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ULVER ANNOUNCE REISSUE OF 1993 DEMO, VARGNATT, OUT ON PEACEVILLE ON DECEMBER 8

ULVER announce that their classic 1993 promo-tape will be reissued on Peaceville Records. 2023 marks thirty years since its recording and the record shows ULVER’s Black Metal rooted background before the band began to evolve outside of the genres confines. Widely known for high-calibre soundscapes and exquisite experimental and electronic art as part of their continual and ever-shifting evolution, ULVER’s beginnings amalgamated ethereal black metal with delicate folk-inspired passages. Despite the rough edges, the band’s material stands out with its highly unconventional compositions when compared to the more primitive and raw offerings from other fast rising acts in the Norwegian […]

Album Review: Mork – Dypet

MORK is Thomas Eriksen. And if black metal is even in the periphery of your musical world, you are familiar with the name. For nearly two decades Eriksen has been a force of might and misanthropy, even more impressive that he’s churned out now six full-lengths as well as four EPs by his loathsome lonesome all within the past ten years. What sounds like your little brother’s dungeon synth project practicing in his bedroom soon enough is joined by mournful guitars, very near to doom in delivery, and suddenly the synth belongs there, seeming natural and fluid. Set alight and […]

SIGH Release New Video For ‘Shoujahitsumetsu’ From Shiki – Their Latest Studio Album

Following the release of Shiki, their new studio album, on Peaceville, the cult Japanese black metal legends SIGH have released a new video for the track ‘Shoujahitsumetsu’. SIGH mainman Mirai Kawashima explains the meaning behind the track “‘Shoujahitsumetsu’ is a word in Buddhism and stands for “Anything that is alive has to die in the end”. I tried to express my fear of death through the album, and this song should be the case in point. This is the most furious track on the album filled with my feat that will never fade away.”WATCH THE VIDEO FOR ‘SHOUJAHITSUMETSU’ SIGH’s recently […]

Album Review: Darkthrone – Astral Fortress

Anyone who’s read my drivel for any length of time knows the importance I place on a band’s third album. Well, DARKTHRONE is at its 20th, so if they haven’t figured out what they are by now, there’s no point in bothering. And I suppose that’s why it pained me so much that 2021’s Eternal Hails……, the band’s self-proclaimed love letter to doom and prog, was such a disappointment. Now, off to strap on our skates and travel to the Astral Fortress. ‘Caravan Of Broken Ghosts’ begins interestingly enough, building in a way that brings anticipation. Never straying too far […]

PEACEVILLE RECORDS Releases Dark Side Of The Sacred Star LP – A Limited Edition Anniversary Peaceville Compilation On December 9th

A Very Special Collection Of Exclusive Tracks From Some Of The Great Black Metal Artists Of The Current Peaceville Roster & Some New Acts, Coinciding With The 35th Anniversary Of The Label, On Numbered Vinyl. Peaceville presents a very special collection of tracks from the more black metal-oriented acts on the label, featuring a variety of brand new signings, recent bands amongst the firmly established legendary acts and influential names, with plenty of great showcases for what is to come on Peaceville in 2023, and also the LP includes a lot of exclusives! This pressing of Dark Side Of The […]

ASTRAL FORTRESS – The New Studio Album From The Legendary DARKTHRONE Due For Release On Peaceville Records On October 28th, 2022

Watch the Astral Fortress trailer with an introduction from Fenriz. From their formation back in 1986, to becoming one of Norway’s finest and enigmatic musical exports (with a number of highly revered black metal masterpieces released in the early ’90s helping to solidify their legacy), DARKTHRONE has continued to evolve and challenge in equal measure, throughout their illustrious recording career spanning over three decades. And now, the ever-productive duo of Nocturno and Fenriz continue their own metallic saga with a new selection of fine, vintage sounding headbanging classics in the making .. Astral Fortress This new studio opus, due for […]

Album Review: Static Abyss – Labyrinth Of Veins

AUTOPSY fans, if you’re getting anxious waiting for the next slab of rotten death from your heroes, relief is headed your way. For all intents and purposes, STATIC ABYSS is AUTOPSY, Not all the members of AUTOPSY are here, but Chris Reifert and Greg Wilkinson sure are and if there’s any noticeable difference in style between STATIC ABYSS and AUTOPSY, it escapes me. This is repulsive death-doom laced with insane hammering in classic AUTOPSY/ABSCESS style. I would say the production here is slightly cleaner than what we usually get with AUTOPSY, but the same dedication to depraved sonic destruction is […]

CANDLEMASS TO RELEASE LIMITED EDITION 35-YEAR ANNIVERSARY 3LP DELUXE SET, EPICUS DOOMICUS METALLICUS, ON JUNE 3RD VIA PEACEVILLE

Watch the trailer for the Epicus Doomicus Metallicus 3LP set at THIS LOCATION Pre-orders available now exclusively from the Peaceville label store HERE CANDLEMASS was formed by bassist and songwriter Leif Edling in Stockholm, Sweden in 1984, and is well known for its epic doom metal, having a great influence over a generation of the genre’s subsequent greats – CANDLEMASS themselves taking a large influence from Black Sabbath. Epicus Doomicus Metallicus is a true genre classic, with every track a monument of timeless and finely crafted Doom. This is one of the quintessential, definitive Doom Metal releases, immortalizing the band […]

Album Review: Darkthrone – Eternal Hails

Well, true to form, the 19th DARKTHRONE album sounds like it was recorded on a 4-track in a barn somewhere in Norway. That much is expected, and it doesn’t necessarily have to be bad. Eternal Hails is definitely the band’s “doom metal” album. Slower tempos have been a strong part of DARKTHRONE for much of the “primitive punk metal” period of the last 15 years or so, but never have they played such a significant role. To be quite honest, the album is a very mixed bag for me. The doom is across all five lengthy tracks, mixed with the […]

DARKTHRONE TO RELEASE ETERNAL HAILS ON JUNE 25TH

As John Peel once said of The Fall, “Always different, always the same,” so too one could say the same of DARKTHRONE. Things change, times change, people change, and yet even when sounding fresh and new and delivering just five tracks in 45 minutes on their 19th album, Eternal Hails, the Norwegian black metal legends remain defiantly and eternally DARKTHRONE. Since forming in 1986 as Black Death in Kolboton, Norway, DARKTHRONE have been masters of their art. Dropping the death metal of 1991’s Soulside Journey debut album in favour of a more primitive, black metal sound on the following year’s […]