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“Destiny Forged In Blood”, a new song from the heavy metal “supergroup” TWILIGHT OF THE GODS, can be streamed below (courtesy of Decibel magazine). The track comes off the band’s debut album, “Fire On The Mountain”, which will be released on September 27 in Europe and October 1 in North America via Season Of Mist.

TWILIGHT OF THE GODS is: Alan Averill (PRIMORDIAL, DEAD SOVEREIGN, BLOOD REVOLT) on vocals, Nick Barker (ex-CRADLE OF FILTH, ex-DIMMU BORGIR, ex-TESTAMENT, ex-EXODUS) on drums, guitarists Rune Eriksen (AURA NOIR, ex-AVA INFERI, ex-MAYHEM) and Patrik Lindgren (THYRFING), and Frode Glesnes (EINHERJER) on bass.

“Fire On The Mountain” track listing:

01. Destiny Forged In Blood
02. Children Of Cain
03. Fire On The Mountain (1683)
04. Preacher Man
05. Sword Of Damocles
06. The End Of History
07. At Dawn We Ride

The effort will be made available as a CD digipack and a limited-edition LP via the Season Of Mist e-shop.

In a recent interview with Metal Hammer magazine, Averill stated about “Fire On The Mountain”: “We grew up with and through most of our reference points. This is just what just came out when we play. We didn’t need to go, ‘We need to write songs that sound like MANOWAR,’ but we all love MANOWAR. There’s a fine line to walk between pastiche, parody and putting of the old gonzoid heavy metal charm into it, but not being too self-knowing in that sense.”

Asked if it was weird to switch over to singing classic metal lyrics, and finding out how he related to those lyrics, Averill said: “Definitely. The thing is that it’s full of the gonzoid heavy metal idioms — the swords and the steel and the blood and the fire. It was a difficult balance to find, to strike between being full of a certain glory and beauty and charm of old heavy metal, without it being too wink-wink, nod-nod, self-parody, but really genuinely meaning it because that’s what we all love, and treating it with the sort of kid gloves and respect that it deserves.”

He continued: “But yeah, it was difficult trying to find a different voice, another kind of lyric but at the same time, if you take, say, the title track, ‘Fire On The Mountain’, that’s my Dio tribute and it sounds like a RAINBOW songtitle. But yeah, the song is about the siege of Vienna by the Ottoman empire in 1683 where King Leopold I and the Holy Roman See defeated the Turks, and those, I think, had a lot to do with saving the European culture and the Enlightenment and all sorts of stuff. So if you were to actually look at it, you’d go, ‘Actually, there’s something being said here, but it’s written in heavy metal vernacular, which was handed down to us from IRON MAIDEN and whoever. But it’s a challenge, for sure, and it’s also a challenge to write a chorus that people could sing. You’re sitting there for the first time thinking, actually, how could I write this in such a way for people at a show or at a festival to get behind it, you know? It’s just a traditional, hard-rock structure, which is a breath of fresh air for all of us, because we’ve all, for the past 20 years, been playing extreme music and darker music to some degree, so it’s a bit like something fresh for all of us, despite the fact that it’s all old.”




Photo credit (above): Steinar Sortland

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Los Angeles based thrashers Viking, who re-united last year, posted up some pre-release rough mix tracks from the forthcoming album “No Child Left Behind.” No release date or label was announced as of yet, but the band features original members Ron Eriksen (vocals/guitar), Matt Jordan (drums) as well as ex-Dark Angel bassist Mike Gonzalez.

Viking was best known for its two and only Metal Blade Records releases “Do or Die” (1988) and “Man of Straw” (1989).

Check out new track “An Ideal Opportunity” here:

Check out new track “9:02 on Flight 182″ here:

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“The Living End”, the new video from AVA INFERI, the Portugal-based band whose lineup includes Norwegian guitarist Rune Eriksen (a.k.a.

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Pagan’s Mind lead singer Nils K. Rue announced that he will not be able to perform in three of the shows over the next three weeks of the band’s European tour with Symphony X, for undisclosed reasons.

Rue commented: “I will do the first two tour dates in Hamburg and Bochum in Germany, but the other three dates will be with someone else. I do not want the band to give up these dates [and I] will be replaced by Mikael Eriksen of Circus Maximus.”

The affected dates are:

October 2, 2011 – Berlin, Germany – C-Club
October 4, 2011 – Aschaffenburg, Germany – Colos-Saal
October 5, 2011 – Monaco of Bavaria, Germany – Backstage Halle

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AVA INFERI, the Portugal-based band whose lineup includes Norwegian guitarist Rune Eriksen (a.k.a.

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Long running Czech Republic based dark metal act Root has announced an upcoming 9th full-length album, which will be titled “Heritage of Satan.” The new album is currently slated for release this coming Autumn through Agonia Records.

Root has also announced three special guests who lent their talents while recording the album: Erik Danielsson (Watain), Rune Blasphemer Eriksen (ex-Mayhem, Ava Inferi, Aura Noir) and Adam Nergal Darski (Behemoth). Vocalists Erik and Nergal provide their vocals on two of the albums’ tracks, while one song is decorated with Blasphemer´s northern guitar melodies.

Additional details on “Heritage of Satan” will be announced as they are made available. In the mean time, you can check out Metalunderground.com’s reviews of the previous Root albums “The Book,” “The Temple in the Underworld,” “Hell Symphony,” and “Zjeveni.”

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Ava Inferi has posted a music video online for the song “Majesty,” which can be viewed below. ?Finally the first clip from 'Onyx' is ready!” mastermind Rune Eriksen comments.

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“Majesty”, the new video from AVA INFERI, the Portugal-based band whose lineup includes Norwegian guitarist Rune Eriksen (a.k.a.

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AVA INFERI, the Portugal-based band whose lineup includes Norwegian guitarist Rune Eriksen (a.k.a.

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AVA INFERI, the Portugal-based band whose lineup includes Norwegian guitarist Rune Eriksen (a.k.a.

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