30 December 2020


"Totschläger - A Saintslayer´s Songbook"
World Terror Comitee

Almost in the dying breath of the year ABIGOR pierce the flesh of 2020 with this masterpiece. Great black metal riffs and classical music. As great as unexpected, this is definately the album of the year. 

"Beyond Darkness"
Svart Records

GÖDEN is the musical continuation of WINTER, whose cult debut album was reissued early this year. "Beyond Darkness" is als o top quality and follows up to "Into Darkness" with a modern approach, yet still dark, gigantic and heavy.

"Death Cult"
Prophecy Productions

A very talented band that created this outstanding album. I hope "Death Cult" have the full impact it deserves. An avant-garde work,  full of technique, a great and sometimes eerie atmosphere, and haunting darkness. It has been a great surprise to come across this album and I´m very excited about future releases of VÖLUR.

"From The Valleys Of Hades"
Iron pegasus Records

EURYNOMOS never disappoint, after the fabulous trilogy of 7" I was longing for this debut album. It is as good as one could expect. Pure old-school metal merciless attack.

"Genesis XIX"

Good old SODOM! Genesis XIX has a great late 80s vibe. Probably one of the best albums of the german thrashers in the last two decades.

"Dawn Of The Damned"
Century Media

It´s no surprise, but NECROPHOBIC released a good album once again. Not as brilliant as previous efforts. but it is solid, consistent and dark as always.

"Requiem - Live at Roadburn 2019"
Prowling Death Records/Century Media

Perhaps I expected a litle more from this recording, or perhaps I expected more from "Grave Eternal". Even so, this is something amazing created by Celtic Frost,  my favorite band ever, and  the fact that Tom Warrior could fullfill his dream and the dream of many fans to see this opus complete, performed so brilliantly and perfectly...it is truly special. Eternal gratitude.

"Grimoire Ordo Devs"
Osmose Productions

Sinister black metal. Hateful, morbid, blasphemous.  A great album like their previous one. I hope we don´t have to wait another ten years for a new release, which will surely be gloriously dark.

"Hinsides Vrede"
Season Of Mist

A great comeback album. It definitely sounds like Mörk Gryning and it is performed with a great level of intensity. The old roots are there and yet it sounds fresh and new.

"On Astral Wings Of Wamphyric Shadows"
Dark Adversary Productions

The great album cover gives you a hint of what you are going to find here...ugly, primitive, atmosferic black metal. No sophisticated vampirism, just hideous winged beings sucking every last drop of blood from hundred rotting corpses.

Century Media

I like their debut album and the demo. I wasn´t entirely satisfied with their second abum but with Rex Vampire caught my attention once again. Wild Deathrhash!!!

"Black Waves"
Trust No One Recordings

Yeah, kind of "traditional" Swedish black/death with raw sound and old-school feeling. A very good album!

"Svindeldjup Ättestup"
Nordvis Produktion

This album shows an evolved version of ARMAGEDDA. It sounds raw but clear at the same time. A very mature album that perhaps opens the band new horizons to explore.

My Hails To:
 Accept "The Undertaker" / Akhlys "Melinoë"Beherit "Bardo Exist" / Balmog "Pilars Of Salt"Benediction "Scriptures" / Cirith Ungol "Forever Black" / Cold Earth "Your Misery, My Triumph"Cultum Interitum "Poison Of Being" / Cultus Profano "Accursed Possession" / Deus Mortem "The Fiery Blood" / Diamond Head "Lightning To The Nations 2020" / Domjord "Sporer" / Domjord "Gravrost" / Funeral Leech "Death Meditation" / Ieschure "Cold Stars Of Eternity" / Ieschure "Phantoms Of God" / Inner Sanctvm "Like A Perpetual Past" / Invocation "Atunement To Death" / Isengard "Varjevndogn" / Konvent "Puritan Masochism" / Körgull The Exterminator "Sharpen Your Spikes" / Lik "Misanthropic Breed" / Lifvsleda "Det Besegrade Lifvet" /  Malokarpatan "Krupinské Ohne" / Messiah "Fracmont" / Mork "Pesta"My Dying Bride "The Ghost Of Orion" / My Dying Bride "Macabre Cabaret" / Myrkur "Folkesange" / Necrophiliac "No Living Man Is Innocent" / Necrot "Mortal"Necrowretch "The Ones From Hell" / Occult Burial "Burning Eerie Lore" / Paradise Lost "Obsidian" / Putrid "Antichrist Above" / Scáth na Déithe "The Dirge of Endless Mourning" / Sinster "Deformation Of The Holy Realm" / Solothus "Realm Of Ash And Blood" / Soulburn "Noa´s D´ark" / Thanatos "Violent Death Rituals" / Urfaust "Teufelsgeist" / Vader "Solitude In Madness" / Varathron "Glorification Of The Latin Moon" / Voivod "Lost Machine - Live" / Whoredom Rife/Taake "Pakt" / Whoredom Rife "Ride The Final Tide" / Yoth Iria "Under His Sway"

28 December 2020


Swedish black metallers MÖRK GRYNING return 15 years later of his previous studio album.  Hinsides Vrede sounds hungry and fresh, and the album carries the spirit and darkness of the early days.  Awathar and Draakh Kimera kindly answered the following questions.  En ny gryning av mörkret...

How does it feel to be back with a new studio album after 15 years? How was the “resurrection process”?

Awathar - It was quite relaxed and natural. We’ve never really had any ”plans” of anything, neither in the past or now so it was basically just someone that said ”should we do another record” and since more than other says ”yes” it also happened.

You released a live recording in 2018, Live at Kraken, recorded in Stockholm in 2017, what can you tell me about this live show?

It was a pretty cool evening, a lot of people and friends showed up. As always, there was and never ending pouring stream of technical problems but you don’t even get surprised by that anymore but some of them had a negative impact of the show but overall it was good. Our friend Linus Nirbrandt recorded the show and also mixed the EP.

How long did you work on Hinsides Vinde, Now that you’ve been through the period of writing, rehearsing, and recording the album, what do you think about it?

We worked on it for about a year I think and we’re very pleased with the result. It turned out as the perfect mix of the other 5 full length-albums kind of. A bit brutal, a bit melodic, a bit experimental and a bit spiritual. The release that kind of completed the circle up until now, but that does not say there’s more releases coming up, but for now it is very pleasing to us to have done it.

The production is very powerful and it captures your distinctive sound even after this 15-year-long break, was the intention to stay true to your roots and to remain loyal to your old sound and style but with a modern production?

We had some different ideas about it, one idea was that there’s really no point of releasing something that does not sound awesome but at the same time we’ve also always been against recording with click tracks etc because it eliminates the swing and a bit of the vibe that MG has always been about. All minds combined - I think the idea was to make it sound perfect but not polished in the bad way. It had to have a soul and not just sounding like all the other stuff that comes out that on a technical level might be cool but really lacks of spirit.

Please tell us about the album title. 

Its old Swedish meaning ”Wrath from a world beyond” which pretty much summons up the record in a good way. 

The artwork looks stunning, kind of weird when you look at it for the first time, and I’d love to know more about it.

The cover is done by the legend on planet earth CG who’s also behind the drum kit on two of the tracks on the record and our livedrummer. He’s also an art director and worked on the cover for quite some time. The rest of the artwork is done by the label I think and they really match together nicely.

The opening track “Fältherren” (The Warlord, if I´m not mistaken) is the only track written in Swedish, tell us about the song and why is the only song written in your mother tongue.

There’s no reason for this really, its just that these tracks where the ones that made it all the way to the album. But there’s some instrumental tracks with Swedish titles though (Just one, "Hinsides" - Chris).

You wrote the song “A Glimpse of the Sky” as a tribute to Bathory. Please tell us about the song and about when and how this idea came up in your mind 

Bathory has always been a big influence and also one of the first ones. This track seemed like a fine way to pay tribute to his legacy and art.

Where do you draw your inspiration for the lyrics? Are they the same sources of inspiration as in the past or have they changed over the years?

They have changed in the same pace as we change as humans. Very early lyrics might seem a bit childish for all metal band but they evolve and so they does for us but still keep a core of thematics about darkness, death, life and spiritualism so I guess it´s pretty much the same but in a more linguistic way.

Do you have plans to record a video clip? How would you like it to be? can you name your favorite black metal video clip?

We dont really have any favorite black metal clips and that’s one of the reasons we’ve not done any yet. I can not recall seeing one single BM video that I liked and did not laugh when I saw it. There’s some live videos that’s cool though, like some Marduk-stuff and Morbid Angel but mostly its really an art that does not really fits the video-format unless you have the same budget as a major Warner Brothers feature and we don’t.

You are now in the ranks of Season of Mist and the label will reissue your first four albums on digipak and gatefold LP. Can you give us details about the extra content of this special reissues?

Ehum no I can’t. Sorry about this but I really don’t know. But yes, it was included in the deal that they’re re-releasing the older records and that’s great for the people who wants them, we get quite a lot of requests for that so it seemed like a good thing. We also get a lot of requests for cassettes which seems odd to me but I guess its a new thing out there to get old records on cassette? Like a nostalgia-thing?

Tusen År Har Gått… and Return fire had a huge impact in the scene and were acclaimed by fans and the press when they were released. Nowadays they have great significance in the history of black metal. What are your memories concerning those recordings, especially concerning Tusen År Har Gått…

Draakh Kimera - We were quite young when recording "Tusen..." so we didn´t have that much experience in studio recording. When we walked in to Unisound and Dan Swanö saw us, he must have thought that this would not work at all, besides we had only five days (!) to record the whole album. But we were prepared and we nailed it i 4 days so Swanö had one day to finish the mixing. Then of course, we could never imagine that this album would have that impact on the scene as it had. 

Which bands do you feel have helped influence mork gryning music most in the beginning and over the years? 

Awathar - Oh, that’s quite a lot of them. It the same story as for everybody in the scene I guess, starting with Metallica, Slayer, Sepultura, Bathory, Destruction, Sodom etc, moving into death metal and black metal and beyond. I guess MG has always had different influences aswell like a lot of classical music, film scores, expertmental stuff and also a lot of electronically music which you can hear in our music. But if I was to name just a few for my own sake that’s been huge to me it would be Merciful Fate, King Diamond, Slayer, Carcass & Morbid Angel. Nowdays I listen to a lot of Berghain-stuff, jazz & old school UK drum n bass but also some BM. But it is very varied and we’re obviously not the ”the most metal-metalheads” around but we’ve never aimed to be and that’s the biggest reason our music sounds just the way it does.

Did you play any cover tunes in your early days?

Yes we did, on Return Fire there’s a Slayer cover (yeah! Necrophiliac, the intro of that cover version is sooo cool - Chris) and we also recorded a Venom-song for some compilation that’s out there somewhere.

What were your reasons for dissolving the band in 2005?

Just a lack of time and interest at that point. Counting without those two elements at hand would have made the music sound horrible so we thought it was better the let the music out when it wanted to instead of forcing it. There’s no bigger betrayal than releasing shitty music and knowing it.

In my opinion it was good that social networks did not exist in the early 90s, even without social networks the scene was quickly saturated with an exaggerated amount of labels, bands, fanzines etc. But times have changed and I suppose you try to see the use of these media in a positive way. How important are social networks to you? Is there something you miss a lot about the scene in your early days?

Yes, it guess it is but that’s just missing youth I guess. Having a ”It was better in the old days”-attitude is not our thing and does not help you in any way I think.  Of course nostalgia could be nice for a conversation but not really to guide you. Me personally have the attitude to break up traditions and things that are in a certain way just for the sake of it and instead trying to find new ways of doing things. I don’t spend my days thinking of how cool things where 20 years ago but rather move forward. I don’t spend much time on social media but its out there so if you want to release music you have to use it guess. But also, we needed a label we can trust so we can leave all that to them and focus on the only thing that really matters to us - the music itself.

What would you submit as the proudest moment you've had in Mörk Gryning thus far?

 Haha, not sure. Its not something I do to be proud really. Its something I do to stimulate my ears and brain. BUT it was pretty cool to mix the Maelstrom Chaos-record together with Pytten back in 2003. He was an old schooler for sure and I think our techniques worked together in a good way.

What is your opinion on the current black metal scene? Any bands out there that you feel a particular affinity with? 

Euhm no idea really. I think Mephorash and Funeral Mist is pretty dope (Funeral Mist rules! - Chris) but more than that its mostly old stuff. I guess there’s a big scene out there but I don’t know much about it

Throughout your career, you already played quite some gigs, were there any special ones for you? 

I think the gig at ”Hell on earth” 2004 was pretty cool but also the latest ones because we have such a great live-setup nowdays.

What do you think of black metal bands playing on cruise ships? If you had the opportunity to play on a cruise ship to sing songs about death and darkness surrounded by people wearing bikini and Bermuda shorts, would you play there?

From what I know the black metal scene nowadays is Bermuda shorts and gossip on the internet so I have quite a suspicious mind towards every gig but they have actually proved me wrong all of them. But I’m not sure, I think I would answer ”maybe” on that one.

What´s the strangest place and the most shocking place you have been? 

Staying a night at Pyttens house back in 2001 while his wife explained he was a nudist. Such a cool dude though, I remember that session with joy.

What does de future hold for Mörk Gryning?

Everything and nothing. The future is our allied and enemy at the same time as for everybody. BUT if we get to choose ourselves it will be some insane live gigs for sure and at least 10 new out of this world-records.

Thanks you for your time, last words are yours… 

Thanks alot!


23 December 2020

HULDER reveal new track "A Forlorn Peasant´s Hymn"

HULDER have just revealed the track "A Forlorn Peasant´s Hymn".  The track belongs to the upcoming debut full-lenght "Godslastering; Hyms Of A Forlorn Peasantry" comming out on January 22, 2021 through Iron Bonehead Productions.

"A Forlorn Peasant´s Hymn" is the second single after "Upon Frigid Winds" previously released in October. It´s official video clip can be watched over here.

22 December 2020

YOTH IRIA Reveal "Yoth Iria" Lyric Video

A few days ago YOTH IRIA premiered a lyric video for the track "Yoth Iria". It will appear on the band´s upcoming debut full-lenght "As The Flame Withers", which will be released on January 25th 2021 via Pagan Records.

A wonderful track, like the previously released  "The Red Crown Turns Black" whose official video can be still checked out here.

Remember these words, this album will be among the best of 2021. 

15 December 2020

ORDER OF NOSFERAT Annouce debut album, reveal first track

ORDER OF NOSFERAT is a new entity by name, says the promo info, but leaded by the well known German multi-talent Count Revenant (vocals, strings and keys), joined by Anzillu on precussion.

The duo announced the release of the debut full-lenght "Necuratul" trough Purity Through Fire on February 28th, 2021.

A clip of the advance track "Servant of Orlok" was unveiled, showing ODER OF NOSFERAT´s bite of raw, vampiric old-school black metal.
"Smite not those of the Vampiric ilk...Tolerate Nothing!"...says Count Revenant