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Black Metal Friday: Anaal Nathrakh “Depravity Favours The Bold”
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Anaal Nathrakh Band Photo

There is heavy metal and then there is Birmingham steel. England’s most famous foundry town has been an epicenter of extreme music ever since Black Sabbath (arguably) invented heavy metal there in the late 1960s. Birmingham has given us some of metal’s most seminal bands such as Judas Priest and Napalm Death. But perhaps the most extreme and currently influential band to hail from the midlands town is one that not many people outside of the genre of black metal have ever heard of. They are the two man force of nature known as Anaal Nathrakh.

Their name comes from a charm recited by the wizard Merlin in the 1981 film Excalibur and for the last eighteen years they have been casting a spell of their own on extreme metal fans across the globe. Their abrasive elixir consists of black metal with heaping helpings of death metal, grindcore, and industrial music.

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Black Metal Friday Preview: Torrid Husk “Carminite”
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Torrid Husk and End Swallow Matewan Split Cover

On September 23, 2016, Grimoire Records will release a full-length split album entitled Swallow Matewan that has been over two years in the making. The record features two bands from very disparate parts of the world that share a common vision of black metal and a deep admiration for each other’s vision.

Torrid Husk are long-time Grimoire artists that hail from West Virginia. Their sound is a dense and intricate form of black metal that pummels the listener with layered nuances that lend themselves to the discovery of something new with each listen. End come out of the Athens, Greece scene and practice a more ethereal style of atmospheric black metal. Despite the two band’s different approaches to the genre, Swallow Matewan manages to flow together as one cohesive and monumental work of art.

We here at Geek of Doom are proud to present for your listening pleasure, in conjunction with Grimoire Records and Dewar PR, an advanced preview of one of the Torrid Husk tracks from the Swallow Matewan split. This is “Carminite.”

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Black Metal Friday: Feign “Lunarity”
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Feign Atlas Album banner

Feign is a one-man, atmospheric, black metal band from Sanford, Maine. Project mastermind Jacob Lizotte released two very highly acclaimed demos under the Feign moniker in 2015 and today, July 29, 2016, sees the release of his first full-length album Atlas via Into The Night Records.

The album is streaming in its entirety over at Metal Underground, but you can check out the first single right here below. The track is called “Lunarity” and it’s our featured song for this Black Metal Friday.

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Black Metal Friday: Forteresse ‘Thèmes Pour la Rébellion’ (Full Album)
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Forteresse Band Photo

I don’t usually feature entire albums for Black Metal Friday, but Forteresse‘s Thèmes Pour la Rébellion is so good throughout that I couldn’t pick just one track to share with you. It is a towering work of art that should be enjoyed as a whole, so that’s what I’m giving you.

Thèmes Pour la Rébellion is the Quebec band’s fifth full length album since their beginning in 2006. The record is already landing on many critics “Best of 2016 so far” lists. It’s definitely in the running for my top black metal album of the year. I urge you to check it out below.

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Black Metal Friday: Young and In The Way (YAITW) “Final Dose”
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Young And In The Way Band YAITW Photo

Young And In The Way hails from the unlikely locale of Charlotte, North Carolina. The band formed in 2009 and has been highly prolific in spreading their unique blend of crust punk and black metal. In just seven short years, YAITW has released two full-length albums, four EPs, and four 7″ splits.

When Life Comes to Death from 2014 is their most recent full-length album. One of the singles from that record is our selection for this week’s Black Metal Friday. Check out the official video for “Final Dose” here below and keep your eyes on this column for news regarding YAITW’s upcoming third album.

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Black Metal Friday: Skeletonwitch “Red Death, White Light”
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Skeletonwitch 2016 Band Photo

When Ohio blackened thrash legends Skeletonwitch parted ways with their iconic singer Chance Garnette in 2014, many fans (myself included) worried that the band was losing the element that made them so special. Now almost two years later, our concerns are being put to rest as we get our first listen to the advanced tracks from Skeltonwitch’s upcoming EP The Apothic Gloom.

The new offering will be released August 19, 2016 via Prosthetic Records, and features new vocalist Adam Clemans, formerly of Wolvhammer. Clemans’ vocal style meshes nicely with Skeletonwitch and from what I’m hearing so far, is not a radical departure from his predecessor. Judge for yourself as this week’s Black Metal Friday track is the freshly released seven minute epic titled “Red Death, White Light.” Give it a listen here below and let us know what you think in the comments below.

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Black Metal Friday: Scour “Tear Gas”
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Scour Band Photo

When former Pantera and current Down and Superjoint frontman Phil Anselmo isn’t busy apologizing for being a closet racist, he actually manages to crank out an astounding amount of high quality music. There was an incident earlier this year where the singer gave a Nazi salute and uttered the phrase “white power” onstage at Dimebash, an annual tribute to slain Pantera guitarist ‘Dimebag’ Darrell Abbott. Anselmo apologized profusely and said that he understood that he needed to change his ways. However, it was very recently discovered that he had just subscribed to a white power channel on YouTube.

While we at GoD certainly don’t condone or forgive Anselmo’s behavior, it doesn’t negate the significance of his contributions to the metal world over the last 3 decades. His latest project may just be his most intriguing outing yet. Scour is a new Anselmo-fronted black metal project, and you can check out a new track from them below.

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Black Metal Friday: Wode “Death’s Edifice”
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Wode Band Photo

British black metal unit Wode have been causing quite a buzz in the underground. It all started with their 2011 demo and now, five years later, the band have finally delivered their self titled debut album.

Check out the video to “Death’s Edifice” below.

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Black Metal Friday: Dark Funeral “Temple Of Ahriman”
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Dark Funeral Temple of Ahriman

It has been seven long years since we were blessed with a new album from Dark Funeral. The kings of Swedish black metal have undergone several lineup changes in that time, including the addition of new vocalist Heljarmadr. In December of 2014, the band released their first track to feature the new lineup via the “Nail Them to the Cross” single. That track also appears on the band’s upcoming album Where Shadows Forever Reign which will be released on June 24, 2016 via Century Media.

I recently got my hands on an advance copy of the record and while I can’t honestly say that it’s my favorite effort of theirs, there are definitely some gems on there. One of the standouts is the track that I have chosen to feature on this Black Metal Friday. This is “Temple of Ahriman.” Give it a listen and if you like what you’re hearing check out the band’s back catalog and give Where Shadows Forever Reign a listen when it drops on June 24th.

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Black Metal Friday: Inquisition “Wings of Anu”
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Inquisition Band Photo

Columbian black metal duo Inquisition has been blazing new trails since 1988. Originally working in the thrash metal vein in their native country, the band would soon relocate to the United States and turn their focus to creating some of the earliest second wave black metal. That is a course that they have stayed ever since. The band has honed and refined their evil attack with each of their ten albums, leading them to their current status as one of the world’s most respected black metal units.

In 2012, Inquisition signed with the highly prestigious underground metal label Season of Mist and released the critically acclaimed fan favorite Obscure Verses for the Multiverse. Now, we’re getting our first glimpse of the highly anticipated follow up. Inquisition’s eleventh album, Bloodshed Across the Empyrean Altar Beyond the Celestial Zenith, will be released via Season of Mist on August 26, 2016.

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