Sunday, 10 August 2014
Hails Valak. Please introduce your band for the uninformed without using the words "black" and "metal".
AK-11 (Avtomat : Kalashnikov 2011) is a 'Strategic, Left Hand Path, Military, Pagan, Propaganda Band.' It's a weapon against the feeble & backward philosophies & consequential actions of organised religions of the 'white light'.
Tuesday, 5 August 2014
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Friday, 25 July 2014
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Sunday, 13 July 2014
Wednesday, 9 July 2014
To mark our return to Berlin Under the Black Sun's 2014 installment was practically a no-brainer, not least because it would finally give me the chance to catch Mgła, a band that for the past two years has become one of my all-time favourite black metal acts, live at last after missing them playing Prague on two occasions. The thick, old woods around Bernau (a town on the train line out of Berlin) are a seriously good place to host a line-up of black metal war hordes at night, and while acts like Erebus Enthroned and Darkmoon Warrior don't really suit the jolly beaming of the sun through lively green branches, the environment was truly great. Walking over to the main stage on the second day, just as sun began to set, with the strains of Poland's Deus Mortem aching through the trees, literally humming between the boughs, was an experience like no other
Sunday, 22 June 2014
The Heavy Metal Saloon will be at this year's Under The Black Sun and preparing a write-up afterwards. The organisers have done an excellent job of compiling all the information you might possibly need here: http://www.utbs-festival.de
this location. The running order is below:
Exordium Mors have finally risen from their decade-long toil in the underground with a mighty debut full-length offering, fulfilling every possible expectation garnered by their demos and EPs. I'd only heard their name until I saw them perform live at The Siamese True Metal Festival in 2011, and I was blown away by the quality of this band's songs and their impressive stage presence that really would steal the spotlight at many a cult European extreme metal line-up, if only New Zealand's underground didn't get such short shrift internationally outside of Diocletian, Witchrist and whatever Vault of Dried Bones or Nuclear War Now! happens across next. The Apotheosis Of Death is fucking powerful and I hope it brings wide recognition to Exordium Mors; the simmering bestiality of it, the jarring highness of its themes and visual aspects, the tightness, the clear but still raw sound - this is everything I might have wanted from 'em, and more.