Check out the latest music video from occult rock act Lucifer, featuring amongst others Nicke Andersson (Hellacopters, ex-Entombed) and Johanna Sadonis (ex-The Oath).
We’re listening to Grave Pleasures new album ‘Motherblood’ alot these days, and thought we should share their new videos. For those of you who don’t know of Grave Pleasures, you might have heard of Beastmilk? Grave Pleasures rose from the ashes of the last mentioned, and they are throwing us a funeral party!
Our prediction is that ‘Motherblood’ will be their big breakthrough – with a little help from Fenriz who promoted them on his ‘Radio Fenriz’. He even said:
The new Grave Pleasures is sooo good, I even went to see them live fer Chrissakes!
Their genre is apocalyptic post-punk, and if you ever get the chance to see these guys live, you really should! It’s intense, it’s dark and it’s an experience you won’t be forgetting any time soon. And a little tip from us, remember these lines:
Oh happy death
It’s been too long
I’ve come to be with you again
My friend of death
Open your arms
I’ll be your joyful native
Today is a day of mourning here in Norway.
It’s been 5 years since our government quarter was bombed. 5 years since the Utøya massacre, where a right-wing extremist executed 69 people – most of them teenagers – at the Norwegian Labour party’s summer camp for youths. It’s our 9/11. It is almost impossible to imagine the horror these youths and children experienced, trapped on an island with a terrorist and his semi-automatic weapons and expandable ammunition. He laughed as he walked around, shouting “you are going to die today, marxists!”. They had nowhere to hide.
77 people died that day. Hundreds were injured and traumatized. And the terrorist was one of us.
Today Utøya is a memorial and a center for learning about what happened there on 22nd July 2011. The Labour youth party still arranges summer camps on the tiny island, shaped as a heart.
I’m writing this as I’m listening to Harakiri for the Sky and their heartbreaking song ’69 Dead Birds for Utøya’. You should to.
Is it true, that we are nothing but handprints on a misty pane?
How can we fall asleep while the world is still burning?
How shall I sleep, when I carry the weight of the world on my shoulders?
How shall I sleep?
How shall I sleep?
Everytime you think the most stupefying incident in this world already happened,
there comes one more.
If you want to learn more about what happened, I recommend reading these:
Extract of ‘One of Us’ by Åsne Seierstad (you should read the whole book)
This spring swedish crossover thrashers Germ Bomb releases their 3rd full length ‘Under a Fading Sun’. My first encounter with them was with their debut album back in 2010, when they made me sing ‘Infected! Infected!’ all summer.
Allthough I know the band is not found of being categorized, they still play powerful crossover thrash with hints of both heavy metal, black’n’roll and doom. To me, ‘Under a Fading Sun’ feels alot darker and dirtier than their previous material. In ‘Funeral Blues’ for instance, the riffs are slower and doomier, matching it’s title perfectly. ‘Endless Thirst’ has more melodic vocals, sending me to heavy metal land. Last track on the album, called ‘Religious Vomit’ has a perfect groovy black’n’roll riff in the middle, making my nose wrinkle (in that good metal way).
So, to sum it up, I think ‘Under a Fading Sun’ is both darker and more diverse than Germ Bombs previous releases. It’s reflected on the album cover which is inspired by polish surrealist Zdzisław Beksiński (who by the way is one of my favourite artists – you should google him!).
The album was recorded in Welfare Sounds Studio in Gothenburg (Bombus, Bombs of Hades) in october 2014 with Per Stålberg and Olle Björk behind the knobs and as producers, mastered by Daniel Johansson and artwork created by Lenore Ani.
7. 1000 Suns
Black Forest Magazine are proud to present the world premiere of Germ Bombs brand new video ‘1000 Suns’!
– The lyrics in the song which reflects the video are issues about how we treat this planet and how we more or less will destroy ourselves with greed. We wanted to do something different and not just capture a band playing a song straight up and down because its boring and done a million times before!
Enjoy Germ Bombs brand new music video below:
Swedish punk thrasher duo Germ Bomb is releasing their 3rd full length this spring, titeled ‘Under a Fading Sun’. In that regard we had a little chat with Hampus, wanting to know more about the band and their plans for the future.
First off, could you tell us a bit about Germ Bomb? I know you are two swedish guys playing thrash, and I’ve heard rumours that you found your band name listening to Dead Kennedys?
Yeah, it’s true we came up with the name while listening to a Dead Kennedys song titled “Kinky sex makes the world go round”. ‘Germ bomb’ is in the lyric somewhere and we thought it sounded cool.
Me (Hampus) and Pierre started Germ Bomb when our former band Hathor split up, we were playing some kind of punkrock at that time and felt we had to change direction. I had just dicovered bands like Toxic Holocaust, Bastardator and Children Of Technology so we started writing songs that was harder and darker than before. We have always listened to all kinds of music. 80’s thrash, punk, 82punk and metal so it came natural for us to create a blend of all that. Germ Bomb was born! Maybe it’s thrash metal, we really dont care as long as it feels right!
We were bored with almost all metal at that time, perfect produced radiometal or melodic shit which we both hated.
It was liberating to listen to all those metalpunk bands and all of a sudden we were part of some kind of metalpunk movement. One thing led to another and we discovered 100 more bands and metal was fun again!
This is your 3rd full length album, and while your cover art in the past has been pretty stereotypical for the thrash genre, the new album seems to be alot darker visually and not so caricatured as the previous ones?
You are right, we wanted something different for this album cover, as you said it’s darker and not so stereotyped as for lot of thrash metal bands. We don’t consider us as a thrash metal band, we don’t want a label but we know people tend to place bands. We are big fans of polish artist Beksinski so we searched the net for artists influenced by him and we found Lenore Ani. She got some instructons, “keep it dark and gloomy” and she nailed it, we think it’s killer!
It’s not only the album cover that has darkened. In my opinion some of the material on ‘Under A Fading Sun’ leans more over to Black’n’roll, sounding heavier and slower. Is this Germ Bomb evolving, or moving away from the thrash genre?
I think you have to evolve and not create the same album over and over, so it came naturally. We are big fans of Midnight and Celtic Frost and we wanted it to sound more dirty and raw. We have been into doom bands a lot recently and I think you can hear that in the music as well.. We also changed studio for this album, it’s recorded in Welfare Sounds Studio (Bombs of Hades, Bombus) with Per Stålberg and Olle Björk behind the knobs. And they created that raw soundscape that we were looking for.
I’m always curious about where artists find their inspiration. Could you tell us something about what and who has inspired you along your way?
Everything from movies, books, music or whatever that comes in your way can inspire to a song. We always try to be open for all kinds of music.
Obviously Motörhead has been a big inspiration for us together with Slayer, Celtic Frost and a lot of punk bands like Exploited and GBH.
Nowadays bands like Saint Vitus, Electric Wizard, Einsturzende Neubauten, Of The Wand And Moon or Velvet Underground can inspire us. We have to mention Satyricon as a big influence and especially Frost and his drumming. It’s awesome!
So what is in the future for Germ Bomb? Are you planning any touring after the release of ‘Under a Fading Sun’?
We will soon premiere our first official video “1000 Suns” from the upcoming album. We would like to thank Black Forest Mag for the interview and hopefully we will hit the stage and create some chaos.
See you soon!
You can find more information and updates from the band here:
After all the success they’ve had lately, it came as a shock to us that In Solitude has decided to call it quits. From the band’s statement there are no bad blood within the band, and they actually even says that their love for each other and the music is stronger than ever. It seems like they’ve just come to the end of their journey as In Solitude. Being fans of the band, seeing them live, and even claiming their latest release ‘Sister’ as one of the best albums in 2013, it’s a bit sad to see them leave the ranks of great metal bands. Certainly they left while they were still on top, and their legacy will withstand.
This has been one of the hardest decisions we’ve ever had to make and we’ve had to investigate every inch of our beings in order to make this right. In Solitude has been the center of our lives for 13 years and we’ve invested everything we have in this and to make this decision was to rip us up by ours roots and make us re-evaluate our entire lives and our future.
Read the full statement from the band here.
The news just dropped that Beastmilk has transformed into Grave Pleasures. The name change is said to be due to some ‘irreconcilable differences’ between the co-founders of the band, resulting in Johan “goatspeed” Snell leaving the band.
The lineup now still consists of Kvohst and Arina, and Linnea Olsson (The Oath, Sonic Ritual) who joined the band earlier in 2014. They also recruited Juho Vanhanen (Oranssi Pazuzu) as their new guitarist. It’s a bit shame they dropped their Beastmilk name as it really represented something new and unique, but the great news is that they are now entering studio to record their new album. And yes, they will still be playing the Beastmilk classics live!
As many of you may already know, we’re also running Black Forest Records, which is a record label, a management and a webshop dealing with extreme metal. In December, we unleashed Vyrju’s long awaited debut EP named ‘Black’. Behind Vyrju is no other than Jan, my partner in crime and life. Ever since we started Black Forest Magazine, our policy has always been to only write about music we really like, and I think Vyrju has qualities that deserves to be shared with our readers.
Lets start with the basics: Vyrju is an international band project with base in Norway, and can best be described as dark, melancholic and melodic black metal. It was started as a one man band by Jan F. Lindsø (Gjenferdsel) back in 2006. All instruments are performed by him, except drums and clean vocals which are performed by Tim Yatras (Germ, Austere, ex-Nazxul, ex-Woods of Desolation etc.) which appears as a session musician.
The feedback so far has been nothing but amazing! Zero Tolerance rated the EP 5/6, and wrote that ‘Black’ was an “immensely promising EP with its depressive, yet alluring, bittersweet black metal soul…”. Others said “Vyrju play grandiose and gorgeously melodic black metal that isn’t short on frostbitten sorrow and grief, straddling a similar line that bands like Austere”.
No Clean Singing ment that “Black is captivating”, and Kim Kelly (Kerrang, Pitchfork, Terrorizer, Metalsucks etc.) wrote that “Vyrju offer windswept melodic black metal buried under new-fallen snow. Oddly catchy and prettily plaintive”.
Meat, Mead and Metal sums it up in a great way: “Those who can reconcile having a record collection heavy on early Darhthrone and the newer stuff from Alcest (such as me) are sure to spend plenty of time with “Black.”
Behemoth’s frontman and enfant terrible Adam Nergal Darski will unleash his first biography some time during the first quarter of 2015 through the book publisher Jawbone. It is titled ‘Confessions of a Heretic. The Sacred and the Profane: Behemoth and Beyond’.
The book, which was originally released in his native language polish back in 2012, was called ‘Spowiedź Heretyka. Sacrum Profanum’, and became a bestseller. We’re pretty sure it will repeat the bestselling now that it will be available in english. The biography contains all about Nergal’s life, including love life, musical career, religious views, and his battle against life threathening cancer.
We’re probably not the only ones waiting for it to become available in a readable language!
EDIT: The book is now available for pre-order on Amazon. The official releasedate is set to 19th of March 2015.
While waiting for the release, we urge you to check out Nergal’s teaser trailers here: