Ghost just released a video for their song “Cirice”, that will feature on their upcoming album “Meliora”. The album will be released August 23rd, 2015.
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:
Lately we’ve had a wave of occult bands moving between heavy and black metal. Sweden has been one of the of the countries that has been leading way with bands such as Ghost and In Solitude amongst others. With the decease of In Solitude, we definitely lost one of the masters of occult heavy metal. The throne has now been passed on to fellow countrymen.
Tribulation moves gently between heavy metal and black metal. It’s not without reason I mentioned In Solitude in the beginning, because Tribulation are pretty close to them music-wise. But on another hand their vocalist Johannes Andersson has a lot more darker vocals, and in many ways resembles the vocals of Jon Nödtveidt.
‘The Children of the Night’ is a diverse album, and is a collection of dark emotions represented by everything from piano parts to more classic heavy metal styled grimness. A band to look out for, and a must see live in 2015. Watch the video of ‘Strange Gateways Beckon’ below.
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:
A month ago, we featured Autumn’s Dawn first full length album here on Black Forest Magazine. It’s really an unique piece of depressive rock which mainly is a product of two creative minds getting together to create music. I hooked up with Tim Yatras aka Sorrow, to have a chat with him about his side project Autumn’s Dawn, and his main solo project Germ.
If I have understood you correctly, Autumn’s Dawn is a cooperation where you and Anguish get together and work on material that doesn’t fit your individual projects. Am I right? Did you already have material that fitted together, or did you compose a lot of the material together?
Yes, that’s pretty much it [laughs]. We both are constantly writing music, and thus have a lot of material which may not fit our main bands. We both had material written in regards to the debut EP – in fact, that EP was basically made up of riffs that we had laying around. When we decided to do AD we compiled our ideas together and came up with the EP, but when we did “Gone”, almost all material for that was written specifically for the album. We pretty much started from scratch with that one.
I think you have released quite a diverse album, and at times I found it hard to put a label on the whole album. Even though the basis is depressive rock, you even touch everything from softer music to black metal. Was this intended, or just a consequence of your way of working together?
This is absolutely just us working together. When we set out to write the album, we just said we would do what comes naturally, and not worry about any genre limitations, or worry about what people may think or anything. Originally the album actually started out even less BM than what it ended up being, but along the way, and especially once we began the recording, more and more BM elements crept in. At the end of the day, I think it’s fair to say that we just made an honest album without thinking too much about it. It is what it is, I’m not proclaiming it to be a masterpiece or anything, but I think it’s a pretty cool depressive rock album with some BM elements here and there.
When we set out to write the album, we just said we would do what comes naturally, and not worry about any genre limitations, or worry about what people may think or anything.
In Germ you played some selected gigs, but I haven’t seen much live activity lately. Do you still plan to do more shows, even with Autumn’s Dawn, or do you prefer to be more of a studio artist?
Regarding Germ live shows, I think I’m just about done with shows within Australia. I did a few shows at the end of last year and the start of this year, I think that’s enough for now, for Australia at least. I’ll focus attention elsewhere in the world for 2015. As for AD live shows, we have no plans at the moment to play live, however we have not ruled anything out. If we get a good offer, we may take it up! Lets just see what the future holds…
Do you have any plans for Autumn’s Dawn in the future, or will it still work as a side project?
AD will always be a side project. Anguish and I will always have our main bands which will take priority. Having said that, I honestly believe AD will continue on for the forseeable future. We work really well together, and I’m sure at some point next year we’ll get together and start working on a new album. Maybe we’ll even do a few live shows, who knows!?