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Little did we know that 8 years would be how long we would last hear from Dimmu Borgir. Their tenth album, Eonian, like a fine wine, how has the band’s musical prowess aged all these years?

The world was supposed to receive a new album last year but as the band put it, “this isn’t an immediate release” which is superb to hear. I have always believed in a band taking their time to release something of high quality than crank out some mediocre material as often as possible. The concept of time and time itself is what the album upholds. Time is ‘illusory’ and ‘cannot be defined’, according to the band and there is only an ‘eternal now’ when looking at time and as lead man Shagrath put it, “Eonian’ represents the illusion of time, everything that is and always has been. For us, it also marks the 25th anniversary of DIMMU BORGIR and the album itself is a tribute to our own history and the Norwegian black metal history.”

Yes, this year marks the band’s quarter-century of existence and in regards to the new album, set for release worldwide on May 4, I have rather mixed but overall positive feelings of how the album turned out. Claims that the band will re-visit their earlier days were made and I can assure you those claims have been met will full force. There is also more modern familiarity within the album that the band has showcased over the more recent years. Then of course there are some refreshing and experimental notions that the band has infused within Eonian as well so a very well-rounded mix from start to end. Personally, I feel the album is better than their last release in 2010, Abrahadabra. Initially when I heard the first single Interdimensional Summit I was worried they had lost touch with their Black Metal roots and veered off towards a more Symphonic direction but a las after hearing this album, those fears were put to rest.

The Unveiling aptly titled, starts out on an obscure note before going into a blitzkrieg of double bass and amassing guitar riffing. There’s some majestic moments in the latter half accompanied by piano and choirs, truly a mesmerizing entrance after all these years. Interdimensional Summit is symphonically strong and extremely catchy. The tune will be stuck in your head long after it’s all said and done, that’s all I’m going to say although I felt a slight connection to the band’s title track, Dimmu Borgir which was on their last album. Ætheric is majestic and epic with various components in this track such as the keyboards and slight melodic guitar parts. The choirs in the latter half add a stimulation that launch the track into abysmal territories with an overdrive of double bass making the track more terrorizing.

Council of Wolves and Snakes starts out slow and tribal in its drumming eventually building up experimentally towards a maniacal and demonic chorus. Shagrath’s vocals sound so evil on this track, you definitely don’t want to miss this one. The choirs definitely are quite memorable with their magical essence and the mystifying solo proceeding it as well as the brutality witnessed, not to mention the lyrics are pure genius. Prepare yourself for the album only gets heavier as ‘time’ goes on. I Am Sovereign brings in almost djenty riffs, very raw and crunchy, with a blitzkrieg of double bass, almost groovy and of course headbangable. A spellbinding moment combined with atmosphere and choirs and mid-tempo pounding of drums create a mystifying ambiance that is very memorable. Archaic Correspondence may be the heaviest track of the album. Within seconds, the insanely fast double bass and blast beats trigger an onslaught of headbanging that is impossible to resist.

Similarly, if you love terror and black metal glory, check out Alpha Aeon Omega. I get goosebumps with this one, for an insane drive of blast beats and double bass overwhelmingly dominate this one, so for fans who thought they may be getting soft, oh no, this track will prove those thoughts wrong. The presentation is eargasmically satisfying. But before the album ends, you’ll be greeted by a Rite of Passage, a melancholic and somber tone with this final track. No lyrics or vocals, just a dark instrumentation accompanied by stringed instruments, choirs, steady drumming, and melodic soloing before a mysterious fading outro departs on the listener.

Without a doubt the band makes a triumphant comeback with Eonian. All your staple Dimmu elements are here plus plenty more that tell you that the band is ready to embrace their next chapter. As previously mentioned, there’s a significant amount of new experimentation while at the same time keeping things within Dimmu world to satisfy any and all of their fans. The 8-year wait was worth it because the craftsmanship this album merits is high quality and without a doubt one of the band’s best albums yet. The best comeback of the year and what looks to be the album of the year as well are all right here! Be ready folks, we are about to enter the next era of Dimmu Borgir and it looks mighty promising! Stay Metal \m/

Official Website: https://www.dimmu-borgir.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dimmuborgir
Twitter: https://twitter.com/dimmuborgir

Related Articles: Album Review: Dimmu Borgir – Forces of the Northern Night | WLM Reviews: Dimmu Borgir – Abrahadabra | Featured Video – Dimmu Borgir

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We Love Metal by Fernando - 1y ago

Hopefully y’all enjoyed last weeks holiday edition of Featured Fridays. We are back at it with more videos and this week’s are of a more well-rounded nature. 

While Metal continues to grow at a fast-pace, there still are places in the world where metal is still not tolerated. Misguided beliefs perhaps? Closed minded? Angry old farts? All of the above? I’m referring to the protests that partook overseas recently where a death metal band from Greece were arrested for suspicion on practicing Satanism. The band name: Rotting Christ. To make a long story short, when a band with such name comes to a highly Christian country, things may or may not happen. In the end, it was decided the band posed no threat (who woulda thunk it) and were allowed to play their full setlist. Surprise surprise.

While that’s all said and done, we are back at it this week with more talent and brand new music we are almost certain you haven’t heard. Making a return is Finnish composer, Anti Martikainen and the Celtic sounding metal track, Lords of Iron. If you loved the epic Viking metal score we had featured a while ago, you’ll love this other track of his. Turn it up! Reaping Asmodeia bring some vulgar truth to the metal forefront with their lyrically potent track, Hidebound. It doesn’t get any more djenty and technical than this. Relating back to last weeks holiday, Wykan come forth with their very Stoner Metal single Lahppon Olmmos with hints of Native American elements embedded.

Out of Canada, Death/Thrash metallers, Hallux, come with a very brutal and headbangable track full of thrash, groove, killer shred solos and a nice polished sound. Hopefully they continue on this strong debut of theirs. Keeping things within Death metal world, Germans Parasite Inc., bring another headbanger, a strong one at that. Their melodic death approach is solid and catchy. For having nearly 3 million views with this video, let’s hope they too continue this strong path they are on!

“We love the smell of METAL in the morning…” Stay Metal \m/

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Little did we know that 8 years would be how long we would last hear from Dimmu Borgir. Their tenth album, Eonian, like a fine wine, how has the band’s musical prowess aged all these years?

The world was supposed to receive a new album last year but as the band put it, “this isn’t an immediate release” which is superb to hear. I have always believed in a band taking their time to release something of high quality than crank out some mediocre material as often as possible. The concept of time and time itself is what the album upholds. Time is ‘illusory’ and ‘cannot be defined’, according to the band and there is only an ‘eternal now’ when looking at time and as lead man Shagrath put it, “Eonian’ represents the illusion of time, everything that is and always has been. For us, it also marks the 25th anniversary of DIMMU BORGIR and the album itself is a tribute to our own history and the Norwegian black metal history.”

Yes, this year marks the band’s quarter-century of existence and in regards to the new album, set for release worldwide on May 4, I have rather mixed but overall positive feelings of how the album turned out. Claims that the band will re-visit their earlier days were made and I can assure you those claims have been met will full force. There is also more modern familiarity within the album that the band has showcased over the more recent years. Then of course there are some refreshing and experimental notions that the band has infused within Eonian as well so a very well-rounded mix from start to end. Personally, I feel the album is better than their last release in 2010, Abrahadabra. Initially when I heard the first single Interdimensional Summit I was worried they had lost touch with their Black Metal roots and veered off towards a more Symphonic direction but a las after hearing this album, those fears were put to rest.

The Unveiling aptly titled, starts out on an obscure note before going into a blitzkrieg of double bass and amassing guitar riffing. There’s some majestic moments in the latter half accompanied by piano and choirs, truly a mesmerizing entrance after all these years. Interdimensional Summit is symphonically strong and extremely catchy. The tune will be stuck in your head long after it’s all said and done, that’s all I’m going to say although I felt a slight connection to the band’s title track, Dimmu Borgir which was on their last album. Ætheric is majestic and epic with varius components in this track such as the keyboards and slight melodic guitar parts. The choirs in the latter half add a stimulation that launch the track into abysmal territories with an overdrive of double bass making the track more terrorizing.

Council of Wolves and Snakes starts out slow and tribal in it’s drumming eventually building up experimentally towards a maniacal and demonic chorus. Shagrath’s vocals sound so evil on this track, you definitely don’t want to miss this one. The choirs definitely are quite memorable with their magical essence and the mystifying solo proceeding it as well as the brutality witnessed, not to mention the lyrics are pure genius. Prepare yourself for the album only gets heavier as ‘time’ goes on. I Am Sovereign brings in almost djenty riffs, very raw and crunchy, with a blitzkrieg of double bass, almost groovy and of course headbangable. A spellbinding moment combined with atmosphere and choirs and mid-tempo pounding of drums create a mystifying ambiance that is very memorable. Archaic Correspondence may be the heaviest tracks of the album. Within seconds, the insanely fast double bass and blast beats trigger an onslaught of headbanging that is impossible to resist.

If you love terror and black metal glory, check out Alpha Aeon Omega. I get goosebumps with this one, for an insane drive of blast beats and double bass overwhelmingly dominate this one, so for fans who thought they may be getting soft, oh no, this track will prove those thoughts wrong. The presentation is eargasmically satisfying. But before the album ends, you’ll be greeted by a Rite of Passage, a melancholic and somber tone with this final track. No lyrics or vocals, just a dark instrumentation accompanied by string instruments, choirs, steady drumming, melodic soloing before a mysterious fading outro departs on the listener.

Without a doubt the band makes a triumphant comeback with Eonian. All your staple Dimmu elements are here plus plenty more that tell you that the band is ready to embrace their next chapter. As previously mentioned, there’s a significant amount of new experimentation while at the same time keeping things withing Dimmu world to satisfy any and all of their fans. The 8-year wait was worth it because the craftsmanship this album merits is high quality and without a doubt one of the band’s best albums yet. The best comeback of the year and what looks to be the album of the year as well are all right here! Be ready folks, we are about to enter the next era of Dimmu Borgir and it looks mighty promising! Stay Metal \m/

Official Website: https://www.dimmu-borgir.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dimmuborgir
Twitter: https://twitter.com/dimmuborgir

Related Articles: Album Review: Dimmu Borgir – Forces of the Northern Night | WLM Reviews: Dimmu Borgir – Abrahadabra | Featured Video – Dimmu Borgir

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Puff the magic dragon lived by the sea and frolicked in the autumn mist….well I guess you know where this is going….I would say a good portion of the metal community must be up in smoke today (pun intended). I really don’t need to say what today’s Featured Fridays theme is, quite obvious here. Whether you partake in celebrations daily, weekly, monthly, whenever, the metal community is one of the few that do celebrate such an occasion. That’s why we’ve got a handful of tracks to help you unwind.

We’ve got a little bit of something to please everyone. From the legendary Black Sabbath to Cannabis Corspe, Brujeria with their take on the macarena, perhaps one of the biggest names in Stoner Rock, Electric Wizard, to more modern hits such as the unexpected Disturbed and if you haven’t heard more modern Rob Zombie, a generously heavy track appropriate for the holiday comes your way. Last but not least, my personal favorite track for such an occasion, Infected Mushroom bring industrial metal, electronic and psychedelic elements and fuse them into auditory bliss. Without a doubt, one of the most eargasmic tracks I’ve ever heard.

We’ll keep it short this time around. So grab your bud…err I mean buddies and rock/metal out! Stay Metal \m/

These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of We Love Metal, the We Love Metal staff, and/or any/all contributors to this site.

 

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We Love Metal by Fernando - 1y ago

This week’s Featured talent are totally brand new to the forefront. Though it’s satisfying to see new songs from already established acts, personally, giving exposure to new talent helps reassure the future of metal little by little. While I’m not saying these acts may or may not be inducted into some hall of fame one day, the matter of the fact is that it gives peace of mind that younger generations continue to follow in the footsteps of the metal stars that came before them. A little known fact, iHeartMedia, a music company owns a vast majority of radio stations out there which is why it’s hard for artists, especially metal artists, to be noticed and even “make it” in this industry. But that’s a whole other can of worm’s there. Hungry artists have to eat, as the saying goes around here, not worms though.

Out of Kentucky, melodic metallers Society’s Plague bring an uplifting dose of metal with their triumphant lyrical content that will give you that edge to rise above the obstacles in your way in this life. As a fan of lyrics that also address the issues of our world, I couldn’t help but be drawn in to the pure metal antics of Jaded Heart. Their groovy single may or may not resonate with you.

Normally, the world of post-hardcore and some metalcore turns me off but most is the key word here for out of Malmo, Sweden, metallers Mountain Mover bring a track about feeling worthy to be loved in a modern way. But leveraging things to a harder trend, Hardcore quintet, Me Against All, incite moshing tendencies with a similar lyrical notion to that of the former talent aforementioned. But if you want the heaviest dose of metal this week has to offer, This Isn’t Over, quite literally, bring breakdowns, bass drops, djenty moments, growls and more in Deconstruction.

“No matter how pissy a day you may or may not be having, METAL makes it better” – Stay Metal \m/

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It’s pretty interesting the amount of Metal talent that has been coming out of Italy for some time now. Taking another new page this time around Shadygrove bring their debut album to the Metal masses. 

The sextet known as Shadygrove bring a sort of ambient/mystical/ethnic sound with their debut album titled, In The Heart Of Scarlet Wood. The band focuses more on providing the listener a unique and authentic experience with their very refreshing sound. Indeed it is refreshing, is what I kept telling myself throughout the course of the album for string and wind instruments are the main focus in addition to a fair serving of bass, some guitars and keyboards. No, you probably won’t be headbanging or moshing to this album, rather, you’ll be transported to another world where one can unwind and drift off into the magic this album beholds or how the band puts it “folk, ethnic, acoustic Celtic pop“ and to further enhance the experience, the album cover is also another aspect of their works that can be incorporated towards Celtic bliss.

The attention to detail the band puts is obvious such as in the opener, Scarlet Wood, where a trio of stringed instruments, a soiree of percussion and keyboards intertwine alongside the charming and majestic vocals of lead vocalist, Lisy Stefanoni. If you’re seeking distinguished melodies, I recommend that tracks My Silver Seal and The Port of Lisbon. In it’s own way, there is almost an ‘Epic’ sort of feel to these tracks, you’ll most certainly feel transported in time with such eloquent efforts. Though a good portion of the album is along the lines of Blackmore’s Night and Loreena Mckennitt (for those who know who she is), we witness a ballad, almost Irish in nature as demonstrated by the track, This Is The Night. I honestly felt like I was in the Renaissance or attending a Ren Faire of some sort with ambient and atmospherical karma this tracks regards to.

The remainder of the album brings other memorable tracks such as the tender track, Cydonia, and the more expressive and soulful track, Northern Lights. I feel like the band left for some tasty moments towards the end of the album such as the more energetic and temperamental Let The Candle Burn. When I say temperamental, I mean in relation to the album, they don’t go completely 180 but you hopefully get where I’m coming from. To close things off Queen of Amber brought nostalgic remnants apropros to the Anette Olzon era of Nightwish. At least with this song, I felt she sounded very much like Anette. But before the album wraps up, you’ll get a decent dose of medieval instrumentation, almost like a medieval breakdown in the latter half. Overall, the track is dominated by acoustics, wind instruments, tamborine and violin.

At certain points I found myself thinking of the television show, Game of Thrones, for I felt some moments in the album would have fit appropriately in the show. The debut album from Shadygrove is a refreshing dose of music that typically does not address a niche of people but aspires to conquer an audience outside the rock/metal spectrum. It can only be reproached by an excessive rhythmic nuance that can be monotonous in nature. Stay Metal \m/

Official Website: http://www.shadygrovefolk.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Shadygrove.italy/

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We Love Metal by Fernando - 1y ago

Another week done in the books. At this point in my life Fridays one of the few things I look forward to and of course one of those reason being well…you know…

Featured Fridays of course! Just when I thought this week was going to be a slow on for metal, a bunch of singles and new names popped up that we definitely would love to share with y’all. Every week is like a game. What talent do we have for you this week? Let’s take a stroll through the metal land shall we?

Purest Of Pain may sound familiar to some of you. If you know Delain then you know that guitarist Merel Bechtold is in that group. Now you know she is in both Delain and Purest Of Pain, as well as MaYaN whom was started by Epica member Mark Jansen. I could say it’s a small world but perhaps pleasurable coincidences may be a better term. Overall though this track is heavy as hell though. Keeping with heavy but adding a side of melody and metalcore, England’s Skies In Motion bring some bounce and shall I say Melodjent?

Dark,doomy and deathy, triple D’s, Barren Earth are a band I couldn’t see myself getting into but don’t knock it until you try it, as the saying goes. Their track The Ruby almost reminds me of Paradise Lost meets Amorphis. An interesting track, I’ll tell you that. On the other hand, a band I could see myself getting into are Follow The Cipher. Their hard electronically charged track, Valkyria, is all manners catchy, memorable, unique and groovy. I think fans of Amaranthe will dig this one.

I think it’s time to hit the bars this weekend wouldn’t you say? Cheers mates! Stay Metal \m/

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The phrase “Neoclassical Ambient Musical Art” may strike a chord with you…or several for that manner. This review is one of the most different reviews we’ve ever featured on this site and I’ll just tell you now that this album is more favorable towards the Symphonic side of metal. 

What makes this review so different, you’re probably wondering? Atlantean Symphony is the latest release from the project known as Dreamfire. Out of The UK, within this album, you’ll be greeted by 14 tracks that offer perilous journeys across an existence towards a plane of unrivaled merit. No, there’s no metal in this album for the magical essence the symphonies and ambiance illuminate will take you into the far reaches of realization. Like I said, the Symphonic community will probably be the ones who will enjoy this release the most. Or if you love cinematic scores and epic pieces of music harbored by other climactic and tender moments, by all means check this project out. With shows like Game of Thrones, Vikings, Outlander and movies like Lord of The Rings, The Hobbit, The Chronicles of Narnia, among other fantasy type films, the chance of this kind of music being popular I would say is fairly decent. That should give you sort of an idea what this album is gearing towards.

The opener, Across The Ageless Ocean, perfectly captivates what an entrance should sound like. Suspenseful parts overtake the senses in the form of cello, lots of cello and a slightly uplifting presence takes hold of this starter. If you’re like me, you’ll probably want to dive into A Reflection Of Rebirth Through The Eyes Of The Forlorn. The more melancholic foray accompanied by a more grim atmosphere will sway your dark intuitions into a more pleasurable fancy. The acoustic points and sound effects of nature, thunder and church bells tolling only add more uniqueness to captivate the listener. Into The Temple Of The Elements, surely brings it’s title to somewhat of a literal reality. Majority of the track is dominated by monklike chants that make the listener feel like in fact they are in a temple of some sort and some excellent atmospheric backgrounds to support the track fully to it end. You’ll also hear gongs hear and there with the track almost presenting a perfect moment for a meditative state of mind.

Tears Of The Enlightened 2, may or may not put you to sleep mode. That’s not to say the track was boring, more in the fact that it’s tranquil atmosphere and piano go hand in hand. Through Fire Into Legend is where that Epic cinematic score comes in to fruition. The energy this one emits and it’s epic nature will appease those who seek such guidance. I couldn’t help but think that this would have been a perfect track for one of The Terminator films from years ago. Keeping in theme with the big screen, Game of Thrones came to mind when listening to another epic track titled, The Rains Of Castamere. It’s that moment you know, where something tragic happens, the suspense and shock grab hold and grasp your attention fully and you know you must exact revenge and strike back initially but soon thereafter the climactic portion ends and a more tender and frail territory take over in the final moments of the track.

Overall, the album will give you lots of temperaments to experience and above all else, ambiance galore to take you to a higher realm. You may dream with the band in a different way and visualize a story unfolding before you, but you may find yourself transported to another level of consciousness once you take on Atlantean Symphony. Just as the magical legend known as Atlantis and it’s mysteries that may or may not ever appear again, the prose and grandiose works brought on by Dreamfire will leave the listener in an everlasting ‘dream’. Stay Metal \m/

Official Website: http://www.dreamfiremusic.co.uk/music.html#
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dreamfiremusic
Twitter: https://twitter.com/dreamfiremusic

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