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Metal News for May 18, 2019

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7 news articles posted on this day.

Interview

Samael Frontman Discusses Black Metal And More

We often associate black metal with Norway. Perhaps rightly so, as the infamous scene in Scandinavia gave the world such names as Mayhem, Darkthrone, Burzum and Emperor, to name a few. All of those bands however, would be the first to tell you that black metal came to be through the influence of several groups such as Venom, Celtic Frost, Bathory and of course, Samael. Samael took the burgeoning genre into more extreme territory than it had before and after two landmark albums, "Worship Him" and "Blood Ritual," began incorporating new elements into their sound, introducing the world to industrial black metal.

At their recent show in London, I had the pleasure of meeting up with the band's founder and frontman Vorph to discuss the legacy of the band, their place in black metal, the latest album, "Hegemony" and the re-issue of the previous album, "Lux Mundi." You can watch it in full below.

Diamond Oz: You're still promoting the latest album, "Hegemony," having just released a new video for the title track. It's a very interesting video. Very vibrant, which is strange to say about such a dark band.

Vorph: A friend of ours did the video, who also did the "Black Supremacy" video before. It's nothing special really, we just wanted to have some visuals to go along with the music.

Oz: Obviously "Hegemony" has been out for a little while now, having come out in 2017. Now that there's been time for it to settle, how do you see "Hegemony" in the grand scheme of things?

Vorph: We're still happy with it. Usually with time you get better at not disappointing yourself. I think we've played almost half of the album live already, some we're probably never going to play. The ones we've chosen to play so far work fine, but hopefully we have one or two more still to play.

Oz: I was going to ask you about that because I've read that the album was written with the live atmosphere very much in mind.

Vorph: Some of the songs yeah. I mean the song, "Samael," obviously because it's kind of an anthem for the band.

Oz: And of course, "Black Supremacy," like you've said, that's your anthem for the colour black itself. Have you played "Helter Skelter" yet?

Vorph: No. Maybe we will do at some point but we're promoting this album, we've just had a double re-release of "Solar Soul" and "Lux Mundi," so we're trying to have a mish mash of the new album and older stuff. It's difficult, we play an hour and a half, which is already something extreme for this music, so it could be a little too much to have that one in there as well, but it would be nice to try it at some point.
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Odyssey Premiere New Song "Hive Mind"

Progressive instrumental metal outfit Odyssey premiere a new song called "Hive Mind", taken from their upcoming new album "The Swarm", which will be out in stores May 24 via Bandcamp.

Check out now "Hive Mind" below.

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Shattered Sun Premiere First New Song In 3 Years

Shattered Sun are back with their first new single in three years titled “Shades Of Melodie“. The group’s return finds them resurfacing with a revised lineup including Darkness Divided‘s Sebastian Elizondo on guitars/vocals and ex-Upon A Burning Body drummer Juan Hinojosa.

The song is a tribute to the daughter of singer Marcos Leal. Comments Leal: More...

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Oh, Sleeper Premiere New Single “Fissure”

Oh, Sleeper‘s new track “Fissure” has premiered online and is streaming below. The single is taken from their impending new album “Bloodied / Unbowed“, which Solid State Records will have out on July 12th.


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Neckbeard Deathcamp Premiere New Song

Anti-fascist/racist outfit Neckbeard Deathcamp premiere a new single called “Bricks Out For Harambe” from their impending record, “So Much For The Tolerant Left“. That album is out next week, May 24th, through Prosthetic Records.

Dates for the group’s ‘Free Speech In America Tour‘ with Theories, Wvrm, Dryad and No Convictions runs as follows: More...

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Phobia Premiere New Song “Internet Tough Guy”

Phobia‘s new full-length “Generation Coward” has officially been slated for an August 09th release date via Willowtip Records. A new track from the effort entitled “Internet Tough Guy” has now premiered online and is streaming for you via YouTube below. The single sports a guest turn from Transient frontwoman Krysta Curry.


Phobia are presently out on the road with Eyehategod and more on this U.S. tour:

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Crobot Premiere New Single & Music Video

A new music video for Crobot‘s new track “Keep Me Down” has landed online streaming via YouTube for you below. The single itself was produced by Corey Lowery (Seether, Stereomud).

You can catch Crobot out on the road with The Damned Things and He Is Legend on the remaining dates of their U.S. run: More...

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