Interview with Collin from Wytch Hazel

Retro heavy rockers Wytch Hazel have drawn quite a bit of attention these last few years with a consistent stream of excellent and always-improving albums—and for their unabashed love for their lord and saviour Jesus Christ. Last year, their third album III: Pentecost came out on Bad Omen Records to near-universal acclaim (aside from a bit of grumbling from metalheads who that are less interested in Christian lyrics). For the uninitiated, Wytch Hazel sound quite a bit like the glory days of early heavy metal just before Iron Maiden and Saxon took over the world; some good references are Ashbury, Wishbone Ash, and Pagan Altar, but Wytch Hazel’s sound is all their own, paying particular reference to medieval melodic structures and to uplifting hymns to the Lord.

Read the full interview at Invisible Oranges.

Out Now: The Highway Corsair Zine Issue #2!

Second issue of The Highway Corsair Zine, compiled and edited by Brandon Corsair (Azath, Draghkar). Special focus on long interviews. Features interviews with Dismember, Cruciamentum, Mystifier, Nunslaughter, and more. The zine is professionally printed in full color and full size. Cover artwork by Lucas Korte / Shoggoth Kinetics.

Send an email if you want to use media mail (save a couple bucks or bulk) or order wholesale. Due to the limitations of Storenvy and the USPS, shipping rates here get inaccurate pretty quick if you buy more than a couple copies.

Interview with AS from Malokarpatan

As I’ve extensively said in the past, both here and in other places, Malokarpatan is easily one of the best, most interesting, and most exciting new bands in black metal. Stylistically, they draw from oft-disregarded ancient wells of inspiration such as Master’s Hammer, Root, and many others that they talk about in the interview below. Lyrically, they stay away from English and focus on the myths and folklore of their Slovakian homeland, giving them an additional unique touch and mysticism that not many bands dare emulate. Each record so far, including the one that’s coming out in March, has been an evolution from the last one without losing anything that makes Malokarpatan special- another rarity. Below is a long interview I did with principal songwriter and band founder A.S.

Read the interview on Toilet ov Hell. Published on February 3, 2020.

Interview with Denimal of Road Warrior, Stargazer, Cauldron Black Ram, and more

gfAustralia’s Road Warrior blazes bright and mean. Formed by members of enduring extreme metal bands, Road Warrior represents a new foray into a different kind of sonic destruction from what the band has done before in their other projects, channeling the muscular spirit of bands like Griffin and Jag Panzer with a healthy dose of Australian spirit. Power (review here), released near the end of 2018, is already becoming a recent favorite and left me hungry for more; fortunately, frontman and main songwriter Denny “Denimal” Blake has taken the time to answer some questions about the band for me.

Read the interview on Ride Into Glory. Published on January 13, 2020.

Interview: Wannes Gubbels from Pentacle

Pentacle are without a doubt one of death metal’s most powerful enduring flames. Formed at the tail end of the ’80s and eternally channeling the spirit of the earliest days of the genre, Pentacle have never compromised their musical quality, style, or ideals even across some of death metal’s darkest years; in 2019, they returned for the glorious Spectre of the Eight Ropes (review here), and Wannes was kind enough to respond to questions for this monstrously long interview with me.

Read the full interview on Toilet Ov Hell. Published on January 6, 2020.

Review: Pentacle – Spectre of the Eight Ropes

How many bands can keep chugging away for decades and still bring out a tremendous album each and every time? The list is certainly short, and shorter still every year you go back in time. Dutch death metal heroes Pentacle formed all the way back at the tail end of the ‘80s, and though they’ve always moved slowly, they’re finally back for their third album, Spectre of the Eight Ropes. If you only clicked this article to see if Pentacle still has it, you can skip the rest of it and just buy the album, because once again, Pentacle have brought their ancient feeling to a new and crushing record.

Read the full review on Toilet Ov Hell. Published December 31, 2019.

AOTY 2019 List – Toilet Ov Hell

It’s been another great year for metal, and the time has come for publications to start putting up their album of the year posts. Mine can be found below; the text contains my choices, and the link has them again (scroll down to “BW”- that’s me!) with little reviews, links to full reviews, and links to interviews if there are any.

10. Chevalier Destiny Calls
9. Magic CircleDeparted Souls
8. Ares KingdomBy the Light of Their Destruction
7. Funereal PresenceAchatius
6. TerminusA Single Point of Light
5. Unaussprechlichen KultenTeufelsbucher
4. Vultures VengeanceThe Knightlore
3. PentacleSpectre of the Eight Ropes
2. Capilla ArdienteThe Siege
1. OrodruinRuins of Eternity

Top Albums ov 2019 w/ Karhu, BW, and Leif Bearikson