måndag 5 december 2016

Archaeos - Forgotten Art of Sacrifice

From Greece comes the black metal band Archaeos and this is a review on its third and latest release the Ep " Forgotten Art of Sacrifice".


If you are looking for a band that mixes with good result both pagan rustic tunes and harsh evil black metal this is a fine place to start, From the start with the atmospheric intro to the blasting cold first song you know this could very likely turn out great and it does! it flows solid and strong all the way through the six tracks.

There is some great use of  keyboards, pan flutes and similar sounds fills the night sky in a very organic way  and in the next minute bestial  hell fires bursts out! Epic and harsh, ancient and proud.Vocals are also just right with its raspy war style. Also some nice mix of relentless aggression and moody grooves and the cold shreddings are effective, this release honors both the first and second black metal wave and even some heavy metal i feel sneaks inside the compositions... in other words it has a little of everything but at the same time feels like a cohesive whole.

A solid  release that gives big promises for what they could create on a full album in the future.
I hope it will be here sooner then later.


Released now by the great Lower Silesian Silesian Stronghold- on CD
and by - War Productions- on Tape (Later in December!)




söndag 4 december 2016

Cambion - Unfold Chaos Supreme

Damn this is an exploding and entertaining release!!!


This is a "international" group with band members from El Paso, Texas, United States / Munich, Germany that plays a blackened speedy thrash death metal inferno, as they themselves describes their sound  as "Inspired by the molten records of ancient Slayer and early millennium evil Death Metal - Krisiun, Angelcorpse, Hate Eternal, Ophiolatry, and others" ...but besides worshiping these old kings Cambions own relenting song creations glows so very bright and hard that past band inspirations dont matter.
Blasting but fun drumming and very tight and killing riffs is hurling around like a warbeast twister, vocals are evil and fits the sound perfect! It is raging from the get go and every song is filled with ambition and quality!

This Ep or demo or whatever you like to call it is just what the doctor ordered today and it will for sure last until the next attack (like Scourge of Power ?)! I cant really complain about anything it is just splendid from the start to the end!

It will blow your skin off!

Track list:
1.Bend the Knee (To Molech) 03:15
   
2.Harlots of Hell 02:40
   
3.Unfold Chaos Supreme 02:41
   
4.Perfected Aggressor 03:17
   
5.Kometen Von Czaxukluth 03:26


Now available on pro CD format (includes lyric booklet) from Lavadome Productions or directly from the band

link:
https://www.facebook.com/lavadome/

lördag 3 december 2016

Astral Winter - Forest of Silence


Here we have a new album from the Australian one man band Astral Winter....



Ok lets get one thing straight i did not get any positive impression and hope that this release would be any good at all after witness the cover...sure there are many other worse covers out there but this taste of style with the over photoshopped logo and the title font and all just screamed super cheesy crap to me! Looks like some Nightwish or something similar horrendous.

Now when we got that out of the way i have to say this is a pretty good album despite all said, the good parts here reminds me of some 90´s epic black metal like Mjölnir or Crimson Blood or Spell Forest with the heavy use of forlorn fantasy keyboard busting out of the speakers but is contrasted greatly with the harsh screaming black metal vocals (Josh vocals is killing it here), first track is one of the better examples of this grand mix. It is really an over the top assault with the synth and vocals, really over kill in the drama department but it does not makes any excuses so you just have to take it as it is or not try at all i guess.

The things that hinder me to really think this is a great album only comes down to personal taste as all is very professionally done and is created with a firm focus....so for me the "bad" things is that much of the music sounds like a calmer version of Dragon Force or Rhapsody or similar silly stuff.... so yeah if you like these bands but like to include a black metal touch this is for you without a doubt.

Also some guest vocals from Atra Vetosus does not help me to enjoy this as his vocals sounds (to my ears) more like some post screamo....not for me and also that type of singing clashes a bit to much with the medieval atmosphere Astral Winter creates....in the last track though he does some impressive singing/screaming.
oh and i almost forgot to tell there are a lot of masturbating guitar solos AND keyboard solos  hehehe i might laugh here but my ears are crying.


All in all a this is a long epic melodic atmospheric fantasy album that has some great grand black metal parts but also many ingredients that is far from my own taste,  for me the main mans superb vocals is almost the best thing on this release! 

Track list:
1.     Pathway to the Ancient Forest     11:29    
2.     When Moonlight Evokes the Frozen Nights     10:56    
3.     As I Embrace the Winter Winds     06:34    
4.     Defenders of the Astral Kingdom (Part II)     12:48    
5.     The Summoning of Arcane Magic     09:28    
6.     Within the Frozen Streams of Time     04:10    
7.     The Palace of the Prophets     15:04    
                                                               Total:01:10:29
Released by Immortal Frost Production
link:
http://immortalfrostproductions.com/

fredag 2 december 2016

Lykaionas Interview!



1. Hailz and greetings from the cold Sweden!

-Hails from Hellas Jan!!

2.How did Lykaionas start in 2009? was it all three members from the start?
As all of you have an extensive background activity in black metal band
(and others genres) i assume all this experience has payed off when creating
musical spells for Lykaionas?

-Lykaionas started by me, having the concept idea, writing the music and lyrics, and told some others to help with the things I couldn’t play (like drums etc). None was member or anything. Basically, I was planning to release just some demos, nothing more, nor I wanted something more, but then Nergal told me they are looking for a band to release a split. I was honored to be accepted for the other side of that split. So it happened! I have been and still am in some bands, but the important thing is not to getting repeated and to do different stuff, otherwise it has no meaning. All were very different bands from each other. Yes experience helps a lot, in many aspects besides creation, but the biggest achieve from all these years is to have philosophized the essence and the meaning of BM, and to have the wisdom to avoid all the unnecessary rock-star stuff and gay attitudes we see today. 


-We all despise democracy in general, so why this has to change here?

4. First release was the "Mesaionas / Legions of the Serpent Race" split with
Nergal (Greece) How do you feel about these tracks now after around 7 years ago?
I have not heard Nergals part and i think the only release i heard of them was
"Absinthos" which was cool but that was like ten years ago.
How would you describe this band in your words?


-I really like those tracks because they were one of the few that were totally written and performed by me. I rarely do that. Most of my stuff, I don’t release them at all. After all these years, I wouldn't change anything! Nergal's part is solid, believe me! Absinthos is a very good come-back after 10 years of silence. Generally Nergal always were something different and isolated from the rest of the scene, even if they were one of the first to contribute in the old Hellenic BM. In their first recordings and EPs they used distorted bass, later they passed on in more guitars. 
When the Hellenic scene was gaining worldwide attention, they from the other hand, disappeared! They always had a cult status!! There were some problems with the police when the Satanists murders took place in Greece and were under police observation for many years, so that took them back as a band. We are working now on new material, and surely you will have a new Nergal release in '17. 
This band is one of the very few that I'm proud for Hellenic BM!!! Hail Hellas!! 
Cult never dies!!

5.Then it took almost 5 years for the tape "Arcane Bloodcult Mysteries" to
surface, was there some problems or too active in other projects?
Could you explain a bit what the cover symbolizes and i am curious about
what Ancient bloodcults is of interest...something that has to do with Saturn?


-No, nothing as that. It just happened. I have many recordings in the meanwhile, I just didn’t release them. Lykaionas is an underground band, and it will remain that way till the very end. So when it comes, it comes. I have no plans nor do I care. But now that Lykaionas are a full-member band, I think we will release stuff more frequent than 5 years maybe.
The cover is medieval alchemy origin, and represents the Salamander (The first breath of the Dragon). As a symbolic value this creature originates from the first Fire that created the Universe. About Saturn you got it right! There are six stars left of the Moon (Space), so it means the sixth planet (Saturn). In the tail (Earth) there are 5 stars, meaning the 5th element (Aether/Αἰθήρ). When you manage to reveal those secrets hidden and unnoticed, you have the whole idea of alchemistic originate of the Cosmos.

6. The 7" "Litanies of the Black Occult" was a great release and it was this one
that got me interested in Lykaionas, can you shed some light into the lyrics
of Apethantos & Baron of the Black Occult?


-Eternal Hails to Giannis & Fistbang rec and Jalec & Eastside rec, for made that happened! After this release many people got interesting in hearing Lykaionas. With this release I wanted to establish a more obscure touch of the glorious Black metal past. That eerie touch of total Darkness, that has marked me. Apethantos is a Hellenic word, which means Undead. Basically my whole feeling when writing the lyrics of this EP, was the bizarre atmosphere that originates from the old Hammer films, which I'm very fond of. A reality in a world of Vampires, Werewolves, Undead and macabre people's beliefs, majestic castles in misty forests and vintage Satanism blends within the prism of reality.

7. How would you describe your own spiritual beliefs and how important are they in
your life?

-Well, spiritualism is more than having some beliefs; you should always research and evolve as much as you can. In sort terms, I’m generally a follower of Left-Hand Path. This can include many things and many approaches of one on how he apprehends the religious aspects. A narrow-minded would not understand. I’m in and above all things. I embrace all my instincts, as I’m totally balanced with my inner Nature and the deeper aspects of it. I embrace the results of my Works, and I know I was born that way, so my Path is about my own self-development and self-empowerment so as to conquer my destiny. I prefer my individualism and I’m opposed to mass reaction.

8. This year Hass Weg Productions released your first full album "Luciferian Fullmoon Necromancy"
Tell me all about it! I have yet to hear it all of it but it sounds like the strongest
material so far! And who did the cover art?


-Yes I consider it the best release until now too. Great musicians and friends got involved in it, so it was sure it will be the best stuff. It has some differences from the past material (to the best), but it still holds strong the obscure, occult and abysmal feeling of the past. And that's what is important for me. The feelings you get after you hear the whole record, and not the music itself. It has been released by the French Hass Weg in 500 copies. All the critics I have heard and read about it are very positive at least!
The cover is made by a very unique artist called Jonathan Guthmann and it’s a part of his “The Last Judgment” painting. He has nothing to do with BM, but he’s truly an artist worth checking out!!

9. What lies in store in the bands near future?

-Well nobody can tell for sure. The only sure thing is that we will keep going. No plans or however. Just a main idea to release another full, not very far, and apart from that, whatever comes along too in this journey. The only thing I know for sure is that it will be Black Metal. That's all I need.

10. Thanks for your time answering these questions!

-Thank you for this very interesting interview!!! Keep the black flame burning and spread total hatred!! 

The Dark Ages will rise again!


onsdag 30 november 2016

Serpent Ascending Interview!

Today we sit down and converse with the sole master of the occult Finnish black metal band Serpent Ascending. 



1. Greetings Jarno!
Let us start talking about the lingering present!
 From what i understand you are about to soon drop the first full album called "Aṇaṅku", will I, Voidhanger Records release this one as the they did with the last one? and is there a release date?

 
Hails! The release date of Aṇaṅku was September 16. I, Voidhanger released
this on as well.

2. Regarding the album title i assume it is focused around the ancient Mesopotamian deities Anunnaki? What is your view on that matter, in what way do you believe they existed if at all? 
And how was it to work on the record? Is the music style a continuation from the last or have you transformed in some ways?
-Interesting question to which I am unfortunately too ignorant to give a good answer. Actually Aṇaṅku is a different concept from ancient Tamil language and the word was chosen because it is widely unused and unknown, in many senses, but also because of it's meanings of course. This is a nod to my earlier interests towards Indian and Asian esoteric traditions from where the process began though it ended up in something quite different.
The album turned out to have emphasis mostly on Northern European culture and identity from which it seeks to find the hidden sacred force that the word Aṇaṅku symbolises in the context. The album is adoration to Earth's and Nature's holiness, soil, blood and death.
The theme of the album is intentionally problematic, sometimes violent and
erroneous, mesmerizing and dreamlike but seeking a direction through all surface level simplifications.

The album picks up some influences from The Enigma Unsettled and takes them further. Making Aṇaṅku was a long process as all the pieces had to fit together and mostly the atmospheric and melodic side of The Enigma Unsettled is audible here and there will be other records that will continue with different themes and influences.

3. I cant say for sure but i got the impression that "The Enigma Unsettled" was the release that put you on the death metal map! How was it back in 2011 when you composed it? I really like the cover art also, who did that one? And talking about art, you seem to be into a bit more surreal taste then more traditional death/black metal covers.

 
-The cover art for The Enigma Unsettled was painted by Wiley Trieff who seems to have provided some art for different publications since then. At least I've seen some occult magazines with his art as well as other albums.

The Enigma Unsettled was the first Serpent Ascending release that got some larger distribution. The album was compiled of the first two demos and an exclusive song meant only for that release. That means the album's tracks were composed and recorded mainly between 2008 and 2010 and the intention
behind that process was quite different from what we're doing on Aṇaṅku. I'd say that The Enigma Unsettled was more Satanic and occult as theistic concepts. The basic feeling behind The Enigma Unsettled and the process of writing it was more religious than what is going on these days.

Regarding the cover art, I don't want to use the usual metal album covers and I want the artists who participate to have total freedom in making their art. They can listen to the songs and maybe I can tell a little bit of what the songs are about but I will never give any guide lines to what kind of art they should create or what symbolism should be included. I believe true artists do have such intuition that they will be able to create visuals that fit the music and album concepts. Cover art for Aṇaṅku was created by Finnish artist Veera Pitkänen.

4. Going back even further to 2008 the year before the debut demo "Serpent Ascending", what made you start up this project?
I guess doing all by one self is hard but to have total freedom beats that? What main interests in the occult was/is important to you and Serpent Ascending?



-It all began with more abstract Luciferian inspiration that has slowly evolved towards emphasis on nature and mythical symbolism. Aṇaṅku is more of the latter while the earlier material was based much more
on the luciferian occultism. I had experienced a longer period of lost inspiration but when I found the Luciferian spark within and I was able to re-establish creativity it was the point when Serpent Ascending was founded. From the beginning I wanted to have strict control on the contents of the music and that is why I started everything alone.

5. In one post on the bands fb page you wrote as an answer to some reviewer "Hopefully this reviewer will be one those privileged to witness our downfall on stage as well. This will happen sometime during 2017 - 2030." What was that about and is there some firm plans for any live gigs soon?

-Yes, we have plans to play live during 2017 and have discussed with some other bands to play with them but nothing has been confirmed yet. We'll rehearse the live set first and then see what could be the best
options for us.


6. As i dont know much about you other two bands Desecresy & Nowen,
please tell something about those.



-Desecresy is a band we started with Tommi Grönqvist after we quit Slugathor. We have concentrated on creating certain kind of atmospheric and dark death metal with abstract topics. Traditional in many ways but we have managed to find original sound, especially on our latest two albums Chasmic Transcendence
and Stoic Death. But from now on I am no longer member of the band and Tommi will continue with Desecresy alone.
Nowen is a band I joined in 2005 and since then we have more or less actively
made thrashy death metal with strong Death influence and slight hint of
progressiveness.


7.How do you feel Finlands black/death metal world has been since you entered it?
 I mean do you feel some hierarchical order and power struggles?
And is there some town where more cheesy "hip" metal people comes together and is there a opposite place where bands can grow more free? In Sweden we have some town(s) where much great music comes from but also there is unpleasant hipster scenes...


-I don't think there's much "hipness" in the Finnish metal scene.
I guess it's more a problem in Sweden and Norway while Finnish bands often
seem more honest because there is not so much popularity available.
Yet I don't have much connection to any scene now and basically try to
concentrate on simple and basic things in life. It also seems that not so
many young and new people get into underground metal nowadays.

8. So the end is here...thanks for your answers and the last word is yours.

Thank you for the interview!

torsdag 24 november 2016

Nephilim Sword Interview!



1. Hailz and welcome into Swedens own frozen innards! Let us start from the start! When and where did you meet up and realized your black satanic path and to start up Nephilim Sword? What where the main important goals with it and what have you two gotten out of this personally?

- Greetings from British Columbia Canada, the beginnings of my journey with nephilim sword realistically started in 2011 when I recorded the first song for the project called winds of the north I asked my bassist Devin Marshall from my other band at the time if he would like to do a vocal track over the one I had done and that's how he became apart of this black cult. I have not even come close to the goals that I have fore nephilim sword, I will continue to work towards them of course but the project went on hiatus for almost a year. Nephilim sword has been around since 2011 but we did not record holocaustic lord or scorching mountain march till 2012 or 2013 I can't remember at this point, the reason for this is the amount of projects I was involved at the time. We recorded another song around abysmal howls of the pagan moon which is my personal favourite of the songs we have done so far. I personally get a sense of nostalgia now when listening to these songs cause they are old to me but there are new songs in the works.

 2. From what i can find there is one release out, is it a self release? how many copies and is there plans to release it on like tape in the future? and what songs is there to find on it? The ones on youtube is that the whole content or have you only shared some of it?


- I have not yet released anything official for nephilim sword but I have those four songs that are available on YouTube for listening and I have two other unheard songs recorded in 2015 and me and devin are working on 4 new songs so when they are completed all the songs will make up the official debut for nephilim sword and i´m hoping to have that released early 2017. 

3.From the one i heard i really like winds of the north & holocaustic lord, really ugly and chaotic and heavy. how would you describe your sound and tell something about the lyrics. 

- I would describe the songs as some what different yet still staying somewhat traditional with the black metal sound. Musically winds of the north was inspired by darkthrone the lyrics are about resisting Christianity and embracing our pagan roots. Now holocaustic lord is a different story all together, it was ritual after the consumption of a lot of whiskey, I think lyrically we were trying to be a little provocative, a little obscure and perhaps even a little cheesy hahah, its a weird song the lyrics are mystical and dark but still very straight forward.
it was written after the consumption of a lot of whiskey.


4. What would you say is the most important personal quality & experience in a person to really deliver true black metal? 

 - Well first of all if you are going to start a black metal project and make music, I think its important that you the person have been immersed in the music for a long time, as far as true black metal goes I don't really know what that is anymore. The meaning behind black metal could be completely Different to each individual person. I think speaking for myself what it takes is a person who is a seeker of truth, someone who's is not scared of hate, for me black metal is about nature worship, a really cold atmosphere you can find the blue print to the so called "true sound" by listening to under a funeral moon by the amazing band Darkthrone.

5. About past musical activities, i guess there is some other projects under your belts? 

 - The only other project that I care to mention is satanica holocaustum venti , I have a self titled release and I'm working on getting more CDs made, I'm also very pleased to say I will be releasing a new satanica holocaustum venti EP called dwelling in candle lit caverns and its fucking crushing very heavy black metal. I was also involved in a metal band called Evermire but it is now defunct.


6. Say two shit releases from this year and two gems!

- I honestly hate the new Metallica and I'm quite sure why people are praising it so much, Tenth region of the night by Drowning the light is my favourite release for 2016 my second favourite is caught up in the gears of application by superjoint !
  
 7. Regarding the band name what is your view on the Nephilim? 

-I don't really have a view on the nephilim i did not come up with the project name, the other half of this cult knows much more about the so called "nephilim" he would give you an interesting answer.

8. What is your view on NWO and political puppet shows? 

- My thoughts on the new world order. Now that is an interesting question. I know that it is an actual agenda that certain world leaders want to see happen, its just another communist idea that will fail there are so many traditional people around the world from all cultures and these people would fight and die to prevent any kind of one world government. The government should not be trusted and people need to wake the fuck up.

9. So we are close to the end here in this brief interrogation so to wrap this up can you shed some light into the bands close future, Writing new music i hope? 

- Yes absolutely. Be sure to look out for the debut nephilim sword CD. Like I also mentioned I'm coming close to releasing the second satanica holocaustum venti. I will continue to build this black empire with pure hatred I will continue to create my black metal in whatever way I choose, I will never follow any trends or try to rip off other bands. I stay true to myself.

10. Thanks for your time answering this. 

- No problem thank you for your interest.



 

tisdag 22 november 2016

Bergrizen - Scherbengericht


From Ukraine comes this one-man (Myrd'raal) band Bergrizen, i have know about this bands existence some years but the releases have felt very elusive to get ones hands on so i was more then delighted to receive a copy of this 2014 album release!


I have heard good things about the Autism album and the split with Hexenmeister so i had pretty high expectations coming into this...needless to say i was more then satisfied from what i heard on Scherbengericht, you get pretty amazing music here!

If you have not heard Bergrizen before he (or "they" in this case as a second helper/member Mordeth plays the bass and clean guitars) creates a very grand melancholic atmospheric black metal, songs are filled with strong bitter melodic compositions that you will wanna hear many times over. It has both the grand sorrowful smoothness in the sound and the harsh and desperate vocals (think old school Burzumish vocal heritage) that together clash into a very effective package.

If you look for multi layered emotional nostalgic black metal that dont fall into any silly pitfalls that many other bands fall into please do yourself a favor and get a copy of  Scherbengericht! It is professional constructed but without losing any of its dark soul.
All songs are top stuff but i think the last two is my favorites...extra plus to the mighty ending bit.


Track list:
1.     Withered Spring (Intro)     01:46       instrumental
2.     The Blight     07:37    
3.     Der Wanderer II (Die Nacht des Raben)     07:34    
4.     Scherbengericht (Ein Bild von Misantropie)     08:54    
5.     Die with Your God!     09:53    
                                                      Total:35:44


Released by Purity Through Fire
http://www.purity-through-fire.com/


And while your are at it look up the boxed tape set from Worship tape that includes these releases Scherbengericht/Autism/Wintereintritt/Verzweiflung/Winter Suicide...yeah nice combo indeed!


label link:
http://worshiptapes.de.tl/