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Impressions Week 16 - 2017

23.04.17

ANCIENT ASCENDANT - RAISE THE TORCH

Ancient Ascendant - Raise The Torch Middling

Candlelight/Spinefarm Records, 21.04.17
British Ancient Ascendant is a band I haven't been fully able to wrap my head around. The quartet started out and released its first demo under the name Heretic in 2003. The band changed its name in 2005 and released a new demo and a few EPs before the debut was released in 2011. Meanwhile, one of the band's two guitarists was replaced. The rest of the crew has however remained remarkably stable.
The band plays a form of groovy melodic death metal that seems to have no idea about the concept of time...


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23.04.17

OBITUARY - OBITUARY

Obituary - Obituary Good

Relapse Records, 17.03.17
A topic I've likely touched upon a few times, but probably haven't highlighted, is the interaction between the three aspects originality, quality and development. A kind of elephant in the room. I am again content with touching on the topic without any striking in-depth reflection.
The first is a “congenital” property that in a sense fades out over time, but whose respect does not disappear. A band that was once original will gradually cease to be perceived as this. Not due to change, but due to lack of development. They're still reeling off the same music, but it's no longer innovative.

piggtråd
22.04.17

ULVEGR - TITAHION: KAOS MANIFEST

Ulvegr - Titahion: Kaos Manifest Good

Ashen Dominion, 17.04.17
Ulvegr is a duo from Ukraine, consisting of two experienced men. The band has been around since 2009, and have previously released three discs. Odalv and Helg have both played in Runes of Dianceht, and both are currently residing in GreyAblaze, KZOHH and Ygg. Drummer Odalv has previously played in Nokturnal Mortum, and vocalist-guitarist-bassist Helg belongs to the core of Khors*.
Titahion: Kaos Manifest is my first encounter with Ulvegr, and we take a quick walk-through.


piggtråd
18.04.17

PYROXENE - EP

Pyroxene - EP Disapproved

Inverse Records, 21.04.17
Slovenian Pyroxene was started in late December 2011, named after a group of geological minerals.
The band play what they call experimental heavy metal, and has to this date released five singles.
The quintet's first EP, simply called EP, consists of five songs spread over approximately 25 minutes.

One of the songs is a cover, and another stems from the band's previous release, two years old Helium - 3.
Otherwise, I'm guessing that EP consists of new material.


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