Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Martyrdöd – Paranoia (2012)

Blackened crust punk from Sweden. This should actually be on my 2012 "Honorable mentions" list with other great Swedish crust release of 2012: Wolfbrigade − Damned.
Gotta check their earlier albums too!

Sample track # 01:
"Nog är nog" (Enough is enough)

The main riff of this song has been stuck on my head since I heard it!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Lock Up - Necropolis Transparent (2011)

Lock Up is a grindcore sideproject 'supergroup' featuring Shane Embury (Napalm Death, Venomous Concept), Nicholas Barker (ex-Cradle of Filth, Dimmu Borgir) and Jesse Pintado (Napalm Death, Terrorizer) and Tomas "Tompa" Lindberg (At The Gates, Disfear).

^ sample: "Rage Incarnate Reborn"

 Tompa is the shit!  |,,/

Friday, January 25, 2013

★ Best of 2012 ★


#1 (AOTY)

Anaal NathrakhVanitas
(black metal / grindcore, United Kingdom)

Mix of brutal black metal and skull crushing grindcore flavored with some catchy melodies...
..Has all the ingredients for my Album of the Year #1 spot!



Blut aus Nord777 - Cosmosophy

(atmospheric/ambient post-black metal, France)

Groundbreaking (post-)black metal waves, straight from France! 
Perfect ending for the "777" trilogy, that in my books is a true masterpiece.


Black BreathSentenced to Life

(hardcore/crust punk / death metal - death n roll, United States)

Hardcore/crust punk with strong old school death metal influences. This album rips some fucking heads off! 
The energy makes me want to moshpit with my furniture when I'm home alone, listening this record!


GojiraL'Enfant Sauvage
(progressive death/thrash metal, France)

Overall maybe Gojira's most melodic album thus far Which really isn't that bad thing afterall!
Me gusta!


HorrendousThe Chills
(old school death metal, United States)

Death metal album of the year? Fucking yes!  Really hard time choosing between Asphyx's "Deathhammer" and this. Amazing debut album, thats for sure! There's some moments a'la Chuck Schuldiner (from Death). Thats a first time, after Chuck passed away, RIP.


Hooded MenaceEffigies of Evil 

(death-doom metal, Finland)

The raw and heavy old school sound steamrolled straight to my brain! This is Hooded Menace's third death-doom opus so far, and for some reason this is the album I want to listen, when the doom is right.  Although two earlier albums are also very good!


(old school death metal, Netherlands)

Death metal done in pure old school fashion!
One of my favorite albums featuring vocalist Martin Van Drunen.


MgłaWith Hearts Toward None
(black metal, Poland)

Rawness vs. Depression. Melodies vs. Aggression. Outstanding Polish underground black metal.
Hail Mgła!


(experimental breakcore, France)

Igorrr (aka Gautier Serre) is a French composer who mixes genres from electronic and acoustic music to death metal. His music has been truly unique and amazing in every album so far, but this is the first time the vocal work got my attention so quick. Experi-mental is this French guys ways!


Licht Erlischt......and below, the retrograde disciples

(funeral doom/black metal, Germany)

This German band wanders somewhere between funeral doom-, and depressive black metal. The clean poignant vocals really give this band it's identity.
Definately something I did't look for, but am more than happy to run into!


Napalm DeathUtilitarian 
(grindcore / death metal, United Kingdom)

Really diggin' the more groovy/melodic songs and even the clean vocal-parts a lot that we're not used to hear from these English grinders. Theres also some sick tempo changes through the album!

Laineen KasperiPako-Laine
(underground hip-hop / rap, Finland)

Underground hip-hop with some of the best lyrics out there. 4th solo album by the Finnish MC/Producer/DJ/Composer Laineen Kasperi. Beats are fresh and lyrics are gold!   I LIKE A LOT!
This and Herra Huu's two 2012 albums have been on my playlist since they came out!


Wilds ForlornWe, the Damned 
(atmospheric black metal, Netherlands)

Yuri Theuns, = the mainman behind this masterpiece. Journey through depressive vocal parts... Neo-classical (piano) interludes... Funeral doom stages... and grim spoken tales with ambient undertones.

--- Takes you away. ---


FuriaMarzannie, Krolowej Polski
(black metal, Poland)

Great (post)-black metal from Poland. Language barrier is just about the only reason this isn't even higher in my 2012 list! In love with the riffage and drumming of this album!


Pää KiiPää kii
(punk, Finland)

Debut album for this Finnish punk 'supergroup'. There's some veterans in their lineup from bands as: Kakkahätä 77, Damn Seagulls, Anal Thunder, Sweatmaster, God Given Ass and Tehosekoitin. Punk album of the year for sure.

A Million Dead Birds LaughingXen 
(experimental grindcore / technical death metal, Australia)

Second studio album by this Australian extreme metal group. The unique sound continues that I loved on their debut album (Force Fed Enlightenment, 2011). Fierce grindcore with dark, atmospheric melodies. Highly recommended!


Whourkr4247 Snare Drums
(experimental death metal/ grindcore / breakcore, France)

Igorrr's metal alter-ego with a new line-up: Igorrr + MULK. Compared to earlier albums, this is harder, faster, more guitars, more death growls. Sick stuff!
(Fun fact:“4247 Snare Drums” is the exact amount of snare drums hits on this release!)

(trip-hop/idm/neo-classical, United States)

Something different. Experimental trip-hop with all kinds of twists and influences including piano, (movie) samples, and some breakcoreish structures, àla Stunt Rock, which I love!!

TerrorizerHordes of Zombies
(grindcore / death metal, United States)

Terrorizer gives us a 2012 top grind albums together with the almighty Napalm Death and a Aussie newcomers: A Million Dead Birds Laughing. Vocal and drum work on this album just fuck shit up!

(epic folk metal / black metal, Canada)

Ready for some epic tales of Gaulish civilisations? Check this blackened folk metal band from Canada!


★ Best EPs/SPLITs of 2012 ★


Torture KillerI Chose Death EP
(groovy/brutal death metal, Finland)


Torture Killer introducing new vocalist Pessi Haltsonen with this three track EP.
The dude does exellent job Can't wait for the next album, to be fucking honest!

Year of No Light (France) & Altar of Plagues (Ireland) − Split
(post-metal / doom metal / post-black metal)

If it's not enough that I love both these bands, they've managed to make these songs work together very well. One of the best splits in a long time!


AgallochFaustian Echoes
(atmosperic black/folk/doom metal, United States)

"Faustian Echoes" is a single, two-part song based on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's epic masterpiece "Faust" Reaching over twenty minutes, It's the longest song Agalloch have ever written.


  Honorable mentions (in alphabetic order):

Acephalix − Deathless Master (death metal / crust punk, United States)
Old school death metal with influences from all over the extreme metal to crust punk. They definately have their own unique sound, so I'm loving this!

Burzum - Umskiptar (pagan metal / atmospheric black metal, Norway)
Varg does his own thing and usually it works - Just like this time. To me the evolution of Burzum is sounding good so far. Will surely be spinning this album many times in future.

Chelsea Wolfe Live at Roadburn (experimental/dark folk, United States)
This should actually be on the Top 10 list , but as this is a compilation/live album, I chose to leave this out. Nevertheless, amazing album. She became my favorite female vocalist during the year 2012!

HellbringerDominion of Darkness (thrash metall, Australia)
Nice Australian 3 piece thrash machine. Old schoolish speed/thrash style and riffs from Hell! My favorite thrash metal album of 2012.

Herra HuuEi toivottuja lastenlauluja (underground hip-hop / rap, Finland)
Finnish hip-hop producer/mc, a.k.a. Huge L. Great instrumentals and lyrics.

Herra Huu2012 (underground/psychedelic hip-hop /  rap, Finland)
 A follow up album for "Ei toivottuja lastenlauluja" (above). More psychedelic album with a lot of electronic touches mixed with these dark/gloomy beats. Impossible to choose between these two, both a very good with a bit different styles.

LapkoΓΟΛΕ (alternative rock, Finland)
Finnish alternative rock group with unique atmospheric sound. ΓΟΛΕ rocks!

MardukSerpent Sermon (black metal, Sweden)
Definately more melodic album than I expected after Iron Dawn EP, and actually that got my attention right away... Cold, melodic, black metal from Sweden. "Coram Satanae" − What a bonus track!!
Mokoma180 Astetta (melodic/thrash/death metal / schlager, Finland)
Mokoma still making great albums. Not their best, but still this is their 9th studio album already and we want more! We want more! We want more!

My Dying BrideA Map of All Our Failures (doom metal, United Kingdom)
British doom metal veterans MDB are back with their usual doom style, after the neo-classical compilation album. This band is simply always good!

WolfbrigadeDamned (crust punk / hardcore, Sweden)
Very good d-beat/crust from Sweden. Kinda sounds like Motörhead gone very crusty, in a nice way. Also loving those melodic passages in few of their longer tracks. "From Beyond"!



I could continue this list forever, but it's an new year and time to look forward on 2013 releases and what greatness/crazyness this year has to offer.  Kvelertak's 2nd studio album out sooooon!!
I've also been planned to do some kind of "Best album of 2012, by genre" list if I've got time and patience for it in near future. Would be cool because most of my favorite albums are metal, but I've got fairly diverse music taste in general. Well see if I manage to make this happen.

- Antti / INROK


Thursday, January 24, 2013

Windir - Likferd (2003)

Windir (1994 – 2004), or in English “Primal Warrior”, is now defunct black metal/viking metal band from Sogndal, Norway. Likferd was their last album before Valfar's death.

Terje "Valfar" Bakken, RIP.

On January 14, 2004, Valfar went for a walk towards his family's cabin at Fagereggi, but he never arrived. Three days later, authorities found his body at Reppastølen in the Sogndal Valley. Valfar had been caught in a snow storm and died from hypothermia.
sample track: "Despot"

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Of The Wand & The Moon - Sunspot (offivial video)

Underoath - Paper Lung (official video)

One more Underoath video. These are great and I mean both, the songs and videos. ...
+ This :/
"Break-Up Announcement In October 2012, the band announced through their Twitter account that they would be disbanding in 2013."

Underoath - Sunburnt (official video)

Underoath - Ø (Disambiguation) (2010)

Sludgy post-hardcore/metalcore from United States.

Underoath - In Division (official video)

Awesome video and one of the very best post-hardcore/metalcore bands I've ever really enjoyed!
 From the album: Ø (Disambiguation), 2010

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Gojira - Explosia (official video)

The official video for Gojira 'Explosia' taken from the album "L'Enfant Sauvage" 2012.

Furia - Płoń (2009)

Discovered this awesome Polish black metal band with 2012 released "Marzannie, Krolowej Polski".

 Now after hearing some of their earlier work, I'm even more impressed than I was before.


Heres a title track; "Płoń!" from the 2009 EP.

Sólstafir - Fjara (official video)

Iceland's Sólstafir, with a stunning video. Album: "Svartir sandar" 2012.

Just beautiful!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Venetian Snares - Cavalcade Of Glee And Dadaist Happy Hardcore Pom Poms (2006)

Sample track: "Cancel"

 Breakcore from Canada. Mr. Aaron Funk motherfuckers!
It's scary hot amazing these songs are. It's been a while since I've listened this track or this album, and again I'm blown away  -  I want some vinyl!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Cover songs - part one.

 There are so much amazing cover songs out there, I need to post some here...

Benighted - Wrath (Nasum)

Forgotten Tomb - I Wanna Be Your Dog (The Stooges) 

Asphyx - Os Abysmi Vel Daath (Celtic Frost) 

Mokoma - Avoin Hauta (Death) [Open Casket]

I will post more of these every now n then.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Relentless - Burn The City Down (official video)

On the road with Relentless...

Burn the city down is from our third full lenght album Dropout!, due to come out at the end of February 2013.
The video is more like a collage of "On the road with Relentless 2012". The clips shown in the video are from few festivals in Finland, in the studio recording the new album and a trip to Russia. People. beside the band, featuring the film are Hammer our technician and Mikael our sound guy.

And, yes we know: we are punch of drunken idiots every now and then, but man! 

We sure had good time!

"Have fun!"

Laughed out loud.

Psyclon Nine

I rarely listen industrial metal and I think I haven't posted any yet. Here's two tracks from two different albums by this US industrial (black) metal / aggrotech group; Psyclon Nine!

"Scar Of The Deceiver" from the album: Crwn Thy Frnicatr (2006).

"Widowmaker" from the album: We The Fallen (2009).

Sotajumala - Paratiisin kutsu (official video)

Kick-ass Finnish death metal!

Music video for "Paratiisin kutsu" (The Call of Paradise) from Sotajumala's third album "Kuolemanpalvelus" (2010).

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Nine Covens - As Fire Consumes (official video)

Sludgy/crusty black metal from the UK. Haven't listened the full album yet, but do I want after hearing this!

Song from 2012 album: "On the Dawning of Light".

Catuvolcus - Gergovia (2012)

Very impressive (melodic/folk) black metal from Québec Canada!

sample track: "La Colline de Chanturge"

The name ‘Catuvolcus’ means ‘Combat Wolf’ in Gaul and also represents a Gaul chief of the Eburons tribe.

“kvlt as fuck”

Photo of me at Summer cottage (probably listening Darkthrone).
Canon EOS 600D (w/ fisheye) + grim fucking photoshop skillz.

kvlt as fuck

Monday, January 7, 2013

Hellbringer - Dominion of Darkness (2012)

Finally I think I've found the thrash metal album of the year 2012  -  Awesome blackened old schoolish thrash from Australia!
"Hellbringer deliver evil, aggressive tunes in the spirit of the old Gods."

   sample song: "Demon's Blood"

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Fondlecorpse - Creaturegore (2009)

That growling is sexy as fuck - BRUTALITY!

Brutal death metal / goregrind, The Netherlands

"The Invasion":


Chelsea Wolfe - Movie Screen (official video)

Chelsea Wolfe - Apokalypsis (2011)

My favorite female vocalist at this moment! Experimental gothic/dark folk, United States.

Scent of Flesh - Deform in Torture (2007)

Sick ass Finnish brutal death metal! Those death growls are insane!
Hopefully there's a new album on the way. There's no news about this band since 2010, atleast I didn't find any :(

(I will post a sample track later, didn't find any good quality songs from youtube, so I will upload one.) 

Sepultura - Roots Bloody Roots (official video)


Sepultura - Roots (1996)

 REPOST; with full album stream.

thrash metal / groove metal
1996 |
Brazil | ★★★½

01 Roots Bloody Roots
02 Attitude
03 Cut Throat
04 Ratamahatta
05 Breed Apart
06 Straighthate
07 Spit
08 Lookaway
09 Dusted
10 Born Stubborn
11 Jasco instrumental
12 Itsari instrumental
13 Ambush
14 Endangered Species
15 Dictatorshit

Fleshgod Apocalypse - The Forsaking (official video)

Symphonic death metal from Italy. Album: Agony (2011).

Friday, January 4, 2013

Agalloch - Faustian Echoes (2012)

Agalloch's latest masterpiece...    
...Love what this American black/folk/doom band does!

Dark and creepy cover of the ep, above. - Full song on the youtube link, below.

"Faustian Echoes" is a single, two-part song based on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's epic masterpiece "Faust." 
Reaching over twenty minutes, "Faustian Echoes" is the longest song Agalloch have ever written.


I've got my 2012 top album list is in progress. I will post it here when I think it's finished. Not sure if i bother on making some kind of video about top releases or just the list though... Anyways it's coming.

+ I like beer (in case you didn't know). Here's a picture (as a proof)!

Be'lakor - Stone's Reach (2009)

 Be'lakor is an Australian melodic death metal band, formed in 2004.
In my opinion this is still Be'lakor's strongest album. Even after their 2012 release: "Of Breath and Bone".

Stands ground with Insomnium, who for me are the true messengers of what melodic death metal sounds today!

sample track:  
" Outlive the Hand "

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Master's Hammer - Ritual (1990)

Experimental / avant-garde black metal from Czech Republic This is awesome!

Sample track: "Eerna Svatozao"

Urgehal - Goatcraft Torment (2006)

Evil, death and darkness....
....Norwegian black metal!

sample track: "Risus Sardonius"

Deströyer 666 - Phoenix Rising (2000)

I'm going to start this year with some crusty old school black/thrash from Australia.

sample track: "I Am The Wargod (Ode to the Battle Slain)"