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Hundreds of bands have tried, but there can only be one. At least per country/per region because the majority of the participants of this years edition of the W:O:A Metal Battle have made their choice.

Today W:O:A can announce the first five (of a total of thirty) winners that will be performing at the finals at Wacken Open Air 2019:

Goat Ripper from Azerbaijan (Region Caucasus)
Athica from Panama (Region Central America)
Leviathan from China
Veritatem Solam from Egypt
Fall Of Order from Greece

W:O:A wish them a lot of success, even more fun and an all-around great W:O:A Metal Battle 2019!

Also! 5 new Warm-Up Parties for 2019!

5 additional warm-up parties have been added to our list – besides two dates in German there are also parties in Denmark, Namibia and Brazil!

The list with all already announced parties can be found here.

And last but not least! Wacken Winter Nights IV – the pre-sale has begun

The medieval fantasy-, folk and metal festival will celebrate its fourth edition in 2020 and the pre-sale of the limited Early Bird tickets for 89€ (incl. fees plus shipment) has begun!

As soon as these are sold out the sale of the regular tickets for a price of 99e (incl. fees plus shipment) will begin! As announced before every buyer will get the possibility to get a special reduced bundle shirt for just 14,99€!.

The first 10 bands have already been announced: Schandmaul, Corvus Corax, Primordial, Einherjer, Metsatöll, Linda-Fay Hella (Wardruna), Hexvessel, Reliquiae, Nytt Land and Baldrs Draumar will join us in early 2020.

Tickets are available here.

wacken.com

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Salutations and greeting, Gestalt!
As I understand it, you are part of the Bavarian elite Black Metal circle.  I would be grateful if you could run us through your musical history and perhaps even a little on the German scene as a whole, to me it seems to be bursting with talent.
Hello and thanks for the Interview and your interest in YSBRYD. I am located in South Germany but I am not especially involved in any Circle. I know Bands and People and also worked with some Bands but it is not under one special “Movement” by now.

My musical history lies within the brutal and heavy music scene. I played as a live Guitarist for some Bands and also wrote Music for certain Projects. Since I focussed on Black Metal in the last few years, there is not much other stuff next to it. Actual I do Ysbryd, play Guitars in Primaire (BM), Guitars and Vocals in Hound ov Hel (BM) and Infernal Fucklust (oldschool BM).

The German Black Metal Scene is really bursting with talent and creativity. It seems that life is getting harder for BM, as it seems it is getting a good target for Left Wing Activists but the Musicians seem not very impressed by now.

YSBRYD is a new project, by way of releases anyway.  Can you let us know what inspired you to do your own ‘one man’ project instead of joining an established band?
I just did not find any other musicians for a long time. The only way for many years to play Black Metal was to do it by my own. It is getting better and I found some good guys to transform the Projects into Bands.

As ‘Kraft’ is your debut release with YSBRYD, can you please enlighten us to the overarching concepts within?
The Concept is: Refuse the modern world and all of its unfaithful and dishonest Concept.

Find back to yourself, listen to the spirits within and seek power. Become the warrior you would fear the most: calm, powerful, hard and with no regrets.

So it´s all about a Transformation from “weak” to “strong”.

I’ve been a fan of Black Metal since I heard Immortal in the early 90’s, live and supporting Morbid Angel? Perhaps I’m way older than you (I’ve no idea) but tell us this, what got you into the darker side of heavy metal?
I am 40 years old. I came into the dark and brutal world of the Metal genre by following Bands:

Sinister, Morbid Angel, Cannibal Corpse, Darkthrone, Satyricon, Marduk and Immortal.
Can you talk about the artwork for ‘Kraft’?
“ Kraft” means Strength. The Snow and the trees are a symbol of true power for me. The trees are big, strong and deeply rooted. But much can bring them down. Snow is cold, silent and deadly.

The Photo was taken in the Mountains of Slovenia where I was on holidays with my girlfriend. There was a heavy storm before the snow came and we were cut off Electricity and only had Candles, wood to make fire and a huge Mountainside full of Snow and Trees and Mountains.

This was intense and amazing. The true meaning of “Kraft”.

As a solo artist, can you see yourself approaching other musicians together in the future, for gigs and such?
Right now I am working with musicians and Ysbryd will have its first live Show in October 2019.

Primaire and Hound ov Hel are fully active Bands.

Ysbryd - Kälte im Koma des Lebens - YouTube

Onto some inspiration.

  1. Name some top musical inspiration?

– Black Metal and Nature.

  1. Have you ever dabbled in the dark arts?

– I was in a meeting of the OTO some time ago. But it was simply not my thing.

  1. What is your favourite quote and by who?

– Become the Enemy you would fear the most (unknown)

  1. What have been your favourite study topics?

– I did not study anything but I am forever impressed by the stupidity of humanity when it comes to religion and politics and….. hmmm everything else.

  1. Are there any philosophers or philosophies that you align with?

– Old Norse and German Pagan Themes. I am really into their direct link to Nature.

Would you care to talk about your actual recording process of ‘Kraft’? How long did it take? Run down on the instruments? Guitar tunings. Drum work etc.
“Kraft” was written and recorded in about 12 Sessions. The whole Album took about 5 months.

It was just like one stream so I really can´t tell you how long the single steps took.

Can you enlighten us as to any future plans for YSBRYD?
1 month ago I released 2 brand new songs on a Split CD with “Nebelgrund” and “Helsang” on “Winterwolf Records”

Right now I am working on the 2nd Album “MACHT” which will be released at the End of 2019.

“MACHT” means Power and is the next Step in the Concept.

Thanks very much for taking the time to speak with Antichrist Magazine, we as a whole extend our best wishes towards you and YSBRYD.  The last words are always given up to our gracious interview guest, take it away Gestalt…
I can only repeat myself for the 3rd time:

BECOME THE ENEMY YOU WOULD FEAR THE MOST! (or die trying)
Thanks to you my friend and Antichrist for the Interview.

Review – https://antichristmagazine.com/review-ysbryd-kraft-purity-through-fire/

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Sometimes the band needs not only to work hard, play as much gigs as possible and get the right management. There is also a luck factor, no matter how it sounds debatable. There are tens of bands, which succeeded because of their hard work and thousands of bands under equal conditions that were not so lucky. And you know what? If Protector had a little bit more luck, it could be in a pantheon of Teutonic Thrash Metal with Sodom, Kreator and Destruction for a long time. But unfortunately it hadn’t.

Started in 1986 as a Teutonic Thrash Metal band, Protector slowly gains metalheads’ attention and release a good album Golem in 1988. After that the band starts to add some Death Metal elements to their music and continue to perform and record the albums. But some line-up changes and some incomprehensible label actions lead to the band’s split. Nevertheless, in 2011 the former participant Martin Missy, which moved to Sweden, decided to resurrect Protector. In 2013 Reanimated Homunculus, the first album for the many years was released and in 2016 Cursed And Coronated, which was highly acclaimed by critics and fans. And here comes the third album of renewed Protector – Summon The Hordes.

PROTECTOR - Three Legions - YouTube

An album opens with low demonic voices in “Stillwell Avenue” that changed with a thunderous Thrash Metal attack. Later music goes to Death Metal with blast beats, ripping guitar riffs and Martin’s raspy guttering growl.

German Thrash Metal school can be distinctly heard in “Steel Caravan” and solid, teeth crushing “Two Ton Behemoth”. The title “Summon The Hordes”, “Three Legions” and “Unity, Anthems and Pandemonium” are more Death than Thrash, the thing Protector is known for. And the ending song “Glove Of Love”, despite its Thrash/Death attitude goes more Punk with its structure and approach. Maybe that’s the reason why it seems so alien on this album.

As I said earlier, Martin Missy’s vocal is raspy, guttering growl and it can’t be better for this music. Michael Carlsson’s riffs are tough, solid and very fast, which is cannot be said about his solos – they are fast but “faceless” most of the time. I can’t say they are unnecessary, but they aren’t noticeable at all. But the rhythm section of Mathias Johansson (bass) and Carl-Gustav Karlsson (drums) are off the charts, especially drums – they are extremely fast, with great delivery and proper aggression.

To sum up, Summon The Hordes isn’t innovative and revolutionary album. But it’s crushing, aggressive and brutal, just like Thrash/Death Metal needs to be. Do you need something else?

Summon The Hordes was released on April, 26 via High Roller Records.

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Spanish heavy metal warriors Vhäldemar have just released a new video of the song “Walking in the Rain,” taken from their latest album, Against All Kings, and you can watch the video:

VHÄLDEMAR - WALKING IN THE RAIN (HOME VIDEO) - YouTube

After the release of their successful fifth album, Against All Kings, in November 2017 by Fighter Records, Vhäldemar have been touring intensely during 2018 and 2019, including dates in Europe and Japan, where they have used images to make this new video of the theme “Walking in the Rain.”

Likewise, Fighter Records is preparing a re-release of their third album, Metal of the World (2010), with new cover and design, as well as the vinyl release of their first four albums, which will be announced in due time. Upcoming live dates of Vhäldemar are the following:

14.06 – Z Live Rock Fest / Zamora (Spain)
06.07 – Resurrection Fest / Viveiro (Spain)
25.07 – Big Gun Festival / Moscow (Russia)
31.08 – Festival Rock Nalón / Pravia (Spain)
07.09 – Hell Rock Fest IV / Ciudad Real (Spain)
16.11 – Sala La Nau / Barcelona (Spain)

www.facebook.com/VhaldemarOficial

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New Wave Of British Heavy Metal pioneers DIAMOND HEAD will issue their anticipated new full-length, The Coffin Train worldwide on Friday, May 24th via Silver Lining Music. In celebration of the record’s release, the band is pleased to unveil the thought-provoking video for the album’s title track,

Notes guitarist Brian Tatler of the track,

“I am very proud of this song and it’s my favourite from the new album. It is one of the best songs I have ever co-written and cannot wait for people to hear it. I love dynamics and mood changes in songs and this has it all for me. From the clean, tension-building verse, stepping up for the bridge then dropping into a massive heavy chorus… At just over six minutes, it’s an aural feast.”

“It’s easily the best song on this record,”

continues vocalist Rasmus Bom Andersen.

“We put so much effort into making this a true DIAMOND HEAD song from start to finish and we hope our fans feel the same.”

“Pure Class; it slows the pace down,”

adds drummer Karl Wilcox.

“Fans and new-comers will appreciate the choice of Brian’s guitar work. Guitars, groove, harmonies, and hooks abound, as this track rumbles along until it reaches its thundering finale. Take a seat…”

“The Coffin Train” video was produced and animated by All4band Motion & Design Studio under the visionary direction of Maria Goruleva.

Diamond Head - The Coffin Train (Official Video) - YouTube

http://www.diamondheadofficial.com

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On June 14th, Hate will release their 11th full-length, Auric Gates of Veles, via Metal Blade Records. For a preview of Auric Gates of Veles, the band has launched the new single, “Seventh Manvantara”, which can be heard now:

Hate "Seventh Manvantara" (OFFICIAL) - YouTube

Auric Gates of Veles track-listing
1. Seventh Manvantara
2. Triskhelion
3. The Volga’s Veins
4. Sovereign Sanctity
5. Path to Arkhen
6. Auric Gates of Veles
7. Salve Ignis
8. Generation Sulphur
9. In the Shrine of Veles (Pre-Production) *ltd. digi bonus track
10. Path to Arkhen (Pre-Production) *ltd. digi bonus track

https://www.facebook.com/HATEOFFICIAL

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Old and new thrash crossover kings collide on this split release as Sacred Reich and Iron Reagan unleash fresh material onto an unsuspecting world and if there were two bands who were perfect to do a split realest together its these two bands. Sacred Reich and Iron Reagan are kindred spirits, bands who deliver the goods when it comes to thrash with a hardcore influence with consummate ease.

Sacred Reich return after a long absence (complete with returning drummer Dave McClain who left the Reich to join Machine Head but us now back behind the drum kit for the bands triumphant return) and will soon release Awakening, their first album in twenty three years. With the Surf Nicaragua, Ignorance and The American Way releases, Sacred Reich helped to pave the way for a legion of politically motivated thrash bands who were influenced by the power and energy of punk and hardcore and Iron Reagan are definitely influenced by the band, so this meeting of minds makes perfect sense.

Both bands have a track each and don’t waste any time at all when it comes to making an impact. Sacred Reichs tack is called “Don’t Do It Donnie” and sees the band turning back the clock when it comes to frantic energy on a track that sees frontman Phil Rind letting his anger loose on the today’s politicians. The band have lost none of the power and are definitely reenergized when it comes to their music and their message.

Iron Reagan’s effort, “They Scream”, is a full blown stomp of energy that follows the same steps as the Sacred Reich track and flies by in a sub two minute blur of power.

This split shows the influence of Sacred Reich and how they are looking to the future by taking note of the past and Iron Reagan are more than happy to be on the ride and demonstrate that as well. It’s great to have the Reich back and if their new album is anything like their track on this split, then it will be more than worth waiting for and in Iron Reagan, they’ve got a band by their side for that ride.

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The latest visual cut from Cannibal Corpse is from the mind of horror FX veteran Doug Sakmann. The concept builds upon the world brought to life by Zev Deans in the previously released “Code of the Slashers” video but adds significantly to the visual gore department. Sakmann shot the concept in Philadelphia, PA and the live footage was captured by Jesse Davis in San Francisco, CA. The video stars adult performers Nadia White and Talia Satana, as well as actresses Sonja Century, Kim Reo, and actor Alex Webster as the final kill of the video.

Watch the brutally beautiful “Red Before Black” now:

Cannibal Corpse "Red Before Black" (OFFICIAL VIDEO) - YouTube

“Red Before Black” was edited by Metal Blade’s own Vince Edwards and then meticulously processed by colorist/senior lead flame artist Luc Job (a pioneer in digital imagery for the last 25 years who has worked with directors David Lachapelle, Ridley Scott and Darren Aronofsky and clients like BMW, Dolce & Gabbana) who was all too happy to assist to bring the gratuitous bloodshed and gore to life for Cannibal Corpse!

About the director:
Doug Sakmann – the maniac behind the ‘Punk Rock Holocaust’ live concert/horror comedy series based on the Vans Warped Tour as well as producer and actor for Troma Entertainment – creators of ‘The Toxic Avenger’ and ‘Class of Nuke Em High’. You may also recognize him as Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D, as he has been portraying the company’s flagship character for the last 20 years. Kabukiman hosts his own variety show – ‘Kabukiman’s Cocktail Corner’ on the Troma Movies network and is currently developing a sequel to the original movie – ‘Kabukiman Returns’.

Outside of his work with Troma, Sakmann is an accomplished producer and director – having produced over forty feature films and many TV projects, music videos, short films & commercials. Doug also creates monsters and horrific blood & gore as a skilled SPFX Artist and FX Supervisor around the world.

Most recently Sakmann co-produced and created SPFX for Troma latest movie directed by studio head Lloyd Kaufman – ‘Shakespeare’s Shitstorm’ – a Tromatic take on Shakespeare’s final stage play ‘The Tempest’ that will be released this Fall. You can also see his handiwork in the horror film ‘Cut Shoot Kill’ as he produced, created FX for and is featured in the movie now available on Amazon Prime and most VOD outlets. For more info: dougsakmann.com

http://cannibalcorpse.net

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Listenable records is happy to welcome death metal war machine Berzerker Legion into their ranks.

Berzerker Legion is a 5-member coalition of European death metal veterans. Formed in 2016 by guitarists Tomas Elofsson (Hypocrisy) and Alwin Zuur (Asphyx) with a vision to create death metal of the highest quality, they recruited a line-up of solid well-known musicians consisting of James Stewart (Vader) on drums, Jonny Pettersson (Wombbath) on vocals and Fredrik Isaksson (Dark Funeral) on bass to complete the Legion.

Saying the album songs transpire massively produced invigorating heavy death metal would be an understatement. Berzerker Legion knock out with warlike triumphant, powerfully addictive harmonies that will turn them into an unstoppable beast in a live situation and on record.

Berzerker Legion ’s full on metal banger debut album is scheduled for an early 2020 release. Watch out!

https://www.facebook.com/berzerkerlegion/

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I have the absolute honor of publishing my interview with GM of the dark and mighty Barshasketh! For your enjoyment…

Greetings and salutations! Can you introduce Barshasketh to the few of us that don’t know you and speak a little on your history?
Barshasketh is a black metal band that was founded as a solo project by Krigeist in 2007 in Wellington, New Zealand and expanded to a full line up starting in 2010 by which time Krigeist had relocated to Edinburgh, Scotland. We aim to create pure black metal that channels the spirit of the old masters, while incorporating extensive polyphonic ideas and counterpoint to an extent that is perhaps unusual for the genre.

Until recently, I harboured the sinking feeling that the UK did not have a particularly great BM scene, especially in comparison to Poland or France. Then I started asking around some more and found The Wolf Garden, Stroda and of course Barshasketh. The real question is – Do you guys consider Barshasketh to be a UK Black Metal band?
We don’t consider ourselves to be attached to any particular scene. Although we have developed bonds of friendship with certain UK bands such as Lunar Mantra, Deitus or Deus Vermin over the years, we have equally strong ties to other bands across the continent of Europe such as Thy Darkened Shade, Dysangelium or Devouring Star, among others. We’ve always turned inwards when it comes to finding musical inspiration rather than looking around us, so it follows that Barshasketh should be thought of as independent entity and not considered in the context of a scene.

I’m off to Dark Easter in Munich, Hellfest in France and Waken, Germany. Where can we catch you play live shows or festivals over the coming months?
We have just returned from a run of shows across France, Spain, Portugal and the Netherlands, culminating in an appearance at SWR festival. We will close out the year with appearances in Hungary, Cumbria (Blackwood Gathering), Mexico and Finland. We are also working on some additional dates in North America at the moment, so keep an eye out for announcements.

(I will be attending the Black Woods Gathering – see you there)!

When can we expect a new album cover t-shirt?
Soon, we hope. We’ve handed over designs for shirts, longsleeves and hoodies to our label and we’re now waiting for them to handle printing and distribution.

I’m absolutely positive that fans would appreciate a music video… any thoughts or plans for this type of stuff?
I very much doubt that we will ever produce a music video. I feel that the format is not suited to express the message that we want to put across. If we were to ever produce one, it would have to be something very atypical that is barely recognizable as a music video at all.

Barshasketh - Ruin I [New Track, 2019] - YouTube

Onto some inspiration.

  1. Name some top musical inspiration and how about other types, where do you get most of your ideas from?
    When it comes to our influences in terms of songwriting for Barshasketh, it’s impossible to underestimate the importance of the early work of Mayhem, Emperor, Kvist, Setherial and Gorgoroth. We’re also heavily influenced by the output of NoEvDia in the 2000s with bands such as Ondskapt, Deathspell Omega (SMRC in particular) or even early Ofermod. When it comes to contemporary bands, we continue to find inspiration in Black Metal with bands such as Thy Darkened Shade or Ascension. I also tend to draw on some ideas from Medieval and Renaissance music for voice-leading. Composers such as Carlo Gesualdo, Solage or Guillaume de Machaut have all had an important influence.
  2. Have any of you ever dabbled in the dark arts, Black magic, Wicca etc.?
    We haven’t recited incantations from a book in a darkened room if that’s what you mean. However we have had some experiences that I would describe as transcendental, where there was a connection to something disconnected from the mundane. There are various means by which one can attain this state such as meditation, psychedelics or even a particularly intense live performance.
  3. What are some of the bands favourite quote and by whom?
    Pulvis et umbra sumus (Horace)

How long did it take to finalize the Barshasketh concept album?
It’s hard to say precisely how long this took, but I remember we commenced work on the S/T album before the release of Ophidian Henosis back in 2015. After we put the finishing touches on Ophidian Henosis we had a very natural sense of where we should go next and such we were able to jump straight back in to the creative process. It took us quite a long time to distil the songs down to their final form, given the level of detail that there is on BARSHASKETH, which is certainly our most ambitious and complex release to date.

I took the liberty of collecting a few questions from fans of Barshasketh… here goes.

  1. What was each of your favourite albums of 2018?
    Adaestuo – Krew za Krew
  2. Have you played a show yet that you’d call your best experience so far?
    There have been a lot of highlights, but I think our performance at Hymns to the Dead in Hobart, Australia stands out both in terms of the quality of our performance, crowd reaction and setting.
  3. Which other band, if you could pick, would be your first choice to tour with?
    Probably Thy Darkened Shade. I have an immense amount of respect for their integrity and sense of craft that they bring in the creation of their music.
  4. Have you any plans to do another split – Sein/Zeit was excellent?
    Yes, there are several in fact. We hope to finish work on them later this year, so keep an eye on our Facebook page for announcements.

Thanks very much for taking the time, I and Antichrist Magazine extend our best wishes towards the mighty Barshasketh.
The last words are always given up to our gracious interviewee…
Hail Satan.

https://www.facebook.com/Barshasketh

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