Counting the days until the next edition of Eindhoven Metal Meeting! So, let’s make a short recap:
Eindhoven Metal Meeting turns 10 this year. Describing themselves being “the longest-running extreme metal indoor festival of the Netherlands (black/death/thrash/doom metal & grindcore)”, Eindhoven Metal Meeting has one hell of a line up:
This year, bands like Triptykon, Marduk, Solstafir and many others, will be in Eindhoven to delight the most exquisite tastes.
Taking a different approach in metal music is Triptykon. Formed by Tom G. Warrior after his departure from Celtic Frost in May 2008, the band known a major success. Triptykon may have been a new band, but so strongly linked with the past that none who likes Celtic Frost would miss this live show. When dealing with a band like Triptykon, it can be an exacting task to evaluate the music without getting caught up in the baggage of Tom Warrior’s history with Celtic Frost. You know, that little bit of business involving him being an integral part of extreme metal’s foundations. A statement was made this month when Mr Fisher announced that Hellhammer music is still alive and will be heard soon again under the name “Triumph of Death”. The first steps towards the formation of Triumph Of Death, named after Hellhammer’s most infamous song and intended to be a very respectful and authentic tribute to Hellhammer, were taken years ago. Triumph Of Death consists of some of Warrior’s closest friends; individuals who not only love this music but truly understand it. Triumph Of Death will commence playing Hellhammer’s music onstage in 2019. It is a an open-ended project, but the band will only play select concerts.
Uncompromising, relentless, and savage, Marduk comes back to Eindhoven this time with more material. We hope to hear songs from the last album “Viktoria” released this year, considered one of the best black-metal releases.. Over their almost thirty years of pulverizing the masses with their distinctive, instantly recognizable black metal attack, there’s nothing anyone can say now that hasn’t been said since their debut EP “Fuck Me Jesus” saw the light of day back in 1991. With crucifixes inverted and hateful thoughts that feeds the unusual psyche of frontman, leader, and guitarist Morgan Håkansson, Marduk was poised to become “the most blasphemous band in the world.”
Solstafir are different. Their unique blend of metal with beautiful melodies, psychedelic moments and a strong undercurrent of classic / hard rock comes as varied and at times appealingly bizarre as the landscapes of their native Iceland. Their fifth full-length “Ótta” is the logical continuation of the musical course this four-piece adopted on the highly acclaimed forerunner “Svartir Sandar” (2011). Expect the unexpected, such as seduction by subtle strings or a hypnotic banjo.
Moonsorrow is a Finnish pagan metal band formed in Helsinki in 1995. Musically, the band incorporates elements of black metal and folk metal in their sound. The band call their sound “epic heathen metal” and try to distance themselves from the term “Viking metal”. The name of the band was inspired by Celtic Frost’s song “Sorrows of the Moon”. They have something from Norwegian bands like early Ulver or Enslaved as well as Sweden’s Bathory, who are the first to blame for an unholy union between extreme metal and Nordic folklore; Moonsorrow equally melts darkness with a strong fascination for ancient times, successfully avoiding the stereotypical “It’s party time!” kind of folk/metal.
Septicflesh approach Symphonic Death Metal. They were formed in Athens in March 1990 by Sotiris Vayenas (guitar), Spiros Antoniou (bass and vocals), and Christos Antoniou (guitars). They released a debut EP, “Temple of the Lost Race” in 1991.The band recorded their first full-length album, “Mystic Places of Dawn”, in April 1994 at the Storm studio with the co-production of Magus Wampyr Daoloth (who had been the keyboardist for Rotting Christ).
The new album,“Codex Omega” is by far the most infernal release of Septicflesh to date. The album was produced by another highly acclaimed metal producer, Jens Bogren. Besides the orchestral side represented once again by the Filmharmonic Orchestra of Prague, the band utilized traditional instruments as Oud and Duduk and also a 12 string electro-acoustic guitar, multiplying the mystical atmosphere of the compositions. Of course as always “Codex Omega” is dominated by the relentless death guitar riffing and the pale melodies that are the trademark of Septicflesh.
Urfaust is an occult audial vessel of delirious madness that was invoked in 1999. Ranging from Cruel Black Metal Ambient to Bombastic Drone Rituals, to minimalistic low-fi Black Magick: Urfaust does it all.. Over the years Urfaust have recorded different releases on vinyl, tape, cd and cloth…
Formed in 1996, Shining is a Swedish Extreme band that incorporates many doom metal elements in the music. Due to the depressive undertones of their music and the mostly suicide-themed lyrics, Shining‘s music is often referred to as “suicidal black metal” although the band themselves would point out that they are not a Black Metal band.
The new Necrophobic album “Mark of the Necrogram” will be on the best album’s list. “We’ve been doing music that feels honest and true to ourselves,” say Necrophobic. “No matter what’s trendy at the moment. No matter how the winds blow.”. Indeed, Mark of the Necrogram is Necrophobic. And Necrophobic is Mark of the Necrogram. Make no mistake, the Necrogram sees all, warns all. Join Necrophobic now or die by their spiteful swords.
Impaled Nazarene formed in November 1990, with founding members Mika Luttinen, Kimmo Luttinen, Mika Pääkkö, Ari Holappa and Antti Pihkala. The band gained national success when their demo album, “Tol Cormpt Norz Norz Norz”, entered the Finnish charts.
Benediction are proud to have been around since the start of what became the “Death Metal” scene and can still give one of the best energetic live shows around today.
Other great bands that appear on the EMM poster and will crush our brains are: Archgoat, Chris Holmes Mean Man, Desaster, Gama Bomb, Valkyrja, Harakiri For The Sky, Wiegedood, Fleshcrawl, Mortuary Drape, Posession, Attic, Darvaza, Ketzer, Mandator, Dead Head, Inhume, Izegrim, IXXI, Carnation, Sister Of Suffocation, Slaegt, Offerblock; and there is a warm-up party with Aura Noir, Demonical, Obliteration and Vorbid!
Don’t stop the madness! See you in the crowd!