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Book Review: That Which Should Not Be

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By: Brett J. Talley

Buy it Here:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11876043-that-which-should-not-be

http://www.amazon.com/That-Which-Should-Not-Be/dp/1936564149

 

                This is the first book review for Skullbanger Media but I am hoping it is a first of more to come.  Since I try to also cover horror on the site, mostly with movies, I am always on the look for other mediums as well.  Well what better way to cover horror than with a horror novel.   Not only a horror novel but one based on the Lovecraftian/Cthulhu mythos.  While Cthulhu is becoming a bit oversaturated in the geek/nerd culture I have always been a fan of H.P. Lovecraft and his stories.  I am also always curious how new generations of writers take on his material and convey a story as opposed to how Lovecraft wrote his work. Continue reading Book Review: That Which Should Not Be

CRADLE OF FILTH Confirmed For Turkey’s Hi-Voltage Festival

UK-based black metallers CRADLE OF FILTH have been confirmed to play the Hi-Voltage Festival in Istanbul, Turkey on June 29th, which takes place at Küçükçiftlik Park. Go to this location for ticket information.

Cradle Of Filth’s current 2013 tour schedule is as follows: Continue reading CRADLE OF FILTH Confirmed For Turkey’s Hi-Voltage Festival

CRADLE OF FILTH’s Dani Filth Comments On Tour Cancellations In New Blog

CRADLE OF FILTH singer Dani Filth has issued the following blog update:

“The week we were due to receive our US performance visas truly was one of the worst weeks of my life, as it launched itself blazing into nightmare with the rotten news that the US tour was being cancelled. Believe you me, there is still no one more pissed off about this than me, over nothing more than a silly visa issue. Still, what can you do, the more you complain about the immigration laws, the less likely we are to get in next time we intend to tour?

Unfortunately there is no way of getting around this problem, whatever anybody says and believe you me we have tried vigorously through various official channels and at some expense, it is just a hard cold fact of entry into the US at the moment. So, better that we postpone/cancel than lead people on any further in the hope that Cradle will be making at least some of these current dates, including Canada, which comes cost-wise part and parcel of touring North America as a whole.

It truly is a royal nightmare, as the tour obviously took a lengthy time to route and organise, plus there are the other bands, booking agents, bus companies, local promoters, venues, venue staff and of course, our loyal fans in attendance to consider. Still, if it’s any consolation at all, it does mean that there is a distinct possibility that when the visas are eventually processed, we will be able to come back to the States on a much longer tour, seeing as there was a huge amount of people on our Facebook page complaining about the band not playing anywhere near where they lived. Believe me when I say this, we hear you, and the next tour will take all these requests into ardent consideration. So, if you want Cradle to come to your country, town or city, make your sepulchral voice heard now… Fuck it, speak to the local promoters if you have to!

And if this wasn’t enough misery to unhappily digest, it was then followed by a horrid bout of flu. I had Pharyngitis, Toni had Laryngitis and the rest of the week was spent in the company of a high temperature, headache, earache, limb ache, all-else ache and a raging sore throat combination pack. On Valentine’s Day, that most romantic evening of the year, having cancelled our posh dinner and movie date, we were both rolled in as many layers of clothing as was humanly possible to keep warm in bed. And we were still shivering through fever. Now, nigh on two weeks on and the final dregs of the chest infection that came with it are still airing themselves via a hacking great cough and a sinister, snivelling cold.

Anyway, I’d like to end this section of my blog by offering a massive apology to everybody that has been let down by this cancellation…”

Read more here.

YEAR OF THE GOAT: New Video From Swedish Occult Metal Sect Now Playing

YEAR OF THE GOAT: New Video From Swedish Occult Metal Sect Now Playing

Blazing with over fifty minutes of supreme, metallic occult rock, Angels’ Necropolis, the infernal debut album from YEAR OF THE GOAT, has been claiming mass praise from  heavy metal fans and critics alike, elevating this new act in the ranks of the scene quickly.

A brilliantly infectious album highlighting classic metal/occult rock harmonies Östergötland/Norrköping, Sweden-based quintet seemingly permeate the air around them with, rather than “perform” or “execute,” the atmospheric permeation of the eight rituals which comprise their Angel’s Necropolis offering form the proper conditions to transport the listener to another plane of existence; a meditative state in tribute to Lucifer and his legions. The album was released on CD, LP and digitally worldwide via Ván Records, also liable for bringing The Devil’s Blood, The Ruins Of Beverast, Nagelfar and others into the cult spotlight over the last decade.

This week YEAR OF THE GOAT has set loose a brand new video for the track “Spirits Of Fire,” showcasing the incredibly hooks and melodies the band have seemingly perfected, depicted in a psychedelic 70s Occult horror  theme.

 

Succumb to Him with the “Spirits Of Fire” video as well as full stream of Angels’ Necropolis HERE.

 

YEAR OF THE GOAT will hit the stage sporadically and continuously through the year, having just announced the acts first confirmed performances of 2013. Stay tuned for further updates as more shows are confirmed.

 

YEAR OF THE GOAT Live Rituals:

3/01/2013 John Dee – Sankt Hanshaugen, Norway

3/09/2013 Dynamo – Norrköping, Sweden

3/22/2013 Harry’s Rock Night – Linkoping, Sweden

5/24/2013 Club Destroyer – Sundsvall, Sweden

7/27/2013 Skogsröjet – Rejmre, Sweden

8/29/2013 Beyond The Gates – Bergen, Norway

11/16/2013 Hammer Of Doom Festival – Würzburg, Germany

 

“Album Of The Month” – Metal Hammer Greece

 

“…the hooks on Angels’ Necropolis are extraordinary, its Blue Oyster Cult-derived fare countered by spellbinding, haunting lyrical content. Heavy on substance but devoid of gimmickry, it’s seductive: an impeccable balance of profundity and accessibility. 4/5” – Terrorizer

 

“Necropolis flat-out fucking rocks. Comprising tuneful and intricate ’70s metal steeped in a devout, shadowy Satanism, the disc skirts the edges of prog and doom without losing its solid footing in masterful classic rock and the infernal art of the anthem.” – A.V. Club

 

“This record is a statement that good music can still be written which has its reference to the 70s era. YEAR OF THE GOAT have claimed that malevolent structure, Angel’s Necropolis, to perform their darkest arts and spread the worship of the dark Lord. 9/10” – Metal Temple

 

“…a wildly dynamic record imbued with rich, vintage tones and ritualistic songwriting and lyrics. 9/10” – Soundshock

 

” Year of the Goat and their peers are laying the foundation for an extremely exciting movement and, as a shot across the bows, this is as powerful an opening gambit as there has ever been. Doubters will be silenced…” – Lurker’s Path

 

“…Sinners, thieves and liars, get ready for the ultimate occult magical Sabbatic Rock release of 2012… 10/10” – Metak Kaoz

 

“Ein tolles Werk, wenn man sich ihm gegenüber öffnet und es entdecken möchte. Ich prophezeihe dann allerdings Suchtgefahr! Sagt nicht man hätte euch nicht gewarnt! 10/10” – Hell Is Open

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Music Review: Head of the Demon

Music Review: Head of the Demon

CD: Head of the Demon

Label: The Ajna Offensive

Release Date: January 22, 2013

 

Through the history of Heavy Metal, horror has always been one of its closest allies in terms of subject matter for songs.  However, up until recently you never heard of many bands tap in the H.P. Lovecraft mythos with a few exceptions through the years but in the past decade or so, we seem to be seeing more bands beginning to explore the Cthulhu Mythos a bit more.

When I received a batch of promos that included a band from Sweden, with nameless members from other known bands, called Head of the Demon with music from their self-titled album that the press release stated delved into the Lovecraft them I was sold.  I have always been a big Lovecraft fan, I have read most, if not all, of his stories and have several board games based on the horrors in his stories.  So what do we get with Head of the Demon?  Is it a worthy Lovecraftian Metal endeavor or would we be better served getting Head from a garbage disposal?  Well not to fear…your dick is safe!

When I listened to Head of the Demon the first thing I noticed right off is that this is a VERY Black Sabbath-ish,  psychedelic and doom sounding album with slow plodding and atmospheric songs that would remind you of traveling a desolate grey landscape.  Fans of the old Black Sabbath and stoner type music should enjoy the music found here greatly.  I’m typically not into the slow plodding type Doom Genre but I found myself intrigued by the album and thought it would make some good mood music for certain occasions.

The next noticeable aspect of the album is the vocals.  The press kit states that the singer sounds very much like Tom G. Warrior from Celtic Frost, which I did find to be true but I also found that he also sounded a lot like Cronos from Venom which is not a bad thing and thought it suited the album well.

Head of the Demon is filled with subtle whispers and vocals that are hard to understand at times.  This may be part of what the Doom genre is about but I found I wished I could hear just a little more of the lyrics as it was difficult to really hear the references  to Lovecraft that may have been there.

The song The Key is the one song that has clean narrative/singing where I distinctly heard Lovecraft references compared to the other songs where I wasn’t sure if the songs were referencing Lovecraft or not.

Head of The Demon boasts a mere 7 tracks but in typical metal or doom fashion most songs hit at least the 6 minute mark so you will get your money worth with the seven tracks presented here.

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by Head of the Demon.  Like I mentioned earlier, I never got into Doom Metal much or claim to be an expert of the genre but I thought what I heard here was a good effort and fans of atmospheric or heavy metal in general should not be disappointed.  So raise your hands high and give praises to the Great Cthulhu.  The Stars are right!

 

Rating: 3/5

 

Tracklisting:

1: By Titan Hand

2: The Lie in Wait-Riding the Waste

3: Phantasmagoria

4: The Man From Foreign Land

5: The Key

6: Fifth House of the Mausoleum

7: Wraith of the Unknown.