It’s Thursday, and I’m taking any excuse I can to listen to a bunch of Viking metal. Wouldn’t you? Continue reading
According to an announcement on their Facebook page, Turisas’s upcoming album is done! The band announced the album’s completion with a screenshot of the finished tracks:
The still-unnamed album was recorded at 5by5 Studio in Helsinki, Finland, and little else is known about it. So far, the band has been keeping mum about album details, but expect to hear more news as the tentative summer 2013 release date approaches.
Turisas are currently in the midst of an extensive European festival tour, and the upcoming dates are as follows:
Jun 14 – Download Festival w/ HIM – Donington, United Kingdom
Jun 21 – MetalFest Poland – Jaworzno, Poland
Jun 22 - MetalFest Germany w/ Slayer – Sankt Goarshausen, Germany
Jun 23 – Kilkim Zaibu w/ Horna, Einherjer,… – Varniai, Lithuania
Jul 24 – Metaldays Festival w/ Ihsahn, Enslaved,… – Tolmin, Slovenia
Jul 25 – Rock im Betonwerk – Chemnitz, Germany
Jul 26 – Betonwerk – Oberalfingen, Germany
Aug 17 – Rockstad: Falun – Falun, Sweden
Aug 31 – Wolfszeit Metal Open Air – Crispendorf, Germany
Sep 20 – Hellraiser w/ Ensiferum – Leipzig, Germany
Sep 21 – Hessenhallen w/ Ensiferum – Giessen, Germany
Sep 22 – Trix w/ Ensiferum – Antwerpen, Belgium
Sep 23 – Bataclan w/ Ensiferum – Paris, France
Sep 24 – Garage w/ Ensiferum – Saarbrücken, Germany
Sep 25 – Heidenfest – Milano, Italy
Sep 26 – Heidenfest – Wien, Austria
Sep 27 – Musichall w/ Ensiferum – Geiselwind, Germany
Sep 28 – Backstage w/ SuidAkrA – Munich, Germany
Sep 29 – Z7 w/ SuidAkrA – Pratteln, Switzerland
Sep 30 – Markthalle w/ SuidAkrA – Hamburg, Germany
Oct 01 – Postbahnhof w/ SuidAkrA – Berlin, Germany
Oct 04 – LKA Longhorn w/ SuidAkrA – Stuttgart, Germany
Oct 05 – Turbinenhalle w/ SuidAkrA – Oberhausen, Germany
Oct 06 – O13 w/ SuidAkrA – Tilburg, Netherlands
The fourth installment of Heathen Crusade Metalfest, a much-anticipated Midwestern pagan/Viking metal festival, has been canceled amidst myriad logistical and possibly financial issues. Organizers of the much-anticipated festival made an official statement this afternoon:
[Due] to unforeseen issues on both sides, the Heathen Crusade Metalfest is canceled. We are extremely sorry for any in convinces this may have caused. For those who have purchased tickets, please email email@example.com or log into the vitaltickets.com website and cancel your order. We wish you all the best and all the bands that were supposed to be on the bill. For those who already bought tickets, I will be sending out CDs that we have received from labels and bands personally. Again if you have any questions for me personally you may email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
It would seem that Waylander’s abrupt cancelation was the straw that broke the festival’s back. The Irish pagan metal band was to fill in for Einherjer, one of the headliners, but were forced to pull out due to lack of “repeatedly promised but never provided” travel funding. As it turns out, Einherjer canceled for the exact same reason. While Winterhymn withdrew from the festival to audition new band members and work on new material, Romanian band Ashaena cited visa trouble in their decision to cancel as well.
What do you think is going on here? Could this be the end of the Heathen Crusade Metalfest altogether?
HearEvil’s one-year anniversary is on December 21, 2012, the day the world is totally not going to end. Of course, the apocalypse is metal as hell, so I still wanted to write about it, but I didn’t want to mar our anniversary celebrations with all that “end of days” talk.
Sinning feels so fine, you’re running out of time
It’s always one hell of a party, when Ragnarok rolls around
Ragnarok n’ roll, Ragnarok n’ roll
It’s time to trash the planet, Ragnarok battleground
GWAR are always good for a good time, to the point that they make the end of the world sound like a weenie roast. Ragnarok n’ roll indeed!
As the sun fades from the sky
This ancient earth prepares to die
Here at the end of all time
A slow demise so saturnine
What I love most about “Dying Earth” is how mellow and laid-back the apocalypse sounds. I guess it’s perfectly appropriate for a song about impending doom to be doomy though. Either way, I love it. It’ll chill me right out when the shit hits the fan.
On through the dead of night
With the four horsemen ride
Or choose your fate and die!
Classic Metallica can not be beat, except by classic Megadeth. I’ve always liked Megadeth’s “Mechanix” much better, but “Mechanix” isn’t about the apocalypse, so…
And then there were none
The world starts to burn
The world powers learn
That Satan’s work is done
The subject of fiery satanic death seems a little black metal these days, but way back in the days, thrashers used to write songs about Satan too. “And Then There Were None” is a relic of a strange time, an oldie but goodie.
The Northern wind brings snow and ice
Humans starve and freeze
The Fimbulwinter has arrived
And soon the world will cease to be
It’s epic, it’s Viking, it’s Amon Amarth! Honestly, I had trouble picking just ONE song about the apocalypse out of these guys’ catalog. I picked this one because it’s mid-December and I’m sweating my ass off in a long-sleeved shirt. Save me, Fimbulwinter!
Nature shows her powers
Her revenge will be cruel
Now it’s time to pacify our deeds against her
And hope we still have some time, but…
“Gods On Fire” is incredibly cheesy and maudlin, but it’s probably the most realistic one on the list. No biblical references or Fimbulwinters here, just harsh truth — the environment sucks because we polluted it, and now Mother Nature’s pissed and we’re all gonna die. This one might as well have been written by scientists. Brutal.
On the light of the last dying star
Serpents crawl closer
All five branches, cursed from the start
And roots are torn to pieces right before my dying breath
Another Finnish band makes the list — is anyone surprised? You all know I’m a sucker for folk metal, and that this is one of my favorites from Unsung Heroes. “Burning Leaves” sounds so cheery, you’d never even know it was about the end of time.
Molten fire flies through the sky
Burning high, eclipse of the sun
Blackened skies, rites of the night
The days in darkness in 2012
Here we go, getting specific… “Three Days In Darkness” is about the (absolutely 100% fake) Mayan “prophecy” (the prophecy is fake, Mayans both past and present never believed in it) that the world will end (it definitely will not) in 2012. The three days of darkness are supposed to (but definitely will not!) begin tomorrow, so hold on to your asses and more importantly, blast this song because it rules!
Denna natt allt ta slut (Tonight everything ends)
Denna natt vi alla fria stå (Tonight we all stand free)
Så splittras bergen, så brytas himmelen (So shatter the mountains, so crumple the heavens)
Allt som bliva kvar äro eld, stoft, oct rök (All that’s left shall be flame, ash, and smoke)
Of all the songs on this apocalypse playlist, “Den Sista Runans Dans” sounds the dreariest. I love it. Each word is dripping with death, and the marching beat makes me feel like I’m steadily progressing toward my doom. The dour mood is understandable, considering the fact that “Den Sista Runans Dans” is on Visor Om Slutet, which was partly inspired by and dedicated to fallen guitarist Teemu “Somnium” Raimoranta.
An old oak shakes and its wisdom too
Waves are eager to feed
Gods fall as men, so do men
The children of Loke the same
“Inferno” perfectly embodies the hectic scrambling mess that I imagine any real apocalypse would be. That’s not to say that the song itself isn’t tight and cohesive, it’s just…slightly off. Rhythmic changes and strange chord progressions add to the semi-frightful tone of the song, aaaaand I’m running out of adjectives. Just give it a listen, and try not to die.
As far as folk metal festivals go, Heathen Crusade Fest is by far the best North America will ever see and its upcoming roster just got even better. Hail Of The Weekers Winterhymn, Celtic thrash band Battlesoul and Canadian acoustic folk metal act SIG:AR:TYR are confirmed for Heathen Crusade 2013, which will take place on March 9 in St. Paul, MN. As if those three bands aren’t reason enough to attend the festival, Einherjer — yes, THAT Einherjer — will make their first live appearance in over a decade at this highly anticipated festival. Here’s the current lineup so far:
Vesperia (formerly Bolero)
Additional confirmations are soon to come, so stay tuned!
Once upon a time, I accidentally told a guy that I was a huge metalhead. If I’d had a few less beers coursing through my system, I might not have done it, but alas — what was I supposed to say to a cute, enthusiastic guy who’d just asked me what my interests were? When I told him, his eyes got really wide and he asked me what bands I enjoyed. As is usually the case, I mentioned the most popular bands first — “Megadeth, ’80s Metallica, you know, the stuff that Dave wrote” — and didn’t even get to utter a third before this man interrupted to drop a bunch of wisdom on me.
Even the most sheltered women among us are intimately familiar with objectification. From the second a girl reaches puberty, she’s subject to catcalls, whistles and stares. A lot of us, including myself, believe we have “safe spaces,” spaces in which we can simply exist as yourselves, without risk of being attacked, ridiculed, or leered at.