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KRIEG: Decibel Premieres Krieg’s First Ever Official Video

With Krieg’s latest album now in stores, Decibel Magazine today premieres the first official video by the band for the song “Ruin Our Lives.” Transient, released September 2, is the seventh full length recording from the long-running black metal band. The 56-minute album was recorded earlier this year at Machines With Magnets Studios in Providence and features guest appearance from Thurston Moore and the band’s re-make of Amebix classic “Winter.”

Transient offers Krieg mastermind Neill (aka Imperial) Jameson a continued outlet for personal demons. Be it through his lyrics or the weaving of various sounds and genres, the music has always been an absolving muse for the musician. Last Rites calls it, “a disturbing look into Jameson’s psyche… Transient is fully put together.” Decibel Magazine notes, “Krieg exposes the human in all of us, and that’s horrifically evil.” The musician himself called the record, “the most black metal record I’ve done in almost ten years. At its core, it is the most miserable and anger-fueled thing I’ve ever put to tape.”

Krieg is enjoying a busy 2014 with several split recordings with Wolvhammer (Broken Limbs Records), Ramlord (Unholy Anarchy Records), Ominous Black (Anthropic Records), and Moloch (Depressive Illusions Records) plus the ten-year anniversary reissues of The Black House (cassette/Sol Y Nieve Records, vinyl/Foreign Sounds Records). The band, currently featuring guitarists A. Poole and D. Zdanavage, bassist D. Sykes, and drummer J. Dost with Jameson, is actively booking live engagements along the eastern seaboard with West Coast dates planned for early 2015. The band performed on Static Sessions TV in late July.

Dead Rhetoric conducted an interview with Jameson a week prior to the album’s release. The popular metal site discussed the record, his involvement with super group Twilight, the band’s uptick in activity, and more. When asked about his personal battle with mental illness, a subject that is often part of Krieg songs, Jameson shares, “I was on some fairly heavy medication for bipolar disorder when we wrote and recorded it (The Isolationist, 2010) and listening to it now it sounds cold, detached, uncomfortable. I don’t even know that person anymore besides memories and distant touches of emotion. I’ve been off medication now for almost four years, and off self-medication for around three.” To read the full interview click here.

Krieg will perform in Philadelphia on Saturday at Connie’s Ric Rac with Black Witchery, Nexul and Pissgrave. Upcoming shows include:

  • 9/27 – Beaumont Warehouse, Philadelphia
  • 10/21 – Millcreek Tavern, Philadelphia
  • 11/07 – Sidebar, Baltimore
  • 11/08 – Gorham Brothers Music, Syracuse NY

“One of the finest USBM offerings of 2014, and a breakthrough for Krieg.” – Stereogum

“Krieg remains one of the U.S.’s most interesting, challenging metal bands, and Jameson never seems content to just sit there and collect accolades.” – MeatMeadMetal.com

“Krieg are one of the most impressive and exciting black metal bands out there – long may they continue to experiment and shift their sound, particularly if this is an indication of things to come.” – Cvlt Nation

 

CANDLELIGHT: New Releases in 2014 – Krieg, Winterfylleth, Burzum

Candlelight Records is gearing up for a busy autumn with planned releases from Winterfylleth, Burzum, and Krieg set to kick things off in September. Preorders via itunes, Amazon, and other physical and digital outlets will begin in early August. Preorders via the label’s official North American webstore and Bandcamp page will launch August 1.

Silent for nearly four years, US black metal icons Krieg will present their seventh full length recording Transient on September 2. Metal Sucks says “Krieg is all about mood. And that mood is suffocating and bleak.” Blabbermouth calls band leader/founder Imperial (aka Neill Jameson), “a master of the sonic conveyance of dread and hopelessness.” Featuring Jameson with studio guitarists A. Poole and D. Zdanavage, bassist D. Sykes, and drummer J. Dost, the album also features guest appearances from Dwid Hellion (Integrity) and Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth). Jameson notes, “this is the first album we have done that features a band that has worked together for an extended period of time that had a fully realized vision of how the record was supposed to sound.”

Transient features eleven new songs, including a remake of Amebix’s “Winter.” Jameson says, “there was never any idea to stay within the confines that black metal has become. This was liberation. It is probably the most ‘black metal’ record I’ve done in almost ten years.” Like prior albums, Transient is full of personal reflection. “This record encompasses another autobiographical gallery of a life misspent, a negative existence,” shares Jameson. “At its core, it is probably the most miserable and anger-fueled thing I’ve ever put to tape.” Touring is set to be announced shortly. Visit the band’s official Facebook page for complete details.

Winterfylleth advances their global rise with the release of their fourth full-length album, The Divination of Antiquity, on September 16. Pitchfork says, “Winterfylleth’s take on black metal is as cold as any Norwegian son.” Stereogum’s Michael Nelson boldly notes, “I’ve never understood why Winterfylleth aren’t one of the biggest black metal bands in the world.” Eight new vitriolic anthems gorged with the band’s technical precision await a growing international fanbase. “I feel like we’ve really put our all into this record and that it shows through in the final songs,” says vocliast Chris Naughton. “it’s the first record where we’ve truly come together and written it as a band, pouring over songs for weeks to get them just right. I guess we felt a bit more pressure this time but we really turned that into something positive.”

Since their formation in 2007, England’s Winterfylleth has conjured moods and emotions that range from vicious and violent to melodic and elegant. The band recently contributed to One And All, Together, For Home; a special compilation (Season of Mist) that finds the band performing their version of the old English folk ballad “The Three Ravens.” The acoustic number illustrates the heavy historical influence that has always been at the core of the band’s lyrics. With UK dates alongside Behemoth set for early winter, Winterfylleth’s siege is indeed full-throttle. “We have made a quintessentially Winterfylleth album on Divination,” Naughton continues. “but we’ve also shone light into a few dark corners and pushed the envelope on what we can write as a band; bringing in different tempos, some slower songs and a few doomier influences. For me this represents that band at our creative, visceral, and collaborative best.”

Burzum’s The Days Of Yore continues the controversial musician’s post-incarceration output of recordings. In stores September 2, the album follows the ambient and haunting sounds of Burzum’s most recent releases. Inspired by Varg’s extensive knowledge of European history, it continues his explorative sound and lyrical works. He says, “it is my first step towards something new, which at the same time is as old as the roots of Europe. I try to transport the listener to the days of yore, to make them feel the past that is still alive in their own blood.” Released in Europe a few weeks ago, the American release will allow fans to purchase the album at normal domestic prices.

Other recordings planned by Candlelight for the autumn include the second full length from Falloch and the anticipated new album from Orange Goblin. The label’s latest releases include Corrosion of Conformity’s IX (in stores today), Emperor’s In The Nightside Eclipse/20th Year Anniversary (limited edition digibook released 6/24), and earlier label debut’s from Earth Crisis (Salvation of Innocents, out late March) and The Wounded Kings (Consolamentum, out late March). The label is already looking at 2015 recordings from Vision of Disorder, Sigh, Demon Lung, Abigail Williams, Absu, and more.