Guess that musician – We have a WINNER!

Last Friday, I asked you to NAME THAT MUSICIAN using this song with the hint that he’s not on lead vocals…

And one of you (well, literally one of you who chose to write in – you better work on that, people) answered correctly:


The winner of that little game was Kim Dylla, of This Means You and A Winter Lost Fame. Congratulations!

Yes, Ladies and Germs, I was looking around for Fenriz while in Oslo; I wanted the chance to see him and admittedly snag him for a few words on the local metal scene, as you do(!) The person I spoke to about him, was Geir Kolden; an actor, musician and radio personality, who witnessed the boom of the black metal scene during the earlier days as well as its less savoury assets at the time (namely fascist comments being brandied around by a number of bands).

Of course, it also seems that a lot of hipster types look for Fenriz and he’s not all that keen on the attention. Guess it was for the best that I didn’t harass him, then.

Before they were famous – name that musician!

When I was at Neseblud, I got talking to some of the guys there and mentioned how I felt it would be cool to just “stumble across” a certain musician. I won’t name names, but I was told by the person I was talking to that he used to play in a band with said musician, who was on drum duty.

Though they split up years ago, he still kept in touch with the fellow as they connected through a love of music in their working environment.


Again, I am not going to name names here. Oh, no.


That’s where you – the reader – come in. I want you to listen to this track, and try to guess from the music alone whom the musician is that I was talking about.

You must use your own ears and pre-existing instrumental knowledge to figure this one out! The only hint that I will give is that they’re not on vocals.

If I find out that you’ve cheated… I will make you listen to St. Anger. On repeat, at a speed times five.


Good luck!



Metalhead =/= Meathead

…or, “damn; that’s a lot of vegetarians or vegans out there.”

Episode 4 of Vegan Black Metal Chef

To be fair, many things are being written for the general public about the vegetarian lifestyle and veganism. Be it about the horrors of the meat industry, scientific articles against eating the flesh of other creatures and so on, it’s become increasingly difficult to avoid culinary lifestyle debates wherever one turns.

Of course, this extends to music and the various subcultures tied into it, including punk, hardcore and metal. Continue reading

Pilgrim – ‘Misery Wizard’, Poison Tongue/Metal Blade; 2012

Rhode Island band Pilgrim are currently being hailed as the bees’ knees in the doom metal circuit, and on first listen it’s easy to see why. While it is understandable that a number of youngsters will copy their heroes as closely as possible, Pilgrim‘s debut album “Misery Wizard” takes influence from their heroes without using them as a direct template. The record sounds as fresh as it is traditional. Continue reading

We are BACK!

For Country and King… wait, wait. I thought we had a Queen!


I’m back!

Ladies and Gentlemen, it’s good to be back on British soil again, after a month in the frozen tundras of the North.

Well… pavements, really. You can see the hills from Oslo, but it hardly comes close to a tundra. While it was certainly frozen, it didn’t really keep the locals from going about their daily routines as normal.

To summarise my trip, it would be fitting to bring up the points most relevant to this blog.

What were some of the highlights of my time in the North? Why, that would be

*Coming over to the Inferno Festival kick-off party, not just because of the amazing live atmosphere throughout each band (including Bulk and Trollfest, whom I wouldn’t listen to otherwise) but also the unexpected greetings I received from the Oslo scene who were also there. A few people came up to me to tell me how happy they were to see me at the show at various points; I even received a hug from a couple of women there, upon hearing that I was a “metal girl” too. Quite a few photos were taken of me as well with some people… I’m sure that you may have seen them already, somewhere.

*Meeting not only Lazare of Borknagar and Solefald at the aforementioned event, but also Gaute Refsnes of former Windir (and current Cor Scorpii) fame

*Finding Neseblöd Records on Rathkes Gate, where I bought a t-shirt and the new Nekromantheon album, as well as had some of the most engaging, much desired discussions with the people running the till about metal’s evolution, the underground and public (mis)perceptions on it.

*Discussing musical tastes and folk metal over coffee (or in my case, hot chocolate and a cinnamon bun).

The less savoury points, that are still relevant to this blog?

*The constant assumption from the public that black metal was the only form of metal out there. I have mentioned repeatedly to my friends and new acquaintances how annoyed I was, that people kept assuming that heavy metal was black metal by default (being the local flavour, yes this was inevitable but for me, it was still irritating nonetheless).

*The ways in which a number of people had reacted, whenever it came up that I am a metalhead. In some cases they found it hilarious, using it as a catalyst to laugh about what they didn’t like about the metal scene or the music (be it the norm of headbanging or the handsign of the horns). One person even told me that I was the first female metalhead she had ever encountered, as she didn’t know any women who liked it.

*”Is Black Sabbath Norwegian?”

Now that I have come back, there are some things I need to do for this blog. What can you expect from me? Oh, I’m not going to tell – it’s more fitting to leave this message here, and then be off for now.


–Ann Sulaiman