07. Metal Through And Through

08. Wild And Free

09. Hail For The Priest

10. Return Of The Sentinel

Mastodon släpper låt som tråkar ut lyssnaren

14 maj, 2021

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Mastodon, en gång i tiden ett favorit-band, fortsätter ge ut musik som inte på långa vägar står upp mot vad albumen Leviathan, Blood Mountain och Crack the Skye representerade. Det bästa med Forged By Neron är att Brann Dailor inte sjunger, och att den börjar och slutar med samma mysiga skrik, vilket är snyggt. I övrigt är det ganska tråkigt.

Rocklåten Forged by Neron ligger på soundtracket till DC Comics-serien Dark Nights: Death Metal, ett album som även innehåller låtar från Chelsea Wolfe och Carach Angren. Tidigare har även Marilyn Manson gett ut soundtrack till crossover-serien Dark Knights: Death Metal.

Udånde pustar ut med ett debutalbum i världsklass

14 maj, 2021

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Förra året släppte danska Afsky ett album som hamnade högt på Bara Metals albumlista. Samma band, egentligen multimusikern Ola Pedersen Luk, tipsade i år via Facebook om ett annat danskt enmansband, nämligen Udånde. Udånde är och består av Rasmus Eljersen som är livemusiker och vän till Afsky. I år debuterade Udånde med albumet Life of a Purist, och stort tack till Afsky för detta tips – Life of a Purist är ett fantastiskt dagdrömsalbum för den som gillar atmosfärisk black metal.

Intervju – Frozen Soul: ”Century Media was the only label that reached out to us”

11 maj, 2021

Wearing metal t-shirts pays off.

The death metal rising star of 2021 is definitely Texas band Frozen Soul. They landed a contract with Century Media for their debut, and are already being compared with their idols Bolt Thrower. Bara Metal asked the frosty questions, Michael Munday [guitar] gave the icy answers. We chilled. And then we thawed.

First one – are you all vaccinated yet? I heard the US is moving on fast.

– We’re all very fortunate and are fully vaccinated. The U.S. has been on the ball with rolling it out. Right now in most of Texas its fully available to everyone 16 years and older. 

Good for you! I read that a comic book shop and a game of Magic: The Gathering are a part of the start of Frozen Soul. Tell us about this day! 

– I played a lot of Magic at this shop called Generation X Comics & Games in Bedford, Texas, and one day when I walked in I noticed Chad had on a Slowly We Rot print on the back of his shirt, so I knew I had to talk to him cause he was into death metal too. I’d seen him at shows before and asked if he wanted to play a couple of games and we shot the shit over music for a bit, then we both played a standard tournament that night but I can’t remember if either of us did well or not – ha ha! A couple weeks or so after that I had asked if he would be interested in jamming some heavy shit and we got started up pretty soon after that. 

By the way – is ”Frozen Soul” a trading card in Magic? I thought it was a Yu-Gi-Oh! card. 

– It isn’t a card in Magic, but it definitely is in Yu-Gi-Oh! 

Thanks for clearing that up! Wraith of Death is my favorite song of the album. And yours? 

– For me personally it would be Encased in Ice. Why? It was the first song we wrote as a band instead of just Chad and I and it has some of my favorite riffs I’ve written. It’s one I’m very proud of for sure!

What would you say are the pivotal moments in your short career that made the giant Century Media contact you?  

– The most pivotal moments for me would have to be our tours/live shows. We make sure that our energy on stage matches the energy of the music so that way we can put on a great show and get the crowd into it. It made people talk about us a lot and the word of mouth caught CM’s ear. 

And the smaller companies, e.g. Southern Lord, Dark Descent, 20 Buck Spin… did they not contact you? Did you turn them down? 

– Century Media was the only label that reached out to us about a recording deal. We actually had intended to send a press kit to Relapse Records in hopes of getting signed by them, but CM had reached out to us before we sent the press kit to Relapse. 

So what does a big label like Century Media actually do for you? Put you in top of Spotify lists? Take over and run all of your social media? Putting your name on beer cans? 

– They push our record out to media outlets like radio, magazines, youtubers, and advertisements on social media. We have total control over our own social media and just have fun with it. We actually do have our own beer coming out here pretty soon from Division Brewing in Arlington, TX that’s gonna be very frosty!!

What is it like debuting an album during a pandemic like Covid-19? 

– It’s been a very surreal experience to say the least – ha ha ha. On the upside, we got to put all of our focus and attention into getting it released and have some extra content to put out for it, but on the downside there’s no shows and tours to support the album release, so we don’t really get to see people’s reactions and responses to the album out in the wild. It’s also been a lot harder to keep people’s attention because this album release being driven by the internet, and there’s so many things on the internet competing for everyone’s attention all at the same time. 

The cover art from Velio Josto is great – there is one detail I wonder about, among all the skulls there is clearly one or two faces, one with a black bandana or something. Is that bandana guy the artist himself?  

– It may or may not be Velio, but I will say that I can really relate to the bodies in the bottom left of the cover. 

Interview – Steel Bearing Hand: ”To crush all pretenders, see them cut their hair, and hear their lamentations on the internet”

10 maj, 2021

So cimmerian.

Steel Beraing Hand has already released the best metal song of the year, an anthem of steel, and of course it goes without saying, one of the best albums as well. Bara Metal spoke to Wyatt Burton [vocals, guitar], and we were bold enough to test him – by starting the interview with the best question ever asked, taken from a classic movie.

What is best in life?

– To crush all pretenders, see them cut their hair, and hear their lamentations on the internet. 

Wow! You knew that Conan reference?! I am impressed. 

– Well, I’ve also been reading the original Conan stories and realized that Milius/Stone cribbed this quote from a story about Genghis Khan, great stuff!

And what is best in playing in Steel Bearing Hand?

– I suppose it would be the same as playing in any band, the enjoyment of performing music you enjoy. We play from the heart, and in doing so, our hearts are fulfilled.

You released the debut album in 2015. Now it is 2021. What took you so long?

– We went on five tours and changed lineups almost as many times, between that, just day to day life. We also parted ways with our original drummer and it took a while to find a proper replacement. I’m sure many bands can relate to the fact that it’s not always easy to make the amount of time necessary to hone your craft, especially the time needed to reach the caliber that SBH strives for. The same goes for finding musicians who are up to the task of performing the material itself.

I was expecting a few more songs on this album – how come there is only six tracks after six years of building up? 

– Well it is 40 minutes worth of material, that’s pretty standard for a full length album. We tend to write longer songs, so this time it just wound up being six songs.

How come you ended up on Carbonized Records? Who contacted who? 

– We are good friends with Chad and Necrot. We played with Necrot in 2013 and we stayed in touch ever since. We were talking about our respective plans at a show a few years ago, Chad about starting Carbonized and us about Slay in Hell, and it was just a natural fit. Carbonized has gone above and beyond for us, we couldn’t be happier with their support, not to mention being on such a killer roster.

I love the sound of the guitars. It’s so thick and powerful. Did you have any preferences? Any album that you wanted to copy sound wise? 

– Thank you. We used a Peavey 6505+ and a JCM 800 for the rhythm tracks, we used the 6505+ and a few other heads I can’t recall for the leads. The only real reference point for the sound is an attempt to cross the Ride the Lightning and Master of Puppets guitar sounds, I don’t think it quite sounds like that, but I’m pretty satisfied with the sound we have on the record. Besides, that sort of mindset is just a starting point.

I think the biggest difference between this album and the debut is the sound of the drums, they sound so much better now! How come? 

– The recording quality is much, much better on this record. The guy who recorded the first album practically disappeared, along with the stims, so we’re unable to remix the album. We had Jack Control from Enormous Door remaster it a couple years ago. who also mastered Slay in Hell, that’s about the best we can do with it. There’s also a different drummer on Slay in Hell, so naturally two different players will sound different.

My favourite song is Tombspawn – I listen to it a lot. But if you could point out one Steel Bearing Hand song that you will never get tired of – which one would it be? And why? 

– Thanks again. Honestly I don’t think such a song exists. I like them all, but I don’t know if there are any I wouldn’t get sick of eventually. Sometimes as an artist you can have a love/hate relationship with your work. You may feel one way about something you’ve done for a while, then you change your mind after a time for any given reason. It can go back and forth. Knowing that, I know nothing that I do is free from my possible scorn, however temporary.

Ha ha! Okay. You are quiet and low profile on Facebook. How come? Is social media a big pain in the ass? 

– I wouldn’t say it’s a pain in the ass, but the goal of the band isn’t to cultivate some kind of celebrity experience as musicians. The band exists in service to Metal itself, any kind of representative outlet serves only to proclaim news about the band’s activities. A lot of the time, there is no new news. We try not to be frivolous, we’re not rockstars nor tabloid purveyors. There is so much useless noise and chatter created on the internet regarding metal, we don’t want to be another voice in that chorus. If you like what we do, know that we are eternally grateful. The music is the only thing that is important, we don’t seek to disrespect our audience by pretending that anything else a band does actually contributes to that experience, let alone posting a lot on Facebook.

So, what is it that the Infernal Exarch actually commands? And who is he? 

– The Infernal Exarch commands you to enter his Kingdom and prepare for the inevitable war on Heaven by changing your form into one more suitable for the very purposes of this war. His name is Lucifer.

Of course. Silly me. Finally, how many swords do you own? My wife’s father has two. Does he win? 

– I have two actual swords as well, so maybe we’ll say that it’ll be an equal battle?

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