Century Media Records has announced the Carnival Of Sounds II sampler, which includes music from 16 artists under their label. The download is 100% free and features some really great bands, including Destiny Potato, who I’m keeping a close eye on. Also included are the badass Vildhjarta and the legendary Devin Townsend (interview). All info, including track list, can be found below. READ MORE
Century Media Records is planning on celebrating Black Friday by making it a bit more metal! Dubbing it Black Metal Friday, the record label will be celebrating post Thanksgiving by re-issuing two classic black metal albums available on limited edition vinyl. On Nov. 23rd, you will have the opportunity to snag a copy of Borknagar‘s The Olden Domain as well as Mayhem‘s De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas.
Per the official press release:
“The Olden Domain is Borknagar’s second studio album, and their first to feature English lyrics. It also marks the beginning of the band’s transition to their trademark progressive/folk/black metal sound featured on later records. This would be the band’s last studio album to feature Garm (credited on this album as “Fiery G. Maelstrom”) on vocals. It is also their first album to feature Kai K. Lie on bass, replacing Infernus.”
“Songwriting for De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas began as early as 1987, but due to the suicide of vocalist Per “Dead” Ohlin and murder of guitarist Øystein “Euronymous” Aarseth, the album’s release was delayed until May of 1994. De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas is widely considered to be one of the most influential black metal albums of all time.” READ MORE
To commemorate the 20th anniversary of Metallica‘s infamous self-titled album (also known as The Black Album), Metal Hammer magazine will be including a disc of tributes from various artists with the September issue. This disc will feature covers from Lemmy of Motorhead, Sodom, Devildriver, I.C.S. Vortex, Finntroll, and more. You can hear samples of Don’t Tread On Me, Holier Than Thou, and Wherever I May Roam after the jump.