Árstíðir lífsins Issues New Release Update Mar01

Árstíðir lífsins Issues New Release Update

2014 will be a year of important developments for Árstíðir lífsins. After two full length albums in 2010 and 2012 and a split with German band Helrunar, a long overdue sign of life shall be presented by Ván Records under the name of “Þættir úr sögu norðrs”. This piece of medieval Icelandic bloodshed and pagan praise will be released in late March 2014 by the band’s well known record partner, on digipak CD and Vinyl, including all lyrics in Old Icelandic and English. Translated from Old Icelandic as (medieval) “Short Stories from the History of the North”, the MCD/LP contains three new songs by this critically...

These Are My Tombs – Morphosis (2014)

THESE ARE MY TOMBS are a trio from Leiria in Portugal. They begun working together in 2012. A guitar, a bass and drums are combined to a heavy instrumental sound with some psychedelic overtones and ambiences that carry you directly to the world of post-rock. Most of the times they are performing in an instrumental way. Sometimes in the background some vocals are coming up. But they are just another influence or maybe another instrument of these band because you never really understand the lyrics. Maybe there are no lyrics just like Sigur Rós does. Overwhelming parts and silent soundscapes are delivered in turns. That’s what creates...

Random Forest – Random Forest (2014)

RANDOM FOREST is a two-headed project by Aaron Gilbert and David Walters. The last one is usually known with his Post Rock project THE ECHELON EFFECT. Now he decided to do this 4-track EP with musical friend Aaron Gilbert. The musical style of this EP is somewhere between Ambient, Drone and Post Rock. Everything’s instrumental as we already know it from Mister Walters. But what is the most importhant thing of this release? I can tell you. It’s the incredible ability of one man to create wonderful soundscapes over and over again. There is no need for an unloading range of instruments. What really matters here are the emotions and...

Mogwai – Rave Tapes (2014)

Without any doubts MOGWAI from Scotland are one of the most important bands in the Post Rock genre. The last releases were the great “Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will” and the soundtrack to the french TV show “Les Revenants”. With “Rave Tapes” they volunteer their eighth full length since the early beginnings. Overall it’s a minimalistic and dynamic release. The sound of the album is a really fine work. Very warm and organic. The songs move the electronic elements in the focus and nearly all rock or metal elements are flickering in the background. What happens because of this that the big...

Dagnir En Gwann – Da...

Dagnir En Gwann from Munich, Germany, was founded 2006 by Gortheb as a solo-project. After one Demo „Unconventional Warfare“ 2007, Arvargr joined the project 2009 and made the lineup until today complete. Two years later the Demo „Verloren“ was released (thanks to Black Blood for the Infos)....

FrostAgratH – Extinguishing the Flame of Life (201...

FrostaGratH hailing from Cairo, Egypt, is the first band of this country I ever heard from. Extreme Metal from the „oriental“ countries exists – and show that even quality-music can come from there like Nazhand, Emerna (both Iran), Theoria (Syria), Dhul-Quarnayn or even AlNamrood (both Saudi-Arabia I think) – but lies logically only in the periphery of the metal-listener. So, on this point I got the new Album „Extinguishing the Flame of Life“ from FrostaGratH and I really expected nothing. But in a short time I was – positively – surprised by this young band from Egypt. Who may have expected „oriental“ touches (melodies or instruments) will...

The True Endless – Legacy of Hate (2013)

The True Endless is an Italian black metal band, founded in 1997 by the members Soulfucker and M.. That makes 15 years of existence and with that, they are probably one of the first black metal acts from Italy. They released several demos and joined in 2001 the Scottish underground label Aphelion Productions and stayed there since then. Just the 2009 released “An Year In Black” was released by a different label. 2013 “Legacy of Hate” saw its light again at Aphelion Prod. As I am not familiar with the former works done by the band, it is hard for me to compare the new album with them. But let us take an eye only on...

Waldgeflüster –...

At the moment we got a really strong development onwards a more melodic and atmospheric black metal. Especially from Russia and the USA are coming excellent newcomers playing a less aggressive but way more melodic black metal. But of course we got this movement also in Germany, the origin of...

Rustfield – Kingdom of Rust (2013)

RUSTFIELD is the new five-headed monster coming from Italy to blow up your speakers with a mixture of Progressive Rock and Metal. You can also hear parts of classic Heavy Metal, Electronica, psychedelic elements and acoustic parts. On this debut album guest musicians like John Macaluso (Symphony X, ex-Y.J. Malmsteen), Federica de Boni (White Skull) or Douglas R. Docker (Docer’s Guild, ex-Biloxi) are taking part. The band was founded 2007 by Davide Ronfetto and his friend for many years Andrea Rampa. The concept was and is to build progressive music with different moods and influences. The band was finally build up in 2011 and the...

Australasia – Vertebra (2013)

Australasia is a one man Italian post rock/post metal project founded in 2012 by Gian Spalluto. If you are a fan of this genre you may recognize the band name because it is also the name of a Pelican album. Australasia certainly takes inspiration and influence from Pelican but there are also influences from other sources. “Vertebra” is the project’s second release and debut full length release. Australasia released an Ep called “Sin4tr4″ in August 2012 which features some songs that can now be found on “Vertebra”. The album was released back in September 2013 by the Belgian label Immortal Frost...

Vàli – Skogslandskap...

Here we have another nice release of the german Label Prophecy. This time from the sub-label Auerbach Tonträger, a vault of some good Neo-folk bands like great Neun Welten. Vàli is a one-man project from Norway, which plays Neo-folk in it`s own and personal style. After one fast sold-out Demo...

Nhor – Within the Da...

In the following I`d like to introduce you to one of my favorite Albums of the previous year 2013: „Within the Darkness Between the Starlight“ from the band Nhor located in Hereford in the United Kingdom. I think the british Black Metal scene now has the refreshment, which was needed...