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Impressions Week 4 - 2017

29.01.17

THE RUINS OF BEVERAST - TAKITUM TOOTEM! (EP)

The Ruins of Beverast - Takitum Tootem! Middling

Ván Records, 27.01.17
It's been quiet from The Ruins of Beverast since the release of the album Blood Vaults - The Blazing Gospel of Heinrich Kramer, in fall 2013. Thus, it was pleasing to see new music from the German one-man band.
I must however admit that I wasn't entirely happy with the music's gradual movement away from the obscure and gloomy moods of the past. Hypnotic black/doom went more in the direction of gloomy and dreamy death/doom à la My Dying Bride. Admittedly, I like that sort too, and the album was good, but I admire the band's two first albums in particular a bit too much to wish this change welcome.

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26.01.17

EKPYROSIS - ASPHYXIATING DEVOTION

Ekpyrosis - Asphyxiating Devotion Good

Memento Mori, 23.01.17
The debut of Italian Ekpyrosis is released 3-4 years after the band's inception, at some time during 2013. In the meantime, the quartet have made an EP and a couple of demos public.
Memento Mori makes a point out of the band's traditional form of death metal not being either “retro” nor “old school”, as the recipe has remained unchanged without following trends since the very beginning.
Old school is still a respectable term for timeless extreme metal that shuns trends like the plague.


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26.01.17 A preview is of Slagmaur's upcoming Thill Smitts Terror is now available. Three songs are streaming here.
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26.01.17

INFAMOVS - UNDER THE SEALS OF DEATH

Infamovs - Under the Seals of Death Weak

Memento Mori, 23.01.17
The quintet from Chile hereby presents their debut. The band has about three years of service, and one EP behind them.

The band lean toward a dark kind of obscure death metal where the lower part of the frequency register dominate in solitude. Almost.
The band namely incorporate some more pitched guitars that are howling in furious ecstasy while flapping around like winged demons in abstract formations.


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25.01.17

NASTY SURGEONS - EXHUMATION REQUIEM

Nasty Surgeons - Exhumation Requiem Good

Xtreem Music, 15.01.17
The quartet from Spain release their first-born a year after coming together. In other words, it didn't take long to become pregnant with this debut.
The band swear to a relatively brutal offspring of gore-based death metal. And as if a bloody dripping expression wasn't enough, they pick up the scissors to maim the corpse a little extra. For that purpose, grindcore is used as a remedy.

The result is frantic, unusual and quite cool.


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24.01.17

FOREFATHER - ENGLA TOCYME (Re-release)

Forefather - Engla Tocyme Middling/Good

Heidens Hart Records, 15.01.17
The two gentlemen and brothers Athelstan and Wulfstan can celebrate Forefather's 20th anniversary this year.
The guys have released seven albums, the last one a couple of years ago. They've also got a band named Athelstan going, and both have attended a few Folkearth albums.
I was pleased with medium fulfilment with Forefather's second album, The Fighting Man (2000) which was re-released fifteen months ago. We shall now take a look at Engla Tocyme, the third album, originally released in 2002. Yet another re-released in other words.

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