mandag 28. november 2022

Helheim 30th anniversary

Helheim celebrated their 30th anniversary last friday and it was a blast (from the past). 

All their classics one by one and some guest appearannces by Hoest on "Dualitet Og Ulver". 
 "Jernskogen" and some other tunes were the highligt for me and when they played the opening track from their first album with those high pitched vocals and I wondered if they were able to still perform those vocals and they did it perfectly. 

 I left the consert with s smile on my face. The vocalist/bassist Ørjan had good contact with the crowd and there was some humor and good happy birthday vibes overall throughout the evening. I think those who was there enjoyed it like I did. It's hard to explain how it all went down in words but it was worth it! 

 There also was a lady who sang beautiful but unfortunately I don't know her name but you can watch for yourselves in the video I uploaded here :


Here is some more pictures from the evening :

All pictures are taken by Gravarson and may not be used without permission.

onsdag 3. november 2021

LYKANKULT (UK) - Children Of Wotan - Review By Gravarson

Lykankult plays raw uncompromised black metal with a dark melodic touch to it.
One get the feeling of the glorious early 90's when one could hear the feelings and the passion in the bands music.

The production is rather low-fi but it suits the music and the vocals are mostly high pitched screams with a few spoken words in between.

This is pure darkness all the way and even the organ used amplify the dark mode that is set once Lykankult starts playing.
This is what underground black metal sounded like when I started listening and this surely brings some nostalgia to the table.

Children Of Wotan contains six tracks of pure raw emotions!

Well worth a listen if you're into raw black metal the old way.


LITHIK - Weather The Storm] Out November 5th


SNAKE BITE WHISKY New Official Video For The "Creep Show"

SNAKE BITE WHISKY New Official Video For The ‘Creep Show’

Snake Bite Whisky – Creep Show [Official Video]
Taken from the album: Black Candy | Sliptrick Records | 2021
Shot by Josh Hickie and directed by Kyel Golly

Australia’s number one heavy outlaw sleaze rock band, Snake Bite Whisky, release the third single and video off their critically acclaimed second album, Black Candy which was released globally by Sliptrick Records (Europe) on the March 30th, 2021. Creep Show is a celebration of the outcasts of society, the weird and wonderful, strange and sexy. The song sonically twists from outlaw country style vocals on the verses to sleaze metal in the pre-chorus and chorus. The video itself is full of striking black and white visuals and outlandish, dark, sexy characters cavorting to the lounge band from hell. Evocative imagery pulls from classic horror tropes to portray the over the top insanity of the Creep Show and is the sleaze rock anthem for Halloween.

The band state, “We wanted to do something different than our other video’s in style and tone and make it creepy and sexy. The song is about being different and subcultures that exist outside of the mainstream which is where we and a lot of our fans exist so this is for them”.

The video was shot by Josh Hickie and directed by Kyel Golly of the No.One Network who has directed the bands previous video’s for Down In The DirtLast Man StandingHammered and Choke. Original band member, Nick Dysart returns on guitar for the video with the departure of Laggy from the band prior to the video being shot. The clip was filmed on location in Brisbane, Australia and features performances by Australian models Kannibal Kat, Heaven Arici, Jade Nightshade, K Belle and Harley.

Snake Bite Whisky – Black Candy
Black Candy is the thunderous second album from Australian heavy rock band, Snake Bite Whisky. The album was recorded at Lush Studio’s in Redcliffe, Queensland, Australia which has also seen artists such as Jason Bonham, Jimmy Barnes, Jeff Martin and The Red Paintings to name a few. Produced and mixed by Bernie Wedrat, Black Candy features ten tracks of uncompromising heavy sleaze rock with elements of punk, outlaw country and heavy metal. Read more …here

Available now from: Shop Sliptrick | Apple Music | Spotify | & other major stores

Black Candy | March 30th, 2021 via Sliptrick Records

Snake Bite Whisky are:
Jay R – Vocals | Laggy – Guitars | Stacii Blake – Bass | Dan “Sharkz” Weldon – Drums

Band links: Official Website | Facebook | Youtube | Instagram | On Sliptrick

Seattle's RHINE Release New Song: "Running Away

Seattle (WA) - Progressive Death Metal quartet RHINE has released a new song from forthcoming album Ausland. "Running Away" can be streamed at the following locations:

RHINE will release Ausland, the band's third full-length album, November 12 on Within The Mind Records.

A music video for the album's first single "Prisoner of Fate" was released previously and is available at

Multi-instrumentalist Gabriel Tachell had this to say about Ausland:

"Our new album Ausland explores some pretty cynical and nihilistic themes. It’s a mix of personal struggles with depression, fear and conflict, and some politically driven stuff about privilege, capitalism, the environment etc. The album is heavier than previous releases, with more refined song writing and is generally more cohesive, but still has plenty of proggy twists and turns. The title Ausland means foreign place in German, which kind of summarizes the whole feeling of living in this world right now. It also harkens back to my childhood living in Germany, where “Auslander” (foreigners) were forced into the lower class by societal structures, my first encounter with the hate and discrimination that plagues the whole world."

Track Listing:

1. Prelude
2. Virtual Plague
3. Prisoner of Fate
4. Running Away
5. Ausland
6. The Path to Power
7. Trivial
8. Shadow Future

Album Credits:

Gabriel Tachell - vocals, guitars, bass, programming.
Daryl Williams - drums.
Andrew Dennis - guitar.
Produced and Mixed by Gabriel Tachell.
Mastered by Troy Glessner at Spectre Audio.
Cover Artwork by Jill Colbert.

James Porter (Bass)
Gabriel Tachell (Guitars, Vocals)
Carlos Delgado (Drums)
Andrew Dennis (Guitar)


Rhine is a concoction of extreme metal that could be described very differently depending on who you ask. Often labeled as progressive death metal, you can hear the European influence with elements of black metal, melo-death and folk metal, while attempting to retain the spirit of rock in their song structures.

They’ve had a variety of musicians in their lineup and session players on their albums since their formation in 2011. It began as a solo project with the 2011 album Duality recorded single handedly by singer/guitarist Gabriel Tachell. The second album, An Outsider, began recording in 2014, featuring session drummer Sean Lang and Tachell playing everything else. Later that same year a lineup was formed with Alex Smolin (guitar), Carlos Delgado (drums) and James Porter (bass). The band started playing live, and An Outsider was released in early 2016, followed by their first tour.

In 2017 they recorded a split EP with Rat King, which included all the members of the lineup and more collaboration in the song writing. In 2018 Smolin left, and the band remained split up for nearly two years. During that time Tachell began work on the new album Ausland with session drummer Daryl Williams. Again Tachell played most of the instruments, with additional guitar contributions from Andrew Dennis (current member) and some compositional contributions from Smolin. Dennis joined the band as guitarist in 2019 along with original members Delgado and Porter. Ausland was completed during the pandemic.

Prog Duo ATHEMON (ft. ex-Haken) Offer Free Download of Debut Self-Titled Album

L-R - Athemon Current Line Up | Adriano Ribeiro (Guitar, Vocals) | Tom MacLean (Bass, Production)
Photo Credits: Adriano’s picture: José Simonetti, Tom’s picture: Sunny Dhaliwal

Athemon, a duo featuring Tom MacLean (bassist/producer, To-Mera, ex-Haken) and Adriano Ribeiro (vocalist and guitarist) are offering up to progressive metal fans a FREE download of their debut self-titled album released recently on October 11th.

"Full of dark and enigmatic atmospheres, this is a concept record that is meant to be heard as one long 50-minute track divided into nine parts, which tells a story about self-awareness. This is a creative release that seeks to forge the perfect alloy of darkness and beauty," adds the band.

The full length can be downloaded for FREE at the following link:

The story of Athemon comes together while many musicians were in lockdown during the Covid pandemic and unable to congregate for simple jams or have outlets to perform their music. Using this global pause, two musicians Tom MacLean based in the UK, and Adriano Ribeiro based in Brazil crossed paths online and used the digital world to their advantage to give rise to their new band Athemon.

"Adriano sent me his demo and it gave me goosebumps, so I was keen to get involved," says MacLean.

From a significant evolution between demos to their final introductory recordings, MacLean and Ribeiro created a bonding friendship over musical interests that created the perfect environment to allow them to evolve and conceive their debut album.

Formed as a gateway to express their art using progressive metal music, the duo invited a special guest drummer from Brazil; Gledson Gonçalves who added his percussionist touch to compliment each one of the nine tracks.

"As nobody goes alone in this world (even being totally alone inside one’s own mind), the songwriting process had a lonely beginning, but a very collaborative end. The beginning of this project was driven by Adriano, but nothing would fit so well if it wasn’t for the amazing connection the three of us have (Adriano, Tom, and our special guest on drums, Gledson)," says MacLean.

The lyrics for the album were written by vocalist/guitarist Adriano Ribeiro and were inspired by thoughts of how confusing reality can be if you are not taking care of your emotional side. "The thin line between what’s real and what’s not is an endless world," adds Ribeiro.

New fans of Athemon, can expect much more to come from the pair as they already have plans to launch their second album by the end of 2022, which they are currently composing with promising results.

As for the live spectacle of Athemon, for now, the band will let the music flow until the duo can connect from across the Atlantic for their first in-person jam session.

Recommended for fans of Nevermore, Pain of Salvation, Opeth, Gojira, and Mastodon, Athemon's self-titled debut is available on SpotifyApple Music, and all other major digital music platforms.

Track Listing:
1. Perception (3:16)
2. Whispers (5:29)
3. The Glass Hindered Us (3:57)
4. Different From What Was Missing (5:23)
5. Seed of Change (7:25)
6. I Voice of Mine (8:12)
7. Reaching Deepness (6:42)
8. Greatest Understanding (5:54)
9. Birth (4:01)
Album Length: 50:20

Album Credits:
• All songs performed by: Athemon
• All songs written by: Athemon
• Produced by: Tom MacLean
• Mixed by: Tom MacLean @ Twelve Tone Studio
• Mastered by: Tony Lindgren @ Fascination Street Studios
• Album Artwork by: Luigi Quarta

Album Band Line Up:
Adriano Ribeiro (Guitars, Vocals)
Tom MacLean (Bass)
Gledson Gonçalves (session Drums)

More Info:

Wacken Metal Battle USA 2022 Band Submissions Open Until Nov 14th


Wacken Metal Battle Trailer - 

Wacken Metla Battle USA Trailer -

Wacken Metal Battle USA return in 2022 after two years of missed battles across America due to the Covid pandemic. For its last three years (2017-2019), Wacken Metal Battle USA has hosted battles across the country to send one independent metal band to perform at the world's largest metal festival Wacken Open Air in Wacken, Germany. 2019 saw the festival celebrate its 30th anniversary, but due to Covid, the 2020 and 2021 editions were both canceled. As the metal community regains its strength, Wacken Open Air 2022 will be the 31st edition of the festival and will be held from August 4th to 6th. The 2022 event is already sold out with a line-up that includes Slipknot, Till Lindemann (Rammstein), Judas Priest, Limp Bizkit, As I Lay Dying, Lacuna Coil, Danko Jones, Gwar, Death Angel, Tarja, and many more. Details here.

For over a decade at Wacken Open Air, independent metal bands from around the globe have been performing in front of thousands and competing against one another for one to be crowned champion of the international battle at the festival along with winning multiple prizes. For 2022, Wacken Metal Battle USA is returning to America and will be hosting qualifying rounds in select cities across the nation.

Battle Submissions:
Applications for 2022 will end on November 14, 2021 at 11:59PM PST. Bands interested in participating in 2022 battles can apply at the following link:

Concert promoters interested in hosting a Wacken battle in their city can apply at this link:

How it works:
Participating cities will host qualifying rounds plus a city final organized by a local city concert promoter where one band will move forward to the American national final (date and city to be determined). The winner of the national final will move on to perform at the Wacken Open Air  2022 and compete against the winners of 29 other countries in a final global battle.  All bands will be judged during battle rounds by respected local music industry representatives.

Rules for participation:


Wacken Metal Battle USA is part of an international competition that sees bands from across the country battle each other for the chance of winning their spot among 29 other countries’ champions, and representing the USA in an international battle of the bands at the world’s largest outdoor metal festival: Wacken Open Air, which has been taking place in Wacken, Germany for the last 30 years. The winner of Wacken Metal Battle USA will perform at the 2022 festival taking place from August 4 – 6th

2019’s national final was hosted in Los Angeles, CA and featured Dissentience (Winners, East Coast), Monarch (Winners, West Coast), Nahaya (Winners, Texas), Toxic Ruin (Winners, Chicago), Violence System (Winners, Atlanta) whom were selected from over a hundred bands that participated in battles across the USA. The national final battle was Judged by a panel of metal industry that consisted of Alex Distefano (LA Weekly), Marco Barbieri (M-Theory Audio) and DJ Will (KNAC.COM).

2019 – WMBU Winner
Monarch (San Diego, CA)
Video – Live at Wacken 2019 here.

2018 – WMBU Winner

2017 – WMBU Winner
CORPSE HOARDER (Philadelphia, PA)
Video – Live at Wacken 2017 here.

For more info: 

Sponsors / Partners:
Dungeon Works Productions
Asher Media Relations
Fatal Illness Management
Come And Take It Productions
Masquerade Atlanta
Syd Howell Presents

Prog Death Metal Band Gromadah To Release New Single

GROMADAh is a Ukrainian metal band from Kharkiv, founded in 2003.
In November 2021, Gromadah intends to release the digital single "Conscience". This is a song in the genre of progressive death metal with strong Harsh vocals by Oleg Shpakovsky and the infernal growl of Jorg Gromadoff, which complement each other in various ways and play the role of inner and outer conscience of a person in the content of the song's lyrics. In the accompaniment of the song the listener will hear non-trivial almost jazz and at the same time powerful metal riffs of Dmytro Chernychenko's guitar, ambient patterns of acoustic guitar, mad solo guitar. All this is supported by a well-coordinated rhythm section of the drum part of Vitaliy Biletsky and the virtuoso bass part of Oleg Shpakovsky.

The single "Conscience" will demolish the roof and fans of progressive death metal and at the same time will not leave indifferent fans of the alternative difficult scene. Pre-Save/Pre-Order LINK

In the name "GROMADAh" in one of the Slavic languages ​​coded "thunder" and "hell". Thus, one of the meanings of the name - "hell’s thunder". There is also the original meaning of the word "community" - a local social association of people. And this is the meaning of echoes in some texts on social issues. In addition, in the local dialect of Ukrainian, which some call Russian, this word means something huge and immeasurable. All these meanings coincide with the music and lyrics of Gromadah's songs.

The main musical leitmotif of the group is progressive metal in various heavy metals
subgenres such as death metal, groove, thrash, etc.… musicians do not restrain themselves with genre prejudices. For example, the band's music sometimes contains symphonic and jazz rudiments. The lyrics deal with acute social and existential-philosophical themes of modern society and the inner world of the individual.

From 2005 to 2011 Gromadah actively performed at local Ukrainian venues and participated in festivals. Initially, the band's name was written in Cyrillic (Громада), but since 2009 the name has been transliterated into Latin. It is pronounced the same way. This change is due to the band's desire to spread their music around the world.

In 2011, the band suspended its activities and the musicians later joined various music projects and did not play together until 2017.

In 2017, Gromadah reunited and plunged headlong into productive studio work to create their own music and cover versions of famous metal artists.

At this time, the band's YouTube channel and Instagram, Facebook and Bandcamp pages appeared, so the band began to develop its own resources for self-publicity.

On December 23, 2019, the first single “Stars and the Moon” will be released on the YouTube channel. In January 2020, the single will be released on digital streaming platforms.

In April 2020, the band will post an animated video with the song "Masquerade" on their own YouTube channel. In the autumn of the same year, "Masquerade" and the third single "Humility" were released on digital streaming services.

At the same time, the band is recording some video clips of cover versions of songs by world-famous artists (PanteraSlipknotKornGodsmack ...) to increase the audience of their YouTube channel and social networks. After that, with the presentation of the label Metal Scrap, Gromadah became known to readers of music publications in Portugal, Brazil, Belarus, Ukraine and some other European countries. So one of the singles appears in the playlists of the British magazine Power.

The development of its own YouTube channel and Instagram profile has given impetus to the popularity of Gromadah's music. During the year, the number of fans of the band has grown from tens to hundreds and several thousands (YouTube - 833, Instagram - 2940, Facebook - 631) and these figures continue to grow. The band also has a Patreon  page and its own merch online store. People from all over the world are becoming more and more interested
musical achievements of the band and are waiting for the release of the album.

By the end of 2021, Gromadah will release a video with a cover of perhaps Korn's "most metallic" song, and will traditionally post it on its YouTube channel and streaming services.

Two more singles from the album scheduled for 2022 are scheduled for release in 2022. It is also planned to film a video for a Ukrainian-language cover of the famous hit of the band Testament.

The band is currently actively looking for a publishing label with a global distribution and a wide range of additional services on mutually beneficial terms.

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