Caligari Records, 21.04.17
From the catacombs in Paris, a new repulsive entity comes crawling. It may not be the catacombs the abomination is worming out from, but the sewer, for it smells foul and rotten.
According to sources in the health department, there is reason to believe that Amnutseba isn't alone on this mutation. These, judging by the music, dysfunctional deformities, have some symptomatic similarities with acts from other continents, such as Portal and Imperial Triumphant, but greater similarities with local victims to leprosy.
There must be something hereditary charged in the mutated French genes, possibly due to extensive inbreeding, or maybe due to contaminated drinking water, for there is a foul odour of Deathspell Omega and Blut Aus Nord present.
Similar shady activity has also been reported from the Netherlands, where witnesses have pointed out Dodecahedron and Ulsect. It seems that large parts of north-western Europe is infected. The authorities state that it is too early to draw hasty conclusions - that can always be done at a later point in the bureaucratic process - but in the worst case, this can turn out to be a contagious pandemic.
Symptoms of viral attacks can come in the form of chaotic thoughts, atonal rows of tones, a dystopic view of life and a generally clamorous and violent behaviour. The police encourages residents to stay indoors and listen to calm, gentle melodic metal until the situation is under control.
About Amnutseba, little is known, but the band has no former releases. This demo is full of claustrophobic putrefaction and frightfully oppressive dissonance, by ways and waves of hypnotic atonal ebbs and flows.
This vouch for a gleefully delightful eerie future.
Despite a German band name, meaning Freedom (although I trust many of you would need no translation), the album's title hardly leaves any doubt about origin.
Freiheit comes from Arkhangelsk in Russia, and Безумие. Ненависть. Смерть. means something in line with Madness. Hatred. Death.
The young Quartet delivered their first EP a year ago, and now the band's first album follows. On the menu we find fierce and rowdy, yet controlled black/death.
The music is listenable, but the guys have some way to go to become noteworthy. The riffing is aggressive, and the guys make a point out of not caring much about genres and conventions. Freiheit has no distinct resemblance to any specific ensemble I can think of off the top of my head, but the style is by no means unfamiliar. One can call it death metal with a side dish, for the expression is mildly atypical, though not remarkable as such. I call it death metal, as elements of pagan black play a secondary role.
The guys riff and reel off okay stuff, and sometimes offers passages that touch upon interesting segments. However, that's more like hints and whiff, as the material has too little substance to excel. The lead guitar is at times on to something, including in a sequence of the last minute of Свобода, but it's all over just when it's getting interesting. Likewise, riffs and rhythms are also close to greater artistic value and finesse occasionally, as in the dystopically leaning and somewhat atonal first half of Монумент. Just to take a few random examples. However, most attempts die out quickly through generically unstructured approaches and short songs without room for atmospheric development. Segments with tame staccato drumming also harm the drift a bit, but it should be said that the drummer also shows that he has a few more trick up his sleeve.
Freiheit has potential but Безумие. Ненависть. Смерть. don't give vent to their inherent qualities. Sound and performance is, however, fittingly rough and tough, and the disc is quite alright to listen to. Thus we end up in the middle-of-the-road. Can be heard, can be ignored. Thereby, I choose the latter. As such, the rating is rather gentle.
Not much more than a year ago, I presented the first EP from Finnish Horizon of the Mute, and six months ago the first full length came along. The band doesn't need a presentation beyond what I've already given in connection with Horizon of the Mute and Trobar Clus.
Jani Koskela is back with his dark, leaden, slow and resounding one-man band. This time with two cover songs, if at all that's the right term to use. These are namely songs Jani have previously recorded with two of his former bands.
Sister September's Soul is a song by a melancholic Finnish gothic/dark-rock band named Vergil. The song is written in 2005 and released on the EP Tomorrow Will Be Worse Than Today (2009), while the song Gazing into the Void is taken from Unveiling the Shadow World (2010), the first EP of delightful 0 X í S T*.
Both songs are re-arranged, and adapted to Horizon of the Mute's dim universe. I haven't heard the original version of the former song, but here it is performed drearily dreamy, melancholic and suggestive, with reverberating deep and beautiful floating guitars, draped in flattering bowed strings and other sound effects.
Gazing into the Void, originally written in 2008, comes in a slower, more funeralistic version, as if the original was not heavy and thunderous enough. Along with diabolical vowels, the resonant sound is an omen of doomsday.
Both songs last for just over seven minutes and are easy to become fond of. The band is currently touring Eastern Europe, but Mr. Koskela has a lot of material ready, so I'm guessing we'll be seeing a new full length within the year.