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Impressions Week 15 - 2017

15.04.17

MOONLIGHT PROPHECY - ETERNAL OBLIVION

Moonlight Prophecy - Eternal Oblivion Good

Independent, 15.04.17
Moonlight Prophecy is a one-man band from the state of Pennsylvania, just west of New York city. Lawrence Wallace has a couple of other bands going, as well as a couple of bands behind him. Several of these are black metal band, while one of the active projects is his solo band where the guy pumps out progressive ambient shred.

Eternal Oblivion is the first EP under the moniker Moonlight Prophecy. The man has restrained his musical border a bit this time, and the music appears to be more concentrated and focused than in his other band.

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15.04.17

DANTE'S THEORY - AMUT (EP)

Dante's Theory - Amut Middling

Independent, 15.04.17
Dante's Theory is a quartet from Singapore that still seems to be at the starting gate. The quality of the five-track EP that's hereby released, however, suggests that the band is ripe for advancing.
The band has been around since the mid-nineties, but apparently changed their name from Pyro a decade ago.
In just a little over 13 minutes, the band has elbowed their way through all five songs. Deathcore is not really my thing, but Dante's Theory is not the worst thing I've ever heard. It must nevertheless be admitted that the cover art contributed to my inquisitive desire to explore.

piggtråd
15.04.17

MYLINGAR - DÖDA VÄGAR (EP)

Mylingar - Döda Vägar Middling

Amor Fati Productions, 02.12.16
I came across these Swedes' first release towards the end of last year, but despite good intentions, I never found the time to search for the right words to convey Döda Vägar.

Little is known about Mylingar, but the name is plural of the Swedish word “myling”. These are ghosts of unwanted children, killed or left to die without baptism. In the 1800s it was considered great sin to bring children to the world out of wedlock, which resulted in so many infant-killings that it peaked the Norwegian murder statistics. There's the result of Christian “charity and compassion” for you!

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13.04.17

EXTREMITY - EXTREMELY FUCKING DEAD

Extremity - Extremely Fucking Dead Middling

20 Buck Spin, 07.04.17
The quartet from Bay Area has been around since early this decade, and hereby presents their first foray. The band consists of musicians from Vastum, Agalloch, Repulsion and Necrosic, and plays fittingly brutal, but not excessively cacophonous death metal. Let's call it dirty, vulgar and boorish death metal.

After an intro, five songs follows, sporting just over five minutes on average. Better succinctly than to overstaying their welcome.


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13.04.17

IMINDAIN - THE ENEMY OF FETTERS AND DWELLERS IN THE WOODS (EP)

Imindain - The Enemy of Fetters and Dwellers in the Woods Good

Weird Truth Productions, 12.04.17
A quiet piano piece on barely three minutes open this 33 minute long EP from the British trio Imindain. With the exception of a two-year hiatus, the band has been around since 2002, and the list of former members is five times longer that the number of current members.
The band has released a couple of demos and attended a couple of splits, including a tribute to Bethlehem's* Dictius Te Necare. Ten years ago, the Brits released their first album, and this is the first EP, with duration as a rather brief album.


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11.04.17

DARK MINISTRY - THE SERMON BEGINS (EP)

Dark Ministry - The Sermon Begins Fairly Good

Total Metal Records, 30.03.17
In 2014, Rik Charron, drummer of Canada's legendary speed metal act Exciter left after nearly 20 years of service. The reason appears to be that the band's only remaining original member, guitarist John Ricci first announced his retirement before reconsidering and reforming the band with the original line-up.
The following year, Dark Ministry was born.
Rik, who turns 50 just before Yule-time, has recruited four unknown younglings to continue what he does best, hammer out speed/thrash.


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11.04.17

LIK / UNCANNY - ONLY DEATH IS LEFT ALIVE / THE REAPING (Split EP)

Lik / Uncanny - Only Death is Left Alive / The Reaping Good

War Anthem Records, 06.04.17
When you come across two bands with the same name, these have a tendency to come from the same country as well, as in this case.
The Stockholm-band Lik must not be confused with the eccentric band known as Lekamen Illusionen Kallet, usually referred to as LIK.
Both Lik and Uncanny plays pure death metal, and has recently released a 7.5-minute split 7".
With such short duration, it should come as no surprise that the two contribute one song each.


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10.04.17

SANCTUS HEXE - THE ABYSS OF ANCIENT FOREST

Sanctus Hexe - The Abyss of Ancient Forest Good

Selvutgitt, 31.03.17
When was the last time I wrote about an album solely based on streaming from Bandcamp? It's been quite a while for sure. Something about Polish Sanctus Hexe and their first album The Abyss of Ancient Forest made it difficult to break away after first having started listening to it after coming across it among half a dozen other interesting items in a post on No Clean Singing.
The only sign of life until now is a short single from 2015. The genre is specified as black/death on Encyclopaedia Metallum, but we hereby corrects it to atmospheric black metal.

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