Tim Marlow explores the relationship between art and the afterlife, from the ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead to Stanley Spencer’s vision of heaven as a small English town.
Germany’s cult thrashers NECRONOMICON are back with a new album! Beware the beast!One moment that will undoubtedly go down in the annals of Thrash Metal history occurred in August of 1984 when four young men decided to launch what was to become one of the countries’ cult Thrash Metal acts: NECRONOMICON. Recognizing the urban character and punk roots that made the band so original, fans and media alike responded enthusiastically to the debut album “Necronomicon” which was released in 1986. It caught the attention of the whole Thrash Metal scene and garnered not only praise, but also created the solid foundations of a fan base that has remained with the band throughout the years and the following three albums “Apocalyptic Nightmare” (1987), Escalation (1988) and “Screams” (1994).The highly acclaimed fifth full-length “Construction Of Evil” (2004) signified a great comeback for the band after a longer release hiatus and several difficulties in the mid/end nineties. The outstanding reviews were like soothing balm on the band’s wounds as they watched it rise to number 6 in the Spanish charts. With the next albums, “Revenge of the Beast” (2007) and “Invictus” (2012), NECRONOMICON crawled further out of the shadows of the great Thrashers, making it into the top 20 of several rock charts and capturing many new hearts whilst on tour in Europe and Russia.
Themes from William Blake's The Marriage of Heaven and Hell is the fourth studio album by Norwegian experimental collective Ulver. Produced with Kristoffer Rygg, together with Knut Magne Valle and Tore Ylwizaker, it was issued on December 17, 1998 via Jester Records. It is a musical setting of William Blake's poem The Marriage of Heaven and Hell. The album blended electronics, industrial music elements, progressive metal and avant-garde rock, adding ambient passages, following Blake's plates as track indexes. Stine Grytøyr, Ihsahn, Samoth and Fenriz all feature as guest vocalists.The album received widespread acclaim from critics within both the rock/metal and alternative music press - being awarded Album of the Month in several high-profile magazines such as Terrorizer, Metal Hammer, and Rock Hard and ranked very highly in their end of year's best polls. However, the album’s transitional nature perhaps alienated many fans of the band’s first three albums - causing a backlash from the black metal scene.Controversial director of films Kids and Gummo, Harmony Korine, recently commented, alluding to The Marriage of Heaven and Hell: "There's a real lineage from a composer like Wagner to a band like Ulver."