Hellbent For Cooking Author Annick "The Morbid Chef" Giroux
Omega’s Apple correspondent Anthony Morgan recently caught up with Annick “The Morbid Chef” Giroux, author of the new heavy metal cookbook Hellbent For Cooking. An excerpt is available below.
Q: Could you talk me through the selection process you underwent in deciding which groups to approach and request recipes from? Given the fact you were relatively unknown at the time, was it difficult to be taken seriously when requesting recipes from groups through email, MySpace or post?
Giroux: “The group selection was very important to me, as it was one of my ultimate goals to introduce people to good metal – which is not necessarily always featured in mainstream magazines. At the very beginning, I looked into my collection and wrote down the names of my favourite bands. That yielded a good amount, but I wanted to make sure I didn’t miss on any, so I actually went country by country on the online metal encyclopaedia (metal-archives.com) and wrote down my favourite bands’ names, websites and contract info in an Excel spread sheet. That alone took about three weeks – but it made me discover tons of new and obscure metal bands. I contacted and sent out four hundred individually written letters (by e-mail, MySpace or snail mail) and ended up with more than a hundred recipes. Of course, it was very very hard to be taken seriously at the beginning, but when I got Ian to back me up, it went much smoother as he and his publishing company was already well known in the metal scene.”
Q: In an interview with AOL’s Noisecreep, you said that metalheads are “not culinary degenerates by any means”. Do you feel that’s a perception the general, non-metal loving public hold, and that your book goes to some lengths to combat that perception?
Giroux: “Oh yeah, a lot of the general public see metalheads as pizza eatin’ and beer gurgling subhumans. Although they got the beer (and sometimes subhuman) parts right, we are mostly a well-educated crowd who enjoys the finer things in life like good metal, good food, and nice artwork. The book clearly reflects this lifestyle, and I think it achieved it. At least, some people have told me that the book broke all the stereotypes they had for metal. Cool.”
Magic Circle Music recording artists HOLYHELL will take Belgium by storm for the first time ever at the Metal Female Voices Fest VIII at Oktoberhallen in Wieze, Belgium on October 24, 2010. The goth/power metal sensations have been racking up some pretty hefty worldwide touring miles over the last five years and the MFVF organizers sought them out as this year’s very special guest based on the band’s growing reputation as a stellar live act. HOLYHELL’s eponymous, full-length Magic Circle debut was released in the US and Canada on June 8th and the band is also participating in the label’s forthcoming tribute CD, “Magic – A Tribute to Ronnie James Dio,” with a monstrous live rendition of one of Dio’s all time classics “Holy Diver.”
MFVF is a Metal festival dedicated to female-fronted bands and has been running since 2003. It takes place every year in Belgium, most recently at Oktoberhallen in Wieze. The growing success of the festival comes from its unique concept, but also from past appearances by Epica, Nightwish, After Forever, Tarja and many others. This year’s line-up includes Arch Enemy, Revamp, Leaves’ Eyes and now, thanks to the fans, HOLYHELL.
SUICIDAL ANGELS' new full-length Sanctify The Darkness
Greek old-school thrash assassins SUICIDAL ANGELS’ new full-length Sanctify The Darkness will see North American release on Sonic Unyon Metal in mere weeks.
Already released across Europe on Nuclear Blast in November of 2009, the album will see official release in North America on June 22nd, 2010, and will mark SUICIDAL ANGELS’ first official North American release, versus being imported from Europe on previous releases. The band’s solid, no-bullshit attack has already reaped massive press and fan response across much of the world, and the crunchy, hellish riff attacks on the eleven meaty tracks composing Sanctify The Darkness will now attack the Americas, who are always prime for a pungent new thrash unit to infiltrate and go on the rampage. Denim and leather-clad bullet-belt rockers of the land everywhere are surely ready to embrace the jaw-clenching riff attacks and swift thrash justice SUICIDAL ANGELS execute.
The North American version of Sanctify The Darkness will include two bonus music videos for album tracks “Apokathilosis” and “Beyond The Laws of Church”.
“Suicidal Angels resurrect the spirit of thrash metal’s glory days! They kill!!!” – Mille/Kreator
Sanctify The Darkness Track Listing:
02. The Pestilence of Saints
06. No More Than Illusion
08. Beyond The Laws of Church
09. Mourning of the Cursed
10. Dark Abyss (Your Fate Is Colored Black)
11. Child Molester
*Bonus Video Footage
Apokathilosis (video clip)
Beyond The Laws Of Church (video clip)
EXODUS’ ninth studio album, Exhibit B: The Human Condition
On Friday, June 11th, Stickam.com will stream the EXODUS record release show live from Hollywood at The Key Club. Bay Area thrashers EXODUS will take the stage at 10:45 p.m. PACIFIC.
For those in later time zones who can’t stay awake to view the live stream, captured footage from the show will be available at www.stickam.com/EXODUS.
EXODUS is playing the following three record release shows in California in support of Exhibit B: The Human Condition before heading to Europe to play the festival circuit:
Thursday, June 10th – Chico, CA @ The Senator Theater with Lååz Rockit, Anvil Chorus, plus two local openers (tickets on sale here)
Friday, June 11th – Los Angeles @ Key Club with Heathen, Bonded By Blood, plus two local openers (16 & over; tickets on sale here)
Saturday, June 12th – San Francisco @ Slim’s with Heathen, Anvil Chorus, and Passive Aggressive (tickets on sale here)
EXODUS recently announced they will help kick off Ozzfest 2010 with a one-off appearance on the 2nd Stage at San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino, California on Saturday, August 14th.
View the dates & purchase links for the band’s headlining “March Of Brutality” tour through the U.S. and Canada with Malevolent Creation, Holy Grail, and Bonded By Blood here.
VIP packages are also available for purchase. They include:
– ONE General Admission ticket
– Early entry to the venue (where available)
– Commemorative Meet & Greet Laminate
– Meet & Greet with EXODUS members
– Individual photo with EXODUS members
– Limited Edition poster signed by EXODUS members
– Collectible EXODUS Guitar Pick
EXODUS’ ninth studio album, Exhibit B: The Human Condition, hit #1 on the CMJ Loud Rock radio chart and has sold over 4,600 copies in the U.S. according to Nielsen SoundScan, debuting at #114 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, #43 on the Billboard Top Rock Albums chart, #19 on the Billboard Independent Albums chart, and #12 on the Billboard Hard Rock Albums chart. The album alsodebuted at #19 on the Neilsen SoundScan LOUD Chart in Canada.
Finnish power metallers STRATOVARIUS continue work on the follow-up to 2009’s Polaris. Singer Timo Kotipelto checks in with BraveWords.com from the studio. “Right now we are recording some new demos,” he reveals. “I think we have more than 20 songs sort of demoed out. I still have to sing the demo vocals, but all the other instruments are done, and in the next couple of weeks, I hope I’ll do that. But of course, the next week we’re going to go to China and do some gigs over there, so nothing is going to happen that week. But then the plan is to start recording the actual album later this year, and the album should come out… it’s hard to say, maybe early next year between January and May, somewhere in there. But that’s the plan. Hopefully there will be a new Stratovarius album then.”
So how would you describe the music?
“That’s a good question. Songs from Matias (Kupiainen – new guitarist) are more progressive, but then again, there is still some more traditional stuff. But the songs that will be on the final album, it’s hard to say. I think we are maybe following the path of the last album, but maybe more progressive stuff. We’ll see – I don’t know yet.”
Stratovarius’ brand new studio album will be released in early 2011 through JVC in Asia and Edel throughout the rest of the world. 2011 will see another Stratovarius world tour.
In other news, Stratovarius’ highly acclaimed Infinite album (from 2000) will be re-released on June 26th internationally after the band recently reacquired the rights to the album.
Ozzy to lead Dodger Stadium crowd in Guinness World Records attempt for the loudest scream this Friday, June 11, 2010
Ozzy to lead Dodger Stadium crowd in Guinness World Records® attempt for the loudest scream this Friday, June 11
Grammy Award-winning rock legend OZZY OSBOURNE will lead Dodger fans in what will potentially be the Guinness World Record-holding longest and loudest scream this Friday, June 11 during the 5th inning break when the Dodgers play against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. As part of the third annual ThinkCure! Weekend at Dodger Stadium this Friday, June 11 and Saturday, June 12, Ozzy and his wife Sharon Osbourne, a cancer survivor, will lend their support to ThinkCure! This stadium-wide scream is also in celebration of Osbourne’s upcoming Epic Records album SCREAM, due out June 22.
During Friday’s game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at 7:10 p.m. fans will be prompted to save their loudest scream for the middle of the 5th inning when Ozzy Osbourne and Stuart Claxton of Guinness World Records will take the field and lead the crowd in a “Scream for a Cure.” The stadium’s scream will be measured in length and audio level in hopes of breaking the world record. Additionally, Sharon Osbourne lent her support to ThinkCure! by recording a promotional message that will air in-game and during the telethon and online.
Fans can also donate to the ThinkCure! Weekend online at http://www.dodgers.com/thinkcureweekend and http://www.thinkcure.org, by calling (866) 554-CURE or by texting CURE to 50555 to make a $10 donation through their mobile phone bill. Last year’s ThinkCure! online auction raised more than $50,000 to fund collaborative and innovative cancer research. ThinkCure! is an innovative, community-based non-profit that accelerates collaborative research to cure cancers. It was launched in July 2007 by the Los Angeles Dodgers, the McCourt family, City of Hope and Childrens Hospital Los Angeles.
SCREAM–OZZY’s first album in three years and 10th studio album overall–is fueled by the red hot first single, the Top Active Rock track “Let Me Hear You Scream.” Notably, the album marks the first appearance of OZZY’s new guitar player, Gus G. OZZY’s band also features bassist Blasko, drummer Tommy Clufetos and keyboardist Adam Wakeman. Later this summer, OZZY will embark on an 18-month world tour (dates TBA) in support of SCREAM. First up is this summer’s six-city OZZFest, co-headlined by OZZY and Mötley Crue.
Check out some streams of “Let Me Hear You Scream” below:
Ibex Moon Records deals out a double dose of death metal today with new releases from Cardiac Arrest and Lifeless hitting stores today. Known as the world’s premier death metal label, Ibex Moon excels in finding the best bands in extreme music today and these two are no exception.
Haven For The Insane, from Chicago’s Cardiac Arrest promises to deliver the kind of aural pummeling that only the most extreme brand of death metal can provide. Here’s what the critics have to say:
I loved every track on this album as it blends breakneck grind speed with pounding death rhythms that anyone from the late 80s and early 90s will remember so well. Anyone with an interest in Autopsy, early Death, Obituary, Malevolent Creation, Deicide, insert your favourite 90s death metal band here ………………………, will absolutely worship this. – Metal Team UK
Monstrous old school death with murder one barrel bottom vocals, cement mixer rhythms and of course, buzzsaw riffs – Battlehelm
Proudly flying the flag of traditional death metal, LIFELESS has emptied its arsenal on an album that reminds of both the early Stockholm and Tampa death metal scenes. Though the song-first approach ensures an impacting listening experience, it is the riff firefights, guitar solo bombing runs, the crunching marches into battle, the speedy gallops across scorched earth, and the overwhelming force of this war machine that will leave one shell shocked and horrorstruck. War may be hell, but LIFELESS is certain death. Put on a helmet and flak jacket, push play, and take the full force of the shrapnel blast that is Beyond the Threshold of Death
Beyond the Threshold of Death is dangerous to necks everywhere. – MetalReview.com LIFELESS are one of those bands who reminds you what real death metal is supposed to sound like. – SMNNews.com Beyond The Threshold Of Death is a thick hunk of bloody raw meat. – CWGMagazine.com
Plastic Head Music today confirms the launch of its North American office. The newly created American division will be headed up Paula Hogan with Edward Christie coordinating details in the company’s London office. Logistics and distribution will be handled with existing label partners Candlelight Records and EMI Label Services/Caroline Distribution.
Currently ranked England’s seventh largest distributor, Plastic Head Music carries a diverse range of music and dvd titles from over 300 record labels. Founded by Director Steve Beatty, the company’s title base exceeds 40,000 including over 6,000 exclusive clothing items and 5,000 specialist vinyl titles. The American division is set to release more than 100 titles before year’s end with more on tap for early 2011.
Located outside London, Plastic Head Music has built its reputation firmly on the results of its achievements. The company employs a dedicated staff of fifty-eight that works closely to ensure superior service and support. It’s the insistence for quality and dedication that has kept the company’s loyal partners successful for nearly two decades. American operations will be located outside Philadelphia in cooperation with label partner Candlelight Records. Candlelight co-director Edward Christie says, “having worked with Caroline and now EMI for the last ten years we have built a strong working relationship. They understand what we are about and this new operation is a very natural move for both of us. The existing relationships will allow the new company the ability to work with a much larger and more varied product base and help open up the USA to many more European labels.”
Plastic Head Director Steve Beatty comments, “I am so excited for this has been a long time coming. After nearly ten successful years working with EMI Label Services and Caroline Distribution on co-owned label Candlelight Records, it feels right to launch our new North American operation. It’s a tried and tested relationship. I don’t see it as a bold step I see it as a logical step. Plastic Head’s truly worldwide distribution network has a strong partner and we have ambitions to be a mover in the North American distribution market. The USA is a massive market with European labels finding it hard to get any distribution at all let alone one with a UK and American office that talks to each other constantly exchanging information and making the right decisions to maximize our efforts. Plastic Head has made a huge step in what it can offer its European labels.”
Executive Vice President EMI Music Services North America Dominic Pandiscia adds, “”We are thrilled to forge this relationship between EMI Label Services/Caroline and Plastic Head USA. Plastic Head represents a significant number of unique labels and artists and we look forward to help drive their visibility across the market.”
Plastic Head North America will start its US release schedule beginning August 10. Planned titles include releases from 1349, Burzum, Dark Tranquility, Forbidden, Holy Terror, Meshuggah, Thin Lizzy and Vader. August 24 will bring titles from Bathory, Behemoth, Borknagar, Manowar, Sabbat, and Venom.
Let the onlsaught begin. Footage from IRON MAIDEN’s June 9th kick-off show in Dallas, TX for The Final Frontier North American tour is available below:
The setlist on the night was as follows:
‘The Wicker Man’
‘The Ghost Of The Navigator’
‘Brighter Than a Thousand Suns’
‘The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg’
‘These Colours Don’t Run’
‘No More Lies’
‘Brave New World’
‘Fear Of The Dark’
‘Number Of the Beast’
‘Hallowed Be Thy Name’
Remaining dates on the tour are as follows:
11 – Houston, TX – The Woodlands
12 – San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center
14 – Denver, CO – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater
16 – Albuquerque, NM – Journal Pavilion
17 – Phoenix, AZ – Cricket Pavilion
19 – San Bernardino, CA – San Manuel Amphitheater
20 – Concord, CA – Sleep Train Pavilion
22 – Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheater
24 – Vancouver, BC – GM Place
26 – Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place
29 – Saskatoon, SK – Credit Union Centre
3 – Toronto, ON – Molson Amphitheater
6 – Ottawa, ON – Blues Fest
7 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
9 – Quebec City, QC – International Summer Festival
11 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
12 – New York City – Madison Square Garden
14 – Pittsburgh, PA – Post Gazette Pavilion
15 – Cleveland, OH – Blossom Music Center
17 – Detroit, MI – DTE Music Theatre
18 – Chicago, IL – First Midwest Bank Amphitheater
20 – Washington DC – Nissan Pavilion
A widget for IRON MAIDEN’s forthcoming new studio album, The Final Frontier, can be found below.
The release date for Iron Maiden’s new studio album, The Final Frontier, is now confirmed for Monday, August 16th.
The new album features artwork illustrated by Melvyn Grant and, to mark the occasion, the band have made special arrangements for one new album track ‘El Dorado’ to be made available Worldwide as a FREE digital download MP3 with immediate effect. Click here for your free download. US fans, visit this location.
Iron Maiden’s new single, ‘El Dorado’, is now available for streaming via YouTube. Check it out below.
Singer Bruce Dickinson explains, “‘El Dorado’ is a preview of the forthcoming studio album. As we will be including it in the set of our Final Frontier World Tour (which opens in Dallas on June 9th) we thought it would be great to thank all our fans and get them into The Final Frontier mood by giving them this song up front of the tour and album release.”
Florida based death metal legends MALEVOLENT CREATION have once again been rejoined by original bassist Jason Blachowicz. Blachowicz initially left on good terms to further his tattoo career, but the death metal sickness still runs deep in his veins!
“Been in hiding, working in tattoo shops for quite some time now but my gut has been aching to do one of the things that I do best… spreading malevolence across the globe with my brothers in metal,” commented Blachowicz. “The evil in my blood has motivated me to dust the cobwebs off of my bass and commit to performing blasphemy and anger upon mine and everyone else’s ears once again. This is also for one of my inspirations, Peter Steele, and for all of the loyal Malevolent Creation fans who have been supporting us for 23 fucking years! Our 11th album, Invidious Dominion, is going to rip the weak and feeble to shreds! See ya’ll on Tour!! Bring the rum and git ‘er done!”
MALEVOLENT CREATION 11th studio outing was produced and recorded by Erik Rutan (CANNIBAL CORPSE, VITAL REMAINS, KRISIUN, GOATWHORE) at Mana Studios in Florida. The new album, entitled Invidious Dominion, will be released on August 27 via Massacre Records in Europe.
Watch a video clip of the recording process:
Invidious Dominion Track Listing:
1) United Hate
2) Conflict Finalized
4) Compulsive Face Breaker
5) Lead Spitter
6) Target Rich Environment
8) Born Again Hard
10) Invidious Dominion
MALEVOLENT CREATION Tour Dates:
07/22/10 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
07/23/10 The Muse – Nashville, TN
07/24/10 The Canopy Club – Urbana, IL (CENTRAL ILLINOIS METALFEST)
07/25/10 Fubar – St. Louis, MO (w/ ORIGIN, GIGAN)
07/26/10 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH (w/ GIGAN)
07/27/10 Broadway Joe’s – Buffalo, NY (w/ GIGAN)
07/28/10 Championships Bar & Grill – Trenton, NJ (w/ GIGAN)
07/29/10 Club Europa – Brooklyn, NY (w/ GIGAN)
07/30/10 Sonar – Baltimore, MD (SUMMER SLAUGHTER)
07/31/10 Ground Zero – Spartanburg, SC (w/ GIGAN)
08/01/10 Brass Mug – Tampa, FL (w/ GIGAN)
“March Of Brutality” Tour
EXODUS, MALEVOLENT CREATION, HOLY GRAIL, BONDED BY BLOOD
08/16/10 Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
08/17/10 Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC – CANADA
08/18/10 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
08/20/10 The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
08/21/10 Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO
08/23/10 Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL
08/24/10 The Mod Club – Toronto, ON – CANADA
08/25/10 Foufounes Electriques – Montreal, QC – CANADA
08/27/10 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
08/28/10 The Gramercy Theater – New York, NY
08/29/10 Polaris – Philadelphia, PA
08/31/10 Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA
09/01/10 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
09/02/10 Phoenix Hill Tavern – Louisville, KY
09/03/10 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
09/04/10 The Social – Orlando, FL
09/05/10 Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
09/07/10 The Door – Dallas, TX
09/08/10 Emo’s – Austin, TX
09/12/10 The Avalon – Santa Clara, CA
MALEVOLENT CREATION’s latest album, “Doomsday X”, was released in the U.S. in July 2007 via Nuclear Blast Records and in Europe in August 2007 via Massacre Records. The CD was recorded and engineered at Mercury Recording Studios in Pompano Beach, Florida by longtime friend and producer (and sometimes session member) Gus Rios, and is said to be the most diverse MALEVOLENT CREATION album recorded to date and “without a doubt their fastest!” Mick Thomson, guitarist for SLIPKNOT, contributed a “ripping” guitar solo to the song “Deliver My Enemy”.
"Scott Ian Send Me To Sonisphere" poker tournament
Below is a link to a really cool promotion that Anthrax’s Scott Ian is doing — we thought your might be interested in it!
It’s the “Scott Ian Send Me To Sonisphere” poker tournament. The grand prize winner and a guest will get an all-expenses paid trip to London, stay in the same 5-star hotel that Anthrax will be in, plus cop 2 Sonisphere tickets and backstage passes.
Anthax’s Scott Ian as a retro, 1970’s style action figure.
The famed guitarist stands 8-inches tall.
Features multiple points of articulation, real fabric clothing, and a mini reproduction of Scott’s custom Jackson™ guitar!
Here he is, folks! Scott Ian has made the transition from Anthrax rocker to action figure! This rockin’ figure of the famed guitarist stands 8-inches tall, includes a mini reproduction of Scott’s custom Jackson™ guitar, and features multiple points of articulation and real fabric clothing… all in a retro style evocative of the most popular action figures of the 1970s. Rock your world by adding Scott Ian to your shelf!
Bursting out of Olympia, Washington come classic metal heathens CHRISTIAN MISTRESS, fueled with pure American heavy metal fire, and ready to dose the planet up with their infectious tunes. This cult buzz band has plenty of support behind them in their infancy; from a supportive local scene that’s ready to embrace a local classic heavy metal outfit, to infamous illustrator Dennis Dread, to national publications like NPR who recently praised the band’s debut 7″, to Darkthrone’s outspoken frontman Fenriz, who has name-dropped the band in multiple features over recent months.
20 Buck Spin proudly embraces this act, signing them to the label recently in preparation to release their debut full-length Agony & Opium this August. Bering six infectious, long-burning, classic heavy metal ragers sure to stand out against the label’s mainly black/death/doom/sludge-dominated roster. The shredding dual guitar lead trade-offs, performed with the utmost class, never lose sight of memorable songcraft first and foremost. Anchored by a tight, driving rhythm section and the raw and throaty instantly memorable vocal delivery of Christine Davis, the CHRISTIAN MISTRESS sound is immediately familiar and yet sounds like no other heavy metal band currently working, comparable to acts like Angel Witch, Warlock, Metallica, Mercyful Fate, Diamond Head and more.
Cincinnati, OH’s Rose Funeral recently shot a video with up-and-coming director, Justin Beasley (http://kotkproductions.com/). The video is for what has become a fan favorite, God Demise, from their second album, and Metal Blade debut, The Resting Sonata. Rose Funeral spent much of 2008-2010 touring the US and Canada on numerous amounts of tours, including tours with: Nile, Cryptopsy, Immolation, Krisiun, and many more. The band is currently writing new music for their follow up to The Resting Sonata. Keep an eye on their myspace for updates.
Drummer Dusty Boles adds, “So we are finishing up the final touches on our ophomore release, which will be out sometime in the summer of 2011. As a band, we would like to thank all of our fans, the endless count of friends that have been made, all of the kids who have put us up, and let us eat all their food! Everyone who has bought our latest album, “The Resting Sonata”, as well as everyone who makes it there number one priority to come out and see us! Keep an eye out for studio updates, and release updates! In the mean time check out our official video for “God Demise” and see you on the road!”
As the anticipation surrounding the imminent release of the new IN THIS MOMENT album, A Star-Crossed Wasteland, continues to build up to epic proportions the group launches a special pre-order package deal where fans can purchase the new album now for $25 which also comes with an exclusive button, sticker, shirt and autographed photo. These materials can only be found in this CMDistro pre-order package bundle and supplies are limited, so be sure to click on the link below to get your order in now before they are gone. The CD can also be pre-ordered separately for the low price of $10.
IN THIS MOMENT also recently launched an eye-popping new MySpace layout along with a new video message from Maria Brink (vocals). The clip also debuts the beautiful album cover art for A Star-Crossed Wasteland, which is set for a July 13th release. Head over towww.myspace.com/inthismoment to check it out.
IN THIS MOMENT are extremely excited to be performing on this summer’s much anticipated Rockstar Mayhem Tour playing on the Mayhem Festival Stage alongside Atreyu, Norma Jean and 3 Inches of Blood. This tour will mark the start of the group’s official, massive worldwide touring schedule for their new full-length album. The group were also hailed by Alternative Press as “One of The Most Anticipated Releases of 2010.” Be sure to visit www.myspace.com/inthismoment to view their entire summer touring itinerary.
WATAIN appears on the cover of the July 2010 issue of Decibel Magazine
Band Devours Baltimore; Nabs Cover Of This Month’s Edition of Decibel Magazine
The wait is now over: Lawless Darkness, the long-anticipated fourth full-length from Swedish black metal battalion WATAIN, is out now through Season Of Mist. The ten-track, hour-plus long work of blasphemy was recorded at Necromorbus Studio (Deathspell Omega, Funeral Mist, Ondskapt, Nominon, Unanimated et al) in Alvik, Sweden and features strikingly detailed cover art by Zbigniew M. Bielak.
The band ushered in the release of Lawless Darkness with a soul-crushing headlining set the first night of the Maryland Deathfest on Memorial Day weekend. Commented frontman E. of the performance: “Back from the States now, still with blisters and bruises from the victorious storm unleashed at Maryland Deathfest. Hail to the legions of WATAIN supporters who came out to partake in our performance; you have truly grown both in number and dedication! We very much look forward to return for a full scale onslaught later this year. More about that later…” Commented Canada’s Hellbound.ca of the spectacle: “With lit candles, militant red flag-like things, and some corpse paint that I’m sure even Tom Savini would compliment, their visual aesthetic was certainly in tow…the crowd enhanced the horror movie like mood as it tossed a Bible around, tearing it to shreds, sending the ripped pages into the air like confetti at a kid’s birthday party…The music: appropriately blasphemous.”
“Lawless Darkness shall be seen as a monument erected in honor of that collapse and a dedication to all those brave souls, who have willingly dared to venture the winding paths towards it.” — E. Danielsson, WATAIN
Let there be sacrifice.
“Darkthrone were once ‘for all the evil in man,” but WATAIN turn good men evil.” — 8/10 Decibel
“No band in the ‘troo’ black metal scene carries as much weight as WATAIN at the moment. Sparing the drama of Burzum, and the inconsistency of Dimmu and Mayhem, WATAIN finds itself in the same spot Emperor found itself in at the end of ’90s.” — Blistering
“With this record, E. Danielsson and WATAIN have definitely created a blasphemous juggernaut that is not to be taken lightly. The band are clearly staking their claim to more territory in the battle for the black metal crown.” — Forbidden