It’s become a Halloween tradition for St. John’s, Newfoundland duo Artach to treat their fans and friends with some sweet candied black metal. This year, the band has reached way back in time to 1982 to revisit the classic song “Countess Bathory” by Venom, a band that has had an immense impact on them and upon black metal.

“Hell, they coined the phrase “Black Metal” with their album of the same name, so we felt it was a great choice to select “Countess Bathory” for Halloween as it’s about the Hungarian noblewoman Countess Elizabeth Báthory who murdered countless young women between 1590 – 1610. We added our own minor touches to the song and added a part for Lilita Arndt of Ieschure who is the Countess in our version of the song. We hope you enjoy it, Happy Halloween!” explains the band.

Artach is offering up a free download via Artach.bandcamp.com of their Venom cover for “Countess Bathory”featuring guest vocals by Lilita Arndt of Ieschure.

Artach has also issued a visualizer video.

Artach are: 
Fíochmhar: Drums/Vocals 
Sruthán: Guitar/Bass 

About:
Canada, St. John’s, Newfoundland’s black metal duo Artach unleashed their latest album “Sworn to Avenge” this past June via Depressive Illusions Records

“Sworn to Avenge” is the second album from Artach, following up 2020’s “Chronicles of a Black Winter”. Fans can expect more of the same compared to the first, but it pushes the envelope a little bit. Artach embraces evolution and aspire to play tighter, and have a more professional sound, but never sound overly polished. 

Artach’s process is a collaborative one between the duo, the genesis of the songs are arranged on guitar by Sruthán and very roughly recorded at home. After getting together, they record drums and flesh out the song in an afternoon and by then the song is pretty much ready for the studio recording of guitars, then bass, and lastly vocals. 

Artach is recommended listening for anyone interested in raw black metal and those with an interest in Celtic Frost, Darkthrone, and Satyricon.

“Sworn to Avenge” is available via Depressive Illusions Records at the following links: DepressiveIllusions.comArtach.bandcamp.comAmazonSpotify.

Music Videos:
Shimmer – https://youtu.be/JyJ2xW2oquMInto the Frozen Woodlands – https://youtu.be/FtfosCUA7iw
She Gathers Leaves – https://youtu.be/g0nahpQ6O6s 
Tuiteam an Duine – https://youtu.be/qt98RuT4Opg 

For more info:
Facebook.com/ArtachBlackMetal
Instagram.com/ArtachBlackMetal
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Get Your Free Halloween Treat! Free Download of Venom Cover “Countess Bathory” by ARTACH

O lendário VENOM foi formado em 1979, em Newcastle na Inglaterra. Destacando-se o final da New Wave Of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM), os dois primeiros álbuns da banda – “Welcome To Hell” (1981) e “Black Metal” (1982) – são considerados uma grande influência no Thrash Metal e no Metal Extremo em geral.
O segundo álbum da VENOM mostrou-se bastante influente para que seu título fosse usado como o nome do subgênero mais subversivo do metal extremo, o Black Metal. O trio clássico da banda, com Cronos, Mantas e Abaddon gravou mais dois álbuns de estúdio, “At War With Satan” (1984) e “Possessed” (1985), além do clássico álbum ao vivo, “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” (1986). Frequentemente citados por bandas como Metallica, Behemoth, Celtic Frost e Mayhem como principais influências, eles são uma das bandas mais reverenciadas de sua geração. O VENOM ainda é liderado pelo vocalista/baixista Cronos, e permanece como atração principal em vários festivais ao redor todo o mundo, além de continuar lançando novas músicas.
No próximo dia 31 de Maio de 2019 será lançado o box “In Nomine Satanas”, via BMG – um box de LP’S de luxo que celebra o 40º aniversário da VENOM, e apresenta as gravações originais da Neat Records de sua estreia em 1981, “Welcome To Hell”, até “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik”, gravação ao vivo de sua apresentação mítica no Hammersmith Odeon em 1985. Todos os álbuns são remasterizados a partir das fitas originais com capas em relevo, pôsteres e encartes como suas primeiras edições. Eles também estão todos agora em vinil colorido. O box também inclui um livreto detalhando a história da banda, com novas entrevistas com os três membros, escritas pelo respeitado jornalista Dom Lawson.
De particular interesse para os fãs mais dedicados da VENOM será o álbum duplo “Sons Of Satan”, que inclui um tesouro de demos inéditas retirado diretamente dos cofres da banda, algumas dos quais são míticas entre os fãs que sabiam de sua existência, mas que nunca as ouviram. Entre as faixas estão as primeiras performances conhecidas da VENOM, capturadas onde a banda ensaiou em 1979 no Westgate Road Church Hall, no West End de Newcastle, e apresentando o vocalista original Clive “Jesus Christ” Archer nos vocais. Também estão incluídos as demos de 50 libras de 1980, capturadas no Impulse Studios, junto com outras demos de 1980 e as demos do Impulse Studio de 1983 para “At War With Satan”.
Pré-encomendas de “In Nomine Satanas” podem ser feitas AQUI.
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Motionless-in-White-motionless-in-white-37815829-500-281On this date in history, 8/14/2015, Slipknot, Lamb Of God, Bullet For My Valentine, and Motionless In White combined to play an impressive show at Deer Creek. I had seen each of these bands at least twice, but the teaming up of 4 such diverse bands made for a really enjoyable time.  Motionless In White kicked off the show with youthful energy and the charismatic presence of Chris Motionless, a less menacing version of the goth icon, Marilyn Manson. Whether one labels them metalcore, goth metal, or whatever other metal subgenre one wants to use, Motionless In White write great songs that translate well in big outdoor shows.

 

imagesBullet For My Valentine played the best show I have ever seen them play, doubtless spurred on by what preceded them and mindful of the titans that would follow. They had just released Venom, their 5th album, and it seemed they were fired up to make it successful.

Lamb Of God also had recently released a new album, VII: Sturm und Drang, the latest in a long line of crushing collections of brilliantly constructed mosh inducing mayhem.

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Indeed, as someone who was up in the lawn area, the pits were quite volatile and ferocious, a perfect accompaniment to the precision attack of the Richmond, Virginia maestros.

Few bands could follow Lamb Of God on a good night, but Slipknot are one of them, and follow they did, playing probably the most impressive set I’ve yet to see them play.

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Everything was louder, brighter, simply MORE…a 9 ring circus from Hell…the Iowa based madmen bring the spectacle and I’m quite sure they have done for young metal fans what Kiss did for me in my formative years, which is to say they act as a gateway to so much discovery. One just has to peek behind that door and walk in to a world of music and entertainment.

Written By Braddon S. Williams aka The Concert Critic

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