Wolves In The Throne Room interpretieren den Black Metal neu – als eine Ode an Regenstürme, brennendes Holz und die Energie des Pazifischen Nordwestens. Ihr erstes Studio-Album „Diadem of 12 Stars (2006)“ etablierte sich zu einem genreauflösenden Klassiker, der eine melancholische und psychedelische kaskadische Atmosphäre kreierte.
Ihr Debüt machte Wolves In The Throne Room zu einer der eindrucksvollsten, höchst geschätzten Bands extremer Musik. Der Hörer begegnet kristallinen Metal-Riffen und kultischen Wehklagen, die vom endlosen Regen singen. Regen der auf altes Zedernholz fällt. Diese Klänge öffnen ein Tor zu mythischen, heidnischen Landschaften, die man allein durch Musik, Magie und Träume betreten kann.
Mit „Thrice Woven“ öffnet sich nun erneut eine Pforte in die Traumwelt von Wolves In The Throne Room. Das Album ist eine glorreiche Rückkehr zum feurigen und aufgewühlten Black Metal, wie ihn nur diese Band erschaffen kann.
„Thrice Woven“ erscheint am 22. September auf Artemisia Records.
Als Support sind Wiegedood dabei. Wiegedood machten auch außerhalb von Belgien einen zornigen, packenden Black Metal zu ihrem Markenzeichen. Auf ihrem Debütalbum „De Doden Hebben Het Gold“ (2015) kombinierten sie zerstörende Schnelligkeit und heulende Vocals mit Momenten der meditativen Stille.
DRAUGGARD Drauggard is a Russian-Austrian black metal trinity with numerous shows made in the lands of Europe, Russia, Ukraine and Belarus. Formed in 2003 in the city of Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, the band has been patiently progressing towards its own style that is a premium blend of various genres of metal with a considerable portion of Black Metal music in the main, both lyrically and musically. Metaphoric lyrics of Drauggard refers to old norse heathenry viewed from the contemporary perspective.
Concept Draugr (singular) or Draugar (plural) is an Icelandic word for an undead entity that is haunting back from time to time afterlife to accomplish what it could not complete during its lifetime. An obsessive apparition of various shapes. Dead thoughts. Stillborn dreams. The Sun… a shadow… the hunger… the winter… the End and the Beginning. The eturnal return. Immer werden.
WOLF’S HUNGER Wolf’s Hunger as an idea existed since 2001. Our goal was to create a project which would vary from the whole extreme metal scene, to create a form of patriotic black metal, with lyrics about Serbian mythology and history. In the year of 2002 a decision was made by the members of the band which were Dušan, ?aslav and Veljko: to find a drummer and start to create a different, more thrashy music. That drummer was ?uka, but something was still missing: the second guitar, then Dovla joined the band (and Dušan left the band, but all of his lyrics are still in use for Wolf’s Hunger, with his permission). In august 2003 the first material was recorded, labeled “Thunders Of Perun Are Back” (demo) which is actually a live recording (only the vocals were done separately). In spite of the very raw sound that it possessed, it got very positive reactions and reviews, even though the band itself was not very satisfied with it. There were a few gigs with domestic bands such as Interfector, All My Sins, Defilement, Posmrtna Liturgija.In the year of 2004 ?uka decided to leave the band, but after a few months Wolf’s Hunger found a new drummer, Vlada. In august 2005 new material has been recorded, “My Land in Flames” (Zemlja Moja U Plamenu Je). GROM records released the material as a split album with Posmrtna Liturgija in February 2006. What comes next is a festival called United Slavic Swords in February of 2006 where band plays alongside with Inferno, The Stone, Posmrtna Liturgija, Zaklan and Svartgren. In April 2006 long-time member, drummer Vlada was forced to leave the band for personal reasons, completely understood by the rest of the band. New drummer is found and his name is Miloš. In July 2006 band had a very successful performance at Exit Festival, Metal Hammer stage opening the last day in front of several hundreds of eager fans! This success made even bigger the fact that there was a real campaign from some far-left groups to ban Wolf’s Hunger appearance at the fest. Since accusations had nothing to do with facts, band held a great gig, even more motivated, due to past false accusations. To end up a year of 2006, in December, bend plays at United Slavic Swords, part II, with Inferno, Adultery, The Stone, Zaklan, Maras and Besatt. Wolf’s Hunger entered Positive Studios in Novi Sad in late August 2006 to record debut album ‘Osveta u Krvi’ (Retaliation in Blood). Recording and mixing is over in November, of the same year. The album is out on 01. February 2007 by Grom Records. In May of 2007. band supports the gig of Vital Remains in Belgrade. In September of 2007. band splits up, making a two years break. After those two years, ?aslav and Miloš decided to revoke and continue with the band (with permission and agreement with Vlada and Veljko), hence the band exists again. New guitarists are Rasto Zeki? (Schwargla, Obscured & Concrete Sun) and Milan Šogorov (Ground Zero). Band performs a comeback gig at United Slavic Swords, part III in december of 2009, swords crossed with Infernal War, Kozeljnik and Bleeding Fist. After five years of not appearing on stage in their hometown, in May of 2010 band plays with The Stone and Concrete Sun at club Route 66. After that they support Russian pagan/folk band, Arkona in June of 2010, Belgrade. Currently, the band is brewing a new album.
DIVIDE (Kiel) Divide plays death metal since 2009. The band has legendary idols like Vader, Carcass or Bolt Thrower but isn’t afraid of creating something new – oldschool compositions with a modern sound and a taste of black and thrash metal.
So, get this: King Dude, The Ruins Of Beverast and (Dolch) get on a tour bus together. Ván Records shows once again why they’re the leader of the pack – and that’s because you don’t even need an introduction to these bands. Friends of dark music and gazer of the abyss shall gather once again and send hymns of praise to the Great Nihil, prince of serpents and goats. Be sure to snatch a ticket quickly if you want to be counted in their number.
The songs of Botanist are told from the perspective of The Botanist, a crazed man of science who lives in self-imposed exile, as far away from Humanity and its crimes against Nature as possible. In his sanctuary of fantasy and wonder, which he calls the Verdant Realm, he surrounds himself with plants and flowers, finding solace in the company of the Natural world, and envisioning the destruction of man. There, seated upon his throne of Veltheimia, The Botanist awaits the time of humanity’s self-eradication, which will allow plants to make the Earth green once again.
Botanist’s message is of hope, of faith in the power of the Natural balance, one that transcends humanity’s self-seen importance and places us all in a truer place in the universal picture. Botanist believes that although mankind is destroying the Earth’s natural environment, humanity cannot destroy Nature permanently. Humanity can destroy Nature only for humanity, meaning that even if all life, including humanity, has been eradicated, Nature will bounce back. Something will exist out of nothing, just as it always has, and that something will exist whether humanity is a part of it or not.
Botanist believes the world is the most valuable thing in the world. The most essential thing. Nature offers the truest, most tangible vista into the face of the divine, whose unnamable, unknowable existence is reflected through our natural environment. If we want to enjoy this world, to venerate it, to thrive within it, we must respect it, we must protect it, even if it’s only for our personal benefit. If we don’t, if we annoy the Earth enough, the Earth will kill us and move on. What choice will we make?
Mayhem are a Norwegian black metal band formed in 1984 in Oslo long regarded as one of the pioneers of the Norwegian black metal scene. Mayhem’s career has been highly controversial, primarily due to their violent stage performances, the 1991 suicide of vocalist Per Yngve Ohlin („Dead“) and 1993 murder of guitarist Øystein Aarseth („Euronymous“) by former member Varg Vikernes („Count Grishnackh“), also of Burzum. The group released a demo and an EP that were highly influential, and amassed a loyal following through sporadic and notorious live performances, attracting further attention through their ties to the string of Norwegian church burnings and the prominent incidents of violence surrounding them. They disbanded after Aarseth’s murder, shortly before the release of their debut album, De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas, regarded as a classic of the black metal genre. Surviving former members Jan Axel Blomberg („Hellhammer“), Jørn Stubberud („Necrobutcher“) and Sven Erik Kristiansen („Maniac“) reformed two years later with Rune Eriksen („Blasphemer“) replacing Aarseth. Attila Csihar since replaced Kristiansen.
The band’s music strongly influenced the black metal genre and was instrumental in moving the wider metal scene away from the prevailing trend for speed metal. Their post-Aarseth material is characterised by increased experimentation. Mayhem’s most recent album, Ordo Ad Chao, received the Spellemannprisen award for Best Metal Album in 2007.