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Impressions Week 11 - 2017

19.03.17

ARALLU - MIDDLE EASTERN BATTLEFIELD (DVD)

Arallu - Middle Eastern Battlefield Middling

Independent, 06.06.16
After a long period of daily headache I have nothing new to offer, but I have a solid stack of half-written drafts to pick from. I could fill a rack with releases labelled “bad conscience”, as there's a lot I haven't found the time to write about. Like this DVD, which I received half a year ago. The time is overripe for finally presenting Middle Eastern Battlefield, a double DVD with two concerts and six music videos as bonus material from Israeli Arallu.

When a relatively unknown band from a country with quite big income equality publishes a DVD, we know roughly what to expect. The technical quality is below par, but there's a lot of enthusiasm present, and despite a bootleg sensation, it's enjoyable to see a live document of a band that still belong to the underground.

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18.03.17

ONIRIK / GRIMFAUG - MMXIV-MMXVI (Split)

Onirik / Grimfaug - MMXIV-MMXVI Fairly Good

Iron Bonehead & Altare , 17.03.17
We discussed Portuguese Onirik in connection with the band's fourth album, Casket Dream Veneration. This time we take a look at a new split with Belgian Grimfaug.
Gonius Rex is still king and duke in the despotic monarchy known as Onirik.
Grimfaug is however an unknown quantity to this cursed site. The band was formed in 2001 and released a demo and two albums during the millennium's first decade. It's been quiet from the band for ten years. They return with a new crew, now reduced to a duo, and only Norgaath remains from the original line-up.

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18.03.17

A MOURNFUL PATH - FROM THE WRECKAGE OF HUMILIATION (Single)

A Mournful Path - From The Wreckage Of Humiliation Good

Inverse Records, 16.03.17
We stay in Australia, where another new project is about to take shape, but we move about 800 km (500 miles) south from Brisbane to Newcastle. A mournful Path became a reality last summer and consists of the brothers David and Michael Romeo. The men are currently working on their debut. Whether the result will be an album or an EP admittedly remains unknown.
As a foretaste, the song From the Wreckage of Humiliation is served in solitude, clocking in at five minutes.


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18.03.17

CONSUMMATION - RITUAL SEVERANCE (EP)

Consummation - Ritual Severance Good

Invictus Productions, 13.03.17
Consummation from Brisbane on Australia's east coast, consists of one or more members of Impetuous Ritual. The band dropped their first release, a self-titled two-track demo in 2012. They follow up with a two-song EP where the stakes are increased from 15 to 21 minutes.
The band plays a hybrid of death and black metal, but appears less cacophonous than Impetuous Ritual. Consummation preserves a touch of chaos, but in controlled ritualistic forms.


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