Posts Tagged “Maniac”

Beaten To Death

Beaten To Death: suspend all rational thought

Grindcore fans, and fans of mentalist heavy metal in general, rejoice, because Norway’s nirvana-inducing noise experts, Beaten To Death have wisely chosen Metal Hammer as exclusive hosts to stream their forthcoming album, Dødsfest! – out on October 4 via Mas-Kina Recordings – in full.

Fronted by She Said Destroy’s Anders ‘Ugmod’ Bakke, this is ADD-enhanced grindcore running headlong through the looking glass, and yet also strangely accessible. If you’re a fan of Rolo Tomassi, The Locust, Brutal Truth, moshing like a maniac or the sensation of being eaten alive by seriously tripping, exhibitionist lions, this album is going to blow your mind. Check it out below!

Pre-order the limited edition 12-inch vinyl here.

And check out Beaten To Death’s own Facebook page here.

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Shining's Niklas Kvarforth

Shining’s Niklas Kvarforth

Metal Hammer and Subterranea aren’t just proud to host an exclusive preview track from Swedish miscreants Shining’s new album, 8½ – Feberdrömmar I Vaket Tillstånd, but we’ve also got an exclusive interview with infamous band founder Niklas Kvarforth as well.

Released on September 23 via Dark Essence Records, 8½… revisits tracks from their early 00s period – many of them unreleased – with a raft of guest vocalists including Wardruna and God Seed’s Gaahl, and both fomer and current Mayhem frontmen Maniac and Attila Csihar. Check out the track, Selvdestruktivitetens Emissarie, featuring Gaahl, and the interview below!


The last time we spoke you were saying how numbering the albums set out marker points for you. After dropping that for Redefining Darkness, was it important for you to go back to it again (and implicitly stating that Redefining Darkness – the eighth Shining album – was still in that sequence), or was it just to say that this is an ‘in between’ album?

“During the recording of Redefining Darkness there were numerous things in our universe that were changing, and instead of doing something half-assed as most people do, I wanted to change all that was interfering with what was lying ahead. However, as much as the murder of the old is a necessity, some things are holy and shouldn’t be touched. The aftermath almost destroyed the band and its founder as well. So, when I was working on the ninth album and had the opportunity to revisit the past project, which is now being released, this mistake had to be corrected. And yes, it might have our less intelligent fans understanding that it is not a new album that’s being released as well, which in this day and age might have been quite a smart move on our part.”

Why choose this particular period to revisit?

“These songs were recorded in 2001-2002 when Hellhammer requested some pre-productions before entering the studio to record III. Of course, these recordings got spread to others and eventually released as a very poor ‘we-wanna-make-some-easy-cash’ bootleg album by a German company. This has bothered us since then of course and when we started reclaiming what was ours from other companies, the idea of releasing these songs ourselves combined with the idea of re-recording our debut album with six different vocalists suddenly seemed like quite an appealing idea. So, here you are.”

How did having guest vocalists affect the way you relate to the songs, particularly when they’ve always been from such a person viewpoint? Did you find yourself being able to see them more from an outside perspective?

“Its very odd hearing these songs sung by others. And I had to take things bit by bit in order to be able to grasp the whole thing when being sent recording after recording. Nevertheless, now I’ve had some time to go through the songs with a somewhat more evident distance, and although it’s still strange, I feel empowered when I hear that my brothers have all managed to do their own thing and treat the material with the respect it deserves.”

Was there anyone you would have liked to have contribute to the album who couldn’t be on it?

“When the initial re-recording idea was first being considered about six, seven years back all my favorites were already onboard. Yet, as time goes by, one gets to learn a thing or two about those you know, and because of this, two singers who were originally going to contribute were excluded and replaced. But no, I feel I got exactly the ones I wanted on the album.

Did resurrecting the earlier material bring you closer to it or do you feel it was a way of summing them up and moving on?

Definitely brought me closer. Especially as I was able to do something proper with the recordings and also add things that I felt were missing initially. Lars did a magnificent job getting the whole fever-atmosphere to come alive too. A magnificent artist, who will, from now on, definitely be contributing to my future work on a much larger scale than before.”

By his own admission, Gaahl can take a lot of time finding the right… resonance for recording vocals, particularly black metal vocals. How did he approach recording for you?

He was the last one to finish, let’s put it like that. But no, there were no actual problems in getting him to record once he was in the studio. What was a problem was getting hold of him at times, because he, like me, is involved with so many other things that are time-consuming. I have to say though, that Gaahl’s work really does stand out and took me by surprise. Finally, the two of us managed to get something recorded together, something the two of us have been planning for years now.”

Famine from Peste Noire is a bit of a controversial figure due to perceived far-right views. What’s your take on this and what did he bring to Terres Des Anonymes?

I always knew about Peste Noire but didn’t really get into it until after a week-long visit to one of my best friends in Ljubljana who introduced me to Famine’s genius. I also of course knew about his reputation and sometimes controversial outbursts in the media and whatnot but honestly, those things do not interest me at all. I seriously couldn’t care less. I chose him because over the last couple of years we have developed a sincere friendship,and apart from being one of the most interesting and talented musicians around, his vocals are otherworldly. Famine made Fields Of Faceless a completely different song from what it was originally and I am truly honored to have him putting some of his magic into my work.”

Your time on Spinefarm was pretty shortlived. Why did you move on, and do you see it as a failed experiment or learning experience?

Shining has always been cursed. Sometimes to an almost ridiculous extent one could say. Spinefarm was a learning-experience, but so were Avantgarde, Osmose and Indie as well. I do not care much about living in the past though and neither do I have the authority to discuss contractual matters in the media so let’s leave it at that.”

Do you have any information on how Martin Strandberg’s documentary on you is progressing?

Don’t know really. I think Martin is working for SABATON at the moment but I also know he’s just as much a perfectionist as little old me. But be sure, it’s coming, it’s coming. But once again, neither I, nor the band are personally involved with the project so do contact Martin himself for further information.”

Check out Shining’s homepage here

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Bloodstock: Bringing the heavy

Yep, we did one for Slam Dunk and one for Download, so it only seems fair that we do one for Bloodstock.

Here is the definitely-not-official-and-will-probably-kill-you Metal Hammer Bloodstock 2013 Drinking Game! Go wild.

*Please note, this is in no way officially endorsed by Bloodstock and if you choose to print this off and actually stick to it you are a maniac and will probably end up swimming in your own sick while King Diamond plays Voodoo in the background.


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Decapitated: death metal heavyweights

Hello. Do you like death metal? Of course you do, you maniac. We’re debuting the awesome new video from Polish death metal heavyweights, Decapitated!

404 is taken from the band’s awesome recent album Carnival Is Forever, which you can grab here:

Catch the guys at the Northern Darkness festival in Newcastle on December 8! Grab your tickets here:

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The Word Alive: bringing the synths to Slam Dunk, we imagine

This weekend, Slam Dunk festival takes over the UK for a Bank Holiday mosh-and-booze-up of epic proportions. It’s going to be an iron-clad rager and, if we’re being frank, a bit messy, so when we found out that Tom Doyle had gone and invented a drinking game for the duration of the fest, we had to nick it. Sorry, Tom.

So, in the first of what is probably going to be an ongoing and increasingly ridiculous series over festival season, here is the 100% Unofficial Metal Hammer Slam Dunk Drinking game:

Simple. See you down the front.*

*Please note, these rules are in no way officially affiliated with Slam Dunk festival or its promoters. It’s just a bit of fun. If you decide to actually go through with this, you are a maniac and can’t blame us if you end up face down, passed out in front of Tek-One.

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After releasing his “Songs Of Flesh (Part I)” seven-inch EP in early 2012, inexhaustible Swedish maniac Rogga Johansson (PAGANIZER, RIBSPREADER, DEMIURG, THE GROTESQUERY, BONE GNAWER, REVOLTING) strikes back with the debut album of his most recent project: MEGASCAVENGER.

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Massachusetts based black metal act Sorrowseed has announced the band’s first tour of the Northeast United States is coming at the end of the month. Dates for the “Unhallowed Reaping” tour are as follows:

THU 10/25 – THE WEBSTER – Hartford CT
FRI 10/26 – MILLY’S TAVERN – Manchester NH
SAT 10/27 – MANIAC LOUNGE – Smithfield RI
SUN 10/28 – MADDY’S LOUNGE – Saugus MA
MON 10/29 – JR’S BAR – Philadelphia PA
WED 10/31 – DUSK – Providence RI

Sorrowseed also comments, “Many of these shows are Halloween celebrations, and we hope to see as many of you as possible to support us on our first tour!” More info on Sorrowseed is available over at Facebook here.

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Deftones: Back in action

Pioneering Sacramento alt metal icons Deftones will release new album Koi No Yokan on November 12 via Reprise, and in the current issue of Metal Hammer, we talk to the band to find out how the recording sessions for the opus have gone.

“We’ve just got in a room and jammed out ideas like we did on the last album,” says drummer Abe Cunningham. “We’d go in and come up with all these funky ideas in a room together instead of sending ideas to each other’s mp3s while we’re in different parts of the country. It gets you excited, like it felt when we were kids in a garage!”

“These sessions have also been helped by Sergio [Vega] feeling more at home as part of the band,” he adds of the man they drafted in after bassist Chi Cheng was left in a coma after a car crash in 2008. “He’s more at ease and feels comfortable in contributing music and ideas this time out. It’s been great seeing him feel like he can say what he wants to say, which was maybe not the case the last time around.”

Want to read more? Of course you do, ya maniac. ORDER THE CURRENT ISSUE NOW.

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Yes, While She Sleeps! Yes!

We’re going a bit batty over the amazing new While She Sleeps album at the moment (check out our killer This Is The Six track-by-track guide for proof of that), so we got the lads to send us an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the video for new single Seven Hills, which is out now.

Stick your eyes on that:

This Is The Six is out August 13 via Search & Destroy. The band tour the UK alongside Bleed From Within, Crossfaith and Polar this Autumn. You’d be a maniac to miss it:

Sep 26 Birmingham The Library @ Institute
Sep 27 Manchester Club Academy
Sep 28 Sheffield Corporation
Sep 29 Glasgow Garage
Sep 30 Newcastle Academy 2
Oct 2 Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Oct 3 Bristol Fleece
Oct 4 Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
Oct 5 London Electric Ballroom

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