onsdag 19 juli 2017

Totenwache - Ursprung

A new roar is heard in Germanys forests! A new horde is here to keep the ancient flame of black metal heritage burning.


Yes it is totally traditional mid-tempo cold harsh black metal, nothing new here but that is the point also as it flows in line with and continues the alternative dimensional time-line of second wave medieval black metal....yeah one can complain here and there on many bands that they dont have a purpose or push the envelope enough etc etc and sure it is early to see how strong black flame Totenwache has as this is their debut release only but these songs here have enough of solid compositions and correct atmosphere to have their place and spot in the long line of rustic black metal hordes.


The main quality points to speak about here besides the nice old forest wind is their good taste of timing and simple but effective compositions, it all flows well together and even under the 12 minutes song "Denial of Consciousness" they dont fall into boredome traps. Enough of solid guitar parts which leads most of the music as well as the vocals which is raspy and fitting, drums is also good, the band sounds tight playing.
Production is just as it should here, organic and balanced. not directly raw but good.



All in all this debut release is good, perhaps nothing extraordinary but a promising start that gives me hunger for more material.
To top it off the band logo is cool and cover art/layout is good also!

For our masters will!

Tracklist:
1.     Crushing the Impure Crown     06:51    
2.     Tome of Lies     06:12    
3.     Denial of Consciousness     12:18    
4.     The Defiled King     05:30    
        Total:30:51

bandcamp:
https://totenwache.bandcamp.com/releases
band page
https://www.facebook.com/totenwache/?ref=br_rs

måndag 17 juli 2017

Ruins of Unlight / Swine Soul - Two Tyrants of Terror


And down fell a burnt wing from an angel....then came a massive rain of blood and bodies.... the golden throne was empty.

From Narbentage Produktionen comes this split with Swine Soul which is a one man band from USA and  Ruins of Unlight (4 members) from Germany / Austria.


Swine Souls music emanates from a noise perspective but incorporates enough black metal parts to make it appeal to me, i for sure have nothing against bands to mix in all kind of electromagnetic darkness into black metal...it can have a powerful effect.
It sounds like a thick smog of dismay and pain. It is parts like a "wall of noise" but guitars shine through just enough to make you sit up and take notice....SS´s music has a quite wide range of ways to make his point...many layers of insanity molds into a dirty road that takes you to...............your destination.
It has a more surreal dream like state rather then "songs" so it is an acquired taste. It was effective and gave me new internal visions...and that never hurts when i am about to paint or create something.
 Parts of it retains some of the ancient BM world sound but much of it also has an urban nightmare  vibe over it...

Both bands throws in a collaboration track in the midst of this split and it sounds great! It leans more towards pure black metal but i think the best of this song is its raw demonic energy. Could work as a new side project perhaps?


Ruins of Unlight brings forth a more traditional melancholic raw mid-tempo satanic metal, the mix is also quite heavy and choked and disted which work great as a backbone to the compositions, the raspy vocals are great and has some nice variations and it flows nicely together with the guitars, drums are drowned almost but the puls rytm from them  come through and fulfill its reason of existence.
 For me this is the best side but i think both are strong in their own ways.

Winds from the ancient war blows over your soul, grand and strong it wander forward, through fire & ice.... song after song recreates this vision of heavy struggling.
I hope someday i will see a full length from Ruins of Unlight on vinyl.( the Burzum cover was nice also)



This split clocks in slightly over one whole hour so you get much pain and strife for your cash that is for sure!!

A good if a bit genre mixed split tape. (i am happy to have my artwork as the cover for this too hehe)



TTT Track list:

Side A
1.     Swine Soul - Bats Crawl from Thy Lady's Maw (Intro)     03:56       instrumental
2.     Swine Soul - Animalistic Deathcry of Despair     04:52    
3.     Swine Soul - Dying Disharmonies of a Soul's Light     02:56    
4.     Swine Soul - Dead Blossom     09:55    
5.     Swine Soul - Dog Meat     10:57    
Side B
6.     Swine Soul & Ruins of Unlight - Two Tyrants of Terror     06:05    
7.     Ruins of Unlight - Bastion of Chaos     06:28    
8.     Ruins of Unlight - Krampus     04:58    
9.     Ruins of Unlight - Ophiuchus     04:05    
10.     Ruins of Unlight - Ea, Lord of the Depths (Burzum cover)     04:49    
11.     Ruins of Unlight - Driven Shivering Chant (Outro)     05:30       instrumental
      Total:01:04:31

Label link:

http://narbentage.de/


söndag 16 juli 2017

Nyctophilia / Nihil Invocation - Season of the Purest Decay


The putrid chamber doors open once again into Hateworks temple!



This time we are threatened with a split tape from two fairly new bands, the split starts off with  Nihil Invocation which is a one man band from the States and he delivers a bleak and slow paced puke of illness, a bit rough around the edges (technically speaking) but it goes well with the dead atmosphere though, the three songs here takes you to a place where a withering solitude is king and you is its bitch.
Raw and primitive, an interesting start....also NI has another release out this year called "Disease in Solitude"...dont know if it has a physical release though.

On the B-side we have the Polish one man band Nyctophilia.
This music continues with the utter bleakness and, these two bands fit very well together on this split for sure. Besides the similar atmospheres Nyctophilia plays a more solid and concentrated style and for me it is the side i resonate the most with. It has effective friction between vengeful raw  outbursts to the more calmer icy bits,  only two songs but i feel they give you enough of its bleeding persona & damaged soul to make it worthwile.
 Nyctophilia also have released a Ep "Gdzie noc jest najczarniejsza"(dont ask me what that means..) & a full length this year called "Dwelling in the Fullmoon Light".

All in all a solid slab of raw misanthropic black metal. (that also make me want to hear more from both bands)



On a sidenote both the members of these bands have another band together called Baphometic Deathslaught with a fresh debut demo out now...digitally anyways.

Tracklist:
1.     Nihil Invocation - The Ceremonial Chambers of Perpetual Hate (Intro)     01:11       instrumental
2.     Nihil Invocation - A God Amongst Lethargy and Desolation     04:50    
3.     Nihil Invocation - Only the Dissonant Shadows...Cast Upon My Throne     05:14    
4.     Nyctophilia - Beneath Oppression of Sun     06:16    
5.     Nyctophilia - Let My Dark Blood Flow     06:54    
      Total:24:25

Label link:
https://www.facebook.com/FacelessArild/

Lathspell - Torn Cold Void


After enjoying their previous album "Impious Incantations" in 2014 my appetite for more Lathspell was ignited! Sure that album was already their fourth one (and not counting the demos and splits) so i was already seriously  behind....but better late then never they say. (who?     .............they.)


The music you get here is some smokey black (well written) shards of darkness, it shimmers and reflects both internal and external apocalyptic longings and strife.... it mixes greatly both aggressive blast attacks with somber melodic hymns that both caress and chokes, the mixing & production is strong, punchy and organic. An all engulfing experience!

Also i find it has a quite grown up vibe to it, a sophistication (both in composition and atmosphere) that runs like a river of blood through out the album...

Long songs is not uncommon in black metal of course but these four ones infuses a perfectly balanced blend of memorable guitar compositions, harsh and bleeding vocals and punishing drums....and some well used bass parts. Never a dull moment in other words.

All in all this release has nothing i can nit pick on really it is just a great album...certainly one of 2016 top creations.



Co-released by Wolfspell Records & Patologian Laboratorio Productions
label link:
https://www.wolfspellrex.com/


Tracklist:

1.     I Am Death     08:54    
2.     Beneath the Flaming Earth     11:34    
3.     Blood Embrace This Soil     10:06    
4.     Torn Cold Void     09:34    
        Total:40:08    

måndag 3 juli 2017

Huoripukki - Barbaria.nyt


Last year this first EP from Huoripukki (means whoremonger in Finnish) got out from the dusty chambers, previously they had released a string of (four) demos between 2008 and 2010 but non i have heard though so this tape is the first assult i hear from them....first reason really i got interested in them was their messy but charmingly cool band logo hehe....



They play in a dusty quite slow barbaric death metal but with some inspirations from other generes like Thrash and heavy metal i think but these are morphed into the whole very nicely.
They sound pretty much as the cover looks like (the artwork reminds me of the art from the artist Warhead...) blunt and unforgiving. Guitars chuggs along the thumping drums but it also lash out a solo here and there for good measure.Vocals is dry and foggy and encapsules the atmosphere with dread and strengths.

 
From start to finish you get a heavy and meaty experience...sounds like a good old medieval Rape, pillage and plunder sound track!

I like the bands overall sound as it both stands on its own with its barbaric battlefield beats and embraces its traditional primitive death metal roots.... they have already this year released a new demo called Nekala Dungeons '17 but what i really look forward to is a full album from them where they could bump up the barbaric feel and dramatize it even more because there is much potential here to explore deeper.



Released by Fallen Temple
link:
https://www.facebook.com/fallentemple666/


Track list:

1.     Barbaarien viisaus     03:41    
2.     Ruttokirkot     03:18    
3.     Kuvainraastaja     03:33    
4.     Valkyriain hylkäämä     04:39    
        Total:15:11

Also a exclusive interview with the band will be published in my next printed RAW WAR issue. (due to be out early next year)

lördag 17 juni 2017

Bloodlust - At the Devil's Left Hand

The second album is on the horizon (release in the end of August) from this Australian Blackened Thrash metal band, first album "Cultus Diaboli" fro 2015 was great and was my eye opener for the band. So when i got the news that a new full album was on its way i naturally got exicited.


So here we have been given a teaser track which is also the title track, it sounds as great as one could hope for.How it sounds? Like hungry demons riding the brimstone horses down the graveyard path! A pleasure in hell for sure!
Some new musical and vocal ideas is heard in this song besides the solid but classical style... i for one will pick this up anyways when its released from the burning crypt!
 A fast devilry attack!

And also i hope for a vinyl (cd and tape for now) in the future as i dig the cool cover artwork by  César Valladares....i want it biiig! hehe

 released  by Caverna Abismal.
link:
https://www.facebook.com/CavernaAbismalRec/?fref=mentions



oh by the way if you did not read last years interview i did with them here is the link to it:

http://rawwarmusic.blogspot.se/2016/10/bloodlust-interview.html


måndag 12 juni 2017

Solum - Enthrall


Suddenly i got a cd in my snail mailbox, a very kind gesture from a Fb friend (thanks Zunko!) that thought i should give it a listen... and i did and it is actually a pretty good debut release from this Australian band.


....My first impression (before i heard any of the music) was quite low due to the overall aesthetics as it looks like an uninspired average black metal band with a DSBM appreciation....then i look inside on the member photo and i got slightly confused...two of the members have knee long shorts and THAT makes me think of American death metal haha yeah i know i´m being  superficial now but that what came into my mind.

So with a tilted brain i started to listen and the say first minute or two it sounds like a typical start for an DSBM record with the rain effects and calm & moody guitar picking away until some man starts wishpering & talking in autistic way...but then things start to improve drastically! next minute has the cold sharp black metal riffings soo ok so far its blackish metal but the vocals sounds quite intense and just very good!

Suddenly the band blast off into death metal territory! I knew it i said to myself!
Those shorts means death! haha That aside the death here is played very meaty and hard, sounds great i think both the delivery from the members to the production, clean but very crunchy! (yeah their sound is not "old school" as in muddy,dirty lo-fi monster style but a more "proper studio" style but in a nice effective way)  From mid-slow to mid-fast they slay from song to song! It has also some nice bleak atmosphere that complete the package....

They should have no problems to get signed to some label with this kind of release, i could see them fit well into Lavadome Productions rooster for an example.
The only thing i would recommend to change is the confusing visuals of the product, i think the people that like to listen to this the most would not get curious by the way the cover/logo/fonts look now.



If you like to listen to death metal with some slashes of black aura and also being "well produced" give this a go!
 I did not regret it.

Track list:

1.     Purification of Fire     06:02    
2.     Tomb of Black Mist     03:03      
3.     Sex Song     05:04      
4.     Enthrall of Evil     04:55    
      Total: 19:04

...oh! In the start of track three does he sing/scream: Dustbin!!! Dustbin soul!   ?   hehe probably not.


lördag 10 juni 2017

Zine work update!

I have started a while ago on two new zine issues, one is the reborn printed RAW WAR (#4) and the other is #3 of Cloven Hoof which this time will be focusing only on Mexican bands.
Here under are the latest flyers for these to issues.

Click for larger pic.




Ghaisiuan - Neverending Knife in The Mind


Yeah i feel that knife alright! hehe


This is demo compilation from the USA-based artist/artists from the raw/atmospheric band Ghaisiuan. First time for me hearing them so i had no big clue to what to really expect but as it was Hateworks that released this i was quite positive about liking it.

Their sound is raw yes but the songs sound and flow is almost like some harsh spectral filled storm, it almost feels like all tracks is bound together in a great dark flow and not like separate tracks...guitar is steely sharp and dominant and the vocals rasps and screams around in the foggy night sky. It  is a very consuming downward spiral of audial attacks.
 The production is raw and on the verge of over powering...cracks and dust ignite and electricity is not far from popping out from the speakers.

 The overall sound is oppressive and negative.

Some parts is manic like running blind in a corridor filled with broken glass, other parts feels detached and cold. A nice complete package if you are after this type of primitive suffering....dont come here and look for nice empowering grand compositions.


Besides the primitive raw style and sound their style/sound is keept well together which is a good thing....a bit into the tape there is a riff that sound very alike the main theme of Terminator 2 hehe even if it was not on purpose it was a neat touch...ah and also the cardboard tape box was neat!

Track list:

Side A
1.     Untitled     07:14    
2.     Untitled     03:40    
3.     Untitled     05:21    
4.     Untitled     02:23    
5.     I     06:24    
6.     II     04:28    
7.     III     02:34    
8.     IV     04:19    
9.     V     02:02    
10.     VI     01:59    
11.     VII     02:55    
Side B
12.     Untitled     04:59    
13.     Untitled     09:47    
14.     Untitled     03:46    
15.     Untitled        
16.     Untitled        
17.     Untitled        
18.     Untitled        
19.     Untitled        
20.     Untitled        
 Total around 90 minutes

Released by Hateworks
link:
https://www.facebook.com/FacelessArild/




tisdag 30 maj 2017

Wulfheim - Abomination



Some years ago i reviewed Wulfheims (Spain) third album "Alsvart" and liked it pretty much...time went on and suddenly i noticed a new album had been released so naturally i had to check it out!


Funny thing is after the dark sinister intro track here on "Abomination" when the first actual song started i thought there was something wrong with my headphones or that the contact was not really put in....i did not hear any bass...the sound that hit me was like a furious thin dishwasher swirl sound! Once i realized that the sound was sounding like it was meant to (no broken headphones etc) i could settle down and give it a proper listen haha.



The good thing is that after some tracks (which all has a similar type of production sound and delivery) when you get used to this peculiar type of sound-mix  you find some nice maniac blistering black metal! It is really a over-the-top attack!

Yeah i actually even like this album better then the last one (which has a similar digital high pitch swishing style, programmed drum?) as it take this style a step further both in intensity and in compositions, in other words he has honed his skills.
I like all the little musical stuff he puts in here and there through the steely storms as they enriches the whole experience.
First you will think WTF! haha but give it some songs and you´ll hear whats really in store.  I cant really compare Wulfheims sound to any other acts out there (soundwise)... i guess there is some bands similar but i must have missed them. Either way if you are looking for a medieval thunderstorm this can do the trick!

The only thing i would have done considering its relentless speed and attack on all tracks (not counting the outro/intro/interludes which helps though the albums structure) i would have picked off 2-3 tracks to keep the running time shorter, for me at least it would helped my brain not to boil over hehe. It is a bit of an over kill.

What ever you think after reading this review i feel its totally worth checking this album out.



Tracklist:

1.     Overture - Cult of Blood     01:27       instrumental
2.     The Order of Scars     04:05    
3.     The Hollowman     03:54      
4.     Aegrus Umbra     04:33      
5.     Crown of Upheaval     05:32      
6.     Peccatum Vermes     04:13      
7.     Overture - Magnus     01:04      
8.     Heresy of Pestilence     03:35      
9.     The Psalm of Rats     04:14      
10.     The Subhuman     05:00      
11.     The Scarecrows Ceremony     03:53    
12.     Trolle Corpus     03:39    
13.     Epilogue - A Funeral in Nowhere     00:57       instrumental
      Total:46:06

Released by: Damnatio ad Bestias



link:
https://www.damnatioadbestias.com/

måndag 29 maj 2017

Varulv - Sagenlieder

Last time i heard something from this Austrian horde was their great second album "Wolfszorn" so coming from from that release i had pretty high expectations for this third full length.


I was not dissapointed luckily!
The band (which is only 2 members now?) continues to play in their traditional way combining icy middle fast - middle slow second wave black metal (with a clear early Norwegian influence with some hints of pagan here and there) but this time around compared to the previous one they have toned down the aggression (both in speed and production) and have a more heavy focus on cold sombre landscapes.

For me one of the high points of last album was just their aggressive attack mixed with their grand but bleak guitar compositions so first i was a little put back listening to this new record....but after the third and forth spin it was no longer a problem for me as the actual music popped up & became clear for me, as i said this album has a more subdued tone and it almost feels like the members has some extra weight on their shoulders in real life...i might be wrong but that is the feeling i get....either way it is a positive thing to me as it feels more real, more flesh and bones to gnaw on.

Even though it has an overall a downbeat atmosphear their old grand and ancient tunes comes through and in the end the experience here is a worthwhile one to take, the cold forest and mountains on the cover (and through the whole production design) resonates exactly what you hear so thats perfect.

As i cant speak or read any of their language i cant really comment on lyrics but from the little i got out from some research i think at least some of the songs is based on old poetic texts etc which is nice and fits Varulvs image greatly.

My personal favorite tracks is 5,6,7, first two is in the long and slower epic style but with some nice and extra effective guitar compositions and the third one is the best up tempo attack song on this release, good bloody stuff! ah and the production is well rounded evenly mixed but not too polished.

 (bone not included)

So all in all it is a solid album (that builds up through repeated listenings) that is worth checking out! And for the already fans of Varulv there should be no stopping you to buy it!

track list:
1.     Knochenkult     05:02    
2.     Der Teufel nahm sich eine Dirn     04:31    
3.     Vom schwarzen Flößer     06:03    
4.     Irrlichter     05:21    
5.     Der Wassermann     06:13    
6.     Die Trud     08:02    
7.     Festmahl der Hobagoaß     03:13    
8.     Im Graben     04:44    
      Total: 43:09   

Released by : Talheim Records
link:
https://webstore.talheim-records.at/

lördag 20 maj 2017

Megalith Grave - The Endless Cycle of Repugnant Omens


I have in recent time (1-2 years) been getting more and more interested in this band so getting the latest Megalith Grave release is always a great moment for me.

If you have not heard MG he (Gamol) plays a very raw and obscure black metal, but as he has been active in around 6 years now he have evolved his sound i think and he has a quite nice spectrum of diversity (inside this genre) in what he releases, besides the BM he throws in some good dark ambient from time to time. Tasty vile art for the underground rats !


So the tape here in question is a two-track tape (Ominous Sickness & Decomposing Tranquility) and even if that seems short the songs are not too short in of themselves, for me these songs are some of my favorite tracks i heard also from MG. The buzzing melancholic guitar parts takes you quite slowly over the damp grounds of the scared landscape of a mind, the vocals here is very shrieking and emotional and it almost sounds like Gamol is sinking down into a deep cold stone well. Desperate feelings enshourds the air. Second track continues with similar bleak compositions and completes this tape just nicely....and one thing i love is that the tape length is fittind for the songs length...not slapping two songs on a 90 tape etc.



Another reason this tape was made is to make these two songs justice, they was released before on the split with Angelcide... here is a statement from Gamol himself about this matter:

" I made the mistake of actually cutting them to make it fit the 7" and rushing the mix to get the work out on time. I hated the outcome and regretted doing this ever since. This release was created to justify those tracks to actually show the listener of their true form."

band link:
https://www.facebook.com/MegalithGrave/

Tape released by Hateworks
label link:
https://www.facebook.com/FacelessArild/

 
 

måndag 8 maj 2017

Kryptus / Funerary Temple - Vile Decrepit Stench: A Plague of Filth


Down in the forgotten dry hollows of Australia you can find these two rabid dogs gnawing on their own bones....it is such an undelightful sight!

This offering (split) is called "Vile Decrepit Stench: A Plague of Filth" and it is a valid title for the content for sure!

As this tape is hurled through the chaos hole there is no side A or B so it is up to the cruel fate to decide which band you hear first haha!

For me it was Funerary Temples track that became the opener, for those who have not heard this band before i can say they play in a ultra raw fashion, vile and chaotic but the actual tempos is quite slow and i get a strong depressive feeling coming out between the noise, both in a desperate way and also a drowning way. The track is pretty long but it evolvs in a subtle and powerful  style.
One thing that i think i should mention is that even if i described this as chaotic, nois and ultra raw you will find a composed red thread through it all, it is not pure noise. it is pure hate!

Be sure to dig up this bands earlier 3 demos also, good evil stuff all the way!



Next we have Kryptus (side project from a member from  Entsetzlich, Ethereal Mist)
As this was the band i heard after Funerary Temples hard puke for me this became like an aftermath soundscape, as Kryptus has an ambient loose structure to it and dont rely on compositions rather then impulsive ghostly raw landscapes i felt like walking around among dead bodies....flies buzz around my head and the world has ended.
The three tracks from Kryptus play out more or less like this and it feels almost nice... like walking in an old tranquil cemetary after you slaughtered your own family...to chill out in other words hehe.



Another good  harsh Black metal release from Hatework Propaganda! ...As long you dont like your food cooked, only raw dishes here!

66 tape copies
33 green color & 33 black color
undisclosed number of copies comes with Miniposter and extra jcard
 
Label Link:
https://www.facebook.com/FacelessArild/




söndag 7 maj 2017

Latest Caligo Arcanum releases slay!

If you like your black metal raw and obscured to hell look no further then to this Mexican witch crypt! Caligo Arcanum Production has been around some years now and their releases has always intrigued me with their total under-the-grid existence and utter foul aura!


I here present to you the three latest (more or less) releases!

First off we have Orlok! Yes this label got the honor to do the official release of this "only-to-close-friends-demo" from the Finnish goat-guru (you know who he is!), so this very first demo(Black Souls) to this Orlok project sounds great which is no big surprise, to be more precise it sounds like if you would have mixed the albums longer hypnotic and cold Dracula-riff structures with the more ugly and almost destroyed soundscapes of the 7" but recorded inside a small damp cave .(or a moldy sauna.)

I have not heard the tape split so i dont know if this first demo is similar to this or whatever...
All in all it is a very dimly lit & unwelcoming raw debut demo that i am glad that finally  is released out from the shadows into our greedy little human hands.(6 tracks, i really like this first Orlok logo also, print it on a t-shirt please!)



The second release here is the split between Vore and Herxsebet called - Of Mist Orchids and Ritual Cave Stench.

 Vore is a new (to me at least) very interesting entity that has a pretty wide mix of sound and ideas in his black metal, sure the main base is raw cryptic black metal hate but its "frames" is quite loose and more then often other stuff sips into the main picture....it sounds a bit wierd but in a good way and also it is more structured and composed then you would think first. Vore is a band to keep an eye open for!
So next after this comes the one and only Herxsebet!
It is a little strange bands to have a split together but whatever i like both sides but i like them for total different reasons, Vore i like from a more traditional musical angle and Herxsebet is perhaps for the opposite way!
If you have not heard Herxsebet i can tell you that it is a total deconstructed ugly ritualistic black metal that is not suited or enjoyed by the random BM fan and it should not be either. Even me that has heard some releases (and Krypthall also) cant just put his music on anytime and go nuts haha! no this "music" requires the right emotional state for it to really be able to melt into your ears/brain/thoughts/feelings.
It can be everything sometimes and nothing other times.
(Vore 3 tracks/ Herxsebet 6 tracks. Nice art and layout here but all the titles  looks great!)


Last but not least we have Byyrth! This is a 2-member band from the States.


This is their debut full album "Saviors of Armageddon", i did not hear the first demo from 2016 but either way this album is both intriguing and pretty solid. It has a quite grand ancient rusty feeling to the atmosphere with some good main riffs that is rotated to good effect in most of the songs, drums hammer like there is tomorrow.... vocals is disted and raw, sounds good and works nice to the music but it could have been a bit less of it so the musical compositions could breath some more but that is a minor critique.
On track 4(and 8) it slows down some and gives the album some good overall dynamic, grim and vampyric atmosphere. Track 6 ambient soundscape is also a nice touch.
After hearing this i feel interested in seeing what they will have in store for the future as i feel good things will come from them.
(8 tracks)




label link:

https://www.facebook.com/CaligoArcanum?fref=ts


torsdag 6 april 2017

Doedsvangr - Satan ov Suns


When i popped in this cd the first time i had actually missed the member info/hype that this three-piece band consisted by Doedsadmiral ( i had no knowlage of before this release and the research i did for this review) AND  the one and only Shatraug (Sargeist, Horna, Behexen etc) and Antichristian (drummer in Tsjuder among others)...

...I think i was lucky to have missed that info because i would been shaped by unhealthy hype mostly due to Shatraugs involvement.


 Ok i take the good news first:
It is a solid and fine album and all members delivers a professional creation of Traditional Norwegian Black Metal (leaning to the more occult & aggressive). Good clean and strong production and the cover artwork is superb and i would not mind haveing it as a big ass poster on my wall....and it is no short album either.

Over to my negative thoughts and feelings then:
 The first thing i had trouble to enjoy was the vocals that for my ears sounds to forced and it is like all his energy is put on to sound-like-he-does and no energy is left for soul and passion into the voice/lyrics (which is very important), one thing that could have helped here would be that he sang in more varied ways and not the same all the way. (Vocal style is in some middle range depth and has a gnarly rasp that reminds me of Dimmu Borgirs Shagrath...)

Then i guess the music it self is so very traditional and common that it would have needed a hell of a lot more killer riffs and drama to it to really shine through the crowd.(as the crowd is very thick!)  the three songs that only stands out for me is 3,4,5 and here Shatraug has some nice riff structures, both dark and sinister and some groovy ones but after that not so much more for me....

...I have no clue about how they recorded this album and how much they met douring the creative process and perhaps this album have gotten more meat and passion unto it if not Doedsadmiral was active with other releases in almost the same time and space. (check Svartelder, Nordjevel, Enepsigos. i have not heard any of them)

Either way i might sound like a jaded ass but one has its own taste of course, i have seen some other online reviews here and there that like this much more then me so you might be like them so do your self a favor and check out this release and then you know for yourself....and that is the only thing that matters!

Tracklist:

1.     Our Lord Cometh!     06:17    
2.     Rituals     02:35    
3.     Doedsvangr     06:02    
4.     Black Dawn     04:14    
5.     Northern Watchtowers     03:50    
6.     Diaboli     04:59    
7.     Gnashing of Teeth     05:37    
8.     Breath of Lucifer     04:51    
9.     Throne of Black Illumination     04:48    
10.     Blood Whores     03:30    
11.     Black Sun Nimbus     07:06    
      Total:53:49

Released by Immortal Frost Productions:
http://www.immortalfrostproductions.com/


fredag 31 mars 2017

VALOR - The coming Of a New Era


From the States comes this one man black metal project VALOR second attack!



For you who has not heard the first release or so this band drags up a dreary corps of a black metal style, it is primitive in both production (not overly raw but enough raw to call it raw ahaha!) and execution (all little misstakes is left in not that there are many though). It plays more or less in mid pace with some exceptions but all is coated in a ugly morbid attitude with vocals that are darker the regular black metal style but not dark as in death metal growling. some guitar compositions reminds me abit of early Satanic Warmaster. (and/or some morbid NSBM band i cant remember the name of...) 

The "No mosh – No core – No trends – No fun" fits quite nice for VALOR but that does not mean you will not enjoy this release... if you have a part of your soul that hunger for zero tolerant retaliation this gritty songs will caress that part.

Lyrics centers around Political subjects, narcissism, nihilism, anti-pc, take for example these song titles: FuckAntifa & PCfuckoff...yeah not so subtle but it does the job hehe!

This tape consists of 8 tracks with one of them an outro, not so long release but i feel it is just as long as it needs to be.

i think i like tracks  MachtUndEhre, Hampelmann& FuckAntifa the best

Released by Hateworks



Label link:
http://hatework418.tictail.com/

torsdag 30 mars 2017

The Projectionist - Exalted Solitude

From the depths of Canadas ancient forests a woefull wind is blowing & rotting the life force away from its frail shell....


Lörd Matzigkeitus (Idolatry, Thy Sepulchral Moon etc) is back with his gang that is now (including Das Lörd) 5 member strong! This is the second full album from them and even if i liked the previous efforts this is easily their best work so far.

If you are not too familiar with this band they play a mix of traditional second wave black metal... very European cold atmosphere but also is personal in a nice way....  Each song is high on darkness and diabolic cocktails and Lörd himself with his possessed varied vocals leads this nightmare through bundles of burned souls and flesh and up finally to the isolated and deranged high castle.

It has both plenty of introspective ponderings and extroverted retaliations that´s going back and forth from start to finish. It has much to be intrigued by here and it is both a chotic ride as well as a poetic one with a good variation of song material.

As you can see from the great cover art (by Sang Ho Moon) this release goes enough its own way and escapes looking cliche or tiresome....so yes the musical content reflects well to this.

My best tracks would be 1,7,8 (and i also liked the acoustic bleak track 5)

Go and get this if you like to get both some solid traditional black metal but at the same time get something new!

This 10 track album will be released by Appalachian Noise Records and The True Plague.

link:
http://www.appalachiannoiserecords.com/product/the-projectionist-exalted-solitude-cd-preorder


tisdag 28 mars 2017

Morte Lune - The Endless Forest

Here we have a new project with two main members from Reffus, Svorg etc. (looke these up here also for reviews i done)


This first demo release is a pretty strong one! Well it is "only" a traditional mix of thin and sharp misanthropic black metal with looped riffs but it has enough hateful hooks and engaging bleak compositions that after only a 3-4 minutes in you are intertwined into this woven pattern of soul sucking music.
Yes the production is borderline sharp and raw (but clear not muddy fuzz) it wont be everybodys cup of black coffee but who cares?
 One other thing that is important here to mention is that the members sincere anti-emotions comes through good (and clinges unto your mood with rusty nails) and that is something you cant buy with a fancy production anyways...

 
...I must say that with every new project that Repktkor and Morths comes out with they have grown from strength to strength, they are very well worth following as you will be  properly rewarded!

Besides the raw black metal tracks you are served some nice dark dungeon/ambient synth songs that pushes this release even higher. Good negative shit in other words!

Well worth hunting down!

The Grey Britain has become Black Britain once again!

My track pics is: 2,5 & 6


Track list:
Side A
1.     The Martyrdom        
2.     The Deliverance of Suffering        
3.     Ritualistic Hatred        
4.     Chaotic Flame        
5.     The Endless Forest        
Side B
6.     Les Morts        
7.     Tristesses de la Lune        
8.     Possessed by the Night        
9.     La Foret Sans Fin
   Dont know the total play time but i guess around 35 minutes

Released by Carvetii Productions
link:
http://carvetii-productions.weebly.com/

lördag 11 mars 2017

Hexensabbat - Pestilence Crawls over Bloodstained Land

From Canada it came!



Every countries black metal world has their own common quirks and recurring taste of style and sounds and Canada is no different as their creations often has some odd(disturbed) inclusions and is not affraid to go down both the old school way at the same time the off-beat and bizarre way...a little like France black metal world. Hexensabbat is a special kind of brew but not soo bizarre or anything but they mix together a murky second wave mid to slow tempo black metal (cold/melancholic & hatefull) with a doomy sense of constuction (not super long droning parts but they spread out in a nice drowning way of length) and even some light heavy metal bits (like the nice guitar solos)...from start to finish they serve up a fine meal of blood and bones, all is very well structured and with a lot of  putrid raw atmosphere.


I had to listen to this tape a couple of times to digest it cuz first time i saw the cover of this release i fell in love with it (and the logo) and i guess back in my head i got the notion this band played a bit different music then what i heard when i popped it in the deck.... after that little hick-up i enjoyed it a great deal! Songs like Bleeding Pestilence and Cold Winds of Hate, Black Flames of Hellhas has some superb guitar melodies that i cant get enough of also hehe.


Production is damp and has a slight veil of cellar rawness to it and it fits just right, all three members play their part great and to sum this up --- this is a no brainer to get!--- Great release and Hexensabbat holds much promise for the future.



Track list:

1.     The Incubus Lurking     03:37    
2.     Bleeding Pestilence     07:39    
3.     Solve et Coagula     06:56    
4.     Abysmal Worship     01:46    
5.     Self-Enthroned Through Death     04:22    
6.     Cold Winds of Hate, Black Flames of Hell     06:54    
                                   Total:31:14  

I hope this will get a vinyl re release! It really deserves it!

Released by No Sanctuary Records
link:
http://nosanctuaryrecordsfoad.blogspot.se/



söndag 26 februari 2017

Unryht Interview!

Here is a little talk with Blodspan from the interesting and promising black metal band Unryht from Bavaria, Germany!


1. Hailz!
How are things in Bavaria these days?


   - Too little snow in my city!

2. As you are a pretty new band and little is known about it please
share the details of the first gathering and visions you and the members had
when it all began? What is important to achieve with your creations?


 - The idea has existed since 2007; to keep the bleak emotions that  sometimes surface within me.  But i was never satisfied, so it took me a long time to choose these 4 songs for the first demonstration. First i started alone with programmed drums.
There are about 10-15 songs that will never be released because they are not good enough.
Then i asked the, in my opinion , best compositional drummer to work with me after we were drunken and stoned in our halls of bones.Kadaver has a really good feeling for emotional riffs, so he always knows what beat to play. This is absolutely great!

3. After hearing the great debut release Niþ i felt it was about time to do an interview.  For those of you who read my review of it, (posted some months ago) you would know that i really enjoyed it, on more levels than one. Please shed some light around the writing process, what the songs are about and how you feel about it yourself.  Also, what is the meaning of the title?


 -First of all thank you very much for the great review, we were very surprised when we read it.
 niþ is a word for social stigma and it describes my personality and my thoughts in the society as an   ejected person.The songs are about dreams of nature, witches and personal death thoughts, which make me an outcast.



4. From here on how do you see Unryht evolve in the near future? Do you feel you have started
a long road with it or do you think it will be a low/slow activity?
Are there other band activities besides this band?


 - Unryht will have a slow but long way. I am working in many projects like Schrat, Drudensang, Oscult, Schyach and other upcoming stuff.  I have found my passion and this will not change until my death. I will live and die with black metal. It gives and drains me from energy.
    This is a repetitive process.

5. When did you personally realize that black metal was for you to put your energies into?
Which bands helped you to grow and besides music are you active in some Satanic path?

   
  -I started making classical music when i was 5 years old, with the violin and the piano and i never stopped doing music. At 14-15 years old I had my first exposure to black metal-bands like old Dimmu Borgir, Burzum, Gorgoroth, Satyricon and i realized that this is the feeling where I was at home. The combination of criticism of mankind, the black metal aesthetics, satanism, anti-religiousness, the atmospheric and broken sound imprinted my brain and i knew i would never get away from it! "Liber AL vel Legis" should be enough to reveal my path.

6. By the way who did the great band logo for you? I have seen this person's logos for some other bands now and i think much of them are connected to some specific label...
 - This was made by an Austrian, whom I have not seen for a long time. A great artist! His name was Cornelius C.

7. So what are the band's close plans now this year?

 - This year we will make the second demo and a split with niht, a friend's band from the surrounding area. A total of 6 songs, 4 for the second demo and 2 for the split.

8. What releases from 2016 would you recommend?

 -Vuohen siunaus - Korgonthurus, Forteresse - Thèmes pour la rébellion, Krater - Urere (a masterpiece of a befriended band of Nürnberg),  Ravencult - Force of Profanation, Nachtwelten, a german oldschool jewel of good buddies from Pestnebel, Vitsaus - Ajan ja ihmisen haudoilla (released in 2004 but not until 2016 discovered by a well-known buddy Skilnir,the second guitar player of Schrat and Drudensang)

9. Talking about other music, which bands were the first to start doing black metal in your city?

 - I think it was us with Schrat in 2003, but maybe i am wrong. In Augsburg there is no real black metal scene.

10. Thanks for all, looking forward to your next release!

  -  Thank you!