Dark is the season – all life is continued at Nocturnal Horde

As we are nearing fall, if not tilting into it full speed head first, as it is happening here in Denmark, where the HQ of Nocturnal Horde is residing, and by fall life fades away to die during winter, heading into spring giving new life to flower in full during summer. Here it is a bit different, as Nocturnal Horde just got a bit of new life, it’s been in limbo the last few years due to a lot of different matters, though now the site has gotten a little overhaul and has been merged with Fangs Of Necrodivine Harmony, where I’ve been making very little noise for a time.

Nocturnal Horde – Fangs Of Necrodivine Harmony will continue in the vein of the last, only featuring music that is to my liking, alas a fanzine for the bands and labels I think deserves some noise at the given time, old as new. We’ll feature news, music, reviews (still critical as always), praise, interviews, features and the occasional rant from me.

I have been writing about music online and on print since 1999, and I will continue, perhaps not always as staple and fast as back in the days, though I’ll never stop making noise!

So head over to www.nocturnalhorde.com and make some noise!

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MIDNITE HELLION, check them out

I am caught in a nostalgic mood these weeks, and all this great Heavy Metal sounding like the real deal from way back, really make my days! MIDNITE HELLION is one of those bands! Fierce Heavy- Speed Metal with an aggressive crossover edge, it rocks! Check the band out here on Reverbnation!

On another note the band has just released the following news:

New Jersey’s MIDNITE HELLION is proud to announce the release “Bitchin’ At Champs! 11-15-2013” on Contaminated Tones as part of the label’s official live bootleg series, exclusively on cassette. With a layout done in old school cut-and-paste DIY fashion, the six-track cassette captures MIDNITE HELLION blazing away on stage.

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“Bitchin’ At Champs! 11-15-2013” will be officially released on March 4.

For ordering info, visit www.contaminatedtones.blogspot.com.

“Bitchin’ At Champs! 11-15-2013” Track list:
Side A:
1903
The Fever
Spirit Possession
Hour of the Wolf
The Morrigan
Cross the Line
Side B:
Post-show Interview

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The band’s recently released 7″, limited edition vinyl single, “Hour Of The Wolf” is also available on Witches Brew Records. The 7″ and more can be ordered directly from the band at www.midnitehellion.com.

MIDNITE HELLION is currently hard at work on material for a new full-length album and will hit the studio next month to begin recording for a summer 2014 release date. The band has been confirmed for the 2014 Ragnarökkr Metal Apocalypse, set for April 4 & 5 at Reggie’s in Chicago, Ill. For fest details, visit www.ragnarokkrmetal.com.

LUCIFER’S HAMMER “Night Sacrifice” demo to become released by Shadow Kingdom Records

Ohh yea, NWOBHM done very right, this takes me right back in time!

Shadow Kingdom Records is proud to introduce from the land of Chile, LUCIFER’S HAMMER! This is very reminiscent of rare 80’s US Metal gems like SALEM’S WYCH, GRIFFIN, HEATHEN’S RAGE, DAMIEN THORNE, etc. Also more-well known acts like IRON MAIDEN, 80’s JUDAS PRIEST play a huge role in the development of their sound. They’re one of those rare new bands that could actually fool people into thinking they’re an obscure Heavy Metal act from the 80’s that fell beneath the cracks. Luckily for all of us, they’re a brand new band just starting out and they have a lot of good songs in them. “Night Sacrifice (Demo MMXIII)” is the very first of many releases to come. Check out this amazing band!

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Check it out right here!

SIGH, masters of keeping me occupied

SIGH have always been masters of composing the unexpected, since I first laid ears upon the Japanese band, and was appalled by their strange take on music, a take I since have come to enjoy, enjoy a lot to be honest, as few bands within the whole world of music accomplishes to bring together as many different threads throughout an album as SIGH, and still keeping a steady hand and thin red line all the way through, together with keeping the listener’s attention hooked, even though there is going a lot of things on, and the atmosphere and base are ever changing.

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“Scenes From Hell” did slip my attention back in 2010 when it was released by The End Records, though the beautiful vortex we know as the internet would that I during some browsing ended up on the Bandcamp site for SIGH, a site that contains one single thing, and one thing only, the full album of “Scenes From Hell” which I now have been listening to quite a lot the last few hours, and damn, I missed out on something back then, but that showed to be a major surprise this very night! If you already haven’t given this album a little attention and love, rush by the Bandcamp page of SIGH and press play. Though be a little cautious as the album is quite addictive!

Was this ever released on vinyl?

http://sigh.bandcamp.com/

You’ll never see… The rain – Moments from Copenhell part 1

It was a nice sunny morning in Copenhagen, I was residing in the beautiful Christianshavn and went out to get a pain au chocolate and a coffee to kick the day into gear, before going over the bridge to the city, to seek out a nice lunch before Copenhell started to call, where my goal was to catch SATURNUS, I did catch the last 3 or 4 tracks by them, though that was enough to see, on stage, what I’ve seen many times before, the masters of Danish Death/Doom delivering their goods, and the usual ending of the set with ‘Christ Goodbye’ always sends shivers down the back of an old fan.

The most Heavy Metal lunch ever!

The most Heavy Metal lunch ever!

But before I was headed for Refshaleøen where Copenhell took place, I had to get some lunch and as the motherfucking brutal Heavy Metal fan I am, I went to Lumskebugten, a nice lunch restaurant run by one of the legends in Danish cuisine Erwin Lauterbach. Sitting in the sun eating Danish white Asparagus with crushed black pepper and sauce hollandaise, beef tartare with eggyolk, oyster and salmon roe, drinking pilsner from Fur, a nice little island out in the Western part of Denmark, that’s Metal life. Metal life indeed materialized, when 2 pretty young ladies got a table not far from me, sporting their Copenhell wristbands, while eating a couple of good looking open sandwiches.

After lunch one should think I was headed for some music, but no, the sun was shining and the weather was just damned perfect and when I found a winebar, with an empty table in the shadow, not of the horns as DARKTHRONE would have preferred, but a tree, I had to have a glass of wine or two. It was at Ved Stranden 10, just across Christiansborg, nice service and nice wine, and a little chat about Copenhell and Metal nowadays.

GRAVE in action

GRAVE in action

Now I was ready to conquer Copenhell and catch a little SATURNUS before a little bit of SABATON, I dug the first record, but man, it has become a parody on classic Heavy Metal, but nice to see the mighty SNOWY SHAW in live action, he still has it! And the sun was still shining, before I went to see GRAVE, which I had been looking forward to.

SABATON kicking it Heavy Metal style

SABATON kicking it Heavy Metal style

Not long before GRAVE was about to enter the stage, all hell broke lose, rain and a few lighting bolts over Copenhagen, and then a hell of a lot rain, and then more… Though GRAVE has played in worse conditions in Indonesia, so they took the stage after a small delay and kicked some serious ass, while it was pissing down during their set, though Ola and company didn’t give a fuck and delivered their Death Metal without compromise and did bring some heat back into the energetic crowd.

There is wet in the GRAVE!

There is wet in the GRAVE!

The wettest show I’ve ever witnessed, but still asskicking beyond belief, I’ve been with GRAVE for a long time, and this was, how sad it sounds, the first time I caught them live, and they didn’t let me down, one single bit! I also think they did play ‘After Forever’ without being a 100% sure, though after all the weather was beautiful!