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One of the most charismatic black metal bands to emerge from the UK this century, THE INFERNAL SEA have been building up to this for a while. Even as far back as their DIY debut "Call Of The Augur", the distinct impression has been given that this band have a vision that extends beyond warmed-up fac...
January 24, 2024

PATRIK JENSEN And WITCHERY Soldier Through Lineup Changes And Pandemic To Release 'Nightside'

By David E. Gehlke "I'm a bit tired at the moment," laughs veteran Swedish riff lord Patrik Jensen. Jensen just returned from Japan with AT THE GATES, where he was tapped at the last minute to replace Jonas Stålhammar, who recently got the ax from the long-running melodic death metal innovators. Whi...
September 22, 2022


First emerging at a time when evil thrash metal was in short supply, WITCHERY were always an unforgettable blast of fresh / foul air. 25 years and a handful of great albums later, guitarists Jensen and Rickard Rimfält appear to have lost none of their enthusiasm for digging up the dead. The Swedes'...
July 20, 2022

WITCHERY Announces New Studio Album 'Nightside'

Swedish blackened thrash metal pioneers WITCHERY will release their eighth studio album, "Nightside", on July 22 via Century Media Records. The follow-up to 2017's "I Am Legion" was recorded with the WITCHERY lineup consisting of Patrik Jensen (guitar, THE HAUNTED / ex-SEANCE),Rickard Rimfält (guit...
May 21, 2022

Let There Be Witchery

Cleveland speed demon Athenar, the one-man force behind the studio recordings released under the name MIDNIGHT, built that name in the decade following its mid-2000's formation by piling layers of sleaze, grime, and filth on top of blackened riffs cribbed from VENOM and MOTORHEAD's playbooks. This f...
February 28, 2022

'Black Metal Rainbows': A Book Like No Other

"Black Metal Rainbows" is a 400-page, full-color anthology of radical, queer, and leftist writings and artworks that uncover black metal as a genre of openness and inclusivity. Black metal is a paradox. A noisy underground metal genre brimming with violence and virulence, it has captured the world's...
June 29, 2021


Opening acts have been announced for EVANESCENCE and HALESTORM's fall 2021 tour: PLUSH will be joining for the first leg, and LILITH CZAR will open the shows for the second. Produced by Live Nation, the tour will kick off Friday, November 5 in Portland, Oregon, and take the bands to arenas across th...
June 28, 2021


At the rate that they are now cranking albums out, it's a misnomer to continue referring to THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA as a side project. With the newly released "Aeromantic" — their fourth record in five years — vocalist Bjorn "Speed" Strid has worked on twice as many records from this project duri...
March 3, 2020

Ex-CANDLEMASS Vocalist MATS LEVÉN On Releasing His First Solo Album: 'I've Been Waiting For This For A Long Time'

A veteran of bands such as CANDLEMASS, THERION and YNGWIE J. MALMSTEEN, and a touring member of TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, acclaimed Swedish vocalist Mats Levén has finally released his first solo album under the name of SKYBLOOD. The self-titled album features guest contributions from past and prese...
December 1, 2019

Former CANDLEMASS Singer MATS LEVÉN's SKYBLOOD: 'Out Of The Hollow' Lyric Video

The official lyric video for the song "Out Of The Hollow" from SKYBLOOD, the solo project of acclaimed Swedish hard rock singer Mats Levén, can be seen below. Levén says about the track: "It's about someone realizing it's time to move on. Even if it means having to face the dark unknown." His name b...
November 19, 2019

Former CANDLEMASS Singer MATS LEVÉN's SKYBLOOD: 'The Not Forgotten' Music Video

The official music video for the song "The Not Forgotten" from SKYBLOOD, the solo project of acclaimed Swedish hard rock singer Mats Levén, can be seen below. His name belongs to the most influential and illustrious ones in Swedish metal. Levén's distinctive and colorful voice has graced albums by C...
October 17, 2019

Former CANDLEMASS Singer MATS LEVÉN To Release SKYBLOOD Debut In November

His name belongs to the most influential and illustrious ones in Swedish metal. Mats Levén's distinctive and colorful voice has graced albums by CANDLEMASS, THERION, KRUX, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN and AT VANCE. Now, after lending his voice to others for decades, fans can finally witness the charismatic sing...
September 20, 2019

PATRIK JENSEN Says He's Written Nine Songs For A New WITCHERY Album

Guitarist Patrik Jensen (THE HAUNTED, WITCHERY) recently spoke with Jake Patton of Metal Wani. The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On AT THE GATES' Australian tour, which will see Jensen doing double duty with openers THE HAUNTED a...
April 27, 2019


After recording more than 50 albums, Mats Levén is one of today's most-sought-after vocalists in the hard rock and metal world. Now he teamed up with Napalm Records to release his very first solo album under the name SKYBLOOD. From a first small tour with SWEDISH EROTICA in 1989 to TRANS-SIBERIAN OR...
January 31, 2019

Internal Affairs / Skyline Whispers

While modern rock radio bands are busy mining the early blues-rock of LED ZEPPELIN and younger metal bands are stripping the New Wave of British Heavy Metal songbook for parts, Swedish supergroup THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA scratch an itch for those with nostalgia for a different specific moment in r...
December 4, 2018