Official Trailer For Upcoming Mayhem Film ‘Lords Of Chaos’ Streaming

The official trailer for ‘Lords Of Chaos‘ has recently been posted online. That movie is scheduled to open in theaters on February 08th and focuses on the early years of pioneering black metal veterans of Mayhem. Mayhem were infamously involved suicide, murder, church burning and more during the early 90s .

Jonas Åkerlund ( a former member of Bathory) directed this movie, starring Rory Culkin, Emory Cohen, Sky Ferreira and more.

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Ereb Altor Posts “A Fine Day To Die” Cover Live Footage

Ereb Altor recently performed at the Lithuanian festival Kilkim Žaibu, and now footage has come online from that show.

Check out a professionally shot clip below of Ereb Altor covering Bathory’s “A Fine Day To Die.” Ereb Altor also released a Bathory tribute album earlier this year.

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Bestiality Streaming “Stuck In Bestial Vision” EP

Created with blasphemy and hate, a new Polish horde is coming: Bestiality now spits out a mini album full of sonic destruction.

All eight tracks of evil desecration (and an additional Bathory cover) from “Stuck In Bestial Vision” can be heard below or over at Bandcamp here. The track listing is as follows:

1. Ode To The Dead / Tales From The Crypt 03:48
2. Mortalist 03:09
3. Raped By The Devil 02:11
4. Crucified 03:50
5. Hades (Bathory cover) 02:30
6. Visions Of Doom 03:35
7. Blood Red Like Sodomy 06:23
8. Way Of The Cross 02:35
9. Ritual Genocide 02:18

BESTIALITY Stuck In Bestial Vison by Bestiality

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Moonspell Comments On The 10th Anniversary Of Quorthon’s Death

Portuguese Gothic metal band Moonspell has issued the following statement about the 10th anniversary of the passing of metal legend Quorthon:

“Ten years and one day have passed since Quorthon left us and headed to Valhalla but his legacy lives through, in the shape of the many fans and enthusiasts whom followed his footsteps with their bands and projects.

“Moonspell is one of them and we would like to pay just a modest tribute by hailing Quorthon and his memory, not only in many of our songs and lyrics but also in the way he dealt with his fans.

“Fernando and many of the original members of Moonspell to be (Morbid God) were there and you can spot him/them at 4.29 (Fernando is on a Sodom shirt, mullet hair eheh) but according to him, this was maybe the happiest day of his life.

“The week after Moonspell was born. Enjoy and never forget Quorthon on his way up high!”

Be sure to also read “Call From The Grave: The Lost Quorthon Interview” right here, or check out the Bathory edition of our Sunday Old School column.

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Crest Of Darkness Announces Quorthon Tribute Event With New Band Sythanagon Winged

Crest of Darkness founder and frontman Ingar Amlien, together with drummer Kjetil Hektoen, will join members of Legiones, Enthral, and The Embraced in a specially formed band called Sythanagon Winged to perform five songs by the late Thomas “Quorthon” Forsberg, founder of Bathroy and one of the pioneers of the first wave of black and pagan/viking metal.

The event, which is billed as “Blood, Fire and Death – In Memory of Quorthon,” will take place on Saturday November 17th at the Fru Lundgreen in Trondheim, Norway. In Addition to Sythanagon Winged, other bands taking part include Chton, Cleaver, Law of the Horseman, and A Sorcery Written in Blood.

Commenting on the Quorthon Tribute event, Crest of Darkness’ Amlien stated: “It’s a huge honour to be part of a tribute to an incredible musician. One who has influenced and inspired, and will continue to influence and inspire, generations of other musicians. It’s no exaggeration to say that many of today’s bands would probably not be around without him. Kjetil and I have been rehearsing hard with the rest of the guys and we are ready and very much looking forward to performing the Bathory songs and do them the justice they deserve.”

You can also check out our “lost” interview with Quorthon from 1997 over at this location.

“In the Presence of Death,” Crest of Darkness’ sixth full-length album is set for release on My Kingdom Music on the 11th of February, and according to Amlien it will be “the most complete, extreme and dark album the band has ever recorded.” Aside from Amlien himself on bass and vocals, the band’s lineup includes Rebo on guitars, Kjetil Hektoen on drums, and the recently recruited Djevekult guitarist Jan Fredrik Solheim.

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Munruthel Unleashes Official Video For "CREEDamage"

Ukrainian ambient folk pagan metal outfit Munruthel, which is celebrating its fifteen year anniversary, has unleashed a new video for the title track from its forthcoming fifth album “CREEDamage.” That video is now streaming below. “CREEDamage” will be released on November 12th via Svarga Music. Performed in the finest traditions of symphonic pagan metal, the new album also features guest vocals from Masha “Scream” (Arkona) and Wulfstan (Forefather), as well as a cracking cover of Bathory’s “The Lake.”

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Enslaved Posts Second Track-By-Track Commentary On New Album "RIITIIR"

In the second of eight installments, Enslaved bassist/vocalist/lyricist Grutle Kjellson and rhythm guitarist/songwriter/lyricist Ivar Bjørnson offer song commentaries on their trademarked Norwegian strain of progressive extreme metal that will be unveiled with their twelfth studio album, “RIITIIR.” The album is due out in Europe on September 28th and in North America on October 9th via Nuclear Blast Records.

Kjellson comments on “Death In The Eyes Of Dawn:”

“It is impossible for a band like ENSLAVED not to be inspired by Bathory! And we somehow always end up paying a little tribute to Quorthon on each album. Bathory is our musical roots, maybe more than any other band. On Axioma Ethica Odini, the song ‘Singular’ became ‘the Bathory song,’ and this time it was ‘Death In The Eyes Of Dawn’ that got that honor! The song changed a whole lot from the first sketches, partly because of mine and Herbrand’s vocal arrangements and partly because of co-producer Iver Sandøy´s crazy idea that the second theme in the song sounded very Beatles-like and thus we had to develop that theme in a more Beatles-like direction! We did so, and ended up sounding nothing like the Beatles whatsoever! Maybe the bass guitar does, but I doubt that Macca [McCartney] ever sounded like I do vocally… not even on the demos for Magical Mystery Tour. The lyrics are inspired by the idea of self-destruction and the final judgment (Ragnarok in the Norse Mythology). You can find in several of the different mythologies around the globe: the mutual fear of the ‘dark’ forces in cosmos.”

Bjørnson on “Death In The Eyes Of Dawn:”

“A great thing with writing music for ENSLAVED is how solid the core identity of the band is: there’s room for allowing quite ‘direct’ inspirations and references into the music, and it still comes out and across as ENSLAVED’s interpretations of the music we’re inspired by, rather than us trying to be someone else. The main theme of the song is a humble tribute to ‘Viking-era’ Bathory (Hammerheart and Twilight Of The Gods) without being anything else than pure ENSLAVED in my ears. The two singers are doing such a formidable job on this track, and I’ve got to say that Ice’s lead before the mid-break is my favorite lead of his on this album… perhaps even among his entire body of work: simple, elegant and saturated with emotion and atmosphere. It is also necessary to emphasize co-producer Iver Sandøy’s invaluable participation in both the arrangement and production of the song; he played a large role in the song’s dynamics and final arrangement. It also has to be mentioned how brilliant Grutle’s title for the song is. Discussing the lyrics with him, I learned that my own understanding of them took a different path from his – all you could wish from lyrics!”

“RIITIIR” was recorded in Bergen, Norway at Duper Studios, Earshot Studios, Solslottet Studios, and Peersonal Sound. At Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden, Jens Bogren handled mixing duties while Tony Lindgren handled the mastering. The team of producers includes Enslaved’s very own Ivar Bjørnson, Grutle Kjellson & Herbrand Larsen, plus Iver Sandøy.

A lyric video for the opening track “Thoughts Like Hammers” is available here and the full track listing is:

01. Thoughts Like Hammers
02. Death In The Eyes Of Dawn
03. Veilburner
04. Roots Of The Mountain
05. Riitiir
06. Materal
07. Storm Of Memories
08. Forsaken

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SaturninE Streaming Debut Self-Titled Demo

Five-piece all female Italian sludge/doom band SaturninE is streaming its new seven-song demo over on Bandcamp. Among the songs is a cover of the Bathory tune “Call From the Grave.” All five women in the band have an interest in the occult, and hail from the cities of Bologna, Modena and Viterbo. Check out the songs from SaturninE’s unsigned demo below.

SaturninE Demo by SaturninE

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Skyforger Announces New Shows, Working On Bathory Tribute Track

Skyforger has checked in with the following announcement about upcoming live shows and working on a Bathory tribute song:

“At this moment, we can announce just 3 live appearances. There’s going to be more dates/festivals announced soon.

9 March – Hasselt (Belgium)), De Witte Non
10 March – Eindhoven (Netherlands), Dynamo
11 March – tba
13 July – Masters Of Rock festival, (Czech Republic)

“We have been taking part in contest for possibility to play biggest Scandinavian rock / metal festival Sweden Rock. Out of 1500 band applications Skyforger is now been voted into final round of Top 20. Out of these 20 bands – only 3 bands gets to play!

“Please go to this link and make your support click for Skyforger. You can do one vote every day per every available to You computer’s IP address until next Monday, 23 January. Make as many votes as possible, please!

“Skyforger right now is working in studio completing track ‘The Woodwoman’ from ‘Blood On Ice’ album for soon to be released Bathory tribute double CD via English label Godreah Records. More information at this location.”

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Old Corpse Road Recording Bathory Cover "Equimanthorn"

Old Corpse Road has issued the following announcement about recording a Bathory cover track for an upcoming tribute album:

“We have chosen to cover the song ‘Equimanthorn’ from the classic Bathory album ‘Under the Sign of the Black Mark.’ The track is currently being recorded alongside our debut album, and will feature on a new Bathory tribute album ‘Voices from Valhalla’ due out via Godreah Records this year. Check out the original classic here.”

Godreah Records also commented:

“Godreah Records will release a ‘TRIBUTE TO BATHORY’ double cd titled, Voices from Valhalla, in April 2012. The bands appearing are, Taake, Thornium, Nine Covens, Folkvang, Meads of Asphodel, Eastern Front, Throne of Katarsis, Bloodshed Walhalla, Gods Tower, Skyforger, Sigh, Nokturnal Mortum, Mael Mórdha, Darkest Era, Ancient Ascendant, Vrani Volosa, Old corpse Road, Hellsword, plus a few more to be confirmed.”

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