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Impressions Week 26 - 2017

01.07.17

STALLION - FROM THE DEAD

Stallion - From The Dead Middling

High Roller Records, 30.06.17
At first, I'm puzzled as to why the press release defines Stallion as classic heavy metal when the first song, Underground Society kicks off. This is in reality closer to speed metal.
It quickly turns out, however, that the whole song ain't as thrashed, and that it certainly don't smell as blistering of the rest of From The Dead, the German's sophomore album.
Stallion themselves classifies their metal as a blend of speed, thrash and heavy metal with hard rock elements.


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30.06.17

PRISON OF MIRRORS - UNSTINTED, DELIRIOUS, CONVULSIVE OATHS (EP)

Prison of Mirrors - Unstinted, Delirious, Convulsive Oaths Good

Signal Rex & De Essentia Diaboli, 30.06.17
Prison of Mirrors from Italy was originally started as a one-man band in 2011 by Lord Black, a man involved in multiple obscure bands. The band soon grew into a trio and recorded the EP Nothing, released in 2014.
The band traverses the left hand path of Lucifer, and it is said that Unstinted, Delirious, Convulsive Oaths is an even more occult seance than the predecessor.
With two new songs of around ten minutes each, Prison of Mirrors embarks on a downward spiralling introverted journey of the soul.


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27.06.17

SCHAMMASCH - THE MALDOROR CHANTS: HERMAPHRODITE (EP)

Schammasch - The Maldoror Chants: Hermaphrodite Good

Prosthetic Records, 09.06.17
From one relatively newly acquired favourite band, to another. Schammasch has gained a solid name in the extreme metal scene in recent years. The Swiss have basically only made their mark in the present decade, and have earned a lot of honourable mention.
Following a debut album in 2010 and a double album in 2014, the guys dropped the triple album Triangle just a year ago.
After three opuses, the boys explore a new path. It depends how satisfied newly acquired fans are with that particular decision.

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26.06.17

MEPHORASH - SFAÍRA TI̱S FO̱TIÁS (EP)

Mephorash - Sfaíra ti̱s fo̱tiás (2017) Killer

Shadow Records & Regain Records, 29.06.17
A short month before Swedish Mephorash released their previous record, mighty 1557: Rites of Nullification, they released an EP with two songs. This is now being re-released with an extra cover song that pushes the overall duration up to just over 20 minutes.
The line-up is naturally the same as on the album, of which I wrote that the quartet was fronted by former Ofermod vocalist N. Tengner. This seems to be wrong, though, with Mephorash being a trio with N. Tengner as guest on both EP and album. He appear, however, to have become a regular member later that year.

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