All Hail Soundcloud’s Metal King, Fenriz

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Norwegian artist Gylve “Fenriz” Nagell is a true Renaissance Man. Best known for his work in Darkthrone – a 30 year old metal institution that helped form the blueprint for a little something we call Black Metal – he also: delved into folk metal, dark ambient and doom metal in solo projects (see Isengard, Neptune Towers and Red Planet, respectively); listens to copious amounts of music every day while working at Oslo’s post office and finally, is a DJ-podcast-mixtape master. Seriously. Join me as I explore the legendary tapes posted to his Soundcloud account.

So far, Fenriz has posted 12 mixtapes under the heavytassen handle. Surprisingly (to some), there is a healthy amount of variety in his mixes. The music ranges from the nastiest black metal to the grooviest deep house, without neglecting any of the stylistical stops in between. For the sake of brevity – which I tend to shoot in the face in my posts – I will showcase my favorites, allowing you to explore the rest on your own terms.

First up is “Cult Metal For All Of You Darkthrone Fans Out There”, which is basically everyone with a functional auditive system. According to Mr. Fenriz himself, it is a mixtape assembled for personal friends he calls “the metal freaks”. The internet is a beautiful thing, for now you too can be a metal freak and enjoy this selection of obscure gems.

Among the featured bands are old goons like Detroit’s recently reformed Coven and French band H-Bomb riding alongside newer acts like the Aussies from Convent Guilt (HIGHLY recommended). This is one and a half hour of pure unadulterated heavy metal, put together by someone who knows what he’s talking about. Enjoy.



“CAPPELEN FORSLAGS KONVERSASJONSLEKSIKON”. Wait, what? I am positive that if you say that in front of a mirror three times Baphomet will appear in your bathroom you deserve an award for having god-tier language skills. Even Ancient Sumerian is easier than that. Thankfully, there is a “Fenriz Typical Allstyle Dj Set” subtitle right next to that thing.

I have mad respect for someone who can pull off a playlist that starts with Rocky’s post-fight speech, follows up Brasilian vocal group Quarteto Em Cy (who?) with doom purveyors Saint Vitus and finishes with the noise rock from Hammerhead. Allstyle, indeed. Listen to the insanity below.



Last, Fenriz’ top 15 songs of 2015’s first quarter. This is my personal favorite because a) it is absolutely perfect from start to finish, all killer and no filler; b) it appears to be the first edition of Radio Fenriz, something that absolutely NEEDS to become a recurring feature and c) we covered many of the featured bands on this very blog over the past months – a fact that delivers a surge of lifeloving joy to my tedious existence. Check out the amazing tracklist below and get hyped for the Monster Jam.

1. DEATHHAMMER – Warrriors Of Evil | Evil Power (Covered herehere & here)
2. NOCTERNITY – Harps Of The Ancient Temples | Homonymous
3. PARASYTES – Bloodsucker | Demo 2015
4. SEREMONIA – Luciferin Lapset | Kristalliarki
5. SACRAL RAGE – En Cima Del Mal | Illusions In Infinite Void
6. TRIBULATION – Holy Libations | The Children Of The Night
7. VASSAFOR – Phoenix Of The Maelstrom | Phoenix Of The Maelstrom (Covered here)
8. ACID KING – Coming Down From Outer Space | The Middle Of Nowhere, The Center Of Everywhere (Reviewed here)
9. CRYPT SERMON – Byzantium | Out Of The Garden (Mini-reviewed here)
10. EUROPE – Days Of Rock N’ Roll | War Of Kings
11. GOUGE – Wretched Passion | Beyond Death (Covered here & here)
12. THE HAUNTING PRESENCE – Tampering With The Presence Of You | Self-Titled (Reviewed here)
13. GOAT SEMEN – Genocidio | Ego Svm Satana  (Mini-reviewed here)
14. HIC IACET – The Cosmic Trance Into The Void | Homonymous (Covered here & here)
15. INCULTER – Death Domain | Persisting Devolution



Undoubtedly one of the most talented, charismatic and magnetic figures in all of metal music, Fenriz has claimed another territory to rule from his dark throne. May his reign be long and prosperous.

(Header image is a still from this video, made by ENO – NORSK MUSIKKMAGASIN)

 

  • Tyree

    This is fucking awesome. Thanks Dagon, been meaning to check out his podcasts.

    Hail Fenriz!

    • Everytime I see a Pic of Fenriz I see a tiny Tyree grabbing his hand and telling him dad.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmdJMq-CxnA

      • This is one of the best songs ever written.

        • I still need to spin the other records. But that song is awesome. The riffs!

          • Link, you were absent last week. Hopefully everything was OK?

          • Dr. Dubz

            He was on holy week holiday.

          • Tyree
          • Dr. Dubz
          • Hi, bro!

            As Dubya said: I was in one week of vacations. In Spain and most Latinamerica we have free days because the catholic easter festivities.

            I was in my hometown, chilling with my family and semi-unplugged. I still lurked the posts in my phone!

            I returned to work and classes yesterday; so I’m back again n_n).

            Thanks for your concern, GL.

          • Wonderful. The university I work for had Good Friday and yesterday off – so I feel you on the free time. Glad to have you back!

          • Dr. Dubz

            We didn’t have Good Friday off, but students had yesterday off. I still came in yesterday.

          • BANK THEM DAYS, SON.

            I really needed to come in – but I was tree planting. Now I am way behind for 3:30 meeting.

          • Lacertilian

            What you planting GL?

          • I planted 1000 white pine trees last weekend. I have 250 yellow poplars coming in 2 weeks that I am going to do as well!

            GL

          • Lacertilian

            Cool, are they endemic?
            Any particular reason your doing this? I’d image that many would be expensive, even if you’re using tubestock.

          • I planted the pines for “quick” deer habitat. The white pines are not native to our area – but they grow real well. The poplars on the other hand are native, but I am using them to make screens down by the river – again for the deer 🙂

            I am not using tubes for the pines – but I am going to reuse some of the 1500+ grow tubes the previous owner left with the property on the poplars. Lots of fun!

          • Lacertilian

            Good stuff, you’re from Texas right?
            Surprises me that deer would hang out that far south, thought it would be too hot for them. Are you going to hunt the deer once you get a stable population?

          • I am from Ohio. We have an ok population at the moment but I want to set up a habitat where they will stay during the day instead of just passing through occasionally!

          • Lacertilian

            Damn, that’s the second time I’ve been way off today.. *hangs head in dismay*

          • Yeah, bro!

            The festivities start in Holy Sunday, and they continue Holy Wednesday to the Easter Sunday.

            I didn’t knew you had “Good Friday”, we use here the word Santo/a to name the days of the Holy Week, and since this country is mostly catholic and people uses the date to go to vacations, it’s a tradition that the entire week is free.

            I ate a lot, and saw movies and hang out the entire week with my family <3.

          • Sounds like a great time to reflect!

          • And to eat empanadas too!

            But, yeah. There are still a lot of catholics here, and we have several traditions for those dates.

            Since I’m not a catholic I don’t follow them, but my mom went to church both mondays, so that’s ok.

          • Ha I never thought I would meet an Latin American that wasn’t a Catholic. Noted!

          • Jajajaja. I was baptized in catholic church and in some protestant church in my 18. But those are past times…

          • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

            It is. I did a lot of reflection.

          • just glad to have you back! any stand-out movies?

          • Well, we saw The Theory of Everything and other romantic movie, because my fiancée was in that mood. I enjoyed both, to be honest, but mostly because we were having fun and I missed her a lot.

            Also, we saw the season finale of The Walking Dead.

            And a lot of Bomberman madness. We’re getting better in teamwork! 😀

          • i gave up on the walking dead after three seasons. not for any real reason, just so many other TV shows out there. are S4 and S5 worth watching?

          • S5>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>S4.

            I was nearly stopped watching that serie because that 4th season was very bad, jajaja.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            I stopped after finishing s4 (which was pretty awful in my mind) and a lot of people are telling me s5 is way better than s4 and worth watching. I dunno if I can get back into it though.

          • Ed! I think you can try it if you liked the serie. The first episodes of this seasons were better.

          • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

            That must have been fun. I spent my Easter with family. It wasn’t half bad. I spent Good Friday volunteering at my church.

          • You’re a good Eddie Trunk Jr. <3.

        • Tyree

          One of the best albums ever written.

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          Not my favorite song on the album. But that album does have my favorite riff.

  • Dr. Dubz

    There’s some choice stuff on his 2015 list.

    • Tyree

      That’s a fucking list right there.

    • *offtopic* I am still spinning Sleigh Bells from your recommendation last week. It is very good.

      • Lacertilian

        which album?
        I’ve only heard the single called Rill Rill years ago. Ridiculously catchy.

  • EsusMoose

    I’ve been slightly proud of keeping up with metal in 2015 and I haven’t listened to any of these. Guess I won’t be getting my kvlt card back any time soon

  • Edward/Breegrodamus™

    Fish God is our ruler.

  • KJM

    Acid King >>>>>>

  • KJM
  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    Fenriz can do no wrong.

    • He’s a chill bro. Would drink beer with.

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        Any day.

  • Cool post, Dagon.

  • “c) we covered many of the featured bands on this very blog over the past
    months – a fact that delivers a surge of lifeloving joy to my tedious
    existence”.

    CRYPT SERMON, BABY! <3

  • FENRIZ got to hear the new Deathhammer album.
    /buttjealous

    • Tyree
      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain
        • Tyree

          Yeah I think I’ll have to get the physical copy, although I made a pretty big order the other week and I really need to cut back on my music spending. Festivals are on there way here. MDF will most likely have it.

          • more beer

            I can`t get away for MDF but have a 3 day pass for California Death Fest.

    • Dagon

      All those amazing euro labels must throw promos his way. He also gets go listen to 10-12 hours of music on the daily.

  • THE FUCK IS THE FIRST TRACK ON THAT FIRST ONE? TELL ME…

    • Dagon

      Hop over to Soundcloud, the track list is there for all the mixtapes.

    • ooh, funky

    • dude. spot on. that’s love at first listen

  • I love you Fenriz. And you too, Dagon!

    • Welcome to the Toilet!

      GL

    • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

      Welcome! I’m the resident dad rock expert as well as the resident nu metal expert. I do like a lot of the music they talk about though.

      • STOP.

        • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

          I will. I apologize for that. It was out of place even for me.

          • /still dying

          • The God Emperor of Mankind

            No, I’M the one actually dying here.

      • Dr. Dubz

        You should talk about the music we talk about more.

        • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

          I do love this guy. I enjoyed his mixtapes.

        • J.R.

          I wish we would talk about country music more 🙁

          Kinda.

      • I am dying right now.

      • whaddya mean “they”?

        • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

          All the articles with good tech stuff, the Toilet Tuesday new releases and some of the power metal. I find it really hard to listen to power electronics.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            Spoiler: so does everyone else.

            Lol

          • KJM

            You mean it’s not just me?(sorry)

          • it is my turn to die now, GL

          • *my cheeks hurt from laughing*

          • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

            Speaking of which I have to run. I have some plans. I’ll see you all Thursday.

          • Dr. Dubz

            Take luck.

          • OMG, love the person who invented that phrase SO MUCH <3

          • I happen to love Brian Regan.

          • Dr. Dubz

            I went through a stand-up comedy phase that hasn’t really lasted, but I liked some of his jokes.

          • I feel like comedy makes for good background noise when working.

          • KJM

            I’m even more “get off my lawn” about stand-up than I am about Metal. Show me someone who’s the equal of Hicks, Pryor, or Carlin and then I’ll care.

          • Hannibal Buress? Bill Burr? Louie CK?

          • KJM

            Louie CK is cool, don’t know the other two.

          • D. Lee

            Co-signed about Louie CK. Jim Jeffries is pretty swell, too

          • J.R.

            He swings by huntsville frequently and it is always a treat. He is one of my faves. A comedy routine is like a concert right? No Flush for the Brian Regan live experience.

          • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

            I have work all day tomorrow so I’ll probably not be on tomorrow but I’m sticking around while I’m at the gym.

          • The God Emperor of Mankind

            Ok, now I’m dying more.

          • more beer

            I`ve seen that in real life on a job site.

    • ¡Bienvenido!

  • Tyree

    Alright I’m really digging that NOCTERNITY song now Masterlord.

  • FUCK. The “Cvlt Metal” playlist RULES.

    • Dagon

      Fenriz is the man!

  • Stockhausen

    Fenriz is a righteous dude. I’m looking forward to revisiting this when Soundcloud embeds aren’t blocked.

    • EsusMoose

      When I hear his name I only ever think of some video where he’s talking and how he calls a certain rhythm pattern on a ride cymbal fucking a hello kitty pattern.

      • EsusMoose

        found it, I guess I added the fucking adjective but the way he describes it still makes me laugh https://youtu.be/_aRu_3WvE6c?t=4m15s

        • Dagon

          It’s the video I took the header image from. 🙂

          • EsusMoose

            I saw that, I kept having to watch that portion trying to zero in on the exact moment he beings that part of the video

  • KimJongUn’s Crunchy Chest Hair

    Darkthrone <<<<<<<<<< Any other sound in the universe. It's hard to put into words how lolbuttz and awful they are to me.

    http://i201.photobucket.com/albums/aa292/tensegrity11/darkthronefunny.jpg

    • Dr. Dubz
      • KimJongUn’s Crunchy Chest Hair

        Darkthrone is even worse than the ‘Amerika The Brutal’ video, which is saying alot.

        • Dr. Dubz

          I dunno, man. SFU is pretty awful aside from the album Rob Arnold wrote all the music for.

          • Scrimm

            It’s a lolbuttz statement for sure. Don’t know Haunted though Dubz, It’s good!

      • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

        Why is there an ICP poster in the background? It’s just out of place.

        • Siqq Burnington

          He probably think ICP is metal.

          • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

            I’m sure he does.

    • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

      This is going to rustle jimmies. I agree with you though. I never got into much black metal. I do like the classic bands like Celtic Frost, Emperor, Mayhem and Sarcofago but that’s basically all.

      • Edward/Breegrodamus™

        This week, in the Twilight Zone, JJD explains to Breegrodamus that he never got much into black metal and in the same breath talks up Emperor and Mayhem.

        • He doesn’t like Darkthrone but he likes the classic bands, okay?

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            Yes.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Mindfuck.

          • Scrimm

            I’m going to get angry in here.

        • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

          I’m not a giant fan of the genre. Those are the 4 bands I can tolerate.

          • KimJongUn’s Crunchy Chest Hair

            Does Arcturus and Vulture Industries get a pass?

          • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

            I’ve never heard them.

          • KimJongUn’s Crunchy Chest Hair
          • Metaphysical Anus

            Muy bueno.

          • KimJongUn’s Crunchy Chest Hair

            Si, or however you say it in Finnish!

          • Metaphysical Anus

            “Si” would be “kyllä” in Finnish.

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          Consider the cunting source.

      • KimJongUn’s Crunchy Chest Hair

        I love black metal overall. My best friend tried to get me into them, as have other friends, but I ended up laughing my ass off listening to them. Clunky ass riffs and overall lolbuttz sounding like it was recorded in a garbage can rolling down the hill isn’t my thing though.

      • Dagon

        Celtic Frost and Sarcofago can’t really be considered black metal. They can, but not with italics.

    • Tyree
    • Scrimm

      No effin way.

  • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

    Awesome article Dagon.

  • The Beargod
  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    In case you all live under a rock.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_aRu_3WvE6c

    • Tyree

      Damn. Where are those English Subtitles? I’d really like to know what he is saying here.

      • Siqq Burnington

        Turn on captions.

        • Tyree

          I’m retarded.

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        Just go to the CC, and turn it on.

        • Tyree

          Yup. I realized how dumb my question was. Thanks.

  • Scrimm

    On the subject of Darkthrone. I really enjoyed some of the commentary discs on the recent reissues. The part on hate them I believe, When Fenriz realizes Nocturno got some lyrics wring was classic.

  • Scrimm
  • KimJongUn’s Crunchy Chest Hair
  • nbm02ss
  • HessianHunter

    I had no Idea Fenriz made doom metal. What a gangster.

  • FUKKBEARD

    Fenriz. Not the wolf,
    the black metal emcee. New-
    age old school hipster.

    Haikus 4 lyfe!