Behemoth Frontman Adam “Nergal” Darski Explains Latest Video, “God = Dog”

In a recent interview with Headbanger’s Lifestyle at the Alcatraz Festival in Belgium, Behemoth frontman Adam “Nergal” Darski commented on the band’s latest video, “God = Dog” and explained some of the philosophy behind the song. You can watch the full interview below, along with some transcriptions which read as follows:

“Well, it’s a very complex process, because it started with us making this photo session that was very religious-inspired — like religious topics, classic paintings from Caravaggio, Memling and others. We are actors in this… Basically, the whole booklet looks like that — it’s all paintings, but they are reinterpreted by us. Pretty literal, so if I’m a crucified Jesus, I’m a crucified Jesus; I’m not Jesus with a dick out. It’s not obnoxious in any way — it’s very literal, it’s very direct. And I think it’s beautiful; it’s aesthetically really stunning. Then we brought elements of that to that video, and we made it what it is.”

Nergal elaborated further: “‘God = Dog’ is… There’s some controversy about the title, but what can I say? From simple… Just inverse ‘god’ and it gives you ‘dog,’ and that’s the most simplest way to explain the title, but, obviously, it goes deeper than this. It refers to Aleister Crowley’s philosophy, and there’s a quote from Book Of The Law which goes like that: ‘Is a God to live in a dog? No! But the highest are of us.’ And that’s a part of it — it’s a section of the song. And then again, go into the lyrics, make up your mind and build your own world there, because I don’t wanna fucking spoil it.”

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In The Company Of Serpents Posts Advance “Ain-Soph Aur” Album Stream

This Friday, Denver doom duo In The Company Of Serpents will officially unveil stunning new studio offering, “Ain-Soph Aur.” In advance of its release, the record has come online for an early stream – listen in below.

The six-track “Ain-Soph Aur” takes its name from the three veils of negative existence which precede the manifestation of the material universe in the philosophy of Hermetic Qabalah, a Western esoteric tradition involving mysticism and the occult. The phrase translates to “Limitless Light,” and is emblematic of the Qabalistic concepts which are central to the record.

The album was captured at Flatline Audio in Denver by Dave Otero (Cattle Decapitation, Khemmis, Cephalic Carnage) and will see independent release on March 10th, 2017 on digital and vinyl formats.

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Ephedra Streaming Full New Album “Can’-Ka No Rey”

Ephedra’s new album “Can’-Ka No Rey” is now streaming in full below before it drops officially on CD and digital formats January 30th via Argonauta Records.

The album moves along between dreamy space melodies & the sound of a tractor refueled with kerosene for a blend of Karma To Burn meets Dozer. The track listing is as follows:

1. Vicious Circle
2. Bad Hair Day
3. Mother Stone
4. Cornfield Disaster
5. Monday Morning
6. Metamorphosis Calypso
7. Coco Mango Soup
8. Happy Threesome
9. Road Trip
10. Barstool Philosophy
11. Moonshiner
12. Southern Love

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In The Company Of Serpents Reveals New Album “Ain-Soph Aur”

Denver doom duo In The Company Of Serpents will release a new studio offering this March 10th, 2017. Titled “Ain-Soph Aur,” the entrancing six-track recording was captured last year at Flatline Audio in the band’s home city by Dave Otero (Cattle Decapitation, Khemmis, Cephalic Carnage).

“Ain-Soph Aur” takes its name from the three veils of negative existence which precede the manifestation of the material universe in the philosophy of Hermetic Qabalah, a Western esoteric tradition involving mysticism and the occult.

“The phrase translates to ‘Limitless Light,’ and is emblematic of the Qabalistic concepts which are central to the record,” elaborates vocalist Grant Netzorg. “Thematically, this record explores personal discovery and evolution through the lens of Qabalistic and Hermetic thought. It is about shedding the dross and superfluous baggage heaped upon us by society and blind adherence to convention in favor of pursuing the true self at the core of every being.”

“Musically,” he continues, “we’re exploring territory that we’ve alluded to in the past on songs like ‘Rendered Unto Ash,’ but haven’t had a chance to really explore until this record. We’ve previously written many songs that are unrelentingly heavy the whole way through, while on this record we’re exploring the softer, spookier elements of our writing to a much greater degree. The heaviness is still there, rest assured. The closing track, ‘Limitless Light,’ is probably the heaviest thing we’ve written. But that heaviness is contrasted by the more prominent use of dark, sparse passages, and that in turn adds much more impact and heft to those heavy elements.”

1. Middle Pillar
2. Nothingness
3. Crucible
4. Merkabah
5. Limitless Nothingness
6. Limitless Light

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The Surrealist Releases New Song “Self Spiral”

The Surrealist, an instrumental duo based out of Boston featuring guitarist Roopam Garg and drummer John-Marc Degaard, just released debut single “Self Spiral,” which heralds the band’s forthcoming EP “Naked Awareness.”

Talking about the creative evolution “Self Spiral” represents for the Surrealist, the band commented that the song “was intended to introduce the whole concept of The Surrealist, and represent a new and introspective sound to the progressive music scene. Our music is the sonic embodiment of what you’d find in surreal artwork.

“Surrealism by definition is art that intertwines elements from contradictory worlds such as fantasy and reality. An example of this would be depicting an elephant with a trumpet its trunk, or a whale swimming through the sky in a bizarre fashion. The amalgam of such contrasting elements produces something that is challenging to the viewer. We intend to reflect this philosophy in a musical way. In this case, we hope to paint upon the canvas of silence by blending together a multitude of contrasting sounds. We hope to capture the imaginations of people and create music that completes a soundtrack to ones life.”

The “Naked Awareness” EP is scheduled for the September 17th release. About the creative process for this record, duo says: “Whenever we sit down to record, we rarely have any predisposed ideas. The writing phase and recording phase happen simultaneously, meaning that we would come up with a certain idea, or part of an idea, and then record it, vet it, and make any necessary changes before moving on to the next part of the song or idea. So essentially, we have no clue how the song will sound before we sit down to record, and we end up being pleasantly surprised with how it turns out. We just let whatever feels right at the time to guide the direction of the song. It sort of writes itself really. It’s pretty crazy.”

The biggest challenge the band faced during the writing phase for “Naked Awareness” was time. “We take an excessive amount of time to write music. We find ourselves being too judgmental with everything that we create. One day we’d love what we’d written, and then the next day we’d consciously try to find flaws and reasons not to love it in the hopes of creating an even better outcome,” the band states.

“Although this process works well for us, we recognize that this isn’t the optimal way to write music simply because it takes too much time. The ‘Naked Awareness’ EP took two years to finally complete, and we recognize that this isn’t a sustainable practice. We’re now trying to write in a non-judgmental less-resistant way, and to hear the beauty in everything we create. That’s when ‘Self Spiral’ was created – that track literally wrote itself in three days. It was so unexpected. If you told us the day before we started working on the track that we were going to finish it in three days, we would’ve laughed,” they continue.

Listen to the Surrealist’s debut single “Self Spiral” below. The “Naked Awareness” EP will be released on September 17th, and another single taken from the release will be premiered on September 2nd.

1. Canvas Sky
2. Flowering Of Consciousness
3. Become Whales
4. Waves Of Naked Awareness

Self Spiral by The Surrealist

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Rise Of The Northstar Releases “Again And Again” Video

Crossover metal band Rise Of The Northstar kicks off 2016 with an official music video for the single “Again And Again.” Commented the band:

“What we demonstrate and picture in this video is what it takes for an underdog to break into the 2015 music scene and industry. It comes through countless miles on the road, relentless touring, everywhere (Vithia’s multiple injuries are a testimony of how hard it is to deliver what it takes to become established).

“Japanese culture comes into play as a focus driver for us; be it the fictional world of Saint Seiya or the concrete universe of Onizuka and furyos, the philosophy displayed by our heroes is one of absolute tenacity and strength when facing challenges and adversity. Everytime they fall to the ground, they manage to find that extra spark that makes them stand up right back on their feet – Again and again.”

The “Again And Again” single comes off the band’s debut album, “Welcame,” which was released in late 2014 via Nuclear Blast.

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Silent Planet Releasing New Album “The Night God Slept”

Silent Planet will release “The Night God Slept” via Solid State Records on November 10th. Garrett Russell, vocalist of the Los Angeles based sextet, comments:

“There is a constant discussion between those who study theosophy (the philosophy dealing with the nature of divinity) about if there is a God, how can God allow so much evil to happen? Writers throughout time have suggested, in poetic terms, that the state of universal chaos and moral entropy leaves us only to assume that God may have simply ‘fallen asleep.'”

Lyrically, Russell (a self-professed history nerd who holds a Master’s Degree in clinical psychology) acts like a theosophist who seeks to understand the bonds that unite humanity and the divine. On “The Night God Slept” and the previously released “Lastsleep (1944-1946)” EP the main lyrical thrust is songs told through the eyes of women protagonists throughout history.

Spanning from the dawn of time (“First Mother Lillith”) to the bombing of Hiroshima Japan (“Darkstrand Hibakusha”) to the modern day crisis of Sex trafficking in America (“XX City Grave”), the validity of these tales are reinforced by Russell’s choice to add source footnotes that further the literary experience of the album by citing historical and literary references.

Speaking on this direction Russell says, “We see a lot of cultural misogyny in music, certainly in heavy music. Women in heavy music are caught in a binary – they are either written as a ‘good’ moral, ideal woman or a ‘bad’ sinful, tempting woman – but almost never written from their own perspective. What links all of the women in our songs is that they ultimately have to make difficult decisions under the systemic oppression of their coercive ruling forces. Forces which include government, authority figures and the society they live in.”

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Sorrows Path Posts “Epoasis” Music Video

Sorrows Path just released a new music video for the “Epoasis” track, which is taken from new album “Doom Philosophy” released via Iron Shield Records.

The “Epoasis” video was directed by Domenik Papaemmanouil and can be seen below. The “Doom Philosophy” track listing is as follows:

1. First Beam of Darkness into Light (Intro)
2. Tragedy
3. A Dance with the Dead
4. Brother of Life
5. Everything Can Change
6. The King with a Crown of Thorns
7. The Venus and the Moon
8. Epoasis
9. Clouds Inside Me
10. Darkness
11. Damned (O)fish/L.S.D.

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Lyric Video For New Track “Everything Can Change” Posted By Sorrows Path

Greek doom metal act Sorrows Path released a lyric video for the new track “Everything Can Change.” The song features a guest vocal appearance from Snowy Shaw (Therion/Notre Dame/ex-King Diamond) and will appear on the band’s sophomore effort “Doom Philosophy,” which is due out on September 12th via Iron Shield Records.

“Doom Philosophy” was recorded, mixed and mastered at Fragile Studios by Vangelis Yalamas. Another guest appearance will feature guitarist Edgar Rivera (ex-Solitude Aeturnus). The track listing for the album is:

1. First Beam of Darkness into Light (Intro)
2. Tragedy
3. A Dance with the Dead
4. Brother of Life
5. Everything Can Change
6. The King with a Crown of Thorns
7. The Venus and the Moon
8. Epoasis
9. Clouds Inside Me
10. Darkness
11. Damned (O)fish/L.S.D.

Check out “Everything Can Change” here:

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Mire Interivew/Performance Footage From TV ShowAvailable

Montreal, QC’s Mire performed on Global TV Montreal’s Morning Show earlier today (April 7th). Watch the video below of the band’s interview and acoustic performance of “Limitless Pt. 2,” or over at GlobalNews.ca here.

Mire officially released new album “Inward/Outward” on March 18th, which follows the band’s 2010 self-titled EP. Vocalist JP LaChapelle comments on the release:

“Interpreted through our fingers, tongued and toe tips, this album which we’ve been working on for 2 years at totally different points in our lives, demonstrates the fan of emotions of 5 individuals’ experience. The craft is the loom into which our soil-tending, sun-vising and pest-warding efforts bear fruit. Love for the fate of man and the anger to defend it. Overwhelmed with a sense of innate creativity, we all curb our nature to the structures put in place for our short lives; whether building an enterprise, community or institution of any kind. Mire’s decided to make music. Filtered as pure as possible, our passion rendered this product.

“Our maiden album expresses the plight of an impeached animal nature, faced with the philosophy of man’s fate run through questionable funnels. Throughout our creative process, we’ve experienced different stages and shed skins. The 5 colors we shine combine through the prism of ‘Inward Outward’ to produce the first of Mire’s own hues. Being able to walk one’s own path is its own reward and we five musicians feel incredibly fortunate to have seized the chance to create this album. That’s what we celebrate every time we hear it.”

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