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Heavy Metal And Other Occasional Musics And Cultures

Hammerheart Records

Album Review: Sammath – Grebbeberg

After just shy of three decades, Dutch force SAMMATH knows well what it is and what it is not and, now seven albums into the fight, it damned well should. Over the past three albums, though, the band has transformed into a three-pronged attack led, as always by J. Kruitwagen. So let us march to Grebbeberg and hope we make it home, because not all will. Scandinavian black metal bands, especially in the more Northern countries, seem often quite obsessed with the topic and imagery of WWII – and not to lessen any losses from those battles – but the […]

Hammerheart Records teams up with Finland’s Asphodelus

ASPHODELUS has signed worldwide with Hammerheart Records and will record a follow up to 2019’s Stygian Dreams during the Summer of 2021. A release is expected early 2022. Stygian Dreams received great reviews worldwide, comparing ASPHODELUS to the early version of Katatonia, being a Doomed Death/Black band full of melancholy and melodies. ASPHODELUS is the continuation of Cemetary Fog, whom started out in 2012 and did a great EP for Iron Bonehead in 2016. Together with Hammerheart Records Jari Filppu (vocals/guitars) thinks ASPHODELUS will be able to deliver a big record that will appeal strongly to all fans of melancholic […]

Interview: SAMMATH

Black metal death engine, SAMMATH, has been crushing eardrums under its tank treads for over a quarter century, yet sixth full-length, Across The Rhine Is Only Death shows no second of fatigue, no moment of weariness or unreliability from founder J. Kruitwagen & co. Normally, we keep current as possible with interviews, but our recent chat was too good not to include here. Lord Randall armors up… THE STRENGTH OF KRUPP STAHL Interview with J. Kruitwagen of SAMMATH Interview By: Lord Randall Rebel Extravaganza: After putting out your first 4 albums on a fairly regular schedule, it’s been close to […]

Album Review: Collision – The Final Kill

15 releases in 20 years ain’t that bad of a run for a band of any sort, and while a good many of those were of the Split/EP variety, there’s no doubt the Dutch killing machine that will be remembered as COLLISION ate, drank, and shat grind. The Final Kill is to be the quintet’s swan song, if the press releases are to be believed, but at the end of this 15-minute (17+ minutes on album due to the vinyl-only cover of S.O.D.’s ‘Kill Yourself’) blastfest, you’re left with the feeling that COLLISION wasn’t planning on going out with anything […]