Norway’s Enslaved have released the alternative version of their track “Forest Dweller,” featuring composer and virtuoso cellist, Jo Quail, with a visualizer video created by Costin Chioreanu. It comes from the deluxe digital re-issue of Heimdal, (celebrating the album’s first anniversary) which is due out March 01st, on Nuclear Blast Records. Heimdal (Deluxe) will include the studio album alternative versions of “Forest Dweller” and “Congelia,” both with Jo Quail, bonus track “Gangandi,” plus The Otherworldly Big Band Experience 2022 streaming event featuring Shaman Elephant. Catch the alternative version of “Forest Dweller” and more below. Continue reading →
American Gothic purveyors, Wayfarer, have announced a headlining North American tour this spring, in support of their latest album, American Gothic. The trek kicks off on April 26 in Jackson, WY, concluding on May 24 in Lincoln, NE. Support from Sonja, with special appearances by Valdrin on select dates. Keep reading below for the full itinerary and more.
Bristol’s Svalbard have just released a new video for their track “To Wilt Beneath The Weight.” The song is taken from their latest studio album The Weight Of The Mask. The video captures Svalbard’s highly-charged performance of the track at Cult Of Luna‘s Beyond The Redshift festival in London last year. Svalbard also recently announced a UK and European tour for March, with Norwegian psychedelic proggers Enslaved and American metal band Wayfarer.
Enslaved havejust announced the release of a commemorative, deluxe, digital re-issue of their March 2023 album, Heimdal. Featuring bonus tracks and a live concert recording, it is set to be released on March 1st 2024 via Nuclear Blast Records. With this update, the band have also released their track “Gangand,” complete with video visualizer. Enslaved will also be touring the UK and Europe in March 2024, with support from British post-hardcore quartet Svalbard and US metallers Wayfarer. Keep reading below for the visualizer and more.
As we barrel down towards the end of the year, we are sharing End of Year lists from staff, bands, and some friends in the business. Check out our Senior Editor Steve Tovey’s picks for his Top Albums of 2023!Continue reading →
After such a fine introduction to the albums that have soundtracked our 2023 (Part 1 – 75-41), we now get into the belly of the beast and plunge on through the never, a testament to the diversity and abundance of alternative and heavy music that availed and impressed us this year. So, without further ado (fewer words, more riffs…)Continue reading →
Hellfest, held every year just outside of Paris, in Clisson, France, continues to up the ante every year with forever growing and impressive lineups! Taking place from June 27 to June 30, 2024, Hellfest will once again be four days long and over 200 bands appearing on six stages. For 2024, the headliners for each night will be Avenged Sevenfold, Machine Head, Metallica, and Foo Fighters. The full daily lineups, including one more major band tba, and the ticket link are coming soon!
American Gothic (Profound Lore) opens with a great deal of fanfare – a Western-tinged throb of guitar before you are reminded Wayfarer are a Black Metal band: snarled vocals control the mic, the drummer leans into a deliberate double-bass attack rather than joining the blast-beaten status quo… the banddisplaying a dynamic progression as songwriters on their fifth album as they continue to get even better with each release.