Feb. 9th, 2014 – Vikings landed in the middle of the North American city known as Lawrence, KS. My wife and I set sail to the destination as well, as we wanted to witness the rage that was to happen on stage by these two behemoth bands known as Enslaved and Amon Amarth. This was my first time seeing Enslaved and their first time being in Kansas, so we popped each others cherries that night but this was my 3rd time seeing Amon Amarth and of course they put on a terrific show.
When we were asked by the NFL and Bruno to play our song Give It Away at the Super Bowl, it was made clear to us that the vocals would be live, but the bass, drums, and guitar would be pre-recorded. I understand the NFL’s stance on this, given they only have a few minutes to set up the stage, there a zillion things that could go wrong and ruin the sound for the folks watching in the stadium and the t.v. viewers. There was not any room for argument on this, the NFL does not want to risk their show being botched by bad sound, period.
Heavy, groovin, experimentin German band known as Black Space Riders just released an expansive sludgey album known as “D:REI“. The album is an atmospheric psychedelic journey through time, space and other cliched things that are similar to those listed. BSR bring on some damn good music that has quality post-rock moments as well as chuggy sludge moments. Fans of bands like Red Fang, Baroness and Mastodon. Then again, some moments of the album remind me of Nirvana, Torche and Russian Circles. Weird right?
Behemoth – The Satanist (Metal Blade Records): The devourers ov light, the extreme winds ov hate, the return ov BEHEMOTH! It’s been a long 5 years since the release of Evangelion and it’s been a long ride for the band. A world tour, conquering Leukemia, recovering and rebuilding everything and then releasing the new album, The Satanist, which is Behemoth’s 10 studio album. Long time fans, such as myself, have been eagerly awaiting this album since the first hint that Nergal was able to not only pick up a guitar again, but play a live show and hit the studio. The wait was worth it friends, The Satanist does not disappoint.
Ophidius is just one of those bands whom I adore and I swear they get not enough attention. Incredible talent, beautiful musicianship and headbang inducing metal! Dragonborn axe master (I said axe) Peter Brown slays the song called “Glory of the Dead“, which is on their new EP “The Throat of the World” and is available for free download here. Enjoy the video and subscribe to their Youtube channel.