Watch this drunk Black Metal band AZAZEL, struggle through their set at Steelfest Open Air, Finland.

Someone managed to film Finnish black metal outfit Azazel‘s set at the ‘Steelfest Open Air‘ this past weekend in Hyvinkää, Finland, because there’s a good chance they don’t remember much of it. Below you can watch the clearly intoxicated band stumble through their performance, complete with a few breathers, tumbles and more.

Azazel: Live at Steelfest- 19.5.2017

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[EXCLUSIVE INDIAN PREMIERE] DODECAHEDRON- TETRAHEDRON – The Culling of the Unwanted from the Earth

DODECAHEDRON is a Black Metal band with Avante-Garde influences. The band is all set to release their sophomore album kwintessens. The album is set to release on MArch 17th, 2017 via Season Of Mist.

The band clearly has evolved into something on it’s own. Showing a demonic attitude with their sound and composition. Lots of variations through right from the starting has made it look interesting and especially with occasional Industrial elements in between. The track TETRAHEDRON – The Culling of the Unwanted from the Earth is a portal into the abyss.

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The band states, “We are pleased to present the second track of our sophomore album ‘kwintessens’, called ‘Tetrahedron – The Culling of the Unwanted from the Earth.’ This is the first of the five key compositions on the album, each of which is related to a geometrical shape called Platonic solid. These shapes have served as compositional tools, while the story throughout the album deals with the process of growth, enlightenment, and megalomania, eventually leading to an obliterating tragedy. Get ready to be plunged into the abyss.

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Ten most anticipated Metal releases of 2017 | Metaljesus Magazine

Just like 2016, the new year seems to be riding high on metal. There’s tonnes of releases lined up for the year, from every corner of the world. As each year passes, the metal fans have something to yearn for from their favourite bands/ artists. There’s everything from Black Metal to Thrash Metal to Death Metal to Symphonic Metal, you name it, there you have it. Last year was a good year for Thrash. We have managed to compile some of them below, for this year.

SEPULTURAMachine Messiah

The Brazilian Metal giants are set to release their fourteenth studio release on January 13, 2017 via Nuclear Blast Records after a gap 4 years since their previous release which was very well received. This is one of the most anticipated releases this year and fans went frenzy over the single ‘Phantom Self’, which can be heard below.

KREATORGods of Violence

One of the most iconic Teutonic Thrash Metal bands, Kreator plans to follow their much acclaimed release ‘Phantom Antichrist’ with another killer album titled ‘Gods of Violence’. The two singles that the band released are a Testament (no pun intended) to the fact that ‘Gods of Violence’ is here to Slay.

XANDRIATheater of Dimensions

Symphonic Metal veterans plan to release their album on the same date as the Kreator, January 27. the band released the single titled We are Murderers (We all) which also features Björn Strid of Soilwork is a powerful single which should give an idea of what a monster of an album it’s going to be like.

The album seems to be a grand affair as it features some other guests like Henning Basse, Zaher Zorgati of Myrath, and Ross Thompson of Van Canto.

OVERKILLThe Grinding Wheel

Three years since their last release ‘White Devil Armory’ which was a mammoth release. Thrash Legends Overkill don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. Their album ‘The Grinding Wheel‘ releases on February 10 this year. The band released two singles to promote this record and from the looks of it, its going to be a mean record, the Overkill way!

MARILYN MANSON- Say 10

As the title suggests this is the upcoming tenth full length release of the one of the most well known Industrial Metal artists Marilyn Manson. He is known for his extreme imagery, terrific stage presence and offensive lyrics that have transcended across and from what the people who have worked closely with Manson on this record claim that its in the roots of Antichrist Superstar and Mechanical Animals which in itself is a major reason for the fans to rejoice and look forward to this record which releases on the 14th of February.

HAVOK – Conformicide

This record is going to be Havok‘s first album under Century Media Records having released their previous records under Candelight Records and also the first album to feature Nick Schendzielos of Cephalic Carnage. It will be interesting to see what Nick will bring to the table for these modern era thrashers who have put out some great materials in the past. Looks like 2017 will still carry on with Thrash metal as the central theme. The album releases on March 10, 2017.

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IMMOLATION – Atonement

With dissonant harmonic patterns, complex rhythm sections and dual guitars, the New York Death Metal veterans Immolation return with ‘Atonement‘ their 10th full-length album. One of the most consistent bands, the single the quartet released on December 15th last year (2016) titled ‘Destructive Currents’ pretty much sums up the fact that this album is going to be a very powerful release as well. The album releases on February 24th this year.

DEMONIC RESURRECTIONDashavatar

One of the biggest acts from India, Demonic Resurrection is a band that has released albums that have stood the test of time and Dashavatar is the band’s 5th full-length album following the release ‘The Demon King‘ album which was a grandiose release in its own right. This also happens to be the first album since the band’s debut release to not feature their long time keyboardist (member) Mephisto who left the band in 2016. It will be interesting to see whether this would alter the sound of the band or not. Before revealing the track list and the artwork done by Visual Amnesia, A Pledge Music campaign was was held by the band for this release and from the turnout it seems clear that the band has some very strong supporters. Watch out for this release as it might just be one of the band’s best. The album releases on March 15th this year.

BELPHEGOR– Untitled album- May 5th, 2017

Austrian Blackened Death Metal giants Belphegor have announced their new album scheduled for release worldwide on May 7th, 2017. The band has now collaborated with Jason Seucof to produce the album, who has also worked with bands like Cannibal Corpse and Deicide to name a few.

PALLBEARERHeartless

Doomsters Pallbearer are all set to release their next album ‘Heartless’ on March 24th, 2017 via Nuclear Blast Records. This also happens to be the band’s first release under a major record label. The band has been making some waves in recent times. The band plays some straight forward Doom Metal amalgamated with occasional melodies and vocals that are reminiscent of Ozzy Osbourne. They had successful releases through their previous record label Profound Lore Records. It would now be interesting to see how their upcoming release would be for a band that goes down the lines of Black Sabbath.

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Anirudh Gollapudi and Harsha Vardhan (Metaljesus Magazine)

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THE TOP FIVE INDIAN METAL RELEASES- 2016- Vote now!

Indian Metal has definitely embarked upon another journey that has left an impression this year with a large number of debut releases. Right from the international release of Third Sovereign to Demonstealer‘s solo album in collaboration with George Kollias to so much more all through out the year. Bands playing different styles of metal have risen and have carved a niche for themselves. A lot of bands choosing to release it via a label and also those that preferred a self release, nevertheless, the zeal to push themselves has left them encouraged. Vote for your favourite artist/ album and lets see how it goes!

TORRID HUSK and END announce new full length split!

West Virginia’s Torrid Husk and Athens’ End have teamed up for a transatlantic behemoth of a split; named Swallow Matewan, it will be devouring listeners whole come September. The record will land on September 23rd on Grimoire Records, with Arcane Angels and Underground Soundscapes releasing it on vinyl and cassette in Europe.

The split has been in the making for a couple of years, both bands admiring the other’s distinctive contribution to black metal. They are an excellent pairing, sharing a vision for their art but each holding a strong individual identity.

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Side A of “Swallow Matewan” was engineered, mixed and mastered by Noel Mueller in the fall of 2015. Side B was mixed at Moth Studio (GR) and mastered by Noel Mueller in the spring of 2016. Vocals recorded by Andrew D’ Cagna at Sacred Sound Studio (OH).  All music & lyrics on Side B by Draenzarth. Additional Guitar on Virga and synth on Existential Litany by Ayloss. © 2016 Grimoire Records. Art by Sergio Padovani.

SAKIS TOLIS [Rotting Christ]- All religions are rotting

Its an honour and a privilege for me to have carried out this interview with a band that I have been listening to for many years. Rotting Christ has been the front face of Greek Black metal. They have had their shares of controversies over the years but they have kept the true spirit of their music alive. I am interacting with Sakis Tolis, the front man and the main composer for Rotting Christ. Excerpts from the interview-

MJM. I am delighted to know that you have taken some time off to do this interview. Thank you so much!

Sakis: My charge to chat and give my last minute to the magazines and people that keep the true spirit metal alive.

 

MJM. The new album ‘Rituals’ has been very well received by both the audiences and the critics, evolving and producing a very atmospheric feel and showing traces of ‘Theogenia’. How does it all go back when you started this album?

Sakis: An album cannot be liked by everyone but I am really honoured that our last opus spoke positively among the great majority of our fans around. This is an album that took me more than a year to compose, more than a year of meditation and research of cultures all around. I do not know if this is our best album yet but definitely our darkest and maybe the most atmospheric release.

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MJM. You have also collaborated with a few international artists for this album. Tell us about your experience of working alongside them.

Sakis: Working with different artists from all around was not a decision to add some credits in the album but a more meaningful choice by me as the main composer. When I come up with a song, I always wonder how I can lift this song with a guest that first of all would be a friend of mine. So, I came up with the following collaborations.

IN NOMINE DEI NOSTRI- Magus from Necromantia

ELTHE KYRIE- Danai Katsameni (ACTRESS OF HELLENIC THEATER)

FOR A VOICE LIKE THUNDER- Nick Holmes from Paradise Lost

LES LITANIES DE SATAN- Vorph from Samael

DEVADEVAM- Kathir from Rudra

MJM. At what point did you realize the band was working on a sound that was a lot different from the earlier records? What inspires you to change the sound to such an extent? How do you get it all into place?

Sakis: Any new album by ROTTING CHRIST is a kind surprise for our fans and this is what I am doing and have as a purpose, as the main and the only composer of the band. I would like to keep the interest of our listeners by changing a little bit of the sound, faithful to our roots of course, our dark black roots. This is what I did with the last album that in my opinion sounds different from the others especially in the lyrical voice and atmospheric parts of it.

 

MJM. Let’s talk about how the initial days of ‘Rotting Christ’ were.

Sakis: The story is so long that it can be written into a book haha but if you want to know about our first steps in two words, they were, TRUE UNDERGROUND. We still keep the underground spirit but I do not know how true this can be nowadays with so much of commercialization of the scene. The main thing is that we always try to keep the  old spirit into the current era.

 

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MJM. How do you perceive today’s Black Metal? How do you think has it evolved over time?

Sakis: Black Metal was, is and always will be the most extreme genre in music in general that expresses the dark hidden side of every human being. It doesn’t have to be commercial. We are a few that knows. That completes me as an individual.

MJM. What’s your take when a set of people claim “Black Metal needs to stay underground”, “It shouldn’t be promoted or commercialized” etc.? In what way do you think would it affect the future of many budding black metal bands?

Sakis: We cannot hide and we do not see the reality. We unfortunately or fortunately (time will show) live in a time of explosion. We cannot escape from our destiny, at least in this time period. Of course, what underground should is to do is keep deficiency in the explosion and keep the underground values alive. The difference between serious and ridiculous is so small nowadays.

MJM. A while ago, the Greek economy was severely hit. How did it affect the band’s progress? How did you guys recover from it?

Sakis: And is getting worse and worse, day by day but we are here because of something that doesn’t kill us. It made us stronger and you know something despite the financial problems. I feel that there is an explosion in the metal scene (weird ehhh) but this is the truth. Maybe, people are seeking for alternative ways of expression and metal is one of these.

 

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MJM. I am glad to know that things are back on track for you guys. The band is also set to tour extensively in the days to come. How does it settle up on you, when you play songs from the older records if at all? Or at least rehearsals too?

Sakis: It is great and I feel that we are currently passing our best period as a band, doing good shows, touring the whole globe and getting a remarkable feedback. We worked hard for this because this is our life and this is our destiny. Always front line! Soon in your city!

MJM. Here’s a question that I have been waiting to ask you for a very long time. How do you deal with controversy? In what ways do you think was the work flow hit?

Sakis: It is hard. Controversy causes problems in all the bands but they can be found in several ways from casual chats to fights!!!!! The main thing is that we always find a solution and that matters!

MJM. Did the name, ‘Rotting Christ’ affect you as a musician in the industry? Were you ever sceptical about the audience’s perception?

Sakis: It always caused problems and closed many doors but as we believe that all religions are rotting, we keep the name true to our own and the underground belief. Conservatism should feel METAL somehow. This is at least something that we elders in the scene used to know!!

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MJM. You have been very vocal about religion, politics etc., any last words for your fans?

Sakis: Be true to your own spirit and always… NON SERVIAM.

 

MJM. Thank you so much for taking time out to do this interview. I had a great time interacting with you.

Sakis: Me too bro! And greetings from the Hellenic scene to your readers!

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Harsha Vardhan (Metaljesus Magazine– Owner/Chief Editor)