Tuesday, February 19, 2013

TROLLING FOR FINNS

By now you've probably heard that the almighty Finntroll has wrapped up their new album Blodsvept ("Shrouded in Blood" m.o.l.) and have released the titular (tee hee) track as a teaser. "Tit"-ular.  Hello, I'm four years old.

Check out these big tits! (photo courtesy of the Guardian UK, who love them some tits.)  These are long-tailed tits in particular. Who doesn't like a nice piece of tail to go with their tits? No one, that's who.)

Anyway, the new track is fucking sweet. 

Finntroll - "Blodsvept"

I'm not sure what's going on in that promo pic...it looks like they've adopted some kind of steampunk pirate image.  Whatever, it's fucking Finntroll.  As far as I'm concerned they can prance around in tutus and SCUBA gear if they want to.  This song is pure Finntroll, and pure awesome.  Musically it seems to be carrying on in the vein of Nifelvind, with Trollhorn's keyboards sounding almost like, well, a horn section.  Also their sound seems to be trending more toward a sort of  "upbeat" feel...at least in comparison to their blacker old stuff.  This is not a bad thing, in my opinion.  It's more "folky".  But Mathias LillmÃ¥ns' acid-core vocals still keep it real, yo.  And there's chuggery.

Blodsvept releases on March 22 in Europe and April 2 in the US and Canada.  

Saturday, February 2, 2013

ADE - Ancient Roman Death Metal

Okay I'll admit that I was a little skeptical about "Ancient Roman Death Metal".  Sounded kind of gimmicky to me, and I usually thrive on gimmicks.  But when I heard that motherfucker Georgios Kollias (probably best known for his time with Egyptian folk metallers Nile) was attached to the project, I figured it was worth checking out.

Kollias - may or may not be a motherfucker. 

So I did, and I exclaimed appareo decet nihil munditia!

ADE - "Dueling the Shadow of Spartacus"

Spartacus is their sophomore release, now on Blast Head Records. According to their press, their music features "traditional Roman instruments" and may appeal to fans of bands like Behemoth and Fleshgod Apocalypse.  Can I vouchsafe any of those claims? No: I'm not an expert on Roman instruments (insert penis joke here) and while I like both mentioned bands I realize that taste is wholly subjective and liking one does not necessitate liking the other.  What I can vouch for is the fact that this is some tasty, technically excellent and riffy death with a folk twist, and I'm always down for that.

*Edit: ADE's Facebook page is here if you want to go show them some love.

Tour De Folk

In the midst of my bleak, frostbitten hailstorm of packing to move somewhere where shows actually come, I feel compelled to provide you, my loyal reader, with at least a bare minimum of Also, Wolves functionality.

Science fact: wolves are lazy bastards.

So while you're waiting for me to get settled in my new Trollcave, get yourself out to some shows.  Like, say, Enslaved.  You like Enslaved, right? No? Well you've come to the wrong neighborhood, bitch.

Enslaved US tour dates:

Jan. 30 - Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
Jan. 31 - Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
Feb. 01 - Pittsburgh, PA @ 
Mr. Smalls Theatre
Feb. 02 - Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
Feb. 03 - Chicago, IL @ Reggie's Rock Club
Feb. 04 - Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights
Feb. 06 - Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
Feb. 08 - West Hollywood, CA @ The Troubador
Feb. 09 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim's
Feb. 10 - Portland, OR @ Branx
Feb. 11 - Seattle, WA @ The Highline
Feb. 12 - Vancouver, B.C. @ Biltmore Cabaret
Feb. 14 - Edmonton, AB @ The Pawn Shop
Feb. 15 - Calgary, AB @ Dickens Pub
Feb. 16 - Regina, SK @ The Exchange
Feb. 17 - Winnipeg, MB @ Osborne Village Inn
Feb. 19 - Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
Feb. 20 - Montreal, QC @ 
Les Foufounes Electriques
Feb. 21 - Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
Feb. 22 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom


And as promised, Paganfest USA (featuring Ensiferum, TrollfesT, Tyr, Heidevolk and Helsott) tour dates:

Mar. 30 - Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
Apr. 01 - Tempe, AZ @ 910 Live
Apr. 03 - San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
Apr. 04 - Reno, NV @ The Alley
Apr. 05 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
Apr. 06 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
Apr. 07 - Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
Apr. 09 - Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room
Apr. 10 - Regina, SK @ The Exchange
Apr. 11 - Winnipeg, MB @ Zoo Cabaret
Apr. 12 - Saint Paul, MN @ Station 4
Apr. 13 - Chicago, IL @ Reggie's
Apr. 14 - Columbus, OH @ Al Rosa Villa
Apr. 15 - Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage
Apr. 16 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Note
Apr. 17 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
Apr. 18 - Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
Apr. 19 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance Theater
Apr. 20 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (NE Metalfest)
Apr. 21 - New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Space Vikings.

So this is a real thing that happened.
Space Vikings - "Be A Viking"

Uh, it's pretty adequate melodeath, I think. Has a sort of tinny Amon Amarth feel to it.  But 'Space Vikings'?

Here we have a US band who released this, their "Glorious Victory" EP in 2011.  Al I can think to say is "maybe I missed the point".

Generally I make a point to review only things that I like, or that I think other people might like.  But this genuinely left me scratching my head in full-on WTFery, so I'm putting it out here for the Trollwolves to tear apart.

They have a website here at Space-Vikings.com.  I can't tell if they're serious or not (band roster including the band members' additional band duties such as "hunting" and "grilling" seem to suggest 'not').  To be honest I was hoping for a spectacle; with a name like that I was at least expecting a dude in a horned helmet and a tinfoil-covered box robot costume.

THE MUSIC ISN'T BAD. I'm gonna go out on a limb and say that.  It's not totally blowing me away but then again I'm not generally a fan of the style so maybe I'm biased.

But 'Space Vikings'?

I mean if you're going to take on a concept like that, I think you should be willing to take it on BALLS OUT...the first example I can bring to mind is the "space Nazi" concept brought forth by the industrial band Hanzel Und Gretyl.  I mean they beat that shit into the ground, and it was very entertaining.

Hanzel Und Gretyl - "Third Reich From The Sun"

I'm gonna keep an eye on this band and see if they go anywhere with this.  To be honest I think if bands like Alestorm and its sister act Gloryhammer can make good, it ought to be workable.  But we'll see.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

You're Welcome, You Bastards.

I wasn't going to post about Paganfest USA's announcement of 2013's tour lineup because as we all know, European bands and/or tours don't come to North America's rancid cock-cheese laden dong which is the state where I live.


But then I realized that would be selfish.  Even though this is a tour I could just kill a man to see.


If you click the Paganfest USA link up there it will take you to the Facebook page for updates and junk, but I'm gonna lay it out for you here in case you're too lazy to scroll back up and click the link because I care about you that much.

ENSIFERUM
HEIDEVOLK
TROLLFEST
TYR
and US band HELSOTT.

This is Heidevolk's first North American tour and if you've been anywhere near this blog since it's inception you probably know of my slightly homoerotic fanboy love of this band.  In fact, I'm sure there's plenty of my homoerotic fanboy love to go around on this whole lineup.  But since you should already be familiar with the across-the-ponders by now, I'm gonna post a video by the local lads here.

Helsott - "The Taverns Tale"

Inasmuch as I can tell from your typical live video shit sound, these guys are all right.  If anyone from Helsott wants to send me promo crap I would be happy to provide career suicide a glowing Also, Wolves review.

Once dates and venues are announced I will be pasting them all over Also, Wolves and raging like a social justice blogger at a rich white person's barbecue when the tour decides not to come within six states of my Trollcave.  I DO IT BECAUSE I LOVE YOU ALL.


Saturday, November 10, 2012

Troll Metal.

You know it.  You love it.  Trolls are metal.

Not this kind, the other kind.

You got your Finntroll, your Trollfest, your other bands with the word "troll" in the name...then you have Aktarum.

Kilts.  Seems legit.

You can look at these Belgian boys and probably guess right off the bat what they sound like.  And you probably wouldn't be too far wrong.  They play your traditional blend of black and folk which is something that for the purposes of this site I should probably invent a term for...'blolk metal' maybe...hm...I'll get back to you on that. Regardless, that sound is familiar.  Inasmuch as I love it and you love it (or you'd be over on NPR checking out Wolves in the Throne Room or something) it can get a little played.  On the flip side it doesn't take much to inject a little life into the ol' grim and frostbitten corpse and Aktarum manages to do just that.  Some rather flippant wind instruments and tongue-in-cheek spoken word bits ("Hey! Human! Where are you going? I'm going to eat you! Because I'm a troll!") manage to plop a little humour into your kvltness, which I know so many of the tr00 br00tal crowd hates, which is why I love it, and keep putting it up on my site as a big trollish fuck you to anyone who can't see the light side of pure unadulterated xenophobic nihilism.

Why yes, I *am* abusing the living fuck out of this image, thanks for asking.

So, on with the show.

Aktarum - "Spiritual Troll"

If you want to question their cred, be my guest, but they've opened for Moonsorrow and Turisas and while Turisas isn't my favourite band as far as I'm concerned anything Moonsorrow touches turns to gold with boobs on it and coated with candy and vodka shots.

You'll have to imagine the candy and vodka, sorry.

Yes, pretty much every song has the word "troll" in it.  I appreciate that kind of commitment to an artistic vision.

 Aktarum, "Black Troll"

As far as I know the band only has the one album (2010's "Gang of Trolls") but the E.M. lists them as still active so I'm hopeful to see something more from them once they've refined their sound a little.  Meanwhile I'm going to go Google more images of gold painted boobs.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Twitter Validates Itself: NIFROST

I set up a Twitter account (@trollwolves) with the intent of using it to cross-promote this site.  I haven't used it much except for the occasional post about music that might not fit the oeuvre of Also, Wolves.

That's right, oeuvre.


Anyway, today I got followed on @trollwolves by a band called Nifrost.  Nifrost proclaim themselves to be "folkloric black metal".  I'll have to take their word on that, because

1. I don't understand Norwegian, and
2. I was too busy flailing around like a motherfucker when I played one of their tracks to pay much attention to subtle nuances of musical genrification.

Note: "flailing around like a motherfucker" is code for "I enjoyed the song so much I pretended I was in a mosh pit by myself and may or may not have knocked over a moderately expensive vase".

This lady will punch you in the fucking neck.

So yeah.  According to the E.M., Nifrost has been around since 2005 and have produced a couple of demos. They are currently unsigned, which, in my not so humble opinion, is a criminal oversight.  Nifrost hits a lot of my buttons, especially the ones labeled "black metal", "motherfucker, flailing like a" and "mosh pit granny".  BEHOLD:

Nifrost - "Ei Vinternatt"

The vocals are acidic, and there is enough chunky riffage to put me in mind of bands like Svarttjern.  Also "chunky riffage" sounds like some kind of stew, probably with fermented bear meat and wolf nuts in it.  Which Nifrost also makes me think of.  Now I am hungry.

Nifrost - "Aatak"

Admittedly, Nifrost is probably only "folk" or "Viking" thanks to lyrical themes, which as previously mentioned I can't make out, but in cases like this I really don't give a shit.  It triggers my flailing motherfucker reflex, and most times that's really all I ask.  Nifrost still seems to be pretty active and their web page is pretty slick so I'm hoping there will be more to come from this NBM slaughterhouse.  Now if you'll excise me, I need to visit my local wolf nuttery and get some stew fixins.  CHUNKY RIFFAGE.

I kid you not.  These are called wolf balls.  There's a recipe.