Four years on from their last full-length album Test of Submission, the Philadelphia instrumental progressive metal group Dysrhythmia are treating us to another head-spinning journey of an album in the form of “The Veil of Control”. This is their seventh full-length album, and though the album has a brisk 35 minute runtime over six songs, this disguises an album of stunning depth and complexity. The musicianship on display on this entirely instrumental album is simply awe-inspiring, but their prodigious talent has been honed and directed over time resulting in an album that feels lean and full of purpose.
I’ve never made any secret of the fact that I think Iceland’s metal scene is absolutely fucking stellar. Probably half of my top 10 favourite bands hail from the tiny northern island, Zhrine among them. Formerly known as Gone Postal, they underwent an incredible metamorphosis, bursting onto the scene earlier this year with their debut album “Unortheta”, a dazzling and entrancing black and death metal concoction that succeeded – in my view – on nearly every level. Having reviewed the album not too long ago, I now bring you an interview with their guitarist Nökkvi Gylfason. He’s a guitarist and one of their key creative forces in ZHRINE, as well as in Svartidauði, arguably Iceland’s breakout extreme metal band. In this interview I wanted to talk about his more recent music with ZHRINE, particularly as their album means a lot to me. I want to thank Nökkvi again for taking the time to speak to me and for giving such thoughtful answers. Continue reading “Interview: Zhrine and Svartidauði guitarist Nökkvi Gylfason”