Sunday, 26 March 2017

What is the Metal Head Box ?

So who knew the next big thing would be boxes ?
that's right! mystery boxes or grab bags the year of not knowing 2017 has had its premier of ton of various subscriptions stuff with everything from magazines to your local beauty make up boxes , even for children of course.

But today we are not talking about that because this is a metal related post,
we are talking about the newly established underground cult box worshipping maniacs demons,  the Metalhead box  based in Toronto Canada with a regions of followers from their home town and vast growing fans and subscribers
the mastermind inside the box loving company is none other than a group of dedicated metal fans so they describe them.
that actually goes under the name
Melissa Box (co founder ) and Robert and some other people involved

Each month they hand pick a dussin of items to ship out to random subscribers.
The Metalhead box is exactly what it sounds like a box full of METAL!
not the the actual " metal "but heavy enough  cause each month the subscriber pay around 20-30 for a mystery box delivered to their door , much like the pizza boy who delivers to your average metal joe! each box contains between 3-5 Cds 1 -2 shirts stickers pins patches, buttons, and flyers of course of mixed genre typically Black/death /Thrash related, but it also allows you to apart from filling your shirt size so they can know what size to send , they also allow you fill your taste of music , if you're like my who loves doom metal you can actually use that as a preference and they will try their best to match that in their cd packing , how cool is that?
The Metalhead Box is a monthly subscriptions

Working with the biggest to smallest of Record Labels and bands in the business, The Metalhead Box not only delivers on value but also rewards members with exclusive items found nowhere else!

in the boxes you'll find everything from the old school bands we all love and worship to the latest hit on the market,  the friendly team of metalheadbox crew will surely attract anyone, but what happens if you are only into vinyl like all modern geeks,
Well have I got news for you the Metalheadbox is so awesome that they actually offers not just 1 but 2 LPs  in their subscription  offers you to decide how long you want to subscribe from 1  month to 3 or  an eternity.
why would you want to stop? and each package is tailored to meet any hard working mans budget,

Vinyl subscription  includes the 3 following

see photos below!

So what are you waiting for GET your ass over to the metalhead box and subscribe today, also don't worry if there was a missed month box for you as they always have a little flash box sale after each month,
where you can pick up  random items at Ridiculous prices
I mean how awesome is this right to your door,
just when you thought the boxes couldn't get more awesome
there you have it ! THE METALHEAD BOX


Below you find a vast list of unboxing videos from your all worldwide supporters!

and of course what other people say about it!

And more

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Illimitable Dolor' Debut album Out now worldwide via Transcending Obscurity

Australian Death doom band Illimitable Dolor's Debut album is Out now worldwide via Transcending Obscurity
the band consists of
Stuart Prickett - Guitars/Vocals/Keys.
Dan Garcia - Guitars.
John McLaughlin - Drums.
Guy Moore - Keyboards.
Peter O'Donohue - Guitars.
Daniel Finney - Bass.

Today the band is releasing their highly anticipated
full length album self titteld

a beautiful atmospheric Funeral doom/doom death record
From members of the acclaimed doom band THE SLOW DEATH comes a special band paying tribute to their deceased band member, Gregg Williamson. Under the name of ILLIMITABLE DOLOR, they play some of the most emotive and sincere doom ever recorded. Extremely heartfelt and personal, these four songs are the perfect expression of grief-ridden, wistful and stirring doom that is reminiscent of the '90s bands but add their own atmosphere to the output. Stuart Prickett writes some of the most heartrending music here and it's easily palpable to any living soul. ILLIMITABLE DOLOR's intent is pure as their music, deep and moving, and this debut full length is a testament to the power of raw emotions channelled gracefully as an ode to someone personal and cherished.  

as described by the band!
if you're into doom death , this is a release you do not want to miss!

Track list

1.Rail of Moon, A Stone 10:19

2.Comet Dies or Shines 09:09

3.Salt of Brazen Seas 12:51

4.Abandoned Cuts of River

Check out the cool lyric video and support the scene and Transcending Obscurity
Links to the band and label below!

ILLIMITABLE DOLOR Bandcamp - ILLIMITABLE DOLOR Facebook - Transcending Obscurity Records Site/Store - Transcending Obscurity Records Facebook -

Sunday, 19 March 2017

YOUR CHANCE TO DIE To Release “Ex Nihilo” On April 21st

Your CHANCE TO DIE, who came into the light of the death metal world with their 2013 Red Cord Records album , Their goal , are to release their third album, Ex Nihilo on April 21st via EMP LABEL GROUP’s extreme Metal imprint EMP UNDERGROUND. Recorded by Jamie King (Between the Buried and Me), mixed by Zack Ohren (Machine Head), and with album art by French digital artist / illustrator & graphic designer Pierre-Alain D., Ex Nihilo shows the band versitality from symphonic to brutal death metal, 

EMP has released the track “Omega” for streaming on SOUNDCLOUD, stream it here:

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Wormwood - Ghostlands-Wounds From A Bleeding Earth (2017) - Review

Band: Wormwood
Album title: Ghostlands - Wounds From A Bleeding Earth
Release date: 9 March 2017
Label: Non Serviam Records

01. Gjallarhornet
02. The Universe Is Dying
03. Under Hennes Vingslag
04. Godless Serenade
05. Oceans
06. Silverdimmans Återsken
07. Tidh ok Ödhe
08. Beneath Ravens And Bones
09. The Windmill
10. What We Lost In The Mist
11. The Boneless One
12. To Worship

Wormwood spawned early in 2014, already then with a sheer goal and strong vision of their future. The band was founded by guitarist Rydsheim and bass player Borka (both ex-Åskfödd), the two joined forces with the drummer Johtun. After establishing down the main ideas for the band they recruited singer Nine who had the ferociousness they were looking for. Guitarist Nox later on completed the line-up of Wowmwood. Together they were hiding in the underground and slowly crafting the sound that they were going to represent as Wormwood in the coming future. Wormwood's music is a mix of atmospheric and grim black metal with hints of ancient Scandinavian melodies. They released their first EP named The Void - Stories From The Whispering Well, followed by short tour and strong support of their EP. Soon after that they started working on material for what would be the bands debut album making its way into 2017, and so in early 2016 Ghostlands - Wounds From A Bleeding Earth was ready, mixed and mastered by Sverker Widegren of Diabolical fame. 

The album is inspired by the Scandinavian north, the vast and mystical space and old folklore, and this led to the unique sound of WormwoodGhostlands - Wounds From A Bleeding Earth is as "grimm" as its beautiful, a truly majestic album that clearly shows that Sweden is the land of many beautiful things, just to name few... ZornheymHyperion among many other great names and now Wormwood are to be added to the list of Swedish new gods.

Many might describe Wormwood's music as folk/black metal, despite very melodic it has that raw edge and brutallity you need from black metal, but enough melodies to ensure you won't get bored. Most of the songs doesn't follow a special pattern and makes it less of a repetitive album, something that is quite common in black metal, as it can be easy to get lost in a wall of blast beats, but Wormwood shows no tendences to follow the stereotype, with clear vision and goals in sight, they make use of all kinds of various instruments and really brings out that nice mixture of folk black metal you've only heard before in Finland. Raise your glass for Wormwood because the overall soundscape of the album is very pleasent, almost a bit ambiental at certain parts.
The guitar work is perfectly blended with nice orchestration in the background and it simply lifts the whole album to a new level. While many bands tend to live on the keys, Wormwood utilizes them in a very good way and still manages to deliver in front those sharp black metal riffs we all love. Despite Wormwood being fairly new to the eyes of the world the members sure are no strangers to composing great music, its hard to put to words exactly what one feels, but it's just one of those records that pretty much speaks for itself and everyone should be able to get their own opinion from this melodic epic album. Despite being almost flawless one cannot help but not missing the faster stuff, we are surely never left without a single moment of thinking why this or that was done, each track is perfectly executed as the tracks move on half way through the album you will feel as if you are entering another world. Wormwood's Ghostlands - Wounds From A Bleeding Earth should do the same as Hyperion's debut did for them! In terms of quality and song writing the album is very well done, also the production is good. It's another gem to the collection of yours, so get your copy now, it's a must have for any fan of melodic/folk/black metal!

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Shining Interview 2015 NIklas kvarforth (repost)

Interview with Niklas Kvarforth 2015 repost

Your new album IX / Everyone everything everywhere Ends is soon to be out! How did you come to that name ?The title has followed me since 2006 but didn’t feel compatible with how things were going back then. The title itself should be self-explanatory. And maybe give a hint where things are heading with this band, who knows? I like the idea of a title that can mean several things, depending on who reads it.

How was the recording process working with Andy La Rocque ?Extremely easy-going compared to last time. When we recorded “Redefining Darkness” we spent eleven weeks in the studio, whilst this time around three weeks was enough. Andy is not only a fan of what we are doing but he also understands and knows how to work with the kind of schizoid material he’s being given. Also, it’s very good that he, unlike most others we have worked with throughout the years, has an opinion about things and therefore pushes you extra hard to give it your best in times of uncertainty and delusion.

Most of your lyrics are written in your native tounge ! Do you find it easier to express yourself in that way or has it just become a natrual thing ?It depends from time to time really. Lyrics are very important to me as an artist but unfortunately, because of this godforsaken internet-age, there have circulated several incorrect translations made by so called “fans” of ours, which ultimately resulted in me having to publish a book a few years back with my own, correct ones. The second edition is actually almost sold out now but I’ll publish a third one in a near future which also will include the new lyrics. To sum up, yes, it is easier to write in my native tongue but as said, it’s nothing I am in control of. What’s being put on paper is what is being put on paper, regardless of language.

Over the past years many people have come and gone in Shining , would you say that the musicans are tools that you use to express your work that is Shining , since Shining is Kvarforth?As I clearly defined my fellow musicians as a “toolbox” since the very early days, yes, that was the case, and several of these people had to be replaced repeatedly. Just as with a real toolbox, the instruments lose their effectiveness and you throw them away, getting new ones. However, the current line-up has remained pretty much the same for the last three years so nowadays I would actually consider Shining as having grown into a real band, whatever that means.

Your new album cover is quite different who was artist behind it ?Yes, the cover is distinctly different from any past album of ours, which is more of a coincidence than a choice really. As with everything else I do with the band, I just go where my gut takes me, and this time around there were no existing ideas that I found suitable for where this album was heading so I therefore contacted one of my favourite contemporary painters, Daniele Serra, asking to use an older canvas of his for the cover. Unfortunately at the time, that very painting was unavailable so he then offered to make something from scratch based on the themes of the album. I think it turned out perfect. However, there are people who seem to disagree, saying it does not look like a Shining cover, but who the hell are they to tell me what a Shining cover looks like?

Could you walk us through your live / studio gear like do you have any special gear that you just can't live without in the studio?No.

There are a lot of blues influences in your music where did they come from?
I’ve always been a huge fan of blues so of course the genre itself has had an influence on my own writing, as have other types of music not related to what we are doing.

You mentioned in many interviews you'd like to do a tour with Opeth, Alice cooper, King Dimond is that something we might expect for the future ?Too early to tell, but yeah, I would rather tour with bands like that so that we can expose ourselves to a new kind of audience. Don’t get me wrong, we’re perfectly fine with what we currently have but the need for expansion is always there and I believe that in order to reach a certain audience, the Opeth one for instance, we would have to tour with them as most of their fan-base wouldn’t even consider having a listen to what we do because of all rumours, things that have happened in the past and so on. And most fans of these other bands probably believe we sound like Darkthrone or something you know.

Many people praise the album Halmstad as your best work! Have you ever considerd doing a full tour playing that album from start to end! ?Actually yes, we’re considering doing a “Halmstad” tour on the 10th anniversary of the album release. I understand why people consider this a milestone of our discography, and I do too, and it would be fantastic to bring the whole thing on stage with acoustic instruments and strings included.

Is there any chance of seeing any covers from Alice cooper or mabye Guns n roses? We already recorded a Alice Cooper cover which was used as B-side for the first single we released with the seventh album. We have also discussed doing a cover of “November Rain” or “My Michelle”, but as things look now we won’t record any covers whatsoever in the nearest future.

How does the writing process work for you ? Are you the person who can just grab a guitar and start pumping out tunes ? Or do you build all music inside your head first ?I mostly complete a full album in my head before even touching a guitar. This time around though, things worked a bit differently as it was Euge, and not me, who kick-started the writing process by contributing his own ideas.

Can you name some movies that really inspierd you ?I watch a lot of movies and must say I have been inspired by countless ones throughout the years. But I guess the one that have made the biggest impression is “Blue Velvet” by David Lynch. There is a certain darkness hidden within that film which no one else has ever come close to conjuring.

Both jazz and blues seem to be some major influences in your music is that something you plan to continue with ?As said, I am not really in control of what direction my music is taking when I write it. I just follow my heart and never think twice about where the darkness leads me. So, if there is a jazz thing here, or a blues thing there that has manifested during the process it’s meant to be there regardless of whether people find it “suitable” or not.

Shining is no longer just swedish members but also have gotten some Finnish blood in
Could you tell us how you meet each member ?No.

Looking back at the early records the sound it has changed quite a lot
since Within deep dark chambers to Redefining darkness ,
would you say that the change was a natural progression as a musician or was it intentional?Definitely. As I said, I just follow my heart and considering I was twelve years old when I started this band and now am in my early thirties it’s not that odd that my writing has progressed quite dramatically from “Within Deep Dark Chambers”. I mean, the sinister and melancholic aura of Shining has always, at least in my ears, remained the same. And that’s really all Shining needs to be.

How long was the writing process for the new record ?Two weeks.

what were your musical influences when growing up ?Guns N’Roses, John Carpenter and Burzum.

At what age did you pick up the guitar also did you take any basic lessons? Or self tought ?I am self-taught, although I did participate in a “how-to-group” for about 2 lessons. I think that was when I was eight or nine if I’m not mistaken.

What are your thoughts on socialmedia is it a good tool for bands to utilise in order to spread your music!It’s definitely a good tool in terms of promotion but nothing I want to partake in. When we travel for example, all the others talk through Facebook and stuff like that, and get this endless stream of meaningless information that I want absolutely nothing to do with. Personally, I think it has somewhat destroyed the basic foundation of anticipation and mystery but yes, it is definitely a good tool to use when promoting something.

From what ive read all members contributed to the new album ?No. Euge and I wrote the album. Huss arranged the intro. But yeah, when you’re in the studio everyone more or less contributes by adding their “colour-scheme” to the result.

Whats the best and worst experience that you've had while being on tour?You have to wait for the documentary to find out about things like that. There are just too many fucking bad things that have happened for me to mention in a brief interview you know. There are hundreds of rumours out there that I am aware of but most don’t know the worst and that’s why Martin Strandberg has decided to make this film, or at least one of the main reasons.

Since half of the new line up are Finnish , how are you able to practice together ? And how often ?We have never practised together. They show up, we perform.

Do you have any festivals planned for this summer?Yes. We’ll play a couple of festivals during the summer. Though, momentarily I cannot recall the names but be sure to check out our website frequently for updates on things like that.

Do you have any last words before we wrap this interview up ?Thank you for the support! Hope you’ll “enjoy” the new album and make sure to attend any future ceremony held in your area, or travel to wherever we might appear.