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

Credits: The PRP

[EXCLUSIVE ASIAN PREMIERE] THE PROJECTIONIST- Exalted Solitude (Full Album)

Canadian Black Metal band THE PROJECTIONIST have unleashed their second album Exalted Solitude today, that is geared to astound listeners with their style of early Black Metal. The band’s version of Black Metal is raw, and holds a strong underground vibe to it. In this era, it’s still surprising to see how bands have got that moving with this style.

To be very honest, this isn’t my favorite style of Black Metal but I think it could work. The band’s music is particularly reminiscent of Hellhammer, Beherit, Mayhem (old), Fullmoon, Behexen, Ulver to name a few. I enjoyed looking at the artworks, I think it carries a very eerie, early 20th century horror movie class with a ‘summoning’ appeal to it.

The band has attempted to make an album that is raw, powerful with the old school ‘Black Metal’ way of production, yes. Don’t expect a polished/ rich production. At times, it sounds more like Noise Black Metal, again, that isn’t my cup of tea either, but thanks to the diversity that keeps the spark in between each track. Sometimes, Black Metal played monotonously can get really boring. This Black Metal is raw with low production value; heavily distorted guitars with fast tremolo picking, traditional Black Metal chord progression with specific time scale; high pitched shrieked vocals; drums that are played the Hellhammer way with lots of double bass and blast beats. There’s no other drummer who I can think of can play this way. The overall atmosphere built in the album from the first track to last one ‘Harpy Whispers Malice’ is played in the old Scandinavian way. This is not bad.

It’s raw, extreme and blasphemous!

Listen to the full album-

Track – List:
1. 11 Strikes to Incite Incurable Silences
2. Suckling a Most Hateful Claustrum
3. Ineffable Inner Void
4. Oubliette Threnodies
5.If Erased, So Fertile Ought
6. Draw Away
7. Chapel of Astaroth
8. Zarathustra Within
9. Sleepless Witching Curse

10.Harpy Whispers Malice (The Regent’s Downfall)

 

Members:

Vocals: Lord Matzigkeitus; Guitars: Parageist; Drums: Malphas

(Guest appearance by Christopher Hernandez of Xasthur)

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Written by-

Harsha Vardhan (Metaljesus Magazine- Chief Editor/ Owner)

Finnish Winter Metal band WOLFHEART release their 3rd album with a new music video!

Finnish winter metal band WOLFHEART have finally released their 3rd album that carries the name TYHJYYS (Finnish meaning: Emptiness). The album is officially out via Spinefarm Records.

With it´s eight tracks TYHJYYS– the album is even more darker, colder, faster and versatile, WOLFHEART is giving the listener a brutal scent of the Finnish blizzard! They has also released a new music video for the track WORLD ON FIRE to mark the release of TYHJYYS. The video is the last single of the new album and it ends the story what was started in the previous video THE FLOOD.

World on Fire is noted for it’s precise melodic guitar work riding heavily on Extreme Metal, the Scandinavian way. Apt blastbeats with rich bass lines and a rich tone has boosted the track’s sound. It’s groovy, nonetheless. The production is solid and has slayed!

Watch the video here-

TYHJYYS album track list: 

01. Shores Of The Lake Simpele
02. Boneyard
03. World On Fire
04. The Flood
05. The Rift
06. Call Of The Winter
07. Dead White
08. Tyhjyys

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Written by-

Harsha Vardhan (Metaljesus Magazine- Chief Editor/ Owner)

ENSIFERUM begins work on seventh full-length!

ENSIFERUM recently entered the Astia studio in Lappeenranta, Finland, where the band recorded a few demo songs for their upcoming seventh full-length, set to be released September 2017 via Metal Blade Records. The quintet will soon return to the Astia studio to begin recording this new album, which will be produced once again by Anssi Kippo (Children Of Bodom, Impaled Nazarene, Entwine etc.).

Sami Hinkka (bass) comments: “Hi Folks! So, as some of you might have already noticed from our social media channels, we are getting ready to go record the next Ensiferum album pretty soon. Just a few weeks ago, we recorded demo versions with Anssi Kippo, who also recorded and produced ‘One Man Army‘. The demo session went smoothly, and working with Anssi is always such a pleasure because he is so full of creative ideas and positive attitude. The goal for the new album will be to capture Ensiferum‘s live energy on the songs, and we also plan to use analog recording as much as possible to guarantee the best possible sound. The song material will include familiar elements, but like we always love to do, we will also take Ensiferum’s mighty warship to unexplored seas of musical madness. More info later.

ENSIFERUM tour dates:
Mar. 31 – Full Metal Mountain – Troepolach, Austria
Apr. 1 – Rock In Hell – Colmar, France
Apr. 7 – Metal Franconia Festival – Dettelbach, Germany
Apr. 8 – Durbuy Rock Festival – Durbuy, Belgium
June 3 – Metal Open Air Plzen – Plzen, Czech Republic
June 30 – Rockfest Barcelona – Barcelona, Spain
July 1 – Hoernerfest – Brande-Hoernerkirchen, Germany
July 13 – Dong Open Air – Neukirchen – Vlyn, Germany

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Written by-

Harsha Vardhan (Metaljesus Magazine- Chief Editor/ Owner)

HAMMERFALL [Fredrik Larsson]: Back in 1996, we were pretty much laughed at and nobody thought we would even record a second album

HAMMERFALL have been an important face in the Swedish Heavy Metal scenario since the early 90’s. From their good old times in the infamous Gothenburg scene to their recent most album Built To Last. We speak with  Fredrik Larsson about a lot of things related to this album, his idea behind rejoining, Hector and lots more! Excerpts:

MJM: Hello, greetings from MJM! How are you doing Mr. Fredrik? It’s so good to finally catch up with you.

FL:  I feel great! Finally the album has been released and I’m looking forward to get out on the road and spread our music!

MJM: First of all, congratulations with the release of Built To Last. I recently heard the album and it was mind blowing! How is the reaction so far with the album?

FL: So far we have got great response from our fans and media. It’s a bit weird when you work so hard in a pretty long time and then you release it and can’t do nothing to control it anymore. It’s out there for our fans to judge. But I have a great feeling for this one and the reactions have been fantastic.

MJM: Does the album posses a different direction towards the identity of the band than the last few albums musically? How do you think will new listeners be able to perceive this one?

FL: I think ‘Built to Last’ is really close related to ‘r(Evolution)’, we had the same feel in the studio and it was recorded in pretty much the same way. We recorded drums, bass and guitars in Oscar’s Castle Black Studio with Fredrik Nordström as producer and the vocals were recorded in Los Angeles with James Michael. The only difference was probably that we had David Wallin behind the drums this time. And music wise it’s a natural progression from ‘r(Evolution)’, maybe a bit faster over all and a bit more diverse but definitely 100% HammerFall.

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Hammerfall: Built To Last (2016)

MJM: So tell us more about the new album Built To Last! What’s the story behind the name and what story does it emphasize to deliver? Any specific influences?

FL: Well, ‘Built to Last’ is a pretty obvious statement. When we recorded ‘Glory to the Brave’ back in -96 we were pretty much laughed at and nobody thought we would even record a second album. But now, almost 20 years later and with our 10th studio album we can proudly proclaim that HammerFall is Built to Last. The influences comes, as always, first and foremost from classic Heavy Metal but also from all kinds of new music around us. We bring our own influences to the table, within the boundaries that forms HammerFall, and that is what we are.

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MJM: You quit the band back in mid 90s and rejoined after a decade. You even cited that you would have regretted not making this decision. What inspired you to make this change?

FL: At that time, HammerFall was a really small band in the beginning of the career and I wasn’t ready to put 100% of my time into the band so it was better for us all if I stepped back and let someone else take my place. I wanted to explore a bit more extreme music, Death and Thrash Metal as well as some Progressive Metal, and that was the right decision for me. If I hadn’t quit at that time, I don’t think I would be in the band today.

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MJM: Sweden’s Gothenburg scene had a lot of Black and Death Metal bands at the inception. How challenging was it to be a band that played something entirely different? How did people receive the music back in 1993/1994? 

FL: I actually met Oscar through a mutual friend and started to play in a Death Metal band with him in back 1993. The name of the band was Crystal Age and we released an album in 1995, ‘Far Beyond Divine Horizons’. People looked at HammerFall as somewhat a joke. It was all about aggressive music or Grunge at that time but we kept on doing our thing and we did it by heart and I think that is a key part of the success. People heard that it was honest and could relate to that.

MJM: Today, its safe to say that Hammerfall is unquestionably one of the most influential heavy metal bands, especially hailing from Sweden and spreading the vengeance since 1993. How does it feel to be still super active and powerful? Do you guys have the fear of losing out the ability to create new stuffs or have faced obstacles in creating new music as you guys been together for such a long period?

FL: I’m really proud of what we have achieved during those years but you can’t sit back and lean on old merits and think you’ll get by. We still work hard to make the best album we can and continue to grow as a band. We want to make more and bigger shows and spread our music all over the world.

MJM: Despite the lineup changes, the band has strongly lifted itself back and went on to become stronger. Tell us the secret behind such redemption?

FL: Well, it’s always hard with line up changes but sometimes they are necessary and often it will bring something good in terms of energy and to break old habits. I can honestly say that HammerFall has never sounded better than today. Pontus is a big part of this, with his know how in the technical part with in ears and stuff. He made us all sit better in the mix and we could focus on playing together in a better way. And think we work better as a band off stage as well. We all struggle for the same goals and we try to have fun as a band instead of handling the downside of touring by yourself, such as waiting and, yeah waiting. There’s a lot of waiting on tour. You wait for lunch, for the stage to be ready, for soundcheck, for dinner, for doors to open and then finally to get on stage and the fun begins.

MJM: ‘Built to Last’ is your 10th studio album, that’s a very huge number. Have these numbers ever affected you as a band and the process? What changes do you see that’s striking? 

FL: I don’t see us thinking about that. We’re proud of our back catalogue but we always focus on our latest release. We’ve come a long way since we started. Just look at the songwriting and instrumental skills, there is miles apart if you ask me. And I think we are on the right path now, with both ‘r(Evolution)’ and ‘Built to Last’. But of course, only time will tell if these two records will stand the test of time. But they seem to fit perfectly into our live set at least.

MJM: How does it stands out from your last album (r)Evolution?  

FL: As I said before, the pace is over all a bit faster and the new album is a bit more diverse but other than that it’s just a natural progression I think. Joacim sings better than ever and the solos really stands out. Fredrik Nordström did a fantastic job mixing the album and really made us shine. He did a great job on r(Evolution)’ as well but this time it was even better.

MJM: You guys signed to a new record label with Napalm Records, how is it working out for the band? Why did you guys decided to leave the old label?

FL: We worked with our old label since day one pretty much and it’s hard not to fall into some security and do things the same way as you’ve done so many times before. We wanted someone that wanted to take us to the next level and believed in us. Someone that wanted to reach the same goal as us. And it’s the same thing with everyone we work with, we need to be on the same side and struggle together.

MJM: The fans love Hector, tell us more about how the band ended up giving life to Hector and how it’s so essential to have him around? Also can we say he is like a member of the band now?

FL: Hector was on the cover on the first album and then we just continued. He became a mascot early on but it was a bit later that Hector really became Hector and came alive. I wasn’t in the band at that time and when I rejoined Hector was a big part already. We learned a big lesson with the ‘Infected’ album, when he didn’t appear on the cover. The fans got really angry and I think the whole album got bad reviews as a big part of that. People judged the album by its cover. That’s bad but that’s how it is. I think it was a good album and we still play a lot of the songs live and they work really well in the set and people seem to enjoy them.

MJM: Have you heard about any Indian metal bands? Also do you guys plan to capture India in future?

FL: No, sorry, I don’t think I’ve ever heard of an Indian metal band. The closest would be V. Selvaganesh on Art Metal with Mattias Eklundh, Jonas Hellborg and Anders Johansson. We’ve actually done one show in India, in Chennai, a couple of years ago. I have some great memories from that visit and I would love to come back again some day. We have nothing planned and it’s hard to do a one off since it’s such a long travel.

MJM: Thank you so much for your time, we hope your new album smashes all the records.Thank you very much, it was my pleasure!

FL: Hope you enjoy ‘Built to Last’ as much as I do!

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MIKAEL STANNE [DARK TRANQUILLITY]: My biggest heroes are RUSH!

DARK TRANQUILLITY hail from Sweden’s very own Gothenburg Scene, which started out with a bunch of other bands that grew together back since the inception. Dark Tranquillity‘s music is characterised with melodies that you can’t not forget and themes that go beyond realms producing a diverse theatrical sound that shows the aggression of Metal yet retaining the essence of the melodies that go parallel. The band is all set to release their new album- Atoma via Century Media Records this November 4th, exploring a new world with its dramatic portrayal and new themes. We are interacting with the front man Mikael Stanne, talking about music, Scandinavia and much more! Excerpts:

MJM. Back in 1991 Dark Tranquillity put out a demo called ‘Trail of Life Decayed’, how much has the band changed today musically and in terms of production and inspiration?

Mikael: Hopefully a lot! We were basically just kids at that time and we experimented our way into writing songs. We had no experience, just excitement and all the time in the world. Our goal was to make music that no one else was doing at the time and those first step toward being original and new were ofcourse important. Nowadays, we still do that but with 27 years worth of experience it´s both easier and harder at the same time.

MJM. Can you tell us why the band is named as Dark Tranquillity?

Mikael: The first proper song we ever wrote was called “Void of tranquillity” and we were very satisfied with it so we decided to name the band after the song. A week or so later we realised that it might be too pretentious and we renamed to Dark Tranquillity. Which to me represents the place where inspiration and creativity comes from.

MJM. Can you tell us the story behind this particular song ‘Derivation TNB’? What does the name mean? What are the musical and lyrical inspirations for that song?

Mikael: As you might be able to figure it out. Its a derivative of the song “the new build”. We took a lot of the elements from that song such as guitar tracks, keyboards, few vocal lines and looped drums and created a new song from it. It was an experiment that happened late in the recording process and I think it turned out to be a very cool and different track.

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MJM. Talking about your new album ‘ATOMA’ is due this November, how is it different than the previous albums musically, lyrically and production wise?

Mikael: I think it´s big step forward in terms of songwriting and emotional content. It was written in a way we have not really done before where we had more time with each individual song already months before recording which I think contributed to the directness of the album and since we once again recorded in Rogue Music studios here in Gothenburg we knew what we were doing and it was a great and creative process.

MJM. Is this a concept album? What is the album about?

Mikael: I wouldn’t say its a concept album but there are some themes that runs through the album for sure. One is intolerance and bigotry, one is insecurity and self esteem. Inspiration in this case has come from just seeing the news about what is going on in the world on a global scale but also in terms of how we treat each other. How it seems we have lost our empathy for one another and this fear that I hear about all the time permeates everything we do and feel. I think we should have overcome these very basic territorial notions by now but it´s seems with each step forward we take two steps back.

MJM. Sounds interesting! How long did this album take to finish from pre- production?

Mikael: A year and a half or more. From the first couple of drafts that Anders J wrote to the final mix day.

Listen to the song- Atoma from the new album:

MJM. Tell us about the artwork for this album.

Mikael: Again Niklas has outdone himself. Once again this came from a conversation me and Niklas had about what we felt the album was all about. We agreed that the themes about human nature were central and we also thought that where we are right now as a band should be represented. So three days after this conversation took place Niklas came up with something that I think perfectly shows this. It´s the nucleus of what we are. The beginning of something new and amazing and it speaks of the mysteries of life.

MJM. Anders Iwers of ‘Tiamat’ has been with the band a lot, mostly for live shows. How did you get in contact with him? Has he been part of this album too?

Mikael: Anders is one of my best friends and we have known hims since before the band started so this was very natural to us. And we couldn’t be happier having him in the band. He did a great job on the album and I cannot wait to go out on tour together for real.

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MJM. Will Dark Tranquillity be continuing with Century media? How is it working with them?

Mikael: Yes without a doubt. CM has been great to us ever since we signed with them in ’99. They are true music fans and the have great knowledge about the world of music. We have a great relationship with them in terms of never mutual respect. They trust us to do our best and we do the same with them.

MJM. If you had a chance to tour India with another European band, who would that be? Why?

Mikael: Maybe with some of our friends here in the city like In Flames, Evergrey, At The Gates, Hammefall or Monolord.

MJM. How would you see the growth as a Dark Tranquillity?

Mikael: I see it as steady trajectory that always leads to new and better things. We are fortunate I think to not have peaked yet so to speak. We still have a lot more to do and experience and things just keep improving overall.

MJM. What other musicians/ artists do you admire?

Mikael: So many but my biggest heroes are Rush, in particular the lyrics of Neil Peart.

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MJM. Coming out of the Scandinavian region or more precisely Sweden’s very own Gothenberg scene, which is relatable to the 80’s Floridan Death Metal or Bay Area Thrash metal from USA; how was the scene back in the days?

Mikael: It was small but very intense and passionate. We were just a few bands but we struggled on and we felt like we were doing something different and that drove us forward. Also there was never any competition, we are all friends and we encouraged each other more than anything.

MJM. How do you see the bands of the current era?

Mikael: I am incredibly proud of all the bands from around here, I try so seek out as many of the new and upcoming bands as I can and the scene here is way bigger and better than it´s ever been I think.

MJM. Any favourite bands from the Scandinavian side?

Mikael: Almost all my favourite bands are from around here actually. Faves include Opeth, Soen, Agusa, Monolord, Swithblade, Evergrey, Wintergatan and Spiritual beggars.

MJM. Tell us what comes to your mind when I mention these-

Mikael:

Syria – People in need of help, assistance and more than anything emphaty.

Religion – the root of most of the problems in the world and something there is absolutely no need for anymore.

Century Media – Passionate music geeks doing great work.

Parallel Universes – It remains a theory and an incredibly interesting one but I hold out for evidence.

European Union – Something I am proud we are part of.

Online Piracy – theft is theft no matter how innocent it might seem.

Family – The most important thing in my life.

Atoma – Togetherness through understanding.

Future – Scary and dark.

MJM. Thanks for speaking with us Mikael! We wish you good luck for new album.

Mikael: Thanks!

 

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Interviewed by-

Manmeet Singh (Metaljesus Magazine)

[EXCLUSIVE ASIAN PREMIERE] MIST OF MISERY- Absence (Full Album)

Swedish hordes MIST OF MISERY have set out to release one of the most stupefying Black Metal records this year. The band’s full length- Absence is stated to release this August via Black Lion Records. The trio have definitely written one of the most compelling albums. Today, we are exclusively premiering the band’s full length- Absence.

Front och Back

The band’s music rides high on the aggression of Black Metal that decimates with enthralling melodies and the malignant orchestral work that remains a mystery. It’s not very often that we come across bands that effectuates the catalyst which takes their music a mile further. MIST OF MISERY seems to have perfectly blended the very quintessence of symphonic black metal that is admirable.

Mist Of Misery‘s sophomore album- Absence is a causeway into the world of enigma. The melodies and the stunning guitar works in tracks like ‘Epitaph of penitence’; the mystical atmosphere that is forged in ‘Whistful Twilight’; the charismatic vocals in ‘Mist of Misery’ that demystifies the band’s heading, is a part of what this album channels.

We present you the exclusive Asian premiere of MIST OF MISERY‘s- Absence (Full Length)-

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Written by-

Harsha Vardhan (Metaljesus Magazine– Owner/ Chief Editor)