AN NCS INTERVIEW: DIABOLICAL (CARL STJÄRNLÖV)
Photo by Jens Rydén (This is a very interesting interview conducted by our Norway-based contributor Karina Noctum with Carl Stjärnlöv, guitarist/songwriter of the long-running Swedish metal band Diabolical, whose fifth album Eclipse will be released on February 15th.) You tour in Europe, you have established the band, and many have listened to or [...]
OUR LIST OF 2018’S MOST INFECTIOUS EXTREME METAL SONGS (PART 7): FUNERAL MIST AND 1914
For today’s installment of this 2018 list I’m taking a turn toward black metal, of unusually high quality. And I’ll give you a preview that black metal will be the focus of tomorrow’s post as well. As the writer of our site’s Sunday SHADES OF BLACK column, I have a vast number of black [...]
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(Andy Synn reviews the new album by the Scotland-based band Barshasketh, which was released yesterday by W.T.C. Productions.) Precisely what it is that separates a “Good” album from a truly “Great” one isn’t always clear. Sometimes it’s just a gut feeling, an instinctive response which tells you that this… this is something really worth [...]
AN NCS VIDEO PREMIERE: CRYPTERIA — “CORRUPTED TEXT”
We have an out-of-the-ordinary lyric video to present today. The subject matter will be familiar to fans of extreme metal, since at a very high level it concerns the deluding and damaging effects of religious teachings, but the inspirations for the lyrics and their approach to the subject matter isn’t run-of-the-mill at all. The [...]
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AN NCS PREMIERE: CRITICAL DEFIANCE — “SPIRAL OF HATRED”
On February 8th Unspeakable Axe Records will release the debut album by the Chilean thrashers in Critical Defiance. Entitled Misconception, it’s an eight-track attack that follows the band’s two demos and a split with Parkcrest. NCS scribe TheMadIsraeli provided an early review of the album near the end of December — calling the record [...]
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