Before playing alongside German thrash metal giants Sodom that night, Ancient Ascendant gave us a few minutes of their time to talk to us about the past events of the year, and what is coming up for them.
When corpse paint, fake blood and gruesome fancy-dress come up in conversation, two things spring to mind: the set of a Watain gig, or Halloween. But it's the time of year for the latter, and horn-wielding giants Metal Hammer are throwing all this and more at a sonic carnival of celebration!
Arriving at Wembley Park station with the American Football event at the stadium just next door is not something I would like to happen again: walking against the flow of thousand and thousand of sport fans leaving the 90,000 seats capacity of the stadium is quite an experience!
BLACK FLAMES OF BLASPHEMY III: The 3rd Invocation 16.–17.11.2012 Kulttuurikeskus Gloria, Helsinki
The third traditional Black Mass Of Blasphemy festival was arranged by the KRK organization who struggled with all kinds of unexpected problems. The event received controversial headlines in the local press when it came up that one of the performers represented Nazi ideology. But whatever, the festival consisted of brutal, grim, evil sounding and looking bands and dedicated/passionate extreme fans. As for the bands in general, the offering would be nothing but an utter wet dream for underground black metal maniacs. Metal-Rules.com was present witnessing the blackest black metal of the underground.
Helsinki, Finland's Amoral made their U.S. live debut this past March in Austin, Texas at the SXSW Festival. The band first formed in 2000 and what originally started as a death metal band now has evolved into a more technical, progressive hard rock oriented branding of metal as demonstrated on the band's latest CD "Beneath". Amoral took some time out of their busy schedule to speak with Metal-Rules.com prior to their impending debut U.S. performance and filled us in on all of the excitement surrounding the band at that moment.