Selvutgitt, 11.10.17 Khandra is a black metal duo from Belarus' capital Minsk. That, however, is where all available objective information stops concerning this band.
I'll give you some information about the release All is of no Avail, but beyond that, I have only opinionizing to contribute with.
The release is an EP. The EP has two songs. The two songs last for a total of 14 minutes.
And then, only subjectivity remains, and I have a few short and succinct remarks of praise to convey.
Where death has settled in life kick starts the show with flaming cascades of riffs and hammering. Rather than traditional screams through marrow and bone, this demonic troll uses a deeper voice placed somewhere in between black-vox and growling, straight out of hell's abyss. Becomingly.
Both songs, of course, have a certain duration. Presence is no longer relevant nevertheless stretches a bit longer. This invites to even darker thoughts, as more atmosphere is baked into the band's devilish furore. The tapping-foot refuses to keep still when the guy's groovy rhythms are garnished with killer barbed wire riffing.
Without comparing directly, parts of the their work has a scent of Immortal, just to give a small black directional clue. All is or no Avail is to all appearances the first vital sign from Khandra, and the EP bodes for of a very good continuation.
Friday the 13th, the album The 7th Awakening by the Cyprus based black metal band Temple of Evil was relaunched on vinyl by Blood Harvest / Regain Records.
Les Acteurs de L'Ombre Productions, 06.10.17
My first encounter with Arkhon Infaustus was the album Hell Injection (2001). A piece of sonic hellfire that burnt the French band's name onto my third eye's retina. Despite the fact that the subsequent releases have discharged bestial pestilence and red-hot disgust, they haven't left fully as strong impressions. After twelve years and four full-lengths, the band went into hibernation in 2009.
Last year, vocalist and guitarist DK Deviant awoke the band from slumber without his regular brother-in-arms since the outset, bassist 666 Torturer.
DK Deviant has assumed the role of bassist himself, while Skvm (Temple of Baal, The Order of Apollyon etc.) is the new man behind the drums.
The music is somewhat more sluggish than the blistering furore we witnessed on most of the releases before the band went into the grave, but one might become kinda stiff, sore and zombified by seven years of decomposition in moist, unconsecrated soil. That doesn't mean that the band's black rage shows any kind of mercy on its way, though.
The EPen Passing the Nekromanteion contains four songs, but nevertheless clocks in at over 33 minutes. The music begins with rolling occult rhythmic drift before intensifying slightly. It's still some kind of frenetic ritual we seem to be witnessing. Viscous but resounding riffs worms and meanders over percussion before the song Amphessatamine Nexion ebb out with atonal guitars accompanied by a hushed cacophony of voices that rise and fall in waves.
Arkhon Infaustus' reincarnation ten years after their previous release, the album Orthodoxyn, stands out from the early part of the discography, but is also a natural continuation from where the band left off.
The next two tracks continues the roaring avalanche that is triggered in the first song, although one and another moodful break occurs when the victim taken by the snow-slide sometimes loses consciousness. The closing instrumental Corrupted Épignosis stands out by lowering the pace and increasing the mood as our earthquake-affected victim hover between life and death.
Passing the Nekromanteion is better than just “good”, and have therefore earned the top-grade, even though this release don't leave the same impression as Hell Injection once did.
That leaves only to wish Arkhon Infaustus welcome back in the saddle.