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Impressions Week 46 - 2017

19.11.17

PARAMNESIA / ULTHA - VI / THE SEVENTH SORROW (Split)

Paramnesia / Ultha - VI / The Seventh Sorrow Bra

Les Acteurs De L'Ombre Productions, 24.10.17
A split, once again. This one from two European bands with a varying span of experience. Both with atmospheric black metal as part of their repertoire, made up of a multitude of inspirational sources.
Both deliver elongated tunes. In this case, a composition of nearly 20 minutes each.
Both French Paramnesia and German Ultha are new to me.
The French quartet has 12-13 years and a handful of different releases behind them, while the German quintet has been a notch more active on their journey since 2014.

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18.11.17

HORROR GOD & TECHNE - SPLIT

Horror God & Techne - Split Killer

Lavadome Productions, 20.11.17
Whereas a split might not be considered your everyday mandatory release, it might nevertheless be very good, and also offer you the chance to get to know a new band or two in the process.
We're meeting up with Russian Horror God and all too anonymous Techne this time. Both new acquaintances on my part.
Horror God hails from Sergiev Posad, a few miles north of Moscow, was started in 2006, and has, amongst other, released two full-lengths. Techne, on the other hand, is annoyingly difficult to trace down any information about.

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17.11.17

WRATHPRAYER & FORCE OF DARKNESS - WRATH OF DARKNESS (Split)

Wrathprayer & Force of Darkness - Wrath of Darkness Good

Nuclear War Now! Productions, 15.11.17
Where splits often leave a divided impression, split opinions, mixed feelings, and ambivalence, the Chileans in Wrathprayer and Force of Darkness have allegedly intended to create a coherent mood through extensive collaboration on their split, Wrath of Darkness.

If they'd used the same studio to ensure a common soundscape, this intention would've been more evident. This critical objection, however, doesn't affect the rating of the split as such.


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17.11.17

FILTHGRAVE - DESECRATION (Demo)

Filthgrave - Desecration Good

Independent, autumn 2017
From some exhaust-infested dump in the filthy under-ground of Norway's capital Oslo, four dubious figures appear in the smog that hovers like frozen morning mist over worn and potholed asphalt.
The band, whose members enjoy an anonymous existence, has been inspired by Bathory, Sarcofago, Sepultura, Darkthrone, Vomitor and Merciless. Preferably of vintage kind, of course.
This fresh Oslo quartet, as you've no doubt realized, plays dirty and unholy proto-black metal.


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14.11.17

RIMFROST - A CLASH UNDER THE NORTHERN WIND (Single)

Rimfrost - A Clash Under The Northern Wind Middling

Non Serviam Records, 11.11.17
From Hagfors in Sweden, the proud warriors of Rimfrost return to let us take part in their confrontation in wintry surroundings underneath frozen winds from the north.
Last time we paid the band a visit, on the occasion of the self-titled third album Rimfrost, I reported of a band with chronic replacement of bassists.
The situation appear to have stabilized, though.
B.C. seems to have settled into the ranks of guitarist and vocalist Hravn Decmiester (Trident) and drummer Throllv Väeshiin (ex-When Nothing Remains).


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