Swedish melodic death metal pioneers AT THE GATES have just wrapped a North American tour with Amon Amarth. The band were joined by labelmates Arch Enemy and Grand Magus for the massive all Swedish tour. Continue reading
The Mighty Z of Capital Chaos TV conducted an interview with guitarist/vocalist Ola Lindgren of Swedish death metal veterans GRAVE before the band’s October 12, 2012 concert at Slim’s in San Francisco, California during their North American tour with MORBID ANGEL and DARK FUNERAL. You can now watch the chat in two parts below.
Sweden’s legendary death metal kings GRAVE have returned home. Never let it be said they don’t know how to make an entrance.
“Home” in this case is Century Media, ground zero for their 1991 launch with “Into The Grave” and six more albums of sonic violence before seeking out new avenues following “As Rapture Comes” in 2006 with the now defunct Regain Records. And although the two records that surfaced while GRAVE was away – “Dominion VIII” (2008) and “Burial Ground” (2010) – continued to uphold the band’s penchant for quality mayhem, new outing “Endless Procession Of Souls” hits like a ton of bricks thanks to its relentless speed, crushing groove, and unexpectedly rich clarity.
Released at a time when death metal is enjoying unparalleled popularity and competition for the crown is fierce, “Endless Procession Of Souls” takes the best of what GRAVE has offered in the past and chalks up a bigger and meaner spin on things. The band’s sole remaining founding member and musical director, vocalist/guitarist Ola Lindgren, is only too happy to be back on familiar turf and spearheading what has been deemed by some of GRAVE’s long time supporters as their strongest and most diverse album since “Soulless” was issued in 1994.
Legendary Swedish Death Metallers Sarcasm have released the official video for “Scars of a Land Forgotten,” a track from forthcoming Dark Descent album Within the Sphere of Ethereal Minds.
Following the unearthing of their first proper full-length, Burial Dimensions (originally recorded in 1994 and officially released in 2016), the new long player is in a sense the payoff of a long, bumpy history that included demos, compilations, and an EP (Scattered Ashes in 2000). Indeed, it is the full realization of Sarcasm‘s blackened Swedish Death Metal Sarcasm sound, yet with an identity all its own.
While the music of all eight tracks was written by guitarist Peter Laitinen, he somehow did find that perfect balance in between that very specific sense of melody that could only be summarized as ‘typically Swedish’ (fans of the early No Fashion records catalogue will know exactly what we mean here), raging speed and brutality. With one foot firmly planted in the mid-90’s and another in the present, Sarcasm is no nostalgia trip, but a genuine return to form to that specific mix of black and death-metal, before saccharine riffing and cheesy clean vocals took over and ruined it all. Moving from the melancholic leads of “Embodiment of Source,” they answer with the blast-o-thon that is “Scars of a Land Forgotten” or the epic-to-kill-all-epic that is the eight-minute-plus “A Black Veil for Earth.”