Concert Photo Review: At The Gates @ The Warfield – San Francisco, California

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

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Ola Lindgren of Grave Interviewed In San Francisco

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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.

Swedish Death Reigns with Sarcasm Official Video

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.

Within the Sphere of Ethereal Minds will be released April 28 on Dark Descent Records. Pre-order it at this locationAnd a lyric video for “In The Grip of Awakening Times” is available at here.

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.”

Vampire – “Ghoul Wind” – first track off new album released

“Ghoul Wind”, a brand new track from VAMPIRE’s upcoming second studio album “With Primeval Force” has been released. VAMPIRE’s way to combine Swedish death metal darkness with the invincible force of Teutonic thrash metal and the nightmarish rapture of Scandinavian black metal is unrivalled. Lugubrious beauty, inscrutable dread and abysmal terrors blended to a concoction most secret and forbidden. “Ghoul Wind” as well as the previously launched rough mix of the album track “Skull Prayer” is a prime example of the undisputable quality of one of Sweden’s most hopeful upcoming bands.

Behold the godless spirit raiders, smell the cadaverous odor and harken the ghoul wind!
Pre-order/stream here.
With Primeval Force will be released on April 21st as limited deluxe CD Digipak (unfolding to cross shape) and deluxe LP (with Gatefold sleeve, 180 g vinyl and 12-page LP-booklet).