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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Nargaroth is a German black metal band


Nargaroth is a German black metal band created by René “Ash” Wagner (formerly “Kanwulf”) in Germany, 1996.

According to Ash, Nargaroth was formed in 1989, but due to contradictory statements of Ash, this date is disputed, as well as the release of the seven track instrumental demo Orke in 1991. It is supposed that this demo was actually released in 1999. The demo Herbstleyd, which Ash claims to be released in 1993, was probably not released before this date.
Nargaroth’s first album Herbstleyd was released by No Colours Records in 1999, followed in 2000 by Amarok, which is not an album but a re-release of old recordings, as well as the controversial demo Fuck Off Nowadays Black Metal, (released as a demo resulting to disputes over production values). This demo is said to be limited to 333 tapes and 100 LPs, but more units were probably released.

In 2001, No Colours Records released Black Metal ist Krieg, considered Ash’s dedication to black metal. It was followed in 2002 by Rasluka Part II. The third album Geliebte des Regens was released in 2003. 2004 saw release of live album Crushing Some Belgian Scum, Rasluka Part I, and Prosatanica Shooting Angels. The next album Semper Fidelis was released by No Colours Records in 2007. The sixth album was released in 2009 named Jahreszeiten by No Colours Records limited to 1000 copies.










The Furor are a black/death metal trio hailing from Perth, Australia

The Furor are a black/death metal trio hailing from Perth, Australia. They have released two full-length albums and an EP. The band was formed in 2002.

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The Furor

Music And Dance Of Norway

Music And Dance Of Norway

Although there is scant written record of what kind of music was played in Norway but there is a vast audio record which provides some insight to this. Minor or Modal scales with a sober and haunting sound form the music of Norway. There is very little written record to give the background of the origin and existence of music but it is learned that religious and traditional music prevailed. Like many other countries, Norway too experienced a revival in the 20th century. Ballads and short songs are the common types of traditional or folk songs.

Other popular kind of folk music is hymns, work songs, trialling vocals skillingsviser. Like the nearby countries of Sweden and Denmark, Norway too has a Nordic dance music tradition. The most distinctive instrument in Norwegian folk music is hardingfele. Bygdedans including halling, pols, springleik, rull, gangar and springar are the traditional dances of Norway. They were performed on important events such as weddings, funerals etc and were called the Courting Dances. Few dances were also brought from Europe like the fandango, reinlender, waltz polka and mazurka. Norwegian harp, bukkehorn, harpeleik, lur are a few other traditional instruments.

A movement throughout Europe, National Romanticism, affected classical musicians as well as the classical musicology. Bull was the first to present folk tunes to the public in urban areas. The urban audiences were slow in responding and understanding the traditional music. With the booming economy after the French Revolution, many foreign musicians settled in Norway and hence, contributed a lot to Norwegian music. Many female musicians were widely accepted and were paid well. Music post World War II addressed social and political concerns.

Many technological developments with a variety of electronic effects and peculiar instruments took place post World War II. By the end of the 20th century, Norwegian classical music had become very diverse, incorporating elements from throughout the country's documented musical history, as well as modern jazz, pop and rock.

Norway has originated its own music too it has expressed its breakthrough in jazz, blackmetal, electronica and pop artists. Knut Reiersrud is one of Norway's top blues guitarist. Titanic, the film, brought worldwide popularity to Sissel Kyrkjebo, a Norwegian singer, also known as Sissel. She had recorded a soundtrack for the film. The Norwegian rock scene comprises bands such as Turbonegro, Bigbang, Madrugada, Kaizers, Orchestra and Gate. Along with Sweden and Finland, Norway too has been a major player in the extreme metal scene and few bands which performed in genre and attained popularity are Dimmu Borgir, Burzum, Immortal, Emperor, Enslaved, Mayhem Gorgoroth, and Darkthrone.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Heathen Folk Revival point 10 of the 24 points Odinism Wotanism Asatru

GRAVELAND - WHITE BEASTS OF WOTAN

GRAVELAND - WHITE BEASTS OF WOTAN



Black Metal Beliefs

Black Metal Beliefs

Normally approach in waves, with roots in old school thrash metal, black metal is a little know, often misinterpreted sub-genre. Metal has been an exit to disillusioned kids looking for a way out of internal struggles with personal, religious or cultures differences.. This little subset of dedicated fans have committed a great deal of crimes and felonies, such as church burnings (50 or more churches) and murders.

Black Metal Beliefs

Mayhem and Varg Vikernes is the most favorite metal band to date. In the year of 1993 Oystein Aarseth, owner of record label Deathlike Silence, was killed by Vikernes. Vikernes was found guilty of murder later that year. This impact, the anti-religious position of Vikernes was a expression of the views of the metal genre as a whole. With any culture, you will find the disputes, opinions and beliefs.

Impacts on Black Metal

Pioneered bands like Bathory and Cruachan took their music to a Viking lore and mythology style and made an impact on the metal music genre. These metal bands that are know as "folk" and "viking" often use instruments that are away from the norms and opt to compliment the common electric instruments, like guitars, drums and bass. This music includes bands with an ambient, symphonic and doom metal sound have been experimented. Old 80's punk movement (know as crust) to Gothic or even industrial influences have some further sounds that some black metal bands have pushed the envelope with.

The Black Metal Impression

Romanticized or demonized has had a living impression on the metal genre and will proceed to so long as there are fans disenfranchised with the world they see around them, requiring an exit for their creativity and individualism. With metal bands such as Venom and Celtic Front to the present and future. Black metal will become stronger, more shocking and will continue to be experimental.

Venom Legend Of Black Metal

The black metal genre of music was brought into being by the band named Venom who had named one of its songs 'Black Metal'. From then on black metal music has become popular, especially amidst the youth of today. In this context, it is important to remember that to become a professional black metal guitarist, you must master the black metal scales. This is a must with regard to technique and style. Some of the most common scales have been mentioned below:

Venom Legend Of Black Metal
The natural minor scale is used quite commonly while playing heavy metal. It is not an exotic scale, but can produce several exquisite and unique music combinations. However, this scale lacks tension. It is also categorized under the major scale as the 6th mode. While playing this scale try being innovative and creative in your riffs, picking techniques and hooks; and you will be able to create some of the most unique playing styles.

Next is the harmonic minor scale. It is almost similar to the natural minor scale but comprises of a 7th sharp / major. Thus, the corresponding chord related to this scale is sharp 7 minor. Metal guitarists usually make use of power chords to enhance their performance; and using this scale along with power chords will help you display a really good and extraordinary performance. This combination will produce some enigmatic music for your audience.

Another important scale is known as Phrygian scale that is most commonly used by metal guitarists. The second tone of this scale is flat and it also falls under the major scale category in the 3rd mode. This produces a unique sound that is dark and somber. To add some flavor you may combine Phrygian power chords along with the Phrygian scale and display some of the most exotic metal combinations and music.

The Lydian scale is a major scale. It has a sharpened 4th note and produces qualitative sound and sequence. The scale is most suited for metal that is played at slow pace and rhythm. The scale goes well with its related power chords.

IMAX Black Metal Hurricane

IMAX Black Metal Hurricane

When was the last time you had a candle-lit dinner at home? What do you think created that dreamy ambience? The mellow glow of the candle light of course! A finely set table without proper lighting is definitely a turn-off. So, recreate the magic of romance at home with the ultra-stylish IMAX Black Metal Hurricane candle holder.

Hurricane candle holders offer simple lighting solutions to your home in a stylish yet inexpensive way. The sophisticated design of the IMAX Hurricane makes it a stunning standalone showpiece that adds a touch of elegance to your home. You can even decorate hurricane candle holders with ferns and flowers or simply tie a satin ribbon around to make them all the more attractive.

What is interesting about the transition metal hurricane holder is that it can give a silky natural light that is hard to recreate with artificial lighting. Unlike other traditional hurricane holders, the IMAX Black Metal Hurricane uses candle for lighting and not oil. This makes it easy to use and clean. You can even add aromatic candles to the transition metal hurricane holder to fill your home with a sweet scent. The stand made of black metal adds grandeur to this holder and the traditionally shaped hurricane glass adds an old world charm to your home. You can use hurricane candle holders as centerpieces for your dinner table or even for weddings as they blend well with any kind of décor.

The exquisite IMAX Black Metal Hurricane candle holder that is perfect to create a romantic atmosphere at home.

Black Metal Guitars


Music is the best form of expression - of feelings as well as attitudes. Different types of music provide different expressions, so you can choose what suits you the most. Hard rock or heavy metal music takes the form of expression to various extremes. Black metal is a sub-genre of heavy metal class indulging in an extreme form of creativity and individualism, pioneered by thrash metal bands. If you think you belong to this sub-culture and want to explore further, let nothing stop you from going for black metal guitar lessons - you have a wide range of choices in the pre-recorded CD or DVD courses.

While you explore how and from where to take lessons, it will be helpful to start listening to albums of popular black metal bands and reading about evolution of the black metal subclass. This will prepare a useful ground for your future lessons. You may start either with the "first wave" bands of 1980s such as Bathory, Venom, and Hellhammer; or the "second wave" bands of early nineties: Burzum, Mayhem, Immortal and Emperor. It will be better to also listen to some thrash metal bands to understand how the black metal sub-genre evolved.

Tremolo picking is an essential skill in the genre of heavy metal music, including black metal. While you can read instructions on tremolo picking at several places, the best way to learn is through professionally designed lessons offered on CDs and DVDs.

Apart from good guitar technical skills, the key to playing good heavy metal music is in the control of the guitar instrument and guitar effects. In order to get a good solid tone from your guitar amplifier, the combination of guitar and special distortion pedals is required and tweaked to perfection.

Internet is a convenient source to explore heavy metal music and the bands. You should certainly go through the background information of the metal guitar music; it will help you understand the fine differences between the dark metal and other subclasses. But when it comes to learning, the best metal guitar lessons are confined to CDs and DVDs; be convinced of that.

Dark metal music, in particular, symbolizes freedom and demands an open and free mind - given to both experimentation and exploration. To learn black metal, you need an attitude more than anything else. Mastering this extreme form of self expression will likely open up new faculties of your mind which had remained untouched so far.

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Barn Owl - Ancestral Star


Beneath the unforgivable scab on the landscape that is Elephant & Castle shopping centre in London lies a small, delightful dive of a venue called the Corsica. Its entrance suggests a warehouse or garage more than a location to go and watch bands perform. But nevertheless, about an hour from my arrival there, Barn Owl makes their London debut; slicing through the darkened stage area with an unstoppable, psychedelic soundwave of a folk, drone and doom composite.

It’s unfortunate then that the San Franciscan duo are relegated to almost footnote status on a bill that attempts to bring the adventurous spirit of Birmingham’s Supersonic festival to this grimy corner of the capital. Playing in support of established acid rockers Voice of the Seven Thunders and the ‘all-star’ cast of Master Musicians of Bukkake, naturally few were out that evening with the sole intent of experiencing Barn Owl.

But this month, all eyes and ears should be focussed on Barn Owl with the November 2nd release of their third LP and Thrill Jockey debut, Ancestral Star. And if the wide-eyed silence of the awe-struck crowd that followed Barn Owl’s Corsica set is anything to go by, Jon Porras and Evan Caminiti should soon be preaching to more converts than ever.

What immediately sets Ancestral Star apart from Barn Owl’s earlier output is the mammoth, thick sound that pours forth. Gone are the sparse drones and brittle, lo-fi folk that ornamented Bridge to the Clouds and From Our Mouths A Perpetual Light. This time round, Barn Owl is heavier and denser than ever before with ‘Sundown’ and the title track seemingly taking cues from SunnO))) and more restrained pieces like ‘Night’s Shroud’ nodding towards the Wild West desert rock of Earth’s latest incarnation. But as the band explains, this is less to do with venerating the drone elders than it is with a personal progression, not to mention the first opportunity Barn Owl has had to actually take their time in the studio.

“I would say, initially when we first started and especially when we recorded From Our Mouths…, Earth was a big influence. But we tried to incorporate a much wider range of influences for Ancestral Star. We listened to a lot of Alice Coltrane and other jazz albums… Bill Frisell was also a huge influence on us,” said Jon.

“Yeah, I mean it’s a good reference point for the kind of ‘desert sound’,” Evan added. “But I think we’re more inspired by things like The Dead Man soundtrack and Cormac McCarthy novels. Of course, Earth’s great but not so much a conscious influence these days. Popol Vuh is a really big influence for a lot of this stuff, and Loren Connors and Sandy Bull are two guitarists that we reference a lot in our playing I’d say.

Ancestral Star is a kind of natural progression from what we felt at the time. With The Conjurer we tried to make everything have a lot space really, the sparseness was just what we were feeling at the time.”

Jon believes that Barn Owl owes the sonic leap the forward to the time spent in the studio last year with producer The Norman Conquest. “I think in terms of the heaviness, the sound quality is a lot better. The engineer we worked with, Norman Conquest (we call him Norman, he’s a friend of ours), I mean he’s a recording genius. We’d show up at the recording studio and he’d have dozens of mics set up all over the studio, pointing at random corners of the room where he was hearing resonant frequencies. So we left it all up to him. He also built these microphones out of old speakers. He put two or three of them right by our amps; that picked up a lot of low end.”

Working with what Evan refers to as “a mad scientist of sound” definitely has its perks. The results shine through at every level of the record, dousing the listener with dominating rays of psychedelia. “Everything was based around recording some live tracks to 2” tape, and kind of saturating it,” said Evan, giving some insight into how the sound was captured. “We had to hit the tape pretty hard to get that sizzling thick sound.”

Indeed, the hefty production sucks you in with the force of a black hole but there is also a peculiar, almost spiritual essence to Ancestral Star that is homely and alien all at once, a device that will keep the LP glued to the record player for months to come. The ritualistic feel that emanates from tracks like ‘Flatlands’ and ‘Incantation’ almost seem like memories of bygone eras. So being the huge metalhead retard that I am, I couldn’t resist asking the guys if there was any kind of theme to the record. I am a whore for pretentious concept albums… and pretentious things in general.

Jon swiftly put my naïve thoughts to bed: “If there is a premise, and I guess this applies to our sound in general, it’s combining a wide range of influences that speak to us that we try to combine to make our own sound,” he said. “But as far as a specific premise for the album, there’s no over-arching concept or anything like that.”

But my own interpretations weren’t far off the mark it seems, as I coaxed what I could out of Evan to elaborate on the meaning of the album’s title. “It refers to this idea of ‘ancestral memory’ which was explained to me some years ago by my then music teacher, a free jazz sax player,” he explained. “He referenced flamenco music and said that the musicians believed they were channelling the spirits of their ancestors when they played. So it’s the idea of connecting with this other energy through music. Being absorbed in it and having a deep connection that goes beyond the material world.”

Barn Owl’s dream-like drone is the perfect vehicle for this elusive ‘energy’ that Evan speaks of. It courses through the duration of Ancestral Star with the mysticism of a Hindu raga and it’s utterly enthralling. What is it about drone that conjures these intangible thoughts though?

“I don’t know,” said Evan. He hesitated. Then proceeded to reel off everything I’ve always felt about the style but have never been able to put into words. “For me it’s like… when I put on good drone music it immediately eases my mind in a lot of ways. There’s something comforting about the meditative value of it, being able to really focus and tune out all the noise of the world and centre yourself.”

Jon added: “Also, I feel that there’s something really profound about seeing detail in something that on the surface is stagnant. To me that’s mysterious and exciting.” They both hit the nail on the head, just as their work in Barn Owl does.

Ancestral Star is gorgeous. Buy it now. Read the full interview here and check out the video for closing track, 'Light From The Mesa'.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Palace of Worms - Lifting the Veil


Lifting the Veil is an execution in raw, piously orthodox black metal. An undeniable air of elite swagger backed up by riffs and oscillations that sound as vital and cacophonous as Norway circa 1991. The atmosphere lurches simultaneously into territories of vice, degradation and pure driving power. Like the angular riff work of Wrest set to a boundlessly more insidious upbringing. There is an admirable sense of direction tugging at the dissonant atonality of this recording: an awkward incongruity that would probably fail in the hands of so many other musicians.

Palace of Worms comes highly recommended to anyone who has at some point found refuge in the recordings of other San Franciscan black metal monuments (Leviathan, Draugar, Necrite, etc). Lifting The Veil steps up the ante, assembling an audial horror surpassing last years The Forgotten. Coupling abject disgust for humankind with an aura that seeks to glorify the insignificance and vacuous nature of existence, Palace of Worms can clearly deliver. Balan does well to balance his angular, pissed-off approach to melody with the more atmospheric passages that expand from the dark recesses of sound. As if his campaign of hate and extermination finds absolution in the very insignificance the every-day-man peddles. A kind of inverted Schopenhauer.

Lifting the Veil is packed with the twists, turns and ideas a premature Wrest couldn’t quite pull off. This is about as engaging as modern day orthodoxy gets: undaunted by experiments in sound, moments of crystalline composure that take numerous listens to fully appreciate and absolute driving, eye-rolling sections of undiluted black metal swagger that leave you empowered but bitterly engaged. Post rock, psych and almost DSO like injections of fervour meld seamlessly to create a truly inspired opus. Just give the attached track a listen.