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My HeadBangers, starting this week I will post the blog on Saturday instead of Friday.  I need the extra day cause I hate rushing my bands.  Thanks guys see you on Saturdays.  Pass the word along…..

WEEK 133 – ROTTING CHRIST

My HeadBangers, welcome from Athens, Greece, the Black Metal Band:

ROTTING CHRIST

 

OMFG HeadBangers little did I know about these guys, I’ve heard about them, but never took the time to listen.  Well guess what, yeah you know me to well guys.  What’s better than long blonde hair?   Long black hair is just fine……

Actually I was getting on here tonite to say I’m taking this week off, been soo busy, but somehow I stumbled on these guys and the blood starting moving so here I am with a black metal band and I’m loving these guys.

Let’s look at some bio on these Greek Gods:

 This Greek black metal band was formed in 1987. They are noted for being one of the first black metal bands within this region, as well as a premier act within the European underground metal scene. They are also responsible for creating the signature Greek black metal sound prevalent in the early 1990s.

 In the late 1980s, the band began as grindcore and released various demos and splits with other bands from the Athens area. The group would later alter their sound with influence from proto-black metal bands like Celtic Frost and Venom, and in the process became one of the genre’s instigators. Their 5-song demo, Satanas Tedeum, would show a grindcore/black metal crossover, followed by their career-breaking EP, Passage to Arcturo, in 1991.

One of band’s first major appearances was on the 1993 “Fuck Christ Tour” consisting of Immortal and Blasphemy. During this concert, some audience members had engaged in cutting and self-mutilation that resulted in hospitalization.  Before signing to Unisound Records (a now-defunct Athens-based independent record label founded in 1992), Mayhem’s Øystein Aarseth  had expressed interest in distributing the band through his Deathlike Silence Productions label, but due to Aarseth’s murder the same year, nothing materialized. The band would sign to Century Media in 1996 and remain on their roster for 10 years before joining Season of Mist.

Rotting Christ has played in many countries outside their native Greece, including both Americas, Greater Europe, Russia, the United Kingdom, Malta and the Middle East. Several heavy metal festivals around the world have hosted the band, including the 2003 Wacken Open Air in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. Past tourmates have included  Behemoth, Vader, Melechesh, Finntroll and Nile, among many others.

“King Of A Stellar War”

I’ve seen a lot of Hair Moshing but these guys, FIRE…………………..

Rotting Christ was one of the initial bands to be announced to perform the Barge to Hell festival, which is a metal-themed cruise organized by Ultimate Metal Cruises and take place aboard Royal Caribbean’s Majesty of the Seas.. Barge to Hell set sail from Port of Miami on December 3, 2012.

As of 2012, Rotting Christ has been around for 25 years and is one of the longest running bands within the black metal genre. In celebration of the band’s longevity, the 2-DVD + 2-CD compilation Non Serviam: A 20 Year Apocryphal Story, shot in Athens on December 8, 2007, was released worldwide February 23, 2009.

They made their first appearance in south Asia on September 13, 2014 in India (Bangalore Open Air 2014 Edition)  and September 14, 2014 in Sri Lanka.   These guys have been everywhere and sometimes more than once.

To coincide with their 30th anniversary, the band also released an official biography entitled “Non Serviam: The Official Story Of Rotting Christ” in late November 2018, written by Sakis Tolis and British author Dayal Patterson (author of ‘Black Metal: Evolution Of The Cult’, ‘The Cult Never Dies Vol. One’ and ‘Into The Abyss’) and published by British publishing house Cult Never Dies. The book features extensive interviews with Sakis Tolis, Themis Tolis, Jim Mutilator, Morbid, George Emmanuel and members of the bands Watain, Mayhem, Enslaved, Moonspell, Blasphemy, Mystifier, Septicflesh, Behemoth, Macabre Omen, Cradle Of Filth and Immolation.  The book has since been released in Greek, Russian and Czech languages.  English please I have to read this one.

In 2020, Rotting Christ announced a collaboration with the video game developer Cold Symmetry on their action role-playing video game, Mortal Shell.  The game’s launch trailer, released in August 2020, featured the song “χξς (666)” as its soundtrack. In addition, a downloadable content pack, titled “Rotten Autumn”, was released for the game in October 2020 and includes, among other content, an alternative soundtrack composed by Rotting Christ.  Seriously is there anything these guys don’t do??

The permanent line-up consists of brothers Sakis Tolis (vocals and guitar) and Themis Tolis (drums). Third founding member Jim Patsouris played bass until 1996. Andreas Lagios was the bassist since 1997, taking the stead of Patsouris until the end of 2011. Nightfall’s Giorgos Bokos joined as a guitarist in 2005, replacing Costas Vasilakopoulos. In February 2012, Bokos announced his departure from the band for personal reasons. In December 2012, the new members of the band were announced: guitarist George Emmanuel and bassist Vagelis Karzis. George Emmanuel and Vagelis Karzis amicably left the band in February and May 2019 respectively to pursue other projects.

With that being said, let’s meet the band:

Sakis Tolis – Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar, Keyboards, Bass (Studio Only) 1987 – Present

Themis Tolis – Drums 1987 – Present

Kostas “Spades” Heliotis – Bass, Backing Vocals – 2019 – Present

Kostis Foukarakis – Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals – 2019 – Present

My Thoughts:

Seriously do these guys ever take a bad picture, my answer is a big HELL NO.  I never thought I would listen to these guys, but they got me 100 per cent.  They started in 1987, and are stronger than ever.  I have a lot of respect for bands that stick to it no matter who comes and goes and Rotting Christ has seen and been through it all.  I have to include this, I like a strong man that tells it how it is and sticks to his beliefs:

Over the years, the group has faced controversy due to their name and gained international media attention in November 1999 during the 2000 United States Presidential Primaries for Republican Nomination  when Candidate/Christian conservative Gary Bauer accused the band of being “anti-Catholic”, among other things. In response to Bauer’s criticism, Sakis Tolis wrote:

Living in (so called) democratic societies, I think everyone should have the right to call religions as he/she wants. We in fact simply believe they are “rotting”! We are not a “satanic-crusader” type of band but rather one of the many bands that represent the dark side in nowadays Metal music.

You tell him Sakis.  Some people are self righteous assholes.  But look at the extremely intelligent response he, Gary Bauer, was given by this metal head, I just love it.  I could go on all nite talking about this band, but I’ll leave it up to my HeadBangers who haven’t listened to them, trust me I am one of their biggest fans now, ride or die to this black metal band.

Well that’s it for this week my HeadBangers.  Join me next week for another band and another song.  In the meantime don’t stand to close to the fire if you can’t handle the burn…..

WEEK 132 – CARMILLA BAND

My HeadBangers welcome from Sverige, Sweden:

CARMILLA BAND

“Underground”

“Nevermore”

Well my HeadBangers what do you think?  

 

Ok HeadBangers let’s take a look at the bio on these guys:

The Band was founded by Hakan Alander, Daniel Karsson and Daniel Trabold in 2016.  They started to get serious about songwriting and said they would write their own music, and didn’t start recording till 2017.

In 2017, Oksana Blohm Hedlund joined the band as the female frontwoman.  The following year 2018, Felix Bjorklund (Bass) joined the band after the release of the “Devil’s Feast” album on digital platform.  Carmilla also released 2 videos. one with Felix and one with temporary bass player, Mathias Nojd.

In 2018, Daniel Trabold decided to leave the band to spend more time with his family.  Oskana’s husband, Dennis Blohm Hedlund became the new drummer and the band released the “Deflector” album.  

In October 2019, the band cut ties with Oksana and Dennis due to differences in opinion about the continued development of the band.

Felix Forsberg brought his talent as a drummer to the band and has had a huge impact on the Carmilla sound.  During this time Nathalie Astrada joined the band as the new voice of Carmilla.  Nathalie is an extremely talented vocalist that works hard every day along with the rest of the band.  We are proud to continue the journey through the next album with her.

On May 16, 2021, Nathalie and the band parted ways.  Carmilla wishes Nathalie all the best in the future, both personally and artistically.

Here’s a bit of history on the name Carmilla.  Some say that Carmilla was the name of Dracula’s mother, she was one of a king.   The band picked this name as they have Frontwomen, and they also are one of a kind.

Let’s meet the band:

Left to right:

Felix Forsberg – Drums

Hakan Alander – Guitar

Felix Bjorklund – Bass

Daniel Karlsson – Guitar

Nathalie Astrada – Vocals

Also HeadBangers, May 21, the band releases 3 new songs, Underground (above) , Angel Eye, and Burning Heart on Spotify.

My Thoughts:

My HeadBangers, if it’s one thing we all know there are many changes in a band till the right people come together.  Carmilla is set on their future, with a new frontwoman.  And in their words, they will be back faster, harder and ready for the next chapter in their journey.  This is a very talented band.  I’ve heard some songs that are just instrumental and they are really great.  How they come up with all this music in such a short amount of time amazes me.  We are all looking forward to see where life takes Carmilla, and I’ll be here to keep you updated on all the new things they have in store.  Give the band a follow, listen to the music, you won’t be disappointed trust me.

Well my HeadBangers that’s it for this week.  Join me next week for another band and another song.  In the meantime don’t stand to close to the fire if you can’t handle the burn…..

 

Immediate Press Release For Carmilla Band

My HeadBangers we have a Press Release for you on the Carmilla Band:

Date: May 16, 2021

The Carmilla Band and vocalist Nathalie Astrada are going their separate ways, effective immediately.  We are grateful for the time she spent with us and proud of the music we created together.  She has been a part of the Carmilla story.  We wish Nathalie all the best in the future, both personally and artistically.

Carmilla will return with an new voice.  Faster, harder and ready for the next chapter in our journey.

WEEK 131 – Interview with Wake Up Frankie’s Kassu Merilainen on the release of their New Single and Video – “Shotgun Prophecy”

My HeadBangers, today we have an interview with Kassu Merilainen of Wake Up Frankie.  Their new song and video are being released today “Shotgun Prophecy”.  I have heard it already and I have to say they just keep getting better and better, so please welcome Kassu.

Hi Kassu, thank you so much for coming on again to talk about your song.  Before we start, how are all of you doing with the covid?  I know you must all be going crazy not being able to do any gigs yet.  Did you spend a lot of time in the Studio?

I guess as well as possible.  And you are goddamn right about that…..  When festivals 2021 got cancelled also this all started to feel just never ending nightmare.  Thankfully there is now bright light at the end of he tunnel 😉 !  And yes, basically at one point it started to feel like that we live at the studio or rehearsal place but in my opinion that was the right thing to do.  Give up or keep going, and we kept going.

And we are so glad you kept going!  I have listened to the song “Shotgun Prophecy”,  at least 10 times.  I absolutely love it.  The Band was flawless and your vocals, I can honestly say you have a great voice, it’s deep, raw, and I can hear every word.  My question is where did the inspiration for this song come from?

That’s awesome to hear and big thanks to you! It all started with the chorus, which is pretty usual when we compose songs. When it comes to the lyrics, it’s pretty much about affected people and unnecessary negativity. That’s something that we don’t need in our lives and the lyrics just kindly tells to “f*ck off” to those kind of people. We can have our party and they don’t need to try to ruin ’em.

How long did it take from idea to the finished product on this song?

Actually it got finished very quickly because this is traditional Wake up Frankie song and we knew immediately what to do with the song. Of course now we also have producer Nino Laurenne working with us so he brought absolutely great ideas to this song like how to rhyme smoothly, how to go to chorus etc. That’s what good producer does.  It was actually Nino who came up with the name ”Shotgun Prophecy” because he misheard one part of the chorus and I loved it! I made little bit of vocal changes to the chorus and it worked out perfectly.

Does this song have any particular meaning to you and the band?

I think every song does but I would say that the special meaning to this song and it’s release is that we have survived through the pandemic, (even tho it’s not over yet) and it’s time to celebrate it with brand new song from our upcoming release!  

Here it is my HeadBangers:

“SHOTGUN PROPHECY”

Let us know what you think my HeadBangers, we want feedback!!

Do you have any upcoming plans for this summer?

Actually we are spending basically the whole summer at the studio recording new stuff since festivals got cancelled due to covid19. So yes, we got plans for this summer 😉

That’s great because I’m looking forward to more from you guys, and of course another interview.  Is there any talk about gigs opening up soon?

Yes! Nothing can be revealed yet, but like I said earlier, there is a bright light at the end of the tunnel. It’s getting closer slowly but steady. When we get back to the stages we are absolutely going to blow off some rooftops baby!

I know you will and everyone is looking forward to it. What is the green hair about, I know there has to be a story there somewhere? 

Hahaha, it actually started as a joke and I wont go too much into details… But I just decided like “f*ck it” let’s try it! And especially since green has been our theme color from the very beginning of Wake up Frankie, it was definitely worth it! The outcome has actually been really great!

Well I have to say it does look good on you!

Does the band have any plans for the future of WuF?

Definitely, we have lots of stuff planned and lots of stuff that’s going to happen but I cannot go into details just yet even tho I would love to. All I can say basically is that new music will come for sure, since we are now officially entering studio and starting to work with our debut album with producer & studio engineer Nino Laurenne! So we are not going anywhere. That’s a promise!

We are also releasing digital-EP on midsummer called “Bathe in Blood”. It’s basically made for people who wants to support this band because everybody knows that covid hurt music business financially, so we took damage too. And to clarify the EP is only digital and it’s not coming to streaming services like spotify etc. but it can be bought from iTunes etc. It includes our older demos &  songs which cannot be otherwise heard after midsummer because they will get deleted from spotify (our EP obviously stays everywhere because it’s an an EP)! It also includes “Shotgun Prophecy” and another brand new song ! So that’s one way to support us and the only way to hear another new song!

There you have it my Heabangers.  Another hit from one of the nicest bunch of guys you will ever meet.  I want to thank the band for always thinking about me the when they have music to release.  I really appreciated it, and know that I’m always here when they have something to blast out.  Why do I feel this way?  Well I’ve been doing this blog for almost 3 years now and I’ve talked to alot of bands, during that time, you can tell who’s genuine and their excitement for what they do, it’s so contagious and how they are willing to share information with you, so I can bring it to my HeadBangers.  Wake Up Frankie is one of those bands.  During this time of Covid, they have stayed positive, and kept working on their music.  Like Kassu said when gigs start back up they are going to blow the roofs off, and I believe they will do exactly that.

Well that’s it for this week my HeadBangers, join me next week for another band and another song.  In the meantime don’t stand to close to the fire if you can’t handle the burn…..

 

WEEK 130 – DISQUIET

My HeadBangers welcome from Utrecht, The Netherlands the melodic thrash band:

DISQUIET

“The Condemnation”

“Trenches of Blood”

Well my HeadBangers sign me up for more melodic thrash, I’m loving this.

Let’s take a look at their bio, straight from their press kit:

The Dutch melodic thrash outfit Disquiet was restablished in Utrecht 2008. The three track promo ‘Hate Incarnate’ (2008) indicates this fresh start: ‘Ten minutes of this intense music is never enough. The great sound and heavy production makes us hungry for more’. 

Disquiet combines Bay Area oriented thrash metal mixed with melodic European elements. Imagine a mix of Testament with Arch Enemy, moderated with some modern metalcore influences.

January 2012, the band launches its first full-length album ‘Scars Of Undying Grief’.  A product of perseverance with an in-your-face product on by Tommie Bonajo, demonstrates Disquiet’s approach to modern metal. ‘Disquiet’s debut album is better than many of the established order’ (Aardschok Magazine). ‘Disquiet has it’s own sound, packaged in great art-work’ (Rock Tribune), Thrash-tipp des monats’ (Metal Hammer).

Koen Romeijn (Detonation/Apophys/Heidevolk) joined the band in 2012 and Disquiet thrashed many (inter) national stages that year. Among these was Wacken Open Air, with 80.000 visitors one of the biggest metal festivals in the world. In 2013 shows in Germany and as one of the first Dutch metal bands in Suriname (South America), were added to that list. In 2014 this story continued with international shows in Luxembourg, Belgium and Germany (sharing the stage with Arch Enemy and Annihilator).

In 2015 Koen was replaced by Frank van Boven and the band started recording their new album ‘The Condemnation’ which was released worldwide january 2016 on Soulseller Records (Gorgoroth a.o.). ‘Melodic thrash meets death metal! The perfect soundtrack for every metal party!’ (Metal Hammer). ‘Unique and modern sound; a thrash album hard to beat this year’ (Rocktribune) and ‘10x Eremetaal (Aardschok).With a UK tour (2016) and support acts for Destruction, Death Angel and Flotsam and Jetsam, this thrash machine marches on. In 2017 Disquiet started writing new material for their upcoming album.

“Designed to Violate”

Let’s meet the Band:

Let’s meet the band:

Frank van Boven – Bass

Sean Maia – Vocals

Arthur Stam – Drums

Menno Ruijzendaal – Guitar

Fabian Verweij – Guitar

My Thoughts:

Well my HeadBangers there is nothing more that I love then melodic death metal.  Now add in some Thrash, well hell I’m a convert.  For those of you that don’t know:

Thrash metal  is an extreme subgenre of heavy metal music characterized by its overall aggression and often fast tempo. The songs usually use fast percussive beats and low-register guitar riffs, overlaid with shredding-style lead guitar work.

Melodic death metal is a subgenre of death metal that employs highly melodic guitar riffs, often borrowing from traditional heavy metal. The style originated and developed in Sweden and the United Kingdom around 1993.

There you have it guys, for those who didn’t know.  We all have our favorite type of metal.  Melodic Death, Folk, and Thrash are mine.  Melodic Death and Thrash, it really gets the blood flowing.  Mixing the 2 makes you feel it down in your bones, and all you want is more.  No matter where I look on this planet, I am always find bands that amaze me and offer something different.  That’s “Disquiet”, I am looking forward to some new music from them and to see them live at a gig it would be just amazing.  Keep it up guys, you have one convert and I’m bring some HeadBangers with me.  Looking forward to hearing more…..

That’s it for this week my HeadBangers.  Join me next week for another band and and another song.  In the meantime don’t stand to close to the fire if you can’t handle the burn…..

 

A Video From Helsinki

Well my HeadBangers I was going through some videos of bands I saw while in Finland, in 2019.  These guys, FEJD, are a Swedish Folk Band.  I loved them that’s all I have to say.  Just wanted to share, and look at all that flowing hair.  I filmed this so it’s not perfect lmao.

WEEK 129 – THANATOS

My HeadBangers welcome from Rotterdam, Netherlands:

Credit goes to:  Erik Negakinu, for the great featured photo, just excellent.

THANATOS

Thanatos is a Dutch extreme metal band.  Thanatos is also the Greek God of Death.  Their history started in 1984 making them the oldest death metal band from the Netherlands.  Here we go HeadBangers get ready…..

“Violent Death Rituals – January 2020”

“The Silent War – February 2020”

I’m going to straight say this right now, I have never seen such a bunch of bad asses like these guys, and I would not want to mess with them lmao, but now let’s look at their bio:

 Their second album, Realm of Ecstasy (some album covers show Realm of Ecstacy), received positive marks from Dutch music magazine Oor and various international magazines for its solid compositions and challenging arrangements.   After enduring constantly changing line-ups and problems with distribution, promotion, and even ownership of the rights to the second album, Thanatos folded in 1992, the final straw being the cancellation of a tour with Cannibal Corpse and Exhorder.

In 1999, founding member Stephan Gebédi revived the band, which signs with Hammerheart Records.  After re-releasing the first two albums with demo and live tracks, the band’s third full album, Angelic Encounters, emerged in 2000. In 2002 a mini-CD with original songs as well as covers from Celtic Frost and Possessed is released by Baphomet. After a few shows in Greece and a short tour with Pungent Stench, the band record their fourth album, Undead, Unholy, Divine, described as a solid return to 1980s metal (in the style of Slayer, Possessed) with the addition of blast beats. Release of a fifth album, Justified Genocide, was postponed when the band’s label at the time, Black Lotus Records, went bankrupt; Dan Swano finished the mix for the CD. To celebrate more than twenty years of Dutch death metal, Thanatos releases (on Chinese label AreaDeath Productions) a limited-edition box containing Emerging From The NetherworldsRealm Of Ecstasy, and Angelic Encounters, besides 56 bonus tracks and 19 videos.

In February 2009, the band issued an update containing details about their upcoming album Justified Genocide. It was released on March 15 in Europe  and April 6 in the UK and Ireland.

Century Media Records signed the band in 2012. The initial plan was to re-release the five studio albums of the band in 2012 and 2013, but the label offered the band a new recording contract which resulted in a new studio album from Thanatos in 2014, entitled Global Purification. This coincided with the band’s 30th anniversary in that year. In 2019, Thanatos celebrated their 35th anniversary with a double-CD compilation album, a 7 inch vinyl EP and a special show in their hometown Rotterdam featuring a lot of former band members. Later that year Thanatos signed a new record deal with French label Listenable Records and started recording their seventh studio album. The album, Violent Death Rituals, had a March 2020 release.

“Violent Death Rituals – March 2020”

Let’s meet these Netherland Metal Men

My Thoughts:

Well my HeadBangers like I said such a bunch of bad asses, and I mean that.  This band has the history that I love in a band, as well as that soul ripping deep dark metal with some thrash thrown in and those vocals, just kill me now.  It always amazes me when a band starts outs, breaks up, but that one person, in this case Stephan, refused to give up on that gnawing  pain in the gut that knew this band would make it and he never stopped. I know there were highs and lows along the way.  I bow my head in respect to him.  He could have let it fall by the wayside but he didn’t.  It takes a strong person with iron inside to keep going till you see it appear.  And here they are the Netherlands’ Gods of Death.

Well that’s it for this week my HeadBangers.  Join me next week for another band and another song.  In the meantime don’t stand to close to the fire if you can’t handle the burn…..

UPDATE – AEON OF AWARNESS

Hey my HeadBangers, from Germany with some Melodic Death Metal, here we are with with Aeon of Awareness first EP:

Meta List, and of course Per Lümbersson:

Here are your links to the EP:

https://music.apple.com/de/album/dialogue-with-the-unconscious-ep/1560706140

https://aeonofawareness.bandcamp.com/album/dialogue-with-the-unconscious

https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/23wqaXOFQoclsdSLkQoe8f

How you all enjoyed it as much as I did.  They nailed it.  Can’t wait for more.

UPDATE – KALMO DOOM

My HeadBangers, friend of the blog and Doom metal man has released his new album:

Gehinnom – Kalmo 

It’s on Spotify and here’s the link:

  https://open.spotify.com/album/1Ip26ivmzLceXOTqDsewE0?si=2uTYp_2mSTGbK_Y2Z11rOg

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